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Vol. 101 No. 32 Sunday, March 14, 2010

Year round water

conservation starts

Monday ... Page 15

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Parents offered online access

to their child's school records

Parents can monitor
grades, days absent
or tardy, classes,
assignments & more
By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County School
System is giving parents a way to

keep track of their child's school
progress online, with a new pro-
gram that allows parents to check
on everything from test scores to
The Skyward Family and Stu-
dent Access system provides each
parent or legal guardian with an in-
dividual login and password which
gives them access to their child's
records. As a security measure, the

UKeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Jesse Rowe received a special act recognition from School
Superintendent Dr. Patricia Cooper (left) and Transporta-
tion Director Louise Piper (Center).

School board honors

heroic bus driver

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jessie Rowe said she was just
doing her job but Okeechobee
School Board officials knew bet-
ter, they knew she was a hero

who deserved some recognition.
Back in November, Ms. Rowe
was dropping off Okeechobee
High School Students in her after-
noon run up U.S. 441 not far from
See BUS Page 18

login information will only be giv-
en to the individual in person and
photo identification is required.
The school board scheduled
four parent meetings for those in-
terested in the program. Two were
held this week. The remaining
meetings are Tuesday, March 16
and Monday, March 22, from 5:30
to 6:30 p.m. in the Okeechobee
See SCHOOL Page 14

rodeo under way
... Page 8

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Last Year: 12.50 feet
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It appears that some Viking residents
"borrowed" a John Deere front-end loader
from Coquina Water Management District
and returned it when they finished using it.
That information came to light at the March
10 meeting of the Coquina Board of Supervi-
Board chairman Melvin Byars stated they
knew the machine has been used because it
was not in the same spot the Coquina work-
ers had left it. He said that, so far, there ap-
peared to be no damage done to the front-
end loader but five to 10 gallons of diesel fuel
were used. Superintendent Danny Faircloth,
who reported the theft to the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), stated that
the machine had been parked near a Viking
residence. Apparently there was no one
home at the residence when the machine
was taken. Mr. Faircloth guessed that when
they went to return it, there appeared to be

someone in the house, so they left the ma-
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According to OCSO Deputy Anthony
Kibler, he questioned a minor suspect on
Feb. 10. The suspect reported that he and
his brother and a third person were cutting
up a shipping container with a torch for
scrap. The suspect said the third person said
he could get a loader to load the container
on a trailer. The deputy's report stated that
the suspect said the three of them got the
loader, used it and returned it. The suspect
said he knew it was a Coquina loader but
he thought the third person had permission
to use it.
Deputy Kibler's report was forwarded to
OCSO Deputy Rusty Hartsfield for further in-
Board attorney Tony Young and board
member Kenneth Childs were asked to con-
tact the state's attorney office on the matter
and determine what action to take.
Turning to other matters, Mr. Byars said
that the audit for last fiscal year showed the
district to be in good shape and found no

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Public Forum/Speak Out

Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the com-
munity name and your local or state
Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Earth hour
March 21, at 8:30, I1 am going to be turn-
ing off my lights. My computer, everything.
Why? To make a stand, to help in a move-
ment. For those who don't know about
Earth Hour, it's simple. A bunch of people
turn off their lights for an hour. Simple, yes?
Of course it is! During Earth Hour, hundreds
of millions of people around the world will
come together to call for action on climate
change by doing something quite simple-
turning off their lights for one hour. Earth
Hour 2010 will continue to be a global call
to action to every individual, every business
and every community. A call to stand up, to
show leadership and be responsible for our
future. So, won't you help out? I know I will.
Second opinion
Has anyone ever had a test done and
found out you were misdiagnosed badly.
I was told everything was fine, see you
in a year. I got a second opinion and the
test came back that I have stage 2 cancer.
Get another opinion, it may save your life.
Where would I be if I waited a year? Dead
or stage 4?
The bad part about cancer is that
you can have cancer but unless you have
enough cells to be detected you will not
be diagnosed with it. When the cancer has
grown enough then it can be detected by
that time it is very possible it could be stage
2 especially if you are talking colon cancer.
Polyps can hide in the folds of the intestines
and not be detected until it is almost too late
because some colon cancers are very fast

Predator arrested
This case just illustrates that these peo-
ple cannot be rehabilitated. They cannot
ever be trusted around children. That minis-
ter that tried to place the halfway houses for
sex offenders in Okeechobee claimed they
were "cured." They can't be cured.

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The people living in the campers and
tents are not the problem. They pay their
taxes just like the rest of us and they're try-
ing to make it just like we are. The people
that come from out of town are the prob-
lem. They have no respect for anything and
there always messing up the roads and oth-
er people's stuff.

County fair
I just hope we have decent weather for
the county fair. No matter when you plan
a festival, if you live in Florida, you run the
chance of bad weather. If they have good
weather and are successful this year, then
that will be something to build on. I know
there are so many volunteers who have put
in a lot of long hours getting the fair orga-
nized this year.
I have a suggestion for the county fair.
It might be too late for this year but they can
consider it for next year. Give every school
child in Okeechobee a free one day pass to
get into the fair, if accompanied by an adult,
and a discount coupon for the midway rides
that can be used any day except Saturday.
Get the kids excited about going and the
whole family will be at the fair.

As far as not having OCRA games dur-
ing the Livestock Show week, I have mixed
feelings. Some would like to just keep on
playing and let the others just miss the
games. Would this way of thinking hurt the
teams? Yes ... as far as deciding the league
championships. Just one week without
certain kids playing could change the out-
come at the end of the season. I say if you
did decide to just play anyway that OCRA
adopt a policy that allows teams to "pick-
up" players from other teams that ARE NOT
playing that day or night to round out the
roster if they are short kids. This should be
a policy in place anyway. It's simple: If a
team is short a player or two one game they
should be allowed to pick up a player that is
just "hanging around" the fields. That player
could be from that age group or below only.
That player would NOT be allowed to pitch
for that team and would have to bat LAST
in the order. That way the team would NOT
have to forfeit and the kids would still get
to play.

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The fact has been established that if
you try to schedule around every event you
will have a very long season... You can not
make everybody happy 100 percent of the

Smoking at county parks
I have now been to two ball games
at the Sports Complex this season and the
smokers outnumber the nonsmokers 2 to
1. It is utterly disgusting. One season I had
to rush my son to the doctor after hours be-
cause he was having an asthma attack from
being at the ball park. He now carries his in-
haler in his batbag because of all the smok-
ing. The smokers are so nasty that they don't
even bother to step away from the bleach-
ers to smoke! Cigarettes, cigars, pipes ... you
name it, they are smoking it out there. No
wonder our county is a terrible example
of health in the state! The county commis-
sioners and the County Health Department
should have long had an ordinance in place.
Almost every other community in Florida
does not allow smoking in public parks,
except in designated areas. Smokers should
be forced to step away from the ball fields
to smoke, where they can kill one another
and not everyone else.
My daughter has asthma and any time
she is around people who smoke, she has
an attack. I realize that smokers have their
right to smoke. But we nonsmokers and our
children have our rights to not have to smell
it or breathe it.
Stuff in the air are different from aller-
gens because they bother people who don't
have allergies or asthma, too. For most
people, irritants aren't a serious problem,
but for people with asthma, they can lead
to flare-ups. Common irritants include per-
fumes and aerosol sprays, such as hair spray
and cleaners. Other irritants include wood
and tobacco smoke, the smell given off by
paint or gas, and air pollution. I smoke but
it's not the cigarette smoke that bothers me
... perfume and meat grease smoke are my
triggers. I avoid them if possible. If I'm in
public and someone's perfume is taking my
breath I just get up and move; I wouldn't
ask them to ban perfume or ban the Con-
cession Stand that is cooking hamburgers
.. no sense in causing a ruckus. I just get up
and move. You won't be able to keep away
from all triggers all the time. But by staying
away from triggers as much as possible,
you can help prevent flare-ups.

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I have been smoking since the '60s. We
smoked where ever we wanted-movies,
airplanes, in the bathroom at school. Little
by little a place to sit and enjoy a smoke af-
ter dinner or with a cocktail has been taken
away. Most of us resent it. That being said,
I agree wholeheartedly that smoking does
not belong around children.
People that complain about smok-
ers should be careful because one day the
way things are going they may lose a right
to something they enjoy. What will hap-
pen when they put so much tax on alcohol
that you won't be able to drink, or gas so
high they can't afford to drive? So, I don't
like being around smokers but I certainly
do not feel like they should be treated like
second class citizens. Most smokers I know
are courteous and they know that smoke is
harmful and won't smoke around people
who feel that way.
I think it is totally ridiculous what peo-
ple have to pay for tobacco products smok-
ers are getting the raw end of the deal for
sure. But when it comes to kids' ball games
or other outside events where people are all
clustered together. like sitting in the bleach-
ers for instance, smoking should be banned
in my opinion.
Normally I don't have any problems
with allergies. But one day, a teenager came
into the building where I work and she was
wearing a very strong perfume. My eyes
welled up and my throat closed. I thought I
was going to die. My co-workers managed
to get me outside as I was gasping for air.
People should be considerate of others. If
your perfume or cologne can be smelled
ten feet away, you are wearing too much.
There should only be a hint of the fragrance
when you are right next to another per-
son. As for smoking, if they don't want to
face bans in public parks then the smokers
should be more considerate. When you
want to smoke, step away from the crowds
and especially stay away from children.
Maybe the county could at least put signs
in the bleacher areas asking folks not to
smoke there.
It is scientific fact that second hand
smoke can cause health problems, espe-
cially for children. They should not allow
smoking in the bleacher areas. I think some
designated smoking areas would be a good
idea, and put up signs that say 'no smoking
in public park except in designated areas.'
If it encourages people to quit smoking, so
much the better.

* To report the news with honesty, accuracy,
purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
potential conflicts to our readers.
* To correct our errors and to give each correction
the prominence it deserves.
* To provide a right to reply to those we write about.
* To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.
OF: ,*a_.!.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


March 14, 2010 Okeechobee News

Reflections from the pulpit


By Rev. Carey Mckee
More 2 Life Ministries
As you are traveling down your favorite
path through the woods, something catch-
es your eye. You feel drawn to it, for some
reason you have to move toward it. You feel
compelled to walk on it, when you suddenly
get that sinking feeling. Before you know it,
you are waist deep and you can't get out...
It is quicksand! You have heard about it, and
now you find yourself in it. Right in the mid-
dle of your path, if you didn't know better,
you would think it was put there specifically
to trap you. The more you struggle to free
yourself, the deeper you sink. You are help-
less to save yourself. Just when it seems that
all hope is lost, someone comes along and
rescues you! Without their help, you would
have surely perished.
Many years have passed since your de-
liverance from the quicksand, and you still
feel drawn down that path. The quicksand
is still there, but you have learned to navi-
gate around it, taking great care not to even
get close to the edge. Your kids are grow-
ing up and they are now beginning to walk
that same path through the woods, surely
you have told them about your quicksand.
Surely you have told them how easy it was
for you to fall in and warned them to stay
away, any loving parent would, right? Would
you be surprised if I told you that many of
us have not?
I am talking about generational sin. Right
in the middle of the 10 commandments, in
Exodus 20:5,6 you will find these words. "...
For I the lord your God am a jealous God,

visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children to the third and fourth generations
of those who hate me, but showing mercy to
thousands, to those who love me and keep
my commandments." Now don't miss this,
the Lord is not into punishing your kids and
grandkids for your mistakes, but He makes it
very clear that your repeated sin has a ripple
effect. It will be passed down! Call it genera-
tional sin, generational curses, family strong-
holds, or your bent to sin, but make no mis-
take, your unwillingness to deal with your
sin will have a long reaching impact on your
family. Praise God for the redemptive work
of the cross and the opportunity for forgive-
ness and a fresh start! Verse 6 reminds us
that we can change the impact on our fam-
ily from a curse on several generations to a
blessing for thousands to come!
Jesus is our rescuer! He is the one who
can lift you out of the pit of sin! He is the
only one. You will never fight your way out.
You can't plan your way out, scheme your
way out, or even think your way out. Just
like quicksand, the more you struggle to free
yourself, the deeper you will sink. You are
absolutely helpless to save yourself; that is
why God sent his son Jesus to deliver you
from the pit. He stretched out his hand and
asks for you to take it.
You may be wondering, if I have already
done that, and He has rescued me, what is
all this talk about my kids? Well first of all,
God can't be a grandfather, only a father.
He desires a personal relationship with your
kids just like He has with you. You have
an opportunity and a responsibility to help
show them the way around the quicksand.
You have responsibility to share truth!
You see you have a very real enemy, and

he knew exactly how to get you. He set that
trap in the woods, and rest assured he will try
the same tactic with your kids. If it worked
on dad, there is a pretty good chance that it
will work on his son. If mom fell for it, won't
her daughter? Satan will certainly try! He
is not a creator, only a repeater, and a liar.
There is no new sin under the sun. He sim-
ply takes the same old sin, redresses it and
presents it to the next generation in a bright
shiny new package. So here is the real ques-
tion, have you told your children what your
quicksand looks like? Your enemy is banking
on the fact that you won't. He is the voice in
your ear telling you to keep that quiet.
Your quicksand wasn't unique to you,
truth be told, your father or grandfather was
probably tempted with the same thing. Did
they warn you? Probably not. Satan was tell-
ing them to keep quiet about it too. But again
the question remains, have you told your kids
about it? If not, it is just like sending them
down that path, knowing the quicksand is
waiting, then acting surprised when they fall
in it. Sure Jesus is ready to rescue them also,
but did I fail to mention that the time in the
quicksand takes a terrible toll on you. It can
cause severe damage, both physically and
emotionally. Are you willing to just let them
fall in when you have already discovered the
way around it? You can tell them about the
neighbor's quicksand, but they might never
be tempted to fall into it. Will you tell them
about yours? Your enemy will make sure
that they stumble across yours.
So, tell your kids! Share with them the
story of your rescue, share about the power
of your rescuer, and don't forget to point out
what your quicksand looks like. It might just
save their lives.

Letter to the editor

County budget woes
According to the article in the Okeecho-
bee News on Feb. 28, the budget battle for
the coming year is about to begin.
The fact that some feel there was, "no
public interest or participation" may have
been misstated. There have been numerous
articles in this paper concerning the waster,
in some individual's opinions, in which the
county spends the tax payer's money. Now
the administrator and commissioners are
going to have to make some very unpopular
decisions, especially for the upcoming elec-
tion for some.
Let me speculate as to a few of these de-
cisions for consideration. Reduction of the
size of the county payroll expenses? There
were, based on 2008/09 salaries for county
department heads, approximately 15 indi-
viduals who received some $1.2 million in
salaries with wages from $57,000 to $118,000
annually, including benefits and taxes. With
the average income for Okeechobee County
below $30,000, this really seems high. If
the three county administration salaries are
added into this the salary cost would go up
about $400,000, yes, that is for three (3) em-
ployees. Then add the five secretarial staff, of
around $250,000, for a total salary expense
of some $1.88 million, this averages out to
around $85,000 per employee, with benefits
for 22 employees. There are many more

county employees who make much less.
How is the very expensive Agri-Civic
Center doing? After three years of opera-
tion what would one expect the cost to op-
erate over the income? Not to the surprise
of our commissioners, if they looked into it
as advised, the first two years average over
$600,000 a year loss. Just one expense is the
$21,000 a month bond payment. Is it time
to shut it down, except for special events?
Placing the operation under one or more of
the high paid department heads might be a
great cost cutter. Maybe the additional build-
ing of a $500,000 rest room facility may have
been a bit excessive?
As most county tax payers are aware the
economy has slowed down, yet our elected
officials, for the majority, seem not to be
aware of this. The new expansion of County
facilities just proves this. The vote to build
a new Emergency Management Operation
Center (EOC) is an example. Sure, the grant,
which comes from taxes, will offset some of
the $3.2 million in cost. It will still cost the
county taxpayers some $2 million. I serious-
ly doubt the project will come in at budget.
It may show it did with paper work but what
about the cost that will be hidden? The de-
bate as to the need will never end especially
when the cost is over a million more than
say, DeSoto County's facility. Then the op-
eration cost has yet to be seen. How many
more employee will be added, vehicle cost,

furniture, electrical, upkeep and on and on?
I doubt it will come in less than $4 million.
I'm almost sure the County Commis-
sioners will want the Sheriff, Fire Dept. the
Clerk of Court, Tax Assessor, Supervisor of
Elections and the Tax Collector's office to
cut their budgets. We, the residents elected
these individuals, of which I had only good
experiences with their operations, yet, I
am not saying they should also help where
practical. Commissioners, I suggest you
start in your own house. The fact that you
think raising sales tax is the easy answer. I
do not think so. Adding new "assessments"
(taxes) is also not the answer. Tighten your
belts and cut some fat from the county first.
How about appointing a financial (budget)
review board, then you can blame them for
the tough solutions needed.
Taxing and continued spending, under
the guise of bringing "clean light industry"
to the county will no longer work. What
will work is taking the 5 cents a gallon tax
for gasoline, reduce the 7 percent sales tax
back to 6 percent and make available more
money for building businesses and creating
jobs to build the local economy, not sustain
the government growth.
Decisions-decisions, that's why the tax
payers pay the part-time commissioners
$50,000 with benefits a year.
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Community Events

Service club to host dinner Installation of pastor

The VFW Post 9528, 29012 East Hwy. 78,
Okeechobee, will host a corned beef dinner
on Sunday, March 14, from 12:30 until 4
p.m. The menu includes corned beef, small
potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and dessert. All
members and guests are invited. There will
be music from 1 until 4 p.m. We will have
door prizes. Donations are $8. For more in-
formation, call 863-467-2882.

Masonic Lodge to host
Sunday breakfast
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will
host Sunday Breakfast on Sunday, March
14, from 8 until 11 a.m. Donations are $6
each and breakfast includes, eggs, bacon,
sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits, gravy, cof-
fee and juice. The public is welcome.

Central Florida Presbytery and Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott
Ave., would like to welcome the community
to the special Installation Service on March
14, at 3 p.m. Rev. Loy Mershimer was first
installed as designated pastor for a two-year
term; he is not moving to a permanent call
by unanimous consent of the congregation.
Reception following the Fellowship Hall.

Free nutritional
analysis offered
CRA Nutritional Analysis Class will be of-
fered on Monday, March 15, at 5:30 p.m.
at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center.
The class is taught by Dr. Edward Douglas.
For more information, please call 863-763-
4320. There is no charge for this class.


Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
www.newszap. com.

Donald Barber
OKEECHOBEE Captain Don Barber, of Ea-
gle Bay Air Boats, journeyed home Thursday,
March 11, 2010, after battling cancer for more
than two years.
Born November
24, 1945 in Flint,
Mich., he married
Marcia Agle March 5,
1966. He served in
the U.S. Army He

was employed by
Dupont before he re-
tired in 1993. He was
Captain Don of Mar-
cia's too and MD
Charters in Harris-
ville, Mich.
He enjoyed being a Captain in Okee-
chobee as well.
He will always be remembered for his sense
of humor, his generosity and for the love he

showed his wife and family.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, El-
wood and Eugene; and his brother-in-law, Dick.
Captain Don is survived by his wife of 44

years, Marcia of (i.b ei,,,i, son, Chad and
Angie of Westerly, R.I.; daughter, Heather and
Randell Helm of Carrollton, Mich.; four grand-
daughters, Ashley, Alisha, Abbie and Jessica;
great-grandchildren, Nyomi and Nate; mother,

Virginia; two brothers, Duane and Aurine and
Bob; sisters-in-law, Erma, Pam and Sandee; and

brother- in- law, Doug.
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday,
March 16, 2010, at the Gathering, with Pastor
Mike Brown officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the Gathering for cancer patients.
Arrangements are entrusted to the loving care
of Bass (i.. i ....- Funeral Home and Crema-
tory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., (,i.... i- i'
Friends may sign the ... i..... i. at www.bas-
-, I.. .. .i- ,, /.. II .,,,

Richard Blaine Durrance, 56
OKEECHOBEE Richard Blaine Durrance,
passed away Thursday, March 11, 2010. He was
He was born November 10, 1953 in Winter
Haven. He was a
lead serviceman of
JBT Corporation. Mr.
Durrance moved to
(,i., ,, IJohnfrom
Leesburg in 1983.
He was of the Bap-
tist faith. Mr. Dur-
rance proudly served
our country in the
U.S. Navy.
Mr. Durrance is
survived by his wife
of 34 years,
Carol Durrance; his mother, Yvonne
Tomlinson; two daughters, Tonya Tyson (John)
and Karrie Daniels (Gene), all of (,ii..,, ,i ,
four sisters, Bernadette Holland of Georgia, An-
gela Simpson of Edgefield, S.C., and Alicia Pitt-
man and Charlotte Bailey, both of (,i,, i ,,
three brothers, WJ. Durrance (Terisa) of Okee-
chobee, Mark Durrance (Kebra) of Umatilla and
Dewitt Davis (Hazel) of Davenport; and three
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday,
March 14, 2010, at Bass (I. i 1.... -- - Funeral
Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday,
March 15, 2010, at Bass ( I....i, 1....- Funeral
Home, with Pastor Jim Gilbert officiating. Inter
ment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (,i.. i- .... Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., ( 'i.. ,, ii, ,, .
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Sign guestbooks at

Chaka's Stars to hold Flag
Football Tournament
A fundraiser to help the Chaka's Stars
program will be held on Saturday, March
20, at the soccer fields across from North
Elementary School. A flag football tourna-
ment will be open to both women and
men's teams. The cost is $200 per team. It
is a double elimination tournament. You
must bring your own ball to the game. The
deadline to enter is Monday, March 15.
Games begin sharply at 8 a.m. For more in-
formation call Daryl Allen at 863-697-3850 or
Chaka Smith at 863-634-7424.

Shrine Club to host
St. Patrick's Dinner
A traditional St. Patrick's Day Dinner will
be served including Corned Beef and Cab-
bage with all the trimmings. Don your best
"Green" and come join us on Wednesday,
March 17, from 6 until 8 p.m. and enjoy be-
ing Irish, even just for the evening! Music will
be provided beginning at 7 p.m. by Jim Elder.
Donations for the dinner are just $7. Tickets
are on sale now. Please call the Shrine Club
at 863-697-2049 for more information.

Revival at Fountain of Life
Fountain of Life, 1302 S.W 32nd St., in-
vites the community to their revival services
March 17-21 with Evangelist Steven Brown
from Wis. Nightly services start at 6 p.m. and
the Sunday morning service starts at 11 a.m.
For more information call 863-467-5503.

Church sponsors smoked
chicken dinner
United Methodist Men of First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will
be selling smoked chicken dinners on Fri-
day, March 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There
will be take out only with delivery available
for 10 or more dinners. From 4 p.m. to 6:30
p.m. it will be dine in or take out. The menu
consists of one quarter chicken, cole slaw,
baked beans, roll and dessert for a $6 do-
nation. Tickets are available at the church
office or you may fax your order to 863-763-
2481 by 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Please include
contact name, phone number and address
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Financial issues discussed
at presentation
OHS Academy of Finance and Seacoast
National Bank presents an update on the lo-
cal economy with William Pittenger, senior
vice president and Chief Real Estate Econo-
mist and Risk Advisor for Seacoast National
Bank on Thursday, March 18, from 5:30 un-
til 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus, 610 S.W. Second Ave. Topics of discus-
sion will include The present economy; how
we got into this mess and where we go from
here. Other items discussed include: What
does the short term future hold? A forecast
of the local market and also a discussion on
foreclosures. Come and learn more about
our economy and how it will affect you and
your future. There is no charge for this event.
Refreshments will be served.

'A Land Remembered'
discussion at Library Club
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book
Club will meet on Thursday, March 18, at
6 p.m. in the library board room. The book
for discussion is 'A Land Remembered" by
Patrick Smith. This event is free and open to
the public. For more information please call
Jan Fehrman at 863-357-9980.

Hospice hosting
Special Yard Sale
Hospice of Okeechobee (411 SE 4th
Street) will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale on
Thursday, March 18 and Friday, March 19,
from 8 a.m. until noon. Specialty items this
sale: Many NEW Easter items, Children's
clothing of all sizes and carpet remnants!
We have NEW ITEMS galore offered at ex-
tremely reasonable prices. Funds raised will
benefit patient care, including services at
The Hamrick Home. For information call

Church to host bake sale
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Ave., will have a bake sale on Satur-
day, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There
will be cakes, pies, cookies, fresh baked
bread, brownies and cupcakes.

Okeechobee News

March 14, 2010

March 14, 2010 Okeechobee News

Magistrate asked to

forgive code violation fine

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Through her lawyer, Wesley Harvin, Hel-
en Boree is requesting a code violation fine
amounting to $84,400 be reduced to zero.
During hearings on Tuesday Okeechobee
County Code Enforcement Special Magis-
trate Lois Nichols will also hear nine other
Beginning in 2005 and continuing into
2006 the Lakeshore Restaurant, which was
located at 50 U.S. 441 S.E. accrued fines on
two separate code violations amounting
to $84,400. At that time the restaurant was
owned by James and Helen Boree. They no
longer own the property.
Arnetta Givens and Johnnie Mays will
both have to answer charges of having
condemned structures on the Douglas Park
The special magistrate had previously
found that Vidal and Tiela Torres had built
a shed on their S.R. 70 W property without
the proper building permit. After obtaining
the permit, they were given until March 11 to
complete the work and obtain final inspec-
In a case that was continued from Janu-
ary, Earl and Kristal Hoover were ordered to
submit a permit application and plans for a
barn that was built in Viking without a per-
There are five cases that are facing a pos-
sible fine of up to $250 a day if they are not in
compliance. John D. and Laura S. Holt have
been ordered to remove the condemned
structure from their S.E. 60th Drive property.
Phillip McCallister has been ordered to bring
his S.E. 37th Way property into compliance
by removing a condemned structure. Arthur
J. and Linda J. Steinberg were asked to mow

If you go ...
What: Okeechobee County Code
Enforcement Special Magistrate Hear-
When: 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 16
Where: Okeechobee County
Health Department Auditorium, 1728
N.W Ninth Ave.
and secure the abandoned structure on
their N.W 38th Avenue property and repair
the skirting on the structure. If Robeldan C.
Acosta has not mowed and trimming the
overgrowth on his N.W 98th Street lot, he
could be fined. Gloria Jean Vonderau is also
facing a possible fine if she has not either
demolished or applied for a permit to re-
pair the structure on her N.E. 103rd Avenue
Post your opinions in the Public Issues
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ty School District, and Sharon Vinson, Shared Services Network. The pen-
cils arrived just in time to help students "attack the FCAT"! FCAT testing
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The fair continues through next weekend.
Throughout the fair, entertainment will
include the Kandu Magic Show, Pig Races
and the Motor World Display. Local arts and
crafts will also be on display and local busi-
nesses and organizations will have booths in
the exhibition area.
Weekdays, the fair opens at 5 p.m. On Sat-
urday and Sunday, the fair opens at noon.
On Sunday, March 14, the fair opens at
noon. The second performance of the two-
day rodeo starts at 2:30 p.m. The Hispanic
Band Jamboree starts at 5 p.m. The extreme
trail challenge horse event starts at 4 p.m.
Monday, March 15 is Ladies' Night at the
fair. with free admission for all ladies. The
Okeechobee Idol preliminary contest starts
at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 16, is student night with
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Sign ordinance back

on city council agenda
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News if yOU gO ...
The end may be in What: Okeechobee City Council
sight! The Okeecho- When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 16
bee City Council is Where: Council Chambers, Okeecho-
scheduled to hold the bee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.
first reading and set a
date for the final read-
ing of the long debated sign ordinance.
The proposed ordinance states that window coatings affixed to
the outside of windows by an adhesive will not be counted as part the
total allowable area for building signs. Nor shall temporary signs be
counted against the total allowable number of freestanding or build-
ing signs. The ordinance sets limitations on the number, type and
total areas of signs.
Turning to other matters, the council will consider a small scale
amendment to the future land use map from single family to com-
mercial for property in the 200 block of S.E. Third Street. The change
was requested by property owner Shirley Baker to allow for operation
of a home health care nursing office. The planning board has recom-
mended that the city council approve the request.
Lyn Topal of Florida's Heartland Rural Economic Development Ini-
tiative (FHREDI) will appear before the council to request support for
her organization's grant application for improved broadband internet
service. She will explain the technical details of the program as well
as the operation of Florida Rural Broadband Alliance, LLC, the corpo-
ration that would be set up to run the broadband network.
As a result of favorable insurance rates from Public Risk Manage-
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Rebecca Lasseter-Ashby, Tia Harsh, Faith Simmons, Lindsey Jaimes; sec-
ond grade students, Lillian Arellano, Orlan Hagins, Nichole Folbrecht, Ja-
son Birdwell, Molly Spearow, Brighton Bauman, Mayra Garcia; third graders,
Natalie Saucedo, Nicolas Thomas, Rocky Resendiz, Brenden Bostwick, Yes-
enia Santizo; fourth grade students, Taylor Jordan, Steven Lassiter, Johnny
Brooks, Danielle Martinez. Congratulations to all of the students.

Special to the Ukeechobee News/SES

Students of the Week
Congratulations to the Students of the Week for March 12. They are: Elijah
Cortez, Mayah Higuita, Ethan Adamo, Hayle Padgett, Alek Betscher, Bryan Ni-
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Doll collection commemorating

American history shared with DAR

On Dec. 5, Jennifer and Kathleen Turner
presented a program for the Okeechobee
Chapter Daughters of the American Revolu-
They displayed their American Girl doll
collection and the accompanying books.
The dolls are dressed to commemorate a
period in American history.
They represent a pioneer child, a native
American and many others. Each doll has a

book telling the story of the person repre-
sented by the dolls. The girls have been col-
lecting and lovingly playing with these dolls
since they were small children and now that
they are beyond childhood, plan to pass the
books and dolls down to younger cousins.
In this way they will create a legacy of learn-
ing and loving American history from them
to the future generations of their family.

Special to the Okeechobee News
Jennifer and Kathleen Turner stand by the American Girl doll collection that was
the subject of their presentation to the Okeechobee chapter of the DAR.

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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Christa Luna and Gilbert Chevrolet made a huge donation to OCRA Wednesday.
President Lawrence Fipps and an OCRA team posed for this photo shoot.

Gilbert Chevrolet goes to

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Equipment and check
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A brand new Chevrolet Traverse sat in
center field at the Okeechobee Citizens
Recreation Association Wednesday with a
group of young players standing beside it as
Gilbert Chevrolet donated $500 to the local
program as part of the Chevy Youth Baseball
The local dealership will help provide
baseball equipment, instructional clinics, a
monetary donation, and an opportunity for
the program to raise an additional $10,000
in funds through a Chevy vehicle giveaway-
General Manager Christa Luna said Chev-
rolet and Gilbert Chevrolet have a long his-
tory of helping the local community, "We're
happy to help the community. We want to
bring that excitement and commitment to
youth baseball in the communities where
our customers and their families live. Youth
baseball has always played an important role
in Okeechobee so we are thrilled to support
our kids in a meaningful way."
Luna herself played in the Okeechobee
program as a child along with her brother
Bert Culbreath, who also played college
baseball at Northwood University. Luna said
she likes to be able to give back to the com-
munity because she can see the results.
"I feel very good. It's a very nice oppor-
tunity to help Okeechobee youth baseball.
It is very nice to be able to contribute some-
thing back to the community because the

community supports Gilbert Chevrolet," she
OCRA President Lawrence Fipps said the
donation is a big help to the program. He
stated that in these tough economic times
the program really has to watch every dollar
they spend.
"We also wanted the kids to realize
where all the money comes from to support
the program. I think the kids appreciate all
our sponsors and all the help we get from
this community," he added.
Gilbert Chevrolet presented OCRA with
equipment kids that included equipment
bags, baseball buckets, dry-erase coach's
clipboards and Chevy youth baseball t-shirts.
The clinics will include experienced instruc-
tors from former Major League and Minor
league baseball players and coaches.
The league also has an opportunity to
raise funds in a Chevy Youth Baseball Fund-
raiser. Leagues across the country will each
receive 2,000 fundraiser entry tickets to dis-
tribute. The league will keep 100 percent of
the proceeds raised. Prizes include five new
vehicles which are worth up to $30,000 each
and a home entertainment center valued at
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Major League Baseball to the youth baseball
players in communities across the country
through the Chevy Youth Baseball program.
Now in its fifth season, the grass roots ini-
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and seeks to establish a positive connection
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they serve. The program has raised more
than $7 million dollars for leagues across the
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Softball team avenges last year's loss

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's softball team
waited a year before they could get a chance
to avenge last year's loss to Suncoast that ru-
ined their bid for a third consecutive district
Okeechobee got it Thursday night as they
defeated the Lady Chargers 2-1 in a pitchers
duel in Riviera Beach.
"The girls did enough to get out of there.
I would have like to have shut them out,"
Coach Kim Hargraves said.
Okeechobee had to wait an hour due to
a lightning delay in the 7th inning to finally
get the win.
They waited a half hour in the dugout
and another half hour in the school bus be-
fore they finally finished off the win.
Samantha Harrell was tough on the
mound. She allowed just a 7th inning home
run to Veronica Alred, and struck out 14 bat-
"I think we were the only game to play
in Palm Beach County, they made us wait
an hour, then gave us a 10 minute warm-
up, it was a tough way to finish a game,"
Hargraves said.
Although Okeechobee didn't manage
an official hit in the game, Hargraves said
the girls actually hit the ball pretty well. She
mentioned Suncoast has a bigger field with
a higher outfield fence than Okeechobee
and that some of the fly balls the Brahmans
hit would have been home runs had the

Sports in brief

Real Life Children's Ranch
plan benefit tournament
Real Life Children's Ranch will hold their
annual fund raising golf tournament on
April 17, at the Okeechobee County Golf
and Country Club. The entry fee is $50 per
person or $200 per team and includes cof-
fee, donuts, 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch
and door prizes.
There will also be an opportunity to win a
new car in the Hole-In-One contest.
For more information, contact Darlene
Mayors at 863-634-4200 (darlene.mayers@ or Bill Casian at 863-697-0211 (pep-

Rotary Club of Okeechobee
hosts L.O.S.T. ride-run-walk
Rotary Club of Okeechobee is having
their Seventh Annual L.O.S.T. Ride-Run-Walk
Event on Saturday, March 27.
Registration from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Scott
Driver Boat Ramp.
Registration fee is $20/adult and $15/chil-
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are free.
Bicyclists may choose to ride round-trip
courses of 12, 20, 40 or 54 miles. Runners
and walkers will follow a 5K course.
For more information or downloadable
registration forms visit: www.OkeechobeeR-

game been played in Okeechobee. "We hit
the ball hard and well but they were right to
somebody. The wind also affected some of
the fly balls."
Hargraves said Harrell pitched awesome
as she allowed just a few dribblers on the
infield and struck out 14. She also had good
Okeechobee scored their two runs in the
sixth inning against Lindsey Harris. Naomi
Stephens hit a fly ball that the left fielder mis-
judged. It dropped for an error.
Ashtyn Brown also reached base on an
error and both players scored when LeAnna
Cotton hit a popup that the catcher dropped.
The catcher's throw to first base couldn't be

handled and the ball went into the outfield.
Stephens and Brown hustled all the way
around to score the runs.
"Overall I think were the best team in the
district player by player. I do think that host-
ing a game is an advantage," she said.
Okeechobee was ranked seventh in Class
4A by Florida Sports Writers this week.
This weekend the Lady Brahmans played
at a tournament at Sebastian River. Friday's
games were cancelled by inclement weath-
er. Hargraves said the tournaments on the
Lady Brahmans schedule should provide the
team with some really good competition.

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Freshman Campus Auditorium (also known
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Golden Corral Restaurant.)
Parents who attend the meetings may ob-
tain their login and passwords for the system
there. Those who cannot attend the meet-
ings may obtain their login and passwords at
their child's school after March 22.
The link to the family access portal can
be found on the Okeechobee County School
System's web site at http://www.okee.kl2.
Instructional technology specialist Shaw-
na May explained that the Skyward system
gives parents access to all grades, assign-
ments given and information about missed
assignments. The calender notes which days
the child was tardy or absent.
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to pick the child up from school. However,
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Year-round water conservation starts Monday

Watering limited to two
days a week in Okeechobee

Sweeping year-round water conserva-
tion measures that will help protect South
Florida's water resources into the future take
effect on Monday, March 15, with the start
of permanent limits on landscape irrigation
throughout the South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD). The SFWMD
Governing Board today last week to rescind
emergency restrictions that had been in
place through water shortage conditions, so
that the new and permanent conservation
measures could begin.
"The move from emergency landscape ir-
rigation restrictions to year-round water con-
servation measures marks a historic turning
point for South Florida," said SFWMD Gov-
erning Board Chairman Eric Buermann.
"Water conservation in our region can no
longer be a reaction to short-term adversity.
Conservation has become a proactive strat-
egy to protect water resources for the long-
term benefit of our environment and our
Developed with input from water users
across the region after more than two years
and 30 public workshops, the rule limits ir-
rigation of existing landscapes to two days
per week. A provision in the rule allows
for three-day-a-week irrigation in counties
south of Lake Okeechobee, including Bro-
ward, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin,
Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach and St.
Lucie counties.
Residents and businesses in many areas
will notice no change in irrigation schedules
following the transition from emergency
restrictions to the Year-Round Landscape
Irrigation Rule. Highlights of the year-round
rule include:
Two-day-a-week watering in Charlotte,
Highlands, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola
and Polk counties. By local ordinance, resi-
dents and businesses in unincorporated
Orange County should follow the St. Johns
River Water Management District's land-
scape irrigation rule, which limits irrigation
to one day a week after Daylight Savings
Time ends.
Options for 3-day-a-week watering,
unless more restrictive local ordinances are
enacted, in Broward, Collier, Glades, Hen-
dry, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm
Beach and St. Lucie counties.
No irrigation, except as noted below,
on any day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Ir-
rigation using reclaimed water, rain harvest-
ing systems and various low-volume meth-
ods such as micro-irrigation, container
watering and hand watering with a hose
and automatic shut-off nozzle may be
conducted at any time.
Additional watering days are provided
following the installation of new lawns and
landscaping for up to 90 days.
The District may grant variances for users
of "smart" irrigation technologies described
in Senate Bill 494, passed by the Florida Leg-
islature in 2009.
The Year-Round Landscape Irrigation
Rule provides local governments with the
flexibility to adopt more stringent landscape
irrigation ordinances at their discretion,
based on local water demands, system limi-

stations or resource availability.
The Year-Round Landscape Irrigation
Rule is designed to curb water use in South
Florida the highest in the state at an esti-
mated 179 gallons per person per day. Out-
door irrigation accounts for up to half of all
potable water produced within the region.
Up to 50 percent of the water applied to
lawns is lost to evaporation and runoff with
no benefit to the landscape.
The District estimates implementation of
the Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule
may reduce overall potable water demand
by 5 to 10 percent, based on a recent SF-
WMD study of regional demand reductions
experienced during the 2007-2009 water
shortage. Under a two-day-a-week watering
schedule, the 44 largest utilities in the Dis-
trict saved an estimated 138 million gallons
of water per day over a six-month period
during the emergency water shortage.
The decision to end emergency land-
scape irrigation restrictions reflects im-
proved water conditions since the end of the
record 2008-2009 dry season. The El Nifio
weather pattern has brought above average
rainfall during the current dry season, and
groundwater levels throughout most of the
District are normal or above normal for this
time of year.
During the 2009-2010 dry season, the Dis-
trict has already received more than double
the rainfall compared to last year's dry sea-
son, which was the driest six-month period
in South Florida history based on records
dating back to 1932. The water level in Lake

Okeechobee is nearly a foot higher than it
was at this time last year.
Although some residents and businesses
may irrigate three days a week under the
new rule, two-day-a-week irrigation is often
more than enough for South Florida lawns
and landscapes, which typically need only
three-quarters to an inch of water a week.
Irrigation may not even be necessary if suf-
ficient rain falls during the week. In addition,
less frequent watering helps condition grass
to develop deeper, stronger roots, creating a
healthier, more drought-tolerant lawn that
can better respond to dry times.
"South Florida's residents and businesses
have learned many important lessons about
water conservation from recent droughts,"
said SFWMD Executive Director Carol Ann
Wehle. "Continuation of that educational
process during more favorable conditions
is crucial to the future success of the Year-
Round Landscape Irrigation Rule and other
water conservation steps taken by the Dis-
trict." The Year-Round Landscape Irrigation
Rule is a component of the District's Com-
prehensive Water Conservation Program,
approved by the Governing Board in Sep-
tember 2008 to encourage more responsible
use of water throughout South Florida.
For details on the Comprehensive Water
Conservation Program and water-saving tips,
please visit More in-
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salary, benefits & ca-
reer paths. Drug Free
Workplace, EOE. Please
fax resume to Angel,
863-763-5191 or call

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Needed for children's
OP services in H-G Co.
Must have Master's.
For info, call

Driver's Wanted for
Okeechobee, Lake Area
& other areas.
Part-Time. Responsible
for housekeeping duties.
Handyman skills helpful.
Bilingual (Spanish/Eng-
lish)preferred. Fax re-
sume to (863)357-2991
or apply at Florida Com-
munity Health Centers,
1100 N. Parrott Ave.,
Okeechobee, FL.

Part Time in Palm City
Area. (772)597-2629.

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or doubts about any ad
on these pages, we ad-
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ahead of time, you check
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for previous complaints.
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well as long distance toll
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but occasionally we may
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charges. Therefore, if
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For Sale: 2004 Key West
172, 90 Johnson Trol-
ling Motor, 2 fish find-
ers, Magic tilt trailer,
new mooring cover.
$10,500 419-307-2834

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in today's competi-
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of the classified

Dump Truck, Back Hoe
& Bobcat Services...
by Jason Summerford

Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734

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Thursday March 18th 4 p.m.

W 4 Oak Tree Place Condo's

1 Ancient Oaks RV Park Unit

- '1 ulIILa Inlave iluM iily IJIcuiu1 Inu LU III Iiwv I An active o+ community
/ New appliances, plumbing, flooring and kitchens /Membership in Condominium Association req'd
/ Central AC/heat $100 monthly association fee
/ CBS 1st floor, stucco on frame 2nd floor \/Many recreational facilities Country Store, rec
/ New roofs building, heated swimming pool & spa, laundry
/ Vacant unit ready to lease or move in facilities, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits,
/ Leased units earn good income and boat basin w/ boat docks
/ Centrally located V Lake Okeechobee access by boat
/ HOA membership req'd -$145 monthly \/Gated entrance
plus annual insurance billing
TERMS: NO MINIMUM! -All units sell without reserve! -10% buyer's premium Cash to bid
Seller Financing Available!
Conducted by OWNER John Ames
Karlin Daniel & Associates, Inc. 7A st

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Hay for Sale: Clean ferti-
lized round bales, cattle
hay. 863-634-3257

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is doing you in, it's time
to look for a helper in
the classified.

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ciency. Very clean!
$500/mo. Incl. utils. No
pets. Call 561-329-8205

How fast can your car
go? It can go even
faster when you sell
it in the classified.

1BA, furnished, no pets.
Pool. $650 mo. + 1st &
sec. 502-468-5976.

3/2/2 Eagle Bay area.
Nice yard, Kids and pets
welcome. 863-634-9330
or 863-467-2541

course, 2/3, Florida
room, garage, large
corner lot, 12 mi East of
Labelle. (970)728-8011

Waterfront, furnished,
unique 2 story, small
private apt., or mobile
home, no pets, back-
ground check, 1 person
only, $475/mo

Okeechobee 3BR/2BA,
good neighborhood,
spotless, $995 mo.

S.E. OKEE: 3 BR, 1 BA., CBS
Home. Annual lease. W&D,
$850 mo. 1st. & last sec.
dep. (863)697-1129

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VISION 1 1/4 2 1/2
acres, High and dry,
282 Second St. For Sale
By owner

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Dbl. Wide 3 BR, 2 BA,
C/Air. $700 mo. No
pets. $300 sec. dep.
FT. DRUM AREA furn.,
older mobile home, 1.5
br, iba, $425 dep., $425
mo. rent (912)925-2147/
(912)224-4658 or

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Mobile Home Angels
DW MH 4BR, 2.5BA,
renovated, on 1 acre
fenced in lot, screened
patio, shed, off 710 &
15A. $79,900. Call
2BR, 1BA 12X22 screen
room att. 3425 SE 36th
Ave. Okee. $10K. Call
Beverly. 772-318-8218
w/FL room, 1.5ba, car-
port, furnished, w/direct
lake okee access(no
locks) $45,000 neg.

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Park Model on Rim Canal
11/2 bath,Fla room, cov.
back porch, custom shed.
863-467-0381. $20,000.

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1990 Layton 24' CAMP-
ER See @ Fijian RV
Park #62, 6500 Hwy
441 SE, Okee. Keys @
#60 or #67 A must
see! Has glassed FI
room, partially fur-
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w/free boat dock,
friendly, gated park, wi
fi sites, pets ok. Lots of
outside space with
spectacular views.
Please leave message if
interested .
$3,400.00/or best offer
(561)829-8056 or

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$37,000 or best offer
(618)375-2365 or

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Johnson outboard '73,
65 hp, runs good
$500 obo 863-357-0015
or 309-296-3167

2000 Chevy S10,
auto, a/c, 4 cyl. #U4846
2002 Chevy Malibu
V6, auto, a/c, 4 dr. #U8747

only *3295*

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1999 Mercury Grand Marquis LS only $5495
Gold Coast Edition, Leather, loaded, 50,712 original miles
2002 Toyota Tundra only $7995*
4dr, V8, a/c, auto, low miles, extra clean #U8311

1999 Nissan Pathfinder
auto, A/C, 6 cyl, low miles #U1215

only *5895

1996 Subaru Outback Legacy only 12495
AWD, 4 dr., auto, a.c, #U1747
2002 Mazda Tribute- ES only *6995*
V6, Auto, A/C, leather int., moon roof, loaded. #U2992
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Notice of Hearing
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at
the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728
N.W 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda. For more information, contact Faye
Huffman at the Panning and Development Department, 499 N.W. 5th Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, (863) 824-3015.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public
meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforce-
ment Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the Department.
Faye Huffman, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
348383 ON 3/12,14/10______________

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2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport only '5495
Auto, a/c, loaded #U0007
2000 Cadillac Catera only $5495*
4dr, auto, 6 cyl,A/C, leather, 83,713 miles, xclean #U5188

1999 Dodge Durango only $4995*
V8, A/C,7 Pass, auto, leather #U5146
2001 VW Jetta only $4995
5 spd, 4 cyl, moon roof, gas saver #U0188
2000 Mercedes ML 430 AWD only '8595*
V8, a/c, moon roof, leather, navigation system, loaded, x
nice #U9436
2003 Ford F150. only $5995*
V-6, auto, a/c, stepside, pw, pl, cruise, tilt, bedliner #U1991
2004 Ford E350 12 pass van only $5995
dual a/c, V8, loaded, auto, very clean #U7053

18 Okeechobee News March 14, 2010

CASE NO.: 2007-DP-063
D.R. DOB: 2/14/07
Mother of the minor child:
Shanera Rodgers
(surrendered parental rights)
TO: Father of D.R., Jemaine Orr
Residence and Address Unknown
312 N.W. 3rd STREET,
AT 1:30 P.M. ON THE 3rd DAY OF

OF, THIS 27th DAY OF JAN. 2010.
345473 ON 3/14,21,28;4/4/10
School District Advisory

The Okeechobee County School
District Advisory Council will meet
on Monday, March 15, 2010, at
6:00 p.m., in the School Board
Meeting Room, 700 S.W. 2nd Ave-
nue, Okeechobee. This meeting is
open to the public.
Patricia G. Cooper Ed.D.
Superintendent oSchools
348729 ON 3/14/10
Case #2009 CA 000831
BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP
f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans
Servicing, L.P.,

4 meeting of the local Emergency Food and Shelter Board will be held on
:nday, March 19th, at 5:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church,
Room 21, 200 NW Second St.
publicc or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for these funds
should cal the Chair before above date to apply. Deadline for applications is
larch 19th before 5:00 p.m.
4 National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management
agency (FEMA) consists of representatives from the American Red Cross,
:atholic Charities, USA, National Council of the Churches in Christ in the
JSA, The Salvation Army, and the United Way.
4 local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to
lelp expand the capacity of food and shelter programs around the Country.
Jnder the terms of the grant from the Natonal Board, local Agencies cho-
;en to receive funds must: be private voluntary non-profts or units of gov-
2rnment; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have
demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter pro-
grams; and if a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary
public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency
ood and Shelter Program funds must contact local board Chair by March
19th to determine eligibility. Local Board Chair, Mary Anne Swinford at
;863) 763-5725.
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Stephanie N. Smith; Unknown Parties
in Possession #1; Unknown Parties
in Possession #2; If living, and all
Unknown Parties claiming by,
through, under and against the
above named Defendant(s) who are
not known to be dead or alive,
whether said Unknown Parbties may
claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs,
Devisees, Grantees, or Other Clai-
TO: Stephanie N. Smith
Residence unknown, if living, includ-
ing any unknown spouse of the said
Defendants, if either has remarried
and if either or both of said Defen-
dants are dead, their respective un-
known heirs, devisees, grantees,
assignees, creditors, lienors, and
trustees, and all other persons claim-
ing by, through, under or against the
named Defendant(s); and the afore-
mentoned named Defendant(s) and
such of the aforementioned unknown
Defendants and such of the afore-
menbtioned unknown Defendants as
may be infants, incompetents or oth-
erwise not sui jurns.
that an action has been commenced
to foreclose a mortgage on the fol-
lowing real property, lying and being
and situated in Okeechobee County,
Florida, more particularly described
as follows:
more commonly known as
3758 Northwest 36th Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972.
This action has been filed against
you and you are required to serve a
copy of your written defense, if any,
torneys for Plaintiff, whose address is
2424 North Federal Highway, Suite
360, Boca Raton, Florida 33431,
within thirty (30) days after the first
publication of this notice and file the
original with the clerk of this Court
either before service on Plaintiffs at-
torney or immediately there after;
otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on the 1st day of March, 2010.
Circuit and County Courts
BY: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
348069 ON 3/7,14/10

South Carolina Department of
Social Services,
Tusha Jacobs
Alan C. Foley
In the interests of:
Love Jacobs DOB: 11/21/96
Elaine Jacobs DOB: 01/07/98
Minors under the age of 18.
required to answer the complaint for
termination of your parental rights in
and to the minor children) in this
action, the original of which has been
filed in the Office of the Clerk of
Court for Abbeville County, a copy of
which will be delivered to you upon
request; and to serve a copy of your
answer to the complaint upon the
undersigned attorney for the plaintiff
at 105 W. Pinckney St. Abbeville, SC
29620 within thirty (30) days follow-
ing the date of service upon you, ex-
clusive of the day of such service;
and if you fail to answer the com-
plaint within the time stated, the
plaintiff will proceed to seek to termi-
nate your parental rights to the
above-capbtoned child
have the right to request the ap-
pointment of an attorney to repre-
sent you, should you be unable to
afford an attorney. If you are finan-
cially unable to afford legal counsel,
then you should apply to the Clerk of
Court for the appointment of counsel
to represent you, upon proper show-
ing of indigency. YOU MUST APPLY
Name: R. Eugene Pruitt, Jr.
Attorney for Plaintiff
105 W. Pinckney St.
Abbeville, SC 29620
Fax: 864-366-8902
S.C. Bar No. 4590
Abbeville, South Carolina
February 23, 2010
347399 ON 2/28;3/7,14/10

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State Road 68 east. Sud-
denly she saw a vehicle lose
control in the south bound
lane. The vehicle eventu-
ally flipped over and headed
right for her school bus.
Ms. Rowe took preven-
tative actions, pulled the
bus to the side of the road
and watched as the vehicle
come to rest just 30 feet
north of the bus.
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"The kids were okay.
There were two young ones
under the age of four. The
mom got the little girl out
and I got the little boy out.
I know he was scared. I
tried to talk to him in a calm
voice. He looked at me like
I was 20 feet tall. I checked
him out and got him out and
everything worked out," she
Ms. Rowe said she ap-
preciated the award she
received from the Okeecho-
bee School Board Tuesday
night. She told the crowd
amidst a standing ovation
that she was just doing the
job she was trained for.

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whelmed. It caught me by
surprise. I really didn't think
too much about it. I think
about it from time to time
because I see the vehicle
flipping with the kids inside.
I'm just at a loss for words,"
Ms. Rowe added.
Ms. Rowe's quick actions
to pull the bus to the side of
the road were applauded by
Transportation Director Lou-
ise Piper. She said everyone
should applaud what Rowe
"She is just a wonderful
individual. We are so proud
of her and so pleased. She
deserves this," she added.

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Bobbi Poole
The teen group, "Storm," from Oakview Baptist Church performed at the recent,
"Teens Alive" event. The teen leader is Mr. Steve Murray. Tiffany Murray is play-
ing bass; Ryan Reister, on guitar; Stephanie Perara on drums, Phillip Murray at
the piano and Makensie Tomlinson and Sammy Wine both on vocals.

Teens Alive helps children in need

By Bobbi Poole
Special to the Okeechobee News
Music to my ears. Teens playing in a band,
contemporary gospel music, the smell of
pizza in the air, and games being played.
This is the life of the group entitled,
"Teens Alive," who meet once a month to
share gospel, music, fun, food, as well as
participate in meaningful projects like a car
wash and bake sales, which help to sponsor
a Dominican and Haitian Orphanage camp.
The students have been asked to gather
up small toys, art supplies, dress-up clothes,
dolls, shoes, snacks, etc. The monies col-
lected by the students will help purchase
additional items for Shelly Sickels and Mrs.
McCrary to deliver to the children in need
over the Spring/Easter break.
April 20, Teens Alive will be honored in
the School Board meeting by Dr. Pat Cooper,
District Superintendent, as she has been so
impressed by the group's community ser-
vice projects, such as the hugely successful
Christmas food drive which far surpassed
last year's goal of 400 pounds of food. This
year 2,132 pounds of food were collected in
less than two weeks. All food was distrib-
uted to the needy.

The overwhelming generosity of the stu-
dents and dedicated staff actually provided
Thanksgiving baskets for dozens of Yearling
students as well as a weeks worth of grocer-
ies to 14 more Yearling families.
Teens Alive is a very special giving group
of students, learning to serve their fellow
man, pray with and for different families
and friends in the community, while having
a fabulous time doing it. It is all about life's
Different local churches help to sponsor
the events by donating the food to be served
to the entire group during their meetings. All
students are encouraged to join in on the ac-
tivities and fun. Please contact Mrs. Sickels.
The community can be of help on Mon-
day, March 22, by taking part in the Celebrity
Server Night in the Golden Corral. The eve-
nings tips will help sponsor the trip to deliver
the toys, treats, and clothing being collected
for the orphanage.
Want to join in on the next Teens Alive
group meet? April 16, 3-5 p.m. is the time to
meet up in the Yearling gym.
Thank you to all the sponsors, parents,
and teachers who take part in this great
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