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Fate of 2011 American Legion Free Fair in doubt

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The fate of the American Legion Free Fair
is uncertain.
This year's American Legion Free Fair
had to close three days earlier than sched-
uled because of a conflict with the dates of
the Okeechobee County Fair. Florida Statute
616.13 states that amusement rides are pro-
hibited "within a 5-mile radius of and within
30 days before or during any public fair or

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exposition being operated by a fair asso-
ciation." This year's county fair took place
March 12-21.
A similar conflict is brewing for next year.
The free fair is currently scheduled for Febru-
ary 3-13, 2011, while the county fair is sched-
uled to start March 11, 2011, an overlap of
three days.
At their meeting on Thursday evening,
April 22 the fair association board of directors
invited American Legion Post 64 officials, the

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sponsors of the free fair, to their meeting to
discuss the issue. However, no agreement
was reached with both sides sticking to their
scheduled dates.
"They weren't willing to negotiate," said
Dan Fennell, first vice commander of the
The fair association claims they have no
choice. While state law allows the fair asso-
ciation to waive the rule, they say their con-
tract with the carnival ride provider specifi-

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Special Olympics

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cally states they must enforce the rule that
prohibits any competing carnivals within 5
miles and 30 days.
"You have a vendor that dictates what
you can't do?" was Mr. Fennell's response.
The fair association says their dates are
set by the Florida Department of Agricul-
ture and Commerce in conjunction with the
youth livestock show and other county fairs.
Mr. Fennell responded that the fair as-
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Confederate veterans remembered

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Nine men buried in Okeechobee County
who fought on the side of the Confederate
States of America were honored last Sat-
urday during brief ceremonies at the Fort
Drum, Basinger, and Evergreen Cemeteries
in Okeechobee.
The 16th annual South East Florida Con-
federate Memorial Day Motorcade normally
includes Okeechobee but the local Sons of
Confederate Veterans Camp is no longer ac-
tive. Seventeen cemeteries and 171 veterans
will be honored this year.
Commander of the Sons of Confeder-
ate Veterans in this area Wesley Frank vis-
ited the cemeteries Saturday and placed the
rebel flag at each of the grave sites. He said
he likes to remember these men as veterans
who fought for what they believe in.
"These are our kin folk. These people are
the ones that developed what we know as
Florida. To have them out here and forgotten
is not what I want to see happen," he said.
"I'm a veteran and I prefer that we honor
these men as veterans."
Buried in Basinger are Shadrack Chan-
dler, William Raulerson, Matthew Underhill,
Jeremiah Walker, William Underhill, and
Abner Wright. Joel Wesley Swain is buried
at the Fort Drum Cemetery. William H. Un-
derhill and William Yeager are buried at Ev-
ergreen Cemetery.
According to historic websites, Swain
built the first church in Fort Drum which was
built on the north side of the old Fort Drum
Cemetery. He also built the first school
house in Fort Drum and was a teacher there.
He was the pastor of churches in Fort Drum
and Plant City during his life which began in
1836, and ended in 1900.
Mr. Frank said many of the veterans bur-
ied in Okeechobee were cattle ranchers
who provided the beef that fed confederate
soldiers during the war. The cattle would
be driven up from the Kissimmee Prairie to
Waldo in Alachua County. South Florida also
provided salt to the war effort as ocean wa-
ter was boiled into salt, shoveled into barrels
and brought north.
"These men went off to war to defend
their homes and their cattle. Many of the
Basinger men were cattle ranchers. Many
of them rode with the special cattle guard
that provided beef to the Confederacy," he

Wesley Frank places a Confederate
flag on a grave in Basinger on Satur-
day. Mr. Frank visited three Okeecho-
bee cemeteries on Saturday to honor
men who fought in the Civil War.
Mr. Chandler was a part of two Florida
cavalry units during the war. He later opened
up the Basinger General Store after he set-
tled in Basinger in 1877. William Underhill
was instrumental in the establishment of the
first school in Basinger. He was a leading
cattleman in the area after he moved here
from Polk County in the late 1870s. Yeager
was originally from Georgia. He fought in
the last major battle of the war at Hender-
son, N.C. under Confederate General Joseph
Johnston before he moved to Florida.
The major battle of the war in Florida
was the battle of Ulustee on Feb. 20, 1864.
Union troops came to Florida to recruit
black soldiers, and sever rebel supply lines.
5,000 Confederates under the command of
General Joseph Finegan, repulsed a force of
5,300 under the command of General Quincy
Gilmore in the battle in Baker County. Frank
said it is likely some of Okeechobee's Con-
federate dead were involved in this battle.
The Seminole Tribe provided 62 soldiers
to the Confederate cause during the war,
Frank added.
The Florida State legislature set aside
April 26, as Confederate Memorial Day. The
declaration in Virginia and Mississippi has
drawn some protests and controversy in re-
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April 25, 2010

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Poker run, hot rod show highlight Bike Fest

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A poker run, burn-out pit and slow ride
competition are just a few of the events to be
staged at the Fourth Annual Gang Free Bike
This year's event will be held in Flagler Park
on Saturday, May 8, starting at 9 a.m. when
vendor booths open. The motorcycle events
will get under way in the park around 1 p.m.
There will also be a balloon toss competi-
tion, a hot rod and customized motorcycle
show and live entertainment.
The event is free and open to the public.
According to Detective Lieutenant Brad
Stark, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of
fice (OCSO), the poker run will start at Cow-
boy's Restaurant with the first bike taking off at

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felo-
ny or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Randy Ryan Ramirez, 28, N.E. Ninth Lane,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 22 by Deputy
Lieutenant Keith Murrish on a warrant charging
him with possession of burglary tools. His bond
was set at $5,000.
Dionicio A. Rodriguez, 31, Okeechobee, was
arrested April 22 by Deputy Joseph Hall on an

Okeechobee County warrant charging him with
burglary. His bond was set at $15,000.
Charles Wayne Suarez, 22, Brinkerhoff Lane,
Okeechobee, was arrested April 22 by Deputy Cor-
poral Randy Thomas on a felony charge of pos-
session of a controlled substance. He was also ar-
rested on misdemeanor charges of resisting a law
enforcement officer without violence and driving
while license suspended with knowledge. His
bond was set at $6,000.
This column lists arrests and not convictions,
unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has had the charges
against them dropped is welcome to inform this
newspaper. The information will be confirmed
and printed.

9 a.m. The last bike will leave at 11 a.m.
From Cowboy's, bikers will go to Big Mike's
Sports Bar then continue on U.S. 441 S.E. to
J&S Fish Camp. The next stop will be the Cy-
press Hut Eagle's Club, which will be followed
by stops at the Good Spirits Lounge and the
Iron Eagle. The final stop on the seven-stop run
will be in Flagler Park.
"They can stop at all seven, or any five
stops," said Lt. Stark. "The winner will be the
best five cards."
The OCSO investigator said proceeds from
the poker run will go the Gang Free Scholar
ship Fund. That fund gave out four, $500 school
arships to local graduating seniors last year.
Lt. Stark said the purpose of the annual
event is to raise money and awareness to help
thwart recruitment of local youth into criminal
street gangs. The OCSO investigator, who is
charged with documenting and keeping track

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of local gang activity, said he has documented
129 gangs locally and is currently working 21
active gangs.
This year, the Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce and Masonic Lodge #237 will be
taking part in the Bike Fest. Chamber Executive
Director Brenda Appleton said that group will
have "festival type" booths in the park that will
include arts and crafts vendors.
Food booths will be operated by Lodge
members, she added.
These booths will help raise funds for the
Chamber as well as the Masonic Lodge, said
Mrs. Appleton.
To rent a booth, contact the Chamber at
863 763 6464. Booth rentals will be taken
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Public Forum/Speak Out

Reflections from the pulpit

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!

County budget
exceeds revenue
I understand that the county is in need
of some changes. However I do not agree
with cutting peoples pay or taking peoples
jobs. Maybe they should look into using
some of the emergency funds they have,
The county is in need of a million or
so dollars to meet their budget. The admin-
istrators are looking at cutting pay or posi-
tions from its employees. I am against this.
The county has several million in emergency
funds that a million or so could be gotten
from and no one lose anything. I'm in favor
of this.
Say you called 911 and stated you need-
ed an ambulance because you were having
really bad chest pains. Answer #1- OK, sir
I'll stay on the line with you until the am-
bulance gets there, and it's on the way. OR
Answer # 2- OK sir you're third on the list
they will get with you when they have time.
How well would you like those employee
cuts then??
How will you feel about budget cuts
when you make a call and say "hey someone
is breaking into my house how soon can you
send a deputy my way?" Everyone always
thinks it is useless until you need someone,
then they want to complain. But people
need to listen now before it is too late! The
life you may be saving could be your own!
County employees who work emergency
services, i.e. firefighters, ambulance service,
dispatch, and all law enforcement CANNOT
AFFORD TO TAKE A HIT! Truly everyone's
life depends on it. Make a cut elsewhere if
you have to, but some things are SACRED!
I do not want to see the county cut the
number of officers, EMTs or firefighters on
the street serving the public. But I think the
county needs to take a hard look at office
staff and administration in all departments.
There may be some cuts they can make
without endangering the public. And any
"double dippers" should be first on the cut

I was happy to see the mustangs were
taken by people who will take good care of
them. I hope the Buckhead Ridge woman
who took the little filly with the club foot
sends photos in to the paper so folks can see
her progress.
I have one mustang now, she has
come a long way. They are different but, in
my opinion, well worth the time and effort! I
just can't believe they went for so little. I fig-
ured the prices would be higher with all the
attention this has received, but I guess that
just shows how the market is today. I am just
glad they are safe and not off to slaughter.
Watching the television news, I was sur-
prised how many details about the mustang
story the reporter got wrong. For example,
they said the mustangs came from out west
and had been adopted through the BLM pro-
gram, which was not right. Only one was a
freeze branded BLM mustang. The rest were
the descendants of BLM mustangs born on
a ranch in Myakka City not St. Cloud as re-
ported on TV Maybe the TV reporters should
have read the full story in the Okeechobee
News last week.

Pain clinics
Not all pain clinics are jokes and not ev-
eryone that goes to one is doctor shopping.

Clean Lake Okeechobee
Get Big 0 clean then stock it like they're
doing in Lake Trafford. The restoration of
that lake is awesome! Why not over here?
Whatever happened to the 9-County Coali-
tion's support of cleaning up the lake bot-
tom? Supposedly it was understood by the
powers/agencies that be, that even if water
was clean flowing into Lake 0 from the Kis-
simmee, it would not be clean after flowing
thru the big muck bowl that is Lake 0 when
storm winds churn it up.
They have contributed $3 million so
far to the project. Lake Trafford is only 1500
acres. Lake Okeechobee is 467,000 acres,
311 times the size of Trafford, meaning $933
million and not finished yet.
I think de-mucking 467,000 acres would
equal about a billion cubic yards of muck.
That would make a huge pile somewhere

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Jesus Loves the
Little Children

By Wendy Schaffer
Pastoral Counselor, The Pregnancy Center
of Okeechobee
I remember singing an old Sunday School
song called "Jesus Loves the Little Children."
I pondered on why Jesus loved and spoke of
the children. Recently, I was reading some
poetry by Edna Abbott that shed some light
on the special characteristics of little chil-
"I think I may have figured out why Christ
loves children so,
"For little folks have lots of love to give
away, you know.
"They aren't too busy with their toys to
put them down awhile,
'And if you give them half a chance they'll
snuggle up and smile."
Edna has touched on some of the pre-
cious qualities that Christ loves in children.
When the disciples attempted to keep the
children from coming to Christ, Jesus said,
"Suffer little children, and forbid them not,
to come unto me, for of such is the king-
dom of heaven. And He laid His hand on
them." (Matthew 19:14-15) Jesus used the
children as examples for us to follow. "And
Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set
him in the midst of them. And said, 'Verily
I say unto you, except ye be converted, and
become as little children, ye shall not enter
into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever
therefore humbles himself as this little child,
the same is greatest in the kingdom of heav-
en. And who so shall receive one such little
child in my name receiveth me.'" (Matthew
18:2-5) "God has graciously given children
to us." (Genesis 33:5) If we, as believers,
learn to be modest, to not be prideful, and
to be unpretentious, we will remember our
rank with God-our Father. Then we "are all
the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."
(Galatians 3:26) In turn, Jesus says, "Ye are
my friends." (John 15:1) We are not just ser-
vants of God, because God loves us and we
love Him. We are to have a relationship with
Him. His greatest commandment to us is to,
then, love one another. (John 15:12)
Consider the following lines of poetry
and ask yourself, if Jesus has a new friend
in you. Edna captures the essence of what
Jesus is seeking.

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"I think that kids are pretty smart, they're
sharp as they can be./They know when they
are really liked, they're pretty fast to see.
"Right through a grown-up's plans or
schemes, and know when they are wrong.
"If you're a phony they can tell, it will not
take them long.
"There's something else I like about the
small fry that we meet.
"They always have a zest for life, no mat-
ter on what street.
"Forgiveness from these little folk is yours
upon request.
"They'll give you love at anytime, it's
what they do the best.
"So share your love with little kids, and
give them a fair shake.
"You'll be surprised how you'll enjoy the
new friends that you make."



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and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy,
with a high near 88. South wind between 5
and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of show-
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low around 66. South wind around 10 mph.

Extended Forecast
Monday: A chance of showers and thun-
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Chance of precipitation is 40%.
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Torch run benefits Special Olympics 1m:t

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Through hard work and a lot of gener-
osity, the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) has so far raised over $5,000
through their fundraising campaign for the
Special Olympics.
Their campaign will culminate with a
Law Enforcement Torch Run on Saturday,
May 1, that will begin at the sheriff's office
and end at Publix. Once at the supermarket
on U.S. 441 S., OCSO runners will be joined
by up to 50 local Special Olympic athletes
for a lap around the Publix parking lot, said
OCSO Major Noel Stephen.
"The (OCSO) Special Response Team
will meet at the sheriff's office and carry the
torch to Publix, which is one of the national
sponsors of the Torch Run and Special Olym-
pics," said Maj. Stephen. "If anyone wants to
show support they can be along the route or
meet at Publix."
Maj. Stephen said Lieutenant Gary Bell
will carry the torch on its first leg, from the
sheriff's office to the main traffic light at
U.S. 441 and S.R. 70. From there, Sergeant
Rob Coleman will run the second leg and
carry the torch from the main light to S.E.
21st Street. The torch will then be passed to
Sergeant Jimmy Mills who will carry it to its
final destination at Publix.
Prior to the run, which is slated to start at
9 a.m., a brief ceremony will be held at the
sheriff's office. Maj. Stephen anticipates that
the OCSO runners should reach the Publix
store by 10 a.m.
Even though this is the first time the
OCSO has taken part in the Law Enforce-
ment Torch Run, it has already exceeded
everyone's expectations in the amount of
money raised for Special Olympics.
According to OCSO Criminal Investiga-
tions Division assistant Michele Bell the
sheriff's office had raised $5,464.93 as of
Friday, April 23. The money has been raised
through the sale of T-shirts and caps, as well
as payroll deductions by OCSO employees.
She said it's her understanding that, to
date, the OCSO has raised more money for
Special Olympics than Palm Beach County.

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sociation forgot that the American Legion
was held in conjunction with livestock show
over 40 years ago in connection with the free
fair. He said that one year some cattle got
out and the America Legion was told they
had to have steel pens. Mr. Fennell said that
is when the fair moved to the old ag barn on
U.S. 441 N.

While some employees pledged $1 or
$2 per paycheck to Special Olympics, Mrs.
Bell said others have donated up to $5 per
"And, we've had well over 60 percent par-
ticipation," she said.
The payroll deduction program started in
Although all of the caps have been sold,
Mrs. Bell said she still has plenty of gray Law
Enforcement Torch Run T-shirts for sale. The
shirts are $12 each.
"We have quite a few left, and we have
all sizes except extra large," said Mrs. Bell,
who added that she won't be getting any
more shirts to sell.
According to the Special Olympics web
site, Eunice Kennedy Shriver held a summer
camp in June of 1962 that was the predeces-
sor to the Special Olympics.
In 1968, the first International Special
Olympic Summer Games were held in Chi-
cago. The first International Special Olym-
pic Winter Games were held in Steamboat
Springs, Colo., in February of 1977.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run was
launched in 1981 in Wichita, Kans., by then-
Police Chief Richard LaMunyon.
The web site went on to state that the
Torch Run now raises $30 million annually
for Special Olympics.
To donate or purchase a T-shirt, contact
Michele Bell at 863-763-3117.

Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) will stage a Law Enforcement
Torch Run on Saturday, May 1, in honor of the Special Olympics. As a fundraiser
for Special Olympics, the sheriff's office is taking donations and selling special
T-shirts (shown here) for $12 each. Major Noel Stephen (left) and Criminal In-
vestigations Division assistant Michele Bell (right) said Friday, April 23, that the
sheriff's office has raised $5,464.93 for Special Olympics.

Health Department offers free STD testing

April is STD Awareness Month and the
Okeechobee County Health Dept will be
offering free STD (Sexually Transmitted
Disease) testing on April 27, 28 and 29,
from 9 until 11 a.m. to Okeechobee Coun-
ty residents. Please call 863-462-5819 for
an appointment to be tested.
There are approximately 19 million
new cases of sexually transmitted diseases
in the U.S. each year, almost half of them
among young people 15-24.

Mr. Fennell claimed that the Thursday
night meeting was the first time the Ameri-
can Legion had heard the dates for the coun-
ty fair. He said that American legion was not
invited to a meeting the month before when
fair dates were discussed.
Linda Syfrett, president of the board
stated that the dates for next year's fair were
posted at this year's fair as well as on their
website. She said the dates are always the
"If you want a reasonable solution, back
your fair up 3 days," was the opinion of Terry

Okeechobee County had 150 reported
and treated STD cases in 2009. Of the 150
cases, 134 of those were Chlamydia. Many
of those who are infected do not know it
because STDs do not have any symptoms.
If you are sexually active and have not used
a condom for protection, the only way you
will know for sure is to be tested. Please
take advantage of this free confidential ser-
vice and know your status.

Burroughs, treasurer of the fair association.
Mr. Fennell said at this time he did not know
what the post would do. He said the execu-
tive board of the post would have to meet to
decide on their course of action.
There has been some confusion over the
dates ever since the first county fair in 2007.
Paul Partridge, commander of the post,
thought the free fair was grandfathered in
since they had been operating around the
first Sunday in February for over 40 years. A
letter dated Oct. 17, 2006 from Mr. Burroughs
to American Legion Post 64 stated:" This
letter serves as written consent as required
by Florida Statute 616.13; the Okeechobee
County Fair Association, Inc., has no prob-
lem with the American Legion Post 64 con-
ducting the American Legion Free Fair dur-
ing the month of February, 2007."
In 2008 and 2009 there was no conflict
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Jan. 31 and closed on Feb. 10., in 2009 the
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Golf tourney planned for Chaka's Stars
Tee it up with the stars at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club on Saturday, May 8,
for the Second Golf Tourney to benefit Chaka's Stars. The event begins at 7:15 a.m. and
is hosted by Channing Crowder and Phillip Merling of the Miami Dolphins. Registration
begins with a Continental Breakfast and begins promptly at 7:15 a.m. Scramble with
shotgun starts at 8 a.m. $75 per person, $300 per foursome. Includes lunch and prize
drawings. For more information, please call Chaka Smith at 863-634-7424 or Terry at

April 25, 2010

Okeechobee News

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Community Events

Freedom Outreach holds
Fishing Tournaments
The Freedom Outreach Fishing Tourna-
ments will be held on the following dates:
Sunday, April 25, May 30, June 27, July
25 and Aug. 29. The $80 cash entry fee for
each tournament in the series includes the
Big Fish Pot and the Classic Fund, with a 70
percent payback. The final event, the Clas-
sic, will be held Sept. 26. To qualify for the
classic, you must have fished at least four
events from now to August. The classic will
be a one-day event with a $120 cash entry
fee. All tournaments are held at Scott Driver
park from safe light until 2 p.m. with Taylor
Creek as the alternate in case of low water.
Please register early. To get an entry appli-
cation or for questions, call 863-634-3790 or

Basinger School Reunion
to be held
The Basinger School Reunion will be held
on Sunday, April 25, at the Basinger Com-
munity Center at 1 p.m. LeRue Tripp will pro-
vide the meat again this year. Please bring a
covered dish of your choice. Paper goods,
tea and ice will be provided. Please notify
anyone you know who attended Basinger
School. Call Alta Lee Barber at 863-634-9735
or 863-467-1303 or Beedie Mae Thomas at
863-763-3579 with questions.

Collaborative Council sets
meeting date
The next meeting of the Community Col-
laborative Council, a part of the Shared Ser-
vices Network of Okeechobee, will be Tues-
day, April 27, at 10 a.m. in the board room
of the School Board Office.

Babysitter class planned
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will hold a Babysitter's
Training class. Anyone interested in the class
must be between the ages of 11-15 yrs. of
age. The class will take place on Saturday,
May 8, beginning at 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and
will take place at the American Red Cross,
Okeechobee Service Center, 323 N. Parrott
Ave. Cost for the class is just $40. For more
information or to register, please call 863-
763-2488 as space is limited. Lunch will be
provided and participants will receive their
Red Cross certification card the day of the
training as well as the Babysitter's Training

Victor Elliot to present
program on Orchids
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet
at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 26, at the Ex-
tension Office, 458 Highway 98 N. Local
grower Victor Elliott will present a program
on Caring for Orchids in the Spring. He will
also bring orchids to sell. The Garden Club
will meet beforehand at 6 p.m. For more in-
formation please call extension at 863-763-

Business breakfast planned
Christian Business Breakfast, Monday,
April 26, 7 a.m. at Hampton Inn. $10 cash.
Sponsored by Reach FM and The Tucker
Group. Come have breakfast, fellowship, in-
troduce yourself and your business and hear
Brandon Tucker share from the Word a chal-
lenge for our day. If you need more informa-
tion call 863-467-8080."


Special to the Okeechobee News/OKMS

Grand opening
Okeechobee Main Street helped new business owners Richard Sampson and Mi-
chelle Crawford celebrate the grand opening of Fly-N-Hi Enterprises on Saturday,
April 17. Several hundred people shared in the Ribbon Cutting ceremony that
took place at 10:30 a.m. followed by plenty of food & drink, gift drawings and
raffles, monster trucks, antique cars, bounce houses and a live DJ. Fly-N-Hi is
located at 4375 U.S. 441 South. From left to right are: Okeechobee Main Street's
Terry Burroughs and Maureen Burroughs, City Councilman Dowling Watford, Fly-
N-High employee Kayla Neswick, Owners: Michelle Crawford and Rich Sampson,
Jamie Tindall, Megan Schooley OKMS Executive Director Toni Doyle and City
Councilman Mike O'Connor. Not pictured, County Commissioner Noel Chandler.

Dine with the Doctor
Raulerson Hospital continues the popu-
lar "Dine with the Doctor" on Tuesday, April
27, in the North Dining Room of Raulerson
Hospital. Dine with the Doctor is a medical
lecture series held on the last Tuesday of the
month. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m. fol-
lowed by the presentation. Our guest speak-
er will be Dr. Christopher Mavroides, who is
board certified in Internal Medicine. Dinner
tickets are $5, the lecture is FREE. To R.S.VP.
or for more information please call Marnie
Lauter, Public Relations and Marketing Co-
ordinator for Raulerson Hospital at 863-824-

OKMS Mixer event set
Okeechobee Main Street's April Mixer
will be held on Thursday, April 29, from
5-7 p.m. This month's mixer will be co-
hosted by the Hampton Inn located at 1200
NE Park Street. Our mixers are a great net-
working opportunity for the businesses and
residents of our area. Whether you have a
new or old business, new to Okeechobee or
would like to know more about Okeecho-
bee Main Street please join us for network-
ing, refreshments, door prizes and a chance
at the Mega 50-50. For more information call
863-357-MAIN (6246).

GAL meeting planned
The monthly meeting of the local Guard-
ians ad Litem (GAL) will be held on Thurs-
day, April 29 from 2 until 3 p.m. The meeting
will be held at Mom's Kitchen in Okeecho-
bee, 909 S. Parrot Ave. New volunteers are
always invited to come and find out more
about how to help a child. Speak with one of
our GALs and get a free cup of coffee!

Dinner event planned
to benefit school
Get set for an evening of fine dining and
entertainment on Saturday, April 29, at the
Bream Room of the Speckled Perch, Hwy.
98 North and Hwy. 78 West. The evening
will start off with appetizers at 6 p.m. for
social hour until 7 p.m. when entrees will
be served. A silent and live auction will be
held throughout the evening. Tickets for the
event are $50 per person and all proceeds
will benefit Peace Lutheran School. Seating
is limited for this very special evening event
so RSVP early by calling 863-763-7566.

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where family and friends can share reflections,
remembrances and condolences.

Scouts begin new district event
The public is invited to enjoy an event
hosted by the new Big Lake Boy Scout District
on May 1, at the Lakeport Community Cen-
ter. The new district is open to kids from all
Lake Okeechobee communities. There will
be a Pine Wood Derby Race, horsemanship,
contests and games. Come see what scouting
means to young people. There are many small
things an adult can do to help the new district.
The hours are 8 4 p.m. More informa-
tion about this event will be in the newspa-
per next week. Call Ray Worley, Big Lake Boy
Scout District chairman, 863-447-1114.

Church Bass Tournament
The Church Challenge Bass Tournament
will be held at Roland Martin's Marina on
Lake Okeechobee May 7 and 8 to ben-
efit Florida Baptist Children's Homes. For
more information contact Stan Drew at or visit www.jump-

Special to the Okeechobee News/Teresa Chandler
Kiwanis Guest speaker
Joe Hasselbach, regional director,
G4S Youth Services, and Tracy Zack,
president Urban Tails spoke to the
members about an exciting upcom-
ing project for the youth at the G4S
facility. Joe and Tracey are working
to facilitate the Urban Tails program
which will teach the youth respect,
caring, empathy, accountability and
responsibilities for dogs with one-
on-one care. The dogs in the pro-
gram have been abandoned by own-
ers and rescued by Urban Tails. G4S
will be holding a fundraiser to help
with the cost of the kennels need-
ed. Pictured here left to right, Jerry
O'Bannon, Joe Hasselbach, Tracey
Zach and Jim Vensel. For more in-
formation, please contact Joe Has-
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reorganize local chapter

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Elks Club is a great organization. It
once existed in Okeechobee and, like the
phoenix, it could possible rise again.
Years ago Okeechobee had a thriving Elks
Club. According to Ernie Basil, who is trying
to reorganize the Elks Club in Okeechobee,
the local club folded about 10 years ago as
members passed away and moved out of
the area. He said the club dwindled down
until there were 5 to ten people trying to
keep it going.
The Okeechobee Elks Club finally dis-
banded with those who wanted to remain
active attending meetings in other cites. He
said some former Okeechobee members
went to Stuart and he belongs to an Elks
Club in Jupiter. When the local organiza-
tion disbanded, the building was sold. That
money has been kept in an interest bearing
account by the Elks organization and would
be available for purchase of property and
construction of a new building.
Mr. Basil said that in order to reconstitute
the club and have access to that money, they
must have 125 people signed up. In order
to be an Elk a person must be over 21, be a
U.S. citizen and believe in God. They would
have to pay a $30 initiation fee which would
be held in a guaranteed account. If the

magic number of 125 is not reached, those
who paid would have their money refunded.
Mr. Basil said that 42 people have signed up
and he has contacted 40 or 50 former Elks.
The Grand Lodge of the Elks Club has been
notifying him of Elks from other areas who
move to the Okeechobee area. He has been
contacting them to see if they would be in-
terested in joining.
According to Mr. Basil, the Elks Club sup-
ports many charities such as the Boy Scouts
and the Girl Scouts and veterans organiza-
tions. In Florida there are two state wide
charities supported by the Elks. One is a mo-
bile physical therapy service that sends vans
around the state to help children up to 16
years old free of charge. The other charity is
a youth camp with 750 acres and 45 cabins.
This camp is rated the number one camp fa-
cility the country.
The new Okeechobee Elks Club would
be more family oriented with a fitness area
and a game room. Mr. Basil said they are try-
ing to attract younger members. They would
also like to have outdoor space for barbe-
cues. Mr. Basil, who has been an Elk since
1985, said the Elks Club will have a booth
in Flagler Park on May 8 for the bike fest to
draw attention to their cause. Anyone who
is interested in joining the Elks Club can call
Mr. Basil at 863-610-0470.


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New Okeechobee Veterinary

Hospital opens for business

State-of-the-art clinic goes
to the dogs and cats
Cats and dogs in Okeechobee soon will
receive treatment in a new, state-of-the-art
health care facility now that the Okeecho-
bee Veterinary Hospital owned by Jim Har-
vey, DVM and Rene Harvey has received its
certificate of occupancy.
Built by Kirchman Construction Co., the
two-story, 8,375 sq. ft building was a $1.66
million project, making it one of the larger
privately funded commercial projects in
Okeechobee County in the past couple of
years. It was completed about 30 days ahead
of schedule.
According to Ronnie Kirchman, vice pres-
ident of Kirchman Construction, the new
hospital incorporates a number of special
features, including a unique double-door
vestibule entrance that allows animals to ad-
just to the clinic environment before coming
into the reception lobby. In addition:
Check-in and check-out stations are in
separate areas so that animals can be taken
directly out of the building after treatment in-

stead of going through the reception area.
The reception area is anchored by a 12-
foot high, stone veneer wall that separates
the check-in and check-out stations, and
boasts a tongue-and-groove cedar ceiling.
There are six exam rooms and a surgical
suite with two operating rooms, radiology
and prep rooms. The hospital also has 14
dog runs and a separate feline kennel area,
and the building is storm-proof, with a Gal-
valume metal roof and hurricane-rated im-
pact windows and doors throughout.
The building was designed by BDA Archi-
tecture of Albuquerque, NM, which is one
of the nation's leading designers of animal
care facilities, but most of the construction
work was done by subcontractors based in
Okeechobee County.
"We always try to support the commu-
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as project manager. "In this case, we didn't
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Okeechobee News
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March according to the latest report released
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tion, Labor Market Statistics Center.
Okeechobee had 13.2 percent unemploy-
ment in March which compared to 13.8 per-
cent in February. There were 2,435 people
out of work last month in Okeechobee and
2,534 during February. In March, 2009, un-
employment levels stood at 10.7 percent.
Glades County had 11.5 percent unem-

ployment in March when 523 residents were
without a job. In February the jobless rate
was 12.1 percent. There were 543 residents
out of work in February.
The state unemployment rate decreased
from 12.3 percent to 12 percent in March.
The jobless rate was 2.5 percent higher this
year when compared to March, 2009.
Around the Big Lake area Hendry County
had 14.1 percent unemployment, Martin re-
ported 12.7 percent unemployment, Palm
Beach County 12.1 percent, St. Lucie 14.6
percent, and Highlands 11.9 percent.

Shrine Club presents Margaritaville Night
Celebrate "Margaritaville Night" every Thursday at the Okeechobee Shrine Club where
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Smoke Free environment. Proceeds will benefit Shrine activities. For information, con-
tact the Shrine Club at 763-3378. For information regarding this announcement, please
contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427.

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Okeechobee News April 25, 2010

Deadline extended for ag

emergency assistance

Diane Conway, County Executive Director
of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Okeecho-
bee County has announced that USDA will
accept late-filed applications for the Emer-
gency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees
and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for
losses that took place in calendar years 2008
and 2009. ELAP sign-up ended on Dec. 10,
2009, for 2008 losses and on Feb. 1, 2010, for
2009 losses. However, because of changes
to program eligibility provisions, FSA is now
accepting late-filed applications for 2008
and 2009 livestock, honeybees, and/or farm-
raised fish losses through May 5, 2010.
"ELAP provides emergency assistance to
eligible producers of livestock, honeybees
and farm-raised fish that have losses due
to disease, adverse weather or other condi-
tions, including losses due to blizzards and
wildfires," said CED Conway.
According to CED Conway, ELAP assis-
tance is for losses not covered under other
Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assis-
tance programs established by the 2008
Farm Bill, specifically the Livestock Forage
Disaster Program, the Livestock Indemnity
Program and the Supplemental Revenue As-
sistance Payments Program. ELAP is being
implemented to fill in the gap and provide
assistance under other conditions deter-

mined to be appropriate.
ELAP eligibility provisions have been
amended for both honeybee and farm-raised
fish producers. The modifications include al-
lowing honeybee and farm-raised fish pro-
ducers who did not replace their honeybees
or fish that were lost due to a natural disaster
to be eligible for ELAP payments based on
the fair market value of the honeybees or
fish that were lost. In addition, the require-
ments to document losses for honeybee
producers who suffered losses due to Col-
ony Collapse Disorder (CCD) were modified
to allow documentation by an independent
third party for losses in 2010 through Sept.
31, 2011. Producers can self certify losses
due to CCD for 2008 and 2009.
For more information or to apply for ELAP
and other USDA Farm Service Agency disas-
ter assistance programs, please visit your
FSA county office or
USDA is an equal opportunity provider,
employer and lender. To file a complaint of
discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office
of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue,
SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call
(800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382

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208 S.W. 5th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974

(863) 763-6742

Okeechobee Livestock Market Report

April 19 & 2U, 2U1
Breaking $53.00
Cutter $49.00
Canner $41.00
1000-1500 $62.00
1500-2000 $65.00

U Med#1
$60.00 200-250
$59.00 250-300
$45.00 300-350
$68.00 450-500
$72.00 550-600

Monday Tuesday
Calves 324 797
Cows 201 411
Str 21 24
Hfrs 5 20
Bulls 4 16
Yrlngs 67 51
Mix 34 40
Total 655 1359

Med #2





Small #1
220-235 110-115
300-350 125-140
350-400 100-120 101-107
Well, cattle weren't any higher
this week, for once. Most classes of
calves were steady, 4-500# seem
to have the most demand. Cows
and bulls were mostly steady. Far-
Mar Ent. topped the calf market
with a high of $1.90, bought by
Curt Wilson. Robert Capote and
JB Ranch topped the cow market
with a high of $63.00, bought by
Central. We are now .. ri. ii, .
our sales live on the internet-go
to and fol-
low directions to view sales every
monday and Tuesday.


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Okeechobee News

April 25, 2010

Senior is integral part of two teamsense Real Estate Broke
............. 634-5588

By Charles M. Murphy

Okeechobee News
If you ask two coaches at Okeechobee
High School which player would you least
like to lose, it is a good bet that their answer
would be the same, Aaron Suarez.
The senior has earned praise from team-


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Aaron Suarez gets ready for an at bat
during a recent Brahman game.

mates and coaches alike for his emphasis on
team work and hard work.
Baseball coach Dylan Tedders said Suarez
is all about team. He does the little things that
help the Brahmans win. He will lay down a
bunt. He'll move the runners around by hit-
ting ground balls to the right side. He always
hustles, and does a great job on defense at
second base.
Suarez said it just feels good to play
sports and be around the team, "I just try to
be the best teammate that I can be. If a guy
makes a mistake I try to help them and lift
them up."
Suarez is often seen going to the mound
to settle pitchers down. He tries to help the
younger pitchers feel comfortable.
"I just go to the mound and relax them by
saying something funny or reassuring. I tell
them to trust their defense because we al-
ways have their back. I just try to make them
feel calm," he added.
Basketball Coach Bryan Van Camp also
has high praise of Suarez. He said it was very
important to the team when Suarez came
back after a year off. He praised his leader-
ship on the floor and his ability to make his
teammates better.
Suarez said he went back to basketball
because his friends asked him to. He said he
played with a lot of them in middle school,
and in the county recreation league. "My
friends kind of talked me into it. I missed
playing basketball because it's one of my
favorite sports."


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Suarez didn't seem bothered by the year
off from basketball. He immediately became
a factor as he became the starter at point
guard by the end of the year. His ball han-
dling skills, knowledge of the offense, tough
defense, and accurate three-point shooting,
were big assets for the Brahmans who won
15 games this year.
"I had to practice a little bit and it took me
a little bit of time. About midway through
the season I felt good. I just love playing bas-
ketball," Suarez said.
And his coaches and teammates loved
having him too.



(863) 763-2334 *(863) 801-9497CELL
P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee FL, 34973
1039 S.E. Everglades Blvd* Okeechobee


This is a unique house loaded
with history. Hurricane Hide Room
in middle of house. MLS
#203080, $49,900.
WELL KEPT MH. Corner lot with
plenty of curb appeal. Two huge
screen porches. Spacious workshop
w/sink and bathroom, includes a
Refrigerator. Concrete foundation with
te downs. MLS #203135, $69,900.
to shopping etc. Appliances including
washer & dryer. Shingle Roof in
2005. Big pantry 4x7. Double roofed
and double sided for extra insulation.
MLS #202925, $49,900.
captured lake, furnished, a large lot
Private sprinkler system needs
updating. Pump house on lake. RV
Parking with dumping, electric, water.

2/2 DWMH manicured fenced in yard
on a corner. Laminate floors in Living
h Room, Ktchen, Dining Room. Two
Concrete driveways. Possible roof
leak at peak. PRICED TO SELL!!!
MLS #203197, $49,500.
pool, clubhouse, activities year
around. It has a nice screen porch to
enjoy your evenings. Marina and
access to Lake Okeechobee. Gated
community. MLS #202773, $24,500.

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SW 2nd Court,
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Yard Sale located be-
hind Town Star on Hwy.
70 West Various Items.

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Busy Child Care Center
seeks Experienced
Caregiver. Must have
45 hrs. Please call

Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.
have Class A Lic., Clean
Driving Record & 10 yrs
exp. Call 863-467-5223

Some to Sell Regardless of Price!
2 Lake Okeechobee Canal Homes
Will Sell Regardless of Price April 2, 12:00prn
DG-373 3243 SE 25th St, 2BR/3BA
DG-374 3636 SE 26th St, 2BR/1.5BA
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faster when you sell to look for a helper in
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Okeechobee County

Experienced Electrical
Lead Men for local pro-
ject. Please forward re-
sumes to Beaumont
Electric, 4584 Mercan-
tile Ave., Suite E, Na-
ples, FL 34104 or Fax
to (239) 643-1262 or
email to: debbie@

Earn up to $100 per day.
Evaluate retail stores,
training provided, No ex-
perience required. Call

For a 1 Person Office in
Okeechobee. Fax resume
to 863-452-5072

Lincare, leading nation-
al respiratory company
seeks Healthcare Spe-
cialist. Responsibilities:
Disease Management
Program, clinical
evaluations, equipment
setup & education. Be
the doctor's eyes in the
home setting. RN, RRT,
CRT licensed as appli-
cable. Great personality
with strong work ethic
needed. Competitive
salary, benefits & ca-
reer paths. Drug Free
Workplace, EOE. Please
fax resume to Angel,
863-763-5191 or call

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale in the classi-
fieds and make your
clean up a breeze!

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.

How do you find a job
in today's competi-
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employment section
of the classified

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ness commercial and
residential for more de-
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another man's treas-
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but occasionally we may
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Dump Truck, Back Hoe
& Bobcat Services...
by Jason Summerford

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

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ing with a classified ad.

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Fruit Plant Sale Blue-
berries=$6ea, Loquat,
Fig, Plum, Southern
Crabapple=$12ea, Mus-
cadine & Scuppanong
Grapes =$7ea-Apples,
Sapotes, Strawberry
Guavas, Barbados Cher-
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Apartment for Rent
2Bd 1 1/2 Ba In Town,
Very clean W/D $650 mo,
1st, last & sec.
WATER Including all
utilities, some restric-
tions apply, by appt.
only. (863)357-2044
leave name and number
if no answer.
2BR/2BA, in town, W&D,
$800 mo. + $500 sec.
Call (863) 634-5780
NW OKEE: 2br, quiet St.
Pets ok, $650/$700, 1st,
last & $500 sec.
ciency. Very clean!
$500/mo. Incl. utils. No
pets. Call 561-329-8205

1574 Sq. Ft. office bldg.
@ 210 NE 3rd Ave.
Call 863-763-0295

1000 sf, on busy inter-
section. With approx .6
acre vacant lot. Formerly
Trailer sales, possibility
for boat, RV, Auto, etc.
sales/service. Asking
$2000 per month plus
deposit. Yearly lease.

Taylor Creek Condo
1/1 Furn. $975 move
in, 1ST mo FREE,
W&D, water & elec.

3/2/2 in Lazy 7, on 1
acre lot. Ceramic tile
floors throughout. Kids
& pets welcome.
863-634-9330 or

BASSWOOD 1300 sq
ft CBS, 3br,2ba, tile
throughout, fenced
yard, 10x10 shed,
$1000/mo, 1st, last &
Sec. Avail immediately.
Call Tony

Basswood 3BR/2BA, 1
car garage, tile & car-
pet, split plan, dish-
washer, $1100 mo.
Beautiful 2BR/2BA
house in Kings Bay. Lake-
view, washer & dryer,
a/c, swimming pool.
$800/mo. plus utilities.
Call 561-255-4377.

Beautiful Country
Home in Country Hills Es-
tates built 2006 on 5
fenced acres, 3BR/2BA,
furn., $1500 mo.
HOUSE, $450.00/mo
(863) 261-6381

CBS 3BR, Southwest
section, great location,
remodeled & upgraded,
Corian, marble, Oak
cabinets, tile floors,
24/14 encl. FL rm, huge
fenced backyard, 12/12
wood shed, landscaped.
Move in June 25th.
$900/mo. neg. 1st, last
& sec. Credit & back-
ground check.
863-357-0391. HURRY!
For Rent Lovely 2bd/lba
with lake access,FI. room,
garage & dock.$850 mo.
sec. deposit rqd. call

2ba, $875/mo + sec.
Call (772)528-7004 or
Rental Available -
3bd/3ba CBS home built
in 2009. Vaulted ceilings,
tile floor on corner lot.
Located in Okeechobee
Hammock Pritchards Real
Estate 863-610-1980

Home. Annual lease. W&D,
$850 mo. 1st. & last sec.
dep. (863)697-1129

Free Wifi! Weekly $150
or mo. $375 incl. elec.
Call 863-763-0295

Upstairs &
Downstairs Avail.


for 2 roommates, share
4 br hse. $275/mo

April 25, 2010

Okeechobee News

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CBS 4/2 + mother-in-
law, like new cond., in
ground pool, 20x30
steel shed, fenced, .48
acres, city water &
sewer $138,500
For Sale- Kings Bay
New CBS 3/2/1 $112,000
Call for info

Oak Lake Villa one sto-
ry, 2/2, tile floors, w/d,
all appl's incl., exc.
cond., $85,000.

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BHR, 2br/2ba,
Furn. W&D. $975
move in, $725 mo.
Small pets ok
FOR RENT: 3/2 (avail.
July) and 2/1 Cottages.
Newly remodeled. 12
miles north of Okeecho-
bee on beautiful ranch.
Water, trash & lawn
maintenance included.
(863) 467-2982
For Rent: Well main-
tained Treasure Island
2bd/2ba w/lake access,
furn. or unfurn., Ig Fl.
rm., screened in porch,
dock must see to ap-
preciate $800 mo.
lst,last & sec. call
Park model, 12x36, laun-
dry room, 30x10 CBS
building, 150x100' lot,
oak trees, 6mi N off 441.
$6+50/mo, 1st & sec.
ON WATER 2/1, Large
yard. Quiet street. No
mowing. $550 mo.

Mobile Home Angels
DW MH 4BR, 2.5BA,
renovated, on 1/2 acre
fenced in lot, screened
patio, shed, off 710 &
15A. $85k. Owner fi-
nance w/10% down. Call

dbl wide on water, porch,
Ig edition, boathouse,
$100,000 (863)763-0474

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Sell your used items
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60 hp evinrude 60 hp
evinrude with controls
2.5 years left on 5 year
warrenty conpleat re-
build lots of power
(561)626-0541 or

The classified are the
most successful sales-
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Your next job could be
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60 hp evinrude 60 hp
evinrude with controls
2.5 years left on 5 year
warrenty complete re-
build lots of power
(561)626-0541 or
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2003 DODGE RAM 1500
Black, single cab,
cloth seats, one owner,
V-6, automatic trans-
mission, air condition-
ing, air bags, CD, cruise
control, 109K miles.
Please call after 5pm.
$5,000 /neg

Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the
When you want some-
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the classified.
2004 BMW 5301 04
BMW 530i blue w tan
leather int. orig owner,
68K miles, new tires,
bluetooth, runs great,
all records. $15,900 /or
best offer

147 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee

2002 Nissan Sentra GXE only '5495*
Auto 4 cyl, A/C, 4dr, PW, PL, Cruise Tilt Loaded,
gas saver; 83,000 miles #U5822
2001 GMC 2500 SL only $4995*
Utility box, Auto, A/C, 6.0 V8 #U3106
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 only $9495*
4 dr, Auto, Leather, Like new
1999 Mazada Protege only *4295"
A/C, Auto, PW, PL, CD Stereo, low miles #U6660
2003 Ford F150 only '5695*
V-6, auto, a/c, stepside, pw, pl, cruise, tilt, bedliner #U1991
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT only '6495*
4dr, Auto, V8, A/C, 18" wheels #U3653
2001 VW Jetta only *4995*
5 spd, 4 cyl, moon roof, gas saver #U0188
2001 Lincoln Navigator only '6495*
V-8, A/C, Leather, TV, Loaded #U6125
1997 Geo Tracker only *1995*
5 sp, 4 cyl, new tires, #U2900
2003 Mitsubshi Spider Conv. only '6295*
Auto, Leather, Loaded #U2337
2001 VW Jetta only *4995*
5 spd, 4 cyl, moon roof, gas saver #U0188
2000 Ford Expedition XLT only $5995*
V8, auto, a.c, leather, 3rd row seating, loaded, #U3225
1999 BMW 528i Black Beauty only $5995"
auto, a/c, 6 cyl, leather, moon roof, loaded #U1390
2002 Mercury Villager Van only '5695*
7 pass, A/C, moon roof, leather interior, loaded #U8436
2004 Isuzu Ascender only $7495"
4dr, auto, 6 cyl, A/C,loaded #U3204
plus tax, title, tag & dealer fees se habla espahol

1983 FORD F=250 -
2wd,x-cab,auto good
work truck $1,500 /or
best offer
(863)801-1151 or

heavy duty, single axle,
farm hitch, no lights,
13.5' x 6.5' overall (bed
8'x 5.5') Good condition,
$195, Mon.-Fri.
8:30-3:30. 863-467-9800

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Notice is hereby given that the un-
dersigned, pursuant to the "Fictitious
Name Statute," will register with
Florida Department of State, Division
of Corporations the fictitous name,
to wit:
King Enterprise
Under which we expect to engage in
business at:
517 E. Village Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
In the City of Okeechobee/County of
Okeechobee, Florida.
That the parties in said Business en-
terprise are:
King Enterprise
Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County, Florida this the 22nd day of
April, 2010.
Ray Burn King
352402 ON 4/25/10


RFP #2010-08
Notice is hereby given that Okeechobee County, Florida, hereby requests
sealed bids for he supply and delivery on an annual basis of poo chemicals
consisting of sodium hypochlonte (liquid chlorine) and non-fuming Aqua
Guard Pool Acid to the Sports Complex swimming pool located at 580 NW
27th Lane, Okeechobee, FL. Contractor shall also include the installation of
a 1,000 gallon minimum capacity High Density Polyethylene tank if the Con-
tractor cannot supply a visual inspection as specified in 5240.44 of the
South Florida Building Code-Hazardous Storage Section for the existing
tank. Bids should be submitted on the "Invitation to Bid" summary sheet.
Detailed specifications may be obtained from Darrell Enfinger, Parks and
Recreation Director, 640 NW 27th Lane, Okeechobee, FL 34972,
(863) 763-6950.
Bids are due no later than Monday, May 10, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. and shall be
submitted in a sealed envelope and clearly marked "OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
POOL CHEMICALS AND BULK TANK BID, RFP #2010-08". Proposals are to
be submitted to: Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at
312 NW 3rd Street, Room 206, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Bids received after
the deadline for submission will not be opened or considered.
CESSIBLE JURISDICTION. Okeechobee County reserves the right to waive
formalities or informalities, to reject or award any and all bids or parts)
thereof, or to negotiate further with any or all bidders and accepts no re-
sponsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery of bids to the County.
Responses to the "Invitation to Bid" will be submitted to the Board of
County Commissions on or after May 13, 2010, with recommendations) for
bid awardss.
Sharon Robertson, Clerk Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
Okeechobee County, Florida Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners
352444 ON 4/25/10

BID NO. PW 03-00-04-10
Sealed Bids will be received by the City of Okeechobee at City Hall, 55 SE
3rd Avenue, Rm. 101, Okeechobee, FL 34974, no later than 1000 a.m. on
Friday. May 7. 2010. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud in
the City Council Chambers. Bids may not be revoked after bid opening. Any
BIDS received after the bme specified will not be accepted.
Bid packets can be obtained from the Office of the General Services Depart-
ment, 863-763-3372 x217, during normal hours, Monday through Friday, 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.
Envelopes should be clearly marked "Side Ann Tractor Mower Bid No.
PW 03-00-04-10" and may be hand delivered or mailed to the address
listed above. Facsimile or emailed bids will not be accepted.
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cause, to waive technical errors deemed most advantageous to the City. All
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Okeechobee News April 25, 2010

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Okeechobee schools are now participating in the "Go Green-Get Green" re-
cycling program sponsored by SP Recycling of Fort Pierce. Getting the pro-
gram started are, left to right, Renee Geeting, principal at South Elementary
School, Brian Greseth, principal at Seminole Elementary School, Vanessa McAl-
lister, assistant principal at Central Elementary School, Mary Paulson, assis-
tant principal at South Elementary School, Randy Paulson, principal at Central
Elementary School, Jim Fusco, custodian at Everglades Elementary School,
Graceanna Henderson of SP Recycling and Dale Barettt, director of operations
for Okeechobee schools.

Okeechobee schools recycle

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee residents will now be able
to help the environment by recycling old pa-
per and help the schools at the same time.
All 10 Okeechobee schools are partici-
pating in the "Go Green-Get Green" recy-
cling program sponsored by SP Recycling
of Fort Pierce. Each school has a red and
green dumpster for recycled paper. This is
not only for the use of the school but private
citizens and businesses are also encouraged
to use the dumpsters. Money earned from
recycling at each school will be retained in
that school's internal account.
Dale Barrett, director of operations for
the school system, said that one good thing
about this recycling program is that it ac-
cepts shredded paper. In the past all shred-
ded paper from the schools had to be sent
to the landfill. In addition to shredded paper
the Go Green-Get Green program accepts
newspapers, magazines and office papers.
The program does not accept cardboard,

telephone books or wrapping paper and
If businesses have enough waste paper
to warrant their own dumpster, they should
contact Graceanna Henderson of SP Recy-
cling at 561-662-4382. A dumpster will be
placed at their business and the proceeds
from recycled paper will be applied to the
nearest school.
For over 28 years SP Recycling has been
the leader in recycling newspapers, collect-
ing and purchasing more than one million
tons of old newspapers each year The par-
ent company of SP Recycling, SP Newsprint
Company, is the nation's largest producer
of 100 percent recycled newspaper. SP Re-
cycling purchases old newspaper through
its ten Florida divisions and its other 27 pro-
cessing facilities in 12 states.
Contact the office at your nearest school
to find out where to drop off the paper.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
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