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Vol. 99 No. 119


Workshop planned
The Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT) in part-
nership with the Florida Heart-
land Rural Economic Develop-
ment Initiative (FHREDI), with
the assistance of the University
of South Florida/Center for Ur-
ban Transportation Research
(CUTR), and a consulting firm,
Tindale-Oliver and Associates,
is undertaking the Heartland
Rural Mobility Plan to iden-
tify mobility and transportation
needs and opportunities for the
Heartland Region.
The Rural Mobility public
workshops will be interactive
exchanges of information on
the Heartland Region's mobil-
ity issues, needs and potential
improvements. A workshop is
planned for Wednesday, April
30, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners' Cham-
bers, 304 Northwest Second

Summer Play Camps
sign up postponed
Sign ups for Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation's
2008 Summer Play Camps have
been postponed and will not
'open until Monday, May 12 at
8 a.m.
Pre-Registration will be held
at the Okeechobee County
Sports Complex in the Parks
and Recreation office, 640
N.W 27th Lane, from May 12
through May 30.
Enrollment is limited and
slots are filled on a first come
basis. Campers must be 6-12
years of age. Play camps will
operate Monday Friday, from
June 16 through August 1 (ex-
cept on-July 4) from 8:30 a.m.
until 4:30 p.m. at Douglas
Brown Community Center and
the Okeechobee County Civic
Extended hours, 7:30-8:30
a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. will be
available at the Okeechobee
County Civic Center.

Drought Index

Current: 308
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.36 feet
Last Year: 9.78 feet

Sponsored By:

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

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Community Events................... 4
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Survey shows teen drug use

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The 2006 Florida Youth Sub-
stance Abuse Survey shows
an increase in the use of alco-
hol, tobacco and drugs among
Okeechobee teenagers.
The survey included 752
students between 6th and 12th
grades. Students were asked
about whether they've used vari-
ous substances within the past
30 days.
In the survey, 37 percent
stated they had used alcohol, 23

percent were involved in binge
drinking, 15 percent smoked cig-
arettes, 10 percent used smoke-
less tobacco products and 11.4
percent used marijuana.
The students were also asked
whether they had used any kind
of inhalants, ecstasy and other
drugs within 30 days of taking
the survey. In response to these
questions 4.1 percent reported
the use of inhalants, 1.6 percent
reported the use of ecstasy, 2.9
percent reported the use of pre-
scription pain killers, 7.4 percent

used illicit drugs besides mari-
juana, and 40.3 percent reported
using both alcohol and illicit
T .. 7 also found that
Oke, had a higher risk
for c alcohol abuse than
I ounty in the state
I lin County.
ctors take into ac-
ident and parents
it alcohol, smoking
Social factors, family
I 'mic performance,
] rs, and local com-

munity values and laws. Another
factor is a teenager's, attitude
toward the availability of illegal
drugs and alcohol.
The survey also asks students
about delinquent behaviors they
may have been involved in during
2006. They ask about assaults,
arrests, whether they were ever
drunk or high at school, whether
they stole vehicles, or even if
they've sold drugs.
In Okeechobee 14.6 percent
of respondents stated they had
attacked someone with the intent

Submitted photo/SFWMD
To enhance environmental restoration in southern Lake Okeechobee, the South Florida Water Management District
is transplanting 1,500 mature pond apple trees from the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir construction zone
into the rich muck soils and tree islands surrounding Torry Island. Pond apple trees provide important habitat for
other native species including the endangered snail kite a,* endangered Okeechobee gourd.

Pond apple trees planted in muck

apple trees within the foot-
print of the Everglades Agri-
cultural Area (EAA) Reservoir
construction zone are getting
a fresh start in the rich muck
soils of Torry Island in south-
ern Lake Okeechobee.
The South Florida Water
Management District (District)
is transplanting 1,500 of the
mature trees this month to
benefit ongoing habitat resto-
ration work on Torry Island in
Belle Glade in western Palm
Beach County. The project
takes advantage of the avail-
ability of trees as tall as eight
feet that would be completely
submerged in the massive EAA
Reservoir when complete.
"This is a unique opportu-
nity to enhance environmen-
tal restoration efforts in Lake
Okeechobee," said Dr. Susan
Gray, Watershed Management

Department Deputy Director
for the South Florida Water
Management District. "These
projects and others are im-
portant components of Lake
Okeechobee and Everglades
Pond apple trees provide
desirable habitat for other
native species, including the
endangered snail kite, endan-
gered Okeechobee gourd and
wading birds. Pond apples
produce an avocado-sized
fruit that is sometimes called
an alligator pear or alligator
apple, because of its rough
skin. The trees can grow up
to 25 feet high and survive in
the low-nutrient environment
found in the Everglades eco-
Pond apple restoration in
marshyareas of Lake Okeecho-
bee began several years ago.
The effort has been aided on

Torry Island by student volun-
teers from the Arthur R. Mar-
shall Foundation who regularly
visit to plant saplings. Founda-
tion Chairman John Marshall,
a long-time proponent of envi-
ronmental restoration in Lake
Okeechobee, suggested using
mature pond apple trees from
the EAA Reservoir construc-
tion zone to supplement on-
going planting at Torry Island.
"We're very pleased to
partner with the District on
this worthy project. The instal-
lation of more than a thou-
sand mature pond apple trees
on Torry Island will make a
significant contribution to the
Marshall Foundation's ongo-
ing effort to reforest this native
wetland," said Mr. Marshall.
In 2007, the District's
Lake Okeechobee restora-
tion efforts included planting
1,000 pond apple trees in the

IRCC boasts largest graduating class

On Friday, May 2, Indian
River Community College will
conduct its 46th Commence-
ment ceremony with the largest
graduating class in the College's
history. During the 2007/2008
school year, 1550 students
earned an Associate degree
from IRCC. With an increase of
154 graduates over last year, the
2008 graduating class marks the
sixth consecutive year of record
class sizes.
The College will award As-
sociate in Arts, Associate in Sci-
ence, and Associate in Applied
Science degrees at the Com-
mencement Ceremony to be
held at 7 p.m. at Tradition Field,
formerly Mets Stadium, in Port
St. Lucie.
The Commencement speak-
er will be Dr. Dale A. Brill, Di-
rector of the Office of Tourism,

Trade and Economic Develop-
ment. Prior to accepting this
appointment, Dr. Brill was Chief
Marketing Officer for VISIT
FLORIDA, the state's official
tourism industry marketing cor-
poration. Before joining VISIT
FLORIDA, Dr. Brill championed
global technology integration
as one of four Global Business
Leaders for General Motors Cor-
poration. His passion for innova-
tion and entrepreneurship was
recognized by his selection to
Fast Company Magazine's inau-
gural list of "Fast 50 Innovators"
and has been named one of the
25 Most Extraordinary Minds by
the Hospitality Sales and Market-
ing Association International.
Dr. Brill earned his Ph.D. from
the University of Tennessee and
served on the full-time faculties
of both Boston University and

Florida State University.
During the IRCC Com-
mencement ceremony, 87out-
standing graduates will receive
transfer scholarships totaling
over $250,000 to continue their
education at upper-division uni-
versities. These graduates will
be awarded the -scholarships
based on academic achieve-
ment, community service, and
leadership thanks to the gener-
ous contributions of local busi-
nesses, individuals and commu-
nity organizations to the IRCC
The rain date for the IRCC
Commencement ceremony will
be Saturday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m.
Students are advised to monitor
WQCS 88.9 FM or www.ircc.
edu or call 1-866-866-4722 in
case of rain.

Clewiston area and another
1,725 pond apples, cypress,
bald cypress, red maple,
swamp bay and dahoon holly
near Moore Haven. This year,
the District also plans to re-es-
tablish a pond apple forest in
Lake Istokpoga, located north
of Lake Okeechobee, with the
planting of another 800-1,000
pond apple trees.
"Tree island restoration
. on Torry Island is important
for the environment and the
citizens of Belle Glade whose
livelihoods are tied to Lake
Okeechobee," said City of
Belle Glade Mayor Steve Wil-
son. "The city would like to
thank the South Florida Water
Management District' for par-
ticipating in this restoration
A multi-year rainfall deficit
that dropped Lake Okeecho-
See Trees Page 2

to harm in the past year. 7.4 per-
cent responded they had been
arrested. 12.7 percent reported
they had been drunk or high at
school, five percent claimed they
had sold drugs, and 4.5 percent
stated they had stolen a vehicle.
Law enforcement officials
noted that the survey results are
confidential. They hint that stu-
dents might not be answering
the questions truthfully which
would skew the numbers.


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Highlands County
residents want
faster emergency

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
What happened to 28 min-
utes on Tuesday?
Kissimmee River Estates resi-
dents want to know.
A motor vehicle accident
April 22 has brought out some
concerns and criticism about the
response times from local emer-
gency services.
Residents claim the accident
occurred around 2:25 p.m. High-
lands County dispatch claim they
received the first call on the ac-
.cident on 2:53 p.m.
Highlands County EMS Direc-
tor Steve Coltharp said they nor-
mally have a 25-minute response
time with their ambulance from
Lake Placid to the Kissimmee
River. In this case the ambulance
arrived at 3:19 p.m., about 26
minutes after the first call.
Seminole Brighton EMS was
notified about 30 minutes after
the call when an employee of
the casino told residents to alert
the station. They arrived about
13 minutes later.
Both Brighton and Okeecho-
bee County have a mutual aid
agreement with Highlands
County to provide services from
the Sheriff's Office and their am-
Tuesday's crash resulted in
one injury. A large truck side-

See EMS Page 2

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Grass provides fish habitat
To help restore the Caloosahatchee's tape grass popu-
lation, the South Florida Water Management District is
launching an experimental project to learn if tape grass
beds planted upstream of the Franklin Lock and Dam
(S-79 water control structure) on the Caloosahatchee
River can help re-seed the estuary downstream. Tape
grass, or Vallisineria americana, is a native wide-bladed
grass that grows in fresh or mildly saline water.

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swiped a small truck hauling a
boat, knocking it off the road. The
larger truck then left the scene.
Residents like Judith Fogie
rushed into action and tried to
provide assistance to the injured
"I live in an almost sound
proof mobile home," Ms. Fogie
noted, "It was the sound of metal
on metal, there is no other sound
like it in the world."
The truck burst into flames but
thanks to good Samaritans armed
with a fire extinguisher and gar-

den hoses, the driver survived.
Residents there said this is an
all too common occurrence as
emergency medical services from
Highlands County are slow to re-
spond to calls like this.
"The only time Highlands
County cares about us is tax
time," Ms. Fogie noted, "We pay
the same amount of taxes we
deserve the same amount of ser-
Mr. Coltharp sympathizes with
the residents there but he notes it
is a very rural area and there is a
penalty to pay when you live in the
deep woods. "It'll likely be years
before we put an ambulance sta-
tion out there," he said.
Highlands County sends an

ambulance from Lake Placid
to handle calls on State Road
70. They send an ambulance
from a station near U.S. 27 and
U.S. 98 for calls along U.S. 98 to
Okeechobee County. Officials
note they try to locate stations in
places where they will serve the
most residents.
Mr. Coltharp said that Brighton
responds out of the goodness of
their heart as they don't get any
reimbursement. He noted the
Brighton station likes to get some
training for their paramedics so
they agree to respond to some of
these calls.
He said that Okeechobee is
also willing to help out but he
points out that Okeechobee has



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bee water levels to about four
feet below average for this time
of year presented a prime oppor-
tunity to relocate a large number
of mature trees. In current con-

ditions, work crews are able to
plant trees harvested from the
EAA Reservoir construction zone
onto an existing tree island stand
near Torry Island. The site is usu-
ally too wet to be accessible with
Low water levels also pre-
sented the District with the op-

portunity in 2007 to scrape and
remove two million cubic yards
of muck from 3,000 acres of Lake
Okeechobee's drought-exposed
lake bed. This action removed
140 metric tons of phosphorus.
In 2006 and 2007, the District
Documented substantial im-
provements in water quality and

water clarity in Lake Okeecho-
bee, aided by two relatively in-
active hurricane seasons and,
subsequently, low phosphorus
inflows to the 730-square-mile
lake. District scientists recently
documented the recovery qf
submerged aquatic vegetation
across more than 30,000 acres.

Forward Bound Youth Service
Forward Bound Youth Service, Inc., is a program created due to the lack of available adolescent and youth development
programs in this area. As well as the increase of serious risky behavior of youth that have lead to an increase of teen
pregnancy, drug and alcohol use among teens and in some recent local cases cause of death among our community's
youth. The program is designed to foster the positive pro-social, psychological and life skill development of these chil-
dren. "It's been too long in waiting for a program like this to be created that fills the gap from the early childhood years to
adulthood. Children go through three more stages of development before they reach adulthood and I am surprised that
no one else recognized that. Our youth are begging for us to give them something to do. You see what they are doing, you
hear what they are saying, and I am listening and doing what it takes to get them the positive attention they need. All they
need is someone to care about their livelihood and I do. I have been in the early childhood and school age development
field for twelve years. My training comes from working within the Department of Defense Child Development Centers and
their Youth Centers. I plan on adopting the power hour and teen career exploration program of the Boys & Girls Club, to
allow our program to be affiliated with their programs. We are working really hard to get the program up and running by
June 9th. We have an exciting program planned and we need lots more help from the community than we are currently
getting," said Kizzy Boswell, Executive Director of the Forward Bound program. The cost for participation in the program
will be based on total family income to allow all children of any family financial abilities to participate in the program. The
Summer Camp program Mrs. Boswell is working to instill is called Life's an Adventure Summer Camp for children ages
8 to 18 years of age. There will be 75 spots available, but she is hoping to offer an additional ten if a separate space be-
comes available in one particular building that she and her group are looking to use to begin the program. "I am putting
together a team of dedicated adults to work with the children for our summer camp program and school year program.
We just need a lot of support. Seriously. We have applied for our 501 (c) 3 and are just waiting on the response from that.
It's time for this program. Actually it's about time. I was away for eight years while my husband served eight years in the
United States Navy, and I have gathered some valuable skills and knowledge from other youth programs and I want to
instill them in our community."

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their hands full handling calls
within their own county, "I'm
taking resources away from you
(Okeechobee County) when they
leave the county to help us."
Highlands has the same prob-
lem when it comes to fire service.
In the past they had a fire truck in
Kissimmee River Estates, but that
no longer is the case.
Ms. Fogie stated she is upset
that a life saving defibrillator or
AEB, that they held a fundraiser to
purchase, is no longer in the com-
munity. She noted a lot of medi-
cal calls are handled by private
vehicles, since they can't wait for
an ambulance to respond.
"My question is, how many
people have to wait almost an

hour for help out here in no mans
land and how many will die be-
fore something is done to correct
the problem," she stated in an
email sent to the Daily Okeecho-
bee News last week.
Okeechobee County Sheriff
Paul May said he has no problems
with the mutual aid agreement
with Highlands County to handle
calls there. He noted they are glad
to help out when they can. "If we
are notified we will go," he said.
Other lawmen admit there
have been times that Highlands
has abused the agreements. They
stated Okeechobee deputies have
been on calls there, many times
for over an hour, and Highlands
County never sends a deputy. The

Highlands County policy is to let
the Florida Highway Patrol handle
most wrecks, Okeechobee law-
men claim.
Deputy Okeechobee County
Administrator Jim Threewits,
who oversees Okeechobee Fire
Rescue, checked dispatch records
and found there had been no call
made to Okeechobee EMS on
April 22 from that area. He noted
911 would have sent the call to
Sebring and not Okeechobee.
."I'm sure if we got a call for a
signal 4 (accident) we'd have a
record of it," he said.

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Affordable townhomes in Okeechobee

Developers Ken Foster and
Randy Simler are excited to bring
affordable housing to Okeecho-
bee. Casa Bella is a 37-unit town-
home development located in the
City of Okeechobee. The town-
,homes will be 1,149 square feet,
2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, great
room, breakfast-bar kitchen and
private patio. Construction will
be concrete block and steel walls
with vinyl siding. Pre-construction
prices will start at $119,900 and
can be purchased with FHA or
conventional financing. The de-

velopers feel that the townhomes
are well suited to the service sec-
tor of Okeechobee. Firefighters,
teachers, medical personal, may
also qualify for state bond funds
to help with the purchase.
The General contractor -is
Compass Construction, a local
Okeechobee contractor and site
developer. Compass will be us-
ing local as many local sub-con-
tractors and vendors as possible.
Compass Construction, hope to
break ground in 30 to 45 days
and the first building will be ready

about 4 months after that. Casa
Bella Townhomes is located just
off Hwy 441 North on NW 5th
"These homes are perfect for
people renting that could own
for the same amount of money,
first time home buyers, singles
and those looking for a seasonal
home", says realtor Diane Dan-
gremond from Century 21 Ho-
rizon Properties. "Some of Casa
Bella's standard features are usu-
ally found on higher priced prop-
erties". Standard features include,

covered front entry, tile bath floors,
cultured marble vanity tops, six
panel and french doors, private
patio, pull down attic stairs, appli-
ances plus washer and dryer. The
development will include lakes
with fountains, gazebo with Bar-
B-Que, professional landscaping,
bike racks and site lighting. For
more information contact Diane
Dangremond at Century 21 Hori-
zon Properties 863-467-2100.

Submitted photo

Main Street Mixer
There was a great turnout at the Main Street Mixer hosted by The Accident Law Office of Philip DeBerard. Pictured left
to right, Rosana Schachtele, Robin Delgado, Bonnie Kinchen and Atty. Philip DeBerard. Mixers are open to the public as
well as Main Street Members.

Real Estate expert says 'Buy Okeechobee'

William Pittenger Senior Vice
President and Chief Real Estate
Economist for Seacoast National
Bank recently addressed a group
of Okeechobee real estate and
business leaders. The event, held
March 28 at the Okeechobee Civ-
ic Center, focused on the national
and local economy and real es-
tate m arkets; ....... ,. ,
Referring to-the local hous-
ing market, Pittenger stated "It's
time to buy Okeechobee hous-
ing again" adding that unlike
many other Florida communities,
Okeechobee did not experience
the wild speculation and rapidly
increasing prices that contributed
to the crash felt in most other ar-
eas of the state. '
Okeechobee housing prices
increased from 2003-2006, how-
ever the rate of increase was
more restrained. Pittenger com-
mented that "Okeechobee prices
have retreated from their 2005
peak and have returned to 2003
and 2004 levels; a level which is

much more sus-
tainable and af-
fordable. Despite
an optimistic
outlook, Pittenge
cautioned tha
residential real es
tate values would
likely be flat fo
several years andWilliam ,
while housingPittenger e
remains a sound investment for.
home owners, it is not the "invest-
ment darling" it was made out to
be during the 2003-2005 run up.
In addition to real estate,
Pittenger discussed recession
concerns, agreeing with other
experts that the economy is prob-
ably in a recession and has been
since late 2007. He said that the
Business Cycle Dating Committee
which has official responsibility
for monitoring the business cycle
has not yet declared recession
but most of the key economic
indicators point to it. "Consumer
confidence is at a 16 year low,

the economy lost 63,000 jobs last
month and the Gross Domestic
Product, the broadest measure
of the economy, remains flat. The
economy basically stalled in the
fourth quarter of 2007."
Pittenger closed the morning
with a bit of good news, affirm-
ing that if we are in a recession, it
willpobalbly 'be shoit-lived, iild
and recovery may begin later this
year. "It is now the lack of con-
fidence and concern over the
general economy that is keeping
Okeechobee buyers on the side-
lines. It is not a real estate crash."
Pittenger is a 37-year veteran
of the real estate, appraisal and
banking industries and is Sea-
coast's principal staff advisor in all
real estate, economic and real es-
tate related risk matters. He is an
author, public speaker, and fea-
ture writer for several trade pub-
lications including the American
Bankers Association, Mortgage
Bankers Association, and the Ap-
praisal Institute and is currently

producing Seacoast National
Bank's Economic Perspectives an
e-newsletter providing timely in-
formation on the residential and
commercial real estate markets.
You may subscribe or read the
latest issue available online under
Economic Perspectives at www.


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Are your bank deposits completely insured?

By John Williams
Riverside Bank President,
,Okeechobee, Highlands and Polk
If you have
one or several
-bank accounts,
.such as a say-
ings, checking,
,money market
Sor certificate of
deposit (CD),
they most likely John
come with back- iams
ing from the Williams
'Federal Deposit Insurance Corpo-
ration (FDIC), but within limits!
Now may be a good time for you
to take another look at how your,
bank deposits are insured.
After the stock market crash of
:1929, thousands of banks failed.
,In 1933, Congress arid President
'Franklin D. Roosevelt created
:FDIC to provide a federal gov-
,ernment guarantee of deposits
'and maintain stability and public
,confidence in the nation's bank-
ling systems. Coverage was ini-
'tially set at $2,500 per account.
Increasing over time, the basic
'insurance coverage has been
$100,000 including interest per
'depositor per insured institution
since 1980. Two years ago depos-
,it insurance for Individual Retire-
'ment Accounts (IRA) increased
!to $250,000 separate from the
,regular $100,000 coverage of oth-
*er deposit accounts. Today, how-
,ever, more and more individuals
,and businesses have bank bal-
'ances far greater than $100,000.
The FDIC insurance limit ex-
pands if you hold accounts in
.different ownership forms indi-
*vidual, joint accounts, in-trust-for
,and retirement accounts. Sup-
,pose you and your spouse have
a joint checking and joint sav-
ings account at the same bank.
,Your shares in both accounts are

added together and insured up
to $100,000, providing $200,000
in combined coverage. While it's
possible to insure up to $1 million
at one bank by using a combina-
tion of account ownership types,
this is burdensome and many
people misunderstand the com-
plex ownership rules.
Another way to completely
insure the safety of your bank
deposits is to drive around town
depositing less than $100,000
of your money into numerous
banks. This is not only time-con-
suming, but it can be a real hassle
to use different banks and track
different statements.
Today there's actually a way to
deposit all of your money at one
bank and retain full insurance
coverage. It's called Certificate of
Deposit Account Registry Service
(CDARS), a network of 1,733
banks that allow a single custom-
er to insure up to $50 million in
CD deposits by distributing them
throughout the network.
How does CDARS
Suppose you are fortunate
enough to have $1 million in
savings that you'd really like to
keep in your bank. If your bank
is a member of CDARS, it will
generate reciprocal transactions,
or "sub-CDs", on your behalf
through the network -- breaking
up your investment into smaller
chunks to stay under the insured
limit. In other words, every time
your bank generates a sub-CD for
you, the other banks in the net-
work simultaneously generate a
reciprocal transaction in the exact
same amount back at your bank.
Your money never really leaves
your bank, but is now completely
The receiving bank does not
know your name or have any

other personal identification.
You're still a customer of your
own bank. And with more dol-
lars on deposit in your bank, you
may get a better rate and you can
maintain a relationship with one
banker. Plus, you get one regular
statement detailing the balances
of each individual sub-CD, one
rate and only one 1099 form for
the interest you've earned. And
it's all completely confidential.
Banks join the network to
make saving easier for their cus-
tomers. Individuals, businesses
and nonprofit organizations that
need complete safety use CDARS
to keep their money insured, and
they also avoid the trouble of
opening and tracking multiple ac-
CDARS was developed by
three prominent financial experts.
It was started by Promontory In-
terfinancial Network, a company
founded by Eugene Ludwig, for-
mer Comptroller of the Currency
and current company Chairman.
The Vice Chairman is Alan Blind-
er, former Vice Chairman of the
Federal Reserve. The President of
the company, Mark Jacobsen, is a
former FDIC Chief of Staff.
To find out if your bank par-
ticipates, check CDARS' web site
at and click
on "Where to find CDARS." Riv-
erside Bank is a member of the
CDARS network and a member
of FDIC.
John Williams, a native of Okeecho-
bee, joined Riverside Bank in 1999
to develop the Heartland region of
Okeechobee, Highlands and Polk
Counties. He also serves as the
bank's President of Agribusiness
Lending and serves on various
community, industry, and education
committees and boards.

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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
LEGISLATURE: In response to the story about the Florida Legisla-
ture considering banning the display of fake bull testicles on the back
of pickup trucks, I don't understand why anyone would want testicles
hanging from their truck in the first place.
TRUCK ORNAMENTS: When I saw a truck in town with that or-
nament, my first thought was, I didn't need to see that. My second
thought, "What kind of shortcoming is this guy trying to make up for?"
J think that if these things are banned, then all the sexually explicit gar-
bage I've been reading that makes me blush as soon as I've realized
what I've just read should be banned too. Come on these people need
to have some taste. Little kids see this garbage, and read the garbage
that's out there too. When it's right there on the back of someone's
vehicle that you are walking past, you are not always gonna catch a
first grader to tell them not to read that before they see it.
LAWS: I think it is silly for the Florida Legislatures to waste their
time considering a law banning what they consider obscene truck
decorations. The decorations in question look like part of a bull. I find
that no more offensive than leather seats on the interior. Do these
decorations make me question the IQ of the driver? Yes. But offended?
No. This reminds me of the time a Speak Out caller jokingly suggested
we make cows wear bras because people might be offended by their
naked udders.
ASSISTED LIVING: Assisted living apartment complexes are be-
coming more and more common throughout the U.S. as our popula-
tion is getting older. These older Americans realize they need help but
still want some independence and their own place, rather than mov-
ing in with family members. They also enjoy the company of others
of their generation. I suspect that if someone built an assisted living
complex in Okeechobee, it would fill up pretty quickly.
BEE CAREFUL: Never use "wasp and hornet spray" on honey
bees. Honey bees are not on the label of most of these products. They
cause the release of alarm pheromone that stimulates the rest of the
colony to attack. I known someone who sprayed hornet spray on a
bee's nest and they chased him for more than a mile.
CLEAN IT UP: You know, I think that by "cleaning up" some of
the profane garbage, they are addressing real issues. It all starts some-
where. Kids don't need to see bull genitals hanging from a truck. Do
any of you honestly believe that they need to see that? Do you think
they need to read the profane garbage people write all over their vehi-
cles? When you start cleaning up the garbage, then you set a standard.
This standard is telling others that it won't be tolerated, and people
will think twice about other things they may be contemplating doing.
Such as sexually assaulting someone. All this profanity is desensitizing
kids by the time they are teenagers. They think sex is something to be
taken lightly and its a big game. It's a big game until someone com-
mits a crime because he didn't control himself or until someone gets
herpes, or someone gets pregnant. They don't realize that their ac-
tions could change the rest of their lives when they are this young. I for
one am glad that a standard will be set, its about time someone did.
RECYCLING: I can't believe the county commissioners say we
don't need county wide recycling and that people wouldn't want it.
I think there are plenty of civic minded citizens who would be more
than willing to pay a little extra for curbside pickup of recycling bins.
It's very difficult to haul it yourself because the recycling center is not
open at times convenient for most working folks. If they don't think
we want curbside recycling, put it on the ballot for a straw vote. There
are plenty of folks in Okeechobee who would recycle. Shame on you
commissioners, for having such a poor view of Okeechobee citizens,
just assuming we are a bunch of lazy slobs who wofild not want to
TEENS: I completely agree with the person who-said the problem
is not that there are not enough things for teenagers t9 do in Okeecho-
bee. The problem is that we' don't have enough adult volunteers to
help with the programs. Take the skate park for example. Why isn't it
open more? Not enough adult volunteers to supervise it. The county
invested the money to build it. The parents claimed they would pitch
in. It started great. But the few who did volunteer got tired and no one
else volunteered to help out. It is the same with so many activities.
The few who do volunteer get burned out because the other parents
don't care enough to help. In every activity you always have some
parents who just drop the kids off and leave -- or don't even do that
and the kids have to bum a ride with someone else. If you want to
do something to help the teens, volunteer your time. Every school
program, church program, sports program, etc. is always begging for
more volunteers. You can even start your own program. For example
4-H clubs can be about anything. You can start an artists club, a scuba
club, a music club, a cooking club ... and the 4-H program folks would
help you. But the key is getting the adults to pitch in and help.
LEGISLATURE: With all the problems facing this state, the Florida
Legislature wastes time discussing whether or not it is offensive to
hang plastic bull testicles on a truck. It sounds like something from
a Carl Hiaasen novel. Meanwhile, why they are busy talking about
truck bumpers, we are in danger of losing our driver's license office
to budget cuts. We all need to write, call and email our elected repre-
sentatives and tell them to quit fooling around with this nonsense and
get to work.
IN THE NEWS: What? No airplane crash this week? Guess the
excitement is over. Seriously, we can do without any plane crashes
for a while.
DEATHS: My heart goes out to the friends and families of the young
people who have died in the last month. The deaths were unrelated,
but having so many so close together makes it even more difficult. The
teenagers in this town are having a hard time dealing with losing their
friends. One death is hard enough, but the recent tragedies are piling

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Letters to the Editor

Senate hamstrings
fight against
overcrowded schools
Just as Florida was gaining
traction in its fight against over-
crowded schools, the state senate
decided to let some air out of its
tires. The leaks are contained in a
bill called SB 474. They are aimed
*directly at school concurrency;,
Florida's premier effort to elimi-
nate overcrowded schools.
School concurrency is a law
that ties approval of new residen-
tial developments to space for
new students in nearby schools.
For three years now Florida has
been Working to establish school
concurrency statewide. No other
state has made such an ambitious
effort to deal with overcrowded
This effort began with a
change to Florida's growth man-
agement law in 2005. For twenty
years before then school concur-

rency was a local option. That
meant each county could decide
whether or not to implement it.
The 2005 change made school
concurrency mandatory state-
wide. It also set a deadline of De-
cember 1, 2008 to complete the
statewide conversion.
Over 80 percent of Florida's
counties have been working dili-
gently to meet that deadline (the
others are exempt for various
reasons)> Several of them have
already finished their work.
It hasn't been easy. School
concurrency requires a high level
of cooperation between school
districts and local governments.
This doesn't come naturally in
A further complication is that
school districts are broke. Unless'
they can build new schools to ac-
commodate growth, that growth
is in jeopardy. The result is that
everyone is looking to developers
for money for new schools.
The developers aren't happy

Community Calendar

Monday, April 28
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in
Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/
answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W
Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-800-403-
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for. open discussion at the
Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Okeechobee SeniorSingers meetat 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recefitly formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
AA meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meetings
on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends of
alcoholics. For information call Chris at 863-467-5714.

Tuesday, April 29
Rotary .Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
New AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
-Al-Anon meeting will'be@held at the Church of Our Savior.,200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A..'Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at 863-
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m'. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.

with all that attention. They would
be happy if someone else put up
the money. They would be even
happier if school concurrency just
went away.
So along comes the Florida
Senate with SB 474. For start-
ers, it moves the deadline back
to Dec. 1, 2009. Next, it allows
school districts to count portable
classrooms as though they were
real ones. Then it reduces builder
payments, called mitigation pay-
ments, by changing the way they
are calculated.
But its most bizarre change
is allowing charter schools to
substitute for real ones. Charter
schools are quasi-private schools
that can be built to lower con-
struction standards than public
schools. This makes them cheap-
er to build.
SB 474 would allow develop-
ers to build charter schools to
create space for the students in
their developments. The bill re-
quires local governments to ac-

cept these charter schools as long
as they meet minimumbuilding
standards. This means that devel-
opers could meet school concur-
rency requirements by building
schools that don't meet school
Sconcurrency standards.
SB 474 is a slap in the face to
all the people who have worked
hard to get their school concur-
rency systems up and running.
It is also a hard blQw for the chil-
dren who must cope with over-
crowded schools.
Fortunately it hasn't picked up
a companion bill in the House yet.
But there are reports that a House
bill is in the works that differs sig-
nificantly from SB 474.
Hopefully those differences
will let some air out of SB 474 and
get Florida's fight against over-
crowded schools back on track.
Peter Rebmann
Gainesville -

Community Events

Container gardening discussed
Come this month and let M.T. Alden show and tell you about his
interesting approach to container gardening. Mr. Alden's gardens in
hanging pots suspended provide a vertical, edible landscape.
The meeting will be held in the Okeechobee Extension Office, 458
Highway 98 on Monday, April 28, at 6 p.m. For more information,
please call 863-763-6469.

Hospice holds yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a Yard Sale at the Blue Volunteer
Building, next to The Hamrick Home (411 S.E. 4th Street) on Friday
May 2, 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. and Saturday May 3, 8 a.m. till noon. Bargains
galore, All new items available. All Proceeds benefit patient care in
Okeechobee including services offered in The Hamrick Home. For in-
formation, call Cathy at 863-467-2321 or 863-697-1995.

Benefit for Bill Weeks
Bill Weeks was injured in a mechanical fire on March 28 and now
has second and third degree burns on over 20 percent of his body. A
benefit will be held on May 3 at Happy Hour from noon until ? Auc-
tion will start at 3 p.m. All proceeds will be used to help out in all finan-
cial matters. Barbecue chicken or pork dinner for $6. For information
call Happy Hour at 863-467-6420.

Benefit for Patsy Arnold to be held
Saturday, May 10 at 8 a.m. a benefit will be held for Patsy Ar-
nold, who will be getting a kidney transplant soon, will be held at the
Okeechobee.Golf and Country Club. Entry fee: $60 per person or $240
per team. If you would like to join them for lunch, it can be purchased
for $7. There will also be a gun give away courtesy of the Gun Shoppe.
For ticket information or entry information please call 8763-697-6377.

Democratic Party Fundraising dinner
The Okeechobee Democratic Party will hold its annual Jefferson
Jackson fundraising dinner on Saturday, May. 3, at the Okeechobee
Shrine Club off Hwy 78. Social time'begins at 6 p:.m. with dinner to
be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $30'and available for purchase at
Brennan Eye Care or by calling 863-357-8680. Sponsorships are avail-
able. Please call 863-357-8680 or 863-697-0118 for more information.

Mainstreet Fun Shoot
Okeechobee Main Street will host a 100 Target Fun Shoot on Satur-
day, May 17 at beautiful Quail Creek Plantation. The proceeds from
the event will benefit Main Street's beautification and restoration proj-
ects. Check in begins at 8 a.m., course opens at 8:30 a.m., with last
shooter by 10 a.m. Door prizes, raffles, and barbecue lunch will be
provided. For more information about the fun shoot please contact
Program Manager Karen Hanawalt at 863-357-6246, reservation forms
are available at Mike's Okeechobee Guns, The Gun Shop and the Main
Street office, 111 N.E. Second St.

Arts, crafts and Antique Cars
J & S Fish Camp, 9500 S.W Conners, is looking for crafters and
antique car owners for their third annual Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show on May 31, and June 1, which will be held to sup-
port Martha's House through a $10 donation. For more information
call Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.

Stepping Stones supports Martha's House
Stepping Stones Academy I, will be collecting the following items
throughout the month of April and May to help support Martha's
House: women's toiletries, sheets, towels, washcloths, paper goods,
and any products to help with everyday needs.

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and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre 11 "Leatherheads" (PG-13) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Tlhursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Prom Night" (PG-13) Showtimes:
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Today in History

Today is Monday, April 28, the
119th day of' 2008. There are 247
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On April 28, 1758, the fifth
president of the United States,
James Monroe, was born in West-
moreland County, Va.
On this date:
In 1788, Maryland became the
seventh state, to ratify the U.S.
In 1789, there was a mutiny
on HMS Bounty as the crew of
the British ship set Capt. William
Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a
launch in the South Pacific.
In 1945, Italian dictator Benito
Mussolini and his mistress, Clara
Petacci, were executed by Italian
partisans as they attempted to flee
the country.
In 1952, war with Japan offi-
cially ended as a treaty signed in
San Francisco the year before took
In 1958, Vice President Nixon
and his wife, Pat, began a good-
will tour of Latin America that was
marred hv hostile mobs in Lima.

Peru, and Caracas, Venezuela.
In 1958, the United States con-
ducted the first of 35 nuclear test
explosions in the Pacific Proving
Ground as part of Operation Hard-
tack I.
In 1967, heavyweight boxing
champion Muhammad Ali refused
to be inducted into the Army, the
same day Gen. William C. West-
moreland told Congress the U.S.
"would prevail in Vietnam."
In 1988, a flight attendant was
killed and more than 60 persons
injured when part of the roof of an
Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 tore off
during a flight from Hilo to Hono-
In 1996, a man armed with a
semiautomatic rifle opened fire on
tourists on the Australian island of
Tasmania, killing 35 people; he
was captured by police after d 12-
hour standoff at a guest cottage.
Ten years ago: Social Secu-
rity's trustees in their annual re-
port predicted three extra years of
full pension benefits for retiring
baby boomers before a potential
cash shortfall in 2032. The Senate

opened a new round of hearings on
alleged abuse and mismanagement
at the Internal Revenue Service.
Five years ago: On Saddam
Hussein's 66th birthday, delegates
from inside and outside Iraq agreed
to hold a nation-building meeting
and fashion a temporary, post-
Saddam government. The Soyuz
space capsule carrying a U.S.-Rus-
siat space crew docked with the
international space station.
One year ago: A suicide car
bomber struck in Karbala, Iraq,
killing at least 63 people. A suicide
attack on Pakistan's Interior Min-
ister, Aftab Khan Sherpao, killed

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Today's Birthdays: ctress-
singer Ann-Margret is 67. Actress
Marcia Strassman is 60. Actor
Paul Guilfoyle ("CSI") is 59. "To-
night Show" host Jay Leno is 58.
beth Rohm is 35. Actress Penelope,
Cruz is 34. Actor Nate Richert is
30. Actress Jessica Alba is 27. Ac-
tress Aleisha Allen is 17.
Thought for Today: "Without
heroes, we are all plain people and
don't know how far we can go." _
Bernard Malamud, American au-
thor (1914-1986).

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of peace with their body language. For 22 Years!

Fair Housing.

Students of the week
South Elementary Students of the Week proudly show off their certificates recognizing their
hard work and good behavior.

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No one may be denied housing on the basis of race, color,

religion, sex, national origin, familial or handicap status.

Through the actions and programs of its Community

Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program,

The City of Okeechobee

is firmly committed to the goal of promoting fair

housing opportunity. The Fair Housing logo is

proudly displayed to demonstrate a commitment to

the protection of individuals from discrimination in

the provision of brokerage services, and in the sale,

rental and financing of housing.

If you feel you may have been discriminated 'against

or have any questions concerning discrimination,

please call 1-800-669-9777 or TDD 1-800-927-9275 for

fair housing information and referral.

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* Private parties only
* 2 items per household per


Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -: 2
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

in a busy cardiology office.
Medical knowledge & exp.
needed. Exc. benefit plan
offered. Fax resume to
863-467-8708 or
call 863-467-9400

Avg Pay $20/ hr,
$57 K/yr, incl. Fed Ben, OT.
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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

$17.89- $28.27/hr, Now
Hiring. For application &
free government job info.,
Call American Assoc. of
Labor 1-913-599-8226,
24hrs. emp. serv.

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


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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/ Saturday
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/ Sunday
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Fu~ll Time

Ful ime 1101

has an immediate opening for a
Receptionist. Must be friendly and
outgoing with excellent customer service
skills. Bi-lingual a plus. Other duties
include greeting customers, managing
rental cars, and filling in for the cashier
on occasion. Qualified applicants only
need to apply in person at the main
sales building from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings CNAs
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All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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License # 5698
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License #1126
or (863)261-6425

GE Gas Range, 4 burner set up
w/ regulator & 2 301b. tanks,
$300 or will separate

Coleman Gas Generator,
model 6250, 5,000 watts, 6
gallon tank, $500 or best
offer (863)467-8389

CHIHUAHUAS 16 wks, all
shots, inclds Rabies, 1F, 1M,
CKC, sweet, great w/kids,
$250 ea (863)610-1863
Shih Tzu Puppies For Sale
1 male and 1 female left,
health cert. and 1st shots,
10 wks. old (863)214-1906


Christmas Trees 745
FarnimEqupment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 635
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

yrs old, needs experienced
rider. $1000 (863)634-3872
6 yrs old, registered. $3000


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

rent. (863)763-7783 or

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IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
NEW 2 BR, 2V2 BA Apt., All
major appl's. included. Near
hosoital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep. (863)763-0111
on quiet St. Kids & pets ok.
$750-$850/mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. 561-346-1642.
OKEE. CITY Apt. Duplex, 2br,
lba, $625. mo. + 1st, Last,
Sec. & Annual lease.
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, 1 block N.
of Walmart $700 mo. +
$700 sec. (863)763-8878
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $700/mo, 1st, last
& sec. (863)634-3313
Tri-Plex For Rent- 2 BR, 2 BA,
W/D hook-up, patio, privacy
fence, no pets $700 mo.
1st, last & $500 sec. deposit
lawn & garbage incl.
(417)848-3424 or

back room, $695/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.

Brand New 312/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$495 Down
From $895
per month

2 br. 2 ba., canal' front, boat
house, turn. or unturn., in city,
$850 includes lawn serv. 407
SE 8th St. (863)467-0658
White House Plaza
1120 S. Parrot Avenue
2300 sq ft available
810 sq ft available
600 sq ft available
3 br, 2 ba, central heat & air,
city water, $1100 per month
3 br, 2 ba, SW sec, office,
Must See!
Reduced $159,500
Lawrence Real Estate Co.
2br, 2ba, Garage, FL room,
Nice house! Solid construc-
tion. 5265 SE 43rd St.
$650. mo. + $300. Sec.
dep. (772)201-7394
2BA, pool, extras. Must see!
1401 SE 8th Dr. $1300 mo.
1st& sec. (863)885-1347
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OKEE. 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $650/mo + $650
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
OKEE. Affordable Almost
New Basswood, 3br, 2ba, 2
car gar. $1100. mo. + Sec.
dep. (772)323-4758
OKEE: 3/1 on 1/2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 2ba,
$1300/mo, 1st & Sec Dep.,
802 SW 3rd Ave.
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330

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Lo Acres. $1100 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
3/2, only $850 + $500 sec.
Pay own electric.
Rent or Rent w/Option to Buy
5 acres in Okeechobee 3 Br
1Ba, Ig living rm, kit. & dining
rm, 1 car garage w/fenced
pond. Zoned Ag. $900. mo. +
last & sec. dep. Call Kamal
(561)792-9431 6am-11pm
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Business Places-
Sale : 1005
Commercial :'
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale ,4020
Houses -Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House- 1050
Out of State -.
Property-. Sale 1055S
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort :Property. -'.
Sal 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

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yearly pref. Avail now 55+
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BIG 0 Park Model, lbr lba,
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20 acres, livestock allowed,
$1,000 month 1st & security
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Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
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Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

1990 Toyota 4-runner,
recently rebuilt, white, has
some damage, V6 $2000
1997 Dodge 2500, extended
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Ext. cab, 2 tone beige/brown.
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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public-
Legal Notice 5500

A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on
Friday the 9th day of May 2008 from
10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida
statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and
storage, Year, Make, Model & Vin's as
1998 Black Chevy K1500
1999 While Chevy Cavalier
1987 Maroon Chevy Camaro
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the rinht of final bid. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
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LOCATION: Okeochobee County Airport
Okeechoboe, Florida
FOOT FM. No.: 414339
FAA AlP No. 3.12-0055-016-2008 (Pending)
PROJECT: Runway 5-23 Rehabllalltion, Phase 2
Runway 23 Approach Safety Area Improvements
1 SEALE[0BIDS will be received by the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 106,
Okeechobee, Florida, on or before May 28, 2008, until 2:00 PM (Local Time). The project consists of the following key compo-
nents of work:
- Clearing and Grubbing of Perimeter Ditch Alignment
- Construction of approximately 500 Linear Feet of Minimum 60" RCP Class III Pipe with Class B Bedding
- Backfill of Pipe andDitch Alignment with Regular Embankment Material
- Removal and Relocation of Existing Perimeter Fencing
- Finished Grading and Restoration of the Site using Wet Application Seeding
The Owner reserves the right to hold all bids for a maximum period of 120 days prior to awarding the contract or rejecting all bids,
2 At the time mentioned above, bidding will be closed and those proposals received will be publicly doened and read aloud in the
3.Al proposals shall be submitted on the forms furnished by the Owner. Each proposal submitted shall be placed with all required
attachments in a sealed envelope, and this envelope shall in turn be placed in a 9 x 12 inch envelope. Both envelopes must be
sealed and marked as follows:
Bids for the Project: Runway 5-23 Rehabilitation, Phase 2,
Runway 23 Approach Safety Area Improvements
Okeechobee County Airport
Okeechobee, Florida
To Be Opened: May 28, 2008, 2:00 p.m.
Firm Submitting Bid:

4.Copies of plans and specifications will be available on or after May 1, 2008, and may be examined after this date at the office of
Okeechobee County Airport, 2800 N.W. 20th Trail, Okeechobee, FL 34972.
5.Plans and Specifications may be purchased beginning May 1, 2008 for a foee of (fifty and 00/100 dollars ($50.00) per set from
AVCON, INC., 5555 East Michigan Street, Suite 200, Orlando, FL 32822-2779. Contract Documents will be sold only as com-
plete sets. Plan set purchases will be non-refundable and will become property of the bidder.
idders must be registered plan holders.
b:Questions regarding the plans and specifications may be directed to James A. Kriss, RE., Senior Project Manager at
(407) 599-1122, or via e-mail:
7,No pre-proposal conference will be held regarding this work. However, the Contractors may ask questions of the designer and
the Owner, and will be afforded an opportunity to tour the site to familiarize themselves withe operational needs of the airport,
and to inspect the project site in detail. Contact Mr. Vernon Gray, Airport Manager to schedule a visit to the project site. A
large proportion of is located outside the airport operating area, and may be accessed at the Contractor's convenience.
The final day for questions to be submitted to the Engineer will be Tuesday, May20, 2008. All questions, timely received will
be answered in one or more addenda to the documents to be issued on or before May 23, 2008.
8 A certified check, drawn upon a state or national bank, or a bid bond issued by a corporate Surety licensed to conduct business
in the State of Florida, in a sum not less than five percent (5%) of the total amount bid, made payable to the Okeechohee County
B.O.C.C., is required with each bid.
g.This is a federally funded project and the use-of certified disadvantaged businesses (OBE) Is encouraged. The DBE goal for this
project is 10% of the total contract value.
10.A Performance Bond for an amount not less than 100% of the bid price and a Payment Bond for an amount not less than 100%
of the bid price will be required from the selected bidder at the time he/she enters Into a contract with the County.
11. The County reserves the right to reject any and all bids, and to waive any informality of the bids received.
12. No proposal may be withdrawn after the scheduled closing time for the receipt of proposals for a period of 120 days.
Clit Belts, Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
271039 ON 4/28/08


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By Diane Timmons
Okeechobee News


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Can you be rude while using
email? Of all Internet activities,
email in the most popular. Nearly
88 percent of Internet users in the
U.S. use email. So if you are using
email for your correspondence, it
pays to be courteous.
For example, if you write, the
message in your email in ALL
CAPITAL LETTERS, your recipi-
ent will think you are shouting at
them. But don't default to all low-
er case either, because it looks
It is important to be concise.
State your main point in the first
paragraph. Spell out your words
and use proper grammar and
Also, never put anything in an
email that you would not put on
a postcard. It is very public and
not secure and any recipient can
forward your message to anyone
else. Don't put your social security
number, your date of birth or your
credit card number in an email.
Email hackers are on the lookout
to steal your identity. Why make it
easy for them?
When you are replying to an
email, make sure you use the
"reply" button so only the sender
gets your response. Use "reply
all" thoughtfully because the orig-
inal recipient list will all get your
Be sure to attach the picture or
document you promised in your
text. My suggestion is that you at-
tach the item before you write any
text in your message, otherwise
you may forget and your recipient.
will be disappointed. Be consid-
erate of your recipient. Do not at-
tach multiple, large photos (more
than 1 MG is usually too large). A
large picture may cause your re-

cipient's email to crash. You can
check the size of the photo in
your My Pictures folder.
Addressing your Email: Use
TO, CC and BCC correctly. These
terms are left over from our typed
business letter writing days.
TO: enter the email address of
the main recipient of your email,
such as your son or daughter.
CC: the email addresses of the
people who are also interested in
your message, such as the rest of
the family.

BCC: stands for "blind carbon
copy." As the name suggests, this
recipient's email address will not
be listed in the email header. Your
other recipients will not know
you have included this person in
your message.
Subject: Type a very brief topic
of your email on this line. Leaving
the subject line blank may mean
your email won't be opened.
Email etiquette does matter.
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Okeechobee Utility Authority
100 SW 5th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974-4221
863.763,9460 Tel
863 763.9036 Fax
Sealed BIDS for:
The construction of a new SE-2 Lift Station and Gravity Sewer Rehabilitation for the
Okeechobee Utility Authority consisting of. but not imited to. installing 24" ravity
sewer, manholes, lateral ioini and construction of a 3.0 MGO Triplex Lift Station.
Bids will be received by the Okeechobee Utility Authority at the office of John Hav-
ford, Executive Director 100 SW 5th Avenue Okeechobee FL 34974 until 4:00 PM
local time May 29. 2008. and then at said office, will be publicly opened and read
The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS will notl be available until April 30, 2008, The CON-
TRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined after the availability date at the following lo-
Okeechobee Utlity Authority
100 SW 5th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Boyle Engineering Corp.
3550 SW Corporate Pkwy
Palm City, FL 34990
Boyle Engineering Corp.
421 NW 3rd Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained at the Boyle Engineering Corp. offic-
es located at either 421 NW 3rd Street. Okeechobe. FL 34972 or 355 o
rate Parkway Palm City. FL 34990 upon payment of $150.00 for each set.
There will be a Pro-Bid meeting held on May 15, 2008 at 1:30 PM in the offices of
the Okeechobee Utility Authority,100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34974.
271366 ON 4/27,28,29,30;05/01,02,03/08 .
The South Florida Water Management District will receive sealed bids through the
Procurement Office, B-1 Bldg., 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida
33406, for Building B-1 Roof Replacement, Palm Beach County, FL on Wednes-
day, May 28, 2008 at 2:30 pm. local time, at which timely submitted bids will be
opened and publicly read. Project consists of providing all labor, materials & equip-
ment necessary to replace approx. 46,050 SF of single ply roof with a Modified Rhu-
minous roof system with a twenty year warranty. Including: installation o 2 inches
f rigid polyisocyurate insulation; approx. 1,400 LF of shet metal flashing cap to
parapet walls approx. 125 LF of expansion joint & expansion joint cover; structural
'modiications to approx. 125 LFa o parapet wall and removal & replacement of stuc-
An OPTIONAL pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, May 8,2008 at 10:00
a.m. at SFWMD Headquarters 3301 Gun Club Road, WPB, FL 33406, B-1 Building,
Conf. Rm. 3A. For directions call (51 682-6391. Site visit will Immediately folt
low. All bids must conform to the Instructions in the Request for Bidders (RF), In-
terested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB by obtaining a CD for
$5.00 at the above address, by calling (561) 682-6391, or by calling the 24-hour
BID HOTLINE 00-472.5290. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Infor-
mallon on the status of this solcitation can be obtained at our web site -
271454 ON 04/28/08
NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the local planning
agency on Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible,
to consider any proposed amendments, submitted by City Staff or citizens, to the
adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which may include amendments to the adopted
Land Development Regulations (LDR=s). All amendments are forwarded, with a
recommendation, to the City Council for final consideration. The meeting will be held
at City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okee-
chobee, Florida.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City web site www.citvofokeecho- or contact the General Services Department bclement(citvofkeecho- (863) 763-3372x218.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is
to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for
the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Rorida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are hearing or voice impaired,
call TOO 1-800-055-8770 (voice) or 1-888-955-8771 (ITY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
271526 ON 04/28/08

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Okeechobee News, Monday, April 28, 2008 9

Tennis banquet salutes seniors and sponsors

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By Charles M. Murphy
,Okeechobee News
The Brahmans tennis ban-
quet honored five seniors who
have played their last match for
Okeechobee High School.
Three girls, Alyssa Wright, Jami
Fadley and Riha Boswell, and two
boys, Elj Cabansay and Bobby
Spelts, were honored for their
many contributions to the pro-
grams over the past four years.
The boy's team was only one

point out of a state regional berth
this year. The girl's team qualified
for the regional as they finished
second in their district. They lost
in the regional, 6-1, to Merritt Is-
land last week.
Alyssa Wright was named the
team MVP. Kari Berger took home
the Brahman award. Rina Bo-
swell was named most versatile.
Boswell was also recently named
her class salutatorian. Jami Fadley
won the classic award and Shaina
Ragamat took home the unsung

hero award for her excellent work
in the district tournament.
Other awards were handed
out to Christina Close for most
improved, Kathleen Turner for
the sportswoman of the year, Liz
Turner for freshman of the year,
Katherina Ragamat for the team
spirit award, and Katie Walker for
comeback player of the year.
Coach Jay Huffman thanked
all of the girl's for their efforts
and made sure each of them took
home an award this year.

On the boys side Elj Cabansay
won the Brahman award. Zach
Fowler took home the most valu-
able player award.
Sponsors and volunteers were
also honored for their assistance
this year. State Farm Insurance,
Close Construction and Costo-
poulos and Helton PA, CPA, were
all honored for their help this
About 60 people attended the
banquet held at the Brahma Bull
restaurant on April 22.

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Sports News in Brief
Ten Star All Star basketball camp
Final applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star
Summer Basketball Camp. The camp is by invitation only. Boys and
girls ages 10-19 are eligible to apply. Camp locations include: Bab-
son Park, Fla., Prescott, Ariz., Thousand Oaks, Calif., Gainesville, Ga.,
Champaign, Ill., Glassboro, N.J., Lebanon, Tenn., Commerce, Texas
and Blacksburg, Va. There is also a summer camp available for boys
and girls ages 6-18 of all skill levels. For a free brochure on these sum-
mer camps, call 704-373-0873 or visit,

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
9528 on the second Thursday of each month. Tournaments are held
the following weekend. New boaters and (especially) non-boaters are
welcome. For information call Dave Stout at 863-467-2255
The club also sponsors and presents the annual Lee McAllister Me-
morial Kid's Fishing Festival.

uKeecnoDee News/unaries Murpny
A tough game
Elia Suarez (left) was tested in left field during the Friday, April 25, game against Jensen
for a Regionals slot. Mary Huff (right) was touched for ten hits during the game. The OHS
Lady Brahmans endured a tough game to Jensen, which unfortunately led to the season
ending loss.



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