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Place of Publication: Okeechobee, Fla
Creation Date: May 2, 2008
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Friday, May 2, 2008

PO BOX 117007


High school Drama
Club play tonight
The Okeechobee High
School Drama Club along with
the Okeechobee High School
band will present the musical
"Leader of the Pack," tonight at
7:30 p.m. and on Friday, May 9
at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May
10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Okeecho-
bee High School Lecture Hall.
Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for

Child ID event
at Masonic Lodge
Okeechobee Lodge No. 237,
Free & Accepted Masons will
hold their Eighth Annual Child
ID Program on Saturday, May
3 at the Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave.
Each child will be fingerprinted
and photographed. The ID disc
will be sent home with the par-
ent or guardian, who must be
present to sign the necessary
release forms for the program.
Spanish interpreters will be in
attendance to help translate.
Activities will be provided to
keep the children busy while
waiting their turn. Any child,
from walking age to age 18 is
encouraged to participate in the
program. A parent or guardian
must accompany the children.
Alzheimer's patients of any
age are also welcome to come
and have their disc completed.
For additional information,
please contact, Kip Gardner,
Chairman, Child ID Program,
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge
No. 237, '1lN.W. Fifth Ave,
Okeechobee, Fla., 34974. or
call 863-763-1610 or 863-357-

Car wash cancelled
The Real Life Children's
Ranch car wash, originally
planned for Saturday, May 3,
has been cancelled.

Drought Index

Current: 350
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.25 feet
^ Last Year: 9.65 feet
^f e

Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

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Comics ............................... 5
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword ..........................:...... 5
Obituaries.............................. 6
Opinion..................................... . 4
Speak Out ........................ ..... 4
Sports............................................. 10
TV ............................................. 4
W eather..................................... 2
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how to contact the newspaper.


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Transportation options ciscussea

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Does Okeechobee County
need public transportation? That
was a question officials hoped to
answer during a public hearing
hosted by the Florida Heartland
Rural Economic Development
Initiative and consultants on
FREDHI and the Florida De-
partment of Transportation has
been holding workshops in their
six member counties in a hope
that they get some sort of input

from the public. That input has
been slow so far with only one
person commenting at a recent
hearing in Sebring. Ten work-
shops have already been held.
Okeechobee though, had a good
turnout for the hearing with
close to a dozen agencies repre-
The plan, being put together
by the University of South Flori-
da, is designed to improve mo-
bility in the region, that encom-
passes some 250,000 people,
including approximately 40,000
in Okeechobee County.

Officials state that close to
20 percent of our population is
between the ages of 20 and 34.
They note that many of these
people require transportation
to get to work or college. The
report stated that 15 percent of
Okeechobee residents live under
the poverty level and might ben-
efit from a public transportation
Officials added that an im-
provement in access to college
would increase the education
level of our young people and
help them earn higher salaries,

Marijuana raid: Suspected grow house shut down

Submitted photo
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force members found three rooms of a Southwest 67th
Drive house had been converted to grow rooms for marijuana cultivation.

Statewide raids coordinated

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
At least 135 people were ar-
rested across the state Wednes-
day in coordinated raids on sus-
pected marijuana grow houses
and an Okeechobee man was
one of then.
The Okeechobee Narcot-
ics Task Force and the Drug
Enforcement Administration
(DEA) raided a suspected grow
house in the Lazy 7 subdivision
at 6 p.m. on April 30 and confis-
cated 166 suspected marijuana
plants, with 95 of those plants
actively being cultivated.
A task force detective said
the plants had an estimated
street value of $664,000.
Miguel A. Toranzo, 35, was
charged with the felonies of
cultivation of marijuana and
possession of marijuana with
intent to sell. He was also,
charged with the misdemeanor
of possession of drug parapher-

Toranzo was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $180,000.
When the home at 645 S.W
67th Drive was raided, detec-
tives and DEA agents found
what one detective described as
"very high quality marijuana."
"These people use our
neighborhoods to grow these
drugs. This must stop and these
people need to be given a loud
and clear message, 'you are
not welcome in Okeechobee
County'," said Sheriff Paul May.
"I thank the Okeechobee Nar-
cotics Task Force for their hard
Along with the plants, grow
lights, fertilizer and irrigation
pumps were also confiscated.
When law enforcement en-
tered the single family home
they found that three rooms
had been altered with special
insulation and growing tables
to facilitate the suspected hy-
droponic marijuana growing

According to the Okeecho-
bee County Property Apprais-
er's web site, the home and
land has an appraised value of
Raids took place in 48 coun-
ties of Florida -- from the Flori-
da Keys to the Panhandle -- and
identified 150 homes with in-
door growing operations. More
than 9,000 suspected marijuana
plants were confiscated with an
estimated value of $41 million.
Timothy Wagner, director of
the federal South Florida High
Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
task force, said grow houses
are popping up all over the
state. They are also spreading
across the Southeast because
organized crime groups see the
enormous profit potential, he
Some of these groups, in-
cluding Miami-based Cuban-
See Raids - Page 2

and lower the unemployment
The study also found that
8 percent of Okeechobee resi-
dents do not own vehicles. It also
found that 8.9 percent of work-
ers carpool to work in carpools
of four or more people.
Some of the options being
considered are whether to get
Greyhound bus service to return
to this area. There might be some
grants available to subsidize this
Another option is a dial a ride
program with a toll free num-

The third, and least likely, is
the creation of a bus or some
sort of connector system for
Okeechobee County.
There are other options as
well as the state is promoting car
pools and employer based trans-
portation services.
Jay Goodwin with USF said
this is a unique study because
this is the first time a rural area
this size has been studied like
this. He noted it would be a
See Public - Page 2


County sues

for code fines

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County filed
suit in Okeechobee Circuit
Court on April 24 in an attempt
to collect over $39,000 they are
owed in code enforcement
fines on one piece of property.
The litigation filed by Coun-
ty Attorney John Cassels names
Geraldine Bertram and Ruli Wu
and Kokcham NG as defen-
-dants. *, .. , ..
The property at 1120 S.W
17th Avenue was cited by code
enforcement officers on May 3,
2003. At that time fines of $25

per day were placed on the
The fines went unpaid for
1,569 days. The property came
into compliance on Sept. 6,
Mrs. Bertram asked for a
reduction in the fine and went
before the County Special Mag-
istrate on September 18, 2007.
The Magistrate listened to tes-
timony at a public hearing and
decided .noIQU. .recommend a
reduction in the fine.
The Okeechobee Board of
County Commissioners upheld
See Fines- Page 2

United Way

seeks support

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Kiwanis
recently heard from the United
Way of Okeechobee and two
local agencies out of the almost
20 that they lend their support
Stephanie Locke from
Martha's House and Cathy
Schmiedel from Hospice of
Okeechobee both extended
their agencies point of view of
what the United Way does for

The mission of the United
Way is "to serve as a catalyst for
a coordinated community-wide
effort to encourage people in
this community to support the
agencies which provide health
and human service needs in
Okeechobee County."
Some agency affiliations are:
Martha's House; Hospice of
Okeechobee, Inc.; Boy Scouts
of America Gulf Stream Coun-
cil; Communities in Schools
of Okeechobee, Inc.; Deaf and
See Support - Page 2

National Day of Prayer is

observed by the community

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Thursday, May 1, was pro-
claimed as the 57th National Day
of Prayer by the President of the
United States of America George
W. Bush on Tuesday, April 22.
The Kiwanis Club of Okeecho-
bee and the Okeechobee Min-
isterial Association has brought
this event to Okeechobee once
again ,where members of the
community met at the Okeecho-
bee County Courthouse to unite
as a unit to pray.

Within the presidential proc-
lamation he stated that "America
trusts in the abiding power of
prayer and asks for the wisdom
to discern God's will in times of
joy and of trial. As we observe
this National Day of Prayer, we
recognize our dependence on
the Almighty, we thank Him for
the many blessings He has be-
stowed upon us, and we put our
country's future in His hands."
President Bush goes on to
proclaim that "On this National
Day of Prayer, we ask God's con-

tinued blessings on our coun-
try. This year's theme, "Prayer!
America's Strength and Shield,"
is taken from Psalm 28:7, "The
Lord is my strength and my,
shield; my heart trusts in him,
and I am helped." On this day, we
pray for the safety of our brave
men and women in uniform, for
their families, and for the com-
fort and recovery of those who
have been wounded."
The Continental Congress
See Prayer - Page 2

UKeechoDee News/unauna Agullar
Local citizens including many public officials joined togeth-
er on the Okeechobee Courthouse lawn for the National
Day of Prayer where the Kiwanis hosted lunch and the Min-
isterial Association led those in attendance to pray for our
nation, state, local government and families.

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model for the country.
"We are finding some com-
mon needs and common threads
with all the communities. Each
community also has a unique
need," he said.
Mr. Goodwin noted Immoka-
lee needs buses for jobs and edu-
cation. Sebring needs the trans-
portation for the elderly and their
needs like doctor and hospital vis-
its. Hardee County needs buses to
connect Zolfo Springs and Wau-
chula. Clewiston also expressed
support for some form of public
Richard Dreyer, project man-
ager for Tindale-Oliver and Asso-
ciates of Bartow, said they started
the study with the 2000 census.
However they have updated that
information with information
from 2006-2007 and information
the government received after the
hurricanes of 2005.
"People think rural being a
vast area of no people, and cows.
This six county area has 273,000
people in it right now. That's
quite a bit of constituency to be
represented," he noted.
He expressed hope that this
study will result in better services
for this area.
He asked residents to go to the
FREDHI website where they can
fill out a survey on their various
needs. The website is www.fla-
Mary Freeman said she was
impressed with the amount of
participation from Okeechobee
County. Included in the group
were Sheriff Paul May, engineer
Jeff Sumner, County Commis-
sioner Elvie Posey and Shared
Services Network Coordinator
Sharon Vinson.
Sheriff Paul May stated most of
the people who need the trans-
portation and those who don't,
travel to the Treasure Coast for
services. He admitted that the
price of gas is making that pro-
hibitive for many residents.

Continued From Page 1

American organizations, control
upward of 200 grow houses.
These groups also have a corrupt
support network that includes
real estate agents;'garden suppli-
+ ers, property appraisers, electri-
cians and mortgage brokers, said
Mr. Wagner.
A Narcotics Task Force arrest
affidavits indicates that Toranzo
is Cuban and is from the Miami-
Dade County area.
As an a sidebar to the raids,
Florida legislators Thursday
passed the Marijuana Grow

Continued From Page 1

Hard of Hearing Services of the
Treasure Coast; Florida Com-
munity Health Center, Inc.; Girl
Scouts of Palm Glades Council;
My Aunt's House-The Closet;
Okeechobee County American
Red Cross; Okeechobee Edu-
cational Foundation; Real Life
Children's Ranch; The ARC of
Okeechobee and the Treasure
Coast Food Bank, Inc. There are
also a few other agencies that
have more recently been added.
There are many ways to help
the United Way, which is lo-
cally run from all volunteers in
Okeechobee. One way to donate
is to pledge money as a payroll
deduction; individual gift; busi-
ness scholarship; volunteering or
legacy gifts.
The Board of Directors for the
Okeechobee United Way are:
John Abney; Cathleen Blair; Ro-
salinda Brown; Christine Caruso;
Theresa Davis; Melody Hodges;
Frank Irby; Epifanio Juarez; Ken
Kenworthy; Jennifer Lafferty;
Steve Lafferty; Robert Lee; Eliza-
beth Maxwell; Debbie Riddle;
Sam Smith; Roger Thomas; and
Paulette Wise.
Because all of these members
are volunteers, more than 95
percent of your donations go to
funding the qualified service or-
ganizations which help people in
Okeechobee County.

Continued From Page 1

first called for a day of prayer in
1775 for wisdom in forming a na-
tion. This practice has continued
throughout history including Pres-
ident Abraham Lincoln's procla-
mation of a day of "humiliation,
fasting and prayer" in 1863.
According to the National Day
of Prayer Organization's website,
in 1952 a joint resolution by Con-
gress was signed by President
Harry Truman. It was declared an
annual, national day of prayer.
In 1988, the law was amended

County Administrator Lyndon
Bonner said traffic pressures in
Okeechobee are coming from the
east. He predicted major transpor-
tation improvements in Okeecho-
bee once the economy rebounds
and the real estate market gets
going again.
Residents also stated State
Road 70 east is getting very
crowded with migrant workers
going to Fort Pierce. They predict
some bottlenecks once part of the
road is expanded to four lanes.
Another concern was getting
people to medical doctors, the lo-
cal health department, Raulerson
Hospital, and the VA hospital in
West Palm Beach.
Julia Davis of FDOT, said the
goal is to help all people, not just
traditional users of mini buses
and other public transportation
County Commissioner Elvie
Posey predicted more commuters
headed west from Okeechobee
toward Sebring-if the business
and industrial growth continues
there. He also praised local agri-
culture employers for their assis-
tance in transporting workers to

their job sites.
"One of the most efficient
transportation programs here
is Evans properties. They pick
up their people and bring them
home every night," he noted.
Mr. Posey said he's surprised
more people aren't carpooling
to work due to the rising cost of
"It is getting out of hand.
People are going to have to have
some help. The average wage
owner in Okeechobee can't pay
the gas bill to go to work on the
coast," he said.
Mr. Posey said some people
could go together to purchase ve-
hicles and ride together to work
on the coast. He said it would
save a group of six a lot of money
every month, which could be
used for the car or van payment.
Sharon Vinson said most fami-
lies here have single vehicles. She
said that most of these families
can't go to schools for meetings,
or attend anything after school
because the wage owner takes
the car in the morning.
"That's not just our elderly but
young parents, etc," she said.

Another problem is transpor-
tation for court cases, and other
Sheriff May said there are a
lot of people jailed for failure
to appear in court. That adds to
his budget as it means more in-
mates in the jail. If they had a ride
to court, some of those arrests
might be avoided. He said his offi-
cers also try to assist people who
are stranded at the hospital when
they can.
The state also has a commuter
services plan that promotes car-
pooling, private transit and even
van pooling. For more informa-
tion you can call 1-866-585-RIDE
or visit their website at www.
CommuterServices FL.com
The Heartland Rural Mobil-
ity Plan should be completed by
October. At that time, FHREDI of-
ficials will apply for funding from
both the state and the federal gov-
The program covers the six
counties of Glades, Okeechobee,
Highlands, Desoto, Hardee, and
Hendry. It also covers Immoka-
lee, Belle Glade, Pahokee, and
South Bay.

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Jay Goodwin of the University of South Florida answers questions at Wednesdays public

House Eradication Act. The act
enhances penalties for people
who grow marijuana in homes
throughout the state.
When the act is.signed it will:
make it a second-degree felony to
grow 25 or more plants, which
targets for-profit growers who
exploit the state's current thresh-
old of 300 plants; make it a third-
degree felony to own a house for
the purpose of cultivating, pack-
aging and distributing marijuana;
and, make it a first-degree felony
to grow 25 or more plants in a
home with children present.
Most of the plants found in the
Okeechobee home were 4-feet
tall and were budding, said an
OCSO detective.

Martha's House is one organi-
zation that utilizes the United Way
funds. Martha's House is a non-
profit organization which serves
victims of domestic violence, as
well as other adults and children
in distress. United Way funds are
added to Martha's House to sup-
plement the many programs that
they offer.
They serve victims statewide
through use of their 24-hour
hotline 863-763-0202, emergency
safe shelter, counseling and edu-
cation, self-sufficiency assistance,
help in obtaining legal, medical
and financial aid, victim advocacy,
children's advocacy, information
and referral, outreach programs,
community and law enforce-
ment training and the Speakers
Martha's House offers a week-
ly support group program called
Women in Need (WIN). It is de-
veloped specifically to meet the
needs of women dealing with,
or affected by, domestic violence
and abusive relationships. The
support group offers education,
networking and a safe and sup-
portive environment in which to
process issues.
The WIN program is provided
free of charge to all women age
16 and above.
Mental health counseling by
contracted licensed mental health
professionals is available to vic-
tims of domestic violence (past or
present), sexual violence and to
children who have witnessed do-

and signed by President Ronald
Regan to permanently set the day
as the first Thursday of every May
as the National Day of Prayer.
The Okeechobee Ministerial
Association, as a whole, officiated
the event in the memory of the
late Reverend Al Jacquith, who
had organized the local National
Day of Prayer for many years.
Local ministers participated by
each taking a turn to pray for each
division of leadership from the na-
tional level to the local level. The
President of the United States,
armed forces, U.S. Congress,
state leaders, county and city of-
ficials, emergency personnel and
law enforcement, educators, the

Detectives estimated that the FiU
suspected marijuana plants found ine
in the Okeechobee County home
had been growing since April 10 Oontinued From Page 1
of this year.
While a county-by-county that decision later that year. Ber-
breakdown from the raids wasn't
b krs wa't tram appealed to the 19th Judicial
immediately available for the en-
tire state, it was known that in Circuit but that appeal was volun-
South Florida: Miami-Dade had tarily dismissed in March.
50 grow houses, 49 arrests and The property was sold last
more than 2,200 plants; Broward September to Ruli Wu and Kok-
had nine houses, 10 arrests and
more than 300 plants; and Palm cham Ng without the County lien
Beach had 18 houses, 15 arrests being satisfied, according to legal
and almost 1,000 plants. documents.
Editor's Note: Some informa- The litigation asks that the lien
tion contained in this article came
from an Associated Press article be satisfied, even if the land has
by Curt Anderson. to be sold.

mestic violence. The counseling
is at little or no cost to the client.
Counselors are available at
Martha's House offices or on
school campuses. The goal is to
assist victims and their families to
recover from the trauma of abuse,
to prevent further occurrences
and to help young people avoid
the traps of abusive relationships.
Other programs offered
through Martha's House include
Teen Alternatives to Violence
(TATV), the Rape Prevention and
Education Program and the Rural
Initiative Latina Program.
If you would like more infor-
mation about Martha's House
contact the administrative offices
at (863) 763-2893.
For help in a domestic violence
situation, call (863) 763-0202.
Hospice of Okeechobee also
extends their thanks to the Unit-
ed Way of Okeechobee typically
extending $4,000 to $5,000 per
year. The Hospice of Okeechobee
strives to provide comprehensive,
high quality palliative hospice
care and bereavement support to
terminally ill patients and families
throughout Okeechobee County.
Purpose of Hospice of
Okeechobee is: to deliver pallia-
tive care to the terminally ill patient
in their home and incorporate the
family as a unit of care; services
will be provided under the direc-
tion of the patient's physician and
be centrally administered.
According to their web-site,
hospice should be called when

healthcare community and for
the citizens and economic issues
within Okeechobee in general.
Approximately 200 communi-
ty members took part, including
many local elected officials.
The Kiwanis club provided
lunch for all those in attendance
with the help of local community
businesses: Domino's Pizza; Mc-
Donalds; Burger King; Subway; J
& J Snacks; CVS; and U-Save.
A tent, podium and chairs were
provided by Bass Funeral Home.
The sound system was provided
by the Okeechobee Church of
God and the programs were pro-
vided by the Okeechobee Ministe-
rial Association.

someone has been told their ill-
ness can not be cured or no fur-
ther treatments are advisable.
When the doctor advises the pa-
tient or family that the illness is
terminal and life expectancy is six
months or less.
Patients are referred to Hos-
pice by their primary physician.
Other health care professionals,
family, friends or clergymen may
initiate contact for the patient.
For more information about
the Hospice of Okeechobee or
the Hamrick Home visit or call
Thursday, May 1, was the Na-
tional Day of Prayer on the south
lawn of the New Okeechobee
Courthouse at noon.
The National Day of Prayer is a
rich tradition in the U.S. with the
first call to prayer being held in
1775 when the Continental Con-
gress asked the colonies to pray
for wisdom for in forming the na-
Lunch and refreshments were
provided by the Kiwanis Club of
Thursday, May 8, the Kiwanis
will meet at the American Legion
Post 64.
On Thursday, May 15, they will
hold their annual luncheon at
the Okeechobee Sports Complex
Wooden Jungle to honor the mid-
dle school and high school clubs
and their sponsors.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

For more information about
the National Day of Prayer visit
In other Kiwanis business, they
will be holding their appreciation
day with the Key Club and the
Builder's Club at the Okeechobee
Sports Complex with the teachers
and the superintendent of schools
in lieu of the regular luncheon
Thursday, May 15.
The next Kiwanis luncheon
will be held at the American
Legion Post 64 on Thursday,
May 8.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.

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Submitted photo
Richard Dreyer, a consultant for the state, listens to sugges-
tions from local residents made at Wednesday's hearing.

Today's Weather

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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Mostly sunny. Breezy. The high will be in the mid' 80s.
The wind will be from the east at 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to
20 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly clear. The low will be in the lower 60s. The
wind will be from the east at 5 to 10 mph.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the mid 80s. The
wind will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the mid 60s.
The wind will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: Considerable cloudiness, with a slight chance of
showers. The high will be in the upper 80s. The chance of rain is
20 percent.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the mid 60s.
Monday: Partly cloudy. The high will be in the mid 80s.
Monday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 60s.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. The high will be in the upper 80s.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the upper
Wednesday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the mid 80s.


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Five years' service
Richard Kersey, right, cemetery services supervisor for fa-
cilities maintenance, receives a certificate from Okeecho-
bee County Commission Chairman Clif Betts recognizing
his five years' service to the county. The presentation took
place at the Thursday, April 24 meeting of the county com-

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Expressing appreciation
At the Thursday, April 24 meeting of the Okeechobee
County Board of County Commissioners, chairman Clif
Betts presented a certificate to deputy county administra-
tor Robbie Chartier in recognition of the several months
she served as interim county administrator.

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'Celebrity waiters' raise $1,166

The Second Annual Golden
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By Eric Kopp
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An Okeechobee woman was
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail following her arrest
on felony charges including traf-
ficking in oxycodone.
Sandra Jane
Fulks, 44, N.W
Second St., was
arrested Mon-
day, April 28, by
the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task
Force. She was
also charged
with obtaining a
prescription by Sandra
fraud. Fulks
She was booked into the coun-
ty jail under a bond of $55,000.
Fulks was charged with traf-
,ficking because at the time of
"her arrest she had well over the
4-gram threshold to warrant that
charge, said a task for detective.
She actually had between 14 and
'28 grams of oxycodone, added
Sthe detective.
She was arrested after it was
'learned that she had reportedly
passed a fraudulent prescription
Sand that she had never seen the
doctors whose name was on the
Script, explained the detective.
The detective was contacted
by a local pharmacy.
"The pharmacy felt there was
something wrong but went ahead
and filled it, then contacted the
Doctorr" said the detective.
"They had a gut feeling but
just acted on it too late," he con-
Fulks was apparently keeping
Sthe pain killers for personal use.
"She wasn't selling them. She
likes them -- she likes them a lot,"
said the detective.
The task force member went
.on to say that the investigation
Shas taken two months.
"I've been chasing her from
IOkeechobee to Fort Lauderdale
'and back to Okeechobee," said
Sthe detective.
"She was thinking about mov-
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Knew I was coming."

On Wednesday, April 30, Sher-
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suspects were lured to a special
seating area where deputies,
lieutenants and detectives served
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ing for a sizable tip. The event
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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
SMOKING: They keep adding taxes to cigarettes and banning
smoking in more and more places, and if that causes people to just
give up smoking because it is not worth the expense and the trouble,
that is not a bad thing. It is proven that smoking cigarettes causes a
number of health problems such as lung cancer. The cigarette manu-
facturers have had a long time to find some other business to go into.
And the tobacco growers have had plenty of time to switch to other
DEMOCRATS: I am pleased to report the co-chairs of the Dem-
ocratic National Committee (DNC) Rules and Bylaws Committee
(RBC), Alexis Herman and James Roosevelt, have called a meeting
of the DNC RBC for Saturday, 31 May 2008, to hear and decide the
two appeals filed from Florida and the appeal filed from Michigan.
Florida's appeals are twofold: one, the Charter of the Democratic Party
of the United States contains language stating persons holding certain
positions (DNC Members, US Senators, US Representatives, DNC Of-
ficers, former DNC Chairs, etc.) shall be delegates to the 2008 Demo-
cratic National Convention and this supreme document (the Charter)
requires that all rules be consistent with the Charter; and, two, the
appropriate penalty for a state violating the timing rule (Rule 11 of the
Delegate Selection Rules) is contained in Rule 20.C.1 which states a
timing violation shall result in a 50 percent reduction in the pledged
delegates (not 49 percent, not 51 percent and certainly not 100 per-
cent). Should the RBC grant these appeals, it would clearly benefit
Clinton since she was the winner in both states. I was hoping all of this
would be settled by now. What a mess!
BENEFITS: When someone dies in an alcohol-related accident,
does anyone think is it in poor taste to serve alcohol at a benefit in that
person's name? It just makes me wonder what kind of message that
sends to young people.
DOGS: I know we all have had problems with dogs running loose.
I have sympathy for dog owners. Dogs are wonderful companions. I
have had many dogs over the years that I was very fond of. But not ev-
ery dog owner is a responsible dog owner. A responsible dog owner
will not just open the door and let the dogs our. A responsible dog
owner either fences the yard, or else puts the dog on a leash to take
it outside. It is not acceptable or safe to just let dogs run around the
neighborhood. If you let your dog run loose, and the dog is hit by a
car, you are responsible for the accident.
BALLPARK: Some people complain about the smoking at the
ball parks. I don't really mind that. If someone is smoking near me, I
can move. What I don't like is the foul language used loudly by some
parents. I don't think it is right to use that kind of language around
the children. Maybe your kids are used to it, but mine are not and I
don't appreciate you using it around them. OCRA is supposedly to be
family-friendly, not rated R for vulgar language.
BEWARE: Ladies, beware when you go shopping, especially on
Sunday. There is a problem with men following women around, star-
ing at them and making rude comments, even following them to their
vehicles. If you notice a man following you around the store, go to the
store management and ask to be escorted to your car.
JOBS: Years ago the way the system worked was this -- Junior
started at the bottom of the ladder in some business. Because of
proper training at home, he was glad to get any job, whether where
his dad worked or somewhere else. Over time he would have a spell
Working at every job in the place and by the time he reached the age
- of 50 or so he likely knew how to run the place and then earned a desk
and chair to sit at. Since no parent wants this horrible fate for any of
their blood, he must be college educated so that he can go in and sit
at the desk at the age of 25. Trouble is we now have too many chiefs
and not enough indians. Since people nowadays generally have a real
inflated idea of what they're worth, they kept bargaining and demand-
ing, (through the unions) until the companies have finally pulled out
and moved to another country.
DRIVER'S LICENSE OFFICE: I think the driver's licence branch
is important, and the the county is big enough to warrant having one.
I don't think it fair that a smaller county should be expected, as gas is
approaching $4 a gallon, to drive at least 70 miles, taking several hours
out of their day, to get an item which is critical to our daily life. I am for
the state continuing support and funding of our licencing department.
Unfortunately, everybody decided that the Homestead tax bill that was
recently passed was a good idea, and there is no funding for the licenc-
ing branch. That lack of funding extends down to the county, who will
not be able to afford to operate it, either. We've already added a $.05
gas tax; unless the county is willing to either cut another program
or implement another tax to gain the necessary revenue, we're at an
impass. I'd be willing to deal with a small tax increase somewhere to
make it happen.
GOVERNMENT: I hear a lot of of people complaining about how
bad the government is, and how it's a good ole' boy network. I see
those same people complaining about how the government is not do-
ing enough, and that taxes are already too high. I see very few of those
same people forwarding ideas about how to lower taxes and improve
services at the same time. I see very few of those same people willing
to raise taxes to broaden services, or willing to live without a govern-
ment-provided service in order to keep their taxes lower. So if you're
not a fan of the government, and you want the licensing office to stay
open, what is your plan for making it happen? What are you willing
to give up to keep the license branch? It's all great that you want to
"fight" to keep it, but what's your "battle plan?"

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Upcoming Events

Friday, May 2
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800)
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets
are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call (863) 471-
0559 or (863) 385-6671.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets and will have a guest speaker and
also an open discussion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club
of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or
(863) 467-5474.
The Highlands Social Dance Club will begin its 27th season
on Sept. 7, hosting ballroom dancing every Friday at the Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S.27. For information call
(863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6621.
Saturday, May 3
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Texaco gas station on the corner of Hwy 441 and 78.
Anyone is welcome to ride. No dues or membership required. For
information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Debbie Izzo
at (863) 634-0087.
Okeechobee Chapter DA.R. meets the first Saturday of every
month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W 32nd Street
at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at (863) 634-5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service on
the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone
desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to attend.
The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For information call
Theresa Brown at (863) 357-3318.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just ForToday Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call (863) 634-4780.

Sunday, May 4
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please
call. (863) 634-4780.

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Community Events

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.

Dance studio holds benefit
Leslie's Dance Studio Competition Team Benefit Golf Tournament
will be held Saturday, May 3, at the Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club. 8 a.m. shotgun start, 4 person scramble format ($160 per team)
Lunch is included. All proceeds will go to the dance team as they travel
to Myrtle Beach, S.C. National Competition in June. For more informa-
tion contact Mike White at 863-634-7704.

Healthy Start directors meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Wendesday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m. in their office, 575 S.W
28th St. within the New Endeavors School Building. This meeting is
open to the public. For more information contact Executive Director,
Kay Begin at the Coalition Office at 863-462-5877.

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. Bar-
gains galore, All new items available. All Proceeds benefit patient care
in Okeechobee including services offered in The Hamrick Home. For
information, 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. Happy Hour will start at noon. The
auction will start at 3 p.m. All proceeds will be used to help out in all
financial matters. Barbecue chicken or pork dinner for $6. For infor-
mation call 863-467-6420.

Senior water exercise offered at local pool
The pool offers swimming lessons as well and from May 6 un-
til Sept. 30, they will be offering Senior Water Exercise on Mondays,
Wednesday and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. for $1.50 per

VFW Post 9528 host district meeting
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will be hosting a District Meeting
at 2002 Hwy 78 West on May 10, at 10 a.m. We will be honored to
have as guest, Jodi Nerney - State President and Dave Harris - incom-
ing State Commander. All members please plan to attend the meeting
and make our guest feel welcome in our community. If you have any
questions please contact the Post at 863-467-2882.

Benefit for Patsy Arnold
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.

Summer Play Camps sign up postponed
Sign ups for Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation's 2008 Sum-
mer Play Camps have been postponed and will not open until Mon-
day, 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, first serve basis. Campers must be 6-12
years of age. Play camps will operate Monday - Friday, from June 16
through August 1 (except on July 4) from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at
Douglas Brown Community Center and the Okeechobee County Civic
Center. (Availability of a third site has not yet been determined.) The
regular camp fee is $50 per week per participant, plus fees for field
trips and special activities. Special rates have been set at $25 per week
for a child on the reduced school lunch program and $10 a week for a
child on the free school lunch program within the Okeechobee Coun-
ty School System for the 2007-08 school year. A letter of participation
from Okeechobee County School Food Service must be presented at
the time of registration in order to qualify for these special rates. Ex-
tended hours, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.rh. will be available at
the Okeechobee County Civic Center (and possibly an alternate site,
to be determined prior to registration) for an additional $10 per week
per participant.

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.

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At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Friday,
April 2, through Thursday, May 8, are as follows:
Theatre I- "Iron Man" (PG-13) Showtimes: Fri-
day 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, Wednes-
day 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.Thursday at 2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III - "Prom Night" (PG-13) Showtimes:
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 Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.

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Students encouraged to read at home fSsc '

First Grade
At Everglades Elementary
School, Ms. Walsh's class is work-
ing hard on adding and subtract-
ing 2 digit by 2 digit numbers and
working on spelling patterns;
"igh". Please practice reading at
home. Students need to earn a
40 word per minute score on our
next DIBELS.
Mrs. Perviss's class is well
rested after spring break. The stu-
dents are working very hard to
learn their vocabulary words and
long vowel spelling words. I'd like
to thank the parents for continu-
ing to read 100 Book Challenge
each night. This help the children
prepare for the next DIBELS test.
Mrs. Laskey's class is well
rested and ready to take on the
last quarter of our school year.
We are learning all about insects
and butterflies! Our caterpillars
,have arrived. We will watch them
cycle from caterpillar to butterfly
and then we will release them.
Thank you to all of the parents
that helped with our school fund-
raiser. Our class did a wonderful
job on selling cheesecakes and
Mrs. Rowley's class has been
hard at work. We were very ex-
cited to travel to OHS and see the
Bits N Pieces play "Cinderella".
We are looking forward to the
Book Fair that will begin in the Me-
dia Center on Monday, April 21st.
We congratulate our "Student of
the Week" for the week of April
7th, Nicholas Williams. Also con-
gratulations to our "Student of the
Week" for the week of April 14th,
Emily Hernandez. Emily is such a
great student this is her third time
as student of the week.
We are looking forward to be-
ginning our new science unit on
the rainforest. We have lots to do
and learn. Remember Parents, as
this year comes closer to the end
it is still very important that you
continue to work with your child
at home each night on reading,
vocabulary and spelling, and 100
Book Challenge. The year is not
over yet and there is still much
progress to be made!
Mrs. Brady's class is celebrat-
ing Earth Day. We are learning
about reusing, reducing, and re-
cycling. We are reducing the story
"The Lorax" by Dr. Suess which
discussing saving the earth by not
polluting it. We also picked up lit-

ter around our school. Go Green
Ms. Hunt's class had a spe-
cial visit from Florida Agricultural
Farmers Association. We learned
so much about what our fruit
goes through before it gets to
Wal-Mart. Along with fruit farms,
there are tons of other things that
Florida grows and contributes to
the world!
Ms. Damora's class is study-
ing the world around us keeping
in mind Earth Day. We will do
our part in keeping the campus
Mrs. Kirby's class is studying
our Florida weather in science.
Our class is charting the daily
temperature three times a day.
We are also noticing the way the
temperature changes throughout
the day.
The class is also studying
graphs and grids in math. We're
learning to graph our class's fa-
vorite things.
Mrs. Campbell's class made
posters to let people know how
to help our Earth. We liked pick-
ing up trash with the Everglades
Elementary School second grad-
ers. We are helping to keep our
school clean.
Mr. Wright's class would like
to thank Mrs. Kim Underwood
for reading to our class about
Florida agriculture. We'd also like
to thank Ms. Darlene Stokes for
setting up the visit. We're hoping
that everyone celebrated Earth
Day every day!
Ms. Gumz's class is learning
about different kinds of maps and
how to read graphs. For Earth
Day, we will plant some flowers
to help beautify our earth. We
will start by recycling milk cartons
to use as flower pots. We will try
to make our own fertilizer in a
compost pile made from leftover
lunch scrapes, leaves, and soil.
Rain water will be used so we can
conserve water since we are on
water restrictions. What will you

+ Obituaries

do to help our Earth?
Mrs. Brady's class has five new
members in our class. Our cater-
pillars have come out and spread
their wings. They are now beau-
tiful butterflies! We have enjoyed
watching this amazing life cycle.
Mrs. Campbell's class is learn-
ing about living and non-living
things. We are also studying solid
figures. Shapes are all around us!
We .are working hard on the 100
Book Challenge so that we can
earn medals. We need to read,
read, and read!

Mr. Wright's class is happy to
be taking the end of the year tests
and assessments. We are eagerly
awaiting our chance to show
what we know and how much
knowledge we have gained.
Ms. Damora's class enjoyed
the Ronald McDonald Earth Day
presentation. We learned how
to keep the Earth beautiful. Your
child will talk to you about re-
cycling glass, plastic, and news-
paper products. We can make a
Ms. Hunt's class has been
turning green for Earth Day! We
would like our beautiful lakes and
fields to be around in the future
so we're planning to take care of
them now. We are great environ-
Ms. Gumz's class has been
learning about our Earth. We have
learned about the features on dif-
ferent kinds of maps, the seven
continents, and why seasons
change. We even learned how to
help our planet by using the 3 R's
- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We
hope you are helping to take care
of our planet Earth, too.

Third Grade
Mrs. LaPenna's class will be
working on our class Science
Fair Project. We will be using the
scientific method on our project.
Every student will participate and
will be part of our display at our
school science fair in May.

Fourth Grade
The Fabulous 4th Graders at
Everglades are hard at work pre-
paring their Tropicana Speeches.
Classroom winners are:
Mrs. Campbell's class: 1st -
Jessica Cason,
2nd - Jasmine Moyett, 3rd Ko-
rina Campos
Mrs. Davis's class: 1st - Tiffany

2nd Chase Boone, 3rd Thomas
Mrs. Duncan's class: 1st - Colton
2nd Cassidy Bond, 3rd Megan
Mrs. Robertson's class: 1st -
Lane Selph,
2nd John McGehee, 3rd Cassy
Ms. Stokes's class: 1st - Ricky
2nd Kaley Lowry, 3rd Kristen
Fourth graders presented
the play "Operation Destroy the
Earth" in observance of Earth Day
at April's PTO Meeting. Mrs. Da-
vis's class has been building eco-
siplem dioramas as a culminating �
Earth Science activity.
We are enjoying the Art Club
display which features a spring-
time collage entitled; "Hand-ful of
Flowers" made by the students in
Mrs. Robertson's after school Art

Our fifth grade students are
.gearing up for middle school.
They are looking forward to tour-
ing Osceola Middle School on
May 6. Parents are invited to meet
us at O.M.S. at 9:15 am to learn
about the upcoming year and to
view the buildings with student
tour guides.
We had a great turn out for
Kindergarten Round Up on April
15. Thanks to all who came in for
pre-registration. We welcome any
parents who weren't able to at-
tend to come in to our office and
complete the registration forms.
Don't forget to bring the child's
birth certificate, immunization
record, physical exam, and proof
of address when you come. We
can't wait to meet with our new.
kindergarten families!

Literacy Council
The Literacy Council along
with Mrs. Fuller and the P.T.O.
sponsored "Family Reading
Night" on April 24. The students
and their families took a "Jour-'
ney" into reading. They enjoyed
stations that had been set up in a
Many of the students made
their own book; partner read with
a family member, read for a 100
Book Challenge step and visited
the Book Fair.
What a great job!

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Charles 'Buddy'
Charles "Buddy" Arrants, age
64 of Okeechobee died April 30,
2008 at Mayo Hospital in Jack-
sonville. He was born, Oct. 23,
1943 in Fall River, Mass., to Mar-
vin and Beatrice Arrants. He was
self employed in retail sales. Mr.
Arrants was a lifetime resident of
Okeechobee. He attended First
Baptist Church and enjoyed golf
and fishing.
Mr. Arrants was preceded in
death by his parents, Marvin and
Beatrice Arrants and his sister,
Christine Vanbershcot.
He is survived by his wife,
Beverly Arrants of Okeecho-
bee; daughter, Michelle (Dan)
Byrd of Okeechobee; son, Ray

(Deidra) Arrants of Okeechobee;
granddaughter, Payton Byrd of
Okeechobee; grandsons, Byron
Byrd of Okeechobee and Landon
Arrants of Okeechobee; two
brothers, Wayne (Susan) Arrants
of Bradford, Maine and Andy (Te-
resa) Arrants of Okeechobee.
The family will hold a gather- ,
ing at the First Baptist Church
fellowship hall on Sunday, May
4, from 3 until 5 p.m. The family
request no flowers, any memori-
als may be made to Hospice of
Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, or
the First Baptist Church building
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
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Okeechobee News, Friday, May 2, 2008

Golf tournaments planned

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months look no further.
There are several benefits
coming up for various causes
throughout Okeechobee.
Leslie's Dance Studio Com-
petition Team Benefit Golf
Tournament will be held Satur-
day, May 3, at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. 8 a.m.
shotgun start, 4 person scramble
format ($160 per team) Lunch is
included. All proceeds will go to
the dance team as they travel to
Myrtle Beach, S.C. National Com-
petition in June. For more infor-
mation contact Mike White at
Another benefit for Bill
Weeks is scheduled for May 3.
He 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.
Happy Hour will start at noon.
The auction will start at 3 p.m. All
proceeds will be used to help out
in all financial matters. Barbecue
chicken or pork dinner for $6. For
information call 863-467-6420.
To support the KOA Care Camp
kids, Good Spirits Lounge will be
offering Yee Haw Ham Dinners
at noon for $5 on Saturday, May
10. For information contact 863-
On Saturday, May 10 at 8 a.m.
a benefit will be held for Patsy
Arnold, 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 cour-
tesy of the Gun Shoppe. For ticket
information or entry information
please call 8763-697-6377.
Oakview Baptist Church is
sponsoring a golf tournament
on Saturday, May 17 at Okeecho-
bee Golf and Country Club. Cost is
$45 (includes green fee, cart, and
barbecue lunch.) Proceeds will
aid youth in doing random acts of
kindness, attend M-Fuge in South
Carolina which will assist them in
team building and strengthening
relationships to God, family and
community. Registration begins
at 7 a.m. For information call 863-
Locally you can come watch
the youth in action at the First
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atres production of Allen Pote's,
" O, Jonah," be presented
on Sunday, May 18, at 6 p.m. in
the Sanctuary. For information
contact Lonnie Kirsch or Nancy
Vaughan at 863-7634-021.
Crafters and antique car gurus
need to come visit the J & S Fish
Camp, 9500 S.W. Conners, where
they are holding their third annual
Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show.
They are currently looking for
crafters and antique car owners
for their event which will be held
on May 31, and June 1, to support
Martha's House through a $10 do-
nation. For more information call
Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.
In the coming months a ben-
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Kampground auditorium where a
dinner, dance, auction has been
scheduled on Friday, June 13,
from 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. to
help raise funds for Mr. O'Neill
and his medical expenses that
he has incurred because of a rare
form of small bowel cancer that is
currently inoperable.
The social hour begins at 5:30
p.m. until 6:30 p.m.; prime rib
dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
An auction will begin at 7:30 p.m.
with a dance following at 8:30
Tickets for the entire event are
$20 single; $30 couple. Tickets
are also available for the dance
only for $10.
If you are unable to attend,
donations are being accepted at
Riverside National Bank under
the Gene O'Neill Assistance Fund.
Donations can also be mailed to
Gene O'Neill Benefit, P.O. Box
602, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
For additional information
contact Lyn Yeo 863-634-4102;
Donny Arnold 863-634-6464; or
Kim Long 863-634-2937.
Do you want to see your
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the event; location (address);
date; time; cost; age appropriate-
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Okeechobee County Commission Chairman Clif Betts,
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Mobile Homes ........2000
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(Behind City Hall)
May 3
Preview at 3 PM
Terms Cash or-Check
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OLDER KITTEN - found in
Buckhead Ridge, needs good
home, gentle, grey w/green
eyes (863)763-1997

CALF - brown w/white spots,
tag in ear, vic of Eagle Island
Rd. by McArthur Farms &
Beaty Farms (561)644-5418
Brown & White. Vic. of Flag-
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OUA will consider a trainee in lieu of a
certified operator. Must possess a High
School Diploma or equivalent and a valid
FL Drivers License. Only those with a
three year clean driving record need
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Maintain Quality & Safety Control Plan for levee & finish
mowing, custodial service & security patrol to ensure full
conformance to contract req. and/or Corp of Engineers
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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
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YORKIE - Female, Brown &
tan, approx 8-91bs. 4/29/08,
Vic. 2nd Ave in Belmont.
(863)673-2762 if found.

weeks old. To good home.
Call 772-260-1023

Huoe Multi-Family Yard Sale
Too many items to list
Everything priced to sell
1777 SE 24th Blvd.
Taylor Creek Isles
Thursday May 1 8:00-2:00
Friday May 2 8:00-2:00
OKEE. Sat.5/3, 7am-1pm,
Pine Ridge Park, Behind Bill's
Mini Mart (70 E) Twin girls
Preemie to 18 mo. Baby
items & HH items & Crafts

OKEECHOBEE- Sat. May 3rd,
7am- Noon, 2257 SW 37th
Ave., DR Table & Chairs, and
too much more to list

SW SECTION - Saturday Only,
May 3rd, 2008, 8am-3pm.
1276 SW 18th Terrace (Echo
Estates) Furniture, electronics,
clothing, toys, trampoline,
collectibles & much more!!

m ment

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

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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410'
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books I Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
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Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Unens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
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Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
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Musical Instruments 660
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Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

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$300 or will separate
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Storage/Auto Business
Warehouse space available
Located behind U-Save in Okeechobee
Approximately 850 sq. ft. $600 a month with
one month FREE!
(772) 89-262

Coleman Gas Generator,
model 6250, 5,000 watts, 6
gallon tank, $500 or best
offer (863)467-8389
Konetco country plank collec-
tion floating locking floor
system, 1103 sq. ft., $1,470
great price (863)763-7386

CHIHUAHUAS - 16 wks, all
shots, inclds Rabies, 1F, 1M,
CKC, sweet, great w/kids,
$250 ea (863)610-1863
10 weeks old, black & white,
health papers, $325.

DIRT BIKES - Exc. cond.
90-100-110 Kid's bikes.


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

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rent. (863)763-7783 or

IN TOWN - 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
NEW 2 BR, 21/2 BA Apt., All
major appl's. included. Near
hospital. $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., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
No pets, new paint & carpet.
$775/mo. 1st & $500 sec.
dep. Call 772-215-0098
REMODELED - 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $700/mo, 1st, last
& sec. (863)634-3313

OKEE - 2/2, TownHome, Oak
Lake Villas, $900/mo +
sec., Available 6/1
1 BR, 1 BA, Furnished. Pool,
W&D Facilities. $700 mo.

2 Bedroom,
2 Bath, 2
car garage.
Kings Bay

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Okeechobee News, Friday, May 2, 2008

SDelmas W. Helton

Iuand Auctioeers
I Comple Auction & ReO Estate Service
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Delmas W. Helton, Licensed R.E. Broker
James (Jimbo) Watford, Associate & Auctioneer
2303 S. Parrott Avenue, Suite K

Del Hel Okeechobee, FL 34974 JImbgo gWafor
AB520 AU520 AB1583 All 1843
(772) 519-2463 (863) 261-2525

2BR, 2BA, canal, boat house,
furn. or unfum., in city, $825
includes lawn serve. 407 SE
8th St. (863)467-0658 6/1
2/1 Available, no pets,
$590/mo + Sec Dep.
Call (863)467-9800

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.
2BA, pool, extras. Must see!
1401 SE 8th Dr. $1300 mo.
1st & sec. (863)885-1347
OKEE. - 2br/1ba, unfurnished
duplex. $625/mo + $625
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, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
OKEECHOBEE- 4/2/1 Ever-
glade Estates, tile throughout,
$1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
561-248-3888 /863-599-0156
1 ba, waterfront house, large
fenced yard. $750/mo

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yard sile in tde clasi -
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Professional Office Space
for Lease - near Courthouse,
immediate occupancy.
available, within new com-
mercial bldg., all utils incld.
$600/mo (863)467-1545

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Ib Wuicar rEwE aper
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Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

3Bd/2Ba home on 5
acres with 24x60 barn
and chain link fence.
Near airport and town
property has 3 wells.
$265,000 negotiable
Horse trailer for sale
Feather light
aluminum 5 horse
trailer with living
quarters and large
tack room. $7,500

PLACID, FL., For Sale. New
2BD cottages on Lake Placid,
300' white sand beach & dock
Call (863)441-2659 Nightly,
weekly & monthly rentals also
available, Call (863)465-2135.

Mobile Homes

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

ANCIENT OAKS - 55+, Gated,
lbr, lba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. Cable
TV included. $400/mo. +
Electric. 954-610-5345

Available Immediately 3BR,
2BA, dbl wide, carport, large
lot, $800/mo. 1 yr. lease & 1
mo. sec. (863)467-5616.
BH RIDGE - 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$800 mo. + $1000 Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
BHR - 2 MH for rent, 1br, 1ba,
from $350-$400 /mo + sec,
yearly pref. Avail now 55+
Park (863)763-7164
BA Dbl. Wide on 8 acres
w/barn. $1200 mo., 1st, last
& sec. dep. (863)610-0211
FT. DRUM - Just set up! Beau-
tiful D/W on 5ac. Ft Drum
creek/pond in back $1500 dep
regn $800 mo. 772-464-9226
$600/mo, $300 deposit. Call
(863)467-2156 or
RENTALS AVAIL - 3br, 2br, EZ
In, Wkly, Monthly, Clean
waterfront properties. Ricks
Rentals (561)262-1390
2ba, '07 model DW, private
waterfront lot. New seawall,
$1000/mo (954)610-5345

Mobile Home Angels
Behind Bill's Mini Mart,
2 br, 2 ba, nice corner lot,
$600 mo., $300 see.
TRAILER - 8x24, w/10x20
Screened room. Shed w/
washer & dryer. $5000 or
best offer (863)381-7835


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks404O
Parts � Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

1996 - All power & leather,
low miles, pearl white,
$3,350. (561)262-5735

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Okeechobee Utility Authonty
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 Lilt Station and Gravity Sewer Rehabilitation for the
Okeechnbee Utiriy Authorityv consistinn but not limited to installing 24" nravylt
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sewer manhnles late n

Bids will be received by the Okeechbee Utility Authority at the office of oh Uy
ford. Executive Director 100 SW 51th Avenue. Okeechobee. FL 34974 until 4 ;Q PM
local time May 29,.200., and then at said office, will be publicly opened and read
The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS will no be available until April 30, 2008. The CON-
TRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined after the availability date at the following lo-
Okeechobee Utility 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. office
es located at either 421 NW 3rd Street. Okeechobee. FL 34972 sor 355.,..WComp
rate Parkway. Palm City FL 34990 upon payment of $150.0Q for each set,
There will be a Pre-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

US ArmyCoC"
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The Public is invited to a Meeting on the Master Recreation Plan for the Comprehen-
sive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).
Location: Okeechobee Civic Center
1750 Hwy 98 N, Okeechobee, FL 34972
Date: Monday, May 5, 2008
Time: 6:30 PM
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and South Flonida Water Management District will
host a meeting to present an update on the CERP Master Recreation Plan (MRP).
The MRP Regional Program Analysis will be discussed and the Regional Conceptual
Recreation Plans will be displayed or public information and comment.
The Corps and District are working to develop recreational use and facilities on
CERP project lands that are restoration compatible and link to other recreation fa-
cilities. Information provided by the public at this meeting will be used to further de-
velop the MRP
Comments can be sent to Rebecca S. Griffith, Ph.D., Chief, Planning Division, Attn:
Paul Stevenson, Department of the Army, Jacksonville District Corps of Engineers,
RO. Box 4970, Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019 or emailed using the following web
http://www.evergladesplan.org/pm/progr master_rec_plan.cfm
272014 ON 05/02/08

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Department of Environmental Protection
Southeast District Office
DRAFT Permit Project No.: 0930104-016-AV
Okeechobee Landfill
Okeechobee County
The Department of Environmental Protection Southeast District Office (permitting au-
thority) gives notice of its intent to issue a Title V Air Operation Permit Renewal to
Waste Management, Inc. for the Okeechobee Landfill located at 10800 NE 128th
Ave Okeechobee, Okeechobee County. The applicant's name and address are:
Mr David McConnell 2859 Paces Ferry Road, Suite 1600, Atlanta, GA 30339.
The permitting authority will issue the PROPOSED Permit, and subsequent FINAL
Permit, in accordance with the conditions of the DRAFT Permit unless a response
received in accordance with the following procedures results in a different deci-
sion or significant change of terms or conditions.
The Permitting Authority will accept written comments concerning the DRAFT Permit
for a pedod of thirty (30) days from the date of publication of this Public Notice.
Written comments must be post-marked and all facsimile comments must be re-
ceived by the close of business (5:00 pm), on or before the end ol this 30-day
period, by the Permitting Authority at 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200,
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 or facsimile 561/681-6790. As part of his or her
comments, any person may also request that the Permitting Authority hold a pub-
lic meeting on this permitting action. If the Permitting Authority determines there
is sufficient interest for a public meeting, it will publish notice of the time, date,
and location in the Florida Administrative Weekly (http://faw. dos.slate.fl.us/) and
in a newspaper of general circulation in the area affected by the permitting action.
For additional information, contact the Permitting Authority at the above address
or phone number. II written comments or comments received at a public meeting
result in a significant change to the DRAFT Permit, the Permitting Authority shall
issue a Revised DRAFT Permit and require, if applicable, another Public Notice. All
comments filed will be made available for public inspection.
A person whose substantial interests are affected by the proposed permitting deci-
sion may petition for an administrative hearing in accordance with Sections
120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes (FS.). The petition must contain the
information set forth below and must be filed (received) in the Department of En-
vironmental Protection Southeast District Office, 400 North Congress Avenue,
Suite 200, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401, (Telephone: 561/681- 6700, Fax:
561/681-6790). Petitions filed by any persons other than those entitled to written
notice under Section 120.60(3), ES., must be filed within fourteen days of publi-
cation of the public notice or within fourteen days of receipt of the notice of intent,
whichever occurs first. Under Section 120.60(3), ES., however, any person who
asked the permitting authority for notice of agency action may file a petition within
fourteen days of receipt of that notice, regardless of the date of publication, A pe-
titioner shall mall a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated
above, at the time of fing. The failure of any person to file a petition within the
applicable time period shall constitute a waiver of that person's right to request an
administrative determination (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120,57, FES,
or to intervene in this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent
Intervention will be only at the approval of the presiding officer upon the filing of a
motion in compliance with Rule 28-106.205 of the Florida Administrative Code
A petion that disputes the material facts on which the permitting authority's action
is based must contain the following information:
(a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agency's file or iden-
tification number, if known;
(b) The name, address and telephone number of the petitioner; name address and
telephone number of the petitioner's representative, if any, which shall be the ad-
dress for service purposes during the course of the proceeding; and an explana-
tion of how petitioner's substantial rights will be affected by the agency
(c) A statement ol how and when the petitioner received notice of the agency action
or proposed action;
(d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition
must so state;
(e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, as well as the rules and stat-
utes which enitle petitinner to relief;
(f)A statement of the specific rules or statutes the petitioner contends require re-
versal or modification of the agency's proposed action; and,
(g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action pe-
titioner wishes the agency to take with respect to the agency's proposed action.
A petition that does not dispute the material facts upon which the permitting au-
thority's action is based shall state that no such facts are in dispute and otherwise
shall contain the same information as set forth above, as required by Rule 28-
106.301, F.A.C.
Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final agency
action, the filing of a petition means that the permitting authority's final action may
be different from the position taken by it in this notice of intent. Persons whose
substantial interests will be affected by any such final decision of the permitting
authority on the application have the right to petition to become a party to the pro-
ceeding, in accordance with the requirements set forth above.
Mediation is not available for this proceeding.
In addition to the above, pursuant to 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section
7661d(b)(2), any person may petition the Administrator of the EPA within 60 (six-
ty) days of the expiration of the Administrator's 45 (forty-five) day review period
as established at 42 U.S.C. Section 7661 d(b)(1), to object to issuance of any Ti-
tle V permit. Any pebtion shall be based only on objections to the Title V permit
that were raised with reasonable specificity during the 30(thirty) day public com-
ment period provided in this notice, unless the petitioner demonstrates to the Ad-
ministrator of the EPA that it was impracticable to raise such objections within the
comment period or unless the grounds for such objection arose after the com-
ment period. Filing of a petition with the Administrator of the EPA does not stay
the effective date of any Title V permit properly issued pursuant to the provisions
of Chapter 62-213, FA.C. Petitions filed with the Administrator of EPA must meet
the requirements of 42 U.S.C. Section 7661 d (b) (2) and must be filed with the
Administrator of the EPA at: U.S. EPA, 401 M Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.
A complete project file is available for public inspection during normal business
hours, 8:0 a m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at:
Permitting Authority:
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Southeast District Office
400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200
West Palm Beach, Florida, 33401
Telephone: 561-681-6600
Fax: 561-681-6790
The complete project file includes the DRAFT Permit, the application for renewal,
and the information submitted by the responsible official, exclusive of confidential
records under Section 403.111, ES. Interested persons may contact Lee C. Hoe-
fert PE., at the above address, or call 561/681-6600, for additional information.
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