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UKEECHOBEE


Vol. 99 No. 155 Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Briefs

Hurricane
seminar June 3
The American Red Cross will
be hold a Hurricane Prepared-
ness Seminar on June 3, from
5:30-7 p.m. to inform the public
the importance of being pre-
pared for this hurricane season.
The seminar will include guest
speakers: Bill Casian/Raulerson
Hospital, Mike Faulkner/Emer-
gency Management, Mary Blak-
eney/ American Red Cross, Jenny
Pung/Waste Management, Jon
Geitner/Seacoast National Bank
and Billy Dean/WOKC AM 1570.
The informational seminar
will cover subjects from various
companies to education the au-
dience on:
Hurricane emergency sup-
ply lists;
Banking procedures;
Evacuation information;
Information resources (Ra-
dio);
Waste management before
and after;
Shelters; and, more.
Seminar will be held at Sea-
coast National Bank, 1409 South
Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, A
hurricane cooler and first aid kit
will be given to the winner of the
raffle. Please RSVP to The Ameri-
can Red Cross at 863-763-2488
as space is limited to the first 50
people.

Okeechobee Autism
Support Group
Okeechobee Autism Support
Group will meet June 14 from 4
until 5 p.m. It is a new support
group started by a mom with an
autistic child. Do you know or
are you a parent of an autistic
child? Meet others going through
the same thing. Share ideas,
news and experiences. No age
requirement, help others and
teach others is the goal. This will
be held at local residence that is
child friendly with safe backyard
fun. The support group will be
held every other Saturday of the
month starting June 14. For more
information call Johanna at 910-
495-3171 or email her at leidi-
crews@msn.com.


Drought Index

Current: 557
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.58 feet
Last Year: 8.94 feet

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Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
763-7222
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Index
Classifieds 7
Comics 6
Community Events................ 4
Crossword 6
Obituaries 5
Opinion 4
Speak Out 4
Sports 8
TV..... 4
Weather 2

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Wildfires burn
thousands of acres

The Myakka Cut wildfire acre-
age increased this weekend from
23,000 acres to 38,000 acres.
"The main reason the acre-
age increase was due to the
spread of wildfire in the interior
of Lake Okeechobee. Another
reason was due to new ignitions
on the north west side yesterday.
We are asking for any informa-
tion pertaining to these starts
to call our Arson Alert Hotline,"


said Melissa Yunas, Wildfire Miti-
gation Specialist from the Florida
Division of Forestry.
The Florida Division of Forest-
ry is asking anyone who knows
about any information pertain-
ing to these fires or sees anyone
acting suspiciously before, dur-
ing or after a fire has started,
please call the toll free Arson
Alert Hotline at 1-800-342-5869.
You may be eligible for up to a
$5,000 reward for information
leading to the arrest and convic-
tion of an arsonist.
Fire activity on Big Bear Beach


Red Cross: Volunteer of the Year


is minimal but they are produc-
ing smoke. Smoke is affecting
communities along the North
West side of Lake Okeechobee.
Resources are being used to
contain these wildfires to the
interior of Lake Okeechobee be-
cause of the inaccessibility and
difficulty of terrain the fires are


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Submitted photo/American Red Cross
Local resident, teacher and volunteer Peggy DuBose (center) was awarded the
Okeechobee Red Cross Volunteer of the Year Award by (left to right) Michael Lampert,
Incoming Chairman of the Greater Palm Beach Area Chapte"s Board of Directors; Fred
Rosario, Interim CEO of the Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter; Dr. Mary Ann Dupont,
Outgoing Chairman of the Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter's Board of Directors; and
Joseph Hansen, Public Relations Coordinator, Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter.


DuBose honored for service


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Local resident and teacher
Peggy DuBose has been rec-
ognized by the American Red
Cross as the Okeechobee
American Red Cross Volunteer
of the Year.
She was recognized at their
Annual Meeting, on Thursday,
April 24, at the National Croquet
Center in West Palm Beach.
Mrs. DuBose is a teacher at
Osceola Middle School, where
she teaches eighth grade Sci-
ence. She is also an instructor
for the Okeechobee American
Red Cross in many areas. She
currently teaches classes in the
following areas:
Adult CPR & Infant/Child
CPR;
First Aid Basics;


Water Safety;
Lifeguard Training;
Babysitter Training.
"Peggy is one of our top
Heath and Safety Instructors
and has been involved with
our local Red Cross since the
1980s," said Debbie Riddle,
Branch Manager of our local
Red Cross. "Peggy is always
willing to go above and beyond
to support our Red Cross. Her
dedication is truly an inspiration
for all volunteers everywhere!"
This award is presented to
the volunteer whose exception-
al commitment, determination,
ability and unwavering support
has enabled the Okeechobee
Branch to carry out the mission
of the Red Cross to help the
people of Okeechobee County
prevent, prepare for, and re-


spond to emergencies.
In addition to the above,
this award is presented to an
individual who understands,
appreciates and promotes the
importance and value of volun-
teers within the Red Cross and
the community and whose out-
standing service has created a
positive influence on the Chap-
ter and inspired those around
them.
Mrs. DuBose was- presented
this award by the incoming
Chairman of the Greater Palm
Beach Area Chapter's Board of
Directors Michael Lampert, In-
terim CEO of the Greater Palm
Beach Chapter Fred Rosario,
the outgoing chair of the Great-
er Palm Beach Area Chapter
Board of Directors Dr. Mary Ann
See Volunteer Page 2


boggy interior of the lake. Fire-
fighter safety is a priority and put-
ting out heavy equipment in the
lake will entrap firefighters.
The Florida Highway Patrol
has been actively monitoring the
roads around Lake Okeecho-
bee and smoke on the highway
signs are posted. Smoke is still
a nuisance to the areas west of
the lake. Roads that may be af-
fected by smoke may include
but not limited to: County Road
70, 74, 720 and 721. State Roads
that would be affected 27, 78 &
29. Officials are asking residents


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Discussion of the fate of the
Okeechobee train station and a
motion to rezone a section of
North Park Street will be high-
lights of tonight's city council
meeting.
Time is running out for the
historic train station which is
scheduled for demolition June
30. The city council has been
discussing ways of saving the
building. There is much local
interest in renovating the build-
ing for use as some type of
business as well as a train sta-
tion. Okeechobee Main Street
and city officials have been
in contact with both Amtrak,
which operates passenger ser-


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Volunteers are happy to be
hosting their 13th annual Mr.
and Miss Firecracker Pageant
planned for Saturday, June
21, in the Okeechobee High
School lecture hall.
All proceeds of this pageant
-- which is open to girls from
birth to 20 years old and boys
from birth to ten years old --
will go towards purchasing


to call 511 for updated road clo-
sures and use the Florida High-
way Patrol website for current.
road closure information. Smoke
may create conditions where vis-
ibility on roadways is seriously
impaired.
Wildfires include:
Grassy Island reported
May 1. This wildfire is still 100
percent contained at 2,756.4
acres. This area is still producing
some residual smoke.
Myakka Cut reported May
2. This wildfire is 90 percent
See Fires Page 2


If you go ...
What: Meeting of the Okeecho-
bee City Council
Where: Council chambers,
Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E.
Third Ave.
When: 6 p.m. today

vice through Okeechobee, and
CSX, which owns the building
and the tracks.
At their last meeting the
council rescinded their previ-
ous action that denied rezoning
a section of North Park Street
from Central Business District
to Industrial. That action puts
the request back on the table
and will allow attorney Steven
See Station Page 2


fire-fighting equipment and
fire prevention materials for
the children of Okeechobee.
The Firecracker Pageant
will always be in memory of
Gary "Pops" Canevari and
Gerald Hawthorne who were
Donny Arnold's sidekicks as
well as volunteers, who lost
their battles against cancer.
Categories are broken up
in groups as follows for girls:
Baby Miss-birth to 11 months;
See Pageant Page 2


Clues sought in church burglary


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Information is being sought
from the community in con-
nection with the theft of money
from a local church that was
earmarked for use by a youth
group.
Detective John Zeigler of
the Okeechobee City Police De-
partment said in an interview
Monday, June 2, that someone
broke into the First United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W Second
St., and took a large amount of
checks that were to be used to
fund a youth trip.
The checks were made out to
the church, he added.
Although cash was also tak-
en, the detective did not indicate


just how much was stolen from
the office of youth pastor Rever-
end James Dawson.
The intruder took a metal
cash box in which the checks
and cash were being kept, said
the investigator.
Detective Zeigler said the
break-in occurred sometime
between 9 p.m. on Wednes-
day, May 28, and the morning
of Thursday, May 29. The person
or persons who committed the
burglary entered the church by
hurling a cement brick through
a window. They also left the
church via the broken window,
but not without leaving part of
them behind.
Whoever crawled through
the window evidently cut them-
selves on the jagged glass.


"Blood was collected for DNA
analysis," said Detective Zeigler.
"We also found some latent fin-
gerprints at the scene."
The OCPD detective went on
to say that the penalty will be au-
tomatically enhanced because
it is a religious building. As an
example, he said if the perpe-
trator is arrested and charged
with a first-degree misdemeanor
the charge will automatically be
bumped up to a third-degree
felony because it happened to a
church.
If anyone has any informa-
tion in regard to this apparent
burglary they are asked to con-
tact Detective John Zeigler at the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment, 863-763-5521.


Submitted photo/Okeechobee City Police Department
Sometime between the hours of 9 p.m. on May 28 and the
morning of May 29 someone threw a concrete brick through
this window to gain entrance into the First United Method-
ist Church. Once inside, the intruder(s) took a metal cash
box containing checks and cash. The checks were made out
to the church and were to be used to fund a youth trip. If
anyone has information about the break-in they are asked
to contact Detective John Zeigler at the Okeechobee City
Police Department, 863-763-5521.


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Pageant
Continued From Page 1

Toddler Miss-12 to 23 months;
Tiny Miss-2 to 3 years; Little
Miss-4 to 6 years; Petite Miss 7
to 9 years; Junior Miss-10 to 13
years; and Miss-14 to 20 years.
Categories are broken up as
follows for boys: Baby Master-
birth to 11 months; Tiny Master-
12 to 23 months; Little Master-2
to 3 years; Junior Master-4 to 6
years; and Master-7 to 10 years.
The pageant reserves the right
to combine or divide any age
group if needed.
Each contestant will have the
option to compete in the fol-
lowing categories: Beauty; Most
Beautiful; Photogenic; and Best
Dressed.
Enter all categories to be eligi-
ble for the Overall Title. Save $10
by entering all categories for $75.
Separately they cost: beauty $50;
most beautiful $10; photogenic
$15; and best dressed $10.
In addition there is also a Cov-
er Girl/Boy contest for $15. The
winner of this category receives
an $100 savings bond.
The Beauty competition is
mandatory for the pageant.
Beauty winners will receive a


Station
- Continued From Page 1
Ramunni to defend his client,
Mary Ann Newcomer's request.
Ms. Newcomer desires to have the
zoning changed in order to put up
a billboard where a drive through
convenience store is located.
The council is also scheduled
to take final action on a proposed
ordinance to rezone property
owned by the Visiting Nurse As-
sociation from residential mul-
tiple family to commercial profes-
sional office. The Visiting Nurse
Association wishes to construct
an assisted living center on the


large star crown, 4 ft. trophy, cus-
tom designed banner and flow-
ers. Girls may wear short or long
dresses.
There will be one winner
and three alternates in each age
group.
Optional categories which
are included in the overall score
begin with photogenic which is
judged by an 8 x 10 or smaller,
color or black and white picture.
Judging will be based on origi-
nality, clarity and overall appear-
ance.
The Most Beautiful/Most
Handsome category is judged on
facial beauty only!
This will be judged during the
beauty competition.
The Best Dressed category
is judged on attire only and will
also be judged during the beauty
competition.
Two overall winners will re-
ceive $100 savings bonds, large
star crown, and a custom de-
signed banner.
One winner will be in the
birth to six year old age group
and one in the seven to 20 year
old age group. (There must be 25
contestants in each age group for
both bonds to be awarded.)
Deadline to enter the pageant
is Monday June 16, at 5 p.m. You


property.
In addition, the council will
consider granting preliminary plat
approval to the Park Street Busi-
ness Center and set a final hear-
ing date for an alley closing. If ap-
proved, this alley closing would
pave the way for construction of
a restaurant on the property.
The council will also discuss
the National Day of the Cowboy.
The mayor is expected to pres-
ent Adam Crum with a five-year
service award and proclaim June
13 to be Gene O'Neill Day in the
city.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


Volunteer
Continued From Page 1

Dupont, and the public relations
coordinator Joseph Hansen.
As a teacher, Mrs. DuBose had
already dedicated her life to the
service of the local children whom
she has taught for 19 years.
She began teaching with the
Okeechobee County School Sys-
tem in 1989 at Okeechobee High
School.
She has taught students at vari-
ous levels throughout the county
at the Level 10 Juvenile Detention
Facility, what was the Okeecho-
bee Center (where the Freshman
Campus operates now) and cur-
rently at Osceola Middle School.
She also currently works with
the county's adult education pro-
gram.
Mrs. DuBose takes out time to
volunteer more time with her stu-
dents for the school and regional


must have your application, pho-
togenic picture, good luck wish
tickets and all fees paid at this
time unless other arrangements
are made.
The contestant selling the
most ads will be named the ad
sales king or queen and receive
a bond according to the amount
of ads sold and a 6 ft. trophy. All
ads are tax deductible due to the
fundraiser being for the Volun-
teer Fire Department.
Ad sales for the program book
must be turned in by June 8, at 5
p.m. Call Donny at 863-634-6464
to set a time to turn in your pa-
perwork.
Applications are available at
the Okeechobee Fire Rescue Sta-
tion 1, Kids Korner, Lance's Tree-
house and Photos by Bobbi.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Fires
Continued From Page 1

contained at 38,000 acres. The
fire rekindled Memorial Day and
is smoking well into the interior.
This wildfire will require a signifi-
cant amount of rain in order to
control it.
Big Bear Beach reported
May 17. This wildfire is 90 percent
contained at 227 acres. This wild-
fire is near the town of Lakeport.
Disk lines (fire breaks) have been
established along the rim from
Moore Haven to the Kissimmee
River. Then the rim of the Lake
serves as another fire break and
finally there is a canal that sepa-


science fairs which deemed re-
cord number of entries this year.
The American Red Cross is
funded through donations and
the revenue from their health and
safety classes.
Donations are their number
one source of revenue, without
the help from local individuals
and businesses; they would not
be able to offer these services and
many others to those in need.
The Red Cross is a non-profit
organization which operates a Di-
saster Action Team (DAT) which
is currently looking for caring in-
dividuals to volunteer.
All Red Cross volunteers re-
ceive free health and safety train-
ing and above all receive that great
feeling of knowing that they have
helped better someone's life.
For more information about
the Okeechobee American Red
Cross call 863-763-2488.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


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cultures. Important challenges. But sadly, our
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rates the town from the wildfire
that is in the lake.
Agencies involved: Florida Di-
vision of Forestry, Glades County
Fire/Rescue, South Florida Water
Management District, US Army
Corps of Engineers, Clewiston
Fire Rescue, Florida Department
of Agriculture, Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation, Florida
Highway Patrol and Glades Coun-
ty Sheriff.
Anyone who needs additional
information may contact the lo-
cal Division of Forestry at 772-
260-0053 (St. Lucie, Indian River,
Martin, Okeechobee CAunties)
or 863-655-6407 (Highlands and
Glades Counties), or visit the DOF
web site at www.fl-dof.com.


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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly sunny. A chance of afternoon showers and thun-
derstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Southwest winds around 5 mph
becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40
percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunder-
storms through midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5
to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Extended Forecast
Wednesday: Partly sunny. A slight chance of afternoon show-
ers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. East winds 5 to 10
mph increasing to around 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain
20 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. East
winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s.


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Okeechobee News, Tuesday, June 3, 2008 3


Theft, drug charges


levied against man


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man was arrested on
several felony charges following
the execution of a search war-
rant on his N.W 12th St. home.
Curtis N. Hardy, 30, was ar-
rested May 30 and booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $52,500. He
was charged with the felonies
of grand theft, dealing in stolen
property, possession of cocaine,
possession of marijuana over 20
grams and possession of a fire-
arm by a convicted felon.
He was also charged with the
misdemeanor of possession of
drug paraphernalia.
According to Detective Rick
Durfee with the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
he obtained the search warrant
after receiving information that


a stolen television and Playsta-
tion 3 could be found at Hardy's
home.
The detective said he executed
the search warrant at 8:53 p.m.
on May 30 and
found the 32-
inch Magnavox
flat screen televi- .
sion. The televi- .
sion, he added,
had been stolen
from a home in '
Treasure Island
and is valued at Curtis N.
$1,800. Hardy
Detective Durfee went on to
say that although he found the
cords and videos that go to a
Playstation, he did not find the
video game system at Hardy's
home.
However, during a search of
Hardy's home the detective did
find a 9mm Colt handgun along


with 26.7 grams of a green leafy
substance that, when field tested,
indicated a positive result for the
presence of marijuana.
Detective Durfee also said he
found a residue on some items
that indicated a positive result for
the presence of cocaine. He said
he found the residue on items
that led him to believe that Hardy
was making crack cocaine.
According to the Department
of Corrections (DOC) on Feb.
10, 2003, Hardy was sentenced
to prison after being convicted
of cocaine possession in Marion
County. Those DOC records indi-
cate that he spent just over three
years in prison.
DOC records also show that
Hardy has spent time in prison
following his conviction in Mari-
on County of robbery with a gun/
deadly weapon and grand theft
motor vehicle.


Arrest Report


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Michael J. McCaslin, 25, N.E.
70th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested May 30 by Deputy Corpo-
ral Aric Majere on a Department
of Corrections amended warrant
charging him with violation of
probation uttering a forged in-
strument (four counts). He is be-
ing held without bond.
Author James Evans Jr., 28,
S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested May 30 by Sergeant Rob-
ert Coleman on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with possession of cocaine with
intent to sell and sale or delivery
of cocaine. His bond was set at
$30,000.
Tyron Donald Hanna, 29, N.
Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach,
was arrested May 30 by Deputy
Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeecho-


bee County warrant charging him
with attempted procurement for
prostitution of a minor under 18
and soliciting sexual activity by a
person over 24 and a victim under
18. His bond was set at $5,000.
Robert Lee Melvin, 36, N.W
20th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested May 30 by Deputy Wayne
Douglas on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with family offense-desertion/
withhold support (three counts).
His total bond was a cash purge
of $1,000.
Brad David, 27, S.W Ninth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
May 31 by Deputy Mike Bobrows-
ki on a Highlands County war-
rant charging him with violation
of probation driving under the
influence. He was held without
bond.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.


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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!
BUDGET: I keep hearing about the loss and devaluation of our
properties and the solution by most political entities is to raise taxes.
I don't know about everyone else, but when this happens to me I
have to reduce spending. How about some of our politicians treating
our government like their constituents reduce the spending, get rid
of all the perks, establish a budget and live within our means? What
a novel idea!
LEFT TURNS: Imagine this: you're headed, say, west on SR70 out
of town. The pickup truck in front of you wants to turn south onto one
of the avenues, so he gets into the oncoming traffic lane, and makes
his left turn from that lane. Obviously, people who do that have a rea-
son for it. I can't figure out if it's a good idea or not. If someone does
that, is the person driving the car behind the truck supposed to stay
in the west-bound lane, and become parallel with the truck before it
turns?
TRAIN STATION: I wish they would restore or re-build if that's
the only option a station. We really could use one. Not only could
you purchase train fare, but bus tickets as well. With a station es-
tablished maybe we can get the Greyhound and or Trailways bus to
stop again. With price of fuel so high if you're going to travel it will
be cheaper to take the train or bus than to use your own. We could
use a commuter train too. It would be a great place for a travel agent
to have a kiosk. Add a coffee/sandwich shoppe. A gift shop offering
Okeechobee and other Florida trinkets a museum of sorts with a dis-
play of local history or antique trains. It might not be such a bad idea
... and ... it could offer a few jobs locally.
STATION: I don't understand why CSX says the train station should
be torn down because it is not safe to have people next to the tracks.
Well where else would you put a train station. It has to be next to the
tracks. And people have to walk next to the tracks to get on the train.
That is true anywhere in the world. Why is it so dangerous for them to
do that in Okeechobee? Isn't it exactly the same amount of danger as
anywhere else in the world? Or maybe they think people in Okeecho-
bee are more clumsy or less careful than people everywhere else?
DEPOT: I don't see why we would dump tax payers money into
a building that can't be used, and would not be the property of the
county but remain owned by CXS It is too close to the tracks for safety,
so it won't be a museum, office space, or a train station even. It is a
waste of useless space, and if restored, money.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: My wife and I have lived in Okeechobee
for 22 years since moving here from a smaller town. We've raised 5
children and are now raising our grandchild. It's a pleasure calling
Okeechobee our home. There are nice people here and we are re-
ally involved in this community. As a member of Main Street, I really
want to encourage everyone to get involved and help us save the Train
Station. It's part of our long standing Okeechobee history and make
up of this community. Please contact a Main Street representative for
information on how you can help.
COWBOY DAY: I am so happy they are having the Cowboy Day
celebration again. That was really something last year. I hope they can
get more community organizations involved this year to make it even
bigger and better. I really enjoyed the ranch rodeo last year. The only
suggestion I have is to put up more tents outside so people can get
out of the sun. The sun is just terrible that time of year. And maybe
-_- they could get some some 4-H clubs sell sno-cones to the people in
the stands.
HISTORY: As the song says. 'Don't it always seem to go that you
don't know what you've got til it's gone?' Just when Main Street tries
to do something to save the old train station, CSX decides to tear it
down. How long has it sat there and no one paid attention. Finally
someone decides to try to do something to fix it up, and less than a
month later, CSX wants to demolish it. If it hasn't been a safety issue
with people at the shelter waiting for Amtrak trains, why would it be
a danger for them to wait at the station. It sounds like CSX is trying
to prevent more use of passenger trains, since they only have freight
trains. With the price of gas, we need more passenger trains. And we
need a buses to the coast. We can't afford to drive.
FUEL: With all of the innovations we have seen in the past 50
years, you would think they would come up with a better form of
transportation than the gasoline engine. I think the car companies and
the oil companies are conspiring against the American people. They
are probably buying up all the patents to stop competition. Whoever
we elect as president needs to make it a priority to give us some re-
lief. We need a more efficient means of transportation, whether it be
electric cars or a greatly improved national train and public transporta-
tion system. Take the billions we are spending in the Middle East and
spend it here instead, putting in public transportation. Then we won't
need foreign oil.
DEMOCRATS: Well now Hillary is so upset about the Michigan
delegates. Obama did what the Democratic party told him to. He treat-
ed the Michigan primary as if it did not exist. So now Hillary Clinton is
mad because she doesn't get to keep all the delegates from Michigan.
She thinks the election was fair even though her opponent was not
even on the ballot. Like that makes sense. The Democrats are just
making it easier for McCain with all their infighting.



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Looking back ...
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Upcoming Events Community Events


Tuesday, June 3
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 Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 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.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi
at 863-467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards
Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming
a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-
763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.


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Summer camp at Lake Denton
Summer camp at Lake Denton is back! Camps in June will be avail-
able for children in 2nd through 5th grades, 6th through 8th grades
and K5 through 2nd grades. The K5-2nd is one night with parent par-
ticipation encouraged. In July they will have camps for 6th through
8th grades and 9th through 12th grades. Applications for camp can be
obtained from the website at www.lakedentoncamp.org or by calling
Pam Elders at 863-634-9280 or Phil Elders at 863-634-8722.

Schools providing summer meals
Okeechobee County Public School District is sponsoring meals at
school site during the Summer School session from Tuesday, June 10
through Monday, June 30. Meals will be provided to all children at no
charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program
and its activities are the same for all, regardless of race, color, national
origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in
the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the follow-
ing sites: South Elementary School, 2468 S.W. Seventh Ave., Osceola
Middle School, 825 S.W. 28th St., and Okeechobee High School, 2800
Hwy 441 N. For students that are not registered for summer school
activities, interested parents may register their child/children for the
food program. Questions may be directed to the Food Service Office
by calling 863-462-5148. Parents will be required to provided trans-
portation to and from the school site and will be required to stay with
their children during the meal. Any person who believes he/she has
been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write
or call immediately to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Inde-
pendence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C., 20250-9410 or call 800-795-
3272 (voice) or 202-720-6282 (TTY).

IRCC Planetarium show
The Constellations, Friday, June 6, at 7 and 8 p.m. and Saturday,
June 7, at 2 and 3 p.m. at the Hallstrom Planetarium, IRCC Main Cam-
pus 3209 Virginia Avenue, Ft. Pierce. The constellations are very old,
and the stories told about them date back 5,000 years and more. Come
and learn more about the stars. Tickets are $3. Call the IRCC Box Of-
fice at 1-800-220-9915.

Free Christian Rock concert planned
Reach FM kicks off summer on Friday, June 6, in Flagler Park with
a rockin' FREE CONCERT for the whole family! Featuring City of Da-
vid, Hello Revolution, Prodigal Son and DJ Obadiah. Music runs from
5-10 p.m. Christian Skaters will be at this event. Concessions available
to benefit local charities including Rylee's Hope, Real Life Children's
Ranch, and the Pregnancy Center. This is a community event and we
are inviting all to come! Call 1-877-732-2400 for more information.


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First United Methodist
Caitlin Spangler, Erin Tewksbury, and Kevin Shumate were
awarded with a $500 scholarships from the First United
Methodist men at Okeechobee High School's Scholarship
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FL Association of Realtors
Katie Ammons was presented with a $1,500 scholarship
from the Florida Association of Realtors at Okeechobee
High School's Scholarship Night. The Award was present-
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Free and Accepted Masons
Richard Godejon (right) recognized students that received
the Okeechobee Lodge #237 Free and Accepted Masons
Scholarship at Okeechobee High School's Scholarship
Night. Students awarded were: (left to right) Jordan Ve-
rano, Katie Ammons and Bryan Suarez.


Submitted Photo

Gene Allen Memorial
Benjamin Esquibel-Lopez was selected to receive the
$3,500 Gene Allen Memorial Scholarship. Bill Black pre-
sented this award.


University
Whitley Burch was recognized at Okeechobee High
School's Scholarship Night for receiving an academic
scholarship from Florida International University. The
award was presented by Wendy Padgett.


Submitted Photo

Football scholarships
Chris Branham recognized students from the football
team that received scholarships to play for college
teams at Okeechobee High School's Scholarship Night.
The students that received scholarships were Timothy
Williams (left), who will be playing for Arizona Western
College, Rafe Erwin, who will play for Jacksonville
University, and Leshawn Henderson (right), who will play
for Marshall University.


The Freedom Scholarship
James White (left) awarded Amanda Van Gorder, Whitney
Morse and Robert Dyce (right) with the Freedom Scholar-
ship At Okeechobbe High School's Scholarship Night.


Submitted Photo

Gilbert Culbreth Memorial
Asuncion Esquibel was awarded with the Gilbert Culbreth
Memorial by Eddie Cruz at Okeechobee High School's
Scholarship Night.


Obituaries


Rielly Renee Arnold
Rielly Renee Arnold, age 4 of
Okoerliolee died Tuesday, May
27, 'i at her residence. Born
Sepl, 3, 20)03 in West Palm Beach,
she hIad been a lifetime resident
of ( )keliol'ee and was a mem-
ber ol Iho lI(ckhead Ridge Baptist
Sl i., '.1nrvived by her father,
Joslih, AtnoldI of Okeechobee;
moll i( r,,lr'i1 la ii .gan of Okeecho-
bee; it- r Iinl irandmother, Janet
Arnold, ititirinal grandmother,
Miclilh- AIin iih ncan; maternal
grandl.il r, i lichard Ellis: ma-


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Gina Bea Walton Memorial
Brittni Little (left) and Kristen Serrett were awarded the
Gina Bea Walton Memorial Scholarship at Okeechobee
High School's Scholarship Night. The $500 awards were
presented by Vernon Hughes.


ternal great grandmother, Gwen
Lyon all of Okeechobee; maternal
great grandfather, Franklin Davis
of South Carolina; aunt, Brittany
Fox and uncle Charles Fox both
of Okeechobee.
The family will be receiving
friends on Tuesday, June 3 from I
p.m. until service time at 3 p.m. in
the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel
with Pastor Lee .lolicouer officiat-
ing. Interment will follow in Ever-
green Cemetery.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


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Flora Mae Walpole Memorial
Brittany Read received a $2,000 scholarship from the Flo-
ra Mae Walpole Memorial at Okeechobee High School's
Scholarship Night. The Award was presented by Sam
Phares.


Submitted Photo

Frank Williamson Memorial
Rafe Erwin was recognized by Sonny Williamson as the
recipient of the Frank Williamson Sr. Memorial Scholar-
ship at the 2008 Okeechobee High School Scholarship
Night. The award is for $1,000.


Gang Free Florida
Scholarship
Robert Coleman, left, and Bradly Stark Jr. were each award-
ed a $500 Gang Free Florida Scholarship at Okeechobee
High School's Scholarship Night. The award was present-
ed to them by Michelle Bell, center.


Submitted Photo

Gilbert James Memorial
Jesse Durham was awarded the Gilbert James Memorial
Scholarship at Okeechobee High School's Scholarship
Night. This $2,000 award was presented by Bill Black.




It's just 9 days till
OKEECHOBEE CHRISTIAN YOUTH CAMP
You can't beat the price $80. Camp is 6-9 thru 6-13.
It's at Lake Denton in Sebring.
There will be 3 meals a day, 2 of those hot.
There are 2 services a day.
Morning service 10am to 12pm
Night Services are from 7 to 9pm.
Night services ore open to the public.
You may come see your child anytime.
Ages are from 10 -19
There are many activities. Here are .
a few: 100' water slide, archery,
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swimming and many many more.
Every youth from 10 to 19 are welcome.


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May 30, through Thursday, June 5, are as follows:
Theatre I Sex and the City (R) 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.
Theatre II Indiana Jones and the Kingdom
of the Crystal" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
Theatre Ill "Chronicles of Narnia" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:30, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m., Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:30 and 7:15 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
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reject any or all copy, and to
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Auctions 105
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Card of Thanks 120
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Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
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ADULT BEAGLE Found at Di-
vision of Forestry off 441N,
Call to identify.
(863)462-5160



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Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230





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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
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:
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Business
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Money Lenders 310
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true, chances are that it is.
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doubts about any ad on
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before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
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numbers may require an
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long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, bul occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered41'5
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Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
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Drapes, Linens 9 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
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




CHAIN LINK DOG PEN
10X10 $200 CALL TO SEE
(863)634-9945 OR
(863)763-3822
GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES
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vet cert. $450
(863)467-6651

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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




GELDINGS (3) Paint $2500,
Cracker $1200 & Quarter
Horse is $1500.
(863)697-3036

Rentals




Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
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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mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d clean.
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chrome wheels, good shape
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Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORDA
Case No.: 2008-DR-342
Paulino Valdez
Petitioner
and
Isidra Arellano Castaneda
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION
FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Isidra Arellano Castaneda
6668 NE 7th Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you andthat you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Paulino
Valdez, whose address is 6668 NE 7th
St., Okeechobee, FL 34972 on or be-
fore June 11, 2008, and file the origi-
nal with the clerk of this Court at 312
NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972, before service on Petihtoner or
immediately thereafter. II you fail to do
so, a default may be entered against
you for the relief demanded in the peti-
tion
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available
at the Clerk of the Circuit Court's of-
fice. You may review these docu-
ments upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
address. (You may file Notice of Cur-
rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915).
Future papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at
the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires
certain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and Information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, in-
cluding dismissal or striking of
pleadings.
DATED: 5/9/2008
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By:/S/ Heather Thomas
Deputy Clerk
273626 ON 5/13,20,27;6/3/08
NOTICE
The Affordable Housing Advisory
Committee of Okeechobee County
has scheduled its next regular ses-
sion for Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at
3:00 p.m. in the Administrative An-
nex conference room, 456 High-
way 98 North, Okeechobee, Florida.
A person deciding to appeal any deci-
sion made by the Committee with
respect to any matter considered at
such meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for such
purpose, he or she may need to en-
sure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is to
be based.
Slephany OuPree
Affordable Housing Advisory
Committee Facilitator
276562 ON 6/3/08
PUBLIC NOTICE
Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE,
Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of
stored items on June 16th, 2008
Owners Unt
Steve Bohannon 256
Wes & Michele Ripley 345
Jan (JP) Leach 353
Joe Chaney 359
Kristina & Preston Ripley 637
Tim Stilson 641
276428 ON 1/3,10/08


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STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
NOTICE OF PROPOSED AGENCY ACTION
The Department of Environmental Protection gives Notice of its Intent to issue a sol-
id waste construction permit, DEP File No: 0040842-018-SC to Okeechobee
Landfill, Inc., attention Mr. David McConnell, Area Vice President of Waste Man-
agement Inc. of Flonda. Okeechobee Landfill, Inc. will be constructing a new Cell
95 within the Berman Road Landfill utilizing a double composite liner system lo-
cated at 10800 N.E. 128th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972.
The Department's file on this matter is available for public inspection during normal
business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Fnriday, except legal holi-
days, at the Southeast District Office located at 400 North Congress Avenue,
West Palm Beach, Florida.
A person whose substantial interests are affected by the above proposed agency
action may petition for an administrative determination (hearing) under sections
120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes. The pebtion must contain the infor-
mation set forth below and must be filed (received) in the Department's Office of
General Counsel, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, 3900 Commonwealth
Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Forida 32399-3000. Petitions filed by
any persons other than those entitled to written notice under section 120.60(3) of
the Florida Statutes must be filed within 14 days of publication of this notice or re-
ceipt of the written notice, whichever occurs first. The petitioner shall mail a copy
of the petion to the applicant at the address indicated above at the time of filing.
The failure of any person to file a petition within the appropriate time period shall
constitute a waiver of that person's right to request an administrative determina-
tion (hearing) under sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes, or to in-
tervene in this proceeding and participate as a partyto it. Any subsequent
intervention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the discre-
tion of the presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in compliance with rule
28-106.205 of the Florida Administrative Code.
A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Department's action is based
must contain the following information:
(a) The name, address, and telephone number of each petitioner, the applicant's
name and address, the Department File Number and the county in which the pro-
ject is proposed;
(b) A statement of how and when each petitioner received notice of the Depart-
ment's action or proposed action;
(c) A statement of ow each petitioner's substantial interests are affected by the De-
partment's action or proposed action;
(d) A statement of all material facts disputed by petitioner or a statement that there
are no disputed facts;
(e) A statement of facts which the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modifica-
tion ot the Department's action or proposed action;
(0 A statement of which rules or statutes the petitioner contends require reversal or
modification of the Department's action or proposed action; and
(g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action the
petitioner wants the Department to take with respect to the Department's action or
proposed action.
A petition that does not dispute the material facts on which the. Department'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 of the
Flonda Administrative Code.
Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final agency
action, the filing of a petition means that the Department's final action may be di-
ferent from the position taken by it in this notice. Persons whose substantial inter-
ests will be affected by any such final decision of the Department have the right to
petitiIon to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the requirements
set forth above
In accordance with Section 120 573, FS., the Department advises that mediation is
not available in this case as an alternative to filing a petition for an administrative
determination
275917 ON 6/3/08

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CONSIDER
THE ADOPTION OF A COUNTY ORDINANCE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee
County, Florida, will hold a public hearing on June 13, 2008 at 9 O'Clock A.M., in
the Okeechobee County Court House, County Commission Chambers located at
304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving com-
ments and suggestions in consideration of the adoption of a proposed Ordinance.
The title of said proposed Ordinance is:
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 2-101 OF THE OKEEGHOBEE COUNTY
CODE AND CREATING SECTION 2-102 OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CODE, TO
AUTHORIZE REFRESHMENTS, INSTRUMENTS OF RECOGNITION, TOKENS OF
SYMPATHY OR CONGRATULATIONS, ENTERTAINMENT, AND OTHER SIMILAR
EXPENDITURES; RATIFYING ALL PRIOR EXPENDITURES; PROVIDING FOR PRO-
CEDURES; PROVIDING FOR CONDIFICATION, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY.
AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
A copy of this Notice of Intent will be available for public inspection at the County
Commission office, Room 102, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Floida each week day, Monday through Friday, except holi-
days between the hours of 8'30 A.M. and 5:00 PM., beginning on June 3, 2008.
If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any mater considered at such hearing, that person will
need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based.


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1/2 off 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all appl's, a/c & heat, 1
blk. North of Wal-Mart
$650 mo. (863)763-8878
OKEE CITY Apt. Duplex, 2br,
lba, 823 SE 10th St, $625
mo. + 1st, Last, Sec. &
lease pref'd. (863)634-9869
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
No pets, new paint & carpet.
$750/mo. 1st & $500 sec.
dep. Call 772-215-0098
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The classified ads



OAK LAKE VILLAS Remodeled
2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 until. rooms. $900 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
OKEECHOBEE: KINGS BAY
2 Bdrm., 2 Ba., 2 car garage.
$1000 mo. Call Roland
863-634-7722
OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.
(954)290-0861
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO -
1BR/1 BA. Includes pool,
electric, water. $800/mo. +
sec. dep. Call 863-824-0981


2br/1ba fully furnished, non
smoking, No pets, 1st, last,
& Security, $750/mo +
utilities (863)467-0504
BASSWOOD Affordable 3br,
2ba, 2 gar, big house. $1200
mo. + Sec. dep. W/Option
to Buy (772)323-4758
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 1.5BA,
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$850 mo. + $850 sec. Op-
tion to buy. (239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE- 4/2/1 Ever-
lade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
561-248-3888/863-599-0156
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
dock, b 1ba, fully turn.
W&D, Elec & satellite incld.,
$700/mo. (863)467-1950



Professional Office Space
for Lease near Courthouse,
immediate occupancy.
(863)467-0831


APT OR ROOM FOR RENT
-51yr old female w/cat,
seeking apt or room for rent.
I can clean & cook,
(304)826-3567


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots -Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



LET'S MAKE A DEAL!
$869/mo, 3698 NW 7th St,
1450 sq ft CBS, new, tile.
$129,900 (863)484-0809
Northlake Estates- 3br/2ba, By
Owner, 2,350 sq. ft., on 1/2
acre, metal roof, 20x58 met-
al building, newly remod-
eled, quiet neighborhood,
$190,000 (863)634-1869


BIG 0 RV RESORT Lot
available, owner motivated,
$35,000. (772)529-0777
JUST UNDER V/ acre, SW
area, SW 7th Ave./SW 15th
St., no city taxes, $69,000.
863-801-9163


Mobile Homes i



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




BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2br, 2ba,
fully furn, util incld, $350/wk,
$1200/mo, long term
(863)824-0981
MOBILE HOME 3BR/2BA,
carport, on fenced corner lot,
quiet area. Will lease with
option to buy. $800/mo. Call
863-634-3451.




OKEECHOBEE- 3BR, 2BA, Ig
porches, on 1.5 acres,
wooded & fenced. Studio apt
for extra person. $1300/mo
+ Sec dep. or will rent sep-
arately. Call (863)634-3451



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230

Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035




SAILBOAT Cape Dory 24 ft,
freshly painted. $4200
863)234-1226 or
239)823-2587


HARLEY SUPERGLIDE '97 -
custom seat, belt drive,
bobbed, low miles, black,
$14,500 sell/trade
(863)674-0898 /517-1019


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
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



1987 Mercedes Benz 300SDL
black, automatic, fully loaded,
A MUST SEE !!!!! $4,250 Call
for details (863)467-0504
1995 Ford F150- Eddie Bauer,
loaded, V-8, runs great,
drives great, blue & tan,
$3750 (863)467-8959
2005 Chevrolet 2500- 4X4
with utility bed and pipe rack,
white, $16,500 Call for
details (863)467-3613
MAZDA PU '94 4x4, gray,
high mileage, V6, cold air,
asking $1000
(863)467-8113


WILLY'S WAGON 4 x 4,
$4600 (863)234-1226 or
(239)823-2587


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Clif Bets, Jr., Chairman
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA





8 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Submitted photo
Speed events
Laranda Sutherland races for a good score in the 4-H horseback games at Mi-Cin Ranch
on Saturday.


4-H Horse Club fun
Okeechobee's Bits and Spurs 4-H Horse Club enjoyed a day of games on horseback on
Saturday at Mi-Cin Ranch. Megan Mullin (left) and Rachel Muros (right) won first place
in the toilet paper race in which two-rider teams each hold one end of the paper and
must walk, trot and canter and go through maneuvers without letting go of or tearing the
paper.


Submitted photo
Barrel racing
Monica Chavez was among those competing in the barrel racing at the 4-H Fun Day at Mi-
Cin Ranch on Saturday.


Submitted photo
Obstacle course
Wesley Mims helped set up an equestrian obstacle course for Okeechobee's Bits and
Spurs 4-H Horse Club's Fun Day on Saturday at Mi-Cin Ranch.


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Okeechobee News
Animal facility pact OKd

I.Ju.,r. K aVI Council to
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Submitted photo
Horsin' around
Okeechobee's Bits and Spurs 4-H Horse Club members enjoyed a Fun Day on horseback
on Saturday at Mi-Cin Ranch. After a series of horseback games, the club members had a
potluck picnic lunch.

Sports News in Brief


Benefit softball
tournament set
Brittany Cannon is 8 years old
and has been diagnosed with Leu-
kemia and is at the Holtz Children's
Hospital in Miami. A benefit tour-
nament will be held on Saturday,
June 7. The tournament will be by
ISA rules, with two home runs, one
up, 44 core balls, $200 entry fee.
Tournament format will depend
on number of teams that enter. For
more information, please contact
Boatsie at 863-697-1071. Donations
are also being accepted at River-
side National Bank in the Brittany
Jeanette Cannon Assistant Trust
Fund.


Summer leagues at to begin at Stardust Lanes on Mon-
day, June 16. If you join a league,
Stardust Lanes you get open bowling free all sum-
mer long. Call 863-467-1800 for
Summer bowling leagues are set more information.

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