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Okeechobee. County Parks
and Recreation will be par-
ticipating in the Summer Food
Service program from June 16
through Aug. 1. Nutritionally
balanced meals will be provid-
ed to all children regardless of
race, color, sex, disability, age
or national origin during sum-
mer vacation when school
breakfasts and lunches are not
available. All children 18 years
old and younger are eligible for
meals at no charge and there
will be no discrimination in the
course of the meal service. Non
enrolled children at open sites
should pre register for meals
with Okeechobee County Parks
and Recreation, either in person
at 640 N.W 27th Lane, or by
phone at 863-763-6950, no less
than 24 hours in advance. The
programs are only approved
for geographical areas of need
where 50 percent or more of
the children qualify for free and
reduced price meals during the
The following sites will be
participating in the Summer
Food Service program:
Douglas Brown Community
Center, 826 NE 16th Ave
*Okeechobee Civic Center,
1750 Hwy. 98 North
School, 3225 SE Eighth Street.
STo file a complaint of discrim-
ination, write or call immediate-
ly to: USDA, Director, Office of
Civil Rights, 1400 Independence
Ave, SW, Washington, D.C.,
20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272
,(voice), 202-720-6382 (TTY).
The Florida department of
Agriculture has established new
rules about turf fertilizer, includ-
ing. proportions of nutrients and
Come let Angela Sachson,
Florida Yards & Neighborhoods
explain the new Florida fertilizer
label as well as best practices for
feeding your landscape plants.
The workshop will be held on
June 17, from 5:30 until 7 p.m.
at the Okeechobee County Ex-
tension Service Office, 458 High-
way 98 North, Okeechobee
Space is limited and pre-
registration is required. Call 863-
763-6469 to sign up.
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Poster Contest: Red Cross programs highlighted
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The second place winning poster came from the Robinson cottage at EYDC which
depicted the helping hands that the Red Cross lends during times of disaster such as
EYDC teens show
off contest artwork
By Chauna Aguilar
Eckerd Youth Development
Center participated in the first
National CPR and AED Aware-
ness Week with the American
Red Cross where their clients
were offered the opportunity
to display their artistic ability by
creating a poster demonstrat-
ing the importance of CPR and
A client in the CArver cottage
won the contest with his pencil
media drawing entitled "Her
Heart Sings" which depicted a
woman with automatic exter-
nal defibrillator (AED) pads be-
ing placed on her. The poster is
very dramatic according to the
judges: Linda Olson, director of
safety education of the Greater
Palm Beaches Area chapter of
the American Red Cross; Deb-
bie Riddle and Julie Shook, of
the Okeechobee American Red
.The second place winning
poster came from the Robin-
son cottage which depicted
the helping hands that the Red
Cross lends during times of di-
saster such as after 9-11.
Third place was awarded to
a client in Campenella which
detailed all of the steps in prop-
erly administering CPR through
words and drawings.
Another poster from Koger
cottage will be used by the
American Red Cross for the fu-
ture promotion of their Heroes
,Campaign. The poster depicted
a Red Cross superhero.
A client in Robinson cottage
created a poster that dealt with,
the history of the Red Cross and
information about their found-
er in the United States, Clara
A Kennedy cottage client.
created a poster depicting the
delivery of CPR and the dislodg-
ing of an object from the throat
of the patient.
An Eagle cottage client cre-
ated a poster depicting symbols
of the Red Cross, CPR and the
Superintendant of EYDC
Evan T. Tate, Sr. was on hand
for the judging along with Carol
Fertitta and Angela Karratti who
are involved with the Red Cross
on a regular basis.
EYDC continues to educate
and train their staff in first aid
and CPR. They also have life-
guard training due to the re-
opening of their pool on cam-
In December of 2007, Con-
'gress declared the-first week
of June each year as National
CPR-AED According to the Red
Cross, sudden cardiac arrest
claims the lives of more than
166,000 people in this country
every year.. Sadly, an astonish-
ing 94 percent of people who
suffer sudden cardiac arrest
die before reaching a hospital.
If ordinary people act imme-
diately with Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR) and use
an Automated External Defi-
brillator (AED), instead of just
waiting for help to arrive, many
thousands of lives can be saved
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A client in the Carver cottage won the contest with his
pencil media drawing entitled "Her Heart Sings" which
depicted a woman with automatic external defibrillator
(AED) pads being placed on her.
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Cook attorney to
appeal ruling on
where woman will
By Eric Kopp
The attorney for 98-year-old
Sylvia P. Cook said Thursday,
June 5, that he will appeal a
judge's decision that his client
be placed in an assisted living
facility with her husband, How-
Circuit Court Judge Bruce
Kyle ruled in a Moore Haven
courtroom on May 22 that Mrs.
Cook be taken from the L-Cross
Ranch in Glades County and
placed in a Vero Beach facility.
According, to Fort Pierce
attorney Kevin Hendrickson,
who has been appointed
Mrs. Cook's legal guardian,
Judge Kyle signed that order
on Wednesday, June 4. That
means that Mrs. Cook's West
Palm Beach attorney, Chester
Brewer now has 10 days to file
for a rehearing or stay, and has
30 days to file for an appeal.
Mr. Brewer said in a phone
interview Thursday that he will
seek a stay of the judge's ruling
so that Mrs. Cook can remain
at the L-Cross until the appeal
is heard and a ruling rendered.
Mrs. Cook, also known as
Aunt Sibby to her friends and
family, has been staying at the
ranch with her great nephew
Mark Hunter Pearce and his
wife Patricia since March.
Mr. Hendrickson said the
appeal will be heard by the
4th District Court of Appeals in
West Palm Beach.
"But, the appeal doesn't au-
tomatically stay the order," said
But, once the appeal is filed
Mrs. Cook's guardian said he
will not move ahead with car-
rying out Judge Kyle's orders.
"If he (Mr. Brewer) files an
appeal i may not be able to pro-
ceed. I will not move forward
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hangs on to hope
By Tonya Harden
There is an old saying: "God
will never give you more than
you can handle."
For some the true weight of
that will never really be felt, for
others far too often that weight
is measured in seemingly never
For a local family, hope is
all they have. Carolyn Holerger
is a woman who has proudly
called Okeechobee her home
for many years now. Carolyn
and her husband, Denny Hol-
erger, have served Okeechobee
in various ways. All of which
had the common thread of
helping others. Carolyn has
served with the C.O.P as well
as other local offices hoping to
help make a difference. Denny
Holerger, once the coordinator
of the Crime Prevention Unit in
Okeechobee, has also served
with Okeechobee's law en-
forcement in many ways hop-
ing to help make the same type
Carolyn's trials started long
before she met Denny. Caro-
lyn's eldest daughter from her
first marriage, Sandra, had suf-
fered severe brain damage at
a young age and was left inca-
pable of taking care of herself.
SAfter learning that her daughter
had suffered seizures and was
abandoned by her husband
in another state, Carolyn took
matters into her own hands
to regain the life of her child.
Following a fierce battle with
a man who no longer wanted
Sandra but didn't want anyone
else to have her either, Carolyn
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Banks are ready for emergencies
By Chauna Aguilar
This is the fifth in a series
of Hurricane Preparedness
articles. Additional articles
will include information from
each of the speakers that were
featured at the American Red
When a hurricane looms,
many people head for the bank
for some emergency cash.
On June 3, Jon Geitner with
Seacoast National Bank spoke
to the local citizens at the Red
Cross Hurricane Preparedness
Seminar about bank security
and what local banks are doing
to make sure that locals can get
to their funds in the case of a
One thing that you will see
on every hurricane kit list is to
always have cash on hand for
after a storm. Lack of electric-
ity prevents the use of plastic at
most locations in the aftermath
of a storm or other natural di-
Many banks in the local
area including Seacoast now
have generators to run their
facilities. Mr. Gietner explained
that their facility has the abil-
ity to run their entire building
including the automatic teller
machine with a generator for
Banks also have extended
hours typically during times
before a storm so that citizens
can have access to their mon-
ey to prepare them for getting
through the storm and dealing
with the circumstances after
Other issues have also been
.changed over the years in the
banking industry such as pro-
viding Remote Deposit Cap-
ture. This means that instead of
having paper checks flying on
planes to get to the banks and
originators of the documents
to release funds, the teller au-
tomatically sends an electronic
image which releases the funds
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without the court's direction," Mr.
Hendrickson said in a telephone
interview Friday afternoon.
Robert Gorman, Mr. Cook's at-
torney, agreed that the order will
not be automatically stayed if and
when an appeal is filed. But, if a
stay is granted, the Fort Pierce at-
torney said his client is entitled to
"I hope he (Mr. Brewer) and
his client are prepared to put up
a very significant bond," said Mr.
Gorman in a phone interview Fri-
day, June 6. "My client is entitled
to be protected in this matter of
having his wife removed from
him and the cost in this. (The
bond) protects Mr. Cook from ex-
pending all these funds."
After speaking with Mrs. Cook
at that May hearing, Judge Kyle
ruled that the couple should be
placed in the facility within 30
days of him signing the order. He
went on to say the couple should
remain there for a period of 60
days. At the end of that period
another hearing will be held to
determine if that arrangement is
Judge Kyle issued the ruling
despite recommendations from
two doctors and a master lay
person -- Dr. Kenneth Director,
Dr. Jay A. Schorr and Jill Arnold,
respectively -- that Mrs. Cook stay,
where she is. The three appoint-
ed experts examined Mrs. Cook
to determine her mental com-
petency. While they all indicated
in one way or another that Mrs.
Cook is totally incapacitated, they
also recommended that she stay
at the L-Cross.
"I think everybody in this
room really, really loves you,"
Judge Kyle told Mrs. Cook at the
May hearing. "This is one of the
hardest cases I've ever had. But, I
think it's appropriate that they be
"I was shocked, quite frankly,"
said Mr. Brewer of the ruling.
"We were supposed to be talking
about if Sylvia Cook was to have a
guardian, and we all agreed that
she needed a guardian."
And her guardian agreed with
the judge that this is a very diffi-
"What she's getting now is
quality care and she's happy
where she's residing," he told the
judge at the May hearing.
He went on to say that the
Cooks had a good marriage and
he wants them to be together.
"I understand what I want, but
it's not about what I want," he
told Judge Kyle.
Howard, 93, and Sylvia have
been married for over 40 years
and for much of their married
lives lived in their home on the
L-Cross Ranch. But Mr. and Mrs.
Cook have not lived together as a
couple for several months.
Due to health problems Mrs.
Cook has spent time at Raulerson
Hospital, in an Okeechobee nurs-
ing home and in a rehab facility in
Melbourne. When she was taken
to Melbourne, Mr. Cook moved
into an apartment across the
street so he could visit her.
But when Mr. Cook's tem-
porary guardianship expired in
March, Mr. Pearce removed his
great aunt from the Melbourne fa-
cility and took her to the L-Cross
where she's been ever since.
"I don't know of anything
more cruel than a husband and
wife being pulled apart in this
manner," said Robert Gorman,
Mr. Cook's attorney.
While he agreed that Mrs.
Cook has received good care at
the Pearce home, Mr. Gorman
said the L-Cross is not where she
"We don't believe she was tak-
en there on her own free will," he
said. "She's being brainwashed."
But according to Mrs. Cook,
who has gained 14 pounds since
March, she is where she wants to
"I'm happy here. I feel good,"
said she said in a May 21 inter-
view as she sat on the screened
porch at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
But when Judge Kyle handed
down his ruling the very next day,
the sweet and soft spoken South-
ern lady sitting in her wheel chair
bristled and became defiant.
"I'm not going!" she said stern-
ly while pointing a frail finger in
Judge Kyle's direction. "Why do I
have to go there? Howard doesn't
want me. I don't want to be with
someone who doesn't want me."
But, ultimately, where and
with whom she lives won't be her
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It can take emergency person-
nel precious minutes to arrive
on the scene. For every minute
without defibrillation, a sudden
cardiac arrest victim's chance of
surviving drops. It is critical for
as many people as possible to be
trained to perform CPR and know
how to use an AED until advanced
American Red Cross train-
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"kidnapped" her own daughter,
as she put it, and brought her
back to Florida.
f-l The following months were
R filed with heart wrenching trials
in every effort to take care of the
situation and try to improve upon
it. Undergoing multiple surger-
ies, Sandra was finally able to get
the care she needed, the care she
deserved, the care of her mother.
While living in a care facility close
to her mother in Ft. Pierce Sandra
fell susceptible to "what the doc-
tors would do as opposed to what
they could do," said Carolyn. "She
had surgery for numerous things,
most of them didn't help as much
as it should have. One time they
even left a sponge in Sandra after
the surgery on her liver. Thank
God that caused a problem with
the next surgery for her pelvis or
we never would have known."
Sandra has undergone surgery for
brain damage, liver failure, a su-
per pelvic attachment, a stomach
tube, a tracheotomy and more all
in an effort to bring back a better
quality of life.
However, while under the care
of the care facility she was living
in attention to detail and proper
professional care slowly began to
fall short of what was expected.
"I would visit her there and I
could see that they weren't tak-
ing care of her. I found bruises
on her side, I saw places where
she was starting to form sores be-
cause they weren't washing her
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to be deposited into the account.
This was a problem during 9-11,
due to the grounding of airplanes
. that were holding checks.
While you need cash to get
yourself by after a natural disas-
ing in CPR and proper use of an
AED can provide people with the
knowledge and confidence to re-
spond during an emergency situ-
ation with skills that can help save
a life. Red Cross recommends
that at least one person in every
household and place of business
receive this training.
Congress has set aside June
1-7 as the first annual National
CPR/AED Awareness Week to
spotlight how lives can be saved
if more Americans know CPR and
how to use an AED. In the dec-
properly and I noticed how much
weight she was losing because
she wasn't being fed right. I knew
I had to do something. So I took
her home," she said.
While Carolyn made the choice
that home care would be the best
care for her eldest she also made
the choice to take on what others
might see as a hardship. Carolyn
had two other children at home,
one still in school and a business
to run. In addition, her marriage
had become an abusive relation-
"I did my best. It had to be
done and there was no one else
to do it. There were times when I
thought 'you idiot, why do you put
up with this man when you have
so much else to worry about?'
and then I realized one day that
enough was enough."
In 1989 Carolyn made a deci-
sion. She left. With three children
in tow, one an invalid and the
worries of where her life might
be heading, she made her way to
Okeechobee. For many years fol-
lowing, after careful steps in the
right direction, she made a home
for herself and her children in
Having had experience as a
nurse the task of taking care of
Sandra became less and less chal-
lenging as the days passed.
When she and Denny Holerg-
er married. Carolyn thought that
life had taken a turn for the better
and "things will be alright. I had
my faith, my family and hope for
Years would pass with dedi-
cated service to her family,
ter, too much cash is also not a
good idea. Having too much cash
on hand creates a situation where
you could be a potential. robbery
When asked by a local citizen
about the safety of their money in
the event of a disaster, Mr. Geitner
assured the group that all of the
everyday FDIC insurance is still
applicable even during a disaster.
laration, Congress is asking states
and municipalities to make AEDs
more publicly accessible. During
this week, Red Cross chapters
across the country will conduct
CPR/AED classes and demonstra-
tions, host events, and provide
educational information on the
importance of CPR and AED train-
ing. Red Cross joins the American
Heart Association and National
Safety Council in recognizing the
significance of this week.
Last year 11 million people
took Red Cross health and safety
friends and community all the
while keeping a strong faith and
hope in the fact that what she had
gone through would some day
prove to have been well worth
the painstaking efforts she often
times experienced. And as many
people throughout Okeechobee
can vouch for, Carolyn did all
of it with a smile, a warm heart
and welcoming hand. Her life
and home in Okeechobee had
become settled. As the children
moved away, her marriage grew
stronger and her social relation-
ships prospered it seemed to
Carolyn that her "hope wasn't in
Then came a time when the
comfort of what she had become
used 'to would once again be
clouded by the same cold black
wind she had known in her past.
The same dread of the coming
days and fear of what might be.
Denny had been diagnosed with
Lou Gehrigs disease, her home
was in the stages of foreclosure,
she had been diagnosed with
cancer and her business was in
dire straights. A procession of one
impossible event after the other,
it seemed, had taken over her
happy world. Yet she still found
a strength in prayer and hope. "I
know it will all work out. It's hard
right now, but it's all gonna go
the way God has planned. I have
hope. Right now that's all I have.
But still I have it. My home can
be taken, my business gone, my
family stricken, and my patience
tested but I'll always have my
hope for something better."
After her many years of calling
Seacoast hosted this event and
provided a cooler full of hurricane
supplies for the door prize that
was awarded to Angelica Garcia.
The Red Cross is a non-profit
organization which operates a Di-
saster Action Team (DAT) which
is currently looking for caring indi-
viduals to volunteer. All Red Cross
volunteers receive free health and
safety training and above all re-
training. Whether you want to be
able to help a loved one at home,
help someone in your work place,
or use your training profession-
ally, Red Cross can give you the
knowledge and skills to be able
to help. To find out more call 863-
763-2488. View an online tutorial
demonstrating CPR and AED tech-
niques and see video accounts of
real stories of lives saved by visit-
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Okeechobee home, Carolyn and
her family have found no choice
but to leave. Although many ef-
forts were made to save their
home, every effort was a failed at-
tempt. Discovering a twisted pa-
per trail with numerous mortgage
brokers, underwriters and finan-
cial corporations the only truth to
be found was that decisions had
been made without their knowl-
edge and now they were the ones
to suffer. Multiple situations have
arose creating this less than desir-
able circumstance for Carolyn,
Denny and Sandra yet she still
says "I'll always hope for better
and know that God has a better
plan than I do. It'll work out."
Carolyn said that if nothing
else, if no one learns anything
else by her example, she wants
them to understand that "your
world can fall in around you and
you can be at the end of your rope
but as long as you keep faith and
hope in something better, you'll
make it through just fine." Al-
though she will no longer be able
to call Okeechobee home she is
grateful for all that she has been
able to accomplish here and to all
those who have helped provide
wonderful relationships through-
out her time here.
"I have my family," she said.
"Sandra is doing well. I've worked
with her through the years and
she has progressed beyond what
any doctor had expected. I have
a wonderful husband who cares
for me, and I have friendships that
will never fade. Material things
mean nothing compared to that.
It'll be all right."
ceive that great feeling of know-
ing that they have helped better
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
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scholarship from the Okeechobee Educational Founda-
tion. The students recognized were (in no particular or-
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Kyrstin Hargraves, Anna Lugo, Barbara Skeen, Steven
Standefer, Matthew Strickland, Ana Toledo, Maria Urbano,
Amanda Van Gorder. (bottom) Magi Cable and Candace
Walker (right) recognized student at Okeechobee High
School's Scholarship Night for receiving a scholarship
from the Okeechobee County Education Association.
The students recognized were (in no particular order)
Jesse Bryant, Evan King, Cory Kelly, Amy Mislan, Ashley
Roberson, and Joshua Stanley.
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SWAT hosts youth rock band
By Chauna Aguilar
Local Students Working
Against Tobacco (SWAT) students
got to listen to a youth rock band
on Friday, May 30, called Later
Days. The Later Days band was
brought to Okeechobee through
the Okeechobee County Health
Department Youth Tobacco Pre-
vention & Control Initiative.
According to their website
Days Decisions is a revolutionary
program that employs a youthful
rock band to encourage middle
school students to follow their
dreams and make positive deci-
The site goes on to explain that
independent research shows that
the program actually works. Nine-
ty-six percent of students from a
recent survey reported that after
seeing the program in action they
learned that tobacco use can have
negative effects on reaching your
personal dreams and goals.
The independent research also
concluded that, "the Later Days
program was a huge success and
provided a forum that resonated
with this age group."
The group focuses on anti-
tobacco, anti-bullying and good
decision making. Later Days Deci-
sions delivers a message that to be
cool and follow your dreams you
don't have to smoke.
There's nothing more out of
touch than having someone twice
your age trying to lecture you on
what you should do. This program
is real, it's engaging, its entertain-
ing for all ages, and most of all it
Later Days has been contract-
ed by prevention initiatives like
SWAT, Substance Abuse Coali-
tion, and the Florida Health De-
Later Days has been a band for
seven years, traveling the country
living out their dreams. Their mes-
sage to the students is that to live
out your dreams and live a fun,
healthy life you need to stay away
from tobacco and other drugs.
According to their website,
tobacco causes more deaths
than anything else. Over 400,000
people a year die due to smoking
related illnesses. Based on current
smoking patterns, an estimated
25 million will die prematurely"
Some cigarette facts that they
share in their program are that:
tobacco makes you grow hair on
your tongue; the same ingredient
in whale vomit is in cigarettes;
and cigarettes promote facial hair
growth in females; just to name a
Being addicted to smoking cig-
arettes puts a huge financial drain
on you. That's money kids could
be spending on Xbox games,
Guitar Hero, whatever they want!
Later Days relates the. problems
The Later Days group (left to right) Mike Wassef, Josh Eaton, Angela Kelly-OCHD Tobacco
Preventibn Specialist, YMS SWAT coordinator Jenny SantAngelo, D-Rock and John Faratzis
performed for local SWAT students on Friday, May 30, at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus
to what the youth would want to
have instead of spending money
A pack of cigarettes costs on
average five dollars. Five dollars a
day over 365 days in a year comes
out to be $1825!
Later Days explains to the
youth that most importantly ciga-
rettes get in the way-of living out
your dreams. Whether it be the fi-
nancial stress smoking causes, or
the physical harm it puts on you,
smoking cigarettes can only get in
the way of you and your dreams'.
Later Days has the students
make a promise together with the
group to stay tobacco free and
that they are going to set goals for
themselves, aim for their dreams,
and do what they're able to do by
not getting involved in tobacco
use. They want the youth to be
able to do what they do, live out
their dreams, be cool, and have
fun doing it.
Overseeing the event was An-
gela Kelly, the Okeechobee Tobac-
co Prevention -Specialist; Jennifer
SantAngelo, SWAT Coordinator at
Yearling Middle School; Theresa
Forde, SWAT Advisor at Osceola
at Middle School; Ashley Taxach-
er, SWAT Advisor at Okeechobee
High School; and Matt Koff, SWAT
Advisor .at the Freshman Campus.
Ms. Kelly is also looking at pos-
sibly having the Later Days group
visit local schools next year as part
of the Youth Tobacco Prevention
& Control Initiative.
For more information about
the Okeechobee Health Depart-
ment Tobacco Prevention and
Education Programs call 863-462-
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SUGGESTIONS: I have to respond to the caller who said the girls
need to learn to cook and sew. I don't disagree with that but I think
boys had better learn to cook and sew too. And girls and boys should
all learn basic auto maintenance, basic home maintenance and how
to change a flat tire. They all need life skills. You can't count on your
parents or your spouse taking care of you.
GAS PRICES: Here's a suggestion. Why doesn't Okeechobee pick
one day a month as a 'no driving' day? Pick a Sunday and get everyone
to walk, ride bikes, ride horses or stay at home. Of course there are
some people who would have to drive, such as emergency vehicles
or those have to work on Sunday and live too far away to walk or ride
a bike. But it would be very interesting if everyone at least tried. With
most of the cars off the road, it would be a lot safer for the walkers,
bicyclists and horses.
VIKING: Unless people live here in Viking, they have no clue what
it's like. We live quiet lives and want our children to be able to ride
horses or just walk down to the canals but on the weekends you can't
do it being a saftey hazard for the kids and animals. Last years taxes
for Coquina had increased by I believe $25 to help get something done
with the roads, but then they signed over the deeds to the roads to the
county, so what happens to our money for increased taxes? I think
they need to refund us all and let the county maintain the roads or turn
our money over to the county to help with the expenses.
ENFORCEMENT: I am very happy the sheriff is trying to do some-
thing about the problems out at Viking. Posting the signs was a good
start. I think it would help a lot if on the weekends they would have
deputies out there to just stop people and ask where they are going,
and if it turns out they are not property owners, then advise them
that it is private property. Unfortunately a lot of lies have been told
on the coast that this is open land that anyone can camp on. People
come over here thinking it is some kind of state park when it is private
ATVS: Of course you are only supposed to ride on your own lot.
Riding on other people's lot is TRESPASSING! In addition, you are de-
stroying EPA protected wetlands for which the lot owners are respon-
sible. Your "rights" end at your property line. The prairie IS NOT a
public recreation area simply because it is so remote. More and more
people are moving out here and making this their home. It isn't safe
to shoot firearms at will or ride at all hours of the night and destroy
land -- vacant or otherwise -- and roads all in the name of fun. Owning
an ATV doesn't give you the right to do whatever you feel like at any
hour you wish. And those who feel like this are the reasons that force
people to establish rules/regulations against this type of mindset.
VIKING: I have horses. We only ride the roads or at the state park
but mostly my daughter rides on my property. About three weekends
ago we saddled up a new horse we just got to see how he rides, as I
got on him a group of ATVs went by and started yelling and screaming
and it spooked the horse. If my child had been on him, she could have
been seriously hurt due to not being able to control him. Most people
who ride ATVs who live out here respect it when they see a horse and
slow down as do some of the people from the coast but not all. There
is no law that states you can't ride a horse on the roads. Most do out
here with respect for others. This town has lost its country attitude and
the cowboy ways it had due to the money that has moved here. I am
not saying all is bad, people need to stop and think before they react to
something that could cause harm to others and their properties.
DEPUTIES: I know it is very frustrating if you call a deputy and
have to wait. But look at the size of Okeechobee County. It is huge.
And with the budget, you just don't have that many deputies on the
road at one time. Consider that they have to cover seven days a week,
24 hours a day. That's 21 work shifts a week, just to have one deputy
on duty all the time. If you consider each one works five shifts a week
and you also have to cover vacation days and sick days and sometimes
you need to call in extra officers for a crime scene or big accident, you
actually need five people hired to have one person on duty 24 hours
a day, seven days a week. So if you have 50 road patrol deputies, you
actually only have about 10 on duty at one time. Now consider all over
the county, residents are calling for deputies for various problems, and
they are trying to respond to everyone, and of course trying to get' to
life-threatening situations quickly. It's a very difficult job and of course
they are stretched too thin. I think we need to give them a little credit.
BUYERS BEWARE: People complain that it takes so long for a
fire truck to get to the property on the Highlands County side of the
river. They complain it takes so long to get a deputy up to the northern
corner of Okeechobee County. They complain because our little small
town hospital doesn't have all the specialists they need. What I don't
understand is why didn't you think about this before you bought your
home? Why didn't you check out the schools, the hospitals and the
fire protection? Why didn't you find out which fire department and
which law enforcement agency covers your area? Why is it you don't
think about these things before you invest your money in a house?
If you move to the middle of nowhere to have peace and quiet, well
what comes along with that is that you have to be prepared to take
care of yourself.
ROMANTICS: So the people who want to save the train station
are just a bunch of old-fashioned romantics? Well I have been called
a lot worse so I won't argue with that. But what's wrong with being
old-fashioned when it comes to values? And what's wrong with being
a romantic when you can see the beauty in old architecture and want
to save that so that your children can see it too?
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Valedictorian: Failure is not an option'
Editor's note: Okeechobee
High School's Class of 2008 grad-
uated Thursday with ceremonies
at the Agri-Civic Center. The fol-
lowing speech is from that pro-
By Evan King
Ceremony. I am
honored to be
of the Class of Evan
2008. Four years King
ago, I set this
goal for myself. I am thankful
to have accomplished it. Now, I
know that you graduates want to
get your diplomas and get out of
here, so I will make this short.
First, I would like to express
how proud I am to have grown
up in this city. When my family
moved here 14 years ago, we felt
blessed to be part of such a warm
and caring community. You still
are that way, a warm, caring, and
extremely generous community,
one that I am proud to be part of
Next, I want to address my
class. You guys have been a big
part of making this high school
experience enjoyable. I am very
proud of all of you. You hung in
there. There were times when we
didn't think we could even get out
of bed, but you persevered and
accomplished many great things
that some aren't able to. All of
Monday, June 9
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.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.V.P. to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. The
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her ancestry.
The annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For
information, call Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at http://
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
O.C.R.A. meets at Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane at
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interested
persons to come by and see what they are about. For information call
A.A. meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meetings
on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends of
alcoholics. For information call Chris at 863-467-5714.
Tuesday, June 10
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets the second
Tuesday of the month, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, lunch is provided. For information contact Jim Vensel at 863-
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 A.A. 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.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is welcome.
For information, call Lydia Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
-Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at. 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. FOr information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-
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.
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.
your hard work paid off. I hope
that you will continue to work
hard in everything that you do.
To my friends, you guys have
been like family to me. You have
been there through the good and
bad. Thanks for helping me keep
my sanity in some of the most
stressful times. You have helped
me create a lifetime of memories
that I will always remember. And
to all my teachers, you are the
best of the best, true heros. I rec-
ognize the countless hours you
have spent teaching us. Thank
you for making sure we received
the best education possible. My
teachers were great mentors and
friends. I owe a lot of the credit
Lastly, I want to thank my
parents. My parents have been
my structure and support for the
last 12 years. They have guided
me through the twists and turns
of everyday life, as well as taught
me how to plan a successful fu-
ture for myself. Without them, I
probably wouldn't be standing
up here today.
We are now on to the next
phase of our lives. Even though,
we go our separate ways, we
have our memories that bind us.
I Remember: always strive for
success failure is not an option!
Set your goals high, even higher
than you think you are capable of.
reaching. You don't have to be a
genius to accomplish your goals.
Work hard and never, never give
I have enjoyed your friendship
over these last four years. We
have been a great Class of 2008.
Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a two day yard sale at the Blue
Volunteer Building, next to The Hamrick Home (411 S.E. 4th Street)
on Thursday June 12, 8 a.m. until 2p.m., and Friday June 13, 8 a.m. to
noon. There will be bargains galore and new items available. All pro-
ceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee including services offered
in The Hamrick Home. For information, call Cathy at 863-467-2321 or
Rodeo team to hold fundraiser
Okeechobee High School (OHS) Rodeo Team will hold a chicken
dinner fundraiser on Saturday, June 13. The event is hosted by Eli's
Western Wear on State Road 70 West, beginning at 11 a.m. for pick-
up. Dinners are $7 each and all proceeds will benefit the OHS Finals
Traveling Team. You can pre order dinners for delivery of 5 dinners or
more on June 11 from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. at 863-467-0807. For additional
information, please contact Darlene Bass at 863-634-5815.
Summer sunset series
The IRCC Lifelong Learning Summer Sunset Series presents classi-
cal duo guitarist Rafael Padron and Aisa Campo on piano Thursday,
June 26, 8 p.m. at the Wynne Black Box Theatre on the IRCC Main
Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. Tickets are $10. Call
1-866-866-4722 ext. 7880.
Shrine Club hosts dinner, dance
The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78 W, will host a dinner and
dance on Saturday, June 14. The lounge will open at 6 p.m. The din-
ner, consisting of barbecued ribs and chicken, will start at 7 p.m. and
will be followed by the dance. Country music will be provided by
The Saddle Tramps. For reservations contact Keith and Cathy Tomey
at 863-763-8072 or 863-634-2682, or the Big 0 Drive Thru at 863-467-
0946. Tickets are $15 each, and will also be available at the door on
the night of the event.
Board meeting area agency on aging
The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc. is
planning its upcoming monthly Board of Directors Executive Commit-
tee meeting, to be held at the Area Agency on Aging, 400 N. Congress
Ave., Suite 150, West Palm Beach, FL 33409, on Tuesday, June 10.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Contracts requiring
the expenditure of funds are a regular agenda item of this meeting.
Please call Vivian Pfau, Area Agency on Aging, at 561-684-5885 for
Free summer camp planned
'Suncoast Mental Health Center, Inc will be conducting a free arts
and crafts summer camp to develop peer bonds and social skills for
all Okeechobee children. Fun at the Sun will begin June 17 through
Aug. 12 for ages 6-12 and Thursdays, June 19 through Aug. 14 for ages
13-18 from 9 a.m. to noon. Snacks will be provided. Space is limited,
call Yolanda at 863-763-2288 to sign up.
Okeechobee Autism Support Group
Okeechobee Autism Support Group beings 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 mom with an autistic child? Meet moms
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
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at any big box store where com-
puter supplies are sold, for about
$30. It is a device that works just
like the old four-inch floppy drive
but it holds a lot more data.
When I compose text or even
when I'm working on graph-
ics, I usually have a flash drive
plugged into one of my USB ports
so I can periodically back up the
piece I'm working on to the flash
drive. I would never work on a
large project like a book or a big
I WantlL UIne
Students awarded for
(photos I-r) Jesse Bryant was recognized at Okeechobee
High School's Scholarship Night for receiving an academic
scholarship from the University of Miami. The award was
presented by Wendy Padgett. Andrea Durance was award-
ed the Matthew Buxton Scholarship at Okeechobee High
School's Scholarship Night. The $250 award was presented
by Matthew Buxton.
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graphic without backing up my
work at the end of each session.
I especially like the idea of being
able to back up to a device that
is separate from the computer. A
bad lightening strike can fry the
power supply and anything at-
tached to the computer.
The computer hard drive isn't
infallible either. Any day you could
turn on your computer and it may
refuse to boot and your screen will
stay dark. Most computer techs
will tell you it isn't IF your hard
drive will fail, but WHEN. So, be
smart and back up your data and
pictures. And, keep track of your
software disks because you never
you run the risk of scrambling the
data you have so carefully cop-
ied to it. Yes, I've had scrambled
data, but now I always eject my
flash drive the correct way. Happy
Email your remarks or requests to
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going projects to your flash drive.
The older files on the flash drive
can be deleted easily to make
room for new files. It's also re-
ally portable. Taking new pictures
of the grandkids to your friend's
house on a thumb drive is as easy
as sticking the tiny drive in your
pocket. Back up finished projects
and vacation/holiday photos to
a CD. That way the data is sepa-
rate from your machine and you
can reload the photos if you get a
new computer or the one you're
using fails. After they are written
to a CD they can also be deleted
from the flash drive.
And here's the last bit of advice
for a flash drive. There is a recom-
mended way to unplug the thing.
This is a safe computing step. In
the lower right hand corner of
your computer, you will find a
few icons right next to the time
of day. Look for the icon called
"Safely Remove Hardware."
When it is time to remove
your flash drive from the USB
port on your computer, click on
the Safely Remove Hardware
first. The message will give you
a choice of several hardware
devices to remove. You will usu-
ally select the top one. You should
then get a little pop-up box that
says it is safe to remove the USB
hardware. The flash drive some-
Local Businesses award'
(photos I-r) Kaylee Eckhardt received the Maxwell & Max-
well, P.A. Scholarship at Okeechobee High School's Schol-
arship Night. This scholarship was presented by Libby
Maxwell (right). Angela McCall was awarded with a $12,000
scholarship from Lykes Bros Inc., presented by Stan Speed,
at the Okeechobee High School Scholarship Night.
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E & E Automotive Clinic
3585 Highway 441 North
La Cascada Mexican
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Buy I Buffet Meal at regular price and receive
the 2nd one at 1/2 price!
Lunch Buffet Dinner Buffet
11am to 3pm 3pm to close
Includes: Steak and Chicken Fajitas, Enchiladas. BBQ
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Sun- Thurs 11am to
Bar, Fruit Bar, Ice Cream Bar / & Sat. 1iao,
and much, much more! ..
(top) Sarah Bishop (center)
recognized students that
received the Okeechobee
Scholarship at Scholarship
Night: (left to right) Bethany
Enfinger, Brenda Sandoval-
Lopez, Brandie Axt, Robert
Dyce, and Felicia Sulzer.
Jared Pfennig also won this
award. (bottom) Randall
Mims (center) recognized
students that received the
(left to right) Michael Coker,
Nicholas Clements, Kelly
Buchanan, Bryan Suarez
and Rafe Erwin.
(top) Elbert Cabansay, Fa-
veola Hernandez, Asuncion
Esquibel and Brittany Read
received the Luviano Con-
struction Scholarship at
Okeechobee High School's
Scholarship Night. This
scholarship provides $500
towards their educations
and was presented by Osiel
Torres (right) and Oliver
Harwas (left). (bottom) Mi-
chael McClain and Elia Su-
arez received the OCRA
Scholarship at Okeechobee
High School's Scholarship
Night. This scholarship was
presented by Heather Park-
Jackson E. Holbrook
Jackson E. Holbrook, 89, of
Okeechobee died Saturday, June
7, 2008 at Raulerson Hospital. Mr.
Holbrook was born in Dante, Va.,
and has been an Okeechobee
resident since 1982 coming from
Wyandotte, Mich. He was a veter-
an of WWII who had served in the
US Army. Before retiring he was
a Steel Worker in the construc-
tion trade for over thirty years. He
was a member of the Old Regular
Baptist Church in Okeechobee.
He loved his church and he loved
He was' preceded in death by
his mother Lovevada Tackett Hol-
brook and recently by a son Gary
Mr. Holbrook is survived by
two daughters: Brenda Allen of
Okeechobee, and Jackie (Dean)
McCleese of Vanceburg, Ky.; six
grandchildren and eleven great
grandchildren; three sisters: Bon-
nie White of Bethesda, Md., Nona
Jones of Bristol, Va., and Donna
Harris of Nashville, Tenn.
A visitation will be held Tues-
day, June 10 from 4-7 p.m., at the
Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
and Crematory. Funeral services
will be Wednesday, June 11 at
11 a.m., at the Old Regular Bap-
tist Church, S.W. 10th Avenue,
Okeechobee. Reverend James
Barney will officiate. Interment
will follow at Hillcrest Memorial
Gardens, Ft. Pierce
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The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres Ill. Movie times for Thursday,
June 6, through Thursday, June 12, 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
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day and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
Theatre III 'Kung Fu Panda" (PG) Show-
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at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:30 and
7 and 9 p.m.
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Ceramic Stove w/self clean-
ing oven, white, good condi-
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Aaron's Sales & Lease
RETAIL MGR. TRAINEE
SALARY + COMM/BONUS.
Must pass criminal/drug test,
21yrs or older, FT,
or apply in person
2302 Hwy 441 S., 34974
Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
,! Out Of
We Have It
Bicycles- 1 female and 1 male
adult 7 speed cruisers $90
will separate (863)467-0506
Bouncer w/ activity bar, Jum-
peroo, Stroller travel system,
all items like new $200 will
Bully Dog Downloader for
03-04 Dodge Cummins
Truck, like new, $200
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
Move In Special!
'/2 off 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all appl's, a/c & heat, 1
bik. 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
OKEECHOBEE, 2br, iba, Near
town. $800 mo. inclds wa-
ter. Annual Lease. Call
financing, no money down,
Call Warren (954)602-5933
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
OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.
SW SECTION 2/2 Updated
kitchen, all appliances, W&D.
$875 mo. 1st, last & sec.
BASSWOOD Affordable 3br,
2ba, 2 gar, big house. $1200
mo. + Sec. dep. W/Option
to Buy (772)323-4758
BASSWOOD newer home,
3br, 2ba, 1car garage, 3818
NW 29th Ave. $1000/mo,
1st & Sec. (863)6)634-6210
or (561)662-2298 Kirk
EAST SIDE OKEE, Newer 3br,
2ba, 2 car garage 522 SE
36th Terr. $2000 down &
$1400 mo. All towards prin-
ciple (863)467-0128 or
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info, 772-216-1461
2BR/1BA, 1 car garage, CBS
House. central a/c & heat,
dishwasher, W/D, storm shut-
ters $850 mo. + $850 sec.
dep. Avail Now 863-467-8434
-MOVE IN SPECIAL-
RENTAL APT on Ranch
setting. Very clean, No pets,
NICE NIEGHBORHOOD 3BR,
2BA, pool, extras. Must see!
1401 SE 8th Dr. $1300 mo.
1st & sec. (863)885-1347
Get FREE signs!
OKEECHOBEE 2R, 1BA, on
lot in quiet neighborhood
close to town. Front porch,
fenced yard. Will lease with
option to buy. $59,000.
Shop here first!
The classified ads
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles'ATVs 3035
SAILBOAT Cape Dory 24 ft,
freshly painted. $4200
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
MAZDA PU '94- 4x4, gray,
high mileage, V6, cold air,
WILLY'S WAGON 4 x 4,
$4600 (863)234-1226 or
FORD 150 PU '93 crew cab,
runs exc. & looks good, 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
Ford F150- 1986, 300 6 cyl.,
4 speed, bed, matt & topper,
chrome wheels, good shape
I PblIc Notii
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INVITATION TO BID
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
REPAIR OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
BRIDGE NO: 914001
Okeechobee county bid Number 2008-09
Notice is hereby given that Okeechobee County, Florida, pursuant to s. 287,055,
F.S., hereby requests proposals from qualified firms to provide General Contractor
Services for a construction project.
Sealed BIDS will be received by the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners
( BOCC) until 2:00 PM on July 14, 2008, at the County Administrator's Office,
oom 102,304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Bids will be public-
ly opened by the Director, Okeechobee County Road Department, read aloud, and
recorded by the County Clerk. Any BIDS received after the time specified will not
Okeechobee BOCC requests Lump Sum bids for the repair of Bridge No. 914001 on
State Road 700A (NW 176 Avenue) in Okeechobee County. The work will consist
Repairing guardrail four (4) end sections to current FOOT Standards,
Replacement of 15 guardrail posts (concrete) to be attached to bridge
(match existing posts)
Disposal of broken posts and guardrail is required.
Replace entire guardrail on south side of bridge
Replace broken section block on northwest comer of bridge
MOT daytime only single lane traffic will be required
Signage will be replaced by Okeechobee Road & Bridge
Contractors should visit the site prior to submitting their bids.
Any questions pertaining to the project speciications or scope of work will be ad-
dressed to the Director, Okeechobee County Road Maintenance Department, 804
NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, in writing no later than ten (10) days prior
to bid of project, which is Monday, July 14, 2000.
Each bid must be accompanied by an acceptable Bid Security in the form of a Bid
Bond, or Certified Check, made payable to "Okeechobee County Board of County
Commissioners", in the amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the total Bid
Amount as a guarantee that the Bidder, iftwarded the Contract, will execute the
contract and file acceptable performance and payment surety bonds equal to
100% of the contract price within fifteen (15) days after written notice of the
award of contract. No bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90)
days after the date set for opening of the bids.
Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation
... .i;,,-,,1, i,,',' i The County reserves the right to reject.any or all Bids,
accept baI in any oliul or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make
modifications to the work after bidding, and waive any informality in the Bids, if In
the County's best interest to do so. The General Contractor will provide additional
information including, but not limited to, a list of similar projects constructed with-
in the past five (5) years, client references and an audited or certified financial
statement, or other financial references deemed appropriate to Contract Award.
Bidders will confine their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be ac-
Each bidder will submit with this bid evidence that the bidder is licensed to perform
the work and services or qualified by examination to be so licensed.
If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the specifications, it
is the bidder's responsibility to seek clarification from Okeechobee County. Addi-
tionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to
requirements of the County.
The Okeechobee,Board of County Commissioners has the right to accept or reject
any or all bids. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be
marked: "BID- OKEECHOBEE COUNTY REPAIR OF BRIDGE NO- 914001 OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY BID NUMBER 2008-09
Okeechobee County is an equal opportunity employer.
Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, FL
Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, FL
277412 ON 6/9/08
OKEE. 2br/1lba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
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
RENT TO OWN 3/2, $2,000
down, $1200 mo all going
toward the purchase price.
RENTJTO OWN BASSWOOD
3br/2ba, $2000 down,
$1200/mo All going towards
principle, Bruised credit
okay (863)467-0128 or
Professional Office Space
for Lease near Courthouse,
It's never tqo late to find
the perfect gift. Look for
it in the rlasstiflep-.
Real Estate I
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
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 Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
Adorable 3/2 CBS Home lo-
cated in Kings Bay, last
street, no neighbors, Priced
to Sell! (863)634-0779
LET'S MAKE A DEAL!
$869/mo, 3698 NW 7th St,
1450 sq ft CBS, new, tile.
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,
HUNTING LEASE in Brown-
wood, Texas. For Nov. 2008
3 Available! '$1750 /person.
BIG 0 RV RESORT Lot
available, owner motivated,
JUST UNDER V/2 acre, SW
area, SW 7th Ave./SW 15th
St., no city taxes, $69,000.
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home. Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
DOUBLEWIDE 3/2 on 2
acres E. of town, non-smok-
ing environ, No pets.
$1100/mo 1st & sec
GOOD HOME NEEDS GOOD
RENTER 3/2. $800/mo +
$500 sec, pay only electric,
sm pet cons (863)697-0214
RV's & LOTS (3) rent for
$395/mo. in Okeechobee
Call Warren (954)602-5933
The Workforce Development Board f
thie Treasure Coast Region 20 and
the Treasure Coast Workforce Con-
sortium announces a meeting of the
Executive Committee to which all
persons are invited:
Date &Time: Friday. June 13, 2008 -
Place: Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast
584 NW Universiy Blvd.,
Port St. Lucie. Florida 34S85
PRPE:&SLTo discuss matters con-
cerning the Workforce linve ent
Act, Workforce Employment Oppor-
tunties,. the Welfare Transition P-
gram, One-Stop Career Centers and
the Workforce Oevelopment Board.
A copy of the augnda may be ob-
tained by contacting:
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986
Should any person wish top appeal
decision made by the Board mit
respect to any matter considered at
the above referenced meeting, they
will need to ensure a verbatim re-
cording of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimo-
ny and evidence upon which the
appeal is based, in order to provide
a record for judicial review.
277392 ON 6//08
Flat bed, 24' w/ 19' deck, 5'
beaver tail, new radial tires,
electric over hydraulic brakes
$4800 neg. (863)763-8014
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2008-CP-81
IN RE: ESTATE OF
OSCAR K. PETERSON,
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of OS-
CAR K. PETERSON, deceased, whose
date of death was April 20, 2008, and
whose Social Security Number is
199-32-4308, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, FRoda,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 NW. 3rd Street, Suite 101,
Okeethobee, Florida 34972. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and personal represen-
tative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served within
three months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must file their
claims wth this Court WTHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FRST PUBLICATION OF
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO 12> YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE
DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS
The date of the first publicabon of this
notice is June 9th, 2008
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O.G. & C.C. Weekly Results
KOA May 26: First place-Kim
Swarts. Second place-Bruce
Syjud. Last place-Max Sherry.
Closest to the pin-l-Max Sherry,
2-Val Malone, 1-Randy Ketcher-
side, 1-George Guydosh and 1-Bo
May 28: First place-Russ Papy.
Second place-John Nicholson.
Last place-Harry White. Closest
to the pin-(2) George Earl Goudy,
(8) Harry White, (11) George Earl
Goudy and (17) Bill Kinney.
May 30: First place-Joe Al-
breckta. Second place-Max Sher-
ry. Last place-Randy Ketcherside.
Closest to the pin-(2) Geno Dece-
rio, (8) Kenny Curran, (11) Geno
Decerio, and (17) Russ Adams.
Sports News in Brief
Summer leagues at
Summer bowling leagues at
are set to begin at Stardust Lanes
on Monday, June 16. If you join a
league you get open bowling free
all summer long. Call 863-467-
1800 for more information.
Club soccer to hold
The Okeechobee Soccer Club
"The Oceolots", will hold signups
on Tuesday June 10 at 6 p.m.
at the soccer fields across from
North Elementary. Kids between
the ages of 12-18 are welcome to
participate in the club this year,
both boys and girls. For informa-
tion please call 863-634-1334 and
ask for Lonnie Sears. The club is
affiliated with the Florida Youth
Soccer Association. The costs are
$75 per player.
TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (es-
pecially) non-boaters are wel-
come. For information call Dave
Stout at 863-467-2255.
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee McAllister
Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Little League Yankees -
(top) The Boys 13 to 15 Little League Team finished their
regular season last week. The Yankees closed out their sea-
son with a 15-3 record edging their nearest competitors the
Ft. Pierce Pirates who finished the season 14-4. The boys
will have a little time to celebrate as they are now gearing
up for the upcoming All-Star tournament on June 28. Good
Luck Yankees and Congrats on a great season. (bottom)
Okeechobee Little League Yankees Coach and Asst. Coach
Jorge Valladares & Jorge Valladares Jr., helped their team
close out their season with a 15-3 record becoming Division
Glenn J. Sneider, LCA
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Dennis Walters becomes champ
By Daniel Shube
He travels to about 100 events
per year logging about 100,00
He has shot a 32 on the front
nine. He has four hole-in-ones.
He golfs in the company of play-
ers such as Arnold Palmer, Jack
Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger
Woods. And he is a paraplegic
without any movement or feeling
below his waist.
When his doctors told him his
promising golf career was over
after a tragic golf car accident in
1974, they were mistaken. It was
just the beginning of a new career
in golf as one of the most enter-
taining and popular trick-shot
entertainers the game has ever
He is Dennis Walters of Jupi-
Walters has already won the
Ben Hogan Award presented by
the Golf Writers Association of
America to the person who made
the greatest comeback from inju-
ry or illness. Other winners of this
award include former President
Eisenhower, Babe Zaharias and
Walters has won the Graffis
Award presented by The National
Golf Foundation for his contribu-
tions to golf. Others to have won
this award include Arnold Palmer
and Jack Nicklaus.
He is one of a handful of PGA
honorary lifetime members, a
group that includes former Presi-
dent Gerald Ford, Bob Hope and
Now, the PGA of America has
named Dennis Walter recipient of
their 2008 PGA Distinguished Ser-
vice Award. Walters will be pre-
sented his award at a ceremony
in conjunction with this year's
PGA Championship at Oakland
Hills Country Club on August 8 in
Again, Walters is in fine com-
pany. This award has been pre-
sented to golfers such as for-
mer Presidents Gerald Ford and
George H.W Bush, Bob Hope,
Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Ar-
nold Palmer, Patty Berg and Jack
"Dennis Walters' courage and
determination to rebound from
life- changing tragedy is one of
the remarkable success stories
in sports," said PGA of America
President Brian Whitcomb.
"For the past 34 years, Dennis
has demonstrated to thousands
across the country that you must
never abandon your dreams. The
PGA of America is proud to be-
stow the PGA Distinguished Ser-
vice Award on Dennis Walters,
a man who remains one of our
generation's great ambassadors
of the game," continued Whit-
"I am extremely humbled by
this award, the significance be-
ing that it comes from my peers
in golf," said.Walters, who contin-
ued, "It is the highest recognition
you can receive. I feel that one of
my responsibilities is to grow the
game of golf. I enjoy introducing
golf to youngsters, encouraging
them to continue and never give
up on their dreams. They are the
future of golf."
If you have never seen The
Dennis Walters Show, I highly
recommend you see it! The show
has included help from his side-
kick, Benji Hogan. Benji not only
teed-up balls and answered dif-
ficult questions, he was Walters'
service dog. Unfortunately, Benji
passed away, succumbing to can-
cer a few weeks ago.
I also recommend you read
the book "In My dreams I Walk
With You," written by Walters and
James Achenbach. To see where
Walters is appearing next or to
book the Dennis Walters Show at
your event, visit www.DennisWal-
Courtesy photo/Dennis Walters
Dennis Walters with his bag of tricks and the late Benji Ho-
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North All Star
The Okeechobee North
All Star team played well
during the North South All
Star game. (top) The North
All Stars were all smiles
and proud of the way they
played the game as they
posed for a group picture
after the game which was
held last Wednesday, June
4. (bottom) During the game
North All Star player Will
Davis fields a ground ball.
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