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Briefs

Summer swim
lessons set
Okeechobee County Parks
and Recreation is offering
swimming lessons Mondays
through Thursdays during
the following sessions, June
23 through July 3 and July 7
through July 17. The cost is $30
per session (with discount for
a second child from the same
household.) Class times offered
will be 8 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 9:30
a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Payment is
due upon registration. Refunds
will reflect a $5 processing fee.
Enrollment is limited and is of-
fered on a first-come, first-serve
basis. Call the Sports Complex
Pool at 863-467-7667 if you
need additional information.

Donate cars to Boys
and Girls Clubs
Now that the price of scrap
metal has sharply risen, the
Boys and Girls Car Campaign
will accept most any car with
no restrictions. Cars will be
picked up anywhere in Florida,
usually within a week, and are
sold at auction. To donate, call
800-246-0493. Funds obtained
by the sales go directly to help
the Florida clubs.

Advocacy group
seeking members
The Florida Local Advo-
cacy Council in this area has
openings for membership.
The members of the volunteer
council protect and advocate
for a better quality of life for
Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by
the governor for a four-year
term. Local meetings are held
on the second Tuesday of the
month in Fort Pierce. Call Peni-
na Popper at 800-342-0825 for
information; or, visit www.flori-
dasac.org.

Drought Index

Current: 535
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.32 feet
Last Year: 8.95 feet
S on ored By: ,

Pogeris Family Restaimumt
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
763-7222
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Index
Classifieds .. 8, 9
Comics 5
Community Events................... 4
Crossword 5
Obituaries 6
School News. 1 6
Speak Out 4
Sports 9
TV 4
Weather 2
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Lawsuit involves ATV death


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The legal question of whether
parents have the right to sign
away their children's rights to
sue for damages was the center-
piece of a case that was heard
by the Florida Supreme Court on
Wednesday.
The Estate of Christopher
Jones, a 14 year old who was
killed at the Thundercross Motor
Sports Park in Okeechobee while
riding an ATV on May 10, 2003,
sued the owners of the course in


a wrongful death action several
years ago.
The father of the child, Bob-
by Jones, signed a release form
that allowed his son to use the
ATV on the course. The release
form sigryd on behalf of the boy
waived liability and his right to
sue. The mother, Bette Jones,
later filed the wrongful death
lawsuit.. She was divorced from
Mr. Jones at the time of the ac-
cident.
Circuit Judge William Roby
dismissed the lawsuit before


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Mike Faulkner, left, deputy emergency management director, congratulates Gene
O'Neill, retiring emergency management director, for his 46 years of public service. The
recognition took place at the June 12 Okeechobee County Commissioners meeting.

46 years of service recognized


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Com-
missioners, at their meeting on
Thursday, June 12 paid tribute
to a long time public servant.
Gene O'Neillwas recognized
for 46 years of public service to
the citizens of Okeechobee, first
as a police officer and detective
for the City of Okeechobee and
later emergency management
director for the county. Mr.
O'Neill served as -emergency
management director during
the devastating hurricane sea-
sons of 2004 and 2005.
"It was a pleasure working
with Gene," said Fire/Rescue
See Service Page 2


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue Chief Nick Hopkins,
left, presented an American flag that flew over the U. S.
Capitol to retiring emergency management director Gene
O'Neill. The presentation took place at the June 12 county
commissioners meeting. The chief is reading a certificate
of authenticity for the flag.


trial. He ruled that the release
form was a legal contract and
that the child's rights had been
relinquished.
However the 4th District
Court of Appeals did not agree
and reversed that decision in Au-
gust. Their ruling stated that state
Ilaw did not have a provision for
a parent to waive the legal rights
of a minor.
In arguments Wednesday,
some justices appeared to sup-
port having the state legislature
address this issue.


Justice Barbara Pariente stat-
ed she was opposed to the con-
cept of waivers to escape liabil-
ity. She also had harsh words for
Judge Roby. In his ruling Judge
Roby argued that unethical par-
ents could place their children in
dangerous situations, file a law-
suit and then profit from their
careless decision.
"I respect Judge Roby but that
is preposterous. To have a child
die because a parent encouraged
it? I don't like these releases one
bit," Justice Pariente stated.


Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis
argued that it would be hard to
have a blanket rule because of
the number of commercial op-
erations in the state that in some
respects offer dangerous activi-
ties to children, like water parks
and amusement parks.
"It is not a question of evil
parents," he said. "They don't
give you a manual on how to
be a parent. Sometimes parents
make bad decisions."
See ATVs Page 2


Man accused



of raping girl


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man accused of being
a child molester by local and
state law enforcement was hur-
riedly arrested Tuesday when it
was learned he was allegedly
stalking one of his victims.
Carl Randall Baker, 50, U.S.
441 S.E., was arrested June 10
and charged with sexual bat-
tery on a child under 16 years
of age (three counts), false im-
prisonment (two counts) and
aggravated assault with a dead-
ly weapon. He is being held
without bond in the Okeecho-
bee County Jail.
Baker was arrested at his
ui jit-.e at ;)U p.ni. Tuesday by
Detective Rosemary Farless of
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO).
Detective Farless said the al-


leged molestation began when
the victim was 13 years old and
ended about
two years
later. She said
the victim ap-
parently suf-
fered no seri-
ous physical
injury.
She went
on to say that Carl Randal
the Florida Baker
Department
of Law Enforcement and other
law enforcement agencies are
also investigating Baker.
"Most are in Florida, but ap-
parently there are a couple out
of state that need to be inves-
tigated as well," said r fin clice
Ted Van Deman Thursday after-
noon.

See Rape Page 2


Teen injured in


boating accident


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 13-year-old Okeechobee
girl suffered minor injuries
while a 32-year-old Cape Coral
woman was seriously hurt af-
ter a boating accident on Lake
Placid on June 9, the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
reported.
FWC Spokesman Gary
Morse said a 20-foot Angler.
runabout operated by Shannon
Martin, 37, ofS.W. 48th Avenue,
Okeechobee, and a personal
watercraft operated by Erin


James, 32, of Cape Coral col-
lided on Lake Placid at about
5 p.m.
The accident occurred quite
a bit off shore, and the adult
was injured pretty seriously;
Morse stated.
The boat had five passen-
gers all on board, and was
pulling a tube with two more
people aboard. The only one
injured on the boat was Riley
Martin, 13, of Okeechobee.
Morse said she was treated
See Teen Page 2


New development


plans are rejected


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It's back to the drawing
board for the developers of
Northshore Village. At their
meeting on Thursday, June 12,
Okeechobee County Commis-
sioners voted to deny without
prejudice the preliminary de-
velopment plan for Northshore
Village.
The proposed development
of Northshore Village would be
on the north side of S.R. 70 E.
stretching from the Okeecho-


bee city limits to the L-63 Canal.
At completion it would consist
of a 15 acre commercial area
and 813 single family lots. The
developers have talked of con-
structing the development in
three phases.
The problem was that trans-
portation concurrency could
not reached. Transportation
concurrency requires that a
developer compensate the
county for the impacts of his
development on the surround-
See Plans Page 2


Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Dance recital: Pretty in Pink
Leslie's Dance Studio held the dress rehearsal for their Third Annual Recital "Dancing
Across the USA," on June 6. The competition team ages 8 to 12 preformed a dance to the
song, "Wonderwall." The recital was June 7 and was a fundraising benefit for the Okeecho-
bee High School Varsity Cheerleaders.


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Moore Haven man's request for parole denied


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A Moore Haven man once
sentenced to 90 years in prison
for second degree murder will re-
main in custody after the Florida
Parole Commission denied his
parole request on June 4.
Robert "Bobby" Whidden,
49, has been behind bars since
Aug.8, 1979, when he shot and
killed James Elbert Stewart out-
side Little Richard's Bar, which
was located on U.S. 27, about a
mile south of Moore Haven.
Parole Commission spokes-


person Jane Tillman said there
was no change in Mr. Whidden's
status, although he will get an-
other hearing in 2010. Normally it
would take another five years for
another parole hearing.
"They will always set a pre-
sumptive release date for parole
cases but that can be changed
at any time. He's not going any-
where," Tillman noted.
In a letter written to the court
last September, Mr. Whidden
asked the court for mercy. He not-
ed he had behaved well in prison
with no disciplinary actions for 10
years, and no violent disciplinary


cases in 16 years.
"1I am a different individual
than the one who committed this
heinous crime in 1979. I know
what I did was wrong and can
never be undone," he wrote Cir-
cuit Judge Hugh Hayes. "I am 49
years old and full of hope. I hum-
bly beg this court for mercy and a
second chance at life that I threw
away at 21."
Whidden blamed his imma-
turity for his violent act. He shot
Stewart after the victim picked up
a pool cue and threatened him
and his friend in the parking lot of
the bar. Eye witnesses said Whid-


den went to sit in the back seat
of a vehicle, then got out of the
vehicle, and shot Stewart in the
face.
Michael Wright, in his deposi-
tion, stated the two men had been
involved in a fist fight with several
blows thrown. Doug Stewart, the
victim's brother, tried to break
them up, and then secured a pool
stick of his own. While the two
brothers were staring each other
down, Whidden emerged from
the vehicle and fired the shot
from the weapon, a .410 caliber.
A 16-year old boy, who was riding
his bike on the way home from


an afternoon of fishing, report-
edly witnessed the crime.
The investigation by Glades
County Sheriff Deputies found
that Stewart, Doug Stewart, and
Mr. Whidden had prior difficul-
ties. Stewart blamed the two men
for the theft of a stereo, some
cash, and a pound of marijuana
that had occurred before the ho-
micide.
An earlier confrontation led to
a high speed chase from Lakeport
into Moore Haven. Whidden and
a relative reportedly produced
guns, and fired a shot to scare off
Stewart and five or six other peo-


pie he had brought to a residence
on Sealey Road in Moore Haven.
Trial witnesses also claimed
Whidden stated.to them that he
was going to take care of Stewart
a few days before the crime at a
Moore Haven gas station.
Whidden was convicted at
trial of second degree murder
on March 30, 1980. He was sen-
tenced to 90 years by Circuit Judge
R. Wallace Pack on May 21, 1980.
The state had originally sought a
first degree murder conviction.
Whidden's attorneys argued
his client shot in self defense.


Plans
Continued From Page 1

ing road system. County staff
was concerned that Northshore
Village would cause traffic prob-
lems especially at the already
overloaded intersection of S.R.
70 and U.S. 441. In a previous ac-
tion the board had accepted the
preliminary development plan
with concurrency being met by a


ATVs
Continued From Page 1

Judge Charles Wells said he
supported legislation that would
regulate these types of facilities.
Attorney Bard D. Rockenbach,


Service
Continued From Page 1

Chief Nick Hopkins. "He was very
much of a self starter and highly
motivated individual. Whatever
needed to be done, he needed
very little supervision, if any."
The chief presented Mr. O'Neill
with a Florida State flag donated
by the sheriff's office and an
American flag flown over the U. S.


contribution by the developer to a
bypass road to connect S.R 70 E.
with U.S. 441 N.
However, with that solution
the county would be required to
come up with the major portion
of funding to complete the by-
pass road. County Administrator
Lyndon Bonner could not find
those funds without jeopardizing
currently approved projects.
County Attorney John Cassels
informed the board that their pre-
vious vote was to proceed subject


who represents the estate of the
child, told the court that the tracks
design was improper, there were
no proper flag persons on duty,
and that the ATV used, 350cc, was
much too powerful for the teen to
operate. He said the main issues
in the case were the right of par-
ent's right to raise a child versus


Capital on May 21, 2008 in honor
of Mr. O'Neill.
Mike Faulkner, deputy emer-
gency management director,
presented Mr. O'Neill with a thick
binder containing Mr. O'Neill's
training certificates going back to
1970.
"I'd hand it to you," he said to
Mr. O'Neill, "but it weighs about
40 pounds."
Mr. Faulkner said it was a re-
minder of some of the weight


to the county's acquiring fund-
ing.
"First we must find the money,'
'the attorney said.
"I did not come up with the
money," Mr. Bonner said.
"The presumption has been
that if there is an alternative route
concurrency can be met," said
planning official Bill Royce.
The planning board had rec-
ommended project approval ex-
cept for concurrency.
"Concurrency has not been


the state's interest in protecting
that child.
"If society doesn't protect its
children, then society is doomed,"
he noted.
Attorney Richard Barrett, who
represents the owners of the Mo-
torsports Park, argued this deci-
sion will have a huge impact on


Mr. O'Neill carried for the com-
munity.
Mr. O'Neill in turn honored Mr.
Faulkner. He said that some peo-
ple wanted a Florida applicant as
deputy, someone who had been
through hurricanes. Mr. Faulkner
came to Okeechobee from Okla-
homa.
"We found that we made a
good choice. Mike is very produc-
tive, He has gone a long way," he
said.


met without a connector street,"
said Mr. Bonner. "We have some
other options we can pursue. Ap-
proval would encumber money
we don't have."
We can't meet concurrency,"
he added.
Andrew Fritz, speaking for the
developers, said there is a dif-
ference in the methodology the
county uses for determining con-
currency and what the developers.
use.
"The methodology of the


commercial business and tourist
attractions in the state. He ar-
gued the activity was legal for the
14-year-old and that there was a
contract signed that released the
park from any liability. He argued
a parent should have the right to
waive the rights of any child.


He then passed on to Mr.
Faulkner the keys to the emergen-
cy operations center.
The full house gave Mr. O'Neill
a standing ovation.
"We appreciate your efforts,
we are going to miss you," board
chairman Cliff Betts said. He
noted that Mr. O'Neill was al-
ways only a telephone call away.
He was always there when you
needed him.


really ready to arrest him, but she home. Both detectives said there
had to for safety issues," said De- Baker then began to drive up could potentially be other victims
Continued From Page 1 tective Van Deman. and down the street in front of the
Continued From Page 1 Detective Farless said Baker victim's home, said Detective Van in the Okeechobee area. They
saw the victim and a friend walk- Deman. asked if you have any information
He continued stating that De- ing home from school Tuesday. "He was harassing the victim pertaining to this case to contact
tective Farless was still investigat- He apparently kept driving his car in a stalking manner," he said. Detective Rosemary Farless at the
ing Baker and gathering informa- around them and scared them to Detective Farless said Baker is
tion at the time of his arrest. the point that they ran into some not currently a registered sexual Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
"She (Detective Farless) wasn't woods and went to the victim's offender. fice, 863-763-3117.


Teen
Continued From Page 1

at Florida Hospital in Lake Placid
and was later released.
While the investigation into
the boating accident continues,
authorities have found that alco-
hol was not a factor in the crash.
Morse said it appeared the two


vessels turned into each other in
the middle of the lake. "There
were no obstructions (visual).
they were headed toward each
other head on and did not take
any actions until the last second,"
Morse noted.
The boat ran over the personal
watercraft, and Ms. James was
taken by Highlands County Fire
Rescue crews and later airlifted to
Tampa General Hospital. She was


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Raulerson Medical Staff
Brianna Fryar and Michael Webb received the Raulerson
Hospital Medical Staff Scholarship at Okeechobee High
School's Scholarship Night. This scholarship provides
$1,000 towards their educations.


Submitted Photo

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Cathleen Blair (left) and Mary Hurley presented Elbert
Cabansay with a scholarship from Sacred Heart Catho-
lic Church for $1,000 at Scholarship Night at Okeechobee
High School.


admitted to the hospital and listed
in serious condition Tuesday, of-
ficials noted.
Two fishermen in the area were
credited with grabbing James out
of the water. They placed her in
the boat, started CPR and assisted
EMS. The names of the two good
Samaritans were not available
as they had left the scene before
FWC investigators could arrive.
All of the occupants of the boat


were wearing life jackets.
Morse noted that nautical rules
would give the boat the right of
way because it was towing the
tire. However there was a ques-
tion as to whether the personal
watercraft could have seen the
tire.
Morse said no citations were
immediately issued in this acci-
dent.


Remy Lou Durrance Memorial
Christopher Davis was awarded the Remy Lou Durrance
Memorial Scholarship at Okeechobee High School's
Scholarship Night. The award was presented by Saman-
tha Durrance (left) and Raybon Durrance.


Submitted Photo

Sam Walton Community
Rachel Byassess and Casandra Helble (right) received the
Sam Walton Community Scholarship at Okeechobee High
School's Scholarship Night. The Award was presented by
Fran Radford (center).


county is so stringent nobody is explore phases," said Mr. Bonner.
going to be able to do anything," He noted that the entire project
he asserted, is being considered in totality. He
Mr. Bonner disagreed. The said said the developer was interested
the method of measuring traffic in looking at concurrency for each
impacts is straightforward, phase as it is developed. Staff and
"I think we have got a pretty developer will go back and look
good system," he said. "It is serv- at concurrency for each phase.
ing us well." Mr. Bonner expressed hope
"We have to use methodology that the developer would come
used by our staff not by the de- up with a different plan.
veloper," was the opinion of Mr. Post your opinions in the Public
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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly sunny, with scattered afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The wind will be
,from.the east at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with isolated evening showers and thun-
derstorms. The low will be around 70. The wind will be from the
east around 5 mph becoming northeast after midnight. The chance
of rain is 20 percent.

Extended Forecast

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of evening show-
ers and thunderstorms. The high will be around 90. The wind will
be from the east at 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the
afternoon. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of evening
showers and thunderstorms. The low will be in the upper 60s. The
chance of rain is 20 percent.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a chance of afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The chance of
rain is 30 percent.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, wtih a slight chance of evening
showers and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The
chance of rain is 20 percent.
Monday: Partly cloudy, with scattered afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The chance of
rain is 40 percent


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Okeechobee News, Friday, June 13, 2008


Inmate arrested on VOP warrants:

By Eric Kopp the county jail following his June Danielle Crowley, .19, N.E. Sev- The deputy said in his report
Okeechobee News 3, arrest on charge of grand theft. enth St. that he stopped a black Ford pick- --
His bond on that Kevin Wolf and Arnold were up at 12:34 am. on June 3, be- "
A 19-year-old Okeechobee charge was set each charged with grand theft .. b
man arrested earlier this month at $2,500. and booked into the county jail cause it did not have a functional
in connection with the theft of a He was ar- under a bond of $2,500. Dunnam tag light. The newspaper box was


newspaper box has been arrested
on additional felony charges.
Justin Brian Wolf, S.E. 26th
St., was arrested June 11, on an
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation burglary of a structure
and violation of probation grand
theft.
The warrant was served by
Deputy Harold Hancock of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO).
He is being held in the
Okeechobee County Jail without
bond on those latest charges.
Wolf was already being held in


rested along
with four oth-
ers for report-
edly taking an
Okeechobee i n
News newspa- Justin
per box from a Brian Wolf
Treasure Island business. The
newspaper box is valued at $350.
Wolf was out of jail on proba-
tion when arrested and charged
in the alleged theft.
Also arrested on June 3 were
Benjamin Dunnam, 20, N.E. Sev-
enth St.; Kevin Allen Wolf, 23, S.E.
26th St; Brian Matthew Arnold,
21, N.E. Seventh St.; and Kayla


was charged with grand theft and
no valid driver's license. His bond
was set at $3,000. Crowley was
also charged with grand theft but
was released on her own recog-
nizance.
An arrest report by OCSO
Deputy Justin Akins stated that
Crowley was not with the men
when the newspaper, box was
taken. She was, however, in the
vehicle with them when they
were stopped by Deputy Akin,
stated the report. The men had
reportedly picked her up at Justin
Wolf's house and were taking her
to her home on N.E. Seventh St.


Man sentenced for shooting


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 25-year -old West Palm Beach
man was convicted of attempted
first degree murder with a firearm
charges and sentenced to 35 years
in state prison when he went on
trial earlier this year.
Brian Souffrant was arrested af-
ter he shot James D. Stokes, 22, of


The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office is disclosing this infor-
mation to the public in order to
enhance public safety, awareness,
and protection. This information
is not intended to increase fear:
rather it is this agency's belief that
an informed public is a safer pub-
lic.
This bulletin should be used
only for information purposes.
Citizen abuse of the information
to threaten, intimidate, or harass
offenders will not be tolerated, in
any manner.
The individuals who appear in


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 James Davis, 51,
West Shell Point Road, Ruskin,
was arrested June 11, by Deputy


Okeechobee on Nov. 3, 2005, out-
side Cheetah Palm Beach, which
is self described as a sophisticated
adult night club.
The two men apparently had
argued over a cell phone before
the shooting occurred, police
said.
Souffrant was found guilty at
his trial on March 12, in the 15th ju-
dicial circuit in West Palm Beach.


this bulletin have served the sen-
tence imposed on them by the
courts. They are NOT wanted by
the police at this time.
Sex offenders have always
lived in the communities. The
only change is the public is now
better informed.
Rodney Lamar Leitner, age 41,
a white male, is 6 feet, 3 inches
tall, weighs approximately 230
lbs and has blond hair and blue
eyes.
His current address is 2950
N.E. 103 Avenue, Okeechobee.
Leitner was convicted in Palm


Arlene Durbin on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him
with grand theft (two counts). His
bond was set at $20,000.
Robert James Hosier, 40,
Buckhead Ridge, was arrested
June 11, by Deputy Harold Han-
cock on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with. bat-
tery by detainee. His bond was
set at $2,500.
Damon A. Treadwell, 24,
N.W. Eighth St., Okeechobee,
was arrested June 11, by Detec-


Circuit Judge Barry Cohen was
the presiding Judge over the case.
He was sentenced on May 2.
The conviction carried with it a
minimum of 25 years due to the
firearm being used.
Souffrant's attorney asked for a
furlough so his client could tend to
some personal business, but the
request was denied by the court.


Beach County,
Florida on April
19, 2001 of lewd
and lascivious
activity victim
less than 12, of-
fender over 18.
If you have any
questions re- Rodney
garding this bul- Lamar Leitner
letin, contact the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice 863-763-3117 extension 2240,
of the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement website http://www.
fdle.state.fl.us


tive Rick Durfee on a charge of
failure to register as a sexual of-
fender. He is being 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.


Teen's shooting draws protests


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) --
An activist group promises to con-
tinue protesting the fatal shooting
of a black teenager by a white St.
Petersburg police officer.
A spokesman for the Interna-
tional People's Democratic Uhu-
ru Movement also said Thursday
that an attorney has been hired to
conduct an independent investi-
gation into the shooting.
The group believes the attor-
ney will.be able to question wit-
nesses who have so far been re-
luctant to talk to police.
An officer fatally shot 17-year-
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ued the report.
Although Dunnam was driving
the truck, he is not the registered
owner, wrote Deputy Akins.
The report went on to say
that none of those arrested are
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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
SHOPPING: To the person who called in about shopping, I whole-
heartedly agree. I think that there are many many ways that merchants
could take advantage of gas prices are being so high to keep people
shopping with them locally such as, special hours, special sales or
have double coupon days. And, to the person who wants more for
the kids to do it is so easy to say "why doesn't somebody build a
waterpark?" Why don't you build a waterpark and put your money
out there? And find out how much it costs, the insurance you have to
carry and the liability you have to carry, employees you have to put
on and how hard it is to keep people interested in working, it's not an
easy job. And kids can do many things like the person who called in
more for the kids, there are many many things in town that they can
do if their parents would just think about it and put them out there
and not be afraid to let the kids work. When I was little I worked and
it didn't hurt me a bit.
ANTI-CHRIST: I would like to make a statement that if all of you
people who are out there that are Christians would read the book of
Revelations, you would see in that in the end times, the Anti-Christ
is in his 40s, of Muslim decent and fools people with his language.
Everybody needs to read the book of Revelations.
CSX: In case you people in this town have forgotten, CSX owns
the property not you. Like it or not, they should have the right to tear
the depot down if they so desire. I didn't see anybody in this town
forking out their own money over the past five years, so why now is it
so important? I find it very disturbing that the county and the building
department did some bargaining to manipulate the situation for ob-
taining a permit. Why can't you folks mind your own business? This
town needs new buildings and new growth.
DEPOT: If the money to restore the depot comes from grants, I
have no problem with it. I just don't want to see any of our local tax
,money be wasted on it. The city is trying to take responsibility for it.
That would put in under their insurance, and after the the restoration
who would then be responsible for the upkeep? I would not call it a
prime location for any shops that want to actually have a flow of cus-
tomers. So it would not be self supporting.
TRAINS: According to the paper, 3,000 people got on the Amtrak
trains in Okeechobee last year. Now that is only about 10 a day, so it
does not seem like much. But that is with no depot, no way to buy
tickets locally and only a bus stop for a shelter to wait in. If they fixed it
up, I think that station would be a lot busier, especially if they offered
more trains. A train connection to the coast would be very helpful.
There is a Tri-Rail system over there. If you can get there, you can use
the buses and trains to get where you need to go. But we need to
get from Okeechobee to a Tri-Rail station. With the cost of gasoline,
investing in trains makes sense. I think we should talk to our elected
state representatives about it. I know some say we aren't big enough
in population to get their attention. But the worst they can do is say no.
If no one even asks, how will we ever get anything?
HARD WORK: When I was a kid, we worked on ranches planting
grass every summer all day in heat just like we have today, covered
with dirt or dust from the disking of the land as we came along behind
it, spreading the hay. We worked at the canning plant, either in the pro-
cessing plant or the warehouse, neither of which was air-conditioned,
around the steamers where the tomatoes were cooked, in boxcars or
semi-trailers loading boxes or pallets of canned tomatoes. We worked
on ranches and in groves hoeing around trees, cleaning fence lines,
working cows, all day in the sun. Water was provided, but no cokes,
-I- GatorAid, or Red Bull. We were grateful for the chance to earn money.
We worked on dairies, wading through cow patty tea up to our waste
to bring in the next herd for milking, and moved 100 lb feed bags
around the barn to mix and feed the next herd. We worked in feed
mills loading boxcars or semi-trailers, shoveling loose feed when the
bobcat broke down. Hot, sweaty, covered with feed dust, but glad to
get that paycheck at the end of the week, because an "allowance" was
unheard of in those days, We worked at the livestock market, moving
cows and other livestockaround, falling into the mess ori the floor,
covered with cow crap, little ventilation under the sale floor where the
cows were moved, hot, smelly, and dangerous. But we loved the job
on payday. We mowed yards for extra money, sometimes mowing
all day during the summer if we were lucky enough to find enough
yards to mow. Push mowers, not riders! We drank water out of a hose
when we got thirsty and kept going. Nowadays, we can't get many
kids or even adults to do this work, even though it has to be done.
They are looking for the "perfect job" before they will work at all,
rather than work at any job until the perfect one comes along. I have
had people tell me that they turned down jobs because it wasn't the
job they wanted, even though they had been out of work for months.
A welfare system that rewards laziness and illegitimacy over industri-
ousness and responsibility has contributed much to this attitude. And
parents who want so to protect their children from over-exertion or
"having it as hard as we did" .that we have instilled in the past two gen-
erations in this country a work ethic that ignores both work and ethic.
As a result, we have opened the doors, whether it is the front door
or the back door, to millions of people who are at least as willing as
we were, if not more so, to work at any job available to them to earn
money. And they will endure heat, fatigue, and unpleasant conditions
to earn that money, because they are grateful to have the opportunity.
So we have a subculture of illegals in this country who are now doing







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Looking back ...
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Upcoming Events

Friday, June 13
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780 or 863-467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group is welcome to come and see what
we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-932-
8677.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
AA. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a new weekly meeting,
Overeaters anonymous meets every Friday at 6:30 p.m.- at the
Just For Today Club, 101 N.W Fifth St. (next to the Medicine Shop)
Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees
or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop
eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.

Saturday, June 14
FLAG DAY
Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith Church of Okeechobee,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month beginning
at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all Christian singers and
musicians are welcome to take part. For information, contact the
church at 863-763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at 863-763-3373; or, Sister
Yvonne Price at 863-467-6657.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade
Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic
violence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational
materials and prevention tools. Call 863-634-9340 or 863-357-6248, for
information.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m.
at the-First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information,
call Dick Laneauat 863-467-9540 or 727-345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County
4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to
be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the
Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through Friday
from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension office
at 863-763-6469.
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., gospel music sing
at 6 p.m. For information call 863-763-6869.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call 863-634-4780.

Sunday, June 15
FATHERS' DAY
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please
call 863-634-4780.

Monday, June 16
A.A. 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 meet-
ing.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an
appearance, contact Patsy Black at 863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep-
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Community Events

VFW Ladies Auxiliary plans Spaghetti Night
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday night
spaghetti night. All you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread and salad for a
$5 donation. The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For
more information call 863-763-2308.

Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun and meeting some new lady friends, the
Red Hat Group is looking for ladies to join who want to do things. For
information call 863-763-5836 or 863-357-1944.

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. Fourth Street)
on Thursday June 12, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., and Friday June 13, 8 a.m.
to noon. There will be bargains galore and new items available. All
proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee including services of-
fered in The Hamrick Home. For information, call Cathy at 863-467-
2321 or 863-697-1995.

BBQ benefits Rodeo Team
OHS Rodeo Team will be having a barbecued chicken dinner June
13, starting at 11 a.m. at Elis' Western Wear for pick up.

Okeechobee Autism Support Group
Okeechobee Autism Support Group begins 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? Share ideas,
news and experiences with moms facing the same challenges. No age
requirement; helping and teaching others is the goal. The group will
meet at a local "child friendly" residence including 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 leidicrews@msn.com.

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
dinner, 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.

Camper drawing to benefit Hospice
Retired Judge Ed Miller has generously donated a 2005 Aliner Sofa
Model Camper to Big Lake Hospice, in memory of Jack and Frances
Raulerson and Waymon Jones of Georgia. Tickets for the drawing are
$5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at the Big Lake Hospice
office or Thrift Store located at 3543 Highway 441, next to Publix. The
winning ticket will be drawn on Father's Day, June 15. The winning
ticket will be published in the Okeechobee News and announced on
WOKC.
All proceeds from the drawing will benefit Big Lake Hospice's pa-
tient care fund.
For more information or questions please contact Big Lake Hos-
pice at 863-763-0707.

Red Cross to hold CPR classes
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offering the follow-
ing classes in June at their Branch office:
Monday, June 16, Infant/Child CPR at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 25, Adult CPR at 6 p.m.
As well as these classes, we will also be holding a class on Satur-
day, June 21, which will include Adult CPR, Infant/Child CPR and First
Aid Basics. This class will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
To register, or for more information call 863-763-2488 or stop by
their Branch office located at 323 N. Parrott Ave.

Free CRA Nutritional Analysis class
A free CRA Nutrintional Analysis class is being offered Monday,
June 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center. The
class will be taught by Dr. Edward Douglas. For more information call
863-763-4320. This is a free community service.

Summer Food Service program
Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation will be participating in
the Summer Food Service program from June 16 through Aug. 1.
Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless
of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin during summer
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 school year.


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The following movies are now showing at the
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13, through Thursday, June 19, are as follows:
Theatre I "Incredible Hulk" (PG-13) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
9 p.m.
' Theatre II "What Happens in Vegas" (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, Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
Theatre 111 "Kung Fu Panda" (PG) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday
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..
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
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Third Grade Awards
Fourth Nine Weeks
Honor Roll 4.0
Cecilia Ceja
Matthew Covert-
Kylee Field
Mason Heater
Artha Jonassaint
Zachary Kielbasa
Ariana Robshaw
Merit Roll 3.5-3.9
Giovanny Aguirre
Sam Brady
Mauricio Bravo
Jennifer Buhlmaier
Audrey Craig
Dylon Eubanks
Guadalupe Garcia
Gabe Greseth
Coby Griffis
Yessica Hernandez
Anthony Metcalf
Nancy Olvera
Cadee Stires
Cody Tarvin
Luis Valles
Scholarship 3.0-3.4
Saige Alexander'
Taylor Amadon
Alarra Boswell
Katelyn Bourgault
.Morgan Buxton
Cody Carden
Taylor Carter
Jose Chavez
Bryce Clark
Joel Davis
Victoria Greer
Johanna Hair
Gavin Harden
Dax Haught
Sarah Jansen
Daniela Jimenez
William Knowles
Taushia Little
Lacie Lofton
Brittany Mccoy
Gustavo Mireles
Dustin Richardson
Cassie Reardon
Lucas Seals
Marisa Tijerina
Stephanie Vega
Katie Wheeler
Gabrielle Willbarger
Seth Yeates
Abdiel Zamora
Special Recogniton
Mary Allen
Haley Barber
Kaili Brown
Alexis Cason
Kira Crane
Gabriel Hernandez.
Adella Nunez


Dakota Thompson
Richard Tovar
Perfect Attendance All
Year
Giovanny Aguirre
Taylor Brown
A-Jay Freeman
Zachary Kielbasa
Cody Tarvin
Perfect Attendance Fourth
Nine Weeks
Giovanny Aguirre
Zachary Kielbasa
Mary Allen
Jennifer Chavez
Mauricio Bravo
Angus Freeman
Cody Jolly
Sarah Jansen
William Knowles
Anthony Metcalf
Cadee Stires
Dakota Thompson
Zachary Gopher
Aljay Holt
Sierra Ochoa
Cody Tarvin
Taylor Brown
Fourth Grade Awards
Fourth Nine Weeks
Honor 4.0
Krystle Harris
Jacie Harvey
Rashianna Humphries
Ashley Juback
Logan Laskey
Josey Pearce
Jenna Thomas
Karrie Tyndal
J.T. Vandeman
Billy Bob Wehde
Cameron Whitlock
Merit 3.5-3.9
Marissa Fennell
Elijah Finney
Rachel Gomez
Dodie Mccarty
Tangie Mcgowen
Julissa Pelayo
Shiann Sampson
Andrew Wine
Tyffani Zeller
Scholarship 3.0-3.4
Jesus Alvarado
Alex Bryan
Jaquelyn Calzada
Alyssa Deese
Leonardo Hernandez
Devin Hillard
Austin Lafferty
Reece Lamb
Justin Murphy
Whitney Najera
Vincenzo Pasquarella
Kelsey Pierce


Cody Prescott
Kirk Rayman
Faith Sheets
Kade Smith,
Bernabe Soriano-Rios
Aaron White
Special Recognition
Daymian Castro
Taylor Clance
Jacob Emmick
Jordan Hair
Ashley Hart
Abel Jimenez
Aliyyah Murray
Candelario Vega
Sean Williams
Tucker Wise
Rhette Wilson
Kwanis Terrific Kids
Brooke Boswell
Morgan Brandel
Ashia Brown
Alex Bryan
Kendall Burney
Denise Calzada
Jacob Emmick
Brianna Green
Krystle Harris
Jhovani Hernandez
Kaylan Ingram
Amber Kelly
Jose Limon
Kayla Martinez
Cameron Morris
Juan Nunez
Cole Owens
Josey Pearce
Jonnie Ritten
Jennifer Rosas
Mindy Ruiz
Shiann Sampson
Jenna Thomas
Chelse Walker
Tucker Wise
Perfect Attendance
All Year
Felipe Aguirre
Morgan Brandel
Denise Calzada
Jaquelyn Calzada
Nathon Campbell
Marissa Fennell
Adrian Gonzalez
Ashley Hart
ANgelica Medrano
Faith Sheets
Bernabe Soriano-Rios
Billy Bob Wehde
Aaron White
Perfect Attendance
Fourth Nine Weeks
Felipe Aguirre
Aaron Blevins
Morgan Brandel
Denise Calzada


Jaquelyn Calzada
Nathon Campbell
Hassanein Espinoza
Marissa Fennell
Elijah Finney
Rachel Gomez
Adrian Gonzalez
Jordan Hair
Ashley Hart
Jacie Harvey
Abel Jimenez
Austin Lafferty
Robbie Maxwell
Angelica Medrano
Whitney Najera
Vincenzo Pasquarella
Josey Pearce
Karina Roos
Jennifer Rosa
Shiann Sampson
Faith Sheets
Bernabe Soriano-Rios
J.T. Vandeman
Billy Bob Wehde
Aaron White
Sean Williams
Andrew Wine
Fifth Grade Awards
Fourth Nine Weeks
Honor 4.0
Hunter Boshell
Jessica Burkhalter
Kelsie Chartier
Charleigh Heater
Hannah Raulerson
Cassidy Skerritt
Lexi Ward
Macy Watt
Cameron White
Merit Roll 3.5-3.9
Isabella Alonso
Caitlin Covert
Rebeka Ford
Savannah Frady
Hailey Greeson
Sarah Hurst
Otto Ramirez
Travis Register
Saul Rios
Leticia Soriano
Jessica Turgeon
Scholarship 3.0-3.4
Julia Aguirre
Celina Castro
Chad Clance
Albion Crowell
Jose Dorantes
Adrian Fisher
Leah Furse
General Hair
Meredith Hilliard
AngelEna Jernigan
Omar Jimenez
Joshua Keese
Courtney Kesner


Sandra Luviano
Austin Mcglamory
Maria Mercpdo
Gage Metz
Samantha Plummer
Sarah Rodgers
Mikel Sadler
Nancy Solis
Josie Stratton
Jessica Tapia
Audra Torres
Taylor Trent
Kristal Vega
Katie Waldron
Andrew Wege
Jordan Wilkerson
Special Recogniton
Shania Bays
Zhane Butler
Ashley Cason
Zane Ford
Francisco Gomez
Alexis Gopher
Alexis Hair
Victoria Mills
Devion Wigfall
Perfect Attendance All
Year
Julia Aguirre
Hunter Boshell
Alexis Hair
Maria Mercado
Samantha Plummer
Travis Register
Perfect Attendance 4th
Nine Weeks
Julia Aguirre
Hunter Boshell
Jessica Burkhalter
Kelsie Chartier
Patrick Dwey
Nicole Fralix
Hailey Greson
Alexis Hair
Meredith Hilliard
Omar Jimenez
Karina Jones
Maria Mercado
Gage Metz
Vanessa Mills
Jay Plummer
Samanth Plummer
Otto Ramirez
Travis Register
Leticia Soriano
Keegan Simmons
Jessica Tapia
Taylor Trent
Kristal Vega
Katie Waldron
Outstanding Academic
Excellence Presidential
Award
Hunter Boshell
Kelsie Chartier


Caitlin Covert
Adrian Fisher
Charleigh Heater
Sarah Hurst
Angelena Jernigan
Hannah Raulerson
Travis Register
Saul Rios
Cassidy Skerritt
Lexi Ward
Macy Watt
Cameron White
Outstanding Academic
Achievement Presidential
Award
Julia Aguirre
Celina Castro
Otto Ramirez
Leticia Soriano-Rios
Kiwanis Terrific Kids
Julia Aguirre
Robert Alejandro
Shania Bays
Atticus Bohannon
Hunter Boshell
Jessica Burkhalter
Zhane Butler
Albion Crowell
Flor Maria Delacruz
Francisco Gomez
General Hair
Sedrick Henderson
Angelena Jernigan
Omar Jimenez
Elizabeth Knowles
Victoria Mills
Travis Register
Elizabeth Romero-
O'campo
Cassidy Skerritt
Leticia Soriano
Taylor Trent
Jessica Turgeon
Samantha Wine
2nd Grade Awards
Fourth Nine Weeks
Reading Awards
Kelsey Rimes
Sey'moura Humphries
Dillan Mccullers
Peyton Furse
Mariah Martinez
Natilee Tewksbury
Delaenam Akahoho
Math Awards
Dylan Morris
Zaid Calzada
Daniel Groso
Peyton Santa
Emily Willbarger
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Grace Christian School staff
and administration is pleased to
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reaching academic excellence for
the final nine weeks of the 2007-
08 school year. Congratulations
to all students for their hard work
with wishes for a great summer
and coming school year ahead.
K5 Mrs. Marlow:
A Honor Roll: Logan Johnson,
Simon Coroza;
A/B Honor roll: Matthew Nguy-
en, Kayleigh Pearce.
First Grade -
Mrs. Woodham
A Honor Roll: Celeste Garcia,
Cameron Huntley, Jonah Kruske,
Arianna Lorusso;
A/B Honor Roll: Sebastian Dy-
als, Danyelle Boromei, Victoria
Hamby, Madison Hancock, Dylan
Howell, Jared Marin.
Second grade-Ms. Griffith
A Honor Roll: Pierce Brown,
Ashley Hancock, Josiah Smith;
A/B Honor Roll: Payton Brown,


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Micco, Emily Minton, Dustin Rob-
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Third grade-Mrs. Ellis
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A/B Honor Roll: Abby Lake-
man, Apple Nunex, Heather
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A/B Honor Roll: Samuel Chris-
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Fifth grade-Mrs. Herring
A/B Honor Roll: Lia Keith, Ly
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Obituaries


Richard Jones
Richard Jones age 80, of
Okeechobee died June 3, 2008 at
Lawnwood Regional Hospital in
Ft. Pierce. He was born on Sept.
13, 1927 in Barn- --. -
berg,aS.C. to Al
bert and Gladys
Jones. Mr. Jones
was a resident
of Okeecho-
bee for 45 years
and a member
of Bethel Mis-.
sionary Baptist Richard
Church. He was Jones
employed by
Eckerd Youth Development Cen-
ter until his retirement in 1992.
Mr. Jones was well known for
his barbecue skills and his love


for fishing.
He was preceded in death by
his parents; one son; one grand-
son; three brothers; and two sis-
ters.
He leaves behind his beloved
wife of 61 years, Mrs. Lureatha
Jones; five children; 15 grandchil-
dren; 27 great grandchildren and
four great great grandchildren and
a host of other family members.
The viewing will be held on
Friday, June 13, from 5:30 until
7:30 p.m. at Bethel Missionary
Baptist Church, 1258 N.E. 13th
St. Okeechobee. Funeral services
Will be held on Saturday, June 14,
at 11 a.m. also at Bethel Mission-
ary Baptist Church.
His body had been entrusted
to Camel Funeral Home in Belle
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Fundraisers help local causes


Eighty-five local dancers were
showcased at the Okeecho-
bee High School auditorium in
"Dancing Across the USA" on
Saturday, June 7. Classes Les-
lie's Dance Studio included age
groups ranging from age 3 to
adults. All proceeds went to their
sponsors, the Okeechobee High
School Brahman Varsity Cheer-
leaders. The show also featured
their competition team which has
achieved regional championship
status and will be competing on
the national level in Myrtle Beach
in June.
A benefit and retirement
celebration for Gene O'Neill
at the KOA Kampground audito-
rium has been scheduled on Fri-
day, June 13, from 5:30 p.m. until
11 p.m. to help raise funds for Mr.
O'Neill and his medical expenses
that he has incurred because of a
rare form of small bowel cancer
that is currently inoperable. The
event includes a dinner, dance
and silent auction.
The social hour begins at 5:30
p.m. until 6:30 p.m.; your choice
of prime rib dinner or chicken will
be served at 6:30 p.m. An auction
will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a
dance following at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets for the entire event are
$20 single; $30 couple. Tickets
are also available for the dance
for only $10.
If you are unable to attend,
donations are being accepted at
Riverside National Bank under
the Gene O'Neill Assistance Fund.
Donations can also be mailed to
Gene O'Neill Benefit, P.O. Box
602, Okeechobee,.FL 34973.
For additional information
contact Lyn Yeo 863-634-4102;
Donny Arnold 863-634-6464; or
Kim Long 863-634-2937.
Arnold's Wildlife Reha-
bilitation Center will host a
fundraiser open house on Satur-
day, June 14, from 10 a.m. until 2
p.m. at 14895 NW 30th Terrace,
Okeechobee, FL. Animal, lov-
ers will see about 100 beautiful
and exotic creatures, including,
panthers, bobcats and huge tor-
toises.
Visitors also will enjoy the
amazing Butterfly Haven, which
is arranged in the shape of the
Zebra Longwing, the Florida state
butterfly.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5
for kids aged 6-12 and little ones


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Share your news and photos
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get in free. Admission includes
hot dogs, chips and a beverage,
and access to the animal com-
pounds, butterfly garden, nature
and hiking trails. For more infor-
mation about the center or direc-
tions go to www.arnoldswildlife.
org or call 863-763-4630.
Summer bowling leagues
at are set to begin at Stardust
Lanes on Monday, June 16. If you
join a league you get open bowl-
ing free all summer long. Call 863-
467-1800 for more information.
For more entertainment of the
arts, visit the Indian River Com-
munity College Lifelong Learning
Institute who are presenting the
second annual Summer Sunset
Series with guitar and piano duo,
Rafael Padr6n and Aisa Campo
on Thursday, June 26, at 8 p.m.
For more information or tickets
call 1-866-866-4722 ext. 7880.
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Association and Okeechobee
Main Street will hold the Second
annual National Day of the
American Cowboy on Saturday,
July 26. In the form from last year,
the event will start with a cattle
drive beginning downtown and
ending at the Agri-Civic Center on
Highway 70 East of 150 head of
Corriente Cattle.
The festival at the Agri-Civic
Center will include a Ranch Ro-
deo, Backyard Beef BBQ Contest,
storytellers, poets and displays
of the heritage of the American
Cowboy.
If you're interested in being a
participant/vendor for the BBQ


Contest or event all forms and ap-
plications can be picked up at the
OKMS Office, Cottage 111 North-
east Second Street, Okeechobee
or email Toni Doyle, Executive
Director at okms@(mainstreeto-
keechobee.com.
For more information call 863-
357-MAIN (6246).
This event is bound to make
July an even hotter commodity.
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre,
special events, special com-
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new, One owner $325
(863)763-5843 after 2 pm



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1st month rent FREE to
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security deposit, 2br/1ba
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2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
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ON RIM CANAL OF LAKE
OKEECHOBEE: 1br, furnished,
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$165/week. (772)359-1640



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OAK LAKE VILLAS Remodeled
2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.
(954)290-0861
SW SECTION 2/2 Updated
kitchen, all appliances; W&D.
$875 mo. 1st, last & sec.
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2ba, 2 car garage, Large
house. $1200 mo. + Sec.
dep. (772)323-4758
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NW 29th Ave. $1000/mo,
1st & Sec. (863)634-6210
or (561)662-2298 Kirk
CBS 2/1, behind Post Office,
$850 mo. + $850 dep. & 12
mo. lease agreement, avail.
7/1. (561)445-8281
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
(561)307-7988
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2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
KINGS BAY 2BR/1BA, 1 car
garage, CBS House. central
a/c & heat, dishwasherW/D,
storm shutters, $800 mo. +
$800 sec. dep,, w/optlon to
buy. Avail Now 863-467-8434
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$560/mo. (863)467-9800
OKEE. 2br/1lba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
(239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 1.5BA,
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$850 mo. + $850 sec. Op-
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1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
561-248-3888 /863-599-0156
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(863)634-7687
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W&D, Elec & satellite incld.,
$700/mo. (863)467-1950
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$1200/mo All going towards
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immediate occupancy.
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no drugs, no children, prefer
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Property Inspection1060
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Waterfront Property 1080


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Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2007-CA-283
FORECLOSURE OF MORTGAGE
EARL K. OMAN, TRUSTEE
PLAINTIFF
vs.
HAWKS LANDING II CORP., a Florida
Co portion (HAWKS), E.M. CRISSON
a/k/ala ELLIS M. CRISSON (CRIS-
SON), DAVID HALL (HALL), HOWARD
WONG (WONG), STEVE WANG
(WANG), SCOSTA CORP a Florida
Corporation COSTATA, GARY CREP,
MELAINE CREP, ERIK CREP, SEAN
CREP (CREPS), PRIMERA LOBBE
LOBBE), AND PHYLLIS HOLLEY
HOLLEY)
DEFENDANTS
CLERK'S NOTICE OF SALE
UNDER E.S. CHAPTER 45.031
NOTICE IS GIVEN that, in accordance
with the SUMMARY FINAL JUDGE-
MENT OF FORECLOSURE dated May
8, 2008. in the above-styled cause, I
wit sell do the highest and best bidder
for cash at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, the Jury Assemble Room,
at 312 NW 3rd Street, 2nd Floor,
Okeechobee, Flonda 34972 on June
18, 2008 @ 11:00 a.m., the following
described property.
Lot 1, OKEECHOBEE GOLF ESTATES
PHASE ONE, according to the Plat
thereof, recorded in Plat Book 6, Page
70 Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida. ("Real Property")
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the lis pendens must file a claim
within 60 days after the sale.
Dated: 6/4/08
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
LINDA F YOUNG
CLERK OF THE COURT
277049 ON 6/6,13/08

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
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OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
Case No. 2008-CA-205
FREMONT INVESTMENT AND LOAN
Plaintiff
CURT LUNDBERT el at,
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
To the following Delendant(s)'
CURT LUNDBERG & UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF CURT LUNDBERG
(Address Unknown)
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you for Foreclosure
of an assessment lien on the following
described property:
The W 42.50 ft of Lot 8 and the E.
3250 ft of Lot 9, Block 21, OKEE-
CHOBEE CITY SUBDIVISION, accord-
ing to the Plat thereof, recorded in Plat
Book 1, Page 10, of the Public
Records of OKEEEECHOBEE County,
Flonrida Lying and being n the NE 1/4
Section 16, Township 37 S. Range 35
East.
a/k/a: 517 N.W. 2th Stremet,
Okeechobee, Florida 34973
and you are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, if any, to it, on
JOSEPH H. GANGUZiA & ASSO-
CIATES, PA., Jennifer A. Cordero,
Esq. Attorney for Plaintiff, whose ad-
dress is 1 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 2150,
Miami. Florida 331331
#(305) 381-8220 ext 211 within thir-
ty (30) days after the first publication
of this Notice in OKEECHOBEE NEWS
and file the original with the Clerk at
the OKEECHOBEE County Courthouse.
FL, either before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter, oth-
erwise a default will be entered against
you for the relief demanded in the
complaint.
This notice is provided pursuant to Ad-
ministrative Order No. 2.065.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, if you are a person
with a disability who needs any ac-
commodation in order to participate in
this proceeding, you are entitled, at no
cost to you, to provisions of certain.
assistance. Please contact the Court
within 2 working days of your receipt
of this notice or pleading.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court this 2nd day of June, 2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
As Clerk ot the Curt
By:/S/LINDA F YOUNG
As Deputy Clerk
276855 ON 6/6,13/08


F IurajR IIy


NOTICE 0 HEARING
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Special r i ,, .. ..1.,, public meeting on Tuesday,
June 17, 2008 at 2 D00 p nr -', i.. *1 be held at the Okeechobee
County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse,
304 NW 2nd Street. Okeechobee, Florida For more information, contact Faye
H .I.I.. ,, , ...., I ,velopment Department, 499 N W. 5th Avenue,
, ... . , ) 763-5548 ext. 3001
All interested parties siall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting
S. decision by the Code Enforcement Special
S. .. considered at this meeting will need to en-
.. 11,, i ,,,i,,-,., i a .. proceedings is made and that the record in-
cludes tie testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based Code
Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the
Department
Faye Huflman, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
277979 ON 6/13,14/08

COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
REQUEST FOR BIO PROPOSALS-HAULING
AND SPREADING ROAD BUILDING MATERIALS
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL BE ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR
HAULING AND SPREADING ROAD BUILDING MATERIALS. BIDS SHOULD BE DE-
LIVERED IN A SEALED ENVELOPE PLAINLY MARKED AS A BID ON HAULING
AND SPREADING ROAD BUILDING MATERIAL TO WICKS, BROWN, WILLIAMS &
CO AT 504 NW 5TH AVENUE. OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 ON OR BEFORE JULY 7,
2008 AT 5'00 PM ALL QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS BID PROPOSAL SHOULD BE
DIRECTED TO WILLARD M. BYARS AT 863-634-4293. TOURS OF THE PROPER-
TY ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. A MANDATORY PRE BID CONFERENCE
WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 25, 2008 AT 10:00 A.M. AT THE DISTRICT SHOP,
17429 NW 242nd STREET. OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972.
WILLARD M BYARS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
504 NW 5TH AVENUE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
(863) 634-4293
78105 ON 6/13,20/08



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Post season tournament gets kids tuned up


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee will host the Dis-
trict 8 Dixie Youth tournament for
13 and 14-year-old boys on June
27, but this week has been de-
voted to getting those kids ready
by playing a tournament at the
Okeechobee Sports Complex.
Wednesday night, Timmy Far-
rell allowed just two unearned
runs, a fifth inning single by Tyler


Barber, and struck out 11 batters
to lead Close Construction to a
5-4 victory.
Farrell said he felt on top of his
game, as he mixed in some nasty
breaking pitches to keep Domer's
hitters off balance.
"I feel really good," he said.
"My defense really backed me up
tonight and they came through
when we really needed it. My fast-
ball was working, my curve ball
was breaking and my change up


was tailing. I hit my spots and got
big outs against some of their big
hitters."
Domer's scored an unearned
run in the first as Richard Done-
gan was hit by a pitch, moved up
on a wild pitch, and scored on a
two out error.
Close Construction came back
to tie it in the bottom of the inning
as Farrell singled, and scored on a
single by Xavier Payne.
Close Construction went ahead


for good in the third as Brad Cole-
man reached on a throwing error,
and came home on a wild pitch.
Domer's tied the score in the
fifth as Barber singled to left, and
scored on a two base error.
Close Construction answered
again with another run in the bot-
tom of the fifth as Farrell, Coleman
and Trenton Moutschka walked to
load the bases. Farrell scored on a
wild pitch to make it 3-2.
Close Construction added two
runs in the sixth as Billy Childers
delivered an RBI double and Far-
rell added an RBI single.
Domer's rallied in the seventh
unce Farrell left the game due to
a pitch limit for the tournament.
Jake Domer and Tyler Barber hit
key singles against reliever Brad


Coleman to make it 5-4. Coleman
was able to retire Jarrod Radford
on a grounder to end the game
and pick up the save.
Close Construction Head
Coach Billy Childers said his team
has lost eight one run games this
year, and have played a lot of
close games against Domer's. He
praised his starting pitcher, Farrell
for his effort.
"He was lights out tonight,"
said the coach. "He was out-
standing. He's been our horse all
year."
CF Xavier Payne received praise
as well. He ran down a ball in the
gap hit by Donegan in the seventh
inning. The out turned out to be
a big play in the game. His hustle
also held Domer to a single in the


seventh on a ball that reached the
fence in right center field.
"He's great. He's made great
plays for us," Farrell noted, "He
knows where to play and he
knows when to throw. He's an
awesome player."
Coach Childers said those two
plays probably saved the game
for his'team.
"He's got wheels. He reminds
me of Andruw Jones," said Coach
Childers." He's the best center
fielder in the league this year. He's
helped us win a few games just
by his defense in center field."
The tournament continued
nightly at the sports complex.
Several games are scheduled for
Saturday in the double elimina-
tion tournament.


Catcher Billy Childers tags out Jack
Wednesday's game.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Radebaugh at home plate during the fifth inning of


with manners?


Sports News

in Brief

Football sign-ups
are here
The Bulls are back. Okeecho-
bee Bulls are sponsored by Fed-Ex
Youth Athletic Association, Orange
Bowl Commity. Sign up dates are
June 21, and June 28, at New En-
deavors High School from 8:30
a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Sign up fees
are $60 per youth. There are three
age and weight divisions, 115 lbs
division (10-12 years old), 125
lbs division (11-13 years old) and
140 lbs division (12-14 years old.)
For more information call Marvin
Roberts at 863-801-4857 or Myron
Refoure at 863-634-6805.

Summer leagues at
Stardust Lanes
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.


TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are
held the following weekend. New
boaters and (especially) non-boat-
ers are welcome. 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 Okeechobee
College program Second term
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Timmy Farrell pitched his team, Close Construction, to vic-
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