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Vol. 99 No. 167
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.
Main Street Mixer
Okeechobee Main Street in-
vites you to the Main Street Mix-
er on Thursday, June 19, from
5 to 7 p.m. This month's mixer
will be hosted by the Law Offic-
es of Hoskins and Turco, locat-
ed at 212 South Parrott Avenue.
Mark your calendar and invite
a friend, this is a great way to
network in the community and
meet our local business repre-
sentatives. There will be door
prizes and refreshments will be
served. For more information
please contact Main Streets Ex-
ecutive Director Toni Doyle at
Camper drawing to
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 Hos-
pice office or Thrift Store locat-
ed 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 Okeecho-
bee News and announced on
For more information or
questions please contact Big
Lake Hospice at 863-763-0707.
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Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
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Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level
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Summer camp participants swam in the Atlantic Ocean about
Pierce. The kids had the chance to try the various techniques
Sheriff's marine i
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office Marine Unit
hosted the first of the Water
Safety Orientation summer
"day camps" for Okeechobee
County boys and girls, ages 8
through 12 years old.
The camp, started on Mon-
day morning, June 9, and con-
cluded on Thursday with the
students graduation ceremony
with Sheriff Paul May.
"The kids who participate in
our Marine Unit's Water Safety
Orientation Program certainly.
have a unique opportunity to
learn and experience some of
the skills that will be important
for them in the future," said
The students were under
direct supervision at all times
by Sheriff's Office personnel
and selected senior Naval ca-
dets from, the NSW-Trident
program. During the camp,
the kids completed the Flor-
ida Safe Boating Course and
learned about basic boat safe-
ty and safety equipment. They
also received a basic "Drown
Proofing" at the Okeechobee
County Pool and an ocean
water safety and .swimming
orientation at the beach in Fort
The participants' "hands-
on" orientation concluded
with a unique opportunity
to spend an afternoon in the
Atlantic Ocean offshore from
Fort Pierce in the Navy SEAL's
Zodiac combat raiding boats.
While at Fort Pierce,. the
participants toured the Uo"
Navy's UDT-SEAL Museum.
The Museum is the designat-
ed national museum for the
offshoree from the Navy SEAL Museum in Fort
ming with Personal Flotation Devices.
t hosts camp
US -- lite warriors, the
SEA .=i: ie forerunners to
the the Underwater
Den -:- iams.
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ly, b z: leriff's Office will
take tion information
front ed parents for a
wait a the event of a
can< For more infor-
mati t this unique op-
port an educational
summer acnvity for your child,
This special summer pro-
gram is sponsored by the
Sheriff's Office Marine Unit,
their NSW-Trident Sea Cadet
program, and is supported by
-the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum
Association; The program re-
ceives funding support from
the Children's Services Council
of Okeechobee County.
The Sheriff's Office, in con-
junction with the Navy SEAL
Association and the SEAL Mu-
seum Association also spon-
sors the Naval Special Warfare
Trident program as their youth
development program. The
NSW-Trident program is a rig-
orous, year round training and
educational opportunity for
young men and women be-
tween the ages of 13 and 18.
Students must be enrolled in
Okeechobee schools or in a
School District approved home
school program. The Trident
program emphasizes "hands-
on" practical skills related to
the Navy's elite Special War-
fare teams, the Navy SEAL's.
During the school year, the
-Trident program students learn
leadership skills, responsibility
See Camp Page 2
NAVY UDT- SEAL MUSEL
Sheriff Paul C. May pres-
ents the graduation certifi-
cate to Jennifer Fairtrace of
Okeechobee. Jennifer was
the youngest participant in
this Water Safety Orientation
camp. "This young lady is
absolutely fearless Jennifer
has a level of self confidence
that is superb," said Lieuten-
ant Commander M.W. Muros,
commanding officer of the
The "2008-01 graduating class" enjoyed a visit to the Navy's UDT-SEAL Museum. The
Museum is the designated national museum for the US Navy's elite warriors, the SEAL's
and the forerunners to the SEAL's, the famed Underwater Demolition Teams. Pictured
from left to right: Michael Muros, Payton Byrd, Jennifer Fairtrace, Mason Rose, Sarah
Piroli, Ryan Nielson, Tyler Fairtrace, Byron Byrd, Jerry McKee, Jacob McKee, Garrett
Ferguson, and Brianna Jewell.
By Charles M. Murphy
Seventy-seven people died
in boating related accidents in,
Florida last year, including two infi:
Okeechobee and Glades County,
according to the annual report
on boating safety released by the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
The report showed 668 acci-
dents in 2007 including three in
Okeechobee County and two in
The report stated there
were 5,583 registered vessels
in Okeechobee, and 1,348 in
Glades County. In addition to the
fatalities, three people were in-
. jured in boating accidents in this
area last year.
The FFWCC has asked the
State legislature to approve a
plan that would require a man-
datory boater education course
for all boaters. They note thal 70
percent of all boating accidents
in the state involve operators
with no formal safety education.
85 percent of fatal boating acci-
dents involve operators wilhoijt
this education. Last year, 22 per-
cent of fatalities involved alcohol
The State Legislature did not
act on the request this year.
The FFWCC also encour-
ages boaters to wear like jackets.
They note the majority of victims
in boat accidents, die because
So far in 2008 there have been
23 boating deaths in Florida. ,
The report showed Okeecho-
bee also has more personal wa-
tercrafts registered. They had 322
registered last year. There were
no accidents involving these wa-
tercrafts in Okeechobee in 2007.
Glades County had 33 per?
sonal watercrafts registered within
the state. They had one fatality, n.
Buckhead Ridge, last Labor Day
weekend. The accident claimed
the life of a teenager. '
to re-open to boats
A temporary road across
Government Cut near the
mouth of the Kissimmee River
in Okeechobee County will
be removed, starting Monday,
June 16, reopening the channel
to boat traffic.
South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD)
crews constructed the road
last year to improve access to a
muck-removal project on Eagle
Island in Lake Okeechobee.
Openings in the road were
created to permit boat traffic,
but low water levels in Lake
Okeechobee in recent months
made the openings passable
only by airboat. The tempo-
rary road is being removed to
improve access for other types
of boats. It will take about two
weeks for District crews to fin-
ish removing the road.
are an important component
of habitat restoration in Lake
Okeechobee. Scraping away
accumulated layers of decayed
organic material and detritus
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abd accountability, and have the
L.ique opportunity to train in
sElected Naval Special Warfare
stills such as small boat han-
cdling, marksmanship, small unit
tActics, and SCUBA diving. There
i: a very strong emphasis on
physical fitness, and the students
alb required to meet minimum
filhess requirements relative to
" Participating students in the
NSW-Trident receive high school
sEmester credit for Naval JROTC
While the are enrolled in the
program, are eligible to join the
armed forces upon graduation
from high school at an advanced
paygrade, and receive credit on
applications for the US Naval
Academy, West Point, the Air
Continued From Page 1
allows native plants to grow on
the lake's naturally sandy bottom
Force Academy, and the Coast
Guard Academy. They must com-
plete a minimum of 24 months to
be eligible for enlistment in the
armed forces at advanced ranks.
All Trident uniforms and
equipment are provided by the
program and the Naval Special
Warfare Groups. Parents are re-
sponsible for transportation to
the monthly drills and for items
of personal clothing.
Students are selected based
upon their motivation and perfor-
mance during a six week indoc-
trination and selection period in
the fall semester. "Only the most
motivated applicants are selected
for the program", said Lieuten-
ant Commander M.W.Muros,
the NSW-Trident's command-
ing officer. "The Trident is a very
tough and demanding program,
and while many potential ca-
dets apply in the fall semester,
only about 3 or 4 out of every 10
and improves water clarity. It also
has the added benefit of remov-
ing phosphorus, a nutrient that in
excess can harm South Florida's
ecosystems. These improvements
all benefit the native plants, birds
applicants successfully demon-
strate the motivation and desire
to achieve the physical fitness
standards required by the Navy's
SEAL Association," LCDR Muros
"The NSW-Trident Program
is absolutely the best maritime
skills oriented youth program in
the United States. The program
has been ranked top in the na-
tion six times in the last seven
years and has received a State
of Florida Governor and Cabinet
Resolution designating the Tri-
dent as a world class youth de-
velopment program," said Sheriff
May. "Our community is very for-
tunate to have the support of the
Navy SEAL's and the other mem-
bers of the Naval Special Warfare
community. They have provided
the program with the necessary
training, equipment and funding
to ensure the Trident is absolutely
capable of providing these unique
and fish in Lake Okeechobee.
For more information about
Lake Okeechobee, or to receive a
brochure with information about
Lake Okeechobee recreation, the
Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail
opportunities for our young men
and women," added Sheriff May.
Funding support for the NSW
Trident program is provided by
the Children's Services Council of
Okeechobee County and the Na-
val Special Warfare Foundation.
Specialized equipment support
is provided by Zodiac of North
America, Blackhawk Industries,
Camelbak Corporation, Sopacko
Industries, SG Industries, and
Advanced Combustion Tech-
nologies. Additional support is
provided by active and reserve
Naval Special Warfare units, and
members Naval Special Warfare
For more information on the
NSW-Trident program, parents
should contact the Sheriff's Of-
fice Marine Unit at 357-1600 for
an appointment and interview.
and navigating on the Okeecho-
bee Waterway, please contact
the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District's Okeechobee Ser-
vice Center at 863-462-5260.
Cadets from the Trident Unit of the Naval Sea Cadets tackle
waves in a Zodiac boat.
More evacuations as Iowa towns cope with floods
By Amy Lorentzen
Associated Press Writer
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -
I ays after it rose out of its banks
qn its way to record flooding in
qedar Rapids, the Cedar River
hlas forced at least 24,000 people
from their homes, emergency of-
ficials said Saturday.
: The bleak news came as swol-
len rivers breached levees in the
state capital, Des Moines, and
ip far western Illinois, leading to
the evacuation of hundreds more
; Officials guess it will be four
lays before the Cedar River drops
enough for workers to even be-
gin pumping out water that has
submerged at least 438 blocks,
threatened the Cedar Rapids
drinking water supply and forced
the evacuation of a downtown
; "We're estimating at least a
couple of weeks before the flood
levels get down right around flood
stage and below," said Dustin
Hinrichs of the Linn County emer-
gency operations center:.
The Cedar River crested Fri-
- day night at nearly 32 feet, 12
feet higher than the old record
sa in 1929. By Saturday morning
t e river level had dropped more
tan 2 feet and was continuing to
i1l about 2 inches an hour.
-Officials increased their es-
tfnate of residents forced from
tiir homes to 24,000, a figure
b'sed on the belief that at least
3,900 homes had been evacu-
ated. Cedar Rapids has a popula-
tion of about 120,000.
"It's.a bit overwhelming ... "
said the city's mayor pro-tem,
Brian Fagan. "This is an endur-
ance competition. We have to be
patient. We have to be coopera-
Even as the river slowly re-
cedes, Cedar Rapids officials
worried that the city's supply of
fresh drinking water would run
out. Only one of the city's half-
dozen wells was working, and it
was protected by sandbags and
pumps powered by generators.
Crews hoped to gain access
to flooded wells Saturday to see
if they could make repairs to get
them back online. But with every
passing hour, the city's drinkable
water level dropped as residents
used more water than the well
and supplemental sources from
nearby towns could provide.
"We will deplete our supply in
three to four days unless we get
further reduction in use," said Pat
Ball, the city's utilities director.
Preliminary damage estimates
in Cedar Rapids reached $737.
million, and city officials foresee
a long recovery.
About 100 miles to the west,
Ues Mdfines dealt with its first ma-
jor flooding after a levee ruptured
early Saturday, allowing water to
pour out of the Des Moines River
and into a small neighborhood
north of downtown. .
Authorities said 270 homes
had been ordered evacuated Fri-
day, and many other residents left
the area voluntarily. Bill Stowe,
the city's public works director,
said he expected extensive dam-
age to about 200 homes and 35
businesses in the neighborhood.
Des Moines city crews and
National Guard members tried to
build a temporary berm to try to
stop the water, but authorities or-
dered the project abandoned by
midmorning because they didn't
expect it to hold.
Elsewhere, Illinois emergency
authorities said a levee along the
Mississippi River in far western
Illinois burst Saturday morning
and voluntary evacuations were
under way in Keithsburg, a town
of about 700 residents.
"The levee broke in two plac-
es," Keithsburg Alderman George
Askew, 76, said of the town some
35 miles southwest of Moline.
"We're getting under water."
There was flooding in about
a third of the town, said Jenni-
fer Hamerlinck, Mercer County's
Just south of Cedar Rapids,
in Iowa City, the Iowa River had
caused major damage by Satur-
day even though the crest was at
least two days away. The river is
expected to reach 33 feet to 34
feet late Monday or early Tuesday,
far above the 25-foot flood stage.
More than 200 homes had
been evacuated in Iowa City.
"This is our version of Ka-
trina," Johnson County Emer-
gency Management spokesman
Mike Sullivan said. "This is the
worst flooding we've ever seen
-*much worse than 1993," when
much of the Midwest was hit by
record flooding '
At the University of Iowa,
whose campus is bisected by
the Iowa River, students and fac-
ulty joined with townspeople and
members of the National Guard
to fill thousands of sandbags. in
the area known as the Arts Cam-
pus. But it wasn't enough.
"We've pretty much just aban-
doned any effort to try and protect
the Arts Campus because we are
just overwhelmed by the amount
of water," university spokesman
Steve Parrott said. "It's just too
Only one bridge connecting
the east and west sides of down-
town Iowa City remained open,
and officials said it may have to
be closed this weekend.
The flooding was blamed for
at least two deaths in Iowa.
Since June 6, Iowa has gotten
at least 8 inches of rain, follow-
ing a wet spring that already had
saturated the ground. As of Friday,
nine rivers were at or above his-
toric flood levels. More thunder-
storms are possible in the Cedar
Rapids area 'over the weekend,
but next week is expected to be
sunny and dry.
Gov. Chet Culver declared 83
of the state's-99 counties disaster
areas, a designation that helps
speed aid and opens the way for
loans and grants.
The drenching has also severe-
ly damaged crops in America's
No. I corn state and other parts of
the Midwest at a time when corn
prices are soaring. Dave Miller, a
grain farmer and director of re-
search for the Iowa Farm Bureau,
estimated that up to 1.3 million
acres of corn and 2 million acres
of soy beans about 20 percent
of the state's overall grain crop -
had been lost to flooding.
Shuttle Discovery crew glad to be back on ground
By Marcia Dunn
AP Aerospace Writer.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)
Space shuttle Discovery and its
crew of seven returned to Earth
on Saturday and capped a suc-
cessful expansion job at the inter-
national space station, more spa-.
dious and robust thanks to a new
billion-dollar science lab.
' 'The shuttle descended through
q few puffy clouds and landed at
11:15 a.m., under the control of
commander Mark Kelly.
Two hours later, all the astro-
nauts including Garrett Reis-
man, looking remarkably fresh
and fit after 95 days in space -
walked .out, shook hands with
NASA's senior managers and ad-
mired the ship that safely brought
them home. Reisman enjoyed
feeling the sunshine again.
"It's great to be here on the
runway in sunny Florida,", Kelly
said. "It was really an exciting
Discovery's flight spanned
14 days, 217 orbits and 5.7 mil-
lion miles, and was described by
NASA as being about as smooth
as it gets.
Kelly and his crew accom-
plished everything they set out to
do in orbit. They delivered and in-
stalled Japan's Kibo lab, now the
space station's biggest room and
most sophisticated science work-
shop, and dropped off a new
pump that the two Russians on
board used to fix their toilet.
The space station also got a
new American resident who took
Reisman's wife, Simone Fran-
cis, was waiting for him at the.
Kennedy Space Center. Over
the past week, Reisman had de-
scribed in quite romantic terms
how much he missed her, calling
her "my favorite Earthling" and
NASA's associate administra-
tor, Christopher Scolese, reveled
in the "outstanding" successes of
the past month: landing a space-
craft on Mars and scooping up
dirt, and seeing the space station
grow and "looking really like a
space station," with the Discovery
crew's help. The space agency
also launched a telescope into
orbit last week to search the uni-
verse for elusive gamma rays.
Although the mission itself un-
folded almost flawlessly, Discov-
ery left behind a battered launch
pad on.May 31. Some 5,300 bricks
flew off the flame trench when
Discovery blasted away, most
likely because they were not at-
tached properly to the underlying
concrete wall when the pad was
built in the 1960s for the Apollo
NASA managers are confident
the launch pad can be fixed in
time for the next shuttle flight in
October, by Atlantis to the Hubble
The next time a shuttle flies
to the space station, now three-
quarters complete, isn't until
November. That's because NASA
needs to have a shuttle ready to
rush to Atlantis' aid in case of seri-
ous damage to its thermal shield-
ing. Atlantis' astronauts will not
be able to get from Hubble to the
space station for shelter.
NASA had no such rescue plan
in place when Columbia took off
in 2003 on a solo-flying research
mission. In any event, mission
managers had no idea Colum-
bia's left wing was severely dam-
aged at liftoff, and the shuttle shat-
tered during re-entry. All seven on
board were killed.
Congratulations to Roy De Vore who graduated from Na-
tional Training Inc., heavy equipment school on May 16.
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of rain 20 percent.
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Monday: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunder-
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and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10
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Monday night: Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thun-
derstorms until around midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. South
winds around 5 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of rain
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening show-
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derstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 50 percent.
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thunderstorms. Lows around 70. Chance of rain 20 percent.
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thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain 50 percent.
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showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 70. -Chance of rain 20
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IFAS budget signed into law
GAINESVILLE -- The Florida
Farm Bureau recently praised
Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida
Legislature after the Governor
approved the budget. The bud-
get for the University of Florida's
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences (UF-IFAS) contains pro-
viso language inserted by legis-
lators stating that funds "...are
provided for the research and ex-
tension services of IFAS and shall
not be transferred or used for any
"In approving the budget,
Gov. Crist has ensured that UF-
IFAS will continue to fulfill the
three-fold mission of teaching,
research and Extension that is so
important to the future sustain-
ability of Florida's agriculture in-
dustry," said Florida Farm Bureau
President John L. Hoblick.
The state's agriculturists be-
came alarmed early in the ses-
sion when it was rumored that
UF-IFAS had been slated for bud-
get cuts that were disproportional
to budget cuts in other University
of Florida programs. UF-IFAS is a
dedicated to developing knowl-
edge in agriculture, human and
natural resources, and the life
"The industry and its support-
ers rallied to impress lawmakers
and administrators of the impor-
tance of the UF-IFAS mission to
agriculture and the importance
of agriculture to the state," Mr.
Hoblick said. "We appreciate the
Governor, leaders in the Legis-
lature and University of Florida
President Bernie Machen for lis-
tening to us and supporting cuts
to the UF-IFAS budget that are
proportionate to cuts to other
programs at the University of
Florida. This action will help sus-
tain agriculture, Florida's second-
largest industry, as a pillar of the
Mr. Hoblick also praised Gov.
Crist for approving the budget as
passed by the legislature.
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Florida Farm Bureau is available
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Law Enforcement Calls
The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Friday, June 6, through
Thursday, June 12:
N burglary in the 1800 block of
N.W Ninth St.
vandalism in the 2500 block
of U.S. 98 N.
burglary in the 9400 block of
S.R. 78 W
assault in the 7200 block of
U.S. 441 N.
child abuse in the 1800 block
of N.E. 308th ST.
assault in the 5000 block of
N.E. 168th St.
theft in the 3700 block of S.E.
theft in the 1600 block of
N.W Eighth St.
theft in the 1600 block of
N.W Eighth St.
burglary on N.W 98th St.
burglary in the 2900 block of
S.E. 36th Ave.
theft in the 8000 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
vandalism in the 1400 block
of N.W. 43rd Ave.
vandalism in the 4300 block
of N.W. 11th Drive
larceny in the 600 block of
N.E. 13th Ave.
larceny in the 3500 block 6f
N.W Eighth Ave.
vandalism in the 4300 block
of N.W 18th St.
theft in the 1400 block of
N.W 39th Circle
assault in the 33000 block of
N.W 25th Ave.
theft in the 2900 block of
N.W 32nd Trail
theft in the 3000 block of
U.S. 441 N.
assault in the 2600 block of
N.W. Eighth St.
theft in the 4100 block of
U.S. 441 S.
theft in the 8000 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
theft in the 10000 block of
N.W Eighth Ave.
vandalism in the 4200 block
of S.R. 70 E.
burglary in the 1800 block of
S.R. 70 E.
burglary in the 10000 block
of S.R. 78W
vandalism in the 400 block
of N.E. 16th Ave.
theft in the 7000 block of
N.W 154th Ave.
child abuse in the 700 block
of N.W 34th St.
assault in the 3100 block of
N.W Third St.
larceny in the 7400 block of
S.R. 70 E.
burglary in the 6600 block of
N.E. 11th St.
theft in the 2800 block of S.E.
lewd and lascivious acts in
the 3200 block of N.W 25th Ave.
Editor's Note: Only calls deal-
ing with either a felony or a po-
tential felony are entered into this
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges
by the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department
(OCPD), the Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC). or the Department of
Jeremy Cobb, 17, was ar-
rested June 12, by Deputy G.
Popovich on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with escape. His bond was set at
Michael Lucas, 17, was ar-
rested June 12, by Deputy G. Pop-
ovich on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with bat-
tery on detention or commitment
facility staff. His bond was set at
Joseph Martin Miller, 21,
N.E. 51st Court, Okeechobee,
was arrested June 12, by Officer
R. Holroyd on a felony charge
of dealing in stolen property. He
was also charged with the mis-
demeanor of petit theft. His bond
was set at $1,500.
Dustin Lee Werk, 23, N.E.
18th Ave.,' Okeechobee, was ar-
rested June 12, by Officer R. Hol-
royd on a felony charge of dealing
in stolen property. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor
of petit theft. His bond was set at
Miguel Juarez, 34, S.E. West
Dunbrooke Circle, Port St. Lucie,
was arrested June 12, by Trooper
D.A. Teague on charges of driving
under the influence and no valid
driver's license. His bond was set
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
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GRIEF: Words can never express the pain of a lost one. You as-
sume you give the funeral planners the details of what you want and
they take it from there. Well to my surprise, that's not how it works. I
have never felt so rushed to mourn. It's a shame that even when we
die it's still about the money no sympathy for your pain or loss. Just
hurry up and get out of here. There's another dead person scheduled.
My brother deserved more than what he got, for the family and friends
that were unable to give their last respects, I apologize on behalf of
my family. We thought they would announce the arrangements that
were made ahead of time not at the last minute. R.I.P. brother we will
always miss you.
VIKING: I would just like to say, enough with the Viking, out there
with the ATVs. We are sick of hearing about it. Big deal, there are
more important things in the world than that. If you don't like the
place move. And furthermore, it used to be called Indian Prairie. I
don't know where they got the name Viking. Because the closest
thing that Vikings have to do with Florida, is like Greenland, like 3,000
miles away, north. You need to change the name and call it Indian
Prairie. There is a curse out there, and everyone who lives out there
knows that curse and nobody should be living back there anyways.
So enough with the Viking, Indian Prairie and the ATVs, enough is
enough, we are sick of hearing about it.
RELIGION: I would just like to comment on the statements mady
by this Rev. John Hagee, who is supporting John McCain. I can't be-
lieve that no other Catholic in this town has stood up to do this, but
I'm going to do it. The Catholic Church is the original church started
by Jesus Christ, who left St. Peter in charge. It is the original Christian
church. All the Baptist, Methodist or any Christian denomination you
want to think of came out of the Catholic religion. For him to put down
Catholics is an abomination to his religion and for Christians to sit by
and let that happen, is an abomination to our Lord in Heaven. That is
why I would like to say to all of you, don't you ever dare call us a cult
when you came from us. You branched off of our church. And further-
more, I have gone to church and I have listened to my priest in church
and he has never put down any other religion, never. Guess what? We
worship Jesus Christ, just like you do and you better know that. We
have never in my church put you down and called you a cult.
ELECT: I would just like to say that it doesn't matter who we elect
to go in the White House. This country has had it and George Bush
has had more than enough time to produce oil in this country. No-
body can afford the cars. You are stuck either walking, or riding a don-
key or whatever to get to work. And we're going into a depression
and as soon as you people realize that, then maybe the people in
Washington will say, hey, we need to go to emergency measures here.
We have to start drilling, we have to use the reserve until we get oil in
Alaska or wherever and we need to be self sufficient from the rest of
this crazy world. Because if we don't, I guarantee we are going to be
going to a third world country and we are going to be looking at rice
bowls trying to find water and something to eat. And people will be
hurting their neighbors because the neighbors may have more than
they have and crimes going to go up and religion is going to go down
and somebody needs to do something about this.
SPEED LIMITS: Due to the high gas prices, why doesn't the state
lower the speed limits on the highways? 55 miles an hour saves a lot
S-GYM CLOSED: Once again a gymnastics/cheer/dance place clos-
es up on our kids. I won't give name but think you'll know if your kids
got the shaft, I have been calling this business since Sunday June 1
and it only rings. On Wednesday, I drive there and lo and behold it is
closed. There is some letter of explanation taped to door, it starts out
.s if they have moved to a bigger better place, but if you keep read-
ing they are closed as owner is moving out of town. Pretty fast move,
open one day but closed the next. Did anyone get a letter? What about
fees we paid to join? I saw a flyer as recently as last week listing sum-
mer programs, now it is closed. What if you had signed up and paid?
Bet there is more to the story. I wonder how parents who paid will get
their money? And what about all those disappointed kids?
FUEL: We do not have a shortage of oil supply. Drilling new holes
will not lower our gas prices. Who remembers the gas crunch of the
70's -- gas prices doubled, gas station tanks ran dry, odd and even gas
days, compact cars, gas saving gimmicks, run your car on water -- we
were all told that there was a oil shortage while tankers sat off our
coasts just waiting for the prices to go up before coming in to unload.
Most people relate fuel cost to automobiles because this is were you
see the effects on a daily basis but it effects much more than just the
fuel for you car. Just take a look at your electric bill, fuel cost is passed
directly on to the customer and it doesn't stop there. Fuel diversity will
probably effect fuel cost more than anything but lets face it no one
likes nukes or coal and wind or solar is just not going to cut it. Plus
everyone wants cheaper electricity as long as it doesn't effect there
ocean view or country scenery! Florida utilities are starting to mostly
depend on natural gas which is supplied to us by two major gas lines
coming from the north. Anyone thinking about that saying, we are
placing all our eggs in one basket? Let's wait and see what happens
next time a hurricane hits up in the pan handle and half of our natural
gas supply is shutdown. I think it is going to get much worse before
it gets better!
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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.
The following sites will be participating in the Summer Food Ser-
*Douglas Brown Community Center, 826 N.E. 16th Ave
Okeechobee Civic Center, 1750 Hwy. 98 North
*Everglades Elementary School, 3225 S.E. Eighth Street.
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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, Fla. 33409, on Tuesday, June 17.
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
Sunday, June 15
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 2,00 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please.
Monday, June 16
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 meet-
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-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at 863-763-3850.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interest-
ed persons to come by and see what they are about. For information
AA. meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meet-
ings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends of
alcoholics. For information call Chris at 863-467-5714.
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According to the EPA, Ameri-
cans produce more than four
pounds of waste per person per
day (1,600 per year). A lot of
that waste- is organic and can be
composted to provide valuable
soil amendments. So, compost-
ing helps the environment in two
ways, reduced landfill and free
soil amendments. And, in Florida
yards we need all the amend-
ments we can get. Our sandy soil
doesn't hold nutrients well and
water goes right through it. That
means we are throwing away
stuff we need. Even if you are not
an avid (some say rabid) garden-
er, you probably have a patch of
grass that could use some nutri-
Some basic facts about
Compost is the result of de-
composition of organic manner.
In nature, lots of organisms-
some like earthworms we can
see-others, tiny microbes we
can't see-break down wastes.
In effect, "compost happens."
We can speed the process along
by keeping these guys healthy.
Like us, the compost critters need
food, water, air and shelter to live.
These are not hard to provide.
Food: The critters need carbon
and nitrogen. That translates to
brown materials and green stuff.
Brown materials are dried grass
and leaves, shredded paper and
cardboard, sawdust or corncobs.
Green stuff includes food waste
coffee and tea grounds, green
plant cuttings. Make gathering this
easy. Keep a zip-lock bag in the
freezer and put vegetable peel-
ings inside. When you have time
you can take them out and dump
them in the pile. Or, dump them
in a cardboard cereal box, crinkle
it up, and compost the whole
thing. Simple composting does
not include animal products but
manures do have a place if you're
so inclined. Don't fret too much
about the proportions-just put
in more brown than green.
Water: Damp, not wet. Too
wet reduces oxygen. Too wet
is also the part about stinking.
If your pile smells bad it's prob-
ably too wet. The smell can also
indicate you need more brown
ingredients-tear up a cardboard
box or two.
Shelter: The microbes need
warmth. If the pile is about three
feet wide and tall the heat pro-
duced by the microbes will re-
main insulated inside the pile.
A pile of the food compost crit-
ters need can become compost
in several months if ignored. A
pile consisting of the same stuff
chopped up and turned every six
weeks or so will be compost in
about 12 weeks. Faster compost
requires the "HOT," or California
method. It is a little more compli-
cated and you can learn about it
on our Web site.
Composting can be done in a
pile in the corner of the yard. If
you want a little less unruly pile
you can build a bin from chicken
wire, or pallets. An especially easy
container and method is plastic
Composting in a bag-
Two easy methods
This is the easiest composting
method of all. Use a black plastic
garbage bag at least 3 m. thick.
Bag your brown ingredients and
green and add a shovel of soil.
If you are short greens you can
also put in some high-nitrogen
fertilizer to help feed the critters.
Moisten the mixture. Seal the bag
and perforate the bag with a gar-
den fork or knife. Give it a shake,
put it out of the way, and periodi-
cally turn the bag over to aerate
and mix. Look for compost after
a few months. That is the mostly
aerobic bag composting method.
Anaerobic composting is like
making silage. It can be done in a
big bag or a small one. The recipe
is a little different: 1 cup of shred-
ded green stuff, half cup of soil,
1 tablespoon of brown material
and an ounce of water. Repeat
the recipe until your strong and
watertight bag is full. Squeeze
the bag to mix the materials and
repeat the squeezing daily. Open
the bag every few days to check
the moisture and adjust accord-
ingly. This method yields a small
amount of compost in four to six
Compost is finished when you
can't identify the original ingre-
dients. Some folks say compost
looks like chocolate cake. It's a
good idea to let it rest for a month
or so after that-that's called cur-
ing, and allows the microbes to
Use your finished compost in
your garden beds; sprinkle on
your lawn, or even in your potted
Here are some helpful links for
If you need additional informa-
tion on composting please email
us at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call us at 863-763-6469. In High-
lands County call 863-402-6540
and in Glades County call 863-
946-0244. Okeechobee residents
can stop by our office at 458 Hwy
98 North in Okeechobee, and visit
our Okeechobee County Master
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2008 at Lawnwood Regional in
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naman was a 30 year winter resi-
dent of Okeechobee where he
enjoyed fishing; group singing;
was an amateur radio operator.
and enjoyed spending time with
his friends from the local Shrine
Pastor Kinnaman also became
a certified lay minister, and acted
as a substitute pastor to many
area churches including Presbyte-
rian Church in Okeechobee.
He was preceded in death by
his wife, Rachel I. Neigh, who
died on Feb. 27, 2007 and also by
his son, John Christopher Kinna-
man, who died on Jan. 30, 2007.
He is survived by his daugh-
ters, Linda Siegel, Alice (George)
Brodt and Brenda (Jerry) Driban;
six grandchildren and five great-
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Maternal grandparents are
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Paternal grandparents are
Dorthy and Ruben Thomas of
Great grandparents are Paula
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Paternal grandparents are
Sandy and Rick Amadon of
Great grandparents are Shirly
Phillips of Avon Park, Glen Phil-
lips of Okeechobee and Tom
Johnson of Arcadia.
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By Pete Gawda
When Okeechobee County
Commissioners met Thursday,
June 12, they covered a number
of issues in a lengthy meeting.
Commissioners agreed in
concept for the sheriff's office to
patrol the private roads in Indian
Hammock. County attorney John
Cassels was tasked with working
out the details of an agreement
with the homeowners association
and a suitable fee to be charged.
He will present this information
to the board for approval at a later
date. The vote was 4-1. Commis-
sioner Ray Domer voted against
the proposal fearing it would set a
precedent that would cause prob-
lems with other subdivisions
Elpidia and Pablo Romero's
request for rezoning in Whisper-
ing Pines evoked some discus-
sion. They wished to have their N.
W. 36th Street property rezoned
from residential mixed to resi-
dential general in order to build
concern about room for required
setbacks. Planning director Bill
Royce said there was enough
room for required setbacks and
"I think it would be an im-
provement," expressed commis-
sioner Marvin Wherrell.
In the end the change passed
The board spent considerable
time discussing options of con-
tinuing to lease a portion of the
health department building to the
Florida Department of Children
and Families (DCF) or not lease
and relocate staff to that building.
In the end the board voted not
to renew the lease with the op-
tion of an early out for DCF with
6 months notice. Now staff will
bring back options for uses of the
Upon county administrator
Lyndon Bonner's recommenda-
tion, the board approved pur-
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Because of budget shortfalls,
Mr. Bonner is going to take some
time to fill the position of build-
ing official after Arnold Verwey's
upcoming retirement. He is closer
'to hiring a head for the road and
Turning to another topic, Mr.
Bonner informed the board that
he has contacted property own-
ers along the right of way of N.W.
Seventh Court. This is a county
right of way that had been over-
grown and fenced off. Recently
the road and bridge department
did some work on the right of
way which connects U. S. 98 N.
to N. W 20th Avenue adjacent to
Everglades Farm Equipment. Cit-
ing problems with drainage and
utilities, Mr. Bonner stopped the
work with shellrock being placed
on a portion of the right of way.
Mr. Bonner said each property
owner affected expressed inter-
est in sharing the cost of paving
the road. He said they all saw
the benefits a paved road would
bring to their properties. He plans
to take care of the surveying and
engineering aspects of the job.
Estimated cost of completing the
road is $30,000.
Mr. Bonner also suggested
the possibility of abandoning
the overgrown and undeveloped
county right of way at the end of
N.W 20th Avenue which dead
ends at the railroad.
Plans to renovate the court-
house will cause the building to
be vacated. Tentative arrange-
ments have been made for the
commission to meet at the city
Hall, said Mr. Bonner. However,
city and county schedules will
have to be coordinated.
The issue of moving circuit
judges from Okeechobee has
caused some concern since it
could affect the operations of the
sheriff's office, the clerk of the
court and the county judge. Mr.
Bonner announced that he was
meeting the next day with Chief
Judge William Roby to try to
work out some kind of arrange-
ment to keep circuit judges in
"This is big time for us," Mr.
Bonner said. "It could hurt us in
a lot of ways."
The administrator told the
commissioners he is working on
a new contract with Waste Man-
A group of middle school stu-
dents made a presentation to the
board at their May 8 meeting re-
questing that smoking be banned
at the county's ball parks. Darryl
Enfinger, director of parks and
recreation, was directed to work
with the students to come up with
a no smoking policy. Mr. Bonner
informed that board that a pro-
posed smoking policy would be
presented to them in July.
Finally, Mr. Bonner offered
some possible good news on a
connector road. He said that he
and commission' chairman Clif
Betts has recently had a conversa-
tion with officials from the Florida
Department of Transportation.
While details are still uncertain at
this time, there is a possibility of
state and federal funding to help
pay for a bypass road connecting
S. R. 710 with U. S. 441 N.
Commissioner Wherrell ex-
pressed the. opinion that the
county should allow the existence
of roadside produce stands. Such
businesses are currently prohib-
ited by county regulations.
In other action, the board:
*sold a vacant county owned
lot in Playland Park to Habitat for
*set a budget workshop for
*referred proposed policies,
procedures and rate schedules
for C. Scott Drive Park and Okee-
Tantie Campground and Marina
to county attorney attorney John
Cassels for his comments;
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Job Training 227
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1100 N. Parrott Ave.,
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LPN for Alzheimer's Adult
Daycare Ctr in Pahokee.
Great place to work & your
efforts to be appreciated.
Competitive Salary & Exc.
Benefits. Fax to
P/T Reliable Person
to pick up reports in town
& send to main office.
steady income for retirees
or Moms. (772)940-4889
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classi-
fieds and make your
clean uo a breeze
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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.
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we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Services Offered 425
Fun-Leamin iActvites In A
Classroom Setting, Fenced
Playground and much more
Preschool Ages: 1r Svrs old
One man's trash Is anoth-
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Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
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Wanted to Buy 740
Why Rent a
when you can
own a Shed for
the same Price.
Full size bed on rollers, like
new, One owner $325
(863)763-5843 after 2 pm
Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards-
236 .S 7 Sbing, Fl.
Hah Rd i
Bibles and Videos
417 W S Park St (863) 467-1243
WE BUY GOLD & SILVER
Turn your Gold & Silver into
Moneyl! Wolfgang Jewelers,
1416 S Parrott Ave., (next to
Casio Priva keyboard, brown,
has instruction and music
book, rarely used, $150
(863)763-5843 after 2pm
Wanted to Buy:
Boats, Bikes, Vehicles
Turn your unwanted items
into cash! (561)262-1390
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readers are more popular!
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
1 st month rent REE to I.
approved applicants- $700
security deposit, 2br/1ba |
duplex (863)634-9850 |
Move In Special!
Vz off 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all appl's, a/c & heat, 1-
blk. North of Wal-Mart
$650 mo. (863)763-8878
Find It faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classlfleds
Nice New CBS
1/1, $750 & 2/1, $850
1st, last, sec. & util.,
ON RIM CANAL OF LAKE
OKEECHOBEE: lbr, furnished,
screened porch, utils inci'd.
We have over 50 Rentals!
Century 21 Horizon
House for Rent
2 story, 3br/2ba,
barn, 3 fenced
pastures, immed. oc-
& last $4800
financing, no money down,
Call Warren (954)602-5933
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.
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, June 15, 2008,
BASSWOOD Affordable 3br,
2ba, 2 car garage, Large
house. $1200 mo. + Sec.
BASSWOOD newer home,
3br, 2ba, 1car garage, 3818
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.
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
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, dishwasher,W/D,
storm shutters. $800 mo. +
$800 sec. dep., w/optlion to
buy. Avail Now 863-467-8434
NICE NEIGHBORHOOD 3BR,
2BA, pool, extras. Must see!
1401 SE 8th Dr. $1300 mo.
1st & sec. (863)885-1347
OKEE. 2br/1ba, 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-
glade Estates, tile throughout,
$1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
Okeechobee Estates 3/1,
$850 mo. + $200 sec. dep.
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
dock, 1br, 1lba, fully turn.
W&D, Elec & satellite incld.,
RANCH SETTING 3/112 and
a 2/1 available, very clean,
no pets, 1st & sec.
We have over 50 Rentalsl
Century 21 Horizon
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classl-
Middle age female looking to
share a 2br/1.5ba, no pets,
no drugs, no children, prefer
older male, quiet clean
neighborhood $350 mo. +
electric and $100 towards
Gpab a ip gain fpom your
jlrlM 's garage,
itboasement or clos-
et in today's classtneds.
Thursday June 19th 4 p.m.
5 ACRE RANCHETTE
Also Selling: Tools. Nursern' Equipment & Stock. Household hems
f_, iz- .
* Home built 2003 by Wausau homes
* Property dimensions 315' x 660'
* Pond with viewing dock
* Extensive mature landscaping
* Hundreds of oaks and queen palms
* Extensive irrigation system
* Quiet country living
* Easy access to FL Turnpike
*'86 Chevy S-10
* Tools" air compressor elec angle
gnrnder elec impact driver
* Nursery Equipment. mowers carts
sprayers drip irmgation hose
* Nursery Stock 100's of ported
trees 8 plants
* Household Items LCD TV 22 cal
TERMS:. Everything sells REGARDLESS OF PRICE! Cash to Bid *
10% Buyer's Premium Broker Participation Available Call to Qualify!
OWNER: William Reynolds
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Business Places -
Property Sale ,1010
Townhouseb.- Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land- Sale 1040
Lots -Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterront Property 1080
Fled It faster. Sell It soon-
eP In the caassfleds
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.
RUTHERFORD NC 9.75
acres, all wooded, 20 ft deed
right-of-way. Over 1000 ft of.
creek frontage. 16 mr-from-
Shelby, NC;, :-57t0.
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home,. Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
FT. DRUM Just set up! Beau-
tiful D/W on 5ac. Ft Drum
creek/pond in back $1500 dep
rLed $800 mo. 772-464-9226
Mobile Homes For Rent
2 and 3 Bedrooms
RV's & LOTS (3) rent for
$395/mo. in Okeechobee
'Call Warren (954)602-5933
--We have over 50 Rentals!
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Public Notice 5005
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Legal Notice 5500
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Waste management recommends safety precautions.
Summers should be' spent
hanging out by the pool, visiting
with friends and relatives or driv-
ing to a vacation destination. But
don't let the relaxed mindset set
you up for accidents.
This summer, Waste Manage-
ment of Florida reminds you to
put safety first for you and your
family. Waste Management ,en-
courages parents to talk with
their children about safety while
playing outside and to watch out
for our large waste and recycling
trucks as they follow their routes
through your community.
"We're proud to serve our lo-
cal community, and our drivers
love to see their customers while
they're out on the routes, but we
ask that parents and kids greet the
drivers from the porch or the front
yard," said Jenny Pung, Commu-
nity Outreach Representative for
Here are a number of ways to
be safe around Waste Manage-
*Every Waste Management
truck is equipped with a back-up
alarm. Whether you are walking
or driving near one of our trucks,
if you hear this sound (a loud
beeping) or see the white back-
up lights, be sure to move out of
the way of the truck.
*Keep your children and pets
at a safe distance from the truck.
Never get near or climb on the
truck -- whether it is parked or op-
erating. Do not play or stand in or
around trash bins or cans, since
you may not know when the
truck is coming to empty them.
On your collection day, be sure to
move toys or cars out of the .path
of the truck and away from your
*Try to avoid cutting in front of
or stopping suddenly in front of a
Waste Management truck or any
commercial vehicle. Large trucks
require greater stopping distance
than a passenger car. Extend the
same courtesies as you would to
other drivers and keep a proper
cushion of space between you
'and the truck. -
*Do not follow the truck on
your bike, skates or skateboard.
Our trucks make frequent, stops
and often back up. While driving,
pass slowly as soon as it is safe.
*All of our trucks are equipped
with a radio or some kind of com-
munication device that connects
our drivers to our dispatch cen-
ters. If you are experiencing some
type of emergency and need help,
stand at a safe distance away and
wave your arms to motion for
help. Do not approach the truck
unless the driver tells you it is safe
to do so.
"While sometimes it may ap-
pear that our trucks are stopped,
they have a lot of moving parts
that at any point could begin
moving again. Our top priority is
to provide good service in a safe
manner, and while our trucks
have many safety features and our
drivers are safety trained, we also
rely on our neighbors to respond
safely while near our service vehi-
cles. It is always best to stay away
from the truck while it is perform-
ing its duties," said Pung.
In addition, Waste Manage-
ment would like to provide you
with some general safety tips
from the National Safety Council
to ensure your well being: *When
you're driving, drive. Don't multi-
task. If you need to do something
while in transit makeup, phone
call, breakfast pull over, put the
car in park and do it then.
*Don't reach under or behind'
the seat to retrieve things or turn
around to talk to passengers.
*Put the cell phone down,
especially in hazardous condi-
tions such as heavy traffic, higher
speeds or bad weather.
*Know the side effects ofany,
medication you're taking aid be'.
alert for any symptomsobf impair-`
ment, such as drowsiness, excit-
ability, altered depth perception,
and altered reaction time.. Many
,over-the-counter drugs can im-1
pair driving, particularly antihista-'
mines and cough and cold prepa-4
rations. So, too, can prescriptions,
particularly anti-anxiety drugs.
For more information on safety,)
visit the National Safety Council's
Web site: http://www.nsc.org/
Many Waste Management fa-
cilities offer tours or activities if
you are interested in seeing one,
of our vehicles up-close while it is'
safely parked, contact your local
service provider at 863-357-0111.;
'Fresh from Florida' program opens to tomato industry
culture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is reaching out to grow-
ers, distributors and retailers of
Florida-grown tomatoes to help
restore confidence in the state's
In an effort to assist with the
sale of Florida tomatoes now
that the areas in production
have been declared safe, the De-
partment will offer "Fresh from
Florida" labels and/or point of
purchase materials upon re-
quest. Anyone involved in the
production or sale of Florida to-
matoes can call the Division of
Marketing and Development at
850-488-9948 or e-mail mailto:
The logos are also temporar-
ily being placed on the Depart-
ment's Web site: www.florida-
agriculture.com, for distributors
and retailers to download. There
will be no charge for the request-
ed materials or for shipping. The
material will be available for ten
days. For continued use of the
"Fresh from Florida" logo, busi-
nesses are encouraged to con-
tact the Division of Marketing
and Development for informa-
tion about Florida Agricultural
Promotional Campaign (FAPC)
On Tuesday, 'the Food and
Drug Administration put the
areas of Florida currently in to-
mato production on the "safe to
eat" list indicating they could not
be the source of a salmonella
outbreak that has impacted pre-
dominantly western states. To-
mato harvesting is currently un-
der way in the Quincy, Palmetto
and Ruskin areas.
Commissioner Bronson says
he wants to be proactive in get-
ting the word out that these to-
matoes are safe, wholesome,
and grown under the strictest
regulations in the nation. He
says by using the logos, retailers
rcan show consumers that the to-
matoes came from Florida.
"We want to reach out to
make sure our tomatoes not
only make it to the retail shelves
but also into consumers' shop-
ping carts," Commissioner Bron-
"When they see the 'Fresh
from Florida' logo, they will
know exactly where the toma-
toes were grown."
The Department's Division of
Fruit and Vegetables has been
busilv issuing certificates with
each shipment of tomatoes, in-
dicating the harvest date and
location. Nearly four million 25-
pound cartons have been certi-
fled since Tuesday afternoon..
"That is indicative of, th.
popularity of Florida tonyitesi '
Commissioner Brons6n stid.
"I'm pleased these tomato'
were put on the 'safe to eat' list
It would have been a trag
they had hbeen wvat'"
New Web site lists claims filed
ricultural producers have a new
tool to help them quickly find out
which agricultural dealers have
claims filed against them. A Web
site unveiled on June 9, by Flor-
ida Agriculture Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson enables the
state's growers to view claims for
non-payment that are currently
filed against agricultural dealers,
both licensed and unlicensed.
The Florida Department of Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
is responsible for the licensing
of dealers in agricultural prod-
ucts. Any person who is engaged
within the state in the business of
buying, receiving, soliciting, han-
dling, or negotiating agricultural
products from or for Florida pro-
ducers, or their agents, must be
licensed and bonded.
"Posting this information on
the web makes it very easy for
growers to see if any complaints
for non-payment are filed against
specific dealers before they con-
tract with them," Commissioner
Bronson said. "Armed 'with this
data, growers can make their
own conclusions about who they
choose to do business with."
The Florida License and Bond
Law helps assure that produc-
ers of products covered by the
law receive proper accounting
and payment for their products.
In order to secure a license, one
must file a properly completed
application, pay the required li-
cense fee, and post an adequate
against agricultural dealers
ety bond or certificate of de- said. department's Bureau of Agricul-
sit. Any producer or produc- "Obviously, perishable com- tural Dealer's Licenses. The law
s agent who feels he has been modities cannot be repossessed, was revised in 2005 to increase
aged by a dealer's failure to and, without this law, smaller protections to producers and
ke proper accounting or pay- farming operations could liter- dealers.
nt for agricultural products ally be put out of business by a To view the list of dealers that
y file a complaint, buyer who does not pay for ship- have claims filed against them,vis-
"Florida's License and Bond ments."
v affords protection to our Since its enactment in 1941, it http://www.florida-agriculture.
te's agricultural producers producers of perishable agricul- com/marketing/licensing_claims.
o could otherwise suffer huge tural commodities have been htm. The records displayed con-
ancial losses if a buyer failed able to conduct business with stitute cases of alleged non-pay-
ive up to the terms of the pur-' the safeguards afforded by this ment for agricultural products. Li-
ise," Commissioner Bronson law, which is administered by the ability has not bdeen adjudicated.
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, June 15, 2008 13
JoAnne Hood and Bud Callo-
way were joined in marriage on
April 12, 2008.
The wedding ceremony was
held at First United Methodist
Church in Okeechobee.
Pastor Jim Dawson officiated
the ceremony. .
The bride was given away by
her brother in law, Ray Stone.
The maid of honor was Phyl-
lis Stone of Okeechobee.
The best man was Ray Stone
Following the ceremony, a
reception was held at Michaels
Restaurant. Submitted photo
The couple is at home in JoAnne Hood and Bud Calloway were married on April 12,
Fred and Sherry Houlette of
Okeechobee are proud to an-
nounce the engagement of their
daughter, Krystle Houlette to Kev-
in Throop of Okeechobee. '
The prospective groom is the
son of Kenny and Donna Throop
The wedding is planned for
Nov. 8, 2008 at the KOA.
The bride-to-be is a 2000 grad-
uate of Okeechobee High School
and is employed as a secretary
with Close Construction, Inc.
The groom is a 1999 graduate
of Okeechobee high school and
is self employed as the owner/op-
erator of. Fast Trac Services.
After the wedding, the couple
will reside in Okeechobee.
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Kenneth and Frances Everlv of
Okeechobee celebrated their 50th
anniversary on June 7, 2008.
They were married on June 7,
1958 in Harahan, La.
Their children are: Lynn Moore
of Lake Worth, Kenneth Everly of
Hendersonville, N.C., Karen Al-
bers of Okeechobee, and Robert
Everlv of Lake Worth.
They have seven grandchild.
A celebration in their honor
was held on June 7, at 2 p.m. at
At Farm. The even was hosted by
Paul and Karen Albers and Lynn
Kenneth and Frances Everly celebrated their 50th Anniver-
sary on June 7, 2008.
George and Lucy Goodman
of Okeechobee celebrated their
50th anniversary on June 8,
They were married on June
8, 1958,in Louisiana.
Their children are: George of
Alabama, Nancy of St. Cloud,
Tammy of St. Cloud, Gwen of St.
Cloud, and Monica of Lakeside,
They have 15 grandchildren
and eight great grandchildren.
A celebration in their honor
will be held on June 21 at 5:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee Civic
Center. The event will be hosted
by their daughters and grand-
kids. All friends and family are
invited to celebrate.
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Hockey comes to Okeechobee
By Tonya Harden
Youth hockey may be coming
Jeff Zarrella, owner of the re-
cent Verizon Wireless Premium
Retail store, has been involved
with hockey since he was 7 years
Continuing his involvement in
hockey throughout his life has not
only made a social difference for
Mr. Zarrella but also a personal
"Hockey has taught me sports-
manship, commraderie, and dis-
cipline," he said. "I remember
walking out for the first practice
in an organized league, I was
probably 9 years old. I did really
well. I realized then that the game
was a lot of fun but more than
that, something I knew I would
"I remember once a coach cut
his own son on a team for me to
play," he said. "That was big to
me. That told me this was some-
thing I could do, something I was
Nod Ortiz, a veteran and once
a long time resident of Buckhead
Ridge, has been playing hockey
since he was 15. His defining mo-
ment came when he was faced
with the realization that if he
didn't enforce something produc-
tive into his life then he would
most likely end up in jail.
"My parents were getting di-
vorced. I had to talk with a psy-
chologist," he said. "She told my
mother that whatever sports I
was interested in to get me into
it no matter what. I was a wild
kid, sometimes out of control and
joining the sport of hockey truly
changed my life. It led me down a
different path. A better path."
David Sterling, hasn't been
playing the sport nearly as long as
his other friends but has certainly
felt the impact of hockey in his
"I've learned so much. This
sport is more challenging than
most other sports and the disci-
pline it has forced me to adopt is
huge," he said. "It takes so much
to play the game, and those traits
carry over into other aspects
of your life. I've been coaching
youth hockey for several travel
teams. I've also volunteered many
hours for the love of the game and
teaching the game. I have person-
ally seen changes in the kids that
+- ve been working with as far as
self esteem, attitudes, and skill
Mr. Zarrella, Mr. Ortiz and
Mr. Sterling have created a con-
cept that would not only allow
a similar impact to be felt by
Okeechobee youth locally but as
a longterm goal, nationally. South
Eastern Hockey Development,
Inc., is a non profit organization
that will do just that. The organi-
zation created by these men has
been created with the intentions
of providing a charitable outlet for
hockey to make its way to rural
communities such as Okeecho-
Through fundraisers, grant
opportunities and local support
these men hope to allow our lo-
cal youth to experience the same
kind of impact hockey has held in
their lives for so many years. The
discipline, sportsmanship, char-
acter strength and many other
positive developments this sport
can provide for our youth can
not be measured. Not to mention
the potential to create a physical
regime that quite obviously pro-
vide a healthy lifestyle and help
decrease the national statistic one
S youth at a time for obesity.
A non profit organization that
is still in the very early develop-
mental stages, South Eastern
Hockey Development, Inc., has
the potential to "bring something
new and exciting to Okeechobee
and other areas that have only a
few sports for the youth to enjoy.
Our organization will help make
the participation in hockey more
affordable," said Mr. Zarrella.
A concept that will inevitably
gain national exposure holds its
roots in Okeechobee. A town
known for its generosity and de-
votion to its people. Momentum,
like with any other organization,
is a crucial aspect in the begin-
ning stages of a new organization.
With the help of our local citizens
this charitable cause can truly im-
pact youth nation wide.
The South Eastern Hockey
Development, Inc. has outlined
many goals for themselves with
one common thread, the oppor-
tunity for youth to experience
hockey without worry and feel the
dramatic effect it can hold. With a
goal to build hockey rinks in ru-
ral communities, the donation of
equipment and the exposure of
youth to something great, the or-
ganization has set out for itself a
plan to obtain and carry out these
concepts through community
support. For more information
about this non profit organization
contact Jeff Zarrella at 863-227-
0407 or log onto www.southeast-
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