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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. Fori informa-
tion call 863-763-5836 or 863-
Halfway house seeks
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House a Moderate Risk Com-
mitment Program for 13-18
year old male youth is seeking
volunteers who can "make a
difference in the life of a youth".
We are seeking volunteers to
read, be a guest speaker, play
music, tutor, educate youth on
a trade, assist with a project, in-
struct youth on building a proj-
ect, or just hang out with youth.
Volunteer hours and times can
vary. Please contact Tom Jones
or Joshua Stoddard at 863-357-
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be
offering parenting education
classes for parents with children,
infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encour-
aged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This "adults"
only parenting class consists of
six classes. You must attend all
six classes to get a certificate of
completion. Day and evening
classes are available. No child
care will be available. Call 863-
462-5877 for registration.
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Settlement reached in fatal
By Eric Kopp
An out-of-court settlement has
been reached between McArthur
Farms of Okeechobee and the
husband of a woman who was
killed when an employee of that
company ran a stop sign and
struck her vehicle.
Sheila Brown Roysdon, 58,
died in the accident that involved
the McArthur truck that was
driven by Jose Melecio Torres-
Ramirez. According to court re-
cords, Torres-Ramirez was cited
for running a stop sign at the in-
tersection of N.W 208th St. and
U.S. 441 N.
The amount of the settlement
has not been released.
The accident occurred around
6 p.m. on March 6, 2007, as Mrs.
Roysdon was driving her Chevro-
let van to her home on U.S. 441
The suit brought about by
James Roysdon, Sheila's hus-
band, also stated that the brakes
on the 1998 International 9100
series truck driven by Torres-
Ramirez were not functioning
correctly at the time of the ac-
Mr. Roysdon's attorney, Ted
Leopold, said the truck was
"poorly maintained" and "... be-
came a killing machine that took
the life of a vibrant and loving
Sewing: Camp teaches useful skills
Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Shelevah Barber practiced sewing a straight line while Aalia Murphy cuts material to
make a tote bag with at the sewing camp offered by My Aunt's House.
Girls have fun making clothes
By Victoria Hannon
A half dozen girls between
the ages of 11 and 15 got to-
gether on June 19 to learn how
These girls are part of the
sewing camp that is being of-
fered by My Aunt's House, The
The first project for the girls
at the camp was to sew buttons
onto a small tote bad that car-
ries the sewing supplies pro-
vided by the camp.
This sewing kits contain all
of the basics that are needed;
a needle arid thread, a seam
t ripper, a pin cushion, tape and
Three of the girls who were
present at the second week of
the camp also took part in it last
year, while two others had also
done projects on sewing ma-
One of the girls who re-
turned for her second year at
the camp, Kimberly Mullin, also
volunteers in The Closet.
My Aunt's House, The Clos-
et helps to provide clothing for
people who might otherwise
be unable to afford clothing.
Her experiences with The
Closet led Judy Watts to start
"There are nice clothes here
that people won't take because
they're missing a button, or
there is a small tear or the seam
is out a little," Ms. Watts said.
The aim of the camp is to
provide the girls from the com-
munity with the knowledge to
fix these things and to learn
other sewing basics.
It also provides them with
something fun to do while
schools is out.
"Around 10:30 we usually
take a break for snack," said
Ms. Watts. "There were times
last year where they didn't want
Although they had planed
on making a dress last year, the
girls were unable to get that far.
This year, that is one of their
"After we finish making the
tote, we will practice making
pillows or pillow cases because
of the straight seams," Ms.
Watts said. "They will be using
that on the dress."
Each project is broken up
into separate task so that rather
than looking at the project and
seeing it as making a purse, the
children can focus on cutting
the fabric or sewing the seam.
When a few more girls re-
turn to Okeechobee from va-
cation next week, the girls will
be split into morning and after-
noon sessions until the end of
"If they're not finished (at
the end of the camp)," Ms.
Watts said. "Then they can
come in and finish up."
A background check of Tor-
res-Ramirez, now 32, indicates
that he was arrested twice in
1998 and found guilty of driving
under the influence. He was also
found guilty of driving while his
license was suspended or re-
voked. However, at the time of
the accident he was driving on a
valid driver's license.
Court records also indicate
that in 1998 Torres-Ramirez
was charged' with possession of
cocaine and was subsequently
When reached by phone
Thursday, Mr. Leopold said he
was glad for the Roysdon family.
"We are very happy that the
parties were ablehto resolve this
matter and bring closure and jus-
tice to the Roysdon family," said
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VP says bank
By Eric Kopp
A National City representa-
tive said Thursday that when
the bank froze the checking ac-
count of an Okeechobee man
it was following company pro-
The Okeechobee branch of
the banking company froze the
account of Clyde Harris when
his $1,200 Social Security check
and his $306 state pension
check was placed in garnish-
ment by a collections agency
on June 5.
Problems for Mr. Harris be-
gan to arise when the bank did
not release his account even
after being directed to by an at-
torney for the collection agency
and a local judge.
Because the man's funds
had not been released and no
one from the bank was in court,
County Judge Jerald Bryant on
Wednesday, June 18, found
National City to be in contempt
of court. In checking with the
Okeechobee County Clerk of
Courts office late Thursday it
was learned that the contempt
order, although issued by the
judge, had not made its way
through proper channels and
had not been served on the
National City's Vice Presi-
dent of Corporate Communi-
cations Todd Morgano said in
a phone interview Thursday
afternoon that he could not talk
about Mr. Harris' situation.
However, he said the local
branch was merely following 1-
"When it comes to garnish-
See Bank Page 2
fees for vessels
go into effect
Okeechobee County Tax
Collector Celeste Watford an-
nounced new vessel registra-
tion fees will go into effect on
Vessel owners, like vehicle
owners, must renew their an-
nual registration by midnight
of'their birthday. It is possible
to register three months early.
Also vessel owners can lock
in this year's fees by register-
ing for two years. Registration
online is possible by going to
The new rates are Class A-1
(less than 12 feet and motor-
ized canoes) $10.75, Class A-2
(12 feet or more and less than
16 feet in length) $21.50, Class
1 (16 feet or more and less than
26 feet in length) $34, Class 2
(26 feet or more and less than
40 feet in length) $83.50, Class
3 (40 feet or more and less than
65 feet in length) $133. Class 4
See Boaters Page 2
County plans budget cuts
By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee County Admin-
istrator Lyndon Bonner spoke
at Kiwanis Thursday, June 19,
where -he spoke of many up-
coming projects and the effects
of the cuts in budgets on those
projects, as well as other issues
within the county.
The county is currently
working on an 18 month pro-
gram in regards to budget and
finance and Mr. Bonner has
asked all departments to come
up with a projected three year
There are many large proj-
ects that are on the horizon
that compound to the tense fi-
nancial situation that our local
government and other govern-
ments all over the state are cur-
According to Mr. Bonner, the
Florida Department of Trans-
portation could possibly take
away some of the burden of
one headache in Okeechobee,
the intersection of U.S. 441 and
S.R. 70. The county has sug-
gested to FDOT the idea of a
reliever road that would be an
extension of S.R. 710 to U.S.
Mr. Bonner explained that
due to the hurricane evacu-
ation routes that essentially
funnel traffic into our major
problem area, if approved, the
project would then be asked
to be prioritized earlier due to
the impact it would have not
only on Okeechobee, but on
surrounding areas in times of
Budget concerns are always
an issue lately. The county will
be operating with a less than
$90 million budget for the com-
ing fiscal year, down from $113
million last year.
According to Mr. Bonner,
first and foremost he has the
legal obligation to balance the
budget. He is then directed by
the commission the task of
maintaining jobs and include
See Budget Page 2
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
County Administrator Lyndon Bonner (center) and Miss Teen
Okeechobee Mary Kathleen Barber (left) were invited to Ki-
wanis by member Maureen Burroughs where they spoke of
their upcoming projects.
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Lawsuit filed over 'I Believe' plates
By Seanna Adcox
Associated Press Writer
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A
group that advocates separation
of church and state filed a fed-
eral lawsuit Thursday to prevent
South .Carolina from becoming
the first state to create "I Believe"
The group contends that South
Carolina's government is endors-
ing Christianity by allowing the
plates, which would include a
cross superimposed on a stained
United for Separation of Church
and State filed the lawsuit on be-
half of two Christian pastors, a
humanist pastor and a rabbi in
South Carolina, along with the
Hindu American Foundation.
"I do believe these 'I Believe'
plates will not see the light of day
because the courts, I'm confi-
dent, will see through this," said
the Rev. Barry Lynn, the group's
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. Dis-
trict Court for South Carolina,
asks a judge to stop the state from
making the plates and rule that
the law allowing them violates
the First Amendment.
A spokeswoman said the state
Department of Motor Vehicles
had not yet received the lawsuit
and planned to go ahead with the
plates unless told otherwise. The
agency plans to unveil the final
design and start taking orders by
The bill sailed through the Leg-
islature with little discussion ear-
lier this year. Gov. Mark Sanford
let it become law without his sig-
nature because the state already
allows private groups to create
license plates for any cause.
Republican House Speaker
Bobby Harrell said residents asked
for a way to express their beliefs,
and legislators responded. '
He disputed Lynn's accusation
that they were pandering to con-
stituents in an election year.
"That's what critics always say
when they see something they
don't like," Harrell said. "I think
this has less to do with the First
Amendment and more to do with
their disdain for religion gener-
Lynn said his group would
not have opposed the "I Believe"
plates had they been advocated
by private groups. State law al-
lows private groups to create spe-
cialty plates as long as they first
collect either a $4,000 deposit or
400 prepaid orders.
Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said last
week that he is willing to put up
the money, then get reimbursed,
though the Department of Motor
Vehicles spokeswoman said that
isn't necessary. Bauer said the
idea came from Florida, where
a proposal for an "1 Believe" tag
He called it a freedom-of-
But a Methodist pastor who
joined the lawsuit, the retired Rev.
Thomas Summers of Columbia,
said the plate provokes discrimi-
"I think this license plate really
is divisive and creates the type of
religious discord I've devoted my
life to healing," he said.
Another of the ministers, the
Rev. Robert Knight of Charleston,
said the plates cheapen the Chris-
"As an evangelical Christian, I
don't think civil religion enhances
the Christian religion. It compro-
mises it," Knight said. "That's the
fundamental irony. It's very shal-
low from a Christian standpoint."
Cruise company hurt by high fuel costs
By Rasha Madkour
Associated Press Writer
MIAMI (AP) -- Cruise operator
Carnival Corp. said Thursday sec-
ond-quarter profits held steady
as soaring fuel costs offset strong
revenue growth. The higher fuel
prices also prompted the compa-
ny to lower its full-year forecast.
The world's largest cruise
company earned $390 million,
or 49 cents per share, in the three
months ending May 31, compared
with $390 million, or 48 cents per
share, a year ago.
Sales jumped 17 percent to
$3.38 billion from $2.9 billion. But
higher fuel prices cost the com-
pany 19 cents per share in the lat-
est quarter. Miami-based Carnival
paid $530 per metric ton to feed
its fleet, up from $333 per metric
ton last year.
Earlier this year, Carnival had
estimated second-quarter earn-
ings would be in the range of 42
cents to 44 cents per share, down
from 48 cents per share in 2007.
Analysts surveyed by Thom-
son Financial forecast earnings of
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ments we have a set policy and
procedure we follow," said Mr.
Morgano from his office in Cleve-
land, Ohio. "When a customer
is served a garnishment we are
obliged to respond. We imme-
diately freeze the account so we
can check the legitimacy of the
He went on to say the custom-
er is then notified, normally by an
"If the customer believes the
account should be unfrozen they
can supply us documentation to
support their case and if we feel
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some sort of employee enhance-
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(65 feet or more and less than 110
feet in length) $158.00, and Class
5 (110 feet or more in length)
Commercial fees: An addi-
tional $50 commercial vessel fee
is required for all. non-residents or
aliens: unless exempt by statute.
Some counties may charge an
optional county fee that would be
added to the cost of the renewal.
41 cents per share on revenue of
Carnival said booking trends
are still solid, despite the difficult
"It's clear that our guests, to
some degree are tightening their
belt," Carnival Chairman and
Chief Executive Micky Arison told
analysts on a conference call.
"But fortunately they continue to
cruise and they continue to book
at very acceptable levels."
People are gravitating toward
shorter cruises, instead of longer
voyages, Carnival officials said.
Then once on board, cruise-goers
are spending less at the art auc-
tions, bars and casinos.
Fuel woes prompted Carnival
to lower its 2008 earnings-per-
share forecast to a range of $2.70
to $2.80, from its previous guid-
ance of $3 to $3.20. Analysts were
looking got full-year earnings of
$2.96 a share. The cruise operator
expects to pay $752 million more
for fuel in 2008 than the previous
To help offset the soaring
costs, Carnival increased its fuel
it's necessary, we will unfreeze
the account," Mr. Morgano ex-
He went on to say these cases
really aren't that unusual.
When asked about a contempt
of court order issued by Judge
Bryant on June 18, Mr. Morgano
said he could not answer the
question. He said he was still try-
ing to find out why there was a
breakdown in communication
and no one from the company at-
tended the 1:30 p.m. hearing.
Judge Bryant issued the order
after a hearing had been slated
between Mr. Harris and bank rep-
"We are looking into the con-
tempt order," he said. "When we
are asked to be in court, we show
Disassembling capital proj-
ects and moving some to future
dates will be common practice in
the years to come due to budget
constraints. The mantra for things
to come will be to structure large
projects so that the county can
"pay as they go" rather than put
out a large sum of money to com-
plete the entire project up front.
Another way of cutting the
budget has been reducing staff
through attrition -- not replacing
employees who leave. Any ex-
pense over $500 must also be ap-
proved by Mr. Bonner personally.
Projects done in phases will as-
sist in the county's ability to fund
everyday operations in all areas
as well as plan for development
in the future, Mr. Bonner said.
Mr. Bonner said he is encour-
aged that organizations such
as the Chamber of Commerce;
Okeechobee Main Street and
surcharge $2 per day to $9 for the
first two passengers in a cabin
and $4 for the third and fourth
passengers. The new rates went
into effect for bookings made af-
ter June 12. The cruise operator is
making internal changes, too.
"We are looking at every possi-
ble opportunity to reduce our fuel
consumption from an itinerary
planning standpoint to conserv-
ing energy usage on the ships,"
said Vice Chairman and Chief Op-
erating Officer Howard Frank.
For the first half of 2008, Carni-
val profits slipped to $626 million,
or 78 cents a share, from $673
million, or 83 cents a share, in the
same period in 2007. Sales rose
to $6.5 billion from $5.6 billion a
For the third quarter, Carnival
said it expected earnings of $1.56
to $1.58 per share, down from
$1.67 per share in the same quar-
ter of 2007.
Edward Jones analyst Robin
Diedrich said it was a testament
to the good management of the
company that Carnival was able
to report an increase in sales,
up in court." *
Judge Bryant had also issued
an order on June 13 that directed
National City to release the ac-
count of Mr. Harris. The 65-year-
old former elementary school
teacher at Grace Christian School
was also told that his money
would be released by Monday,
June 16. His account was finally
released around 3:30 p.m. on
In the meantime, he had writ-
ten some bad checks and had
fallen behind in paying his rent,
car insurance and cell phone. The
bank normally takes care of these
bills through its debit system.
Mr. Harris was told late
Wednesday that the bank would
waive its fees for the bad checks.
Economic Development Council
are helping to create the idea of
"The Okeechobee Solution." The
Okeechobee Solution translates
into what is good for Okeecho-
bee -- what the community wants
to invest in for Okeechobee's fu-
The new budget year begins
Oct. 1. Mr. Bonner is awaiting
state estimates in order to get a
true idea of just how restrictive it
Former Judge Bill Hendry
inquired about the courthouse
renovation project, which will
cost $3.8 million. Mr. Bonner
stated that they are currently try-
ing to work with the contractor to
change the process of the reno-
vations to allow it to be done in
phases so the county can "pay as
This would allow the county to
allot funds over time, rather than
even as fuel "wreaks havoc on
what would otherwise be very
"Especially in a weakened
economy, I would say the results
look very good at this point,"
Diedrich said. "The outlook for
the rest of the year will be more
challenging as fuel continues to
Miami-based Carnival has 87
ships among 11 brands in its port-
Its shares rose $1.87, or 5.4
percent, to $36.84 Thursday after
falling earlier to a 52-week low of
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"We try to go out of our way
to make sure we take'care of our
customers in a very kindly fash-
ion," said Mr. Morgano. "We look
out for them, that's a company
philosophy. We want to take care
of them and thank them for their
Mr. Morgano said National
City has been in business since
1845 and currently has more than
1,400 branches in Florida, Ohio,
Kentucky, -Pennsylvania, Michi-
gan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin
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all at once. He also explained that
while the courthouse is an old
building, it is structurally sound.
It is being renovated in order to
make the space more suitable to
the needs of the county such as
In other Kiwanis business,
they heard from Mary Kathleen
Barber who will be represent-
ing Okeechobee at the Miss Teen
Florida USA pageant in October in
The Kiwanis Club of Okeecho-
* bee meets from noon until 1 p.m.
at the American Legion Post 64,
501 SE Second St. All Kiwanis and
the public are welcome. For infor-
mation, contact Frank Irby at 863-
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Okeechobee NewsNictoria Hannon
Kimberly Mullin and Samantha DeVore cut material to
make a tote bag with at the sewing camp offered by My
Tires removed from Kreamer Island
WEST PALM BEACH, (AP) Water managers are removing
thousands of tires from Kreamer Island near Lake Okeechobee.
South Florida Water Management District authorities have al-
ready removed some 2,000 tires. But they believe there are another
few thousand still scattered on the large island.
Dave Unsell is a Lake Okeechobee manager for the district. He
says residents know about the hidden tires that may be from farm-
ing machinery and were dumped as far back as World War II. The
dumping stopped when Kreamer Island's only connection to the
mainland, a bridge to nearby Torry Island, burned in the 1970s.
Unsell says the dumping must have been an organized project
since there are so many. But exactly what happened is still a mys-
Government Cut to reopen
A temporary road across Government Cut near the mouth of the
Kissimmee River in Okeechobee County is being removed. South
Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) crews will reconstruct
two cuts in the road in order to provide truck access to remove the
entire road. The road, which completely blocks Government Cut
from the Kissimmee River end, was built by contractors last year to
improve access to a muck-removal project on Eagle Island in Lake
Okeechobee. Removal of the temporary road will take about two
weeks to complete. Following the road removal, it is expected that
passage into Government Cut will again be possible only by airboat
until the level of Lake Okeechobee is higher. For more information
about Lake Okeechobee, or to receive a brochure with information
about Lake Okeechobee recreation, the Lake Okeechobee Scenic
Trail and navigating on the Okeechobee Waterway, please contact
the South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Ser-
vice Center at 863-462-5260.
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Today: Partly sunny, with a chance of afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The wind will
be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 30
Tonight: Partly cloudy. The low will be around 70. The wind
will be from the southeast around 5 mph until around midnight
Saturday: Partly sunn, with a chance of afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The wind will
be from the northeast around 5 mph becoming southeat at 5 to 10
mph in the afternoon. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a chance of evening show-
ers and thunderstorms. Then a slight chance of showers and thun-
derstorms after midnight. The low will be in the lower 70s. The
chance of rain is 30 percent.
Sunday: Considerable cloudiness, with a chance of showers
and thunderstorms. The high will be around 90. The chance of rain
is 50 percent.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a chance of evening showers
and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The chance.
of rain is 30 percent.
Monday: Partly cloudy, with a chance of afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The chance of
rain is 30 percent.
Monday 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.
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Rebekah and Sarah Hall are shown how to work a sewing
machine by Janet Berry at the second year of the Sewing
Camp at My Aunt's House the Closet.
Okeechobee News, Friday, June 20, 2008 3
Hundreds accused of mortgage fraud
By Lara Jakes Jordan
and Alan Zibel
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More
than 400 real estate industry
players have been indicted since
March -- including dozens over
the last two days -- in a Justice De-
partment crackdown on incidents
of mortgage fraud nationwide that
stem from the country's housing
The FBI put the losses to ho-
meowners and other borrowers --
including some in Florida -- who
were victims in the schemes at
over $1 billion.
"Mortgage fraud poses a sig-
nificant threat to our economy, to
the stability of our nation's hous-
ing markets and to the peace of
mind of millions of American
homeowners," Deputy Attorney
General Mark Filip said at an af-
ternoon news conference.
Since March 1,406 people have
been arrested in the sting dubbed
"Operation Malicious Mortgage"
resulting from 144 cases across
the country. Sixty people were
arrested on Wednesday alone, in-
cluding in Chicago, Miami, Hous-
ton and a dozen other regions
policed by the FBI.
Law enforcement officials said
their stepped-up focus on mort-
gage cases aims to combat prob-
lems that have grown out of the
risky lending practices prevalent
until the mortgage market col-
lapse started last year. Officials
have identified 10 "mortgage
fraud hotspots" nationwide in
California, Colorado, Texas, Min-
nesota, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio,
New York, Georgia and Florida.
To people who have commit-
ted fraud or are contemplating
doing so, FBI Director Robert Mu-
eller said: "We will find you, you
will be investigated and you will
Those named in the cases
include housing developers,
mortgage lenders and brokers,
lawyers, real estate agents and
appraisers, said Sharon Ormsby,
section chief in charge of finan-
cial crimes for the FBI.
In some cases, gang, drug and
organized crime investigations
have resulted in mortgage fraud
cases because such schemes en-
able criminals to launder money,
Mortgage foreclosure rescue
scams, which promise to help
struggling homeowners stave
off foreclosure and keep their
homes, also have become a ma-
jor problem, officials said. Typi-
cally, unsuspecting owners sign
over their homes and then find
they are victims of fraud.
In separate arrests, two former
Bear Stearns managers in New
York were indicted Thursday, be-
coming the first executives to face
criminal charges related to the
collapse of the subprime mort-
Across the country, reports of
mortgage fraud have soared over
the past year as the subprime
mortgage market collapsed, and
defaults and foreclosures soared.
Banks reported nearly 53,000
cases of suspected mortgage
fraud last year, up from more than
37,000 a year earlier and about
10 times the level of reports in
2001 and 2002, according to the
Treasury Department's Financial
Crimes Enforcement Network.
In recent months, the FBI has
been investigating more than
1,400 mortgage fraud cases and
19 companies -- including Bear
Stearns -- tied to the subprime
Officials declined to say who
might be the next corporate target,
but Mueller said the investigations
focus on accounting fraud, insider
trading, and failure to disclose the
value of mortgage-related securi-
ties and other investments.
Under review for potential
fraud are: investment banks,
hedge funds, credit rating agen-
cies, brokerage houses and due
diligence firms -- which evaluate
loans packaged into investments.
Similar to the federal investiga-
tions of Enron Corp. and World-
Corn Inc., the cases are complex
and rely on intense scrutiny of
documents, Mueller said.
Feds tighten shark quotas, finning rules
By Dina Cappiello
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- To curb
the illegal practice of removing
shark fins at sea, U.S. officials an-
nounced Thursday that all sharks
caught in the Atlantic Ocean and
Gulf of Mexico must be brought
ashore with their fins attached.
The National Oceanic and At-
mospheric Administration also
reduced by 85 percent the com-
mercial fishing quota for the
sandbar shark, a popular species
for the Asian delicacy of shark fin
soup. Recreational fishermen also
will be banned from catching and
keeping sandbar sharks.
The new rules, which also
reduce and set quotas for some
other sharks, will help rebuild
populations, NOAA says. Sharks
take years to mature and they
produce few offspring, making
them vulnerable to overfishing,
said Jim Balsiger, an acting assis-
The rule will take effect July
Ocean conservationists hailed
the new rules for closing an en-
forcement loophole that still en-
abled fishermen to cut off shark
fins and discard the carcasses at
sea, despite a law passed by Con-
gress in 2000 banning the prac-
tice. But they said the regulation
did not go far enough to reduce
other threats to coastal sharks,
including bycatch, sharks caught
incidentally when catching other
A bill under consideration in
Congress would ban the landing
of sharks without fins attached in
all U.S. waters.
Local woman arrested on drug charges
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee woman was
arrested on felony drug charges
by the Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force after over 17 grams of
suspected marijuana was found
in her apartment.
Inchala Viola Taylor, 21, N.E.
13th Ave., was arrested Monday
afternoon on a felony charge of
possession of marijuana with in-
tent to sell. She was also charged
with the misdemeanor of posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia.
She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail on June
Viola Taylor Jemale
16 under a bond of $5,500.
Also arrested in connection
with this case was Antijuan Je-
male Holmes, 29, of the same
address. He was charged with the
misdemeanor of possession of
marijuana with intent to sell, and
the misdemeanor of possession
of drug paraphernalia.
His bond was set at $2,000.
A task force arrest affidavit in-
dicates that detectives from that
unit knocked on the door of an
apartment on N.E. 13th Ave. and
Taylor answered the door. When
Taylor opened the door detectives
saw what they believed to be a
large bong, which is commonly
used to smoke marijuana, sitting
on a table in plain sight, said the
During a search of the apart-
ment the detectives reportedly
found 17.2 grams of a green leafy
substance in a shoe box and an-
other .6 grams of a similar sub-
stance in the bottom of another
When field tested, the sub-
stance indicated a positive result
for the presence of marijuana,
continued the report.
The search also turned up $55
in cash and a pack of screens. The
screens, said the report, are used
in the bowl of the bong. They also
found several plastic sandwich
According to the task force
report, Holmes and Taylor live to-
gether in the apartment.
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
Roger Johnson, 34, N.E.
31st Way, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested June 18 by Deputy Mike
Bobrowski on a warrant charging
him with violation of probation -
possession of morphine with in-
tent to sell. He is being held with-
Linda Fay Cobb, 23, N.W.
25th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested June 18 by. Deputy Mat-
thew Hurst on warrants charging
her with violation of probation,
violation of probation burglary
of a structure and violation of pro-
bation uttering a forged instru-
ment. She is being held without
Brian Hyland, 41, N.W. 33rd
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
June 18 by Deputy Paul Jackson
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with driving
under the influence with priors.
His bond was set at $2,500.
James Carlton Koger Jr., 20,
N.E. Second St., Okeechobee, was
arrested June 8 by Deputy Corpo-
ral Aric Majere on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging.
him with aggravated battery on
a pregnant person. His bond was
set at $5,000.
Jose Roberto Sanchez, 25,
N.W First St., Okeechobee, was
arrested June 18 by Deputy Patri-
cia Massung on an Okeechobee
Countywarrant charging him with
the felony of driving while license
suspended habitual offender.
His bond was set at $2,500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.
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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
FUNDRAISERS: I am a big supporter of the high school rodeo,
but the fundraiser they put on last week was really a mess. I went to
Eli's four different times Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and
never did get a dinner, although I had tickets that were bought and
paid for. Each time they told people that they didn't have enough
chicken cooked and they were running behind. I know some people
that did manage to get their meals only to get back to their office to
find out the meat was still raw inside, so they had to throw their din-
ners out and go without lunch even though they had paid for it. I have
been a part of many "chicken dinner" fundraisers, and this one was
planned out very poorly, with no organization to it at all. I don't blame
the kids, as they are under the guidance of the adults organizing the
event, but really, next time y'all should try to get it together a little bet-
ter. A bad experience like that is enough to make people not want to
buy a ticket next time. Darlene Bass responds: "You are correct the
fundraiser was a "mess" and we do not feel it was a success be-
cause we felt like we have let a lot of people down. However, there
was a lot of planning and organizing that did go into this fundraiser
even though we did have several setbacks with the cooker cooling
down and the rain did not help. I can make excuse after excuse as
to what happen last Friday but it does not change the fact that we did
let people down and we know that. You are right the kids are not to
blame they worked very hard alongside several of their parents all
day, in the heat, in the rain and listened to a lot of people that was
very supportive and understanding and some not so understanding.
We sent a letter of apology first thing Saturday to the newspapers
taking responsibility of what happened. The letter was printed in the
Wednesday paper. On a brighter note this fundraiser was beneficial
for the team with them selling over 650 dinners. I apologize for any
dinners that went out that was not completely done and want to
thank the folks that took a moment through this chaotic time to let us
know that your dinners were great and worth the wait. It meant a lot
to us to hear those nice comments. On behalf of the team and myself
we want to say a big thank you to the people that supported us. May
God Bless each and everyone one of you.
RAISED RATES: With everything going up, the gas, the lights, the
water, the sewage, why can't somebody give us something for our
money? Why can't the cable company give us some extra channels
like soapnet or some other different channels?
OUTER SPACE: I am calling about the sending people into outer
space. I firmly believe that the cause of all of these tornados and rain
storms and other storms that we are having here today is caused by
interference of the upper atmosphere. Not just that is horrible, but
think of all the millions and billions of dollars that we are spending to
send people up there and what are they finding that is worth all the
weather we have been having down here and robbing the people of
their money? I think someone should get on this and call the govern-
ment and have this trash stopped because all they are doing is robbing
the poor people that can't afford to pay taxes like they are and send it
up there. And on top of that they come back with the atmosphere all
disturbed and aggravated. And you see what its doing today, a tornado
or two or three or four or more a day in the United States. This is hor-
rible. Somebody that reads this should do something about it and see
if we can get this kind of stuff stopped. If we can't stop the tornados at
least stop the money that is being robbed who can't afford these taxes
that are being shot up into the atmosphere. Help, us, we need help and
we need to get this stopped. Thank you.
SCHOOL JOBS: This goes to the Okeechobee County School
_ Board. I have worked with the school board for 35 years driving a bus
and working in the lunch room. I retired out of the job program and
when I wanted my job back they said they could not hire me back at
the same rate of pay because of the budget cuts. I would like to know
why they can keep other retirees on at the same salary that are work-
ing on thier second retirement. It's not like I make a lot of money. One
less truck in the bus garage would have paid my salary for one year.
Some of the higher ups in the school board probably make more in
per diem than what my salary would be.
DRILL NOW: the Drill Now petition has acquired 800,000 signa-
tures and they,are going for 1,000,000 by July 4th to declare a new
Declaration of Independence, from foreign oil, that is. I believe the
price would drop somewhat but we should remember that depen-
dence on foreign oil is what we are most trying to achieve. Even for-
eign oil will decrease in price when they see we are going after our
own. No matter the flipflopping of Mcain or whoever, our leaders are
being forced to listen to the people. Newt Gingrich claims both Re-
publicans and Democrats are signing the petition. I only hope after
they get to drilling they will at the same time be developing alternate
fuels. Brazil is a good example of making ethanol. I personally would
like to see them take that oil out of Anwar and capture the natural gas
in the process and pipe it on down the line. It has been told there is
enough natural gas for us for 200 years. The natural gas I buy is $1 a
FUEL: I think it is time for our nation to declare a state of emergen-
cy and allow government scientists to look at all the patents held re-
garding energy production. If there are patents for inventions that are
workable, but not being produced, they need to require the person
who hold the patent to either start producing that item, sell the pat-
ent to someone who will produce it or else give it to the government.
I believe the oil companies have been buying up patents to keep us
dependent on oil. This is a matter of national security which is more
important than their profits.
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Safety should take
priority above savings
Times are tough. The cost of
living is up and finances are tight.
So it's no surprise that everyone is
looking for ways to save money.
One of the biggest targets for
cost-cutting is healthcare. This
is evident in Florida's Pharmacy
Practice Act, which requires phar-
macists to substitute medications
prescribed by physicians for low-
er-cost generic drugs, if available.
This policy may offer immedi-
ate savings, but allowing critical
treatment decisions to be made
without a physician's approval is
extremely risky especially for or-
gan transplant recipients.
Many post-transplant anti-re-
jection medications require com-
plicated dosing based on specific
patient characteristics, such as
age, weight, ethnicity and many
other factors. Because of these
dynamics, consistent blood-
level monitoring by a physician
is needed to ensure that proper
drug absorption is achieved for
each patient. When drug substi-
tutions are made, active physician
and pharmacist communication
is vital to ensure patient safety
and treatment success.
Some argue that generic sub-
stitutions are chemically equiva-
lent to both innovator (aka,
"brand name") drugs and to each
other; however, testing to deter-
mine chemical equivalence of ge-
neric substitutes focuses largely
on active ingredients. There are
other ingredients in many post-
transplant anti-rejection medi-
cations that may affect patient
response and lead to severe side
effects including infection and
organ rejection which can lead
to costly emergency care and hos-
We must also consider that
testing for chemical equivalence
in generic substitutes is conduct-
ed among healthy subjects, so
there is no guarantee of therapeu-
tic value because unique patient
characteristics and conditions -
such as age, weight, ethnicity and
other illnesses and medications -
can alter a drug's effectiveness.
Physician involvement is vital
not only for innovator-to-generic
substitutions, but for generic-
Friday, June 20
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 in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held
on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405
U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be at noon.
Women should bring business cards and information to promote their
business. The meeting provides networking opportunities for women
in business and is open to the public. No membership is required. For
information, contact Robin Delgado at 800-299-8878; or, by e-mail at
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a new weekly meeting, Over-
eaters anonymous meets every Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Just For To-
day 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 com-
pulsively. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or 863-
Saturday, June 21
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
Sunday, June 22
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
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
Monday, June 23
A.A. meeting will be held from noonjto 1 p.m. at the United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's
Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The
orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in Okeecho-
bee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/answer
. forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth
Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-800-403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
to-generic substitutions as well.
Studies show that ingredients
other than the active ingredient
in variant formulas of the same
medication can impact absorp-
tion and alter the patient's blood
drug level, requiring close blood-
Consider, for example, the dif-
ferent octane levels of gasoline.
Depending on its make, model
and year, a car may experience
an increase in performance when
running on high-octane gasoline.
The smallest difference in octane
can cause changes in performance
and even potentially expensive
complications. Consumers who
understand these dynamics will-
ingly spend more money for in-
The same understanding must
be applied to post-transplant anti-
rejection medications. Regular
and frequent drug substitutions -
done purely to save money will
cost patients and coverage provid-
ers more in increased office visits
and lab tests. Organ transplant
recipients expect and deserve to
have their physicians make the
final choice on medications and
treatment and physicians' medi-
cal judgments and treatment di-
rectives should be respected.
A provision of Florida's 2008-
2009 state budget calls for a study
- to be conducted by the Florida
Department of Health to de-
termine whether the Pharmacy
Practice Act requirements for
drug substitution properly allow
for patient safety, physician input
and treatment success. The study
does not seek to end mandatory
generic drug substitutions; rather,
to conduct an evaluation on the
effect this measure truly has on
safety and savings. It will show
how best to meet the needs of all
patients, including organ trans-
Gov. Charlie Crist should be
commended for his vision, his un-
derstanding of a complex medical
issue and for putting patient safety
above financial concerns by sign-
ing the state budget with the pro-
vision for this study left intact.
Mary Ellen Ross
Executive director of the
Florida Transplant Survivors
Coalition, Delray Beach.
Sock Hop Night at the VFW
The VFW Post 10539 will host a Sock Hop Night with Frank Mazur
and "Road Fever" on Friday, June 20 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
There will be a best dressed contest, twist contest, trivia questions and
a hula hoop contest. For more information call 863-763-2308.
Hospice hosts 'Bargain Sale' benefit
Hospice of Okeechobee is having a three-day Bargain Sale the sale
started Thursday, June 19; clearance sale, Friday, June 20, 8 a.m. until
2 p.m. and a special sale on Saturday, June 21,8 a.m. until noon. There
will be bargains galore! All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeecho-
bee including services offered in The Hamrick Home. For information,
call Cathy at 863-467-2321 or 863-697-1995.
Summer sunset series
The IRCC Lifelong Learning Summer Sunset Series presents classi-
cal duo guitarist Rafael Padron and Aisa Campo on piano Thursday,
June 26, 8 p.m. at the Wynne Black Box Theatre on the IRCC Main
Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. Tickets are $10. Call
1-866-866-4722 ext. 7880.
VFW Post 9528 membership drive
If you are a war veteran: join the*Elite. The VFW Post 9528 will be
hosting a membership drive and barbecue on July 4, at the Post home,
2002 Hwy 78 W in Buckhead Ridge, starting at 11 a.m. All military
and ex-military men and woman are encouraged to continue serv-
ing your country and your community by joining the VFW or Ladies
Auxiliary. Representatives from Amvets, Amvets Ladies Auxiliary and
the VFW Men's Auxiliary will also be available. We will be serving
chicken and pork with all the fixings. All those who join the VFW on
this day will receive a free meal. There will be patriotic music, 50/50
drawings, a cake walk by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and other activities
by the Amvets Ladies Auxiliary. All drinks will be happy hour prices
all day, Margaritas $1.50 all day. For all who are VFW members and
guest the barbecue will be a $7 donation per person. The public is
welcome and encouraged to attend this function in commemoration
of our country's birthday. For more information call 863-467-2882.
Summer camp at Lake Denton
Summer camp at Lake Denton is back! Camps in June will be avail-
able for children in second through fifth grades, 6th through 8th grades
and K5 through 2nd grades. The K5-2nd is one night with parent par-
ticipation encouraged. In July they will have camps for 6th through
8th grades and 9th through 12th grades. Applications for camp can be
obtained from the website at www.lakedentoncamp.org or by calling
Pam Elders at 863-634-9280 or Phil Elders at 863-634-8722.
Day of the American Cowboy set for July
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association and Okeechobee Main
Street will hold the 2008 National Day of the American Cowboy on Sat-
urday, July 26. The event will start with a cattle drive beginning down-
town and ending at the Agri-Civic Center on Highway 70 East. The
festival at the Agri-Civic Center will include a Ranch Rodeo, 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 applications can be picked
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At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Friday, June
20, through Thursday, June 26, 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
Theatre II "Get Smart" (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
Theatre III "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-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all mov-
ies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-7202.
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Reflex analysis discussed, demonstrated at Rotary
By Chauna Aguilar
Local Chiropractor Dr. Edward
Douglas spoke to the Okeecho-
bee Rotary Club on Tuesday, June
17, where he demonstrated the
practice of reflex analysis on a
Dr. Douglas' family are na-
tives of Okeechobee dating back
to 1911. He is a graduate of
Okeechobee High School.
He graduated from Lincoln
Chiropractic College in 1961
where he received his degree. He
has also attended the New York
Chiropractic College where he
specialized in acupuncture and
again at Parker College of Chi-
ropractic where he studied acu-
puncture and nutritional analysis
He has been in private practice
in Okeechobee for 45 years.
Dr. Douglas discussed the pres-
ence of all of the known elements
within the body which make up
the chemistry and metabolic pro-
cesses within the human body.
Awareness of what we eat
and how much we eat affects our
bodies. Dr. Douglas suggested
that one should also watch what
chemicals, preservatives and dyes
are within our food, as they can
affect our bodies.
A good mental attitude also af-
fects ones health he said.
Reflex analysis is one form of
medicine that Dr. Douglas dem-
onstrated which deals with the
master reflexes and body chem-
According to the crahealth.org
web-site, Contact Reflex Analysis
is a simple, safe, natural method
of analyzing the body's structural,
physical and nutritional needs. A
deficiency in any of these areas
could cause or contribute to vari-
ous acute or chronic health prob-
lems. CRA is not a method of di-
agnosis. It is a means by which a
health professional uses the body'
reflexes to accurately determine
the source of a health problem.
The Web site goes on to ex-
plain that hundreds of miles of
nerves carry electrical energy and
connect with every organ, gland,
muscle and tissue. There are ap-
proximately 75 known reflex ar-
eas on the skin which represent
various organs, glands and bone
structures. It is believed that when
the body becomes ill, there is an
interruption of nerve energy to
these reflexes. The reflex, when
tested, will act similar to a circuit
breaker under an overload.
To test a reflex, the tester uses
the patient's arm muscle as a "cir-
cuit" indicator. When the tester's
fingertip comes near or touches
a healthy reflex, the arm muscle
will remain very strong. Nerve
energy is flowing freely. The tester
will not be able to push the pa-
tient's arm down without exert-
ing a lot of force.
However if the arm muscle
is suddenly weak, and the tester
can easily push the patient's arm
down, a "hot circuit breaker" has
been located. The nerve energy
has been interrupted. Using this
reflex information, the Health
Care Professional will know if the
problem is structural, physical, or
When the deficiencies are un-
covered, an exact structural and/
or nutritional support can be giv-
en to help the body heal.
CRA was researched and de-
veloped by Dr. Versendaal, D.C.,
along with an M.D., a clinical
nutritionist, a dentist and a hema-
tologist during the past 30 years.
CRA has been taught in continu-
ing education seminars across the
United States to all Health Care
Professionals for over 25 years.
There are Health Care Profession-
als all across the country who are
proficient in CRA.
Dr. Douglas performed this
analysis on a volunteer Rotarian
Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
Rotarian Bennett Yeilding (right) invited Dr. Edward Douglas (center) and his assistant Me-
lissa Miller (left) to speak at the weekly Rotarian meeting on Tuesday, June 17.
Today in History
By Associated Press
Today is Friday, June 20, the
172nd day of 2008. There are 194
days left in the year. Summer ar-
rives at 7:59 p.m. Eastern time.
Today's Highlight in His-
On June 20,1893, a jury in New
Bedford, Mass., found Lizzie Bor-
den innocent of the ax murders of
her father and stepmother.
On this date:
In 1756, in India, a group of
British soldiers was imprisoned in
a cell that gained notoriety as the
"Black Hole of Calcutta." Howev-
er, the exact circumstances" such
as the number of prisoners, origi-
nally put at 146, and how many of
them died" are disputed.
In 1782, Congress approved
the Great Seal of the United
In 1837, Queen Victoria acced-
ed to the British throne following
the death of her uncle, King Wil-
In 1863, West Virginia became
the 35th state.
In 1943, race rioting erupted in
Detroit; federal troops were sent
in two days later to quell the vio-.
lence that resulted in more than
In 1947, Benjamin "Bugsy"
Siegel was shot dead at the Bev-
erly Hills, Calif., mansion of his
girlfriend, Virginia Hill, apparently
at the order of mob associates.
In 1948, the television variety
series "Toast of the Town," hosted
by Ed Sullivan, debuted on CBS.
In 1963, the United States and
Soviet Union signed an agreement
to set up a "hot line" between the
In 1967, boxer Muhammad
Ali was convicted in Houston of
violating Selective Service laws by
refusing to be drafted. Ali's con-
viction was ultimately overturned
by the Supreme Court.
In 2001, Houston resident
Andrea Yates drowned her five
children in the family bathtub,
then called police. Yates was later
convicted of murder, but had her
conviction overturned; she was
. acquitted in a retrial.
Ten years ago: On the eve
of Father's Day, President Clinton
used his weekly radio address to
announce the release of the first
wave of almost $60 million in
prostate cancer research grants.
Five years ago: Secretary of
State Colin Powell met separately
with the leaders of Israel and the
Palestinian Authority, praising the
Israelis for efforts toward an even-
tual peace settlement and urging
speed on the Palestinians. Presi-
dent Bush named Scott McClellan
his new press secretary, succeed-
ing Ari Fleischer. Wildfires fueled
by high winds burned 250 homes
in southern Arizona.
One year ago: For the sec-
ond time, President Bush vetoed
an embryonic stem cell bill as he
urged scientists toward what he
termed "ethically responsible" re-
search. Sammy Sosa, playing for
the Texas Rangers after a year out
of baseball, hit his 600th home
run, making him the fifth player
to reach the milestone.
Today's Birthdays: Actress
Olympia Dukakis is 77. Actor Mar-
tin Landau is 77. Actor James Tol-
kan is 77. Actor Danny Aiello is 75.
Blues musician Lazy Lester is 75.
Actor John Mahoney is 68. Movie
director Stephen Frears is 67.
Singer-songwriter Brian Wilson
is 66. Actor John McCook is 63.
Singer Anne Murray is 63. TV per-
sonality Bob Vila is 62. Musician
Andre Watts is 62. Actress Candy
Clark is 61. Producer Tina Sinatra
is 60. Rhythm-and-blues singer
Lionel Richie is 59. Actor John
Goodman is 56. Rock musician
Michael Anthony is 54. Musician
John Taylor is 48. Rock musician
Mark DeGliantoni is 46. Rock mu-
sician Murphy Karges (Sugar Ray)
is 41. Actress Nicole Kidman is 41.
Movie director Robert Rodriguez
is 40. Actor Peter Paige is 39. Ac-
tor Josh Lucas is 37. Country-folk
singer-songwriter Amos Lee is
31. Country singer Chuck Wicks
is 29. Actor Chris Mintz-Plasse is
19. Actress Maria Lark (TV: "Me-
dium") is 11.
Thought for Today: "Even
the merest gesture is holy if it is
filled with faith." Franz Kafka,
Austrian author and poet (1883-
to demonstrate the usefulness
and accuracy of the analysis. His
assistant, Melissa Miller, attended
the Rotarian meeting as well.
Dr. Douglas offers free CRA
Nutritional Analysis Classes once
a month at his Douglas Chiro-
practice and Fitness Center as a
community service. For additional
information call 863-763-4320.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at email@example.com.
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If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months look no further. If your
organization or business has
some entertaining events coming
up please forward them along to
The VFW Post 10539 will host
a Sock Hop Night with Frank
Mazur and "Road Fever" on Fri-
day, June 20, at 7 p.m. Everyone
is welcome. There will be a best
dressed contest, twist contest,
trivia questions and a hula hoop
contest. For more information
Lorna Bracewell, from Tam-
pa will be in concert on Thursday,
June 26, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
at the Okeechobee Freshman
Campus. The Okeechobee Coun-
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gram, will be hosting this singer/
This event is free and open to
the public. Everyone is cordially
invited, for further information
contact Mary Gammill or Leslie
Lundy, at 863-462-5000, ext 266.
The IRCC Lifelong Learning
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Thursday, June 26, 8 p.m. at the
Wynne Black Box Theatre on the
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If you're interested in being a
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VINTAGE HOME buit in 1915. T.vr--.,,.l 5 ACRES IN QUAIL WOODS ,l Stlf.x. WATERFRONTHOME&;La eAccr-s onaeep
Lri. E .. ap RESIN UAILW DS ac A .nai An ITrsra nOMEiand 33 CBS Ioneiruur
ments NEWKitchen, Sainlessappliances, Carpet Granite counter tops. Property loaded w/ large heated POOL in screened room overlooking
& Tile Original Wood floors. TRULY A MUST Oaks and Pond w/ an island. MUST SEEI waterfront view. Seawall w/ 2 Piers. BEAUll-
SEE! $459,000 Call Sharon (863) 634-6241 $339,000 Call Sharon 863-634-6241 FUUL $275,000 Call Ron (863) 697-6221
WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT? 3/1 Recently QUIET & PEACEFUL ON THIS COUNTRY
remodeled CBS home with Tile floors & NEW STREET... Beautiful lAcresitew/comfortable:
Appliances. Fenced with Huge Oak Trees. 3423 /1.5 mobile homew/additions New home couk
NW 22ND Ave Basswood. READY TO MOVE be built while stil living on site. $85,000 Call Bil
INII $114,900 #207D Call Bill (863) 634-6797 (863) 697-6797
THIS ONE'S A KEEPER
acre in Dixie Ranch. Oversized
Wood deck, Metal roof,
PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP
$129,000 #202C Call Lod
Oice: Licensed Real Estate Brokers:
2/2 Split plan. Front CBS structure with mi, bile home Very nice well-kept DW mobile ]ome on a ie lulp, cou Modulr lI Ile on 2.50 acres.
totally under roof. Screenedl in covered hack porch, canal that goes directly to the Kissimmee Fruit oIIIhard Kitclen tha all iess sleetl ippli-
,.1. .r garage, storage --. I ?I I .,. lot River The park a well-established park Close an, w/ chld locking I luge pole barn wiill
. I waterway. Ieaul ... i .. i Ii I l to town bu not to close This is country living i i.. i .." ant lot with plenty
his one get away. $92,900 t(MIlS(201)(172) at its best $125,000 (MLS#200067)
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Bobby Tucker 634-8677
Brandon Tucker 772-201-8722
Lic. Auctioneer AU2579
Toll Free: W.S. "Bill" Keene Sr. 634-6797 Lori Mixon 634-1457
874-2945 John Pell 357-8769 Sharon Johnson 634-6241 104 N.W. 7th Ave.
Jeri Wilson 634-6056 Sheryl Coonfare 634-1343 Okeechobee
Ron Staley 697-6221 Keith Pearce 634-7007
Mark Goodbread- 634-6999 Cindy Fairtrace (863) 697-0433 W" TUCkePGrOup.COm
D.R. WILLSON LAND COMPANY
"Okeechobee 's Only Full-Service
Commercial Real Estate Brokerage"
APPRAISING / BROKERAGE / CONSULTING / LEASING
RGEOUS 1+ ACRE WATERFRONT LOT VACATION HAVEN on Rm CanaL Perfea
on U-da Road r &dtead Rite Lct of MdcQ-T- Mobie han-, fLi sueen Mct
55(W- Ft d Ca : SWArJ, LV= & Lake spadous khed deck =mwdW fib dock
ss. Possbk d dmdrg. $200,000 Cal Ron sbrage b-AckV. PRISTINE PLUSI $199PW Cal
EP7J221 Lori (863) 634-1457
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Mobile Homes .. .2000
Recreation ........... 3000
Automobiles ......... 4000
Public Notices ........ 5000
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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.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
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Immediate Openings CNAs
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All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
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OKEE 854 NE 103rd Ave,
June 21st,'8am-?? Furniture,
power tools, hand tools,
generators, ATV trailer,
riding mower, bicycles,
patio & much more!!
YARD & GARAGE
River Oak Acres -
Okeechobee Sat., 6/21
& Sun., 6/22, 9am til 5pm,
13465 SW 16th Dr.
Something for Everyone!
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Wanted: Retired women to
help retired man. Must be
able to do some traveling.
Room & board and small
salary provided. Call
(863)610-1193 for interview
MILL WORKER NEEDED
High School Diploma Req.
Full Time with Benefits
Apply in Person at
Syfrett Feed Company Inc
3079 NW 8th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
ADMIN. ASST. for local
contractor. Computer exp.
a must. Construction exp. a
plus. Benefits. DFWP Fax
resume to 863-763-6337
Is looking to hire a
receptionist in the
Applicant must be
9am to 4 pm
PH. (863) 467-5333
Only serious self-
apply. Must Have
good driving record.
required in FL, Paid
travel time, overtime,
per diem. DFWP,
Benefits, 401 K, Paid
Holiday. & Vacation
One of the Nation's major
suppliers of in-home
oxygen & respiratory
therapy seeks a Sales
establishing and main-
taining relationships with
referral sources in the
medical community and
educating them in the use
and application of medical
equipment. Knowledge of
basic selling skills, must
have excellent human
relations skills, and be
computer literate. We
offer a competitive salary
and benefits package.
Drug-free Workplace. EOE
JoIn all the people who
say, "I sold It In the clas-
Tire Tech- Handle repairs and
know some parts of autos,
Will train, DRUG FREE Se ha-
bla espanol (863)512-6673
TRUCK DRIVER NEEDED
CDL Class A License Required
Full time with Benefits
Apply in Person at
Syfrett Feed Company Inc
3079 NW 8th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
NEEDED P/T EXPERIENCED
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MICROWAVE Stainless Steel,
Large, turn table, inside light
Like new $75 or best offer
(863)763-2763 leave msg
Sierra Nevada Pine solid din-
ing table, 6 chairs, rod iron
accents and upholstery on
Golf Cart Club Car, good con-
dition, double seats and top,
- white, $1300 or best offer
REG AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD
PUPS blue merle, red tri's,
red merle, $650 & up
Television- 57" Sony rear pro-
jection, Good condition w/re-
mote, Silver, Reduced $500
(863)763-2763 leave msg
(First and security)
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
1st month rent FREE to
approved applicants- $700
security deposit, 2br/1ba
Move In Speciall
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2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all appl's, a/c & heat, 1
blk. North of Wal-Mart
$650 mo. (863)763-8878
ON RIM CANAL OF LAKE
OKEECHOBEE: 1br, furnished,
screened porch, utils incl'd.
OAK LAKE VILLAS Remodeled
2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO -
1BR, 1BA, pool, electric &
water incl. $750/mo. + sec.
dep. Call 863-824-0981
BASSWOOD Affordable 3br,
2ba, 2 car garage, Large
house. $1100 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
BASSWOOD ESTATES, New
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1050. Buy 130K Financing
Waterfront, LG. 3 BR, 2 BA
w/Sea Wall. $900/month.
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & rels. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
LAKEPORT, For sale or Rent
by owner 3br/2ba, pets ok,
$850 mo. or $165,000 to
N.W. section- 2br/2ba, un-
furnished, cats only, $900
month + $900 security
(863)763-6975 leave msg
OKEE. 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
OKEECHOBEE 4/2, rentals
available, tile throughout,
$1295/mo & $1095/mo, No
pets 561-248-3888 or
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
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OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, tile
throughout, good neighbor-
hood SW sec. $1200/mo.
OKEECHOBEE ESTATES 2
br/1.5ba, with dock, tile floors
& garage. $800/mo. Call
Okeechobee Estates 3/1,
$850 mo. + $200 sec. dep.
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
dock, lbr, lba, fully turn.
W&D, Elec & satellite incld.,
RANCH SETTING 3/1'/2 and
a 2/1 available, very clean,
no pets, 1st & sec.
Treas. Island 3036 SE 36th
St., 2BR/1.5BA, Ig. garage,
'shed, on water, very clean,
$800 mo. (561)308-7566
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Business Places -
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Property Sale 1010
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Waterfront Property 1080
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BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2br, 2ba,
fully furn, long or short term
lease. June FREE. $775/mo.
+ Sec. dep. (863)824-0981
OKEECHOBEE 3br, lba,
newly remodeled, $800/mo,
1st, last & SeC. No Pets
RIVER RUN-2br/2ba furnished,
carport & laundry room,
large florida room, includes
water & elec. $800 month
(863)357-1464 til 5pm &
leave message or
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TAYLOR CREEK 3BR, 2BA,
on water, June FREE.
$750/mo. + sec. dep. Call
TREASURE ISLAND 2 br, 2
ba, tile, remodeled, partly
furnished, pets okay.
$800/mo + 1st, last & sec.
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Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
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Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
1991 Chevy S-10 Pick-up, V6,
5 speed, black, good condi-
tion, $1,100 or best offer
1998 Chevy Pick-up, automat-
ic, Cold A/C, white, good
the destination of choice
By Bob Wattendorf
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, with
special thanks to Andy Strickland,
The living is easy in Florida this
summer, and the catfish are abun-
dant in the state's fresh waters.
Anglers from throughout .the
United States and from numerous
countries around the world, flock
to Florida, and many freshwater
catfish species will attract anglers
to Florida's diverse fisheries as
well this summer. With vacations
in full swing (or cast, as the case
may be), and gas prices restricting
long-distance travel, more than
ever, we will see anglers from
neighboring states and Florida
coming to wet a line in our pro-
Channel cats (Florida's record
44.5 pounds) with their deeply
forked tails, whiskered faces and
spotted sides are the most com-
mon of our catfish and found ev-
erywhere, except the Keys. Chan-
nel catfish typically school where
the bottom drops off sharply to
deeper water. They usually do not
hide within vegetation but can be
found outside on the deepwater
side of weed beds. Stink baits
fished on the bottom are popular
White catfish (Florida's record
18.9 pounds) share some simi-
larities. However, the tail isn't as
deeply forked and the lobes of the
tail fin are more rounded. White
catfish prefer live: bait, such as a
minnow or worm.
Blue catfish (Florida's record
61.5 pounds) are bigger than ei-
ther channels or whites. Not only
does their coloring distinguish
them, but also the long flat anal fin
on their belly and hump in front
of the back fin give them a distinct
look. These river fish inhabit fresh
water in Northwest Florida. Use
cut or live fish baits with heavy
sinkers and bottom rigs.
Flathead catfish (Florida's re-
cord 49.4 pounds), like blues, are
not native to Florida. As a result,
intense harvest of them is encour-
aged. Do not move or live-release
flatheads into other waters. They
are solitary fish that are more dif-
ficult to catch than the others but
are taken with similar equipment
Bullheads, the smallest of
the targeted catfish, are identi-
fied by squared-off tails and a
uj~ Yw\~41$t ~
Tommy Fowler holds a 49.4
pound flathead the cur-
rent official state record he
caught on the Apalachicola
River in 2004.
heavier skull than other catfish.
The yellow bullhead's barbels
(whiskers) are pale; on a brown
bullhead, the barbels are dark.
Bullheads are caught mostly at
night on doughballs or on worms
or crickets during daylight hours.
They are very frequently taken for
food, and there is no bag limit on
Catfish angling shines dur-
ing the warmer months, but
these fish can be caught year-
round. While fishing can be good
throughout the day, catfish are
usually most active in the morn-
ing and evening. Fish on the bot-
tom using a wide variety of baits,
from chicken livers to commercial
stink baits, to catch most catfish.
Catfish also can be caught on live
baits such as small shiners and
minnows fished near the bottom.
Catfish in lakes and ponds with
automatic fish feeders concen-
trate near these feeders and can
be caught on small pieces of dog
food, bread or hot dogs.
Top spots for catching catfish
occur all over the state.
The Apalachicola River offers
excellent fishing for channel, flat-
head and blue catfish. Live bream
fished on the bottom work well
for big flatheads, while stink baits
or night crawlers (also fished on
the bottom) should do the trick
for channels. Try fresh cut bait,
such as mullet, if pursuing blue
The Choctawhatchee River
provides outstanding fishing for
channel and flathead catfish. Try
live bream on the bottom for
flatheads up to 30 pounds. Stink
baits or night crawlers fished on
the bottom will do the trick for
The Escambia River generates
quality opportunities for blue,
channel and flathead catfish. Sav-
vy anglers will fish live bream on
the bottom for big flatheads and
stink baits or night crawlers for
The St. Johns River and Dunn's
Creek yield superior bullhead,
channel catfish and white catfish.
The Ochlocknee River offers
excellent fishing for bullhead,
channel, flathead and white cat-
fish. Try deep -rivers bends with
structure farther downstream for
flatheads as well.
Clermont Chain of Lakes of-
fers anglers superb opportunities
for channel and white catfish. Cut
baits or stink baits should work
well for both species.
Haines Creek, near Leesburg,
provides good angling for bull-
heads, channel catfish and white
Upper Kissimmee Chain of
Lakes affords great bullhead,
channel catfish and white catfish
angling opportunities. Catfish
ar'e often found near drop-offs or
around bottom structure in the
Southwest Florida Lakes offer
many excellent opportunities for
channel catfish and bullhead an-
Joe Budd Pond (Gadsden
County), a 20-acre impound-
ment, provides excellent -channel
catfishing. Fishing worms or night
crawlers on the bottom are all
that is needed for great catches.
Fish can be caught from shore
or from a boat. Gasoline motors
are not permitted. A harvest limit
of six channel catfish per person,
per day is strictly enforced.
Florida earned the title "Fish-
ing Capital of the World" by cou-
pling its great resources with re-
sponsible management of those
resources by the FWC. Help keep
Florida the Fishing Capital by fol-
lowing sound conservation prac-
Instant licenses are available
at MyFWC.com/License or by
calling 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-
4356). Report violators by calling
*FWC or #FWC on your cell,
or 1888-404-3922. Visit MyFWC.
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Ford F150- 1986, 300 6 cyl.,
4 speed, bed, matt & topper,
chrome wheels, good shape
$1500 firm (863)467-9465
REQUEST FOR BIDS NOTICE OF INTENT TO LEASE
CATTLE GRAZING LEASE
I ^ M ,AA I OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Public Notice 5005 ,,n,,,' ,,,, ,,h i,,, p i, I 3
StatehPublic en ,,,i i ,i, ,and parcel consisting of 683
State Public acres, more or less for the purpose of cattle grazing located in Okeechobee
Legal Notice 5500 County, Florida
Tihe Procurement Department of the South Florida ,, r ,, ,,,r. i, ,ict will
receive sealed bids up to the 2:30 RM. (E.S.T.) .1, i ,_ 11 ..... .. .'2, 2008
Pubic N tic I for award of the lease parcel An optional site visit will be conducted on June 26,
2008 at 9:30 AM at the leased site, located at the end of NW 144 Trail (Loflon
Rd) off Hwy 98 N., Okeechobee County, Florida.
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA All bids must conform to the instructions in the Request for Bids and include a prop-
PROBATE DIVISION early executed Bid Form and Compliance Disclosure Form.
CASE NO. 2008-CP-111
The solicitation can be downloaded for the District web site: www.sfwmd. o listed
IN RE: ESTATE OF onthe currentsolicitation calendar For more Information, please contact Linda
DOROTHY MAE KINSAUL, Greer, Sr. Contract Specialist at (551) 682-6396.
aWk/a DOROTHY M. KINSAUL,
a/k/a DOROTHY KINSAUL, Bidders may also obtain a copy of the complete Request for Bids at the above
Deceased address or by calling (561) 682-6391, or by calling the 24-hour I80 HOTLINE
(800) 472-5290. The public is invited to attend the RFB opening. Information
NOTICETOCREDITORS on the status of this solicitation can be obtained at our web site -
The administration of the estate of
DOROTHY MAE KINSAUL, a/k/a Tract No. JE100-083
DOROTHY M. KINSAUL, a/k/a DORO- (683 acres +/-)
THY KINSAUL, deceased, whose date
of death was May 13, 2008, and A parcel of land situated in Sections 26, 27, 34 and 35, Township 36 South,
whose Social Security Number is Range 33 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, ore particularly described as fol-
261-48-8252, is pending in the Circuit lows:
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division the address of which All that parl of said Section 26 lying Southwesterly of the Southwesterly right of
is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, way line of Seaboard Airline Railroad. Less, however, Government Lots 5, 8
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 The and 9, the South one quarter (S',) of said Section 26, and the old run of the
names and addresses of the personal Kissimmee River.
representative and personal repesen-
tative's attorney are set forth below All that part of said Section 27 lying Easterly of the Easterly right of way line of
All creditors of the decedent and other South Florida Water Management District's Structure 650, East of the East
persons having claims or demands right of way line of South Florida Water Management District's Levee Tieback,
against decedent's estate on whom a said Levee Tieback being also known as Loftin Road, and Easterly of the East-
m -f, n, ii- nice is served within early right of way line of South Florida Water Management District's Candl 38.
h , i . the date of the first
publication of this notice must file their All that part of the Northwest one quarter of the Northwest one quarter (NW'/ of
claims with this Court WITHIN THE the NW ,) of said Section 35 lying Northerly and Westerly of said old run of
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER said Kissimmee River.
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY The above described parcel of Land contains 683 acres, more or less
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE 278946 ON 6/20,27:7/4/080
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands PUBLIC NOTICE
against the estate of the decedent CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
must file their claims with this court A CITY ORDINANCE
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
THIS NOTICE. on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 6'00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall,
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT FILED 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 1024: AN ORDI-
IN SECTION 733702 OF THE FLORIDA NANCE CLOSING, VACATING AND ABANDONING THE ALLEY OR ALLEYWAY AS
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER DESCRIBED HEREIN, WITHIN BLOCK 46, FIRST ADDITION TO SOUTH OKEECHO-
BARRED. BEE SUBDIVISION, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 17 OF THE PUBLIC
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD RECORDS FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AND DIRECTING THE CITY
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED CLERK TO RECORD THE ORDINANCE IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF THE CLERK
TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; PROVID.-
DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS ING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BARREDf The ordinance is regarding Alley Closing Application No. 89 submitted by Bradley
The date of the first publication of this G Goodbread on behalf of property owners George A. Goodbread and GAGBEE, Inc.
notice Is: June 20th, 2008. The request is to close the alley running North to South located directly between
Lots 1 through 3 and 7 through 9 of Block 46, First Addition to South Okeechobee
Dinah Clay Subdivision, Plat Book 1, Page 17 Public Records, Okeechobee, County, Florida.
Co-Personal Representative All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
400 S.W. 13th Street The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in ts entirety by members of the public
Okeechobee, Florda 34974 in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4 3Opm,
Debra Norns except for holidays.
Co-Personal Representative PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
PO Box 340 decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
Okeechobee, Florda 34973 hearing such interested person will need a record of ihe proceedings, and for such
CONELY & CONELY purpose may need to ensure a verbabm record of the proceedings is made, which
Post Office Drawer 1367 record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is' to be based.
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367 City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
(63) 763 -3825 In accordance with the Amenricans with Disability Act (ADA) and Flonrida Statutes
Tom W. Gotney 28626, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
Florida Bar #eS6482 this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days
Attorney for Personal Representative poor to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215. if hearing or voice impaired, call
27876 ON 6/20,27/08 DD 1-800-955-8770 (voice or 1t-800-955-8771 (TTY).
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
278685 ON &20/08
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INVITATION TO BID #2008-12
Sealed bids for the construction of the following project will be received by Okee-
chobee County, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 102, Okeechobee, FL 34972 until
300 p.m. on Friday, July 11, 2008. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the
envelope MUST be marked: "OKEECHOBEE COUNTY BID # 2008-12 DOUG-
LAS PARK AREA DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS PHASE II. Any Bids received after
the time specified will not be accepted. A recommendation for the bid award will
be presented to the County Commission at their Board meeting on July 24, 2008.
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY BID #2008-12.
DOUGLAS PARK AREA DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS
All material furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Draw-
ings, Specifications and Contract Documents pertaining thereto, which may be
examined at or obtained from: ENGINEER Craig A. Smith & Associates, Inc., 1000
W. McNab Road, Suite 200, Pompano Beach, FL 33069, telephone
(954) 782-8222 Or OWNER Okeechobee County Board of County Commission-
ers, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 102, Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Viewing only). A
non-refundable deposit of $10000 will be required for each set of Contract Docu-
ments. Checks are to be made payable to Craig A. Smith & Associates, Inc.
Bidders will confine their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be ac-
cepted. Each bidder will submit with this bid evidence that the bidder is licensed
to perform the work and services or qualified by examination to be so licensed.
Bidders who fail to include proper evidence of licensure will be considered non-
responsive and their Bid will be discarded.
Each bid must be submitted in TRIPLICATE ORIGINALS AND accompanied by an
acceptable Bid Bond or Certified Check, in an amount equal to at least five percent
(5%) of the amount of the bid payable to Okeechobee County, Floridda, as a guar-
antee that itf the bid is accepted the bidder will execute the contract and file ac-
ceptable performance and payment surely bonds, each equal to one hundred
percent (100%) of the contract price within ten (10) days after written notice of
the award of contract.
Contractors currently in default on a construction contract or currently in Liligation
with Okeechobee County or another municipality or county may not submit a Bid
Proposal for this Contract. Contractors submitting a bid under any of the circum-
stances mentioned will be r(eected as being non-responsive. In addition, no entity
convicted of a public entity crime may submit a bid for a period of 36 months
from the date of being placed on the convicted vendor list. No bidder may with-
draw the bid for a period of ninety (90) days after opening of the bids.
There will be a MANDATORY pro-bid conference on June 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the
Okeechobee County Annex, 499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL, 34972.
The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities in any
bid, and delete any portion of the project, whenever such action is in the interest
of the Owner. If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the
specifications, it is the bidder's responsibility to seek clarification from the Engi-
neer Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investi-
gation as to requirements of this bid.
279247 ON 6/20/08
NOTICE OF MEETING
Okeechobee County Construction Industry
The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public
meeting on Tuesday, July 1, 2008, @ 3:30 PM. The public meeting will be held
at the Okeechobee County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. For more informa-
tion, contact Barbara Cash at the Planning and Development Department, 499
N.W. 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863) 763-5548.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect
to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceeding is made and that the record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes
are for the sole purpose of backup for official record of the Department.
Barbara Cash, Secretary to Board
Industry Licensing Board
277981 ON 6/12,20/08
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
REQUEST FOR BID 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 80ARD OF SUPERVISORS
504 NW 5TH AVENUE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
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