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Vol. 99 No. 174


Briefs

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 encour-
aged to continue serving 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 d ,) '. ill re-
ceive 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 encour-
aged to attend this function in
commemoration of our coun-
try's birthday. For more informa-
tion call 863-467-2882.

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 Saturday, July 26.
The event will start with a cattle
drive beginning downtown and
ending at the Agri-Civic Center
on Highway 70 East. The festival
at the Agri-Civic Center will in-
clude a Ranch Rodeo, Backyard
Beef BBQ Contest, storytellers,
poets and displays of the heri-
tage of the American Cowboy.
If you're interested in being a
participant/vendor for the BBO
S Contest or evo, i, ..
applications can be picked up at
the Main Street Office 111 North-
east Second Street, Okeechobee
or email Toni Doyle, Executive
Director at okms@mainstree-
tokeechobee.com. For more
information call 863-357-MAIN
(6246).


Drought Index

Current: 410
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None


Lake Levels

9.27 feet
Last Year: 8.92 feet

o~ red By:


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

Index
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Mini Page .................................. 8
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword..........................
Crossword Answer..................... 6
Opinion ................................. .... 4
Speak Out........................... ...... 4
Agriculture................................. 5
TV ........................................ .7....
W eather.................................. 2

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Budget cuts mean judges moving


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
While several ideas were
discussed, there were still no
concrete solutions offered that
could curb the transferring of
judges' offices out of Okeecho-
bee County.
A meeting was held Friday,
June 20, at the state attorney's
office in the Okeechobee County
Judicial Complex where county
officials and judges tried to find
ways to keep the offices of cir-
cuit court judges F. Shields Mc-
Manus and Lawrence Mirman in


Okeechobee.
Because of massive budget
cuts Judge William Roby, the
chief justice for the 19th Judicial
Circuit, says these offices need to
be moved to St. Lucie County so
the judges and their judi' .I v
sistants (JAs) can b( .-. n.' :, 1
for driving to Oketchiobee fomn
their homes on the coast. The
chief judge must slash his op-
erating budget by a total of 16
percent.
Judge Roby went before the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners and


asked them to pick up the tab
for these gas expenditures, but
was turned down by a 5-0 vote.
The amount sought by the chief
judge for the judges and their as-
sistants was just over $19,000 a
year.
Even though their offices may
be moved to St. Lucie West, the
judges will still come to Okeecho-
bee. The move would simply al-
low them to be reimbursed for
their gas by the state.
"My number one priority is
still Okeech'obee, even though
I'm assigned to St. Lucie West,"


Okeechobee history:



'Pogy Bill' Collins
4 9 *


Local man
remembers
famous
lawman

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County's early
lawman "Pogy Bill" Collins
was "quite a character" and a
"legend in his own time" who
was liked and respected by
everyone.
"Okeechobee should be
pro! d nfhim."
I hose words ot tribute came
from a man who may be only
person still living who knew
Pogy Bill.
Jimmy Minehan, 90, was
eight years old in October
of 1925 when he came to
Okeechobee. It was at the
height of the land boom when
Okeechobee was predicted
to be the "Chicago of the
South." That boom lasted
until 1929, the beginning of
the Great Depression, when
Okeechobee's two banks
failed.
Pogy Bill was first town mar-
shal for Okeechobee City and
then sheriff of Okeechobee
County. I
As sheriff, Pogy Bill lived in
the jail and his wife cooked for
the prisoners. There were no
frills in that jail.
"Anybody who went to his
jail didn't want to come back,"
said Mr. Minehan.
"He was a one man police
department."
Even though Pogy Bill had
a deputy, the deputy stayed in
the background and little was
heard about him.


Courtesy photo/Florida Archives
Pogy Bill Collins was known as a tough but fair lawman
with a special fondness for children.


Although he had no chil-
dren of his own, Pogy Bill loved
children according to Mr. Mine-
han.
"He liked kids and kept them
straight."
Mr. Minehan said that as a
child he and his friends played
baseball every Saturday in the
park. The west side team from
west of Taylor Creek played the
east side team from the east
side of Taylor Creek. Pogy Bill
was always there to referee and
keep them from fighting.
One Saturday, Mr. Minehan
hit a foul ball which headed
toward the plate glass window
of the G & G Department Store.
He and his friends "split like
quail" fearing the consequenc-
es of a shattered window. Mr.
Minehan's father had a drug
store about a block away. He
ran and hid in the back of the
drug store. After a while Pogy
Bill came looking for him. His
father told the sheriff he was in
the back of he store. After teas-
ing him awhile about paying


for the window, Pogy Bill told
Mr. Minehan that the storekeep-
ers had insurance to pay for the
window.
After that they played base-
ball behind the school where
there were no windows to
break.
During Mr. Minehan's high
school days, baseball, football
and basketball were the only
sports played. Pogy Bill was al-
ways at the games.
The sheriff served as a team
doctor to the football team.
He carried a satchel contain-
ing adhesive tape and rhubarb
and soda. If you got a sprain,
he taped it. If you got sick, he
gave you a dose of rhubarb and
soda. If you got a charlie horse,
he called time out and had the
inured player "walk it out" on
the field..
There were no school buses
for away games. Parents had
to transport students in their
own cars. Many people did not
See Pogy Bill Page 2


said Judge Mirman. "I'm going
to be here for court."
Among the ideas discussed
was reducing the population
of the Okeechobee County Jail
and using electronic monitoring
devices on those awaiting trial
instead of having them sitting
behind bars.
County administrator Lyndon
Bonner said it currently costs the
county a minimum of $68 per
day to house one inmate. That
cost can rise dramatically if there
is a medical problem.
"My job is to deliver a bal-


anced budget. This is a big issue
for us and I don't think I can get
there (a balanced budget) with
the jail population as it is," he
said to the group.
Friday morning there were
279 inmates housed in the coun-
ty jail.
Mr. Bonner mentioned that
over $1 million of the county's
budget is spent on housing in-
mates.
"The jail population is expect-
ed to go through the roof and the
cost to the county, per inmate, is
See Judges Page 2


Are you prepared


for hurricanes?


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
June 1 was the start of hur-
ricane season. Preparing for the
aftermath of a hurricane is just
as important as preparing for it
before its arrival.
Below are excerpts from the
Florida Department of Health
on precautions to take after a
storm and how to handle vari-
ous facets of daily life.
{Food safety}:
Do not eat any food that
may have come into contact
with contaminated water from
floods or tidal surges.
Do not eat canned food if
there is a bulging or opening
on the can or the caps of com-
mercial drinks.
Save undamaged, com-
mercially canned foods by re-
moving labels and disinfecting
the cans in a bleach solution of
one-fourth cup bleach in one
gallon of water. Re-label the
cans. including expiration date
and food type. Assume that
home-canned food is unsafe.
Feed infants only pre-
mixed canned baby formula.
Do not use powdered formulas
prepared with treated water.
Use boiled water to prepare
formula.
Frozen and refrigerated
foods can be unsafe after a
hurricane. Without power, re-
frigerators keep foods cool for
only about four hours. Throw
out thawed and refrigerated
foods after four hours.
{Sanitation/Hygiene}:
Always wash your hands
with soap and water that has
been boiled or disinfected be-
fore eating, after toilet use, af-
ter cleanup activities, and after
handling articles contaminated
by floodwater or sewage.
Post-hurricane flooding
may mean water contains fe-
cal matter from sewage sys-


teams, agricultural and indus-
trial waste, and septic tanks.
Keep open cuts or sores clean
by washing them with soap
and disinfected or boiled wa-
ter. Apply antibiotic ointment
to reduce the risk of infection.
See a physician if a wound or
sore develops redness, swelling
or drainage.
Do not allow children
to play in flood water; it can
expose them to fecal matter.
Disinfect toys that have been in
flood water before letting chil-
dren play with them. Use one-
fourth cup water in one gallon
of water to disinfect toys and
other items.
{Power outage: prevent fire
hazard}:
Use battery-powered lan-
terns and flashlights rather than
candles.
If using candles, keep in
safe holders away from cur-
tains, paper, wood or other
flammable items.
{Clear standing water: pre-
vent mosquito-borne illness}:
Heavy rains and flooding
can lead to more mosquitoes,
which are most active at sun-
rise and sunset.
Protect against mosqui-
toes by using these prevention
tips: Avoid being outside at
dusk and dawn; wear clothes
that cover most of your skin;
use DEET repellent, or picaridin
and oil of lemon eucalyptus;
get rid of standing water where
mosquitoes can lay eggs.
{Home clean-up}:
Flood water with a hurri-
cane must be removed as soon
as possible since it may contain
material from overflowing sew-
age systems. If there has been
a backflow of sewage into the
house, take the following mea-
sures for clean-up:
See Prepared Page 2


Lorna Bracewell to perform


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School system will host a con-
cert on Thursday, June 26,
from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus.
The concert is FREE and
open to the public. Everyone
is cordially invited.
The Okeechobee County
School, Title I Migrant Pro-
gram, will be hosting Song
Writer and Singer, Lorna
Bracewell of Tampa.
According to her website,
she is a native of the Tampa
Bay area. Lorna Bracewell,


24, is a seasoned singer-song-
writer with a powerful and
distinctive alto voice, a fresh
and timely perspective on life,
and a resume that reads like
that of someone twice her age.
She has performed more than
1,000 engagements; she has
released 5 full-length CD's on
her own label, Braced Well
Records; and she has toured
Europe three times.
Bracewell's thoughtful orig-
inal songs and her fresh spins
and insightful commentary on
a wide variety of cover tunes
have endeared her to audienc-
es and critics alike.
The press release went on


to say that Bracewell has also
earned the respect of estab-
lished artists for whom she
has performed opening sets:
Amy Grant described her as,
"a spirited young artist with a
lot to say," and Chrissie Hynde
(The Pretenders) called her "a
beautiful person and a spirited
player."
David Jenkins, Executive
Director of Sunrise Theatre in
Fort Pierce, perhaps summed
her up the best. After host-
ing Bracewell for a co-bill
with a major national artist,
he described her as, "a totally
See Lorna Page 2


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee County School, Title I Migrant Program
will host singer/songwriter Lorna Bracewell in concert on
Thursday, June 26, from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee
Freshman Campus. The concert is free and open to the
public. Everyone is cordially invited.


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Judges
Continued From Page 1

going to go up," he said.
Probably the biggest problem
in terms of jail population is those
who are arrested for violation of
probation (VOP). Instead of being
sent to prison, many of these vio-
lators are sentenced to the county
jail for six to nine months.
Judge Mirman estimated that
90 percent of the VOP cases he
hears are severe offenders who
are likely to get a county jail sen-
tence.
Okeechobee County Sheriff
Paul May said his office has tried
to schedule hearings with state
legislators to discuss the problem
with VOP offenders.
"But regardless of where
they're held, some of them need
to be in jail," he said. "The jail
population is down. At one time


last year we had 309 inmates.
I would hate to tie this (gas re-
imbursement) strictly to the jail
population."
Sheriff May went on to say that
his office is currently charging a
$50 fee for those booked into the
county jail. Potentially, he said
this could bring in an additional
$38,000 to $50,000. However, this
year only $25,000 has actually
been collected.
"To me, that would be a rev-
enue source," he said.
He did say, however, that not
everyone booked into the jail has
that kind of money on them.
The group also discussed a
pre-trial program currently being
used in St. Lucie County. Instead
of sending some offenders to jail
to await trial, they are fitted with
an electronic bracelet and their
whereabouts are monitored via
the Global Positioning System
(GPS). Judge Mirman said this
is helping with the jail situation


there tremendously.
While this would save a sub-
stantial amount of money, Mr.
Bonner said it may be cost pro-
hibitive for a small county like
Okeechobee.
"The county would have to
buy the bracelets and such," he
said. "I don't really think we have
enough customers to pay for
this."
He also suggested that in-
stead of housing offenders, why
not move up their court dates?
Mr. Bonner said he and Judge
Roby also discussed at a meet-
ing last week the use of a 'rocket
docket' to move offenders quickly
through the system.
"That term is offensive to me,"
said Assistant State Attorney Ash-
ley Albright. "This is not fast food.
I'm already doing the best I can.
I can't make changes just due to
gas issues."
Judge Mirman -said what he
spends for gas to commute to


Okeechobee doesn't concern
him.
"To me, personally, it's not re-
ally an issue," he said. "I want to
come to Okeechobee and I want
to serve the people of Okeecho-
bee County. But when I told my
JA that we were coming out here,
she literally started crying."
He said the JAs are paid a mea-
ger salary and that to force them
to pay for their gas to commute
to Okeechobee "is very onerous
on them."
Because of this, he said his
assistant meets him at his house
each day and rides to work with
him. He went on to say that the JA
for Judge McManus spends three
hours a day on the road. By mov-
ing their offices, the JAs would
have a normal commute, added
Judge Mirman.
He went on to say that while
the move would allow him to be
reimbursed for his gas, he doubts
he will do that.


"I can't justify that in my
mind," he said.
After sitting quietly through
most of the meeting Okeechobee
County Judge Jerald Bryant spoke
up and let his feelings be heard.
"I feel like there's a 10,000-
pound elephant in this room but
nobody wants to talk about it.
Why should we be made to pay
for their travel?" he said. "I feel
the actions of Judge Roby are
vindictive to Okeechobee County.
Moving the judges is a ruse to get
some money for the judges. If we
give in this time, what's next?"
Judge Bryant said the sole
purpose of moving the judges is
to get them travel pay and that
Okeechobee County is again be-
ing treated like a red-headed step-
child.
"Why should Okeechobee
County have to pay 100 percent?"
he asked.
The county judge went on to
suggest that the entire judicial dis-


trict should pitch in and help with
the travel costs.
Both Judge Bryant and Mr.
Bonner agreed that Judge Roby
is instituting the move to send a
message to state lawmakers that
more judges are needed in the
district.
Regardless, the administrator
urged everyone at the conference
table to help.
"This is team Okeechobee.
There are a lot of folks here who
can help me," he said. "I'm trying
to find a solution here."
To that Judge Mirman told him
that whatever the county does,
they should do it quickly.
With quick being the operative
word, since the new state budget
goes into effect July 1. And even
though Judge Roby has said he
won't institute the move until July
15, time is of the essence.
"Move fast. Once you put
something in motion it's harder to
pull it back," he said of the move.


Pogy Bill
Continued From Page 1

have money for gas at .25 cents
a gallon. But Pogy Bill and some
of the parents managed to trans-
port students to such places as
Fort Pierce, Sebring and Avon
Park for ball games. At that time
Moore Haven, Clewiston and oth-
er schools around the lake did not
have ball teams.
Mr. Minehan said Pogy Bill
never carried a gun. He always
carried a black jack in his back
pocket. If anyone gave him any
trouble he would give them a tap
on the head with the black jack.
As a lawman, he never started
a fight, but he could defend him-
self with his fists if he had to.
From the waist up he was hefty
with broad shoulders. But his


Prepared
Continued From Page 1

Clean walls, hard-surface
floors and other household sur-
faces with soap and water; disin-
fect with one cup bleach to five
gallons of water.
Disinfect surfaces that come
in contact with food and chil-
dren's play areas.
Wash all linens and clothing
in hot water or dry clean.
Air dry in the sun mattresses,
+ furnituree and items that can't be
washed and spray with a disinfec-
tant.
Steam-clean all carpeting.
Replace filters in heating and
air conditioning systems.


body was out of proportion, ac-
cording to Mr. Minehan and he
had spindly legs. Although Pogy
Bill could not run, he didn't need
to because he could take care of
himself with his fists.
Mr. Minehan said the sheriff
was always broke because he
spent his small salary helping oth-
ers. On Saturday, people would
come to town and hang out in
the stores and buy their groceries.
Pogy Bill would always be around
and if someone had no money,
he would pay for their groceries.
During the depression there
were no jobs. Many people tried to
make a living running moonshine
stills. However, there was no mar-
ket for moonshine, they had to try
to sell it to each other. Pogy Bill
never bothered the moonshiners,
preferring to let federal officials
handle them.
"Let them alone, they are try-


Wear rubber boots and wa-
terproof gloves while cleaning.
Be careful not to mix certain
household cleaners and disin-
fectants, as some mixtures can
produce toxic fumes and result in
injury or death.
Discard materials that can-
not be thoroughly cleaned and
dried within 24,48 hours.
Watch for mold and care-
fully remove or clean it. For more
information on mold, call the
Okeechobee County Health De-
partment at 863-462-5819 or Air
Toxics Hotline at 800-543-8279.
{Home repair}:
Work in pairs or groups.
Take short breaks and work
during cooler hours of the day.
Wear goggles, heavy gloves
and steel-toed boots.


Special needs shelter



space is limited


In case of a hurricane or other
disaster, the Okeechobee County
Health Department, 1728 N.W.
Ninth Ave., is designated as the
county's Special Needs Shelter.
It can accommodate 75 clients
plus their caregivers. If a client is
on oxygen, they are requested
to bring all oxygen equipment
required. Each client and their


caregiver must bring the neces-
sary medical supplies, personal
items and bedding. No blowup
mattresses will be allowed.
Special needs clients need
to register ahead of time at the
health department or with their
home health care service. For
more information call 863-467-
5792 or 863-462-5800.


Florida has trouble leading

South into climate fight


By David Fischer
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE (AP)-Florida
- which could be among the
most vulnerable states should dire
global warming predictions of ris-
ing seas, shore erosion and mon-
ster hurricanes come to pass is
considering capping emissions of
greenhouse gases and hoping fel-
low Southern states to follow suit.
It might be a tough sell.
New clean energy legislation,
backed by Gov. Charlie Crist, di-
rects the state to set up a program
to limit carbon dioxide emissions
by power plants and require com-
panies to pay whenever they ex-
ceed the restrictions on the gases
widely suspected of causing global
warming.
Referred to as a "cap-and-
trade" program, models have
already been created in the U.S.
and in Europe. And while any fu-
ture program in Florida could take
nearly two years to pass the Legis-
lature, state leaders don't know yet
whether the state will go it alone,
ask the South to create a regional
program or join another region's
carbon-capping program for now.
A bill that would create a na-
tional emissions trading program
is working through Congress, and
regional initiatives already advanc-
ing in the Northeast, West and
Midwest have been instrumental
in shaping the measure, said Ste-
phen Adams of the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protec-
tion.
"The South really has not been
a leader on this issue in the past,"


said Adams, a planning director.
One reason: air pollution,
historically, has not been as big
a problem in the South as in the
Northeast or California, which
were looking at clean air policies
as far back as the 60s.
Greenhouse gases blamed for
global warming have become
such an issue that Florida, North
Carolina, South Carolina and Ar-
kansas, among others, are giving
air pollution serious study. And
while there's no indication a cap-
and-trade program for the South
will become reality anytime soon,
Crist said he has received a posi-
tive reception in advancing the
issue at the Southern Governors'
Association.
"I think that regionally, as well
as nationally, it's important for us
to work together," Crist said.
Attorney Dale Bryk, with the
nonprofit Natural Resources De-
fense Council, said Florida could
join another cap-and-trade pro-
gram in the U.S. until programs
emerge in the South or the nation.
She said the Regional Green-
house Gas Initiative, of northeast
states, is the first to be running
later this year and one good can-
didate. Others Florida could join,
she said, are the Western Climate
Initiative and Midwestern Green-
house Gas Accord.
Or Florida could even adopt
many ideas from the European
Union Emission Trading Scheme,
which began covering utilities
and industrial facilities in January
2005.


ing to get money for groceries,"
the sheriff would say when some-
one told him of a moonshine
still.
After 14 years as sheriff, Pogy
Bill lost the 1932 election by three
votes. Mr. Minehan said some of
the people the sheriff had helped
voted against him.
Pogy Bill took a job in Indi-
antown and then wound up as
police chief in Frostproof. One
day he jumped on the town fire
truck as it was answering a fire
call. He was thrown off the truck
and caught pneumonia as a result
of his injures. A few days later he
died.
The Feb. 15, 1935 issue of the
Okeechobee News carried an
account of Pogy Bill's funeral. He
was described as "big and strong,
good natured and friendly, with a
grip like steel, brave and fearless."
The account paid tribute to his


Clean wounds with soap and
clean water.
Leave immediately if water-
damaged structure shifts or un-
usual noises occur.
Avoid lifting more than 50
pounds of debris or materials.
Avoid heat stroke/exhaustion
by wearing light-colored, loose-
fitting clothing and drinking fluids
every 15 minutes.
Only experienced people
should use chainsaws and special
equipment; wear earplugs when
operating.
Turn off power at main
breaker to prevent electrocution
in wet areas.
Never handle a downed
power line.
Never bring gasoline -- or
diesel-powered pumps, genera-


help during Okeechobee's devas-
tating hurricanes and his generos-
ity to the poor and sick. After a
ceremony in Frostproof, his body
was brought to Okeechobee for
a ceremony at the First Baptist
Church led by Rev. Sam Dur-
rance.
Pogy Bill was buried in
Okeechobee's Evergreen Cem-
etery.
Editor's note: In some ac-
counts, Mr. Collins' name is
spelled "Pogey Bill" and in oth-
ers, "Pogy Bill." The name on this
tombstone is "Pogy Bill" Collins.
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tors or pressure washers indoors
as they release carbon monoxide
-- a deadly, colorless and odorless
gas.
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often and maintaining a normal
sleep schedule.
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nity.
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to do after a hurricane, contact
the local health department at
(863) 462-5819, or visit the web
at www.doh.state.fl.us or www.
FloridaDisaster.org.
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Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon

Music in the park
Kristie Mathey, Sherry Raymer and Teresa Durance of the
Circle of Grace bible study attended the Christian rock
concert at Flagler Park on June 6. The free concert was
presented by Reach FM to raise money for local chari-
ties.


L Orn And offstage, a total professional
and a joy to work with."
Continued From Page 1 For more information contact

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acoustic guitar that allows her to 863-462-5000, ext 266.
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Today's Weather


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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly cloudy...Then considerable cloudiness. A slight
chance of showers and thunderstorms through late morning...Then
a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the
lower 90s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunder-
storms through midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds
around 5 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Extended Forecast
Monday: Partly cloudy. A chance of afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 5 to tO
mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Monday night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening show-
ers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20
percent.
Tuesday: Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening show-
ers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20
percent.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thun-
derstorms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening
showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain
20 percent.


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Dancing in the park
People that came out to Flagler Park on June 6 were treat-
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Arrest Report


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Jason Edward Gillis, 27,
N.W. Ninth Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested June 19 by Deputy
Harold Hancock on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him
with failure to appear possession
of methamphetamine, failure to
appear possession of marijuana
under 20 grams, failure to appear
- possession of drug parapherna-
lia and failure to appear for com-
pliance. He is being held without
bond. Gillis was also arrested
on another Okeechobee County


warrant that charged him with
driving while license suspended
and possession of cannabis under
20 grams. He is being held with-
out bond on those charges also.
In addition, Gillis was arrested
on local warrants that charged
him with failure to appear driv-
ing while license suspended and
failure to appear driving while
license suspended (second con-
viction). He is being held without
bond on those charged also.
Evi Serrano, 26, N.E. 64th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
June 19 by Deputy Patricia Mas-
sung on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging Serrano with
failure to appear grand theft. Ser-
rano's bond was set at $2,500.
Vernetta Pryor, 20, N.E.
Third St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested June 19 by Sergeant Rob-
ert Coleman on a felony charge of
aggravated assault. She was also


charged with the misdemeanor of
criminal mischief. Her bond was
set at $3,000.
Raymond Lloyd Herndon,
39, N.W. 43rd Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested June 19 by Deputy
Patricia Massung on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him
with failure to appear grand
theft. His bond was set at $1,000.
Cavin Michael Feldpusch,
38, S.E. 23rd Court, Okeechobee,
was arrested June 20 by Deputy
Joseph Hall on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with grand theft auto. His bond
was set at $1,000.
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.


Law Enforcement Calls


The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Friday, June 13, through
Thursday, June 19:
June 13
assault in the 8400 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
vandalism in the 500 block
of N.W. 27th Lane
June 14
burglary in the 5400 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
vandalism in the 600 block
of S.R. 78 WT
theft in the 15000 block of
N.W .2Q3.r Ave.
assault in the 11000 block of
US. 441 S.E.
June 15
theft in the 16000 block of
N.W. 176th Ave.
burglary in the 9300 block of
S.E. 57th Drive
June 16
*, theft in the 10000 block of
S.E. 126th Blvd.
larceny in the 3300 block of
U.S. 441 S.
larceny in the 10000 block of
N.W. Eighth Ave.
June 17
theft in the 3700 block of S.E.
27th St.
theft in the 2600 block of
N.W Seventh St.
theft in the 12000 block of
S.R. 70 E.
larceny in the 6300 block of
N.E. Second St.
theft in the 1400 block of
N.W. 45th Terrace
burglary in the 3200 block of
S.E. 33rd Terrace
June 18
theft in the 1800 block of
N.W Ninth St.
child abuse in the 300 block
of S.E. 15th Ave.
burglary in the 10000 block
of N.W First Ave.
June 19


assault in the 800 block of
S.W. 28th St.
vandalism in the 300 block
of S.W. 30th Terrace
fraud in the 3300 block of
N.W. Seventh St.


fraud in the 3500 block of
U.S. 441 S.
Editor's Note: Only calls deal-
ing with either a felony or a po-
tential felony are entered into this
column.


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RELIGION: Anyone who is secure in their own faith would not go
around bad-mouthing someone else's beliefs. Only those who have
doubts themselves feel they have to put down other people's beliefs
in order to bolster their own. When I hear someone bad-mouthing
a religion, I think that person must not have very strong faith of their
own, and that is certainly not someone I want to listen to about mat-
ters of religion or faith.
VOTERS: Looking at the elections information, it was disappoint-
ing to come to the following realization: There are over 10,000 Demo-
crats, just under 6,000 Republicans, and about 2,500 Independents
registered That is under 18,500 total registered voters. Last I checked,
the census at http://www.census.gov says that we have approximately
40,000 fulltime residents. From the 2000 census, we had 9,000 people
under age 18. Round that up to 10,000 for population inflation since
the last census was conducted. Are there really 11,000 eligible vot-
ers who are not registered to vote in this county? Over 25 percent of
the population doesn't bother to help determine what direction the
county should be moving?
SPARKING: I have a disabled parking permit. If there is not a space
open in the disabled parking area, I park in the next closest spot. What
is going on with these idiots who think it is okay to park in the striped
zone next to the disabled parking spaces. Just because you have a
broken leg does not give you the right to park there. Even if you have
a disabled parking permit, you may not park in that space. It is illegal.
That space is for persons who own a wheel chair and/or a walking
assistance device. It is to give that person extra room. It angers me
that these people think they have the right to do anything they wish
regardless to the fact that there are two little words in the dictionary.
Maybe you should look them up! COMMON COURTESY.
VIKING: This is in response to the Sunday speak out, to the person
who's tired of hearing us discuss the Viking issues. So you're tired of
hearing us talk about where we live, so let us run up and down your
road all hours of the night on our ATVs, party in your front lawn, and
play music so loud that you can hear it as if sitting beside us, let us
leave our trash around and in your yard and shoot guns off all hours of
the day and night, oops almost forgot when it rains we will flood your
road and see how easy it is for you to get home. Come walk in our
shoes for 30 days and see it's not that easy. We are not complaining.
We are discussing what needs to be done. We pay more taxes than
anyone in the county so we will discuss 'till we are blue in the face and
you just don't have to read it. As for your Indian Prairie thing techni-
cally this was an old lake bed out here, that's why if you look at a map
that SFWMD uses there are numerous acres of wetlands.
ATVS: I see very young children on ATVs all the time without su-
pervision ... some with helmets, some without. It makes me want to
shake the life out of the parents! But once again, parents need to take
responsibility for their children!
GOLF CARTS: I don't understand why parents allow their children
to ride around in golf carts on county roads. This is really dangerous.
Golf carts do not belong on the roads. They belong on the golf course.
They don't have safety equipment. If a car hits one, those in the golf
+ cafrtsare going to be seriously injured or killed. Keep the golf carts off
the streets.
LAW: The deputies should enforce the law when they see kids on
ATVs. According to Florida Statutes and Constitution: No person un-
der 16 years of age shall operate, ride, or be otherwise propelled on
an all-terrain vehicle unless the person wears a safety helmet meeting
United States Department of Transportation standards and eye protec-
tion.
RAIN: We have had a couple of days of good rain this week. So
why would anyone still be watering their lawn? Just because you can
water one day a week does not mean you have too. If it rains during
the week, turn your timer off for this week. I don't think we should be
wasting water on lawns to begin with. There are a few other, a little
more important things that water could be used for. You know just
little things like growing food, watering live stock, a habitat for fish,
drinking, and oh yeah our survival. Not so your lawn is prettier than
your neighbors.
DROUGHT: You might think this is odd but the drought has been
good for my trees. I think it made them grow deeper roots or some-
thing. They have gotten larger and have more leaves than ever before.
I think it is true that if you plant native trees and plants the best thing
to do is leave them alone. Don't water them. Let them adapt to the
environment. Native plants can handle drought and floods.
DITCHES: After living in Okeechobee County for nearly 10 years,
I was pleased to see the road department finally came out and fixed
the county drainage ditch in front of my property. I have been com-
plaining about that for a long time but no one ever listened before.
Whoever is there now is doing the job. Finally this average taxpayer is
getting some service and I very much appreciate it.



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Reflections from the Pulpit

What if these are end times?


Rev. Dr. Stu Beebe
Chaplain, Hospice of
Okeechobee
What if these really are the
end times? Is it evident that men
have become lovers of their own
selves, covetous, boasters, proud,
blasphemers, disobedient to par-
ents, unthankful, unholy, without
natural affection, truce breakers,
false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
despisers of those that are good,
traitors, heady, high minded, lov-
ers of pleasures more than God?
All these are described by
Paul in II Timothy Chapter 3 as
the state of mankind during the
last days. It sounds too familiar
doesn't it? What if God is making
one last call for the children of
earth to turn back to Him?
What if the home foreclosure
disaster is really a call for us to
forego our worldly comforts and


secure our heavenly home? It's
not easy in these high cost eco-
nomic times to escape the ma-
terial entrapments of the world.
Jesus told the rich young ruler to
sell all he had and give it to the
poor. That's a lot more than a 10
percent tithe.
Both Joel (2:28) and Peter
(Acts 2:17) warn us, "And it shall
come to pass in the last days, saith
God, 'I will pour out my Spirit
upon all flesh. Your sons and your
daughters shall prophecy and
your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream
dreams." Anyone who doesn't
find this familiar hasn't been to a
Christian book store lately.
So what if it really IS the last
days. What if it really IS the time
to choose Jesus over eternal suf-
fering? What if we are experienc-
ing not global warming, but a
GLOBAL WARNING? What if?


Community Calendar

Sunday, June 22
AA. 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 863-634-4780,
Monday, June 23
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 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 adopt-
ing in Okeechobee 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.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m..Turn left at the
Moose Lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
A.A. meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meet-
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alcoholics. For information call Chris at 863-467-5714.

Community Events

Red Cross to hold CPR classes
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offer Adult CPR
classes on Wednesday, June 25, at 6 p.m. To register, or for more
information call 863-763-2488 or stop by their Branch office located at
323 N. Parrott Ave.

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-
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and K5 through 2nd grades. The K5-2nd is one night with parent par-
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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
up at the Main Street Office 111 Northeast Second Street, Okeechobee
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Ladies Auxiliary Spaghetti Night
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Wetter weather brings unwanted visitors


By Roxanne Connelly,
Extension Service
Entomologist and Dan
Culbert, Extension
Horticultural Agent
UF/IFAS Extension Service

UNIVERSITY OF

FLORIDA
IFAS EXTENSION

You don't "see 'em, but you
sure feel 'em!"
Anyone who spends time out
of doors fondly remembers the
dry weather of a few weeks ago.
Ranchers, gardeners, fishermen
and anyone who spends time in
the great outdoors has probably
noticed that those unwelcome
seasonal visitors have finally ar-
rived.
When soils become moist and
temperatures rise, these small
mosquito relatives fly out of the
wetlands, looking for a little sip
of blood. They can't be seen, but
they sure can be felt, with sharp
biting pain whenever folks are
outside, especially at dawn and
dusk. Locals call them no-see-
ems, but University of Florida En-
tomologists are likely to identify
these as biting midges.
Biting midges can be a nui-
sance to anyone who spends
time outdoors during early morn-
ing and evenings. Even during the
daytime on still, cloudy days they
will readily inflict irritating, pain-
ful, bites. For some, their feeding
can cause long-lasting painful le-
sions on exposed skin.
The invisible life
Biting midges are sometimes
incorrectly referred to as sand
flies, but true sand flies are a dif-


ferent group on insects. Besides
mosquitos, another group of
flies that can appear under cur-
rent weather conditions are non-
biting blind mosquitos that go by
the local name of "chizzywinks."
(I wrote about these critters a
few years ago contact us if you
want to see that article.)
There are over 4,000 species
of biting midges. One genus, Cu-
licoides, has over a thousand dif-
ferent species world-wide, with
47 species known in Florida.
Some are commonly fond of cer-
tain habitats; any visit to Florida
salt marshes will produce welts
from many different kinds of no-
see-ems.
The eggs are very small -
about 0.25 mm long and laid
on moist soil. Some species can
lay up to 450 eggs per batch and
as many as seven batches in a
lifespan. Eggc typically hatch
within two to 10 days of being
laid, depending on the species
and temperature.
Larvae are worm-like, creamy
white, and 1/16" to 1/8" [2-5
mm] long. Some of the larva
of tropical species lives in rot-
ting fruit, bromeliads, and other
water-holding plants. Other lar-
val habitats include mud, sand,
and debris at edges of ponds,
lakes and springs, tree holes, and
slime-covered bark.
Local species typically feed on
small organisms close to the wa-
ter's surface. The larval stage can
last from two weeks to a year,
depending on the species, tem-
peratures, and geographic area.
The resting pupa of these
midges is pale yellow to light
or dark brown. During this 2-3
day resting period, these insects
change into airborne biting
midges. As they emerge, the new
adult males and females both


feed on nectar. But the females
will be looking for blood primar-
ily around dawn and dusk re-
quired for her eggs to mature.
Adult no-see-ums are gray and
less than 1/8 inch long. Their two
wings are hairy and have color
patterns that help to identify spe-
cies. If you are able to see one
up close, their large compound
eyes more or less cover the entire
front of their head above their
antennae. The mouthparts have
cutting teeth for blood-sucking in
females, but not in males.
Biting midges are primarily
a nuisance. The major medical
issue associated with them is
allergic reactions to the bites.
However, like other blood feed-
ing flies, some Culicoides species
carry pathogens that can cause
disease in humans and animals.,
One species [C. sonorensis] can
transmit the bluetongue virus,
a serious disease of sheep and
cattle. (Request the new UF fact
sheet on Bluetongue: http://edis.
ifas.ufl.edu/IN768)
Living with these invisible
pests
On a large scale basis, ef-
forts to reduce no-see-ums in-
volve either flooding or draining
wetlands and the use of chemi-
cal pesticides. Currently, larval
habitats of biting midges are not
targeted in public control efforts
because lots of areas would need
to be drained or flooded to result
in reduced no-see-ems. Likewise
some negative environmental im-
pacts would also be the result.
Using pesticides against adult
no-see-ems is not efficient. It
would mean daily insecticide
applications, and this will be ex-
pensive and may harm the envi-
ronment.
Bite prevention is the preferred
way of dealing with these pests.


Around the home, if you can't
(or don't want to) stay indoors at
dawn or dusk, try using special
screening to exclude these flies
from porches and homes.
Most biting midges can pass
through 16-mesh insect wire
screen and netting, so a smaller
mesh size is required (i.e., choose
a screen with a larger mesh num-
ber to get smaller holes to keep
out no-see-ums.)
Since smaller mesh screens
limit air flow, an alternative is to
treat screens with a long-lasting
insecticide that will be fatal to
the no-see-ums that land on the
screen. Another option is to use
fans to keep them away.
Removal traps for limited
no-see-em relief in isolated ar-
eas use C02 as an attractant;
they lure the biting midges to
an insecticide-treated target. Re-
search from the UF/IFAS Florida
Medical Entomology Laboratory
showed no-see-em populations
were reduced for short periods
of time. However, this method is
expensive and best used by pest
control personnel.
So if you are going to be out
with the bugs, wear protective
clothing and use insect repel-
lents. Choose lighter colored
garments and those with long
sleeved pants and shirts. Consid-
er hats with fine meshed netting.
Insect repellents containing
DEET typically are also labeled
for use against no-see-ums.
There are some new repellents
that may be tried please request
the UF bulletin on mosquito re-
pellents, http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/
IN419 for the latest research on
these products. Use them before
exposure to the biting midges,
and apply according to the label.
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page,


Livestock Market Report


June 17, 2008


Cows
Breaking $56.50
Cutter $53.00
Canner $45.00
Bulls
1000-1500 $65.00
1500-2000 $65.00
Monday
Calves N
Cows 0
Str
Hfrs S
Bulls A
Yrlngs L-
Mix E
Total
Med #1 Steers
150-200 120-145
200-250 108-135
250-300 115-117
300-350 108-112


$67.00
$59.00
$53.50


350-400
400-450
450-500
550-600
600-650


Med #2
150-200
$67.00 200-250
$77.00 250-300
300-350


Tuesday
885
217
2
17
40
57
34
1252
Hfrs
100-120
99-116
96-99
95-101


350-400
400-450


Small #1
150-200
250-300
300-350
350-400
450-500
500-550


104-107
100-104
96-100
90-100
90-95
Steers
105-110
112-118
95-113
95-110
95-105
90-104


87-92
85-94
83-89
84-88
82-86
Hfrs
95-100
80-103
82-93
80-94
78-92
80-88


Steers Hfrs


104-105
93-109
93-103


90-99
82-95
86-89
82-85


Slaughter bulls were steady.
Cows were $3-4 higher. Quite a
few good yielding cows at 60.00-
65.00! Calfs were $5 lower. The


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crop prices. Livestock and poultry
prices generally are flat, so higher
input costs are eating into pro-
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their costs to run a business, and
some people are at the breaking
point."
Rising expenses could put


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especially intense for young farm-
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Theatre I -"Incredible Hulk"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
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9:15 p.m.
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CANE Wooden w/small
crack. Lost in vicinity of
Wal-Mart. Family heirloom.
Please call (863)467-7911
HANDBAG black, at Walmart
on 6/19. REWARD!
(863)801-1494
TIGER CAT male, vicinity of
Country Hills Estates, wear-
ing collar, grey/white,
(863)763-4841


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Employment -
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Employment -
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Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



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


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CASTLE Professionals
Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call (863) 467-7771




Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442



NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
IN OKEECHOBEE!
The Internet is exploding!
Is your Income?
Own your own business for 1299
Work from home. ..P/T or F/T
How much $$ do you want to make with
your PC?
Call Candace 863 467 1263

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Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442


Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North


Is looking to hire a
receptionist in the
Okeechobee office.
Applicant must be
happy, energetic
and outgoing.
Monday Friday
9am to 4 pm
PH. (863) 467-5333
Please contact
JC Cardwell

APPOINTMENT SETTER
We've Partnered with the
#1 Home Improvement
Company and we NEED
Appointment Setters
to work in Okeechobee.
Must have excellent
communication skills and
be able to pass a
background check.
Full Time 40 hours.
$10.00/HR + Commission.
Call (772)337-2517
for Interview.

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
RECEPTIONIST/
ADMIN. ASST. for local
contractor. Computer exp.
a must. Construction exp. a
plus. Benefits. DFWP Fax
resume to 863-763-6337


ELECTRICIAN:
Florida Licensed
Journeyman
Only serious self-
motivated need
apply. Must Have
good driving record.
Weekly Travel
required in FL, Paid
travel time, overtime,
per diem. DFWP,
Benefits, 401K, Paid
Holiday. & Vacation
Wilson's Petroleum
(772)468-3689




One of the Nation's major
suppliers of in-home
oxygen & respiratory
therapy seeks a Sales
Representative.
Responsibilities include
establishing and main-
taining relationships with
referral sources in the
medical community and -
conducting in-services
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. E0E
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know some parts of aulos,
Will train, DRUG FREE Se ha-
bla espanol (863)512-6673


SALES
There's no such thing
as the perfect job.
However, there is the
perfect career. AFLAC
is now interviewing.
Submit resume to
FL-SC.com, go to Gen
Pub Info then Career
Opportunity or fax to
561-627-0225. AFLAC
Agents are independent
agents & are paid solely
by commission.
WORKING FOREMAN
Lawn maintenance. Drug Free
& Background Check!
Please send your resume to:
PO Box 2652,
Okeechobee, FL 34973

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Coneclo nal H lit Sen .ces
Armor Correctional
Health Care
Accepting Applications
NOW!
We are seeking a
fulltime LCSW at
Glades County Jail

If you would like to join
our winning team,
forward your resume
to attn, Carol at
cbobay@
armorcorrectional.comr
or fax to
863-946-6398
We are a Physician
owned company,
competitive salary,
benefits. E.O.E

Community Outreach
Worker/Medical Assistant
Needed full time. Bilin-
gual Spanish/English
preferred. HIV Early
Intervention Services
Program. Must have HS
diploma, reliable trans-
portation and valid FL
drivers lic. Exp with com-
munity health fairs, HIV
testing, networking with
community svcs
agencies. Computer Exp.
needed. Fax resume to
(863) 357-2991 or apply
at FL Community Health
Centers, 308 NW 5th
Ave., Okeechobee, FL.
EOE/DFWP

FRONT DESK
Computer exp.
needed. Healthcare
exp and bilingual
pref'd. Competitive
salary &
excellent benefits.
Fax resume to
(863) 357-2991
or apply at
FL Community
Health Centers,
1100 N. Parrott Ave.,
Okeechobee, FL.
EOE/DFWP


ALZHEIMERS
COMMUNITY
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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
1-866-843-0899



NEEDED- P/T EXPERIENCED
PARROT/AVIARY HELP
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'Idol' show benefits hospice


Tuesday, May 28, was a special
day for Osceola Middle School
students and faculty, as well as for
Big Lake Hospice. The pride and
compassion of the principal, Mrs.
Bass and teacher, Mary Kneidel
couldn't be missed as we waited
outside the school for each of
the ten finalists from the Talent
Show "Osceola Idol" to arrive
for their "gift of generosity" to be
presented to the staff of Big Lake
Hospice, Patty Maupin Manag-
er and Debi Caldwell, RN. Many
smiles were given as a check for
$1,906.15 was presented to Big
Lake Hospice staff members!
Big Lake Hospice also presented
a plaque to Osceola Idol winner,
Judd Harris in appreciation for


their generous gift.
Mary Kneidel, teacher at Os-
ceola Middle said, "It was a lot of
work, but it was fun!" The Talent
Show called Osceola Idol was or-
ganized similarly to the American
Idol TV show. Forty kids tried out
at Osceola Middle School and ten
acts went to the finals on April 29.
Judd Harris was named as the Os-
ceola Idol winner and was award-
ed an IPOD Touch. The runner up
was Jozel Alfaro. Congratulations
to both Judd and Jozel! Rumor
has it even some of the faculty
members performed.
In addition to the Talent Show,
a three-day Penny War was orga-
nized by Mary Kneidel. There are
six teams on campus at Osceola


Middle and a jug for each team
was set out at the lunch period
for students to place their spare
change in. Any dollar bills put in a
jug would cancel out the change
and sabotage that particular
team's chance of winning. After
the Three-Penny War came to
an end the final tally revealed the
winner...the sixth grade Eagles
Team! The Eagles were rewarded
with pizza, cupcakes and soda.
Big Lake Hospice truly ap-
preciates the generosity of the
students and faculty at Osceola
Middle School for their wonderful
gift. These funds will be used to
benefit patient care in our home-
town, Okeechobee. Thank you
from all the staff and volunteers at


Big Lake Hospice.
Big Lake Hospice offers many
programs and services for those
with a life-limiting or life-threat-
ening illness and support for the
whole family. Our services are
provided wherever the patient
calls home and our doctor even
makes house calls. For more in-
formation about Big Lake Hos-
pice give us a call at 863-763-0707
or stop by our office at 3543 High-
way 441 South and speak with us
about your needs. You can also
learn more about Big Lake Hos-
pice on the web at www.biglake-
hospice.org.


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Osceola Idol show participants included Kristin Higgins, Jozle Alfaro, Berneth Digao, Lexi Manson, Jenna Wolff, Debi
Caldwell and Patty Maupin of Big Lake Hospice, Judd Harris, Darby Jones, Kylie Shirley, Nikki St. Pierre, and Osceola Idol
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Vernon Albury, pastor of Hope
Town Church officiated at the
wedding.
The bride was given in mar-
riage by her father and mother,
Mr. and Mrs. John and Kim Hol-
comb.
The bride wore a strapless
dress of organza and lace. She
carried a hand-tied bouquet of
red roses.
The maid of honor was Jill
Holcomb and the bridesmaid was
Julia Cates. The ring bearer was
Jackson Holcomb and the flower
girl was Abby Holcomb.
Groomsman for the ceremo-
ny were Matthew Bargo, Jr. and
Chris Fontes.
The parents of the groom are
Mr. and Mrs. Matt and Susie Bar-
go.
The reception was held at
Hope Town Harbour Lodge in the
.Bahamas.
The bride is employed as an
office manager of Willaway Cattle
& Sod, Inc. The groom is a vet-
erinarian at Okeechobee Animal
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Please don't feed the pelicans


There's a new rule from the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) about
feeding pelicans. Don't do it.
Brown pelicans, due to their
social nature, become dependent
on discarded fish and fish scraps.
The birds will often congregate in
places where the scraps are read-
ily available and rely on the scraps
as a major source of food.
In places where fish scraps are
available, such as at fish process-
ing facilities or fish markets, the
pelicans will arrive day after day
to eat, becoming habituated, ac-
cording to FWC biologists.
"Pelicans can become so used
to their daily "free" meals that
they won't migrate south during
the winter, and as a result become
sick, suffer frostbite on their feet
or die as a result of exposure,"
said James Rodgers, a research
biologist at the FWC's Gainesville
Laboratory.
Another problem arises at fish-
ing piers or other spots where
people are cleaning fish or where
fishermen toss the birds a few
fish from time to time. The large
bones left over after filleting a fish
can get stuck in the throat of the
pelican, eventually choking or
starving the bird.
,"Hanging out at the piers can
develop into a further problem
when pelicans get caught with
fishing hooks while trying to steal
fish directly from the fishing line.
It's not unusual to see a pelican
with a hook embedded in its
pouch and fishing line trailing be-
hind it," Mr. Rodgers said.
Embedded hooks can cause
the soft skin of the bird's pouch to
tear. Such injuries can sometimes
become infected, which can lead
to sickness and weakness. In
extreme cases, the bird may die
from illness or from starvation
because it weakens to the point
where it can't get enough food.
These concerns led FWC staff
and other experts to conclude
these "free meals" were affecting
the overall health of brown peli-
can populations.
"To counter this problem, the
Commission passed a rule that
is intended to stop the feeding of
large numbers of pelicans. This
rule is considered necessary to
maintain healthywild populations
of brown pelicans in Florida," Mr.
Rodgers said.
The new rule states that the
intentional feeding or the place-
ment of food that attracts pelicans
and modifies the natural behavior
of the pelican so as to be detri-
mental to the survival or health of
+ a local population is prohibited.


It is no longer permitted under
this rule to dump or discharge
large amounts of fish scraps, by-
catch or comparable materials
from a fish house or similar facili-
ty which attracts large numbers of
pelicans to that area and causes
changes in the behavior of the
pelicans. Though indirectly feed-
ing the pelicans, such large scale
activities can have a detrimental
effect on a brown pelican popu-
lation by inhibiting migration and
leading to cold weather induced
illness and injury.
Under the new rule, it is no
longer permissible for organized
groups of people or organizations
to feed groups of pelicans at regu-
lar places and regular times when
the pelicans are not restrained or
not directly under their care.
Public fishing piers and beach-
es which attract large groups of
fishermen may want to consider
creating scrap chutes where folks
can dump the leftovers to keep
them out of the way of pelicans.
The intent of this rule is not
to regulate the occasional or the
casual feeding of individual peli-
cans. Individuals who are out fish-
ing and happen to hand a scrap
to a begging pelican will not be
cited for their behavior. This rule
provides an enforcement tool
to resolve situations when large
scale feeding could negatively in-
fluence the health or survival of a
pelican.
"However, you can help keep
pelican populations healthy by
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not feeding them. One person
feeding a pelican one fish may
not harm the bird, but problems
do occur because usually there
are many people feeding that
same pelican every day," Mr. Rod-
gers said.
Another way to help is to use
fish scrap repositories at piers
and docks, if they are available.
If they are not available, discard
your fish scraps in a garbage can
or at home.
"Your efforts will help keep
pelican populations wild," Mr.
Rodgers said.


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near Crystal River.


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