Vol. 99 No. 175
Day of the American
Cowboy set for July
The Okeechobee Cattle-
men'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 begin-
ning downtown and ending
at the Agri-Civic Center on
Highway 70 East. The festival
at the Agri-Civic Center will
include a Ranch Rodeo, Back-
yard Beef BBQ Contest, story-
tellers, 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 or email
Toni. Doyle, Executive Director
bee.com. For more information
call 863-357-MAIN (6246).
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies
Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday
night spaghetti night. All you
can eat spaghetti, garlic bread
and salad for a $5 donation.
The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome. For more
information call 863-763-2308.
Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun
and meeting some new lady
friends, the Red Hat Group is
looking for ladies to join who
want to do things. For informa-
tion call 863-763-5836 or 863-
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Camp stresses tobacco dangers
By Victoria Hannon
Everyone knows that smok-
ing is bad for them.
Yet nationwide, three out of
every 25 middle school students
reported using tobacco products
according to a Center for Disease
Control survey in 2004. Those
numbers raise to one out of ev-
ery five when the students reach
To stress this knowledge and
to encourage students to avoid
tobacco products, the Okeecho-
bee Health Department Tobacco
Prevention and Education Pro-
gram is hosting a summer camp
for elementary school students.
The Kids Tobacco Wellness
Camp is a free summer program
meant t(o teach and motivate
children to remain tobacco free.
"The purpose for this camp is
to provide information and edu-
cation to elementary kids about
the consequences of smoking
and tobacco products," Angela
Kelly, the Okeechobee County
tobacco prevention specialist
FFA: Representing Okeechobee Coun
and head of the camp, said.
The camp is open to first
through fifth grade students.
There are going to be four
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State Winning Meat Judging team members are: (left to right) State President Hillary
Webb, Coach Brian Dryden, Austin Harvey, James Sharpe, Valerie McKee, and State
Secretary Jamrie Fussel.
OHS team takes top
honors at state convention
From June 9-13, some 3,200
FFA members and guests con-
verged on Orlando for the 2008
State FFA convention.
This year's theme was "80
Years: Looking Back and Mov-
ing Forward." The Okeechobee
Brahman FFA chapter has really
been moving forward this year.
Several teams were recognized
for their accomplishments. In
addition, the chapter participat-
ed in other contest and leader-
ship activities as well as attend-
ing the District 11 meeting for
electing district officers for the
The Okeechobee Brah-
man Chapter was recognized
for placing in several contests
throughout the year. This year
the chapter received first in the
Meat Judging contest, second
in the Livestock Contest, fifth
in Dairy Evaluation, and fifth in
the Environmental science con-
test. The meat Judging team
consisted of' Valerie McKee,
James Sharpe, Austin Harvey
and Jennifer Dryden.
In addition to this Valerie
McKee was recognized for be-
ing the State high individual
in Meat Judging, as was Kaley
Dees for Livestock Judging. The
Meat Judging team will now go
on to the National contest in
Also competing at the State
Convention were the Ag Me-
chanics team and the Tractor
Driver. Each of these students
did very well, however the trac-
tor driver, Alton Padgett placed
fifth in the state. Joy Burnham
was recognized for being a top
four finalist in the Agri-science
Student of the Year and Nathan
Candler was named the State
Champion in Diversified Live-
stock production for his FFA
project conducted at home.
Nathan's Application will now
be submitted on to the National
FFA for scoring. Kelsey Burn-
ham and Wesley Mims com-
peted in the State Agri-science
Fair. Wesley received second in
Environmental Science. Kelsey
Burnham placed first in Botany
and was the State winner in
Division 1. Kelsey will take her
project on to the national Agri-
science fair in October.
The FFA Brahman chapter
is loaded with leadership. This
past year six officers submit-
See FFA Page 2
Wednesday. During this time the
children will do activities and eat
During the three-day camp,
the students will watch videos
and work on projects like writ-
ing letters to parents and post-
ers. These activities will focus on
showing children the negative
effects of tobacco and teaching
them how to make healthy deci-
"I feel that there is a strong
need for this camp," Ms. Kelly
said. "Last year I gave tobacco
By Pete Gawda
According to the American
Pet, Products Manufacturers As-
sociation 2003-2004 National
Pet Owners Survey, 39 percent
-- or 40.6 million households in
the U.S. -- own at least one dog.
Thirty-four percent -- or 35.4
million households -- own at
least one cat.
Okeechobee has more than
its share of pets.
With the official start of the
2008 hurricane season, pet
owners need to begin making
plans on what to do with their
pets in the event a storm heads
The Flamingo Motel, 4101
U.S. 441 S., stated that they
would accept pets in limited
rooms, but there is an additional
$20 charge per day for the pet.
By Mark Stevenson
Associated Press Writer
MEXICO CITY (AP)-The
U.S. has cleared tomatoes in 28
of 31 Mexican states from sus-
picion in a recent salmonella
outbreak, a move that drew
praise from Mexican officials
The U.S. Food and Drug Ad-
ministration now appears to be
narrowing its investigation into
the outbreak, which has sick-
ened more than 550 people, to
some counties in Florida and
three Mexican states: Jalisco,
Coahuila and Sinaloa.
The decision represents
education at North (Elementary
School), and about 90 percent
of the children said that they had
family that smoked."
The first session of the camp
starts July 7 and there are still
openings for some of the ses-
"This is a newer generation
that we can protect from the
consequences of smoking," Ms.
For more information, contact
Angela Kelly at 863-462-5781.
Travel Lodge Suites, 1527
U.S. 441 S.E. will accept small
pets for an extra $25 per night.
The Pier II Resort, 2200 U.S.
441 S.E., also accepts pets for an
additional $10 per pet, per night
The Economy Inn, 507 N.
Parrott Ave., will accept pets
for a $10 per night extra charge.
The Wanta Linga Motel, 3225
U.S. 441 S.E., will take pets for
an extra $10 a night.
Begin checking with motels
out of the area now. Some in
the Orlando and Kissimmee
area will take pets. Know where
they are and how to get to them
if a hurricane is headed in this
The Okeechobee Veterinary
Hospital, 2949 S.R. 70 W, will
board animals on a first-come,
"important progress" and was
the result of "a day of intense
negotiations between (Mexi-
can) federal authorities and the
FDA," Mexico's Agriculture De-
partment said in a press state-
Mexico's tomato exports, a
big source of income for farm-
ers, were all but halted by the
salmonella outbreak, which
began in April. Some cases are
still being reported. U.S. warn-
ings against consuming Mexi-
can tomatoes caused resent-
Mexican officials said they
See Tomato- Page 2
Senior Services programs honored
By Pete Gawda
Area senior citizens receive
many benefits from Okeecho-
bee County Senior Services.
The value of this organiza-
tion was recently recognized
when senior services received
the Outstanding Service Pro-
vider Award from the Area
Agency on Aging. The award
recognized senior services'
outstanding commitment and
dedication to improving the
quality of life for seniors.
The award was presented
May 22 at the Area Agency on
Aging's annual meeting at the
Kravis Center in West Palm
The Outstanding Service
Provider is presented to an
outstanding contracted service
provider who has demonstrat-
ed exemplary leadership in its
community for the betterment
of seniors in support of inde-
pendent living. Okeechobee
Senior Services received this
award in competition with
similar agencies in the sur-
rounding four counties, many
of them with larger staffs and
Keynote speaker for the oc-
casion was Assistant Secretary
for Aging, U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services
Josefina Carbonell. Also in at-
tendance was Secretary of the
Florida Department of Elder
Affairs, Dr. E. Douglas Beach
and Countess Henrietta de
Hoernle, a woman who truly
embodies the spirit of philan-
thropy. Television personality
Jim Sackett was master of cer-
If not for the support of the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners there
would be no agency for the
elderly as the grants alone
See Senior Page 2
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Okeechobee County Senior Services recently received
the Outstanding Service Provider Award from the Area
Agency on Aging. Employees of senior services are, left
to right, seated; Pam Kane, home delivered meals driver,
Pat Williams, finance, Sheila Savage, director; standing,
Kim Senna, case manager supervisor, Lester Williams,
case manager, Vicki Staton, case manager, Carol Spaw,
home delivered meals driver, Emma Cinelli home deliv-
ered meals driver, Janet McKenna, case manager, Debbie
Vandergrift, meal site coordinator, Pat Diles, case manag-
er, Carolyn Burdeshaw, case manager, and Cindy Pearce,
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FFA meat judging
team takes honors
The Okeechobee High School
Brahman FFA chapter has had
eight FFA Meat Judging teams in
the last 10 years. This is how long
Brian Dryden has been an advisor
at this chapter. During that time,
they have placed in the top five
in the state all eight times. Mr.
Dryden has also seen students go
on to compete on the University
of Florida Meat Animal Evaluation
This year, two of the former
students are on the University
of Florida Meat Judging Team.
Adam and John Spann are two of
the members who helped win the
Southeastern Event in April.
On the same weekend the
Okeechobee Brahman FFA chap-
ter was competing at the Universi-
ty of Florida in FFA Meat Judging.
They fully expected to win since
three of the four members were
middle school champions, all in
separate years. The members of
the team were Sophomore- Val-
erie McKee, Freshman- James
Sharpe, Sophomore- Austin Har-
vey, and Junior- Jennifer Dryden.
They will receive their trophies in
June at the State FFA convention
as State Champion Meat Judgers.
They will go on to compete at the
National Contest in Indianapolis,
Ind. in October. This capped off
a great year for OHS, as they also
placed second in the Livestock
contest, fifth in the Dairy Contest,
fifth in Environmental Studies,
10th in Citrus, 13th in Land Judg-
ing, and 14th in Food Science.
State Winner in Agriscience Division 1 are: (left to right) State
President Hillary Webb, Advisor Brian Dryden, Kelsey Burn-
ham, and State Secretary Jamie Fussell.
The State Winning Meat Judging Team at University of Florida included (left to right) Valerie McKee, James Sharpe, Jennifer
Dryden and Austin Harvey.
Continued From Page 1
cannot financially support the
Sheila Savage has been the di-
rector since the founding of the
organization in 1991.
Senior services works to over-
come obstacles to service deliv-
ery in a rural area such as travel,
language barriers and lack of
the medical services of an urban
area. They fill the unique needs
of.every person and work with
other organizations serving se-
"It has been a privilege and
an honor to have worked with
the elderly for the last seventeen
years, said Mrs. Savage. "I have
a wonderful, dedicated staff.
We work as a team with the ex-
OKeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Okeechobee Senior Services recently received the Outstand-
ing Service Provider Award from the Area Agency on Aging.
Displaying the award are, left to right, Frank Irby, Area Agen-
cy on Aging Board Member, Sheila Savage, director of senior
services, and Frances Syfrett, Area Agency on Aging Board
Continued From Page 1
will continue to work to prove
that the salmonella detected in
the United States did not originate
in their country.
The FDA inspection in Mexico
is now looking at some distribu-
tors who were handling tomatoes
in the western state of Jalisco and
the northern state of Coahuila
when the outbreak occurred.
"However, there is no evidence
at this time that they were related"
to the outbreak, according to the
While Sinaloa is Mexico's most
important tomato-growing state
and remains on the warning list,
it has ended its tomato-growing
season for the year.
FDA investigators have been
tracking where those stricken
with salmonella said they bought
or ate tomatoes, and where the
retailers or restaurants in turn
They have zeroed in on a list of
farms in Florida and Mexico that
seem to have contributed at least
partly to the supply, plus records
showing the packing houses and
other distribution stops between
the farms and markets.
FDA inspectors will be involved
in reviews of the suspected sites.
pertise, love and energy toward
meeting the needs of our clients
and advocating the seniors in
Senior services strives to keep
the elderly in the comfort of their
own homes as long as possible.
They provide health care, per-
sonal care, home maker services
and respite care to relieve round
the clock care givers for about
Senior services has about 165
clients in their meals on wheels
program. They also offer a noon
meal and various noon time en-
tertainment activities for elders
at their center. Post your opin-
ions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete
Gawda can be reached at pgawda@
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
These people volunteer in various capacities at the Okeecho-
bee County Senior Services Center. They are, left to right,
first row, Marilyn Hadley, Sue Enyeart, Violet McKim, Ellen
Goings, John Walzer, second row, Art Bellman, M. L. Gutier-
rez, Lynda Sweat, Pat Bellman, John Cantrell, Mary Chiles,
Merle Hathaway, third row, Donald Smith, Bud Baker, Don
Knispel, Linda Herring and Paul Hood.
Continued From Page 1
ted their names to run for district
office. Each chapter should only
submit two if they are to have a
chance at winning the election.
Valerie McKee and Nathan Can-
dler both were selected to repre-
sent our chapter. Nathan decided
to run for District 11 President
while Valerie would run for Dis-
trict 11 Secretary. Both were elect-
ed to serve this year as District of-
ficers. Also serving our district is
Sub-District Chair Nathan Candler
and Sub-District Co-Chair Malcom
Rush, all from Okeechobee.
This year has been a great suc-
cess for the Okeechobee Brah-
man FFA chapter. The Okeecho-
bee Brahman Chapter would like
to thank all those administrators,
businesses, teachers, and parents
who have helped throughout the
They are fired up and ready for
an even greater year next year.
Florida to sue Army Corps of Engineers over water
By Brent Kallestad
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE (AP) Florida
said it intends to sue the Army
Corps of Engineers for violating
the Endangered Species Act, a
move which could further com-
plicate already strained regional
relations over shared water re-
Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection Secretary
Michael Sole said in a letter that
the Corps plans to reduce water
flow in the Apalachicola River
would jeopardize threatened and
endangered wildlife in the area.
The seven-page letter, dated
Thursday, noted concerns by bi-
ologists and environmentalists
about the impact that low water
levels could have on the Gulf stur-
geon fish, and three mussels: the
fat threeridge mussel, the purple
bankclimber and the Chipola
The expanded suit throws an-
other wrench in the complicated
tug-of-war over water between
Georgia, Florida and Alabama
that has been waged since the
early 1990s in court and in state
legislatures. Caught in the middle
is the Corps, the federal agency
charged with managing the re-
Georgia, which seeks to keep
more of the water stored in its res-
ervoirs, points to the epic drought
gripping the state as evidence
that federal authorities should
change the way the reservoirs are
managed. Alabama and Florida,
meanwhile, say increased flow
is needed not only to support
the threatened species but also
downstream power plants and
Florida's notice of a lawsuit
comes weeks after the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service concluded
that a federal plan to keep more
water in Georgia won't irrevers-
ibly doom wildlife.
prompted an immediate back-
lash from Georgia politicians and
business leaders. Georgia Lt. Gov.
Casey Cagle called the news of
the possible lawsuit "extraordi-
"I find it unconscionable that
the state of Florida would choose
to elevate the water needs of the
bankclimber and fat threeridge
mussel over the needs of millions
of human beings in Georgia," he
Pat Stevens of the Atlanta Re-
gional Commission accused Flor-
ida of political posturing, and sug-
gested that Florida should spend
more time boosting its own water
supply and efficiency.
"There's lots of things they
claim are due to water use in
Georgia, but they really ought to
be looking to solve the problem
in Florida itself instead of pointing
at other folks," she said Friday.
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Tonight: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening showers arid
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. East winds around 5 mph
until around midnight becoming light. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. A chance of afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
chance of rain 40 percent.
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showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening
showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain
Friday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunder-
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Nonnative wildlife threaten ecosystem
The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) proposed new rules last
week that will provide options for
non-licensed owners of nonna-
tive species if they can no longer
keep their pet.
"Release of exotic animals by
pet owners remains a significant
pathway for the introduction
of nonnative species," said the
FWC's Scott Hardin. "As a result,
.the FWC initiated a series of pet
amnesty events to provide an op-
tion for owners of exotic pets to
surrender their unwanted pets to
responsible agencies or individu-
als instead of illegally releasing
Although the FWC requires a
captive wildlife permit for own-
ers of many nonnatives, some
owners do not follow the legal
guidelines. When these pets be-
come too much for the owners to
handle, the FWC wants to ensure
the animals don't wind up in the
wild where they may endanger
Florida's native fish and wildlife.
The proposed rule would al-
low, at FWC-sponsored amnesty
events, owners of unlicensed fish
and wildlife to surrender their ani-
mals, and for adopters to accept
nonnative fish and wildlife from
unlicensed individuals, without
penalty. Allowing adopters to ac-
cept these fish and wildlife will be
an exception to the current rule
that prohibits transfers of unper-
mitted wildlife of any kind.
Another exception to the rule
would allow state and county
animal control agencies to accept
unlicensed nonnative animals
with the owners allowed to sur-
render those animals to the agen-
cies without penalty.
The FWC has sponsored three
amnesty day events, with the
most recent one in February at
the Miami MetroZoo, where 148
animals were surrendered to the
The new rule and exceptions,
if passed by the FWC at the Sep-
tember meeting in Jacksonville,
will help prevent further releases
of nonnative fish and wildlife into
Florida's diverse and fragile envi-
Okeechobee teen arrested on drug charge
By Eric Kopp
A local teen
was arrested on
a felony drug
a traffic stop by
the Okeechobee I
OliviaJeanAr- "-- ,
nold, 17, was ar- Olivia
rested Wednes- Arnold
day, June 18,
and charged with possession of
cocaine. She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail and then
turned over to her parents.
An arrest affidavit by task force,
a detective indicates that while on
patrol a white Ford dual-wheeled
pickup was seen traveling south
on U.S. 441 N. at 9:38 p.m. with-
out any headlights. The affidavit
said the road was wet and the
truck was travelling too fast for
The truck also nearly averted
hitting another vehicle at the in-
tersection of U.S. 441 and S.R. 70
E., continued the report.
The detective stopped the
truck which was being driven by
Norman Russell Clay, 24. The ar-
rest report did not list an address
While this detective was speak-
ing with Clay, another detective
went to the passenger side of the
vehicle and spoke with Arnold.
That detective tapped on the
window and Arnold got out of the
truck. Once out of the vehicle, the
report states that a clear plastic
baggie containing a white pow-
der was easily visible in a pocket
on the door's interior.
The powder was field tested
and indicated a positive result for
the presence of cocaine, said the
report. The suspected cocaine
weighed .1 grams, the report
Clay was issued a citation for
careless driving and was given a
written warning for driving with-
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Glades County Arrest Report
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges
by the Glades County Sheriff's Of-
fice (GCSO), the Seminole Police
Department (SPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the De-
partment of Corrections (DOC).
Lakeisha Cooper, 19, Moore
Haven, was arrested June 9 on a
charge of criminal mischief. Her
bond was set at $2,500.
Chiquita Jones, 19, Moore
Haven, was arrested June 9 on a
charge of criminal mischief. Her
bond was set at $2,500.
Jason Spaulding, 30, Moore
Haven, was arrested June 14 on
a charge of possession of a con-
trolled substance. His bond was
set at $5,000.
Thomas Newton, 40, La-
Belle, was arrested June 15 on a
felony charge of grand theft. He
was also charged with the misde-
meanor of trespassing. His bond
was set at $6,000.
Bennie White, 54, Buckhead
Ridge, was arrested June 15 on
charges of battery (domestic vio-
lence) and resisting a law enforce-
ment officer without violence. His
bond was set at $6,000.
.* George Jones, 40, LaBelle,
was arrested June 15 on a felony
charge of grand theft. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor of
trespassing. His bond was set at
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
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Fuel, feed costs crippling US catfish industry
By Shelia Byrd
Associated Press Writer
MOORHEAD, Miss. (AP)-Rick
Moyer gazes at the sun-charred
bottom of the pond next to his
600-acre catfish farm and shakes
his head another farmer
scrambling to stay solvent has
drained the pond and will till it for
With soaring prices for just
about everything needed to raise
their fish fuel to feed catfish
farmers are anxious. Some are
shutting down altogether.
Anywhere else in the country,
the situation might not seem so
dire. But there are only a handful
of industries generating jobs in the
poverty-stricken Delta, which also
has some of the nation's highest
The casinos that had been bus-
tling along the Mississippi River in
the northern part of the Delta have
started to see layoffs. That's one
less option for former workers at
catfish farms in the nearly dozen
counties in the Delta, where un-
employment runs in double digits
in some areas.
"The real problem I see is that
after the decline of the catfish in-
dustry, these displaced workers,
they have no place to go," said
state Rep. Willie Bailey, D-Green-
ville. "These are nontransferable
skills to other jobs in the Delta."
Agriculture creates more than
257,000 jobs in Mississippi, most
of them in the Delta, said David
Waide, president of the Missis-
sippi Farm Bureau. Cotton and
catfish harvesting, processing
and the building of equipment
for those industries are all done in
the Delta, which isn't the case for
soybeans, corn, wheat or milo.
About 95 percent of the na-
tion's catfish comes from Arkan-
sas, Louisiana, Alabama and Mis-
sissippi, and farmers in all those
states are suffering.
Moyer's farm, down a gravel
road off U.S. 82 in Sunflower
County, employs four full-time
workers and five seasonal ones.
Farms just like his have helped
support 10,000 jobs across the
Delta, but lately it's been tough.
Farmers are getting 80 cents a
pound for fish that sell whole for
$3.27 to $3.99 a pound in grocery
stores, but production costs run
as much as 90 cents, Wade said.
One processor, Consolidated Cat-
fish in Isola, already has laid off
50 of its 550 workers and plans
more, owner Dickie Stevens said.
Moyer spent $500,000 on feed
last year. He'll spend almost twice
as much this year as the price of
feed has gone from $225 to $400
Catfish feed is made of soy-
beans, corn and wheat com-
modities at record high prices.
Feed manufacturers are using
alternative corn gluten instead of
corn meal, reducing the price by
$50 to $60 a ton, but even so, the
price of feed is pushing farmers
Two of Moyer's longtime cat-
fish fingerling customers are no
longer in the business. To survive,
Moyer plans to reduce his produc-
tion next year and continue to sell
the tiny fish left over.
"It's my only livelihood," said
the 46-year-old Moyer, who's
been farming in the expansive
Delta since 1985. "So as long 1
can, I'm going to try to make it."
At Moyer's farm on a recent
afternoon, a worker stood waist-
deep in a pond helping two oth-
ers in a boat trap fingerlings with
a big net and put them in buckets.
Two other workers on the back of
a truck parked next to the pond
unloaded the fingerlings hun-
dreds of pounds, one bucket at a
time into tanks for transport to
ponds where the fish will grow to
Calvin Jones, a former school
teacher working at Moyer's farm,
said he makes more money as a
contract employee at fish farms
than he did in the classroom.
"You raise fish. You get them
out of the pond and you sell
them. That's pretty much all you
do. There's no genius to it," Jones
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VOTER TURNOUT: In response to the number of residents who
are not registered to vote, 8,800 (22 percent) are hispanic, with 7,600
(19 percent) speaking a language other than English in the home, so
I would wager that many of these are illegals who cannot vote. We
have a large number in this county who are convicted felons who
likely have not bothered to get their civil rights restored. They can't
vote. And 35 percent of the population do not even have a high school
diploma. We have a sizeable number in our county who are Jeho-
vah's Witnesses and do not vote. Then there are those dimwits who
still think that jury duty lists are pulled from the voter rolls (when they
are actually taken from driver's license records), so they do not regis-
ter to vote from fear that they may have to perform some civic duty.
It wouldn't surprise me if 25 percent of most counties do not register
to vote. Of the 18,000 registered voters, we may have from 30 to 65
percent "voter turnout" in any given election, so there may be elec-
tions when less than 20 percent of the population take part in the
determination of the county's direction. But, rest assured, those other
80 percent will complain the loudest about what happens here.
JEWELRY: My husband, being unhappy with my mood swings,
bought me a mood ring the other day so he would be able to monitor
my moods. We've discovered that when I'm in a good mood, it turns
green. When I'm in a bad mood, it leaves a big ugly red mark on his
SUMMER CAMP: I want to thank Sheriff May and his staff for the
outstanding summer camp hosted by the Sheriff's Marine Unit. The
kids had a great time, especially when they got to go to the beach.
They learned a lot about boating and about water safety. And it was
really nice that the sheriff himself came to their awards program. That
made the little guys feel very important. I also want to thank the Chil-
dren's Services Council for funding the program. I hope they have this
TEENS: With the economy in such bad shape, teenagers are hav-
ing trouble finding summer jobs. Many of them would love to work.
They need to earn some gas money. And the parents would like the
kids to stay busy. If you need some help with odd jobs, how about
posting it in the newspaper classified.
VOTERS: In order to qualify for homestead exemption, you must
register to vote. So most homeowners do register as that is a significant
tax savings. But many renters just don't bother. Some wrongly believe
that registering to vote means you will get jury duty. They quit taking
jury duty lists from voters' registration rolls years ago. If you haven't
registered to vote, now is the time to take care of that. You have to
register in advance of the elections. There is a cutoff date. So don't put
it off. Editor's note: According to the Okeechobee Supervisor of Elec-
tions Web site, registration for the August 26 primary closes on July
28. Registration for the Nov. 4 general election closes on Oct. 6. For
more information visit the Supervisor of Elections Office, at 307 NW
2nd Street; email firstname.lastname@example.org; call the Elections
office at 863-763-4014; or, go online to www.voteokeechobee.com.
LANGUAGE: Why is it that a Spanish speaking person can get a
+ job over a well educated, perfectly qualified person just because they
speak Spanish? It is hot fair that someone goes to college for four years
to get a business degree and then be turned down job after job just to
go back and see that they have hired this person who isn't qualified,
no degree, not that presentable, and barely speaks English? Why must
we accommodate immigrants? Why must Americans suffer because
the world we live in now wants to cater to those who are not from
here? I can bet all that I own, go to Mexico or another foreign country,
they won't cater to you, hire you over an well qualified person or ac-
commodate your every need. Nothing will change. Americans are in
the minority here now. That's a shame. Be punished for being legal
here. Be punished for having an education but not speaking a foreign
language. Be punished just because you are not an illegal immigrant.
Boy, that says tons about our government, doesn't it?
MANUFACTURING: Has anyone out there seen the words "Made
in America" or "Made in the U.S.A." lately? Our economy is in trouble
and yet I haven't heard any of the candidates for the highest office in
our land say anything about bringing back the manufacturing base in
this country. Our corporations and politicians have "outsourced" our
jobs to other countries and "international conglomerates." We don't
even make our own bullets for our boys fighting overseas. It's time to
start holding someone's feet to the fire, don't ya think?
JOBS: In response to the call from the retired school board em-
ployee who was disappointed he or she could not be rehired at their
old salary, of course the school board is going to save money where
they can. They are in a budget crunch. When they are hiring to fill an
open spot, they are going to pay the lowest wage they can, just as any
employer would. Apparently you want your retirement pay plus a sal-
ary, when others are out there just trying to get their first job.
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Charlie Crist's empty
I remember when Charlie Crist
was running for Governor a year
and a half ago, and he promised
us he wouldn't ever allow drilling
off our coast because our beach-
es were too important. That now
sounds like an empty promise.
Crist changed his position for an
obvious reason: so John McCain
would pick him as his running
mate. It's clear Crist puts politics
before the people of Florida.
The worst part: Crist isn't be-
ing honest with us about the fact
that drilling won't even reduce
our gas prices.
The political momentum for
offshore drilling has always risen
and fallen along with gas prices.
But while strong arguments can
be made in favor of offshore drill-
ing, reducing the cost of gas "here
and now" isn't one of them, ac-
cording to oil experts and econo-
mists-many of whom support the
For starters, the lead time for
oil exploration takes years. Even if
offshore drilling areas opened up
tomorrow, experts say it would
take at least ten years to realize
any significant production. And
even then, they say, the U.S. con-
tribution to the overall global oil
market would not be enough to
make a significant dent in the
price of gas.
Political winds come and go.
State treasures don't, which is
why the ban on oil drilling off-
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 ori-
entation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in Okeechobee
County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/answer fo-
rum. 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 Okeecho-
bee 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-
ings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends of
alcoholics. For information call Chris at 863-467-5714.
Tuesday, June 24
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at 863-
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
shore had been a virtually non-
negotiable platform for Florida's
state and federal leaders, and why
this week's McCain-Crist switch
is such a slap to almost 30 years
of sound policy. Ever since 1982,
Congress has enacted a morato-
rium on new leases for oil and
gas drilling offshore except in the
Gulf of Mexico waters near Texas,
Louisiana and Alabama, and in
parts of Alaska. In 1990, the first
President Bush ordered the Inte-
rior Department not to conduct
any leasing or preleasing activity
in areas covered by the morato-
rium until 2000. President Clin-
ton extended, the moratorium to
We need a solution for our
energy crisis that reduces our de-
pendence on oil. We could drill
everywhere in the U.S. and still
fail to meet our energy needs or
reduce prices. Imagine the real
cost of destroying our environ-
ment for the meager drops in
the Gulf of Mexico-enough for
only ten months of American.
consumption. Our state wouldn't
Barack Obama knows it's time
to invest in clean, renewable en-
ergy sources and break our de-
pendence on oil once and for all.
That's why I'm supporting him'
come November and not John,
McCain's promise of a third Bush
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-
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 orby 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
or email Toni Doyle, Executive Director at okms@mainstreetokeecho-
bee.com. For more information call 863-357-MAIN (6246).
Ladies Auxiliary Spaghetti Night
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday night
spaghetti night. All you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread and salad for a
$5 donation. The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For
more information call 863-763-2308.
Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun and meeting some new lady friends, the
Red Hat Group is looking for ladies to join who want to do things. For
information call 863-763-5836 or 863-357-1944.
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PDF files are widely used
By Diane Timmons
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for this column by e-mail to
This week we are going to
discuss a very useful file type
that, once you are aware of it,
you will see everywhere. It is
the .pdf file.
You will see these attached
to your emails and used for
documents to download from
your favorite Internet site. This
file type is often used for "Help"
documents which explain your
favorite software. Acrobat PDF,
was created by Adobe, a large
software company. PDF is
short for "portable document
format." The name implies its
usefulness. How does this help
you? This file type is widely
used because with an Adobe
Reader, a free application from
Adobe.com, you can read any
PDF file regardless of the origi-
nal application in which it was
Let's go back in time to un-
derstand where Acrobat came
from and why. In the early '90s
the software company, Adobe
realized that there were many
new software applications
coming on the market and that
not every computer user would
have all of them.
They also realized that many
users, both business and per-
sonal, would be exchanging
files. So they knew that a uni-
versal reader would be use-
ful. That's when the Adobe
company created the software
program called Acrobat. It was
and still is a two-fold program
designed to convert computer
files from any application to be
read by the Adobe Reader. They
made the Adobe Reader free
so everyone could download
this little program and have
it on their computer. When
you download a PDF file, with
Adobe Reader you can "read"
that file but you cannot make
changes to the document. You
can, however, usually print and
save the document.
Once you are familiar with
this type of file you will notice
it being used everywhere.
Some practical uses are:
Online applications for
Product manuals, such as
for your TV or appliances; you
can even find manuals online
for really old products
Software manuals, and
Books of all kinds.
Any web site that offers a
document for download in a
When you encounter a PDF
file, you may see a button
that allows you to download
the most recent Adobe Read-
PDF format will usually provide
a link to download the Adobe
Reader. You can download this
software at www.adobe.com.
Now that you know what
Adobe Reader is and what
PDF files are and how useful
they can be, you will be able to
download, open, and read or
print a wealth of information.
We welcome comments, questions
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A reverse mortgage Is it right for you?
By Jack Motter, Senior
Vice President in
Riverside National Bank
It's the latest buzz phrase for
homeowners in their golden
years, but is a reverse mortgage
right for you? To find out, start
by making sure you understand
what a reverse mortgage is.
Think of it this way:
When you first bought your
home, you probably had a tra-
ditional "forward" mortgage.
Every month you made a pay-
ment and your equity increased
while your debt decreased.
A reverse mortgage is ex-
actly the opposite. Instead of
making payments you receive
payments. You get the cash and
your equity decreases while
your debt increases.
Like traditional mortgages
and home equity loans, a re-
verse mortgage is, a secured
loan you take against the value
of your home. Unlike tradition-
al mortgages and home equity
loans, as long as you live in your
home you do not have to pay
back a reverse mortgage. That
can make a reverse mortgage a
great way for retirees to supple-
ment their income, turn their
home equity into cash, and
hold on to their home without
Those benefits are especially
appealing .to older homeown-
ers because a reverse mortgage
allows them to stay where they
are most comfortable in
their familiar home, surround-
ed by fond memories. Plus they
never have to make a payment
and they have total flexibility
about how they spend their ex-
Some of the benefits of a re-
verse mortgage are:
You won't have to make
monthly payments and can't be
foreclosed on (you do still have
to pay real estate taxes, utility
bills, and insurance)
You don't have to have an
income to qualify
You can access the equity
in your home without having to
sell or move
Your home's equity con-
tinues to increase or decrease
with the real estate market
You can receive payments
in a lump sum, as a monthly
cash advance, as a credit line,
or a combination of all three
You don't have to pay any-
thing back until you die, sell
your home, or move
There are a few things you
should consider before you
sign up for a reverse mortgage:
How much cash could you
get for your current home
How much would it cost
you to buy or rent a new place
How much money could
you earn by downsizing to a
less expensive housing alterna-
tive (such as a smaller home,
apartment or assisted living fa-
cility) and invest your savings
Also keep in mind that you
should not have to pay a fee to
any reverse mortgage or estate
planning service for a referral
to a lender. At the present time
Riverside Bank is not offering
Reverse Mortgages. You can get
a free list of approved lenders
from the United States Depart-
ment of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD). Just call
800-569-4287. Once you receive
your list work with a trusted
banker or financial counselor
to research your options and
make a sound decision for you
and your loved ones.
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pleasure and privilege to take care of your podiatric needs for the
past 35 years here in Okeechobee.
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Is aging affecting your memory?
From the American
A common problem associat-
ed with getting older is the mem-
ory loss most of us seem to en-
counter. Forget a couple of names
or misplace those car keys again
and we begin to think it's a first
sign of Alzheimer's and that we'll
soon be forgetting everything.
While Alzheimer's and other
types of dementia are certainly
very real problems, the reality is
that gradual, mild memory loss is
usually just a part of the normal
aging process, although not one
that we have to simply sit back
In reality, there are many things
that can be done to maintain and
improve your memory. It's simply
untrue that every elderly person
is going to have a poor memory,
or that it's impossible for an older
person to learn new things.
For most of us, memory de-
cline is usually very gradual, gen-
erally not even noticeable before
the age of 70. And it doesn't oc-
cur in the same way for everyone,
since loss of memory can be af-
fected by our physical health,
lifestyle habits and even level of
Most importantly, there are
things we can do to help over-
come the natural weakening of
memory that may occur as we
One important step is to keep
an active mind. Just because you
are older does not mean you can't
learn something new, like playing
chess, how to cook, or any of doz-
ens of other new activities that get
you actively using your mind.
Activities that engage your
mind and make you think all help
improve memory. When you read
a book or go to a movie, and then
discuss with friends its details,
themes and what did or didn't
work, you're keeping your mind
active and forcing your memory
If memory loss is worrying
you, check your library or book-
store for books with suggestions
for improving memory. Some
provide tips on how to organize
materials and information to
make remembering easier. Oth-
ers offer strategies, training sug-
gestions and practice sessions to
help improve memory skills.
The bottom line is that some
memory loss as we age is perfect-
ly normal, not necessarily a sign
of serious mental deterioration.
But if you are worried that
your memory problems seem
more serious, talk to a counseling
professional or your family physi-
cian. They can offer tests to help
pinpoint any possible problems.
"The Counseling Corner" is
provided as a public service by
the American Counseling Asso-
ciation, the nation's largest or-
ganization of counseling profes-
sionals. Learn more about the
counseling profession at the ACA
web site, www.counseling.org.
Today in History
Today is Monday, June 23, the
174th day of 2008. There are 191
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 23, 1868, Christopher
Latham Sholes received a patent
for his "Type-Writer."
On this date:
In 1836, Congress approved the
Deposit Act, which contained a
Provision for turning over surplus
federal revenue to the states.
In 1931, aviators Wiley Post and
Harold Gatty took off from New York
on a round-the-world flight that last-
ed eight days and 15 hours.
In 1967, President Johnson and
Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin held
the first of two meetings at Glass-
boro State College in New Jersey.
In 1972, President Nixon and
White House chief of staff H.R.
Haldeman discussed a plan to use
the CIA to obstruct the FBI's Wa-
tergate investigation. (Revelation
of the tape recording of this con-
versation sparked Nixon's resigna-
tion in 1974.)
In 1985, all 329 people aboard
an Air-India Boeing 747 were killed
when the plane crashed into the
Atlantic Ocean near Ireland, after a
bomb on board exploded.
Ten years ago: President Clin-
ton said the reported discovery of
traces of deadly nerve gas on an
Iraqi missile warhead gave the
United States new ammunition
to maintain tough U.N. sanctions
against the Baghdad government.
Five years ago: A divided
Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision,
allowed the nation's colleges and
universities to select students
based in part on race. The Su-
preme Court said the government
could require public libraries to
equip computers with anti-por-
nography filters. Democrat How-
ard Dean formally announced his
presidential campaign. Maynard
Jackson Jr., the first black mayor
of Atlanta, died in Washington,
D.C., at age 65.
One year ago: Searchers in
Summit County, Ohio, found the
body of Jessie Davis, a missing 26-
year-old pregnant woman.
Today's Birthdays: Rhythm-
and-blues singer Virgo Williams
(Ghostowns DJs) is 33. Singer-
songwriter Jason Mraz is 31. Rock
singer Duffy is 24. Country singer
Katie Armiger is 17.
Thought for Today: "One
today is worth two tomorrows."
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).
Davey Floyd Vanderhoff
Davey Floyd Vanderhoff, age
38, of Canal Point, died June 18,
2008. Davey was born June 8,
1970 in Anchorage, Alaska to
Ronald and Sharon Vanderhoff.
He was a general contractor by
Davey is survived by his par-
ents, Ronald and Sharon Vander-
hoff; a daughter, Emily Vanderhoff
of Port St. Lucie; a son, Bradley
Vanderhoff of Port St. Lucie;
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dean
Vanderhoff of Portland, Ore.; a
sister, Tammy (Jose) Verano of
Okeechobee; two brothers, Dana
(Lori) Vanderhoff of Waxsaw,
N.C., and Ron (Marlena) Vander-
hoff of Okeechobee.
A memorial service will be
held Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 6
p.m. at The Gathering, 1735 SW
24th Avenue, Okeechobee with
Pastor Mike Brown officiating.
Friends may sign a guest book
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory,
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are carrying out their public mission.
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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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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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Job Training 227
Wanted: Retired women to
help retired man. Must be
able to do some traveling.
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salary provided. Call
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required in FL, Paid
travel time, overtime,
per diem. DFWP,
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Holiday. & Vacation
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High School Diploma Req.
Full Time with Benefits
Apply in Person at
Syfrett Feed Company Inc
3079 NW 8th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
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
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
Lawn maintenance. Drug Free
& Background Check!
Please send your resume to:
PO Box 2652,
Okeechobee, FL 34973
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Appliance Parts 520
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Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
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Household Items 630
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Musical Instruments 660
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Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
MICROWAVE Stainless Steel,
Large, turn table, inside light
Like new $75 or best offer
(863)763-2763 leave msg
Shop from a gilt catalog
that's updated regulaly:
Sierra Nevada Pine solid din-
ing table, 6 chairs, rod iron
accents and upholstery on
Church Pews- 15 in all, wood-
en with top and bottom
cushions, 12 ft. $2,250 or
will separate (863)610-0165
Goll Carl Club Car, good con-
dition, double seats and top,
white, $1300 or best offer
Television- 57' Sony rear pro-
jection, Good condition w/re-
mote, Silver, Reduced $500
(863)763-2763 leave msg
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/lba
Move In Special!
r/2 off 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all appl's, a/c & heat, 1
blk. North of Wal-Mart
$650 mo. (863)763-8878
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 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. & rets. 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-
lion to buy. (239)707-5155
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, 1br, lba, fully furn.
W&D, Elec & satellite incld.,
RANCH SETTING 3/11/2 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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Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2br, 2ba,
fully furn, long or short term
lease. June FREE. $775/mo.
+ sec. dep. (863)824-0981
OKEECHOBEE 2BR, 1BA, on
lot in quiet neighborhood
close to town. Front porch,
fenced yard. Will lease with
option, to buy. $59,000.
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 1 ba,
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
(863)610-9465 after 5pm
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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Water Savings Incentive Program (WaterSIP) FY 2009
The Procurement Department of the South Florida Water Management "" i
Headquarters, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, .,.I
33406 announces the following.
Official public meeting regarding FY2009 Water Savings Incentive (WaterSIP) Fund-
1.Selection Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, July 7, 2008 from 1:00
p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the SFWMD District Headquarters, 3301 Gun Club Road,
West Palm Beach, FL in Building B-1. Richard Rogers Conference Room.
This public meeting will be held at the date, time, location and conference room ref-
erenced above. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by writing the South Flori-
da Water Management District, Procurement Department, PO Box 24680, West
Palm Beach, Florida, 33416-4680. Persons with disabilities or handicaps who
need assistance may contact the District Clerk, (561) 682-6297. at least two (2)
business days in advance of the meeting to make appropriate arrangements.
Should one or more members of the evaluation committee need to attend any of the
meetings by means of communication media technology (CMT), the meetings will
be teleconlerenced at the dates, times, locations and conference rooms refer-
enced above. For more information, please contact Bernadette Harrison, Contract
Specialist at (561) 682-6378 or Sharman Rose. Contract Specialist at
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Wal-Mart has new management
By Chauna Aguilar
Our local Wal-Mart Super
Center has new management in
charge, 28 year old Derek Den-
Mr. Denman has been in
Okeechobee now for only three
weeks and he "loves the Okeecho-
Being from Fort Worth, Texas,
he loves to hunt and fish which
makes him right at home in
Okeechobee. He has been mar-
ried for four years to his wife
Lacy Denman and they have a 19
month old daughter Delaney who
will be joining him in Okeecho-
bee this week.
Mr. Denman has been em-
ployed with Wal-Mart for five
years. He attended the University
of Texas where he played baseball
for three years and was drafted to
the Seattle Mariners. He played
for the Mariners for three years in
their farm system before moving
back to Texas and joining the Wal-
He then went through their
management training program
in a store in a town similar to
Okeechobee. This is Mr. Den-
man's first Store Management
According to Mr. Denman, a
college friend of his manages their
store in Stuart. He told him of the
opening and he applied. He is ex-
cited to fill the "people person"
position that they were looking for
in the Okeechobee management
His biggest focus for the store
is to clean everything. He hopes
that customers are noticing the
improvements of having a clean,
white and shiny store. Another
key issue of course is that mer-
chandise is stocked and priced
Mr. Denman "wants people
in the community to be proud of
their store and he is going to do
what it takes to make that hap-
He has begun the process of
staffing the front registers in order
to improve the shopping experi-
ence as well. Overall he wants to
make the store a more friendly
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New Store Manager Derek Denman is looking forward to be-
coming part of the Okeechobee Community through his in-
volvement as the store manager of the Okeechobee Wal-Mart
Mr. Denman is also looking
forward to getting involved in the
community on a civic level.
The former manager of the
Okeechobee Wal-Mart Super Cen-
ter Mike Meyer was promoted to
Wal-Mart's District Grocery Mar-
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Riverside bank staff receives award
Tabitha Trent, Vice Presi-
dent and Cecilia Elliot, Com-
mercial Portfolio Manager of the
Okeechobee Riverside Bank were
in Jacksonville on April 11, to re-
ceive an award as one of 80 Flori-
da top business partners honored
by Education Commissioner, Eric
J. Smith at the 21st Annual Com-
missioner's Business Recognition
Sponsored by the Florida Edu-
cation Foundation, the awards
salute businesses throughout the
state that have shown a commit-
ment to improving the academic
success of all students.
"The support of these busi-
nesses is having a direct impact
on the educational advancement
of Florida's students," said Com-
missioner Smith. "I applaud them
for taking such a vested interest in
the lives of our children and en-
suring their continued progress
towards a bright and successful
Mike Radebaugh, Career
Education Technical Director
of Okeechobee County School
Board, submitted Riverside Bank
because it is the primary sponsor
+ Of the Harvest of Hope Banquet.
He explained that local hispanic
students are honored for their ac-
complishments each year at the
banquet. These students demon-
strate extraordinary determina-
tion and perseverance to achieve
success in their school, employ-
ment and community.
He commented on Riverside's
unsolicited involvement being the
catalyst for the Harvest of Hope
celebration. They organized the
event and provide graduation
gifts to each participating student.
This year, the bank recognized
the outstanding accomplish-
ments of one student, by pur-
chasing a desktop computer for
Lawn Tamer Equipment, Inc.
located at 508 N.W. Park Street in
Okeechobee recently added the
FERRIS line of lawn and garden
equipment to its store.
Lawn Tamer Equipment, Inc.
will carry a wide range of riding
mowers, lawn and garden trac-
tors, chipper/shredders, rear-time
tillers, field and brush mowers,
leaf blowers and vacuums. The
equipment has many innovative,
patented features that enhance
the curb side appeal of your yard
and reduces the amount of time
you spend on lawn care.
Licensed, Insured, and State Certified
With over 25 Years combined experi-
Highlands and Hardee Counties'
leading Pool company is expand-
ing to Okeechobee. Specializing in
swimming pool service and
Factory-trained service techni-
cians work on site to provide full
maintenance and repairs for your
lawn and garden equipment. Easy
to install attachments and acces-
sories and genuine replacement
parts are also available.
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Eric J. Smith, Commissioner of Education, Phoebe Raulerson, Board Member, Florida Depart-
ment of Education, Connie Trent, Finance Director, Okeechobee Co. School Board presented
Tabitha Trent, Branch ManagerNP, Riverside National Bank and Cecilia Elliott, Commercial
Loan Portfolio Manager, Riverside National Bank with a most prestigious award as one of 80
of Florida's top business partners honored.
use in her post-secondary educa-
tion. In addition to this, Riverside
Bank provides bank tours and
classroom instruction to help stu-
dent understand the importance
of managing personal finances,
achieving a good credit score and
related banking basics. Riverside
believes that it is vitally important
to give back to the communities
where they live, work and play.
Universal Orlando Resort re-
ceived the top honor of the eve-
ning when it was presented with
the "Commissioner's Statewide
Award of Distinction" for its out-
standing contributions to educa-
tion and educators statewide.
The company partnered with the
Florida Education Foundation to
offer Florida's public school em-
ployees complimentary admis-
sion and discounted guest tickets
to both Universal Studios and
Islands of Adventure to show its
appreciation for their hard work.
Two dollars for each guest ticket
purchased was donated to the
Florida Education Foundation
and are administered by the Flor-
ida Department of Education to
encourage and promote success-
ful partnerships and alliances for
the benefit of Florida's students.
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