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SKEECHOBEE EWS
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Vol. 99 No. 178 Thursday, June 26, 2008 Po ROX 117007
.GAINESVILLE FL 32611


Briefs

Career Center helps
in job search
The One Stop Career Cen-
ter, 209 S.W. Park St., has ser-
vices available at no charge to
help people in their search for
the right employee or job. For
more, visit their web site at
www.tcjobs.org; or, call 863-
462-5350.

My Aunt's House
seeks volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501
(c) (3) organization is looking
for two to three volunteers to
work in our Closet any day, or
days, Monday through Friday
during the hours of 9 a.m. until
2 p.m We are also looking for
a volunteer to become the di-
rector and a board member of
The Clothes Closet. The volun-
teer should communicate well
with the public and should be
able to seek support from city
and county officials, business
executives and other organiza-
tions. Work days and hours are
flexible. Call 863-634-2306 for
information.

Group providing
animal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Ser-
vice of Okeechobee is currently
providing rescue, pick up and
transport of sick, injured, or-
phaned or otherwise impaired
wildlife.
Anyone who finds a wild
animal in need of help is en-
couraged to give us a call. A
volunteer transporter, licensed
by the Florida Fish & Wildlife
Conservation commissionn, wii
be more than happy to help
you and the animal.
This is a free service to the
community and to wildlife.
For information, call 863-
634-1755 or 863-357-7955.


Drought Index

Current: 454
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.37 feet
Last Year: 8.92. feet

S onsored 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
Classifieds......................... 8, 9
Com ics .................................. 5
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 5
O bituaries............................... 6
O pinion ...................................... 4
Speak Out ............................ ..... 4
Service Club Briefs................... 7
TV ..................... .......... ..... ......... 4
W eather..................................... 2
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School contracts in negotiations


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School District will continue
their negotiations with the
Okeechobee County Education
Association (OCEA) on Wednes-
day, Aug. 6, in the school board
chambers.
Every three years the entire
Instructional Contract and Classi-
fied Contract are revised in their
entirety by the board and the
OCEA. This process begins with


each party presenting propos-
als on each contract. Each en-
tity then goes back and forth as
needed with counter offers until
the two parties get to some form
of agreement on the langIuage
that will be used in the contract
This year's contract \vill be ef-
fective from 2008 until 2011.
Some changes have already
been agreed to. The two parties
currently have some counter of-
fers and second counter offers o!
the table, but they are adjourn-


ing negotiations until August to
accommodate vacations, etc.
Some items that have al-
ready been signed by both the
OCSB and the OCEA deal with
issues such as addressing the
evaluation tools for instructional
personnel. Instructional person-
nel refers to a wide variety of
instructional areas including:
teachers; student service person-
nel; counselors; media special-
ists; reading coaches; speech
pathologists and therapists. The


OCSB has agreed to send some
of these areas to their committee
to create additional evaluation
tools to better suit their area of
instruction.
Issues in the past have arisen
where principals have had prob-
lems evaluating an employee in
some of these positions and giv-
ing them a superior rating due
to the points system that is on
the current evaluation tool for
teachers. If the position, such as
a reading coach does not pertain


to those areas, the employee was
not given the points for achiev-
ing in that area. This prohibited
them from attaining a superior
status even if they were superior
in their job functions as they per-
tain to their actual daily tasks.
In other business, due to the
increasing number of individuals
that are being called over as re-
serves or the National Guard, the
board and OCEA agreed upon
language to extend the military
See Contracts Page 2


The 59th Annual Intel In-
ternational Science and Engi-
neering Fair 2008 was held in
Atlanta, Ga., May 11-15. Those
attending from the Heartland
Region were student exhibi-
tors, Angela McCall and Joy
Burnham; student observers,
Celena Letcher and Kelsey
Burnham; Okeechobee Fresh-
man Campus teacher, Richon-
da Manson; and fair director,
Dan Thomas.
Joy received the $3,000
CAST scholarship award at
the Special Awards Ceremony
on May 15. CAST is the largest
organization of scientists and
technologists of China. One of
its missions is to promote public
understanding of science. Hav-
ing developed science educa-
tion programs, CAST supports
youth in becoming citizens
with high scientific literacy. The
CAST award is presented for
excellence in research in sci-
ence and engineering.


Submitted photo
Joy Burnham, Okeechobee High School senior, on stage
at the Intel International Science Fair in Atlanta, Ga., re-
ceived the CAST (China Association for Science and
Technology) Award of $3,000 from Wang Yanhu, Director
General of the CAST Children and Youth Center.


At the Florida State Science
Fair, Joy Burnham's project re-
ceived Special Recognition and
the Agriculture in the Class-
room Award. She has com-


peted in science fairs with her
dairy animal projects since the
seventh grade.
Joy received this award for
See Fair Page 2


Local IRCC honors graduate


among the top in the nation


Indian River Community Col-
lege .student Tiffany Mathis has
been recognized as one of the
nation's top community college
students with the Jack Kent Cooke
Foundation Scholarship, the larg-
est scholarship in the nation for
community college students.
More than 6.5 million students
attend community colleges, and
the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
chooses 50 students among them
to receive up to $90,000 to attend
a prestigious university. Students
are selected based on academic
achievement, service, leadership,
the arts and community involve-


ment.
Miss Mathis, a 20-year-old
Okeechobee resident, graduated
from IRCC on May 2, with highest
honors, earning an Associate in
Arts degree with a focus on jour-
nalism and political science.
Susanne Clemons, Chair of the
IRCC Foundation Board of Direc-
tors, announced award of the
highly-regarded scholarship to Ma-
this at the College's Commence-
ment Ceremony. Under the leader-
ship of Tiffany Mathis, as President
of the IRCC Chapter of Phi Theta
Kappa (PTK), the chapter became
one of the College's most dynamic


student organizations, earning the
honor society's Leadership Award
for collecting books for literacy
programs in third-world countries.
The PTK Chapter also received the
River Award, one of IRCC's top an-
nual awards, for dedication to ex-
cellence. Miss Mathis was named
to the All-Florida Academic Team,
designated an All American Schol-
ar, and active in six college clubs.
She served as secretary for the
IRCC Campus Coalition Govern-
ment and participated in numer-
ous community service projects
through the Service Learning
See Graduate Page 2


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Residents of Viking who are
unhappy about the condition of
their roads will soon have more
to be happy about.
The Coquina Water Control
District Board of Supervisors,
as part of their ongoing pro-
gram of improving the roads,
will soon start on two other
segments of road.
The board recently com-
pleted a little over one mile
of improvements to One Mile
Grade. Next, they plan to tackle
Two Mile Grade and Three Mile
Grade. Their goal is to improve
the three miles of Two Mile
Grade between Peavine Trail
aniid ast O-de and the first
two miles of Three Mile Grade
eastward from Peavine Trail.


Plans call for adding fill dirt to
a depth of eight to 12 inches,
depending on the condition of
the road, for a width of about
22 feet with a crown in the
middle.
On Wednesday morning,
June 25, the board held a man-
datory pre-bid meeting with
prospective bidders. The meet-
ing was held at the Coquina
shop. After specifications were
explained the contractors were
taken to view stockpiled fill dirt
at the southern edge of Viking
and the road work to be done.
Chairman Melvin Byars ex-
plained that the board would
be accepting bids for loading,
hauling and spreading dirt at a
cost per yard.
See Coquina- Page 2


Landscaping



ordinance in



consideration


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County may
soon have its first ever ordi-
nance governing landscaping.
When they met Tuesday night,
June 24, the planning board/
board of adjustments and ap-
peals spent considerable time
discussing such an ordinance.


IRCC graduate Tiffany Mathis


Planning official Bill Royce
had put together a draft ordi-
nance based on ordinances
from other counties. The only
qualification for single family
residential lots in the draft or-
dinance was that all pervious
areas be mulched. The board
thought there should be strict-
See Ordinance Page 2


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work on roads


Young scientist: Burnham wins award


Submitted photo/Randy Burnham
Okeechobee students attended the International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlan-
ta, Ga. in May. Here they enjoy touring Centennial Park in downtown Atlanta. Students
from left are, Celena Letcher, Kelsey Burnham, Angela McCall and Joy Burnham.


Okeechobee students attend


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Coquina
Continued From Page 1

He explained that the goal was
to do five miles of road. However,


the length of the project would
depend on the price per yard.
He noted that they were getting
down to the end of the budget
year and the project would last as
long as this years' budget lasted.
Supervisors was unsure of how


fill dirt would be required. Mr.
Byars suggested that contractors
hail a mile at time and present
the bill.
"I can't promise you five
miles," he said.
However, he said that if funds


were exhausted, the project be
started up again in the early next
budget year which begins Oct. 1.
The deadline for submitting
bids is 5 p.m., July 7. The bids
will be opened at the July 9 board
meetings.
"In the next two or three years,


you can see a lot of this type
work," Mr. Byars promised.
Residents of Viking currently
pay an assessment of $62.64 per
acre to Coquina. This assessment
is used to finance replacing cul-
verts, maintenance on Coquina's
25 miles of canals, retention area


and outfall structures and repairs
on 52 miles of designated access
roads.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


Okeechobee news/Pete Gawda
Melvin Byars, center, facing camera, the chairman of the Coquina Water Control District
Board of Supervisors, shows prospective bidders the pile of fill dirt in the background to be
used for Viking road improvement projects. Contractors gathered at the Coquina office on
Wednesday morning, June 25 for a pre-bid meeting.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Prospective bidders for a road improvement job for Coquina Water Control District look
over a section of Two Mile Grade to be repaired. Contractors met at the Coquina office on
Wednesday morning for a pre-bid meeting.


Contracts
Continued From Page 1

leave provisions. Military Reserv-
ists or members of the National
Guard that are called to active
duty in the armed forces of the
U.S. during war between the U.S.
and a foreign government are
granted the following: full civilian
pay, in addition to their military
pay for the first 90 days of active
duty; after the irlitial 90 days of
active duty, all salary and ben-
efits from the board shall cease;
during the active duty period, the
employee will accrue experience
credit for placement on the salary
schedule upon return.
According to Florida Statute,
the OCSB is only required to pro-
vide full civilian payment for 30
days. OCSB agreed to increasing
that time frame by 60 days to ben-
efit the military personnel. They
will also continue to pay FICA, as
required by statute.
The two parties also signed an
addition to the transfers and reas-
signment language detailing that
reassignment requests be consid-
ered based upon the following
guidelines: instructional person-
nel may submit requests in writ-
ing to their principals for consid-
eration of placement in a different
grade level, academic level or de-
partment; and when more than
one applicant is properly certi-
fied and meets the reassignment
criteria, seniority in Okeechobee
County will be a primary consid-
eration.
In regards to provisions for
teaching experience, language
was changed adding a benefit to
candidates who successfully com-


Ordinance
Continued From Page 1

er requirements for single fam-
ily lots. The board desired to see
more landscaping on those lots
and discussed incentives to keep
builders from cutting existing
trees. Board member Ted Kelch-
ner did not think builders should
be able to cut down all the exist-
ing trees and build a house on a
bare lot.
The board also discussed the
need for either requiring an irriga-
tion system or encouraging plant-
ing of vegetation that does not


Fair
Continued From Page 1

her project "Can Differences in
Fat-Protein Ratios in the Milk of
Dairy Cows Indicate Ketosis? A
Fourth Year Study." Joy analyzed
data collected by the University of
Florida's Dairy Research Unit to
see if cows with ketosis could be
identified earlier for treatment.
Joy is presently attending the
50th Annual University of Florida
Student Science Training Pro-
gram. While living on campus
for seven weeks, Joy will attend
classes and further her research
in dairy science.


plete the Accelerated Into Teach-
ing (AIT) program and teach one
day over half the teacher work
year to be granted one year of
experience credit on the salary
schedule.
The AIT program consists of a
student teacher who is in the pro-
cess of completing their education
to be fully certified as a teacher.
They teach their own classroom
and benefit from a mentor in the
program and get additional train-
ing throughout their last semester
in college. Previously, teachers in
the AIT program did not get any
credit for this semester of teach-
ing, where they are typically asked
to complete the year as a regular
teacher for the district. Now these
AIT students will be able to see
that first year of experience on
their salary schedule upon return-
ing to the Okeechobee County
School District.
Items such as the notification of
the possibility of recording equip-
ment being present in a school
facility are still on the bargaining
table. The use of recording equip-
ment was added to contract lan-
guage detailing thaf "employees
shall be notified in advance when
video cameras or other recording
equipment is installed in a work
place. A sign indicating the facility
has video cameras or recording
equipment shall be placed at the
main entrance to the facility."
In addition to the above addi-
tion, "no disciplinary action shall
be taken against an employee
based soley upon photographs
and/or any recordings by cell
phones, tapes or other recording
devices. Furthermore, the exis-
tence of any such material which
comes to the attention of an ad-


require much water.
For nonresidential uses the
draft ordinance called for one tree
and five shrubs per 1,000 square
feet of impervious surface. After
the first 40,000 square feet one
tree and five shrubs would be
required for every 5,000 feet of
impervious surface. Landscaping
was also required for a perimeter
buffer strip. To help the board
members visualize the require-
ments, Mr. Royce provided details
of the landscaping that would be
required under the ordinance for
several existing businesses in the
county.
The board also discussed
adopting a list of exotic or invasive


The Intel International Science
and Engineering Fair (INTEL ISEF)
is the world's largest pre-college
science competition, bringing
together more than 1,500 young
scientists from over 51 countries,
regions and territories to Atlanta,
Ga. in 2008. Every year, talented
students share ideas, showcase
cutting-edge science, and com-
pete for more than $4 million in
awards and scholarships.
In addition to exhibiting and
visiting the projects, participants
attended opening events at the
Atlanta Aquarium and the Coca
Cola Museum. The group also
toured the Center for Disease
Control (CDC) and Centennial
Park.


ministrator shall be disclosed to
the employee prior to proceeding
with an investigation."
This will deal with some new-
er issues dealing with the ease of
recording to occur by students,
etc. due to the increase in tech-
nology.'
This interprets that if a student
takes a photograph or recording
of a teacher, that alone cannot
bring discipline action upon the
teacher. There must be other cor-
roborating evidence that a disci-
plinary act took place.
Other language that is still on
the table concerns the Deferred
Retirement Option Program,
widely known as the DROP, con-
cerning the distribution of pre-
viously accumulated sick leave
upon election to participate in the
DROP.
According to the most re-
cent draft, "the partial payment
amount will be based on the em-
ployee's daily rate of pay.
0 to 12 months: One lump
sum payment in the month fol-
lowing the last day worked.
13 to 24 months: 50 percent
at the end of the first 12 months
and final payment in the month
following the last day worked.
25 through 36 months: 33.3
percent at the end of each 12
month period and final payment
in the month following the last
day worked.
37 through 48 months: 25
percent at the end of each 12
month period and final payment
in the month following the last
day worked.
49 through 60 months: 20
percent at the end of each 12
month period and final payment
in the month following the last


plants that would be banned.
After discussion the board de-
cided to study and discuss the or-
dinance further before presenting
it to the county commission.
Turning to other matters, the
board denied the request of Kevin
and Catherine Bartfield to install a
used dwelling unit in a residential
mixed zoning district on S.E. 33rd
Terrace.
The board tabled a request
from Lightsey Enterprises LLC,
property owner, and Richard
Smith, applicant, for a special
exception to operate a banquet
hall in Treasure Island Plaza. The
board was concerned about the
lack of parking spaces. The appli-


day worked."
The DROP employee has the
option of using sick days accrued
prior to his/her entrance into
the DROP during years in DROP
provided the employee has used
all sick days appropriated in any
given DROP year.
* The classified contract has not
been opened for negotiations as
of yet, however many items in
the classified contract are inter-
changeable with the instructional
contract. While awaiting the Aug.
6, meeting, those items will be
addressed and signed adminis-
tratively since they have already
come to an agreement on such
issues.
This process allows OCEA to
have five representatives at the
bargaining table. These five are:
Dianne Falvo, Treasure Coast
Service Unit Director; Cammie
Hudson, Chief Negotiator; OCEA
President Candy Walker; OCEA
Secretary Maggi Cable; and for
the instructional contract, teacher
Kevin Lute; and for the classified
contract, Judy Kelly.
For the Okeechobee County
School Board there are four
members at the bargaining table:
Sam Lee, Chief Negotiator; OCSB
Attorney Tom Conely; Genia Ar-
bogast; and Ken Kenworthy.
For more information about
the OCEA call 863-467-1564. To
contact the OCSB call 863-462-
5000.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


cant was requested to return next
month with more detailed infor-
mation on parking.
The board also approved a
preliminary development order
for Silver Palms RV Village, a pro-
posed 512 lot RV subdivision that
would be located on about 88
acres stretching more than half a
mile southward from S.W. 32nd
Street east of Seminole Cove and
Ousley Estates.
Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at www.
newszap.com. Reporter Pete
Gawda can be reached at pgaw-
da@newszap.com.


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Submitted photo/Randy Burnham Submitted photo/Randy Burnham
Joy Burnham presents her project during the International Angela McCall and Joy Burnham suit up at the CDC during a
Science and Engineering Fair. tour in conjunction with Intel ISEF.


Graduate
Continued From Page 1

Club. She plans to continue her
education to the Masters degree
level and to pursue a career as a
political broadcaster.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foun-


dation is a private independent
foundation established in 2000 to
help young people of exceptional
promise reach their full potential.
Mr. Cooke, who died in 1997, was
a businessman, sportsman and
philanthropist who owned the
Washington Redskins football
team, LA Lakers, and the Chrysler
Building in New York.


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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly cloudy. A chance of afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. East winds around 5 mph
increasing to around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40
percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 20 percent.

Extended Forecast
Friday: Partly cloudy. A chance of afternoon showers and thun-
derstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening show-
ers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20
percent.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening show-
ers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20
percent.
Sunday: Partly sunny then considerable cloudiness. A chance
of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of
rain 30 percent.

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Man sentenced for threatening ex-wife

By Eric Kopp 2007, of two counts of aggravated in my way when it comes to my derful family life." stood up and told the judge that probation.
Okeechobee News stalking and four counts of writ- kids," stated Suggs in a tape that She told the court that Suggs his client would invoke the Fifth Judge Bauer described the


A man convicted last year of
stalking and threatening his for-
mer wife was sentenced to 20
years in state prison Wednesday.
"You are mad at other people
and you threaten them. This is
what makes you dangerous," said
Circuit Court Judge Sherwood
Bauer Jr. just prior to sentencing
Calvin Earl Suggs Jr to prison.
Looking squarely at Suggs sit-
ting at the defense table in his
blue jumpsuit, Judge Bauer said it
was his belief that an appropriate
sentence was a lengthy sentence.
"It is my job to keep people
safe," he said.
Suggs was convicted Oct. 31,


ten threats to kill or injure.
The case dates back to 2004,
but Suggs was not arrested until
2006. At that time he was living in
Gulf Shores, Ala. He was arrested
in the living room of his mobile
home there on warrants issued
out of Okeechobee County.
At the heart of the case were
letters and threats that Suggs is-
sued against his former wife Hope
White and another woman. In his
letters, presented to the court by
Assistant State Attorney Ashley
Albright, Suggs made statements
that his ex-wife could not keep his
children from him.
"I will kill anybody that gets


Mr. Albright played in open court
on June 25. "I'm going to get you
boys back one way or another.
Even if I have to start killing peo-
ple."
Prior to her client's sentencing,
defense attorney Regina Balkom
called a woman in Alabama who
said she was Suggs' fiance.
Susie Craydon said she and
Suggs had lived together in Gulf
Shores since September of 2005.
She described him as honest and
dependable.
"He was excellent to me," she
told the court over the telephone.
"We didn't go out and party or
anything like that. We had a won-


was working at a sod farm there.
Fellow defense attorney Ernie
Mullins told Judge Bauer that
Suggs had suffered from mental
problems all his life and that he
only got into trouble when he
didn't take his medications.
Mr. Mullins put his client on the
witness stand and asked Suggs if
he was released would he be dili-
gent in taking his medications and
adhering to the orders of his doc-
tors. Suggs answered in a soft and
quivering voice that he would.
But when Mr. Albright began
questioning Suggs about the
letters he wrote after he had al-
ready been arrested, Mr. Mullins


Amendment.
"Are you going to answer any
of my questions?" inquired Mr. Al-
bright of Suggs.
"No," he answered.
Before he handed down his
sentence, Judge Bauer said he
had been going back and forth
on the case. He said this was the
type of case that, on one hand,
Suggs could be given probation.
But, on the other hand, he could
also be put in prison for the rest
of his life.
Mr. Albright was seeking a
prison sentence of 60 years,
while the defense wanted credit
for time served plus some sort of


letters written by Suggs as clear,
concise and mean.
"It's always somebody else's
fault. Instead of dealing with your
issues, it's someone else's fault,"
he told the defendant. "Never,
have you ever, taken responsibil-
ity for what you've done.
"A sentence is meant to pun-
ish. Most importantly, a sentence
is to protect the community," said
Judge Bauer.
Although Suggs will receive
credit for the time he's served in
the Okeechobee County Jail, it
was not clear as of newspaper
deadline just how long he had
been incarcerated there.


Man acquitted of VOP charge


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man charged
with violating hs probation was
found innocent Wednesday after-
noon in circuit court.
Jeremy Lamont Jones, 21,
N.W 20th Lane, had his shackles
removed and was a free man af-
ter Circuit Court Judge Lawrence
Mirman issued the June 25 ac-
quittal.
Jones was found guilty of ag-
gravated battery on Aug. 13, 2007,


over $20, testified Jason Maupin.
Mr. Maupin told Assistant State
Attorney Don Richardson that he
was at a friend's house on Oct. 6,
2007, and that many there were
drinking and using crack cocaine.
He then stated that he was con-
fronted by Jones over a debt of
$20. When Mr. Maupin told Jones
he didn't have the money, he
claimed Jones hit him about the
head and body with a wooden
2x4 that had nails sticking out of
it.


son that when he saw his sis-
ter's house he jumped out of the
slow moving truck and ran to her
house. She then called 9-1-1.
He was then airlifted to a West
Palm Beach hospital where he
was treated for his injuries.
When Mr. Richardson asked
him again if it was Jones who hit
him, Mr. Maupin answered "I'm
150 percent sure."
But, when queried by defense
attorney Edmond Alonzo his con-
fidence and story became shaky.


and was put on probation for five The truck driver went on to Mr. Alonzo pointed out to the
years. He was then arrested on say that he passed out and when court that when Mr. Maupin re-
Nov. 5 for violating his probation he awoke he was in a red, Dodge gained consciousness after the
(VOP). four-door pickup truck. He testi- fight, he told law enforcement
The VOP arrest came about af- fied that Jones was in the truck. that it was another man who hit
ter a fight at a local man's home Mr. Maupin told Mr. Richard- him and knocked him out not

Teen arrested on drug charges
By Eric Kopp by the Okeechobee Narcotics stances indicated a positive result
Okeechobee News Task Force, a search warrant was for the presence of marijuana,


Two local men were arrested
Tuesday night, one on felony
drug charges, following the ex-
ecution of a search warrant on an
Okeechobee home.
Chasey Cole Bass, 18, of S.W.
23rd St., was charged with the
felony of cultivation of marijuana.
He was also charged with the
misdemeanors of possession of
marijuana under 20 grams and
possession of drug parapherna-
lia.
He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $6,000.
Reed Ashton Hair, 19, of the
same address, was arrested on a
misdemeanor charge of violation
of a court injunction. After being
booked, he was released on his
own recognizance.
According to an arrest report


executed on the home at 10:24
p.m. on June 24. The report states
that there was a marijuana grow-
ing operation being conducted
in the rear of the home. Aerial
photos of the residence taken on
June 20 showed there were seven
to 12 plants that were 5-to 6-feet
in height.
According to the report, the
plants had apparently been cut
before the deputies arrived, but
they found a stem with a root sys-
tem in the back yard.
Inside the home, task force de-
tectives reportedly found a green
leafy substance in a baby food jar
in a bedroom (identified as Bass's
room), said the report. They also
found a similar substance in an-
other baby food jar in the living
room.
When field tested, both sub-


stated the task force report.
Together, the suspected mari-
juana weighed 2.5 grams.
The report goes on to state
that detectives also found a water
bong with suspected marijuana
residue, a glass device commonly
used to smoke marijuana, scales
and plastic sandwich bags.
When detectives approached
the home they saw Hair in his ve-
hicle. Inside the vehicle they found
a .22 magnum firearm, stated the
report. They also found four rifles
in Hair's room inside the house,
continued the report.
Hair was arrested because
there is an active injunction out
against him and he is not allowed
to have any firearms or ammuni-
tion in his possession.


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Jones.
When Judge Mirman asked
him why he told investigators that
it was someone else who hit him,
Mr. Maupin said he answered
that way because he was embar-
rassed.
"I didn't want my family to
know I was addicted to drugs. I
was heavy into drugs for a couple
of years," he told the judge. "I was
mad (at the other man) and that
was probably the first name to
come into my head."
Mr. Maupin also testified that
when he awoke in the pickup he
saw Jones and that someone else
was in the truck, but he didn't see
who it was.
These and other inconsisten-
cies led to Jones' release.
Okeechobee news staff writer Eric
Kopp may be contacted via email at
ekopp@newszap.com.


Death penalty


sought regarding


trooper shooting


WAYN ESVI LLE,N.C. (AP)
- Prosecutors want to seek
the death penalty in their case
against a Florida man accused
in the fatal shooting of a North
Carolina Highway Patrol trooper,
according to court documents.
The Asheville Citizen-Times
reported Wednesday that Hay-
wood County District Attorney
Michael Bonfoey asked a judge
to decide whether there is
enough evidence to try Edwar-
do Wong II for capital murder.
The judge has not yet scheduled
a hearing.
Wong, 37, of Ormond Beach,
Fla., is accused in the June 17
shooting death of trooper Da-


vid Shawn Blanton Jr., 24. The
trooper was shot during a traf-
fic stop along Interstate 40 near
Canton in western North Caro-
lina.
Wong is charged with first-
degree murder and robbery
with a dangerous weapon.
In his filing, Bonfoey said the
state has "evidence to support
the existence of one or more
aggravating circumstances" re-
quired for the death penalty in
North Carolina.
One of the 11 factors is that
the victim is a law enforcement
officer, according to state law.
Another is that a killer have his-
tory of violent crimes.


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).
Ronald Brown, 45, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested June 18 on a
warrant charging him with grand


theft, obstruction of justice and
crimes against the elderly. His
bond was set at $45,000.
Kenneth Elders, 22, LaBelle,
was arrested June 19 on a charge
of grand theft. His bond was set
at $10,000.
William Mathias, 34, Moore
Haven, was arrested June 20 on a
charge of aggravated battery. His
bond was set at $1,500.
Julius Wright, 24, Ortona,
was arrested June 22 on a felony


charge of smuggling contraband
into a detention facility. His bond
was set at $12,500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.


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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
ALLIGATOR ATTACK: A lot of people go to Nubbin Slough to see
the alligators. It is really a peaceful and enjoyable place to go and see
nature at its best. I know that those kids that hang out down there see
those alligators in the water all the time. This doesn't make sense to
me, the alligator is minding his own business, it is 2:21 a.m. -- which
is feeding time for alligators -- and a person jumps into the water and
decides to swim. That alligator didn't care if he was a fish, bird or any
other kind of prey. The person jumped into the alligator's territory and
he started feeding. Exactly what did the alligator do wrong? Nothing.
On the other hand the person made a very bad decision that caused
the accident. We live in Florida and know that alligators are in every
waterway around. So, now because the alligator was put into feed-
ing mode we -- the people -- take matters into our own hands and
hire a person to kill the alligator that really didn't do anything wrong.
Unfortunately, four other alligators that didn't do anything wrong were
destroyed also. This sure doesn't make sense to me. The person made
a bad choice, now everyone is affected by his choice. A little more of
nature is destroyed because of a bad choice.
VIKING: There has been so many articles in the speak out, in refer-
ence to the Viking property, however, you people who call this area
home, have property owners who bought their property years ago
when people thought of it as a hunting preserve. These people bought
so they could hunt, and they thought with ownership they could hunt
on the whole area. Each property owner had a key to the gate and
without the key you could not get in. But, the county decided that they
were not getting enough tax money so they decided to allow building
out there and so the homeowner, moved his wife, four kids and three
dogs to the Viking and built a home. Now you have two types of prop-
erty owners, one that wants to hunt and one that wants to live there.
Who is right? The guy that wants to hunt comes out on the weekend
and brings his tent or motor home and sets up camp and then he has
his four wheelers. Or the person who builds a house and lives there
full time? Which person is right? Who has lost his rights to the land
that he bought? Which one has had his rights violated by the county?
Ask yourself these questions.
RAIN: I completely agree with the caller who said no one needs to
water their lawns. That is just a waste of water, which is a precious
resource. Plant native vegetation and it will grow. You never have to
water it. Let Florida look like Florida. The non-native plants are bad
for the ecology anyway. If you want northern-type plants and grass in
your yard, stay up north where they grow.
BRAINS: How is it that some people who are really intelligent don't
have any common sense at all?
ROYSDON FAMILY: I am very happy for the Roysdon family and
the settlement that they won. I used to live across the street from
them, and they were both very nice people. Sheila was always very
kind and generous to my sisters and I. It was very sad that she passed
away. And now, after a year her family has justice for her.
PARKING: My complaint is about people who park in the striped
zones next to the handicapped spaces. These spaces are there to have
room to use wheelchairs and persons who use walking assisted de-
vices. It is illegal to park in those striped zones. When ever I see some-
one parked in those area, I remind them that it is illegal and they give
me the finger or call me names and state they have a parking permit
and can park where they feel like it. I just makes me angry because
they think they are immune from the law. The next time, I will take
+ license numbers and file a complaint with the police departments and
or the OCSD and I will continue to file the complaints with photos and
license numbers so that those inconsiderate people will be cited.
GAS: I read that if you're going to fill up your vehicle to do it early
in the morning. The heat of the day expands gas fumes in your tank
and you really don't get the gallons, that you think you do. Also, we as
Americans do have the power to turn this fuel business around. We
just have to make a conscious effort to cut down on our driving and
turn off the A/C first thing in the mornings when it's cool. Americans
just plunge ahead with trips and etc. We need to decide as a nation
that we are fed up ... and not just talk about it, but slack off on filling
our tanks. Americans are a demanding bunch of folks ... we want
what we want when we want it, but it's costing us dearly. I understand
that not all of us can run right over to the dealership and purchase a
hybrid. I'm in my retirement years and five more years of payments
is not something that I'll accept anymore. I've realized that new car is
just ego status, not a necessity.
PAGEANT: I just wanted to thank Donnie and Madonna Arnold
for another job well done! I understand that the proceeds go toward
the Fire Rescue and Medics. My daughter was in it. She did not come
in first place for her age division but the way it is set up, if you want
to make sure your child does not leave empty handed, there are two
events that you can participate in that will assure your lil' Prince or
Princess feels like a winner by receiving a trophy. Kudos to all who
organized and decorated, I believe it was a great night for a lot of our
little ones.
FUEL: I just have to reiterate, slow down, people. I watch my sur-
roundings at lights, how many of the commuters must "floor it" leav-
ing the light? How many of you assume you are Mario Andriette in
a multi-lane road and "zoom" on past traffic, weaving in and out of
lanes? When you are towing large trailers, is it so important to pass
traffic flowing at 55 so that you can do 60?



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Thursday, June 26
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at 863-467-8020, or Belinda at 863-357-0166.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at the American Legion Post 64 501 SE Second St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at 863-357-
1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636, or Hazel at 863-763-
4920, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at 863-
357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for wom-
en who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups meet at 6 p.m. For information, call
863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at 863-763-2893
or 863-763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet
at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at 863-763-2893
days, or 863-467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might
need this group, please pass the word.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group ev-
ery Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member
is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call 863-467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic Step
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1
p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone in-
terested in attending is welcome. For information, call Marilyn Rinear
at 863-697-1807.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship, 300
S.W. Sixth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at 863-801-3244.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30
until 8 p.m.


Community Events

Early Learning Coalition meetings changed
The Early Learning Coalition Executive/Finance Committee Meet-
ing on Thursday, June 26, formerly scheduled for .12:30 p.m. is re-
scheduled to 1:30 p.m. The location has changed from St. Lucie Coun-
ty Board of County Commissioners, Commission Chambers, 2300
Virginia Ave., Ft. Pierce, to Early Learning Coalition of Indian River,
Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc., 10 S.E. Central Parkway, Suite
400, Stuart.

Program/Quality Committee meeting to be held
Program/Quality Committee meeting will be on Thursday, June
26, at Conclusion of Board Meeting. The location has changed from
St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, Commission
Chambers, 2300 Virginia Ave., Ft. Pierce, to Early Learning Coalition
of Indian River, Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc., 10 S.E. Central
Parkway, Suite 400, Stuart.

Summer sunset series presents guitarist
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.

Okeechobee Ministerial Association
The Okeechobee Ministerial Association will host a Fifth Sunday
Community Service June 29, at 6 p.m. at Abundant Blessings Assem-
bly of God, 4550 U.S. 441 North. The community choir will be singing,
and others also. Nursery care will be provided. The house speaker
will be the pastor of Abundant Blessings, Rev. John Hodge. Everyone
is welcome. If you have any questions call Rev. Gene Roddenberry at
863-634-1723.

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 mil-
itary and ex-military men and woman are encouraged to continue
serving your country and your community by joining the VFW or La-
dies 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.

Just Horsing Around Camp
UF/IFAS Okeechobee County 4-H program, along with the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center and the Okeechobee Children's Servic-
es Council, will be offering the Second Annual "Just Horsing Around"
horse day camp. Each of the three weeks will have a unique theme.
The camp for July 7-11, will expose campers to various equine dis-
ciplines. The third week, July 14-18, will offer campers insight into
the rodeo world focusing on pole bending, barrel racing, goat tying,
roping and other "non-roughstock" events. For more information and
to register please contact the Okeechobee County Extension Office
at 863-763-6469. Camp fee is $100 plus a $25 stall fee per week. Pre-
registration is required.


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The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres Ill. 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
9 p.m.
Theatre 11 "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
9:15 p.m.
Theatre Ill "Kung Fu Panda" (PG) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:30 and
7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
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Health News in Brief


Parent Education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be of-
fering parenting education classes
for parents with children, infants
to age 3. All pregnant women and
parents are encouraged to attend.
Each participant will receive a
gift. This "adults" only parenting
class consists of six classes. You
must attend all six classes to get a
certificate of completion. Day and
evening classes are available. No
child care will be available. Call
863-462-5877 for registration.

Welcome House
offers programs
Welcome House is now ac-
cepting applications. Membership
is free, if you are at least 18 years
of age and have an emotional or
psychiatric diagnosis, or if you are
under a doctor's care or simply
taking medication for emotional
problems, they welcome you
to drop in and join the circle of
friends. Welcome House offers
scheduled activities at least three
times a week such as: arts and
crafts, support groups, outings,
and presentations. they are open
7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. For more information, call
Hilda or James at 863-467-1026.


Christian Mental
health support group
Do you suffer with depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health Sup-
port group meets on the second
and fourth Thursday of the month
at 6 p.m. on Martin County Grade.
Call 772-597-0463 for more infor-
mation. Family members are wel-
come.

Quit Smoking Now
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
munity. The purpose of the pro-
gram is to reduce adult and youth
tobacco use, and provide tobacco
resources to residents, businesses
and community organizations in
the county. For information, call
863-462-5781.
Diabetes Support
Group at Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers a
monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second
Thursday of each month in the
hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you
have any questions please call
the program coordinator, Wanda


Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at
863-763-5093.
Red Cross offers
HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the.course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at 863-763-2488
for information.
Addiction
consultation offered
Problems with drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know, but don't know where to
lurn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab Re-
source at 866-649-1594 for a free
confidential consultation. Or,, go
to the website at www.drugreha-
bresource.net.
Cancer support
group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancer
Support Group meets on the first


Thursday of each month. All can-
cer patients, survivors and sup-
porters are welcomed to attend,
support and encourage each oth-
er. They meet the first Thursday of
each month at 5:30 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth
St., (entrance is the door to the W
in front of church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at 863-467-5831
or First Baptist Church at 863-763-
2171 for more information.
Cancer Society
seeks volunteers
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference
in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer
Society's Florida Division par-
ticipate in programs that support
research funding, educate the
community, deliver services to
patients and advocate for policies
that help defeat cancer. To get in-
volved, call the American Cancer
Society at 800-ACS-2345.
Narcotics group to
meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at
the Just for Today Club, 101 N.W.
Fifth St. For information, call 863-
634-4780.


Healthy Start group
seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition
is accepting donations of baby
items such as furniture, shoes,
clothing, maternity clothes, stroll-
ers and other items for infants
and toddlers. Proceeds from the
sale of donated items will be used
to benefit infants and pregnant
women in the community. For in-
formation, call 863-462-5877.
Depression
support group
Depending on Christ is a new
support group for men and wom-
en suffering from depression.
They meet every Thursday. For
information, call 772-597-0463.
Blood donors
are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is look-
ing for blood donors in Okeecho-
bee. The Big Red Bus mobile unit
will be at the Wal-Mart parking
lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on the
last Saturday of each month from
10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For informa-
tion, call 561-845-2323, ext. 1203
or 772-215-8360. All blood types
are needed. There is no upper age
limit, and most medications and
conditions are acceptable. Diabe-
tes and blood pressure donations


can also be accepted. A picture ID
is needed for all donors.
Pregnancy financial
assistance available
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help.
For information, contact Becky
Smith at 863-462-5877.
Just for Today Club
The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is an Addiction re-
covery social club/meeting place
where people can come to fel-
lowship or attend meetings. For
information, call 863-634-4780.
Narconon offers
help via hotline
and website
It's heartbreaking to watch
someone addicted to drugs or
alcohol lose their children, jobs,
home, health and self respect to
their addiction. Do something
about it now! Narconon Arrow-
head has Certified Chemical De-
pendency Colnselors available to
help. In your local area, call Nar-
conon at 1-800-468-6933 or log
on to www.stopaddiction.com.


Today in History


By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, June 26, the
178th day of 2008. There are 188
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
tory:
On June 26, 1963, President
Kennedy visited West Berlin,
where he made his famous dec-
laration: "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I
am a Berliner).
On this date:
In 1870, the first section of the
boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J.,
was opened to the public.
In 1945, the charter of the
United Nations was signed by 50
countries in San Francisco.
In 1948, the Berlin Airlift began
in earnest after the Soviet Union
cut off land and water routes to


the isolated western sector of Ber-
lin.
In 1950, President Truman au-
thorized the Air Force and Navy to
enter the Korean conflict.
In 1959, President Eisenhower
joined Britain's Queen Elizabeth
II in ceremonies officially opening
the St. Lawrence Seaway.
In 1968, Chief U.S. Justice Earl
Warren announced he was re-
signing.
In 1973, former White House
counsel John W. Dean told the
Senate Watergate Committee
about an "enemies list" kept by
the Nixon White House.
In 1977, 42 people were killed
when a fire sent toxic smoke pour-
ing through the Maury County Jail
in Columbia, Tenn.


In 1988, three people were
killed when a new Airbus A-320
jetliner carrying more than 130
people crashed into a forest dur-
ing an air show demonstration
flight in Mulhouse, France.
In 1993, President Clinton an-
nounced the U.S. had launched
missiles against Iraqi targets be-
cause of "compelling evidence"
Iraq had plotted to assassinate
former President Bush.
Ten years ago: The Supreme
Court issued a landmark sexual
harassment ruling, putting em-
ployers on notice that they can be
held responsible for supervisors'
misconduct even if they knew
nothing about it.
Five years ago: The Supreme
Court, in a 6-3 decision, struck


down state bans on gay sex. A
jury in Fort Worth, Texas, con-
victed former nurse's aide Chante
Mallard of murder for hitting a
homeless man with her car, driv-
ing home with his mangled body
jammed in the windshield and
leaving him to die in her garage.
(Mallard was later sentenced to
50 years in prison.) Strom Thur-
mond, the longest-serving senator
in U.S. history, died in Edgefield,
S.C., at age 100. Sir Denis Thatch-
er, husband of former British
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher,
died in London at age 88.
One year ago: Conservative
commentator Ann Coulter, ap-
pearing on MSNBC's "Hardball,"
got into a verbal fracas with Eliza-
beth Edwards, who had called


into the program to ask Coulter to
stop making personal attacks on
her husband, Democratic presi-
dential candidate John Edwards.
Paris Hilton left the Los Angeles
County jail after a bizarre, three-
week stay for a probation viola-
tion. Fashion designer Liz Clai-
borne died in New York at age
78.
Today's Birthdays: Actress
Eleanor Parker is 86. Jazz musi-
cian-film composer Dave Grusin
is 74. Actor Josef Sommer is 74.
Singer Billy Davis Jr.' (The Fifth
Dimension) is 68. Rock singer
Georgie Fame is 65. Actor Clive
Francis is 62. Rhythm-and-blues
singer Brenda Holloway is 62.
Actor Michael Paul Chan is 58.
Actor Robert Davi is 55. Singer-


musician Mick Jones is 53. Actor
Gedde Watanabe is 53. Rock sing-
er Chris Isaak is 52. Rock singer
Patty Smyth is 51. Singer Terri
Nunn (Berlin) is 47. Rock singer
Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays) is
45. Rock musician Colin Green-
wood (Radiohead) is 39. Writer-
director Paul Thomas Anderson
is 38. Actor Sean Hayes is 38.
Actor Matt Letscher is 38. Actor
Chris O'Donnell is 38. Actress Re-
becca Budig is 35. Country singer
Gretchen Wilson is 34. Actor-mu-
sician Jason Schwartzman is 28.
Actress Kaitlin Cullum is 22.
Thought for Today: "When
a diplomat says yes, he means
perhaps; when he says perhaps,
he means no; when he says no,
he is no diplomat." Anonymous.


Obituaries


Patricia Rose
Ringham
Patricia Rose Ringham, age
46, of Okeechobee died Saturday,
June 21, 2008 at her residence.
Born Feb. 19, 1962 in Weisinbaut,
Germany, she had been a resi-
dent of Okeechobee since August
2004.
She is survived by her son,
Donald Wayne Johnson of
Okeechobee; daughters, Amanda
Rose Ruse of Okeechobee, Jenni-
fer (Henry) Hunt of Doerun, Ga.;
fiancee, David Johnson; sisters,
Judy Walker, Michelle Rogers and
Carol Mailman all of Columbus,
Ga. In addition, she is survived by


seven grandchildren.
There will be no visitation or
services.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Frances Judson
Frances Judson, age 73, of
Okeechobee and formerly of Buf-
falo, N.Y., died Sunday June 22,
2008 at her residence. Born Nov.
16, 1934 in Palmetto, Fla. She had
been a resident of Okeechobee
Since 1991 and was a member
of the New Beginnings Ministries
Church of God in Chris and the
Prince of Peace Church of God
in Christ in Buffalo, N.Y. She en-


joyed missionary work.
She is preceded in death by
her husband Willie W Judson.
Sr.; sisters, Bes-
sie, Sarah, Mar- -.
tha Ann, and
Mary Anne.
She is sur-
vived by her
sons, Willie
(Mae) Judson,
Jr., of Buffalo,
N.Y, Gary L. Jud-
son of Okeecho- Frances
bee; daughters, Judson
Priscilla Judson Wallace of Or-
lando, Anthonette L. Judson of
Atlanta; eight grandchildren and
five great-grandchildren. In addi-


tion, she is survived by brother,
Jasper (Cynthia) Jackson, Jr.;
sisters, Ella (Lawrence) White
of Rochester, N.Y., Allean (Rob-
ert) Hall of Bradenton, Floretta
(Sa.m.uel) Odom of Oakland,
Calif., Delores (Earl) Knighten of
Dover, Fla., and Linda (Edwards)
Fobbs of Bradenton.
The family will receive friends
on Friday, June 27, from 4 p.m.
until 8 p.m. in the Buxton Fu-
neral Home Chapel. Services will
be Saturday, June 28, at 1 p.m.
also in the Buxton Funeral with
Elder Lee Alexander of the New
Beginnings Ministries Church of
God in Christ, Vero Beach. Inter-
ment will follow at Fort Drum


Cemetery.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.

Jennifer G.
Murray-Carr
Jennifer G. Murray-Carr, age
22, died on June 22, 2008 in a
tragic accident. She was born in
.Hollywood, on Jan. 21, 1986.
She is survived by her father,
Leonard Murray; her mother,
Gale Carr Murray; a brother, Lee
Midyette, and grandmother, Eliza-
beth Murray. She was a wonder-
ful child who grew up to be a


talented lady who lived her life
to the fullest. Her life was not.
long but she left a loving feeling
around you when you met her for
the first time.
A Mass of Christian burial will
be celebrated on Thursday at 11
a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church with interment
to follow at 2 p.m. in Evergreen
Cemetery, Okeechobee. Friends
are invited to attend a celebration
of life reception at 7 p.m. Thurs-
day at GG's of New York Pizza,
954-484-0400, 5440 N. State Rd. 7,
Ft Lauderdale. All arrangements
are under the direction of Kraeer-
Mason Funeral Home, Tamarac.


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Service Club News in Brief


The American
Legion Post 64
501 SE Second Street -
Okeechobee,
Office 863-763-2950 Lounge
863-763-5309
We can accommodate Meet-
ings, Weddings, Parties of any
size.
Public is always welcome un-
less it's a members only event.
*Sunday: Sports of BIG Screen
TV
Regular Bingo 6:30 p.m.to ?
*Monday: Social Bingo 1 -4
p.m.


*Tuesday: Members Only
Legion and Auxiliary meet sec-
ond and fourth Tuesdays 7 p.m.
(Fourth Tuesday includes a
carry in dinner at 6 p.m.)
SAL meets the third Tuesday at
7 p.m.
*Wednesday: "Taco Day" 11
a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tacos $1.50
Music with Jim Elders 2-6
p.m.
*Thursday: Social Bingo 6-9
p. m.
*Friday: Dinner Served 4:30 to
6:30 p.m. (Call for Menu)
Music 6 p.m.. to close with BP


BBQ chicken
Donna Bruk helped to sell chicken dinners to raise money
for local charities at the Christian rock concert on June
6 at Flagler Park. The concert was hosted by Reach FM
and helped to raise money for the Pregnancy Center of
Okeechobee, Rylee's Hope and Real Life Children's
Ranch.


Productions (Bobby & Penny Ka-
raoke)
(Anyone wishing to perform inl
the Lip Sync Programs see Bobby
and Penny)
*SAL Steak Dinner third Sun-
day each month $12 donation
*LIP SYNC June 14 2 to 4
p.m. FREE Admission
Kitchen will be open.

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on the
first Saturday of the month at the Buck-
head Ridge VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S.
78 W, at 10 a.m. Applications for new
members are available. Call Lou Eder
at 863-357-0467 or Jerry Lee Shields at
863-467-8779 or 863-467-2882.
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meetings
are the first Saturday of the month at 10
am. Contact the Post at 467-2882 for in-
formation.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located at
9983 U.S. 441 N. For information on
events, call 863-763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo starting at
4 p.m. Food will be available.
Every Thursday: washer toss at 1
p.m..
First and third Thursday: Auxiliary
at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.) start-
ing at 5 p.m. for a $12 donation. Music
will be by Jimmy Harper.
Saturday and Sundays: music at
7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 a.m. for
$5 donation.

Okeechobee
Masonic Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge is
located at 107 N.W Fifth Ave. For infor-
mnation about the club and events, call
Jose Verano at 863-634-2071.
The Masonic Lodge holds their
meetings on the second and fourth
Monday of each month starting at 7:30
p.m.


from 9 until 11 a.m. With many items to
choose from.
Sunday: Karaoke with open mike
at 7 p.m.
lTuesday: May 20 at 8 p.m., Moose
Membership '.1.,.ii.. All members
should attend.
Tuesday: May 27, age 7 p.m.,
Moose Enrollment. All prospective
members should attend.
Wednesday: Bingo and food,
food served at 5 p.m. and bingo starts
at 6 p.m.
Thursday: dinner will be served
from 5 until 7 p.m. Call the Lodge for
the menu.
Thursday: karaoke night starting
at 7 p.m.
Thursday: Music for dancing at
7:30 p.m. Call to see who is playing.
Friday: dinner served from 5 until
7:30 p.m. Music for dancing at 7:30 p.m.
Call to see who is playing.
Saturday: dinner starting at 6
p.m.
Saturday: karaoke night starting
at 8 p.m.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753 is
located at 156 N.W. 36th St. in Okeecho-
bee. Please call the Lodge at 863-763-
4954 for further information, sudden
changes and menus. Guests are invited
to enjoy the activities and consider
membership.
Every Sunday breakfast from 8 to
11 a.m.
Horseshoe practice every Sunday
at 2 p.m. and Thursday Evening.
Every Monday, Pool tournaments
- sign up, 7 p.m. Food is served.
Women's meeting second and
fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Officers meetings first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m. and
Friday night at 7 p.m. Food Served.
(you must be a member to play bar
bingo)


one is welcome.
Wednesday: dinner from 4 until 6
p.m. for a donation.
Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m. for
members and guests. Food will be avail-
able. Karaoke will be from 6 until 10
p.m.
Friday: hot food by David Lee
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: bar bingo at 1 p.m. for
members and guests. Karaoke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m. Food will be avail-
able.
Sunday: dinner will be available
from 2 until 4 p.m., and will be followed
by karaoke from 6 until 10 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will be a
post meeting and ladies auxiliary meet-
ing at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive is un-
der way, and the post is striving for 100
percent. For information, contact the
quartermaster at 863-763-0818.
Big screen TV for all events.

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located at
2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge.
For information, call 863-467-2882. Post
opens at noon, Monday through Sun-
day.
We are taking applications for new
members for the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary,
Male Auxiliary, AMVETS and AMVETS
ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary din-
ner and Men's Auxiliary or AmVets. Mu-
sic will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner with
baked potato, salad and rolls will be
served from 5:30 until 7 p.m. for an $11
donation. Dancing immediately follows
the dinner.
Membership meetings are held on
the second Saturday of the month be-
ginning at 10 a.m. The House Commit-
tee meeting is on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Command-
er Henry Zaskowski at 863-467-2882.
All games and special events are
shown on three televisions. The game
room has a regulation-size pool table.

VFW Post #10539


Dinner and music almost every The VFW will be open Monday
Saturday night. through Saturday at 10 a.m., and Sun-


Order of the Eastern
VFW Post #4423


Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has
many fun activities planned on the first
and third Tuesday of each month. For
upcoming activities, contact Mary Ann
Holt at 863-634-8087.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78 W\V.
in Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's phone
number is 863-763-2250.
Sunday: breakfast will be served


The VFW North Post #4423 is lo-
cated at 300 N.W 34 St. Events are sea-
sonal, contact the Post at 863-763-0818
for information or write the Post at P.O.
Box 1137, Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The
Post opens at noon Monday through
Sunday.
Monday through Thursday: happy
hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: 50-cent hot dogs
Washer toss every Tuesday starting
at 1 p.m. Food will be available. Every-


day at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m. Monday
through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sun-
day.
Canteen is open Monday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. until closing and
Sunday from 1 p.m. until closing.
Monday: Card Bar Bingo starting
at 6 p.m.
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary Dinner
- 5:30 p.m. ($6). Shuffle Board tourna-
ment starting at 7 p.m.
Wednesday: bar bingo will start at
12:45 p.m. Lunch is available, courtesy


of the Ladies Auxiliary. Music Kitchen
is open from 5 until 8 p.m. Second
Wednesday of the month Mens Auxil-
iary meeting at 7 p.m.
Thursday: Music Kitchen is open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: Music and Kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: dollar dogs, sausage
dogs for $1.50 grilled or steamed at
noon. Live music and dancing will start
at 7 p.m.
Sunday: NASCAR on big screen
TV First Sunday of the month Post and
Ladies Auxiliary meeting at noon.
The Ladies Auxiliary is looking for
any family members of Okeechobee
residents currently serving overseas.
We are forwarding packages of needed
items to our active service personnel.
For more information or if you would
like to donate items please contact us,
Cheryl Benoit at 863-697-2930.
The Post and Ladies Auxiliary meet-
ings are held the first Sunday of every
month at noon. Men's Auxiliary meet-
ings are the second Wednesday of every
month at 6:30 p.m.
Call 863-763-2308 for the schedule
of events.

Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R.
78 W, members will meet the first and
third Thursday of each month at 8 p.m.
The club is also available for weddings
and parties. For information call the
club at (863) 763-3378, or Keith at 863-
634-2682.
Sunday: Every second Sunday of
the month there will be a Bike Sunday
from noon until 7 p.m. There will be
food, jukebox, big screen T.V. and an
Oasis Lounge. For more information,
call the club at 863-763-3378.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
441 S.E. is now open to members Mon-
day-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. Information
can be found by visiting www.foe4509.
com, or calling 863-467-1154.
Food is served several evenings a
week.
Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m. on
the first and third Wednesday of each
month at the old Cypress Hut flea mar-
ket restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7
p.m. on the second and fourth Wednes-
day of every month
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye steak
dinner with the trimmings beginning at
5:30 p.m.
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please email okeenews@newszap.
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Financial .......... ..300
Services ............. .400
Merchandise ........... 500
Agriculture ........... 800
Rentals .............. 900
Real Estate .......... 1000
Mobile Homes ....... .2000
Recreation ........... 3000
Automobiles ......... 4000
Public Notices ........ 5000



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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
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Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
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Garage.Yard Sale 145
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900 Numbers 160



DONKEYS (2) Call to de-
scribe. (863)357-3225
LAB young, black, female,
sweet & gentle, nice family
dog, well trained, needs a
loving home. (863)763-2692


GOATS Lost behind Four
Seasons, 9 goats total,
brown, white & red. If found
please call (863)824-7593
HANDBAG black, at Walmart
on 6/19. REWARD!
(863)801-1494
Yellow Lab mix, white w/
cream ears, M, neutered, 45
lbs., Border Collie mix-black
w/ some white, F, 45 lbs.
Spotted near Faith Farm Min-
istries on June 21,REWARD
Please call (772)344-5017



-HUGE SALE-
Trading Post Flea Market
863-801-3081
Sal., 6/28 & Sun., 6/29
Haulmark Race Trailer
Utility Trailer, 15' FG Skiff
Car Dolly, Tools, HH items
Everything Must Go!


YARD
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES
Fri. & Sat. 6/27 & 6/28,
9am-?, 2254 SE 27th St.
Huge Sale Lot's & Lot's
of Items to Numerous to List!
One man's trash Is anoth-
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your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classi-
fieds.


Employment



Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



I AM A CARE GIVER / HOME
COMPANION Available
24/7 Mon-Sun., Will travel.
Call (863)467-4285








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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


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. DFWRP
Benefits, 401K, Paid
Holiday. & Vacation
Wilson's Petroleum
(772)468-3689

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High School Diploma Req.
Full Time with Benefits
Apply in Person at
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Okeechobee, FL 34972

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& Background Check!
Please send your resume to:
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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315





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Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




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License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
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Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Power Washing
FREE CONSULTATION
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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
ToRys8 Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




BB Simon- brown/black gator
skin belt w/ authentic crys-
tals & buckle, 34" $300 neg.
(863)634-9945 or 763-3822
Church Pews- 15 in all, wood-
en with top and bottom
cushions, 12 ft. $2,250 or
will separate (863)610-0165
Golf Cart Club Car, good con-
dition, double seats and top,
white, $1300 or best offer
(812)989-3022 anytime
Golf Cart Club Car- White,
Single seat
$800 (863)697-3299
Call For details
Kegerator Haler Brewmaster
beer dispenser, excellent
condition, $500
(863)634-9945 or 763-3822


Agriculture

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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865



QUARTER HORSE, very gentle
4 yrs. Halter broke round
pen, loveable, sweet $600.
Call Sharon 239-707-5423


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



Move In Special!
%/ oil 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all apple'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


2br/2ba w/ 1 car garage,
100x100 lot, Okeechobee
Hammock, $850 month 1st,
last & sec. (561)254-0478
BASSWOOD Affordable 3br,
2ba, 2 car garage, Large
house. $1100 mo. + Sec.
dep. (772)323-4758
BASSWOOD ESTATES, New
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1050. Buy 130K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
BUCKHEAD RIDGE:
LAKE ACCESS:
Waterfront, LG. 3 BR, 2 BA
w/Sea Wall. $900/month.
863-634-5236
-HOUSE FOR RENT-
2BR/1.5BA, fenced yard,
screened porch, $850 mo.
(863)634-9411 for details
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
OKEE. 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
(239)707-5155


OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 1.5BA,
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$850 mo. + $850 sec. Op-
tion to buy. (239)707-5155
RANCH SETTING 3/1i2 and
a 2/1 available, very clean,
no pets, 1st & sec.
(863)467-1717
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
561-248-3888
Treas. Island 3036 SE 36th
St., 2BR/1.5BA, Ig. garage,
shed, on water, very clean,
$800 mo. (561)308-7566


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale "1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sate 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



BUCKHEAD RIDGE
Ready to move in!
Spacious 3/2 w/lake access.
Owner financing avail.
$145,000. (863)634-5236


LaBelle 2290 Phillips Rd. 6
acres, 3 septic tanks, 2 mo-
bile homes (ready for in-
come). Can build 3 houses
$360,000 786-278-0123,
or 954-297-3482 or
305-542-3090


Mobile Homes


Mobile Homei- Lots 200
Mobile Home- Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020




2br/2ba Great location on cul-
de-sac & main power grid,
W/D, dishwasher, new car-
pet $900/mo (863)610-7006
BUCKHEAD RIDGE-2br, 2ba,
fully turn, 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.
$650/mo. (863)634-3451
OKEECHOBEE 3br, lba,
newly remodeled, $800/mo,
1st, last & sec. No Pets
(870)504-1200
TAYLOR CREEK 3BR, 2BA,
on water, June FREE.
$750/mo. + sec. dep. Call
(863)824-0981


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Recreation I



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035



HARLEY DAVIDSON TOPPER
SCOOTER, '60 $4,000.
(863)467-0789


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



1991 Chevy S-10 Pick-up, V6,
5 speed, black, good condi-
tion, $1,100 or best offer
(812)989-3022 anytime

1998 Chevy Pick-up, automat-
ic, Cold A/C, white, good
condition, $2,200
(812)989-3022 anytime




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runs exc. & looks good, 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
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NOTICE OF INTENT TO CONSIDER
THE ADOPTION OF A COUNTY ORDINANCE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee
County, Florida, will hold a public heanng on July 10, 2008 at 9 O'clock A.M., in
the Okeechobee County Court House, County Commission Chambers located at
304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving com-
ments and suggestions in consideration of the adoption of a proposed Ordinance.
The title of said proposed Ordinance is
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY. FLORIDA ESTABLISHING RULES OF DECORUM AND CIVILITY FOR
MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNING BODY STAFF CITIZENS AND LAY BOARD MEM-
BERS; PROVIDING FOR CITIZEN PARTICIPATION ENTITLEMENT TO SPEAK SUB-
JECT TO CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS AND LIMITATIONS; PROVIDING FOR
PROCEDURES TO REQUEST AGENDA ITEM; PROVIDING FOR CITIZEN COM-
MENT: PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND
PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
A copy of this Notice of Intent will be available for public inspection at the County
Commission Office, Room 102, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd
Street. Okeechobee, Florida each week day, Monday through Friday, except holi-
days between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 5:00 RM., beginning on June 26,
2008.
If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at such hearing, that person will
need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based.
Clif Betts, Jr, Chairman
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. FLORIDA
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. FLORIDA
279177 ON 6/26/08


NOTICE OF INTENT TO CONSIDER
THE ADOPTION OF A COUNTY ORDINANCE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee
County. Florida, will hold a public hearing on July 10, 2008 at 9 O'Clock A.M., in
the Okeechobee County Court House, County Commission Chambers located at
304 N.W. 2nd Street. Okeechobee, Flonda, for the purpose of receiving com-
ments and suggestions in consideration of the adoption of a proposed Ordinance.
The title of said proposed Ordinance is:
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 2-101 OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CODE AND CREATING SECTION 2-102 OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CODE, TO
AUTHORIZE REFRESHMENTS, INSTRUMENTS OF RECOGNITION, TOKENS OF
SYMPATHY OR CONGRATULATIONS, ENTERTAINMENT, AND OTHER SIMILAR
EXPENDITURES: PROVIDING FOR PROCEDURES; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICA-
TION, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE
DATE.
A copy of this Notice of Intent will be available for public inspection at the County
Commission office, Room 102, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Horda each week day, Monday through riday, except holi-
days between the hours of 8:30 AM. and 5:00 RM., beginning on June 26,
2008.
II any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at such hearing, that person will
need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based.
Cliff Beltts, Jr., Chairman
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
278763 ON 6/26/08

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the following
applications) for permit have been received for projects) in Okeechobee County:
Burnham Farms Inc (Burnham Farms Dairy) 2411 NE 54th Trail, Okeechobee, FL
34972, has submitted Application 080523-16 for a Water Use Permit to irrigate
164 acres of agricultural lands The water will be withdrawn from the Floridan Aq-
uifer and the project is located in Sections 12,13,18, Township 34 South, Ranges
35,36 East.
Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a written request
for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency action regarding the ap-
plication by wanting to the South Flonda Water Management District, Attn: Environ-
mental Resource Regulation, PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680,
but such comments or requests must be received by 5:00 PM within 21 days
from the date of publication.
No further public notice will be provided regarding this application A copy of the
staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings.
Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an administrative hearing re-
garding the proposed agency action by submitting a written request therefore after
reviewing the staff report.
279390 ON 6/26108


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Okeechobee News, Thursday, June 26, 2008 9


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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500




IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO 472007CA000350XXXXXX
BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR
THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS CWABS.
INC ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES,
SERIES 2006-18,
Plaintiff
vs
RONALO KEITH SAGE. JR, et al,
Defendants
RE-NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
an Order or Summary Final Judgment of
foreclosure dated May 6, 2008, and en-
tered in Case No.
472007CA000350XXXXXX of the Circuit
Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in
and for Okeechobee County, Florida,
herein BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUS-
TEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLERS
CWABS, INC ASSET-BACK CERTIFI-
CATES. SERIES 2006-18 is Plaintiff and
RONALD KEITH SAGE, JR.; MORTGAGE
ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS,
INC. AS NOMINEE FOR CHERRY CREEK
MORTGAGE CO., INC. MIN NO.
100030200010125126; UNKNOWN
TENANT NO 1: UNKNOWN TENANT NO
2: and ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIM-
ING INTERESTS BY. THROUGH. UNDER
OR AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT TO
THIS ACTION. OR HAVING OR CLAIMING
TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTER-
EST IN THE PROPERTY HEREIN DE-
SCRIBED are Defendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash Jury As-
sembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee
Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Flonda 34972 in Okeecho-
bee County, Florida, at 11:00 am on
July 16, 2008, the following descnbed
property as set forth in said Order or Fi-
nal JudgmentL to-wit:
COMMENCING AT THE 1/4 SECTION
CORNER ON THE WEST BOUNDARY
LINE OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37'
SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN THENCE
89 DEGREES 2408" EAST ALONG THE
1/4 SECTION LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF
1825.30 FEET TO A POINT ON THE
WEST R/W LINE OF FOUR SEASONS
DRIVE THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES
04'22" EAST ALONG THE WEST R/W
LINE OF SAID FOUR SEASONS DRIVE
AND PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUN-
DARY LINE OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF SAID
SECTION 17 FOR A DISTANCE OF
1388.00 FEET, THENCE RUN NORTH 89
DEGREES 24'08 WEST PARALLEL WITH
THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF THE
NORTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17 FOR A
DISTANCE OF 200 00 FEET FOR POB
THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 04'22"
EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET,
THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEGREES
24'08" WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF
100.00 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH 0
DEGREES 04'22" WEST FOR A DIS-
TANCE OF 100.00 FEET, THENCE RUN
SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24'08" EAST FOR A
DISTANCE OF 10000 FEET TO POB.
AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE
NORTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP
37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, ALSO BE-
ING DESCRIBED AS LOT 55B OF AN UN-
RECORDED PLAT OF FOUR SEASONS
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNERS AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN
60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 persons needing
special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact the Clerk
of the Court not later than five business
days prior to the proceeding at the Hend-
ry County Courthouse. Telephone
941-675-5217 or 1-800-955-8770 via
Florida Relay Service.
DATED at Okeechobee, Flonda, on
6/13/08.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk, Circuit Court
By: Linda L. Young
As Deputy Clerk
278509 ON 619.26/08
LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc Lot at 414 South Parrott Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Flonda 34974 on
Friday the 25th day of July 2008 from
10:00-11.00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida
statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and
storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin's as
follows:
1987 Blue & White
Renker Fbglass Boat
RBMPB394D787
1974 Highlands Boat Trailer
NOV1 N0200096258
1996 While Chevy Blazer
1GNDT13W3T2311629
1995 Green Chevy Lumina
1GNDU06LXST119626
1993 Red Ford Probe
1 ZVCT22B5P5209789
1995 Blue Ford Windstar
2FMDA514188A78281
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final
No refunds will be made Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
guarantees.
280063 ON 6/26/08


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO 2007-CA510
DEUTSCHE [ANK I ST C1 M\IPAN)
AMIICS lOliMii R KNOtWN .S
lANkEli'S IR1USEC O1PANW A;
IHUSIEE FlOR IS 2.00-iL 13Y
SA\ON MIOHTIrASl RI7VICES. INC
F KA MFRITELI'!I hI'i.7,7 SER
VICES INC AT IiIRNI'IN .fACI
PlJintifl
JUAN MARIO URBINA AK A JUAN URBI-
NA A n A JUAN N iURINA,. el l.
Defendants
AMENDED NOTICE OF ACTION
TO JUAN MARIO URBINA A/K/A JUAN
URBINA AK/A JUAN N. URBINA
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS 705 SE 12th
Ave. Okeechobee FL 3I1974
Also Attempted at 162.1.1 E ,,.. i
Dr Loxahaltchee FL 33470 ..
SW 28th St, Apt .14, Okeechobee. FL
34974
Current Residence Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
Foreclosure of Mortgage on the follow-
ing described property
LOT 3 AND 4, BLOCK 16, WRIGHT'S
FIRST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORD RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
1, PAGE 13, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any. to it, on Marshall
C Watson, PA., Attorney for Plaintiff,
whose address is 1800 NW 49TH
STREET, SUITE 120, FT LAUDER-
DALE, FL 33309 within thirty (30)
days after the first publication of this
Notice in THE OKEECHOBEE NEWS
and file the original with the Clerk of
this Court either before service on
Plaintiffs attorney or immediately
thereafter: otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in tie complaint.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special acconmmoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772.807 4370,
1.800.955.8771 (heanng impaired) or
1.800.955.8770 (voice impaired)
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court this 16th day of June, 2008.
Sharon Robertson
As Clerk of the Court
By iS/ Linda E. Young
As Deputy Clerk
278754 ON 6/1T,26/08


Main Street hosts monthly mixer


Okeechobee Main Street's Monthly
Mixer was held Jultne 19 and was hosted
by the Law Offices of Hoskins and Tur-
co, located at 212 South Parrott Avenue.
It was a great evening of networking
with over 50 in attendance and many


door prize winners. Main Street would
like to thank The Law Offices of Hosk-
ins and Turco for hosting a great mixer.
Next month's mixer will be hosted by
Western Living 123 SW Park Street on
Tuesday, July 22..


Submitted photo/Toni Doyle
The Main Street mixer that took place at Hoskins & Turco was attended
by many influential people, (back row) Attorney Steve Hoskins and Ter-
ry Burroughs, (middle row) Kathy Rowland, Donna Huth, Maureen Bur-
roughs, Toni Doyle and Lorraine Sapp; (front row) is Josie Cleghorn,
Barbie Cooper and Michelle Ward.





Okeechobee inventor




wins at convention


PITTSBURGH, Penn. America's
Largest Invention Trade Show, an-
nounced several awards at the closing
awards dinner for the 2008 trade show.
Inventor Richard Valente, of Okeecho-
bee, exhibited his invention June 11-14,
at the David L. Lawrence Convention
Center in downtown Pittsburgh.
The inventions run the gamut from
concept to finished product, from high-
tech to 'why didn't I think of that' items.
Awards were presented in categories


ranging from advertising to transpor-
tation as well as special awards from
corporations and individuals. An inter-
national jury judged the inventions.
Richard Valente won a Silver medal
in Recreation for Tablegater"' -- A fold-
ing aluminum table that is attachable
to tailgating units and can be used to
support both heavy and light weights
and can be attached on RVs, SUVs and
pickup trucks.


Submitted photo/Toni Doyle
Present at the Main Street mixer hosted by Hoskins & Turco were (back
row) Kathy Rowland, Attorney Steve Hoskins, Jackie Witt and Sandy
Clifton; (first row) Josie Cleghorn, Barbie Cooper, Michelle Ward and
Lorraine Sapp.


Prepare financially




for hurricanes


June 1 marked the official start of
the 2008 hurricane season. Should a
storm strike, First Bank and Trust of
Indiantown is ready. The bank has de-
tailed plans that ensure the protection
of funds, personal data, availability of
cash, and the continuation of opera-
tions as soon as the storm has passed.
Depending on the size of the storm,
it can take weeks, months and even
years for a community to recover. It is
important to have a plan that addresses
access to cash reserves, the safety and
accessibility of important documents,
and the availability of credit in case
there are larger financial needs such as
a high insurance deductible or emer-
gency home repairs.

Tips for

Financial preparedness:
Have enough cash on hand to
cover emergency lodging, meals, gas,
prescriptions and other necessities for
at least three days, longer depending
on the size and severity of the storm.
There are a number of ways banks can
help you prepare for cash emergen-
cies. Interest-bearing CDs, savings or
money market accounts can all be eas-
ily accessed to cover the expenses of an
emergency evacuation, an insurance
deductible and minor home repairs.
(CDs have a penalty for early withdraw-


al.) A customer service representative
can help you determine the right ac-
count for your needs. If you anticipate
a storm to be particularly damaging,
you may even consider preparing with
a home equity line of credit, giving you
access to a larger pool of funds to make
major repairs without waiting for insur-
ance payments.
Secure your unused checks just as
you would secure other valuables. This
is a good idea, period. Identity theft and
check fraud can happen at anytime.
Safe deposit boxes are ideal for
protecting papers that could be difficult
or impossible to replace, such as a will
or trust documents. Keep in mind that
safe deposit boxes are not suitable for
papers to which you may need quick
access.
Add phone numbers for your bank,
credit card issuers, brokerage firms and
insurance companies to your emergen-
cy contact list.
Additionally, services like online
banking and bill-pay allow you to re-
main current on all of your financial
commitments. If you find yourself away
from home for any length of time, you
can access your accounts and pay your
bills online to avoid late payments or
service interruptions.


Submitted photo
Cindy Bolinger, (back) Teller Supervisor, and (front) Ginny Wiwczaros-
ki, Customer Service Representative, show what a standard size safe
deposit box looks like. The box is 3" x 5" x 21". Safe deposit boxes are
ideal for keeping original documents and other valuables safe.


Spanish Web site packed with water saving tips


WEST PALM BEACH South Flor-
ida's Hispanic community has a new
online tool for learning about easy ways
to save water and help protect our re-
gion's water resources. Developed as a
companion to the South Florida Water
Management District's (SFWMD) water
conservation web site, www.savewater-
fl.com, the District launched a web site
today that provides residents with a one-
stop shop for information about water
conservation-in Spanish.
To visit the site, go to www.savewa-
terfl.com and click on the "En Espafiol"
button in the upper right-hand corner.
The web site features dozens of in-
door and outdoor water-saving tips like:
Do not over water your lawn. A good
rain eliminates the need for watering for
up to two weeks. Most of the year, lawns
only need about one inch of water per
week.
Position sprinklers so water lands on
the lawn and shrubs, riot on paved ar-
eas.
Take shorter showers. Replace your
shower head with an ultra-low-flow ver-
sion.


clothes washers only when they are fully
loaded, or set the water level for the size
of load you are using.
Store drinking water in the refrigera-
tor. Do not let the tap run while you are
waiting for water to cool.
Do not use running water to thaw
meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food
in the refrigerator, or use the defrost set-
ting on your microwave.
Do not let water run while brushing
your teeth, washing your face or shav-
ing.
Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessar-
ily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other
similar waste in the trash rather than the
toilet.
For easy access to an abundance of
information, the web site offers seven
sub-sections by user: residents, busi-
nesses, agriculture, utilities, government,
teachers and news media. The site also
features a water conservation opinion
survey to encourage public feedback oni
water conservation awareness, to gather
information on individual water use hab-
its and for suggestions on water-related


Water restrictions and

Long-term conservation

Planning important
The water conservation web site also
provides details on the current water
restrictions and long-term water conser-
vation planning. Emergency landscape
watering restrictions remain in place
throughout the South Florida Water Man-
agement District's 16-county region to
help manage the water supply impacted
by a multi-year rainfall deficit.
The SFWMD is also continuing rule
development for proposed year-round
landscape irrigation measures. The Dis-
trict-wide, year-round rule for landscape
irrigation water conservation is a com-
ponent of the District's proposed com-
prehensive watei conservation program
for South Florida. Stakeholders have
been meeting monthly will the District
since December 2007 to develop a last-
ing program that includes recommenda-
lions for regulatory programs, voluntary
and incentive-based initiatives, and edu-


Operate automatic dishwashers and issues. cation and marketing.


There's a wonderful world around us. Full of
fascinating places. Interesting people. Amazing
cultures. Important challenges. But sadly, our
kids are not getting the chance to learn about
their world. When surveys show that half of
America's youth cannot locate India or Iraq on
a map, then we have to wonder what they do
know about their world. That's why we created
M\ \Vndi fuWorld or] It's part of a free National
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go directly to patient care. The check was presented by the staff and
patrons to John Strickling of Hope Hospice.


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A 'Century Plant' blooms in Glades County


A rare Century Plan is bloom-
ing in Glades County.
The Century Plant or Maguey
(Agave americana) is an agave
originally from Mexico but culti-
vated worldwide.
The flower spike, grows at
an amazing rate of 5 to 6 inches
per day, and have been known to
reach 25-35 feet in height.
The plant's spreading rosette
of gray-green leaves can grow up


to 6 feet long, each with a spiny
margin and a heavy spike at the
tip.
Legend says the century
plant takes one hundred years to
bloom. However, century plants
in cultivation may bloom much
quicker. The plant will use all of
its energy to produce its once-in-
a-lifetime bloom and the spike
with a ball of big yellow flowers,
may reach ui to 25 ft. in height.


After it finishes flowering it will
die. It produces suckers or adventi-
tious shoots from the base, which
continue its growth. The average
life-span is around 25 years.
The plant is also known as the
American aloe, although it is in a
different family from the true al-
oes.
If the flower stem is cut without
flowering, a sweet liquid called
agua miel ("honey water") gath-
p. -^w 4
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ers in the heart of the plant. This
may be fermented to produce the
drink called pulque.
The leaves also yield fibers,
known as pita, which are suitable
for making rope, matting, coarse
cloth and are used for embroidery
of leather in a technique known
as piteado.
Agave syrup (also called agave
nectar) which comes from the
plant has recently been marketed


as a healthful natural sugar sub-
stitute.
Tequila is made from a dif-
ferent species, Agave tequilana
(also called Blue Agave or Tequila
Agave).
The American Century Plant
is not commonly available from
nurseries, garden stores and oth-
er plant dealers and distributors.
It can be propagated by bare root,
container, seed and sprigs. It has
a slow ability to spread through
seed production and the seed-
linoi have a slow growth as well.


The plant cannot in its mature
state survive exposure to temper-
atures below 12TF. It has a high
tolerance to drought and restrict-
ed water conditions.
When grown in areas contain-
ing livestock and other plants, it is
safe and non toxic to both and is
a fire resistant plant as well.
For more information on the
Agave americana, go to: www.
GardenGuides.com


Submitted photos/Sandy uoone
A "Century" plant is said to bloom once in 100 years.


Submitted photos/Sandy Doone
A Century Plant or Maguey (Agave americana) flower spike,
grows at rate of 5 to 6 inches per day, and have been known
to reach 25-35 feet in height.


Donation supports fireworks show


Waste Management is continu-
ing its support of, Independence
Day celebrations with a $5,000
donation toward the Okeechobee
community fireworks display.
For the second year, the Jay-
cees Fourth of July Fireworks dis-
play will be held at the Agri-Civic
Center. The fireworks display will
begin at dusk; spectators may be-
gin entering the Agri-Civic Center


at 6 p.m.
Vehicles should enter through
the State Road 710 entrance. The
Jaycees ask that spectators donate
$1 per person or $3 per vehicle to
help defray the cost of the com-
munity fireworks show.
The Jaycees are a non-profit
organization that does not ben-
efit from this annual event -- they
merely try to put on a quality


show for Okeechobee residents
to enjoy.
Last year about 2,000 residents
celebrated the Independence Day
holiday by watching the fireworks
display at the Agri-Civic Center.
Each year, the Jaycees pur-
chase the fireworks from Zam-
belli Fireworks with donations
from Okeechobee County, Waste
Management and other private


donors and companies.
Any non-profit, civic organiza-
tions, companies or individuals
interested in participating in the
Fourth of July celebration by way
of games, rides, booths, exhibits
or financial support should con-
tact the Jaycees at 863-634-7021.


Bank makes 'random acts of caring'


As part of Riverside Bank's
"Random Acts of Caring" pro-
gram, several Okeechobee resi-
dents recently were surprised
while pumping gas. Kristy Craw-
ford, Vice President Commercial
Lender, Cecilia Elliott, Commer-
cial Portfolio Manger and Tabitha
Trent, Vice President and Branch
+ Manager in Okeechobee, pro-
vided $20 gas cards to five lucky
residents.
The Random Acts of Caring
program was created at Riverside
Bank about a year ago. It enables
bank employees to go out into
their home town communities
and do something nice for some-
one.
"Some people think there's a
catch," said Ms. Trent, "but there
isn't any catch. We simply want
to show people how much we


care, particularly in this weak
economy, and hope they in turn
will do something nice for some-
one else!"
The Bank's donations through-
out the ten counties they serve
have provided items such as free
gas, free ice cream cones and
popsicles for children, free cups
of coffee at local donut shops and
even helped pay for prescriptions
at drug stores. They are done
quietly -- recipients generally are
surprised to find out someone is
going to pay for their purchase.
"This is such a blessing," said
Yolanda McPeak, a gas card re-
cipient in Okeechobee. She is a
single mom working two jobs to
make ends meet.


Submitted photo/Riverside Nat'l Bank
Kristy Crawford, Riverside VP and Commercial Lender;
Tabitha Trent, VP and Branch Manager in Okeechobee; and
Yolanda McPeak, recipient of free gas card.


CSX board members vote


delayed for another month


NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It
could be at least another month
before the members of the board
of freight railroad company CSX
are known.
The Jacksonville, Fla.-based
company adjourned its annual
meeting in New Orleans on
Wednesday without a vote on
certifying board members. A de-
cision on the board makeup is
expected July 25.
Two hedge funds, the Chil-
dren's Investment Fund and 3G
Capital Partners, wanted to shake


up CSX's board. The funds want
the company to increase rates
and cut expenses to boost earn-
*ings.
CSX Corp. defended its board,
pointing to increased earnings
and its improved stock price.
The hedge funds put up five
nominees to join the 12-member
CSX board, which is elected an-
nually.
Snehal Amin, co-founder of
The Children's Investment Fund,
said it appears his group won at
least two seats. He said he ex-


pects to know the results before
July 25.
But Michael Ward, CSX chair-
man and chief executive, said the
board would work with any new
members but called Amin's claim
of pickups by his side an "edu-
cated guess."
Votes were cast by share -- one
vote per share -- and Ward said
he believes many ballots came in
Wednesday.


There's a wonderful world around us. Fultl of
fascinating places. Interesting people Amazing
cultures. Important challenges. But sadly, our
kids are not getting the chance to learn about
Iheir world. When surveys show that half of
America's youth cannot locate India or Iraq on
a map, then we have to wonder what they do
know about their world. That's why we created
MyWonderifulWold.org. It's part of a free National
Geographic-led campaign to give your kids the
power of global knowledge. Go there today and
help them succeed tomorrow. Start with our free
parent and teacher action kits. And let your kids
begin the adventure of a lifetime.
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Submitted photos/Sandy Doone
This "Century" plant in Lakeport did something that it will not
do again in our lifetime it bloomed. The beautiful plant, not
known for its prolific blooms usually only does so once ev-
ery 100 years. The plant towers over the rooftop of the home
where it grows and the base of the plant is about 5 feet in
diameter.


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