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By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Seniors vs. Crime pro-
gram is designed to help pro-
tect the elderly.
Joannie Moffatt from the Cit-
izens On Patrol (C.O.P.) spoke
to the Okeechobee Kiwanis
club about a program that
they assist with in Okeechobee
Seniors vs. Crime is a special
project of the Florida Attorney
General, Bill McCollum, which
works in partnership with the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office in Okeechobee. Accord-
ing to Mrs. Moffatt, in 1989, the
Florida Legislature ordered that
a task force be formed to aid in
reporting crime on directed at


Vol. 99 No. 179


VFW honors soldier
The Ladies Auxiliary of the
VFW North Post #4423 will
host an appreciation party for
their adopted soldier SSG Greg
Maerki on Monday, June 30, at
5:30 p.m. at the Post. SSG Mae-
rki, who has been in the U.S.
Army for 17 years, will be home
on leave from Iraq where he is
the pit sergeant for the main-
tenance pit and is in charge of
38 soldiers. The Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
will be joining in this celebra-
'tion. SSG Maerki is.the son of
OCSO Deputy Bill Maerki. Feel
free to join the celebration at
Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St.,
and show your support. For in-
formation, contact Gina or Jan
at the VFW Post, 813-763-0818.

Advocacy group
seeking members
The Florida Local Advo-
cacy Council in this area has
openings for membership.
The members of the volunteer
council protect and advocate
for a better quality of life for
Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by
the governor for a four-year
term. Local meetings are held
on the second Tuesday of the
month in Fort Pierce. Call Peni-
na Popper at 800-342-0825 for
information; or, visit www.flori-

Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee Cpunty
Healthy Start Coalition will be
offering parenting education
classes for infants to age 3.
All pregnant women and par-
ents are encouraged to attend.
Each participant will receive a
gift. This adults-only parenting
class consists of six, one-hour
classes. You must attend all six
classes to get a certificate of
completion. Call 863-462-5877
for registration.

Drought Index
Current: 429
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.37 feet
Last Year: 8.91 feet
V ored BY:

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

Classifieds......................... 8, 9
Comics............................... 5
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 5
Obituaries............................... 6
O pinion...................................... 4
Speak Out............................. 4
Sports......... .................... 10
TV .............................................. 4
W eather...................................... 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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the elderly.
After surveys were done on
seniors throughout the state, it
was evident that this group of
individuals was a big target for
scams, false advertisement and
other high pressure tactics.
The task force created Se-
niors vs. Crime, a prevention
program involving seniors
educating other seniors. The
program has evolved into a
statewide program providing
direct services to seniors who
may have been victimized or
otherwise taken advantage of
by businesses or service pro-
The program strives to re-
inforce the message of crime
prevention 'by educating the
seniors about possible scams

that could be lurking in the
shadows or even knocking on
their front doors.
The primary goal of this
program is to reduce victim-
ization of senior citizens who
are often targeted for specific
crimes based on their age.
There is no problem too large
or too small for this program.
They assist individuals with the
smallest things such as being
able to make an educated de-
cision when buying something
as small as a cell phone or as
large as a car.
Each case is handled on an
individual basis and confiden-
tiality is maintained in accor-
dance with the Florida Public
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Local voters face short ballot

Many county
officials running

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Despite all the hype and rhet-
oric surrounding the presiden-
tial race this year, Okeechobee
County Superintendent of Elec-
tions Gwen Chandler predicts a
quiet election as far as local of-
fices go.
County voters will face a short

ballot of locally contested of-
fices. The deadline for qualifying
for running for county office was
June 20, so the ballot is set.
Of the constitutional officers,
only Sheriff Paul May faces op-
* position from fellow Republican
Tom Levins. Property appraiser
Bill Sherman, tax collector Ce-
leste Watford and Mrs. Chandler
are all unopposed. Long time
county commissioner Clif Betts
is running opposed. Commis-
sioner Ray Domer, a Democrat,
is opposed by fellow Democrat
Phil Baughman. Margaret Gar-

rard Helton is running against
district five incumbent commis-
sioner Elvie Posey. Both contes-
tants are Democrats.
The local ballot will be short,
because, under Florida law, the
names of uncontested incum-
bents will not appear on the bal-
lot. .
There will be no write-in can-
didates on the ballot either. To be
a write-in candidate in Florida, a
person must fill out the same pa-
perwork as a regular candidate
by the same deadline, June 20
this year. No one has registered

as a write in candidate in the
county. The only difference is
that a write-in candidate does
not have to present a petition or
pay a registration fee as regular
candidates do.
If, a person qualifies as a
write-in candidate, a blank line
will be printed on the ballot
below the names of the regular
candidates for that office with a
corresponding oval for people
to mark when they write in the
candidate's name.
Mr. Sherman was property
appraiser from 1964 through

1981. After a 10 year break, he
has served continuously since
1991. When asked why he was
running again Mr. Sherman re-
plied that he has some things
he wanted to complete includ-
ing a long running lawsuit with
Mrs. Chandler has served as
supervisor elections for three
unopposed terms. She said she
realizes she serves by the will of
the people and is thankful she
has no opposition
"I never thought about any-
See Ballot Page 2

Sugar sale

not certain

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) of-
ficials held a second telephone
press conference on Thursday
afternoon June 26 to clarify
their actions of Tuesday, June
"The deal is that we have no
deal," SFMWD Executive Direc-
tor Carol Wehle said.
On Tuesday, June 24 Gover-
nor Charlie Crist and officials of
U. S. Sugar and SFWMD signed
a document called "Statement
of Principles for the Acquisition
of United States Sugar Corpora-

tion Property for the Restora-
tion of the Everglades."
Ms. Wehle said this docu-
ment was just a starting point
for negotiations. She said that
it is nonbinding and either side
could walk away before the
deal is closed.
The only thing certain at this
point is that SFMWD is willing
to come to the table with $1.75
billion and that U.S. Sugar will
be allowed to continue to use
the land for six years. There will
be no lease back agreement
during that time. The $1.75 bil-
lion figure is not firm and there
See Sale Page 2


economy may

be in jeopardy

U.S. Sugar may
close in six years

By Jose Zaragoza
INI Florida
Highway. Sugar Realty. Sugar
Festival. America's Sweetest

The monikers reflect the lo-
cal pride of people in Clewis-
Most, however, never
thought they'd see the day
that U.S. Sug4r would close its

See Sugar Page 2

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Kiwanis member Maureen Burroughs (left) Invited Joannie Mof-
fatt from the Seniors vs. Crime program to the weekly Kiwanis
meeting at the American Legion Post 64 about their efforts to
ensure that the seniors are not victimized by businesses and
service providers.

At the pool: Zodiac boat training

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee Sports Complex Swimming Pool Manager Shelly Mitchell was riding in
style this week when the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit Water Saftey
Orientation Summer Camp used the swimming pool for training on the Zodiac boat.
The campers were happy to paddle around the swimming pool, practicing for taking
the boat out in the ocean.

Program helps protect seniors



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2 Okeechobee News, Friday, June 27, 2008

Residents vow to 'bounce back' Program
Continued From Page 1

Clewiston locals
are not giving up

By Brian Skoloff
Associated Press
CLEWISTON, Fla. (AP) -- Wel-
come to "America's Sweetest
Town" -- born, built and raised
on sugar, a true workingman's
community in the sweaty heart-
land of the Everglades.
The Sugarland Highway slices
through the palm tree-lined down-
town, past the Cuttin Up Barber
Shop, the Common Grounds cof-
fee shop and the American flags
flapping atop businesses and light
The annual Sugar Festival
draws thousands. Cars sport
bumper stickers reading "Sugar:
Just 15 calories a spoonful." And
Sugar Realty offers "the sweetest
deal in town."
But with this week's announce-
ment that Clewiston's dominant
employer, U.S. Sugar Corp., will
likely go out of business in six
years, many residents and work-
ers are pondering life in a compa-
ny town without a company and
wondering how the community
will survive.
Nearly 80 years after it formed
here during the Great Depression,
U.S. Sugar plans to sell some 300
square miles around Clewiston to
the state, which wants the land
as part of its plan to clean up the
Everglades. Agriculture, like sugar
and citrus, has long stymied resto-
ration efforts, blocking water flow
and adding pollutants from fertil-

Continued From Page 1

could be some "wiggle room" on
the price.
Included in the deal are all the
assets of U. S. Sugar in Florida
-- 187,000 acres containing a cit-
rus plant, a sugar refinery and a
railroad. Ms. Wehle said that SF-
MWD had no idea how much all
that is worth. She said that while
they had experience buying land,
they knew nothing of the value
of citrus plants and sugar refiner-
ies. Therefore experts would be
called in.
At next Monday's meeting of
the SFWMD Board of Governors,
the governors will be asked to

Continued From Page 1

The nearly 80-year-old compa-
ny has supported and sustained
an overall healthy economy in
this small town south of the big
lake. Where neighboring towns
have been forced to cut back in
the wake of agricultural firms
closing, U.S. Sugar remained a
large employer.
And even as recent cost-cut-
ting measures by the company
seemed to suggest an aggressive
streamlining effort, the company
promoted itself as an entity go-
ing through shifting changes, not
quite ready to call it quits yet.
AfterTuesday's announcement
by Gov. Charlie Crist that the state
is in negotiations to purchase the
bulk of the company and its land,
America's Sweetest Town may no
longer refer to the vast sugar cane
fields that currently surround the
city, but to its inhabitants -- resi-
dents who may be on the cusp of
one of the largest changes to the
town's economy.
Flanked by the governor, U.S.
Sugar officials made it clear: The
company could cease operations
in six year's time.
The< discussion revolving
around what this means for the
Everglades is clear. The state will
now have the opportunity to cre-
ate a more eco-friendly conduit in
the freed-up land in and around
Clewiston and have water freely
flowing to the south.
Environmentalists have pub-
licly lauded the move, hoping
that the news will shine a focused
light on the issues of the Ever-
glades and the surrounding envi-

Continued From Page 1

thing but running for re-election,"
Mrs. Chandler said. "This is my
She, too, said she had lots of
things she wanted to accomplish
and that she findsthe job very re-
Mr. Betts has been commis-
sioner for 24 years. He said there
are lots of things going on that he
wanted to continue to be a part
Both Mrs. Watford and Mrs.
Robertson were out of town and
unable to be reached for com-

izers to the ecosystem.
The sale of the nation's largest
producer of cane sugar means
1,700 workers will be left jobless,
not to mention the spinoff effects
on Clewiston businesses that de-
pend on them as customers. U.S.
Sugar is the heart of Clewiston, lit-
erally -- the town is built around
the company's two-story red
brick headquarters, and the mill
is just down the road.
* News of the shutdown landed
"somewhere between getting
punched in the stomach and food
poisoning," said Greg Thompson,
38, who has been with the com-
pany for 20 years and is head of
the local sugar union.
"Everyone felt like the breath
had been knocked out of them,"
Thompson said.
It's not all bad news for the
workers, though.
Under the $1.75 billion deal,
hourly employees will get a year's
pay as severance, While salaried
workers will get two years' pay.
Since the company is partially
employee owned, those who are
vested will receive about $350 per
The company declined to pro-
vide details on how many shares
an average employee owns.
Thompson, who also wouldn't re-
veal details, said employees were
starting to count up their shares
"to see if they'd be able to pick up
and move somewhere else."
'For many who have worked at
the mill, on the railroad and in the
fields for decades, the news was
a stunner. The company kept its
negotiations with the state secret.

ratify the document signed on
June 24, authorize negotiations to
begin and authorize assessments
and appraisals.
The land will be used for res-
ervoirs for water storage and
stormwater treatment areas to
clean the water before it is sent
to the water conservation areas.
There will be no direct flowway
from the lake to the Everglades
because the water will have to be
cleaned up first.
There has been some con-
cern about the economic impact
this sale would have on the area
at the south end of the lake. Ms.
Wehle said that the citrus opera-
tions would probably be allowed
to continue. Also not all of the
land would be used for SFWMD

"This is a bittersweet moment
for all of us," said U.S. Sugar
spokesperson Judy Sanchez. "On
the one hand, we've been in the
farming business for a very long
time and it will certainly be sad to
see a business of this magnitude
go out of the farming business.
On the other hand, it's a tremen-
dous opportunity to be a part of
something historic and monu-
What is less clear, and, like the
Everglades marshes remains a
murkier proposition, is what this
means for Clewiston.
Can a town that has relied on
agriculture survive with the de-
parture of its largest employer?
"I think that, like most people,
I was pretty shocked," said Miller
Couse, president of First Bank in
Clewiston. "Not shocked as much
by U.S. Sugar selling, but I think a
sale to the state of Florida really
left many, many questions unan-
Among those questions: Will
the state lease the mill to another
company? Will the state use the
entirety of the land, or simply a
portion of it?
The self-named amateur econ-
omist Mr. Couse, who has per-
sonally grown sugar cane since
the 1970s, wondered exactly how
the news would affect the com-
"If they sold to XYZ company,
obviously the sugar industry con-
tinues on, it might change and
we go through a few things, but
here with the state of Florida, the
future is unknown -- which I think
scares everybody in the commu-
nity," said Mr. Couse. "It has the
potential of shutting down the
industry in Clewiston as we've
known it for the past 80 years." *
News of the possible sale, and

The deadline for qualifying for
the two city council seats up for
grabs is noon Aug. 22. Mayor Jim
Kirk has announced that he will
run for city council again. In the
City of Okeechobee, the mayor
is not an elected official. The city
councilmen elect one of their fel-
low councilmen to be mayor.
The deadline for registering to
vote in the county wide primary
elections is July 28. Oct. 6 is the
deadline for registering to vote in
the general elections. The dead-
line for registering to vote for city
council is also Oct. 6. You can
register online by going to www. or by com-
ing to the supervisor of elections'
office. 307 N.W Seventh St.
Whatever else might happen

Employees were told about the
deal with the rest of the world,
through a news conference Tues-
"It's really something," said
U.S. Sugar railroad mechanic
Tom Owens, 44, as he rubbed his
hand firmly across his forehead,
smearing the sweaty grit below
his ballcap's bill.
"I'm third generation. This
community lives on sugar," Ow-
ens said.
Ramon Iglesias, 36, manager
of Roland Martins Marina and
Resort alongside Lake Okeecho-
bee, has lived his whole life in this
town of 7,000.
"Clewiston is U.S. Sugar and it
always has been," Iglesias said.
In 1931, the town near the bot-
tom center of the state between
coasts was a speck on the map,
surrounded by rich, black soil,
known as muck, that would later
become its fortune.
Industrialist Charles Mott
transformed the old bankrupt,
and much smaller Southern
Sugar Co. into U.S. Sugar. The.
company brought in sugar ex-
perts from Louisiana, Cuba and
the West Indies, and by 1941, a
profitable Florida sugar industry
had emerged and the town began
to take shape amid the tall, green
Twenty years later, when Fidel
Castro stopped Cuban sugar im-
ports into the U.S., the company
began to boom, eventually oper-
ating two mills, a 200-mile rail-
road system and accumulating its
The demise of the company,

purposes. Some of it could still be
used for agriculture.
Ms. Wehle said SFMWD would
be working with other agencies
over the next six years to develop
an aggressive economic program
to compensate for job loss.
In addition, Glades and Hendry
counties would given payment in
lieu of taxes as required by law.
Congressman Tim Mahoney
praised the action. He said in a
press release that the purchase
"holds the .promise of taking a
major step towards Everglades
restoration." However, he ex-
pressed concern for the effect this
would have on the economy of
the area.
"While all Floridians applaud
the bold move to restore the Ev-

the possibility of sugar operations
ceasing in Clewiston drew quick
comparisons to the closing of
South Bay Growers in South Bay,
just 15 miles east of Clewiston.
When that facility closed years
ago, laying off hundreds of work-
ers, the town went through a pe-
riod of uncertainty and instability
from which it still hasn't quite re-
Will the same be true for
Clewiston, with the fate of 1,700
employees in question? '
Will it become a forgotten
Ann Postell doesn't believe so.
Ms. Postell, a U.S. Sugar em-
ployee who has been with the
company for nearly four decades,
isn't as worried as she was on
Monday, before company officials
met to reassure employees that
their jobs were secure -- at least
for the next six years.
"We have a really great refin-
ery, a great mill, and somebody's
going to take that over," she said
Tuesday, after attending the com-
pany meeting at the John Boy
Auditorium in Clewiston. "I think
there are still going to be jobs
here. We can produce. That was
the thing, to get us to where we
could produce sugar at the low-
est amount. I think the governor
may even make some money off
of this."
She can't fathom the state
tearing down the facilities that
received a heavy investment esti-
mated well into the nine figures.
So why was an immediate
sale necessary, executives were
Company officials told her and
other employees that there wasn't
much they could do to impede
the state from buying them out.
"What do you tell the gover-

in the coming election, it can safe-
ly be said there will be no hanging
chads. The punch out ballot that
caused so much confusion in the
2000 presidential race in Florida is
no longer used. All voters in the
county, except the handicapped,
will blacken ovals on a paper bal-
lot to be inserted into a voting
machine. Handicapped voters
will use a touch screen. However,
under current law, touch screen

which processes up to 800,000
tons of sugar a year, has rattled
residents and business owners,
who rely on sales to mill workers,
field hands, mechanics and con-
But Clewiston has always been
resilient, struggling back repeat-
edly from despair after drought,
depression and a massive 1928
hurricane that killed an estimated
2,500 people in the region.
Many residents hope another
industry, possibly a food proces-
sor, might come in and take over
the high-tech mill. Maybe other
large companies will eye the re-
gion as a cheap alternative to the
high-priced coastal communities.
Or maybe the town's geogra-
phy will again be its salvation, a
big enough draw to establish a
tourism-based economy.
"We've got Lake Okeechobee
at our back door and the Ever-
glades at our front door," Mayor
Mali Chamness said. "And when
we talk about America's sweetest
town, it's not just because of the
sugar that's grown here.- It's be-
cause of the people."
Residents like Iglesias see op-
portunity amid the despair.
"I think in the long run it's go-
ing to be good for Clewiston,"
said Iglesias, who makes his living
off folks who come to fish in Lake
Okeechobee, the second-largest
freshwater body in the contigu-
ous United States.
"We're going to bounce back,"
Iglesias said, "and we're going to
be stronger than before U.S. Sug-
ar got here."

erglades, we must recognize our
responsibility to the tens of thou-
sands of people of Hendry, Palm
Beach and Glades counties. A
comprehensive economic devel-
opment plan must be developed
immediately to ensure that these
communities do not suffer," he
"This is historic," was the
opinion of U. S. Senator Mel Mar-
tinez. "Overall, restoring the River
of Grass and the natural flow of
water from Lake Okeechobee to
the Everglades will pay dividends
for current and future Floridians,"
The senator noted that there
will need to be a transition period
for the workers affected and he
said he was glad the agreement
addresses that issue.

nor?" .Ms. Postell asked. "What
Mr. Buker (U.S. Sugar President
Robert Buker) basically did is he
made sure he could make the best
deal for us, the shareholders."
And while Mr. Couse is cau-
tious, he remains optimistic, as
"U.S. Sugar has an obligation
to the city. The state has an obli-
gation. They have an obligation
for economic impact into our
community," he said. "I just don't
go there of, 'Is it just going away
in the next six years?"'
The importance of sugar can-
not be understated, he said.
"This is a company town,"
explained Mr. Couse. "Obvious-
ly, U.S. Sugar means everything
to this community. When they
prosper, we prosper. Right now,
that leaves a certain uncertainty
in people to only imagine the
Ms. Postell did admit she was
caught by surprise by the news.
"I was shocked, too. I've been
working for Sugar since '58 and
I started when I was 18. I'll be
there 40 years this year," she said,
changing her tone to a slightly
more melancholic one.
"My dream was I wanted to
retire. 'Let me be 70. Let me be
as much.' And I wanted my kids
to come back and do this," she
She didn't hold her breath dur-
ing the 3 p.m. meeting, and had
scribbled laborious notes on a
yellow pad while she held execu-
tives accountable for what was
"I was a-writin' and a-writin',"
she said.
Jose Zaragoza can be reached at

voting for the handicapped will
be used again in 2010 but not in
2012. In that year there must be
some type of paper trail for handi-
capped ballots.
Candidates in contested elec-
tions will be profiled in future
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

I clic

Record Laws.
The local office, located at 212
South Parrott Ave., in the Huskin
and Turco law office is open on
Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 2
According to the Seniors vs.
Crime program, "If you feel that
someone has taken advantage of
you, cheated you out of money,
or has not delivered on what they
promised, there IS something you
can do."
The Seniors vs. Crime ser-
vices are provided at no charge.
The program is ran by volunteers
called Senior Sleuths and funded
by donations and the occasional
percentage of a case that is set-
tled out of court with the Attorney
General's office. The percentage
is determined on how much the
crime in question affects seniors
according to the Attorney Gen-
If you are in need of this ser-
vice you will be asked to gather
all your documentation that you
have such as receipts, work or-
ders or contracts if applicable.
A Senior Sleuth volunteer will
make every attempt to resolve
your case to satisfaction through
informal mediation. While not all
cases are resolved to a senior's

satisfaction, the program does
enjoy a high success rate and has
recovered millions of dollars for
seniors who have been victim-
Any cases that involve a crimi-
nal offense are turned over to the
proper law enforcement agency
for appropriate action. The pro-
gram will also aid in this process.
There are also other programs
to fight against senior exploita-
tion in Okeechobee. Communi-
ties Against Senior Exploitation
(CASE) is a community partner-
ship to: prevent fraud and exploi-
tation of older adults; increase
fraud detection and reporting;
and provide victim support.
This program was launched in
2007 by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office locally which dis-
tributes monthly fraud alerts to
members and puts on a Power
Against Fraud seminar.
To help with this program call
863-763-7924, write 212 South
Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, Fla.
34972, or visit their website www.
For more information 'about'
the CASE program contact Cpl.
Keith Stripling 863-763-6064,
crimepreventionunit@sheriff. or call the
FRAUD hotline 863-763-3589.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
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and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The chance
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Okeechobee News, Friday, June 27, 2008

Judge negates goggles case conviction [

By Curt Anderson
AP Legal Affairs Writer
-- A federal judge threw out the
conviction and sentence Thursday
for an Iranian woman who had
pleaded guilty in a scheme to il-
legally obtain U.S.-made military
night vision goggles for Iran.
U.S. District Judge James Cohn
allowed Shahrazad Mir Gholikhan
to withdraw her April plea because
she had mistakenly been told in
court she would get no additional
prison time. Days after her plea,
prosecutors said a mistake was
made in her sentence guidelines
calculation, resulting in, an unex-
pected 29-month sentence.
"Everybody contemplated a
sentence of time served," Cohn

said at a hearing. "She had every
right to rely on that."
Gholikhan, a 30-year-old moth-
er of two, traveled to the U.S. on
her own last year to face a 2005
indictment charging her and her
ex-husband with conspiring to
obtain thousands of Generation
III goggles for Iran. The sophisti-
cated goggles cannot be exported
without a license, and such items
cannot go to Iran under any cir-
cumstances because of a U.S. em-
Now that her guilty plea to one
count of conspiracy to export de-
fense articles without a license has
been voided, Gholikhan said in a
brief courtroom interview that she
wanted to fight the charges at the
risk of a maximum penalty of 60

years behind bars.
"I can't wait for the trial," she
said, smiling at the prospect de-
spite the chains on her wrists and
Cohn set a tentative trial date
of July 28 for Gholikhan, who has
been held without bail since De-
cember. Assistant U.S. Attorney
Michael Walleisa said she would
be tried on all seven counts of the
grand jury indictment.
Walleisa had argued that Gho-
likhan could not withdraw her plea
because she clearly knew Cohn
didn't have to follow the original
recommendation of time served.
But Gholikhan attorney Bill Barzee
said she shouldn't be forced to pay
for the courtroom error.
"The only reason she pleaded

guilty is because they promised to
let her go," Barzee said.
Gholikhan and her husband
were tracked in 2004 by undercov-
er U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement agents on suspicion
of trying to arrange the purchase
of 3,500 pairs of night goggles.
They were arrested after a hotel
meeting in Vienna, Austria, and
held for a month there before re-
turning to Iran.
Prosecutors were unable to
extradite either Gholikhan or her
ex-husband from Iran, which
has no extradition treaty with the
U.S. Gholikhan decided to travel
to South Florida in December to
clear up the case, in which she
said she played only a minor role
as translator and go-between.

Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-'
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
Dale Nathan Harden, 42,
N.W. 30th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested June 9 by Detective Jack
Hill on charges of grand theft and
dealing in stolen property. His
bond was set at $12,500.
Marvin Gay Thomas, 34,
N.W 12th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested June 20 by Deputy Ser-
geant J. Royal on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with lewd or lascivious battery
on a victim 12-16 years'of age. His
bond was set at $20,000.
Matthew Lewis Sanborn,
35, Lissie Lane, Buckhead Ridge,
was arrested June 20 by Deputy
Sgt. J. Royal on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with burglary of a dwelling and
grand theft. His bond was set at
Nicolas Cantera, 44, 17th St.,
Sebring, was arrested June 21 by
Deputy Yamil Astacio on a charge
of driving under the influence. His
bond was set at $750.
Carmelo Garcia, 25, S.W
Second Way, Okeechobee, was
arrested June 21 by Officer P. Ed-
dings on charges of battery and
criminal mischief. His bond was
set at $2,500. He was later 'ar-
S rested by Deputy Sgt. J. Royal on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with failure .to ap-
pear violation of probation driv-
ing under the influence, failure to
appear violation of probation
driving without a valid driver's li-
cense and failure to appear viola-
tion of probation resisting an of-
ficer without violence. He is being
held without bond. He was also
arrested on another Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging
him with amended violation of
probation driving under the in-
fluence,- amended violation of
probation driving without a valid
driver's license and amended -
violation of probation resisting
a law enforcement officer with-
out violence. His bond was set at
Edward James Wacker, 43,
U.S. 441 S., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested June 21 by Deputy Yamil
Astacio on a Martin County war-
xrant charging him with violation
of probation driving under the
influence, violation of probation
driving while license suspended,
failure to appear driving while
license suspended and violation

of probation battery. He is being
held without bond.
Terry Bast, 52, S.W. Third
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
June 21 by Officer K. Muller on a
charge of felony battery. His bond
was set at $1,500.
Virginia Borja-Nunez, 24,
Okeechobee, was arrested June
21 by Officer K. Muller on a war-
rant charging her with failure
to appear possession of a con-
trolled substance without a pre-
scription and failure to appear
no valid driver's license. She is
being held without bond.
Luis Alberto Garcia, 19,
Okeechobee, was arrested June
21 by Officer T. Tarner on a
charge of aggravated battery with
a deadly weapon. His bond was
set at $20,000.
Arechiga Jesus Jose Cisneros,
.24, S.W. Fourth Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested June 22 by Deputy
Cari Arnold on a charge of driv-
ing under the influence. His bond
was set at $750.
Donald Mose Joiner Jr., 22,
S.W. Paar. Drive, Port St. Lucie,
was arrested June 22 by Deputy
John Ashby on charges of driving
under the influence and driving
while license suspended. He is
being held without bond.
Don Trent White, 48, 11th
St., Buckhead Ridge, was arrested
June 23 by Deputy Lieutenant
Keith Murrish on a warrant charg-
ing him with violation of proba-
tion purchase of a controlled
substance (cocaine). His bond

was set at $5,000.
Mary Loraine Marcinek, 45,
S.E. Eighth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested June 23 by Deputy Lt.
Keith Murrish on a warrant charg-
ing her with violation of probation
- forgery (27 counts) and violation
of probation grand theft. She is
being held without bond. Addi-
tional charges were filed on June
25 for petty theft.
Corey James Connor, 33,
Okeechobee, was arrested June
23 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere
on a Department of Corrections
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation sale of cocaine.
He is being held without bond.
Tyrone Edison, 28, N.E. 31
Terrace, was arrested June 24 by
Deputy Donna Lee on charges of
lewd and lascivious behavior on a
minor (three counts). His bond is
set at $300,000.
Rebecca Sue Brown, 28, U.S.
441 S.E., was arrested June 24 by
Deputy Raul Marrero on charges
of aggravated battery, child ne-
glect and criminal mischief. Her
bond is set at $4,250.
Ricardo Elmiral Lane, 42,
N.E Third St., was arrested June
24 by Deputy P. Massung on an
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with grand theft. His
bond is set at $5,000.
Billy Garmany, 25, N.W
113 Drive, was arrested June 25
by Deputy Rusty Hartsfield on
charges of driving while licence
suspended and possession of a
controlled substance. His bond

July 4th thru July 10th

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Troy Samuel Sheridan, 32,
Centennial Boulevard, Leesburg,
was arrested June 25 on by State
Trooper R.W Ivey on charges of
possession of a controlled sub-
stance (two counts).
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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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
BYPASS: A bypass is a good idea to try and relieve downtown of
some of the passing through traffic. And may help clear up some of
the congestion when one or the other of the coast are evacuating for a
hurricane. It will also increase the value of what ever land is used. Just
like the wolf road extension turned A pasture into prime real estate.
WATER: I pass by the same houses on my way to work, and sure
enough on Monday morning, the street in front of them is wet from
sprinklers that have run, while the street is dry in front of all the other
surrounding houses, when for five days straight we have had plenty
of rain. It is a waste.
RENT: In response to the question of why rent is so high. I have a
rental that we just listed to sell. last week. Why? Because It is loosing
us money. Consider this. It is hard to find any home worth living in for
less then around $150,000, and that is what we paid in 2001 for our
rental. The approximate loan payment on $150,000 is $990 a month.
Our home owners insurance on our rental is almost $2,000 a year and
was hard to find someone to write it. The taxes are approximately
$2,400 a year. At $1,356.67 a month rent it is a break even deal and
that is only if we don't have to make any repairs. I hope this helps you
understand why rent is so high.
GATOR ATTACK: I think we can all agree that as teenagers we
did stupid stuff, and only can look back now and laugh at it, because
nothing happened to us. Something did happen to this kid, and while
as adults we are shaking our heads in disbelief, he is alive and I am
sure for that his family is grateful. The only thing I can take from this,
is to remember this situation and hope other kids in the community
learn from it. But teenagers never think too far into the future, as we
all know.
JUDGEMENT: Take a look at the snowbirds by the lake who take
pictures of the alligators. They're fascinated. When I see one its like
seeing a dog ... a big dangerous dog. You get used to things eventu-
ally and local creatures are one of them. Think of how usual it is to
see a Sandhill Crane on your car. That's not everywhere. It was just a
lapse of judgement. An accident that could have turned out worse if
he hadn't been aware. Very unfortunate.
WILDLIFE: It is extremely unfortunate that the young man lost
his arm to an alligator. However, blaming it on overpopulation of the
alligators is not fair. The alligator population is controlled through an-
nual hunts. This alligator that attacked the boy was in an area where
you would expect to find alligators. It was in a waterway that connects
with Lake Okeechobee. It was not like this alligator was a nuisance
gator in a residential area.
HOUSING: The housing boom that went bust was due to human
greed. People bought houses they could not afford and expected to
'flip' them and make money. Then they wound up with house pay-
ments they cannot make. But since they bought the houses at above
market value, it's nearly impossible for them to find a buyer at all.
I think we will see a lot of foreclosures before the housing market
stabilizes again.
i- GATORS: When I first moved to Florida nearly 20 years ago, I was
terrified of alligators. I imagined there were gators in every pond and
behind every tree, waiting to go after me. But I learned that if you just
leave them alone, they usually leave people alone. Every time I have
read about an attack, the person was in the alligator's territory, not the
other way around:
TRAFFIC: I think a bypass from State Road 70 to State Road 78
is a great idea. It won't cost much if the property owner is willing to
donate the land and help pay for the paving. The main advantage I
can see is when we have a hurricane evacuation it will give us another
way in and out. Last time the traffic was so bad on State Road 70 it
took me more than an hour to drive five miles to get home. Also if
Southwest 48th Street goes all the way through to 78, those of us who
live on the west side of town can get to the lake without going through
town. That would take some traffic off the main intersection.
DRIVE 55: Remember the 1970s when we had the gas crisis? Re-
member driving 55 miles per hour? Do you remember why the speed
limit was 55? It was to save gas. Driving at 55 is more a efficient use of
gasoline than driving at higher speeds. And once they slowed down
the traffic to save gas, they found out it also saved lives. So slow down
and maybe we will all live a little longer.
SPACE: In response to the caller who said that the Space Shuttles
are to blame for the changes in the weather pattern, that is silly. We
all know the real reason is that the government tried to use a weather-
changing machine as a weapon and lost control of it. Or don't you
people believe in conspiracy theories?
TELEVISION: Every time Okeechobee is on the national news it
does not make a good impression of our town. This latest story about
the alligator does not help our image.

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Letters to the Editor

End dependence
on foreign oil
Many people have written or
called the Okeechobee News
to say that drilling for more oil in
the United States will not help gas
I respectfully disagree. Part
of the reason gasoline prices are
so high, is because we have to
buy oil from foreign sources to
meet our needs. Therefore, the
oil exporting countries have what
could be considered a monopoly
on the oil industry.
Monopolies are characterized
by a lack of economic competi-
tion for the good or service that
they provide and a lack of vi-
able substitute goods. Once these
countries realize that America will
be providing its own oil, whether
tomorrow or ten years from now,
they will lose their monopoly and
be forced to submit to the law of
supply and demand.
In simple terms, the law of
supply and demand postulates
that when the supply of a product
is more than what people are de-
manding, the price of that product
will go down. Conversely, when

demand for a product exceeds
supply, the price is driven up.
I believe that we should de-
velop alternative energy sources,
which is a costly and time-con-
suming process. In the meantime,
Americans need cheap fuel to get
to work. Very few of our elected
leaders, both Republican and
Democrat, were outspoken about
alternative energy until the recent
gas price hike.
However, both of the candi-
dates running for President have
said that they believe alternative
energy is important and will sup-
port its development.
As a lifelong resident of Florida,
I too love our beaches and am a
supporter of our tourism industry.
Floridians should be aware that
according to, as
of Jan. 1, 2002, over 20,000,000
tourists drive into Florida each
year and over 20,000,000 tourists
(half of which rent vehicles) also
fly into Florida each year. How
many of these tourists will we
lose, or have already lost, due to
gas prices?
Here are some facts taken from
the U.S. Minerals Management
Service website to help clarify the

Upcoming Events

Friday, June 27
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780 or 863-467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is invited. All
persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becom-
ing a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are
all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on Sebring
Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for mem-
bery and $6 for guests. For information, call 863-471-0559 or 863-385-
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a new weekly meeting, Over-
eaters anonymous meets every Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Just For
Today Club, 101 N.W Fifth St. (next to the Medicine Shop) Overeaters
Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating com-
pulsively. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or 863-
Saturday, June 28
Ballroom dancing in Okeechobee
A group class in ballroom dancing is being offered in Okeechobee.
at Church of Our Saviour Parrish Hall, 200 NW 3rd Street on Saturday
afternoons at 4 p.m. The cost for the hour lesson is $10. Private in-
structions are also available. Come and enjoy the fun with or without
a partner. For more information call 772-794-9040.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an. open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. Ffo information
call 863-634-4780.

Sunday, June 29
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please
call. 863-634-4780.

Monday, June 30
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.

Tuesday, July 1
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.

There are an estimated 86
billion barrels of oil under the
Outer Continental Shelf, the slop-
ing undersea plain between a
continent and the deep ocean.
By some estimates, there
could be 3.88 billion barrels of oil
within 125 miles of Florida's Gulf
coastline, alone.
In September 2006, two U.S.
companies announced that their
Jack No. 2 well, in the Gulf 270
miles southwest of New Orleans,
had tapped a field with perhaps
15 billion barrels of oil, which
would increase America's proven
reserves by 50 percent. Just prob-
ing four miles below the Gulf's
floor costs $100 million. Con-
gress's response to such expendi-
tures is to propose increasing the
oil companies' tax burdens.
94 exploratory wells and 48
development wells were drilled
in 2007. Of the 48 development
wells drilled, 60 percent were in
ultra-deepwater, water depths
greater than 5,000 feet. Eight new
deepwater discoveries were an-
nounced by oil and gas operators
in 2007 with the deepest in 7,400
feet of water.

Minerals Management Ser-
vice Director Randall Luthi states
"Continued advancement into
this deepwater frontier is impor-
tant to our Nation's energy secu-
rity. The Gulf of Mexico is a key
energy producer and the safe
and environmentally responsible
development of our resources is
vital to the economy and our way
of life."
Also, keep in mind that there
has not been a significant spill
from an offshore U.S. well since
1969. Of the more than 7 billion
barrels of oil pumped offshore in
the past 25 years, 0.001 percent
-- that is one-thousandth of 1 per-
cent -- has been spilled. Louisiana
has more than 3,200 rigs offshore
-- and a thriving commercial fish-
ing industry.
Relying on foreign sources
for our fuel and possibly, in the
near future, our food supply, is
dangerous and leaves America
vulnerable as a nation. As such,
it is time to apply common sense
to this dire situation or risk losing
our way of life.
Kara Butts

Community Events

Chamber of Commerce accepting applications
The Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the
Labor Day Festival. Call 863-763-6464 or stop by the office to reserve a
spot in the Labor Day Festival held in Flagler Park. Spaces are limited!
The dates this year for the festival are Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1, rain or,
shine. Come join the .fun.

Assistance available
for summer camps
Attention parents! Financial assistance for summer camps is avail-
The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeecho-
bee County has funding available for qualifying families for summer
camp for children ages 4-12 years old.
Don't let your child miss out on a fun-filled summer experience. For
more information, call 1-877-220-1223 ext. 260.

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

Victory Baptist Church VBS
Victory Baptist Church will be hosting their vacation bible school
from July 20 through the 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 500 S.W 9th
Street. The themed, "Friendship Trek, Jesus our forever friend", VBS
will be where kids will discover good news about Jesus at every camp
site. They will meet new friends at Frienship Sutnit, "jlay furin Sur-
vivor games, experience Buddy Porcupine's Bible Challenge, enjoy
delicious backpack snacks, listen to campfire bible stories, create wil-
derness crafts, and much much more. All while learning about their
forever friend, Jesus Christ! For more information call Joy Jarriel at

SSummer sunset series
The IRCC Lifelong Learning Summer Sunset Series presents classi-
cal duo guitarist Rafael Padron and Aisa Campo on piano Thursday,
June 26, 8 p.m. at the Wynne Black Box Theatre on the IRCC Main
Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. Tickets are $10. Call
1-866-866-4722 ext. 7880.

VFW Post 9528 membership drive
If you are a war veteran: join the Elite. The VFW Post 9528 will be
hosting a membership drive and barbecue on July 4, at the Post home,
2002 Hwy 78 W in Buckhead Ridge, starting at 11 a.m. All military
and ex-military men and woman are encouraged to continue serv-
ing your country and your community by joining the VFW or Ladies
Auxiliary. Representatives from Amvets, Amvets Ladies Auxiliary and
the VFW Men's Auxiliary will also be available. We will be serving
chicken and pork with all the fixings. All those who join the VFW on
this day will receive a free meal. There will be patriotic music, 50/50
drawings, a cake walk by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and other activities
by the Amvets Ladies Auxiliary. All drinks will be happy hour prices
all day, Margaritas $1.50 all day. For all who are VFW members and
guest the barbecue will be a $7 donation per person. The public is
welcome and encouraged to attend this function in commemoration
of our country's birthday. For more information call 863-467-2882.

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At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres Ill. Movie times for Friday, June
27, through Thursday, July 3, 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 II "Get Smart" (PG-13) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
9:15 p.m.
Theatre III "Wall-E" (G) Showtimes: 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, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:30 and 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all mov-
ies; and, matinees are $4.
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Health Dept. warns of 'black henna' skin damage

TALLAHASSEE -- As families
prepare for summer vacations to
Florida's resort areas, the Florida
Department of health (DOH)
warns individuals to consider po-
tential health risks before having
a temporary "black henna" tattoo
applied to their skin.
Last year, DOH received reports
of 24 individuals, both children
and adults, who had a severe al-
lergic reaction from a temporary
"black henna" tattoo they had ap-
plied while vacationing in Florida.
Other incidents may not have
been reported to the department
due to the time lapse between ap-
plication of the tattoo and presen-
tation of symptoms.
DOH warns that there is no
such thing as "black henna."
True henna is made from
crushed henna leaves, produc-

ing a green or greenish-brown
power, which is mixed with
harmless liquids, such as oil and
lemon juice, before application to
the skin. The green or greenish-
brown paste may be applied free
hand or by tracing over a stencil
with an applicator or brush. No
needle is involved. The paste, if
left on for a number of hours ,or
overnight before removal, leaves
a brown or reddish brown fin-
ished tattoo.
"Black henna" tattoos have
become popular in recent years,
particularly in resort areas of
Florida. The paste that is used for
a "black henna" tattoo is black or
brownish-black and dries more
quickly than pure henna. The
dried paste can be removed in
approximately an hour, leaving a
black finished tattoo. The danger

of temporary "black henna" tat-
toos is that tlhe black color may
result from the addition of black
hair dye, which may contain a
recognized allergen called para-
phenylenediamine (PPD). PPD
can cause severe allergic reac-
tions in some individuals.
Seek medical attention imme-
diately if you experience symp-
toms of an allergic reaction. The
general progression of symptoms
includes itching or burning, blis-
tering, oozing, scab formation,
and, in some cases, permanent
scarring. Symptoms may occur
within a few hours or up to a few
weeks, depending upon the con-
centration of PPD in the paste and
how allergic a person is.
In addition to immediate med-
ical attention, allergic reactions
should be reported electroni-

cally to DO)0 on the Injury Report
Form found on website at www.
Before having a temporary
"black henna" tattoo applied to
your skin or your child's skin:
Check the color of the paste,
which should be a green or green-
Ask to see the ingredients,
which should be henna leaves,
oil or lemon juice;
Ask how long you must wait
before removing the dried paste.
DOH promotes, protects and
improves the health of all people
in Florida. For more information
about DOH programs, visit www.

Today in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, June 27, the
179th day of 2008. There are 187
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 27, 1957, more than
500 people were killed when Hur-
ricane Audrey slammed through
coastal Louisiana and Texas.
On this date:
In 1844, Mormon leader Jo-
seph Smith and his brother, Hy-
rum, were killed by a mob in
Carthage, Ill.
In 1846, New York and Boston
were linked by telegraph wires.
In 1944, during World War II,
American forces completed their
capture of the French port of
Cherbourg from the Germans.
In 1950, the U.N. Security
Council passed a resolution call-
ing on member nations to help
South Korea repel an invasion
from the North.

In 1969, police raided the
Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New
York's Greenwich Village; patrons
fought back in clashes considered
the birth of the gay rights move-
In 1977, the U.S. Supreme
Court, in Bates v. State Bar of Ari-
zona, struck down state laws and
bar association rules that prohib-
ited lawyers from advertising their
fees for routine services.
In 1977, the Republic of Dji-
bouti became independent of
In 1986, the International Court
of Justice at The Hague ruled that
the United States had broke in-
ternational law and violated the
sovereignty of Nicaragua by aid-
ing the Contras.
In 1988, Mike Tyson retained
the undisputed heavyweight
crown as he knocked out Michael
Spinks 91 seconds into the first
round of a championship fight in

Atlantic City, N.J.
In 1988, 57 people were killed
in a train collision in Paris.
Ten years ago: During a joint
news conference beamed live to
hundreds of millions of homes
across China, President Clinton
and President Jiang Zemin of-
fered an uncensored airing of
differences on human rights, free-
dom, trade and Tibet. An earth-
quake in Ceyhan, Turkey, killed
144 people.
Five years ago: More than
735,000 phone numbers were
registered on the first day of a
national do-not-call. list aimed at
blocking unwelcome solicitations
from telemarketers.
One year ago: Former Trea-
sury Chief, Gordon Brown be-
came British prime minister,
succeeding Tony Blair. In her first
televised interview since being
released from custody, a demure
Paris Hilton told CNN's Larry King

she would never again drink and
drive and that her time in jail was
"a time-out in life."
Today's Birthdays: Business
executive Ross Perot is 78. The
former chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, retired Army Gen-
eral John Shalikashvili, is 72. For-
mer Interior Secretary Bruce Bab-
bitt is 70. Singer-musician Bruce
Johnston (The Beach Boys) is 66.
Actress Julia Duffy is 57. Actress
Isabelle Adjani is 53. Country
singer Lorrie Morgan is 49. Actor
Brian Drillinger is 48. Writer-pro-
ducer-director J.J. Abrams is 42.
Actor Yancey Arias is 37. Actor To-
bey Maguire is 33. Gospel singer
Leigh Nash is 32. Actor Drake Bell
is 22. Actor Ed Westwick is 21. Ac-
tress Madylin Sweeten is 17.
Thought for Today: "The high-
est purpose is to have no purpose
at all." John Cage, American
composer (1912-1992).

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Health Briefs

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
Welcome House is now ac-
cepting applications. Member-
ship is free, if you are at least 18
years of age and have an emo-
tional or psychiatric diagnosis, or
if you are under a doctor's care
or simply taking medication for
emotional problems, they wel-
come 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, out-
ings, 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-


Marilyn Joy Jim Woods of Okeechobee and
his wife Connie of whom she
'Mommy' Stark thought of as her own daughter.
Marilyn Joy "Mommy" Stark, In addition, she is survived by
age 83 of Okeechobee, died three grandchildren and 10 great
Monday, June 23, 2008 at her grandchildren.
residence. Born June 23, 1925 There will be no visitation or
in Detroit, Mich., she had been a services.
resident of Okeechobee for the All arrangements are under
past 4 years, the direction and care of Buxton
She is survived by her son, Funeral Home and Crematory.

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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-

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

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.

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Water safety orientation
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit Water Saftey Orientation Summer
Camp used the Okeechobee Sports Complex swimming pool for training on the Zodiac
boat earlier this week. The campers were practicing for taking the boat out in the ocean.

Sports Briefs

Register for free
Sports Camp
July 14-17, from 6-8 p.m., the
ROC (Recreational Outreach Cen-
ter) will host a free sports camp.
The camp will be open to boys
and girls who have completed
kindergarten and/or all grades
through sixth. Sports offered in-
clude basketball, t-ball, flag foot-
ball, soccer, cheerleading, tennis,
fishing, golf and inline skating/
skateboarding. Register NOW
as some sports are limited at the
First Baptist Church office located
at 401 S.W Fourth Street or at
the ROC. For more information,
please call 863-763-2171.

Just Horsing Around
Camp 4-H camp
UF/1FAS Okeechobee County
4-H program, along with the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center
and the Okeechobee Children's.
Services 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 vari-.
ous equine disciplines. The third
week, July 14-18, will offer camp-
ers insight into the rodeo world
focusing on pole bending, barrel
racing, goat tying, roping and oth-
er "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. re-regis-
tration is required.

Pop Warner
sign ups extended
Pop Warner is accepting late
sign ups until June 30, for ages 5
to 15 years. For more information
or to sign up call 863-634-3482.

Football sign-ups
are here
The Bulls are back. Okeecho-
bee Bulls are sponsored by Fed-Ex
Youth Athletic Association, Orange
Bowl Committee. Sign up on June
28 at New Endeavors High School
from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Sign up fees are $60 per youth.
There are three age and weight
divisions, 115 lbs. division (10 12
years old), 125 lbs. division (11-13
years old) and 140 lbs. division
(12-14 years old.) For more in-
formation call Marvin Roberts at
863-801-4857 or Myron Refoure at

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club

meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (es-
pecially) non-boaters are wel-
come. For information call Dave
Stout at 863-467-2255. The club
also sponsors and presents the
annual Lee McAllister Memorial
Kid's Fishing Festival.

Bass tournaments
are planned
This weekend in Clewiston,
Florida on Lake Okeechobee
BASS BUSTERS will hold the
Silver and Gold Division Tourna-
Saturday June 28th will be the
Silver Division tournament. The
team. entry is $60 and includes
Big Bass.
Sunday June 29th will be the
Gold Division tournament. The
team entry is $100 and includes
Big Bass.
Both tournaments run from
Safelight to 3 PM and are open for
any team to sigh-up until start of
the tournaments each morning.
No Membership Fees.
For more information or to reg-
ister for any of these tournaments
please visit the official website at or
call me at 941-232-9539

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larg oi Large sc d ba .1k,:- ,r1 "' ,,, irge corner lot. Conveniently locat-
larg arge screenGeback por chrand r. -. ,,, :, ,mits. Ifyou are looking for a great
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Ron Staley 697-6221 Keith Pearce 634-7007 Okeechobee
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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
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
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
et in today's classilfeds.

.brown & white, in Okeecho-
bee, small, female, Childs
pet (863)634-7515
GOATS Lost behind Four
Seasons, 9 goats total,
brown, white & red. If found
please call (863)824-7593
Yellow Lab mix, white w/
cream ears, M, neutered, 45
Ibs., Border Collie mix-black
w/ some white, F, 45 Ibs.
Spotted near Faith Farm Min-
istries on June 21,REWARD
Please call (772)344-5017

Trading Post Flea Market
Sat., 6/28 & Sun., 6/29
Haulmark Race Trailer
Utility Trailer, 15' FG Skiff
Car Dolly, Tools, HH Items
Everything Must Go!


Fri. & Sat. 6/27 & 6/28,
9am-?, 2254 SE 27th St.
Huge Sale Lot's & Lot's
of Items to Numerous to List!

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

24/7 Mon-Sun., Will travel.
Call (863)467-4285

Is looking to hire a
receptionist in the
Okeechobee office.
Applicant must be
happy, energetic
and outgoing.
Monday Friday
9am to 4 pm

PH. (863) 467-5333
Please contact
JC Cardwell

Florida Licensed
Only serious self-
motivated need
apply. Must Have
good driving record.
Weekly Travel
required in FL, Paid
travel time, overtime,
per diem. DFWR
Benefits, 401 K, Paid
Holiday. & Vacation
Wilson's Petroleum

Purchasing Coordinator:
Must have 3+ years of
experience in construction
industry. Working
history of bid solicitation,
document control, plan
takeoffs, and product
submittals. Must be able
to multitask. Excellent
verbal and Written skills are
required. 'Solomon and
WinEst experience a plus.
Fax resume and salary
history to 561.847.2692.
Lawn maintenance. Drug Free
& Background Check!
Please send your resume to:
PO Box 2652,
Okeechobee, FL 34973


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Opportunities 305
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Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale in the classi-
fleds and make your
clean un a breeze


Babysitting 405
Child Care eeded410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

B- '- Family
Day Dare!
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The classified are the
most successful sales-
person In town.

License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
or (863)261-6425

Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Power Washing


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
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
Rs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

Appliances For Sale, Like new,
stove, washer & dryer, $300
for all, or will separate



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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- White,
Single seat
$800 (863)697-3299
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Kegerator Haier Brewmaster
beer dispenser, excellent
condition, $500
(863)634-9945 or 763-3822

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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
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!
%/ off 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all appl's, a/c & heat, 1
bik. North of Wal-Mart
$650 mo. (863)763-8878
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helps you understand
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No wonder newspaper
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cessful people!

2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
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
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1050. Buy 130K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
2BR/1.5BA, fenced yard,
screened porch, $850 mo.
(863)634-9411 for details
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & rets. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
RANCH SETTING 3/11'/ and
a 2/1 available, very clean,
no pets, 1st & sec.
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
Treas. Island 3036 SE 36th
St., 2BR/1.5BA, Ig. garage,
shed, on water, very clean,
$800 mo. (561)308-7566

Professional Office Space
for Lease Near Courthouse.
Immediate Occupancy.

2 roommates needed, male or
female, prefer non-smoker,
all utilities incl. $125 wk. Call
for details (863)228-1865


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
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

2000 Ford Explorer, power
windows, power locks, stan-
dard transmission, cold A/C,
$1,650 neg. (863)763-0859


FORD 150 PU '93 crew cab,
runs exc. & looks good, 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
S6, $1800 (863)763-6216


Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2005
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
fully furn, long or short term
lease. June FREE. $775/mo.
+ sec. dep. (863)824-0981

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, 1ba,
newly remodeled, $800/mo,
1st, last & sec. No Pets
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$475/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 3br/lba
doublewide in town. No pets.
$675/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. Call (863)763-6232
on water, June FREE.
$750/mo. + sec. dep. Call

Mobile Home Angels
DISTRESS SALE- 2008, 70 x
14 Brand new Never lived in
Scott built mob home. Turn
Key on your land or our land,
$30,000 or best offer
863)673-6417 or

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.


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

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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

File No, 2008 CP 104
The adminstrat ion of the estate of Wil-
liam M Johnson Jr deceased.
whose date of death was November
27. 2007. File number. is pending in
the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County. Florida. Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd
Street, Room 125. Okeechobee, FL
34974 The names and addresses of
the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice has been served
must file their claims with this court
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-

The date of first publication of this notice
is June 27. 2008.
Personal Representative:
13180 S.W 46th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Attorney lor Personal Representative:
Flonda Bar No. 473420
648 U.S. Highway One
North Palm Beach. FL 33408
Telephone: (561) 845-2510
278978 ON 6/27:7/4/08

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car? Look In the classl-

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today's competitive
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CASE NO. 2008-CP-111
The administration of the estate of
THY KINSAUL, deceased, whose date
of death was May 13, 2008, and
whose Social Security Number is
261-48-8252, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florda,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101.
Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and personal represen-
tative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
S ...'", ';ce is served within
i, ,, t- , r the date of the first
publication of this notice must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent
must file their claims witthhis court
The date of the first publication of this
notice is: June 20th, 2008.
Dinah Clay
Co-Personal Representative
400 S.W. 13th Street
Okeechobee, Rorda 34974
Debra Norms
Co-Personal Representative
PO. Box 340
Okeechobee,. Roda 34973
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee Flonda 34973-1367
S863) 763-3825
m W. Conely, III
Ronda Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
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licI Notic

RF8 5000000192
Pursuant to Section 373 093, Florida Statu es. ... .. 1 . i i "'i i.
B i, .' .,, o award a lease lor land parcel consisting o f 683
acres, more or less for the purpose of cattle grazing located in Okeechobee
County, Florida
The Procurement Department of the South Florda Water Management Distric will
receive sealed bids up to the 2:30 RM. (E.ST.) opening time on July 22, 2008
for award of the lease parcel Arn optional site visit will be conducted on June 26,
2008 at 9:30 AM at the leased site, located at the end of NW 144 Trail (Loton
Rd) off Hwy 98 N., Okeechobee County. Florda.
All bids must conform to the instructions in the Request for Bids and include a prop-
erly executed Bid Form and Compliance Disclosure Formr
The solicitation can be downloaded for the District web site www slwmd gov listed
onthe currentsolicitation calendar For more information, please contact Linda
Greer, Sr. Contract Specialist at (561) 582-6396.
Bidders may also obtain a copy of the complete Request for Bids at the above
address or by calling (561) 682-6391, or by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE
(800) 472-5290 The public is invited to attend the RFB opening Information
on the status of this solicitation can be obtained at our web site -

Tract No. JE100-083
(683 acres +/-)
A parcel of land situated in Sections 26, 27, 34 and 35, Township 36 South,
Range 33 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, ore particularly described as fol-
All that part of said Section 26 lying Southwesterly of the Southwesterly right of
way line of Seaboard Airline Railrsad. Less, however, Government Lots 5, 8
and 9, the South one quarter (S|A) of said Section 26, and the old run of the
Kissimmee River.
All that part of said Section 27 lying Easterly of the Easterly right of way line of
South Florida Water Management District's Structure 65D, East of the East
right of way line of South Florida Water Management District's Levee Tieback,
said Levee Tieback being also known as Loftin Road, and Easterly of the East-
erly right of way line of South Florida Water Management District's Canal 38.
All that part of the Northwest one quarter of the Northwest one quarter (NW/A of
the NWV,) of said Section 35 lying Northerly and Westerly of said old run of
said Kissimmee River.
The above described parcel of Land contains 683 acres, more or less.
278946 ON 6/20,27;7/4/08
RFP #2008-10
The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County is accepting sealed
bids for grounds maintenance and grass cutting services at the County Agri-Civic
Center on a scheduled basis for the upcoming year at the Agri-Civic Center locat-
ed at 4200 East Highway 70, Okeechobee, Florida.
Specific Scope of Service detail information packet can be picked up at the Okee-
chobee County Courthouse, 304 N W. 2nd Street, Room 102, Okeechobee.
It is recommended that bidders review Scope of Service information packet and at-
tend the pre-bid meeting at the Agn-Civic Center July 2, 2008 at 2.00 PM. Site
visit appointments can be made by calling the Agn-Civic Center Director's office at
To be considered, bidders must submit an original and one (1) copy of sealed
proposal. Bids are to be filed in the County Administrator's office at 304 NW
2nd Street, Room 102, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, no later than 4 PM on
Thursday, July 10, 2008, and clearly marked "Sealed Proposal for Agri-Civic
Center Grounds Maintenance & Grass Cuoing."
Submittals received after the time and date specified shall not be considered.
The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County accepts no respon-
sibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals, reserves
the right to reject any or all bids, to waive technical errors and informalities, and
to accept the bid which, inits judgment, best serves the public interest.
Calif Betts. Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Roberton, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
280081 ON 6/27/08

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authonty will meet in regu-
lar session on Tuesday July 8, 2008 at 8.30 A.M., at the Okeechobee Utility Au-
thority Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will hold a Public
Hearing as soon after 8:30 A.M. as possible to consider modifications of Resolu-
fion 07-03 dealing with operating rules and regulations of the Okeechobee Ublity
Authonty and water/sewer Rates. A copy of the proposed Resolution and Rate
changes is available for viewing at the office of the Executive Director, Okeecho-
bee Utility Authority Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florda.
All interested parties for or against the proposed modified Resolution or Rates can
be heard at sald time and place. The needs of hearing or visually impaired per-
sons shall be met by contacting the Executive Director's Office at 863-763-9460
at least 48 hours pror to the Public Hearing by any person wishing assistance.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Rorida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need
a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court report-
er, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record.
John F Hayford. PE.
Executive Director
280308 ON 6/27,29/08

Okf-105 Floridan Aquifer Dual-Zone Monitor Well & Okf-42 Single-Zone Floridan
Aquifer Well Completion and Testing, Okeechobee County, Florida
The Procurement Department of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1
Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Flonda 33406, will receive
sealed bids up to 2:30 p.m. opening bme on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 for the
Okf-105 Floridan Aquifer Dual-Zone Monitor Well & Okf-42 Single-Zone Floridan
Aquifer Well Completion And Testing, Okeechobee County, Florida, project in-
cludes complete the construction of OKF-105, Floridan Aquifer System (FAS) x-
ploration well and run a full-suite of geophysical production logs, and run a
single-well aquifer performance test. OKF-105 is partially installed with an 18-
inch diameter steel casing set to approximately 383 feet below land surface and a
nominal 12-inch diameter open borehole to approximately 1,400 feet bis. Also, if
sufficient funding, run a full suite of geophysical production logs in OKF-42 and
replace its well head.
An OPTIONAL pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 10:00
a.m. at the Okeechobee Service Center, 205 North Parrott Avenue, Suite
2010keechobee, FL 34972. For directions, call (863) 462-5260 or
(800) 250-4200
All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents may
obtain a copy of the complete RFB by downloading it for free from our website -
,www.slwmd.ov by purchasing a sot for $12.00 at the above address, by calling
(561) 682-6391, or by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE 800-472-5290. The
public is invited to attend the bid opening. Information on the status of this so-
icitation can be obtained at our web site
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Community planning celebrations

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you are looking for some entertain-
ment in and around Okeechobee for
the coming months look no further. If
your organization or business has some
entertaining events coming up please
forward them along to caguilar@
The Okeechobee Jaycees Fire-
works Committee is pleased to an-
nounce that the Fourth of July cel-
ebration will once again be held at
the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center. The display will be provided by
Zambelli Internationale.
The Jaycees will be selling hot dogs,
sodas and glow necklaces. Tropical
drinks will be sold by Maui Wowi. The
show will begin at dark or approximate-
ly 9 p.m.
REMEMBER, you must enter the
Agri-Civic Center off of S.R. 710. Gates
will open at 7 p.m. Donations of $3 per
carload will be requested at the gate.
Please remember that absolutely
no personal fireworks are allowed.
Businesses or individuals interested
in supporting the fireworks through
donations may contact us at 863-634-
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's As-
sociation and Okeechobee Main Street
will hold the Second annual National
Day of the American Cowboy on
Saturday, July 26. In the form from last
year, the event will start with a cattle
drive beginning downtown and ending

Your Weekly
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
at the Agri-Civic Center on Highway 70
East of 150 head of Corriente Cattle.
The festival at the Agri-Civic Center
will include a Ranch Rodeo, Backyard
Beef BBQ Contest, storytellers, po-
ets and displays of the heritage of the
American Cowboy.
If you're interested in being a par-
ticipant/vendor for the BBQ Contest or
event all forms and applications can be
picked up at the OKMS Office, Cottage
111 Northeast Second Street, Okeecho-
bee or email Toni Doyle, Executive Di-
rector at okms@mainstreetokeecho-
For more information call 863-357-
MAIN (6246).

Okeechobee News/File photo
This antique stagecoach was part of last year's National Day of the
American Cowboy celebration. The driver and owner of the stagecoach
is Dennis Deveaugh (left) and Cody Gornto, both of Davie.

This event is bound to make July an
even hotter commodity.
The Chamber of Commerce is now
accepting applications for the upcom-
ing Labor Day Festival. Help make
this event successful by contributing.
Call 863-763-6464 or stop by the Cham-
ber office to reserve a spot in the Labor
Day Festival held in Flagler Park. Spaces
are limited! The dates for the festival this
year are Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1, rain or
shine. Come join the fun!
Do you want to see your events
posted in the weekly entertainment col-
umn?Forward any publicly open events

including entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre, special
events, special community events, con-
tests, etc to
Please forward all information'about
each event including: description of the
event; location (address); date; time;
cost; age appropriateness; and any
other information that fits the specific
event. For additional information con-
tact Chauna Aguilar at 863-763-3134
ext. 4242. Your Weekly Entertainment
Guide-Share your news and photos
for this column by email to caguilar@

IRCC Foundation to host book signing

The Indian River Lagoon is a cher-
ished natural resource along the Trea-
sure Coast. Celebrating its latest book
release, the Indian River Community
College Foundation and Pioneer River
Press will host a gala book signing, re-
ception and art exhibit for "Treasured
Waters -The Indian River Lagoon,"
which features stunning landscape
paintings by artist Richard Kelly and
descriptive text by author Camille S.
Yates. This book is destined to become
a must-have addition to local book col-
The event will be Thursday, July 17,

Submitted photo
Camille S. Yates is the author of
"Treasured Waters -The Indian River
Lagoon." A celebration to honor the
book's release is set for July 17 at
the Art Gallery and Wynne Black Box
Theatre on the IRCC Main Campus at
3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery and
Wynne Black Box Theatre on the IRCC
Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue
in Fort Pierce.
Attendees will be among the first
to own the latest release, and they will
have the opportunity to purchase origi-
nal artwork and giclie reproductions
featured in the book, along with limit-
ed-edition canvas bags and notecards.
All proceeds from the sale of the book
and artwork will go to support student
The glossy 176-page coffee table
book documents the habitats of the

Indian River Lagoon with a collection
of over 75 stunning landscape paint-
ings by Mr. Kelly and rich, descriptive
text by Mrs. Yates. Mr. Kelly captures
the uniqueness of the area, exploring
the Indian River Lagoon, an estuary of
national significance on Florida's East
Coast stretching from New Smyrna
Beach to Jupiter.
Mr. Kelly, a Florida landscape artist
known for his ability to bring nature to
life through the detail in his oil paint-
ings on canvas, studied under artist
A.E. "Bean" Backus from 1985 to 1990.
Mrs. Yates is an experienced wildlife bi-

Submitted photo
"Treasured Waters -The Indian River Lagoon," which features
stunning landscape paintings by artist Richard Kelly and de-
scriptive text by author Camille S. Yates.

ologist who has studied the Lagoon for
more than two decades.
Tickets are $75 per person, $100 per
couple, and include one autographed
book (retail value $49.95), heavy hors
d'oeuvres, soda/beer/wine, and a
chance to win a signed, numbered, and
framed Rick Kelly gicl6e. Space is lim-
ited; reservations must be secured by
July 11. Call 772-462-4786 or download
the reservation form at www.irccfoun-

ouubmiteu pnuto
Artist Richard Kelly illustrated "Trea-
sured Waters -The Indian River La-
goon." A celebration to honor the book's
release is set for July 17 at the Art Gal-
lery and Wynne Black Box Theatre on
the IRCC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia
Avenue in Fort Pierce.

Florida wine making, rich in history and taste

A century before the Pilgrims landed
at Plymouth Rock; three hundred years
before California became a state; wine
was being made in Florida. "Florida"
was the name given by Spanish explor-
ers in recognition of the state's beauti-
ful fruits and flowers. And among that
rich vegetation, lush native grapevines
were discovered on Florida's east coast.
Following the lead of the French, Span-
ish settlers harvested the wild grapes;
and, applying the same traditions of
their homeland, converted Florida's
wild muscadine into the first American
Through the centuries, Florida's
rich soils and rolling hills have sup-
ported both vineyards and wine mak-
ing. The success of muscadine wine is

the by-product of Old World traditions
and new world production methods.
The muscadine; it evokes memories of
sleepy summer afternoons in the deep
south. Smooth, aromatic and nostalgic
muscadine wines are a southern spe-
cialty produced nowhere else on earth.
Scientists concerned with develop-
ing hybrid bunch grapes and improving
the native muscadines, have created
a wider variety of wine grapes. For 75
years, scholars at the University of Flor-
ida have been committed to improving
Sunshine State grapes. This research
has developed varieties that flourish
in Florida's subtropical climate, well-
suited to our soils and perfect' for wine
making. The development of these new
hybrid grapes with high fruit, taste and

aroma qualities, secures the promise of
a bright future for Florida's vineyards.
Florida wineries and vineyards are
' scattered throughout the state, with
harvest times ranging from May to Sep-
tember. This conveniently coincides
with the most popular time of year for
Sunshine State tourists and visitors
Visiting a winery or vineyard in
Florida is a fascinating experience for
the whole family. It's a part of Florida
beyond the beaches and amusement
parks. Florida's vineyards, wineries and
flavorful wines are interesting parts of
Florida history that few people know
about, but one which 'more and more
people are discovering.
You can stroll through a vineyard,
view a harvest, watch the wine making

process, the corking, bottling and label-
ing of delicious wines, and sample the
wonderful and distinctive varieties of
delicious Florida wines.
Some vineyards even let visitors pick
grapes right off the vines. It's a wonder-
ful way to take home a sample of Flor-
ida's finest, if you can resist eating the
fruits of your labor before you get them
home! If the grapes do make it, you can
try your own hand at home wine mak-
ing or create a delicious jelly, jam or
gourmet meals with the fruit.
For more information on Florida
wineries online, go to http://www.flor-

Florida Keys no-fishing zones results studied

By Brian Skoloff
Associated Press
Fla. (AP) Reeling in a 45-pound grou-
per used to be just an average day on
the water in the Florida Keys.
The abundance of behemoth fish at-
tracted anglers from around the world
in the early 1900s, including adventurers
such as Ernest Hemingway and Zane
Grey, who pulled in monsters from the
clear, warm depths off Key West.
But as Florida's population boomed,
the attraction that drew them began to
vanish. Anglers were snapping up the
larger fish by the thousands. An aver-
age grouper cauglit in the Keys now is
about eight pounds.
"We were starting to look like a
Third World nation in regards to having
blitzed our resources," said University
of Miami marine biologist Jerald Ault.
Ault and others are studying whether
putting large tracts of ocean off-limits
to fishing in the Keys can help species
rebound and prove a way to help

reverse the effects of overfishing world-
Federal and state scientists, along
with University of Miami researchers,
wrapped up a 20-day study on June 9,
after 1,710 dives in the region, surveying
fish sizes and abundance, in an effort to
determine whether it's working.
Critics assert that it isn't. They say
limiting size and catch quantities, not
fencing off the seas, will help restore
ocean life.
The fierce debate has raged between
scientists and anglers for years. Some
studies suggest the outcome could
mean life or death for not only com-
mercial and sport fishing, but for mass
seafood consumption as it exists today.
Florida has the largest contiguous
"no-take" zone in the continental U.S.
-- about 140 square miles are off limits
to fishing in and around Dry Tortugas
National Park, a cluster of seven sandy
islands about 70 miles west off Key
West amid the sparkling blue-green wa-
ters that teem with tropical marine life.
Nearby, another 60 square miles are

also off limits.
The region is home to some 300 fish
species and lies within a crucial coral
reef habitat at the convergence of the
Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea and
the Atlantic Ocean.
Fish larvae produced here can be
swept on ocean currents as far north as
the Carolinas.
Ault fondly calls the area "Florida's
Yellowstone," loaded with tropical fish,
endangered sea turtles and sharks.
It's been about seven years since the
first portion of this no-fishing zone was
created in the Florida Keys National Ma-
rine Sanctuary.
While Ault and others say there are
clear signs of a resurgence -- that grou-
per, snapper and other reef fish are now
being found in greater numbers and are
growing larger -- they acknowledge de-
finitive answers may be years away.
"It's way too early to make those
kinds of pronouncements," said James
Bohnsack, of the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, who also
is working on the study. "The only way

we're going to confirm this is to follow
it through time." Bohnsack said it could
be 15 years before scientific data fully
verifies the theory.
But he said the premise is based on
simple logic.
Coral reefs serve as crucial breeding
grounds for some of the world's most
popular fished species. Keeping anglers
away, scientists believe, will create ha-
vens where fish can feed, grow and
spawn, then migrate to areas that have
been overfished.
The larger a fish grows, the more
eggs it can produce. If anglers continue
to snap up all the big ones, eventually,
Bohnsack warned, the entire system
could collapse.
Overfishing has cut deeply into the
world's. fish populations.
A 2006 report in the journal Science
warned that nearly a third of the world's
seafood species have declined by 90
percent or more and all populations of
fished species could collapse by 2048
if current fishing and pollution trends

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10 Okeechobee News, Friday, June 27, 2008

O.G. & C.C.
PI.G.S. League
KOA June 16: First place-Doug
Sturdivent. Second place-Karen
Syjud. Last place-Clyde Price.
Closest to the pin: 2-Kenny Cur-
ran, 1-Terry Malaster, 1-Billy
Crum, and 1-Russ Papy.
KOA June 18: First place-Clyde
Price. Second place-Doug Stur-
divent. Last place-(tie) Kenny
Curran and Frank Noble. Closest
to the pin-2-Ida Curtis, 1-Kenny
Curran, 1-Frank Noble, 1-Randy
Ketcherside, and 1-John Nichol-
KOA June 20: First place-Billy
White. Second place-J.W. Cain.
Last place-Frank Noble. Clos-
est to pin: 1-Bruce Syjud, 1-Terry
Mastaler, I-J.W Cain, 1-Randy
Ketcherside, I-Geno Decerio, and
1-Tommy Jewell.
OG&CC Juhe 20: First place-
Bill Cower. Second place-Vinnie
Malone. Last place-Harry White.
Closest to the pin-(2)(17) Robert
Anderson, (8) Vinnie Malone.
George Guydosh made an Eagle
on (6), congratulations.
Stolen turtle
is returned
NAPLES (AP) --An endangered
loggerhead sea turtle illegally tak-
en from Florida by a Minnesota
tourist is being returned to its na-
tive waters.
Wildlife officials will transport
the four-year-old turtle by boat
Thursday into the Gulf of Mexico
off southwest Florida.
the baby turtle was taken from
the waters off Sanibel Island in
2004: It was no bigger than a half
dollar coin when it was anony-
mously dropped off at the Minne-
sota Herpetological Society. The
turtle lived at the Minnesota Zoo
for a year, then was transported
to the Conservancy of Southwest
Florida in Naples.
For the past two and a half
years, the turtle has lived in a
patch reef aquarium at the con-
_ servancy. It needed to .grow a
shell more than a foot long before
it could be returned to the Gulf.

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