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Vol. 99 No. 181


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.

Rescue available for
local wildlife
Florida Wildlife Rescue Ser-
vice Inc. is a non profit orga-
nization providing free rescue,
pick up, and transport of sick,
injured and orphaned wildlife
in the Okeechobee area. We are
licensed by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion to provide these services.
If you find a wild bird or animal
in need of assistance please
contact us at 863-634-1755.

Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be
offering parenting education
classes for 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, one-hour
classes. You must attend all six
classes to get a certificate of
completion. Call 863-462-5877
for registration.

Drought Index

Current: 407
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.56 feet
Last Year: 8.90 feet

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

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Community Events................... 4
Crossword.............................. 7
Obituaries............................... 6
Opinion................................... 4
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TV .............................................. 7
Weather.......................... 2
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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Historic Firearm: Pogy Bill's gun

UKeecnoDee News/Pete uawaa
Retired Circuit Judge William Hendry holds the Smith & Wesson .38 Special that was
once owned by Okeechobee County's colorful sheriff Pogy Bill Collins.

Retired judge has Pogy's pistol

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Although Pogy Bill Collins,
Okeechobee's colorful sheriff
in the 1920s, was more noted
for using his fists and a black-
jack, he also used a pistol.
That pistol, a Smith and
Wesson .38 Special, is now in
the possession of retired Circuit
Judge William Hendry.
Pogy Bill was defeated in the
1932 sheriff's election. Later he
became chief of police in Frost-
proof. Judge Hendry's grand-
father, J.J. Hendry, was. a com-
mercial fisherman. Pogy Bill
owed Judge Hendry's grandfa-
ther some money. Some time
between his tenure as sheriff
and moving to Frostproof, Pogy
Bill gave the judge's grandfa-
ther the pistol in lieu of pay-
ment on the debt.
Judge Hendry does not
know the amount of the debt
or what value was placed on
the pistol towards that debt.
Interestingly enough, there
are four notches carved into
the pistol's wooden grip.
Pogy Bill served as town
marshal for Okeechobee City
(as the City of Oke.echobee was
formerly known) and county
sheriff. In between terms as
sheriff, he also served as a fed-
eral law enforcement officer in
Fort Pierce, according to the
There is at least one occa-
sion recorded where Pogy Bill
used a gun. There is an article in

the Thursday, Sept. 26, 1968 is-
.sue of the Okeechobee News.
Accompanying the article is
a picture of Dean's Boarding

House and Hotel. The article
;states ,that the building was
built in 1914 or 1915 by George
See Pistol- Page 2

Okeechobee news/Pete Gawda
This close up of the .38 Special once owned by Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff Pogy Bill Collins shows the four
notches carved into the wooden grip.

Legislation aims for relief at pumps

With gas prices in Florida
averaging $4.14, Congress-
man Tim Mahoney (FL-16)
co-sponsored and supported
three pieces of legislation last
week to help provide relief
to Americans struggling with
high gas prices and will make
America more secure through
energy independence.
"As gas prices continue to
hurt Florida families and our
economy, it's time to stop
talking and start taking action
now. While there are no easy
answers, this fiscally respon-
sible legislation takes signifi-
cant steps to combating the
energy .crisis," said Congress-
man Mahoney. "232 years ago
this country fought to gain its
political independence. Today,
as we approach Independence

Day, it is time to fight for energy
independence. I am proud that
today's action, not only takes
steps to lower prices, but also
moves us in that direction. "
Last week's legislation in-
*The Saving Energy
Through Public Transportation
Act of 2008. The bill gives $1.7
billion in grants'to mass tran-
sit authorities to reduce public
transit fares and to help with
the escalating operating costs
of public transportation, giv-
ing consumers a cost-effective
alternative to $4.14 per gallon
gasoline. Congressman Ma-
honey offered an amendment
to this legislation today that
would reduce barriers to im-
porting Canadian oil by clarify-
ing Section 526 of the Energy

Independence and Security
Act. Currently, Section 526 pre-
vents the U.S. government from
purchasing an unconventional
fuel whose carbon footprint
is higher than a conventional
fuel. Mahoney's amendment
ensures that federal agencies
can purchase generally avail-
able fuels, which may include
Canadian oil sands. The bill
was approved by a vote of 221-
199. Mahoney's amendment
passed by a vote of 421-0.
*The Energy Markets Emer-
gency Act. The Act directs the
Commodity Futures Trading
Commission to use its full au-
thority and most potent emer-
gency tools to curtail excessive
speculation and other practices
See Relief Page 2

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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Even if South Florida- Water
Management District (SFWMD)
purchases all of U.S. Sugar's
assets in Florida, there will still
need to be more water storage
north of the lake. Without that
additional storage north of the
lake', water will still come into
the lake faster than it can be re-
"We're just elated," Paul Gray
of the Audubon Society of Flori-
da said of the recent announce-
ment to begin negotiations to
purchase almost 200,000 acres
for Everglades restoration. He
said that currently there is not
enough land south of the lake
for water storage, either. Mr.
Gray said that at this point no-
body knows the best way to
use the land. Stormwater treat-
ment.areas (STAs) and marshes
will have. to be designed and
there will have to be some land'
Mr. Gray said the STAs cur-
rently under construction south
of the lake may have to be re-
Still he said that' purchase of
the land under negotiation will
not stop all the discharges to
the estuaries. However, he pre-
dicted it would stop at least 50
percent of the discharges.
"We will still have a problem
with water entering the lake too

fast," he said. "Water must be
stored north of the lake."
The original flow of water
before the Herbert Hoover Dike
was built was north to south.
Now most excess water enter-
ing the lake is forced east and
west out of the lake through the
St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee
estuaries. The flood of freshwa-
ter upsets the salinity of the wa-
ter in the estuaries.
Originally it took the Kissim-
mee River 103 miles of mean-
dering across a one to two mile
wide flood plan to traverse the
50 miles from its source to Lake
Okeechobee. This effectively
stored and filtered water before
it reached the lake. Then, start-
ing in the 1960s, in the name of
flood control, the river was re-
duced to a 53 mile long, 30 feet
deep canal. That was good for
flood control north of the lake,
but it rapidly dumped large
quantities of water into the lake.
Portions of the original riverbed
have been restored, allowing
for excess water storage. The
Taylor Creek and Nubbin Sough
STAs have also been construct-
ed to store excess water. How-
ever, according to Mr. Gray, even
more storage is needed. !,
Post your opinions ifthe
Public Issues Forum'at www, Reporter Pete
Gawda can be reached at pgaw-

First American

named to head

Vatican high court

By Cheryl Wittenauer
Associated Press Writer
ST. LOUIS (AP)-An arch-
bishop who tussled with singer
Sheryl Grow, college basketball
coach-Rick Majerus, and Dem-
ocratic presidential candidate
John Kerry over their support
for abortion rights has been
named as the first American
to lead the Vatican supreme
an expert in church law and
perhaps the most outspoken of
conservative U.S. bishops, will
likely be made a cardinal after

his appointment Friday. The
supreme court is traditionally
headed by a cardinal.
Burke's disputes with public
figures drew atteuition to the
archdiocese in his 4 1/2 years
here, which seemed to surprise
the affable church man who
grew up in rural Wisconsin.
"I've been frustrated, and
bothered that the impression
of me has been quite negative
... as unpleasant, arrogant,"
Burke said Friday, reflecting on
his time here. "I've tried to be a
good shepherd for the flock."
See Vatican Page 2

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Burke's new appointment
shows that Pope Benedict XVI
has a great amount of respect for
U.S. bishops, said the Rev. Thom-
as Reese, senior fellow at the
Woodstock Theological Center at
Georgetown University.
It comes on the heels of Bene-
dict's naming William Joseph Car-
dinal Levada, former archbishop
of San Francisco and Portland,
Ore., as head of the Congregation
for the Doctrine of the Faith.
"This is more power than
Americans have ever had in
Rome," Reese said.
Roman Catholics in St. Louis
clearly are split between those
who are glad and those who are
sorry he's going.
Some see him as a champion
of orthodoxy who represents a re-
freshing return to church values.
Others view him as sorely lacking
as a pastor, an unbending stickler
for the letter of the law. His targets
said he fought them using arcane,
medieval church codes they could
barely decipher.
"I've been getting phone calls
since 6 o'clock this morning
from parishioners singing 'Ding,
dong, the archbishop is gone,"'
said the Rev. Marek Bozek, who,
along with his parish board, were
excommunicated by Burke after
a long-simmering dispute over
control of St. Stanislaus Kostka's
Burke also excommunicated
three women for participating
in a women's ordination that is
forbidden by the Roman Catholic
"Catholics in St. Louis are ex-
hausted after 4 1/2 years of con-
stant scandal and control by Arch-
bishop Burke," Bozek added.
Yet other Catholics defended
Burke, who turns 60 on Monday.
"We're sad about it," said the
'Rev. Karl Lenhardt, who was in-
vited here by Burke to establish a
place where the Latin Mass could
be celebrated "Bit we are con-
.inced that work in his new ca-
pa:ur a ill be good for the univer-
sal church \\e can't be surprised
hd ~ ~~~ Lii Father has called
Burke said he would move i',.
,Rome in late August to head -he
supreme court, which resolves lu-
'risdictional disputes among van.
ous Vatican tribunals and hears
procedural appeals on marriage
nulmnents. .. "
Bener-licr and"his predecessor.,
,Pope John Paul II, have corn-
plained for years that local tribu-
nals grant an excessive number ot
Reese said the court has a ver v
narrow focus on procedural is-
sues a rarely tackles substan.
tive issues .
In 200(4, Burk.e caused\a Istir
:by saying he would deny Con-. Kerry because of the
Mdassachuselts senator's star.ce
supporting abortion rights.
, Last year, Burke indicated he
Should so the same for then-Re-
Spublican front-runner Rudy Giu-
liani. He also protested Crov. ',
appearance at a benefit for a
,Catholic children's hospital ox er
her support for embryonic stem
"'ell research.
In January, Burke called on

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Saint Louis University, a Jesuit
school, to discipline Majerus for
publicly supporting abortion
"Every pro-choice Catholic
Democrat politician should be
very nervous," Reese said. "He
made his name in the U.S. by de-
nying Communion to pro-choice
"If he gets that view articulated
strongly in Rome, he could be-
come the voice for having that po-
sition for the universal church."
Bozek, the Polish priest, said
Burke could well be on his way to
a future papacy.
"With this office, he will be
named cardinal in the very near
future, and as cardinal he ,will
have the chance to run for pope
two or three times in his lifetime,"
he said.
"He may well become the first
American pope."

Continued From Page 1

distorting the energy market. Al-
though the CFTC has the author-
ity to take action when they have
reason to believe that the market
price does not reflect supply and
demand, it has refused to deem
conditions necessary for an in-
vestigation even while oil prices
continue to spike. The resolution
considers the state of our nation's
energy situation and demands
the Commission take action im-
mediately. The bill was approved
by a vote of 402-19.
*The Responsible Federal Oil
and Gas Lease Act. The "Use it or
lose it" legislation would force
oil companies to produce oil and
gas, or diligently develop, the
68 million acres of public land

they already have leased, but
are not using to produce energy.
This legislation was blocked by
House Republicans and was not
"I'm disappointed Republi-
cans once again refused to push
for more, safe domestic drilling
when given the opportunity,"
added Congressman Mahoney.
"Oil companies have already
leased 68 million acres they aren't
using to produce energy and
they ought to be forced to use
it or lose it. We know that when
the U.S. has less than 2 percent
of the world's oil reserves, but
uses 24 percent, we simply can't
drill our way to energy indepen-
dence but drilling in lands we
already have set aside is a small
part of the solution."

Continued From Page 1

and Emma Wilson.
"After George was shot in a
scrape with Pogey Bill, Okeecho-
bee County's notorious sheriff in
the early 1900s," the article ex-
plains, "Emma married a man
whose last name was Dean."
In 1928 Pogy Bill was described
by the Okeechobee News as the
county's "most noted character,
and is known in every part of
Florida." The article went on to
describe him as one of the best
officers in the state and described
his work with the boys of the
community including his involve-
ment with Boy Scouts.
Before he was a lawman, Pogy
Bill was a commercial fisherman.
That is how he got his nickname.
According to "Lake Okeechobee,
Wellspring of the Everglades" by
Alfred Jackson Hanna and Kath-
ryn Abbey Hanna, in his early
days of fishing, the future sheriff
brought in a boatload of ined-
ible, bony fish commonly used as
"Why, them's pogies," shout-
ed the boys along the waterfront.

That is how he became known as
Pogy Bill.
There are many tales told of
Pogy Bill's drinking and fighting
when he was a fisherman. How-
ever, a stint in the Fort Pierce jail
changed all that. He went straight,"
forsook his former rowdy ways
and became a tough lawman
with a heart of gold.
Perhaps it was Pogy Bill's con-
cern that other young men notfe
follow in his rowdy footsteps h-at
prompted him to take such an in-'
terest in children.
Lawrence Will in his "Cracker-
History of Okeechobee" called.
Pogy Bill "the unofficial daddy of.
every orphan in the county." Mr."
Will went on to describe how the&
sheriff was always helping wid-
ows or families in distress, caus-
ing him to be perpetually broke.
Editor's note: In newspapers
and old documents, the spelling
of Mr. Collins nickname is some-"
times spelled "Pogey" and some-{
times "Pogy." The spelling on hisi
tombstone is "Pogy."
Post your opinions in the Public,
Issues Forum at -
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

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derstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast .wind_, 5 to 10 mph.:
Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms
through midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds around,
5 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Extended Forecast. : .
Monday: Partly cloudy. Scattered afternoon showers andi
thunderstorms. Highs around 90. Southeast winds around 5 mph.
increasing to around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50"
Monday night: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows around 70. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Scattered afternoon showers and thun-4
derstorms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and;
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-.
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thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-.
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Disaster Wallet Card now available

The National Cancer Institute's
Cancer Information Service (CIS)
and the American Society of Clini-
cal Oncology (ASCO) have devel-
oped a wallet card that is being
piloted in the Gulf Coast states.
The wallet card guides displaced
cancer patients to ASCO's pa-
tient information website (www. and the various CIS
public information services (i.e.,
national toll-free number 1-800-
4-CANCER, and LiveHelp"' in-
stant messaging and e-mail ser-
vices available at www.cancer.
gov/help). Using this nationwide
electronic and telecommunica-
tion infrastructure, patients and
physicians can access and share
information in the event of a di-
saster such as a hurricane. The
card also provides space to write
the patient's name, diagnosis,
and treatment to communicate
vital information to health care
"Connecting patients from all
over the country to cancer infor-
mation and clinical trials is what

NCI's CIS does every day," said
Madeline La Porta, deputy direc-
tor of CIS. "Our collaboration
with ASCO will help reconnect
displaced patients and doctors af-
ter a natural disaster so they can
get the information they need."
This collaboration builds upon
a successful partnership in 2005
in response to the devastation
caused by hurricanes Rita and
Katrina. NCI and ASCO worked
closely to provide the toll-free CIS
phone number and Web-based
resources to help displaced doc-
tors and their cancer patients con-
tact each other to ensure contin-
ued care.
"Continuity of care is crucial
to the health and well being of
people with cancer," said ASCO
President Dr. Nancy E. Davidson.
"ASCO is pleased to partner with
NCI to ensure that people with
cancer across the United States
can access the high-quality care
that they need, no matter what
the circumstance." .
Before developing the card,

ASCO conducted a formative
evaluation of the concept and
prototype of the wallet card
among oncologists and oncology
nurses who attended the Oncol-
ogy Nursing Society Annual Con-
gress, the ASCO Annual Meeting,
and an ASCO Committee Meet-
ing. ASCO staff reported that all
of the attendees surveyed at their
annual meeting agreed that such
a resource would be valuable for
their patients.
The card will be piloted over
the next year to include the 2008
hurricane season and available to
individuals and oncologists prac-
tices in the Gulf Coast states only
(TX, LA, MS, AL, FL). An evalua-
tion of the pilot will help deter-
mine whether the program is ex-
panded to cover other geographic
areas or other potential disasters.
"When I received the e-mail
about this program, I was very
ex-cited," says Coleen Booker, a
registered nurse and coordinator
foithe GI Oncology Center at the
Uni ersity of Florida Shands Can-

cer Center in Gainesville She re-
calls how after Hurricane Katrina,
cancer patients from New Orleans
came to Florida Their medical
records had been destroyed, and
sometimes the patients didn't
know how to spell their doctor's
name, making it difficult to deter-
mine their true diagnosis, medical
history, and best course of treat-
- ment. "But it's not just about ca-
tastrophes," she says. "With this
program, if people come to Flor-
ida on vacation or as snowbirds
to live for half of the year, these
cards will make it much easier for
us to help them."
Individuals and oncology prac-
tices in the Gulf States can order
copies of the card by calling CIS
at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-
6237). Quantities may be limited.
More information about the di-
saster wallet card available here:

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OIL: When asked how soon offshore drilling could bring down
fuel prices, McCain said it would be "years," but the psychologicala
perception" would help in the near term. Personally, my vehicle does
not run any better regardless of the psychological perception. Obama
stated it correctly -- "psychological perception" means that it polls wel
-- most Americans will accept it without questioning whether it wil
actually work. Thank goodness we have a candidate who is willing t6
call for the right thing, even if it doesn't poll well.
ECONOMY: If you read back on the great depression, the cause
of the depression was not so much the fall of the stock market, it
was debt. Debt by the United States of American and it's citizens, the
stock market crash just helped it along. We as a society are in debt,
and our citizens are in debt. Next time you drive into town, take a look
at the people. If you're out early in the morning, you will actually see
an increase of homeless people. They don't look homeless, but they
are. They sleep in the woods at night. People are losing their homes
and sleeping in cars, and RVs now. Your neighbor is losing their home
The person you sit next to in church may be homeless next week
Our older generation cannot even afford their medication, much less
the increase in gas costs, which increase the cost of everything else
It flows across the board and hits everyone. Our teenagers who just
graduated can't find jobs. The local college is cutting back class sizes
My daughter has always wanted to be a vet, a very hard field to get into
My other daughter wants to work in the field of Marine Biology. I don't
see this happening, I have advised them to go into a field where they
will be needed, and will be able to support themselves. Churches are
struggling to meet the demands of those who need help. Soon, it wil
come to a point where those who need the most help will have no-
where to go. We are not a society of workers, those days have passed
us by and we have done a disservice to the history of our grandparents
and great grandparents. They never forgot the Great Depression. It's
gonna hit us, and hit us hard.
BUYOUT: I can't help but think this plan for the state to buy out
U.S. Sugar is going to be bad for South florida. They are going to tax
us more to pay for this. More than a billion dollars -- can you even
grasp how much money that is? How are the taxpayers going to pay
for that? And all the people they put out of work will put more strain
on the tax system with increased need for unemployment compensa-
tion, Medicaid and Food Stamps. Thousands of people will be put out
of work and those people have families. This is going to be devastat-
ing for the areas south of the lake, and that is going to affect us on the
north side of the lake as well.
U.S. SUGAR: From what I have read, the U.S. Sugar buy out will
put about 2,000 people out of work within the next six years. They
will phase out production of sugar. The hourly employees will receive
one year's salary as compensation. Salaried employees, as in manage-
ment, will receive two years salary. The question is, when all those
people lose their jobs, will they be able to find other jobs or will they
have to leave the area. And if most leave, what will happen to the
housing market there? Will most of the town be on the market? It
sounds like unless they come up with some kind of industry to go in
there, Clewiston will be a ghost town.
EVERGLADES: I'm all for the U.S. Sugar buy out to restore the
Everglades. Fix what we should have never messed with. Sure jobs
will be lost and people will have to relocate to find new ones, but we
are talking about the future of all of south Florida if not the planet, not
just the few. in the tiny towns down there.
DEPRESSION: Harry Truman said, "It's a recession when your
neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours."
RECESSION: The way this country is heading, we are going t6
have a lot of "depressed" people in a recession. On a lighter note as
a Floridian when I hear the word "depression," I immediately think
"hurricane" and "hunker down."
SUGAR. BUY OUT: You can't fix the Everglades. To do so you
would have to remove the dike around the lake, Dismantle parts of
Clewiston, Moore Haven, South Bay and Okeechobee and say good-
bye to Homestead and Everglades City completely. I am embarrassed
that this is going to happen under a Republican governor. Just a prime
example of political extortion by special interest groups. The 1.7.bil-
lion is just the start..
CORPS: If they were serious about restoring the Everglades, they
would have to completely restore the Kissimmee River which would
flood Disney World. Then everyone living south of there would have
to leave, and they would have to take down the dike, fill in all the ca-
nals and cut the connection between the lake and the Caloosahatchee
River, as it was not originally connected. The Lee County people say
they want the system restored. I wonder how they would like it if the
Caloosahatchee flooded part of the year and went dry part of the year,
which is what the natural system did.'
GATORS: This guy jumps in the water with alligators and on Good
Morning America blames the incident on the overpopulation of alliga-
tors and claims overpopulation makes them more aggressive? Some-
thing is not right with that theory. Alligators have not changed in thou-
sands if not millions of years. They are ancient. They act on instinct. If
you jumped in the water 100 years ago with a hungry 11 -foot alligator
he would have done exactly the same thing that a hungry alligator
would do today.

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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
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Monday, June 30
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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.

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.

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t Attention parents! Financial assistance for summer camps is
available. The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and
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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 As-
sembly 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 Rod-
denberry at 863-634-1723.

VFW Post 9528 membership drive
b 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
serving your country and your community by joining the VFW or La-
dies Auxiliary. Representatives from Amvets, Amvets Ladies Auxiliary
and the VFW Men's Auxiliary will also be available. We will be serv-
ing 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.

Cypress Hut Fraternal
Order of Eagles 4509 BBQ
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Qrder of Eagles 4509 will be hosting a
barbeque on July 5 at 2 p.m. The dinner will include ribs and chicken
will all the trimmings. There will be a 50/50 drawing, a bottle of cheer
drawing all for a $7 donation. The proceeds will go to the building
fund. For more information call 863-467-1154.

Summer camp at Lake Denton
Summer camp at Lake Denton is back! In July they will have camps
for 6th through 8th grades and 9th through 12th grades. Applications
for camp can be obtained from the website at www.lakedentoncamp.
org or by calling Pam Elders at 863-634-9280 or Phil Elders at 863-634-

Day of the American Cowboy set for July
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association and Okeechobee Main
Street will hold the 2008 National Day of the American Cowboy on
Saturday, July 26. The event will start with a cattle drive beginning
downtown and ending at the Agri-Civic Center on Highway 70 East.
The festival at the Agri-Civic Center will include a Ranch Rodeo, Back-
yard Beef BBQ Contest, storytellers, poets and displays of the heritage
of the American Cowboy. If you're interested in being a participant/
vendor for the BBQ Contest or event all forms and applications can
be picked up at the Main Street Office 111 Northeast Second Street,
Okeechobee or email Toni Doyle, Executive Director at okms@main- For more information call, 863-357-MAIN

Ladies Auxiliary Spaghetti Night
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday night
spaghetti night. All you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread and salad for a
$5 donation. The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For
more information call 863-763-2308.

Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun and meeting some new lady friends, the
Red Hat Group is looking for ladies to join who want to do things. For
information call 863-763-5836 or 863-357-1944.

Rescue available for local wildlife
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service Inc. is a non profit organization
providing free rescue, pick up, and transport of sick, injured and
orphaned wildlife in the Okeechobee area. We are licensed by the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to provide these
services. find a wild bird or animal in need of-assistance please
contact us at 863-634-1755.

Donate cars to Boys and Girls Clubs
Now that the price of scrap metal has sharply risen, the Boys and
Girls Car Campaign will accept most any car with no restrictions. Cars
will be picked up anywhere in Florida, usually within a week, and are
sold at auction. To donate, call 800-246-0493. Funds obtained by the
sales go directly to help the Florida clubs.

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and ad-
vocate 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 Penina Popper at 800-342-0825 for information; or, visit www.

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering
parenting education classes for 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, one-hour classes.
You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. We
now have day and evening classes available. No child care will be
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I can't believe it's a cashew!


My recent visits and work at
EARTH University's new cam-
pus in Northwest Costa Rica in-
troduced me to many different
plants. As an incurable gardener,
I was amazed at the crops that
can grow in this dry tropical area
of Central America.
One of the more fascinating
trees I encountered was a small
tree that was covered with a flashy
fruit. It looked like a sweet pep-
per, except it had a seed growing
at the end. Many small trees lined
the main entrance road and a
few others were scattered around
The local "Ticos" (Costa Ri-
cans) called this fruit el Mara-
fi6n and said the fleshy fruit was
good to eat. But they warned me
to stay away from that seed. The
seed looked familiar, and I found
out is quite toxic in the raw form.
However, if properly roasted and
cracked open, it is very familiar to
snack food fans. This is the sub-
ject of this week's column the
All in the Family
It amazes me that this plant
family can have such a wide va-
riety of really good and really bad
plants. And, rather than call it by a
"proper" name Anacardiaceae
- it would be easier to fall back on
a more familiar family name-the
Cashew Family.
This family includes some
rogues that are all too familiar in

our Florida Yards, the Brazilian
pepper (Schinus terebinthifo-
lius), poison ivy (Toxicodendroni
radicans), poison sumac (Rhus
vernix) and our native poison
wood (Metopium toxiferum).
Not all of this family is unde-
sirable, as there are several useful
plants also in the cashew family;
the mango (Mangifera indica)
and the pistachio (Pistacia vera)
are two that come to mind.
All of these plants have thick
dark green leathery leaves with
prominent veins. They generally
growwith woody stems, although
in the case of poison ivy, the stem
is not self-supporting. And in most
cases the fruit is significant-for
better or worse.
Running through all of these
plants is an oily sap that contains
a very irritating substance ur-
ishol -which causes most people
to break out in a skin rash when
they contact it. The warning is
that some are more sensitive to
this sap that others. If you are se-
verely affected by poison ivy, you
should be cautious about man-
gos, and pistachios, and cashews
for that matter.
And for safety's sake, don't
burn, any of the raw plant resi-
dues. The sap stays around even
in dried cuttings and can become
airborne in smoke. A product
called ivy-block can be applied
before contacting these plants. It
reduces the severity of the rash if
it is put on before exposure to the
cashew relatives.
Cashews in the Tropics
The cashew tree originally
came from the dry tropical high-
lands in eastern Brazil. From

there, it was sent all over the
world because of its flleshy fruit.
As people have learned how to
safely and efficiently roast and
shell the seed, the nut has now
become more important in the
The cashew apple "fruit" is
not really a fruit, but an enlarged
fleshy stem that produces the
seed. The flesh has the consisten-
cy of a mango, and the flavor is
somewhat similar in taste. I only
had one chance to taste the fruit.
It was good but much milder than
a mango.
Cashew apple "fruit" is sweet-
er when fully ripe, but if it falls
off the tree you would have to
race the many other creatures
that want to eat it. It has a short
shelf life, so if not eaten fresh or
made into tropical beverages or
desserts, it may be made into fruit
preserves or dried.
Cultural hints
Cashew trees may be grown in
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Tony Savickas where they started
BamTan Products which manu-
factured rattan furniture. After
she sold BamTan she started Fur-
niture Etc., an interior decorating
business in Lantana and contin-
ued commuting there daily until
well into her 80s after moving to
Okeechobee in the 1970s.
Mrs. Dukes was active in the
lake Worth Soroptimist Club, a
member of the Boynton Beach
Book Club since 1946, a member
of the Manalapan Club, and a past
president of the Lantana Chamber
of Commerce. In 1973 she mar-
ried Richard Dukes and shortly
thereafter moved to Okeechobee.
Later they became members of
the Victory Baptist Church.
Mrs. Dukes was preceded in
death by her husband Richard
Dukes and first husband Tony Sav-
ickas. She is survived by her son,
Carl Savickas of Sarasota; daugh-
ter, Debra (Don) Born of Seattle,
Wash.; two grandchildren, Stew-
art Battle and Louis Born of Se-
attle, Wash.; sister Peggy Douglas
of Bellingham, Wash.; stepdaugh-
ters, Diana Gustafson of Palm
Beach Gardens, Debbie Collins of
Alameda, Calif. and Donna Mead
of Lake Worth; step grandchil-
dren, Britt Stearns of Sunrise and
Rick Stearns of Lantana.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m.
Monday, June 30, 2008 at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel, Funeral
services will be 10:30 a.m., Tues-
day, July 1, 2008 at Victory Bap-
tist Church, 500 SW 9th Street,
Okeechobee with Pastor Johnny
Jarriel officiating. Entombment
will be 2:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Me-
morial Park, 6411 Parker Ave.,
West Palm Beach.
Memorials may be made
to Victory Baptist Church of
Okeechobee or Okeechobee Ani-
mal Control, 1480 NW 25th Drive,
Okeechobee, FL 34972.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory,

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frost-free areas. UF Tropical Fruit
specialist .on Crane has a very
detailed bulletin on growing ca-
shew apple trees. Let us know if
you would like to receive a copy.
If you want to grow cashews in
Florida, here are a few important
things to think about:
*They do not like any frost.
Plan on keeping this tree in a con-
tainer and rolling it indoors when
near-freezing temperatures are
*It will take several years for
a small seedling tree to get big
enough to flower and fruit. En-
joy the fleshy cashew apple like a
seedless mango; throw away the
seed or use them to try to grow a
cashew tree.
*If you want to grow your
own, don't use a nut out of the
jar it has been roasted and will
not grow. While they are difficult
to find in nurseries, I did locate a
nursery near Homestead that has
cashew trees for sale.
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Karen Jean Rhymes
Karen Jean
Rhymes Blass,
53, of Okeecho-
bee died June
26, 2008 at her
home under
the care of hos-
pice and her
family keeping -
vigil at her side. Karen
She was born Blass
December 30,
1954 in West Palm Beach to Lee
and Evelyn Rhymes. She was
reared in Belle Glade, she also
lived in Pahokee, Stuart, Port St.
Lucie and was a homeinaker hav-
ing come to Okeechobee in 2002.
She loved gardening, fishing and
making crafts.
Mrs. Blass was preceded in
death by her father, Lee and sister
Janet Hall.
She is survived by her mother
Evelyn Rhymes of Pahokee; hus-
band Noel Blass; son Jarrod But-
terfield; daughter Holly Branch;
grandson Shaun Penrod, all of
Okeechobee; sisters: Shirley
(Jim) Dooley of Arcadia, Linda
(Ron) Kirchman of Stuart, Sandra
(Bo) Pelham of Clewiston and Su-
san Lassiter of West Palm Beach;
brother Jerry (Sandy) Rhymes of
Okeechobee and many nieces
and nephews.
Visitation for her friends will
be on Wednesday, July 2 from 9
to 10 a.m. at Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home with Pastor David
Reeves from Pahokee Methodist
Church officiating. Burial will fol-
low at the Port Mayaca Cemetery.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements were entrust-
ed to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Audrey Merkel Dukes
Audrey Merkel Dukes, age 92,
of Okeechobee died June 26,
2008 at Raulerson Hospital. She
was born April 30, 1916 in Washt-
enaw County, Mich. to Leo and
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27, through Thursday, July 3, are
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(PG-13) Showtimes: 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 Thtrsday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9

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, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
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4:30, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:30 and 7 and
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to send money in advance for
a product or service we
advise you to check with the
Attorney General's Consumer
Fraud Line at 1-800-220-5424,
and/or The Better Business
Bureau, 800-464-6331 for pre-
vious complaints.
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

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

Emp lament

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

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Published 3 weeks' in all of our Florida papers: Caloosa Belle, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat,
Immokalee Bulletin, Okeechobee News, and The Sun
Ads will run in Wednesday daily editions and weekly publications.
or call

I.pca Notice

Full Tim

FPL Group has been ranked #1
among electric and gas utilities on
F=PL Fortune magazine's list of America's
Most Admired Companies 2007.
FPLs ongoing customer growth has made us one
of America's largest electricity providers. Power
plant openings in Indiantown, FL.

Instrumentation & Controls
Requires two-year technical degree or equivalent
military training and/or 5 yrs. exp. working on Ig.
power plant or on process control equipment.
Must be able to pass journeyman level skills as-

*Starting salary $27 +/Hour
* Fulltime Position with Medical, Dental, Vision,
Pension, 401K, Holidays, Vacation and more
*Day shift except during outages. Travel between
Florida plant locations required.

Working with FPL can provide the career power
you need to build a bright future.

Apply online at
Job ID: 089946 for Mechanic/Welder
Job ID: 080253 for Electrician
Job ID: 080705 for Machinist
Job ID: 080254 Instrumentation & Controls

We are a drug free, non-smoking workplace and
an equal opportunity employer.

Must have a
minimum of
2 years exp.
Bi-lingual a plus.
Please Fax
Resume to:
Top Pay, Great Benefits &
$1,000 Sign-on bonus.
OTR flat bed runs.
Class-A CDL, 2 yrs
Verifiable Exp. Req.

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

How do you find a Job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

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.

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

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

Ful'i m 'I l
n'l'TTW IT^H

Full ime I'l

Hospice and Community Services
Licensed by the State of londia in 1981
RN's and LPN's
Full Time and PRN
Extended Hours &
Patient Home Visits
Clewiston Office

100% Paid Benefits Provided
Medical, Dental, Life,
Disability, Retirement Plan
Up to 26 Paid Days Off Annually
Let us tell you about our full
benefits package

Email Resume: careers(
or Fax Toll Free 1-866-604-8081
or Request Application at
Hope Hospice
100 S.W.C. Owens Ave.
Clewiston, FL 33440

Applications also available online at:
EOE / Drug Free

Electric Cooperative, Inc.


Glades Electric Cooperative is seeking a qualified
individual to take charge of its Okeechobee office.
We seek an individual with strong oral and written
communication skills,. a professional demeanor
and must be comfortable with change in the work
environment. The successful candidate should
have 5-7 years experience in Customer Service in
a supervisory capacity. GEC offers an excellent
salary commensurate with experience and an out-
standing benefit package. Applications may be
obtained at any GEC Office. Resumes may be
e-mailed to:
or faxed to (863)946-6266

GEC is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action
Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.


colrec,00 Heallft So ces
Armor Correctional
Health Care

Accepting Applications
We are seeking a
fulltime LCSW at
Glades County Jail
If you would like
to join our winning
team,forward your
resume to attn, Carol
at cbobay@
or fax to
We are a Physician
owned company,
competitive salary,
benefits. E.O.E

LPN for Alzheimer's Adult
Daycare Ctr in Pahokee.
Great place to work & your
efforts to be appreciated.
Competitive Salary & Exc.
Benefits. Fax to

Carpenter/Handyman For re-
model & repairs, paint,
plumbing, elec., truck &
tools req'd. (352)422-5921


i a wonder newspaper
readers are more popular!



Do you want to make a difference in
someone's life?
Do you provide quality care with a
warm heart?
Do your prior clients or employers
recommend you highly?
Family Private Care is looking for
experienced and reliable caregivers in
the'Okeechobee County area to provide
CNA/HHA services to our private care
For information call 772-545-3986 or
800-962-0884 and ask for Robin,
9AM-4PM, M-F only.
If this describes you, you may be exactly
who our clients are looking for.
Lic# NR30210962

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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs- if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

It's never too late to find
the perfect gift. Look for
It In thn lass5lflinds.

makes you a more informed
and interesting person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more successfully

Helt & ed


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered -25
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

ld Care


Q oa wonder newspaper
readers are more popular!

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
Pets "Supplies/
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
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

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

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
the classlfelds.

Why Rent a
Storage Unit
when you can
own a Shed for
the same Price.
Call Stanton
Homes at
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!

Lamps $17,100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.

Turn your Gold & Silver into
Money!! Wolfgang Jewelers,
1416 S Parrott Ave., (next to
UPS store)

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
Call For details
Kegerator Haier Brewmaster
beer dispenser, excellent
condition, $500
(863)634-9945 or 763-3822

1 14wk.YorkiePoo& 1 1/2
yr. old Poodle, $100 each,
others avail. (863)357-0037


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 Speciall
/2 off 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all apple's, a/c & heat, 1
bik. North of Wal-Mart
$650 mo. (863)763-8878
Nice New CBS
1/1, $750 & 2/1, $850
1st, last, sec. & util.,


/ For Legal Ads:
/ For All Other Classified Ads:

/ 1-877-354-2424 (Toll Free)

/ Monday Friday

/ Monday
F., ',! I'.r ao I;-.1o1.

/ Tuesday through Friday
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/ Saturday
Ti, ix, K '1', ri" lii ai publr:.7l'uri
/ Sunday
Frda, 0 ., '1,.', ., p.., lir l.. .

CA Ty- E The Parenting
CASTLE Professionals
Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call (863) 467-7771

al, Rmil, fiL
Of O a. ,

Rent from $950 month (F/L/S)
Rent to Own $15,000 down
$1,000 a month
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Christian Books,
Bibles and Videos

Nature's Pantry
417 W S Park St* (863) 467-1243



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10 Okeechobee News, Sunday, June 29, 2008

We have over 50 Rentals!
Century 21 Horizon

Indian Hammock
House for Rent
2 story, 3br/2ba,
barn, 3 fenced
pastures, immed. oc-
cupancy, 1st
& last $4800

2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
1BR, 1BA, pool, electdc &
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
Waterfront, LG. 3 BR, 2 BA
w/Sea Wall. $850/month.
2BR/1.5BA, fenced yard,
screened porch, $850 mo.
(863)634-9411 for details
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
BA. Terms negotiable.
Please call (863)946-1626
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
-- 863-599-0156 or
Rent to Own All credit
considered, brand new
const., 3BR, 4BR & 2BA
homes. Starting at
$945 mo. (520)360-1893
Treas. Island 3036 SE 36th
St., 2BR/1.5BA, Ig. garage,
shed, on water, very clean,
$800 mo. (561)308-7566
We have over 50 Rentals!
Century 21 Horizon

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

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Real Estate

Business Places *
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property --Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspectiont1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Want 10% ROI?
5 Condo's with good leases.
$235k cash. 772-905-3618
Isema (

FInd It faster. Sel It soon-
or In the classfleds

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
Mobile Homes For Rent
2 and 3 Bedrooms
Easy Payments
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
We have over 50 Rentals!
Century 21 Horizon

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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
863673-6417 or
Mobile Home For Sale
On Large Lot
Owner Financing


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

SCOOTER, '60 $4,000.


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 40!5
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 160 PU '93 crew cab,
runs exc. & looks good, 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
S6, $1800 (863)763-6216,


I PublIc Notice

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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-
thonty Offices. 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authonty will hold a Public
Headng as soon alter 8'30 A M. as possible to consider medications of Resolu-
tion 07-03 dealing with operating rules and regulations of the Okeechobee Utility
Authority 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 Authonty Offices. 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda.
All interested parties for or against the proposed modified Resolution or Rates can
be heard at said 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 pnor to the Public Hearing by any person wishing assistance.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Flonda Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Authonty 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.Hayord, RE.
2Executive Director
280308 ON 6/27,29/08 *

Block Allowances
a All except master meter Block 1 Bloc
Meter Size Monthly Galon Mon
5/8" X 3/4" 0 3,000 Abou
1" 0 8,000 Abov
1 1/2" 0 15,000 Abov
2" 0 24,000 Abov
3" 0 48,000 Abov
4" 0 75,000 Aboe
6" 0- 150,000 Aboa
8" 0 240,000 Abos
b Master Meter (unit based per ERC) 0 3,000 Abov
7 Irrigation meter (water only; no sewer)
Base & consumption billed at non residential rate per meter size
1 Wastewater Line Fees
Service line installed by OUA (existing gravity service line at property line)
a Connection to an existing service lateral

k 2
ithli Gal
ve 3,
ve 8,
ve 15,0
ve 24,i
ve 48,i
ve 75,0
ve 150,1
ve 240,0
ve 3,

Larger than 6" Cost determined by OUA Exec Dir or designee
Connection to Existing Gravity Main Line
Installation of new service lateral Cost determined by OUA Exec Dir or designee
Inspection of Service line

d Installation of Valve Pit on Vacuum Sewer System
Cost determined by OUA Exec I
e Service Line connected to Vacuum Sewer System

f Connection to Force Main

Cost determined by OUA Exec Di

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1 Meter Installation Fees
a Meter Size (service line installed by OUA)
5/8" X 3/4"
Larger than 1" Cost determined by OUA Exec Dir or designee
b Meter Size (service line, meter box and check valve installed by Developer or re-ins
5/8" X 3/4"
Larger than 1" Cost determined by OUA Exec Dir or designee
c Inspection of Water Service
2 Backflow Prevention Fees (any meter size and type of backflow device)
Cost determined by OUA Exec Dir or designee
3 Water System Capital Connection Charge (any meter size)
Per Equivalent Residential Connection (ERC); minimum one (1) ERG
4 Accrued Guaranteed Revenue Charge (AGRC) Water
Pre FY 08 Total $159.40
Current Year (through June 08) $147.87
Current Year (July Sep 08) (# months) x ($17.74) (# of months w
TOTAL AGRC due (total of all above)
5 Water Base Facility Charge
a Residential Meter (single meter per family or detached dwelling unit)
Minimum 0.33 ERC 5/8" X 3/4"
Minimum 0.66 ERC 5/8" X 3/4"
Minimum 1.00 ERC 5/8" X 3/4"
Minimum 2,50 ERC 1"
Minimum 5.00 ERC 1-1/2"
Minimum 8.00 ERC 2"
These categories must also meet the requirements specified In the latest OUA Resol
Policies & Procedures for reduced ERC on residential meters

b Non Residential Meter (minimum per meter size includes hotels, motels & single u
Minimum 1.00 ERC 5/8" X 3/4"
Minimum 2.50 ERC 1"
Minimum 5 00 ERC 1-1/2"
Minimum 8.00 ERC 2"
Minimum 16.00 ERC 3"
Minimum 25.00 ERC 4"
Minimum 50.00 ERC 6"
Minimum 80.00 ERC 8"
c Master Meter (any size; charge per unit connected to meter)
< 400 square feel .33 ERC
> 400 and < 900 square feet .80 ERC
>900 square feet Minimum 1.00 ERC
6 Gallonage Rates (residential, non residential, master meter) Block 1
(per 1,000 gallon) Block 2

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$1,270.00 $

stall fee)

$75 00

$1,650.00 1

will either be 1, 2 or 3)

$41.09 $44.38 1 Turn-on fee, except for new meter installations $12.50 $13.00
$82.14 $88.71
$131.45 $141.97 2 Turn-off fee $12.50 $13.00
ution for General
3 Performance of any of the above services alter regular office hours. $50.00 $52.00

4 Reconnection Fee
$20 21 $21.83 After a meter has been removed and if within three years of the removal date, a meter can be re-installed to establish
$50.53 $54.57 service. In general, the fees will be calculated based upon the number of months the service was disconnected, type of
$101.04 $109.12 utility service (water, wastewater or both), the classification (residential, non-residential or master meter), meter size,
$161.67 $174.60 number of ERC's, the re-installation fee and the appropriate inspection fee(s). In the case of a master meter, substitute
$323.34 $349.21 number of billing units in lieu of ERC's.
$505.23 $545.65
$1,010.44 $1,091.28 Residential
$1,616.69 $1,746.03 Example: Assume 14 months disconnected
Calculation based upon: (number of months) (base facility charge) + re-install fee + inspection fee
Water (only): 14 $17.74 + $150.00 + $80.00 = $478.36
$5.41 $5.84
$13.15 $14.20 Calculation based upon: (number of months) (base facility charge) + inspection fee
$16.43 $17/74 Wastewater (only): 14 $19.79 +$90.00 = $367.06
$3.46 $3.74 Calculation based upon: (number of months) (combined base facility charges) + water re-install fee
$5.19 $5.61 + water inspection fee + wastewater inspection fee
Combined: 14 ($17.74+$19.79) + $150 + $80 + $90 = $845.42
IonG Example: Assume 14 months disconnected
000 Calculation based upon: (number of months) (base facility charge) + re-install fee + inspection fee
000 Water (only): 14 $21.83 + $150.00 + $80.00 = $535.62
000 Calculation based upon: (number of months) (base facility charge) + inspection fee
000 Wastewater (only) : 14 $25.33 +$90.00 = $444.62
000 Calculation based upon: (number of months) (combined base facility charges) + water re-install fee
000 + water inspection fee + wastewater inspection fee
Combined: 14 ($21.83+$25.33) + $150 + $80 + $90 = $980.24
Master Meter
Example: Assume 14 months of discontinued service for 10 units at 750 square feet each (0.8 ERG each)
Calculation based upon: (number of months) (base facility charge) (# units) (ERC factor)
+ re-install lee + inspection fee
Water (only): 14 $17.74 10 0.8 + $150.00 + $80.00 = $2,713.60
Calculation based upon: (number of months) (base facility charge) (# units) (ERC factor)
+ inspection fee
$1,635.00 $1,880.00 Wastewater (only): 14 $19.79 10 0.8+$90.00 = $2,860.60
$2,075.00 $2,390.00
Calculation based upon: (number of months) (combined base facility charges) (# units) *
(ERC factor) + water re-install fee + water inspection fee + wastewater inspection fee
Combined: 14 ($17.74+$19.79) 10 0.8 + $150 + $80 + $90 = $5,574.20
5 Install water meter and reconnect service for any customer after 1,095 days
where service was discontinued and meter removed.
4"Orh ~ en nn0 ouu

Dir or designee

4" $1,690.00 $1,9
6" $2,140.00 $2,4
r or designee

2 Wastewater System Capital Connection Charge (any meter size)
Per Equivalent Residential Connection (ERC); minimum one (1) ERC $2,725.00 $2,7
3 Accrued Guaranteed Revenue Charge (AGRC) Wastewater Ual
Pre FY 08 Total $167.00
Current Year (through June 08) $154.89
Current Year (July Sep 08) (# months) x ($19 79) (# of months will either be 1, 2 or 3)
TOTAL AGRC due (total of all above)
4 Wastewater Base Facility Charge
a Residential Meter (single meter per family or detached dwelling unit)
Minimum 0.33 ERC 5/8" X 3/4' $
Minimum 0.66 ER 5/8" X 3/4" $
Minimum 1.00 ERC 5/8" X 3/4" $17.21 $
Minimum 2.50 ERC 1" $43.04 $
Minimum 5.00 ERG 1-1/2" $86.06 $
Minimum 8.00 ERC 2" $137.71 $1
These categories must also meet the requirements specified in the latest OUA Resolution for General
Policies & Procedures for reduced ERG on residential meters
b Non Residential Meter (minimum per meter size includes hotels, motels & single unit)
Minimum 1.00 ERG 5/8" X 3/4" $22.03 $
Minimum 2.50 ERC 1" $55.09 $
Minimum 5.00 ERG 1-1/2" $110.16 $1
Minimum 8.00 ERC 2" $17627 $2
Minimum 16.00 ERC 3" $352.55 $4
Minimum 25.00 ERC 4" $550.86 $6
Minimum 50.00 ERC 6" $1,101.69 $1,2
Minimum 80.00 ERG 8- $1,762.71 $2,0
c Master Meter (any siie; charge per unit connected to meter)
< 400 square feet ,33 ERC $5.69
>400 and < 900 square feet .80 ERC $13.78 $
>900 square feet Minimum 1.00 ERCG $17.21 $
5 Gallonage Rates (per 1,000 gallons)
a Residential $5.36
b Non Residential $5.54
c Master Meter $5.36
6 Reclaimed Water
Volumetric charges for.reclaimed water based upon meter consumption per 1,000
gallons and billed monthly determined and approved by OUA Board

7 Septage
Septage charges per 1,000 gallons Cost determined by OUA Exec Dir or designee
8 Industrial Wastewater
To be determined and approved by OUA Board on an individual basis according to
volume and characteristics of wastewater by special agreement.

9 High Strength Industrial Wastewater Surcharge
To be determined and approved by OUA Board on an individual basis according to
volume and characteristics of wastewater by special agreement.

1 Sole Proprietary Fire Protection Systems (Sprinkler Systems); based on size of line
2 Hydrant Meters (charges for temporary Water service delivered via a fire hydrant)
a Set-up Charge
b Monthly Service Charge
5/8 X 3/4" Meter
1" Meter
2" Meter
3" Meter

$25 78



c Consumption Rate per 1,000 gallons Block 1 $4.28 $4
(see A 5 (a) for block allowances by meter size) Block 2 $6.42 $6
d Meter relocation (per move) $44.00 $48
e Removal of meter by other than OUA forces $139.00 $150
f Deposit required based on hydrant meter size and
appropriate non residential meter rates referenced in 0-3
g Fire Flow Test (per test) $75.00 $81
1 The required deposit listed below may be reduced by one half of the value shown if the customer elects to pay the.
monthly bill through the direct debit payment method.
2 Residential (Property Owner as Occupant)
a Water Service Only 3/4" $8800 $91
b Wastewater Service Only 3/4" $98.00 $101
c Water & Wastewater Service 3/4" $186.00 $19;2
d Water Service Only 1" $124.00 $128
e Wastewater Service Only 1" $139.00 $143
I Water & Wastewater Service 1" $263.00 $271
3 Residential (Non Owner)
a Water Service Only 3/4" $139.00 $143.
b Wastewater Service Only 3/4" $13900 $143
c Water & Wastewater Service 3/4" $278.00 $286
d Water Service Only 1" $196.00 $202
e Wastewater Service Only 1" $211.00 $217

a Cutomer will be charged at a minimum a re-install fee up to the fee for a new meter, charges based
upon meter size.
b Water Capital Connection Charge
940.00 c Water GRC since the meter was pulled
60.00 d Total water fees shall not exceed those fees for a new connection
e Cutomer will be charged at a minimum an inspection fee up to the fee for a new lateral connection,
lateral connection charges based upon size.
25.00 f Wastewater Capital Connection Charge
g Wastewater GRC since the meter was pulled
Iulate h Total wastewater fees shall not exceed those fees for a new connection
6 Meter re-read at customer's request
a Trip Charge $12.50
7 Testing Meter at Customers Request
a No charge for test result showing high meter reads.
b Test result showing correct meter reads or slow,
19.79 5/8" X 3/4" $35.00
19.79 1" $44.00
19.79 1-1/2" $67.00
49.50 2" $92.00
98.97 Above 2" Meter Cost declined by OLIA Eec Dr
8 Unauthorized turn-on, tampering or unauthorized procedures)
a Tampering with and/or unauthorized procedures) on water or wastewater system, $62.00
per occurrence
25.33 b Unauthorized use of water and/or wastewater system, per occurrence plus usage $552.00
63.35 fee of estimated gallons multiplied by the customers block rate as set forth in
26.68 Current Rate Schedule.



10 Developer/owner changing meter from one location to another without OUA's
permission; per occurrence.
Same as 8a or 8b above
11 Destruction of meter and or related equipment
Charge based upon actual replacement cost (labor and materials) plus a 15%
administrative charge, per occurrence

12 Returned check
Prevailing Legal Rate as per Florida Law, plus other applicable fees in the event service is discontinued.
6.37 13 Account record history, requested by customer
6.16 a Certified/Notarized Copy (per page) $2.06
b One-sided copy (per page) $0.41
c Two-sided copy (per page) $0.52
d Research of Records (per 1/4 hr or fraction thereof with a minimum of $5.75 per request)$6.19
14 Recording easements, annexation agreements, etc (per page) $12.00
15 Project plan review
The Okeechobee Utility Authority will review all plans and specifications of all proposed water and/or
sewer facilities and the owner or developer will pay a one-time fee of $75.00 per page of drawing.
Project plans will not be approved until full payment of fee is received. -
16 Project inspection
All projects must be inspected by OUA and the owner or developer shall pay fees at the rate of $30.00
per hour during regular office hours and 1-1/2 times that rate after regular office hours billed monthly
and paid before Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) is approved.
17 Miscellaneous charges for services not included above.
Actual cost of material and labor required plus an administrative charge of 15% to be determined by
OUA personnel.
18 Fee on delinquent accounts
10% per month on delinquent amount due to date account is closed, or meter removed, not to exceed
14.47 three (3) consecutive monthly charge periods.
7.88 19 Interest on closed accounts
2.44 Interest computed at the rate of 1-1/2% per month for a period not to exceed one (1) year.
8.22 20 Laboratory testing by OUA
6.44 OUA may perform laboratory testing for a developer or individual at the following prices:
B.0,D. $35.00
Suspended Solids $15.00
2.00 Chlorine residual $15.00
Fecal Coliform $25.00
Total Coliform $25,00
8.90 Chloride $15.00
7.90 Fluoride $12.00
3.70 pH $15,00
7.40 Total dissolved solids $15.00
Dissolved oxygen $6.00
4.62 Turbidity $15.00
The above testing will be done in the OUA's laboratory. Any other testing will be sent to a certified lab
8.00 and the developer or individual will be billed for the cost of the testing plus a 15% administrative charge,
All samples must be delivered to the OUA laboratory in approved containers. If the OUA collects
1.00 samples or performs testing in the field, then actual cost of labor plus a 15% administrative charge will
be added to the above fees.
21 Adjustment(l) to customer accounts
Credit or debit adjustments on customer accounts may occur when the customer or OUA, has
.00 knowingly or unknowingly, caused a customers account to be inaccurate. Credit or debit adjustments
may be made for a period of up to three (3) months from the date of notice to the customer
22 Guaranteed Revenue Charges (GRC)
In order to reflect the cost of reserving capacity a Guaranteed Revenue Charge (GRC) will be assessed
to new water and/or wastewater connections as reserved by a Developer Agreement. This charge will be
assessed on a monthly basis until the service has been connected to the OUA system. The basis for the
.00 charge will be the number of equivalent residential connections) (ERC) reserved by the Developer
.00 Agreement multiplied by the monthly residential meter base facility charge
1.00 23 Accrued Guaranteed Revenue Charges (AGRC)
1.00 In order to ensure that both current and future customers reserving capacity are treated equally with
.00 respect to the cost of reserving capacity for future use, an Accrued Guaranteed Revenue Charge (AGRC)
will be assessed to all new water and/or wastewater connections on a per equivalent residential
connection (ERC) basis beginning December 1, 2006. There will be AGRC assessed for both water and
3.00 wastewater service. The charge will be calculated by taking the number of ERC times the appropriate
1.00 residential base facility charge (water or wastewater) times the number of months (a partial month will
6.00 be calculated as a full month) from December 1, 2006, to the date of application for service or the date
2.00 of execution of a Developer Agreement

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Woodwards celebrate ,.
50th Anniversary
Rev. and Mrs. Larry Woodward -
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God for 50 years of blessing to
Them and their family as of June
They were married on this s
,date in 1958 at Richards-Gebaur
AFT near Kansas City, Mo.
Rev. Woodward has served
as Pastor of several churches
in Kansas and Florida. He has
* also served as a missionary and
'math teacher. Lois Woodward A...- '
is a retired Licensed Practical 't
* Nurse: The Woodwards have two ,
daughters, Kim Woodward of ''>
'Okeechobee and Karla Scherdin .
of Gardner, Kansas. They have ;
one grandson, Seth Scherdin of i. c\
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The Woodwards returned re-
Scently from a cruise to Alaska in Rev and Mrs. Larry Wood
celebration of this anniversary.

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Birth Announcements
Scott Austin Douglas Arliawna

Cris and Terry Douglas of
Okeechobee are proud to an-
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Scott Austin Douglas. Scott was
born on February 15, 2008, and
, weighed 9 lbs. 7 ozs. and was 22
inches long.
Welcoming him into this
world were his two older sisters,
Taylor, 15, and Sage, 13. Paternal
grandparents are Bobby and Lady
Douglas of Jennings, Fla. Maternal
grandparents are Dale Crowder,
of Valdosta, Ga. and the late Dan
Evans of Valdosta,-Ga.
Scott shares the same birthday
as his mother and his sister Sage.



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Okeechobee, are proud to an-
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was born on June 13, 2008 at the
Florida Hospital in Sebring. She
weighed 4 lbs. 6 ozs. and was 18
inches in length. Arliawna was
welcomed home by her brothers
Jaidyn and Zaidyn.
Arliawna's maternal grand-'
parents are Donald and Sandra
Deck of West Palm Beach. Pa-
ternal grandparents are the late
Jerry Micco and Carol Bowers of
the Brighton Indian Reservation.
Great grandparents are Donald
and Jenell of Nashville, Tenn.,
Sarah Edler of Okeechobee and
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Wedding Announcements


Kevin Barbour and Tammy
Weeks were joined in marriage
on June 14, 2008.
They traveled to the groom's
hometown in Syracuse, Mo. for
the wedding.
There were also three chil-
dren joined into this marriage,
Felicia Laster, Chase Weeks,
and Alyssa Weeks. The newly
married couple and children
will continue to reside in
The groom has lived in
Okeechobee for three years.
The bride has lived in
Okeechobee for 15 years.
The groom, is employed by
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The bride, is employed by
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she works with the Statewide
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