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Vol. 99 No. 186
Friday, July 4, 2008
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Bertha in Atlantic
MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical
Storm Bertha has formed in the
Atlantic Ocean off the coast of
At 11 a.m. EDT Thursday,
the center of the storm was
located about 190 miles south-
southwest of the Cape Verde
The second named storm of
the Atlantic hurricane season is
moving toward the west-north-
west at about 14 mph, and fore-
casters expect that to continue
for the next couple of days.
Maximum sustained winds
were near 40 mph. Some grad-
ual strengthening is forecast
during the next day or two.
It's still too early to say if or
where Bertha will hit land.
The first named storm this
year, Arthur, formed in the At-
lantic the day before the season
officially started June 1 and
soaked the Yucatan Peninsula.
Real Life Childrens
The Real Life Childrens
Ranch Yard Sale will be open
everyday, the week of July 7-12.
They will also be open July 17-
19 and July 24-26.
The Lighthouse Refuge
Support Group is for women
who are hurting, homeless or
been abused. They meet on
the first and third Tuesday of
every month from noon until
2 p.m. at-First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., and on the
second and fourth Tuesday of
every month from 6:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323
N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call
Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: 8.82 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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Fourth of July: Happy Birthday America!
Okeechobee News/Teresa Mataushek
Faith Academy students Tyrone Thomas, Adryauna Baker, Caleb Kennelly, Jorge Arias, Janine Grant and Aniyah
Baker helped put on the Fourth of July parade at Faith Academy Preschool on Thursday, July 3. They celebrated by
waving their flags, saying "happy birthday, America," and wearing the hats that they made for the parade.
Okeechobee News/Teresa Mataushek
Children from Faith Academy Preschool showed their patriotism by putting on a parade on Thursday, July 3, in
celebration of the Fourth of July. They were dressed in hats that they made themselves and marched around their
school shouting, "God Bless America." The children also carried a banner they made that said, "Faith Academy
Wishing America Happy Birthday!" Here some of the students stand and hold their banner high and proud.
Lawsuit filed to stop tax swap
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)
-- A coalition opposed to a
proposed "tax swap" constitu-
tional amendment has filed a
lawsuit challenging the ballot
language on the initiative.
The group represents edu-
cators, accountants, small busi-
nesses and farmers. It contends
Florida's constitution was not
intended to include substantive
They also say Amendment 5
could create a $9 billion hole.in
the state's budget.
The Taxation and Budget
helps with child
By Chauna Aguilar
This is the first in a series.
For further information on De-
velopmental Assets and how
you can get involved, watch
for additional stories.
The Okeechobee Substance
Abuse Coalition is beginning a
campaign to promote the 40
developmental assets that were
developed by the Search Insti-
According to their Web site,
"adults and youth -- in big and:
small ways -- can help increase
Developmental Assets in the
daily lives of young people."/
SWhat's needed is an un-
derstanding of what actions
and behaviors breed .success,
willingness and ideas to apply
that knowledge, and most im-
portantly, a desire to see young
people grow up happy, healthy,
"Asset-building" is the In-
stitute's term for purposefully
helping youth experience more
assets in their lives. This effort is
now happening in hundreds of
communities by thousands of
people across North America,
Youth and adults, in big cities
and small towns, understand
in growing numbers the awe-
some power they have in mak-
ing positive and lasting impact
on the lives of young people. In-
dividually and together, they are
actively, engaged in the move-
ment to grow healthy commu-
nities and healthy youth.
The Okeechobee Substance
Abuse Coalition is taking re-
See Building - Page 2
Reform Commission, which
.meets every 20 years, put the
amendment on the ballot.
It has the backing Gov. Char-
lie Crist and the state's realtors
who believe the swap would
jump start their lagging sales.
Amendment 5 would re-
duce property tax bills about.
25 percent by abolishing a por-
tion that goes exclusively to
The Legislature would have
to replace that money from
other sources, most likely a
higher sales tax.
open for July 4
By Brendan Farrington
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --
The Florida Supreme Court on
Thursday overturned an agree-
ment Gov. Charlie Crist signed
with the Seminole Tribe to ex-
pand gambling at its casinos,
saying the governor had no right
to allow games that. are illegal
elsewhere in the state.
The November deal allowed
the tribe to install Las Vegas-style
slot machines and .games like
blackjackand baccarat at their
seven casinos, including the Hard
Rock Casinos in Hollywood and
Tampa. But Crist overstepped his
authority, the court ruled.,
"The governor does not have
authority to legalize in some parts
of the state, or for some persons,
conduct that is otherwise illegal
throughout the state," the opin-
The opinion doesn't take
issue with the slot machines,
which are also legal '1 Bro.'w.ari
and Miami-Dade County jai-alai
frontons and horse and dog
tracks, but rather with the table
"VWhat is legal in Florida is le-
gal on tribal lands, and what is
illegal in Florida is illegal there.
Absent a compact, any gambling
prohibited in the state is prohib-
ited on tribal land," the opinion
But the tribe contends that
it is operating under a federally
approved compact which gives
it authority for the games. The
tribe has installed Vegas-style
slots in six of its seven casinos
See Casino - Page 9
Fourth of July fireworks tonight
The Okeechobee Jaycees Fireworks'Committee will host the Fourth of July celebration at
the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. The display will be provided by Zambelli Inter-
nationale. The show will begin at darkor approximately 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. ABSOLUTELY NO PERSONAL FIREWORKS ARE ALLOWED.
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Continued From Page 1
sponsibility for our children and
adolescents through efforts of this
In the fall of 1994, the residents
and leaders of St. Louis Park, a
suburb of Minneapolis, Minneso-
ta, launched a community-wide
initiative to promote the posi-
tive development of all its chil-
dren and adolescents. Rooted in
Search Institute's research and re-
sources on developmental assets
the initiative is St. Louis Park's
way of taking responsibility for all
its young people.
Called Children First, their ini-
tiative built the commitment and
capacity of residents, families,
neighborhoods, schools, youth-
serving organizations, congrega-
tions, and businesses to take pos-
itive, meaningful action. Rather
than introducing new programs
hiring more professionals, the ac-
cent is on unleashing the capac-
ity of people and organizations to
make a positive difference.
Their are 40 Developmental
Assets for our youth. They are
separated into two categories: Ex-
ternal Assets; and Internal Assets.
Within each category are sub-
categories as well.
External Assets are: Support;
Empowerment; Boundaries and
Expectations; and Constructive
Use of Time.
Internal Assets are: Commit-
ment to Learning; Positive Values;
Social Competencies; and Posi-
Within each sub-category
there are individual assets that
represent everyday wisdom about
positive experiences and opportu-
nities for young people.
These assets, such as family
support and positive family com-
munication powerfully influence
adolescent behavior; both by
protecting young people from
risky, problem behaviors and by
promoting positive attitudes and
The lack of a developmen-
tal asset has consequences on
a child's life. For example, with-
out family support children look
to. others for that support which
could lead to gangs, etc.
The 20 internal assets identify
those characteristics and behav-
iors that reflect positive inter-
nal growth and development of
young people. These assets are
about positive values and identi-
ties, social competencies, and
commitment to learning. The in-
ternal Developmental Assets will
help these young people make
thoughtful and positive choices
and, in turn, be better prepared
for situations in life that challenge
their inner strength and confi-
The mission of this program
strives to get beneath the head-
lines about youth violence, crime,
pregnancy, and other problems
to the more important and ur-
gent story: In all towns and cities
across America, the developmen-
tal infrastructure is crumbling.
.The real challenge facing
America, including small towns
like Okeechobee is not to attack
one problem at a time in a desper-
ate attempt to "stop the hemor-
rhaging." The real challenge is to
shift thinking to a new approach,
one that addresses deeper causes
and needs. The real challenge is
to rebuild the developmental in-
frastructure for our children and
For example, teen pregnancy
is a growing problem in Okeecho-
bee County with numbers of teen
parents rising every year. Rather
than just fighting this problem,
this program strives to find the
roots of the problem and why
these children chose to engage
in sexual activity at such a young
age to begin with. Even this prob-
lem can be rooted back to devel-
opmental assets, or lack thereof.
Many of the ways society has
provided these assets are no lon-
ger in place because of major
societal changes, including the
* Most adults no longer con-
sider it their responsibility to play
a role in the lives of children out-
side their nuclear family.
* Parents are less available
for their children because of de-
mands outside the home and
cultural norms that undervalue
* Adults and institutions have
become uncomfortable articulat-
ing values or enforcing appropri-
ate boundaries for behavior.
* Society has become more
and more age-segregated, provid-
ing fewer opportunities for mean-
ingful intergenerational relation-
* Socializing systems
(e.g.,families, schools, congrega-
tions) have become more isolat-
ed, competitive, and suspicious of
* The mass media have be-
come influential shapers of young
people's attitudes, norms, and
\ lue "s
* As problems-and solutions-
have become more' complex,
more of the responsibility for
young people has been turned
over to professionals.
The Key Themes in Asset
* Assets are nurtured in all
young people. Rather than focus-
ing primarily on specific groups of
young people for intervention.
S* Relationships are key. Rather
than defining themselves primar-
ily in terms of programs which
become less central as "natural"
relationships, networks, and ac-
tivities emerge to care for youth.
* Everyone contributes to the
vision. Caring for young people is
the responsibility of all residents-
parents, neighbors, young peo-
ple, educators, business people,
senior citizens, congregation
members, and others.
* Asset building never stops.
Asset building begins before birth
and continues at least until young
people become independent
* The community is filled with
consistent messages, simply by
using the language of asset build-
ing in describing relationships,
activities, and programs.
* Duplication and repetition
are valued. Young people need to
experience many expressions of
care, guidance, and opportunities
in all areas of community life.
This is the first in a series of
stories surrounding the Okeecho-
bee Substance Abuse Coalition's
initiative to create a community
to foster the Developmental As-
sets of our youth in Okeechobee.
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Pt. St. Lucie defeats Okeechobee All Stars
By Charles M. Murphy
The Okeechobee Little League
program might not have won a
game in the round robin tourna-
ment they hosted this week at the
Okeechobee sports complex, but
they caught a glimpse of what the
league could be in a few years.
The 11-12 year old All Stars fell
10-0 to Port St. Lucie South West
Wednesday night for their third
loss in the tournament.
Right hander Danny Roberts
didn't allow a hit or a base runner
and PSL took advantage of some
wildness from Okeechobee start-
er Adrian Minondo to win easily.
"The kids tried their best but
PSL had a pretty strong team,"
Okeechobee Coach Tony Marcil
said, "I think our league is headed
in the right direction and in a few
years, with hard work and dedica-
tion, we can reach this level."
PSL scored eight times in the
second inning and twice more in
PSL had other chances to
score but the Okeechobee all-
stars came up with some good
defensive plays to deny the visi-
tors home plate.
In the first two walks and a
fielders choice gave PSL a chance
to score. However catcher Luis
Leon started an excellent pickoff
play to nail a runner between sec-
ond and third.
PSL wouldn't be denied in the
second as Roberts led off with a
walk. However he was thrown
out trying to steal on a nice throw
by Leon. Jeff Almeida, and Mar-
cus Weist drew walks and a run
scored on a slow roller by Jerry
Deleon. Brandon Shockley was
charged with an error on the play
as his throw eluded first basemen
From there PSL blew open the
game thanks to five walks, a two
run single by Ryan Medina and a
bases clearing triple by Roberts.
Reliever Preston Marcil got the
final out of the inning as he retired
Weist on a pop out to first base.
PSL scored twice in the fourth
as Mark Stewart, son of Lincoln
Park High School Coach Chuck
Stewart singled and scored when
Mark Celedonio reached on a two
base error. Celedonio scored on a
wild pitch to make it 10-0.
Meanwhile Roberts mowed
down the Okeechobee batters.
He didn't allow a ball to be hit out
of the infield.
"He was tough, our boys can
hit, but they couldn't put the ball
in play tonight. We worked hard,
and we had a good year, a lot of
people should be commended
for the effort they gave this year,"
SFWMD says June brings average rainfall
* WEST PALM BEACH -- The
South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) announced on
Thursday, July 3, that South Flor-
ida rainfall averaged 8.3 inches
District-wide in June, which is
about the historical average for
With a slow start transitioning
into the wet season early in the
month, June's rainfall patterns
progressively improved through-
out the District with daily after-
noon showers becoming more
consistent, widespread and heavy
over the last three weeks of the
Florida's wet season typically
lasts about five months, through
Nov. 1. The wet season on aver-
age produces two-thirds, or 35
inches, of the region's annual
rainfall. About 20 percent of the
annual total-or about 11 inch-
es-typically falls between the
Memorial Day and the Fourth of
July weekends. Since May 24, the
region received about 9 inches of
The transition into the 2008
wet season comes on the heels
of a multi-year rainfall deficit
and a below-average November
through May dry season, which
ended with about 2.5 inches be-
low the historical average. During
this year's dry season, the region
received a total of 14.57 inches of
rain, or 77 percent of the histori-
Although groundwater and
surface water levels in most areas
of the District are benefiting in the
short-term from June's rainfall,
the agency's 16-county region
remains in a water shortage, and
emergency landscape irrigation
restrictions remain in place to
help protect local water supplies
from the impacts of the long-term
rain shortfall. During the wet sea-
son, residents are reminded to
turn off sprinkler systems and let
the daily rainfall naturally irrigate
lawns and landscapes.
Current water levels
At 9.85 above sea level on
Thursday, July 3, Lake Okeecho-
bee levels continue to be nearly 4
feet below the historical average
for this time of year. However,
the levels are about a foot higher
than they were this week last year
when the lake hit an all-time re-
cord low of 8.82 feet on July 2,
2007. Lake Okeechobee has been
below 11 feet for 478 consecutive
days, more than twice as long as
other extended dryevents since
in 1931. District computer mod-
els and position analysis indicate
an 80 percent chance that Lake
Okeechobee will remain in a wa-
ter shortage zone'through August,
and a 70 percent chance the level
will rise above 11 feet by the end
of October. Groundwater and sur-
face water levels across the region
generally remain slightly below to
slightly above average.
Separate from the emergency
watering restrictions, the SFWMD
continues rule development for
landscape irrigation measures, a
key component of the District's
proposed comprehensive water
conservation program for South
Florida. The District is developing
a lasting program that includes.,
recommendations for regulatory
programs, voluntary and incen-,
tive-based initiatives, and educa-
tion and marketing.
For movie information on the
current water shortage, land-
scape irrigation restrictions and
tips on ways to conserve water
both indoors and out, visit www.
Storm inspections ahead of schedule
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --
Florida will soon stop accepting
applications for a state program
that provides residents with free
home inspections to learn about
possible wind resistance up-
Chief Financial Officer Alex
Sink announced Thursday that
the My Safe Florida Home pro-
gram will meet the Legislature's
goal of approving 400,000 hom-
eowners for free wind inspections
a year ahead of schedule.
"When the Florida Legislature
created the My Safe Florida Home
program, their intent was to cre-
ate a culture of mitigation in our
state," Sink said in a prepared
statement. "Almost half a mil-
lion homes later, homeowners
served by this program are better
informed and most are better pre-
pared for the next big storm."
Created in 2006, the My Safe
Florida Home program offers free
windstorm protection inspections
for homeowners to mitigate the
impact of hurricanes before they
strike, rather than having resi-
dents, governments and insurers
face more costly and time-con-
suming repairs after a storm hits.
Inspectors detail in a report
what repairs are needed, and the
state then sends another report
to the homeowner with a cost
estimate for repairs and a list of
licensed contractors. Homeown-
ers can show the report to their
insurance companies, which may
decide to lower their rates based
on the improvements. According
to Sink's office, 58 percent of ho-
meowners who have received a
Health News in Briet
Red Cross offers
The Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross will be
offering the following Health &
safety classes in July:
* Thursday, July 10 - First Aid
Basics at 6 p.m.
* Wednesday, July 16 - Infant/
Child CPR at 6 p.m. * Tuesday,
Jily 29 - Adult CPR/AED at 6 p.m.
All classes are held at their
Branch office located at 323 N.
Parrott Ave. To register, or for
more information call 863-763-
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be
offering parenting education class-
es 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 cer-
tificate of completion. Day and
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evening classes are available. No
child care will be available. Call
863-462-5877 for registration.
Welcome House is now accept-
under a doctor's care or simply
taking medication for emotional
problems, they welcome you
to drop in and join the circle of
friends. Welcome House offers
scheduled activities at least three
times a week such as: arts and
crafts, support groups, outings,
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ing applications. Membership is a peet- a . a. y ..
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Routine traffic stop
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ECONOMY: I am just worried about our economy, and where our
country is headed morally speaking. It is a scary time we live in. I do
not believe we can handle four years of the same. However, I fear
whichever one takes the place could mess us up. I have been a hard
core Repubican all my life, and yes, I voted for Bush. I regret that how
seeing where we are as a nation, and I feel that Bush misrepresented
himself in a lot of ways. Without going into specifics. Now it is hard
to believe in someone. I worry about my family, and everyone else's
too. Things have got to change, but it is hard to tell which way to go.l
can respect both presidential candidates for being the men that they
are, no doubt. But there are a few issues they are not speaking too
loud about. Things that I feel like Bush misrepresented himself about.
It is a wait and see kind of thing, at this point, I am still not sure which.
way I will go.
CANDIDATES: Frankly, as it stands right now, neither party should
have anything to brag about. This is the first time in my voting life that
I totally am disappointed in who I have to vote for. At the age of 47 I
have always looked forward to the election years, enjoyed the banter,
the jokes and the seriousness of what each candidate has to offer.
This country is'in a crisis and we need someone with clear answers
on what they are going to do to fix the economy, medical, the war,
crime etc. There are too many people becoming homeless, losing
there homes, don't have money for medication forgods sake! I want
real answers! I thank God everyday for the job my husband has, 30
years with the same corporation but not everyone is in our position.
I don't want us having to work at the supermarket bagging groceries
at age 80.
SKUNK APE: This report about the skunk ape is interesting. Maybe
it would attract some tourists. I looked online and there were a lot of
skunk ape sightings in the Lakeport area years ago. Has anyone seen
the Everglades version of Big Foot? Call in to Speak Out and tell us
your story. We need something fun to discuss this summer.
ISSUES: I really think we all need to vote for the person we think
'will focus his energy on the economy and the issues we have here at
home. Vote for the person you think will solve your individual prob-
lems and help you with your issues, regardless of the party affiliation.
That's the best we can all do as individuals.
RESPONSIBILITY: I do feel sorry for the kid who lost his arm to
the alligator. But I think he should take responsibility for making a bad
choice instead of going on national television and blaming the Fish
and Wildlife Commission, claiming they don't do enough to keep the
alligator population under control. Everyone knows the alligators are
in Nubbin Slough. They have always been there. It is the alligators'
home. No one with any sense would swinr there ever.
SKUNK APE: Regarding the skunk ape sighting near the bridge be-
fore the turn for Lazy 7, anyone who drives that way regularly knows
that area quite often smells of skunks. I have commented more than
once that there must be a lot of skunks killed on that bridge because
it stinks so often. But the funny thing is, while I have smelled what I
assumed was dead skunk there at least once a month, I have not actu-
ally seen many dead skunks there. I have seen perhaps one in a year.
Maybe the scavengers are taking the skunk bodies and leaving the
smell, maybe the skunks are just spraying there and managing to get
back in the woods. Or maybe it's something else...
ELECTIONS: First, my congratulations to the Clerk of Courts and
the Tax Collector, who are running unopposed for re-election. Both
ladies are hard workers who know their jobs. It does not surprise me
noone is running against them, as those jobs are not easy ones, espe-
cially with the budget crunch: I was surprised however that we have a
county commission seats that is not contested. I am wondering what
is going on with that. That does not usually happen.
SHERIFF'S CAMPS: I was very pleased to read about the camps
the sheriff's office has been running this summer. The kids seem to be
having a great time and I know the parents appreciate having the local
camps to keep the kids busy in the summer. I think the biggest benefit
of the camps is that these kids have now had one-on-one interaction
with law enforcement officers under pleasant circumstances. If these
kids have a problem they are more likely to be willing to go talk to
a deputy. They know the officers are there to help them and protect
JOBS: Regarding the person who complained because they retired
from the school system and then could not be rehired at the same
pay, consider how many people who have no income at all are out of
work. At least this person has a retirement check. A.lot of people are
out there looking for any job they can get. If the school system is hiring
people looking for that first job, rather than rehiring retired employ-
ees, I don't think that is.a bad thing.
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Letters to the Editor
During an election year when
access to health care is the sec:
ond most important domestic is-
sue cited by Americans, incredibly
Sen. Mel Martinez voted against
legislation that would ensure sta-
bility in the Medicare program for
Florida 's elderly and disabled pa-
That vote means that, as of
July 1, physicians who care for
Medicare patients saw their pay-
ment slashed by 10.6 percent.
Without Congressional action to
rectify the situation, Medicare will
cut an additional 5 percent from
physician pay in 2009, according
to a June 30 announcement by
Centers for Medicare and Medic-
aid, the federal agency that over-
The impact of these cuts threat-
ens elderly and disabled patients'
access to health care because it
further drives family physicians
toward financial insolvency at
a time we're already struggling
with a shortage of primary care
In December, the Medicare
Payment Advisory Commission
reported that three out of 10
Medicare patients had trouble
finding a new primary care phy-
sician. In March, the Medical
Friday, July 4
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets and will have a guest speaker and
also 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
Saturday, July 5
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Chapter DA.R. meets the first Saturday of every
month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W 32nd Street
Sat 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at 863-634-5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service on
the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone
desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to attend.
The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For information call
Theresa Brown at 863-357-3318.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
Sunday, July 6
AA. 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
Monday, July 7
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For information,
contact Robert Rosada at 863-467-5440.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
Group Management Association
reported that nearly 24 percent of
all physicians had begun limiting
or not accepting new Medicare
patients; 46 percent would limit
or stop accepting new Medicare
patients with implementation of
the 10.6 percent pay cut that just
Since 2001, family physicians
have worked tirelessly on behalf
of Medicare patients, even as
Medicare compensation for their
services stagnated and they strug-
gled with 20 percent inflation in
costs to keep their offices open.
No small business - as most fam-
ily physician practices are - can
sustain that kind of loss and re-
main open to care for people.
Sen. Martinez must return to
Washington and support Medi-
care payment levels that enable
family physicians to keep their
doors open. The Senator must
vote yes on limiting debate and
yes on passage of the Medicare
bill, H.R. 6331. Without such a
vote, we're all at risk of losing our
health care. An insurance card
has no value unless there's a doc-
tor in the house.
Cyneetha Strong, MD
Florida Academy of Family
Red Cross offers summer classes
The Okeechobee Branch of the American Red Cross will be offer-
ing the following Health & safety classes in July:
* Thursday, July 10 - First Aid Basics at 6 p.m.
* Wednesday, July 16 - Infant/Child CPR at 6 p.m. * Tuesday, July
29 - Adult CPR/AED at 6 p.m.
All classes are held at their Branch office located at 323 N. Parrott
Ave. To register, or for more information call 863-763-2488.
Eagles plan July 4 barbecue
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, on U.S. Highway 441 N., will hold
a Fourth of July barbecue with dinners served from 1 to 4 p.m. The
menu will include ribs, potato salad, baked beans, rolls and dessert for
$8 a plate. For information, call 763-2552.
Fourth of July fireworks planned
The Okeechobee Jaycees Fireworks Committee will host the
Fourth of July celebration at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Cen-
ter. The display will be provided by Zambelli Internationale. The show
will begin at dark or approximately 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. ABSOLUTELY NO PERSONAL FIREWORKS ARE ALLOWED.
VFW Post 9528 membership drive
If you are a war veteran: join the Elite. The VFW Post 9528 will
be hosting a membership drive and barbecue on July 4, at the Post
home, 2002 Hwy 78 W in Buckhead Ridge, starting at 11 a.m. All mil-
itary and ex-military men and woman are encouraged to continue
serving your country and your community by joining the VFW or La-
dies Auxiliary. Representatives from Amvets, Amvets Ladies Auxiliary
and the VFW Men's Auxiliary will also be available. The post will serve
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 FOE 4509 BBQ
The Cypress Hut fraternal Order of Eagles 4509 will host a bar-
beque 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.
Program for grandparents on radio
Saturday, July 12, at 7:30 a.m. on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM, guest
speaker Jeffrey Ralicki, Executive Director; Janice Maier, Prevention
Specialist and Director of the Grand Program; Sheilah Newmann, a
grandparent bringing up two grandchildren will be on to discuss the
Grand (great relationships achieve noble dreams) program for grand-
parents facing the challenges of bringing up their grandchildren and
dealing with children issues. For 'more information contact Janice
Maier at Tykes and Teens - 772-220-3439 or online at www.tykesand-
Sons of the American Legion Steak Dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will sponsor their monthly Ribeye
steak dinner on Sunday, July 27 from 3 until 6 p.m. at the American Le-
gion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St. Dinner includes, steak, baked potato,
salad, roll and dessert. Donation of $12. The public is welcome.
Scrapbooking party set for July 12
An all-day scrapbooking crop will be held on Saturday, July 12,
from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Sec-
ond St. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Please bring a covered
dish if you are interested in participating in our pot luck luncheon.
There will be a demonstration using Tyvek paper and Lumiere paints
to enhance your scrapbooking and caremaking projects.
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Daughter chafes under strict control of suspicious mother
DEAR ABBY: I'm a high school
student in the top 2 percent of my
class. I'm heavily involved in ex-
tracurricular activities. I don't give
my mom much to worry about,
but she is always "concerned."
She spies on me from the
other room while I'm online and
has recruited my brother to help
her. She has forced me to give her
the passwords to my e-mail and
Myspace accounts and constantly
asks me what I'm doing.
When I'm in my room alone,
she repeatedly comes in to ask
me what's going on and says I'm
not supposed to close my bed-
room door. If I do, she will open it
without knocking. Abby, even the
bathroom door isn't permitted to
be locked. If it is, Mom breaks in
with a bobby pin, and I'm given
the third degree. Nothing is sa-
Mom has looked for and read
my diary. When I question her
methods, she responds that she
"doesn't want to argue about it."
I have never given her any
problems. Is she right to be con-
cerned, or do I deserve better?
Please help. I have nothing to my-
self. -- SPIED ON IN OHIO
DEAR SPIED ON: While I'm
all for conscientious parenting, it
appears your mom as gone over
the top. In her zeal to "protect"
you -- even from yourself -- she is
acting more like a prison matron
than a mother. Because you have
given her no grounds for her in-
ability to trust you, I can only
wonder what she did as a teen
that has made her hyper-suspi-
cious of you.
Is, your father in the picture?
If so, talk to him about the situ-
ation. If not, ask a female rela-
tive or the mother of a friend to
talk to your mother and explain
that when this amount of control
is exerted, all it accomplishes
is driving the child away. I can't
promise it will help her to get a
grip, but it might.
DEAR ABBY: Six years before
my father was diagnosed with
bone cancer, he suffered a severe
stroke that left him barely able
to communicate. He had always
been extremely social, so his in-
ability to talk had been hard on
him, but the pain from the bone
cancer made it far worse. He no
longer enjoyed his favorite music
and television shows, and he was
frustrated by his inability to com-
municate. Even visits from loved
ones didn't provide much com-
fort. We were at a loss as to how
to ease his suffering and fears.
Then my sister-in-law came
up with a wonderful idea. She
assembled a collage of pictures
from Dad's life. Many were silly,
candid shots that would make the
average photographer cringe, but
they were a visible record of the
story of his life. He spent count-
less hours gazing at the collage
with a faraway, happy expression
on his face that let us know he
was remembering happier times.
After his death we moved the
collage to a place of honor in my
parents' home, where it continues
to remind us all of the wonderful
life that was my father's. I'm so
grateful to my dear sister-in-law
for her stroke of brilliance. It pro-
vided immeasurable comfort to
Dad during his last days, and con-
tinues to bring joy to our family.
Perhaps her creative idea will be
helpful to others. -- VIRGINIA IN
DEAR VIRGINIA: I hope so.
By summing up her father-in-
law's life in that "pictorial essay,"
in a sense she gave back to him
what his illness had stolen away.
And I'm sure it brought him com-
fort. Thank you for sharing.
CONFIDENTIAL TO MY
READERS: Happy Fourth of
July, everyone. And to my dear
mother, Pauline Phillips, in Min-
neapolis -- Happy 90th birthday,
Mom. You're the one who caused
all those fireworks!
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The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. 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
Theatre II - "Get Smart" (PG-13) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
Theatre III - "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.
For information, call 863-763-7202.
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By Eugenia Last
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Disagreements will develop. Mak-
ing changes without telling any-
one may be the only way you will
get things done to your specifica-
tions. Be prepared to defend your
reasoning when someone catch-
es on. 2 stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Time spent at home will build a
strong relationship with family
and friends. Open your doors to
the people you care about most.
A promise will be made that will
ensure you get the help you need.
A past partner will want to recon-
nect. 4 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Lighten up and use your imagina-
tion for something worthwhile. A
change within one of your rela-
tionships can be expected. Con-
sider the pros and cons and move
on if necessary. 3 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Consider what you are going to
do regarding money -- how you
can make more or if you should
pick up additional skills. Love is
apparent, so plan a fun-filled eve-
ning conducive to intimacy with
your current partner or finding
someone new, if you are single.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Stop
letting the little things bother you
so much. Giving in to pressure
will only leave you feeling emo-
tionally drained. Don't exacerbate
the situation by trying too hard to
please everyone. Be true to your-
self. 3 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Don't count on getting help from
others, even if you are owed fa-
vors. Put your own steam behind
- anything you want to accomplish.
A little love and playtime will be
a perfect way to end your day.
An evening out or in will lead to
greater intimacy. 3 stars
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Take any help being offered but
make sure that you are the one
in the spotlight. Presenting some-
thing you believe in will help you
get a better handle on how you
can take it to the next level. Don't
let your personal life interfere
with business or financial goals.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Don't worry so much about what
anyone else does or says. Be hon-
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you will have no regrets. Love is
in the picture. A short pleasure
trip will give you time to enjoy the
company of someone special. 2
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): Stop procrastinating when
you should be putting your plans
in motion. Having fun is fine but
only if the work is complete. If
you have some old debts to pay,
now is the time to clear your over-
head. 5 stars
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19): Love should be highlighted
and an effort to make your life
more meaningful your main con-
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with someone you love should
be your motivation to do well, not
the other way around. 3 stars
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with emotional issues, especially
if you have been avoiding some
questions regarding your feelings.
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or not being honest, reevaluate
the relationship and say exactly
how you feel. 3 stars
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off for the weekend. A job well
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ing proposal. Love is in the stars
so don't neglect your personal re-
lationships. 3 stars
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WIZARD OF ID
6 Okeechobee News, Friday, July 4, 2008
Hot dogs, apple pie and ... out of control diabetics?
This Fourth of July, millions
of American Diabetics will have
to strike a balance between cel-
ebration and dedication to their
"Baseball games, outdoor ac-
tivities, picnics, and all the food
choices that go with them, the
stresses of rushing around to pre-
pare for the parties, the long hot
day in the sun, and staying up late
to watch the fireworks. It can all
add up to disaster for a diabetic
if they misfigure any of the vari-
ables". So says Bob Hawkinson,
author, and a lifelong insulin de-
pendent diabetic of 44 years.
Here are a few helpful steps to
1. Know what you are eat-
ing. There are all kinds of hidden
things in Aunt Bessie's Famous
Fourth of July Potato salad. Do
your best to estimate, and also
take small portions. Ask-if you
think it may be made with added
sugar in addition to the potatoes.
(Refrigeration is also good, food
2. Use a plate and take a
known amount when snacking.
Watch out for the temptation to
just eat out of the bag or pick off
the plate all day long. It's not easy
to track what you have been eat-
ing when you can't see a known
quantity. (It becomes obvious that
you have had 25 of Aunt Flossie's
3. Check your blood sugar
often. With all the added activ-
ity and unusual food choices, it's
easy to misfigure. (This is where
grazing on Aunt Flossie's brown-
ies will show up!)
4. Drink lots of water to stay
hydrated. With all the added ac-
tivity and heat, you may need a
lot more fluids. Avoid the sugar
drinks like sweet tea... even
though it may be tradition, it can
be loaded with lurking sugar and
5. Alcohol, while a staple at
many parties and picnics, can
be dangerous to a diabetic. Beer,
wine, or mixed drinks, can all
have different carbohydrate lev-
els and effects. Alcohol can have
unexpected effects (other than a
lampshade dance on the bar) and
is generally not recommended for
Staying healthy, and in the
zone, is always a challenge for
a diabetic, but it is especially dif-
ficult during the holidays. The
good news is that it is possible
when you do the right things.
Bob's book "The Joy of Dia-
betes" is not only inspiring, but it
also educates with a light hearted
and pithy approach. Bob who is
45, was diagnosed with Type 1
diabetes at age 1. His goal is to
"help other diabetics grab hold
of this disease by the horns and
wrestle it to the ground."
Today in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, July 4, the
186th day of 2008. There are 180
days left in the year. This is Inde-
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 4, 1776, the Continen-
tal Congress adopted the Decla-
ration of Independence.
On this date:
In 1826, 50 years to the day
after the Declaration of Indepen-
dence was adopted, former pres-
idents John Adams and Thomas
Jefferson both died.
In 1831, the fifth president of
the United States, James Monroe,
died in New.York City.
In 1862, English mathemati-
cian and clergyman Charles L.
Dodgson ("Lewis Carroll") be-
gan devising the story of "Alice in
Wonderland" for his young friend
Alice Pleasance Liddell during a
In 1872, the 30th president of
the United States, Calvin Coolidge,
was born in Plymouth, Vt.
In 1917, during a ceremony in
Paris honoring the French hero of
the American Revolution, U.S. Lt.
Col. Charles E. Stanton declared,
"Lafayette, we are here!"
In 1939, baseball's "Iron
Horse," Lou Gehrig, said farewell
to his fans at New York's Yankee
In 1966, President Johnson
signed the Freedom of Informa-
tion Act, which went into effect
the following year.
In 1976, Israeli commandos
raided Entebbe airport in Ugan-
da, rescuing almost all of the pas-
sengers and crew of an Air France
jetliner seized by pro-Palestinian
Ten years ago: Jana Novotna
of the Czech Republic won the
women's title at Wimbledon, de-
feating France's Nathalie Tauziat
6-4, 7-6 (7-2). Japan launched its
Nozomi probe to Mars. (How-
ever, the mission was abandoned
in December 2003 after space of-
ficials failed to put the off-target
probe back on course).
Five years ago: A speaker
claiming to be Saddam Hussein
called on Iraqis in a taped mes-
sage to rally behind anti-U.S. re-
sistance. President Bush visited
Dayton, Ohio, to praise the work
of U.S. troops and celebrate the
100th anniversary of flight in the
hometown of the Wright broth-
ers. Los Angeles Lakers guard
Kobe Bryant was arrested on
suspicion of sexual assault after
a woman accused him of sexual
misconduct at a hotel near Vail,
Colo. (Prosecutors later dropped
a criminal charge against Bryant
because the woman did not want
to go ahead with a trial.) Rhythm-
and-blues singer Barry White
died in Los Angeles at age 58.
One year ago: BBC reporter
Alan Johnston, seized by the
Army of Islam in the Gaza Strip
the previous March, was released.
The head of the radical-held Red
Mosque (Maulana Abdul Aziz) in
Islamabad, Pakistan, was caught
by security forces. The Black
Sea resort of Sochi was elected
the host city of the 2014 Win-
ter Olympics, taking the Winter
Games to Russia for the first time.
Bill Pinkney, the last survivor of
the original members of the mu-
sical group The Drifters, died in
Daytona Beach, Fla., at age 81.
Today's Birthdays: Actress
Gloria Stuart is 98. Conductor
Mitch Miller is 97. Advice colum-
nist Pauline Phillips (the original
"Dear Abby") is 90. Actress Eva
Marie Saint is 84. Actress Gina
Lollobrigida is 81. Playwright
Neil Simon is 81. Baseball team
owner George Steinbrenner is 78.
Country singer Ray Pillow is 71.
Singer Bill Withers is 70. Actor
Ed Bernard is 69. Actress Karolyn
Grimes is 68. Broadcast journal-
ist Geraldo Rivera is 65. Rhythm-
and-blues musician Ralph John-
son (Earth, Wind and Fire) is 57.
Rock musician Domingo Ortiz
(Widespread Panic) is 56. Singer
John Waite is 53. Rock musician
Kirk Pengilly (INXS) is 50. Coun-
try musician Teddy Carr is 48.
Rock DJ Zonka (Big Audio Dyna-
mite) is 46. Tennis Hall of Famer
Pam Shriver is 46. Rock musician
Matt Malley (Counting Crows) is
45. Christian rock singer Michael
Sweet (Stryper) is 45. Actress Jen-
ica Bergere is 34. Singer Stephen
"Ste" McNally (BBMak) is 30.
Thought for Today: "Amer-
ica is American: that is incontest-
able." Henry James, American
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Valerie A. White Wells
Valerie A. White Wells, 55, of
Okeechobee, died Thursday, June
26, 2008 at Raulerson Hospital.
She was born June 10, 1953 in
She has been a longtime
resident of Okeechobee, for 47
She attended the local schools
of Okeechobee County. She fur-
thered her education at IRCC
receiving an Associate's degree
in Early Education, a Bachelor's
degree in Education from Florida
Atlantic University and a Master's
Degree in Science from Nova Uni-
Mrs. Wells' community involve-
ment included but not limited to
the Board of Director's member
with Okeechobee Hospice, the
Board of Director's with the Pub-
lic Library of Okeechobee, the
Women's Business Association,
where she was elected Woman of
the Year, and the Board of Direc-
tor for Chaka's Stars Foundation
She was a member of First
Missionary Baptist Church Deans
Court where she served as min-
ister's wife, choir director, media
specialist, Sunday school teacher,
director of va-
ate and Junior
was preceded Valarie A.
in death by White Wells
John White, Sr.
She is survived by her husband,
Angelo Wells, of Okeechobee;
sons, John Williams, of Atlanta,
Ga., Clifford White, of Okeecho-
bee; daughters, Candace John-
son, of Okeechobee, Sharonda
Irvin, of Daytona Beach; step-
sons, Tory Wells, of Atlanta, Ga.
Angelo Wells, of Okeechobee;
stepdaughter, Vonkeva Wells,
of Okeechobee; mother, Mattie
White, of Okeechobee; brother,
John White, Jr., of Atlanta, Ga.;
eight grandchildren and two
Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m.
on Friday, July 4, at First Mission-
ary Baptist Church, Okeechobee
and 9-11 a.m on Saturday, July 5,
at Stone Brothers Funeral Home,
A funeral service will begin
at 2 p.m. on Saturday July 5, at
First Missionary Baptist Church,
Okeechobee. Burial will follow
at Evergreen Cemetery, Okeecho-
bee. All arrangements are under
the direction of Stone Brothers
Funeral Home, Ft. Pierce. Please
sign the guest register at www.
Judy Allen Thomas
Judy Allen Thomas, age 69, of
Okeechobee, died on Wednesday,
July 2, 2008 at her residence. She
was born on October 30, 1938 in
Miami. She had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1952 and was
of the Baptist Faith. She enjoyed
needle work, cooking and gar-
She is preceded in death by her
parents and two grandchildren.
She is survived by her hus-
band, John Henry Thomas of
Okeechobee; her son, John David
(Dorothy) Thomas of Okeecho-
bee; daughters, Julie Ann (Randy)
Simmons of Okeechobee, Debo-
rah A. (Neal) Simmons of Leba-
non, Tenn., Sheri (Mitch) Selvey
of Okeechobee; brohters, Clayton
(Jacque) Williams of Okeecho-
bee, Larry (Brenda) Williams of
Gaines, Florida; eleven grandchil-
dren and seven great-grandchil-
The family will be receiving
friends on Sunday, July 6, from 1
p.m. until service time of 2 p.m. in
the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel,
110 N.E. Fifth Street, Okeechobee.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. Fifth Street, Okeechobee.
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Fourth of July festivities planned
Fourth of July events will be
held at the Brighton Seminole
Reservation for the annual Jo-
siah Jones Memorial Rodeo and
The event will be held on Fri-
day, July 4, and Saturday July 5.
Gates open at 3 p.m. both days
and the rodeo action begins at 5
As always, arts and crafts
and food vendors will be on the
grounds. In celebration of Inde-
pendence Day, one of the largest
fireworks shows in South Florida
will commence after the rodeo
events at approximately 9 p.m.
Tickets for the rodeo are $12
in advance and children 10 and
under are free. Advanced tickets
may be purchased at Accardi-
Milrot Dodge and Flyin High in
Okeehcobee, and at the Brighton
Casino and Brighton Trading Post
on the Reservation.
To reach the Rez Rodeo: from
Okeechobee take S.R. 70 west
or from U.S. 27 take S.R. 70 east
to the caution light (S.R. 721) go
south to the reservation, pass the
casino; when you see the water
tower make a right on the road
before the water tower which is
Harney Pond Road. The rodeo
grounds are down approximately
one mile on the right hand side.
Thank you to the following
sponsors: Grif's Western; Win-
nercom; Comer Electric; Ad-
vanced Homebuilders; Little Big
Man's Marina; Midwest Pools;
First Bank of Indiantown; Izzy's
Tire Service; Winn Dixie; Lextron;
Wyoming Trading Post; Seminole
Okalee Village; Extreme Perfor-
mance Truck & Trailer; and GHC
Motorsports (Bullriding Event
The Okeechobee Jaycees
Fireworks Committee is pleased
to announce that the Fourth of
July celebration will once again
be held at the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center. The
display will be provided by Zam-
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 approximately 9 p.m.
REMEMBER, you must enter
the Agri-Civic Center off of S.R.
710. Gates will open at 7 p.m. Do-
nations of $3 per carload will be
requested at the gate.
Please remember that ab-
solutely no personal fireworks
Businesses or individuals inter-
ected in sinnortino the fireworks
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us at 863-634-7021.
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Association 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 at the Agri-Civic Center on
Highway 70 East of 150 head of
The festival at the Agri-Civic
Center will include a Ranch Ro-
deo, Backyard Beef BBQ Contest,
storytellers, poets and displays
of the heritage of the American
If you're interested in being a
participant/vendor for the BBQ
Contest or event all forms and ap-
plications can be picked up at the
OKMS Office, Cottage 111 North-
east Second Street, Okeechobee
or email Toni Doyle, Executive
Director at okms@mainstreeto-
For more information call 863-
This event is bound to make
July an even hotter commodity.
The Chamber of Commerce
is now accepting applications
for the upcoming Labor Day
Festival. Help make this event
successful by contributing. Call
863-763-6464 or stop by the
Chamber 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!
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$95,400 #206C Call Cindi Fairtrace (863) 697- could be buit while sill giving on site. $85,000 Call NE
0433 Bill (863) 697-6797 #40
Licensed Real Estate Brokers:
Bobby Tucker * 634-8677
Brandon Tucker * 772-201-8722
Lic. Auctioneer * AU2579
W.S. "Bill" Keene Sr. * 634-6797 Lori Mixon * 634-1457
John Pell * 357-8769 * Sharon Johnson * 634-6241
Jeri Wilson * 634-6056 * Sheryl Coonfare * 634-1343
Ron Staley * 697-6221 * Keith Pearce * 634-7007
Mark Goodbread* 634-6999 * Cindy Fairtrace (863) 697-0433
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July 4th, in
observance of the holiday.
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
to translate and assist at
border crossing on a
tamper trip from
Okeechobee to Costa Rica.
(863)801-3081 or e-mail
SERVICE PLUMBER - Must
live & know Okeechobee
area. (863)763-6461 DFWP
Is looking for a clerical person.
Computer skills are required.
Bi-lingual a plus but not re-
quired. Apply in person at
407 S Parrott Ave.
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The OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY (OUA)
has an immediate opening for at least one (1) po-
sition in our water distribution and wastewater
collection maintenance department. All candi-
dates must be willing and able to perform minor
lifting, digging, and daily outdoor labor assign-
ments in the installation and maintenance of the
Okeechobee utility system. Applicants must be
courteous and professional in dealing with our
customers and fellow workers. As an employee
of the Okeechobee Utility Authority you will be pro-
vided with all the necessary training, uniforms,
health benefits, paid vacation/sick leave and a
pension program. The OUA is a drug-free work
place and a clean driving record of at least three
years is a requirement upon employment within
our company. If you feel that this type of position
and professional career is your goal, please visit
our offices at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida 34974 to complete an application. Appli-
cations will be accepted until the position is filled.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER (M/F/V/D)
DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE
Electric Cooperative, Inc.
GLADES ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.
DISTRICT OFFICE SUPERVISOR
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
or faxed to (863)946-6266
GEC is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action
Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.
The OKEECOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY (OUA) has an immediate
opening for at least one (1) position in our water distribution
and wastewater collection maintenance department. All candi-
dates must be willing and able to perform'minor lifting, digging,
and daily outdoor labor assignments in the installation and
maintenance of the Okeechobee utility system. Applicants
must be courteous and professional in dealing with our cus-
tomers and fellow workers. As an employee of the Okeecho-
bee Utility Authority you will be provided with all the necessary
training, uniforms, health benefits, paid vacation/sick leave and
a pension program. The OUA is a drug-free work place and a
clean driving record of at least three years is a requirement
upon employment within our company. If you feel that this
type of position'and professional career is your goal, please
visit our offices at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
34974 to complete an application. Applications will be accept-
ed until the position is filled. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EM-
PLOYER (M/F/V/D) DRUG FREE WORK PLACE.
AROUND YOU. 8
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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Cruises ' ' 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
MOWER - Rally mod. CT
1238, engine/trans good.
Needs deck. $100.
KITCHEN CABINETS - Like
new 5 Base, 7 Wall. Light
WILDBLUE SATELLITE inter-
net system - includes dish
antenna and modem
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Rent from $950 month (F/L/S)
Rent to Own $15,000 down
$1,000 a month
BOSTON TERRIER PUPPIES. -
Pjrrnils ,:n [iriemrL, e: R.j y
lu q 1i ".300 i.863467-4149
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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer . 835
Lawn & Garden 850
QUARTER HORSE - .1 yr:
,ide r ,o : , rnol bron .e
:i.6Law'nar denI 080r
MOWER - 2.f H'P Oesel Deus.-
AlIl wilh 7 l,',iI King I under
finish mower $4000.
Business Places 910
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
OAK LAKE VILLAS Remodeled
2 util. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
Find t faster. Sel It soon-
er In the classlfieds
3br/lba, newly remodeled
CBS home, all new applianc-
es, off 15A, $700 month+
Waterfront, LG. 3 BR; 2 BA
w/Sea Wall $850/month.
Dream House- 3br/2ba, Stain-
less apple , more upgrades,
$1300 month includes lawn
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & rets. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
OKECHOBEE - 3BR/1BA Du-
plex, washer & dryer hook-
up, central a/c & heat. $775
mo. + $500 sec. Move in
OKEE- 2br, lba, on 2 city lots
w/ oak trees. $750 mo.
+Sec. Dep. 920 NW 4th St.
OKEECHOBEE - 3/2, furnished,
1550 sq ft, exc cond., fire-
place, W/D, $210 weekly
RANCH SETTING - 2 Bdrm., 1
Ba. Available now! Very
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
Rent to Own - 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
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 - lejr C ourlhouIriu
rIn r' ijle i. ij upj r,: y
2 roommates irerad male or
lenrr-all rire r nOri rn- n er.,
i ulil l u il re11 ini.: I ,5 wl ll
* lor jelaill (W63i228-18h,
Room for Rierilrenilirr housi
rriv ltI-r . -'Iq , h monrlh +
!..i Si.:uriTy jn hll 01 .
Business Places -
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale 1D15
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 Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
4br/2ba with loft, office -and
laundry room combined, fire-
place, built 1917, $240,000
Well maintained, 3BR, 2BA,
in Treasure Island.
OKEECHOBEE PARK- Corner
lot #24. $20,000
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home - Parts 2010
Mobile Homes - Rent 2015
Mobile Homes - Sale 2020
lbr/lba, $550 month &
2br/1ba, $650 month, some
appliances, pets ok,
BHR - MH for rent, 1br, Iba,
$350/mo + sec, yearly pref.
Avail now 55+ Park
DOUBLEWIDE - 3/2 on 2
acres E. of town, non-smok.
env. No pets. $950/mo 1st &
MH - 1BR/1BA, all util, fur-
nished $650 mo. + $200
sec. dep. 828 Hwy. 441 SE.
OKEECHOBEE - North of town,
quiet family neighborhood,
3br, 2ba dbl wide on 1 acre.
Pets ok. $850/mo, 1st, last
& sec. Will work with right
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NOTICE OF AN O(EECHOBEE COUNTY PLANNING BOARD /
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS AND APPEALS MEETING
NOTICE: The Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals will hold their next
regular meeting on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the Commission Meet-
ing Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street,.Okeechobee,
Florida. In the event thatall items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the
meeting shall be continued to Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the Com-
mission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street,
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD Al
PUBLIC HEARINGS. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board ol
Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting eo
hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made ans
that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of-
ficial records ofthe department.
William D. Royce, Planning Director
281148 ON 7/4/08
OKEECHOBEE ON RIM CANAL
- 2br, 2ba, nice lot,
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
Jet Skiis ,,..; , 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles,'ATVs 3035
CELEBRITY 180 IN-
BOARD/OUTBOARD 1990 -
W/trailer, New Floornew
and More Boat has less then
350 Hours. $4500/neg.
GHEENOE 151/z Ft. W/25hp,
Tohatsu Engine, Push/Pull
Steering & Trailer.
$2500 863-234-1226 or
ORLANDO CLIPPER FG SKIFF
1965 - '99 15HP Suzuki OB,
troll motor, Gal.trailerBig,
* deep, good condition. $795.
ULTRA INBOARD 1973 - 24 ft
Needs new motor has trailer
$1000/or best offer.
HONDA DIRTBIKE, '05 - CRF
250R, been in storage less
than 10 hrs., mint cond.,
$3500 neg. (863)697-8056
POLARIS 500 2006 - od green
4x4 cargo box $4800/or
best offer. (239)222-5710
2004 - Yamaha 4-wheeler ,
250cc 2x2, BearTracker
less than 200 miles. Excel-
lent condition. Call anytime
at 870-820-1563. $2500.
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
CAMPER TOP - White Fiber-
glass. Fits full size Ford
F-150. in LaBelle $250.
RIMS & TIRES 20" Chrome -
Came off of 05 F-150
$1700/or best offer.
FORD 150 PU '93 - crew cab,
runs exc. & looks good,' 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
S6, $1600 (863)763-6216
KIA SEDONA EX 2002 - As-is,
1 owner $2500/or best of-
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION .
File No 2008 CP 104
WILLIAM M JOHNSON JR
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration 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 wi this court
WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE-FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
DAYS AFTER THE TIME OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate must
file their claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE
NOTWITHSTANDING. THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
The date of first publication of this notice
is June 27, 2008.
13180 S.W. 46th Street
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Florida 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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and began blackjack games at its
Hollywood casino on June 22.
"The tribe is studying the de-
cision and plans no immediate
change in any of the games that
are offered," said spokesman
Gary Bitner. "We want people to
know that if they come to any of
the casinos in the state this week-
end for the holiday, that they can
The agreement gave the tribe
exclusive rights to the card games.
In exchange, the tribe gave Florida
$50 million when Crist, a Repub-
lican, signed the compact. The
state was to receive another $175
million over the next two years,
$150 million for the third year of
the agreement and at least $100
million a year for the remainder
of the 25-year deal.
House Speaker Marco Rubio
challenged Crist's authority to
sign the agreement and asked the
Supreme Court for an opinion.
Senate President Ken Pruitt later
joined the challenge.
Crist's office didn't immedi-
ately return a call and an e-mail
seeking comment. Rubio and
Pruitt, both Republicans, praised
"The court's decision is a victo-
ry for our constitutional system of
checks and balances," Rubio said.
"I look forward to an open and
deliberative process that results in
a new compact that doesn't un-
necessarily expand gambling in
Pruitt said, "For the Senate, this
case was about protecting the im-
portant concept of separation of
powers. We are pleased with the
Supreme Court's decision uphold-
ing the Legislature's sole authority
to make law."
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