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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 - In-
fant/Child CPR at 6 p.m. * Tues-
day, July 29 - Adult CPR/AED at
All classes are held at their
Branch office located at 323 N.
Parrott Ave. To register, or for
more information call 863-763-
Real Life Childrens
Ranch holds weekly-
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
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Pogey's Family Restaurant
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given in feet above sea level
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Fun on the Fourth: At the playground
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Lilly Cobb, 2, seems to be really enjoying the tire swing at the wooden jungle on the,
Fourth of July. Mom, Brande Cobb, is keeping a close watch from the background.
OKeechobee NewsPete Gawda
Christopher Cobb, 5, enjoys playing at the wooden jungle on Friday, July 4 under the
watchful eye of dad, Chris Cobb.
OKeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Enjoying the Fourth
Mikel Sadler, 12, was having fun at the ballpark on the Fourth of July.
Club at odds with like it was," he said. "All they
did was patch."
insurance company The, insurance company
over 2004 and 2005 authorized $124,000 in repairs.
hurricane losses The Shriners claim it will take
over $600,000 to restore the
By Pete Gawda facility to the condition it was
Okeechobee News before the hurricanes.
Okeechobee News M. Tomey also stated that
Individual homeowners are
not the only ones that are hav- the club was closed down for
ing trouble dealing with insur- nine months, resulting in a lack
ance companies over hurricane of income for those months.
damages. . "I believe the Shriners have
It seems that the Okeecho- been wronged," stated attorney
bee,Shrine Club will be going Edward Acle who is represent-
to court July 15, over insurance ing the Shriners. 'All they want
claims resulting from the 2004 is to have their building back."
and 2005 hurricanes.
The issue seems to be If they are successful in their
whether the building should be court action, Mr. Tomey said
repaired or rebuilt. the Shriners will then sue the
Keith Tomey, Shriner, insurance company for attor-
and former president of the fey fees.
OKeechobee Shrine Club Post your opinions in the Public
claims the insurance company Issues Forum at www.newszap.
simply made repairs and did com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be
not do any replacement. reached atpgawda@newszap.
"They did not put it back -com.
By Tonya Harden
Hikers, campers and horse-
back riders can now apply
online for recreational use for
activities on more than a dozen
sites managed by the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
The online application al-
lows easy and convenient ac-
cess for reserving space for
activities in areas including
Hickory Hammock in High-
lands County, Micco Landing in
Okeechobee County and KIC-
CO Wildlife Management Area
in Osceola County.
The District is committed to
increasing recreational access
to District lands, while continu-
ing to manage them effectively
to meet environmental restora-
tion, water supply, water qual-
ity and flood control missions.
More than 271,000 acres of
District lands from Orange to
Miami-Dade counties are open
Limited numbers of spe-
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
cial use licenses are available
for specific activities at each
site. Licenses are limited when
necessary to coordinate with
District land management ac-
tivities. For example, access
to particular sites may not be
See Outdoors - Page 2
Rotary brings nations together
By Victoria Hannon
Jim Vensel was the guest
speaker at the July 3, meeting
of the Okeechobee Kiwanis
He spoke of the International
Convention which he attended
in Orlando June 25 to 28.
"I want to thank everyone
for sending me," Mr. Vensel
said. "I learned a lot and met a
lot of people."
On Thursday, June 26, he
worked the registration booth
where he met people from Ja-
pan, the Netherlands and Swit-
"There were some 7,000
Kiwanians in attendance," Mr.
Prior to the voting on Friday,
attendants heard form the pres-
ident with International Boys
and Girls Club of America. They
announced a joint effort with
Kiwanis to help children.
The race for president and
president elect were both un-
opposed. There were five can-
didates for vice president and it
ended in a run off.
"Each was given an oppor-
tunity to make a speech," Mr.
Vensel said. "A lot of people
said that if you read the pam-
phlet, it would be easier."
The pamphlet held back-
ground information on the can-
didates, while their speeches all.
centered on leadership, mem-
bership, growth and children.
The attendees heard from
Sonya Manzano, an actor from
Sesame Street, author and ac-
"She said that Sesame
Street has always been on a
conservative base," Mr. Vensel
said. "They did stray a couple
of times, and they rapidly
heard from people around the
All of the proposed amend-
ments were laid out in a book-
let prior to the convention.
Nine were presented and
See Rotary - Page 2
Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Jim Vensel spoke at the July 3 meeting of the Kiwanis
Club about his trip to the Kiwanis International Conven-
tion in Orlando.
Vol. 99 No. 187
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granted if prescribed burns are
planned for reducing underbrush
or if exotic invasive plants are be-
The online application is at
www.sfwmd.gov/sul. The easy-
to-use form allows visitors to
choose the site, planned activity
and date for their reservation, and
to print the reservation when it is
complete. A calendar shows how
many licenses are available for
More details about recreation-
al opportunities on District lands
are available online and in our
Recreational Guide. Go to www.
sfwmd.gov, and click on "Recre-
ation" to view the guide.
Family, friends and
To celebrate July as Recreation
and Parks Month, the Florida De-
partment of Environmental Pro-
tection's Division of Recreation
& Parks is encouraging family-
friendly, outdoor recreation with
the launch of its Family. Friends.
Fun. Campaign to reconnect chil-
dren and families with nature.
Since 1985, the National Recre-
ation and Park Association has
designated July as Recreation
and Parks Month. To celebrate
this designation, Florida is waiv-
ing admission to all state parks on
"Recreation and Parks Month
is an excellent time for family and
friends to visit a state park and ex-
perience ...the real Florida," said
DEP Secretary Michael W Sole,
who himself started his career
as a marine biologist working in
one of Florida's state parks. "State
parks provide a multitude of ac-
tivities that promote mental and
physical well being."
The Family. Friends. Fun. Cam-
paign is hosting events in state
parks that appeal to individuals
and families of all ages and inter-
ests this July during Recreation
and Parks Month. On Sunday,
July 13, entry into all 161 state
parks will be free, providing an
opportunity for everyone to head
outdoors and experience Florida
State Parks. The National Park
Service and the National Asso-
ciation of State Park Directors
encourage the nation's state park
systems to endorse the national
initiative to connect children and
nature, and influence the decline
of nature-deficit disorder. The on-
going movement to promote out-
door activity began with Richard
Louv's book, "The Last Child in
the Woods: Saving Our Children
from Nature-Deficit Disorder,"
which highlighted the benefits
of outdoor recreation. Studies
show that young people between
the ages eight and 18 average al-
most seven hours per day play-
ing indoors on computers, video
games and watching television,
resulting in increased cases of
obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder
"Without the encouragement
of parents and friends, children
are less likely to play outdoors
and gain exposure to natural re-
sources and nature-based recre-
ation," said Florida State Parks Di-
rector Mike Bullock. "Establishing
a healthy relationship with nature
during childhood is a valuable
habit that will benefit individuals
and society as a whole for years."
The first two-time Gold Medal
winner honoring the nation's
best state park service, Florida's
state park system is one of the
largest in the country with 161
parks spanning almost 700,000
acres and 100 miles of sandy
white beach. From swimming
and diving in Florida's rivers and
springs to birding and fishing or
hiking and riding on natural sce-
nic trails, Florida's state parks of-
fer year-around outdoor activities
for all ages. Battle reenactments
and Native American festivals cel-
ebrate Florida's unique history,
while art shows, museums and
lighthouses offer a window into
Florida's cultural heritage.
Florida's state parks are also
home to the 2008 Best Beach
in the nation, Caladesi Island
State Park, located off the coast
of Southwest Florida in Pinellas
For more information about
Florida State Parks and activities
scheduled for July 13 and through-
out Recreation and Parks Month,
For more information on the na-
tional initiative to connect chil-
dren and nature, visit http://www.
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Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
The return of Great Blue Heron to Lake Okeechobee is a clear
indication that the recent rainfall is indeed beneficial to all of
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two withdrawn for a total of sev-
en amendments for attendees to
One of the amendments that
passed gave clubs the options of
electing presidents for a two year
"The first year is a learning ex-
perience," Mr. Vensel said. "The
second year you can achieve
some of the goals that you set."
One of the goals that were
stated at the convention was that
News in Brief
by 2015 Kiwanis would achieve a
membership of one million. Pres-
ently membership is at 255,000
Other staggering statistics that
were announced at the confer-
ence included that six million
volunteer hours were donated
in 2007 and $100 million dollars
"The president of the Kiwanis
in Japan suggested that we look
into simulcasting the confer-
ence," Mr. Vensel said. "He felt
that the money being spent on
travel could better be used by the
eecnooee. h levels on e rise, G prices could affect boating
seen more and more frequently. as p afet amg
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida wildlife authorities are urging
boaters to be careful over the holiday weekend.
S-Paul Ouellette (ooo-let) of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
- . tion Commission says high gas prices could keep many boaters closer
to shore, creating congestion problems. .
-. -y The commission plans to have additional patrols on the water this
A'. j~:* ~weekend to monitor boat traffic.
4, There have been 27 boating fatalities in Florida this year, 18 by
drowning. Officials say many of those deaths could have been pre-
vented if more victims wore life jackets.
S Fourth of July flags sales down
i TAMPA- Local flag retailers aren't flying high this Fourth of July as
S ,concerns over high gas prices, job losses and the troubled economy
- -are causing a dip in sales.
- Tony Clayton, who operates Head's Flags with grandfather Floyd
SHead, estimates the number of walk-in retail customers at their store
. has dropped by about half compared with last year.
"We re doing OK, but not as good as previous years, that's for
sure," Clayton, 36, said. "When you're putting a hundred dollars in
your gas tank, it makes people conservative."
Shannon Winks, office manager at All Amrnerican Flag and Pennant
. .in Pinellas Park, has also noticed :a decline In o\er he-counter flag
"It's probably the lowest I've seen it since I've been here," said
Winks, who has worked for the business since 2002. "We haven't
raised our prices. If anything, I've tried to give people.deals."
Churches and other organizations are still renting bunting and
.. . other flags but others have cut back, Clayton said. Real estate agents
often buy Aags in bulk to stick in the yards of houses for sale, but with
iB the housing crisis, "nobody's buying a hundred at a time," he said.
Bertha churns in the Atlantic
"": MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Bertha is still churning in the Atlantic
" ' Ocean off the coast of Africa.
SFriday, Bertha was centered about 315 miles west-southwest of the
Submitted photo/Janice Floyd Cape Verde Islands.
Submitted photo/Janice Floyd Maximum 'sustained winds are near 45 mph. Some gradual
Garrett Farmer (17) won first place as well as took the Big strengthening was forecast during the next day or two.
Fish prize in the 15-18 age group during the Big "O" Teen An- It's still too early to say if or where Bertha will hit land.
glers, Inc. tournament held May 31 at Scott Driver park. His The first named storm this year, Arthur, formed in the Atlantic the
total winning weight was 12.10 pounds including a Big Fish day before the season officially started June 1 and soaked the Yucatan
weight of 6.26 pounds. Peninsula.
Paleontologist discovers fossils of manatee cousin
RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) - After
several decades spent digging in
a phosphate pit, Frank Garcia fi-
nally emerged with a treasure that
will go down in history.
The paleontologist learned Fri-
day that his discovery of a small
manatee-like creature is an offi-
cial species. It took decades and
about 70 fossil pieces for Garcia
to put together the long-extinct
Nanosiren garciae. The fossils
will now be displayed at Smith-
sonian Institution and the Florida
Museum of Natural History in
Garcia found some of the ani-
mal's bones in deep pits dug by
a phosphate mining company in
the 1960s. He continued search-
ing the area, gathering bone frag-
ments from pits in Polk and Hard-
ee counties; sending them to the
Daryl Domning, a professor of
anatomy at Howard University,
helped piece together the 6-foot.
animal, which he said probably
lived about 5-million years ago in
It most likely became extinct
when north and south America
were connected, he said. The Isth-
mus of Panama cut off the Carib-
bean from the Indian Ocean and
southwest Pacific Qcean, the only
place dugongs are found today.
"We knew it wasn't like any-
thing else, but there wasn't any-
thing more we could say about it
until we got more complete mate-
rial, like a skull," he said. "It took
a long time for that to be found."
The fossils were small, yet its
bone.structure and teeth showed
ida manatee. The Nanosiren gar-
ciae had a dolphin-like tail rather
than a paddle, and tusks about an
inch long, Domning said.
Gradually, Domning, Garcia
and other amateur paleontolo-
gists pulled together enough evi-
dence to convince the scientific
it was full-grown. And at only 6 "I spent so many hours, dug so.
feet long, it didn't compare to the many holes and walked so many
other sea cows, which were dou- m o p m
ble its size, Domning said.
But don't confuse this Caribbe- Garcia of Ruskin. "This means a
an sea cow with the beloved Flor- lot to me."
Medicare rolls out bid system to save on equipment
By Matt Sedensky
Associated Press Writer
MIAMI (AP) - Medicare ex-
pects to eventually save $1 billion
a year by changing the way it pays
for wheelchairs, oxygen tanks and
other equipment, but suppliers'
say the new system could force
thousands of businesses to close.
A new competitive bid process
started in South Florida and nine
other metro areas this week. The
government estimates an average
savings of 26 percent on 10'types
of items covered under the pro-
gram, including diabetic supplies,
hospital beds and walkers.
Under the old system, compa-
nies approved as Medicare provid-
ers charged prices set by the gov-
ernment. They were based on a
list that was drawn up in 1989 and
adjusted for inflation.
The government will get most
of the savings from the new pric-
ing system. But Medicare recipi-
ents with no supplemental insur-
ance, many of them poor, will
save on copays.
In the Miami area, for example,
a standard power wheelchair that
cost Medicare $4,024 last week
will cost an estimated $2,817 un-
der the new system. The cost for
someone paying the 20 percent
copay would drop from $805 to
Kerry Weems, acting adminis-
trator of the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services, said the
previous system was an example
of what happens when the gov-
ernment administers prices.
"We overpay in some areas
and underpay in others, because
we're shackled to a fee schedule
rather than the competitive mar-
ketplace," he said.
Congress acted to stop that
in Medicare legislation passed in
2003. It went into effect Tuesday,
rolled out in the first 10 communi-
ties, where an estimated 626,000
Medicare recipients use such
equipment. Seventy more regions
will join the program next year. It
will be fully operational in 2010.
The eventual $1 billion in an-
nual savings does not include po-
tential copay savings.
The bid process has severely
curtailed the number of approved
businesses. The number of ap-
proved firms for oxygen in Great-
er Miami, for example, fell from
more than 400 to 46. Medicare in-
sists there are enough businesses
to meet demand but says it can
add more if needed.
Officials also say fewer firms
will mean less potential for fraud.
On Wednesday, the U.S. attorney
in Miami, R. Alexander Acosta, an-
nounced the guilty pleas of three
people involved in a $148.5 mil-
lion fraud scheme related to the
'type of medical equipment cov-
ered by the new system.
Still, hundreds of lawmakers in
the U.S. House sought to at least
delay the program; the Senate
failed to stop it, but opponents
hope the issue is revisited.
The American Association
for Homecare, which represents
the businesses that sell the type
of equipment the government
is slashing prices on, calls the
changes "a train wreck."
The list of claims made by Mi-
chael Reinemer, a spokesman for
the group, is long: that businesses
are being unfairly excluded; that
senior citizens and the disabled
will not save much because so
many have supplemental insur-
ance and don't pay copays; and
that if the government shrinks the
firms' profits, service will be com-
Reinemer said the issue is not
just cost, but also maintenance
and how people are taught to use
equipment. He said the changes
could shut thousands of busi-
"I think if we had competitive
bidding for surgeons or journal-
ists or members of Congress, you
can always find someone who
will bid lower," he said. "Is that
the standard you want for serving
frail seniors and people with dis-
Weems maintains that service
levels will be as good as or better
"This was an auction and in an
auction, you got one Picasso, not
everybody gets to take it home,"
he said. "The only way that you
get the best price is going to the
point where people are willing to
Another speaker at the confer-
ence said that we live in a society
that likes to make believe we care
about our children, but we have a
government that then cuts fund-
ing for education. These children
are our future leaders.
A point that was made at the
conference, and that Mr. Vensel
said he agreed with, was that Ki-
wanis would have to change to
attract the younger generation,
but still maintain the attraction to
their current members.
He also suggested that the
club take part in Kiwanis Kids, a
program that allows different Ki-
wanis clubs to highlight a local
child that is active in Key Club or
Builders in a Kiwanis publication.
Participation of our local club
"I think that this will be great
for us," Mr. Vensel said. "It will be
great for Okeechobee and great
for our club."
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Today: Considerable cloudiness. Isolated showers and thunder-
storms through late morning. Then a chance of afternoon show-
ers and thunderstorms. Highs around 90. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A chance of evening showers and thun-
derstorms. Lows in the -lower 70s. Southeast winds around 5 mph
until around midnight becoming light. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Scattered afternoon showers and thun-
derstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. East winds 5 to 10 mph increas-
ing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy. A chance of evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Monday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Monday night: Partly cloudy. A chance of evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Tuesday: Partly sunny with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 40 percent.
S Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. A chance of evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
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Companies begin quest for oil, gas off Florida
By Melissa Nelson
Associated Press Writer
PENSACOLA (AP)-Oil com-
panies once viewed drilling in
the deep waters off Florida as
cost prohibitive. Politicians feared
even the slightest sign of support
would be career suicide.
No more. Record crude oil
prices are fueling support for oil
and natural gas exploration off
the nation's shores. In Florida,
movement was underway even
before President Bush called on
Congress last month to lift a fed-
eral moratorium that's barred
new offshore drilling since 1981.
The early activity here stems
from a 2006 Congressional com-
promise that allows drilling on
8.3 million acres more than 125
miles off the Panhandle -- an area
that had been covered by the
moratorium, which was enacted
out of environmental concerns.
In exchange, the state got a no-
drilling buffer along the rest of its
Florida may turn out to be a
prelude for other coastal states.
If oil or natural gas deposits are
found in the newly opened re-
gion, experts say it could further
the push to explore other once-
protected areas everywhere. It
also could be a rallying point for
critics, who say the new explora-
tion isn't a license to expand ex-
With gas topping $4 a gallon,
recent polls show Americans,
Floridians included, more sup-
portive of drilling in protected ar-
eas. Some politicians -- including
Gov. Charlie Crist -- have switched
"We think the public is way
out ahead of the politicians on
these issues. People are more
open to (offshore drilling) now,"
said Tom Moskitis, spokesman for
the American Gas Association, a
At the same time, oil corrpa-
nies, driven by the record energy
price, are more willing to risk
$100 million or more to begin ex-
ploring new regions. The Interior
Department estimates there could
be 18 billion barrels of oil and 77
trillion cubic feet of natural gas
beneath the 574 million acres of
federal coastal waters that are
Drilling activity off the Florida
Panhandle has started and sput-
tered for decades. Some com-
panies had leases to drill off the
Panhandle before the 1981 mora-
torium. They were grandfathered
in when the moratorium passed
because they were already active-
ly exploring in their lease areas.
They continued their activity off
and on into the early 1990s.
In March, four companies
-- Australia-based BHP Billiton
Petroleum Deepwater Inc., Hous-
ton-based Anadarko E&P Co.,
Shell Offshore. Inc. and Italian oil
and natural gas company Eni SpA
-- purchased leases on 36 Gulf
of Mexico tracts under the 2006
Jeb Bachmann, an analyst
with New Orleans energy consul-
tant Howard Wiel, said the four
understand the shifting political
and financial realities.
"It gives you an indication that
some of these companies believe
there is some light at the end of
the tunnel," Mr. Bachmann said.
"There is higher pricing and a be-
lief that higher prices are going to
ultimately drive some changes."
Anadarko bought seven of the
recently opened tracts south of
Pensacola because of their prox-
imity to its Independence Hub,
a major natural gas field off Ala-
bama that supplies 1.5 to 2 per-
cent of the natural gas consumed
in the U.S. every day, said Stuart
Strive, the company's vice presi-
dent of exploration for the eastern
Gulf. The newly leased tracts are
between 50 and 75 miles east of
the Independence Hub.
But finding and producing nat-
ural gas in the new site will be ex-
pensive. Three-dimensional map-
ping of the ocean floor, which
must happen before any drilling,
could take up to two years, Strive
said. If a promising site is found,
engineers must drill up to three
miles below the ocean surface to
extract the oil or natural gas.
And it will take years before the
company begins producing any-
thing at the site -- and there is no
guarantee of success. A company
can have as much as $4 billion
invested and a wait of up to five
years before seeing any return on
the investment, Mr. Strive said.
"We typically will have $100
to $200 million invested in a
project before we know if it is
an economic venture or not,"
he said. "Then, if you know you
have made an economic discov-
ery, you spend a billion dollars or
more on a facility."
The 1981 moratorium - en-
acted out of environmental con-
cerns in response to a massive oil
spill off the Santa Barbara coast
a decade earlier -- has prevented
the Interior Department from
spending money on offshore oil
or gas leases in virtually all coastal
waters outside the western Gulf
of Mexico and in some areas off
But politicians who once sup-
ported the ban are changing their
U.S. Sen. John McCain sup-
ports lifting the ban and allow-
ing states to decide whether to
approve drilling of their shores.
Crist, Florida's Republican gover-
nor and a possible vice presiden-
tial candidate, reversed his long-
standing opposition to lifting the
ban last month.
The ban won't be lifted with-
out a fight.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who has
led opposition to offshore drilling
among the state's Congressional
delegation, criticized the governor
for reversing his position,.accus-
ing Crist and McCain of putting oil
company profits before protect-
ing the state's $65 billion annual
"Oil companies and their al-
lies are using the shockingly high
price of oil and gasoline, which
largely is the result not of a sup-
ply problem but speculative fever,
to scare the public into thinking
coastal drilling offers a real solu-
tion to our dependency on oil,"
he said in an e-mailed statement.
The 2006 Senate compro-
mise opening up the Panhandle
tracts made sense and should be
honored by the oil companies,
said Dan McLaughlin, Nelson's
spokesman. Instead, the compa-
nies and Congressional Republi-
cans are pushing to open more
acreage, he said. Senator Nelson
helped broker the compromise.
"It was a compromise allow-
ing them to go where they want-
ed to go, where there were some
proven reserves, while also keep-.
ing them at a distance to save the
economy, the environment and
protect our military training ar-
eas," Mr. McLaughlin said.
"That compromise closed the
door and kept the moratorium in
place. Now you see the governor
doing an about face, but we are
confident we are going to fight it
Main Street has new Board of Directors
The newly elected 2008-09 Board of Directors of Okeechobee Main Street and their new
Executive Director are: (back row) Volunteer Committee Director Linda Draughn Wolo-
ski, Realtor with United Country MidFlorida Realty; Treasurer Terry Burroughs, owner of
Syble's Flowers and Gifts; Promotions Director Donna Huth, home mortgage consultant
with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Economic Restructuring Director Mark Smith, president
of Seacoast National Bank-Big Lake Area; President Maureen Burroughs, owner of Syble's
Flowers and Gifts; Design Committee Director Devin Maxwell of Maxwell & Maxwell-Attor-
neys at Law; (front row, seated) Main Street Executive Director, Toni Doyle; Vice-President,
Kathleen Shatto, Vice President of Commercial Lending with Seacoast National Bank; Sec-
retary Susan Barber, owner of Okeechobee Abstract & Title; and Bridgette Waldau, owner
of Studio of Graphic Design.
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* Bobby Dean Fullwood, 36,
S.W Tenth Ave., was arrested July
2, by Officer C. Troutman on the
charges of driving while license
suspended, third offense, and
resisting arrest without violence.
Bond is set at $3,000.
*Traci Lynn Grimes, 41, S,W
28 St., was arrested on July 2, by
Lt. Keith Murrish on a warrant for
the charge of false and fraudulent
insurance claim less than $20,000.
Her bond is set at $5,000.
* Randy Edward Ammons,
There's a wonderfulworld around us Full of
fascinating places. Interesting people Amazing
cultures. Important challenges. But sadly, our
kids are not getting the chance to learn about
their world. When surveys show that half of
America's youth cannot locate India or Iraq on
a map, then we have to wonder what they do
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45, U.S. 441, was arrested July
2, by Deputy Paul Jackson on an
Okeechobee County warrant on
the charge of dealing in stolen
property. Bond is set at $15,000.
* Curtis William King, 42, N.E.
Sixth St., was arrested July 2, by
Deputy Paul Jackson on a Glades
County warrant for the charge of
violation of probation - driving
t We sti
while license suspended habitual.
His bond is set at $2,500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.
"Where the Difference is Worth the Distance"
ill sing the old inspired hymns.
I preach the old infallible Book.
Arlen Cook, Pastor
Sunday School Church
9:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
51 NW 98th St. * Okeechobee, 34972 * (P.O. Box 1541, Zip 34973)
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Bronson issues advisory
about propane cylinder safety
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Ag- exposed will be a bluish-green
riculture and Consumer Services color and should not be used.
Commissioner Charles Bronson Consumers should refuse to
wants to get the facts out about purchase, any cylinder which
concerns that consumers may be demonstrates these characteris-
exposed to dangerous propane tics, and should notify their local
cylinders. The problem is the use emergency responders or police
of anhydrous ammonia with pro- department if one is found.
pane cylinders, which damages "The likelihood of a consumer
them. This product is used in the purchasing a tank that has been
manufacture of methamphet- exposed to anhydrous ammonia
amines (meth) and persons who is very low, but consumers should
manufacture "meth" have been be aware of the potential." Com-
known to use empty propane missioner Bronson said. "Pro-
cylinders to contain anhydrous pane companies in Florida are
ammonia for use in this process. aware of this issue and these cyl-
The anhydrous ammonia de- inders are unlikely to be refilled
teriorates the brass valving on the and put back into circulation for
cylinders, creating .an extremely purchase."
hazardous situation. The valves But Mr. Bronson wants to
on cylinders which have been make people aware of the situa-
tion. He is more concerned that
people may find discarded cyl-
inders and unknowingly handle
them. The Department's Division
of Standards, Bureau of Liquefied
Petroleum Gas Inspection has
not gotten any reports of these
cylinders being found for sale or
of any injuries.
Consumers are reminded to
avoid using soapy solutions con-
taining ammonia when cleaning
or checking equipment for leaks,
as this can also be harmful to
Consumers with questions
concerning this issue may con-
tact the Bureau of Liquefied Pe-
troleum Gas Inspection at 850-
921-8001 for more information.
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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to email@example.com or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
WORDS: In response to the person who says the words, "honey,
darling, sweetheart" are intimate words. If my husband ever called
me any of these words, I would personally fall over. So, for me to have
anyone at the convenience store, speak so sweetly, it is quite nice to
hear. However, I have noticed at one of these stores they only say
these sweet words to the men. And the women are told, "That will
be $5.95." Thank you. End of conversation. So, what's, up with that?
I have often stood in line at a mini-store, to listen to the behind the
counter women talk sweetly to the men, and he back to her, while no
telling if he speaks so sweetly to his own wife. Ever think of that?
YOUNG MAN: I am sorry to hear that the young man lost his arm
to the alligator. I am just wondering if there were any parents or chap-
erones there at that time? And where did the alcohol come from? Just
wondering. I hope he gets better.
VACATIONS: I have recently made a discovery about vacations.
My wife was complaining that we didn't go on a vacation. I've no-
ticed that a lot of people, when they go on vacations, something bad
happens to them. Suddenly they might pass away. God forbid, but it
happens. I have noticed a few people in town, important people in
town have passed away on their vacation: And also one who just got
back from vacation passed away and my wife's father actually passed
away on his vacation. So you know I kinda don't want to take a vaca-
tion. So then I told her, what is the first thing people want to do when
a vacation is over with? And she said, they want to come home. So
I told her, you're already home and you saved some money so leave
me alone about it.
ALLIGATOR: I was calling about the alligator situation with the
boy losing his arm. I don't think the gators should be killed just be-
cause you're drunk and you jump in where they swim and live.
GATOR ATTACK: The boy does not need to be blaming the animal
activist, he needs to be blaming himself. It was not the alligator or
animal activist's fault. It was his for jumping in at two in the morning
and swimming with gators when he knew there were gators in Nub-
bin Slough. He did not need to be drinking earlier that morning and he
did not need to be swimming with the gators.
SKUNK APE: Regarding the Skunk Ape sighting near the bridge
at Popash Slough, there are a lot of wild animals in that area. I have
seen wild hogs, deer, raccoons,.opossums and skunks in that area. It
is quite common to see deer in the pasture next to that woods. Some-
one may have an overactive imagination. Or maybe the Skunk Ape is
right at home with all those other critters.
NUBBIN.SLOUGH: I am calling about the alligator attack at Nub-
bin Slough. I have always believed, if you play with fire, you're going
to get burned. Everyone in this county and probably people in other
counties, know that alligators live there at Nubbin Slough and for the
most part, they don't bother anybody. People bring their families to
there to see them in their natural habitat, What these kids were doing
there at 2 a.m. drinking and. playing in the water, I think is very stupid.
And I'thifik the media is glamorizing these kids and really playing it
up when it doesn't need to be. Everyone knows that the boy was at-
tacked for doing something stupid. If you play with fire, you're going
to get burned.
HURRICANE: A hurricane would boost our economy. It would fill
th~!lake, boost construction and raise candle sales.
'BUILDING AND ZONING: I don't know who is in charge of the
buildings or zoning, but someone needs to take a look at the places
in Basswood, Whispering Pines, Dewberry Gardens, and a few other
places around the lake. They need to do something because this town
is going to pot. Do something to make people clean up their property
or fine them or something. They stayed on the man on 441 about his
property, they need to do the saine about homeowners. They need to
do something to clean up Okeechobee.
ANIMALS: I'm no animal rights liberal, but killing one of the oldest
animals on the planet for doing what it does naturally isn't the best
alternative. We as humans need to stop testing nature ... just because
we can paint a picture and write a song doesn't mean we're better
than the animals overall. Ever seen a bobcat in your yard? Did you
want to immediately eat it? No. Wait 'till a bobcat sees you in the,
woods ... he'll eat you.
INFORMATION: I am wondering if we really have the real informa-
tion on the alligator attack. They have both 911 calls online now, and if
you listen, the first caller says his friend was thrown in the water. The
first caller also -does not appear to know where they are and he does
not mention an alligator. The second caller also has trouble explaining
where they are and it is the dispatcher who asks if it is Nubbin Slough.
It's online at: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=5a9_1214582311.
ARE'YOU READY: How many of you were here for Hurricane An-
drew? I worked with FPL at that time through another company and
we worked the after effects of that storm, what a ride to see, I still
have the tape of our first impressions of the first day. How many of
you are ready? Do you have your generators, flash lights and batteries,
bottles of water and food for at least a month? I remember a couple
of years ago when that small one came through 'Chobee, you could
buy nothing here. We went to Sebring just to see how bad they were,
everything was open for business.
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ing regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Cypress Hut Fraternal Order
of Eagles 4509 BBQ
The Cypress Hut Frateinal 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.
Hospice to host yard sale fundraiser
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a 3-day Yard Sale at the Blue Vol-
unteer Building, next to. The Hamrick Home (411 S.E. Fourth Street)
on Thursday, July 10, 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. Friday July 11, from 8 a.m. un-
til noon and Saturday, July 12, 8 a.m. until noon. Bargains galore, all
new items available. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee
including services offered in The Hamrick Home. For information, call
Cathy at 863-467-2321 or 863-697-1995.
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-
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 Second 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 en-
hance your scrapbooking and caremaking projects. Refreshments will
be served and there will be plenty of door prizes. Bring any scrapbook
pages on which you are currently working. For more information call
Joan at (863) 467-0290 or Carolyn at (863) 634-1885.
Glades Gun Club to host shooting event
The Glades County Gun club will hold an open range shooting
event on Saturday, July 12. The range is located at the Glades County
Sheriff's Gun Range at Gun Club Road on S.R. 78, 4.2 mi N.E. of U.S.
27. Glades County residents are welcome at no charge. Insurance re-
quires all guests to register, attend a short range safety briefing and
sign a waiver. Eye and ear protection is mandatory and will be avail-
able by the club.
The gate will open at 8 a.m., registration from 8:15-8:45 p.m.,'
briefing at 8:45 p.m. Shooting to begin after briefing till about 11 a.m.
Guests will accompanied and supervised by a club member at the
firing line for safety. Black powder guns' are welcome. For further in-
formation call 863-946-2566.
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 D.A.R. meets the first Saturday of every
month October-May atOakview Baptist Church 677 S.W 32nd Street
at 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.
SNarcotics 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
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 7p.m. at the
Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please call.
Monday, July 7
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will. meet at Ihe 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, 1II)1 Fifth Ave. For inlt:,rmr,lion call .63-634-4780.
Okeechobee SeniorSingers rnf'.-: i-,:i:-' ,:Iia rni i theOkeechobee
Presb\lendri Churchd, 312 Jotlh Paot rlt Ae Everorro \ ho 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 S6:3-763:-6952.
Tuesday, July 8
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call Mim
Kapteina at 863-763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
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Okeechobee News, Saturday, July 5, 2008
WIZARD OF ID
At the Movies
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.
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wondering about the custom of
shoe removal when someone is a
guest at the home of the person
who practices this custom before
entering the house.
When the entryway has sev-
eral pairs of shoes in plain view,
it's obvious the residents remove
their footwear before entering the
living space. By the way, I am not
referring to entering a Japanese
home where it is considered dis-
respectful to leave one's shoes
How can a guest handle a
situation like this in your standard
American home? Is it appropriate
to ask if they would like you to
remove your shoes? This can be
of particular concern to a woman
in dressy attire wearing heels or
other footwear to complete her
outfit. If she removes her shoes,
it can ruin the image she's trying
to present. Walking barefoot or
in stockings could be consider-
ing tacky. What is the proper eti-
quette for these circumstances?
-- FOOTLOOSE IN FLORIDA
-DEAR FOOTLOOSE: Proper
etiquette would be for the hosts to
inform prospective guests before-
hand about their preference that
shoes not be worn inside their
home. That way, the person can
choose to accept the invitation or
not, or dress in such a way that
his/her "image" won't be ruined
when the shoes come off.
This subject is mentioned in
"Emily Post's Etiquette," 17th Edi-
tion, by Peggy Post, who says:
"While removing your shoes
when entering someone else's
home isn't typically a part of U.S.
culture ... politely asking fam-
ily, friends and party guests to do
so is fine - especially in locales
with long seasons of inclement
"Just make sure you have a
stash of comfortable slippers, flip-
flops or nonskid slippers or socks
for visitors to wear. That way,
guests won't feel so uncomfort-
able about exposing their bare
stocking feet. Be careful, though.
If you're throwing a more formal
party or you don't know your
guests all that well, asking them
to remove their shoes could be
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the Babe Ruth league in my town.
I like the sport, but I'm only an
average hitter and fielder. I'm not
even close to being one of the
good players on the team.
My dad puts a lot of effort into
trying to make me the best on
the team. I try as hard as I can
to improve at practice and in the
games, but I don't seem to get
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One night before Dad went to
bed I told him, "I'm sorry I'm not
as good as you want me to be."
He said, "Don't worry about it.
One of these days I'm going to
make you into one of the best
I want to be all that my father
wants me to be - and more -
but no matter how hard I try, I just
don't have the talent. Should I tell
my father that this is the best that I
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DEAR DOING THE BEST
YOU CAN: Not just yet. Your
father may get pleasure from
spending the time with you
and be unaware of the pressure
you're experiencing. Not every-
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we have writers, scientists, artists
and computer geniuses.
Look at it this way: You were
good enough to qualify for the
team. Do you still enjoy the game?
If it has become a burden, talk to
your coach about it. Maybe he
can have a talk with your father,
and you can share some other
Dear Abby is written by Abigail
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ARIES (March 21-April 19):
horizon- Get involved in something com-
THEIR petitive or that will stimulate you
ers spell mentally and physically. A visit to
your local spa for a massage will
0 letters also get you in perfect shape for
an evening out. Focus on yourself
D E and your needs for a change. 5
T T stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
H S Don't overdo it or someone will
peg you as conceited when re-
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R T impression. Be yourself -- that's
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Dash, can leave a lasting impression on
Ddients, someone able to help you with a
Peach, creative project you are pursuing.
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Tequila, and you could get a partner who
can complement what you are
es.ooe trying to do. Don't forget about
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will make the best choices and be
able to accomplish what you set
out to do. This is a great day to
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s, perhaps You can position yourself well by
hat working alongside people who
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stand in the way of your progress.
almost In the end, the gains you make
nos. will please everyone. 4 stars
en of SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
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don't pay for others' mistakes.
Give advice and moral support
but keep your money in a safe
place for when you really need it.
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18): Keep things straight in your
head. Fact and fiction can be
closely linked if you aren't honest
with yourself about a relationship
you are involved in. Emotional
deception is apparent. 3 stars
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Trust is something that is earned
and someone you know is likely
to mislead you. Listen to what's
being offered but don't give away
your ideas or your secrets. Do ev-
erything yourself; you will have
07/05/08 no regrets. 3 stars
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6 Okeechobee News, Saturday, July 5, 2008
Today in History
Today is Saturday, July 5, the
187th day of 2008. There are 179
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 5, 1946, the bikini
bathing suit, designed by Louis
Reard, made its debut during an
outdoor fashion show at the Moli-
tor Pool in Paris. (Micheline Ber-
nardini, a nude dancer, modeled
the skimpy two-piece outfit.)
On this date:
In 1811, Venezuela became
the first South-American country
to declare independence from
In 1830, the French occupied
the North African city of Algiers.
In 1865, William Booth found-
ed the Salvation Army in London.
In 1935, President Roosevelt
signed the National Labor Rela-
tions Act, which provided for a
National Labor Relations Board,
and authorized labor to organize
for the purpose of collective bar-
In 1940, during World War II,
Britain and the Vichy government
in France broke off diplomatic re-
In 1947, Larry Doby made his
debut with the Cleveland Indians,
becoming the first black player in
the American League.
In 1948, Britain's National
Health Service Act went into ef-
fect, providing government-fi-
nanced medical and dental care.
In 1975, Arthur Ashe became
the first black man to win a Wim-
bledon singles title as he defeated
In 1978, a Soviet Soyuz space-
craft touched down safely in
Soviet Kazakhstan with its two-
member crew, including the first
Polish space traveler Maj. Miro-
In 1991, a worldwide financial
scandal erupted as regulators in
eight countries shut down the
Bank of Credit and Commerce
Ten years ago: British se-
curity forces in Northern Ireland
blocked a group of Protestants
from parading through the main
Catholic neighborhood of Portad-
own. Pete Sampras won Wimble-
don for the fifth time in six years
with a 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (11-9), 6-4,
3-6, 6-2 triumph over Goran Ivani-
Five years ago: A bomb blast
in Ramadi killed seven Iraqi police
recruits as they graduated from a
U.S.-taught training course. Sui-
cide bombers killed 14 victims at
a Moscow rock festival. Serena
Williams beat sister Venus 4-6,
6-4, 6-2 for her second straight
Wimbledon title. Police in Na-
mibia reported the recent death
of N!xau, the diminutive bush-
man catapulted to international
stardom in the film "The Gods
Must Be Crazy"; he was thought
to be about 59 years old.
One year ago: In a setback
to President Bush's war strategy,
GOP stalwart Sen. Pete Domeni-
ci said he wanted to see an end
to combat operations and U.S.
troops heading home from Iraq
by spring 2008. French opera
great Regine Crespin died in Paris
at age 80.
Thought for Today: "The
truly fashionable are beyond fash-
ion." Cecil Beaton, English fash-
ion photographer and costume
Larry Harmon, Bozo the Clown, dead at 83
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Larry
Harmon wasn't the original Bozo
the Clown, but he was the real
Harmon, who portrayed the
wing-haired clown for more than
half a century, died Thursday of
congestive heart failure, said his
publicist, Jerry Digney. He was 83.
As an entrepreneur, Harmon
licensed the character to others,
particularly dozens of television
stations around the country. The
stations in turn hired actors to be
their local Bozos.
"Bozo is a combination of the
wonderful wisdom of the adult
and the childlike ways in all of us,"
Harmon told The Associated Press
in a 1996 interview.
Pinto Colvig, who provided the
voice for Walt Disney's Goofy, was
the first Bozo the Clown, a char-
acter created by writer-producer
Alan W. Livingston for a series of
children's records in 1946. Liv-
ingston said he came up with the
name Bozo after polling several
people at Capitol Records.
Harmon would later meet his
alter ego while answering a cast-
ing call to make personal appear-
ances as a clown to promote the
He got that job and eventually
bought the rights to Bozo. Along
the way, he embellished Bozo's
distinctive look: the orange-tufted
hair, the bulbous nose, the out-
landish red, white and blue cos-
"You might say, in a way, I was
cloning BTC (Bozo the Clown)
before anybody else out there got
around to cloning DNA," Harmon
said in the 1996 interview. "I felt if
I could plant my size 83AAA shoes
on this planet, (people) would
never be able to forget those foot-
Susan Harmon, his wife of 29
years, indicated Harmon was the
perfect fit for Bozo.
"He was the most optimistic
man I ever met. He always saw a
bright side; he always had some-
thing good to say about every-
body. He was the love of my life,"
she said Thursday.
The business -- combining ani-
mation, licensing of the character
and personal appearances -- made
millions, as Harmon trained more
than 200 Bozos over the years to
represent him in local markets.
"I'm looking for that -sparkle
in the eyes, that emotion, feeling,
directness, warmth. That is so .im-
portant," he said of his criteria for
becoming a Bozo.
The Chicago version of Bozo
ran on WGN-TV in Chicago for 40
years and was seen in many other
cities after cable television trans-
formed WGN into a superstation.
Jeannette Ashby Grice
Jeanette Ashby Grice, age 85,
of Okeechobee, died July 2, 2008
at Lawnwood Regional Medical
Center. Born April 20, 1923 in
':3esup; Ga. Ms. Grice has been a
resident of Okeechobee since the
She is preceded in death by
her husband, Leary Grice.
She is survived by one of her
sisters, Louise Smith of Reidsville,
Ga.; two nieces; one nephew and
several great nieces.
The family will receive friends
at the Buxton Funeral Home on
Saturday, July 5, from 9:30 a.m.
until service time at 10 a.m.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
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Churches host Bible Schools
By Pete Gawda
Stampede to vacation Bible
school at Fort Drum Commu-
nity Church, 32415, U. S. 441 N.
The dates are'July 21-25, from 6
to 8 each evening. The theme is
"Avalanche Ranch - A Wild Ride
Through God's Word." For more
information call 863-467-1733.
Church, 300 S. W Sixth Ave.,
invites all children ages four
through sixth grade for the an-
nual Club Vacation Bible School.
The pardnerss" (kids) will ride
through trails of adventure-filled
Bible stories, create western
crafts, enjoy refreshing snacks and
gallop through recreational activi-
ties. The dates are July 7 through
11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each
evening. For more information,
please call 863-763-6848 (leave
Church, U. S. 441 N, will be host-
ing Vacation Bible School Outrig-
ger Island July 14-18, from 6 - 9
p.m. each evening for ages five
and up. If you have any questions
contact Tom at 863-532-8519.
Okeechobee Seventh Day
Adventist Church is interested
in selling their church pews, as
they are purchasing new ones.
The pews are wooden with top
and bottom padding. There are 15
available. For more details, please
call Linda at 863-610-0165.
Victory Baptist Church,
500 S.W. Ninth St., will be having
Vacation Bible School July 20-25,
from 9 a.m. until noon each day.
The theme is "Friendship Trek, Je-
sus our forever friend," Kids will
discover the good news about Je-
sus at every camp site. They will
meet new friends at Friendship
Summit, play fun survivor games,
experience Buddy Porcupine's
Bible Challenge, enjoy delicious
backpack snacks, listen to camp-
fire stories, create wilderness
crafts and much, much more. All
while learning about their forever
friend, Jesus Christ! For more in-
formation call Joy Jarriel at 863-
His House Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene, 425
S.W 28th, St., will be having Cus-
tom Garage Vacation Bible School
from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening
Grace Brethren Church tells
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Aug. 4-8. The theme is "Loving
God - Serving Others." The church
would prefer preregistration to
ensure there are enough materials
and snacks. Preregistration forms
can be obtained at the church
office Monday through Friday, 9
a.m. to noon. Parents will have to
come in person to sign a medical
release form. The VBS will consist
of four sites each evening - the
service center, (opening and clos-
ing program), tool talk, (Bible sto-
ries), road map (memory Bible
verses), filling station (snacks),
tune up (music) and custom de-
sign (crafts). Each night an offer-
ing (those who want to and are
able to give) will be taken up to
purchase "Proclaimers." A "Pro-
claimer" is a radio-sized device
with a microchip that holds an
audio Bible in the language of
the listeners. "Proclaimers" will
be sent to pre-literate areas of the
world. They can be powered by
battery, electricity, solar power or
hand cranked. Each participant
will have plenty to take home at
the end of the week, a "shop rag,"
poster for their room, the crafts
they have- made, a licence plate,
flashlight, sport water bottle and
,any award they've earned for
memorizing verses. For more in-
formation call the church office at
863-763-3519 or e-mail hhfihf@
First Baptist Church, 401
S.W Fourth St., will only have
one morning worship service
throughout the summer until
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
us about divine fire insur-
Aug. 31. Sunday School will begin
at 8:45. Throughout the summer
there will be family and outreach
events each Sunday evening at
5:30. The congregation will "Cel-
ebrate Freedom" on July 6. July
13, is music night featuring blue-
grass. A luau will be held in the
ROC on July 20. The movie "Fly-
wheel" will be shown on July 27.
Aug.3, will be Youth Night with
the World Changers. A seafood
fest and back to school bash will
be held Aug. 10.
First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St.,
has changed their worship ser-
vice and Sunday School times for
the summer months. There will
be one worship service on Sun-
day at 10 a.m. and Sunday School
at 9 a.m.
Vacation Bible School ev-
ery Sunday? Yes! This summer
children in the community are
invited to attend at 9 on Sunday
mornings, a Sunday School like
no other! At First United Meth-
odist Church, they will be go-
ing on "Son Safari" each week
from June 8 to July 20, learning
a all about God's truths from the
natural world. Do you know why
pineapples are prickly? Have you
any idea why the eagle can soar
higher than any other bird? Each
Sunday morning we will have a
different learning station from
cooking to crafts, from games to
puppetry. To register, call Nancy
Vaughan at the church office 863-
Bible study at Believers Fel-
lowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth
Ave., is held on Wednesday eve-
nings from 7 to 8 p.m. Pastor Nick
Hopkins presents informative and
in depth Bible studies in a casual
and friendly atmosphere. Every-
one is invited to attend. Coffee
and desserts are served.
Do you suffer from depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health
Support Group group meets on
the second and fourth Thursday
of the month at 6 p.m. on Martin
County Grade. Call 722-597-0463
for more information. Family
members are welcome.
A Community Interdenomi-
national Prayer Service is held
the first Saturday of each month
at 6 p.m. at Calvary Chapel,
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Each Wednesday night begin-
ning at 6:15 p.m. His House
Fellowship Church of the
Nazarene will have a supper
for $4 donation per person. RES-
ERVATIONS must be made by
MONDAYS. (Only done by reser-
vation!) Phone church office 863-
763-3519 to reserve and find out
menu. Following the supper the
church has a Bible study at 7 p.m.
called "Connecting the Dots" - a
year long journey through the
Bible, which explains how one
book of the Bible relates to oth-
ers and how it all "connects:" Fol-
lowing the supper, there are also
classes for children, youth and
Hispanics -"Sunday School" on
Treasure Island Baptist
Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E.,
youth van runs through Treasure
Island arid surrounding areas.
Programs are available for stu-
dents in grades one through six
and seven through 12. Programs
are from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Wednesday nights. The church
van will pick children up and take
them home. For information, call
First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St., is
hosting "Mother's Morning Out",
a free cooperative morning of
childcare every Tuesday morn-
ing from 9:30 until noon. The
church is now receiving registra-
tions for the summer session,
June 3 through Aug. 12. Details
are available by contacting Nancy
Vaughan at 863-763-4021 or by
Fort Drum Community
Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will
hold a men's fellowship breakfast
at Ruck's Pit every other Satur-
day starting at 6:30 a.m., and a
women's fellowship every .other
Monday starting at 6:30 a.m. For
information or if you need trans-
portation to and from these activi-
ties, call 863-467-1733.
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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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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-
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obtained at any GEC Office. Resumes may be
or faxed to (863)946-6266
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years is a requirement upon employment within
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and professional career is your goal, please visil
our offices at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida 34974 to complete an application. Appli-
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Church Pews- 15 in all, wood-
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Business Places 910
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House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property. -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
House for Rent
2 story, 3br/2ba,
barn, 3 fenced
& last $4800
OAK LAKE VILLAS Remodeled
2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
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 appl., more upgrades,
$1300 month includes lawn
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. 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, iba, 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 - Near Courthouse.
2 roommates needed,,male or
female, prefer non-smoker,
all utilities incl. $125 wk. Call
for details (863)228-1865
Room for Rent-entire house
privileges, $385 month '+
$200 security and half of
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Houses - Sale 1025
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Waterfront Property 1080
4br/2ba with loft, office and
laundry room combined, fire-
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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/lba, $650 month, some
appliances, pets ok,
BHR - MH for rent, lbr, 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/IBA, all until, fur-
nished $650 mo. + $200
sec. dep. 828 Hwy. 441 SE.
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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.,
OKEECHOBEE ON RIM CANAL
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Okeechobee News, Saturday, July 5, 2008 9
Night owl Okeechobee wins big in final r
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee's 14 year old all
stars are going to state as district
Okeechobee defeated Sebring,
13-1, Thursday night in a game
that was delayed close to five
hours by wind, rain, and light-
ning. It was after 9 p.m. when the
first pitch was thrown.
Okeechobee proved they
could play as well in the western
time zone than they can in the
eastern time zone as they pound-
ed out three home runs, including
a walk off three run home run by
left handed Timmy Farrell.
Farrell added another home
run earlier in the game.
Mark Weir hit a solo home run
in the first inning as Okeechobee
jumped out to a 2-0 lead. They
never trailed after that.
Left hander Austin Hamilton
handled the pitching in the night-
cap and was outstanding. He
hadn't been used much, in the
tournament, and was one of the
fresher pitchers on the mound
For awhile it didn't look like
Okeechobee would get the game
in. Rain drenched the field for sev-
eral hours. Once it stopped, good
samaritans who own airboats
were brought to the field to help
dry it off and make it playable.
The win avenged a disappoint-
ing 6-5 win in the matinee Thurs-
day when Sebring stayed alive
with the nail biter win.
Last year's Okeechobee team
(then 13 year old boys) went all
the way to the Dixie Youth World
Series and claimed the national
This year's state tournament
will be held in Marianna, Fla. and
will start on July 19.
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Brad Coleman looks at his third base coach for a sign during
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Make the call
Adrian Minondo (right) and
day's Little league game.
Danny Roberts (left) look for the umpires call during Wednes-
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Tyler Finney dives back to second during a pickoff play during Thursday's game.
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