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Vol. 99 No. 191
Bertha weakens to
Cat. 1 storm
MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters
say Hurricane Bertha has weak-
ened to a Category 1 storm.
As of 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday,
the center of the storm was
about 620 miles east-northeast
of the northern Leeward Islands
and about 900 miles southeast
Maximum sustained winds
decreased to 85 mph with
some higher gusting.
The storm is expected to
continue weakening over the
next couple of days. The At-
lantic season's first hurricane
is headed to the northwest at
about 12 mph.
Bertha is expected to contin-
ue heading toward Bermuda.
Forecasters urged people on
the island to continue monitor-
ing the storm's progress.
Large swells and high surfs
could affect portion of Bermu-
da late tomorrows.
It's unknown if or when the
hurricane will make landfall.
State parks offer
free day on Sunday
To celebrate July as Rec-
reation and Parks Month, the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection's Division of
Recreation & Parks is encour-
aging family friendly, outdoor
recreation with the launch of
its "Family. Friends. Fun." cam-
paign to reconnect children
and families with nature.
Since 1985, the National
Recreation and Park Associa-
tion has designated July as Rec-
reation and Parks Month.
To celebrate this designa-
tion, Florida is waiving admis-
sion to all state parks on Sun-
day, July 13.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: 9.03 feet
r . i nred By:
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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Com ics ...................................... 9
Community Events..................... 4
Crossw ord ................................. 9
Dinner Diva................................ 7
Opinion....... .......................... 4
Speak Out................................. 4
TV ................................... . 4
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Utility rate increase approved
Water rates go up
8%; sewer rates 15%
By Pete Gawda
Along with higher gasoline
prices and other price increases,
Okeechobee residents will soon
be paying higher utility bills.
At their meeting on Tuesday,
July 8 the Okeechobee Utility
Authority (OUA) Board of Direc-
tors voted to increase water rates
by 8 percent, sewer rates by 15
percent and 3 percent for other
rates. Effective date for the in-
creases is Aug. 1.
There is some good news.
Under the new' rate schedule
if a person agrees to pay their
monthly bills by direct deposit,
the initial deposit would be cut
The rate increase was based
on projected operating expenses
for the coming year.
"If projections hold true, we
should be O.K.," said John Hay-
ford, OUA's executive director.
The board also established a
rate stabilization fund with a cap
of $ 1 million. Undedicated rev-
enues can be put into this fund
to be used for contingencies and
emergencies. There is no re-
quirement to put funds into the
account or withdraw funds.
"It's a safety net," said finan-
cial adviser Henry Thomas. 'It's
pu .." '"`-itionary."
ember Melanie An-
de d if there was any fat
th; )e cut from expendi-
ord replied the only
it back would be on
Summer camp: Just Horsing Aroun(
UKeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Alex Heatley, Carley Enfinger and Raylee Holmes are all taking part in the Just Horsing
Around horse camp hosted by the IFAS extension office and the 4-H. Camp is under
way this week at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The campers brought their own
4-H camp teaches horsemanship
By Victoria Hannon
Just Horsing Around, 4-H
horse day camp is currently in
its first week of camp.
This camp is open to chil-
dren from the ages of 8 to 18.
This is the second year of
During the first day of each
week, students are evaluated
on their riding skills and divid-
ed into groups. This will make
it easier for the instructors to
teach the children.
Each week offers different
lesson about horsemanship,
from the basics of how to care
for a horse and get ready for
shows to barrel racing and cut-
ting, there is a wide variety.
Children will learn about
horse health and proper care,
English and Western riding,
roping, barrel racing; typical
rodeo things, dressage and
reining, said Debbie Clements
of the Okeechobee Extension
Each of the one-week ses-
sions will focus on a different
thing; basic horsemanship,, ro-
deo and special events.
The first week is focusing on
"It's disciplines and sports
that these kids probably don't
participate in or see that often,"
said Brian Trimble, who is in
charge of the camp.
This week will include les-
sons in both English and west-
ern style events, such as dres-
sage, cutting and reining.
Ms. Clements explained that
this week would be like a buf-
fet, where the children can get
a little taste of a lot of different
things and go back latter for
what they liked.
Dressage, which the chil-
dren were working on the first
day, was taught by Stephany
Okeechobee News/Victoria Mannon
Rachel Muros, Megan Mullin and Johanna Trimble are
teen counselors for the first week of Just Horsing Around,
a horse camp hosted by the IFAS extension office and the
and expansion plans. Nothing
else could be cut out of the bud-
get, he said.
"Nobody wants to see rates
go up," was the opinion of board
chairman Steve Nelson.
Board member Carl Leonard
noted that West Palm Beach util-
ity rates have gone up "exponen-
The base facility charge for
a three quarter inch residential
meter increased from $16.43 to
$17.74. The price per thousand
gallons of water increased from
$3.46 to $3.74 for the first 3,000
gallons for three quarter inch
residential meters. For water us-
age above 3,000 gallons the price
per thousand gallons went from
$5.19 to $5.61
The wastewater base facility
charge for a three quarter inch
residential meter rose to $19.79
from $17.21. The cost for resi-
dential sewer service increases
from $5.36 to $6.16 per one
The board had previously dis-
cussed buying a vacant down-
town lot on S.W Second Street
See Rates - Page 2
Four schools earn
A's; one gets a D
By Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee County
School District received their
report card from the Florida
Department of Education with
District-wide there were
three As, four B's, one C and
Schools are assigned a grade
based primarily upon student
achievement data from the
FCAT. School grades commu-
nicate to the public how well
a school is performing relative
to state achievement of state
standards. Grades are calcu-
lated based on annual learning
gains of each student toward
achievement of Sunshine State
Standards, the progress of the
lowest quartile of students, and
the meeting of proficiency stan-
The grades are given on a
point - system where schools
are awarded one point for each
percent of students who score
high on the FCAT and/or make
annual learning gains.
A's were earned by South
Elementary School and both of
See Grades - Page 2
By Pete Gawda
People who address the
Okeechobee County Commis-
sion in the future may have to
"mind their p's and q's."
At their meeting on Thurs-
day, July 10 Okeechobee Coun-
ty Commissioners will be con-
sidering an ordinance dealing
with rules of decorum for pub-
lic meetings and an ordinance
dealing with the expenditure
of public funds for hospitality
What: Bimonthly meeting of the
Okeechobee Countr Board of
Where: Commission chambers,
Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W Second St.
When- 9 a.m., Thursday. July 10
The ordinance on public
meetings would set time' lim-
its and procedures for persons
wishing to address a governing
body. It would provide a mini-
See Rules - Page 2
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Employees of Lynch Paving were seen on Tuesday, July 8 working at Yearling Middle
School. The $148,593 contract includes drainage, handicapped ramps, adding parking
spaces on the west side of the building and resurfacing the bus circle and teachers'
parking area. The job should be completed in another week or two.
By Madlen Read
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall
Street finished sharply higher
Tuesday as oil prices dropped
sharply for the second straight
day and investors were encour-
aged by the possibility of more
help for the ailing financial sys-
tem. The Dow Jones industrials
gained more than 150 points,
and all the major indexes were
up more than 1 percent.
Crude prices tumbled, fall-
ing $5.33 to settle at $136.04 a
barrel on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange, bringing oil's
two-day drop to more than $9.
The average U.S. retail price of
a gallon of gasoline remains at
a record $4.108, according to
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Weak economy forces festivals to rethink, cancel
By Emily Fredrix
AP Business Writer
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- For the
first time in more than 20 years,
the organizers of the Harbor Fest
musical festival in Racine, Wis.,
were forced to cancel their semi-
nal summertime event on the
shores of Lake Michigan.
Sure, attendance has dwindled
in recent years, but rising costs
and a 40 percent drop in corpo-
rate sponsorship dealt the final
blow. "It boiled down to, if we
can't do it the right way, let's just
not do it," said Joe Mooney, the
event's organizer for all but one
Mooney's misery has compa-
ny. From a hot air balloon festival
in Jackson, Mich., to parades in
Clearwater, Fla. to a seafood fes-
tival in Annapolis, Md., organiz-
Continued From Page 2
for construction of a new admin-
Mr. Leonard questioned the
wisdom of building a new build-
ing in light of the rate increases.
He also mentioned that this might
not be a good thing to do right
now since OUA was asking for
money to get individual residenc-
es off septic tanks. He suggested
delaying until the economic pic-
ture got better.
Mr. Hayford said the board had
the options of taking no action or
purchasing the property and wait-
Continued From Page 1
our middle schools, Yearling and
South maintained their A from
last year with their score of 551
points, Osceola raised from a B
to an A this year with an increase
of 29 points to 527. Yearling main-
tained their A with a score of 548.
An A is given when schools
earn 525 points or more; meet
adequate progress of lowest stu-
dents in reading and math and
test at least 95 percent of eligible
B schools must earn 495 points
or more; meet adequate progress
of lowest students in reading and
math within two years; and test
at least 90 percent of eligible stu-
Three of the district's elemen-
tary schools: Central; North; and
Seminole received B's as well as
the Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
Central was only short of A
status by five points, earning 520
North was short by 11 points,
coming in at 514 and OFC was
short by 26 points coming in at
499 for the 2007-08 school year.
Everglades Elementary School
remained at a C with a score of
469. To receive a C a school must
earn 435 points or more; meet
adequate progress of lowest stu-
dents in reading and math within
two years; and test at least 90 per-
cent of eligible students.
While the Okeechobee High
School received enough points
to earn a C with 445 points, they
received a D because they did not
meet adequate progress with the
percentage of the lowest quartile
of students making gains in read-
Continued From Page 1
mum of 15 minutes at the begin-
ning of the meeting for persons
who wish to speak on an item not
on the agenda. When more than
one person addresses an item on
the agenda, the presiding officer
may rule a speaker out of order
if that speaker begins repeating
information that has already been
The proposed hospitality ordi-
nance would clarify the existing
ordinance and give the county
administrator greater discretion
for the purchase of items under
the hospitality heading. It would
Continued From Page 1
Fish. This an English event which
is essentially getting the horse to
"Most of our kids are exposed
to western style riding," Mr. Trim-
ble said. "This gives the kids a
chance to try an event that they
might not get to try any other
One of the things that they
went over on the first day was
how to get the horse to move us-
ing just feet and legs.
There are 16 children attend-
ing the first week of the camp.
This week the children will
ers grappling with the effects of a
weakening economy are calling it
quits. Or at least putting off their
events until next year.
Corporate sponsors are pulling
out as they worry about their own
financial well-being, let alone do-
nating money to a festival. Orga-
nizers are reluctant to raise ticket
prices since families shelling out
$4-a-gallon for gas may not want
to pay the extra money. And costs
for hiring bands, vendors and
renting grounds are rising.
There are tens of thousands of
festivals and parades across the
country each year, ranging from
events with a few balloons and a
tent to those with rides, musicians
and acres of vendors. Summer is
the peak season, said Ira Rosen,
the North American director of
the International Festivals and
ing for better economic times to
Mr. Nelson noted that if the
board passed up the property
now, it could cost more later.
Basil Coule, OUAs director of
finance, stated that the purchase
of the property would be paid for
using capital connection funds.
It would not be funded from the
Mr. Hayford stated that with
the hiring of a few more employ-
ees the current building would
be crowded. He said that some
space could be gained by moving
the board room somewhere else.
"We could inconveniently stay
here for several more years," as-
serted alternate board member
This year only 28 percent of
students in the lowest quartile
made gains in reading. If 50 per-
cent of students in the lowest
quartile do not make gains a let-
ter grade is automatically lowered
According to Sharon Suits,
"the district is pleased with the
grades that continue to show im-
provement overall. There are go-
ing to be some years you're going
to have some fluctuations year to
,The district as a whole is look-
ing towards science as one area
that needs attention as well as
the lowest quartile gains at all lev-
els, especially at the high school
Three schools are on the state's
Schools in Need of Improvement
monitoring list: Seminole Elemen-
tary Everglades Elementary and
Okeechobee High School.
These schools are not yet on
the restructuring lists; improve-
ment in grades helps to show that
improvements are being made at
During the summer princi-
pals and administration have
been attending workshops such
as the Learning First Leadership
Conference to learn new ideas
to implement in their schools
or district-wide to assist in fur-
ther improvement. They are also
searching out other resources
by going to district's with similar
demographics who are having
success with particular programs
and partnering with them to at-
tempt at mirroring their success
within our own district.
Russ Brown with the Pemayetv
Emakakv Charter School on the
Brighton Seminole Reservation
is also pleased to announce that
they received an A with a score of
limit the county administrator's
spending on hospitality items to
$250. The ordinance includes re-
freshments, instruments of rec-
ognition, tokens of sympathy or
meals, souvenirs and refrigera-
tors, coffee-makers and micro-
wave ovens in common areas
used by county employees.
Maureen Burroughs of
Okeechobee Main Street is sched-
uled to address the board con-
cerning the courtyard project and
the National Day of the American
Cowboy. The courtyard project
is involved with making a park
in the area across the street from
the courthouse. The civic orga-
nization has secured some grant
money for trees for the project.
also learn about reining and
working cow herds, the different
characteristics of different breeds
of horses and how to identify the
different breeds, parts of a horse's
body, ground manners, showing,
One day this week will be
dedicated to showmanship and
halter. Showmanship judges how
well a person shows their horse
and halter judges the horse.
"Both these events take a lot of
preparation and a lot of training,"
Lindsay Houpt, one of the camp
Some of the skills that the chil-
dren will be learning can cross-
over and be applied to both Eng-
lish and western riding.
"It's all about riding skills," Mr.
The economic impact is big,
with festivals generating hun-
dreds of millions of dollars for
organizers, many of which are
nonprofit and donate proceeds
to charities. They also boost local
businesses, including hotels, res-
taurants and retailers. As many as
80 percent break even each year,
This year, festivals are weighing
their options and studying the im-
pact of tough decisions like rais-
ing prices. It's unclear how many
have decided to cancel or delay
their events for a year, though
attendance so far has been flat,
A number have opted to re-
main free but request donations
to help cover costs.
Problem is, not everyone is
After considerable discussion
the board unanimously voted to
proceed with the purchase of the
building but declined to take any
action toward construction at this
A related motion to pay Ar-
chitects Design Group $18,330 to
conduct a space needs analysis
and draw up a conceptual floor
plan for a new building died for
lack of a second.
In other action, the board:
*recognized Michael Connah
for 10 years" service to the utility;
*ratified expenditure of $3,200
to Boyle Engineering Corporation
for design support for the owner
purchase of a generator of the
605 points. This was their first year
in operation and look forward to
the coming school year.
For the state, Florida has more
schools earning "A's" and "B's"
than ever before according to the
2008 school grades results. Of the
2,889 schools graded this year,
nearly three quarters (2,125) are
considered to be high perform-
ing (receiving either an "A" or "B"
grade). Additionally, the number
of schools considered to be low
performing decreased significant-
ly compared to last year.
Florida continues to raise its
school performance expectations
to ensure students are prepared
for the rigor of _postsecondary
education and the workforce.
In 2007, the expectations were
raised for the fourth time since
the inception of school grades.
This year's results confirm histori-
cal trends that indicate schools
respond with improved perfor-
mance when expectations are
raised. The number of low per-
forming schools (receiving an
"F" grade) declined to 45 this
year, down from 83 in 2007. Of
last year's 83 "F" graded schools,
five improved to an "A," seven im-
proved to a "B," 33 improved to a
"C" and 20 improved to a "D."
The Florida School Recogni-
tion Program rewards schools
that have sustained high student
performance or demonstrated
substantial improvement in stu-
dent performance. Schools that
receive an "A," or improve at least
one performance grade from
the previous year, are eligible to
earn an additional $85 per stu-
dent. The School Recognition
Program has had a positive ef-
fect on schools maintaining and
improving grades. In 2008, 1,203
schools maintained their "A," 32
newly opened schools earned an
The National Day of the Ameri-
can Cowboy, July 26, will include
a cattle drive through downtown
Okeechobee and a ranch ro-
deo and barbecue contest at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
In other action, the board is
*approve a contract to update
the 911 system to be funded al-
most entirely from a state grant;
*join other counties in litiga-
tion challenging a recently enact-
ed state law that would require
counties to fund an office of crim-
inal conflict to represent persons
where the public defender has a
conflict of interest or is not autho-
rized to provide representation;
*consider approval of im-
Trimble said. "A horse is only as
good as the person sitting on its
One Friday, the children will
have a mock-show where they
will be judged on the skills that
they learned and awarded with
ribbons and T-shirts.
"It's to encourage them so that
they might take up something
that they never tried before," Mr.
Trimble said. "That's what we are
trying to get these kids to experi-
There is still space available for
more riders to sign up.
To participate in the camp,
children must be able to bring a
"We tried sharing horses last
year," Ms. Clements said. "But it is
willing to pay. Donations didn't
generate enough cash this year
for the Sarasota Arts Day festival,
and it lost so much money that
organizers decided to shelve next
The festival, which normally
draws about 25,000 people to
downtown Sarasota, Fla., during
a weekend in January, doesn't
charge attendees but suggests
they make contributions. Those
dropped by half to just over
$15,000 from last year, and the
fair lost $30,000, said Martine Mer-
edith Collier, executive director of
the Sarasota County Arts Council,
which organizes the fair. The year
before, it lost $3,700, so this year's
loss was nearly 10 times that.
"You can't keep doing that and
stay in business," Collier said.
In Racine, Mooney and other
SE-2 lift station;
*approved early renewal of
property and casualty insurance
for a savings of $45,811;
*approved the financial report
for the period ending June 30;
*heard a construction update
on the wastewater treatment
*bought a digital imaging sys-
tem for $11,806; and
authorized Mr. Hayford and
Mr. Nelson to travel to Washing-
ton, DC to support OUA's request
for federal appropriations.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
'Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
"A," 348 schools improved to an
"A" and 350 schools improved to
a grade other than an "A."
For Florida's struggling schools,
the Assistance Plus program pro-
vides funding, resources and sup-
port to address areas of weak-
ness. Additionally, failing schools
receive school improvement fa-
cilitators, reading coaches, tech-
nical assistance and assessments
to monitor student progress.
Required as a part of the fed-
eral No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Act, AYP measurements target the
performance and participation of
various student subgroups on
statewide assessments based on
race or ethnicity, socioeconomic
status, disability, and English profi-
ciency. While the majority of pub-
lic schools are measured for AYP,
only Title I schools (schools that
receive federal funding for low-
income students) face increasing
levels of corrective action for fail-
ing to meet AYP two or more years
in a row. These actions remain the
same for each school regardless
of the percentage of AYP criteria
met or their performance on state
accountability requirements. This
year, 1,104 Florida Title I schools
did not make AYP including all of
Okeechobee County schools.
Parents will receive a school
report card that provides a com-
prehensive look at their child's
school, with results under state
and federal standards, as well as
information on spending at the
school level. To view the 2008
School Grades and AYP fact
sheet, visit http://schoolgrades.
To view school grades and AYP
results, visit http://schoolgrades.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Agullar can be
reached at email@example.com.
provements on Charles W Harvey
Highway proposed by the devel-
opers of Freshwater, a develop-
ment to be located on either side
of Charles W Harvey Highway;
*recognize county employees
*act on the recommendation
of the special magistrate that a
code violation fine be reduced
from $109,500 to $16,500;
*purchase a mobile ticket
booth for the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Agri-civic Center;
*purchase a dump truck; and
*set the date for a budget
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
difficult. They really need to have
Since the students are all using
their own horses, they have to re-
port to the Agri-Civic Center early
each morning to care for their
horse, which spend the week at
the Ag Center.
The cost to those attending the
camp is $100 per week, with the
option of attending more than a
This camp is hosted by the UF
IFAS Extension Office and 4-H
and is funded by a grant from the
Children's Services Council.
Those interested in attending
the camp should contact Debbie
Clements at 863-763-6469.
organizers decided it would be
best to table their music festival
this year with the hope of bringing
it back next year. As they looked
at organizing this year's event,
they realized they'd struggle to
find ways to pay the more than
$300,000 needed since corporate
sponsorships were dwindling, he
said. Many of them were local,
Racine-area businesses, such as
Attendance wouldn't help
make up the shortfall since it
was about 20,000 in recent years,
down from 30,000 years ago. Or-
ganizers also considered raising
the $8 ticket price, perhaps by
50 percent to $12, but feared that
would turn people away.
Longtime Harbor Fest-goer
Drew Goldberg, 42, hopes the
festival is back next year. At past
Harbor Fests, he's seen acts like
Blue Oyster Cult and Grand Funk
Railroad for far less than he'd pay
to see them elsewhere. Goldberg
believes the festival should have
been put on, even if on a smaller
"They could have maybe not
had a major band and just show-
cased local acts this year," he
This year would have marked
the 43rd anniversary for the Mary-
land Seafood Festival, which
draws about 20,000 people over a
weekend each September.
It costs about $240,000 a
year to put on and raised nearly
$200,000 for charity, said Bob
Burdon, president of the Annap-
olis and Anne Arundel County
Chamber of Commerce, which
organizes the event.
Organizers lost a major cor-
porate sponsor, Capital Gazette
Newspapers, which publishes the
local paper The Capital. It decided
not to sponsor its usual crab soup
cook-off this year or provide free
advertising, said Tom Marquardt,
editor and publisher.
The festival's organizers also
predicted attendance would drop
at least 20 percent, with some of
that caused by construction on
roads leading to the event. A poor
turnout could have wiped out
money for future events, so they
decided to shelve it, Burdon said.
From what he's seen of the econ-
omy so far this year, he thinks
they made the right decision.
"Attendance would have been
significantly down," Burdon said.
"The festival, it if went into debt,
then it could really jeopardize our
ability to go on."
Now they're working on plan-
ning the 2009 event. But even
that's not certain.
"I see no reason whywe would
not be back next year," Burdon
said. "Unless something drasti-
cally happens and the economy
goes even more south."
Some people are putting up a
fight. Les Johns didn't want to let
the parade held each summer in
the Milwaukee neighborhood of
Bay View die out due to lack of
In years past, he remembers
when sponsors would come
to him for the summer festival,
called South Shore Frolics, that
he helped run on the city's south
side. But this year he and other
members of the Bay View Lions
Club sent letters, made calls and
did anything they could to save
A car dealership eventually
agreed to pay the $20,000 it takes
to put on the parade. So it'll go on
as planned on Saturday, continu-
ing a nearly six-decade long tradi-
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Thursday: Partly sunny, with isolated afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The wind will be
from the east around 5 mph increasing to around 10 mph in the
afternoon. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, July 9, 2008 3
Man accused of choking ex-girlfriend newsza cn
By Eric Kopp bee County Jail on the original An original arrest report ible red marks on her throat. nowsz aph .oi
Okeechobee News charges, has been set at $35,000. by Deputy Bryan Smith of the A friend of the woman's en- Free Speech Free Ads
New charges have been filed
by the state against a man who
was arrested in early June for re-
portedly breaking into the home
of a former girlfriend and attack-
The arrest warrant, signed by
Assistant State Attorney Daniel
Kuczler, charges Oreste Salazar
with the felonies of battery by
strangulation and burglary of a
dwelling/structure with assault or
Bond for Salazar, who was al-
ready being held in the Okeecho-
Salazar, 29, N.W. 4Uth Ave.,
was first arrested June 9 on a
He was also
ors of battery '" . .
lence) and sim- '.
ple battery. His '
bond on those Oreste
charges was set Salazar
The new warrant was signed
by Mr. Kuczler on June 30.
Okeecnobee county Snerirs ur-
fice (OCSO) stated the Salazar
pounded on the door to his ex-
girlfriend's home then hit her in
the mouth when she opened the
door at 8:46 a.m. on June 9.
Once inside the home, the re-
port stated that Salazar pushed the
woman into a bedroom where he
forced her onto the bed. Once on
the bed he began choking and
cussing her, stated Deputy Smith's
The deputy stated that there
was obvious injury to the wom-
an's lip and there were several vis-
terea me Deoroom anu yeneu at
Salazar, but he simply pushed her
out of the bedroom and shut the
door, continued the report. At this
point, the woman got off the bed
and fled the room.
The deputy's report states that
Salazar then left the home.
Salazar was arrested later that
afternoon by OCSO Deputy Bart
Potter after he returned to the
woman's home. When Deputy
Potter went to the home at 3:30
p.m., his report indicates that he
found Salazar "up in her face in a
Local woman charged with threatening ex
By Eric Kopp
Apparently upset with a for-
mer boyfriend, a local woman
was arrested earlier this week on
a felony charge after she report-
edly threatened the man with a
Betty Mae Brown, 50, N.W.
12th St., was arrested early Mon-
day on a felony charge, of aggra-
vated assault with a knife. She
was also charged with the mis-
demeanor of possession of drug
She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $3,000.
Brown was arrested around
5:30 a.m. July 7
former beau at
a club on N.E.
13th Ave., stated
an arrest report
by Deputy Ser-
Peterson of the
Okeechob'ee Betty Mae
County Sheriff's Brown
Sgt. Peterson's report states
that he met with the male victim
around 4:56 a.m. Monday at a
convenience store on S.R. 70 E.
The victim told Sgt. Peterson that
he was sitting at a table in the club
when Brown approached him.
The arrest report states Brown
allegedly pulled a knife from her
purse then grabbed the man by
the collar of his shirt.
Sgt. Peterson stated that the
man got up from the table, went
outside and rode his bicycle to the
store where he called for help.
Brown was arrested a short
time later by OCSO Deputy Mark
Margerum in the 500 block of
N.E. 15th Ave.
The arrest report stated that af-
ter Brown was taken into custody
the deputies searched her purse.
While they did not find a knife,
the report states they did find a
pair of scissors.
The misdemeanor charge
stems from Deputy Margerum
finding a small cylinder tube in a
pack of cigarettes being carried
by Brown. The tube; states the re-
port, is commonly used for smok-
ing crack cocaine.
Haitian man dies in Glades Jail
MIAMI (AP) -- Family mem-
bers and advocates are calling for
an investigation into the death of
a 23-year-old Haitian man who
was being detained by U.S. im-
migration authorities in Florida.
Valery Joseph died June 20
while being held at the Glades
County Jail. Sheriff's officials say
they're investigating and autopsy
results are pending.
The executive director of
the Florida Immigrant Advo-
cacy Center says Joseph's death
causes "a deep concern" about
access to medical care in immi-
A spokeswoman for U.S. Im-
migration and Customs Enforce-
ment says there is no lack of med-
ical care for detainees.
Joseph's family and immigra-
tion advocates planned a news
conference Tuesday afternoon in
Miami about his case.
Glades County Arrest Report
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges
by the Glades County Sheriff's Of-
fice (GCSO), the Seminole Police
Department (SPD), the. Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
Fish 'and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the,-De-
apartment of Corrections (DOC).
* Gustavo De Santiago-Zuniga,
39, was arrested July 4 on felony
charges of aggravated assault and
criminal mischief. His bond was
set at $10,000.
* Donald Lee Pollard, 65,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 4
on a charge of aggravated, assault.
His bond was set at $15,000.
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 nrU'sptapei. The information
will be-confirmed and printed.
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SUPREME COURT: I would like to make a comment on the Su-
preme Court ruling about the Second Amendment that we have a
right to bear arms in this country and that is great. I firmly believe in
that. Now, Washington, D.C. and Chicago needs to do now is present
a program that is entitled "guns for gas" to where if they have guns
and they turn their guns in then, they get gas. That would reduce the
number of guns on the road and give people help by providing them
a way to get to work and back.
GOLF CLINIC: I am calling in regards to the Golf Clinic Tourna-
ment they held at the Country Club last week. There were about 35
boys and girls involved in that and I was wondering why the news-
paper didn't carry any photos of the tournament or the kids, winners
or awards. They had a nice dinner and a pool party. There was some
photographer there, but I have seen no coverage of this at all in the
newspaper and I was just wondering why it wasn't covered. Editor's
note: We welcome news and photos from the community. The orga-
nizers of the junior golf clinic and tournament brought in photos and
a story, which appeared in the newspaper on July 2.
ALLIGATOR: I just wanted to give my opinion on the gator and the
young man. He must not have very good friends, because real friends
would never have let him enter the water with the gators. I'm sure
they all grew up here just as I have and they-all knew the place was
full of gators. When you walk over the dike at Taylor Creek and you'll
see the same thing. All of the places to get through from the Rim Canal
to the lake are overwhelmed with gators. I am a stranger and I would
have never let him enter that water.
ALLIGATORS: I recall a few years ago when the sheriff's office
had divers in a canal looking for evidence. They had an officer stand-
ing by with a rifle the whole time watching for alligators. Everyone
knows any waterway in Okeechobee may well have alligators in it. No
one swims in the canals for recreation, no matter what time of year it
is. In addition to the gators, there are snakes. The canals are also pretty
dirty with the runoff from fertilizers in runoff arid leaking septic tanks.
No telling what kind of bacteria you might catch from that water.
ELECTION: Some people cannot figure out why we are even
bothering to hold an election. On one side, you have a lawyer, married
to a lawyer. On the other side, you have a true war hero married to a
woman who owns a beer distributorship. Is there a contest here?
OIL: Gas will keep going up, no matter how much you let them
drill. All the analyst have said so, except those hired by big oil. One
spill off our coast and you all will kick yourself for allowing it. The only
people I can see that would be for this are those that have stock port-
folios, and big oil is boosting their futures, at the cost of the planet's
future. Greed in stock options is all this comes down top. Stock hold-
ers are the ones driving the prices up, and they want more.
WAR: In terms of the Bush administration's handling/mishandling
of the budget and the massive increase in our debt, I heard recently
on a news program that the Iraq War was the first war we have ever
fought in which the government cut taxes. I still have to look that up,
but it is an interesting point. The administration wanted to have its
war with Iraq, told us how important it was, and yet never asked us
(only the soldiers and their families) to sacrifice in order to secure a
proper victory. We continued on with life as if nothing was different
while a Republican-led Congress with spineless-Democrats gave the
President everything he asked for with no oversight and with very few
questions. The President and the Congress cut taxes during a war,
raised spending to new heights, drove our debt even higher, put us
more in the "red" with Red China, and mortgaged our country's fu-
ture. If you want an interesting comparison, I challenge everyone to
read up on the causes of the decline of the British Empire. Look for
the similarities between our history and theirs. In some ways we look
-like the British between 1900-1945 while the Chinese of today com-
pare to the rise of the U.S. during the same period. Also look at the
Boer War (1899-1902) that Britain fought in South Africa and how that
compares with the Iraq War. When your done, read Fareed Zakaria's
The Post-American World. Sobering stuff. History has'its lessons. Or as
someone once said, history doesn't repeat, but it does rhyme. Don't
say you weren't warned.
SKUNK APE: If the Skunk Ape has decided to move into pur coun-
ty, we should make him feel welcome. Maybe we could put up some
Skunk Ape crossing signs on State Road 70 just before the bridge at
Popash Slough. But then, he probably just crosses under the bridge
anyway. Maybe that is the reason for smell you notice sometimes
around that bridge.
VIKING: I think it was very interesting to get the facts about Viking
and how people were misled over the years by the various real estate
salesmen and developers. Fact is hunting on private land is only legal if
you have the property owner's permission, period. It has-always been
that way. What happened in the past, with people running all over the
whole property, was never legal. But because no one was living there,
no one really cared enough to make a fuss. So if you are going to hunt
or go four-wheeling, ask the property owners first, so you aren't tres-
passing on their land.
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We are currently living in
We had hired caretakers at our
home on Glades Cutoff Road in
Port St. Lucie, to care for our two
dogs while we were traveling and
moving. That was in mid-April. I
would call to check on the dogs
and was told they were doing
well. At the end of May, my calls
were not getting returned. I had
my parents, who live in Port St.
Lucie, go to check on our dogs
and that's when the caretakers
told my family that the dogs ran
away two to three weeks before
that! They never contacted us to
After lots of questioning of
neighbors, their story kept chang-
ing and the timeline kept chang-
We have been scouring the ar-
eas. We have flyers everywhere,
mailed them to all vet clinics,
animal shelters, churches, posted
them everywhere. We received a
tip from a relative of the caretak-
ers last week; they said that they
took the dogs where they go fish-
ing and they left them there. That
was late May.
The tip was that they took them
fishing in Okeechobee County
-- off SR 78W and SW 99th Drive
and the dogs strayed away.
We are besides ourselves with
worry and anguish. I've begged
and pleaded with them for an-
swers and help to no avail. We
just want our dogs back.
One of the dogs, a Border Col-
lie mix is a special pup. She was
rescued off the streets of Santorini,
Greece in 2001 by an animal wel-
fare group (I was a part of). We
sterilized and tried to rehome the
Wednesday, July 9
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call 863-763-2893.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church of Our 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served at
5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.
Ministerial Association meets the second Wednesday of every
month at noon at the Clock restaurant. All area ministers are invited
Thursday, July 10
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at 863-467-8020, or Marie at 863-357-0868.
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.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center located
at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until
1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
interested in attending is welcome. For information, call Marilyn
Rinear at 863-697-1807.
* Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at the American Legion Post 64 501 SE Second St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at 863-357-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636, or Hazel at 863-763-
4920 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Second Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call 863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at 863-763-2893 or 863-763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St., from 7 until 9 p.m.
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.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Basic Text
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
Hand & Hand Ministries of Palmdale meets the second Thursday
of each month in the community club house on the corner of Fifth and
Main at 6 p.m. for food and fellowship and the word at 7 p.m.
Street Dogs of Santorini. She was
one of them -- I have a photo of
her sitting on the rim of the San-
torini Caldera (ancient volcano).
Her story was featured in the Bel-
gian newspapers where we lived
while in Europe and the Baton
Rouge newspapers (where we
moved to after living in Europe).
She is a testament to surviving
cruel odds. In Greece, she was
shot at -- she has buckshot/pellets
embedded under her skin -- and
beaten more times than we'd all
like to know.
Our other dog is a yellow lab
mix. We adopted him as an 8-
week-old pup from the Miami-
Dade Humane Society in 1997.
We move a lot due to my hus-
The yellow lab mix is 10 years
old and the Border Collie mix is
around 11 or 12 years old. They
are a big part of our family and
we just want the truth and we
want to find them.
We hope the story isn't worse
than them supposedly running
away -- but we need closure and
we need answers. We don't know
what else to do.
Shelley & Gregg Edelmann
1607 Lodge Falls Court
Kingwood, Texas 77345
Red Cross offers summer classes
The Okeechobee Branch of the American Red Cross will be offer-
ing the following health and 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.
Hospice to host yard sale
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. - 2 p.m. Friday July 11, from 8 a.m.
until 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 in-
formation, call Cathy at 863-467-2321 or 863-697-1995.
Program for grandparents on radio
On Saturday, July 12, at 7:30 a.m. on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM,
guest speakers Jeffrey Ralicki, Executive Director; Janice Maier, Pre-
vention Specialist and Director of the Grand Program; Sheilah New-
mann, a grandparent bringing up two grandchildren will be on to dis-
cuss the GRAND (great relationships achieve noble dreams) program
for grandparents facing the challenges of bringing up their grandchil-
dren and dealing with children's issues. For more information contact
Janice Maier at Tykes and Teens - 772-220-3439 or online at www.
Scrapbooking party set for July 12
An all-day scrapbooking camp 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. Refresh-
ments 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 mile northeast
of U.S. 27. Glades County residents are welcome at no charge. Insur-
ance requires all guests to register, attend a short range safety briefing
and sign a waiver. Eye and ear protection is mandatory and will be
available 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 will 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 information call 863-946-2566.
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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Okeechobee News, Wednesday, July 9, 2008 5
New weight loss center opens
By Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee Physicians
Weight Loss held its grand open-
ing ceremony on Monday, July
7. To celebrate their grand open-
ing, local owners Connie Lowe
and Pam Williams are offering
40 percent off program fees for
those who enroll by July 31. Re-
quired nutritional supplements
and medical fees are available at
regular low prices.
The center is located at 414 S.
Parrott Ave, adjacent to BMJ Tow-
Local Chamber of Commerce
members were on hand for the
ribbon cutting ceremony which
was led by County Commissioner
Working alongside Mrs. Lowe
and Mrs. Williams are Tina Clem-
ons and Ashley Watford.
Dr. Trini Garcia, the physician
on staff, sees patients on Tuesday
The program begins when a
potential patient comes in and
does a medical history screening
and then has a blood work panel
done and an EKG. The typical
PhysiciansFAST program is a 16-
week program. According to their
program literature, one can lose
3 to 5 pounds per week with this
meal replacement program.
In addition to the program,
anyone can receive a B12 shot for
a nominal cost once a week with-
out an appointment on a walk-in
The PhysiciansFAST weight
loss program is designed to pro-
mote quick and healthy weight
loss and to encourage long-term
weight maintenance. This meal
replacement program features
supplements that are specially
formulated with the highest qual-
Based on the principles of a
very low-calorie diet, the pro-
gram is carefully designed to as-
sure adequate levels of protein
are met while restricting the
amount of carbohydrates. This
easy-to-follow plan requires four
supplements daily along with a
dinner meal. The PhysiciansFAST
supplements provide high qual-
ity protein and essential vitamins
and minerals and are offered in
seven delicious flavors.
Dieters may select from a va-
r e ty of jpudding/shakes, crispy
bars, and even a creamy chicken
soup. These specially formulated
supplements also feature a cus-
tom blend of active ingredients
designed to help suppress appe-
tite, burn fat, boost metabolism,
TALLAHASSEE - Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is urging homeowners to
take the time to investigate and
educate themselves about pest
control companies they may be
considering for termite protec-
tion. His warning comes as some
areas of the state are experiencing
drywood termite infestations.
While subterranean termites
cause the majority of damage to
homes, drywood termites can
also be destructive. Since dry-
wood termites do not need to
maintain contact with the soil,
they should be treated by tent fu-
migation or liquid treatments ap-
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Chamber members joined Physicians Weight Loss Centers owners and employees (back
row-left to right) Dowling Watford, Paul Buxton, Ashley Watford, Co-owner Connie Lowe,
(front row-left to right) Jamie Cooper, Candace Burk, Dr. Trini Garcia, Clif Betts, Co-owner
Pam Williams and Tina Clemons for their grand opening on Monday, July 7.
and reduce stress. The Physi-
ciansFAST program is perfect for
those who don't have the time to
prepare several balanced meals
daily or for those who want maxi-
mum portion and quality control
with aggressive results.
If you wish to use fresh, gro-
cery store foods and have the
time to prepare meals according
to the Physician Weight Loss Cen-
ter plans then you could benefit
from a plan like the Low Carb
VLCD 800 program. This plan is
the original aggressive Physicians
Weight Loss Centers diet.
It is an accelerated weight loss
plan, designed to provide three
pounds or more of weight loss a
week. The Low Carb VLCD 800
program is approximately a 700
calorie diet, low in fat and low in
cholesterol, and high in protein to
help satisfy appetite and provide
energy (nutritional breakdown:
20 percent carbohydrate, 50 per-
cent protein, 30 percent fat). The
Low Carb VLCD 800 program in-
cludes three meals per day that
a client can create from a list of
fresh food items, carefully select-
ed by our registered dietitian to
ensure proper nutrition.
Two high protein nutritional
supplements per day have been
incorporated to help protect lean
muscle while losing weight. Our
plied directly to the infested lum-
ber. Licensed pest management
professionals have the expertise
to inspect buildings and treat
them to prevent an infestation or
provide treatment when the in-
sects are found.
Termite control companies are
required to provide written con-
tracts before treating for termites
and to clearly inform customers
as to what type of termites their
contract covers subterranean or
drywood, or both. Homeowners
also need to read the fine print
and find out exactly what the con-
tract covers. The contract should
specify what the company will do
to protect your home and wheth-
corporate dietitian has created a
specific menu with the right com-
bination of foods designed to help
clients feel full, so hunger is not a
factor with this program.
The fat burning process oc-
curs quickly with this program.
As a result, clients have a higher
energy level and are constantly
motivated. The Low Carb VLCD
800 program is perfect for those
individuals who have trouble stay-
ing on a diet and who are looking
to get their weight off in a shorter
amount of time.
Another option is their exclu-
sive Controlled Carb LCD 1000
program which features a care-
fully selected menu of foods that
help control blood sugar levels
so that your body burns fat more
consistently. It also features foods
that help a dieter feel full and sat-
isfied for longer periods.
The Controlled Carb LCD 1000
offers a specific balance of higher
protein, low fat, and lower carbo-
hydrate levels (45 percent protein,
30 percent carbohydrate, 25 per-
cent fat) through three meals per
day. This program is designed to
control carbohydrate intake and
have the flexibility of enjoying a
variety of nutritious, filling foods.
The Low Fat/High Energy 900
program provides the most struc-
ture and control among the three
er they will treat, re-treat, or repair
any damage if a termite infesta-
tion occurs. Pest control compa-
nies are legally obligated to abide
by the terms of the contract.
The Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices regulates and licenses pest
control companies and conducts
regular inspections to ensure the
businesses are adhering to the
rules and regulations governing
pesticides and pest control. Con-
sumers can contact the depart-
ment at 1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-
435-7352) to find out whether a
pest control company is properly
licensed, to find out how many
consumer complaints have been
programs. It is great for those who
find it easier to stick to a program
with food choices that are limited
to the most nutritious selections.
This program is designed to pro-
vide approximately 900 calories
for maximum weight loss results.
The Low Fat/High Energy fam-
ily of programs includes Low Fat/
High Energy 900, Low Fat/High En-
ergy 1000 and Low Fat/High Ener-
gy 1500. These programs provide
approximately 900 calories, 1000
calories or 1500 calories respec-
tively (nutritional breakdown: 45
percent carbohydrate, 35 percent
protein, 20 percent fat).
Cost for the program is always
a concern. The Physicians Weight
Loss Center has available CareC-
redit where if paid off within 18
months, there is no interest ac-
In addition to the programs,
they offer the following support
services: personal counselors;
body composition analysis; be-
havior guidance classes; medical
consultations; weight mainte-
nance plans; and a walking pro-
For more information call their
offices at 863-357-9967.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at email@example.com.
filed against a particular business
and to learn about the various
types of termite control contracts.
Most pest control operations
in Florida are licensed and have
the proper training. But there are
unlicensed companies in opera-
tion, and it is important to check
out any businesses before sign-
ing a contract. Commissioner
Bronson's Division of Agricultural
Environmental Services conducts
sweeps throughout the state to
find and shut down illegal opera-
tors who may put people in dan-
ger by misusing chemicals.
For more information about
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TAMPA (AP) -- Federal officials
say a bird is not to blame for a
dent in the nose of a Northwest
Airlines plane that landed in Tam-,
Federal Aviation Administra-
tion spokeswoman Kathleen
Bergen said Tuesday that the
aircraft's fiberglass nose cone
and an antenna were shipped to
Minneapolis for analysis. An FAA
spokeswoman in Chicago said
officials haven't determined what
caused the dent yet, but there is
"definitely no evidence of a bird
Bergen said the crew aboard
Flight 478 from Detroit reported a
loud bang Monday and then the
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MIAMI (AP) Firefighters are
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fire that is smoldering on the Mi-
A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
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working to control the embers
on the 200-foot freighter. Crews
were also working with the Coast
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secured with tugboats and lines.
More than 100 firefighters
worked to extinguish the blaze
over the weekend.
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Orphaned newborn finds love
By Rasha Madkour
Associated Press Writer
MIAMI (AP) -- When she was
just 2 1/2 weeks old, Emma Grace
lay on an operating table, scraw-
ny arms and legs spread out, tiny
body dwarfed by the giant room
full of steel and high-tech gad-
getry. Her chest was raised so a
surgeon could get to her faulty
No feet were pacing outside
on her account, no eyes darting
Before she learned how to
smile or hold a gaze, Emma was
given up twice -- by her 23-year-
old birth mother, a drug-user,
smoker and drinker who knew
she could never care for the baby,
and by a 48-year-old adoptive
mother who backed out when
she learned of Emma's heart con-
dition and of her own pregnancy
by in-vitro fertilization.
Now the baby was having an
enormously risky procedure to
give her the pulmonary artery she
She looks so sweet, thought
Dr. Redmond Burke as he pre-
pared to operate.
"Someone has to adopt this
baby," he said.
Emma Grace was born two
weeks early on Monday, March 24
at 6:18 p.m., at Baptist Hospital of
Miami. She weighed 4 pounds, 7
ounces, and spanned all of 16 1/4
inches. As the delivery staff put
a stethoscope to her chest, like
they do all newborns, they heard
A scan of her heart showed a
possible defect. Emma was trans-
ferred to the care of specialists at
Miami Children's Hospital, where
they confirmed she needed heart
surgery. They also found out she
has DiGeorge syndrome, a ge-
netic disorder whose symptoms
include a weak immune system.
As doctors waited for Emma
to gain weight before putting her
through an operation, the couple
who planned to adopt her flew
in from California. They spoke to
doctors about the baby's health.
Nurses noticed the woman was
visibly upset and was reluctant to
hold the child.
Then, two days before the
surgery, Burke walked by Em-
ma's room and saw the adoptive
mother weeping at the bedside.
"I can't adopt this baby," she
told the surgeon. "She's got too
many medical problems, I'll nev-
er be able to take care of her."
But she also felt guilty about
leaving Emma alone.
"Don't.worry," Burke assured
her. "We'll touch her every day
and make sure she's all right."
"We'll take care of Emma."
Word of the orphan baby had
spread quickly among Miami
Children's nursing staff.
"This was the first baby where
there just wasn't anybody calling.
It just really got to us," veteran
cardiac nurse Carol Ann Hoehn
said. "We thought: 'You know
what, we'll fill in the gap here.'"
Teddy bears starting turning up
in the newborn's bed. Bright pink
bows began adorning her head.
Nurses made a point to pop into
her room and hold her.
Hoehn sent out a text mes-
sage: We're having a baby show-
er for Emma. Are you in?
The replies came back: .Yes.
"We wanted Emma to always
know that she was always want-
ed, she was always loved and
worthy to be loved," Hoehn said.
The night before her surgery,
Emma was under the care of
nurse Jennifer Peterson, who
was instantly smitten.
She snapped Emma's first
glamor shots, capturing heryawn-
ing and napping. She dressed her
in a pale pink hat with tiny flow-
ers that another nurse bought, so
the pictures didn't look like they
were taken in a hospital.
Peterson spent hours that night
cradling and rocking the baby.
"Honestly you don't know
what happens during surgery or
afterward," Peterson said. She re-
members thinking: "I don't want
her last memory of people not to
be nice ones."
The next morning, cardiac
surgery nurse Daniel Monroe
-- oblivious to the orphan's tale
-- went into Emma's room. Mo-
ments later, he called out to a
co-worker: "Listen, I need you to
find me the parents because I'm
in a hurry to go to the OR."
I'm sorry, the co-worker an-
swered. There are no parents.
When Monroe heard that, his
reaction was instantaneous. He
looked at the bassinet and whis-
pered: "We could adopt you."
For years, he and his wife Eliz-
abeth tried to have children. They
spent $35,000 on in-vitro fertiliza-
tion to conceive their son Paul
-- an especially hefty sum for a
then-operating room technician
and high school home econom-
But Elizabeth Monroe always
wanted a daughter and it was
painful to give up that dream. She
felt uncomfortable with the idea
of adoption, wondering: How do
you pick the child?
"Children are gifts from God,"
said Elizabeth, a devout Chris-
tian. "You don't pick them out of
a magazine or out of an album...
How am I qualified to say that's
the perfect child for me?"
On her last birthday, Elizabeth
had a "hissy fit" with her maker.
"God, I want you to give me
my baby girl," she insisted. "Drop
her from the sky, just give me a
Three months later, when
Daniel called from work to tell
her about the orphan baby, Eliza-
beth was certain her prayers had
"No doubt about it," Eliza-
beth said. "It was the baby being
dropped from the sky."
First Dr. Burke had to fix her
heart. The rare defect, truncus
arteriosus, is usually fatal if left
untreated, and requires a lifetime
of follow-up even if it is repaired
Over six hours that Friday
in April, Burke rebuilt Emma's
walnut-sized heart, using stitches
thinner than a human hair to at-
tach a donor artery and patch
over a hole.
After he was done, Emma's
heart was so swollen, the surgical
team couldn't re-close her chest.
The pressure inside her heart was
so high, she couldn't be taken off
a bypass machine.
"Most places in the world, she
dies," Burke said.
Instead, she was wheeled
over to a catheterization lab so
tiny metal stents could be used
to widen arteries so small that
blood couldn't get through. The
four-hour procedure did its job:
The swelling subsided.
Emma was left on the bypass
machine overnight. The next day,
she was taken off it and sewn
back up. She'll need another, big-
ger artery put in by the time she
starts elementary school, but, for
now, this one is doing the trick.
During her last month at the
hospital, Emma was visited by
Republican presidential candi-
date John McCain, who swung
through during his health care
tour. Burke explained to McCain
what extraordinary measures
can be taken to save children
like Emma. Such interventions
cost the hospital an enormous
amount -- at least $1 million
in Emma's case -- but even so,
Burke told McCain, patients in
need are never turned away..
While the men spoke, Mc-
Cain's wife Cindy looked intently
at the infant, IV lines coming out
of her as she nestled in Elizabeth
The Monroes had called the
birth mother's attorney the day
after her surgery and made their
desire to adopt known. They sent
a letter, explaining their back-
grounds and professions.
After an agonizingly silent
Sunday, the couple heard from
the attorney a day later: The birth
mother had approved the adop-
The Monroes know it isn't go-
ing to be easy. They were remind-
ed of that soon after Emma's
surgery, when she bled into her
brain. It's a common problem for
premature babies because their
vessels haven't had time to fully
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The Okeechobee Jaycees
Fireworks Committee would like
to thank the following donors
for making this year's fireworks
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the Sign Guy and the entire staff
of the Okeechobee County Agri-
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develop and can rupture easily.
So Emma got another piece of
hardware: a shunt to relieve the
pressure in her brain.
It remains to be seen how the
bleed will affect her mental devel-
opment. Experts believe that with
early intervention, Emma has the
chance at a normal life.
Some hospital staffers won-
dered if the Monroes would re-
consider the adoption after the
But the couple is steadfast.
"We are 100 percent, totally
committed to this child," Daniel
Monroe said, "regardless of what
comes at us."
"I truly believe that God has
put her in our path because we
can make a huge difference in her
life," said Elizabeth, who plans to
take at least a year off from work
to focus on the baby.
"There's going to be a lot of
moments, hard moments, we
know that," she said the day
Emma was finally leaving hospi-
tal in late May. Elizabeth, having
spent the night there, was run-
ning on two hours of sleep. "God
will never give us more than we
Elizabeth has repeatedly re-
minded herself of that refrain in
the weeks since Emma has been
home. On a recent Tuesday, she
shuttled the baby to her morning
physical therapy appointment,
grabbed lunch for 5-year-old
Paul, then took Emma to a gas-
troenterologist. The doctor pre-
scribed medicine that seems to
be helping Emma keep down her
As they sat in a black leather
recliner in the corner of the
Monroes' living room, Elizabeth
soothed the fussy infant: Esta
bien, mi vida. It's all right, my
Paul bounced around nearby,
missing some of the attention
that used to be solely his. But he's
a proud and affectionate older
brother, running to grab her pink
blankie and calming her by yank-
ing the tail of a stuffed elephant,
causing it to play "Twinkle Twin-
kle, Little Star."
"God has purpose in so much
of this, even the fact that we had
Paul," Elizabeth said, "because
most kids that have an older sib-
ling are always trying to catch
up. She needs that incentive." A
neurologist told the Monroes a
day earlier that Emma also needs
constant stimulation -- something
an energetic brother is happy to
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Flavorful pasta dishes can be full of fiber
.- The Dinner
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be one of low carb adherence
or a more moderate approach of
carb/protein balance, no one will
argue with you how important it
is in making sure the carbs you
ingest are high quality (meaning
complex carbs) and not the high
glycemic carbs (meaning junky
carbs) that people traditionally
consume in mass quantities. Of
course I'm talking chips, pastries
and white flour products like
pasta when I say high glycemic
Pasta is one of my guilty plea-
sures that I can just pile drive
through. I love, love, love me
some pasta, I won't lie! I can-
not however, tolerate whole
wheat pasta (boiled cardboard,
anyone?) and while I'm fond of
some brands of pasta that have
managed to get the fiber in (like
Barilla Plus and Dreamfield's),
they still don't have enough fiber
to offset the amount of pasta I
would love to have on my plate.
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fiber per serving! That's abso-
lutely ginormous! Not only that,
but their pasta proudly contains
only 130 calories per serving
vs. the 210 calories per serving
most pastas pack in. When you
consider that one small 2 ounce
serving is going to get you more
half your day's fiber, what's not
to love about this pasta?
1 10 ounce bag pasta (I like
the Spinach Pasta)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium red onion,
2 cups chopped zucchini
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups chopped fresh tomato
1 cup fresh corn (if you can)
OR 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper
flakes (optional, or add more if
you like it hot)
1 cup non-fat milk
1/2 cup freshly grated Roma-
Salt and pepper to taste
Prepare pasta according to
package directions; drain and set
In a skillet, heat the oil over
medium heat. Add the red onion
and zucchini and cook until the
onion is golden. Reduce heat to
medium and add the garlic, to-
mato, corn, red pepper flakes,
milk and Romano cheese. Stir
until the cheese is melted and the
vegetables are hot. Add the pasta
and mix thoroughly. Season with
salt and pepper to taste.
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8 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Church News in Brief
OCC holds VBS
The Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace,
will hold vacation bible school
July 14-18, from 6:30 until 8:30
p.m. for ages, preschool to pre-
teen. For more information call
Church holds vacation
Treasure Island Baptist Church
will hold vacation bible school
July 14-18 from 5:30 until 8 p.m.
for grades K through 6th. For
more information call the church
office at 863-763-0550.
Believer's Fellowship Church
invites all children ages 4 through
6th grade for the annual Club
Vacation Bible School. The
pardnerss' (kids) will ride through
trails of adventure-filled Bible
stories, create western crafts, en-
joy refreshing snacks and gallop
through recreational activities.
Club VBS: Cactus Canyon will
be held at Believer's Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Avenue
on this week through July 11,
from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more
information, please call 863-763-
6848 (leave message.)
VBS at Outrigger
Cornerstone Baptist Church
will be hosting vacation bible
school at Outrigger Island July
14-18 from 6-9 p.m., for ages 5
and up. If you have any questions
contact Tom at 863-532-8519.
Victory Baptist Church will be
hosting their vacation bible school
from July 20-25 from 9 a.m. to 12
p.m. at 500 S.W. Ninth Street. The
themed, "Friendship Trek, Jesus
our forever friend," VBS will be
where kids will discover good
news about Jesus at every camp
site. They will meet new friends at
Friendship Summit, play fun Sur-
vivor games, experience Buddy
Porcupine's Bible Challenge, en-
joy delicious backpack snacks, lis-
ten to campfire bible stories, cre-
ate wilderness crafts, and much
much more. All while learning
about their forever friend, Jesus
Christ! For more information call
Joy Jarriel at 863-763-0669.
Ballroom dancing in
Group class in ballroom danc-
ing is being offered in Okeecho-
bee at Church of Our Saviour Par-
rish Hall, 200 N.W. Third Street on
Saturday afternoons at 4 p.m. The
cost for the hour lesson is $10.
Private instructions are also avail-
able. Come and enjoy the fun with
or without a partner. For more in-
formation call 772-794-9040.
VBS every Sunday
Vacation Bible School every
Sunday? Yes! This summer chil-
dren in the community are invited
to attend at 9 a.m. on Sunday
mornings, a Sunday School like
no other! At First United Methodist
Church, children will be going on
a "Son Safari" each week through
July 20, learning all about God's
truths from the natural world. Do
you know why pineapples are
prickly? Have 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 reg-
ister call Nancy Vaughan at the
church office, 863-763-4021.
Bible Study at Believ-
Bible Study at Believers Fel-
lowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth
Ave., Wednesday evenings from
7 to 8 p.m. Pastor Nich Hopkins
presents informative and in depth
Bible studies in a casual and
friendly atmosphere. Everyone is
invited to attend. Coffee and des-
serts are served.
health support group
Do you suffer with depression,
anxiety or other mental illness? The
Christian Mental Health Support
group meets on the second and
fourth Thursday of the month at
6 p.m. on Martin County Grade. Call
772-597-0463 for information. Fam-
ily members are welcome.
Church service hours
The Okeechobee Methodist
Church has changed their wor-
ship service and Sunday School
times for the summer months.
There will be one worship service
on Sunday at 10 a.m., and Sunday
School at 9 a.m.
Church van offers
Treasure Island Baptist Church
youth van runs through Treasure
island and surrounding areas.
Programs are available for students
in grades first through sixth and in
grades seventh through 121h.
Programs are from 6:30-8 p.m.
Wednesday nights. The church van
will pick children up and take them
For more information, call 863-
breakfast at Ruck's Pit every other
Saturday 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
transportation to and from these
activities, call 863-467-1733.
Outreach Center of-
fers service to chil-
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free
classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a
week on Monday, Wednesday
and Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m.
and on Saturday from 5:30 until
BHR Church holds
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, holds open
meetings for Alcoholics Anony-
mous on Monday nights from 7 to
8 p.m. for substance abuse. They
also have Al-Anon meetings on
Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m.
to help family and friends of alco-
holics. For information call Chris
Ministerial Assoc. to
host special service
The Okeechobee Ministerial
Association will host a Fifth Sun-
day Community Service June 29,
at 6 p.m. at Abundant Blessings
Assembly of God, 4550 U.S. 441
North. The community choir will
be singing, and others also. Nurs-
ery care will be provided. The
house speaker will be the pastor
of Abundant Blessings, Rev. John
Hodge. Everyone is welcome. If
you have any questions call Rev.
Gene Roddenberry at 863-634-
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Fort Drum Church has dv
fellowship activities GOO ad ic
The Fort Drum Community This advice about the value of prayer is offered by Peace Lutheran church.
Church will hold a men's fellowship
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"Life is easy for you kids these days! When I
was a boy we had to turn a crank to get
our paper towels!!"
Woman preparing to wed fearful of growing apart
DEAR ABBY: I am a 27-year-
old woman who has been dating
my boyfriend for a number of
years. As exciting as the thought
of marriage sounds, it is also
scary. Too many times I have
heard that a couple separated be-
cause they had "grown apart" or
"grew in different directions."
How does a couple go about
preventing this from happening?
There have to be things we can
do to protect ourselves against
this -- but what are they? Your
advice would be appreciated. -
- SKITTISH IN MAPLE GROVE,
DEAR SKITTISH: Couples
grow apart when they stop talk-
ing and listening to each other,
when they fight instead of dis-
agree, and when they forget the
reasons they married in the first
place. They also run into trouble
if they're not on the same page
before marriage about how to
handle money, whether they are
sexually compatible, and how
their children should be raised.
Premarital counseling is help-
ful in bringing out these issues,
and some churches now insist
upon it. Intelligent people get to
really know each other before
taking the leap, as you and your
boyfriend have already done.
However, even longtime couples
need to make sure they have all
their cards on the table before
embarking on the sea of matri-
mony, and to fully recognize they
cannot change the other person.
DEAR ABBY: I have a friend,.
"Amanda," I met last year at
school. I consider her my best
friend, and people comment on
how we're always together.
Amanda's family doesn't have
much money, so when she tells
me she's broke I don't hesitate
to give her money. I have bought
her meals and movie tickets, too.
It wouldn't bother me if she ever
said a simple "thank you" or
"please" to me.
My parents have noticed
it, too. They are annoyed that
Amanda has never thanked them
for letting her spend the night. My
dad recently commented that it's
rude that she never says "hello"
to him when he comes home
and she is there.
What can I do about Aman-
da's manners? Am I wrong to be
bothered by her lack of them? I-
don't want to lose her as a friend,
but it's something I can't seem to
-- LITTLE MISS MANNERS
DEAR L.M.M.: More is lack-
ing in Amanda's household than
money. Think about it. Where did
you learn the basic social graces?
From your parents, of course.
The reason for Amanda's poor
manners is that she was never
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Have a talk with your friend
and explain what the rules are in
your household. You don't have
to be mean when you do -- and
you'll be doing her a favor.
DEAR ABBY: From time to
time you print helpful hints from
readers, and mine could possibly
save some families from incurring
an expensive plumbing repair.
I have been married and di-
vorced twice. As a younger man,
my wives and I always flushed
our cigarette butts down the toi-
let when in the bathroom. One
day, we had a serious plumbing
problem -- our toilet overflowed.
After getting the plumbing bill
we found out all the cigarette fil-
ters had eventually closed up our
sewer line. It was a costly lesson
I hope other smokers will heed
-- and I'm not even mentioning
the risk of cancer. -- SMARTER
NOW IN THE U.S.A.
DEAR SMARTER NOW: I
won't mention the subject of
cancer either. Thank you for your
helpful suggestion, as well as the
reminder that toilets were not in-
tended for the type of butts you
Dear Abby is written by Abi-
gail Van Buren, also known as
Jeanne Phillips, and was found-
ed by her mother, Pauline Phil-
lips. Write Dear Abby. at www.
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Los Angeles, CA 90069.
By Eugenia Last
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Your personal interactions may be
orizon- difficult if you or someone you are
HEIR close to overreacts. Don't let situ-
spe nations escalate. Take care of the
small but important details but
r don't pass up, an opportunity to
SL do something exciting. 3 stars
A L TAURUS (April 20-May
C A 20): Don't waste time trying to
convince others. Instead, follow
I C through on a small scale, build-
ing something solid that will give
T I you full jurisdiction. Love is in the
N H stars and an evening of playful en-
tertainment should be your intent.
E P 3 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
H "O You may want a quick fix for a
T S money problem you have but
gambling is not the answer. Use
J 0 your ingenuity and put your ideas
in the hands of someone who can
A L help you turn around your financ-
3 es. 5 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
I H Emotions will escalate if you dis-
agree with someone you live with
N P or are close to. You'll have regrets
3 L if you react without thinking. In-
3 stead, give yourself time to think
G S about whatever situation prevails.
7/9 LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don't
ange, let a secret come between you
lisure, and one of your close friends. Get-
Purify, ting involved with someone who
Soak, is already in a relationship will end
eutic, in disaster. Spend time with some-
one who can help you earn more,
U.S, funds invest more wisely or find ways to
520 Main pay for improvements. 4 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Don't sit back, letting others take
credit for your expertise. The
more entertaining you are, the
more help you will muster. Do
some good for something you be-
I0s lieve in. Donate, offer services or
lend a helping hand. 3 stars
tween LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
d Dick Don't get into a scuffle with some-
H" one who can make your life mis-
bait erable. Put time and energy into
something you enjoy. Self-im-
provement or learning a new skill
S"to" will bring you in contact with peo-
curve pie who can make a difference to
Abbr. your future. 3 stars
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July 19th 9 am
Don't miss this auction at the
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1990 Dodge I Ton Dually
.8x13 Flatbed w/tommy lift
MillerMatic 251 Welder,
New Air Compressor
Many Power Tools
Hand Tools, Furniture
Large Metal Animals
1000 sq. feet of Marble,
Stone; Granite, Slate &
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Terms Cash or Check
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How do you find a Job In
market? In the employ-
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PIT/LEOPARD MIX - Large
male, 1 blue eye, leather col-
lar, vic of Home Depot in
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Ibs., Border Collie mix-black
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Last seen near SR78 West
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mixed breeds, 1 blk lab, 1
HORSES (2) - To good home
ONLY 1 mare, 1 gelding,
good with kids.
(863)983-8082 after 5pm
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$95.00, DIVORCE with Chil-
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ment agreement. Fast, easy
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
to translate and assist at
border crossing on a
camper tdrip from
Okeechobee to Costa Rica.
(863)801-3081 or email
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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.
Mechanic First Class for
a Sugar Mill Factory
Pahokee FL. Exp in
willing to work shifts.
$20.10/hr, good benefits.
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PO Box 676
Pahokee, FL 33476
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
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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
AIR CONDITIONER - Central
Package Unit, w/heat, 3 ton
York, never installed, $1450
CENTRAL AIR UNIIT - RHEEM,
3 Ton. 2004 model. Excellent
condition in storage. $800
Black/White Photo- John F.
Kennedy in a limo on a mili-
tary base, 5x7, framed, $500
(863)697-8003 leave msg
Appliances For Sale, Like new,
stove, washer & dryer, $300
for all, or will separate
DRYER - Electric. $150
DRYER - Roper, good condi-
tion, works great, $100.
DRYER, ESTATE - 5 speed,
great condition, $50. Call
George Foreman family sized
counter top grill, like new, in-
cludes ddrip trays & cook
book, $30 (863)763-7609
ICE MAKER - Kitchen Aide,
Stand Alone. Like new! 6
mo. old. White. Paid $1300,
Asking $700 (863)697-1193
REFRIGERATOR - side by side
beige, $200 or best offer.
REFRIGERATOR - Whirlpool,
top & bottom, excellent con-
dition. $200 (954)675-4814
STOVE - GE White electric
stove en excellent condition.
WASHER & DRYER - Frigi-
daire, white, exc. dond.,
$300 for both,
WASHER & DRYER - Full size,-
Frigidaire, excellent condi-
tion, white. $299 for both
WASHER & DRYER -!very
good condo , $200 for set.
Will sell sep. (863)675-1664
WASHER & DRYER - Whirl-
pool, commercial grade, su-
per capacity, $400.
METAL SHED - 4 1/2 x 6.
MOWER - Rally mod. CT
1238, engine/rans ood.
Needs deck. $100.
-BICYCLE - Mens 27", Murray,
BUILDINGS FOR SALE! "BEAT
NEXT INCREASE!" 20x30x12
$4900. 25x40x14 $7900.
30x50x14 $9085. 35x56x16
$37,000. Pioneer since
SHED - 6 month old, 10x16.
Roll Up Door & Side Door.
$2900 Buyer must move.
FORM PLYWOOD - (53
sheets) 3/4", pre oiled, ve-
neer on one side, $1500 or
best offer (863)824-0480
KITCHEN CABINETS - Like
new 5 Base, 7 Wall. Light
WINDOWS (6) - Certified, will
pass code. $75 for all, will
BABY ITEMS - Crib, stroller,
infant car seat, security gate
& walker, $150 will sell sep.
CAR SEATS (2) SAFETY FIRST
brand - excellent condition
have manuals black & gray
WHITE CRIB & chest, high-
chair, stroller, baby seat,
youth car seat, etc. $225.
863-763-0141 after 6pm
bowls, platters, perf. cond.
10 VCR Tapes of the original
Star Trek series some have
never been opened.
DISH COLLECTION - Avon
Ruby Red Cape Cdd collec-
tion. $500 (863)674-0502
HIGHWAY MEN PAINTING -
asking $5000 or best offer
(863)697-2054 after 6pm
DELL P4 - 2.6 ghz, 1 gb ram,
dvd ram, w/new 19" flat-
Lexmark 231 Color Jetprinter
and Astra 600P Scanner
.$20 takes both, Call for de-
Lexmark 1200 series, new
ink included. $30
ARMOIRE & STORAGE UNIT -
large, ebony black, mirrored
front, very classy, $150 or
best offer. (863)234-1435
BABY CRIB - White baby crib
and diaper changer, in excel-
lent condition. $100.
BED - King size, good condi-
tion, lots of storage, $500 or
best offer. (863)234-1435
BEDROOM SET - Babcock, 3
pc . set, wood. $250
CAPTAINS BED - with 6 draw-
ers and bookshelf built in.
Mattress included $45.
COMPUTER DESK - large,
CORNER COMPUTER DESK -
large, $100 or best offer.
COUCH & LOVESEAT - cream
w/pale pink floral design, rat-
tan, w/coffee & end tables,
COUCH & LOVESEAT - like
new, palm tree design, pd
$1600, will sell for $600.
Country Oak Dining Room Set-
round or oblong, 6 chairs &
china cabinet, excellent con-
dition $500 (863)763-0416
DESK - 24" W x 96" L, drawer
on left, unit for keyboard,
blonde in color. $85
DESK - Antique, wood,
DINETTE TABLE & 4 CHAIRS -
round, wooden, asking $50
DINING ROOM set -
Oak/wrought iron table, 4
chairs matching hutch/wine
rack. $800. (863)357-1388
DINING TABLE - Glass Top,
Square w/Black Legs. In;
cludes 3 Green upholstered,
Chairs. $100 (863)612-0647.
DINING TABLE - Large, wood;
6 chairs. $250
DRESSER - 2 large drawers &
2 small drawers, $75 or best
ELECTRIC BED - Hospital bed
w/no rails, used for only 2
Entertainment Center - 7 ft by
12 ft. pickle wood grain mica
w/ panel doors. Exc. Cond.
$120 Call 863-634-4202
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
Maghony, 6'x40", perfect
cond,, incl. 19" TV, $200.
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
Solid Oak. Excellent condi-
tion. Several storage compo-
nents. $300 (863)885-1161
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
solid oak, excellent cbndil
tion, $300. (863)675-7555
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
upright, asking $50
FUTON - oak, with black mat-
tress $100 (863)674-0502
KING SIZE BED- beautiful, with
linens, $300 or best offer
LEATHER COUCH - W/matchW
ing single leather chair, mod-
ern style, dusty rose, great
cond. $300 (863)675-4098.1
MATTRESS TOPPER- Kingt
size, 4" feather mattress top'
per with cover, $95
OFFICE DESK - 48" W x 32" L,
2 drawers, small flat pencil
drawer, blonde color, very
solid. $85 (239)980-1737
ROLL AWAY BED - Excellent
condition, on wheels, folds
up. $150 (863)946-3822
RECLINERS (2) Brown &
Loveseat, Tan. $300 takes
ROCKER RECLINER - pale
green, good condition, $20
SECTIONAL - 4PC, with dual
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SLamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
, up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
SQueen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
ROLL TOP DESK - oak, asking
' $50 (863)675-0269
SLEEPER SOFA - double, ask-
Sing $65 (863)214-3850
SOFA SLEEPERS (2) Excellent
Shape. $100 for both, will
TABLE - 42" glass top Rattan
pedestal table w/4 cain back
' chairs, excellent condition.
TABLE & CHAIRS - 3 chairs, 2
china cabinets, white w/gold
trim. All for $150
THOMASVILLE COFFEE TA-
T BLE - solid wood, good con-
dition, $75 or best offer
WOOD DESK - 33x65, top le-
Sgal, letter, 2 pull out drawers,
very good shape, $75
MAGNUM 357 - Silver han-
dles, 1 owner, 6 bullet barrel.
$1100 or best offer.
MATCH TARGET Colt AR15
Will Trade - 24" Bull Barrel
never fired 2x10 Scope
RIFLE - Model 995 High Point,
9 mm, comes w/scope
Do you Experience Anxiety?
There are answers in this
book. Buy and read Self
Analysis by L. Ron Hubbard.
Price $15.00. Hubbard Dia-
(813)872-0722 - E-mail
TREADMILL - Image 16.0,
power incline, 5 program,
pulse sensor for heart, folds
Sup. $200 (863)634-0779
TREADMILL- Sears Best with
incline, barely used, paid
$1200, asking $300 or best
CHANDELIAR - 2-chandeliers
look new $50.
BEDSIDE COMMODE - Brand
, new condition. $35
WHEEL CHAIR - Practically
brand new. Asking $100
WHEELCHAIR- Merit. Electric.
BB Simon- brown/black gator
skin belt w/ authentic crys-
Stals & buckle, 34" $300 neg.
(863)634-9945 or 763-3822
CARPORT - Frame & Canvas.
Big enough for a pickup.
Church Pews- 15 in all, wood-
en with top and bottom
cushions, 12 ft. $2,250 or
will separate (863)610-0165
COMPOSTER - Twin barrel on
stand, slightly used. $275
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Golf Cart Club Car, good con-
dition, double seats and top,
White, $1300 or best offer
, (812)989-3022 anytime
� Golf Cart Club Car- White,
Call For details
;Kegerator - Haler Brewmaster
beer dispenser, excellent
* (863)634-9945 or 763-3822
PARTY TABLES (10) - white,
fold up & 100 chairs, $800
or best offer. (863)763-8289
STOCK TRAILER - 28 FT
,STOCK TRAILER, GOOSE
NECK, GOOD CONDITION
� $3,500 GALL 863-357-6642
TELESCOPE - large with stand
S$100 or best offer.
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COCKATIEL - Homebred, ask-
" ing $25 (863)634-8863
DOG BOX - Double door, dia-
mond plate top and plywood
bottom, $400. Call
Helt & - I I
DIGITAL CAMERA / BINOCU-
LAR COMBO - Brand new in
box. $75 or best offer.
PROJECTOR - Vintage 16mml,
Revere Brand, good condi-
tion, $75 or best offer
GARDEN BATH Tub - This is a
drop in type bath tub: It's
white and in good condition.
INDUSTRIAL SIZE DELI MEAT
SLICER - By Globe, asking
$150 or best offer
POOL TABLE - Full Size. Good
condition. You move. $300
or best offer. (239)707-3534
TREE STAND - Summit XPod,
new, never assembled, has
safety harness. $100
TELEVISION - 19", Symphon-
ic, color, good picture. $25
TELEVISION - 42" Wide format
HDTV Viewsonic NA4251W
COKE ZERO (2) - Daytona, 2
days, 7/4 & 7/5, Roberts
Tower. $300 (863)697-3556
COKE ZERO DAYTONA (4) - 2
days, 7/4 & 7/5, front
stretch, rows 39 & 40. $600
will sell sep (863)261-6849
30 GAL 13hp air compressor
new must see - Ingersall-
rand tank honda motor. Cell
only available before twelve
(863 ) 9 8 3-1 867
AIR COMPRESSOR - Kohler,
7 1/2 hp, 2 cyl, 10 gal tank.
DRILL BIT - concrete for lg.
Bosch hammer drill, 7/8",
brand new, pd $52, sell $20.
FUEL TANK - 1000 gallon, no
leaks, good condition, $750.
GENERATOR, GENERAL -
Electric start, 7,550 rated
watts, 13,500 surge watts,
15HR $850. 863-467-7187
PAINT SPRAYER - Spraytech
Apex Model 1270, used
twice, works perfectly, ex-
tras. $350 (863)599-8286
ROUTER BIT SET - 35 pc,
new. $60 (863)467-7589
ROUTER BIT SET - 35 pc,
new. $60 (863)467-7589
STARTER SET - NAPA tool
set/tool box, NIB 26" metal
tibx, 100 pc set. $375
(863)467-1891 Iv msg
TRAIL BLAZER.PLAZMA 375
tig and mig set up - trail-
blazer 250 good 'cond,
spectrum 375 like new used
4 times mig gun for trail-
blazer.hf251d-1 high frek-
box and coolmate 3 for do-
ing all your tig work. all
work great. S4700/or best
FOOTBALL TABLE - $30 or
best offer (863)357-0406
32 MOVIES + More - Sharp
Hi-Fi Stereo 4 Head VCR 3
years old $50.
DVD MOVIES (4) - New, Fac-
tory sealed. $10
(863)675-3032 after 1pm
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
COWBOY CHINKS - Brown
Leather. Brand new. $150
HARNESS - Standard size
Pleasure Driving, never used,
brown leather. $225 or best
offer (863)675-4098 LaBelle
HORSE TRAILER for 2 horses,
$600. Call 863-674-1355
STOCK TRAILER - 24' Goose
Neck, dual axle, $1,100. Call
Bibles and Videos
417 W S Park St * (863) 467-1243
considered, brand new
const., 3BR, 4BR & 2BA
homes. Starting at
$945 mo. (520)360-1893
Treas. Island - 3036 SE 36th
St., 2BR/1.5BA, Ig. garage,
shed, on water, very clean,
$800 mo. (561)308-7566
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
QUARTER HORSE - 4 yrs
gelded shots not broke
650/or best offer.
QUARTER HORSE - 8 yr. old.
mare. Great companion or
trail horse. $1000 or best of-
SADDLE - 141" Bob Mar-
shall, Treeless, Barrel, Floral
pattern, With silver. Asking
03 MURRAY RIDING MOWER
- 46" Cut Hydro Drive New
ENGINE - Honda, 5 hp, gas,
side shaft. Pull start. Runs
good. $150 (863)697-2032
GARDEN TILLER - MANTIS
TILLER, NEW - $150.
GAS CHAIN SAW & WEED
EATER - both work great,
$50 for both or will sell sep-
JOHN DEERE - Mod 935, 3 cyl
diesel, 5' front mower, runs
good. $3000 or best offer
LAWN MOWER - John Deere -
21" 3-speed, self-propelled,
mulching mower w/optional
bag. $100. (239)826-8469
MOWER - 26 HP Diesel Deutz-
Allis with 7 foot King Kutter
finish mower $4000.
PATIO FURNITURE - 9 pc.,
Fuchsia Color. Excellent.
cond. Pd $1200, Now $650,
(863)467-2112 or 447-1571
RACING LAWN MOWER - Very
fast. Trophy winner. Extra
neg, will sep. 239-218-5917
RIDING MOWER - 46" Cut. Al-
most new, only 11 months
old. 20 hp. Auto. 2 yr. war-
ranty. $800 (239)340-8503
RIDING MOWER - Scag, 52"
Cut, Zero Turn. $3000
WEEDEATER - Battery, new.
WEEDEATER - Battery, new.
YARD TRAILER, Huskee - 10
cu. ft., $75. Call
Business Places 910
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Nice New CBS
1/1, $750 & 2/1, $850
1st, last, sec. &util.,
TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS:
1br/1ba, Furnished. $650/mo,
1st. last & sec. For Details.
OAK LAKE VILLAS Remodeled
2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util.-rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last &sec. (863)634-3313
AFFORDABLE NEW HOUSES
3/2/2 & 3/1/1 Bring Pets,
Large Yards. Jacuzzi Tub
$1100 & Up (561)723-2226
AVAILABLE NOW! 3 BR, 2 BA,
1 Car garage. All titled.
$1100 mo. Lawrence Assoc.
Waterfront, large 1800 sf,
3 BR, 2 BA w/Sea Wall.
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
NEAR BRIGHTON - 1 BR, 1
BA. Terms negotiable.
Please call (863)946-1626
RANCH SETTING - 2 Bdrm., 1
Ba. Available now! Very
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
Rent to Own - 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
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pets. $650/mo., 1st, last &
sec. dep. (561)743-4331
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MOBILE HOME STEPS - Fiber-
glass, 4 Steps/3x3 landing. 2
hand rails. Okeechobee de-
livery. $200 (863)357-0504
BHR - 4 br, 2 ba, fenced yard,
on canal, $900/mo + sec dep.
BUCKHEAD RIDGE - 2br, 2ba,
furn or unfurn, move in for
$1000, must have ref's
MH - 1BR/1BA, all util, fur-
nished $650 mo. + $200
sec. dep. 828 Hwy. 441 SE.
Mobile Homes For Rent
2 and 3 Bedrooms
New Mobile Home- 2br/2ba,
furnished, washer/dryer, off
of 15A, $850 month + $600
OKEECHOBEE - 2BR, 1BA, on
lot in quiet neighborhood
close to town. Front porch,
fenced yard. Will lease with
option to buy. $59,000.
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NEW 3br/2ba DW $44,900
incl setup & a/c. Easy fi-
nancing. No money down
with trade-in (863)675-8888
NEW 4br/2ba DW $59,900 in-
cludes setup & a/c. Easy fi-
nancing with low down
payment (863) 675-8888
NO MONEY down if you own
your lot/ Easy financing, low
monthly payments. 3 & 4
bedroom homes 773-2007
REPO Zone II 2002 DW, mint
condition w/fireplace, tape &
textured. Setup & a/c incl
$41,900 (863) 675-8888
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and low monthly payments
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your lot or ours. Fireplace,
tape, textured walls. Very low
payment, easy credit. Apply
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.
Continental Air Boat parts-
0520, set of headers, wood
prop, other miscellaneous
items $900 (863)261-5826
GHEENOE CLASSIC - '04 Hon-
da 15hp power tilt, galv trlr,
trolling motor, other extras
ORLANDO CLIPPER FG SKIFF
1965 - '99 15HP Suzuki OB,
troll motor, Gal.trailer.Big,
deep, good condition. $795.
RIVER BOAT - Richard Colvin
built, 37', perfect live aboard.
$5000 (239)823-2587 or
SAIL BOATS - (2) SunFish,
good condition, with trailer,
900 for all or will sell separ-
SAILBOAT - Irwin 37', 4' draft,
new shaft/prop, needs work,
hull awl griped. $5000
ULTRA INBOARD 1973 - 24 ft
Needs new motor has trailer
$1000/or best offer.
OKEECHOBEE - 38' RV w/lrg
FL room, many improve-
ments, in RV park. $4999
1992 Yamaha 600- yellow, in-
cludes med. helmet, $1700
or best offer or will trade for
bass boat (863)801-5198
CLASSIC ANTIQUE - Honda
Motorcycle, 360cc, 1974,
3000 miles, like new, $2500
HARLEY DAVIDSON 883
Sportster 1995 - Less than
18K w/extra's. $3700 Call
(863)675-7622 after 3pm
HONDA CB750 FOUR '77 -
Lots of new parts, asking
$700 or best offer
KAWASAKI KX125 '00 - new
motor, chain, sprockets,
tires, clutch, $1800 or best
SUZUKI 250 OZARK, '04 -
YAMAHA VIRAGO 750, 1995 -
New tires, saddlebags,
$1,800. Call 863-763-3599
GO-CART Select - Adult size,
runs good,with roll cage,
needs tires $400.
HONDA 450 FOREMAN 2003 -
27" ITP wheel and tire kit,
winch 78 hours $2500.
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.
TRAVEL TRAILER '86 - 24',
Hi-Lo, new carpet, int. re-
modeled, ext. good shape,
$2200 neg. (863)763-8289
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
1991 Chevy S-10 Pick-up, V6,
5 speed, black, good condi-
tion, $1,100 or best offer
1992 Cadillac Brougham,
white, good condition, runs
good, good tires, very clean
1998 Chevy Pick-up, automat-
ic, Cold A/C, white, good
2000 Ford Explorer, power
windows, power locks, stan-
dard transmission, cold A/C,
$1,650 neg. (863)763-0859
BUICK LESABRE '98 - needs
body work, runs good, AC
not working but fixable $700
as is (863)357-2413
CAMERO RS '86 - V8, needs
fuel pump, $500 or best of-
fer (863)801-9394 after 5pm
CHEVROLET 2500 1998 -
454 big block, cd ,dark
green, ask for Eric $4000/or
best offer. (863)467-0050
LINCOLN, '94 - 108k mi., a/c,
radio, tires fair, good condi-
tion, $2500. (863)763-8391
MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE 1997 -
New transmission, new bat-
tery, new starter - needs en-
gine work. $500.
MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE RS '00
- 105k mi, white, 18 rims.
$3400 or best offer
PONTIAC SUNFIRE'96 - 4 cyl,
5 spd, good on gas, runs
great. $1800 or best offer
GMC 2500 1968 - 350 V8
with RV cam, 4 spd, no bed,
runs great $1300/or best of-
CHEVY SILVERADO, '93 - 4x4,
needs work, $1500.
FORD F150 1994 - 4x4, Ext.
Cab, Small V8. Good condi-
tion. $3500 or best offer.
(863)675-1816 after 5pm.
FORD 600 WATER TRUCK '78
3500 gal Poly Tank, 360
gas, 5 speed, single ax-
1993 Chevy Camero driver
side airbag, $300 neg
ALUM TRUCK FUEL TANK -
75 gallon, w/filter, meter &
elec pump, new cost $950,
selling $550 (941)320-4600
CAMPER TOP - White Fiber-
glass. Fits full size Ford
F-150. in LaBelle $250.
CAR DOLLY - New tires &
wheels, new fenders, lights,
straps & fresh paint. $750 or
best offer (863)697-9704
CHEVY MOTOR '98 - 5.7 Liter
Vortec, fits '96-'99 w/out
modification, only 50k miles.
DEISEL INJECTORS 6) Bosch,
for 300-315 hp Dodge
Truck/Marine Engine. New.
$325 for all. (863)610-1120
DODGE RUNNING GEAR -
355 gears, 1 ton, 33" mud
tires & Tractor tires, $500
will sell sep. (863)763-8085
FIBERGLASS TOPPER - exc
cond will fit short bed truck
measurements 60w x 81L x
22h, 12 months old $450.
FRAME/RUNNING GEAR -
Dodge Ramcharger 1/2 ton,
frame/axles $800/or best
OIL COOLER - Complete kit,
Universal with all adaptors,
new in box. Pd, $150, asking
$60. Call 863-610-1120
READING UTIL BED - truck
bed, 12ft, $1500 or best of-
RIMS & TIRES - fits '04 Ford
F150, 6 lug, 285/60/18, Ea-
gle alloy rims, Nitto tires,
RIMS & TIRES - Venentti,
w/like new tires, 5 lug, $350
RIMS & TIRES 20" Chrome -
Came off of 05 F-150
$1700/or best offer.
TECUMSEH ENGINE - 6.25
hp, can see it run. $75
IPblc -o i I
TIRES (4) - Pirelli 225/6018,
asking $50 (863)763-8980
TOPPER - Maroon, Fits Short
Bed Dodge Ram 1500, Flori-
da Line, Rear window.
TRANSFER TANK - 100 gallon
diesel, fits full size long bed
truck, L-shaped, exc cond.
TRANSMISSION - '05 4L60E,
4x4, overhauled, $800 or
best offer. (863)467-8856
TRUCK JACK - Hi-Lift, Model
HL484, max. load 4660 Ibs.
Brand New. Pd $105, asking
$80. 305-879-0895, LaBelle
WHEELS - Chevy Silverado,
new, slotted gray steel, 16",
8 lug, center caps & lug
nuts, $200. (561)573-3499
CHEVY 3500 '92 - cab &
chassis new tires, runs
great, $2000 or best offer
DODGE 1500 '99 - Quad cab,
5.9 motor, 2wd, auto, 124K,
needs AC work, chrome tool
box $3000 (863)801-5801
FORD 150 PU '93 - crew cab,
runs exc. & looks good, 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
S6, $1600 (863)763-6216
FORD RANGER 1988, Did run.
Needs starter, or great for
parts. Selling due to health
$300 Firm. (863)467-8114
FORD RANGER SUPERCAB
1989 - speed 2.3L eng
Runs Good $1000/or best
MAZDA B3000 PICK UP '94 -
V6, manual trans, extended
cab. $500 or best offer
TOYOTA TUNDRA 2000 -
Needs rear end. 4-wd, auto.
V-8, a/c $1800.
FORD BRONCO 11 1990, Cold
A/C. Runs good. $1200 or
best offer. (239)324-2148
JEEP CHEROKEE '91 - 3 1/2
lift, manual trans, '05 4.0 en-
ine not in, fair condition.
ENCLOSED TRAILER - 6x12,
Pace, white, side door,
ramp, 3 level shelves, $2400
MOTORCYCLE TRAILER - Sin-
gle track w/ramp, new wheel
bearings, tires & running
lights. $325 (863)805-2869
REESE HITCH - Trailer hitch
for full size pick up. Excellent
CHEVY VAN '86 - white, short,
V6, Auto Zone rebuilt trans,
good tires, good work van,
CHEVY VAN G20, '90 - runs
good, seats 12-14 passen-
gers, $1250 or best offer.
GMC HIGH TOP VAN 1986 -
Sleeps 4 or would make a
great work van. $2100
KIA SEDONA 2002 - Green,
Asking $2500 or best offer.
KIA SEDONA EX 2002 - As-is,
1 owner $2500/or best of-
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NOTICE OF FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE
THROUGH THE STATE HOUSING INITIATIVE PARTNERSHIP (SHIP) PROGRAM
Okeechobee County has received $363,733 for the SFY 2008/2009 SHIP Program. The funds are
budgeted as follows:
Purchase Assistance/Inspections/Repairs $ 247,361
Rehabilitation/Inspections/Code Violation Repairs $ 80,000
Grant Administration $ 36,373
Applications will be accepted for the following programs:
Purchase Assistance: Funds allocated to this program will provide assistance to income eligible
households to purchase existing homes that are in need of repair or new homes that are to be
constructed. The County will provide down payment and closing cost assistance through deferred
payment loans to eligible homebuyers that meet program requirements. Preference will be given
to very-low and low income families, handicap and elderly households. The amount of assistance
provided is based on the household income and actual need. Funds are available to purchase
existing homes and to construct new homes, including a building lot, costing no more than
$237,031. The minimum required contribution to be paid by the SHIP applicant is $750 if very-low
income, $1,000 if low income, and $1,250 if moderate income.
The maximum awards for the Purchase Assistance Program are as follows:
Very-low Income - $40,000
Low Income - $25,000
Moderate Income - $15,000
Rehabilitation Assistance: Funds allocated to this program will provide assistance to income
eligible households to rehabilitate owner-occupied, single family dwellings to a condition that
brings the structure into compliance with the current FBC Plumbing Code, FBC Mechanical Code,
FBC Standard Building Code, Standard Housing Code, and the National Electrical Code adopted
by Okeechobee County. Preference will be given to very-low and low income, handicap and
elderly households. The amount of assistance provided is based on the household income and
Under requirements of the State Housing Initiative Partnership Program (SHIP) the County is
required to provide a minimum of 30% of the housing funds to very-low income households and
a total of 60% to low and/or very-low income households. Additionally, SHIP Program funding may
NOT be used to purchase or rehabilitate mobile homes.
2008 INCOME LIMITS FOR PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:
Household Size Very Low Income Low Income Moderate Income
1 Person $15,900 .$25,400 $38,160
2 Person $18,150 $29,050 $43,560
3 Person $20,450 $32,650 $49,080
4 Person $22,700 $36,300 $54,480
5 Person $24,500 $39,200 $58,800
6 Person $26,350 $42,100 $63,240
7 Person $28,150 $45,000 $67,560
8 Person, $29,950 $47,900 $71,880
Appointments will begin on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00
p.m. For the Purchase Assistance Program all applicants MUST be pre-qualified for a mortgage
prior to setting an appointment to apply for SHIP assistance. If you are interested in participating
in the SHIP Program and would like to set an appointment, please call Stephany at (863) 763-6731.
Funds are awarded on a "First-ready, First-served" basis.
12 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Okeechobee eliminates Hardee at state tournament
By Charles M. Murphy
Tyler Finney pitched a com-
plete game, striking out 10, to
lead Okeechobee to an 8-3 win
over Hardee County at the Florida
Dixie Youth AAA tournament in
East Lakeland Monday night.
Finney allowed just four
hits, and walked three to lead
Okeechobee to their second win
in three days at the tournament.
The Okeechobee American all
stars moved on to play Spring Hill
on Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
Okeechobee had lost to Spring
Hill, 13-6 on Sunday, and had a
chance at retribution.
Okeechobee handled the bats
well and were very patient at the
plate against Hardee. Key hitters
included Jarrod Morgan, who
scored two runs, drove in a run,
and reached base three times,
Chase Quesinberry who scored
two runs, Lane Rhodes, who
scored a run and drove home a
run, Robbie Hayes who had two
hits and a run scored, and Mason
Joyner who drove in two runs.
Okeechobee also got some
gifts from Hardee as their pitch-
ers walked 11 batters and hit two
Taylor Durden drove home all
three runs for Hardee, who was
eliminated from the tournament.
Okeechobee never trailed in
the game as they scored a run
in the bottom of the first inning.
Quesinberry scored the run af-
ter he reached base on a fielders
choice, advanced on a passed
ball, and scored on a ground out
Okeechobee made it 3-0 in the
second as Brendon Barcia and
Robbie Hayes scored runs. Zeke
Matthews drove home one run
When he was hit by a pitch with
the bases loaded. The second run
Scored on a bases loaded walk.
Okeechobee made it 4-0 in the
third as Jarrod Morgan doubled
'and scored on a wild pitch.
Meanwhile Finney kept Hard-
ee off the board, shutting out the
Wauchula boys for the first three
innings. He walked the lead off
batter Marcus Battles and then re-
tired eight batters in a row.
Hardee finally got runs in the
fourth as Durden hit a clutch two
out single to score Ben Harrison
and Battles, who had walked.
Okeechobee broke open the
game with four runs in the fifth.
Hardee pitchers Austin Altman,
and Omar Alamea walked four
batters in the inning and hit an-
other. The key hit was a two run
single by Mason Joyner. Finney
added an infield single.
Okeechobee had four hits in
the game and made the most out
of these hits.
Finney allowed a run in the
sixth as Kyle Hewitt and Tanner
Durden singled to score Hunter
Brice, who had walked. He bore
down to strike out Altman to end
Okeechobee played excellent
defense and did not commit a
fielding error. Justin Morgan made
a nice grab of a line drive off the
bat of Seth McGee in the first. Alt-
man made a great leaping grab to
rob Brendon Barcia of a base hit
in the fourth. He also made a nice
running catch in short right field
to rob Quesinberry of a hit in the
Spring Hill lost to West Semi-
nole, 11-0, to drop into the los-
er's bracket game on Tuesday.
Sebring and West Seminole were
also alive in the tournament.
General Liability, Commercial Auto,
Equipment, Worker's Compensation
Call us or stop by for a quote. .-,
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Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
This deer was seen standing on the side of the road at the
entrance to the Agri-Civic Center from S.R. 710 on July 7.
Man charged with
possessing gator eggs
Just a few miles from where
Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC)
biologists watched licensed and
permitted alligator farmers legiti-
mately collect eggs from alligator
nests in the wild Everglades, a Lee
County man was arrested for tak-
ing eggs illegally.
On July 1, FWC Officers Clin-
ton Bean and Joshua Caraker
were on routine patrol along Al-
ligator Alley in Collier County,
when they noticed a small boat
on the bank of the canal. Officers
watched the boat operator make
stops along the canal and walk
into the woods. As the boat ap-
proached the officers, the officers
detected a marijuana odor and
watched as the man picked up
two white, five-gallon buckets.
The officers stopped 49-year
old Gerald R. Clemons of Fort My-
ers and looked inside his buckets.
The buckets had dirt inside them
and eggs on top.
Clemons said he collected
more than 100 alligator eggs that
day, removing the eggs from at
least 10 different nests, and mark-
ing them to preserve their viability.
Officers Bean and Caraker count-
ed 133 alligator eggs in Clemons'
Clemons was arrested and
charged with possession of 133
American alligator eggs and pos-
session of marijuana and drug
According to the FWC, 130 of
the 133 seized alligator eggs were
donated to Gatorama, an alligator
farm in Palmdale. Two eggs were
retained as evidence, and one egg
was sent for forensic testing.
Seminoles' Bellamy . yT
sidelined by injury
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --
Florida State's inexperienced of-
fensive line has thinned out even
Projected starting guard Evan
Bellamy disclosed Tuesday he'll
miss the 2008 season because of
a blood clot.
was hospitalized Friday for treat-
ment on the clot in his lower left
leg. He will remain on medication
for several months, preventing
him from competition.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound red-
shirt sophomore from Miami
played in 10 games last year and
made his first start in the Music
City Bowl loss to Kentucky.
Bellamy's departure leaves
sophomores Ryan McMahon and
Rodney Hudson as the only Semi-
noles who have started a game
on a senior-free offensive line.
Sports News in Brief
USSSA Softball Tour-
nament "Sizzle Slam"
There will be a World Series
warm up hosted by Okeecho-
bee July 12 and 13. There will be
a barbeque pork dinner sold to
benefit the OCRA and the Chobee
Firestix. The tournament will be
held at the Sports Complex, high-
school and men's softball fields.
Any questions call Chad Douglass
Register for free
July 14-17, from 6-8 p.m., the
ROC (Recreational Outreach Cen-
ter) will host a free sports camp.
The camp will be open to boys
and girls who have completed
kindergarten and/or all grades
through sixth. Sports offered in-
clude basketball, t-ball, flag foot-
ball, soccer, cheerleading, tennis,
fishing, golf and inline skating/
skateboarding. Register NOW
as some sports are limited at the
First Baptist Church office located
at 401 S.W. Fourth Street or at
the ROC. For more information,
please call 863-763-2171.
Just Horsing Around
UF/IFAS Okeechobee County
4-H program, along with the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center
and the Okeechobee Children's
Services Council, is offering the
Second Annual "Just Horsing
Around!' horse day camp. The
camp July 14-18, will offer camp-
ers insight into the rodeo world
focusing on pole bending, barrel
racing, goat tying, roping and oth-
er "non-roughstock" events. For
more information and to register
please contact the Okeechobee
County Extension Office at 863-
763-6469. Camp fee is $100 plus
a $25 stall fee per week. Pre-regis-
tration is required.
TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are
held the following \\ weekend Neu
boaters and (especially) non-boat-
ers are welcome. For information
call Dave Stout at 863-467-2255.
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