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Vol. 99 No. 199


Briefs

Area transportation
survey input sought
The Florida Heartland Rural
Economic Development Ini-
tiative is conducting an online
survey on transportation, to
determine local demand for al-
ternative transportation such as
public buses.
The last day to participate in
the survey is July 31.
To fill out the survey online,
go to the FHREDI website at
www.fhredi.com, select "trans-
portation" (near the top of the
screen) and then scroll down
to survey. Filling out the survey
only takes about three mint-
ues.

International Youth
Rodeo under way
Chasey Bass of Okeechobee
won the first round of saddle
bronc riding at the Interna-
tional Finals Youth Rodeo in
Shawnee, Okla. Bass earned 75
points and pocketed $596.16.

Main Street Mixer
planned for July 22
Okeechobee Main Street
invites,everyone to the Main
Street Mixer on Tuesday July 22,
from 5 to 7 p.m. This month's
mixer will be hosted by West-
ern Living, located at 123 S.W
Park Street. Mark your calen-
dar and invite a friend, this is
a great way to network in the
community and meet our local
business representatives. There
will be door prizes and refresh-
ments will be served. For more
information please contact
Main Streets Executive Direc-
tor Toni Doyle at 863-357-MAIN
(6246).

Drought Index

Current: 276
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.17 feet
Last Year: 9.10 feet

S on ored By:-

Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
763-7222
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

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Com ics .................................. 6
Community Events.........:.......... 4
Crossword............................ 6
Obituaries................................... x
O pinion.................................... 4
Speak Out ............................. .... 4
Sports......................................... x
TV .................................... 4
W eather..................................... 2
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Judges won


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two judges and their assis-
tants assigned to Okeechobee
County from the coast will be
staying here.
Due to state budget cuts, it
had been. feared that judges Law-
rence Mirman and F. Shields Mc-
Manus would move their offices
to St. Lucie County so that they
could be reimbursed for their
gas mileage. This also applied to
their judicial assistants.(JAs).
Judge William Roby, the chief


justice for the 19th Judicial Cir-
cuit, had earlier requested that
Okeechobee County help pay
the gas expenses for the judges
and their JAs to the tune of just
over $19,000 per year.
Judge Roby had gone before
the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners ear-
lier this spring and made the re-
quest, but he was turned down
by a 5-0 vote.
But according to Okeechobee
County administrator Lyndon
Bonner, the county won't have


to come up with the funds. Als6,
the Okeechobee Clerk of Courts
o- ' ot lose any personnel
a irlier.
with Tom Jenung
( ,inistrator for the 19th
J cuit) and Judge Roby.
I gave me clear direc-
ti a way to ensure Judge
F rests were looked af-
t, /r. Bonner. "And, the
ji :ated he would leave
e iere. We did not make
S - nts -- the judge with-
c ' - request .


Meet the Candidates
Democratic candidates met Tuesday, July 15 in the meeting hall of the American Legion
building, to introduce themselves to the public. They will have a booth during the Na-
tional Day of the American Cowboy event at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center and be
in the Labor Day parade. On Sept. 30, Congressman Tim Mahoney will be in Okeecho-
bee for questions and concerns voters may have. Stephanie Pierce (not pictured) is the
Chairwomen of the Democratic Executive Committee. Candidates left to right include:
Sheriff Paul May, Phil Boughman, Elvie Posey, Ron Smith (standing in for Don Chin-
quina), Celeste Watford, Ray Worley, Sharon Robertson and Cliff Betts.



Magistrate hears code cases


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In an unusual turn of
events, all ten cases listed on
the agenda for the Okeecho-
bee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate Hearing on
July 15 were heard. Usually
several cases come into com-
pliance between the time they
are placed on the,agenda and
the hearing date. Neither were
there any requests for reduc-
tion in fine.
Code enforcement officer
Beth Albert stated that Kerry
Lynn McGehee had removed
the RV from his East Center
Street lot. She further stated


that. Mr. McGehee had made
considerable progress toward
dismantling the condemned
mobile home on the property.
The property was still not in
compliance, but because of the
amount of work done, special
magistrate Lois Nichols 'im-
posed a fine of only $35 a day
beginning July 16.
Mrs. Albert stated that Larry
Black had almost completed a
storage building to house the
items on his N.E. Fifth Street
property for which he had re-
ceived a citation. Since compli-
ance was almost accomplished
he was fined only $15 a day be-
ginning July 16.


Earlon Eugley had been cit-
ed for having household goods,
mechanical parts and scrap on
his N.E. 26th Avenue property.,
If that is not cleaned up by Aug.
14, he could face a fine of up to
$250 a day.,
Since Mack Hubbard had
received a demolition permit to
demolish a condemned mobile
home on his N.E. Fourth Street
property, he was given until
Sept. 11 to'come into compli-
ance. If the property is not in
compliance at that time, he
could be subject to a fine of up
to $250 a day.
See Code - Page 2


City planners consider


two special exceptions


Assisted living
facility proposed

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When the City of Okeecho-
bee Planning Board/Board
of Adjustments and Appeals
meets Thursday evening, July
17 they will consider two re-
quests for special exception.
The Visiting Nurse Associa-
tion has requested a special ex-


ception to allow an assisted liv-
ing center within a commercial
professional office zoning dis-
trict. This would allow the or-
ganization to build an assisted
living center on their S.E. Sec-
ond Street property that would
care for up to 40 residents and
possibly provide adult day care
for up to 10 people. The pro-
posed facility would employ 18
people and operate 24 hours a
day. Staff is recommending ap-
proval.
The city council paved the


If you go ...
What: City of Okeechobee
Planning Board/Board of Ad-
justment and Appeals
When: 6 p.m., Thursday,
July 17
Where: City council cham-
bers, Okeechobee City Hall,
55 S.E. Third Ave.

See Planners - Page 2


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"It didn't cost us any money,
other than sending me over
there (St. Lucie County) a couple
of times," he added.
When lawmakers approved
the 2008-09 state spending plan
of $66.2 billion, which is $4 bil-
lion less than last year's, it cre-
ated a budget nightmare for
everyone. Judge Roby was told
he had to cut his budget to the
tune of 16 percent in the last 18
months.
Moving the offices of Judge
Mirman and Judge McManus


to St. Lucie West would allow
them to be reimbursed for their
commute to Okeechobee by the
state. The move would also give
Judge Roby two more judges in
St. Lucie County to hear the ever-
increasing number of cases be-
ing heard there now.
At the heart of the move
was not so much reimbursing
the judges, but their assistants.
Judge Roby had said earlier that
the judges could absorb the ex-
See Judges- Page 2


Convicted


drug dealer


faces 30 years


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Lester Johnson's testimony
that he only sold cocaine to
two undercover detectives to
"help them out" failed to sway
the jury Wednesday.
The six-person panel found
Johnson, 52, guilty of sale or
delivery of cocaine and posses-
sion of cocaine with intent to
sell. Johnson, who was found
guilty just a month ago of simi-
lar charges but in a different
case, is facing a maximum of 30
years in prison from the July 16
conviction because he is classi-
fied as a habitual offender.
Assistant State Attorney Dan


Kuczler said
Johnson was
already given
a 30-year
sentence fol-
lowing his
conviction
last month.
Follow- -Les
ing the Lester
jury's verdict Johnson
Wednesday, Circuit Court
Judge Lawrence Mirman said
he would delay sentencing.
Since Johnson has yet another
trial pending, Judge Mirman
elected to wait until that trial is

See Convicted - Page 2


Glades Electric


increases rates


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Glades Electric Coop-
erative approved two rate in-
creases earlier this year caused
by increases in fuel prices and
material cost increases for "vir-
tually every piece of inventory
required to carry out the task
of distributing electricity," Busi-
ness Development Manager
Paul McGehee said.
The board approved a $3.34
per 1,000 kilowatt hour increase
in June to cover the increases
in costs for operating the coop-


erative. That followed a Janu-
ary rate increase of $6.41 per
kilowatt hour due to increases
from their wholesale power
provider, Seminole Electric.
Rates were hiked 7.75 per-
cent overall.
Mr. McGehee said the major-
ity of the rate increase was due
to rising fuel costs. However, he
pointed out the cooperative has
tried to make the rate increases
easier on their residential cus-
tomers on fixed incomes.
"It was the board's desire to
See Rates - Page 2


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Judges
Continued From Page 1
pense.
"But, it's costing them (the
JAs) 15 to 20 percent of their an-
nual income," said Judge Roby in
a June 11 interview.
While moving the judges
would help with their expenses,
it would also point out to state
lawmakers that more judges are
needed in the 19th district --which
includes Martin, St. Lucie, Indian


Rates
Continued From Page 1
shield, as much as possible, our
members that can least tolerate
another hit to their household ex-
penses. These arettypically small-
er households and our members
on fixed incomes," he said.
The board approved a tiered
rate structure similar to ones
passed by major electric compa-
nies like Florida Power and Light
and Progress. Energy. The mem-
bers who use less than 1,000 kilo-
watt hours per month will see no
increase. Those members who
use between 1,000 and 2,000
kilowatt hours will see a slight in-
crease. Those members who use


Code
Continued From Page 1

Property on S.R. 70 W belong-
ing to N & A Realty was cited be-
cause of the unsafe condition of
a building addition. The owners
were given until Aug. 14 to either
obtain a demolition permit or a
building permit and until Sept. 11
to either demolish the addition or
bring it into compliance.
Attorney Jeffrey Hadley stated
that his. client, Donald Bastura,
was involved in litigation with his
insurance company. Mr, Bastura
was hoping for a settlement that
would allow him to demolish his
condemned, hurricane damaged
house and replace it. Mr. Bastura
was given unit Sept. 11 to come
into compliance. Mr. Hadley sug-
gested that possibly the county
could demolish the house and
put a lien on the, property to be
paid off with the anticipated in-
surance settlement.
Attorney Bill Wallace spent
some time discussing the com-
plicated case against Nix & Nix
I, LLC. This case has been ongo-
ing for some time and deals with
renovation if the Speckled Perch
Restaurant. At one point it seemed
uncertain if the part of the build-
ing in question could be remod-
eled within reasonable costs or


River and Okeechobee counties.
"We really tried to operate
on the premise that the board
of county commissioners really
wanted to work with the judge,"
explained Mr. Bonner. "Judge
Roby was trying to impress upon
legislators what has happened in
the judicial district. The board of
county commissioners really sup-
port Judge Roby's efforts to point
out to state legislators the prob-
lems in the 19th Judicial Circuit."
In a June 20 meeting with judg-
es, Sheriff Paul May and represen-
tatives from the offices of the state


over 2,000 kilowatts will see the
highest increase.
"Those on fixed incomes ac-
tually use the least power each
month. Any change in their bud-
get affects them the most," he
said.
Mr. McGehee said about 50
percent of their residential cus-
tomers use less than 1,000 kilo-
watt hours per month.
Mr. McGehee said despite the
rate hikes and budget concerns,
the utility continues to improve
their system which has always
been their top priority.
"We are upgrading our poles
and lines and are constantly try-
ing to improve our level of service.
That's been our commitment for
over 10 years," he added.
if it should be demolished. Mr.
Wallace stated that work is pro-
ceeding toward remodelling and
that his client is awaiting bids for
a sprinkler system and a handi-
capped ramp. The owners were
given until Aug. 14 to obtain the
necessary permits. The owners
were also ordered to appear at
next month's hearing to report on
Progress made toward iemodel-
ling.
Mr. Fadley also represented
Lawrence Elwell in a case that
Was continued from last month.
Mr. Fadley stated that his client
had made some progress toward
coming into compliance. He pre-
sented copies of registrations for
all the RVs on the property except
one. Mr. Fadley said Mr. Elwell did
not own that RV and that it would
soon be gone. Special magistrate
Nichols ordered that a meeting
be arranged on the property be-
tween code enforcement officials
and Mr. Elwell to determine if
compliance had been achieved. A
permit still had not been obtained
for the fence on the property. Mr.
Elwell was given until Sept. 11 to
come into compliance.
The case of Kenneth Childs
was continued until next month
as was the case involving the es-
tate of Benjamin Ferguson..
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Planners
Continued From Page 1
way for this special exception
when, at their June 3 meeting,
they approved the Visiting Nurse
Association's zoning change re-
quest on the property from resi-
dential multiple family to com-
mercial professional' office. At
that time, senior planner Bill Bris-
son noted that that was the least
invasive commercial district and
that there was a need for such a
facility.
The second special exception
to be considered is presented by
Hospice of Okeechobee and asks


Convicted
Continued From Page 1

over and then do both sentenc-
ings at once.
The three-man, three-woman
jury found Johnson guilty after
watching a video of him selling
crack cocaine to undercover de-
tectives, and then hearing from
one of those detectives.
Detective Scott Miller, of the
Indian River County Sheriff's Of-
fice IRCSO), testified that he and
another officer went to the Jack's
Camp area where they were ap-
proached by Johnson. Detective
Miller said he told Johnson that
he wanted to buy $20 hard. Hard
is street vernacular for crack co-
caine.
The video showed Johnson
talking to the detectives and then
getting on his bicycle to go get the
cocaine. After a period of four to
five minutes, Johnson returned
and exchanged the crack for $20.
. Johnson can be heard in the
video telling the officers that there
was a vacant room on the prop-
erty where they could go smoke
their cocaine. But, the officer de-
clined saying they.had a motel
room in town.'
Defense attorney John Cook
put his client on the stand and dur-
ing his testimony Johnson said he
didn't want to sell the cocaine but
did so because he didn't want the
two men to go somewhere else
where they may be in danger.
He told the jury that he "was
helping them out" by going and
getting the cocaine for them.
"I wasn't going to sell it to
them," he testified. "I never had no
intention of selling them cocaine


to allow group homes within a
residential multifamily zoning dis-
trict.
If approved, this would allow
for medical staff housing at the
Hamrick House on S.E. Fourth
Street. Staff is recommending ap-
proval.
The board is also scheduled to
discuss amendments to the city's
land development regulation and
elect a chairperson and a vice
chairperson.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


or going to get them cocaine.
That was a mistake I made.".
During his closing argument,
Mr. Cook said his client was in-
duced to sell the cocaine rock
and that his client was entrapped
by the detectives on that sunny
December day in 2005. He said
the detectives had props in their
hands for which they could get ar-
rested for on the street - namely
a pipe used for smoking cocaine
and an open bottle of beer.
"The detectives used illegal
acts to get my client to sell them
cocaine," Mr. Cook told the jury.
But during his closing rebuttal,
Mr. Kuczler dismissed that claim
saying the officers are allowed to
not look like police.
"It's a big giveaway when they
have a big badge on. their chest
and lights on their car," he said to
the jury.
He went on to say that John-
son was neither induced nor en-
trapped by the detectives, but that
he sold them the cocaine freely.
Mr: Kuczler pointed out that
when the officers first met up with
Johnson they asked what was go-
ing on and if he had anything to
sell? When he said he didn't they
put their pickup truck in reverse
and started to leave. But, Johnson
flagged them down and agreed to
go get them the cocaine.
"He knew exactly what he was
doing," said Mr. Kuczler. "There
was no inducement here. They
gave him the opportunity to com-
mit a crime and he took them up
on it.
"He had two people he could
readily sell to and he wasn't going
to let them get away," he added.


Today's Weather


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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms
through late morning...Then scattered afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and thunder-
storms. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds around 5 mph.
Chance of rain 20 percent.
Extended Forecast
Friday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms.
Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of
Rain 40 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening show-
ers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20
percent.
Saturday: Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s.


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attorney and public defender, Mr.
Bonner had stated he may have
found some funds in the county
budget that could be used for this
purpose if needed.
"We identified a pool of mon-
ey we thought, at the time, could
be used to fund at least one year
or part of a year but it turns but
that even if the board said here's
a check, they (the judicial circuit)
couldn't have accepted it," said
Mr. Bonner.
He went on to say that this
applies to an accounting mecha-
nism whereby activities have to


be funded by a particular means.
If the offices had been moved,
it would likely have done away
with at least three positions in the
local Clerk of Courts office. Those
jobs are now safe.
"We still have huge problems
in Okeechobee, but we don't
have that one," said Mr. Bonner.
"We were headed down a bad
road, but my board said go ahead
and we found an acceptable so-
lution. I'm really pleased with the
outcome."


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Consumer prices rose by 1.1% in June


B Martin Crutsinger
A Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
price of a quart of milk, a plane
ticket and a host of other products
rose in June at nearly the fastest
pace in a generation, taking an
even bigger-than-expected bite
out of the buying power of Ameri-
cans.
In the latest shock wave to hit
the economy, consumer prices
rose 1.1 percent in June from the
month before, far faster than the
expected rate of 0.7 percent and
almost double the reading from
May, the Labor Department said
Wednesday.
The only time in the past quar-
ter-century that monthly inflation
has been that high was in Septem-
ber 2005, when prices jumped 1.3
percent, mostly because Hurri-
cane Katrina shut down oil refin-
eries and energy prices spiked.
Consumer prices are up 5
percent over the last 12 months,
the fastest one-year change since
1991.


Sharon Ming, a local Ed-
ward Jones financial advisor,
is using her office as a drop off
location for items that will be
sent to U.S. troops overseas.
Local residents may help
U.S. miliatry personell by bring-


As prices rose last month, take-
home pay took a hit. Adjusting for
inflation, weekly wages fell 0.9
percent in June, the third straight
monthly decline and the biggest
drop in almost four years.
The news was the back half of
a one-two punch on inflation. On
Tuesday, the Labor Department
reported that prices at the whole-
sale level were rising by the high-
est annual rate in 27 years.
Before Congress, Federal Re-
serve Chairman Ben Bernanke
wrapped up two days of testi-
mony and repeated his concerns
*about inflation, also noting the
housing slump, financial turmoil
and credit troubles.
"We will work our way through
these financial storms," he said.
The Consumer Price Index,
which came out Wednesday, mea-
sures not just what Americans pay
for goods but for other purchases,
including services like health care
and haircuts.
Higher energy costs led the
way, with a more than 10 percent
rise in gasoline prices. More ex-


ing in, nonperishable items
they would like to donate. The
items may be dropped off at
107 S.W 17th St, Suite J dur-
ing regular business hours
from now until our troops are
home.


pensive vegetables, dairy and beef
pushed up food costs.
Core inflation, the figure that
excludes energy and food to
measure other costs, rose by 0.3
percent in June, the fastest rise
since January. Airline tickets grew
almost 5 percent more expensive,
the biggest rise since the summer
of 2001.
The report illustrates just how
quickly prices are rising -- not that
the economic squeeze is anything
new to most Americans.
Marsha Marvel, 45, an elemen-
tary school reading specialist from
Springfield, Ill., said she had cre-
ated a weekly household budget
to hold down expenses and the
family was cutting back on trips
and restaurant meals to save.
"This summer, I feel like I'm
paying $10 into my gas tank every
day, so we've really had to change
our budget," she said. "We're just
watching our money so much
more closely than before."
Carla Civitate, 50, a Des Moines,
Iowa, hairstylist, said she and her
husband were also struggling with


the soaring gas prices.
"We've adjusted our driving
styles a lot with gas prices," she
said, even though one of their two
cars is a hybrid. "I just basically
drive to work and home and we
try to do our errands en route."
On Wall Street, the inflation
report was tempered by falling
oil prices: The Dow Jones indus-
trial average rose 276 points, the
biggest one-day jump in three
months. Oil prices are still about
80 percent higher than they were
a year ago.
The Fed released the minutes
of its June 24-25 meeting, reveal-
ing officials were worried then
about inflation and believed their
next move would be to raise inter-
est rates.
That would follow a period of
aggressive rate cuts that were de-
signed to keep the economy from
sinking into recession because of
problems in the housing market
and the financial industry.
Still, private economists said
they believed the Fed will not se-
riously contemplate a rate hike


Police pose as pedestrians to nab errant drivers


By Don Babwin
Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO (AP) - So why did
officer Grace Delgado try to cross
the road? To remind motorists
that they must stop whenever
someone steps off the curb into a
crosswalk.
In an unusual undercover op-
eration, Delgado posed as a pe-
destrian on a busy street while
fellow officers waited for drivers
to barrel past her in violation of
a law that requires them yield at
crosswalks, even if there is no
stop sign.
Chicago this year joined a
growing number of big cities and
small towns that are sending of-
ficers into traffic to make motor-
ists pay more attention to 'pedes-


trians.
"People, they don't care," said
Delgado, whose bright pink base-
ball hat and orange blouse made
her especially tough to miss. "It's
'Get out of my way.' The whole
mentality is 'Get out of my way'."
With Delgado's help, police
stopped 78 vehicles in just 'two
hours and told them they'd vio-
lated -a law that's been on the
books for years. That number
easily could have been doubled,
but officers stopped only drivers
who kept moving after Delgado
had walked four or five feet into.
the road.
When they were pulled over,
motorists offered all kinds of ex-
planations: One saw the pedes-
trian in the crosswalk but hadn't


heard about the law requiring
him to stop. Another knew about
the law but didn't see the pedes-
trian.
Nearly 4,800 pedestrians were
killed and 61,000 injured in 2006,
according to the most recent sta-
tistics compiled by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Adminis-
tration. In Chicago alone, 65 pe-
destrians have died annually in
recent years.
The number of deaths has
dropped, but there is concern
those numbers could climb again
as more vehicles hit the road, and
the elderly population skyrockets.
"We're beginning to see a.
healthy desire of older folks to re-
main active and go out for their
daily walks," said Doug Hecox,
spokesman for the Federal High-
way Administration. ,"That, along
with more cars ... is a recipe for
danger."
Some communities already
are seeing more walkers because
of the slow economy.
"The way gas prices are, peo-
ple are rediscovering their feet,"
said Pam Fischer, highway traf-
fic safety director in New Jersey,
which recently launched a "Cops
in the Crosswalks" program.
In Chicago, most drivers were
puzzled to find themselves pulled
over.
Roland Sapitula said that stop-


ping was simply not an option. "It
was too late for me to get on the
brakes," he said:
Louis Ramirez, 84, said he
didn't see Delgado -- ard he
wouldn't have stopped for her
if he had. "There's no sign out
there," he said. "I (do) not have
to stop."
Officers gave motorists a brief
lecture about the law, then sent
relieved drivers on their way. But
police understand that the only
thing more effective than a lec-
ture from a police officer is a lec-
ture and a ticket.
"If there's really no threat of
getting a ticket for it, you're not
going to really pay attention," said
officer Chuck Trendle, who was
working with Delgado.
In Essex County, N.J., authori-
ties "tried the educational route
for years," said Paul Loriquet,
spokesman for the prosecutor's
office. "But until you hit some-
body in 'the wallet, it doesn't
stick."
The threat of a ticket seemed
to work in Bellingham, Wash. Af-
ter the city started a police-decoy
program in 2002, the percentage
of drivers who yielded to pedestri-
ans rose at least 25 percent -- even
at corners where tickets were not
being issued.
"Eventually, people get it,"
Trendle said.


for many more months, worried
about upsetting the fragile econ-
omy.
In Congress, Democrats seized
on the inflation report to push a
second economic stimulus pack-
age because the inflation risk is
crimping the Fed's room to cut
interest rates farther.
"We're now seeing danger
for the economy on both sides
-- growth is too slow and infla-
tion is too high," said Sen. Charles
Schumer, D-N.Y. He called for
"mainstream, bipartisan solutions
for our economy."
White House press secretary
Dana Perino said President Bush


was "very concerned about the
impact high prices are having on
Americans, especially those who
are on lower incomes."
But the administration did not
signal any increased willingness to
consider another stimulus pack-
age beyond the $168 billion mea-
sure that is delivering payments to
130 million households.
Separately, the Federal Reserve
said that industrial production rose
by 0.5 percent in June, the best
showing in nearly a year. Econo-
mists that primarily reflected the
end of a strike at auto parts suppli-
er American Axle, and forecast the
rebound would be short-lived.


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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
TEACHERS: I agree completely with the Monday comment that
the experience and expertise within a field that a teacher brings to the
class provides motivation and lasting benefit for the students. Unfor-
tunately, those are apparently not Okeechobee School District hiring
criteria. My niece moved here to help care for her ill mother after ten
years of professional publishing and journalism experience up north.
She asked the District about teaching opportunities and if they had
a staff member who could assist her in getting certified after hiring.
They refused to even take her application without a completed Florida
certificate on file and said they did not have certification specialists to
help her get it (as other Districts do). Yet, just days later, we heard that
someone else was hired by them without a Florida certificate or equiv-
alent experience. Apparently, it is not what you know, but who you
know. Poor District achievement shows it. Instead of helping profes-
sionals career-shift to public school teaching, they are helping friends
df friends which hurts students in the long run. I know several excel-
lent teachers who retired early this summer in disgust. All students
deserve to be protected, nurtured, and taught by the best qualified
folks available, not the best connected.
ARRESTS: I was just wondering if you could put something in the
paper about all of the arrests in this town that are not being printed in
the arrest report? I just thought ya'll should know that there are arrests
made in this town that people know about and are not being reported.
Something is not right here. Editor's note: Our arrest report includes
felonies and DUIs. Many arrests are for misdemeanors, which we do
not include in the arrest report. On occasion, a misdemeanor might
be mentioned in the paper if the person is also charged with a felony
or if something unusual about the case makes it newsworthy. Also
on occasion if an arrest is part of an ongoing investigation and other
arrests are pending, law enforcement agencies hold the information
until all of the arrests are made, rather than tip off suspects they are
looking for.
DIRECT FILING: This is about the State's Attorney in this town
that are direct filing on the juveniles so they are charged as adults.
They get sent to the medical ward of Okeechobee County, they get
to sit in a room all day long. They get to get out for 40 minutes a day
and get to go sit in a cage in the yard. And these are juveniles in the
adult jail. And even as they are being direct filed, the public defenders
will not talk to the parents even though these children are children. So
when it comes to your children in this town being in trouble and they
get direct filed as an adult and get sent to the Okeechobee County Jail,
the parents have no say over anything. You cannot even call the public
defenders and talk to them. The public defender will tell you that they
are only going to talk to the juvenile. Children that are out there getting
in trouble, being stupid like this do not have any capacity in their brain
to be making any life-altering decisions.
EXPLAIN THIS: I would like to direct this to all of the college
teachers and graduates in our area. I would like to pose a couple of
questions to you, just to get an input. I know that you do not know
the answer because no one does. No one knows what gravity is, no
one knows what time is, its hard to define each. Yes, there is the law
of gravity if you look in Webster, but it doesn't tell you what it is. Now,
I don't think anyone can explain time or gravity and are not expected
too. But there is all of this emphasis right now on Global Warming.
When I was in the Navy, I worked on a ship and I steered the ship and
we always went by 5 degrees off, by magnetic north which means
the earth is tilted 5 degrees from the beginning of when they started
measuring that and I believe now the earth is tilted 7 degrees, so the
earth is starting to tilt. Now think about this, why do we have deserts?
Why doesn't rain hit certain areas in our land climates? Now if you
pick the desert up some from the earth tilting, that means you are lift-
ing that weather pattern up which might be the case in California right
now where the desert is spreading because the world is tilting more.
The world is tilting and I would just like a little input if anyone knows
anything about this, because I know this to be true:
NUBBIN SLOUGH: Regarding the alligators at Nubbin Slough, that
is their home. Leave them alone. If the gators show up in your living
room, then feel free to shoot them. But going into their territory and
then complaining that they are there is ridiculous. I would never take
my children fishing there, even if there were no gators there. It is not a
nice place for fishing. And I wouldn't eat the fish in Lake Okeechobee
anyway, due to the possibility of mercury and other contaminants.
As for taking back a swimming hole, I have lived here 30 years and I
never heard of anyone swimming there on-purpose until this recent
2 a.m. incident.
RODEO: I want to wish the majority of the members high school
rodeo team, who are honest and hard working, good luck in their ef-
forts at the national competition. As for the bad apples, well what goes
around comes around. It's going to catch up to them eventually. It's
a shame they had to tarnish the good name of the rodeo team -- but I
don't think people should hold that against the rest of the team.
67TH DRIVE: I just read that the sheriff's office has raided a third
suspected marijuana grow house on that same street near Lazy 7.
Maybe they need to just go door-to-door and check every home in that
whole section of town. Or perhaps the neighbors need to get together
and start a neighborhood watch group. Seems like there is a lot going
on in that subdivision.



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Community Events

Support group holds yardsale
The Okeechobee Autism Support Group will hold a yard sale to
raise funds for their group on Saturday, July 19, from 8:30 a.m. until
12:30 p.m. at 2729 N.W Fifth St. (right off Hwy 98 by Taylor Rental.)
For information or directions please call Danielle at 863-634-2095.

Summer Book Club meetings planned
Friends of the Okeechobee Book Club will meet on Thursday, July
24. The book for discussion will be Cannery Row by John Stein-
beck. The book for Thursday; Aug. 28, is The Book of Salt by Monique
Truong, and for Thursday, Sept. 25, it is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by
Barbara Kingsolver. For more information call Jan Fehrman 863-357-
9980. Free and open to the public.

CCC to holds monthly meeting
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tues-
day, July 22, at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee School
Board Office. Guest speakers will be Wanda Klesper with My Aunt's
House and Mike Faulkner with Okeechobee Emergency Management.
The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Sharon Vin-
son at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.

Day of the American Cowboy set for July
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association and Okeechobee Main
Street will hold the 2008 National Day of the American Cowboy on
Saturday, July 26. The event will start at 10 a.m. With a cattle drive be-
ginning downtown and ending at the Agri-Civic Center on State Road
70 East. The festival at the Agri-Civic center will include a ranch rodeo,
backyard beef barbecue contest, storytellers, poets, farriers and dis-
plays of the heritage of the American Cowboy. If you're interested in
helping to sponsor this event, participant for the Backyard BBQ con-.
test or a vendor for the event, all forms and applications can be picked
up at the Main Street Office, 111 Northeast Second Street, Okeechobee
or email Toni Doyle, Executive Director at okms@mainstreetokeecho-
bee.com. For more information call 863-357-MAIN (6246).

Sons of the American Legion Steak Dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will sponsor their monthly Ribeye
steak dinner on Sunday, July 27, from 3 until 6 p.m. at the American
Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St. Dinner includes, steak, baked po-
tato, salad, roll and dessert. Donation of $12. The public is welcome.

Orchid Club meeting planned

The Okeechobee Orchid Club.will meet Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m.
at he Cooperative Extension Office at 458 Highway 98 N. A DVD
produced by the University of Florida on orchid cultivation will be
shown. Harry Hoffner, the club president will be available for orchid
consultation. For more information call the extension office at 863-
763-6469.

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

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Letters to the Editor


America's future
While our focus has totally
been on the Middle East, it is
absolutely crucial not to ignore
the sly Red Chinese takeover
of the Panama Canal. Through
their front company Hutchinson
Whampoa, they have built sea-
ports on both sides of the canal.


From these bases China is actively
working with Cuba, Venezuela,
and other adversaries of the Unit-.
ed States. All signs point to a take-
over of Panama and the canal by
aggressive adversary Communist
China in our own hemisphere. Is
this what we want in America's
future?
Bill F. Stegkemper


Community Calendar

Thursday, July 17
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.
New -Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W. Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Family History Center meets from I 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-
5996.
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 S.E. Second St. All Kiwanis and
the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at 863-
357-1639.
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
at 863-357-6257.
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 gospel music and the word
at 7 p.m. For information call 863-612-0640.
Narcotic Anonymous NA-meets at Believers Fellowship, 300 S.W
Sixth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at 863-801-3244.
Taylor Creek Bass Club will hold meet at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528 at 7 p.m. The club meets the second Thursday
each month with bass tournaments held the following weekend. For
information call Dave Stout at 863-467-2255.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30
until 8 p.m.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member
is welcome to join. The group is facilitated by social workers and
provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support,.
information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, call 863-467-2321.
Raulerson Hospital offers a monthly Diabetes Support Group
' which meets on the second Thursday of each month in the hospital
cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you have any questions please call the program
coordinator, Wanda Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at 863-763-5093.
Depending on Christ Depression Support Group meets at 6.
p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month out on Martin
County Grade. For information and directions please contact Laura
Lee at 772-597-0463.

Friday, July 18


o . Grtium m uu IAtIw . b Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
For ladies looking for fun and meeting some new lady friends, the meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Red Hat Group is looking for ladies to join who want to do things. For Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780 or 863-467-5474.
information call 863-763-5836 or 863-357-1944.

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Service Club Briefs


The American
Legion Post 64
501 S.E. Second Street -
Okeechobee
Office 863-763-2950 - Lounge
863-763-5309
We can accommodate Meet-
ings, Weddings, Parties of any
size.
The public is always welcome
unless it's a members only event.
Our Kitchen is open 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday and 1 to 8
p.m. on Sunday
Sunday: Open 1 to 8 p.m. -
Regular Bingo from 6:30 p.m.
Monday: Open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Social Bingo 1 PM
Tuesday: Open 11 a.m.- 8
p.m.
Wednesday: Open 11 a.m.- 8
p.m. - "Taco Day" 11 a.m. to 6
p.m.
Tacos- $1.50
Music with Jim Elders 2 - 6
p.m.
Thursday: Open 11 a.m. - 8
p.m. - Social Bingo 6 p.m.
Friday: Open 11 a.m. until 8
p.m. - Karaoke from 6 p.m. Host-
ed by BP Productions.
(Anyone wishing to perform in
the Lip Sync Programs see Bobby
and Penny)
SAL Steak Dinner third Sunday
each month $12 donation
LIP SYNC Aug. 9 - from 2 until
4 p.m. FREE Admission
Legion and Auxiliary meet the
second and fourth Tuesdays at 7
p.m.
The fourth Tuesday meeting
includes a carry in dinner at 6
p.m.
SAL Meet the third Tuesday at
7 p.m.

Am-Vets #2001
* Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on the
first Saturday of the month at the Buck-


head Ridge VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S.
78 W, at 10 a.m. Applications for new
members are available. Call Lou Eder
at 863-357-0467 or Jerry Lee Shields at
863-467-8779 or 863-467-2882.
* Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meetings
are the first Saturday of the month at 10
am. Contact the Post at 467-2882 for in-
formation.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located at
9983 U.S. 441 N. For information on
events, call 863-763-2552.
* Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a donation.
* Wednesday: bar bingo starting at
4 p.m. Food will be available.
* Every Thursday: washer toss at 1
p.m.
* First and third Thursday: Auxiliary
at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
* Friday: steak night (16-oz.) start-
ing at 5 p.m. for a-$12 donation. Music
will be by Jimmy Harper.
* Saturday and Sundays: music at
7 p.m.
* First and third Sunday: breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 a.m. for
$5 donation.

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge is
located' at 107 N.W Fifth Ave. For infor-
mation about the club and events, call
Jose Verano at 863-634-2071.
* The Masonic L6dge holds their
meetings on the second and fourth
Monday of each month starting at 7:30
p.m.

Order of the Eastern
Star - Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has
Many fun activities planned on the first
and third Tuesday of each month. For
upcoming activities, contact Mary Ann
Holt at 863-634-8087.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78 W


in Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's.phone
number is 863-763-2250.
* Sunday: breakfast will be served
from 9 until 11 a.m. With many items to
choose from.
* Sunday: Karaoke with open mike
at 7 p.m.
* Wednesday: Bingo and food,
food served at 5 p.m. and bingo starts
at 6 p.m.
* Thursday: dinner will be served
from 5 until 7 p.m. Call the Lodge for
the menu.
* Thursday: karaoke night starting
at 7 p.m.
* Thursday: Music for dancing at
7:30 p.m. Call to see who is playing.
* Friday: dinner served from 5 until
7:30 p.m. Music for dancing at 7:30 p.m:
Call to see who is playing.'
* Saturday: dinner starting at 6
p.m.
* Saturday: karaoke night starting
at 8 p.m.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753 is
located at 156 N.W 36th St. in Okeecho-
bee. Please call the Lodge at 863-763-
4954 for further information, sudden
changes and menus. Guests are invited
to enjoy the activities and consider
membership.
* Every Sunday breakfast from 8' to
11 a.m.
* Horseshoe practice every Sunday
at 2 p.m. and Thursday Evening.
* Every Monday, Pool tournaments
- sign up, 7 p.m. Food is served.
* Women's meeting second and
fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Officers meetings first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* Moose Legion meetings third,
Wednesday at 7:30' p.m.
* Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m. and
Friday night at 7 p.m. - Food Served.
(you must be a member to play bar
bingo)
* Dinner and music almost every


Saturday night.

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is lo-
cated at 300 N.W 34 St. Events are sea-
sonal, contact the Post at 863-763-0818
for information or write the Post at P.O.
Box 1137, Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The
Post opens at noon Monday through
Sunday.
* Monday through Thursday:.happy
hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
* Monday: 50-cent hot dogs
* Washer toss every Tuesday starting
at 1 p.m. Food will be available. Every-
one is welcome.
* Wednesday: dinner from 4 until 6
p.m. for a donation.
* Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m. for
members and guests. Food will be avail-
able. Karaoke will be from 6 until 10
p.m.
* Friday: hot food by David Lee
from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Saturday: bar bingo at 1 p.m. for
members and guests. Karaoke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m. Food will be avail-
able.
* Sunday: dinner will be available
from 2 until 4 p.m., and will be followed
by karaoke from 6 until 10 p.m.
* Every third Sunday there will be a
post meeting and ladies auxiliary meet-
ing at 11 a.m.
* The post membership drive is un-
der way, and the posf is striving for 100
percent. For information, contact the
quartermaster at 863-763-0818.
* Big screen TV for all events.

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located at
2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead Ridge.
For information, call 863467-2882. Post
opens at noon, Monday through Sun-
day.
We are taking applications for new
members for the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary,
Male Auxiliary, AMVETS and AMVETS
ladies auxiliary.
* Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary din-
ner and Men's Auxiliary or AmVets. Mu-
sic will be available.


* Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
* Every Friday a steak dinner with
baked potato, salad and rolls will be
served from 5:30 until 7 p.m. for an $11
donation. Dancing immediately follows
the dinner.
* Membership meetings are held on
the second Saturday of the month be-
ginning at 10 a.m. The House Commit-
tee meeting is on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Command-
er Robert Hare at 863-467-2882.
All games and special events are
shown on three televisions. The game
room has a regulation-size pool table.

VFW Post #10539
* The VFW' will be open Monday
through Saturday at 10 a.m., and Sun-
day at 1 p.m.
* Lounge opens at 10 a.m. Monday
through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sun-
day.
* Canteen is open Monday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. until closing and
Sunday from 1 p.m. until closing.
* Monday: Card Bar Bingo starting
at 6 p.m.
* Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary Dinner
- 5:30 p.m. ($6). Shuffle Board tourna-
ment starting at 7 p.m.
* Wednesday: bar bingo will start at
12:45 p.m. Lunch is available, courtesy
of the Ladies Auxiliary. Music - Kitchen
is open from 5 until 8 p.m. Second
Wednesday of the month Mens Auxil-
iary meeting at 7 p.m.
* Thursday: Music - Kitchen is open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Friday: Music and Kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Saturday: dollar dogs, sausage
dogs for $1.50 grilled or steamed at
noon. Live music and dancing will start
at 7 p.m.
* Sunday: NASCAR on big screen
TV First Sunday of the month Post and
Ladies Auxiliary meeting at noon.
The Ladies Auxiliary is looking for
any family members of Okeechobee
residents currently serving overseas.
We are forwarding packages of needed
items to our active service personnel.


For more information or if you would
like to donate items please contact us,
Cheryl Benoit at 863-697-2930.
The Post and Ladies Auxiliary meet-
ings are held the first Sunday of every
month at noon. Men's Auxiliary meet-
ings are the second Wedhesday of every
month at 6:30 p.m.
* Call 863-763-2308 for the schedule
of events.

Shrine Club
* The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R.
78 W,.members will meet the first and
third Thursday of each month at 8 p.m.
The club is also available for weddings
and parties. For information call the
club at 863,763-3378, or Keith at 863-
634-2682.
* Sunday: Every second Sunday of
the month there will be a Bike Sunday
from noon until 7 p.m..There will be
food, jukebox, big screen T.V. and an
Oasis Lounge. For more information,
call the club at 863-763-3378.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
* The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
441 S.E. is now open to members Mon-
day-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.,
Sunday from, I to 10 p.m. Information
can be found by visiting www.foe4509.
com, or calling 863-467-1154.
* Food is served several evenings a
week.
* Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m. on
the first and third Wednesday of each
month at the old Cypress Hut flea mar-
ket restaurant.
* FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7
p.m. on the second and fourth Wednes-
day of every month
* Friday night: 16 oz rib eye steak
dinner with the trimmings beginning at
5:30 p.m.
Editor's note: To add listings or
make changes to the service club news,
please email okeenews@newszap.
com.


Today in History


Today is Wednesday, July minutes and 8 seconds.
16, the 198th day of 2008. There / In 1964, in accepting the Re-
are 168 days left in the year. publican presidential nomination
Today's Highlight in His- in San Francisco, Barry M. Gold-
tory: water said "extremism in the de-
On July. 16, 1945, the United fense of liberty is no vice" and that
States exploded its first experi- "moderation in the pursuit of jus-
mental atomic bomb, in the desert tice is no virtue."
ofAlamogordo, N.M. In 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off
On this date: from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on the
In 1790, the District of Colum- first manned mission to the sur-
bia wa: established as the seat of' face of the moon.
the United States go\errnment ' ' ' In 1973, during the Senate Wa-
In 1862, David G. Farragut be- tergate hearings, former White
came the first rear admiral in the House aide Alexander: P. Butter-
United States Navy. field publicly revealed the exis-
In 1935, the first parking meters tence of President Nixon's secret
were installed, in Oklahoma City. taping system.
In 1957, Marine Maj. John In 1979, Saddam Hussein be-
Glenn set a transcontinental speed came president of Iraq.
record by flying a jet from Cali- In 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr.,
fornia to New York in 3 hours, 23 his wife, Carolyn, and her sister,


Lauren Bessette, died when their
single-engine plane, piloted by
Kennedy, plunged into the Atlan-
tic Ocean near Martha's Vineyard,
Mass.
Ten years ago: The U.S. Court
of Appeals for the District of Co-
lumbia refused to block Indepen-
dent Counsel Kenneth Starr from
calling President Clinton's Secret
Service protectors before,a grand
jury.
Five years ago: The Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency
announced it was starting big-
money, long-term cleanup at 10
Superfund toxic waste sites and
'putting 10 other, sites aside for
later. A car driven by 87-year-old
George Russell Weller plowed
through a farmer's market in San-
ta Monica, Calif., killing 10 people


and injuring more than 70. (Weller
was convicted of manslaughter
and was sentenced to five years of
probation.) Cuban-born "Queen
of Salsa" Celia Cruz died in Fort
Lee, N.J., at age 77.
One' year ago: Declaring a
"moment of choice" in the Middle
East, President Bush said he would
call Israel, the Palestinians and, oth-
ers in the region to a peace confer-
ence. A man carrying a 'gun and
declaring "I am the emperor" was
shot and killed by security outside'
the offices of Colorado Gov. Bill
Ritter. A 6.8-magnitude earthquake
on Japan's northwest coast killed
11 people and caused radioactive
leaks at the world's most powerful
nuclear power plant.
Today's Birthdays: Former
Attorney General Dick Thornburgh


is 76. Soul singer William Bell is 69.
Actor Corin Redgrave is 69. Former
tennis player Margaret Court is 66.
Violinist Pinchas Zukerman is 60.
Actor-singer Ruben Blades is 60.
Rock composer-musician Stewart
Copeland is 56. Dancer Michael
Flatley is 50. Actress Phoebe Cates
is 45. Country singer Craig Morgan
is 44. Actor-comedian Will Fer-
rell is 41. Actress Rain Pryor is 39.
Actor Corey Feldman is 37. Rock
musician Ed Kowalczyk (Live) is
37. Rock singer Ryan McCombs
(Drowning Pool) is 34. Actress An-
naLynne McCord is 21. Actor Mark
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At the Movies

The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Friday, July
11, through Thursday, July 17, are as follows:
Theatre I - "Hancock" (PG-13) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre II - "Meet Dave" (PG) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
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Theatre III -"Wall-E" (G) Showtimes: Friday
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Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and
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movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call 863-763-7202.


CLOSE TO HOME


"I told you this was going to be a
very invasive surgery."


Dear Abby


Friends pitch in to help keep


wedding costs under control


DEAR ABBY: I had to laugh
when I saw the letter from "Not
Sure If I Do" (May 8), who hesi-
tated to attend a potluck wedding
at which guests would be ex-
pected to pitch in and do dishes.
That sounds a lot like a Quaker
wedding. In my meeting house
there would be no minister, no
music -- perhaps some wildflow-
ers picked from a nearby field.
The couple would recite vows
they had written. The only cost
would be the courthouse fee
and whatever the couple spent
(if anything) on wedding attire.
In today's economy, how's that
for saving money? "Not Sure"
should let her hair down and get
with the program. That wedding
sounds like a hoot. -- PENNSYL-
VANIA QUAKER GIRL
DEAR QUAKER GIRL: I
agree that in today's economy
a potluck wedding may be the
most practical choice for some
couples. Many readers wrote to
say that potluck weddings are
not unusual today, and in some
areas have become the norm.
Read on:
DEAR ABBY: How refresh-
ing! That wedding couple has
the good sense not to spend a


fortune putting on a lavish recep-
tion, and instead are inviting only
friends they feel close to and re-
questing assistance in the form of
food and setting up, etc. I'd rather
be the friend of a couple like that
than a guest at a lavish recep-
tion for casual acquaintances. --
HAPPY FOR THE COUPLE IN
COLORADO
DEAR ABBY: Apparently "Not
Sure" is looking to be entertained
rather than wanting to contribute
to make this a special day. Per-
haps it's a money issue, or may-
be it's just wanting to share the
values that led them to choose
this type of wedding. Wish them
'well and go, or stay home -- but
don't judge them. -- ANNETTA
IN EUGENE, ORE.
DEAR ABBY: It is traditional
in Mexican families for the couple
to go to friends and family and.
ask if they can pay for something
in the wedding. It might be food,
the.hall, ring pillow, favors, etc.
These people are called "com-
padres" and "comadres." They
also participate in the wedding
and are mentioned in the wed-
ding invitations -- including what
they contributed. They also help
to serve the food.


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co-founder Ezra
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criterion
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technique
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in this puzzle
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playwright
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costar
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firearms
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many missed
payments, briefly
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29 Converse
product
30 Sound in a
pound
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33 Still up for grabs
34 Company with a
reptilian mascot


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Mayberry jail
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event
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e.g.
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The persons providing the
support do not need to also pro-
vide a gift, since they have already
contributed to the wedding. --
ROSE K. IN CALIFORNIA
DEAR ABBY: I agree that the
person who wrote that letter
should not attend if she doesn't
wish to participate, but I think
you should have made it clear
that not everyone has a catered
wedding. Abby, you were correct
that the person should send her
regrets if she was offended by
the invitation, but if she does, she
will miss out on a very intimate
and enjoyable occasion. -- B.E.C.
IN ROCHESTER, N.Y.
DEAR ABBY: I think the real
question is, are the bride and
groom just cheap, which seems
to be the implication in "Not
Sure's" letter, or simply do not
have the money for an elabo-
rate wedding, and still want to
include family and friends in the
only way they can afford? -- CYN-
THIA IN SAN DIEGO
Dear Abby is written by Abi-
gail Van Buren, also known as
Jeanne Phillips, and was found-
ed by her mother, Pauline Phil-
lips.


Astrology


By Eugenia Last
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
.orizon- You'll be in for a big surprise if you
THEIR think you can get away with any-
rs spell thing or take on too much. Expect

letters to be criticized for delays or imper-
fections. Giving into temptation or.
C E cutting corners will set you back.
2 stars
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Confront your fears and challenge
\/ I yourself. Doing things with young-
\M D er and older family members will
teach you a valuable lesson about
SA making choices. Travel plans
N R should include pleasure and busi-
ness. 5 stars
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Y C the.most time with and, if you are
not learning, being motivated or
A U getting something back from the
D S relationships, you should probably
do something about it. Love is on
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to an interesting partnership with
H C someone you respect. An oppor-
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if you want to make new friends.
A positive change of attitude will
allow you to interact with others-
more freely. There's plenty to gain
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Herriman with. Always think ahead. 5 stars
rip LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
Love may take over, making you
disdain do strange things or treating your
responsibilities with less enthusi-
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ohn you start and make the most of
o your talents or someone will be
momentt quick to criticize you. Do your part
r the hills before you take playtime. 2 stars
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A L T you trust anyone else, disappoint-
L 0 U ment can be expected. Open talks
E R T will help you get your point across
U RO but that doesn't mean that things
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IUNs Friendships can be put in place but
R I A do your own work. 4 stars
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A S H 21): Check out ways to make
some cash. Pick up a new trade or
IT H sign up for night school. Love is in
N E E the stars but that doesn't mean you
GA R should lead someone on or make
E M S a promise you aren't likely to keep.
07/17/08 Be honest. 3 stars
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): A partnership looks possible
for a new venture you've been
considering. The chance to revisit'
a idea you always wanted to ex-
plore will not only entice but could
turn into something quite lucrative.
Don't neglect personal matters. 3
stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): A big surprise is coming down

person who has been planning so
hard to do something nice for you.
A change of attitude will keep you
motivated. You can do it. 3 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
You may have to face the music
for something you did a long time
ago. Massage this situation before
it takes a turn that is completely ir-
reversible. There are lots of ways to
07/17/08 make amends. 4 stars
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PO Box 676
Pahokee, FL 33476
ATTN: HR Department
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working conditions. Will train.
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in our fill plant facility.
Exc. healthcare benefits,
401K retirement
& profit sharing (paid
quarterly), must be able to
pass background check.
Please apply online at
www.praxair.com
2534 NW 16th Blvd., Okee.
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$1100 & Up (561)723-2226
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dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
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Public Notices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500




IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, IN AND FOR
SOKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2007 CA 456
NATIONAL CITY BANK,
Plaintiff
-vs-
GEORGE VARGHESE, et ux, el al.,
Defendants
NOTICE OF CLERK'S SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure
dated June 10, 2008, entered by the
Circuit Cburt of Okeechobee County,
Florida, in that certain case, the docket
number of which is 2007 CA 456,
wherein NATIONAL CITY BANK, etc., is
the Plaintiff, and GEORGE VARGHESE,
et ux, et al., are Defendants, I, SHAR-
ON ROBERTSON, Clerk of Circuit
Court, will, on the 13th day of August,
2008, at 11:00 o'clock A.M., or as
soon thereafter as the sale may be
held, sell to the highest and best bid-
der favor cash in the Jury Assembly
Room, 2nd Floor, of the Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida, the fol-
lowing described real estate, situate,
oling, and being in Okeechobee
unty, Florida:
Parcel A of KINGS BAY, according to
the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat
Book 5, Page 91, of the public records
of Okeechobee County, Florida.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the lis pendens must file a claim
within 60 days after the sale.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
By: /S/ Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
279484 ON 7/10,17/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2007-CA-230
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
a Florida corporation,
Plaintiff,
vs
MARCGO LOMBRAGE, Personal
Representative of the Estate of JUNIOR
DAWKINS, deceased and, TASHA
DAWKINS, a/k/a THASHA DAWKINS,
a single woman
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: TASHA DAWKINS a/k/a
THASHA DAWKINS
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion to foreclose a mortgage on the fol-
lowing described property in
Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit:
The West ' of the East / of the North '/
of the North 'i of Tract 21, Section 26,
in the SOUTHERN COLONIZATION
COMPANY Plat of Township 34 South,
Range 33 East, according to the plat
thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Pages
3 thru 3E, inclusive, public records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on TOM W.
CONELY, III ol CONELY & CONELY
PA., whose address is Post Office
Drawer 1367, Okeechobee, Florida
34973-1367, and file the original with
the Clerk of the above styled Court on
or before 8/18/2008; otherwise a judg-
ment may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said
Court on July 10, 2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Said Court
By: Kathy Arnold
Deputy Clerk
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, acting
through Rural Development, formerly
Farmers Home Administration (FmHA),
United States Department of Agricul-
h 1.112 ,,
vs. CASE NO. 2007-CA-378
ALICE ROBBINS FOXWORTH aWa ALICE
E. ROBBINS; DAVID FOXWORTH;
LVNV FUNDING, LLC.
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: John Doe and Jane Doe, represent-
ing all unknown minors, heirs, devi-
sees, grantees, assignees, lienors,
creditors, trustees, or other claimants.
', ii.,.ji-. v,,,er or against Alice
i 1,i,,,i-, 1., i , i, a/k/a Alice E. Rob-
bins, deceased, and.all parties having
a claim, right, title or interest in the
property herein.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following
described property in Okeechobee
County, Florida:
Lot 22, Block 6, DIXIE RANCH ACRES,
according to the plat therepf as record-
ed in Plat Book 3, Page 35, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Flori-
da.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on NEAL E.
YOUNG, Plaintiff's attorney, whose ad-
dress is 300 Third Street, N.W., Winter
Haven, Florida 33881, on or before
thirty (30) days from date of first publi-
cation on 8/11/2008, and file the origi-
nal with the Clerk of the Court either
before service on-Plaintiff's attorney or
immediately thereafter; otherwise a de-
fault will be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the Complaint.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to

sion of certain assistance. Please con-
tact Court Administrator, at
(772)807-4370, 1-800-955-8771
hearing impaired), or
1-800-955-8770 (voice impaired),
within 2 working days of your receipt
of this document; if you are hearing or
voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8771.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on July 2, 2008.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Kathy Arnold
281343 ON 7/10,17/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2007-CA-476
SUNTRUST BANK,
Plaintiff
vs.
HORST TEMME; UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF HORST TEMME; JOHN DOE; JANE
DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS) IN
POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT
PROPERTY,
Defendants
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
the 1st day of July, 2008 and entered in
Case No. 2007-CA-476, of the Circuit
Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and
for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein
SUNTRUST BANK is the Plaintiff and
HORST TEMME: UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
HORST TEMME; JOHN DOE; JANE DOE
AS UNKNOWN TENANTS) IN POSSES-
SION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are
defendants. I will sell'to the highest and
best bidder for cash at the OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW
3RD STREET, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM,
SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORI-
DA 34972 at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, in Okeechobee, Florida, at
11:00 a.m. on the 13th day of August,
2008, the following descnbed property
as set forth in said Final Judgment, to
wit:
PARCEL 46, 8RIDLEWOOD RANCHES,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE
34, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLIAM WITH-
IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
lion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-007-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired) or
1-800-955-8770 (voice impaired)
Dated this 7th day ofJuly, 2008.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of The Circuit Court
By: /S/Linda F.Young
Deputy Clerk
Law Office of Marshall C. Watson
1800 NW 49th Street. Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
Telephone: (954)453-0365
Facsimile: (954)771-6052
Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 08-CA-000117
DEUTSCHE BANK TRUST COMPANY
AMERICAS FORMERLY KNOWN AS
BANKER'S TRUST COMPANY, AS
TRUSTEE UNDER THE POOLING AND
SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED AS
OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2067, MORGAN
STANLEY ABS CAPITAL 1 INC.
TRUST 2007-HE7,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JOSEPH A. CHANDLER, et al,
Defendant(s)
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure. dated
6/10/2008, and entered in Case No: 08-
CA-000117 of the Circuit Court of the
Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for
Okeechobee County, Florida in which
Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas
formerly known as Banker's Trust Cm-
pany, as Trustee under the Pooling and
Servicing Agreement dated as of Sep-
tember 1, 2007, Morgan Stanley ABS
Capital 1 Inc. Trust 2007-HE7, is the
Plaintiff and Joseph A. Chandler, are de-
fendants, I will sell the highest and
best bidder for cash in Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 North West
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972,
Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00AM
on the 20th day of August, 2008, the fol-
lowing described property as set forth in
said Final Judgment of Foreclosure:
LOTS 9 THROUGH 16, INCLUSIVE,
BLOCK 30, A PORTION OF OKEECHO-
BEE PARK, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1,
PAGE 28, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A//A 200 NORTHWEST 24TH AVE,
OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of Lis
Pendens must file a claim within 60 days
after the sale.
Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this
11th day bf June, 2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Okeechobee County, Florida
By:/S/ Linda E Young
Deputy Clerk
In Accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, if you are a person
with a disability who needs an accom-
modation in order to access curt fa-
cilities or participate in a court
proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost
to you, to the provision of certain as-
sistance. To request such an accom-
modation, please contact Dianna
Cooper in Court Administration - Suite
217, 250 NW Country Club Dr., Port
St. Lucie 34986; Telephone:
- 772-807-4370; at least 3 working
days of the date the service is needed
Hearing impaired, please call
1-800-955-8771; Voice impaired,
please call 1-800-955-8770. The
above is to be published in the Okee-
chobee News, 107 S.W. 17th Street,
Ste. D, Okeechobee, FL 34974.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 1TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUITIN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 08-CAlO
CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC,
Plaintiff
vs.
OWEN KEITH FOWLER, et al,
Defendants
NDilir. OF FOREi.LOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
the 1st day of July, 2008 and entered in
Case No. 08-CA10, of the Circuit Court
of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for
Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein
CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC is the Plain-
tiff and OWEN KEITH FOWLER; THERESA
M. FOWLER; JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS
UNKNOWN TENANTS) IN POSSESSION
OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY are defen-
dants. I will sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash at the OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY JUDICIAL' CENTER, 312 NW
3RD STREET, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM,
SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORI-
DA 34972 at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse; in Okeechobee, Florida, at
11:00 a.m. on the 13th day of August,
2008; the following described property
as set forth in said Final Judgment, to
wit:
LOT 16, BLOCK 46, BASSWOOD UNIT
NO. 4, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 49,
OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLIAM WITH-
IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired) or
1-800-955-8770 (voice impaired)
Dated this 7th day of July, 2008.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of The Circuit Court
By:/S/Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
Law Office of Marshall C. Watson
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
Telephone: (954)453-0365
Facsimile: (954)771-6052
Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438
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SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the following
applications) for permit have been received for projects) in Okeechobee County:
D S (Pete) Beaty (Pete Beaty Ranch) PO Box 1259, Lake Wales, FL 33859, has
submitted Application 080609-14 for a Water Use Permit to irrigate 215 acres oi
'.j,,, ,.,,, , ,,o! The water will be withdrawn from the Floridan and Suricial Aq-
j1. . 1I in, project is located in Sections 6,7-21,23-25,28, Township 35
South, Ranges 34,35 East.
D S(Pete) Beaty (Pete Beaty Ranch) PO Box 1259, Lake Wales, FL 33859, has
submitted.Application 080610-5 for a Water Use Permit for 9500 acres of agricul-
tural lands with livestock. The water will be withdrawn from the Surficial Aquifel
and the project is located in Sections 6,7-21,23-25,28, Township 35 South,
Ranges 34,35 East.
David H Williams (D W Sod Field) PO Box 1309, Okeechobee, FL 34973, has sub-
mitted Application 080613-12 or a Water Use Permit to irrigate 160 acres of agri-
cultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from the Surficial Aquifer and the
project is located in Sections 22,23, Township 34 South, Range 34 East.
Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a written request
for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency action regarding the ap-
plication by writing to the South Florida Water Management District, Attn: Envi-
ronmental Resource Regulation, PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL
33416-4680, but such comments or requests must be received by 5:00 PM with-
in 21 days fromthe date of publication.
No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. A copy of the
staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings.
Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an administrative hearing re-
garding the proposed agency action by submitting a written request therefore after
reviewing the staff report.
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SOkeechobee News, Thursday, July 17, 2008



Local pool players are headed to Las Vegas


Another season has ended and
that meant one thing to American
Poolplayers Association mem-
bers-the Regional Tournament.
Okeechobee 8-Ball and 9-Ball
teams had the advantage this year
since the Regionals were held at
Good Spirits. Players were anx-


ious about the chance to win a ley Harden, Frank Vignone, Ger-
trip to Las Vegas. aid Acheson, Karen Butler, Jesse
Joey's Pizza was said to be Garcia, Annette Belcher, Joe Hut-
the team to beat and they proved * ton and Danny Meara.
everyone right. Their teams for The 9-Ball team includes; Roy
8-Ball and 9-Ball will be on their Hale, Stanley Harden, Frank Vi-
way to Las Vegas in August. gnone, Gerald Acheson, Melissa
The 8-Ball team includes: Stan- Crews, Jesse Garcia, Karen Butler


and Joe Hutton.
A new game was also intro-
duced this session to the APA
members, Scotch Doubles. This
was the first season and for two
teams it turned out to be an ex-
citing one. Mark Cavallo and Jes-
sica Dorrance who use the team


name "Hustlers," took first place
in 8-Ball.
In 9-Ball, "Sergeant" Russ Cale
and Kevin "Banana Man" Burke,
whose team name is "Cops &
Robbers," took the win.
All of these teams will be on
their way in August to compete in


the Team Championships.
For more information on
how to become an APA member
please contact Ron Maynard at
772-475-7828.


Submitted photo
The 8-Ball team includes Stanley Harden, Frank Vignone, Gerald Acheson, Karen Butler,
Jesse Garcia, and Annette Belcher (not pictured are Joe Hutton and Danny Meara.)


Submitted photo
Joey's Pizza Scotch Doubles team "Hustlers," Mark Cavallo
and Jessica Dorrance took first place in 8-Ball.


Okeechobee loses at tourney


Submitted photo
The 9- Ball team includes Roy Hale, Stanley Harden, Frank Vignone, Gerald Acheson, Me-
lissa Crews, Jesse Garcia and Karen Butler. (Not pictured is Joe Hutton.)


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By'Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee's streak of wins
at the Dixie \oulh State tourna-
ment ended Tuesday night in a
hard fought S-4 loss to Spring Hill
American.
The loss puts Okeechobee in
the loser's bracket and means
they must win three games, to
bring home the state title for boys
11 and 12.
"It was a tough loss, but the
kids will be fine. We have another
game. It's a single elimination
tournament now and the boys
don't want to go home," Coach
Billy Ball said.
Seth McWhorter hit a homer-
un during a three run rally in the
sixth inning for Okeechobee. That
pretty much was their highlight
on the game.
Okeechobee was down pitch-
ers in this game having used their
top two pitchers, Brandon Ball
and Christian Crews on Sunday.
Mitchell McCoin, who won Satur-
day's opener, couldn't repeat that
performance as he was charged
with six runs in an inning and a


third. Ethan Revels gave up two
runs in two and two thirds. Cutter.
Crawford, despite battling some
arm stiffness, pitched two score-
less innings of relief.
"We kept battling tonight we
just came up a little short," Coach
Ball said.
Okeechobee was scheduled to
play South Lake Wednesday night
at 6 p.m. in an elimination game.
South Lake defeated Hardee,
13-0, in.their third round game on
Tuesday.
"They are a good team, we
will have to play well. A big thing
with our pitching will be location.
If you don't.hit your spots, kids at
this level are going to hit homer-
uns. The fence is only 200 feet
away, you can't make mistakes
and put the ball in the middle of
the plate."
Ball said against Spring Hill,
their hitters sat on fastballs and his
pitchers could not get breaking
pitchers over the plate for strikes
to keep those hitters honest.
Okeechobee also had some
fielding errors in the outfield. One
ball got between the right field-


er's legs and went for a triple. The
play bothered the fielder and the
very next hitter also hit the ball to
right field. It was a catchable ball
but the fielder simply couldn't get
a glove on it.
Spring Hill meanwhile had
some excellent fielding plays. Ball
said several balls that could have
gone for hits were fielded by the
middle of their infield. He also
praised Spring Hill's shortstop
who made a fine running catch
with hi back to the plate to rob
Brandon Ball of a base hit.
"Our defense was a bit sporad-
ic. The top of our lineup did pretty
well, with the first five batters get-
ting hits, the bottom of our lineup
didn't hit," he noted.
Rainy' conditions also had an
impact on the game as rain came
down for most of the game mak-
ing it difficult for both teams.
Okeechobee had defeated
Wahrieta and Hardee in the first
two rounds of the tournament.
Coach Ball said Okeechobee
has gotten a lot of support from
parents and their fans at the tour-
nament.


Sports News in Brief


Future Stars
Camp planned
The second annual .Future
Stars Baseball/Softball camp will
be held Aug. 11-15 from 7:30 a.m.
until noon each day, for children
ages 8 to 18. Instructions will
be provided by college and high
school coaches. There is no fee
for the camp. Applications can be
picked up at Beef O' Bradys and
Hibbet Sporting Goods. Applica-
tions are to be returned to the
Chobee Drive Thru. All applica-
tions must be notarized. Campers
should bring lunches for the first
four days-of the camp. On Friday,
hamburgers and hotdogs will be
provided. Drinks will be provided
throughout the week. Bring an
open mind and a desire to learn.
Camp will be held at Okeechobee
High School baseball and softball
fields. All applications must be
turned in by Aug. 6.

Fishing tourney
set for Sunday
This weekend in Clewiston on
Lake Okeechobee, the Big Bucks


Bass Tournament will be held on
Sunday, July 13. The Team Entry
is $150 and it includes Big Bass
Jackpot. There will NOT be a
Golf Tournament on Saturday, the
Clewiston Golf Course is closed
for renovations. The Bass Busters
Silver And Gold Division Tourna-
ments will be held in Clewiston
on July 19 and 20 respectfully. Sil-
ver Division entry is $60 and the
Gold Division entry is $100. Both
tournaments run from safe light
to 3 p.m. each day. All Bass Bust-
ers -Tournaments currently offer
Special Low Water Exemptions
for all our events.

USSSA Softball Tour-
nameit "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
at 863-697-8794.


Just Horsing
Around Camp
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 21-25 will be on ba-
sic horsemanship. For more in-
formation 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-registration 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. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (es-
pecially) non-boaters are wel-
come. For information call Dave
Stout at 863-467-2255. The club
also sponsors and presents the
annual Lee McAllister Memorial
Kid's Fishing Festival.


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Joey's Pizza Scotch Doubles team "Cops and Robbers,"
Russ Cale and Kevin Burke took the win for 9-Ball.


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