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delayed in Florida
da's economic slump is worse
than state economists predict-
ed earlier this year and now
they say it will last about six
months longer than previously
Their. February economic
outlook was for a recovery to
start about a year from now.
But a new update says things
probably won't begin turning
around until the end of 2009.
Legislative economist Amy
Baker says that's because of a
national economy burdened by
rising fuel and food costs and
distressed housing and credit
The report notes that Florida
lost 74,700 jobs, largely in the
construction sector, over a 12-
month period ending in May.
That's more than any other
state, though Florida's May un-
employment rate of 5.5 percent
was the same as the national
Five sickened by
WEST PALM BEACH (AP)-
Palm Beach County health offi-
cials say five people in the area
have recently fallen ill from
consuming tainted fish.
The county says the latest
cases of ciguatera (sig-wa-ee-
rra) have ties to grouper pur-
chased at an area supermarket
and caught by some fishermen
near the Bahamas.
The U.S. Food and Drug Ad-
ministration is investigating.
Ciguatera is caused by eat-
ing fish that contain toxins from
reef algae. Symptoms include
vomiting, diarrhea and vertigo.
Officials say the toxins are most
often found in barracuda, hog-
fish, red snapper and grouper.
It is the most common marine
toxin disease worldwide.
Eighty-two people in Florida
- including 36 in Palm Beach
County -- have been afflicted by
the illness since 2003.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: xxx feet
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Pogey's Family Restairurnt
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level
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Court denies killer's appeal
By Eric Kopp
A state appeals court has re-
fused to overturn the conviction
and subsequent death sentence.
of Neal Kurt Salazar.
Salazar, 40, was convicted
on March 9, 2006, of first-degree
murder in connection with the
killing of Evelyn "Jenny" Nutter
in her Fort Drum home in June
of 2000. Salazar received the
death sentence for his partjn the
He also received life in prison
after being convicted for the at-
tempted murder of Ronze "June
was living with
Ms. Nutter at
the time. Sala-
zar received a
second life sen-
tence when he
of burglary of a ealurt
structure while al Kurt
armed. He was Salazar
also convicted of grand theft and
received a sentence of five \ ears
Sports camp: Learning new ski]
The Supreme Court of Florida
released its opinion on July 10.
In his appeal, Salazar challenged
almost everything that took
place in his trial in Okeechobee
"They threw in everything but
the kitchen sink," said Assistant
Ashley Albright of
�ht said Salazar
)eal on several is-
4: whether the trial
denying a motion
based on a com-
:he state's closing
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
These participants in First Baptist Church's Extreme Sports Camp are learning to play
soccer. The camp, which began on Monday. July 14, ran through Thursday July 17. In
addition to soccer, there is golf, tennis, skateboarding, basketball, baseball and fish-
ing. The camp, which runs from 6 to 8 each evening, concludes each day with a devo-
tional time. '
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
These participants in First Baptist Church's Extreme Sports Camp are learning the fun-
damentals of golf. In addition to golf, sports campers learn to fish and skateboard and
play baseball, basketball, soccer and tennis. The sports camp, which began Monday,
July 14 ran through Thursday July 17, from 6 to 8 each evening. After the games there
is a devotional time each evening.
Community helps local
OHS golf team with funds
By Chauna Aguilar
Mark Ward, the Okeecho-
bee High School Golf coach
for the last nine years spoke
to local Kiwanis members on
Thursday, July 17 about the up-
coming season and how locals
in the community have come
together to help the team with
Wendy Woodham with the
Okeechobee KOA Kampground
invited Mr. Ward to speak due to
their contact with the OHS Golf
Team using the driving range at
the KOA resort. Noel Chandler
with the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office contacted Mr.
Ward and suggested that the
team try to work out an agree-
ment with the KOA to help bet-
ter the team.
While the team members
are able to practice at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club they are unable to practice
on their swing, etc. as one can
at a driving range where you
can swing hundreds of balls to
perfect particular shots.
This has allowed the team
members to improve their golf-
ing ability. There are currently
approximately 25 boys and
10 girls on the upcoming golf
teams for OHS. The girls team
is relatively new and not yet at
the level of the boy's team. Mr.
Ward had five girls graduate
from the golf team last season.
The golf team works with
only six of the students actu-
ally competing in the matches.
See Funding - Page 2
argument; whether one of the
aggravators was appropriate;
that it was improper for the state
to argue that Salazar terrorized
the victims; that the death penal-
ty is unconstitutional; there was
not enough evidence to convict;
and, Salazar's sentence of death
was not proportionate since he
was not the actual shooter.
/ Julius Hatcher actually pulled
/the trigger, but did so out of
fear for his own life, according
to court testimony. Salazar told
Hatcher that he would kill him if
he did not shoot and kill Ms. Nut-
ter and Mr. Cummings. While Ms.
Nutter died from her wounds,
Mr. Cummings survived.
The state offered Hatcher a
deal. for his testimony against
Salazar. For his testimony, Hatch-
er was. charged with second-
degree murder in Ms. Nutter's
death and was given a life sen-
tence instead of the death pen-
alty. And instead of attempted
first-degree murder, Hatcher was
charged with attempted second-
degree murder for the attempt
on Mr. Cummings' life and given
See Killer - Page 2
his cell mate
By Eric Kopp
An inmate at the county jail
has been ar-
got into a fight
with a cell
mate and cut
him with a ra-
son, 28, N.W.Tyrone
25th Ave., was Tyrone
ly after 1I a.m. on July 15 on a
charge of aggravated battery.
His bond on that charge has
been set at $15,000.
Edison was originally arrest-
ed July 3 and was being held on
$20,000 bond. He was charged
with causing, encouraging, sd-
liciting or recruiting. criminal
street gang membership and
The Tuesday, July 15, ar-
rest came about after Edison
and cell mate Corey Conner
started fighting in the Okeecho-
bee County Jail and had to be
restrained. -Corrections Of-
ficer Sergeant John Rhoden
See Cutting - Page 2
By Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee Commu-
nity Collaborative Council's
(CCC) annual school supply
drive will donate supplies to My
Aunt's House for distribution to
hundreds of local children in
To lend a hand to the CCC
and My Aunt's House, drop off
school supplies such as: paper,
pens, crayons, glue, scissors,
markers, folders, dry erase
markers, etc. to help children in
the community prepare for the
school year. All donations of
supplies are welcome as well
as monetary donations which
See Supplies- Page 2
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Kiwanis members including Jim Vensel (left) and Wendy
Woodham (center-right) heard from details about the upcom-
ing Okeechobee High School Golf Team from their coach Mark
Ward (center-left) and Jim Waldau (right) at their weekly lun-
cheon on Thursday, July 17.
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2 Okeechobee News, Friday, July 18, 2008
Mississippi remains most obese state
By Mike Stobbe
AP Medical Writer.,
ATLANTA (AP) -- Mississippi,
Alabama and Tennessee lead the
nation when it comes to obesity, a
new government survey reported
More than 30 percent of adults
in each of the states tipped the
scales enough to ensure the
South remains the nation's fattest
Colorado was the least obese,
with about 19 percent fitting that
category in a random telephone
survey last year by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
The 2007 findings are similar
to results from the same survey
the three previous 'years. Missis-
sippi has had the highest obesity
rate every year since 2004. But Al-
abama, Tennessee, West Virginia
and Louisiana have also clustered
near the top of the list, often so
close that the difference between
their rates and Mississippi's may
not be statistically significant.
Why is the South so heavy?
The traditional Southern diet --
high in fat and fried food -- may
be part of the answer, said Dr.
William Dietz, who heads CDC's
nutrition, physical activity and
The South also has a large
concentration of rural residents
and black women -- two groups
that tend to have higher obesity
rates, he said.
Colorado, meanwhile, is a
state with a reputation for exer-
cise. It has plentiful biking and
hiking trails, and an elevation that
causes the body to labor a bit
more, Dietz said.
Obesity is based on the body
mass index, a calculation us-
ing height and weight. A 5-foot,
9-inch adult who weighs 203
pounds would have a BMI of 30,
which is considered the threshold
CDC officials believe the tele-
phone survey of 350,000 adults
offers conservative estimates of
obesity rates, because it's based
on what respondents said about
their height and weight. Men
commonly overstate their height
and women often lowball their
weight, health experts say. -
"The heavier you are, the
more you underestimate . your
weight, probably because you
don't weigh yourself as often,"
Overall, about 26 percent of
the respondents were obese, ac-
cording to the study, published
this week in CDC's Morbidity and
Mortality Weekly Report.
A different CDC survey -- a
gold-standard project in which
researchers actually weigh and
measure survey respondents --
put the adult obesity rate at 34
percent in 2005 and 2006, the
most recent years for which there
Public defenders make drastic proposals
By Curt Anderson
AP Legal Affairs Writer
MIAMI (AP) -- Citing deep bud-
get cuts and a crushing workload,
Miami's public defender wants
to turn away thousands of poor
people accused of crimes such as
sexual assault and armed robbery
because his attorneys can't prop-
erly represent them in court.
The drastic step is one of many
proposed by public defenders na-
tionwide who are grappling with
shrinking resources and a never-
ending stream of defendants who
can't afford private lawyers.
"It is a pervasive national prob-
lem. Even in good budget times,
it's a huge problem," said Norm
Lefstein, an Indiana University law
professor who has written exten-
sively about the issue and chaired
American Bar Association panels
on criminal defense matters.
Miami's longtime public de-
fender, Bennett Brummer, said
the current situation violates a
defendant's constitutional rights
and puts his 170 lawyers in a seri-
ous ethical dilemma. Courts have
long held that defendants have
a right to "effective assistance of
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a life sentence.
Mr. Albright said during his
closing argument of Assistant
State Attorney Rick SL\ymour .t-
+ tempted to explain that the state
made the deal with Hatcher be-
cause they feared Salazar,' if not
convicted, would try to kill Mr.
Salazar also appealed the trial
court's findings that the murder
was cold, calculated and premed-
itated, even though plastic bags
were placed over the heads of the
victims in an attempt to suffocate
them. When they did not die, he
then ordered Hatcher to shoot
Appeal court papers indicate
that around 11 p.m. Salazar and
Hatcher broke into the home
shared by Ms. Nutter and Mr.
Cummings. At that time, the cou-
ple was watching television with
counsel," which Brummer said
has been jeopardized.
"Each person has a right to
meaningful representation and
a meaningful day in court," said
Brummer, who is retiring in Janu-
ary after 32 years. "They are not
Brummer's proposal, which
must be approved by a judge, is
among the most extreme from
public defenders, who are fac-
ing budget cuts because of the
economic downturn. Prosecutors
oppose Brummer's plan, con-
tending it could trigger charges
being dismissed against thou-
sands of people accused of seri-
In Kentucky, public defenders
sued seeking the right to decline
new cases. Minnesota's public de-
fenders earlier this month stopped
representing parents in child cus-
tody cases. The public defender
in Knoxville, Tenn., wants to stop
handling misdemeanor cases.
"We found that the number
of cases was causing us to make
compromises lawyers should not
have to make," the Knox County
Public Defenders Community
their 2-year-old son.
Salazar then ordered the cou-
ple to lie on the floor and had
Hatcher bind their hands and feet
with duct tape. For several min-
utes Salazar blamed them for his
failing business and claimed that
the couple had.been talking with
the Federal Bureau of Investiga-
Salazar then had Hatcher
place plastic'shopping bags over
the heads of Ms. Nutter and Mr.
Cummings. However, Hatcher
made a hole in the bag over Mr.
Cummings' head so that he could
breathe. Hatcher was then told to
put duct tape around the bottom
of the bags and move the man
and woman into separate bed-
While Salazar held a machine
gun on him, Hatcher put a pillow
over Ms. Nutter's head and shot
her with a .38 caliber revolver.
Hatcher then went into, the
room where Mr. Cummings was.
Hatcher told the court he whis-
pered to Mr. Cummings to play
Law Office said in a statement.
The budget cuts in many
states are only the latest blow to
a system that has struggled with
low pay and bare-bones budgets
since the U.S. Supreme Court in
1963 guaranteed legal represen-
tation, for all criminal'defendants
regardless of their ability to pay.
"The reality is that public de-
fense in the United States is prac-
ticed in a way that is contrary to
the principles of the legal profes-
sion. It's a kind of second-rate
legal service," said Lefstein, who
has submitted a legal brief sup-
porting Brummer's efforts.
In Miami, Brummer runs the
state's largest public defender of-
fice. He has long fought for more
funding and won concessions in
the past, such as in 1980 when his
office began refusing to handle
appeals in death penalty cases.
That lasted for 10 years, until
more money was guaranteed
from state legislators.
State Sen. Victor Crist, who
chairs the committee that funds
the state's court system, said pub-
lic defenders have not suffered
cuts as severe as other agencies.
dead. Hatcher then shot Mr. Cum-
mings as the man's young son
watched. When Mr. Cummings
jumped up, Salazar ordered
Hatcher to shoot him again,
which he did.
SMr. Cummings then played
dead and waited until the two
men had left the house before
calling for help.'
Although this appeal was de-
nied, Mr. Albright said Salazar
still has a couple of appeals left.
The assistant state attorney said
the convicted killer's.next appeal
will be that of ineffective counsel.
Salazar was represented by Port
St. Lucie attorney Russell 'Rusty'
If that appeal is denied, he will
then ask the governor for a par-
don or a life sentence
Salazar has 30 days from the
July 10 opinion plus two years to
file the ineffective counsel appeal,
said Mr. Albright.
"Then, it will take a couple'of
more years (before the appeal
court rules) after that," explained
He said Brummer was "trying to
create an even bigger problem."
"I think he's trying to force the
Legislature into court," Crist said.
"I think it is absolutely horrible."
In 2006-07, the last year com-
plete figures are available, Brum-
mer's lawyers handled more than'
40,600 felony cases, not including
murder cases that could involve
the death penalty. These felonies
have risen more than 16 percent
over five years and are the cases
Brummer wants to stop taking.
It works out to about 392 cas-
es for each attorney, according to
Brummer. The American Bar .As-
sociation recommends a defense
lawyer handle no more than 150
felonies at a time, while Florida
state guidelines bump that up to
about 200. because evidence is
more broadly available to the de-
fense than in most other states.
At the same time, state law-
makers have'slashed Brummer's
budget by some 8.5 percent over
the past two years, with additional
cuts likely. And with a starting sal-
ary of about $42,000, the public
defender's office frequently loses
Mr. Albright said that Salazar
was first extradited from his native
Trinidad by Dade County Where
he was also wanted for murder.
''But, the Miami-Dade case
was dropped because the witness
disappeared," said: Mr. Albright.
"Then, we arrested him on our
Mr. Albright went on to say
thalt he investigation by him and
Detective Sergeant T.J. Brock of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's.
Office indicated that Salazar went
by a number of different names.
Salazar's original name was
"His sister testified that he
changed his name because he
didn't like his father," said Mr. Al-
bright of the killer.
Salazar's father' was the chief
of police in Trinidad. Salazar was
his mother's maiden name.
* iin a restraint chair. After being treated, Conner his personal items.
Cug At that time it was discovered was returned to the county jail The report goes on to state that
that Conner's ear was cut. A re- The deputy's report states that
Continued From Page 1 port by Deputy Akins states that during a search of the men's cell, Edison was not injured.
the wound required stitches and Sgt. Rhoden found a razor blade Conner, who is charged with
told Deputy Justin Akins of the that the man was taken to the in the sink. violation of probation - sale' of
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of- emergency room at Raulerson According to the report, the
fice that the two inmates had to Hospital, but it does not say how fight apparently began when cocaine, is being held without
be placed in hand restraints and many stitches were needed. -Conner told Edison to stop using bond,
nlU= es age, grade and what school they Pkeechobee's younger popula- ment Association (FEMA) and the
Suppl s will be attending so that they can tion, schools that give families referrals
Cnti d Fm P e 1 give them the supplies that they The CCC will meet on Tuesday, to the Closet.
Continued rom Page 1 need for their particular class. July 22, in the Okeechobee Coun- Mainly donated clothes are
wiMy Aunt's House prepares the ty District Board office at 10 a.m. available as well as a few house-
will go towards buying the sup- bags and sets a day for them to be To make your donations you may hold items. My Aunt's House was
M that wee note dnat, ll picked up by the families that are drop them by the school board or foded in May 2003 followed b
"My Aunt's House is a local setto receive them. by My Aunt's House. founded in May 2003 followed by
501 (c)(3)," stated Sharon Vin- This is one of two annual The president of the My Aunt's the Closet in Sept. 2004. During
son, facilitator for the Shared Ser- events hosed by the CCC to pro- House board Wanda Klesper will this time of year they community
vices Network. "They package up vide for the needy children in the be on hand at the CCC meeting comes together to supply children
the supplies and send them to the community. The other is a toy where she will speak, about the with a much needed good start to
children." drive for Christmas. program and accept the dona- their education.
The majority of the children on Last year the CCC provided tions to get them ready for the For more information, call My
the list to receive supplies have school supplies to approximately coming hand out date. Aunt's House at 863-634-2306 or
been referred by local agencies 200 children. My Aunt's House has various the CCC at 863-462-5000 ext. 257.
to My Aunt's House which holds The council is made, up of organizations including Guard- Post your opinions in the Public
interviews to add their children to members from various non- ian ad litem, Children's Home Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
the list. My Aunt's House gathers profit agencies in the community Society, United for Families, Head Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
information about each child's that aim to provide assistance to Start, Federal Emergency Manage- reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continued From Page 1
So, while there are about 25 boys
on the team, only six go to com-
pete and their four best scores are
combined for the team score.
The team continues to improve
each year and Mr. Ward has seen
a marked improvement since the
beginning of the use of the driv-
ing range at the KOA. He expects
them to be ranging in the 160's
for a team score next season.
Funding for the team comes
through donations and fundrais-
ers which are largely spearhead-
ed by a local individual and his or-
ganization Waldau's Junior Golf
Inc. According to Mr. Ward, Jim
Waldau finds a way to meet ev-
ery need that he has with the golf
team. Mr. Waldau currently helps
the team by running the driving
range for the students as well as
The OHS Golf Tournament
fundraiser for the OHS Golf Team
will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13.
The cost for a four player team is
$200 per team or $50 per player.
There will be a shotgun start at 8
a.m. at the Okeechobee Golf and
_Country Club. There will also be
hole sponsorship available for
For more information about
the tournament or how you can
help the OHS Golf Team contact
Mr. Ward at 863-634-1722 or qual-
In other Kiwanis business, the
school supply drive for the Real
Life Children's Ranch has began
and they will be at the Thursday,
Aug. 7, luncheon to pick up the
Supplies such as paper, fold-
ers, crayons, glue, scissors, etc.
are needed for the children to get
a great start with the upcoming
Real Life Children's Ranch is
a faith based ministry that offers
residential, family style group
foster homes. They are licensed
by the state of Florida to provide
group foster homes for boys and
girls who have been abused,
abandoned and/or neglected.
Real Life Children's Ranch is a
Florida, non-profit 501 (c)(3)
charitable organization. All dona-
tions are tax deductible.
Monetary donations are also
accepted for the supply drive.
For more information about
the Real Life Children's Ranch call
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at email@example.com.
Alligator eggs collected
IN THE EVERGLADES, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's annual alligator egg
collection program is under way across the state.
It's a yearly ritual to replenish stocks for the state's gator farmers.
It began July 1.
Each summer, scientists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission help collect up to 40,000 eggs for 30 farmers
who share in the catch. They pay about $12 for each egg, money that
funds the egg hunt and future alligator management programs.
The stress of captivity keeps gators from laying enough eggs to
sustain a farm, so the collections are needed to keep the businesses
Roughly 600,000 eggs have been gathered and distributed to
farmers since 1988, who can make up to $100,000 a year in profits
by selling the meat and hides.
Wrongfully convicted man died in prison
BOSTON (AP) --The family of one of four men framed for a
1965 gangland murder has received $500,000 from the state for the
Louis Greco died in prison in 1995 at age 78, after serving 28
The lawyer for Greco's estate said the money will be returned
if it wins an appeal by the federal government challenging a U.S.
district court judge's award of $101.7 million to the four men or
S John Cavicchi, who represents Greco's former wife, Roberta
Werner of Boynton Beach, says she received the payment late last
Federal Judge Nancy Gertner said the FBI deliberately with-
held evidence that Greco, Peter Limone, Joseph Salvati, and Henry
Tameleo were innocent of the Chelsea killing of Edward "Teddy"
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from the south at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms through late evening. The low will be in the lower
70s. The wind will be from the south around 5 mph. The chance of
rain is 20 percent.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a chance of afternoon showers
and thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The wind will
be from the south around 5 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
* Saturday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 70s.
The wind will be from the southeast around 5 mph.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be in the mid 90s. The chance of rain is 30
Sunday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 70s.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The chance of rain is 30
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of evening
showers and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The
chance of rain is 20 percent.
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Okeechobee News, Friday, July 18, 2008
U.S. Marshals arrest Okeechobee man
By Charles M. Murphy
A February crime in Martin
County led U.S. Marshals to arrest
an Okeechobee man on July 15.
Timothy Orman, 22, of N.W.
30th Street, was picked up on
warrants that charged him with
aggravated battery with a deadly
weapon and aggravated assault
with a deadly weapon.
The U.S. Marshal's Regional
Fugitive Task Force picked up Or-
man without incident. He was
held on $50,000 bond at the Mar-
tin County Jail.
The original crime involved a
'domestic dispute in Hobe Sound
on Feb. 13. Martin Courty Depu-
ties said Orman had gone to the
home of a relative and got into a
Orman allegedly wanted to
assault a female at the gathering,
the relative intervened, and called
Orman struck his uncle, Jack
Nettles, with a beer bottle and a
coffee mug, and then grabbed
two machetes and threatened to
kill him, the arrest report stated.
The victim was not seriously
injured, Deputy Thomas Baltes
The arrest report stated the vic-
tim was aware of Orman's anger
issues and had a well found fear
that an attack would occur.
The suspect fled the scene
and a complaint affidavit was for-
warded to the State Attorneys Of-
fice in February.
Orman was convicted of prior
crimes in Okeechobee. In May
he was convicted of possession
of cocaine, possession of a con-
trolled substance without a valid
prescription and possession of
drug paraphernalia and was sen-
tenced to 18 months in prison.
He was also charged in 2003 in
a robbery at a local dairy farm
in Okeechobee County. He was
later convicted of attempted rob-
bery and sentenced to three years
in prison. Prosecutors dropped
charges of attempted murder in
that plea deal.
Man charged with throwing beer at deputy
By Eric Kopp Vincente Fernandez Castane- cation. (OCSO) states that he was merely Deputy Saucedo's report in- As the deputy drove by that
Okeechobee News da, 26, S.E. Second Way, was ar- Castaneda was booked into driving by a mobile home when dicates that while on patrol he mobile home, Castaneda report-
An Okeechobee man was ar- rested July 16 and charged with the Okeechobee County Jail un- a man threw the beer bottle at turned into a mobile home park edly hurled the bottle of Budweis-
rested Wednesday evening after the felony of throwing a deadly der a bond of $5,500. his patrol unit. After throwing the on S.W. 18th Ave. After turn- er Light Beer at the deputy's car.
he reportedly hurled a full beer missile at an occupied vehicle. An arrest report by Deputy Au- bottle the man stood in the yard ing into the park he saw several The deputy's report does not
bottle at a deputy while on pa- He was also charged with the gustin Saucedo of the Okeecho- and stared at the deputy, contin- men standing in front of a mobile indicate what, if any, damage was
trol misdemeanor of disorderly intoxi- bee County Sheriff's Office ued the report. home. done to the patrol unit.
Firefighters to battle California wildfires
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son has announced that the Di-
vision of Forestry will send an
interagency group of wildland
firefighters to Northern Califor-
"We are happy to support
California in their time of need,
just as they have helped us in
the past," Mr. Bronson said.
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* Linda G. Casen, 28, N.W.
32nd Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 14, by Deputy Jason
Hickman on a felony charge of
driving while license suspended -
habitual offender. Her bond was
set at $2,500.
* Fernando Rolon Rivera, 20,
N.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested July'14, by Deputy Ste-
ven McKinley on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation - pos-
session of oxycodone. He is being
held without bond.
* James Lawrence Jenkins
III, 23, S.R. 70 W, Okeechobee,
was arrested July 14, by Deputy
Steven McKinley on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him
with the felony of failure to appear
- grand theft. He was also charged
with the misdemeanor of failure
Approximately 40 Florida
firefighters are being sent and
will assist in all phases of wild-
land firefighting in California --
building fire lines, burning out,
setting backfires and mopping
"Florida is always ready to as-
sist other states when our local
wildfire conditions subside," Mr.
Bronson said. "We have always
maintained a strong mutual aid
to appear - petit theft. He is being
held without bond. Jenkins was
also arrested by Deputy McKinley
on misdemeanor charges of re-
sisting a law enforcement officer
without violence and obstruc-
tion. His bond on these charges
was set at $2,000. He was also
arrested on another Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with failure to appear - operating
a motorcycle without a proper
license. His bond on that charge
was set at $500.
* Sheena Marie Egan, 22, N.E.
Third Lane, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 15, by Deputy Jason
Hickman on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
grand theft. Her bond was set at
* Lonnie Goff, 18, E. Center
St., Perry, was arrested July 15, by
Deputy John Fisher on a charge
of battery on detention staff by
a detainee. His bond was set at
* Billy Gene Garmany, 25,
N.W. 113th Drive, Okeechobee,
was arrested July 15, by Deputy
Sergeant J. Royal on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him
with possession of ammunition
by a convicted felon. His bond
partnership regionally and na-
The national ordering sys-
tem was established to provide
assistance during disasters and
provide for 100 percent reim-
bursement of all personnel and
Meanwhile, a Division of
Forestry Incident Management
Team (Blue Team) already sent
to North Carolina has taken over
was set at $10,000.
* Willie Joe Harris, 29, U.S.
441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed July 16, by Deputy Bart Potter
on a warrant charging him with
the felony of driving while license
suspended. His bond was set at
* Patricia Lynn Gonzales, 35,
Okeechobee, was arrested July
16, by Officer,Justin Bernst on fel-
ony charges of possession of co-
caine, possession of a controlled
substance without a prescription,
introduction of contraband into a
detention facility and driving while
license suspended. She was also
charged with the misdemeanor of
possession of drug paraphernalia.
Her bond was set at $21,000.
* Debbie Creech, 43, N.W
298th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 17, by Officer B. Rey-
na on a felony charge of driving
while license suspended - habitu-
al offender. Her bond was set at
* Daniel Howell, 34, N.W.
113th Drive, Okeechobee, was
arrested July 17, on a DOC War-
rant charging him with violation
of probation - resisting a law en-
forcement officer with violence
and violation of probation - pre-
the management of the 41,500-
acre Evans Road Wildfire in
that state, replacing a tri-state
incident management team that.
included members from Florida,
North Carolina and Kentucky.
Another Florida Incident Man-
agement Team has just com-
pleted suppressing a 4,600-acre
wildfire in Virginia's Great Dis-
mal Swamp Wildlife Refuge.
scription fraud (two counts). He
is being held without bond.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions; unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.
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SKUNK APES: "Skunk Apes" are scapegoats for bums who don't
SPACE PROGRAM: Originally man went into space- just to see
what was out there. Liken it to discovering the world was not flat but
actually round. I know I remember there being a television brought
into the school and all the kids in the school were brought into one
class room to sit and watch as man was hurled into space. Over time
when the men and women of the Science field saw that man was
working at expending the natural resources they began in earnest to
see if it was possible there were other places which would support
life. This country has been building the space station and upgrading it
constantly. It's huge. It is able to provide a safe haven for existence if
necessary. Of course who would be chosen if that were the scenario?
The smartest, the richest, the prettiest? Maybe if that asteroid that is
heading for earth with a possible collision or near miss expected in
2036 is a direct hit we will be able to vote on who gets to survive.
SPACE: Much of the modern technology we enjoy is due to the
space program. Satellites placed in space have made cell phones, the
Internet and satellite television possible. Will man ever live longterm
in space? We don't know. But it is possible that we might be able to
do things such as mine asteroids.
ALLIGATOR: Regarding the people who are defending the alliga-
tor for just doing what Nature intended, I think the boy would have
gotten a lot more sympathy if he hadn't tried to blame someone else.
He got on national television and tried to say he was bitten because
the gators have overpopulated due to the Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission folks not doing their job controlling the gator popu-
lation. I have heard from relatives all over the country who saw that on
national television. And his claims just are not true. FWC allows hunts
and I believe they do a good job keeping the gator population stable.
The gators are concentrated because of the drought and because it is
mating season. That's normal. If the teenager had just said he did a
stupid thing and has no excuse, I think people would understand and
have some sympathy. All teenagers do stupid things sometimes. But
to blame FWC or the alligators just isn't right.
BENEFITS: Well besides Tang, Teflon and Velcro, the space pro-
gram has boosted advances in: Instant television -- Since Telstar, the
first television satellite in 1962, viewers have watched events almost as
they unfolded - from the assassination of President Kennedy to the ter-
rorist assault on the twin towers in New York; Meteorology -- Weather
forecasting was once little more accurate than folklore. Now satellites
can monitor drought in Africa, floods in the Bay of Bengal and hur-
ricanes across the-Caribbean, saving hundreds of thousands of lives;
Navigation -- Lone yachtsmen and jumbo jets now make pinpoint
landfalls, and polar explorers with mobile phones can guide rescue
craft to the precise ice floe, thanks to global positioning satellites; Fuel
cells - Invented by a Victorian barrister, the Grove fuel cell was ignored
until the Apollo program. Now German cars and Chicago buses are
testing the ultimate green fuel, hydrogen, with water as the exhaust;
The environment -- Space platforms monitor pollution, measure for-
est destruction, survey agriculture, identify mineral deposits, spot
buried archaeological structures and even uncover agricultural fraud;
Medical health -- Spacesuit studies have led to a panoply of health
monitors, warning. systems, respirators, remote microphones and
other nminaturised medical technology: Robotics -- Space engineers
-have to think small - and flexible. This has inspired a new generation
of tiny sensors, monitors and automaton explorers heading for distant
planets; Materials -- Apologists always mention non-stick frying pans.
But the most dramatic could.be aerogel: featherlight but supporting
4,000 times its own weight. NASA christened it, "frozen smoke"; Lap-
tops --Space missions needed on board computers. Butithey had to be
small. So space research drove the industry to pack ever more power
into ever ever smaller hardware. And let's not forget the Hubble.
YOUTH: I have a question about the youth in this county. Practi-
cally every day a child comes into our place of business asking for a
donation of some type. Or sponsorship. What are the parents thinking,
to allow their children to become professional beggars? What about
working for the money? If one would offer to clean or wash the win-
dows or some type of chore, that would be wonderful. But, to ask for
complete hand-outs? If you cannot afford to send your child to camp,
or cheerleading school, or any of the other variety of requests, then
they should work for the money. We had one child come in the other
day who demanded the money, not requested, while the parent satin
the car. Something to the sound of put up or shut up was said. I won-
dered what the parents say before the child comes into the business.
Aren't these donations tax deductible? Then, why isn't a receipt given
to us? If a donation is given, when is it reciprocated? Like the "team"
come in and use our,services? Or are we just being used? Sometimes
I feel like the parents do have the money, just do not want to pay, they
depend on the community instead. Right or wrong?
MUDFEST: Well, I guess Okeechobee got its wish. Prices are so
high for Mudfest this year that I don't think you will be dealing with
the crowd that makes y'all so mad this August. But let's see the im-
pact that is made on the local economy by not having the influx of
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Now that the dust has settled,
for the time being, and the Gov-
ernor has signed the budget, it
is time for some folks to be rec-.
ognized and thanked. A little his-
tory for those .unaware: During
the 2007 state budget year, the
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences (IFAS) at the University
of Florida was cut by $7 million
dollars. IFAS is the parent organi-
zation for the local County Exten-
sion Office. The County Extension
Office is a partnership between
the state and federal governments
and the county.
At the onset of the state bud-
get development for 2008 it was
obvious, with the passage of the
property tax amendment, that
further state budget cuts would
be necessary. At that time, the
University leadership determined,
erroneously, that agriculture was
a dwindling industry in Florida
and therefore, no longer needed
IFAS research and Extension pro-
grams. Therefore, it was made
clear the intention would be for
IFAS to sustain a disproportional
share of the University's cut as
compared to other University en-
As word of this situation spread
through out Florida, the agricul-
ture industry joined together in a
unified effort to demonstrate how
incorrect University administra-
tion was about the impact agri-
culture has on the Florida econo-
my. Agriculture is second only to
tourism in Florida in the amount
of dollars generated. It uniquely
remains steadier and more pre-
dictable as the economic ebb and
flow often drastically effect tour-
Led largely by the Florida Farm
Bureau, ag organizations such as
Friday, July 18
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780 or 863-467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group is welcome to come and see what
we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-932-
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a new weekly meeting,
Overeaters anonymous meets every Friday at 6 p.m. at the Just
For Today Club, 101 N.W. Fifth St. (next to the Medicine Shoppe)
Overeaters Anonymous is not a.diet club. There are no dues, fees
or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop
eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.
Saturday, July 19
Worship in Song at the LivingWord of Faith Church of Okeechobee,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month beginning
at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all Christian singers and
musicians are welcome to take part. For information, contact the
church at 863-763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at 863-763-3373; or, Sister
Yvonne Price at 863-467-6657.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade
Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic
violence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational
materials and prevention tools. Call 863-634-9340 or 863-357-6248, for
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information,'
call Dick Laneau at 863-467-9540 or 727-345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County
4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to
be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the
Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through Friday
from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension office
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., gospel music sing
at 6 p.m. For information call 863-763-6869.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
Sunday, July 20
SA.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
SA.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today club, 101' Fifth Ave. For more information please call
Monday, July 21
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.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.VP. to 863-763-2308.
Florida Citrus Mutual, the Florida
Cattlemen's Association, the
Florida Fruit and Vegetable Asso-
ciation, the Florida Nursery Grow-
ers and Landscapers Association
and many others came to bat for
IFAS, not only with the university
administration, but perhaps more
importantly, with the Florida leg-
islature. Phone, calls, personal
visits, letters and emails landed in.
Tallahassee and Gainesville. The
gloves were off!
The result: the legislature cut
IFAS by $9.8 million while the uni-
versity as a whole was cut by $47
Million. That is bad news.indeed,
but the good news is not only did
the legislature give IFAS a propor-
tional cut, but language was put
in the legislation that the IFAS
money was not to be used for
any other purpose than for what
it was intended! Thus it has to re-
main in IFAS. That is all anyone
wanted: to be treated equally.
This success is the result of the
combined efforts of many, many
people and organizations. Not
the least of which are right here in
We wish to thank everyone
who went out of their way on
their own initiative, to support the
IFAS budget. We thank the Coun-
ty Commissioners, the Okeecho-
bee Ag Council, the Okeecho-
bee Cattlemen's Association, the
Okeechobee Farm Bureau, 4-H
supporters and hundreds of in-
dividuals who made a contact in
We thank you sincerely and
pledge our continued effort to
bring to you the highest quality,
timely educational programs it is
our ability to provide.
The faculty and staff
of the Okeechobee County
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.
Dwindling economy discussed
On Saturday, July 19, at 7:30 a.m., 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM will have
guest speaker Gwenda Thompson, CWDP, President/CEO Workforce
Development Board of the Treasure Coast.to discuss the economic
downturn, unemployment, loss of funding and the changing face of
the workforce development board and the one stop career centers.
This discussion will be rebroadcast again at 1 and 6 p.m. For.informa-
tion call 1-866-482-4473 (1-866-482-HIRE) or go online to www.tcjobs.
Main Street Mixer planned
Okeechobee Main Street invites you to the Main Street Mixer on
Tuesday July 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. This month's mixer will be hosted
by Western Living, located at 123 S.W Park Street. Mark your calendar
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 refreshments will be served. For more information please contAct
Main Streets Executive Director Toni Doyle at 863-357-MAIN (6246).
Fort Drum Church plans VBS
Stampede to vacation bible school at Fort 'Drum Community
Church. Avalanche Rance will bring you on a wild ride through Gods
word from July 21-25, from 6 until 8 p:m. each night. For more infor-
mation call 863-467-1733.
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.
Area Agency on Aging meets
The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc.
Board of Directors meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday, July
24, at the Area Agency on Aing, 4400 N. Congress Avenue, West
Palm Beach. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. Contracts
requiring the expenditure of funds are a regular agenda item of this
meeting. Please call Vivian Pfau, Area Agency on Aging, at 561-684-
5885 for more information.
CCC to hold 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.
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Okeechobee News, Friday, July 18, 2008
Day of the Cowboy events planned
By Chauna Aguilar
If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months look no further. If your
organization or business has
some entertaining events coming
up please forward them along to
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Association and Okeechobee
Main Street will hold the Second
annual National Day of the
American Cowboy on Saturday,
July 26. In the form from last year,
the event will start with a cattle
drive beginning downtown and
ending at the Agri-Civic Center on
Highway 70 East of 150 head of
The festival at the Agri-Civic
Center will include a Ranch Ro-
deo, Backyard Beef BBQ Contest,
storytellers, poets and displays
of the heritage of the American
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
If you're interested in being a
participant/vendor for the BBQ
Contest or event all forms and ap-
plications can be picked up at the
OKMS Office, Cottage 111 North-
east Second Street, Okeechobee
or email Toni Doyle, Executive
Director at okms@mainstreeto-
For more information call 863-
This event is bound to make
July an even hotter commodity.
The Chamber of Commerce
is now accepting applications
for the upcoming Labor Day
Festival. Help make this event
successful by contributing. Call
863-763-6464 or stop by the
Chamber office to reserve a spot
in the Labor Day Festival held in
Flagler Park. Spaces are limited!
The dates for the festival this year
are Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1, rain or
shine. Come join the fun!
If you "Think you can Dance"
as the popular show on Fox por-
trays or, if you would want to learn
to ballroom dance, a group class
in ballroom dancing is being
offered in Okeechobee at Church
of Our Saviour Parrish Hall, 200
NW Third Street-on Saturday af-
ternoons at 4 p.m. The cost for
the hour lesson is $10. Private
instructions are also available.
Come and enjoy the fun with or
without a partner. For more infor-
mation call 772-794-9040.
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre,
special events, special com-
munity events, contests, etc to
forward all information about
each event including: description
of the event; location (address);
date; time; cost; age appropriate-
ness; and any other information
that fits the specific event. For
additional information contact
Chauna Aguilar at 863-763-3134
ext. 4242. Your Weekly Entertain-
ment Guide-Share your news and
photos for this column by email
S!ii ,j ' July 18'" thru July 24'"
For Info, Call 763-7202
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The Day of the American Cowboy was celebrated last year with a cattle drive and a Ranch Rodeo at the Agri-Civic Center.
This year's festivities are planned for Saturday, July 26.
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Okeechobee News/ictoria Hannon
Betty Craig (right) and Hailey McCormick helped custom-
ers like Lona Bryant (left) at the Hospice of Okeechobee
yard sale on July 12. This yard sale takes place to help
raise money for the Hamrick home.
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Ann Bearden collected money and helped customers at
the Hospice of Okeechobee yard sale on July 12. This
yard sale.takes place to help raise money for the Hamrick
Today in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, July 18, the
200th day of 2008. There are 166
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 18, 1947, President
Truman signed the Presidential
Succession Act, which placed the
speaker of the House and the Sen-
ate president pro tempore next in
the line of succession after the
On this date:
In 1792, American naval hero
John Paul Jones died in Paris at
In 1918, during World War
I, American and French forces
launched a counteroffensive
against the Germans during the
Second Battle of the Marne.
In 1932, the United States and
Canada signed a treaty to develop
the St. Lawrence Seaway.,
In 1936, the Spanish Civil War
In 1940, the, Democratic Na-
tional Convention in Chicago
nominated President Roosevelt
for an unprecedented third term
In 1969, a car driven by Sen.
Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.,
plunged off a bridge on Chap-
paquiddick Island near Martha's
Vineyard; passenger Mary Jo Ko-
In 1984, a gunman opened fire
at a McDonald's fast food restau-
rant in San Ysidro, Calif., killing 21
people before being shot dead by
In 1984, Walter F. Mondale
won the Democratic presidential
nomination in San Francisco.
In 1988, Texas Treasurer Ann
Richards delivered the keynote
address at the Democratic Na-
tional Convention in Atlanta,
skewering presumed Republican
nominee George H:W Bush as
having been "born with a silver
foot in his mouth."
Ten years ago: South Afri-
can President- Nelson Mandela
capped his 80th birthday by mar-
rying Graca Machel, the widow
of a Mozambican president and
black liberation leader.
Five years ago: Basketball
star Kobe Bryant was charged
with sexually assaulting a 19-year-
old woman at a Colorado spa;
Bryant denied the charge, saying
he was guilty only of adultery.
(Prosecutors later dropped the
case.) The body of British scientist
David Kelly, a weapons expert at
the center of a storm over British
intelligence on Iraq, was found a
day after he'd committed suicide.
One year ago: Senate Re-
publicans torpedoed legislation
to force the withdrawal of U.S.
combat troops from Iraq. An un-
derground steam pipe exploded
on a New York City street, swal-
lowing a tow truck and claiming
the life of a woman who suffered
a heart attack. Armed men kid-
napped two Germans and five Af-
ghans working on a dam project
in central Afghanistan. (One of the
Germans, Ruediger Diedrich, was
found shot dead three days later;
the others were later released.)
Opera tenor Jerry Hadley, 55,
died at a hospital in Poughkeep-
sie, N.Y., a week after he'd shot
himself with an air rifle.
Today's Birthdays: Former
South African President Nelson
Mandela is 90. Former Sen. John
Glenn, D-Ohio, is 87. Skating
champion and commentator
Dick Button is 79. Movie director
Paul Verhoeven is 70. Singer Brian
Auger is 69. Singer Dion DiMucci
is 69. Actor James Brolin is 68.
Singer Martha Reeves is 67. Blues
guitarist Lonnie Mack is 67. Pop-
rock musician Wally Bryson (The
Raspberries) is 59. Country-rock
singer Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie
League) is 59. Actress Margo Mar-
tindale is 57. Singer Ricky Skaggs,
is 54. Rock musician Nigel Twist
(The Alarm) is 50. Actress Anne-
Marie Johnson is 48. Actress
Elizabeth McGovern is 47. Rock
musician John Hermann (Wide-
spread Panic) is 46. Rock musi-
cian Jack Irons is 46. Actor Vin
Diesel is 41. Rock musician Daron
Malakian (System of a Down;
Scars on Broadway) is 33. Rock
musician Tony Fagenson (Eve 6)
is 30. Movie director Jared Hess
is 29. Actor Jason Weaver is 29.
Actress Kristen Bell is 28. Rock
singer Ryan Cabrera is 26. Actor
Chace Crawford is 23.
Thought for Today: "While
we read history we make history."
George William Curtis, American
Mary Elizabeth Burkes Fulton,
age 84 of Dekalb, Miss. died Tues-
day, July 15, 2008 at Hilltop Man-
or. Mrs. Fulton was a member of
of Dekalb Baptist Church and en-
joyed writing poetry and garden-
ing. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death
by her husband, Howard Fulton;
sisters, Shirley Burnett and Lena
SBurkes; parents, William Roscoe
Burkes Sr., and Mary Belle Taylor
Burkes and son in. law, Gilbert
She is survived by her children,
Barbara James of Okeechobee,
Gail (Joseph) Newell of Dekalb,
Miss., Michael (Carole) Fulton of
Wando, S.C.; grandchildren, Shan-
non Newell of Newport News,
Va., David Newell of Richmond,
Va., Martha Fulton of Wando, S.C.;
great grandchildren, Constance
Rayne Newell and Anna Elizabeth
Newell; .brothers, William Ros-
coe (Sue) Burkes, Jr. of Dekalb,
Miss., Ollie Lloyd (Judy) Burkes
of Meridian, Miss., Rev. John Clif-
ton Burkes of Dekalb, Miss.; and
sister, Ethel (Houston) Jarvis of
Visitation will be held from 6
until 8 p.m. on Friday, July 18 at
Stephens Funeral Home and 30
minutes prior to services at First
Baptist Church of Dekalb. Ser-
vices will be held on Saturday,
July 19 at 9:30 a.m. at First Bap-
tist Church of Dekalb with Rev.
Gilbert Allan officiating. Burial
will take place in McLain Chapel
Cemetery, Neshoba County.
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to Stephens Funeral Home in
/ rTaylor Creek Real Estate1
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Robert S. Baskett, age 46, of
Okeechobee, died Wednesday,
July 16, 2008 at Lawnwoqd Medi-
cal Center in Ft. Pierce. Formerly
of Pompano Beach, Mr. Baskett
has been a 20
year resident of
June 5, 1962 Robert S.
in Fort Lau- Baskett
is survived by his loving wife of
10 years, Patty, one son, Bobby
Baskett and one daughter Aryn
Baskett both of Cocoa Beach.
He is also survived by two broth-
Lic. RE Broker
ers; David (Pat) Baskett of Palm
Beach Gardens and Johnny (Deb-
bie) Baskett of Okeechobee; two
sisters, Julia (Steve) Detweiler of
Okeechobee and Sarah Duran
of Pa. In addition, he is survived
by stepson, Billy (Melissa) Dees
and step daughter Misty (Joey)
Friend all of Okeechobee; three
grandsons Wyatt Friend, Jarren
and Darrien; two nieces; Carissa
and Juliette both of Palm Beach
A memorial service will be
conducted at the Buxton Funeral
Home on Sunday, July 20 at 1
p.m. with Associate Pastor, Jim
Dawson, of the First United Meth-
odist Church of Okeechobee of-
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
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Living with Fibromyalgia
By Rebekah Bernard,
Fibromyalgia is a condition
associated with chronic, wide-
spread muscle pain and fatigue.
The condition affects 1-2 percent
of the general population, and
mostly occurs in
algia may also
aches, tingling or
numbness in the
hands and feet, Dr. Rebekah
irritable bowel Bernard M.D.
Although the definite cause of
fibromyalgia is unknown, most
experts believe that the condition
is brought on by an abnormal
bodily response to stress. The
condition can be triggered by
physical injury, emotional trau-
ma, or viral infections, although
none of these have been proven
to definitely cause fibromyalgia.
To diagnose fibromyalgia, a
person must have widespread
pain throughout the body. for at
least three months (on both sides
of the body, above and below the
waist), as well as multiple tender
points that a doctor can identify
on examination. Other conditions
that can mimic fibromyalgia must
be ruled out, such as thyroid dis-
orders, anemia, infections, and
The most effective treatment in
managing fibromyalgia is to begin
a structured exercise program. Ex-
ercise has been found to decrease
pain symptoms and quality of life
in people with fibromyalgia, and
should focus on both strength
training with weights and aerobic
exercise. Sessions with a physical
therapist can be useful in initiat-
ing a proper exercise program.
Maintaining a healthy diet low in
fat and high in fiber is another im-
portant component of the treat-
ment plan. People with fibromy-
algia should try to eat at least five
servings of fruits and vegetables
People with fibromyalgia must
establish a regular sleep routine.
This includes going to bed and
waking up at the same time each
day, avoiding excessive caffeine
and alcohol intake, and estab-
lishing the bedroom for sleep ac-
tivities only (no television, eating,
etc). If sleep problems persist, a
doctor may prescribe medication
to aid with sleep.
Psychotherapy to reduce stress
and help a person manage pain
is very useful for people with fi-
bromyalgia. Therapy can consist
of deep breathing exercises, bio-
feedback, meditation, and coun-
When lifestyle modifications
are inadequate for controlling
pain and fatigue, a doctor may
prescribe antidepressants, which
have been found to help symp-
toms in 25 percent of patients, or
certain pain medications. There
is also a newer medication that
is the first to carry an FDA indi-
cation for fibromyalgia, called
Lyrica (pregabalin). Lyrica is a
nerve medication that is used to
treat seizures and nerve pain. Like
all medications, Lyrica may cause
you to have side effects. Any med-
ical therapy must be tailored to
the individual, as fibromyalgia is
an incompletely understood con-
dition that varies from person-to-
person. Talk to your doctor if you
have concerns about chronic pain
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Women's Health Specialists
Health Specialists is pleased to an-
nounce that Megan P. Gray, M.D.,
has joined their medical team. Dr.
Gray recently completed her ob-
stetrics and gynecology residency
at Orlando Regional Healthcare
System in Orlando. Her back-
ground medical expertise in-
cludes collaborating on research
projects and teaching medical
students and residents. "I'm look-
ing forward to serving the health
needs of women on the Treasure
Coast," said Dr. Gray.
"Dr. Gray's education and
medical expertise will help further
assist Women's Health Specialists
to continue to provide top notch
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Jeremy Singer, M.D., Women's
For more than 35 years, Wom-
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The Women's Health Special-
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of obstetricians and gynecolo-
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Father laments conversation
gap with his only daughter
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appetite suppressant available."
with almost everyone. That isn't
my M.O.! Yvette added -- with a
chuckle -- that "maybe subcon-
sciously" she does the same with
me. I fail to see the humor. Yvette
is my only child, and I'd like to feel
closer to her. Any suggestions? --
UNHEARD IN PHOENIX
DEAR UNHEARD: Many
DEAR ABBY: I am the father
of a middle-aged, unmarried,
well-educated daughter I'll call
"Yvette." My problem is, whether
we're together or talking on the
-phone, Yvette seems to find it dif-
ficult to converse with me. I t ' s
most noticeable when I'm sharing
something with her, not the other
way around. She'll comment
on what I have to say, but rarely
show any real interest in knowing
more. "How are you?" is about
all she ever asks. It has been this
way for years, and it has affected
my wanting to spend time with
her. (Neither of us comes from a
background where love or affec-
tion was openly displayed.)
When I called it to Yvette's at-
tention, she told me she doesn't
like to pry, that she figures I'll tell
her whatever I want her to know.
She doesn't seem to understand
that, without some display of in-
terest on her part, it's difficult for
me to know if she's interested in
what I'm saying.
I know she routinely "tunes
out" her mother -- my ex-wife -
- who dominates conversations
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DEAR ABBY: I work in a small
office with shared workspaces.
One of my co-workers has a snif-
fling problem that I think may be
just a habit. He makes extremely
loud sniffing noises all day long.
There are no tissues on his desk,
and once I asked him if he need-
a truth is said "in jest." When. ed sinus medication. He said no,
Yvette stated that she also tunes but the sniffling stopped momen-
you out, she made an important tarily.
admission. The time has come Abby, the sound makes me
for a frank discussion. Ask your sick to my stomach. What should
daughter why. Could she be pun- I do? -- SNIFFLED OUT IN IN-
ishing you for your inability to DIANA
show love or affection while she DEAR SNIFFLED OUT: Your
was growing up? co-worker's sniffling is not "just
Ask her directly if the reason a habit." He may have an aller-
she shows so little interest in gy or a chronic post-nasal drip.
what you have to say is that she's He wouldn't be sniffling if there
really NOT interested. Tell Yvette wasn't something in his nose.
that her behavior is rude, uncar- Tell him the constant sniffling
ing and distancing. Be sure to tell is distracting, and he needs to
her that you love her and would do something about it. And if he
like to have a closer relationship, doesn't, talk to the supervisor or
but that achieving one takes effort office manager.
on the part of both of you. DearAbbyis written byAbigail
It's a shame this has gone on VanBuren, also known asJeanne
for so many years, but if your Phillips, and was founded by her
daughter is willing, the stalemate mother, Pauline Phillips.
By Eugenia Last
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Pace yourself. You can only do so
much no matter how hard you try.
Helping out may be your thing but,
.horizon- if your work is left undone, you'll
tes sl have to answer for your lack of re-
sponsibility. Don't underestimate
7 letter what's involved. 4 stars
STAURUS (April 20-May 20):
E L Promoting, presenting and push-
ing what you want to do will turn
N E out well today. Colleagues and
influential people will want to see
C O what you are up to. Don't ask for
A L favors or be disturbed by someone
who makes a derogatory com-
L A ment. 5 stars
L L GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Spending time and money on your
I L place'willplease someone who de-
pends on you. A creative idea will
A E develop through the conversations
C V you have with well-informed indi-
viduals who are doing something
S I you appreciate. 3 stars
M A CANCER (June 21-July 22):
There will be lots to go over be-
A T fore you decide what to do next.
Change is upon you and your hesi-
I I tancy is holding you back. Ignoring
N O the facts and refusing to make a
choice will hurt you the most. Get
E N off the fence. 3 stars
7/18 LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Hard
Boy, work will pay off and impress
Dose, the people who can help you get
pathic, ahead. Add extra detail to what-
Mineral, ever you do. Open conversations
f, Safe, will lead to change that is not only
ell enticing but will alter the fabric of
your current day-to-day routine. 3
ersal Press Stars
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Encourage others and you can mo-
tivate them to helpa cause you be-
lieve in. Fun and games with family
. and friends should be scheduled
in. A challenge will be exhilarating.
Think big. 5 stars
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
tte ad boast It may be difficult to put your fin-
oian cat of ger on exactly what's making you
fluctuate but, if you listen to what
levy others are saying, you will realize
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R A T 0 Protect your ideas, concepts and
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S H T 21): You may feel generous, es-
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A C M to make an impression. Don't go
K H overboard spending on things you
iN Ks really can't afford. Instead, offer
T N your good humor, common sense
S and fun-loving adventurous per-
CZAR sonality. 4 stars
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07/onao 19): Plan something special for the
1 123 people you enjoy spending time
and it will turn out to be a very
worthwhile investment in turns of
what you get back. This is a great
time to find out where you stand
with the people who have grown
dependent on you. 3 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): Face the music and deal with
emotional issues raised. Don't
ignore facts -- all it will take is a
couple of innovative solutions to
fix whatever has gone wrong. You
can manipulate a good position
for yourself. 3 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
There is plenty going on behind
closed doors where love and ro-
mance are concerned. You may
have to deal with emotional issues
if someone is suspicious of your
whereabouts. Talks are favored
07/1808 as long as you don't become de-
fensive and angry. 3 stars
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will separate (561)601-0078
CAPTAINS BED - with 6 draw-
ers and bookshelf built in.
Mattress included $45.
MATCH TARGET Colt AR15
Will Trade - 24" Bull Barrel
never fired 2x10 Scope
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
Flowers ' 865
03 MURRAY RIDING MOWER
- 46" Cut Hydro Drive New
Business Places 910
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent - 925
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -9
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
2br/1ba, garage, No pets
$650/mo 1st, Last & Sec.
Avail 8/1 (863)467-2302 or
GARDEN APTS - In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
For Rent- 2 br/1.5 ba, 2nd
floor, large deck, in town on
rim canal, $700 month Call
for app. (863)467-9413
TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS:
1br/lba, Furnished. $650/mo,
1st. last & sec. For Details.
SUN PLAZA: 1250 sq. ft. ren-
tal space, available immediate-
ly @ 909 S. Parrot Ave.
For more information.
Call Jerry @ 863-610-1281
OAK LAKE VILLAS Remodeled
2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms, $850 mo., 1st
last& sec. (863)634-3313
3/2 home on 4 acres, all tile,
washer/dryer, horses ok, 5151
SE 128th Ave., $950/mo, 1st,
last & sec., (561)756-3724.
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.
BETWEEN OKEECHOBEE &
INDIAN TOWN - 3/br 2/ba
on 10 acres w/ pond, Hors-
es and Pets welcome. $1350
month, 1st and last, Call
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
OKEE. - 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
(239)707-5155 , .
OKEE- 2br, lba, on 2 city lots
w/ oak trees. $750 mo.
+Sec. Dep. 920 NW 4th St.
RANCH SETTING - 2 Bdrm., 1
Ba. Available now[l Very.
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
Rent to Own - 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
Business Places -
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
BRAND NEW HOME - 3 BR, 2
BA, 1 Car Garage. $125,000
Mobile Home - Lots 2005
Mobile Home - Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes- Sale 2020
2br/lba furnished, all utilities
incl., washer/dryer, screened
room, on water, new dock
$800 mo. (863)763-9626
A GREAT DEAL - in BHR, dbl
wides, 2/2, $500/mo., 3/2's
$600/mo. No Pets, Leases
+ Sec (863)763-4031
FT. DRUM - Just set up! Beau-
tiful D/W on Sac. Ft Drum
creek/pond in back $1500 dep
ren $800 mo. 772-464-9226
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$450/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
TREASURE ISLAND - 2 BR,
2 BA, 1 Car garage. Lake
access on canal. $800 mo.
+ $800 sec. 561-441-2668
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Mobile Home Angels
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
Continental Air Boat parts-
0520, set of headers, wood
prop, other miscellaneous
items $900 (863)261-5826
How do you find a job In
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
OKEECHOBEE - 38' RV w/lrg
FL room, many improve-
ments, in RV park. $4999
Love the earth Recycle
your used items by sen-
ing them In the classi-
HONDA 450 FOREMAN 2003 -
'27" ITP wheel and tire kit,
,winch 78 hours $2500.
When doing those chores
Is doing you In, It's thme
to look for a helper m
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
1999 Ford F350 Power Stroke
Diesel, 77,000 miles, very
nice, 5 speed, air, 12' flat
bed $7500 (812)989-3022
2000 Chevy Silverado 1 ton- 4
door, long bed, clean, good
shape . $4000
2004 Suzuki Frenza, 62,000
miles, black, excellent cond,
auto., air, 38 miles per gallon
Ladder rack or boat rack for a
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NOTICE TO THE OWNER AND ALL PERSONS
INTERESTED IN THE BELOW LISTED PROPERTY
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the below list of property has been determined as
ABANDONED, FOUND OR UNCLAIMED EVIDENCE pursuant to orida Statute
Chapter 705. The dates of the found property range from the year 2000 until
present. Persons/entities having or claiming any interest in such property shall
appear before Detective Taylor of the City of Okeechobee Police Department, 50
Southeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 on or before August 31, 2008.
Persons/entites shall make sufficient proof of ownership by means of a seal
number, sales receipt, detailed identifiable description (inscription) or photo, and
upon doing so shall be entitled to receive property. Unless property is-claimed on
or before August 31, 2008, said property shall be declared forfeited to the City of
Okeechobee Police Department.
. Bicycles (all types)
3. Pressure Washer
4. Lawn Mowers
5. Wheel Chair
6 Various types of jewelry
By: Detective Bttye Taylor, Evidence Custodian
City of Oeechoee Police Department
283221 ON 07/18.,25/08
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10 Okeechobee News, Friday, July 18, 2008
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Fishing on dry land
These sports campers are learning the fundamentals of casting. They are taking place
in First Baptist Church's Extreme Sports Camp. In addition to fishing the campers get to
golf, skateboard and play basketball, soccer, baseball and tennis. The camp, for children
through the sixth grade, started Monday, July 14 and runs through Thursday, July 17, from
6 to 8 each evening. There is a devotional time after the games each evening.
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Taking it to the hoop
Basketball is one of the sports available at First Baptist Church's Extreme Sports Camp.
Campers who have finished kindergarten through the sixth grade also learn to golf, fish,
play soccer, tennis and skateboard. After the sports there is a devotional time each eve-
ning. This group was playing on Monday night, July 14. The camp continues thorough
Thursday night, July 17, from 6 to 8 each evening.
Sports News in Brief
Tr he second annual Future
Sm Stars Baseball/Softball camp will
be held Aug. 11-15, from 7:30
a.m. until noon each day. Instruc-
tions will be provided by college
and high school coaches. There is
no fee for the camp. Applications
can be picked up at Beef O' Bra-
dys and Hibbet Sporting Goods.
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda, Applications are to be returned to
the Chobee Drive Thru. All appli-
Field of Dreams cations must be notarized.
Campers should bring lunches
Who knows? There may be a future major leaguer playing catch at First Baptist Church's for the first four days of the camp.
Extreme Sports Camp. In addition to baseball, the campers, who range in age from kin- On Friday, hamburgers and hot-
dergarten graduates through sixth graders, got to participate in golf, fishing, basketball, dogs will be provided. - Drinks
soccer, skateboarding and tennis. The camp started Monday, July 14 and runs through will be provided throughout the
Thursday, July 17, from 6 to 8 each evening. After the games there is a devotional time week; Bring an open mind and a
each evening. desire to learn. Camp will be held
New Everglades public area opens
WEST PALM BEACH -- A new
haven for outdoor enthusiasts
opened on Wednesday, July 16,
amid an expanse of wetlands
constructed by the South Florida
Water Management District (SF-
WMD) to clean water for the Ev-
"South Florida residents and
visitors alike have yet another
public oasis to escape the every-
day hustle," said SFWMD Govern-
ing Board Vice Chair Shannon
Estenoz. "Opening this land for
recreation enables the people of
Florida and beyond to further en-
joy the national treasure we are
working so hard to rehabilitate."
Located in central Palm Beach
County, Stormwater Treatment.
Area (STA) 1 West features a new
parking area leading to a 200-foot
viewing platform and gazebos
overlooking the watery expanse.
The three-mile trail along a sec-
tion of the levee surrounding the
6,670-acre STA offers hikers, bi-
cyclists, photographers and bird
watchers vast views of nature and
wildlife such as great blue herons
and mottled ducks. Fishing is al-
lowed in the outer canal but not
within the treatment area.
In keeping with an environ-
mentally friendly mission, the
land also boasts a restroom with
a composting toilet.
The expanse is the third storm-
water treatment area managed by
the District to open for recreation.
The 6,562-acre Stormwater Treat-
ment Area 1 East, just across the
massive Water Conservation Area
1, opened in May for similar out-
door activities. Future plans call
for a 10-mile levee walking trail
connecting STA 1 East and STA 1
While recreation has become
a staple on these public lands, the
key purpose of stormwater treat-
ment areas is to improve the qual-
ity of water runoff before it flows
to the Everglades. The STAs are
immense constructed wetlands
full of aquatic plants. Those plants
soak up phosphorus, a nutrient
that helps vegetation grow but
one that can harm the Everglades
Along with better farming prac-
tices, South Florida's 52,000 acres
of STAs have prevented more than
2,600 metric tons of phosphorus
from entering the Everglades,
reducing phosphorus loads by
70 percent since 1994. The STAs
have also attracted many native
animal and bird species.
The new STA 1 West recre-
ation area is open from dawn un-
til dusk, Friday through Monday.
For detailed information about
recreational. opportunities on
District properties, including the
STAs, visit www.sfwmd.gov and
follow the recreation link.
at Okeechobee High School base-
ball and softball fields. All applica-
tions must be turned in by Aug. 6.
For information call Bobby Steiert
The Bass Busters Silver and
Gold Divison Tournaments will be
held in Clewiston on July 19 and
Silver Division entry is $60 and
the Gold Division entry is $100.
Tournaments run from safe-
light to 3 p.m. each day. All Bass
Busters Tournaments currently
offer Special Low Water Exemp-
tions for all our events.
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