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Cristobal forms off
MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters
at the National Hurricane Cen-
ter say the depression off the
Southeast coast has strength-
ened into Tropical Storm Cris-
At 2 p.m. Saturday, July
19, the center of the storm
was about 100 miles east of
Charleston, S.C., and about 225
miles southeast of Cape Hat-
teras, N.C. It's moving toward
the northeast at about 7 mph
and was expected to hug the
Carolinas' coast during the next
two days. Several inches of rain
have already fallen in some
areas along the North Caro-
lina coast, and cities are under
flood advisories as more rain is
This is the first storm to
threaten the U.S. this hurricane
season, which runs through
3 to serve time for
killing goose in
LAKE WORTH (AP) - Two
men will spend a year behind
bars for killing a goose in South
Florida while a 17-year-old will
serve his time under house ar-
Mullan, 18-year-old Anthony
Karney and a.17-year-old were
sentenced Friday. They pleaded
guilty to felony cruelty to ani-
mals and will also serve three
The judge required that they
earn high school diplomas.dur-
ing their time, perform com-
munity service working with
animals and undergo psychiarf
The goose, Lily,. was killed
in December. Authorities say
the three defendants chased
the goose around aLake Worth
yard and' took turns swinging
an aluminum bat at her.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: 9.12 feet
Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level
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Community Events.................... 4
Crossword ................................. 8
Horoscope ................................ 8
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how to contact the newspaper.
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Skunk Ape: Stories describe Florida's 'Big Foot'
By Victoria Hannon
Could a Skunk Ape - the
Florida version of Big Foot -
live in Popash Slough?
The hairy bipedal rumored
to live in the swamps and
marshes of Florida has been
a topic of discussion and hu-
morous conjecture by the
Okeechobee News Speak Out
callers and www.newszap.
com online forum posters in
Some Florida, residents
claim Skunk Apes could be
"Given the evidence, I be-
lieve that is true," said Dave
Shealy, whose family has lived
in the Everglades since the
1800s. He is a self-proclaimed
SkunkApe researcher and head
of the Skunk Ape Research
Headquarters in Ochopee.
According to the Skunk Ape
Research Headquarters litera-
ture, large adult male Skunk
Apes weigh in excess of 450
lbs. and stand 6 to 7 feet tall.
The Research Center's Web
site also suggested that the
smell often associated \xith the
skunk ape, that of methane or
rotten eggs, could be explained
by the creature's habit of dwell-
ing in alligator dens.
In addition to the Skunk Ape
Research Headquarters, Mr.
Shealy also runs a petting zoo
and a gift shop full, of Skunk
Ape merchandise and as such
may have a vested interest in
keeping the creature in public
According to the Web site,
approximately seven to nine
Skunk Apes make their homes
in the Florida Everglades.
Skunk Ape sightings have
been reported in Florida as far
north as Tallahassee, but have
generally centralized around
the southern portion of the
A poster on the www.
newszap.com online forum
recently claimed to have seen-
"I've been seeing a lot of
dead cows in that pasture (on
State Road 70 West just before
the turn off to the Lazy 7 area),"
the poster said on the www.
newszap.com forum. "Every
Courtesy photo/ Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
This photo is often connected with Florida "Skunk Ape" stories. It was sent anony-
mously to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office in 2000. The sender included a letter
speculating that it was an escaped orangutan. No simians of any kind were reported
day, as I go to Lake Placid, I
look over to.see if there are any
more cows, and that's when I
The area that the poster re-
fers to;is near Popash Slough,
which, according to the re-
search center, provides all of
the necessities to support a
"At first I thought it was a big
bull trying to mate with a cow,
but when I looked closer, I only
saw one cow, and I thought it
was strange for a cow to be
standing on its back legs like
that," the poster states. "I kept
looking and then the 'cow' ran
away on two legs. That's when
I knew it wasn't a cow. It was
the craziest thing I ever saw.
That's when I almost drove off
The History Channel televi-,
sion program "Monster Quest",
claims that one of the most
widely held pieces of evidence
towards the existences of
Skunk Apes are a pair:of photos
that have come to be known as
the "Myakka photos."
"The hair appears to be a lit-
tle longer (than the Skunk Apes
that he has seen)," Mr. Shealy
said. "The photos were taken
farther north, so the weather
is a little cooler. That could ac-
count for the longer hair."
These photographs were
sent anonymously to the Sara-
sota Sheriff's Department ip
2000 along with a letter, stat-
ing that it was believed to be
of an escaped orangutan that
had visited the photographer's
home on multiple occasions to
SLater, investigations stated
that the pictures are not of a
known species of ape.
What is pictured is "close
to what I have been seeing all
these years," Mr. Shealy said.
He added that other animals
have been considered extinct
See Bigfoot - Page 2
is Aug. 26
By Chauna Aguilar
Election season is definitely
upon us. If you are 18 years old, a
U.S. citizen, a legal resident of Flor-
ida and of Okeechobee County you
may register to vote in Okeecho-
If you are 16 years old, you may
pre-register and receive your card in
the mail after your'18th birthday.
Voting is the right of citizens in
the United States. U.S. citizens are
asked to vote with more frequen-
cy than in any other country. The
structure of the U.S. government
is based on citizens voting for rep-
resentation, yet most presidential
elections are decided by less than
70 percent of the eligible voting
public. Even fewer people vote in
off-presidential year elections and
Okeechobee is gearing up for
the Aug. 26 primary election. Reg-
istration closes for the' primary
elections on July 28. In order to en-
sure that your vote counts, update
your voter registration to ensure a
,.. The following elected offices
will be on the ballot this year: Pres-
ident; Vice President; U.S. House
16th District; 19th Circuit State
Attorney; 19th Circuit Public De-
fender; Florida Senate District 17;
Florida House of Representatives
District 78 and 79.
Locally voters will elect the
Okeechobee County Sheriff; Clerk
of Courts; Property Appraiser; Tax
Collector; Supervisor of Elections;
Commissioners Districts 1, 3, and
5; School Board members Districts
2 and 4. Voters will also choose ten
Ninteenth Circuit Court Judges;
four Fourth District Court of Appeal
Judges; and two State Supreme
Voters who live in the city limits
will elect two council positions.
If you are not registered to vote
and you are a U.S. citizen and a le-
gal citizen of Okeechobee, pay the
Okeechobee Supervisors of Elec-
tions office a visit or visit their web-
site www.voteokeechobee.com for
information on how to register.
Anyone convicted of a felony
or declared mentally incompetent
with respect to voting may not
register or vote until his or her civil
rights or competency has been le-
See Vote - Page 2
H20 Camp: have fun and learn
By Victoria Hannon
Hundreds of Okeechobee
children have enjoyed H20
camp this summer. This camp
offers a week of fun activities
that children from age 8 to 18
The activities focus on water
and environmental education.
"This camp provides envi-
ronmental education, but it is
also to provide a positive alter-
native for the summer while
the children are out of school,"
Debbie Clements, 4-H exten-
sion agent, said. "It is fun, su-
The camp started strong
from the get go; on the first day
the campers canoed the Peace
River. During the week, they
also visited the Indian River
Lagoon, Wannado City and a
As a grand finale to a fun-
filled week, the participants
went to Blizzard Beach in Or-
"We have really good adults
and teen counselors," Ms. Cle-
ments said. "Excellent supervi-
sion, excellent education and
The children learned about
the plants, fish and birds that
they saw throughout the week
and about the ways that Flori-
da's environment has changed.
AtWannado Citythey learned
about different career choices
and about basic finances.
The camp was offered in
four, week-long sessions.
The camp started with the
limit of 50 children per session,
but expanded to 60 as the wait-
ing list grew.
Children do not need to be
part of 4-H to attend the camp.
This summer camp was
hosted by Okeechobee County
4-H and the University of Florida
Extension Office, with funding
from the Children's Services
"The kids come back home
tired, but a good kind of tired,"
Ms. Clements said. "They're ex-
cited about the next day."
The students that participated in the H20 summer camp visited
Peace River and took a canoe trip on their first day of camp.
During the second week the camp was offered, June 23 - 27,
children had the opportunity to play in the water at the halfway
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2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, July 20, 2008
Separations from war takes toll
By David Crary
AP National Writer
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -
Far from the combat zones, the
strains and separations of no-end-
in-sight wars are taking an ever-
growing toll on military families
despite the armed services' ear-
nest efforts to help.
Divorce lawyers see it in the
breakup of youthful marriages
as long, multiple deployments in
Iraq and Afghanistan fuel alien-
ation and mistrust. Domestic vio-
lence experts see it in the scuffles
that often precede a.soldier's de-
parture or sour a briefly joyous
Teresa Moss, a counselor at
Fort Campbell's Lincoln Elemen-
tary School, hears it in the voices
of deployed soldiers' children as
they meet in groups to share ac-
counts of nightmares, bedwetting
"They listen to each other.
They hear that they aren't the
only ones not able to sleep, hav-
ing their teachers yell at them,"
Even for Army spouses with
solid marriages, the repeated sep-
arations are an ordeal.
"Three deployments in, I still
have days when I want to hide
under the bed and cry," said Jes-
sica Leonard, who is raising two
small children and teaching a
"family team building" class to
other wives at Fort Campbell. Her
husband, Capt. Lance Leonard, is
Those classes are among
numerous initiatives to support
war-strained families. Yet military
officials acknowledge .that the
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and later found alive.
"It was believed that the Flor-
ida panther had been killed out,
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In recent years, the election
process has been made easier for
the voters. Early voting for the pr-
riary election begins on Monday,
Aug. 11 and ends Saturday, Aug.
SYou may register in person at
the Elections Office, Drivers Li-
cense office, Department of Chil-
dren and Families center and state
offices that serve persons with
disabilities. You may also regis-
ter by mail. Registration applica-
tions may be picked up at most
banks, the public library, city hall,
and other pubic locations. Also,
you may call the elections office
at 863-763-4014 to have an ap-
plication mailed to you, or you
may print an application from the
elections office web-site at www.
Updating your registration is
just as important as registering to
vote in the first place. This could
potentially avoid problems that
could make your vote invalid,
such as an inaccurate signature.
It is the responsibility of the voter
to notify the elections office of a
name, address, or party change.
If you have an address change
within. Okeechobee County, you
may call the elections office to
make the change or e-mail the
elections office at elections@vo-
teokeechobee.com. You may also
use a voter registration applica-
tion to change on address within
To make a name change, a
party affiliation change or an ad-
dress change outside of Okeecho-
bee County, you must complete a
voter registration application.
It is important that the elec-
tions office has your current sig-
nature on file. If your signature
has changed, you may update it
at any time by submitting a voter
registration application to the
After completing the voter
registration application, it can be
mailed or delivered to the Super-
visor of Elections office. A voter
information card will be mailed
to the applicant approximately
2-3 weeks after the application is
Registration closes for the gen-
eral election on Oct. 6. Early vot-
ing begins Oct. 20; with the gen-
eral election on Nov. 4.
For more information contact
the Supervisor of Elections Gwen
Chandler at 863-763-4014 or at
the office located at 307 NW 2nd
Street Okeechobee, Fla. 34972.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Agullar can be
reached at email@example.com.
vast needs outweigh available
resources, and critics complain
of persistent shortcomings - a
dearth of updated data on. do-
mestic violence, short shrift for
families of National Guard and
Reserve members, inadequate
support for spouses and children
of wounded and traumatized sol-
If the burden sounds heavier
than what families bore in the
longest wars of the 20th century
- World War II and Vietnam
- that's because it is, at least in
some ways. What makes today's
wars distinctive is the deployment
pattern - two, three, sometimes
four overseas stints of 12 or 15
months. In the past, that kind of
schedule was virtually unheard
"Its hard to go away, it's hard
to come back, and go away and
come back again," said Dr. David
Benedek, a leading Army psy-
chiatrist. "That is happening on a
larger scale than in our previous
military endeavors. They're just
getting their feet wet with some
sort of sense of normalcy, and
then they have to go again."
Almost in one breath, military
officials praise the resiliency that
enables most families to endure
and acknowledge candidly that
the wars expose them to uhprec-
edented stresses and the risk of
"There's nothing that has pre-
pared many of our families for
the length of these deployments,"
said Rene'Robichaux, social work
programs manager for the U.S.
Army Medical Command. "It's
hard to communicate to a fam-
but when the state took interest,
they brought dogs in and found
30 of them," Mr. Shealy said. "It's
not that difficult to believe that we
also have a small population of
Skunk Apes in the Everglades."
He said the reason that he has
not captured one and brought it
ily member how stressful the en-
vironment is, not just the risk of
injury or death, but the austere
circumstances, the climate, the
An array of studies by the
Army and outside researchers say
that marital strains, risk of child
maltreatment and other prob-
lems harmful to families worsen
as soldiers serve multiple combat
For example, a Pentagon-fund-
ed study last year concluded that
children in some Army families
were markedly more vulnerable
to abuse and neglect by their
mothers when their fathers were
deployed in Iraq and Afghani-
I In Iraq, the latest survey by
Army mental health experts
showed that more than 15 per-
cent of married soldiers deployed
there were planning a divorce,
with the rates for soldiers at the
late stages of deployment triple
those of recent arrivals.
For the Army, especially, the
challenges are staggering as it fur-
nishes the bulk of combat forces.
As of last year, more than 55 per-
cent of its.soldiers were married,
a far higher rate than during the
Vietnam war. The nearly 513,000
soldiers on active duty collectively
had more than 493,000 children.
Jessica Leonard at Fort Camp-
bell says family support programs
there have improved since her
husband's first combat tour, help-
ing her feel more self-reliant. Yet
she's convinced that domestic
violence and divorce are rising at
the base, which is home to the
101st Airborne Division.
to the public eye is out of concern
for the survival of the species.
"They've survived this long.
Intervening in any way could be
a catastrophe," Mr. Shealy said.
"There aren't that many left. We
can't afford to lose even one."
The majority of the evidence
"Infidelity is huge on both
sides - a wife is lonely, she looks
for attention and finds it easier to
cheat," she said. "It does make
even the most sound marriages
Among soldiers coming home,
whether for two-week breaks that
often end with wrenching good-
byes or for longer stays, she sees
evidence of lower morale and ris-
"They come home, and find
that problems are still there," she
said. "Instead of a refreshing R-
and-R, a nice little second honey-
moon, it's battle for two weeks."
There have been some horrific
incidents shattering families of
soldiers back from the wars - a
former Army paratrooper from
Michigan charged with raping
and beating his infant daughter; a
sergeant from Hawaii's Army Na-
tional Guard accused of killing his
14-year-old son as the boy tried to
save his pregnant mother from a
knife attack by the soldier.
In one. of the saddest cases,
a recently divorced airman who
served with distinction in Iraq
chased his ex-wife out of military
housing with a pistol in February
before killing his two young chil-
dren and himself at Oklahoma's
Tinker Air Force Base. Tech. Sgt.
Dustin Thorson's former wife had
sought a protection order against
him, saying he threatened to kill
the children if she filed for di-
Officials at Tinker, while con-
firming, that Thorson had been
getting mental health care, would
not say whether those problems
related to his service in Iraq:
that has surfaced is unverified
and the photos are generally of
a quality that leaves much to be
"I.just feel that they (the Skunk
Apes) are an animal that are here
and that more research needs to
be done," Mr. Shealy said.
Benefit for Emilio Suarez
SA benefit has been planned for Saturday, July, 26, to help raise
money for medical expenses. Emilio is currently in ICU at Lawn-
wood Regional Medical Center. The benefit is being held at Good
Spirits Lounge, starting at 12:00 pm. A Chinese Auction will take
place along with 50/50 drawings, door prizes, pool tournament,
and live entertainment by Howard Hates Us II. For more informa-
tion or if you would like to make a donation please call Jessica
Dorrance at 863-532-1567.
Glades Gun Club to host shooting event
The Glades County Gun club will hold an open range shooting
event on Saturday, July 26. The range is located at the Glades Coun-
ty Sheriff's Gun Range at Gun Club Road on S.R. 78, 4.2 mi N.E. of
US 27. Glades County residents are welcome at no charge. Insur-
ance requires all guests to register, attend a short range safety brief-
ing and sign a waiver. Eye & Ear protection is mandatory and will
be available by the club. The gate will open at 8 a.m., registration
from 8:15-8:45 a.m., briefing at 8:45. Shooting to begin after brief-
ing until about 11 a.m. Guests will accompanied and supervised by
a club member at the firing line for safety. Black Powder guns are
welcome. For further information call 863-946-2566.
Red Cross offers summer classes
The Okeechobee Branch of the American Red Cross will be of-
fering an Adult CPR/AED class on Tuesday, July 29 - at 6 p.m. at
323 N. Parrott Ave. To register, or for more information call 863-
Christian Mental health support group
Do you suffer with depression, anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health Support group meets on the second
and fourth Thursday of the. month at 6 p.m. on Martin County
Grade. Call 772-597-0463 for more information. Family members
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, July 20, 2008
Organizations can adopt a precinct ([ g I
By Chauna Aguilar
Have you ever wondered how
your civic organization or group
can raise some funds and help
the community governmental
process at the same time?
Okeechobee Supervisor of
Elections Gwen Chandler has
introduced the Adopt-A-Precinct
program which allows groups to
be trained as poll workers and
raise funds for their organization.
Adopt-A-Precinct is a program
in which a participating organiza-
tion "adopts" a voting precinct for
an election cycle by providing the
personnel to staff that precinct.
This program raises funds for
the organization by paying the or-
ganization rather than the individ-
ual worker. This election season
Mrs. Chandler is also introducing
online training for poll workers
where she will be working with
Indian River State College to uti-
lize the computer lab.
During the Presidential Pref-
erence Primary the Okeechobee
Board of Realtors raised $1,276
that they are putting in their
fund for local scholarships. For
the coming primary election the
Board of Realtors and the Mason-
ic Lodge will participate in this
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These groups and any other
group that chooses to Adopt-A-
Precinct is given the following
opportunities: fundraising ac-
tivity; community service; club
leadership and camaraderie; and
involvement in the elections pro-
Each member of the Adopt-
A-Precinct team, consisting of 10
to seven volunteers and any poll
worker will have to go through
mandatory training provided by
the election office. The training is
free of charge and is conducted
by Mrs. Chandler. In order to be
involved in the Adopt-A-Precinct
process for the primary election
please contact the Supervisor
of Elections office no later than
Wednesday, Aug. 6.
Each poll worker, according
to state statutes must be willing
to work a 14-hour day. Each poll
worker shift must be worked by
one individual and is not allowed
to be split by multiple individuals.
While this makes the gathering of
volunteers difficult, this board has
found eight individuals to step up
"The bonus with this program
is having diversity in poll workers.
It is another way for a civic group
to really help the community,"
stated Mrs. Chandler.
The Primary Election will be on
Tuesday, Aug. 26. Early voting for
the Primary Election will begin on
Aug. 11, and commence on Aug.
23. Early voting takes place at the
Okeechobee County Supervisor
of Elections offices located at 304
N.W. Second St, Room 101 in the
Old County Courthouse.
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FLOODED: The northwest section of Okeechobee is rapidly be-
coming flooded. I have been very curious as to why this is happening
during a drought. This week the paper ran an article about a weir be-
ing built by SFWMD to the south of the S-65e structure. Maybe this has
something to do with it, maybe not. People are wading to their cars
every day to go to work and are in danger of losing their homes should
a tropical storm or hurricane it within the next couple of weeks.
SKUNK APES: Do you think the Skunk Apes are offended by the
'Messing with Sasquatch' commercials the way the cavemen are of-
fended by the "So easy a caveman could do it" commercials?
ENERGY: We need to be working on every alternative source of
energy we can. One of the reasons, besides the fact I think Big Oil
is using us in this situation, I don't want more drilling is I believe it
will slow to some extent further research into other sources of energy
which we will one day need, because sooner or later we will run out
of oil, and sooner or later the planet will not be able to take the effects
of us burning oil.
S.W. 67TH: The area where the Skunk Ape sighting was reported
is just before S.W 67th Street. In the past couple months, three houses
on S.W 67th street have been raided and found to be marijuana grow
houses. Is there some connection here? Maybe the 'Skunk Ape' was a
cleverly disguised undercover officer who has been keeping a watch
on what is going on late at night on S.W 67th Street. Now ... who at
the Sheriff's office is tall enough to wear a Skunk Ape costume?
BAND: On July 12 a group of our OHS Band Members went to Or-
lando and had the golden opportunity to watch the Drum Corp Inter-
national competitions. What an awesome display of talent they saw.
They came back pumped and ready for'Band Camp which begins
July 21 with the percussion section and the rest of our own awesome
band joins them in Band Camp on the 28th to prepare the program
for the 2008 football season. I wish the OHS Band and OHS Football!
teams a great winning season! We're all looking forward to this year's
program on the field by both the band and the teams.
MUDFEST: I love the fact that people have a place to go and play
in the mud. The problem is that it is right where I live and there is no
traffic control and I am unable to come and go to my own home. The
traffic is my only complaint.
MUDFEST: If the county sheriff would step in and not allow alco-
hol and have a drug dog at the gate to walk around the vehicles that
would stop a lot. I was under the impression that Mudfest was for
families to be able to do something together in the woods legally. I
think it's a good idea but the land owner is now taking advantage of it,
but $100 per head for the weekend is a little steep.
FESTIVAL: I see they are having the Mudfest festival in August. I
hope they have a better plan for controlling the parking and the traf-
fic. It was terrible what happened last time with people parking ille-
gally on the neighbors' private property and making a big mess for the
property owners to deal with. Since they are charging more, I hope
that means they will be able to hire more security people to patrol the
areas and control the crowds.
FESTIVAL: With the high price of gasoline, I wonder if it will affect
the Mudfest. Will people really want to burn up $4 a gallon gas playing
in the mud?
FLOODING: Here we are still in a water shortage situation, with
the lake just over 10 feet, and we have water backing up in the drain-
age ditches and people's yards. This county's drainage system does
not work. It is a huge mess. We need a way to move the water from
the flooded areas to the areas that need water.
GROW HOUSES: I cannot believe they have raided three grow
houses on one street. Even stranger is that there are quite a few law
enforcement officers who live in that area and drive right by there ev-
ery day. I wonder if they knew the cops live there and were hiding the
grow houses in plain sight?
GRASS: The grass in the yard in front of the first grow house they
raided is really high. It detracts from the neighborhood. I know the
owners were arrested and I guess the house will revert to the mort-
gage holder, but someone needs to do something about the upkeep.
They should at least put a couple cows or horses in there to eat all
SKUNKAPE: I thinkwe shouldwelcome the SkunkApe to Okeecho-
bee and tell him to bring his family. Sounds like he's a shy critter who
just wants to live in the woods and be left alone. He sounds like a lot
of us in Okeechobee. We just want to be left alone to live our lives and
we won't bother anyone as long as they stay off our property.
HORSES: With the high price of gasoline, seems like folks might
start riding their horses into town again. Problem is, there is no place
to leave them while you shop.
ELECTION: Have you noticed how many of the local races are
unopposed. The voters don't even get a choice because no one is run-
ning against the incumbents. With the cutback in tax money, I guess
the county offices are not so attractive. Everyone knows it is going to
be one headache after another and no matter what you do people are
going to be angry with you. There is no way the county can provide
the same level of services with the cutback in funding. People are go-
ing to be unhappy and they will take it out on the elected officials.
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Butch's Redneck Yacht
Club says thank you
The members of Butch's Red-
neck Yacht Club would like to
thank you, the community for
your generous donations for our
auction. The foster children we
adopt for Christmas will surely
benefit from your generosity.
We would personally like
to thank: Mom's Kitchen, New
York Style, Izzy's Tire, Barracu-
das, Pizza Heaven, Razz Ma Tazz,
Dominos, Okeechobee Com-
mercial Tire, Okeechobee Music
Inc., Pat's Lakeside Cafe, Katies
Pet Parlor, The Canvas Shop,
Happy, Hour, Good Spirits, Sign
Guy, Teresa's Shear Designs, 1.4-K
Gold Store, Kahootz's, Blimpie,
Gizmos, Treasure Island Liquors,
Mikes Okeechobee Gun Shop,
Advanced Auto, Mara, Joe B.,
Becky, Ron, Steve Daniel's Fishing
Service, Flamingo Motel, Victory
Lane Barber Shop, Garrard's Bait
and Tackle, Window Treatments
and Blinds, WOKC, The Shoe
Box, Okeechobee Golf and Coun-
try Club, Hungry Howies, Bealls
Outlet, Sears, Morgans Furniture,
Maximum Tanning, Auto Works,
Style, Studio, Irene, Dawn, Pot,
Joan, American Red Cross, Larry,
Debbie S., Tommie Perry, Debbie
Lewis, those who donated cash,
food, and time cooking, serving,
picking up items for our auction.
If we failed to mention any
person or business, our thanks
goes out to you also.
Butch's Redneck Yacht
Sunday, July 20
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 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 bean 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.V.P. to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. The
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her ancestry.
The annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For
information, call Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at http://
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
O.C.RA. meets at Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane at
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee. This
chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, Okeecho-
bee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves, Chapter
leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interested per-
sons to come by and see what they are about. For information call
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Membership drive at Moose Lodge
Come be a star at the Okeechobee Moose Lodge, 159 N.W. 36th St.,
Karaoke contest. Only non professional singers may participate. It will
go on for six Sundays starting July 20 and ending on Aug. 24. It will
be from 3 until 7 p.m. each Sunday. The contest is open to all mem-
bers and guests, potential new members are welcome. There will be
a 50/50 drawing every week. Door prizes will be given away and food
will be served. For information call Robert Williams at 863-357-5906.
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.
Summer Book Club meets
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 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.
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 tle 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-
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Woman in Agriculture
annual awards planned
TALLAHASSEE - Florida Ag-
riculture Commissioner Charles
H. Bronson has announced that
nominations are being accepted
for the 2008 "Woman of the
Year in Agriculture" award. The
award, now in its 24th year, rec-
ognizes women who have made
outstanding contributions to
"This award spotlights the
vital role of women in Florida
agriculture and serves to encour-
age other women to get involved
in the business," Mr. Bronson
said. "Many women have made
significant contributions over
the years in developing and sus-
taining this important industry,
which has an overall economic
impact estimated at more than
$100 billion annually."
Those nominated for the
award will be judged by a panel
familiar with Florida agriculture.
The award will be presented- in
February at the opening-day lun-
cheon of the 2009 Florida State
Fair in Tampa.
The Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices, which sponsors the event,
has sent nomination forms to ag-
ricultural organizations around
the state. The deadline for sub-
mitting nominations to the De-
partment is November 1, 2008.
Nominations remain active for
two years; after that time they
must be resubmitted in order to
For more information about
the "Woman of the Year in Agri-
culture" award including screen-
ing criteria and biographies of
previous winners, or to obtain
nomination forms, call' Richard
Gunnels at (850) 488-3022 or vis-
Previous winners of the
"Woman of the Year in Agricul-
ture" award are:
2007 - Colleen Boggs, of
2006 - Iris Wall, of Indian-
2005 - Marlene Strickland, of
2004 - Martina "Teena" Borek,
2003 - Jennie Lee Zipperer, of
2002 - Annette Barnett Land,
2001 - Barbara Carlton, of
2000 - Helen Houck, of Perry
1999 - Vina Jean Banks, of
1998 - Nancy Gurnett Hardy,
of Winter Haven
1997 - Gertrude "Trudy" Car-
ey, of Hillsborough County
1996 - Norma Stokes, of High-
1995 - Louve "Vee" Frierson
Platt, of Clewiston, and Patricia
Robbins, of Miami 1994 - Anne
Wardlaw Dickinson, of Frost-
1993 - Sarah W. Bailey, of St.
1992 - Carol C. Murphy, of
1991 - Ruth M. Tucker, of Bre-
1990 - Jeanette Barthle, of
1989 - Belle Jeffords, of Ala-
1988 - Carolyn Reed Kempfer,
of Osceola-Brevard counties
1987 - Dorothy Conner Shipes,
of Lake County
1986 - Ruth Wedgworth, of
1985 - Jo Ann Smith, of Mari-
to battle 'bad'
SFWMD approves the pest plants. Biolog
trols against Florida's
plan to continue de- are typically moths or r
feed on or kill the exoti
veloping bio-defenses The effort will benefit E
against invasive restoration as well as a
weeds "Funding biological
research represents the
WEST PALM BEACH - The commitment to using
Governing Board of the South mentally friendly altern
Florida Water Management Dis- invasive weed eradicati
trict (SFWMD) approved a three- SFWMD Executive Dire
year agreement to continue de- Ann Wehle. "The Ding
veloping biological controls - in th USDA is vital to suco
the form of tiny insects - to help The Governing Be
safeguard natural South Florida proved nearly $1.3 milli
habitats from the insidious Brazil- invasives control program
ian Pepper and Old World Climb- supports ongoing reseE
ing Fern. monitors the program's
The District is partnering with Close to $200,000 is alre
the U.S. Department of Agricul- geted, with the remaindE
ture's Agricultural Research Ser- to the Board's budget
vice to identify and establish a als for fiscal years 2009
sustained population of natural 2011.
enemies, known as biological Brazilian Pepper, Sch
controls, to reduce the spread of binthifolius, is a South
ical con- shrub introduced
invasives an ornamental plain
nites that Today, it is consider
ic weeds. most noxious, widE
verglades in Florida. The pep
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land to hardwood h
control mangrove forests.
District's Lygodium micr
environ- climbing fern, is eq
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on," said Both invaders destr
:tor Carol da's vital wildlife he
going part- The District has
strict and control program
ess." since 1997. To date
)ard ap- have been identifiE
on for the controls. Two mot
mn, which have shown the m
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impacts. natural enemies o
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the.two invasive p
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American vice at: www.ars.u:
into Florida as
nt in the 1840s.
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pers readily in-
m fallow farm-
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roy South Flori-
funded a bio-
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ed as potential
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plants, visit the
Livestock Market Report
July 14 and 15, 200
Med #2 Steers Hfrs
150-200 108-113 97-115
200-250 110-120 85-103
250-300 90-120 80-95
300-350 93-100 78-95
350-400 87-102 72-89
400-450 80-99 79-85
Small #1 Steers Hfrs
350-400 -91 101-
We had a good run this week. A
lot of good cattle came to town.
Cows and bulls were cheaper,
$3-4, plenty of cows, maybe too
many to go around! Good cows
are still bringing around 60.00
which is still good. Heavier calves
(600# or over) are still in biggest
demand. Lighter, plainer calves
are weaker. Adams Ranch of
Ft. Pierce had the top calf with
$1.85, Flying L Ranch of Lake
Wales topped the cow market
with a high of $67.00.
See ya next week,
P.S. If you don't have your prem-
ise ID, you need to get one by
Farm To Fuel summit approaches
TALLAHASSEE-As oil and
gas prices continue to hit record
highs, Florida Agriculture 'and
* Consumer Services Commission-
er Charles H. Bronson is forging
ahead with his efforts to promote
the production of renewable en-
ergy in Florida, including ethanol
made from agriculture waste and
other woody products.
Bronson is kicking off the 2008
"Farm to Fuel" Summit on
Wednesday, July 30, to bring to-
gether hundreds of industry lead-
ers in agriculture, petroleum,
academia, financial institutions
and the government who want to
make Florida a leader in the pro-
Sduction of renewable energy.
Highlights of the Summit in-
clude a keynote speech from U.S.
Secretary of Agriculture Ed Scha-
fer, a special appearance by NFL
Hall of Fame inductee JackYoung-
blood, a workshop on bioenergy
feedstocks in Florida, presenta-
tions from each of the 2008 Farm
to Fuel Grant Program recipients,
"With each increase in the na-
tion's oil and gas prices, the need
for alternative sources of fuel and
energy become more critical,"
Commissioner Bronson said.
"Florida has the greatest poten-
tial for biomass production in the
country, and the technology ex-
ists to convert natural resources
to produce clean, alternative fuel.
This conference will bring to-
gether all the stakeholders so we
can continue working toward the
goal of reducing our dependence
on foreign oil while at the same
time providing another source of
income for our struggling farm-
Participants will hear about
where Florida currently stands
with biofuels infrastructure, the
latest renewable energy technolo-
gies and the growing market for
"I think by bringing together
the best minds from the various
industries that can make that hap-
pen, Florida can be a model for
other states to follow," Bronson
This year's Summit is also "go-
ing green" by being held at the
Rosen Shingle Creek which in
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Bronson urges consumers
to combat identity theft
TALLAHASSEE - Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is urging consumers to take
advantage of their free annual
credit reports to deter identity
It has been three years since
the amendment to the Fair Credit
Reporting Act provided Florida
consumers with access to their
credit report from each of the
three major credit reporting com-
panies for free once a year. A
credit report contains information
about a consumer's credit histo-
ry, including a listing of all credit
cards and loans.
A recent report from the FBI
and National White Collar Crime
Center indicates Florida is home
to 10 percent of Internet fraud
perpetrators in the United States,
second only to California. In ad-
dition, illegal activity, Medicare
fraud, occupational fraud and
money laundering account for
about 94 billion dollars of Florida's
714 billion dollar Gross Domestic
Product according to Enterprise
Bronson is concerned that the
weak economy and rising un-
employment rate may result in
an increase in identity theft and
unauthorized use of consumers'
"Reviewing credit history is
one of the most important steps
people can take to protect them
ANSWER TO TODAY'S PUZZLE
from identity theft or to quickly
discover and halt any unauthor-
ized activity on their credit," Bron-
son said. "Their credit reports may
be the first hint there is a problem
when they find credit cards or
loans they never applied for."
Bronson suggests that con-
sumers request one report every
four months from each of the
three national credit bureaus so
they can check for errors through-
out the year and catch any identity
theft early. Call Experian (800-682-
7654), Equifax (800-685-1111)
and Trans Union (800-916-8800)
to request the reports and inform
them of any mistakes you find.
Consumers can also visit www.
Here are some ways that iden-
tity thieves work:
They open a'new credit card
account, using someone else's
name, date of birth, and social
security number. When they use
the credit card and don't pay the
bills, the delinquent account is re-
ported on a victim's credit report.
SThey may also call a credit card
issuer and, pretending to be the
legitimate cardholder, change the
mailing address on a credit card
account. Then con artist runs up
charges on the account. Because
statements are being sent to the
new address, consumers may
not immediately,realize they have
They open a bank. account in
someone else's name and write
bad checks on that account.
Phishing. They pretend to be
legitimate financial institutions
or companies and send spam or
pop-up messages to get you to re-
veal your personal information.
They may use someone's per-
sonal information to buy items on
Consumers can't prevent iden-
tity theft, but they can reduce their
chances of being a victim.
Close all stagnant credit card
accounts and destroy the cards;
carry as few cards as possible.
Mail bills from a post office or
mail drop; identity thieves may
steal mail that contains personal
information from a home mail-
Shred financial documents
and paperwork with personal
information before you discard
Do not respond to solicitations
sent by email that direct you to a
site. Many con artists will create
web sites that look exactly like a
legitimate site. It is safer to enter
the web site address of a familiar
retailer so you are logged onto the
real web site.
Do not provide credit card,
bank account or social security
information over the phone or by
email unless you have initiated
the transaction and are sure you
know who you are dealing with.
Legitimate banks and credit card
companies do not call or email
customers for this information.
For practical tips to helpyou be
on guard against Internet fraud,
secure your computer, and pro-
tect your personal information,
Follow up with creditors if bills
do not arrive on time. A missing
credit card bill could mean an
identity thief has taken over your
credit card account and changed
your billing address to cover his
or her tracks.
Place passwords on credit
card, bank and phone accounts.
Avoid using easily available in-
formation such as your mother's
maiden name, your birth date, or
the last four digits of your social
Give your social security num-
ber only when absolutely neces--
sary. Ask to use other types of
identifiers when possible. Do not
put your SSN on your checks or
carry it in your purse or wallet.
Try to ensure credit card trans-
actions are conducted in your.
presence to prevent someone
from double swiping the card.
Consumers who want to re-
port suspicious activities can
call the Department's Consumer
Hotline at 1-800-HELP FLA. They
can learn more about how to pro-
tect themselves and what to do if
they are the victims of an identity
thief by logging onto the Federal
Trade Commission website at
http://www.ftc;gov/. Identity theft
can damage a consumer's credit,
and a poor credit history can re-
sult in rejection of credit or higher
interest rates on a loan. Bronson
says that is why it is so important
for consumers to educate them-
selves about this crime and know
what to do.if it happens to them.
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, July 20, 2008 1
Program could control parakeets Grand Openigm
Sunday, July 20 -Noon to 4pm
By Mickie Anderson Mr. Avery, who holds a cour- infrastructure was the first thing to have parakeet nests. They I C R E AM
University of Florida tesy faculty position with UF's sticking back up on the horizon," initially used a mix of wild bird , ..
GAINESVILLE, Fla. When Institute of Food and Agricultural said Mr. Lindsay, based in Juno seed, hulled sunflower seeds and. _,-
monk parakeets began to infiltrate Sciences, said he hopes the con- Beach.. fresh fruit. Once the parakeets -' '"
the United States in the 1960si traceptive approach will be more With the company footing the were using the feeders, research-
ome farited they would ra1vag palatable to the public than eu- bill, researchers tried every trick ers began to fill the feeders with . ,- - Loeied
farm crops as they often had in thanizing the birds, a technique they knew to shoo the birds. just sunflower seeds. After that ' . o" La nsae
their native South America. that had been used after other ap- They scared them with loud proved successful, they mixed the 354 .s Hw. , so. HCDl E ~ DON.'7
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problem: They built huge, heavy
nests atop power substations and
utility equipment, causing power
outages, fires and countless head-
aches for utility companies from
Florida to Washington.
But a researcher with the U.S.
Department of Agriculture has a
solution - he's going to trim the
parakeet population by feeding
"The birds will still be there, but
by reducing their numbers over
time, that should go a long way
toward solving the problem," said
Michael Avery, a wildlife biologist
at the USDA's National Wildlife
Research Center. He outlines the
research findings in next month's
Journal of Wildlife Management.
green birds. They brighten peo-
ple's day, so people make sure
they're fed," he said.
The monk parakeet is slightly
bigger than a cardinal or robin.
It's bright green with gray mark-
ings and a loud squawk. They are
unusual in the parakeet family as
the only species that builds stick
nests, rather than settling into a
hole in a tree.
The birds' nesting habits be-
gan to cause problems for pow-
er companies in the 1980s, but
those problems exploded during
the 1990s, most notably after Hur-
ricane Andrew in 1992, Florida
Power & Light principal biologist
Jim Lindsay said.
"After Hurricane Andrew, our
- which often work with other
birds - made a dent, Mr. Avery
learned to catch the birds so that
they could be removed from their
nests and euthanized, but that
was no easy task.
"They're pretty wary," Mr. Av-
ery said. "If you just come in and
pull the nest down, the birds just
watch and as soon as the trucks
roll away, they start rebuilding."
In March 2006, Mr. Avery and
his team went to South Florida,
where monk parakeet nest-build-
ing was causing the worst prob-
lems for Florida Power & Light.
They began installing feeders
near utility substations known
W I 1p1ILt:!, , CIYakVUI.
DiazaCon interferes with the
birds' blood cholesterol levels,
needed to produce hormones
that govern reproduction.
At 10 sites during the two-year
study, researchers found that
DiazaCon reduced the number
of nestlings 68 percent - from
more than four per nest to less
The researchers hope to get the
chemical registered withlthe Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency as
a contraceptive bait for parakeet
management, Mr. Avery said.
Their next step is to be sure
they have a good way to keep
nontargett" birds from eating bait
treated with DiazaCon. Research-
ers began a study in South Florida
two weeks ago to see if specially
designed feeders will keep other
types of birds from getting the
contraceptive bait intended for
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Dying woman's hostility
is tearing her sister apart
DEAR ABBY: Please help me
-- I am in pieces. My sister is dying
of cancer. She has shut me out
of her life and has become very
hostile toward me. This is break-
ing my heart, and I don't know
how to deal with it. I have done
nothing to offend her, and I don't
understand why she is acting this
I understand that my sister is in
pain and afraid, but I need her in
my life because I love her. What
can I do? -- CARING SISTER -IN
DEAR CARING SISTER: I'm
sorry about the sad prognosis
your sister received. Many years
ago, a doctor named Elisabeth
Kubler-Ross identified five distinct
emotional stages that a dying per-
son may go through after being
diagnosed with a terminal illness.
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stages: Sometimes they get,
"stuck" -- and it appears your sis-
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stage. Spiritual and/or psychologi-
cal counseling might help her. But
if she's unwilling to accept it, all
you can do is let her know how
much you love her, need her and
will always miss her.
P.S. A grief support group
might be very helpful for you, so
check with the American Can-
cer Society. It can be reached by
calling (800) 227-2345 or visiting
DEAR ABBY: My husband and
I were invited to a dinner party.
Then our hostess told us that
guests must bring their own plates
and silverware or we would not
be permitted to join the dinner. I
thought it was extremely tacky;
my husband saw no problem
with it. What are your thoughts?
-- DINNER GUEST IN DENVER
DEAR DINNER GUEST: Let's
put it this way -- your hostess's
request was highly unusual. Per-
haps the woman didn't have
enough china and silverware to
accommodate all the people she
wanted to come. Of course, she
could have provided paper plates
and plastic flatware -- and that's
what you should have brought
so you wouldn't have. had to
carry home and wash your dirty
P.S. If you chose to attend the
woman's dinner party knowing
the circumstances, it's not very
nice to now be biting the hand
that fed you.
DEAR ABBY: Now that it's
summer I need your help with
one of your to-the-point witty
comebacks. My husband and I
are both fair-skinned. Skin cancer
runs in both sides of our families.
We always wear sunscreen and
lather up our 8-month-old child
Yesterday, a few friends at the
pool made jokes about needing
sunglasses in our presence be-
cause of the sun reflecting off our
pale bodies. I became upset and
left the pool. Is there something
I can say to make a point and
let these people know how rude
they are when commenting on
our lack of a suntan? -- TANLESS
IN SUGAR HILL, GA.
DEAR TANLESS: For many
years the American Academy
of Dermatology has urged ev-
eryone -- regardless of skin tone
-- to avoid long-term exposure
to the sun, and to always wear
sunscreen, even on cloudy days. I
see no reason to try and be witty.
"Skin cancer runs in both sides
of our family, and frankly, you
should be careful, too," is a sim-
ple way to convey your message.
(Let a smile be your umbrella if
they give you any flak.)
DearAbby is written by Abigail
Van Buren, also known as Jeanne
Phillips, and was founded by her
mother, Pauline Phillips.
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By The Associated Press
Today is Sunday, July 20, the
202nd day of 2008. There are 164
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11
astronauts Neil Armstrong and
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the
first men to walk on the moofn
as they stepped out of their lunar
On this date:
In 1861, the Congress of the
Confederate States began hold-
ing sessions in Richmond, Va.
In 1917, the draft lottery in
World War I went into opera-
In 1944, an attempt by a group
of German officials to assassi-
nate Adolf Hitler with a bomb
failed as the explosion at Hitler's.
Rastenburg. headquarters only
wounded the Nazi leader.
In 1944, President Roosevelt
Was nominated for an unprec-,
edented fourth term of office at
the Democratic convention in
In 1976, America's Viking 1
robot spacecraft made a success-
ful, first-ever landing on Mars.
In 1977, a flash flood hit John-
stown, Pa., killing more than 80
people and causing $350 million
In 1988, Massachusetts Gov.
Michael Dukakis received the
Democratic presidential nomina-
tion at the party's convention in
In 1988, Iranian leader Ayatol-
lah Khomeini accepted a truce
with Iraq, even though he said
the decision was like drinking
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release dates: July 19-25
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Landmarks of China
Visitors to the Summer Olympics in
Beijing, China, will be able to see many
wonderful sites in or near Beijing. The
Mini Page looks at some of the amazing
landmarks* of China.
*A landmark can be something especially
noticeable or historically important in an area.
The Great Wall
The Great Wall in northeast China is
the world's longest structure built for
protection. It stretches about 3,750 miles.
Experts believe it may once have
stretched about 6,000 miles. It was begun
about 2,500 years ago and was finished
about 1,000 years later.
It is made of different walls that were
joined together. There are several gaps
today where it has crumbled.
The Chinese built watchtowers along the wall.
Soldiers lighted signal fires or set off cannons
from the wall to warn of invading troops.
The Forbidden City
About 24 emperors, or rulers, lived in
the same palace in Beijing during their
reigns. The first part of the palace was
built about 600 years ago. Because
common people were forbidden to enter
it, the palace was known as the
Forbidden City. Only people of the
nobility, or highest class, could be in the
palace, even as servants. Today it is a
museum open to the public.
The Forbidden City is surrounded by a
high wall and a moat, or human-made
lake designed to keep out invaders.
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The Great Wall of China's
height is between 25 and 35
feet. It is about 12 feet wide.
Soldiers could ride their
horses on top of it as they
patrolled the area.
The Summer Palace
The Summer Palace was built right
outside Beijing, although now it is within
the city limits. More than 200 years ago,
in 1750, the emperor started building
private gardens as a birthday present for
his mother. They were finished in 1764.
British and French troops invading the
country burned it down in 1860. In 1888,
a different emperor's mother had the
garden rebuilt. She named it "Garden of
Harmony." The empress and her family
vacationed there in the summer.
Different parts of the garden were
designed to look like different spots of
beauty in China.
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Three little islands were built in the lake
surrounding the Summer Palace. These
islands symbolize, or stand for, three mythical
islands where people believed fairies lived.
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Supersport: Chipper Jones
Height: 6-4 Birthdate: 4-24-72'
Weight: 210 Residence: Carrizo Springs, Texas
At 16, an age when some baseball players are fading,
; Chipper Jones is flourishing. The Atlanta Braves' switch-
Shitting third baseman is still pounding the ball from the left
arid right sides of the plate.
In the first 66 games this year, he was batting .400, with
15 homes runs. The last major league player to hit .400 for a season was
Hall of Famer Ted Williams, who batted .406 in 1941.
The son of a high school coach, Chipper debuted with the Braves in 1993.
Since then he has slammed more than 400 home runs, posted a lifetime
batting average around .310, and helped Atlanta win 12 division titles and
one World Series.
Jones is a fanfavorite who also participates in the "Reach Out, Be Our Guest"
program that provides game tickets for disadvantaged youth. Away from
baseball, Chipper enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
SA Mini Guide to Olympic Sports
A Mini Guide to Olympic Sports
begin soon in
They will run from Aug. 8 to 24. The
Mini Page previews some of the events
scheduled for the Games.
Gymnastics events are among the
most popular competitions during the
Olympic Summer Games.
When most people think about
gymnastics, they think of athletes
swinging on the rings or leaping on a
balance beam. These types of"artistic
gymnastics" have been a part of the
modem Olympics since the beginning in
But there are two other gymnastic
sports that are newer and less well-
known: rhythmic gymnastics and
The Mini Page thanks the International
Olympic Committee for help with this section.
Look for more information about the
Summer Olympic Games in an upcoming Mini
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blends acrobatics and
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take part in this
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are two events - an
individual competition and a.group
Athletes must use an apparatus
(a-puh-RAT-us), or a piece of equipment,
in their timed floor routines. At the
Beijing Games, they will use a hoop, a
ribbon, a rope and a pair of clubs, which
are kind of like batons.
Gymnasts are judged on many things,
including the difficulty of a routine and
whether they drop an apparatus. In a
team performance, cooperation and
coordination are important, and they
must wear identical clothes.
In the trampoline
event, athletes soar
through the air after
bouncing off a large,
flexible piece of
material that looks
like a net. They twist, t
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on their feet, seat, circus safety net.
front or back, but they must always
begin and end their
routine on their feet.
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2000 Sydney Games. This year 16 men
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More Amazing Sites in China
The clay army
The first emperor of China, Qin
Shihuang, built a magnificent tomb for
himself near the city of Xi'an, near the
center of China. He had sculptors make
7,000 life-sized clay soldiers to guard
him in the afterlife.
His tomb was built so it was almost
exactly like his regular palace. Experts
believe there were as many grand
rooms in the tomb palace as there were
in the living emperor's palace. The tomb
palace is now in ruins, but about 1,000
of the clay soldiers have been repaired.
Unfortunately, this emperor also
ordered thousands of people and hundreds
of horses and other animals to be buried
alive in his tomb. He wanted to be sure
he would have his wives, servants and
animals in the afterlife. The workers on
the tomb were also buried alive.
The clay, or terra cotta, army was discovered
by farmers in 1974. Weapons with the clay
army were covered with a type of the metal
chrome. Modern people did not learn how to
cover objects in chrome until 1937.
The Mini Page thanks Dr. Scott Kennedy,
director of the Research Center for Chinese
Politics and Business, Indiana University, for
help with this issue.
Next week, The Mini Page is about zoo
The Yellow Dragon
Huanglong has about 3,400 colored pools.
The pools vary in color depending on what
minerals and scenery surround them.
Huanglong means "Yellow Dragon."
This area in Sichuan Province* is filled
with stone formations and pools made
of minerals from underground springs
and rivers. Many of these rocks are
yellow, the same color as those in
Yellowstone National Park in America.
*A province is an area somewhat like an
beauul it is cal-ed "a waterfalls.
Sr la The ponds
in the area
are full of
Jiuzhaigou, in Sichuan Province, is so
beautiful it is called "fairyland." Compared
to other landmarks in China, Jiuzhaigou
is not frequently visited because it is
located deep in the mountains.
Look through your newspaper for stories
about China. Were any landmarks harmed in
the recent earthquake?
The Giant Buddha* statue near the
city of Leshan was carved in a cliff
overlooking three rivers in southwest
China. When it was sculpted about
1,300 years ago, monks hoped the
Buddha would help prevent floods.
There is an invisible system of
gutters and holes carved inside the
statue so that water will drain from it.
This has helped stop water from
wearing away the statue.
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about 233 feet
high, the tallest
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about 11 feet
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*"Buddha" is the title given to the founder of
Buddhism, an Asian religion.
An ancient city
Pingyao, in northern China, was built
about 2,700 years ago. People still live
there, and it looks much as it did
hundreds of years ago.
When Pingyao Was built, most Chinese
towns had walls built around them for
protection. Pingyao is the only town
where the walls are still in good repair.
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, July 20, 2008 1 I
Phillies beat out Marlins 4-2
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By Steven Wine
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI (AP) - Against junk-
baller Jamie Moyer, those home
run swings the Florida Marlins
like to take produced mostly fee-
ble grounders and popups.
By Charles M. Murphy
South Lake defeated
Okeechobee 4-1 to end the lo-
cal all stars dreams of a Florida
Dixie Youth State Championship
It was lightning all around the
field Thursday in Ridge Manor
but the Okeechobee bats didn't
catch the electricity.
"In 11 and 12 year old boys
games, if you score one run, you
aren't going to win," Coach Billy
Ball said, "I figured we'd need
seven runs to win. Turns out we
needed five. We just didn't get
South Lake advanced to
the State Championship game
against Spring Hill. The, South
Lake all stars have had an excel-
lent season. They have lost just
one game all year, and that was
to Spring Hill during the state
Okeechobee won two out of
their four games and reached
the final four in the state.
"The kids were disappointed,
but we spoke to them about
what they've accomplished.
We just came up against a qual-
ity team, a team that out hit us,"
Cutter Crawford gave a great
pitching performance in the
final game. He relieved Chris-
tian Crews in the first inning af-
ter South Lake had scored two
runs. 'He went on to pitch five
innings plus and allowed two
Crawford's pitching per-
formance gave Okeechobee
a chance but their hitters just
couldn't take advantage, "We
just didn't hit the ball. We had
The 45-year-old left-hander
beat Florida for the 10th time in
as many career starts, pitching six
innings Friday night to help the
Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-2 vic-
All of Moyer's games against
a good pitching performance, it
wasn't enough," Ball noted.
Crews got off to a rough start
as Okeechobee's top starter
gave up a lead off homerun, hit
a couple of batters and allowed
an RBI double before being
pulled. Crawford came in to
pitch out of a bases loaded jam
in the first and Okeechobee only
trailed 2-0 after one inning.
"We hit some balls hard but
they were right at the fielders,
sometimes it happens that way,"
Coach Ball noted.
South Lake also used three
different pitchers to keep
Okeechobee hitters off bal-
ance. Every time it seemed like
Okeechobee was beginning to
figure a pitcher out, here would
come another one out of the
Coach Ball said Ridge Manor
was a wonderful host for the
State Tournament. He also
thanked his assistant coach-
es Neal Crawford and Jamie
Thomas for all of their efforts.
Ball also thanked the parents for
all their support this year.
He noted some parents do-
nated money to purchase prac-
tice shirts, and game jackets for
The post season isn't over for
the 13 and 14 year old all star
teams from the Okeechobee
Citizens Recreation Association.
The Florida Junior Dixie Boys
and Dixie Boys state tourna-
ment begins today in Marianna.
The 13 year old team will play
Marianna at 4 p.m. The 14 year
old team will host West Jackson
at 9 a.m. this morning.
Game action can be heard
on the internet at www.jockjive.
gun, departed for a pinch hitter
after throwing 100 pitches. Brad .
Lidge, the Phils' third reliever,. .,
pitched a perfect ninth to com-
plete a five-hitter for his 21st save
in as many chances.
Phillies manager Charlie Man-
uel was ejected in the fifth inning
by plate umpire Jim Joyce for ar-
guing that Shane Victorino had N.
been hit by a pitch.
The Marlins aren't the only
team keeping Moyer in the ma-M
jors: He has allowed fewer than
four earned runs in his past eight
starts. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
But Florida's futility against David Lee Owen, portraying as Santa Claus, throws out the
him seems chronic. Cody Ross, ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the
who went 0-for-3 to end his ca- Florida Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, July 18,
reer-high 17-game hitting streak, 2008, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. The Marlins were cele-
is 3-for-25 against Moyer. Uggla is rating "Christmas in July."
2-for-24 and Willingham 1-for-18. rating Christmas in July.
t:he Marlins have come in the past
three years. He defeated them for
the third time since June 1, and
his ERA in five lifetime starts in
Miami is 1.34.
Philadelphia's Ryan Howard
hit his 29th home run, most in the
majors. Geoff Jenkins added his
eighth homer and singled home a
run for the Phils, who took over
sole possession of first place in
NL East with the New York Mets'
Ricky Nolasco (10-5) lost for
the first time in his past six deci-
sions. He pitched seven innings
and allowed four runs, including
Moyer (9-6) foiled the Mar-
lins' bid to tighten the division
race. Florida began the night 1A'/2
games behind the Phillies and
The Marlins lead the majors in
home runs, but their four hits off
Moyer were all singles. He took a
no-hitter into the sixth inning in
Miami last month, and this time
he retired the first nine batters as
the Phillies built a 4-0 lead.
Florida almost managed a
breakthrough in the fourth. Han-
ley Ramirez walked to start the in-
ning and came around on singles
by Jeremy Hermida and Jorge
Cantu. Mike Jacobs singled to
load the bases with no outs.
But Moyer's 3-1 pitch to Dan
Uggla produced a double play,
and Josh Willingham fouled out
to leave Florida trailing 4-2.
Moyer, who rarely topped 80
mph on the scoreboard radar
Soccer to hold
A Celebrity server night will be
held on Tuesday night, July 29 at
Golden Corral to help raise funds
for the Okeechobee Club Soccer
The team will collect dona-
tions from 5-8 p.m. at the restau-
rant on South Parrott Avenue in
For information on how you
can sponsor or assist the team
please call Celia Fox at 697-9614,
David McGee at 697-1641, Brian
King at 610-0084, or Lonnie Sears
The club is in need of sponsors
for their activities.
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12 Okeechobee News, Sunday, July 20, 2008
County commission candidates to speak
The Treasure Coast Builders
Association (TCBA) invites all
Okeechobee builders, tradesmen,
or those who supply services to
builders, to attend the group's
next monthly breakfast meeting
at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7,
at Beef O'Brady's Restaurant.
Each monthly meeting features
a local speaker on governmental,
education and other timely is-
"If your livelihood
depends on or
is influenced by
construction, this is the
perfect forum ...."
Chair, Cindy Hall of Cap
sues. Past speakers have included
Okeechobee building official Ar-
nold Verway, Okeechobee plan-
ning director Bill Royce, County
Commissioners Marvin Wherrell
and Clif Betts, Jr., school super-
intendent Dr. Patricia Cooper, air-
port manager Vernon Gray, City
of Okeechobee council member
Dowling Watford, Jr., and Sheriff
Paul May. Okeechobee County
commission candidates are lined
up for the August meeting. Those
confirmed include District 1 in-
cumbent Ray R. Domer, District
3 incumbent Clif Betts, Jr., Dis-
trict 5 incumbent Elvie Posey and
candidate Margaret Garrand Hel-
ton. The Okeechobee Chapter of
TCBA was formed in October of
2005. Membership is comprised
of builders, developers, sub-con-
tractors, suppliers, lenders, archi-
tects, realtors and manufacturers
who are dedicated to building
stature and respect for the build-
"If your livelihood depends on
or is influenced by construction,
this is the perfect forum to hear
the candidates opinions and to
find out how their votes could im-
pact the industry in Okeechobee
County," said Okeechobee Chap-
ter Chair Cindy Hall of Cap Stone
The cost of the Aug. 7, break-
fast meeting is $10. Reservations
are required and will be accepted
at 863-467-2007 until noon on
Wednesday, Aug. 6.
Proud parents, Ray and Aman-
da Wahoski of Stuart and grand-
parents, Donna (Mi Mi) and Ran-
dy (Pa Pa) Kahn of Okeechobee
are pleased to announce the birth
of, Tyler Joseph "Turtle" Wahoski
on Sunday, July 6, 2008 at Martin
Memorial Hospital in Stuart. He
weighed 11 lbs., 2 oz. and he was
20.25 inches long.
Tyler was welcomed home by
his big sister, two and half year
old Emily Marie.
He also has other relatives and
grandparents in St. Louis, Mo.
Brittany and Ignacio Gomez
of Okeechobee are proud to an-
nounce the birth of their son, Ig-
nacio Gomez. He was born on
June 9, 2008 at Florida Heartland
Division in Sebring. He weighed
8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20
inches long at birth.
Ignacio was welcomed home
by big brother, Andres and his big
sister, Esperanza Gomez.
Maternal grandparents are
Debbie and Jackie Raines and
William and Suzanne Shepherd
Paternal grandparents are Elda
and Genaro Bautista of Okeecho-
Great grandparents are Cira
and Ignacio Gomez.
Tyler Joseph Wahoski Ignacio Gomez
Dennis and Corinna Raiford
of Okeechobee are proud to an-
nounce the birth of their son,
Dennis E. Raiford, II.
He was born on July 7, 2008
at Florida Hospital in Sebring. He
weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and
was 21 inches long at birth.
Dennis Raiford was welcomed
home by Marshall and Mitchell
Comfort and Matthew Whirls.
Kathy Taylor of
Ruthie Raiford of
Dennis E. Raiford, II
Public Schools of Levy and Hardee Counties, Florida
United State Air Force 1964-1968 - Military Police
Florida Highway Patrol Academy, 1969
Numerous Courses in Criminal Justice,
Palm Beach Junior College and IRCC
Numerous In-Service Training Courses
Four years as YOUR Okeechobee County Sheriff
This is an education that can not be obtained at any college
Traffic Homicide Investigator, Field Training Officer,
Firearms Instructor, Special Response Team 15 years,
FBI Sniper and Observer School,
Sniper on SRT 3 years
Florida Highway Patrol 34 years,
25 years patrolling Okeechobee County
Florida Sheriffs Association
Florida Sheriffs Association Traffic Committee
National Sheriffs' Association
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association
Florida Cattlemen's Association
Okeechobee County Executive Roundtable
Okeechobee County Substance Abuse Coalition
Communities in Schools
Okeechobee Juvenile Justice
Members Friends of Ne- Horizons
Okeechobee.Lodge # 237
Free and Accepted Masons
Amara Temple of Shrine
Please VOTE on Aug. 26, 2008!
Your Sheriff will be Elected that day
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We will continue to strongly enforce our drug laws. We have dou-
bled our Narcotics Task Force and sent a message that dealing in
drugs will NOT be tolerated! I have compassion for people
hooked on drugs, but I have NO compassion or sympathy for
people who import or sell drugs. I believe that constant and
strong enforcement of these laws is the main reason our county
had a 17.3% decrease in crime in 2007. This fight is important
to everyone and it will continue.
We will continue to monitor underage selling, buying and con-
sumption of alcoholic beverages. In our first sweep, almost half
the stores targeted sold alcoholic beverages to minors. In our
most recent sweep, only one store sold. Our store owners are
doing their part and complying with the law!
We will continue to monitor gang activity. I have assigned
Detectives to monitor gangs and investigate gang activity This
I promised the employees that I would give them a Career
Service Law to protect their jobs, especially when a new sheriff
is elected. This law was passed by the State Legislature and went
into effect July 1, 2006.
I will continue to provide the best possible training and equip-
ment for all of the Sheriff's Office employees.
Although budgets are tight, I will keep School Resource Officers
in our schools. Our most precious resource must be protected.
I will continue to support our Sheriff's Auxiliary units, the
COPS Program and the Sea Cadet Program. I started an all vol-
unteer Sheriff's Posse which has far exceeded expectations and
has already proven to be invaluable. These volunteers save the
county thousands of dollars each year.
We have assigned 4 deputies, one on each shift, who are, special-
ly equipped to patrol the north part of our county (Basinger,
The Prairie and Fort Drum). This area of our county is increas-
ing in population and must be patrolled.
These patrols will continue.
As your Sheriff, I have been visible and accessible to the people
of Okeechobee County. Anyone can see me at anytime about
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