Vol. 99 No. 250
The monthly meeting of the
Okeechobee Utility Author-
ity Board of Directors that was
scheduled for Tuesday morn-
ing, Sept. 9 has been resched-
uled for 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept.
Blood drive honors
Dr. Fred Brown has been
taking care of Okeechobee's
children for many years. Some
of his former patients now
bring him their own children.
He is currently on a leave of ab-
sence from his practice due to
an illness which requires blood
transfusions. A blood drive in
his honor will be held on Sept.
13 and 14. The bloodmobile
will be at the Florida Commu-
nity Health Center both days.
On Sept. 13, a bloodmobile will
also be at the Brahman Theater.
On Sept. 14, a bloodmobile will
also be at at Osceola Middle,
School. Please give if you can
for a member of the commu-
nity who has given so much.
Children need caring
homes. Open your heart and
share your love. Be a foster
parent. Okeechobee MAPP Par-
enting classes start Sept. 20,
through Oct. 25, from 9-3:30
a.m., at the First Baptist Church
in Okeechobee. Call Hibiscus
Children's Center at 1-800-403-
9311 ext. 415 to register.
The Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross will
offer the following Health &
Safety classes in September:
Wednesday, Sept. 10 Adult
CPR/AED; Wednesday, Sept. 17
- First Aid Basics; Monday, Sept.
29 Infant/Child CPR/AED. All
classes are at 6 p.m. at their
branch office, 323 N. Parrott
Ave. To register, or for more in-
formation call 863-763-2488.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: 9.57 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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Sunday, September 7, 2008
Prepare for worst;
hope for the best
By Pete Gawda
All eyes in Florida are on Hu
ricane Ike and officials are tal
ing all precautions. The maj(
hurricane is expected to pas
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just south of -- or hit -- Southern
IFl' 1.1 on Tiesday. According
to the National Hurricane Cen-
ter's 2 p.m. advisory on Saturday,
Sept. 6, Ike regained strength to a
Category 3 storm with maximum
sustained winds of 115 miles per
hour. Ike is moving west-south-
west at 15 miles per hour.
Ike is expected to make its
first landfall in Cuba on Sunday.
For updated tracks visit www.
nhc.noaa.gov or www.okeecho-
South Florida Water Manage-
ment officials are checking all
canals and waterways and water
control structures to ensure their
safe operation prior to the im-
Lake Okeechobee: Plenty of water
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This picture taken Friday, Sept. 5 shows that there is plenty of water under the float-
ing docks at Okee Tantie Marina. That was not the case in the summer of 2007. At that
time the area was in the midst of a drought and the water was so low these docks
were almost sitting in dry ground. Since Tropical Storm Fay there has been a dramatic
increase in the level of Lake Okeechobee. The day before the storm hit on Aug. 19 the
lake stood at 11.25 feet. In a weeks' time the lake rose two feet, the fastest increase on
record. Total rainfall for August in Okeechobee was 17.34 inches, making it the wettest
August on record.
UKoecnODee News/iatrina iSKen
When this picture of the Lock 7 Pier was
taken in mid March of 2007, the area was
in the midst of a drought and the lake was
at 10.62 feet.
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
On Sept. 5, 2008, when this picture was
taken at Lock 7, the lake level was 14.78.
have hurt schools
By Chauna Aguilar
Due to the recent action by
the Florida Supreme Court, the
Okeechobee Superintendent of
Schools will not have to pose
their official stance against
amendments 5, 7, and 9, which
were proposed for the 2008
ballot. The School Board had
planned to address this at their
Sept. 9 meeting.
On Wednesday, Sept. 3, the
Florida Supreme Court threw
out all three amendments 5, 7,
and 9, with the firm stance that
"No motion for rehearing will
This unanimous decision
was handed out quickly after
a one-hour session where the
justices left no uncertainty that
they were against these amend-
ments being placed on the Nov.
Superintendent of Schools,
Dr. Patricia Cooper expressed
her thankfulness that these
amendments are all gone.
According to Dr. Cooper,
Amendment 5 would have re-
quired the legislature in 2009 to
eliminate property taxes from
Required Local Effort which
funds the school district. That
property tax would no longer
be available to the schools.
"It (property tax) has been
a solid source for a long time,"
stated Dr. Cooper. This amend-
ment proposed to replace the
property tax with a 1-cent sales
"We all know what the cur-
rent economy is like, people
are not buying things," Dr. Coo-
per continued. This would take
away $11 million locally with-
out any assurance of how to
replace it. Beyond 2010, the ad-
ditional sales tax was not even
7, Dr. Cooper explained that
this would have provided
vouchers to any religious sec-
tarian schools from public
funds. The big problem with
this amendment was that the
use of vouchers was previ-
ously found unconstitutional
by the court. According to the
Supreme Court, the title alone
was misleading in that it hid
the real meaning of the amend-
ment. It was entitled "Religious
See Schools --Page 12
The State Department of
Health authorized additional
mosquito spraying 'on Friday,
Also on Friday, Sept. 5 the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
(COE) was in their second day
of low level pulse releases from
Lake Okeechobee to the Caloo-
sahatchee River and the St. Lucie
By Pete Gawda
Hold on to your pocket-
As if you haven't been hit
enough by expenses already,
most property owners are now
receiving TRIM (truth in mill-
age) notices from the Okeecho-
Canal. The releases were sched-
uled to last 11 days as COE offi-
cials closely monitor the progress
of Hurricane Ike.
The Okeechobee County
Emergency Operations Center is
taking a "wait and see" attitude
over the weekend. They plan
to meet to meet 9 a.m. Monday
See Ike -Page 12
bee County Property Appraiser
that contains their proposed
tax bill. However because of
reduced property values and
increased homestead exemp-
tion, some people may see a
decrease in taxes.
See Tax Page 12
Ready for a
By Chauna Aguilar
With storm after storm lin-
ing up in the Tropics now is the
time to make sure that you are
ready for a storm and have a
plan for your family in the event
that you need to evacuate your
If you know that you will be
evacuating your home in the
event of a impending storm,
then the American Red Cross
recommends that you prepare
a shelter supply kit to bring
with you to the shelter that will
help to increase your comfort
See Hurricane-Page 12
Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Newshound rides again
The Okeechobee News mascot, Newshound, was riding
tall in the saddle before the Labor Day parade. However,
due to a last minute problem with the horse, Newshound
rode in the parade on an airboat.
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Local 'Cattlewomen' Engagement Announcement
gather to dine-dance
The Okeechobee Cattlewom-
en's Association held their annual
dinner dance on Friday, Aug. 29,
at the Shrine Club in Okeecho-
bee. The event kicked off the 57th
Annual Cattlemen's Labor Day
jRodeo celebration which includ-
ed three days of rodeo and a big
parade on Monday in downtown
Okeechobee. The Cattlewomen's
organization uses the proceeds
from the dinner dance to fund
their scholarship program which
annually awards scholarships to
Okeechobee high school seniors.
Over the past 20 years, they have
given thousands of dollars of fi-
nancial aid to area young people
for further education.
Submitted photos/Teresa Chandler
Dudley and Cheryl Kirton,
Kirton Ranch and Physical
Therapy of Okeechobee were
among those at the Cattle-
women's Dinner-Dance at the
Submitted photos/Teresa Chandler
Matt Pearce, President of Okeebhobee County Cattlemen's
Assoc. with wife, Alisha enjoyed the Cattlewomen's Dinner-
Submitted photos/Teresa Chandler
Nickie Smith, Owner of Southern Accent Farms and Lynda
Durrance, owner of Eli's Western Wear in Okeechobee, en-
joyed the kickoff to the Labor Day weekend events.
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Submitted photos/Teresa Chandler
Teresa Chandler, Regional Sales & Marketing Manager/Sea-
coast with family Barbara Davis, John Davis, Linda Harper
and Allison Chandler.
to hold open house
Kicking off the new Indian Riv-
er State College Hallstrom Plane-
tarium season is a free "Star Party
and Open House at the Planetar-
ium" on Saturday, Sept. 13, from
6 to 9 p.m. at the Main Campus,
3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce.
The event will feature guided
tours of the night sky and view-
ing through telescopes (weather
permitting), courtesy of the Trea-
sure Coast Astronomical Society.
Ior more information about the
Open House, contact the IRSC
'.all Center at 1-866-792-4772.
Beginning in October, the IRSC
Iallstrom Planetarium will pres-
ent the galactic show, "The Plan-
ets," written by IRSC Hallstrom
Planetarium Director Jon U. Bell
and narrated by Kate Mulgrew
(Captain Katherine Janeway in
the television series Star Trek:
Voyager). Mulgrew takes the audi-
ence on a grand tour of the solar
system and neighboring worlds.
See the Mariner Valley, the "Grand
Canyon" of Mars, plunge through
the icy rings of Saturn, and travel
to far-flung Pluto and beyond,
where the sun is just a bright spot
in the night.
The Planets will be presented
on Oct. 17 and 18, Nov. 7 and 8,
and Nov. 21 and 22. Planetarium
show times are Friday and Satur-
day evenings at 7 and 8 p.m. and
Saturday at 1 and 2 p.m. Tickets
are $3 each and may be pur-
chased in advance or 30 minutes
prior to show times at the IRSC
Box Office. Planetarium shows
are recommended for adults and
families with children four and
over. The Planetarium's tempera-
ture is maintained at 72 degrees
for the benefit of the system's op-
tics and electronics. Visitors may
want to bring a sweater or jacket.
Tickets may be purchased in per-
son or by phone using VISA, Dis-
cover, American Express, or MAS-
TERCARD. The IRSC Box Office is
located at 3209 Virginia Avenue in
Fort Pierce, phone 1-800-220-9915.
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Rachel Davis and Austin Williams
Joey and Angela Davis of
Okeechobee are proud to an-
nounce the engagement of their
daughter Rachel Davis to Austin
Williams of West Palm Beach.
The prospective groom is the
son of James and Mildred Wil-
liams of West Palm Beach.
The wedding is planned for
Nov. 8, 2008 at the First United
The bride to be is a graduate
of Okeechobee High School. She
graduated from The University
of Alabama. She is employed as
a Commercial Account Manager
with Pritchard and Associates. The
groom is a graduate of Cambridge
Academy. He is the owner of AW
Sod. After the wedding, the couple
will reside in Okeechobee.
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Vergil and Bernice Hayes
Vergil L and Bernice B. Hayes
ol Okeechobee are celebrating
their 651h weddingg anniversary
on Friday Sept 12, 2008.
They \ere married in 1943 in
the. Army chapel .n the base,,at
Boca Raton Field, which is now
the campus of Florida Atlantic Uni-
versity. They resided in Fort Lauder-
dale and Pompano Beach before
moving to Okeechobee in 1959.
Mrs. Hayes is the former Ber-
nice Banks of Pompano Beach
and was born in Live Oak. Mr.
Hayes was born in Hart County,
Ky. They met when Mr. Hayes
was serving in the Army Air Corps
and was stationed in Boca Raton
during World War II. He was later
sent to the South Pacific for his
tour of duty.
The couple has a son and
daughter-in-law, Ron and Jaque
Hayes of Okeechobee, and a
daughter and son-in-law, Janice
and Ron Andrews of Alachua.
They have two grandchildren,
Aaron (Amanda) Andrews, and
Mrs. Blair (Biff) Maroon of Ala-
chua. There are three great grand-
children and another expected in
The family relocated to
Okeechobee when Mr. Hayes
was named manager of Hughes
Feed and Grain Company, which
occupied the warehouse that is
now the home of United Feed
Co-op. He served as president of
the Okeechobee County Cham-
ber of Commerce, and presided
over Okeechobee's first annual
Speckled Perch Festival in the
Mrs. Hayes worked with the
Okeechobee County Library, the
Okeechobee Livestock Market and
was for a number of years, the Fi-
nance Officer for the Okeechobee
County School System.
They opened their own busi-
ness, Garden, Ranch and Pet Sup-
ply in 1966, which they operated
together until their retirement.
. The Haye's are members of
First Baptist Church of Okeecho-
bee. A family get together is
planned at the couples home.
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Mr. and Mrs. Brady Beckman
Margaret McClelland is proud
to announce the marriage of her
daughter, Aleatha Hamblen to Mr.
The couple was married on
Aug. 16, 2008 at Heritage Village
with Sam Vuletta of More to Life
Ministries officiating at the cer-
The bride was given in mar-
riage by her son, Lance Hamblen.
Her maid of honor was Charity
Woolverton and the bride's maid
was Amber Bonapfel with Nina
Beckman as the flower girl.
The mother of the groom is
Groomsman for the ceremony
was Robert Woolverton.
The reception was also held at
Heritage Village. The bride is em-
ployed with Raulerson Hospital
and the groom is self-employed.
The couple plans to make their
home in Okeechobee.
Today: Sunny, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as
99. Northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 76. East northeast
wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Monday: Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 90.
East wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Monday Night: Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low
around 77. East wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as
20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
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with a high near 88. East southeast wind between 10 and 15 mph,
with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
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cloudy, with a low around 77. East southeast wind between 5 and
15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly
cloudy, with a high near 89. Southeast wind between 10 and 15
mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
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Partly cloudy, with a low around 75.
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Children s Services to finalize budget pcosame-oh" _Ad
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By Charles M. Murphy
Nineteen grants may be fund-
ed under a tentative budget pro-
posal approved this summer by
the Okeechobee Children's Ser-
The spending plan would not
raise local property taxes.
The preliminary budget totals
$907,970. It also includes $28,200
in special projects which include
$15,000 for the Okeechobee
County Fair. Another $75,000 was
budgeted to fund summer pro-
By Charles M. Murphy
A Palm Beach County man
was charged with the theft of
a Jeep, close to $2,000 in cash,
and a Ruger .357 magnum hand-
gun after a joint investigation
by Okeechobee City Police and
Sheriff Deputies on Wednesday.
Walter F. Moorehead, 26, of
Loxahatchee, was charged with
grand theft, grand theft firearm,
armed burglary of a conveyance,
grand theft auto, and driving with
a suspended license.
City Police were able to re-
cover the stolen vehicle, and over
$1,900 in cash was found on the
suspect, arrest reports stated.
Sheriff's Deputy William Mae-
rki's report stated the Jeep was
stolen from a driveway on N.W.
grams for children.
Public hearings on the tenta-
tive plan will be held on Thursday,
Sept. 4, at 5 p.m. at the School
Board offices. The final budget
will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23,
at 5 p.m.
The following grants were in-
cluded in the tentative budget,
$25,000 for Real Life Children's
Ranch, $9,000 for My Aunt's
House, $23,000 for Exchange
Club Castle, $35,000 for Martha's
House, $15,000 for Indian River
State College's Expanding Hori-
He noted he
took a report
to a vehicle
to where the
parked. The Walter F.
vehicle was Moorehead
a 2005 Ford
Two envelopes that con-
tained cash and lottery tickets
were taken from the visor on the
driver's side, and the hand gun
was taken from underneath the
seat of the vehicle.
Deputy Maerki said the sus-
pect denied any knowledge of
the hand gun.
zons Summer Pr()gram, $24,000
for New Horizons, $7,000 for Sun-
coast Mental Heallth, $25,000 for
Okeechobee Educational Foun-
dation programs, $1,500 for the
211 project of Palm Beach and
the Treasure Coaist, and $5,000
for United for Famnilies caretaker
Other grants included in the
proposed budget include $5,000
for Big Brother s Big Sisters,
$12,500 for the APrea Agency on
Aging, $5,000 for Catholic Chari-
ties, $5,000 for (Communities in
Schools, $13,500 for the Naval
Sea Cadets, $10,000 for the New
Hope Foundation Martial Arts
program, $31,125 for the 4-H Edu-
cation Day Camp, $14,000 for the
4-H Horse Day Camp, and $3,000
for Planned Parenthood.
The budget also includes
$10,000 for the Early Learning Co-
alition, $8,000 for the Shared Ser-
vices Network of Okeechobee,
and over $85,500 in community
The budget hearings are open
to the public.
chicken leads to arrest
By Charles A14. Murphy
A local man Ias jailed on fel-
ony battery charges Monday after
a fight at 4720 1- highway 710 that
apparently started over chicken
nuggets, Okee:!chobee County
Deputies reported Tuesday.
John Hair, '.94, was held on
$10,000 bond a'c the Okeechobee
County Jail im immediately follow-
ing his arrest, hw twmen said.
The arrest ri port from Deputy
Jason Hickman noted the victim,
a 22-year-old young woman,
told authoritii.s that Hair had
repeatedly kic ked and punched
her in the face, chest and back.
Deputies said :she had noticeable
swelling from her right eye, and
bruises on he r chest and down
the scene and
the victim to
arrest report John
stated the Box
have suffered a fractured bone
near her eye.
The victim said Mr. Hair be-
came irate when she refused to
cook him chicken nuggets. She
said she would prepare his food
after she fed her young child.
Deputy Hickman said Hair
explained he had not taken the
drugs he was prescribed that day
and had flown off the handle.
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Okeechobee's Most Wanted
The following five people
each of them.
Okeechobee's Clifford Scott
Most Want- Woodard
ed top five
is based on the severity of the
crime in conjunction with the
age of the warrant.
If you have any information
ohn the whereabouts of any 'of
Okeechobee's Most Wanted
you can call
Stoppers at I
(8477). If you
have the op-Alieta
tion of remain- Aleen
mous. You can also receive a
reward if the information results
in an arrest.
Clifford Scott Woodard,
26; Uttering forged instrument
SAlieta Aleen, 31, aka Brian
for failure to ,
appear on bail f b
- robbery with
other weapon. Juan Gabriel
Juan Ga- Ybanez
27; Grand theft motor vehicle,
burglary/assaull., felony battery,
grand theft, violation domestic
Barbara Lynn Acuna, 21;
Preventing/obst r auction extin-
guishment of l re, criminal mis-
chief $1,000 or more.
Jason Anthony Dysinger,
27; Leaving the scene of an ac-
cident with personal injury and
leaving the scene of an accident
with property damage.
Barbara Lynn Jason A.
Sunday, Sept. 7
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.
Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth
Street, Okeechobee, (Behind
Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend
noon meeting Open Discus-
sion. The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with
any 12 step fellowships.
Monday, Sept. 8
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
VFW #10539 Ladies
Auxiliary lunch and bingo will
start at noon at the Post, 3912 U.S.
441 S.E. Auxiliary members and
th1e guests,.are invited. Please
R.S.VP. t: 863-763-2308.
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 youryour organization
or group, contact Marge Skinner
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://www.rootsweb.
formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle
Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from
10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to
extend a warm welcome to any
interested persons to come by
and see what they are about. For
information call 863-763-6952.
Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth
Street, Okeechobee, (Behind
Napa Auto Parts) N.A. Sickest Of
The Sick open discussion 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 9
The Lighthouse Refuge
Support Group is for women
who are hurting, homeless or
have been abused. They meet
on the first and third Tuesday of
every month from noon until 2
p.m. at First Baptist Church, 401
S.W Fourth St., and on the sec-
ond and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at
the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call Donna
Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-
Abuse Coalition meets the
second Tuesday of the month,
at 11:30 a.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, lunch is
provided. For information contact
Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
New Beginning's meeting of
Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at
7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W. Fifth Ave. It will
be an open discussion meeting.
For more information call Monika
.Allen at 863-801-3244.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee
meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S.
Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. Fc r information, Call
Maureen Budjfinski at 863-484-
New AA.; Meeting in
Basinger: There is now an A.A.
meeting in Basinger on Tuesdays
at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger
Christian Brethren Church on
700-A, north of' U.S. 98. Beginners
Christian I -lome Educators
of Okeechob< e will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship
Hall, 701 S. Panrrott Ave. Anyone
currently horite schooling or
interested in home schooling is
welcome. For information, call
Lydia Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty
Al-Anon me4 ting will be held
at the Church o .f Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., alt 8 p.m.
AA. Closed d discussion meeting
from 8 until 9 p .m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 2C 10 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support
Group meets e' very Tuesday at 10
a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411
S.E. Fourth St..,. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is' welcome. For
information, ,contact Brenda
Nicholson at 86:3-467-2321.
Family HItistory Center
meets from 1 n.intil 5 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who
your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For
information, call Mim Kapteina at
Gospel Sing every Tuesday
beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal
and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas
Chiropractic Center at 863-763-
Widows and Widowers
support group meets at 8 a.m.
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S.
Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, June Scheer at 863-
The Gathering Church
Overcomers Group meets at
7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at
1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's
only meeting. For information, call
Earl at 863-763-0139.
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of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
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but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
DO YOUR JOB: I would just like to know why DCF and Welfare
people do not do their jobs. We have got so many people out collect-
ing food stamps and welfare and the children don't see half of it. But
people take it, buy drugs, sell the food stamps and life goes on. The
investigators do not go to their house and check the house and check
the children. Complaints are made, but why? Why do people bother
to make complaints when nothing is ever done? I don't see why we
make complaints when nothing is ever done because who is paying
the price? The people aren't, the children are.
BARACK OBAMA: This is for all of the people who are concerned
about Barack Obama not being qualified to be president of the United
States. We've had eight years of George W. not being qualified, how
could Obama make it any worse?
MOSQUITOES: I think that the County needs to do something
about the mosquito population here in Okeechobee. All of our sur-
rounding counties are being sprayed and something being done
about them. Why can't Okeechobee be sprayed? With all of this rain
the mosquitoes are horrible. (Editor's note: The county did pay for
aerial spraying for most of the residential areas of the county last
Friday. However, since the spraying will not affect the eggs, residents
may soon be facing more mosquito problems.)
SPRAYING: I would just like to say that we need a mosquito spray-
ing in this town. This is terrible. Kids can't even get out at day cares
and the kids that have to go to the bus are getting ate up. Come on
commissioners let's put a couple of trucks on the road and spray.
KIDS: In Basswood, kids are all over the road and they're not get-
ting out of the road when you come by. Its hard to see them when
you're running 35 like the speed limit and then you have cars coming
at you when they are trying to pass. Somebody needs to go get these
kids out of the road and stop and ticket the people passing the people
doing the speed limit.
MOSQUITO CONTROL: I think it's time to talk about forming
mosquito control districts. That's where you get together with your
neighbors and vote to tax yourselves a certain amount to pay for mos-
quito control in your area. Buckhead Ridge already has this. Some of
these places that already have homeowners associations could do
SKUNK APE: Elect the Skunk Ape! We need him on the county
commission. He probably has more sense than the rest of them put
SENIOR TRIP: They had a big meeting Thursday night at the high
school for the parents of the seniors. They said the senior trip is going
to be to San Francisco and will cost $1,500 for each student. I think
that is crazy. Only a handful of families in this town can afford some-
thing like that. Seems like the few wealthy kids will be off having fun
on the official senior trip while the rest of the class goes to school.
The kids I know are already working and saving all their money for
college, or else chipping in to help the family make ends meet. I think
they should have planned a more modest trip that the majority of the
students could afford. This same school did not let the Class of 2009
go to Boomers in their Junior year because they said not all kids could
afford it. How does that make sense?
SEPT. 11: On the online newszap forum, someone suggested that
we should all discuss where we were on Sept. 11, 2001 when the
planes hit the twin towers, and how it affected us. I think that is a nice
idea, to take some time to reflect. Call in to Speak Out or post it on
GROW HOUSE: What can we say about the Lazy 7 area. It seems
the whole neighborhood is going to pot. Four grow houses raided in
four months. That has to be some kind of record.
LAZY 7: They keep saying these grow houses are in Lazy 7, but I
none of them are in the actual Lazy 7 Estates subdivision. People refer
to that whole area as Lazy 7 because before it was developed it was I
the Lazy 7 Ranch. But only a small portion is actually named Lazy
7 now. I think the grow house that was raided is actually in Sunrise I
MARIJUANA RAID: I live in "the seven," but the house that was
raided on Thursday is visible from my house. I also used to ride the
bus there last year. The man who lived there was very nice to us when
he came outside, but he drove very expensive vehicles. Anyway, we
never would have thought there was a grow house right up the road
WATER RELEASED: And history repeats itself again. Looks like
another drought on the way. We will be on water restrictions even
though they are going to waste billions of gallons of water. I do not '
believe that the dike is in as bad of shape as they are saying but that (
excuse does get some government money pointed in their direction. t
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: I think the whole Lazy 7 area needs t
a Neighborhood Watch, and then they could watch each other and
see if there are any more grow houses. One was surprising, two b
seemed a coincidence. The third one was found and people started
getting paranoid. But four in one neighborhood? This is just absurd.
How can there be that many grow houses so close together and no p
one noticed? t
LAKE LEVEL: They aren't lowering the lake -- just trying to keep it F
from going up any more, since it isalready a t nearly 15 feet. According R
to FWC, the sudden rise in water is not good for the lake's plants and (
fish. All the lovely new plants around the lake's edges the spawning a
areas for fish -- will die if the plants don't get enough sunlight. So far V
most of the water is clear so it might not be so bad. But if the lake
level keeps rising or if a storm stirs up the muck on the bottom of the
lake and leaves the water cloudy, the plants will start dying off. A slow,
gradual increase to 15 feet would have been wonderful. But so much
water so fast is hard for the plants to adapt to.
HIGH WATER: Congrats to the Corps. Who wants an 18ft. lev-
el cesspool? Guess they should hold the higher levels to kill off all
the marsh grasses that have taken hold over the past few years and
spawning grounds for the game fish which support the livelihood of
which some speak of. How much water is still being held up north?
Oh forget it. Fill the lake up. Hopefully it'll blow the dike out and send
the waters in a southward sheetflow like it ought to be.
TAX BILLS: If you look at your tax bill, it has the date and time of
the meetings. Be sure to attend to voice your concerns to our county
commissioners. This is the only way we will have a chance to get any
TAXES: Now that the tax bills are coming out, you might see your
assessed value is going up, even though it is still below the market
value, it is a higher assessed value than last year. The only way you
can argue that your assessed value is too high is if you actually think
and can prove your home is worth less than that in the current mar-
ket. They look at what similar properties sold for in your area. They
do have an adjustment board that hears these complaints and you
can sign up to be heard. But unless your assessed value is a lot more
than what you would be willing to sell your house for, it's hard to
make a case.
HURRICANES: Looks like we have another storm headed our
way. I hope everyone is ready to hunker down and pray.
SUPERMARKET: I was in local store on Tuesday when an employ-
ee and her friend were harassing one of the other girls that worked at
the service counter. This was the most disrespectful thing I have ever
seen. To make matters worse the store managers, who witnessed the
whole scenario, didn't say one word to the potty-mouthed girls (one
of which still had on her uniform). These managers allowed these
girls to disrespect every customer in the store by not asking them to
leave. I will not be spending my money there any more.
OBAMA: For those of you saying Obama is an Afro-American, he
is not afro his father is Arab so he is a Muslim-American.
FAMILY TREE: I would like to know if there was anybody in
Okeechobee that could trace a family tree? If there is, could they
please call speak out with the information to contact them.
Reflections from the Pulpit
By Rev. Calvin Fryar
Pastor, Brighton Baptist Church
"I Shall Return"
"And as they heard these things,
he added and spake a parable, be-
cause he was nigh to Jerusalem,
and because they thought that the
kingdom of God should immedi-
ately appear. He said therefore,
A certain nobleman went into a
far country to receive for himself
a kingdom, and to return. And he
called his ten servants, and deliv-
ered them ten pounds, and said
unto them, Occupy till I come.
But his citizens hated him, and
sent a message after him, saying,
We will not have this man to reign
over us. And it came to pass, that
when he was returned, having
received the kingdom, then he
commanded these servants to be
called unto him ...But those mine
enemies, which would not that
I should reign over them, bring
hither, and slay them before me."
"I will come again, and receive
you unto myself; that where I am,
there ye may be also. (John 14:3)
Jesus said "I shall return."
Revelation 1:7 indicates that
there will be a great procession
seen by all the universe when
Jesus returns-every eye will see
Some time ago a great pro-
cession was held in Chicago. On
Sunday evening before, the park
was filled with tents and people,
in preparation for the display
and parade on Tuesday. Passing
down the avenue, a lad said, as
he crossed the railway track: "Did
you see that long line of floats,
sir? They are going to be in the
"Yes, I saw them," was the re-
"My cousin is on one of them,
sir. I wish I was," said the boy.
"Why?" asked the gentleman.
"Oh! They look so pretty, and
they'll have a big time, sir."
"Yes," said the man, "but it is a
great expense -- the money spent
could help feed the poor."
"I never thought of that," said
the boy; "and we are poor."
Having asked his age, resi-
dence, and place of work, the
gentleman asked, "Do you go to
church and Sunday school?"
"Yes," said the boy.
"Did you ever hear of Jesus?
"Do you know He will come
again -- come in glory, with all
the angels, with all the prophets,
kings, martyrs, holy men, and
children, and with all the babies
that have ever died?"
"W-e-1-1," said the boy, "I don't
believe this procession, big as it
s, will be a flea-bite to that one,
Jo you, sir?"
"No, indeed ," said the man
"and remember, also, that when
He comes in g lory He will give
places to every c me who has beer
faithful to Him; even a boy may
shine in that gr eat Company."
"Well, sir," s,;aid the lad, "I wil
tell you what I think. I had rather
be at the tail-end of Jesus' proces-
sion than to be at the head of this
one. Wouldn't you, sir?"
The Scriptur e tells us that Jesus
left to receive the kingdom. But
He reminded His disciples that He
would return w ith the kingdom.
A gentleman visiting a certain
school gave oi't that he would
give a prize to the pupil whose
desk he found in the best order
when he returned. "But when
will you return'?" some of them
"That I cannot tell," was the
A little girl, who had been
noted for her disorderly habits,
announced that s.he meant to win
"You!" He r schoolmates
jeered; "Why, your desk is always
out of order."
"Oh! But I me in to clean it the
first of every weekk"
"But suppose he should come
at the end of the \ 'eek?" someone
"Then I will clean it every
"But he may come at the end
of the day."
For a moment !tl e little girl was
silent. "I know wnhiat I'll do," she
said decidedly, "I'll just keep it
clean." -McCartni ey
He promised to return and "He
shall return"- wh en we least ex-
Are you ready to meet Him
when he catches s His church
away to prepare u s for that great
procession upon 'die earth?
Some years Fago, a party of
sight-seers was traveling together
in England and arrived at an Eng-
lish hotel, but found that it had
been full for days. They were
turning away to seek accommo-
dation elsewhere, when a lady of
the party bade the others adieu,
and expressed her intention of
"How can thatt be?" they
asked, "When yo u hear the hotel
"Oh," she replied, "I tele-
graphed on ah, ead a number
of days ago and my room is se-
My friend, sen d your name on
ahead, and the door of Heaven
can never be shut' against you. Be
sure, it is a wise p recaution. Then
everything will b(! ready for you.
And when the journey of life is
over, you will mount up as with
angel-wings and i inherit the king-
dom prepared for you from the
foundation of the 'world. -D. L.
Letter to the Editor
When the clouds reveal the
morning sun, when the boat
spooks up the bait, when the
chisleywinks are humming and
he bullrush starts to shake, when
he spinnerbait is spinning and
he Bass begins to feed, that's
when I know I'm not alone, Bub-
ba's here with me!
Big "0" Teen Anglers, Inc. ap-
)reciates the memorial contribu-
ions for Paul "Bubba" Helton
rom the following: James and
Becky Croslyn, Ron and Anita
Ramsey, Thea Lacey, Hugo and
Corynne Carter, Quin Nix, Tom
and Eva Mae Conely, Grady and
Vonda Dye, Thomas and E. Dar-
cel Roby, Benita an d Ralph Litton,
Richard Nix, Mosquito Creek Gro-
cery, Dryden Famil-y, Glen Hunter,
Melissa Hart, David Crandall, Har-
low and Gloria Iveliasel, Terrance
and Nancy Horrigan, Lehman
Auto Body, Inc., Eddie and Beth
Lehman, Billy and Yvonne Graves,
Charles Cooper, Jack and Sandra
Bylaska, Kirlee Enterprises, Sands
Family, the Okee chobee Post Of-
fice employees,, Cabin Creek
Enterprises, Inc., and Katherine
Bubba's ded ication to the
youth of Okeech )bee will contin-
ue in the lives of lil he touched.
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Big Band'Bash at VF.W Post 4423
Sunday Sept. 7, the V.F.W Post 4423, N.W 34th Street, will hold
a 40s Big Band Bash from 5 until 9 p.m. Music will be by David Lee.
SMembers and guests are welcome. For information call 863-763-
r Masonic Lodge AYCE breakfast
Sunday Sept. 7, from 8 until 11 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 107
N.W. Fifth, there will be an All you can eat breakfast for $5. For infor-
mation call Jim Green at 863-634-4401.
4-H Club plans first meeting
The Udder Bunch 4-H Club will hold their first meeting on Sept. 8,
at 6:30 p.m. at the Hwy 98 Civic Center. All members and their families
are invited to come, also anyone thinking of joining the club this year
please feel welcome to attend. Members are asked to bring a covered
dish, dinner will be served.
Steaks and Chops 4-H club to meet
The Steaks and Chops 4-H Club will hold their first meeting of the
year on Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. at Yearling Middle School cafeteria. All youth
ages 8 to 18 that are interested in beef breeding, swine and steer proj-
ects are welcome to join our club. All youth that are planning to show
a steer at the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show must be at least 10
years old by Sept. 1, 2008 and have signed up for 4-H or FFA by Sept.
12. The club leaders are Cindy and Jimmie Howell and they can be
reached at 863-467-0981. Contact the Okeechobee County Extension
Office at 863-763-6469 for additional information on 4-H clubs.
CRA Analysis class offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will teach a CRA Nutritional Analysis class on
Monday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness
Center. This is a free class. For information call 863-763-4320.
Substance Abuse Coalition meets
OSAC (Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition) General Meet-
ing is open to the public on Tuesday Sept. 9, from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church (behind Walgreens) Lunch will
be served. 40 Developmental Asset Classes will be held at the Clock
Restaurant on 441. The class will start at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. The
classes are free and the public is welcome. For more information on
these programs, please call 863-697-1792.
Area Agency on Aging to meet
The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc. is
planning its upcoming monthly Board of Directors Executive Commit-
tee meeting, to be held at the Area Agency on Aging, 4400 N. Congress
Ave., West Palm Beach, on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The meeting is sched-
uled to begin at 8:30 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.
Healthy Start Coalition to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Health Start Coalition
will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 11:30 a.m. in their office, 575
S.W 28th St within the New Endeavors School Building. Meeting is
open to the public. For information about the Coalition, contact Kay
Begin at 863-462-5877.
9/11 commemoration planned
The Ladies Auxiliary's to VFW Post 4423 and Post 9528 would in-
vites the public to their "Second Annual Tribute" to honor our Law
Enforcement, Fire Rescue, EMT's, Paramedics and Volunteers. It will
be held on Thursday, Sept. 11, in Flagler Park at 6 p.m. Guest speak-
ers will be from both the County and City Departments along with
youth from our community. Please join us to honor those who gave
their lives and those who survived the most horrible terrorist attack on
American soil. Our goal is to teach our youth the sacrifices American's
make to maintain our freedom. "We Must Never Forget"
Please contact Post 4423 at 863-763-0818 for any questions.
Shared Services Network to meet
The Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will conduct its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on
Friday, Sept. 12, in the board room of the Okeechobee County School
Administration Building. For more information call 863-462-5000, Ext.
Cancer Society hosts bake sale
Seacoast National Bank will hold a bake sale on Sept. 12, at the
1409 South Parrott Avenue and 500 North Parrott Avenue branches
to benefit the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer. Please stop by and enjoy delicious home made goodies! For
more information on how you can be involved with the walk, please
call Teresa Chandler at 863-697-6819.
Hospice holds 3-day yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a 3-day Yard Sale at the Blue
Volunteer Building, next to The Hamrick Home, 411 S.E. Fourth St.,
Thursday, Sept. 11, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, 8 a.m. until
2 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m. until noon. We have Construc-
tion Items also. Bargains galore, all new items available. All Proceeds
benefit patient care in Okeechobee including services offered in The
Hamrick Home. For information, call Cathy at 863-467-2321 or 863-
Annual 4-H awards Sept. 13
Okeechobee County 4-H Awards for the 2007-2008 school year will
be presented at the annual awards dinner on Saturday, Sept. 13 at
Okeechobee High School. Tickets are $2 in advance at the County
Extension Office; $5 at the door. A Chinese auction will start at 4 p.m.
Awards will start at 5 p.m. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. Awards presenta-
tions will resume after dinner. For more information, contact the Ex-
FHREDI public meeting date set
A public meeting the the Florida's Heartland Rural Economic De-
velopmenit Initiative (FHREDI) and Florida's Freshwater Frontier, Inc.
Board of Directors has been set for Monday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m.,
Highlands County Agri-Civic Center, 4509 George Boulevard, Sebring,
Conference Room 2. Topics for discussion will be regional economic
development opportunities. Contact Jim Otterman at 863-385-4900 for
Extension Service plans composting workshop
Compost systems are an efficient way to recycle yard and kitchen
waste. They provide free nutrients, mulch, and rich soil amendment
for your landscape, and help reduce the impact of waste on the land-
To learn more about composting, and to make your own wire
compost bin, come to this informative workshop. The program will
be conducted by Sara May, a certified Master Composter.
The program will be held on Sept. 16, at 5:30-7 p.m. at the
Okeechobee County Extension Service, 458 Highway 98 North,
This is a hands-on program and every participant can take home
the compost bin he or she creates during the class! Space is limited
and pre-registration is required. Call 863-763-6469 to sign up. The cost
is $15 and includes a wire compost bin.
Yard sale planned to benefit Cancer Society
Seacoast National Bank will host a yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 20,
to benefit the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer. Yard sale will be held at 1409 South Parrott Avenue (Seacoast)
and will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until everything is gone! For
more information or to donate items, please call 863-467-4663
Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 7, 2008
Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 7, 2008 _
Disaster help sought for farmers
By Pete Gawda
Individual homeowners and
local governments are eligible for
assistance in coping with the ef-
fects of Tropical Storm Fay. Now
agricultural interests may be get-
ting federal relief. In a letter dated
Sept. 3, Florida Commissioner
of Agriculture and Consumer Af-
fairs Charles Bronson wrote to
Governor Charlie Crist requesting
that the governor ask for a disas-
ter declaration from the U.S. De-
partment of Agriculture (USDA)
for 36 Florida counties including
Okeechobee, Hendry, Highlands,
Glades, Indian River, Martin, and
The letter stated that accord-
ing to the USDA's Farm Service
Agency in Florida, these 36 coun-
ties meet the disaster criteria.
"It is my hope that given the
amount of damage agriculture
received, you will expedite this
request so that our producers can
begin to access much needed di-
saster relief," the commissioner
If there is a USDA disaster dec-
laration, area farmers, ranchers
and dairymen could be eligible
for emergency loans and the U.S.
Secretary of Agriculture could
implement emergency farm pro-
Fortunately, damage to row
crops in the county has been min-
imal. Most crops were harvested
before the storm or have not yet
Beef and dairy cattle have not
fared so well. Wes Williamson
of Williamson Cattle Company
said mosquitoes were "chew-
ing" on his cattle pretty good. He
said there were not too many dry
spots for cattle to sleep. He said
they would huddle together in
the highest part of the pastures.
Fortunately, he has seen no sign
of mosquito borne diseases yet.
Cattle as well as horses are sus-
ceptible to foot, diseases if they
stay in standing water too long.
Another problem brought on
by the excessive rains, according
to Mr. Williamson, is the fact that
grass has less nutritional value be-
cause of the water.
Williamson Cattle Company
also has citrus groves. Mr. Wil-
liaison said citrus trees are very
susceptible to flooding. They can-
not live very many days in standing
water. The leaves and fruit begin
to drop and eventually the trees
will die if the water does not sub-
side. He said they have not seen
so much flooding in their groves
since the hurricanes of 2004 and
2005. At least this time the elec-
tricity did not go out so they could
run electric pumps in their groves.
He said they also used some trac-
tor mounted pumps.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.conm.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
Ag in the classroom grants available
around Florida will develop bio
fuels, learn about commodi-
ties produced in their areas and
participate in a state-wide Arbor
Day program, among other pro-
grams, as part of 23 volunteer
grant projects Florida Agriculture
in the Classroom, Inc., has select-
ed for funding for 2008.
The non-profit association
based in Gainesville approved
grant projects around the state,
many of them to be carried out
by University of Florida/IFAS
Farm Bureau Federation is urg-
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comments to the Environmental
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agency reevaluate its proposed
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ers to assess the impact of the
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6 Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 7, 2008
Guava shrub is an American 'exotic'
By Dan Culbert
A popular fruit among many
local residents is Guava, a woody
shrub found growing in natural
areas and in Florida Yards. There
are several popular fruiting types
enjoyed by both people and wild-
life, and are thought by some to
be a native plant to our area.
While they can be described
as American natives, they are not
native to our area. Guavas were
brought to Florida from Latin
America. They have spread all
over Florida since the mid 1800s,
and are now found worldwide.
Commercial Guava production
once existed in Florida, but to-
day is centered in Hawaii, Latin
America, Southern Asia and other
Guava fruit are eaten fresh,
can be cooked or made into pre-
serves, and are a staple in many
kitchens. Their ability to spread
from seed and cuttings has al-
lowed them to move into road-
sides and wooded areas. They are
considered a weed to land man-
agers and citrus growers.
Three major guavas are com-
monly seen growing in our area,
each with many different named
varieties. They are members of
the Myrtle family which often pro-
duce interesting and edible fruits
enjoyed all over the world.
The common or Apple guava
(Psidium guajava) has fruit that
typically ripen as a yellow color.
This species comes from Mexico
and Central America. Two ba-
sic types grown in Florida pink
or red pulp types are consumed
when ripe and white pulp types
consumed when the fruit is green
The Cattley Guava is also
known as Strawberry guava
(Psidium littoral). This plant tree
is native to Brazil but grows well
in south and central Florida. It of-
ten has multiple trunks and can
be used as a hedge. The reddish
colored edible fruit usually ripen
in July and August. A yellow col-
ored fruiting type is known as the
Lemon guava, but is the same spe-
cies as the Strawberry guava. Fruit
from this species are generally
smaller than the common guava.
Occasionally seen is the
Pineapple guava or Feijoa (F. sell-
owiana). This shrub is grown in
warmer areas of Florida. It works
well as a hedge because of its at-
tractive flowers in addition to its
larger sized edible fruit. Feijoa
(pronounced "fay-JOE-uh") does
not have the invasive habits of the
other two guava plants above.
If given space. and light, gua-
va can grow into small trees to
heights of 30 feet. Guavas are
easy to recognize because of their
smooth, thin, copper-colored bark
that flakes off, showing the green-
ish layer beneath. The attractive
patchwork quilted trunk makes
them an accent plant for Florida
Yards. Be aware that in the land-
scape, the thin bark is easily dam-
aged by string weed trimmers.
Guava leaves give off a distinc-
tive odor when crushed. Foliage
is evergreen, and the oval or ob-
long leaves will grow in pairs with
short leaf stalks petioless).
Faintly fragrant white flowers
grow singly or in small clusters
between the leaves and stems.
These flowers are about one inch
wide, with 4 or 5 white petals
which quickly drop and a large
bunchy tuft of perhaps 250 white
stamens tipped with pale-yellow
anthers. The showy pineapple
guava flowers have white/cream/
gray and red colored petals. Bees
typically pollinate guava flowers.
Common guava fruit give off a
strong, sweet, musky odor when
ripe. They may be round, oval or
pear-shaped. When immature, the
fruit is green, hard, and gummy
with a very astringent flavor. When
ripe, fruit measure 2 to 4 inches
long and have 4 or 5 protruding
bumps at the blossom end.
Common guava fruit skin is
thin. Generally they ripen to a
light-yellow skin color but are fre-
quently pink blushed. Underneath
Some members of the Okeechobee for Obama group gath-
ered at Beef O'Brady's on Thursday, Aug. 28, for a conven-
tion watch party. Those pictured include Stephanie Pierce,
John Chamberlain, Rosalind Brown, Colleen Frost, Adean
Miller, Glenn Thomas, Marty Thomas, Pat Grant, Shirlean
Graham, April Hayes, Jan Fehrman, Araminta Calwell, Ray
Worley, Cynthia Kelly, Reggie Hayes, and Dick Burke.
Community Theatre offers
30th birthday season tickets
Season tickets are now available
for all of the performances which
will make up the Okeechobee
Community Theatre's 30th year of
presenting live musicals, comedies
and dramas to local audiences.
The not-for-profit theatre orga-
nization, which is operated under
the care of the Okeechobee Educa-
tional Foundation, Inc. is celebrat-
ing its 30th birthday with a sched-
ule of shows which will include a
fast paced holiday comedy, a dra-
matization of one of the world's
best loved books, and a bonus
romantic tear jerker, according to
Coordinator/Director, Ron Hayes.
Season subscriptions will en-
title patrons to attend both the
fall and the spring productions
for just $20, a savings of $4 off the
single ticket price.
In addition, as a special birth-
day gift, the theatre invites season
ticket holders to enjoy a special
third performance in March at
no additional cost. As a result,
subscribers will get to see three
shows, valued at a total of $36, for
only $20. Season tickets are avail-
able only until October 4.
Subscription brochures have
been sent to those on the theatre's
mailing list. Anyone not receiving
a brochure by mail may find them
in certain locations around town,
including some doctors' offices,
and the Chamber of Commerce.
They may also call 863-763-1307.
Single show tickets will not go on
sale until after the October 4 sea-
son ticket deadline.
This year, for the first time,
tickets may be charged to VISA,
MasterCard or Discover.
The November production is
a holiday offering, "Christmas
Belles," which is a sequel to the
group's 2006 hit comedy, "Dearly
Beloved," by Jessie Jones, Nicho-
las Hope, and Jamie Wooten.
"Dearly Beloved was a real
audience pleaser, and completely
sold out three of the four nights
when we presented it," Hayes
said. "It was a no-brainer for us
to decide to perform the sequel
to kick off our 30th year, and to
offer a great start for the holiday
season. Most of the original cast is
back to reprise their roles."
This time, instead of a wed-
ding, the residents of the fictitious
town of Fayro, Texas are prepar-
ing for a church Christmas pag-
eant. Everything that can possibly
go wrong does, but somehow,
the true meaning of the holiday
still gets through.
In March, the theatre will pres-
ent the state adaptation of Harper
Lee's beloved Pulitzer Prize win-
ning novel, "To Kill a Mocking-
bird," which inspired the motion
picture that swept the Academy
Awards in 1961.
Also in March, will be a pro-
duction of "Love Letters," by A.R.
Gurney, presented for two per-
formances only. It is the touch-
ing story of a man and a woman
whose love for each other over
a lifetime is demonstrated only
through their letters.
The show will be open to the
general public at the regular tick-
et price, but will be a free gift to
those who have purchased sea-
son tickets. A special Okeechobee
Community Theatre 30th birthday
reception will accompany the pre-
sentation, with free refreshments
for those in attendance.
All performances by the
Okeechobee Community Theatre
are presented in the auditorium
on the Okeechobee Freshman
Campus, on S.W. Second Avenue
at Seventh Street, behind Golden
know more about this fruit, de-
tails on site selection, propagation
from seed or cuttings, general cul-
tural requirements, pruning, pest
management and fruit handling
are contained in bulletins avail-
able from our office or on-line.
The on-line version of this ar-
is a layer of granular flesh. This
fleshy layer can vary in color from
white, yellow to pink or near-red,
with juicy, acid to sweet flavors.
The central pulp is slightly
darker, juicy and usually filled
with round 1/8 inch sized seeds.
Some varieties of guavas have
soft, chewable seeds, while oth-
ers are hard; seed counts can
range from the hundreds to al-
The small, sour guavas found
in the wild are best used for pro-
cessing. There are many uses for
guavas guava paste is added to
pastries and guava juice is found
in tropical juice blends.
In many parts of the world, the
guava runs wild and forms ex-
tensive thickets called "guaya-
bales" in Spanish. They can over-
run pastures, fields and roadsides.
Here in Florida, guava has been
assessed and determined to be
invasive by the UF/IFAS Invasive
Plants Working Group. Because
of this, it is not recommended by
IFAS for planting in south Florida;
guava may be planted in central
Florida but should be managed to
The guava is a prime host of
the Mediterranean, Oriental, Mexi-
can and Caribbean fruit flies. Ripe
fruits can be infested with the lar-
vae and are then unusable except
as livestock feed. Fruit must be
picked before full maturity at least
three times a week or protected by
covering with paper sacks when
small. Infested fruits should be
burned or otherwise destroyed.
Parasitic wasps that attack the
larvae and pupae of these fruit
flies have been released and have
helped to reduce this menace.
Commercial citrus growers wish-
ing to export their citrus fruit must
insure "fly-free zones." To do this
they may actively gain the permis-
sion of landowners to remove
guavas from areas around com-
mercial citrus plantings. In some
cases, zoning regulations prohibit
the planting of guava in certain ar-
eas as a means to support export
For homeowners who wish to
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OKEECHOBEE James Amos
Williams, of Okeechobee, died
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008, in the Okee-
chobee Health Care Facility. He was
Born Dec. 16, 1924, in Zolfo
Springs, he served in the United
He had been a resident of Okee-
chobee for the past 41 years and
was a member of the Brighton Bap-
tist Church. He enjoyed hunting and
He is preceded in death by his
brothers, Kenneth, Raymond and
Kyle and his sisters, Lucille and Dor-
He is survived by his loving wife of
60 years, Louise of Okeechobee, ,Ad
daughters, Robin Wilson of Okee-
chobee, Holly Belser (Steve) of At-
lanta, Ga.; son, Ronnie Williams
(Tina) of Okeechobee; grandson,
Josh Wilson of Orlando and grand-
daughter, Lindsey Williams of Okee-
Visitation will be today, from 4 to
6 p.m., in the Buxton Funeral Home
Chapel, 110 North East 5th Street,
Graveside services will be 11 a.m.,
Monday, in the Lake Dale Baptist
Church Cemetery, Wauchula.
All arrangements are under the di-
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neral Home and Crematory, 110
North East 5th Street, Okeechobee.
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Code board meets Tuesday
By Pete Gawda
The City of Okeechobee Code
Enforcement Board is scheduled
to hear six code violations at their
Gloria and Mary Brown re-
ceived two citations for public
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cause of conditions of property
on N.W Ninth Avenue and N.W.
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Volunteers needed to help children
Guardian ad Litem
interest in court
By Chauna Aguilar
Minor children in the depen-
dency court system in Okeecho-
bee County who cannot speak for
themselves need your help as a
Guardian ad Litem.
What is a Guardian ad
Linda Woloski, a GAL that has
worked with children as a volun-
teer in Okeechobee, explained
to the Community Collaborative
Council on Tuesday that a GAL
is a court appointed advocate for
children who are in the depen-
Assistant Circuit Director Pat-
tra Dodd also visited the CCC
meeting where she extended to
the audience of various agencies
and community members that
the GAL program is in serious
need of volunteers to represent
these abused, neglected, and/or
abandoned children that are in
the dependency court system.
The job of a GAL includes in-
terviewing the children, parents
and other adult caregivers or
extended family and neighbors
about the child. The GAL ulti-
mately makes a recommenda-
tion on where the child should
be placed, either to remain in the
home or to be placed in some al-
Mrs. Woloski currently has five
cases that she is working on right
now. A typical GAL volunteers 4
to 6 hours a month. They attend
dependency court with the chil-
dren they are assigned to when-
ever possible, usually occurring
on Monday from 9 a.m. until 4
p.m. in Okeechobee County. If a
GAL is unable to attend the court
proceedings, they can submit a
written letter to the judge with
The GAL advocates for the
child by conveying the results
from their interaction and inves-
tigation to the court by submit-
ting a signed written report with
recommendations to the court on
what placement, visitation plan,
services and permanent plan are
in the best interest of the child.
The only thing that one needs to
be qualified to be a GAL is a love of
children and the ability to volunteer
their time to the GAL program.
A 30-hour intensive training
unit is conducted by Mrs. Dodd for
all GALs in Okeechobee. Training
is done locally at the courthouse
and can also be partially complet-
There are currently only nine
volunteer GALs in Okeechobee.
GAL also has eight paid staff
advocates who have a case load
of over 75 children that they ser-
vice each month. According to
Mrs. Dodd, there are over 80 chil-
dren that are not represented.
Typical cases that a GAL would
handle deal with children who
have been removed from their
home for some specific circum-
stance such as abuse or neglect.
The job of their GAL is to be the
voice for those children in court.
Cases where children are un-
der the supervision of the Depart-
ment of Children and Family and
are involved in court proceedings
require a GAL.
The primary goal for guardians
is to create permanency for the
children by providing a safe, lov-
ing environment on a permanent
basis. While reunification with
the parent is always the first goal,
guardians realize that this isn't al-
ways possible and they will work
with the system to make sure that
the children's interests are con-
tinually kept in front of any other
The roles of a GAL are investi-
gation, facilitation, advocacy and
The GAL will use various
means to investigate the situation
through visitation with the child,
reviewing records and interview-
ing appropriate parties involved
in the case which could include
but is not limited to teachers and
therapists. GALs also determine
whether a permanent plan that
has been created for the child is
in accordance with federal and
state laws and whether appropri-
ate services are being provided to
the child and family.
The GAL facilitates resources
and services for the child and cre-
ates a collaborative relationship
between all parties involved in
the case which allows the child's
needs to be met more efficiently
The GAL continues to moni-
tor the child's progress by keep-
ing track of whether the orders of
the court as well as the plans of
the Department of Children and
Families, are carried out.
Remember, anyone with com-
mon sense, compassion and ded-
ication to children can be a GAL.
GAL applicants must also pass a
background check. They are cur-
rently campaigning to enhance
the volunteer force in order to
help more children of the com-
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5804 or 866-341-1425.
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School students are encouraged
to attend the first PTO Meeting of
the year on Thursday, Sept. 30, at
7 p.m. in the cafeteria. They will
be discussing plans for the year
and explaining to parents the
current grade promotion require-
ments. For more information,
contact Andrea Mitchum at 863-
Yearling plans to hold a Parent
Meeting Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7
p.m. during the PTO Meeting in
the cafeteria. New legislation has
changed pupil progression for
middle school students beginning
with this year's eighth graders.
In order to earn promotion,
the student must pass 5 out of 6
courses. In order to pass a course,
the student must earn a passing
grade in three of the four grading
The following Middle School
requirements for students enter-
ing sixth or seventh grade this
year to be promoted from middle
school to high school include suc-
cessful completion of: 3 year-long
courses in English, 3 year-long
courses in Mathematics, 3 year-
long courses in Science, 3 year-
long courses in Social Studies,
and I course in career and educa-
Volleyball tryouts will conclude
this Thursday (Sept. 4). Good luck
Sto all students
who are trying
out. The official
roster will be re-
Progress Reports go home
with students Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Please take time to go over the
progress reports with your son/
daughter. According to Okeecho-
bee County Schools' Pupil Pro-
gression, students must pass five
out of their six classes to meet
Yearling Middle School offers a
morning and an after school tuto-
The after school tutorial pro-
gram operates two days a week
from 3:30 until 5 p.m.(Tuesday
and Thursday). Parents must
provide their own transportation
for the after school tutorial. The
tutorial program is scheduled to
begin Tuesday, Sept. 9.
The morning tutorial operates
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day from 7:10- 8:20. Transporta-
tion will be provided. The tutorial
will also begin on Sept. 9.
Please contact Dylan Tedders
at Yearling Middle School 863-
462-5056 for more information.
Soccer tryouts will conclude
this Thursday, Sept. 4. Good luck
to all students who are trying out.
The official roster will be released
Yearling Middle School offers
an Information Hotline to assist
students and parents. As of right
now, parents and students will
be able to call the Information
Hotline at 863-462-5066 and lis-
ten to their work assignments for
the day or week. Please call our
school office if the Information
Hotline seems incorrect.
Are you interested in volunteer-
ing at our school? Please contact
Mrs. Markham (Assistant Princi-
pal) if you would like to help our
Early Release Day
The 2008-09 school calendar
contains 4 days which have been
designated as Student Early Re-
lease Days. Our first Early Release
Day will be Friday, Sept. 19,
*The early release is for stu-
dents only. Employees will work
the regular school day hours.
*The purpose of early release
days is to provide time for teach-
ers to do academic planning, at-
tend training, and conduct parent
*School hours for these days
will be: 8:55 a.m. 12:15 p.m.
*Students will be fed a light
breakfast and a meal prior to dis-
*Regular bus service (trans-
porting students home) will oc-
cur at the Early Release dismissal
times. Parents may pick up stu-
dents at the Early Release dis-
Our second SAC meeting will
be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, at
4 p.m. in the office conference
room. Everyone is welcome to
Everglades Elementary welcomes new teachers and students
Everglades Elementary 2008-
2009 school year has started out
in a great way. We are welcom-
ing many new faces, both new
students and new teachers. Mrs.
Weigum, Mr. Ball, and the whole
staff would like to welcome new
kindergarten teacher, Amanda
Dodson. Mrs. Dodson did her stu-
dent teaching at Everglades last
year and we are very happy to wel-
come her as a full-fledged teacher.
Also, we are happy to wel-
come our new RE. teacher, Mrs.
Kim Jackson, who is coming to
us from Yearling Middle School, as
well as our new Special Education
teacher, Ms. Patty Santangelo, from
Seminole Elementary. Mrs. There-
sa Forde is returning to Everglades
from Osceola Middle School. She
is now teaching third grade.
Another welcome goes to our
new night time custodian, Mr. Ge-
rard English. Welcome to all of
our new Everglades staff!
-- The students and teachers are
very excited to begin a new year.
We have a new reading series, Mac-
Millian/McGraw Hill, "Treasures."
This new series is full of new lit-
erature, new vocabulary and many
new opportunities for learning.
We are also very excited to con-
tinue with some of our favorite pro-
grams from previous years. We are
going full-steam ahead with 100
Book Challenge. This supplemental
reading program helps the students
to become more fluent readers and
to have a better understanding of
what they have read. Remember,
that the goal for each student is 11
steps a week, or 44 steps a month,
or 100 steps each nine weeks, all
equaling 400 (or more) steps a
year! That is 100 hours (or more)
of extra reading by the end of this
school year! Fantastic! Don't forget,
that 100 Book Challenge wants
the students to choose books that
are FUN, FAST, and EASY! Parents,
your job is to listen to your child
read for 15-30 minutes a night. One
step is 15 minutes. Steps are accu-
mulated in 15 minute increments,
not how many books or pages that
Thinking Maps are starting to
appear all over the school. We
have reviewed the "Circle" Map
which helps to define something
and the "Bubble" Map which de-
scribes something. Don't forget
that with the "Bubble" map, you
always use adjectives in the little
is in the big
of The Week." Each week, we
will introduce a new word on the
morning announcements and
then review it daily. The boys and
girls have the opportunity to use
the "WOW" in their writing and
their oral language. Each student
who can demonstrate that they
can use the word correctly gets to
put their name in the fish bowl.
Each Wednesday ("WOW" Word
Wednesday) Miss Shofner (Read-
ing Coach) pulls several names
and calls them on the announce-
ments. These students are called
to her room and given a small
The morning announcements
have a new look. The 'GATOR
NEWS "anchor" desk is decked
out in 'Gator orange and blue.
Our news anchors are, Megan
Pinkerman, Jessica Cason, Kristen
Dryden, and Alana Mosely. Aaron
Rodriguez and Lillian Geary work
the camera. These students are
doing a great job! The boys and
girls are very excited to hear the
lunch menu read by Chef Cookie
(he's a puppet). What a great way
to remember what is for lunch.
Thanks you to the news produc-
tion team; Mrs. Fuller and Mrs.
Wilson, for producing the news.
Our first school wide read has
been, "Hour of the Olympics," by
Mary Pope Osbourne. The stu-
dents have enjoyed the adventure
of the very first Olympic games in
Ancient Greece. We would also
like to thank our guest readers,
Mrs. Fuller, Miss Shofner, Mr. Ball,
Ms. Gumz, Mrs. Davis, and Mrs
Weigum for reading two chapters
each of the book over the ITV The
classrooms were able to tune in
and enjoy as the guest readers
shared this book!
New teachers meet
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teachers of Okeechobee. The teachers gathered for their
first meeting at the freshman campus on Sept. 2. There
were 40 teachers in attendance. Seacoast gave away a
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Students take on 100 Book reading challenge
Central Elementary School Kin-
dergarten has had a great start in
school. The children have learned
many rules and procedures which
help them throughout their day. It
is truly a big new world to a small
In reading, we have already
learned to recognize, read, and
write two high-frequency words
and have almost completed a
short study of all the alphabet let-
ters not in sequence! We match
uppercase letters to the corre-
sponding lowercase letters and
have identified objects which be-
gin with different letters.
The 100 Book Challenge has
been started and all the children
are enjoying "reading" their
books. We would like to say
"thank you" to all the parents who
are listening to '
their children -
read and then
We have al-
ready seen a
lot of progress
in reading skills due in part to the
benefits of this program.
We are also coming to the end
of our first period for rewarding
good behavior and citizenship
skills. Kindergarten will be having
a popsicle party for all students
who earned five or more Power
Paws. The teachers and other
staff are very pleased with how
the children are learning to be
good citizens and showing char-
acteristics such as helpfulness,
sharing, caring, responsibility, re-
spect, and readiness. Again, we
want to thank parents and others
for showing these same actions in
their behavior, therefore, setting
the example for the students.
We also enjoyed a great
Grandparents Day with each class
having grandparents eating and
visiting with their grandchildren!
Mrs. Greseth's second grade
is off to an awesome start! The
students are jumping right back
into learning and they have had
a great three weeks so far. The
students are reading stories about
making friends, and they even got
to make blueberry muffins to go
along with one of the stories. In
Math they are working on com-
paring and ordering numbers to
100. In Science they are learning
all about matter. The students can
tell you all about solids, liquids,
and gasses. Keep up the fabulous
Miss Miller's second graders
had been enjoying our stories
from our new reading series. They
have been learning about how the
Olympics began and what events
they would like to try. In science
we have been having fun finding
the three forms of matter: solids,
liquids, and gases.
Congratulations to Jesus
Gomez and Paislea Plant for be-
ing our Students of the week,
for their outstanding behavior in
class! Congratulations to Mariah
Raulerson and Paislea Plant for
having the most steps read for the
100 Book Challenge. Remember
to read every night and have your
parent sign your folder for every
15 minutes of reading. The first
nine weeks ends October 15th.
Mrs. Whiteside's class has
started Social Studies off with a
unit on the Olympics. The stu-
dents have learned what it takes
for a sport to become an Olym-
pic sport. They also made ancient
Olympic head wreaths to wear.
Thank you to Imri Morales and
Martin Bornheimer for bringing in
snacks for the class to share.
Congratulations to Anali Car-
mona and Nicolas Thomas for
being our Students of the Week.
Both of them have shown excel-
lent behavior and have turned in
all of their homework. Great job!
Second Grade Base
Second Grade B.A.S.E. stu-
dents have been busy learning
about animal groups and how
scientists classify them into differ-
ent groups. The kids have been
busy learning how to say the
animal names and body parts in
We are proud to announce our
first Students of the Week: Ana
Laura Bustos, Sumer Baker, Kait-
lyn McKay, and Miguel Sanchez!
Congratulation to our top A.R,
Point Earners: Judele Root and
Carlos Ayala! A big hooray to Blan-
ca Gaona for 25 hours of reading!
Keep reading for A.R. and the 100
Book Challenge. Don't forget to
have Mom & Dad sign your fold-
ers when you read at home!
Students off to a roaring start at North
Fourth grade news
The fourth graders at North
Elementary are off to a "roaring"
start! In Reading, students are
learning how to analyze a story,
making inferences as they read. In
Math, students are learning about
place value, while they are begin-
ning to learn all about Florida's
history in Social Studies. Finally,
students are beginning to learn
about writing expository essays in
preparation for FCAT Writes next
Students in fourth grade are
also working together to earn
1000 Accelerated Reader points!
When they meet this goal, stu-
dents are going to receive a spe-
cial treat from their teachers. Last
year, fourth graders earned more
than 6,000 AR points, but this year
we're going to do even better!
For the past two weeks, Mr.
Stanley's students have been
learning about the Olympics, and
now that the Beijing summer
In celebration of Grandpar-
family members to our school
for lunch. Mrs. Jordan and Mrs.
Freeman sent invitations to
family members and encour-
aged them to participate in this
exciting event. Having parents,
grandparents, and other volun-
teers actively involved in the ed-
ucation of young children helps
students achieve academic suc-
cess. Please join us on Sept. 11
games have come to a close, stu-
dents are preparing to create and
present their poster report on ei-
ther a famous athlete or an Olym-
pic event. Mr. Stanley's class is
also learning about the birthplace
of the Olympics, Ancient Greece.
Over the next few weeks,
students will learn about daily
life in Ancient
Greece, as well
as about its art,
dents will also
it was like to
work and go to school in Ancient
Greece. In fact, not only was An-
cient Greece the birthplace of the
Olympics, it was the birthplace
of democracy! This will lead stu-
dents into the class' September
and October units-the presiden-
Finally, Mr. Stanley's students
at 9:30 a.m. for our Volunteer
Kickoff Breakfast. We'll enjoy a
meal as we fill out paperwork to
volunteer at Seminole Elemen-
tary. Thank you for taking an ac-
tive role in the education of our
students. We look forward to
seeing you soon.
Sept. 9: PTO Kindergarten
Orientation at 7 p.m.
Sept. 11: Volunteer Kickoff
Breakfast at 9:30 a.m.
Sept. 19: Early Release Day--
Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 23: PTO FCAT Parent
Night at 7 p.m.
Oct. 13: Book Fair until Oct.
Oct. 21: Picture Make UP
are learning about the environ-
ment in Science. Not only are the
students discovering the many
different ways plants and animals
adapt to survive, but they are
learning about how people can
either positively or negatively im-
pact the world around them. To
reinforce these ideas, students
are reading, "There's an Owl in
the Shower" by Jean Craighead
George. This story is about a boy
named Borden, who decides to
harm a spotted owl as revenge for
his father losing his job when pro-
tected owls are found in the forest
he's logging. Although we won't
spoil the ending, we can say that,
in the end, Borden gains a new
appreciation for how special ev-
ery animal is-no matter how big
Third grade news
Ms. Gaus' class is enjoying the
investigation of our new Reading
series. We could all relate to the
School board meets Tuesday
By Chauna Aguilar
On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the
Okeechobee County School
Board will meet at 5 p.m. for a
workshop to discuss the budget
and the possibility of additional
budget cuts in the future.
The School Board Meeting will
follow the workshop at 6 p.m., in
the Board Chambers at 700 S.W.
Second Avenue, where they will
consider adopting the final bud-
get for the 2008-09 school year
with the final public hearing.
Dr. Patricia Cooper, superin-
tendent of schools, has recom-
mended that the total millage
rate of 7.661 -- down .051 from
last year's rate 7.712 -- be adopt-
ed for the 2007-08 budget.
The breakdown of this mill-
age rate is: required local effort
-- 5.163 mills; tentative discre-
tionary local effort -- .498 mills;
additional discretionary millage
rate -- .250 mills; and, 1.75 mills
for capital outlay.
One mill equals $1 in taxes for
each $1,000 of assessed property
If passed, this would mean a
decrease of 0.051 in the overall
school budget millage rate. This
rate has steadily dropped since
the 2003-04 budget.
They will also consider the ad-
vertisement to amend two board
policies: the student progression
plan policy and the alcohol and
drug-free workplace policy.
Other action items include
consideration of the following:
*approval of the Independent
Benefits Council 403(b) Model
facilities five-year work pro-
*contract for services with
Florida State University Florida
Center for Interactive Media;
*agreement for preventive
oral health screening/sealant
*agreement with Simple So-
lutions of Okeechobee for ESE
services as needed;
*agreement for demolition
and removal of the old calf barn
with Cobb Roofing, Inc. at no
cost to the district. Services ren-
dered in exchange for demoli-
*revisions to personnel allo-
temporary employment; resigna-
tions, terminations and suspen-
sions of employment; transfers
and leave requests.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at email@example.com.
School collecting used ink cartridges
Don't throw away your used
ink cartridges, bring them to South
Elementary School. We turn the
cartridges in to earn points for
our school. With these points we
can purchase school equipment
for the classrooms. With budget
cuts this helps us to save money.
We take fax cartridges, laser car-
tridges, printer cartridges, etc.
This also helps the environment.
Please help us by contributing
your used cartridge.
School Pictures Sept. 10, is
for our fall
is Sept. 19.
go through Oct. 3. So make sure
you get your order in to help sup-
port the many programs PTO
Early Release Day Sept. 19,
is early release day. Students will
be released from school at 11:30
Progress Reports Progress
Reports will go home Sept. 16.
PTO MEETING Sept. 23, at 6
p.m. If you are interested in join-
ing the PTO please feel free to
come to the meeting.
Grandparents enjoyed lunch
with their grandchildren this
week. The grandchildren enjoyed
the visit. Mrs. Nicola Coker took
photos of the grandparents and
"First Day Jitters."
Mrs. Dennison's class has been
studying the needs of plants. We
are enjoying watching our lima
bean seeds sprout. We have also
been reviewing addition and sub-
Mrs. Van Deman's class is set-
tling in and learning third grade
procedures. We are really enjoy-
ing our introduction to cursive
writing. We have some wonder-
Mrs. Suarez' class is learning
the classroom procedures quick-
ly. We have been reviewing ad-
dition and subtraction skills. We
have also practiced map skills in
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10 Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 7, 2008
YOUR LAST CHANCE BEFRE THESE VEHICLES
*ARE SENT TO THE AUCTION FOR FINAL DISPOSAL
Most car dealers do notl own their inventory. 'lhe Itank does.
Banks have strict policies on how IonIg a dealer can keep a vehicle. I Ia vehicle is aimound too long
the dealer must either write the Bank a check to write down the vt'hicle or in sonie cases pa\ oft
the entire vehicle. l his (eats ip a dealer's cash and lihe has less money to ri his business.
'/ Ht bisiniess is all about ca/shi lbm' ad tniI h 'iv sal.'/es s/oi, dIoivn. ti.' casIh drwaiIs .f"
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WHAT DOES THIS 1M'.. AN FOR TOI 'S B.6ItCGAIN HUNTER?
'the slowing economy comnbinedt with skyrockel in gas prices liis had a Imajor impact on the
'current used car Imarket. Slowing sales causes usdtt vt'hic's to sit on dealers lo s. t)ealieris ha ve
no choice but to use their available cash lo write the aulnk big checks to write downi their in\ cn-
tory or take it to the wholesale dealer auctions and ltry to sell it fora fraction otfils value.
"7rn (do//lars' ahead making it retail clsl/m/f nim i in u ,heli'rn'abIC' de il o t/'t's vhicles /ht ieling,
the ccir sharks pick mei apart at the i'hoei'sale auctioni"
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"ihat is why dealers have asked us to organize I these -x 'hicle disposal sales. '1 hey are Ilar bet I er oil
selling these vehicles at un belie able prices than I making tlheit \hicles to wholesale ta it ion.
Where you buy your vehicle makes a tldifterence on getting approved
Sfor a loan plus the interest rale and sterns you get.
Most people believe that their credit score is what inlluenctes their financing-. Noti tr in. I end
ers also base loan approvals. lower interest rates andI letter t It s on (I I (lit' \ hliiii of business a
dealer does with the lender. Because of the hiighi numba't ler of loans we dlo w\ it h certain intl ioniil
lenders. wve often gc't people approved that ;N ere I turned down at oIlher dealers or w' g'et lower
interest rates than a customer was getting at a dealer that doet's less bluisiniss w\ iti a lendettr.
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'he l'people t hait ()n IiI his inveintory wa y I ou to knowv how serious I hey are about si selling thise
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next page l6i a lull list. 0You will be amazed.
Local ordinances prohibit us from bringing all three hundred vehicles. We can have any vehicle
you ste list ed, subject to prior sale. at the sale location within several hours.
'I he sales staff you nieet will be polite. But, lair warning- they will ask you to buy a car. They
I\ ill also ask you some basic questions about what you are looking for, what you are trading
anid if you are i interested in buying today. Ihey won't pressure you into a decision or wear you
out wi h corny car lingo like "you better buy now...it might not he here when you come back" If
thley seem business-like, it's because the people who have hired us have made it very clear how
serious they are about selling these vehicles in five days.
We'll give you a price for ours, tell you what we'll give you for yours and ask you if you want to
make a deal. It'vou say no. there is no problem at all. But don't be offended if the salesperson
wIlks aa.y lo talk with another buyer. It's not personal-it's just business.
It 1' 3t't nr1iii' tiood coruiOtrxnts f'iii custoii ''. about hoi i eaSy', f.its/ and(i f ,. ,,, it tihe whole buying
process is (I /thie .s' sa/.. I.i/Ae ot' clislom.netr s.il/l'/. I .' Ill three to iak'e fields. I wiantid a bargain
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b.imk or crnditl union inatiiinIg Ihatl makes it Ihal munich easier for you and us.
t\ dot hi\ av several nat ional lenders standing by online for the sale who are eager to make loans
at some vcrv y t active rat es and terms for those people that want to shop financing.
We arie not the people xx ho claim to 'get everyone financed' or your job is your credit'. If you
have damattllged credit, please come to the sale. \Ve have helped folks that have been turned down
"1 I 'e been ahle to help maunl p'ophi' iith c managed credit get a car mainly because our prices
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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
? NEED HELP ?
CALL GEORGE CARTER
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale in the classi-
fleds and make your
clean in a breeze!
Do you enjoy commercial cleaning
in outdoors setting? Are you a seasoned
floor person with leadership skills?
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries has a
full-time custodial lead in
$11.56/hr, with excellent benefits,
holidays & paid vacation.
Please call (863) 443-6010,
Apply in person at 1715 Tiffany Dr E,
WPB or download application packet
Fax completed packets to
561-848-1475 ATTN: HR Dept.
G4S YOUTH SERVICES
OJOCC is seeking qualified professionals to work
with youth in a residential setting. The following
positions are currently available with competitive
salaries and benefits.
Master's Level Mental Health Therapist
Juvenile Correctional Officers
If interested, please send resume to
Veronica Bellamy at 863-357-9922, ext. 2260 oi
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc., 560
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items. 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
Why Rent a
when you can
own a Shed
One man's trash is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classt-
CAR SEAT Clewiston area.
Like new/used only 9 days.
221bs.-541bs. limit. $30.
EPSON 660 Printer Clewiston
area. Excl. cond./ Incl. cable
& xtra color cartridge. $25.
Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
(Nextto Loe's &acros
Sofa Bed- Avocado green,
plush, micro fiber, w/ match-
ing rocker/recliner, $700 for
both 1 yr old (863)801-9379
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REMINGTON MODEL 742
Woodsman 30-06 semi-
auto rifle w/leather case.
5 STRING Dojo by Dobro -
Collector's instrument. Exc.
cond.Hard case and more.
Grab a bargain from your
attic, basement or clos-
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417 W S Park St (863) 467-1243
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Lg. 2BR Apt. close to town,
central a/c, nice & clean,
$850 + sec. dep. Call Vikki
OKEE., 2br, lba CBS, New
kitchen & paint. Laundry. No
pets. $650/mo. + $500 sec.
dep. Call 772-215-0098
ON RIM CANAL of Lake Okee-
chobee: 1br, furnished,
screened porch, utils incl'd.
RANCH SETTING 2 Bdrm., 1
Ba. Available now! Very
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
REMODELED 2br, 1ba, one
story. Oak Lake Apts., W/D,
$750, 1st, last, security,
SW OKEECHOBEE 2BR, no
pets, non-smkg. env., 12
mo. lease, $700 mo. For info
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets.
BASSWOOD 3br, 2ba, 2 car
BUCKHEAD RIDGE, 2BR/1BA,
CBS Home. W&D. Nice yard.
$750 mo. + sec. & ref's.
Call Don (954)290-0861
CLEAN In town, 2BR, 2BA,
new appliances, laundry room
w/W&D, screen porch, lawn
serve. Non-sink. env., Small pet
ok $750 mo. + sec.
COTTAGE: Washer & Diyer,
$600 month or $150 wkly.
MINT CONDITION- 3BR/2BA,
Tiled living room, caipol .
OKECHOBEE 3BR/1BA Du-
plex, W/D hookup, central
a/c & heat. $725 mo. +
$500 sec. (863)763-4414
OKEE 3405 NW 2nd St, 2br,
1ba, totally renovated, locat-
ed on corner lot, $650/mno +
$650 dep (239)707-5155
Rent to Own All credit con-
sidered, brand new const.,
3BR, 4BR & 2BA homes.
Starting at $945 mo.
OKEECHOBEE 3BR. 1.5BA,
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$750 mo. + $750 sec. Op-
tion to buy. (239)707-5155
ON RIM CANAL OF LAKE
OKEECHOBEE: 3 BR, 2i1
BA, Modern w/boat dock.
Rent neg. 772-359-1640
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo, new, ready now.
WATERFRONT Fish from
your backyard! 4BR/2BA,
Boat ramp. $1,300/month.
Business Places -
Property Sale 101C
Townhouses Sale 101 E
Farms Sale 102C
Houses Sale 102E
Hunting Property 103C
Property Sale 103E
Land Sale 104C
Lots Sale 104E
Open House 105C
Out of State -
Property Sale 105E
Real Estate Wanted106E
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 107E
Waterfront Property 108C
NEW CONSTRUCTION 4 or 5
br, across form the Lake in
The Oaks subdivision. Huge
500 sq ft master br and spa-
cious bath. You design the
kitchen/pantry. Great garden
space & soil. $185,000 all
OKEECHOBEE New CBS
home, 3br, 2ba, Open floor,
tile throughout, 1623 sq ft
living, $112,999 lot incid
Taylor Creek 3/2, 2 car gar-
age, sited, selling due to ill-
ness, $180,000 or best
Reading a newspaper
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the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
2 homes on 12 acres, stocked
ponds, RV hook-ups, Lots of
exatis, Okeechobee Real Es-
tate $195,000 (863)467-0023
How do you find a job In
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
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Public Notices Public Notices
Public Notice 5(
State Public -
Legal Notice 5S
IN THE CIRCUIT OF THE 19th JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
Deutsche Bank National Trust Company,
as Trustee, in trust for the registered
holders ol Amenquest Mortgage Se-
cunries Inc. Asset-Backed Pass-Through
Certificates Series 2004-R10,
-vs- Case #2008-CA-00413
Jose Horns an Unremarneuc Widower
ano Surviing Spouse of Evelyn Flores
Deceased, Unknown Parties in Posses-
sron #1. Unknown Parties in Possession
#2 If living, and all Unknown Parties
claiming by, through, under and against
the above named Defendant(s) who are
not known to be dead or alive, whether
said Unknown Parties may claim an in-
terest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grant-
ees, or Other Claimants
NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE
TO: Jose Flores, an Unremarned Widow-
er and Surviving Spouse of Evelyn Flores,
Residence unknown, if living, including
any unknown spouse of the said Defen-
dants, if either has remarried and it either
or both of said Defendants are dead, their
respective unknown heirs. devisees,
grantees, assignees, creditors, lenors,
and trustees, and all other persons
claiming by, through, under or against
the named Defendant(s): and the afore-
mentioned named Defendant(s) and such
Public Notice 5(
State Public -
Legal Notice 5E
of the aforementioned unknown Defen-
dants and such of the aforementioned
unknown Defendants as may be infants,
incompetents or otherwise not sui juris
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an
action has been commenced to foreclo-
sure a mortgage on the following real
property. lying and being and situated in
O 'echbee Counrt, Flaoda, mole par-
tcularly escnbed as follows:
LOT 14. CEDAR GROVE 11. ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORD-
ED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 30, OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
more commonly known as 685 North-
east 78th Way, Okeechobee, FL 34974.
This action has been filed against you
and you are required to serve a copy of
your wntten defense, if any, upon SHAP1-
RO & FISHMAN, LLR Attorneys for Plain-
tiff, whose address is 2424 North Federal
Highway, Suite 360, Boca Raton, srda
33431, withn thirty (30) days after the
first publication of this notice and file the
original with the clerk of this Court either
before service on Plaintiff's attorney or
immediately there after, otherwise a de-
fault will be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this
Court on the 29th day of August, 2008.
Circuit and County Courts
By: Kathy Arnold
289802 ON 97,14/08
Do you want to make a difference in
Do you provide quality care with a
Do your prior clients or employers
recommend you highly?
Family Private Care is looking for
experienced and reliable caregivers in
the Okeechobee County area to provide
CNA/HHA services to our private care
For information call 772-545-3986 or
800-962-0884 and ask for Robin,
9AM-4PM, M-F only.
If this describes you, you may be exactly
who our clients are looking for.
Mobile Home Lots 2C
Mobile Home Parts 2C
Mobile Homes Rent 2C
Mobile Homes Sale 2C
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2br, 2ba,
furnished or unfurnished.
$750 mo. + sec. dep. &
MOBILE HOME FOR RENT
1BR/1BA Nice Area
1st, Last & Security
OKEE., Unfurnished, 2BR 2Ba
on Canal w/dock. $650 mo.
+ sec. Includes water/lawn
3br/2ba, W/D, Located in
Ousley Estates, Available
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$500/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
3br/1.5ba, S550/mo + 1st,
Last & Sec Dep In town No
pels. Call (863)763-6232
RENT TO OWN
2 & 3 Bedrooms
As Low as $1,000 Down
ly furnished, non smkg. env.,
no pets, $750 mo.+lst &
Your new cap could be In
today's paper. Have you
looked for it?
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
MOBILE HOME SALE
2009 3BR/2BA Doublewide
$43,200 Set-up & A/C
$50,900 Set-up & A/C
$695 mo. Easy Financing
Jet Skiis 3C
Marine Accessories 3C
Marine Miscellaneous 3C
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3(
HONDA REBEL 1999 wind-
shield, lug.rack,sissybar, low
miles, no dents, runs perfect
Autos Wanted 4C
Classic Cars 4C
Commercial Trucks 4C
Foreign Cars 4C
Four Wheel Drive 4C
Heavy Duty Trucks 4C
Parts Repairs 4C
Pickup Trucks 4C
Sport Utility 4C
Tractor Trailers 4C
Utility Trailers 4C
CAMPER TOP-FIBER Glass -
Came off a 1995 Foid F150,
Labelle Fl. $100.
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I Healt Care
12 Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 7, 2008
Continued From Page 1
morning, Sept. 8 to evaluate the
situation and make necessary
plans. At that time a decision
will be made about closing the
Okeechobee County Commis-
sioners are scheduled to have an
emergency meeting at 10 a.m. on
Monday. They are expected to de-
clare a state for emergency for the
county. There is one ray of sun-
shine. The FEMA center, set up in
the parking lot of the First United
Methodist Church, has served its
purpose of helping survivors of
Tropical Storm Fay. The center
ceased operations at 6 p.m., Sat-
urday, Sept. 6. This move is not
related to the coming storm, ac-
cording to manger Joe Redmond.
They simply worked themselves
out of a job. Their specific purpose
was to help survivors of Tropical
On Friday an average of 4,000
cubic feet per second (CFS) were
flowing into the Caloosahatchee
River and 1,800 CFS into the St.
Lucie Canal. One CFS will fill an
Olympic swimming pool. There-
Continued From Page 1
Since most taxing authorities
have not finalized their budgets
yet, these are only proposed fig-
ures. Each taxpayer who receives
a TRIM notice will be paying taxes
to several taxing authorities. All
taxpayers will pay county taxes,
school taxes and children' ser-
vices council taxes. Those who
live in the city will also pay city
taxes, Most residents of the coun-
ty will pay taxes to South Florida
Water Management District
(SFWMD). Some people in the
northern part of the county will
pay taxes to St. Johns Water Con-
trol District (SJWCD) instead of
SFWMD. Also those people who
live in Viking will pay a proposed
assessment of $62.64 per acre to
Coquina Water Control District.
If applicable, that figure will ap-
pear at the bottom of the form
under the heading "Proposed or
Adopted Non-Ad Valorem Assess-
ments." The proposed Coquina
assessment remains the same as
the current tax year.
Continued From Page 1
and make your stay as pleasant as
Your supply kit should include:
ready to eat canned meats, fruits
and vegetables; one gallon of wa-
ter per person per day (figure 72
hours); canned juices, milk and
soup; first aid kit that includes
your families' medications; bat-
tery-powered radio, flashlight
and extra batteries; sanitation
supplies; special needs items for
infants, elderly or disabled family
fiembers; clothing and bedding
(cot or sleeping bag); extra set
of car keys, credit cards or travel
checks; keep important family pa-
pers in a water and fire proof con-
tainer; reading materials, games,
puzzles, etc., to help you pass the
time and keep children occupied.
While most citizens of
Okeechobee and ultimately Flor-
ida have learned what to expect
with the 2004-05 storms, there are
Continued From Page 1
Amendment 9 had some of
the same issues as the title read
"Requiring 65 percent of school
ending for classroom instruc-
tion; state's duty for children's
While requiring 65 percent
6f school funding for classroom
instruction is reasonable, and
i the current practice in school
districts, this amendment was re-
ally to once again allow vouchers
by allowing public funds to be
used for private and/or religious
School Board Chairman Joe
Arnold expressed that he is "very
excited and glad that the Supreme
Court Judges were able to see past
the politics and see where the fu-
ture of Florida would be headed
if these amendments were on the
ballot or approved."
School Board member Kelly
Owens stated that, "During these
times of economic uncertainty, I
am relieved that the Florida Su-
preme Court recognized the neg-
ative impact these amendments
"The fact that their decision
came as swiftly as it did just re-
inforces the position taken by
Florida School Boards, along
with many of the business orga-
mizations in Florida," Mrs. Owens
continued. "There are a number
6f unfunded mandates, such as
class size, that will be difficult
enough to address over the next
few years considering the bleak
fore, the average releases to the
Caloosahatchee would fill 4,000
Olympic swimming pools in a 24-
"The system as a whole is
ready for Hurricane Ike," John Ze-
diak, chief of water management
for COE's Jacksonville district said
in a telephone conference call on
Friday afternoon, Sept. 5. "We're
looking at Josephine as well.
"The dike is showing no signs
of distress," asserted Steve Dubah,
chief engineer for the Jacksonville
district. "The dike is safe."
He added that they were look-
ing at the path of Hurricane Ike
"very, very closely."
As of Friday afternoon, there
were no plans to increase the vol-
ume of releases, but that could
change, depending on the weath-
er. Their purpose is not to drain
the lake but to slow the rate of
In October of 2004 the lake
stood at 14.78 before a series of
storms caused it to rise to 18.02. It
stood at 15.5 feet prior to the arriv-
al of Hurricane Wilma in 2005 and
rose 1.62 feet from that storm.
The lake level on Friday, Sept.
5 was 14.78, up 0.03 feet from the
day before. The Corps claims this
is a sign the rate of lake rise has
There has been some miscon-
ception about the new homestead
exemption law. Employees of the
property appraisers office state
that some people had expected
a higher homestead exemption.
The new homestead exemption
law does not apply to school tax-
es. The homestead exemption for
school taxes is $25,000.
In order to receive the full
$50,000 in homestead exemption
on their property, the assessed
Value of a person's property must
be over $75,000. If the assessed
value is $50,000 or less they only
receive a $25,000 exemption. If
the assessed value is between
$50,000 and $75,000 the first
$25,000 of assessed value will be
exempted plus any portion of the
assessed value over $50,000 up to
There is an additional senior
citizen homestead exemption of
$25,000 on county taxes only for
people over 65 with a taxable
household income of no more
than $24,916. If that exemption
does not appear on your TRIM
notice and you think you are eligi-
ble for it, contact the property ap-
praiser's office at 863-763-4422.
people who are new to the area.
For your information: a Hur-
ricane Watch is when hurricane
conditions are possible in the
specified area of the watch, usu-
ally within 36 hours; a Hurricane
Warning is when hurricane condi-
tions are expected in the specified
area usually within 24 hours.
It is always a good idea to pre-
pare a personal evacuation plan
which identifies ahead of time
where you could go if you are
told to evacuate. Choose several
places such as a friend's home in
another town, a motel, or a shel-
Prepare your home for high
winds in advance of a storm by in-
stalling hurricane shutters or pur-
chasing precut 1/2 inch outdoor
plywood boards for each window
of your home. Install anchors for
the plywood and predrill holes in
the plywood so that you can put
them up quickly when the time
comes to prepare for a storm.
When a watch is issued, listen
to the NOAA Weather Radio or
local radio or television stations
Mrs. Owens concluded that
"to allow amendments on the
ballot that would have further
jeopardized school funding, not
to mention allowed the place-
ment of public school funds to be
used in the private sector, would
have been irresponsible. I'm glad
the Florida Supreme Court chose
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The maximum lake level al-
lowable under the new regulation
schedule is 17.25 feet. When the
lake level reaches 16.5 COE be-
gins daily inspections of the dike.
"The experience of the Jack-
sonville District staff and coop-
erating agencies have with these
recent high-water levels hope-
fully has served us well," said
Mr. Dubah "We've managed the
lake for around 70 years and we
haven't had a breach yet. And
now we have been able to make
some repairs to the dike, which
will help should we get more rain-
fall from the approaching storms
or any others this season."
Last week COE completed in-
stalling 4,000 feet of cutoff wall
near Port Mayaca. This concrete
cutoff wall was sunk 50 to 60
feet into the dike to prevent seep-
age and damage to the earth be-
neath the dike. Toe ditches have
also been filled in along the dike
between Port Mayaca and Belle
Glade. In February of this year,
COE completed seepage berm
work near Port Mayaca. The seep-
age berm serves two purposes. It
strengthens the dike by providing
additional mass to resist the wa-
ter pressure of the lake. It will not
The TRIM notice lists applica-
ble taxing authorities in a column
down the left side of the form. The
next column shows your property
tax last year for each taxing au-
thority. The third column shows
your taxes under the proposed
budget. The fourth column gives
the time and place for the public
hearing for each taxing authori-
ties' proposed budget. The col-
umn on the far right shows what
a person's taxes would be if the
taxing authority's budget is not
changed from the previous year.
This figure is based on the current
assessment of property value.
The bottom of that section lists
your total property taxes last year,
total taxes under the proposed
budgets of the applicable taxing
authorities and, at the bottom of
the far right column, your total
taxes if the taxing authorities do
not change their budgets from the
Below that section is last years'
and this year's market value and
assessed value plus applicable
homestead exemptions. The
market value is based on what
comparable houses in that area
were selling for on Jan. 1 of this
for up-to-date storm information.
Prepare to bring inside any lawn
furniture, outdoor decorations
or ornaments, trash cans, hang-
ing plants, and anything else that
can be picked up by the wind. (As
we all learned during the 2004
storms, trampolines should be
turned over and tarps should be
taken off of the carports.)
In the event of a watch, one
should also fill their car's gas
tank. Manufactured homeowners
should re-check their tie-downs.
Check batteries and make sure
to stock up on canned food, first
aid supplies, drinking water and
For information on how to
compile a complete disaster kit
Faulkner, Okeechobee County
Emergency Management Director
has created a step-by-step plan
for a Family Emergency Kit that
is easily catered to each family's
needs, regardless of size.
The booklet can be download-
ed or one can go by the Emergen-
to act responsibly."
This decision was fast tracked
by the Florida Supreme Court to
meet the Sept. 5 deadline for the
Secretary of State to certify the
ballot for the Nov. 4, election.
In order for an amendment to
be oddedl to the Florida Constitu-
'tiorn n amendment must receive
* super-majority vote. This re-
cy Operations Center to pick up a
copy. Call 863-763-3212 for more
In addition to the storm and
news tracking provided on http://
please find the following NOAA
websites for your use in tracking
these approaching storms:
Tropical Storm Hanna http://
Tropical Storm Ike http://
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the Okeechobee American Red
Cross call 863-763-2488 or visit
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prevent seepage but it will serve
as a filter to allow seepage to pass
through without carrying sedi-
COE removed thousands of
dead invasive melaleuca trees in
a 29-mile long stretch between
Moorehaven and Belle Glade. This
allows for a more efficient inspec-
tion of the dike.
August was a record month for
rainfall in Okeechobee County.
Airport manager Vernon Gray re-
ported that 17.34 inches of rain
fell at the airport in August. The
highest previously recorded rain-
fall for August was 11.58 inches in
1981. The normal August rainfall
for Okeechobee is 10.91 inches.
The highest recorded amount
of rain in any month is 18.82 inch-
es which fell in June of 1992.
For the year through August
the total rainfall recorded at the
airport was 50.69 inches while the
normal rainfall through the end of
August is 31.94. Through the end
of August there have been 80 days
of rain this year.
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year. The assessed value is market
value less the cost of purchase
and the cost of sale and is used to
calculate ad valorem taxes.
The proposed millage rate for
SJWCD is 0.4158. The proposed
village rate for SFWMD is 0.6240.
The proposed millage rate for the
county is 6.2719. County residents
will also pay an additional 0.2300
mill for debt service. Total school
taxes are 7.661 mills. Children's
Services Council has a proposed
millage rate of 0.3119.
There is some good news for
city residents. The property ap-
praiser used the millage rate of
7.4251. That is the maximum
village rate the city can levy un-
der current law. However, city
residents will likely pay less than
that. The current proposed city
budget is based on a millage rate
of 6.7707. That millage rate could
be reduced even more.
One mil equals one dollar in
taxes for every $ 1,000 of assessed
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee jumped out to a
13 point lead and then had to go
to a second overtime before they
were Fially able to lecICaL vciu
Beach, 19-13, in JV football action
Thursday night in Vero Beach.
QB Colby Frank was injured in
the first half and when he went
to the sideline the Okeechobee
the lineup Okeechobee had some
nice drives against the Indian de-
"Offensively we came out
strong. We got that lead real
"When Colby went down we
couldn't get anything going."
Frank did return in the second
half and was at the helm when
Okeechobee scored their winning
Okeechobee tried some trick-
ery to start the game. They used
a pooch punt to recover the ball
at the Vero Beach 45. From there
freshman Dennis Cummings ran
40 yards on a toss play to give
Okeechobee a first and goal.
Two plays later fullback Jonathan
Kemp carried over for a two yard
touchdown to give Okeechobee
The Brahmans defense held
and forced a punt. Alonzo Cole-
man fielded the punt at the 35,
and never looked back. He re-
turned the ball 65 yards for a
touchdown and Okeechobee
suddenly led 13-0.
Vero Beach rallied to force
overtime and had a chance to win
in the first overtime. They reached
Tuesday, Sept. 9
Volleyball: OHS (Girls) vs
Port St. Lucie, Saints field at 3:30
Golf: OHS (Boys) vs Port St.
Lucie, O.G.C.C. at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 10
Golf: OHS (Girls) vs John
Carroll, O.G.C.C. at 3:30 p.m.
Bowling: OHS vs FP West-
wood, Port St. Lucie Lanes.
Thursday. Sept. 11
Golf: OHS (Boys) vs Port St.
Lucie, 3:30 p.m.
Bowling: OHS vs South Fork,
but their fourth down play was
stopped short of the goal line.
Okeechobee turned to Tommy
Jackson when they had the ball in
the second overtime. He scored
on a five yard touchdown run to
give Okeechobee the victory.
"He ran the ball hard and we
pushed it in. We were definitely
out-sized and out-numbered to-
night," Coach Kemp stated.
Kemp also praised his defen-
sive tackles and linebackers for
their strong play. He singled out
Jonathan Kemp and Will Jackson
for their play at linebacker.
The Okeechobee Junior Varsity
will host Clewiston next Thursday
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee got excellent
performances from Tyler Platt
and Corey White and gave a
veteran John Carroll golf team a
tough fight on Thursday before
losing by five strokes.
Okeechobee scored 175 as a
team which was enough to de-
feat Lincoln Park Academy by 25
Platt had an excellent after-
noon at the PGA Course in Port
St. Lucie. The winds gusted be-
tween 20-30 miles per hour at
times and made it tough on all of
"PGA is a tough course any-
way," Golf Coach Lonnie Sears
said, "If Tyler didn't three putt a
couple of greens .he would have
scored even better. He played ex-
Par is 36 for nine holes at
Corey White shot a 41, Rich-
ard Donegan shot a 46, and Tim
Gray shot a 48 to lead Okeecho-
"All of the team is young.
The core of the team is sopho-
mores," Sears said, "John Car-
roll was mostly seniors. It was a
close match all of the way."
Okeechobee returns home
on Tuesday to host Port St. Lucie
at 3:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club.
Pop Warner off to a good start
By Charles M. Murphy
Three Okeechobee Pop War-
ner squads opened their seasons
with victories Saturday.
The Jr. Pee Wee squad defeat-
ed Port St. Lucie Blue 19-6, the
Mitey Mites team defeated Port
St. Lucie, 13-0, and the Midget
squad defeated Jensen Beach
6-0 in overtime.
The Jr. Midget squad dropped
their opener 12-7 to Port St. Lucie
Darius Howz had a big game
running the football for the Mitey
Mites. Jonathan Buck also earned
praise at QB. Matthew Garcia led
The junior pee wee got two
touchdown passes from Bran-
don Shockley to Luis Leon in
their victory. Lamar Williams
had a sack on defense and ran
the ball well on offense. Shock-
ley also forced two fumbles in
the Chobee victory.
The Jr. Midget squad suffered
a tough loss. Lavonte Spivey
scored their only touchdown on
a running play in the first quar-
ter. Aljeron Morris and Adrian
Minondo led a strong running
attack for Okeechobee. Ricardo
Garza had a strong game on de-
The Midget squad had to go
into overtime but came out on
top. Frankie Decarlo caught the
winning touchdown pass in
Two of the teams have this
week off. The Tiny Mites will
open their season at Palm City
Saturday morning when they play
Hobe Sound. The Junior Midget
team will play in Ft. Pierce Sat-
urday afternoon against Jensen
Beach. The Okeechobee Midgets
will take on Ft. Pierce Saturday
night in Ft. Pierce.
Sports News in Brief
travel teams forming
Travel teams are now forming
for boys from 9U-12U to compete
during 2008-09 season. Youth
basketball of America Tourna-
ment begin in the fall. Teams will
be based out of Okeechobee with
tournament play in Central and
South Florida. For more informa-
tion, please contact Jim at 863-
763-4374 or 772-321-7558
O.C.R.A. will hold a manda
tory meeting for all cheerleaders,
parents and coaches on Sept. 9,
at the Sports Complex starting
at 5:30 p.m. Information will be
given for this upcoming cheer-
leading season and girls will meet
their coaches. If you have any
questions, please call O.C.R.A.
Cheerleading Coordinator, Teresa
Chandler at 863-697-6819.
VFW Auxiliary plans
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies
Auxiliary will hold their third an-
nual golf tournament on Sept. 27
at the Indianwood Golf and Coun-
try Club, Indiantown. Tee off will
be at 8 a.m., sign up at the VFW
Post 10539 or mail in entry forms.
Entry fees are $50 individuals or
$220 for 4 person teams. Hole
sponsorship is available and ap-
preciated. Everyone is welcome!
Proceeds will go to support the
VFW National Home for Children
and the Wounded Warrior Pro-
gram. For information call Cheryl
Beniot at 863-697-2930.
Register now for Upward Soc-
cer at Oakview Baptist Church.
It's open to all children ages K-4
through 6th grade. No previ-
ous soccer experience is neces-
sary. Forms are available at the
Oakview Baptist Church office,
677 S.W. 32nd Street, Okeecho-
bee. Registration cost is $65. Reg-
istration cost for each additional
child in the family is $50. Registra-
tion deadline is Thursday, Aug. 28.
Soccer evaluations will take place
at Oakview on Aug. 26, and 28
between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Every-
one must attend one evaluation.
Practices will begin Tuesday, Sept.
2, and the first game will be Satur-
day, Sept. 20. To register, come by
the church office Monday-Thurs-
day, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more
information, call Oakview Baptist
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14 Okeechobee News, Sunday, September 7, 2008
Brahmans lose to State Champions
By Charles M. Murphy
Last year, a 21-point loss to a
defending state champion was
enough to propel Okeechobee
ahead to a winning season.
Friday, Okeechobee lost by 22
to a defending state champion,
but the mood around the loss
was a lot different than last year's
game against Lakeland.
Jupiter Christian dominated the
line of scrimmage, the time of pos-
session, and the scoreboard with a
40-18 win in front of a large crowd
at Brahman stadium Friday night.
The Eagles ran 85 offensive
plays. Okeechobee had 26 offensive
plays. The Eagles had 27 first downs
and were nine of 12 on third-down
conversions. Even three first-half
turnovers couldn't stop them.
"We overachieved, that's the
team motto this year and that's exact-
ly what we did tonight," QB Marshyl
Rothman said. He did his part, throw-
ing for 206 yards and a touchdown
and also running in a touchdown.
He also ran their no huddle of-
fense to perfection. He noted the
team is very confident with their
offense, which has run off 14
"We've been putting up 40
points per game every game that
we've used it," he added.
Brahman Coach Chris Branham
was disappointed that his team
was not as physical as the Eagles.
He noted he challenged his team
to execute and be more physical.
"Jupiter Christian is a great
team. I thought we would be as
physical as them and we weren't.
That was a disappointment. Do I
believe they are 40-18 better than
us? No, not on any day."
It looked good for Okeechobee
at the beginning of the game. On
their first play from scrimmage,
Lonnie Pryor broke a tackle at the
line of scrimmage and out ran the
Eagles defense to the end'zone for a
67 yard touchdown. The extra point
was blocked but Okeechobee led
6-0 just 18 seconds into the game.
Jupiter Christian responded
with a 72 yard-drive that took 14
plays. They did what they would
do all night, control the ball, run
hard and complete short passes.
Okeechobee held them to a fourth
and goal at the one but Rothman
took in a quarterback sneak to tie
the game. He then threw to Co-
bie Graham for a two point con-
version. Jupiter Christian would
never trail again.
f o The Eagles scored two more
points when a bad snap from
center on a punt forced the Brah-
man punter Alan Najara into the
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Garrett Madrigal returned tothe
lineup and threw a touchdown
pass in Friday's game with the
Jupiter Christian Eagles.
Okeechobee had just six offensive
plays in the second half. One was a
50-yard touchdown run by Pryor.
However, that touchdown
came after the game was decided.
Jupiter Christian controlled the
ball in the third quarter with an 87
yard drive. Powers finished it off
with a four-yard touchdown run.
Their final drive covered 56
yards and again ended with
Powers running in an eight-yard
touchdown for a 40-12 lead.
Coach Branham said his team
will go back to work this week
and try and fix some of their de-
ficiencies. He noted Jupiter Chris-
tian did a great job of execution.
"Tonight they showed why
they are the state champions. I
was disappointed in the second
half where we had six offensive
plays. That is bad obviously. We
are a lot better football team than
that. It's my job to fix that and it's
not the kids fault. We lost to a state
champion last year and then won
three games in a row. I think we
can rebound just like last year."
The Brahmans lost Erick Mc-
Queen to an injury in the first half.
His status was unknown.
Cramps sent several Brahman
players to the sidelines in the
second half including defensive
captain Kareem Jones, who was
missing for Jupiter's two long
Jones and Shane Taggart had QB
pressures in the game. James Fos-
ter had a sack for Jupiter Christian.
Walt Fortner recovered a fum-
ble for Okeechobee and had a
quarterback sack in the first half.
Terrance Allen had a pass
defense for Okeechobee.
Jupiter Christian 10 16 0 14--40
Okeechobee 6 6 0 6--28
How they scored:
Okeechobee: Pryo r 67 yard
run (kick blocked) 11:42. 6-0.
JC: Rothman 1 yard run. (Gra-
ham Pass) 6:20 8-6.
JC: Safety, punter stopped in
end zone 3:41. 10-6.
J.C: Dames three yard run.
(Marsh pass) 10:08. 18-6.
Okee: Fortner 70 yard from
Madrigal. (run failed) 0:49 18-12.
JC: Peterson 12 yard pass from
Rothman. (Meyer pass) 0:00 26-12.
JC: Powers four yard run.
(Pass failed) 10:31 32-12.
JC: Powers eight yard run
(Rothman run) 5:57. 40-12.
Okee: Pryor 50 yard run.
(Pass failed) 4:35. 40-18.
Team statistics Okee JC
First Downs 3 27
Third Downs 0-5 9-12
Rushing yards 158 282
Passing yards 95 206
Punts 5-149 1-20
Punt returns 0-0 4-68
Kick returns 4-25 4-46
Interceptions 1-20 0-0
Penalties 3-15 2-24
Fumbles/lost 1-1 2-2
Passing Att CompYds Int TD
Madrigal 6 4 95 0 1
Rushing No. Yds Avg Lg TD
Pryor 16 171 10.6 67 2
Taggart 1 1 1.0 1 0
Jones 1 4 4.0 4 0
Madrigal 2 -18 -9.0 -9 0
Totals 20 158 7.9 67 2
Receiving No. Yds Avg TD
Pollard 2 20 10.0 0
Fortner 2 75 37.5 1
Totals 4 95 18.7 1
Passing Att CompYds Int TD
Rothman 26 16 206 1 1
Rushing No. Yds Avg Lg TD
Rothman 12 45 3.8 10 1
Powers 34 189 5.6 19 2
Dames 9 31 3.4 13 1
Marsh 4 17 4.2 6 0
Totals 59 282 4.7 19 4
Receiving No. Yds Avg TD
Powers 2 60 30.0 0
Graham 6 48 8.0 0
Pedersen 6 92 15.3 1
Meyer 1 3 3.0 0
Marsh 1 3 3.0 0
Totals 16 206 12.8 1
South Fork 36 Jensen Beach 25
Sebring 24 Martin Cty 3
Westwood 21 Vero Beach 19
John Carroll 14 Lake Placid 0
Centennial 38 Fort Pierce 27
Treasure Cst 33 Sebastian 0
Port St. Lcie 50 Gateway 6
Glades Cntrl 54 PB Lakes 0
Pahokee 44 PBG 3
Amricn Hrtgel7 Clewiston 0
Glades Day 28 Chaminade 3
Cardinal Mny 35 Labelle 14
Moore Hvn 34 All Saints 14
Ridge Cmm 27 Avon Park 0
District 4A-13 Standings
Team W-L Dist PF PA
Westwood 1-0 0-0 21 19
Okeechobee 0-1 0-0 18 40
Jensen Beach 0-1 0-0 25 36
Martin County 0-1 0-0 3 24
Fort Pierce 0-1 0-0 27 38
Sebastian 0-1 0-0 20 33
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Washington of Westwood. He
scored on a 90 yard kick return
and a 54 yard run as Westwood
upset Vero Beach 21-19.
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Kareem Jones' absence due
to injury hurt the Brahmans'
defense in the second half at
Brahman stadium Friday night.
end zone. He stepped on the end
line while attempting to run away
from the Eagles defense.
With a 10-6 lead, Jupiter Chris-
tian blocked a punt, and returned
it 25 yards to the Brahman 18.
However Rothman made one of
his only mistakes on the night as
he fumbled the ball, and Tony
Later in the half the Eagles went
up 18-6 as they drove 41 yards in
two plays. Westin Pederson made
a circus catch of a long pass down
the sideline to give the Eagles a
first and goal at the three yard line.
Byron Dames carried over from
the three for the touchdown.
Jupiter Christian threatened
to score again with 2 minutes left
in the half. They drove from their
own nine-yard line to the Brah-
man 10-yard line. However Roth-
man was hit as he tried to throw
by Lonnie Pryor and his pass was
picked off by Sam Dixon. He re-
turned it 20 yards.
From there, Garrett Madrigal hit
Walt Fortner on a 25-yard pass play.
Forner broke two tackles at mid
field and ran the rest of the way for
a touchdown to make it 18-12.
With just 48 seconds left Jupi-
ter Christian was able to drive 60
yards for another score. The key
play was a 52-yard screen pass to
Will Powers. He had a big night
on offense with 189 yards rushing
and 60 yards in receptions.
"I was pretty mad how they got
that weird score late in the half af-
ter the interception," Powers said,
"They scored on that long play
and I knew we needed to score
a touchdown before the half. I
wanted the ball, it was wide open
and I just ran down the field."
On the final play of the half
Rothman hit Peterson for a 12-
yard touchdown to make it 24-12.
He then hit Danny Meyer for the
two point conversion and a 26-12
half time lead.
Jupiter Christian really controlled
the ball in the second half. Okeecho-
bee actually had the ball for two of-
fensive series after the half.
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