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Publication Date: September 19, 2008
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HOBEE NEWS
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Friday, September 19, 2008 Po BOX 117007
GAINESVILLE FL 32611


Briefs

Back to school
clothing exchange
Fountain of Life Church will
be hosting a school clothing
exchange for the community
of Okeechobee on Saturday,
Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. until
3 p.m. You are invited to bring
your child (ren)'s clothes that no
longer fit in exchange for good
used clothing that will fit. They
will exchange a maximum of
10 pieces of clothing you bring
for your choice of 10 pieces of
FREE available used clothing.
For information and location
call Carol at 863-763-6602.

Hospice of
Okeechobee hosts
fundraiser
Hospice of Okeechobee
presents Boots and Pearls
"Gone Wild," a fundraiser so-
cial event. The event will be
held on Friday, Oct. 10, at
Okeechobee KOA and includes
a social hour starting at 6:30
p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Din-
ner will be a Prime Rib dinner
with all the trimmings. Music
and dancing will be by, "The
Chase." Tickets for the event
are a donation of $50 each or
$500 per table and are avail-
able at Eli's Western Wear. All
proceeds go to benefit Hospice
of Okeechobee patient care.
Sponsorship opportunities are
available. For more informa-
tion, please contact Frank Irby
at 863-357-1639.

Temporary street
closing
S.W. Second and Third Ave-
nues between North and South
Park Streets will be closed from
9 p.m. until midnight after ev-
ery home football game will be
closed for a Christian Youth 5th
Quarter event in Flagler Park.

Drought Index

Current: 378
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

15.16 feet
Last Year: 9.65 feet



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

Index
Classifieds ..........................13-14
Community Events.................. 12
Crossword........................... 14
Obituaries............................... 6
O pinion................................... 4
Speak Out ........................ ..... 4
Sports................................. 10
W eather.................................. 2
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Woman's death ends legal battle


Mother and husband
disagreed over
medical care

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The legal battle over guaid-
ianship of stroke victim Karen
Weber is now over. God decided
before the courts did.
Mrs. Weber, 57, had been
confined to a local nursing home
since suffering a stroke in 2007.


Earlier this year her husband,
Raymond, had sought to have
Mrs. Weber's feeding tube re-
moved and have her placed in
hospice care. Martha Tatro, Mrs.
Weber's mother protested that
action through the court system.
On Thursday, Sept. 18 attor-
ney Joseph Rodwoicz, Jr., repre-
senting Mr. Weber and attorney
Colin Cameron, representing
Mrs. Tatro, issued the following
statement:
"Karen Weber's Heavenly
Father called her home to her


eternal reward on the evening of
Sept. 17, 2008. Her family knows
she is in a better place. We look
forward to meeting up with her
again someday, but until then,
she will be greatly missed as she
was dearly loved by all of us."
Last month Mr. Weber was
awarded temporary guardian-
ship of his wife. That guardian-
ship was to remain in place un-
til a hearing later this month. A
court injunction prevented him
for removing his wife's feeding
tube.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Six year old Cole Verano (right) helped out Ronald McDonald (left) with his magic show
"Catch the Reading Bug" by holding a 'ladybug' in his hand up high that multiplied at
the turn of his magic wand and the magic words, "Catch the Reading Bug."




Eva Mae Williams


marks 100th birthday


By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
"I've seen a lot of changes,"
said Eva Mae Williams, who
turns 100 today.
Mrs. Williams was born
Sept. 19, 1908 to Walter and
Nellie Whidden in Spring Valley
in Highlands County, the sec-
ond of five children.
"My daddy was a Church
of God preacher," she said. He
traveled a circuit holding tent
revivals, at first with by horse
and buggy and in later years,
hauling a big tent on a flatbed
truck. Little Eva Mae enjoyed
trips when the family went with
him. She liked seeing different
places and playing with other
children. She remembered sit-
ting on a wooden box while
her father preached.
In those days, she said, a
preacher didn't make much
money. The family farm was
their main source of income.
They had horses, cattle, hogs,
chickens, turkeys and ducks.
Eva Mae and her brother Emo-
ry-- just 18 months older -- took
turns feeding the livestock until
the younger children were old
enough to pitch in. Her young-
er brothers were twins, Murl
and Maxi. The baby of the fam-
ily was Ruth (whose married
name was Brette).
There was also plenty of


work to do in the garden where
the family raised corn, beans,
peas and other vegetables.
Household chores also includ-
ed cooking for the family. A
family story relates that by the
time she could see over the top
of the stove, Eva Mae was cook-
ing meals for the whole family.
She also had to "hoe" the
yard. No grass was allowed to
grow near the house -- grass
could too easily hide a snake.
The house had no window
screens so when the mos-
quitoes were bad, the family
burned dried cow manure in a
pot. It doesn't smell bad if it's
dried, she explained.
Of course there was no elec-
tricity. Water came from a well.
"It was so deep, you couldn't
hardly see the bottom," she
said. Hauling water for a bath
was a big job, so the family
only bathed once a week and
the water was reused. Little Eva
Mae was allowed to bathe first
because her brothers were so
dirty.
Her paper dolls were cut out
from the Sears Roebuck cata-
log. She remembers getting her
first real doll around age 10.
That cherished doll is still in the
family.
She has seen so many
changes in the past century
that she can't choose the most


important one. But the one she
recalls the most vividly is the
airplane.
She was about five years old
when she first saw an airplane.
"I was out picking berries,
the first time I saw an airplane,"
she recalled. She had no idea
what it was.
She learned her "reading,
writing and 'rithmatic" in a one-
room school house with about
a dozen kids of various ages.
When she was about 13,
her father was asked to preach
at a church in Miami. The move
took about a week. The fam-
ily crossed over the Kissimmee
See Birthday Page 2


Mrs. Weber did not have a liv-
ing will.
Because Mrs. Weber's medi-
cal condition was deteriorat-
ing rapidly, a hearing had been
scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thurs-
day, Sept. 17 to hear the hus-
band's request that a "do not
resuscitate" order be placed on
his wife.
Mr. Cameron stated that the
family stayed amicable and that
there were no ill feelings. He
said they respected each other's
viewpoints.


The case has been compared
to the Terry Schiavo case. Mrs.
Schiavo's husband had her feed-
ing tube removed in spite of
protests from other family mem-
bers. Mrs. Schiavo died almost
14 days after her feeding tube
was removed.
Mrs. Tatro, 80, stated that she
had discussed the Schiavo case
with her daughter and did not
want the feeding tube removed.
In a letter, to Circuit Judge F.
Shields McManus, Mrs. Tatro
See Death Page 2


JROTC staff


arrested


Colonel accused
of failing to report
abuse allegations

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A second arrest has been
in a case at Okeechobee High
School involving their ROTC
program and the alleged abuse
of a female student.
Lawrence W Saucier, 61,
was charged with failure to re-
port a child abuse allegation, a


first degree misdemeanor on
Wednesday night. He was re-
leased on a $1,000 bond shortly
after he turned himself in at the
Okeechobee County Jail.
Sheriff's Spokesman Ted
Van Deman said the investiga-
tion into allegations of sexual
battery made by the 16 year old
student, took less than one day
to complete once the sheriff's
office was notified. The allega-
tion was reported to the Sher-
iffs School Resource Office on
Friday, September 12, and an
See ROTC Page 2


Deputies assist +


in round up of


cocaine ring


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Hundreds of local and fed-
eral officers helped dismantle a
decades old crack cocaine ring
in Boynton Beach last week
and the Okeechobee Narcot-
ics Task Force was among the
agencies that took part.
Sgt. Jimmy Mills said
Okeechobee helped in the ar-


rest and seizure of one of the
suspects, Jerriston L. Mason,
28, who was indicted in federal
court for distribution of crack
cocaine and possession with
intent to distribute crack co-
caine.
Sgt. Mills said Mr. Mason
had ties in Boynton Beach but
had actually owned a house
See Deputies Page 2


Courtesy photo
Life on the farm included plenty of chores. Eva Mae Whid-
den Williams, who is 100 years old today, recalls that she
was the only one who could milk this cow. The cow would
"kick the fire out of anyone else who tried."


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Birthday
Continued From Page 1
River on a ferry. They camped in
the woods at night along the way.
Their new home was soon bur-
glarized. The family arrived home
to find a man had packed up their
belongings and was about to flee.
"He had everything we owned
outside and was fixing to leave on
a bicycle," she said. "He saw Dad-
dy and he jumped off the bicycle
and ran into the woods.
"We kept the bicycle," she
added. "He never came back."
School in Miami was like a for-
eign land to the country children.
Eva Mae was amazed by the size
of the buildings and the number
of students and classrooms.
After a few years in Miami, the
preacher and his family returned
to Spring Valley. Eva Mae did not
return to school. At age 17, she
married Zibe Williams. The couple
lived in Crewsville and Brighton
before moving to Okeechobee.
Her husband raised cattle and
Eva Mae stayed busy as a wife
and mother. During the Depres-
sion and then later during World
War II when supplies were scare,
they "made do." They grew or
raised most of their own food.
They made dresses out of flour
sacks. They also used flour sacks
to make their own "drawers," she
added.
Hunting and fishing also added


to the food supply and Eva Mae's
hunting skills were well known.
She could out hunt, and out walk,
most men.
"One season, my husband
hadn't gotten any turkeys yet so I
put him where I thought the tur-
keys would go. I was in the mid-
dle of a hammock and the turkeys
came right by me. I got three," she
said. Her daughter recalled that by
the time they came by with the
jeep to pick up the hunters, her
mother had already plucked and
cleaned the birds.
She once even skinned a deer
by herself. "It wasn't easy," she
said.
Zibe and Eva Mae Williams had
seven children; Haynes Williams,
William H. Williams (who died in
1992), Paul R. Williams (who died
as an infant), Eva Grace Taylor,
Wanda Sue Wolford, Mary Helen
Fulford and Betty Louise Hazel-
lief.
Zibe Williams died in 1981.
Mrs. Williams recalled the hur-
ricane of 1928. Her father and
husband helped bury the dead
around Lake Okeechobee after
the storm.
She remembers the big flood
of the 1940s when cattle were
drowned by the rising water. "We
had cattle piled up on the fence
trying to get out of the water," she
said. "They piled up and died."
In Okeechobee, Mrs. Williams
started the local chapter of the
American Cancer Society. She


said she had one helper and their
fundraising campaign meant go-
ing door-to-door.
"If we raised $25 we thought
we had a lot," she said.
She was also a member of the
Eastern Star, serving several times
as Worthy Matron,
When the children were older,
Mrs. Williams surprised them with
artistic talents they never guessed
she had. She even took a trip to
Europe with an art study group.
Her handpainted china and beau-
tiful oil paintings now adorn their
homes. More recently she took up
jewelry making.
In 1992, when Okeechobee
County celebrated, its 75th anni-
versary as a county, Mrs. Williams
was crowned "Miss Okeechobee"
as queen of the celebration. At
age 84, she was especially proud
of her crown, and commented
that she hoped she didn't have to
wait another 84 years to get an-
other one.
"There have been a lot of ups
and downs," said Mrs. Williams,
who outlived all of her siblings.
The good times have outweighed
the bad, she said.
Mrs. Williams will celebrate
her birthday today with her family
which now includes 17 grandchil-
dren, 35 great-grandchildren, and
12 great-great-grandchildren.
She offered this advice for to-
day's young people: "Don't drink
or smoke." She attributes her long
life to regular church attendance


known that she wanted to stay at Mr. Weber and Mrs. Weber's sis- dren.
Death the rehabilitation center and did ter, Joyce Tatro-Maines, about the Post your opinions in the Public
Continued From Page 1 not want to go to hospice. responsiveness of Mrs. Weber. Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
In a hearing held Sept. 3 there The Webers had been married Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
stated that her daughter made it was conflicting testimony from for 26 years and have three chil- atpgawda@newszap.com.

p uee* with a street value of $16,000 and and its associated problems, we two small black brink safes with
Deputies more than a pound of crack co- have made a significant lead for- over $11,100 inside.
caine worth $20,000 were seized ward in our crime fighting efforts In addition to the federal case,
Continued From Page 1 in the operation. by partnering with our citizens State prosecutors have charged
in Okeechobee for the past four "This operation was commu- to improve the quality of life for Mason with trafficking in cocaine,
years. He stated that Mason wasfour nity policing at its best, illustrat- those residing here." possession of marijuana with the
involved in the local drug trade ing that it results in the police Sgt. Mills and the Narcotics intent to sell, and possession of
for approximately two to three becoming a resource for citizens Task Force searched Mason's an electric weapon by a convicted
years oximately two to to initiate positive change in their home last April at 2312 S.W felon.
Twenty-six people were arrest- neighborhood," Boynton Beach 19th Lane. The narcotics officers Prosecutor Ashley Albright
ed in the operation in Boynton Police Chief Matt Immler said. "Al- seized over 41 grams of crack said he has every intention of
Beach. The press release noted though we have no illusions that cocaine, 58 grams of marijuana, prosecuting the local case despite
over a pound of powder cocaine we have rid the city of narcotics assorted drug paraphernalia, and the federal indictment.
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ROTC
Continued From Page 1

arrest of Jose Maldonado, 44, was
made less than eight hours later.
During the investigation it be-
came known that another teacher


had been aware of the allegations
and did not report the suspicions
to either the school administra-
tion of the Florida Abuse Registry,
which is required by law, Detec-
tive Van Deman said.
"He was aware of the crimes
for about two weeks and still did
not disclose the information to
the proper sources," Detective


Van Deman added.
The child apparently had in-
formed Colonel Saucier about the
abuse allegation against the ROTC
instructor two weeks before she
told a deputy, authorities said.
The alleged incident with
Maldonado occurred on Aug.
10, after an ROTC traffic detail
at the Mud Fest. The student told


deputies that Maldonaao expose
himself and propositioned her in
his office at school and later in his
vehicle before dropping her off at
her residence.
Mr. Maldonado was arrested
last Friday and was released on
444,000 bond Saturday.


+ School asks Army for guidance on JROTC program


The arrest report in the
Wednesday, Sept. 17 edition, con-
tained an error. The report stated
that Davena Lindahl, 44 of North-
west Seventh Street, was arrested
Sept. 12 on a charge of DUI. This
was not correct. Lindahl was ar-
rested on a charge of violation of
probation relating to a previous
DUI charge. We regret the error
and any inconvenience it may
have caused.
The story headlined, "Local


man accused of rape" in the Sept.
17 edition also contained an error.
The story stated that "the woman
and the suspect left the party to-
gether, after the woman apparent-
ly became drunk and was asked
to leave." This was not correct. It
should have stated the couple left
after the suspect became drunk
and was asked to leave. We regret
the error and any inconvenience
it may have caused.


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By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
With all of the issues with
personnel in the Junior Reserve
Officers' Training Corps (JROTC)
program at Okeechobee High
School with the recent arrests,
many have raised questions re-
garding the JROTC program in
general and how it will ultimately
be affected.
According to Assistant Super-
intendent of Schools Ken Ken-
worthy, the program is offered to
the students as an elective class as
early as the ninth grade.
The instructors are employees
of the School Board but prior to
hiring, each instructor must re-
ceive their certification from the
United States Army. The school
system cannot hire an individual
to teach in a JROTC program un-
less they have received clearance
and a certificate from the Army.
After they receive their certificate,


they may interview with the prin-
cipal for a teaching position.
According to the JROTC web-
site, JROTC instructor applicants
cannot be retired for more than
three years for initial employment
as a JROTC instructor and must
receive retirement pay. There are
also specific guidelines on ranking
levels in order to be an instructor.
In addition, they must have been
discharged under honorable con-
ditions from all previous enlist-
ments and prior service. Active
duty personnel with retirement
orders are eligible but cannot be
cost-shared with the school until
officially retired from military ser-
vice.
There are many other quali-
fications that can be viewed at
https://www.usarmyjrotc.com/
jrotcRes/downloads/8_Library/
Publications/CCReg145_2.pdf.
Mr. Kenworthy explained
that the program is split-funded.
The Okeechobee County School


Board pays the salaries of the
instructors and U.S. Army reim-
burses the Board for one half the
cost.
"We have contacted the Army
for guidance regarding the status
of the program," Mr. Kenworthy
stated. "There will be no recom-
mendation to the Board to close
the program at the next meet-
ing."
There are currently 86 stu-
dents enrolled in the JROTC pro-
gram. Since the removal of both
JROTC instructors, the students
are receiving the same instruction
that they would from a substitute
in any other subject area on cam-
pus. There is a specific curriculum
that is published by the U.S. Army
for the JROTC program.
According to the JROTC web-
site, cadets participate in many in-
tegrated-curricular activities some
of which are drill, marksmanship,
raider challenge, academic com-
petitions, orienteering, rappelling,


Teen accused of battery on staff


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An 18-year old Ft. Lauderdale
man was charged with battery
upon a staff member after his
arrest by Okeechobee County
Sheriff Deputies on Sept. 17.
Darren Williams was a client
at the Red Road Academy on
N.E. 39th Blvd. He now resides


in the Okeechobee County Jail.
The arrest report from Dep-
uty William Maerki stated the
teacher was attempting to calm
the suspect down when Mr. Wil-
liams pushed him in the chest
with both hands. He also cursed
and yelled at the teacher while
he made threats to assault him.
An independent witness to
the incident said Williams be-


came agitated after he became
involved in a situation that was
none of his business. He told the
deputy that Williams became
agitated, resisted any attempt to
take him outside and pulled off
his shirt.
Battery upon a staff member
of any juvenile facility is a felony
under Florida law.


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color guard presentations, volun-
teer for relief aid, adopt-a-middle
or elementary school and numer-
ous other civic and governance
involvement.
JROTC provides a high level of
performance which is shown by
statistics concerning cadet per-
formance each year which is col-
lected by the JROTC command.
However, some objectives, such
as "Promoting Citizenship," are
not readily measurable. Key Per-
formance Measures for Cadets
are as follows: Attendance, 3
percent higher than non-JROTC
students; Graduation 12 percent
higher than non-JROTC students;
Indiscipline 10 percent lower
than non-JROTC students; Drop
Out 2 percent lower than non-
JROTC students; GPA .2 percent
higher than non-JROTC students;
and SAT 132.93 points higher than
non-JROTC students.
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Johnson acquitted, but still prison bound


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A claim that lie was entrapped
by authorities in a February, 2006
drug arrest, apparently convinced
jurors that Lester Johnson should
be acquitted of all serious charges
at his trial this week.
Less than 16 hours later, ,John-
son was sentenced to 30 years in
prison for another cocaine case.
He had sold a quantity of crack
cocaine to undercover officers in
Douglas Park in a transaction that
was audio and video recorded.
The judge tacked those 30 years
onto an earlier sentence that also
involved cocaine. That adds up to
60 years in prison for Mr. John-


son.
Johnson was lound not guilty
of possession of cocaine, fleeing
and eluding police, and attempted
tampering with evidence on Tues-
day night. The jury did find him
guilty of driving with a suspended
license. He received 10 days in jail
for that crime.
Defense Attorney John Cook
speculated that the removal of a
black juror during the middle of
testimony, without any explana-
tion to other jurors, could have
swayed their decision.
"We discussed that, perhaps it
did. The rest of the jurors did not
get an explanation on why that
happened and perhaps they felt
confused or upset by it," he said.


The juror did not disclose dur-
ing jury selection latl he knew
the officers who would testify at
the trial. Sgt. Jimmy Mills said the
juror was a witness to the arrest of
Kenneth McQueen last week on a
weapons charge. He mentioned
that they created a mock traffic
accident to safely arrest McQueen
in a local parking lot. The juror's
car was the one they backed into,
although no damage occurred.
Sgt. Mills told the court that
the juror had made a complaint
to the Sheriff's Office and wanted
payment for damage done to his
vehicle. He said there was no ac-
tual damage done.
Cook used the entrapment
defense in his closing argument.


Jlohnson had basically admitted
to all of Ithe charges during his
testimony. Hlie stated that he re-
ceived a call from a female who
told him to bring some drugs to a
local motel.
"If I'd have known she was
working for the police, I never
would have done that, I wouldn't
have carried the cocaine," he told
jurors.
Johnson said he was going to
give the female some drugs in ex-
change for sex and when he got
to the motel he couldn't find her,
so he left.
That's when authorities fol-
lowed him and eventually arrest-
ed him in Treasure Island.
Johnson claimed he didn't stop


Driver who hit deputy pleads 'no contest'


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An 84-year -old Cincinnati,
Ohio, man entered a no contest
plea this month to charges of
leaving the scene of an accident.
The accident on State Road
70 west on April 1, seriously in-


jured Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Deputy Adrian Rogers who
suffered a broken leg and other
injuries.
Rudolph Bublitz left the scene
and was found at a convenience
store a few miles away, authori-
ties said.
Assistant State Attorney Ash-


ley Albright said Bublitz made
an open plea to the court. That
means there is no agreement as
to a recommended sentence be-
tween the prosecution and the
defense.
"I honestly don't know what
kind of sentence I'll be asking for
in this case," Mr. Albright said.


Mr. Bublitz pleaded no contest
to charges of leaving the scene of
an accident with property dam-
age, leaving the scene of an ac-
cident with injury and failure to
yield to an emergency vehicle.
Sentencing was set for Nov.


Several arrested after melee in Deans Court


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Five adults and one juvenile
were arrested last week after the
report of an assault with a knife
on Sunday at a residence on
Northwest 12th Street, Okeecho-
bee City Police reported.
Two residents at the location
claimed a car load of suspects
pulled up to their home and as-
saulted them. One of the suspects


reportedly possessed a knife.
Barbara E. Geddie was charged
with two counts of aggravated as-
sault with a deadly weapon after
she reportedly tried to stab the
two females with a steak or kitch-
en knife, police said. Bond in the
case was set at $5,000.
Dazma L. Washington was
charged with two counts of ag-
gravated assault with a deadly
weapon. She was held on $20,000
bond.


Nicole J. Cooper was charged
with aggravated assault with a
deadly weapon and aggravated
batter with a deadly weapon. Her
bond was set at $12,500.
The juvenile was charged with
battery and was transported to
the Department of Juvenile Jus-
tice in Ft. Pierce.
Keith B. Ardley, Jr. was charged
with two counts of aggravated as-
sault with a deadly weapon. His
bond was set at $5,000.


Three days later City Police ar-
rested Ycherra Denise Lucky on
aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon charges.
The arrest report from Officer
Ryan Holroyd said the suspects
used their fists, a knife, lawn
chairs and a metal baseball bat
during the assault.
The victims suffered cuts and
bruises in the attack, police add-
ed.


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cigarette on the floor board of the
vehicle and took his eyes off the
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off the gas and that the vehicle
might have rolled down the road.
He also stated that he was startled
by the police siren and dropped


the cigarette.
"I took my foot off the acceler-
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cigarette because I didn't want
nothing inside to get burned up,
including myself," he said.
Cook said the entrapment de-
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WHAT HAPPENED?: I am very upset right now. What happened
to a government for the people by the people? What happened to "in
God we trust?" To quote a very famous American, "History forgot-
ten is history repeated." But as one person what power do I have?
What happened to the strong Americans who worked hard for what
they have, only now (as in history) to have it all taken away because
of greed and corruption. I am tired of hearing Republican or Demo-
crat. How about American. How about stopping the slavery of giving
people everything, yes I said slavery. If you are receiving help from
the government over and over again, you are a slave. America has be-
come a place that people want to come to because they give you free
stuff forever. No longer is it a place where you can be free to make a
better life for yourself, as our forefathers did. Is that fair for the hard
working Americans who go to work every day just to make a moder-
ate living? You cannot save people who refuse to save themselves.
No matter what color your skin is, we are all Americans and we all
bleed red blood. We all have to stand up and stop the bleeding of true
Americans who would and do die for this country. People read the
constitution. If you love this country then stand up for it. If you are
here just for the free ride, go home. God help us all!
OBAMA HERITAGE: Obama's father was raised muslim and giv-
en a muslim burial, and his mother's second husband was a muslim.
Do you know what a muslim is?
AG CLASSIFICATIN: O.K. so according to the Property Apprais-
er's office, you don't have to meet all the criteria on their form, just
some of it, and how much of it you have to meet is apparently open
for interpretation. The property doesn't have to be zoned agriculture.
It doesn't have to be 10 acres. And even though they were in the
middle of the drought when they planted the improved pasture grass
and certainly should have known it would not grow, the county still
counts that as "a bona-fide" agricultural operation. Is it time to line
up at the annex to get those agriculture exemption forms? Seems like
anyone with enough property to fence and a cow or sheep to put on
it should qualify for ag exemption.
PRICE GOUGING: If there are any of you out there who be-
lieve that there is price gouging happening, please call the hotline
at 1-800HELPFLA. There have already been five complaints from
Okeechobee County. The law states that while there is a state of emer-
gency, no commodities under any circumstances shall be inflated. As
I see it, Okeechobee is taking advantage as is the rest of the state.
Before "Ike," gas was down to $3.53 and within days it is now close
to $3.90. Don't hesitate to call. Help us keep those prices down. There
is not a fuel shortage of any kind at this point. We, as citizens need to
fight for what we feel is right.
VIKING: The problem with the viking is so any people that come
from a big city have moved out here, not knowing that the county had
nothing to do with the roads. I have had property out here for about
14 years now. I enjoy this way of life. What I don't enjoy is paying
for things I don't get. I moved from Palm City to get away from the
yankees. I wanted my kids to grow up like I did in the country and out
here is about as country as you can get, with town fairly close by.
HELP: I am not sure if any of you know this or not, but there is
another group of Electric trucks on the way to help the residents out
of the Ike situation. Be safe and good luck in your mission.
TAXES: Does it seem strange to anyone else that some people
figured out you could get agriculture exemption even if the property
was not zoned for agriculture, while most folks had no idea that rule
had changed?
VICTIMS: Every time a man is accused of a sex crime, there are
some who immediately start saying the victim must be lying. Let me
tell you something. This is why so many crimes go unreported. The
victims are worried -- and apparently rightfully so -- that they will be
blamed or they will not be believed. The cops do not arrest people on
one person's word. It's not "he said, she said." The cops do a thor-
ough investigation and make sure they have evidence that will stand
up in court. And one person's word is not going to be enough to go to
court on. So don't be so quick to doubt and blame the victims. Until
everything comes out in court, reserve judgement on all concerned.
MUD FEST: I understand the R.O.T.C. was doing a fundraiser at
the Mud Fest. And I understand nothing bad happened to the students
while they were at the Mud Fest. But I still question the judgement of
those who decided to take students to that event. Is that something
the school really wants their students to be associated with?
DOGS: Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn
things like: When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy-ride. Allow the experi-
ence of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy. Take
naps. Stretch before rising. Run, romp, and play daily. Thrive on atten-
tion and let people touch you. Avoid biting when a simple growl will
do. On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass. On hot days,
drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree. When you're happy,
dance around and wag your entire body. Delight in the simple joy
of a long walk. Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it. When someone is
having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently. Enjoy
every moment of every day.
VICE PRESIDENT: I don't see what all the fuss about picking the
vice president is about. We've had some terrible vice presidents be-
fore. Remember Dan Quale? I don't think we need to vote based on
the vice presidential candidates. I think we need to focus on the is-
sues. Who is going to get the economy turned around? Who is going
to get gas prices down? Who is going to stop the war in Iraq and bring
our soldiers home?
ZONING: I really don't understand what was wrong with saying
the only way to have agriculture classification for tax purposes is for
the land to be zoned agriculture. That gives some protection that the
land is for agricultural use, not a land speculator putting up a fence
and getting a couple cows to dodge property taxes while he finds an-
other buyer for the land so he can make even more profit. That is how
it used to be and I don't understand why that changed. Ag classifica-
tion should only be on property zoned for agriculture. We have com-
mercial property worth millions paying taxes on a very tiny fraction of
the property's value, due to ag classification in a commercial zoning.
That makes no sense at all. No wonder this county is going broke.
VIKING: I feel that the board for Coquina should have to live out
here not just own property out here. Living out here gives you a dif-
ferent outlook at things other than just having a hunting camp. They
should also be limited to a two or four year term just like any other
office, They take $50 each a month of our tax dollars, that's also wast-
ing our money.
TEACHER: The last time we had a teacher arrested at the high
school for an alleged sexual abuse case, the victims were treated hor-
ribly. This is the very reason most people don't report abuse -- be-
cause of the idiots out there who don't have anything but speculation


to go on to formulate their opinions. When you are in a position to
"chaperone" or take responsibility over a student, DUH, don't super-
vise a student alone! That's the first thing they should have learned at
teacher orientation. On the other front, there is a mandated reporting
law in Florida. Most people think that it is restricted to teachers, doc-
tors, etc... It's not! Those people who are in a special classification
have the dual duty to report and to leave their information with the
abuse hotline. So the real bottom line here is that as a citizen of the
state of Florida, Everyone is mandated to report suspicions of child
abuse or neglect. And, that's exactly what they are, suspicions. When
the jury is seated in the case, they will be the ones to decide what hap-
pened and decipher all of the evidence put forward and determine
what to do about it NOT US!
HIGH SCHOOL: High school is tough enough without people at-
tacking you. I think the students and the public need to lay off the girl
and just let the courts handle this. Let the officials do the investigation
and take it from there. They don't need everyone else butting in.


Letters to the Editor


Thanks for
the donations
We wanted to take a moment
to thank you all for helping us
spread the word about the Blood
Drive for Dr. Brown this past
weekend. The event was a tre-
mendous success! We had 196
people come out in support of Dr.
Brown and we received 163 units!
Awesome results!
If you know of anyone that
would like to donate blood in
support of Dr. Brown, they can
go to Dr. Wemmer's Blood Drive
on Friday, Sept. 19, at Publix from
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. When they
sign in, they need to write in for
Dr. Brown next to their name.
People can also donate at the
upcoming Okeechobee Blood
Roundup on Nov. 14.
Again, when they sign in, they
need to write in for Dr. Brown
next to their name.
Molly Ferguson
Director of Program Devel-
opment
Florida Community Health
Centers

Thank you
My people of Okeechobee
Thank you for your concern
and consideration in recent blood
donor drive.
With appreciation and love,
Dr. Fred Brown

ROTC future
uncertain
Did you know that there is a
new secret in Okeechobee?
Since the trouble began last
week for one of the instructors for
the JROTC program, the school
board has taken it upon them-
selves to decide to possibly shut
down the JROTC program mid
year. What about the almost 100
children in this program?
What about the kids who have
been working really hard to be-
come better citizens and leaders
who plan on military scholar-
ships when they graduate in a
year or two? What will they do
now? Why do they have to pay
the price for the mistakes of oth-
ers? Could it be that they are be-
ing used to balance the district's
budget? I say yes!
We need all of you to stand up
and support our young people
and our future military leaders in
America.
At the School Board Meeting
on Oct. 14, they are going to pos-
sibly decide to keep the JROTC
program at the high school or let
it stop. Please come and show
your support for our kids. You do
not have to speak, just stand up
and be there for the kids!
William Davis
Editor's note: According to
school board officials, there will
be no recommendation to the
board to close the ROTC pro-
gram at the Oct. 14 meeting. They
are awaiting guidance from the
Army regarding the status of the
program.

Keep history alive
Thank you so much for assist-
ing the Okeechobee Historical
Society with their new project,
collecting photographs of local
airplane pilots for our collage to
be placed at the airport. This col-


election is to honor Hildry Harmon
(Buster) Christopher, for whom
the airport terminal is named.
We have had a good response
and appreciate the pictures and
information that I have received.
I want to apologize to "Buster's"
family for misspelling his name
in the three announcements you
have run in the Okeechobee
News. My error.
There has been a lot of interest
in this project and I have learned
a lot from the people that have
contacted me with interesting sto-
ries of pilots that flew into or out
of our airport in the past century.
Again, thank you for the
help you have given our society.
We like to keep the history of
Okeechobee alive.
Sincerely,
Betty Chandler Williamson
President, Okeechobee
Historical Society

Hurricane stories
up north
Sad story ... Up north they talk
about how we can live here with
our storms and are now seeing
what we deal with every now
and again. But the sad part is that
when we have a bad storm, our
neighbors, the Red Cross and
FEMA are here and ready. Al-
most a half million people have
no electricity in Ohio and won't
for 5-7 days. They have lost all
of their cold food items. There is
no ice, foods, batteries, etc. Their
elderly are in peril and as of Tues-
day have no plans to help unless
you are physically able to go to an
open shelter. I am glad that I live
where we are better prepared for
nature's wrath and my neighbors
look after me and others. Thank
you Okeechobee for allowing me
to live here with you and love ev-
ery minute.
Sandy Doone-Hoyt
Okeechobee resident

My tribute to heroes
On Sept. 11, 2001,1 I was sitting
at my desk at a software com-
pany in Palm Beach Gardens. It
was like any other morning really,
a few phone calls, a few emails
and I knew I had to endure the
co-workers with cake and song
routine at some point. What I had
no idea was about to happen was
the most cowardly and deadly at-
tack on US soil in history. When
the first plane hit, I just thought
small plane/bad weather, but af-
ter the second plane hit, I had a
sinking feeling I cannot really ac-
curately describe that something
was going horribly wrong. With
accurate reports came false re-
ports of attacks on the U.S. Em-
bassy and that people were call-
ing from the World Trade Center
rubble on the cell phones. The In-
ternet was jammed up with traffic
and we had no TV, so much like
I'm sure my parents and grand-
parent did in the days before TV,
we huddled around a radio and
just listened silently. No one could
believe what we were hearing.
You know if you're age 35,
you've been alive for 12,775 days
... if you're 40 -- 14,600 days and
at 65 you've been on this planet
for 23,725 days! Of all those thou-
sands of days... how many do you
actually remember any part of?
It's a little unsettling to me really
how many days I have no mem-


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ory of at all. I remember many
birthdays, holidays, weddings and
funerals but not too many routine
days at all. Sept. 11, 2001 is a day
that I will never forget. Almost the
entire day is burned into memory
forever. Why this is I have no idea,
how the brain stamps certain
memories in stone and others
in jello. I may never know until
God one day reveals His many life
mysteries to me.
I am still saddened by the
massive loss, the children who
lost fathers and mothers and the
many people that lost loved ones
that day. I also get angry no mat-
ter how many guncam videos I
watch of terrorist hideouts being
taken out and no matter how
many top terrorist leaders we
capture or kill.
If I want to stand on my soap
box and praise those who have
proudly served in the U.S. armed
forces, I can do that. In fact, what
these soldiers, sailors, airmen and
veterans did for me assures that I
can write whatever I want with-
out fear of government reprisal
or persecution. How do you say
thank you to them for that they
did for us ... for the sacrifices they
made for us so we can sleep at
night in peace and serenity?
My father was a Lt. Command-
er on board the U.S.S. Lexington
and a few other US Naval carriers.
I cant tell you how proud I am
of him and his service. When so
many men in the late 60's were
running to Canada or becoming
teachers to avoid the draft, he
stepped up and served voluntarily
and helped to be a part training
for those going to Vietnam, espe-
cially the young pilots. He spent
months away from my mother,
lived aboard a loud and certainly
not luxurious aircraft carrier and
put a career on hold to serve. My
Uncle Jimmy also served us all in
the U.S. Air Force and is the rea-
son I have such a love for avia-
tion, flying and aircraft. He took
me up several times as a kid in
his Cessna 150 small plane and
let me "hold the wheel" some-
times too. Uncle Jimmy, I know I
don't tell you often how proud I
am to have you as my uncle but
I'm damn proud. Thank you for
everything ... your service, your
flights, your advice, your time.
You have added to me a part of
you and that in turn makes me
a better man, a better father and
son ... even a friend.
To serve. What does that
mean? In recovery we say that in
order to keep what you have you
have to give it away. Service work
is very important in AA/NA espe-
cially for those new in recovery.
We make coffee, greet visitors
and cleanup after meetings. There
is no pat on the back or tangible
reward given. These people and
this program are saving our lives
and the cost? $1/meeting if you
have it. If you don't no one will
say a word ... ever.
I see a similarity to those who
served us in the U.S. Military. In
order to keep the freedoms we
have, they had to give much
away...their time, efforts, blood,
sweat, tears and for so many...
their lives. How do we say thank
you? I think the best way is to
enjoy the life they have helped
secure for us to the maximum.


Many died so we could attend
any church we wanted, or spend
free time with our children with-
out fear, or speak our minds in
any forum and not fear punish-
ment, torture or death as a result.
Are we living this life to the full-
est? Are we stuck in a rat race of
herding to work like sheep in the
morning and sitting in cubicles for
8 hours then drive home stressed
from the commute? Then how
do we use the few hours left with
our family on work nights? Do we
flick on the TV and stare zoned
out into the screen. Imagine if we
took the TV out of the room and
did the same thing. We would all
gather in some family area ... sit
down, stare forward and not talk
to each other. This would go on
for hours. Doesn't that sound like
a waste of family time? I have
nothing against TV It is not evil,
but anything in life can cause
problems when used to excess. I
know this from experience.
Folks I haven't turned on the
TV in my room for months now
unless we had to track a storm or
hurricane and do you know how
much I miss it? Not at all. Ill get
on my soapbox about TV another
time but today is about our mili-
tary heroes. Yes that's what they
are and they probably don't want
to be called that but that's exactly
what they are,heroes. The defini-
tion right from www.dictionary.
com for the word hero is this:
1. a man of distinguished
courage or ability, admired for his
brave deeds and noble qualities.
2. a person who, in the opin-
ion of others, has heroic qualities
or has performed a heroic act and
is regarded as a model or ideal.
Anyone who served meets
these criteria by default. We thank
you.
It was tempting to write about
politics or how cowardly the ter-
rorists are and feel that blood
pressure rise but you know what?
I'll just say THANK YOU today
and enjoy my birthday. I'm gonna
milk it for all it's worth. I'm gonna
get as many hugs from females as
I can, I'm gonna use it to knock
off work early so I can get a
computer ready for my son, I'm
gonna eat whatever I want today
without regard for calories, carbs
or fat content. I'm gonna try to do
something extra nice for some-
one in need on my birthday be-
cause to keep this feeling I have
to give it away. And you know
what? Tommorow when it's not
my birthday anymore, I'm gonna
do all the same stuff I did today.
Why? because I can. God has a
plan for my life that does not in-
clude being a useless drunk. He
wants so badly to see me happy
and my best imagination pales
in comparison to what He has in
store for me. And for those who
keep me safe, sound and secure.
I promise you today that I will try
to live a life that will make you
proud. You guys paved a beauti-
ful street for me, and I intend to
walk on it!
Fritz Stork, Jr.
Okeechobee


Community Calendar

Friday, Sept. 19
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
932-8677.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The
Sick (OP, SP) 8 p.m. *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not
affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held
on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405
U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be at noon.
Women should bring business cards and information to promote their
business. The meeting provides networking opportunities for women
in business and is open to the public. No membership is required. For
information, contact Robin Delgado at 800-299-8878; or, by e-mail at
info@flainjurylawyer.com.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly meeting, Overeaters
Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street
entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There are
no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.

Saturday, Sept. 20
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. weekend noon
Open Discussion; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group,Step Study meeting
7 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group (OD) 8 p.m. *The Just for
7bday Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step fellow-
ships.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.


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OHS to present 'Little Women' oco


Draa, hniu) _
to put oi1 play


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School
Drama class ,will be performing
'Little Women,' adapted by L. Don
Swartz from the novel by Louisa
May Alcott in four performances.
Opening night will be Thursday,
Oct. 2. Additional performances
will be Saturday, Oct. 4; Thursday,
Oct. 9; and Saturday, Oct. 11. All
performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $4 for students and $8
for adults.
This play chronicles the life-
changing events of the March
family during a turbulent period
of the Civil War. Marmee, the
loving mother, and Hannah, the
loyal housekeeper, steer the fam-
ily through troubled waters while
Father is away ministering.
The four March daughters
include Meg, the oldest who's
determined to acquire the finer
things in life; Jo, tomboyish yet
passionate about her writing;
Beth, a quiet musician; and Amy,
the youngest, an artist who tends
to put on airs.
Their joys, sorrows, loves
and losses are played against the
backdrop of a divided country.
Through it all, the sisters endure
with a healthy dose of faith and
the March family legendary sense
of humor. Along the way, the
girls learn the value of family and
friendship.
All the most familiar episodes
from the beloved novel will be
performed as well as less fa-
miliar material, including Amy
and Laurie's courtship and Aunt
March's eleventh-hour reconcili-
ation with the family. Male roles
include Laurie, a close neighbor;
John Brooke, a teacher and Meg's
suitor; and Professor Bhaer, a
German scholar who falls in love
with Jo. A beautiful, timeless
drama, "Little Women," will be
presented on by the Okeechobee
High School Drama Club and di-
rector Deborah Raulerson.
The following is the cast of
Little Women: Leila Hager as Meg
March; Samantha Stersic as Jo
March; Nicole Perdomo as Beth
March; Tiffany Etchison as Amy
March; Rachel Muros as Marmee
March; Christopher Cain as Lau-
rie Laurence; Esperanza Montoya
as Hannah Mullet; Nathan Steen
as John Brooke; Sarah Thomp-
son as Aunt March; and Jonathan
Siegenthaler as Professor Bhaer.
Other technical positions are
assigned as follows: Rebecca
Foster as assistant director; Amy
Rivero as stage manager; Emily
Metz and Ali Nunez as assistant
stage managers; Emma Marshall
and Tiffany Rowlett-properties;


Your Weekly
Entertainment
Guide
Share your news and photos
for this column by e-mail to
caguilar@newszap.comn
Katelynn Sulzer and Megan Sch-
rock-lights; Kyle Foster and Jus-
tin Noel-sound; Rebecca Foster-
wardrobe; Tabitha Smith and
Jessica '.11. .' I I ,i, Tamllara
Rix-hair; Carma Rowlett and Dal
Ion Boyd-box office; Justin Noel,
Kyle Foster and Andrew Smith-
set crew; and Brittany Boggs and
Kassie Kinser-ushers.
Come support the Okeecho-
bee Iligh School Drama perfor-
mance given in the Okeechobee
Highl School lecture hall.
Indian River State College
'Wynne Black Box Productioni
Series is bringing the IRSC Fine
Arts Program original produc-
tion "Teaching a Dillo to Cross
the Road," written by IRSC Fine
Arts Department Director David
Moberg, to the Wynne Black Box
Theater on Thursday, Sept. 26,
and Friday, Sept. 27.
"Teaching a Dillo to Cross the
Road," presents a bittersweet and


realistic look at a; family's ability to
conlfont significant life choices.
The play cclebrales the courage
aMid faith needed to accept the
consequences of those choices.
"Teaching a Dillo to Cross the
Road" will be performed in the
Wynne Black Box Theatre Tick-
ets for the performance are $12.
Purchase tickets at the box office
located in the McAlpin Fine Arts
Center lobby, at the IRSC Main
Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue
in Fort Pierce, Monday through
Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by
phone with VISA, MasterCard,
Discover or American Express.
Call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center
Box Office today at
772-462-4750 or toll-free at
1-800-220-9915 to reserve your
seats, as shows sell out quickly.
If you would like to take aimn
and give it your best shot, the
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge No.
237 is having their first 100 Tar-
get Fun Shoot on S ril.l ,i,, ,Sept.
27, at Quail Creek Plantation. For
sponsorship or more information
call Jim Green at 863-634-4401 or
Steve Cates at 863-634-2061.
Help benefit your local Habitat
for Humanity organization. Eat at
Beef O' Brady's on Sept. 25, from
4 until 9 p.m. and 15 percent of
the total bill will be donated to
Habitat for HIumanity of Okeecho-
bee. Tickets for the fundraiser are
available at Region's Bank and Dr.
Peter Stephens Office in Okeecho-
bee.
Hospice of Okeechobee pres-
ents Boots and Pearls "Gone
Wild," a fundraiser social event.
The event will be held on Friday,
Oct. 10, at Okeechobee KOA and
includes a social hour starting at
6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.


Submitted photo/OHS Drama Club
Okeechobee High School Drama Club students (back row-
left to right) Jonathan Siegenthaler, Nathan Steen, Christo-
pher Cain, (middle row-left to right) Sarah Thompson, Leila
Hager, Esperanza Montoya, (front seated-left to right) Nicole
Perdomo, Samantha Stersic, Rachel Muros and Tiffany Etchi-
son will perform in the play, 'Little Women' on Thursday, Oct.
2, Saturday, Oct. 4, Thursday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 11, at
7:30 p.m. each evening at the OHS auditorium.


Main Street plans Halloween Fest


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Main Street
(OKMS) has begun the planning
process for the fourth annual
Okeechobee Halloween Festival
which will be held on Friday, Oct.
31, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center from 6 until 9 p.m.
This community event brings
together the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, Okeechobee City
Police, Okeechobee Board of
County Commissioners, and the
Okeechobee City Council with
OKMS to make a safe environ-
ment for the children of Okeecho-
bee to "trick or treat."
Last year's event held at the
Agri-Civic Center shelter in the
event of rain and adequate space
and lighting for growth of the cel-


ebration as well.
OKMS needs the cooperation
and support from the local busi-
nesses, organizations and individ-
uals in order to make this event
a safe and fun event for the com-
munity. We will have games and
activities, a haunted house and
costume contests--and of course
TREATS!
Businesses and organiza-
tions are needed to set up activ-
ity booths. Individual volunteers
can be utilized at various loca-
tions throughout the event. Dona-
tions of candy will be collected
at various locations throughout
town. These specific locations
will be announced once they are
finalized. OKMS will also accept
monetary donations to purchase
candy for the event.


Together OKMS will contin-
ue to provide a safe and family
friendly event for the children and
citizens of Okeechobee.
This year's Costume Contest
will be in four age groups: 0-2
years from 6:45 until 7:15 p.m.;
3-5 years from 7:15 until 7:45
p.m.; 6-10 years from 7:45 until
8:15 p.m. and 11-14 years from
8:15 until 8:45 p.m. Registration
for the costume contest will be
at the Seacoast National Bank
Booth.
Please call OKMS Executive Di-
rector Toni Doyle at 863-357-MAIN
(6246) for further information
about the Halloween Festival.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at wiww.newVszap.co.
Reporter Channa Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Dinner will be a Prime Rib dinner
with all the trimmings. Music and
dancing will be by, "The Chase."
Tickets for the event are a dona-
tion of $50 each or $500 per table
and are available at Eli's Western
Wear. All proceeds go to benefit
Hospice of Okeechobee patient
care. Sponsorship opportunities
are available. For more informa-
tion, please contact Frank Irby at
863-357-1639.
The Landing Strip Caf6 is now
open for dinner every night ex-
cept Mondays and Wednesdays
they close at 3 p.m. The Landing
Strip Cafe will host "Bike Night"
every Tuesday evening. The Land-
ing Strip is located at 7800 N.W
20th Trail at the airport. There will
be a live band and great food!
Southwest Second and Third
Avenues between North and
South Park Streets will be closed
from 9 p.m. until midnight after
every home football game will be
closed for a Christian Youth 5th
Quarter event in Flagler Park put
on by Abundant Blessings.
If you "Think you can Dance"
as the popular show on Fox por-
trays or you would want to learn
to ballroom dance, a group class
in ballroom dancing is being of-
fered in Okeechobee at Church
of Our Saviour Parrish Hall, 200
N.W. Third Street on Saturday
afternoons at 4 p.m. The cost for
the hour lesson is $10. Private
instructions are also available.
Come and enjoy the fun with or
without a partner. For more infor-
mation call 772-794-9040.
Ladies drink free at The Pier
2 Resort every Thursday from 9
p.m. until Midnight. It's buy one
get one free Friday, Saturday and
Sunday with a live band. Happy
Hour daily from 4-7 p.m.
Do you want to see your events
posted in the weekly entertainment
column? Forward any publicly open
events including entertainment such
as: dancing, bands, comedians,
theatre, special events, special com-
munity events, contests, etc to cagul-
lar@newszap.com.Please forward
all information about each event
including: description of the event;
location (address); date; time; cost;
age appropriateness; and any other
information that fits the specific
event. For additional information
contact Chauna Aguilar at 863-763-
3134 ext. 4242.


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NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING
The St. Johns River Water Management District has tentatively adopted a budget for 2008-2009. A public
hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on:
Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 5:05 p.m.
4049 Reid Street, Highway 100 West
Palatka, FL 32177

BUDGET SUMMARY
ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
FISCAL YEAR 2008-2009
THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT ARE 13.34% MORE THAN LAST
YEAR'S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES.

Special Revenue -
Special Revenue Water Protection & Other Capital
General Fund Fund Other Sustainabillity Debt Service Funds Projects Funds Total Budget
ESTIMATED REVENUES
Fund Balance, beginning of year $ 112,879,135 $ 1,714,520 $ 37,364,277 $ 6,289,535 $ 1,100,000 $ 159,347,467
Estimated Revenues
Ad Valorem Taxes
Millageper 1,000- 4158
Ad Valorem Taxes $ 136,619,607 $ 136,619,607
District Sources
Interest on Investments S 4,689,450 S 60.000 S 310,550 $ 5,060,000
Regulatory Permitrs 3.000,000 3.000.000
Other District Sources 713,459 713.459
Land Management Revenue 1,865,634 1,865.634
Total District Sources $ 10,268,543 $ 60,000 $ $- 310,550 $ $ 10,639,093

Donations for Mitigationr
Counties 294,510 294.510
Cities 223,000 223,000
Water Management Distncts 194,897 194.897
Other Local Sources 2.256777 2.256,777
Total Other Local Sources $ 2,969,184 $ 2,960,184

Flonda Forever $ 29 901,718 S 29,901,718
Water Managenrent Lands Trust Fund 12,596,479 S 6,122,972 18,719,451
Florida Department eof Transportation 329,g601 329,601
Ecosystems Management Trust 41 867,761 41,867,761
Water Protection & Sustainabilly Trust Fund $ 33780,074 33,780,074
Other State Sources 1,771,105 1,774,105
Total State Sources $ 86,469,664 $ 33,780,074 $ 6,122,972 $ 126,372,710
Federal Sources
Environmental Protection Agency EPA S 2,052 360 S 2,052,360
Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS 6892.660 6.892,660
Other Federal Sources
Total Federal Sources $ 8,945,020 $ 8,945,020
Total Revenue $ 146,888,150 $ 98,443,868 $ 33,780,074 $ 6.433,522 $ $ 285,545,614
Other Financing Sources (Uses)
Transfers In from General Fund S 675000 5 188,707 5 863.707
Transfers In from Special Revenue Fund
Transfers Out $ (863,707) (863.707)
Total Other Financing Sources (Uses) $ (863707) S 675,000 S $ 188,707 S
TOTAL ESTIMATED REVENUES AND BALANCES $ 258,903,578 $ 100,158,388 $ 71,819,351 $ 12,723,057 $ 1,288,707 $ 444,893,081
ESTIMATED EXPENDITURES
Water Resources Planning and Monitorng S 19,564373 $ 346 836 S 19,911,209
Acquisition Restoration and Public Works 98 487 651 893680 894 S 67,560 148 6,433.522 S 1 288707 263.130 922
Operation and Maintenance of Lands and Works 11 249 645 8.309 511 19,559, 156
Regulation 18 630457 18.630.457
Outreach 4,953 014 337,210 5290224
District Management and Administration 48,961 528 204 917 49 ,16,445
Total Expenditures $ 201,846,668 $ 98,559.368 $ 67,560,148 $ 6,433,522 $ 1,288,707 $ 375,688,413
Reserves and Designations
ReIstctld for I.and Acquisition S 1594128 S 159,428
Legal Restrictions 1,439 592 S 6 289 535 7,729,127
Economic Stablr.;itlon Rcselve $ 800 000 7,800 000
Designated fot Water Siuslniablity S 4 259 203 4259.203
Designated oi SJ 111 Reuse Inihtialve Sinking fund 18F Ilt8 .67 18 888 267
Desiquld lor USJRIl Wat'el tosuce Developlnutl 3,951, .30 3951. 230
De signatid Loi ApopkaH Reslvoir Pro.jict i36 5'1t 536,518
Desrii)natd oi Nutient ROduction St Johlins
Riv, iLake Jiesup 9 669 2/ 9I,069 727
Designtii.i foi 1 ind Maliunrg l.'enltAciqusllion 8 ;00 000 8,600.000
Undetsignaled o611 168 7.611 16S
Total Roserves and Designations $ 57,056,910 $ 1,599,020 $ 4,259,203 $ 6,289,535 $ S$ 69,204,668

TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES AND $ 258,903,578 $ 100,158,388 $ 71,819,351 $ 12,723,057 $ 1,288,707 $ 444,893,081
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Obituaries
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Karen Lynn Weber, 57
OKEECHOBEE Karen Lynn We-
ber, of Okeechobee died Wednes-
day, Sept. 17, 2008, in Lawnwood
Regional Medical Center. She was

Born in Holden, WVa., Karen
moved to Okeechobee in 2004,
coming from Toledo, Ohio.
She was a homemaker. She was a
member of St. Teresa's Catholic
Church in Buckhead Ridge.
Survivors include her husband of
34 years, Raymond Weber of Okee-
chobee; sons, Dustin Weber of
Cleveland, Ohio, and Nicholas We-
tier of Santa Clarita, Calif.; daughter,
Kasey Weber of Santa Clarita; two
grandchildren; mother, Martha Tiller
Kinser Tatro of Okeechobee; broth-
er, David Kinser of Box Elder, S.D.;
half sister, Joyce Tatro-Manes of To-
ledo.
She is preceded in death by her fa-
ther, Julius Kinser and stepfather,
Edward Tatro.
Services will be held at a later date
in Toledo, Ohio.
All arrangements are entrusted to
Yates Funeral Home and Crematory,
Ft. Pierce.

Rose Marie Porter, 71
OKEECHOBEE Rose Marie Port-
.,r, of Okeechobee, died Sept. 17,
2008, in Lawnwood Regional Medi-
cal Center. She
was 71
She was born
Feb. 18, 1937, in
Chicago, Ill., to .
Chester and Sylvia
Cherry. Formerly
of Chicago, Ill., .
she came to L
Ok eecho -
bee in 1994. She was hap-
pily married to Jerome Porter for 52
years.
She is survived by her husband, Je-
rome Porter of Okeechobee; she
was a loving mother to two daugh-
ters, Kathleen Tonkery (John) of Ju-
piter and Laureen Kasik (David) of
Okeechobee; son, Timothy Porter,
of Okeechobee; and nine grandchil-
dren.
Visitation will be 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, with funeral services fol-
lowing in Bass Okeechobee Funeral
Home. Father Weiss.of Church of
Our Saviour will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may
be made to the Leukemia Founda-
tion of America.
Friends may sign the guest book at
www.bassokeechobeefuneral-
home.com.


Service Club News in Brief


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

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the month
at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528,2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members
are available. Call Helen James at
863-824-7644 or Lou Eder at 863-
357-0467.
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located
at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For informa-
tion on events, call 863-763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1
p.m. Food will be available for a
donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo
starting at 4 p.m. Food will be
available.
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 do-


nation. Music will be by Jimmy
Harper.
Saturday and Sundays: mu-
sic at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.

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

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

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is 863-
763-2250.
Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m. With
many items to choose from.
Wednesday: Bingo and
food, food served at 5 p.m. and
bingo starts at 6 p.m.
Thursday: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7 p.m. Call the
Lodge for the menu.
Thursday: Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
Thursday: 5-Card Bingo at 6
p.m. food available at 5 p.m.
Friday: dinner served from
5 until 7:30 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
Saturday: dinner starting at
6 p.m.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.W 36th
St. in Okeechobee. Please call the
Lodge at 863-763-4954 for further
information, sudden changes
and menus. Guests are invited to
enjoy the activities and consider
membership.
Every Sunday breakfast from
8 to 11 a.m.
Horseshoe practice every
Sunday at 2 p.m. and Thursday
Evening.
Every Monday, Pool tourna-
ments sign up, 7 p.m. Food is
served.
Women's meeting second


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken

Horse Record Book contest winners
4-Hers received first place awards for Horse projects were honored at the Sept. 13 4-H
Awards Banquet. They included (left to right, back row), Shiloh Anuez, tied for first place
intermediate; Hannah Sadler, tied for first place intermediate; Wesley Mims, tied for first
place senior; (left to right, front row) LaRanda Southerland, tied for first place intermedi-
ate; Alex Heatley, tied for first place intermediate; and Rachel Muros, tied for first place
senior. Not pictured are Josey Pearce, first place junior and Cassie Colgan, tied for first
place senior.


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and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Officers meetings first and
third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m.
and Friday night at 7 p.m. Food
Served. (you must be a member
to play bar bingo)
Dinner and music almost ev-
ery Saturday night.

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423
is located at 300 N.W. 34 St. The
Post phone number is 863-763-
0818.
Happy hour Monday through
Thursday 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: 50-cent hot (logs.
Tuesday: Washer toss at I
p.m.
Wednesday: Pizza and Grill 5
until 7 p.m.
Friday: Bingo at 1 p.m. Pizza
and Grill 6 until 9 p.m. Karaoke 7
until 11 p.m.
Saturday: Bar Bingo at 1 p.m.
Karoake 7 until 11 p.m.
Sunday: Dinner 2 until 4 p.m.
Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meetings third Sunday of every
month at 11 a.m.
Men's Auxiliary Meeting 3
Monday of every month 7 p.m.
Big Screen TV and Pool Table

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call 863-
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW, Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
able.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for an $11 donation. Danc-
ing immediately follows the din-
ner.
Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
The House Committee meeting is
on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Com-
mander Robert Hare at 863-467-
2882.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
VFW Post 9528, in Buckhead
Ridge, is having an open mic night
with Nellie from 6 until 9 p.m. ev-


ery Tuesday evening. Come on
out and support her by singing
your favorite songs.

VFW Post #10539
Post hours are 10 a.m. Mon-
day through Saturday and 1 .p.m.
on Sunday. Closing times are dis-
cretionary and dependent on the
number of patrons but usually
not before 8 p.m. on weekdays
and 11 p.m. on weekends.
Happy hours: 10 to 11 a.m.
and 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through
Thursday. Noon to 2 p.m. on Sat-
urdays.
Monday: Card Bingo at 6
p.m.
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary all-
you-can-eat spaghetti dinner $5
donation beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Bar Bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch by Ladies Aux-
iliary. Kitchen open from 5 until 8
p.m. Evening music.
Thursday: Music, kitchen
open from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: Music, kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: Noon, dollar hot-
dogs, $1.50 Polish Sausage, both
with Chili and all the fixings. Card
bingo at 5 p.m. Music and dancing
at 7 p.m. $50 gas card giveaway.
Scheduled meetings: VFW
First Sunday at noon, Ladies Aux-
iliary second Monday at 7 p.m.,
Mens Auxiliary second Wednes-
day at 7 p.m.
Do you have a family mem-
ber serving overseas? We send
packages of urgently needed sup-
plies to them. We accept dona-


tions for this worth cause. Contact
Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For further information call 863-
763-2308.

Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings and
parties. For information call the
club at (863) 763-3378.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
The Cypress Hut Frater-
nal Order of Eagles post #4509
located at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is
now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10
p.m., Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.
Information can be found by visit-
ing www.foe4509.com, or calling
863-467-1154.
Food is served several eve-
nings a week.
Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the first and third Wednesday
of each month at the old Cypress.
Hut flea market restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are
at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye
steak dinner with the trimmings
beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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make changes to the service club
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BACK TO SCHOOL CLOTHING EXCHANGE
Fountain of Life Church will be hosting a School Clothing
Exchange for the community of Okeechobee on Saturday,
Sept. 20 from 11am to 3pm.
You are invited to bring your child (ren)'s clothes that no
longer fit in exchange for good used clothing that will fit. We
will exchange a maximum of 10 pieces of clothing you bring in
S. for your choice of 10 pieces of FREE available used clothing.
- This is our first such event and we hope that it will be a bless-
ing in this time of economic difficulty.
Come join us at 1302 SW 32nd St.
For more information call Carol at 763-6602


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Okeechobee News, Friday, September 19, 2008 7


Fall brings more hunting and fishing


By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
On Friday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m.
head down to the Okeechobee
KOA, -Hwy 441 South, for the sec-
ond annual "Friends of the NRA"
banquet and auction.
The banquet will include a
Prime Rib dinner and an auction.
Tickets for admission and the
meal are $45 each, kids 10 and
under will eat for free.
The auction will be on guns
which are being held at The Gun
Shop on S. Parrott Avenue, some
guns will be auctioned off, while
others will have tickets on them.
The doors will open at 6 p.m.
and you will be able to look at the
auction items and dinner will be-
gin at 7:45 p.m.
For information or tickets you
can call or visit The Gun Shop,
2020 S. Parrott Ave., Suite 102,
863-357-1115 or Mim's Veterinary
Hospital, 275 S.W. 32nd St., 863-
763-9200.


FWC honors heroes

and contributors to

conservation
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
convened its three-day meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 17, and the first
item of business was to honor a
couple of heroes and others who
contribute to the agency's mis-
sion.
Commissioners honored Offi-
cer Brett Gill with the FWC Divi-
sion of Law Enforcement's Medal
of Valor with Lifesaving Award
for rescuing a woman from a
burning vehicle at Lake Butler
on July 18. The vehicle exploded
moments after the officer pulled
the victim to safety. FWC Law
Enforcement Director, Col. Julie
Jones, said "(Officer Gill's) ac-
tions were above and beyond the
call of duty."
The victim survived.
In addition, Commissioners
adopted a resolution applauding
wildlife biologist Adam Warwick
for his valor in rescuing a 375-
pound bear from drowning in
the Gulf of Mexico after a tran-
quilizer dart began to take effect
on the animal. The daring rescue
occurred June 24. The resolution
said "...the dedication and coura-
geous actions by Adam Warwick
reflect great credit on this agen-
cy and its personnel." Jennifer
Hobgood, Florida director of the
Humane Society, also presented
Warwick with the Circle of Com-
passion Award to "commend a
selfless act of compassion."
Commissioners presented the
Hunter Safety Instructor of the
Year Award to Andy Campbell for
his outstanding contributions to
the Hunter Safety Program. Hunt-
er safety instructors are volun-
teers who dedicate their time to
serve the FWC and public hunt-
ing safety.
The FWC adopted a resolution
expressing appreciation to the
members of the agency's Cap-
tive Wildlife Technical Advisory
Group, including Bill Armstrong,
Eugene Bessette, Joe Christman,
Dr. Susan Clubb, Dr. Leroy Coff-
man, Ken Johnson, Dan Marti-
nelli, Julie Morris, Dr. Terri Parrott-
Nenezian, Donovan Smith, Kathy
Stearns, Julie Strauss, FWC Capt.
John West and FWC Capt. Linda
Harrison.
The Coastal Conservation As-
sociation got a big thank you from
the Commissioners for donating
fish-measurement tools to FWC
officers to ensure compliance
with size limits. Ted Forsgren,
the association's executive direc-
tor, and its state chairman, Mark
Carter, accepted the honors.
During its meeting on Wednes-
day the FWC adopted new rules
on to help thwart illegal releases
of nonnative fish. The new rules
will provide options for un-per-
mitted owners of nonnative spe-
cies who can no longer keep their
pet.
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pathway for the introduction
of nonnative species," said the
FWC's Scott Hardin. "As a result,
the FWC initiated a series of pet
amnesty events to provide an op-
tion for owners of exotic pets to
surrender their unwanted pets to
responsible agencies or individu-
als instead of illegally releasing
them."
The FWC requires a captive
wildlife permit to own many non-
native species, including Class II
and III wildlife, venomous reptiles
and the six species designated
as reptiles of concern. The new
rule allows, at FWC-sponsored
amnesty events, owners of un-
permitted fish and wildlife to
surrender their animals, and for
adopters to accept nonnative fish
and wildlife from un-permitted
individuals, without penalty. This
addition is an exemption from the
current rule that prohibits trans-
fers of wildlife of any kind when
permits are required.
The new rule also allows state
and county animal control agen-
cies to accept un-permitted non-
native animals, with the own-
ers allowed to surrender those
animals to the agencies without
penalty.
The FWC has sponsored three
amnesty day events. The next
Pet Amnesty Day will be at the
Jacksonville Zoo, Nov. 22, and
another one will be in Miami in
early 2009.
The passage of the new rule
will help prevent further releases
of nonnative fish and wildlife into
Florida's diverse and fragile envi-
ronment.
Along with the new rules of
nonnative species releases, the
FWC discussed changes to the
quota hunt system at its meeting
in Jacksonville on Wednesday.
The FWC uses the quota hunt
system to control the number of
hunters on wildlife management
areas during high-demand peri-
ods.
After considering several op-
tions, including a list of proposals
from a stakeholder working group
for overhauling the agency's quo-
ta hunt system, the Commission
asked staff to continue analyzing
other possible options.
Proposals to alter the way the
FWC issues the permits and to
make permits non-transferable
among hunters drew compelling
reactions from both sides of the
issue. Some argued the current
system leads to abuses; others


said the abuses are limited to a
few individuals and (to not war-
rant changes that would make
the system less user-friendly to
ethical hunters. Florida is the only
state that allows transferring quo-
ta hunt permits. The state does
not allow the purchase or sale of
quota hunt permits.
Commissioners directed FWC
staff to develop additional options
that could have more universal
support among affected hunters,
while addressing fair and flexible
considerations that limit potential
for abuse.
"This meeting helped us focus
on the best way to achieve fair ac-
cess for hunting on wildlife man-
agement areas in Florida," said
Diane Eggeman, director of the
FWC's Division of Hunting and
Game Management. "We look
forward to bringing back a new
proposal in the near future for the
2009-10 hunting season."


Hunters, be careful

cleaning wild hogs
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
is encouraging hunters to take
precautions when dressing and
handling harvested wild hogs.
Wild hogs, though not origi-
nally native to Florida, are now
found within all 67 counties, and
like any wild animal, can carry
parasites and diseases some of
which can be transmitted to peo-
ple. One such disease for hunters
to be concerned with is swine
brucellosis.
The FWC is advising hunters
handling wild hog carcasses to
take the following precautions
to protect themselves from expo-
sure to this bacterial disease:
Avoid eating, drinking or us-
ing tobacco when field-dressing
or handling carcasses.
Use latex or rubber gloves
when handling the carcass or raw
meat.
Avoid direct contact with
blood, reproductive organs
and fecal matter. Wearing long
sleeves, eye protection and cover-
ing any scratches, open wounds
or lesions will help provide pro-
tection.
Clean and disinfect knives,
cleaning area, clothing and any
other exposed surfaces when fin-
ished.
Wash hands frequently with
soap and water.
When cooking wild hog, as
with any wild game, care in han-
dling is an important part of dis-
ease prevention, and the meat
should be cooked thoroughly to
170 degrees. Swine,brucellosis is
not transmitted through properly
cooked meat.
"Hunters shouldn't be overly
concerned with swine brucello-
sis, but they should practice these
good-hygiene, safety precautions
when field-dressing wild hogs,"
FWC wildlife veterinarian Mark
Cunningham said.
Brucellosis in people is called
undulant fever and could be
transmitted if a hunter cut himself
while field-dressing a wild hog
or was exposed to the animal's
blood or bodily fluids. Symptoms
include a recurrent fever, chills,
nioht sweattw weakness head


aches, back pain, swollen joints,
loss of appetite and weight loss.
Hunters who exhibit these
symptoms or may have been
exposed should contact a physi-
cian.
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an outdoors event please email
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events, outdoors activities, nature
inspired hobbies and with hunt-
ing season nearing, please send in
pictures of your prize kills. Please
include your name, phone number
and specific dates of the events. The
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into the office no later than 5 p.m.
Wednesday. Information can also be
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Church
10:45 a.m.


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NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING

The South Florida Water Management District

has tentatively adopted a budget for

FY2008-2009.


This notice is applicable to

Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry,

Highlands, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe,

Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach,

Polk and St. Lucie Counties


A public hearing to make a

FINAL DECISION

on the budget AND TAXES

will be held on:


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

at 5:15 p.m.

at the South Florida Water Management District

Headquarters Building, B-1 Auditorium

3301 Gun Club Road

West Palm Beach, Florida 33406



BUDGET SUMMARY
SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
COMBINED STATEMENT OF PROJECTED REVENUES AND BUDGETED EXPENDITURES
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2008 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
ARE 186.9 % MORE THAN LAST YEARS TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES.


PROJECTED REVENUE
Ad Valorem- District
Ad Valorem- Okeechobee Basin
Ad Valorem- Big Cypress Basin
Ad Valorem Everglades Restoration
Agricultural Privilege Taxes
Intergovemmental
Licenses, Permits & Fees
Investment Income
Miscellaneous
Other Financing Sources
Department Charges
TOTAL REVENUES
Fund Balance: Designatec
TOTAL PROJECTED REVENUES
AND BALANCES
Operating Transfers (Net)
TOTAL
Encumbrances Funded by Fund Balance
Encumbrances Funded by Future Revenue
TOTAL PROJECTED REVENUES,
BALANCES AND TRANSFERS
BUDGETED EXPENDITURES
Corporate Resources
CERP
Coastal Watersheds
District Everglades
Kissimmee Watershed
Lake Okeechobee
Land Stewardship
Mission Support
Modeling & Scientific Support
Operations & Maintenance
Regulation
Water Supply
Corporate Resources Total
Everglades Restoration Resources
CERP
Coastal Watersheds
District Everglades
Kissimmee Watershed
Lake Okeechobee
Land Stewardship
Mission Support
Modeling & Scientific Support
Operations & Maintenance
Water Supply
Everglades Restoration Resources Total
Government and Public Affairs
CERP
Coastal Watersheds
District Everglades
Kisslnimoe Watershed
Lake Okeechobee
Land Stewardship
Mission Support
Modeling & Scientific Support
Operations & Maintenance
Regulation
Water Supply
Government and Public Affairs Total


O&M Resources
CERP
Coastal Watersheds
District Everglades
Kissimmee Watershed
Lake Okeechobee
Land Stewardship
Mission Support
Modeling & Scientific Supt
Operations & Maintenance
Regulation
Water Supply

Water Resources
CERP
Coastal Watersheds
District Eveoglades
Kissimhnee Watershed
Lake Okeechoboe
Mission Support
Modeling & Scientific Sup1
Operations & Mainltenonco
Regulation
Water Supply

Ros/Dobt/Foos/Charges
CERP
Coastal Watersheds
District Everglades
Lake Okeechobee
Land Stewardship
Mission Support
Operations & Maintenance
Regulation
Water Supply


Millages
0,2549
0 2797
0.2265
0.0894


GENERAL
FUND
$218,947,03C


0
3,665,550
2.900,000
5,075,000


TOTAL SPECIAL TOTAL CAPITAL INTERNAL
REVENUE PROJECTS SERVICE
FUNDS FUNDS FUND


218,973.772
17.318,376

43,741,013
499,000
3.773.000
2.015.000


69,990,187
11,600,000
135,906,641
0
2.058,806
0
1.700.000,00C


230,587,680 286,320,161 1,919,555,634
31,728,763 42,185.020 458.541.587

262316.343 328.506.181 2 378.097,221
(74,521,936) (103,144.936) 178,079.407
187.794 407 225360.245 2566176 628
29,863.937 64,476,053 85.271,062
5,575,318 11,161,694

$217.658.344 $295,411.616 $2,662,609.384


178,817


73,311,505
184,339
831,065
172,134
75,000
74,752,860


43,010
370,008
9,000
1,479,115
217,790
11,000
2,129,923


3,207.248
7,065,177 38,973
564,710
13,776,201
185,847 14,217,360


150,123
5,109.542
144,066
182,792
12,837,647


1,507,818
33,312,310


52.051
39,204 14,394,510
222,226
311,586
3,680
6,008,058 4.580,766
125,000
3,591,645
236.383 50,725
637,211 1,875,936
7,046,866 25,083,125


10


172,632
248,276 200.386
13.806.408
738,872
703.007
696,551
33,135 137,280
433,075
,501,210 74.475,038


302,725
765,727
12,284,148


O&M Resources Total


5,086,339
5,086,339


TRUST& TOTAL
AGENCY TENTATIVE
FUND BUDGET
$218,947,030
218,.973,772
17,318,376
69,990.187
11,600,000
179,647,654
4,164.550
300,000 9,031,806
7,090,000
1,700,000,000
5,086,339
300,000 2,441,849,714


112,535 532,567,905

5,086,339 412,535 2,974.417.619


5.086.339
21,974


$5,108.313


$13,930.000
900
1.413.961
250,000

5.086,339


15,694,861 5,086,339

1,897.052,230
7,702,915
80,763.842
734,900
16,011,042
840,000


2,003,104,938 0


3.196,456





11.000.000

14,196,466

1,895.034
6.329,514



47,636,532


90,930,174 56,861,080


43,153
3,636,817 3,230,535
2,464,732
4.912,728
12,121.0627


Water Resources Total


Ros/Dobt/FeeslCharges Total
TOTAL BUDGETED EXPENDITURES


11,053,324
45,395
18,353,016
22,769,063
66,857,616


35.851
8,831.330
31,639,906


4,287,416 5,065,003
907,759
1,000,000
7.072,862
16,228,965 12,987.,623
15,231.510


4.500,000
26.016.381
187 794 407


5.767,579
1,224,008
18.388,428
3.310,000



28,690,016

138,391,140
347.,543
257,572,640
42,417.955


42,264,767 438,729,278 0
226360248 2 666,176.628 5086.339


(412,535) 0
0 2.974.417.619
179.633,026
16,737,012

$0 $3,170,787.657


$13,930.000
179,717
1.413,961
293.010
370.008
9,000
79.876,959
184.339
1.048,855
183.134
75,000
0 97,563,983

1,9000259.487
14,807.065
80.763,842
1,299,610
29,787,243
15,243,207
150,123
5.109,542
1,651.884
182,792
0 2,049,254,795


3,248.507
14,433.714
0
222,226
311,586
3,680
10,588,824
125,000
14,591,645
287,108
2,513,147
0 0 46,325,437


2,067,666
448,662
20,135,922
738,872
703.007
696.551
170,415
433,075
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765,727
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Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
National Dairy Youth
Leadership Conference
4-Hers who attended the National Dairy Youth Leadership
Conference in 2007 were honored at the Sept. 13, 4-H
Awards Banquet, including (left to right), Fallon Curren,
Austin Pluskot and Kim Pluskot.


Absolutely Splitting Hares
The Asolutely Splititng Hares rabbit club was among
those honored at the Annual 4-H Banquet on Saturday,
Sept. 13, in the Okeechobee High School Cafeteria. Those
honored included president Damon Heater (left) and Vice
President Elyse Matteo (right), as well as (not pictured)
secretary/treasurer Nicholas Kielbasa and Historian Ben-
jamin Kielbasa. Those with 100 percent attendance were
Damon Heater, Nicholas Kielbasa, Zachary Keilbasa and
Nikita LaDuke.


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Bacon Bunch
The Bacon Bunch 4-H Club was among those honored at
the annual 4-H Awards Banquet on Sept. 13 at Okeechobee
High School. Members include (left to right) president Da-
mon Heather, vice president Carly Enfinger, Nikki Stratton
and reporter Meaghan Thomas. 100 percent attendance
awards went to Shyanne Prescott, Trey Thomas, Meaghan
Thomas and Carly Enfinger. Swine medals went to Da-
mon Heater, Cody Johns, Kylee Johns Benjamin Kielbasa,
Zachary Kielbasa, Christopher Kielbasa, Meaghan Thom-
as, Kaysie Vick, Matt Lanning, Todd Lanning, Chelsey
Perry, Cody Prescott, Shyanne Prescott, Lane Spires,
Dustin Stokes and Nikki Stratton. Poultry medals went to
Christopher Lanning, Matthew Lanning and Todd Lanning,
Shyanne Prescott earned a beef medal. Top swine produc-
er was Cody Prescott. Top beef producer was Shyanne
Prescott. Top Small Animal Producer was Todd Lanning.
Rookie of the Year was Trey Thomas. Top record keepers
were Dustin Stokes and Meaghan Thomas


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Elmer Perez Velasquez, 24,
of Moore Haven, was arrested
on Sept. 7, charged with driving
under the influence and no valid
driver's license. He was later re-
leased on $1,250 surety bond.
Juan Delgado, 35, of Clewis-
ton, was arrested on Sept. 8, on
an active warrant for failure to ap-
pear. He was held in custody to
serve 10 days in County jail.
Jennifer Leon, 24, of
Okeechobee, was arrested on
Sept. 9, on an active warrant for
violation of probation. She was
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bond.
Chauncey Haynes, 30, of
Moore Haven, was arrested on
Sept. 9, charged with aggravated
battery. He was later released on
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Caroline Mendoza, 37, of
Clewiston, was arrested on Sept.
10, on an active Palm Beach
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custody without bond.
Pablo Lopez-Poch, 40, of
Moore Haven, was arrested on
Sep. 11, charged with aggravated
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was held in custody with bond


Code magistrate imposes fines


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Fines were imposed in two
of the eleven cases heard by
Okeechobee County Code En-
forcement Special Magistrate in a
hearing conducted Sept. 16.
The Abdul Cumber trust had
been cited for having a con-
demned structure on a N.E. 15th
Avenue lot. Special magistrate
Lois Nichols decreed that prop-
erty must come into compliance
by Oct. 16, or the owners would
face a fine.
According to code enforce-
ment officer Beth Albert, Andres
Sanchez must either remove or
get the proper permits for a metal
building on his N.E. Third Drive.
He was given until Oct. 16, to get
a building permit and necessary
inspections or face a possible
fine.
Javier and Gloria Tinajero had
been cited for condemned and
derelict structures and having an
occupied RV on their N.W. 18th
Street property. Code enforce-
ment officer Blanca Saucedo said
partial compliance has been ac-
complished. The RV has been


set at $11,000.
Jack Harris, 44, of Moore
Haven, was arrested on Sept. 11,
charged with battery domestic
violence. He was held in custody
with bond set at $1,500.
This column lists arrests, not
convictions, unless otherwise
noted. Anyone who is listed here
and who is later found not guilty
or has the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
the newspaper. We will confirm
the information and print it.


removed. All dilapidated, un-
safe structures have also been
removed. She said that all that
remains is the illegal deck. The
deck must be either permitted or
removed by Oct. 16, or they could
be fined.
A condemned structure is lo-
cated on the N.W. 44th Avenue
property of Felix Tinajero, accord-
ing to code enforcement officer
Saucedo. She said the unsafe
structure is being torn down and
they are planning to put a new
mobile home on the property. He
was given until Oct. 16, to come
into compliance.
The N.E. 12th Lane property of
Timothy Crews and Angela Cross
had been cited because of a con-
demned mobile home and over-
growth. Mr. Crews said he had
the equipment to demolish the
mobile home and he was sure he
could remove it by Oct. 16.
Everett Lawson had been cited
for construction of a large metal
shed on his N.E. 22nd Avenue
property without the proper per-
mits. Mrs. Albert said Mr. Lawson
has now obtained the services of
an architect to draw up the plans
necessary for a permit. He was
given until Oct. 16, to obtain the
building permit.
A derelict block structure is
located on the U. S. 441 N prop-
erty of Edward Boyd, according to
Mrs. Albert. She has not been able
to contact Mr. Boyd. The notice of
violation was posted on the prop-
erty. Mr. Boyd has until Oct. 16, to
come into compliance or face a
fine of up to $250 a day.
A representative of Nix and Nix
Land I, LLC has been ordered to
appear at this month's hearing to
report on progress toward clear-
ing up violations.
Attorney Bill Wallace repre-
senting Nix and Nix stated that
his client has secured a contrac-
tor. Plans had been submitted but


must be resubmitted because of
a problem.
Ms. Nichols requested another
report next month unless a build-
ing permit has been issued.
Lawrence Elwell was fined $70
a day beginning Sept. 17, for un-
registered RVS and an unpermit-
ted fence on his N.E. 17th Avenue
property.
Because of the scrap, yard sale
type items, household appliances
and unlicensed vehicles on Ear-
Ion Hughley's N.E. 26th Avenue
property, he was fined $100 a day
for every day of noncompliance
beginning Sept. 17.
Attorney Jeffrey Fadley, repre-
senting Donald Bastura, said his
client has applied for a grant for
demolition and rebuilding a new


house. Special magistrate Nichols
extended the compliance date for
another month.
The attorney for N & A Real
Estate was not present, therefore
that case was continued until
next month. The cases against
the estate of Benjamin Ferguson,
Mack Hubbard and one of the
cases against Javier Tinjero were
dismissed because the properties
were in compliance. The case
against Elbert Kline was not heard
because of lack of proper service.
The property of Kenneth Childs
has been sold. That case has been
dismissed and the county will be
citing the new owners.
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Brahmans ready to take on Sebring Blue Streaks


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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Jared Hlamlin has never lost
to an Okeechobee team but he
knows this year might be his
toughest battle yet.
Hamlin's squad comes off a
tough 34-20 loss at Dade City Pas-
co last week. They rallied from a
20 point deficit to tie but couldn't
make plays down the stretch
against the Pirates.
Sebring (1-1) is a young team
with there key players being
mostly 10th graders. They remain
a larger team than Okeechobee
and that has served them well in
the past few years.
"We're above average in size.
We average about 240 on the


line," I lanlin noted.
Key players this year include
WR Devin Clarke who scored two
touchdowns last week, QB Matt
Grubb, who threw for 319 yards
and three scores last week, line-
backer Kenny Daniels, defensive
back J.C Howard, and running
back Daniel Burnett.
Sebring opened their season
with a 24-3 victory over Martin
County.
Hamlin, just like other coach-
es, will have a simple game plan
against Okeechobee tonight.
"We have to keep Lonnie Pry-
or from getting loose. We need
to limit the opportunities he has.
We'll try to control the ball and
cut down on their possessions,"
Hamlin stated.


I lainlin said Okeechobee has
always played competitively with
Sebring since he took over the
program five years ago. He noted
the scores in Sebring have been a
bit misleading.
"They have been very corm-
petitive with us, the scores don't
indicate how tough and physical
those games were," he said.
Sebring broke Okeechobee's
hearts with a last second field
goal last year to defeat Okeecho-
bee, 13-12. A remarkable deflec-
tion reception in the Brahman
secondary was the big play that
set up the winning score.
"We are young, but we are
trying to get better every week.
Playoffs are always our goal. If
we play the way we are capable


of playing, anything can happen,"
Hamlin said.
Brahman's Coach Chris Bra-
nham said he has never beaten
Sebring. He noted in past years
Okeechobee has committed too
many turnovers and mistakes to
beat the Blue Streak.
"Last year's game was a rough
time for me. We had a very strong
team and Sebring was not as tal-
ented. We had three turnovers.
We cut out the turnovers and
were a better football team," he
said.
Branham noted he and Coach
Hamlin are very close and they
actually use defensive and offen-
sive packages they have learned
from one another.
"It is always a very fun game to


coach in if you're on the winning
side, I just haven't done that too
well," he added.
Branham said Hamlin always
talks his team down and then
sends them out to the field and
beats you. He noted the team will
have a tough receiver to defend in
Clarke. He noted Clarke might be
the best receiver the Brahmans
play this year.
On the injury front center Pablo'
Cardenas will be slowed by back
and wrist injuries. Brant Harden
remains out with a foot injury.
The team has called up JV play-
ers John Kemp and Thor Harden,
both freshmen. Both could play
significant time tonight.


High School Rodeo Team competes in Kissimmee


The Okeechobee High School
Rodeo team traveled to Kissim-
mee, Florida for their first rodeo of
the 2008-2009 season. The group
competed against approximately
145 other cowboys & cowgirls


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competes against each other in
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place in the top 10 of their event.


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If they do place in the top 10 they
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are accumulated throughout the
rodeo season. The top 15 point
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From there the top four in each
event will be eligible to compete
at the National Finals in New
Mexico and will compete against
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each competitor.
Several of the OHS Rodeo
team members earned points to-
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are as follows:
Steer Wrestling Cole Fulford
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Sunday.
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Okeechobee News, Friday, September 19, 2008


Okeechobee Pop Warner tangles with Port Salerno


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Strong rushing attacks and
tough defense helped the Chobee
Lil Brahmans earn three victories
Sept. 13 over Port Salerno in Pop
Warner football games played
at the Okeechobee Sports Com-
plex.
The Junior Pee Wee team held


on for an exciting 25-19) win. The
.Ir. Midget won convincingly, 34-8,
and the Midget won 18-8.
The Mitey Mites lost their game
Saturday morning to Port Salerno,
20-0.
In the most hotly contested
game of the day, the Jr. Pee Wee
held on despite giving up 13
points in the fourth quarter.
Luis Leon had a 95 yard touch-


(own run. Lamar Williams gave
the team sonie tough inside runs.
Brandon Shockley scored a rush-
ing touchdown. Antowan Fludd
scored a touchdown and also had
an interception.
"All of the kids played their
butts off," Coach James Shockley
said.
Port Salerno got a 77 yard
touchdown run by Leonard Siff-


is, and a three yard touchdown
run by Terrell Marin in the fourth
quarter.
They also had a chance to tie
the game late due to a fumble,
but the Brahmans tackled the ball
carrier at the three yard line on
the last play of the game.
In the Jr. Midget victory, Lavon-
te Spivey opened the scoring with
a 19 yard touchdown run in the


first quarter. Adrian Minondo
added a 31 yard touchdown run
in the first quarter.
Al Morris added a touchdown
run for Okeechobee.
Cade Stokes had a good game
at QB and Donnie Sheldon was
praised for strong blocks on the
offensive line.
The Midget played strong de-


fense and got another fine effort
from their offensive line and run-
ning backs, in their victory over
Port Salerno.
Frankie Decarlo earned praise
for his strong runs.
This week Okeechobee will
host six games against Palm City.
The games start at 9 a.m.


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Brandon Shockley scrambles out of the pocket during
Okeechobee's victory on Saturday.


IRSC offers new


golf programs


According to the National Golf
Foundation, Florida has more golf
courses than any other state, with
more than 1,400. That's about 10
percent of the national total. Here
on the Treasure Coast, the golf in-
dustry is a major player with over
70 courses. In order to provide a
skilled workforce for our region's
golf courses and facilities, Indian
River State College offers several
golf oriented programs and has
expanded its Golf Facilities and
Hospitality Management program
to Vero Beach. Interested individ-
uals are invited to an Information
Session, Thursday, Sept. 25, at 6
p.m. at the Richardson Center in

Sports News

In brief


Guru to speak to
student athletes
Nationally known recruiting
guru, Jack Renkens, is coming to
the OHS cafeteria on Oct. 2, 2008
at 5:30pm. His presentation is an
hour long, motivating speech,
about the do's and don't of the
college recruiting process.
All student-athletes who are
in the 8th grade and above, and
their parents, are invited and en-
couraged to attend. All student-
Athletes will have an opportunity
to win door prizes! Snacks will be
provided.

Benefit golf
tourney planned
Raulerson Hospital will spon-
sor the Third Annual United Way
"Greater Open Golf Tournament"
on Oct. 18, at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. Great
prizes will be offered, a vehicle
for a "Hole in One," closest to the
Line, closest to the Pin on all par
3s, a personally autographed Jack
Nicklaus 460 driver with head
cover, and much more.
The "Scramble" tournament
starts with a shotgun start at 8
a.m. Hole sponsorships are still
available and teams are now
forming.
For more information or to
register for this United Way Fund
Raiser golf tournament, please
call Bill Casian at 863-824-2702
or e-mail me at: William.casian@
hcahealthcare.com

Bowling tourney to
help afflicted child
A benefit Doubles Bowling
Tournament will be held on Satur-
day, Sept. 20, at Stardust Lanes.
Entry fee is $40 per team. Sign-ups
will begin at 1 p.m. with bowling
starting at 2 p.m. There will be
door prizes and 50/50 drawings
each game. A 26" Sanyo LCD/HD
television will also be raffled off.
The proceeds from the tourna-
ment will go directly to Madisen
Byrd, daughter of Jimmy and
Lori Byrd, who was diagnosed
with Leukemia to help defray her
medical expenses. Please come
out and join the fun to help this
little girl. If you can't come to the
tournament, an account in Ma-
disen's name has been set up at
Seacoast National Bank for dona-
tions, #457007966(i.
For more information please
call Marilyn Kluegel at 863-763-
9401 during the day or 863-634-
0397 evenings and weekends.


Room 103 on the IRSC Mueller
Campus at 6155 College Lane,
just south of Home Depot.
The Golf Facilities and Hos-
pitality Management program
focuses on the business manage-
ment aspects of the hospitality
side of golf. Students will earn an
Associate in Applied Science De-
gree in Business Administration.
They. can focus on three special-
izations, Golf Shop and Golf Ser-
vices Management, Golf Facilities
Administration and Management,
and Golf Facilities Food and Bev-
erage Management. Students
work in their specializations at lo-
cal golf facilities.
The Golf Shop and Golf Servic-
es Management option focuses
on servicing golfers through re-
tail merchandising, tournament
operations, customer relations
and administration of caddy and
locker room programs.
Golf Facilities Administration
and Management develops skills
in daily operations, such as hu-
man resource management and
strategic planning for the future
of the golf course.
Golf Facilities Food and Bever-
age Management prepares stu-
dents for employment in restau-
rant and banquet management.
For more information about
golf programs at IRSC, call 1-866-
792-4772.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Lavonte Spivey enjoys a refreshment during a timeout Sat-
urday.



OHS Golf team



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Jensen Beach


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Freshman Richard Donegan
continues to turn heads on the
golf course for Okeechobee
High school but even the best
performance by an Okeecho-
bee golfer in at least nine years
wasn't enough to defeat Jensen
Beach this past Tuesday.
Donegan shot 34, two under
par, to lead all golfers, but Jens-
en Beach held on for a six stroke
win over Okeechobee, 156-162.
Okeechobee's senior leader
Corey White shot a 41 despite
an illness. Mike Watson shot a
six over 42, and Tim Gray shot
45.
For Jensen Beach Kevin
Britton and Greg Duncan led
the way with two over pars, 38.
Spencer Brown shot 39, and J.B.
Bowers shot 41.
"We're on track and were
moving up," Coach Mark Ward
said after the match at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club, "Jensen Beach is a pretty
good team. They play at a very


tough course, Eagle Marsh
Country Club, which is very nar-
row. When they come to open
courses like ours, they should
excel."
Ward said Donegan has re-
ally opened some eyes this year.
He noted Richard has a goal of
becoming a professional golfer
someday.
"He's well on his way at this
point. He's played golf since he
'\\as old enough to hold a club
and lie is a good student, I'm
pretty excited to see a freshmen
step in and play like a junior or
senior," Ward added.
Okeechobee travelled to St.
Lucie West Centennial on Thurs-
day. They won't have another
home match until October.
The girl's golf team is off until
Sept. 23. They will play Martin
County at the Okeechobee Golf
and Country Club. On Sept. 24
the girls travel to Martin County.
Sept. 25th they travel to Ft. Pierce
Central.


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Community Events


Raulerson to host
cake auction
Raulerson Hospital will be
hosting the annual cake auction
to benefit the American Cancer
Society, "Making Strides Against
Breast Cancer" on Sept. 19, from
8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the hospital
dining room. This year we will
dedicate our fundraiser to Lisa
Tindall, a member of our Rauler-
son Hospital family, who lost her
battle to breast cancer earlier this
year. For more information on this
event, please call 863-824-2776 or
863-634-0904.

Church of God holds
chicken dinner
The Church of God will hold
a smoked chicken dinner on
Sept. 19, for $6.50 a plate. Din-
ner includes 1/4 chicken, green
beans, cheese potatoes, rolls and
homemade sour cream pound
cake. Pre-Orders are being taken
for whole homemade sour cream
pound cakes for $25 each. Orders
are due in by Sept. 15. Delivery is
available. For information or to
order please call 863-763-4127 or
fax 863-467-1750.

Church participates
with day of healing
The Gathering Church, 1735
S.W. 24 Ave., Okeechobee, will
be participating in the Worldwide
Day of Healing on Saturday, Sept.
20, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Any-
one desiring to receive personal
prayer for healing is welcomed
to attend. For information con-
tact the church office at 863-357-
4418.

Attention Okeechobee
Class of 89
Class of 89 reunion organiz-
ers are currently collecting emails
and home addresses from all
classmates. Please send these to
okeechobeeclassof89@yahoo.
com. Our next Reunion plan-
ning meeting will be held Sun-
day, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. at Beef
O'Brady's.

Foster parent
classes open
Children need caring homes.
Open your heart and share your
love. Be a foster parent. Okeecho-


bee MAPP Parenting classes start
Sept. 20, through Oct. 25, from
9-3:30 a.m., at the First Baptist
Church in Okeechobee. Call Hi-
biscus Children's Center at 1-800-
403-9311 ext. 415 to register.

Seminole Elementary
plans SAC meeting
The Seminole Elementary
School Advisory Council will
meet on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at
3:45 p.m. in the conference room
in the main office. The public is
invited to attend.
La escuela Seminole Elemen-
tary van a tener su junta del Con-
sejo Consultivo para la escuela, el
Martes 2 de Septiembre a las 3:15
p.m., se reuniran en el cuarto de
conferencias de la oficina. Todo el
public estan invitados de asistir.

VFW holds fundraiser
The VFW Post 9528 in Buck-
head Ridge, 2002 Highway 78
west, will hold a fundraiser Cor-
nish Hen dinner on Sept. 20, at
5 p.m. Menu will consist of, One
whole Cornish hen, wild rice stuff-
ing, french green beans, ice cream
for dessert. Music will be by John
Gallagher 50/50 drawing and door
prizes. They will also have a draw-
ing for a basket of cheer. A ladies
cake walk, advanced tickets are
available in social quarters for a
$8 donation. There will also be
a membership drive and anyone
who joins the VFW, Ladies Auxil-
iary, AMVets, AMVets Auxiliary, or
Mens Auxiliary at the dinner will
get a free meal. For information
call 863-467-2882.

Hospice holds
bag sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will
hold a Bag Sale on Friday, Sept.
19, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fill
a bag for $1. It will be held at the
Hospice Blue Volunteer Build-
ing on S.E. Fourth Street next to
The Hamrick Home. Everything
must go so that we may set out
new items that have arrived. All
proceeds benefit patient care in
Okeechobee and services offered
in The Hamrick Home. For more
information call 863-467-2321.

Yard sale planned to
benefit Cancer Society
Seacoast National Bank will


Estimated Revenue


Ad Valorem Taxes @ .3119 Mills


Interest Income
Estimated Roll Forward


Total Revenue


Projected Expenses


Annual Audit/Accounting
Community Collaborative
Community Scholarships
Contingency Funds
Human Services
Medically Needy
Miscellaneous
Property Appraiser
Special Projects
Tax Collector



Total


Agency Allocations


Total


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 a.m. and continue until ev-
erything is gone! For more infor-
mation or to donate items, please
call 863-467-4663

Church offers
religious classes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
901 S.W Sixth St., will be offering
Religious Education Classes for
children and youngsters, begin-
ning Sunday, Sept. 21. Registra-
tions for C.C.D. (Catholic Chris-
tian Doctrine) are now being
accepted. Classes for all grades,
Kindergarten through Ninth grade
will be held every Sunday from
11:30 a.m. until 12:35 p.m. For
more information call the Parish
Office at 863-763-3727.

Orchid grower
to speak
Gary Bailey, local orchid
grower will present a program on
dendrobiums and the descending
dendrobium on Monday, Sept.
22, at 7 p.m at the Cooperative
Extension Office, 458 Highway 98
N. The public is invited. For more
information, please call 863-763-
6469.

Garden Club to meet
The Okeechobee Garden Club
meeting date has been set for
Monday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. Our
September speaker is Farmer Sal,
of Varri Green Organic Farm. He
will talk about organic vegetable
gardening and tell everyone just
what "organic" is and how it is
done. He has lots of interesting ex-
periences and valuable informa-
tion to share. Interested in attend-'
ing? Come to the Okeechobee
Extension Office, 458 Highway
98, Okeechobee. For more in-
formation, please call Angela D.
Sachson at 863-763-6469 or via
email at asachson@ifas.ufl.edu.

Collaborative
Council to meet
The Community CollatLrative
Council will hold their monthly
meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at
10 a.m. in the Board Room of the


General Revenue


$650,612.00


$10,000.00
$205,830.00


$866,442.00


$7,000.00
$8,000.00
$65,561.00
$119,305.00
$16,040.00
$25,561.00
$136,803.00
$33,480.00
$173,055.00
$13,012.00


$597,817.00


$268,625.00


$866,442.00


THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, AND/OR FINAL BUDGET
IS ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MEN-
TIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD.


Okeechobee School Board Office.
Guest speakers will be MaryEllen
Maguire Hibiscus Children's Cen-
ter and Jo Norris with New Hori-
zon's. Public is invited. For more
information call Sharon Vinson at
863-462-5000 Ext. 257.

Area Agency
On Aging meets
The Area Agency on Aging of
Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc.
Board of Directors meeting is
scheduled to be held on Tuesday,
Sept. 23, at The Area Agency on
Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure
Coast, Inc., 4400 N. Congress
Avenue, West Palm Beach. The
meeting is scheduled to begin
at 8:45 a.m. Contracts requiring
the expenditure of funds are a
regular agenda item of this meet-
ing. Please call Vivian Pfau, Area
Agency on Aging, at 561-684-5885
for more information.

Main Street
Mixer planned
Okeechobee Main Street's
Monthly Mixer will be hosted by
Pritchard's & Associates located
at 1802 South Parrott Avenue on
Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5-7
p.m. There will be refreshments
and door prizes. Main Street Mix-
er's are a great networking oppor-
tunity for area businesses and the
public. All are invited to attend,
so mark your calendar and invite
a friend. For more information
call Main Street Executive Direc-
tor Toni Doyle at 863-357-MAIN
(6246).

SAL Steak Dinner
The Sons of the American Le-
gion will sponsor their monthly
ribeye steak dinner on Sunday,
Sept. 21, from 3 until 6 p.m. at
the American Legion Post 64.
Dinner includes steak, baked po-
tato, salad, roll, iced tea, coffee
and dessert for a $12 donation.
Live entertainment for your en-
joyment. The public is welcome.
Machine embroidery group form-
ing If you have an embroidery
machine, plan to buy one or are
just interested in the concept, you
are invited to attend our first or-
ganizational meeting. It will be
held on Saturday, Sept. 27, from
10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Red
Cross classroom, 323 N. Parrott


Avenue. Bring your machine and Joan at 863-467-0290 or Corry at
lunch for a fun and informative 863-467-2231.
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NOTICE OF PROPOSED

TAX INCREASE






The Children's Services Council of Okeechobee


County has


tentatively


adopted a


measure


increase its property tax levy.


Last year's property tax levy:

A. Initially proposed tax Levy .......... .$660,738.00



B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board
and other assessment changes ...........$5,238.00



C. Actual property tax levy ............. .$655,500.00



This year's proposed tax levy ........... .$684,855.00


All concerned citizens are invited to attend a


public hearing on the tax increase to
September 23, 2008,
5:01 p.m.


be held on:


Okeechobee County School Board
700 S. W. 2nd Avenue, Room 303
Okeechobee, Florida. 34974


A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax
increase and the budget will be made at this
hearing.


BUDGET SUMMARY
CHILDREN'S SERVICES COUNCIL OF OKEECHOBEE
FISCAL YEAR 2008-2009
THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES
OF THE CHILDREN'S SERVICES COUNCIL OF OKEECHOBEE
ARE 8.6% MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S
TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES








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Okeechobee, FI
34974


Fuel Person fueling equip-
ment & trucks, keeping up
with fuel & equipment logs,
HS dip or equiv., clean driv-
ing record, drug testing
req'd, computer skills a plus.
Apply in person at 2308 S.
Parrott Ave., Okeechobee
MECHANICS HELPER
Full Time. Clean Drivers
License. Call (772)597-3755
or (772)220-9939
Indiantown Sanitation.
TRIM CARPENTER NEEDED -
Basinger area.
863-824-0015 or
239-293-4217 cell
WELDERS/FABRICATORS
NEEDED: Aluminum & Steel.
Drivers License a MUST!
Benefits Available.
Apply in person.
Adron Fence Co.
2762 NW 4th St.
Mon- Fri, 7:30am to 3:30pm






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orthodontic assisting,
creating beautiful, healthy
smiles. Experience is
preferred but not necessary.
We have an excellent
in-office training program.
High energy; positive
attitude, and excellent
communication skills a
must! Work in our upbeat
atmosphere with our great
staff and caring orthodontist.
Fax your resume to
863-467-2347.



CHIMPANZEE
CAREGIVERS
Save the Chimps, Inc. is
seeking RT caregivers to
clean chimpanzee build-
ings. Looking for individu-
als who are reliable,
hardworking & tolerant of
chimpanzee behaviors.
Must have reliable transp.
& be able to work in all
types of weather at least 5
mornings a week. inci Sat.
and or Sun. Hrs are 8:30
am 12:30pm. Email re-
sume and cover letter to
info@savethechimps.org
or fax to 772-460-0720.
Applicants should NOT call
or apply in person.
www.Savethe Chimps.org


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liable. Computer literate,
phone work, FT/PT, your
business location or my
home office. (561)389-9551
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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315






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Services Rentals


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



? NEED HELP ?
CALL GEORGE CARTER
Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Power Washing
FREE CONSULTATION
(863)763-4775


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's. Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740


CENTRAL HEAT & AIR UNIT -
Goodman 48k BTU, serviced
every year, like new. $850
firm (863)763-3932



WATER SYSTEM Complete,
1.5hp pump, water softener,
Pressure tank. New $1250.
Asking $650. (863)763-3932


BACKHOE CASE 780, Good
running cond. 1970's model.
Great machine. No brakes.
$9000 neg. 863-763-2692

HARDWARE STORE
GOING OUT OF BUSINESS
30% off all PVC, Sprinklers,
Rotors & Pop-Ups. 50% off
all hardware, nuts, bolts,
screws, nails etc. Shelving &
nail bin. Everything must go.
Final day 9/27/08
Hardware & More
Buckhead Ridge, next to
Ridge Market.
(863)357-5700
Mon- Sat 9am -5pm



GENERATOR Pramac, 7500
lip, used only 8hrs, paid
$1300 sell for $800
(863)763-3451


SEEKING TO PURCHASE:
Established Lawn Business
or Lawn Accounts near
Okeechobee. (954)793-3203
We buy safes! New and Used,
its up to you. Broken safe?
We can fix it for you. Contact
(863)634-0865 Anytime


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



BEAUTIFUL SAMANTHA'S
GARDEN APTS In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
REMODELED 2br, lba, one
story. Oak Lake Apts., W/D,
$750, 1st, last, security,
(863)634-3313
VIKING/PRAIRIE Efficiency.
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call
561-329-8205




KING'S BAY, 2/1, Pool, Ten-
nis, etc. Nice! $950 mo. +
sec. Includes water, electric,
cable.. 863-697-6428
OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.
(954)290-0861
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
Avail. Immediately! Fully
furnished. New carpet. Pool,
Tennis & Boat dock. 1BA 1BR
$695 + electric. Annual
lease. 215-359-7779
e -Rent 0930


BUCKHEAD RIDGE, 2BR/1BA,
CBS Home. W&D. Nice yard.
$750 mo. + sec. & ref's.
Call Don (954)290-0861
COTTAGE ON WATER: Washer
& Dryer, $600 month or
$150 wkly. (863)763-3977
DIXIE RANCH 2BR/1BA CBS
Home. Furnished. All appli-
ances. Call (863)357-6700
between 9am-wpm.
DIXIE RANCH Acres- 2br/lba
duplex $500 month + $400
dep., includes water, lawn,
garbage, NO PETS. Call
(863) 467-9029
In the City 3,500 sq. ft.,
4BR/2BA, huge family rm.,
water, sewer & garbage
pickup furnished, $1,000
mo. Call 863-634-7353.
MINT CONDITION 3BR/2BA,
Tiled living room, carport.
$1,000/mo. Lawrence
Associates, 1-800-543-2495
OKECHOBEE 3BR/1BA Du-
plex, W/D hookup, central
a/c & heat. $725 mo. +
$500 sec. (863)763-4414
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
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
ON RIM CANAL OF LAKE
OKEECHOBEE: 3 BR, 2/2
BA, Modern w/boat dock.
Rent neg. 772-359-1640
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
561-248-3888
WATERFRONT Fish from
your backyard! 4BR/2BA,
Boat ramp. $1,300/month.
Lawrence Associates,
1-800-543-2495



Treasure Island- 2BR/1BA,
waterfront, lake access, Ig.
fenced yard, tile floor
throughout, $700 mo., no
deposit. (954)610-5345


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Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



PRICED TO SELL! 4/2 CBS,
new, tile throughout,
easy finance. $119,000.
Call 863-484-0809.
Small House 3/1 on 5 acres
needs repairs, $175,000 or
best offer. 475 NW 363rd
Court, Okeechobee, FL
(954)599-4673
How fast can your car
go? It can go even
faster when you sell it
in the classified.



OKEECHOBEE 7.410 acres
w/house, pond, barn, & 4 RV
hookups. Located in Fort
Drum, $500,000 neg.
(863)763-3451/824-0424


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020

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AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY
Waterfront, Clean & Quiet,
Okeechobee Nicest,
From $700 mo. & 1 &2BR
furnished & unfurnished
(772)215-0010
KIBB'S FISH CAMP
FT. DRUM 1st time rental,
beautiful D/W on 5ac. Ft Drum
creek/pond in back $1000
dep. $700 mo. (772)464-9226
MOBILE HOME 1BR/1BA, all
util, $600 mo. 863-763-2098
or (863)610-1092
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail Now. No pets
Call (561)767-6112
Okeechobee
3BR/1.5BA, screened patio,
wood floors, dbl. lot, town
water/sewer, $800 mo., no
deposit (954)610-5345



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Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
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de su
propia casa.
Casa mobil
casi nueva.
Tres cuartos.
Pargue familiar
armistoso.
El dueflo va a
financial la casa.
Telefono:
863-763-3717


Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035



GHEENOE 15/2 Ft w/25hp, To-
hatasu Engine, Stick Steer-
ing, Trolling motor & Trailer.
$3000 239-823-2587
TRITON, '99 21', w/dual
wheel trailer, 225hp EFI mtr.,
$13,500. (863)357-1689


RESIDENCY 35 FOOT 1996 -
Housed in garage, non-
smoker, clean and excellent
condition $27950.
(863)763-5986



RHINO 2006, Less than 20
miles. $8000 or best offer.
(561)644-9858


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



WILLY'S JEEP WAGON 1963 -
4X4, Orig. 6 cyl. Tornado en-
gine. $4500 please call
(239)823-2587


MISC. HITCHES & 5th Wheel
hooks for 1 ton. Call Ray at
863-467-9336


F RD RANGER XLT 2005 -
27000 miles, auto. V-6, 22
mpg, a/c, CD,
$13500 firm. (863)763-6903
(863)634-4291


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2006 16 foot aluminum Feath-
edite enclosed trailer -
Stored in shelter, excellent
condition $6950.
(863)763-5986



Public Notices



Public Notice 5(
State Public -
Legal Notice 55
PUBLIC NOTICE
Awesome Sell Storage. 6489 US 441 SE,
Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of
stored items on Sept. 27, 2008
Owners U nit
Scott Bickel 228
Lisa Bickel 213
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Lawrence Ritchie 211
Cathy Sellers 252 & 253
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State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE
FOLLOWING COMMITTEE OF THE
DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE
WILL MEET TUESDAY, SEPTEM-
BER 23, 2008 IN CONFERENCE
ROOM 105, IN THE BLACKBURN
EDUCATIONAL BUILDING AT THE
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OPMENT AND RESOURCES CEN-
TRE, 3002 AVENUE D, FORT
PIERCE, FLORIDA 34950.
PHYSICAL PLANT COMMITTEE -
2:45 PM
ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL
THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD
WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER
CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING
WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE
PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH
PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE
THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF
THE PROCEEDING IS MADE.
292243 ON 9/19/08

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2008-CP-169
IN RE: ESTATE OF
MICHAEL L THIBAULT
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of MI-
CHAEL L. THIBAULT, deceased,
whose date of death was August 17,
2008, and whose Social Security
Number is 008-30-7891. is pending in
the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County. Ronda, Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd
Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Ronda
34972. The names and addresses of
the personal representative and per-
sonal representative's attorney are set
forth below.
AlI creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served within
three months after the date of lthe first
pubtlication of this notice must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM
All other creditors of the decedent and
personas having claims or demands
ji 1 the estate of the decedent
m.i rli' their claims with this court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE
DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
notice is. September 19,2008.
Jacqueline Lees
Co-Personal Representative
357 South Main Street
Attleboro, Massachusetts 02703
CONELY & CONELY
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
8 63) 763-3825
SmW.Conely, III
Floda Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
291580 ON 9/19.26/08



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Public Notices Public Notices




Public Notice 5( Public Notice 5C
State Public State Public -
Legal Notice 5, Legal Notice 5E

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Tuesday, September 30 2008 at 5.01 pm. or as soon tiereatter possible, at
City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Okeechobee. FL conduct a FINAL BUDGET PUBLIC HEAR-
ING on and thereafter to consider final reading of the following Ordinance into laws
NO. 1028: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AN ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF
OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2008
AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2009; WHICH BUDGET SETS FORTH GENERAL
FUND REVENUES OF $5,447,977.00 AND EXPENDITURES OF $5,447,945.00,
TRANSFER-IN S337,929.00; TRANSFER OUT $78,000.00, LEAVING A FUND BAL-
ANCE OF $9,492,815.00; PUBLIC FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT FUND REVENUES
OF $9U5,418.00 AND EXPENDITURES OF $565,968.00, TRANSFER OUT
$337,929.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $61,521.00; CAPITAL IMPROVE-
MENT PROJECTS FUND REVENUES OF $734,750.00 AND EXPENDITURES OF
$60,000.00, TRANSFER OUT $600.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF
$674,150.00; CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS-VEHICLES FUND REVENUES
OF $888,833.00 AND EXPENDITURES OF $881,251.00,. TRANSFER IN
$78,000.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $85,582.00; LAW ENFORCEMENT
SPECIAL FUND REVENUES OF $3,137.00 AND EXPENDITURES OF $0.00, LEAV-
ING A FUND BALANCE OF $3,137.00; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public
in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4 30pm,
except for holidays
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk media are Ior the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
In accordance with the Ameicans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286.26, persons with disabithies needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Ganmiotea no later than two (2) working days
poor to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215: if heanng or voice impaired, call
TO 1800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
292367 ON 9/19/08

GROVE COMMUNITY DISTRICT
FISCAL YEAR 2008/2009 REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Supervisors of the Grove Community
District will hold Regular Meetings in the offices at Indian River State College, Dix-
on Hendry Campus, Room Bl11, 2229 N.W 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
34972, at 2 00 p.m. on the following dates:
January 6, 2009
May 5, 2009
September 1, 2009
The purpose of ... i !. .. coming before the Board
Meetings are ' i rn I I I ' 1' ied in accordance with the
provisions of Flonda Law A copy of the Agenda for any of the meetings may be
obtained by contacting the Distrct Manager at (561) 630-4922 or toll free
1-877-737-4922 five (5) days prior to the date of the particular meeting
From time to time one or more Supervisors may participate by telephone: therefore a
speaker telephone will be present at the meeting location so that Supervisors may
be fully informed of the discussions taking place. Said meetings may be contin-
ued as found necessary to a time and place specified on the record.
It any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter con-
sidered at these meetings, such person will need a record of the proceedings and
such person may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made at his or her own expense and which'record includes the testimony and evi-
dence on which the appeal is based.
In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person
requinng special accommodations or an interpreter to participate at any o these
meeting should contact the Distct Manager at (561) 630-4922 or toll-free
1-877-737-4922 at least seven (7) days pnor to the date of the particular meet-
ing
GROVE COMMUNITY DISTRICT
291395 ON 9/19/08

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Flonda will
,', i, 30, 2008 at 501 p.m., or as soon thereafter possible, at
,.,, H. ".', ,,, ,- Okeechobee, FL conduct a FINAL BUDGET PUBLIC HEAR-
ING on and thereafter to consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law
NO. 1027: AN ORDINANCE LEVYING A MILLAGE RATE WHICH RATE IS SET ON
ALL REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY; PROVIDING THAT 6.7432 PER THOU-
SAND DOLLAR VALUATION SHALL NOT BE LEVIED ON HOMESTEAD PROPERTY;
THAT 6.7432 PER THOUSAND DOLLAR VALUATION SHALL BE USED FOR GEN-
ERAL CITY PURPOSES; THAT SAID MILLAGE RATE IS 3.45 PERCENT (3.45%)
LESS THAN THE ROLL-BACK RATE COMPUTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH F.S.
200.065 (1); PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said heanng.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public
in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fn, 8am-4 30pm,
except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215, if hearing or voice impaired, call
TDD 1-800-955-8770(voice) or1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
292381 ON 9/19/08

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2008-TD-159
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that VERDOT VI LLC the holder of the following certili-
cote has filed said cerhficate(s) tor a tax deed to be issued thereon The certfi-
cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the
names) in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 1275 Year of Issuance: May-31-2006
Description of Property: BASSWOOD UNIT 3 LOT 14 BLOCK 37
1-05-37-35-0030-00370-0140
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name(s) in which assessed.
LORENZO GUZMAN
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property in such cer-
tificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Cen-
ter, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 10:00
A.M., on the 25th day of September, 2008.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Forida
/s/ Robin R. Parrish
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990, In accor-
dance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special ac-
commodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court
Administration no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Coun-
try Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working
days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPARIED CALL
1,800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770
292190 ON 9/19/08

NOTICE OF ANNUAL LANDOWNERS AND
REGULAR MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL OWNERS OF LANDS LOCATED WITHIN THE
BOUNDARIES OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THAT, PURSUANT
TO APPLICABLE LAW, A MEETING OF THE LANDOWNERS OF THE COQUINA
WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8,
2008 AT 9.00 A.M AT THE ADMINISTRATION ANNEX BUILDING, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE, LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM, 458 HIGHWAY 98
N., OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:
1. ELECT ONE SUPERVISOR;
2. RECEIVING ANNUAL REPORTS AND TAKING SUCH ACTION WITH RESPECT
THERETO AS THE LANDOWNERS MAY DETERMINE; AND
3 TRANSACTING SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY PROPERLY COME BEFORE
THE BOARD
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COOUINA WATER
CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING AT 9'30
AM. A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST
FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSONS DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECI-
SION BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH
MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND
FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBA-
TIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND
EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON
WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC
PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORHETHE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL
PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND
iLACCORDANCE WITH THE.AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT PERSONS
NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE
IN THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT'S OFFICES BY CALL-
ING (863) 763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE
MEETING.
NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC
SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE.
WILLIARD M. BYARS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW 242nd STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
863) 763-4601 OR (863) 634-3166
91562 ON 9/19,26/08_____________


Public Notices




Public Notice 5(
State Public -
Legal Notice 5E

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2007-CA423
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS
TRUSTEE UNDER POOLING AND
SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED AS
OF AUGUST 1, 2007 MASTER ASSET
BACKED SECURITIES TRUST
2007-HE2 MORTGAGE PASS-
THROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES
2007-HE2,
Plaintiff
vs.
PETER BRAADLAND; UNKNOWN
SPOUSES OF PETER BRAADLAND;
JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN
TENANTS) IN POSSESSION OF THE
SUBJECT PROPERTY,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
thie 3rd day of Sept, 2008 and entered in
Case No. 2007-CA423, ol the Circuiln
Court of thie 19th Judicial Circuit i n and
(or Okeechobee County, Flonmda. wherein
U.S BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS
TRUSTEE UNDER POOLING AND SER-
VICING AGREEMENT DATED AS OF AU-
GUST 1,2007 MASTER ASSETS ACKED
SECURITIES TRUST 2007-HIL2 MORT-
GAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES
SERIES 2007-HE2 is the Plainltil anid PE-
TER BRAALAND : UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF PETER BRAADLAND: JOHN DOE,
JANE DOE: AS UNKNOWN TENANTS) IN
POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROP-
ERTY are Defendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder cor cash at the
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CEN-
TER, 312 NW 3rd STREET, JURY AS-
SEMBLY ROOM. SECOND FLOOR,
OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at the
Okeechobee County Courlhouse, in
Okeechobee, Florida, al t1100 ai.n ou
the 29th day of Oct., 2008, the following
described property as set forth in said Fi-
nal Judgment, to wit.
Lot 7 and the N 1/2 ol Lot 8, Block
242, First Addition to the City of
Okeechobee, according to the Plat
Ihereof, recorded in Plat Book 1,
Page 11, of the Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
and
Lot 7 and the N 1/2 of Lot 8, Block
242, First Addition to Okeechobee,
according to the map or plat thereof,
recorded In Plat Book 1, Page(s) 11,
and First Addition to Okeechobee,
according to the map or plat thereof
as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 6,
the Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
Parcel Identification Number:
3-21-37-35-002--02420-0070
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-
IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
In accordance with the Amencans with
Disabhiities Act of 1990 ADA, Disabled
persons who,. because of their
disabilities need special acconnoda-
lion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later Man seven (7)
days pnor to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired) or
1-800-955-8770 (voice impaired)
Dated this 9th day of Sept. 2008
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of The Circuit Court
By /S'Linda E Young
Deputy Clerk
Law Office of Marshall C Watson
1800 NW 49th StreeL Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Flonda 33309

Toll Free' 1800-441-2438
291566 ON 9/19,21G08

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 47-2008-ca-000237
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST
COMPANY AS TRUSTEE UNDER
POOLING AND SERVICING AGREE-
MENT DATED AS OF APRIL 1. 2007
SECURITIZED ASSET BACKED RE-
CEIVABLES LLC TRUST 2007-BR2
MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CER-
TIFICATES SERIES 2007-BR2,
Plaintiff
vs.
ROBERT BUHLMAIER; REGINA BUHL-
MAIER; JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS
UNKNOWN TENANTS) IN POSSES-
SION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
the 3rd day of Sept., 2008 and entered in
Case No. 47-2008-CA-000237, of the
Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit
in and for Okeechobee County, Florida,
wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL
TRUST COMPANY AS TRUSTEE UNDER
POOLING AND SERVICING AGREEMENT
DATED AS OF APRIL 1, 2007 SECURI-
TIZED ASSET BACKED RECEIVABLES
LLC TRUST 2007-BR2 MORTGAGE
PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES
2007-BR2 is the Plaintiff and ROBERT
BUHLMAIER, REGINA BUHLMAIER;
JOHN DOE; JANE OOE, AS UNKNOWN
TENANTS) IN POSSESSION OF THE
SUBJECT PROPERTY are Defendants, I
will sell to the highest and best bidder for
cash at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDI-
CIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3rd STREET,
JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND
FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972
at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, in
Okeechobee, Florida, al 11'00 a.m. on
the 29th day of Oct., 2008, the following
described property as set iorth in said Fi-
nal Judgment, lo wit
LOT 71, BLUE HERON GOLF & COUN-
TRY CLUB PHASE II, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 59, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-
IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE
In accordance with Ihe Americans with
Disabilities Act ol 1990 ADA, Disabled
persons who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
lion to participale mn this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired) or
1-800-955-8770 (voice impaired)
Dated this 9th day of Sept., 2008
Sharon Roberlson
Clerk of The Circutll Court
By /S/ Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
Law Office of Marshall C. Watson
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
Telephone. (954)453-0365
Facsimile. (954)771-6052
Toll Free 1.800-441-2438
291386 ON 9/19.26/08


Public Notices




Public Notice 5(
State Public -
Legal Notice 5E

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2008-CP-169
IN RE: ESTATE OF
MICHAEL L, THIBAULT
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of MI-
CHAEL L. THIBAULT, deceased,
whose date of death was August 17,
2008, anrid whose Social Security
Number is 008-30-7891, is pending in
the Circunt Court Ior Okeechobee
County, Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd
Street, Suile 101, Okeechobee, Florida
34972. The names and addresses ol
the personal representative and per-
sonal representative's attorney aire set
forth below.
All creditors ol Iihe decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is Solved within
three months iaei tIhe dale of the flst


THE DATE Of THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OH THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM
All othlier creditors of tire decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against tihe estate ol the decedent
must ile their claims vwiOthtis court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733 702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE. ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO 12) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE
DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED
The date of the first publtcalon of this
notice is September 19, 2008.
Jacquehlne Lees
Co-Personal Representative
357 South Main Street
Attleboro, Massachusetts 02703
CONELY & CONELY
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
I863) 763-3825

Attorney for Personal Representative
291580 ON 9,19,208

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC
Plaintiff
VS CASE NO 2008 CA 257
JANINE MERRIMAN PARKS AK.A JA-
NINE MERRIMAN MNIARCHMAN. THE
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JANINE MER-
RIMAN PARKS AKA JANINE MERRI-
MAN MARCHMAN JAMES
MARCHMAN. IF LIVING. INCLUDING
ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DE-
FENDANTS)i IF REMARRIED AND IF
DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UN-
KNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT-
EES, ASSIGNEES. CREDITORS.
LIENORS AND TRUSTEES. AND ALL
OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY
THROUGH. UNDER OR AGAINST THE
NAMED DEFEDANT(Sl UNKNOWN
TENANT #1 UNKNOWN TENANT #2,
Defendants)
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that. pursuant to a
Final Summary Judgment of Foreclo-
sure entered in the above-styled
cause, in the Circuit Court of Okeecho-
bee County, Flonda In 1 1 sell the prop-
erty siltuae In OkeechlLree Counlty,
Flonda, described as:
FOUR SEASONS ESTATES TRACT 9B
COMMENCING AT THE 1 4 SECTION
CORNER ON THE WEST BOUNDARY
LINE OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37
SOUTH RANGE 38 EAST RUN
THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24'08'
EAST ALONG THE 1 4 SECTION LINE
FOR A DISTANCE OF 1825 30 FEET
MORE OR LESS TO A POINT ON THE
WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF FOUR
SEASONS DRIVE, THENCE RUN
NORTH 0 DEGREES 04'22" EAST
ALONG THE WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY
LINE OF FOUR SEASON DRIVE. AND
PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOU-
NARDY LINE OF THE NORTH 12 OF
SAID SECITON 17, FOR A DISTANCE
OF 1388 00 FEET FOR POINT OF BE-
GINNING
THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 0 DE-
GREES R04'22 EAST ALONG THE
WEST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID
FOUR SEASONS DRIVE FOR A DI-
TANCE OF 100 FEET, THENCE RUN
NORTH 89 DEGREES 24'08" WEST
FOR A DISTANCE OF 100 FEET,
THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES
04'22' WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF
100 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH 89
DEGREES 24'08' EAST FOR A DIS-
TANCE OF 100 FEET, TO THE POINT
OF BEGINNING.
LYING AND COMPRISING A PART OF
THE NORTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17,
TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36
EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA
To include a
UNKNOWN VIN
A/K/A
6975 NE 11th Lane
Okeechobee. FL 34972
at public sale, to the highest and best
bidder, lor cash, in the Jury Assembly
Room of the Okeechobee County Judi-
cial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, 2nd
Floor, Suite 257, Okeechobee, FL
34972 at 1100 o'clock, A.M., oil
10/1/2008
DATED THIS 26th day of Aug., 2008.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other
lIhan thie property owner as of tIhe date
of the lis pendens, must (le a claim
within 60 days after thIe sale
Witness, my hand and seal of this court
on thire 26th day of Aug., 2008.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By./S/LINDA F YOUNG
Deputy Clerk
In accordance with the American with
Disabllles Act of 1990, persons
needing a special accommodation to
parliclpate In this proceeding should
contact the ASA Coerdlnator no later
than seven (7) days prior to the pro-
ceedings. If hearing Impaired, please
call (800) 935-9771 (IOD) or
(BOO) 955-8770 (voice), via Florida
Relay Service.
291317 ON 9/12,19/08





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Florida mosquito populations



are booming, but diseases aren't

By Tom Nordlie at the FMEL. occurred in horses that most likely
University of Florida Exact numbers are difficult to weren't properly vaccinated against
GAINESVILLE Sometimes, the gather because there are a variety of the disease. Florida residents should
methods to evaluate the level of mos-
tiny vampithing black. Other Alan Curtimes, only a quito activity. While some counties continue to control local mosquito
in writhing black. Other times, only use traps that lure mosquitoes in with populations by getting rid of stand-

Mos tdaysoftheyear-usuallydur- carbon dioxide, other counties only ing water and protect themselves by
ing the halcyon colors of twilight- count the number of requests they of wearing repellent.
Mr. Curtis, a mosquito expert with get for mosquito control. Then, of
Mr. CIndian River a mosquito expert with course, there are those like Mr. Curtis, "It's like the chances of getting
Distrindianct, tread River Mutosqu into the marshes who offer their own bodies as tools of struck by lightning," Day said. "Getting

in his shorts and stands scarecrow for measurement. West Nile or something like it from a
what's called a "landing count." One thing all the methods agree mosquito bite is unlikely But just like
In other words, how many mos- upon, though, is that the number of mosqu ito bite is unlikely. But just like
quitoes show up for dinner (i.e., his mosquitoes is "off-scale"-more than you shouldn't play golf in a thunder
legs) in a span of 60 seconds, can be accurately measured. storm, it's best to be smart about how

"It's probably about the best way "Don't let the fact that a major out- you deal with mosquitoes."
to get an estimate of how many bit- reak is nearly impossible, fool you Web sites:
ing mosquitoes are out there at the nto not taking precautions," Mr. Con- Entomoloy Labo-
tmoment," Mr. Curtis said. "And it's nelly said. With such large numbers Florida Medical Entomology Labo-
easy to see that it's a good year for the of mosquitoes, disease will continue ratory (FMEL) http://fmel.ifas.ufl.edu
mosquitoes." to be a threat until biting season ends Encephalitis Information System
But it hasn't been a good year for in November. 1ttp://eis.ifas.ufl.edu
mrosquito-borne pathogens. For example, there have been 72 http://eis.ifasufledu
Despite great concern earlier this cases of eastern equine encephali- Mosquito Information Web site
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breaks of mosquito-borne diseases
such as West Nile virus and eastern
equine encephalitis, researchers at
the University of Florida's Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences say
that the largest mosquito population
in the last four years doesn't seem to
be commonly carrying diseases that
are a threat to humans.
The lucky turn came in the form
of an unusually intense and well-
timed dry spell earlier this year, said
Jonathan Day, professor of medical
entomology at the university's Flori-
da Medical Entomology Laboratory
(FMEL) in Vero Beach.
Mosquitoes aren't the lone cul-
prits in the life cycle of pathogens like
West Nile virus. Their short life spans
and flight ranges relegate them to the
position of the local delivery men of
disease. Much like the postal service
needs airplanes, mosquitoes must
pass their pathogen packages on to
birds for the diseases to be widely
spread.
The peak time for bird blood suck-
ing is during nesting season, when
the birds are uncommonly stationary
and easy targets-usually from April
to June. However, this year, the dry
weather during that time meant there
was no water in which mosquito eggs
could hatch, and so few birds were in-
fected.
Florida has had relatively wet
weather since that time. And with
none of the major storms or droughts
that have disrupted mosquito popula-
tions over the last four years, reports
from across the state show that their
numbers are booming again, said
Roxanne Rutledge Connelly, associ-
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Courtesy photo/Indian River Mosquito Control District
Alan Curtis of the Indian River Mosquito Control District uses his
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ent after Hurricane David in 1979. Curtis has been using such "land-
ing counts" for more than three decades, and says mosquitoes this
year are as numerous as ever in many parts of Florida.


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