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Vol. 99 No. 257 Friday, September 26, 2008 PO BOX 117007
GAINESVILLE FL 32611


Briefs
Legal help for
storm survivors
A toll-free legal aid line is
now available for victims of
recent hurricanes in Florida.
The service, which allows call-
ers to request the assistance of
a lawyer, is a partnership be-
tween The Florida Bar Young
Lawyers Division, the American
Bar Association Young Lawyers
Division and the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency
(FEMA). Victims facing legal is-
sues who are unable to afford
a lawyer may call 866-550-2929
between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
(EDT) Monday through Friday
to request assistance. Callers
should identify that they are
seeking hurricane-related legal
assistance. Victims who qualify
for assistance will be matched
with volunteer Florida lawyers
to provide free legal help.
The type of legal assistance
available includes:
Assistance with securing
FEMA and other government
benefits available to disaster
victims;
Assistance with life, medical
and property insurance claims;
Help with home repair
contracts and contractors;
Replacement of wills and
other important legal docu-
ments destroyed in the disaster;
Assisting in consumer pro-
tection matters, remedies and
procedures;
Counseling on mortgage-
foreclosure problems; and.
Counseling on landlord/
tenant problems.

Flu season: Don't
wait to vaccinate
The Okeechobee County
Health Department is offering
flu vaccinations though regu-
lar appointments that can be
scheduled by calling 863-462-
5794. Flu season runs from
October through March, often
peaking in February. The cost
of the vaccination is $25. There
is no cost if you are enrolled in
Medicare Part "B". Any Adult
over the age of 18 is eligible
for the immunization. High-
risk patients are encouraged to
get their Flu shots early to af-
ford for the greatest amount of
protection. For more informa-.
tion contact the Okeechobee
County Health Department at
863-462-5819.
Drought Index

Current: 409
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

15.02 feet
Last Year: 9.78 feet
Sponsored By:

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 ...................... 11-12
Community Events............... 6
Crossword ........................... 13
Obituaries.............................. 6
Opinion.......................... .... 4
Service Club Briefs.................... 8
Speak Out ............... ...... 4
Sports.......................... ........ 15
W eather................................. 2
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County cuts budget 19%o


Employees to
receive less pay

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The county finally has a bud-
get. The days and days of frus-
trating discussion that went into
preparing the county's budget
for fiscal year 2008/09 are finally
over. On Thursday evening, Sept.
25 Okeechobee County Com-


missioners gave final approval to
a $92,179,755 budget.
The millage rate is 6.2719.
One mil equals one dollar in tax-
es for every one thousand dollars
of assessed property value.
The vote to approve the bud-
get was 4-1 with commissioner'
Ray Domer casting the negative
vote.
"We are not using the tax dol-
lars wisely in this budget," was
his reasoning.


Normally budget talks are
cut and dried. However, this
has not been a normal budget
year. Commissioners struggled
to meet the demand for services
with less revenue to work with
due to recent tax laws. To com-
plicate matters, for the first time
in at least ten years property val-
ues in the county have decreased
from the previous year. County
wide property values, not count-
ing new construction, decreased


11.9 percent from the current fis-
cal year. Total assessed property
value in 2007 was $2.478 billion.
For 2008 it dropped to $2.137 bil-
lion.
With the exception of the
clerk of the court's office, all
constitutional officers have de-
creased their budgets for the.
coming year.
The clerk of the courts bud-
get has increased by,.3 percent.
That is due primarily to a loss


of income in filing documents.
While the fee for filing docu-
ments has remained the same,
the amount of documents to be
filed has decreased due to the
slump in the real estate market.
That has resulted in a loss of in-
come which is being offset by a
budget increase. The property
appraiser's proposed budget
went down 3.3. percent and the
See Budget Page 2


Man convicted


of attempted


murder charge


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The man and woman sat
inches apart inside a vehicle,
but their stories about what
happened there were miles
apart.
A five-woman, one-man
jury spent close to three hours
deliberating the fate of Franklin
"Frankie" Brown Wednes-
day, before they returned within
a guilty verdict to first degree
attempted murder and posses-
sion of a firearm by a convicted
felon.
State prosecutors intend to
seek habitual offender status
on Brown and coupled with
the state's 10-20 life law for
firearms, will try to send him to


prison for life.
Brown went on trial for an
April 15, 2007 shooting some-
where near Platts Bluff that
seriously injured his long-time
girlfriend, Precious Epps.
Most of the testimony re-
volved around Miss Epps' ver-
sion and Brown's version of
what happened that night. The
jury apparently believed Miss
Epps.
In closing arguments De-
fense Attorney John Cook said
his client had no intention of
killing Miss Epps" and that the
state's case was full of holes.
"Under the state's case, his
plan to kill her was to go to Wal- +
See Murder Page 2


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
City and County firemen
battled a stubborn residential
blaze sparked by a faulty water
heater at 800 S.W. Second Ave-
nue, Sept. 24, City Fire Battalion
Chief Bill Douglas said.
Crews from the City Fire
Department and Okeechobee
County Fire Rescue responded
just before 4:30 p.m. Wednes-
day and found about a third of
the structure fully involved. The
fire apparently started in the
area of the water heater and
quickly spread to the roof of


the home.
"It took us about 45 minutes
to put out the blaze, the home
was pretty much destroyed,"
Douglas said.
He estimated that over
$50,000 in damages were
done. The good news was no
one was injured inside. The
family received aid from the lo-
cal office of the American Red
Cross.
"They smelled smoke and
were able to get out okay,"_
Chief Douglas noted.
Chief Douglas said the fire
was difficult to reach because of


the construction of the home. It
was a wood frame house with
vinyl siding.
The State Fire Marshal re-
sponded to the scene and ruled
that an electrical problem with
the water heater sparked the
blaze.
Okeechobee County Fire
Rescue provided two units and
four firemen to help extinguish
the blaze.
Lt. Robert Banfield's report
said smoke was showing and
fire had vented through the
rear of the roof when firemen
arrived.


Registration deadline nears

Registration for citizens are asked to vote with tive 16th District; 19th Circui
more frequency than in any Public Defender; Florida Sen
Nov. 4 election other country. The structure of ate District 17; Florida House
closes Monday the U.S. government is based of Representatives District 79
on citipzens vting for rnrpesen- J, ,t- fhc Sn tpm ,r


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Election season is obviously
upon us. One cannot watch
anything on television without
seeing political ads and cam-
paign coverage on the news.
If you are 18 years old, a
U.S. citizen, a legal resident
of Florida and of Okeechobee
County you may register to vote
in Okeechobee.
If you are 16 years old, you
may pre-register and receive
your card in the mail after your
18th birthday.
Voting is the right of citi-
zens in the United States. U.S.


station, yet most presidential
elections are decided by less
than 70 percent of the eligible
voting public. Even fewer .peo-
ple vote in off-presidential year
elections and local elections.
Okeechobee is now gearing
up for the Nov. 4 general elec-
tion. Registration closes for the
general election on Monday,
Oct. 6. In order to ensure that
your vote counts in the coming
presidential election, update
your voter registration to en-
sure a smooth process.
The following elected of-
fices will be on the ballot this
year: President; Vice President;
U.S. Congressional Representa-


sUOcLI U e LIe C t supreme .ll UUII,
and three District Court of Ap-
peals judges.
The ballot will also decide
on six proposed constitutional
amendments: Amendment
1-Declaration of Rights; Amend-
ment 2-Florida Marriage Protec-
tion Amendment; Amendment
3-Changes and Improvements
Not Affecting the Assessed
Value of Residential Real Prop-
erty; Amendment 4-Property
Tax Exemption of Perpetually
Conserved Land, Classification
and Assessment of Land Used
for Conservation; Amendment
6-Assessment of Working Wa-
See Deadline Page 2


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
On Thursday, Sept. 25 the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners held
their second regular meeting
in their temporary chambers at
the health department. Like the
first meeting, it was short and
mostly routine.
Doug Etchison struck out
twice on two requests to the


board. He felt that he was over-
charged for permits on two
warehouse buildings he bull
on U. S. 441 S.E.
Permit fees are based on the
cost of a building. Mr. Etchison
claims his cost was consider-
ably less than the cost figures
the county used. The permit
fees were based on a total cost
of $814,992 for the two build-
.See Fees Page 2


Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
Students at North Elementary held a "mock" election in coop-
eration with the Supervisor of Elections office on Wednesday,
Sept. 24. The students voted for President of the United States
and to name their school sponsor. Their school sponsor is now
named "Sasha, the Supremely Smart Tiger" and if NES were
the deciding factor for president Barack Obama would have
won the election by only 42 votes with 355 for Obama and 313
for McCain.


House fire: Home destroyed by blaze


Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
This residence at 800 S.W. Second Ave. caught fire from a short in the wiring of the hot
water heater on Wednesday, Sept. 24.



Fire destroys city home


Commissioners


questioned on



permit fees


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Budget
Continued lrom l'ag'e I
tax collector received 8.0 percent
less than the current budget. The
supervisor of elections' proposed
budget was cut by 6.0 percent.
Commissioners started with a
proposed budget of $95,409,014
whichwasa 16.6 percent decrease
over the current year's amended
budget of $114,339,113. They


Murder
Continued From Page 1

Mart to buy school clothes, have
sex with her in a motel, and make
fake phone calls to a friend," he
noted.
Mr. Cook said both Miss Epps
and Brown never testified that he
meant to kill her. He contended it
was simply an accidental shoot-
ing.
"Where is this evil intent that
Mr. Brown wanted to kill Pre-
cious?" he asked.
Assistant State Attorney Ashley
Albright's argument centered on
his belief that Brown intended to
kill Miss Epps.
"There was no struggle. He
didn't grab the gun. He shot her
twice and never got her medical
care," he noted.
He said not every crime makes
sense and he noted he didn't have
to prove why Brown shot Miss
Epps. "I don't know why he shot
her. I wish I did. The fact is that he
did," said Mr. Albright.
Franklin Brown's statement to
Sheriff's investigators was played
for the jury late Tuesday. In the
statement, Brown made several
different claims. He remembered
the incident much differently than


Fees
Continued From Page 1

ings. Mr. Etchison claims his total
cost was actually around $225,000
for both buildings.
Deputy county administrator
Jim Threewitts explained how the
county derived the fee. He stated
that a standard system that is up-'
dated regularly was used. He said
that St. Lucie County, Clewiston,
and Martin County use the same
system. Upon comparison, Mr.
Threewitts said that permit fees
in Clewiston were higher while
the other two were in line with
+ Okeechobee County.
Mr. Etchison said Arnold Ver-
way, the former building official,
used to look at the actual cost of
the building if there was a ques-
tion on fees.
"I have been concerned about
our fees all along," said Commis-
sioner Marvin Wherrell. While
he was not in favor of lowering
this particular fee, he was in favor
of looking at the fee system and
comparing it with small counties
to the west.
"I think it is fair," Tim English,
interim building official, said of


Deadline
Continued From Page 1

terfront Property Based on Cur-
rent Use; and Amendment 8-Lo-
cal Option Community College
Funding.
(More information on these
amendments will be published in
coming editions of the Okeecho-
bee News.)
If you are not registered to vote
and you are a U.S. citizen and a
legal citizen of Okeechobee, pay
the Okeechobee Supervisors. of
Elections office a visit or visit their
web-site www.voteokeechobee.
corn for information on how to
register.
Early voting for the General
election begins on Monday, Oct.
20 and ends Saturday, Nov. 1.
You may register in person at
the Elections Office, Drivers Li-
cense office, Department of Chil-
dren and Families center and state


managed to whittle it (down to the
approved figure of $92,179.755
which is 19.4 percent below the
current budget.
Most of the discussion was
centered around how much, if
any, pay raise county employees
would receive. In the end, com-
missioners agreed to a 3 percent
pay increase for all county em-
ployees and all constitutional of-
ficers' employees. However, in
order to save money, no depart-
ment heads or sheriff's office em-


Miss Epps.
Brown stated that it was Epps
who presented the gun, that had
been left in his glove box by an ac-
quaintance. He later admitted he
purchased the gun in Okeecho-
bee. He claimed Miss Epps had
accused him of cheating on her,
that she reached for the gun, they
struggled, and the gun went off.
"We fight. She pointed the gun
at me. I grabbed the gun. It went
off accidentally and shot her in
the ear," he noted. "She said, '1
ought to kill you.' I said, 'don't.'
I grabbed it (the gun) and it went
off."
Brown said he had no inten-
tion to kill his girlfriend. He asked
why would he drive her to the
hospital if he wanted her dead.
Earlier Miss Epps testified she
drove herself to the hospital.
Earlier in the statement, Brown
stated he and Miss Epps had been
confronted by some Mexicans
in Dewberry Gardens who had
struck their vehicle and threat-
ened them. He claimed Miss Epps
asked him to lie about the incident
so he wouldn't get into trouble.
In a third statement, Brown
admitted he shot Miss Epps after
she slapped him while the car
was parked. He said she made
him mad and that he had some


the system. "It is used all over
the country and in the state of
Florida.
"I feel like it is a pretty fair
way to do it," Commissioner Ray
Domer said. "Let's leave the sys-
tem alone."
"I do think we need to look
at our methodology and clean it
up," was the opinion of Commis-
sioner Clif Betts.
However, the board took no
action on Mr. Etchison's appeal of
his permit fee.
The board also denied his re-
quest to be on the Oct. 9 agenda
to argue for the abandonment of
S.E. 39th Terrace. At their meet-
ing on Nov. 9, 2006 the board
had denied Mr. Etchison's original
request that S.E. 39th Terrace be
abandoned.
As the result of a question that
came up at a previous meeting,
county attorney John Cassels de-
termined that county funds were
not used in the purchase of a
mobile home for distribution by
R.O.A.D. (Recovering Okeecho-
bee After Disaster) after the hurri-
canes. His opinion is that R.OA.D
is the lienholder and that it would
be up to R.O.A.D. to dispose of
the mobile home as that organi-
zation sees fit.


offices that serve persons with
disabilities. You may also regis-
ter by mail. Registration applica-
tions may be picked up at most
banks, the public library, city hall,
and other pubic locations. Also,
you may call the elections office
at 863-763-4014 to have an ap-
plication mailed to you, or you
may print an application from the
elections office web-site at www.
voteokeechobee.com.
Updating your registration is
just as important as registering to
vote in the first place. This could
potentially avoid problems that
could make your vote invalid,
such as an inaccurate signature.
It is the responsibility of the voter
to notify the elections office of a


ployees over the rank of lieuten-
ant will get a raise. The board did
approve the increase in starting
salary that the sheriff requested
for his deputies.
Even with a 3 percent increase
in base salaries county employees
will be taking home less than they
are now. Last year employees
were given a 4.2 percent cost of
living increase plus a merit raise
of up to 4 percent. However, last
year's funding was tight also. So
to save money employees' base


long-term resentment for her. He
said there was not a struggle over
the weapon.
"She did have the gun first and
I snatched it from her. She slapped
me, and when she did that, I lost
it," he noted. "I went to shooting.
I shot at her twice. All I know is
the second time, she hollered."
He admitted he fired the gun
twice and speculated that one of
the shots missed.
He said he didn't want his girl-
friend to die and that he could
have cut her throat after he shot
her and killed her if he had want-
ed to.
"If was fast, I lost it and it was
that fast," he stated.
Crime scene technician Jac-
queline Moore also testified that
three shots were fired inside the
car. She said that no paraffin test
was done on Mr. Brown because
he had blood on his hands and
that many laboratories don't pro-
cess these types of tests any lon-
ger. A paraffin test is designed to
show if a person has fired a gun
recently.
Ms. Moore also examined
Brown's cell phone and found
there were no calls made from
that phone during the time frame
of the shooting. Miss Epps testi-
fied that Brown had attempted to


In other action the board:
*scheduled public hearings
for Oct. 23 and Nov. 6 at 5:01 p.m.
each day to consider adoption of
a landscape ordinance;
*awarded a contact for dispos-
al of hazardous household mate-
rials to EQ Florida, Inc. based on
the type and number of individual
items to be disposed;
*approved policies, proce-
dures and rate schedules for tour-
naments at C. Scott Driver Park
and Okee-Tantie Campground
and Marina;
*awarded a contract to LEB
Demolition & Consulting Con-
tractors, Inc. in the amount of
$15,222.60 for asbestos removal
at the Okeechobee County Court-
house;
*awarded a contract to Bet-
ter Roads, Inc. in the amount of
$330,751.65 for the realignment
of the intersection of U. S. 98 and
N. W. 16th Boulevard;
*executed an agreement with
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission relating to
the operation of the new Nubbin
Slough boat ramp;
*reimbursed deputy county
administrator Robbie Chartier for
payment of a credit card late fee;
*authorized issuing credit


salaries were not increased. The Okeechobe
e Forecast


increase was given in quarterly
bonuses. Employees' base pay
remained the same. Now the bo-
nuses, which averaged around
seven percent, are gone and em-
ployees will be getting a 3 percent
increase to that same base salary.
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call a friend, 'Mike', so he could
collect a debt from him.
The state also played a 9-1-1
call allegedly made by Miss Epps.
In it she appeared to say "help
me God" and "I'm driving a white
Chrysler." The call contained a lot
of screaming and yelling in the
background. Brown appeared to
say, "stay here" during the call.
The defense recalled Miss
Epps to the stand during their pre-
sentation of evidence. She admit-
ted that she assumed Brown had
gone to Platt's Bluff that night to
conduct a drug deal and pick up
proceeds from the drug deal.
Brown said he intends to ap-
peal the conviction. He will be
sentenced on Nov. 10.
A prospective juror in the case,
Randall Scott Giles, 53, of Fort
Drum, was sentenced to 10 days
in jail for contempt of court by
Circuit Judge Lawrence Mirman.
The juror had showed up to jury
service on Monday morning, and
was told to return after lunch Mon-
day with the rest of the jury pool.
He failed to show up and was
ordered to answer a contempt of
court charge on Tuesday.


cards to the county administrator
and deputy administrators;
*authorized publication of a
request for proposal for surveying
services for drainage in the area
of S.W 8th Street;
*tabled for further study ex-
penditure for an engineering
study relative to land application
of biosolids and setbacks reason-
ably necessary for the protection
of the public;
*renewed the county's exist-
ing contract at the same terms
with lobbyist Dale Milita;
*took no action to reschedule
or cancel the Nov. 20 board meet-
ing; and
*tabled discussion on the ac-
quisition of Tiger Cattle Company
by the state in order for staff to re-
search the matter further.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


Today: Sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming east
northeast between 5 and 10 mph..
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Northeast wind
around 5 mph becoming calm.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becom-
ing east around 5 mph.
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 69. South southeast wind around 5 mph.
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. East northeast wind between 5
and 10 mph.


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If you have an address change
within Okeechobee County, you
may call the elections office to
make the change or e-mail the
elections office at elections@vo-
teokeechobee.com. You may also
use a voter registration applica-
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Okeechobee News, Friday, September 26, 2008


Police warn residents


to lock their doors


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
City Police have had a busy
summer trying to keep up with
thieves who strike late at night
and target unlocked vehicles in
residential areas.
City Police Detective Bill Saum
said if there is an unlocked vehicle
with small items inside, there's a
good chance it will be burglar-
ized.
Detective Saum explained
that at least 50 of these burglar-
ies have been reported in the past
two months. He noted there have
been several arrests made but
that doesn't seem to stem the tide
of thefts.
"You arrest one and another
takes their place," Detective Saum
noted.
Hot items for these thieves are
cell phones, change, purses, even
guns. Ninety percent of the thefts
are used to get items that can be
traded or sold so the thief can
purchase drugs, police claim.
"Please lock you doors," De-
tective Saum said, "People tell me
occasionally that they don't lock
the doors to their home. Times

Girl's dad

charged with

burglary and

battery
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 47-year old Okeechobee man
was held on $10,500 bond after a
reported burglary on N.W. 38th
Avenue on Sept. 23, Okeechobee
County Sheriff Deputies said.
Herman W. Kaufman, of N.W.
42nd Avenue, was accused of en-
tering a residence uninvited and
threatening an 18-year-old boy
inside, the arrest report from Sgt.
Clif Gill said.
Sgt. Gill stated the teen said he
was sleeping on the couch in the
living room when the man came
into the home, and punched him
in the face. The victim claimed the
suspect also verbally threatened
him.
+ Kaufman reportedly stated he
went to the house to talk to the
teen about his daughter.
Sgt. Gill said the victim had in-
juries consistent with a blow to
the face. He was not in need of
medical treatment.
The suspect was arrested
nearby without incident, deputies
said.

Glades Arrests


Glades County Arrests
John Pogozelski, 23, of
Moore Haven, was arrested on
Sept. 14, charged with burglary
and grand theft. He was held in
custody with bond set at $5,000.,
Chauncey Haynes, 30, of
Moore Haven, was. arrested on
Sept. 16, charged with burglary
and grand theft. He was held in
custody with bond set at $10,000.
Albert Thomas, 35, of Moore
Haven, was arrested on Sept. 16,
charged with burglary and grand
theft. He was held in custody with
bond set at $10,000.
Pablo Lial, 26, of Moore
Haven, was arrested on Sept 18,
charged with possession of co-
caine and possession of cocaine
with intent to sell. He was held in
custody with bond set at $25,000.
Adelphin Basquet, 24, of
Okeechobee, was arrested on
Sept. 18, on an active Okeecho-
bee County warrant. He was
later turned over to Okeechobee
County.
Jeremy Beecham, 25, of
Lakeport, was arrested on Sept.
20, charged with habitual driving
while license suspended. He was
held in custody with bond set at
$5,000.
This report lists arrests, not
convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone who is listed here
and who later is found not guilty
or has the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
the newspaper. We will confirm
the information and print it.


have changed, our community
has changed, and you can't do
that any longer."
"If the item isn't tied down,
locked up in the house or in the
vehicle, it could get stolen," De-
tective Saum noted.
Detective Saum said patrol-
men have been very vigilant in
stopping suspicious persons at
night walking in neighborhoods
or riding bicycles in residential
areas. Although they can't often
arrest these people, they might
be able to discourage them from


returning and committing crimes.
He also urged residents to assist
police where they can.
"Call us as soon as possible if
you see something suspicious, es-
pecially at 3 a.m. Call us and let us
check them out," he added.
Detective Saum said if people
do this, there will be a big de-
crease in the number of crimes
and thefts that have been hap-
pening in the city.
Anyone with information on
these thefts can call Detective
Saum at 763-5521.


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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
FLAGS: I know that it is not illegal to fly the flag of another country
on private property. But I wish people would think about the message
that sends. This is the United States of America. When you fly another
country's flag, it's like saying you aren't part of the U.S.A. And I have
to wonder what you are doing here if you don't want to be part of the
U.S. I have lived in other countries and I tried to fit in by learning the
language and customs. If you are proud of your heritage and want to
fly a flag to show it, why not fly both an American flag and a flag of
your birth country? If you're going to at all.
OCRA: Has Okeechobee outgrown the OCRA sports program? I
have lived in Okeechobee for many years and have personally been
involved in the OCRA sports programs that are offered to our youth in
Okeechobee. I have recently witnessed a sudden growth of alterna-
tive options for our youth to choose from in football, baseball and
softball. There seems to be a need for competition at a much higher
level than our local program can provide. In the past few years new
sports organizations have invaded our county to fulfill such needs that
are sought after by the young athletes and their parents. The addition
of Pop Warner Football and Little League Baseball to our area was
just the beginning of a long list of organizations that are now in our
community and seem to forcing the local OCRA organization out of
the spotlight. For years OCRA has been the portal to success for our
young athletes to the high school level. Is that portal closing and sev-
eral new ones emerging? More and more off season travel baseball
and softball teams are being formed. These private non-profit orga-
nizations are being tagged with trying to undermine the OCRA pro-
gram'. I have followed a few of these teams over the past couple years
and have concluded that the success of the recent OCRA. Baseball
and Softball season was primarily due to participation on these travel
ball teams. Okeechobee is growing and our youth must grow with it.
Like any favorite pair of shoes we wore as kids we outgrew so goes
the current OCRA programs. We eventually bought NEW shoes and it
seems that some of the people of Okeechobee have started window
shopping for something new in youth sports.
YMCA: There are rumors about the possibility of a YMCA coming
to Chobee again too. This would create some more opportunities in
addition to OCRA, Pop Warner and other non-profit organizations.
When they start doing the fund raising to build the Y, the commu-
nity needs to come together 'as they typically do' to support our chil-
dren. I have been told by many people who have just moved here
that Okeechobee is exemplary when it comes to fund raising for a
good cause. I have seen it personally as well. Let's all get together
and make things happen. We need a good source of activities for the
children of Okeechobee. The more the better.
ECONOMY: Two more RJ Gators to close according to the televi-
sion news. It is a crying shame that our economy is falling so quickly.
I am one of those who has noticed the prices going up with noth-
ing to warrant it. For instance, my microwave broke this week. The
same appliance was $40 when I purchased it. Today, it is around $80
for the same appliance with the same size and 1100 Kw. Next thing
you know we will be spending money on something that we cannot
afford due to inflation. And yet, each year we get a cost of living in-
crease which does not even match the cost of increases in food and
other necessities.
BURGLARIES: In response to the article in the newspaper about
the nine and ten year olds pulling burglaries, it reminds me of Oliver
Twist. Wonder if there is an adult pulling the strings.
COURTHOUSE: In the paper there is an article about the county
redoing the old court house. $3.5 million is what it will cost to do
this. This county is having a budget problem already: The sheriff has
not enough funds to take care of the entire county including his fuel,
road and bridge could be doing a better job with a little more fund-
ing. Why waste this kind of money on something older than the hills?
+ How long will it take us to pay for this? It will be like the ag-center
we will never re-coop it. They have already giving a contract out for
250,000 for an architect, again we lose good money that could be put
to better use.
KIDS FISHING TOURNAMENT: I see that they are going to hold
the Kids Day Fishing Tournament at the Agri-Civic Center this year. I
know the bass club always does a good job with this and makes sure
there are going to be plenty of fish to catch. I am glad someone is
getting some use out of the Agri-Civic Center. At least it makes a good
parking lot.
FOLEY: I saw on television that Mark Foley will not face any charg-
es from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his alleged
misconduct with the teenage boys. Maybe losing his Congressional
seat and all the public humiliation is punishment enough, especially
since apparently all he did was make suggestive comments over the
Internet on instant message.
POLITICS: I wonder why anyone would even want to be presi-
dent, with all the problems this country has. And you know whoever
wins will have to watch their back.
SOCCER: I went to an Upward Soccer game on Saturday and I
really like the format they use. They play four on each team, no goal-
ees, a much smaller playing field and a very small goal net. All of the
kids get more chances to actually kick the ball and it is very exciting
to watch. I am told this is the way the younger kids play soccer in
Europe because it helps them hone their skills. They certainly seemed
to be having a great time. And I appreciated that the parents were
cheering the kids on, but no one said anything negative.
4-H: As the proud parent of two 4-H club members, I just want
to thank the paper for running' all of the 4-H award photos. The kids
really love to see their photos in the paper, and while it may seem
like a lot of photos, there really are that many clubs and kids in 4-H
in Okeechobee. A lot of the 4-Hers could not make the dinner and
the group still packed the high school cafeteria. 4-H is a'wonderful
program and is such a good influence on the kids. I am glad they are
getting the recognition.
AG CLASSIFICATION: In response to the comments about the
property owners who get tax breaks by getting the agriculture clas-
sification, I don't understand what happened. I remember this was
a problem many years ago. If you just put up a fence and got a cow,
you could dodge the bulk of the taxes on a. piece of property. But
the county commission at one time stopped all that by requiring that
property be zoned for agriculture in order to qualify for the ag tax
classification. Can anyone tell me when and why that changed? It
only makes sense that if you are going to have a bona fide agriculture
operation you would buy land that is zoned agriculture. And isn't it
against our Land Use Regulations to put an agriculture operation on
property tliat is not zoned for agriculture? I mean, you can't just de-
cide to put a bunch of livestock in a residential neighborhood or on
commercial property next to a business... or can you?
OUA: I don't think it is fair for the utility employees to get a bigger
raise than the county employees. The county employees work hard
too. OUA money comes from what customers have to pay for water
and sewer. Well all of the bills are going up and a lot of the customers
are on fixed incomes. I think OUA and county employees should only
get merit raises. There shouldn't be any of this automatic cost of living
stuff. They should only get more money if they earn it by giving the
customers better service.
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SPOILED: Kids today certainly are spoiled. I think it's good for
them when they have to go without electricity for a few days. It makes
you appreciate it more if you have to live without it for a while.
FOOTBALL: Go Brahmans! We are proud of you.
JROTC: I am glad to see that the high school is keeping the JROTC
program. They need to offer different programs like this for the kids.
Some of the kids are interested in the military and the country cer-
tainly needs people to join the Armed Forces. For many kids, the mili-
tary is one of the few options open to them when they graduate. It's
not like there are a lot of jobs around here for the kids to take when
they graduate high school. And college is not for everyone. I think
they need to drop the speculation about the charges against the two
instructors who were arrested and just focus on doing as well as they
can in the JROTC program. The kids are what is important, not the
instructors.


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Looking back ...
This Memorial Day observance photo was taken in
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Email it to the Okeechobee News at okeenews@newszap.
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Counseling Corner


Help your child fight
obesity

From the American
Counseling Association
One of this nation's biggest
health problems is our over-
weight children. Excess weight
in any school-age child means
increased health risks and often
exposes them to name-calling,
discrimination and other social
problems with their peers.
However, dealing with issues
of excessive weight for anyone is
never easy. Parents can play a big
role in helping their children bet-
ter face and, hopefully, deal with
the problem.
A starting point is to help your
child develop positive thoughts.
Explain that physical perfection
isn't the goal, but rather that what
really counts is not what the scale
says, but all the other things he or
she has to offer.
You also want to be a positive
role model yourself, both physi-
cally and mentally. Children learn
from what they see and experi-
ence. If you're also overweight,
don't condemn yourself or your
child. Instead, look for positive
ways you both can feel better
about yourselves while also head-
ing for healthier weights.
You might try encouraging
discussions of feelings, especially
stress issues that often lead to
overeating. Emotional eating,
which can make us feel calmer
and more in control, is a common
contributor to excessive weight.
Help your child understand what
is triggering such overeating, and
to look for things other than food
to help handle such emotions.
Planning for a healthier diet
is also important. However, your
job isn't to become the food po-
lice, outlawing foods or requiring
strict accounting for everything
consumed. Such actions usu-
ally have negative consequences,
leading to feelings of being de-
prived and encouraging hiding
food or binge eating.
Instead, set a positive example.
Insist on family dinners where
nutritious foods and reasonable
portions are served. Don't serve
different sized portions based
on a person's weight. Encourage
conversation so that time is taken
to enjoy what is served and that
a feeling of being full has time to
happen.
You also want to encourage
more exercise, choosing enjoy-
able activities that encourage
participation. Swimming, biking,
playing team sports all work. Or
try a daily after-dinner walk, an


easy' way to increase exercise
levels while also having time for
parent and child to enjoy one an-
other.
Excess weight in a child can
result from a variety of issues.
Talk with your child's physician
about your concerns over his or
her weight, and consider meeting
with a counselor if you suspect
emotional or family trauma is-
sues may be contributing to an
overweight child.
"The Counseling Corner" is provided
as a public service by the American
Counseling Association, the nation's
largest organization of counseling
professionals. Learn more aboyt
the counseling profession at the ACA
web site, www.counseling.org.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Special guests
Josef Steiert (center) got to eat lunch with both of his
grandparents, Nancy Steiert (left) and Lenny Steiert
(right) during grandparents Week at Central Elementary
on Thursday, Sept. 4.


Submitted photo/Teresa Chandler

Making Strides Bake Sale
Seacoast National Bank employees host a bake sale
to raise funds for the American Cancer Society Making
Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The North and South
branches raised a combined total of over $500 to contrib-
ute to the cause. Thank you to all that visited and contrib-
uted! The walk is on Oct. 4, at Flagler Park. For more infor-
mation, please contact Teresa Chandler at 863-697-6819.


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken

Udder Bunch
The Udder Bunch 4-H Club was among those honored at the Annual 4-H Awards Banquet
in the Okeechobee High School Cafeteria on Saturday, Sept. 13. Those honored are (back
row, left to right) Fallon Curren, Alicia Lewis, Emilie Lege, Wesley Mims, Joy Burnham,
Amanda Goggans, Kelsey Burnham, Taylor Chambers, William Curren, Shiloh Anuez, Aus-
tin Pluskot, Jayce Turgeon, Alex Pluskot, Jessica Turgeon, Rachel Rabon, Kelly Buch-
anan, (front row, left to right) Gabrielle Willbarger, Ozmani Robles, John McGehee, Caitlyn
Albers, Cady McGehee, Jake McGehee, Ross Laskey, (not pictured) Garrett Rucks, Jamie
Burnham, Katie Walker, Lindsey Rucks, Matt Walker, Cassie Colgan, Felicia Sulzer, Jacen
Meives, Jennifer Maddox, and Julianne Meives. 100 percent attendance went to Caitlyn
Albers, Shiloh Anuez, Kelly Buchanan, Taylor Chambers, William Curren, Ross Laskey,
Alicia Lewis, Cady McGehee, Jacob McGehee, John McGehee, Austin Pluskot, Ozmani
Robles, Jayce Turgeon, Jessica Turgeon, (not pictured) Jamie Burnham. Dairy Medals
went to Caitlyn Albers, Shiloh Anuez, Kelly Buchanan, Joy Burnham,.Kelsey Burnham,
Taylor Chambers, William Curren, Fallon Curren, Amanda Goggans, Ross Laskey, Emi-
lie Lege, Alicia Lewis, Cady McGehee, Jacob McGehee, John McGehee, Wesley Mims,
Alex Pluskot, Austin Pluskot, Raychel Rabon, Ozmani Robles, Jayce Turgeon, Jessica Tur-
geon, Gabrielle Willbarger, (not pictured) Jamie Burnham, Cassie Colgan, Jennifer Mad-
dox, Jacen Meives, Julianne Meives, Garrett Rucks, Lindsey Rucks, Felicia Sulzer, Katie
Walker, and Matt Walker. Way to Go Award went to Ross Laskey, Cady McGehee, Ozmani
Robles, Jayce Turgeon, Gabrielle Willbarger. Outstanding Junior Member was Caitlyn Al-
bers. Outstanding Intermediate Member was Taylor Chambers, Outstanding Senior Mem-
ber was Alicia Lewis. 100 percent dairy record books went to Austin Pluskot, Amanda
Goggans, Caitlyn Albers, Ross Laskey, Alex Pluskot, (not pictured) Jamie Burnham, and
Lindsey Rucks.


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Community Calendar

Friday, Sept. 26.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. 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. (Be-
hind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick (OP, SP) 8 p.m. New*
OA. Meeting Friday 6 p.m. OD-Open Discussion; SS-Step Study; BT-
Basic Te'tt; SP-Speaker. *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 will be an open meeting.
A.A. 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.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call 863-471-0559 or
863-385-6671.
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. 27
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon
Open Discussion; NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group Step Study 7 p.m.;
N.A. Nowhere Left To Go Group Open Discussion 8 p.m.
Ballroom dancing in Okeechobee. A group class in ballroom
dancing is being offered in Okeechobee at Church of Our Saviour Par-
rish 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 informa-
tion call 772-794-9040.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, September 26, 2008 5



Board of Realtors host monthly meetings


The Okeechobee County
Board of Realtors has imple-
mented a "Tour of Homes"
showcasing different neighbor-
hoods after each breakfast meet-
ing.
The Okeechobee Realtors


and Affiliate Members meet at
the Clock Restaurant the second
and fourth Thursday of each
month and then caravan to view
and discuss the featured homes.
The breakfast meeting is de-
signed to assist the local realtors


in gaining a better understanding
of the market today and helping
them promote their individual
listings in order to provide the
best services available to sellers
and buyers.


Budgeting paves way to


solid financial future


By Tracy Henkes,
Marketing Officer
First Bank and Trust of
Indiantown
Given the current state of the
economy it's no surprise that
we're all paying closer attention
to where our hard earned dol-
lars are being spent. If you don't
already have a savings plan, today
is a good day to start. As prices on
everything from milk to gas are on
the rise this task may seem insur-
mountable, but just like today's
economy, life is unpredictable.
There is no time like the present
to build an emergency reserve to
help cushion the blow of unex-
pected or emergency expenses.
The very first step toward
creating a savings plan and suc-
cessfully managing household fi-
nances starts with a budget. Even
if you are a household of one, a
simple budget can help you con-
trol expenses, ultimately setting
you on the road to a solid finan-
cial future.
An important part of making a
budget is to see savings as a regu-
lar expense that you pay yourself
first. As you begin, include as
much information as you can.
Keeping detailed and accurate
records allows you to spot places
where you can save money and
determine how much you can
reasonably spend.
The American Bankers As-
sociation has created an easy to
follow, step-by-step process to
create a basic budget. We'd like
to share it with you.
Step #1: Total your current
monthly income. We recommend
you do this on a monthly basis.
Include only your take home pay,
that is your salary minus taxes
and deductions. Your income
may also include tips, child sup-
port, investment income, etc...
Step #2: Budget by month.
Some of your expenses will vary
from month to month, like utili-
ties or a cell phone bill so use a
monthly average. For those ex-
penses that don't take place regu-
larly such as a visit to the dentist
take the average and divide by the
number of times you go a year.
For example, if you see the dentist
two times a year and pay on av-
erage of $75, then multiply 2x$75
and divide by 12'to set aside a
dental expense each month.
Step #3: Evaluate your debt
to income ratio. As a general rule,
rent or mortgage payments plus
your credit obligations should not
exceed 35 to 40 percent of your
gross monthly income, your pay
BEFORE taxes and deductions.
The amount you owe on credit
cards, monthly car payment,
student loans and other monthly
payments should not exceed 10
to 15 percent of your take-home
pay (your salary minus taxes and
insurance.)
Step #4: Put it writing. You
can't save money unless you
know what you are making and
what you are spending. It sounds
simple, until you sit down and
see it in writing. You may surprise
yourself to see where your money
is actually being spent. There are
a variety of sophisticated com-
puter programs available to help
you create a savings plan, but a
simple worksheet can help you
accomplish the same result cut
expenses and save money. First
Bank and Trust of Indiantown has
a budgeting worksheet available
to download on our website for
free at www.fboi.com www.fboi.com>. (Also available
in Spanish), or stop by our office
located at 205 East North Park
Street in Okeechobee for a copy.
Step #5: Do the math. The
last step in creating a budget is to
total all of your monthly expenses
and subtract them from your total
income.

How did you do?
If you are breaking even, or if
you are using credit to make ends
meet, you need to make imme-
diate adjustments. Take a criti-
cal look at all of your expenses.
Perhaps there are places where
savings can be made such as
haircuts, dry-cleaning, and enter-
tainment.
Try to comparison shop your
phone, cable and cell phone pro-
viders. Make sure you aren't pay-
ing for extra services you don't
need such as call-waiting or call
forwarding.
You can also comparison shop
for lower auto and homeowner's
insurance rates. Sometimes you
can save more money if you con-
solidate to one company.


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Don't forget to contjpct your
utility company. Most utilities will
send an energy expert to your
home to do an analysis and see
where you can make changes to
save money and energy.
If you are still having trouble,
there is nothing wrong with ask-
ing for help. There are many
agencies in this area ready to pro-
vide assistance. We recommend
dialing 2-1-1. 2-1-1 is an important
source for information and refer-
ral services in Okeechobee Coun-
ty. The operators have access to
hundreds of social service and
community programs in our area
such as daycare, food and utility


assistance, housing, financial ser-
vices, elder care, crisis counseling
and so much more. The service
is free, confidential and available
24-7.
Visit us online at www.fboi to
find additional money saving tip)s
and an easy to use budget work-
sheet. 2005 American Bankers
Association Education Founda-
tion. Reprinted from www.aba.
corn with Permission. All Rights
Reserved. Editor's note: This
column is open to submitted ar-
ticles from local financial institu-
tions. Please submit by e-mail to
Okeenews@ newszap. corn


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The Realtors/Affiliate (front left to right) are: Vicki Anderson, Goolsby Realty; Eric Anderson,
Goolsby Realty; Lori Mixon, Tucker Group; Lasha Boree, Lakeshore Title.
In the back row from left to right are: Pat Goolsby, Goolsby Realty; Kathy Godwin, Preferred
Properties; Barb Gloven, Exit Realty; Debra Pinson, Preferred Properties; Velva Cannon, Exit
Realty; Jeri Wilson; Pristine Properties, Cindi Fairtrace, Tucker Group (not ih picture).


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Okeechobee News, Friday, September 26, 2008


Community Events


Cub Scouts
selling popcorn
Fun1draising season is here
again and the local Cub Scouts
and Boy Scouts of America, are
trying to get support. They will
begin their annual Popcorn fund-
raiser on Sunday, Sept. 28 and
will run every weekend until Oct.
19. They will have booths set up
at different, local businesses ev-
ery Saturday and Sunday. On top
of the weekend "setups, the Cub
Scouts and Boy Scouts will always
have a flyer and order form with
them to sell popcorn throughout
the week. So if you cannot make
it out to one of their booths,
you can always order it person-
ally from one of the pack/troop
members. All proceeds from the
fundraiser will go to help pay for
their summer camp expenses,
supplies, badges and just general
expenses for their groups. Par-
ents and volunteers will be with
the scouts at each booth to help
sell the popcorn and provide in-
formation about the group. They
are always looking for people to
join. There are no sign up dead-
lines, you can join at any time
during the year, so if you think
that the cub scouts or boy scouts
is something you are interested
in, you can get information about
it while you get some popcorn!
Parents are welcome to become
volunteers.
They would also like to say
thank you to all of the local busi-
nesses who are allowing them to
set up in front of their stores. For
more information on locations
or joining, please contact Alison
Hudson, Committee Chair Troop
964, at 863-634-8628.


Democrats to meet Historical limited edi- Open Mic Karaoke


Compile meet the Delmocratic
Candidates on I n i ..I,," Sept.
30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Douglas
Brown Community Center.
Candidates attending will
be: Congressman Tim Mahon-
ey; County (Commissioner Elvie
Posey; Don Chinquina, Candi-
date for Public Defender; Scott
Thompson, Candidate for State
Senate, District 17; Ray Wo'rley,
Candidate for State House, Dis-
trict 79; and representative from
the Obama/Biden Campaign.
Hamburgers & Hot Dogs will be
available free of charge.

Low cost spay/neuter
available
Low cost spay/neuter vouch-
ers for dogs and cats. Participating
veterinarians in Vero Beach. For
information, call IUnited I lmani-
tarians Port St. Lucie volunteer:
772-335-3786. Email: Petscryvlr'
bellsouth.net. Okeechobee veteri-
narians are invited to participate.
in this low cost spay/neuter pro-
gram.

Farm Bureau holds
meeting
Okeechobee County Farm Bu-
reau's Annual Membership meet-
ing will be held Friday, Oct. 3.
An open house for Farm Bureau
members will be held from 5 until
7 p.m. with the meeting starting
at 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Of-
fice, 401 N.W Fourth St. with light
refreshments and finger foods.
Board Members and Agents will
be on hand to answer your ques-
tions.


Quilt drawing to
Attention Okeechobee Quilt drawing to
-V .. benefit stricken child


Ciass 01 89
Class of '89 reunion organiz-
ers are currently collecting.emails
and home addresses from all
classmates. Please send these to
okeechobeeclassof89Q@ yahoo.
com.

Machine embroidery
group forming
If you have an embroidery
machine, plan to buy one or are
just interested in the concept, you
are invited to attend the first orga-
nizational meeting of a machine
embroidery group. 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 lunch for
a fun and informative day. For
further information call Joan at
863-467-0290 or Corry at 863-467-
2231.

Home Society hosts
'Heart Gallery'
Children's Home Society will
host the opening of the 2008 Heart
Gallery at our local Indian River
State College. Please attend this
event and support the adoption
of sibling groups, children with
special needs and older children.
If you are interested in adopting a
child or if you would like to show
your support for this event and
represent Okeechobee, please
call Frank Avilla, CHS, 772-489-
5601. The event will be held Fri-
day, Sept. 26, from 11:30 a.m.-1
p.m. Lunch will be served.

Church holds
Tribulation House
The Okeechobee Church of
God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will
hold a "Tribulation House" Oct. 1
4. On Wednesday and Thursday
the event will be held from 7:30
until 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday,
the house will open at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free. This event is
not for younger children. Children
under the age of 12 must be ac-
companied by an adult. For more
information call 863-634-1317.

Children's Ranch to
host Barrel Race
The First Real Life Children's
Ranch Benefit Barrel Race spon-
sored by Woolems, Inc. will take
place on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 9
a.m. at the Agri-Civic Center. Ex-
hibitions are set to begin at 9 a.m.
with Drill Team events from 11:15
until 11:45 a.m.
The Barrel Race begins at high
noon! So bring the whole family
to help raise funds for the Real
Life Children's Ranch.
The Ranch has been providing
safe, family style group homes
for abused, abandoned and ne-
glected children for over 50 years
in Okeechobee.
This will be an annual event
with barrel racing, face painting,
bounce L I se, concessions alnd
lmiore!
For more information call:
Margo Davis at 8ti3-63/1-8359 or
)Darlenc Mayers at 863-63-4 1200.


Tickets are being sold for a
queen-sized quilt at $1 each or
6 for just $5. The drawing for the
quilt will be held on Oct. 1, with
the proceeds from the ticket sales
to go to benefit Buckhead Ridge
resident, Madisen Byrd, who is 3
years old. Madisen was recently
diagnosed with Leukemia. She is
currently hospitalized with com-
plications. Madisen's parents,
Lori and Jimmy Byrd will be trav-
elling with her back and forth to
treatments and funding is crucial
to help support medical costs and
travel expenses. A savings ac-
count has been set up at Seacoast
National Bank in the name of Lori
Byrd to take donations. To see
the quilt or to buy tickets, please
call Val Douglas at 863-697-9796
or 863-357-6555 or stop by Cus-
tom Window Treatments, I_ : S.
Hwy 441, Okeechobee.

All-day scrapbooking
crop planned
The "Croppin' Crew" will
sponsor an all-day scrapbooking
crop on Saturday, Oct. 4, from: 10
a.m. until 5 p.m. at the First Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W Second
St. All levels of scrapbookers are
welcome. Please bring a covered
dish if you' care to participate in
our pot luck luncheon. Refresh-
ments will be served and there
will be plenty of door prizes.
Bring your scrapbooking supplies
and your imagination for a fun-
filled day. For more information
call Joan at 863-467-0290 or Corry
at 863-467-2231.

Real Life Children's
Ranch yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch
yard sale will be open on Thurs-
days and Fridays, starting Oct. 9.
They will not be open the week
of Thanksgiving or the week of
Christmas.


tion ornaments
on sale
The Okeechobee Retired
Educators will be selling their
third limited edition ornament
for Christmas 2008. Ornaments
are 24k gold on brass, includes a
numbered certificate with histori-
cal information. Ornaments are
$15. Proceeds fund their scholar-
ship. The 2008 ornament is the
Old County Courthouse. They
will also have 2007 and 2006 or-
naments available in a limited
quantity for those who wish to get
those. To purchase an ornament
call Gay Carlton at 863-763-5755,
Kay McCool at 863-763-2829, Pau-
lette Whipple at 863-467-2487,
Marion Davis at 863-763-3991 or
Regina Hainrick at 863-763-8865.

Free memory loss
screenings
On Friday, Oct. 10, the Al-
zheimer's Association will spon-
sor free memory loss screenings
at the Visiting Nurse Association,
208 S.E. Park St., from 11 a.m.
until 2:30 p.m. Appointments are
needed, please call Donna True
at 1-800-861-7826 Ext. 1. Screen-
ings are for anyone, any age
concerned about memory loss.
Screenings are conducted by staff
from St. Mary's Memory Disorder
center. Immediate results.


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The Okeechobee Moose
Lodge 1753, N.Wt 36th Street, will
have Karaoke Open Mic every
Thursday, from 7 p.m. until 10
p.m. Singers come sing, listeners
come and applaud our singers.
Members or guests are welcome.
For information call 863-634-2330
or 863-697-6666.

State Veterans
nursing homes
Are you a veteran in need of a
nursing home or assisted living fa-
cility? The Florida Department of
Veterans Affairs can help you. The
Department operates five veterans
nursing homes and one assisted
living facility throughout the state,
with a new nursing home being
built near St. Augustine. The basic
admission criteria for all of the fa-
cilities is an honorable discharge,
Florida residency for one year pri-
or to admission and certification
of need of assisted living facility or
skilled nursing care. The VA Nurs-
ing homes are located in Daytona
Beach, Land 0' Lakes, Pembroke
Pines, Springfield (Panhandle)
and Port Charlotte with the VA As-
sisted Living Facility being located
in Lake City. For further informa-
tion on VA nursing homes contact
thlie County Veteran's Service Of-
ficer, Betsy Grinslade at 863-763-
8124.


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Obituaries


Obituaries should be submit-
ted t tolthe Okeechobee News by
e-nmailing obits(i newtvszap.conm.
Customers may also request
photos and links to online guest
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Margaret Louise Weeks
OKEECHOBEE Margaret Louise
Weeks, died Wednesday, Sept. 2-14,
2008. in the Hannick Home.
Born May 26, 1934, to H.C. and Es-
sie ae Mae Waldron in Okeechobee,
she had been a lifetime resident and
a member of the Okeechobee
Church of God.
She is survived by her loving hus-
band of 54 years, Jacob Guilford
Weeks of Okeechobee; son, Larry
Steve Weeks Sr. (Patricia) of Okee-
chobee; daughters, Patricia Smith
(Dennis) and Dale Ann Watford
(Jimbo), both of Okeechobee;
brothers. Edward Waldron (Margie)
of North Carolina. 1.awrence t W
dron (Cobbv) of Okeechobee: sister,
Jaiet Mays of Okeechobee; brother-
in-law, Stanley Harden of Okeecho-
bee; and lifelong friend, Willie Mae
Scott. In addition she is survived by
II grandchildren, 14 great-grandchil-
dren and a host of nieces, nephews,
friends and many hundreds of chil-
dren from the Okeechobee Church
of God Children's Church.
A Memorial Service will be 11 a.m.
Saturday in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family re-
quests donations be made to the
Okeechobee Church of God Chil-
dren's Ministries or the Hospice of
Okeechobee. Condolences can be
made at www.buxtonfuneral-
home.com.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee.


William Thomas 'Bill'
Weeks, 51
OKEECHOBEE William Thomas
"Bill" Weeks, of Okeechobee, died
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, in his
residence. He was 51.
Born Nov. 16, 1956, in Pahokee, to
James Sr. and Frances Weeks, he
has been a resident of Okeechobee
since 1994 and was employed as a
superintendent in the site develop-
ment industry. He was a member of
the Canal Point Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his
mother, Frances: and sister, Jackie
McKinstrv.
He is survived by his wife of 35
years, Loretta; his father, James Mel-
vin Weeks Sr. of Pahokee; son, Wil-
lianm Thomas Weeks II (Kimberly)
of North Ft. Myers; two daughters,
Josie Weeks Elliott (Robert) and
Chelsea Colleen Weeks all of-Okee-
chobee. In addition, he is survived
by one brother, James Melvin
\Veeks Jr. of Belle Glade and three
sisters, Sandy Maynor (Dennis) of
Port Saint Lucie, Debbie Sigmon of
Port St. Lucie and Cindy Sullivan
(David) of Johnston, S.C.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, in the Buxton Funeral
Home.
Funeral services will be conducted
in the Canal Point Baptist Church on
Wednesday, with Rev. Treveetee
Weeks and Pastor Jerry Stone offi-
ciating. Burial will follow at Port
Myaca Cemetery.
In lieu of florowers, memorial con-
tributions may be made to Hospice
of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okee-
chobee, Fl 34973 or to the Canal
Point Baptist Church.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory.
Condolences can be made on the
funeral home website www.buxton-
funeralhome.com.


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Service Club News in Brief


The American
Legion Post 64
501 S.E. Second Street
Okeechobee
Office 863-763-2950 Loungi
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 I to 8
p.m. on Sunday.
Sunday: Open 1 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 Sunlday
breakfast cooked to order from
, until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.
e Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
y The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W Fifth
e Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Jose Veranc
at 863-634-2071.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second anc
fourth Monday of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has
many fun activities planned on the first
and third Tuesday of each month. For
upcoming activities, contact Mary Ann
Holt at 863-634-8087.
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is 863-
763-2250.
Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m. With
many items to choose from.
Wednesday: Bingo and
food, foqd 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
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 lIingo/i Thursday ait 1 pi.mn
1: and Friday night at 7 )p.m. Foot
) Served. (you must be a members
to play liar bingo)
Dinner and music almost ev
ery Saturday night.
VFW Post #4423
c 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 dogs.
Tuesday: Washer toss at 1
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 located at
2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge.
For information, call 863-467-2882. Post
opens at noon, Monday though Sunit
day.
We are taking applications for new
members for the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary,
Male Auxiliary, AMVETS and AMVETS
ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary din-
ner and Men's Auxiliary or AmVets. Mu-
sic will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner with
baked potato, salad and rolls will be
served from 5:30 until 7 p.m. for an $11
donation. Dancing immediately follows
the dinner.
Membership meetings are held on
tihe second Saturday of thile month be-
ginning at 10 a.nm. The House Commlit-
tee meeting is on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Command-
er Robert Hare at 863-167-2882.
All gaines and special events are
shown on three televisions. Tile game
room has a regulation-size pool table.
VFW Post 9528, in Buck-
head Ridge, is having an open
mic night with Nellie from 6
until 9 p.m. every Thesday
evening. Come on out and
support her by singing your
favorite songs.
VFW Post #10539
Post hours are 10 a.m. Monday
through Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Closing times are discretionary and de-
pendent on the number of patrons but
usually not before 8 p.m. on weekdays
and 11 p.m. on weekends.
Happy hours: 10 to I1 a.m. and
3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.


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Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
441 S.E. is now open to members Mon-
day-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. Information
can be found by visiting www.foe4509.
com, or calling 863-467-1154.
Food is served several evenings a
week.


the first and third Wednesday of each
month at the old Cypress Hut flea mar-
ket restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7
p.m. on the second and fourth Wednes-
day of every month
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye steak
dinner with the trimmings beginning at
5:30 p.m.
Editor's note: To add listings or
make changes to the service club news,
please email okeenews@newszap.
com.


Monday: card Bingo at (i p.m.
i,, '-1 Ladies Auxiliary all-you-
can eat i'. 1ii. In dinner $5 donation
beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Bar Bingo at 12:45
p.m. Lunch by Ladies Auxiliary. Kitchen
open from 5 until 8 p.m. Evening mu-
sic.
Thursday: Music, kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: Music, kitchen open from
5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: Noon, dollar hotdogs,
$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 Auxiliary sec-
ond Monday at 7 p.m., Mens Auxiliary
second Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Do you have a family member
serving overseas? We send packages of
urgently needed supplies to them. We
accept donations for this worth cause.
Contact Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For futlher 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
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Local community offers entertainment options


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you are looking for some
entertainment in and around
Okeechobee for the coming
months look no further. If your
organization or business has
some entertaining events coming
up please forward them along to
caguilar@newszap.com.
The Okeechobee Moose
Lodge, located at 1753 N.W. 36th
Street, will hold their College
of Regents weekend begin-
ning Saturday, Sept. 27, with din-
ner and entertainment from the
Country Cavalcade Band. Dinner
is served from 5:30 until 7 p.m.
country fried steak, mashed po-
tatoes, corn, rolls and dessert for
$6. There will also be drawings
and a 50/50.
On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Col-
lege of Regents Ceremony will be
held at 2 p.m. with a Pork Loin
Buffet following the ceremony.
Entertainment will be provided
by Nightlife Band.
Collectors with the Interna-
tional Collectors Association are
bringing the'Treasure Hunters
Roadshow to Okeechobee the
week of Sept. 30 through Oct. 4,
to evaluate and offer to purchase
gold, collectibles and antique toys
at the Holiday Inn Express,
Anyone interested in finding
out the value of a collectible or
even selling it, can visit the Trea-
sure Hunters Roadshow from
9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesday
through Friday and from 9 a.m.
until 4 p.m. Saturday!
This event is free and open to
the public. They will also have a
number of civil war era antiques
and collectibles on display for
viewing.
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Share your news and photos
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the Road," will be presented
Sept. 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. Wynne
Black Box Theatre, IRSC Main
Campus in Fort Pierce. The play is
a realistic look at a family's ability
to confront significant life choic-
es. Tickets are $12. Call the IRCC
Box Office at 1-800-220-9915.
The Okeechobee High School
Drama class will perform "Little
Women," adapted by L. Don
Swartz from the novel by Lodisa
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.
Hospice of Okeechobee pres-
ents Boots and Pearls "Gone
Wild," a fundraiser social event.
The event will be held on Friday,
Oct. 10, and includes a social hour
starting at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at


7 p.m. Dinner will be a Prime Rib
dinner with all the trimmings. Mu-
sic and dancing will be by, "The
Chase." Tickets for the event are
a donation 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 oppor-
tunities are available. For more
information, please contact Frank
Irby at 863-357-1639.
Attention all entertainers! You
are cordially invited to take part
in the first south Florida Enter-
tainer's Jamboree on Saturday,
Nov. 22, and Sunday, Nov. 23, from
1 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Moose
Lodge, 159 NW 36th Street.
This event is offered for all En-
tertainers to come and promote
themselves. We will be inviting
the clubs local and across South
Florida to send representatives to
listen to the music and see what
you have to offer.
No Entertainers will be paid to
perform at this event as it is your
day to promote yourself. There
will be a table made available
for you to sell or hand out your
Calendars, Business Cards, CDs,
Photos, T-Shirts or what have you
with reference to your showman-
ship. They are working in one-
hour time slots.
Okeechobee Main Street, the
City of Okeechobee and Okeecho-
bee County are hosting the Fourth
Annual Halloween Celebra-
tion. The community celebration
will be held at the Agri-Civic Cen-
ter on Highway 70 East, on Friday,
Oct. 31, from 6 until 9 p.m.
This year's Costume Contest
will be in four age groups: 0-2
from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m., 3-5 from
7:15 to 7:45 p.m., 6-10 from 7:45
to 8:15 p.m. and 11-14 from 8:15


to 8:45 p.m.
Event organizers welcome
donations of treats and candy or
monetary donations to purchase
candy. Your business or agency
is welcome to set up a booth
for games or activities for the
children. For more information,
please contact Toni Doyle at 863-
357-MAIN (6246).
Do you like video games? Play
World of Warcraft? Enjoy staying
up all night playing with friends
and new people while eating
pizza? Come on down to X Logic
Labs (formerly the Computer
Shop Cafe) in the plaza next to
Mom's Kitchen. Every Saturday
they have an all night gaming
party from about 5 p.m. until
10 a.m. the next morning! Prices
are currently a flat $10 fee for a
Linux (ubuntu) based computer
station, 2 drinks, and pizza (we
get enough for everyone to easily
have seconds).
Everyone of any age is wel-
come to come join! They had
participants last week ranging
from age 10 to 45. Starcraft, Team
Fortress 2, WoW, Counterstrike,
Quake, and, soon, console gam-
ing tournaments on the flat screen
HD television. PS2, Nintendo (wii,
nes, snes, 64, gamecube), XBOX.
Have a favorite multiplayer? Make
a request and they'll do their best
to get that game available. Fun,
friends, and video gaming until
you become a zombie!
For more information, the
number at the shop is 863-763-
8340, and their home page is
http://www.xlogiclabs.com/.
Ladies drink free at The Pier
2 Resort every Thursday from 9
p.m. 'till Midnight. It's buy one get
one free Friday, Saturday and Sun-
day with a live band. Happy Hour


daily from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.
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IRSC offers honors program to high achievers


The satisfaction of reaching
ambitious goals, giving back to the
community and studying abroad
are among the opportunities for
students in the Indian River State
College Honors Program. Infor-

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will be presented at an Informa-
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at 6 p.m. in the Kight Center for
Emerging Technologies, Room
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just off 35th Street.
The Honors Program is de-
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high academic achievement, and
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Beef-N-Bacon Raisers
The Beef-N-Bacon Raisers 4-H Club was among those honored at the annual 4-H Awards
Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Okeechobee High School. Officers include president
Tyler Hayes, vice president Janna Mullis, secretary Katlynn Lawrence, treasurer Leanna
Deloney, reporter Ashli Clemons, historian Gavin Beal and Jacey Mullis. 100 percent at-
tendance awards went to Taylor Beal, Brandon Etherton, Jessica Drawdy, Janna Mullis,
Justin Drawdy, Bryce Whidden, (not pictured) John Conner, Janelle Markham. Top Steer
Producer went to Tyler Hayes. Top Swine Producer went to Zachary Lawrence. Top Beef
Producer went to Katlynn Lawrence. Poultry Project award went to Justin Drawdy. Rabbit
project awards went to Cody Deloney, (not pictured) Kelly Delahanty, and Janelle Markham.
Rookie of the Year went to (not pictured) Jacey Mullis. Effort Award went to Zachary Sadler.
Most Helpful went to Tyler Hayes, Katlynn Lawrence, and Janna Mullis. 100 percent record
books went to Cody Deloney, Janna Mullis, Bryce Whidden, (not pictured) Kelly Delahanty
and Janelle Markham. 90 percent and above record books were Taylor Beal, Leanna De-
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Conner, Jacey Mullis, Branson Butler, Kayla Stokes, Ashli Clemons. 85 percent and above
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The City of Okeechobee has tentatively adopted a
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Rachel Muros, vice president Megan Mullin, secretary Tabitha Cannon, reporter Alex Heat-
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row, left to right) Megan Mullin, Rachel Muros, Wesley Mims, Sarah Anderson, Shiloh An-
uez, Garrett Brummett, Hannah Sadler, Randy Ann Biegel, Tabitha Cannon, Crystal Young,
(front row, left to right) Michael Muros, Alex Heatley, Nicole Fralix, Katie Brummett and
LaRanda Southerland. Horse medals also went to (not pictured) Cassie Colgan, Bethany
Enfinger, Lance Nipper, Kayla Benson, Monica Chavez, and Marshall Hale.


Traffic stop leads to arrest on drug charge


burger *Clock Patty Melt *Tuna & Chedse Melt
uce & Tomato -Soup & 1/2 Sandwidh Combo
ffed Tomato, Tuna or Chicken Salad
Cheese...... 3.99 *Clock Burger............4.59


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purchase. (excludes water) Dine-in only Not valid with anyo

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A 19-year old was stopped on
a motorcycle for not wearing eye
protection and was subsequent-
ly arrested when deputies found
approximately 29 grams of mari-
juana, Okeechobee County Sher-
iff deputies said.
Joshua M. Mills, of S.W. 11th
Avenue was stopped by Deputy
Justin Akins in the 500 block of
N.E. 14th Avenue on Sept. 23.
The arrest report stated the mo-
torcycle was owned by the sus-
pect's mother.
Deputy Akins also learned
the suspect did not have proper
license endorsement to operate
a motorcycle.
The suspect apparently be-


came nervous while being ques-
tioned, the report stated. Deputy
Akins reported that he asked the
suspect if he possessed illegal
narcotics and the suspect be-
came even more nervous.
A K-9 unit under the direction
of Deputy Donald Ellis respond-
ed to the scene, and conducted
an exterior sniff of the motorcy-
cle. The dog alerted to the seat of
the motorcycle.
Deputies said they found a
plastic bag with smaller baggies
inside. They contained approxi-
mately 29.5 grams of marijuana.
Mills was taken to the
Okeechobee County jail. and
booked on charges of possession
of marijuana and a misdemean-
or, driving a motorcycle without


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. 4. A Fishing Supplies
1 0* O f Came for Everyone
Ammunition
50 purchase ormore Household Items
n THE (EXCLUDING* Gator Hunting Supplies
SPORTSMANS EDGE INC. OptiCS
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the proper endorsement.
Bond was set at $6,000.


Estimated Revenues:
Taxes: Millage Per $1000
Ad Valorum Taxes 6.7432
Capitol Lease Proceeds
Other Taxes (Ins. Prem. Utility, Franchise Lic)
Intergovernmental Revenue
Charges for Services
Fine, forfeitures and penalties
Uses of money and property
Other Revenuel


I Banquet Room 8631 467-22241111 S.Prrtt Ave. Call-In Orders
Available: Seats 50 [1 to Go!


BUDGET SUMMARY
City of Okeechobee Fiscal Year 2008-2009
THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF
THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE
ARE 5.3% MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES


6.7432


Millage Per $1,000 General Fund


Total Budget



$2,202,784
0
422,961
1,901,556
1,194,087
430,219
25,600
151,769
620,638


Total Sources $5,447,977 $620,916 $16,150 864,561 $10 $6,949,614
Transfers-In 337,929 0 0 78,000 0 $415,929
Fund Balances/Reserves/Net Assets 9,232,513 344,502 718,600 24,272 3,127 $10,323,014
Total Revenues, Transfers & Balances $15,018,419 $965,418 $734,750 $966,833 $3,137 $17,688,557
Expenditures
Legislative 138,938 0 0 0 0 138,938
Executive 167,320 0 0 0 0 167,320
City Clerk 188,011 0 0 0 0 188,011
Financial Services 208,191 0 0 0 0 208,191
Legal Counsel 125,732 0 0 0 0 125,732
General Governmental services 458,898 0 0 0 0 458,898
Law Enforcement 1,824,008 0 60,000 0 0 1,824,008
Fire Protection 1,251,345 0 0 0 0 1,311,345
Transportation 1,085,502 565,968 0 881,251 0 1,651,470
Capital Improvements Project Vehicles 0 0 0 0 0 881,251
Debt Service 0 0 0 0 0 0
Law Enforcement Special Fund 0 0 0 0
Total Expenditures $5,447,945 $565,968 $60,000 $881,251 $0 $6,955,164
Operating Transfer-Out 78,000 337,929 600 0 0 $416,529
Fund Balance/And Transfer/Reserves 9,492,474 n1,521 674,150 85,582 3,137 $10,316,864
Total Appropriated Expenditures, Transfers,
Reserves and Balances $15,018,419 $965,418 $734,750 $966,833 $3,137 $17,688,557

THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE
OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD


General Fund


$2,202,784
0
1,364,125
1,130,102
429,619
25,600
121,009
174.738


Public Facility
Improvement
Fund


0
537,431
63,985
0
0
19,500
0


Capitol
Improvement
Project Fund


0
0
0
600
0
11,250
4.300


Capitol
Vehicles Fund


422,961
0
0
0
0
0
$441,600


Law
Enforcement
Special Fund









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CHIHUAHUA female, vic of
Burger King in Immokalee,
call to identify
(863)675-1077
WEDDING BAND found in the
vicinity of First Baptist
Church of Okeechobee. Call
to claim (863)357-6691


COCKATIEL female, yellow,
lost vic of Taylor Creek Isles.
Call (863)467-8198 if found.
SCHNAUZER Black, Very
hairy, Long ears, cropped
tail. Lost/Missing! Please call
Shelly (863)763-4334


YELLOW LAB Male, Vic. of
Buckhead Ridge. Blue collar
w/wrong # on tag. Missed!
Please call (863)634-6322
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FREE PUPPIES BIk lab/Gold
Ret puppies free to good
homes, leave message if no
answer. (863)697-6840



HARDWARD 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

si to f,
<.le*2cef!; e?

OKEECHOBEE Fri., 9/26 &
Sat., 9/27, 7am til 2pm, 4600
SE 27th St. (Brindaban For-
rest). Lots of Everything!

Dig Sale

OKEECHOBEE Sat. Sept
27th, 8am-3pm, 1653 SW
2nd St. Lots of Childrens
clothing, toys, & misc.






Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230









All qualified applicants
must: have previous
accounting experience;
be well organized; be
dependable; be able
to multi-task; and be
a quick learner.
Qualified applicants
only,
please send resumes
Experienced Drywall Finisher
for Basinger area.
239-293-4217 (cell) or
863-824-0015 (office)



Needed P/T, Bird Experience,
clean cages, water & feed,
sweep & clean floors
(863)824-0015

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
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Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315





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Services



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







HOUSE CLEANING ~
15 yrs. exp. Okeechobee &
Buckhead Ridge area's. Call
Sandy (863)763-8581


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DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
FREE ESTIMATES
(863)467-2917
or (863)261-6425

? 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



SHED 8X8 BRAND NEW
$1200. (863)673-4851
Join all the people who
say, "I sold It In the clas-
silfeds."



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


HARDWARD 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



FREE HAMMOND PLAYER
ORGAN DOESN'T
WORK.NEEDS TLC 35 SONG
ROLLS. $0. (863)675-6657


OLDE ENGLISH BULLDOGGE -
Female, 20 mo's old. Ready
to breed. Papered & chipped.
$1500 (863)697-8731


RED NOSE PIT.BULL PUPPIES
- beautiful, big headed, pure-
bred, $350 each.
(863)467-7197


POOL TABLE 8 FOOT SLATE
POOL TABLE $400/or best
offer. (561)983-3676
(561)996-1026


GENERATOR Pramac, 7500
hp, 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


Rentals



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



Basswood- 2BR/1BA, tile
throughout, $700 month, 1st
& last (863)763-7301 or
(863)697-1623 Anytime
BEAUTIFUL SAMANTHA'S
GARDEN APTS In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
Efficiency For Rent- Single
Occupancy. Utilities includ-
ed, $500 mo. Call for Details
(863)467-0461
Lg. 2BR- Close to town, A/C,
clean, $850 + sec., wa-
ter/sewer included Call Vikki
561)255-4377 or Kelly
863)697-1339
Newly Remodeled 2-Bdrm.,
1 Ba. Available now! Very
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
sec. (863)467-1717
Taylor Creek Condo-
2BR/1BA, furnished, boat
dockage, pool & water in-
cluded, completely remod-
eled, totally new kitchen &
bath, $800 month + 1
month security No pets, Call
(305)522-5024
VIKING/PRAIRIE Efficiency.
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. No pets. Call
561-329-8205



OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $695/ino.
Includes lawn maintenance.
(954)290-0861


-BASSWOOD-
2BR/1.5BA, fenced yard,
screened poich, $850 1io.
(863)634-9411 foi details
OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 1.5BA,
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
coiner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$750 no. -1 $750 sec. Op-
tion to buy. (239)707-5155


BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, laundry,
tiled, $1100/mo. rent.
$5,000 applied to purchase
of $149,900 after 1 year.
3429 NW 40th Dr., Bass-
wood. (561)718-2822
BUCKHEAD RIDGE, 2BR/1BA,
CBS Home. W&D. Nice yard.
$750 mo. + sec. & ref's.
Call Don (954)290-0861
DIXIE RANCH 2BR/1BA CBS
Home. Furnished. All appli-
ances. Call (863)357-6700
between 9am-5pm.
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. $690 mo. +
$500 sec. (863)763-4414
OKEE 3405 NW 2nd St, 2br,
lba, totally renovated, locat-
ed on corner lot, $650/mo +
$650 dep (239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
'OKEECHOBEE EST- 3/1,
$850/mo, $400 sec dep
(863)634-7687
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
1br, 1ba, fully furn. W&D,
Elec & satellite, HBO incld.,
$600/mo. (863)467-1950
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
561-248-3888
SW Section- CBS House,
3BR/1BA, Close to Wal-Mart,
2200 SW 3rd Ave, $875
month, $2000 moves in
(863)634-0512 Anytime
WATERFRONT Fish from
your backyard! 4BR/2BA,
Boat ramp. $1,300/month.
Lawrence Associates,
1-800-543-2495


SPACIOUS COUNTRY HOME-
female preferred to share
rent & utilities, 3br home.
$650/mo. + 1st & last mo
rent. Ref's req.
(863)634-0969


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
Lan Sale 1040
Lots -.Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -

Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




CBS HOME 3 BR, 2 BA, In-
cludes all appliances & shed.
Asking $145,000
(863)610-7787
PRICED TO SELL! 4/2 CBS,
new, tile throughout,
easy finance. $119,000.
Call 863-484-0809.

Mobile Homes



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




BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2br, 2ba,
furnished or unfurnished.
Move in for $750 mo. w/ref's
(863)824-0981 1st mo free!
FT. DRUM 1st time rental,
beautiful D/W on 5ac. Ft Drum
creek/pond in back $1000
dep. $700 mo. (772)464-9226
M, r , I


-atefrot .ent


S3 bdrm, 2 ba tile, washer and dryer,

boat dock

* 2 bdrm, I ba, fully furnished

*1 bdrm, 1 ba, Key West Style Cottage


(772)215-0010
READING A KI BS FiSH CAMP
NEW 3/2 DWMH A/C, W/D,
NE SPAPER... 0 aces, inl Foul Sea-
makes you a more informed soils, F/US, $,l150/nto.
and interesting person. No (863)610-1171
wonder newspaper readers OKEE.: New 2br/2ba Oil private
are more successful lot, oi wateI, $700/tmo. 1st
& sec. Avail Now. No pets
One tin's trash is Call (561)767-6112
amotlhem iiintm'st 1 S, as-
L I e.11111 yLOI o tlsr OUSLEY ESTATES -
to tleasLu with an ad 3BR, 2/BA, 9,?5 SW 39thl
in the classified. Lane. Call 863-610-10920 o
863-763.2098


RIVER RUN-2br/2ba furnished,
carport & laundry room,
large florida room, includes
water & elec. $800 month
(863)357-4164 til 5pm &
leave message or
(863)610-9465 after 5prm
and weekends



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
the classlfleds.

Recreation



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



IRWIN 37' center cockpit Sail-
boat, needs work, but a steal
at $5,000. Call
239-823-2587
MORGAN 24 cc fishing boat,
new Seacocks/fresh bottom,
inbrd diesel needs rebuild,
$4,500. 239-823-2587


HARLEY HERTIGAGE Softtail
Special. 4500 miles, 2 tone
green/silver, lots of chrome
& extras, must see. $13,500.
Call 863-634-7021
SUZUKI GZ250 '06 2300
miles, 80 mpg, exc cond.,
must see!, $2400
(423)667-5972 Okeechobee



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




Automobiles 4005
Aqtos 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



FORD EXPLORER 2000 4X4
A/C RUNS GREAT $3000.
(863)673-4851
FORD TOPAZ 1994 White 4
door, a/c. undei 60,000 mi
$900/or best offer.
(863)467-7896
Saturn SL2 00'- 4 di, cold air,
Auto, PS/PB. 101K miles,
New tiles/battery, ex. cond.
$3850 neg (863)357-0224


FORD RANGER XLT 2005 -
27000 miles, auto. V-6, 22
mpg. a/c, CD,
$ 1 3 5 0 0 / f i i .
8 6 3 ) 7 6 3 6 9 0 3
863)634-4291


l~h


UTIL./STOCK TRAILER partly
enclosed, good cond. dual
axle new tires- $800/neg.
(863)484-0833

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale li the dcassl-
fleds and make your
clean un a breeze!

Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5580




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 lfor Okeechobee
County, Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd
Street. Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida
34972. The names and addresses of
the personal representative and per-
sonal representative's attorney.are set
forth below
All 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 the first
publication of this notice must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE ATE 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
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE
ALL CLAIMS ANO 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
DECEOENTS DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
notice is September 19.2008.
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PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
TO BE VOTED ON NOVEMBER 4, 200B
NOTICE OF ELECTION
I, Kurt S. Browning, Secretary ol State of tihe State of Florida, do hlieby give notice thal ain election will be held
in each county in Florida oil November 4, 2008, for the ratihication or rejection of proposed amendments to the
Conslitution of the Stale ol Flornda
No. 1
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE I., SECTION 2
(Legislative)
Ballot Title: DECLARATION OF RIGHTS
Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to delete provisions authorizing the
Legislature to regulate or prohibit the ownership, inheritance, disposition, and possession of real property by
aliens ineligible for citizenship
Full Text:
ARTICLE 1
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS
SECTION 2. Basic rights --All natural persons, female and male alike, are equal before the law and have inalien-
able rights, among which are the right to enjoy and defend life and liberty, to pursue happiness, to be rewarded
for industry, and to acquire, possess and protect property; ,ohept th! t tho ,ro: r hip, :nho;itFrio, F ,RA ip O i09
an.d P8998nsci' n of -P-t 6rIp by al':R nt'! lWtsBit fr lt-r abe F8';'- rt'''tcd 9 prhi-h-..da jay.aw No per-
son shall be deprived of any right because of race, religion, national origin, or physical disability.
No. 2
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE I, NEW SECTION
(Initiative Petition)
Ballot Title: FLORIDA MARRIAGE PROTECTION AMENDMENT
Ballot Summary: This amendment protects marriage as the legal union of only one man and one woman as
husband and wife and provides that no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent
thereof shall be valid or recognized.
Financial Impact Statement:
The direct financial impact this'amendment will have on state and local government revenues and expenditures
cannot be determined, but is expected to be minor.
Full Text:
ARTICLE I, NEW SECTION
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS
Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal
union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.
No. 3
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 3 AND 4
ARTICLE XII, NEW SECTION
(Taxation and Budget eform Commission)
Ballot Title: CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS NOT AFFECTING THE ASSESSED VALUE OF RESIDENTIAL
REAL PROPERTY
Ballot Summary: Authorizes the Legislature, by general law, to prohibit consideration of changes or improve-
ments to residential real property which increase resistance to wind damage and installation of renewable ener-
gy source devices as factors in assessing the property's value tor ad valorem taxation purposes. Effective upon
adoption, repeals the existing renewable energy source device exemption no longer in effect.
Full Text:
ARTICLE VII
FINANCE AND TAXATION
SECTION 3. Taxes; exemptions.-
(a) All property owned by a municipality and used exclusively by it for municipal or public purposes shall
be exempt from taxation. A municipality, owning property outside the municipality, may be required by general
law to make payment to the taxing unit in which the property is located. Such portions of property as are used
predominantly for educational, literary, scientific, religious or charitable purposes may be exempted by general
law from taxation.
(b) There shall be exempt from taxation, cumulatively, to every head of a family residing in this state,
household goods and personal effects to the value fixed by general law, not less than one thousand dollars, and
to every widow or widower orperson who is blind or totally and permanently disabled, property to the value fixed
by general law not less than five hundred dollars.
(c) Any county or municipality may, for the purpose of its respective tax levy and subject to the provisions
of this subsection and general law, grant community and economic development ad valorem tax exemptions to
new businesses and expansions of existing businesses, as defined by general law. Such an exemption may be
granted only by ordinance of the county or municipality, and only after the electors of the county or municipality
voting on such question in a referendum authorize the county or municipality to adopt such ordinances. An
exemption so granted shall apply to improvements to real property made by or for the use of a new business and
improvements to real property related to the expansion of an existing business and shall also apply to tangible
personal property of such new business and tangible personal property related to the expansion of an existing
business. The amount or limits of the amount of such exemption shall be specified by general law. The period of
time for which such exemption may be granted to a new business or expansion of an existing business shall be
determined by general law. The authority to grant such exemption shall expire ten years from the date of approval
by the electors of the county or municipality, and may be renewable by referendum as provided by general law.
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d~).- Any county or municipality may, for the purpose of its respective tax levy and subject to the provi-
sions of this subsection and general law, grant historic preservation ad valorem tax exemptions to owners of his-
toric properties. This exemption may be granted only by ordinance of the county or municipality. The amount or
Limits of the amount of this exemption and the requirements for eligible properties must be specified by general
law, The period of time for which this exemption may be granted to a property owner shall be determined by gen-
eral law.
(g)M- By general law and subject to conditions specified therein, twenty-five thousand dollars of the
assessed value of property subject to tangible personal property tax shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation.
SECTION 4. Taxation; assessments.-By general law regulations shall be prescribed which shall secure
a just valuation of all property for ad valorem taxation, provided
(a) Agricultural land, land producing high water recharge to Florida's aquifers, or land used exclusively
for noncommercial recreational purposes may be classified by general law and assessed solely on the basis of
character or use.
(b) Pursuant to general law tangible personal property held for sale as stock in trade and livestock may
be valued for taxation at a specified percentage of its value, may be classified for tax purposes, or may be
exempted from taxation.
(c) All persons entitled to a homestead exemption under Section 6 of this Article shall have their home-
stead assessed at just value as of January 1 of the year following the effective date of this amendment. This
assessment shall change only as provided in this subsection h efin.
(1) Assessments subject to this subsection prFveioB shall be changed annually on January 1st of each
year; but-those changes in assessments shall not exceecd'the lower of the following:
a. Three percent (3%) of the assessment for the prior year.
b. The percent change in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers, U.S. City Average, all items
1967=100, or successor reports for the preceding calendar year as initially reported by the United States
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
(2) No assessment shall exceed just value.
(3) After any change of ownership, as provided by general law, homestead property shall be assessed
at just value as of January 1 of the following year, unless the provisions of paragraph (8) apply, Thereafter, the
homestead shall be assessed as provided in this subsection horeoe.
(4) New homestead property shall be assessed at just value as of January 1st of the year following the
establishment of the homestead, unless the provisions of paragraph (8) apply That assessment shall only
change as provided in this subsection herin..
(5) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to homestead property shall be assessed as pro-
vided for by general law, provided, however, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improve-
ment, the property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection horein.
(6) In the event of a termination of homestead status, the property shall be assessed as provided by gen-
eral law.
(7) The provisions of this amendment are severable. If any of the provisions of this amendment shall be
held unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, the decision of such court shall not affect or impair
any remaining provisions of this amendment.
(8)a. A person who establishes a new homestead as of January 1, 2009, or January 1 of any subsequent
year and who has received a homestead exemption pursuant to Section 6 of this Article as of January 1 of either
of the two years immediately preceding the establishment of the new homestead is entitled to have the new
homestead assessed at less than just value. If this revision is approved in January of 2008, a person who estab-
lishes a new homestead as of January 1, 2008, is entitled to have the new homestead assessed at less than just
value only if that person received a homestead exemption on January 1, 2007. The assessed value of the newly
established homestead shall be determined as follows:
1. If the just value of the new homestead is greater than or equal to the just value of the prior homestead
as of January 1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned, the assessed value of the new home-
stead shall be the just value of the new homestead minus an amount equal to the lesser of $500,000 or the dif-
ference between the just value and the assessed value of the prior homestead as of January 1 of the year in
which the prior homestead was abandoned. Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided in this sub-
section tIFeif .
2. If the just value of the new homestead is less than the just value of the pror homestead as of January
1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be
equal to the just value of the new homestead divided by the just value of the prior homestead and multiplied by
the assessed value of the prior homestead. However, if the difference between the just value of the new home-
stead and the assessed value of the new homestead calculated pursuant to this sub-subparagraph is greater
than $500,000, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be increased so that the difference between the
just value and the assessed value equals $500,000. Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided Lno
this subsection hefeim.
b. By general law and subject to conditions specified therein, the Legislature shall provide for application
of this paragraph to property owned by more than one person.
(d) The legislature may, by general law, for assessment purposes and subject to the provisions of this
subsection, allow counties and municipalities to authorize by ordinance that historic property may be assessed
solely on the basis of character or use. Such character or use assessment shall apply only to the jurisdiction
adopting the ordinance. The requirements for eligible properties must be specified by general law.
(e) A county may, in the manner prescribed by general law, provide for a reduction in the assessed value
of homestead property to the extent of any increase in the assessed value of that property which results from the
construction or reconstruction of the property for the purpose of providing living quarters for one or more natu-
ral or adoptive grandparents or parents of the owner of the property or of the owner's spouse if at least one of
the grandparents or parents for whom the living quarters are provided is 62 years of age or older. Such a reduc-
tion may not exceed the lesser of the following:
(1) The increase in assessed value resulting from construction or reconstruction of the property.
(2) Twenty percent of the total assessed value of the property as improved. ,
(1) For all levies other than school district levies, assessments of residential real property, as defined by
general law, which contains nine units or fewer and which is not subject to the assessment limitations set forth in
subsections (a) through (c) shall change only as provided in this subsection.
(1) Assessments subject to this subsection shall be changed annually on the date of assessment provid-
ed by law; but those changes in assessments shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the assessment for the prior
year.
(2) No assessment shall exceed just value.
(3) After a change of ownership or control, as defined by general law, including any change of ownership
of a legal entity that owns the property, such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next assessment
date. Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
(4) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property shall be assessed as provided for
by general law; however, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property
shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
(g) For all levies other than school district levies, assessments of real property that is not subject to the
assessment limitations set forth in subsections (a) through (c) and (f) shall change only as provided in this sub-
section.


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No. 8
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE VII, SECTION 9
(Taxation and Budget Reform Commission)
Ballot Title: LOCAL OPTION COMMUNITY COLLEGE FUNDING.
Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to require that the Legislature authorize
counties to levy a local option sales tax to supplement community college funding; requiring voter approval to
levy the tax; providing that approved taxes will sunset after 5 years and may be reauthorized by the voters.
Full Text:
ARTICLE VII
FINANCE AND TAXATION
SECTION 9. Local taxes.-
(a) Counties, school districts, and municipalities shall, and special districts may, be authorized by law to
levy ad valorem taxes and may be authorized by general law to levy other taxes, for their respective purposes,
except ad valorem taxes on intangible personal property and taxes prohibited by this constitution.
(b) Ad valorem taxes, exclusive of taxes levied for the payment of bonds and taxes levied for periods not
longer than two years when authorized by vote of the electors who are the owners of freeholds therein not whol-
ly exempt from taxation, shall not be levied in excess of the following millages upon the assessed value of real
estate and tangible personal property: for all county purposes, ten mills; for all municipal purposes, ten mills; for
all school purposes, ten mills; for water management purposes for the northwest portion of the state lying west
of the line between ranges two and three east, 0.05 mill; for water management purposes for the remaining por-
tions of the state, 1.0 mill; and for all other special districts a millage authorized by law approved by vote of the
electors who are owners of freeholds therein not wholly exempt from taxation. A county furnishing municipal serv-
ices may, to the extent authorized by law, levy additional taxes within the limits fixed for municipal purposes.
Ic) Counties served by an open-access public institution whose primary mission and responsibility
includes orovidina lower level undergraduate instruction and awarding associate degrees shall be authorized by
law to lew a local option sales tax to suplement the funding of the institution The tax may not be levied unless
approved by the electors of each county served by the institution, The local option tax shall sunset after five years
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(1) Assessnunts subject t UNs j iubseclion shall lbe changed annually on tho date of assessment provid-
ed by law, but those changes it assessminents shall not exceed tnll peicint (10,.) of tie assessment for hie prior
year.
(2) No assessment shall exceed just Wvalue
(3) The legislature musl pIovide that such properly shall be asssseed a just value as rof he next assess-
ment date after a qualifying inproverrent, as defined by general law, is made to such property. Thereafter, such
properly shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
(4) The legislature may provide Ihat such properly shall be assessed at just value as of the next assess-
ment date after a change of ownership or control, as defined by general law, including any change of ownership
of the legal entity that owns the property Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsec-
tion.
(5) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property shall be assessed as provided for
by general law; however, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property
shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
(h) The legislature, by general law and subject to conditions specified therein, may prohibit the consid-
eralion of the following in the determinatio. of the assessed value of real property used for residential purposes:
(1) Any change or improvement made for the purpose of improving the property's resistance to wind
damage.
2LThe installation a renewable ene l source viL.
ARTICLE XII
SCHEDULE
Limitation on the assessed value of real property used for residential ourposes,-
(a) The repeal of the renewable energy source property tax exemption in Section 3 of Article VII shall take
effect upon approval by the voters.
Ib) The amendment to Section 4 of Article VII authorizing the legislature to prohibit an increase in the
assessed value of real Propertv used for residential purposes as the result of improving the Orooertv's resistance
to wind damage or installing a renewable energy source device shllakeeffel January 1 2D.
No. 4
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 3 AND 4
ARTICLE XII, SECTION 28
(Taxation and Budget Reform Commission)
Ballot Title: PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION OF PERPETUALLY CONSERVED LAND, CLASSIFICATION AND
ASSESSMENT OF LAND USED FOR CONSERVATION
Ballot Summary: Requires Legislature to provide a property tax exemption for real property encumbered by per-
petual conservation easements or other perpetual conservation protections, defined by general law. Requires
Legislature to provide for classification and assessment of land used for conservation purposes, and not perpet-
ually encumbered, solely on the basis of character or use. Subjects assessment benefit to conditions, limitation
and reasonable definitions established by general law. Applies to property taxes beginning in 2010.
Full Text:
ARTICLE VII
FINANCE AND TAXATION
SECTION 3. Taxes; exemptions -- I
(a) All property owned by a municipality and used exclusively by it for municipal or public purposes shall
be exempt from taxation. A municipality, owning property outside the municipality, may be required by general
law to make payment to the taxing unit in which the property is located. Such portions of property as are used
predominantly for educational, literary, scientific, religious or charitable purposes may be exempted by general,
law from taxation.
(b) There shall be exempt from taxation, cumulatively, to every head of a family residing in this state,
household goods and personal effects to the value fixed by general law, not less than one thousand dollars, and
to every widow or widower or person who is blind or totally and permanently disabled, property to the value fixed
by general law not less than five hundred dollars.
(c) Any county or municipality may, for the purpose of its respective tax levy and subject tp the provisions
of this subsection and general law, grant community and economic development ad valorem tax exemptions to
new businesses and expansions of existing businesses, as defined by general law. Such an exemption may be
granted only by ordinance of the county or municipality, and only after the electors of the county or municipality
voting on such question in a referendum autholnze the county or municipality to adopt such ordinances An
exemption so granted shall apply to improvements to real property made by or for the use of a new business and
improvements to real property related to the expansion of an existing business and shall also apply to tangible
personal property of such new business and tangible personal property related to the expansion of an existing
business. The amount or limits of the amount of such exemption shall be specified by general law. The period of
time for which such exemption may be granted to a new business or expansion of an existing business shall be
determined by general law. The authority to grant such exemption shall expire ten years from the date of approval
by the electors of the county or municipality, and may be renewable by referendum as provided by general law.
(d) By general law and subject to conditions specified therein, there may be granted an ad valorem tax
exemption to a renewable energy source device and to real property on which such device is installed and oper-
ated, to the value fixed by general law not to exceed the original cost of the device, and for the period of time
fixed by general law not to exceed ten years,
(e) Any county or municipality may, for the purpose of its respective tax levy and subject to the provisions
of this subsection and general law, grant historic preservation ad valorem tax exemptions to owners of historic
properties. This exemption may be granted only by ordinance of the county or municipality. The amount or lim-
its of the amount of this exemption and the requirements for eligible properties must be specified by general law
The period of time for which this exemption may be granted to a property owner shall be determined by gener-
al law.
(f) By general law and subject to conditions specified therein, twenty-five thousand dollars of the
assessed value of property subject to tangible personal property tax shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation.
(g) There shall be granted an ad valorem tax exemption for real property dedicated in peretuity for con-
servation purposes, including real property encumbered by perptual conservation easements or by other oer-
oetual-conservation protections, as defined by general law


property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection
(4) The legislature may provide that such property shall be assessed al )ust value as of the next assess-
ment date after a change of ownership or control, as defined by general law, including any change of ownership
ol the legal entity that owns the property. Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsec-
lion,
(5) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property shall be assessed as provided for
by general law; however, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property
shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
ARTICLE XII
SCHEDULE
SECTION 28. Property tax exemption and classification and assessment of land used for conservation
purposes. The amendment to Section 3 of Article VII requiring the creation of an ad valorem tax exemption for
real property dedicated in perpetuity for conservation purposes, and the amendment to Section 4 of Article VII
requiring land used for conservation purposes to be classified by general law and assessed solely on the basis
of character or use for nurooses of ad valorem taxation, shall take effect uoon approval by the electors and shall
be implemented by January 1. 2010. This section shall take effect upon approval of the electors.
No. 6
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE VII, SECTION 4
ARTICLE XII, NEW SECTION
(Taxation and Budget Reform Commission)
Ballot Title: ASSESSMENT OF WORKING WATERFRONT PROPERTY BASED UPON CURRENT USE
Ballot Summary: Provides for assessment based upon use of land used predominantly for commercial fishing
purposes; land used for vessel launches into waters that are navigable and accessible to the public; marinas and
drystacks that are open to the public; and water-dependent marine manufacturing facilities, commercial fishing
facilities, and marine vessel construction and repair facilities and their support activities, subject to conditions,
limitations, and reasonable definitions specified by general law.
Full Text:
ARTICLE VII
FINANCE AND TAXATION
SECTION 4. Taxation; assessments.-By general law regulations shall be prescribed which shall secure
a just valuation of all property for ad valorem taxation provided:
(a) Agricultural land, land producing high water recharge to Florida's aquifers, or land used exclusively
for noncommercial recreational purposes may be classified by general law and assessed solely on the basis of
character or use.
(b) Pursuant to general law tangible personal property held for sale as stock in trade and livestock may
be valued for taxation at a specified percentage of its value, may be classified for tax purposes, or may be
exempted from taxation,
(c) All persons entitled to a homestead exemption under Section 6 of this Article shall have their home-
stead assessed at just value as of January 1 of the year following the effective date of this amendment. This
assessment shall change only as provided herein,
(1) Assessments subject to this provision shall be changed annually on January 1st of each year; but
those changes in assessments shall not exceed the lower of the following:
a, Three percent (3%) of the assessment for the prior year.
b. The percent change in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers, U.S. City Average, all items
1967=100, or successor reports for the preceding calendar year as initially reported by the United States
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
(2) No assessment shall exceed just value.
(3) After any change of ownership, as provided by general law, homestead property shall be assessed
at just value as of January 1 of the following year, unless the provisions of paragraph (8) apply. Thereafter, the
homestead shall be assessed as provided herein,
(4) New homestead property shall be assessed at just value as of January 1st of the year following the
establishment of the homestead, unless the provisions of paragraph (8) apply. That assessment shall only
change as provided herein.
(5) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to homestead property shall be assessed as pro-
vided for by general law; provided, however, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improve-
ment, the property shall be assessed as provided herein.
(6) In the event of a termination of homestead status, the property shall be assessed as provided by gen-
eral law.
(7) The provisions of this amendment are severable. If any of the provisions of this amendment shall be
held unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, the decision of such court shall not affect or impair
any remaining provisions of this amendment.
(8)a. A person who establishes a new homestead as of January 1, 2009, or January 1 of any subsequent
year and who has received a homestead exemption pursuant to Section 6 of this Article as of January 1 of either
of the two years immediately preceding the establishment of the new homestead is entitled to have the new
homestead assessed at less than just value. If this revision is approved in January of 2008, a person who estab-
lishes a new homestead as of January 1, 2008, is entitled to have the new homestead assessed at less than just
value only if that person received a homestead exemption on January 1, 2007. The assessed value of the newly
established homestead shall be determined as follows:
1. If the just value of the new homestead is greater than or equal to the just value of the prior homestead
as of January 1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned, the assessed value of the new home-
stead shall be the just value of the new homestead minus an amount equal to the lesser of $500,000 or the dif-
ference between the just value and the assessed value of the prior homestead as of January 1 of the year in
which the prior homestead was abandoned. Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided herein.
2. If the just value of the new homestead is less than the just value of the prior homestead as of January
1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be
equal to the just value of the new homestead divided by the just value of the prior homestead and multiplied by
the assessed value of the prior homestead. However, if the difference between the just value of the new home-
stead and the assessed value of the new homestead calculated pursuant to this sub-subparagraph is greater
than $500,000, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be increased so that the difference between the
just value and the assessed value equals $500,000. Thereafter, thfe homestead shall be assessed as provided
herein.
b. By general law and subject to conditions specified therein, the Legislature shall provide for application
of this paragraph to property owned by more than one person.
(d) The legislature may, by general law, for assessment purposes and subject to the provisions of this
subsection, allow counties and municipalities to authorize by ordinance that historic property may be assessed
solely on the basis of character use. Such character or use assessment shall apply only to the jurisdiction
adopting the ordinance. The requirements for eligible properties must be specified by general law.
(e) A county may, in the manner prescribed by general law, provide for a reduction in the assessed value
of homestead property to the extent of any increase in the assessed value of that property which results from the
construction or reconstruction of the property for the purpose of providing living quarters for one or more natu-
ral or adoptive grandparents or parents of the owner of the property or of the owner's spouse if at least one of
the grandparents or parents for whom the living quarters are provided is 62 years of age or older. Such a reduc-
tion may not exceed the lesser of the following:
(1) The increase in assessed value resulting from construction or reconstruction of the property.
(2) Twenty percent of the total assessed value of the property as improved.
(1) For all levies other than school district levies, assessments of residential real property, as defined by
general law, which contains nine units or fewer and which is not subject to the assessment limitations set forth in
subsections (a) through (c) shall change only as provided in this subsection.
(1) Assessments subject to this subsection shall be changed annually on the date of assessment provid-
ed by law; but those changes in assessments shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the assessment for the prior
year.
(2) No assessment shall exceed just value.
(3) After a change of ownership or control, as defined by general law, including any change of ownership
of a legal entity that owns the property, such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next assessment
date. Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
(4) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property shall be assessed as provided fop
by general law; however, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property
shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
(g) For all levies other than school district levies, assessments of real property that is not subject to the
assessment limitations set forth in subsections (a) through (c) and(iff shall change only as provided in this sub-
section .. .
(1) Assessments subject to this subsection shall be changed annually on the date of assessment provid-
ed by law; but those changes in assessments shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the assessment for the prior
year
(2) No assessment shall exceed just value.
(3) The legislature must provide that such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next assess-
ment date after a qualifying improvement, as defined by general law, is made to such property. Thereafter, such
property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
(4) The legislature may provide that such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next assess-
ment date after a change of ownership or control, as defined by general law, including any change of ownership
of the legal entity that owns the property. Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsec-
tion,
(5) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property shall be assessed as provided for
by general law; however, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property
shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
(h) (1) The assessment of the following working waterfront properties shall be based upon the current use
of the property:
a. Land used predominantly for commercial fishing purposes.
b. Land that is accessible to the public and used for vessel launches into waters that are navigable.
c. Marinas and drvstacks that are ooen to the public.
d. Water-dependent marine manufacturing facilities, commercial fishing facilities, and marine vessel con-
struction and repair facilities and their support activities.
(21 The assessment benefit provided by this subsection is subject to conditions and limitations and rea-
sonable definitions as specified by the legislature by general law.
ARTICLE XII
SCHEDULE
Assessment of working waterfront propertv.-The amendment to Section 4 of Article VII providing for the


SECTION 4. Taxation; assessments.--By general law regulations shall be prescribed which shall secure
a just valuation of all property for ad valorem taxation, provided'
(a) Agricultural land, land producing high water recharge to Florida's aquifers, or land used exclusively
for noncommercial recreational purposes may be classified by general law and assessed solely on the basis of
character or use.
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basis os charatQceroruse.,
(ty) Pursuant to general law tangible personal property held for sale as stock in trade and livestock may
be valued for taxation at a specified percentage of its value, may be classified for tax purposes, or may be
exempted from taxation
Idl(e) All persons entitled to a homestead exemption under Section 6 of this Article shall have their home-
stead assessed at just value as of January 1 of the year following the effective date of this amendment. This
assessment shall change only as provided herein.
(1) Assessments subject to this provision shall be changed annually on January 1st of each year; but
those changes in assessments shall not exceed thk lower of the following'
a., Three percent (3%) of the assessment for the pnor year
b. The percent change in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers, U.S City Average, all items
1967=100, or successor reports for the preceding calendar year as initially reported by the United States
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
(2) No assessment shall exceed just value.
(3) After any change of ownership, as provided by general law, homestead property shall be assessed
at just value as of January 1 of the following year, unless the provisions of paragraph (8) apply. Thereafter, the
homestead shall be assessed as provided herein
(4) New homestead property shall be assessed at just value as of January 1st of the year following the
establishment of the homestead, unless the provisions of paragraph (8) apply. That assessment shall only
change as provided herein.
(5) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to homestead property shall be assessed as pro-
vided for by general law: provided, however, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improve-
ment, the property shall be assessed as provided herein.
(6) In the event of a termination of homestead status, the property shall be assessed as provided by gen-
eral law -
(7) The provisions of this amendment are severabFe If any of the provisions of this amendment shall be
held unconstitutional by any court of competent junsdOchion. the decision of such court shall not affect or impair
any remaining provisions of this amendment.
(8)a. A person who establishes a new homestead as of January 1, 2009, or January 1 of any subsequent
year and who has received a homestead exemption pursuant to Section 6 of this Article as of January 1 of either
of the two years immediately preceding the establishment of the new homestead is entitled to have the new
homestead assessed at less than just value If this revision is approved in January of 2008, a person who estab-
lishes a new homestead as of January 1, 2008. is entitled to have the new homestead assessed at less than just
value only if that person received a homestead exemption on January 1, 2007 The assessed value of the newly
established homestead shall be determined as follows:
1. If the just value of the new homestead is greater than or equal to the just value of the prior homestead
as of January 1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned, the assessed value of the new home-
stead shall be the just value of the new homestead minus an amount equal to the lesser of $500,000 or the dif-
ference between the just value and the assessed value of the prior homestead as of January 1 of the year in
which the prior homestead was abandoned. Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided herein.
2. If the just value of the new homestead is less than the just value of the prior homestead as of January
1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be
equal to the just value of the new homestead divided by the just value of the prior homestead and multiplied by
the assessed value of the prior homestead. However, if the difference between the just value of the new home-
stead and the assessed value of the new homestead calculated pursuant to this sub-subparagraph is greater
than $500,000, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be increased so that the difference between the
just value and the assessed value equals $500,000. Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided
herein.
b. By general law and subject to conditions specified therein, the Legislature shall provide for applica-
tion of this paragraph to property owned by more than one person.
Le4,( The legislature may, by general law, for assessment purposes and subject to the provisions of this
subsection, allow counties and municipalities to authorize by ordinance that historic property may be assessed
solely on the basis of character or use. Such character or use assessment shall apply only to the jurisdiction
adopting the ordinance. The requirements for eligible properties must be specified by general law.
I('e* A county may, in the manner prescribed by general law, provide for a reduction in the assessed
value of homestead property to the extent of any increase in the assessed value of that property which results
from the construction or reconstruction of the property for the purpose of providing living quarters for one or more
natural or adoptive grandparents or parents of the owner of the property or of the owner's spouse if at least one
of the grandparents or parents for whom the living quarters are provided is 62 years of age or older. Such a
reduction may not exceed the lesser of the following:
(1) The increase in assessed value resulting from construction or reconstruction of the property.
(2) Twenty percent of the total assessed value of the property as improved.
(gj4)"- For all levies other than school district levies, assessments of residential real property, as defined
by general law, which contains nine units or fewer and which is not subject to the assessment limitations set forth
in subsections (a) through (jW(e) shall change only as provided in this'subsection.
(1) Assessments subject to this subsection shall be changed annually on the date of assessment provid-
ed by law; but those changes in assessments shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the assessment for the prior
year.
(2) No assessment shall exceed just value,
(3) After a change of ownership or control, as defined by general law, including any change of ownership
of a legal entity that owns the property, such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next assessment
date. Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
(4) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property shall be assessed as provided for
by general law; however, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property
shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
(hl4 ) For all levies other than school district levies, assessments of real property that is not subject to
the assessment limitations set forth in subsections (a) through (d}.je and (gl,( shall change only as provided in
this subsection, I
(1) Assessments subject to this subsection shall be changed annually on the date of assessment provid-
ed by law; but those changes in assessments shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the assessment for the prior
year.
(2) No assessment shall exceed just value,
(3) The legislature must provide that such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next assess-
ment date after a qualifying improvement, as defined by general law, is made to such property. Thereafter, such


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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
SPOUSE 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
the 3rd day of Sept., 2008 and entered in
Case No. 2007-CA423. of the Circuit
Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and
for Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS
TRUSTEE UNDER POOLING AND SER-
VICING AGREEMENT DATED AS OF AU-
GUST 1. 2007 MASTER ASSET BACKED
SECURITIES TRUST 2007-HE2 MORT-
GAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES
SERIES 2007-HE2 is the Plaintiff and PE-
TER BRAADLAND; 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 for 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 Courthouse, in
Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on
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 of Lot 8, Block
242, First Addition to the City of
Okeechobee, according the Plat
thereof, recorded In Plat Book 1,
Page 11, of the Public Records of
Okepchobee County, Florida.
and
Lot 7 and the N 1/2 of-lr ttBIL ck
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 RLE A CLAIM WITH-
IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA, Disabled
persons who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
minisration 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 F Young
Deputy Clerk
Law Office of Marshall C. Watson
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Florda 33309
Telephone: (954)453-0365
Facsimile: (954)771-6052
Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438
291566 ON 9/19,26/08


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 NA-
TIONAL TRUST
COMPANYASTRUSTEE UNDER
POOLING AND SER-
VICING AGREE-
MENT DATED AS
OF APRIL 1, 2007
SECURITIZED AS-
SET BACKED RE-
CEIVABLES LLC
TRUST 2007-BR2
MORTGAGE PASS-
THROUGH CER-
TIFICATES SERIES 2007-BR2,
Plaintiff
vs.
ROBERT BUHLMAI-
ER; REGINA BUHL-
MAIER; JOHN DOE;
JANE DOE AS
UNKNOWN TENANTS)
IN POSSES-
SION OF THE SUBJECT PROP-
ERTY,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE
SALE
NOTICE IS HERE-
BY 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 DOE: 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, Ronda, at 11:00 a.m. on
the 29th day of Oct., 2008, the following
described property as set forth in said Fi-
nal Judgment, to wit:
LOT 71, BLUE HER-
ON GOLF & COUN-
TRY CLUB PHASE
It, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THERE-
OF, RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOKED, PAGE59, OFTHE
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 the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA, Disabled
persons who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired) or
1-800-955-8770 (voice impaired).
Dated this 9th day of Sept., 2008.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of The Circuit Court
By:/S/Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
Law Office of Marshall C. Watson
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Forida 33309
Telephone: (954)453-0365
Facsimile: (954)771-6052
Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438
291386 ON 9/19,26/08


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2008-CP-170
IN RE ESTATE OF
DAVID C. RUNKLE,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the Estate of DA-
VID C. RUNKLE, deceased, whose date
ol death was July 5, 2008, is pending in
the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County,
Florida. Probate Division, the address of
which 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972. The names and address-
es of the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney are set
forth below,
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is requirequired to be
served must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.


All other creditors nof then dldent and
other .... i i,,,i ,i, rtdemnands
uguimii i -i, ,, 1. i 1 1, i file their
claims with this coUil WITHIIIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE UAIE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICAtION OF TIIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE
CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERI-
ODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication of this no-
tice is September 26, 2008..
Attorney for Personal Representatives:
GLENN J. SNEIDER, ESQ.
Florida Bar No. 280461
Glenn J. Sneider, LC
200 SW 9th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
(863) 467-6570
Personal Representatives:
DONNA J. STERLING
2105 SE 35th Lane
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
293188 ON 9/26;10/3/08


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 COQUINA WATER
CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING AT 9:30
A.M 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 BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL
PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
IN ACCORDANCE 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
O91 620N9/19,26/ 8

NOTICE OF MEETING
Okeechobee County Construction Industry
Licensing Board
NEW LOCATION
The Okeectobee Coanty Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public
meeting on Tuesday, October 7, 2008, @ 3:30 PM. The public meeting will be
held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at the
1728 NW. 9th Avenue. Okeechobee, Ronda. For more information, contact Bar-
bara Cash at the Planning and Development Department, 499 N.W 5th Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863) 763-5548.
AlI interested parties shall have the opportunity to be herd at this public meeting Any
person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect to
any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbahm record
of the proceedings is made andt the record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are
for the sole purpose ol backup for official record of the Department.
Barbara Cash, Secretary to Board
Okeechobee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board
289367 ON 9/17,26/08


YMCA proposed for Okeechobee


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The YMCA representative John
Lass spoke to the Okeechobee Chil-
dren's Services Council on Tuesday,
Sept. 23, to encourage members of
the council and other community
members to get involved with their
coming strategic planning unit to
gather the needs of Okeechobee that
could be accommodated by a Y.
Mr. Lass is the President, CEO of
the YMCA of the Treasure Coast which
serves Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee
and Indian River counties. Through-
out the counties, they strive to "build
strong kids, strong families, and strong
communities."
While the possibility of a Y, as they
call it, have surfaced in the past, Mr.
Lass explained to the council that they
are. now beginning to create a strate-
gic planning committee of Okeecho-
bee officials, parents, and other influ-
ential individuals in the community to
get input on what specific needs are
prevalent in Okeechobee County.
Despite its name, the YMCA is not
just for the young, not just for men
and not just for Christians. It is, how-
ever, as their history illustrates, an as-
sociation of members who come to-
gether with a common understanding
of the YMCA mission and a common
commitment to the YMCA's vision of
building strong kids, strong families
and strong communities.
According to their web-site, across
the U.S., 20.2 million members are
part of 2,663 local YMCA associations.
Each association is different, reflect-
ing the needs of the local community.
A Y may have a facility with a gymna-
sium, pool, child care center or even
a school. It may be a storefront opera-
tion delivering community-based pro-
grams such as job training or youth
and government. It may be a camp,
or it may be a satellite program in a
local school. It may be all of these
things and more.
Whatever the facilities, whatever
the programs, what doesn't change
are the people. What every YMCA
has in common is a dedicated group
of people: volunteers, staff, members
and donors-all of whom are com-
mitted to the YMCA mission. It is the
people of the YMCA who build strong
kids, strong families and strong com-
munities-and you can help.
The nation's 2,686 YMCAs respond
to critical social needs by drawing on
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YMCAs are committed to helping:
Children and youth deepen posi-
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Families build stronger bonds,
spend time together and become
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Y's are funded through contribu-
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opens all YMCA programs to those in
need who could not afford to provide
these opportunities to their children
and their family.
YMCA is volunteer founded and
volunteer led, YMCAs depend on the
generosity and dedication of their
548,926 volunteers across the U.S.
One local student, Allison Chan-
dler spoke of the need of a YMCA
during -a local Rotary Club meeting
after she completed a project in her
Osceola Middle School gifted class
with teacher Deanna Kielbasa. They
were assigned the task of finding a
problem in the community and a way
to address that problem.
Some of her reasons for needing
a YMCA in Okeechobee were: teen-
age pregnancy; lack of supervised
activities; strengthening family bonds;
provide additional volunteer opportu-
nities; and just a general happy, well-
being for all.
For more information on how you
can be involved please contact Bran-
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Teen anglers host monthly tournament


By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
Recently the Big 0' Teen An-
glers held their monthly tourna-
ment and results are as follows:
11-14 division: First place Ryan
Folsom with a weight of 1.73
pounds; second place April
Floyd with a weight of 0.95 lbs.;
third place Robby Hays with a
weight of 0.93 lbs.; big fish win-
ner was Ryan Folsom with a
weight of 1.73 lbs.
15-18 division: first place -
Dusty Hall with a weight of 7.93
pounds; second place Luke Joles
with a weight of 5.65 lbs.; third
place Kyle Monti with a weight
of 4.77 lbs.; big fish winner was
Luke Joles with a weight of 4.84
lbs. Congratulations to all of the
anglers!
The Big 0' Teen Anglers Inc,
would also like to thank the fol-
lowing businessesses and individu-
als for their recent donations to
the Big 0' Teen Anglers Inc., in
memory of Bubba Helton: Big
Lake VF.W. Post 10539; Big Lake
Men's Auxiliary, Marie Culbreth,
Rick and Linda Amsden, James
and Jeanette 'Hester, Royce and
Julia Platt and Taylor Creek Bass
Club, Inc.
Tonight, Sept..26, don't forget
the Second Annual Friends of the
NRA Banquet and Auction at the
KOA Campground, 441 South.
Doors will open at 6 p.m., din-
ner will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
are $45 each and are available at
the Gun Shop, 2020 South Parrott
Ave., Suite 102, 863-357-1115 and
Mims Veterinary Hospital,' 275
SW 32nd Street, 863-763-9200.
Kids 10 and under eat free. 4-H
members will be serving at this
event. A portion of the proceeds
will benefit organizations like the
4-H Sharp Shooters club.
On Saturday, Oct. 4, head out
to Quail Creek Plantation for the
Third Annual Okeechobee FFA
Alumni Sporting Clays Shoot.
The event will begin at 10 a.m.
and during the morning while
they are waiting on everyone to
finish up there will be a turkey
shoot for $3 a shot and the win-
ner will receive a smoked turkey
for Thanksgiving. ,
Different sponsorship levels
for the event will be as follows:
Tournament sponsor: $700 in-
cludes six shooters, cart, lunch
and large banner at awards cer-
emony; Gold Sponsor: $350 in-
.l'dudes four shootets, cart, lunch
and banner at luncheon area; Sil-
ver Sponsor: $240 includes four
shooters, cart, lunch, and sign
advertisement at shooting station;
Bronze Sponsor: $100 sign on
sporting clays course.
Individual entries are $35 for
50 targets and includes lunch.
There will also be a "wobble
trap" course for the youth which
is $20 for 25 targets.
There is no age restriction or
deadline, you may register the
morning of the shoot. For more
information on this event, please
call Mickey Bandi at 863-634-
1216, Randall Mims at 863-697-
2613 or Quail Creek Plantation at
863-763-2529.

FWC to address
wildlife and climate
change at rescheduled
summit
The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) will host a climate change
summit in Orlando, beginning on
Wednesday, Oct. 1.
The FWC postponed the "
Florida's Wildlife: On the front
line of climate change" summit
in August because of Tropical
Storm Fay, but the storm's record-
breaking rainfall across the state
did not dampen the enthusiasm
for this event.
The rescheduled summit
will take place in Orlando at the
Rosen PLAZA Oct. 1-3. Climate
change experts and fish and wild-
life scientists will huddle together
to discuss the future of Florida's
fish and wildlife and ask the dif-
ficult questions about how best
to conserve and manage Florida's
abundant and unique natural re-
sources.
The summit, hosted by the
FWC, will highlight the challenges
facing wildlife managers, govern-
ments, industry leaders and the
public in the next 50 years amid
the realities with climate change.
Experts from the FWC and other
state and federal agencies will dis-
cuss the impact of climate change
on wildlife nationally and deter-
mine what it means for Florida.


"The summit puts a fish and
wildlife face on climate change,"
said Tim Breault, director of the
FWC's Division of Habitat and
Species Conservation and work-
shop leader at the summit. "We
are experts on fish and wildlife,
but not on climate change. That
is why we have called the summit
to bring together the experts and
learn about the models."


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This summit is the first of its
kind in the country, where the dif-
ficult questions will be asked as
the climate changes at an increas-
ing-pace.
"This summit has global sig-
nificance, because the effects of
climate change on places like
Florida and Alaska will be a pre-
lude to what's going to happen
elsewhere in the world," said
FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto.
One of the keynote speak-
ers, Dr. Jean Brennan, a climate
change scientist with Defenders
of Wildlife, was a member of
the U.S. delegation at interna-
tional negotiations under the U.N.
Framework Convention on Cli-
mate Change. She served on the
Intergovernmental Panel on Cli-
mate Change (IPCC) and shares
the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 for
her contribution to IPCC. Brennan
acknowledges that Florida's wild-
life and habitats are in a sensitive
position when it comes to the ef-
fects of climate change.
"Florida is extremely vulner-
able with its low elevation," Bren-
nan said. "And it's the hardest hit
with extreme weather such as
hurricanes. The Arctic is seeing
greater temperature changes, but
the biological diversity of plants
and animals in Florida forces the
question: What are you losing?"
The summit will feature pre-
sentations and workshops to
stimulate discussion and offer
solutions to the complexities of a
state growing rapidly in an envi-
ronment changing just as quickly.
* On Wednesday,. Oct. 1, Dr.
Virginia R. Van Sickle-Burkett
from the United States Geologi-
cal Survey (USGS) will present
the key points from a report on
climate change'she is presenting
to Congress later this year. Burkett
was also a member of the IPCC
and co-recipient of the 2007 No-
bel Peace Prize. The model used
in her report suggests the model
for South Florida will differ greatly
from the models for the rest of the
southeastern United States.
Dr. Thomas Crisman, from the
University of South Florida, will
speak about the vast differences
in Florida's climate zones and
suggest that any discussion of cli-
mate change in Florida must use
a variety of models.
Dr. Thomas Eason will present
the FWC's report "Wildlife 2060:
What's at stake for Florida?" A
panel discussion in the afternoon
will feature specific species on


the front line of climate change.
The future of agriculture also will
be on the agenda. Panel discus-
sions also will explore habitat and
species management, outdoor
recreation, initiatives from the
conservation community, legisla-
tive progress and communication
strategies for public awareness.
Thursday's session will open
with Brennan, who will speak
about management issues of
wildlife and habitat in a changing
climate.
The conference participants
will break out into concurrent
workshops, led by FWC's top
scientists on various topics. The
workshops will discuss impacts,
assumptions, constraints and
opportunities. Each session will
conclude with desired future out-
comes.
The event will continue on
Friday morning with reports from
workshop leaders. Breault will
present the agency's directive for
Florida's wildlife to conclude the
three-day summit. The goal of the


summit is to gather information
for use in planning for the future.
The registration fee is $195,
which includes two breakfasts,
two lunches and a reception.
The registration form is available
at www.ces.fau.edu/floc/, or by
contacting Doreen DiCarlo at the
Center for Environmental Studies
at Florida Atlantic University, 561-
799-8553 or 561-626-1404 (fax).
If you would like to share any infor-
mation with the Okeechobee News
about an outdoors event, please
email Teresa Mataushek at tma-
taushek@newszap.com or call 863-
763-3134. We welcome news on all
sporting events, outdoors activities,
nature inspired hobbies and with
hunting season nearing, please send
in pictures of your prize kills. Please
include your name, phone number
and specific dates of the events. The
Okeechobee News Outdoors column
will run every Friday so please be
sure to have all your information
into the office no later than 5 p.m.
Wednesday. Information can also be
emailed to OkeeNews@newszap.com
or taxed to 863-763-5901. Refer all
material to Teresa Mataushek.


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OHS Brahmans tangle with Sebastian River


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Last year Okeechobee wal-
loped Sebastian River 61-16 to
get their first ever win over Randy
Bethel. That doesn't mean that
loss will serve as a motivator for
the Sharks this year.
"A lot of our players are new,
not many were on that team last
year, so I'm not sure if that will
be a motivating'factor or not,"
Coach Bethel said, "We just have
to protect the football on offense
and keep the chains moving this
week."
Until last year Sebastian River
had controlled the series with
Okeechobee. Their only other
loss to the Brahmans was during
their first year back in 1993.
The Sharks struggled last year
and lost a number of seniors from
that squad. Coach Bethel said this


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year his team doesn't have that
kind of athletic talent, but they
might be a better team overall.
"Due to my poor coaching job
last year we didn't perform well,
and we didn't meet expectations.


I think as a unit this year we have
a better team," he said.
Fred Mason is off to a good
start at running back with 251
yards in three games. He averages
four yards per carry. Tyrone Col-
lins has equaled Mason with two
rushing touchdowns.
QB Cortez Ash has thrown two
touchdown passes but the Sharks
have only thrown 37 passes and
have run the ball 119 times.
On defense linebacker Billy
Rizzo returns. He has 22 tackles
and two sacks already this year.
Emmanuel Relford leads the team
with 32 tackles.
Okeechobee Coach Chris Bra-
nham said the Sharks continue to
have good speed and are pretty
tough defensively. He said he ex-
pects a tough game from Sebas-
tian.
"They won't underestimate
us this year. We came off a tough


loss to Sebring last year, and re-
ally played well. It's not going to
be the same thing this year," he
noted.
Branham said the Sharks
might have the best defensive line
his team will face this year. He
notes that it will be a good test for
his offensive line.
The Brahmans are healthy for
the first time. Only Louis Ruiz will
sit out this week. He .continues
to have problems with his surgi-
cally repaired knee. Brant Harden
returns this week from a broken
foot.
Branham said Sebastian has
always played very physical foot-
ball against Okeechobee and that
his team is often banged up after
a battle with the Sharks.
"It's like the Clash of the Titans
or something," he quipped.
"The first district game is very
important. We don't want to play


OHS Bowling Report


Thursday, Sept. 18: One of the
Treasure Coast powerhouses in
bowling, Lincoln Park Academy,
came to Stardust Lanes looking
for an easy win. They were sadly
mistaken.
What they found was an old
fashioned dog fight. Lincoln Park
took the first game, but that just
motivated the Brahmans. The
Brahmans put on a charge and
took the second game in rather
easy fashion. The GAME was on.
The third game went back and
forth for eight frames. Lincoln
Park and the Brahmans were tied
heading into the ninth frame. All
four Brahmans hit the pocket in
the ninth frame, but just didn't get
the carry they deserved with four
great pocket hits. Lincoln Park
'managed to get four spares and
pulled away to take the match.
It was without a doubt the most
competitive game of the year.
SChris Spruill led the Brahmans in
the first game with a 159. Chris


took charge of the second game
and shot an impressive 206. Noe
Arroyo decided he wanted to get
into the action in the third game
and shot the highest score of the
season with a pin count of 220. It
was an awesome game to watch.
The Lady Brahmans also
hosted Lincoln Park Academy at
Stardust Lanes on Sept. 18. They
too are considered one of the
top teams in the Treasure Coast
Conference. The Lady Brahmans
didn't back down and came out
and posted their best score of the
year with an awesome 566. The
Lady Brahmans backed up their
first game with an impressive
545. Even with these two impres-
sive scores Lincoln Park man-
aged to squeak out wins in both
games. The third also went Lin-
coln Park's way. Danielle Racine
led the Lady Brahmans in game 1
and 178. Danielle and Reba Spires
battled back and forth in the sec-
ond game for high score. Danielle


shot a 159 and Reba shot a 158.
Brittany Herndon wanted in the
action and led with a 162 in the
third game.
Both Brahman bowling team
records stand at 2 and 2.
Tuesday, Sept. 23: Both boys
and girls bowling teams had a
home match against last years
conference champs, Martin Coun-
ty. Both the boys and girls teams
lost, but not without a fight.
The Brahman boys lost the
first game by a landslide, but
once they had settled down to
playing the conference champs,
the second and third games Were
closer. The boys were lead by Matt
Paynes 201 and 216 high games
and Adrian Bandas 180 high.
The Lady Brahmans did take
1 of 3 games in their match, but
lost total pins in a 5 to 2 match.
The first game was lost only by 14
pins, but lost the second by 125
pins and then winning the last
game by 35 pins.
The Lady's were lead by Dan-
ielle Racine's 169 high.
Wednesday, Sept. 24: The
Brahman Bowlers played an away
match against the Cobra's of Ft.
Pierce Central. The Lady Brah-
mans again lost a close match to
the Lady Cobra's by a 7 to 0 score.
The team was lead by Danielle

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Saturday, Oct. 4, a benefit
golf tournament will be held
for David and Kay Sheedy
who received extensive
flood damage to their home
during tropical storm Fay.
Four-person teams will
be $200, individual will be
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Racines 151 high game.
The Brahman Boys had a
much needed win against ,their
Cobra counterparts by a 4 to 3
score with the boys winning two
matches and losing 1 and total
pins.
The boys were lead by a five
254 high game from Chris Spruill,
a 200 game from Matt Payne and
a 176 game from Angle Garcia.
Both teams are in action next
Tuesday against Vero Beach in
Vero.


from behind all year," he said.
Sebastian lost, to Treasure
Coast in the opener, 22-10, defeat-
ed Centennial 10-6 in a defensive
battle in week two, and lost last
week to South Fork, 26-21.
Coach Bethel said his team
must tackle better than last week
and can't turn the ball over. "Pry-
or is a talented kid, but we're not


out there to stop him, we're out
there to stop Okeechobee. One
player does not make a team. He
definitely is something to worry
about. I think he's a fine defensive
player as well."
The kickoff is at 7 p.m., a
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OHS Golf team


splits match

By Charles M. Murphy Ward said, "We are still doing
Okeechobee News well, I'm excited about the rest
The Okeechobee boy's team of the year."
played a very tough course, -Ward noted Eagle Marsh
Eagle Marsh in Jensen Beach is one of the tougher courses
Tuesday, and although they lost around and playing that course
to Jensen Beach, still shot nine will challenge his players and
strokes better than St. Edwards hopefully improve their games.
School. Ward noted they will also
Jensen shot 163, Okeecho- play the district tournament
bee 171, and St. Edwards 180 at match at a tough course, and
the par 36 course, the experience Tuesday should
Okeechobee was led by Mike help.in that match.
Watson who shot a five over 41. "I think shooting 171 the
Tyler Platt arid Richard Donegan first time the kids have seen this
shot six over 42. Corey White course is a good score. It should
shot 45 and Tony Devoss shot help down the road," he added.
50. Okeechobee is now (8-4)
"The kids are striking the ball on the year. The boy's played at
well," .Brahmans Coach Mark Port St. Lucie Thursday.


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Visitors Can Cash In At Roadshow


Gold scrap selling big at Roadshow,

as price for metal hits record high
BY ARCHIE DAVIS
Roadshow Representative Staff Writer


Roadshow Representative Archie Davis assists a visitor with pocket watches
and clocks. The collection sold at the Roadshow for more than $2,000. Other
visitors brought a variety of items including coins, toys, dolls and trains.
Admission is free and no appointment is necessary.


Okeecchobee Clean out your attics,
closets and lock box, the Roadshow is
coming to town. Roadshow experts are in
town all this week purchasing antiques and
collectibles.
While the Roadshow will accept anything
that's old, they are focusing on gold and
silver, also coins made before 1965, military
items, musical instruments, pocket and wrist
watches. Modern jewelry with diamonds
and other precious stones are also being
accepted.
One person that attended the Roadshow
brought in an 1864 Civil War sword and
a coin collection and left 45 minutes later
$10,000 richer. Another was not as lucky
but seemed happy with the $355.00 they
received for broken gold jewelry. "I think
this is a great idea" said one lady that sold
her old class ring and some broken gold
chains. "The stuff was just lying in a dresser
drawer for years." She received $248.42 for
her efforts. Jeff Parsons, the president of
the Treasure Hunters Roadshow explained
what the show is all about. It's a chance for
anyone to sell their stuff and get what it's


really worth he said. It seems everyone has
items they have wondered about or want to
sell but really don't know where to go said
Parsons. He said the show has been in over
600 cities since 2001. When asked what
the most memorable experience was he had
a quick answer. "Without a doubt it was
a show in Pennsylvania when an elderly
gentleman asked if we could send someone
with him to visit an old toy store he had
closed down 50 years ago. It was like
walking back in time" Parsons said "the
store's 50 year old inventory was still on
the shelves the store was a treasure trove of
collectible toys. I have never seen anything
like it. It was simply unbelievable!"
It seems the store was closed due to World
War II. "I had to go serve my country." the
owner told Parsons. Serve he did for the
next 35 years. The collection of vintage toys
still in their original boxes sold for more
than $650,000. All this week Roadshow
experts will be accepting various types of
antiques and collectibles. The event is free
and no appointment is necessary.


Our International
Collectors Association
members are looking for
the following types of
items.
COINS Any and all coins made
before 1965 This includes all
silver and gold coins. dollars.
half dollars. quarters. dimes.
nickels and pennies. All conditions
wanted'
GOLD & SILVER PRICES AT
25 YEAR HIGH! for platinum.
gold and silver during this
event. Broken Jewelry. dental
gold, old coins, pocket "atches,
Kruggerands. Gold Bars Canadian
Maple Leafs, etc.
JEWELRY Gold, Silver.
Platinum, diamonds, rubies.
sapphires and all types of stones,
metals. etc Rings. bracelets.
necklaces, all others including
* broken jewelry. Early costume
jewelry wanted.


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* WATCHES Rolex, Tiffany,
Hublot, Omega, Chopard, Cartier,
Philippe, Ebel, Waltham, Swatch,
all others.
* POCKET" WATCHES Chopard,
Elgin. Bunn Special, Railroad,
Illinois,Hamilton, all others.
* TOYS All types of toys made
before 1965 including: Hot
Wheels. Tonka. Buddy L, Smith
Miller. Nylint, Robots, battery
toys. Mickey Mouse, all others.
* TR AINS Train sets, all gauges,
accessories, individual cars.
Marklin, American Flyer, Lionel,
Hafner, all others.
* [OI.1 S Barbie Dolls, GI Joe,
Shirley Temple. Characters,
German, all makers accepted.
* SWORDIS -The older the better
all t'pes wanted
* NMI IT.\l Reolutionar), VWI, WWII, etc.
Items of interest
include swords. badges, clothes,
photos, medals.
kni%.e. gear. letters, etc.
* .- \ I-. I IS I Nti ITEMS -
Metal and Porcelain signs, gas
companies, beer and liquor
maker', automobile, implements,
etc.
* I II I \N'` Items signed by LCT,
lamps. saxes. art glass, etc.


We will

be Buying

Antiques and

Collectibles
Treasure Hunters Roadshow
represents over 5000 International
Collectors Association memebrs
worldwide. These collectors are
constantly looking for items to add
to their collections.
The Roadshow invites you to bring
in the types of items our collectors
are looking for. The process is
simple and absolutely FREEI


Unused, Broken Jewelry 1
piece or a box full, Dental,
Any gold coins both USA and
Foreign, Ounces of gold like,
Krugerrands, Maple Leafs, etc.
CIVIL WAR ITEMS
Tin Type Photographs of
Soldiers, Swords, Powder
horns, Muskets, Hats,
Uniforms, Letters.


DIAMONDS
Diamond Rings, Necklaces,
Loose Diamonds, Anything
Diamond, Highest prices
paid for single diamonds
over 1 full caratl

these brands of acoustic
and electric Gibson, Fender,
Martin, Rickenbacker,
Gretsch, National.


Here is how it wok
* Gather items of interest .'
(as explained below) from y'6ui'
attic, garage. basement. etc;. ;,..
* Bring your items to the event

* There is no limit to the
amount of items you can bring


* No appointment necessary
* Lay out your items on the
designated table

* Speak with one of our
Association Representatives
to determine the collector
value of your items
* If interested in selling, we
will consult our collector's
database to see if a buyer exists.
90% of all items have offers in
our database
* The offer is made on the
spot on behalf of our collectors
making the offer

* If you decide to accept the
offer, we will pay you on the
spot and ship the item to the
collector. The collector pays all
shipping and handling
charges
* You get 100% of the offer
with no hidden fees


Silver Dollars, Pre-1971 1/2
Dollars, Pre-1965 Quarters,
Pre-1965, Pre-1939 Nickels,
Pre- 1959 Pennies
SRare Documents
Pre-1965 toys, pedal cars,
Metal and porcelain signs,
Vintage gas station Items,
thermometers, beer and
liquor Items,


We buy all U.S. Coins The entire process only takes

S" Singlecoins and entire collections. We
will be buying all coins made before n i ,
.pt'1965 including: SILVER DOLLARS, HALF
DOLLARS, QUARTERS, DIMES, NICKELS,
PENNYS, LARGE CENTS, HALF DIMES,
3 CENT PIECES, 2 CENT PIECES, HALF
CENTS, ALSO ALL PAPER MONEY.
The top items the Roadshow wants you to bring in are:


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