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KEECHOBEE


Vol. 99 No. 263


Friday, October 10, 2008


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NEWS
*********ALL FOR ADC 320
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PO BOX 117007
GAINESVILLE FL 32611


Briefs

Real Life Childrens
Ranch yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch
yard sales are under way. The
sale will be open on Thursdays
and Fridays during the winter
season. They will not be open
the week of Thanksgiving or
the week of Christmas.

OHS to present
"Little Women"
The Okeechobee High
School Drama Club's final per-
formance of "Little Women,"
will be on Saturday, Oct. 11,
at 7:30 p.m. in the Okeechobee
High School Auditorium. Tick-
ets are $4 for students, $8 for
adults. For more information,
call 863-463-5025.

FHREDI meeting
planned
A public meeting of the Flori-
da's Heartland REDI, Inc. Board
of Directors and Florida's Fresh-
water Frontier, Inc. Board of Di-
rectors will be held on Monday,
Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. at Highlands
County Agri-Civic Center, 4509
George Boulevard, Sebring. For
more information, please call
Jim Otterman at 863-385-4900.

Sour Orange Festival
rescheduled
The Lakeport Sour Orange
Festival has- been rescheduled
j for Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009.
Organizers are looking for ven-
dors, volunteers, and patrons. If
interested call 863-227-4323 or
attend the next Lakeport Com-
munity Association meeting on
Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 at the
Lakeport Community Center.

Drought Index
Current: 454
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

14.97 feet
Last Year: 10.09 feet
Sponsored By: 0.

Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
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Management District. Depth
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Index
C lassifieds ........ ....................... 11
Community Events.................... 6
Crossword ........................... 12
Obituariesr ............................ ...... 6
O pinio n. ..................................... 4
Service Club News.................... 8
Speak O ut ................................. 4
Sports...................................... 13
Sudoku .................................... 12
W eather..................................... 2
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Arena draws equestrian event


Agri-Civic Center
seating capacity
expanded; more
lights planned
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
An Olympic type equestrian
event is coming to Okeechobee
County.
Okeechobee County Com-
missioners, at their Thursday,
Oct. 9 meeting, learned the de-
tails of this event from an update


on activities at the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center. Com-
missioners also awarded a con-
tract for renovation of the court-
house and heard some good
news from their lobbyist.
Frank Cunningham, of the
Agri-Civic center advisory com-
mittee, addressed the board. He
noted that the fair committee is
now represented on his commit-
tee. He reported that the center
has a new, portable ticket booth
that can be rented for off-site
activities. He said his board is
working on a lighting project for
the warm-up arena and the area


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between the horse barn and the
arena. He noted that there are
lights that were removed from
county ball parks in storage at the
annex. He suggested that half of
those lights as well as some con-
crete poles the county has could
be used for the Agri-Civic center
lighting project.
"When I got on this commit-
tee," Mr. Cunningham said, "it
was a turkey."
That perception is changing,
he said, and called present facil-
ity manager Pete Keough "a ray
of sunshine."
Mr. Keough informed the


firefighters


Okeechobee News/charles Murpny
City fire fighter Mitch Brydebell showed off the City's ladder truck to Everglades stu-
dents Tuesday.

Kids learn about fire safety


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee's elementary
schools were visited by local
firemen as part of Fire Preven-
tion Week in Florida.
Central Elementary was vis-
ited on Monday, and on Tues-
day it was Everglades turn. City
firemen brought with them a
puppet show that talks about
ways to escape a burning
building, emphasizes the dan-
ger in playing with matches,
and other tips.
City Battalion Chief Bill
Douglas has been helping put
on the puppet show for close
to 20 years. He said he feels it
teaches kids some important
things and that it prevents fires
in the community.
Lt. Ron Suit of Okeechobee
County Fire Rescue brought a
crew of four firefighter para-
medics to Everglades to let the


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Fire Pup played by Josh Borgstrom, fire fighter-paramed-
ic, for Okeechobee Fire Rescue, shows off his fire engine
for Everglades students Tuesday.


kindergarten and first graders
take a tour of fire trucks and
ambulances. The City also pro-
vided their new ladder truck
for the children to inspect.


Firefighters Matt Vinson and
Shannon Kinman were also
on hand to answer questions
See Safety Page 2


Weight loss center


attracting clients


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Connie Lowe with the
Okeechobee Physicians Weight
Loss spoke to the Okeechobee
Rotary Club on Tuesday, Oct. 8,
about their various weight loss
programs and the special of-
fers to promote Breast Cancer
Awareness Month for October.
The Okeechobee Physicians
Weight Loss Centers is locally
owned by Connie Lowe and


Pam Williams.
They are located at 414 S.
Parrott Ave, adjacent to BMJ.
Towing.
Mrs. Lowe retired from Raul-
erson Hospital about two and a
half years ago. Along with her
sister-n-law Mrs. Williams, they
were looking for somewhere
to go to lose weight. They be-
gan traveling to the coast at a
weight loss center in Jupiter.
This began to take up more
and more time and money and


they began researching the
possibility of opening an effec-
tive weight loss center locally.
Together, they bought into the
franchise of Physicians Weight
Loss Center and they have Trini
Garcia as their overseeing local
doctor.
While they just held their
grand opening in July, they al-
ready have 150 clients, both
men and women. One client
See Weight Page 9


commissioners of an upcoming
event, the First Coast Invitational,
a show jumping competition
which will be held Nov. 20-23
and 26-30. Show jumping has
been an Olympic event since the
1900 Summer Olympics in Paris.
The United States is considered a
world power in the sport.
"We want to get everybody
in the county involved with this,"
Mr. Keough said. He stated he
wanted the commissioners to
take part in the opening ceremo-
nies.
Mr. Keough said his facility
was chosen for the event over


Jacksonville, Ocala and Kissim-
mee. He mentioned that when
the event was held in Jackson-
ville last year for four days only
the total economic impact on
the area was $963,951.
Mr. Keough said the seating
capacity of the agri-civic center
has been expanded to 4,020 and
that contractors will soon be
coming in to increase the seating
capacity to 4,380. He predicted
that his facility has the capacity
to bring in $120,000 a year. The
manager added that each group
See Arena Page 2


'Hit man'



is latest



mail scam


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
If you receive an e-mail from
an alleged hit man stating you
won't be killed if you pay him
more than the person who
hired him don't worry, you're
safe it's just another scam.
Although different in its
premise, the hit man scam is
like so many other scams that
are currently going on across
the U.S., said a local detective.
These other scams include the
international lottery scam, the
Nigerian check scam and the


work-at-home ruse.
"Scams are rampant," said
Detective Ted Van Deman of
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO). "We have
numerous scams aimed at tak-
ing advantage of the elderly and
the unwary."
He said the biggest scheme
going on right now is'the inter-
national lottery, whereby the
victim is contacted by e-mail
and congratulated for winning
the high-paying game. All the
victim has to do to collect their
See Scam Page 9


Coquina plans


road repairs


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Coquina Water Con-
trol District Board of Supervi-
sors has a new member. At
the annual landowners meet-
ing held Wednesday, Oct. 8,
Kenneth Childs was elected to
the board. He holds the seat
vacated by Susan Williams.
Mrs. Williams was elected by
the board earlier this year to
complete the term of John En-
try who passed away. Several
years ago Mrs. Williams served


a three year term on the board.
Board Chairman Melvin Byars
commended Mrs. Williams for
helping with the budget and
the water control plan.
In response to a question
from a landowner, Mr. Byars
explained that the Coquina
water control plan involves re-
pairing 33 miles of roads in five
years. The property assessment
was increased to finance this
program.
"We did the worst six miles
See Coquina Page 9


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Connie Lowe (left) spoke to Rotarians about her Physi-
cians Weight Loss Center on Tuesday, Oct. 7. She was
invited to speak at Rotary by their staff physician and Ro-
tarian Trini Garcia (right).


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Arena
Continued From Page 1
who used the center is good ad-
vertising for the facility.
Turning to renovation of the
courthouse, commissioners spent
considerable time in discussion
about the size of the generator
to be installed in the renovated
building. There was debate about
whether to install an emergency
generator to power basic func-
tions of the building as opposed
to a generator that would power


the efitire building.
The board eventually vot-
ed to approve the base bid of
$3,574,800 from DooleyMack
Contractors, LLC of Sarasota for
renovation. They also approved
an alternate bid from the same
contractor of $195,000 for a gen-
erator that would completely
power the building.
In order to secure Florida De-
partment of Transportation En-
hancement Grant funds for Okee-
Tantie Campground and Marina as
a trailhead for the Lake Okeecho-
bee Scenic Trail, the board identi-
fied the basic scope of the project


to include a pavilion, parking lot,
restrooms and entrance.
In this day of reduced rev-
enues, Dale Milita, the county's
lobbyist offered hope.
"If there are project monies,
we will bring home our share" he
said. Mr. Milita noted some of his
activities did not involve appropri-
ations. In the past year he worked
to keep the drivers license office
in Okeechobee from closing. Is-
sues were discussed to present
to the county's legislative delega-
tion. Among the topics discussed
were courthouse renovation,
storm shelters, stormwater, four-


laning S.R. 70 and the extension
of S.R. 710.
In other action, the board:
changed the library clos-
ing time to 7 p.m. on Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday rather
than 8 p.m. to better utilize library
staff;
extended the privatization
agreement with Waste Manage-
ment for one year with a renew-
able option;
executed a $25,000 grant
agreement with the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission to install fixed and float-
ing docks at the Nubbin Slough


Safety
Continued From Page 1

from the kids. A new fire educa-
tion program this year, "Fire Pup"
made its debut. The program was
purchased by the department this
year. Firefighter-paramedic Josh
Borgstrom played the part of Fire
Pup.
"I think it really gets the kids'
attention more," Lt. Suit said,
"The kids get a little knowledge
about fires when they see the
puppet show, and then when we
come out here, we kind of review
what they've learned. I think Fire
Pup helps the kids get a little more
out of this."
Fire Chief Nick Hopkins said
arson fires caused by children


have not really been a problem in
Okeechobee County; perhaps it's
because of this program.
"I like coming out here and do-
ing this for the kids," Suit added,
"Normally they like to squirt wa-
ter out of our hoses. We went to
New Endeavor last year and the
kindergarten students there were
able to pull a hose and use it, they
got a kick out of it."
"I can't remember a fire this
year that we went on that was
started by a kid," he noted.
Firemen Brook Conway and
Mitch Brydebell represented the
City in the tour of the ladder truck.
They showed the kids all of the
equipment the newly refurbished
truck has.
Fire rescue also showed kids
the Jaws of Life which comes in
handy in motor vehicle accidents
and other rescue type calls.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Matt Vinson and Shannon Kinman, firefighter-paramedics for
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue show off their ambulance
to Everglades students Tuesday.


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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Firefighter-paramedic, Matt Vinson talks to an Everglades
student about fire safety during a presentation Tuesday at
the school.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Fire Pup, played by Josh Borgstrom of Okeechobee Coun-
ty Fire Rescue was well received at Everglades Elementary
School Tuesday as part of Fire prevention week.

Okeechobee Forecast
Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Most-
ly cloudy, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming south southeast
around 5 mph.
Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am,
then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around
69. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of
precipitation is 30%.
Extended Forecast
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. East northeast wind between 5
and 10 mph.
Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a
low around 71. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance
of precipitation is 20%.

Lotteries
Florida Lottery Here are the numbers selected Wednesday in
the Florida Lottery: Cash 3: 3-5-9; Play 4: 5-1-9-5; Lotto: 7-18-20-
27-37-51; Fantasy 5: 11-16-25-30-35; Mega Money: 2-6-10-24 MB
4. Numbers selected Thursday in the Florida Lottery: Cash 3: 2-7-0;
Play 4: 3-7-4-7.




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Boat Ramp;
approved a grant agreement
with Okeechobee Main Street for
fiscal year 2008/09 for $20,000;
approved a two-year, con-
tract with Lois Nichols to contin-
ue serving as code enforcement
special magistrate at a rate of
$500 per hearing up to six hours
and $100 an hour for each addi'
tional hour plus $100 an hour for
research and preparation time;
and, :
approved a request from
ARC (Association of Retarded
Citizens) to apply to the city to
change the zoning on their coun-


ty-owned building from commer-
cial professional office to general
commercial; and
voted to request that the city
let the county do its own inspec-
tions on county buildings being
built in the city.
The announced proclamation
honoring' New Horizon's 50th
Anniversary will be rescheduled
and the sheriff's office cancelled
a request to use the incubatori
building.
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Okeechobee man charged in burglaries


Submitted photo/Okeechobee City Police Department
Three burglaries were cleared up Thursday afternoon with the arrest of a 36-year-old
Okeechobee man. All of the items reported stolen were recovered by Officer Belen Reyna
and Officer Chad Troutman of the Okeechobee City Police Department, who are pictured
with some of the items stolen from the work trucks of Gerald Herndon (far left) and Raymond
Herndon (far right). Also pictured from left to right are OCPD Sergeant Russell Cale, Officer
Reyna and Officer Troutman. Billy Rudd of Okeechobee has been arrested and charged with
three counts of burglary, three counts of grand theft, one count of possession of a controlled
substance and one count of trafficking in hydrocodone.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Three burglaries may have
been cleared up Thursday af-
ternoon when officers from the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD) arrested a 36-year-
old Okeech6bee man.
Billy Rudd was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail on
charges of three counts of bur-
glary, three counts of grand theft,
one count of possession of a con-
trolled substance (hydrocodone)


and one count of trafficking in
hydrocodone.
Because he was arrested late
Thursday afternoon, Rudd's bond
had not been set as of newspaper
deadline.
According to OCPD Detective
Bill Saum, the burglaries were
committed Wednesday night and
during the early morning hours
on Thursday, Oct. 9. .
The man's arrest came about
thanks to a phone call from one
of the victims.


Detective Saum said the own-
er of Baby Auto, Janet Estremera,
called the police department on
her cell phone and told them she
was following a man who had just
stolen some lawn maintenance
equipment from her business at
Eighth Street and U.S. 441 N.
. OCPD officers Belen Reynaand
Chad Troutman acted on the tip
and found Rudd hiding in some
brush in the northeast section of


the city. They also found a stolen
weed eater, a pair of lopers (used
for cutting tree limbs), several
containers of oil and a number of
new auto parts that were still in
the box, said Detective Saum.
He said these items were found
hidden in some brush at the cor-
ner of N.W Seventh St. and N.W
Second Ave. and were valued at
$1,500.
The detective said Rudd ap-
parently broke out a window in
*a locked truck at the car lot and
took the auto parts.
During the course of their in-
vestigation, officers Reyna and
Troutman learned that there had
been two burglaries in the area
known as Rookerville, which
is located behind the old rodeo
grounds. They found that prop-
erty hidden in some brush behind
some houses in the area.
According to Detective Saum,
$3,000 worth of tools had been
stolen from the work truck of
Raymond Herndon. The OCPD
detective went on to say some
tools had also been taken from
the work truck of Raymond's
brother, Gerald Herndon. These
tools had a value of $1,500, added
Detective Saum.
Detective Saum went on to
say that while the officers were
sorting through this property they
found a plastic baggie containing
78 hydrocodone pills. Hydrocone
is a schedule three narcotic.
Together, the pills weighed
over 64 ounces Since the pills ex-
ceed the threshold of 28 grams,


Rudd could be looking at a mini-
mum-mandatory prison sentence
of 25 years if convicted on the traf-
ficking charge.
The OCPD detective said the


pills had a street value of $390.
As of late Thursday, Detective
Saum said it did not appear that
anyone else was involved in the
three reported burglaries.


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Woman accused


of using stolen ID


Mexican national
reportedly paid $400
for ID, says detective

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A female Mexican national
working at a local dairy has beer
arrested for reportedly using an
other woman's identity in order to
gainemploy.

i rales Benitez,
was arrested
Wednesday,
Oct. 8, and
charged with
use of anoth-
er's identifica- Silvia
tion without Morales
consent. She Benitez
was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jai
under a bond of $2,500.
According to records, she. is
currently free on bail.
An.'arrest report by Detective
Susan Morrison of the Okeecho
bee County Sheriff's Office


(OCSO) states that Beriilez has
been in the United Stales since
September of 2007, and has been
working at the dairy since Janu-
ary of this year.
Detective Morrison states in
her report that the victim lost her
wallet in the Deberry Gardens
1 area foir to five months .ago, but
did not file a report. The wallet
. contained all of the victim's per-
sonal identification, including her
Social Secu." carcd- *
.'. si"efeR.i'.e st-_a h- t Ben.
-- was given a phone number by
another employee al the dairy
and told that she could get prop-
er identification by calling that
number. She called the number
and then met with another man
to whom she paid $400 for the
identity items, stated Detective
Morrison.
The report goes on to state
that the man she paid has since
i returned to Mexico.
Detective Morrison said Ben-
S. itez was apparently sending the
money to her three children, who
e are still in Mexico.
Benitez was arrested without
E incident.


Credit Unions play


positive role in


economic recovery


TALLAHASSEE Credit
unions, not-for-profit financial
institutions owned by their mem-
bers, may be among the safest
financial institutions in the na-
tion, despite our nation's current
economic struggles. And as a re-
sult, they are gaining recognition
among consumers as well as on
Capitol Hill for not only having
avoided the problems that creat-
ed today's financial mess, but for
being a huge part of the solution.
"In the wake of the Lehmann
Bros. and Merrill Lynch debacles,
many consumers are becom-
ing more and more concerned
about the financial soundness of
their 'financial institutions," said
Guy M. Hood, President/CEO of
the Florida Credit Union League
(FCUL). "Where some financial
institutions are reeling from the
economy, credit unions are not.
There has also been some hype
about money in credit unions
being unsafe, when, in fact, it is'
just as safe being insured with the
National Credit Union Association
(NCUA) as money with FDIC."
Credit union deposits, called
shares, are insured by the Nation-
al Credit Union Administration
(NCUA), a federal agency offering
deposit account coverage just like
the FDIC, to at least $100,000 per
insured account. Although there
have been many news reports
that have focused exclusively on
FDIC insurance at banks the fed-
eral insurance provided by NCUA
for credit unions has often been
overlooked.
Recent segments on CNN and
other news shows as well as an
article in Politico magazine on
Capitol Hill recognized credit
unions as strong and secure insti-


tutions that avoided the bad lend-
ing practices that caused today's
financial crisis.
According to the Credit Union
National Association's (CUNA)
Senior Vice President Research
Chief Economist, Bill Hampel:
Credit unions are in very
good shape although it's not
pleasant with low earnings.
This year is the lowest earn-
ings seen in the history of credit
unions due to rising loan losses
but credit unions are still very
.well capitalized.
With the weakening econo-
my, consumers are spending less
but saving more, therefore loans
have slowed down but saving
deposits have increased at credit
unions.
First mortgage loan charge-
off rates are up but low in com-
parison to other financial institu-
tions. Last year the rate was at .02
percent, this year, .06 percent.
Credit unions are still lending
while others are not however, as
always, they are prudent lenders.
"When it comes to personal
finances, credit unions are here
to serve, to counsel, and to pro-
tect their membership compas-
sionately," said Hood. "Florida's
4.5 million credit union members
need to know that as long as their
individual accounts remain with-
in coverage limits, their funds are
safe."
The NCUA website, at www.
ncua.gov, has additional tools to
help consumers determine the
coverage on their accounts as
well as brochures and bulletins
that detail coverage for regular
savings and retirement accounts
and more.


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4 OPINION


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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
MCCAIN: Senator McCain has turned into an angry, desperate
candidate and Sarah Palin is doing what she does best, swinging a
hatchet, Miss Attila from Wasilla. It's evident she can't do much of
anything else. I haven't heard one positive statement from either one
of them. John McCain's body language at that debate said it all for
me, looking at the floor when he wasn't talking has nothing to do
with his injuries. What surprises me is some people want more of
what we've been getting these past eight years. How long are they
going to blame Clinton? If Clinton started something how come dicta-
tor Bush or Cheney didn't stop it. PULEEZE, how about taking some
of the blame instead of dishing out negative after negative. Can we
afford another war, another bail-out, printing money with nothing to
back it up? I guess these people like living in a socialist state. If Mc-
Cain gets in, not even God will be able to help us.
LITTLE WOMEN: The Drama department at Okeechobee High
School. is putting on the two-act play "Little Women" on Saturday
night. They did a great job this last Saturday night. The set and the
costumes were first rate and the young actors were very professional.
Ms. Raulerson is doing great things at the high school. They would
greatly appreciate your support. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for
students.
PORK BARREL SPENDING: Here's an interesting bit of infor-
mation. Barack Obama, in less than four years, has used his time in
Congress to propose more than $900 million in special spending for
his district, which is often referred to as pork barrel spending. Usu-
ally what happens is a Congressman attaches an amendment to fund
some kind of local protect to a big federal spending bill and because
the other Congressmen want to approve the federal spending part,
they let the amendment go through as.well. Of course, there are a lot
of "you vote for mine and I vote for yours." These Congressmen want
to show the folks back home how much federal money they obtained
for their district. But not everyone in Congress plays this game. In
21 years as a Senator, John McCain has not obtained any money for
special interest projects in his state. Yet even though he never gets
them any money from the "pork barrel," the people in his state keep
electing him.
COUNTY: The problem with this county is there are too many
milking the system, meaning county employees that do nothing to
hold their own. They need to get rid of them. This would save mon-
ey.


TAX BILLS: I would like to see the tax bills for the elected officials
homes and for those who are running for office. Those should be
public record. I wonder who is getting a break and who is actually
paying their fair share. Editor's note: You can see all of the property
appraisals and tax bills for all of the property in Okeechobee County
online at: www.okeechobeepa.com.
TAXES: All I want is-for the taxes to be fair and equal. I have half
an acre vacant land on the Rim Canal and my proposed taxes are
$1,000. Why should 12.8 acres of vacant land on the Rim Canal pay
only $40?
DEMOCRATS: The Democrats want to blame the current finan-
cial mess on the president, but the Democrats have been in control
of the Congress. The president can't make the laws. He can only pass
or veto what they send him. The president can propose ideas for bills
-- just as any American can. But the Congress decides what bills to
discuss and what bills to pass. The Congress could have tightened
the banking laws, but they didn't. The Democrats made this mess.
We don't just need a new president. We need a new Congress. I saw
+ on TV that a poll showed that nearly 60 percent of Americans would
like to replace the entire Congress if they could. They are sick of the
incumbents 'and the 'business as unusual" in Washington.
WORLDWIDE DEPRESSION: Thanks to the greed of the bank-
ers and realtors and developers, this country is in a financial crisis and
because other countries invested in America, they are in trouble too.
We could be headed for a worldwide depression. I think we need
someone in office who is experienced enough to understand what
this means not just for our country but for the whole world.
TAXES: Some think it's unfair to tax at a rate less than full value,
but why are taxes paid? To provide services. A parcel that might be-
come a hotel, condo or subdivision but is now vacant land does not
require any services, so why should it pay tax on what could happen
in the future. Vacant land doesn't require police response to emergen-
cies, no buildings to burn that would need fire protection, no people
that might get hurt and need EMT service, and there is no additional
traffic to impact roads. All the things that need tax funding are missing
from vacant land so why would they be forced to pay for services they
don't require? If the idea is just to raise tax revenue then don't quit
with vacant land. Go after churches and clubs that are tax exempt.
Churches have some of the most desirable land and the largest, most
expensive buildings in the county, but pay no taxes on them. Why
should some one who owns four or five city blocks or several .acres
and multiple buildings not pay their fair share of taxes? These sites
receive all the tax-based services but don't pay taxes.
WORK: Put those to work that are able to work, get rid of welfare,
make these people get off there behinds and work. Welfare should be
for the disabled and the elderly that are not able to work, that would
save tax dollars. I had to go to the health department last week for
a permit. Of course you know you have to walk through the actual
health dept. to get there. I counted 37 people from the ages of 18 to
approx. 30 -- no one any older. A couple of days later I was helping
an elderly friend renew her food stamps and had to go to the office.
There were approximately 20 people sitting in there again no one
older than 30, and most of them looked healthy. I am not saying some
of these people did not need the help, but there are a lot of people
that work the system so they don't have to work. We need to weed
them out so our tax dollars go to bigger and better things.
CCC: How about bringing back the Civilian Construction Corps
-- put these out of work folks back to work building public projects. If
necessary, train them for the jobs. That would give them some new
job skills and work experience, and make it easier for them to eventu-
ally find work in the public sector again. If the government is going to
give able-bodied people money, we could at least get some labor on
public works projects in exchange.
NINJA MORTGAGES: I heard a new term regarding the current
economic crisis -- the problem is based on giving Ninja Mortgages
-- that is giving mortgages to anyone with a pulse, as in No Income,
No Jobs or Assets.
ECONOMY: Much of the problem with the economy goes back to
Bill Clinton. It was under his presidency that the rules were relaxed
regarding the financial institutions. I am not a fan of George Bush, but
you have to look at what actually happened. Bush really didn't have
any control over this one, as the Democrats in Congress blocked pro-
posals to tighten the banking regulations. The Democrats also pushed
the plans that let people get a mortgage with no money down, despite
a low credit score. Now these people who cannot afford to pay their
monthly mortgages are losing their homes. Getting them a mortgage
they could not afford was not doing them any favors.
HOMES: I think the housing crisis and the mortgage crisis is in
large part due to people not being realistic. There is a show on TV
called something like "My First House." It's about people buying their
first house. At first they meet with a realtor and figure out how much
they could afford to pay each month for a mortgage. Then they go
looking for a house. But when they see that what they can afford
is not as nice or as large a home as they want, they go back and do
whatever they have to in order to improve their credit score so they
can borrow more money to buy a nicer or larger home. If people
would just settle for a house they can actually make the payments on,
build some equity and then trade up to a larger house later when they
have more income, the country would not be in this mess. I grew
up sharing a bedroom with two sisters. We lived within our means.
People also need to realize that realtors work on commission. So the
more you spend, the more they get.


Letters to the Editor


Political signs
How many local residents see
a political sign along the highways
in Okeechobee and say, "Oh, look
at that sign, I will vote for that per-
son!" Why do we allow cluttering
of our environmentally friendly
roadsides with political clutter? If
the candidates have to post a sign,
let's designate one of our parks to
display their signs therefore mak-
ing the cost, size and number of
signs more equal. It would be
similar to Christmas cards dis-
played in the park. Sometimes-
traditions need to change. If you


want to read these signs, take a
walk in the park. We understand
the candidates hopes of being
elected, but signs along our high-
ways do not work.
Sincerely,
Marty Grondin

Thanks for support
Our beloved son, Emilio Suar-
ez II, passed away Aug. 30, 2008
here in Okeechobee. We want
to thank those in our community
who made us feel so loved dur-
ing his illness and passing. A big
thankyou to Hospice of Okeecho-


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bee who helped him pass to eter-
nal life in comfort and with com-
passion. A thank you to Florida
Community Health Centers, who
allowed his mother time off from
work, to be with him whenever
she needed to, be there. To the
Seminole Tribe of Florida, Laura
K. Sims, CPA, and the U.S. South-
ern District Courts, thank you for
allowing Emilio's siblings all the
time they needed to help with his
illness and passing. The staff at
Bass Funeral Home, thank you for
your assistance. Thank you to Cal-
vary Chapel and Pastor Fred for
your words of hope and prayers.


Thank you to the Peace Lutheran
Church Bereavement Committee
for hosting our family and friends
after the services. To all those of
you who stopped by, participated
in his benefit, brought food, made
donations to his son's memorial
fund, brought words of comfort
and prayer, we can never begin
to name all of you. As his moth-
er said, "I knew we were loved,
but never knew how much." We
know now. Thank you again to
everyone who helped make his
passing a little easier on all of us.
Joe and Leah Suarez


Health News in Brief

Dine with the Doctor Cancer support


Friday, Oct. 10
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is in-
vited. Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group, is welcome to come and see what
we are, all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-932-
8677.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick 8
p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any
12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
AA. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly meeting. Over-
eaters 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, Oct. 11
Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith Church of Okeecho-
bee, 1902'S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month begin-
ning at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all Christian singers
and musicians are welcome to take part. For information, contact the
church at 863-763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at 863-763-3373; or, Sister
Yvonne Price at 863-467-6657.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade
Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic vio-
lence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational ma-
terials and prevention tools. Call 863-634-9340 or 863-357-6248, for
information.
Just for .Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. weekend noon; NA.
Sickest Of The Sick.Group 7 p.m.; NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group
open discussion 8 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not
affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information,
call Dick Laneau at 863-467-9540 or 727-345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County
4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to
be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the
Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through Friday
from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension office
at .863-763-6469.
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., gospel music sing
at 6 p.m. For information call 863-763-6869.

Sunday, Oct. 12
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savy-
iour, 200 N.W Third'St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12-step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. weekend noon meeting
open discussion. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.


at Raulerson
The "Dine with the Doctor"
medical series is scheduled for
Oct. 28, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in
the Raulerson Hospital cafeteria.
Our guest physician will be Dr. M.
Syed who specializes in Internal
Medicine. Dr. Syed will be dis-
cussing the well known subject
of "Diabetes." Please R.S.V.P. to
Bill Casian at 863-824-2702.

American Red Cross
plans classes
The Okeechobee Branch of the
American Red Cross will be offer-
ing the following Health & Safety
classes in October: Wednesday,
Oct. 8 Adult CPR/AED at 6 p.m.;
Thursday, Oct. 16 First-Aid Basics
at 6 p.m.; Friday,-Oct. 24 Infant/
Child CPR at 6 p.m. All classes are
held at their Branch office located
at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-
763-2488.

Welcome House offers
programs
Welcome House is now ac-
cepting applications. Membership
is free, if you are at least 18 years
of age and have an emotional or
psychiatric diagnosis, or if you are
under a doctor's care or simply
taking medication for emotional
problems, they welcome you
to drop in and join the circle of
friends. Welcome House offers
scheduled activities at least three
times a week such as: arts and
crafts, support groups, outings,
and presentations. They are open
7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. For more information, call
Hilda or James at 863-467-1026.

Christian Mental
health support group
Do you suffer with depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health Sup-
port group meets on the second
and fourth Thursday of the month
at 6 p.m. on Martin County Grade.
Call 772-597-0463 for more infor-
mation. Family members are wel-
come..

Quit Smoking Now
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Health Department..(OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
munity. The purpose of the pro-
gram is to reduce adult and youth
tobacco use, and provide tobacco
resources to residents, businesses
and community organizations in
the county. For information, call
863-462-5781.

Diabetes Support
Group at Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers a
monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second
Thursday of each month in the
hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you
have any questions please call
the program coordinator, Wanda
Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.PT., at
863-763-5093.

Red Cross offers HIV/
AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-,.
viduals working in various voca-'
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at 863-763-2488
for information.

Addiction
consultation offered
Problems with drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab Re-
source at 866-649-1594 for a free
confidential consultation. Or, go
to the web site at www.drugreha-
bresource.net.
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group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancer
Support Group meets on the first
Thursday of each month. All can-
cer patients, survivors and sup-
porters are welcomed to attend,
support and encourage each oth-
er. They meet the first Thursday of
each month at 5:30 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W Fourth
St. Please contact Susie Pickering
at 863-467-5831 or First Baptist
Church at 863-763-2171 for more
information.
Cancer Society seeks
volunteers
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference
in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer
Society's Florida Division par-
ticipate in programs that support
research funding, educate, the
community, deliver services to
patients and advocate for policies
that help defeat cancer. To get in-
volved, call the American Cancer
Society at 800-ACS-2345.

Narcotics group to
meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at
the Just for Today Club, 101 N.W
Fifth St. For information, call 863-
634-4780.
Healthy Start group
seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition
is accepting donations of baby
items such as furniture, shoes,
clothing, maternity clothes, stroll-
ers and other items for infants
and toddlers. Proceeds from the
sale of donated items will be used
to benefit infants and pregnant
women in the community. For in-
formation, call 863-462-5877.

Depression support
meets
Depending on Christ is a sup-
port group for men and women
suffering from depression. They
meet every Thursday. For infor-
mation, call 772-597-0463.
Blood donors are
needed
Florida's Blood Centers is look-
ing for blood donors in Okeecho-
bee. The Big Red Bus mobile unit
will be at the Wal-Mart parking
lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on- the
last Saturday of each month from
10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For informa-
tion, call 561-845-2323, ext. 1203
or 772-215-8360. All blood types
are needed. There is no upper age
limit, and most medications and
conditions are acceptable. Diabe-
tes and blood pressure donations
can also be accepted. A picture ID
is needed for all donors.
Pregnancy financial
assistance available
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help.
For information, contact Becky
Smith at 863-462-5877.
Narconon offers
help via hotline and
website
It's heartbreaking to watch
someone addicted to drugs or
alcohol lose their children, jobs,
home, health and self respect to
their addiction. Do something
about it now! Narconon Arrow-
head has Certified Chemical De-
pendency Counselors available to
help. In your local area, call Nar-
conon at 1-800-468-6933 or log
on to www.stopaddiction.corp.
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Technologies. The Digital Media
Institute prepares students for
a -creative careers in computer
graphics, commercial arts and
multimedia design.
Learn about great career op-
portunities with FPL at the Power
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on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. in
room V-116 in the Kight Center for
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The Williamson Conference and Education Center at IRSC will be dedicated on Tuesday, Oct.
28.


with covered veranda and cater-
ing kitchen for conferences and
community activities.
Members of the Okeecho-
bee community generously
contributed $2.6 million to fund
the Center, with contributions


matched by the Florida Facilities
Enhancement Challenge Grant
Program. The center is named in
honor of lead contributors Frank
"Sonny" and Betty C. Williamson
for their heartfelt commitment to
increased educational, business


and community opportunities for
the residents of Okeechobee.
The IRSC Dixon Hendry Cam-
pus is located at 2229 N.W Ninth
Avenue, Okeechobee. For more
information, call 863-824-6000.


City accepts land as payment for fines


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Council
played "Lets make a Deal" at their
meeting on Tuesday evening, Oct.
6, when they agreed to accept a
parcel of property in lieu of pay-
ment of code violation fines.
The same family owns several
derelict lots in the Deans Court
area. Some of them have dilapi-
dated structures on them and
all have accumulated large code
violation fines. The family offered
to deed over to the city a vacant
lot in the 800 block of N.W. 12st
Street in lieu of paying fines on
the other four properties. In re-
turn, they would clean up the oth-
er lots. At the Sept. 9, meeting of
the city code enforcement board,
Fire Chief Herb Smith stated that


the derelict buildings on these
properties were a hazard to pub-
lic health and safety.
"I think this is a novel con-
cept," said Councilman Dowling
Watford. "I like it."
City Attorney John Cook said
the code board has been dealing
with these properties for several
years. He added that foreclosure
had been approved on the lots
but the city never actually fore-
closed.
Mr. Watford suggested donat-
ing the lot to Habitat for Human-
ity.
In other action, the council:
approved a developer's
agreement for the Park Street
Business Center;
approved a contract with the
firefighters' union;
approved a temporary street


closing request submitted by
Central Elementary School for a
fall carnival on Oct. 24;
approved a temporary street
closing request submitted by First
Baptist Church for a fall festival on
Oct. 31;
waived formal bidding
procedures and awarded a sole
source bid to .Global Mapping,
Inc. for annual mapping services
in the amount of $8,800; ap-


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city representative for the Battle of
Okeechobee Re-enactment Com-
mittee; and
changed the council meet-
ing scheduled for 6 p.m. on Nov.
4, to 2 p.m. on that date.
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Bobby Lamar Purvis
OKEECHOBEE Bobby Lamar
Purvis passed away at his residence,
surrounded by loved ones.
Born Oct. 14, 1931, in Zero, Miss.,
he had been a resident of Okeecho-
bee since 1947. He was a lifetime
member of the Elks Lodge and was
of Protestant Faith.
He was self-employed as a carpen-
ter and loved hunting and fishing.
Bobby was preceded in death by
his father, Jim Purvis; mother, Lois
Mosley; brother, James Purvis; and
step-grandson, Ehrick Lighty.
He is survived by his loving wife,
Myrtle; son, Bobby, Jr. of Atlas, Ark.;
grandson, B.J. Purvis of Snow Hill,
Md.; mother of grandson, Wanda
Purvis of Snow Hill; brothers, Grady
(Joyce) Purvis of Clewiston, Flynn'
(Linda) Mosley of Smithville, Tenn.,
and Phillip Purvis of Okeechobee;
sisters, Mattie (Billy) Stewart of Co-
lumbia, S.C., Ruth Bunyard of Okee-
chobee, Rita Ellerbee of
Okeechobee; step-children, Cindi
(Richard) Williams of Rock Hill,
S.C., Gene (Jeanette) Harden of
Okeechobee, and Lissa (Allen)
Rhew of Okeechobee; step-grand-
children, Brand Harden of Okeecho-
bee, Neil Williams of Rock Hill, and
Adam Rhew of Okeechobee; step-
great-granddaughter, Dani Harden of
Okeechobee; and numerous nieces
and nephews.
Services will be 10 a.m. today in
the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
North East 5th St., Okeechobee.

Eva M. Baker, 98
OKEECHOBEE Eva M. Baker, of
Okeechobee, went to be with her
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Oct.
8, 2008, at Raulerson Hospital. Born
Nov. 6, 1909, in Sarasota, she was
98.
She came to Okeechobee in 1969
from West Palm Beach. She was of
the Methodist faith and was active in
the Elk's Lodge, Hospice & V.F.W
Ms. Baker was preceded in death
by her husband, Wesley J. Baker.
Survivors include her sister, Lena
Louise Early of Okeechobee; nieces
and nephews; and a large extended
family.
Visitation will be noon-2 p.m. to-
day at Bass Okeechobee Funeral
Home. Funeral services will follow
at 2 p.m. Private interment will be at
Hillcrest Memorial Park in West
Palm Beach.
Memorials may be made to Hos-
pice of Okeechobee, P.O..Box 1548,
Okeechobee, FL 34973.
Friends may sign the guest book at
www.bassokeechobeefuneral-
home.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to
the care of Bass Okeechobee Funer-
al Home and Crematory. 205 N.E.
2nd Street, Okeechobee.

Clifford Earl
Lawrence, 81
OKEECHOBEE Clifford Earl
Lawrence, died Monday, Oct. 6,
2008, in the Hamrick Home. He was
81.
Born Feb. 2, 1927 in Kent County,
Mich., he had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 36 years.
and was of the Baptist Faith.
He is survived by his wife of 36
years, Dorothy Lawrence of Okee-
chobee; and sister, Thelma (Don)
Verburg of Michigan.
There will be no visitation or ser-
vices.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee.

Mathias Christopher
Koenig, 87
OKEECHOBEE Mathias Christo-
pher Koenig, died Sunday, Oct. 5,
2008, in his residence. He was 87.
Born May 10, 1921 in Chicago, Ill.,
he had been a resident of Okeecho-
bee for the past 15 years. He served
in the United States Navy and Was a
member of the First United Metho-
dist Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of
65 years, Elaine Koenig of Okeecho-
bee; daughter, Kandi Edwards (Rob-
ert) of Okeechobee; two
grandchildren; and six great-grand-
children.
There will be no visitation or ser-
vices.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-


neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee.



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Community Events


2008 Chili Cook-
planned
Oct. 10 and 11, at t-
cie County Fairgrounds,
Midway Rd, Ft. Pierce, w
Fort Pierce Exchange C
Chili Cook-off. Friday nig
til 10 p.m. will be live m
chili and Saturday from
until 7 p.m. will be gam
and entertainment, over
competing in the chili
contest at 4 p.m. will be
Miss Chili and Mr. Pee V
test and cowboys 18-251
pete in the Mr. Hot Sauce
All proceeds will benef
Pierce Exchange C.A.S
prevent child abuse on
sure Coast.

Hospice of Okeec
hosts fundraiser
Hospice of Okeechol
ents Boots and Pearl
Wild," a fundraiser soc
The event will be held o
Oct. 10, at Okeechobee
includes a social hour s
6:30 p.m. with dinner
Dinner will be a Prime R
with all the trimmings. M
dancing will be by, "The
Tickets for the event are
tion of $50 each or $500
and are available at Eli's
Wear. All proceeds go t
Hospice of Okeechobe
care. Sponsorship opp
are available. For more
tion, please contact Frai
863-357-1639.

Free memory
loss screenings
On Friday, Oct., 10
zheimer's Association w
sor free memory loss si
at the Visiting Nurse Ass
208 S.E. Park St., from
until 2:30 p.m. Appoint
needed, please call Do
at 1-800-861-7826 Ext. 1
ings are for anyone,.
concerned about memn
Screenings are conducted
from St. Mary's Memory
center. Immediate result

Dance team hold
spaghetti dinner
A local dance con
team will sponsor sponsor a spa
ner on Monday, Oct. 13
a.m. until 2 p.m. to raise
for their state competition
includes spaghetti, toss
roll and homemade bro
a $7 donation. Delivery
pick up is available at th
pal Church (next to th
Center) 200 N.W. Thir
tickets please call Betsy
at 863-763-4559.,

United Way spon
Day of Caring
United Way of Ok
members and many co
volunteers are sponsorir
of Caring" on Nov. 1,
in Okeechobee. This is
United Way has set asidi
the Okeechobee Comn
supporting them and
awareness to our commrr
United Way is here. Un
members have chosen
in Okeechobee that is i
painting and landscape
planned on the same
group of Community ii
partners will paint the sk
office at the Skate Board
more information pleas.
634-0915.


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Angel Food Ministries
offers October menu
For fourteen years, Angel Food
Ministries has provided balanced
nutrition and variety through its
regular box, with enough food to
feed a family of four for a week.
The menu for the month of Oc-
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fish and complete meals with a
wide range of sizes and prices. Se-
nior citizen sized orders are also
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Girl Scouts hold
Fall Roundup
Calling all Girls and Adults
interested in a world of fun and
adventure! The Girl Scouts will
hold their Fall Roundup in park 3
downtown on Saturday, Oct. 11
from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. For in-
formation call 863-462-5025 ext.
3123.


tarting at Cub/Boy Scouts
at 7 p.m.
.ib dinner selling popcorn
4lusic and Fundraising season is here
e Chase." again and the local Cub Scouts
e a dona- and Boy Scouts of America, are
per table trying to get support. They will
3 Western sell popcorn every weekend until
to benefit Oct. 19. They will have booths
e patient set up at different, local business-
ortunities es every Saturday and Sunday.
informa- On top of the weekend setups,
nk Irby at 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
personally from one of the pack/
1, the Al- troop members. All proceeds from
vill spon- the fundraiser will go to help pay
screenings for their summer camp expenses,
sociation, supplies, badges and just general
11 a.m. expenses for their groups. Parents
ments are and volunteers will be with the
nna True scouts at each booth to help sell
1. Screen- the popcorn and provide infor-
any age mation about the group. They are
iory loss. always looking for people to join.
ed by staff There are no sign up deadlines,
Disorder you can join at any time during
ts. the year, so if you think that the
cub scouts or boy scouts is some-
IS thing you are interested in, you
can get information about it while
you get some popcorn! Parents
are welcome to become volun-
mpetition teers. They would also like to say
,hetti din- thank you to all of the local busi-
3, from 11 nesses who are allowing them to
se money set up in front of their stores. For
on. Lunch more information on locations
ed salad, or joining, please contact Alison
wnies for Hudson, Committee Chair Troop
is free or 964, at 863-634-8628.
ie Episco-
e Judicial Oktoberfest
d St. For
Sheffield Celebration
Sunday, Oct. 19, noon until 4
p.m. an Oktoberfest Celebration
isors will be held. There will be games,
fun and more games. The celebra-
tion will be held at the VFW Post
eechobee 9528 in Buckhead Ridge. Authen-
)mmunity tic German food will be served for
ng a "Day a. donation of $7. German music
at 8 a.m. will be provided for dancing and
a drv the your enjoyment.


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Church holds
.big yard sale
Believers Fellowship Church,
300 S.W. Sixth Ave. will be hold-
ing a big yard sale. Some of the
items included will be a electric
wheel chair, organ, office desk,
sewing machine, pictures, lots of
baby clothes, children and adult
clothing and shoes and. much
more. Sale will be held on Sat-
urday, Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. until
noon. For information call 863-
697-2570.

Masonic Lodge
breakfast dates
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237 will hold their Sun-
day breakfasts on Oct. 12, 26,
Nov. 2, and Dec. 7 from 8 until 11
a.m. Tickets are $5 each. Menu in-
cludes: scrambled eggs, sausage,
bacon, country ham, pancakes,
grits, biscuits and gravy, orange
juice, and coffee. For information
contact Kip Gardner 863-357-0427
or Jim Green at 863-634-440

Teen dance
party planned
A teen dance party will be held
on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Pier II
from 5:30 9:30 p.m. Admission
is $5. Ages 12-16 welcome. A live
DJ will play the latest hip-hop
for entertainment. The following
refreshments will be available:
Pizza $1; soda 50 cent; chips
- 50 cent; smoothies $2. All pro-
ceeds will benefit the American
Red Cross Okeechobee County
Branch. For more information call
Teresa Chandler at 863-697-6819.

FHREDI meeting
planned
A public meeting of the Flori-
da's Heartland REDI, Inc. Board
of Directors and Florida's Fresh-
water Frontier, Inc. Board of Di-
rectors will be held on Monday,
Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. at Highlands
County Agri-Civic Center, 4509
George Boulevard, Sebring. For
more information, please call Jim
Otterman at 863-385-4900.

Orchid club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club
will meet on Monday, Oct. 27 at
7 p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Extension Service. They will have
show and tell at this meeting and
request that you bring in an Orchid
to show or bring in a problem Or-
chid for Harry to diagnose. Intro-
duce your favorite Orchid and tell
how it grows. At these meetings
you will meet other Orchid en-
thusiasts and share problems and
solutions, enjoy refreshments and
networking and there will be an
Orchid drawing as a fundraiser.
Please bring questions and pro-
gram ideas. Let them know what
subjects and speakers are of inter-
est. The Garden Club meets in the
same location at 6 p.m. For more
information call 863-763-6469.


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Local entertainment: Concerts, plays, dinners


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Looking for some entertain-
ment in and around Okeechobee
for the coming months?
Come enjoy a great night of
Bluegrass Gospel and Tradi-
tional Bluegrass Music with
Tomorrow's News Bluegrass
Band this is entertainment for the
whole family Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at
the Okeechobee Shrine Club. The
Bluegrass show is open to the
public the cost is $10 per person
12 and under free. Concessions
will be available no alcoholic
beverages please. There will be
plenty of seating and parking. For
additional information contact
Keith or Darlene Bass at 863-634-
5815 or 863-763-1443.
The Order of the Eastern Star
presents a Mystery Dinner The-
ater on Saturday, Oct. 18, 5. p.m.
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge 107
N.W. Fifth Avenue, Okeechobee.
Tickets are $15 each and can be
purchased by contacting Mary
Ann Holt at 863-634-8087. This in-
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audience participation is key to
solving the "murder". Join them
for an evening of great food and
fun. Thank you, and should you
have any questions, please con-
tact Mary Ann Holt at 863-634-
8087.
The Okeechobee High School
Drama class will perform "Little
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students and $8 for adults. Come
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Martha's House will hold their
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The program consists of guest
speaker Darlene Bruckler and
Fran O'Ross who will speak of
their personal and professional
experiences regarding domestic
violence in celebration of Oc-
tober being Domestic Violence
Awareness month. All members


of our community are invited for
no charge for the meal. The only
charge for admission is a dona-
tion of a paper good, such as toi-
let paper, paper towels, diapers,
wipes, feminine products etc.
Please RSVP 863-763-2893.
Halloween is in the air! Mar-
tha's House is opening a haunt-
ed house in their administrative
building, 4134 U.S. 441 N, past
Cemetery Road on the right from
Oct. 28 until Oct. 31. The haunted
house will be open on Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday from 8
until 10 p.m. and on Friday from 8
until 11 p.m. Admission is $5 per
person with all proceeds going
to Martha's House. For more in-
formation or to volunteer to help
with the haunted house call 863-
763-2893.
Okeechobee Main Street,
the City of Okeechobee and
Okeechobee County are hosting
the Fourth Annual Halloween
Celebration. The community
celebration will be held at the
Agri-Civic Center on S.R. 70 East,
on Friday, Oct. 31, from 6 until 9
p.m. (must enter via S.R. 710)
Ladies drink free at The
Pier 2 Resort every Thursday from
9pm till Midnight. It's buy one get
one free Friday, Saturday and Sun-
day with a live band. Happy Hour
daily from 4 until 7 p.m.
IRSC McAlphin Center On
Stage, 3209 Virgina Ave, Fort
Pierce is hosting Lend Me a
Tenor by Ken Ludwig on Oct. 15,


16, 17, 18, 8 p.m. and Oct. 18, at 2
p.m. Cleveland is about to be put
on the operatic map in Ken Lud-
wig's wildly successful farce that
is now one of America's favorites!
You'll leave teary-eyed with laugh-
ter. Tickets $12 each. For more in-
formation contact the box office
at 1-800-220-9915.
The Indian. River State Col-
lege Performing Arts Series
is known for bringing outstand-
ing professional entertainment to
the Treasure Coast, and the 2008-
2009 Series promises to delight
audiences with four nationally
acclaimed performances.
The Series begins Monday,
Nov. 24, with The Capitol Steps. A
troupe of Congressional staffers-
turned-comedians, the Capitol
Steps travel the country satiriz-
ing the very people and places
that once employed them. Since
they began in 1981, they have
recorded 27 albums, including
their latest, "Springtime for Lib-
erals." They have been featured
on NBC, CBS, ABC ad PBS and
can be heard four times a year
on National Public Radio stations
nationwide during their "Politics
Takes a Holiday" radio specials.
All performances will begin at
8 p.m. at the IRSC McAlpin Fine
Arts Center at the Main Campus
in Fort Pierce. Tickets for the
four-performance series are $95.
Purchase your tickets at the Box
Office located in the McAlpin Fine
Arts Center lobby, at the IRSC Main


Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue
in Fort Pierce, Monday through
Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by
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Whether you feel you have a
hearing loss or just want to have
a test conducted on your hearing,
Audibel Hearing Care Centers al-
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you or someone you know has
hearing aids that need to be re-
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Kerry Mohorek.
FTA's Loxahatchee Chapter is
sponsoring their 18th hike around
the lake held during the week of
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Mainstreet
A great big welcome to our
newest members:
Corporate Members: Russ
Colwell and the Florida's Blood
Centers 3451 Northlake Blvd, Lake
Park FL 33403, 561-845-2323.
Small Business Member:
Laura Sims of Laura K. Sims,
CPA,PA 203 S.E. Second Avenue,
863-467-3000.
It's membership renewal time.
Okeechobee Main Street now of-
fers a special "Corporate Member-
ship" that entitles you to sponsor-
ship of all of events including The
Top of The Lake BBQ Affair, Top
of the Lake ArtFest, The National
Day of the American Cowboy and
MORE! If you would like to know
more about corporate member-
ship, call 863-357-6246.
The Quarterly Meeting will be
held on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at
noon at the Brahma Bull Restau-
rant.
Okeechobee Main Street is
again this year partnering with
the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners, the
Okeechobee City Council, the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Department and the City of
Okeechobee Police Department
to provide a safe alternative to
trick or treating with our "Fourth
Annual Halloween Festival" to be
held on Friday, Oct. 31, from 6 to
9 p.m. at the Agri-Civic Center on
State Road 70 east. This event will
include games, a haunted house,
costume contest and lots of treats!
The costume contest will be in
four age groups, ages 0-2, 3-5,
6-10 and 11 -14. There will be priz-
es for the winners. If your busi-
ness or organization would like
to join in on the fun and set up a
game booth, or you would like to
give a monetary gift towards this
event please contact Promotions
Director Donna Huth at 863-610-


Elect


Mike O'Connor
FOR
Okeechobee


CITY

COUNCILL


Proven eadersfip
Okeechobee County Contractors
Licensing Board 1986-1988
City of Okeechobee Code Board Member
and Chairman 1989-1992
City of Okeechobee Councilman
1993-1997
City of Okeechobee Hurricane
Advisory Board 1994-1997
City of Okeechobee
Regional Planning Council 1995-1997
OUA Task Force Committee for the
City of Okeechobee 1995
City of Okeechobee 9
Planning & Zoning Board since 2006


Margaret Brabham at 561-588-
3077
Raulerson Hospital will be
hosting the "Greater Open" Golf
Tournament for the Okeechobee
County United Way on Saturday,
Oct. 18, at the Okeechobee Golf
and Country Club. Shotgun start
will be at 8 a.m. with a car going
to the golfer who gets a "hole in
one." Entry is $50 per player or
$200 per team and includes cof-
fee/donuts and lunch, greens fees
and cart. Call Bill Casian at Raul-
erson Hospital 863-824-2702 for
more information.
The Okeechobee Substance
Abuse Coalition meets the second
Tuesday of each month, 11:30
a.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church located at 200 N.W
Second Street. Also, a training
session on the 40 Development
Asset Classes will begin on Sept.
16, at 6:30 at the Clock Restau-
rant. Training is four consecutive
weeks. For further information,
please call Jim Vensel at 863-634-
1792
Okeechobee Main Street's
next Mixer will be hosted by An-
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Members of Sparks carry on a lively game of dodgeball at
the First Baptist Church ROC. Sparks, a part of the Awana
Club, is made up of students from kindergarten through
the second grade. Awana meets on Wednesday evenings
from 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church.


As a former City Councilman (1993-1997), one of my
goals if elected, will be to promote a better working
relationship between City & County Govemment and
the OUA to establish a more productive and eco-
nomically structured entity.
I will strive to form a more unified partnership with
non-profit organizations whose goals and objectives
are conducive to the revitalization and preservation
of our city.
I will strive to increase our manpower with fire and
police to ensure the safety and protection of
our citizens.
I will establish "Town Hall" meetings where our citi-
zens can meet informally with city government to
discuss ideas and concems.
I will strive to utilize our inmate trustees with the
public works department in the
performance of city maintenance.
I have been a proud resident of
Okeechobee for 41 years, and a
owner of Mike's Okeechobee
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8 Okeechobee News, Friday, October 10, 2008

Service Club News in Brief


The American
Legion Post 64
501 S.E. Second Street,
Okeechobee
Office 863-763-2950 Lounge
863-763-5309
We can accommodate meet-
ings, weddings and parties of any
size.
The public is always welcome
unless it's a members only event.
Our kitchen is open 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday and 1 to 8
p.m. on Sunday.
Sunday: Open 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..


sic at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.
Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Jose Verano
at 863-634-2071.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Monday of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming ac-
tivities, contact Mary Ann Holt at
863-634-8087.
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is 863-
763-2250.
Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m. With
many items to choose from.
Monday: WOTM Chapter
meeting the first and third Mon-
days of every month 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Bingo and
food, food served at 5 p.m. and
bingo starts at 6 p.m.
Thursday: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7 p.m. Call the
Lodge for the menu.
Thursday: Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
Thursday: 5-Card Bingo at 6
p.m. food available at 5 p.m.
Friday: dinner served from
5 until 7:30 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
Saturday: dinner starting at
6p.m.
Saturday: Prime Rib Dinner
served from 6 until 8 p.m. the first
Saturday of the month.
Karaoke at 6 p.m. on Oct. 12
and 26 with Phil Eddings.
Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. will be
Moose Membership meetings
with enrollment of new prospec-
tive members.
Friday: Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.
Halloween Costume Party. Get
dressed up and join the fun. Draw-
ing for the barbecue grill will be
held, so get your tickets soon.


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 Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m.
and Friday night at 7 p.m. Food
Served. (you must be a member
to play bar bingo)
Dinner and music almost ev-
ery Saturday night.
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423
is located at 300 N.W 34 St. The
Post phone number is 863-763-
0818.
Happy hour Monday through
Thursday 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: 50-cent hot 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


All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
VFW Post 9528, in Buckhead
Ridge, is having an open mic night
with Nellie from 6 until 9 p.m. ev-
ery Tuesday evening. Come on
out and support her by singing
your favorite songs.
VFW Post #10539
Post hours are 10 a.m. Mon-
day through Saturday and 1 p.m.
on Sunday. Closing times are dis-
cretionary and dependent on the
number of patrons but usually
not before 8 p.m. on weekdays
and 11 p.m. on weekends.
Happy hours: 10 to 11 a.m.
and 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through
Thursday. Noon to 2 p.m. on Sat-
urdays.
Monday: Card Bingo at 6
p.m.
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary all-
you-can-eat spaghetti dinner $5
donation beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Bar Bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch by Ladies Aux-
iliary. Kitchen open from 5 until 8
p.m. Evening music.
Thursday: Music, kitchen
open from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: Music, kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: Noon, dollar hot-
dogs, $1.50 Polish Sausage, both
with Chili and all the fixings. Card
bingo at 5 p.m. Music and dancing
at 7 p.m. $50 gas card giveaway.
Scheduled meetings: VFW
First Sunday at noon, Ladies Aux-


iliary second Monday at 7 p.m.,
Mens Auxiliary second Wednes-
day at 7 p.m.
Do you have a family mem-
ber serving overseas? We send
packages of urgently needed sup-
plies to them. We accept dona-
tions for this worth cause. Contact
Cheryl Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For further information call
863-763-2308.
Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings and
parties. For information call the
club at (863) 763-3378.
They are now open three
days a week.
Weekly specials are:
Tuesday: Noon until 9 p.m.:
Spaghetti dinner donations only,
music from 6 until 9 p.m.; happy
hour 3-6 p.m.
Thursday: Noon until 9p.m.:
Fried Shrimp dinner or clams $6
donation; happy hour 3-6 p.m.;
shrimp skewers 2 for $3.
Friday: Noon until 9 p.m.:
Catfish dinner $6 donation; happy
hour 3-6 p.m.
Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
The Cypress Hut Frater-
nal Order of Eagles post #4509
located at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is
now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10
p.m., Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.


Information can be found by visit-
ing.www.foe4509.com, or calling
863-467-1154.
Food is served several eve-
nings a week.
Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the first and third Wednesday
of each month at the old Cypress
Hut flea market restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are
at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye
steak dinner with the trimmings
beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Editor's note: To add listings or
make changes to the service club news,
please email okeenews@newszap.
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last year," he said, referring to the
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who have fallen for it. The thing
is, if you didn't buy a ticket, you
can't win the lottery."
He went on to say this scheme
is being carried out by scammers
overseas.
"I haven't heard of one in this
country for a long time," said the
detective.
Of the biggest scams the Ni-
gerian check scam is probably
the oldest..
In this ruse, the victim is con-
tacted by someone from another
country and asked to help them
collect a large amount of money.
The scammer tells the victim that
they will receive a portion of the
bounty for helping. So, the scam-
mer will then send the victim a
check to cover some of the costs.
Then, in order to get U.S. dollars
that will help them collect their
money, the scammer tells the vic-
tim to keep a designated portion
of the check and send the scam-
mer the remaining amount by


neth Edwards was retained as
special counsel and Tony Young
as primary counsel. Brown, Wicks
and Williams was retained as the
board's accounting firm and Dan-
ny Faircloth was rehired as super-
intendent.
In other action the board dis-
cussed an easement-J-5 Ranch was
offering to Coquina that would al-
low the connection of two existing
roads.
The board also discussed a
possible lawsuit by a group of
landowners who protested pay-
ing the Coquina assessment. The
landowners contend that they had
received oral assurance sometime
around 1980 they would not have
to pay the Coquina assessment.
Up until 2007 they did not pay the
Coquina assessment. Mr. Young
was asked to discuss the matter
with the landowners' attorney.


lose weight in the 29 years it has
been established.
According to Mrs. Lowe, there
are approximately 100 million
Americans who are overweight
and nearly one third of them are
in the obese category. The pro-
gram begins with a 45 minute ses-
sion where blood work, EKG, and
other paperwork and information
is completed. Once they receive
test results, Dr. Garcia meets with
patients on Tuesday evenings.
Their most popular program is
the 16-week PhysiciansFAST pro-
gram. According to their program,


way ot Western Union.
Detective Van Deman said they
want the victim to use Western
Union to avoid the U.S. Postal Ser-
vice and possible investigations.
If the victim falls for the ruse,
they deposit the check. Then, in a
few days, they contact their bank
to see if the check has cleared -
not knowing that it can take sev-
eral weeks for such an instrument
to clear.
By the time the victim learns
that the check is bogus, they have
already sent a large amount of
money to the scammer. On top
of that, they will now have to pay
fees to the bank for the bogus
check. The victim could also in-
cur bad check fees if they've writ-
ten checks and don't have money
in their account to cover them.
The work-at-home scam is an-
other scheme that sounds good
and promises to pay well with
very little effort on the victim's
part.
Basically, said Detective Van


"To agree is not in the district's
best interest," was the opinion of
Mr. Edwards. He added that such
action might create a dangerous
precedent.
Mr. Faircloth asked if Coquina
employees came under the State
of Florida retirement program. He
was asked to get some figures on
the retirement program and report
back to the board. The board de-
cided to take disciplinary action
and possible termination if an
employee refused to remove an
encroachment of a coquina ease-
ment on the employee's property.
The board of supervisors meet-
ing, which was held at the county
annex, was recessed and will re-
convene at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct.
13, at the Coquina shop in order to
given Mr. Childs a tour of Coquina
projects.


one can lose 3 to 5 pounds per
week with this meal replacement
program. This program consists
of eating a bar, shake, bar, shake
and a meal for dinner. Mrs. Lowe
explained that even clients who
currently weight over 400 and 500
pounds on this program have not
had any complaints of being hun-
gry. The PhysiciansFAST weight
loss program is designed to pro-
mote quick and healthy weight
loss and to encourage long-term
weight maintenance.
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out an application just the same
as they would if seeking a job at a
reputable business.
"Now you've given them ev-
erything they need to steal your
identity," said the detective.
He went on to say this scam,
too, has relieved local citizens of
their savings. The victim is also
committing a crime.
"To make you complicit, your
job is to receive packages at your
home then re-package them and
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Great-grandmother wins


$79,000 at Brighton.Casino


The second largest gaming
machine payout in the history
of the Seminole Casino Brighton
on Sept. 25 couldn't have come
at a better time for an Okeecho-
bee woman and her husband,
who've been struggling finan-
cially in their retirement years.
The winner, a 69-year-old
great-grandmother who asked
not to be identified, said, "When
I woke up that morning some-
thing told me to play Forbidden
Treasures."
Like other progressive gam-
ing machines, that machine is
linked to all the Seminole Tribe
of Florida, Inc. casinos. Progres-
sive machine jackpots increase
each time a game is played at
the linked casinos. The largest
jackpot won at Seminole Casino
Brighton was $129,882.45 in July,
2006. All seven Seminole Tribe of
Florida casinos now also offer
Las Vegas-style slot machines.
The woman hadn't played
Forbidden Treasures in "quite a
while," and in fact, decided to
play other machines and have


dinner with her husband at the
casino's Josiah Restaurant before
wandering over to her chosen
machine, on which she quickly
won $45.
"I had a strange feeling I
shouldn't play that game right
away, so we took our time for al-
most two hours," she said.
After about 10 more turns,
she won again. This time it was
for $5,000. Or so she thought. It
was actually $79,255.65.
The woman has lived in
Okeechobee since 1999 but she
and her husband of 52 years
have been playing at Seminole
Casino Brighton for only the
past couple of years. Both are on
fixed incomes and have serious
health issues.
Now they have a nest egg in
a money market with some of
their winnings stowed in a cer-
tificate of deposit to pay tax on
the big score.
"It really is a godsend. We
paid off our car loan and credit
cards and we'll probably take a
trip to Las Vegas," she said, add-


ing that her husband "wants to
see the showgirls, and that's al-
right with me."'
The Seminole Casino Brigh-
ton is a 27,000-square-foot casi-
no with 240 slot and gaming ma-
chines, a 10-table poker room,
and 500 high-stake bingo seats,
with full service restaurant and
lounge. Its warm and friendly
staff, ultra-modern air-condition-
ing system, clean atmosphere,
and rewarding casino promo-
tions are a welcome alternative
to big city gaming.
The Seminole Casino Brigh-
ton is located in the Brighton
Indian Reservation, 17735 Reser-
vation Road, Okeechobee, Flori-
da, 34974. For more information,
call toll-free 866-2-Casino or 863-
467-9998. Visit www.seminole-
casinobrighton.com.


Women in Outdoors program


attracts Okeechobee resident


EDGEFIELD, S.C.-Joan Jones
of Okeechobee, attended the Na-
tional Wild Turkey Federation's
three-day event celebrating the
NWTF's 10-year anniversary of its
Women in the Outdoors outreach
program, which proved to be full
of surprises for more than 300
women in attendance.
Jones joined women from
across the country as well as
Canada at the Wild Turkey Center
in Edgefield, S.C., Sept. 25-28, to
Learn, Laugh and Lighten Up -
the theme of this year's national
event.
Jones and other participants
had the opportunity to enjoy
more than 30 hands-on classes
including fly fishing, kayaking,
camping, Dutch oven cooking,
outdoor photography, archery,
shotgunning, ATV safety, tur-
key calling and much more in a
+ beginner-friendly, stress-free envi-
ronment.
Unexpectedly, participants
received a special message from
Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin during
the event's opening festivities.
NWTF CEO George Thornton
read a letter from Palin, an avid
hunter, angler and outdoors-
woman, addressing the women
who attended the event.
The women in attendance also
enjoyed a surprise appearance
and speech by Brenda Valentine,
the NWTF's new spokeswoman.
Known as the outdoor indus-
try's "First Lady of Hunting","
Valentine made her debut as the
NWTF's official spokeswoman
Friday, Sept. 26. Valentine's wide-
ranging talents include that of an
accomplished author, photogra-
pher, videographer and radio per-
sonality, and she is the first female
inducted into the Legends of the
Outdoors Hall of Fame.
Valentine makes regular ap-
pearances on the new "Bass Pro


Shops' King of Bucks" program
on Outdoor Channel, and is also a
host of the "Bass Pro Shops' Real
Hunting" show that airs weekly on
the Versus Network. As spokes-
woman, Valentine will make ap-
pearances on the NWTF's televi-
sion shows and contribute to the
NWTF's Women In The Outdoors
magazine.
"I am honored and excited to
have been invited to serve as the
first official spokeswoman for the
NWTF," said Valentine. "I have
been a friend and supporter of
the NWTF for many years and am
now looking forward to a more
active role in helping all staff and
members to further enhance the
future of the wild turkey and our
hunting heritage."
In addition to hearing from
Palin and Valentine, who have
brought positive attention to the
outdoor industry, participants
were treated to speeches by Peggy
Anne Vallery, the NWTF's second
woman president, and Laurie Lee
Dovey, acclaimed author, photog-
rapher and speaker.
Since 1998, the NWTF's Wom-
en in the Outdoors program has
worked to share the outdoor
tradition by providing expert in-
struction and hands-on educa-
tion through events designed for
women. During its inaugural year,
Women in the Outdoors hosted
18 events and today the program
organizes more than 400 events
across the nation.
For more information about
the NWTF visit www.nwtf.org
or call
(800) THE-NWTF.
About the NWTF: In 1973,
Tom Rodgers founded the Na-
tional Wild Turkey Federation in
Fredericksburg, Va., as a national
501(c) (3) nonprofit conservation
and education organization with
a mission dedicated to conserving


wild turkeys and preserving hunt-
ing traditions. Shortly thereafter,
Rodgers relocated the NWTF
to Edgefield, S.C., where it's still
headquartered today.
At the time NWTF was estab-
lished, there were only 1.3 million
wild turkeys. Today that number
stands at more than seven million
birds throughout North America,
thanks to the efforts of state, fed-
eral and provincial wildlife agen-
cies, the NWTF and its members
and partners.
Growth and progress define
the NWTF as it has expanded
from 1,300 members in 1973 to
more than a half million today.
With that growth has come im-
pressive strides in wildlife man-
agement as the NWTF has forged
dynamic partnerships across
the country to further its con-
servation mission. Together, the
NWTF's partners, sponsors and
grassroots members have raised
and spent more than $279 million
upholding hunting traditions and
conserving more than 13.9 mil-
lion acres of wildlife habitat.
While wild turkey restora-
tion is nearing completion, the
NWTF still has much work to
do. Across North America, sup-
porters are working to enhance
habitat for wild turkeys and other
wildlife while providing hunters
with more opportunities and ac-
cess to public and private land. In
addition, NWTF volunteers and
partners are introducing youth,
women and people with disabili-
ties to the outdoors through spe-
cial educational events.
If you would like to become
a member of Team NWTF, join
a committee or start a chapter,
please visit our Web site at www.
nwtf.org
www.nwtf.org> or call us at 800-
THE-NWTF.


Doctor celebrates tenth


anniversary in Okeechobee


Kenneth F. Haas, M.D., FACG,
is celebrating his tenth year work-
ing and living in Okeechobee. Dr.
Haas and his
wife, Wanda are
originally from
New Jersey.
When asked
what made
him choose
Okeechobee to
start his gastro-
enterology med- Dr. Kenneth
ical practice, he F. Haas
explained that
he always wanted to live in Flori-
da. His father lived in Juno Beach.
Dr. Haas and his wife have come
to enjoy the rural life of Okeecho-
bee and the wonderful friendly
and caring atmosphere of the
community. June Holt has been
his office manager since day one.
New to the office staff is Kathy
Pasaaso, LPN.
Dr. Haas graduated from Al-
bany Medical College in New
York and did his residency and
fellowship training at Montefiore
Medical Center in New York City.
He was the first double board
certified physician in Internal
Medicine and Gastroenterology
to practice at CentraState Medical
Center in Freehold, N.J. He was in
practice there for 25 years before
moving to Florida.
Doctor and Mrs. Haas have
four children and three grand-


children. Their youngest daugh-
ter is expecting her first child this
month. Two children, Alfie and
Tammy have remained in Or-
lando and their son just finished
his Emergency Room Residency.
He is a ER attending physician at
Tampa General Medical Center.
The ten years have flown


by and a day doesn't go by that
Dr. Hassa and Wanda don't feel
blessed to have the opportu-
nity to care for the people in the
Okeechobee community. Dr.
Haas' new office address is 115
N.E. Third Street, Okeechobee.
For more information, please call
863-357-7447.


Kissimmee River access to


Lake Okeechobee restored


Navigation lock and
weir will open for
river navigation
OKEECHOBEE-The South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict (SFWMD) reports that the
navigation lock at S65E and the
newly constructed tailwater weir
are for boating and access to Lake
Okeechobee. Normal lock opera-
tion resumed Oct. 8, with regular
hours. Boating barriers at the weir
will be removed for full access to
the south and north.
The tailwater weir, the largest
single water control structure the
District has ever built, is almost
one mile downstream of the S-65E
water control structure on the Kis-
simmee River. The weir can move
up to 30,000 cubic feet of water
per second, or enough water to
fill 1,000 swimming pools in one
minute. The weir will maintain
water levels downstream of the
S-65E structure, protecting it from
extreme water level differences
and potential failure during ma-
jor storm events. It is one of four
emergency improvement projects
undertaken this year to protect
major water control structures
when Lake Okeechobee experi-
ences very low water levels.
The navigation lock at the
S-65E flood control structure had
been initially closed due to ex-
treme low water levels and then
remained closed for the dura-
tion of the weir construction. All
safety and maintenance checks
have been completed and the
locktender will resume normal
operations. The hours of opera-
tion will be:
Weekdays: Monday Friday,
all year, 7 a.m. 6 p.m.
Weekends: March 1 October
31, 5:30 a.m. 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1-Feb. 28, 5:30 a.m. 6:30
p.m.


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mission of the South Florida Wa-
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sure adequate flood protection
and the ability to deliver water
supply when it is available, the
Okeechobee Field Station invests
$2 million each year maintain-
ing pump stations, water control
structures and navigation locks
that serve the public north of
Lake Okeechobee.
Also due to U.S. Army Corps of
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Children's Items 555
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Furs 615
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Sporting Goods 705
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Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
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VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740


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them so much. But my fe-
male dog is increasing
growing jealous and getting
violent with them. I'm
afraid to leave them alone
and always have to separ-
ate them. They are both
very rare colors. One is 9
months the other is 6
months. I'm only asking for
what I paid for them. They
must stay together! New
owner MUST agree to vet
check and reference check.
I will keep therh as long as
it takes to find someone
who will keep them inside
as they are accustomed
and love them dearly. They
adore children and cannot
live without cuddles and
hugs. Super affectionate
and gentle. They have to
be fixed as I will not sell
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great cond. w/feeders $100.
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ChFistmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
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Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
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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



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month, 1st & last
863)763-7301 or
863)697-1623 Anytime
DUPLEX 2 BR, 1 BA, NW 5th
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cludes lawn service & gar-
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Occupancy. Utilities includ-
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(863)467-0461
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clean, $825 + sec., wa-
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& $500 sec. (863)467-5965
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
Avail. Immediately! Fully
furnished. New carpet. Pool,
Tennis & Boat dock. 1BA 1BR
$685. + electric. Annual
lease. 215-359-7779
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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 2nd floor
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between 9am-5pm.
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nished w/Bedding, Linens &
Cookware. (561)234-0277
*NEW*
2 bed/2 bath/2 car garage
All appliances included,
and many extras.
Great neighborhood;
A Must See!
$1,000.00/mth + sec.
(863)634-7722
OKECHOBEE 3BR/1BA Du-
plex, W/D hookup, central
a/c & heat. $690 mo. +
$500 sec. (863)763-4414
Okeechobee 2/1 in town, Ig.
fenced in yard, small dog ok,
washer/dryer. Call
(561)445-8281
OKEECHOBEE Clean 2/1
House w/ C/Air. 310 NE 4th
Ave., $700 mo., 1st, last &
$500 sec. (863)467-5965
Rent/Option to Buy Okee-
chobee, adoreable,
3BR/2BA, garage, on water-
front, exc. ref's essential,
$750, 1st, last & sec. dep.
neg., no pets, 561-568-3613
SPOT IN THE SUN 2br, 2ba
on half acre, clean and beau-
tiful, Ig rooms & closets,
Master bth w/Ig walk in clos-
et, garden tub & shower,
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Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




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on property, in city limits,
$124,000. (863)634-5586
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Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
File No. 2008-CP-174
Probate Division
IN RE: ESTATE OF
JOHN E. HAMRICK,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of John
E. Hamrick, deceased, whose date of
death was July 2, 2008, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Okeechobee County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address of
which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okee-
bhobee, Florida 34972. The names and
addresses of the personal representative
and the personal representative's attor-
ney 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 required 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 of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS 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-
OD 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 October 10th, 2008.
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Michael M. Hamrick
Florida Bar No. 0290556
Hamrick, Perrey, Ouinlan & Smith, PA.
601 12th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Telephone: 941-747-1871
Personal Representative:
Cheryl B. Hamrick
2543 NE 40th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
295446 ON 10/10,17/08
LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
The Workflorce Development Board of the
Treasure Coast Region 20 and the
Treasure Coast Woerkorce Consortium
announces a meeting of the Executive
Committee to which all persons are invit-
ed:
Date & Time: Friday, October 17, 2008 -
8:00 a.m.
Place: Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
University Park
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 1 00
Port St. Lucie, Horanda 34986
fURPOL~S.To discuss matters concern-
ing the Workforce Investment Act, Work-
force Employment Opportunities, the
Welfare Transition Program, One-Stop
Career Centers and the Workforce Devel-
opment Board. A copy of the agenda
may be obtained by contacting:
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
University Park
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
Port St. Lucie. Honida 34986
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with respect
to any matter considered at the above
referenced meeting, they will need to en-
sure a vertbatim recording of the pro-
ceedingsiss made, which record includes
the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is based, in order to provide a
record for Ijudcial review
295648 ON 10/t0/08


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOB
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
PROBATE DIVISION
File No.: 2008-CP-114
Division
IN RE: ESTATE OF
CHLOE JAELYN SMITH
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of Chloe
Jaelyn Smith, deceased, File Number
2008-CP-114, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Rorda,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972. Thesnae name and addresses of
the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons havkig claims or demands
against decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE .
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decent and other
persons having claims or demands
against the decedent's estate, must file
their claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
Notice is October 3rd, 2008.
Personal Representative:
Jessica Smith
3523 SE 26th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972


Attorney for Personal Representative:
WallaqeB. McCall,.Esq. ,,, . 1
Florida Bar No. 157086
WALLACE B. McCALL, PA.
1001 North U.S. Highway One
Suite 604
Jupiter, Florida 33477
Telephone: (5611746-7073
294421 ON 10/3,10/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION -
ile No. 08-CP-186
IN RE: ESTATE OF
JEANETTE ASHBY GRICE
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of Jean-
ette' Ashby Grice, deceased, whose
date of death was July 2, 2008, is
pending in the Circuit Court for Okee-
,chobee County, Horida, Probate Divi-
sion, the address of which is 312 NW
Third Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972. The names and addresses of
the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All credtos of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons' having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate thust ,
file their claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICAITON OF THIS NOTICE:
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
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 notice
is October 3rd, 2008.
Personal Representative:
Judy Jordan
4904 Georga Hwy 56 East
Lyons, Georgia 30456
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Elizabeth Maxwell
Attomey for Judy Jordan
Florida Bar No. 720895
Maxwell & Maxwell, PA.
405 NW 3rd Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Telephone: (8631 763-1119
Fax: (863) 763-1179
293559 ON 10/3,10/08
PUBLIC AUCTION
Big Lake Auto & Towing
1107 SE Hwy 441
Okee, FL 34974
863-357-3604
Auction Date: 10/24/2008
@9AM
Vehicles to be auctioned
1976 Pontiac Trans-Am
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12 Okeechobee News, Friday, October 10, 2008


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No.: 2008-CP-201
Division: Probate
IN RE: THE ESTATE OF
PRISCILLA SWARTZ,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of PRIS-
CILLA SWARTZ, deceased, whose
date of death was December 7, 2007,
and whose social security number Is
213-16-7728, Is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Dilislon, the address otwhich
Is 312 North West 3rd Street, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972. The names
and addresses of the personal repre-
sentative and the personal representa-
tive'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 required to be
served must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All creditors ato the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
againstt decedent's estate must file
their claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE*
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date dae df first publication of this notice
Is October 10th, 2008.
Attorney or Person Giving Notice:
JEFFREY A. FADLEY, RA.
Fla. Bar No.: 0356657
Attorney for Petitioner
807 South West 2nd Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Telephone: (863) 763-5733
Facsimile: (863) 763-6199
Person Giving Notice:
Adair M. McKoy III
2995 Highway 174
Edisto Island, SC 29438
295438 ON 10/10,17/08


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NOTICE OF INTENT TO CONSIDER
THE ADOPTION OF A COUNTY ORDINANCE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee
County, Florida will hold a public hearing on October 23, 2008 at 9:00 O'Clock
A.M., in the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium located at 1728
N.W 9th Street, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving comments and
suggestions in consideration of the adoption of a proposed Ordinance. The tdile of
said proposed Ordinance is:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, ESTABLISHING AND IMPLEMENTING A PROGRAM TO
CHARGE USER FEES FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES
RENDERED BY OKEECHOBEE COUNTY AT EMERGENCY SERVICE CALLS; PRO-
VIDING FOR ADOPTION OF FEE SCHEDULES OR FORMULA BY RESOLUTION;
PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING
FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
A copy of this Notice of Intent will be available for public inspection at the County
Administration office, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida each week day, Monday through Friday, except holidays be-
tween the hours of 8'30 A.M. and 5:00 PM., beginning on October 10, 2008,
If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at such hearing, that person will
need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based.


SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
295649 ON 10/10/08


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PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 6:00 p.m or as soon thereafter possible, at City
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter
to consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 1029: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE NO. 635 AS AMENDED, BY
REVISING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM SINGLE FAMILY TO COMMERCIAL;
PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION OF ORDINANCE AND REVISED FUTURE LAND USE
MAP IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE..
The Ordinance is regarding Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map
Amendment Application No. 08-005-SSA, submitted by Danny Creech, on behalf of
property owners) Jerry Suarez. The request is to change the Future Land Use des-
ignation from SF to C for property located at 701 Northeast 3rd Street. Parcel One:
Lots 7 to 12 of Block 116, and Parcel Two:, vacant property West of Block 116 and
East of Taylor Creek, Okeechobee, and is approximately 1.5 abre(s). The proposed
use is for commercial development,
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public
in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:3Opm,
except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings'is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286 26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, -call
TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Lane Gamiotea, CM, CITY CLERK
295419 ON 10/10/08


NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of
Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the Com-
mission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728
NW 9th Avenue, Okeechohbee, Florida to consider a Special Exception to allow sales
of new or used park models and recreational vehicles within a Heavy Commercial
(C2) zoning district. Rukhomani E Powmesamy, Etal, property owner and Mark Kor-
novich, applicant. The property address is 5335 Highway 441 SE and is more par-
icularly descnbe'd as follows:
A parcel of land lying in fractional Section 31, Township 37 South, Range 36 East,
Okeechobee County, Florida. Said parcel of land composes a portion of Block 2,
Great Lakes Subdivision, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1,
Page 36 thru 45, inclusive, public records of Okeechobee County, Florida, and
portions of Lots 6 and 7, Block 2, Plat of Farm Lands of the Consolidated Land
Company, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 5, public
records of Okeechobee County, Florida, being more particularly described as fol-
lows:
Commencing at the intersection of the West boundary line of said Section 31 and
the Northerly line of State Road #15 right-of-way (66 feet wide), thence South 5
1 30' 19" East, along said Northerly right-of-way line, a distance of 1898.32 feet;
Thence South 5129'28"East continuing along said nght-of-way line, a distance of
310.22 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING,
Thence continue South 51"29'28" East, along said right-of-way line, distance of
.239.91 feet;
Thence North 3119'03" East a distance of 371.59 feet;
Thence North 5545'18" West a distance of 218.09 feet;
Thence South 3435'55" West a distance of 353.24 feet to the POINT OF
BEGININNG.
In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings
shall be continued to Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the Commission
Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL .HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT
THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of
Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or
hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and
that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for offi-
cial records of the department.
William D. Royce, Planning Director
Petition S-2008-0692
295660 ON 10/10/08


NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF INSTALLATION OF A USED DWELLING UNIT
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board
of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the
Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium,
1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a PERMIT APPLICATION
FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A USED DWELLING UNIT in an Agriculture (AC) zon-
ing district. The property owner and applicant is David Mitchell Arnold. The prop-
erty address is 1554 NW 141st Street and is more particularly described as
follows:
BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE
35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND COMPRISING A PORTION OF
THOSE CERTAIN PARCELS OF LAND AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS
O.R.) BOOK 231, PAGE 1348 AND O.R. BOOK 244, PAGE 1436 AND O.R. BOOK
288, PAGE 1820 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE
AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 4; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 013
6'04" WEST, ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 4, FOR A DISTANCE OF
938.71 FEET TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID O.R. BOOK 231, PAGE
1348, SAID POINT LYING ON THE SOUTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF N.W. 141ST
STREET; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 8950'07" EAST, ALONG SAID SOUTH RIGHT-
OF-WAY LINE OF N.W. 141ST STREET, FOR A DISTANCE OF 70.02 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 8950'07" EAST, ALONG
SAID SOUTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF N.W. 141ST STREET, FOR A DISTANCE
OF 134.83 FEET TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THAT CERTAIN PARCEL OF
LAND AS DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 249, PAGE 1469 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS
OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 0135'00" WEST,
ALONG THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID O.R, BOOK 249, PAGE 1469 AND
ALONG THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THAT CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND AS
DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 259, PAGE 890, FOR A DISTANCE OF 344,24 FEET
TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID O.R. BOOK 259, PAGE 890; THENCE
BEAR SOUTH 8958'45" EAST, ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID
O.R. BOOK 259, PAGE 890, FOR A DISTANCE OF 250.00 FEET TO THE SOUTH-
EAST CORNER OF SAID OR. BOOK 259, PAGE 890 AND BEING ALSO THE
SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THAT CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND AS DESCRIBED IN
O.R. BOOK 259, PAGE 900 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY FLORIDA; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 89 1 8'3 8" EAST, ALONG THE
SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID 0 R. BOOK 259, PAGE 900, FOR A DISTANCE
OF 128.09 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE BEAR SOUTH 01'33'10" WEST FOR A
DISTANCE OF 332.95 FEET TO A POINT, THENCE BEAR NORTH 8958'56" WEST
FOR A DISTANCE OF 512.97 FEET TO A POINT, THENCE BEAR NORTH 01034'
11" EAST, ALONG A LINE 70.00 FEET EAST OF AND PARALLEL WITH THE WEST
LINE OF SAID SECTION 4, FOR A DISTANCE OF 679.07 FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING. 5.00 ACRES
In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings
shall be continued to Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the Commis-
sion Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728
NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO, BE HEARD AT
THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board
of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meet-
ing or hearing will need'to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the
appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of
backup for official records of the department.
William D. Royce, Planning Director
Petition # M-2008-0285
294838 ON 10/10/08


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OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA


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NOTICE: The Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals will hold their next
regular meeting on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 7:00 pm In the Commission
Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, In the event that all items scheduled before the Board
are not heard, the meeting shall be continued to Wednesday, October 28, 2008 at
7:00 pm in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department
Auditorium, 1728 NW 91h Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida,
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT
PUBLIC HEARINGS. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Ad-
lustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or
hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and
that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for offi-
cial records' of the department.
William D. Royce, Planning Director
295207 ON 10/10/08


PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN
RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY OC-
TOBER 28, 2008 AT 3:30 PM. IN ROOM C-112 IN THE WILLIAMSON CONFER-
ENCE CENTER ON THE INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE DIXON HENRY CAMPUS
AT 2229 N.W. 9TH AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972. NOTICE IS ALSO
GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2008 AN AGENDA MEETING
WILL BE HELD IN ROOM 309 IN THE KIGHT BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS,
3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, F.RT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS
WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS
CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTI-
NENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE
COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF
THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING
WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY
NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE.
294391 ON 10/10/08

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter
to consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 1030: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA; AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZON-
ING MAP OF OKEECHOBEE BY REZONING A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN/FROM RESIDENTIAL SINGLE FAMILY-ONE
RSF-1) AND INDUSTRIAL (IND) ZONING DISTRICT TO LIGHT COMMERCIAL
CLT) ZONING DISTRICT; AMENDING THE ZONING MAP ACCORDINGLY; PROVID-
ING FOR CONFLICTS, SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The Ordinance is regarding Rezoning Petition No. 08-005-R, submitted by Danny
Creech, on behalf of property owners) Jerry Suarez. The petition is to change the
zoning distinct from Residential Singlea Family-One (RSF-1) and Industrial (IND) to
Light Commercial (CLT) for property located at 701 Northeast 3rd Street, and is and is p-
proximately 1.5 acress.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public
in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fi, 8am-4:30pm,
except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
Hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk media are for the sole purpose o backup for official records of the Clkt
In accordance withth the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
28626, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call
TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TY).
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITYCLERK
205420 ON 10/10/08


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By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you watch any local, television
stations such as CBS, FOX, ABC or
NBC, then you know by all of the
commercials that the -Digital Televi-
sion Transition is on its way.
Digital television (DTV) transition
-- what is that and how does it affect
me? That is what many people are.
asking at all the local retail electron-
ics stores.
While some people believe that
you must purchase a new television
by this analog broadcasting dooms-
day of Feb. 17, 2009, the majority of
the population isn't really affected be-
cause they already subscribe to some
sort of cable or satellite service. Es-
sentially, they made the-digital switch
years ago.
What is digital broadcasting and
why, are the broadcasters making the
change? Digital broadcasting prom-
ises to provide a clearer picture and
more programming options for con-
sumers. It will also free up the air-
waves for use by emergency respond-
ers. There have been some users who
have seen additional channels come
in when they purchased their conver-
tor box.
At midnight on Feb. 17, 2009, all
full-power television stations in the
United States will stop broadcasting
in analog and switch to 100 percent
digital broadcasting.
Analog television sets receiving
free television using an antenna will
not work after February 17, 2009. If
you watch television using an anten-
na, either indoor or outdoor, and you
have a television that does not have
a digital tuner you will need to pur-
chase a converter box or a new televi-
sion that has a digital tuner built in.
What do you need to determine,
if your television set has a "digital
tuner" already built in? If it does,
ybur television set will work after the
change. How do you get that informa-
tion? The best way would be to look
in your owner's manual, but if that
isn't possible you may be able to look
up that information on the manufac-
turer's web-site.
You are trying to find out if your
set has an input connection labeled
"digital input" or "ATSC" (Advanced
Television Systems Committee, which
is the DTV format).
If your television'set was made be-
fore 1998, it was a traditional "analog"
set. If you bought a big-screen, pro-
jection TV between 1998 and 2004,
it' may h'Vae' a- built-in -digitl tiihef'
inside,-but chances aren't great. Only
a limited percentage of projection
television sets included digital tuners
before 2004.
If you purchased a new television
set since 2004, the chances of hav-
ing a built-in digital tuner improve
dramatically. Starting in 2004, many
of the television sets sold at popular
electronics stores feature digital tun-
ers.
That doesn't mean you are in the
clear though, even some of the newer


television sets are purely display mon-
itors that lack the internal circuitry
needed to pick up digital broadcasts.
If you determine you have an ana-
log television, here are your options:
purchase a new television with a digi-
tal tuner; purchase' a converter box;
or switch to a paid television service
provider.
In response to this change, Con-
gress has created the TV Converter
Box Coupon Program for households
who wish to keep their analog televi-
sion sets. The program allows U.S.
households to get up to two coupons,
each worth $40, that can be applied
toward the cost of eligible converter
boxes.
A television connected to cable,
satellite or other pay television service
does not require a TV converter box
from this program.
A TV converter box is a new prod-
uct available in early 2008 that will
plug into your analog television and,
along with your antenna, keep your
analog set working after the February


deadline. A TV converter box is a one-
time purchase and is expected to cost
between $50 and $70. Visit www.DT-
VTransition.org to find details on eli-
gible converter boxes and where they
can be located.
According to the www.dtv2009.
gov website, these boxes should be
available now.
In order to apply for a coupon, go
online before March 31, 2009, and
apply for up to two $40 coupons per
household or call 1-888-DTV-2009
(1-888-388-2009), 1-877-530-2634
(TTY), or by mailing their application
to P.O. Box 2000, Portland, OR 97208-
2000. Coupons will be mailed to re-
questers.
A list of nearby participating retail-
ers will be included with the coupons
when they are mailed to you. Locally
they are available at Wal-Mart and Ra-
dio Shack. You can also buy them on-
line with your coupon at http://www.
dtvpal.com/


OKeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Coordination test
These members of TNT (Truth in Training) are taking part in a
three legged race. Members of TNT, made up of students in
grades 3 through 6, meet at the First Baptist Church ROC on
Wednesday evenings form 6:30 to 8 for games, refreshments and
Bible study.


REGISTRATION FORM
Taylor Creek Bass Club, Inc.
23rd Annual Kids' Day Fishing Festival
October 26. 2008 Okeechobee AG Center

CONTESTANTS:
Name Age

Address
Phone
A Responsible Adult must accompany the participants!
General Release:
The contestants, parents or guardians hereby agree to idemnify and hold
Harmless all members, officers and officials of Taylor Creek Bass
Club and Okeechobee Ag Centere for any liabilities and/or damages arising
- from' the contestanits padticipation in'the Kids' Day Fishing Festival .

Signed Date
MAIL REGISTRATION FORM BY OCTOBER 19, 2008 to
DAVE STOUT 814 S.E. 25th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974
Or drop off at The Okeechobee News Office, The Pennysayer or Pogey's Restaurant.


23rd Annual Kids Day
The 23rd annual Kids Day Fishing Festival will be held Oct. 26,
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The
event is free and open to all children ages 4 to 14. The Taylor
Creek Bass Club provides fishing poles and bait, etc. for the
children.Advance registration is required so the club knows how
many children to plan for.


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SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
IRRIGATION WATER USE PERMIT RENEWAL WORKSHOP
The South Florida Water Management District will begin the water use permit renew-
al process for the Lake Okeechobee Basin, which includes portions ol Palm
Beach, Martin, Glades, Okeechobee, Lee and Hendry counties. All individual and
major general water use permits for irrigation withdrawals from Lake Okeechobee
or its tributaries must be renewed by February 28, 2009. Since Water Use Per-
mits have a fiphe duration, they must be renewed in order to re-establish the dght
to use water. Applications for permit renewals will be evaluated against criteria
contained in updated rules.
In order to explain the revised rules and renewal process, the first informational
workshop for the Basin will be held at the Hendry County Extension Office/Dallas
Townsend Agricultural Center located at 1085 Pratt Blvd. in LaBelle
863-674-4092). The workshop will be on'October 16th beginning at 10:00 a.m.
the workshop is scheduled to inform permit holders of the renewal process, pro-
cessing fees, deadlines and to assist with any problems or questions.
Add itional information can n be found on the Water Use Permit Renewal page on the
District web site at WaWltwmid.oov or by calling the informational hotline at
(800) 547-2694.
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Brahmans tackle Fort Pierce Cobras


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee comes into to-
night's game riding a four game
winning streak, their longest in
many a year. Fort Pierce comes in
off a 61-26 trouncing at the hands
of state ranked Jupiter Christian.
Fort Pierce Coach Chris Hutch-
ings came up with a plan last year
to keep Lonnie Pryor in check.
However, he forgot about QB
Garrett Madrigal who- lit up his
secondary and helped Okeecho-
bee to a 40-24 victory.
"Last year we thought it was a
pretty good idea. to force them to
pass," Hutchings noted, "It didn't
turn out that way."
Fort Pierce, (2-2) has a bal-
anced attack this year but they still
don't have a lot of seniors. The
Cobras lost a lot of their senior
class when Treasure Coast High
School opened up their school.
That has left the team searching
for leadership this year.
"We are still very young, we
have some talent, perhaps not
like Fort Pierce teams of the past,"
Hutchings noted.


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Hutchings has coached two
district champion teams while at
Ft. Pierce. However the team fell
on hard times last year and are
still looking to find themselves
this year.
Jabari Cargill is among the
area's best receivers. He's got-
ten open on a regular basis and


his match up against Nate Pol-
lard and the Brahman secondary
tonight should be a good one.
So far this year he has 23 recep-
tions and three touchdowns. QB
Tim Smith opened some eyes as
a freshman when he ran through
the Brahmans JV team as he led
his Fort Pierce team to victory. He
is an athletic quarterback who
can run or pass. Smith has rushed
for 192 yards and passed for over
400 yards and fdur touchdowns
this year.
After those two weapons,
the talent! level drops off for Fort
Pierce. However that doesn't
make this an easy game for
Okeechobee.
Coach Chris Branham called
last week's victory over Glades
Day the best win he's been in-
volved with at Okeechobee. His
team could have a hard time re-
covering from that exhausting 49-
41 victory.
Branham said the team has
looked good at practice this week
and he thinks it's finally setting in
to some of the team leaders that
the team is good and can set a lot


of records for Okeechobee High
School.
Lonnie Pryor was talking about
4,000 career rushing yards a few
weeks ago but after back to back
250 yard plus games he's cleared
that hurdle and now has an out-
side shot to reach 5,000 yards be-
fore he finishes his career.
Brahman QB Garrett Madrigal
could be expected to throw the
ball a lot tonight as Fort Pierce
will likely try to bottle up the
Brahmans running attack.
"We said last year made him
beat us, and he did, he's a good
QB," Hutchings said of Madrigal.
However when facing a back like
Lonnie Pryor, most teams have
no choice but to try to stop him.
It hasn't been all that easy, how-
ever.
The ironic part of tonight's
game is both. Okeechobee and
Fort Pierce have lost to the same
teams this year, Centennial, and
Jupiter Christian. Fort Pierce has
defeated Martin County, 39-17,
and Port St. Lucie 21-15.


OHS swim team continues to improve


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School
Brahmans swimming team has
been busy in the past week as
they competed in the Heartland
Invitational Swim me4t in High-
lands County and in Martin Coun-
ty against South Fork.
The girls' team finished fourth
out of ten teams. Savannah As-
mussen turned in the best per-
formance of the day with a third
place finish in the girls 500 free-
style.
The girls 200 medley relay
team took fifth place. That team
includes Teal Sheffield, Celena
Letcher, Tristan Lara, and Asmus-
sen.
Jessica Wackier took seventh
place in the 200 freestyle. Celena
Letcher took ninth place in the
event.
Alex Ming finished ninth in the
girls 200 IM.
Tristan Lara finished 18th in
the girls 50 free. Sarah Hawthorne
finished 21st and Victoria Bostic


took seventh and Chelsie Hous-
ton 17th in the 100 freestyle.
Behind Asmussen in the 500
freestyle were Jessica Wackier,
6th, Teal Sheffield, 14th, and Tessa
Delcampo, 15th.
The girls 200 free relay team
finished sixth. Members include
Jessica Wackier, Alex Ming, and
Savannah Asmussen.
Jaiden Barnhart finished fourth
and Teal Sheffield fifth in the girls
100 backstroke.
Celena Letcher finished fourth,
Alex Ming seventh and Savannah
Whitlock 13th in the 100 breast-
stroke.
"Our girls finished fourth out
of 10 teams," Coach Nicole John-
son said, "We had many swim-
mers swim their best swims at
this meet." Okeechobee earned
242 points in the 24 events. Bish-
op Verot finished first with 565
points. Sebring was second with
491 points and Lake Placid fin-
ished fourth with 375.5 points. *
The boy's team also had their
share of strong performances at
the Heartland swim meet last Sat-


23rd. urday.
Tessa Delcampo took 12th in.. Kenny Murphy had a strong af-
the 100 butterfly. Jaiden Barnhart ternoon as he finished fifth in the


boys 200 IM, and sixth in the 100
butterfly. Nathan Candler finished
third in the 100 breaststroke.
The boys 200 medley team
which consists of Candler, Damon
Heater, Murphy and Ben Kielbasa,
took ninth place overall.
Heater took 14th place in the
boys 200 freestyle and Heater
finished 21. Zac Norris took 17th
in the 50 free, and Tommy Ferrell
finished 26th.
Candler finished sixth in the
100 freestyle and Kielbasa was
23rd.
Heater took seventh in the 100
backstroke.
The boys 400 freestyle relay
team of Murphy, Heater, Kielbasa
and Candler finished eighth over-
all.
"The way it is looking, many
of our swimmers may have the
chance to go to the regional meet
in Naples on Nov. 8th," Coach
Johnson noted.
Okeechobee finished eighth
in the boy's competition. They
earned 110.5 points. North Port
High School won the meet with
389 points. Lake Placid was sec-,
ond followed by Hardee, Bishop
Verot, Sebring, Avon Park and


Frostproof.
On Monday the boys lost to
South Fork 137-39. Top perfor-
mances put in by local swimmers
included Kenny Murphy's win in
the 200 individual medley. Mur-
phy finished second in the 100
butterfly.
Candler won the 100 freestyle
by better than three seconds. He
finished second in the 100 back-
stroke. Heater won the 100 back-
stroke.
The girl's squad also had a very
competitive meet as they fell to
South Fork 93-83. Jessica Wackier
won the 200 freestyle, while Cel-
ena Letcher was second. Savan-
nah Asmussen finished second
and Alex Ming third in the 200
individual medley.
Randi Barnes won the 100 but-
terfly and finished second in the
50 freestyle.
Jaiden Barnhart won the 100
freestyle and Jessica Wackier won
the 500 freestyle. Asmussen took
second in the 100 backstroke
and Letcher won the 100 breast-
stroke.
The girl's finished off the day
by winning the 400 freestyle relay
by better than 24 seconds.


OHS Volleyball team blasts Glades Central


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Glades Central didn't provide
much competition Tuesday night
as the Okeechobee High. School
Lady Brahmans won their fifth
straight match over the Lady.Raid-,
ers, 25-7, 25-8, and 25-6.
LeAnna Cotton had 21 aces


at the service line and Courtney*
Marker had nine kills at the net to
lead Okeechobee, (10-5 overall,
6-1 in district).
Coach Jacque Robinson said
her girls did a good. job executing
while enjoying the game. She not-
ed the girls did a good job play-
ing off the intensity of the crowd,
"We didn't get many opportuni-


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Megan Clements (right) celebrates with teammates (from
right) LeAnna Cotton, Courtney Marker, Rebekah Bryan and
Monica Koger.

Sports Briefs LLSERVICE REALTOR
Aft


Trash Fish rodeo
planned
Butch's Redneck Yacht Club
will hold a "trash fish".rodeo on
Saturday, Oct. 11 from 8 a.m.
until 1 p.m. No game fish will
be accepted. Cash prizes will be
awarded for the largest fish as
well as for the most weight for gar
vs. cichlids. All fish will go to Sue
Arnolds Wildlife Center. Sign up
at Butch's Fish Camp, 4870 Hwy
441 S.E. $20 entry fee up to a four-
man team. For more information
call 863-763-8262.

Signups planned for
Upward Basketball
The First Baptist Church of
Okeechobee will be hosting up-
ward basketball and cheerleading
for grades first through sixth, boys
and girls. Registration is open.
The cost is $65 through Oct. 26
and $75 if signup occurs between
Oct. 27 and Nov. 4.
The deadline for registration
will be Nov. 4. To register, come
to the ROC or the church office.
For more information, please call
863-467-7625 or 863-763-2171.


ties, other than serving, to show
off what we've been practicing.
Everybody looked pretty solid to-
night."
The lop-sided score allowed
Okeechobee to use reserves and
girls at different positions. The
only negative was an apparent
ankle injury suffered by senior set-
ter Kari Berger. She limped off in
the final game.
Monica Koger played a solid
game at th6e net and with her
serve. She has enjoyed her best
season so far in volleyball and
plans to help the team keep win-
ning.
"We did pretty well today. It
just prepares us for next week. We
know there are tougher teams on


our schedule. We'll keep working
hard and improving each day at
practice," she said.'
Koger said she has improved
on her passing and hitting this
year. She noted if she could apply.
herself more she could really im-
prove her game.
"We have some pretty good
teams coming up like Summit
Christian, Jensen Beach and Sun-
coast, we just have to stay up, and
hope for the best," she added.
Okeechobee jumped out to an
early advantage in all three games.
Glades Central had trouble han-
dling our serves and scored most
of their points on Okeechobee
mistakes like service faults.
The JV team also won handily.


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14 Okeechobee News, Fridqy, October 10, 2008



Wildlife rescue releases rehabilitated Anhinga


Bird rescued after
being tangled in rope

By Teresa Mataushek
Okeechobee News
On Wednesday, Sept. 24,
Okeechobee resident Darryl
Miner, in conjunction with Florida
Wildlife Rescue Service, released
an Anhinga back into the wild
along Taylor Creek.
Mr. Miner rescued the Anhinga
on Aug. 8, after its beak had be-
come entangled in rope. The bird
was released after spending six
weeks at a wildlife care facility
near West Palm Beach, where it
was treated for dehydration, ema-
ciation, and several open wounds
to its neck.
Anhingas also known as the
Water Turkey or Snake Bird, along
with other species of waterbirds
such as Herons, Egrets, and more
are frequent victims of ropes, fish-
ing hooks and monofilament line
(fishing line) in Florida's water-
ways.
The Florida Wildlife Rescue
Service is a non-profit organiza-
tion that provides free rescue,
pickup and transport of sick, in-
jured and orphaned wildlife in
the Okeechobee area. Glenna
Bolton, founder, says that the or-
ganization does not have its own
facility as of yet, but she is hope-
ful that .in the future she will be
able to build their, own animal
hospital/rehabilitation center for
injured, orphaned or sick wildlife.
Due to the fact that the organiza-
tion doesn't have its own facilities
here in Okeechobee yet, the Folke
Peterson Wildlife Center in Wel-
lington, where she works, allows
her to bring the animals there for
rehab.
"I am here to rescue animals
that need rescuing," she added. "I
am not the one to call to remove
nuisance animals."
She said that they try to bring
almost all of the animals that are
rescued and rehabilitated back to
Okeechobee and if'possible to the
neighborhood where they were
rescued.
"We like to release them
back into areas that are familiar
to them as much as possible. It
is less stressful for them if they
know where they are" she said.
So, if you are put into a situa-
tion where you find a bird of any
kind that is tangled in fishing line
orTope. i should nof'e 9redleed
- immediately after cutting awaythe
restraints. In most cases, the ani-
mal has become weak, thin and
dehydrated before being rescued
and are likely suffering from other
injuries as well. With appropriate
rehabilitative care, the chances for
the bird's survival and successful
release will be really increased.
If you come into this situation And
find an injured animal, please call
Glenna Bolton at 863-634-1755.
She or someone can pick up the
animal and take it to receive prop-
er medical attention and rehabili-
tation if necessary.
Fishing fun


Outdoors
Share your news and photos
for this column by email to
okeenews@newszap.com

If you and your family are in-
terested in a day of good whole-
some fishing and want to help out
wildlife at the same time, head on
down to Butch's Redneck Yacht
Club on Saturday, Oct: 11, for a
family fishing day at their second
ever Trash Fish Rodeo. Enjoy a
relaxing day of catching "non
game" fish such as, Cichlids, Os-
cars, Mud Fish, Mayans,. etc. No
game fish will be accepted.
There is a $20 entry fee up to a
four man team and there will be
cash prizes for the most weight
for Gar vs. Cichlids and a cash
~prize for the largest fish.
The 'rode6' will begin at 8
a.m. and last until 1 p.m. All fish
caught will go to Sue Arnolds
Wildlife Center.
You can sign up at Butch's Fish
Camp, 4870 Hwy 441 S.E. For
more information please call 863-
7.63-8262.
The Big 0' Teen Anglers Inc
of Okeechobee is very pleased
to announce that one of their an-
glers has won another champion-
ship title.
Ryan Edwards of Palm City, age
.12, fishing in his second full year
with the Big 0' Teen Anglers Inc.,
has won his second State Cham-
pionship title in the 11-14 year
old division at the Florida Bass
Federation Nation State Tourna-
ment which this year was held in
Palatka, Sept. 26-28. The tourna-
ment was held on the St. Johns
River and connecting waters. Wa-


ters were still running very high
as a result of Tropical Storm Faye
and high 'Winds on Florida's east
coast.
Most of the anglers had opted
to fish Rodnfan Reservoir which
were protected by locks on the
old Barge Canal.
The weekend before had an
opportunity to pre-fish for the
tournament with his grandfather
Bill O'Keefe and found a few fish
on Lake George. Lake George is
at least an hours run, one way
from the weigh in site and would
require at least one gas stop on
the way back.
At the tournament Ryan's part-
ner and boat Captain Leroy Bauer
of Ft. Pierce had never made this
run before, but once they cleared
the river Ryan was asked to guide
his boat captain to his fish.
Ryan caught his first bass on
his first tast and at the end of the
day brought a total of four fish to
the scales which weighed in at
8.15 lbs. Ryan also won the "Big
Fish" for the-younger age group
with a big fish total weight of 2.73
lbs.
At last years Junior Bass Mas-
ters State Tournament which was
held in Okeechobee in Septem-
ber. Ryan won that event as well.
After the final club tournament
in December 2007, Ryan was de-
clared Angler of the Year. Thus far
with three more tournaments left
for the 2008 Angler of the Year,
Ryan is leading the pack once
again. Ryan also recently fished
the Junior Worlds Bass Masters
Classic in Syracuse, N.Y. in August
along with Big O' Teen Angler Inc.
angler Bryce Breslin.
There were a total of 70 anglers
at this years event in Palatka. The
Anglers their families and friends
were treated to a great fish fry, put
on by and prepared by Palatka's
T.D.C. and Putnam County Com-
missioners, free of charge. On
Saturday night, they were treated
to a super barbecue dinner by the
Crystal Cove Bass Masters.
Charlie Hays, Florida Federa-
tion Nation Youth Director and
Co-Founder of the Big 0' Teen
Anglers Inc., says she was over-
whelmed by the way we were
treated in Palatka. She went on
to say thank you to their long-
time friend of Palatka, Mr. Rusty


Fox and his wife Gaye for helping
make this years event happen.
Kids Day
Fishing Festival
Sunday, Oct. 26, head on down
to the Agri-Civic Center for the
23rd Annual Lee McAllister Me-
morial, free Kids Day Fishing Fes-
tival. The festival is sponsored by
the Taylor Creek Bass Club along
with support from several local
businesses. Tle event will begin
at 10 a.m. and last until 3 p.m.
Participants are asked to only en-
ter from Highway 710.
I From, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. a
Bassmaster Casting Kids Com-
petition will be held. Following
instructions given by members of
the Taylor Creek Bass Club and a
practice period, all girls and boys
ages 7-10 and 11-14 are invitedto
test their fishing skills at flipping,
pitching 'and casting to targets.
Rods and reels will be provided to
the kids. The winners will receive
a medal, a new rod and reel and
an automatic advance to the state
competition. Those who win at
'state will go onto Nationals and
the National winners will com-
pete for a share of over $20,000 in
scholarships Each contestantwill
receive a certificate of participa-
nt~~ ---


Submitted photo/Charlies Hays
Ryan Edwards, member of
the Big 0' Teen Anglers Inc.
won his second State Cham-,
pionship Title in September
in Palatka. Here he proudly
displays his trophies he re-
ceived at4he competition.


Submitted photo/Glenna Bolton
Darryl Miner with the help of Florida Wildlife Rescue Service,
rescued this Anhinga. The service was able to rehabilitate it
and here Mr. Miner is preparing to release the bird.


tion.
At I p.m. a live fishing compe-
*tition will begin at the Agri Cen-
ters back pond. Boys and girls
ages 4-14 will be given a fully
rigged cane pole and a container
of worms. Each child will pick a
fishing spot along the shore of the
stocked pond and try their luck at
catching the biggest as well as the
most fish in their age groups. Tro-
phies and prizes will be awarded
in each age group. Age groups in-
clude: 4-6, 7-10 and 11-14.
Entry forms and drop boxes
are available, at several local
schools, tackle shops, businesses
and restaurants. Entry forms have
also been printed several times in
the Okeechobee News.
Participants are encouraged
to pre-register by drop box or
by mailing forms to Taylor Creek
Bass Club, c/o Dave Stout, 814
.S.E. 25th St., Okeechobee, FL,
34974,before Oct. 19. Registration
will be available at the event for
those hot able to pre-register.
Each child participating will re-
ceive.a gift and be given tickets for
one soft drink and two hotdogs.
Additional drinks and hotdogs for
adults and children will be avail-
able at a nominal cost.
: Law enforcement and emer-
gency medical personnel and
port-a-potties will be present in
the interest of safety and comfort.
A -parent or guardian must ac-


company each child.
For more information- call
Dave Stout at the Taylor Creek
Bass Club, Inc. at 863-467-2255.
We want your news If you would
like to share any Information with
the Okeechobee News about an out-
doors event please email Teresa Ma-
taushek at tmataushek@newszap.
corn or call 863-763-3134.





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Okeechobee News, Friday, October 10, 2008 15


Real Life Children's Ranch Benefit Barrel Race a success


On Saturday, Oct. 4, at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center, the First Real Life Children's
Ranch Benefit Barrel Race became
a huge success.
Over 100 barrel racers from all
over the state of Florida partici-
pated in this event, sponsored by
Woolems, Inc. Many local residents
attended the event as well, both as
participants and spectators. In ad-
dition to barrel racing, this event
was truly fun for the whole fam-
ily. Younger children enjoyed face
painting and unlimited bouncing in
the bounce house, and of course,


Submitted photo/RLCH
Molletha Gomez and Gail
Bount announce from the
birds nest at the Barrel Rac-
ing fundraiser for Real Life
Children's Ranch last week-
end.


there was food for everyone. Mem-
bers of the 4-H "Bits and Spurs"
drill team, kicked off the day with
an outstanding drill routine to the
tune of "I'm Proud to be an Ameri-
can." Local resident, Kay Smith,
brought everyone to their feet in
a touching, a capella performance
of our National Anthem, the Star
Spangled Banner.
After a fun day of burgers,
bouncing and barrels, multiple
race participants went home with
a hand full of cash and a heart full
of smiles.
Real Life Children's Ranch
would like to thank the follow-
ing individuals and businesses
for their support: Woolems, Inc.,
Smith's pool Services, Jerry Taber,
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center, Everglades Farm Equip-
ment, J.R. Gomez, Custom Graph-
ics and Signs, Kay Smith, Smitty's


Glass and Mirror, Publix, Mona
Bates, 4-H "Bits and Spurs" Club,
Jodi Jansen, Ashlee Ziglar, Ann
Mayers, Justin Resmondo, Chase
Kaufman.
Committee members were:
Gail Blount, Molletha Gomez, Mar-
go Davis and Bob Young.
To all the sponsors, spectators,
and participants in this event, Real
Life Children's Ranch would like
to say a resounding "Thank You."
It is because of individuals and
businesses such as these, that Real
Life Children's Ranch has been
able to provide stable and loving
home environments for abused,
abandoned and neglected children
for over fifty years. To learn more
about the ministry of Real Life Chil-
dren's Ranch, you can visit their
website at www.rlcr.org.


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This barrel racer demonstrates how it's done at the First Real Life Children's Ranch Benefit
Barrel Race held Oct. 4 at the Agri-Civic Center. The event attracted 104 barrel racers.


Submitted photo/RLCH
Members of the Bits and Spurs Drill Team get some last min-
ute coaching.
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Submitted photo/RLCH
The bounce house was a hit
with children of all ages at the
Your community directory Barrel Racing fundraiser for
I i aReal Life Children's Ranch
is click awaylast weekend.


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Racers line up, waiting on their turn to run the barrel pattern
at the Barrel Racing fundraiser for Real Life Children's Ranch
last weekend. The event attracted 104 barrel racers..


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