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Vol. 100 No. 74

Sunday, June 28, 2009 750 Plus tax

Teens on a mission
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Classifieds 14-15
Community Events............................6
Obituaries 6
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Speak Out 4
Sports 12
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Neither blinding sun, nor lack
of a breeze, nor a heat index of
106 could keep folks away from
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center Inc.'s annual summer
open house fundraiser on Satur-
day, June 20.
"I can't believe how many
people showed up in this hot
weather," said Sue Arnold,
owner and curator of the center.
Ticket sales from nearly 300 visi-
tors plus additional donations
during the fundraiser came to
over $10,000.
"This definitely will help
keep us going for the next few
months," she said. "We are
grateful for the support. This
has been an especially busy year
so far, in rescuing and caring
for nearly twice the number of
animals we had by this time last
Golden Corral, Okeechobee
Tire (Goodyear) and Tree Loca-
tors were among the local busi-
nesses to donate gifts for the Ok
open house drawing. Winners bo
from Okeechobee included Ed
O'Roke, Paula Osteen, Megan
Sharma, Sylvia Sievers, Peter Bir-
kett, Rick Jordan and Larry Tay-
lor. Among the out-of-town win-
ners were Arthur and Stephanie
Masse of Hobe Sound, Tracy
Biery of Royal Palm Beach, and
Tonya Wasson and Marci Villar
of Clermont.
One fellow, who was not a
drawing winner, said: "It doesn't
matter. I feel like a winner just
being here!"
Arnold's Wildlife will hold its
next open house fundraiser on
Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. "But you don't have to
wait that long to come see us,"
Ms. Arnold said. "We're open
to the public seven days a week
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m." The cen-
ter is located at 14895 N.W 30th Ko
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in effect
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Pet owners beware! A stricter
ordinance on animal control went
into effect on May 6.
Among other things, fees have
increased. It will now cost $25 in
stead of $15 to redeem your pet
after it has been apprehended by
animal control. The fine, if your
pet is a habitual escapee, has risen
from $25 to $50. The fine for ani-
mals running loose at the airport is
now $250.
life The new ordinance contains
ion more specific guidelines on quar-
antining. The total number of pets
a person may have in a residential
area on a lot of half an acre or less
is now four.
Under the new ordinance it is il-
legal to leave an animal unattended
in a vehicle for any length of time.
Previously, a dog could bark
for 45 minutes before it was con
sidered a nuisance. That time has
been reduced to 20 minutes.
Feral cats are only kept for two
days now.
Under the new ordinance ani-
mal control officers have the au-
thority to inspect pet stores and
animal kennels. Those accused of
violating the new ordinance will
have to answer to the county judge
instead of the code enforcement
special magistrate.
The adoption procedures have
become more stringent.
diht Post your opinions in the Public Is-
at sues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

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Terrace, Okeechobee. For more information
or directions go to:
or call 863-763-4630.
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center's

Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly cloudy with a 50 percent
chance of showers and thunderstorms after
11 a.m. Winds will be calm becoming west
southwest between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low around
72 and a 20 percent chance of showers and
thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Winds will be
from the southwest around 5 mph.
Extended Forecast
Monday: Partly cloudy with a high near
91 and a 50 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms. Winds will be from the
southwest between 5 and 10 mph.
Monday night: Partly cloudy with a low
around 73 and a 30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms. Winds will be from
the southwest around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a high
near 92 and a 50 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms. Winds will be from the
southwest between 5 and 10 mph.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with a low
around 73 and a 30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms. Winds will be calm
becoming south around 5 mph.

mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and return
animals to their natural habitat. The center
was established 13 years ago and rehabili-
tates an average 1,000 animals per year. It
is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) educational facility
that relies completely on donations to fund
its work. The center regularly hosts chil-
dren's birthday parties and educational tours
for schools and other interested groups.

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June 28, 2009

Local chef to

compete in

cook off

A local chef is among the top four from
across the United States selected to compete
in the One-Pot Win A-Lot Cooking Compe
tition, sponsored by the American Culinary
Federation (ACF) and Riviana Foods, Inc.
The competition will take place live Sun-
day, July 12, during the trade show at the
2009 ACF National Convention, held at the
Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando.
The rules are simple: Chefs have one
Dutch-style pot, can use up to 10 ingredients,
including a Riviana quick-cooking rice, and
have 15 minutes. Finalists were chosen to
compete at the national competition based
on submitted recipes. Here is a look at the
competitors and the dishes they will create.
Diane Conway, of Okeechobee, chef/
owner of D&G Catering & Personal Chef
Service in Okeechobee, vice president of
ACF Treasure Island Chapter, will prepare
Chicken with Fruited Brown Rice and Toast
ed Pecans.
The national convention is open to food-
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Okeechobee News

Livestock Market Report

June 23, 2009
Breaking $
Cutter $
Canner $

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52.00 $56.00
44.00 $55.00
41.00 $44.00

125 136

102 112

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97 105
120 140
70 99

Monday at 12 p.m.
Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Prices were better this week on all cattle.
Feeder calves were $1 higher (had some
600# steers at 91.) Slaughter cows and bulls
were $3-4 higher, but don't look for that trend
to hold. Byron Story topped the calf market
this week with a high of $1.95, bought by
Reynolds Cattle. Lightsey Cattle topped the
cow market with a high of 57.50, bought by
Central Packing.
No Sales!!! Next week. But we will be open
Monday, July 6 and Tuesday, July 7 with Mon-
day and Tuesday sales from then on.
See ya next week,

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Public Forum/Speak Out

Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the com-
munity name and your local or state
Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Pregnant teens
The current sex education stance is
"abstinence" in Okeechobee, and given
the "double the state average" this is not
working. The free birth control most likely
is not aimed at the kids who are not having
sex, and hopefully their parents can speak
to them about the consequences of sex,
however, not offering birth control does not
mean that these kids won't have sex.
I don't think we can assume the girls
got pregnant because they didn't know the
facts of life or because they didn't know
about birth control. Some of these girls are
getting pregnant on purpose.
An old article from Okeechobee News
stated that 126 girls were pregnant under the
age of 18 in 2007. A new article out this week
stated that although the rate of teen sexual
activity nationwide has remained the same,
contraceptive use has declined. Teens-are-
less-likely-to-use-contraception. And it is well
known that abstinence only education does
not teach about contraceptives, has been in-
creased in the U.S. (although in really recent
years it is being discontinued) and when I
attended Okeechobee High School, it was
not mentioned. How can you expect kids to
use it, if it is never even brought up. Then
there is the fact that the majority of kids feel
embarrassment when talking to their doctor
and parents about contraceptive use, and
when picking it up from the pharmacies. So,
we have a huge rate of teen pregnancy in
this county. Abstinence only education has
not helped this rate. What do you expect the
county to do? Ignore it?
At 16 I told my kids, do not under any
circumstances get pregnant or get someone
pregnant. Because I WILL NOT raise a baby
for you or with you until you are married. If
you do get pregnant, God forbid, the baby
will be put up for adoption. And for the rest
of your life, you will be looking for it. Guess
what. -- no out of wedlock babies.

I went to a Catholic High School. The
Catholic Church teaches that sex outside
of wedlock is a sin and that birth control is
wrong. And yet, our biology classes includ-
ed human reproduction information and
included all of the information on forms of
birth control, how it worked, failure rates,
STD, etc. It was treated as science and taught
without any preaching. In religion class, we
had the preaching, not in biology class. If a
church school can do that separate biol-
ogy from religion -- I should think a public
school could too. You can give kids the ba-
sic information on birth control and leave
teaching morality to the parents, Sunday
School teachers and pastors.
I find the sheer numbers of pregnant
teenagers to be very alarming. If the babies
were put up for adoption, there is no way
this community could find homes for that
many babies a year.
I think it is not only the media but also
our social services that encourage these girls
to have babies. They have a baby and collect
WIC, welfare, etc. It's like the government is
paying them to have babies they are not able
to take care of. Then the tax payers have to
help pay for those babies the rest of their
lives with welfare, food stamps, Medicaid,
free school lunches, etc.
The key to reducing the number of
unwed mothers is to give the teenage girls
more options and improve their self esteem.
They need role models like Michelle Obama
showing them that the right way too about
it is to go to college, then get married and
then have children -- in that order. Don't
have kids until you are settled in your career
and have a husband. Babies deserve a good
home with two parents who love each other
and want the babies. Girls need to be taught
that it is wrong to get pregnant until you can
give that child a home with two parents.
What happened to the good ole days
when they showed you a movie of the pain
the girls endure and all the nasty issues that
come with it? Maybe if they go back to old
school on a few things it might help, there
modern day antics don't seem to be doing
any good. In science this year for 7th grade
we had to sign a permission slip for the kids
to see how the female and male anatomy
works. My 13-year-old came home and said
it was the most disgusting thing she had
ever seen. I stated, "just keep thinking that
way and you won't have anything to worry

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So sad
Well, sadly for the fifth time in less than
two weeks, in the news we have another
child /baby has died from being left in a HOT
vehicle. Please, please, please, folks: Check
to make sure that everyone has exited the
vehicle when returning home. I am not go-
ing to pass judgement on these folks, but
will pray that they find solace during this sad
time in their lives. Also remember your pets.
It's just as hot for them. If in doubt, leave
them (pets) at home when doing your er-

The temperatures seem to be setting
records daily. It's hot out there. Make sure
that all of your animals have plenty of wa-
ter. It's criminal to leave a dog in a fence or
chained up without water. In this heat they
can die of dehydration or heat stroke.

New coach
Welcome home to Myron Jack-
son, the new Okeechobee High School
football coach. I think it is just wonder-
ful that we have a coach who isa gradu-
ate of Okeechobee High
School, and who went on to F,
play college ball and earn a
master's degree. I am sure he
has a lot to teach these kids and
he should be a great role model for them.

Hurricane season
The weather we are getting lately is
pretty crazy. I hope everyone has their hur-
ricane kits ready and their hurricane plans
in place. If you don't already have shutters
or plywood cut for your windows, take care
of that now. When a hurricane is coming,
there isn't time to do it and the stores sell
out of plywood and hurricane supplies pret-
ty fast. Prepare now and stock up now so
you won't have to go without when a big
storm hits.

When is the county going to do some-
thing about all of the drainage problems in
this county? If another storm like Faye hits we
are going to have flooding problems again.
They know where the problem areas are.
They should be digging out the ditches and
putting in more culverts before the storms
hit, not crying about it afterwards.

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Agri-Civic Center
We the taxpayers have to foot the bill
for the Agri-Civic Center. We should at least
get to use it. I can't believe what they want to
charge just to use it for one day, plus it's ex-
tra for the lights and then extra for the bath-
rooms. They should have discount rates for
people who pay taxes in this county. We are
already paying for it with our taxes and then
if we want to use it, we have to pay again.
I think they should let the graduates
and their parents vote on where they want
to hold graduation. It's something they need
to start discussing early in the school year
so they have time to plan for it. Even using
the Agri-Civic Center, each graduate only re-
ceived ten tickets.

County budget
SI don't know about everyone else, but I
cannot afford any more taxes. The county is
taxing us to death already. Plus, many of us
have taken cuts in pay this year. My house-
hold income has decreased by 10 percent
overall due to pay cuts for both wage earn-
ers. And yet the cost of everything keeps go-
ing up. I can't afford to pay any more in tax-
es. Where does the county think the money
will come from? People are losing their jobs
or taking pay cuts. The county needs to cut
back on expenses, not raise taxes.

Day of the Cowboy
I was pleased to see the Cattlemen are
still going to have the Day of the Cowboy cat-
tle drive and rodeo this year. So many things
are going to be cut back due to finances. We
really enjoy the Day of the Cowboy events.

No fireworks
I understand there will be no public
fireworks this year due to the budget prob-
lems. There is no money for fireworks. I un-
derstand the problem with the budget, but
it is sad we won't have a fireworks show. It
will be the first year in a long time that we
haven't had a community fireworks show.

Cigarette taxes
The price of cigarettes is so high that
people are quitting. What will happen then
to all these programs funded with the ciga-
rette taxes? And what will happen to the to-
bacco farmers and the people who work in
the cigarette factories?

STo report the news with honesty, accuracy,
purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions.
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potential conflicts to our readers.
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June 28, 2009

Letters to the Editor

Okeechobee News

Reflections from the Pulpit

Submitted photo/KOA
KOA Campground staff says thanks for the support this year's KOA KidCare

KOA thanks sponsors
The KOA KidCamp would like to say
Thank you to this year's sponsors includ-
ing: KOA, Good Spirits, Old Habits, The
Shoe Box, Pat's Floral Design, Winn Dixie,
Mid Florida Hardware, The Oil Can, Domi-
no's Pizza, Beef O'Brady, Tractor Supply,
CJ's Wholesale, Good Year Tires, Curves,
Travelodge Suites, Maximum Tanning, The
Gun Shop, Tire Zone, Home Depot, Tires
Plus, Tatoos with Style, Upscale Resale, H
& H Services, Boardman, Bill's Shoe Repair,
14 Kt Gold Store, Chloe's Closet, Gizmo's
Pizza, Katie's Pet Parlor, CATO, Beeper De-
pot of PSL, Luviano Roofing, Tri Campbell
Farms, Jersey Mike's Subs, Brooke Insur-
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Trends Hair, Z-Logic Labs, Tree Locators,
Edward Jones, Super Connections, Ron's
Old Coins, Marty's Music, Chain Reaction,
Movie Gallery, Mom's Kitchen, Sunny Vi-
sion, Bobby Steiert, Cypress Hut Eagles
FOE 4509, Bernie Little Distributors, Hungry
Howie's Pizza, Quality A/C, Los Cocos Mexi-
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Studio Motorcycle Shop, Wal-Mart Distribu-
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Post 2001, Butch's Redneck Yacht Club, Jack
Vogel Simulate Brick and Stone, Buxton Fu-
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Camp, Okeechobee Office Supply, Smitty's
Glass and Mirror, Affordable Art and Fram-
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The Tropics Tanning Salon, Five Guys Burg-
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By Papasso, Phyllis and Lee Holley, Barra-
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Beauty, Botanica Mystic Garden, Cowboy's
BBQ and Steak Co., Florida Crafts by Jim
and Kay, Colour Me Crazy Salon, Gilbert
Snapper and Golf Carts, Victory Lane Barber
Shop, Badcock Home Furnishings, Taylor
Creek Printing, J.J. Taylor Distributing, Sea-
coast National Bank, Walpole Feed and Sup-
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Holiday Inn Express, Stafford's Salon, Birds
by Crowe, Bob and Jeanne Branstetter, San-
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VFW Post 10539, VFW Post 9528, VFW Post
4423, Duran Jewelry, The UPS Store, Wal-
greens, Stitchin Post, Publix, Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club, Clock Restaurant,
Lehman Auto Body, K & S Trophies, Izzy's

Tire Sales, All Over Bail Bonds, Keep 'N It
Green, Custom Sights and Sounds, Burgess
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Cuttery, Jeanette's Interiors, Masonic Lodge
No. 237, Glades Gas, Total Roofing Systems
Apple Crate, Ace Amusements, Myrtle Beach
KOA, Naples KOA, St. Petersburg KOA, Sug-
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Bill Baker, Linda Parks (Avon), Robert Hilger,
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'Down to nothing'
By Rev. Dr. Paul E. Jackson, Sr.
International Prayer Warriors for Christ
When I look back at all the difficult trials
that I have faced in this life I know that God
has brought me through every one of them.
No matter what you are pressed with or that
comes against you and your house, you will
go through it if you put your faith and trust n
Christ, God will lead you through whatever
it takes to make everything right.
If you have studied much at all in your
Bible, you will remember that Noah went
through the flood and the Children of Israel
went through the Red Sea. They didn't stop.
No matter what is going wrong with your
health, marriage, or life, don't let Satan tell
you that you can't make it. Just lift the level
of your eyes and say: "Thank you Dear Jesus
for am going through it," Don't stop at the
towns of Worry and of Doubt, of Sickness
and of health, of Sorrow and of Depression.
Just set your course to drive through these
trials, no detours, and no stops. Now you
mummer and complain but keep it in your
heart that this is just a little thing and you
will go right through it with faith and trust in
Christ. Listen, our righteousness is brought
about by faith and faith cometh by hear-
ing and hearing by the Word of God. To go
through the trials we face we have to have
someone to lead us out and a map to fol-
low and that map is the Word of God. When
you get that divine direction from God then
make no detours, follow that path that He
has set before you, and you will go through

and you will find safe haven.
"For therein is the righteousness of God
revealed from faith to faith: as it is written,
The just shall live by faith." (Romans 1:17)
From faith to faith means from start to finish.
The more you use faith and depend upon it
then the more it grows in strength. You will
begin to believe God for everything that con-
cerns you and your house. Your faith grows
each time you use it and with each prayer.
God desires that growth in His children like
you desire your children to grow, God does
not want you left an infant all your Christian
walk, but He wants you to grow in spirt and
in faith so that you can face whatever comes
before you and know that He is with you
and will always carry you through. Once you
have finally gained the strength in your faith
you can begin to teach others how to walk
by faith by the life you live and the words
you speak. A lot of preachers, teachers and
professors have made the walk of God seem
complicated, when it is the simplicity of the
Gospel to fully depend upon God and walk
according to His Word. Nothing complicated
about that. It's a desire to serve God, a hun-
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you through, and know that He walks with
you every day. Try to remember that no mat-
ter what you are going through, be encour-
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Christ holding your hand every step of the
way, for you are not in this trial to stay, just
passing through. Know that when you are
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Community Events

Raulerson to host
hurricane seminar
Every June, Raulerson Hospital's "Dine
with the Doctors" series sponsors a Hurri-
cane Preparedness seminar to prepare local
residents for the medical side of being pre-
pared for disasters. The session is scheduled
for this coming Tuesday, June 30, in the
hospital dining room from 5 utnil 6 p.m. As
usual a full entree with salad, rolls/butter and
beverage is just $5. For reservations, please
contact Bill Casian at 863-824-2702.

Get REAL in Okeechobee
The Small Business Development Center
at FGCU in partnership with IRSC will launch
its entrepreneurial training program entitled
R.E.A.L. on June 30. REAL stands for Rural
Entrepreneurship through Action Learning.
This 10-week program is a fun, interactive,
comprehensive way to learn about the busi-
ness planning and operations process. Class
one night a week for 10 weeks and attend-
ees will gain access to professional guest
speakers, computer software, and research
methods that can be used as they work
through the business planning process lead-
ing up to and past their dreams of business
ownership. There is a $100 deposit with $90
refund upon successful completion of the
course. Program to be held at the William-
son conference Center on Campus at IRSC
in Okeechobee from 6-9 p.m. Reservations
are required. Call 863-517-0097 to enroll to-

Spaghetti dinner to
benefit rodeo team
OHS Rodeo Team will hold a benefit spa-
ghetti fundraiser on Thursday, July 2. Din-
ners will be $7 and include meatsauce with
elbow noodles, salad, roll. Tea available
on pickup orders only. Delivery or pick-up
available. All proceeds to benefit our eight
Okeechobee team members traveling to
New Mexico to compete in the National
High School Rodeo. Call 863-634-1962 to
place your order!

Health and Safety class
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the
Health & Safety class on Tuesday, June 30;
First Aid Basics at 6 p.m. All classes are held
at the Service Center, located at 323 N. Par-

Online Guestbook
All Obituaries now include Online Guestbooks
where family and friends can share reflections,
remembrances and condolences.

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rott Ave. To register, or for more information
call 863-763-2488.

VFW Post to host
July 4 celebration
VFW Post 9528 in Buckhead Ridge will
host a July 4, celebration. Dinner is from

12:30 until 2 p.m. with barbecue pork and
beef, potato salad, cole slaw, bake beans, ice
cream for desert. All you can eat. Donations
for dinner are just $8. Entertainment starts at
2 p.m. Music will be by John Gallagher. The
Ladies Auxiliary will hold a cake walk and
there will also be door prizes and drawings
from 7 until 8 p.m.


Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing Customers may also
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books. A link to the obituaries is available at

Aubrey H. Savage
OKEECHOBEE Aubrey H. Savage was born
on Sept. 3, 1941, to his father, Claddie Savage
Aubrey graduated from
Martin County High School
and according to him lived a
full life. In his last few years,
he would tend to his garden
and his wide array of animals
that he had raised. Aubrey
enjoyed grow-
ing his own food and cooking for
family. Aubrey was always willing to lend a
helping hand when and where he could. Family
was always on Aubrey's mind and it was always
remarkable to hear him talk about his child-
hood days compared to today.
On June 24, 2009, Aubrey H. Savage passed
away in his garden with his animals.
He is survived by Evelyn Savage-Smallman
(Sister), Rebecca Savage (Sister), Claddie and
Joe Savage (Nephews), Lisa Garret (Niece) Wal-
ly Wall (Nephew), and Harriet Savage (aunt).
Aubrey is also survived by many cousins
throughout the country.
Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 30, at Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church with Pastor John Garner of More 2 Life
Ministries officiating.
Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bas-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee.

Sandra Kaye Osceola, 49
OKEECHOBEE Sandra Kaye Osceola, age
49, of Okeechobee, died Friday, June 26, 2009,
in Okeechobee,
Born Jan. 17, 1960, in Clewiston, she had been
a resident of Okeechobee for the past 20 years
and was a member of the Ist Indian Baptist
She was preceded in death by her daughter,
LySandra Osceola.
She is survived by her husband, Todd Osceola
of Okeechobee; daughters, Lizina Bowers Lamb
(Glenn) of Brighton, and Keyah Osceola (Cole-
man) of Okeechobee; grandchildren, Kitana
Lamb of Okeechobee, and Kyler Jenkins of
Okeechobee; brothers, Steve Osceola, Mitch Os-
ceola, Max Osceola, and Lawrence Osceola, all
of Hollywood; sister, Sharon Osceola of Holly-
wood; and mother, Polly Hayes (Bobby) of
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday,
June 29, in the 1st Indian Baptist Church in
Brighton. Interment will follow in Ortona Ceme-
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-

Jack Massie, 61
OKEECHOBEE Jack Massie, passed away
on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, in Hospice of
Palm Beach County. He was 61.
He is survived by his son, Scott Massie of
Okeechobee; sisters, Toni Crews and Hazel La-
Londe; and brothers, Jerry and Gomer Massie.
Jack was a devoted worker of Dryfus Citrus
Inc. of Indian Town for many years.

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Local woman caught

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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Awoman was arrested on felony charges
after she was reportedly seen rummaging
through a man's truck.
Stephanie Jane Huff, 27, N.W 53rd Ter
race, was arrested Thursday, June 25, on
charges of burglary and
grand theft. She was
booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a
bond of $4,000.
According to an arrest
report by Deputy Elibeto
Carmona, of the Okeecho
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), the owner of the Stephanie
truck saw a woman in his Jane Huff
vehicle and a neighbor also
identified Huff as the person he saw speed

Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Travis Gibbens, 24, N.W 102nd St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 24 by Dep
uty Yamil Astacio on a warrant charging him
with violation of probation driving under
the influence. His bond was set at $500.
Don T. White, 49, 11th St., Buckhead
Ridge, was arrested June 25 by FWC's Bran-
don Lasher on charges of driving under the
influence and driving while license suspend
ed. His bond was set at $1,000.

ing away from the scene in a gold Lincoln.
The deputy's report states that the owner
of the truck went outside around 1:46 a.m.
when he heard his dogs barking and saw
Huff, who he has known for several years,
in the passenger side of the truck. When the
woman saw the man, she ran to the wait-
ing Lincoln and sped away, the report con-
Deputy Carmona said some credit cards
were taken from a purse that belonged to a
female friend of the man. The husband of
the woman was also outside and identified
Huff, the report added.
At 4:32 a.m. the deputy saw the vehicle
eastbound on S.R. 70 and stopped it. He said
the Lincoln was being driven by Huff.
The deputy's report stated that the owner
of the truck could not remember if he had
locked the vehicle.

Ruth Howling-Moore, 35, S.E. 44th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested June 25 by
Deputy Patricia Massung on an Escambia
County warrant charging her with violation
of probation uttering a forged instrument.
She is being held without bond.
Jesse Lee Adams, 23, N.W. 34th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested June 25 by Dep
uty Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with grand
theft-auto. His bond was set at $2,500.
This column lists arrests and not convic-
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The term "shared adversity" has new
meaning for top Okeechobee County school
officials. When they say to teachers "I feel
your pain," they literally do.
Instead of just talking about revenue

shortfalls, Okeechobee County Superin-
tendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Cooper and
school board members have taken action
or will take action to cut their own salaries
to help make up the difference. While the
amount of money involved is just a drop in
the bucket compared to the entire budget, it
shows their intent to help make up revenue
Recently passed legislation allowed for
appointed superintendents' salaries to be
cut by two percent. The new law went on
to say school boards and superintendents
are encouraged to agree to reduce superin-
tendents' salaries by at least five percent. Dr.
Cooper voluntarily agreed to cut her salary
by 5 percent. The law prevents school board

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leans business
members from cutting their salaries since
they are paid less than a beginning teacher.
Nevertheless, board members have talked of
voluntarily donating 5 percent of their sala-
ries to education causes.
Board member Joe Arnold is considering
donating 5 percent of his salary to several
causes including science fairs, the Okeecho-
bee County Educational Foundation and
giving money to individual schools for proj-
"I think it is the right thing to do," School
Board Member Kelly Owens said of the vol
untary pay cut. She said she was going to
wait until the new budget year to make her
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Okeechobee teens attempt to change the world

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A group of 36 teenagers and chaperones
from Okeechobee now have a different out-
look on life. Under the leadership of First Bap-
tist Church Youth Pastor, Rev Mark McCarter,
they recently returned from a mission trip with
World Changers. This is a program sponsored
by the North American Mission Board of the
Southern Baptist Convention. World Changers
provides young people with opportunities to
meet the physical and spiritual needs of oth-
ers through practical learning experiences that
teach servanthood and personal commitment
to missions. Youth groups perform community
service while spreading the Gospel message.
The young people from Okeechobee were
part of a World Changers group of 298 peo
pie representing 12 churches in seven states
that converged on Augusta, GA June 6-13,
to rehabilitate homes and lives. The mayor
proclaimed that week to be World Changers
Week in Augusta.

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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Katie Walker, foreground, works as
part of a roofing crew during a World
Changer mission trip to Augusta, Geor-
gia, June 6-13. The youth group from
First Baptist Church repaired roofs on
23 low income houses.

"We are extremely blessed" is what Em-
ily Pickering learned from the trip. "At times I
wanted to give up, but it was all worth it."
"I look at things differently now," said Em-
ily who saw houses literally falling apart. She
said she is not so materialistic and now takes
every day for what its worth.
"Our kids saw poverty" said Rev. McCarter.
He said crime was rampant in the area they
worked with drug deals going on outside their
host church.
"It's a very full schedule," the youth min-
ister said. "There was no down time until 11
In addition to working 9 hours a day in
100 degree weather fixing roofs on 23 houses
owned by low income people they had a de
votion time in the mornings and a worship
service every night. "I went last year and had
an amazing time," said Chris Wegmann, add-
ing "I went to serve God." He also counted his
blessings after seeing another side of life.
The Okeechobee World Changers group in-
cluded: Tracy Arnold, Brandon Ball, Nathanael
Catron, Becky Dailey, Brittney Dailey, Brooke
Dailey, Kirby Dobbs, Carson Harris, Judson

UKeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Rev. Mark McCarter, youth pastor at
First Baptist Church, took a group of
35 young people including Emily Pick-
ering, left, and Chris Wegmann, right,
on a mission trip to Augusta, GA ear-
lier this summer.

Harris, Nicole Hedrick, Dylan Honeycutt, Dy-
lan Hughes, Amanda Lamberti, Jeremy Large,
Leslie Maynor, Marie McCarter, Rev. McCarter,
Billy McCulllers, Kyle McGee, Ricky Nieto, Mat
thew Payne, Carl Pickering, Emily Pickering,
Dean Radebaugh, Cody Rhoden, Samantha

Rivera, Hannah Rooks, Carma Rowlett, Tiffany
Rowlett, Cody Smith, Christopher Spruill, Gra-
ciela Varela, Katie Walker, Matthew Walker,
Chris Wegmann, and Hannah White.
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Commissioners attend

Citrus greening resistant

Marco Island conference trees being developed

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In spite of the fact that Okeechobee
County Commissioners have spent sever-
al recent meetings wrestling with budget
shortfalls, they spent four days on Marco
Island at taxpayers' expense.
On June 23-26, four Okeechobee Coun-
ty commissioners and the county adminis-
trator attended the Florida Association of
Counties Annual Conference at the Marco
Island Marriott Resort & Spa. Commis
sioner Clif Betts did not attend.
While the full cost is not yet known,
the conference could end up costing tax
payers over $5,000 including hotel rooms,
conference fees, travel expenses and
food. The Okeechobee participants went
in their own vehicles -and are eligible for
reimbursement for mileage -rather than
all going in one county vehicle.
Will the county get their money's
worth for the expenses? While there were
fun activities planned, the conference also
includes practical matters.
Commissioners missed the Tuesday af
ternoon golf outing and probably missed
the Tuesday sunset dinner cruise since
they met in Okeechobee that morning.

However, over the next three days were
also breakfasts, luncheons, receptions and
a restaurant tour on Thursday evening.
On the serious side, the two new com-
missioners, Joey Hoover and Margaret
Helton, had an opportunity to earn up to
15 hours credit toward commissioner cer-
tification. There were workshops on a va-
riety of issues facing county governments.
There was a course on financial manage-
ment which should come in handy dur-
ing these troubling economic times and
a course on honest services and public
integrity, as well as a roundtable discus-
sion and a two hour workshop for county
The conference concluded on Friday
with a course in Florida's legislative pro
cess which was designed to provide guid
ance on the legislative process and how
a commissioner can become an effective
advocate for their county.
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Citrus canker and citrus greening, two
very serious threats to Florida's citrus in-
dustry, may soon prove to be less of a
threat thanks to the efforts of Southern
Citrus Gardens. Both diseases are cur
rently causing serious damage to Florida
citrus crops.
Southern Citrus Gardens, one of the
largest citrus producers in the state, has
planted small test plots of trees in their
Hendry County citrus groves. These trees
have been found to be disease resistant
in laboratory conditions. They were the
result of very sophisticated genetic mod
ification. It remains to be seen if theywill
be disease resistant under actual grove
"It offers a ray of hope," Tim Gaver,
citrus specialist with the St. Lucie County
Cooperative Extension Service said of
the experimental program.
The trees will be examined frequently
to determine if they stay disease resistant.
They have been deliberately planted in
areas where they will be exposed to the
The experimental trees are a type of
red grapefruit and are the first of sev
eral experimental plantings. It could be
several years before any conclusive evi-
dence is obtained.
Citrus greening affects the vascular
system of certain trees including orange,
lemon, lime, Chinese box orange, key
lime, mandarin orange, mock orange,
tangerine and kumquat. Once a tree is
infected there is no known cure.

Unlike citrus canker, which is spread
by the wind, citrus greening is carried by
a small insect called the Asian citrus psyl
lid which is no bigger than the head of a
pin which feeds on the leaves and stems
of citrus trees. The symptoms of citrus
greening include yellow sprouts, twig
die-back, reduced fruit size and quality,
lopsided fruit, bitter, inedible fruit and
leaf mottling or discoloration. Most in-
fected trees die within a few years. The
disease has been found in every citrus
producing county in the state.
Citrus canker has been found in
at least 24 Florida counties including
Okeechobee and surrounding counties.
Citrus canker causes brown raised le-
sions on leaves and fruit surrounded by
an oily, water-soaked margin and a yel-
low ring or halo.
"These field trials are an important
milestone both in our proactive program
dealing with disease and in the industry
wide efforts to save Florida citrus," said
Rick Kress, president, South Gardens Cit-
rus. "Southern Gardens' research field
trials represent a major step forward in
determining a final solution for eliminate
ing this disease."
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Community Calendar

A.A. meets from 7 30 until 8:30 p m at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will
be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted
by the Hibiscus Children's Center on the last
Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The
orientation is for those interested in fostering or
adopting in Okeechobee County. This meeting
requires no RSVP and is a question/answer fo-
rum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus,
2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the
Foster Care Program at 1-800-403-9311.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30
a m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule
an appearance for your organization or group,
contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter
in Okeechobee. This chapter meets at the Turtle
Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, Okeechobee
on Monday from 10a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at
the Moose Lodge and go around the curve just
past the church. Bring a lunch and join us for a
fun day of applique Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Chapter leader
Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and
bingo will start at noon at the Post, 3912 U S 441
S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are invit-
ed. Please R.S.VP to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30
a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited For information or to schedule
an appearance for your organization or group,
contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday
evening at the Okeechobee Airport T-Hanger
#1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For information
please call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or
Lt. Greg Gernat 863-697-9915
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is
for women who are hurting, homeless or been
abused. They meet on the first and third Tuesday
of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St., and on
the second and fourth Tuesday of every month
from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323

N. Parrott Ave. For more information call Donna
Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-2106.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each
Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to
the public. For information, contact Maureen
Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is
now an A.A. meeting in Basinger on Tuesdays
at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U S. 98 Beginners
are welcome
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m. For
more information, please call Amy at 863-763-
8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 un-
til 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every
Tuesday at 10 am. at the Hospice Building lo-
cated at 411 S.E Fourth St in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact
Enid Boutrin at 863-467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5
p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. For information, call The Family History
Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-
261-5706 for special appointments.
Widows and Widowers support group meets
at 7 30 am at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S.
Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, June
Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group
meets at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735
S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and in-
formative discussions bring many Bible truths to
life. Everyone is invited
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a week-
ly meeting Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use
4th Street entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is
not a diet club. The only requirement for mem-
bership is a desire to stop eating compulsive-
ly. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.
Freedom Ranch AI-Anon meets every Tuesday
and is open to all who deal with someone with ad-
dictions There is support with this epidemic. The
meetings are Tuesdays at 7 p.m at the Freedom
Ranch, 11655 Hwy. 441 S.E. Contact Jay at 863-
467-8683 for questions or concerns.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.

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FWC to boaters, divers: 'Be dive-flag aware'

Rob Murphy, 26, surfaced from the depths
of the Atlantic five miles offshore of Stuart,
enjoying what he loved best scuba diving.
Murphy recalls that as he was treading
water at the surface, he realized a boat was
heading directly for him. He tried to swim
out of the boat's path, but the diver and the
boat collided. Murphy lost both of his legs,
below the knee.
Now, he is dedicated to educating oth-
ers. Murphy and the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) are on a
mission to make boaters and divers aware
of what a dive flag is and how it should be
In the past five years, 22 divers in Flori-

day's waters have been killed or injured by
boats. Many of these incidents could have
been avoided had the boaters been on the
lookout for divers-down flags, or if the divers
had properly displayed the dive flags to alert
boaters to their presence.
June 27, marks the beginning of Dive Flag
Awareness Week.
The law requires that a vessel display a
divers-down flag whenever divers or snorkel-
ers are in the water. The divers-down flag is
red with a white diagonal stripe. It must be
at least 20 inches by 24 inches and displayed
at a high point where it can be observed 360
degrees around the vessel. When divers are
not from a vessel, a divers-down flag towed

on a float must be at least 12 inches by 12
inches. It must have a wire or other stiffener
to hold it open.
Divers and snorkelers must make every
reasonable effort to stay close to their flag.
When they exit the water, the divers-down
flag must be taken down.
All vessels must make a reasonable effort
to stay at least 100 feet away from a divers-
down flag within a river, inlet or channel.
In open waters, vessels must make a rea-
sonable effort to stay 300 feet away from a
divers-down flag. Within those prescribed
distances, a vessel may operate, but at idle

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Scholarship Creative Writing
The IRSC-Dawn Marie Snow Fertitta Scholarship
Memorial Nursing Scholarship was IRSC Creative Writing Scholarship
presented to Miranda Dubois, (also was presented to Shirley Mincey by
pictured McKayla Snow) by Jni nine Merriman (left), and by Sam
Merriman (left) and by Sam Smith Smith (right) at the OHS Scholar
(right) at the OHS Awards Nights. ship Awards Night.

Drawing Submitted photos/Bill Black
IRSC-FCAT Drawing Scholarship IRSC-Foundation
was presented to Giancarlo Tunac-F ndain
by Janine Merriman (left), and by IRSC Foundation Scholarships
Sam Smith (right) at the OHS Schol- were presented Janine Merriman
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by Janine Merriman (left), and by
Sam Smith (right) at the Okeecho-
bee High School Awards Night.

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Fm Room-2 Garage CBS home. Spacious
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fun. Best Buy on the Water! A HOME
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IRSC-Jack Bylsma III Memorial En-
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to David Rocky by Janine Merriman
(left), and by Sam Smith (right) at the
Okeechobee High School Awards

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& Bobcat Services...
by Jason Summerford

& Pressure Washing
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In Town, 2br/2ba, W&D,
$850 mo. + $500. sec.
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Great location, next
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North of Hwy. 70.

KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs.
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Water, Elec. $800 mo.
+ sec. 863-697-6428
Oak Lake Villa #53- 2/2
furnished, W/D, very
clean, $950 1st + Sec
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ba, privacy fence, Unit
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Call Brandi
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New 3BR, 2BA on huge
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120K Financing Avail.
BR, 2 BA, Garage. Huge
dep. (863)532-1480
CBS w/2 Car gar. Mint
Condition. W/D $1200
mo. Unfuomished &
Basswood 3BR, 2BA
CBS w/2 Car gar., Mint
Condition. W/D $1200
mo. Unfumished & 4BR,
2BA, 2 Car gar., w/
Granite Kitchen & Stain-
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$1200 mo. Call
863-467-2100 Century
21 Horizon.
New, Large 1/1 CBS in
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lease, plus utilities.

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June 28, 2009




June 28, 2009

2br/lba duplex $500
month + 400 dep. in-
cludes water, lawn, gar-
bage, NO PETS. Call
(863) 467-9029
in the country! 2/2
Share 20 acres. Horses
welcome! Call Buzz
NEW 3BR, 2BA, in town.
Wood firs Granite coun-
tertops. Fenced back-
yard. $1300 mo. + sec.
month or year lease
opt. 863-610-0794
OKEE 2/1 & 3/1 Clean,
furnished homes. $750
mo. & $850 mo.; water
included. 786-201-0306

Looking for a place to
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section of town. $700
permo. 863-357-1195
2ba, great neighborhood,
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up/mo, 1st & sec move in
(561)248-3888 or
Dixie Ranch, $800/mo,
1st, last & $500 sec
nal, 3/2, on 2 fenced
acres, w/garage, Pets
ok, w/d, d/w, screened
perch, boat dock, pond,
near "&S Fish Camp,
$1000 mo
ed Comm. w/pool, 5br,
2.5ba, $120/mo
1.5ba, LR, DR, FR, 1st,
& Sec. $800/mo.

section of town off Hwy
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Ref's req (863)801-1837

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$99,900. 3BR, 2BA, 2 Car
Garage. CBS. Built 2005.
Excellent condition. Call
Steve 863-801-1739
2BA on 5 acres, w/de-
tached metal dbl car-
prt & until rm. /2 ml to
Seminole Elm Sch.
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TOWN! For Rent: 2/1
apartment. Unit newly re-
modeled. Located 12
miles north of Okeecho-
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Monthly water, trash &
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Insthtion-Work Camp
Mo0 n & Asocates, the Cons0uc-
ton Manager for the OCi-Work
Camp to be conm ted in Okeho-
bee, Florda wgll be recvn bid
late Jul 29 for all id pcage.
is proect owi be bid in 3 grp
Prol d conferences for ead group
of bid packages will be held at a lat-
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Unavailable in the coming wee. In-
terested bidders may inquire about
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This pmject omnits of a 50,000
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The ope of work wil include earth
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strucon, concrete abs and
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Okeechobee News

Comct annunces the following chanl lineup changes for the customer
in the commounnies of Belle Glade / Pahokee, Clew n, Oeebee, and
each of i n suoundng area
Effect Wednesday luh 1 2009W
WEL-PS Vne wll be added on dlgtl channel 03.
In the area of Belle Glade/Pahokee and Clew sn onl:
In addlton to digital channel 203, WXEL-PBS V-me wl be added to
dlglal annel617.
Effect Tuesday, jullyv28 2009.
MLB Ne ok wil be added to e Spots Entetainment Ter on
channel 741
NBA T wil be added to the D ll Claec Tier on channel 734.
NFL Netwoik will be added to the Digital Oa ler on channel 736.
NHL Network will be added to the Cgnal Classic er on channel 739.
ESPN U il be added to the DIg i ClasI Te and the Sports
Enteralnment Ter on channel 735
SPNews will be added to the Spor Enterta ene Ter on channel 722
EPN assh located on the Digal Clas ner, wil move to te ports
Entetainmen Ter and remain on channel 726.
After a noce of a re-tenng of a video serve or a rate no increase, you may
change your levelof ano addt al hage for a penodof 30 days
from the effe date date of the change. Otxese, changes in the service
you receive at r request may be subect to the urade or downgrade
charge listed on the annual rate ard. Pries are exlunie of applable
franche fees and relatedcosts FCC user fees and taxes. Fr customers
with comercl accounts or bul rate arrangements, e product, pcing
and other mformabon may not apply. Upon proper note, all prong, pro-
rammn channel caons and pa n am b o h e.
you have any questons or nerns, peae a s at -800-COMCAST.
32502 ON 628 CGS 6/25/09

Tee ehee County Board of County Commnssoners wll hold its Rgu-
ar Session on Thurda, u 9 2 d9 at 9.0o a.m at the Health Deprt-
nnt Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th enue, Okeehobee, Rorda.
Any person dedlng to appeal any endecon made by e Boad of County
Comm loners with respect to any matter conodered at ths meeting wl
need a ord ao the peoedins and hat, for soh purposes, he or
wll need to ensure tat a verbnm rerd of such proceding i made,
which record shall include the tesmnony and edence upon which the ap-
peal to be bed
In accordance with the Amereans with Diablhes Adx (ADA) and Fonda
Statute 286.26, p ns whl dlabiltesn needing speoal acaomodatlon to
partipate in th proceding should contact Paula o n, no later than
Do A n od s Mn le0 7 ,5310in
two (2) working days pnor to the proceeding at 863--4559 or
863-763-2131, ext 21. If you are heanng or voe m lred., all TDD
1-800S222-3448 (vce) or 1888417-5620 ).
li Bes Jr, Chairmnnan
Board of County Co m oners
Okeechdbee County, Fonda
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Boad oCountvCnonlonere
Okeeoabee Counn Finda
325607 ON 06/28/09


17429 NW 242ND STREET
(863)763-01 OR (863)634-3166
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known to be alive or deceased and
vsee, grantees, creditors and all
older parted dlaming by, through,
under or against hem or e,er

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with the South right-of-way of
Osowd a Road, a disan of
598.56 fee thence bear North
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South right-ofay of Odsowaw
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feec thence bear South
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bane of 79do.6 feeI thens e
bear South 89 38'00" West
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has been filed against you and you
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CONELY PA., whose addrn is Post
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londa 34973-167, and file he
original w the Cler of the above
etyeCourtonorbefore 28th day
from first publication; otherwi a
judgment may be entered against
Sf the relief demanded n the
WITNESS my hand and the seal
of sad Cu eon June 9, 20to9.
Clerk of Said Cou
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Okeechobee High

School Finance

Juan Botello was awarded the OHS
Finance Academy Scholarship by
Daryl Roehm at the OHS Scholar-
ship Awards Night.

3iaie rarm --toou

Neighbor" David


Ruby Thomas (left) and Kaitlin
Wallace (right) received the State
Farm "Good Neighbor" Scholarship
sponsored by David Hester and
Gretchen Robinson. Sharon Vinson
(center) presented the award at the
OHS Scholarship Night.


The Redbay Ambrosia Beetle is bad news for Florida's avocado and red bay trees. Sometime
prior to its initial discovery in 2002, this beetle came from Asia to Georgia in contaminated
packing crates. Since then it has moved into Florida and is wreaking havoc on avocado trees
and other woody plants in the laurel family.

The beetle and the fungus it carries, laurel wilt, have already killed avocado trees in Duval,
Brevard and Indian River counties. Next in their path are St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee,
Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade. Redbay Ambrosia Beetle

Beetles bore into the woody parts of trees. To prevent the spread of this unwanted pest and
disease, it is recommended that you dispose of host tree branches or logs (firewood) using
local waste management services. Do not move them out of the area.

The beetle itself is smaller than a grain of rice,cylinder shaped, dark brown to black.
It is so tiny that you likely wouldn't even see it on your tree. But you would see indications
of the presence of the beetle as well as laurel wilt. Crystallized sap (avocado)

Things to look for:
o Wilted brown leaves hanging on the stems.
o Small holes in the wood, sometimes with
toothpick-sized sawdust protrusions.
0 Dark streaking under the bark.
o Leaf, stem and limb dieback.
o Small holes exuding white crystallized sap.
o Insect galleries in wood.
o Tree death.

(avocado) (avocado)

(red bay) (red bay)

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services USDA
Charles H. Bronson, Commissioner

Okeechobee News

June 28, 2009

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