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There is only one item for ac-
tion on the agenda for Tuesday
night's city council meeting. How
ever, that item, EMS assessment,
has already generated a consider-
able amount of discussion.
The city council will be asked
to simply decide whether or not
the city will participate in the as-
sessment process. Since, by law,
municipalities cannot levy assess-
ments, the city will have no voice
in determining the assessment
method or the rate of assessment.
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City Council meeting
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4
Where: Council Chamber,
Okeechobee City Hall,
55 S. E. Third Ave.
Those decisions will be made by
the county commissioners.
"I don't like it but that's the
way the system works," was the
response of Councilman Dowling
Watford when asked his opinion
Python provides feast
for wildlife center
By Katrina Elsken
The wild animals at Arnold's
Wildlife rehabilitation center feast-
ed on python Thursday night.
A male Burmese python-
officially measured by Florida
Wildlife Commission (FWC) offi-
cers at 17 feet 2 inches long was
killed Thursday near Okeechobee
Veterinary Hospital on State Road
Alerted to the presence of
the python by his 11-year-old
nephew, Dr. Jim Harvey killed the
snake with a .22 shot to the head.
FWC officers responded to
perform a necropsy on the rep-
tile, which was skinned and then
cut up. The meat was transported
to Arnold's Wildlife, where more
than 70 animals consumed about
180 pounds of python, said Sue
"Mark from A Better Cut lawn
care service cut the snake up in
big chunks for us," Ms. Arnold ex-
plained. She said he was among
the interested passers-by who
stopped to see what was going on
at the veterinary clinic on Thurs-
She said it took three volun-
teers an hour to cut up the meat
into smaller chunks to feed the
"For the most part, they ate the
whole thing-it was amazing-
and thank goodness Dr. Harvey
thought of us," she said.
"It was an amazing amount of
free food," she said.
She said the birds of prey had
already been fed when they got
the call about the python.
"When we found out the snake
was coming, we actually held up
feeding the rest of the animals so
we could use it," she said.
She said they didn't know
which animals would eat snake
See Python Page 6
The entire process must be ap-
proved before Sept. 15 in order
for the assessment to appear on
the tax bill. That puts both the city
council and the county commis-
sion under some time restraints.
There may be some other options
open to the city, but, as city admin-
istrator Brian Whitehall explained
at the last city council meeting,
there is not enough time to ex-
plore those options under the time
Councilman Watford feels there
are two dangers in acting quickly.
is being pushed on them.
He likes the idea of financing
EMS services by a sales tax but he
doesn't know if that is a viable op-
tion for the county.
"I like assessments for a variety
of reasons," the councilman as-
serted. However, he added that he
did like the methodology used in
this particular case.
Councilman Mike O'Connor
has a problem with the hospital
being exempt. He said that if some
See EMS Page 8
Florida Wildlife Commission officers measured the python
killed in Okeechobee Thursday at 17 feet two inches, after the
dead snake's muscles completely relaxed.
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By Charles M. Murphy
An estimated $90,000 in property dam-
age was done early Friday after a blaze at
10431 N.E. 12th Lane, Okeechobee County
Fire Rescue reported.
Fire crews were dispatched just before
5:30 a.m. and Sheriff Deputies were the first
to arrive at the Bobbi Watford residence.
Deputies reported there were flames com-
ing from the rear of the structure when they
arrived on scene.
Okeechobee's Most Wanted
The following people
are among Okeechobee's
Most Wanted persons.
There are active warrants
for each of them. The cri-
teria for making Okeecho
bee's Most Wanted top
five is based on the sever-
ity of the crime in con-
junction with the age of
the warrant. William David Brandon Jesse James Felicia Jean
if you have any in Helms Wayne Ellis Lyng Pringle
formation on the where- grand theft.
abouts of any of Okeechobee's Most Wanted you William David Helms, DOB 2/11/1977, 5 ft ]
can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800- in Third Degree Grand Theft.
273 TIPS (8477). If you call Treasure Coast Crimes Jesse James Lyng, DOB 2/9/1983, 6 ft, 1 i
Stoppers, young have the option of remaining anony- 210 lbs Possession Carisoprodol, Resisting w/o vi
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Brandoen Wayne Ellis, DOB 4/11/ 1984, 5 ft, Felicia Jean Pringle DOB 7/23/1987, 5 ft
in. VOP rand Theft Ato, Burglary structure , 1301bs VOP Grand theft, possession of hydn
codone, possession Alprazolam.
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 De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) or the Department of
C Randel Adrian Osceola, 18, Reservation
Road, Okeechobee, was arrested July 30 by
Deputy Brian Cross on a felony charge of pos-
session of a controlled substance. He was also
arrested on a misdemeanor charge of posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set
SDelaneo Wayne Pryor, 21, S.E. 43rd Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 30 by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a charge
of possession of cocaine. His bond was set at
Brandon Bowen, 25, Hickory Drive, Fort
Pierce, was arrested July 30 by DOC's Michael
White on a charge of violation of probation -
possession of alprazolam. He is being held
Charles Willie Roundtree, 61, N.W 10th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 31 by Dep-
uty Brian Cross on a charge of possession of
cocaine with intent to sell. His bond was set
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is welcome
to inform this newspaper. The information will
be confirmed and printed.
Fire crews found smoke and flames
shooting out the windows in the front and
rear of the structure. Six units and nine fire-
men and volunteers were on the scene for
close to four hours bringing the blaze under
control and cleaning up the scene.
The fire report from Lt. Arthur Borgstrom
noted the origin was unknown and the
cause of the blaze was under investigation
by the State Fire Marshal.
There were no injuries reported.
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provides funds for other agencies in the count which operate for the benefit of children.
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Sunday, August 2, 2009
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ing place. Thanks for participating!
One of the morning shows had a re-
port about Pythons and they are on rapid
growth in Miami/FtLauderdale/Everglades
area by people turning them loose. 99,000
have been imported in a very short three
year time frame. The government was asked
to stop the importation of these snakes, they
are looking into it. Meanwhile 99,000 have
come to America.
And the purpose of killing the snake
was? Seems to me that's all that this area
is about, just kill everything and think later.
Yes, I'm aware where pythons and other re-
strictors come from but why kill this reptile?
Seems it's been around for quite some time
to have reached this size.
The purpose of killing this snake is to
reduce the impact of exotic species on the
native ecosystem. These snakes don't be-
long in South Florida either as pets or turned
loose in the wild. Any exotic species com-
petes with other native species in the natural
system. I'm sure someone thought that the
water hyacinth bloom was pretty, but intro-
duced into the water ways has caused head-
aches to almost all of Florida. The introduc-
tion of feral hogs by early Spanish explorers
has resulted in devastation to much of the
natural areas and pastures of the state and
often to golf courses and urban areas. Any-
thing that is not native to the area is a Prob-
lem! Look at the list of non-native plants and
animals that are rapidly becoming estab-
lished in Florida. We don't need another.
Didn't they find another big snake
when they were clearing the land for the Ag
Center? Maybe those people hunting snakes
in the Everglades need to look a little further
According to FWC the pythons are a
bigger problem than some other non-native
species because the pythons are EATING
the native species. The pythons in the Ev-
erglades are eating endangered species -- it
could mean species of animals such as the
Key deer could go from "endangered" to
"extinct." These snakes get huge and they
eat everything -- frogs, birds, pigs, deer. They
are even eating alligators. The alligators are
native. They belong in the ecosystem. The
snakes do not belong in the Florida ecosys-
tem. Congress is considering a ban on the
importation of these snakes -- a little too late
of course since they never should have been
allowed into the country to begin with. This
snake was living near a residential neighbor-
hood. Who knows how many dogs and cats
it has eaten? Looking at the size of it, it could
easily have killed a child. I applaud Dr. Har-
vey for killing it. The human who thought it
would be a "cool" pet and then got tired of
it and released it is of course to blame. But
the pythons cannot be allowed to run wild
The Nature Conservancy agrees the
pythons have to be caught and euthanized.
There are too many and they are too big to
just put somewhere else. They are a dan-
ger for the Florida ecosystem. We can't
send them back to their native countries. I
would say the effective use of a single shot
to the head was humane. If a snake that size
was on my property, I would do the same,
to protect my pets and children. And abso-
lutely, the import of these creatures should
Usually some idiot thinks he could fo-
cus a lot of attention onto himself by owning
a huge awesome snake, and he does. Then
some child is killed, or pets or other livestock.
So we have to be in danger because some
idiot wants an extra measure of attention. I
don't want these great big snakes around us.
Florida has enough of their own kind.
This python was simply too big to pick
up and wrangle into a pillow case. The thing
was a Big Fish story: this was the one that
got away; only this time, if it would've gotten
away, it could have been a real danger to the
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You might be a redneck
You might be a redneck if: It never oc-
curred to you to be offended by the phrase,
'One nation, under God.' You might be a
redneck if: You've never protested about
seeing the 10 Commandments posted in
public places. You might be a redneck if:
You still say 'Christmas' instead of 'Winter
Festival.' You might be a redneck if: You bow
your head when someone prays. You might
be a redneck if: You stand and place your
hand over your heart when they play the
National Anthem. You might be a redneck
if: You treat our armed forces veterans with
great respect, and always have. You might
be a redneck if: You've never burned an
American flag, nor intend to. You might be a
redneck if: You know what you believe and
you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is
listening. You might be a redneck if: You re-
spect your elders and raised your kids to do
the same. You might be a redneck if: You'd
give your last dollar to a friend.
I don't know that I would be proud of
being a redneck. Southern yes, Country yes,
Cowboy, or Cowgirl yes, but Redneck not so
much. Because while the definitions below
are good. You also have to add all of Fox-
worthy's definitions too. Some of those are
not so flattering. I know originally a redneck
is someone that worked out in the sun. But
that is not the meaning today.
There are different ideas of what it
means to be a "redneck." There is not one
definition. Answers.com gives this definition:
Used as a disparaging term for a member of
the white rural laboring class, especially in
the southern United States; A white person
regarded as having a provincial, conserva-
tive, often bigoted attitude. Dictionary.com
says: an uneducated white farm laborer, esp.
from the South. www.your dictionary.com
gives this answer: Slang -- a poor, white, ru-
ral Southerner, often, specif., one regarded
as ignorant, bigoted, violent, etc.: often a de-
rogatory term. Webster dictionary's defini-
tion: A white member of the Southern rural
Here's one I don't know how many
may have heard. Many years ago when the
hairstyles of men/boys were changing to
longer hair which at that time meant shoul-
der length, they would call the ones who
stuck to the old fashioned short haircuts
"rednecks" because of the sunburns. That is
the earliest reference I have heard of.
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Thank you motorcycle officer
I am so sorry, I did not get your name.
It's true, my mind was elsewhere and I was
not paying attention to the speed limit! You
did your job, but you did it with kindness
and you were very polite. I did not get in
trouble from the hubby as this is the only
ticket I have ever had. Well, I think I got one
when I was 19 but that was ages ago. In any
event, I was in the wrong but you did your
I noticed the motorcyle cop is stopping
speeders on Eagle Bay Drive today (SW 24th
Street). A word to the wise -- that is consid-
ered a residential street and for most of it the
speed limit is 35 mph. I understand they of-
ten send the cops to run radar in areas where
the residents have complained about people
speeding. So watch the speed limits and you
won't have to see those flashing lights in the
rear view mirror.
Coming down 98 this morning some-
body went out and around me as if I were
still. He had to be doing at least 90. I was do-
ing 70 and he left me as if he had never seen
me. It's a shame that we don't have more
deputies out the northwest way. He would
have gotten a really fat ticket. Actually it was
a produce truck.
I have been seeing on the news that
in Miami people are slaughtering horses for
meat and selling it on the black market. We
should let them know that pythons are good
eating and get them to go slaughter the py-
thons instead. That would save the horses
and get rid of the pythons -- a win/win situ-
ation. And it is not against the law to kill a
python since it is a non-native species. Leave
the horses alone and go kill the pythons.
To kill someone, for the price of a TV is
just insane. How much money did he really
think he'd get for it?
My thoughts and prayers to all her fam-
ily and friends. I just don't understand how
people can do this.
Its sad to say but that is why my doors
are always locked, and I don't open it for
anyone I don't know man, woman or child.
Also my alarm is on and my gun is loaded.
Awful you have to live this way, and by the
way it sounds, you have to.
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Python problem control measures not new
By Rep. Ralph Poppell
Florida House of Representatives
Though Burmese pythons have recently
become infamous in Florida, the problem
of these and other nonnative snakes on the
loose has been a concern of the state for sev-
eral years. All of the recent attention is focus-
ing on pythons in the wild without focusing
on what has already been put into law in the
last two years to help solve some of the prob-
lems. The fact is that, for the past four years,
the Legislature has been working with the
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) and the reptile industry on this issue,
believing it is better to be proactive rather
In 2005, even though there had not yet
been any fatalities, I spoke with FWC offi-
cials about invasive exotic reptiles because
I had a great concern about the danger they
could potentially pose. The fact that no fa-
talities had occurred made it more difficult to
advance the concept of legislation to try and
control these species, but, it was the right
thing to do. Subsequently, FWC invited me
to attend a meeting of the Captive Wildlife
Technical Advisory Group CWTAG in Or-
lando. FWC and I asked for and received the
CWTAG's support, with some reservations.
But, from that time on, there were countless
meetings between the CWTAG, the FWC,
and myself. After hundreds of hours of dis-
cussion, legislation was developed in 2006,
which I sponsored in the House and my
counterpart, former Senator (now Congress-
man) Bill Posey, sponsored in the Senate.
Unfortunately, the bill did not make it. In the
2007 Session, we again sponsored the "rep-
tile of concern" legislation (SB 2766), which
passed and was signed by the governor.
The bill required that anyone who pos-
sesses a reptile of concern have a permit and
pay a fee of $100 per year, complete a ques-
tionnaire and meet strict caging and facility
requirements. The law became effective Jan.
1, 2008, in order to give the FWC time to es-
tablish additional regulations and develop
the reptile of concern list of nonnative spe-
cies that potentially pose a threat to humans
or Florida's native wildlife, such as pythons,
green anacondas and Nile monitor lizards.
The FWC regulations require pet own-
ers of these reptiles to have the animals
permanently identified by implantation of
a microchip. The owners must also have a
Captive Wildlife Critical Incident and Disaster
Plan for securing or evacuating their animals
in the event of a disaster. Additionally, they
must report any disposition of the animal, in-
cluding escapes (immediately), to the FWC's
Division of Law Enforcement. Detailed, up-
dated records are required to be sent to the
FWC, who can conduct unannounced in-
Furthermore, releasing reptiles of con-
cern, or any nonnative species, into the wild
Violations can result in penalties ranging
from a non-criminal infraction to a 1st degree
misdemeanor. Repeat offenders can lose
their license or permit, and in some instanc-
es can be charged with a third-degree felony,
which can result in a fine up to $5,000 and
possible imprisonment for up to 5 years.
These regulations are not only meant to
better manage these animals in captivity,
but also to reduce the number of "impulse
buys." A 22-inch python at birth may look
cute and manageable but can reach in ex-
cess of 6 feet in length in one year. A 13 to
16-foot python is not uncommon and has
the potential to grow to over 20 feet. Often,
this puts pet owners in the position of own-
ing an animal they can no longer handle and
do not want. It's always been my philosophy
that a pet is something that will come to you
for food, not as food.
The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission also conducts many public aware-
ness campaigns, including "Nonnative Pet
Amnesty Day," which enables owners of
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will
be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club meets the
first Monday of each month, at 7 p.m. at 323 North
Parrott Ave. at the Red Cross Office. For informa-
tion contact Harold Hilliard at 863-763-5337.
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.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet
at the Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd
Lane at 7 p.m. For information, contact Robert
Rosada at 863-467-5440.
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 meets at the Turtle Cove
Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, Okeechobee on
Mondays from 10 a.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 Karen Graves at 863-
Civil Air Patrol meetings set. 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
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
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous meets
at The Gathering Church, 735 SW 24th Ave, at 7
p.m. in the youth building behind the church. For
information, call Monika at 801-3244 or Rocy at
AI-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.
AI-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of
Our Saviour, 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.
Family History Center meets from 1 un-
til 5 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International
Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For informa-
tion, call The Family History Center at 863-763-
6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for spe-
Widows and Widowers support group meets
at 7:30 a.m. 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.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m.
at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner
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. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every
Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411
S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For infor-
mation, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-
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.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St., will be hosting God's Time a morn-
ing of free organized Christian activities that in-
cludes play, instruction and interaction for par-
ents and their pre-school children. The event will
be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
Child care will be provided for infants during the
class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr.,
holds meetings for persons with alcohol and
drug related problems at 6 p.m. For information
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. There are no dues, fees or weigh-
ins. The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more in-
formation call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or 863-
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.
Freedom Ranch Al-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.
nonnative pets to turn them in to the agency
with no questions asked.
To try to stop the increase of these nonna-
tive reptiles, especially Burmese pythons, on
public land, the FWC initiated a python per-
mit program. The program allows volunteer
permit holders to euthanize these reptiles
found in the wild on several FWC wildlife
management areas and lands managed by
the South Florida Water Management Dis-
Most owners of nonnative pets have
proven to be responsible citizens. However,
we have importation laws in Florida and I
think it's time to enforce or renew the laws
pertaining to exotic invasive plants and ani-
mals. Since the implementation of the cap-
tive wildlife bill, many states are looking at
Florida as having a model bill or a great start
in controlling the problem of exotic invasive
species. I appreciate United States Senator
Bill Nelson's interest in this problem and
encourage the Senator to help in accessing
federal lands, where a large portion of these
reptiles are known to be.
I would like to thank the FWC, the Florida
Legislature, and all those who have been
proactive throughout the past several years
to try to bring this situation under control. I
favor the new licensing and python permit
programs that have been instituted and com-
mend the Governor for his efforts to combat
this very serious problem.
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meat, so they just offered it to see what
For the big cats, they left the meat in large
chunks, and the felines seemed to enjoy it,
she said. They also fed python meat to pos-
sums, foxes and raccoons.
"It was all white meat," she said.
Ms. Arnold said the snake had to be killed
because it was a danger to humans as well
"A python that large could easily kill a
child," she said.
Also, since pythons are not native to Flor-
ida, there was nothing they could do with
it if they had been able to capture it alive. It
was too large and had been living wild too
long for anyone to keep it as a pet, and a
snake that big would be extremely expen-
sive to feed. They couldn't let it stay loose
anywhere in the United States since the big
snakes destroy the ecosystem by eating na-
tive birds, animals and fish-including some
"Somebody asked why they didn't send it
to a breeder," she said. "What in the world
would we want any more for? We do not
want to be breeding these."
Ms. Arnold said she examined the py-
thon's head and is sure the snake was killed
"That bullet he shot was absolutely per-
fect," she said. "That snake never knew
what hit him."
She said the snake was probably a pet
that grew too large and was abandoned.
"I have never seen anything like it, and I
hope I never see anything like it again," she
Construction board to meet
Tuesday, August 4
Only one action item will be facing the
Okeechobee County Construction Industry
Licensing Board when they meet at 3:30
Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 4 at the Okeecho-
bee County Health Department Auditorium,
1798 N.W Ninth Ave. Painting contractor
Clint Ledford will have to answer charges
against the quality of his work in sealing a
Health and Safety classes open
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing Health & Safety classes in August:
Wednesday, Aug. 5 Infant/Child CPRiAED at 6
Wednesday, Aug. 12 First Aid Basics at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 19 Adult CPR/AED at 6 p.m.
All classes are held at their Service Cen-
ter, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-763-2488.
Hospice hosts 'Back to
School' Yard Sale Aug. 6
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth
Street will hold a yard sale on Thursday, Aug.
6,8 a.m.- I p.m., Friday, Aug. 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
and Saturday, Aug. 8, from 8 a.m.-noon. All
new items, including lots of back to school
clothing, offered at reasonable prices. Funds
raised will benefit patient care, including
services at The Hamrick Home. For informa-
tion call 863-467-2321.
Mike Davis of FWC said when the staff at
Okeechobee Veterinary Hospital measured
the snake at 16 feet, the dead python was
still constricting with involuntary muscle
spasms. More than an hour after the snake
was killed, the body finally relaxed and the
FWC officers were able to take an accurate
measurement of 17 feet, two inches, with a
girth of 26 inches.
"It was a monster," said Mr. Davis.
Based on the size, FWC experts estimate
the snake was about 10 years old.
Mr. Davis said they examined the diges-
tive track contents, but it had not eaten re-
cently. The remains of two meals were in
the digestive track, but it was too far along in
the digestive process to determine what the
snake had consumed, he said.
He said since the snake was a non-native
animal, it became the property of the land-
"They're not protected," he said.
Mr. Davis cautioned residents about kill-
ing snakes in general.
He said some people who have heard or
read about Florida's python invasion want
to kill pythons, but the problem is that they
can't tell the non-native invasive snakes from
the native ones protected by law.
"We recently had a person kill an eight
foot native indigo snake, which is a federally
protected species," he said. Anyone who
kills a protected snake could face federal
"We don't want people going out and
hunting snakes," he said. Those licensed to
hunt the pythons are trained in identifying
and safely capturing and euthanizing the big
Mr. Davis said the snake Dr. Harvey killed
is likely the same python that was reported
Croppin' Crew scrapbooking
group to meet Aug. 8
The Croppin' Crew will meet on Saturday,
Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Trea-
sure Island Baptist Church on 441 South. All
levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Joan
will give instructions on a 'coffee filter scrap-
book' at 1 p.m. Bring patterned paper, card-
board, glue and pictures and go home with
a cute mini-scrapbook suitable for gift-giving
or to keep for yourself. Bring a covered dish
if you wish to participate in our pot-luck
luncheon. For more information, please call
Joan at 863-467-0290 or Corry at 863-467-
All Obituaries now include Online Guesteooks
where family and friends can share reflectons,
remembrances and condolences.
near Syfrett Feed Company on U.S. Highway
98 recently. The canal near the veterinary
clinic runs all the way down 98 and past the
Civic Center, he said.
"A snake this large could easily travel that
far," he said. "I don't see how that area could
contain two snakes that size-it was huge."
He said the snake was not microchipped,
but considering its size, it is likely it was pur-
chased before 2008 when the rule went into
effect that all pythons larger than two inches
in diameter must be microchipped so the
owner can be identified should the snake
get loose. It is illegal in Florida to release a
non-native animal to the wild.
"The capture of this large python shows
us how well these snakes can thrive in the
wild and create a dangerous situation after
illegal release or escape," said FWC Chair-
man Rodney Barreto. "It also illustrates why
the FWC is partnering with other agencies
to implement python control measures in
South Florida. We will continue to push for
additional measures to control the spread of
Burmese pythons in the Everglades where
they are reproducing in large numbers."
On July 17, the FWC launched a permit
program, allowing reptile experts to capture
and euthanize Burmese pythons on state-
managed lands around the Everglades. To
date, seven permits have been issued and
five pythons have been captured. Several
more permits will be issued in the coming
weeks. The permit holders must collect data
on captured pythons and submit that infor-
mation to the FWC.
The program continues until Oct. 31, at
which time the FWC will analyze the data
and determine if the program should be ex-
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firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers may also
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Renee Lee Ellerbee, 48
OKEECHOBEE Renee Lee Ellerbee, age 48,
of Okeechobee, died Wednesday, July 29, 2009,
at her residence.
Born Jan. 13, 1961, in West Palm Beach, she
had been a resident of Okeechobee for the past
14 years. She was the owner of Big Lake Title
She is survived by her loving husband of 21
years, Randy Ellerbee; daughter, Kendall (Doc)
Holliday; sons, Randy (Angie) Ellerbee Jr., Dev-
on Richbourg, all of Okeechobee, Kasey Ellerb-
ee (Heather) of Palm Bay; nine grandchildren;
parents, TJ and Glenda Bellamy of Kenansville;
brothers, Rodney Bellamy (Karen) of Okeecho-
bee, and Randy Bellamy of West Palm Beach;
sister, Rhonda Garnell (Chris) of Georgia; and a
host of loving family and friends.
The family received friends from 10 a.m. until
service time of 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at
the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor
Joe Bishop officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fl 34973
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee.
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response when asked if he thought church-
es should be exempt. The way the proposed
assessment is written, churches would pay
He stated that currently, with the fire as-
sessment, there is no charge for the fire de-
partment to come to a fire. However, under
the prosed EMS assessment, citizens would
pay the assessment. Then they would get a
bill for ambulance service if they called an
"It is people versus property," stated
Councilman O'Connor. "This is a user fee."
In accordance with state law, the method
of assessment is designed to benefit prop-
erty. The assessment rate is determined by
distributing the cost of EMS service to prop-
erty owners based on the use of the prop-
erty. The proposed assessment rate is $74
per dwelling unit, and $2 per hotel/motel
room and RV space. Commercial property
would pay $0.05511 per square foot and
industrial property would pay $0.0016 per
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assessment for one year while exploring
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Reports of large turtle harvests from a lake
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"We determined there was the possibility
the species could not withstand the pressure
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Species Conservation. "This new rule will
conserve Florida's diverse turtle population
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freshwater turtle per day per person from
the wild for noncommercial use. People
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day. The rule prohibits taking turtles from
the wild that are listed on Florida's imperiled
species list. Individuals cannot take species
that look similar to the imperiled species;
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cooters. In addition, the ban includes collect-
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depend on collection of wild freshwater tur-
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Local bowler Clint Gould among the best in state
By Charles M. Murphy
For most people a strike has something to
do with unions, while a spare is something
they put in the trunk of their car.
For a bowler, it's the sign they are good.
Clint Gould is very good.
Gould finished second in the State bowling
tournament in Spring Hill in the scratch divi-
sion, and third in the handicapped division in
May. He competed against close to 5,000 other
Gould rolled an 826 series at the tourna
ment, which is the second time he has rolled
an 800 series in his career. Gould scored 279
in one game and had one open frame, where
he left the seven pin. He also has bowled two
perfect 300 games in his career. The first 300
game was on March 8, 2005 in West Palm
Gould said he thinks the 800 series is
tougher to do, "You have to have three con-
sistent games. You might roll a 300 and come
back with a 150 the next game."
Gould has been a resident of Okeecho-
bee since 1969. He was born in Green
Cove Springs. He has worked for the City of
Okeechobee in their public works department
for eight years.
He credits his good friend Andy Fiala with
getting him into bowling. He used to hang out
at the old Big Lake Bowl on 441 north and
bowled all the time.
Gould grew up on Larson Dairy and the
bowling alley was one of the big hangouts
for kids. Gould would shoot pool and bowl to
pass the time. He hasn't stopped bowling for
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His practice has paid off. He is now a
scratch bowler. He averaged 215 in league play
last year. One year he averaged 224. He mostly
bowls at Verdes Tropicana Lanes in West Palm
As a left hand-
er, he idolized
the legend Earl
ing up Others he
admired are Wal-
ter Ray Williams,
and Parker Bohn t
1ll. He said he
thinks being left
handed might be
an advantage to
a bowler because
the conditions on
that side of the
lane are usually Okeechobee News/Charles
better. "If I was Murphy
right handed I Clint Gould
think I'd be just as
good. You just got to have the right ball, and
know how to read the lanes. I used to bowl
five days per week. I just kept practicing and
Gould has bowled in the state tournament
many times. This year was his best finish ever.
He will get a check for the effort soon.
Gould has also bowled at nationals several
times. Although he finished way back in the
field, he noted he enjoyed the experience.
He's visited places like Reno, Nevada Baton
Rouge, Louisiana, and Niagara Falls to bowl
Gould is a member of the United States
Bowling Conference which sanctions these
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Gould said the bowlers at nationals are
very talented. He stated he can compete with
many of them, but that doesn't mean he could
be successful as a professional bowler.
"Just because you're good on league don't
mean you can be a professional. It's a lot hard-
er. I've bowled in pro events. It takes money
and time to be professional."
Gould mentioned there are about a dozen
bowlers in Okeechobee that can average 200.
That doesn't mean any are ready to compete
He haswon several tournamentswith bowl-
ers from Martin, Palm Beach and Okeechobee
counties in the past few years.
Gould said there are very few things he
enjoys doing more than bowl. He stated he
wished he could bowl more often, "It's re-
laxing and enjoying. I guess that's because I
can do it and I'm good at it. I probably would
bowl 7 days per week if I could afford it, but I
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JULY 27 AND 28, 2009
Breaking $43.00 $49.00
Cutter $40.00 $48.00
Canner $30.00 $41.00
1000-1500 $50.00 $58.50
1500-2000 $51.50 $54.50
Calves 569 2054
Cows 237 175
Str 21 9
Hfrs 3 8
Bulls 14 16
Yrlngs 26 25
Mix 0 23
Total 870 2310
Med #1 Steers Hfre
150-200 175-190 100-112
200-250 125-142 100-107
250-300 125-145 90-103
300-350 115-128 88-97
350-400 104-117 85-95
400-450 95-104 82-93
450-500 92-100 80-87
550-600 90-98 80-90
600-650 90-95 82-88
Med #2 Steers Hfrs
150-200 130-140 80-105
200-250 117-125 80-100
250-300 107-127 75-96
300-350 91-115 84-91
350-400 90-103 80-85
400-450 83-95 77-86
Small #1 Steers Hfrs
250-300 85-97 93-99
300-350 85-98 85-87
350-400 86-92 86-87
Slaughter cows and bulls
were $4.00 lower Feeder steers
and heifers were mostly steady to
firm. Don't forget our bred heifer
sale Oct. 9! Triple G of Sebring
topped the calf market this week
with a high of $1.90, bought by
Curt Wilson. Seminole Tribe of
Brighton topped the cow market
with a high of 49.00, bought by
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affect pending cases
By Eric Kopp
Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright
can see the handwriting on the wall and is
preparing himself for future legal challenges
in regard to cases handled by a former detec-
Mr. Albright said Wednesday, July 29, that
the attorney for convicted murderer Terry
Marvin Ellerbee has indicated that he will file
a motion for a new trial. At the heart of that
motion is Mark Harllee's desire to impeach
the testimony of former Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) detective T.J. Brock.
Brock, who is accused of having sex with
an Okeechobee County Jail inmate, was
fired by Sheriff Paul May on July 8. A criminal
investigation into those allegations is being
conducted by Special Agent Vaden S. Pollard
of the Florida Department of Law Enforce-
"He was terminated for the allegations
and for not cooperating with the internal in-
vestigation," said Sheriff May, in an interview
shortly after Brock was fired.
The sheriff has appointed a veteran OCSO
investigator to handle the civil, or policy, in-
Since Brock was the lead investigator and
one of the stalwarts in the state's case against
Ellerbee, Mr. Harllee wants to put Brock back
on the stand in hopes of a different outcome
for his client.
Mr. Harllee was out of his Fort Pierce of-
fice attending a conference and was not
available for comment.
Ellerbee was convicted June 8 of entering
the N.W 282nd St. home of Thomas R. Del
larco and killing him with a single gunshot
to the head. On June 15, a 12 member jury
recommended that Ellerbee, 24, be put to
Mr. Harllee, who is with the Public De-
fender's Office of the 19th Judicial District,
has yet to file his motion for a new trial.
"Normally, that's done prior to sentencing
and sentencing is at least a month out," said
Mr. Albright. "It's fairly standard to do a mo-
tion for a new trial."
However, the basis for this motion is not
common and the prosecutor is bracing for
challenges in future cases handled by Brock.
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"I can see people attempting to make it
an issue," said Mr. Albright.
Brock, who was in law enforcement for
28 years, was with the sheriff's office for 24
In regard to those pending cases, Mr. Al-
bright said he could still subpoena Brock to
"At this point, there's no reason we
couldn't," he said. "There is nothing prohib-
iting him from testifying."
Brock, 52, is not only facing possible
criminal charges but a possible prison sen-
tence if convicted, said Sheriff May in that
earlier interview. Also at stake for the long
time investigator is his state law enforcement
certification as well as his state retirement.
Since the investigation is still under way a
lot of information cannot be released, such
as the woman's name or specifics about the
allegations. However, it is known that the in-
mate is 39 years old and has been moved to
another facility for her well being.
The sheriff's office was made aware of
the allegations on July 3 by the FBI. Sheriff
May said the woman contacted the federal
agency, which then contacted the sheriff's
office. After learning of the allegations, Sher
iff May met with Brock and placed him on
administrative leave with pay.
Portions of Okeechobee County will have
a Special Senate Election Tuesday, Aug. 4 to
elect a new state senator to replace Senator
Ken Pruitt who is retiring from the Senate
before he completes his term. The special
election includes all of Martin County and
parts of Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Indian River
and Okeechobee counties. In Okeechobee
County the election involves only three pre-
cincts Precincts 5 and 15, both located at
VFW Post 10539,3912 U.S. 441 S.E. and Pre-
cinct 9 at New Testament Baptist Church 535
N.E. 28th Ave.
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Few comment on school budget
By Charles M. Murphy
The Okeechobee County School Board
held their first public hearing on their pro-
posed $79.5 million budget on Thursday.
There were no citizens in the audience
and no public comment on the spending
The budget would include less local tax
dollars this year, a reduction of just over
The actual tax receipts will decline close
to $1.5 million from $16.9 to $15.4 million.
The district tax rate will increase from
7.661 to 8.069 mills. One mill equals $1 in
taxes for every $1,000 of taxable value. Of
that total millage, 1.5 mills will be used for
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia
Cooper reviewed the proposed spending
plan for a second time. She noted the system
will have to deal with fewer dollars this year.
Chair Kelly Owens praised Dr. Cooper for
taking measures early to save money and im-
prove the districts financial condition.
"We've been counting our pennies, and
we need to continue to do that," Dr. Cooper
The proposed budget includes $1.8 mil-
lion for the freshman campus, $2.55 mil-
lion for Central Elementary, $5.27 million
for Okeechobee High School, $2.23 million
for South Elementary, $1.2 million for New
Endeavor, $3.5 million for Yearling Middle
School, $3.3 million for North Elementary,
$3.1 million for Everglades, $3 million for
Seminole, and $4 million for Osceola Middle
Capital Projects funded include $1 mil-
lion to replace heating air conditioning and
ventilation facilities at the high school gym.
$565,000 for six school buses, $200,000
for classrooms at Seminole Elementary,
$100,000 for a County Wide emergency
Communication System, and $95,000 for a
new MIS building and parking lot.
All of the votes taken on the tax rates and
the proposed budget were unanimous, 4-0.
School Board member India Riedel was
Dr. Cooper noted Aug. 11, the board will
hold an executive session at 8 a.m. followed
by union negotiations. New teacher orienta-
tion will take place at the freshman audito-
rium on Aug. 13. There are two instructional
and seven classified vacancies in the district.
Board member Joe Arnold said there is a
glimmer of hope at the state level as revenue
estimates have improved.
"Lets just hope that trend continues. If it
does we won't see cuts in mid year that we
have seen in the past. There's a glimmer of
hope at the very least."
Gay Carlton mentioned that former Coach
Tom Kingery will be inducted into the wres-
tling hall of fame on Saturday in Palm Beach
Gardens. She noted a group of Okeechobee
residents will travel to the banquet to help
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NOTICE OF EEING OF HE
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
GENERAL 3URISDIC'ION DIVISION
CASE NO: 47-2009-CA-000349
NATIONAL CIY BANK SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO
HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK
MINKOEMARIE BOEDIARATH, ET AL
NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIWE SERVICE
TO: MINAKOEMARIE BOEDIARATH; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MINA-
KOEMARE BOEDUARA DONALD G. CSH wh s idce is
38502 N 42ND WAY, COCOUT CREEK, FL 33073.
and who is fading service of process and the unto defendants who
may be spaoUse, heis, dnAsnAs, grarntea, asanes= ienorS cmeditiae,
Erstees, and all parties daiming an interest b though, der or against
the Defendant(s), who are not n to be dead or ale and all parts
aing or claiming to he any wht, tie or interest in the paperty de
.arbed nthennedgage beng fredaoedhenm .
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to forlose a mortgage on
he followingpropery: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 22 TOWN
SHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 34 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND
BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
COMMENCE AT TEE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 22;
THENCE NORTM 8830358" EAST, ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SEC-
TION 22, A DISTANCE OF 3579.6 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING;
THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 880858" EAS ALONG SAID SOUTH UNE, A
DISTANCE OF 12O.51S FEET;
THENCE NORTH 0006"16" WEST A DISTANCE OF 1448.79 FEET TO
POINT C ON THE CENTERLINE 6F THE 70.00 FOOT WIDE INGRESS,
EGRESS AND UTILITY EASEMENT AS SHOWN ON MAP OF SIMONE Es-
TATES, DATED JUNE 21, 2004;
THENCE SOUTH 79 '16" WEST ALONG SAID CENTERLINE A DISTANCE
OF 1250.15 FEET TO A CONCRETE MONUMENT WITH CAP STAMPED A
MOND PSM 5SEA;
THENCE SOUTH 88A1043" WEST ALONG SAID CENTERLINE, A DISTANCE
OF 90.17 FEET TO POINT E ON SDID CENTERINE A D
THENCE SOUTH 015102 EAST, A DISTANCE OF 1250.91 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING.
has ben filed against you and u aren tired to e a opy of your
Wsn deCena, i. ay, n DAD ]. STERN, ESQ. P.lat. attrn
whose addre is 900 South in Island Rd Suite 400, Plantation, FL
33324-3920, (no later than 30 days from the dae of the f pbliatio of
this Notice of Acon) and file te onginal with the aerk of this Court either
ef e s aon Raintiffs aomey or imediatethereafter otheni a
default wll b entered again your demanded in e complaint
ca petition d herein. in
WITNESS m hand and the eal of this Court at OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida, this 21st day of ly, 2009.
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY: Arlene Nelis
Q1 In a ccoa wit the Ameria W itr lii Ar per
needing a peial aommedation topaltoipate in this breeding should
ontat Court Administration no later than -aen days prior to the pnoceed
igat 250 NW Coutu O ub DI, Port St. Ludea, FL 3496or cal
Tn72-807-4370 thin ho working days of your receipt of this Stun-
monsNobce to Appear. If you are hang impaired all 1-800-955-3771. If
you aie ire impaired ai 1-800-9558770, via Flda Relay Service.
LAW OFFICES OF DAVID STERN, P.A.
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 Souh Pi. Island Road Suite 400
Pantation FL 33324-3920
128201 o 7/26;8/2/09
Find it faster. Sell it sooner one man's trash is
in the classifieds another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an
Grab a bargain from your ad in the classifieds.
neighbor's garage, attic, -
basement or doset in Shop here first'
today's declassified. The classified ads
Taylor Creek lock opens for
navigation into Lake Okeechobee
The South Florida Water der until the lake elevation reach-
Management District (SFWMD) es 14 feet NGVD. At that time,
has opened the navigation lock the lock will again be closed to
at Taylor Creek (S-193) on the navigation until the U.S. Army
northern edge of Lake Okeecho- Corps of Engineers completes
bee. installation of the manatee pro-
The lock, which allows boat- tection upgrade.
ers to navigate around flood Lake Okeechobee's elevation
control structures and into the stood at 13.56 feet NGVD on July
lake, was closed to boat traffic in 31.
February in order to maintain ca- For more information, please
nal water levels in the area dur- contact the SFWMD Okeecho-
ing the recent record-breaking bee Service Center at 863-462-
dry season. 5260 or 800-250-4200 or the SF-
The lock will remain in the WMD Orlando Service Center at
open position with no lock ten- 407-858-6100 or 800-250-4250.
The Okeechobee FFA Alumni
is sporting around this beau-
tifully refurbished Ford 4000
Tractor. The tractor will be
available forviewing at several
upcoming events. Tickets are
on sale at one for $10 or three
for $20. The drawing will be
March 2010 at the Okeecho-
bee County Youth Livestock
Show and Sale. The proceeds
benefit our local FFA Chap-
ters. For more information on
the tractor or the FFA Alumni
please call 863-467-8696.
Ted Schiff, M.D., Dwayne Mantle, D.O., Mark Leach, R-PA,
Sharon Barrineau, ARNP, and John Minni, D.O. lead the Water's Edge
Dermatology team of skin care professionals. They will provide you with
high quality medical and cosmetic skin care services in a personal and caring
NEW PATIENTS WELCOME
301 HE 19th Drive 112 S. WC Owens Ave.
(Next to the hospital)
Adult and Pediatric
* Acne Psoriasis Eczema
* Skin, Hair & Nail Disorders
* MO HS Skin Concer Surgery
* Skin Allergies and Rashes
* taser Vein Treatments
* Botox Juvidermm
* Radiesse Thermage
* Restylane" Perloneo
* Permanent Make-up
* Hair Moles Brown Spots
* Warts Tattoos Skin Togs
MEDICARE AND MOST ItNSURANCE ACCEPTED.
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time to replace your worn
out air conditioning system
* Up to $1000 rebate from TRANE til August 31t
* Up to $1500 tax credit from Uncle Sam
* Up to $1930 rebate from FPL
* 1st year's maintenance FREE
from Okeechobee A/C /
Committed To Total Customer
Satisfaction Since 1978
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pating dealers only. Offer expires August 31, 2009. *FPL rebates and Federal tax credits are based on model
and efficiency (see www.energystar com) for details. Free Estimates/Second Opinions apply to new units only.