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Vol. 100 No. 95


SEECHOBEE EWS


Sunday, August 9, 2009


1 b County proposes budget cuts
New budget less than Up until last year county bud get and the constitutional officers' iff-that includes the property
current budget get hearings were pretty much cut budgets. For the first time in recent appraiser, the tax collector, the su-
c t budget and dried-very predictable and memory, constitutional officers pervisor of elections and the clerk
By Pete Gawda dull. Last year things were very are being asked to cut a definite of the court-are scheduled to
and more ehobee News different as commissioners met amount from their budgets. The meet with the commissioners in a
With most sources of revenue in workshop sessions for six days constitutional officer with the budget workshop. The requested
down and property values drop- struggling with how to handle em- largest budget, the sheriff, was cuts will most likely be a topic of
of ping for the second year in a row ployees' pay raises and reluctant asked to cut $1.19 million from his discussion.
Local minister accused of the county is facing a predicted to raise taxes. During that time, budget. He has already whittled Another topic that will have to
molesting child... Page 3 deficit of $4.4 million. County gov- constitutional officers were asked his budget down to within about be addressed during the budget
ernment is being forced to down- more than once if they could make $600,000 of the required amount, planning process is whether or not
size. As it stands now the proposed any further cuts to their budgets. Other constitutional officers have county employees will get a raise
Id budget for fiscal year 2009/10 is This year is proving to be even yet to publicly present budgets and if so, how much ofa raise. For
Index $88,791,088-down almost $12 more interesting. A $4.4 million showing their requested cuts. two years county employees have
million below the current amend- deficit has be apportioned among On Aug. 10 all the other consti-
Cassifieds..............................14-15 ed budget of $100,715,214. the county commissioners' bud- tutional officers except the sher- See Budget Page 2


Community Events ............................6
C rossw ord ...................... ........... 15
Okeechobee's Most Wanted ............ 3
O pinion......................................... 5
Speak O ut ......................................... 4
W eather ............................................. 7
Lake Levels

13.67 feet
Last Year: 11.06 feet
Sons ored By:

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Source: South Florida Water
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and orientation on Saturday, the
22nd of August at 8:00 a.m.
Prospective cadet applicants
will received an introduction to
the training requirements and an
overview of the special training
they will receive during the school
year. The program is accepted by
the Okeechobee School District
for elective Naval Science credit.
At the end of each semester, the
cadets' evaluations and grades
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Budget
Continued From Page 1
not received a raise. Last year they were
given a bonus. Their base pay remained the
same. This budget year they were given a 3


Cadets
Continued From Page 1
SCC" is designed to provide a military orien-
tation and formal instruction to young men
and women between the ages of 13 and 18.
The Sea Cadet program was established by
an act of Congress at the request of the Sec-
retary of the Navy in 1957.
The program is organized and supervised
according to requirements established by the
Navy. The Sea Cadet program emphasizes
practical skills and "hands-on-training." Suc-
cessful participation and completion of the
program allows the cadets to join the service
at advanced pay grades, and also gives the
cadets the opportunity to compete for entry
to the service academies and other college
level scholarships.
Prospective cadet applicants are carefully
screened and evaluated upon entry, and all
efforts are made to ensure that the cadets
and their parents are aware of the nature of
the NSW-Trident's program. The Sheriff's
Office, as the primary local sponsor, works
closely with the schools in Okeechobee
County during the school year. The program
has high standards; the cadets are required
to participate in rigorous physical fitness
training, complete formal academics, learn
basic military skills, and behave according
to Navy standards for military discipline.
Funding support for the NSWTrident pro-
gram is provided by the Children's Services
Council of Okeechobee County and the Na-
val Special Warfare Foundation.
The NSW-Trident program is a collabora-
tive sponsorship between the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, the Navy's UDT-SEAL
Association, and the National Navy UDT-
SEAL Museum Association. Equipment sup-
port is provided by Zodiac of North America,
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training is provided by active and reserve
Naval Special Warfare units, and members
Naval Special Warfare community.
Parents and students interested in the
NSW-Trident program are encouraged to
contact the NSW-Trident's program coordi-
nator at 863-357-1600.

Community Brief

Big Lake Mission sponsoring
school supply drive
Big Lake Mission Outreach is sponsoring
their annual school supplies drive for needy
families. This year the need is greater than
last. They are accepting donations up until
school starts Aug. 24. Local stores have com-
plete lists of supplies. No Trapper Keepers.
We gladly accept checks made out to our
Mission and our staff can do the shopping.
Please call 863-763-5725 or 863-697-6433 for
more information or drop off locations.


percent increase of their base pay. However,
because of accounting procedures deal-
ing with a bonus as opposed to account-
ing procedures dealing with a pay raise, it
is possible that some employees may have
received less money this year than they did
the previous year.
Even the term "rollback," which is heard
often during the budget planning process,
has taken on a new meaning. Taxes are
based on a percentage of the assessed value
of a property. One mill equals $1 in taxes for
every $1,000 of assessed value. The rollback
rate is the millage rate that will bring in the
same revenue as the previous year, but based
on the current property values. Before last
year, with rising property values, the rollback
rate was a smaller number than the previous
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it is actually a "roll forward" rate. It takes
a higher millage rate with today's deflated
property values to bring in the same amount
of taxes that a smaller millage rate brought
in last year when property was worth more.
Then there is the much debated pro-
posed EMS assessment, something new for
this county even though a fire assessment
has been in place for some time. If the as-
sessment is passed, ambulance services in
the county will be financed primarily from
fixed rate assessments rather than from the
general fund.
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Local pastor accused


of molesting child


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A minister at an Okeechobee church is
being held without bond in the Okeechobee
County Jail on charges that he sexually mo-
lested a young girl.
James Alton Padgett, I
43, N.W 184th Drive, was
arrested Aug. 5 by Detec-
tive Susan Morrison of the
Okeechobee County Sher
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al battery, victim under 12; James Alton
lewd and lascivious mo- Padgett
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and lewd and lascivious molestation, victim
over 12.
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the capital sexual battery charge. His bond
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$50,000 on each charge.
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tor at the 7th Day Christian Church on S.R.
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Detective Morrison's arrest report indi-
cates that the alleged molestations appar-
ently began when the victim was 7 years
old. The report goes on to state that there
have been over 50 instances of purported
molestation.
The detective went on to state that the
victim is now a teenager.


Okeechobee's Most Wanted


The following people
are among Okeecho-
bee's Most Wanted
persons. There are ac-
tive warrants for each
of them. The criteria for
making Okeechobee's
Most Wanted top five
is based on the severity
of the crime in conjunc- William David Bras
tion with the age of the Helms Wai
warrant.
If you have any information on the where-
abouts of any of Okeechobee's Most Wanted
you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers
at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call Treasure
Coast Crimes Stoppers, you have the option of
remaining anonymous. You can also receive a
reward if the information results in an arrest.
Brandon Wayne Ellis, DOB 4/11/1984, 5
ft, 6 in., VOP Grand Theft Auto, Burglary struc-


ndon Jesse James Felicia Jean
ne Ellis Lyng Pringle
ture, grand theft.
William David Helms, DOB 2/11/1977, 5 ft
11 in- Third Degree Grand Theft.
Jesse James Lyng, DOB 2/9/1983, 6 ft, I
in, 210 lbs Possession Carisoprodol, Resisting
w/o violence.
Felicia Jean Pringle DOB 7/23/1987, 5
ft 5 in, 1301bs VOP Grand theft, possession of
hydrocodone, possession Alprazolam.


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OPINION


Public Forum/Speak Out

Speak Out has moved online, where Let's get all the snake lovers to form a
it is quicker and easier to share your posse. We will call them to come catch the
ideas and converse with others. Go to snakes, haul them off, and feed them the
www.newszap.com, click on the corn- live prey they need to survive. Here, snakey,
munity name and your local or state snakey, jump in this truck for a ride!
Public Forum. There, you can create I don't believe in killing for sport or
new topics or comment on existing fun that is wrong. But that snake posed a
topics. What follows is a sampling of threat to livestock and people. Had it been
some of the discussions currently tak- like its relatives and stayed in the woods
inplace.Thanks for participating no one would have seen it and therefore it
ing could have continued to eat livestock and
Invasion strays! Survival of the fittest and obviously
this one didn't have what it takes to evade
Florida has been overrun within non ha- the killers. Maybe the next one will
tive species for years and the Florida that have better luck.
once was is now no more nor ever will be As far as killing what we eat, there were
again in your lifetime. The water plants from plenty of people who would have volun-
Japan, to the Koi fish in the canals, to the steered to try barbecuing that snake -- but the
snakes and monkeys, pigs and other spe- wildlife rescue needs the meat and Doc Har-
cies of plants and birds. There is not enough vey knew that. Killing the snake fed those
human power capable of returning Florida panthers, foxes etc. I would think a nature
back to what it was 300 years ago, and so lover would see that was a good thing. The
you deal with the non native species and native species eating the non-native species
move on. Florida is the dumping grounds for for a change. If you really care about wild-
everything, we have the perfect climate for life, how about volunteering at the wildlife
these exotic species and they take off here. rescue. They always needs volunteer help.
Down in Miami every day boat loads of non
species are confiscated with birds and plants EMS tax
and other exotic animals trying to enter into,
Florida. So what's your solution to stopping And I are we ing taxed, yet again
this envasion of non species? Anwhoam certain ot paying for someone
At this point, we probably can't elimi- who cnnot afford it.
nate the exotics -- so we have to control The hospital does not provide ambu-
them the best we can. Dr. Harvey did that by lance service. All emergency calls "911" go
putting a bullet in the brain of a 17 ft python through county dispatch and are run by
that was on the grounds of his animal hospi- Okeechobee County Fire Rescue. Most trans-
tal. Letting that snake just live there was not fers from Raulerson hospital are handled by
an option. Imagine if it had gone after the All County Ambulance and every once in a
dogs in the clinic's exercise yard or heaven while Okeechobee County Fire Rescue has
forbid, imagine what if it had gone after one to do a transfer when they are not available.
of the children in that area. In my opinion, The hospital doesn't provide EMS ser-
Dr. Harvey did the only responsible thing vices, the county does and yes you are pay-
he could when he dispatched that snake. ing for those who don't or can't pay for the
And then he did something very positive by services rendered.
donating the meat to Sue Arnold's Wildlife Accidents
rehab center. Accidents
Capturing a 17 ft snake is not easy, and On the news I saw over on the coast
even trying could have resulted in injury or that three young people were killed in an
death. And even ifthey had caught it, it would auto accident there. This followed the three
have been euthanized by FWC anyway. The from Okeechobee who were killed in the
safest, fastest and in this case most humane Keys. Too many young people are dying in
thing to do was exactly what Doc did. car crashes. We need to do something. I
Snakes are a part of our world and now don't know if more driver safety education
a part of your back yards, if you're going to is needed or stricter enforcement of traffic
kill these snakes then I feel you should have laws. But something is just so wrong when
to eat them after all. we are seeing so many young people die be-
hind the wheel of a car.


Filipino Cultural Center
I am really looking forward to this new
cultural center. I love gardens and the one
they are planning sounds very special and
beautiful. How wonderful that we don't have
to leave Okeechobee to visit it.
At least they are doing SOMETHING to
help improve the community instead of just
complaining about what's wrong. I wish
them well and I look forward to seeing how
their project goes. Sounds like it could bring
in tourists, which will help our hotels, stores
and restaurants stay in business.

Motorcycle officers
I think it is a good thing that the sheriff's
office uses the motorcycle officers to catch
the speeders. Usually these are residential
areas that people are speeding through. The
people who live in these areas do no appre-
ciate those who decide to use the side streets
as a "short cut" and then drive as if it is a main
highway. If you are going to drive on the side
streets through the residential areas, then
obey the speed limits. We
have people walking and
kids on bikes who should
be able to use the street
without worrying about POLICE
someone driving through Q
there at high speeds. If
you want to drive above
35 mph, stick to the main
roads.
I wish the sheriff
would send the motorcy-
cle cops out to State Road
70 west. That area is like a race track in the
morning. Trying to pull out, you look and
there is plenty of space but then just as you
get on the road, someone comes flying up
behind you. Some of those cars must be go-
ing 80 or 90 mph. The speed limit there is 60
mph. If they would stay at 60 mph or below,
there would be no problems.

Health care
These health care bills are deliberately
written to be hard to understand so that peo-
ple who read them will likely interpret them
differently. Try all you want, the only interpre-
tation that counts is the one from Obama's
crew. I don't want to appear at some ap-
pointment where I will be counseled on my
short future, by someone who wants to con-
vince me to accept death gracefully without
medical intervention. Ordinary citizens have
to worry about this impending disaster, un-
like Obama, who wangled his way to the
best care available to the end of his life.


Don't some of you think the govern-
ment already has too much control of our
lives why give them any more. Aren't we
able to take care of ourselves anymore?
Have we come to that point? We can see
what a mess in the past and in the present
that they can do. Can you trust them with
your life and your loved one's life or just
about anything else?
Some of us seem to be fighting tooth
and nail for our current system, concerned
that health care will be rationed. Isn't it al-
ready rationed by the insurance companies?
Can't they and don't they often say no? My
experience with most insurance companies,
especially health insurance, is that they are
great at collecting premiums and not so
great at paying out on claims. How much of
our hard-earned money goes towards these
companies' million dollar golfing and spa
retreats, etc. How many billions go toward
top executives' bonuses? That's part of what
our current health care premiums pay for
now. Couldn't that money be better spent?
Competition from the public option may
force them to stop that kind of misspending.
I know the government can be inefficient
but can't corporations be just as inefficient?
Look at all of the corporations asking for
bailouts and going belly-up. They're the
ones running our health care system now.

Housing
Look at the housing industry. It's possi-
ble that who was president at the time of the
downward spiral does not come into play. I
believe the crooks who wanted to blackmail
(no pun intended, of course) the banks into
making loans to people who did not qualify
for loans, with the threat of discrimination
lawsuits were largely responsible for the
banks downfall. Of course, community or-
ganizers would have no part in that would
they? It had a lot to do with playing the race-
card as they always do. While an applicant
may not even qualify financially, they, the
ones watching out for the community, you
know, blackmailed the bankers to agree to
a loan, under the threat of discrimination
lawsuits. Even during this time of Bush's ad-
ministration, who was involved in activities
to see that the "underprivileged" could all be
homeowners? Could one of them have been
our current president, who wants to spread
the wealth around?


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August 9, 2009

Letters to the Editor


Okeechobee News


Christensen family
appreciates support
I want to thank this entire community for
their help in this horrible time.
I lost my heart. Our family lost the best
mom and grandmom any family can have.
We were so-o-o-o happy she was com-
ing here to our daughter's in 7 days for the
birth of our eighth grandbaby due in 9 days.
I've tried to remember just some of the
things she'd do and I can only write a few or
I'd be writing a book.
A customer was down or sad and she
said, "I gotta stop and get her a card. Just
a 'pick me up' card. She went all over look-
ing for martini glasses 'cause a customer at


Golden Corral would always say they want
some sort of drink. She served their iced tea
in martini glasses.
Another co-worker was recently going
through a hard time she said "Hon I got her
a nice 'pick me up' card." She told me, "Hon
I just spent $17 on cards," and started laugh-
ing.
After the hurricanes, a customer lost his
home and as he waited for his replacement,
she kept asking how it was coming along as
he had a FEMA trailer. When he got his new
home she said, "I gotta go to Walmart and
get him something." She got him a real nice
candle for his new home.
We'd be driving down the road and she'd
say, "There's my homeless guy. He ate good


Community Calendar


Sunday
AA. 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
Third St.

Monday
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.
Coast Guard Auxiliary of Okeechobee
meets the second Monday of each month, at
7 p.m. at the entrance to Okee-Tantie Camp
Grounds. We are seeking new members who
are, "Semper Paratus Always Ready."
For information call 863-824-7623
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
invited. 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.
TheGenealogicalSocietyofOkeechobee
will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Public Library, 206 S.W 16th St. The meeting is
open to anyone interested in tracing his or her
ancestry. The annual membership is $10 per
person, and $12 for a family. For information,
call Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site
at http://www.rootsweb.com/~ flgso.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed
chapter in Okeechobee. This chapter meets
at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3
p.m. Karen Graves, Chapter leader would like
to extend a warm welcome to any interested
persons to come by and see what they are
about. For information call 863-763-6952.
Flottilla 57 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
meets at 7 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary
Station located at the entrance to Okeetantie on
Road 78 on the second Monday of each month.
Everyone is welcome to come as a guest and
inquire about membership. Do get your safe
boating certification. Call to enroll for course or
to inquire about membership 863-763-0165.


Tuesday
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday eve-
ning 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
Freedom Ranch Al-Anon meets every
Tuesday and is open to all who deal with some-
one with addictions. 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.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group
is for women who are hurting, homeless or
have 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 ev-
ery 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.
Okeechobee SubstanceAbuseCoalition
meets the second Tuesday of the month, at
11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church,
lunch is provided. For information contact Jim
Vensel at 863-697-1792.
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 610-0975.
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, Call 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.
Christian Home Educators of
Okeechobee will meet at the Grace Christian
Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave.
Anyone currently home schooling or interested
in home schooling is welcome. For information,
call Lydia Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty Perera 863-
467-6808.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third St., at 8


last night, I took some tips and bought his
dinner." She'd buy stuff and pass it out at
Christmas. These stories never end.
I sat Saturday night and painted "Bobbi's
Bench" on the bench with flowers. She and
her co-workers would sit there after work
for awhile and unwind and laugh about
their night or their day off coming up. She'd
sit and look at the moon ... and as I painted
that on Saturday, the nearly full moon shined
on me.
During her funeral service, our son Eddie
yelled into the funeral home, "We're Havin'
a baby!" Bobbi was buried at the cemetery
at 2:22 p.m. Our grandbaby, Lila "Roberta"
Christensen was born at 2:22 p.m., 9 days
early.



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.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until
9 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 NW
Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets
everyTuesdayat 10 a.m. at the Hospice Building,
411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Brenda
Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Family History Center meets from I 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 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 at 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 informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1
p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee SubstanceAbuse Coalltion
meets every second Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church. For information
contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group
meets at Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W
Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then from 6:30
until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional
support or someone just to care are welcome.
For information call the hot line 863-801-9201 or
863-697-9718.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a
weekly 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 membership is a desire to
stop eating compulsively. For more information


We all thank you, Eric Sr., Diane and
Robert Gery, Eric Jr. and Ashley, Edward and
Alicia, Todd and Kristen and what we called
our Florida daughter, Andrea Robbins, our
grandbabies, Ashley, David, Todd Jr, Aiden,
Laci, Ladybug, Courtney, Lila "Roberta," and
our Florida special grandbabies Christian,
Jordan, and Brodi.
We thank the Sheriff's Department for
their hard work and the community for their
kindness, cards, hugs and help.
We love you all.
Thank you,
Eric Christensen



call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
The First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W Second St., will be hosting God's
Time -a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and
interaction for parents 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 call 863-357-3053.


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Community Events


Nutritional analysis class offered
The Douglas Chiropractic Clinic and Fit-
ness Center will offer a free CRA nutritional
analysis class on Monday, Aug. 10 at 5:30
p.m. The class is taught by Dr. Edward
Douglas. For more information about the
class, please call 863-763-4320.

Babysitter training
class scheduled
The Okeechobee Service Center of
the American Red Cross will be holding a
Babysitter Training class on Tuesday, Aug.
11, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The center is lo-
cated at 323 N. Parrott Avenue and the cost
for the class is just $40. Lunch will be provid-
ed and participants will receive a Red Cross
certification card the day of the training as
well as the Babysitter's Training package.
For more information or to register, please
call 863-763-2488.

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 CPR/
AED at 6 p.m.
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.

Early Learning
Coalition meeting set
Early Learning Coalition of Indian Riv-
er, Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc.
- Okeechobee County Provider/Advisory
Council Meeting Wednesday, Aug. 12, at
noon at the American Red Cross, 323 North
Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee.
Healthy Start Coalition board meeting set
The Board of Directors of the Okeecho-
bee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on
Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 11:30 a.m. in their
office located at 575 S.W. 28th Street within
the New Endeavors School Building. The
meeting is open to the public. For more in-
formation, please contact Kay Begin at the
Coalition Office, 863-462-5877.

Church to hold
clothing giveaway
Okeechobee Church of God will hold a
clothing giveaway on Aug. 15, from 9 a.m.
until 2 p.m. The church is located at 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave., Okeechobee. For information,
please call Mary Jane at 863-763-4127.


Hospice to host
benefit yard sale
Hospice hosting Clearance Yard Sale: Hos-
pice of Okeechobee (411 S.E. Fourth Street)
will hold a Clearance Yard Sale on Thursday,
Aug. 13,8 a.m. 2 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 14,
8 a.m.-2 p.m. All items must go dirt cheap
prices! Funds raised will benefit patient care,
including services at The Hamrick Home.
For information call 863-467-2321.

Teen dance party is back!
Back by popular demand: Teen Dance
Party! For Ages 12-15, Saturday, Aug. 15,
from 7-10 p.m. at the Shrine Club on Hwy
78. Cost is $7 and includes pizza, chips and
a soda. All proceeds will benefit CASTLE.
For more information call Teresa Chandler
at 863-697-6819.

Fancy ME! group to meet
If you have an embroidery machine, plan
to buy one or are just interested in the con-
cept, please join us at our next meeting. It
will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 10
a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Red Cross classroom,
323 N. Parrott Avenue. This month they will
be working with "embossed" designs. Em-
bossing combines the texture of plush fab-
rics with subtle tone-on-tone stitching for
an eye-catching, elegant effect. Bring your
machine, design, stabilizer and matching
thread and towel. For more information,
please call Joan at: 863-467-0290 or Corry at
863-467-2231.

SAL Steak Dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will
sponsor their monthly ribeye steak dinner
on Sunday, Aug. 16, from 3 until 6 p.m. at
the American Legion Post 64 at 501 SE Sec-
ond Street. Dinner includes steak (cooked to
order) by Dan Hood, baked potato, salad,
roll and butter, dessert, iced tea and coffee.
Live entertainment will be provided for you
enjoyment. The public is welcome. Dona-
tion of $12.

FHREDI meeting date set
A public meeting the the Board of Direc-
t6ors for Florida's Heartland Rural Economic
Development Initiative, Inc. and Florida's
Freshwater Frontier, Inc. will be held on
Monday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. at the Bert J.
Harris, Jr. Agri-Civic Center, 4509 George
Blvd. Sebring, Conference Rm. 2. The Board
meeting will be preceded by a transporta-
tion committee meeting in Conference Rm.
3 at 9 a.m.


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H.0.PE. school supply drive
H.O.P.E. (Helping Okeechobee People
Embrace) organization is collecting items for
local children for back to school. H.O.P.E. is
asking local residents to clean out their clos-
ets of clean, well-cared for, unwanted clothes
for school aged children from kindergarten
through high school. School supplies and
funds to purchase supplies are great appreci-
ated. The organization is working with local
barbers who will donate free haircuts for lo-
cal kids in need. Donations can be dropped
off at Maximum Tanning, 609 W. South Park
St. Open seven days a week. Call Stephani
Cannon for questions or concerns about the
supply drive at: 863-634-9916. All donations
for the drive must be in by Aug. 15.


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Horse slaughtering could spread A REAL o

By Charles M. Murphy taking extreme precautions to protect their pecting a pat on the head, and maybe a car-
Okeechobee News animals. He said there has been a huge out- rot. Instead their throats are being cut. These
After a rash of slaughtered horses in cry in the horse community. People orga- deaths are extremely inhumane. They are
South Florida, the National Humane Sodi nized neighborhood watches, hired armed suffering," he continued. "More times than
ety has offered a $5,000 reward to catch a guards to patrol their properties, and even not, they are being butchered alive. Flesh is If you're looking to
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Richard Couto, Spokesperson for the "People should padlock their gates at Mr. Couto said residents can help by do-
South Florida Society for the Prevention of night time. They are patrolling each others nating to the SPCA, and also visiting a web- who isn't these days
Cruelty to Animals reports that 19 horses property. I've heard stories of people sleep- site, helpthehorses.com
have been reported abducted and butchered ing in their barns at night to protect their ani- He mentioned that the SPCA is a private, -- hubscribing to the
in recent months. He notes there probably mals," he added. non profit organization that can use dona-
are many more that haven't been reported. Mr. Couto said the horses killed are do- tions. You can also donate to the crime Okeochoboo News
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County there have been two. There are
many, many more that have been slaugh-
tered in the past year."
Mr. Couto said this has been going on for
years in South Florida. He noted many peo-
ple don't report horse theft and slaughter for
various reasons.
"The actual numbers are much, much
higher," he said. "It is spreading north, I
can't' tell you it won't spread."
Mr. Couto said the Miami Dade area has a
lot of residents from countries where horse
meat is legal to buy and eat. He stated on a
few of the islands off the coast of Miami you
can legally sell horse meat.
"In the United States we have laws against
this. They need to respect those laws, and
many people don't," he said. "The black
market is a very healthy market for horse
meat."
The horse meat can cost up to $40 per
pound on the black market. A 1,200 pound
horse can yield hundreds of pounds of
meat.
Mr. Couto said many horse owners are

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Today: A 40 percent chance of showers
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with a high near 91. East wind between 5
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Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around
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Monday: A 40 percent chance of showers
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By Pete Gawda holders and pillows. Although the young
Okeechobee News people are interested in learning a new skill,
Young people are learning the practical Ms. Watts said that the question most often
art of sewing thanks to classes being offered asked by young Zachary is When do we
My Aunt' s House The Closet. ked by young Zachary is "When do we
For the third summer in the row, thanks to have refreshments?" However, he is enjoy
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the classes have been offered. Judy Watts,
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County prepares pri
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Government officials and consultants re-
cently released the 2010 Okeechobee County
Local Mitigation Project Priority List. The list
ranks 52 public safety and public works proj-
ects the county, the city, South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD) the Okeecho-
bee Utility Authority (OUA) and the Florida De-
partment of Transportation have in progress or
would like to do. The reason for preparing the
list is that some grant applications require that
the project be on such a list.
Number oe on the list is the installation
of a county wide radio system. Most of the
details have been worked out and installation
will soon begin on this project which will be
part of the state law enforcement radio system
(SLERS). Grants account for about 75 percent
of the cost of the project.
The second project on the list is a new
county emergency management building.
The county has already advertised for bids and
there will soon be a bid opening. Slightly over
$1 million of this project will be paid for by a
grant. The rest of the estimated $4,800 will be
paid by the county.
The third project on the list is an OUA proj-
ect to install a wastewater collection system in
Treasure Island. The utility is currently working
on the design of this project.
Projects four through seven are county
projects for stormwater improvements in the
southwestern part of the county. These proj-
ects have been designed and permitted.
Project eight, part of this same southwest
stormwater improvement system, while under
the responsibility of the county, is within the
City of Okeechobee. This project has been par-
tially surveyed.
The next project on the list, an OUA pro-
posed eastside force main, has also been de-
signed and permitted.
Project 26, stormwater improvements on
U.S. 98, 0.5 miles north of S.R. 70, is in prog-
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Okeechobee News


Turnout very low for special election


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Only 11 percent of the registered voters in
the three Okeechobee County precincts that
are part of State Senate District 28 turned
out to vote the special election on Aug. 4 in
which Joe Negron was elected to fill the seat
vacated by retiring Senator Ken Pruitt.
This is the second lowest turnout ever ex-
perienced by supervisor of elections Gwen
Chandler in a special election. She said that
in March of 1998 there was a special election
with a 7.25 percent turnout.
District 28 consists of all of Martin Coun-
ty and parts of Indian River, Okeechobee,
St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties. The
Okeechobee County section of District 28
consists of precinct 9, which votes at New
Testament Baptist Church, 535 NE 28th Ave.
and precincts 5 and 15 which both vote at
VFW Post 10539, 3912 U.S. 441 SE.
Mrs. Chandler expected a low turnout
because a lot of the residents of precincts
5 and 15 are gone during the summer. She
said that by 9:30 a.m. no one had voted in
precinct 5. In an effort to increase voter par-
ticipation, the supervisor of elections sent
mailouts to inform voters of the election and
offer them the option of voting by mail. Of
the 430 ballots that were cast, 312 were mail
in ballots.
Mrs. Chandler estimates that the spe-
cial election will cost her office just under
$10,000. While the state will reimburse the
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AUGUST 3 AND 4, 2009
Cows
Breaking $45.00 $51.50
Cutter $40.00 $48.00
Canner $36.00 $40.00
Bulls
1000-1500 $57.00 $64.00
Monday Tuesday
Calves 524 1545
Cows 134 200
Str 10 20
Hfrs 0 18
Bulls 25 21
Yrlngs 24 31
Mix 27 30
Total 744 1865
Med #1 Steers Hfrs
150-200 122-135


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250-300 122-142 97-108
300-350 117-122 93-99
350-400 104-111 89-96
400-450 97-111 85-93
450-500 93-100 84-94
550-600 91-97 95-98
600-650 88-96 82-93
Med #2 Steers Hfrs
200-250 110-120 95-105
250-300 102-125 75-98
300-350 105-117 65-81
350-400 90-106 80-94
400-450 86-93 83-88
Small #1 Steers Hfrs
300-350 89-90
Prices were pretty steady
this week on calves and
slaughter cows and bulls. We


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calves and there was a good
demand for them. Willard
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a high of $1.90, bought by
Reynolds. Peoples Family
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Cash for clunkers has i


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Car Allowance Rebate System or cash
for clunkers program has proved to be so
successful that funds were expended earlier
than expected and Congress had to appropri-
ate more money to keep the program going.
Under this program qualified older car own-
ers can earn up $4,500 in trade in on a new
car.
However, one local car dealer has not
seen any results from the program. While the
cash for clunkers program has brought many
visitors into Dowling Watford's Okeechobee
Motor Co. showroom and generated many
telephone calls, he said it has not generated
any sales for him. He does not know how it
has affected other Ford dealers, but he thinks
it must have had a positive effect because
Ford sales were up for July.
"A lot of people are disappointed when
they find out what they can buy," he said.
Mr. Watford said some people think all
older cars qualify but that is not the case.
The gas mileage for the trade-in has to be 18
miles per gallon or less. The vehicle has to
be drivable, you have to have owned it for at
least one year and had insurance on it for one
year.
A pickup cannot be traded in for a car or
a larger pickup. It has to be a like model with
better fuel economy
"It is advantageous," said Mr. Watford. "A
person could have a vehicle worth $500 and
get $3,500 to $4,500 in trade in on it."
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lot helped local dealer Okeechobee Arrest
and plug in the requested information on The following individuals were arrested
your present car and it will tell you if your car on felony or driving under the influence
qualifies and what Ford models are available (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
under the ars turned in must go to a salvage Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
ya rst the oil is changed and the engine City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
is disabled Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
One disadvantage of the program, accord- Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
ing to Mr. Watford, is that it has helped Toy- or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
ota, Honda and Nisson more than domestic Patrick Joseph Egers, 44, S.W Seventh
automobile makers since the program only Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 28 by
applies to mid-sized cars. On the plus size Officer Kelley Margerum on an Okeechobee
the manufacturers make more vehicles to re- County warrant charging him with violation
place the ones sold. It puts more fuel efficient of probation felony driving under the influ-
vehicles on the road and then there is the pol- ence. He is being held without bond.
lution factor. New cars pollute less. D 4t
The "$64,000" question, according to Mr. Melissa Dawn Lipscomb, 31, S.W 44th
Watford, is if the benefits outweigh the dis- Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 29
advantages. Someone, perhaps our children by Deputy Brian Cross on an Okeechobee
and grandchildren, will have to pay for the County warrant charging her with violation
program. He said it is obvious the members of probation obtaining a controlled sub-
of Congress think it is a beneficial program stance by fraud. She is being held without
since they have funded it for another $2 bil- bond.
lion Emilio Serrano, 46, N.W 13th St.,
-Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 4 by Deputy
Lieutenant Keith Murrish on awarrant charg-
ing him with sale of cocaine and possession
of cocaine with intent to sell. His total bond
was set at $40,000.
James Lamb, 20, N.E. Ninth Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 5 by Dep-
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda uty G. Popovich on an Okeechobee County
Dowling Watford of Okeechobee Mo- warrant charging him with armed burglary
tor Company said that the "cash for of a dwelling and possession of a firearm
clunkers" program has generated a lot of a dwelling and possession of a firearm
of telephone calls and visits, by a convicted felon. His bond was set at
$30,000.

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Report

Emmanuel F. Safo, 50, N.E. 13th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 5 by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a
charge of possession of cocaine. His bond
was set at $5,000.
Debra Rehard, 44, U.S. 441 S.E.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 6 by Deputy
Jonathan Hazy on a warrant out of Wiscon-
sin charging her with violation of probation
- possession of cocaine. She is being held
without bond.
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 wel-
come to inform this newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and printed.




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Soccer clinic postponed
The soccer clinic will not be next week,
Aug. 10-14. Instead, the clinic will be con-
densed to a one-day session tenta-
tively scheduled for Saturday, Sept.
12, from 8 a.m.-noon. The price is $15
per child (ages 5-19). There will also be a
goalie training clinic on Saturday, Aug.
15, from 9 a.m.-noon at the soccer practice
fields across from North Elementary. The
price is also $15 for the session. For more
information, please call Josephine O'Mallan
at 863-763-6950.

OCRA sign ups to begin
OCRA will be holding registration for
football, baseball and softball at the sports
complex each Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1
p.m. beginning Aug. 15 through Aug. 29 and
again on Labor Day weekend in Flagler Park
from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Sunday
and Monday. Fees for the fall season will be
$75 for football, baseball and softball and
$60 for flag football and t-ball. All youth ages
5-14 are encouraged to play. For questions,
please call 863-634-1437.

Future Stars camp postponed
The Future Stars baseball/softball camp
set for Aug. 14 and 15, has been temporar-
ily postponed until a date later this year
due to a lack of coaching staff to participate.
Updates will be available about reschedule
dates for the camp.


Golf team to hold fund raiser
The Okeechobee boys and girls golf
teams will hold a fundraiser golf tournament
on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. The registration fee
is $200 for teams of four. Hole sponsorships
cost $100. There will be prizes, and lunch
provided. For more information call Mark
Ward at 863-634-1722.

Freedom Outreach
Fishing tournaments
Freedom Outreach Ministries, Series II,
fishing will offer a 70 percent payback with
an $80 entry fee-cash only. The tourna-
ment will be held at Scott Driver park on
Aug. 30. The one-day, end of season Classic
will be held Sept. 27 with a $120 entry fee,
but to qualify for the Classic you must have
fished in at least four events. All questions,
please call 863-634-3790 or 863-634-9889.

Middle School sports
tryouts set
OMS Soccer & Volleyball tryouts will be
held Wednesday, Aug. 26, through Fri-
day, Aug. 28, at Osceola Middle School
from 3:45-5:30 p.m. Physicals need to be
turned in NO LATER than 4 p.m. on Tuesday,
Aug. 25. Physical forms can be picked up at
the school from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. through-
out the summer.


Sports complex

summer pool hours
The sports complex pool is open for sum-
mer hours. Hours from until Aug. 23, will be
from 10-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, I
to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and from 6-8 p.m. on
Tuesday and Thursday nights. From Aug. 24,
through Oct. 31, pool hours will be from 3-6
p.m. from Tuesday through Friday, 10-5 p.m.
on Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The
pool will be closed on Monday. The pool will
also offer senior water exercise classes from
May 6-Sept. 30. The classes will be held on
Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until
10:45. The cost is $1.50 per class.

Rescue available
for local wildlife
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service Inc. is a
non-profit organization providing free res-
cue, pick up, and transport of sick, injured
and orphaned wildlife in the Okeechobee
area. They are licensed by the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission to
provide these services. If you find a wild bird
or animal in need of assistance please con-
tact us at 863-634-1755.


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home programs if it
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is. If you have questions
or doubts about any ad
on these pages, we ad-
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ASSISTED LIVING
for elderly. By experi-
enced Registered Nurse
at much less than nurs-
ing home rates. TLC in
very nice family home.
Only one opening now.
(863)763-2334


CLEARING & HAULING
Dump Truck, Back Hoe
& Bobcat Services...
by Jason Summerford
(863)634-7771




DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
& Pressure Washing
Cool Sealing, Painting,
Carpentry & Much More!
No Job Too Big or Small.
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or (863)261-6425
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tosmart Camera is a
435 Model Series it
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printer, and a carry
along bag all included...
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PONY Mare, Approx. 3
yrs, old. Good w/chil-
dren. $700
(863)763-9475


Tifton 85 Horse Hay
square bails 55 Ibs. $8
round rolls 1000 Ibs. $75
Locally grown, fertilized &
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STUDIO APT $550
moe., or $175 wk. +
$300 sec. dep. All utils
ind. cable & intemet.
863-801-44949




KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs.
2/1, New fir tile. Incids
Water, Elec. $800 mo.
+sec. 863-697-6428
OAK LAKE VILLA 17 -
for rent or sale, clean
2/2, all appl's, $800 my.
or $89k. (863)467-5965
Oak Lake Villa #53- 2/2
furn., TV, W/D, Linens,
etc. Immaculate, $950
+ Dep (863)634-3313
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
1 BR, 1 BA, Furnished.
Pool, W&D Facilities.
$700 mo. Call Jerry or
Brenda (863)467-0067
or (863)610-1281



AFFORDABLE NEW
HOUSES 3/2/2 and
3/1/1, tile floors, jacuzzi
tub, Bring Pets, Large
Yards (561)723-2226
BUCKHEAD RIDGE -
Waterfront, 2BR house,
fum., annually or sea-
sonally. 561-352-5977
DIXIE RANCH Acres -
2BR, 1BA. $750/mo. +
$500 deposit. Call
863-763-7032


FOR RENT: 3/2 House,
2 car garage, W&D
Hook Up S.W. section,
(863)634-9330 or
(863)467-2541
HOUSES- MOBILE
HOMES FOR RENT
We have many homes for
rent. Save your gas...
Call us! 863-634 5352
The Tucker Group
brianhurst@
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IN TOWN 2BR, 2BA,
W&D, porch, lawn serve.
small pet ok, Non-smk.
env., $800 mo., 1st last
& sec. 941-504-3954
LOG CABIN Rim Canal.
Clean 2BR, 1BA, Fully
furnished including bed
ding, linens & cookware.
Weekly & monthly
561-234-0277
New, Large 1/1 CBS in
town, $595, FLS, apple's,
lease, plus utilities.
(863)801-3081
OKEE 2/1 & 3/1 Clean,
furnished homes. $750
mo. & $800 mo.; water
included. 786-201-0306
OKEE 3BR, 2BA, Newly
remodeled. NO PETS.
2272 NW 4th St. $850
mo. + $600 sec. dep.
863-610-0001

SE 8TH AVE 3 br, 2 ba,
on water. $1000/mo
(863)634-1000

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to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.
SOUTHWEST SECTION
3BR, 2BA. Great house
in great neighborhood.
863-634-1567
VICKING AREA 3BR
2BA, 1800 sq. ft. on 4
acres. $950 mo, + sec.
dep. 561-252-3784
VIKING 3/2 house,
barn, fence, 1.25 acres.
$800 mo. Call
(561)718-1212 or
63-763-3631


SUN PLAZA: Approx.
1100 sq. ft. rental
space, available imme-
diately @ 909 S. Parrot
Ave. (Unit 11C). Great
for Office or Retail. For
more info. Call Jerry or
Brenda (863)467-0067
or (863)610-1281



WANTED 2/2 or 3/2,
no carpets & with garage
and/or barn, Secluded,
away from town, fenced
in, no close neighbors,
pond ok. Financially
stable retired couple.
Need within 60
days.(863)699-1155 or
dogcountry@embarqmal.com



OKEE, Furn. Rm. Single
occ., priv. entrance, w/d.
$140/wk & dep,, utils
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CBS 4/2 + effciency,
completely remodeled,
in ground pool, fenced,
metal roof, .48 acres,
2,000 + s.f., 20X30
steel shed, $149,900
(561)801-3002

DW MH renovated,
4BR/2.5BA, 1800 sq. ft.,
fenced 1/2 acre lot,
screened porch, shed,
Pioneer Estate area,
$98,000 or best offer.
Fin. Avail. 3.5% down.
(863)467-4678


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BUCKHEAD RIDGE -
Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA,
C/Air $500 mo. 3 BR, 2
BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No
pets. (863)763-4031

Love the earth Recycle
your used items by
selling them in the
classifieds.
FOR RENT: 2/1 apt.
Newly remodeled. 12
miles north of Okeecho-
bee on beautiful ranch.
Water, trash & lawn
maintenance included.
NO PETS! Move in spe-
cial. M-F $495/mo. Call
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FORD TAURUS 1993-
4-door, A/C, new tires
and brakes, runs great
$800. (863)801-3141


One man's trash is
VIKING LOTS, $6,300 another man's treas-
Dry, 11/4 ac lots, price ure. Turn your trash
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Noace to Geore M. e
A lwuit for damages as a eult
of legal mapractice ias been filed
against you y Douglas oa in the
30th Judicial District Court Case No.
09-709 NM, The Court Bas ie d an
order for Aternae Seice. Fanure to
file an Ianswe shall result in entry Of
parent entry of a Default Judgment
le your answer with the 30th ud
cia Coubt, 313 W. Kalamazo, PO
BoX 40771, Lancing Michigan 4S901
within 21 days of e dae of pub-
STATE OF MICHIGAN
30TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COUR,
Cae e No. 09- oNM


orgeM setts.
No Lee WghtP30529)
Attoey for Plaintiff
221 Felch SL, Suite 4
An Ae rbor, MI 48103
(734) 332-7863
ALTERNATIVE SERVICE
in he Matter of ola v. Betts:
THE COURT FINDS serve of proc
ces upon the defendant George M
preuded in MCR 2.1T05, and seie
of pce may be madein a an-
ner that is reataby calcuted to
give t he def an acal note of
he pceeoings nd acppoun
IT IS ORDERED ie of the
sumos and cupaint and a copy
of th order may be meade by the
following methods: First-class mail to
PO Box 116, Okeechobee, FL 34973
and Pubicaion Jn the OkCechobZ
News, Okeechobee County, Okea-
chobee, Florda,
sevie must be Haed promptly with
the fcout.
IT IS SO ORDERED
uly ,16, 2009
is Judge RoM ane E, Aquiina
32991 NN 8/9,16,23/09


NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING wll be held before the Okeeoee County
oared of Adlustnents and Appeals on Tesday August 25, 2009 at
6:00 pm in the Commission Meeting Rom, Okeecohoee County Hea th De-
rtent Audtorium, 728 NW 9th Avenue, Oeehobee, Flora to con
er a Special Exception to allow a mine or borrow pit in an Agriclture (A)
zoning district. The property owner is che Estate of George A. Goodbread.
The appliant s Mark Goodread Theprperty address is 12575 SR 70 East
and is more partular deribedas ws
A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN AND BEING A PORTION OF SECTION 35,
TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA. SAID PARCEL BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOL-
COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 35;
THENCE NORTH 000659" WEST, ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF
SAD SECTON 35 AN0D TiE CENR OUNE O N 12TH AVENUE 16R-
MAN ROAD), A DISTANCE OF 2982.91 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 893650
WEST, A DISTANCE OF 50.00 FEET TO THE WEST RIGHT OF-WAY LINE
OF SAID N,E, "2'TH AVENUE AND THE PINT OF BEGINNING THENCE
SOUTH 00G`59" EAST, ALONG SAID WEST RIGhT-OF-WAY UNE, A
DISTANCE OF 191699 FEET TO THE NORTH RIG-OF-WAY UNE OF
STATE ROAD 70; THENCE SOUTH 543'15- WEST, ALONG SAID NORTH
RIGHTF-OWAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 169757 FEET TO THE SOUTH-
EASTERLY CORNER OF CROOKED CREEK PLANTAION UNIT I, RECORD-
ED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGES 77 78, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE, COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE NORTH 6007'3" WEST
ALONG THE EASTERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID CROOKED CREEK
PANTATON UNIT I, A DISTANCE OF 425.04 FEET; THENCE NORTH
5018'56 WEST, CONTIhNUING ALONG THE EASTERLY BOUNDARY LINE

S 000 NW c-ba f. OE N A DIr CEn OFa
OF SAID CROOKED CREEK PLANTATION UNIT I, A DISTANCE OF
2078.15 FE; THENCE NORTH 01039" EAS, A DISTANCE OF
1340.17 FEET, THENCE NORTH 8936`50" EAST, A DISTANCE OF
3322.45 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING,
SAID PARCEL CONTAINING +173 19 ACRES, MOORE OR LESS.
In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the
angs shall be continued to Wedsday, August 26, 2009 at 600 pm int
the Comm on Meeting Ro Okhoee County Health Department
Audioum, 178 NW N9th Avenue, Okeechoee, oda.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HANGVE THE OPPORTUNI TO BE HEARD
AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal an decsin by
the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with rosot to anymatter consid"
red at this meeting or hearing wll d to e re that a verbal od
eldene upon weh the appeal wil be based. Planng and Development
tapes are for the sle purpose of backup for official nereds of the depart-
en.t,
Milliam D. Royce, Planning DIrector
Petton S-20090699
330020 ON 8/9/06





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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
20097D113
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that DENTON II LLC the holder of the fi
wing certcate has filed said cefcates) for a tax ded to be
:hereon The certicate number and year of issuance, the descripti
he property, and the names) in whc it was assessed are as follows:
Certficate No: 1343 Yearof Issuance June-01-2007
esiptio of Property SUN AND COUNTRY RANCHES
Said pro y being in the County of Ok bee, State of Florida
Name(s) in whh as d:
IEFFREY LEE SMAULLEY
JUnles said c rficate shall be redeemed acodingto law, the property
ch cert e shall be sold to the highest bder at the Okeechob
unty Judical Cnter,ry Assemby Room, 312 NW 3 r d Seet, Okeech
ee, Florida at 10:0oo AM., on the 27T day of August, 2009.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okechobee County, Floria
i, Robin R. Pa Fiesh
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 199
In accodance th the Americns With DibiN Act, pes needing
specl a'eommeedation to pa0rticipate in this proceeding sahoud conte
Court Adminisran no ater han seven days por to the proceeding
250 NW Country Club Drive, Pot St Lie, Forida 772,80743
within two working days of your receipt of this Mot :e. IF YOU ARE HEA
G IPARIED CALL 1.800.955 8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CA
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Okeechobee News/Diana Whitehall
Kiwanis meeting
At the Aug. 6, Kiwanis meeting held at the American Legion Building in
Okeechobee, Brandon Tucker, head of the steering committee to bring a
new YMCA to Okeechobee and also a member of the Kiwanis Club along
with Greg Thogersen, vice president of the Kiwanis Club explained that the
survey has been completed for bringing a new YMCA to Okeechobee and of
the 180, who responded, 90% were in favor and 81% of them were interested
in being a member. The next step would be a needs assessment at a cost
of $20,000 to determine where the new building will be located, what the
design will be as well as the function of the facility. Donations to help defray
the costs are being accepted.


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