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KEECHOBEE
Sunday, September 6, 2009

Flagler Park: Labor Day Festival undi

-- Rodeo today

a and Monday
S By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee's annual Labor
Davy festival began Saturday
in Flagler Park in downtown
Okeechobee. A wide variety of
bee arts and crafts booths displayed
jewelry, artwork, toys, cloth-
ing and other handmade items.
Food vendors offered everything
traditional, Seminole fry bread to
Greek gyros.
....16-17 The festival continues today
...........5 and Monday from 9 a.m. to 4
....... .15 p.m. On Monday, the Labor Day
........ 6 parade will be at 10 a.m. on Par-
........... 5 rott Avenue and State Road 70
...........4 in downtown Okeechobee, with .
12,18-20 the parade route ending just
......... 5 west of Flagler Park.
The Cattlemen's Labor Day Okeechobee Ne
Rodeo will be today and Mon- Rylee Kirkey, 8, and Alee Kirkey, 5, shopped
day, starting each day with mut- toys at the Labor Day festival on Saturday in F
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The "Okeechobee Tea Party" was also held in F
Sunday, with local residents gathering to pea
recent actions by the U.S. government. Mary Sta
a hat with tea bags to protest gun control, coi
ernment health care, the power given to offici
not elected and "too many taxes!"


NEWS
75 Plus tax

Sway Citizens

voice views

on EMS 'tax'
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Something new came to
Okeechobee Thursday night, Sept.
3 as interested citizens gathered
at the Okeechobee County Health
Department Auditorium for a two
and one half hour town hall meet-
ing concerning the proposed EMS
assessment. Over 100 people filled
the seats, lined the side walls, stood
four deep in the back of the room
and milled around outside.
"It is really your meeting,"
County Administrator Lyndon Bon-
ner told the crowd as he introduced
consultant Lee Evett who gave an
overview of the reasoning behind
the assessment process and how
Katrina Elsken the actual costs were calculated.
r marionette "They are not taxes because
ler Park. you pay a predetermined amount
for a particular service," the con-
sultant said of the assessment pro-
cess. He went on to state that the
assessment was based on a benefit
analysis and everyone pays their
proportional share.
"Assessments may fund only
authorized services," he added.
The cost breakdown is $74 for indi-
vidual residences and $2 per hotel/
motel room and RV space. Com-
mercial property is assessed at 6
cents a square foot and industrial
space is assessed at one cent per
square foot.
To his credit, Mr. Evett remained
calm and professional in spite of
some heated outbursts.
"Governments are having to
,s/Katrina Elsken make some severe decisions," Mr.
lagler Park on Evett stated.
cefully protest "Our total revenues have gone
ley decorated down significantly," Mr. Bonner
mpulsory gov- told the crowd.
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"This is going to place an undue burden
on the small businessmen in my congrega-
tion," asserted Rev. Loy Mershimer, pastor of
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church. "There
might be a more moral way," he added.
"Taxes will tear down weaker churches,"
asserted Rev. Calvin Fryar, pastor of Brighton
Baptist church. "I don't like to see churches
taxed. That's double dipping."
He threatened to vote against the com-
missioners who supported the assessment.
"You elected them to do something that's
not easy," said Mr. Evett, "If you have a better
idea they would love to hear it."
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue Chief
Nick Hopkins said the fees charged those
who call for an ambulance do not fund the
whole expense of having EMS service avail-
able 24 hours a day.
"The amountwe collect only covers about
one third of the cost of the EMS service." He
added Medicaid and Medicare will only pay
a certain amount and about 30 percent of
ambulance charges are uncollectable.
Mr. Evett added that service charges
would have to be multiplied two and half
times without an assessment. In response to
another question Mr. Evett responded that
the law would not allow a partial payment.
People cannot pay their tax and not pay the
assessment.
Rev. Mike Brown, pastor of The Gather-
ing, stated that a member of his church
would pay the assessment, then pay the
ambulance fee, then pay the church assess-
ment. "He's paying three times," the pastor
asserted
"There is no free lunch was Mr. Evett's
response.
Rev. Randy Huckabee, pastor of First Bap-
tist Church, asked if any commercial busi-
nesses were exempt. He was told that the
hospital would be exempt. He stated that
the hospital would benefit from the assess-
ment because ambulances bring patients
to the hospital and that the hospital pays a
fire assessment. He then asked how many
calls there were to nonprofit organizations
as was told that that information was not
considered. "Biblically churches should be
exempt," was Rev. Huckabee's opinion.
Mr. Evett was asked why hotels, motels


and RV parks were given a separate rate and
other types of businesses were not singled
out. He replied that the property appraiser
has a mechanism for separating hotels, mo-
tels and RV parks from other businesses. He
also said that the assessment enhances the
value of the property.
"The point is you need to find another
way to give us the services," stated business
owner Phil Baughman, "We don't want to
pay any more, period. Stop it."
Mr. Bonner noted that the landfill host
fees trust fund has dwindled from $20 mil-
lion to $8 million because other counties no
longer send their trash here. Also interest
rates have gone down. He said the county is
looking for a diversified income stream and
that last year the county was using reserves
to cover the budget.
Mr. Bonner noted that the road depart-
ment is working with 13 less people and
stated that this was the third year county em-
ployees did not get raises. The county has
also cut back on benefits to employees.
"It's frustrating to me to lay off people,"
the administrator said. "I'm going to have to
do it again.
"Your commissioners and constitutional
officers have made substantial cuts," Mr.
Bonner said, adding that there were 37
meetings held in preparing the budget.
"I ask you to understand it is not us versus
you all," said Commissioner Joey Hoover.
"We are in this much as you." He said he
was a business owner who pays taxes.
"Talk to me this week if you have an
idea," the commissioner said. "Everything
we do is a balance between the level of ser-
vice and what we can afford."
"Our revenues fell every month last year,"
said Mr. Bonner. He conceded that maybe
some budget meetings should have been
held at night. "Maybe this will be the begin-
ning of a series," he said, referring to that
meeting. Mr. Baughman remarked about
what called the "incredibly high impact fees."
Mr. Bonner responded by saying that other
counties have found that waiving impact
fees does not generate new construction. It
was noted that ad valorem taxes make up
only 26 percent of the county's revenue.
Mr. Bonner stated that the fact that the
commissioners start their meetings with
prayers shows their strong moral commit-
ment. "People are looking for divine guid
ance."


Two drown on Lake Okeechobee


A father and son from Tequesta drowned
in Lake Okeechobee Saturday morning
while fishing a bass tournament according
to Florida Wildlife Commission sources.
John Allen Reed and William Allen Reed
were fishing the Christian Team Trail Bass
Tournament in the area of Kings Bar when
the tragedy occurred.
Around 8 a.m., other fishermen in the
tournament heard splashing and went to
investigate.
The fishermen saw a body floating just
barely under the surface. They pulled the
body into their boat and attempted to revive
him but were unsuccessful.

Lady Brahmans

defeat Lady Gators
Okeechobee High School's Volleyball
Team won their first road match of the year
in impressive fashion Thursday night, 25-15,
25-14, and 25-15, over the Lady Gators of
Glades Day School.
Rebekah Bryan had 15 service points,
seven aces, no service faults, and four kills
to lead the Lady Brahmans (2-0). LeAnna
Cotton had a strong match in her initial ap-
pearance of the year with 12 assists. Monica
Koger had seven kills and Janezzka Koger
added six kills at the net. Paige McCrary had
four blocks at the net. Coach Todd Jones
said he was happy to see his girls get a win
on the road. Okeechobee hosted Kings
Academy on Friday night at 6 p.m.


A few minutes later, the fishermen found
the second body but again attempts to re-
vive him failed.
The fishermen contacted FWC.
Apparently neither of the drowning vic-
tims was wearing a life vest.
Their red and gray Storm bass boat's en-
gine was not on, but the boat was also not
anchored. Tournament rules only require
life vests be worn when the boat motor is
running. However, FWC officials encourage
everyone to wear life vests at all times when
out on the water.
Ages of the drowning victims and other
details were not available at press time.


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Man escapes arrest; is still sought


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The search is continuing for an Okeecho-
bee man who ran from deputies to avoid
arrest, even though he had already been
placed in handcuffs.
Deputy Donald Ellis and
two other deputies from
the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
went to the home of Reed
Ashton Hair around 11:18
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3,
to arrest him on a Martin
County arrest warrant. The Reed Ashton
warrant charged Hair with Hair
dealing in stolen property.
While Hair, 20, was being led from his
home on S.R. 710 to a patrol car he allegedly
jerked away from the deputies and fled on
foot. He was able to elude the officers in a
nearby wooded area, stated an OCSO detec-
tive.
Other OCSO deputies, including an OCSO
K-9, combed the area throughout the night
but were unable to find Hair. The local depu-
ties were assisted by officers from the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) and a helicopter equipped with an
infrared camera from the Palm Beach Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office.
"It had rained, which hampered the K-9
in finding Hair's trail," explained OCSO De-
tective Ted Van Deman.


At the time of his flight, Hair was clad
only in a pair of boxer shorts.
Hair is a white male who weighs 215
pounds and stands 6-foot-1-inch.
Detective Van Deman said the man was
not armed at the time of his escape and is
not a threat to the community.
"There is nothing in his history to show
that he would be dangerous," said the de-
tective.
OCSO records show that, until now, Hair
has only been arrested on misdemeanor
charges. The Martin County charge is the
first felony filed against Hair, local records
show.
Those records indicate that Hair was ar-
rested June 25, 2008, on charges of domes-
tic violence and an injunction violation. On
Feb. 10, 2009, he was arrested on a charge
of criminal mischief. Hair was again taken
into custody on July 8, 2009, and charged
with stalking and trespassing. And on Aug.
7, 2009, he was arrested on a warrant charg-
ing him with violation of probation crimi-
nal mischief.
When Hair was last seen he was still
wearing handcuffs, but Detective Van De-
man did not know if the man's hands were
cuffed in front of him or behind him. While
it wouldn't be easy, the detective said if the
man didn't have a key the cuffs could be re-
moved by using a hacksaw or a large set of
bolt cutters. He went on to say that most of
the cuffs used by OCSO personnel are made
to withstand a 400-pound pull so they are
not easily broken.


Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The following people are among
Okeechobee's Most Wanted persons.
There are active warrants for each of
them. The criteria for making Okeecho-
bee's Most Wanted top five is based on
the severity of the crime in conjunction
with the age of the warrant.
If you have any information on the
whereabouts of any of Okeechobee's
Most Wanted you can call the Treasure Arnoldo Earl Thomas Lester Donald
Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS Infante Brown Smith
(8477). If you call Treasure Coast Crimes
Stoppers, you have the option of remain- Earl Thomas Brown, DOB 3/29/1988,
ing anonymous. You can also receive a reward if 5'11", 210 lbs, brown eyes, black hair, False Im-
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Arnoldo Infante, DOB 1/20/1977, 5'7", 160 Lester Donald Smith, DOB 6/13/1966,
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Depending on the brand and model the
cuffs have a value of $30 to $50.
According to the Martin County warrant,
Hair was to be placed in the Okeechobee
County Jail and held there under a bond of
$75,000.
Rhonda Irons, public information officer
for the Martin County Sheriff's Office, said
the charge against Hair stems from the al-
leged mid-August theft and resale of a quar-
terhorse in Indiantown.
If anyone has any information on Hair's
whereabouts, they can call the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office at 863-763-3117; or,
the Crime Stoppers Tips Line at 1-800-273-
8477. Information provided to the Crime
Stoppers Tips Line that results in an arrest,
may yield a reward for the person leaving
the tip.

Help with electricity bills

Are you over 60? Is your FPL electric
service being disconnected? Are you low
income? If the answer to those three ques-
tions is yes, please call Kim at Okeecho-
bee Senior Services, 863-462-5180. We
have additional EHEAP funds available.

Pregnancy Financial Assistance
Are you pregnant? Have you been
turned down for Medicaid? Healthy Start
may be able to help. For information,
contact Becky Smith at 863-462-5877.


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Check out facilities about the.
to take m
STo the people of Okeechobee please Are those
look into the facilities that your elderly loved cases.
ones are placed in. Please get all the facts
of the employees before placing your loved The ya3
one's in a facility. Thank you. I thin

EMS assessment meeting veryhappy
year roun
d EMS assessment. Is not a new tax but a to keep t
different and secure way to fund the service. With mon
The churches say they shouldn't be taxed money, th
because there not for profit. Most residential the pinch.
homes are not for profit but a place to live. at 4:30 p.
The church is a place to worship the Lord. the restaut
But people get sick and or hurt at home and or 8 p m.1
at church. Some churches are bigger and ein
will have to pay more. When your church actually I
has 65,000 square feet, there are going to be back dow
taxes. You have a day care that runs Mon- had some
day through Friday that has kids that may w Te
get hurt and need help. Part of the 65,000 work. The
square feet includes the Rock where you not comply
have basketball games and a weight room are ready
where someone might get hurt and need an Many
ambulance. I believe that there is a charge our Comu
for playing upward basketball and cheering of the effe
and the parents are charged for daycare. I Yet the on
believe that they would want an ambulance ism, Disne
to respond to your church for help. Yes, the If the
65,000 square feet ads up to almost $4,000 ness out,
in assessment. Pay your fair share for the po- and winte
tential accidents at your church. of them c
I went to the meeting last night. It was are legal r
standing room only, however it was a small problems
conference room. We have maybe 40,000 try had co
residents and there may have been 100 in good old
the room. Come on, people, we need to get interests a
to these meetings and get our voices heard. we have e
After the meeting I spoke to a few people a differenc
and they think it will be passed regardless candidates
of the outcome of these meetings. Again, is not goo
people you need to vote. This is where our more jobs
voice will truly be heard. You may not have I am
been able to attend the meeting but get to return. Ou
the voting polls. doubles ii
empty sea


OPINION

Letters to the editor


ounty commissioners "agenda" is
tot in your best interest unless you
ng taxes.
understood it the meeting was
nal only. The vote will be at the
mmission meeting on Thursday.
ave time to show up and let the
owners know how you feel.


of people seem to be concerned
swine flu vaccine. I was just about
y kids for their regular flu shots.
safe? I see we are already having


nkees are coming!
ik our restaurant owners will be
y to see them. There aren't enough
d residents who eat out regularly
he restaurants busy all the time.
e people cooking at home to save
.e restaurants have been feeling
Besides, many of them eat dinner
n., so there are plenty of seats at
rants when I like eat -- around 7:30

g in the restaurant "biz," I am
joking forward to them heading
n here. I guess I was lucky and
really nice folks come to where I
y were pleasant to be around and
ainers. So I say bring them on. We
for them!
'businesses were turned away by
nissioners over the years because
cts they "might" have on tourism.
e that would have improved tour-
y was also turned away.
county commissioners kept busi-
hen shame on them. The tourists
r people had no say in that. Most
an't even vote here because they
residents of other states. I think the
that potential business and indus-
ming in had more to do with the
boys trying to protect their own
nd those of their friends. But now
enough voters that we can make
:e if people get involved and back
who agree that the status quo
.d enough and we need to bring
here.
glad when our winter residents
ir church attendance more than
n the winter. There are a lot of
ts in the summer.


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Eagles do soar high
As the executive director for the Associa-
tion of Retarded Citizens, (ARC) okeecho-
bee Rehabilitation Facility, Inc., I would like
to express my heartfelt gratitude towards
our local community as well as the Cypress
Hut Fraternal Order of Eagles #4509, for the
wonderful fundraiser that took place in April
of this year.
The ARC of Okeechobee was awarded
a grant for a much needed new bus. The
award was in the amount of $88,000 and
required a 10 percent match of $8,800. This
was a wonderful opportunity for the ARC of
Okeechobee and all those who attend our
facility.
To some, we are the only transporta-
tion to activities in the community, not to
mention a ride to and from our Adult Day
Training facility. The ARC has to raise the 10
percent match by the time the new bus was
delivered. With today's economy, and the
State of Florida budget cuts, the ARC was
not sure how we would make the match by
the delivery date.
In April of 2009, FOE Aerie #4509 came
to the ARC's rescue by offering to hold a
much needed fundraiser. On May 2, FOE Ae-
rie #4509 held a fundraiser in the form of a
grilled chicken dinner with all the fixings and
were sold to the local public. They also held
a live auction with items donated by our lo-
cal community. We had a fantastic turn out!
Aerie #4509 raised over $1,500 from the
auction alone. What a day to remember!
FOW can be very proud of all the dedicated,
hard working individuals that belong to this
Aerie. All members poured their hearts and
souls into making this fundraiser a success,
and they worked with pride in doing so.
I would like to take a moment to thank
a few passionate people for all their help in
making this fundraiser a huge success. Aux-
iliary Madam President, Ms. Valerie Falco;
Aerie Worthy President, Bill Huston; Aerie
Secretary, Tommy Peters who cooked all
the meat outside in the heat. All the Auxil-
iary member who contributed the wonder-
ful side dishes to make the meal complete.
What a "spread of food" we had to offer
those who came out to support the event.
I would also like to thank Jim and Debbie
Harper for donating the day's entertainment
and auctioneer services. Last, but not least,
I would like to thank all the local merchants
for donating items that were used during the
auction. Mim's Veterinary, Lunker's Sports


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Sunday, September 6, 2009


Grill, The Gun Shop, Everglades Farm Equip-
ment, Morgan's Furniture, Garrards Tackle
Shop, Total Fitness, Style Studio, Paul Bram-
lett, Birds by Crowe, S. Whitiker's Auto De-
tailing, Quick Change, Pat's Floral Design,
Cowboy's Restaurant, W&W Lumber, Bab-
cock Home Furniture and More, Big Mike's
Sports Grill, Bill's Shoe Repair, Brahma Bull
Restaurant. Brenda Byrd and Jeannie Bram-
lett with the ARC, worked tirelessly collecting
items which would be used for door prizes;
with their hard work and the generous sup-
port of the community the donations kept
pouring in, the Eagles suggested using the
items in the auction, which turned out to be
a wonderful idea.
I would like to thank a few special guests
that attended this event, Sheriff Paul May
and his wife, Deloris May and Commissioner
Noel and Louise Chandler for their contin-
ued support and belief in our mission.
On August 20, Cypress Hut FOE Aerie
#4509 presented a check to the ARC of
Okeechobee in the amount of $3,102. The
ARC's new bus has been delivered.
It is through supporters such as the FOE
and our local community, which allows the
ARC of Okeechobee to provide such excel-
lent services. As a 501 (c)(3), non-profit cor-
poration, we can proudly say that we have
been serving individuals with disabilities in
Okeechobee for 45 years.
Thank you and God Bless,
Nancy Zeigler
Executive Director
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Sunday
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 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.
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 863-763-6952.

Tuesday
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday
evening at the Okeechobee Airport T-Hanger
#1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For informa-
tion 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
someone with addictions. There is support
with this epidemic. The meetings are Tues-
days 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

Letter to the Editor

Proposed property and tax
assessments
I guess I made an error when I suggested
that my (our) county property taxes would
go up 17 percent. First let me point out that
all of the following figures are based upon
the notice that I received on my property and
are based on last year's figures and "If pro-
posed budget change is made" figure. The
portion of the notice which relates to county
property tax and not any of the school, water
management or children's council figures.
The millage rate, the dollars paid per
$1,000 property value, you pay on the coun-
ty taxtable value of the property being as-
sessed after exemptions. This rate has gone
from .006272 percent ($6.272 per $1,000 in
taxable value) to .00769 percent ($7.69 per
$1,000 in taxable value). This represents an
increase of 22.51 percent in the mileage rate
over last year.
This increase makes my estimated tax go
up 22.83 percent above last year; but wait,
there is more. You should have received an-
other notice on tax assessments? This notice
is for the fees for EMS and Fire Rescue. The
new EMS was in my last year's county tax-
es and now has been moved to a separate
tax, $74, so, this is an increase that I need
to add into my figure. Why? Because all that
has done was to move it from one side to
another. Then, an additional $10 raise in fire
rescue from $100.
So I added up the proposed tax from that


Group is for womenwho are hurting, home-
less 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 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.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse
Coalition 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



figure to get the proposed increase in dol-
lars. Now, I divide the increase by my last
year's county tax paid and I get a 41.15 per-
cent increase. What do you get with your
figures?
If you should attend the Town Hall meet-
ings on the proposed budget, just remember
your county administrator, the author of the
budget, makes a great salary with benefits,
$167K, along with his staff and two assis-
tants and five secretaries, $492K, I hope they
are not also looking for a 22.61 percent raise
to match the millage increase.
One final note on your bill, CO Bonds,
this has gone up 116 percent, how many
years will we pay this? If the county cannot
pay for it when built, then don't build it.
(Solid Waste Assessment, you should
go to this meeting and hear the 48 percent
increase garbage). Save your money, these
taxes are due starting the first week in No-
vember.
Have a nice tax day,
Tom Murphy

Thank you for the support
The Eubanks family would like to thank
everyone that participated and donated to
the yard sale and spaghetti dinner for our
family at the Ft. Drum Community Church.
There are not enough words to express how
much we appreciate the support. Please
continue to keep us in your thoughts and
prayers.
Selena Eubanks


Church of Our Saviour, 200 N W. Third St.,
at 8 p.m. For more information, please call
Amy at 863-763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St., at
8p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8
until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets
every Tuesday at 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 1
until 5 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are
is welcome to attend. For information, call
The Family History Center at 863-763-6510
or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for special
appointments.
Widows and Widowers support group
meets at 7:30 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,

Local Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy with a high near 88 and
a 50 percent chance of scattered showers and
thunderstorms. Winds will be calm becoming
east between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy with low around 73
and a 30 percent chance of scattered showers
and thunderstorms before midnight. Winds will
be from the east around 5 mph.
EXTENDED FORECAST
Monday Labor Day: Partly cloudy with a
high near 89 and a 40 percent chance of scat-
tered showers and thunderstorms. Winds will be
from the east southeast around 5 mph.
Monday night: Partly cloudy with a low
around 74 and a 30 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms. Winds will be calm becom-
ing east southeast around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 89
and a 50 percent chance of scattered showers
and thunderstorms. Winds will be calm becom-
ing southeast around 5 mph.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with a low
around 74 and a 30 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms. Winds will be calm.


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200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
meeting.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse
Coalition 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 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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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It appears that Okeechobee County Prop-
erty Appraiser Bill Sherman will be going to
court again. This time it will not be because
of disagreements over the tax bills of power
or telephone companies as in the past. Mr.
Sherman has said he will go to court to con-
test an agricultural classification that was
upheld by the value adjustment board.
The value adjustment board, made up
of two county commissioners, a school
board member, two citizens and an alter-
nate school board member and an alternate
citizen member, met on Tuesday, Aug. 21 to
hear appeals to the property appraiser's rul-
ings on agriculture classification and home-
stead exemption. Of the cases heard, the
board upheld the property appraiser's dis-
approval of agricultural classification in two
cases, in two other cases they sided with the
property owner and granted the agriculture
classification. They also upheld one con-
tested application for homestead exemption
denial.
The case that took up the most time
and will be heard again in circuit court was
the case against Debra Sales and Fortunate
Farming LLC. An agriculture classification
was denied for the 270 acres where a mud
fest has been held for the past several years.
The property in question is used in conjunc-
tion with about 600 adjacent acres to run
cattle.
Attorney Robert Gorman stated that the
property has had agriculture classification
for many years. He claimed the property in
question was used primarily for a bone fide
agriculture operation and was used only six
days a year for a mud fest. He argued that an
incidental use of the land for other purposes
does not deprive it of being eligible for an
agriculture classification.
Mrs. Sales explained her cattle operation
and how she rotated cattle on and off the
property.
Mr. Duncan contended that the primary
use of the property was for mud fest, a non
agriculture use. He presented a video taken
by the sheriff's office showing traffic on S.
R. 70 going to the mud fest in February of
2008. He contended that the soil compac-
tion caused by vehicles and oil leaks in the
water were detrimental to cattle. He also
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grass that cattle graze on and that with that
many people there was a danger of broken
bottles that could injure cattle.
"The fact is a large amount of money is
being spent to have a non-agriculture event
on this property," Mr. Duncan said. "The pri-
mary monetary investments were for mud
fest.
"This property's primary use is for a non-
agriculture event," he asserted.
He claimed that it takes several months
for the land to recover from the effects of the
six days of mud fest in order to be able to
support cattle.
Loris Asmussen, an agricultural engineer,
disputed Mr. Duncan's claims. He contend-
ed that mud fest did not have an adverse
affect on the grass. He said the grass recov
ered within a month. He saw no indication
that compaction affected the pasture. He
said there was no difference between how
this property was managed for grazing and
how other property that is part of the same
cattle operation were managed for grazing.
He said that mud fest did not hinder cattle
operations.
From the evidence presented, the board
was convinced that cattle grazing was the
primary use of the land and voted to give
the property an agriculture classification, Mr.
Sherman has stated he will appeal this deci-
sion in the court system.
Turning to other cases, Peter Thompson
appealed his disapproval of agricultural
classification. Russ Duncan, of the property
appraiser's office, stated that on Jan. 9 and


on Feb. 23 he found no livestock or signs of
livestock on Mr. Thompson's 13.32 acres. He
said the property was wooded and has very
little grass. State law says that only lands
which are used primarily for "bona fide"
commercial agriculture purposes on Jan. 1
shall be classed as agricultural for that year.
It was noted that only a few acres of the
property in question are fenced. Based on
staff information, the board voted to uphold
the agriculture classification denial.
David Phillips, who also contested his
denial of an agriculture classification, was
not present to present his case. Mr. Duncan
stated that even though Mr. Phillips did not
meet the requirements of having cattle on
the property on Jan. 1, there are cattle on the
property now and if he applies again next
year he will receive an agriculture classifica
tion. The board voted to uphold the denial.
Clevian Shields was more successful in
his argument. He felt he should be given an
agriculture classification since he is raising
goats on his 26.3 acres. On Jan. 29 Mr. Dun-
can said he saw no livestock on the property.
Mr. Shields claimed he has been trying to get
into the goat business but someone keeps
stealing his goats. He presented receipts for
buying goats and for feed. Mr. Shields was
given an agriculture classification for this
year to give him a grace period to get his
goat operation organized.
David Klein appealed his denial of home-
stead exemption. The board voted to deny
homestead exemption based on lack of evi-
dence to establish a homestead.


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Prayer Walk will convene at the Ninth Grade Freshman Campus at 6 p.m., and everyone is invited to attend. Attendees
may walk, stand, or sit while praying. From left to right are: Becky Barnhart, First United Methodist; Doris Entry, First
United Methodist; Vicki Glaze, Backporch Church; Mack Glaze, Backporch Church; Marcelino Alicea, Church of the
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Vero Beach shuts out Okeechobee
By Charles M.
Murphy
Okeechobee News
For Vero Beach it
was worth the wait.
For Okeechobee High
School, they probably
could have waited a
while longer.
In the first varsity
football game between
the two schools in
nearly 63 years, Vero
Beach pounded the
Brahmans 36-0 in front
of a large crowd at Billy
Livings Field at the Cit-
rus Bowl Friday.
Vero Beach used a
strong running attack
and held Okeechobee
without a first down
until the game was Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
well out of reach. Coach Jackson watches the team during preplay activ-
"We ran into a ity at left. (right) D.J. Washington, who played at quar-
team that was better terback, is seen here throwing a pass.
prepared," Brahman
Coach Myron Jackson Okeechobee meanwhile struggled on
said, "We didn't have the contact in prac- offense as the Brahmans didn't have a first
tice that we needed to get ready." down until late in the third quarter. They
Okeechobee was hampered this past were held to one first down and 33 yards in
week with rain showers and lightning de- offense on the night. They also committed
lays during their practice sessions eight penalties for 58 yards. Okeechobee
"Veio Beach was a physical team and had just one turnover.
we weren't up for the challenge," he add- Okeechobee's best play was made by
Jormante Hunter had 117 yards rushing two freshmen as LaVante Spivey caught a
and four touchdowns for Vero Beach. He 17 yard pass from Washington late in the
set the tone for the game on the first drive third quarter.
of the night. Vero faced a third down and Coach Jackson said his team won't quit
14 at their own 21 when Stevie Wallace and will come back fighting next week,
rushed for 16 and a first down. On the next "We'll come to practice on Monday and
play Hunter carried four or five Brahman get back to fundamentals. The low man
defenders with him as he rushed 38 yards has got to win, we'll line up, play fast and
down the sideline. Five plays later Vero hit hard."
Beach had scored and led 7-0 minutes into Game notes
the game. Okeechobee lost starting defensive
"My game plan was to run the ball, get tackle Jason Ford to an injury on the first
first downs, have the offensive line block series. He was taken to the hospital for a
for me and score touchdowns," Hunter leg injury.
said. He did a good job in all categories The Brahmans also lost starting Quar
as he scored again on a five yard run late terback T.J. Allen to a leg injury in the third
in the first quarter. The run capped off an quarter. Coach Jackson described the in-
eight play 61 yard drive fueled by a 13 yard jury as a twisted ankle.
pass reception by Joe Garafola, and a 24 The field was in rough shape from some
yard run bhy Antone Taylor. recent rains in Vero Beach.
Hunter's third touchdown followed a Kyle McGee moved to center from right
Vero Beach interception from linebacker tackle for part of the game. He stopped
Dion Holmes in the second quarter. Hol- Wallace with a big hit on defense for no
mes picked off a D.J Washington pass near gain in the first quarter.
the 22 yard line and returned it to the Brah- Josh McCall dropped Taylor for a two
man 10. Hunter scored wo plays later on yard loss in the first half. Cody Herrin
Hunter said in their game the week be- dropped Taylor for a one yard loss in the
fore in Sebastian River, the team played second quarter. He had two tackles behind
well in the first half but didn't do much in the line of scrimmage.
the second half. He said the challenge this Okeechobee had struggles with the
week was to play a full game. center snap in the shot gun. They had
"I felt we played pretty good tonight. We two snaps go awry, and one led to a Vero
came out stronger this week. Everybody Beach safety.
did what they had to do," he noted. D.J. Washington stopped Taylor for no
Vero Beach took a 27-0 lead into the gain with abig hit in the third quarter.
locker room after a two-play 36 yard drive Thor Harden dropped Dentist Harder
late in the half. Taylor carried for 20 yards for no gain in the second half.
and Hunter followed with a burst up the Okeechobee travels to Avon Park this
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and their babies. Each April and Septem-
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clients from the MomCare and Healthy Start
Programs to an educational baby shower.
The attendees enjoy food and gifts and also
visit 8-10 booths where they learn about
immunizations, parenting, breastfeeding,
car seat safety, household safety, develop-
mental milestones, postpartum depression,
infant dental care, SIDS and Shaken Baby
Syndrome and a variety of other health and
parenting issues. All Healthy Start services
are free to those who consent to participate
in the Healthy Start program. Women who
are at high risk are urged to participate in the
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Care Coordinators who educate and support
the at-risk population. Care Coordinators are
highly trained para-professionals who have
a vast knowledge of community resources.
Combining education with support helps to
improve birth outcomes, giving babies the
healthiest start possible.
The Healthy Start Coalition's longtime
partner, The American Legion, is always gra-
cious enough to lend their hall as a venue.
The Health Occupation Students of America
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unteers who offer their skills as bilingual liai-
sons for some of our educational providers.
The Coalition is very limited as to how funds
may be spent for these showers. No funds
may be spent on food items. Of course, the
budget is very small and we rely mostly on
donations. The First Baptist Church Quilt-
ing Ministry has been a long time partner
with the Coalition and has donated many
fine quilts to the Educational Baby Shower.
Domino's Pizza is a committed, solid partner
in this endeavor and donates pizza for each
shower every year. Seacoast National Bank
donates the juice bar twice each year. Pub-
lix Supermarkets donates a generous food
card once each year. The Brahman Theatre
donates movie tickets as well. Perhaps you
might find a way to become a part of this
bi-annual endeavor. Please consider making
a donation to the Healthy Start Coalition for
the Educational Baby Shower by contacting
Becky Posey Smith at 863-462-5877. Educa-
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mothers and they do appreciate the knowl-
edge we give them.
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By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
A 0.408 mill increase in school taxes is
proposed for discussion at a public hear-
ing on Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee
County School Board office, as part of the
regular school board meeting. Last year's
total school tax millage totalled 7.661 mills.
This year's proposed rate is 8.059.


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For a home with an assessed value of
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year's rate, the tax for the same property-if
the assessed value stated the same-would
be $605.17-and increase of $30.60. (The
2008 increase in the homestead exemption
does not apply to school taxes.)


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awarded blood donors during the Nov. 13 and 14 Roundup. This Roundup,
the largest independent blood drive in the State of Florida seeks 500 units of
blood in the two days of the drive. Welcome Marie Kirchhoff, Maureen Brad-
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stop in at your business and show your support for this County-wide drive.
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Cowboy artist helps revive Kenansville School


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
He describes himself as a Cowboy and
Cow Culture Artist.
Eldon Lux grew up as a country boy and
rancher. He has vowed to pass along what
he has learned about the cattle industry in
the pictures and portraits that he creates.
Mr. Lux picked a good country place to
do his work as he now leases the old his-
toric Kenansville School. In the same build-
ing where school kids learned for several
decades, and Grand Ole Opry Star Bill Mon-
roe performed a 25 cent per person concert,
Mr. Lux paints portraits of cowboys and the
rural nature of life. "I get quite a bit of good
comments. Some people are surprised I'm
not a Florida native. They say I capture old
Florida quite well. My advantage in this area
is I live in a ranching community Old Florida
is still alive around here."
Mr. Lux grew up in Valentine, Nebraska.
He moved to Florida in 1994. He has 30
years of knowledge in ranching and live-
stock. He said he tries to create images that
accurately document the life and traditions
of the ranching way of life.
"I see paintings every day," he said. "I can
drive to Okeechobee and back and come
back with a dozen paintings in my head. I
may not get them all down. You don't have
to go far to be inspired around here."
Lux said his studio has generated some
interest in the old Kenansville School House.
In the school's 'heyday' close to 100 stu-
dents attended school there. It was built in
1917 and at that time was the first public
school building in Osceola County. The land
and $6,000 in cash had been donated by the
wife of Henry Flagler, the owner of the Flori-
da East Coast Railroad, Mrs. Mary Lily Kenan
Flagler. The building was of 19th and 20th
century architecture and housed students
until 1962. It closed but reopened in 1992
when younger school kids attended class.
The building was closed for good earlier this
decade and the Osceola School Board deed-
ed it over to the Community Association.
Lux was familiar with the building as
his wife used to be a teacher's aide at the
school. He noted he doesn't have space at
home to paint and had asked permission to
use rooms during the summer for his paint-
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lease, he must teach a class. He noted he
has taught 20 students and continues to get
six painters for each class he offers.
His cousin Gladys Lux, was the head of
the Art program at Nebraska Wesleyan Col-
lege. He asked her advice one time about art
and she told him to paint what you see and
what you are.
"You put a lot of yourself in your work.
You make an attempt to do the best you can.
No piece is ever perfect but that is what ev-
ery artist strives for," he said.
Mr. Lux is also the trail boss this year for
the Osceola County Cattle Drive. The event
attracts Okeechobee residents to Kenans-
ville during the first week of March. This will
be the 22nd annual. He said Okeechobee
has the same heritage and values of his na-
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NW OKEE: 2br, quiet St.
Kids & pets ok.
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$500 sec. 561-346-1642
VIKING/PRAIRIE Effi-
cienc Very clean!
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$650 mo. + $350 sec.
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1st, last, $400 sec.
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OKEE 2/1 & 3/1 Clean,
furnished homes. $700
mo. & $750 mo.; water
included. 786-201-0306
OKEE- 3br, 2ba, w/of-
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screened back porch.
Jacuzzi in guest bath.
Fenced back yard. Too
many extras to mention.
$900/mo, $500 sec.
(863)634-8007
OKEECHOBEE 4br,
2ba, great neighborhood,
tile throughout, $975 &
up/mo, 1st & sec move in
(561)248-3888 or
(863)599-0156
SE 8TH AVE 3 br, 2 ba,
on water. $1000/mo
(863)634-1000



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Oaks, + 55, completely
furnished, with shed, gat-
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ter, cable, lawn care &
w/d, annual $595, sea-
sonal $850.
(863)801-9027
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BR, 2 BA w/ Lake ac-
cess. $650 mo. + $650
sec. 561-927-8211


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2ba den laundry rm,
decks, fenced back yard,
$70,000 (863)467-7911

DW MH renovated,
4BR/2.SBA, 1800 sq. ft.,
fenced 1/2 acre lot,
screened porch, shed,
Pioneer Estate area, Price
Reduced $89,000. Bank
finance avail.
(863)610-1600

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auto, air, 70k mi.,
white, good cond.,
$6200. (812)989-3022
JAGUAR XI6 1996 -
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great. $4500 /or best
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PBInCE
ThAruwilrl e of tl e hori
rist D opment Cou cl (TDC) of
Okeehobee County on Tuesday,
September 8, 2009 at 10 am. n the
Tout Development Councl O
loted at 50 N.AW, 6th Street,
ekehobee, Florida.
Any pe2 n deciding o ap l ar y
decision made by te TD with re-
spect to any matter considered at
sh meeting ,wil need a record of
the proceedings, and thaIt, for such
purpo he or she may n d to en-
sure that a verbal record of the
upon which the appeal is to be

Tourist Developent Counil
Okechobee County

PUBLIC NOTICE
Cypress Hut 4509 Eagles
Auxiliary will be holding
nominations for Vice
President and Conductor
on Sept. 9th at 7PM
332170 ON 9/2,4,6/09


1 INVITATION TO BID
BID # 2009-2
CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTR
HERBEEIDAL MAINTENANCE OF CANALS AND LEVEE
.1 Pubic Notice is hereby given that led bids for the above referene
m ie ep will be reI ved by tile ard of Central Coun
Water Con0tol District (hereinafter referred to as CCWCD", OWNER;
n DISTCT" at the Distct Manager's Office at the following ad-
Centl County Water Control District
475 S. Cabbage Palm Street
Clewiston, Florida 33440
until 2:00 p.m. 1o"1 time on September 23 2009 for fishing labor ant
materials and performing all work set forth n the Iitation to Bid, Instruc-
ion to Bidde Bi Bid Form, Consctio C Conct, Detaled Speficatio
and DO wings which comprise the Bid o nt, Immediately fol1win0
e heduled losin time for the reception of bids, all bid proposes wh
ect wll be publ oped and reoo d aloud. idde omay attend the bic
opening Bidder is reponibe for the dei0ery of bid, and blJ s 09.00
aft- t pi dav and time will no- be o Ilnld.
1.2 A pre-bid eeng shall be held on onday at 1000 a.m. on Septembe
14, 2009, at the Distcl offi located at 475 S. Cabbage Palm Street
Clewiston, Florida.
13 The work made the subject herf Is described in the bid documents ti
ted HUricidal Mainotnan of -anals and Le. e copes of whcf
may be obtained fro Rk Enterpri 180 N.idge Sleet, si
B, LaBelle, Florida, 33935, or halbm Centl Count Water Control District
475 South Cabbage Palm Street ClewIis ton, Flora 33440, for the non-re
fOn eddab -m of $25 o Fo5 a 45 a i a y 0t. t M, a
David Hubbard, CCW Manage at 863 983 5797, or Rock Aboujaoude,
District Enginee, at 63-12-011.
1.4 ah bid must be submitted in dupliate on the ribebd bfo a
aompanied by bid cuty on the prescribed form payable to the oas
of CCWCDn an amount not ess than five pe nt (5%) of the bi
amount. All sub tractors shall b decred on a separate fo.
1.5 Th Bid ay be withdrawn prior to he date ad tee of bid opening
Bids sha rmain openI and subject to acceptance for a period of forty-fT
(45) caledar days after the date of bid opening,q but no bidder may with,
Shi Bid for a period of forty-five (45 calenar days after the date o
bid opening.
1.6 eJr W pifom pub -k, thO S u Bidder hall h,, alT PI
oensnd permit raequ ied by OFedel, State, and t.c.al -t, regua
t7 Ilo a Cotrat inF es ..ard fur the wrk donated i
the District will conduct such invesigatns ps are eessry to dateine
the performance record and ablty of the apparent low bidder to perfo
the sie and type of work specied underJ this Invitaon to Bid. Upon r
quest, h Bidder shall submit s-h information as deemed nesry I)
the Distr to evaIuate the bidder's qualifications The strict es
the right to award the bd to the lowest responsible anod qualified bidde
based on avaable funding
.8 The DISTRICT r the right to reject any or all bids with or ith
out cause, and/or acept bids that in 's judgment wi be n the best in
tert of the DISTRICT, and the D-istc a saecificll r th
without awarding any contact pursuant to this invitation. Th(
a period of time which postponement, hoe shall not extend beyoI
ninety (90) calendar days from the bid opening date during which Iim
the D Ost rt at 0 ,le ditreon may release the bid soeriy
DATED this day of September, 2009
CENTRAL CaUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
Cooe Heste, Asstant Disotrict Mg By: Benito Alvarez, Chaiuan
332305 ON 906,13,20 CGS/CB 9/10,17/9
SUBCONTRACTORS
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Community Events


Labor Day fest to
include blood drive
A blood drive will be held during
the Labor Day festival on Sunday,
Monday, Sept. 6 and 7. Come out
and give blood and save a life.

Bible School
for children
Children's Church, for first
through third grade, will begin at
Oakview Baptist Church on Sunday,
Sept. 6, at 10:30 a.m. Worship Kid-
style brings Bible stories to life and
explains the day's Bible truth in a
way kids will understand. School-
aged children will watch attention-
holding life application videos that
show them how God's Word relates
to their lives today!

VFW Post 9528 to
host Labor Day dinner
On Monday, Sept. 7, VFW Post
9528 will host a Labor Day ham din-


ner with sweet yams, green beans,
raisin sauce and ice cream for des-
ert. There will also be a flag burning
ceremony held and door prizes with
a whole ham auctioned off. Dona-
tion for the dinner is just $8 per per-
son. For more information, contact
John Patton at 863 467 0600.

Blood Drive
There will be a blood drive held
Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the Raulerson
Hospital Parking Lot from noon until
7 p.m. Please come out and support
your local blood center and "Save a
life."

Healthy Start
meeting date set
The Board of Directors of the
Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at
11:30 p.m., in their office, located at
575 SW. 28th Street within the New
Endeavor High School Building. This
meeting is open to the public. The


Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
is part of a statewide network of co-
alitions responsible for planning and
implementing services to pregnant
women and infants. The Okeecho-
bee Healthy Start Coalition is made
up of citizens interested in promot-
ing healthy families and healthy out-
comes for babies in Okeechobee.
For more information about the Co-
alition, please contact Exec. Director,
Kay Begin, at the Coalition Office at
863-462-5877,

Early Learning
Coalition meeting in
Okeechobee set
Early Learning Coalition of Indian
River, Martin & Okeechobee Coun-
ties, Inc. Okeechobee County Pro-
vider/Advisory Council Meeting will
be held on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at
noon at the American Red Cross, 323
North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee.


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Golf team finishes third

in four-team match
By Charles M. Murphy into the 140s this year. The kids did well, the
Okeechobee News weather was good, and they shot well," he
Okeechobee High School's golf team shot said. aed well other than on one
Don3aheg stan rpl ed w et other than on
a great round, 158 for four players, but it still par 3 as he shot a triple bogey. Other than
wasn't enough to win a match Thursday. that mistake the team was pretty solid.
OHS finished third, behind Sebastian Riv- Austin Hamilton made his debut on the
er, 151, and Lincoln Park, 157, in the match team and shot a 47. Coach Ward said the left
at the PGA Country Club. John Carroll fin- hander has potential to really contribute to
ished fourth as they shot 178. golf depending on the time he puts in. He
Michael Watson led the way for Okeecho- also praised Michael Watson for his hard
bee with a 37 over nine holes. Tyler Platt work. "He's been on fire, he's doing well."
shot a 39. Richard Donegan shot 42, and Kodi Stephen, only a freshman, was ex-
Tim Gray shot 42 for Okeechobee. pected to make his debut for the team on
Golf Coach Mark Ward said the kids met Saturday as the team competed in an eight
his expectation in their first match of the team tournament at Fairwinds Golf Course.
year. "I told the kids last year I expected to Look for results of that match in Wednes-
be in the 150s and every once in awhile slip day's Okeechobee News.

Lady Brahmans defeat Lady Gators
By Charles M. Murphy Koger had seven kills and Janezzka Koger
Okeechobee News added six kills at the net.
Okeechobee High School's Volleyball Paige McCrary had four blocks at the
Team won their first road match of the year net.
in impressive fashion Thursday night, 25-15, Coach Todd Jones said he was happy to
25-14, and 25-15, over the Lady Gators of see his girls get a win on the road, "There re-
Glades Day School. ally wasn't a lot to say about this match but
Rebekah Bryan had 15 service points, Rebekah Bryan did a good job in the middle.
seven aces, no service faults, and four kills We've moved her from the outside and she
to lead the Lady Brahmans (2-0). LeAnna is getting the feel for her new position."
Cotton had a strong match in her initial ap- Okeechobee hosted Kings Academy on
pearance of the year with 12 assists. Monica Friday night at 6 p.m.

Soccer Clinic set for next week
Soccer clinic for youth ages 5-18 will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, from 8 a.m.-noon
at the Soccer Practice Area (across North Elementary). Parents must register and pay
upon arrival. Registration is $15 per child. Checks can be made payable to Hugo Caicedo.
Players should come ready to play with shin guards and cleats. Please bring water for
the afternoon and a soccer ball if you have one. For more information, call Josephine
O'Mallan at 863-763-6950.


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Baltazar counted on to lead girls squad


By Charles Murphy
Okeechobee News
Maria Baltazar is only a junior, but already
she is counted on to be a leader for the girls
cross country team.
With a season ending injury to Isabella
Pineda, cross country coaches have turned
to Baltazar to rally the troops.
"I'm glad they have confidence in me.
I'm kind of nervous myself because I feel
pressure. I know I have to step up and do
the best I can."
Baltazar moved to Okeechobee in the
first grade and took to running back in mid-
dle school. Her cousin, Laura Saucedo, was
one of the best runners on last year's squad.
She is quick to point out that cross country
is a very tough sport and you must be dedi-
cated to compete.
"It's hard work and it takes a lot of dedi-
cation. You have to be really into it, and put
all your effort into it," she said.


Baltazar said she has to watch what she
eats and even what she drinks during the
and even dur-
ing the school
day. Coaches
are always
telling kids to
drink a lot of
water during
the day.
She has
taken quickly
to their advice Okeechobee News/Charles
and has a new Murphy
coach, Julie Maria Baltazar is expect-
Bohannon to ed to set the pace for
learn from this the girls cross country
year. She said team.
she is optimis-
tic that the younger runners will grow and
improve this year.
"I enjoyed running as a freshman just to


have something to do. I ended up liking it a
bit and I want to get a four year letter. Hope-
fully some of the other girls improve so we
can have a great team this year," she said.
Baltazar also has taken to the leadership
role on the squad. She stated there aren't a


lot of older girls on the team and she must
do her part to help younger runners. "When
we're gone, they won't know what to do.
Hopefully, they can help their underclassmen
too when they are juniors and seniors."


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Horse soccer anyone?
The relatively new game "horse soccer" is being played by eleven year old
Sierra Coward last Sunday in the newly constructed Turner Center in Arca-
dia, on her horse Smokey. Sierra has been riding Smokey for many years,
giving her the confidence and ability, which won her the watchful and ap-
proving eye of everyone in the arena. The object of the game is to keep the
ball rolling using the front feet of your horse. This sport is definitely for the
experienced rider using a horse accustomed to many elements.


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Seniors hope to use running to get education


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Among the seniors on this years cross
country squad are two of the top runners
in the region, Eddie Guerrero and Adrian
Leon.
Both readily admit that running might
be their ticket to an affordable college edu-
cation.
Both seniors are also soccer players and
the running they do in the fall helps them
prepare for soccer.
Leon and Eddie have a friendly rivalry
and competition and both runners said
that makes them better in races. "Eddie
and I are competitive individuals," Leon
said. I look forward to the same challenge
that we give each other. We have run for
seven years together. I'm confident we
can make a name for this school. We have
earned respect in the past few years."
Leon said he is hungry to see success.
He said he gets a lot out of his workouts
and is motivated to improve. He also pre-
dicted good things for the team as they
defend their district and regional cham-
pionships. "Hunger is my main objective.
Training in the summer has really peaked
my performance on the field and on a race
course. I believe in my team, I think we
will do well this year."
Leon's main goal is to get a scholarship
for college. He stated that his performance
last year has gotten him noticed by col-

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leges, "To earn a college career is a dream
for me. I am up for the challenge whatever
comes my way."
Eddie has run for four years on the cross
country team. He also is a talented soccer
player. He is always at the head of the pack
in practice and actually looks forward to
practice and workouts after school.
"I look for big things this year. I hope
to lead the team to state. We have a lot of
young runners that look great," he said
Guerrero admitted that Leon has


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
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pushed him to become an even better
runner. He added they run together in the
summer and enjoy each others company,
"We make each other better. He pushes
me and I push him. It makes us faster."
Guerrero is another runner who has
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plained he is open to both cross country,
track and soccer scholarships, "Any school
that takes me I'll go for running. I like soc-
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