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G EECHOBEE NEWS
Vol. 100 No. 113 Sunday, September 20, 2009 754 Plus tax

SRemembrance of the Storm: Hurricane victims honored Officials
1928 storm usepast

remembered


and more color


County readies for new
radio system ...Page 8

Index
Classifieds............................. 18-19
Community Events.......................6.....
C rossw ord ....................................... 19
O bituaries............ ......................... 6
O pinion......................................... 5
Speak O ut ....................................4.....
S po rts .................... ...................... 17
W eather ............................................. 6
Lake Levels

14.51 feet
Last Year: 15.16 feet
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at service
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
They came to remember his
tory and to honor the dead.
The East Stuart Historical Soci-
ety hosted the 81st remembrance
of the Storm of 1928 at the Port
Mayaca Cemetery on Wednes-
day.
The service paid homage to
the 1,600 people, mostly black
migrant farm laborers who lost
their lives in one of the deadliest
natural disasters in U.S. history
on Sept. 16, 1928.
The storm was one of the
most powerful hurricanes that
ver slammed into Palm Beach
County, Lake Okeechobee, and
what is now known as the Trea
sure Coast. The official death toll
at one time was 1,836, but his-
torians believe as many as 3,000
were killed.
Searches went on for at least
six weeks to find bodies. Many Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
were buried in mass graves, Esther Williams, a survivor of the storm, places a rose on the
some were stacked in piles and 1928 hurricane victims' memorial at Port Mayaca cemetery.
burned, and many bones are Also in photo is Dr. Jay Thompson of the East Stuart histori-
still found out in the Glades by cal society.
farmers. Some 674 bodies were
placed in unmarked graves in Green had to spend days in the him for days. He picked up at the
West Palm Beach. Seventy white hospital because he drank wa hospital in West Palm Beach."
victims were buried at West Palm ter out of ditches that contained Bells were tolled for the victims
Beach's Woodlawn Cemetery. dead bodies. He noted there was and Burnett said many thought
Survivor Purnell Green, who no advance warning of the storm. he and his mom had perished in
was four years old when the His father was told by Seminole the storm so bells were actually
storm hit, remembered spend Indians to leave the Glades before tolled for them.
ing the night at an old two story the storm. They said some big Burnett also survived a plane
packing house in Belle Glade, "I crash in Greensboro S.C. and
was playing the whole time, the water was coming fought in World War II.
whole night. I was holding onto "He said he was too busy Another survivor, Esther Wil-
my mothers dress standing by the making money, and waited until liams, lived in a shack in Santee
window, patting the water, sec- the last minute. Father had a boat, Quarters, on U.S. 441 near Canal
ond story up. At four years old, and he carried us to this building. Point during the storm. She said it
you don't think nothing is seri- He then went back for my moth-
ous." er's wedding stuff. We didn't see See 1928 Page 2


to prepare

for future
Five years later:
Lessons learned from
2004 hurricanes are
used to better
prepare for storms
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Is Okeechobee better prepared
for hurricanes than at the begin-
ning of the 2004 hurricane season?
Local officials think so.
The year 2004 was very memo-
rable. That was the year Florida
was hit by four hurricanes in 44
days which caused an estimated
$45 billion in damage. This was
the first time a state had been hit
by four hurricanes in one season
since Texas in 1886.
It was an experience many of
us would like to forget, However,
lessons were learned which could
help in future hurricanes.
City of Okeechobee Police Chief
Denny Davis said the hurricanes
of 2004 were absolutely a learn-
ing experience which caused his
department to change policies and
procedures. As a result, he feels
his men are now better prepared
for a hurricane. Both he and Major
Noel Stephen of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office said the first
thing both organizations would do
if there were danger of a hurricane
passing through the area would be
to have their personnel take care of
their own families and secure their
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1928
Continued From Page 1
began to rain and the water began to flow,
knocking on the windows and doors of the
tiny shack. "I don't remember too much
about it. The weather was bad. It was storm-
ing and raining. Little huts were blowing
about everywhere, even across the railroad.
Many people got lost. One lady, the Aunt of
two women who now live in Indiantown,


got lost in a tree, they never found her."
Williams said she tries to forget about the
deaths and destruction but the Lord won't
let her. She noted God has been good to her
and those memories remind her of the Lord
and his kindness.
"Later that day the sun started shining but
the damage had already been done. They
had bodies in boxes sitting besides the road
in Pahokee, other bodies were just thrown
into holes," she added.
Fannie Moore, Dr. W Jay Thompson, Ava
Locklear, and the Reverend Jerry Gore, all


participated in Wednesday's observance.
Indiantown's Thelma Water read a num-
ber of proclamations from local govern-
ments which honored the victims of the
storm.
The unnamed storm of 1928 filled Lake
Okeechobee to the brim, broke out man-
made dikes and literally swept people away.
The storm still colors Florida's past and
changed the Glades and Florida forever, she
said.
Ms. Locklear said the search for bodies
went on for six weeks until authorities ran


out of money. She noted most of the victims
were impoverished migrant workers who
had come to Florida to take advantage of
the agriculture boom of the 1920s. She ex-
plained that whites and blacks were buried
separately at first. However, as the search
went on and decomposition set in, Ms.
Locklear said it was very hard to distinguish
between the black and white victims, and
many were buried together, or burned.


St the hospital and remained there until the
Storm s storm was over. In another instance the roof
of the Moose Lodge, which was serving as
Continued From Page 1 a shelter, blew off. The sheriff's office sent
several vehicles to evacuate those at the
own houses first. Moose Lodge.
That was a lesson also learned by City of The sheriff's office now has a generator
Okeechobee Fire Chief Herb Smith. He said that allows them to be 100 percent function-
that was something he did not think of be- al during power outages.
fore. One of the busiest people during the
After 20 years without a hurricane Chief 2004 hurricanes was Dale Barrett, director
Smith called 2004 "a wake up call." of operations for the school system, who is
"You are on your own for a few days," in charge of all the school shelters. He calls
Chief Smith said. If there was a possibility the 2004 hurricanes "a big learning curve."
of a hurricane hitting within 12 hours, Chief One mistake the school system made in
Smith said he would double his shifts and 2004, according to Mr. Barrett, was opening
make sure the fuel tank for his generator is all the schools as shelters. That stretched the
full. He said he was as prepared as he could staff too thin. Now three schools will open
possibly be for a hurricane, as shelters. South Elementary School and
"If I knew of something else to do, I Osceola Middle School would be staffed by
would do it," the chief said. Red Cross personnel. However, school offi-
Major Stephen said that before the storm cials will have to be there also. The largest
the sheriff's office would stage their person- shelter in the county, Yearling Middle School,
nel, communicate with emergency person would be staffed by school employees.
nel, evacuate low lying areas, gas up their Mr Barrett said that the school officials
cars and stock up on supplies. Immediately have learned to have the emergency num-
after the storm passed over they would fan bers for school personnel handy They also
out to see which roads were open and what learned to work out schedules for man-
assistance the citizens might need. In 2004 ning the shelters, rotating people on and off
sheriff's office personnel manned distribu- duty while realizing that once the storm hits
lion centers after the hurricanes passed dis- some people would be stuck at the shelter
tributing ice and MREs. until the storm is over.
When the winds reach 45 miles an hour As a hurricane approaches Mr. Barrett
it is unsafe for rescue vehicles to be on the floats between the three shelters. Once the
streets. However Major Stephen said two storm hits, he stays at Yearling.
exceptions were made in 2004. In one case "We learned law enforcement is critical,"
a doctor was needed at the hospital for an Mr. Barrett said. He said that anything from a
emergency surgery A deputy took him to baby being born to fist fights can occur at a


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shelter where tensions are high.
Since 2004 Mr. Barrett has used FEMA
mitigation money to redo the roof at Yearling
to withstand 120 MPH winds. The school
system now has more generators to make
them better hurricane prepared.
The Okeechobee County Road Depart-
ment is ready for hurricanes. Frank Byars,
director of that department, said that if a hur-
ricane were approaching, all the equipment
would be brought back to the road depart-
ment shop where it would be available for
use for road repairs as soon as the storm is
over. He has stockpiled asphalt millings for
emergency road repairs. He said that asphalt
millings are better for a road washouts than
shell rock.
"The lesson learned is to prepare," stated
City of Okeechobee Public Works Director
Donnie Roberts.
The person who would be most involved
in hurricane preparedness and recovery,
Emergency Operations Center Director Mike
Faulkner, was not here in 2004. However, he


said that for emergency operations in gen-
eral many lessons were learned from the
2004 storms. There is now more training
and coordination of volunteers than in 2004.
He said he was working with other agen-
cies such as Okeechobee Utility Authority
and Raulerson Hospital to train people to
specific assignments during an emergency.
After a hurricane, Mr. Faulkner said many
private groups such as churches conduct
their own recovery operations. While he
welcomes such efforts, he would like for
those groups to let him know what they are
doing to keep him from duplicating efforts.
Also, if there are people who have mud bug-
gies or airboats who would like to volunteer
during an emergency, it would make his job
easier if they would contact him before an
emergency.
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Citizen's tip leads to felony drug arrests


By Eric Kopp Jr., 20, S.E. Sixth Ave. Each man was charged records indicate that Osceola was arrested
Okeechobee News with seven felony counts of possession of a Aug. 25 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Two men were arrested on fely drug controlled substance, and Force on felony charges of
Two men were arrested on felony drug one misdemeanor count i possession of a controlled
charges Wednesday, Sept. 16, after a motorist each of possession of drug substance (xanax) and pos-
flagged down a deputy and told her about a paraphernalia. Both men session of a controlled sub-
car that was driving recklessly were booked into the stance (percocet).
A report by Deputy Arlene Durbin, of the Okeechobee County Jail After stopping the car
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), where Osceola is being held at 11:36 a.m. on Sept. 16,
states that a short time after receiving that tip without bond, and Garland Deputy Durbin asked the
she saw a car on the shoulder of S.R. 78 W, is being held on a bond of driver, Osceola, if she could
near S.W 16th Ave. The car pulled back onto $35,250. Randel Mark Wesley posearch the vehicle. The re-
the highway then back onto the shoulder. Af- According to the deputy's Adrian port states Garland was sit-
ter turning on her emergency lights, the car report, Osceola is being held sceola Garand Jr. ting in the back seat. Dur
finally stopped near the entrance to Lock 7. without bond because he ing that search the deputy stated she found a
Arrested were: Randel Adrian Osceola, 19, was just released from jail on Sept. 11. Arrest small safe on the floorboard. In that safe she
Reservation Road; and Mark Wesley Garland found a small gray box, two tube containers

f *gand two pill crushers.
A ert neighbors prevent the In one of the tubes the deputy stated she
Alert neigh ors prevent theft andtwpill....__...


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman was arrested after
an alert couple reportedly
stopped her from allegedly
stealing a $2,000 television
set from a neighbor's home.
Jeanie Marie Lozen, 44,
U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested
Thursday, Sept. 17, on fel-
ony charges of burglary of
a dwelling and grand theft.
She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail un-
der a bond of $7,500. Jeanie Marie
Lozen was also arrested Lozen
on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with the misdemeanor
of worthless check- under $150. Her bond on


that charge was set at $500.
An arrest report by Deputy Justin Hickman,
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), states that Lozen and a man were
seen carrying a 40-inch plasma flat screen tele-
vision from a home on S.E. 63rd Drive.
As they were about to load the TV into the
back of a white Ford Ranger pickup a man and
his wife, who are neighbors of the homeown-
er, walked up to Lozen and the man and asked
them what they were doing, the report added.
After being confronted, the male neighbor
and the other man carried the TV back into the
house, Deputy Hickman stated.
The homeowner reportedly told the deputy
that Lozen had called him earlier and asked
him to pick her up at a local store. But when
he went to that store he could not find her, so
he returned home and found his television ly
ing on the floor.


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them. The criteria for making
Okeechobee's Most Wanted
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found eight pills that were identified as al-
prazolam. In the box she reportedly found
two 10 mg hydrocodone pills, one 7.5 mg
hydrocodone pill, five promethazine pills, one
clobenzaprine pill and five pills that were iden-
tified as Tylenol with codeine.
Deputy Durbin also issued Osceola a traffic
citation charging him with failure to maintain
a single lane.
OCSO arrest records go on to indicate that
Osceola was also arrested on July 30 and
charged with possession of a controlled sub-
stance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
An arrest report by Deputy Brian Cross states
that Osceola had three alprazolam tablets and
three oxycodone tablets in his possession at
the time of that arrest.


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp

Walmart helps police auxiliary
Corporal William Casian (left) accepted a $5,000 donation Friday, Sept. 18,
from the local Walmart store on behalf of the Okeechobee Police Auxiliary
Inc. Presenting the check was Derek Denman (right), Walmart general man-
ager. Mr. Denman is also a member of the police auxiliary. Cpl. Casian said
the money will be used for equipment and training.


September 20, 2009


Okeechobee News




Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009


Public Forum/Speak Out

Speak Out has moved online, where Look at OUA here. Now, because a
it is quicker and easier to share your potential money maker for them (all the
ideas and converse with others. Go to homes that were supposed to be built, but
www.newszap.com, click on the corn- weren't), and they expanded on a lick and a
munity name and your local or state promise, they are now asking the people for
Public Forum. There, you can create a increase. Maybe I should got to OUA, ask
new topics or comment on existing for 1 million apiece from them, then after I
topics. What follows is a sampling of triple my money, I'll get back with them to
some of the discussions currently tak- pay them.
ing place. Thanks for participating! Some people in Okeechobee can raise
taxes, food, lights, gas, rent, water, garbage,
Yankees are coming etc. But they can't raise the wages you know
-- because this is Okeechobee.
I can't wait until the winter visitors get Okeechobee's problem is not limited to
here. I'm going to Yee-Haw junction to get wages for existing jobs...its NOT ENOUGH
them with a red carpet. JOBS. and a Limited Job Market. Our Job
I'm a Yankee, and I thank God I moved Market is based on a lot of tourists coming
to the south. In the big cities up north all and spending money here. Before you shake
people dobusinesses of Okeechobee are your head at my thoughts give some consid-
The businesses of Okeechobee are eration to this...
happy to welcome our winter residents. Grocery Stores We all shop for food. So
I have lived up north. I have lived in the at least one of them gets money from al o
west. I have lived in the south. I have found at least one of them gets money from all of
that you get what you give. Treat others the us on a regular basis.
way you would like to be treated. On occa- Gas Station/convenience store Everyone
way you would like to be treated On occa with a car, truck or motorcycle (not to men-
sion no matter where you are, you will run itha or adwe t t
into someone who is just downright mean tion the lawn mower and weed eater) get
no matter how you treat them, but don't let gas.
them make you sink to their level. If you Restaurants How many meals do YOU
meet someone for the first time, give them eat in Okeechobee restaurants every day?
a smile, maybe even a compliment and you There are a few stores who employ a
are likely to get a smile in return. If you move handful of residents. But the number of em-
to a new place and immediately start criticiz- ployees in the retail is minute in comparison
ing and complaining, well no one is going to to the population of working age residents.
want to talk to you. Our housing industry is about dead. Not
much life in the electric or plumbing in-
Okeechobee's future dustry locally either. Okeechobee needs to
What will our town look like after this become an interesting place that industries
recession is over. It looks like we are going to will find appealing. We need to bring 10,000
lose some more small businesses and more jobs to Okeechobee. Jobs that offer security,
people are moving away. I have a friend good wages, room for advancement and
who tracks foreclosures in our area and benefits. We need the powers that be to be
you would be shocked at how many homes open minded when searching for industries
have been lost in the last six months. This to offer Okeechobee as a great place for
isn't over for us by a long shot. The snow- them to come to. AND, they need to search,
birds we used to depend on aren't moving not just sit quietly hoping that Okeechobee
down here like they used to. Our taxes and will not be noticed and continue to be the
insurance are too high, not to mention the quaint little town-citywith few needs and no
cost of living in Florida is really high corn- problems.
pared to a lot of states. We Need Jobs. We need to grow in this
The people of Florida are being taxed direction so Okeechobee will survive. Every
to move out, either by the state, the counties time the county ends up with another fore-
in general, and the monopoly giants. Take closed property that's taxes they won't get
Okeechobee for instance. When the tax bill and possibly a family lost to the county as
was passed, what did our county commis- rentals are cheaper and there are more sub-
sioners do? They put a gas tax on us, raised sidies in other areas. I think they do not want
the millage rate, and I could go on and on. the jobs to come.


Foreclosures
I wonder how many people are having
to file for bankruptcy? I guess a lot with the
foreclosures... It's terrible I agree.
I wonder how many of the foreclo-
sures are on properties that people bought
thinking they would "flip" them and make a
profit? When the real estate market tanked,
they were stuck with homes they could not
pay for and could not find buyers for.
I've heard and read many of these sto-
ries. Many are about some old people do-
ing it. Goes like this: "We spent our life sav-
ings and buy a home for $250,000 and was
gonna selling it after one year for $350,000,
but now its worth $180,000 ...cry, cry, cry."
Know what I say? "Next time don't be so
greedy."
I thank whatever God we have that the
house prices fell. Now I can buy a home too.
In fact I already did, got a 1989 3BM/2bath
CBS with full two-car garage for $87,000 in
Lakewood. Just waiting for closing stuff to
finish. A few years back that would of been
$200k easy.
And the lending institutions have a lot
of blame there, giving loans to people who
obviously couldn't afford them.

Useless information --
true but useless
In 1911 a fellow named Bobby Beach
broke nearly all his bones in a barrel ride
over Niagara falls. Some time later in New
Zealand, he died when he slipped on a ba-
nana peel.
The average raindrop falls at 7 miles
per hour.
In Athens (Greece), a drivers license can
be taken away by law, if the driver is deemed
either "unbathed" or "poorly dressed".
Table salt is the only commodity that
hasn't risen dramatically in price in the last
150 years.
You can't plow a cotton field with an
elephant in North Carolina.
Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is
grown in New Jersey.
If a statue in the park of a person on a
horse has both front legs in the air, the per-
son died in battle. If the horse has one front
leg in the air the person died as a result of
wounds received in battle. If the horse has
all four legs on the ground, the person died
of natural causes.


Scam targets old people
I just want people to know there is
another scam going around, targeting old
people. They call and tell you they are go-
ing to give you $300 to help with your util-
ity bills. The first guy on the phone is pretty
convincing. Then he hands the phone to
his partner to get all of your information.
Of course if you are foolish enough to give
him your name, social security, number, ad-
dress, bank account numbers and such they
are not going to put money in your account.
They are going to clean you out. I didn't fall
for it but I just wanted others to be warned.
If you have an elderly relative, warn them so
they are not fooled by this scam.

Drive carefully
The deer have lately been hanging
out close to the edge of U.S. 441 at night. I
see them in groups on my way north after
work. Last night about 11:30 p.m. an elderly
couple heading north by the Forestry tower
went sliding off the road and ended up in the
fence. I almost did not see them as their car
was a dark color. Neither was hurt but shak-
en up. The deputies and fire rescue were
awesome and very professional as was the
tow truck driver. The couple was very lucky
they did not hit the deer.
Deer are not the only problem. Hogs
and wild turkey also wander into the roads.
Just be careful driving those dark roads at
night.
Don't forget Bigfoot!

Watch out for falling cows
In the news from St. Lucie County:
"A cow fell on a man at a dairy farm early
Friday, sending him to a local provisional
trauma center via helicopter after the ap-
parent milking-related incident, a St. Lucie
County Fire District spokeswoman said. Fire
District crews responded at 3:56 a.m. to the
incident in the 16000 block of Okeechobee
Road, Fire District spokeswoman Catherine
Chaney said. "They were in the process of
milking cows," Chaney said. "He was out
there milking cows and this one fell on him."
The man, who is in his early 30s, sustained
non-life-threatening injuries."
This puts a new spin on Cow Tippin...
the cows are getting into the game now.
People Tippin. I hope he recovers quickly.
But I am sure he will face his share of funny
comebacks.


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OPINION


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September 20, 2009

Reflections from the Pulpit


Okeechobee News


By Nancy Vaughan
Director of Christian Education,
First United Methodist Church

Defining Life
There is one thing that we all, everyone
of us have in common, that at the end of
the day, each of us is one day older. If that's
not sobering enough: the reality is that we
are one more day closer to the grave at the
end of each day. Some day all of the grains
of sand will have passed through our hour
glass and our time will have run out. It's an
uncomfortable truth that we all have to face.
Our tendency is to not think about it. It's
not "natural" to think about it, unless we've
been given some bad news about ourselves
or someone close to us. There's a great song
written by Wiseman and Tim Nichols (you'll
know it as a Tim McGraw song) where he's
given some bad news and then responds to
it. More about that later.
There is another thing we will all have to
face, whether we believe it or not, and that
is a day of reckoning. Don't let me lose you
here! Keep on reading! If you are not a Chris-
tian this may be some of the kind of talk you
tend to turn off.. .but stick with me. Now, let
me first start out by saying that all of faith is


just that, "faith," it's a mystery. What I have
to rely on is the Bible and what scripture
says. And I am the first to admit that I don't
have all the answers, (news flash, neither
does anyone else on this earth!), and some
of this stuff makes me uncomfortable. That's
why I refer to it as an uncomfortable truth,
and if I could take a big eraser and erase any
part of the Bible, this would be it. I want to
believe in a God that lets everybody "in,"
but that's not what the New Testament says.
Yes, if we could obey all the six hundred
and something laws in the Old Testament,
we could "earn" our way in, or if there were
other paths to God, there are those rules we
could follow to get "in." So that you know
my prejudices, I have had a time in my life
where I questioned my faith, questioned
that there even was a God. I looked at other
faiths, other religious practices and came out
the other side stronger than before believing
that there really was this guy 2,000 years ago.
God sent Jesus to not only show us how to
behave and parables about "the kingdom of
heaven" but to take our place as the blood
sacrifice that the Old Testament requires for
sin atonement. Please don't leave me, we
are going somewhere with this!
OK, so other religions also teach some


sort of day of judgment, so what? If the
scales are tilted even slightly to the "good"
side, do they know they get in? How good is
good? Where are the lists of absolute rules
that have to be followed? Where is the as-
surance? And if you are in today, how do
you know that you are in for good? The only
reasonable answer is that God loves us so
much that after he condemned our sin, he
came down off the judgment seat, took off
his robes, walked over to the court's teller
window and paid our fine. So, how do we
cash in on this gift? By accepting it, really ac-
cepting it by believing it with all we've got.
Judgment day taken care of? Not quite.
That's only the first judgment, surprised?
Again, this is uncomfortable. As strange as
some of this sounds, as you ponder it, you
will find that something rings true in what
I'm about to talk about. Why? Because
somewhere inside each of us is a hunger for
God and a sense of fairness that people need
to get what they deserve. There's more? Yes.
Christians will then be required to give an
account of how much they really believed
in the gift. There's an old country hymn that
asks the question, "How much lumber did
you send up?" What in the world does that
mean? Well, Christ said that he goes to pre-


pare a place for us in heaven...a dwelling
place. The lumber you send up is the "re-
sponse" you give to the gift and how you
lived your life to promote the kingdom of
the next world. Will you live in a shack or
in a mansion? (II Corinthians chapter 5, es-
pecially verses 9 & 10. Then I Corinthians
3:12-15.)
Regardless of what you think of the
above, most of us believe in a hereafter.
And if death is the reality, and if we have
to give an accounting, shouldn't the con-
text in which we live our "lives" be in light
of that reality? Then shouldn't the question
be not how much time do we have left, but
what are we doing with the time we have
left? What will be made of what we did
with the "dash" between the years on our
tombstone? In the song, "Live Like You Were
Dyin'" Tim McGraw responds to the news
that he has limited time left by saying that he
did six things: went sky divin', went Rocky
Mountain climin', did two point seven sec-
onds on a bull named Fu Man Chu...loved
deeper, talked sweeter and gave forgiveness
that he'd been denyin'. So what will you do?
Ride a bull or love and forgive? There is a lot
to be said for "Livin' like you are dyin'." Re-
ally, it's the way we all should be living.


Community Calendar


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
AA. meeting will be held from noon to
1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church,
200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet
at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 North ParrottAve. Everyone who
enjoys singing is invited to join the group. For
information or to schedule an appearance,
contact Patsy Black at 863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society
meets at noon at 1850 U.S. 98 N. Join us with
a covered dish for lunch, followed by a busi-
ness meeting. The dues are $10 per person,
per year, and are due in September. For in-
formation, call Betty Williamson at 863-763-
3850.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed
chapter in Okeechobee. This chapter meets
at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
in Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m.
until 3 p.m. All are welcome. For information
call 863-763-6952.
AA. 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.

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


The Lighthouse Refuge Support
Group is for women who are hurting,
homeless or been abused. They meet on
the first and third Tuesday of every month 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 informa-
tion call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-
357-4447.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets
each Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings
are open to the public. For information,
contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger:
There is now an A.A. meeting in Basinger
on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger
Christian Brethren Church on 700-A, north
off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St.,
at 8 p.m. For more information, please call
Amy at 863 763 8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St., at
8p.m.
AA. 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 located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in
Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Enid Boutrin at 863-
467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 1
until 5 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are
is welcome to attend. For information, call
The Family History Center at 863-763-6510
or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for special
appointments.


Widows and Widowers support group
meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant,
1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers
Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship
hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-
763-0139.
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.
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.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to
1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church,
200 N.W Second St. This will be an open
meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W Second St., will be hosting God's
Time a 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
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. information
call 863-357-3053.




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Community Events

Free nutritional class offered
A free nutritional analysis class will be of-
fered on Monday, Sept. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the
Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center. The
class will be taught by Dr. Edward Douglas. For
more information, please call 863-763-4320.

Community Collaborative
Council meeting
The Community Collaborative Council of
the Okeechobee Shared Services Network
will conduct their monthly meeting on Tues-
day, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. in the board room
of the Okeechobee School Board Office. Guest
speakers for the meeting include: Melissa Ser-
rano, US Census Bureau and Ham Harwas, Jo

Okeechobee Forecast
Sunday: Partly sunny. A chance of af-
ternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs
around 90. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance
of rain 40 percent.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. A slight
chance of evening showers and thunder-
storms. Lows in the lower 70s. Northeast
winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 20 per-
cent.

Extended Forecast
Monday: Partly sunny with a slight
chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Highs around 90. Chance of rain 20 per-
cent.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy with a
slight chance of showers and thunder-
storms. Lows in the mid 70s. Chance of rain
20 percent.
Tuesday: Partly sunny with a chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the
upper 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy with a
slight chance of showers and thunder-
storms. Lows in the mid 70s. Chance of rain
20 percent.

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Norris and Katharine Williams, Mental Health
Service. The meeting is open to the public and
everyone is welcome to attend. For more infor-
mation, please call Sharon Vinson at 8630462-
5000, ext. 257.

Red Cross training
classes announced
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing Health & Safety class: Wednesday,
Sept. 23 Infant/Child CPR/AED @ 6 p.m. All
classes are held at their Service Center, located
at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register, or for more
information call 863-763-2488.


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OHS class of 2000
reunion meeting set
OHS class of 2000 10 year reunion commit-
tee will be having their first meeting at Golden
Corral on Thursday, Sept. 24. All class of 2000
graduates interested in planning our reunion
are encouraged to attend.

SAL steak dinner
The Sons of the American Legion ribeye
steak dinner will be held on Sunday, Septem-
ber 20, from 3 until 6 p.m. at the American
Legion Post 64, 501 SE Second Street. Dinner
includes: steak, baked potato, salad, roll and
butter, dessert, iced tea or coffee and live en-
tertainment. The public is welcome. Dinner is
a $12 donation.


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Lottie Onda Sills
OKEECHOBEE Lottie Onda Sills died Thurs-
day, September 17,2009, in the Hamrick Home.
Born February 2,1918 in Okeechobee, Florida.
She had been a lifetime resident and enjoyed
homemaking, gardening and quilting.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Har-
ris A. Sills, brothers; Oscar, Percy, Guy Raiford,
and sisters; Tessie and Teresa.
She is survived by her sons: Henry Sills (Son-
dra), Lamar Sills, Jack Sills (Elaine) all of Okee-
chobee, Hugh (Paulette) Sills of Lakeland, Leon
(Willa) Sills of Okeechobee; daughters, Shirley
Cantrell Cox (Mick) of Highlands City, Wilma
Williams, Mable Murdorf, and Barbara Willis all
of Okeechobee. In addition she is survived by
several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and
great-great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Monday,
September 21, from 1 p.m. until service time of
3 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel. In-
ternment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the direction of
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Okeechobee County had first

female sheriff in Florida
By Pete Gawda Simmons, the
Okeechobee News former sher-
Okeechobee County has the distinc- ifTs brother,
tion of having the first female sheriff in the wMay 3, 1938.n
state of Florida, Eugenia Hollingsworth Her distinction
Simmons. Her husband, Claude Simmons, as the only fe-
was elected sheriff in 1932 and re-elected male sheriff
in 1936. In January of 1938 Mr. Simmons was shorter
suddenly took ill with pneumonia and died lived than her
Jan. 22 in the hospital at Arcadia. tenure as sher-
The Friday, Jan. 28, 1938 edition of The iff. According pecia lot e ee. o e
Okeechobee News carried the account of to Mr. Sylves- News/Okeechobee County
his death and a separate article about Mrs. tri, on April 18 Sheriff's Office
Simmons' appointment as sheriff by Gov- of that same Eugenia Simmons, who
ernor Fred Cone. year Governor was appointed Sheriff
Sheriff Simmons' funeral, at the Meth- Cone appoint- of Okeechobee County
odist Church, was reported have the largest ed Celia Jerni- in 1938 when her hus-
attendance of any funeral in Okeechobee. gan Adkinson band died in office, was
Mrs. Simmons was sworn in on Friday, as sheriff of the first female sheriff
Jan. 28. Walton Coun- in Florida.
At the time, it was customary to appoint ty. Mrs. Adkin-
a widow to serve out the remainder of her son's husband had been killed during a
husband's term as a sign of respect and to fight with the operator of an illegal liquor
provide financial support for the family. still in Defuniak Springs.
According to Victor Silvestri's forthcom- "I was sheriff in name only and I ap-
ing book, "The Encyclopedia of Florida pointed as my deputy Cossie Simmons,
Sheriffs and Their Families," Mrs. Simmons also my brother-in-law, who conducted all
signed an agreement with the governor the sheriff's business," Mrs. Simmons was
that she would only serve until the election quoted as saying in "History of Okeecho-
of a successor and would not seek election bee County," by Kyle S. Vanlandingham
for a full term. and Alma Hetherington. She claimed she
Her tenure as sheriff lasted until Cossie never carried a gun or arrested anyone.








Sheriff's Office K-9 celebrates her 11th birthday


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) K-9 Widgen turned 11 Friday, Sept.
18, and celebrated her birthday by doing
what she does so well-finding narcotics.
Around 12:16 a.m. Friday, Widgen and
her partner, OCSO Detective Sergeant Jim-
my Mills, were called to a traffic stop in the
3300 block of U.S. 441 S.E. Not long after her
arrival, Widgen went to work.
The black Labrador began sniffing the
vehicle and alerted to the center console of
the four-door Mercury automobile. She then
alerted to a knee brace being worn by a pas-
senger in the car.
Following her lead, two Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force detectives looked in


the console where they reportedly found
nine 30 mg roxicodone pills. The detectives
then went to the passenger, Charles Book-
er, and found a small package containing
a green leafy substance in the knee brace
he was wearing. That substance was field
tested and indicated a positive result for the
presence of marijuana.
Booker, 31, S.E. 23rd St., Okeechobee,
was then placed under arrest on a felony
charge of possession of a controlled sub-
stance. He was also arrested on a misde-
meanor charge of possession of marijuana
under 20 grams. He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of
$5,500.
The suspected pot reportedly found in his
knee brace weighed 10 grams, stated a task
force detective's arrest report.


Okeechobee Livestock Market


September 14 & 1

Cows
Breaking $43.00
Cutter $40.00

1000-1500 $52.00
1500-2000 $53.00

Monday
Calves 509
Cows 54
Strs 30
Hfrs 31
Bulls 13
Yrlngs 32
Mix 0
Total 669

Med #1 Steers
170-190
200-250 130-137
250-300 127-137


5, 2009

$50.00
$47.00

Bulls
$55.00
$57.00

Tuesday
1321
198
35
8
20
185
10
1777

Hfrs
117-150
106-115
97-105


300-350
350-400
400-450
450-500
550-600
600-650

Med #2
150-200
200-250
250-300
300-350
350-400
400-450


115-127
108-120
97-111
92-101
85-95
84-89

Steers
105-117
100-120
90-117
85-110
78-97
74-84


Small #1 Steers
350-400 93-107

Slaughter cows and bi
were mostly $1 to 2.00
er. Calves under 400#
$1.00 to 2.00 higher. H
calfs were pretty stead


86-99 weather beginning to show
82-91 its affect.
79-87
75-87 Lots of thin calves showing
75-83 up.
75-82 Nelson Echeverria topped
the calf market with a high
of $2.20, bought by Reyn-
olds. Nelson Echeverria
70-95 also topped the cow market
70-90 with a high of 50, bought by
72-87
70-83 Central.
Bred heifer sale: Oct. 9.
Hfrs Don't forget about the bull
73-84 sales:

ulls Graham Angus Oct. 16,
P high- Lemmon Angus Oct. 23,
were Little Creek Brangus Oct.
eavy 30.


y. Wet


According to the arrest report, the car
was stopped for running a stop sign at S.E.
34th Ave. at U.S. 441 S.E. The driver of the
car, Marcus Daniels, was issued a traffic cita-
tion for failing to stop at the stop sign.
During her 10 years at the sheriff's office
Widgen has worked hundreds of cases, said
a proud Sgt. Mills. She has also worked for
three different sheriffs-Ed Miller, O.L. Raul-
erson and Paul May.
When asked how much longer he and
Widgen would work together, Sgt. Mills just
smiled and replied, "Until I retire."
And with that, the detective and Widgen
got back in their vehicle and returned to
work.
Happy birthday, Widgen.

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K-9 Widgen turned 11 years old Friday,
Sept. 18, and celebrated her birthday
by finding some marijuana that led to
a man's arrest. Widgen has been with
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice for 10 years and has made "hun-
dreds of cases," said her partner De-
tective Sergeant Jimmy Mills.


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Sheriff's Office readies for new radio system


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
It's official: the contract has been signed
and Okeechobee County will be getting a
new radio system.
On Thursday, Sept. 10, county officials
inked a new contract that will allow the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
along with other city and county agencies, to
hook up to Florida's Statewide Law Enforce-
ment Radio System (SLERS).
"Everything's a go," said a jubilant OCSO
Major Noel Stephen as he readies to get rid
of the 30 year-old radio currently being used
by the sheriff's office.
The major said he and other county of-
ficials will meet with installers Tuesday, Sept.
22, at 8:30 a.m. to make plans on getting the
system in place.
"I'm hoping to start (installation) around
the last of September or first of October,"
said Maj. Stephen. "It should be 100 percent
complete by May or June.
Besides installing the radios in patrol
cars and consoles at the dispatch center, the
major said a new tower will be erected on
property belonging to the Okeechobee Util
ity Authority (OUA) in the southwest section
of the county. Until then, an existing tower
located near the Okeechobee Correctional
Institute will be the only one in use. The sec-
ond tower will provide total coverage of the
county.
The total cost of the new system is around


$4.5 million, but a federal grant is picking up
75 percent of that tab.
SLERS is a leased system for which the
county will pay $9 per radio. For the sheriff's
office, this means the cost will be $18 per
deputy-one hand-held (portable) and one
mobile unit. The county will also receive free
upgrades and updates, and maintenance by
the state.
This means the sheriff's office will receive
a free upgrade to radios that can stream data
to deputies when it's available. Also, if a
tower should be destroyed by a hurricane
then the state is required to be on site within
two hours of the storm's passing and must
have the county back in operation within six
hours.
Another advantage to this system is that
local users will be able to talk to any state
or law enforcement agency in Florida simply
by switching to that agency's frequency.
SLERS is monitored 24/7 by a network
operations center in Orlando, which means
no in-house technician is required.
"We hope to install the portables first-
that's the quickest implementation," said
Maj. Stephen. "Then, we'll start installing
mobiles in the cars. We hope to have the
portables in a few weeks."
The major said putting the new radios in
patrol cars will be the trickiest undertaking.
He said the new radio will be installed but
the old one will be left in place until the new
radio is online. The old radio will be removed
once the new one is ready for operation.


"We'll be doing two or three (cars) a
day-possibly four. We'll try to catch every-
body while on shift," he said.
Preparations for installation in the OCSO
dispatch room are nearly complete. The new
furniture is in place and the infrastructure is
nearly ready.
According to grant requirements the sys-
tem must be in use by August 2010.
When all the radios are in place, then
training will begin.
"It's all timing," said Maj. Stephen in an
earlier interview. "We're a 24/7 operation so
we'll try to do the transition doing a slower
time so the public won't feel any repercus-
sion from the transition."


Joining the sheriff's office on the new
system will be: Okeechobee County Fire/
Rescue, Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment, Okeechobee City Fire Department,
Okeechobee City Public Works, Okeecho-
bee County School Board, OUA; and the
county's road and bridge and public works
departments.
Since the sheriff's office will get four new
consoles for its dispatchers, the dispatch
area has been renovated to make room for
two additional dispatch consoles when and
if they are needed.
"Hopefully, the remodeling will allow us
a little room for growth," Maj. Stephen said.


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Officer honored for seat belt enforcement
By Eric Kopp divisions, Officer Morgan still had to perform said the Jonesboro, La., native.
Okeechobee News other duties and answer other calls. Now, because of the new Florida law, a
After thinking about friends he had lost in Mr. Kane said Officer Morgan was at an motorist who is not wearing their seat bell
traffic accidents, Officer Scott Morgan buck elite level "... when you compare the number is facing a fine of $83. Officer Morgan ex
led down and went to work with a goal of of citations he wrote to those in other areas plained that the new law is a non-moving
reminding motorists to buckle up. that are much more densely populated." violation and points are not assigned to the
During the May 18-31,2009 Click-it or Tick- During the most recent state enforce- driver's license.
et campaign, the Okeechobee City Police De- ment effort an officer had to have probable Unfortunately, said the OCPD patrolman
partment (OCPD) patrol officer stopped over cause, or another reason, to stop a vehicle. of three years, people still aren't adhering tc
100 cars and issued 89 citations to motorists Not wearing a seat belt was, at the time, not the new law and he's still issuing citations
h , ; reason enough to stop a motorist. However, and warnings.


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Officer Scott Morgan, of the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department, was hon-
ored recently by the Department of
Transportation for his efforts during
the May 18-31, Click-it or Ticket seat
belt campaign. During the stepped-up
enforcement campaign, Officer Morgan
stopped over 100 vehicles and Issued
89 citations to motorists who were not
wearing their seat belts. Because of his
efforts, Officer Morgan was recognized
at a Florida Marlins baseball game and
got to watch the game from a suite at
Land Shark Stadium.


"I've had too many friends who were not
wearing their seat belts killed," said Officer
Morgan. "The goal was to get people to put
their seat belts on and save lives."
For his efforts Officer Morgan, along with
five other South Florida law enforcement of-
ficers, were honored by the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation (FDOT) at a Florida
Marlins baseball game on Aug. 29. They not
only got to step out on the diamond and have
their pictures taken, but got to watch the
Marlins take on the San Diego Padres from a
private suite at Land Shark Stadium.
Unfortunately, the Marlins lost 7-4.
"We invited Scott to a ball game so we
could recognize his actions. He was in an
elite group of law enforcement for this par-
ticular campaign," said Charles Kane, the
law enforcement liaison with FDOT and the
regional coordinator for Click-it or Ticket.
"But it's not just the number of tickets we
focus on-we focus on getting the informa-
tion out. If no citations were written and we
had 100 percent seat belt usage we would be
extremely happy."
The 35-year-old patrolman was honored
not only for the number of seat belt citations
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vehicle can now be pulled over because they
are not buckled up.
Officer Morgan said the bulk of his traf-
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Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. until noon
at the Douglas Brown School, 700 block
of N.E. 16th Ave. Deputies will be on hand
to pay $50 cash for a handgun and up to
$100 for certain types of assault weapons.
All guns must be in operating condition.
All purchases will be on a no-questions-
asked basis. For information, contact the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office at
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Swim teams fall to Lincoln Park
By Charles M. Murphy freestyle, Zach Norris who finished second in the 50
Okeechobee News freestyle, and third in the 100 free style and Kenny
Murphy, who finished second in the 100 butterfly.
The boys and girls swim teams lost their second Coach Turner said Timmy Ferrell did a fine job
meet in two days Wednesday when they visited the in the 200 free style relay with a time of 30.67 during
talented Greyhounds of Lincoln Park at Indian River his heat.
State College in Ft. Pierce. The swim teams competed in Sebring this week-
The girl's team lost 122-56. The top performers end.
included the 200 medley relay team which finished
third, Jessica Wackier who finished second in the
200 freestyle, Jaiden Barnhart, who finished second
in the 50 freestyle, and first in the 100 freestyle, and
Savannah Assmussen who finished second in the 50
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Celena Letcher won the 100 breaststroke and
Alex Ming finished second.
Coach Brian Turner welcomed Sarah Annis to
the swim team. Her dad is in the military and she
recently moved to Okeechobee. "She is going to be a
big part of our girls relay team and she had an excel- Ta A i
lent meet on Wednesday night." Talk A OUt It 17
Turner said Sage Douglas sent a personal record
with a time of 33.66 seconds in the 50 free. If you or someone you know has
The boy's team fell 131 43 to Lincoln Park Top been raped or sexually assaulted
performers included the 200 medley relay team, we are he to help. Contact us:
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Special to the Okeechobee News/Everglades Elementary

Achieving excellence
Here is the list of Everglades Elementary students achieving excellence in
the classroom for the week of Sept. 14-18 Including kindergarten students,
Kanani Sims, Kyle Detzer, Alejandra Callejas and Francisco Hernandez; first
grade students, Kevin Valdez, Lanie Jarriel, Lila Pendarvis, Brianna Rodri-
guez, James Burnsed, Justin Bennett; second graders, Destiny Becerra, Alex
Boon, Marissa Forde, Edwin Reyes, Erick Vallejo, Esrat Jahan, Seth Boiling,
Dylan Cosme; third grade students, Hunter Crowe, Licett Castaneda, Angela
Salmeron, Brooke Brazil, Raquel Alvarez; fourth grade students, Ricky Cour-
son, Destinee Brower, Jonathan Harr, Keith Morgan, Jared Joyner, and fifth
graders, Gil Gio DeLosReyes, Joel Contreras, Kasey Durand, Carolyn Major,
and Matthew Barlow. Congratulations! to our many outstanding students.


















Special to the Okeechobee News/YMS

Students of the week
At our first students of the week luncheon, students selected for being hon-
ored included: (top left to right) Robert Garza and Juan Barcia. Bottom left to
right: Amber Town, Leticia Soriano-Rios,Taylor Trent,Selena Rodriguez and
Patricia Ruiz. Also pictured Dylan Tedders and Andy Brewer.


Considering adoption? The Children's
Home Society will hold the next Adoption Ori-
entation session will take place at 5:30 p.m.
on Sept. 24, at the Administration Building
in Fort Pierce, 415 Avenue A, Suite 100.
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adoption is welcome to attend. This fun, ca-
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September 20, 2009


Retired educators hold workshop in Okeechobee


Gay Carlton welcomes retired educa-
tors to Wednesday's workshop.


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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Florida Retired Educators Associa-
tion held a regional workshop Wednesday in
Okeechobee to hear updates in state legisla-
tion, an update on their benefits, and visit with
old friends at the First Baptist Church Fellow-
ship hall.
Okeechobee chapter President Gay Carlton
helped to organize the event, which included
door prizes, a raffle, and an auction for the
group.
District 9 members from Indian River, St. Lu-
cie, Highlands, and Martin County, joined with
the Okeechobee delegation for the day-long get
together.
Retired State Senate President Ken Pruitt
dropped by to give the former educators an up-
date on state legislation.
Many of the board of directors of the state
organization were also on hand. Director of Dis-
trict 9 Cathy McCartney said members should
also encourage other retired educators to join
their organization. She explained the purpose
of the event was to network, renew friendships
and take advantage of an opportunity to edu-
cate themselves.
"We get involved in causes. It is something
you feel strong about," she said.
The FREA was formed in 1954 as the Re-
tired Teachers of Florida. The purpose at that
time was to improve the economic and social
status of retired teachers, and to safeguard and
improve their benefits.
Today the FREAs goal is to promote the well
being of teachers, encourage community ser-
vice, and support public education at the state
and local level.


"I challenge you to participate and treat this
like a day at the spa. We want you to go back to
your districts renewed and re-energized," she
noted.
Carlton said Okeechobee must host one of


these workshops every five years. "Everybody
seemed to have a good time. Ken Pruitt an-
swered their questions on legislative issues and
it was a good event."


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The Okeechobee County Health Depart-
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and children participating in the Florida
Department of Health's WIC Program will
receive the new, nationally revised WIC
food package beginning Oct. 1. This is the
first change to the WIC food package in
nearly three decades.
"The new food package helps reinforce
key nutrition messages such as eat more
fruits and vegetables, decrease saturated fat
and cholesterol intake, and increase whole
grains and fiber," said Annette Phelps,
ARNP, MSN, Division Director for the Di-
vision of Family Health Services. "We are
thrilled to provide WIC participants with a
greater variety of nutritious foods."
Based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines
for Americans, the new food choices will
allow the Florida WIC program increased
flexibility in prescribing culturally appro-
priate foods to WIC's diverse population.
Some of the changes include:
The addition of fruits, vegetables, and
whole grains for mothers and I to 5-year-
old children,
The addition of baby food fruits
and vegetables for all infants age 6 to 12
months,
The amount of formula for infants is
now variable based on the age and breast-
feeding regime of the infant, and
The requirement that milk for women


and children 2 years of age and older be
1-percent low fat or fat free.
The new package also strengthens
WIC's breastfeeding promotion and sup-
port messages by providing strong incen-
tives for continued breastfeeding, including
additional quantities and types of foods for
breastfeeding mothers and their infants.
To be eligible for WIC-the Special Sup-
plemental Nutrition Program for Women,
Infants, and Children-you must be a preg-
nant or breastfeeding woman, a woman
who has recently been pregnant, an infant,
or a child under age 5. In addition, the ap-
plicant must have a low or moderate in-
come, live in Florida, and have a nutrition
need that can be helped by WIC foods and
nutrition counseling. Another way appli-
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they are currently receiving Medicaid, Tem-
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assistance program to qualify for WIC.
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The group will convene at Yearling Middle School, 925 N.W. 23rd Lane, at 6
p.m. on Sept 22. Those participating may walk, stand, or sit and everyone is
invited to attend this special community-wide event.
Pictured from left to right in the back row are: Mack Glaze, Backporch
Church; Noel Stephen, Under-Sheriff; OMA Vice President Rev. Jim Daw-
son, Associate Pastor-First United Methodist; Paul May, Sheriff; Rev. Paul
Moranville, Church of the Nazarene; Rev. Bruce Simpson, Senior Pastor-
First United Methodist; OMA Treasurer Rev. Dr. Paul Jackson-International
Prayer Warriors for Christ; Kathy Killian, Backporch Church; Rev. Marcelino
Alicea, Church of the Nazarene; & Rev. Arlen Cook, Northside Baptist. In the
front row are: CW Simpson, First United Methodist; Vickie Glaze, Backporch
Church; Elsie Landers, First United Methodist; OMA Secretary Sandy Perry,
Northside Baptist; OMA President, Gene Roddenberry, Abundant Blessings
Assembly of God; Loretta Cook, Northside Baptist; Rev. Lois Moranville,
Church of the Nazarene; Rev. Nancy Vaughan, Director of Christian Educa-
tion-First United Methodist; & Shirley Dejong, Church of the Nazarene. Not
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By Pete Gawda loss of essential services and no layoffs, city and county residents, who have home- B
Okeechobee News Because constitutional officers were stead exemption and are under the Save
County officials have been wrestling with frugal with their spending this year, they Our Homes (SOH) program will see an in-
setting tax rates, assessments and balancing were able to return a larger amount of un- crease in their taxes. Each year since SOH B A N
budgets used funds than was originally anticipated. began several years ago, the assessed value
The term "shared adversity" took on new While there was no money for a pay raise, of a house under SOH could only increase If you're looking to
meaning for county government as every- suggested salary reductions were not neces- by a maximum of 3 percent. The assessed
one involved felt the pinch of the econoveic sary. Reserves which had been dwindling value of similar surrounding properties of- save money ani
times Because of declining revenues and a an alarming rate are being rebuilt with ten increased at a higher rate. Therefore, the
an anticipated $4.4 million deficit, an appor- the proposed budget. Standard accounting difference between the assessed value of a ho isn't theSe days.
tionment method was adopted by commis- procedures call for county governments to SOH property and the assessed value of sur-
sioners whereby that $4.4 million was split have enough reserves to cover two months rounding similar properties increased each riing to the
proportionally between the commission ers of expenditures. The county's reserves have year. However, in some cases, even with the -- subscri i
and the constitutional officers. With each been below the one month mark in some decreased property values this year, the as-
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'Tobacco free' initiative
The Okeechobee County Health
Department's Tobacco-Free Initia-
tive Network lunch meeting held on
Wed. Sept. 16, at the new Hampton
Inn revealed a new direction for the
department's Tobacco Free Pro-
gram because of the large numbers
of High School students and adults
who still smoke. From left to right
are: Whitley Burch, SWAT Advisor;
Angela Kelly, MPH, Chairperson
and Candace Pope, SWAT Coordi-
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from the budget by cutting insurance costs,
not filling vacant positions, and cutting as-
sistance to outside organizations.
Constitutional officers did their part by
cutting a total of $1,462,328 from their bud-
gets in addition to the cuts they had previ-
ously made before submitting their pro-
posed budgets.
County officials were able to produce a
proposed balanced county budget that was
presented to the people at a public hearing
Sept. 3. That budget went out the window
as the result of several surprise moves that
evening. After hearing from the public,
commissioners cut proposed the EMS as-
sessment rate in half, exempted nonprofit
organizations from the assessment and
kept the fire assessment at last year's level
instead of approving proposed increases.
Commissioners then cut the proposed mill-
age rate from 7.6905 to 7.0503. The lower
proposed millage rate will generate $7.05
in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed value.
One mil equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000
of assessed value. Taking into consideration
a 15 percent drop in property values county
wide, that rate is calculated to bring in the
same amount of taxes as last year.
However, even with reduced property
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September 20, 2009


Okeechobee News


Congressional candidate visits Okeechobee


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Democrat Chris Craft, a two-term County
Commissioner in St. Lucie County, made his
first campaign visit to Okeechobee this week
since he announced he will campaign for the
16th district congressional seat.
Craft met with business leaders and com-
munity leaders to talk about issues that are
important to them. He stated that St. Lucie
and Okeechobee really share a lot of com-
mon concerns like job creation and the econ-
omy.
"The District is wide with a lot of wind-


shield time. It's unfortunate the amount of
time you spend on the road. I'd rather spend
it with constituents and discuss issues that
are important to them. The business of cam-
paigning is not easy, we don't expect it to be
easy. We're excited we will offer people real
choices in this election," he said.
Mr. Craft maintains he will provide a mod-
erate voice if elected. He describes himself as
a fiscal conservative who helped pare down
the St. Lucie County budget by $176 million
over the past few years. "Washington has
been hijacked by extremes of both parties,
we need to bring this conversation back to
the middle. That's where the majority of citi-


zens are in the country and in Okeechobee."
Mr. Craft said he has tried to include
Okeechobee in regional economic develop-
ment plans. He said he has worked to bring
Torrey Pines and other research institutes
to the Treasure Coast. He noted creativity
and not rhetoric, will solve the country's ail-
ments.
On Health care reform, Mr. Craft said he
thinks both sides need to work together to
come up with something that is good for the
country, "Health care reform is a complex is-
sue. It will require a lot of debate. We must
listen to all the voices and dispense with the
rhetoric and talk about the real issues. We can
make serious strides in solving the issue."


Mr. Craft said he thinks the economy will
improve if we can build a sustainable job
base. He stated when he votes on issues in-
volving economic development, he tries to
create not only construction and short term
jobs, but sustainable jobs for the future.
"I'm confident the candidates will keep
this above board. We'll have differences of
opinions and differences in the way we vote.
If we allow rhetoric to control debate, the vot-
ers will miss out. I've included Okeechobee
in our economic development discussions
on the Treasure Coast. We talk about bring-
ing jobs to this community. What benefits
Okeechobee, will benefit St. Lucie and the
entire region."


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Chris Craft visits Dowling Watford at Okeechobee Motor Company.


NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners
has tentatively adopted a budget for fiscal year 2009-2010. A
public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget
AND TAXES will be held on:

Thursday, September 24, 2009
6:00 P.M.
at
1728 NW 9th Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
PUBLISH: 9120/09, Okeechobee News, Okeechobee FL


BUDGET SUMMARY
County of Okeechobee Florida Fiscal Year 2009-2010
Public Safety Fund 7.5030
Voted Debt Service 0.2600
ESTIMATED REVENUES GENERAL PUBLIC SAFETY SPECIAL DEBT CAPITAL ENTERPRISE TRUST & TOTAL
FUND FUND REVENUE SERVICE PROJECTS FUND AGENCY BUDGET
Taxes:Millage per $1000
Ad Valorem Taxes 7.5030 0 14,073,920 0 0 0 0 0 14,073,920
Ad Valorem Taxes (Voted Debt) 0.2600 0 0 0 487,503 0 0 0 487,503
Sales & Use Taxes 2,072,972 0 6,161,364 0 0 400 0 8,234,736
Charges for Services 462,600 705,917 1,219,254 0 0 443,473 0 2,831,244
Intergovernmental Revenue 2,989,760 1,361,459 9,119,435 0 5,576,129 186,063 0 19,232,846
Licenses & Permits 109,000 0 435,000 0 0 0 0 544,000
Fines & Forfeitures 25,000 97,400 163,200 0 0 0 0 285,600
Franchise Fees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miscellaneous Revenue 3,376,603 1,415,000 1,801,039 3,450 111,000 116,100 10 6,823,201
TOTAL SOURCES $ 9,035,934 $ 17,653,696 $18,899,292 $ 490,953 $ 5,687,129 $ 746,036 $10 $ 52,513,050
Transfers In 1,000,000 650,000 2,777,035 889,128 343,550 5,659,713
Fund Balances/Reserves/Net Assets 894,108 183,422 21,571,649 153,870 10,390,845 400,890 891 33,595,676
TOTAL REVENUES, TRANSFERS &
BALANCES 10.930 043 $18.487t118 S43 247 976 $1 533 951 $186421 524 $1.146.926 901 091.768.439
EXPENDITURES/EXPENSES:
General Government 6,515,620 90,400 981,991 0 286,303 79,739 0 7,954,053
Public Safety 273,716 16,806,134 7,485,877 0 4,767,607 0 0 29,333,335
Physical Environment 318,933 0 2,841,756 0 275,000 0 0 3,435,690
Transportation 210,630 0 8,967,439 0 0 0 0 9,178,069
Economic Environment 85,057 0 2,069,010 0 0 0 0 2,154,068
Human Services 2,100,535 0 367,761 0 0 0 0 2,468,297
Culture & Recreation 1,302,049 0 13,100 0 450,000 1,035,274 0 2,800,423
Debt Service 0 0 221,546 1,383,427 0 0 0 1,604,973
Court Related 0 288,273 62,921 0 0 0 0 351,194
TOTAL EXPENDITURES $10.806.541 $17.184.807 $23 011 403 $1 383 427 $5.778.910 $1.115 013 s0 $59.280.100
Transfers Out 5,316,164 343,550 5,659,714
Fund Balances/Reserves/Net Assets 123,502 1,302,311 14,920,410 150,524 10,299,064 31,913 901 26,828,625
TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES
TRANSFERS. RESERVES &BALANCES t10.930.043 18.487.118 S43.247.976 $1.533.951 116.421.524 11.146.926 s901 k91.768.439
PUBLISH: 09/2012009, Okeechobee News, Okeechobee FL




Okeechobee News


'Family Fun Day' expands to Okeechobee


Local and regional Operation Christmas
Child organizers will be on hand to kick off
the organization's very first Family Fun Day
in Okeechobee! After successful annual
Family Fun Day concert events in Port St.
Lucie and Sebastian, organizers have added
a third event this year which will take place
at Freedom Ranch in Okeechobee. Freedom
Ranch is home to Alpha Ministries, OakFest
& the Cracker Cowboy Experience.
This year's Okeechobee date is Satur-
day, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Freedom
Ranch is located at 11655 Hwy. 441 SE-just
south of town on Hwy. 441.
Live Christian Bands from Rock & Roll to
Hip Hop, along with dance groups will pro-
vide the entertainment for all to enjoy. There
will be Bounce Houses, Face Painters for the
Kids, Games, Food and much fun! This is a
free event and everyone is welcome to par-
ticipate.
The event benefits and helps create
awareness for OCC's upcoming nationwide
shoebox collection which takes place in No-
vember. Operation Christmas Child brings
joy and hope to children in desperate situ-
ations around the world through gift-filled
shoe boxes and the Good News of Christi-
anity.
Since 1993, more than 78 million shoe
boxes have been packed, shipped, and de-
livered across the globe. People of all ages
can be involved in this simple, hands-on
mission's project while focusing on the true
meaning of Christmas. National Collection
Week is November 16-23.
"We are very excited to include Okeecho-
bee this year. This is a wonderful opportu-


Healthy Start to

host childbirth

education
Okeechobee Healthy Start is hosting
Childbirth Educator Training, instructor
is Connie Mullen, LM, CPM, ICCE, CCCE,
CPCE, from Palm Beach County, she is a
FOCEP Regional Coordinator, in addition
to being a Faculty Member and Preceptor
for FOCEP since 2000. She is a "My Flor-
ida" vendor. You need your high school
diploma and a desire to educate diverse
populations of women of low income and
low literacy levels about childbirth. Date:
Sept. 28 through Oct 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., re-
turn for exam TBA. Training includes:
48 hour FOCEP Childbirth Educator
classroom training, review and exam
Parent Training Curriculum, refer-
ence materials and textbook
Mentoring by the FOCEP Faculty un-
til completion of the certification.
You may contact Becky Smith at 863-
462-5877 or at hsci4bs@embarqmail.
com for more information.


nity for the entire family to come out and
enjoy a free event while participating in a
worthy cause. We look forward to a great
turnout" said Treasure Coast Area Coordina-
tor Gwenn Cates.


Bring a gift-filled shoebox or enjoy put-
ting one together at the event.
To learn more about Operation Christ-
mas Child please visit: http://www.samari-
tanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/index/


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City recognition
Okeechobee Mayor Jim Kirk, right, presents Les McCreary, left, a Certificate
of Appreciation for service on the city code enforcement board. The presen-
tation took place at the Tuesday, Sept. 15 meeting of the Okeechobee City
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September 20, 2009







South Fork Bulldogs shut down Okeechobee Brahmans

"It'S another tough one." Marvin Newkirk, who had a tackle be- progress, and he was especially proud of Hunter for a three yard loss in the first half.
hind the line of scrimmage for a safety, and the defense for causing turnovers, "Were He also batted down a pass in the first half.
By Charles M. Murphy a QB sack, said the Bulldog defense wanted getting to the point now where we can line Justin Conrad was among the defenders
Okeechobee News to have a shutout. "Overall we did pretty up correctly. We are just starting off so slow. who recovered fumbles. David Jacobs and
well; we still have things to work on. The We just have to put drives together, get first Walt Fortner forced fumbles as well.
Okeechobee High School Football Coach Okeechobee center was short but he was downs, and move those first downs into Lavante Spivey dropped Hunter for ayard
Myron Jackson hoped for a pleasant home- strong. I'm not going to lie." touchdowns now." loss on a big hit in the fourth quarter. He also
coming as he coached his first game at Okeechobee got into South Fork territory Game notes had an inspired kickoff return, breaking five
Brahman stadium Thursday. Unfortunate- late in the third after a 21 yard pass reception Frankie Decarlo had a nice night on de- of six tackles during a 20 yard return. Royce
lOky, it wasn't to be as South Fork defeated by Fortner. The drive stalled as four passes fense with several tackles, and a pass deflec- Davis blocked a punt for South Fork, (2-1).
Okeechobee 33-0. fell incomplete. on ona snh duedits n Okeechobee hosts Sebastian River next
"We are just beat up, up front. We don't Coach Jackson said his team has shown tion Ronald Jackson had e do Friday at 73 pm
have the same offensive line each week. tackles for the defense. He dropped Bernard
We've got to keep plugging away," he not-
ed.
Zach Fisher had a big night on offense
for South with 179 yards rushing and three
touchdowns. He was able to run wild on the
option pitch all night.
"We did a great job today, we made little
mistakes, but our defense did a great job.
The offense came together. We just played
a great game today," Fisher said.
Okeechobee got solid play from QB DJ.
Washington who completed nine passes for
104 yards. Walt Fortner did a good job with
62 yards in receptions. He also had a good
night punting the football.
South Fork scored on their first posses-
sion, a 68 yard drive which took nine plays.
Key plays included a 21 yard run by Fisher.
He scored on a third and goal from the five keechobee News /harles Murphy
yard line. Brant Harden was one of Okeecho-
South Fork threatened again later in the Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy bee's defenders who spent a lot of
quarter but Walt Fortner picked off an An- From left to right are: Aukeemian Mills and Terrance Allen combined to catch time on the field during the game on
thony Tellex in the Brahman end zone. four passes for Okeechobee at Thursday's game. Thursday.
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OKEE. $99,900, 3/2,
exc. cond., dbl lot, poss
owner fin, w/20%
down. (863)801-1739

Pioneer Estates 3/1
CBS, 1/2 acre, needs
work, newer roof,
$67,000. Debra Pinson,
Preferred Properties
863-801-9163.



OKEECHOBEE 5 acres,
$49000; $2,000 down.
Owner financing. Zoned
Mobile Home or House.
DIXIE RANCH -
1 Acre lots. $29,000;
$300 down. Owner fi-
nandng. 863-763-5626

TEN ACRES in Viking,
700ft N. of road 724.
No reasonable offer re-
fused! (863)735-0735



Recently Foreclosed
Special Financing Avail.,
Any Credit, Any Income
Viking Estates, Two 1.25
Acre Vacant Lots, located
at, 20809 & 20861 NW
248th St., Okeechobee.
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then call (866) 957-4918.




TREASURE ISLAND -
2 Mobile Homes on
waterfront lot w/dock.
Owner financing.
$75,000 (239)340-4770


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HONDA ELITE 80 1993
Great scooter for zip-
ping around town.
High MPG 50+ mpg
and low mileage. Looks
like new. Save money
on gas and insurance.
First to look will buy
this sweet deal. $1200
/or best offer.
(863)634-4724

MISC. ACCESSORIES
Select Pair of used tie-
down trailer racks w/
hardware $70. Used
motorcycle jack $65.
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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
(863)467-2982

OKEECHOBEE 3/2 dbl
wide, mint cond.,
$ 5 2 5 / m o.
(863)801-1739

VERY CLEAN 3br/2ba
double wide, $675/mo
+ $675 sec dep
(863)634-1567


The Okeechobee Cond School
Board cwil re=u cotracd negta-
tons with the Oeechobee County
Educaton Aso tn #1604 for i,
sructional and clasafled employees
at 40d0 p.m. on Tuesday, September
29, 2009. Colcve dargaining ses-
sins ar open to the public and will
be held in Room 303 of the School
Board Administration Building at 700
SW, 2nd Avenue, okeed0ee.00
Patina G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent o schocs
333961 ON 9/20,23/09
NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE
1993 Miiubidsi Dieil Truck
Title #777651020385083
also an Enclosed Trailer
Tie #TL502H
Williamn and Shidey Mullins
Tueso, Sept N 2009 00 @ l00 A
Location: 401 SE Hwy. 441
Okehobee, FL 34974
333171 ON 09/16,18,20,23,25,27/09


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1 INVITATION TO BID
BID D2009-2
CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
HERBICIODAIL MAINTENANCE OF CANALS AND LEVEE
1.1 Puic Notice is hereby given that sled bids fo the above referenced
mnlsol p hwil be receive d by the Board of Central Coun
Water Control cisct (hereinafter referred to as CCWCD, OWNER,"
and 'DISTRICT'), at the Distr Manager's Onice at the following ad-

Cenal County Water Control Ds ct
475 S Cabbage Palm iStreet
Clewlton, Floda 33440
until 2:00 pm. local time on Setemer 23, 2009 for furnishing labor and
e arerisis nd percorring aii cork net fohIn ihfeIncrtatice t ad, lnt
ion to idder, fd FOtn Con .on Contact, Detaiod Specictons
and Drawings which c prse the Bid Docum nts. Immediately fllewing

d Instluctmns to Bidders and cany Addenda eued in relaion to this Pro-
ile wil be pubicy opened and read aloud. Bidders may attend te bid
penig. Bidder Is reponsble fr the deliver of fed, and i eih
.2 Anbid meeting shall be held en oday at 10:00 am. on Sn member
14, 2009, at the Di r office located at 475 S. Cabbage Palm Seet,

3 The work mde the bje hereof s describe in the bid dcu nts ti-e
ted cal Maie a o anals and a te s oesf whe i
may be obtained from Ro EntIerprises, Incd, 10 N. ndge Seet, Suie
B, LaBelle, Florida, 33935, or from Central Countd Water Contcol Distrt,
475 South Cabbage Palm Sroeet, Cleston, oridaS 33440, for the n-re-
tocdabie sum of $25.00. For addioetinioaion you may contact Mr
David Hubbard CCWCD Mner at 863-903-5797, Rock Abnjmde,
Dstrnct obinedr, at 863-6t12-0 .
1.4 Each bid must be submitted in dupiate on the prec ribed bid form and
ompaned by bid ty on the prescribed l o e d form, payable to the Board
of CCWCD in an amount ot le than five percent 5% of the bid
amount. lI subcontrat ors shall be der red on a separate otr.
1.5 e Bid may be widrsawn prior to the dae and time of bid opening.re
Bids shall remain open and subject to accptane for a period of fory-five
(45) calendar days after the date of bid opening, but no bidder may wth-
draw his Bid for a ped od of for-ie (45 clendar days after the date of
bid opening,
1.6 In order to perform pubic work, the successul dder shall have all i
ens and permit required by edera, Sate, and bc hsatutes, eua-

1.7 Before a Contract will be awarded for the work contemplated herein,
nthe pero mance beord and abiity of the apparent bidder to performed
the sie anddtype of work speoied under this Inertaeon to nid, UpOn re=
quest, the Bidder shall subm sh information a deerd neenssry by
the District to eluate the bidder's qualifcatinos. The District ree
the finht to award the bid to the lowest responsible and quaified bidder
ed oon available ending,

.8 rhe DSTRICT reser the eight to reject any or all bids with or with-
out cause ad or accept bids that in i udgment will be in the best in-

Disticd also reserves the ight to postpone the award of the Connacd for
period of time which oTnment, hi o shall not extend beyond
ninety (90) liendar dayin irom the bid opening date during which dne
the Didrct at is sole discreion may release e the bid seerity.
DATED this st day ofi September, 2009
CENeRAL COUNTY WAllER CONTROL DISTRICT
Cookne Hest Asistant Distct M By: Benito Alvarez, Chairan
332305 OR 9/6,13,20 CGS/CB 9/1. 0 h ,17/9000 r r


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IN THE RCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No,: 09-CP-52
Division Probate
IN RE: ESTATE OF
JOEPHINE EUDORA ABNER

NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Scummay Adnministraion)
TO AlL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR
DEMANDS AGAINST tHE ABOVE ES-
TATE:
You a heby noted that an ord

Abner, deceasedA File Nunber 0:W
CP-52, by the Oirct Curt for Okeetho-
te adrssof which is 312 NW 3rd
S t, Okeechobee, Floda 34972; that
ft de 000', date or dc"" s "'
terater 23, 2 ; that the total I1. of
the estate is 3300.00 and that the
nand e or d, b
ha been as e d b ch order re:
NAMES & ADDRESSES:
Rnmie WIlis Ablner
R240 Do Spnged Road
Farboon, OH 4324a

148 Chimney arde, Apt 0D
Dnon, 010 45440



4221 G- Pent
Spglel, Ohio 45S02

2150 Ern Df Apt, ID
Miarisburg, ONo 45342
ALL INTERESTED PESONS ARE NO-
TIRED TIAT!
All cdto of the decent and
other persons having aims or de-
mands a inst the estate of the de-
cedt oier than those for whom
provion for full payment made
in the Order of summary Admirtstra-
ton must file their ncaims Wlot this
ouromt WITHIN TiE TIME PERIODS
SEET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702
OF THE FLORIDA FROBAMT CODE,
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT
SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDETS
DATE OF DEATH IS BARED,
The date of flrst publication of this
Note is September 13, 2009.
Pesona GMi Notice:
Ronnie WIEs Abler
8240 Daton Springfield Road
Fairbom, Ohio 45324
Atey For Pe.snG.ng No.:


OHS girls golf team falls at


Martin County, boys at Vero

By Charles M. Murphy shot 40, Kodi Stephen 41, and
Okeechobee News Austin Hamilton shot 42.
A different location, but the Vero Beach is unbeaten this
same result for the Okeecho- year. They were paced by James
bee High School girls golf team Monnerville who shot an even
Thursday. Martin County bested par 36. The boys team hosts
the girls by 54 strokes at the Wil- South Fork on Tuesday at 3:30
loughby Golf Club, a par 36 p.m. at the Okeechobee Golf
Kailey Hoover and Emily
Raulerson led the girls by shoot- and Country Club.
ing 60. Paige Arnold and Raychel
Rabon shot 63. Okeechobee is Softball to start up
now (2-2) on the season.
Martin County was paced by The Recreation Depart-
Lauren Himebaugh who shot a merit is accepting team en-
six over par, 42. tries for the Fall 2009 Adult
The boys golf team lost to Softball League.
Vero Beach in a competitive For more information, call
match, 158-162 at Hawk's Nest the Recreation Department at:
in Vero Beach. 863-763-6950.
Tim Gray shot 39, Tyler Platt








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September 20, 2009


Special to the Okeechobee News/Lonnie Kirsch
Mix is Delta Kappa
Gamma State Director
Delta Kappa Gamma, an interna-
tional society of key woman edu-
cators has selected Judith Mix to
serve as State Director for Florida.
The Florida chapter of Delta Kappa
Gamma has 67 Chapters and a total
membership of over 4000 women
educators. Judith is a member and
former president of the local chap-
ter which includes both Martin and
Okeechobee County and has 60
members. Judith was also presi-
dent of the state chapter which held
its Fall Conference the weekend of
Sept. 11 and 12, in Orlando. Mem-
bers of the local chapter who were
in attendance at the State meeting
were Linda Vaughn, Vice President,
Peggy DuBose, Treasurer, and Lon-
nie Kirsch, chapter president.


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Okeechobee County Health Department
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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RSVP to: 863-462-5781
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Based and Youth Organizations, Parents
& Parent Teachers Associations, Hospital,
Health Care Providers, Day Care
Providers & Law Enforcement Agencies,
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