Vol. 100 No. 119
Vol. 100 No. 119
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Bf- HIN1 flu vaccine available soon
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Family of drowned teen
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C lassifieds.................................. 14,15
Community Events............................ 6
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O pinion...................................... 4,5
Speak O ut .......................... .............. 4
Sports ................................... 15,18, 19
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By Pete Gawda
Vaccine for H1N1 will soon be
available in Okeechobee. That's
the message Frank Kruppa, ad-
ministrator of the Okeechobee
County Health Department, put
out to health care workers, school
officials, emergency response per-
sonnel and local government offi-
cials on Thursday, Oct. 1.
The occasion was the Okeecho-
bee County HIN1 Pandemic Flu
Summit held at the Dixon Hendry
Campus of Indian River State Col-
lege to plan for the mass vaccina-
tion program that will begin soon
in Okeechobee County.
Mr. Kruppa expects the vac-
cine to be available by the middle
of the month. Until that time the
message of the health department
remains: "Wash your hands, cover
our cough and stay home if you
About a week before receiv
ing the vaccine Mr. Kruppa plans
to get out information on when
and where the vaccine will be
available. That information will be
widely publicized. There will be
no charge for the vaccine. At first,
the vaccine will be offered only to
certain at risk groups. However,
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By Charles M. Murphy Creek, capsized, north of Cemetery Road.
Okeechobee News Two other teens on board the boat were
The estate of a 15-year-old Okeechobee able to survive.
boy who drowned in 2007 has filed a wrong- The litigation filed by Attorney Jean Laws
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Youth Alternatives, Inc. and the Florida Tom Smith, was negligent because he al-
Board of Trustees of the Internal Improve- lowed a gate to remain unlocked and open
ment Trust Fund. so a former employee could park a tractor
Tonya Lowe, the personal representative trailer on the property.
of the Charles Lowe estate, filed the litiga- The litigation claims the group of teens
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Charles Lowe drowned in October, 2007 gained access to the canal.
when a boat he was riding in on Taylor The litigation also claims the facility was
Report: 30 grams of coke
By Eric Kopp An arrest report by an Okeechobee Nar-
Okeechobee News cotics Task Force detective indicates that
An O e mn ws Luna was stopped around 10:27 p.m. for a
An Okeechobee man was charged with window tint violation. The detective learned
trafficking in cocaine after 30 grams of the that Luna's driver's license had been sus-
white powder was allegedly found in his car pended for two years because he was found
Thursday night. guilty of possession of marijuana under 20
Osbiel Luna, 23, U.S. 441 S.E., was also grams, a misdemeanor, in April of this year.
arrested Oct. 1 on misdemeanor charges of The report goes on to state that another
possession of drug paraphernalia and driv- detective and his K-9 Rex were called to the
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negligent because they allowed the small
boat to be left unattended on the canal
The litigation also claims the state was
negligent because it failed to property main-
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No court date was immediately set in the
found in car .
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When field tested, the powder reportedly
indicated a positive result for the presence
of cocaine. TREAS
The detective stated that the each bag
weighed 15 grams.
"He was going to sell it (cocaine) for
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on a felony charge of possession of cocaine
in December of 2004 and was found guilty
on that charge in November of 2005.
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I just believe in one fewer god than you
do. When you understand why you dismiss
all the other possible gods, you will under-
stand why I dismiss yours.
There is a lot property that needs to be
back on the tax rolls. There are a lot of ag
exemptions that just should not be. Putting
a couple cows on a property zoned com-
mercial should not quality it for ag classifi-
I just think everyone needs to be made
very aware of what is going on. Practicing
good hand washing, keeping sanitizer in
your pockets can help keep your kids from
getting it! It is too scary for those of us with
small children to not be concerned about
I think people should take precau-
tions, regardless of the strain, the flu can be
bad. But, please understand that the media
is blowing it little out of proportion. If tens
of thousands or hundreds of thousands of
people are dying from it, I would worry, but
we are still only talking hundreds of people
in the U.S. These people already had other
complications with their health anyway, like
Immune issues, lung related problems etc...
Over the week end there was a healthy
14 year old with no underlying conditions
who died four days after becoming sick.
If you are sick, stay home. Do not go
out shopping or to work and pass the germs
around. If your child is sick, keep them at
home. Do not take them to school or church
or the grocery store. We need to stop the
spread of germs. The big problem is the
people who are sick and go out in public in-
fecting everyone else.
* One would think that we could get
someone out there to the skate park to
attempt killing off some of those ants. Really,
this is a public park, shouldn't it be kept up
a little better than that? Right now, it's not a
lot of fun out there for the kids because there
are so many ants.
People complain they are overtaxed.
But then they demand a skateboard park
for the kids and that the park be absolutely
perfect, down to no ants, someone to watch
the kids.... What's next, refreshments? Stop
expecting perfect because it's not going to
I'm afraid we may be in for a hard win-
ter this year. Has anyone else noticed the
over abundance of wasps? The web worms
already are building their nests in the trees.
The Cypress seem to be taking on their red
coats. Signs say it might be a hard winter.
I have noticed in the past few weeks the
trees up here in Indian Hammock are turn-
ing red sooner this year than in years past.
Winter only lasts for a day here in Flori-
da. Last year, it was on a Tuesday!
I agree with the comments about the
county budget. For what we pay the county
commissioners, they could work a few more
hours. They get more for just a few days a
month than many of us tax payers get for
working full time jobs. Maybe they could do
some work at the courthouse so we would
not need so many assistants to the adminis-
trator's assistants. There must be a way to
streamline things at the courthouse and cut
back on the paperwork in order to make it
To the commissioner who thinks it is
a good idea to add a one cent sales tax to
raise even more tax money, think again. We,
the taxpayers, are already taxed too much.
Think of ways to save money, not ways to
raise and spend even more money.
Until OUA starts giving me water that I
can drink without having to run it through a
filter system, I don't think they need to raise
their rates. I pay for OUA water and then I
buy bottled water to drink. Most people I
know on OUA water do the same thing.
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What is swine flu?
Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respira-
tory disease of pigs caused by type A influ-
enza viruses that cause regular outbreaks
in pigs. People do not normally get swine
flu, but human infections can and do hap-
pen. Swine flu viruses have been reported
to spread from person-to-person, but in the
past, this transmission was limited and not
sustained beyond three people.
Is this swine flu virus contagious?
CDC has determined that this swine in-
fluenza A (HIN1) virus is contagious and is
spreading from human to human.
What are the signs and symptoms of
swine flu in people?
The symptoms of symptoms of swine flu in people flu in people are
similar to the symptoms of regular human
flu and include fever, cough, sore throat,
body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
Some people have reported diarrhea and
vomiting associated with swine flu. In the
past, severe illness (pneumonia and respira-
tory failure) and deaths have been reported
with swine flu infection in people. Like sea-
sonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening
of underlying chronic medical conditions.
What types of hand-sanitizer be-
sides alcohol based are available?
Washing hands with soap and water is
the preferred method for sanitizing your
hands. There are also alcohol and non-
alcohol based hand sanitizers available; al-
though the non-alcohol based products are
not as effective.
What is the best way to keep from
spreading the virus through coughing
If you are sick, limit your contact with
other people as much as possible. Do not
go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth
and nose with a tissue when coughing or
sneezing. It may prevent those around you
from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the
waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if
you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your
hands, and do so every time you cough or
What is the best technique for wash-
ing my hands to avoid getting the flu?
Washing your hands often will help pro-
tect you from germs. Wash with soap and
water, or clean with alcohol-based hand
cleaner, we recommend that when you
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Fast breathing or trouble breathing;
Bluish skin color;
Not drinking enough fluids;
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Being so irritable that the child does not
want to be held;
Flu-like symptoms improve but then
return with fever and worse cough;
Fever with a rash.
In adults, emergency warning signs that
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Difficulty breathing or shortness of
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdo-
Severe or persistent vomiting.
Can I get swine influenza from eat-
ing or preparing pork?
No. Swine Influenza viruses are not
spread by food. You cannot get swine in-
fluenza from eating pork or pork products.
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Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009
October 4, 2009
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will
be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club meets the
first Monday of each month, at 7 p.m. at 323 North
Parrott Ave. at the Red Cross Office. For informa-
tion contact Harold Hilliard at 863-763-5337.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet
at the Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd
Lane at 7 p.m. For information, contact Robert
Rosada at 863-467-5440.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30
a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule
an appearance for your organization or group,
contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers meets at the Turtle Cove
Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, Okeechobee on
Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past
the church. Bring a lunch and join us for a fun
day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For more
information please contact Karen Graves at 863-
Civil Air Patrol meetings set
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday
evening at the Okeechobee Airport T-Hanger
#1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For information
please call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or
Lt. Greg Gernat 863-697-9915
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each
Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to
the public. For information, contact Maureen
Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is
now an A.A. meeting in Basinger on Tuesdays
at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous has
moved to 103 S.W. Second Ave. at 7 p.m. For in-
formation, call Monika at 863-801-3244 or Rocy
AI-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m. For
more information, please call Amy at 863-763-
8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 un-
til 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Family History Center meets from 1 un-
til 5 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International
Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For informa-
tion, call The Family History Center at 863-763-
6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for spe-
Widows and Widowers support group meets
at 7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S.
Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, June
Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group
meets at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735
S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m.
at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith
Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal
and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every
Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411
S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For infor-
mation, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St., will be hosting God's Time -- a morn-
ing of free organized Christian activities that in-
cludes play, instruction and interaction for par-
ents and their pre-school children. The event will
be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
Child care will be provided for infants during the
class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr.,
holds meetings for persons with alcohol and
drug related problems at 6 p.m. For information
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a week-
ly meeting, Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use
4th Street entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous
is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees or
weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership
is a desire to stop eating compulsively. For more
information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or 863-
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is
for women who are hurting, homeless or been
abused. They meet on the first and third Tuesday
of every month 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 infor-
mation call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-
Letter to the Editor
residents have rights
Today, more than 160,000 Floridians live
in nursing homes or similar long-term care
settings, and many are unaware of their
rights and the resources available to protect
and defend them.
Every October, Florida's Long-Term Care
Ombudsman Program partners with the
Office of the Governor to secure a guber-
natorial proclamation of Residents' Rights
Month. The occasion calls attention to the
fundamental rights of Florida's frailest elders
to be treated with dignity and respect, and to
have a say in decisions affecting their care.
Long-term care residents have state-man-
dated rights including fair and courteous
treatment, privacy, voting and control over
The Ombudsman Program is a govern-
ment-funded resource available to help
defend residents' rights and ensure their
safety and well-being. Sadly, a volunteer
ombudsman is sometimes the only visitor or
voice a nursing home or assisted living facil-
ity resident has. As Florida celebrates Resi-
dents' Rights Month, I encourage commu-
nity members to visit someone they know
in an assisted living facility, volunteer in a
nursing home, participate in a Residents'
Rights Month event (see our online calen-
dar at: http://ombudsman.myflorida.com/
RRmonth.php for events in your area), or in-
quire about volunteering with the ombuds-
man program. Our parents, grandparents,
veterans, former doctors and teachers need
to know they have not been forgotten.
For information on Florida's Long-Term
Care Ombudsman Program, please call toll-
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improve the lives of these citizens who have
given so much to us. It's time to give back.
State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Reflections from the Pulpit
By Rev. Lois Moranville
Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene
Water is something we need to survive. We
can only survive without water for a few days.
Water makes up more than 2/3 of our body
weight. A two percent drop in our body's wa-
ter supply can trigger signs of dehydration.
When we are dehydrated our body responds
through fatigue and our mental alertness be-
coming less than what it normally is.
There is a difference between living water
and "dead" water. The Dead Sea is appropri-
ately named because nothing can survive in
the water. It has an inlet but no outlet.
Living water always has an inlet and outlet.
In John 4:7-15 we find Jesus' encounter with
the Samaritan woman. "When a Samaritan
woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her,
"Will you give me a drink?" (His disciples had
gone into the town to buy food.) The Samari-
tan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and
I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask
me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate
with Samaritans). Jesus answered her, "If you
knew the gift of God and who it is that asks
you for a drink, you would have asked him and
he would have given you living water." "Sir,"
the woman said, "you have nothing to draw
with and the well is deep. Where can you get
this living water?" Jesus answered, "Everyone
who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
but whoever drinks the water I give him will
never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will
become in him a spring of water welling up to
eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give
me this water so that I won't get thirsty and
have to keep coming here to draw water."
To experience the living water we begin
with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
First, we recognize our emptiness. We realize
that we need something to fill the emptiness.
Yet, everything we attempt to do to fill the void
continues to leave us feeling empty. Jesus is
the only answer. John Peterson penned the
song "Springs of Living Water" the chorus
is a great reminder of what life will be like
when we experience the Living Water of Je-
sus. "Drinking at the springs of living water,
Happy now am 1, my soul they satisfy; Drink-
ing at the springs of living water, 0 wonder-
ful and bountiful supply."The Living Water is
the same today as it was when the Samaritan
woman drank of the living water Jesus gave. It
is the water of eternal life. There is a bountiful
supply and it will satisfy!
Second, if we want to overflow with liv-
ing water we need to continue to drink from
the living water. We do this by remaining at
Jesus' feet. We stay in communication with
Jesus. I love the story of Mary sitting at Jesus'
feet worshiping Him. In fact Jesus told her sis-
ter Martha that she was doing the important
thing. Since we don't have Jesus here with us
in physical form we communicate with Him
through prayer and worship in song or Scrip-
ture. When we stay at His feet we can drink
of the living water as if it were a stream that
never runs dry.
If we saturate ourselves with God's word
our soul will be revived, the Psalmist said in
Psalm 19: 7 "The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul." Everyone who drinks water
from a well will be thirsty again. The woman
came to the well for natural water but left with
living water. She couldn't keep it to herself.
She went back to her community and told
them of her "living water" experience. If you
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Fall safety classes offered
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing Health & Safety classes in October:
Thursday, Oct. 8, Adult CPR/AED at 6
Wednesday, Oct. 14, Infant/Child CPR/
AED at 6 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 19 First Aid Basics at 6
All classes are held at their Service Cen-
ter, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-763-2488.
IRSC to host Hispanic
Help celebrate the diversity of Hispanic
culture at Indian River State College at the
IRSC Hispanic Heritage Celebration "Em-
bracing the Fierce Urgency of Now!" on Fri-
day, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Kight Center for
Emerging Technologies, Main Campus, Fort
Pierce. Come and hear memorable musical
performances by Grammy Award winning
jazz musician and producer Roberto Na-
varro and percussionist Hector Peneida. Na-
varro will also serve as the keynote speaker
and will emphasize the theme the event,
encouraging the audience to embrace and
make the most of the moment.
The IRSC Hispanic Heritage Celebration
will recognize and highlight IRSC students
who have engaged themselves in worthy
projects in the Hispanic community. For
more information about the IRSC Hispanic
Heritage Celebration contact the Minority Af-
fairs Office: 772-462-7610, call IRSC toll free
Red Cross Babysitter
Training class to open
The Okeechobee Service Center of
the American Red Cross will be holding a
Babysitter Training class. Please see the fol-
lowing details for this very exciting training
opportunity. Youth ages 11-15 years are in-
vited to attend on Saturday, Oct. 10, from
9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The cost for the class is
only $40 and will be held at the Okeechobee
Branch American Red Cross, Okeechobee
Service Center, 323 N. Parrott Ave. For more
information or to register, please call 863-
763-2488 as space is limited. Lunch will be
provided and participants will receive their
Red Cross certification card the day of the
training as well as the Babysitter Training
Dinner to benfit Cates
The Okeechobee Bar and Club Associa-
tion will host a benefit for Dee Dee Cates on
Oct. 10, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Cypress Hut
Fraternal Order of the Eagles 4509, 4701 U.S.
Highway 441 S. Barbecue dinners with all
the fixings will be $8 per person. There will
also be a hot dog cart raffle, 50/50 and bottle
raffle and an auction. All proceeds will go to
offset Ms. Cates' medical bills. She has been
diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer. Dona-
tions may also be made at Seacoast National
Bank in the account of Dorothy "Dee Dee"
Cates. Anyone who wishes to donate an
item for raffle can contact Tommy at 863-
VFW Post 9528
holds October Fest
The VFW Post 9528, 29012 East Hwy 78,
will hold an October Fest on Oct. 4. Dinner
will be served from noon until 4 p.m. Menu
will consist of all German food, knockwurst,
brockwurst, German potato salad and Ger-
man sauer kraut. German music for all for a
donation for $8. Flu shots will also be avail-
able. You must sign up for shots. Forms are
available at VFW.
Shrine Club reopens
spaghetti dinner night
The Okeechobee Shrine Club will once
again offer Spaghetti Dinners beginning on
Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Dinner will be served from 4 until 7 p.m.
with music from 6 until 9 p.m. The donation
for the dinner is just $5. The Shrine Club is
located at 1855 S.W. 53rd Street, Okeecho-
bee. For more information, please call 863-
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thunderstorms. Winds will be calm becom-
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71 and a 20 percent chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Winds will be from the east
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89 and a 20 percent chance of showers and
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Florida's Attorney General, Bill McCollum visited the Okeechobee area on
Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Williamson Conference Center for a personal meet
and greet local residents. Those in attendance had the opportunity to meet
with him and his wife Ingrid and after listening to him speak, people were
able to ask questions as well. It was a very up and personal time with the
Livestock Market Report
September 28 and 29, 2009 Med #1 Steers Hfrs
200-250 115-125 97-120
Cows 250-300 107-117 90-95
Breaking $38.00 $47.00 300-350 101-112 88-95
Cutter $35.00 $39.00 350-400 95-110 85-92
Bulls 400-450 89-104 79-89
1000-1500 $47.00 $52.00 450-500 87-95 78-87
1500-2000 $50.00 $56.00 550-600 82-89 72-82
600-650 81-88 72-76
Calves 953 1639 Med #2 Steers Hfrs
Cows 79 226 200-250 105-120 85-91
Str 10 25 250-300 100-112 75-87
Hfrs 0 86 300-350 91-107 75-87
Bulls 3 44 350-400 85-100 72-84
Yrlngs 5 93 400-450 81-94 68-78
Mix 0 27
Total 1050 2140 Prices off a little this week,
but good 500-600# steers still
bringing 85-95. Plainer cattle
off $2 on steers and $3-4
on heifers. Good calves off
about $1.00. Slaughter cows
and bulls off $1-2. Pat Tyner
topped the calf market with
a high of $1.65, bought by
Curt Wilson. Arbuckle Creek
topped the cow market with
a high of 46, bought by Cen-
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Bred Heifer sale Oct. 9; Bull
Sales: Graham Angus Oct.
16; Lemmon Angus Oct. 23;
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By Eric Kopp Eric on Thursday, Oct. 1. "It usu- esizing that the feathered 'bird- uninvited friend's eating habits,
Okeechobee News ally eats the cheese Doritos." lar' sneaks into the store under they realized things were only go-
The almost nightly thefts at his However, it seems the bird is an eave. ing to get worse. Wednesday eve-
drive thru store had Eric Kendall branching out. In about the last Eric went on to say that the ning the bird sauntered into the
bewildered How did the thief get 10 days the 'birdlar' has opened, snacking bird does have at least drive thru with five chicks in tow.
binthrough thewdocedd and dined on, three bags of chips one redeeming quality: "He said:'Oh, great, nowthey're
even more confusing, why did including a bag of Fritos and a doesn't make a mess. He's a very all going to do it,"' said Howard
the thief only eat Dorito-brand It seems the feathered thief Just when Eric and Howard with a wide grin.
chips? made its home, and got its meals, were starting to adjust to their Looks like Howard had better
After much head scratching at the drive thru before How- order more Doritos.
and hypothesizing, Eric got his ard bought the store about five
answer, months ago.
While on duty at the Hide- Former owner Becky Croslyn
away Drive Thru, 3001 S.E. Third said she not only fed it every day,
Terrace, all of his questions were but indicated the bird is a true
answered when the thief brazen- Southerner.
ly entered the store -- the nightly "I used to feed it boiled pea-
'birdlaries' were being commit- nuts. I would pick them out of
ted by a mockingbird. the shell for it and it would come
It seems the bird has no con- down and eat them," she said. "It
cerns about its caloric intake and just came around and kept com-
dines nightly on cheese-flavored ing back. It would wait for me to
Doritos, as it shuns the many oth- feed it boiled peanuts."
er brands of chips on the same Howard said he fed his feath-
display, ered intruder bird seed but that
When Eric and his father, didn't help, "it would still come
Howard Kendall, first noticed the back and get my chips."
thefts they feared a rat had made According to Eric, the bird Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
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Eric, the thief ignored bread and a Bougainvillea bush then some- bags of snack chips that were ripped open and dined on by
other food items, how gains entry into the store af- an uninvited thief -- a mockingbird. The owners of the Hide-
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than Doritos. That's how we "I'm not sure how he gets in their business after they close and feasts on the cheese-
knew it wasn't a rat," explained here at night," said Eric, hypoth- flavored chips.
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The environmental benefits of the solar
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next 30 years. Company officials say the
plant will reduce more than 2.75 million
tons of gas, the equivalent of 18,700 cars.
The plant will also decrease the compa-
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Governor Charlie Crist said he is very im-
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He said climate change issues will have
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caused any significant increases in absen-
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Teen Dance Party
Teresa Chandler and many volunteers organized a teen dance party to benefit the
Shrine Club. Students enjoyed live music by DJ Production with Mr. "S" games, pizza,
subs and slushies! Students also viewed a short film to learn about services provided
by the Shriners. Proceeds from the teen dance will be donated directly to the Shrine
Club to benefit the children's crippled/burn unit at the Shrine Hospital in Tampa. A
HUGE thank you goes to the community for helping with donations and volunteer
time. Thanks to: Ding-A-Ling Dell, Publix, Dominos, Gizmos, Jersey Mike's, Tiki to go
(Garrett Smith), Jill Rogers/Communities in Schools, Stephanie Hand/Shirley's Per-
sonal Care, Dr. Wemmer/Wemmer Orthodontics, Quality Tees, East Coast Signs, Mrs.
Wiersma/OHS, WOKC, Okeechobee News, Shrine Club and Sheriff Paul May.
Hospice of Okeechobee's Director, Lisa Blackman recently accepted a $500
donation from Riverside National Bank. The check was present by River-
side's office manager, Tabitha Trent. "Hospice Is a great organization that
knows how to help people in need. They are part of the fabric of many com-
munities and we feel this investment will allow Hospice to continue providing
their much needed services," stated Mrs. Trent. Other bank staff members
were present for the presentation Including, Jamie Medrano, teller; Esther
Banuelos, teller; Tina Clemons, Hospice Board Member; Frank Irby, Hospice
Board Member; Linda Durrance, Hospice Board Member; Kristy Crawford,
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Senator Joe Negron visits Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Residents and staff at Okeechobee
Health Care Facility enjoyed meeting Sena-
tor Joe Negron during a recent visit he
coordinated to become more familiarized
with the economic challenges faced by
nursing home facilities in his district, which
includes all of Martin County and parts of
Palm Beach, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee
Senator Negron toured the facility and
talked with staff and residents about their
current healthcare concerns. The Senator
was especially interested in the levels of
care provided at OHCF, a federal and state
5-star rated facility, and how the needs of
the community were being met.
Robert Rosenthal, former President of
Florida Health Care Association, past mem-
ber of the board of directors of American
Health Care Association, and currently a
member of the American Health Care Reg-
ulatory Committee, also attended the meet-
ing and discussed with Senator Negron the
operational issues providers are facing, not
just in Florida, but across America.
Senator Negron, an attorney who
served for six years in the Florida House
of Representatives, provided an overview
of the budget as it relates to Medicare and
Medicaid, and then thanked everyone for
sharing their perspectives and opinions
regarding pending legislation. Senator Ne-
gron concluded his visit by urging those in
attendance to e-mail him their concerns
and welcomed suggestions regarding bud-
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See You At the Pole: Students of Okeechobee County Schools were recently asked to
meet at the flagpole for open prayer. Many children took advantage of this invitation,
gathering in the school yards, and then near the flag pole to prayer for our schools,
community and their families. Students joined up for prayer at the pole, music pro-
vided by More 2 Life Youth Pastor Micheal Santiago.
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October 4, 2009
Holiday ornament sale to
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Okeechobee Retired Educators will
once again offer the fourth limited edi-
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is 24kt gold on brass and includes a num-
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proceeds from the sale benefit the scholar-
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Standing from left to right are Yearling Students of the
Week including: Isaiah Rutherford, Christian Doyle, and
Francisco Pinon. Sitting from left to right are: Odalis
Garcia, Mgagrita Martinez and Jacqueline Barrera-Guz-
man. Not pictured: Haley Chouinard. Also pictured are
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ship fund. Ornaments from previous years
are also available in limited quantities for
$10 each. Please call one of the following
members if you are interesting in purchas-
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summer pool hours
The sports complex pool is open for sum-
mer hours. Hours through Oct. 31, pool hours
will be from 3-6 p.m. from Tuesday through
Friday, 10-5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1-5 p.m.
on Sunday. The pool will be closed on Mon-
day. The pool will also offer senior water ex-
ercise classes until Sept. 30. The classes will
be held on Monday and Wednesday from 10
a.m. until 10:45. The cost is $1.50 per class.
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October 4, 2009
U.S. Sugar began its 2009-10 sugarcane
harvest as of Oct. 1 and have also begun
processing the first railcars of cane at the
Clewiston Sugar Factory. Both the harvest-
ing and processing operations operate 24/7
during the October through April harvest
"The drought broke in May, and with
more normal rainfall over the summer grow-
ing season, we are anticipating a slightly bet-
ter crop than the weather-shortened crops
of the last few years," said Judy Sanchez,
director of corporate communications.
Ms. Sanchez said the company plans to
harvest 165,000 acres, which should yield
approximately 6.4 million tons of sugarcane,
and the Clewiston Refinery is projected to
produce a record 13.6 million cwt of refined
"Both the cane and beet sugar harvests
are now underway across the country, and
begins 2009-10 sugarcane harvest
this should continue to ensure that the mar-
ket has adequate sugar supplies. Market ru-
mors of domestic sugar shortages over the
past few months have proved groundless.
While there currently is a world shortage
of sugar, the USDA is currently projecting a
sugar surplus in the U.S. for this crop year,"
Once again, the U.S. Sugar program
provided for reliable supply and affordable
prices by balancing safe, abundant domes-
tic sugar supplies with sugar imports from
dozens of sugar-producing countries, in-
cluding free market imports from Mexico
via NAFTA. Like other Florida growers, U.S.
Sugar's 2008-09 crop, 5.65 million tons, was
impacted by freeze, drought and lack of ir-
U.S. Sugar imported 75,000 tons of raw
sugar from Mexico during May-August for
refining enabling the Clewiston Refinery to
Red Cross announces 'Red is for Love' gala
The American Red Cross will be hosting
the first "Red is for Love" gala in Okeecho-
bee County. Maureen Budjinski heads up the
planning committee for this unique event.
The event will be held on Saturday, Feb.
13, 2010 at the Okeechobee Shrine Club on
Highway 78. This unique first time event will
be black tie optional.
"We are looking to give attendees a dif-
ferent feel. Guests will be able to truly enjoy
a wonderful experience while raising money
for our local American Red Cross," says Ms.
The event kick-off party will be held at
the Pier II Resort on Oct. 15, from 5-7 p.m.
The public is invited to attend and hear all
the details about this upcoming event! You
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now! Sponsors are welcome as well.
If you plan to attend the kick-off or need
more information, please RSVP to Maureen
Budjinski, Event Chair at 863-467-0054.
set numerous production records with 13.48 ration, a marketing cooperative that includes
million cwt of refined sugar. U.S. Sugar and beet sugar farmers and pro-
All of the company's refined sugar prod- cessors American Crystal Sugar and Minn-
Dak Farmers Cooperative.
ucts are marketed by United Sugars Corpo-
conversion facility certified
The Florida Acting State Executive Direc-
tor for the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Debra Folsom has announced that Sugar
Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida bio-
mass conversion facility is now qualified un-
der the Biomass Crop Assistance Program
Eligible material owners may be eligible
for matching payments for delivery of eligi-
ble material to Sugar Cane Growers Cooper-
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this facility is listed on FSAs BCAP webpage
located at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/energy.
Owners of eligible material in Broward,
Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee, and Palm
Beach counties in Florida may contact their
nearest FSA county office to begin applying
for collection, harvest, storage and trans-
portation (CHST) matching payments. The
CHST matching payments are paid at a rate
of $1 for $1 per dry-ton equivalent received
from a qualified biomass conversion facility,
not to exceed $45 per dry-ton equivalent.
An eligible material owner is able to receive
payments for a period of two years. The pur-
pose of the matching payments is to assist
biomass producers with the CHST cost of
delivering biomass to a qualified biomass
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who market eligible material to a qualified
biomass conversion facility, must apply for
the CHST matching payment program at
their nearest FSA county office before the
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rial owners must provide an agreement with
the qualified biomass conversion facility as
part of an application for a CHST matching
payment. After the product is delivered, a
producer must provide FSA with documen-
tation of product quantity, quality, and pay-
ment rate. County offices will validate pay-
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Thomas acquitted of all charges
By Eric Kopp
Not long after a six-member jury ren-
dered their verdict Thursday afternoon Mar-
vin Gay Thomas walked out of the Okeecho-
bee County Jail a free man.
Thomas, who was arrested in 2008 on
charges of sexual battery on a victim un-
der 12 and lewd and lascivious battery on
a victim over 12, was acquitted Oct. 1, by a
jury of five women and one man. Thomas,
a Petty Officer 2nd Class
in the U.S. Navy, was then I ]
free to return home to his
wife of 16 years, Gloria.
During his closing re-
marks Thursday afternoon, t
defense attorney Robert
Stone pointed to inconsis-
tencies in the testimony of
the now 15-year-old female Marvin Gay
While on the stand
Wednesday, the petit teen told the jury that
Thomas, now 34, had made her commit
sex acts on at least four occasions. She also
stated that on at least one occasion the man
slapped her in the face when she tried to re-
But, according to Mr. Stone, this was the
first time she had said anything about being
"Why didn't she tell Detective (T.J.)
Brock that Mr. Thomas slapped her? Why,
when I took her deposition, didn't she say
'he slapped me'?" said Mr. Stone to the jury.
"You heard about it the same time I heard
Brock, a former detective with the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, was the
investigator on this case but did not testify at
the trial. He was fired earlier this year after
being accsused of allegedly having sexual
relations with an inmate at the county jail.
Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright
told the jury in his opening statement that
his case was based solely on testimony. He
said he had no evidence, no DNA and no
"Crimes like this, obviously, aren't com-
mitted in public," he said.
When Mr. Stone delivered his passionate
closing argument he said he appreciated the
fact that the prosecutor was "very candid" in
telling the jury he had no evidence.
"But what's even worse, we have no evi-
dence that they even attempted to get any
(evidence)," he said. "We concede that the
passage of time would have hampered their
getting evidence. At least you could attempt
to get semen as evidence. But there was no
attempt -- no attempt at all."
Mr. Stone then alluded to a motel receipt
from March of 2008 that was introduced into
evidence by the state. Testimony indicated
that when Thomas was home on leave he
and his wife would stay in the Motel Pier II
on U.S. 441 S.E. so they could have some
privacy because they didn't yet have a home
of their own.
The victim testified that on one occasion
Thomas took her to that motel and made
her perform a sex act when she was 11
years old. Mr. Stone argued that to prove the
sexual battery charge there had to be proof
that the victim was under the age of 12 and
that a motel receipt did not meet that bur-
den of proof.
"Would you take that kind of evidence to
prove her age? If it happened, it could have
happened when she was 12," he said.
The venerable litigator went on to add
that the victim could not provide any dates
of when she was supposedly molested, had
told friends that nothing had happened and
had made inconsistent statements.
He then ended his argument with an all
important question: "Is her testimony suffi-
cient to convict him of sexual battery?"
In the end, it wasn't.
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Rough first half dooms Okeechobee Brahmans
By Charles M. Murphy After an Okeechobee punt, Martin Coun- get it, the QB threw it up there and I went up R.J. Fyne hit Justin Simons on a 58 yard scor-
Okeechobee News ty drove down for a 35 yard field goal by and got it. Everybody has got to focus and ing pass to make it 37-13.
Okeechobee continued to struggle in the James Vasquez to make it I1-0 late in the step up. Were a good second half team but Game notes
first half as they fell behind by 21 points and first quarter. in the first half were not focused enough." Jose Garcia had a tackle in the backfield
firscouldn't half as they fell behind by 21 points at Martind Okeechobee's defense rose to the occa- Okeechobee got a 42 yard punt return by for Okeechobee in the first half. Justin Con-
couldn't recover in a 37-13 loss at Marin sion on the next drive as Martin Countydrove Fortner later in the quarter to set up a nine rad dropped Kyle Baker for a loss in the first
Brahmans Coach Myron Jackson said the 45 yards in nine plays to get to the Brahman yard touchdown run by Deforest Shanks to half and Treyvon Johnson for a loss in the
fiMyrnacksnsdth veyard line. Brant Harden tackled R.J. Fyne make it 30-13. second half Brant Harden nearly had afum-
first half play of his team has him scratching on fourth and goal to stop the drive. Washington sad he was glad to see the second half. Brant Harden nearly had a fum-
his head, "It's got me perplexed; for some Okeechobee, who didn't have a first offense click in the second half, "We were Okeecobe e fi rst three
reason we seem to want to ease into games. down until the final minute of the half, gave still lagging, but I tried to bring them up and Okeechobee QB's were sacked three
It's not working for us. We have to bring the Martin County a short field again on the next bring them back together. We had more in- times in the first half for a loss of 21 yards.
week's practice into Friday night," Okeecho- possession and the Tigers connected on a 30 tensity in the second half. To come together Okeechobee is off next Friday. They re-
bee coach Myron Jackson said from yard field goal to make it 14-0. as a team,a lot of things going on in the turn to the field on October 16 at Dwyer
QB Mike DCouhart. Hgot 137 alsothrwads rusouchdowing from Okeechobee got a horrible snap on their locker room has to change. We must come High School.
QB Mike Duhartn. He also threw a touchdown rsnext punt attempt, and Walt Fortner was together as a team." Martin County celebrated homecoming
pass to Tyler aynes. he Tigers also scored tackled short of the first down. The play gave Martin County ended the scoring when during halftime and before the game.
on two field goals, a two point conversion, a wA..;.; r .1, fn 1 .1], ni, i a h
safety, and a kick return by Juwan Braye.
Okeechobee played both of their young
QB's. Jack Radebaugh played the first half
and D.J. Washington played the second half.
Washington led the team on two scoring
"D.J. Washington gives us more with his
QB runs. He can get out of the pocket and
is more elusive. If you mold them both into
one body and add about five inches, you'd
have the greatest QB in the country," Jack-
Jackson said both players gave their all
and neither of them have disappointed him
Things looked good early as Okeecho-
bee's David Carter recovered a fumble at
the Martin County 41 just three plays in the
to game. Okeechobee though, returned the
favor on the next play as Radebaugh was
picked off byAustin Tillman. He returned the
interception 41 yards to give the Tigers a first
down and ten at the Brahman 38. A penalty
pushed them back but the Tigers then drove
57 yards in five plays to take the lead. Duhart
threw three complete passes on the drive
and carried the final five yards on a draw for
the touchdown. Austin Tillman ran in a two
point conversion for an (8-0) lead.
nU Ituy e aU on e ec U -
bee 26 yard line. Five plays later, Duhart
found Tyler Raynes for a nine yard scoring
pass to make it 21-0.
Okeechobee did get two first downs in
the final minute but ran out of time at the
Tiger 40 yard line.
Things got better for Okeechobee in the
second half but not before they got worse.
Okeechobee held the ball for 11 plays on
their first drive of the second half, their lon-
gest of the year. They drove 48 yards up field
but couldn't convert a fourth down pass at
the Tiger 46 yard line.
On their next series the Brahmans were
backed up after an illegal chop block pen-
alty. A bizarre play occurred in the end zone
as Fortner tried to punt the football. It car-
omed off a players helmet through the goal
post for a safety.
Juwan Brawe returned the free kick 62
yards for a touchdown to make it 30-0 Mar-
Okeechobee didn't pack it in and came
back to score a touchdown on a 23 yard
pass from Washington to Fortner on fourth
down. The touchdown was set up by a 48
yard catch and run by LaVante Spivey.
Fortner said he just had to make a play
for his QB, "All I know is I had to go up and
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeedtobee Uglity Authority will
meet in regular session on Tuesday, Other 13, 2009 at 30 AM, at the
Odeechoee Ublty Authoriy Office, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes if a person decides to
appeal any deson made by the Authority with repecd to P ch reeidngs
he or she will need a record of proceedings and foruch purpe may neeI
o ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; whh record
inudi the teestimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, Suh
person may provide a curt porter, stenographer or tape rerd for
soch verhatrm record.
OKEEO106EE UTILITY AUTHORITY
335176 ON 10/4/09
REQUEST FOR BIDS
The Okeedtobee Util Authodty (OUA) will recive Sealed Bi, fTr the
purpose of purchasing ateias l for the fOllowing B aloject
2+inch Water Main Installatn Phase II
Bid dtocments for the purchase of the materils are available upon request
from the offi of the Exutie Director, Okeechoee Utility Authenty, t1
SW 5th Avenue, TelephoLe863-763-9460, Facsimile 863-763-9036, The
OUA reserves the ght to reject any or all bids and to wae fonmali in
any bid whereer such rjecon or waiver is determined to be in the bes
interest of the OUA. Purchased maternal shall -nfoi ho trhe OUA Manual
of Standards, Iatest editon.
ids must be delivered to the Executive Dire tor e 4M M
Ocaber 9, 2009 Bids shall be contained within a waled enoelope with
the bidders name cleey marked on the out de of bae id package. Adi-
tonally the sealed bid shall also he dearly marked as a sealed bid for the
above ised project.
lohn F.or ort
335222 ON 10/4,7/09
CIT COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Cty Council of te Cty OOke
chobee will meet in Regular Sesoen on Tuesday October 6 2009, 6:0
p.m. at ty Hallt 55 SE 3rd Ave Rm 200, Okeechhee, Roerda. The pubic
s invited and enouasiaed to attend.
PLEASE TAKE NOTCE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic reord ty
a scored ort reporter will be made of the Teregoing meeting Acord-
ngly, any person who may seek to apea any decision involving the mat
tere noticed herein will be responsible for making a erbatim recrd of the
testimony and evitenoe at said meing upon which any appeal is to be
mased Please contact C Adtministaoon at 863-763-3372, or websa e
noit h .m tobtain a D hof the 1a gendo
On crtan, with the Ameroan with sahilites Ac (ADA) nt 0990 per
sons needing sPecial accommnodation to patipte in this proeeding
hould contact the Cy Clerk's Office at 863-763-3372 for aisiance.
hy: Jame E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamiotea, C, City Clerk
335256 ON 104/090
NOTICE OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNW
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMSSONERS
STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTE MTON
AMERICAN DRILLING SERVICES, INC.
The Okeechehee County Board of County Commissioners shall hold an Ex-
ecutie SesonA between the Board and s Attorney, which will discuss the
litigation het State of Fdoda Department of Envinmental P htaecon
SAmercan Dilling Sarvice Inc. regarding the Sports Complex Wall,
deanng case number 2007-CA-443.
The proposed Exec
2009 at 11:30 a.s
The proposed dtscu
strategy e ons reL
oce is hereb giv
he Exeue si
onedoner NOel Char
SCou Repoer wa
shall be made part o
Oif Bents 3r Cheima
Board of Conty Cor
Sharon Robertson, C
Board of Conty Cor
Okeech;2 bee Co n
335262 ON 10/4/09
Tiat cetain parcel of land in SFWMD Condtract C-13477-A02, Exhibit iB"
desI i bed containing 70 are, more or le" Said parel nw known
the "Hydroena Okeeobe o t ATS Site" tesibed nby rn Ted Phillps PFy
of LBFH in Projet No. 05-0054 File No, 05005-ATS-LGL dated 6/12/06.
Te desripon following is copied from M" Philps drawing. Te bheng
dsed in this decriptIons do not relate to any of the other traes in this de-
scripon. The Tract NO. was added for the purposes of this lease. Tract No.
Trao HFV00002 as desonhed in South Flords Water Management Ditrt
(SFWMD) Lease No.0 LS04096, The bearing used in this descriptions do
not relate to any of the other tracts in this desepton
Tract No. HF100-002
Sparcel of land Iocated in Seions 33 and 34 Township 36 South Rang
35 East Okeechob County, orda. Bound on the Eas by Westerd
eghtof-wy of Tnylor Creek as recoded in Official Records BOOK 73, Page
435 of the Publc Records of said county, and by the West nght-of-wy lin
of State Road 15 (US Highway 440); bounded on the Suth and Wast b
the Northeastety right-of-way line of Northwest 50th Drive (Hilliard Road)
and bounded on the North by the following described line
Commening at the Northweat Cor -o oat Seadon33, Tonship 36
South, Range 35 Ea; then South 0204' 2" We along the West line
of said Section 33, a distnoe of 615.52 feet to the Not heastdry right-of-
moy line of Northwest 50th Dve (Hillerd Road; thence Southeastery
along a cuae conce to the Northeast having a adis of 594.75 feet a
central angle of 2641 '44, an a length of277.1 feet; then South
733 '13 East a dince of 1229.91 feet to a curve concave to the
Southwest; thence Southeaseterly a tg id cue heaving a radius of
356.87 feet a ntal angle of 4632'22, an arc length, of 289.87 feet to
the _OT OF BEGINNING:t
thence South 7P20'40" East a distance Of3252.20 feet to the said rght-
of-way of Talor Ceek.
Containing 207.75 aces, more Aor le.
The abo described parcel of Land. (Tract No. HFIOE-07) contains
4,513.06.a os m9 or, le.
332567 ON 9/9,30;10/4/09
CA'nTuE GRAZING LEASE/AGREEMENl
rhe Soueth oeda water Management Distict will reteive sealed bids
ough the Procurerent Office, 2nd Ro o uig, 3301 Gsund ub
Road, Wet Palm Beach, Florida, 33406, for the purpose of a ategra-
in lea located in Okeehobee County, Aborda on Oeabeer 16, 2009 at
2:3 P.M. local time, at which atme bids will he opened and publicly read.
A site visit will be held at the property 3 mle onrth on NW 50h St.,
Okeetnobee County, Ronda, on OAdber 1 2009 at 9:00 AM. All bits
must cca:tonn to the Insnrteons in the Request for Bids and intuo a
property executed Bid Form and Compliance Dilosne Form.
Sliciation documents will e available Septenber 9, 2009 in the
SFWMD Procurement Office, at the above address, by caing
156 2-639 Inte bidder may also all the 24-hoe BID HOT-
LINE 800472-5290. The public s invite to aend the RF oening
[nfoameation on the status of this sofltafon can be obtained at
our web site ws The solot9aton can be downloaded
for the istt web site: t awh o listed on the rent slicitaton
calendar For more iofon natoa please contact Linda Greer, Senior
ontract Specialist a (561 682-6396
Sparcel of land in Sectons 19,20,21,28,29,30,31,3233 and 34, Township
36 So uth, Range 35
East Okeechob County, Forda, dte ed as follows:
Sof said Secons 19, 0 and 31.
iof said Sections 29 and 32 LESS and EXCEPT the RIght-of-Way for NW
50th Drie (70 eet in width)
lV of sid Sectbon 20 lying Southwesterly of the renterine of Taylor Creek
LESS and EXCEPT tire Right-of-Way for NW 50th Drive (70 feet in width).
All of aid Seons 21 and 2 lying Westery of the centerbine of Taylor
All of said Soto 33 lying Nod eh and East of NW 50th Drive and Southm-
westerly of the ceterline of Taylr Creek.
Si that part of Section 34, Township 36 South, Range 35 East, lying North
Of NW 50th DAie (70
feet in width) and We of State Road 15 (U.S. Highway #441) and Souh-
mesaery of the entedine of Taylor Creo.
Containing 4,734.93 ac-e, more or leas
LESS HOWEVER, from the above described parcel of land, the flowing
Two (2) parces of
If you go ...
What: Monthly meeting of the
Okeechobee County Construction Indus-
try Licensing Board
When: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6
Where: Okeechobee County Health
Department Auditorium, 1728 NW Ninth
carport and fence without a building permit.
Wilhelm Burkhardt d/b/a Burkhardt & Sons
will have to answer charges that he did roof-
ing work without a permit and outside the
scope of his license.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
wow.neowszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at email@example.com.
save Sesson shall be heb on Thustay, October 8 *
i., or as soon thereafter, in the Okeechtbee CoUnt
iAuditonum, 172 v NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flda.
s lon shall be conned to settlement negotiations o
ling to iigaon expernditnures.
r:n that the following individual will be in attendance a W
Sm. Copyrighted Materal
-n Syndicated Contento
Available from Commercial NeTs Provders"
By Pete Gawda
When they meet Tuesday afternoon,
the construction industry licensing board is
scheduled to consider two requests for con-
tractor licenses and two alleged violations of
Ron Vanderhoff of Accent Tile and Marble
had previously been licensed to do business
in the county. As the result of an automobile
accident, he let his license lapse. He is ap-
pealing to the board for reinstatement of his
license. Johnny Trent of J T Gutttering, Inc.
has requested approval from the board to
apply for the Aluminum Specialty License.
Turning to violations, James Sinamore of
Top Notch Installations has been cited for in-
stalling an above ground pool and building a
Construction licensing board
to hear two alleged violations
Free Kids Day Fishing Festival planned
Taylor Creek Bass Club,
Inc., with the support of
several local businesses, is
pleased to sponsor our 24th
Annual Lee McAllister Me-
morial, Free Kids Day Fishing
Festival. The Fishing festival
will be held at the Agri-Civic
Center on Sunday, Oct. 25,
from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Entry will be from Highway
From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.,
Kasting Kids Contest will
be held. Following instruc-
tions given by members of
Taylor Creek Bass Club and
a practice period, girls and
boys ages 7-10 and 11-14
are invited to test their fish-
ing skills by flipping, pitching
and casting to targets. Rods
and reels will be provided
for use during the contest.
Prizes will be awarded to the
winners in each age group.
A live fishing competition
begins at 1 p.m. at the Agri-
Civic Center back pond. Girls
and boys ages 406, 7-10, and
11-14 will be given a fully
rigged cane pole and a con-
tainer of worms. Each child
will pick a fishing spot along
the shore of the stocked pond
to try their luck at catching
the biggest and most fish
in their age group. Trophies
and prizes will be awarded
in each age group.
Registration forms are
available at tackle shops,
restaurants and local busi-
nesses. Drop boxes are avail-
able at Okeechobee News,
the Pennysaver and Pogey's
Restaurant. Participants are
encouraged to pre-register
by drop-box locations or
by mailing forms to Taylor
Creek Bass Club, C/O Char-
lie Eaton, Jr, 5964 N.E. Third
Lane, Okeechobee, FL 34974
before Oct. 23. Registration
at the event will be possible
for those not able to pre-reg-
ister. Each child participating
will be given tickets for two
soft drinks, two hot dogs.
Additional drinks and hot
dogs for adults and children
will be available at a nomi-
In the interest of safety
and comfort, law enforce-
ment and emergency medi-
cal personnel will be pres-
ent. Also, port-a-potties will
be available. A parent or
guardian must accompany
each child in their care.
For more information,
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October 25. 2009 Okeechobee AG Center
The cateanti, parents or guardias hereby gre to idmify and hold
harles1 all nember. oMf.e aDd omffiialb of lTaylor Ceek Ba- Club -d Okeehbee
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MAIL REGISTRATION FORM BY OCTOBER 23. 2009 t
CHARLIE EATON, JR. 5964 NE 31rd LaI, Oke-,hobee, FL 34974
Or dop off t The Okeceabee Ne Office,
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October 4, 2009
October 4, 2009
Boys golf loses to Martin County
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee High School's golf team had
designs on competing head to head with Mar-
tin County this year.
Thursday they got their first chance, and
the results were not that encouraging.
Martin County played excellent golf and
shot 2 over par, without two of their top play-
ers, as they easily outdistanced Okeechobee
Kodi Stephen led Okeechobee with a four
over par, 40.
"We didn't do too good," Brahman Coach
Mark Ward said afterward, "They kind of fell
apart a little bit."
Ward said the course conditions were
excellent and the kids just didn't rise to the
challenge of playing the best golf team in the
"Our guys were discouraged. I told them
I wasn't mad at them but to compete with
Martin County, you have to have focus, and a
different mentality," he stated.
Ward had asked the team to go on the in-
ternet and really study the course before they
played Thursday. He said the kids didn't do
that. He said that is part of the mental game
that you must emphasize if your going to take
your golf game to the next level.
"You want to be like Martin County. If you
want to be like those guys, do this assign-
ment. Write five things down that will make
you better, and then write how you are going
to achieve this," he added. Ward said his team
still believes they can compete with Martin
County. He said it won't be easy because Mar-
tin County has been doing it for a long time,
and have a lot of intangibles necessary to re-
The boys play in an all day tournament in
Clewiston Monday. Tuesday they host a match
at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club
against Port St. Lucie.
Girl's golf loses to Jensen Beach
By Charles M. Murphy tight as there were water and woods on each
Okeechobee News side," Brahman golf coach Lonnie Sears
Okeechobee had a rough day on the links said, "Our girls aren't used to those condi-
Thursday as the girl's golf team fell to Jensen tions. They are used to open courses. They
Beach by 59 strokes, 180-239. did play extremely well for the conditions."
Paige Arnold led Okeechobee with a 54 Sears said the girls continue to work hard.
on the par 36 course at Eagle Marsh. Emily He stated Paige Arnold has been very steady
Raulerson shot 59, Sam Harrell shot a 63, in recent matches.
and Kailey Hoover shot 63. Okeechobee's next match is Tuesday in
"It was a tough course. It was extremely St. Lucie County.
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SFWMD re-establishes apple snails
By Pete Gawda
On April 23, of this year, scientists with the
South Florida Water Management District (SF
WMD) released 1,600 apple snails into Eagle
Apple snails are an important food source
for endangered snail kites, baby alligators and
other wildlife. The hurricanes of 2004 and
2005, which were followed by drought, greatly
reduced the apple snail population on the lake Courtesy Photo/SFWMD
Water managers were hoping that the intro Five months after the begning of the
duction of apple snails into the shallow water Apple Snail project, things are pro-
would cause the return of the snail kite. gressing as expected.
The snails were hatched and raised to ma-
turity at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Insti- gressing as water managers expected.
tute from eggs collected last year in Lake Kis- "What you are engaged in is a multi year
simmee. effort," said Dave Unsell, Lake Okeechobee
The day before the release scientists used district manager for SFWMD.
a special glue to attach numbered tags to the He went on to say that there was every rea-
shells of the snails. Scientist then used a GPS son to be optimistic.
device to record the exact position of the re- While the apple snails have bred remark-
lease of each batch of numbered snails, ably well, Mr. Unsell said it will take two or
Since the mortality of young snails is very three years for the snails to increase to suf-
high scientists hoped that releasing adult snails ficient numbers to attract snail kites. He also
would help the snails repopulate faster, said it would be two or three years before any
Now, five months later, the project is pro- migration patterns could be detected.
The Foxy Divas of Okeechobee had a good time visiting the 76 year old St.
Mary's Catholic Church in Pahokee. Those who visited were MaryLou Raab,
MaryAnn Porterfield, Jo Jones, Dorothy Schwartz, Marilyn Hadley, Vice-Mother,
Marl Walther, Queen Mother and Mary Skjordal.
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