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Vol. 100 No. 155 Sunday, December 27, 2009

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High school graduation rates improve

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee continued to show
improvements on their graduation
and drop out rates according to an
annual report released by the Flor-
ida Department of Education.
Director of K-12 accountability
and assessment Sharon Suits said
Okeechobee seems to get better
and better each year as more stu-

dents earn diplomas.
"We are very pleased with our
progress," Mrs. Suits said. "We
see more graduates each year.
We look to make further improve-
ments this year."
There are three different formu-
las being used to determine gradu-
ation and drop out rates. Florida
has its own calculation. The Na-
tional Governors Association has a
second classification and the Fed-

eral government has a third calcu-
lation known as the no child left
behind program.
Okeechobee had a 69.3 percent
graduation rate under the Florida
standards, 64.4 percent under the
NGA, and a 66.2 percent rate un-
der the no child left behind stan-
dards in 2008-2009.
Since 2004, under the NGA for-
mula, Okeechobee's graduation
rate has risen from 58.5 percent

to 64.4 percent. The NGA counts
all standard diplomas, and special
diplomas for ESE students. It does
not count GED diplomas.
Since 2004 under the no child
left behind calculation Okeecho-
bee's graduation rate has in-
creased from 58 percent to 66.2
percent. This calculation only
measures students who earn
See SCHOOL- Page 12

Okeechobee County ranch goes 'green'

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Last week's rain made a lot
of Okeechobee pastures greener
than before. One local ranch has
gone green in more ways than
The Southern Accent Farm,
owned for nearly a decade by
Allen Smith, recently installed a
commercial solar array on the
roof of their equipment shed and
uses solar energy to power the
commercial operations on their
ranch off US 441 north.
'All of us need to look at some-
thing to offset what we buy. We
definitely need to go green. It's
very cost effective, do your home-
work. It's a good thing."
The 16 kilowatt system pow-
ers the shop, the equipment barn,
the cow pens and the horse barn
at the ranch. Smith worked in the
nuclear industry and states he
knows how much energy it takes
to operate business today. "We
need to look at the future because
every dollar counts in the farming
industry right now."
Mr. Smith said everyone needs
to be doing something to help the
environment. "Foreign oil is kill-
ing us; we have so much debt to

other countries."
Mr. Smith also recycles almost
everything that comes onto the
ranch. He said he is not an advo-
cate of feeding large landfills.
His is the first commercial op-
eration in Glades Electric's terri-
tory to go solar power. There are
seven residences that are pow-
ered by solar power in their terri-
tory, officials said.
Mr. Smith moved here from
Manatee County. He said he
hasn't regretted the move for
one instant and is thrilled to be a
part of Okeechobee, "It's the best
place in the world for us to move.
It's great. We love it here."
The system cost about
$110,000. Complete Electric of
Sebastian installed the system
over the summer. Already Mr.
Smith has saved about 5,000 kilo-
watts of power since he installed
the system. The annual savings is
about $4,000.
The solar panels were installed
on the roof of his equipment barn.
The company added steel braces
and reinforcement to handle the
extra load.
Federal grant and state rebates
helped Mr. Smith pay for the new
See GREEN Page 12

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Allen Smith poses with his Brangus Bull, Cade, a very friendly
bull at his Okeechobee ranch.

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Okeechobee Clerks of court budgets now online

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Following the state trend of keeping gov-
ernmental business open and transparent,
Florida clerks of court have posted their bud-
gets on line for all to see.
The Clerks in the Sunshine web site can
be found at
"I think it's great. We all want to have a
transparent government," said Sharon Rob-
ertson, the Okeechobee County clerk of
The web sites provides the public with
information about where their court fees go
and how their tax dollars are being used at
both the local and state levels.
"While our budgets have always been
public record, posting them all in one loca-

tion will make it easier for citizens to view
how we are spending public dollars to
achieve our constitutional mission -- protect-
ing public records and auditing local gov-
ernment to ensure Florida's tax dollars are
spent according to the law," said Jim Fuller,
Duval County clerk of court and president of
the Florida Association of Court Clerks and
"This will let everybody know that we
don't have a pot of gold," said Ms. Robert-
son. "We're running a tight ship."
Before long, the public will have access
to the budgets and more for each govern-
mental department in Okeechobee County.
County administrator Lyndon Bonner
said the county "will be rolling out a whole
new web site." He said he hopes to have the
new site available to the public by the March

Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felo-
ny or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Joseph Colton Herbst III, 25, N.W 90th Court,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 22 by Deputy Raul
Marrero on an Okeechobee County warrant charge
ing him with violation of probation dealing in sto
len property. He is being held without bond.
Ryan Christopher Bass, 28, Pine Drive, Pom-

pano Beach, was arrested Dec. 22 by Deputy Cor-
poral Aric Majere on a Department of Corrections
amended warrant charging him with violation of
probation giving false information to a pawn
broker less than $300. He is being held without
This column lists arrests and not convictions,
unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has had the charges
against them dropped is welcome to inform this
newspaper. The information will be confirmed
and printed.

2010 meeting of the Okeechobee County 1838 and is the public trustee for the county.
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"We're shooting for March 15," he said. es in county government by acting in their
"But it's going to be a few weeks before it's capacity as clerk to the board, clerk to the
ready to be tested." The clerk of the circuit court, keeper of the public record, comptrol-
court was established by the Constitution of ler and internal auditor of county funds.

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Public Forum/Speak Out

Letters to the editor

Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the com-
munity name and your local or state
Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

In the case of the 12-year-old who is ac-
cused of abusing other boys, I am glad that
the newspaper kept all identifying informa-
tion out of the paper so that no one knows
who the victims are. I know since this is a
felony you could have printed the name and
address of the boy, but I suspect that would
make it too easy for people to guess who
the victims are. With so many kids out of
school for the flu last week and all of them
out on holiday break this week, there is
no way anyone can identify the parties in-
volved. It is important for parents to know
it happened, so they can talk to their own
children, and I hope all of those involved get
the help they need to get past this.
In most cases, sexual abusers were
abused themselves. They need to get help
for the victims; find out if there were any
more victims and get them help; and find
out if the 12-year- old was abused and if so
by whom, and if that person had other vic-
tims. A victim who does not get help can
turn into an abuser and the cycle goes on. It
is horrible that this was done to children.

Is there any word on if the elephant pre-
serve will ever open? I recall reading about
it quite a while ago, that
they were building
an elephant pre-
serve just past
the Okeechobee
County line. I
think it would be
great to have el-
ephants in the area.
Maybe they could put
one in the parade, but I don't
know if they could get anyone to volunteer
to be the pooper scooper behind that pa-
rade entry

The county planners need to start driv-
ing around the community after a heavy
rain. There is water backing up all over the
place because people have done things to
interfere with the drainage. For example, a
guy who is tired of his backyard being soggy
puts in a bunch of fill dirt and backs the wa-
ter up on the neighbors. That is against the
law and the county should do something
to restore the flow. Another guy wants a
new driveway and puts in a culvert, but to
save money puts in a small one and it can-
not handle the flow of water and it backs
up and floods the road. That is also illegal.
But until the county starts cracking down
on these things, nothing will improve. Also,
people need to understand that the county
ditches are there to drain the roads, period.
The ditches along the sides of a road are
not to drain your property. Water that falls
on your property is expected to stay on
your property and ideally you should leave
enough grass area that the water can soak
in and recharge the aquifer.

Holiday hours
In response to the employee who
complained because a local store is open
on Christmas Eve and the employees have
to stay after it closes to clean and restock,
I have a solution for that. If people would
quit shopping on Christmas Eve, the stores
would close. The same goes for Sundays. If
people did not shop on Sunday, the stores
would close and everyone could have a day
off with their families. It amazes me how
many so-called Christians shop on Sunday,
even though this means they are forcing
other people to work on the Lord's Day. If
you think it is against the Bible to work on
a Sunday, then you should not shop on a
Sunday because this forces other people
to work on that day. If no one shopped on
Sunday, the stores would close that day.
Merchants would not keep a store open
with no customers.
The guy who complained about hav-
ing to work on Christmas Eve should con-
sider himself lucky. Think about the cops,
firefighters, health care professionals and
others who have to work on Christmas Day.
There are many jobs that have to be staffed
seven days a week in order for society to
function. Be happy that at least the store
is closed on Christmas Day and you get to
spend that day with your family because
some people are not so lucky.


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Nursing home
care questioned
On behalf of the more than 400 volunteer
long-term care ombudsmen statewide who
advocate for improved quality of life and
care for residents, I am writing to share a
concern about a growing trend in Florida's
nursing homes, the improper transferrer
discharge of nursing home residents. Proper
resident transfer and discharge processes
are crucial to protecting the safety and en-
suring the wellbeing of elders who live in
nursing homes.
When a nursing home initiates the trans-
fer or discharge of a resident who has lived
there at least 30 days, facility staff must pro-
vide the resident with a written 30-day notice
of the transfer or discharge, unless certain
conditions exist.
Under state and federal law, a resident
may only be discharged for one of six speci-
fied reasons, including if he or she falls be-
hind in payment, if he or she is endangering
him/herself or others or if the facility is un-
able provide adequate care for the resident's
needs. Both endangerment and a facility's
inability to care for the resident must be
documented in the resident's medical re-
cord. This documentation for discharge may
only be completed by the facility's medical
director or the resident's physician. If this au-
thorization occurs, the resident and her legal
representative must then be given proper
notice of the facility's intent to discharge the
If the resident falls behind on his or her
payments, the nursing home has the duty
to assist the resident in enrolling in the ap-
propriate Medicaid or Medicare Programs to
cover the costs. If a resident is still behind

in payment after the assistance is provided,
then the facility may discharge the individual
with a written 30-day notice.
A copy of all discharge notices must be
sent to the local long-term care ombudsman
office. This notice gives ombudsmen the op-
portunity to review cases and facilitate any
communication necessary between a resi-
dent and the facility, ensuring each resident
receives the treatment and respect they de-
serve and that his or her right to challenge an
improper transfer or discharge is protected.
Residents should never be threatened
with a transfer or discharge by any staff
member. Any such threats are a violation of
federal and state law and should be reported
to the ombudsman and/or to the Agency for
Health Care Administration.
All residents have the right to file a request
for a fair hearing to appeal a discharge. If a
resident has reason to believe he or she has
grounds for such an appeal, the Long-Term
Care Ombudsman Program encourages
these individuals to file a request for hearing
within the first 10 days of receiving the no-
tice. Acting within the initial 10 day window
allows a resident to remain in the current fa-
cility until the hearing is concluded. An om-
budsman volunteer can assist in the hearing
process as well as represent residents at the
hearing. If you or a loved one has concerns
about a transfer or discharge notice, or any
other issues concerning a long-term care
facility resident, call us toll-free at 1-888-831-
0404 or visit us online at: http://ombudsman.
In service,
Brian Lee
State Ombudsman

Community Calendar

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.
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.

Additional copies of the newspaper are available for
50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for
Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions
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mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the
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is able to thrive on profit margins below industry stan-
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deliberation of public issues.

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* To help our community become a better place to
live and work, through our dedication to
conscientious journalism.
* To provide the information citizens need to make
their own intelligent decisions about public issues.

A.A. Grapevine open meetings at 6:30 p.m.
at Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrot Ave.
A.A. meeting from noon to 1 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Sec-
ond St. This will be an open meeting.

Al Ateen and Alanon meeting at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.

* To report the news with honesty, accuracy,
purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
potential conflicts to our readers.
* To correct our errors and to give each correction
the prominence it deserves.
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Sunday, December 27, 2009


Reflections from the Pulpit

By Rev. Dr. Paul E. Jackson, Sr.
International Prayer Warriors for Christ
Where do I begin, or where do I end?
Here it is Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 and we have
just four more days and this year will come
to an end. I know that a lot of people had a
bad year, but I also know that God will never
give anyone more than they can handle. I do
hope your Christmas was a good one, and
I hope that you will take the time to really
thank the Lord for all that he has done for
you over the years. As I stated above, there
are just four days left in this year, meaning
2009 will be history and 2010 should be-
gin. While I still have the chance, I want to
write something, not about just someone
or something, but something about each of
you reading this, and I do hope that you will
enjoy every word.
I want to take the time for all of you to
think about something that is so great about
each of you, that is that, in your own way
you are unique! You see, to me each one
of you has your own special way that can't
be matched or compared to anyone else. I
want you to think about what a remarkable
and miraculous thing it is to be you. Of all
the people who have come and gone on this
earth, since the beginning of time, not one
of them has been like you. No one who has
ever lived or will ever live will ever have your
combination of abilities, talents, opportuni-
ties, acquaintances, burdens, friends or sor-
rows, for believe me when I say, it will never

No one's fingerprints are like yours, and
no one has the same combination of jokes
and also expressions that you have. The few
people who laugh at all the same things
you do don't smile the way you do. No one
prays about exactly the same things you do.
No one is loved by the same combination of
people that love you, no one before, and no
one to come, for you are absolutely unique.
Enjoy that uniqueness. You do not have to
pretend in order to seem more like someone
else, for you weren't meant to be like some-
one else. You don't have to lie to conceal the
parts of you that are not like what you see in
anyone else. Just try to understand that you
were meant to be different.
Nowhere ever in all of history will the
same things be going on in anyone's mind,
soul and spirit as are going on in yours right
now as you read this. If you did not exist,
there would be a hole in creation, a gap in
history, something missing from the plan
for humankind. I want you to really treasure
your uniqueness, for it is a gift given to you.
No one can reach out to others in the same
way that you can and no one can comfort
with your kind of comfort. There is no one
who can be cheerful and lighthearted and
joyous in your way. No one else can bring
the whole unique impact of you to another
human being.
Share your uniqueness. Let it be free to
flow out among your family, friends and
people you meet in the rush and clutter of
living wherever you are. That gift of yours
was given to enjoy and share. Everyone is

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given a gift or talent from God, but it is up
to each person to find what it is. When you
do, you will know and you will be inspired
just knowing it. God made each of us differ-
ent in His own way and not one person is
alike and never will be. You may have a lot
in common with me or others, but no one
will ever be you.
There are many people in this world that
are not saved, some have still never heard
of God, and some that don't believe in such
a being as God. To those that are still not
saved, it's our responsibility as Christians to
try to help them get saved. It's our responsi-
bility to be sure and spread the Word of God
throughout this world, and for those that are
atheist, it is still our responsibility as Chris-
tians to try and help them see where there
is a Heaven and a Hell, and then it's up to
them to choose which one, if either, to be-
lieve in.
I want to take this time that I have, and
when I says that I have, no one but God
knows how much anyone's time is, for only
He holds the clock of life and death. For the
last three years the Okeechobee News has
given me a chance each month to write an
article titled "Reflections from the Pulpit"
and I am proud to do that. What I hate so
bad is that the Ten Commandments are no
longer on the courthouse wall, there are no
Bibles anymore in any of the courthouses,
and there are no prayers given in any of the
public schools. But on Wednesday, Friday
and Sunday, the Okeechobee News is pub-
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part in that and you can believe me or not,
but in my heart, I even feel that God reads
the Okeechobee News.
Also try starting 2010 by doing something
very important. Quit complaining so much
about what isn't in the paper and be proud
of what is in the paper, for there is no one
that works for that paper that doesn't believe
in God, Also, try to quit complaining about
what the county commissioners don't do
and be proud they open each meeting with
a prayer. Quit complaining about what the
city council doesn't do, and know they also
open each meeting with a prayer. I would
say that of every organization in this town
that all, including sheriff, police and fire de-
partment, will open every meeting with a
prayer! For this is God's town.

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Community Events

Masonic Lodge holds breakfast
The Masonic Lodge, 107 NW 5th St., will
hold a breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 27, from
8-11 a.m., with eggs, bacon, sausage, grits,
pancakes, biscuits/gravy, juice and coffee.
The public is welcome. For information call,
Hugh Alger, 863-467-1491.

Register for IRSC online
Indian River State College students can
use the convenience of the web to register
and pay for their classes for the Spring Se-
mester while the College is closed for Winter
Break. Classes for the Spring Semester start
Jan. 6. The last day to pay for classes and
avoid a late fee is Jan. 4. For more informa-
tion about IRSC and to register and pay for
classes, visit

Benefit for Lisa Burkhardt
Lisa Burkhardt is battling cancer for the
second time. She is a breast cancer survivor
who is now battling brain and lung cancer.
A benefit for her will be held at the VFW Post
10539, 3912 Highway 441 S.E., on Jan. 10,
starting at 1 p.m. There will be food, music,
raffles and more. For information, call 863-

OCRA to hold registration
OCRA will hold registration for T-ball,
baseball and softball at the sports complex
each Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. begin-
ning Jan. 9 through Jan. 30. Fees for the
spring season will be $75 for baseball and
softball and $60 for T-ball. All youth ages
5-14 are encouraged to play! For questions,
please call 863-634-1437.


Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e- mailing Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
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Vivian Viola Benson, 74
OKEECHOBEE Vivian Viola Benson, age
74, of Okeechobee, died Tuesday, Dec. 22,
2009, at her residence.
Born Dec. 3, 1935, in West Palm Beach,she
had been a resident of ('i. ... i .... since 2004
and loved the outdoors.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Flor-
ence and Ardelia.
She is survived by her husband, Charles of
Okeechobee; sons, Joseph August Benson of
Okeechobee, Buck Lawrence Benson of Lake
Worth, Douglas Milton Benson of West Palm;
granddaughters, Katie Jo Benson of Lake
Worth, Nicole Benson of West Virginia; grand-
sons, Todd Benson and Daniel Benson both of
West Palm. In addition she is survived by sever-
al brothers and sisters.
There will be no public visitation or services.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. On line
condolences may be made at www.buxtonfu-

William S. Riordan, Sr., 87
OKEECHOBEE William S. Riordan, Sr., age
87, of ('i. -. i-' ,, died Wednesday, Decem-
ber 23, 2009 at his residence.
Born Au. 30, 1922, in Medford, Mass., he had
been a resident since 1983. He proudly served
in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a
member of the Peace Lutheran Church, mem-
ber of a Barber Shop Quartet and Just 4 Kicks.
He sang for charitable events all over Okeecho-
bee and was an avid car enthusiast. He loved to
travel and yard sale.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia of Okee-
chobee; son, Steve Riordan (Marilyn) of Okee-
chobee; daughters, Linda Brooks (Tom) of
Rogersville, Tenn., Lori Pack (Jerry) of Okeecho-
bee, Debbie Montomery (Danny) of Coconut
Creek, Mary Burris (Troy) of Okeechobee; and
brother, Albert Riordan of Werymouth, Massa-
chusetts. In addition he is survived by eight
grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday,
December 30, from 12:30 p.m. until service time
of 2:30 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chap-
el with Pastor John C. Hirst of the Peace Luther-
an. Church officiating. Interment will take place
at a later date in Palm Beach Memorial Park.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 Ne 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl 34972.
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dren of My Aunt's House, an Okeechobee-
based nonprofit organization that provides
clothing, shoes, back-to-school supplies and
Santa gifts to low income families, and cel-
ebrate the grand opening of the Clubhouse
Lodge, a 7,000 square foot luxury hunting
The event was a great success with more
that 250 people in attendance, including
founding member and former #1 NFL draft
pick, Tucker Frederickson, and Okeechobee
County Commissioner Margaret Helton. At-
tendees participated in a number of events
ranging from sporting clays to ornament
making. More than 100 gifts were collected

for the children of My Aunt's House, and
Santa Clause was also on the property with
his team of live reindeer.
"We are thrilled by the success of this
event," said general manager Jeff Budz.
"More that 100 gifts were collected for our
community's neediest families and fun was
had by all."
Many youth attended the event and en-
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Injured and abandoned dog has Merry Christmas

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A badly injured Okeechobee dog is on the
road to recovery thanks to an animal lover.
A dog in horrible shape with serious fa-
cial injuries who appeared to have mange
was found a few weeks ago at the intersec-
tion of U.S. 441 and S.R. 70 and brought to
Okeechobee County Animal Control.
The staff did not have the facilities for
proper treatment and were about to eu-
thanize the dog. That is where Robin Han-
sen of Saint Bernard Rescue in West Palm
Beach came into the picture. She had been
called to animal control to take charge of a
Saint Bernard that had been picked up. On
her way to the Saint Bernard's kennel she
passed the injured dog's kennel. He was
cute, but a mess, he was skin and bones,
covered in mange and very sad. On the way
out she passed his kennel again. The way he
was looking at her, she could not resist.
She decided to take the dog, who ap-
peared to be a Catahoula mix, as a Christ-
mas project and named him "Jingles."
Jingles could not open his mouth. He could
only open his teeth enough to stick out his
tongue. She said his mouth looked like a
"mail slot." The only way he could eat was
by smashing his food with his face and lick-
ing up the crumbs.
"It was heartbreaking to watch," she said.
"I started to cry."
The good news was that Jingles had the

noncontagious type mange, easily treated.
However, the vet who examined Jingles had
never seen a jaw injury like that before. Se-
dation and x-ray revealed that Jingles had
received a blow, perhaps a kick, several
months earlier that broke his jaw. The jaw
healed wrong and the jaw bone was ab-
sorbed into the skill. The vet had to cut away
a quarter of Jingle's jaw. The surgery was
successful and now Jingles can eat, bark,
and pant like any other dog.
Without proper treatment, Ms. Hansen
said that Jingles would have died because
his jaw would continue to tighten up.
Jingles is recovering nicely, he has been
neutered, and he is putting on weight. He
has been adopted by one of the nurses at
the animal hospital Ms. Hansen manages.
Jingles will be in his new home once his
stitches are removed.
However, that is not the end of the story.
Ms. Hansen, who deals with animal con-
trol organizations all over the state, said the
people at Okeechobee have always been
kind, friendly and easy to deal with. She
said they have always been helpful even
though they are not very well funded. She
said other animal control organizations have
a lot more to work with. She decided to start
taking up a collection to buy a microscope
for animal control so they can properly di-
agnose mange. She said a medical supply
house has agreed to furnish one at cost. She
also discovered that animal control does not
have a washing machine. She is trying to se-

cure one for the facility. Anyone wishing to
donate can contact Ms. Hansen at 561-689-
1911 or 954-439-4970 or animal control at

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By Charles M. Murphy The report said 2,478 Okeechobee resi- received unemployment checks in October,
Okeechobee News dents received unemployment benefits in a rate of 9.3 percent. One year ago the job- .-
November, a rate of 13.5 percent. That conm- less rate was 6.8 percent in Glades County. I
Unemployment levels went up in both pared to 2,424 who received benefits in Oc- Only 17 Florida counties had lower jobless n o
Okeechobee and Glades County in Novem- tober, a rate of 13 percent. rates than Glades County last month.
ber. In November, 2008, 1,799 residents re- The jobless rate in Florida was 11.5 per-
Only seven counties in Florida had higher ceived unemployment benefits in Okeecho- cent in November, up from 11.3 percent in I .

unemployment rates than Okeechobee ac-
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Market Statistics Center.

bee, a jobless rate of 9.9 percent.
Glades County had 485 residents receive
unemployment benefits in November, a rate
of 9.8 percent. That compared to 461 who

October. Around the area, Highlands County
had 11.7 percent unemployment; Hendry
County, 14.9 percent, Palm Beach County
had 11.7 percent ;Martin County, 12.4 per-
cent; St. Lucie County, 14.7 percent; and
Osceola County had 13.3 percent. Hendry
County had the highest jobless rate in the
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standard diplomas within four years of en-
tering high school. After this year, the no
child left behind standard will be the only
graduation rate recognized. There will be no
GED exit options for students.
Since 2004 under the Florida standards
Okeechobee's graduation rate has increased
from 62.5 percent to 69.3 percent. This stan-
dard includes all standard diplomas, early
exit GED diplomas and special diplomas for
ESE students. This standard will be discon-
tinued after this year.
Suits said due to the new legislation, she
expects more Okeechobee kids to drop out
of school because if they get behind in their
studies, they won't have the GED exit op-
The kids can return after six months and

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system. He said it cost about $14,000. The
grant program is called the 160 Treasure
Grant. For more information interested per-
sons can contact Whitney Rauh at Complete
Solar Inc at 772-388-0533.
Mr. Smith said he has gotten numerous
phone calls about the system. He added that
several people came by and talked about it.

earn a GED but they will not count toward
the districts graduation rate, she added.
"We are very pleased to see our drop out
rates going down. We impress upon the stu-
dents through our school system the impor-
tance of getting a high school diploma. They
realize they need a diploma to get a good
job," she said.
Suits said teachers often emphasize to
kids the relevance of the courses they are
teaching to everyday life. She said students
see how these courses and their information
are used in the outside world.
Suits said an improvement in reading
proficiency is also helping the graduation
and drop out rates, "If you can't read a text
book or the notes or understand the vocabu-
lary being used in that class you aren't going
to be successful. Our reading improvements
are really monumental."
Since 2004, the drop out rate has gone
down from 7.2 percent to 3.9 percent. The
drop out rate went down 1.3 percent from

2007-2008 to 2008-2009.
"The drop out rate is the only statistic
we want to see go down and still be happy
about it," Suits said.
Suits said due to societal changes, it is
more and more important to earn a high
school diploma now. She said the GED exit
option has been an important tool to keep
some kids in school. She said she worries
more students could drop out if they get off
to a bad start in high school. Between 10
and 14 students take advantage of the GED
option each year.
The drop out rate for white students was
3.4 percent last year. The drop out rate for
blacks was 3.4 percent and the drop out rate
for Hispanics was 4.4 percent.
The graduation rate for white students
was 69.3 percent, 59.4 percent for black
students, and 56.1 percent for Hispanic stu-
dents, the state reported.

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Seeking highly motivated
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required. Resumes will be
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be scheduled with our or-
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sume to 561-996-8367,
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Immediate Opening at
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hands-on exp. preferred.
Competitive wages and
benefits. Must pass
background check and
drug screen. Contact
Brad at 1-863-357-9922
ext. 2280 or email
resume to:
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BOCC Veterans'
Services Van Driver
PT $9.40 hourly up to
20 hrs per week. Must
have valid D/L and
vehicle insurance and
pass physical exam
at VA Hospital.
Veterans preferred.
Okeechobee County
employment application
must be completed
and submitted to:
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background check will
be conducted.
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Secretarial Services
by Linda Seder
Okee area.

Dump Truck, Back Hoe
& Bobcat Services...
by Jason Summerford

When doing those chores
is doing you in, it's time
to look for a helper in
the classified.

3bdr/2bth home for
RENT on 4 acres.
$1200.00/mo screened
fenced/pole barn/fireplace

Solar Electricity, Inc.
For Your Home or Busi-
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TOL extras included,
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6 mos., fern., NKC reg.,
white rednose, $250.

Blue Heeler Puppies -
Cute ready to go for
Christmas. 1st set of
shots. Wormed. Males
and Female $250.00.
(863)763-3631 or

Want to buy Air condi-
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I 2 bd 1 bath; newly I
renovated apartment |
includes appliances.

lbr/lba, Furnished.
$650 mo. + 1st & sec.
dep. 561-352-4243
ciency. Very clean!
$500/mo. Incl. utils. No
pets. Call 561-329-8205

1574 Sq. Ft. office bldg.
@ 210 NE 3rd Ave.
Call 863-763-0295

BHR 3BR, 1.5BA, fully
furn., electric & cable
incl. Seasonal rate by
month. (561)262-5206
1BA, furnished, electric,
cable & water included.
Call (561) 262-5206
FURNISHED 2 bedroom
1 bath Duplex in Kings
Bay. One car garage,
screen porch, washer &
dryer, dishwasher, cen-
tral heat and air, tile
floors through out.
Long or Short term.
(863) 467-7528

2ba, great neighborhood,
tile throughout, $975 &
up/mo, 1st & sec move in
(561)248-3888 or

Free Wifi! Weekly $150
or mo. $375 incl. elec.
Call 863-763-0295

OKEE, Furn. Rm. Single
occ. priv. entrance, w/d,
$140 wk & Dep., utills inc.
(863) 763-7331 msg.

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Construction, 3BR, 2
BA, Oversized garage,
fenced, metal roof, im-
pact windows, tank less
water heater, owner fi-
nancing. Call for apt.
(863)357-1124 or cell
LakePort Home. 3/2
on rim canal; Large lot
250'x 170' on peninsula;
2 out buildings; pole barn
30' x 40' w/dock.
Call 863-697-8944.

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2 bd 1 bath Good neigh-
borhood, fenced back
yard, lease with option;
$650 p/mo 863-634-3451
BHR RVs for Rent,
starting $300-$500 &
55+ park, seasonal or
yearly. 1st month's rent
free! 863-763-3134
2ba, on double lot, will
consider seasonal rent-
ing. (863)467-0149
FOR RENT: 2/1 apt.
Newly remodeled. 12
miles north of Okeecho-
bee on beautiful ranch.
Water, trash & lawn
maintenance included.
$499/mo. Also avail.
newly remodeled 2/3.
Call (863)467-2982

RANCH 3/2, great
view, Oak trees, Loften
Rd., Okee. $750/month.
Call 561-261-0077

MH 2/2, on 1/2 acre,
70 East, c/a/h,
screened porch, util.
rm., trees, clean, quiet
area, $700 mo. + dep.,
incl. lawn & water ser-
vice. (863)467-7415

Treasure Island 2BR
SW on water, Ig. lot,
$550 mo., 1st last &
sec. 863-226-3436

Mobile Home Angels

For Sale 60 x 14; 2 bd
2 bath in Adult trailer
park. Large kitchen,
Florida room, screened
in back porch facing
the canal, utility build-
ing, small garden area,
boat dock, fish cleaning
station. Many extras
call for additional infor-
mation. 863-484-0222
or 863-447-0437.

32', with 10x30 FL
room, A/C, fully fur-
nished, on canal, near
locks, free boat slip,
$3900. 863-467-1881

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JON BOAT 14 ft, &
trailer, licensed, 30 hp
electric motor, new bat-
tery, good cond. ready
for fishing $1000 see at
12650 NE 26th Ave.
Country Hills Estates.
Call 863-763-3624

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TRAILER '79 33"L x
12"W all appls $500
firm. (863)484-2436

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runs great, cold air,
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BID NO. PW 04-00-12-09
Sealed Bids will be received by the
City of Okeechobee at City Hall, 55
SE 3rd Avenue, Rm. 101, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34974, no later than 1:00
p in on Tuesdav January 1
2010. The bids will be publicly
opened and read aloud in the City
Council Chambers. Bids may not be
revoked after bid opening. Any BIDS
received after the time specified will
not be accepted.
The work for this bid consists of:

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Construction of Median Curbs along
SW 5th Ave, from SW 3rd to 6th
Streets, consisting of approximately
2,000 linear feet of type D" curb.
A complete set of specifications and
scope of work can be obtained from
the Office of the General Services
Department, 863-763-3372 x218,
dunng normal hours, Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
except holidays.
Envelopes should be clearly marked
"Median Curbs Bid No PW
04-00-12-09 and may be hand de-
livered or mailed to the address list-
ed above. Facsimile or mailed bids
will not be accepted.
The City has the night to accept or
reject any and or all bids, with or
without cause, to waive technical er-
rors deemed most advantageous to
the City. All bids shall remain open
for a penod not to exceed ninety
(90) days from the date of the bid
Oscar Bermudez, City Engineer
342250 ON 12/27/09

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Congratulations to Geri Thomas who has been named
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County approves

RV condominium

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It looks like a new trend is coming to
Okeechobee County. When most people
think of condominiums, high rise, apart-
ment type buildings come to mind. How-
ever, there is another type of condominium
in Okeechobee.
At their meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17,
Okeechobee County Board of County Com-
missioners paved the way for the second RV
condominium in the county.
The board gave final plat approval to
Water's Edge Motor Coach Resort Condo-
minium. In almost all other RV parks in the
county, the occupants rent the lots. Howev-
er, at Water's Edge the occupants will own
the lot where their RV is parked. Silver Palms
RV Park, which opened earlier this year, is
the only other park in Okeechobee where
the occupants own the lots
This condominium seems to be a second
thought by the owner who had originally
planned for a traditional rental RV park. The
park is located on a four acre site on U.S.
441 SE near the intersection with 15B. It will
consist of 30 RV lots, a clubhouse and seven
subdivided storage units. The site was for-
merly known as Bob's Big Bass RV Resort.
The park is served by on site water and
wastewater facilities and a privately main-
tained road.
Each year the number of RV sites dwin-
dles as older parks are bought out by devel-
opers. There are fewer sites now than five
years ago. With 8.5 million RVs on the road
the demand for RV sites is growing. With a
condominium RV park, RVers will have the
same lot and the same neighbors each year.
That cannot be guaranteed with a rental lot.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum
at Reporter Pete Gawda can
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December 27, 2009 Okeechobee News

Boys soccer team defends

Christmas tournament title

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School Boys Soccer
Team won their seventh match in a row
and won their second consecutive Brahman
Christmas tournament title with a 2-0 victory
over Port St. Lucie on Tuesday night.
Eddie Guerrero scored two goals and the
team played sound, aggressive defense, as
they limited Port St. Lucie to only three shots
on goal.
Coach Lonnie Sears called it the best
match his team has played this year.
"We put it together, offensively and defen-
sively. Our midfielders Erick Garcia, Hunter
Pritchard and Eddie Guerrero controlled the
game. Defensively and offensively it looked
good, we did a good job," the coach said.
Okeechobee (8-4) also got assists from
Erick Garcia and Oscar Garcia. Goal tender
Serafin Espinoza made three saves in the
Brahman net. Bruce Pierre had eight saves
for Port St. Lucie (5-6-2).
Sears said the jaguars are a really good
team. He said there is something to be said
for our defense that limits them to only three
"They're playing top notch teams and are
very aggressive. They play top quality teams.
They're a good team, we played a good
Okeechobee had other chances to score
but couldn't put a lot of shots on net. Several
times, Adrian Leon, Hunter Pritchard and
others had headers near the Jaguar net but
were off target.
Guerrero scored 18 minutes into the
match, and added the insurance goal with
29 minutes remaining in the match.
Sears said his team will practice over the
break just to keep things rolling in a positive
direction. He said he wished the second half
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nitely looking forward to it. We won't relax
too much and will practice over the break to
keep it going."
Guerrero said his game is rounding into
form. He said the entire team played well
"We just played awesome," he said.
"I scored one of the best goals of my high
school career in the tournament.
Guerrero was knocked down a few
times by rough play near the end, but never
changed his tactics or the expression on his
face. "They had to make their move. They
picked up the intensity. I fall, I get back up.
This is my senior year, I'm giving everything
I have every second."
Suncoast won the third place game 6-0
over John Carroll.

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the OHS Brahman's Tuesday win over.
Port St. Lucie. good job in the OHS win Tuesday.

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Suarez helps Southern Indiana

team finish 6th in the nation

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Bryan Suarez continues to improve as a
runner and as a result so does his college
The Southern Indiana Eagles finished
sixth in the nation at the Division II cross
country championships this year. The col-
lege hosted the event and had their third
best finish ever and there best finish since
Suarez said it felt good to be a part of the
success this year,
"I'm getting better," he said. "There are
good runners on the team and that helps me
a lot. They are educated, smart runners, and
I learn from them."
Suarez had a storied career in Okeecho-
bee and finished third in the state in Class 3A
during his senior year. He is now a sopho-
more and is studying accounting. He said
cross country and running continues to be
a major part of his life.
"I'm working on running all the time
and developing. I'm trying to adjust to see
where I need to go. It takes a lot more time
these days. I pay attention to a lot of the little
things, drills, exercises, even diet."
Suarez said college has been an awe-
some experience but he always enjoys go-
ing home and seeing his family and friends.
"It is nice to see people and get that sup-
port again. It's good to know what I'm work-

ing for," he
might switch
his major to
business ad-
soon. He said i
he would -
like to be an
Athletic Di- c.
rector when
he graduates
from college.
He noted
he always
still has a Bryan Suarez
dream to one
day run in the
summer Olympic Games.
Suarez competed in some prestigious
races in Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana
this year. He finished in 32nd place at the
Stegemoller Classic 6 K, 28th at the USI Pre-
National Invitational, 20th at the GLVC MIAA
Challenge, and 17th at the GLVC Champion-
Suarez said he also is very pleased that
the Okeechobee cross country team has
continued the success he started in 2006.
"I'm very proud of them. They have done
really well. They are keeping it up and I'm
proud of them," he said.

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