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Every bunny invited
The Easter Bunny, alias "Mary Chesley," Kiwanis member, was
at the Thursday, April 1, Kiwanis meeting to invite everyone to
the Sunday, April 4, 38th Annual Easter Sunday Pancake Break-
fast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. held at Cowboy's Restaurant, 102 S.W.
14th St., Okeechobee. The Kiwanis members also had fun fill-
ing several colorful Easter Eggs with candy that will be given
away. Happy Easter!
Scooter operator killed....................... Page 2
Taylor Creek lock to close.................. Page 8
City Council meets Tuesday............ Page 11
By Eric Kopp
It's no joke -- a budget bill
passed April 1 by the Florida Sen-
ate will now require members
of the Florida Retirement System
(FRS) to pay into their own retire-
With the passage of Senate Bill-
2022 (SB-2022), members of the
FRS will have to pay 0.25 percent
of their gross income into their
accounts beginning Jan. 1, 2011.
Because of this, the FRS will now
become a contributory plan.
SB-2022 will apply to all active
members of the FRS, including
members of law enforcement and
Since it began in 1970, the FRS
has been a non-contributory pen-
sion plan that provided retirement
income benefits to 572,000 active
and 319,000 retired members and
SB-2022, sponsored by Sena-
tor J.D. Alexander (R-District 17),
passed by a 26-7 vote. District 17
includes Okeechobee County.
The change was brought about
by a loss of $18.7 billion due to
"unfavorable investment experi-
ence," states an analysis of the
bill. That analysis went on to state
that, as of July 2008, the FRS Trust
Fund had a surplus of $8.2 bil-
lion which actually made the FRS
See FRS Page 2
DOT plans remedy
By Pete Gawda tie up this intersection, not to men-
Okeechobee News tion hurricane evacuation. In 2008,
Plans are under way to elimi- according to DOT figures, an aver-
nate a serious traffic bottleneck in age of 29,500 vehicles a day trav-
the heart of Okeechobee. elled through this intersection. By
On Thursday, April 1, the Flor- 2018, DOT predicts that number
ida Department of Transportation will increase to 32,600.
(DOT) held a public information The DOT proposal calls for two
workshop at the Okeechobee left turn lanes in each direction.
County Civic Center on proposed Currently, there is only one left turn
improvements to the intersection lane in each direction.
of U.S. 441 and S.R. 70. The current right of way for S.R.
The purpose of the workshop 70 is 70 feet. The highway would
was to inform the public of pro- be widened by adding 26.5 feet to
posed improvements and solicit the south side of the road to ac-
public comments which might be commodate another lane and a
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Motorscooter operator killed in morning crash
By Eric Kopp
A 63-year-old Okeechobee man was
killed Friday morning, April 2, when he ran
into a tractor-trailer that was backing into the
Harvest House Grocery, 5295 U.S. 441 S.E.
John Walzer, U.S. 441 S.E., was killed
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an overfunded plan.
"The FRS is currently under funded, but
it can meet the obligations for this year
and next," said State Representative Mike
Horner (R-District 79), whose district in-
cludes Okeechobee County. "The state
invested some money into stocks hop-
ing to make it back, plus some. But, in the
economic downturn, they haven't made it
back. It could probably go 10 years without
a change in contributions, but it would be in
bad shape by then.
"Compared to the boom that has oc-
curred the past few years, we have to put in
more," he added.
Florida law requires the state to fund the
FRS, said Rep. Horner.
While SB-2022 has no companion bill in
the House, HB-1307 is a related bill that has
upon impact, stated Deputy Corporal Brian
Hagan of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO). Cpl. Hagan, who investigat-
ed the accident, found Mr. Walzer at fault.
The accident occurred as John Willis
Kane of Mobile, Ala., was backing his 2007
Freightliner into the grocery center at 8:18
yet to be passed.
HB-1307 is sponsored by Representative
Robert Schenck (R-District 44) and, among
other things, revises contribution rates for
employers taking part in the FRS and estab-
lishes a forfeiture account in the Public Em-
ployee Retirement Program Trust Fund.
While SB-2022 passed easily, one House
bill (HB-1319) has died and HB-1543 has
been withdrawn. And even though SB-1902
has been 'temporarily postponed' it will
likely be brought up this coming week with
SB-1902, sponsored by Senator Michael
Bennett (R-District 21), is aimed at "bring-
ing some of the future pension costs under
"Some of the pensions paid to govern-
ment (employees) are out of control with
the rest of society," said Sen. Bennett. 'A
fireman in Jacksonville, at age 46, can retire
for life (if an FRS member since age 21) at a
pension higher than their salary."
Cpl. Hagan said two Harvest House
employees were on the two-lane highway
warning traffic to slow down as Mr. Kane,
51, backed his Bay Lines, Inc., semi into
the grocery. However, said Cpl. Hagan, Mr.
Walzer drove his 2003 Suzuki motor scooter
past the employees and into the back of the
Counting overtime pay and bonuses
would inflate a member's salary, as well as
their retirement pension.
SB-1902 is aimed at changing how an
FRS member's retirement is figured. Instead
of being based on the 'high five,' or a mem-
ber's highest salary in a five-year period,
pensions would be based on the member's
averaged base pay.
"It won't change a lot of people and it
won't effect school teachers," explained
Sen. Bennett. "It may effect those in 'high
five' with excessive overtime or bonuses.
Overtime, bonuses and such will not be fig-
Sen. Bennett went on to say his bill "is
not here to hurt any police officer, but to
protect city and county governments going
"Some cities are literally facing bankrupt-
cy," added the Bradenton lawmaker.
If passed, SB-1902 would go into effect
July 1, 2010.
Mr. Walzer was pronounced dead at the
scene by emergency medical personnel.
According to Cpl. Hagan, it was estimated
that Mr. Walzer was going as fast as 45 mph
when he struck the tractor.
Mr. Walzer had no family in the area. His
closest next of kin was a sister in Pennsyl-
While Sen. Bennett didn't go into specif-
ics about his amendments to SB-1902, he
did say that he wants to make sure it does
not affect anyone who is currently employed
and an FRS member. The bill would apply to
those hired after July 1.
Also, pointed out Rep. Horner, new hires
can likely expect smaller pensions from the
"Younger, new hires, may have less re-
tirement benefits just because it (FRS) has
been overly generous the past few years be-
cause of a great market, and the state bud-
get wasn't struggling," added the Kissim-
mee legislator, who added that he is a "big
backer" of firefighters and members of law
The state budget currently has a shortfall
of $3.5 billion.
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Woman arrested, charged in dog theft
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee woman was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail after she was ar-
rested and charged with taking a man's Jack
Shelly Ann Goist, 39, S.R. 70 W, was ar-
rested Tuesday, March 30, on a charge of
grand theft. Her bond was set at $2,500.
According to an arrest report by Deputy
Sergeant Shannon Peterson of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), the dog apparently
got away from its owner
and was picked up by Go-
Sgt. Peterson's report
said he viewed surveillance
video at a U.S. 98 N. conve-
nience store that showed
Shelly Ann Goist at a gas pump and the
Goist dog standing in the parking
lot. The video, continued
Okeechobee 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 De-
partment of Corrections (DOC).
Ryan Shea Keels, 18, N.E. 207th St., Okeecho
bee, was arrested March 30 by Deputy Brian Cross
on a juvenile take and hold warrant charging him
with burglary, criminal mischief and larceny. Keels
was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail then
taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in
David Edward King, 41, N.W Eighth Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested March 30 by Deputy Cor-
poral Aric Majere on a Department of Corrections
second amended warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation driving while license suspended
- habitual offender and violation of probation pos
session of drug paraphernalia. He is being held with-
Dale Michael Gorney Jr., 25, Okeechobee, was
arrested March 30 by Deputy Matthew Crawford on
a felony charge of driving while license suspended
- habitual offender. He was also arrested on a misde-
meanor ch i, ._.i ;. ,... a law enforcement officer
without violence. His bond had not been set as of
James David Gruber, 20, S.E. 49th Court,
Okeechobee, was arrested March 31 by Deputy S.
Pollock on an Okeechobee County warrant charging
him with grand theft. His bond was set at $5,000.
Michael Edward Marshall, 35, S.E. Eighth Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested March 31 by Officer Jus
tin Bernst on a charge of driving under the influence.
His bond was set at $500.
Caleb Michael Bowersox, 26, Baldwin Circle,
Brighton, was arrested March 31 by Deputy Sarah
Green on a felony charge of possession of a con
trolled substance without a prescription (alprazo-
lam). He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges
of driving under the influence and possession of
i,, ...ii ... under 20 grams. His bond had not been
set as of newspaper deadline.
This column lists arrests and not convictions, un-
less 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.
the report, then shows Goist picking up the
dog and putting it into her vehicle.
The dog's owner told Sgt. Peterson that
his pet was valued at $1,000.
The terrier was recovered and returned
unharmed to its owner.
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Teen accused of
shooting at vehicle\
The violence among young people is
alarming. Look at that girl on the coast who
was beaten nearly to death by a 15 year old
who got mad about a text message she sent.
We need to do something to stop the vio-
lence. At that same school bullies set a kid
on fire. Even in our middle schools, boys are
challenging others to fight and calling them
names if they refuse to fight, bullying them
and trying to get them to respond so they
There are more than 50 Christian
churches in this town. Don't any of them
preach "turn the other cheek" Christianity?
I think the county should at least try to
find grants to keep the library open as many
days as possible. I realize funding has been
cut and the county is also looking at a short-
fall in local funds. But there may be grants
available if they look for them. And I also
support an annual fee for library cards if that
is what it takes to keep the library open.
Lately it seems the problem of dogs
running loose has gotten out of hand again.
Last week I had dogs dig under my fence to
get into my yard to go after my cats. If you
have a dog, keep it at home because if these
dogs come back and go after my pets again,
I am going to shoot them, which is within
my rights as a property owner.
Senate Bill 6
I cannot understand these Republicans
who are pushing Senate Bill 6. Teachers,
school boards, superintendents and parents
oppose it. Everyone in education seems to
think it is a terrible idea. But the Florida Sen-
ators think they know better.
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The Florida Chamber ot Commerce
president said teachers should be paid based
on student scores, as that would be just like
any small business. Following that logic, if
a restaurant serves healthy food, and the
patrons eat good food there, but then go
home and eat junk food and get fat, then the
restaurant chef should not be paid. Teach-
ers are just one part of the equation. Parents
play a huge role in a child's success, such as
making sure the child studies at home and
does homework. A teacher may have a child
one hour a day. They can't force a child to
study at night.
I know the county and the state have fi-
nancial problems. I think they need to stop
allowing the "double dipping" in which em-
ployees retire, and then come back to work
and get both a paycheck and a retirement
check. Because of their many years of expe-
rience, they are paid at a higher rate than a
new person just starting the job would be.
Stop the double dipping and if you need
help, hire new people who will start at the
bottom of the pay scale.
I just want to say Happy Easter to every-
one in Okeechobee. We are blessed to live
in this community. Count your blessings.
I went to the county fair and there did
not seem to be much attendance. I think the
entry fees are just too high. They need to cut
the entrance fee to $2 or $1. If you charge $5
and no one comes, you aren't making any
money. I was pleased that parking was free.
They could rethink some of things they are
spending money on. No one seemed inter-
ested in the concerts during the day on Sat-
urday. Instead of paying a band, why not just
invite local groups to perform for the experi-
ence and the exposure?
I want to commend the local schools
on their displays at the county fair. The art-
work was really impressive and other proj-
ects on display were quite creative.
Has anyone been keeping up with the
discussions in the Florida Legislature about
changes to the state retirement system. If
you are a county or school employee, this
could affect your future.
Battle Of Okeechobee
The Okeechobee Battlefield Friends, Inc.,
would like to take this opportunity to say it
was a privilege to have coordinated the re-
cent Battle of Okeechobee Re-enactment
and School day, which was held on Febru-
ary, 5, 6, & 7.
The Battle of Okeechobee Re-enactment
continues to grow and add new venues
with every event. With a grant from Morgan
Stanley Smith Barney, an educational school
day for all fourth graders was provided.
The students from the Okeechobee County
School System, Okeechobee Christian Acad-
emy, Brighton Charter School, and home
schools were able to see a living history of
the 1837 Second Seminole War. Students
from Everglades Elementary filmed a mini-
documentary with funds provided by the
Okeechobee Battlefield Friends mini-grant.
A second mini-grant will assist teachers at
North Elementary School with history books
Coordinating the recent event and achiev-
ing the level of success and growth, was
possible due to the support and sponsorship
of many, and a great collaborative effort. Sin-
cere thanks and heartfelt appreciation are
extended to: Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners, Okeechobee Coun-
ty Tourist Development Council, Okeecho-
bee City Council, Florida National Guard,
Seminole Battalion, 2-124 Infantry Regi-
ment, Seminole Tribe Brighton Community,
AH-TAH-THI-KI Museum, Williamson Cattle
Company, Sheriff's Department, deputies,
trustees, Florida Park Service, Morgan Stan-
ley Smith Barney, Osceola Gift Shop, South
Florida Water Management, Pier II Hotel,
Raulerson Hospital, Waste Management,
Okeechobee Motor Company, Trueblood
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April 4,2010 Okeechobee News
Bass are on the beds
and on our minds
By Bob Wattendorf
Spring is here, and the bass are on their
beds. The males have been fanning out
beds on firm lake bottoms with plenty of
nearby vegetation. If they are successful in
their amorous intents to entice a female to
join them, they'll soon be spending time
guarding the nest and fanning tens of thou-
sands of eggs to keep them oxygenated.
This annual ritual is dependent not only
on the sexual appeal of the individual bass,
but also on the quality of the environment,
the vagaries of weather, and impacts of
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) fisheries biologists are
charged with sustaining fish populations
while providing recreational opportunities
for more than 1.4 million anglers, who en-
joy more than 24 million bass fishing trips a
year in Florida and bolster the economy by
The FWC faces a huge challenge that re-
quires different approaches in many of Flor-
ida's 7,700 lakes, which comprise 3 million
acres of water, plus 12,000 miles of rivers,
streams and canals. FWC biologists work
with many partners to ensure water quality
and healthy populations of bass. The FWC
also conducts major habitat-enhancement
projects and controls the spread of nonna-
tive plants. The FWC's two freshwater fish
hatcheries provide quality, disease-free,
genetically appropriate bass for stocking
These biologists modify fishing regula-
tions when necessary to ensure quality bass
fishing now and in the future. Wildlife offi-
cers enforce the rules. Outreach efforts help
reconnect Floridians of all ages with nature
to lead happier, healthier and smarter life-
styles, following the advice of the Get Out-
doors Florida! Coalition and the Children
and Nature Network.
Biologists from the FWC's Fish and Wild-
life Research Institute and the University of
Florida are conducting a statewide large-
mouth bass research study. Scientists hope
to learn how frequently bass are caught and
harvested and more about the size range of
fish caught. Results of this study will help
them manage the fishery for quality and
trophy-sized largemouth bass.
Bass in 30 lakes throughout the state
have been tagged with small, yellow tags
along the back of the fish, just below the
dorsal fin. These tags carry a printed tele-
phone number, e-mail address, tag number
(e.g., LMB 0001) and reward value.
Anglers should carefully examine all
bass caught in Florida lakes for reward tags,
as biologists have tagged fish from lakes
throughout the state. To claim their reward,
anglers are encouraged to report these
tags to the FWC Angler Tag Return Hotline
(800-367-4461). The FWC is also working
with BountyFishing.com to gain additional
information about big bass being caught
throughout Florida and is monitoring results
from all permitted bass tournaments.
With all of this going on, the FWC has
decided it is time to have a long-term man-
agement plan for black bass (largemouth
bass, shoal bass, spotted bass and Suwan-
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Beach at Falcon Classic
By Charles M. Murphy
The Brahman boys team finished ninth
and the girls track team finished 10th at the
Falcon Classic Track and Field event held on
March 27, at Jensen Beach High School.
There were a number of strong individual
performances by the team last Saturday as
well. The boys 4x800 meter relay team fin-
ished a strong fifth. Diego Fonseca finished
14th in the 110 meter hurdles. Essence Wil-
liams finished fourth and Janezzka Koger
finished 12th in the girls 100 meter dash. Au-
keemian Mills finished fourth, Jessie Thomas
sixth, and Alonzo Coleman 24th in the boys
100 meter dash.
In the boys 1600 meter run Shawn Hor-
vath finished in 15th place, Gabriel Esquire
20th, and Phillip Suarez 26th.
The girls 4x100 meter relay finished in
second place to Treasure Coast. The boys
4x100 meter relay team finished in fourth
place behind Ferguson, Treasure Coast and
Keighly Stewart finished 11th in the girls
400 meters while Deforest Shanks finished
14th, Joey Santibanez 20th, and Marcos Fon-
seca 22nd in the boys 400 meter dash.
Diego Fonseca finished 11th in the boys
300 meter hurdles. Lionel Jones finished
third and Luis Alvarado 21st in the boys 800
meter run. Essence Williams finished 4th,
Markeisha Youmans fifth, and Calandra You-
mans seventh in the girls 200 meter dash.
Mike Thomas finished fifth, Jessie Thomas
eighth, and Alonzo Coleman 16th in the
boys 200 meter dash.
Coleman finished 15th and Diego Fon-
seca 16th in the boys long jump.
Ferguson High School won both the boys
and girls meet. Jensen Beach finished sec-
ond in the girls track meet and Varela fin-
ished second in the boys meet.
The Okeechobee track team competes at
their district meet on Wednesday, April 21, at
Sebastian River High School.
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Don't forget, your fishing license fees
and excise taxes paid on fishing tackle and
motorboat fuels fund all of these efforts.
The funds are returned to the FWC from the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service based on the
number of paid license-holders in Florida.
To thank anglers for their contributions
and to work with industry partners, the
FWC is offering a special 5-year freshwater
fishing license bonus program. Until 3,000
boxes filled with free tackle, publications
and fishing accessories are distributed,
anyone buying a 5-year freshwater fishing
license will receive the bonus automatically
in the mail. A 5-year license costs just $79,
plus a convenience fee, but in return you
know the fees won't increase while you
have your license, and you don't need to
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee scratched across two runs
in the fifth inning to back the solid pitching
of Courtney Wilson as they defeated Gulf
Coast, 2-1, in the first round of the Kissim-
mee Classic girls softball tournament Mon-
day night in Osceola County.
Wilson allowed only three hits and
one earned run in a complete game per-
formance. She walked three batters and
struck out three.
At the plate Sarah Davis had two hits
and two runs batted in. Naomi Stevens and
Cindy Wine also had hits for Okeechobee.
Girls softball defeats Gulf Coast
Wilson and Wine scored the Lady Brah-
The Brahman rally began when Wilson
walked, and scored on a double by Wine.
Wine scored on a triple by Davis. Sarah
tried to score on the play but was tagged
out at the plate.
Samantha Katz hit a home run to
lead off the fifth inning to account for the
Sharks' run. Kirsten Langdon pitched sev-
en innings and allowed four hits and two
Okeechobee advanced to play Pem-
broke Pines Charter School in the second
round on Friday.
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Okeechobee News April 4,2010
Reflections from the pulpit
Rev. Lois Moranville
Pastor, Okeechobee Church of the
Created to Worship the
At the beginning of Jesus' life here on this
earth we find that the wise men came and
bowed down to worship the Christ child.
Their response in worship was one of JOY.
Matthew 2:10-11 says that when the wise
men saw the star they rejoiced with "ex-
ceeding great joy." Once they arrived at the
place where Jesus was they fell at his feet
and worshipped Him. They recognized that
He was the living Christ, the promised Mes-
siah, the King of Kings.
Worship is done in truth when it reveals
Christ. Worship pleases God when it is done
from a heart of sincere love in humility. Wor-
ship elevates God and points the worshiper
to reflect on all of His attributes. Worship
truly is about an encounter with the Living
Christ, the Son of God.
While Jesus was ministering here on this
earth he went to Samaria and found a wom-
an at the well. During the course of their
conversation the woman declared to Jesus
that in essence she was from a good reli-
gious background because her forefathers
worshipped on the mountain. But Jesus' re-
sponse to her found in John 4:21-26 was...
"Believe me, woman, a time is coming
when you will worship the Father neither
on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Sa-
maritans worship what you do not know;
we worship what we do know, for salvation
is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and
has now come when the true worshipers
will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for
they are the kind of worshipers the Father
seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must
worship in spirit and in truth."
The woman said, "I know that Messiah
(called Christ) is coming. When he comes,
he will explain everything to us." Then Jesus
declared, "I who speak to you am he."
Jesus was very clear in the kind of wor-
shiper the Father (God) seeks. True worship-
ers worship in spirit and in truth. Jesus was
not focused on the where, He was focused
on the WHO of our worship. God is the One
to be worshipped. Our true worship is au-
thentic. It is real in spirit and in truth. Our
worship to a Holy, Living God is from a heart
of love to a God of love; from a heart of holi-
ness to a God who is holy.
Sincere worship of the Living Christ
brings us to a place where we will fall at his
feet declaring our love for Him. Are you a
true worshiper of the Living Christ?
Elks Lodge to hold meeting
Current, past and new members of the
Okeechobee Elks Lodge are invited to attend
a reorganization meeting on April 8, at 7
p.m. at the Good Spirits Lounge Back Room,
245, S.E. Hwy 441. For questions or for more
information, please call Ernie Basil at 863-
261-8019 or Bob Brakke at 863-610-2431.
Moose Lodge to present
music and comedy show
The Okeechobee Moose Lodge will
present the last of its Lip Sync Group Mu-
sic and Comedy shows on April 10, from
1 to 3 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, N.W 36th
St., Okeechobee. FREE Parking & Admis-
sion and membership is not required. The
kitchen will be open. For more information,
please call 863-447-5520.
Shrine presents dinner/dance
The Okeechobee Shrine Club will pres-
ent The Ages of Music Dinner and Dance on
Saturday, April 10, beginning at 6 p.m. with
dinner including chicken and ribs. The show
begins at 7 p.m. Dancing will include mu-
sic from the Big Band era, swing, rock and
roll, doo-wop, country soul and pop. A spe-
cial visit from "The King Elvis" will also be
included. Tickets for the event are $15 and
proceeds will benefit Shriners activities. For
ticket information, please call 863-763-3378.
Register your 'Relay Team' today
Okeechobee's Relay For Life is just around
the corner... Don't miss out! April 30-May
1 at Okeechobee High School. Activities
throughout the night for ALL ages: Karaoke,
Cook Outs, Themed laps, Games and more.
Will you have the BEST campsite...
The American Cancer Society Relay For
Life represents hope that those lost to cancer
will never be forgotten, that those who face
cancer will be supported, and that one day
cancer will be eliminated. Contact Okeecho-
bee's American Cancer Society at 863-467-
2376 to register your team today!
Guest speaker joins
Victor J. DeNoble, Ph.D. was recruited to
develop a safer cigarette for Philip Morris in
the 1980s. In his secret research laboratory, he
studied nicotine's effects on the central nervous
system and was successful in developing a nico-
tine substitute that did not elevate the heart rate;
however, attempts to publish his work were
suppressed by Philip Morris. Dr. DeNoble was
eventually fired and his laboratory was seized.
After a decade of being silenced by a secrecy
agreement, he became the first whistle blower
to testify before Congress and was a key wit-
ness in the federal government's investigation
into the tobacco industry's research practices.
Dr. DeNoble will speak on Tuesday, April 20,
at 6 p.m., at the Freshman Campus Auditorium,
610 S.W. Second Avenue.
Real Life Children's Ranch
plan benefit tourney
Real Life Children's Ranch will hold their
annual fund raising golf tournament on
April 17, at the Okeechobee County Golf
and Country Club. The entry fee is $50 per
person or $200 per team and includes cof-
fee, donuts, 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch
and door prizes. There will also be an op-
portunity to win a new car in the Hole-In-
One contest. For more information, contact
Darlene Mayers at 863-634-4200 (darlene.
email@example.com) or Bill Casian at 863-697-
LMS working group meeting
The public is invited to attend and provide comments at the first meeting of the
Glades County Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Working Group on Tuesday, April 20,
at 10:30 a.m. noon in the Glades County Commission Chambers. Hazard mitigation is
any action taken to permanently reduce or eliminate long-term risk of hazard to people
and their property. A LMS will lessen the human, environmental, and economic costs of
disasters. For more information contact Glades County Emergency Management Office
863-946-6020 or Dan Trescott at 239-338-2550 ext. 220.
All Obituaries now include Onlu Guestbooks
where family and friends can share reflections,
remembrances and condolences.
Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
Dorothy A. Fleeger, 95
OKEECHOBEE Dorothy A. Fleeger, of
Okeechobee, passed away March 31, 2010 in
Born in Butler, Pa.
to John H. and Ber-
tha Pearl Bennett,
she was married to
Robert A. Fl1. .,
who preceded her in
death in 1982. She
worked at the Asso-
ciation for the Blind
in Butler, Pa. as an
eye health educator
and then in Ft. Lau-
Fla., at Sun Dial School as a special
education teacher. She came to Okeechobee
from Ft. Lauderdale in 1980. After her retire-
ment, she taught literacy and was a member of
the Retired Teachers Association. She was an
active member of Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church and volunteered in the food pantry. She
loved mia.,l ,. because they symbolize the
transforming work of Christ in her life.
She is survived by her four children; Jim Fleeg-
er (Barbara) of Butler, Pa., Dianne Bowman
(Horace) of Plantation, Fla., Becky Fl,. -,, ,. of
Okeechobee, and Sam F1, ,, (Barbara) of Tal-
lahassee, Fla.; eight grandchildren; John F
(Elaine), Jan Campbell, Kathleen Vertz (Tim),
Richard Hathaway, Shane Fl. -- ,. Danny Fos-
ter, Mace Fl,. -,, ,. Christopher Fl7. 1, and six
great grandchildren; Robert Fl1. --. Erin Bruce
(Mat), Tim Spencer (Lindsey), Christopher
Dunn, Ben Vertz, and Andrew Vertz.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 6
at Bass (i ., -i,-- -. Funeral Home and 1 pm
until services at 2 pm at ( iI.,, ....-- Presby-
terian Church Wednesday, April 7 with Pastor
Loy Mershimer officiating.
Friends may sign the -i ,i..... i. at www.bas-
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All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (iI., ...-- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd St, Okeechobee, Fla,
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April 4, 2010
Time to apply for wild hog quota hunt permits
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) is accepting
applications through April 12, during its
Phase I random drawing for quota per-
mits to hunt wild hogs on selected wild-
life management areas.
These quota permits are for hog-only
hunts (both still and dog), where hunt-
ers can use modern firearms. Many of the
new summer hunts are night-only hunts.
In addition, permits for the dog hunts al-
low hunting with up to three dogs at a
time, two hunters and one gun.
On several WMAs, quota permits are
required during many hunts. A quota
is the maximum number of hunters al-
lowed on a particular WMA. The quota
helps prevent overcrowding and provides
a better quality and safer hunting experi-
ence. Quotas also help control game har-
vests, and they are set based on an area's
size, habitat, game populations and regu-
Worksheets for wild hog quota permit
applications are available at MyFWC.com/
Hunting under "Limited Entry Hunts."
Applying for these quota hunt permits
is automated through the FWC's Total
Licensing System, but you must have an
up-to-date $26 management area permit
(unless exempt) before doing so. To ap-
ply, take a worksheet to any license agent
or tax collector's office or submit an ap-
plication at: www.fl.wildlifelicense.com
by midnight (EDT) April 12, during the
first phase of the wild hog quota applica-
The FWC will post results for Phase I
of the random drawing no later than April
22, at: MyFWC.com/Hunting under "Lim-
ited Entry Hunts."
The application period for Phase II of
the wild hog quota hunt permits is April
27 through May 6 and also will be con-
ducted by random drawing. Only those
who were not drawn in Phase I will be
eligible to apply during Phase II.
The FWC will issue any remaining quo-
ta permits on a first-come, first-served ba-
sis during the Phase III application period,
beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) May 25. Any-
one can apply during Phase III, regardless
of whether a person was successful in
drawing a permit during Phase I or II.
Go to MyFWC.com/Hunting for more
information or to learn about other lim-
ited entry hunts, application periods or
Okeechobee Livestock Market Report
March 29 and 30
Just when you thought
prices couldn't get any high-
er, they just did. Cows and
bulls $1-$2 higher. Calves
$2-$4 higher. Coker Cattle
topped the calf market with
a high of $2.10, bought
by Curt Wilson, Milking R
topped the cow market with
a high of $62.50, bought by
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April 10, at 1 p.m. Five Head
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STaylor Creek Lock to close April 8-9
The S- 193 navigation lock at Taylor Creek
in Okeechobee will be closed April 8 and 9,
while the South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) conducts an inspection of
the concrete near the gates of the lock facil-
The inspection is part of a planning
process for the refurbishment of the S-193
navigation lock. Due to the location of the
inspection, just outside of lock gates on both
the Taylor Creek and Lake Okeechobee sides
of the structure, it will not be possible to al-
low boat traffic to pass on these days.
Normal operation of the S-193 navigation
lock at Taylor Creek will resume on Saturday,
April 10, from 5:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. and
will operate during these hours until April 30.
Beginning on May 1, navigation lock hours
will be from 5:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily.
Navigation locks on Lake Okeechobee
allow boats to pass through the Herbert
Hoover Dike into the lake while maintaining
flood protection for homeowners living up-
stream of the lock. The navigation lock refur-
bishment work is part of an ongoing effort
to maintain and upgrade the infrastructure
of the Central and Southern Florida Flood
Control Project, which was initiated by U.S.
Congressional action in 1948.
The District appreciates the public's
patience during these activities. For more
information about this project or for gen-
eral information about the South Florida
Water Management District, please call the
Okeechobee Service Center at 863-462-
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Bandstand nearing completion
Workmen are seen constructing a bandstand at Okee-Tantie Campground
and Marina on Friday, April 2. The bandstand was purchased as a kit with a
$200,000 Florida Recreation Development Assistance Grant. The actual kit
cost $54,927. Any money left over from the grant after the assembly costs
will be used for other park amenities such as benches and tables.
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ing dates and locations:
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Red Cross plans
classes for April
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the follow
ing Health & Safety classes in April:
Wednesday, April 14 Infant/Child CPRI
D at 6 p.m.
Monday, April 19 First Aid Basics at
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located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register, or fo]
more information call 863-763-2488.
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Okeechobee News April 4,2010
OD OT tween north and south bound traffic.
During fiscal year 2011/12 the project will
Continued From Pabe in the design phase. The next fiscal year,
2012/13, will be devoted to right-of-way ac-
The proposal calls for utilizing the exist- quisition while construction is scheduled for
ing 100 foot right of way on U.S. 441. fiscal year 2014/15.
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On Thursday evening, April 1, the public was invited to a workshop at the
Okeechobee County Civic Center sponsored by the Florida Department of
Transportation to look at conceptual plans and displays detailing the proposed
improvements to the U.S. 441 -S.R. 70 intersection.
Special to the Okeechobee News/Tabitha Trent
Last week's Rotary Club meeting included Dr. Patricia Cooper, Okeechobee
County School Superintendent, presenting guest speaker Joe Arnold of In-
dian River State College (IRSC). Mr. Arnold spoke on the IRSC Williamson
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April 4,2010 Okeechobee News
City council to decide
on local sign ordinance
By Pete Gawda
Will it end Tuesday night? Will Okeecho-
bee finally have a sign ordinance? Will it be
easy to understand and easy to enforce?
The Okeechobee City Council is sched-
uled to hold the final vote on the long dis-
cussed sign ordinance when it meets Tues-
day evening at 6 p.m.
The council is also scheduled to take ac-
tion on three ordinances that will affect the
operation of recently opened Hammerhead
David and Anita Nunez, owners of the
business, have requested a small scale
change to the future land use map to change
a 0.8-acre parcel adjacent to the restaurant
from single family to commercial for the
purpose of installing a parking lot.
In a related matter, the council will hold
the first reading and set a date for a final
reading of an ordinance to rezone the same
tract from residential single family one to
heavy commercial. In addition, the council
will hold the first reading and set a date for
the final reading of an ordinance to set hours
of operation for pool halls, amusement par-
lors and game rooms.
Turning to other business, a Florida
Department of Transportation (DOT) rep-
resentative will present DOT plans for im-
provements to the S.R. 70 and U.S. 441 in-
In connection with that item the council
is scheduled to take action on a resolution
relinquishing its title and interest in Flagler
Park to the Hamrick Trust as DOT seeks to
acquire the park property from the Hamrick
The mayor is scheduled to proclaim the
week of May 16 22 to be National Public
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When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 6
Where: Council Chambers,
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55 S.E. Third. Ave.
In other action, the council is expected to:
receive the audit on the fiscal 2009 bud-
*consider temporary closing of Third
through Sixth Avenues in Flagler Park May
7-9 for the Fourth Annual Gang-Free Bike Fest;
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News in Brief
Shrine Club presents
Celebrate "Margaritaville Night" every
Thursday at the Okeechobee Shrine Club
where we will offer Tacos Two "Fer" $3. Mu-
sic provided by Jim Elder and Friends. 4-8
p.m. Smoke Free environment. Proceeds
will benefit Shrine activities.
For information, contact the Shrine Club
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Will hold its monthly meeting to discuss and work on issues relating to
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Wednesday, March 31, April 28, May 26,
WedesdyJune 23, 2010
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Water conservation month arrives in South Florida
April is once again Water Conservation
Month in Florida, and the South Florida Wa-
ter Management District (SFWMD) is mark-
ing the occasion with a variety of activities to
highlight the importance of saving water.
"While Water Conservation Month only
comes once a year, conserving water is now
a full-time priority in South Florida," said
SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Eric
For 12 consecutive years, Florida has rec-
ognized Water Conservation Month in April,
which represents the height of the South
Florida dry season when historically limited
rainfall and peak water demand often stress
regional water supplies. Water conservation
is now essential year-round for addressing
regional weather extremes and growing de-
mands on a limited water supply that South
Florida's 7.5 million residents, economy and
unique environment all depend on.
Throughout April, the District is sponsor-
ing and participating in a broad range of lo-
cal and regional events to raise awareness
and promote wise water use:
The District and the Florida Nursery,
Growers & Landscape Association will
hold the third annual Landscape Challenge
in West Palm Beach. The hands-on com-
petition promotes water conservation and
encourages best management practices in
Florida's nursery and landscape industry.
Big Cypress Basin is partnering with Wa-
ter Symposium of Florida to implement an
educational outreach and demonstration
project that involves installing Florida-Friend-
ly Landscaping in front of Marco Island City
Hall and in several roadway medians in Col-
As part of the latest phase in the rede-
velopment of its Web site, the District will
unveil new Web pages that present educa-
tional information on water conservation
through interactive graphics, multimedia
and fact sheets.
The SFWMD's Broward Service Center is
working with the Fort Lauderdale Museum
of Discovery & Science to develop a new
exhibit and multimedia experience called
"Water Works: Soak up the Science." Sched-
uled to debut May 28, the exhibit will offer a
fun, interactive way to learn about the water
cycle and water conservation.
District staff will be promoting water con-
servation at various Earth Day events, com-
munity fairs and schools throughout the
Progress Toward Year-Round Water
The District recently took a significant
step toward curbing water use in South Flor-
ida by enacting Year-Round Water Conserva-
tion Measures that target outdoor irrigation,
which accounts for up to half of the esti-
mated 179 gallons of water used per person
per day. The District estimates implementa-
tion of these measures may reduce overall
potable water demand by 5 to 10 percent,
based on a recent SFWMD study of regional
demand reductions experienced during the
2007-2009 water shortage.
The Year-Round Landscape Irrigation
Rule is just one initiative implemented over
the last year under the District's Comprehen-
sive Water Conservation Program. Among
the other initiatives were:
In August 2009, the District began pilot-
ing the Water Conservation Hotel and Motel
Program (Water CHAMP) in the Florida Keys.
The District has so far enrolled 17 lodging fa-
cilities with nearly 700 rooms in the public
education program, which helps hotels and
motels save water, improve energy efficien-
cy and reduce operating costs.
For the second consecutive year, the Dis-
trict and the Florida Section of the Ameri-
can Water Works Association hosted a free
workshop on how to develop effective water
conservation projects in the industrial, com-
mercial and institutional water use sectors.
Held last month, the event drew more than
150 people and featured a vendor exhibition
that included 15 providers of innovative wa-
ter conservation products and services.
For Fiscal Year 2010, the SFWMD Gov-
erning Board approved nearly $460,000 in
matching grants for 13 water conservation
projects through the Water Savings Incentive
Program (WaterSIP). The projects will save
an estimated 238 million gallons of water
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Hoop talent abounds at Showcase event
By Charles M. Murphy
Duelle Gore got to measure himself
against the best basketball players in the
area when he competed Wednesday night
in the Treasure Coast Showcase Boys Bas-
ketball All Star Game at Indian River State
Gore's blue team fell 69-46 to a white
team comprised of players from South Fork,
Port St. Lucie, Centennial, Martin County,
Treasure Coast and Fort Pierce Central.
Brahman Coach Bryan Van Camp also
got to coach the visiting team in the game.
Players from Westwood, Vero Beach, Sebas-
tian River, Lincoln Park Academy, John Car-
roll and Okeechobee were on his squad. He
said it was a fun game to watch because of
all the talent that was on the floor.
"It was a good experience. There was a
lot of talent out there. I'm glad Duelle got to
be recognized for the things he did for our
team this year and the things he did for him-
self. I'm sure he had a good time."
Gore scored four points, grabbed seven
rebounds and had one assist in about 15
minutes of playing time in the game. He said
the game was a fun experience.
"I had a great season and this game was
fun. All of the players were real good. You
saw the best from everybody," he added.
Gore said he thinks he'll be able to earn
a college scholarship to play basketball and
is willing to go out of state to continue his
Special to the Okeechobee News/Fran
On April 1, members of the Okeecho-
bee Ladies Golf Association met for
their monthly meeting, scramble
and installation of new officers for
the 2010-2011 season.
New officers elected for the 2010-
11 season include: Seated is Dale
Bryant, treasurer; (Standing left to
right) President, Nancy McAlinden,
Vice President, Janice Rhyne and
Secretary, Paula Fisher. The win-
ning team for the scramble included
Cher Fountain, Nancy Haldeman,
Paula Fisher and Wanetta Johnson.
The second place team was Fran
Dierig, Karen Larson, Janice Rhyne
and Shirley Esterline.
Chris Carter of Treasure Coast High
School was the game MVP. He was a last
minute addition to the white team roster. He
led the white squad with 15 points.
"It was a lot of fun. There was a good
crowd today. I like playing basketball," he
said. Carter said he is considering offers
from Lynn University, Florida Institute of
Technology and a couple of other schools.
He said the team wanted to play good de-
fense in the game.
"We kind of locked up on the white
team. There was good defense out there,"
Keith Matthews of Sebastian River had
10 points to lead the Blue team. He got
the loudest ovation in the game when he
caught an alley-oop pass and converted a
slam dunk in the fourth quarter.
The game featured some intense defense
in the first quarter. The Blue team led only
9-5 after the first eight minutes.
Van Camp said he was a bit surprised that
the teams struggled early on the offensive
end of the floor. He said most all star games
finish with scores in the 80's, and 90's.
Things heated up in the second quarter
as the white team went on a 19-5 run to take
a 29-22 lead at the half.
Another run in the third quarter pro-
pelled the blue team to a 49-31 lead after
The white team's lead was over 20 points
for most of the fourth quarter.
Van Camp said his opponents could real-
ly shoot the basketball, "We lost their shoot-
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348813 ON 4/4,11/10
April 4, 2010 Okeechobee News 15
NOTICE OF MEETING OFTHE
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
NILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010 AT 9:00 A.M. AT
17429 NW 242nd STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A
:OPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST
:ROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DE-
:ISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSID-
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'RECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO
ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH IN-
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3E BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING
lUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK
BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN
THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
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SONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THlE DISTRICT'S
OFFICES BY CALLING (863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO
THE DATE OF THE MEETING.
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349572 ON 4/4/10
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
CASE NO.: 2007-DP-063
IN THE INTEREST OF:
D.R. DOB: 2/14/07
Mother of the minor child:
(surrendered parental rights)
Residence and Address Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A
PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE
ABOVE-STYLED COURT FOR THE
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS RELATIVE TO D.R. A MALE
CHILD, BORN ON THE 14th DAY OF
FEBRUARY, 2007. THE CHILD WAS
BORN IN THE COUNTY OF ST. LU-
CIE, IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA.
YOU ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND
APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE OF THE
CIRCUIT COURT, JUVENILE DIVI-
SION IN THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT
OKEECHOBEE JUDICIAL CENTER
312 N.W. 3rd STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
AT 1:30 P.M. ON THE 3rd DAY OF
MAY, 2010, IN COURTROOM "C",
FOR HEARING AND TO SHOW
CAUSE WHY SAID PETITION
SHOULD NOT BE GRANTED.
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THIS ADVISORY HEARING CON-
STITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMI-
NATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF
THIS CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO AP-
PEAR ON THE DATE AND TIME
SPECIFIED, YOU MAY LOSE ALL LE-
GAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO THE
CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION AT-
TACHED TO THIS NOTICE.
BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE
RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY TO REPRE-
SENT YOU IN THIS MATTER. IF YOU
CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY,
ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU.
WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF
SAID COURT AND THE SEAL THERE-
OF, THIS 27th DAY OF JAN. 2010.
CLERK OF COURT
By: /S/ KIMBERLEYJ. SARROS
345473 ON 3/14,21,28;4/4/10
Travis Larson of Larson Dairy #8 of Lar-
son Dairy, Inc., in Okeechobee has been
named Southeast Milk, Inc.'s, 2010 Out-
standing Young Dairy Leader.
Southeast Milk, Inc., is a Florida-based
co-operative that represents the business in-
terests of more than 300 dairy farmers in six
states. Milk from SMI farmers is marketed to
dairy processing plants where it then is dis-
tributed to retail outlets for consumers.
SMI annually recognizes producers 40
and younger who demonstrate excellence
in farming skills, strategies and who display
a business plan and desire to remain an ac-
tive part of the industry's future.
Larson, 31, is a third-generation dairy
farmer who said he would choose this ca-
reer even if he didn't grow up in the industry.
His grandfather, Red Larson, founded Lar-
son Dairy, Inc. (LDI), in 1947 and maintains
a daily role with the operation. Travis' father,
Woody, also is a stakeholder in LDI as well
as owning other dairies in Florida.
"I don't do it because they asked me to
do it," Travis said. "I like doing it and I want
to be good at it.
"In today's time it's different than when
Grandpa started in '47. The challenges we
face today are much different. The volatili-
ties of the market are much different as far
as the ups and downs and pricing. I'm hap-
py that I enjoy doing what I do. I would do
There are more than 1,800 cows at Larson
Dairy #8 and like most businesses Larson
gets an assist from his wife, Colleen, who
oversees the herd's records. Colleen also has
a master's degree in dairy nutrition.
"She's an excellent voice for the dairy
industry," Travis said. "She's a sharp thinker
and knows our herd records really well."
This honor allows the Larsons to take part
in industry meetings that will enhance their
leadership skills. They will represent SMI at
the National Milk Producers Federation/Dairy
Management, Inc., annual meeting and will
make lobbying visits to Washington, D.C. to
Ir I6mmerclal ens rv' ers
address issues relevant to the dairy industry.
Larson also will be invited to attend board
of directors meetings for Dairy Farmers, Inc.,
Florida's milk promotion group.
"Southeast Milk is pleased to have Tra-
vis and Colleen represent the cooperative's
interests at industry meetings and events,"
said Maggie Murphy, SMI Director of Mem-
ber Services. "They know the business well
and understand the challenges southeast
dairymen face. They are both articulate and
are eager to be involved in decision-making
that affects our entire industry."
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Sealed Bids will be received by the General Services Department of the City
of Okeechobee, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Rm. 101, Okeechobee, FL 34974, up to
1:00 p.m., April 12, 2010, for all materials and labor necessary for the
CITY HALL RESTROOM RENOVATIONS
Plans and specifications may be obtained by website, www.citvofokeecho-
bee.com, or at City Hall, 863-763-3372 x218, during normal hours, Mon. to
Fn., 8 am to 4:30 pm, except holidays.
A pre-bid meeting will be held on April 7, 2010, at 1:00 pm, in the
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following: List of sub-bidders with
whom the contractor will sub-contract work in connection with this project.
All bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and clearly marked "Bd No.
PW 02-00-03-10 City Hall Restroom Renovation." May be hand deliv-
ered or mailed to the address listed above. Facsimile or emailed bids will
not be accepted.
The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any infor-
malities. All bids shall remain in force for 90 days after the date of opening.
Donnie Robertson, Public Works Director
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Local man attributes long life to clean living
By Pete Gawda
In spite of his 101 years, Wilson Hazellief
is up to date on current events and provides
a living history lesson.
He was born July 22, 1908, in Basinger.
Only two other brothers, Quillie, 91, of
Okeechobee and Owen, 103, of Liburn, Ga.,
survive of the nine boys and one girl born to
Henry and Elizabeth Hazellief.
Mr. Hazellief said he grew up "in the
boondocks out in the middle of nowhere,"
in the Bluefield community which is be-
tween the City of Okeechobee and Fort
Pierce just over the St. Lucie County line. At
first he lived in a small log house built by
his father. As Mr. Hazellief grew older and
the family expanded, his father built a larger
There was no electricity in Bluefield.
However, Mr. Hazellief remembers his fa-
ther putting in a carbide lighting system.
Later they got lights from a battery system
that was recharged by a generator. He never
had running water when he was growing
up. Mr. Hazellief said the only way they had
running water was to get a bucket and run
from the pump to the house. His father built
a concrete cistern which had a hand pump.
He remembers the first radio he ever
heard. It was battery operated. A wire was
strung between two poles to serve as an
antenna and he listened to the "Grand Old
Mr. Hazellief's father had groves and
grew corn, peas and sweet potatoes and
then later got into growing sugar cane for
syrup. He said that during the two weeks
around Christmas when all the brothers
were home from school they would cut
the cane and make syrup. He said a steam
boiler ran the cane mill and steam was used
to cook the cane juice.
Mr. Hazellief attended school through the
eighth grade in a one-room school in the
community. Some school years his father
boarded the teacher and his family made up
most, if not all, of the enrollment. He said
young teachers just starting out were sent
to his school and they usually stayed only
"I got a real good eighth grade education
Mr. Hazellief said.
Then he went by bus to the ninth grade
in Fort Pierce where algebra was his down-
"I won't use that in my life time," he
predicted at the time. "So far, I haven't had
to," he added in a recent interview. So he
dropped out of school in the ninth grade.
Mr. Hazellief has lived most of his life in
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
At 101 Okeechobee resident Wilson
Hazellief lives by himself and keeps
up to date on current events.
this area except for a short while spent in
North Florida and he worked at a variety of
jobs including long distance truck driving,
truck farming, running a feed lot, school
custodian in Fort Pierce, working for Phil-
lips 66 Petroleum and working at a nuclear
Although a life long Democrat, Mr. Ha-
zellief does not support the policies of Presi-
dent Obama. He feels the recently passed
health care law is "way too costly." On the
local scene, he feels Okeechobee has the
best sheriff's office the county has had in a
Mr. Hazellief outlived two wives and
seven of his nine children and has lived by
himself since his second wife passed away
in 2004. He is generally in good health al-
though he has had two knee replacements
and walks with a cane.
"I started as a young man to live for the
Lord," was his reply when asked the secret
to his long life. This was when he was about
22 years of age and soon after he married
his first wife. He said he has tried to live a
good clean life.
"I tried to live as a person ought to live."
Currently he attends North Okeechobee
Church of God. In the past he has served as
superintendent of Sunday school, Sunday
school teacher and church clerk.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courtesy photo/Hazellief Family
Enjoying the Hazellief Family Reunion held on March 27, are Hazellief brothers,
Wilson, 101, Owen, 103 and Quillie, the youngest at 91. Owen resides in Liburn,
Ga. Wilson and Quillie are residents of Okeechobee.
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