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Vol. 101 No. 80
Sunday, July 4, 2010
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Fireworks were not
always part of July 4
By Pete Gawda
When the Fourth of July is
mentioned, many people think of
fireworks. However, swimming
in Lake Okeechobee and eating
watermelon seems to be more of
a Fourth of July tradition than fire-
works in Okeechobee.
Dozier Clements, 82, does not
recall any fireworks in his younger
days. While he does not remem-
ber any tradition his family had for
observing the Fourth, he said that
some families may have had pic-
nics and swam in the lake at Taylor
Creek. He said there was a sandbar
at the mouth of the creek before
the lock and dike were built where
people used to swim. He said alli-
gators did not seem to be as much
of a problem as they are now. He
alSo said there was a rodeo in Ar-
cadia on the Fourth of July that
some people attended.
Betty Chandler Williamson,
president of the Okeechobee His-
torical Society remembers the
Fourth of July because of a "wa-
termelon ceremony." Her family
of eight would gather around the
kitchen table that was covered with
newspapers. Her father would cut
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a very interesting way. Welcoming him were Steve Porter, left, and Kiwanis
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general terms and are not referring to,
or speaking about, any specific person
When a child becomes a victim of sexual
abuse, they may need years of counseling to
cope with the embarrassment and humill-
ation but one thing is constant--that child
needs the support of their family.
"It has to be real support-not just lip
support," said Gary Pettit, the vice president
and chief operating officer for the Hibiscus
Children's Center. "The child's already feeling
guilt because they think they let it happen to
themselves. They must get services early on. If
they get treatment early on, they usually have
a good prognosis. The real key is family sup-
According to Connie Delgiudice, the clini-
cal director of the family safety and awareness
program with the Hibiscus Children's Center,
the effects of being sexually violated can be
devastating for a youngster.
"They develop all kinds of emotional prob-
lems, including post traumatic stress disorder
(P SD)," se reid "Ifetluntreated, they can
Those problems can range from having
discipline problems in school to suicide.
What about when the perpetrator is also
Ms. Delgiudice said child-on-child sexual
abuse has been going on for years and is
something that has always been there. But
for whatever reason, this type of abuse h s
been kept in the dark until recent years.
"Child-on-child sexual abuse is something
more people are taking very, very seriously
because of the devastating effects on the
victims," she said. "There was a recent case
where a boy hung himself after being sexually
She went on to explain that children and
adults react differently to abuse. While adults
will talk to a counselor or doctor about it, a
child will re-enact to what happened and
will show the professional what happened
through their behavior.
"The younger they are, the more the re-
enactment," she said.
While there are some victims who can
deal with the abuse mentally, that percentage
is small. However, said Ms. Delgiudice, there
is one common denominator to coping with
abuse-a family that's very supportive.
The family, she continued, must rally be-
hind the child, believe the child and support
the child in every way. Also, it's important
that the family not overshadow the child and
make it their problem and not the child's.
Ms. Delgiudice, a Florida clinical sexologist
and licensed mental health counselor, said
besides the obvious behavioral problems a
young victim may suffer intrusive thoughts-
thinking about the abuse when they don't
want to-and avoidance.
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"Sexual abuse to someone'S
child is a lifelong event."
licensed mental health counselor
"Anytime a child displays avoidance be-
havior, that is a sign of a more serious disor-
he like PSD," she said "Thepyea id an ti
reminds them of the abuse.,,
But no matter, said Mr. Pettit, the abuse
should notl nro e have never been
treated for it and have led perfectly normal
lives. Some people can cope with it better the
others. It varies from child to child," he said.
"But no matter what the abuse, it's something
that has to be addressed. The kids feel guilty
in some ways ... You have to see what their
baseline was before, and what it is now."
Both Mr. Pettit and Ms. Delgiudice agreed
that abuse causes different problems for boys
than girls. For boys, the guilt often runs more
de ply when they are abused by another boy.
"With boys, the anger is greater," said Mr.
Pettit. "With sex abuse, it's about power and
control. I would think the anger the boy might
feel would cause him to look to power con-
trol issues with other children."
Ms. Delgiudice said studies show that boys
act out more than girls after being sexually
"Boys feel more guilty and ask themselves
if they are heterosexual. They take it more dif-
ferently," she said.
And the effects of the abuse aren't felt by
th Thlied pats go through a range of emo-
tion," said Ms. Delgiudice. "Sexual abuse to
someone's child is a lifelong event. It's very
common for parents to go through all rang-
es of emotion. Some will display anger, and
some will not want to say anything and let the
abus getcao rithsns victims of abuse
might show include: suddenly acting differ-
ently; suddenly they don't want to sleep in
their room; suddenly they don't want you to
give themeatibath; nightmares; and, becoming
The one thing parents must remember is
to communicate with their child.
'Always keep an open line of communica-
tion with your child," offered Ms. Delgiudice.
"Find the time when your child is more prone
to talk at a point in the day, then use that time
to talk to the child. They will talk to you lf they
And the final advice for parents-get help.
Often times families won't seek profes-
sional help because they don't want the vic-
tim to be retraumatized by going to a therapist
and bringing the experience up all over again.
Seek out an experienced therapist because
they can go through the therapy without
bringing up the trauma, said Ms. Delgiudice.
"They (victims) really need to get assess-
ment and testing from an experienced coun-
selor. Otherwise, that counselor can do more
harm than good," she said. "At Hibiscus, that's
our mission. We have programs specifically
for that "
Martha's House provides assistance and
shelter to survivors of domestic, sexual
and dating violence and victims of other
violent crimes in Okeechobee County. Ms.
Sandoval, Legal Advocate, has worked in
the outreach office at Martha's House for
almost 4 years and is experienced and
trained to help survivors who are in need
of help with legal issues as of a result of
violence. She works closely with con-
tracted attorney Elizabeth Maxwell who
represents Martha's House clients seek-
ing injunctions of protection. Her daily
agenda includes safety planning with, and
counseling survivors. She accompanies
them to court and various other appoint-
ments. She also aids survivors in applying
for financial assistance and victim's com-
pensation. She provides immigration sup-
port, and makes referrals.
Ms. Sandoval facilitates aSpanish-speak-
ing, weekly support program developed
specifically to meet the needs of women
dealing with, or affected by domestic vio-
lence and abusive relationships.
When asked why she does it, Ms. San-
doval stated, "I enjoy helping people! I be-
lieve that domestic violence is a problem
in our area. Unfortunately it is under-re-
ported, as a result there are many families
living in distress. I would like to reach out
to survivors of domestic violence and let
them know that Martha's House is here to
help. My goal is to help women feel sup-
ported and empowered. Many women
choose to remain in their homes and
work on their relationships; at Martha's
House we give them the tools to help
them through it. The best part is that we
provide services without cost to the fami-
lies who we are here to serve." Ms. San-
doval added that Martha's House serves
male survivors of domestic violence on
an outreach basis. Those fleeing relation-
ships are checked into hotel rooms until
suitable arrangements can be made.
A survivor had this to say about Ms. San-
doval: "My son and I spent 30 days in the
shelter. Despite it being a scary situation in
my life, I will always remember Legal Ad-
vocate Maggie Sandoval and Shelter Man-
ger Irene Luck. Maggie's patience, deter-
mination and emotional support made
all the difference. Maggie has strength
and shares it with people who are going
through hard times in their lives."
Victims of domestic, sexual or dating
violence and human trafficking find sup-
port and assistance at Martha's House. Ms.
Sandoval, along with the other caring ad-
vocates, at Martha's House is here to help
through times of need. Anyone in need of
assistance, seeking further information, or
want to help in the fight against domestic
violence, may contact Martha's House's
outreach office at 863-763-2893. Those in
need of immediate assistance may call
the 24 hour hotline at 863-763-0202. The
vision of Martha's House is to have homes
without violence and Ms. Sandoval is
working hard to achieve this goal.
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Family support key in coping with sexual abuse
Public Forum/Speak Out
4 Okeechobee News
Sunday, July 4, 2010
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Public Forum. There, you can create
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topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!
*Each and every American needs to
support past, present and future members
of the armed forces. The flag burning cer-
emony is our American Flag and represents,
among other things, freedom. This freedom
came at a cost. It is out of respect and pride
for my nation and all that protect it that I at-
tended this amazing service. I was very sad-
dened that other Americans did not attend.
This event was in the Okeechobee News
and was held at 6:30 p.m. I thought that the
attendance would have been overwhelm-
ing. What a disappointment! The Boy Scouts
and the few members of the American Le-
gion were outstanding. The other few spec-
tators, I applaud you. When 9/11 occurred,
Americans came together as a nation, where
is the patriotism now?
Town Hall meeting
*Has the county ever tried using a con-
tractor to handle new grants? The contractor
is paid a percentage of the grants he or she
researches, finds, obtains and manages. If he
or she does not successfully land any grants,
he or she receives nothing. Grant writing is
difficult and it is probably not very efficient
to have a s lriethperson doifg tha o 'us]
you have to pay tem even if tey do' an
*This time of year they are on the move
looking for a mate and will travel long dis-
tances. We do not live near any water that
" kono ot arand uj ealn yard agad t had
the sheriff's department as Fish and Game
would not come out and do anything. Be-
cause Fish and Game would not come out a
trapper was called and the gator was killed
for it's hide and meat.
*According to the FWC web site, FWC
officers do not attempt to catch or move al-
ligators. They just call the trappers. The trap-
pers do not get any pay from the state. Their
pay is the gator's hide and meat. So taking
care of the alligator problem is not funded
by tax dollars. FWC says they can't just re-
locate a gator because gators are very ter-
ritorial, and if you drop a new gator into a
wildlife area, the resident gators will attack
it and usually either the new gator is killed
or it kills one of the resident gators. There
are more than 1 million alligators in Flonida
and all of the wildlife areas are pretty much
at capacity for the number of alligators they
can support. Of course the same thing hap-
pens when alligators move around looking
for mates. If they enter other alligators' terri-
tory, there could be a fight.
*Look how dangerous these animals
can be. Remember when that kid got his
arm bit off by the gator in Nubbin Slough?
We should be free to kill them whenever we
*In all fairness, the kid who had his al-
ligator bitten off at Nubbin Slough knew the
alligators were in the water and jumped in
anyway. That was asking for trouble. That is
their territory and he was invading it, know-
ing there were big gators there. They are
dangerous, but they are native to Florida so
you learn how to live with them. One thing
you need to know is do not walk a dog near
water or let your dog swim in the water. The
alligators are native and belong there. The
dog does not.
Alli ator out on a walk
*About a week ago I came across an
alligator walking along the sidewalk across
from the high school. It turned into the
pond there. I reported this to an officer over
at the school and he promised to relay the
message to the proper authorities. This was
no small gator. Today, I pulled my vehicle
into the road area by the entrance of the
parkway because I saw a man in his trunk
withthhis dog wet wit water and aabballuin its
gatow snthe kodNoc pb em ohim hi
I am an animal person and love my dogs. I
hope the gator is not there anymore. He was
bigger than the culverts there. I worry that
nothing was done about this. If not, I'm so
*All the departments need to be stream-
lined from the top, to the bottom. Here they
go now with the MSTU, which they will im-
plement, bet your bottom tax dollar on that.
*Waste Management has a contract with
the county from some years ago in which
they agreed to give the county 100 acres.
They are now offering to make good with
100 acres which they will buy or the county
can instead take $1.5 million, which is what
they would have to spend on this particular
100 acres. I can't believe the county commis-
sion is even considering choosing the land.
Not only does the county not need the 100
acres for anything in particular, but it would
take it off the tax rolls. We need to get a big
group in the audience like at a game show
and shout "TAKE THE MONEY!" Not all of
the commissioners are in favor of taking
the land. As far as I know Commissioners
Domer and Hoover were not in favor of the
land but wanted to take the money.
*In regard to the budget, first they need
to bite the bullet and approve the full fire
assessment. Last year, they put that off and
tokbith money outd o f h reserve Io in
serves again this year. So just go ahead with
the assessment and accept that some people
will complain. Then, streamline the county
government, get rid of any positions that
are not essential and check into outsourc-
ing things like payroll processing and using
contractors for items such as grant writing.
At least check to see what the difference in
price would be. Or perhaps technology can
help. With the night computer program, one
person can do the job that used to take two
or three. If there is a more cost efficient way
to get things done, do it.
*Idon't want to race to my phone to
call 911 when someone is breaking into my
home or a family member needs rescue and
be put on hold because they made cut backs
in dispatch. I don't want to be standing in
front of my home to show the police where
to go, and have to stand there for 30 minutes
because some officers were laid off when
other more ob ious cuts culd be nadae. I
anha cidhe ta every a tmnt yaas made
higher taxes for police/fire rescue as long as
I know that it is needed. You can't put a dol-
lar amount on this type of service, just ask
the two widows of the Tampa police officers
that were killed yesterday.
*Until we get the constitutional officers
to realize they work for the taxpayers it is the
same old, same old. The sheriff scares ev-
eryone with his claims that he needs all the
money he asks for or enime will be rampant,
the EMS and fire department say they won't
be able to do their jobs. All the surrounding
counties have bit the bullet and let people
go. Okeechobee County seems to think we
cannot spend ourselves into bankruptcy,
*I keep reading about the cuts at the
Sheriff's Office and some really good replies
Sheriff. I would
.. just like to say
I I I that I don't hear
Y much about the
1 Officer's work-
30ing in the Jail. If
Syou would just
take a moment
and think about
report to work they spend It2 h urs d a iprl
with more inmates charged or convicted of
felonies in one shift than the Road Patrol
Deputies see in a lifetime of doing their job.
*The corrections officers do deserve
credit for their difficult jobs to be sure. But
the number of corrections officers is prob-
ably mandated by state law as to how many
officers you need per so many numbers of
inmates, so I don't think the county can just
cut back on their numbers. And while their
job is by no means easy, at least in the jail
you already know what you are dealing with
and aside from what they can make out of
a toothbrush or something like that, they
aren't armed. The deputies' job is more dan-
gerous because they never know who will
be dangerous or what kind of weapon they
might have. The most dangerous cases that
deputies handle are often things like domes-
tic disputes and traffic stops because you
never know when someone is going to just
pull out a gun and start shooting. A deputy
gets nb 2en anman nd au nofewho have
the man ad the wife aretattacking theadeip
fc storpabecas h gu ra na red ight, and
the driver thinks the deputy knows of other
crimes he committed and pulls a gun.
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Letters to the editor
Hunter Strickland, Luis Terrazas, Sally Tijeri-
na, and Emma Van Camp.
The students learned that they can make
a positive impact on their environment. We
hope that you will join us not only to help
"Central Go Green," but also our city of
"Yes We Can" -"Si Se Puede"
Mrs. Fulleda, 4th Grade Teacher
B.A.S.E. program (Bilingual Academy of
Spanish and English)
T0 frieHAS of the
The generosity of businesses and our lo-
cal community of great people continue to
amaze me. The 7th Annual "Good Habits-
Old Spirits" Putt-Putt Golf Tournament broke
yet another record for KOA Care Camps.
This year you raised $23,975.58 in a variety
of ways, which included the annual min-
iature golf tournament held on Memorial
Day at Okeechobee KOA. The committee's
goal was to top last year's total; last year's
record was shattered by nearly $4,000! Your
phenomenal donations, auction prizes, sup-
port and fund raising efforts are a testament
to your dedication to this very special cause
and very special children.
Children's cancer camps are designed to
meet the special needs of children enduring
the physical and emotional challenges of
this horrible disease. Your donation allows
a memorable summer camp experience
for these special children. Each year about
5,000 children with cancer are helped by
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Reflections from the pulpit
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Jay Johnson was the winner of the
Seventh Annual Putt Putt fundraiser.
KOA Care Camps has grown from an initial
distribution of $8,000 to six camps to the
$242,000 that was distributed to 43 camps
SThe great people of Okeechobee are con-
siderable contributors to this cause. Some
of our children from Okeechobee have en-
joyed the camping experience at Florida's
R.O.C.K. camp. Our local American Cancer
Society administers childhood cancer pro-
grams like R.O.C.K. camp which stands for
Reaching Out to Cancer Kids.
Just think of the smiles you help put on
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Students participating in the program
were each given their own recycle bin
reminding them to "Go Green" at home.
In the back row are: Victor Gaona, Me-
gan Hargraves, Hailey Spearow, Dan-
ielle Speck, Mckayla Skinner, Hunter
Stickland and Shaun Hood. In the
middle row are: Zayon Alderman, Sally
Tijerina, Taylor Jordan, Abbey Jones,
Daniel Fulleda, and Jose Ramirez and
in the front row are: Sierra Brydebell,
Beatriz Perez, and Luis Terrazas.
agement for welcoming us to their facilities,
and for an educational and fun field trip.
I also want to thank Mrs. Lopez' students
for joining Mrs. Fulleda's class on this jour-
A special thank you to all of my students
for their hard work in making this project
possible: Zayon Alderman, Sierra Brydebell,
Daniel Fulleda, Victor Gaona, Megan Har-
graves, Shaun Hood, Abbey Jones, Taylor
Jordan, Beatriz Perez, Jose Ramirez, Mckay-
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By Robyn Spradlin
Have you ever looked at photographs that
were out of focus? Even being slightly out of
focus can distort the entire image. Working in
a photo lab, I see pictures with quite the focal
range on a daily basis. Some have only minor
focus issues, while others are skewed beyond
recognition of the focal point. For photos to be
mut PTh i calnpdontl tna h ouerapoh sq al
a writer's main character in a novel or play. It's
what you see or focus on at the center.
Focus in our spiritual life is just as essential
as it is for the writer or the photographer. Our
lives reflect our focus. If our focus point is the
evening news, the Dow Jones, unemployment
rates, the latest new hit movie or television pro-
gram, or even the supermarket tabloids, those
things will be crisp, clear and concise, and just
like it is with film or paper processing, the im-
age will imprint on your spirit. However, if the
Word of God is our focal point, then its image
will be imprinted upon our spirits just as crisp,
clear and concise as the other images.
We can see Jesus dealt with this same
problem in His ministry, take a look at Philip
and Andrew in John 6:1-14. They were focus-
ing on what they did not possess, concern
about what wasn't available. They forgot that
Jesus was with them and He was asking for
their cooperation. Jesus knew what He was
going to do before He asked anyone anything,
before the little boy's lunch was presented
(vs. 6). Before anyone's involvement, His fo-
cus was on the supply and its' manifestation.
We can see Jesus ends up with too much, an
over abundance of leftovers after 500 men had
eaten, not counting women and children.
According to Genesis 1:28 mankind as a
whole was created in God's image. In Jesus'
life and ministry He said He did only what the
Fahe sseir n cha i e ta sen he Fath r
Father and Jesus was also created in the im-
age of His Father. My question is this, if Jesus
operated in this manner, focusing on the sup-
ply, abundance and manifestation in the face
of abject lack, how should we respond in our
daily lives? What should our focus be? Is He
not our example?
I can hear some saying, "but that was Je-
sus..." True, it was Jesus, but does not this
same Jesus dwell within us? If you cannot
answer a hearty "Yes," then you can change
your status by asking Jesus into your heart to-
day, receiving Him as Savior and Lord. Now,
we are all ready to focus on the words of our
Heavenly Father and bringing them into crisp,
clarity and we will watch our lives take on the
image of the Father's words, just like Jesus
did! I'll leave you with food for thought. Ask
yourself, what am I focusing on? Is my life a
crisp, clear photograph or skewed by being
out of focus?
Mrs. Fulleda's fourth grade students at
Central Elementary School started a project
at the beginning of the school year to bring
awareness for the need to recycle in our
school and community. The project started
on Nov. 15, 2009 National Recycle Day, stu-
dents brought in a project made out of re-
cycled material and wrote an essay on why
we should recycle to help our planet.
On Jan. 25, 2010 Mrs. Lopez' third grade
students and Mrs. Fulleda's fourth grade
students were awarded the Okeechobee
Landfill Mini-Grant. The grant provided the
students an opportunity to go on a field trip
to the Okeechobee Landfill. The purpose of
the field trip was to build learning through
"real world experiences." The students were
allowed to see the actual process of trash
collection, and see the large amount of recy-
clable waste that is filling our landfill
Students created a school wide aware-
ness campaign. They created posters, filmed
a video, and wrote articles in the classroom
paper in English and Spanish. They also,
made landfill models, and invited all of
Central's faculty, staff and students to sign a
pledge to help "Central Go Green."
With the grant, awarded students were
also given a recycle bin to take home. The
purpose is for them to recycle paper and
bring it to the school recycle dumpster. This
will not only help their school, but also teach
the students that they can make a difference
in their community.
I want to thank Okeechobee Waste Man-
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OKEECHO)BEE -Dawn Lynn Johnston, age
38, died June 30, 2010, in ( i.. l.I~ n .~ Florida.
Dawn was employed as a counselor with G4S
Youth Development Facility in ( ..~ . H.I~ d -~
Her main interests in life included rearing her
three children, dancing and swimming.
She is survived by her husband, Mark John-
ston; two sons, Mark Johnston, Jr. and Charles
Johnston; and daughter Michaela Johnston, all
of Port St. Lucie, Florida.
In addition, she is survived by her mother and
step-father Colleen (Fred) Heitmann, of Okee-
chobee; father Melvin (Mary) Solarczyk of Nash-
ville, Tennessee; and one brother, Joseph John
(Amy) Solarczyk of Bradford, Pennsylvania.
sA2 elebration of ifetwill benhseki,hMond ,n July
ary, at I1:00 AM with Pastor John Hirst, of
Peace Lutheran church onficiating.
The family requests casual attire. A reception
wellllok iplc .following the ceremony in the
All arrangements are under the care and direc-
tion of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Sea-
winds Funeral Home & Crematory, 4550
Highway 441 N., ( i., . l.. I.d~~~ Florida.
Redneck Yacht Club plans
benefit on Tuesday, July 6
The Redneck Yacht Club will hold their
monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 6 at 6
p.m., at Butch's backyard bar. They will
discuss a benefit they plan to host in July
to help Rick Krnotch, a local musician. Rick
had heart surgery and needs our help to pay
hospital expenses. Anyone who knows Rick
and would like to help with this benefit is
encouraged to attend. Hope to see you all
there. For questions, call Dot at 863-763-
Habitat for Humanity
meeting changed for July 6
Location of Habitat for Humanity of
Okeechobee's Monthly Meeting has been
changed to Hampton Inn meeting room.
The next meeting will be held on July 6, at
tHmspton Inn 120b0 S R. Od.East at 6:00pm'
Red Cross plans July Health
and Safety classes in July
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will hold the following
Health & Safety classes in July:
*Wednesday, July 7 First Aid Basics at
*Monday, July 12 Adult CPR/AED at 6
*Thursday, July 22 Infant/Child CPR/
AED at 6 p.m.
All classes are held at their Service Cen-
ter, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-763-2488.
Summer 'Teen Dance
Party' set for July 10
Another great night is planned for local
teens at the next Teen Dance Party set for
Saturday, July 10, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Freshman Campus. Live music
will be presented by DP Productions. The
cost for the dance is just $7 per person and
admission includes pizza, soda and chips!
All proceeds will benefit the Real Life Chil-
Gordie Peer display at
Gordie Peer, former western film stunt-
man, Wild West entertainer, and local
rancher, will display his extensive collec-
tion of cowboy and western film memo-
rabilia the month of July at the Okeecho-
bee County Library, 206 S.W 16th Street.
The display runs from now through July
31. The Library will reopen after the lon8
weekend on Tuesday, July 6 at 9:30 a.m.
Call the library at 863-763-3536 for more
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Nutritional class to be held
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las Chiropractic and Fitness Center. The class
will be taught by Dr. Edward Douglas. This is
free to the community. For more informa-
tion, call 863-763-4320.
Hospice to host Special Yard
Sale July 15 and 16
Hospice of Okeechobee (411 SE Fourth
Street) will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale on
Thursday, July 15 and Friday, July 16,
from 8 a.m. until noon. Specialty Items This
Sale: children's play clothes. We have new
items galore offered at extremely reasonable
prices. Funds raised will benefit patient care
including services at The Hamrick Home. If
you wish to donate items to the Yard Sale,
drop off times are weekdays between 8 a.m.
and 1 p.m. For information call 863-467-
B8eneit f0r School Crossing
Guard Alice Sippert
Join us on July 17 at 1 1 a.m. at the Amer-
'acacni eg nhfolr aplorek dinner lvet.7sisad
suffered an illness that left her unable to
work. Hospital stays, doctors and no medi-
cal insurance finds her with bills that keep
piling up. The pork dinner is $8. Auctioneer,
Jeff Osborne at 1 p.m. Now accepting cash
or donations for auction. Call Jeff at 863-634-
7389; Danny at 863-697-0127; or Bruce at
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TOurTHRmenS July 25
The Freedom Outreach Fishing Tourna-
ments will be held on July 25 and Aug. 29.
The $80 cash entry fee for each tournament
in the series includes the Big Fish Pot and
the Classic Fund, with a 70 percent payback.
The final event, the Classic, will be held Sept.
26. To qualify for the classic, you must have
fished at least four events since spring. The
classic will be a one-day event with a $120
cash entry fee. All tournaments are held at
Scott Driver park from safe light until 2 p.m.
with Taylor Creek as the alternate in case of
low water. Please register early. To get an
entry application or for questions, call 863-
634-3790 or 863-634-9889.
m88ting Setf 1r July 27
The next meeting of the Community
Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared
Services Network of Okeechobee, will be
Tuesday, July 27, at 10 a.m. in the board
room of the School Board Office. It is open
to the public. The purpose of the meeting is
to allow the community to identify issues re-
garding services for children and their fami-
lies. Guest seakers: Lyn Vidulich, Foster
Grandparent Program and Candace Pope,
Okeechobee County Health Dept. S.W.A.T.
Please remember to support our back-to-
school supply drive with your donations (fi-
nancial and/or supplies) through the month
of July. Call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000,
Ex. 257 with any questions.
Tantle Quilters to meet at
The "Tantie Quilters" will have the Histor-
ical Museum open on several dates during
July and August. It will be open on Thursday'
July 29. August meeting dates are Thursday,
Aug. 5 and Aug. 26. The hours are 9 a.m. -
1:30 p.m. Call Betty Williamson at 863-763-
6226 with questions.
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An Okeechobee woman was arrested
June 1, on felony charges on child abuse/
neglect failuree to protect.) Ashley Nichole
Lawson, 20, of Northwest Ninth, was ar-
rested by Detective Rosemary Farless.
According to the detective's report, Law-
son is accused of neglecting her three year
old daughter. She is accused of allowing
marijuana to be smoked in the little girl's
presence. She is also accused of refusing to
take the child to the doctor to check on al-
legations that the girl had been molested,
and with continuing to leave the child alone
with her alleged molester after the allega-
tions were reported to her.
According to the report, a woman who
rented a room to Lawson told deputies that
Lawson had smoked marijuana in the room
with her daughter and
that she left the girl with
babysitters for days at a
time. When her regular
babysitter was not avail-
able, the little girl was re-
Sportedly left with anyone
Ashley the mother could find.
Lawson The deputies inter-
viewed the regular babysitter who also
made allegations that Lawson allowed the
little girl to be around people smoking mari-
juana. She also stated the little girl told her
she had been sexually abused, and that she
had reported this to the mother and asked
the mother to take the girl to the doctor. She
stated the mother did not take the child to
the doctor and continued to leave the girl
alone with the man the girl named as her
When deputies arrived at Lawson's resi-
dence, she was not at home. A neighbor in
the apartment next door came out and ex-
plained the little girl was with her. When the
deputies asked the neighbor for a contact
number she said she did not have a contact
number for Lawson and had only known
her two days. The neighbor agreed to bring
the child to the sheriff's office. Once at the
office, the neighbor said Lawson had called
her and would meet them at the sheriff's
office. Detective Farless noted the little girl
had dark circles under her eyes and smelled
of being dirty.
The report states that when Lawson
arrived at the sheriff's office, she was in-
The parents reported that they did not
suspect anything until the
friend told them what the
girl told her. After learning
of the alleged abuse, how-
ever, they recalled Powell a .
had been voluntarily doing / 1
the laundry even before "1 ,
there was a full load, and
that he had been launder- .
ing the sheets from the Robert
child's bed frequently. Powell
terviewed by the detective and deputies.
Lawson told deputies she did not know
the last name of the person she had left her
daughter with, saying that the woman was
her friend's cousin, "and if the friend trusts
her then so does she."
According to the report, Lawson admit-
ted knowing about the sexual abuse allega-
tions for six weeks. "When I asked Lawson
why she had not taken her daughter to the
doctor to be checked or called law enforce-
ment, she said she did not know," the re-
port continues. The child was released to
her paternal grandmother and was to be
taken for a medical exam.
An Okeechobee man was arrested July 1
on capital sexual battery on a four-year-old
Robert Powell, 27, was accused of sex-
ual battery on a four-year-old. According
to the report, Powell, who is unemployed
and homeless, was staying with the child's
parents at the time. The alleged incidents
reportedly occurred at night while the little
girl's parents were asleep.
The alleged abuse was reported to law
enforcement after the little girl spent the
night at the home of a family friend. The
friend noticed the girl touching herself in a
sexual manner and questioned her about it.
When the child told her how the man had
reportedly touched her and what he had
done to her, the friend reported it to the par-
ents. The parents and the friend brought the
child to the sheriff's office.
According to the report, the child told in-
vestigators that Powell had molested her, and
described what happened with details that a
young child would not normally know.
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The following individuals were arrested
on felony 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 Flonida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
*James Edward Long, 24, of Southwest
20th Avenue, was arrested June 30, and
charged with throwing a deadly missile into
an occupied vehicle. He was also charged
with a misdemeanor charge of battery. He
is accused of throwing a half-full can of beer
into a vehicle. OCSO Max Waldron was the
arresting officer. Bond was set at $10,500.
*George William Reichart, 28, of South-
east 40th Drive, was arrested July 1 on an
Okeechobee County warrant and charged
with unemployment fraud. Bond was set at
*Jeffrey Roy Bedwell, 49, of Northeast
34th Lane, was arrested July 1 on a Hills-
borough County warrant and charged with
violation of probation possession of a con-
trolled substance. No bond was set.
*Charles Ive Garrett, 52, of Southwest
Ruck Dairy Road, was arrested July 1 on a
Highlands County warrant and charged with
grand theft, two counts of dealing in stolen
property. Bond was set at $11,000.
*Richard Leroy Boss, 64, of Cedartown,
Ga., was arrested July 2 by the Okeechobee
County Streeterimes Unit on a Georgia war-
rant. He is charged with sexual battery. No
bond was set.
This column lists arrests and not con-
oictions, 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.
Seacoast National Bank celebrated the
1980s while hosting the June Okeechobee
Main Street Mixer. Melody Hodges and her
staff decorated the lobby of the North Parrott
Branch with vinyl albums, lava lamps, pho-
tos of celebrities, games and music of the
80s. Over 60 people attended this fun event
enjoyed food catered by Dee-Stefano's of
Indiantown, door prizes and networking.
Okeechobee Main Street's July Mixer will
be held at the Law Firm of Hoskins, Turco,
Ll yd ad Lloy dl cted at 212 S uth Pa rtt
Avenue on Tuesday, July 20, from 5-7 p.m.
As always everyone is invited to come and
check out the most accomplished and vis-
ible organization in Okeechobee, Okeecho-
bee Main Street.
A story in the Friday, July 2, 2010 edi-
tion of this newspaper, with the headline,
"Local traffic fatality rate went up in 2009,"
was in error.
The statistics given for traffic accidents
in Okeechobee County and the City of
Okeechobee from the Florida Department
of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles gave
the total number of traffic crashes in the
City of Okeechobee in 2009 as 80 and the
total number countywide for 2009 as 337.
According to the Okeechobee City Po-
lice Department, OCP officers worked 448
traffic accidents in the city limits in 2009.
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office re-
cords indicate OCSO deputies worked 345
traffic accidents outside the city limits in
These figures do not include the acci-
dents worked by Florida Highway Patrol
officers in Okeechobee County in 2009.
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of a cow town anymore. When he first came
here everything was closed on Wednesday
afternoons and Sundays. He said there
wasn't even anyplace open to eat on Sun-
days and U. S. 441 carried much less traffic.
His wife passed away 13 years ago. If she
had lived another two months, they would
have been married 65 years. They had two
children and adopted a third. Mr. Hathaway
now lives with his daughter and son-in-law.
By Pete Gawda
At 98 years of age Merle Hathaway is
more active than many men much younger
than him. He has lived a long, full life and
is still involved in volunteer activities at the
Okeechobee County Senior Services Center.
Mr. Hathaway recently received the Man-
grove Grove Bay Service Award to Seniors
given by the Area Agency on Aging, cornpet-
ing against nominees from senior service or-
ganizations in Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie
and Palm Beach counties.
Mr. Hathaway said he was surprised to
get the award. He did not expect it. He helps
out daily in the kitchen at the senior services
center doing "anything there is to do."
"I just did it because nobody else will do
it," he said of his volunteer activities.
In the winter about 90 people a day corne
to the senior services center. In the surnrer
that number drops to 40 or 50.
Mr. Hathaway has been corning to the
Okeechobee Senior Services Center for
about four years. Before that he used to go
the senior services center in Brighton.
He said the secret of his long life is "hug-
ging the women." On a more serious note
Mr. Hathaway offered the following advice:
"Be happy and don't worry about stuff,
let the Lord take care of it." He is a faithful
nernber of Oakview Baptist Church.
jolMr. Hathaway has had an fid wplet I
sale grocer for 28 cents an hour during the
Great Depression. He said he was able to
keep his job when many people lost theirs
because people had to eat. In Ohio he was
justice of the peace and county judge. In his
official capacity, he performed many mar-
Mr. Hathaway came to West Palm Beach
in 1956 where he worked for a bottled gas
company. In 1970 he moved to Okeechobee
which he describes as "an old cow town."
However he says, Okeechobee is not much
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News .
When it cornes to the emergency inedi-
cal services (EMS) assessment Okeechobee
County residents pay, it could be a case of
"pay me now or pay me later."
Last year the newly imposed EMS as-
sessinent caused quite a lot of controversy
among taxpayers. The way the assessment
was calculated, the amount of money need-
ed to fund EMS was to be distributed among
all users of the service. Each user of the ser-
vice would pay their proportional share of
the cost. In a sense, it was to be a fee for
EMS services. The way the county's consul-
tant calculated it, each residential unit would
pay $74. However, cornrissioners voted to
cut that in half to $37. The other $37 for each
residence had to corne out of reserves.
This year county administrator Lyndon
Bonner has said the county does not have
the reserves to draw upon. Therefore, un-
less sorne other source of income is found
or EMS expenses are reduced, the EMS as-
sessinent will have to be raised.
Corniissioners will have to set the EMS
assessment rate for the corning budget year.
The Inaxinurn they can raise it is to $99.
However, it is more likely that the rate would
increased to the originally recorniended
It has been suggested that a sales tax be
put on the November ballot to help offset
EMS expenses. However, no official action
has been taken to date to make that happen.
The budget and EMS assessment rate will
have to be approved by Sept. 30. The result
of a referendum on a sales tax would not be
known until November and the tax would
not go into effect until January.
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Special to the Okeechobee News
On May 20, 205 seniors received
scholarships at the Okeechobee
High School Lecture Hall. Lo-
cal scholarships received totalled
$748,013. (above) Chet Pluskott
presented Kaley Dees with the Ever-
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By Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM
Pet Rescue Humane Society
If it's hot for you then it's hot for our dogs,
cats and horses. Did you know that high heat
and sun can kill an animal?
Did you know that sunburn
can be a concern on light
animals? Light animals can
be kept in shady areas. Sun
blocks are available and
work well on the noses of
dogs and horses. Since sun
lik > sape su boks k ed on light colored
dogs and horses.
Heat stroke is more dangerous than sun-
burn. It frequently occurs during exercise. If
it is hot for you then it is hot for your dog or
horse. Riding and exercising should be done
only in the morning or late afternoon or
evening (unless they are conditioned to it).
Older dogs should have a veterinarian check
up to make sure that they don't have any
underlying problems. Heat stresses the en-
tire body. All outdoor dogs and horses must
have shade. Equally important is fresh water
that can't be spilled. Animals will drink less
tha thy nedif he atrdbs dit.>Hoing
in is a real cool down treat. Fans work great
outside next to your dog and in barns. There
are different types of cooling products avail-
able for dogs which include beds and cool-
Pets don't do well in cars or trucks during
the summer. If you are going to run chores
your dog should stay home. Keeping a dog
in a running air conditioned car sounds rea-
sonable but if the engine should stop your
dog can die from heat stroke. A policeman
accidently killed his dog that way. Leaving
the windows open is not a good option
since the car gets hot and there simply is not
enncugh ei loLteavikng yor dog in a ca
the truck is parked chances are that the dog
will bein the un. If you must do this, water
Pets don't deal with the heat the way we
do. Dogs really don't sweat except for their
feet. They cool down by panting, bringing
in the cooler air and letting out the warmer.
The skin also helps. The blood vessels en-
large so that as the blood flows through the
body it gets cooled. Horses do sweat, unless
they are non-sweaters. These horses can't
cool themselves down so they should be
kept in shade or in the barn with fans. Elec-
trolytes are a must.
Just as we need to make changes in our
lifestyles so we don't over heat, we have to
make changes for our pets as well.
Brian King Youth Minister
Brian King has made Okeechobee his home
for the last sixteen years. He attended Warner
University, a Christian college in Lake Wales,
Florida, and graduated with a degree in ele-
mentary education in 2000. For the past sev-
en years he has taught sixth grade science at
Yearling Middle School. Coaching soccer has
also been a big part of Brian's involvement in
the community. He has coached both boys'
tldgiras' toeaams at the hidghrs hob rand io cr
chobee Club Soccer. It was in college where
rn et lhis1 wie, Mel s a. She has taugtaht-a
home mom. They have three children, An-
drew, Caleb, and Jacey.
Brian has just accepted a position as Youth
Minister at Okeechobee Christian Church lo-
cated at the corner of Charles Harvey Hwy.
and SE 18th Terr. (863) 467-7858.
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Jeff Sumner presented Paige Arnold
with the Farm City Scholarship on
OHS Scholarship Night 2010 held
May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall.
with the Jay Raulerson Memorial Schol-
arship on OHS Scholarship Night 2010
held May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall.
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In accordance with the 2008 Lake
Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (2008
LORS), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Jacksonville District adjusted water releases
from Lake Okeechobee at 7 a.m. Thursday,
July 1. The new target flow to the St. Lucie
Estuary, measured at St. Lucie Lock and Dam
(S-80), is 200 cubic feet per second (cfs).
Target flow to the Caloosahatchee Estuary
at the W. P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) is
450 cfs. Previous average daily target flows
were 1,170 efs and 3,000 efs, respectively.
Thursday's lake level was at 14.03 feet
NGVD, which is more than 1.75 feet above
what is predicted by the 2008 LORS.
The Corps strives to maintain the lake be-
tween 12.5 and 15.5 feet NGVD. The Corp's
decision to reduce releases to 200 and 400
efs was based on a number of factors includ-
ing the current lake level, Thursday's date
relative to the days remaining in the wet sea-
son, and the weather forecast. Given these
conditions, the 2008 LORS Part D (Allow-
able Lake Okeechobee Releases to Tide), re-
quires a reduction in releases to a maximum
flow of 200 efs to the St. Lucie and 400 efs to
The Corps has worked to achieve a down-
ward trend in the level of Lake Okeechobee
since before the rainy season began. A wet-
ter than normal dry season caused unusu-
ally high lake levels at the end of the dry
season. Beginning on March 2, the lake was
at 13.55 feet and releases to the Caloosa-
hatchee River were initiated. After the lake
continued to rise, and with the lake at 14.38
feet on March 27, the Corps began higher
"Since last March, we've tried to mini-
mize the effects of fresh water releases from
Lake Okeechobee on the St. Lucie and Ca-
loosahatchee estuaries," said LTC Michael
Kinard, Deputy District Commander for
"We've monitored conditions closely and
worked with other agencies and an array of
stakeholders to take into consideration the
responses of the estuaries to our releases.
We're hopeful that we'll continue to see
beneficial evaporation/transpiration over the
next 30-45 days to maintain the downward
trend in lake level."
The purpose of releases from Lake
Okeechobee is to create capacity for precipi-
tation and basin runoff expected during the
wet season. The ability of Lake Okeechobee
to hold water is limited by two key factors:
the stability of the Herbert Hoover Dike
and the viability of the lake's sensitive litto-
ral and interior ecosystems. Protecting life
and property is the Corps' top priority. Lake
Okeechobee's water level can rise up to six
times faster than water can be discharged.
One foot of rainfall in the watershed north of
the lake can produce a four-foot rise in the
lake's water level.
Close monitoring of conditions through-
out the system will continue. Conditions re-
main wet throughout much of south Florida,
and there is no significant storage capacity
available in other parts of the regional sys-
tem or more information on water level
data and flows for Lake Okeechobee and
the Central and Southern Florida Project,
visit the Corps' water management page at:
http://www. saj.usace.army. mil/Divisi ons/
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COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, IULY 14, 2010 AT 9:00 A.M. AT
17429 NW 242nd STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A
COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST
FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DE-
CISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSID-
ERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE
PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO
ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH IN-
CLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO
BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING
MUST 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
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THE DATE OF THE MEETING.
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IN THE JUVENILE COURT OF SEVIER COUNTY, TENNESSEE
DEPRTE O SCHLDREN'S SERVICES,
MARTI oBORNHEIMNR Ouliv fther
IN THE MATTER OF:
DUSTIN "TREVOR" HICKMAN, d.o.b: 1-22-2001
A CHILD UNDER EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE
ORDER FORSERVICE BY PUBLICATION
It a pearngq to the Court from the allegations of the Petition for Termina-
tlon of Parental Rights, the returned summons, showing no service, and the
Affdavit of DIligent Search that the whereabouts of the Respondent MAR-
TIN BORNHEIMER are unknown and cannot be ascertained by diligent
search, therefore, the ordinary process of law cannot be served upon MAR-
TIN BORNHEIMER It Is therefore, ORDERED that said Respondent be
served by publication of the following Notice for four (4) consecubve weeks
In the OKEECHOBEE NEWS, a newspaper published In Okeechobee, Florida.
It Is further ORDERED that if the Respondent MARTIN BORNHEIMER
does not enter an appearance or otherwise Answer the Petition, further per-
sonal service or service by further publication shall be dispensed with and
service of any future notices, motions, orders or other legal documents In
this matter may be made upon the Respondent MARTIN BORNHEIMER,
by iling same with the Juvenile Court Clerk for Sevier County, Tennessee.
TO THE RESPONDENT: MARTIN BORNHEIMER
The state of Tennessee, Department of Children's Services, has bled a Pe-
titon a alnst you seeking to terminate forever your parental rights to DUS-
TIN HI KMAN. It appear ng that ordinary process of law cannot be served
upon you because your whereabouts are unknown. You are hereby OR-
DERED to serve upon Daniel Smithwick, Attorney for the Tennessee De-
partment of Children's Services, 115 Allensville Rd., Sulte 105, Sevierville,
TN 37876, Phone No: (865) 429-7012, an Answer to te htition for Termi-
nation of Parental Rig ts bled by the Tennessee Department of Children's
Service, within tirty ( 0) days of the last date of publication of this notice,
which will be July 7, 2010, or appear personally In the Juvenile Court of Se-
vier Count Tennessee, at 125 Court Avenue, Sevierville, Tennessee,
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ma vilew and obtain a copy of the Pettlon and any other subsequently iled
degrm,9ments ae th7 venile Court Clerk's Ofice, 125 Court Avenue, Se-
ENTERED this 11th day of June, 2010.
HON. DWIGHT STOKES
SEVIER COUNTY JUVENILE JUDGE
PREPARED FOR ENTRY:
Daniel Smithwick, BPR # 023900
Assistant General Counse'l
Department of Children'sServices
115 Allensville Rd., Sulte 105,
Sevierville, TN 37876
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
accordance with Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, I have served a true
copy of this Order by placing the same In the U.S. Mall, with sufhcientepost-
ag wtoar achssts destination, this the 11th day of June, 2010, to the last
oef St7n Aorney at Law
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Guardian Ad Litem
Gre Bennet Attorney at Law
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record Includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
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down our arms, we managed to have a wa-
termelon spitting contest Mrs. Williamson
said. "I was 10 years oldl before I realized
watermelon was served inside restaurants
with a fork and knife."
Jimmy Minnehan, 92, doesn't recall any
special celebration of the Fourth during the
Great Depression, "Nobody had any money
for firecrackers," he said. However, he does
remember swimming in the lake as does
long time resident Mary McGill.
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SONJA ROSE COURSON &
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ter Sonja Rose Courson to
Randy Lee Grien the grand-
son of Mr. & Mrs. Johnny
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July 4, 2010
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row, left to right, Deborah Nichols, Megan Underwood, Cera Elliott, Riley
Owens, Katie Forrester, Natalie Mitchell, Gracie Gamiotea, Janelle Markham,
Alexandria Boon, middle row, Daylin Walker, Makayla Underwood, Ashlyn
Lafferty, Taylor Jordan, Alexi Morgan, Hannah Hedrick, Bianca Fulk, Lauren
Raulerson, back row, Maliah Wright, Kristn Shorter, Jennie Busbin, Kallie
Yates, Chayse Harrel, Jessica Bylsma, Tegan Mullins. Not picured: Karlyn
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