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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 13-year-old boy accused of
molesting five young boys will not
be standing trial
any time soon
due to psycho-
logical evalua-
tions by three
doctors.
Psychologists
testified Friday,
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ness and mental
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doctors and a fourth doctor that
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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Although they aren't to-
tally out of the woods yet, ..
an officer with Okeecho-
bee County Animal Control e
said the horses and puppies
taken from a local woman
this week are all still alive. ..
Animal Control Officer Mlsailt
Claire Hudson also said Fri-
day afternoon that MelissaFrlx
Violet Fralix will not be getting any of the


animals back. Due to a 2008 order signed by
County Judge Jerald Bryant, the horses and
puppies now belong to Animal Control.
"They're our animals," said Ms. Hudson.
"We will get them healthy then they will be
auctioned."
She went on to say that two of the horses
are being cared for by a veterinarian with the
Okeechobee Veterinary Hospital and that
her office is caring for the other four. The
puppies, who were all suffering from pneu-
monia, are showing signs of improvement
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By Charles M. Murphy
/&d,7/< Okeechobee News
II A former ROTC instructor at
Okeechobee High School re-
ceived a settlement of $80,000 to
a- 1,~ end a lawsuit against Okeechobee
OCe/ Schools that alleged he was unlaw-
rIN ~ r _aumn'h ~ I fully fired and subjected to racial
discrimination.
The lawsuit filed in 2007 by Na-
770 bthaniel Mitchell named Okeecho-
bee County Schools, ROTC instruc-
tor Lawrence Saucier, and OHS
Principal Toni Wiersma.
Mr. Mitchell, a black man, also
claimed that he was retaliated
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in class, and that Saucier and Ms.
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tailing over $400. See LAWSUIT Pagfe 17


Horses, puppies now belong to county


School budget workshop
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Loalwoman charged with
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Cowgirls honor the American cowboy
Employees of the Bank of America celebrated the National Day of the Ameri-
can Cowboy on Friday, July 23. The lobby was decorated appropriately and
the bank employees were dressed as cowgirls. From left to right front row
are, Stephanie Robertson and Liesenia Martinez, back row, Janie Crenshaw,
Paulette Wise, Janet Bishop, Barbara Stewart, Cristina Lopez, Kathy Hutto,
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Detective Saucedo went on to state in his
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Okeechobee News


BEy Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman has been ar-
rested by the Attorney Gen-
eral's M\/edicaid Fraudl Unit
on charges that she billed
Medicaiti for over $33,000
in services that she did not
provide.
53,G ilE. aL dBA annas
arrested Thursday, July
22, on felony charges of
grand theft and making a GalLn
false Medicaid statement. Gi yn
She was booked into theBoann
Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of
$40,000.


Jail records indicate that she has since
been released on bond.
An arrest report by Investigator Sean
Fitzpatrick from the Office of the Attor-
ney General stated that from Jan. 1, 2005,
through Dec. 31, 2009, Bohannan was paid
$33,764.59 from Medicaid for services that
were never rendered by her.
The report states that Bohannan was a
caregiver for a local woman and that she
was also supplying respite care. Respite care
is supportive care and supervision to a re-
cipient when the primary caregiver is unable
to perform these duties for a brief period of
time, the report explained.
The report states that, in actuality, the
respite care was to be provided by another


woman who was approved to be that pro-
vider.
Investigator Fitzpatrick's report went on
to state that Bohannan has been the wom-
an's caregiver for more than 10 years, but
was only approved for a set limit of hours
of respite care. Bohannan's bill to Medicaid
reportedly exceeded the approved limit.
According to the report Bohannan in-
dicated that she would frequently work 20
hours a day, as well as providing 12 hours a
day of respite care.
It is also alleged in the report that Bohan-
nan forged the care recipient's signature on
some claim documents.
The report also points out that when the
actual respite care provider was interviewed
the investigator was told that Bohannan
rarely stayed overnight with the recipient,
except for a week in 2009 when the respite
care provider and their spouse went on va-
cation.
Over the past five years, said the ap-
proved provider in the report, Bohannan
had provided the recipient with respite care
less than 10 days per year.


Teen arrested on felony drug charges
By Eric Kopp well as Johnson's person.
Okeechobee News Deputy Hazy stated that the
An Okeechobee teen was arrested afterK-alretohevice
he was reportedly found to be in possession and Johnson's pants.
of several prescription pills and over $300 in A task force detective
cash. then found a small baggie
Gregory Antwon Johnson, 16, N.W. Third in the seat, a suspicious
atwas arrested Thursd y, Julyo r, oln felsn sbdstac all ilthbeot ah h
stance (xanax) and possession of cocaine. He Gregory A. a white residue, stated the
was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge Johnson deputy's report. During a
of possession of marijuana under 20 grams. search of Johnson's per-
Johnson was booked into the Okeechobee son a small container with six blue pills was
County Jail then taken to the St. Lucie Region- found in the right front pocket of his pants
al Juvenile Detention Center in Fort Pierce. and over $300 in cash was found in the left
While on patrol Thursday night, Okeecho- front pants pocket, the report added.
bee County Sheniff 's Office (OCSO) Deputy A field test on the residue indicated a posi-
John Hazy stated in an arrest report that he tive result for the presence of cocaine, stated
made contact with Johnson after finding him Deputy Hazy. A field test was also done on
parked behind the Douglas Brown School, the substance found in the ashtray and it in-
726 N.E. 16th Ave., at 10:15 p.m. As he spoke dicated a positive result for the presence of
with the teen, Deputy Hazy noticed that John- marijuana.
son appeared to be very nervous. The blue pills were later identified as xa-
Detectives from the Okeechobee Narcot-
ics Task Force were called to the scene and an naleputy Hazy said three more xanax pills
OCSO K-9 was later used to check the whiteweeoudi hnnspatpcktshe
Ford pick-up that Johnson was sitting in, as was being booked into the county jail.


Detective: woman pawned stolen jewelry


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee wom-
an has been arrested and
charged with taking a large
amuthof iseielrysfron a
those items at a local pawn
shAnrgelica Cornejo, 22,
N.E. 64th Ave., was arrested
Tuesday, July 20, on felony
charges of grand theft and Angelica
defrauding a pawnbroker. Cornejo
She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of
$5500.
An arrest affidavit by Detective Augustin
Saucedo of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) stated that several pieces
of gold jewelry valued at approximately
$10,000 was stolen from a local home. The
report states that the alleged theft occurred
sometime between June 26 and July 10.
A check with local pawn shops found
that several pieces of jewelry had been sold
to a local pawn shop on July 8 at 11:31 a.m.
The detective's report goes on to indicate








Public Forum/Speak Out


Reflections from the pulpit


Prayer: God when we go through the
struggles, trials, suffering, persecution, help
us to see it as You at work in our lives build-
ing our character into what You want it to
be. Let us persevere through the difficulties,
trials, suffering and persecution. Let us rest
in your steadfast hope that You are matur-
ing us for a work You have, or are going to
call us to do. Let us rejoice knowing that our
hope in You will not disappoint us, because
you have poured out Your great love to us.
You have placed Your Holy Spirit within us
to comfort, sustain, and guide us through
whatever comes our way. We rest knowing it
is not our way but Your ways that are higher.
We desire the higher ways because they are
Yours. So we thank you for the trials, suffer-
ing, persecution, and struggles because it is
maturing us and giving us a Hope we would
not oerwise know.

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Tonight: Scattered showers and thunder-
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with a low around 74. East southeast wind
between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipita-
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Monday night: Isolated showers and
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Starved horseS
*I have a very hard time knowing that
there are people in thi county that havethad

mos apeo Ie hav stheireow nmamily vi it an
they still own animals. I hope that this time
this person will be sentenced to jail time and
no longer be allowed to own any horse ever
again. If you can't afford to feed your chil-
dren you have NO business owning a horse,
let alone six! If you can't afford to feed ONE
horse you have NO business owning six! And
if I'm not mistaken if you own a mustang and
abuse and neglect it, then there should be
fderead re resr usu o yotuo ave piu ly
thanasia, why are you even allowed to own
another animal in your lifetime? You deserve
to be put in a dirt lot with little to no water and
not fed for at least three months just like you
did to these animals. And for those who don't
know, I'm not a tree hugger, I own animals,
horses, dogs, cats, fish. My horses are tools
that I use for my extra-curricular activities but
they are also part of my TEAM. I understand a
cowhorse and cowdog being lean and tnim,
they get fedt but they work daily. These ami-
ma s were sarve .
*I know of more than one case of people
either owning or acquiring too many horses
than they can afford to keep. Sometimes
they are hoping to get help from donors. The
toublells, nowadays peol aea trying to feed

boed e sees hrses. uess w at. If th se hr -
es are gathered up by animal control we may
be paying for their care with our tax money.

Sheriff's budget
*According to the paper, the county com-
mission told Sheriff May he has to cut his bud-
get by an additional $2 million. I just don't see
how they do that without affecting the safety
of the citizens. One idea has been to privatize
the jail. The sheriff is not legally required to
supervise the jail. The county commission
could put it out for bids. But would that really
save money? And would it be safe?


*I think most cases of outsourcing jobs
and services have been shown to cost more
than doing them in-house. There aren't may
things that can be done cheaper by some-
one who isn't in the day to day operation of
a business, unless the jobs are sent out of the
country.
*I was at the meeting and the commis-
sioners insisted that Sheriff May make more
cuts on top of what they originally wanted.
The sheriff was very upset and rightfully so.
The S.O. will have to cut positions. I can't be-
lieve the commission is doing this. The county
has had three shootings in the last week, and
Thursday there was a murder. I guess the
commissioners will be investigating these
cases- because the sheriff's office are going to
be working on a skeleton crew and eventually
good deputies and detectives will be heading
foru tettee anyf andtostabilt nle whe O r
have to look at other options. The commis-
sion just doesn't know what it is about to do.
It is going to be tragic!
*If the sheriff's office has to make cuts,
they need to look at support staff first and do
everything they can to keep the deputies on
the road. But so much is mandated. I under-
stand the jail expenses are more than half of
the sheriff's office budget. The state mandates
what they have to provide for the inmates,
but not what they have to provide for the law
abiding citizens.

TO Mr. BOHner -

County Administrator
*I say this to Mr. Bonner and all the county
commissioners: Hold a town meeting and
explain to the tax payers why we needle four
assistants for Mr. Bonner. Tell us what they
do for that type of salary and what are their
qualifications. We are paying your salaries and
we deserve answers. Most of us cant make the
county commissioner meetings during the
day because of work. Hold the town meeting
at night on a weekend. If you were any type
of true leaders you would do this. If you had
nothing to hide you would do this. If you were
still working for the people of okeechobee you
would do this. I know you will not because
most of you know these positions are a waste
of tax payers money and you cant justify these
positions. Prove me wrong! Mr. Bonner why
did you take the job of county administrator?
To all the county commissioners why did you
want to be in office? Was it for social status,
power, ego, money? Are you still working
for the people or just or certain people in the
county? If your heart is not in the job anymore
or never was do us all a favor and step down.


QH8Sti0Hing 804
By Rev. Lois Moranville
Pastor, Okeechobee Church of the
Nazarene
Many books and conversations have
centered on the topic of "Why do basically
good people or Christian people have to go
through bad things?" Books like- "Where
is God When it Hurts?" "When Bad Things
Happen to Good People" and "Overcoming
Life's Disappointments." I think that when
we accept Christ as our personal Savior and
begin to live a Christian life we think we are
exempt from bad things happening to us.
That is so contrary to God's Word.
Look at the life of the Apostle Paul. He was
beaten, shipwrecked, imprisoned, lived with
a "thorn in his flesh," faced opposition, went
hungry, was basically destitute many times-
yet he was called by God to proclaim God's
message of salvation and to start churches
throughout Europe and Southwest Asia. So
why did Paul have to endure all of that when
he was chosen by God and was faithful to do
all things God instructed him to do?
Paul answers that question in Romans
5:1-5: "Therefore, since we have been jus-
tified through faith, we have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through
whom we have gained access by faith into
this grace in which we now stand. And we
rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not
only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces
perseverance; perseverance, character; and
character, hope. And hope does not disap-
point us, because God has poured out his
love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom
he has given us.
James in essence says the same thing
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, wheney-
er you face trials of many kinds, because you
know that the testing of your faith develops
perseverance. Perseverance must finish its
work so that you may be mature and com-
plete, not lacking anything."
You say, "Am I supposed to consider my
trials a joy?" YES!
"Am I supposed to rejoice in my suffer-
ing?" YES!
You see when we are a Christian we have
the HOPE that is available to us in Christ to
sustain us through the persecution, trials,
struggles, and suffering. So the question to
ask God is "How can I submit to You in this
trial, struggle, suffering, persecution?


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OPINION









School budget proposed for upcoming school year


improve the kitchens at Seminole and Ever-
glades Elementary.
School recognition dollars that are deter-
Inined by school grades will be delayed this
year due to appeals filed on the FCAT scores.
Last year the schools received $378,576 in
the school recognition program.
The cost of class size reduction will be
$7.14 million, an increase of $138,671. The
district will keep $500,000 in reserve in case
there is a state revenue shortfall. The fund
balance would total $2.34 million, or just
over 5 percent of the budget.
Dr. Cooper said every school had to cut
10 percent of their discretionary spending.
"We've cut and cut and cut until were start-
ing to bleed."
"We need to be careful with our spend-
ing this year, more than ever before. We just
need to watch."
The first public hearing on the budget is
scheduled for Thursday, July 29, at 6 p.In. at
the Okeechobee School Board offices.
Dr. Cooper said the district has 20 instruc-
tional vacancies.

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July 25, 2010


Okeechobee News


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee schools proposed a $79.3
million operating budget for the 2010-2011
school year on Thursday which represents a
reduction of $1.2 million in spending.
The spending cuts are mainly due to few-
er dollars corning from the local tax base.
Superintendent Dr. Patricia Cooper said
this is the largest decrease in the property
base of Okeechobee County in one year,
$342,857,098.
The tax roll was estimated at $1.667 bil-
lion this year. The proposed rnillage of 8.121
represents a slight increase of .05 mills from
last year. The school board will collect just
under $13 million in local property taxes,
a reduction of nearly $2.4 million from last
year. Included in that is a super majority
Inillage of .25 mills which will be voted on
by voters in November. Also included in
the Inillage are 1.5 mills set aside for capital
irnprovernents. The local property taxes col-
lected are down 18.5 percent this year.
The budget includes $26.9 million in state


aid an increase of nearly $2.4 million.
School Board nernber India Riedel said
the reason for the decrease in tax receipts
is the decrease in property values. She said
very few residents would see a property tax
increase due to the higher Inillage rate, "In a
lot of cases the property tax bill will be going
down by 16 to 18 percent."
Riedel said the school board might have
to make major adjustments if they don't re-
ceive the property taxes that they are sup-
posed to collect. The estimates of property
taxes collected are 96 percent. School offi-
cials said with the downturn in the economy
there is a real concern that 96 percent of
property taxes won't be collected.
The school board voted unanimously to
approve all of the tentative Inillage and the
proposed budget.
The base student allocation for each stu-
dent continues to decline. This year the de-
crease is $6.86 per student. The budget also
includes no salary increases for employees.
The budget includes funds for 670 posi-
tions and 7,260 students. The Freshman


campus budget is $1.87 million. Central
Elementary has a $2.74 million budget,
Okeechobee High School $5.75 million,
South Elementary $2.35 million, New En-
deavor High School $1.28 million, North
Elementary $3.38 million, Yearling $3.89
million, Everglades Elementary $3.3 million,
Seminole $3.48 million and Osceola $4.54
million. The transportation department bud-
get totals $3.1 million while the district office
has a $3.5 million budget.
The capital projects budget totals $7.18
million. It is down 25 percent. The projects
includes $4.09 million for a new Okeecho-
bee Achievement Academy, $120,000 to
pave the OHS drivers education parking lot,
$43,000 for a county wide emergency con-
Inunication systern, $100,000 to upgrade the
electric at Central Elementary, $200,000 for
lighting irnprovernents at Seminole Elernen-
tary, and $610,000 for school buses.
Other projects include $100,000 for dis-
trict wide painting, $120,000 for floor re-
placements, $100,000 for heating ventilation
and air conditioning repairs, and $50,000 to


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
An additional 150 people were forced to
file for unemployment benefits as jobless
rates rose a full point in Okeechobee during
June according to the latest report from the
Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation,
Labor Markets Statistics Center .
The report stated 2,330 Okeechobee resi-
dents collected unemployment last month a
rate of 12.8 percent. That compared to 2,178
who collected in May, a rate of 11.8 percent.
One year ago the jobless rate stood at 12
percent.
Okeechobee was tied for 11th arnon8
Florida's 67 counties for the highest jobless
rate.
In Glades County there were 536 people
out of work in June a rate of 12.2 percent.
That compared to 504 residents in May, a
jobless rate of 11.2 percent. One year ago


Glades County had an 11.2 percent unen-
ployment rate.
Historically surnier time employment
le Ish do>dip in the BignLtak eregtio but

for many years.
One report said 35,000 Floridians a week
are exhausting their unemployment ben-
efits. The federal government is expected to
vote on Monday to extend unemployment
benefits.
Rich Ternplin, Executive Director of the
AFL-CIO in Florida, said current state law has
June 5 as the expiration date for unernploy-
Inent benefits. He contends the state law
Inust be changed in order to have benefits
extended. He said these benefits are a vital
lifeline for residents.
"It's not just a lifeline for individual work-
ers and their families, it is also a lifeline for
corniunities because every worker who ex-
hausts their unemployment benefit is a lost


customer to local business," he added.
Mr. Ternplin said the unemployment pro-
grarn was built during the Great Depression
togiv lnernploed dwor ers bu ng power'
maintains that the unemployment program
generates $1.6 billion in economic activity in
the nation.
"Florida is looking to lose $470 million of
economic activity in the state by not extend-
ing this program, assuming the federal gov-
ernrnent acts, which again we have every
indication that they will," he added.
Mr. Ternplin said state legislatures should
act on the extension during a special session
next week in Tallahassee .
Around the area Hendry County had 16.1
percent unemployment, Highlands 11.8
percent, St. Lucie 14.3 percent, Martin 11.7
percent, and Osceola 12.1 percent. The state
unemployment rate was 11.6 percent and
the nation's was 9.6 percent.


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In code enforcement hearings held Tuesday

Li i)<:1n/ls i 1 sedfi s na toe code
violation cases.
Code Enforcement Officer Beth Albert
stated that James H. Myers and William K,
Day had not brought their S.E. 36th Avenue
property into compliance by mowing. They
were fined $25 a day for every day of non-
compliance beginning July 21.
Penny M. Chaisson was fined $10 a day
for every day of noncompliance beginning
July 21, for an addition to a mobile hone
that was constructed without a building per-
Init on N.W 18th Street.


Because Gloria Jean Vonderau had nei-
ther demolished nor gotten a repair permit
for a structure on N. W. 103rd Avenue, she
was fined $10 a day beginning July 21.
Howard and Gail Richards had been cited
for construction of a shed on their S.E. 61st
Drive property without a building permit or
final inspection. Mrs. Albert said that a per-
rnit had been applied for and was ready for
pick up. They were given until next month to
get a final inspection.
In the case of Jacob Nisson, who had
built a pole barn with a building permit'
Code Enforcement Officer Albert stated that
a building permit had been obtained and
his architect stated that the building was in
compliance with Florida Building Codes.
The case was tabled until next month in or-


der for the code enforcement department to
receive documentation that the building had
passed inspection.
There was a question about proper noti-
fication in the case of Mitchell Hurdley and
Illinorse Hardy. Upon the recornrendation
of ttLM~l htcounty a torney Laura Mal, thtcase
was tabled until next month.
The properties of Christopher Arnsden,
Melba Franklin, John K. Cook, and Marjorie
S. Paige, trustee, were found to be in cornpli-
ance and those cases were not heard.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda~newszap.com.


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Special magistrate imposes fine in three cases





Obituaries


Community Events


Peter 'Pete' Repak, 85
OKEECHOBEE -Peter "Pete" Repak, age 85,
was called "Home" July 21, 2010.
He was born May 29, 1925, in W. Wyoming,
Pa., to a family of 16 children. Formerly of Be-
thesda, Md., he moved to Okeechobee 15 years

A graduate of George Washington University,
he was the only one of his siblings to complete
college. He was a life-time member of Phi Kap-
pa Sigma fraternity. He retired from the Depart-
ment of Environmental Service in August 1980,
after 20 years of service.
Peter, a veteran of WWII, bridged the Rhine
River with Patton's army. He was a member of
American Legion Post #64 and a charter mem-
ber of VFW Post #9528 in Buckhead Ridge.
Peter was an active member of the Knights of
Columbus, Washington, D.C. chapter, for 35
years and resumed membership in the K of C at
St. Teresa's Catholic Church, where he was a
member, in 1995. Pete loved the Lord Jesus
with all his heart.
He spent his time in later years in his flower
8.arden and feeding his wild birds that came to
visit him everyday.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years,
Beverly Repak; sons, Nick and Paul Repak, both
of Plano, Texas; daughters, Becky Dail of Mos-
cow, Idaho, Terry Repak of Atlanta, Ga., Mary
Heidenreich of Mt. Perry, Ohio, Patsy Ferreira of
Indianapolis, Ind., and Ping Boucher of Los An-
geles, Calif. He is also survived by brother, An-

Roes Mari el tekrs, an aEleao An res anod
many devoted nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held tonight, July 23, at
Abundant Blessings Church from 7 until 10 p.m.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be held Satur-
day, July 24, at St. Teresa's Catholic Church,
Buckhead Ridge, at 11 a.m.
All care and arrangements are under the direc-
tion of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Sea-
winds Funeral Home & Crematory, 4550
Highway 441 North, Okeechobee, Florida
34972, 357-7283.




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the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
obitsenewszap.com. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
www.newszap. com.


Edwina A. Kline, 91
OKEECHOBEE -Edwina A. Kline, 91, died
Thursday, July 22, 2010, at her residence. She
had been a resident of Okeechobee since 1966
and was of the Bap-
tist faith.
Her hobbies in-
cluded sewing, craft-
ing, gardening, and
her grandbabies.
Miss Edwina's com-
munity service in- -
cluded the Marah
Ladies of the Shrine
and auxiliaries of the
American Legion,
VFW, Moose and
Elks. She
was also a Pink Lady at Raulerson
Hospital.
She was preceded in death by husband, Rich-
ard and five siblings.
Survivors include sons, Richard (Martha) Kline
of Canadys, S.C., George R. Kline II of Okeecho-

re;1ydauK tersof Rie TRanh ad Mry Rk Zil
of Ayer, Mass. She is also survived by 12 grand-
children; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great,
great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held tomorrow,
July 26, at 1 p.m. at Abundant Blessings Church
with Pastors David and Deborah San Martin of
Resurrection Life Church of Okeechobee offi-
ciating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memori-
al donations be made to Hospice of Okeecho-
bee, P.O. Box 1548, (il., . il.L d. FL 34973.
All arrangements and care are under the direc-
tion of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Sea-
winds Funeral Home & Crematory,
Okeechobee,863-357-7283.


Bri lhton Jay Serrano
OK ~ECHOBEE righton Jay Serrano, in-
fant, of (11... . ...1 died Wednesday, July 21,
2010, at Raulerson Hospital. He was born April
10, 2010, in Sebring, Fla.
He is survived by his mother and father, Jose
and Dixie Serrano of clit.. .~ ld...., brothers,
Dathen Garcia, Jose Serrano Jr.; sisters, Maricel-
la Garcia, Jaeleigh Serrano; grandparents, Mark
and Stella Ford, Gaudencia Serrano and Eliazin
Brito; aunts, Nikki Urbina, Anabel Brito, Maria
Brito; ur I ,B CW Ortiz, Logan Ortiz, Marco Bri-

uTyh 4fa2il il civep fins onB Satuday
neral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okee-
chobee. Graveside services will be held on
SCTndeat ruly 25, 2010 at 11 a.m in the Ortona
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
nldl10 NE 5th Street, cl. 1 .1 ul ~~,.Otn- ine
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Collaborative Council

meeting set
The next meeting of the Community Col-
laborative Council, a part of the Shared Ser-
vices Network of Okeechobee, will be Tues-
day, July 27, at 10 a.m. in the board room
of the School Board Office. It is open to the
public. Guest speakers: Lynn Vidulich, Foster
Grandparent Program and Candace Pope,
Okeechobee County Health Dept. S.WA.T.
Call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000, Ex. 257
with any questions.

Hospice to host
benefit Yard Sale

Hospice of Okeechobee (41 1 SE 4th Street)
will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale on Thursday,
July 29 and Friday, July 30, from 8 a.m.
until noon. Hospice Yard Sales are the
best kept secret in Okeechobee-you will
not believe how many items we have at
extremely reasonable prices! The Country
Store is full of many new items. We have
lots of school clothes in the Blue Volunteer
Building. 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 863-467-2321.


VFW celebrating
Christmas in July
On Sunday, July 25, VFW 10539 will cel-
ebrate Christmas in July with the traditional
t~u e5 pdinne~randtal ten sxn'sr eir dd f Tt
$6/dinner, ($5 if you bring in a donation for
Operation Shoebox). Support our troops. All
proceeds are for the care packages.

Freedom Outreach
Fishing TournamentS
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.

MOOse celebrating anniversary
#10n Sand~ay,NJuWy 326 Oelcoe Iroeoste
44th anniversary. Dinner will be served at 2
p.m. with music karaoke from 4-7 p.m. Call
Bob Williams at 863-610-2997.





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Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM
Human Society of Okeechobee Pet Rescue
You just washed your horse and your dog.
You're wet and aggravated and wonder if the
bath was really worth it. Bathing is necessary
to keep them healthy. Skin and hair serves as
a barrier between the outside world and your
pet, just like our skin does. It traps bacteria, pol-
len, dust and everything that they come in con-
tact with. It also serves as a way to keep them
cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
The coat and skin reflects the health of a pet. A
shiny coat with healthy skin means that the pet
is healthy while a dull dry coat with excessive
shedding could mean he's not.
Bathing cleans your pet and eliminates ev-
erything that is clinging to the coat and skin.
There is a procedure for bathing your pet. Di-
lute the shampoo in a container with a small
amount of tepid water. Wet your pet very well
before you pour on the shampoo. Pour the
shampoo from the neck down the back, under
the tail, under the tummy, and on the chest.
Don't forget the feet on your dog and cat and
the legs of your horse.
You can bathe your cat. Set a collapsible
screen into the sink. Set the water to a tepid
temperature, and bring your cat to the sink. He
will reach out for the screen and attach him_
self to it. All you have to do is add shampoo,
massage and rinse. Try it for the first time with-
out shampoo. After bathing wrap him up in a
towel so he can dry.
When bathing you need to get rid of dirt
and the dead skin cells. Skin is made up of cells


that you can't see with the naked eye. These
cells die every day while new fresh ones are
made. When you see dandruff it means that
these cells are dying too fast.
Bathingt will send the dead
cells and everything that is
on them down the drain. The
best way to invigorate these
cells is to use a curry brush.
Make circular movements
with it. The curry brush will
exfoliate and stimulate the
Dr. Jane skin. Since oil glands lay in
Bicks, DVM the skin the curry brush will
help spread the oil. Rinsing
well is essential. You should continue rinsing
after you don't see suds.
The type of shampoo you use depends upon
your pet's need. I like to use an antifungal on
the horses, leaving it on for about 5 minutes.
Medicated shampoos are helpful if your pet's
skin is oily and or odorous. Flea shampoos are
very helpful but you must be sure that they
are compatible with the flea and tick protec-
tion you are using. Human shampoo includ-
ing baby shampoo should not be used. Pet's
shampoo requirements are different.
Once done, use a scraper to wipe away wa-
ter from your horse. If you don't want them to
roll in the dirt put them in a stall until they dry.
Your dog and cat can be dried usingt a towel.
If you are going to use a dryer be careful not
to burn your pet. When all is done stand back
and admire your work. You deserve it.


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July 19 and 20, 2010
Cows
Breaking $53.50 $60.50
Cutter $52.00 $60.00
Canner $43.00 $52.00
I$Ulls
1000-1500 $58.00 $63.00
1500-2000 $65.50 $73.00
Monday Tuesday
Calves 68 1 8
Hfrs 10 66
Bulls 18 24
Yrlngs 23 167
TM al 904 247


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250-300
300-350
350-400
400-450
450-500
550-600
600-650

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130-140
200-250
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Steers
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165-190
137-152
127-140
116-124
110-117
105-110
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Hfrs
127-155
122-140
119-127
112-115
107-113
103-112
97-102
95-98

Hfrs

107-130
100-123

96-109


Slaughter cows and bulls
were $1-$2 lower. Calves
were steady. We had a big
run of cattle and dernand
was good. Triple T Sod,
Okeechobee topped the
calf market this week with
a high of $2.10 bought by
CurteWi son,mCo Serninolf
Ranch, Sebring topped the
cow market with a high of
$62.
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Upcoming Philippine Fiesta planned for Okeechobee

By Charles M. Murphy pine garden in the world outside of the Miami to Jacksonville to attend the fiesta. this property and they intend to submit it to
Okeechobee News Philippines. It will measure 20 acres when Mr. Dominado said the site work on the Okeechobee County in the near future. The
An estimated crowd of over 3,000 people completed. He said the combination of this project continues. They have installed ex- goal is to have the entire facility completed
could attend Fiesta Philippines in Decem- garden with Lake Okeechobee and the natu- terior fences and a gate and expect to start within five years. The estimated cost is near
ber as organizers try to gain momentum for ral beauty of this area should bring a lot of construction this winter. $15 million. Mr. Dominado said they have
the 20-acre Philippine Gardens project in tourists to the area and be a benefit to the "So far so good. We are not in a rea received approval for a special exception to
Okeechobee. economy. hurry as the project depends on funding' ul h odadsml adnfo h
President of the Philippine-American The fiesta will include cultural presenta- he explained. He said the economy has af- cut.Te r lobs ihevrn
Cultural Foundation of Florida, Edwin Domi- tions, fashion shows, contemporary and tra- fected everyone but that he didn't think it
nado said the fiesta will be a kickoff to phase ditional costumes, marching bands, dances, would stop this project. mental permits.
one of the project. That phase will include a and plenty of music, food, and fun. "This project is for everybody. I don't see 'I want the public to be there on Decem-
pond and garden. The group plans to bring in large tents to any problem or hindrance. I see indications ber 4. We are going to showcase the old and
"It is very exciting. It's a tough job but we accommodate the guests that attend. They that the corporate and private community the new, and the younger generation. It is for
are going to make it," he said. expect to fill up motel rooms in Okeechobee will help us with investment," he added. everybody, not just Filipinos," he explained.
The garden will be the largest Philip- for that weekend. He expected tourists from The group has finalized the site plan for An entrance fee will also be collected.


PROPOSED MILLAGE LEVY: BUDGET SUMMARY
OPERATING FUND: SCHOOL DISTRICT OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT 5.623
DISCRETIONARY OPERATING 0.748 THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF
DISCRETIONARY CRITICAL NEEDS 0.250
DEBTSERVCE FND: .000OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA ARE 1.7 PERCENT MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S
LOCAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT: 1.500 TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES
TOTAL 8.121 Fiscal Year 2010-2011

DEBT CAPITAL SPECIAL TOTAL
GENERAL SERVICE IMPROVEMENT REVENUE ALL FUNDS
FUND FUND FUND FUNDS
ESTIMATED REVENUES:
FEDERAL SOURCES 35,000.00 0.00 0.00 20,332.23 55,332.23
FEDERAL THROUGH STATE 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 12,548,143.93 12,748,143.93
STATE SOURCES 34,838,223.00 212,555.55 525,856.00 60,000.00 35,636,634.55
LOCAL SOURCES 11,314,298.00 0.00 2,404,070.00 1,091,260.54 14,809,628.54
OTHER FINANCING SOURCES 16,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 16,000.00

TOTAL SOURCES 46,403,521.00 212,555.55 2,929,926.00 13,719,736.70 63,265,739.25

TRANSFERS IN 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00
FUND BALANCE JULY 1, 2010 9,429,392.26 48,096.70 5,851,626.62 512,120.46 15,841,236.04

TOTAL REVENUES, TRANSFERS & BALANCES 56,032,913.26 260,652.25 8,781,552.62 14,231,857.16 79,306,975.29
EXPENDITURES:
INSTRUCTION 32,833,548.92 4,384,690.66 37,218,239.58
PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES 1,964,819.95 1,141,982.37 3,106,802.32
INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA SERVICES 667,658.50 1,156,925.42 1,824,583.92
INSTRUCTIONAL/CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SERV 595,559.22 1,297,690.07 1,893,249.29
INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF TRAINING SERVICES 161,030.00 299,645.39 460,675.39
INSTRUCTION RELATED TECHNOLOGY 555,966.00 0.00 555,966.00
SCHOOL BOARD 667,433.00 0.00 667,433.00
GENERAL ADM INISTRATION 1,653,677.49 269,484.16 1,923,161.65
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION 3,570,425.20 1,000.00 3,571,425.20
FACILITIES ACQUISITION AND CONSTRUCTION 270,857.71 8,483,713.21 500,000.00 9,254,570.92
FISCAL SERVICES 461,265.16 0.00 461,265.16
FOOD SERVICES 0.00 4,136,006.82 4,136,006.82
CENTRAL SERVICES 362,568.50 0.00 362,568.50
PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES 3,127,990.10 646,342.81 3,774,332.91
OPERATION OF PLANT 4,245,985.31 12,514.00 4,258,499.31
MAINTENANCE OF PLANT 1,304,578.15 0.00 1,304,578.15
ADMINISTRATIVE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES 435,188.40 204,500.00 639,688.40
COMMUNITY SERVICES 317,500.00 0.00 317,500.00
DEBT SERVICE 0.00 220,812.50 0.00 220,812.50

TOTAL EXPENDITURES 53,196,051.61 220,812.50 8,483,713.21 14,050,781.70 75,951,359.02

TRANSFERS OUT 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 200,000.00
FUND BALANCE JUNE 30, 2011 2,836,861.65 39,839.75 97,839.41 181,075.46 3,155,616.27

TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES,
TRANSFERS AND BALANCES 56,032,913.26 260,652.25 8,781,552.62 14,231,857.16 79,306,975.29

THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PU BLIC RECORD


Okeechobee News


July 25, 2010





NOTICE OF TAX

FOR SCHOOL CAPITAL OUTLAY

The School District of Okeechobee County will soon consider a measure to
impose a 1.500 mill property tax for capital outlay projects listed herein.

This tax is in addition to the school board's proposed tax of 6.621 mills for oper-
ating expenses and is proposed solely at the discretion of the school board.

The capital outlay tax will generate approximately $2,401,070 to be used for
the following projects:

CONSTRUCTION AND REMODELING
School Classroom Construction

MAINTENANCE, RENOVATION, AND REPAIR
District-Wide HVAC Projects
District-Wide ITV Projects
Communications Cabling Projects
District-Wide Flooring
Lighting Replacements and Upgrades
District-Wide Electrical Projects
Window Tinting Projects
District-Wide Roof Repair
District-Wide Security Enhancements
District-Wide Painting Projects
District-Wide Playground Improvements
Telephone Systems

MOTOR VEHICLE PURCHASES
Purchase of (6) School Buses

NEW AND REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT
District-Wide Furniture and Equipment
District-Wide Computer Hardware and Sofhware
Playground Equipment
Band Instruments

PAYMENT OF PREMIUMS FOR PROPERTY AND CASUALTY
INSURANCE NECESSARY TO INSURE THE EDUCATIONAL AND
ANCILLARY PLANTS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing to be held on July 29,
2010 at 6:00 P.M., at the School District of Okeechobee County office build-
ing, Room 303, 700 SW Second Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974.

A DECISION on the proposed CAPITAL OUTLAY TAXES will be made at
this hearing.



NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING

The School District of Okeechobee County will soon consider a
budget for fiscal year 2010-2011. A public hearing to make a
DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on:


July 29, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
At

School District of Okeechobee County '
Room 303, 700 SW Second Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34974


Uk~eechobee News/Pete Liawda

Safety award
Sharon Allison, left, the City of Okeechobee representative to PRM, the city's
insurance carrier, presents the city with an award for "Best overall Safety
Performance for Entities Less Than 100 Employees 2010." Accepting the
award for the city is Mayor Pro Tempore Dowling Watford. The presentation
took place at the July 20 city council meeting.


July 25, 2010


Okeechobee News


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Some things have changed over time
others haven't. '
Browsing through the May 30, 1918 issue
of "The Okeechobee Call," the narne this
newspaper originally carried, gives an inter-
esting look at life in the new county which
was not quite a year old at that time.
One thing that has not changed is our
love of barbecue. The first political rally and
barbecue in the new county was held on
May 18, of that year "in Raulerson's grove
near the school building." That would have
been near the building on S.W Second Av-
enue that currently houses the school board
offices. However, local historian Judge Wil-
liarn Hendry does not know where Rauler-
son's grove was located.
"The day was very much enjoyed and
will be long renernbered by all who attend-
ed and that means practically everybody in
the county," the newspaper reported.
When the county was formed the year
before, the first officials were appointed.
Speakers at this rally were campaigning to
be the first elected officials. Srnith Drawdy
had been appointed sheriff. He spoke on
behalf of his candidacy against opponents
Okeechobee City Marshall "Pogy Bill" Col-
lins, and William Knight. Later that year Mr.
Collins had the distinction of being the first
elected sheriff. He was a very interesting
and colorful character who had earned his
nickname as a cornrercial fisherman. He
was also known as a nernber of a marching
band, baseball player, boys' baseball coach
and Boy Scout leader.
Those early Okeechobee citizens' love of
politics stopped long enough to indulge their
love of barbecue. "At 12 o'clock the speak-
ing was suspended and everybody partook


of the sumptuous and appetizing dinner pre-
pared by the ladies of the Red Cross under
the direction of the barbecue cornrittee," is
how the "Okeechobee Call" described the
situation.
Then, as now, Okeechobee citizens
loved baseball. At three o'clock the speak-
ing stopped again for "a real ball garne" be-
tween Okeechobee and Fort Pierce, which
Okeechobee won by a slight margin. While
the newspaper did not give the lineups of
the baseball tearns, it is quite likely Mr. Col-
lins played for the Okeechobee tearn.
As a sign of the more relaxed times there
was a column called "Okeechobee Calls"
which consisted of such neighborly things as
nearing local citizens who had recently tak-
en trips to Fort Pierce and Kissirnree, and
announcing people who had out of town
guests and those who had illness in the farn-
ily. The column also contained this interest-
ing entry: "The Hillsboro Hotel was closed
for a few days by County Food Adrninistra-
tor, L.E. Davis for serving too Inuch wheat
flour. Possibly this was because wheat flour
was rationed during World War I.
The number of businesses has in-
creased since 1918. An advertisement by the
Okeechobee Company, the company that
laid out the plat of the city and sold many
of the lots, encouraged people to relocate
to Okeechobee by listing the businesses.
Arnong other businesses, there were two
blacksmith shops, two hardware stores, an
ice plant, a movie house, two restaurants,
two garages and four hotels. Arnong the as-
sets described in the ad were two miles of
concrete sidewalks, electric lights, a $40,000
school building, and ground artesian water.
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G4S softball field dedicated to founder John Morgtenthau


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July 25, 2010


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Youth Development Center held a nerno- always take t
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the legacy of John Morgenthau. John had nile Justice s~
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its employees, and what the company does Staff Develop
for kids with serious needs and challenges.
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a pioneer in the Florida Juve-
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0O years where he served as the
Residential Services Program
r, Detention Services Program
jystern Accreditation Manager,
utive Director of the Juvenile
dards and Training Council,
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tor, Chief, Bureau of Staff Development and
Training, and Superintendent of two residen-
tial cornrunity-based treatment centers.
The event cumulated with a newly erect-
ed softball field on grounds at Okeechobee
Youth Development dedicated in his honor
and the inaugural John Morgenthau Clas-
sic played between staff nernbers from
Okeechobee Youth Development Center/
Okeechobee Intensive Halfway House and
Okeechobee Juvenile Offender Corrections
Center. G4S Youth Services would like to
greatly thank the Department of Juvenile
Justice for joining in the celebration of
John's legacy as well as granting permission
for G4S to dedicate the field on the Depart-
Inent's property in John's honor.


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OYDC/OIHH Facility Administrator Joseph Hasselbach, G4S Youth Services Co-
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"I love having people corne in and help-
ing then relax," said Darla Rose, licensed
massage therapist, certified personal trainer
and owner of Living Well, Wornen's Health
and Wellness Center at 103 S.W Third Ave.
Her goal is to help wornen feel better in
body, soul and spirit.
"I want this be a positive place for worn-
en to be encouraged," she said. "I believe
God led me down the path to health so I can
help other people."
The wellness center offers exercise
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The wellness center is open 8 a.In. to 7
p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 to 12 on
Saturday. The telephone number is 863-357-
3333. While appointments are taken, walk
ins are welcome.
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brary, 206 S.W. 16th Street. The display runs
from now through July 31. Call the library at
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Playground clean up
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Schools look for new softball coach


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
For the sec-
ond surnrer
in a row, Kirn
Hargraves has
been told by
Ok eechobee
Schools that
she will not re-
turn as softball i
coach.
Har grav es
said Okeecho-
bee High School
Principal Toni KmHrrvs
Wiersrna in- Ki agae
formed her last
week that she will not be brought back for
another year as coach. A similar situation oc-
curred last August where Hargraves was let
go, but then brought back 24 hours later.
Hargraves will leave OHS with nearly 200
career wins and four district championships
in 10 years. About 20 of her players were
able to receive college scholarships during
her career
Hargraves said she was surprised by the
decision. "The decision doesn't make sense.
A teyditold tie Iaste awaat I to hnatdh
impacts a lot of kids," she told the Okeecho-
bee News.
Hargraves also intends to step away from
the Firestix youth softball program that she
built to help build up the high school pro-
gran.
"I know I've been controversial. People
really don't like to see other people succeed.
I feel I represented Okeechobee well in ev-
erything I did. The district wants to achieve
excellence and they are doing that by getting
nid of the most successful sports program on
campus," she added.
Hargraves said she won't fight the deci-
sion. She did adrnit that several of her play-
ers were upset by the decision and that
they plan to appear before the Okeechobee
County School Board in the near future. She
said many parents will also be upset because
many of then counted on their daughters
getting college scholarships.
"A college education is hard to pay for.
These are very dedicated kids who worked
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Hargraves said the decision cornes at a
bad time because Okeechobee has seven
seniors next year and arguably were the best
tearn, on paper, in this region.
"I've had sorne phone conversations
with sorne of the individuals. The girls have
been over to speak with me and all of then
are distraught. They want answers and the
cornrunity as a whole should want sone
answers," she added.
Assistant Principal Ken Kenworthy said
the position will be advertised and that a
corniittee will be formed to select a new
coach. He agreed that many of the girls in
the softball program have worked hard to
get a college scholarship. He said the goal
is to hire a coach that can continue this win-
ning tradition.
"Coach Hargraves has fulfilled her obliga-
tion to us and she did a very good job. We
hope to have someone in place soon so the
program can continue to move forward," he
ad pdworthy said they will seek candidates
who have knowledge of the sport and Flor-
ida High School Athletic Association rules,
have high expectations for their players both

trs an h It n t ac ethi playr uen
of pride and sportsmanship.
"Mrs. Wiersrna is in charge of personnel
decisions and we entrust those decisions
to her. She just wanted to take the softball
program in a different direction. We thank
Coach Hargraves for her service," he added.


Kenworthy said there was not a dispute
or incident that led to this decision. He said
the administration fully supports Mrs. Wi-
ersrna's decision.
"We support her in that decision. We
wish Kirn the best of luck and we know she
did an outstanding job for us. We do hope
there are no hard feelings," he said.
Kenworthy said the district expected to
field alargearnount of applicants for the po-
sition due to the slumping job market.
"We cornrend the tearn for their per-
forrnance over the years. They did a great
job. Their winning record was certainly
cornrendable. We hope to get a lot of ap-
plicants willing to put in the long hours that
are needed to do a good job for the students
we serve," he added.
Hargraves said she knows she has made
sorne mistakes in her coaching style but
has gotten older and wiser and made sorne
adjustments. She said she has always been
cornritted to helping the kids and is proud
of the job she has done. "We are a family.
The kids in college still corne back to get
advice from me. It is hard for me because
I don't know if someone else will do these
sorts of things for the kids."


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Students who register early miss the last-
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By Dan Culbert, horticultural
agent
UF/IFAS Okeechobee Extension Office
The number of local residents that are
now growing home vegetable gardens has
increased over the past couple of years.
Gardeners often have questions on how
to deal with all kinds of pests. At this com-
ing Monday night, the Okeechobee Garden
club will learn about a way to reduce their
problems with weeds, insects, diseases, all
without using pesticides!
Sound too good to be true? County Hor-
ticulture Agent Dan Culbert will be giving
a short presentation on soil solarization at
this month's Garden Club meeting. Now
is the time to solarize, and gardeners can
learn all about it starting at 6 p.m. at the
County Extension office -458 Hwy. 98


North. The meeting is free and open to all.
Persons with other gardening questions
may also bring them along. Members of the
Garden Club are also known to bring along
plants or seed to share with others, so plan
on coming out on Monday, July 26.
At 7 p.m., the Okeechobee Orchid Club
will meet at the Extension Office. Bring any
plants with problems and we'll discuss and
hopefully find a solution.
For information about the Garden Club,
call Dan Culbert at 863-763-6469. And for
more information about the Orchid Club,
call Jan Day Febrman at 863-357-9980.
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to evaluate Nielson.
Dr. Leporowski testified Friday morning
that Nielson "clearly has an intellectual defi-
cit." She went on to say that he has reading
and math disorders, cannot express hin-
self through writing and has been sexually
abused.
She also testified during questioning by
defense attorney Jonathan Jay Kirschner
that Nielson doesn't understand the charges
against him.
."He can't explain what lewd means," she
said, as one example.
While he understands that the judge is in
charge, Dr. Leporowski said the teen thought
that he was represented by Mr. Albright.
"He knows the word defendant, but he
didn't know that he is the defendant," she
said from the witness stand. "When I told
hirn he was the defendant, he said 'I an?"'"
She said while Nielson is polite and cour-


teous, he could be unintentionally disruptive
in court because he has trouble controlling
his emotions.
Dr. Leporowski said the teen has signifi-
cant learning disabilities-"at best."
The doctor also testified that after going
over Nielson's school records she learned
that he did not meet the requirements to
pass kindergarten and that he was "admin-
istratively promoted" from grade three to
grade four.
"Not passing kindergarten is not rare, but
it is certainly a red flag," she told Mr. Kirsch-
ner. "His mental age would be something
less than his chronological age.
As to restoring him to competency, Dr.
Leporowski said she isn't sure he can be
restored.
"He is functioning in the range of mildly


mentally retarded. Restoration could be ef-
fected by the way his brain works," she
said.
Dr. Reardon testified that, academically,
Nielson is functioning at the level of a 7 or
8 year old.
When asked by Mr. Kirschner, Dr. Rear-
don said his prognosis was "guarded" on
the likelihood Nielson's competency could
be rs t suggested that the teen receive
outpatient treatment for at least six months.
"If he's not competent by then, he prob-
ably cannot be restored," said Dr. Reardon.
Both Dr. Leporowski and Dr. Reardon
testified they saw no signs of inalingering or
lying by Nielson during their evaluation ses-
sions.


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 Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Cornrission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
*Travis Franklin Bast, 26, S.E. 23rd St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 22 by Officer
Lawrence Parzygnat on a charge of driving
while license suspended habitual offender.
His bond was set at $2,500.


*Casey Johnson, 19, Allen St., Punta Gor-
da, was arrested July 22 by DOC's Michael
White on charges of violation of probation
-possession of marijuana with intent to sell
and violation of probation possession of
marijuana in excess of 20 grams. He is being
held without bond.
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against then dropped is wel-
corne to inform this newspaper. The infor-
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Jerald Bryant found Nielson incompetent.
The judge ruled that Nielson will receive
out-patient treatment and the competency
issue will be revisited in six months, said As-
sistantriStat r Atrbne rse M bhi ht sid

for Nielson to be declared incompetent state
statutes require that he be mentally ill, men-
tally retarded or mentally age deficient.
Nielson was arrested Dec. 16, 2009, and
charged with seven counts of sexual battery
and six counts of lewd and lascivious mo-
lestation. The alleged victims were between
the ages of 8 and 11.
The psychologists-Dr. Deborah Lep-
orowski, Dr. Michael Reardon and Dr. Greg-
ory Landrurn-were appointed by the court


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SECTION 00103
INVITATION TO BID
Sealed BIDS will be received by OKEECHOBEE COUNTY BOARD OF

222, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 untl 1;@@_8| on UGS :
201P at which time they will be publicly opened by the County Clerk or de-
slneand read aloud at the NFW COUIRTHOUSF. 312 N.W. 3rd St.
rorNo.3 East Conference Room at 2;QQP l on AUGUST 5.2010.
Any BIDS received after the time speckled will not be accepted.
The BIDS shall be based on providing all materials, equipment and labor for
the construction of the NW 20TH LANE ROADWAY RESURFACING IM-
PROVEMENT PROJECT. The Contractor shall be responsible for providing
all materials, equipment and labor necessary for the construction of PAVE-
MENT WIDENING, RESURFACE ROADWAY, STRIPING, AND MAIN-
TENANCE OF TRAFFIC as necessary to complete the project as per plans
and speclications and the most recent FDOT Standards.~ The Contractor
mutl urre tly FDOTbeeerhex. mlnawaidgs, se lcatdons an~dK oh~eCon
COUNTY Road & Bridge Department, 804 N.W.2nd STREET, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972, (863) 763-3514 and at the offices of Craig A. Smith & As-
sociates, 7777 GLAIDES ROAD SUITE 410 BOCA RATON, FL 33434,
(561) 314-4445 and for the non-refundable amount of Seventy Five and
00/100 Dollars ($75.00). Checks shall be made payable to Okeechobee
County Board of County Commissioners.
BIDDERS shall conine their BIDS to the prct In its entrety. Partial BIDS
will not be considered. Each BIDDER shl submit with this BID evidence
that he Is licensed to perform the work and services or quallied by ex-
amination to be so licensed.
Each BID shall be accompanied by a certlied check or by an acceptable BID
BOND In an amount equal to at least ive (5) percent of the amount of the
BID payable to Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners,
as a guarantee that If the BID Is accepted the BIDDER will execute the
CONTRACT and ile acceptable PERFORMANCE AND PAYMENT SURETY
BONDS eual to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price witin
ten (10) ds after written notice of the AWARD OF CONTRACT No bidder
may wl drw his BID for a period of ninety (90) days after date set for
opening of the BIDS.
There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference on Monday, August 2,
2010, 1:00 PM located on-site at the corner of NW 20th Lane and 441 for
cabos, raigs rsoeo wrsalbe ag ig nsisetso teginee?
If In the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist In the specli
cations and/or drawin s, it Is the bidder's responsiblit~ybto seek clarlicaton
frmo e CounttygtAd totnoalye et uln ument utphoen alun ders to conduct
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners reserves the
bright to wave Informa Itles In any BID, delete any porton of the project; ex-
tedthe project within the Ilmits of the work Involved. The Owner has the
right to accept or reject any or all bids.
BIDS must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked:
"RTD NW Z0th I ane Roadway Resurfacina Tmprovement Prniedt.
Gkeechnhee County Rid No. 2010-14".
Clif Betts, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court
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Okeechobee lost both games in shut-
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR OKEEF OBE COUNTY,
(Probate Division)
Case No.2010CP48
Judge: Larry Schack
IN RE: ESTATE OF
EVA F. GALLOWAY,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administraton of the estate of
EVA F. GALLOWAY, deceased, whose
date of death was February 2, 2010
and whose social securlt number Is
XXX-XX-2022, Is pending In the Cir-
cult Court for Okeec bee County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address
SreeticOkesech eeorFL 3 T7t2. T r
names and addresses of the co-per-
sonal representatves and the co-per-
sonal rebresentatves; attorney are
se l ch etor of the dcedent and-
m nds ag inst dcehet' ttc roen-
qured to be served must ile their
LImE Ih3 MOc S AFTRTH E
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER

Hnd Ote desn havn hlaeFC Oe
dm~and ag s n he decje en s ess
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THOE DOAFT FNTOHECFEIRST PUBLICA-
THEA MCE PEINDS STS DOWH IN
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"All parties involved in this are certainly
ga is over," e sai .
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"When you can come to the table with
mediation and work things out and both
parties are reasonably happy with the out-
come, I think it is a good thing," he added.
Mr. Kenworthy said the district wished
Mr. Mitchell well in his future endeavors. Part
of the settlement was his agreement to not
seek employment with the district again,
"We do dispute the allegations he made.
We took a long hard look at the allegations
and we admit no wrongdoing in the case.
When you can reach a compromise and put
things like this behind you, its better for all
parties involved," he added.
Mr. Mitchell was represented by attorney
Isidro Garcia of West Palm Beach. He was
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OHS officials. The lawsuit claimed Mr. Mitch-
ell was decertified by the U.S. Army due to
false and misleading information provided
by Ms. Wiersma and Mr. Saucier.
In the lawsuit, Mr. Mitchell claimed Mr.
Saucier, who is now retired, boasted that the
KKK made great contributions to our soci-
ety in front of two black students. When Mr.
Mitchell complained to school administra-
tors, he contends he was fired.
He sued for lost wages and benefits and
legal expenses. The settlement was recorded
on June 1, after a mediation session before
Steven Mayans. The settlement decided all
of the issues in the litigation.
Assistant Superintendent of Schools Ken
Kenworthy said the district's insurance car-
rier will assume all of the costs so the settle-





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Beginning with the upcoming 2010-2011
hunting season, anyone hunting deer in Flor-
ida will need a deer permit. The new permit
costs $5 and is available now for purchase.
Those with a Sportsrnan's License, Gold
Sportsman's License, 64 or Older Sports-
nian's License, Military Gold Sportsrnan's
License, Lifetime Hunting License or Life-
time Sportsrnan's License will not need to
purchase the new deer permit, because it
already is included in each of these licenses,
even if they were purchased before July 1.
However, the deer permit is not included
with a hunting license, combination hunt-
ing/freshwater fishing license, combination
hunting/freshwater/saltwater license or a
five-year hunting license. Anyone hunting
deer with either of these licenses must also
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be earmarked to support deer Inanagernent
and deer research. Funds also will support
ongoing efforts to monitor Florida's deer
herd for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)).
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Cornrission approved a "Strategic Plan for
Deer Management in Florida: 2008-2018"
in February 2008. Critical to the success of
this plan is establishing deer Inanagernent
units and a harvest-reporting systern; both
have been identified as top priorities by the
agency and its stakeholders to better man-
age deer.
People can purchase all permits and re-
lated licenses from their county tax collec-
tor, retail outlets that sell fishing and hunting
supplies, online at:www.fl.wildlifelicense.
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expected to be back in service on Friday, July
23, but there was a delay in receiving a re-
quired part.
The South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict appreciates the public's patience during
these activities. For more infonnation about
the navigation lock operations, or for gen-
eral information about the South Florida Wa-
ter Management District, please phone the
Okeechobee Service Center at 863-462-5260.


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to the point that they were near death and
could barely stand.
"They were all loaded with parasites,"
said Ms. Hudson. "Blackjack was so wob-
bly that he had a hard time getting into the
trailer because his back end wouldn't sup-
port him."
The colt, she added, was very under-
weight. She added that two of the horses
were near death, two were emaciated and
one was in moderate condition.
Deputy Arnold stated in her report that
the horses were so thin she could see their
bones and their heart beating.
"Shiloh, the colt and Blackjack were so
unhealthy that their eyes were barely open. I


could identify every bone in their body," the
deputy wrote in her report.
The deputy went on to state that the
horses were being kept in "a grassless pas-
ture" and that there was no food and little
to no hay for then to eat. While there were
four water buckets, the buckets were dirty
and contained only a few inches of water,
Deputy Arnold stated.
While there was sone hay on the ground,
the deputy said there were dogs lying on it
and there was dog feces on the hay as well.
Dr. Paul Bryant, DVM, from the Okeecho-
bee Veterinary Hospital, took possession of
Shiloh and the colt.
Deputy Arnold went on to state in her
report that Fralix works for Dr. Jane Bicks,
DVM. When contacted, Dr. Bicks reportedly
told the doctor that she "... would be glad
to help the State in assuring that Melissa is


never allowed to own an anirnal again."
Ms. Hudson said Dr. Bicks had taken the
horses and put about 200 pounds on then
and then returned then to Fralix.
This is not the first time Ms. Arnold has
had to take animals from Fralix.
In 2008 she took Fralix to court and Judge
Bryant issued an order requiring the wornan
to take care of her animals. The Nov. 20,
2008, order also stated that if any animals
are taken from her again due to her neglect
she cannot get then back.
Two horses taken from Fralix in 2008 had
to be euthanized by Dr. Bryant because they
were so emaciated they could not be saved.
"If it was up to me, I would like for her to
never own another animal," said Ms. Hud-
son.


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and are nursing their mother at the Anirnal
Control office.
Fralix, 38, S.E. 66th Ave., was arrested
Wednesday, July 21, on seven counts of cru-
elty to animals. Her bond was set at $17,500,
but she has since been released from the
Okeechobee County Jail on bond.
An arrest report by Deputy Cari Arnold
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) stated that three of the horses-a
mare named Shiloh, an unnarned colt and a
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