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Vol. 101 No. 98 Sunday, August 15, 2010


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Property values drop but
some homeowners will still
see increase in tax bill
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Even though the total value of property in
Okeechobee County has decreased, some indi-
vidual property owners could still end up pay-
ing higher taxes.


The total value of property in the county has
gone down by 17 percent from last year. How-
ever, that does not automatically mean individ-
ual property owners will see lower tax bills.
The county has a tax base that is 15 percent
lower than last year. However, the market value
and assessed value of individual properties in-
creased or decreased at varying rates depend-
ing on a variety of circumstances.
Generally, if the property value went down
less than 15 percent the owner will see an in-


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Brahmans on the field
The Okeechobee High School Brahmans football team hopes for success this year
in order to wipe last year's record from memory. The team started practice last week
at the high school. Above, players compete in a tug of war at Brahman football prac-
tice. For more on OHS football, see Page 19.


crease in taxes. If the individual property own-
ers saw a decrease of more than 15 percent
in property value there will probably be a de-
crease in taxes.
Complicating the situation is the Save Our
Homes (SOH) legislation that was designed to
put a cap on the increase of taxes for home-
steaded property. Those whose properties have
homestead exemption have benefited over the
years from this law, which kept the tax apprais-
See TAXES Page 15


School board


candidates


respond to


questions
Editor's note: The Okeechobee News
asked readers to send in questions for
the local candidates for School Board.
Their answers appear below.
Prescription drug
abuse is a big prob-
lem in the commu-
nity (for both adults
and children) and TE
in the schools. Chil- VO 1
dren raid the medi- *,
cine cabinet and
steal prescription a
drugs from their par-
ents, grandparents, etc. This becomes
a problem for the schools when stu-
dents bring the drugs onto campus
and in some cases even attempt to sell
drugs at school. What, if any, changes
to school board policy do you propose
to deal with this problem?
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Judge sentences woman to 27 months in DOC


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman was sentenced
to 27 months in prison Friday, Aug. 13, fol-
lowing her arrests on several felony drug
charges.
Amber Lee McClure, 25, entered a plea of
no contest on June 2 to two different drug
cases. Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger
on Friday found her guilty and ordered that
her driver's license was to be revoked for
a period of two years once she is released
from the Department of Corrections.


The judge found her
guilty in a 2009 case in
which she was arrested on
felony charges of posses-
sion of hydromorphone,
possession of temazepam
and possession of alprazo-
lam.
She was also charged
Amber Lee with the misdemeanor of
McClure possession of drug para-
phernalia, for which she was sentenced to
165 days in the Okeechobee County Jail. She


Okeechobee Arrest Report


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 Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Lawrence Wolf, 29, was arrested Aug.
12 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him with vio-
lation of probation obtaining/attempting to
obtain a controlled substance by fraud (two
counts). His bond was set at $25,000.
Benjamin Dunnam, 22, S.E. 29th Lane,


was arrested Aug. 12 by Deputy John Fisher
on a charge of grand theft from a person over
the age of 65. His bond was set at $5,000.
Mildred Hardison, 36, S.E. 29th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 12 by DOC's
Joseph Cracchiola on a charge of violation
of probation felony battery prior convic-
tion. She is being held without bond.
This column lists arrests and not con
evictions, 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.


Okeechobee's Most Wanted


The following people are among
Okeechobee's Most Wanted persons. There
are active warrants for each of them.
The criteria for making Okeechobee's
Most Wanted top five is based on the sever-
ity of the crime in conjunction with the age
of the warrant.
If you have any information on the where-
abouts of any of Okeechobee's Most Wanted
you can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stop-
pers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477).
If you call Treasure Coast Crimes Stop-


Spers, you have the option of
remaining anonymous. You
can also receive a reward if
the information results in
an arrest.
Patricia Lynn Gon-
zales, white female, DOB
4/16/1973, 5'2", 160 lbs.
Patricia Lynn Fraudulent Use of Credit
ricia Lynn Card, Criminal Use of Per
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was also given credit for the 165 days she
has already served.
Her second felony drug arrest was March
20, 2010, when she was charged with pos-
session of cocaine.
Judge Belanger sentenced her to 27
months for each case, with the sentences to
run concurrently.
McClure was also arrested earlier this
month on a misdemeanor charge of disor
derly conduct. Judge Belanger found her
guilty and sentenced her to nine days in the
county jail, which she has already served.
"You need to exhibit good judgement,"
Judge Belanger told her.
McClure told the judge that she didn't
think prison "was the way to go."
"I asked for long-term rehab, but that
wasn't even offered," she said through her
tears.
Judge Belanger said he was going to
"strongly suggest" that McClure DOC house
her where she can get mental health and
substance abuse counseling.
In an earlier sentencing, Lydia Lois Rose-
mann, 50, N.E. 1lth St., entered into a plea
deal with the state and was found guilty by
Judge Belanger of possession of marijuana
under 20 grams and possession of drug par-
aphernalia-both misdemeanors.
She was sentenced to 120 days in the
county jail on each count, with the counts to
run concurrently.
Her driver's license will also be revoked
for a period of two years upon her release
from jail.
In exchange for Rosemann's plea, the
state dropped a felony charge of possession
of methamphetamine. If convicted on that
charge, she could have been sentenced to
five years in prison, fined $5,000-or both.
Judge Belanger also sentenced Anthony
Brown, 42, to nine months in the county jail.
Brown had entered a plea of no contest to a
charge of felony battery. In exchange for that
plea, the state dropped two other charges of


felony battery.
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has 10 prior convictions on different charg-
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control," he told Brown.


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Reflections from

the Pulpit

Will God give back double?
by Wendy Schaffer
Pastoral Counselor, The Pregnancy Center
of Okeechobee
Recently a young lady, after reading
Zechariah 9:12 and 8:12, asked if she kept
her faith would God give her back double
what she lost. I studied the verses, "Turn
you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope:
even to day do I declare that I will render
double unto thee,..." "For the seed shall be
prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and
the ground shall give her increase, and the
heavens shall give their dew,..."
The word "strong hold" means a cutoff
fenced place, which supports the use of the
word "prisoners." God wants you to turn
toward the situation or loss with hope. One
might get back double what they lost, or
spiritually receive a double portion. "Pros-
perous," according to the Bible concordance
means place or completeness. The vine is
mentioned in John 15:1 "I am the vine, and
my Father is the husbandman" (tiller of the
ground). God will prepare the ground for the
seed and water it with dew, so the vine will
grow. "Ye (the believers) are the branches;
he that abideth in me...bringeth forth much
fruit." (V5) The fruit we are to bear is de-
scribed in Galatians 5:22 and 23, "love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness (and) temperance." God,
the tiller, loves Jesus, the vine, who loves the
fruit bearing branches, the believers, who
will be filled with joy. We are to love, as God
has loved us (John 15:9-13).
Jesus states the two greatest command-
ments in Matthew 22:37-40. "Thou shalt love
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with
all thy soul and with all thy mind... Thou
shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." The rest
of God's commandments hang on these. I
believe as we live for God, in his Word and
through His Son, we will receive a double
portion of love, joy, and peace. We will over-
flow with these fruits so we can not only
get through a difficult time, but be used by
God to help others and to draw people to
our Lord, Jesus Christ. I will thank God if
the woman receives back what was actually
lost. I will PRAISE GOD if she is filled with
God's fruit and uses it to impact other peo-
ple's lives and salvation.


OPINION


Sunday, August 15, 2010


Letters to the Editor


Support appreciated
When Mom passed away on Aug. 7, it
was a grief her children had never experi-
enced before. Then the most amazing out-
pouring of love and support started coming
in from our community and we knew we
were not alone. The tributes to Mom, the
cards, visits, flowers, and calls were almost
as overwhelming as the grief we were expe-
riencing. It opened our eyes to the impact
Mom had made on so many lives; what an
amazing, loving person she had been not
only to her family but to so many.
Sheriff May, Under Sheriff Stephen and
the many from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Department that honored Mom
throughout her service; from our hearts we
thank you, may God Bless and protect you
each and every day. Maureen and Terry Bur-
roughs, thank you for your abundance of
love and support.
Thank you to the wonderful staff of the
Hamrick House, your warmth and kindness
were a blessing to us. And to Charlotte Carr,
Laura Sims, Jill Turlington, Cheryl Daniels
and all of those that provided food and love
from the day Mom was moved to the Ham-
rick House to the days after, you were our
angels here on earth; from our hearts we
thank you and love you.
The Family of Rose Marie Bennett
Her Children: Bobby and Sharon
Bennett, Donna and Donnie Cassidy,
Mike Bennett, Toni and Joe Doyle and
Tina and Eric Goff
Her Grandchildren: Paula and Jeff
Younger, Justin and Shelly Doyle and
Joseph and Cindy Doyle

Candidates forum a success
The Fraternal Order of Police of Okeecho-
bee and the Professional Firefighters and
Paramedics of Okeechobee would like to
thank everyone who was able to attend the
"Meet the Candidates Forum" held on Aug.
10. Itwas well attended eventwhich proved
to be very informative to all. We would also
like to thank the candidates, our timekeep-
ers, the Okeechobee County School Board,
Melissa Arnold for filming the event, Laura
Sims of Sims & Younger CPA, Derek Koger,
Public Works Operations Manager for the
Seminole Tribe of Florida, and Marcos Mon-
tes de Oca, a local civil engineer for AE Com
for being part of the questioning panel, and
J.D. Mixon for moderating the event. If you


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So you want change...
For the longest time I have been praying
for God to give me the words to say what
needs to be said without "offending" any-
one. Well this morning He gave me this an-
swer. As I was reading Anne Alexander's let-
ter she quoted Josh McDowell from his book
"Right from Wrong." He said the majority of
churched kids no longer know right from
wrong....our moral fabric has continued
to deteriorate....our morality has regressed
back to the days of the biblical Judges when
everyone did whatever he wanted.." (Judges
17:6)
She went on to say that fifty years ago if
the neighbors saw kids behaving badly, they
called the parents who corrected the situa-
tion...twenty years ago the general mindset
was to look the other way and don't force
your morals on others..now our children
and grandchildren are growing up with no
absolutes. "If it feels good, do it."
Everyone is looking for "change." Well
how about we start with changing the moral
decay in our country. How about we start
right in our own homes by taking charge of
our children's lives the way God designed us
to do. What happened to young girls dress-
ing like young ladies instead of looking like
two-dollar street hookers? What happened
to young men looking like young men in-
stead of thugs? What happened to reaching
them through the word of God and teaching
them that appearances DO make a differ-
ence? First impressions are important and
how people see you is how they perceive
you.
How about the Pastors of the churches
start preaching about dressing properly, cov-
ering up what shouldn't be exposed in pub-
lic, especially in church. And you don't need
to run out and buy new dresses or suits. Neat
and clean clothes that cover and are not skin
tight are very acceptable.
Preachers wives should be role models
for young girls including their own daugh-
ters. Pastors and Elders should be examples


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for young men. You want change? Bring
moral righteousness back into your home.
Encourage your children to be role models
for their friends. Teach them that they don't
have to like the world, that they can shine on
their own without peer pressure.
We have morally stepped back in time to
Soddam and Gommorah. God will show the
same mercy on this country that He showed
them unless we get back to the right way of
living. God hears our cries for help, but if He
doesn't see any change in us there will be
no help.
If this letter offends anyone...I DO NOT
apologize. May God have mercy on Amer-
ica.
Jesus loves you and so do I.
Cheryl Gawda

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Scattered showers and thunder-
storms after noon. Partly sunny and hot, with
a high near 95. Heat index values as high as
105. Calm wind becoming northeast around
5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Partly
cloudy, with a low around 74. East wind
around 5 mph becoming calm.

Extended Forecast
Monday: A 40 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with
a high near 93. Calm wind.
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms before 10pm.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. South-
east wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of show
ers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with
a high near 94. South southeast wind around
5 mph becoming calm.
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 75. Southeast wind
around 5 mph.

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Constitutional officers face budget reductions


Editor's note: This article is part of a se
ries of stories to give readers an in-depth
look at the Okeechobee County budget.
Previous stories concerned the county of
fices and fire/rescue and the sheriff's office.
The following article looks at the expenses
of the Clerk of Courts, Tax Collector, Prop
erty Appraiser and Supervisor of Elections.
The Okeechobee County Board of Com-
missioners is struggling with the 2010-2011
county budget as the decline in property val-
ue has meant a decline in ad valorem taxes,
even with an increase in the tax millage. The
elected Constitutional Officers have been
asked to make cuts to help the county make
up the shortfall of more than $3 million.
Clerk of Courts
The Clerk of Courts office actually oper-
ates on a county budget as well as a state
budget. A county budget of $1,502,049
funds the clerk's payroll for employees who
serve Okeechobee County. A state budget of
$1,421,082 funds the clerk's payroll for em-
ployees who work in the court system.
Sharon Robertson is the clerk of courts
and her salary is established by state statute
and is based on the population of the count.
In the 2009/10 budget year, Ms. Robertson'
salary was $99,875. She also received a
$2,000 educational bonus which boosted
her salary to $101,875.
On the county's side of the clerk's office,
there are three departments with a total of
17 employees. The breakdown for the coun-
ty budget is:
Information technology: There are four
employees whose salaries total $165,732.
The total cost of benefits is $65,497, which
brings the total staff costs for this department
to $231,229. Payroll for this department is 52
percent of the department's budget. The to-
tal budget is $443,602
Official records: There are four employ-
ees whose salaries total $101,967. The total
cost of benefits is $53,751, which brings the
total staff cost to $155,718. Payroll for this de-
partment is 42 percent of the department's
total budget. The total budget is $367,593.
Board of County Commissioners' sup-
port: There are nine employees whose sala-


Budget meeting plain
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In their struggle to achieve a balanced
budget, Okeechobee County Commission-
ers will meet once again on Wednesday,
Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. The constitutional officers
have been invited to this meeting.
County administrator Lyndon Bonner
said it will take a high level of cooperation
with the constitutionals to balance the bud-
get and next year could be worse. He pre-
dicted that in the 2011/12 budget year the
county will be at least $2.6 million down.
At the last meeting on Thursday, Aug.
12, Mr. Bonner admitted that the apportion-
ment methods he uses to determine how
much each budget should be cut does not
give credit for previous reductions. He said
it does cause a penalty for those who have
worked hard to mange their budgets.
He presented three other methods that
used averages of past years to give consid-


ries total $317,444. The total cost of benefits
is $137,151, which brings the total staff cost
for this department to $454,595. Payroll is 66
percent of this department's total budget.
The total budget is $690,854.
Two-thirds of the clerk's payroll is allocat-
ed to these funds. That cost is not included
in the payroll number above.
On the court operation's side of the clerk's
office, there are four departments with a to-
tal of 23 employees. The breakdown for the
county budget is:
Court services: There are four employ-
ees whose salaries total $138,470. The total
cost of benefits is $69,216, which brings
the total staff cost for this department to
$207,686. Payroll is 71 percent of this de-
partment's total budget. The total budget is
$293,608.
Court management: There are 10 em-
ployees whose salaries total $279,965. The
total cost of benefits is $138,990, which
brings the total staff cost for this depart-
ment to $418,955. Payroll is 71 percent of
this department's budget. The total budget
is $595,282.
Court operations: There are five em-
ployees whose salaries total $146,231. The
total cost of benefits is $70,645, which
brings the total staff cost for this depart-
ment to $216,876. Payroll is 71 percent of
this department's budget. The total budget
is $306,600.
Cashiering: There are four employees
whose salaries total $107,016. The total cost
of benefits is $54,680, which brings the total
staff cost for this department to $161,696.
Payroll is 71 percent of this department's
budget. The total budget is $228,592.
One-third of the clerk's payroll is allocat-
ed to these funds. That cost is not included
in the payroll number above.

Property Appraiser
The property appraiser's salary of $99,560
is set by the state based on county popula-
tion and calculated in accordance with the
formula given in Florida Statutes Chapter
145. In the 2009/10 budget the property ap-
praiser went from 18 to 16 positions. They
eliminated a data collections position and


ned for Wednesday
eration for what was done in the past.
"The main key I want you to remember
is that you can't use dedicated funds," stat-
ed Mr. Bonner. "We cannot use dedicated
funds to balance the budget."
"Apportionment is not fun," the admin-
istrator said. "I don't like what it does to
employees, I have very limited resources.
Thus far we have not come up any addi-
tional revenues." He said that comparing
this county to other counties revealed ar-
eas where we are doing good and areas
where we were not doing too good.
"I still think apportionment is the right
way to go," asserted Commissioner Marga-
ret Helton.
"We have been dancing around this
shortfall and it is going to fall on all of us.
Nobody is wanting to cut their budgets.
We've got to cut expenses."
"Apportionment is the best way to go,"
was the opinion of Commissioner Noel
Chandler.


a mapping supervisor position. One cleri-
cal position has been eliminated. No vacant
positions were filled the current budget
year. There are no positions comparable to
county department heads. The average sal-
ary is $41,901.50. According to the county
budget book the current budget includes
$1,436,262 for personnel services including
salaries, health insurance and retirement.
According to the county budget book,
the property appraiser received $1,436,262
from the current county budget. This figure
is equal to the amount spent on person-
nel services. The property appraiser also
received $55,838 from South Florida Water
Management District $3,043 from St. Johns
Water Management District and $ 29,747
from Children Services Council for a total of
$1,524,887.
Tax Collector
The tax collector's salary of $99,560 is set
by the state based on the county's popula-
tion in accordance with the formula out-
lined in Florida Statute Chapter 145. The tax
collector's office has 12 personnel. A vacant
tag clerk position was cut this year. This did
not affect the efficiency of the office because
of cross training of employees. No vacant
positions were filled this year. There are
no positions comparable to county depart-
ment heads. Salaries range from $20,205 to
$47,100.
The tax collector's budget includes
$375,178 for salaries, $28,701 for FICA,
$30,153 for retirement. Insurance is
$91,277.28, The tax collector's office has its
own insurance program. If the tax collector's
office were included in the county's insur-
ance the insurance bill would be $104,904.
According to Florida Statues the tax collec-
tor is entitled to $608,156 from Okeechobee
County. The tax collector actually received
only $465,129 from the county. Therefore
the money received from the county did not
cover all their personnel services.
The tax collector receives funds from
the county and from the state. In the cur-
rent budget year the tax collector received
$465,129 from the county.
Revenue from the state is based on rev-
enue collected when tags are sold. This
year estimated revenues from tag sales are
$198,000. Between Oct. 1, 2009 and June 30,
2010 the tax collector received $163,256 in
tag revenue.
Supervisor of Elections
Supervisor of Elections Gwen Chandler
presented a $430,135 operating budget to
the Board of County Commissioners this
year.
Chandler said spending is down this year
and that her office has reduced spending for
the past several years. She has no new posi-
tions in the budget and has a staff of only
four employees.
The budget includes her salary mandated
by the state, $84,798, the salaries of Assistant
Supervisor Diane Hagan and another Dep-
uty Supervisor that total $83,582, the sala-
ries of poll workers $20,157, and costs for
retirement and benefits. The entire person-
nel services budget is $269,308. That figure
includes money for temporary election sup-
port. These vendors test election equipment,
visit polling places, and handle computer


programs and maintenance.
The operating expenses of the depart-
ment include $3,600 for professional servic-
es. Ms. Chandler had an attorney on retainer
after Joe Negron sued during the congres-
sional election of 2006 to have his name
placed on the ballot in place of Mark Foley
who had resigned.
Okeechobee shares an IT person with
Desoto County to save money. Computer re-
lated services total $42,477 which includes
licensing agreements, new computers
where needed, repairs, and other costs. The
department pays $4,200 for janitorial servic-
es and nearly $14,000 for postage of ballots
and election materials to voters.
Ms. Chandler said in recent years there
have been more mandates placed on su-
pervisors of election by the state and federal
government which adds to her budget.
The budget also includes $4,000 for paid
legal notices in the newspaper. The budget
also included $23,000 to provide a backup
for voter registration rolls, and two emergen-
cy upgrades to the office computer server.
Ms. Chandler pays poll workers for 14
hours on Election Day. They each receive
the minimum wage per hour. It amounts to
roughly $112 per day per worker. She also
has costs for training of volunteers so they
know the responsibilities of the job.
The office has a primary election on Aug.
24 and a general election in Nov. 2.
Reporters Eric Kopp, Pete Gawda and
Charles Murphy contributed to this story.







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Obituaries
Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e mailing
obits@newszap.com. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
www.newszap. com.

Bruce Lee Yates, 30
OKEECHOBEE -Bruce Lee Yates, 30, of
Okeechobee passed away, August 11, 2010. He
was born and raised
in Okeechobee and
worked as a plum-
ber.
Bruce is survived
by his parents, Wes-
ley and Debra Yates
and Virgie and Rob-
ert Glennon; eight
sisters, Bonnie Clark
(Jason), Marlena
Yates, Tabitha Yates,
Joni Yates, Leah
Yates, Patricia Glennon, Connie Glennon, Bam-
bi Wilburn; six brothers, Joseph Yates, Robert
Glennon, John Glennon, Sam Glennon, Robert
Ingram, Joseph Kersey; and his son, Dalton Lee
Yates.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Tish
Glennon; brothers, Wayne Yates and Eugene
Glennon.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday,
Aug. 18, 2010, at Bass (,i.,-i-...I i, Funeral
Home with graveside services following at Ever-
green Cemetery.
Friends may sign the .'i ,i i..... i. at www.bas-
- I., . I, ,! , II . ..-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd St., ('i..,, ii, 1

Dana Edward Collins, 52
OKEECHOBEE -Dana Edward Collins, 52, of
Okeechobee, passed away August 10, 2010, in
Okeechobee.
He was born Feb.
26, 1958, in Ft.
Pierce, to Richard T
"Nick" and Shirley
Collins. He was a
lifelong resident of
Okeechobee and
member of First
Baptist Church of
Okeechobee. He
coached a local I
bowling league and -
was involved in Community Awareness.
Mr. Collins is survived by his companion of
many years, Barbara Mathis; brother, Darrell
Collins; aunts, Jessie Nell Frost and Catharine
Jeffers all of Okeechobee; many cousins,
friends, friends from Wings of Independence
and others.
Visitation will be 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17,
2010, until services at 6 p.m. at Bass Okeecho-
bee Funeral Home with Pastor Richard E. Whip-
pie officiating. Private burial will take place at
Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to
help with final expenses.
Friends may sign the ,., ,i i..... i. at www.bas-
,, .. . 1, ,' i , fi .. .-,,,-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd St., (,i., i I-,,,


Community Events A Survivor's Story


Vacation Bible School, this week
Buckhead Ridge Christina Church, 3
Linda Road, will be having Vacation Bible
School Monday Aug. 16 through Friday,
Aug. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 each evening. Call
863 357-6500 for more information.

Sons of the American Legion
plan dinner for Sunday
The Sons of the American Legion will
have a steak dinner Sunday, Aug. 15 from
3-5 p.m. at the Post.

Benefit to be held for
John Ed Garrard
A Texas Hold'em Tournament and BBQ
dinner will be held on Saturday, Aug. 21,
to benefit John Ed Garrard, who suffered a
massive stroke and is in need of extensive
rehabilitation. The tournament will start at
1:00 p.m. at the VFW (3912 Hwy. 441 SE).
Entry donation is $100 for seat. To regis-
ter call Rhonda Altman at 863-634-6586 or
Doug Vest at 863-763-7222. There will also
be a BBQ "pick-up" dinner from 11 a.m. to
2 p.m. with an $8 donation. Everyone wel-
come!

Okeechobee KOA presents
Battle of the Bands and
talent competition
On Saturday, Aug. 21, Okeechobee will
host its first "Battle of the Bands" and talent
contest. There are no age limits-all types
of talent will be accepted. Restrictions are as
follows: no vulgar language or inappropriate
dress. Registration is free and applications
may be obtained at the KOA registration
desk. Prizes are as follows: first prize, $500;
second prize, $250; and third prize, $100. In
addition, many other great incentives will be
offered. Only 15 entries will be accepted, so
hurry and register. This event is open to the
public for an admission charge of $5. The
admission fee includes all day admission to
the contest, plus admission to the evening
concert performed by the winners. All pro-
ceeds go to our Care Camps which enables
kids with cancer to a carefree week of camp-
ing at one of our Care Camps.









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The only thing I really wanted out of life was
to get married and have a beautiful family. My
parents were married for over 50 years. I saw
the love that they shared and knew that is what
I wanted. So when I met the person I thought I
was going to marry, I thought I was going to have
the life I have always dreamed about. We dated
for about a year and I felt that I would have that
life. I remember coming home one day with the
wrong thing from the store. I believe I was sup-
posed to get some sort of soup and ended up
getting the wrong kind. The next thing I knew, I
had two cracked ribs from the can of soup that
I had just bought being thrown at me. I later
found myself apologizing for buying the wrong
item. That was the first time I had experienced
any sort of violence in my life, especially in a
relationship. I was really surprised; shocked
would be the word for it. I did not expect that
from a person I loved and from the person who
I thought loved me too. There was never an "I'm
sorry". All I got was, "I bet you won't get the
wrong thing next time". I was hoping that would
be the last time something like that happened.
Guess what? It wasn't.
I got up one night and turned down the air
because I was hot. I got back into bed and
the next thing I knew I was getting punched in
the ribs. I was told not to touch the air unless I
asked first. Even after all that, I still got married
because I was promised that the abuse would
stop. It did for about six months, until one af-
ternoon I got home late. I was questioned about
who I was with and what I was doing. When I
tried to explain that I had to stay late for a meet-
ing, I was accused of being a liar, had my face
spit in, and also punched. I proceeded to call
work and prove that I was there for a meeting.
Instead of getting a "sorry", all I got was "Don't
be late ... ' I started to question whether this
was the life that I wanted. If I had kids, would
this be the life I wanted them to grow up around
as well?
The abuse would come and go about every
three months or so. It would not just be physical


abuse, but mental abuse as well. The physical
abuse would get worse and more violent the
longer I was in the marriage. I remember getting
stabbed with a butter knife. To this day, I still do
not know what I did to deserve it. I knew I had
to get out, but kept telling myself that it would
get better. I just needed to try harder to make
it work. I did not want a divorce because I did
not want to disappoint my family. I would try to
make it work no matter what the cost.
Two years went by and we had a baby. Instead
of the abuse stopping, it continued to get worse.
There were times when I threatened to leave
but the thought of losing my child would always
bring me back. I continued to stay. I will never
forget the day I decided to leave. I remember
saying something about a family member and
the next thing I knew I was in the corner trying to
cover myself the best I could. By the time it was
over and done, I had two crushed eye sockets
and had to have my contacts surgically removed
from my eyes. I had a broken nose and thirteen
stitches in each eye brow by the time I left the
hospital.
I am happily remarried now and have found
the woman of my dreams. Yes that is right; abuse
not only happens to women but happens to men
as well. No one should have to go through what
I did for more than ten years. Just remember no
matter whether you are a woman or a man, you
do not have to take abuse. There is help avail-
able, if you need it.
Do not suffer in silence, if you are a man or
woman living with domestic violence, please
call Martha's House 24 hour hotline at 863-763-
0202. Support groups are available in English
and Spanish. For information regarding support
groups, including the newly added male survi-
vor support group call 863-763-2893. All calls and
services are confidential.

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Special magistrate could impose fine ...
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Special Magistrate
Lois Nichols will be hearing five new cases
and possibly imposing a fine in one old case
during Tuesday's hearing.
Hurdley Mitchell and Illinorse Hardy have
been cited for having unlicensed vehicles,
mechanical parts, household items and
maintenance of a nuisance because of the
condition of their 38th Terrace property.
According to code enforcement officer
Beth Albert, Minnie Lee Henderson has a
derelict, condemned structure and over-


If you go ...
What: Okeechobee County Code En-
forcement Special Magistrate Hear-
ing
When: 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 17
Where: Okeechobee County Health
Department Auditorium

growth on her N.E. 15th Avenue lot.
Roy Bohannan, Jr. will have to answer
to charges of having outdoor storage of
household goods and mechanical parts, un-
licensed vehicles and maintenance of a nui-
sance on his N.E. 22nd Avenue property.


Okeechobee Livestock Market Report


August 9 & 10, 2
Cows
Breaking 54.00
Cutter 53.00
Canner 48.00


Bulls
1000-1500
1500-2000


Calves
Cows
Str
Hfrs
Bulls
Yrlngs
Mix
Total


63.00
53.00


010
Med #1
63.00 200-250
63.00 250-300
49.00 300-350
350-400
400-450
69.00 450-500
61.00 550-600
60 0-650


Monday Tuesday
544 1439
152 371
24 31
4 14
10 30
111 38
0 0
845 1923


Med #2
200-250
250-300
300-350
350-400
400-450


Steers Hfrs
-137-145
145-170 130-132
138-155 110-125
130-145 110-117
117-131 104-112
113-122 102-109
107-116 110-114
108-115 99-107


Steers
140-150
110-150
121-132
112-114
118-131


Hfrs
120-145
110-127
97-115
104-111
93-103


Small #1
350-400 104-135
450-500 118-120


Slaughter cows and bulls
were 1.00-2.00 higher. Calves
were 2-3.00 lower. Seems to
be a good demand on ev-
erything. Linda Sullivan of
Okeechobee topped the calf
market with a high of $1.90.
Goodno Ranch and Semi-
nole Tribe topped the cow
market with a high of 67.50.
See ya next week
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Roy and Gail Bohannon have been cited
for an accumulation of mechanical parts,
tires and household goods on another N. E.
22nd Avenue lot. They were also cited be-
cause of unsafe porches and stairs.
Angela Lynn Varson is charged with con-
structing a shed on her S.W 21st Street prop-
erty without the proper permit.
On July 20 Howard and Gail Richard were
ordered to bring their S.E. 61st Drive prop-
erty into compliance by obtaining the nec-
essary permits and final inspection by Aug.
12. If that has not been done, they could be
fined up to $250 a day for every day of non-
compliance.


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SFWMD approves downsized

version of U.S. Sugar purchase


WEST PALM BEACH-The South Florida
Water Management District (SFWMD) Gov-
erning Board Thursday approved unani-
mously with one abstention a revised strat-
egy to acquire land from the United States
Sugar Corporation for Everglades restora-
tion. The amended agreement provides for
the initial purchase of approximately 26,800
acres of strategically located land south of
Lake Okeechobee, with options to purchase
another 153,000 acres should economic
conditions allow in the future.
"The new terms allow the District to move
forward with this opportunity to restore the
River of Grass in a way that both better fits
Florida's current economic climate and also
addresses important federal mandates re-
lated to the Everglades," said SFWMD Gov-
erning Board Chairman Eric Buermann. "By
utilizing available cash on-hand and a fis-
cally prudent pay-as-you-go-approach, the
District will avoid new debt while ensuring
the continued delivery of mission-critical
services. The agency now also has immedi-
ate access to thousands of acres of property


with high restoration potential while pre-
serving the option to acquire additional land
to benefit the Everglades in the future."
Under the amended terms, the District
would initially invest approximately $197
million in cash to immediately acquire
26,800 acres, or 42 square miles, of land
in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA)
and C-139 basin for water quality and envi-
ronmental restoration projects. The District
would have options to purchase the remain-
ing 153,000 acres of land from U.S. Sugar for
up to 10 years.
The downsized, more affordable acqui-
sition recognizes that economic conditions
have changed dramatically since the original
announcement and a subsequent revised
agreement approved by the Governing
Board in May 2009. The District's property
tax revenues have declined by nearly $150
million, or 30 percent, since 2008.
Documents relating to the U.S. Sugar ac-
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City Council to look at proposed budget


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Council will hold
its first budget workshop Tuesday evening.
The proposed budget has total general op-
erating expenditures of $5,380,733 with a
millage rate of 6.7432. One mil equals one
dollar for every one thousand dollar of as-
sessed value.
The council will be setting dates for a sec-
ond budget workshop, if needed, and dates
for the two required public hearings.
Turning to other business, the council
will conduct the required annual review of
fees. They will look at a list of applications


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Where: City Council Chambers,
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Blood donors needed I tI I


Medical emergencies never take a holi-
day, and with many residents on vacation
and with schools in summer session, it is
a constant struggle to keep up with the de-
mand for transfusions in our local hospitals.
Florida's Blood Centers are asking for do-
nations of all blood types as soon as possi-
ble. The most acute need is for type O blood,
especially the universal type O negative. Type
O negative is routinely given to accident and
trauma victims.
Knowing your blood type could save your
life. If you do not know your blood type, give
blood. Every blood type is crucial to match
those of hospital patients. You may never
know when you or a family member may
need a blood transfusion. Giving blood as-
sures that our local blood supply can meet
any emergency need.
If you have never given blood but only
thought about it, please contact Florida's
Blood Centers to set up an appointment
as soon as possible. Every donor receives
a mini physical, including vital information
like cholesterol levels. The life you save by
donating blood could be your own.
Donate at Florida's Blood Centers or on
a Big Red Bus near you by contacting us


toll free at 1-888-9DONATE or go on line to
www.floridasbloodcenters.org.
Blood drives coming up this month in
Okeechobee include:
Sunday, Aug. 15-Golden Corral, 11
a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 21-Publix "double
drive" 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 2-7 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 24 Raulerson Hospital,
Front lot, noon-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 28-Wal Mart, 11 a.m.-4
p.m.
The largest blood drive of the year, the
annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup, will
be held this year on Nov. 20 and 21, at the
Freshman Campus Auditorium.
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Provide blood to 70 hospitals through
the state;
Is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration to make sure our blood
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Maintain state-of-the-art testing equip-
ment and donor facilities so donors and re-
cipients have a safe and healthy experience;
and,
Provide over 350,000 mini-physicals
and health screenings for donors each year.


Blood Roundup planned
With a goal of collecting 600 units, the Committee for the 5th Annual Okeechobee
Blood Roundup met to begin planning the drive to be held Nov. 20 and 21 in the
Freshman Campus Auditorium. You can help them by getting donor prizes and
advertising 'goodies' ready for donation. Pictured seated are, I to r, Nancy Bar-
tholomew, Maureen Bradley, Tina Stiglitz and Marilyn Rinear. Standing are Linda
Woloski, Ron Maguire, Marie Kirchhoff, Susan Williams, Marilyn Buxton and Raye
Deusinger. Not pictured are Jol Creech, Angle Cepeda and Jackie Dunham.

ANNIVERSARY
OLIVER & SUSAN MILLER
CELEBRATE 40 YEARS
liver (Pat) and Susan J. Miller celebrate their
40th wedding anniversary on August 15. The
couple was married in Winchester, Indiana.
The bride was the former Susan Frazier of Lynn,
Indiana. They were high school sweethearts who
met on a blind date in 1964. The Millers have three
daughters: Holly (deceased), Carrie Thompson
(Clint) of Okeechobee, and Rebekah Wheeler
(Lee) of Tallahassee. They have four grandchildren:
Kevin Hawthorne, Henry Wheeler, Rebekah and
Rachel Thompson. Pat retired after 37 years with
the Cooperative Extension Service in 2009. Susan
has been an accountant with Wicks, Brown and
Williams since 1986.


Special to the Okeechobee News/Marilyn Hadley

Foxy Divas celebrate 6th anniversary
On July 2, a good time was had by all at the sixth anniversary party of the
Foxy Divas of Okeechobee. Those who attended are: First row Marilyn Had-
ley, Queen of Vice, Mary Lou Raab, Joy Morley, Linda Heater, Lela West. Sec-
ond row Mary Ann Porterfield, Winnie Hargis, Dorothy Schwartz, Leanna
Sohl, Mari Walther, Queen Mother Pat Puglia, Dolores Bowen, Norma Jean
Cason and Carol Dorr.


American Legion Post has Karaoke
American Legion Post 64 will host open mic karaoke every Sunday 3-6 p.m. Bring
your discs or choose from our selections. Everyone is welcome.





Okeechobee NewsAugust 15, 2010


School board tours new


classrooms at Seminole


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Dale Barrett explains new tools for teachers to School Board members India
Riedel (center) and David Williams (right)


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee School Board members got
a briefing on high technology in education
when they toured the just completed new
classroom building at Seminole Elementary
School on Tuesday.
Facilities Director Dale Barrett brought
the group through the new classrooms and
explained some of the new tools that teach-
ers can use to improve their students educa-
tion.
Promethean interactive whiteboards
are the new wave in education, Kim Wolff,
Technology Specialist for the School Board
said. These boards combine the benefits
of educational tools such as a white board,
an overhead projector, a computer and an
audio-visual system. She noted it gives the
teachers a lot of versatility. At first many
teachers resisted the new system but now
all of them swear by their results.
"They wouldn't trade them for anything.
This is the bomb," she said.
Jim Sharkey of Data and Sound showed
off the classroom microphones. The class-
rooms are all audio dynamic and there will


be no more teachers yelling and screaming
to get the information out.
Teachers will also have DVD players, high
tech lighting and other tools at their disposal.
The new promethean boards were paid for
by federal stimulus dollars.
Each classroom also has 16 data outputs
so teachers can lay out the rooms any way
they wish.
Mr. Barrett said the classroom addition
came in under budget and cost roughly
$2.25 million. The building will house third,
fourth and fifth graders.
School Board Chairperson Kelly Ow-
ens said the district has done a good job of
catching up with technology. She also said
she was glad the building is energy efficient.
Each room is the same size and also is
equipped with clock timers which shut off
lights and air conditioning after four hours
should a teacher forget to do so at the end of
the school day.
Mr. Barrett said they also plan major tech-
nology improvements at Okeechobee High
School this year that will also be paid for
through stimulus dollars. The work will be
done at night, completed by December, and
will not disrupt educators.


Migrant students attend meet and greet
On Saturday, Aug. 9' the Okeechobee
County School District hosted a Meet and
Greet for migrant students. The event was
sponsored by the Office of Grants and
Special Programs and was hosted at the
Okeechobee Freshman Center Auditorium.
Students were welcomed by Okeechobee
County Schools' Migrant Advocates, as well
as District administrators. During the event,
more than 200 migrant students received pecia to t eec ee ews
their school supplies for the 2010-2011 Maria Lopez shows off her new backpack
school year. School supplies were provided filled with school supplies. Central El-
ementary principal, Randy Paulson and
by Migrant Education Funds. The Office of Central Elementary migrant advocate,
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Airboat association holds trash fish tournament


The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Asso-
ciation held their second annual Trash Fish
Tournament on June 19, at the Okee-Tantie
airboat launch and boat ramp. There were
21 airboats and two powerboats that par-
ticipated in the tournament. Due to the cold
weather snap and the club's tournament
last year, it was hard to find fish to put in the
boat this year.
Last year the club had an estimated 6,000
lbs. of fish brought in with the most fish cat-
egory being won with 456 fish; this year the
most fish category was won with only 49
fish. The club anticipated they would have
around the same amount of fish brought in
as last year, so they had asked Waste Man-
agement-Okeechobee landfill to donate a


dumpster for the event. With the club not
bringing in near the number of fish as they
did last year, they did not need the dumpster
after all. However, they would like to thank
Waste Management-Okeechobee Landfill
for donating the dumpster.
The winners of the tournament were
Brandon Baughman for the "most fish" cat-
egory, bringing in 49 fish and winning a total
of $250; Jamie Mellette for the I L-. ., -i I. -
erfish/mudfish" category, bringing in a 5.6
Ib. mudfish and winning a total of $100; Neil
McConnell for the "largest gar fish" category,
bringing in a 10.13 lb. gar and winning a to-
tal of $100; and finally, Bryan Kennedy for
the II'L'-. -i tilapia" category, bringing in a
1.15 lb. fish and winning a total of $100.
The club would like to thank the follow-
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1.15 Ib. fish. bringing in a 5.6 Ib. mudfish.


ing sponsors: St. Lucie Battery & Tire for the
"most fish" category, Jimmy Johnson for
the IL'L',-I suckerfish/mudfish" category,
Maguire's Bobcat Service for the "largest gar
fish" category, and A Classic Cut for the "big-
gest tilapia" category. We would also like to
thank all of the participants who came out
and supported our club, and the volunteers
who made the event happen.
If you would like information on the Lake
Okeechobee Airboat Association, please vis-
it the website, lakeokeechobeeairboatasso-
ciation.org or come to a meeting; the club
meets the second Thursday of each month
at Good Spirits and Lounge at 6:30 p.m.


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10.13 lb. gar.


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Five senior girls hope to lead OHS swim team


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School Coach Brian
Turner said this is the year he's been waiting
for. Five of his veteran swimmers state they
are ready to lead the team to new heights.
The girls swimming team includes five
strong seniors, Savannah Asmussen, who
already holds several school records, Jaiden
Barnhart, Celena Letcher, Alex Ming and
Adriana Mitchell.
All of them have worked hard in the off
season and come into their senior years in
the best shape of their lives. All of them said
this hard work should show off with im-
proved results in the pool.
"This team has a lot of potential," Mitch-
ell said, "The new swimmers coming in
have been swimming a long time and are
really talented. There is a lot of competition
but that is what makes you better."
Mitchell said all the swimmers are dedi-
cated and have a lot of heart and soul as they
come to the pool before dawn each morn-
ing to improve. Her goal is to improve her
time in the 100 free this year.
Ming said it has been hard to remain
dedicated to the spot for four years. She said
Coach Turner has been the pickup the team
needed, "I have to keep pushing because I
love what I'm doing and I have to stick with
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swim meet this year.
All of the girls praise Coach Turner who
has pushed them to heights they never
thought they could reach. He enters his third
season as coach and the familiarity and sta-
bility he had provided has given the girls di-
rection.
Turner said the girls will have two very
good relay teams. He said it means a lot to
have the girls tell him they appreciate his
dedication. "They bring the same dedica-
tion. These seniors were great three years
ago and are even better now. It's up to them
to get motivated and we'll see how far we
can take this thing."
Turner also praised their conditioning
noting many of them have reach 6,700 hun-
dred yards in practice strokes this summer.
He also said the younger sophomore class
has a number of promising swimmers.
Four of the girls were members of the
200 meter medley relay last year that quali-
fied for the regional swim meet in Fort My-
ers. The goal this year is to reach the state
swim meet.
The girls are also impressed with the
younger swimmers on the team and claim
the program is really headed in the right di-
rection.
All of the girls said they take the position
of team leaders seriously.
Letcher said being a senior means you


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have to go all out all the time. She said she
has the school record in the breast stroke
and intends to go to state this year. She
said she feels the hard work has been very
rewarding. "We set the example. Even if
you're tired you must keep going because
if the younger swimmers see you stop they
can stop," Letcher added.
Barnhart said she will compete in the 100
fly this year. She said she doesn't want to let
her family and friends down. "I have high
exDectations. I feel we're off to a sreat start.


I will definitely strive to be the best I can be
this year."
Asmussen also has some high goals. She
already holds several school records and
wants to break them this year. "I know I can
swim faster. I just want to have all the re-
cords and I want to make it so no one can
break them for a long time."
The team will hold an inter-squad swim
meet on Aug. 28 and the public is invited to
watch the team at the Okeechobee Sports
Comnlex.


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Chaka's Stars helps football

players meet NFL greats


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Forty kids from Okeechobee recently
competed at the Edgerrin James football
camp in Immokalee.
Chaka Smith said teams from Fort My-
ers, Moore Haven, Naples, Orlando and
Immokalee competed in 7 on 7 football
games at the camp and got to meet Mr.
James, an NFL great for the Indianapolis
Colts and Arizona Cardinals. He recently
signed to play this year for the Seattle Sea-
hawks.
Okeechobee was able to win four
games during the 7 on 7 tournament
which emphasizes passing skills. Quarter-
backs and wide receivers are able to work
on their timing and pass routes.
Okeechobee reached the champion-
ship game and lost to Immokalee.
"I think it was a great experience for the
kids. They have had a busy summer as we


also took them to football events in Martin
County and Port St. Lucie," he added.
The kids also got to hear a motivational
speech from sports agent Drew Rosenhaus
at the Immokalee camp.
"He spoke to the kids about life and
what it takes to succeed. He told them you
have to give it all you have to succeed in
life. It was a good message," Smith added.
The team also got to attend a camp led
by Miami Dolphin and former Gator great
Channing Crowder on the Treasure Coast.
"The kids got a lot of extra coaching
and I feel the defensive backs, wide receiv-
ers and Quarterbacks got a lot of work," he
added.
Among the players that attended the
camps were Jack Radebaugh, Aukeemian
Mills, Erick McQueen, Alonzo Coleman,
Jessie Thomas, Rodney Pierre, Deforest
Shanks, and Eddie Neal Jr.


Boys swim team looks for improvement


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The boys swim team will once again be
young with just one senior expected to be
on the team.
That fact does not discourage Coach Bri-
an Turner, who together with Coach Nikki
Umbaugh, is optimistic that the swim pro-
gram will continue to improve.
"We've raised the program from nothing
to what it is. The goals are always to do our
best in districts. Everything else prepares us
for that," he told the Okeechobee News.
Turner enters his third season at the helm
of the swim program. While the girls are
expected to be a successful squad, the boys
continue to lag behind a little.
"We want to win consistently. The boy's
team knocked on the door of winning a


meet last year. I think we'll knock that door
down this year," he noted.
The top swimmer on the team is junior
Ben Kielbasa. Turner said there are 16 boys
on the team this year. They should be able
to field swimmers in most events. "We'll be
weak in some events but we are building
the program. We're getting there. My goal
is to win consistently and be like the Pitts-
burg Steelers. They go 12-4 every year and
nobody notices."
Turner said a number of the boys swim-
mers have been really working hard on their
conditioning. Many have exceeded 6,000
yards in the pool this summer.
"You can see the difference by just watch-
ing us at practice. We are really excited
about the season. The bottom line is we're
ready to go," he added.


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Part of Taylor Creek STA closed


Repair of outfall structure
expected to be complete in
two weeks

Construction work to repair the outfall
structure in the southern loop of the Taylor
Creek Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) on
U.S. Highway 441 in northern Okeechobee
County has caused the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD) to close this
portion of the popular recreation area to the
public.
While hikers, bicycling enthusiasts, bird
watchers and others continue to have ac-
cess to the northern loop at the STA, they


will find barricades in place preventing ac-
cess to the southern loop for approximately
two weeks while construction work is being
completed.
While the district regrets any inconve-
nience this necessary closure may cause,
this action is being taken instead of closing
the entire area to the public while construc-
tion is ongoing.
For safety reasons, the public is asked to
heed all posted warnings and remain out-
side of the area during this time.
For more information about this project
or for general information about the South
Florida Water Management District, please
call the Okeechobee Service Center at 863-
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Group working to save the trees


Scenic Highway designation
sought for Martin Grade

Sustaining Community Lands Inc., a non-
profit group, will host a "Gathering for the
Grade" event on Tuesday, Aug. 17, from 6
to 8 p.m. at Wahoo's on the Waterfront, 915
NW Flagler Avenue. in Stuart. The sugges-
tion donation of $10 includes one free beer,
wine, well drink or soda, and free appetiz-
ers.
The Martin Grade is the lushly vegetated
and strikingly beautiful 12-mile stretch of
tree-canopied road (western CR 714 be-
tween 609 and SR 710, between Palm City
and Lake Okeechobee).
This fundraiser is part of the Community
Participation Phase of the project to save the
trees and historic beauty of the Martin Grade
by securing State of Florida Scenic Highway
designation.
The "Gathering for the Grade" will be a
demonstration of the broad public support
of Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee County
residents and is the most important part of
the Scenic Highway designation process,
because it is a critical requirement for the
application to be accepted by the state. To


generate that support, in the form of letters,
volunteering, and financial contributions, the
Martin Grade group is conducting a series of
events and presentations in the three coun-
ties this year. This event is an important op-
portunity for concerned citizens of this area
to demonstrate their interest and to provide
financial support for this important cause.
According to the Martin Grade group,
growth and development throughout the re-
gion pose a threat to the tree canopy There
are no other east-west roads to handle that
traffic, and widening the road would destroy
the trees. More immediate threats include
destructive maintenance practices, such as
mowing, ditch cleaning, and tree trimming,
and invasive exotic species.
Organizations can schedule a Martin
Grade Scenic Highway presentation, provide
letters of support and partner with the Mar-
tin Grade group on this and other events to
publicize and complete the project. Individ-
uals can write letters, volunteer their time,
and fill out Corridor Impressions Surveys.
Further information on sponsorship of this
event or other opportunities to help is avail-
able at www.SCLands.org and on www.
Facebook.com/MartinGrade or by calling
772-708-3021.


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al on their homes lower than the market
value as the real estate prices soared.
Section 193.155(1), Florida Statutes, sets
forth that beginning in 1995, or the year
after the property first receives homestead
exemption, an annual increase in assess
ment shall not exceed the lower of the fol
lowing: (1) 3 percent of the assessed value
of the property for the prior year; or (2) the
percentage change in the Consumer Price
Index (CPI) for all urban consumers, US city
average for the preceding calendar year as
initially reported by the US Department of
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Flor
ida Department of Revenue (DOR) makes
this statutory determination each January.
(For 2010, the SOH increase will be 2.7 per
cent.)
Some people, both in the city and county,
who have a homestead exemption and have
benefited from the SOH program for a num-
ber of years could see an increase in their
taxes this year, even though their market val-
ue went down, because their tax appraised
value was already below the market value.
In some cases, even with falling property
values, the assessed value a property that did
not qualify for homestead properties was


still higher than the assessed value of home-
stead properties. Therefore, the assessed
value of the homestead property could still
increase up to a maximum of 3 percent.
However, even though their taxes went up,
the homeowner with homestead exemption
could still be paying less tax than his non-
homestead neighbor.
In the following examples the actual as-
sessed and market values of properties as
assigned by the property appraiser are used.
However, the total tax bill is based on ten-
tative millage and assessment rates. Those
figures are subject to change when millage
and assessment rates are finalized.
A property in the city that has been
homesteaded since 1970 had a market
value of $89,439 and an assessed value (for
tax purposes) of $53,544 in 2009. In 2010
the market value dropped 21.6 percent to
$70,114, However, the assessed value in-
creased 3 percent. Therefore the property
owner's total tax bill will go up 1.6 percent
from last year.
Another city property has been home-
steaded since 1996. In 2009 the market
value was $180,481 and the assessed value
was $160,356. In 2010 the market value
dropped to the assessed value of $149,584.
Since market value and assessed value are
equal, SOH did not apply. Therefore, the as-
sessed value dropped 7 percent. However,
since that 7 percent decrease is less than the


county wide total decrease in values of 15
percent, that property owner's total tax bill
will go up 3.4 percent.
A property in the southwest part of the
county has been homesteaded since 1996,
In 2009 the market value was $199,320 and
the assessed value was $143,064. This year,
while the market value decreased 13.6 per-
cent to $172,292, SOH allowed the assessed
value to increase 3 percent to $146,927.


Therefore that property owner will see a 14
percent increase in the tax bill.
Another property in the southwestern
part of the county been homesteaded since
2004. In 2009 the market value and the as-
sessed value were the same, $46,123. In
2010 both the market value and assessed
value decreased to $34,058. That person's
total tax bill will drop 24 percent.


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Teen Dance Party planned to benefit YMCA
A teen dance party is planned on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Okeecho-
bee Freshman Campus auditorium (behind Golden Corral Restaurant.) The event is open
to youth ages 12 to 15. Cost is $7 per person, which includes pizza, soda and chips. Music
will be by DP Productions. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA of Okeechobee.


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JOE ARNOLD: I feel that our board
policy is very clear for a student who brings
drugs to school; (there is zero tolerance
for drugs that students do not have a valid
prescription for and they
will be expelled). If they
choose to distribute, the
punishment is the same.
I do think that we could
work with the Sheriff's
office to educate parents
and grandparents of the
risk, especially with the
Joe Arnold prescription drugs that are
popular at the time. I also
believe that prescription drugs are abused
more today than ever before, and we need
to be aware of the trends.
MAGI CABLE: I agree that it is a serious
problem and will continue to be one in the
future. As a board member, we have to fol-
low what policy we have established or else
there is no need in having a policy. I also
know that having "zero tolerance" often
results in some unforeseen problems. The
School Board policy needs to be a document
that is revisited often with reflection to see if
it indeed is a workable policy. Once we have
a document that is workable and unilaterally
enforced we stick with it. Education of both
parents and students as to the policy is an
important component of good policy.
Okeechobee has one of the highest
teen pregnancy rates in the state. Do


you really think the "abstinence only"
education program is working? Would
you propose any changes regarding
sex education in the schools?
JOE ARNOLD: I believe that we need to
bring parents, teachers, community leaders,
health department folks, and church leaders
together and make a plan. There are children
making unhealthy choices for themselves in
a variety of ways. I do feel that we need to
have an honest discussion about STDs and
how to prevent them, and the long term
consequences of teen pregnancy. There are
parents who are not educated on the issue
as well. I do feel that we need to do some-
thing different than what we are currently
doing; however, any sexual education needs
to have parental consent.
MAGI CABLE: I really believe in provid-
ing our students with information. As an 8th
grade science teacher, I worked very closely
with Healthy Start because of this
concern about the number of teen
pregnancies in our school system.
Within the curriculum I utilized the
"Baby Think it Over" computerized
dolls for over 15 years because I
felt strongly that students needed
to be aware of the responsibility
an infant brings. I did not lecture
on the behaviors that lead to teen Mai
pregnancy, but I tried to emphasize Mag Ca
how having a baby at an early age
affects the teen parent's opportunities for
the future. I would definitely encourage the
program to continue county wide because if
we prevent one teen from becoming a teen
parent, we have impacted their life forever.
The recent controversy over the


FCAT scores once again has the Flor-
ida Comprehensive Assessment Tests
in the news. Some parents and teach-
ers think there is too much emphasis
on these tests. What is your opinion on
the FCAT?
JOE ARNOLD: I feel that FCAT has
helped the lowest performing students the
most. We have seen significant gains in
those students. Our teachers have done an
outstanding job. I do feel that high perform-
ing students miss out on some of the cre-
ative and in depth information that we could
provide them if there was not so much em-
phasis on the test. I do not like the anxiety
that teachers, students, and parents feel be-
cause of FCAT.
MAGI CABLE: FCAT or some type of as
sessment is not going away any time in the
near future. The climate of the nation is to
have a way of comparing student achieve-
ment. Until the legislators fully un-
derstand that an assessment is not
education, we will be impacted with
the use of these devices to evaluate
students and teachers. As a teacher,
I did not "fear" being responsible for
Preparing students for assessments
but I do not agree that this one test
is indicative of how good a teacher
I was or how much the students in
my class learned. The best thing that
FCAT has brought to the table is that
curriculum is much more standardized
throughout the state.
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day edition of the Okeechobee News.


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tionist/admin secretary.
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wages including health
insurance disability and
retirement plan must be
personable with com-
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Peaches, Guavas, Bar-
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2br/lba, garage, No
pets $650/mo 1st, Last
& Sec. Avail 8/1
(863)467-2302 or
(772)260-6969
NW OKEE: TWO 2 Bed-
room Apartments avail.
on quiet street. Pets wel-
come. One is $700mo.
one is $750mo. 1st, last
& $500 sec.
561-346-1642
RIVER ACRES, 1/1 Cot-
tage, fully furnished,
very clean. Includes Pri-
vate Dock, utilities &
Dish TV. $600 mo.
(863)467-1950
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$500/mo. Incl. utils. No
pets. Call 561-329-8205




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2BA, Large screened,
fenced patio. Very
clean! No pets. $850
mo., 1st, last & $600
sec. (863) 634-3312 or
(863)634-3313
OAK TREE PLACE
2 Bedroom/1 Bath
Clean & Well Maintained
Two Story Condo
$600 a month
Call 863-610-1980
Taylor Creek Condo
2/1, On water, furnished
Pool, Dock. $875/mo +
1st & sec. Call
(863)634-8757



DIXIE RANCH ACRES
AREA 3BR, $750 mo.
+ $600 sec. dep. In-
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& lawn maintenance.
NO PETS. Call
(863)610-0001


FT. DRUM small 1 BR,
1 BA House on 4 acres.
Ideal for sin-
gle/couple,Pets wel-
come. $600 mo. + sec.
dep. (912)925-2147,
(912)224-4658 or
(734)637-2697

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2 br/lba, Tiled floors.
Includes Water. Com-
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Court. $700 mo. + sec.
863-697-6428

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tile throughout, $975
mo. & up. 1st & sec.
moves you in.
(561)248-3888 or
(863)599-0156

SE Okeechobee -
4BD/3BA CBS Home w/
swimming pool. One acre
of property fenced.
$1400/ mo. or will con-
sider lease option. First
and Sec. required.
(561)254-9326.




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FOR RENT
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New CBS Home 3/2/2
2411 total square feet.
Located at 1647 SW 22nd
Terrace. $164,900.
(863) 467-5188.


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in Playland Park. $42,000
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2/2 remodeled
large fenced yard, pets
welcome $750 a month
deposit negotiable. Call
Brandi 863-634-3407
For Rent: 2 Bedroom, 1
bath Nice Park $400
per month.
812-989-3022.
FOR RENT: 3/2 and 2/1
Cottages. Newly remod-
eled. 12 min. from town
center on beautiful
ranch. NO PETS! Mon-
Fri. (863) 467-2982
ON WATER 2/2-3/2
from $650 mo., pets ok.
(561)262-1390 Ricks
Rentals LLC
Singlewide @Debbie's
Park on 70 East for $600
a month, 1st month and
deposit required. For
more Information call
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO: 47-2008-CA-000634
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO FIDELITY BANK &
TRUST,
PLAINTIFF
VS.
ANDREA BADARACCO, ET AL.,
DEFENDANT
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO: UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
GEORGE G. KING A/K/A GEORGE
G. KING N/K/A ALEXANDRIA
MARIE MINTON
whose residence is unknown if
he/she/they be living; and if
he/she/they be dead, te unknown
defendants who may be spouses,
heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees,
ienors, creditors, trustees, and all
parties claiming an interest by,
through, under or against the Defen-
dants, who are not known to be
dead or alive, and all parbes having
or claiming to have any right, title or
interest in the property described in
the mortgage being foreclosed here-
in.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action to foreclose a mortgage on
the following property:
THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH
1/2 OF TRACT 12; LESS THE
EAST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2
OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE
NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH
1/2 OF TRACT 12, SECTION
10, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH.
RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4,
PAGES 3A-D INCLUSIVE, OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA. TOGETHER WITH A 1981
MOBILE HOME: TITLE NO:
0019222803 VIN# COS-
GART011327.
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on DA-
VID J. STERN, ESQ. Plainbffs attor-
ney, whose address is 900 South
Pine Island Road #400, Plantation,
FL 33324-3920 no later than 30
days from the date of the first publi-
cation of this notice of action and file
the original with the clerk of this
court either before service on Plain-
tiffs attorney or immediately thereaf-
ter; otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint or petition
filed herein.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court at OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida, this 3rd day of August,
2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY Arlene Nealis
DEPUTY CLERK
LAW OFFICES OF DAVID J. STERN
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND ROAD
SUITE 400
PLANTATION, FL 33324-3920
08-01860 NCM
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any accommodation in
order to participate in this proceed-
ing, you are entitled, at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact Court Admiis-
trabon at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucle, FL 34986 or call
1-772-8074370 at least 7 days be-
fore your scheduled court appear-
ance, or immediately upon receiving
this notificabon if the time before the
scheduled appearance is less than 7
days; if you are hearing or voice im-
paired, call 711.
362276 ON 8/8,15/10


Notice of Hearing
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at
:he Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728
J.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more informabon, contact Faye
-uffman at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave.,
ulte A, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, (863) 824-3010.
411 interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public
meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforce-
nent Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meet-
ng will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made
and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the
appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of
)ackup for official records of the Department.
:aye Huffman, Secretary to the
:ode Enforcement Special Magistrate
362863 ON 8/15/10


PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will resume their
budget Meetings on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. in the
Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom" at the Historic Courthouse,
304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
4ny person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County
:ommissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meebng will
leed a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she
Nill need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made,
Nhich record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
)eal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilbes Act (ADA) and Florida
statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to
arbcipate in this proceeding should contact Paula Poskon, no later than
wo (2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-4559 or
363-763-2131, ext. 2111. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD
1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
:lif Betts Jr., Chairman
3oard of County Commissioners
3keechobee County, Florida
Charon Robertson, Clerk
3oard of County Commissioners
3keechobee County, Florida
Is/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk
363197 ON 8/15/2010

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County
planning Board on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in the Com-
nission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium,
1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a request for a
changee n zoning from the existing classifications of Commercial (C) and
residential Single Family (RSF) to the proposed classification of Heavy Com-
nercial (C-2). The property owners are David and Patricia Wemmer. The
applicant is AC Development Group. The property address is 2027 Highway
441 N and is more particularly described as follows:
_OTS 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 & 10 OF BLOCK 26, CONNORS HIGHLANDS" ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 21 OF THE
PUBLICC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, TOGETHER WITH
4 PORTION OF THE VACATED ALLEY AS VACATED IN ORB 676, PAGE 1522;
-ESS & EXCEPT LANDS TO D.O.T IN ORB 414, PAGE 72, ALL IN SECTION
D, TOWNSHIP 37E, RANGE 35S, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
n the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the
leanngs shall be continued to Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in
he Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Health Department Au-
Jitonum, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING on the request for a change in zoning will
e held before the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, Septem-
ber 9, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee
countyy Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Steet, Okeechobee, Florda.
4LL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD
4T THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by
:he Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter consid-
sred at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbabm record
f the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and
vldence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development
-apes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the depart-
nent.
Nillam D. Royce, Planning Director
petition R-2010-0686
361984 ON 8/6,15/10





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NOTICE OF INTENT TO CONSIDER
THE ADOPTION OFA COUNTY ORDINANCE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of
Okeechobee County, Florida, will hold a public hearing on August 26, 2010
at 9:00 A.M., in the Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room (the
William L. Hendry Courtroom), at the Okeechobee County Courthouse locat-
ed at 304 N.W. 2" Street, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving
comments and suggestions in consideration of the adoption of a proposed
Ordinance. The title of said proposed Ordinance is:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, IMPOSING A LOCAL GOVERN-
MENT EMERGENCY FIRE RESCUE SERVICES AND FACILITIES SUR-
TAX OF ONE PERCENT (1%) ON CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS
OCCURRING WITHIN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FROM WHICH TAXES
ARE PAYABLE TO THE STATE OF FLORIDA UNDER THE PROVI-
SIONS OF CHAPTER 212, FLORIDA STATUTES; PROVIDING THAT
THE IMPOSITION OF THE SURTAX SHALL NOT BE EFFECTIVE UN-
LESS APPROVED BY REFERENDUM AT A REGULARLY SCHEDULED
ELECTION; PROVIDING THAT THE IMPOSITION SHALL BE EFFEC-
TIVE BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2011 AND REMAIN IN EFFECT UN-
TIL AMENDED OR REPEALED BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE BOARD
OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS; PROVIDING FOR DISTRIBUTION
AMONG PARTICIPATING JURISDICTIONS PURSUANT TO INTERLO-
CAL AGREEMENT; PROVIDING FOR THE REFERENDUM TO BE IN-
CLUDED IN THE ELECTION ON NOVEMBER 2, 2010; PROVIDING
BALLOT LANGUAGE; PROVIDING FOR THE USE OF SURTAX PRO-
CEEDS; PROVIDING FOR REDUCTION IN AD VALOREM TAX LEVY
OR ANY NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS; PROVIDING FOR
CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVID-
ING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
A copy ofthis Nobce of Intent will be available for public inspection at the
County Administration office, Okeechobee County Courthouse at 304 N.W.
2' Street, Okeechobee, Florida each week day, Monday through Friday, ex-
cept holidays between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 5:00 PM., beginning on
August 16, 2010.
If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of County
Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at such hearing, that
person will need to ensure that a verbabm record of the proceedings is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the
appeal is based.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CLIF BETTS, JR., CHAIRMAN
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
363287 ON 8/15/2010


PUBLIC MEETING OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CANVASSING BOARD
AND CANVASSING OF THE ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR THE
AUGUST 24, 2010, PRIMARY ELECTION
Al meetings of the Okeechobee County Canvassing Board ("Canvassing
Board") ae open to the public and are conducted at the Supervisor of Elec-
tons Office in the Histonc Courthouse located at 304 NW2nd Street, Okee-
chobee, Florida.
Sealed absentee ballots for the 2010 Pnmary Election received prior to 5:00
p.m. Friday, August 20, 2010, will be available for public inspection from
5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 20 at the office of the Super-
visor of Elections. The Canvassing Board will convene Saturday, August 21
at 10:00 a.m. to canvass, open, and process the referenced ballots; how-
ever, not tabulate.
Absentee ballots received between Saturday, August 21 and Election Day,
tuesday, August 24 by 7:00 p.m. will be available to the public for public
inspection unbl they are opened. The Canvassing Board will reconvene
Tuesday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m. to canvass referenced ballots and per-
form any other duties that may be prescnbed by law.
Pursuant o Section 101 .68(2)(c)2, Flonda Statutes, if any elector or candi-
date present believes an absentee ballot is illegal due to a defect apparent
on the voter's certificate, he or she may, at any time before the ballot is re
moved from the envelope, file with the Canvassing Board a protest against
he canvass of the ballot, specifying the precinct, the ballot, and the reason
he or she believes the ballot to be illegal. A challenge based upon a defect
in the voter's certificate may not be accepted after the ballot has been re-
moved from the mailing envelope.
The Canvassing Board will reconvene Thursday, August 26 at 5:00 p.m. to
canvass provisional ballots and perform any other duties as prescnbed by
law. The Canvassing Board will reconvene on Fnday, August 30 at 12:00
p.m. (Noon) to certify official results of the 2010 Pnmary Election and per-
form any other duties as prescnbed by law. At the conclusion of the Mon-
day, August 30 meeting, the race for the post-election audit will be
randomly selected by the Canvassing Board.
If the Canvassing Board reconvening at times or places other than those
specified above becomes necessary, public notice of the change will by
publically noticed. The location, date, and time will be announced at the
conclusion of the perbnent meeting, posted online at www.voteokeecho-
ee.com and posted on the doors at the Okeechobee County Suervisor of
Elections, the Okeechobee County Tax Collector, and the Okeechobee
County Judicial Buildin.
In accordance with the Sunshine Law of Flonda, all Canvassing Board
meetings are open to the public.
/s/ Gwen Chandler
Supervisor of Elections
Okeechobee County
363204 ON 8/15/10





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Assistant Coach Chris Hall works with
wide receivers during a recent prac-
tice.
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Between 60 and 65 players battled
through hot weather and humidity at
Okeechobee High School as the fall football
season officially began this week.
Brahman Coach Myron Jackson enters
his second year at the helm in control of
a young but experienced group. Only six
seniors graduated in June and most of the
team's key players from last year return.
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always about the best schemes. Football is
about the team that refuses to lose, the team
that has the desire to keep going when they
are tired and frustrated and find a way to
win."
Okeechobee has three full weeks of prac-
tice this year before their first game. They
will hold an exhibition kickoff classic game
at Brahman stadium on Friday night Aug. 27
against Fort Pierce Central.
Jackson said he is very pleased with the
turnout of players. He expects more players
to show up when school starts. He also is
pleased with a large class of freshmen this
year. He said that can only make the pro-
gram stronger in the long run.
Jackson said he hasn't had to motivate
the kids this year. He also hasn't had to talk
to them about last year's winless season,
"I haven't had to say anything about that.
The guys are ready to go. They are tired of
hearing about it and they want to win. They
have come out here enthusiastic and ready
to go."
Jackson also praised some of his veter-
ans for helping him motivate the players
during the long two per day practices this
week. Many days players spent six or more
hours on the field with workouts. Included
is a team wide tug of war rope contest at
the end of each session. It makes for some
competitive moments on the field. Tempera-
tures have mostly hovered around 100 de-
grees. The heat index was well over 100 on
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ample time to cool down and have been
given lots of fluids to drink. They also have a
few hours off in the air conditioning at lunch
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Jackson said he will have his staff focus
on conditioning and fundamentals this week.
They plan to ease them into the schemes and
assignments in the next two weeks. "I didn't
want to inundate them with information this
early. I want them playing hard and fast and
not thinking about their assignments. Once
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Coach Myron Jackson is impressed Coach Myron Jackson has been much
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