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Vol. 101 No. 101 Sunday, August 22, 2010



Labor Day

The Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Association will hold their An-
nual Labor Day Championship
bull riding and PRCA rodeos at the
Agri-Civic Center. The events have
come together to create an exciting
weekend for all. The events start
with championship bull riding with
30 bull riders which will be held on
Saturday, Sept. 4 starting at 7 p.m.
PRCA rodeos will be held on
Sunday, Sept. 5 and Monday, Sept.
6. Rodeo entrance will be on State
Road 710.
Mutton Bustin' for the cowkids
will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday,
Sept. 5 and Monday, Sept. 6. All
cowkids from ages 3-5 can enter
to win. The winner will receive a
shiny western belt buckle. Advance
registration is required. Please call
the Okeechobee Livestock Market
at 863-763-3127 to register.
The Okeechobee Cattleman's
rodeo will show contestants com-
peting to win cash prizes and points
toward a circuit championship.
See RODEO Page 8

See page 4 for information about
how to contact this newspaper.

Special to the Okeechobee News/Jim Davis
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's Labor Day Rodeo weekend festivities are planned for Sept. 4, 5
and 6 with championship bull riding on Sept. 4 and a PRCA rodeo on Sept. 5 and 6.

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of murder;

faces life
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
One of the trio accused of
killing Angel Pulido in March of
2009 has been convicted and is
now facing life
in prison.
Daniel Solo-
mon, 23, S.R. 70
W, was found
guilty of first
degree murder,
two counts of
robbery with a
deadly weapon Daniel
and burglary of Solomon
a dwelling with Soo
assault or battery.
According to Assistant State
Attorney Don Richardson, Solo-
mon is looking at spending the
rest of his life in prison on the
murder conviction alone. He will
be sentenced Monday, Aug. 30.
"The statute says he has to get
life for murder," said the pros-
See MURDER Page 8

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Okeechobee News August22, 2010

Local facility helps troubled youth

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"I've never met a bad kid," said Joe Has-
selbach. He should know, he has extensive
experience working with youth. Currently
he is facility administrator for Okeechobee
Youth Development Center (OYDC) for high
risk young men and Okeechobee Intensive
Halfway House (OIHH) for moderate risk
Both facilities are operated for the state
under an $11 million annual contract by G4S
Youth Services, LLC which operates 18 ju-
venile residential and detention facilities in
Florida, Arkansas and Tennessee. The par-
ent company, G4S, is based in the United
Kingdom and operates in 110 countries.
G4S Youth Services employes 200 people in
Okeechobee and Mr. Hasselbach said that
much of the contract money goes to local
The 110 acre, 30 building campus north
of Okeechobee on U.S. 44N. could be a col-
lege campus except for the chain link fence
encircling the area. There are dormitories, a
cafeteria, classrooms, a gymnasium, a soft-
ball field and an auditorium. The auditorium
is used for plays, motivational speakers and
religious services.
Every young person has the opportunity
to earn either a high school diploma or a
GED. They attend classes contracted by the
Okeechobee County school system and they
have a state of the art computer system.
With a 1 to 5 teacher/student ratio, they get
more individualized attention than in most
public schools.
There is a clinic staffed with 6 nurses and
with doctors, psychiatrists, dentists and op-
tometrists visiting on a regular basis.
The campus has its own water treatment
facility which is operated by a local subcon-
The youth are sent there by the courts and
their length of stay is performance based.
"Seeing kids change is the reason why I
do this," Mr. Hasselbach said.
When the young men first come in they
are evaluated for 30 days and assigned to a
treatment team. Their progress is reviewed
every month. At the proper time the staff
recommends a release date to the court that
sent the youth there.
The young men are also taught construc-
tion trades and landscaping. The grounds are
maintained by the young men themselves.
They are also responsible for cleaning and
waxing the floors inside the buildings.
The newest program for the young men
is called Urban Tails. They will soon be tak-
ing in up to 6 to 8 dogs from animal rescue
organizations and preparing them for adop-
tions. There will be two young men as-
signed to each dog. They will be responsible

Healthy Start Coalition to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeecho-
bee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on
Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 11:30 a.m. in their
office located at 575 S.W 28th Street with-
in the New Endeavor High School Build-
ing. This meeting is open to the public.
The more information, please call Execu-
tive Director Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The dormitories at Okeechobee Youth Development Center and Okeechobee
Youth Halfway House are kept as neat as military barracks. The young men
decorate the walls with paintings of cartoon characters and superheroes.

for caring for this dog and getting it ready for
adoption. They will maintain a website of
dogs for adoption.
John Gurney of Workforce Solutions is
on the board of advisors. He works with the
young men in preparing resumes and get-
ting them ready to enter the job market.
Some of the young men sent to the facil-
ity are already fathers. There is a Fatherhood
Unit where they learn parenting skills.
The Transfer Cottage is for the last 60
days. Residents of the cottage are allowed to
go off site under certain conditions. When
the release date comes, they enter the out-
side world with education, a skill and a plan
for a successful life.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
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Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The following
people are among
Okeechobee's Most
Wanted persons.
There are active
warrants for each of
The criteria for
making Okeecho- Patricia Lynn
bee's Most Wanted Gonzales
top five is based on
the severity 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-
pers, you have the option of remaining anon-
ymous. You can also receive a reward if the
information results in an arrest.

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Patricia Lynn Gonzales, white female,
DOB 4/16/1973, 5'2", 160 lbs. Fraudulent Use
of Credit Card, Criminal Use of Personal ID
Information, Grand Theft.
Charles Allen Fox, white male, DOB
.11 1',5', 5'11", 130 lb. VOP Poss Oxy-
codone. VOP Poss of Morphine. No Bond.
Joel Santiago, DOB 2/21/1982, 5'5", 140
lbs.. Third Degree Theft. Bond $5000.

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).
Judy Anderson, 27, N.W 102nd St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 17 by Depu-
ty Steven Pollock on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with violation of pro-
bation driving under the influence. She is
being held without bond.
Kathy Lynne Sherman, 46, S.E. 34th
Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 17
by Officer Kelley Margerum on a charge of
grand theft. Her bond was set at $1,000.
Bailey Layman, 9, N.W 32nd Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 17 by Dep-
uty Michael Hazellief on charges of burglary
and grand theft. He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail then released into
his parent's custody.
Bradley Justice Layman, 10, N.W 32nd
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 17 by
Deputy Michael Hazellief on charges of bur-
glary and grand theft. He was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail then released
into his parent's custody.
James Lee Clark, 20, N.W 10th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 18 by Dep-

uty Dale Hardy on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with violation of pro-
bation interference with child custody. He
is being held without bond.
Robbie Cleve Loschiavo, 39, S.E. 24th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 18 by
Deputy Dale Hardy on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging him with violation of
probation fraudulent used of a credit card.
He is being held without bond.
Judson Michael Shurley, 36, S.W Third
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 19 by
Deputy Howard Pickering on a felony charge
of battery on a law enforcement officer and
a misdemeanor charge of battery. His bond
was set at $3,000.
SamuelJ. Hendrix, 21, ElmSt., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested Aug. 19 by the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force on a charge of posses-
sion of a controlled substance (roxicodone).
His bond was set at $5,000.
Enrique Arellano-Medrano, 42,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 19 by Deputy
Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with first degree mur-
der. He is being held without bond.
This column lists arrests and not convict
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is wel
come to inform this newspaper. The inform
nation will be confirmed and printed.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Reflections from the pulpit

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

Sheriff's budget
I think Paul May is a good man and
a fine sheriff. But I also suspect there are
some cuts he could make to that budget if
he wanted to. Do they really need that many
people in administration? Do they really
need that many supervisors? Do they really
need all of the office help? It is true that he
has cut the budget every year for three years,
but Okeechobee County's budget is lot high-
er per capital than other counties our size to
begin with. Most Okeechobee businesses
have had to make serious cutbacks. I hate
for anyone to lose their jobs but sometimes
you just can't afford all the salaries. You can't
spend money you just don't have.

Barking dogs
People should be tested for competen-
cy to determine if they are qualified to own
a dog. And they, not just the dogs, should
be licensed annually to re-certify. I live next
door to a family who leaves one dog out-
doors 24/7. For 24/7 it barks, and barks and
barks. I have looked at random times and
found not only that it had no water or food
but not even a bowl or bucket for water.
And, of course, not a bit of shelter. They also
let a little dog out a couple times a day. They
either let it do its business in my yard or pen
it in the fenced back yard. As soon as it does
what it had to do, it joins in the barking. Do I
alienate my neighbors and save my sanity or
call Animal Control and save the dogs from
their miserable existence?

Back to school
Okeechobee students go back to
school on Monday. That means there will be
children walking to the school bus stops in
the morning and afternoon. It also means
the school zone speed limits will be in effect.
Drivers, please watch out for the little ones
who are walking on the side of the road and
also slow down in the school zones.

County commission
Well I watched the county commission
meeting last night. I was just in amazement.
These guys are sitting up there asking the
Constitutional Officers, "Er, which way did
he go George"? Really, seriously? You asked
the sheriff what to do about gaining more
monies? You asked Bill Sherman what to do?
Learn how to do your own job!
Every voter should be required to watch
the meeting from Aug. 18 prior to casting any
vote. If you do not have access to a comput-
er, go immediately to the library and watch
this meeting.
Since 2006 the economy went over the
cliff. Three commissioners and an administra-
tor were put in place after that time. Should
they have forseen this economic downturn?
I see businesses closing that didn't. "It's the
economy, stupid," to paraphrase someone
smarter than me.
When the county first started getting
the landfill money, the commissioners were
warned it was not guaranteed and it was not
going to just keep coming in forever. But in-
stead of putting it aside for special projects
or emergencies, the commissioners started
spending it nearly as fast as it came in, and
using it to balance the budget. They hired
more county employees and gave raises and
went into debt for the Agri-Civic Center, the
new judicial center, the renovation of the old
courthouse and the new EMS building. Now
the landfill money has declined and the prop-
erty taxes have also declined, they are crying
it is not their fault they don't have enough to
pay all the bills. I do blame the commission-
ers who have been on that board more than
one term for the mess the county is in.

Consignment shop
This is to the ladies of the consignment
shop that closed up. You had a sign on the
door that said people you owed money to
would get a check and a call to pick up their
unsold merchandise. I got nothing. I went
in a month before you closed, and was told
on Wednesday you cut checks. I went on
Wednesday to pick up my $18.50 check. A
strange woman was running the store, no
one left my check. I looked through the store
for some items I left there for sale including
a black leather coat and a white leather de-
signer handbag with silver studs on it. These
items were not on the racks, so either they
sold and I did not receive my payment or else
someone stole them. If you are considering
leaving things at a consignment shop, please
watch out, as there are people who will take
advantage of you.

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The Great Escape!
By Rev. Calvin Fryar
Brighton Baptist Church
"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me;
because the LORD hath anointed me to
preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath
sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to pro-
claim liberty to the captives, and the opening
of the prison to them that are bound; To pro-
claim the acceptable year of the LORD, and
the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort
all that mourn." (Isaiah 61:1,2) [see also
Luke.4:18, 19].
"In whom we have redemption through
his blood, even the forgiveness of sins." (Co-
lossians 1:14)
Jesus read this Scripture (Isaiah 61:1,2)
in the synagogue at Nazareth. He read the
entire two verses except for the last part of
verse two. The story is recorded in the forth
chapter of Luke. Jesus did not come for ven-
geance; He came "to proclaim liberty to the
captives, and the opening of the prison to
them that are bound." Sin and death has im-
prisoned our world, and multitudes are sacri-
ficed upon death's alter daily.
Many times we have heard or read a story
of some superstitious tribe or backward com-
munity offering their children to some evil
power or monstrous creature. At a set time,
they were to tie the one to be sacrificed to an
alter or even to a tree and leave them there.
Sin, death and hell are such monsters. But
then Jesus came, though at first disappoint-
ingly, for He died like all the rest of us. But
death couldn't contain, let alone conquer
Him. He surrendered to death's power in or-
der to victimize it. Into its stifling depths He
went to free all trapped inside their fears of
the monster. But from death's grip He freed
himself, and up from the grave He arose, ex-
posing its emptiness and proving His victory
over it!
Millions have been trapped: before Christ
came, millions had experienced death. It was
like walking into a huge black bag, never to
be seen again. They all left, but none came
back. What it was like out there, beyond life
and human experience, no one ever returned
to say. The world stood awestruck before the
mystery behind the black veil.
Paul Harvey once told of a little boy, whom
doting parents had spoiled into a brat. The
boy carried with him a sack, and in the sack
there was a most pitiful kind of stirring. He
had captured some tiny birds. The sound of
imprisoned wing-beats slapped hopelessly at
the heavy manila walls. A pitiful chirping now
and then issued from the little paper prison

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that he swung at his side. He met an old man
as he walked along who asked, "Whatcha
got in that sack?"
"I got a sack full of sparrows!" said the
little boy.
"What are you going to do with them?"
asked the old man.
"I'm going to take them out of the sack,
one by one, and tease them-pull a feather
out now and then, and then I'll release them
to the cat for his dinner."
After hearing that they were dinner for the
cat, the old man asked, "How much would
you sell the whole sack for?"
The little boy thought a moment and de-
cided that he should put a lot of capital on
the venture and dicker down if he had to, so
he threw out the figure: "I'll take two dollars
for the sack!"
"Done," said the old man; and he reached
in his pocket, pulled out the two dollars, and
gave them to the lad. The lad then handed
him the sack. The old man held it far more
kindly than the reckless youngster had. In
a moment he untwisted the coiled paper
neck of the bag and pulled it open. In but
a little bit, the sky connected brilliantly with
the open inside of the bag and the birds were
gone.-Robert J. Morgan, Nelson's Complete
Book of Stories.
The Trap has been opened: "...He gave his
only begotten Son...." to open the trap for us.
The price has been paid, and like that sack
full of birds, we are free. We can rise up with
Him in victory, because we are "... bought
with a price" (1 Corinthians 6:20).
And so it happened one day that God met
Lucifer with a huge bag. Inside the bag were
the most hopeless sounds of life struggling to
be free-the sounds of young and old alike
wailing in pain.
"What have you got in the bag?" asked
the Father.
"People," smirked Lucifer.
"And what will you do with them?"
"I will torment them one by one, and
when they are all worn out with trials, I will
throw them into hell."
"And what will you take for all of them?"
"Your only Beloved."
"Done!" said the Father. And He reached
down to earth and gave us the gift of His
And in Him we have a happy trade-off and
we hold the key to the resurrection and the
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son, that who-
soever believeth should not perish, but have
everlasting life. (John 3:16)

* To report the news with honesty, accuracy,
purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate itwith our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
potential conflicts to our readers.
* To correct our errors and to give each correction
the prominence it deserves.
* To provide a right to reply to those we write about.
* To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.
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Scholarships awarded to OHS seniors

Sam Smith and Pat Alfrey presented Janna Mullis, Valerie McKee, Cameron
Tewskbury, Kaley Dees, Adam Tewskbury and John Allen Hodges with the IRSC
- Adrian M. Sample Memorial Scholarship on OHS Scholarship Night 2010 held
May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall.

Special to the Okeechobee News
On May 20, 205 seniors received scholarships at the Okeechobee High School
Lecture Hall. Local scholarships received totalled $748,013.
(above) Linda Syfrett and Jamie Mullis presented Kaley Dees, Fallon Curren,
Paige Arnold, Vanessa Bowman, Lisa Thiboult, Austin Pluskott, Kristi Reed,
Hannah Rooks, Janna Mullis, Maci Culligan, Brice Buckner, Kayla Stokes, Hai-
ley Venables, Kayla Davis, Matthew Dorriety, Katie Walker, Valerie McKee and
Monica Chavez with the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show Scholarship on
OHS Scholarship Night 2010.

Mullins, Sr.presented Chad Zabel and
Justin Conrad with the Kay Mullins
Memorial Scholarship on OHS Schol-
arship Night 2010 held May 20 at the
OHS Lecture Hall.

Steve Cates presented Monica Anuez
and Tesa Warthen with the Okeecho-
bee Democratic Party (H.O.P.E.) Schol-
arship on OHS Scholarship Night 2010
held May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall.

Jim Leidy presented Kathleen Turner
and Josh McCall with the National
Beta Club Scholarship on OHS Schol-
arship Night 2010 held May 20 at the
OHS Lecture Hall.

Jeff Jones presented Matthew Payne-
with the Okeechobee Yatchette Club
Scholarship on OHS Scholarship Night
2010 held May 20 at the OHS Lecture

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Christopher Martin was awarded the Buckner and James Haddan with the
B & B Site Development, Inc. Scholar- 5th Street Pharmacy Scholarship on
ship on OHS Scholarship Night 2010 OHS Scholarship Night 2010 held May
held May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall. 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall.

Today: Showers and thunderstorms
likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with
a high near 92. Calm wind becoming east
southeast between 5 and 10 mph. Chance
of precipitation is 60 percent.
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Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. South
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Monday: A 30 percent chance of show-
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Monday night: A 20 percent chance of
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Community Events

American Legion post hosts
Karaoke every Sunday
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.

Gun Club hosts shooting
event for Sunday, Aug. 22
The Glades County Shooting Club will
have a shooting day on Sunday, Aug. 22. The
range is located at the Glades County Sher-
iffs Gun Range at Gun Club Road on S.R. 78,
4.2 mi N.E. of U.S. 27. The pubic is invited.
Bring your own firearms and ammo. Legal
stuff only. The Range Officer will guide you
through procedures, so certain safety proce-
dures will be followed and the shooting will
be fun and safe for all. Come and enjoy our
Second Amendment right. Learn from oth-
ers and maybe share your knowledge with
them at the same time. The gate will open
at 2 p.m. Shooting will begin shortly after till
about 4 p.m. Black powder guns are wel-
come. First half is for handguns and second
half is for rifles. For further information call

Orchid Club to meet Monday
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet
Monday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Extension
Office, 458 Highway 98 N. Bring your plants
for show and tell and discussion. There will
be some orchids for sale. The Garden Club
meets at 6 p.m. For more information call
Extension at 863-763-6469.

Community Collaborative
Council to meet Aug. 24
The next meeting of the Community Col-
laborative Council, a part of the Shared Ser-
vices Network of Okeechobee, will be Tues-
day, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. in the board room
of the School Board Office. On behalf of our
local foster and needy children, thank you
for supporting our back-to-school supply
drive! We will hold our first planning session
for the Fourth Annual Okeechobee Family
Health and Safety Expo at 9 a.m., right be-
fore the CCC meeting. I hope you can join
us to begin planning for the special event.
Please bring school supplies for foster and
needy children to the meeting.

Main Street to hold
August mixer on Tuesday
Okeechobee Main Street's August Mixer
will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 24 and hosted
by the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites.
Join us at 3101 Hwy. 441 S. from 5-7 p.m.
Our mixers are a great networking opportu-
nity for the businesses and residents of our
area. Join us for networking, refreshments,
door prizes and a chance at the Mega 50-
50. For more information call 863-357-MAIN

Living well with diabetes
workshop to be held
"Living Well with Diabetes" by Wanda

Haas, CDE, on Wednesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
on the following four dates: Aug. 28, Sept.
15, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8. It will be held
at VNA at 208 S.E. Park St., Okeechobee
(across from the fire station). Free and open
to the public! For more information, please
call 772-370-7777.

Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Four'
Street, will hold a yard sale on Thursday
Aug. 26 and Friday Aug. 27, from 8 a.m.
until noon. They have a good selection of
children's clothes in time for back to school
needs, and a good mix of NEW items at
very reasonable prices and of course "Flea
Market" items where prices are dirt cheap.
Funds raised benefit patient care. For infor-
mation call 863-467-2321.

Free tutoring available
If your child attends Central, Everglades,
North, Seminole, or South Elementary and
is eligible for the free/reduced priced lunch
program, they may also be eligible for free
tutoring through the Okeechobee County
School Board Grants and Special Programs
Office. There will be a provider fair on Aug.
26, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Freshman Cam-
pus Auditorium for any families that would
like to meet the providers and see options
that are available for tutoring. If you have
any questions, or would like information re-
garding your child's eligibility, please contact
Joseph Stanley or LaVerne Klein at 863-462-
5000 Extension 242.

Democratic Executive
Committee plan to meet
The Okeechobee Democratic Execu-
tive Committee meets the last Thursday of
each month. The August meeting will be
at Brahma Bull Restaurant, Thursday, Aug.
26, at 7 p.m. In addition to the regular meet-
ing the DEC will be assisting in organizing
a Local Democratic Club (Okeechobee Club
Change) this will begin at 6 p.m. with re-
freshments served. All Democrats are invited
to attend and be a part of this new and excit-
ing Club Change. Club Change needs your
involvement! For more information, contact
Steve Cates at 863-634-2061 or Adean Miller
at 863-467-1021

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By Jane Bicks, DVM
Anything can happen to your home and
cause harm to your pets. Fires, hurricanes,
pets bolting out of the house, through fences
and more. It's easier for us to anticipate a
problem, take measures to avoid unwanted
consequences and have a plan to handle the
problem once it has struck.
The Humane Society of Okeechobee, Pet
Rescue is adamant about disaster planning
and wants to supply you with the following
list of things to do: I/D all animals Put tags
on collars and halters. Only use break away
collars for cats. Use leg bands for horses. I/D
chips are the best things to use for all animals
especially cats since their collars will come

off. Keep pertinent animal information and
medication in a water safe place. The infor-
mation should include: pictures of pets; Cog-
gin results for horses; medical records which
should include vaccinations and medications;
veterinarian names and phone numbers; at
least 1 week supply of medication; one week
food for small pets and large; and at least one
week supply of water for your small animals.
You can purchase large water bottles for your
horse's water.
Keep hay inside the garage because if
flooding occurs your horse may not have ac-
cess to grass, and a first aid kit is mandatory.
I like to use a rubber garbage can for my
animal information and medication. I put

everything into large plastic bags inside the
garbage cans.
Prepare carriers for all pets-bigger than
smaller because they may have to be in there
for a while. Include food and water dishes, a
towel, and a small litter box. There are bat-
tery operated fans to help keep them cool.
One of the biggest problems after a hurri-
cane are mosquitoes. Have deet available for
yourselves and don't use it on horses or other
pets. Be sure you have animal mosquito re-
pellent. Transportation should be arranged in
case you need it. If you don't have a horse
trailer, people will transport horses.
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The Okeechobee rodeo has a well-deserved
reputation of being the "wildest rodeo east
of the Mississippi!"
Visitors from many areas of South Florida
are expected in attendance to observe tra-
ditional rodeo events such as; calf roping,
saddle bronc, bareback riding, team roping,
ladies' barrel racing and the favorite of all,
bull riding.
"We are proud to host two annual PRCA
Rodeos every year here in Okeechobee,"
says Dudley Kirton, Cattlemen's Association
This year's rodeo will bring some of the
nations top cowboys to show their talents

Continued From Page 1
Solomon, along with Brad Cardell Bo-
swell, 29, and Hugo Fernando Lopez-Mar-
tinez, 20, were charged with killing Pulido
around noon on March 18, 2009.
Boswell and Lopez-Martinez are awaiting
trial. They have both been charged with first
degree murder, robbery with a firearm or
deadly weapon (two counts), burglary of a
dwelling with assault or battery, grand theft
auto and cruelty to animals.
Jury selection for Solomon's trial was
delayed Monday, Aug. 16, because defense
attorney Ronald Hurst claimed that the pros-
ecutors, Ashley Albright and Mr. Richard-
son, were racially biased in their jury selec-
tions. Then, on Tuesday morning, Mr. Hurst
handed Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger
a written order asking the judge to recuse
himself because of his relationship with the
two state's attorneys.
The judge, however, refused to step
down and ordered the jury selection process
to continue.
At that point, Mr. Hurst told Judge Be-
langer that he would be filing a written ap-
peal with the 4th District Court of Appeals
(DCA). According to the 4th DCA's web site,
that appeal was dismissed and Judge Be-
langer's ruling was affirmed.
Arrest records show that Boswell and
Lopez-Martinez knocked on the front door
of Pulido's three-bedroom home on N.W
Seventh St. then, a short time later, Pulido

and compete. Participants come from all
over the United States and Canada to com-
pete for their titles.
Jerry Todd will return to Okeechobee to
serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 2010
Labor Day Rodeo. Jerry travels with wife
Candi and son Kyle. Candi entertains the
crowd with her talents of background music
and Kyle serves as rodeo clown during the
Muttin' Bustin' event.
Jerry Todd was rewarded announcer of
the year for WPRA in 2004, World's Tough-
est Bulls and Broncs Announcer in 2005 and
4L Rodeo Company Mossy Oak Series an-
nouncer from 2004-2006.
Rodeo tickets may be purchased in ad-
vance at Eli's Western Wear, 907 N.W Park
Street, or at the gate. Premier tickets are $12
in advance and $15 at the gate. Children un-
der 12 are $6 in advance and $8 at the gate.

was shot and killed with a medium caliber
Pulido, 28, was shot in the upper chest
while standing near the front door of his
home, arrest reports stated.
Lead investigator Detective M.D. Faulkner,
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), said drugs were apparently the rea-
son for the killing.
Solomon reportedly drove the other two
men to Pulido's home.
"Their sole purpose was to go there and
steal drugs," said Detective Faulkner in an
earlier interview. "Solomon did not actually
go into the house."
The two men are also accused of shoot-
ing and killing Pulido's pit bull, Fatboy. The
90-pound dog was shot in the head.
Reports go on to indicate that the men
took the keys to a dark colored Dodge Du-
rango sports utility vehicle and then fled.
They were captured around 1:42 p.m. in the
Bear Hollow subdivision near Lake Placid.
Detectives said the men were apparently in
the process of committing other burglaries
in hopes of finding keys to another vehicle.
Solomon, who reportedly fled after hear-
ing the gunshots, was arrested the next day.
When OCSO detectives entered the home
after the shooting they found a new litter of
puppies that had been sired by Fat Boy. The
mother of the pups was outside the home at
the time of the shooting and was not hurt.

General admission in the West stands are
$10 adults and $6 children.
Presenting sponsor for the 2010 Labor
Day Rodeo is Marcum & Associates, Nation- Certified
wide Insurance.
Major sponsors include: Eli's Western
Wear, Dodge, TD Bank, Seacoast National Resl.
Bank, Cowboys Bar-B-Q & Steak Co., sup-
porting sponsors Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Association and the Professional Rodeo
Cowboys Association (PRCA). New
For ticket information, call Eli's West- Alumin
ern Wear @ 863-763-2984 or visit: www.
The annual Labor Day Festival will be held
in Flagler Park, sponsored by the Okeecho-
bee Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, contact the Cham-
ber at 863-763-6464.

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FWC seeks

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) has announced
that state hunters and anglers can now pro-
vide public comments and feedback on this
year's proposed changes to hunting and
fishing rules and regulations.
After completing an internal review, the
FWC worked with other agencies and stake-
holders in identifying and recommending
these proposed changes, which may need
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meeting in Naples.

Sports in brief

Sign up for flag football
Flag Football Team sign ups have begun
for boys and girls, Kindergarten to 12th grade.
Stop by the ROC (recreational outreach cen-
ter) of First Baptist Church of Okeechobee,
301 SW Fifth Ave., Monday-Thursday, or call
Teresa at 467-ROCK (7625).
Impact Competitive
Cheerleading signups
Sign ups have begun for First Baptist
Church Eagles Impact Cheerleading squads.
Boys and Girls, Kindergarten to 12th Grade.
This is not your ordinary side-line cheer-
leading. Squad members learn tumbling,
choreography, stunts and strength building.
Beginners are welcomed! Call Teresa at 467-
ROCK (7625) or stop by the ROC at 301 SW
5th Ave, Monday-Thursday. This is a ministry
of First Baptist Church of Okeechobee.
Freedom Outreach Fishing
Tournament planned
The last Freedom Outreach Fishing Tour-
nament of this season will be held on Aug.
29. There is an $80 cash entry fee. 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 en-
try 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 appli-
cation or for questions, call 863-634-3790 or

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Submitted photo/Okeechobee City Police Department

Police awarded radar
On Aug. 12 Chief Denny Davis (left) and Sergeant Dawn Wendt, both of the
Okeechobee City Police Department, were awarded a Kustom Signal Pro La-
ser III radar by Charles Kane (right), liaison for the Florida Department of
Transportation Safety Office. Sgt. Wendt won the $2,400 unit at a networking
meeting held Aug. 9 with other agencies.

Site gets approval for new

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The plans Sacred Heart Catholic Church
has for a new church overcame another
hurdle Thursday, Aug. 19. With a few modi-
fications, the church site plan was approved
by the City of Okeechobee Technical Review
Plans call for a new 11,183 square foot
church on the 12-acre parcel occupied by
the present church.
Dale Meaux, architect with the API Group
and Kevin McGinley, agent for the church,
presented the site plan to the committee.
City planner Bill Brisson noted that a traf-
fic impact study revealed no traffic problems
as there would be no traffic impact during
peak hours.
Building official Ray Schaub asked why
handicapped parking was so scattered. Mr.
Meaux said the handicapped spaces were
distributed where they need to be based on
Mr. Brisson recommended some minor
changes in parking arrangements.
Jeff Sumner, engineer on the project, stat-

ed that a drainage permit has been obtained
from South Florida Water Management Dis-
Fire Chief Herb Smith requested that dur-
ing the construction, steps be taken to en-
sure that emergency vehicles would have
access to the existing church. He also re-
quested that planting of trees and vegetation
be planned so as not to obstruct emergency
vehicles and that fire lanes be marked off
with no parking signs.
City administrator Brian Whitehall not-
ed the new church would have a sprinkler
system. The fire hydrants and water mains
leading to them will have to be of sufficient
size. With the modifications proposed the
committee recommended the city council
approve the site plan.
Mr. Meaux said that they planned to make
the requested changes and present the fin-
ished site plan to the city council in about a
month. Then they would advertise for bids.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at

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August 22, 2010

Okeechobee students head back to school Monday!


Students and parents attended Open
House activities at Okeechobee Coun-
ty Schools on Thursday. (Left to right)
Zachary Brazil, April Brazil and Faith
Brazil enjoyed open house at Ever-
glades Elementary.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Okeechobee students are getting
ready for another school year begin-
ning on Monday, Aug. 23. Area schools
held their back to school open house
events on Thursday, Aug. 19 and stu-
dents, along with parents showed
up to meet their new teachers and to
greet old friends. Shirley Jackson,
Speech and Language specialist for Regan Downing and her mom Tracy The St. Pierre family (clockwise from
Seminole Elementary, gives directions (Left to right) Angelita, Daisy, Dal- Downing visited Seminole Elementary left), Donna, Trey, Tyler and Tanner, en-
to kids looking for their new classroom las and Christian San Miguel enjoyed on open house. Regan will be in first joyed meeting their teachers at Ever-
at open house Thursday. open house at Seminole Elementary. grade this year. glades Elementary.

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| ~I Donation helps Pet/Rescue

The students of Home Builders Institute
showed off their carpenter skills by design-
ing and building a dog house to donate to
Okeechobee Humane S..... i,, I' i Rescue, a
no kill shelter.
Home Builders Institute is in partnership
with the Florida Department of Juvenile Jus-
tice and G4S at the Okeechobee Girls Acad-
The students have been lending a help-
ing hand in daily maintenance and improve-
ments at the Humane Society as part of their
community service. The relationship is a
win-win for all parties and helps to educate
the students in the importance of being a

positive and productive part of the commu-
nity. The students have had the opportunity
to work with and care for the animals at the
shelter for the past few weeks.
In the Home Builders program, the stu-
dents learn carpentry, plumbing, electrical
and landscaping skills. They also learn em-
ployability skills such as how to write a re-
When they leave the academy, the pro-
gram helps place the students with employ-
ers and follows up to make sure they are
working well.

Special to the Okeechobee News
Students from the Home Builders Institute built and donated a dog house to
the Okeechobee Humane Society Pet/Rescue. Those present for the donation
ceremony included Roberta Pace, VST coordinator; Wade Lariviere, vocational
training instructor; Tiara Allen, G4S staff; Cynthia Stepanovich, facility admin-
istrator; and George Wright, DJJ program monitor, along with members of the
Home Builders class.

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daughter of Bobby Craton,
r. of Palm City and Lora
Lee Craton of Port Orange is
engaged to Matthew Bowman
of Palm City, son of William
Bowman, Sr. of Harrodsburg,
Kentucky, and Sheila Lamb of
West Palm Beach. The couple
plans to marry in March of 2011

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Grasshopper swarms leave damage to pasture crops

By Pat Hogue, Dan Culbert and
Courtney Davis
Okeechobee County Extension Service
Then The Lord said to Moses, "Stretch
out your hand over the land of Egypt for the
locusts, that they may come upon the land
of Egypt, and eat every plant in the land, all
that the hail has left."
"So Moses stretched forth his rod over
the land of Egypt, and The Lord brought an
east wind upon the land all that day and
all that night; and when it was morning the
east wind had brought the locusts. And the
locusts came up over all the land of Egypt,
and settled on the whole country of Egypt,
such a dense swarm of locusts as had ne-
er been before, nor ever shall be again. For
they covered the face of the whole land, so
that the land was darkened, and they ate
all the plants in the land and all the fruit of
the trees which the hail had left; not a green
thing remained, neither tree nor plant of the
field, through all the land of Egypt." (Exo
dus 10:12-15 RSV)
Scientists classify locusts and grasshop-
pers among the Locustidae family of insects.
They've been known from very ancient
times, just as they still are today all around
the world, as being extremely destructive to
agriculture. When conditions are favorable
for them, vast migrating swarms of locusts
can form (in 1889, a swarm of locusts near
the Red Sea was estimated to be over 2,000
square miles in size) which rapidly devour
all plant material in their path, from field




crops to the foliage on trees. Locusts were
well-known throughout Bible history.
Well, it's not quite the biblical swarms of
locusts, but we have seen and had numer-
ous calls the last few weeks about almost
overwhelming grasshopper problems in
pastures and homeowner settings. Condi-
tions seem to have developed for grasshop-
per populations to be way above average
this year, and they are, or beginning to do
significant damage to pasture and hay crops
in the Okeechobee and surrounding areas.
The problem really began last year far-
ther South in Florida. We heard reports of
swarms of grasshoppers from down in the
Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Hendry and Col-
lier County areas, but they never made their
way in mass this far last year. Apparently,
conditions have become right for them to
continue their plague and have now moved
in to our area.
What we're seeing currently are smaller
grasshoppers mostly the nymph stages,

however, as you might expect, these do
grow to be the larger adult grasshoppers
that lay eggs and continue the life cycle.
So one of the best control strategies is to
control them while they are young. The
younger grasshoppers are easier to control,
and control at these younger stages prevents
them from reproducing and continuing a
destructive life cycle. Although there are
some biological control measures available,
these generally work too slowly to keep the
kind of problem we're beginning to see in
check, and reproducing to become a prob-
lem again in the not too distant future. There
are a few good chemical products to use in
controlling grasshoppers in pastures, for-
ages and hay crops, among them the old
standby products Malathion and Sevin. One
of the problems with using these two prod-
ucts is that if they get rained on very heav-
ily, they are washed away and you have to
reapply. A newer product on the market the
last few years that has proven to be even
more effective and longer lasting is Dimilin
2L that is used at a much lower rate than the
older products. An even newer product on
the market with a grasshopper label is Mus-
tang Max. For recommendation rates of any
of these products for grasshopper control,
contact the Okeechobee County Extension
office, read the label carefully, and pay close
attention to harvest and grazing restrictions
as listed on the label.
The above mentioned products may
not be the best for control of grasshoppers

in homeowner situations, and homeown-
ers should refer to a publication recently
released "Grasshopper Management" avail-
able in the County Extension office, or on
our website at hii 1.' .1 i, i,- l
edu/GrasshopperManagment.pdf. This pub-
lication also has the control information
available for pastures and forages, as well as
the UF IFAS Extension EDIS publication, "In-
sect Management in Pastures," hiiu. Ii-
For more information about controlling
grasshoppers in pastures or a homeowner
situation, please contact the Okeechobee
County Extension office, at 863-763-6469.


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Okeechobee News August 22, 2010

Primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 24

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The 2000 election taught Floridians that
every vote counts.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7
p.m. If you are not sure where to vote, see
the advertisement from the Supervisor or
Elections office on this page or go to the
Supervisor of Elections website at www. Click on "voter infor-
mation" and then on "Locate my precinct"
or call the Supervisor of Elections are 863-
In local races, voters who are registered
as Democrats will be able to choose be-
tween Noel Chandler and Gene Woods as
the Democratic nominee for county com-
mission district 2. Republican voters can
choose between Bryant Culpepper and
Jared Figley. The winners of those two pri-
maries will meet in the general election to
decide who will hold the
seat for district 2.
Mr. Chandler, an
Okeechobee native, is the
the incumbent, finishing
his first term. He is a former
city councilman. His previ-
ous employment included
SFWMD and the Audubon
Society. He also worked as Noel
a boat captain and as an Chandler
Mr. Woods, who has lived in Okeecho-
bee for 45 years, is in the concrete business.

Do you know where to
go on Election Day?
Precincts will be open 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
For Election Day August 24, 2010.
Questions Call the Elections Office, 763-4014.
Moose Lodge
01 159 NW 36th Street
02 Basinger Comm Center
20350 HWY 98 N
The Gathering
03 1735 SW 24th Avenue
SOakview Baptist Church
04 677 SW 32nd Street
VFW #10539
_____3912 Hwy 441 SE
06 Episcopal Church
200 NW 3rd Street
7 First Methodist Church
07 200 NW 2nd Street
8 Okee Christian Church
08 3055 SE 18th Terrace
New Testament Baptist Church
09 535 NE 28hAvenue
10 Corner Stone Baptist
18387 HWY 441 N
Palm Village Ranch Clubhouse
11 1200 SW44h Boulevard
Civic Center
2 1750 HWY 98 N
1 Catholic Church Pavilion
13 701 SW 6TStreet
14 American Legion
_501 SE 2n Street
VFW #10539
15 3912 HWY 441 SE
Civic Center
1750 HWY 98 N
Episcopal Church
17 200 NW 3rd Street
FPL Service Center
18 825 NE 34h Avenue
Information Provided By Gwen Chandler
Supervisor of Elections
Okeechobee County

He previously served three
terms as county commis-
Mr. Culpepper, a gradu-
ate of high school in Palm
Beach County,
has lived in
i Okeechobee
for 8 years. He
Gene Woods is a retired fire-
fighter who has
owned several businesses.
Mr. Figley is a sixth generation
native who manges his family's N
ranch. He is on the Board of Di- Bryant
rectors of the Culpeppe
County Farm Bureau and
is Precinct Committee-
man on the Republican
Executive Committee.
In the only other local
race on the ballot, incum-
bent Joe Arnold and chal-
Jared longer
Figley Magi i
are vying for the district
1 Okeechobee County
School Board seat.
Since this is a nonpar-
tisan position, voters of all
political parties will be able
to vote in this race.
Mr. Arnold taught Joe Arnold

chemistry and physics at
Okeechobee High School
1997-2002. He was also a
professor at IRCC and is
now the Conference Center
Specialist at the Wil-
liamson Conference
Center in Okeecho-
Mrs. Cable is a 35 Magi Cable
year veteran of teach-
She taught at Yearling Middle School
for over 20 years and moved to Osceola
Middle School in 1996 before retiring
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County commission candidates questioned

Editor's note: On Aug. 24, in the primary
election, Okeecho bee County voters regis
tered as Republicans will choose between
Bryant Culpepper and Jared Figley for the
Republican nominee for the County Com-
mission District 2 seat. Democrats will
choose between Noel Chandler and Gene
Woods for the Democratic nomination. The
winners of the two primaries will be on
the ballot in the November election. The
Okeechobee News invited readers to pose
questions to the candidates. The candi
dates were given the questions in writing
and asked to respond in 100 words or less.

Some elected officials treat their po-
sitions as a full time job. Some just at-
tend a few meetings a month. Most are
somewhere in between. If elected, how
many hours a week would you spend
on county business?
CHANDLER: I am a full-time commis-
sioner and I am on duty 24/7.
CULPEPPER: I will treat this position as
a full time 40 hour a week job. We are fac-
ing some extremely serious issues that need
a commissioner who is willing to work the
hours needed to solve these serious prob-
FIGLEY: I am of the opinion that no one
should make public office his sole career.
Only trouble can come from a man who
creates a private sector that he himself is ex-
empt from lying in. That being said, I'll do
what it takes to fulfill my duties as both a
ranch manager and county commissioner, if
elected. I anticipate spending 20 hours per
week as commissioner, but can adjust that
number as needed.
WOODS: Commissioner positions are
considered part-time. On average, this could
be 3 to 5 days a week, 20 to 32 hours per
week, but at times there are no limits as it
would depend on the needs of our county
and what are residents are going through.
For instance, during the three hurricanes
we had, some commissioners put in 50-60
hours a week.
Are you currently employed? If so,
who is your employer and what do you
do? How many hours a week do you
work at your job? If elected, how will
your job affect your work as a county
commissioner? How will your work
as a county commissioner affect your
CHANDLER: Not other than being a full-
time commissioner.
CULPEPPER: I am owner and President
of Air-A-Medics A/C and Indoor Air Quality
Business. When elected my son is poised to
take control of the business.
FIGLEY: I am the manager/operator of
D Cross Ranch. This ranch has been in my
family for 6 generations. My normal work
week is between 60 and 75 hours. If elected
I will try to cut back to 50-60 hours per week
or less. It would be relatively easy to mix
both jobs as my schedule is rather flexible
most days.
WOODS: Yes, I am self-employed in the
construction business. We are not currently
working due to the economy, just a few jobs
here and there. If elected, my business will
not affect my ability to do my duty as a Com-
missioner as I have a family business and my

Bryant Jared
Culpepper Figley
sons are more than capable of taking care
of things, so if needed for this county, I will
be there. I am hoping if elected to help all
construction workers get back to work in
our community.
How available will you be to the
voters? Will you give voters a phone
number or email address where they
can reach you (other than the court-
CHANDLER: My phone number is listed
in the phone book. Call me if you need my
email address.
CULPEPPER: I will be very available.
I will also hold quality town hall meetings
at night to allow residents who work to at-
tend. I will urge my fellow commissioners
to also attend. I will inform the residents of
upcoming projects so they will have time to
FIGLEY: As a representative of the peo-
ple of Okeechobee, it is important to be
available to the voters. My email address is and if elected, I will
work on a cell phone.
WOODS: I have an "open

Noel Gene
Chandler Woods
door" policy and will be available to voters
24 hours a day as I did in my previous term
as commissioner. My phone number is listed
in the phone book, but just in case here is
the information: Gene Woods, home 863-
763-7231, cell 863-634-8776.


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Noah F. Sodrel: Our community is very important to me and I would like the oppor
tunity to serve you as your county commissioner. I look forward to a positive growth
in our county that will create jobs and not destroy our environment. I believe that
with the way our economy is, that we should not raise taxes but look for alternatives
within the agencies that can help us through our local and state government. We
should not increase the financial burden on our neighbors and friends by increasing
property taxes or with special taxing districts. I believe my experience from being a
business man will help me serve as your commissioner. If elected, I can not prom
ise that the solutions to the problems facing the county will be easy to find, but I can promise that
every citizen of Glades County will have a voice in their local government. I have the experience
and determination necessary to do the job and if you elect me, it will be my privilege to serve each
and every one of you.
Donna Storter Long: You are the reason I seek RE-election to continue as YOUR advo
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actions considered and taken by the Commission and resulting effects on property
rights and taxes. My email "agenda notes" sent after BoCC
meetings provide instant transparency and promote accountability. Honesty, dedica
tion and accountability are ethical principles I bring to Glades County government.
Having developed good relationships within county departments, I welcome your
inquiries for assistance in county-related issues. We cannot resolve all problems, but
be sure, I listen courteously and patiently to your concerns and always research the
matter and promptly respond. As the economic downturn has changed your income/outgo, Glades
County faces greater challenges for fiscal stewardship. We balanced our budget with fewer funds,
minimizing service reductions by maximizing frugal efficiency. We have not raised the millage rate,
and with lower assessments this year, your taxes should be lower. We, like you, will "tighten our
belts" and weather the economic storm. Please vote for me to continue serving you. YOUR money,
environment and children's future are at stake.
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Okeechobee News

Okeechobee teens save woman who jumped from bridge

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Two Okeechobee High school students
were credited with helping save the life of a
despondent 41-year old Fort Pierce woman
who dove into the Indian River Lagoon from
the Seaway Drive Bridge on Tuesday morn-
Fort Pierce Police said Travis Mauldin,
17, and Cody Beasley 18, were fishing on
a nearby pier when they heard a splash in
the water, saw the body floating down in the
strong tide, and jumped in to save her.
Brandon Smith, 16, also helped in the res-
cue. The group was fishing at about two in
the morning when they heard a loud crash
noise about 50 feet away and reacted.
"We heard the splash, turned our heads
and saw the woman's head. We hollered
and screamed at her to see if there was some
kind of a response. We knew she must have
been hurt pretty badly," Beasley said.
Beasley's father, Stephen, is a Lieutenant
with Martin County Fire Rescue. Cody said
he knows first hand what it is like to help
The group said they counted to three
and then jumped in to save the woman.
They swam for about 150 yards before they
reached her. Travis and Cody grabbed one
of her arms while Brandon held her head up
above the water.
"I think God puts you in the right place
at the right time. I think that was the reason
she is still alive," Beasley added.
During the rescue attempt Mauldin had
trouble keeping his head above the water
because his blue jean pants continuously
pulled him under the water. As the jeans ab-
sorbed more water he worked harder and
harder to stay alive. He was able to get his
jeans off and help in the rescue.
"It was crazy. I never thought something
like this would happen to me. I guess every-
thing changes when you see that someone's
life is in danger," Mauldin said.

The boys live in the Viking property and
like to go fishing in Fort Pierce.
Fort Pierce Police Officer Michael Oliver
told the boys that the woman would likely
have drowned if they had not been at the
fishing pier. He stated the woman was trans-
ported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Cen-
ter and was able to recover from the ordeal.
The police report said the woman had
jumped voluntarily off the bridge into the
water. The Coast Guard also assisted in the
rescue. The woman apparently had jumped
out of a wheelchair that was found on the
top of the bridge. The report said she had left
a suicide note. The note stated, "Thanks for
not coming to get me Faltecha." Police were
unsure what the meaning of the note was.
The woman was apparently despondent
about several medical conditions. The re-
port said the woman had a lot of surgeries
and colon cancer. She was later Baker Acted
to a mental health facility.
Fort Pierce City officials plan a special cer-
emony in September to honor the Okeecho-
bee boys.
Beasley said he was glad that the woman
made it, "The cops said she definitely would
have drowned because nobody was around
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Helton becomes Certified County Commissioner

The Florida Association of Counties
(FAC) presented Okeechobee County Com-
missioner Margaret Helton with the Certified
County Commissioner (CCC) designation
following her completion of a comprehen-
sive study program developed
by the association. Commis-
sioner Helton received the
designation along with 48
other county commissioners
during an awards ceremony
held at the FAC Annual Con-
ference in Hillsborough.
"You learn a lot as a Certi- Margaret
fied County Commissioner," Helton
Commissioner Helton said.
"You do a lot of networking and learn how
other counties are dealing with their budget
problems. It is very helpful."

She said that she finished in 18 months
by taking all the courses at a time that she
could. Next she will soon be signing up for
Advanced Certified County Commissioner."
CCC certification is not a requirement to
serve as a county commissioner in Florida.
However, county commissioners may vol-
untarily enroll in the program and complete
a series of courses totaling 42 hours. The
coursework is designed to provide informa-
tion and enhance skills relevant to a com-
missioner's duties and responsibilities as an
elected official.
"This certification allows our citizen elec-
torate to become experts in county govern-
ment improving their communities," said
FAC Executive Director Chris Holley. "The
more than 280 graduates is testament to the

importance of this program to Florida and
our counties."
The CCC program coursework covers a
variety of topics, such as county government
roles and responsibilities, county govern-
ment structure and authority, financial man-
agement, ethics and sunshine law, nego-
tiations skills, economic development, and
effective communications. Completion of all
coursework averages 18 to 24 months.
For more information abut the CCC pro-
gram and courses visit the FAC website at
www.fl-counties,com. Founded in 1929,
the Florida Association of Counties is a non-
profit association representing the diverse
interests of Florida's counties.

Supplemental Education Services available
If your child attends Central, Everglades, North, Seminole, or South Elementary and
is eligible for the free/reduced priced lunch program, they may also be eligible for free
tutoring through the Okeechobee County School Board Grants and Special Programs
Office. There will be a provider fair on Aug. 26, from 6-9 p.m., in the Freshman Campus
Auditorium for any families that would like to meet the providers and see options that
are available for tutoring. If you have any questions, or would like information regarding
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and heavy equipment. Includes: engine
overhaul, electrical wiring, front-end work, a/c
repair, brake & hydraulic maintenance & repair,
emission diagnostics & repair, as well as other
assorted repairs and maintenance to over the
road vehicles.

Job Requirements: High school diploma (or
GED) with 1 to 3 years of additional applied
training / trade school, 3 years of experience
with Journeyman level skill sets. Must have
own tools, a/c certification(s), be proficient in
computer diagnostics & possess a Class A
CDL Drivers License. ASE certification a plus.

Benefits Include: Medical, Dental, Life,
Short Term Disability, Vacation & 401(k)
Contact our Human Resources
Department at
f 561-996-4705
Equal Opportunity Employer

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needed for full time
employment. Experience
with multi-line telephone
system preferred.
Applicant must be able to
pass a drug test, physical
and FDLE background
screen. EOE

Apply at
406 NW 4th St., Okeechobee

needed for full time

employment. Applicants

must be able to pass a

drug test, physical and

FDLE background screen.

Apply at
406 Northwest 4th Street,

Full time Day Shift career opportunity
available on our Okeechobee Clinical
Road Team. We offer competitive
compensation, Free CEU access, &
excellent benefits. Big Lake Hospice
is located at 3543 Hwy 441 South,
Okeechobee, FL 34947 (863) 763-7007

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visit our website at
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TAL is looking for dedi-
cated professionals to
join our dynamic
healthcare team in the
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Excellent benefits in-
clude, Medical, Dental,
401(k) plan with 100%
match, PTO and more.
you are committed to
delivering the best pa-
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please visit our website
www.raulersonhospi- and complete
an online application or
come to Human Re-
sources to complete an
online application. 1796
Hwy 441 North, Okee-
chobee, Fl 34972.

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go? It can go even
faster when you sell
it in the classified.
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.
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another man's treas-
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to treasure with an
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in today's competi-
tive market? In the
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of the classified

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Needed Part Time.
Must have clean CDL
and Current Health Card.
15-20 hours per week.

The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.

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vertisement that is illegal
or considered fraudulent.
In all cases of ques-
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income from work-at-
home programs if it
sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it
is. If you have questions
or doubts about any ad
on these pages, we ad-
vise that before respond-
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ahead of time, you check
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well as long distance toll
costs. We will do our best
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these charges in the ads,
but occasionally we may
not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if
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your area, use caution.

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

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Gas Dryer Whirlpool,
White, Excellent Condi-
tion $150.00.
(863)467-1456 or

Toddler Bed Dark
wood toddler bed, with
mattress. Great Shape!
$30.00. (863)763-5067

For Sale Guns
38. S & W Spl. 2" BBL
$375, .32 (7.65) CZ
VZDR $325, 9mm Stan-
dard Arms $225, .380
Bersa Thunder 380-+P,
extra clip $425, .22 Ri-
fle-Clip fed- Stevens
Mod. 62 $250 all with
extras call 863-634-8412

10 wks old, miniatures,
2 males, 1 female, $75
ea. neg. (239)247-2452
after 4 pm

My mother died of
colon cancer when
she was only 56.
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2nd Leading cancer killer
in the U.S., but it's
largely preventable.
If you're 50 or older,
please get screened.
1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)

Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items
in the classified
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regularly:
the classified.

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2br/lba, garage, No
pets $650/mo 1st, Last
& Sec. Avail 8/1
(863)467-2302 or
Furnished 2 bd apt
in Kings Bay includes
water and sewage with
pool privileges $675.00
mo. with 1 month rent
free call 863-634-8331
room Apartments avail.
on quiet street. Pets wel-
come. One is $700mo.
one is $750mo. 1st, last
& $500 sec.

Oak Lake Villa 17 2/2
updated kitchen and
flooring. Clean home.
$825/ mo. First, last, and
$500 security required.
2BA, Large screened,
fenced patio. Very
clean! No pets. $850
mo., 1st, last & $600
sec. (863) 634-3312 or
Taylor Creek Condo
2/1, On water, furnished
Pool, Dock. $825/mo +
1st & sec. Call
Taylor Creek Condos
Avail. Immediately fully
furnished, Pool, Tennis &
Boat Dock 2br/lba $800
+Utilities, OR lbr/lba
+Utilities $625. Annual
Lease. 215-359-7779

3 yrs old 2,000 sq foot
3/2 CBS with garage Lo-
cated in nice neighbor-
hood $1,100 a month
call for details
(863)801-5817 or
Affordable New House
3/2, 18,00 sq ft, wash-
er, dryer, Ig kitchen &
yard. Bring Pets. $1000
per mo. (561) 723-2226
BR, 1.5 BA w/Den. -
$750 mo. 1st, last &
sec. On about 11/2
acres. Ready now. Call
Dixie Ranch 4bd /1 ba
$800 a month
1st ,last plus $500 se-
Call 863-763-7032
OKEE CITY 2/2, Ig. kit.
W/D, fenced yard.
$700/mo. 1st, last &
sec. Call 561-261-0077

AREA 3BR, $750 mo.
+ $600 sec. dep. In-
cludes water, garbage
& lawn maintenance.
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
KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs.
2 br/lba, Tiled floors.
Includes Water. Com-
munity Pool & Tennis
Court. $700 mo. + sec.

rentals. 2 br, Water-
front. Fully furnished.
Includes Utilities. FPL
Martin & Loxahatchee
Workers welcome
OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba,
tile throughout, $975
mo. & up. 1st & sec.
moves you in.
(561)248-3888 or

Class A Office Suite
with conference room
$375 a month
Call 561-436-1051


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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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2bd/lba Singlewide
M/H 7 miles north of
town just past Izzy's
$500 a month
1st and last, security neg
Call 863-467-2563 or

2ba, CA, heat, all appls,
$900/mo + dep. Lease-
req. Treasure Island

Mobile Home for Rent.
2 BR 2 BA Fenced yard.
$750/mo. 1st, last, se-
curity. (863)634-6114

Mobile Home Angels
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale in the classi-
fieds and make your
clean up a breeze!

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- 18 ft. flats boat,
aluminum trailer,
90 Evinrude, trolling
motor, life jackets, bi-
mini top. $6,000.00




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Pontoon Boat- 24'
Sweetwater 40 H.P.
Mariner, trailer included
can be seen at 601 SE
8th St. at rear
$5,000 call 606-776-4391
or 606-784-1810

furnished $500 a month
Plus elec.
call 863-763-2346 or

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School District Advisory
Council Meetino
The Okeechobee County School
District Advisory Council will meet
on Monday, August 30, 2010, at
6:00 p.m., in the School Board
Meeng Room, 700 S.W. 2nd Ave-
nue, Okeechobee. This meeting is
open to the public.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent ofSchools
361041 ON 8/22/10




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