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Lake Levels

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administrator Lyndon Bonner's apportion-
rnent, the cornrissioner's share of the total
deficit is $817,337. Therefore, the proposed
cuts leave the cornrissioners $20,309 to the
good. Included in these proposed reductions


tracted out. Public swirn hours at the county
pools would be reduced from 50 to 20 hours
per week from June 10 through Aug. 15. All
See COUNTY Pagfe 16


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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Once again Okeechobee County Con-


So far, while talking extensively about the
need to make cuts, they have increased their
spending slightly. At the sarne time they have
been discussing the need for the sheriff to
cut his budget.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
As Okeechobee County corniissioners
wrestle with their 2010/11 budget, they have
discussed considering the option of taking
the Okeechobee County Jail away from the
sheriff's office as a cost-saving method.
While that move may help Sheriff Paul
May cut his budget by sorne $86.4 million,
whether or not it will benefit the county is
not known. For sorne counties in Florida,
taking over the county jail has helped. But
for those who have allowed their jail to be
run by private corporations, the jury is still
out on the effectiveness of that move.
There are currently seven Florida coun-
ties-Gulf, Jackson, Orange, Volusia, Osce-
ola, Miarni-Dade and Walton--that are run-
ning their jails separately from the sheriff's
office. In Bay County, Sheriff W Frank McK-


eithen runs the jail for the county through an
interlocal agreement.
In Citrus County, the jail is managed
by the Correction Corporation of America
(CCA), which is a private for-profit corn-
pany.
11ntil this year, CCA also operated the jails
in both Bay and Hernando counties. How-
ever, Bay County officials and CCA could not
corne to a contract agreement so CCA opted
out. In Hernando County, Sheriff Richard
Nugent took over operation of the jail on
Friday, Aug. 27.
Of the counties now running the jail,
officials at Jackson (50,930) and Walton
(55,105) counties were interviewed because
their populations are closer, according to
2009 Census figures, to that of Okeecho-
bee County (40,241). The other counties
have much larger populations and a Inuch
broader tax base.
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OC SO deputy cleared in shooting incident


Cpl. Ferrell has been with the OCSO since
June of 1993.
Before he was put back on the road, Cpl.
Ferrell was counseled by OCSO Chaplain Joe
Bishop. He also met with Sheriff Paul May,
Maj. Stephen, SRT commander Lieutenant
Gary Bell and his shift supervisor Sergeant
Brian Hagan.
"We spoke with him over the weekend
and it was determined that his mind was
clear," said Maj. Stephen. "The chance of
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opened the door and was armed with a fire-
arm."
Maj. Stephen went on to say that when
Corrilla opened the door he pointed his
9mm SCCY handgun at Cpl. Ferrell. Cpl.
Ferrell, per his training, hollered "gun!" and
fired four rounds in Cornilla's direction. Cor-
rilla was not hit, and Cpl. Ferrell was the only
deputy who fired his weapon, added the ma-
jor. Maj. Stephen said the corporal, thinking
Corrilla was going to shoot him, was duck-
ing as he fired his H&K 9mm assault rifle.
Corrilla, 26, was later arrested by task
force detectives on felony charges of pos-
session of a firearm during the commission
of a felony, possession of marijuana with
intent to sell and child neglect. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor of posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia.
He was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $55,500. He has
since been released on bond.
According to Maj. Stephen, all of the in-
formation has been turned over to the office
of the state attorney to determine if any ad-
ditional charges are to be filed.
He went on to say his officers risk their
safety each and every day by doing things
such as serving search warrants, which is
one of the most dangerous things an officer
can do. He also had high praise for the SRT
untThe SRT team goes above and beyond
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September 1, 2010


Okeechobee News


hands. The barrel was pointing upwards.
As Rock continued to move toward them
he began to lower his .22 caliber semi-au-
tomatic rifle. When he ignored orders from
Cpl. Ferrell to drop the gun and continued
moving toward him, the deputy fired his .40-
caliber Glock handgun twice. One bullet en-
tered Rock's left leg and the other struck the
man in the right hip.
Rock was arrested and convicted on
two counts of aggravated assault on a law
enforcement officer with a deadly weapon
and one count of felony battery. He was sen-
tenced to serve a total of 23 years in prison,
to be followed by eight years of probation.
Thursday, Aug. 26, Cpl. Ferrell and other
members of the OCSO Special Response
Team (SRT) went to a home on S.W 18th
Terrace to serve a search warrant. Once they
had served the warrant, detectives from the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force were go-
ing to search for drugs.
"Cpl. Ferrell was the point man and the
first one making entry (into the home)," said
Maj. Stephen. "He went through the kitchen
and came upon a closed door. Jose Corrilla


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A deputy involved in a shooting incident
while serving a search warrant at an Echo
Estates home last week has been cleared of
any wrongdoing and put back to work.
Major Noel Stephen of
the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
said Tuesday, Aug. 31, that
Deputy Corporal Paul Fer-
rell had been counseled
and interviewed.
"He was placed on paid
administrative leave for 24
hours, then debrief ed and Jose
counseled said Maj. Ste- Corrilla
phen. "He went back to
work Sunday. The shooting was justified."
This was the second shooting incident
in which Cpl. Ferrell was involved. On Aug.
12, 2005, Cpl. Ferrell and other deputies re-
sponded to a domestic situation at a home
on S.E. 57th Drive. When they arrived they
were confronted by Dennis Keith Rock, who
was stepping off the porch with a rifle in his


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 16f-year-old Okeechobee girl was ar-
rested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly
calling in a bomb threat to New Endeavor
High School.
Cassandra Lynn Moore, 16, N.W 64th
Ave., was arrested Aug. 31 on a felony
charge of false report of planting a bomb
or weapon of mass destruction. She was
also charged with the misdemeanor of dis-
ruption of a school function.
Moore was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail and, according to the ar-
resting officer, would likely be taken later
to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center
in Fort Pierce.
Detective William Suggs of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) said
the situation apparently began innocently
enough when some of Moore's classmates


stated that someone should call in a bomb
threat so they could get out of school.
scMcore th n went mto alhathrlom a h
11:34 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 30, added the
detective.
"She took that upon herself said the
detective.
Within minutes, 10 OCSO deputies
were at the school on S.W 28th St. After a
search of about 30 minutes that turned up
nothing, it was decided that the call was a
hoax.
Detective Suggs said the children went
to a nearby church where they were ei-
ther picked up by their parents or bused
to Okeechobee High School so they could
catch their buses home. He said once the
school was shut down, classes never re-
sumed.
The detective added that the phone al-
legedly used by Moore had not been recov-
ered as of Tuesday afternoon.


VFW Ladies Auxiliary to hold
breakfast Labor Day weekend
On Saturday, Sept. 4, the VFW Ladies Aux-
iliary of the Buckhead Ridge Post 9528 will
serve breakfast of pancakes and sausage, sau-
sage gravy and biscuits or egg casserole and
biscuit, including coffee and orange juice, from
9 a.m. until noon for a donation of $5. Located
at80299012 E.oS.R. 78.mCl Roberta at 863-763-

Moose #1753 holds luau
The Loyal Order of Moose #1753, at 159
N.W. 36th St. will hold Mercy's Hawaiian Luau
Party, on Sunday, Sept. 5. The party starts
at 2 p.m. with dinner being served at 4 p.m.
Bring a covered dish. This is a membership
drive, so bring a friend. Music provided by
Phil Eddings.


Sunday Karaoke
American Legion Post 64 will host open
mic karaoke Sunda~y, Sept. 5, 3-6 p.m. Bnng
your own discs or choose from thousands of
our selections. This Sunday is Birthday Club.
Bring a dish and enjoy all of the great food.

Blood donation drive at Ag
Center this weekend
As you head for the Ag Center to enjoy the
Rodeo, stop by the Big Red Bus to donate
blood. Every time you donate, you could be
helping to save as many as three lives, since
blood donations are broken down into blood
products. The bus will be at the entrance from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday through Monday,
Sept. 4-6. All blood donated on the Big Red Bus
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Public Forum/Speak Out


4 Okeechobee News


Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010


Speak Out has moved online, where
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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!

Beck Rally
*Does Obama truly think he can just
ignore the people (estimated 300,000 to
600,000)? Does he think they will just go
away if he sticks his head in the sand? He
has stated that his decisions are made not
for this generation but the next generation.
The next generation is going to be so far in
debt their grandchildren will still be owing


County budget
*I have a suggestion. Maybe all the
county commissioners that care so much
about our county should forfeit their salaries
and let that money go back to the county.
I believe most if not all of them have other
income. I also think that the county always
goes to the Sheriff's Office for cutbacks be-
cause they think the people will not com-
plain if they want to make increases in taxes
etc., to keep the deputies on the road. I also
wonder why other officials in the county
can't take pay cuts. Clerk of Court, Tax Col-
lector for a start.
*I can understand why the sheriff would
appeal but the bottom line ... if he appeals
and wins, the BOCC has to raise the millage
rate. That is the only remedy for the winning
oftheT pscalool system saved quite a bit of
money by lowering utility costs as there are
many new products on the market such as
energy efficient light bulbs that can add up
to savings. Why doesn't the county have an
energy audit to see where more efficient
equipment and/or procedures could save
money? The sheriff's office in particular
needs to save money. Maybe they could
save on electric costs at the jail and sheriff's
department.
*Has the County considered selling the
Agri-Civic Center?
*Has the County determined that all
properties in the county are (1) on the tax
rolls, and (2) properly categorized and as-
sessed?


*It appears to me that the county gov-
ernment is poorly organized with 14 depart-
ments. I think that it could be consolidated
and reorganized into only five departments
for greater efficiency and effectiveness. I do
not see any evidence of a pro-active eco-
nomic development program. For example,
what is being done to market the indus-
trial park? I do not see any evidence of out-
sourcing/privatization of some government
services and functions. For example, why
should the County continue to operate the
Algri-Civic Center and Okee-Tantie instead of
contracting-out the operation of both? Why
shouldn't Tourism Development be placed in
the hands of a professional consultant with a
marketing budget?
*Can the cost of Public Safety be re-
duced by no longer purchasing a vehicle for
each and every deputy to use both on and
off duty? The Patrol Division should have
only the number of vehicles necessary for
the number of deputies on duty at any one
time, plus spare vehicles. A vehicle for every
deputy is a perk that can no longer be afford-
ed. A vehicle for every deputy has no proven
contribution to the control and reduction of
crime.
*We have been round and round about
the take home cars many times over the
years and if you actually look at the studies,
it turns out that letting the deputies take the
cars home actually costs less in the long run
because they take better care of the cars and
the cars last longer, plus having the vehicles
there gives them better response time and
also any time they are driving the marked
unit, it helps reduce the crime in whatever
area the car is passing through or parked
where it can be seen.

Tax increase
*Okee county can continue to raise our
real estate taxes but the powers that be should
remember that there isn't much to keep us
full-time residents here anymore. What will
they do when we ALL leave? The dairies and
groves are gone and many already have to
travel to the coast to find employment; tour-
ism based enterprise is suffering; the old tim-
ers who came seasonally for years are elderly
and too ill to return and recent retirees are
stopping upstate to spend the winter. Real Es-
tate for sale/foreclosed signs still cover lawns
all over town and those of us who have man-
aged to hold onto our homes are at the end
of our ropes. Month after month we see our
FPL, basic cable, phone and water bills and


the cost of groceries increase. Some parts of
my proposed tax bill actually doubled and I
would even have trouble paying last year's
rate which was already pretty ridiculous for
my rather old, 1250 sq. ft CBS home. What's
a person to do?
*What is a person to do? I intend to vote
for new county commissioners that will
hopefully change the system. It is the role
and responsibility of government to protect
the health, safety and welfare of the people;
to do for us what we as individuals cannot
do for ourselves. Any function of govern-
ment outside of that defined role should be
re-examined and eliminated. For example,
should the County government be operating
the Agri-Civic Center?

Youth facility
*This is in response to the article written
referring to the level 8 Juvenile Facility. These
boys are here for grand theft, drug dealing,
assault/battery and many other felony of-
fenses. When are D.J.J. and these so called
do-gooders going to realize that we are deal-
ing with youth that are troubled, dangerous
and need discipline. Only then will these
young men realize there are consequences
for their actions. Do we want to rehabilitate?
Yes, but not by babying them thinking they
are just children. The revolving door must
stop and not let these young men to re-enter
society until they are ready, not after 2 or 3
months of somewhat good behavior prior to
six months of negative behavior which they
never have to make up. Just be good for a lit-
tle while and you will go home. People need
to stop promoting non-factual statements to
make the people of our community think all
is well when it is not.

Reimbursements
*I do not have a problem with the county
commissioners claiming reimbursements. It
is considered a part-time job making around
thirty thousand a year. Here is my problem.
Mr. Bonner has turned in a claim for $44.50
where he drove from his hotel to outlying ar-
eas for evening meals. This claim was sent
to the commission for approval. This article
is in Friday's paper. What arrogance this
man has to be making around $134,000 a
year and ask for $44.50 for driving to eat.
*Sounds like someone needs to remind
the commissioners and the administrator
that every penny they spend is taxpayer
money, and the taxpayers want more for
their money.


*I was a little encouraged to see that
two of our county commissioners who
drove their own cars to an official event did
not ask for reimbursement and just paid for
their own gas. Back when Clois Harvey was
on the board, I remember the county com-
missioners used to carpool to save money.
Times are much worse now and they should
do all they can to save. Those who want to
take their own cars for their personal conve-
nience should pay for their own gas.
*While I applaud the commissioners
who are trying to do things according to the
policy and get reimbursed, and those who
are not seeking reimbursement at all, I find
it reprehensible that they travelled to Tampa
and could not find it within themselves to
carpool. Really, there are people whomI
work with I don't like all that much, but I
have a duty to be fiscally responsible to my
company and do what I can to watch the
bottom line. I think that I can sit in a car for
three hours with just about anyone, espe-
cially if I am being paid to do it by the tax-
payers.
*I like the idea of using online confer-
encing to save on costs. If we can watch
county commission meetings online, why
can't they keep up with the trends in gov-
ernment via computer and save the costs of
transportation, hotel rooms and meals?

Election
*Gene Woods was one of the commis-
sioners who voted for the "aggravation"
center. I would like to hear his explanation
for exactly why he thought that was a good
idea at the time. It has never made any sense
to me that the county spent millions of tax
dollars to build a covered rodeo arena that
would hold 2,500 people when we already
had a rodeo arena that would hold 5,000
people in the county. Yes, since then we've
had five or six hurricanes and the old arena
was damaged and the cattlemen moved to
the new arena and the county put in more
seats .... but at the time the arena was built
they could not know that would happen.

Rabies
*I am so glad they found the three kids
who were exposed to the rabid bat. I hope
every parent in Okeechobee paid attention
to that story and warns their children to stay
away from wild animals, especially bats and
raccoons. And I hope every animal owner
pays attention and gets their dogs, cats and
horses vaccinated against rabies.


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March of Dimes: The ABCs of a Healthy Pregnancy


nancy. Wxnen who are overweight and
have a high BMI before pregnancy should
gain between 15-25 pounds. Wxnen who
are obese before pregnancy should gain be-
tween 11-20 pounds.
X: X-rays should be avoided during preg-
nancy. If you need to have dental work or
medical tests done while pregnant, tell your
provider so extra care can be taken.
Y: Your body may experience several
changes during pregnancy including your
hair, guns and teeth, breasts and skin.
These changes are cornron and wornen
can take steps to alleviate their symptoms to
feel more comfortable.
Z: Get your ZZZZZs. Most wornen are
more tired than usual during pregnancy, es-
pecially during early and late pregnancy. Get
plenty of rest. If you're having trouble sleep-
ing, try taking a warrn shower, napping dur-
ing the day, going to bed earlier and using
pillows to make you comfortable.
The mission of the March of Dirnes is to
improve the health of babies by preventing
birth defects, premature birth, and infant
mortality. This mission is carried out through
research, cornrunity services, education
and advocacy to save babies' lives.
The largest fundraiser for the March of
Dirnes is March for Babies, which is held in
Okeechobee in March of each year. Plan-
ning meetings for March for Babies 2011
will be starting soon. Anyone interested in
becoming a volunteer for March for Babies
2011 should contact Laura McCall at 863-
763-3131 or Parn Crowley at 772-562-0115.





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Q: Quit bad habits such as smoking and
drinking. Smoking can cause your baby to
grow more slowly and gain less weight in
the wornb. Drinking alcohol while pregnant
can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome, which
can cause your baby to be born with both
physical and mental birth defects.
R: Rodents, including pet hamsters, mice
and guinea pigs, should be avoided during
pregnancy. These animals can spread dis-
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S: Stressing out? Pregnancy is a stressful
time for many women. Very high levels of
stress may contribute to preterrn birth or
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when possible, avoid situations that cause
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T: Roxoplasrnosis is an infection caused
by a parasite. It can pose serious risks to a
wornan's unborn baby. Stay away from raw
or undercooked meat, especially lamb or
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in pregnant women. R> help deal with fre-
quent urination, avoid caffeine beverages
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If you are pregnant or planning for pregnan-
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should gain depends on her health and body
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your height and weight before pregnancy.
Wxnen with a healthy BMI should expect
to gain between 25-35 pounds during preg-

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corning calm.

Extended Forecast
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high
near 91. Calin wind becoming north north-
west around 5 Inph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with
a low around 70. South southwest wind
around 5 Inph becoming calm.
Friday: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with
a high near 94. Calm wind becoming south
southwest between 5 and 10 Inph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 69. Calm wind.

Lotteries

Florida Lottery- Here are the numbers
selected Monday in the Florida Lottery: Cash
3: 2-2-4; Play 4: 1-1-8-5; Fantasy 5: 6-8-15-
21-25; Mega Money: 2-4-9-19 MB 15; Flori-
da Lotto: 20-23-37-41-46-51 X 2; Powerball:
4-22-2 7-32-56 PB 13 x4. Numbers drawn Tues-
day, Cash 3: 8-9-0; Play 4: 4-8-2-1.


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Okeechobee News


Healthy babies corne from healthy preg-
nancies. R> help increase your chances of
having a healthy baby, March of Dirnes ree-
orniends that you follow these ABC guide-
lines to a healthy pregnancy.
A: Avoid hazardous substances such as
mercury and alcohol that can be harmful to
your unborn baby. Stay away from other en-
vironinental factors that can put your health
at risk.
B: Breastmilk is the best food for most
babies during the first year of life. Join a
breastfeeding group or talk to a lactation
consultant before giving birth to answer any
questions or concerns you may have.
C: Calcium is needed for strong healthy
bones. When you don't get enough calcium,
your body will take it from your bones and
give it to your baby. Be sure to get enough
calcium in your diet.
D: Drugs, whether they are over-the-
counter, prescribed, dietary supplements
or illegal substances, can harm your baby
and may even cause birth defects. Stay away
from all street drugs. Talk to your provider
about any medications you are taking to
make sure they are safe during pregnancy.
E: Eat healthy and exercise. In general,
most pregnant wornen only need around
300 extra calories per day to support a ba-
by's growth and development. (The exact
amount of extra calories depends on your
weight before pregnancy, so talk to your
health provider about a healthy eating plan
that's right for you.) Therefore, it's important
to make healthy food choices. Unless there
are medical reasons to avoid it, pregnant
wornen can and should try to exercise mod-
erately for at least 2 0 hours each week.
F: Folic acid is important. Take a vitamin
supplement that has 400 micrograms of fo-
lic acid BEFORE getting pregnant to reduce
your baby's risk of developing birth defects.
During pregnancy, prenatal vitamins have
the folic acid you need.
G: Gas or feeling bloated is cornron in
pregnant women. Identify the foods that


bother you and take your time when eating
to help prevent excessive gas.
H: History can teach us a lot! Understand-
ing your family health history can make an
important difference in your life and the lives
of your children.
I: Iron is a mineral that helps create red
blood cells. These cells carry oxygen to your
baby. Be sure to get enough iron in your diet
to prevent getting anemia.
J: Join a childbirth education class to help
you understand what to expect during labor
and birth,
K: Keep you and your baby safe during a
disaster by planning ahead of time. Prepare
for a disaster by making a list of all Inedi-
cations you're taking and having a handy
contact sheet with your health provider's
information.
L: Lots of back pain? Backache is one of
the most cornron problems for pregnant
women. Avoid heavy lifting and standing
for long periods of time. Wear comfortable
shoes and consider a pregnancy massage to
ease sorne of your pain.
M: Medical conditions, such as gestation-
al diabetes and high blood pressure, should
be carefully monitored by you and your
health provider. Also, talk to your provider
about any medications that may need to be
adjusted during pregnancy.
N: Nausea is very chorion during preg-
nancy and certain foods can trigger this feel-
ing. Try substituting these foods for other
nutritious options. Eat 5-6 small meals a day,
rather than 3 large ones.
O: Oh, baby! Get ready to care for your
baby before you bring her horne from the
hospital. Choose a health provider for her
and make sure your horne environment is
all set and safe for your new baby.
P: Prenatal care is essential for having a
healthy baby, so be sure to make all of your
prenatal visits. During these appointments,
prenatal tests will be given to help your pro-
vider know how you and your baby are do-
ing.


Special to the Okeechobee News

Adam Bryant Memorial Scholarship
Jerry Bryant and Carol Bryant presented James Haddan, Justin Hoover and
Josh McCall with the Adam Bryant Memorial Scholarship on OHS Scholar-
ship Night 2010 held May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall.





three sons, Doug Holden, Jr., Bryan Holden, and
Wesley (Misty) Holden; two grandsons, Bret
and Wesley Holden, all of ( d.. . il.. n .~ and
two granddaughters, Taylor Holden of Georgia,
and Amy Holden of ( i., .l...L. ., and five
brothers and three sisters.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Friday,
Sept. 3, at Buxton-Seawinds/Abundant Blessings
Sanctuary with Pastor Nick Hopkins of Believers
Fellowship officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that me-
morial donations be made to the Alzheimer As-
sociation of SE Florida, 3333 Forest Hill Blvd ,
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
All arrangements are under the care and direc-
tions of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-
Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 4550
Highway 441 N., (i l.In ,Florida,
863-357-7283.

Laurie Ann Freeman-Gray, 39
LORIDA -Laurie Ann Freeman-Gray, age 39,
of Lorida, passed away Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010
at her residence. She was born Nov. 26, 1970, to
William and Cheryl ~
Freeman. She
moved to Lorida in
1995, coming from
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She is survived by
her loving husband of 16 years, Paul Gray; and
parents, William and Cheryl Freeman. In addi-
tion she is survived by her loving pets, six cats,
three dogs, two goats, a tortoise, and a pet
squirrel.
Memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Friday,
Sept. 3, 2010, at the Buxton Funeral Home
Chapel, I10 NE 5th Street, ( i., i l.In d .
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL. On-line
condolences may be made at www.buxtonfu-
neralhome.com.


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Louise Brown, 99
OKEECHOBEE -Louise Brown, age 99, of
Okeechobee, went Home to the Lord Aug. 27,
2010, at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility.
She was born June 2, 1911, in Americas, Ga.,
to Wallace and Taughty Halstead. She came to
Okeechobee from Immokalee in 2001. She was
an Avon Lady for 45 years in Immokalee. She
was a former mem-
ber of the First Bap-
tist Church in
Immokalee and cur-
rent member of
Oakview Baptist
Church in Okeecho-
bee. Mrs. Brown
was also a member
of the Eastern Star
and Lady's Auxiliary
with the Amenican
Legion.
Mrs. Brown

ba d, Jpec d Bow ; an ae rd ughher, Veusa
Ruth Carver.
RShbeuis s rvivd bytw grandchildren, P tlm
Corbitt (Joy) of Robertsdale, Ala.; great-grand-
daughter, Suzanne Yeager (Todd) of Chiefland,
Fla.; and great-great-grandson, Johnathan Nich-
ols of Chiefland, Fla.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until Celebration of
Life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at Oak-
view Baptist Church with Pastor John Garrison
officiating. Interment will be Sunday, Sept. 5,
2010, at Baptist Cemetery in Immokalee with
Chan Garrett officiating.
Memorials may be made to Oakview Baptist
Church Building Fund.
Friends may sign the cll. i l~. ..i. at www.bas-

All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, FI
34972.

Doug~las 'Doug' Holden, 68
OKE`ECHOBEE -Douglas "Doug" Holden,
age 68, died Aug. 29, 2010, at the Hamrick
Home. Being born in North Carolina, he moved
to Okeechobee inl1970.
In service to his country, Doug served as a Ma-
rine from 1960 until 1964 as a demolition ex-

He had a deep love for the Lord Jesus and
honored Him by helping others in need. It was
also his belief that when there was a job to be
done, give it your best. He was a member of Be-
lievers Fellowship.
He was employed many years with the County
of ( i., . il..L d -~~ Department of Parks and Rec-
reation.
He believed in investing his time with children

bDur ng thin htunte i9s70'sorheasere as presi-
dent of OCRA. Nights and weekends you would
find him coaching football or baseball games or
refereeing on the beadse alldfidlds.bhipaet,

Frank and Bertha Holden. He is survived by


Community Events

Workforce Solutions to host

open house toay
Please join us in celebrating Workforce
Development Month at our Open House on
Wednesday, Sept. 1, between 7:30 and 9:30
a.m., 209 S.W Park Street, Okeechobee.
Learn about our services to the community
-employers and job seekers. Tour the facility
and meet our professional staff.

OCEA plans general
membership meeting
The Okeechobee County Education
Association (OCEA) will have its first gen-
eral membership meeting of the 2010-2011
school year Thursday, Sept. 2, at 4:30 p.m.
in the cafeteria of the Okeechobee Freshman
Campus, 610 S.W. 2nd Ave. OCEA members
stand together, all others stand alone. Come
join us! Call Candice Blackwalker at 863-
467-6778 or 863-634-2268.

Legion to host
Country Dinner Dance
American Legion Post 64 will have dinner
from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3. On the menu
for this dinner event is choice of ham, coun-

cho eeddsek o rhkictlenn strip sefdd wthy
salad, potato, vegetable, roll and dessert for
only $6. Dance music by Michael starts at 7
p.m.


Eagles Club to host Steak
Night Friday
Fraternal Order of Eagles will host Friday,
Steak Night on Sept. 3, beginning at 5:30
p.m. Dinner includes salad, baked potato or
sweet potato, garlic bread and desert for a
donation of $12. Karaoke by Rick and Julie.

BenHfit BBQ f0r Angle Arnold
A benefit BBQ dinner for Angie Arnold of
Okeechobee will be held at the Okeecho-
bee Livestock Market on Saturday, Sept.
4. Tickets are $7 each. A raffle drawing will
be held on Sept. 11 with tickets at $5 each.
Tickets are on sale now. For more informa-
tion, please call Carolyn at 863-634-6781 or
Sharon at 863-634-6194.

Labor Day cook out held by VFW
The VFW #10539 Men's Auxiliary will
hold a Labor Day cook out on Saturday,
Sept. 4, from 1-5 p.m. Let us do the cook-
ing for you! Dinner is BBQ pork steak, potato
salad, baked beans and cole slaw for a $5
donation. Entertainment by Night Life. A raf-
fle for a Weber Q 100 Gas Grill will be drawn
on6Spt. 4t with tickets being sold for $1 each

Labor Day weekend garbage pickup
Waste Management will provide regular
garbage collection service on Labor Day,
Monday, Sept. 6.


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Grace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott Ave., will have a free family movie night,
Friday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. The movie "Letters to God," by the producers of "Fireproof" and
"Facing the Giants," is a true story of an eight year old boy with a strong faith and courage
as he faces his daily battle with cancer by prayers he writes as "Letters to God." This is a
story of hope and inspiration for the whole family.

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


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The Okeechobee U-Save, along with five
other U-Save Supermarkets are about to be
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tra tnteerepwl be onool cnge in manage-
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Labor Day weekend brings the annual
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Labor Day Ro-
deo and the Chamber of Commerce Labor
Day festival in Flagler Park.
The Labor Day festival will be held
Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Flagler
Park, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Arts
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U-Save Supermarket on Parrott Avenue
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parade route starts at the U-Save and tray-
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end of Flagler Park. Parade entry forms are
available at Eli's Western Wear. All entries
that include horses or other livestock must
have their own "pooper scooper" to clean
the parade route as they go.

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4, 5 and 6, 2010 at the Agri-Civic Center
presented by Marcum & Associates Na!
tionwide Insurance. The events start with
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ers which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 4
starting at 7 p.m.


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Sept. 5, and Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. Rodeo
entrance will be off State Road 710.
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gin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5 and Mon-
day, Sept. 6, 2010. All cowkids from ages 3-5
can enter to win. Winner receives a shiny
western belt buckle! Advance registration
is required. Please call the Okeechobee
Livestock Market at 863-763-3127 to regis-
ter.
The Okeechobee Cattleman's rodeo
will show contestants competing to win
cash prizes and points toward a circuit
championship. Visitors from many areas of
South Florida are expected in attendance
to observe traditional rodeo events such
as; calf roping, saddle bronc, bareback rid-
ing, team roping, ladies' barrel racing and
the favorite of all, bull riding.
Rodeo tickets may be purchased in ad-
vance at Eli's Western Wear, 907 NW Park
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children under 12 are $6 in advance and $8
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By Charles M. Murphy
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The decision not to retain Okeechobee
High School Softball Coach Kina Hargraves
was the highlighted itenr on the agenda when
the Okeechobee County School Board met in
August
Several former and current players and
coninunity leaders spoke in favor of bring-
ing back Coach Hargraves. Bill Phares said he
was confused about going in a different direc-
tion. He said he wasn't impressed with how
this situation went down. "I've pondered that
thought, going in another direction, until I'ni
sick of it."
He said he was upset that the coach
wasn't told why the decision was made. He
mentioned other problems with the sports
programs this spring. He said Okeechobee
High school is on administrative probation for
soccer players competing without a physical.
"Let's step back, cut out the Mickey Mouse
stuff, and all the issues."
Phares said the two sides should sit down
and work out the problems face to face. He
praised Hargraves for discipline, honesty and
integrity. "Kids love discipline, they love to
perform. What has the lady done? Nobody
has proven anything to me."
Taylor Douglas, a softball player for the
past three years, said she firmly believes peo-
ple should stand up for what they believe in.
She said Coach Hargraves has played a huge
role in her life. "She's thought me things I
would have overlooked. She inspires me to be


a better person. Coach Kina has done noth-
ing but nurture my goals and moved me to
greater heights."
She said not renewing the contact of Har-
graves would do a disservice to the kids. She
called it an injustice. She called the decision
unfair.
Raniona Baker has a daughter in the soft-
ball program. Jaryca suffered a bit in acadeni-
ics this year. Ms. Baker said Coach Hargraves
ininediately demanded better grades if her
daughter was going to play. "She ran the bad
attitude out of her. I sat back and observed
and my kid did wonderful. For an un-coach-
able child to get a coaches award was un-
thinkable to me."
Ms. Baker said if you let a coach go you will
do it at the end of the season and not wait. She
said an incident where a player used a pair of
pants owned by the high school led to the ter-
nlination. "All these kids here aren't saying we
don't want to play for her. They want to play
for her. A lot of them are afraid to come out
here and speak their mind," she added.
Coach Hargraves said she dedicated 11
years of her life to the kids. She said she is not
here to fight for her job. She said she is fight-
ing for the kids. "I don't feel that their voices
are being heard. I need more clarification on
that. I think I deserve a little bit more than
that. "
Ms. Hargraves said she has achieved excel-
lence with the softball program. She said she
would likely have stepped away from the job
in the next two three years. She said we have


some younger girls who are in college who
might be ready to coach then and she didn't
want to be here 20 years.
"My last 4 years have been pure ... It's been
hell. The only reason I put up with it was for
these kids. A lot of people would have walked
away. If no one else will stand up for them,
who is going to fight for them?" she added.
She noted she has more time to give to
the program than a teacher does. She noted
Okeechobee softball came a long way since
she returned. "Okeechobee means so much
to me. I can't see myself coaching at another
school. Doors have been slanined in my face
by this school board. I can't turn my back on
you because I'ni from Okeechobee and I love
that school," she added:
Coach Hargraves said she pulls grades of
her students, and pushes those kids acadenri-
cally and athletically. She has never had a los-
ing season and won nearly 200 games. She
also took a team to the state tournament. Sev-
eral of her players have earned college schol-
arships. Ms. Hargraves predicted many more
current players have what it takes to play in
college.
"People will say another coach will come
in here and still win. I'll sit in the stands and
watch for that. All I ask for is we take a deep
breath and think about the kids," she added.
Attorney Tem1 Conely said the board gave
the public the ability to speak but could take
no action. He said this was an administrative
decision and not a policy decision.
"It would be improper for this board to


give direction to the administration on how to
act. This board sets policy on how adnministra-
tors should act. There is no reconinendation
from the superintendent on this matter and
there will not be. There will be no action. I
advice the board to take no action because it
is crossing the line and getting into adnminis-
tration," he added.
Board nienber Joe Arnold said the coach
has done a great job and has something no
one can take away from her. "I'ni proud to
live in a coninunity that is willing to be in-
volved in this process. I encouraged the soft-
ball players to fight for what they believe in. I
encouraged them to speak with the principal
and administration. This country was built on
people standing up for what they believe in "
he said.
Mr. Arnold said the qestion to him was
does the board want to micronianage at the
school level. He said the board should not be
involved to that extent. "No person will ever
agree with every decision I make. The coach
did an awesome job and is a great person,
he said.
Ms. Owens said the next step is to meet
with Superintendent Dr. Patricia Cooper. A
coninittee was set up to decide on a new
coach. Coach Hargraves could actually reap-
ply for the position and be reconinended by
the coninittee.
Dr. Cooper said she would be glad to meet
with the coach and players and she urged her
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"God values life," Parn Tebow told the
guests at the fund raising banquet for the
Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee held Fri-
day evening, Aug. 27, at KOA.
In a speech peppered with Bible verses,
she told the story of how she and her hus-
band went to the Philippines as missionaries
in 1985. In the midst of an unstable situation
Mrs. Tebow said, "God took care of us time
and time again."
She becarne very ill while pregnant with
her fifth child at the age of 37. Her doctor
expected a stillbirth and told her she would
die if she did not have an abortion.

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hirn she said
"What are you going to do about abor-
tion?" she asked.
She said that from the number of abor-
tions that have been performed it is esti-
Inated that 12 of then could have been
Heisinan Trophy winners. "I'rn so glad our
son wasn't the thirteenth Heisrnan Trophy
winner aborted." Mrs. Tebow said.
"Together we are making a difference in
Okeechobee," said Lisa Lurnpkin, executive


director of the center. "I thank you for the
overwhelming support you have shown."
"We can't give up on these girls, she said
of her clients.
"We are the hands and feet of Jesus," she
said. "What part will you take?" she asked
as she told of the need for volunteers at the
center.
"You get to be a part of saving a life,
Pastor Cary McKee of More 2 Life Ministries
told the crowd. In addition to monetary con-
tributions, he asked for prayers which he
said were more important than dollars and
cents.
He called attention to the fact that so far

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wer d hs planned good works for us to
do," Mrs. Tebow said. "That's what makes
our lives worthwhile.
"Saving babies is a good work."
'As we give in any capacity God gives us
so Inuch more," she added. "God notices
everything you do to serve Hirn.
"If you invest in eternal things you will be
rewarded for what you do. Serving someone
else does as much for you as it does for the
other person."
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24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
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provides another option for Okeechobee
customers, "I'm very excited for the people
of Okeechobee. What is really great about
this is the convenience."
Pinson explained that many Okeecho-
bee residents work out of town and when
they return home at night the Post Office is
closed. He said this will provide them with
another option they can really take advan-
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Customers can mail first class mail, pur-
chase stamps, do overnight express pack-
ages, look up zip codes and perform other
tasks.
"Once people get used to it they are really
going to like it," he added.
All of the services are available in English
and Spanish. The machine only works on
debit cards and credit cards and does not
accept cash. There is no extra fee for using
the APC.
In addition to the Post Office at 1000
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Soccer sign up deadline
The deadline to sign-up for the Parks & Recreation's Youth Soccer League is Friday,
Sept. 3. Registration is $35 per child and is being conducted at the Recreation Depart-
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a.m. until 5 p.m. The league will consist of boys and girls ages 5-14 (as of Dec. 31, 2010).
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September 1, 2010


Okeechobee News


Mr. Sunday said when the county took
over the jail they kept all the staff and "it
seems to be working well."
He went on to say that after building the
new jail, county officials are trying to work
out an agreement whereby they will be able
to house federal prisoners, and would then
receive federal money for those prisoners.
As for privatizing their facility, Mr. Sunday
said the county had no interest in contract-
ing with a private corrections company.
Mr. Sunday said the county is facing a
$7.5 million budget shortfall this year.
"We're going to consolidate some servic-
es, cut some staff and are working on some
other things," he said.
As a means of offsetting meal costs at the
jail, Mr. Sunday said prisoners are charged a
$20 subsistence fee when booked and after
td sduabys eacheir mat s ,chae ut $2 er
fertilizer and seeds then state prisoners, who
are housed next door, plant and harvest veg-
etables.
Mr. Sunday said using these vegetables it
cuts .50 cents off per meal.
"The land, about 5 acres, belongs to the
prison. Last year they harvested the potatoes
and the county got 16,000 pounds of pota-
toes," he explained. He said county prison-
ers had hash browns for breakfast, french
fries for lunch and mashed potatoes for din-
ner.
In Bay County the jail accounts for 18.72
percent of the current year's budget, said
county Public Information Officer Valerie
Lovett. The jail will account for about 16
percent of the 2010/1 1 county budget.
The Bay County Jail had been operated
by CCA since 1985. Ms. Lovett said in 2008,
under CCA, the cost of running the jail was
$17 million. However, on Oct. 9, 2008, CCA
opted out of its contract with the county.
That pact was slated to run through 2012.
The county took over the jail in 2009 and
under Sheriff McKeithen the cost to run the
jail was $15.7 million in 2009.
Jackson County took over operation of its
jail in the early '90s.
"There were some issues with the sheriff
running the jail-inmate abuse issues. The
county knew they needed to do something
different," explained county administrator
Ted Lakey.
He said a local option tax was passed and
used to build a new jail.
Although there is a chief of corrections,
everyone works under Mr. Lakey.
"It's worked out well," he said. "We work
well with the sheriff."
The sheriff's office and jail makes up 30
to 40 percent of the county's budget, said
Mr. Lakey. He went on to say a large part of
the county's money goes to the road depart-
ment where they have 67 employees.


"We have 880 miles of dirt road," he ex-
plained.
Gulf County Administrator Don Butler
said the sheriff of that county had been run-
ning the jail since 1925. But, four years ago,
the jail became the county's responsibility-
whether they wanted it or not.
"He turned it over to us-w~e didn't ask
for it," said Mr. Butler. "He decided he didn't
want to run the jail, so we had to learn real
quick how to run a jail."
Mr. Butler said they hired a "very good
transition coordinator" with 38 years of jail
experience.
"I think the jail is running better now than
ever," he said. "The day he turned the jail
over to us his budget was $474,000, but his
personnel costs were more than that. He
had been taking law enforcement money
and putting it into the jail."


The current budget for the Gulf County
Sheriff's Office, with its 45 employees, is
$2.4 million.
Overall, said the county administrator,
the county has laid off a total of 35 employ-
ees" eon' h ud shfal
"Wedont ave a buget sort al, but in
the last three years we've lost over 50 per-
cent in property values," he explained.
For Hernando County, enough was
enough. After 22 years Sheriff Nugent took
over operation of that jail on Friday, Aug. 27,
and Corrections Corporation of American
(CCA) was out the door. Sheriff Nugent told
his commissioners he could not only run the
jail more effectively, he could do it cheaper.
Calls seeking comment and information
to both the jail administrator and county of-
ficials were not returned.


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Continued From Pagfe 1

Even though Gulf County has a much
smaller population than Okeechobee
(15,755) officials there were interviewed be-
cause it is also a rural county with a similar
make-up to Okeechobee County.
Following are some of the pertinent fig-
ures from those counties, concerning their
jails.
*OKEECHOBEE COUNTY: Budget $6.4
million and funding is from ad valorem tax-
es; 66 correctional employes, of which 60
are certified; the current mill rate is 7.5030
and will bring in $14,561,423; the tentative
mill rate for fiscal year 2010/11 is 9.1216 and
is expbe lted to brnn in $hl4,026352,7b1 sTh dal

tional beds were added in 1987). The aver-
age daily population is 242.
*GULF COUNTY: Budget $1.2 million
and is totally funded by ad valorem taxes;
10 correctional officers and all are certified;
the current mill rate is 5.7 percent and raised
over $11.4 million; the mill rate for 2010/11
is 5.7 percent and is expected to bring in just
over $9 million. The jail was built in 1966
and has 65 beds. The jail houses only male
prisoners. Female and juvenile prisoners are
held in the Bay County Jail.
*JACKSON COUNTY: Budget- $2,800,094
and is totally funded by ad valorem taxes;
36 employees and all are certified; the cur-
rent mill rate is 7.2 percent and will raise
$10,257,000; 2010/11 mill rate has not been
established. Jail has 230 beds and an aver-
age daily population of 218.
*WALTON COUNTY: Budget- $5,163,830
and is totally funded by ad valorem taxes; 68
staff members, of which 49 are certified; mill
rate and amount of ad valorem taxes raised
was not available. The jail is approximately
a year old and has a current inmate popula-
tion of 246. The jail will hold a total of 584.
*BAY COUNTY: Budget $17.6 million
and is totally funded by ad valorem taxes;
248 employees, of which 141 are certified;
the current mill rate is 3.65 percent and will
bring in $57 million; the proposed mill rate
is 3.65 percent and is expected to bring in
$55.6 million. The jail has 1,098 beds and an
average inmate population of 900.
According to Stan Sunday, Walton Coun-
ty Department of Corrections director, the
county took over its jail two years ago after
the sheriff said he wasn't going to run it any-
more.
"There was a disagreement at the time
of the budget," said Mr. Sunday. "He had re-
quested additional positions and was asked
to justify those positions. I guess he didn't
want to justify it."


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the accounting procedures. Commission-
ers voted to keep only the minimum of two
months worth of operating expenses in the
reserve fund. That is the amount of reserves
required by state auditors. Originally com-
missioners had considered setting aside
a larger amount this year, since they had
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There will be three of the five at large
Okeechobee City Council seats up for grabs
in the Nov. 2 General Election. City voters will
have the chance to elect one new face to the
council. In addition to the three incumbents
whose seats are up for election, insurance
agent Lowery Markham, automobile dealer
Dowling Watford and insurance agent and
former sheriff Clayton Williams, attorney
Devin Maxwell has qualified to run. Voters
will vote for three of the four candidates.
The three who receive the highest number
of votes will be elected.
On the county side, Republican Bryant
Culpepper will face former commissioner
Democrat Gene Woods for the district 2 seat
on the county commission. Democrat Terry
Burroughs will be challenging incumbent
Republican Joey Hoover for his district 4
seat.
Registration for the General Election ends
Oct. 4. Early voting will be Monday through
Saturday, Oct. 18 through Oct. 30 from 8:30
to 4:30 each day at the courthouse.

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Hammock

newbedroome2 wh tile
floors. $900 a month
Asking $1800 to move in,
Call David 863-610-1980

OkeechobeearageR e2

private. $1,000/ mo.
863-634-7722.

RENTAL 3/2, $750
mo., 2 yrs. old, every-
thing like new, fire-
place, granite
countertops, dishwash-
er, spa tub, 1800 sq. ft.
liv~n~ing, 13no pets.




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


Oak Lake Villa 17 2/2

floinel Ckl en ho ed
$825/ mo. First, last, and
$500 security required.
863-467-5965.

2/ ay~lor C~rekf Cned
Pool, Dock. $825/mo +
1st & sec. Call
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2 Story Home on 15A
3/1, central air, screened
frontporch, fenced yard,
hardwood floors and
shed. $1,100 monthly.
a lab 21 in town
863-763-4999

BASSWOOD
Affordable New House
3/2, 18,00 sq ft, wash-
er, dryer, Ig kitchen &
yard. Bring Pets. $1000
per mo. (561) 723-2226
BUCKHEAD RIDGE,
4br/2ba, very clean, fire-
plaefr sta Sc. dp
863-824-0981
COUNTRY LIVING 2
BR, 1.5 BA w/Den.-
$750 mo. 1st, last &

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AREA 3BR, $750 mo.
+ $600 sec. dep. In-
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NO PETS. Call
(863)610-0001
I-ouse for rent 7CO S
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front. (863)-532-8463.

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2 br/1ba, Tiled floors.
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Court. $700 mo. + sec.
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water. $725/mo. + sec.
Available Sept. 1.
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Aprt ent for Rent
2Bd al me2 Ba Town
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clean W/D $650 mo,
Ist -69 2 & sec.

IN TOWN Studio Apt ,
$700 mo. Util. included
No pets, smoke-free env.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2010CA161
Assigned to:3udge Larry Schack
RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF
FLORIDA,
Plaintiff
VS.
IAY I HUFFMAN, ANY AND ALL UN-
KO PARTIES RC IMNG B


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DEFENDANTSS, WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR LIVING,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAMANTS,
and IOHN DOE and/or IANE DOE as
Unknown Tenants-In-Possession
Defendants.
NOTTCF OFSAl PURSUANT
TO CHAFFFR 45
NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant
to the Summary Final Judgment Of
Foreclosure dated July 23, 2010, In
Case 2010CA161, In the Circuit Court
of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit In
and for Okeechobee County, Florida,
In which RIVERSIDE NATIONAL
BANK OF FLORIDA Is Plaintiff; and
3AY T. HUFFMAN Is the Defendant,


arrx
chobee County Judicial Center at 312
NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee FL on
the 8th day of September, 2010, at
11:00 a.m., the following described
property set forthIn the Summary R-
nal judgment Of Foreclosure, to-wit:
Lot 9, Block 11, Lar-Kee Lakes 3rd
Addition for Mobile Homes, accord-
ing to the plat thereof, as recorded
In Plat Book 3, Page 87 of the Pub-
blc Records of Okeechobee County,
Florida. Also described as:
Lot 9, Block 11, Lar-Kee Lakes for
Mobile Homes, Section 3 according
to the plat thereof, as recorded In
Plat Book 3, Page 87 of the Public
Records of Okeechobee County,
Florida. Together witha 1986
Wood Doublewide Manufactured
Home ID#S 4012D3702A, Title #:
42968531 and 4012D3702D, Title
#: 42930745 situated thereon.


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surplus from the sale, other than the
person who was the record property
owner when the Lls Pendens was
ld,h; tm~ust e a claim within 60 days
DATED this 12 day of Aug., 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the CircultCourt
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
Lisa N. Thompson, Esq.,
RO. Box 64-3686,
Vero Beach, FL 32964-3686,
Attorney for Plainbff;

Okeechobee, FL 34972
363446 ON 8/25;9/1/10


Okeechobee News


September 1, 2010


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IN THE COUNTY COURT OFTHE
19th 3UDICIALCIRCUIT INAND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
FILE NO. 2009 CC 88
3UDGE:3erald D. Bryant
EAST COAST ALUMI-
NUM PRODUCTS,
INC., a Florida corporaton,
Plaintiff,
CAROLYN K. BUFFUM and EMC Mort-
gage Corporation, a foreign profit
corporation,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
on the 15th day of September A.D.,
2010, at 11:00 a.m. In the July As-


312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeecho-
be, Florida the undesigned Clerk
wiloffer for sale the following de-
scribed real property:
Lot 263 Treasure Island, Unit 8
according to the plat recorded in
Plat Book 3, page 91, Public
Records of Okeechobee,Florida.
The aforesaid sale will be made
pursuant to the Final Judgment en-
tered In the above styled
case.
ANY PERSON CLAMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM HE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN HE
PROPERTY OWNER, AS OF HE
DATE OF LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A
CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER HE
SALE.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are a person
wth a disablhlty who nnd laccom-


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no cost to you, to the provision of
certain assistance. Please contact
Corre Johnson, ADA Coordinator,
250 NW Country Club Drive, Ste.
217, Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986
(772) 807-4370 at least seven (7)
days before your scheduled court ap-
pearance, or immediately upon re-
ceiving this notlication If the time
before the scheduled appearance Is
Hearing or Volce,,,,,, Ipired Cal 711.
DATED this 13 day of Aug., 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the CircultCourt
By: Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
363873 ON 8/18,25;9/1/10
To Whom It MayConcem.
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LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns
Towing Service storage lot located at
704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 on SEPTEM-
BER 17, 2010, at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant
to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage charges. Year,
make, model and VIN are as follows.
1997 Mercury Tracer
VIN #1M ELM 10P1VW627359
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. Seller re-
serves the right of final bid. ALL
SALES ARE FINAL NO REFUNDS
WILL BE, MADEI Sald automobiles
will be sold in "As Is" condition with
no guarantees.
3648460ON 9/1/2010
LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BM1
Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 17th day of Sept 2010








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September 1, 2010 Okeechobee News 19


-lii~mAn msirml I ml MI M
PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONALAMENDMENTS
TO BB VOTED ON NOVEMBER 2, 2010
NOTICE OF ELECTION

I, Dawn K. Roberts, Interim Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that an election will be held in each county in Florida, on November 2, 2010, for the rati~elation or rejection of proposed revisions to the constitution of the State ofFlorida.
No. 1
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMAEDAMENTM
ARTICLE VI, SECTION 7
(Leislative)
Balot Title:
REPEAL OF PUBLIC CAMR4IGN FINANCING REQUIREMENT.
Balot Sumrmry:
Proposing the repeal of the provision in the State Constitution that requires public Emancing of campaigns of candidates for elective statewide oifiee who agree to campaign spending limits.
Full Text:
ARTICLE VI
SUFFL4GE AND ELECTIONS



No. 2
CONSTITUTIONAL AME~NDME~NT
ARTICLE VII, SECTION 3
ARTICLE XI, SECTION 31
(Legislative)
Ballot Title:
HOMESTEAD AD VALOREM TPX CREDIT FOR DEPLOYED MILITARY PERSONNEL.
Balot Summary*
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to require the Legislature to provide an additional homestead property tax exemption by law for members of the United States military or military reserves, the United States Coast Guard or its reserves, or the Florida National Guard
who receive a homestead exemption and were deployed in the previous year on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of military operations designated by the Legislature. The exempt amount will be based upon the number of days in the previous
calendar year that the person was deployed on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of military operations designated by the Legislature. The amendment is scheduled to take effect January 1, 2011.
Full Text
ARTICLE VII
FINANCE AND TAXATION
SECTION 3. Taxes; exemptions.--
(a) All property owned by a municipality and used exclusively by it for municipal or public purposes shall be exempt fi~om taxation. A municipality, owning property outside the municipality, may be required by general law to make payment to the taxing unit in which the property is locat-
ed. Such portions of property as are used predominantly for el I. I I I l purposes may be exempted by general law from taxation.
1 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I : 1 111 ,1r a1 1111 I<== I < s I 1 goods and personal effects to the value fixed by general laws not less than one thousand dollars, and to every widow or widower or person who is blind or totally and perma-

I I I I I I I I I Ix levy and subject to the provisions of this subsectic-- ----4 ------ -1 1---- ----t ---------4-:- ----4 --------= +---1 ----t --4 +1- --- rr ---pitions to new businesses and expansions of existing businesses, as defied b
--,-l ,1 ~ 9 end on ---ml-ti I II < I mty ormunicipality, and only after the elector I II ,I II . 1 .1 : county or municipality to adopt such ordinances. An exemption so rne

expasion of an existing business. The amount or limits of the amount of such exemption shall be specci~d by general law. The period of tume for which such exemptlon may be granted to a new busmess or explabnsion ~of an I- ---- t--;- -- ;;- r;1; 1-;- i.i; The author
-t i -1- -11 -- --- ------ F---- tl- t -+ -F -roval by the electors of the county or municipality, and may be renewable by referendum as provided by general law.
1. 1 I .1 . 1 I 1 1 1 preservation ad valorem tax exemptions to owners of historic properties. This exemption! may be granted only by ordinance of the
II The period of time for which this exemption may be granted to a property owner shall be determined by general law.
II 11,1 11 1 11 I- II I 1 11 1 I,, 1 111 1 1 personal property tax shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation.




ARTICLE XII
SCHEDULE


No. 3
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 4 and 6
ARTICLEX[I

Ballot Title:
PROPER TY1X LIMIT FOR NONHOMESTEAD PROPERTY; ADDITIONAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR NEW HOMESTEAD OWNERS.

Ballot Summay:
The State Constitution generally limits the maximum annual increase in the assessed value of nonhomestead property to 10 percent annually. This proposed amendment reduces the maximum annual increase in the assessed values of those properties to 5 percent annually.
This amendment also r, 11 I iditional homestead exemption for persons who have not owned 1 1 1. 11 1. es. Under the exemption, 25 percent of the just value of a first-tim~e homestead, up to $100,000, will be exempt
from property taxes. Ti 1 1 111 1 = will decrease in each succeeding year for 5 years by the greater or :"I I I I II I 1 11 1 r the difference between the just vakie and the assessed value of the property. The additional exemption will not
be available in the 6th and subsequent years.
Full Text:
ARTICLE VII
FINANCE AND TAXATION
SECTION 4. Taxation; assessments.-By general law regulations shall be prescribed which shall secure a just valuation of all property for ad valorem taxation, provided:
(a) Agricultural land, land producing high water recharge to Florida's aquifers, or land used exclusively for noncommercial recreational purposes may be classified by general law and assessed solely on the basis of character or use.
(b) As provided by general law and subject to conditions, limitations, and reasonable definitions specifeld therein, land used for conservation purposes shall be classifiedl 1- --n-r,l la, an-l .-------4 --1-1 on the basis of character or use.
II II I ,, ety hld or sle s sock n tade nd ivesockmay I t be exempted from taxation.
un ,ydear Saein6o this Aticml 1 1 111 11 1 t :his amendment. This assessment shall change only as provided in this subsection.
1 1 I changed annually on II I 1 1 1 1
I ~ ~ ~ s 1-'' rioryear.
b.T~h~e percent change in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers, U.S. City Average, all items 1967=100, or successor reports for the preceding calendar year as initially reported by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
,o - - -- -- t -1 -1 --
-FT [1C11 .1 C1 ,,, 1 ater, the homestead shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.

1.\ 1 11~ ~11 1 ',I I1 I I II II I 11 111I1 I11 -

(7) The provisions of this amendment are severable. If any of theprovisions or II I I II I Il I II I I I / any court or ,1 1 ; 1. 1 1 1. r 1 I shall not affec o- ---- --------
(8)a. A person who establishes a new homestead as of~anuary 1, 2009, or January of any subsequent year and who has received a homestes I .. I ofJanuary 1 o oi
new homestead is entitled to have the new homestead 1 1 January of2008, a person who establish les a new homestead as ofJanuary 1, 2008, is entitled to hav II
received a homestead exemption on January 1, 2007. I II I determined as follows:
1. If thejust 1 tt1 1 1 r equal to the just vaine of the prior homestead as of January 1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned, the asses II .. II I 11 I I I the new homestead minus an amount
equal to the lesser c. --- -- -. s I. t value and the assessed value of the prior homestead as of January 1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned. I In I 1 1 II I this subsection.
2. If the just value of the new homestead is less than the just value of the prior homestead as ofJanuary 1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be equal to the just vakie of the new homestead divided by the just
value of the prior homestead and multiplied by the assessed value of the prior homestead. However, if the difference between the just value of the new homestead and the assessed vakie of the new homestead calculated pursuant to this sub-subparagraph is greater than $500,000, the
a, 1 1 l I. 11 1 1,.11r 1 .1;.1 1 1 1 1 1 000.~oo Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
II 11,1 11 1111 1 I II II, II ,,I1 11 ,11 .1 tsprson.
III I I I I , I I I II 11 1 II 1 11 II I v ordinance that historic property may be assessed solely on the basis of character or use. Such character or use assessment

I the extent of any increase in the assessed vakie of that property which results from the construction or reconstruction of the property for the purpose
or I I I ,1 I 1111111 ,>ouse if at least one of the grandparents or parents for whom the living quarters are provided is 62 years of age or older. Such a reduction may not exceed
tl I I I
(1) The increase in assessed value resulting from construction or reconstruction of the property.
(2) Twenty percent of the total assessed value of the property as improved.
II I I II 111 1 I 111 , I II l Ilaw whicl I I 1 1111 I1 II I I II I I (a) through (d) shall change only as provided in this subsection.
I~~ ~ ~ ~ 11 I d by law;1 i II I I II1 1 I_-, I. 1.1 .. II>rer
II I II I I I I I I IIIII, I 111 II, 1 11 assessment date. Thereafter, such property shallbe assessed as provided in this subsection.
1 11 1I I I I, ,1 111 11 1 II IIII ,1 I 1 11 I provement, the property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
II~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I I I 1 1II I 11 1111 1 I II 1 11 111 as provided in this subsection.
I ~ ~~~~~~~~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 1 111 1 1 11 I I I I 11 11 1 11 1 _,I- IeI assessment for the prior year.

(3) The : 1 I I 1 11 I 1 , I 1 111 assessed at just value as of the next assessment date after IE I I II II i law is made to such property. Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
(4) The I I I II I I , I I II I assessed at just value as of the next assessment date after I I I I I lI I 1 general law, including any change of ownership of the legal entity that owns the property. Thereafter, such property
shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
(5) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property shall be assessed as provided for by g 1 1 1 ii .1 1;1 I i r any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection.
II I I I II 1 1,1 11 1 II1 1 al 11 11 1 II I I I Ia r assessed value of real property used for residential purposes:

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c. Marinas and drystacks that are open to the public.
II III II I I I I I I II d their support activities.
II II 11, 11 1 I I I, I II I II 1 11 1 1 I the legislature by general law.

(a) Every person w} 1 .1 1 1 I 1 1 11 .1 1 . 1 I .1 the permanent residence of the owner, 11 1 11 1 1 l, 1 I, 1 1 1 111 exempt from taxation thereon, except assessments for special benefits, up to the assessed
valuation oftwenty-five -1 It I I 111 11 II I li1 = on the assessed valuation greater than fifl, II It 1 II I II -I II I I I I establishment ofright thereto in the manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be








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'1.-11- 1- 1 --- ,...t;t-1 title, by the entireties, jointly, in common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owner's or member's proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of ninety-eight years. The
...c ....1..1 . ~. I/ with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is first determined to be in compliance with the provisions of section 4 by a state agency designated by general law. This exemption is repealed on the effective date of any amendment to this Article which pro-
(b) . I l* ** ** ** II . ..; .. I .11 ... .dividual or family unit or with respect to any residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the vakie
of the proportion which the interest in the corporation bears to the assessed vakie of the property.
.: ,, prvd to retes who ar permaX~n~~l~~nennt residents advalorem taxrelief onall ad valorem tax elevie.Sc ad valorem tax reliefsha~llbein he form and amount established by general~ law:glo
1. . .; . I .. 1 ..1 .. .. : .. .i i ...I .... i litionalhom estead t. ..1 .. i:., il a l. .. ... i t 1 ii. I ... . . 1. 1. lg lo
equitable title to real estate and m aintainsthereon the perm anent residence of the own. ... I I. 1.. .. .... . -I I .. I .I I . I 1 .. .1 I. loes not exceed twer.. I l. .. .. It 11 II . .I . ..I ...1 i ..... ., .l... grant
this additional exemption, within the limits prescribed in this subsection, by ordinance II I 1.... .. .i .. I I i I... o h noelm.
ident of this state at the tim e oln ... .. l. .... 1 .n . Il .. 1. . I I I I . .I .. I i . ...... I service. T I. I. ... 1.11I ... .,c .eea ... .s ....I 65 l ole .h ... .alal~o~oal p(11.~llq . Eta ....... . ser ic -co nete o n q eis- fl lsa htw mb r e d disability was d ete -

1 . C.1 ..lj I iit .1 .1. .. 1 . . ... ." I .... I. I .1 ity asco mbat related, nd a copy I I. I I I . 1 1 I. I1. ... = I.. denies the request for a discount, the
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I I I I II I Ito conditions specified therein. the legislature shallorovide an additional homestead exemption to the person or persons who:
a. Establish the right to receive the homestead exemption in subsection (a) within one year after purchasing the homestead provertv: and
b. Have not owned a principal residence during the eight-vear period before the purchase. For narried persons. neither the purchaser nor his or her spouse may have owned a principal residence during the preceding eight years.
(2) The additional hoinestead exemption shall eaual 25 percent of the inst value of the property on Tamianr 1 of the year in irhich the homestead exemption in subsection (a) is receiired. but not more than $100.000.
a. The amount of the additional exeinction shall be reduced in each subsequent year by an amount eaual to twenty percent of the amount of the initial additional exemption or by an amount eaual to the difference between the inst vakie of the property and the assessed value deter
mined under subsection (d) of section 4 of this Article. whichever is greater.
b. The additional homestead exemption shall not avolv after the fifth year after the initial additional exemption is granted.
(3) Only one additional exemption under this subsection may avolv to a single homestead property.
ARTICLE XII
SCHEDULE
Property tax limit for nonhomestead proverty.-The amendment to Section 4 of Article VII reducing the limit on the maximum annual increase in the assessed vakie of nonhomestead property to five percent from ten percent and this section shall take effect Tanuary 1. 2011.
Additional homestead exemption forfirst-tim e homesteadvroverty owners.-The amendment to subsection (fi of Section 6 of Article VII providing for an additional homestead exemption for persons dhohvnt owned a rincivalresidence within an eipht-irear period andthis sec-
tion shall take effect Tanuary 1. 2011. and shall be available for properties purchased on or after Tanuary 1. 2010.

No. 4
CONSTITUTIONALAMENDMENT
ARTICLE II, SECTION 7

Ballot Title:
REFERENDA REQUIRED FOR ADOPTION AND AMENDMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLANS.

Ballot Summary*
Establishes that before a local government may adopt a new comprehensive land use plan, or amend a comprehensive land use plan, the proposed plan or amendment shall be subject to vote of the electors of the local government by referendum, following preparation by the local plan-
ning agency, consideration by the governing body and notice. Provides definitions.
Financial Imp~ac Statement:
Th-~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Im n amn' mst- --1~ ... 1 . I I. 1 11 i 1 I I. the requirement to conduct referenda in order to adopt comprehensive plans or amendments thereto. The amount of such costs depends upon
tl.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~~1 ,.. ... ... .... ...I...I . 1. 11 1 I . .. i... 1. .1 1 ..I .. s. The impact on state government expenditures will be insignificant.

Full Text:
ARTICLE II
GENERAL PROVISIONS
SECTION 7. Natural resources and scenic beauty.--




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NEW ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

TeProcurement Department of the South Florida Water Management Dis-
tnt -1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406,
wilreceive sealed proposals up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on October 6,
200 from respondents proposing novel nutrient removal technology pro-
etswishing to participate In the New Alterabve Assessment Program.
AnOPTIONAL PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE will be held on Septem-
br2,2010, 10:00 am, In the B1 Building Auditorlum, 3301 GunClb
Rod etPalm Beach Florida for all interested respondents.
Proposals must conform to the Instructions In the RFR Interested re-
on"dewntsayobtain a copy of the complete RFP (1) at the above address;
dwldngthe solicitaton from our website at www.sfwmd.go :
calling (561) 682-2715; or (4) by calling the 24-hour BID HOTIE
472-5290. The public Is Invited to attend the proposalopng.
rinfonnation on the status of this solicitation canbeo-
tandon our web site http://www.sfwmd.gov.

Ofiilpublic meetings regarding this RFP are scheduled as follows:
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Chambers
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Everglades Cont Room
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roms referenced above. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by writing
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The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will resume their
BudgetMeetings on Wedneaday, September 1, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. n the
"JdeWilliam L. Hendry Courtroom" at the Historic Courthouse,
304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.

Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County
Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will
need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she
will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings Is made,
which record shall Include the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal Is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida
Statute 286.26, persons with disablitbes needing special accommodation to
participate In thi proceeding should contact Paula Poskon, no later than
two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-4559 or
863-763-2131, ext. 2111. If you are hearing or volce Impaired, call TDD
1-800-222-3448 (volce) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).

Badeo ount Cmilssioners
Dkeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Dkeechobee County, Florida
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No. 8
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMBNAENMNTA
ARTICLE IX, SECTION 1
ARTICLE XII, SECTION 31
(Legishative)
Ballot Title:
REVISION OF THE CLASS SIZE REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
Balot Summary:
The Florida Constitution currently limits the maximum number of students assigned to each teacher in public scl. 1 1. .... ., 1 ii 1, C 1, ,, i. 1 I i.. 1. .,, 1 I~ ... 1 .ts; for grades 4 through 8, 22 students; and for grades 9 through 12, 25 stu-
dents. Under this amendment, the current limits onthe maximum number of students assigned to eachteacher it. ..I I. I. I I ... .1 1 .. I I .I .. I I .. . . I lass to each I. I .I. I I ... ... ... I. . .I .school. This
amendment also adopts new limits on the maximum number of students assigned to each teacher in an individual: I. ... I II I I I .. I .. l. .. 1 I lI I ... I . 1 11.. .. I 7 students; a I q,. I Il.. ,1. I: ** I ..I1. ..dmn pc
ifies that class size limits do not apply to virtual classes, requires the Legislature to provide sufficient funds to maintain the average number of students required by this amendment, and schedules these revisions to take effect upon approval by the electors of this state and to operate retroac-
tively to the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year.
Fu~llText
ARTICLE IX
EDUCATION
SECTION 1. Public education.-
(a) The education of children is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida. It is, therefore, a paramount duty of the state to make adequate provision for the ed.. .I .. i .11i 1..1. .i, 1l,,: 1 1 1 1 ,,I ,, 1..111 ....i e by law for a
~ ~~~I~~~~~~~~~~ ~ ~ 1. .I .11 I II ...1 1 1 ...11 i 1. ,i .;. 1. 1 ,.i, .1;,i~ 1.. ..:, .. .. ar the establishment, maintenance, and operation oi ... ...... I I. 1. I . . I I I I I I . .. l. 1 .. II Is of thepeople
r~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~~~~. toI11I ensure that, by the beginning of the 2010-2011 1. I o esurtha, bthe .. ... he 010 01 I I .. I I. . . .. ... . of classroomsclssro
so that:
(1) Within each public schooL, the avrg mra~mmo number of students whewre assigned p ca to each teacher who is teaching irai4eeelJeeRe prekindergarten through grade 3 does not exceed 18 students and the maximum number of students assigned
.: .I .. I .1 1 I. I .I. .................mber of students whewre assigned p ca to each teacher who is teaching i~a~~ee~l~*~~rgrades 4 through 8 does not exceed 22 students and the maximum number of students assigned to each

..:....i i,, i ..I 1 I ...........I . ..... "F-'.nt .I 1.....-n-O. t h im a hng 12 does,, not. exee 25 stuent an the,, maximum----I. number.... of..... stdnt gedt ec
I II I. -u I. I.. I --~n ~ ,~..,., The leg sa ure s1al provide sufficient fi /ds to mamntamn reke~~v ge num1e er . I .. II

(b) Every four-year old child in Florida shall be provided by the State a high quality prekindergarten; prkrerec learning opportunity in the form of an early childhood development and education program which shall be voluntary, high quality, free, and delivered
1-- r lin-t pr F---i als 1---pt4 tan r+ ^ + +414h 41 1 ... t na An-st-n pr rmm a- an r~ n p ram nd to address and enhace each chlds abilit to make ae appropriae progressin an apprpriate rane of settigs in the development language

I~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~~~~. . IIII III,I, provided by reason or ..I I. .. .L-~ ..11,,I I ..... I . I .. ., l... ,,1.I I .. ...., IIa l. ** *- I I .. I1.. .. It funds generated in addition to those usedfoeitngdutonhelhad
development programs. Existing education, health, and development programs are those fimded b~ I1. I .. 1J. j ..... 1 I . 'l l.. ' r adult education, health care, or development.
ARTICLE XII
SCHEDULE


No. 9
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMBNAENMNTA
ARTICLE I, SECTION 28
(Legishative)
Ballot Title:
HEALTH CARE FREEDOM.
Balot Summary:
HEALTH CARE SERVICES.-Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to ensure access to health .. 11 :i 1. ,:, i: ,, I I 1. I -patient relationship, guard against mandates that don't work, prohibit laws or rules fr .. ~ I
health care provider to participate in any health care system; permit a person or an employer to purchase lay I..I 1. .Ill. .. I 1, I. ... . 1. .Ill. provider; permit a health care provider to accept direct payment from a person or an ...z I 11
exempt persons, employers, and health care prov:1 .. ..1. .. 1i .. i i :.. 1;. .1. accepting direct payment for lawf~ul health care services; and permit the purchase or sale of health insurance in private health care systems. Specifies that the amendment does not affect
which healthcare services health care provider : r ' I *' *** I . I .11 I I.. I. 1. .II. care service .. ....;II 11 1. . 1.:1 .1 .. ,, 11 ..1 1 ..,,,, ., 11. 1.1:.. I > workers' compensation; affect laws or rules in effect as of March 1, 2010; affect the terms or
conditions of any health care system to the extent that those terms and conditions do :. I 1.. 1 I I ... I . II I. . 1 1 lil r a health care provider for accepting direct payment from a person or an employer for lawfull
health care services; or affect any general law passedby two-thirds vote of the member. 1 1 I. 1. I Il. I I..... I .1I I1. II I. II Il .... .. .. .. . It . I. Itates \ .Il. I .I. .. II1 .1I I. .. .. ...I .1 ... a .I .I .. a. visions of the
amendment. The amendment expressly provides that it may not be construed to prohibit negotiated provisions in insurance contracts, network agreements, or other provider agreements contractually I 1.. I 111 I III
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ARTICLE I
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS


1 ... ot all residents ot the state to provide for their own health care:


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person or an a


r o sale of health insurance ni orivate neatui care systerns may not oe oroniotten ov taw or rule.


(c) This section does not:
(11 Affect which health care services a health care provider is required to perform or provide.


) 2( Affect which health care services are permitted by law.
(3) Prohibit care provided pursuant to general law relating to workers' compensation.


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(51 Affect the terms or conditions of any health care system to the extent that those terms and conditions do not have the effect of Dunishing a person or an emolover for Daving director for lawfill health care services or a health care provider for accenting direct payment
from a person or an emolover for lawfilhealth care services. except that this section may not be construed to prohibit anvnepotiated provision in any insurance contract. networkagreemerit. or other provider agreement contractualhr limiting covayrmeixts coinsurance. deductibles. or other
patient charges.
(61 Affect any general law passed by a two-thirds vote of the membership, of each house of the legislature after the effective date of this section. if the law states with specificity the public necessity that instifies an exception from this section.
id) As used in ihis section. the term:
(11 "Comnel" includes the imnooition ofoenalties or fines.
12) "Direct payment" or "nav directiv" means payment for lawfill health care services without a public or private third vartv. not including an emolover. Having for any portion of the service.
13) "Health care system" means any public or private entity whose fitnction or nuroose is the nilnagemerit of. processing of. enrollment of individuals for. or payment. in filll or in vart. for health care services. health care data. or health care information for its participants.
14) "Lawfllhealth care services" melins any health-related service or treatment. to the extent that the service or treatment is vermitted or not prohibited by law or regulation. whicl may be provided by persons or businesses otherwise permitted to offer such services.
15\ "Penalties or fines" means any civil or criminal penalty or Emne. tax salary or wage withholding or surcharge. or named fee with a similar effect established by law or rule by an agency established. created. or controlled by the government which is used to punish or dis-


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the drive at the Brahman eight-yard line. QB
Marcus Sigrnon ran four yards for a score
one play later to make it 15-0.
Cobras Coach Chnis Hutchins said the
early turnovers really got his tearn going. He
said he was very impressed with the play of
his offensive and defensive lines as they basi-
cally controlled the line of scrirnrage.
Things went south in a hurry after that
as Fort Pierce was able to score 21 points
in the next four minutes of play to put the
garne away. A fumble by Brahman QB Jack
Radebaugh was recovered by Niko Guevera
at the Brahman 15. Guevera caught an eight
yard swing pass and rushed into the end
zone two plays later for a 22-0 lead.
Okeechobee showed signs of life on the
next drive as Radebaugh hit Jessie Thornas
with a 28 yard pass. Radebaugh was sacked
on the next play and his next pass attempt
was picked off by Blackshell at the Cobra 25.
He rushed downfield untouched for another
Cobra score.
Brent Leonard recovered a fumble by
Daron Washington on the next Brahman
series at the Okeechobee 20 yard line. Two
plays later Lenhart bowled through the
Brahman defenders for a 15 yard touch-
down run.
Chris Wallace ended the first half scor-
ing when he grabbed a 35 yard pass from
Sigrnon with just eight seconds left in the
second quarter.
Brahman Coach Myron Jackson said he
will have to work harder on fundamentals
and stressed to the kids that they must hold
onto the football. He said when you give up
that many turnovers there is no way your

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September 1, 2010


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Fort Pierce Central scored 35 unan-
swered points fueled by four Okeechobee
High School turnovers in the second quarter
Friday night and went on to defeat the Brah-
Inans, 52-0, at the Preseason Football Classic
at Brahman Stadiurn
Okeechobee had fought toe to toe with
Fort Pierce in the first quarter and looked
vastly improved from the tearn that went
(0-10) last year. Fort Pierce opened the
scoring late in the first quarter thanks to a
seven play, 53 yard drive. Key plays included
a 12 yard run by Lenhart and a 13 yard run
by Chris Fair. Lenhart scored on a 10 yard
run over the right side of the Brahman de-
fense for the Cobras first touchdown. After a
botched snap, Fair took the ball into the end
zone for a two point conversion and an 8-0
lead. A fumbled snap by Brahman punter
Christian Toribio gave Fort Pierce a golden
opportunity on the next drive as they started


tearn can be successful.
Game notes
Brahman QB Jack Radebaugh completed
9-22 passes for 112 yards and two intercep-
tions. He was sacked behind the line seven
times. One six other carries Radebaugh
gained 40 yards. Al Morris caught four passes
for 64 yards. Aukeernian Mills added four re-
ceptions for 40 yards. Thor Harden and De-
forest Shanks caused furnbles for the Brah-
man defense while Alonzo Colernan had an
interception. Okeechobee had 158 yards in
total offense. They were only able to gain 23
yards on the ground.
Okeechobee travels to play Berean Chris-
tian in West Palm Beach on Friday night at
7 p.m.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
(left) Jack Radebaugh threw for over
100 yards despite a huge Ft. Pierce
pass rush. (right) AI Morris had a nice
night catching passes for the Brahman
offense in his varsity debut


OHS Brahman


Volleyball team


defeats Se bring
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's volleyball
tearn got off to a great start as they defeated
Sebring in three straight garnes, 25-13, 27-25,
and 25-23 in the championship game of the
Sebring Pre Season Classic last Thursday.
Okeechobee jumped out to an early 7-1
lead in the first garne to take control of the
match and then held off a stubborn Blue
Streaks squad. Okeechobee had to rally late
to win the second and third garnes.
LeAnna Cotton continued her strong
start to the season as she had 13 assists and
eight kills. Sarah Davis had seven service
aces, nine assists and five kills at the net.
Okeechobee had 18 service aces as a tearn
during the match.
Okeechobee played at Lincoln Park
Acaderny in a district match on Tuesday.
They travel to Park Vista on Friday. The Lady
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's boys bowling
team is in a rebuilding mode while the girls
team has more experience and is expected to
improve on last years finish.
Coach Tony Sherlock said the boys team
has only one returned and thus a lot of new
faces. Last year's team leader James Steiert
moved to Martin County. He qualified for the
state bowling tournament as a freshman. The
team finished fifth in their district.


Sherlock said this year he will look to build
the talent and work with them on their skills.
He should be able to do it as he averages 199
pins himself and routinely hits strikes and
spares with little or no effort.
The returning bowler is Angel Garcia who
was the fifth man on last year's squad. The
team also lost a few players to graduation.
Other key bowlers include Adrian Banda and
Noe Arroyo who have had prior competitive
bowling experience.
Coach Sherlock predicted Martin County'


Lincoln Park and John Carroll will be the top
teams in the district this year.
"We have several new players and I'm look-
ing forward to working with them and improv-
ing their games. Hopefully we can knock off
some teams this year."
Sherlock said his advice for the new players
is to have confidence in themselves and work
hard, "If they work hard and dedicate them-
selves to bowling, they have the potential to be
really good."
The girls team has a number of upper class-
men which include four year starter Danielle
Racine. There are also three new girls, Mary
Simmons, Kirsten Donny, and Margie Dorgan
that the coach has been impressed with.
"The outlook for the girls is very positive.
I think the girls will be a lot more competitive
this year," Sherlock added.
The girls finished 11th in their district last
year. Sherlock said they can definitely finish
higher this year if they are more consistent.
He said he liked the camaraderie that the girls
have shown during practices.
"These kids tend to get along with each oth-
er well. That certainly helps a lot. I think they
need to have more confidence in themselves


and have the will to win," he added.
Sherlock said a number of the girls have
started to play in a Saturday recreation league
and that should help their scores this year. He
said before that league most of his players
didn't bowl regularly.
"I think that league will help the girls. I think
we can get a few wins and build from there. I
think the new bowlers will stick with it and be
very good," he added.
The bo~wling team plays their home match-
es at Lucky Lanes in Okeechobee. Most match-
es start at 3:30 p.m. Their first home match is
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