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Okeechobee's annual Labor
Day festival began Saturday in
Flagler Park and continues today
and Monday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
each day.The Labor Day parade
will be held on Monday, Sept. 6 in
downtown Okeechobee. Parade
entries will line up near the 11-Save
Supermarket on Parrott Avenue at
8 a.m. The parade starts at 10 a.n.
The parade route starts at the 1-
Save and travels north on Parrott
Avenue to State Road 70 and then
west on State Road 70 to the end
of Flagler Park.
The Okeechobee Cattlernen's
Association Labor Day Rodeo will
be today and Monday, Sept. 6 at
the Agri-Civic Center. Rodeo en-
trance will be off State Road 710.
Mutton Bustin' for the cowk-
ids will begin at 2 p.In. The rodeo
starts at 2:30 p.m.
The Okeechobee Cattlernan's
rodeo will show contestants corn-
peting to win cash prizes and
points toward a circuit charnpi-
onship. Visitors from many areas
of South Flonida are expected in
attendance to observe traditional
rodeo events such as; calf roping,
saddle brone, bareback riding' '
See FESTIVAL Pagfe 5
Special to the News/Jim Davis
The Labor Day Rodeo will be
today and Monday.
will shave $837,646 from the new
Service from all departments
of the county will be curtailed to
sorne degree because, in addition
to a 3 percent pay reduction for
county employees, all employees
will be facing 7 days of furlough
sorne time during the corning year.
By Pete Gawda
After Sept. 30 county residents
will not be getting the sarne level
of service from the county as
they do now. At their meeting on
Wednesday, Sept. 1 Okeechobee
County Corniissioners approved
a list of cost cutting measures that
It is not yet clear how that will af-
feet service to customers. Con-
Inissioners discussed combining
a day of furlough with a two-day
weekend or a holiday weekend.
Another option mentioned was
closing early on a particular day.
It is possible the scheduling of fur-
lough days might be left up to indi-
vidual department heads to work
into their schedules.
The staff of anirnal control will
be limited to 40 hours a week and
anirnal control officers will only
respond to emergency calls after
hou .s not going to be that bad "
See BUDG;ET Page 5
sarne issues. We have to live under
the sarne guidelines as businesses
and families are living under.
The county live within its means.
That's why I vot-
ed against the ad-
opted budget last
year. It called for
this year we are
forced to make
up for sorne of
that should have Joey
been made last Hoover
year. We cur-
rently are not considering any in-
creased revenues. I will continue
See COUNTY Page 5
County canddidate respond to
In the generaleeto on Homestead Exemption, and centre purchasing program which
Nov. 2, Okeechobee County the decline of revenue from the would assist in managing the
voters will choose between landfill, Okeechobee County overall expenses thus eliminating
Democrat Joey Hoover and has faced many prob- redundancy and promot-
Republication lems with the budget. a;--7 ing cost-effectiveness.
Terry Bur- How would you re- The County needs
roughs in the duce expenses and/ ~ to adopt incentives
SCounty Com- or increase revenue VO E tatrtbuiees
I ~mission Dis- to balance the county (pVp't trodct uion, Innu-
Strict 4 race. budget? .- facturing, etc) tobhelp
The Okeecho- BURROU GHS : -expand the revenue
bee News in- I would propose the base and to assist with
vited readers County Administrator re- our unemployment rate. The
to pose ques- view the current management incentives should apply to both
Terry tions for the staffing model to consolidated new business and those existing
Burroughs candidates positions and reduce the number businesses which are looking to
and asked the of department head positions to expand.
candidates to respond in 100 meet the challenges of the current HOOVER: Okeechobee Coun-
words or less. economic conditions each of us ty is not unique in this budget is-
Since the decline of prop- are facing in the County. I would sue. Municipal governments all
erty values, the changes in the promote the idea of developing a over this country are facing these
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Economic Council meets
The Economic Council of Okeechobee held their monthly membership meet-
ing on Sept. 1, at the Indian River State College Williamson Conference and
Education Center. In the photo are Jason Matson and Nicholas Mora, Plan-
ning Engineers with Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc., along with County Plan-
ning Director Bill Royce and Economic Council Chairwoman Libby Maxwell.
The invited speakers presented a draft version of the County's Long Range
Transportation Plan complete with maps of local transportation improvement
needs for 2020 and 2035, as well as a cost-feasibility map. Members also
received updates from representatives of the County, City, School Board,
South Florida Water Management District, and Indian River State College.
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RE G ULATION
The City of Okeechobee proposes
to adopt the following ordinance:
ORDINANCE NO. 1067: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEE-
CHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING
ORDINANCE 716, LAND DEVEL-
OPMENT REGU LATI ONS, AS
AMENDED, AMENDING DIVI-
SIONS 7, 8 AND 10; SECTIONS
90-253, 90-283, AND 90-343; PRO-
VIDING FOR SPECIAL EXCEP-
TION USES OF COMMERCIAL
AND INDUSTRIAL ZONED LANDS
FOR PURPOSES OF NURSING
HOMES; PROVIDING FOR CON-
FLICTS AND SEVERABILITY;
PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE
The First Public Hearing on the pro-
posed ordinance will be held on
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at
6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter pos-
sible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave.,
A copy of the agenda may be
obtained from the City website
contact Administration, (863) 763-
3372 x 212. A copy of the entire
applications) is available at the City
Clerk's Office during re ular busi-
ness hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm,
except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE
ADVISED that if any person desires
to appeal any decision made by the
City Council with respect to any
matter considered at this meeting,
or hearing will need to ensure a ver-
batim record of the proceedings is
made, which record includes the
testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based. City Clerk
media are used for the sole purpose
of back-up for the department.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
persons needing special accommo-
dation to participate in this proceed-
contact the Administration Office at
863-763-3372 for assistance.
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PUBLISH: 9/5/2010, Okeechobee News,
Okeechobee Arrest Report
to 60 families when they have fallen on hard
wDe uty Bryant diedasn Nvesne roon 199
Okeechobee during a search for two miss-
ing boaters. He was the first, and only, OCSO
deputy to de in th ine of uty.
The OCSf llraj r said the golf tourn -
ment has a fulfedo 6go fers, wo w l
take patbin 1k8-Ihole scrarnble at
Oee hoee Gl oun ry Cl aj. Se
phen said last year's event raised $25,984,
The event started in 1992 with a chicken
barbecue and a golf tournament.
"Alw~ays on Top of the lob"
*Metal & Shingle Roofs
*Flats & Leaks Repair
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*Mark Anthony Dipaie, 39, S.W. Fourth
Street, was arrested Sept. 2 on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant and charged with
dealing in stolen property. Bond was set at
*George Charles Hallam, 30, was ar-
rested Sept. 2 on and Okeechobee County
warrant and charged with dealing in stolen
property. He was released on his own recog-
*Dwan S. Marshall, 13, was arrested
Sept. 3 by OCSO Deputy Arnold on charges
of grand theft. He was turned over to the De-
partment of Juvenile Justice.
This column lists arrests and not convictions,
unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had the charges against
them dropped is welcome to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be confirmed and printed.
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The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
*Billy Joe McNabb, 45, S.E. 13th Avenue,
was arrested Sept. 1 by the Narcotics Task
Force. He was charged with possession of a
controlled substance (Adderall), possession
of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor
charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bond was set at $2,500.
*Malina Danillle Shelly, 66, U.S. Highway
98 N., as arrested Sept. 2 after Court security
found prescription a drug on her person. A
county employee also told deputies Shelly
was seen hiding something outside the
courthouse, and searched the area. Shelly
was charged with possession of Temazepam
and a misdemeanor charge of possession of
drug paraphernalia. Bond was to be set.
The following people are among
Okeechobee's Most Wanted persons. There
are active warrants for each
The criteria for making
Okeechobee's Most Want-
ed top five is based on the
severity of the crime in con- .
junction with the age of the
If you have any informa-
tion on the whereabouts of Joel
any of Okeechobee's Most Santiago
Wanted you can call the
Tr asur Cast Cnime Stoppers at 1-800-2 73-
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.
Joel Santiago, DOB 2/21/1982, 5'5", 140
lbs.. Third Degree Theft. Bond $5000.
Labor Day weekend
Waste Management will provide regu-
lar garbage collection service on Labor
Day, Monday, Sept. 6.
September 5, 2010
By Eric Kopp
Once again a full field of linksters will take
part in the 18th annual Skip Bryant Memo-
rial Golf Tournament fundraiser to be held
Saturday, Oct. 23.
The event, named after Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Deputy Skip
Bryant who died in the line of duty, is the
fundraiser for the Skip Bryant Memorial
Fund which provides scholarship money to
children of area law enforcement and fire-
The fund is also used to help families of
local law enforcement officers and firefight-
ersin hertirnetof nte nament chairman
OCSO Major Noel Stephen the fund has
awarded $124,995 in scholarship money to
49 local students. The fund helped Laura
Bryant Graisbery, Madonna Bryant Arnold,
Melissa Bryant, Jock Brough, Megan Bell
and Shannon May receive their four-year de-
grees. It also helped Danny Thomas receive
his master's degree.
Maj. Stephen said since its inception 18
years ago the fund has also given $70,900.63
Annual fundraising links tourney slated
Public Forum/Speak Out
Reflections from the pulpit
moral law, free from guilt or sin. Put on this
breastplate in order to protect your hearts so
that your hearts would be free from the con-
fines of sin. When you put on His truth and
His righteousness you put on the new man'
who is Christ Jesus. You cannot protect any-
thing without Christ. You cannot avoid sin
without Christ. In fact without Christ you are
lost and heading toward Hell, because you
have not trusted in the only One who can
take away your sin. In order for you and I to
see heaven we must be covered in His righ-
teousness and truth, because all of us have
sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
and the wages of sin is death. By putting on
righteousness and truth we become imita-
tors of God. If you are focusing on being like
Christ you will seek to do things the way
Christ has done and live in the truth.
You must stand in truth, righteousness
while you stand in the gospel. "And your feet
shod with the preparation of the gospel of
peace" (Ephesians 6:15) Your feet should be
equipped w th shoe that are equipped with
This means you must be always ready
with the gospel. The gospel is the only thing
that will not only bring the message of peace
to people who hear the gospel, but will also
keep those who have accepted the gospel
the ability to remember and rest in the pow-
er of the One who took their place and their
punishment. Christ died, was buried and
was raised to life again by the grace of God,
was seated at the right hand of the throne of
God, and when you trust Him He changes
you, because you put on Christ so stand in
the power of His might, this is the gospel.
Are you resting in His truth, righteous-
ness, and His gospel? If you are not then you
need to examine your hearts.
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4 Okeechobee News
Sunday, September 5, 2010
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What it takes to win
*I moved here many years ago from the
Glades to a wonderful town I call home. I
was a football player on two championship
football teams. I know what it takes to win.
It takes the whole community, fans, coaches,
the band and
even the water ,r 'L
boy. Everyone .
should support ?-
and stand be- "
hind your team, .
wineortl se.t We *
"if you could
beli ve hie y
it!" My coach '
talking into his headset and not firing up the
team. Give the team your full attention. Keep
your eyes on the prize. The team is counting
on you, and so is the community. Don't give
up, boys! It's not the size of the dog in the
fight, but the size of the fight in the dog! Sic'
*Looks like another long season for OHS
Football. They lost 52-0 to Ft. Pierce Central.
Hope we win at least one game this year.
*Suit up the powderpuff team! Seriously
though, those boys need to win a game to
regain some confidence. Okeechobee's first
possession made me think we had a chance,
but it went downhill like a runaway train. I re-
ally hope it gets better. I'll attend and support
the team, good or bad.
Bring in the water boy!
The only sport that won any games was
the g irs softball adnd now they got rid of that
coach Not a good move.
*Congratulations to the three Okeecho-
bee boys who saved a woman from drown-
ing in Fort Pierce. It was a brave thing to
do and the community should be proud of
*I think the county, including the sheriff's
office, needs some efficiency experts to help
them cut costs. Are we still doing things by
hand that can be automated and done much
faster, and with fewer people, with the right
computer program? Is there duplication of
services that could be eliminated, cutting
some unnecessary positions? We need to be
able to do more with fewer people. Can it
be done? With the night technology, it might
be possible. We can't afford the "it's always
been done that way" approach. We are out
of money and need to find ways to do more
*I hope the Sheriff appeals to the gover-
nor. It will bring a lot of attention on Bonner
and the county commissioners.
*I think if you look back at the history of
this county, many of the problems with the
budgets stem from a history of patronage,
favoritism, nepotism and political payback.
Hiring has not always been handled in a
professional manner with jobs advertised so
all interested county residents had a chance
to apply and the most qualified candidates
f th roshi ed. dWhen timesttwer go '
now money is tight, people are not willing
to just keep paying higher taxes to maintain
the status quo.
*According to the Friday paper, Okeecho-
bee County has one of the highest incarcera-
tion rates--that is the number of people in
jail as compared to the total population of
the county--in the state. And we have to ask
why. One obvious reason is how the judges
let the attorneys delay and delay and delay
trials. We have all seen that happen in court
snd twen ht edeof ee at nys sastsfr doa
delay after another, meanwhile the accused
sits in jail and is housed, fed and given medi-
cal care on the taxpayer's dime. The judges
should set trial dates and stick to them and
make the attorneys do their jobs.
By Rev. Tommaso Pasquarella
Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church
Brothers and sisters, like Paul I want
to call you all to be strong in the Lord. Be
strong in the Lord having a love for others
within and with out of the church, avoiding
sin by not even mentioning it, and with God,
following Him with all that you are. You can
be strong and do these things only because
He is strong. You can be strong only because
Christ has saved you. "Put on the whole ar-
mour of God, that ye may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil." (Ephesians
6:11) It sounds like attacks will come, be-
cause they will. You will either stand or you
will fall, Christ wants you to stand in Him so
that He can fight your battle. Flesh and blood
is not your enemy though attacks come in
human form; you struggle against the one
behind the attacks. The devil is like a lion
seeking whom he may devour. Why is it that
you think you can take on Hell with a water
pistol? It is not your job. Your job is to stand
in Christ so that He can fight your battle and
have your backs, this is why you must put on
the whole armor of God.
When you put on the armor of God, you
will stand against the wiles of the evil one.
You are commanded to put on this armor.
"Stand therefore, having your loins girt about
with truth, and having on the breastplate of
righteousness" (Ephesians 6:14) You are to
stand girding your loins with truth. This gird-
ing is supposed to protect the thighs in bat-
tle. Truth is what helps you to stand in Christ.
You cannot afford to be off your feet when
we are to be standing for His glory. "You've
got to stand for something, or you'll fall for
anything, you've got to be your own man'
not a puppet on a string, never compromise
what's right," (Aaron Tippin) because truth
is what holds you up and keeps you going,
so live in His truth.
You are not only armed with truth, but
righteousness, which is the ability to live in
His truth. You are to put on the breastplate
of righteousness. What is a breastplate? It
is a piece of armor designed to with stand
the blows and arrows of the enemy. Righ-
teousness is acting in accord with divine or
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The pay cuts and furloughs may or may
not be felt by employees of the constitution-
al officers. All of the constitutional officers,
except the sheriff have said they will cut their
budgets by the amounts requested by the
apportionment. The sheriff has stated that
he plans to appeal his apportionment to the
governor. While commissioners can deter-
mine the amount of money they will give the
constitutional officers, they cannot dictate
how that money will be spent. Property Ap-
praiser Bill Sherman and Clerk of the Courts
Sharon Robertson have definitely stated they
will not cut their employees salaries. When
last contacted, Supervisor of Elections Gwen
Chandler and tax collector Celeste Watford
said they were undecided. They said they
were going to try to meet their budget re-
duction apportionment without reducing
The article headlined "Incarceration rate
among state's highest" in the Friday edition
of this newspaper contained some math er-
rors. The article should have stated that .63
percent or 6 out of every 1,000 people were
behind bars. The top five counties were: Lib-
erty at .77 percent; Franklin at .76 percent;
Wakulla at .74 percent; Monroe at .67 per-
cent and Okeechobee at .63 percent. For the
surrounding counties, the rates should have
stated: Glades .36 percent; Hendry .56
percent; DeSoto .56 percent; Highlands .4
percent; Martin .41 percent; Palm Beach .21
percent and St. Luicie .52 percent. We re-
gret the errors and any confusion this might
have caused for the readers.
Continued From Page 1
said animal control director Gary Barber. He
is on salary and he will be handling after
hours calls three nights a week. He said that
bite cases and aggressive dogs would be ad-
dressed immediately. Some other calls might
have to be deferred until the next working
day. "There will be no services dropped,
Mr. Barber said, adding that animal control
will still enforce applicable state laws and
Even though they will lose one case
manager position and one congregate meal
coordinator position will be reduced to part
atde,ssenior slervi Isbdirectort heila Savge
same level of service.
While library director Kresta King is not
sure at this time how library cutbacks would
affect library customers she felt there would
some reduction of service
During the summer months swimmers
will not have as much time to use the county
pools. From June 10 to Aug. 15 swimming
pool hours will be reduced from 50 to 20
hours per week. Darryl Enfinger, director of
parks and recreation, said that it is yet to be
determined what days the pool would be
In what may be the most controversial
cost saving measure, the parks and rec-
reation department will start charging an
hourly rate for use of the ball fields at night
to cover the cost of lights. Mr. Enfinger said
his department has been studying light bills
to determine an hourly rate. That rate would
have to be approved by the county commis-
sioners before going into effect.
F Q F TI
Continued From Page 1
team roping, ladies' barrel racing and the
favorite of all, bull riding. Rodeo tickets may
be purchased in advance at Eli's Western
Wear, 907 N.W Park Street or at the gate.
For ticket information, call Eli's Western
Wear at 863- 763-2984 or visit www. okeecho-
Today: A 40 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly
cloudy, with a high near 94. Calm wind be-
coming east northeast around 5 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly
cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind
around 5 mph.
Labor Day: A 40 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms after noon.
Partly cloudy, with a high near 91. Calm wind
becoming east between 5 and 10 mph.
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 73. East wind around 5
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a
high near 92. East northeast wind between
5 and 10 mph.
September 5, 2010
improvements that made the construction
of their facility possible. The county worked
with the applicant in the process of obtain-
ing the proper land use changes, inclusion
in the enterprise zone and tax abatements.
All of these are tools available to encourage
new business. At the same time, we need
to continue to work with existing businesses
on ways to increase their opportunities and
hopefully the expansion of the workforce.
One of the most direct ways we can encour-
age business expansion is keeping property
taxes low and our county finances in good
health. No firm is looking to relocated or
expand will consider Okeechobee if the tax
rates make the investment look too expen-
siveany feel the Okee-Tantie Recre-
ation Area should be developed to help
draw more tourism to the area. Do you
think it would be cost effective to re-
pair the damaged campsites at Okee-
Tantie? Would you suggest any other
improvements there? How would you
propose paying for improvements to
BURROUGHS: Okee-Tantie is a very
valuable asset to the citizens of the County.
This area could develop into an attractive
revenue generating opportunity, if managed
properly. Given our current budget prob-
lems, the County does not have the funds
required to revitalize Okee-Tantie. I would
seek to lease the property to a viable private
sector entity to re-develop Okee-Tantie into
a destination point to attract visitors to our
County which would assist the vitality of our
HOOVER: Okee-Tantie is a "diamond in
the rough." As we all know, the park received
extensive damage from the hurricanes a few
years ago. Unfortunately, the monies have
not been available to get the facilities back
up to 100 percent. I definitely believe in the
redevelopment of the park including design-
ing the camp sites to handle larger RVs and
campers that visitors are looking for today.
We currently are working through the grant
process for construction of additional boat
slips and dock as well as funds to upgrade
the utilities for the discussed campsites.
Are you in favor of impact fees? Why
or why not?
BURROUGHS: I would be in favor of
suspending impact fees for one year. Many
counties in the state have taken the stance of
suspending impact fees for one year to spur
their respective local economies. Addition-
ally, during the suspension, I would recom-
mend the County staff review the impact fee
capital improvement plan and modify it so it
can be achieved.
HOOVER: At the time the current im-
pact fee system was passed the county was
under, tremendous pressure to keep up with
the infrastructure demands required for all
of the developments, which were proposed.
The impact fee structure would require de-
velopers to contribute to the cost of schools,
roads, public safety, parks, etc. If not for
impact fees, the cost of these infrastructure
improvement would have to be absorbed by
the existing taxpayers. Now that the building
boom has crashed, I believe that we need to
re-examine the impact fee structure and de-
termine if the existing system and goals are
still relevant and/or feasible.
For more questions and answers see
the Wednesday Okeechobee News.
Continued From Pagfe 1
to cast my vote to balance the budget by de-
creasing spending while trying to maintain
an acceptable level of service to the Citizens
of Okeechobee County.
There has been much discussion on
the newszap.com forum about what
some perceive as a "top heavy" coun-
ty government with a county adminis-
trator, two assistant administrators
and assistants to the assistants. Do
you think the county staff is top heavy?
What changes, ifany, would you like to
make to the county administration?
BURROUGHS: Every crisis provides rare
opportunities to re-evaluate the way an or-
ganization functions. From my observation
and involvement over the past several years,
I see numerous opportunities to restructure
county government to work more cost ef-
fectively and efficiently, particularly where
it interfaces directly with the business com-
munity and citizens. Some departments
have become intensely cumbersome and
frustrating for users while others are models
of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. I would
recommend to the County Administrator to
streamline and consolidate the county man-
agement staffing model to maximize the
effectiveness and efficiency of the organiza-
HOOVER: If the responsibilities of the
positions were more clearly outlined I think
it would be much more understandable. I
would like to see the Administrator rework
the job descriptions and possibly the posi-
tion titles to more accurately define the du-
ties of his staff. For example, one of his dep-
uties handles budgeting, in house finance;
grant administration, and oversight of senior
services and veteran services. Many counties
have three department heads for the duties
of this one person. If the position were more
aptly named and defined it would be not be
quite so confusing.
Okeechobee County is struggling
with a high unemployment rate. What
ideas do you popose to stimulate the
BURROUGHS: Okeechobee County's
economic picture has been based on con-
struction, tourism and agriculture, is cyclical
and susceptible to severe economic fluc-
tuations. With a few notable exceptions,
free market forces have not substantially
changed the dynamics of our economy.
The economic recession has provided the
opportunity to transform our economy into
one that is more diversified and resilient for
Creating a friendly atmosphere for people
to do business in our community will assist
in attracting new businesses as well as as-
sisting local businesses to expand.
Provide tax incentives tied to amount of
capital improvement investment or job cre-
ation above the current median salary ley-
Initiate a rapid building permit process.
HOOVER: I think th~e county has and
will continue to play a role in the promotion
of jobs for our citizens. Several years ago
the county partnered with Royal Concrete in
the procurement of grants that enabled the
construction of a rail spur and transportation
Blood donation drive this
weekend at Ag Center
As you head for the Ag Center to enjoy the
Rodeo, stop by the Big Red Bus to donate
elod lp rto tim youmdona th, eo culd
since blood donations are broken down
into blood products. The bus will be at the
nnrac alm 0 am 3a 6.m. bo Souo
donated on the Big Red Bus directly benefits
Moose #1753 holds luau
The Loyal Order of Moose #1753, at 159
Lu u Pry,S n Sndy dSMp y. THaewpanan
starts art p~m wrthdd nne rbei served a
ship drive, so bring a friend. Music provided
by Phil Eddings.
American Legion Post 64 will host open
mic karaoke Sunday, Sept. 5, 3-6 p.m. Bring
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.
Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
obitsenewszap.com. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
Susan Hulme, 57
OKEECHOBEE -Susan Hulme, 57, died Sept.
1, 2010 in Okeechobee.
Mrs. Hulme was born in Long Branch, N.J.,
and moved to Okeechobee 7 years ago coming
from Ft. Pierce.
She was a mem-
ber of Ft. Drum a
Com m uni t y
worked for the St.
School Board as a
Bus Driver for over
Survivors include a
her daughters, Jill a
Arnold of Ft. Pierce,
tie Hudson of Okeechobee; sister, Theo-
dora Runyon of Vero Beach; brothers, Alan
Hulme of Tennessee and Richard Hulme of
New York; four grandchildren, Erin Hudson,
Blair Arnold, Bailey Stuhr and Hayley Arnold.
She was preceded in death by her parents,
Theodore and Jennie Hulme.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Susan G. Komen Foundation, Attn: Donor Ser-
vices, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 7,
210,mat tto ai 1a.m irth a er ice ro fow a
low at White City Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hais-
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September 5. 2010
Red Cross Sept. Health
and Safety ClasseS
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lbowing Health & Safety classes in Septem-
*Tuesday, Sept. 7-Infant/Child CPR/AED
at 6 p.m.
pn.Thursday, Sept. 16-First Aid Basics at 6
*Monday, Sept. 20-Adult CPR/AED at 6
All classes are held at their Service Cen-
ter, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-763-2488.
Moose Lodge hosts meatloaf
dinner night on Sept. 9
The Buck Head Moose Lodge will host
meu dil 11 Inre tetloaf s llpod ep ae
toes, vegetable, cucumber salad, homemade
Key Lime pie. Donation is $7 for members
and guests. For more information, please
Hospice to hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee at 411 S.E. 4th
Street, is holding its yard sale on Thursday,
Sept. 9 and Friday, Sept. 10 from 8 a.m. until
noon. Hospice yard sales feature great deals
on clothing and furniture. Out Country Store
is full of many new items. We have lots of
school clothes and back to school items.
Funds raised will benefit patient care, includ-
ing services at the Hamrick Home. We also
accept donated items weekdays between 8
a.m. and 1 p.m. For information, call 863-
VNA holding free memory
On Friday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m.-2:30
p.m. the Okeechobee Visiting Nurse Asso-
ciation, at 208 S.E. Park St., will hold a FREE
memory loss screening sponsored by the
Alzheimer's Association. An appointment
is needed for this screening. Screenings are
for anyone--any age-concerned about
memory loss. Screenings will be conducted
by staff from St. Mary's Memory Disorder
Center. Results are immediate. For more in-
formation and to make your appointment
contact Donna True, licensed clinical social
worker, at 1-800-861-7826 Ext. 501.
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Shared Services meeting set
The Executive Roundtable of the Shared
Services Network of Okeechobee County
will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30
p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, in the board room
of the Okeechobee County School Board Of-
fice. The public is invited. For more informa-
tion, please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-
5000 ext 257.
Heatheote Botanical GardenS
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GarFs admission!f eeaa notsesiBotani a
Sept. 10, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Come visit
the Green Heart of the Treasure Coast!
Heathcote Botanical Gardens, 210 Savannah
Road. 772-464-4672. www.heathcotebotani-
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 dates: 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.
Women of the Moose hold
prime rib dinner
The Buckhead Ridge women of the
Moose will hold a prime rib dinner on Sat-
urday, Sept. I 1. We invite all members and
qualified guests to an evening of fun and
fellowship. There will be a prime rib din-
p~. I loinbydlInnr ee )omn wilha
a cake wheel, an auction of donated items
and other activities with the proceeds going
to Mooseheart/Moosebaven and local com-
munity charities. For information call Mal-
inda, 317-340-6955 (cell).
OKMS announces date
change for 1Mixer event
Okeechobee Main Street's September
Mixer will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14,
from 5-7 p.m. This month's mixer will be
hosted by Nurse On Call located at 413 South
Parrott Avenue. Everyone is invited to attend
Okeechobee Main Street Mixers, mixers are
a great networking opportunity for the busi-
nesses and residents of our area. Please join
us for networking, refreshments, door prizes
and a chance at the Mega 50-50. For more
information call 863-357-MAIN (6246).
ClRSS o '81 holds reunion
The Okeechobee High School Class of
1981 will hold a reunion on Oct. I and 2.
For more information, call Beth at 863-467-
Low cost pet vaccination and microchip clinic planned |1 1
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September 5, 2010
The Humane Society Pet Rescue, 1203
U.S. Highway 98, (just north of the Okeecho-
bee Livestock Market) will host a clinic for
microchips and vaccinations on Sept. 18,
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The "Home Again"
microchip will be available for $35 and will
include a one-year enrollment. Rabies vac-
cinations will be $10. Call for other vaccina-
tion prices. Appointments are available and
walk-ins will also be accepted. Call 863-357-
1104 for information. There will only be a
limited number of microchips available for
walk-ins so appointments are encouraged.
Payment must be by cash or check (no cred-
it cards). The Humane Society also accepts
donations to help fund the no-kill shelter.
Donations may be mailed to: Humane So-
ciety Pet Rescue, PO BOX 233 Okeechobee,
Those who bring pets to the clinic must
leash all canines and crate all felines.
Please do not bring sick pets to the Hu-
mane Society. The clinic is for routine vac-
cination shots only.
For more information about the Humane
Society Pet Rescue online go to http://www.
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By Charles M. Murphy
A school bus from Everglades Elementary
School was involved in a rear end collision
at the CSX railroad tracks on S.E. 40th Blvd
Okeechobee Schools Transportation Direc
tor Louise Piper said none of the 27 students
were injured in the accident. The bus driver
Linda Heater also escaped injury.
The School Administration responded to
the scene. A spare bus was used to bring the
kids home. School Administrators followed the
bus home to explain why the bus was late in
delivering their children home. If any parent
had questions the Principal was there to an
Ms. Piper said the driver of the other ve-
hicle, Fern Schara, 64, reportedly told depu-
ties that she saw the bus stop and attempted
to stop her vehicle but her brakes didn't work.
A van involved in a collision also involv-
ing a school bus. The crash occurred
at the railroad tracks on S.E. 40th Blvd.
on Wednesday afternoon. No children
were injured in the incident.
She was cited by the Sheriffs Department for a
traffic violation. The estimate of damage to Ms.
Schara's vehicle was $3,000.
The bus didn't suffer any damage in the ac-
cident, Ms. Piper added.
By Pete Gawda
The Okeechobee County Construction
Licensing Board is scheduled to take action
against two individuals that the building of
ficials claim were doing construction work
without the proper license.
As the result of an investigation, building of
ficial Tim English stated that Kevin Evans had
done work including framing walls, flooring,
plumbing, installation of a kitchen sink, elec-
tnical wiring, deck construction and window
installation. Mr. Evans further stated that no
permits were issued for this work and that Mr.
Evans does not currently hold any licenses as a
contractor. Mr. English said that Mr. Evans had
magnetic signs on his car advertising himself
as a handyman. As a result Mr. English issued a
stop work order.
Mr. Evans is charged with engaging in con-
tracting work without the proper license, dis-
regarding building codes, and not having the
In the oth-
er item on the
La Lnd t l
ing, has been
If you go ..
What: Okeechobee Coun-
ty Construction Industry
Licensing Board Meeting
When: 3:30 p.m., Tuesday,
Where: Okeechobee Cty.
Health Department Audito-
rium, 1700 N.W. Ninth Ave
miscellaneous work which requires a contrac-
tor license. A complainant stated that Mrs. Law
is attempting to continue her deceased hus-
band's former business. Mrs. Law is charged
with doing contractor work without a license,
not displaying license numbers on permit ap-
plications and advertisements, violating build-
ing codes and not obtaining the proper per-
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be
reached at pgawdaenewszap.com.
Construction board to act on two cases
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September 5, 2010
By Charles M. Murphy
Stingy and opportunistic defense pro-
pelled the Okeechobee junior varsity foot-
ball tearn to an 8-2 win over Clewiston in
their hom 1pdne opn ITh~urs ay ni igfeld
with a 40 yard touchdown pass and Jarnes
Marcurn ran in a two-point conversion for
the only offensive points of the garne for
Okeechobee in the third quarter.
Coach Daron Washington said he knew
his defense was strong and filled with good
players this year, "It was good. We had good
coaching and the defensive guys were in
the right place. They tackled and played as
a teani and when you do that things turn out
Okeechobee also had two interceptions
in the red zone when the Tigers threatened
to score. Jose Leon picked off a pass in the
second quarter while Alec Ernronds added
anine c pon in the thrd qu rtrs dJa n
"The defense was the MVP tonight,"
Coach Washington said, "No individual
stood out but they played a tearn garne and
did a good job."
Clewiston's only points came on a
botched center snap on an Okeechobee in
the second quarter. .
The Tigers spent most of the first half in
Okeechobee's side of the field. Wingfield
made a saving tackle on a running play to
stop a Tiger score in the first quarter. Clewis-
ton reached the Brahman six yard line be-
fore they were stopped on downs.
The Tigers reached the Brahman four
yard line on their next drive but Leon picked
off a pass at the goal line to end that drive.
Ernronds picked off a pass on the first
Tiger drive in the second half and Fonseca
recovered a furnble on the next Tiger dnive
to keep their offense scoreless.
Okeechobee' scoring drive covered 66
yards in three plays. Eddie Neal ran for 12
yards and a 15 yard personal foul penalty put
Okeechobee at the Tiger 40. On the next play
Neal threw a post pattern pass to Wingfield
who got behind the corner back and made a
leaping grab falling into the end zone.
"Coach told me to lay it out there and
Zach ran it down. It was tough to move
the ball tonight," Neal said, "Clewiston had
sorne big linernen and they were corning af-
ter me. I had to do something to help the
tearn win the garne."
James Marcurn had 22 carries for 100
yards. Marshall Tornrie had a force fumble,
and a 15 yard reception for Okeechobee.
George Tillrnan led the defense with four
tackles. Several defenders made three tack-
There was a huge crowd of supporters
for the Okeechobee junior varsity.
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Suits said the District strives to encourage
kids to challenge themselves with tougher
courses. Many of the lower scoring students
who take the ACT and do well are often en-
couraged to attend college.
"We are not unhappy with the results. Our
scores tend to be stable with the state scores,"
she added. In the past, many students doubt-
ed they could be successful in college. When
they take the ACT and do well that shows
them they are competitive with college stu-
dents and can do college course work. She
said this is very beneficial to OHS students.
Suits noted students that take tougher
courses do better on the ACT and other tests.
For example students who take a minimum of
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and geometry, typically
achieve high ACT math scores that students
who take less than three years of mathemat-
Students who took biology and chemistry
in combination with physics typically achieve
higher ACT science scores than students who
take less than three years of science.
In November the school system will re-
ceive a report on the numb er of students from
Okeechobee who attend college. Suits said
she is confident that the numbers will contin-
ue to increase. She noted that during times of
economic trouble college enrollments usually
increase. Many recent graduates who can't
find work go to college to improve skills. Older
residents who have been laid off or otherwise
lost a job, often go to college for retraining in
One area of work on the ACT will be sci-
ence. The ACT score dropped from a high
of 19.6 in 2006 to 18.1 in 2010. The score
dropped from 18.7 in 2009 to last years 18.1.
Scores in the state went up in science.
"Were really encouraged overall," Suits
noted, "The number of students that took the
ACT in 2010 increased by 40 and the compos-
ite only fell 2-tenths of a point. I feel that is
pretty good and we're encouraged."
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee student scores on the ACT
continued to drop in 2009 but officials said
more and more kids are taking the test and
that more Okeechobee students are prepared
to challenge college course work.
Director of Accountability and Assessment
Sharon Suits said 174 students took the ACT
last year which compared to only 86 students
in 2006. She said the test is not just used for
college placement but also can help that stu-
dent graduate from high school.
State law allows students who fail the FCAT
exam three times to take the ACT or SAT to
graduate. If they reach a certain score on the
ACT, they can graduate with their class. Suits
said that has encouraged more and more stu-
dents to take the exam in recent years. She
noted she wonders why kids can pass other
national standard tests and not the FCAT. She
said a large percentage of the students who
take the ACT test to graduate do pass the test.
"They have actually been more success-
ful than I thought," she added, "This reflects
the work being done at the high school to get
them into upper level classes. It shows them
that they can be successful in college."
Okeechobee's scores declined slightly in
English, mathematics, reading, and in the
composite score last year. The scores de-
clined sharply in science. The state scores also
dropped slightly in English, and reading.
"When you have more students take the
test, it is natural to assume that the average
will come down," Suits added.
Army Pvt. David A. Hare graduated from
the Multiple Launch Rocket System Opera-
tions/Fire Direction Specialist Advanced In-
dividual Training (AIT) course at Fort Sill,
The course is designed to train the stu-
dents on how to record and transmit firing
data, operate fire direction systems and mul-
tiple launch rocket system communication
They also learn to gather operations and
intelligence data, and plot that data using
charts, maps and records. They learn to
drive specialized vehicles, maintain and use
generators, and install and maintain a wide
range of communications equipment.
He is the son of Brian D. Hare of S.E.
Serenata Court, Port St. Lucie, and Dawn E.
Sewell of Okeechobee. The private is a 2006
graduate of Fort Pierce Central High School.
ACT test score averages drop as more students take test
14 Okeechobee News September 5, 2010
The Treasure Traders Buying Event isin Okeechobee
Hidden cash in your atric? This week visitors can CASH in on gold, silver, antiques, and collectibles.
Any and all silver coins made before 19)65. All silver and gold coins,
half dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. We will look at all "u
Pre-1965 coins in any condition.
* God, Silver& Jewelry *o
Prices are at a 40 year high for gold, silver, platinum, coins, gold bars, *
jewelry, dental gold, precious stones, estate jewelry, etc.
* Watches & Pocket Watches
Rolex, Omega, Ebel, Patek Phillippe, Vintage Swatch, Elgin, Tiffaniy,
Chopard, Waltham, Bunn Special, Illinois, Hamilton, Railroad and others I c~
* Musical Instruments
Guitars such as Gibson, Fender, Martin, Gretsch and Dobro, Mandolinls, CO C
Violins, Brass Instruments, Vintage Amplifiers. 197% Bg ok
* Toys & Comic Books Plainum Age (1897-1937)
Vintage cmics before 1970, all toysbeo 1965including HotWheels, idenAge(1138-955) )
Tonka, Buddy L, Wind-up, Robots, Hafner, Lionel, Marklin, American
Flyer, Barbies, GI Joe, Shirley Temple, and many others
* Military Items
Civil War, Revolutionary War, WWI, WWII, Swords, Medals, Geat,
Badges, Knives, and Glothes
* Advertising Items
Metal & Porcelain Signs, Beer & Liquor Makers, Automobile, Gas & Oil
Folks Are Cashing in on the Current
/II Gold and Silver Rush
In today's economy, with real estate val-
~ll()c~ ues in the gutter and the value of a dollar
being so hard to come by, people are
e~L~~A ~ U searching dresser drawers, jewelry boxes,
lock boxes, attics and even garages for
forgotten, never-used jewelry, silver sets,
even dental gold.
People are coming in droves to the
Treasure Traders clutching boxes over-
flowing with school rings, broken jewelry,
vintage watches, not to mention silver
coins that they've had laying around for
years. With gold and silver trading at near
40 year highs, ordinary folks are reaping
the benefits of the gold and silver fever
that is running rampant.
Whether you have a few pieces of gold,
a collection of sterling silver or coins, you
should visit the Treasure Traders buying
event. It's fun, informative and could put
money in your pocket.
The Treasure Traders Buying
Show, a Central Florida vintage
collectibles company, is in
Okeechobee at the Holiday Inn
Express on US HWY 441 to
make offers for purchase on your
gold and sterling silver jewelry
and flatware, unmatched and bro-
ken jewehry, old watches, pocket
watches, sports memorabilia, his-
torical relics, old musical instru-
ments such as guitars and man-
dolins, old advertising signs, old
silver money and tintype pictures.
These are a few of the hun-
dreds of items that they will
make you an offer on. The
Treasure Traders will find a new
home for your old stuff and you'll
make money in the process.
The fast-paced and ever-
changing collectibles market is
alive and well for the right
items. The Treasure Traders has
direct connections to collectors
nationwide as well as knowl-
edge of what collectors are pay-
ing and will make you a cash
offer on the spot.
U.S. coins pre-1965 are very
sought after by collectors right
now due to their 90% silver con-
tent and bring top dollar in
today's market. Some coins have
even more value due to certain
characteristics. Our experts can
evaluate them and offer the best
prices due to our contacts in the
marketplace. Because gold is at
an all-time high, gold coins of all
types are bringing the highest
prices ever and people are choos-
ing to cash them in while the
market is still at the top.
All it takes to participate in
this event is to bring in anything
you have which you feel may
have value and we'll do the rest.
Once you have an estimate of
the going rate of that item in
today's market, you can opt to
sell it for cash or take it home for
safekeeping. If you accept our
offer, you will leave with cash.
And, at the very least, you will
leave with the knowledge of
what your treasure may be
worth in today's market.
Don't second-guess what The
Treasure Tr-aders may be interest-
ed in. They are buying way more
than just precious metals and
coins. They are constantly in con-
tact with sports collectors who
deal in everything from game-
worn jerseys to old World Series
tickets. They are on a first-name
basis with one of the nation's
leading vintage guitar experts.
At a recent show, a lady strug-
gling to make ends meet, was
thrilled to find out that her old
scrap jewelry was worth $425.
The next day she brought in her
husband's old Gibson guitar and
was delighted with the offer she
was made. She traded it for close
to a thousand dollars.
The friendly staff have the
expertise and the resources to get
the best price for your items. If
they can't do that, then they'll
suggest where you can go to fur-
ther research your item or sug-
gest that you hold on to it until
the market for that piece is better.
Make plans to attend the show.
If you have a large collection or
estate, the Treasure Traders can
arrange a special appointment
for a one on one evaluation at the
show. If that's the case, please
call us at 386-837-6112 to get
The Treasure Traders will be at
the Holiday Inn Express
Wednesday through Saturday
They will be in town giving
appraisals, making offers and
A recent visitor to the show is
thrilled to leave with over $1750.
EShwm T~inmll~esWednesday 12
Thursday Fridayw a 6I
Saturday 9a 2p
Don't Miss Your Chance to Cash in. The
TWeasure Wtaders are paying Top Dollar
for the following types of items.
Everyone from Florida who joins the Arbor
Day Foundation in September will receive 10
free live oak trees as part of the Foundation's
Trees for America campaign.
Trees for America is a program of the Ar-
bor Day Foundation that encourages anyone
to help the environment by planting trees. The
Arbor Day Foundation is the largest nonprofit
organization in the United States dedicated to
"Live oak trees are fast-growing trees, and
those who plant them will enjoy their shade
and splendor for years and years to come,"
said John Roseno~w, chief executive of the
Arbor Day Foundation. "These trees will also
add to the proud heritage of Florida's 145
Tree City USA communities. For 34 years, Tree
City USA has supported community forestry
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change for Mixer event
Okeechobee Main Street's September
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hosted by Nurse On Call located at 413
South Parrott Avenue. Everyone is invited
to attend Okeechobee Main Street Mix-
ers, mixers are a great networking oppor-
tunity for the businesses and residents of
our area. Please join us for networking'
refreshments, door prizes and a chance
at the Mega 50-50. For more information
call 863-357-MAIN (6246).
across Florida, and planting these live oaks
will enhance this tree-planting tradition."
The trees will be shipped postpaid be-
tween Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, at the right time
for planting. The 6-12 inch trees are guaran-
teed to grow or they will be replaced free of
charge. Planting instructions are enclosed
with each shipment of trees.
New members of the Arbor Day Founda-
tion also receive The Tree Book, which in-
cludes information about tree planting and
To receive 10 free live oak trees, send a $10
membership contribution to Ten Live Oaks,
Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Ne-
braska City, NE 68410, by Sept. 30, 2010, or
j oin online at www. arb orday org/s eptemb er.
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By Charles M. Murphy
Richard Donegan shot an even par 36 to
lead Okeechobee to a victory in a tri-match
With Treasure Coast and John Carroll on
Thursday at the Okeechobee Golf and Coun-
Tyler Finney Shot 40, Tim Gray 41, and
Danny Busbin 43 to lead Okeechobee to
their third win of the year. David Torres led
JOhn Carroll with aone over par 37.
Okeechobee will host Fort Pierce West-
Wood next Tuesday at the OG and CC at3:30
Coach Kenny Buckner said he attempted
to play some of the younger players to get
them some experience. He said the veteran
Donegan had a wonderful round. Other
than some bad luck with a divot, Donegan
hit three birdies and could have easily shot
Cutter Crawford and Mike Watson also
shot 43 in the match.
"I was pleased overall. I'd like some of
the older guys to shoot better scores. I think
we'll be working on that in the next few
Weeks," he added.
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Senior Tim Gray lines up on the fourth
tee during Thursday's boys golf match
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Richard Donegan had three birdies
during his round Thursday.
Many Florida boaters know the impor-
tance of wearing a life jacket and abiding by
the navigation rules. However, the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) emphasizes the importance of mak-
ing safe, smart decisions when out of the
boat as well.
"When people enter the water, they put
themselves at risk," said Capt. Carol Keyser
of the FWC's Boating and Waterways Sec-
tion. "Swimming, diving, tubing and other
activities in the water can be fun, but need
to be done safely."
FWC statistics show the current number
of boating accidents this year is 50, up four
from this time last year. And, a recent alarm-
ing trend is reflected in those statistics.
"In the past three months, there have
been three drownings that occurred when
people jumped into the water off of moving
boats," Keyser said. "Jumping off a moving
vessel and into the water is not like jump-
ing into a pool," she added. "There often are
dangers hidden under the surface of the wa-
ter or the water may be shallower or deeper
Boaters may overestimate their swim-
ming abilities and may find it difficult to get
back onboard a vessel from the water. An-
other danger comes when they attempt to
swim or dive in high-traffic areas.
"Boaters should know their surround-
ings before getting in the water," Keyser
said. "They should exit the boat slowly and
make sure there are no dangerous objects
or boats nearby."
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for law enforcement, is suspected to have
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gorgeous country. God has definitely shined
His grace on us. There are people all across
this country that don't get the credit or the
attention that they deserve. All across this
country is an army of little saints," he said.
The tearn ranges in age from 24 to 63 and
corne from a variety of professions which
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and photographers. They have averaged 50
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Fr. Ruhl said he hopes Cycling for Change
will have an impact. "I hope it has a snow-
ball affect. We have hit millions of people
through radio and television interviews,
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our job. We have been faithful to the job and
now it is in God's hands. We did the best to
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September 5, 2010
By Charles M. Murphy
A tearn of 12 cyclists traveled to Glades
County last week to promote efforts to help
solve poverty in America.
Fr. Matthew Ruhl from Kansas City, Mo.
will travel 5,000 miles in 100 days across
America with the Cycling for Change tean.
The tearn visited Moore Haven last Friday
and spent the night in Clewiston. The trip
was expected to end in Key West.
Fr. Ruhl said the goal is to raise awareness
about the depth of poverty in this nation and
to point to sorne of the solutions. He said he
thinks the effort has worked.
"I've been remarkably inspired by this
nation and its people. There are a lot of
people who do a lot of super work. The big-
gest nernory I will have from this trip is the
number of tremendous human beings here
who work so hard to feed the hungry, visit
the sick, clothe the naked, and push for pro-
grams," he said.
The trek began in Cape Flattery, Wash. on
Memorial Day. Since that time the tearn has
travelled over mountains, river valleys and
through a number of small cornrunities.
Fr. Ruhl said he is quite gratified at how well
things have gone.
"The Catholic Charity poverty campaign
hopes to cut poverty in half by the year 2020.
That is an audacious goal. I figured I would
jump on that and have a tearn of riders go
across the country. I sold then on the idea
and here we are," he added.
Fr. Ruhl said biking through Florida has
not been as hot and grueling as other parts
of the country. He said the hottest conditions
he faced were in Srnith Center, Kansas and
Memphis, Tenn. He said the Florida section
hasn't been that bad thanks to afternoon
Fr. Ruhl said he renernbers Glades Coun-
ty as a lovely area and that the people were
very friendly and helpful. "It was flat and flat
is good. The weather was great."
He said he now realizes how beautiful
the landscapes of America are. He said the
Grand Tetons in Wyoming were spectacular
and that the beaches and oceans in Florida
have also been breathtaking.
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By Charles M. Murphy
Adrian Banda and Danielle Racine are ex-
pected to be senior leaders for the Okeecho-
bee High School Brahman bowling tearns
Banda and Racine have taken different
paths to the tearn. Banda missed last year
while Racine has stuck with bowling for the
past four years.
Banda has a lot of talent as he carries a
200 average onto the tearn. He said he works
hard to maintain his average.
"I'rn very positive about my senior year.
I'rn pretty sure we will find sorne talent on
this tearn," he said.
Racine has also devoted herself to bowl-
ing this year. She played every Tuesday and
Thursday during the off season to improve
her average. She began last year with an av-
erage around 130. Now her average is 160
"I think Iny bowling garne has improved
a lot," she noted, "I'rn still improving and I
just hope my senior year goes smoothly and
I can have the most fun I can and live it up.
You are only a senior in high school once in
Both bowlers also take the role of tearn
leader seriously. Banda said although he
missed a year and doesn't know his tean-
mates that well, he can be a leader. "I can
handle that. I will be positive about every-
thing. I won't let the tearn get down after a
Racine said she too will push the other
girls to get better and take the sport serious-
ly, "If I becorne tearn Captain my number
one job is to make sure everything is taken
care of. I plan on helping the tearn as much
Banda said motivation has not been a
problem for him. He said heis very cornpeti-
tive with himself and wants to improve his
score every time he bowls. He said when he
picked up a ball at the age of seven he was
not very good. He said he didn't take the
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sport seriously as a kid, but is now very seri-
ous about the sport. "I've very competitive
with myself and I encourage kids to corne
out and try out for the tearn."
Racine said her first nernory about bowl-
ing still burns in her mind. She was five or
six when she went to a state bowling meet
out of town. She said it was a big thing for
her and she will always renernber it. She
said she has been hooked on bowling for
"It is not as competitive as the other
sports. We are all friends with the other
tearns. It is really nice to go somewhere
and bowl against people you enjoy being
around," she added. "I think our tearn will
be a lot better this year. This year should be
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