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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Each
month we will be
featuring an un-
solved case in which
local investigators
are seeking the com-
munity's help to re-
solve the cold case,
and provide closure CO
'?erse chis mntram'
case deals with the
199o dia earance
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office Detective M.D. Faulkner
studied the computer screen in
front of him without speaking-
quiel hiouning ddh lepp as f r
Robin Flynn.


was 32 years old when she was
last seen by witnesses on Dec. 19,
1998. She stood 5-foot-4, weighed
120 pounds, and had
brown hair and green
eyes. Detective Faulkner
said she was single and
her a~d~dress at thehtime
The original incident
report by O SdOsDe udy
Ms. Flynn as 'an en-

danhe as hub a num-
ber of tattoos, said the
detective, that includ-
ed: the letters R.A. and a rose on
her upper left arm; the word, Rose,
on the inside of her left arm; and,
a unicorn head on the left side of
her back with the names William,
Christopher, Sara and Elizabeth un-
der it.
Statements made by a family
member in the Dec. 29, 1998, edi-
tion of the Okeechobee News said
she had some medical problems
that could cause her to be con-
fused, and that she was scheduled
to undergo surgery.
That family member went on
to say that she did not have her


"We've had
a series of leads
but they wen'
nowhere he
said with a sigh.
"There were
leads that led to
other states, but
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Ms. Fynn


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Andrew Holmes tied for fifth place in bull riding in the first
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high school rodeo results, see Page 11.


Robin Flynn
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The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
is disclosing this information to the public
in order to enhance public safety, aware-
ness and protection. This information is not
intended to increase fear; rather it is this
agency's belief that an informed public is
a safer public. This bulletin should be used
only for information purposes. Citizen abuse
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male, DOB Aug. 15, 1966,
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settl::ve"st 'Leitner
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COrredtiOH ...

The headline on the bank robbery story
in the Friday edition of the Okeechobee
News incorrectly identified the detective
as part of the OCSO (Okeechobee County
Sheriff 's Office.) It should have been OCPD
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lation of probation child abuse. He is being
held without bond.
*Juan Tapia, 33, was arrested Sept. 9
by Deputy Greg Popovich on Okeechobee
County warrants charging him with failure
to appear -grand theft and failure to appear
-for fine extension. He is being held without
bond.
*Juanita G. Rodriguez, 22, S.E. Fifth St.,
O~keech dbra as anresed Sp 9nb Dreput%
failure to appear felony battery. She is be-
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driguez was arrested on a second warrant
charging her with misdemeanor battery. Her
bond on that charge was set at $3,500.
This column lists arrests and not con-
oictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone
listed here who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed and printed.


September 12, 2010


Okeechobee News


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).
*Charles Suarez Jr., 22, N.W Brinkerhoff
Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 9 by
CD put arPo oihn on an Okeeheoh e
of probation possession of a controlled
substance. He is being held without bond
on that charge. Suarez was later arrested by
Deputy Lieutenant Keith Murrish on a war-
rant charging him with violation of proba-
tion giving a false name or identification
while arrested and violation of probation -
driving while license suspended. He is being
held without bond on those charges also.
*William Glaude, 23, was arrested Sept.
9 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeecho-


The following people are among Okeecho-
bee's Most Wanted persons. There are active
warrants for each of them.
The criteria for making
Okeechobee's Most Wanted
top five is based on the sever-
ity of the crime in conjunction
with the age of the warrant.
If you have any informa-
tion on the whereabouts of
any of Okeechobee's Most
Wanted you can call the Trea- Oscar
sureOCo~ast C1me St ppers at Martinez
call Treasure Coast Crimes Stoppers, you have
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also receive a reward if the information results
in an arrest.
Oscar Martinez, H/M, DOB 9/21/1988,
Brown eyes/brown hair, 5'9", 170 lbs., Home
Invasion Robbery W/Firearm, tattoo left arm
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Okeechobee News
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been charged with burglary and
grand theft after a number of
items that had reportedly been
stolen were allegedly found in
the back of his pickup.
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Okeechobee County Jail where he is being
held on $5,000 bond.
Deputy Anthony Kibler of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) stated in
his report that several of the items reportedly
stolen from a man's shop were found in Howl-
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along with a front and rear end from a motor
vehicle.
According to the deputy's report, other
items reportedly taken from the shop included
several car motors and a drum full of horse-
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Public Forum/Speak Out


Reflections from the pulpit


good example; He is THE example and the
One who came into my life in such a way
that He changed everything!
If Jesus Christ came to serve, should we
do less? For starters, you may want to look
at your church. Are there places that you
can serve? Do you want to become great?
Do you want to help build the community of
Okeechobee?
Find an open spot and fill it. The result
will be personal joy and satisfaction. And the
community of Okeechobee will be strength-
ened.


O keechobee

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Today: A 30 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms after noon. Partly cloudy,
with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming
east between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Most-
ly cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind
around 5 mph becoming calm.

Extended Forecast
Monday: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly
cloudy, with a high near 91. Calm wind be-
coming east between 5 and 10 mph.
Monday night: A 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 72. East wind around 5
mph becoming calm.
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of show-
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a high near 92. Calm wind becoming east
between 5 and 10 mph.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010


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

Money owed to the courtS
*Has anyone else gotten anything in the
mail about owing money to the courthouse?
I am curious because my husband got one of
these letters in the mail from a case in 1997...
and another friend of mine got a letter about
owing money from a case in 1992... uhhhhh,
1992? Are you serious? I understand that the
county (and everyone else for that matter) is
hurting for money... but this is ridiculous in
my opinion. Aside from that, do they even
let you OFF probation when you still owe
money? Is there a statute of limitations on
this? I think that this is ridiculous. If you do
the math, on my husband's case, this was
suppose to have been from 1997, that is 13
years. In my friend's case from 1992, that's
18 years. In these cases, these folks were
kids themselves, and now they HAVE kids
of their own to take care of) what the heck,
and where is all this coming from.
*Looks like non-payment could be seen
as contempt of court.

County budget
*I agree with those who say we need to
streamline the county government. We have
too many supervisors and not enough work-
ers. We don't need so many managers.
*Okeechobee County spending has
been out of hand for many years. But only
recently have the voters-taxpayers-really
started paying attention and complaining.
It was too easy to just let the county com-
mis ion rs asnd th c0nst ttina soesicer pdo

didn't complain because they were afraid of
retaliation against them or against their fam-
ily members. Since most of the money goes
for salaries, it seems we have let the county
hire more employees and at higher salaries
than we, the people, can afford to keep. We
never should have let it get this bad. We ney-
er should have so blindly trusted the elected
officials because so many of them abused
their power. But we are all in this mess now
and we have to find ways to fix things.


*I would like to know how the county
government decides how much to pay the
staff. The median household income in
Okeechobee County, according to the cen-
sus, is around $35,000. That's household
income and it usually means more than one
person is working to contribute to that total.
So, how do they expect the taxpayers who
have so little money to begin with to pay
these high salaries with our tax dollars? If
you lost all of the county employees except
the ones who have to be certified, such as
firemen, deputies, certified public accoun-
tants, etc., and had to rehire for the rest,
you could probably get folks who would
be more than happy to have those jobs for
a lot less than we are spending now. Plus
there are probably a lot of jobs that could
be eliminated because we don't really need
that many people to do the work.
There are 67 counties and a boatload
of cities in this state. This is not a defense
for our current leaders. Google "Florida
Newspapers" and read about the budget
problems in other areas. If you have solu-
tions to these problems there are meetings
to bring forth your remedies. I know we
elected them and trusted them, but I believe
we are all in uncharted waters. How is your
long range financial plan working for you.
Not to be smart, it slapped me in the face a
while ago
*Almost every county and city in Florida
is in trouble financially. Every one of them
are scrambling to cut, cut, cut. Why? Could
it be that the federal government told the
banks to loan to people who obviously
could not afford a home? It was simple eco-
nomics that made home prices go up tre-
mendously. The situation heated up fast and
fell like a rock. A person should look at his
or her own financial house. The problem is
that we don't know what to do with our fi-
nances because we don't know what's com-
ing down the road. It may be fair to say that
MORE taxes are in order at all levels. That
is more than enough to get a person down
in the dumps. Our county administrator just
rubbed salt in our wound by requesting
around $45 of OUR TAX MONEY to dnive a
long way to eat a meal.
*You want to know what I don't under-
stand? When did it become okay for the gov-
ernment servant to make triple the wage of
the average citizen? The master (aka citizen)
has become the servant.


COmmunit -

a place to belong

By Rev. Jim E. Benton
Faith Farm Ministries

nat I olyenn oy eaaff 1 int Iof o ren se
and then seek the approval of our peers,
and then we meet that special someone to
whom our hearts we pledge. But what hap-
pens to an outsider when he tries to assimi-
late into a new community? What does he
experience?
As a newer member of the Okeechobee
community I have discovered a community
that is very warm and welcoming. People
in stores smile and nod, at restaurants most
everyone makes eye contact and attempts
some kind of greeting. But it wasn't until I
became a member of two very important
civic groups that I learned how wonderful
the citizens of Okeechobee really are.
Becoming proactive in my immersion
into the community was what really made
the difference. I first joined the local Rotary
Club and found that there are wonderful
ways this club serves the community, the
schools and even others outside of Florida.
(The club is assisting an orphanage and
school in Haiti.)
Then I joined the Okeechobee Ministerial
Association. The first day I attended a meet-
ing, I was made a member, (they needed a
quorum to conduct business). But the wel-
come was genuine and led to my further
involvement.
Because I was willing to serve, I discov-
ered two great groups who have a desire to
serve the community.
When Jesus came to the earth, He devel-
oped community with a small group of men.
He wanted them to understand community
in such a way that they would be able to du-
plicate it over and over again.
The first thing Jesus taught them was
service. In the gospel of Matthew, chapter
20, we read, "... whoever wants to become
great among you must be your servant, and
whoever wants to be first must be your
slave--just as the Son of Man did not come
to be served, but to serve, and to give his life
as a ransom for many."
Jesus came to the earth to serve. Many of
us believe that Christ Jesus is our example
that we are to follow. For me, He is not just a


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OPINION









Seniors earn scholarships at Okeechobee High School


Sheffield, David Luviano, Ximena San-
chez and Austin Willard with the Luvia-
no Construction Company, Inc. Schol-
arship on OHS Scholarship Night 2010
held May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall.


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September 12, 2010


Okeechobee News


Shannon Stripling presented Lisa Fo-
ley with the Lion's Club Johnny Mack
Kinsaul Memorial Scholarship on OHS
Scholarship Night 2010 held May 20 at
the OHS Lecture Hall.


Sgt. Whisenhunt presented Jesse
Pena, Dwayne Gilliland and Brandon
Hargrave with the U.S. Army College
Fund Scholarship on OHS Scholarship
Night 2010 held May 20 at the OHS
Lecture Hall


Virginia Bryant presented Maci Culli-
gan with the Trinity Valley Community
College /Rodeo Scholarship on OHS
Scholarship Night 2010 held May 20 at
the OHS Lecture Hall.


On May 20, 205 seniors received scholarships at the Okeechobee High School
Lecture Hall. Local scholarships received totalled $748,013. Cindy Fairtrace
and Jim Fowler presented Roxanne Sheffield, Kaley Dees, Kathleen Turner, Jus-
tin Hoover and Austin Willard with the Okeechobee County Board of Realtors
Scholarship.


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Christopher Martin, Alayda Velasquez
and Jonathon Crawford with the Luvia-
no Roofing Company, Inc. Scholarship
on OHS Scholarship Night 2010 held
May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall.


Sharon Vinson presented Austin Wil-
lard and Justin Conrad (not pictured)
with the State Farm Ins./ "Good Neigh-
bor" Scholarship on OHS Scholarship
Night 2010 held May 20 at the OHS
Lecture Hall.


newo very rauvermuu us. a-uwaru vywsopn anal r~oeuam presenrea Juatn
presented Laura Campos and Chris- Goins and Jeshua Power with the
topher Fowler with the Church of Our Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association
Saviour Scholarship on OHS Schol- Scholarship on OHS Scholarship Night
arship Night 2010 held May 20 at the 2010 held May 20 at the OHS Lecture
OHS Lecture Hall. Hall.


Toni Wiersma and Donald Jones pre-
sented Aaron Suarez, Amanda Frank-
lin, Christopher Fowler and Oscar
Garcia (not pictured) with the Mildred
Jones Memorial Scholarship on OHS
Scholarship Night 2010 held May 20 at
the OHS Lecture Hall.


Houston and Valerie McKee with the
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association
Scholarship on OHS Scholarship Night
2010 held May 20 at the OHS Lecture
Hall.


Dylan Tedders presented Cameron
Tewskbury (TCC) and Jonathon Craw-
ford (UF) with the Athletic/Baseball
Scholarship on OHS Scholarship Night
2010 held May 20 at the OHS Lecture
Hall.


Linda Syfrett and Dianne Spann pre-
sented Ana Baza-Urbina and Megan
Mullin with the Okeechobee County
Fair Scholarship on OHS Scholarship
Night 2010 held May 20 at the OHS
Lecture Hall.





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OCIA meeting to be held
There will be a meeting of the Okeecho-

heIA ono I onsB d So tasenot o pm.a
N.E. 16 Avenue. We are requesting that all
members attend. If there is anyone who is
interested in our association, and would like
to attend, we are always looking for new
members. Any questions, please contact
Rita Jones at 772-380-3518 or Bertha Bo-
swell 863-763-4823.

OKMS announces date

change for Mixer 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
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information call 863-357-MAIN (6246).

Senior/Parent Informational
Workshop at OHS
A special night has been scheduled for
the graduating class of 2011 and their par-
ents. All parents of seniors are urged to at-
tend on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. in the
Lecture Hall at Okeechobee High School.
Parents will be given information about
senior expenses, graduation requirements'
FCAT retakes, discussion of the college ad-
missions process, details about visiting col-
leges, work programs, information about
Florida Bright Futures Program, SAT/ACT
information, scholarship information, ques-
tions you should ask when visiting different
post-secondary institutions, and important
tips that parents and seniors need to know
to have a successful senior year and a suc-
cessful first year at a post-secondary insti-
tution. This is an excellent opportunity for
parents to ask questions that are pertinent
for all seniors. We are looking forward to
having seniors and their parents attend this
evening designed especially for them.

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.

Moose holds turkey dinner
The loyal Order of Moose, #1753, at 159
N.W 36th Street, will have a turkey dinner
on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 6-8 p.m.
Sponsored by the Sports Group, you are wel-
come to join us and bring a friend. Music to
follow, Karaoke, 7-10 p.m. For information,
call 863-634-8876.


Ladies auxiliary voting for
group's vice-president

like tao ivit~e al me r iyof th Axl ir rout
come to their general meeting on Thurs-
(lay, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. They are holding
openn nomn Itons voting fo rtdhe po10610n
2011 term. The meeting will take place at
9985 Hwy. 441 N.

VFW/A1MVETs host "Halfway
to St. Patrick's Day"
VFW Commander Gordon Bruens and
AMVET Commander Jack Krok announce a
celebration honoring disabled vets and fam-
11ies at the BHR post on Saturday, Sept.
18, at 1 p.m. The theme is "Halfway to St.
Patrick's Day" with a hot buffet served from
1-3:30 p.m. It will include potato soup, shep-
herd's pie, bangers, sausages, fresh ham'
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Free seminar planned
On Sept. 18, there will be a free seminar
held at First Baptist Church Fellowship hall
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This seminar will be
based on the book "The 5000 Year Leap"
How far from our Constitution are we today,
if at all? First Baptist Church is at 401 SW
Fourth Street, Okeechobee. Park in the park-
ing lot by the playground and there will be a
sign on the correct door. This seminar will
be taught by Pastor Bill Blomberg of Semi-
nole Bible Baptist, Brighton. This is spon-
sored by the Republican Party of Okeecho-
bee and all Americans are encouraged to
attend. For more information you can call
863-532-9623.

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and greet with guest
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son of Postcard Prayers: Journeys with God
around the Globe at First Baptist Church, 401
S.W Fourth St., Sunday, Sept. 19. Drop in
between 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship
Hall. Books and calendars will be available
for purchase with proceeds going toward
The World Race, a mission trip to serve and
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omy, SCORE, "Counselors to America's
Small Business," will be offering its Quick-
STARTTM series workshops to help current
business owners make better business de-
cisions and help those who want to own a
business in the future.
SCORE has partnered with Indian River
State College (IRSC) to offer this new se-
ries. The QuickSTARTTM series consists
of five three-hour sessions which include
personal mentoring. The first session is
free and will be offered at three different
locations from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Session 1 Start-up Basics Sept. 14
(IRSC Main Campus, Fort Pierce Bldg
E109)
Session 1 Start-up Basics Sept. 15
(lRSC Chastain Campus, Stuart Bldg.
Session 1 Start-up Basics Sept. 16
(IRSC Mueller Campus, Vero Beach Bldg.
B108)
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become better business owners by defin-
ing and evaluating ideas, developing a mar-
keting strategy, identifying the best ways to
fund a startup, turn ideas into action with
tools and templates, and will be able to
connect with other entrepreneurs. Expe-


rienced executives will help current and
future business owners reach a "go or no-
go' decision for starting a business.
"With the current state of the economy,
many people are looking for ways to make
money or start a business. SCORE is a hid-
den gem that can help these motivated
people," Chairman George Greenstein
said.
"What impressed me most about the
people at SCORE was their willingness to
take the time to answer my questions,"
Emily McHugh, owner of the Ft. Pierce
based company Casauri Inc. (www.casau-
ri.com), said. "SCORE is just like an advi-
sory board for us. You can bounce ideas off
them and get tangible feedback. McHugh
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full QuickSTARTTM series, there is a fee of
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Kiwanis uest speaker
The Thursday, Se 9, Kiwanis meeting held at the American Legion building,
Post 64 included lub President, Jim Vensel; guest, Mary Ann Swinford, director
of Big Lake Missions Outreach and club member, Sherri Enfinger who introduced
her speaker. Mary Ann and her husband Bruce started Big Lake Missions Out-
reach in 1995 to help homeless persons in need. As a non-profit organization,
licensed and chartered with the Association of International Gospel Assemblies
(A.I.G.A.)., they serve hot meals to the homeless six days a week at the First
United Methodist Church. In 2009, they served 9,021 hot meals. The organiza-
tion also operates a food pantry, give out clothing, household items, assorted
bric-a-brac and personal hygiene items to those In need. Donations from the
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Okeechobee News


By Jane Bicks, DVM
Okeechobee Humane Society
They are so cute and playful that many
pet owners can't resist mat-
ing them, having one, two
or more litters. Some own-
ers think that the nursing
dog or cat is a good lesson
of life for their children. Still
others simply don't care,
letting their cats and dogs
roam, producing puppies
or kittens. Puppies and kit- Dr. Jane
tens are usually not a good Bicks, DVM
thing
Let's start with the adult dog and cat
and why we don't want them to reproduce.
When we take out the uterus and ovaries in
a female dog or cat we use the term Spay.
When we take out the testicles of a male dog
or cat we use the term castrate. Neuter is a
term that fits both sterilized female and male
animals. Operations were almost always
done with 4-6 month old animals but today
we can neuter very young animals as young
as 12 weeks old. Early age neutering is done
for a variety of reasons. It is estimated that


there are 6-8 million dogs and cats killed in
shelters every year. A neutered animal can't
reproduce so neutering can reduce that
number and young neutering insures that it
is done. It is also easier for th~e veterinarian.
We never think about cancer in dogs
and cats, especially breast cancer, uterine
or even testicular. Studies have shown that
if dogs and cats are neutered before they
reach sexual maturity, there is less chance
of them getting uterine and prostate cancer.
Cancer treatment is similar to that of people;
we remove the cancerous organ and give
appropriate chemotherapy or radiation if
indicated. Since we love our pets it makes
sense to be proactive and neuter them so
they don't succumb to this disease.
A female cat or dog that is not spayed can
get an infected uterus. Treatment is expen-
sive and generally includes surgery.
When dogs and cats are not neutered
there are social consequences. Cats can
have litters every 3 months. What happens
to those kittens? Most of the time they are
born outside and left to take care of them-
selves. What a silly notion. How does a
young kitten or dog take care of themselves?


While there was a father he is long gone and
the mother tries her best to survive and take
care of her litter. The mother, kittens and
puppies usually get sick and contaminate
Other dogs and cats (even your inside pets
are exposed).
Many people think that these homeless
animals aren't their problem. Even if they
were feeding them, they don't take respon-
sibility. We can't forget about the lethal dis-
ease of Rabies which can be easily passed


from unwanted animals to people. Rabies
is in this county and a cute kitten, puppy or
pathetic begging adult dog or cat can give it
to a person very easily with a scratch or bite.
Rabies kills.
So, the moral of the story is that dogs
and cats need to be altered. Talk to your vet-
erinarian about your pets or the ones that
you are feeding outside. Do the right thing
for your family and these helpless dogs and
cats.


Sept. 7, 2010
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105-110
105-108
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Most calves sold steady
this week with numbers off.
Slaughter cows and bulls
were down a little at $1
lower. The plants are pretty
full with slaughter cattle.
Craig Francisco of Ft. Pierce
topped the calf market with
a high of $1.75, bought bJy
Murray Edwards. Adams
Ranch of Ft. Pierce topped
the cow market with a high
en .57 bought by Brown
Oct. 8 Bred Heifer sale
Oct. 15 Graham Angus
Oct. 22 Lemmon Angus
Oct. 29 Little Creels
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September 12, 2010


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A public hearing on the budget will be
the highlight of Tuesday's Okeechobee City
Council meeting. The proposed rnillage rate
is 7.2432. This amounts to about $724 per
$1,000 of assessed value. One Inil equals
one dollar for every one thousand dollars of
assessed value. Based on current property
values, this Inillage rate is calculated to bring
in 10.51 percent less money to the city than
last year. Therefore sorne city residents might
see a decrease in their taxes. The proposed
total budget in the general fund is $5.3 Inil-
lion which includes $272,618 in pnior year
interest income.
The council is expected to set Sept. 28 as
the date for the final public hearing on the
budget.
Turning to other iterns, the city will be
acting on several land use iterns dealing with
property at 1646 11.S. 441 N. That property
has been occupied by a nursing horne since
1984. The action on the agenda will bring
the property into conformity with current
land development regulations, which have
changed twice since the nursing horne was
built. The council is scheduled to act on an
ordinance to arnend the future land use Inap
for the property in question from single fan-
ily to cornrercial. In a related matter the
council will hold the first reading and set a
date for the final reading on an ordinance to
amend land development regulations pro-


Funds have been awarded to provide so-
lutions in Okeechobee County. A grant was
bestowed upon Your Aging Resource Cen-
ter -Area Agency on Aging for a time peri-
od of three years to develop a Senior Corp,
RSVP Volunteer program in Okeechobee
County. Volunteers are the perfect solution
to budget cuts and this program focuses on
recruiting people aged 55+ to engage their
experience, skills and talents with organiza-
tions providing services to meet the needs
in the county. The grant was awarded by
The Corporation of National and Cornru-
nity Service, who also fund the RSVP pro-
grarn in Palm Beach County where they
have over 1,500 volunteers and over 150
volunteer sites as part of this program.
An office will open in Okeechobee
soon. Your Aging Resource Center also has
offices in West Palm Beach and Port St.
Lucie and serves the five counties of Palm
Beach, Martin, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and
Indian River. Most recognized of their ser-
vices is the Elder Help Line, a place where
seniors and their caregi rNs an :all toa et
provides workshops, free health screen-
ings, Medicare training and consultations
as well as many other programs.
Already established in Okeechobee, the
agency's lead partner is Okeechobee Se-
nior Services which provides a variety of
services including meals to the area's se-
nior population. The agency also partners


with Children's Services Council and Unit-
ed Way to assist 60 children in Head Start
and elementary schools by providing 15
senior volunteers who are paired up with 4
children each to mentor in math, read and
social skills.
RSVP volunteers are a great asset to any
organization. They have the experience,
are dependable and have proven work eth-
ics. RSVP volunteers don't want to just be
"retired," they want to give back to their
corniunity. Though RSVP volunteers can-
not replace paid positions, they can make
a real difference for nonprofit, governrnen-
tal and proprietary healthcare agencies,
in helping then meet needs and increase
their capacity.
"We are in the process of recruiting a
staff person to head up the program, who
is knowledgeable of Okeechobee County,
its needs, and the agencies who service
those needs. We know RSVP volunteers
can help agencies provide their services in
the cornrunity," shares Karen Roberts, HR
Dire fc{3 foragth vlunteers and volun-
teer opportunities will be divided among
three key areas which include senior ser-
vices, elementary education and food pan-
tries/soup kitchens. If you would like to
learn more about RSVP please call Debbie
Nellson, Program Director at:866-684-5885
or go to our website at www.YourAgin-
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Where: City Council Chambers
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Ave.

viding for special exception uses of cornrer-
cial and industrial zoned land for purposes
of nursing homes. In the other itern related
to this property the council is scheduled to
hold the first reading and set the date for the
final reading of an ordinance to rezone the
property from corniercial professional of-
fice to heavy corniercial.
In other action, the council is expected

*adopt an ordinance providing for an ex-
tension of the right of reversion on the aban-
donrnent of certain city rights-of-way.
*entertain a request for a reduction in
the number of required parking spaces for
Sacred heart Catholic Church; and
*review the city's 2010 Evaluation and
Appraisal Report.

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Regional Te
The Second Tourism Summit is for travel
and tourism related business owners, lead-
ers, operators and managers. Organized by
Florida's Freshwater Frontier, the Summit
will provide education, networking, and the
opportunity to rejuvenate your programs
before the upcoming season. Located at the
C. Scott Driver Park Pavilion, on the banks
of the Kissimmee River in Okeechobee, the
summit will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
Sept. 22.
The agenda includes "Crisis Communica-
tion for Tourism Management" by keynote
speaker Lori Pennington-Gray, Ph.D., the
Director of the Tourism Crisis Management
Institute within the Center for Tourism Re-
search and Development at the University of
Florida.
"In the last year many destinations have
faced a variety of crises; from hurricanes and
oil spills to flooding and natural disasters,"
said Dr. Pennington-Gray. "Today's environ-
ment requires destinations to be in a state of
readiness for any crisis or natural disaster."
The four phases of tourism management
-Reduction, Readiness, Response and Re-
covery -will be discussed in order to build
or enhance an organization's own disaster/
crisis plan.
Other agenda topics and speakers in-
clude:
*Film Tourism: How to market your
destination to the film industry -Speaker
Michelle Hillery, Director of Operations and
Programs for the Palm Beach County Film &
Television Commission, and recently elected
Chair of the Film Florida Film Commission
Council. Sharing the podium will be Leah
Sokolowsky, Location Manager for TVM
Productions, Inc. They, in association with
Fox Television Studios, just finished shooting
a new television series in South Florida en-
titled "The Glades," now airing on A&E.
*The REAL economic impact of tourism:
Is your event/destination making an eco-
nomic difference? -Walter J. Klages, Ph.D.,
President/CEO of Research Data Services,
Inc., of Tampa, will help demystify the eco-
nomic impact of tourism. Dr. Klages has pre-
viously served as an independent business
and economic consultant to a variety of cor-
porations in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
*Interactive and Digital Marketing -
Brooke Maynard will give a brief presenta-
tion on digital and interactive media. She


will introduce programs in digital marketing
that are easy to use and cost efficient. She
is a consultant to VISIT FLORIDA and also
specializes in working with companies who
need start-up PR and marketing support with
a key focus on digital/interactive media.
*Learn to create a memory not an ex-
perience. What prevents us from providing
good service? Christine Davlin is the Tour-
ism Education & Training Manager for the
Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau
(VCB). Christine recently earned recogni-
tion as a "Certified Hospitality Trainer"
(CHT) through the Educational Institute of
the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
Her recent focus is the revamping of the Lee
County VCB's current program, Guests First,
which will roll out this fall.
*South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict will showcase restoration efforts on the
Kissimmee, Lake Okeechobee and Ever-
glades system and how the projects provide
local recreational and eco-tourism benefits
as well as affording local job opportunities
during construction.
*North Lake Okeechobee Channel Im-
provement Project update will be given by
Glades County TDC & EDC Director Tracy
Whirls. These projects specifically impact
Pearce Canal, Harney Pond Canal, Moore
Haven Canal, and the Moonshine Marsh
Overlook Park nature-based tourism vision.
*Using social media to rebuild a busi-
ness -Patty Register, owner/operator of
Gatorama recently opened Fisheating Creek
Outpost, as the licensed concessionaire of
the Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management
Area in Palmdale, providing recreation and
educational opportunities to the public un-
der contract with the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission.
*Conversations about eco-tourism with
Steve and Deb Daniel, hosts of HOOKED UP,
a talk show on WOKC 1570AM/100.9FM,
airs every Saturday morning, 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.
On air, they talk about everything going on
in and around Lake Okeechobee.
Michelle Phillips, tourism coordinator for
Florida's Freshwater Frontier stated "Last
years summit in Lake Placid was a great
success, many of the same attendees are
registered to attend in Okeechobee, and this
year's agenda is even better." The regional
partners worked hard to put together a full
and informative day.


The $30 registration fee includes a full
day of training, morning refreshments, a
lunch buffet, Flora & Ella's homemade pies,
and door prizes. Register by Friday, Sept. 17,
by calling Florida's Freshwater Frontier, 863-
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September 12, 2010


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Deforest Shanks broke an 80 yard touch-
down run and the Brahman defense tossed
Pa kh 13Fr day nigh re prov f ed2-A)v o
tevi sesorter also picked up a fumble and
ran it 45 yards for a touchdown in the sec-
and half to give the Brahrnans sorne breath-
ing room.
Shanks broke several tackles on a run
late in the first quarter to provide the only
offensive highlight of the night. Shanks ran
for 106 yards on 14 carries in the garne.
Okeechobee was held to only 109 yards in
total offense.
Avon Park couldn't break through the
Brahman defense as they turned the ball
over four times and mustered only 94 yards
in total offense.
"The defense played big time," Brahman
Coach Myron Jackson said, "They couldn't
have played any better. Every time they
started to knock on our door, our defense
shut it."
Jackson's defense had to be good be-
cause special tearns weren't special and the
Brahman offense managed just three first
downs in the garne. It left the defense out
there for a large portion of the garne. They
held the Red Devils (0-2) to only five first
downs, and one of then was by penalty.
"Everybody just played together as a tearn
and worked as one and not as individuals,"
Defensive tackle Thor Harden said, "We all
just worked together.
Avon Park made it into the Okeechobee
red zone twice. They ran out of time in the
first half as they did a poor job of clock man-
agernent after they reached the Okeecho-
bee 10 yard line. A scoring chance midway
through the fourth quarter was snuffed out
by a Jesse Thornas interception in the end
zoT onas said he knew Avon Park would
try and throw a pass against hirn and he
was ready, "All I can say is practice, practice,
practice. I knew I just had to make a play.
The defensive line got pressure on the quar-
terback and that made the play happen."


Avon Park QB Tekoven Miller, whose big
plays doorned the Brahrnans last year, under
threw Alonzo Rob ertson in the end zone and
Thornas made a leaping grab to insure the
Brahman shutout. Okeechobee's defense is
yet to allow a touchdown this year.
Carter said he was thrilled to score a
touchdown on defense as he said he had a
similar chance last year but didn't cash it in,
"It is a once in a lifetime thing. It is sorne-
thing I drearn about. I had a chance last year
against Bartow. I told myself if I ever have
that chance again I'rn going to run as hard
as I can toward the end zone."
Okeechobee got 24 yards in receptions
from Aukeernian Mills. QB Jack Radebaugh
also had a couple of passes dropped. Rade-
baugh was hit behind the line of scrirnrage
10 tines by anaggressive Red Devil defense.
Harden had a tackle behind the line of scrirn-
Inage for Okeechobee. Jose Santibanez also
had two big tackles behind the line of scrin-
mage.
Robertson blocked an extra point for
Avon Park. Carter had a furnble recovery in
the first half for Okeechobee. Erick McQueen
also recovered afurnble for Okeechobee and
knocked away a pass near the Brahman end
zone to end the first half. Brant Harden had a
sack for Okeechobee on the final drive.
Brahman punter Kolby Frank had eight
punts for 217 yards despite a heavy rush
by Avon Park. Okeechobee had 45 yards in
penalties while Avon Park had 79 yards in
penalties.
Okeechobee had no turnovers in the
garne.


Coach Jackson said he liked the fact that
his tearn handled whatever Avon Park threw
at then, "If these guys keep accepting the
challenge I feel we will keep moving for-
ward. We're (2-0) now and we won't sneak
up on anybody. Everyone will be looking
for us and everyone will give us their best
shot."
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Special to the Okeechobee News/Missie Peadon
Nat Stratton competes in saddle bronc riding. He won the saddle bronc riding
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0HS rodeo team starts new season


The Okeechobee High School Rodeo
Team traveled to Brighton Indian Reserva-
tion for the first rodeo of the 2010-2011 sea-
son on Aug. 28 and 29. There were three
championships brought back to Okeecho-
bee. Tyler Mills won Bareback, Nat Stratton
won Saddle Brone and Garrett Rucks won
Team Roping. Many other members of the
team placed in the top 12 in other events.
They include: Andrew and Austin Holm-
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Amanda Sheffield sitting fourth in Pole Bend-
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Boney sitting ninth in Team Roping, Carlie
Lanier currently in 10th place for Barrels.
Lexi Peaden in eighth place and Shiloh An-
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Anuez currently in second, Garrett Rucks in
fourth and Nat Stratton sitting eighth in Tie
Down Roping.
This team has been working hard all sum-
mer to keep their skills in tune and it shows.
The next scheduled rodeo for the team will
be Sept. 25 and 26 in Kenansville. For more
information follow us at: www.fhsra.home-
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Students of the Week
Osceola Middle School is proud to recognize the OMS Students of the Week
for the week of Sept. 7-10. Teachers chose to honor these students for their
exemplary behavior and academic performance so far this school year. The
honorees were treated to Domino's pizza with Principal Sean Downing. The
faculty and staff congratulate these wonderful Warriors!
Front row, left to right: Alyssa Coleman, Makayla Underwood, Christina Oren-
der, Jessica Trent, Medina Voropeyeva. Back row, left to right: Principal Sean
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September 12, 2010


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Yearling Middle School is pleased to announce the names of students select-
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Shytria Ash, Charleigh Heater, Jenna Thomas, Cristina Tinajero, and Israel
Ascencio. Also school staff Mrs. Markham and Mr. Stuart. Congratulations to
our students of the week.


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September 12, 2010


Okeechobee News


Christian Team Trails Fishing Tourna-
ment for the first of the season was held on
Saturday, Sept. 4, at Okee-Tantie. There were
57 boats entered the most ever entered in
a tournament.
The winner overall with a total weight of
more than 20 lbs of fish was team Doug Vest
and daughter, Tasha who incidently brought
in both first and second "Big Fish" weighing


in respectively at 7.71 and 6.6 lbs.
Prizes were presented for Christian Team
Trails by Jen Fowler and Don Roberts with
help from other church deacons.
A special thanks to the deacons of
Oakview Church for helping at weigh-in
times and providing free hotdogs and drinks
for the fishermen and their families.


Special to the Okeechobee News/Pat Ziegler
Christian Team Trails fisherman were plentiful at the Saturday, Sept. 4, open-
ing tourney and so were the fish! Mike Krause took the third place prize for
BIG FISH weighing in at 5.78 Ibs and placed third overall with a total weight of
18.26 Ibs, while Tasha (right) caught the first place BIG FISH that weighed 7.71
Ibs! She took second place for BIG FISH at 6.61 Ibs as well. Her winning overall
catch was 20.74 Ibs giving her the title of tournament winner! Way to go!


Dad and fellow fisherman, Doug Vest stands beside daughter, Tasha (top left).
He likes standing next to a winner as she took the overall first place spots! Mike
Cass and Juan Ruiz (top right) split the second place prize of $428 for their ef-
forts bringing in a total weight of 18.33 Ibs. Third place for Team Mike Krause
and Mike Simpson (bottom left) enjoyed their cut of the third place prize money
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County School Board
approved a near $79.3 million spending
plan Thursday night that reduces spending
$1.1 million.
The Inillage rate was set at 8.121, a slight
increase over last year. The district will see
an increase of just over $2.35 million in state
aid this year. Tax revenues were reduced by
close to $2.4 million. Most of the decrease
is due to a reduction in property values of
about 17 percent.
Superintendent Dr. Patricia Cooper said
she continues to see a decline in capital
revenue. This year the reduction is over
$463,000. The Capital Projects budget was
$8.78 million. Included in that budget is the
new Okeechobee Achievement Acadeny
which is estimated to cost $4.09 million.
The Board also intends to spend $200,000 to
improve lights at Seminole Elementary, and
$610,000 for new school buses.
The budget includes an increase in fund
balance of $697,294. There are no salary
adjustments for employees specified in the
proposed budget. Superintendent Cooper
said that represents about a 5.24 percent
fund balance and that the state recon-
Inends a 5-percent fund balance for school
districts.
thell ere reseanbtativealliane r lvo sa d
balance. She noted another $1.2 million in
fdherall dollars were also set aside for the
"This money is for jobs, we hope you
don't hold it like other systerns because that
would not be the intention of this law," she
said.
She said there is no Florida law that re-
quires a 5-percent fund balance for school
districts. School Board nernbers said they
did not want to lower the fund balance any
lower.
"I think it is very prudent to have a 5-per-
centa euddbaland e," School Board nernber

BheT SchooslM noarn asanodre SCodth

who flcundt at >r@an nR FotrPL eenwho
Aug. 17.
Superintendent Cooper issued the three
boys the Point of Light award for their hero-
isrn. All three are students in Okeechobee


schools.
Mauldin said it felt good to get the ree-
agnition from his borne town. He explained
that he is glad to hear that the wornan who
fell survived, and has taken a new lease on
life. She had been despondent because she
had lost her horne and had several health
problems.
"It feels really good that our school ap-
preciated what we did. It shows they care,"
he said.
Smith said he feels very proud of his ac-
tions and that he is happy to hear that the
wornan is doing well and was touched by
what they did.
"I would do it again. Perhaps we can be a
role model to other kids and they can go the
extra mile to help someone," he added.
The boys have gotten a lot of media at-
tention from both local and regional news
sources. Their families were on hand to ac-
cept the award at the Board meeting.
The Superintendent and School Board
both honored educators Janet Long and Carl
Witt who retired this month. Long worked
24 years for the systern and Witt 28 years.
The Okeechobee Cattlewornen's Asso-
ciation and Eli's Western Wear donated five
books to the school systern titled the Florida
Cowboy. The goal is to teach more children
about the history of Florida and help pre-
serve the agriculture heritage of Florida.

for idiapdpeal s tuet in :oaF elmntr
schools. The district should get a final ruling
from the State Department of Education in
the next week.
The Board also accepted the resignation
of Director of Operations Dale Barrett who
will leave the systern on Oct. 1. The Board
also appointed Shawna May as Coordinator
of Informational Technologies.
The district 5-year work plan also includes
a new K-8 school. The board scheduled an
executive session for Friday, Sept. 24, at 12
noon. Negotiations with their instructional
and non instructional employee bargaining
units ei t~hi ro t 1n ram.i Roon 13 o

700 S.W 2nd Avenue. Another negotiation
session was planned for Monday, Sept. 13.
There 6,567 students in the systern. The
projection for enrollment was 6,584.


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By Pete Gawda With current property values, that village board of county commissioners is respon- $838,646 from their budget. This figure
Okeechobee News rate is calculated to bring in to the county sible for 31.78 percent of the short fall and was achieved by making cuts in a number
a t A public meeting on Monday evening 12.3 percent less funds that the current mill- must cut that percentage from their budget. of areas including a 3 percent salary reduc-


tion for county employees as well as seven
unpaid furlough days and a reduction in
insurance benefits. The proposed budget
also includes reduced hours for the county
swimming pool, a charge for ball field lights,
elimination of one senior services case man-
ager and reduction of hours for animal con-
trol. Costs are also reduced by using a prison
work crew for grounds maintenance.
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age rate. Therefore some taxpayers could
see a reduction in their tax bills, but others
who are paying taxes on a higher assessed
property value than they did last year may
see their tax bills increase.
Since July 15 numerous meetings have
been held to discuss the budget shortfall and
the apportionment method of meeting that
shortfall. The latest figures state that there is a
shortfall of $2.8 million. According to county
administrator Lyndon Bonner's figures, the


The remainder of the shortfall is apportioned
among the constitutional officers, with the
sheriff getting the largest share, 55.7 percent.
It appears that all the constitutional officers
except the sheriff have made the necessary
cuts to meet their apportionment.
The sheriff said he needs $16.6 million
to operate his office. The proposed budget
gives him $15.2 million. He has vowed to ap-
peal his budget to the governor.
The county commission cut a total of


Sept. 13 at 6 p.m., citizens will be able to
express their opinions about the proposed
Okeechobee County budget. The meet-
ing will be held at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St.
The proposed county budget totals
$89,744,824, a drop from this year's adopted
budget of $91.8 million. The proposed mill-
age rate is 8 mils. That amounts to $8 for ev-
ery $1,000 of assessed value. One mil equals
one dollar for every $1,000 of assessed val-
ue.


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"I like people said Andy McK-
illop, administrator of Okeechobee
Health Care Facility. He spends a lot
of time walking the halls and talk-
ing to residents and employees.
That is probably one of the rea-
sons he recently received the first
ever Caring for Seniors Award pre-
sented by the Florida Health Care
Association (FHCA). The Caring for
Seniors Award recognizes a long-
time FHCA member who has an
outstanding commitment to qual-
ity care, as well as an understand-


ing of the importance of promoting
quality initiatives among the long
term care community. The FHCA is
an advocacy organization for long
term health care providers which
represents nearly 1,000 members
and over 500 facilities that provide
skilled nursing, assisted living and
other services for the frail and el-
derly of Florida.
Mr. McKillop, who has been at
his present position for 13 years,
has 49 years as a health care admin-
istrator. He ls a certified Health Care
Facility Administrator. "We really
have a good bunch of employees


here," Mr. McKillop said, "because
that's what makes the facility."
His favorite saying is: "Treat the
residents as if you were a resident
and be the kind of caregiver that
you would want to care for you."
Mr. McKillop provides a wide
range of activities for his residents.
Several church groups provide wor-
ship services. Bluegrass and coun-
try music concerts are provided.
Residents have art classes and a
calendar is printed each year featur-
ing their art. "Some of them are un-
believable," he said of the residents'
art work.


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edly addicted to cocaine-
She was not in the best of health;
There have been no confirmed sight-
ings since her disappearance; and,
*There is no concrete information that
she is still alive.
Detective Faulkner said when she went
missing, Ms. Flynn's family believed she was
in danger.
"They felt something was wrong and that
something had happened to her," he said.
"And she did not have a history of disappear-
ing for any length of time."
If she had someplace to go, Ms. Flynn ap-
parently walked or got rides from friends or
family members.
Since that day in December of 1998, the
woman's case has been handled by a num-
ber of local detectives whose investigations
gleaned varying pieces of unsubstantiated


information. The detective said there have
been claims of sightings of the missing
woman, which were unconfirmed; a theory
that she died somewhere of natural causes;
and, fears that she was murdered and her
body buried.
These various investigators have in-
terviewed many people, added Detective
Faulkner, and some of those were people
they considered may have been involved in
her disappearance.
"At this point," he continued, "anything
is possible. But, I do believe foul play is in-
volved."
If anyone has any information into Robin
Flynn's disappearance, Detective Faulkner
asks that they call him at 863-357-5330,
which is a private and confidential phone
line.
"I will follow up on any lead," he vowed.


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medication with her when she went miss-
ing.
"She was said to have a serious medical
condition and if she didn't take her medica-
tion she could die," said Detective Faulkner.
"She was scheduled to have surgery because
she had an infection in her brain."
But, he added, witness statements indi-
cated that she seemed to be feeling well at
the time of her disappearance.
While there are many uncertainties sur-
rounding her disappearance, Detective
Faulkner said there are some incontrovert-
ible facts:
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Annual Halloween

Celebration planned
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with the Okeechoee County Sheriffs Depart-
Inent, The City Police Department and the
Board of County Corniissioners will be
having the annual Halloween Celebration "a
safe alternative to door to door trick or treat-
ing" on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-8 p.m. at
the Agri-Civic Center on Hwy 710.
There will be haunted trails, costume
contest, activities, garnes, prizes and lots of
candy. You can becorne a part of this safe
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tal health issues. Left untreated, these el-
evate the risk for suicide and if coupled with
substance abuse, the proverbial "time bonb
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included $750 mo.
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motivated Preschool
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experience and a level
two background screen.
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Own tools required
Please Call or apply at
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very little paid $1,200
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mini dachshund tiny
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sweet & loving puppies
$ 2 5 0. 0 .
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its on egised d cs
hund puppies. Four
females two males. Ab-
soutely adorable! A va-
riety of colors. Parents
foour rek solheas a
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Yorkie Pup & Morkie
Pup males. shots/vets
health cert. 14/17
wks. $300.ea. Cash on-
ly. e-mail:Ioo-
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2BR, 2BA $700/month.
Call 772-215-0098




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flooring. Clean home.
$825/ mo. First, last, and
$500 security required.
863-467-5965.

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story, 2br, 2ba, W/D,
fenced patio, very clean,
No pets, $800/mo +
$700 sec. (863)634-3312
or (863)634-3313



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Newly remodeled
2bd/1ba
tiled floors and shower.
a/c,ceiling fan, cute
kitchen must see $650
mos N nd sc. plus


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3/2 & 3/2/2, 1,800 sq
kitchwasheBrindryePetls
$1000 per mo.
(561) 723-2226

Basswood 3BR/2BA, 1
car garage, tile & Car-
pet, split plan, dish-
washer, $1100 mo.
561-307-2502

BUCKHEAD RIDGE,
4br/2ba, fen0ed yard,h
Moe in $90 must ave
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7482 NW 96th Court
Newly remodeled, large
fenced yard $800/mo.
$600 security. Call
863-610-0001


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tile, a/c, ceiling fans, nice
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garage, Brand new ce-
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cellent area for chil-
dren. 863-634-9330 or
863-467-2541

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9th Street. By Central
Elementary nice area, 3
city lots, 3 bedrooms, 2
full bath. $900/mo. first
& last month rent up

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2 br/1ba, Tiled floors.
Includes Water. Com-
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September 12, 2010 Okeechobee News 19


NOTICE OF MEETING OFTHE
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
BE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
NILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 AT 9:00
4.M. AT THE ADMINISTRATION ANNEX BUILDING, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
EXTENSION OFFICE, SMALL CONFERENCE ROOM, 458 HIGHWAY 98 N.,
)KEECHOBEE, FL. A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED
JPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO
APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY
MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A
RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON
YAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEED-
[NGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH
PE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK
4T THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE
AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY
OWNERSS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
[N ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PER-
jONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO
ARTICIPATE IN THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICTS
OFFICES BY CALLING (863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO
HE DATE OFTHE MEElNG.
UO0ICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUAT-
[C SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE.
PE 2010-2011 BUDGET WILL BE DISCUSSED AND APPROVED AT THIS
YEETING.
NILLAIRD M.BYARS
:HAIMANOTHEBARDOS PERVISORS




Schani Roard Fxecutive Session
and Contract Neantiations
The School Board of Okeechobee County will meet In closed Executive Ses-
jlon on Friday, September 24, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. In the office of the Su-
,ernt~endent, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. The meeting Is for School
3oard members, their attorney and chief negotiator In preparation for con-
Inuaton of contract negotations with Instructonal and classlied employee
eargamlnln units.
4t 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Setmber 24, 2010, the School Board will resume
contractt negotbatons with e Okeechobee County Education Association
111604 and will continue as needed. Bargaining sessions are open to the
,ublic and will be held In Room 303 of the School Board Administration
3uilding at 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee.

364870 ON 9/12,17/10

FIRST PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
The City of Okeechobee will be conductin a Public Hearing for the FY 2010
:ommunity Development Block Grant (CBG) grant pro ram. The City Is
2ligible to receipt up to $700,000 from te Florida Smal Citles CDBG pro
]ram administered by the Florida Department of Community Affalls.Th
"Y 2010 CDBG funds will be used for one of the following purposes:
1. To benefit low and moderate Income persons; or
2. To ald In the prevention or eliminaton of slums or blight; or
3. To meet other community development needs of recent origin having
a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and Im-
mediate threat to the health or welfare of the community and where oth-
er inanclal resources are not available to meet such needs.
The categories of activites for which the FY 2010 funds may be used are In
he areas of housing, neighborhood revitalization, commercial revitalization,
,r economic development and Include such Improvement activitis as acqul-
jtion of real property, loans to private-for p ot business, purchase of ma-
:hinery and equipment, constructon of Infrastructure, rehablitabon of
louses and commercial buildings, and energy conservation. Additional In-
iormation r carding the range of acbvites that may be undertaken will be
,rovided at te public hearing.
'or each activity that Is proposed, at least 70% of the funds must benefit
ow and moderate Income persons.
[n developing an application for submission to DCA, the City must plan to
ninimize displacement of persons as a result otf planned CDBG activltes. In
additon, the City Is required to develop a plan t assist displaced persons.
The public hearing to receive citizen views concerning the community's eco-
iomic and community development needs will be at the City Council meet-
ng held In the City of Okeechobee Council Chambers on Tuesday,
september 28, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. The meetng will be held at the Okeecho-
3e iyHl,55 S.E. 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee. For Informaton concern-
56 3pu hearing, contact the City Administrator's Ofice or telephone
Theublic hearing Is being conducted In a handicapped accessible locaton.
Anyandic pped person requirnn an inte preter for the hearing Impaired or
Oevisuall Impaired should con act the City Administrator's fice at least
five calen ar days prorl to the meeting and an interpreter will be provided.
ouldnon ntatshthspea ngdpnrsoat nsshing to attee t e ndli hreadr
arlor to the meeting and a langua e interpreter will be provided. To access
i Telecommunication Device for Deaf Persons (TDD) please call
1-800-955-8771. Any handicapped person requiring special accommodaton
at this meeting should contact the City Administrator's Office at least five
:alendar days prior to the meeting.

Lay Gaemloa E rk, City Clerk
365880 ON 9/12/10


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PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will discuss the
Glades County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) on Monday, September
13, 2010 after the 6:00 public hearing in the "Judge William L.
Hendry Courtmom" 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 disabilities needing special accommodation to
particle ate In this proceeding should contact Paula Poskon, no later than
two 2L) working da~ys prior to the proceeding at 863-763-4559 or
863-763-2131, ext. 21.If you are hearing or volce Impaired, call TDD
1-800-222-3448 (volce) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Clif Betts k, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Osk Ial Ps on/ DptridCaerk
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or Destiny Home. All
reaSonable deals will be
accepted. Call Larry for
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863-357-4849

New 3br/2bath double-
wides starting at
$49,900 with easy fi-
nancing available.
Trade ins welcome. Call
Larry or Sandy
863-357-4849

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OWNER FINANCE
2005 like new 3BR
newly updated (shows
like model) ApplianceS,
c/talh, ellindg fan larg
$29,000 (owner financ-
in)$4,000 down ic

mobile home commu-
nity close to schoolS
,laundry facility, and
playground No PetS
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BHR 3/2, Washer, dry-
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$700/mo utils not incld.
(863)357-1783

DOUBLEWIDE 3br,
2ba, CA, heat, all applS,
$850/mo + dep. Lease-
3)63 T ese Island

For Rent 3/2 in Otter
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have good credit. With
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For Rent: 2 Bedroom, 1
bath Nice Park $400
per month.
812-989-3022.

FOR RENT: 2 BR, 1 BA.
Newly remodeled. 12
min. from town center
on beautiful ranch. NO
PETS! Call Mon-Fri.
(863) 467-2982
Okeechobee Little
FarmS
Dble wide home on
5 acres fenced yards
$950.00 mo. Also single
wide on 3 acreS
$450.00 mo. Call
954-261-1268

TAYLOR CREEK
Handy man special, 3/3
w/ Ig yard and shed.
$475/mo + Sec Dep. AS
IS. (863)824-0981
TREASURE ISLAND -
3/2, Ig. yard, clean, on
Water. MOVe In noW
$900
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The Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast Region 20
and the Treasure Coast Workforce
Consortum announces a meeting of
the Executive Committee to which all
persons are Invited:
Date &Time: Friday,
Sepamber 17, 2010 -8:00 a.m.
Place: Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast
DBA,N Wokfor e Sol os
Sulte 100
Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986
R41REQSE1 To discuss matters con-
cerning the Workforce Invetmnent
Act, American Recovery and Rein-
vestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, Federal
Stimulus Funding), Workforce Em-
ployment Opportunities, the Welfare
Transition Program, One-Stop Career
Centers, and the Workforce Develop-
ment Boap 8 ~rd-DA, orfoceSou-
obtained by contacting:
Workforce Development Board
of te Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd., Sulte 100
Port St. Lucle, FI Ida 34986
Should any person wish to appeal
any decision made by the Board with
respect to any matter considered at
the above referenced meeting, they
will need to ensure a verbatim re-
cohrding of tdhe poeedig Is mmne,
and evidence upon which the appeal
Is based, In order to provide a record
for]udicial review.
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Sec. 15, T34S, R33E
1.00 / a res Sold byE qultdalm
For a complete package
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Seacoast Bank Scholarship Dorothy Kinsaul Scholarship
Melody Hodges and Jon Geitner pre- Debra Norris and Dmnah Clay presented
sented Michelle Spears and Lindsey Hart Myranda Miles with the Johnny Mack
with the Seacoast National Bank Schol- and Dorothy Kinsaul Memorial Schol-
arship on OHS Scholarship Night 2010 arship on OHS Scholarship Night 2010
held May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall. held May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall.


sepeciallorne U~eecnonee lvews 2tainlan FFA SCHOlarsnip
Cattlemens's Association
Randall Mims presented Austin Harvey Roger McWaters presented Kaley
with the Okeechobee Cattlemen's As- Dees with the Okeechobee Brahman
sociation Scholarship on OHS Schol- FFA Chapter Scholarship on OHS
arship Night 2010 held May 20 at the Scholarship Night 2010 held May 20 at
OHS Lecture Hall. the OHS Lecture Hall.


Okeechobee Utility Authority
Budget Summary
Recap For Newspaper
Fiscal Year October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011


REVENUES
WATER UTILITY REVENUE
SEWER UTILITY REVENUE
OTHER GENERAL REVENUE
CAPITAL CONNECTION REVENUE
BONDS, GRANTS & LOANS (Funding CIP)
TOTAL REVENUES FY 2011

EXPENSES (Less Depreciation & Amortization)
OPERATING EXPENSES-WATER DEPT
OPERATING EXPENSES-MAINTENANCE DEPT
OPERATING EXPENSES-WASTEWATER DEPT
OPERATING EXPENSES-ADM INISTRATIVE DEPT
OPERATING EXPENSES-METER READER DEPT
INTEREST EXPENSE
TRANSFERS & RESTRICTIONS
DEBT FUNDED CIP EXPENDITURES
TOTAL EXPENSES FY 2011

BUDGETED SURPLUS (DEFICIT) LESS DEPRECIATION


DEBT SERVICE
BUDGETED BOND PRINCIPAL FUNDING (1999 SERIES)
BUDGETED BOND INTEREST FUNDING (1999 SERIES)
BUDGETED BOND PRINCIPAL FUNDING (2002 SERIES)
BUDGETED BOND INTEREST FUNDING (2002 SERIES)
BUDGETED JR DEBT SERVICE PRINCIPAL FUNDING (SRF # 1)
BUDGETED JR DEBT SERVICE INTEREST FUNDING (SRF # 1)
BUDGETED JR DEBT SERVICE PRINCIPAL FUNDING (SRF # 2)
BUDGETED JR DEBT SERVICE INTEREST FUNDING (SRF # 2)
BUDGETED JR DEBT SERVICE PRINCIPAL FUNDING (SRF # 3)
BUDGETED JR DEBT SERVICE INTEREST FUNDING (SRF # 3)
TOTAL DEBT SERVICE REQUIREMENT FY2011


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Other General Revenue Includes:
Penalties & Late Charges
Miscellaneous Unrestricted Revenue
Total Unrestricted Interest Income
Total Restricted Interest Income
Fire Hydrant Fund Fees
Misc Restricted Revenue
Contributed Capital


$6,138,237
3, 766,1 03
332,464
757,465
18,870,000
$29,864,269


1,303,660
1,826,205
872,908
1,965,208
250,706
1,728,614
3,046,967
18,870,000
$29,864,269


$135,937
33,500
7,155
100,000
55,872


Total Other General Revenue $332,464


FY 2011 Capital Improvement Projects:
Proposed TI & ESFM Capital Projects Funded
From External Sources:
Bonds, Grants & or Loans

Proposed other CIP Expenditures
Funded From Internal Sources

Total Capital Improvement
Projects Proposed for FY 2011


$18,870,000


750,000


$19,620,000


$745,000
800,105
190,000
463,145
243,088
192,297
421,712
217,626
134, 063
55,441
$ 3,462,477





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Septage charges per 1,000 gallons Cost Determined by OUA Board

Tol uedtemd ad a proved by OUA Board on an individual basis accord-
ing to volume and characteristics of wastewater by special agreement.
9 High Strength Industrial Wastewater Surcharge
To be determined and approved by OUA Board on an individual basis accord-
ing to volume and characteristics of wastewater by special agreement.
C FIRE LINE CHARGES
1 of Proprietary Fire Protection Systems (Sprinkler Systems); based on size


b Master Meter (unit based per ERC) 0 3,000 Above 3,000
7 Irrigation meter (water only; no sewer)
Base & consumption billed at non residential rate per meter size
8 Fire Hydrant Fund Fee (per meter per month}
Meter Size
Minimum 1.00 ERC 5/8" X 3/4" $0.50
Mnmum 2.0EC 1"1/2" 0
Minimum 8.00 ERC 112" $0.50
Minimum 16.00 ERC 3" $0.50
Minimum 25.00 ERC 4" $0.50
Minimum 50.00 ERC 6" $0.50
Minimum 80.00 ERC 8" $0.50
With exception for accounts having dedicated fire line protection.
Master meter account, fee is based on the calculated units behind the meter.
calculate
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8" 215.51
10" 431.02

2 Hydrant Meters (charges for temporary water service delivered via a fire
hydrant)


a Set-up Charge 75.00
b Monthly Service Charge
5/8 X 3/4" Meter
1" Meter
2" Meter
3" Meter


1 Wastewater Line Fees
a Connection to an existing service lateral
4"


29.91
59.93
179.78
359.56


5.07

7.61

50.00


1,946.00


6" 2,474.00
Larger than 6" Cost determined by OUA Exec Dir or designee
Connection to Existing Gravity Main Line
b Installation of new service lateral Cost determined by OUA Exec Dir or
designee
c Inspection of Service line 4" or 6" 41.00
d Installation of Valve Pit on Vacuum Sewer System Cost determined
by OUA Exec Dir or designee
e Service Line connected to Vacuum Sewer System
4" 2,008.00
6" 2,546.00
f Connection to Force Main Cost determined by OUA Exec Dir or designee
2. Wastewater System Capital Connection Charge (any meter size)
Per Equivalent Residential Connection (ERC); minimum one (1) ERC ( begin-
ning 1/1/10 ) $2,935.00


3 Accrued Guaranteed Revenue Charge (AGRC) Beginning 01/10 at $7.91
per ERC calculate


c Consumption Rate per 1,000 gallons
Block 1
(see A 5 (a) for block allowances by meter size)
Block 2

d Meter relocation (per move)


e Removal of meter by other than OUA 155.00
f. Deposit required based on hydrant meter size and appropriate non residen-
tial meter rates referenced in D-3
g Fire Flow Test (per test) 84.00
D DEPOSITS FOR SERVICE (MINIMUM)
The required deposit listed below may be reduced by one half of the value
shown if the customer elects to pay the monthly bill through the direct debit
payment method.

1 Residential (ePr~operty Owner as Occupant) @0
b Waseater Service Only 3/4" 105.00
c ae Wastewater Service Ol 3/4" 199.00
d. Watr&Wseater Service Only 132.00
e. Waseater Service Only 1" 148.00
f Water & Wastewater Service 1" 280.00
2 Residential (Non Owner)
a.Water Service Only 3/4" 148.00
b Wastewater Service Only 3/4" 148.00
c Water & Wastewater Service 3/4" 296.00
d Water Service Only 1" 209.00
e Wastewater Service Only 1" 225.00
f Water & Wastewater Service 1" 434.00
3 Non-Residential and Master Meters
Deposit to equal three highest months in last 12 months Utility Bills for service
with the following as minimum:
Meter Size
Water


$7.91
( # months since 2/1/10 )
(total of all above)


January 2010
Each month thereafter (# months) x ($7.91)
TOTAL AGRC due


4 Wastewater Base Facility Charge

a Residential Meter (single meter per family or detached dwelling unit)
Minimum 0.33 ERC* 5/8"X 3/4" 21.71
Minimum 0.80 ERC* 5/8"X 3/4" 21.71
Minimum 1.00 ERC 5/8" X 3/4" 21.71
Minimum 2.50 ERC 1" 54.31
Minimum 5.00 ERC 1-1/2" 108.58
Minimum 8.00 ERC 2" 173.75
These categories must also meet the requirements specified in the latest
OUA Resolution for General Policies & Procedures for reduced ERC on resi-
dential meters
b Non Residential Meter (minimum per meter size includes hotels, motels &
single unit)


OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY
SCHEDULE )OBRATESB FEES AND CHARGES

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 021001


A WATER RATES, FEES & CHARGES

a Meter Installatio FesM(seryic z ne installed by OUA)
5/8" X 3/4" 845.00
1" 1,280.00
b Non Residential Meter Size:
5/8" X 3/4" 810.00
1" 1,260.00
1-1/2" 1,825.00
2" 2,200.00
3" 6,250.00

Larger than 4" Cost determined by OUA Exec Dir orO signee
c Meter Size (service line,meter box and check valve installed by Developer or
re-install fee)
5/8" X 3/4" 155.00
1" 228.00
Larger than 1' Cost determined by OUA Exec Dir or designee
d Inspection of Water Service 41.00
2 Backflow Prevention Fees (any meter size and type of backflow device)
Cost determined by OUA Exec Dir or designee
3 Water System Capital Connection Charge (any meter size)
Per Equivalent Residential Connection (ERC); minimum one (1) ERC ( begin-
ning 1/1/10 ) 1,510.00
4 Accrued Guaranteed Revenue Charge (AGRC) Beginning 12106 at $4.07
per ERC calculate 12/06 through 12/31/09 $150.59
Each month thereafter (# months) x($4.07) ( # months since 1/1/10 )
TOTAL AGRC due (total of all above)
5 Water Base Facility Charge
a Residential Meter (single meter per family or detached dwelling unit)
Minimum 0.33 ERC 5/8"X 3/4" 18.94
Minimum 0.80 ERC 5/8"X 3/4" 18.94
Minimum 1.00 ERC 5/8" X 3/4" 18.94
Minimum 2.50 ERC 1" 48.17
Minimum 5.00 ERC 1-1/2" 96.80
Minimum 8.00 ERC 2" 155.24
These categories must also meet the requirements specified in the latest
OUA Resolution for General Policies & Procedures for reduced ERC on resi-
dential meters
b Non Residential Meter (minimum per meter size includes hotels,
motels & single unit)
Minimum 1.00 ERC 5/8" X 3/4" 23.43
Minimum 2.50 ERC 1" 59.35
Minimum 5.00 ERC 1-1/2" 119.20
Minimum 8.00 ERC 2" 191.04
Minimum 16.00 ERC 3" 382.60
Minimum 25.00 ERC 4" 598.12
Minimum 50.00 ERC 6" 1,196.73
Minimum 80.00 ERC 8" 1,915.05


c Master Meter (any size; charge per unit connected to meter)
Equivalency Factor
< 400 square feet .33 ERC 6.25
= 400 and < 900 square feet .80 ERC 15.15
>900 square feet Minimum 1.00 ERC 18.94

6 Gallonage Rates (residential, non residential, master meter)
Block 1 4.10 (per 1,000 gallon)
Block 2 6.16


Minimum 1.00 ERC
Minimum 2.50 ERC
Minimum 5.00 ERC
Minimum 8.00 ERC
Minimum 16.00 ERC
Minimum 25.00 ERC
Minimum 50.00 ERC
Minimum 80.00 ERC


5/8" X 3/4"
1"


27.79
69.50
138.98
222.39
444.80
695.00
1,389.96
2,223.96


5/8" X 3/4"
1"


148.00
237.00
446.00
709.00
1,413.00
2,204.00
4,407.00
7,050.00


c Master Meter (any size; charge per unit connected to meter)
Equivalency Factor
< 400 square feet .33 ERC 7.17
= 400 and < 900 square feet .80 ERC 17.39
>900 square feet Minimum 1.00 ERC 21.71
5 Gallonage Rates (per 1,000 gallons)
aResidential 6.76
b Non Residential 6.99
cMaster Meter 6.76
6 Reclaimed Water
Volumetric charges for reclaimed water based upon meter consumption per
1,000 gallons and billed monthly determined and approved by OUA Board
7 Septage


Block Allowances
a All except master meter


Block 1 Block 2


D DEPOSITS FOR SERVICE (MINIMUM) (continued)
Meter Size


Meter Size Monthly Gallons


Monthly Gallons


5/8" X 3/4"
1"
1 1/2"
2"
3"
4"
6"


0 3,000 Above 3,000
0 8,000 Above 8,000
0 15,000 Above 15,000
0 24,000 Above 24,000
0 48,000 Above 48,000
0 75,000 Above 75,000
0 150,000 Above 150,000


Wastewater


5/8" X 3/4"
1"
1-1/2"
2"
3"


148.00
263.00
505.00
808.00
1,616.00

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e.g. Wastewater (only) 1 ERC: 14 *$21.71 *10 +$41.00 = $3,080.40
Calculation based upon: (number of months) (combined base facility charges
at ERC equivalency factor) (# units) + water re-install fee + water inspection
fee + wastewater inspection fee + (hydrant fee number of months)
e.g. Combined .33 ERC:14 ($6.25+$7.17) 10+$155+$41+$41+(1 4*hydrant
fee) = $-
e.g. Combined .80 ERC:14 ($15.15+$17.39) *10+$155+$41+$41+(14*hydrant
fee ) =$
e.g. Combined 1 ERC: 14 *($18.94+$21.71) 10+$155+$41+$41+
(14*hydrant fee) = $
5 At the customer's request, the maximum reconnection charge will be based
on the lower of the amount as computed in Section E, 4 above or the total
cost of a new water and/or wastewater service installation as computed in
Sections A& B.
6 IVIter re rad at customer's request 1.0

'ITesting Meter at Customer's Request
aNo charge for test result showing high meter reads.
b Test result showing correct meter reads or slow.
5/8" X 3/4" 37.00
1" 47.00
1-1/2" 71.00
2" 98.00
Above 2" Meter Cost determined by OUA Exec Dir or designee
8 Unauthorized turn-on, tampering or unauthorized procedures)
a Tampering with and/or unauthorized procedures) on water or wastewater sys-
tem, per occurrence 66.00
b Unauthorized use of water and/or wastewater system, per occurrence plus
usage fee of estimated gallons multiplied by the customer's block rate as set
forth in Current Rate Schedule. 589.00
10 Developerlowner changing meter from one location to another without
OUA's permission; per occurrence.
Same as 8a or 8b above
11 Destruction of meter and or related equipment
Charge based upon actual replacement cost (labor and materials)
plus a 15% administrative charge, per occurrence
12 Returned check
Prevailing amount per Florida Statute Section 832.07 as follows:
Amount of check up to $50.00, 26.00
Amount of check over $50.00 up to $300.00, 31.00
Amount of check over $300.00, 41.00

An amount equal to 5% on the face value of the check, whichever is greater.
calculate
Plus other applicable fees in the event service is discontinued.
13 Account record history, requested by customer a
Certified/Notarized Copy (per page) 2.19
b One-sided copy (per page) 0.43
c Two-sided copy (per page) 0.56
d Research of Records (per 1/4 hr or fraction thereof with a mini-
mum of $5.75 per request)
6.60
14 Recording easements, annexation agreements, etc (per page)
15 Project plan review The
Okeechobee Utility Authority will review all plans and specifications of all pro-
posed water and/or sewer facilities and the owner or developer will pay a one-
time fee of $75.00 per page of drawing. Project plans will not be approved
until full payment of fee is received.
16 Project inspection AII
projects must be inspected by OUA and the owner or developer shall pay fees
at the rate of $30.00 per hour during regular office hours and 1-1/2 times that
rate after regular office hours billed monthly and paid before Certificate of


Occupancy (C.O.) is approved.
17 Miscellaneous charges for services not included above.
Actual cost of material and labor required plus an administrative charge of 15%
to be determined by OUA personnel.
18 Fee on delinquent accounts
10% per month on delinquent amount due to date account is closed, or meter
removed.
19 Interest on closed accounts
Interest computed at the rate of 1-1/2% per month for a period not to exceed
one (1) year.
20 Laboratory testing by OUA
OUA may perform laboratory testing for a developer or individual at the follow-
ing prices: B.O.D. 30.00
Ssoprne s olkis 1.00
Fecal Coliform 25.00
Total Coliform 25.00
Chloride 15.00
Fluoride 15.00
pH 10.00
Total dissolved solids 15.00
Dissolved oxygen 6.00
Turbidity 10.00
The above testing will be done in the OUA's laboratory. Any other testing will
be sent to a certified lab and the developer or individual will be billed for the
cost of the testing plus a 15% administrative charge. AII samples must be
delivered to the OUA laboratory in approved containers. If the OUA collects
samples or performs testing in the field, then actual cost of labor plus a 15%
administrative charge will be added to the above fees.
21 Adjustment(s) to customer accounts
Credit or debit adjustments on customer accounts may occur when the cus-
tomer or OUA, has knowingly or unknowingly, caused a customer's account to
be inaccurate. Credit or debit adjustments may be made for a period of up to
three (3) months from the date of notice to the customer.
22 Guaranteed Revenue Charges (GRC) In
order to redlect the cost of reserving capacity a Guaranteed Revenue Charge
(GRC) will be assessed to new water and/or wastewater connections as
reserved by a Developer Agreement. This charge will be assessed on a month-
ly basis until the service has been connected to the OUA system. The basis for
the charge will be the number of equivalent residential connections) (ERC)
reserved by the Developer Agreement multiplied by the monthly base facility
charges) for the corresponding meter type and size.
Additionally, the GRC may be applied as allowed in the Rate Schedule to other
applications such as calculating the fees to re-install a meter. Use of GRC in
these instances are as stated above: the cost of reserving or having capacity
available to serve the applicant as required. The calculation will be based
upon the ERC's, the number of months service has been disconnected from
December 1, 2006, and the current water and/or wastewater base facility
charges) for the corresponding meter type and size.
23 Accrued Guaranteed Revenue Charges (AGRC)
In order to ensure that both current and future customers utilizing or reserving
capacity are treated equally with respect to the cost of reserving capacity in the
future, an Accrued Guaranteed Revenue Charge (AGRC) will be assessed to
both new water and/or wastewater connections on a per equivalent residential
connection (ERC) basis.
Water AGRC will be calculated for the months from December 1, 2006 through
the date of application for service.
Wastewater AGRC will be calculated for the months from January 1, 2010
through the date of application for service.
The charge will be calculated by taking the number of ERC times the monthly
AGRC amount (as shown in either Section A, 4 for water or in Section B,
3 for wastewater) times the appropriate number of months as specified above
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1"
1-1/2"
2"
3"
4"
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500.00
951.00
1,517.00
3,027.00
4,731.00
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E SPECIAL SERVICE CHARGES, PER OCCURRENCE
1 Turn-on fee, except for new meter installations 13.00

2Peurfrfmancee of any of the above services after regular office hu s.

4 Reconnection Fee
After a meter has been removed, a meter can be re-installed to establish serv-
ice. In general, the fees will be calculated based upon the number of months
the service was disconnected since December 1, 2006, type of utility service
(water, wastewater or both), the classification (residential, non-residential or
master meter), meter size, number of ERC's, the re-installation fee and the
appropriate inspection feels). In the case of a master meter, use ERC equiva-
lency factors. Regardless of the classification, the water and wastewater base
facility charge will be set by the current rate in effect at the time of calculation
and in all instances using the residential rate.
Residential Example: Assume 14 months disconnected
Calculation based upon: (number of months) (base facility charge + hydrant
fee) + re-install fee + inspection fee
Water (only) : 14 *($18.94 + $.50) + $155.00 + $41.00 = $468.16
Calculation based upon: (number of months) (base facility charge) + inspec-
tion fee
Wastewater (only) : 14 *$21.71 +$41.00 = $344.94
Calculation based upon: (number of months) (combined base facility charges
Sh~ydraot fee@ + water re-install fee + water inspection fee + wastewater
Combined : 14 *($18.94 + $.50 + $21.71) + $155 + $41 +$41 =$813.10
Non-Residential
Example: Assume 14 months disconnected
Calculation based upon: (number of months) (base facility charge + hydrant
fee) + re-install fee + inspection fee
Water (only) : 14 *($18.94 + $.50) + $155.00 + $41.00 = $468.16
Calculation based upon: (number of months) (base facility charge) + inspec-
tion fee
Wastewater (only) : 14 *$21.71 +$41.00 = $344.94
Calculation based upon: (number of months) (combined base facility charges
+ hydrant fee) + water re-install fee + water inspection fee + wastewater
inspection fee
Combined : 14 *($18.94 + $.50 + $21.71) + $155 + $41 +$41 =$813.10
Residential Master Meter
Example: Assume 14 months of discontinued service for 10 units
Calculation based upon: (number of months) (base facility charge at ERC
equivalency factor) (# units) + re-install fee + inspection
fee + (hydrant fee number of months)
e.g. Water (only) .33 ERC: 14 $6.25 10 + $155.00 + $41.00 +
(14*hydrant fee) = $_
e.g. Water (only) .80 ERC: 14 $15.15* 10 + $155.00 + $41.00 +
(14*hydrant fee) = $_ _
e.g. Water(only) 1 ERC: 14 *$18.94 *10 + $155.00 + $41.00 +
(14*hydrant fee) = $_ _
Calculation based upon: (number of months) (base facility charge at ERC
equivalency factor) (# units) + inspection fee
e.g. Wastewater (only) .33 ERC: 14 $7.17 10 + $41.00 = $1,044.80
e.g. Wastewater (only) .80 ERC: 14 $17.39* 10 + $41.00 = $2,475.60


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September 12, 2010


Okeechobee News


The South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) Governing Board Thurs-
day provided input on an updated docu-
rnent to guide District recommendations to
the 11.S. Arrny Corps of Engineers about the
Inanagernent of Lake Okeechobee. Known
as Adaptive Protocols for Lake Okeechobee
Operations, the document lays out rnea-
sures to better balance the needs of the
lake and estuarine ecosystems and South
Fk ri as) water supply within existing lake

"Our guidance to staff on using Adaptive
Protocols should improve the operation of
Lake Okeechobee for the benefit of both the
environment and permitted water users,"
said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman
Eric Buerrnann.
"The District has worked diligently with
our stakeholders and the 11.S. Arrny Corps
of Engineers for more than a year to study
protocols that result in more 'win-win' sce-
narios for everyone who relies on the lake's
limited water supply."
The 11.S. Arrny Corps of Engineers man-
ages Lake Okeechobee water levels with
the goal of balancing flood control, public
safety, navigation, water supply and ecologi-
cal health. The Corps bases operational de-
cisions -whether to retain or release water

tin sc Odu an 1h bskt avail Il scegu -
data and recommendations provided by its
staff and a variety of partners, including the
District.
Under its Lake Okeechobee Regulation
Schedule, which was revised in 2008, the
Corps seeks to manage the lake between


12.5 and 15.5 feet throughout the year. This
range is designed to protect the integrity
of the 143-rnile-long Herbert Hoover Dike
during its ongoing rehabilitation but leaves
water resources more limited during dry pe-
riods for permitted water users and natural
systerns, such as the Caloosahatchee Estu-

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dress parts of the regulation schedule that
allow regulatory and environmental lake
releases but do not suggest a specific vol-
urne to discharge. The guidance document
also serves as a tool to inform the SFWMD
Governing Board and the public about op-
erational decisions related to the lake.
The new Adaptive Protocols provide guid-
ance on release rates to the Caloosahatchee
and St. Lucie estuaries under two specific
scenarios:
Early in the dry season, when the lake is
in the upper end of the preferred manage-
Inent range, the protocols suggest regula-
tory releases of less than 50 percent of the
Inaxinurn amount allowed under the Corps'
regulation schedule. The recornrendation
is designed to reserve water for later in the
dry season when the need is greatest.
The Adaptive Protocols do not alter the
Corps' regulation schedule or the District's
water shortage rules. The SFWMD Govern-
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