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Vol. 101 No. 122 Sunday, October 10, 2010

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Learning about safety
County Firefighter Robert Walters shows kids equipment used by para-
medics during a presentation at Central Elementary School on Wednes-
day. For more on the story, see page 11.

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County commissioner

candidates questioned

Editor's note: The Okeechobee News invit
ed readers to submit questions for the candi
dates for county commission. The candidates
were asked to respond in 150 words or less.
Some of the questions and the candidates' re
sponses appear here.
For years the county has struggled
with problems with flooding during

heavy rains. This problem is often made
worse by property owners who dig ditch-
es, put in fill dirt or build berms that im-
pede or change the natural flow of water.
Should the county do more to deal with
the flooding problems, and if so, what?
See COUNTY Page 14

County's budget reserves

have strings attached

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
While the total amount of the reserves
held in the Okeechobee County budget,
$32,540,288, might seem like a large percent-
age of the county's total $89.7 million budget,
there are restrictions on how those funds can
be used.
State auditors require that a minimum of
two months reserves be held in each fund in
the county budget. The reason for that is that it
is two months into the budget year before rev-
enues start coming in. Therefore, each account
can operate off its reserves for two months. As
the tax money and other revenues come in, the
money borrowed from reserves is repaid and

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carried forward into the next budget year to be
used for the first two month's expenses of that
It is not considered a good accounting
practice to use reserves to balance the budget.
However, in case of unforeseen expenses, any
money in reserves over the minimum require-
ment can be spent if the county commission
votes to do so. However there are some limits
on where this money can be spent. The current
budget contains $1,684,658 in undesignated re-
serves in the general fund. Those reserves, in
excess of two months operating expenses, can
be spent on anything covered by the general
fund. Most county departments and all consti-
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inaugural meeting of the Okeechobee chapter including, (left to right) Rich-
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President and Hieu Huynh the Division D Governor.

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Okeechobee is now forming A Toastmas-
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demonstration meeting to kick off the orga-
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Murder suspect returned for trial

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A West Virginia man indicted for mur-
der has been returned to
Okeechobee County to
stand trial for the murder of
John Melvin Hall in 2007.
Matthew Paul Morris,
37, Cascade Brook, Alum
Creek, W Va., was booked
into the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Jail Wednesday, Oct. 6,
and is being held without Matthew
bond. Morris
Morris is being held
on charges of first degree murder, burglary
of a dwelling with assault or battery while
armed/discharge of a firearm causing great
bodily harm, robbery with a deadly weap-
on firearm/ discharge of a firearm causing
great bodily harm (two counts), grand theft-
motor vehicle and possession of a firearm or
ammunition by a convicted felon.
Morris was indicted by an Okeechobee

County grand jury on Oct. 13, 2009. He was
in a federal prison at the time.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, Mor-
ris has an extensive federal conviction re-
cord that includes bank robbery, possession
of cocaine with intent to distribute and pos-
session of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On Nov. 15, 2007, an intruder entered
Mr. Hall's home on U.S. 441 S.E. and fatally
shot him as he slept. Mr. Hall's wife and two
other family members were in the home at
the time but were not injured.
Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright
and Detective Susan Morrison, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, testified
at Morris' extradition hearing on Wednesday,
Sept. 29, 2010. Detective Morrison is the lead
investigator in the case.
Mr. Albright said even though Morris has
been indicted and arrested, the murder in-
vestigation is still ongoing.
"There is still potentially one or two other
suspects," he said in an Oct. 1 interview.
County jail administrator Ronnie White

said Morris is being held in segregation and
is considered an escape risk.
Besides his extensive criminal history,
Morris also gained a measure of notoriety
when he was a witness for the defense in
the 2009 trial of mob boss John Gotti.
Gotti, nicknamed the "Teflon Don," was
indicted on racketeering and murder charg-
es in August of 2008. His trial started in Sep-
tember of 2009 and ended on Dec. 1, 2009,
when a mistrial was declared by the judge.
A New York Post article reported that
Morris had shared a Florida prison cell with
mob turncoat John Alite. In January of 2008,
Alite had pleaded guilty to two murders, four
murder conspiracies, at least eight shootings
and two attempted robberies in New York,
New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida.
Those charges all stemmed from his al-
leged involvement in a Gambino Family
mob crew in Tampa.
No local trial date has been set for Mor-

OSAC to hold special Candlelight Vigil and memorial service

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The second annual Narcotics Overdose
Prevention and Education (N.O.P.E.) Candle-
light Vigil will be held Thursday, Oct. 28, at
the Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750
U.S. 98 N.
The event will get under way at 6:30 p.m.
with refreshments, which will be followed
by a memorial service at 7 p.m.

Residents of the community are invited to
join the Okeechobee Substance Abuse Co-
alition (OSAC) to remember those who have
lost their lives to drug- and alcohol-related
incidents and all of those suffering from ad-
OSAC is partnering with government of-
ficials, drug prevention professionals and
citizens to disseminate this information and
to offer education to community leaders,

schools, churches, parents and the youth of
the community.
This special evening will also feature a
memorial video to remember those who
have lost their lives to alcohol or drugs.
Steve Condit, from Breakthrough Recov-
ery, will be the keynote speaker.
For information, contact Connie Curry
at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office,

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Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Craig C. Rush, 25, S.E. 39th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Oct. 7 by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a
charge of possession of cocaine. His bond
was set at $5,000.
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bation grand theft-motor vehicle (three
counts). He is being held without bond.
Shawn Christopher Bloom, 24, Henry
St., Guntersville, Ala., was arrested Oct. 8
by Deputy Corporal Timothy A. Higgins on
a felony charge of aggravated battery with
a deadly weapon. He was also arrested
by Deputy John Ashby on a misdemeanor
charge of leaving the scene of an accident
with property damage. Bloom had not had
his first appearance hearing as of newspaper

deadline so no bond had been set.
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and printed.
Editor's Note: In July it was re-
ported in this column that Harry An-
thony Shock Jr. had been arrested on
a charge of felony petit theft. Accord-
ing to Assistant State Attorney Donald
Richardson that charge against Mr.
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Public Forum/Speak Out

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

No shoes, no shirt,
no service
What happened to people dressing ap-
propriately when they enter a restaurant?
Last weekend at a local fast food restaurant, a
woman and a child came in with NO SHOES
on! Sunday in another local restaurant a man
came in with NO SHIRT on! Both of these
fast food restaurants have a drive thru! If you
can't get dressed, use the drive thru!
I always thought the shirt and shoes
rules were part of the health code. Certain-
ly they should be enforced, even in casual

I would like to find out some places
that people can volunteer. I know quite a
few older people and some younger people
who are out of work. We would like to feel
we are doing something useful and helping
our community. Anyone who could give us
a heads up on where to go-it would be ap-
Editor's note: There are many requests for
volunteers listed in the newspaper during the
year. Area schools welcome volunteers in
cluding guest readers and help with the Head
Start programs. Churches welcome volun
teers to help with church services, youth pro
grams and food pantries. The "pink ladies" at
the hospital are volunteers.
Local organizations that welcome volun
teers also include:
Habitat for Humanity: 863-467 6484;
Guardian ad Litem program: 772-785
Red Cross: 863-763-2488;
Hospice of Okeechobee: 863-467-2321.

Drug arrests at OHS
I was just was looking at one of the
boys page on facebook and when asked if
he was doing/selling drugs he says yes. Hope
the State Attorney's office is printing out this
stuff. Not sure if it would be admissible, but
that is pretty bold.

I am glad the newspaper printed the
names and photos of the boys who are ac-
cused of selling drugs on the school campus.
Parents who have teenagers need to know
who was selling drugs. If your child has been
hanging out with any of these kids, you need
to find out if they have been buying drugs
from them. And you certainly don't want to
let these drug dealers into your home. Who
knows what they might be carrying in their
pockets or back packs!

What can the community do?
The teenagers say there is nothing for
them to do here and point to that as one rea-
son so many wind up in trouble. While I say
that being bored is no reason to do some-
thing as crazy as sell drugs .... it does seem
the community could use more programs
for the kids. But, what kind of programs and
where would we get the money? Local busi-
nesses are struggling already. Many have laid
off workers. What kind of activities could
we have for the teens and how would such
programs be funded? I think a lot of parents
would be willing to do what they can to help,
but most don't have any money to spare
it's hard enough just making the mortgage,
buying food and paying the utility bills.
I am a student at OHS. And you know
what all these kids who are doing drugs are
saying? We have nothing better to do. Ex-
cuse me? Has ANYONE been listening to us?
parently, this is just an excuse, right? Oh, no,
it's the truth. Thankfully I haven't touched
any drugs or alcohol, but gosh, I have noth-
ing better to do either, imagine that. A stu-
dent who participated in six clubs last year,
who's been going to educational classes out
of state every summer these past 4 years,
has nothing better to do. I stay at home
all day, moping because I can't just get up
and go into town to have fun. I have to find
a ride, get gas money and drive OUT of
Okeechobee to find something to do. Is any-
one going to even try to help these kids? Or
do we have to do something for ourselves?
Please just listen to what we want. We want
to have something so that we cannot only
better ourselves as people, but so everyone
can better themselves as a community. We
have tons of ideas that we CAN do, we just
need help getting there. We need something
that can suit all our tastes, not just this YMCA
idea, and not just these monthly dances, but
something that we can go to even when we
are done with high school, and getting ready
for college.

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Welcome to Okeechobee, may we take
your order? When I was in high school back
in the '80s we complained about the same
thing. "There is nothing to do for us." It didn't
change then and it won't change now.
Well, aren't they having a dance for the
kids once a month? Isn't there a new place
over by Taylor Creek north of Burger King
that caters to kids? Whatever happened to
taking care of the rest of the family? Genera-
tional, I mean. Surely there are older people
in the family that need help a couple of times
a week with chores and getting food, etc. I
have children myself and have found the
best thing is to KEEP THEM BUSY working at
what they can to better OUR FAMILY SO WE
applied it several times and have received
the same results: kids who don't complain
at night because they are asleep. Saturday
morning at 6:30 a.m. comes early. I know
it may sound simplistic but it seems to work
after a few false starts.
I definitely think that we need to come
up with something for the children to do.
There are parks and the sports complex
which is great for the little ones, but what
the pre teens and teenagers just have the
skate park, what if they are not a skater? I
really wish we had a YMCA here in town to
keep the kids active.
Start a Y Be a change agent. When you
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developing a stronger, healthier community
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Every Y begins with the passion to make a
difference through leadership. You're that
leader -part of a 160-year history of social
progress. Because Ys are as unique as the
communities we serve, we must carefully
consider specific neighborhood needs when
assessing Y development. The first step is to
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next steps. Call 800-872-9622, extension
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I think it is up to the parents to accept
the responsibility and put the kids first. I get
two weeks vacation from my job a year.
So every year I take one of those weeks
and donate it to help with a youth activity.
If I want there to be activities for my kids,
then I have to help make it happen. If every
parent donated one week a year, we would
have plenty of adult supervision for youth
programs. That is a challenge I would like
to make to every parent in this town. Donate
your time and see what a big difference that
can make.

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I know that there are many more com-
munity activities to get plugged into than
there used to be. I have seen one of the
churches in town has co-ed flag football for
kids k-12 and of course many youth groups
throughout the community as well for kids
to get involved in. I think it is very critical
for the parents to be involved in the child's
life versus looking for a babysitting service.
What do the kids over in the St. Lucie and
Martin county do for entertainment? I see
many of them hanging out at the movie the-
ater or the mall. Basically the same here, just
on a little bigger scale. Has there ever been
a meeting held with some of our target aged
kids and ask what they want?
I am a teenager living here in Okeecho-
bee. I am 18 years old, still in high school. I
am speaking out for my friends and myself,
and for my 9 year old brother. This town
needs to give us something to do. I'm tired
of sitting at home all day, with nothing to do,
I'll paint, I'll read, I'll go online. But I need
to socialize with friends. I need to socialize
in a safe and fun environment. We all need
something we can do, something that will
suit all our different tasks, what about a skat
ing rink? What about an arcade in town?
How bout a drive-in theater? A cafe/book-
store? A malt shop? We can't spend our days
away at Walmart, which so many of us do.
I refuse to go mudding where so many kids
get hurt, and do things they really shouldn't,
or to go the pier and watch people wash
away there dreams with drugs and alcohol.
We need something, not just for the kids, but
for the community. I don't want to watch my
little brother make these same mistakes oth-
ers have. I constantly run into people my age
and older being pushed to do things they
shouldn't. I was strong enough to say no, to
try to do something better, but an idle mind
is the devil's playground, and as much as i
wished it was true, not everyone will say no
to these drugs and alcohol. I CAN'T watch
this happen to my little brother.
I'm sorry but the excuse "there is noth-
ing to do in Okeechobee" is a lame one. Do
you ever think of anyone but yourselves?
Get out and do something to help someone
else! The code enforcement people are al-
ways targeting elderly, sick people for allow-
ing derelict buildings and overgrown yards.
Those people wouldn't let their property get
into that condition if they could help it. You
don't have to be a detective to look around
and see who needs help. Helping someone
might even make you feel good about your-
selves. Doing/selling drugs because there is
nothing to do? Give me a break!

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purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
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debate, not to dominate itwith our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
potential conflicts to our readers.
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the prominence it deserves.
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Amendments 5 and 6 deal with voting districts

New district lines to be
drawn due to changes in
2010 Census for Florida

By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
Amendment 5 and Amendment 6 both
deal with redistricting. Every 10 years, fol-
lowing the Census, as required by the Unit-
ed States Constitution, the states redraw the
voting district lines for congressional, state
house and senate districts to reflect popula-
tion changes and to ensure the districts are
roughly equal in population.
Proponents of Amendments 5 and 6 say
the current reapportionment procedures al-
low the party in power to draw the districts
to favor candidates in that political party. The
State Legislature approves the redistricting
plans, which has historically led to district
boundaries that favor the incumbents from
that political party. Drawing voting district
lines to favor a candidate or party is referred
to as "gerrymandering."
The term gerrymander was coined by the
Boston Gazette newspaper in 1812. Gover-
nor Elbridge Gerry approved a bill that re-
districted Massachusetts to benefit his party.
The district lines he approved created a vot-
ing district that reportedly resembled the
shape of a salamander. In later years, such
districts have sometimes been called "bug
splat" districts because they resembled the
shape of an insect splattered on a car wind-
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have left the state with some odd shaped
districts that combine parts of communities
with little in common. For example, Florida
State Senate district 27, stretches in an odd
shape across the state from the east to west
coast including pieces of Palm Beach, Char-
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of Lake Okeechobee.
Amendment 5 Ballot Summary: Legisla-
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political party. Districts shall not be drawn
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choice. Districts must be contiguous. Unless
otherwise required, districts must be com-
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where feasible must make use of existing
city, county and geographical boundaries.
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sional districts or districting plans may not
be drawn to favor or disfavor an incumbent
or political party. Districts shall not be drawn
to deny racial or language minorities the
equal opportunity to participate in the politi-
cal process and elect representatives of their
choice. Districts must be contiguous. Unless
otherwise required, districts must be com-
pact, as equal in population as feasible, and
where feasible must make use of existing
city, county and geographical boundaries.
PROPOSED BY: Fair Districts, Florida.
SUPPORTERS: Supporters of the plan
say the amendments would set nonpolitical
standards for redistricting, reduce gerryman-
dering or the drawing of districts for political
purposes and protect the ability of minority
voters to participate in the political process.
The Florida League of Women Voters,
AARP, The Florida Education Association,
the Service Employees International Union,
the NAACP, Gov. Charlie Crist, former-Gover-
nor Bob Graham, The Miami Herald, Florida
Today, the Tampa Tribune and the Palm
Beach Post have all endorsed Amendments
5 and 6.
The Miami Herald editorial board wrote,
"Taking the rigging out of redistricting and re-
apportionment would give voters real choic-
es closer to home come election time." The
Tampa Tribune editorial board wrote, "The
current system empowers politicians, not
voters. Approving the proposed standards
would bring order to the process ... A logical
electoral map that keeps neighborhoods to-
gether could reinvigorate a healthy election
system where voters pick their politicians
rather than the other way around."
The Florida League of Women Voters stat-
ed "Setting rules for redistricting has been a

League priority since 1982. The League sup-
ports single-member election districts that
are equal in population, provide access for
minorities, and when possible, take local
characteristics such as political and geo-
graphical boundaries into consideration.
The League strongly supports Amendments
5 and 6."
OPPONENTS: Opposition to Amend-
ments 5 and 6 has primarily come from Flor-
ida Republicans who are currently in office.
Outspoken opponents to the amendments
include Representative Corrine Brown (D-
Jacksonville), Representative Mario Diaz-
Balart (R-Miami), Florida House Majority
Leader Adam Hasner, Dean Cannon (R- Win-
ter Park) and Senate President-designate
Mike Haridopolos, (R-Melbourne).
Those who oppose Amendments 5 and 6
say the amendments' goals would be impos-
sible to meet. They also claim the amend-
ments could hurt minorities by eliminating
minority-access districts which traditionally
are not compact and may not follow natural
geographic boundaries.
Mr. Haridopolos has stated that passage
of Amendments 5 and 6 will be costly to the
state because they will increase the chance
of legal challenges to redistricting plans.
Sources for this article included the Col
lins Center for Public Policy web site www., and the League of
Women Voters of Florida.

Reflections from the Pulpit

By Rev. Bruce Simpson
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church
When I was in the sixth grade, my twin
and I were playing with a friend. He had
brought some newspaper and matches
into the field. He took some rabbit tobacco
and placed it in a piece of newspaper and
he began to smoke the rabbit tobacco. My
twin and I chose not to smoke the rabbit to-
When I was in high school, my twin and
I were hanging out with some friends. We
were sitting around a campfire; when some
of our friends brought out some beers. We
chose not to drink the beers.
When I was a young adult, in the early
'70s and '80s on numerous occasion, I was
offered illegal drugs. I did not run with a
rough crowd. Yet, I was constantly being ex-
posed to the temptation of illegal drug use. I
chose not to yield to this temptation.
This week, I learned about the arrest of
students at Okeechobee High School on
drug charges. I thought about the heartache
that some parents would have to experi-
ence. If these were dealers; then, how many
of the students were buying these drugs?

My brother-in-law was a drug dealer and
user. He found himself in a large city living in
a low rent district. After an overdose, he died
three times on the way to the hospital. He
survived this near death experience. A few
months later, he met the only Person who
could take his addiction away. He met Jesus
Christ and he received Him as his Lord and
Middle school and high school parents
and guardians, our children need our love
and encouragement. Be involved in your
child's life. You cannot raise your child alone.
Please find a community of faith and attend
it regularly.
Middle school and high school students,
you are loved! Your are of great worth! John
3:16 states: "For God so loved the world that
he gave his only Son, so that everyone who
believes in him may not perish but may have
eternal life." NRSV
Join me in praying for the students and
families of those involved in these arrests as
well as all the other students.


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Okeechobee News

October 10, 2010


Barbara McGee, 73
JENSEN BEACH -Barbara McGee, of Jensen
Beach, passed peacefully on Oct. 3, 2010 at
home, with family by her side.
Born in Ossining, N.Y, she moved to Holly-
wood in 1953 and resided in Plantation from
1970-1990. She was the office manager at Mass
Mutual for 27 years which blessed her with
cherished life-long friends. After retiring to
Okeechobee in 1990, she worked part-time as a
Publix cashier for several years. She loved ani-
mals, football season, cooking, sewing and clas-
sical music. In December 2009 she relocated to
be closer to her family. Known for her compas-
sion, kindness and caring, she touched many
lives and will be dearly missed.
Preceded in death by her husband, Francis
McGee; and her son, Todd Gloeckner.
Barbara is survived by her son, Karl (Susan)
Gloeckner of Jensen Beach; daughter Heidi
Payne of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Thomas
(Joy) Payne of Hixson, Tenn., Sarah Payne of
Sunrise, Fla., Karla Gloeckner of Jensen Beach,
Fla.; and her beloved dogs, Baby and Cooper.
A memorial service will be at 11:00 A.M. on
Saturday, Oct. 16th at Fred Hunter's Downtown
Fort Lauderdale Chapel with inurnment follow-
ing at Lauderdale Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be designat-
ed to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 S.E. Indian
Street, Stuart, FL. 34997.
Arrangements entrusted to Fred Hunter's Fu-
neral Home, 718 South Federal Highway, Fort
Lauderdale (954) 527-1550. www.fredhunt-
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Community Events

Masonic Lodge to host
Sunday breakfast
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will
host Sunday breakfast on Oct. 10, from 8-11
a.m. The public is welcome and carry outs
are available. The breakfast menu includes:
eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes, bis-
cuits and gravy, juice and coffee for just
$6. The breakfast is held every second and
fourth Sunday of each month.

Free nutritional
analysis class planned
A free CRA nutritional analysis class will
be held on Monday, Oct. 11, at 5:30 p.m.
at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center
taught by Dr. Edward Douglas. This is a free
community service. For information call,

Shrine Club to host
spaghetti dinner Tuesday
It's back! The Tuesday night spaghetti
dinner at the Okeechobee Shrine Club on
Highway 78. The next spaghetti night will
take place on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The cost is
just $6 for a great spaghetti dinner with all
the fixins! Dinner will be served from 4 until
7 p.m. and music will be provided from 5
until 8 p.m. Come and enjoy good food and
great fellowship. For information, please
contact Mac Simpson at 863-484-0427, the
Shrine Club at 863-763-3378 or Kip Gardner
at 863-610-6659.

Moose Lodge to honor
new degree holders
The Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge
#1753 in Okeechobee is announcing their
fall celebration honoring new degree hold-
ers on Sunday, Oct. 17, beginning at 3 p.m.
The lodge is located at 159 N.W 36th Street,
Okeechobee. The event will include general
meeting, election and installation of officers,
a live auction and dinner/dance. Cost for the
event is just $8. Attendees must RSVP by
Oct. 13, by calling Nancy at 772-463-0984 or
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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: Oct. 13, Nov. 10,
Dec. 8. It will be held at VNA at 208 S.E. Park
St., Okeechobee (across from the fire sta-
tion). Free and open to the public! For more
information, please call 772-370-7777.

CPR/AED Class planned
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave., will
have an adult CPR/AED class on Wednesday,
Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. For more information or to
register call 863-763-2488.

Teen Dance Party planned
The next Teen Dance Party event will be
held on Friday, Oct. 15, at the Okeechobee
Freshman Campus, 610 S.W Second Av-
enue from 7 until 10 p.m. Just $7 includes
admission to the dance for 12-15 year olds,
live music by DP Productions, pizza, soda,
chips. Proceeds will benefit Hospice of
Okeechobee and Communities in Schools.
The event is presented by Teresa Chandler

Clay Shoot fundraiser
benefit planned
Please join us for our second Clay
Shoot fundraiser to benefit the mentor-

ing programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Okeechobee County on Saturday, Oct. 30,
at Quail Creek Plantation, Hwy. 68 E. Orange
Avenue/5 miles east of Hwy. 441. Rolling
start at 8 a.m., $100 per shooter or $375 per
team includes lunch. Call 863-824-BBBS or
make your reservations online at www.bbb-

Halloween Party
Okeechobee Moose Lodge 1753, 159
N.W 36th Ave., is having a Halloween Party
for the children/grandchildren of Moose
members and their guests on Saturday, Oct.
23, from 2 to 4 p.m. Deadline to sign up is
Oct. 15. Call Theresa if you have any ques-
tions at 863- 357-7879.

Infant/Child CPR/AED
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.,
will hold an Infant/Child CPR/AED class on
Monday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. For more informa-
tion or to register call 863-763-2488.

Healthy Start Coalition to
The Board of Directors of the Okeecho-
bee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Fri-
day, Oct. 22, at 11:30 a.m. in their office, lo-
cated at 575 S.W 28th Street within the New
Endeavor High School building. The meeting
is open to the public. For more information,
please call Kay Begin, executive director at
the Coalition Office at 863-462-5877.

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Jenny Pung
OHS Drama teacher Debbie Raulerson (left) and 2010 OHS graduate Kaley Dees (right) were two of the speakers at
the Okeechobee Educational Foundation's annual luncheon. Ms. Raulerson spoke to the audience about the activi-
ties and programs available to her students thanks to the Okeechobee Educational Foundation's mini-grant program;
whereby local businesses and organizations can sponsor a mini grant for local teachers to enhance learning in the
classroom. Mini grants are named after their donors; in Ms. Raulerson's case- she received the Community Theatre
mini-grant. Kaley Dees was a recipient of many local scholarships processed via the Okeechobee Educational Foun-
dation. Miss Dees explained how important education was to her and thanked the entire community for allowing her
to work toward her goal of becoming a veterinarian. If you are interested in sponsoring a scholarship or mini grant or
for more information about the Okeechobee Educational Foundation, contact Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5025 x227.

Okeechobee Livestock Market Report

Oct. 5 and 6, 2010
Breaking $52.50 $53.00
Cutter $46.00 $56.00
Canner $40.00 $45.00
1000-1500 $57.00 $67.00
1500-2000 $58-00 $68.00
Monday Tuesday
Calves 434 1857
Cows 50 326
Str 17 2
Hfrs 7 4
Bulls 8 25
Yrlngs 18 56

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11 0 250-300 105-140
545 2270 300-350 111-132 93-104
350-400 94-95
Steers Hfrs 400-450 100-120 93-95
115-125 Small #1
95-114 450-500 100-103
145-160 90-110 Looks like prices leveled
132-160 72-80 off this week and were just
117-130 83-101 a little bit better. Best qual-
115-123 75-89 ity calves were $3-$5 higher.
110-121 80-94 Cows and bulls were steady.
102-112 84-88 Pino Ranch of Medley, FL
98-104 topped the calf market with
a high of $1.85, bought by
Steers Hfrs Reynolds. 711 Ranch and

Sheltra Cattle topped the cow market with
a high of $58. Sales: Oct. 8 Bred Heifer;
Oct. 15 Graham Angus; Oct. 22 Lemmon
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Pharmacist at new drug store

believes in personal service

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
"We dispense care." That is the motto of
Heartland Discount Pharmacy, 407 S. Parrott
Ave. Registered pharmacist Hitesh Patel and
Registered Pharmacy Technicians Jennifer
Wagner and Monica Patel strive to provide
service beyond the prescription.
Mr. Patel has 10 years experience as a
pharmacist in Venice and Sarasota, includ-
ing time as a pharmacy manager. His pre-
vious pharmacy experience was
with pharmacy chains that did
not provide the kind of personal
service he wishes to provide with
Heartland. He said pharmacists
at the big drugstore chains do not
have time to talk with customers.
He wants to meet his custom-
ers, provide them with personal
service and educate them as to
their pharmaceutical needs. Mr.
Patel's goal is to be the fastest
and friendliest neighborhood
drugstore offering extraordinary
customer service.
Among the services Heartland
offers are electronic prescrip-
tions, and a reminder when a
prescription is due for a refill. The gi
Heartland staff will work with in- Registeount
surance companies and coordi- service.

nate with doctors when prior authorization
is needed for a prescription. Delivery is avail-
able to customers' homes, doctors' offices,
hospitals and clinics. The pharmacy will also
be offering flu shots.
The hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday
through Friday and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on
Saturday. The drugstore is closed on Sunday.
The telephone number is 863-763-7633.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
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Students of the Week
Osceola Middle School is proud to announce this week's Students of the
Week. Students including: (left to right) Matthew Garcia, Tristen Nemeth,
Nathan Parker, Aliyyah Murphy and not pictured: Natalee Trimble, Jemuel
Garin, Elisabel Piedra-Valle, George Marshall, Morgan Bolan were chosen
by teachers from their teams for being excellent models for other students.
Teachers indicate that these students have been caught being good all over
campus! They were treated to Domino's Pizza for lunch on Thursday, Oct. 7.
Congratulations, Warriors!

Okeechobee News

October 10, 2010

Christian Team Trails tourney has largest turnout ever

The Christian Team Trails Tournament
held at Okee-Tantie on Saturday, Oct. 2, was
the largest tourney ever with 67 boats going
out! The weather was perfect and the fishing
was great! A high payout of $1,073 went to
first place winners-Team Doug Laury and
partner John McClelland. The two brought
in a total of 21.54 pounds in fish with their
biggest catch weighing in at 6.37 pounds.
Second place winners, boater Larry Steele
and partner, Don Jarriel also took the prize
for Big Fish with a single fish weighing 7.35
pounds and their total second place winning
weight was 20.35 pounds. Their take home
prize totaled $926 which included a $536
prize for second place and $390 for their Big
Fish catch.
Winners for third place also took the
prize for second Big Fish that weighed in at
6.85 pounds. The team of Rick Sasina and
partner Bob Sheltra brought in a total weight
catch with five fish caught of 19.79 pounds.
Total winning for Team Rick and Bob was
Other boaters brought in a record catch
as well with the tournament pay out go-
ing to the top 13 teams. Fourth place was
team John Supley and Pat Dravo with their
total weight at 17.65 pounds; fifth place was
Don DeMott and Korey Rubaskin with 16.1
pounds; sixth place, Cody and Larry Wright
with 15.78 pounds; seventh place Dallas
Rexroad and Doyle Arnold 15.59 pounds;
eighth place, Norris Newhouse and Larry
Gibson with 15.14 pounds; ninth place,

Curtis Lewis and Steve Fairtrace with 14.8
pounds; 10th place, Bobby Adams and Mike
Edwards with 14.68 pounds; 11th place, Jus-
tin Schwier and Jim Hurlock, Jr. with 14.36
pounds; 12th place with Curtis Mosely and
Corey Hall with 14.22 pounds and 13th place
and the final pay out went to Dick Myers and
Brock Stanaland with a total weight caught
at 13.86 pounds.
Only seven boaters returned to weigh in
with no fish caught. All of the fishermen re-
turned at weigh in time to enjoy free hot dogs
and drinks with their families and friends.

Special to the Okeechobee News/Pat Ziegler
In second place overall and first place
for Big Fish, Larry Steele and Don Jar-
riel are awarded their prize of $926
including $536 for their second place

.. .

In third place with an overall total weight brought in of 19.79 pounds were Rick
Sasina and Bob Sheltra. The team also took the prize for second place Big Fish.
Their winnings totaled $430. And, Big winners, Doug Laury and John McClel-
land accepted their prize totaling over $1,000 by announcer Jimmy Fowler (left)
and the tournament weighmaster, Don Roberts.

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First place winners at the Christian
Team Trails Tourney with a total weight
of 21.54 pounds were Doug Laury and
John McClelland. They walked away
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tutional officers except for the sheriff are cov-
ered by the general fund. The public safety
fund contains $2,319,016 in undesignated
reserves. The public safety fund provides
money for the sheriff's office, the state's at-
torney, the public defender, the victim's ad-
vocate, the guardian ad litem program, the
court system, the county judge, the circuit
judge, facilities maintenance and the depart-
ment of juvenile justice. The unincorporated
services area fund contains $254,102 in un-
designated reserves. The unincorporated
services area fund pays for planning and
zoning, animal control, economic develop-
ment, the building department and code
Thevast majority of reserves, $28,282,512,
are designated, which means that they are
to be used for specific purposes only. There
are 30 funds in the budget which have des-
ignated reserves.
The money in three of these funds, capi-
tal improvement, landfill trust and solid
waste management are designated by board
policy rather than by state law. That means
the board of county commissioners could
spend that money, in excess of two months'

operating expenses, for other purposes if
they so desired.
The capitol improvement fund contains
$4,687,631 in designated reserves. That fund
contains money for future capital projects
and large multi-year projects. The money in
this fund comes from the small county sur-
tax, grants and interest.
The landfill trust fund, at $8,740,885 is
dangerously close the $8 million floor set by
commissioners. Therefore, there is very little
surplus money in that fund which has been
used in the past to cover shortfalls in other
budget areas. Money in the landfill trust fund
comes from landfill use fees.
The solid waste management fund con-
tains $2,171,149. Revenues for this fund
come from state grants to small counties,
hazardous materials fees, monitoring fee,
and interest. The fund is used in managing
recycling, household hazardous wastes and
recycling programs. The fund also handles
the Adopt-A-Highway program and moni-
tors the old landfill site near the airport.
The other 27 funds each receive money
from specific sources such as grants or gaso-
line tax, which, by law, can only be used for
specific purposes.
The road improvement fund contains
$3,606,174 in designated reserves. Revenues
for this fund come from local option fuel tax
and interest. This fund is used to meet the

Special to the Okeechobee News/ECO

Economic Council meets
Members of the Economic Council of Okeechobee met recently at Indian
River State College with Executive Director Lynn Topel of Florida's Heartland
Rural Economic Development Initiative (FHREDI) to learn more about the
Florida Rural Broadband Alliance which was recently awarded a $24 million
grant. Pictured are Tara Minton, Jon Geitner, Joe Arnold, Dick Meyer, Ted
Kelchner (back row), Libby Maxwell, Lynn Topel, Devin Maxwell, and Bob
Thompson (front row).

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requirements of the capital improvements
elements of the comprehensive plan. It does
not cover routine road maintenance. The
transportation trust fund, which is funded by
special assessments, fuel taxes and grants
does cover routine road maintenance. It has
$2,971,437 in designated reserves.
The fire/rescue fund has $2,261,912 in
designated reserves. The money in the fund
comes mainly from fire assessments, fire
prevent fees, fire inspection fees and inter-
The remaining funds in the budget have
designated reserves in smaller amounts
which are funded from specific sources and
which can only be used for specific purpos-
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Firemen take safety message to kids

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Fire prevention week was celebrated in
Okeechobee this week with five days of fire
safety events at local elementary schools.
First grade students got to meet City Fire-
men, County Firemen and paramedics, and
Rangers with the Florida Division of Forestry
at each local school this week.
The theme of the national campaign this
year was smoke alarms, a sound you can
live with. City firemen put on a puppet show
to hammer home the importance of smoke
alarms and the important safety tip to change
the batteries to these smoke detectors. The
puppet show has gone on for over 20 years
now and includes music to emphasize fire
drills, smoke detectors, and not playing with
matches and lighters.
Okeechobee County Firefighter Para-
medic Keith Bourgualt said firemen get as
much out of the experience as the students,
"I think it's a great thing. They love us to
come out and show our stuff off. The kids
really enjoy it. It is good public relations for
all of us."
His message to kids was not to touch
matches or lighters and to tell adults about
them. He also urged kids not to mess with
drugs they might find around their home. He
maintains that kids are afraid of firemen at
first because of their equipment and cloth-
ing. He said events like this make kids feel
more comfortable with firemen.
"It shows them that were not so bad. We
all enjoy the interaction. It is a lot of fun for

all of us," he added. "They don't care too
much about the medical stuff but they love
the fire hose."
The students also got to hold a fire hose
as it shot water out onto the lawn of the
Division of Forestry Ranger Joe Asaro said
students aren't as familiar with the forestry
as other fire departments. He said they ask a
lot of questions about what equipment they
use in the fight against wild land fires.
Ranger Alton Padgett said he felt the
event is worth while, "It helps to keep kids
from getting into things that will hurt them.
They can get into things that are dangerous
for them and for people around them. This
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Okeechobee News October 10, 2010

County looking for new director

of emergency management

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The search is on to replace Okeechobee
County Emergency Management Director
Michael Faulkner who leaves the job Oct. 8
to take a position with the Federal Emergen-
cy Management Administration in Atlanta.
County administrator Lyndon Bonner
said there is a tremendous pool of appli-
cants. However, he plans to take his time
making the selection. Until a new director is
named, the department will be headed up
by assistant fire chief David McCain.
Mr. Faulkner came to the emergency
management department in 2007. In 2008
he became emergency management direc-

tor upon the retirement of former manager
Gene O'Neill.
The position is being advertised on the
county website. The applicant must have
either Florida Professional Emergency Man-
ager or Certified Emergency Management
credentials. The applicant also must have a
Bachelors' Degree and a minimum of four
year's experience or a combination of expe-
rience and education providing the required
knowledge, skills and abilities. The stating
salary range is $50,292 to $62,860. There is
no deadline to apply. The position is open
until it is filled.
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Domestic Violence Training offered to community
Martha's House will offer a three-day Domestic Violence Training for those interested
in knowing more about this issue. The training will take place on Oct. 26, 27, and 28
from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The registration fee is $30. The training will be located at South
Florida Water Management, on the second floor of the Bank of America Building. The
address is 205 North Parrott Ave, Okeechobee. A continental breakfast will be included
along with a certificate for completing the training. The event is wheel chair accessible. If
anyone needs addition accommodations or more information about the training, please
call 863-763-2893.

Breast cancer dinner to support Hospice of Okeechobee
A breast cancer dinner will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Cypress Hut Eagles,
#4509, at 5:30 p.m. Serving a pot roast dinner with all the fixings, roll and dessert for a
donation of $7. Music by Lisa. All proceeds go to Hospice of Okeechobee-come sup-
port this wonderful cause.

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type mixed brown and
tan black face lost
Wednesday morning NE
section of Okeechobee
Call 863-763-3728

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deer? Pick up some
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Ridge Propane Gas in Avon Park
has an opening for a install-repair-
man and bobtail driver. Must be
experienced with gas. Offering
excellent pay and benefits. Please
call (863) 453-3959 or call toll free
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pay and benefits.

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today's classified.
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Must have 1 yr exp. Bi-
lingual Spanish/English
preferred. Fax resume to
(863) 357-2991 or apply
at Dr. Fred Brown Chil-
dren's Health Center,
2015 Highway 441 North,
Okeechobee, FL. e-mail

Water Treatment/Wa-
ter pump repair, expe-
rienced preferred but
will train knowledge of
electric and plumbing is
helpful e-mail resume
to advancedwater- or ap-
ply in person @80 SE
31st Lane

Raulerson Hospital is
looking for an experi-
enced HVAC Mechanic
to join our dedicated
team of healthcare pro-
fessionals. Excellent
benefits include Medi-
cal, Dental, Life, 401(k)
plan, PTO and more.
Please visit our website
at www.raulersonhospi- or stop by Hu-
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Earthmover Rental Rates
Mini size Excavator $50
per day, Operator $25
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2BR/1BA Duplex in
town, a/c, ceiling fans,
w/d hook up. Very clean,
no lawn fee, septic/city
water $600/mo. plus
Call (352)528-4795 or
2br/lba, garage, No
pets $650/mo 1st, Last
& Sec. Avail 9/1
(863)697-1105 or
2br/lba, tiled floors, wa-
ter included $750 mo. +
deposit Call Vicki @
2br, Iba, duplex, W/D,
$ 7 0 0 / m o .
nished, for 1 person,
utilities included plus Di-
rect TV Prem Pkg. $600
per mo. lyr lease & sec.
dep. Call 863-467-5616
WATER Including all
utilities, some restric-
tions, apply by appt.
only. (863)357-2044
leave name and number
if no answer.

ciency. Very clean!
$500/mo. Incl. utils. No
pets. Call 561-329-8205

Two Story 2bd/2ba Villa
#44 with privacy fence
must have references
call 863-447-0925 or

Adorable Cottage
Newly remodeled
tiled floors and shower.
a/c ,ceiling fan, cute
kitchen must see $650
mo.,lst and sec. plus
utilities. No pets

House Basswood 3/2 &
3/2/2, 1,800 sq ft,
washer, dryer, large
kitchen. Bring Pets.
$1000 per mo.
(561) 723-2226

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

BEAUTIFUL 3 Bdrm., 2
Ba., New floors. Bass-
wood Estates. $925. mo.
+ dep. & ref's. Call

BR, 1.5 BA w/Den. -
$750 mo. 1st, last &
sec. On about 11/2
acres. Ready now. Call

Dixie Ranch 4bd/lba
$800 a month, 1st, last
plus security, No Pets.
Dixie Ranch 2bd House
$750 mo. No Pets
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Dixie Ranch Acres area
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Newly remodeled, spa-
cious living area, Italian
tile, a/c, ceiling fans, nice
kitchen $575 mo. 1st,
sec. plus utilities.
No Pets
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equine friendly. Horse
Barn. $1400/mo
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2 br/lba, Tiled floors.
Inclds Water. $675/mo.
+ sec. Pool & Tennis
Court. 863-697-6428 or
OKEE 3BR, 1BA, Lami-
nate flooring, new
kitchen, c/air, W&D,
semi-furnished. By Rim
Canal. 441 SE near 15B.
$725 mo. + sec.
Iba cottage, on canal,
fully furn., Direct TV, wa-
ter, yard maint provided,
car port, screen porch,
$650/mo + $600 dep
(772)794-2438 or
BA, 2 Car Garage with
Den and Inground Pool.
2341 SW 24th Ave.
(Eagle Bay Drive). Sale
$120,000 Rent $1100
OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba,
tile throughout, $975
mo. & up. 1st & sec.
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BA, 2 Car Garage with
Den and Inground Pool.
2341 SW 24th Ave.
(Eagle Bay Drive). Sale
$120,000 Rent $1100

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and cleared, nice subdi-
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included $800 per mo.
+ $800 dep. Stephens
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36th Ct close to Kissim-
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Call 863-763-5771
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mo. + sec. dep. Call
772-794-2438 or
4/2 mob home, $700/mo,
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check req.

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schools, laundry facility,
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Pets. Call 863-634-5185
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Pursuant bo Section 193.122, Flori-
a Statues, W.C. Sherman, Prop-
erty Appraiser of Okeechobee
County hereby gives notice that
the 2010 Tax Roll for Okeechobee
County was certified and extended
to the Tax Collector on the 7th
day of October 2010, for the col-
lection of Taxes.
368396 ON 10/10/2010

BPLA2010-005 Okeechobee Co.
Sec. 21, T34S, R33E
1.20 +/- acres Sold by quitclaim
deed "AS IS,""WHERE IS"
Minimum Bid Amount $6,500.00
For a complete package
and terms:
Dianne H. Reed at (850)245-2555
Bid Deadline is October 19, 2010
10:00a.m. EST
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District 2): Many residents live on
properties that have wells and septic
tanks and many of these homes were
built before, when there were few
homes surrounding them. As new
homes were built,
codes changed re-
quiring the house
pads to exceed the
elevations of exist-
ing homes. This
change caused
septic tanks in
Solder homes to
flood as runoff
Bryant from newer homes
Culpepper drained onto lower
properties. Drainage canals must be
cleaned of vegetation, debris and
silt thus bringing them back to their
original design depth. County main-
tenance staff can identify culverts
that are damaged and that impede
the normal flow of drainage. If the
HEAD waters of the main canals are
not properly maintained and cleared
of debris, the drainage will be im-
peded all the way to the flooded ar-
eas. If Okeechobee County receives
funds from South Florida Water Man-
agement for the express purpose of
cleaning the ca-
nals, those funds
must be utilized in
a timely fashion.
(DEM, District
2): Have the coun-
ty road department
and code enforce-
Gene Woods ment be more in-
4): The County as well as The Water
Management District have very de-
tailed and documented regulations
as pertains to digging, filling and
berming that impede or redirects
water flow. If a citizen has questions
about such work being performed
without permits and approved
plans, I would ask
that they contact
local and/or District
officials to deter-
mine if drainage
work and the sub-
sequent discharge
will adversely affect
adjoining prop-
Joey Hoover erty owners. On a
larger scale, Coun-
ty Staff and our Grants Writer have
been very successful over the past
several years in acquiring funds of
approximately $2,000,000 for drain-
age improvements in the Country
Hills Area and the Southwest Drain-
age Project that has recently begun
construction. There are several other
areas that experience drainage prob-
lems; we will continue to pursue
funding for the projects as the funds
become available.

District 4): Currently the County
is undertaking a number of drain-
age related projects according to
the County Ad-
ministrator. South
Florida Water Man-
agement and the
County continue
to work toward
reasonable solu-
tions to eliminate
flooding problems.
I believe we must
continue to seek Terry
avenues of funding Burroughs
(grants from both
State and Federal) to continue ad-
dressing the needs of the citizens of
the County in terms of this issue. Ad-
ditionally, I would support utilizing a
different engineering firm is address-
ing these issues, since we have uti-
lized the same firm for a number of
years and the results have been less
than stellar.

Should the county be stricter
or more lenient on developers
regarding street paving, curbs,
sidewalks, etc.?
CULPEPPER: The current com-
prehensive land use plan says that
all P.U.D.s (Planned Unit Develop-
ments) will provide infrastructure
such as paved roads, sewage, water
and sidewalks. The current econo-
my will dictate that it is not currently
profitable to build these PU.D.s. You
can't impose impact fees on builders
when no building is under way. As
the economy recovers, we can revisit
the issue of a phased in, reasonable
impact fee structure to help builders
recover and start to hire new work-
ers and reduce our unemployment.
WOODS: NO-The county does
not have to be stricter, just enforce
the rules that are on the books.
HOOVER: This question is di-
rectly related to the proceeding
question. Many of the drainage is-
sues we are now facing are due to
inadequate planning and construc-
tion in years gone by. Prior to the cur-
rent land development regulations
(LDRs), many developments were
constructed with the bare minimum
in infrastructure improvements. As
these developments were built out
the demands for street paving, drain-
age, etc., from the residents have to
be addressed. Unfortunately, the im-
provements now being demanded
have to be funded by the current res-
idents since the original developers
are long gone. I believe our current
LDRs are fair and if developments
are correctly constructed to these
standards these projects will not be
a financial burden to the future tax-
payers of Okeechobee.
BURROUGHS: Developers
should be required to improve the
surrounding facilities that are im-
pacted during construction which
includes the above items. The av-
erage taxpayer in our community
cannot afford to allow developers to
build and not provide for the ame-
nities required in solid growth man-

Do you think the county gov-
ernment is adequately prepared
for emergencies such as hurri-
canes? Why or why not?
CULPEPPER: I have made it well
known that I believe the new Emer-
gency Operation Center was not
a dire need at this time. I can't be-
lieve the administration didn't know
when the project was approved for
construction, that there was an im-
pending budget crisis. We currently
have several hardened buildings in
Okeechobee that could be occupied
in the event we take a direct hit from
a hurricane. The new Hampton Inn
is a perfect example of a location to
hold meetings with FEMA after a cat-
astrophic occurrence. In 2006, we
had approximately 35 employees in
the road department compared to
approximately 21 today. That dimin-
ished manpower will greatly reduce
the ability to re-open flooded roads
in the event of severe flooding that
usually accompanies a hurricane.
We must look at history to de-
velop plans for the future. Hypoth-
esis can bankrupt the budget of a
county that does not have the luxury
of a large reserve. The county could
have purchased a mobile communi-
cations van like the Networks use to
provide emergency communication.
This van could have been leased to
FEMA when we didn't need it and
that would provide some needed rev-
enue to our budget. The new E.O.C.
should have been built at the airport
or the Agri-Civic Center where there
is room to marshal trucks carrying
ice, medical supplies and additional
emergency equipment.
WOODS: YES-I do. I would
not have voted on the new building
on Sixth Street for the emergency
management director. I would have
suggested he be put in the old court
HOOVER: I don't know if any
community can ever be totally pre-
pared for a natural disaster such as
a hurricane. While we had our share
of trials and problems during the re-
cent hurricanes, I think the county
overall responded well. It took a lot
of team players including the school
board, Red Cross, local churches
and other organizations to assist in
the recovery and assistance. I think
I was most impressed by the will-
ingness of the private citizens to as-
sist and help their community and
neighbors. The County's Emergency
Management Office conducts sched-
uled drills and training throughout
the year. Along with the Sheriff's
Office and Fire Departments they en-
deavor to stay up to date on policies
and procedures to assure our com-
munity is adequately prepared. They
are always looking for emergency
volunteers. If citizens would like to
become more involved please con-
tact their office at 863-763-3212.
Manager has developed adequate
plans to be implemented during an
emergency. County personnel have
been trained to implement the plans

Okeechobee News

October 10, 2010

October 10, 2010 Okeechobee News

Local dentist provides pediatric services

Okeechobee now has a pediatric den-
tist in town.
Dr. Melissa Kindell is a board eligible
pediatric dentist and an Okeechobee na-
tive. She received her bachelor degree
in microbiology and doctorate of dental
medicine from the University of Florida. Dr.
Kindell was a general dentist with Florida
Community Health Center for four years
and she then decided to pursue her pas-
sion for treating children. At that time she
applied to speciality school at the Univer-
sity of Florida.
Dr. Kindell recently joined the practice
of Wemmer Family Orthodontics, as Ever-
glades Pediatric Dentistry, at 113 N.W 19th
Dr. Kindell said she enjoys watching
children develop into wonderful dental pa-
tients who look forward to their dental vis-
its and always leave with a smile. By focus-
ing on giving the children the best possible
dental experience and using compassion

and patience, even the most terrified pa-
tients start to feel more at ease. Everglades
Pediatric Dentistry puts a strong emphasis
on prevention of decay through education
on oral hygiene and proper dietary habits.
Everglades Pediatric Dentistry provides
treatment for patients from birth to 18 years
of age including healthy children, special
needs children or medically compromised
children with the aim of providing positive
dental memories.
A wide range of services are offered
including preventive and restorative den-
tistry, treatment of traumatic emergencies,
interceptive orthodontics and evaluations
of growth and development. Sedation
services are also offered including nitrous
oxide sedation, conscious sedation and IV
Dr. Kindell is thrilled to be returning
home to Okeechobee with her husband
Eric and her two boys Gavin, 4, and Ma-
son, 2.

Dr. Melissa Kindell is a pediatric dentist recently returned to Okeechobee
as part of Wemmer Family Orthodontics. She is also the mother of two
boys shown here, Gavin, 4, and Mason, 2. Her practice, Everglades Pediat-
ric Dentistry, provides treatment for patients from birth to 18 years of age.

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Moose Lodge honors new degree holders
The Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1753 in Okeechobee is announc-
ing their fall celebration honoring new degree holders on Sunday, Oct.
17, beginning at 3 p.m. The lodge is located at 159 N.W. 36th Street,
Okeechobee. The event will include general meeting, election and instal-
lation of officers, tag sale, live auction and dinner/dance. Music by Just
Us. Cost is just $8 New degree holders free. Dinner includes Yankee
Pot Roast and all fixins'. Attendees must RSVP by Oct. 13, by calling
Nancy at 772-463-0984 or Phyllis at 772-873-9390.


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Why Choose Appearance Implants and Laser Dentistry?
I Our Dentists have over 70 years combined experience and
over 13,000 crowns/implants insertions in Palm Beach County.
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are Uin e SA and Israel.
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a restoration of dental implants. Our dentists include graduates from Columbia,
Louisville, Temple. University of Tennessee, Buffalo and University of
Pittsburgh. Dr. Fien is a Board Certified Periodontist and earned his doctorate
from Columbia University and specialty certificate from Nova Southeastern
University. He has trained in all aspects of implant and periodontal therapy and
has published articles in the Journal of Periodontology and lectured on dental implants.
Dr. Harrouff is a Diplomat member of the American Academy of implant Dentistry and
has recently completed an ITI training course at The Harvard School of Dental
m1, in Full Mouth Reconsructions, Veneers/Lumineers, Dentures,
Porcelain Crowns and Bridges, Root Canal Theraov and Sedation Dentistrv

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