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Some employees at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
got into the Halloween spirit Friday, Oct. 29. Remembering
the '60s were: (left to right) Ronda Butler, Heather Garner,
Mariah 'Rock Star Roy' Anuez and Amy Fisher.
A community Halloween festival is planned today. For infor-
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School officials urge

passage of .25 mill tax


Voluntary tax helps
school system get
more state funding

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Schools would
like voters to pass a referendum
on the ballot this year that allows
them to levy .25 mills for critical
operating expenses.
The millage was approved by


the state legislature in 2008 and
has been passed by the School
Board in a super majority vote of
four votes for the 2009-2010 and
the 2010-2011 school years.
Assistant Superintendent of
Schools Ken Kenworthy said vot-
ers will only continue a village
that is already on the tax roll if they
vote in support of the referendum.
"The important thing for people
to know is this is not a new tax,"
See SCHOOL Page 5


Local pharmacist finds

pill abuse frustrating


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Pharmacists today must be
ever vigilant to the abuse of pre-
scription pills. But, knowing
when a patient is abusing these
drugs and when they truly need
them can be difficult.
"We're trained for flags to go
up all the time. We're trained to
look at all kinds of drug interac-
tions, but it's typical for a patient
to see a number of doctors due to
the specialists now," said a local
pharmacist. "Our job is to make
sure they aren't prescribing any-
thing that will conflict."
But when it comes to such
pills as oxycodone, hydrocodone
and benzodiazepines such as al-
prazolam and valium, how can a
pharmacist separate need from
abuse?
That, said the pharmacist, is
not usually known for quite some
time. While he tries to rely on the
patient's history, many times he
has to just trust the doctor.
"If a patient walks in on a walk-
er, that tells me something about
that patient. But the problem
we're having is that often the pre-
scribers we're contacting, espe-
cially from South Florida, will give
us all the information we want.
But, we don't have any way to
verify it. It's not really until we've
built up a history with a client that
we can say something is really not
adding up in our mind."
He went on to explain that a
medical professional has the re-
sponsibility to see to it that peo-
ple live a productive life. Statistics
show, he continued, that 50 to 75
million people in the U.S. are un-
dertreated for their chronic pain.
So, in the last 10 to 15 years, he
and others in his profession are
getting used to seeing more and


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ers.
"Twenty years ago if I saw a
script for Tylenol with codeine,
it kind of raised an eyebrow," he
said. "What's normal is constant-
ly being redefined."
As for doctor shopping, he
knows it's going on but it's just
not that easy for a pharmacist to
spot until they've seen a client go-
ing to a number of doctors over
a period of time. And as for the
increasing number of prescrip-
tions for pain killers, that too has
become a common occurrence.
"It's common because the
standards of practice in medicine
are that pain is to be treated ad-
equately. But, we're seeing some
cases that make us wonder if the
doctors are truly acting in their
patient's best interest," he said.
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This years' winners were Tiffany Patterson (left), Shiloh Anuez (center) and
Justin Hoover (not pictured.) Pat Hogue (right) presented the award, which
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1,944 local citizens file votes early


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Be sure to exercise your right to vote.
Florida makes it easy to vote by allow-
ing absentee voting, early voting during the
two full weeks preceding Election Day and
voting on Election Day. Early voting ended
yesterday. Absentee ballots must be received
by the supervisor of elections by 7 p.m. on
election day. Absentee ballots cannot be ac-
cepted at the polling places.
Therefore, if you have not voted early
or already mailed in your absentee ballot,
it would probably be a wise idea to vote in
person. Be sure to bring a picture ID and a
signature ID. If you are not sure where to
vote, call the supervisor of elections at 863-
763-4014. On Election Day the polls will be
open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Voting places are as follows: Precinct 1,
Moose Lodge, 159 N.W 36th Street; Precinct


2, Basinger Community Center, 20350 U.S. 98
N.; Precinct 3, The Gathering, 1735 S.W 24th
Ave.; Precinct4, Oakview Baptist Church, 677
S.W 32nd St,; Precinct 5, VFW Post 10589,
3912 U.S. 441 S.E.; Precinct 6, Church of Our
Saviour, Episcopal, 200 N.W Third St.; Pre-
cinct 7, First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W 2nd St.; Precinct 8, Okeechobee Chris-
tian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace; Precinct
9, New Testament Baptist Church, 535 N.E.
28th Ave.; Precinct 10, Cornerstone Bap-
tist Church, 18387 U.S. 441 N.; Precinct 11,
Palm Village Ranch Clubhouse, 1200 44th
Boulevard; Precinct 12, Civic Center, 1750 U.
S. 98 N.; Precinct 13, Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W 6th St.; Precinct 14, Ameri-
can Legion, 501 S.E. Second St.; Precinct 15,
VFW Post 10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E.; Precinct
16, Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N.; Precinct 17,
Church of Our Savior, Episcopal, 200 N.W
3rd St.; and Precinct 18, FP&L Service Cen-
ter, 825 N.E. 34th Ave.


Suspected counterfeiter arrested in Sebring


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man wanted for questioning in connec-
tion with the passing of counterfeit $50 bills
in Okeechobee has been arrested in High-
lands County.
Dexter Darnell Williams, 24, N.W 57th
St., Miami, was arrested Saturday, Oct. 23,
on felony charges of possession of forged
bills and uttering a false bank bill note.
He was booked into the Highlands Coun-
ty Jail under a bond of $5,000.
Detective Bill Maerki, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), said both he
and Detective Bill Saum, of the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), believe that
Williams was involved in the passing of sev-
eral bogus $50 bills to local businesses.
"I know it's our guy," said Detective Mae-
rki. "He's been identified by myself and De-
tective Saum from store video."
The OCSO investigator said Williams is
wanted for questioning in connection with
seven to eight cases in the City of Okeecho-
bee and in Okeechobee County.
"At this time it is believed that he paid
someone $125 for over $500 in counterfeit
bills," said Detective Maerki. "We have leads
and they are still developing."
The bogus bills first started to appear
in Okeechobee on Oct. 3 when one was
passed at a fast food restaurant on U.S. 441
S., said the detective.
According to the detectives the bills were
passed locally by a man and woman. They
said the couple would enter the business
and then one of them would begin to act
drunk and put on a show.
While this was going on, the second
member of the team would buy something


with the counterfeit bill.
Because the store employee was paying
more attention to the 'show' than the trans-
action, they didn't notice that they had just
taken a bad imitation of U.S. currency.
While the front of those bills looked near-
ly perfect to the naked eye, the back of the
bills were "horrible," said Detective Saum.
"When you turn the bill over, the back of
the bill is turned sideways and you can see
what looks like a magazine on the other side
of the bill," he explained.
Also, the back of the bill is the same as
the front-except that it's upside down, the
detective added.
Detective Maerki said he doesn't know
yet just how much of the funny money was
passed locally, or how much money was
lost by local businesses who took the coun-
terfeit bills.




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As of the close of business on Friday,
1,944 people had voted early and 1,229 ab-
sentee ballots had been received. As of that
time 10.5 percent of registered voters had
voted early and a total of 17 percent of the
registered voters had either voted early or by
absentee ballot. On Friday alone 307 people
voted early. That was the biggest day of early
voting as of that date. Okeechobee County
Supervisor of Elections Gwen Chandler pre-
dicted that by the close of business on Sat-
urday, 11 percent of registered voters would
have voted early.
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Charging for ball fields
If I wanted to have a fishing tourna-
ment, I would have to pay for the Okee-
Tantie facilities. If I wanted to use the Agri-
Civic Center, I would have to pay for it. Why
should someone else's hobby be paid for by
the taxpayers who don't use it? Let the team
sponsors kick in a few extra bucks for lights.
Why can't I have a county subsidized golf
course instead of a ball field? I don't play golf
and I don't play softball but if one should be
available then all should be available in case
someone want to use it.
I am going to have to disagree with just
charging the people who use the facilities.
There should be some amount of tax dol-
lars that help with maintaining the facilities.
If not, then a lot of the kids pastimes will
change from baseball or whatever to dealing
or doing drugs. Would you rather have that?
I'm all for sports helping with an educa-
tion, but any kid that gets a scholarship won't
get it at a sandlot ball field. They will be on
the high school team. Society has decided
every kid needs to play so their feeling don't
get hurt. Face it, some kids are not good ball
players or they wouldn't have T-ball where
the ball sits still for them to hit. If they can't
make a team, they form a new league for
the third or forth or fifth strings so they can
play. I've been down to some of those adult
games and it looks like a place to drink beer,
socialize and get a little exercise. They can
drink beer in the dark. I don't have to pay for
their party lights.
I read the story in the paper about the
county wanting to charge OCRA for the use
of the lights and OCRA asking for help since
they already charged fees for this year and
did not want to have to ask the parents for
more money. Only one county commission-
er-Mr. Hoover-volunteered to help by
donating money out of his own pocket. He
challenged another commissioner to pay half
and the other commission declined. Shame
on the other four county commissioners for
not taking up the challenge to help keep the
lights on for the kids.


OPINION


Sunday, October 31, 2010


Letters to the Editor


Lawful yet unrighteous
"Righteousness exalteth a nation: but
sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs
14:34). Nearly 3000 years ago King Solomon
penned this verse and its significance to all
generations is timeless.
Today, the drug problem in America has
been a plague for decades. However, in
recent times it has found new lows of de-
pravity in our society. The advent of pop-up
pain clinics throughout Florida has allowed
the illegitimate proliferation of drug users
dysfunction to now pass for legitimate pain
control. Florida Medicaid is not accepted at
most clinics-CASH ONLY!
As a local pharmacist serving Okeecho-
bee over 30 years, it is astounding to see so
many patients treated with one powerful
drug, "Oxycodone" (aka: Roxi-Codone).
This medication is an analgesic narcotic
nearly twice as potent as morphine. It is
highly addictive, enormously potent, with a
street value of 5 to 10 times or more as com-
pared to most pharmacy retail prices.
These pain clinics seldom, almost never,
use less potent medications. Almost always,
even new patients go straight to the nuclear


option "oxycodone." Since oxycodone only
has an effective analgesic life span of four
hours in the body, it is not uncommon for
many practitioners to prescribe 200 or more
tablets per month per person.
Our government (federal, state and local)
are not very effective in controlling this blight
since the physicians work barely inside the
parameters of the law. These physicians
use the law to hide behind and defend their
lucrative activities as they do their patients
harm up to and including death.
This exploding phenomenon our soci-
ety is now witnessing is proof positive of
unrighteous activity that is legal and lawful.
Our laws do not insure righteousness which
our communities desperately want and
need since righteousness is more than just
being lawful. Righteousness has an element
of VIRTUE at its very heart. It is virtue or the
lack of it that is the greatest issue of our time,
more than jobs, health care, or other mass
media propaganda. Past societies that have
turned away from virtue have gone the way
of the Roman Empire and every failed em-
pire previous to it. When virtue goes away,
so will America as we know it.


As for narcotic prescriptions entering
Okeechobee, a number of pharmacists are
engaging in the impossible task, yet are do-
ing their best to separate the righteous from
the unrighteous and thereby trying to pro-
tect our community.
Blair Kuhlewind, Pharmacist

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Sunny, with a high near 86. Calm
wind becoming east around 5 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around
59. East wind around 5 mph becoming
calm.
Extended Forecast
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 85.
Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 62. East wind around 5 mph becom-
ing calm.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
86. Calm wind becoming east between 5
and 10 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a
low around 63. East wind around 5 mph be-
coming calm.


Reflections from the pulpit


By Nancy Vaughan
Director of Christian Education,
First United Methodist Church
I don't think there is anyone in Okeecho-
bee County that hasn't heard about the ar-
rests at the high school. Many comments,
suggestions, criticisms and praises for the of-
ficials, finger-pointing and complaints have
been made.
I saw a similar situation when I served a
church in a bedroom community of Atlanta
several years ago. This affluent community
was shocked, to say the least, at not only
those who were selling the drugs, but who
the buyers and dealers were. "Good kids"
is what they were called. Some, of course,
were "not so good" kids, but even the good
kids got caught up and their parents didn't
have a clue. Theses kids did not need the
money, they were not bored. In fact, most
were quite active in sports, clubs and, yes,
churches. Most of the parents were active
in the schools and extra curriculas, serving
as adult leaders and coaches, scout leaders
and youth group volunteers. So, what went
wrong? Primarily bullying, peer pressure


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and wanting to be "accepted."
As a community, the best thing we can
do for our kids is to strengthen families and
marriages. Churches in that Atlanta commu-
nity banded together and put on a program
called, "It Takes More Than Love." Parents,
grandparents, guardians and extended fam-
ily adults were invited to a series of pro-
grams put on by various law enforcement
agencies, doctors, former users/dealers and
others who could help them communicate
frankly and openly and learn to identify the
warning signs. The senior citizens furnished
a light meal and kept the kids occupied with
games.
We then each set out to strengthen the
families in our individual congregations. We
'shared' the resource curriculum that was
available and even combined classes. Old-
er couples learned how to mentor young
couples. Following that, support groups
were formed. One key component to the ef-
fort was that there was to be no criticism or
blame laying of the past.
Then by using data compiled by Search
Institute, a non-profit whose goal is to
strengthen communities, we set out to put


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the "building blocks" in place for younger
children so they would be confident and
strong enough in character to get through
high school and young adulthood without
falling prey to all the temptations out there. It
took time and it was NOT easy. It took com-
mitment and resources. It took everyone be-
ing involved.
Again, the finest thing we can do for our
kids is to strengthen marriages and fami-
lies. There is no better gift a parent can give
their child than to truly love (agape') their
spouse. Recently, several churches adver-
tised showings of the movie Fireproof with
discussion afterward. They were not well
attended even when a free dinner was of-
fered. Perhaps people think that if they at-
tend a marriage enrichment event that they
are admitting that their marriage is not what
it's supposed to be. In reality, ALL marriages
can be strengthened. You are not admitting
to poor parenting if you attend a parenting
event, quite the contrary.
Stop the talk. Act. Work. Mentor. What
will Okeechobee step up and do?


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purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate itwith our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
potential conflicts to our readers.
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the prominence it deserves.
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Okeechobee City Council candidates questioned


The Okeechobee News invited read-
ers to submit questions for the candi-
dates for City Council. There are four
candidates for the three spots that will
be on the Nov. 2 ballot.
Would you like to see the city provide
more recreational opportunities for city
residents? Explain.
LOWRY MARKHAM: It would be nice if
the city could provide more
recreational activities for
city residents. The county
has the Sports Complex
with the Wooden Jungle,
ball fields, swimming pool,
racket ball courts, and ten-
nis courts. The city taxpay
ers pay city and county
Lowry taxes. City residents pay
Markham to help support the county
recreational areas. If the
city put in more recreational areas it would
be an expense to the city taxpayers. At this
time I am against higher taxes for anyone.
DEVIN MAXWELL: Recreational oppor-
tunities, particularly those that provide out-
door, physical activities, are a fundamental
need for a community because they provide
activities for children, promote good health,
and make the community more desirable.
Since our city is small, it
is convenient for city resi-
dents to enjoy all of the op-
portunities that exist in the
surrounding area. Having
sidewalks along the streets
of the city is an effective
way to promote use of our
i existing opportunities, and
Devin provides a source of rec
Maxwell reaction itself. If we work
toward a more pedestrian-
friendly city through the development of
streetscapes, we can provide recreation and
beautification at the same time, while mak-
ing a lasting capital improvement to the city.
DOING WATFORD: Recreation has
typically been a county responsibility and
should remain so. The City can assist by pro-
viding/maintaining Flagler Park and Taylor
Creek boat ramp areas.


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Clayton
Williams


CLAYTON WILLIAMS:
We don't have a recreation
department per se, but we
work closely with the coun-
ty recreation department
when a project comes up
that is located in the city.
Since residents are fac-
ing the same budget con-
straints as everyone else, it
would be nice to offer local
options for entertainment.


The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce
has been struggling lately. Should the city
do anything to help the chamber? Should
the city do more to help the merchants in
the city limits?
MARKHAM: I am aware that the Cham-
ber of Commerce has been struggling. The
City has met with the Chamber group sever-
al times and we are trying to help them with
their problems. The Chamber of Commerce
is designed to work with the merchants to
promote all business in Okeechobee Coun-
ty. The City is always there to help merchants
with governmental problems.
MAXWELL: The Chamber of Commerce
can be a significant asset to a city and its busi-
ness community. I have visited cities where I
was directed to the Chamber for everything
I needed for a visit-from accommodations,
to recreation and dining. It would be in our
City's interests for our Chamber of Com-
merce to be a resource for promoting our
city and its businesses.
The vitality of our City's businesses is criti-
cal to the City's economic health. I have sup-
ported efforts to revitalize our historic down-
town area because it could be a source of
recreation for residents, as
well as a destination for
daytime visitors, and an as-
set to our City. I recognize
the importance of helping
all of the businesses in the
City to thrive.
WATFORD: The issue
l of the Chamber is being
Dowling worked on and City repre-
Watford sentatives/staff have met
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with both the Chamber Board and other
interested parties. Although a slow process,
the issue should be resolved soon. The com-
munity needs an active Chamber. The City
has limited options on "helping" merchants,
but can assist by upgrading/maintaining
downtown area to make it as attractive as
possible. Other ideas are to keep tax rates
manageable, "red tape" to a minimum, and
continue to apply for CDBG grants for both
infrastructure and economic development.
WILLIAMS: The city should have some
representation in a "working group or com-
mittee" to see what could be done to get the
Chamber back up and running.

Some people have suggested that the city
and county should combine the City Police
Department with the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office to save money by eliminate
ing duplication of services and to make
local law enforcement more efficient. Do
you think consolidating those departments
would be a good idea or a bad idea? MWhy?
MAKRHAM: I am against consolidat-
ing the City Police Department with the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department. It
would increase the response time and cost
the city taxpayer more in taxes.
MAXWELL: I do not support the idea of
consolidating our City and County's law en-
forcement departments. I do not believe that
it would save money, without decreasing the
level of police service in the City.
Our city is just over 4 square miles, lo-
cated in a rural county of more than 770
square miles, and although consolidation
has worked in larger metropolitan areas, it
is not an appropriate solution for our rural
community.
I advocate for efficient government,
and cooperation between the City and the
County in all departments. The City Police
and Sheriff's Office meet weekly, and have
a joint narcotics task force, and I support
these efforts and will encourage more coop-
eration.
WATFORD: I do not think it is a good idea
to combine Police and Sheriff's Office. Just
as with the Fire Dept, the City can provide
faster response times with a smaller area to


cover. At this time I believe the citizens want
this service provided by the City.
WILLIAMS: For the same reasons ex-
pressed in the previous question, I see no
reason to merge the two law enforcement
agencies. The Sheriff's Office just went
through a painful budget process and I don't
see it as a money saver for the city's taxpay-
ers.

What question would you like to ask the
other candidates for city council?
MARKHAM: I have more of a request
than a question for the other candidates
for city council. I am asking that if you are
elected to the city council to always put the
best interest of the city, its residents, and
businesses first. We are in the midst of very
difficult times now with financial hardships
to many. Listen to the Department Heads,
citizens that come before the council, and all
employees and treat them with the utmost
respect. A City Councilman is a steward to
the people of our city.
MAXWELL: What is your vision for the
City of Okeechobee over the next 20 years,
and what ideas or plans or measures, have
you brought to the City Council, to work to-
ward that goal?
WATFORD: I think all four candidates
are well qualified for the position and have
no questions to ask.
WILLIAMS: I think I would ask, "Are you
having as much fun as I am visiting with
Okeechobee's voters?"


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he added. "We encourage every voter to go
out there and approve this."
The tax raised $400,178 for the school
system this year. Mr. Kenworthy added that
the district is entitled to an increase in state
aid if the tax remains in affect. He explained
that the state does a calculation state wide
for the districts that have passed this tax. The
total amount of dollars collected is divided
by the number of students in each district.
The districts that don't meet the state aver-
age are entitled to additional funds.
"We know it turns into a lot more rev-
enue for us," Mr. Kenworthy added.
He said the district could lose $4 mil-
lion in revenue from state and federal grant
programs next year and every dollar will be
critical to maintaining the school system. "I


believe these funds are well used. With the
losses in revenue we are facing that makes
these funds very critical to us."
Mr. Kenworthy said to keep the same lev-
el of service the district must have additional
funds. He said they don't want to cut any
dollars spent in the classroom and want to


make sure the funds are spent on children.
"Most new taxes aren't popular but this
is not a new tax. This just gives the school
board the authority to continue what they
are already doing. We feel these dollars can
fund critical needs for children like technol-
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Halloween festival at Agri-Civic Center today at 5:30 p.m.
Okeechobee Main Street in conjunction with the Okeechobee County Sheriff's De-
partment, the City Police Department and the Board of County Commissioners will have
the annual Halloween Celebration "a safe alternative to door-to-door trick or treating"
on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Agri-Civic Center.
The entrance is on State Road 710. There will be haunted houses, costume contests,
activities, games, prizes and lots of candy.
Children's costume contests will start at 5:45 p.m., staring with the youngest group.
For more information call Okeechobee Main Street's Executive Director Toni Doyle at
863-357-6246. All businesses, clubs, organizations and church groups are encouraged
to join in the fun.
Donations of candy and prizes are greatly appreciated.


October 31, 2010


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6 Okeechobee News October 31, 2010


Community News in Brief


Artists and crafters needed
Artists and crafters are needed for the
second Annual Arts and Craft Show at the
Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137, located at
9985 Hwy. 441 N. For an application to show
your work, contact Lynn Earley at 863-697-
2443 or email lynn.earley@gmail.com. The
deadline has been extended to Oct. 31. This
show will pay prize money in both artist and
crafter categories. The event is Nov. 13 & 14,
9-5 p.m.

Free kids day fishing festival
Taylor Creek Bass Club, with the support
of several local businesses, is pleased to
sponsor its 25th annual, Lee McAllister Me-
morial, Free "Kids Day Fishing Festival." The
Fishing Festival will be held at the Agri-Civic
Center on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. The casting competition will be held
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The live fishing com-
petition begins at 1 p.m. Entry will be from
Hwy. 710 only. Entry forms can be found at
local businesses or can be filled out on the
day of the event. For information call, Dave
Stout at 863-467-2255.

O.C.I.A to meet
The Okeechobee Community Improve-
ment Association (O.C.I.A) will hold their
meeting on Monday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the
Douglas Brown Center. All members should
attend and anyone interested is also invited
to attend. The meeting will include plans for
Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend celebration
for 2011. For questions or concerns, please
contact George Roberson 863-610-0973,
Bertha Boswell 863-763-4823, Rita Jones -
863-467-0594.


VFW plans Halloween Party
VFW 4423 will host a Halloween party
and costume contest on Sunday, Oct. 31,
starting at 6 p.m., with entertainment by
Lisa.

Fifth Sunday concert at
Okeechobee Presbyterian
Diane Osborne of Osborne Ministries will
be performing a violin concert during the
Sunday morning worship at Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave -- 10 a.m. The
service will feature classic hymns, readings
and prayers. All are welcome! Kirkin' 0' the
Tartans service at the Presbyterian Church at
6:30 p.m. This will be the 5th Sunday Com-
munity Worship for all churches and pastors.
It will honor the Scots heritage of freedom
of worship and representative government,
calling us all to renewed covenant life in
Christ. The service will feature Highland
Bagpipe selections and procession, along
with presenting tartans and family signato-
ries before the Lord. All are welcome!

OHS Booster Club
meeting planned
OHS Athletic Booster Club meeting will
be held on Monday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in
the OHS Media Center. Parents/Guardians of
ALL OHS Sports are asked to participate in
this organization. Be involved and informed
with your Brahman athlete.


Obituaries


Inez Underhill, 95
OKEECHOBEE -Inez Underhill, age 95, of
Okeechobee, passed away Oct. 28, 2010.
She was born April f ..
21, 1915 in Tifton,
Georgia to Ertle and
Ella Spurlock.
She was a home-
maker, having come
to ( i.,, i .... from
Avon Park in 1940.
She was a member
of the Church of
God. Mrs. Underhill
was a rancher with
her husband, Ches-
ter Underhill.
Mrs. Underhill was preceded in death by her
husband, Chester Underhill.
She is survived by her son, Edward Underhill
(Cindy); daughter, Sandra Duncan (Bill), all of
Okeechobee; five grandchildren and six great
grandchildren.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until services at 11
a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 at Church of God of
Okeechobee. Entombment will follow at Ever-
green Cemetery.
Friends may sign the ...i ii ..... i. at www.bas-
, ., . I ,, 11, 1 I I I
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl
34972.


the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
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request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
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Jessie L. Canty, 64
OKEECHOBEE Jessie L. Canty, died Oct. 24,
2010, at the Hamrick Home.
He had been a ..
resident of the Okee-3 c: t :
chobee area for 30
years.
Proudly serving
his country in the
U.S. Army, he re-
ceived two Bronze
Stars during a tour of
duty in Vietnam.
He was preceded
in death by a daugh-
ter, Corretta Canty.
S u r v i
vors include sons, Michael and Christo-
pher Canty; brothers, Charles, Leroy, and Steve
(Jacqueline) Canty; and sisters, Cynthia (Syl-
bert) Thomas, and Patricia Canty, all of Lake-
land.
The family will schedule a memorial service in
Lakeland at a later date.
All arrangements are under the care and direc-
tion of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Sea-
winds Funeral Home & Crematory, 4550 Hwy.
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Correction


CPA attends National


Conference on Agriculture


Harm Biureau
Bob Richardson from the state Farm
Bureau office and district field repre-
sentative Tom Hill (striped shirt) at-
tended the Okeechobee County 52nd
Annual Membership Meeting/Dinner
held Oct. 7 along with Trey Whitehurst
(seated), county Farm Bureau presi-
dent at the Okeechobee Civic Center
on Hwy. 98N. We had around 150 to
160 members to come to the event.


Valerie Lewis and Mandy Staton both
with the firm of McAlpin Cavalcanti & Lewis
CPAs attended the recent National Agricul-

Highlands Hammock anniversary
Celebrate the Florida Park Service's
75th Anniversary at the 25th Annual Civil-
ian Conservation Corps Festival on Satur-
day, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The
festival honors the men of the CCCs, who
voluntarily joined this civilian "army" and
worked on conservation projects through-
out the United States. Wildlife exhibits &
hayrides. $6 per vehicle applies, up to
eight people per car. Contact: Highlands
Hammock State Park at 863-386-6094.


Okeechobee Livestock Market Report


Oct. 25 & 26, 201


Cows
Breaking
Cutter
Canner

Bulls
1000-15(
1500-20(


Calves
Cows
Str
Hfrs
Bulls
Yrlngs
Mix
Total
Med #1
170-190
200-250
250-300
300-350
350-400
400-450
450-500
550-600
600-650


50.00
45.00
35.00


56.50
52.00


10 Med#2 Steers
150-200 115-130
200-250 110-150
55.00 250-300 110-140
54.00 300-350 115-130
44.50 350-400 104-122
400-450 93-113
Small #1
70.00 250-300 135-140
54.50 300-350 110-127
350-400 93-119


MondayTuesday
795 13.53
125 258
20 9
2 45
16 66
18 10
0 0
976 1741
Steers Hfrs
180-190
170-180 120-130
140-160 112-122
130-150 104-112
119-135 98-107
111-122 95-105
108-121 88-105
100-111 85-103
95-104 87-91


Prices
held up good
on cows and
bulls most-
ly steady.
Calves were
definitely
higher up to
$5 higher on
good qual-
ity calves.
If more
cattle don't
start show-
ing up for
sale, I look
for prices
to continue
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OKEECHOBEE COUNTY VOTING LOCATIONS
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Precincts will be open 7:00am 7:00pm
For Election Day November 2, 2010
Questions Call the Elections Office, 763-4014
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01 Moose Lodge
01 159 NW 36" Street
02 Basinger Community Center
02 20350 HWY 98 N
03 The Gathering
1735 SW 24'" Avenue
04 Oakview Baptist Church
04 677 SW 32" Street
0 VFW #10539
05 3912 HWY441 SE
06 Episcopal Church
200 NW 3' Street
7 First Methodist Church
7 200 NW 2" Street
Okeechobee Christian Church
08 3055 SE 18" Terrace
09 New Testament Baptist Church
535 NE 28th Avenue
10 Cornerstone Baptist
18387 HWY 441 N
1 Palm Village Ranch Clubhouse
1200 SW 44'" Boulevard
2 Civic Center
12 1750 HWY98 N
3 Catholic Church Pavilion
1 701 SW 6th Street
14 American Legion
501 SE 2" Street
1, VFW #10539
15 3912 HWY441 SE
6 Civic Center
6 1750 HWY 98 N
17 Episcopal Church
200 NW 3' Street
FPL Service Center
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Annual benefit tourney raises over $20,000


Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Winners of the Annual Skip Bryant
Memorial Golf Tourney fundraiser are
from Higgins Garage Doors and in-
cluded Josh Padgett, Tim Higgins, Saul
Tijerina and Doug McDonald. The team
won over the efforts of 35 other teams
in the fundraiser helping to raise over
$20,000.

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Although the Higgins Garage Doors team
placed first in the 18th annual Skip Bryant
Memorial Golf Tournament fundraiser, the
real winners were the children of local fire-
fighters and law enforcement members.


This year's event raised $22,653.42 after
expenses that will be used to award schol-
arships to those local children and, when
needed, help local families of firefighters
and law enforcement.
The Higgins Garage Doors team made
up of Josh Padgett, Tim Higgins, Saul Ti-
jerina and Doug McDonald-carded a 57 on
the par 72 course to out pace the other 35
teams in the Saturday, Oct. 23 event.
Finishing in second was Dr. Norm Koff's
team with a 58. Rounding out the prize-
winning positions and their scores were: 5th
- Allen Brewer's team (60); 9th Waste Man-
agement Landfill (64); and, Next-to-Last SK
Services (87).
Other prize winners were: Closest to the
pin #2 Howard Shelkie; Closest to the pin
#4 John Smith; Closest to the pin #11 Ja-
son Johns; Longest Drive (red tees) Lynne
Hartzell; Longest Drive (gold tees) Daryl
Bearden; and, Longest Drive (white tees) -
Josh Padgett.
According to Major Noel Stephen, of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), the fund has awarded $124,995
in scholarship money to 49 local students
since its inception. It helped Laura Bryant
Graisbery, Madonna Bryant Arnold, Melissa
Bryant, Jock Brough, Megan Bell and Shan-
non May receive their four-year degrees.
The fund also helped Danny Thomas get his
master's degree.
The fund has also given $70,900.63 to 60
local families when they have fallen on hard
times, added the major.


The fund is named after OCSO Deputy
Skip Bryant who died in November of 1981
in a plane crash on Lake Okeechobee while
searching for two missing boaters. He was
the first, and only, OCSO deputy to die in the
line duty.
Maj. Stephen said the event could not
have taken place, or be successful, without
a lot of work and help from not only his staff
but members of the community.
"It makes me proud to live in Okeecho-
bee," he said.
The annual fundraiser started in 1992
with a chicken barbecue and golf tourna-
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Community leaders cite
College's contributions at
"IRSC in Okeechobee" event

Students and community leaders ap-
plauded the far-reaching positive impact of
Indian River State College in Okeechobee at
an IRSC 50th Anniversary celebration held at
the Dixon Hendry Campus on Oct. 26.
"IRSC has helped thousands of Okeecho-
bee residents continue their education to in-
crease their earning power and reach their
full potential," said Sam Smith, Provost of
the Okeechobee campus in his welcoming
remarks. Over 86 percent of the college-
bound high school seniors in the County
attend Indian River, with a 663 percent in-
crease in enrollment growth over the past
ten years.
The City of Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County and the Okeechobee School District
have all adopted proclamations recognizing
the College's accomplishments and contri-
butions and proclaiming October as "IRSC
Month in Okeechobee."
"IRSC is absolutely vital to our commu-
nity. The college has meant a great deal to
me, the members of my family and to the
residents of our community," said Mayor
James Kirk prior to presenting the Procla-
mation from the City of Okeechobee to IRSC
President, Dr. Edwin R. Massey.
County Commissioner Joey Hoover cited
the many scholarship opportunities available
through the IRSC Foundation. "Because of


the IRSC Foundation, Okeechobee residents
know that finances should not keep them
from a college education," he said.
Okeechobee County Superintendent of
Schools Dr. Patricia Cooper commended
IRSC for working closely with the School
District, particularly in the area of dual enroll-
ment which enables high school students to
earn college credits for free.
Robert Lee, Chief Executive Officer of
Raulerson Hospital, thanked the College for
training nurses, respiratory therapists, radio-
logic technicians and other health care pro-
fessionals who contribute to quality health
care at the Hospital.
Providing a student perspective, Amanda
Burton Williams, a graduate of the IRSC
Associate Degree program in Nursing said,
"Everyone at the Dixon Hendry Campus
was there for me every day, helping me to
succeed." Burton Williams is now a Nurse
Practitioner at Dr.'s Clinic Family Health Cen-
ter in Okeechobee.
Among the community leaders attending
the event was Judge William Hendry, who
served on the IRSC Board of Trustees and
was instrumental in establishment of the
campus named in recognition of his support
and that of Ben Dixon.
IRSC is celebrating its 50th anniversary
year throughout 2010. The College began as
Indian River Junior College in 1960, became
Indian River Community College in 1970 and
with the introduction of Bachelor's Degree
programs was named Indian River State Col-
lege in 2008.


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in the 1970s and opened the Dixon Hendry pension and student growth since that time.


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Okeechobee, and his wife Merle, enjoyed the IRSC Day in Okeechobee celebra-
tion with Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President, back right, and Werner Bols, a
member of the IRSC Board of Trustees.


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to be a popular category this week due

"U.S. coins made before
1964 are most sought after by
collectors. Coins made before
1964 are 90% silver and
valuable because of the silver
content or could be I. ill
even more if one happens to
be a rare date."

to soaring gold prices.
Expert buyers for the Roadshow
have noticed a tremendous increase
in the amount of gold coming to
the Roadshow and for good reason.


Got Gold? This week, visitors can cash in on lntiques, collectibles,
gold, silver, coins or just about cuithing that is old.


Record gold prices have Roadshow
guests cashing in on broken jewelry or
jewelry they don't wear anymore with
our "fair and honest" purchase offers.
The Roadshow encourages anyone
planning a visit to take a minute and
examine their ewelry box or their lock
box at the bank and gather anything
that's gold. If a guest is not sure if
something is gold, bring it anyway
and the Roadshow staff will test it
for free. Other gold items of interest
include gold coins, gold ounces, gold
proof sets and dental gold.
Other types of items Roadshow
experts hope to see include old
toys and train sets. Archie Davis,
roadshow toy expert spoke about
some of the top toys getting great
offers. "Old tin windup toys from the
late 1800's through the 1960's are
in great demand now." said Davis,
"Especially those that are character
related. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck,
the Flintstones or any character toys
are sought. Old Buddy L toys from
the 1920's to 1960's are in demand."
Basically any toys made before 1965
are wanted. Train sets made by Lionel,
American Flyer, Marklin and others


have the potential to fetch high prices.
Davis also stressed, "Toys with boxes
and in mint condition bring sensational
prices. Most of the toys that come to
the Roadshow are not in perfect shape
but can still bring good prices from
collectors."


When expert Tom Fuller was
asked what he enjoyed most about
working at the Roadshow, he was
quick to answer "Old coins and
paper currency. For as long as I can
remember I have been fascinated with
collecting coins. I would go through


Above A guest listens in as Mike Delong estimates
and tells about the values of his coin collection.


the change in my parents grocery store
looking for rare dates and errors. Once,
I found a silver quarter that I sold for
$300.00. Not bad for an 8 year old."
Fuller went on to explain that any
U.S. coins made before 1964 are most
sought after by collectors. Coins made
before 1964 are 90% silver and valuable
because of the silver content or could be
worth even more if one happens to be a
rare date. "We help people sort through
their coins for unique dates. We buy all
types of coins at the Roadshow from
wheat pennies to buffalo nickels, which
are valuable from one coin to an entire

"Ifyou go to the Roadshow,
you can cash-in your items
for top dollar Roadshow
representatives will be
available to assess and
purchase your items at
the Holiday Inn Express,
Tuesday thi irlgh Saturday in
Okeechobee."

truckload. See you at the Roadshow."
said Fuller.


Our International Collectors Association members are
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Donegan qualifies for


state golf tournament


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's Richard
Donegan shot an even par 72 at the Viera
Golf and Country Club Tuesday to qualify for
the Class 2A State Golf Championships next
week.
The OHS junior rolled in eight birdies
on the round which was played in dry and
windy conditions. He finished second over-
all to a golfer from Viera High School, which
won the team championship. Martin County
finished second.
Brahman golf Coach Kenny Buckner said
Donegan really played well and represented
Okeechobee very well. "He had a couple of


bad breaks in the last couple of holes but
there was nothing to complain about," he
said.
The state golf tournament is a 36-hole
affair over two days, Tuesday, Nov. 2 and
Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Juliet Falls Coun-
try Club in Dunnellon, Florida.
Buckner predicted that Donegan will
once again be at the top of the leader board
in that event.
"He was very steady today. His tee shots
were in the fairway, and he putted very
well," he added.
Donegan had one bad hole where he had
a triple bogey. Otherwise he had five pars,
the eight birdies, and two bogeys on the
round.


OHS JV football falls to St. Lucie West


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's junior var-
sity football ended their season at (3-3)
when they lost 18-14 on Tuesday at St. Lu-
cie West Centennial.
Gavin Liford finished the season strong
with two rushing touchdowns to lead the
Brahman JV team. He came on strong at
the end of the year. He also ran in an extra
point for Okeechobee.
Coach Daron Washington said his team
had a rough start and some miscues cost
them the game, "We were down 12-0 in
the first quarter but the defense played
much better and shut them out until early
in the fourth quarter," he added.
Okeechobee defeated St. Lucie West 24-
18 in overtime earlier this year in Okeecho-
bee.
"I think we wore them down a bit. Our


conditioning showed. They did out man us
early in the game," Washington said.
Washington said he was pleased that
his team didn't quit after the rough start in
the game. He said they continue to show a
lot of discipline and fight.
"These kids were very respectful all year
long. They had no problems in school or
in the classroom. I was most impressed
with their fight and their drive in Tuesday's
game," he added.
Washington predicted that several of the
JV players can move up to varsity next year
and help the program. He also predicted
a strong group of returning sophomores
next year.
"I think a few kids are prepared to play
varsity ball. I know we have a great group
of kids ready to come in next year so I feel
the junior varsity team will be very com-
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Hardee Wildcats take out Brahmans


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Hardee Wildcats jumped out to a 35-6 half
time lead and withstood a Brahman comeback in the
second half to capture a 48-25 victory in Wauchula
Friday night.
Hardee (2-6) had 17 first downs, turned the ball
over one time, and rushed for 356 yards as a team.
They only completed two pass attempts but both of
those went for scores. They added a 75 yard kick re
turn for a touchdown for good measure.
Okeechobee played poorly in the first half but re
bounded to score 19 points in the second half and
continued their motto of never quitting in a game.
Coach Myron Jackson said the poor first half may
have been because the team was looking forward
to next week's district game with Palm Beach Lakes
where the Brahmans (2-6) could still secure a playoff
berth.
"We preached to them to stay focused on this
game and not look ahead," he added.
(k-I;---,i. i l xvwo touchdown receptions from
Alfonzo Coleman, and a third from Aukeemian Mills.
Jack Radebaugh also added a touchdown run in the
first half. Radebaugh was knocked out of the game
for the first time this season after a brutal hit on a
completed pass. He returned to throw his final touch
down pass.
Okeechobee had 12 first downs and threw for 166
yards in the game. They also did well on kick returns
with137 yards in returns. Mills had a 39 yard kick re
turn to set up a scoring drive.
Okeechobee's defense had a tough night trying
to stop the Wildcat rushing attack. QB Colby Baker
kept the defense guessing where the ball would go in
the first half. He rushed for 56 yards and two touch
downs. The Wildcats drove 54 yards in six plays after
the opening kickoff to score their first touchdown. Af
ter a 37 yard run by Jarrius Lindsey (7-73), the Brah
man defense forced the Wildcats into a fourth and
goal at the two. Baker was able to elude the grasp of
a Brahman defender and lunge across the goal line
for the score.
Okeechobee failed to get a first down on their first
two possessions of the first half and then watched as
Hardee scored two quick touchdowns. They drove 60
yards in eight plays on their second drive as Baker hit
Carter Lambert with a 35 yard touchdown pass.
On the third series Hardee drove 75 yards with
Baker carrying for 26 yards on three option runs. Ja
cob Mayer broke off an 11 yard run and scored the
touchdown on a 14 yard sweep around left end.


Mayer praised
his blockers and
his teammates for
the victory, "We've
had a tough year
but we have hung
in there and know
there is still some
thing left to play
for. It feels good to
win in front of our
home fans again."
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responded with
a 62 yard touch
down drive to
make it 216. Er Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
ick McQueen got Jack Radebaugh hands
the Brahmans a off to Deforest Shanks
first down with a as the Brahmans
20 yard run, and threaten to score at the
Radebaugh scored Hardee 13 yard line late
on a three yard run in Friday's game.
on the seventh play
of the drive. Hardee was also penalized for a 15 yard
personal foul on the drive.
Any momentum the Brahmans had was quickly
squashed when Andrew Hooks returned the kickoff
75 yards for a score to make it 28 6.
Okeechobee was plagued by some poor snaps in
the first half. Hardee ended the first half scoring when
Baker hit Lambert on a 21 yard touchdown pass to
cap a four play 45 yard drive.
Hardee made it 42 6 after a seven play, 45 yard
drive to start the third quarter. Freshman running
back Keyon Brown, 6'2 215, carried the Brahman de
fenders several yards on several rushing plays to im
press the crowd in the second half. He had 62 yards
and a touchdown run.
Okeechobee rallied when Radebaugh hit Cole
man on a 45 yard touchdown pass after a great play
action fake to cap an 82 yard drive in the third quarter.
After a fumble recovery Okeechobee drove 55 yards
to score again when Radebaugh threw a touchdown
pass of 11 yard to Mills on a fourth down play.
Radebaugh said he did a better job of reading the
defenses in the second half. Coleman had a career
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BRIC/BRAC SORTER
Faith Farm Ministries, a
Christian based or-
ganization seeks an
exp., Clothing/Bric/Brac
Inventory Sorter to
work in our Okeecho-
bee Thrift Store. Re-
quires 2 years retail
operations (pricing
helpful), cashier and
customer service exp.
Must be self motivated,
organized and able to
work well with others.
Fax #561-737-2355
or mail to:
ATTN: HR Dept.,
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Now Hiring
Barbers &
Cosmetologist
$30 chair rent or
commission
for qualified people
Call for appt.
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looking for an experi-
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plan, PTO and more.
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seeks Healthcare Spe-
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Disease Management
Program, clinical
evaluations, equipment
setup & education. Be
the doctor's eyes in the
home setting. RN, RRT,
CRT licensed as appli-
cable. Great personality
with strong work ethic
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salary, benefits & ca-
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Workplace, EOE. Please
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Plywood 5 sheets of
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FOR SALE
Dog Kennel(pet
safe)$125 obo, 10x24
Metal frame pool
w/everything $125 obo,
New Whirlpool fridge
w/ice machine $350
obo, Gazebo w/net and
shelves 3mo. old $125
firm, Dressers solid
wood neg., antique
sewing machine $80,
window ac unit $70
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Sat. 9 5, Sun. 9 4
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Daily 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
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ROUND BALES
FOR SALE
$30 Each 863-634-9111



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furnished, utilities in-
cluded $800 mo plus
deposit.
Call 863-781-0532 or
606-871-0469
1BR Furnished Apart-
ment Good location
Seasonal-min. 3 months
Call 863-763-6912 or
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EFFICIENCY 1BR fur-
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utilities included $525 per
mo. lyr lease & sec. dep.
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FOR RENT Bedroom
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FURNISHED APT ON
WATER- Including all
utilities, some restric-
tions, apply by appt.
only. (863)357-2044
leave name and number
if no answer.




AFFORDABLE New
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3/1, 1,800 sq ft, wash-
er, dryer, large kitchen.
Bring Pets. $1000/$900
per mo. (561) 723-2226

Basswood 3br/2ba, 1
car garage, tile & car-
pet, split plan, dish-
washer, W/D. $1100
mo. (561) 307-2502

FOR RENT: 3/2/2 in SW
section. New tile & carpet
throughout, On dead end
street. Kids & pets are
fine. 863-634-9330 or
863-467-2541

HOUSE-ON-WATER in
Treasure Island, 2BR,
11/2 Bath, Large porch
covered boathouse with
fish cleaning area. $800
a month (863)610-7824

KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs.
2 br/lba, Tiled floors.
Inclds Water. $675/mo.
+ sec. Pool & Tennis
Court. 863-697-6428 or
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OAK PARK 2/1 CBS,
W&D, fenced yard.
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ROOM FOR RENT with
optional horse stall.
Checkable references.
Electric, Cable, Washer
& Dryer, Kitchen usage.
Small refrig. Extra's.
$575-$625 Call
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2bd/lba Mobile Home
on the water in Treasure
Island $550 mo. utilities
not included.
Call 863-357-1783


2bd/2ba furnished,
electric,water, trash,
included $800 per mo.
+ $800 dep. Stephens
Winter Resort 9750 SW
36th Ct close to Kissim-
mee River on RT 78 W
Call 863-763-5771





3 BR 2 BA on 4 acres.
Horse Stall, Tackroom,
and pasture. 12x16 shed
with electric. Fireplace,
pets welcome, granit
counter top. $1100/mo.
(863)261-3706

BUCKHEAD RIDGE -
Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA,
C/Air. $500 mo. 3 BR, 2
BA, C/Air. $525 mo. No
pets. Yearly lease plus
sec.(863)763-4031

OKEE Unfurnished DW.
3/br, 2/ba, Sunroom.
New carpets & appl's. On
Canal w/access to lake. 2
Car Carport. C/Air &
Heat. Lease only. $825
mo. + sec. dep. Call
772-794-2438 or
772-538-8183

TAYLOR CREEK ISLES,
2BR, 112BA, DW w/FL
Rm., Lg. Screen Porch,
Very clean! Partially
Furnished. W&D. City
Water & Sewer. C/Air &
Heat. Dock, Sea Wall,
Close to Taylor Creek
w/lake access. $900
mo. Seasonaly or year-
ly. 863-467-8005




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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOROKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 2010-DR-289
Division: DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Elizabeth Gagne
Petitioner
and
Joseph Gagne
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
AMENDED DISSOLUTION
OF MARRIAGE
TO: Joseph Robert Gagne
3313 Gorge Ave.,
Sarasota, FL
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
has been filed against you and that
you are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, if any, to it on
Elizabeth Gagne, whose address is
1138 Linda Rd., Okeechobee, FL
34974 on or before November 16,
2010, and file the original with the
clerk of this Court at Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, Court Opera-
tions 1st Floor, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 before
service on Petitioner or immediately
thereafter. If you fail to do so, a de-
fault may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the petiton.
Copies of all court documents in
this case, including orders, are
available at the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office. You may review these
documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk ofthe Cir-
cuit Court's office notified of your
current address. (You may file Notice
of Current Address, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law Form
12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit
will be mailed to the address on
record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida
Family Law Rules of Procedure, re-
juires certain automabc disclosure of
documents and information. Failure
to comply can result in sancbons, in-
cluding dismissal or sbiking of plead-
ings.
Dated: October 15, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY /S/ HEATHER THOMAS
Deputy Clerk
369025 ON 10/17,24,31;11/7

School Board
Contract Neanotiations
The Okeechobee County School
Board will resume contract nego-
tiations with the Okeechobee
County Education Association
#1604 for instructional and classi-
fied employees at 4:00 p.m. on
Monday, November 8, 2010. Col-
lecbve bargaining sessions are
open to the public and will be held
in Room 303 of the School Board
Administration Building at 700
S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
369271 ON 10/31/2010


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORDA
CASE NO. 2010-CP-160
IN RE: ESTATE OF
CLAUDIE B. RUCKS
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The name of the decedent, the
designation of the court in which the
administration of this estate is pend-
ing, and the file number are indicat-
ed above. The address of the Court
is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Flonda 34972. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal representa-
tive and the personal
representative's attorney are indicat-
ed below.
If you have been served with a
copy of this notice and you have any
claim or demand against the dece-
dent's estate, even if that claim is
unmatured, contingent or liquidated,
you must file your claim with the
court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF
A DATE THAT IS 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER YOU RECEIVE A COPY OF
THIS NOTICE.


Al other creditors of the decedent
and other persons who have claims
or demands against decedent's es-
tate, including unmatured, contin-
gent or unliquidated claims, must file
their claims with the court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO-
TICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL
BE FOREVER BARRED.
EVEN IF A CLAIM IS NOT BARRED
BY THE LIMITATIONS DESCRIBED
ABOVE, ALL CLAIMS WHICH HAVE
NOT BEEN FILED WILL BE BARRED
TWO YEARS AFTER DECEDENT'S
DEATH.
The date of death of the decedent
is: December 7, 2004.
The date of t publcaton of this
Notice is October 24, 2010.
Personal Representative:
EDWIN RUCKS
6745 NE 304th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Attorney for
Personal Representative:
COLIN M. CAMERON
200 N.E. 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-8600
Fla. Bar No. 270441
369405 ON 10/24,31/2010


NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
NILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010 AT 9:00
4.M. AT 17429 NW 242nd STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34972 (FIELD OF-
-ICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON RE-
QUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL
4NY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER
CONSIDEREDD Al' SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD
DF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY
IEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS,
NHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE AP-
'EAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE
MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA
DNE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS
WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
[N ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PER-
SONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICTS
OFFICES BY CALLING (863)- 763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO
THE DATE OF THE MEETING.
NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUAT-
IC SPRAYING PROGRAM DISTRICT WIDE.
NILLARD M. BYARS
CHAIRMANN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW 242ND STREET
3KEECHOBEE, FL 34972
[863)7634601 OR (863)634-3166
369788 ON 10/31/2010

NOTICE OF MEETING
Okeechobee CountyConstruction Industry
Licensing Board
The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a
public meeting on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 3:30 PM. The public
meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Audl-
bonum, located at 1728 N.W 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda. For more
information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Development De-
artment, 1700 N.W 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida 34972;
'863) 824-3010.
1NI interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public
meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing
Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and that the
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup
For official record of the Department
Faye Huffman, Secretary to Board
Dkeechobee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board
369896 ON 10/31/2010


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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Will the Okeechobee City
Council once again modify the
definition of what constitutes a
legal sign?
The sign ordinance that the
city council debated for so long
will be discussed once again in
Tuesday's city council meeting
at City Hall. Because it is Election
Day the meeting will be held at
2 p.m. rather than the traditional
6 p.m.
Steve Nelson of Okeechobee
Discount Drugs has questioned
the section that prohibits a mov-
ing sign from changing more
frequently than once every 60
seconds. Mr. Nelson claims that
there is basically no traffic haz-
ard related to his sign. He at-
tributes 12 percent of his sales
to his signage. He has used the
sign for pubic service announce-
ments in the past. Mr. Nelson
also complained that Walgreens


has a larger sign and smaller
bulbs and is able to put their
entire message there where he
doesn't have that capacity. Mr.
Nelson also contends that he has
used his sign for drug recall is-
sues and that other communities
allow such signs.
Turning to other issues the
city council will file an applica-
tion for a Community Develop-
ment Block Grant for housing
rehabilitation. The goal is to
rehabilitate 10 housing units. In
connection they will receive a re-
quired fair housing presentation
from the city's grant administra-
tor, Nancy Phillips.
Ronnie Lawrence will discuss
parking issues at White House
Plaza. The council is also sched-
uled to award a contract for the
2010 Street Asphalt Program and
approve an end of the fiscal year
budget adjustment.


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Local fisherman takes top prize

in Taylor Creek Bass Tournament


The Taylor Creek Bass Club held their
monthly tournament on Oct. 16, at Okee
Tantie where local fisherman Dave Stout
took top honors. Stout brought to the scales
a total weight of 14.83 lbs. for first place win.
Runner up in second place was Sal Nofi with
total 13.21 lbs.
Bill Seitz took Big Fish award with his 5.86
lbs. fish and also third place winner with his
total 11.76 lbs. Elaina Villegas finished in 4th
place with 11.38 lbs.


The Taylor Creek Bass Club meets at the
Buck Head Ridge VFW Post 9528 on the
second Thursday of each month. Tourna-
ments are held the following weekend. New
boaters and (especially) non-boaters are
welcome. For information call Dave Stout at
863-467-2255.
The club also sponsors and presents the
annual Lee McAllister Memorial Kid's Fish-
ing Festival.


Lotteries
Florida Lottery -Here are the num-
bers selected Thursday in the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3: 3-3-7; Play 4: 5-2-5-8; Fantasy 5:
1-3-10-14-33; Mega Money: 13-26-31-34
MB 20; Florida Lotto: 8-11-14-25-33-39
X 4; Powerball: 20-24-25-53-59 PB 15 x5.
Numbers drawn Friday, Cash 3: 2-7-0; Play
4: 7-3-7-2.

Grants available for schools
Okeechobee County School Board
will host a meeting to inform private
schools of federal grant opportunities for
the 2011-12 school year on Friday, Nov. 5,
at 3 p.m. and will be held in room 303
of the Okeechobee County School Board
office.


Buying
or
Selling? ...

Let's Make It Happen.

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They're yours!

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(863)634-1457
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Special to the Okeechobee News/TCBC
Local fisherman, Dave Stout took forst
place in the monthly bass tourney with
a total weight of 14.83 Ibs.
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Fourth place winner, Elaina Villegas
brought in 11.38 Ibs total weight in the
Taylor Creek Bass Tourney on Oct. 16


Big Fish winner, Bill Seitz's catch
weighed 5.86 for one and an overall
catch weight of 11.76 Ibs putting him
in third place.


Sal Nofi finished in second place with a
total of 13.21 Ibs in the Oct. 16 event.

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PILLS
Continued From Page 1

is seeing this patient in a valid patient-doctor
relationship. Is he examining this patient
and running tests, or is he just taking money
and writing a script? That, we don't know."
As for the required pain management
contracts, the pharmacist said he's never
asked to see if such a contact actually ex-
ists for a patient. However, he has asked the
doctor if the patient is under contract and
the doctor will invariably say yes.
"Many times doctors are just doing the
paperwork to cover their butts," he said.
"They're trying to cover their butts by devel-
oping a paper trail so if a law enforcement
officer wants to see a patient's record, they
have the records."
The pharmacist, who is also a state certi-
fied recovery support specialist and teaches
at a drug and alcohol recovery center, was
quick to add that he's comfortable with ev-
ery doctor in Okeechobee.
"The problem," he continued, "is coming
from out of town."
Recognizing that there is now an abuse
problem, the pharmaceutical industry is try-
ing to help by introducing new drugs that
are "abuse-resistant."
One such drug is Embeda-a tamper-
resistant medication that has won the ap-
proval of the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA). Embeda-developed by King Phar-
maceuticals which was recently purchased
by Pfizer-is a morphine tablet that contains
an extra ingredient that neutralizes the effect
of the morphine if it is crushed or chewed.
Two other pain killers-Remoxy and
Acurox-contain oxycodone but are less


prone to abuse. Both were also developed
by King.
With Remoxy, the extended-release oxy-
codone is contained in a thick liquid form
which makes it resistant to injection or
snorting, stated information on paintrials.
cor. Data also shows that freezing, crush-
ing or submerging Remoxy in high-proof
alcohol for hours at a time will not speed up
or increase the release of oxycodone.
As for Acurox, if it is exposed to alcohol
or water the oxycodone becomes trapped in
a thick gel that makes it hard to draw into
a needle, stated Drugs.com. If crushed and
snorted, it uses that same technology to limit
the availability of the drug through the nose.
Also, it will cause unpleasant irritation to na-
sal tissue.
"We have tried every way from Sunday to
come up with a way to solve this problem,
but we can't," said the pharmacist. "I'm
more concerned about a legitimate person
suffering because I didn't prescribe some-
thing for that person."
Like members of law enforcement, he
has come to learn that when it comes to
prescription pill abuse there is no one gen-
der, race or age group. He also believes that
today's problem dates back to the 1960s.
"I've seen families that are in their third
generation of drug abuse," he said. "We're
always concerned about our young peo-
ple-those in the 15 to 30 age bracket-but
it goes to every age bracket. It's certainly a
problem that threatens our youth, but I see
it in my peers."
And in speaking of today's youth, he said
he was not surprised about the recent num-
ber of arrests at Okeechobee High School
for selling drugs on the school's campus.
Instead, he was troubled.
"It's hard to see this so close to home," he
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'I've seen families that are in
their third generation of drug
abuse. We're always concerned
about our young people those
in the 15 to 30 age bracket but
it goes to every age braket."
Okeechobee pharmacist

the country. I'm frustrated."
The hurt and sadness dripped off his
words as he spoke about the tragedy of how
drugs are killing today's youth. Often times,
he continued, it's the teen's naivete that
leads to their death.
He used the scenario of a teen going to a
party. While there he/she drinks some alco-
hol then is offered an 80mg oxycodone pill.
Having seen his/her parents use these pills
and go about their daily regimens, the teen
automatically thinks he/she is safe.
They don't realize, said the pharmacist,
that their parents have built up a tolerance
for the medication.
"They think it's safe but they're naive to
the drug," he said. "These are the deaths
that are so tragic-their first encounter be-
comes their last."
Editor's Note: Our next installment
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They will talk about their addiction,
how it started and what it took to kick
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