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Wednesday, July 13, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 83 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 9.96 feetLast Year: 14.41 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.IRSC among best bargains in U.S. colleges ... Page 3 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Although an occasional snif e could be heard, those present sat spellbound Monday afternoon in Courtroom A as Ashley Wester read a handwritten letter on behalf of her 3-year-old cousinLilly Harden. "I still can't see my mamaw. She is crying. I want to tell her it's OK. I can't. I can't talk. Now papaw is holding me and singing to me. Why is he crying? It's OK, I want to tell him, but I can't," read Ms. Wester, 18. "All these strange people keep coming in. I don't know who they are or what they're doing. Some of it hurts. What happened to me? It is so dark. Why can't I see anyone? I think my eyes are open." Lilly, who suffered horrendous and life-threatening injuries at the hands of her mother's boyfriend, was not in the courtroom. But, the man was. And as John T. Coleman stood shackled with his head bowed, he heard Circuit Court Judge Robert Belanger repeat himself nine times: "guilty life in prison." "I didn't expect him to get life. Justice has been served," said a teary-eyed Deputy John Ashby, Lilly's grandfather. Coleman, 27, had been found guilty in June on eight counts of aggravated child abuse, one count of child neglect with great harm and one count of child abuse. On July 11 he was sentenced to life in prison on each count, except for the child abuse charge which carries a maximum sentence of ve years. The sentences will run concurrently. Coleman gets 9 life sentencesOCRA Junior Dixie Boys in tournament ... Page 15 Teen arrested in OHS drug sting sentenced to jail ... Page 7 A lot of bad things are happening to me and I don't understand why. I am only 2.'— Lilly’s story (see page 5)See COLEMAN — Page 2 John T. Coleman Gordie Peer will present a program on the "History and origins of the cowboy," at the Okeechobee Public Library on July 16 at 3 p.m. Gordie Peer is a former Western Film Stuntman, Wild West Entertainer, and Local Rancher. In honor of the upcoming National Day of the Cowboy celebration, set for July 22 and 23, Gordie will share the History and Origins of the Cowboy, and describe the evolution of the Cowboy's tools such as their ropes, whips, and guns. Gordie will also be displaying authentic western memorabilia in the glass display cases at the Library. This program is free and open to the public and provided by the Friends of the Library. Cowboy program at librarySpecial the Okeechobee NewsGordie Peer will present a program on the history of the cowboy at the library on July 16. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The discussion of long-term debt, merits of a rate increase, and plans for the OUA Waste Water plant near Lake Okeechobee highlighted the agenda when the Okeechobee Utility Authority Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday. The board considered a long-range plan to pa y off at least one of three loans the utility has received from the state revolving loan fund. Close to $2.7 million could be spent in the next scal year budget. This revenue would come from developer payments reserved for debt retirement. If they paid off the loan early, the utility would save over $1.22 OUA trims its budget, may pay off loans earlySee OUA — Page 2 Fire damages home ... Page 3

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According to an arrest report by Detective Bryan Lowe, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), Coleman’s abuse of the child included: spanking her with a paint stick wrapped with electrical tape; making the child stand on one leg in a corner, then hitting her in the head if she lowered her foot onto the oor; and, wiping the child’s face with her soiled diaper. Detective Lowe, a seasoned investigator, said this case was so horrendous it actually made him re-think his chosen career. The report goes on to state that Coleman spanked the child so violently that her buttocks were bruised—even though she w as wearing a diaper. On one occasion, he reportedly threw Lilly into the air and the child’s head struck a beam on the ceiling of the mobile home. “This is a very clear, compelling case,” said Judge Belanger. “It was horrible conduct over a period of time.” He went on to say that he could nd no way to believe what happened to Lilly was accidental or unintentional. Lilly spent 23 days battling for her life at St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach. She suffered from bleeding in her brain, bruising to both sides of her brain, bilateral retinal bleeding, an impact fracture of the right elbow, ligament damage to her neck and a multitude of bruising to her face and body. Deputy Ashby and his wife Linda were by Lilly’s side holding her hand and singing “Jesus Loves You” over and over, even though the child was in a coma. “That’s one of her favorites,” said Mrs. Ashby in an earlier interview. Today, Lilly, who is in the Ashby’s custody, is making progress. While she still suffers from weakness on her left side, Lilly is gaining strength and can now see and talk again. She is also receiving counseling to help her deal with the traumatic experience. After he had sentenced Coleman, Judge Belanger said a hearing will be held at a later date to determine the amount of restitution to be paid. But Monday afternoon, OCSO Deputy Ashby and his wife were not concerned about restitution. “I’m just glad he’s not getting out (of prison) so he can’t hurt anyone else,” said Linda, who actually wrote Lilly’s letter. “We hoped he would get life, but we didn’t expect it.” Editor’s note: To read Lilly’s letter in its entirety, please see Page 5. COLEMANContinued From Page 1 million. The utility borrowed $23.96 million in the three loans. The rst loan of $10 million was to be repaid over 20 years. The interest rate of 2.3 percent resulted in interest of $2.55 million. The second loan of $10 million was due to be repaid over 12 years at an interest rate of 2.3 percent. The interest on this loan was close to $1.4 million. The third loan of $2.96 million was to be repaid over 20 years at an interest rate of 1.91 percent. The interest paid would be just over $596,000. OUA Board member Thomas Hoover said the utility would have to raise rates 7 percent in the next few years to raise the revenue to recognize savings on the loans. He said that another option would be to add customers. The east side force main and the Treasure Island collection system could add customers but would also cost approximately $15 million and add to the debt of the utility. Chairman Steve Nelson said he didn’t like the thought of a rate increase. He said the utility must plan for the future, and if growth does come, they could reduce rates in the future. “We have to work on the assumption that there is no money out there and there may not be for several years,” he added. Board member Frank Irby said he would support reduced spending this year and not raise rates this year. He said they could still accelerate the loan payment. He noted the preliminary budget of $6.5 million would be the rst time the utilit y spent over $6 million since 2006. “In my opinion we don’t need a rate increase to make this thing work.” Board member Randy Huckabee said he felt customers want the utility to get out o f debt and reduction in principal will reduce long term costs. “I’d be willing to pay more for my water if I knew I was getting out o f debt.” Staff was directed to cut the proposed budget and include no rate hike for this year. The accelerated loan payments were still under consideration for this year but could be between $750,000 and $2.7 million. A decision on these payments could be made at the Aug. 9 meeting. The board approved a preliminary budget earlier this month that included a 2-percent merit bonus for employees based on employee evaluations, fuel savings, and other considerations. Irby said the utility has done a good job in reducing expenses in the past several years. The board voted to approve an OkeeTantie Waste water treatment plant ve-year permit renewal proposal from Metzger and Willard, Inc. for $7,250. OUA Executive Director John Hayford said the plant is aging and he predicted there would be major repairs needed at the facilit y in the next few years. He said it could cost up to $100,000 to refurbish the plant. He noted the utility must make rm decisions before they make these upgrades. “The far range goal for us is to make it a pump station only if we put a force main on State Road 78. Before we had a major investment here we must look at our long range goals,” he said. OUAContinued From Page 1

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‘My hero’I’m so glad Robert Mears has been able to retire. He will be missed so much. All the guys are great, but Robert was above great. Once when I was very sick, my family was all at work and unable to come to the hospital, Robert stayed with me. He is my hero. Robert, I hope you have a wonderful retirement. Frankie Edwards OkeechobeeSupport appreciatedThe 2011 OCRA District 6 Belles would like to thank the community of Okeechobee and the Seminole Tribe of Florida for all of their support and generous donations towards our journey to Carrabelle, Fla. to represent them at the state tournament, July 7 through July 11, 2011. Thank you all.OCRA District 6 Bells and their familiesDedication of staff at the sheriff’s of ce appreciatedI would like to take a moment to thank the entire staff, patrolmen, detectives, auto theft division, lead detective and of ce personnel for the professional and dedicated level of work performed in helping me, my family and neighbors this past weekend. We all too often take our civil servants for granted or never pay much attention until they pull us over for something that is probably our fault anyway, but we always blame them when they are actually just protecting us and our community while doing their daily jobs. Thank you to their spouses that have to wonder if or when they will be coming home and then support them when their jobs are stressful almost seventy percent of the time. This past weekend I awoke Sunday morning (July 3) to nd my truck stolen, my wife’s car vandalized and our S.W. neighborhood had encountered numerous thefts and stolen golf carts. I called the sheriff’s department and within 15 minutes Of cer Hickman responded, and immediately nding me and my wife in a state of anger and disbelief, consoled us and put us at ease while taking the report and getting the information needed so he could get the report out there to the rest of the of cers within minutes. I received a call at 2 o’clock in the morning Monday from another detective, awa y from his family on the holiday (July 4), tha t my truck had been recovered, nger printed and processed and was waiting for me to pick up. This all occurred within a period o f less than 18 hours. When I went to retriev e my destroyed vehicle, yet another of ce r met me and discovered more evidence in the vehicle which led him to a local gas station where a video closed the case and led to the arrest of the people involved within another 24 hours. The whole ordeal was like watching 48 hours on TV and I’m not sure if any law enforcement agency could have done a bette r job or treated me and my wife with mor e respect and caring than Sheriff May’s dedicated employees. I can assure everyone tha t if any department deserves their budget increased and supported, it is our police departments and the great people they have, which I now consider my friends and family. If I can ever do anything for these folks, I will be there with no questions asked. Thank you. Ford and Margaret Cook Toads and dogs My vet told me when my dog used to get a hold of these frogs was to give them a capful of peroxide, pour it down their throat and stand back. It has to be done immediately when you nd your dog but sometimes it’s too late.  Doesn’t peroxide make dogs vomit?  Why do you suppose the vet told him to stand back?  I have heard that if the dog lived they get addicted to the high and intentionally hunt them.School grades What happened to Phoebe Raulerson’s system? When she was principal at OHS— and later when she was superintendent of schools, she said her goal was that every graduate should either be ready for college or ready to go to work. She was big on offering vocational classes for kids who were not college-bound. It made a lot of sense to me. If they weren’t going to college, they need some job skills. College is great but it isn’t for everyone. And some of the most nancially successful people I know never went to college.  They do offer auto-mechanics and they still have FFA I believe. They used to have cosmetology years ago. The kids who make the grades, who want to succeed usually go off to school and leave this one story town in the dust. Then you have the ones who join one of the branch’s of the armed-services to serve their country. You have the ones that oat by, who know from family connections they can get a job with the city or county and oat on the coat tails of taxpayers for the rest of their lives. Then you have the ones who really don’t like to go to school anyway who steal trucks, sell drugs, smoke cigarettes and drink in a parking lot on Friday and Saturday night. Sooner or later they’ll wind up in jail or prison.  Do you think the school system here would offer vocations with the way our education system is now thanks to the government? The FCAT has virtually destroyed the way they can teach our kids. If they offered vocational classes such as welding, ac repair, electronics, they would have to cut out the FCAT and that’s not gonna happen because the state of Florida thinks that every student is gonna be a Rhodes scholar because of it. What needs to happen is the total abolishment of the FCAT. Going back to teaching kids every subject without having the feeling that someone is always watching. Making kids take P.E. every year instead of skirting around it. Giving kids an hour for lunch, instead of the 30 quick minutes they get to gorge down their food before they are trudging back to class like their on a factory assembly line having to meet the daily quota. I know our teachers here really care about what goes on. I know some, they are top-notch people and would love nothing better than to go back and really teach, like it used to be.  I could not agree more on the point regarding vocational programs in schools. Not every student is cut out for the academic rigor of college. Add in the increasing cost of college and the shrinking scholarship dollars college has become impossible for many parents and students to even consider. The combination of class work and hands on training with apprenticeships would give many students a direction in life they otherwise would not have.  The expectations put on the education system and teachers to teach all students regardless of all the issues students bring to school is unrealistic—abused, homeless, hungry, dirty, angry, untreated medical issues, on and on. The number one factor in the success of a student’s education is the parent and too many parents are not involved or worse just don’t care.  It all goes back to the parents. If you send your children to school ready to learn, the teachers can do their jobs.  Where the testing should be done is in the workplace with the students after they have graduated. Anyone who has to deal with them (many of them), can see that something is lacking. I have no idea what the percentage of students might be who pass with high grades and go on to achieve great things in life. The rest of them shouldn’t even get a diploma, maybe a certi cate of attendance? Wednesday, July 13, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. 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Editor’s note: The following story was written by Linda Ashby, the grandmother of Lillianna Harden, who was at the cent er of a child abuse case heard last month i n Judge Robert Belanger’s court in the Okeechobee County Judicial Center. She wanted the judge to hear Lilly’s side of the s tory. The story was read by Lilly’s cousin, A shley Wester, to the judge, on Monday, J uly 11, before the sentencing of J.T. Colem an. Coleman was convicted of injuring t he little girl so badly she was hospitalized with trauma to her brain. “Hi. My name is Lilly and I am now 3 y ears old. I would like to tell you my story. “Around the time that I turned 2 years old, bad things started happening to me. A very bad person named J.T. came into my life. “Every time I was bad, I would get a spanking with a belt at rst, then a stick. I didn’t understand why I was being spanked so hard that it was leaving bruises on my bottom. I was only 2. “Every time I didn’t eat all my food, I got hit with a spoon. I still don’t understand. I am 2 and I only weigh 20 pounds. I don’t eat much. When I cry, I get into more trouble. W hen I threw up because I was upset, even more trouble, more spankings. I still didn’t understand. I am only 2. “Now I have to stand in a corner on one foot. I don’t understand. I am only 2. My balance is not that good. If I lose my balance, I get hit. I don’t understand. I am only 2. “I am taking a bath. I get water sprayed in my face. I don’t like it. I cry and I get popped in the mouth now. My lip hurts and it is bleeding so I cry harder. I don’t understand. I am only 2. “I am getting potty trained. I have an accident and now I have poop on my face. I cry. I didn’t mean to go in my diaper. I am not good at going potty on the toilet yet. I am only 2. “A lot of bad things are happening to me but I don’t understand why. I am only 2. “Things are getting worse. I have marks I can’t tell anyone how I got. I am scared. I am only 2. “Now all of the sudden, things are really bad. I hear a lot of people. I can’t gure out what is going on. I am really scared. What is happening? I don’t know. I am only 2. “I am trying to wake up. I can’t. I can hear people talking. I can hear my Papaw and Mamaw talking to me, singing “Jesus loves me.” But I can’t nd them. My eyes won’t open. I am really scared. I hear my Papaw and Mamaw telling me it’s OK. I hear singing again. I still can’t get my eyes to open. Finally my eyes open. I think, “Wait. It is still dark. Why can’t I see?” I hear everyone but I can’t nd them. What is in my throat? I can’t talk. All I can do is cry. I feel Mamaw stroking my head and holding my hand. “It’s OK baby. Go back night-night.” I am still scared. “Finally that thing is out of my throat. I still can’t talk. I still can’t see. Why is it so dark? I don’t know. I am only 2. “Someone is moving me. What is going on? Why can’t I talk? Why can’t I see? Why won’t my arms and legs do what I want them to? Wait, I know those arms. I am nally in my Mamaw’s arms, rocking. This feels good. I am not as scared anymore. Why did Mamaw not hold me all these days? She keeps saying, “OK, it’s OK, it’s OK.” I still can’t see my Mamaw. She is crying. I want to tell her, “it’s OK.” I can’t. I can’t talk. “Now Papaw is holding me and singing to me. Why is he crying? “It’s OK,” I want to tell him but I can’t. “All these strange people keep coming in. I don’t know who they are or what they’re doing. Some of it hurts. What happened to me? It is so dark? Why can’t I see anymore? I think my eyes are open. “Now I have a tube in my nose. I don’t like it. “I said “OK” this morning. Why is Mamaw so excited? What is she crying? Silly Mamaw. “Now Papa is here. I said “I love you.” Why is he crying? Silly Papaw. “Papaw and Mamaw said we are going outside to play. I like to play outside. We have a wagon to take outside, Mamaw says. I can’t see it. They are putting me in the wagon. Why can’t I sit up? I don’t know. “We are outside. The sun feels good but it is still dark. Papaw puts me in the grass. I want to play but I can’t. Nothing is working. He takes my hands and lets me feel the grass, the leaves. What is that noise? They tell me it is a train but I can’t see it. “I’m talking more. Every time I talk, everyone gets excited. I can’t see them though. “I hear voices. Wait, that’s my Nanny. I heard Boo Boo and J.J. Then I hear Pam. Why can’t I see them? “My arm is working a little bit now but it still doesn’t work right. “Mamaw said I am going to her house soon, Maybe it will be light there and I can see. “Me and Mamaw are alone. She said it’s time to get up. She turns a light on, and I said “light.” She’s crying again. Silly Mamaw. “We go outside. The light hurts my eyes. Why is Papaw excited? Silly Papaw. “They keep trying to make me sit up, stand, walk. I can’t. I cry. I used to be able to. Now I can’t. What happened? “We are going home. Everyone is excited. I still can’t see them, “Mamaw holds a doll in front of my face and asks me what it is. I tell her “a doll,” then she does a frog. I tell her “frog.” She keeps holding stuff in front of my face. When I tell her what it is, she starts crying. Papaw too. They are so silly. “We are at Mamaw’s and Papaw’s every day. They take me to see Techic and Angela. They want me to sit up, stand, walk. I try but I can’t. I cry but Mamaw tells Papaw, “she has to do it, even if she cries.” He is mad. “Finally I can sit up and I am trying to crawl on my belly. Everybody gets excited when I move a little bit. “I can crawl really good now on my belly. Now they want me to stand. It’s hard but I am trying. “I can stand up a little bit now and crawl on my hands and knees. It is Halloween and I am outside crawling all over the yard at our party. I am getting really dirty. Mamaw tells Papaw, “It’s OK. She’ll wash.” “Christmas is coming. Papaw says all he wants for Christmas is to see me walk. I am trying really hard. “It’s Christmas. I can take a couple o f steps now. Papaw got his Christmas wish. “I am 3 now. I can walk. I fall a lot but I am walking, trying to run and climbing on everything. I still don’t know what happened but I am not scared anymore. “My Mamaw says my new name is Rotten because I am spoiled rotten. Papaw says I am stubborn and bullheaded. Mamaw says I get that from him. “They also say I am their miracle from God. “Thank you for listening to my story.” Lilly 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News July 13, 2011 A n abused child: Court hears Lilly’s story Special to the Okeechobee NewsMasonic Lodge scholarship recipientsRecipients of the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge #237 Scholarship were Dallon Boyd ($1,000), Brittany Hass ($500), James Marquis ($500), Michael Watson III ($500) and Preston Wiggins, Jr ($500). Scholarship awards were presented by Kip Gardner and Jim Vensel. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsEverglades scholarshipThe recipient of the Everglades Farm Equipment Scholarship was Megan Moore. The award was presented by Mike Boling in the amount of $500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Eddie ‘Transman’ Keith, 46OKEECHOBEE — Eddie “Transman” Keith, age 46, of Okeechobee, passed away on July 10, 2011. Mr. Keith was born in Mobile, Ala., on Nov. 25, 1964, to Edward Keith, Sr., and Betty Miller. Eddie Keith was the owner and operator of Trans Pro Transmissions. He loved racing, shing and most of all hanging out with friends and family. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Keith, Sr. He is survived by his mother Betty McClelland of Clewiston. His loving wife, Melody Keith of Okeechobee; brothers Jamie McClelland (Joan) of Moore Haven; Benny McClelland (Meghand) of Ft. Myers, William Williams (Lisa) of Sebring, FL, Sisters: Deanna Bray (Ron) of Ft.Myers, Children Tony Keith of Marianna, Fl, Crystal Keith, of Marianna, Devon Keith of Punta Gorda, Shannon Earhart Nunez of Marianna, Fl, Christopher Zeh, Okeechobee, Justin (Tracy) Tallahassee, and Meagan Green of Okeechobee. Seven grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Cremation entrusted to Buxton Seawind Funeral Home, Okeechobee, Memorial Service will be held at 904 SW 6th A venue, on Saturday, July, 16 at 10 am. In lieu of owers, donations can be made for the family. Mildred Hacker Nash, 83OKEECHOBEE — Mildred Hacker Nash, 83, passed away on July 7, 2011. Born in Hazard, Ky., on March 14, 1928, she lived in Okeechobee for 25 years. She is survived by two daughters, Linda Baker of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Diane Fleetwood of Davie, Fla.; ve grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Her best friend and partner, Victor, will miss her greatly. The family will hold a service in the family home. Memorial contributions may be made to Big Lake Hospice, 1201 SE Indian ST, Stuart FL 34997. Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bassokeechobeefh.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl 34972. Joshua Raymond Estrada Warren, 22CLINTON, Tenn. — Joshua Raymond Estrada Warren, age 22, of Clinton formerly of Okeechobee, passed away Tuesday July 5, 2011, in Clinton, Tenn. Joshua was born Nov. 6, 1988, in Biloxi, Miss. Joshua was a devoted loving son to his mother Adela Smith and dad the late Thomas A. Smith. Other than his dad, Joshua was preceded in death by his grandparents and is survived by his mother, Adela Smith of Clinton; brother, Joseph Estrada of Clinton; sisters, Jennifer Warren, Jillian Warren, both of Tampa, Fla., and Courtney Smith of Little Rock, Ark.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. The family received friends Saturday July 9, 2011, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home with a graveside service following at 1:30 p.m., at Anderson Memorial Gardens with Marty Shelton of ciating. Online messages to the family can be left at www.martinoakridgefuneralhome.com. Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. William David Bowman, 82OKEECHOBEE — William David Bowman, 82, died at the Hamrick Home on Saturday, July 9, 2011. Born in Kentucky, he had lived in Lantana, Fla., and moved to Okeechobee 16 years ago. His hobbies included shing and horses. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Barbara; son, William Edward Bowman of Harrodsburg, Ky.; daughter, Sherry (Richard) Rose of Lantana; grandsons, Matthew (Ashleigh) Bowman of Palm City, William Bowman of White City; granddaughters, Angie (Brian) Smith of Lantana, Laura (Bill) Kirkpatrick of Lake Worth; and six great-grandchildren. Private services will be held. If friends choose, they may make memorial donations to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, Florida 34973. Online condolences may be sent to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News July 13, 2011 Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Hospice to hold yard saleHospice of Okeechobee’s yard sales in July will be on Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 28, from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and S.E. Third Ave. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our web page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.Food Bank providing Food Stamp Assistance July 13Treasure Coast Food Bank will be at Welcome House Drop-in Center, 1925 Hwy 441 S.E., on Wednesday, July 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. helping with food stamp applications and recerti cation. This service is open to the public and no appointment is necessary. For information call 772-971-3316. Women of Moose plan dinnerThe Women of the Moose, #2417, of Buckhead Ridge is sponsoring a Thursday, July 14 dinner. The menu consists of fresh fruit, garden salad, chicken and yellow rice, vegetable, rolls and butter, banana pudding and cookies. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. until they run out for a donation of $7. The dinner is for members and guests. Call, 863-763-8850, with questions.Legion Hall hosts Dollar DayAmerican Legion Riders Post 64 will host dollar day on Thursday, July 14, (3) wings for a $1, hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled cheese, ham salad, tuna salad, fried bologna, egg salad, beans, cornbread, and chili we will serve from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Happy hour is from 4 until 7 p.m. We will have Cowboy Jody karaoke from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.Business Women to meetThe monthly meeting site of The Okeechobee Business Women’s Referral Network has been changed. We will meet at 11:30 a,m. Friday, July 15 at Beef O’Brady’s, 608 S. Parrott Ave. This group, open to all women, meets to share business knowledge, opportunities and friendships. You are invited and you will be welcomed.Church hosting fundraiserPoint of Light Fellowship Church of Lakeport is selling pork rib dinners with baked beans, corn, dinner roll and dessert all for just $8 on Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the W&W Lumber parking lot. Call Pastor Eddie Woodham for delivery information at 863-261-1914.Free diabetes programGrand Oaks, 203 S.E. Second Street, will host a free diabetes education program on July 13 at 1:30 p.m. in the dining hall. “Living with Diabetes” will be presented by Wanda Haas.Babysitter training offeredThe Okeechobee Service Center of the American Red Cross will be holding their annual Babysitter Training class on Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Deadline to register is Friday, July 15 since space is limited! Youth, ages 11-15 years are invited to attend and the cost is $50. The class will be held at the Red Cross of ce located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register or for more information, please call 863-763-2488.Moose Lodge offers dinnerOn Friday, July 15 the Loyal Order o f Moose, #1753, at 159 N.W. 36th Street, will serve a country fried steak dinner for only $5 per person from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner is being prepared by the Moose Legion. Music will be played by Carl Cable, from 7 to 10 p.m. Members and guests are welcome.Legion hosts dinner/karaokeAmerican Legion Post 64 will have Frida y night dinner from 5 until 8 p.m. We will have sh, chicken strips or a combo of both, we will also offer country fried steak sandwich all meals come with french fries, colesla w and hushpuppies. Karaoke will be hosted b y BK productions’ Penny and Bobby, from 5 to 8 p.m. Happy hour is from 4 until 7 p.m. VFW hosting jam sessionHuge Jam Session—open mic at Buckhead Ridge VFW, State Road 78 West, Saturday, July 16 starting time 7 p.m. All Musicians and Singers welcome. For more information call Buck at 863-763-8111 or 863-623-8566.VFW holds sh fryThe Buckhead Ridge VFW, Post 9528, Rt. 78 W. is holding “the best sh fry in town.” The date is Saturday, July 16 starting at 1 p.m. until .... The cost is just $6. The menu is sh, fries, cole slaw and hush puppies. So come on in and have a great time! Call 863467-2882 with any questions.Amvets plans BBQ, bike showAmvets, Post 200, and Amvets Riders will hold a Chicken BBQ & Bike Show on Saturday, July 16 at 1 p.m. at the Iron Eagle Bar on S.R. 78W. Menu serving is half a BBQ chicken, beans, and slaw for just $6 (delivery available). A bike show with rst, second and third mention for best bike will be held. Proceeds go to Okeechobee no kill animal shelter and Forgotten Soldier Outreach.Sunday race day at LegionThis Sunday bring a covered dish and watch the race with us at the American Legion Post 64 from 1 p.m. until the race is over. Happy hour will be from 1 until 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. VFW hosts Sunday breakfastVFW Post #9528 Ladies Auxillary will hold a breakfast on July 17. The post is located on S.R. 78 West in Buckhead Ridge. Breakfast will be served 9 until 11 a.m. for a $5 donation. Community Events

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A reputed gang member was arrested after he reportedly tried to commit suicide then fought with a deputy who was trying to get him examined by emergency medical personnel. Adrian Valdez, 18, N.E. 64th Ave., Okeechobee, w as arrested Saturday, July 9, on a felony charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer w ith violence and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Valdez was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $3,000. An arrest report by Deputy Bart Potter, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), indicated that he was called to the man's home due to an apparent suicide attempt. Deputy Potter stated in his report that there was a strong odor of gas in the home. When it was determined that Valdez was not armed with any sort of weapon, the deputy reportedly tried to get him examined by Okeechobee Fire/Rescue emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. However, Valdez walked past the EMS personnel and tried to get away from the deputy, continued the report. Deputy Potter stated that Valdez was trying to get to the street when he grabbed him and told him that EMS needed to examine him. Valdez reportedly started to ght with the deputy, but Deputy Potter stated that he was eventually able to wrestle Valdez to the ground and handcuff him. At this point, continued the report, family members were closing in on the deputy in a threatening manner. The deputy said EMS personnel tried to help restrain the family. According to the deputy's report, Valdez is a member of the Four Seasons Posse and has a tattoo of FSP on his stomach. 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The teen was sentenced to six months in the Okeechobee County Jail on each charge, with the sentences to run concurrently. He will get credit for the one day he has already served. During the operation of cers bought several different types of drugs including marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and various prescription pills. Some of the buys were made on the school's campus. DeVoss was the last of those arrested and charged as adults to be sentenced, indicated Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright. DeVoss entered a plea before Judge Belanger on May 25. The judge on July 11 ordered that if the young man completes his stint in the Okeechobee County Jail without getting into any more trouble he will not have a felony record. According to an Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force detective prescription pillsincluding alprazolam, percocet, hydromorphone, darvacet, vyzanse, adderall, hydrocodone and xanaxwere purchased for $1 to $15 each during the operation. In another sentencing Monday, Samuel Hendrix was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance (roxicodone) and was sentenced to 100 days in the county jail as part of a plea agreement with the state. He will receive credit for the one day he has already served. He was also ordered by Judge Belanger to give a sample of his DNA. He will also have to surrender his driver's license for a period of two years, although he may apply for a license that will allow him to drive back and forth to work. Hendrix was arrested Aug. 19, 2010, by task force detectives. Local teen sentenced to 6 months in jail A lleged gang member accused of ghting deputy Adrian Valdez Samuel Hendrix Tony Randall DeVoss

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today! 520 S.Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee Website:www.opticalgalleryeyecare.comOptical Gallery763-4334763-3403 357-4899Medicare/Medicaid and Most VisionPlans Accepted Comprehensive Eye and Contact Lens Exams Advanced Cataract Microsurgery Diabetic Eye Exams Glaucoma Evaluation & Treatment State of the Art Complete Optical Laboratory Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses Richard L. Soldinger, O.D. David J. Underill, O.D. Board Certified Optometrists Silviano Matamoros, M.D. Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Specializing in: A d u l t & P e d i a t r i c U r o l o g y B l a d d e r & K i d n e y I n f e c t i o n s I m p o t e n c e / I m p l a n t s N o S c a l p e l V a s e c t o m y215 N.E.19th Dr. Okeechobee (863) 763-0217 Board Certified In Urology RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS Visit us online atwww.newszap.com REHAB THERAPY/NURSING HOME VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL Discover New Frontiers in Cancer CareTECHNOLOGYTHATIS: • MOREEFFECTIVE• MUCHSAFER• A LOTFASTEROURPHILOSOPHYOF ONETO ONECARE: • WELISTEN• WEUNDERSTAND• WEAREEASILYACCESSIBLEDo you need to talk? Call863.467.9500RAMESH KUMAR MD, WILLIAM CROOK MD AND JULIE SANTELLI MD BOARD CERTIFIED RADIATION ONCOLOGISTSBig Lake Cancer Center1115 N Parrott Ave OkeechobeeOne to One Cancer Care of Okeechobee FOLLOWUSONFACEBOOK.COM/RADIATIONDOCTOR S.Scott Tapper,M.D.,F.A.C.S.Board Certified General Vascular Surgeon 2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. StuartSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose VeinsMinimally Invasive In Office ProcedurePerformed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation proceduresInsurance Accepted Before Aftersymmetrylaservein.com772-286-5501 Advertising in the Okeechobee News is a bright idea!Call 763-3134 today!We Love to We Love to Care! Care! Okeechobee Okeechobee Health Care Facility Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226Five-Star Rated Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Care to Citizens of Okeechobee and Surrounding Communities Since December 1984 €Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech and Out-Patient Therapy €Long-Term Nursing Care Available 7 Days a Week/24 Hours a Day €Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing €Delicious Dietitian-Planned MealsStimulating &Fun Daily Activities RAULERSONPRIMARYCARE J o s e V i l l a r r e a l D O Dr. Villarreal is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. N e w P r i m a r y C a r e P h y s i c i a nAccepting New Patients & Walk-ins Evening Hours Available Per Request 2 0 2 N E 2 n d A v e O k e e c h o b e e F L 3 4 9 7 28 6 3 4 6 7 2 1 5 9www.raulersonprimarycare.com 11 Okeechobee News July 13, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 FAMILY MEDICINE 2 2 0 2 N E 1 9T HD r i v e € O k e e c h o b e e € F o r a p p o i n t m e n t s c a l l (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD€Comprehensive Medical & Preventive Care €Routine Annual Physicals €Well Woman Exam €Geriatric Care €Management of: Hypertension Diabetes Mellitus Menopause Depression Arthritis D D i p l o m a t e A m e r i c a n B o a r d o f F a m i l y M e d i c i n eAccepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted GYNECOLOGIST DERMATOLOGY HEALTHCARE Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility€Specialized Wound Care €Full Time Medical Director €Dialysis Support €Alzheimers Support Groups €Intravenous Therapy €Resident & Family Council Groups €Specialized HIV Care €Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy €24 hour Registered Nurse Staffing €Therapeutic Activities€ Jody Carter, Assistant, C.E.O € 230 South Barfield Hwy € Pahokee561-924-5561€ www.floridacare.net Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton Caring for Those You Care About120 BEDS MRI OKEECHOBEES FINEST OPEN MRI115 NE 3rd St. Suite A863-824-6736SPECIALTYTRAINED/BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTSThe Best is Right Here! OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE2 Blocks North of CVSDrugstore HEALTH Advertise in the Medical DirectoryCall 763-3134 today!The 2010 … 2011 Medical Information Guide is available online at http://specialsections.newszap.comUse this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website www.newszap.com James E. Bradfield, MD FACOGGynecology Board Certified € € L o s s o f L i b i d o € E n d o m e t r i o s i s € U r i n e C o n t r o l € I n f e r t i l i t y € M e n s t r u a l A b n o r m a l i t i e s € S t e r i l i z a t i o n € € L a s e r S u r g e r y € M i n i m a l l y I n v a s i v e S u r g e r y All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net863-763-80001713 Hwy 441 N, Suite F, Okeechobee 12 Okeechobee News July 13, 2011

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Estate SaleLazy Seven Estates 1401 SW 83rd Ave Fri.July 15 & Sat.July 17th 8am-1pm. Appliances,tools, furniture,youth dirt bike equip.,sports equip.,wooden swing set,eliptical,punching bag,household items and more! Garage/ YardSales Garage Sale at 908 NE 5th Street, Thursday thru Saturday. Refrigerator, electric wheel chair lift, tools, knick knacks, CD’s, DVD’s, and much more How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Garage/ YardSalesTREASURE ISLAND 3035 SE 36th Ave, July 16th & July 17th, 8:30am til 4pm. Lots of stuff. Tools, bikes, PS2/games, Ninendo/games, Christmas stuff, PC games, shing items, computer moniters, TV’s, and lots more! ServicesLicensed Practical Nurse Seeking Position as Caregiver/Companion Full or Part Time Reasonable Rates CALL KAREN GRANT at 863-357-1636 SpecialNotice Surrogate (Gestational) Mother Wanted Local loving couple seeks an amazing women to give the gift of carrying our biological child. Requirements: Must have had at least one uncomplicated pregnancy. No Smoking, drinking or drugs of any kind. Good heart for the right reasons. Living expenses/compensation to be discussed privately in accordance with Florida Statues. Serious quali ed individual only. Please Call 561-797-0246 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeSoftware Company needs BOOKKEEPER FT/PT. Quickbooks Exp. Fax to 863-357-8302. Employment Full Time Assistant Manager Turnpike C-Store Florida Turnpike Services is seeking an assistant manager for our gas and C-store at the Ft. Drum service plaza on Florida’s Turnpike. The successful candidate will train to supervise staff and represent our company working the 3-11 shift and weekends. A competitive starting wage will increase as the applicant demonstrates a commitment to the position and learns operational responsibilities. Bene ts include paid vacation and transportation reimbursement. Advancement opportunities exist for motivated individuals as our company opens new stores which are currently under construction. Convenience store/retail experience and a strong commitment to customer service are required. Management or supervisory experience is preferred. Applicants must pass a drug screen and background check. Submit resume to mpcftdrum@msn.com. Ag Mechanic Wanted Gas/Diesel and General. House, Elect, Maintenance Free, Medical, Pension. Hourly Rate Call 863-763-2808 Christian Preschool Looking For: Lead Teacher for three’s room Please Call 763-8800 Full Time Labor Position Must be able to lift more than 50 lbs. and work outside. Bilingual A Must. Call 863-763-7447 Healthy Families OkeechobeeFAMILY SUPPORT WORKERHelp families succeed! Bilingual (Spanish/English) position providing educational home visits to families with newborns in Okeechobee County. Comp pay. Apply Helping People Succeed, Inc. 1100 S. E. Federal Hwy. Stuart or Fax resume (772)320-0180 or to careers@hps .org. DFW/EOE. Employment Full TimeLive in Nanny …………. Room / board/ weekly salary/ most weekends off. Privacy, your own bathroom/ bedroom/ Television with cable. Must be able to handle children ages 18 months – 13 years. All inquires should be submitted to silvermoon@sil vermoonstowing.com and reference “Nanny Position” in subject line. Equal opportunity employer with pre-employment background check and drug test requirements. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Buildings& Sheds 12’ x 20’ Wooley Shed Cost $7,500. Garage & man door, 2 windows, electric outlets, great for workshop, can be moved. $4,500.00. (863)357-2536 Shop here first! The classified ads Pets/SuppliesHealthy Black and White Shih-tzu Puppies 2 months old. Must see $200 call 561-755-1025 ToolsWelder For Sale 10,000 BTU with extra, 25 hours. $2,500 or best offer Call 863-801-2852 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com LivestockBaby Chicks For Sale Starting at $2.75. Fancy Chicks, Egg Laying Chicks, Meat Chicks; also Goselings and Ducklings.. (863)233-1913 or (863)673-7280 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments 1,2 or 3 Bedroom Apartments For Rent and Yearly RV Spots for Rent located by 15b and 441. Call 561-386-5636 or 561-968-2083 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Duplex located close to court house, lawn and garbage included Call 863-634-8331 APARTMENT in Town 2br/1ba, tiled oors, water included $750 mo. + deposit Call Vicki @ 561-255-4377 Apartments Apartment for Rent 2BR 1 1/2 BA Town House In Town, Very clean, W/D $650 mo, 1st, last & sec. Yearly Lease 863-697-1129 Apartments in City 2BR/1.5 Bath 1 Block north of Walmart Carpet/Tile All Appliances, W/D on each oor, Clean/Newly Painted Call 863-763-8878 $600 mo., $300 Sec. Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)634-5780 or (863)467-9250 Dixie Ranch Acres area, 2 br. duplex. Clean, quiet, $500/mo includes water and lawn maintenance $200 deposit. NO DOGS Call 863-610-0001 FURNISHED APT ON WATER Including all utilities, some restrictions, apply by appt. only. (863)357-2044 leave name and number if no answer. KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-697-6428 or 561-358-8128 KISSIMMEE RIVER 1 Bdrm., 1 Bath, fully furnished, Dock, includes utilities, Dish TV, WI FI & local phone service. $650 mo. + sec. (863) 467-1950. Oak Lake Apartments, 2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story, washer, dryer, patio, very clean. $700 + rst, last, and $500 sec. (863)634-3313. OKEECHOBEELarge 1 Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last. $600 per mo. Deposit $400. In town. Call 863-467-8705 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. ApartmentsOKEECHOBEEON RIM CANAL 1 BR Cottage w/screen porch. Overlooking rim canal. $150 week, utilities included. (772)359-1640 Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Houses-Rent 2bd/2ba Den and Fl room on 5 acres. Rent with option to buy. Between Indiantown and Okeechobee. $995.00 monthly Call 772-260-3068 3 Bedroom 1 Bath private home, 2 carports and garage, fully furnished, washer & dryer $1000 monthly (954)658-0108 1008 SW 2nd Ave Okee. 3BR 2BA beautiful ranch home located 12 miles from town. Lawn, trash, and water included. $650/mo. Pasture available. Call for move in special Mon. Fri. (863)467-9800. No Pets. Dixie Ranch Acres area 3 br clean, quiet $700/mo. water & lawn care included. $200 security. NO DOGS. Call 863-610-0001 OKEE 2bd/1ba CBS House, large lot, freshly painted, new carpet, w/d, well water, by Rim Canal $650 mo. plus security. Call 786-201-0306 OKEECHOBEE MODERN BRICK: 3BR, 2.5BA, 1 car garage. New carpet. On Rim Canal w/Boat dock. Rent $875/mo. Opt. 1/B R cottage w/dining room. Call (772)359-1640 13 Okeechobee News July 13, 2011

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Houses-Rent OKEECHOBEE (SE Section) 3 br/2 ba, with carport. Nice neighborhood. $850 mo. plus Sec. 863-634-1567. TREASURE ISLAND 3br/2ba (CBS on the water). Nice area. Small pets OK. $1100 (561)262-1390. OfficeSpace Rent 2300 sq.ft. Beautiful Historic Commercial Rental, 1 block off State Rd. 70, highly visible from highway. $1500 per mo. (863)447-0092OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT (863)763-8565 RoommateWANT SOMEONE TO SHARE 3/2 mobile home. $80/wk Call (772)332-6180 VacationRentalsChoose from 2/2 or 1/1 Beautifully furnished rentals located at River Bluff Fishing Resort on the Kissimmee River. With or without utilities. Call today, You’ll think your on vacation!(863)467-4317 Waterfront Rentals PRIVATE PENINSULA ON TAYLOR CREEK NICELY FURNISHED 2/1 ADULTS ONLY FROM $700 CALL (863)-697-1280 WATERFRONT: 2BR, 1 BA Treasure Island. Cold A/C, Fenced yd. $595 mo. + $350 sec dep. (772) 359-6584 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-Sale 2 Houses on 5 acres with pond asking $239,900 Call 772-260-3068 CBS 3/2/2, Metal Roof, Screen Porch, Corner Lot, Patio,Sprinklers,Freshly painted in/out, Space for Motor Home and Boat. Ideal investment or starter home,asking $69,800 Owner 863-763-7998 Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Houses-SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. 2bdrm/1bath house $2,500.00 down $731.83 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Land-SaleDixie Ranch Acres 1 Acre lots $9,000 $500 down Owner Financing Call 863-763-6358 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $500 mo. Large 3 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031 For Rent 1 Bedroom Trailer $125 A Week Call 863-610-4625 ORTONA AREA, River Oaks SD 3br/2ba doublewide. Lease $650 mo No pets, references $650 security 863-675-8445 MobileHomeSale 1990 ? mobile home 12x45 good for farm or camp pretty good shape must move from lot 1500. lorida. (561)310-1443 or (561)626-0541 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 Palm Harbor Homes Repo’s/Used Homes/Short Sales 3 or 4 Bedroom Doublewides Wont Last!! 3,500-50K Call Today! 800-622-2832 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Boats1999 Big “O” BASS BOAT 1999 merc 200HP EFI, new powerhead 4/11. Aluminium trailer. Perfect condition. $12,000.00/or best offer (561)718-8936 Campers/RVs1986 21’ w/ attached room w/ lots of windows. Lot rent $235 + utilities. Water front park $1200. Call 863-467-1530. Motorcycles 2004 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic in Smokey Gold/Black Two Tone, Screaming Eagle Exhaust w/Free Breather, Lot of Chrome, A Must See. Only 9800 Miles Garage Kept Real Clean. Call For App. 863-697-1636. Asking $12,995.00 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles2008 PRIUS 55mpg@55mph. Immaculate, new tires & transferable Factory 7/100 Warranty $16,995 Will take reliable pickup partial trade(example:90-93 S-10 under 100,000=$2,500 Photos on newszap.com (516) -318-3515 PickupTrucks1997 GMC Sierra Ext Cab. One Owner, High Mileage $2,000 Call 863-381-0135 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000428 S-193 NAVIGATIONAL LOCK REFURBISHMENT, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FL The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed bids up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on Friday, August 12, 2011 for the S-193 NAVIGATIONAL LOCK REFURBISHMENT, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FL An OPTIONAL PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held on Friday, July 22, 2011 @ 10:00 a.m., at The South Florida Water Management District, Okeechobee Field Station Conference Room located at 1000 N.E. 40th Avenue, Okeechobee, Fl 34972 for all interested respondents. For directions call (863) 462-5280. Visit to eld sites will immediately follow. Transportation will be the responsibility of interested attendees. Casual attire is recommended for the site visits. All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov; (3) by calling (561) 682-6568. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov. 391813 ON 7/13 CN 7/14/2011 PublicNotice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICY In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County School Board will consider amendment of the School Board policy listed below at their meeting on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Of ce at 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee. A copy of the proposed policy amendment is available in the Superintendent’s of ce, Room 307, located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue. AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 5.40 Student Control 1. This policy includes the Code of Student Conduct. 2. Revisions to the Code of Student Conduct include deletion of the First Time Offender Program, addition of minimum consequences for inappropriate dress, addition of language on sexting, addition of dating violence section, and other revisions resulting from changes in legislation. Revisions are available in the Superintendent’s of ce. 3. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41; 1001.42. Laws implemented are F.S. 120.57(1); 1001.43; 1003.04; 1002.20; 1003.04; 1003.21; 1003.31; 1003.32; 1006.07; 1006.08; 1006.09; 1006.10; 1006.13. 4. This policy amendment will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 391746 ON 7/13/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City website www.cityofokeechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department, bclement@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218. Under consideration is Special Exception Petition No. 11-001-SE, submitted by property owner Thomas C. Close, on behalf of Close Properties, Inc., to allow a beauty shop within a CPO Zoning District (Ref. Code Book Section 90-223(2). Property is located at 406 NW 3rd Street. Legal: Lots 9 through 12 of Block 126, Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays. The Board of Adjustment and Appeals serves as the decision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Special Exceptions. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any decision made by the Board of Adjustment and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator Petition No. 11-001-SE 390911 ON 7/3,13/2011 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 29th day of July 2011 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows: 2007 White Great Dane Trailer 1GRAA06257J619455 1998 Gray Dodge Caravan 1B4GP45R0WB746855 1997 White Dodge 2500 Ram Van 2B7HB21XOVK562636 2007 Green John Deere 2520 LV2520H308713 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 392311 ON 7/13/2011 PublicNotice LEGAL NOTICE Public Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on JULY 29, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 1995 PLYMOUTH VOYAGER VIN#2P4GH2532SR183864 1986 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS VIN#2MEBP95F5GX690778 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of nal bid. ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE! Said automobiles will be sold in “As Is” condition with no guarantee’s. 392236 ON 7/13/2011 NOTICE OF FORFEITURE COMPLAINT On June 9, 2011, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce seized the following property: UNITED STATES CURRENCY IN THE AMOUNT OF $5,520.00 and intends to seek forfeiture under the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act. 391810 ON 7/13,20/2011 NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Florida Department of Transportation Project Bids will be received by the Tallahassee Of ce until 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, for Proposal ID T1465. A Certi cation of Quali cation is not required for this SIGNING/PAVEMENT MARKINGS project on SR 78; FROM CANAL BOAT RAMP TO OKEECHOBEE COUNTY LINE in Glades County. Budget Estimate $206,794.00. Complete letting advertisement information for this project is available on our website at http://www.dot.state.fl.us/cc-admin/Letting_Project_Info.shtm or by calling (850) 414-4000. 392270 ON 7/13,20/2011 PublicNotice Okeechobee County School Board Meetings July 21 and July 28, 2011 The Okeechobee County School Board will meet on July 21, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., to consider advertisement of proposed millage rates and the proposed budget for 2011-12. The School Board will meet on July 28, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., for a public hearing to consider adoption of tentative millage rates and the tentative budget for 2011-12. Both meetings will be in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Of ce at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, and both meetings are open to the public. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 390839 ON 7/13,15/2011 14 Okeechobee News July 13, 2011 Crossword Puzzle PublicNotice PublicNotice ACROSS 1 Big bird’s grabber 6 Croquet venue 10 Winery container 14 Essential acid, familiarly 15 Working hard 16 Galway Bay’s __ Islands 17 Make an appearance 20 Bolsheviks’ bane 21 Ins. plans 22 Auto dealer’s agreement, at times 23 Andy Taylor’s boy 25 Cloak-anddagger org. 26 Do nothing 33 Movie trailer, e.g. 34 Bartender’s rocks 35 Takes home 37 Amorous sound 38 Fortified Portuguese wine 42 Draw 43 Throw in a chip 45 Nintendo game console 46 Yankees’ home 48 Dancing instruction from KC and the Sunshine Band 52 “Groovy!” 53 Seaside city 54 More than sufficiently 57 Greeley’s direction for young men 59 Linc’s “Mod Squad” do 63 Death row reprieve 66 Enjoying a lot 67 Act the accomplice 68 Doomed Genesis city 69 YMCA part: Abbr. 70 Lessons learned early 71 Eat away at DOWN 1 Diplomacy 2 “Famous” cookie guy 3 South American capital 4 Like a studio apartment 5 Doze off 6 Marshals, usually 7 12 for Mg or 20 for Ca, e.g. 8 Mental faculties 9 Extreme degree 10 Peninsula bordering Massachusetts Bay 11 Diva’s piece 12 Bloomingdale’s rival 13 Genuflection joint 18 West Virginia border river 19 Lamb’s pen name 24 __ Penh, Cambodia 25 “If I Could Turn Back Time” singer 26 Pet welfare org. 27 Presses 28 Place for a crown or cap 29 Old MacDonald refrain 30 Biol. or geol. 31 Artoo’s “surname” 32 Be frugal 36 Erotic 39 Filled with wonder 40 Like some home improvement projects, briefly 41 E.g., e.g. 44 Near the outset 47 __ cuff: pitching injury site 49 Fight stopper 50 Underdog victories 51 Campus mil. group 54 Where billions live 55 “White” peaks in N.H. 56 Butter units 57 Jack of “Dragnet” 58 Corporate VIP 60 Pet targeted by the first words of this puzzle’s fourlongest answers 61 Large cross 62 “Dinner is __” 64 Flight oversight org. 65 Exploit By Donna S. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Winter Haven scored three times in the top of the rst inning and never trailed in the game as they upended Okeechobee 8-5 in the opening game of the Dixie Boys baseball Junior Dixie Tournament on Saturday in Sebring. Okeechobee rallied to tie the game at 5-5 in the fth inning but gave up three runs in the seventh as they fell into the loser's bracket of the tournament. Chase Armbruster and Jordan Cogdon got Winter Haven off to a good start with RBI singles in the rst against Brahman starter Mason Joyner. Okeechobee responded with an RBI single by Elijah Finney in the bottom of the rst and trailed 3-1 after one inning. Armando Rodriguez RBI double made it 3-2 in the second. Zach Joiner had an RBI triple for Winter Haven to make it 4-2 in the third. Okeechobee threatened to score in the third as Codi Mostetter hit a long y ball to deep left eld that was caught at the fence. Two runners were stranded on base when Joiner made a diving catch in center eld. A balk call allowed Cameron Morris to score from third as Okeechobee closed to within 4-3 in the fourth inning. Dylan O'Leary had a sacri ce y for Winter Haven in the fth inning. Okeechobee scored twice thanks to singles by Jarred Morgan and Mostetter and a throwing error by Winter Haven in the bottom of the fth. With the score tied at ve, Winter Haven played small ball in the top of the seventh to win the game. An in eld error and a walk, followed by a sacri ce by Cogdon put two runners in scoring position. J.J. McIntyre drove home Armbruster with a single and a second run scored on an error. O'Leary delivered the nal run with an RBI ground out. Okeechobee could not score in the bottom of the seventh as they lost the opening round game. OCRA Jr. Dixie boys lose to Winter Haven team BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY A A I R C O N D I T I O N I N G H E A L T H C A R E I N S U R A N C E R E A L E S T A T E W A N T E D T O B U Y H E A L T H & R E A D I N G M A T E R I A L F F U R N I T U R E C O N T R A C T O R A T T O R N E Y S A T T O R N E Y S H A I R C U T S Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553 W e e B u y y S c r a p p G o l d S i l v e r r a n d d C o i n s Skilled Long & Short Term Care Facility J o d y C a r t e r Assistant, C.E.O.230 South Barfield Hwy. € Pahokee Other facilities in Gainesville & Bradenton PHONE: 561-924-5561www.floridacare.net 863-763-67427/24 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS208 SW 5thAve. € Okeechobee EMORY WALKER EMORY WALKER CO. INC. CO. INC.Air Conditioning & RefrigerationCAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years! St. Lic. 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MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee AA All-stars lost a heart breaker to Bartow but responded with a strong victory over Holmes County during the rst two days of the Dixie Youth baseball Florida State Tournament this weekend. Bartow rallied in their nal at bat to score ve runs and defeat the Okeechobee stars 10-9 in the opening round game on Saturday in Brooksville. Okeechobee had built a 9-5 lead before the Bartow rally. Braison Crews had two hits and a run scored for Okeechobee. Gavin Driggers drove in a run. Case Myers had three hits along with a run scored and a RBI. Landon Craig had a double and run scored and also had several impressive elding plays. He was slightly injured by a batted ball in the sixth inning. Pike Dawson had two singles, an RBI and a run scored. Blake Joyner had an RBI single and Justin Comfort had a double and a run scored. Noah Jones of Bartow had several impressive defensive plays. He also had an RBI single and scored a run in the rst inning, an RBI in the third, and a two-run single to tie the game in the sixth. He scored the winning run on a base hit by Austin Breadon on a close play at home plate. The game started about an hour behind schedule due to a thunder storm in Hernando County. Okeechobee defeated Holmes County 15-6 on Sunday evening to remain alive in the tournament. Okeechobee pounded out 15 base hits as they won by mercy rule. Justin Comfort had a strong game with an RBI double. Jacob Hardy had an RBI single. Nicholas Hayford had two singles and an RBI along with a stolen base. Landon Craig added an RBI single. The AA All stars are coached by Shawn Crews, Dale Hardy and John Hayford. The Okeechobee squad was scheduled to play East Lakeland on Monday night. The winner and the runner up squad at the tournament will qualify for the Regional Tournament to be held in Mulberry. That tournament begins on July 30. AA All-star squad battles at State Dixie Youth tourney Special to the Okeechobee News/ Teresa ChandlerTeen Dance PartyTeresa Chandler coordinated a teen dance party for CASTLE on July 2. Fiftytwo students attended and had a great time playing “name that tune” with DJ “Allie,” hula hooping and a limbo contest. Commissioner Culpepper stopped and enjoyed the fun also! Thank you to all of our contributors for their continued support and all of the volunteers who help make it happen!For more information on the teen dance program, contact Teresa Chandler at 863-8014996.

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By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
The entrance to Sue Arnold's Wildlife Re-
habilitation Center is lined with sentries in-
cluding peacocks, roosters, a dog, a number
of domestic cats and even a three-legged deer.
All welcome visitors with greetings ranging
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Seminole, Central and South Elementary
and Yearling Middle Schools earned A grades
in the annual school grades released by the
Florida Department of Education.
Everglades and North Elementary Schools
earned B grades. Osceola Middle School
earned a C grade. The grade for Okeecho-
bee High School was still pending.
Last year Okeechobee had two A schools,
Central and South Elementary. Everglades
improved from a C to a B, the Freshman
Campus earned a B, Osceola slipped from a
B to a C, Seminole improved from a C to an
A, South remained an A school and Yearling
improved from a B to an A.
"Everyone should take great pride in the
tremendous progress we have made this
school year," School Superintendent Ken
Kenworthy said, "These grades show that
our schools have retooled and that we are
changing times and making improvements
where needed."
Mr. Kenworthy said his staff of princi-
pals recognize there are areas that need
improvement but that the kids will get rigor-
ous course work and they will live up to the
challenge.
The annual report gave Okeechobee
Schools an overall grade of C, identical to
last year's mark. The School District received
an A grade in 2009.
As a district, 61 percent of students
earned high standards in reading, 68 per-
cent in math, 79 percent in writing, and 42
percent in science. There were 56 percent
of students who achieved learning gains in
reading, and 65 percent in math. The lowest
performing students also showed significant
gains in reading and math, according to the
state report.
South Elementary had 77 percent of
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Okeechobee Main Street is asking for volunteers to help with the National
Day of the Cowboy Celebration, set for Saturday, July 23. The Celebration
will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, at the Okeechobee Agri-
Civic Center. Gates will open Friday night at 6 p.m. with a ranch rodeo and
festivities ending at Midnight. Saturday the gates open at 3 p.m. with the
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Sunday, July 10, 2011


Reflections from the pulpit


Speak Out has moved online, where
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new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Fireworks
* I remember when the Jaycees used to
do this for us and cheapskates sat at Publix
Plaza and shot off cheap fireworks and still
enjoyed what the Jaycees provided for us for
FREE. Now you people complain that we
have no fire works for people of Okeecho-
bee. I remember when the fireworks were
over that the Jaycees would ask for donations
for the next year and guess what? "I've got no
money." "I spent it all on beer." "I pay taxes."
"I've got kids." I also remember when an
individual actually paid for all the fire works
for the fourth and got no recognition at all. If
everyone would put in just a little, we could
have a great time for the locals during the
summer.
* I was a licensed pyrotechnician for sev-
eral years and let me tell you there is a whole
lot of work to put a show together a 45 to 60
min. show. The insurance itself is a large part
of the expense. You have to have a paramedic
crew/ambulance and fire fighters/truck on
site. Unless the fire dept. donated their time
and equipment you have to pay for that ser-
vice also. It adds up real fast.
SWhen we had the public shows, I be-
lieve the county provided the fire trucks and
EMTs on the scene, as they do at other pub-
lic events. But what added insult to injury at
the last fireworks show was that the county
charged for the use of the agri-civic center
parking lot! A private citizen who was upset
there was no money for a public show, paid
for the entire show. And then the county said
they could not do it unless they paid to rent
the parking lot! They took donations at the
gate to help pay the fee the county charged,
but that was just to use the parking lot. It
wasn't for future fireworks. No wonder pri-
vate donors don't want to help anymore.

Commission seat
* Article in the paper today says still no
word from Gov. Scott. So the county goes
into budget hearings with no one to cast a
tie-breaking vote. So unless at least three of
the four commissioners agree, there could be
problems getting the budget done.


* Shouldn't be much of a problem. It's
been 3-1 for a while now.
* It's sad situation that the county is run-
ning on cruise control.

Casey Anthony
* Casey Anthony has been found Not
Guilty. If you are calling for blood you are
being a fear monger and a tyrannical mis-
informed passive observer. The burden of
proof is on the State of Florida and the Pros-
ecution, they did not convince a jury of the
Defendant's peers as to her guilt. She goes
free and she should go free.
* I watched a lot of the trial, and I just
never saw where they actually ever proved
the exact cause of death. Without that, it
was hard to prove what happened, and who
actually did it.
* I was pleased to see that already there
are facebook campaigns to boycott any
books or movies that would financially
benefit Casey Anthony. Even if she did not
commit murder, she should not profit from
covering up her child's death. And I think it
is highly probable that she did kill the child,
but the prosecutors just could not prove
how the baby died because the body was so
decayed and messed up by wild animals by
the time they found it.
* I think the changing of the release date
was a ruse to get her out safely.

'Bored' teens accused of
stealing truck
* This story in today's paper about the
teens stealing pickup trucks just amazes
me. They claim they did it because they
were bored? I don't know who the trucks
were stolen from, but quite likely the own-
ers needed the vehicles to get to work. Did
the thieves even consider the possibility that
the truck might be a family's only means of
transportation? And the fact that one truck
was found in a pond-completely ruined
and someone apparently tried to push a sec-
ond truck into a ditch but it got stuck on the
bank, is sickening. Where is the respect for
other people's property? Maybe they won't
be so bored in prison.
* Even my 6-year-old grandchild knows
better than to use the word "bored" around
my house. He is told right quick that bore-
dom is self-made, so I suggest to get up and
find something to do. "Bored" is a word I
have no patience with. I can't fathom us-
ing the excuse of "I was bored" to commit
a crime.


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A place to belong
By Rev. Pauline Gwen Livatt,
Pastor, New St. Stephens' AME Church
People tend to be tribal. We associate
with others like ourselves, but we have the
tendency to avoid those who are different.
Jesus however breaks down the walls of
tribalism. He brings into His church people
who are different from each other. He calls
people from every ethnic and national back-
ground. He calls men, women, boys, and
girls. He calls the rich, and the poor. Jesus
calls people who have different political
convictions. In fact, among his first disciples,
Matthew was a collaborator with the Ro-
mans who occupied Israel, while Simon the
Zealot was an anti-Roman extremist. Christ
smashes to smithereens each and every so-
cial barrier that divides us.
One of the supreme benefits of salva-
tion is the sense of belonging: you belong

July Blood drives planned
The "Big Red Bus" bloodmobile will
be in Okeechobee for blood drives on the
following dates:
Friday, July 15 - Walgreen's, 1-5 p.m.
Sunday, July 17 - Golden Corral, 11-4
Friday, July 22 - Health Dept.
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, July 23 - Day of the Ameri-
can Cowboy, Ag Center 10a.m.-3 p.m.
Tuesday, July 26 - IRSC Campus,
4-8 p.m.


Correction

An error appeared in an article on page
13 of the Wednesday, July 6 issue of
the Okeechobee News under the head-
line "Commissioner criticizes county
operations." The article incorrectly
stated that Commissioner Bryant Cul-
pepper called the judge who was ad-
judicating a case in which the county
was involved to find out why no action
was taking place. What Commissioner
Culpepper actually said was that he
called the judge's office.


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are from a background that's different from
most people in your local congregation,
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high near 94. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
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July 10, 2011 Okeechobee News


2011 OHS Scholarship Night


Special toe eec
Recipients of the Future Stars Baseball/Softball Camp
Scholarship were Ashtyn Brown, Naomi Stevens and Court-
ney Wilson. Scholarship awards were presented by Russ
Brown in the amount of $1,000. Scholarship awards were
presented at Okeechobee High School's 2011 Scholarship
Night on May 26.


Recipients of the Dr. Fred D. Brown Memorial Scholarship
were Joseph Barletto, Jr. and Ashtyn Brown. Scholarship
awards were presented by Russ Brown in the amount of
$500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee
High School's 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26.


Spec al to the Okeechobee News
The recipient of the Matthew P. Buxton Soccer Scholarship
was Nickay Ingram. The award was presented by Matthew
Buxton in the amount of $250. Scholarship awards were
presented at Okeechobee High School's 2011 Scholarship
Night on May 26.


The recipient of the Edward (Coach) Johnson Memorial
Scholarship was Michael Watson III. The award was pre-
sented by Bill Black in the amount of $1,000. Scholarship
awards were presented at Okeechobee High School's 2011
Scholarship Night on May 26.


The recipient of the Lions Club - Johnny ' :
Mack Kinsaul Memorial Scholarship was Specal tote eechobeeNews
Manuel Castrejon. The award was presented Recipients of the Kiwanis - Kermit Nichols Memorial Scholarship were Jo-
by Bill Black in the amount of $1,000. Schol- seph Barletto, Jr. and Mishal Mehta. Scholarship awards were presented
arship awards were presented at Okeecho- by Frank Irby and Jim Vensel in the amount of $1,000. Scholarship awards
bee High School's 2011 Scholarship Night were presented at Okeechobee High School's 2011 Scholarship Night on
on May 26. May 26.


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Community Events


Amateur Radio Club
holds July meeting
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club
will meet on Monday, July 11, at the Ameri-
can Red Cross Office, 323 N. Parrott Ave, at
7 p.m. and encourages anyone interested
in Ham Radio to attend. Meet the members
and have a cup of coffee with us. The club
meets the second Monday of each month.

OCRA monthly meeting
The monthly meeting of OCRA will be
Monday, July 11 at 7 p.m. at the score tower
at the sports complex. The public is invited.
OCRA has a new website at ocrasports.com

OCRA football sign ups
planned for July 11
Sign ups for football will be held at the
sports complex score tower July 11 and
July 23 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. for ages 8 to
14.

Vacation Bible School
scheduled for July 11-15
First Baptist Church of Okeechobee will
offer Vacation Bible School July 11-15,
from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the church, 310
S.W 5th Avenue, for kids entering kindergar-
ten through fifth grade. The program is free.
For more information, call 863-763-2171.

Commissioner Hoover will
host coffee on July 12
Coffee with the Commissioner will be
hosted by Commissioner Joey Hoover on
Tuesday, July 12, from 10 a.m.-noon, and
will be held in Commissioner Hoover's of-
fice located at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 N.W 2nd Street, Room
244, Okeechobee. Citizens wishing to par-
ticipate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441
to schedule an appointment.

Food Stamp Assistance
Treasure Coast Food Bank will be at Wel-
come House Drop-in Center, 1925 Hwy 441
S.E., on Wednesday, July 13, from 1 p.m.
to 3 p.m. helping with food stamp applica-
tions and recertification. This service is open
to the public and no appointment is neces-
sary. For more information please call 772-
971-3316.

Medicare seminar offered
The Coalition of Independent Living Op-
tions is offering a Medicare 101 seminar at
Welcome House Drop-in Center, 1925 Hwy
441 SE, Tuesday, July 12, at 1 p.m. A rep-
resentative will cover questions you may
have about Medicare benefits and what has
changed in 2011. For more information call
Mary Thomas, 772-878-3500.


Hospice to hold Yard Sale
Hospice of Okeechobee's Yard Sales in
July will be on Wednesday, July 13, and
Thursday, July 14, and Wednesday, July
27, and Thursday, July 28, from 8 a.m. until
noon. The yard sale is located at the corner
of SE 4th Street and SE 3rd Ave. For informa-
tion call 863-467-2321 or see our web page
www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click
on Events tab.

Business Women's group
will meet July 15
The monthly meeting site of The
Okeechobee Business Women's Referral
Network has been changed. We will meet
at 11:30 a,m, Friday, July 15, at a 'new'
location-Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave.
This group, open to all women, meets to
share business knowledge, opportunities
and friendships. You are invited and you will
be welcomed.

Babysitter training offered-
register by July 15
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding their
annual Babysitter Training class on Saturday,
July 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Youth, ages
11-15 years are invited to attend and the cost
is $50. The class will be held at the Red Cross
office located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. Deadline
to register is Friday, July 15, since space is
limited! To register or for more information,
please call 863-763-2488.

Jam Session open
to local musicians
Huge Jam Session-Open Mike at
Buckhead Ridge VFW, State Road 78 West,
Saturday, July 16, starting time 7 p.m. All
Musicians and Singers welcome. For more
information call Buck at 863-763-8111 or
863-623-8566.

VFW to hold fish fry July 16
The Buckhead Ridge VFW, Post 9528, Rt.
78 W is holding "the best fish fry in town."
The date is Saturday, July 16, starting at 1
p.m. until .... Cost just $6. The menu is fish,
fries, cole slaw and hush puppies. So come
on in and have a great time! Call 863-467-
2882 with any questions.



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Garbage clean up
tournament planned
Lake Okeechobee and Kissimmee River
garbage clean up tournament is planned for
Saturday, July 23, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Prizes for heaviest weight total and more.
Sign up at Crappy Jack's in Buckhead Ridge.
For more details, call 863-763-7753.

National Day of the Cowboy
Celebration set for July 22
The public is invited to the National Day
of the American Cowboy Celebration to be
held on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and
23, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center!
Gates will open Friday night at 6 p.m. with
a ranch rodeo and festivities ending at mid-
night. Saturday the gates open at 3 p.m. with
the cattle drive beginning at 4 p.m. at Eli's
Western Wear and ending at the Agri-Civic
Center where all the festivities will go on
until midnight. The celebration will be two
days of western heritage, dancing, food, fun,
vendors and cowboys. Vendor forms can be
picked up at the Main Street Office located at
111 Northeast Second Street.

Vacation Bible School
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church,
4212 U.S. 441 N, is having Vacation Bible
School July 25 through 29 from to 7 to 9
p.m. each evening with classes for all ages.
For more information, please call 863-763-
7743.

CCC July meeting set

The next meeting of the Community Col-
laborative Council, a part of the Shared
Services Network of Okeechobee, will be
Tuesday, July 26, at 10 a.m. in the board
room of the School Board Office.

Martha's Closet Thrift Store
has daily hours
Martha's Closet Thrift Store, at 105 S.W
2nd Avenue, will be open from Monday
to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Browse
through a variety of items including cloth-
ing for the whole family, housewares, shoes,
paintings, etc. At Martha's Closet you will
find quality items at yard sale prices. For in-
formation, call 863-763-2893.


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Margaret A. Gernat, 86
SANTA PAULA, Calif. -Margaret Gernat, 86,
formerly of Southington, Conn., passed away
peacefully in her sleeon he evening of June
26, 2011.
Margaret was born
to Andrew and Caro- a S
line (Bacinsky) Yur- a Y .
cak on June 5, 1925,
in Southington,
Conn., and married
William Gernat in
September 1948.
She remained in
Southington until
moving to Florida in
1967. After Florida
she resided in West Virginia, Maryland, New
Mexico and settled in Santa Paula, Calif., in
1999.
Margaret was predeceased by her brothers,
Andrew Yurcak Jr. and Stephen Yurcak; sisters,
Mary A. Landor and Madeline Yurcak; and
granddaughter, Jeannette Gernat.
She is survived by her three children, son,
Gregory Gernat of (,i.,, i i l , daughter, Joce-
lyn Bolling and son-in-law Sterling Bolling of
Charleston, S.C., and daughter, Donna Gernat
and son-in-law James Kilpatrick of Santa Paula,
Calif.; four grandsons, Jason Gernat, Eric Ger-
nat, Robert Gernat and Ian Bolling; three broth-
ers and sisters-in-law, George and Marion
Yurcak of Cape Coral, Fla., Joseph and Lorraine
Yurcak of Plantsville, Conn., and John and Betty
Yurcak of Nashua, N.H.; and numerous nieces
and nephews.
Services will take place on Saturday, Sept. 3,
2011, starting at 10:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius
Church in Plantsville, Conn., and internment
will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery.



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Papaya plants reduce the need for pesticides on tomatoes


GAINESVILLE, Fla. -Whiteflies can be
biologically controlled in Florida greenhouse
tomatoes, according to a new University of
Florida study, which helps reduce the need
for pesticide applications.
Biological control, or biocontrol, is the
mitigation of pests using natural means
rather than synthetic ones. Florida is the
country's top producer of fresh tomatoes,
and sales of the state's crop for 2009-2010
exceeded $402 million.
Lance Osborne, an entomology professor
and associate director of UF's Mid-Florida
Research and Education Center in Apopka,
led the study that found that papaya plants
can be used to host a wasp that attacks sil-
verleaf whiteflies, an insect that is a major
pest of tomatoes. The findings are published
in the current issue of the journal Biological
Control.
"The major issues involved with this
whitefly are its ability to transmit viruses and
to become resistant to most pesticides," Os-
borne said. "This pest is very prone to devel-
oping resistance, so 100 percent reliance on
pesticides equates to resistance. It equates
to almost disaster."
"We're trying to reduce the use of pesti-
cides so we don't develop a super strain of
whitefly that's resistant to everything," he
said.
Whiteflies feed on tomato leaves and
transmit diseases, including tomato yellow
leaf curl virus. By introducing papaya plants
with wasps into the greenhouse before any
pest whiteflies are detected, the wasps act as
sentries and attack any whiteflies that might
become established in the crop.
Wasps have been used before to control
whiteflies in greenhouse production sys-
tems, but those sold commercially tended
to be expensive and ineffective.
Osborne and his team solved the prob-
Red Cross offers classes
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the
following Health & Safety Classes in July:
* Tuesday, July 12-Adult CPR/AED;
and,
* Thursday, July 21-Infant/Child CPR/
AED.
All classes begin at 6 p.m. and are held
at their local office located at 323 N. Par-
rott Ave. To register or for more informa-
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lem by introducing papaya plants into the
system. The papaya plants come with a
whitefly that's specific to papaya but not a
pest for tomato or other crops, thus allowing
the wasps to survive.
The researchers found the wasp signifi-
cantly controlled silverleaf whiteflies on to-
matoes while at the same time preying on
papaya whiteflies.
The wasps were able to fly from papaya
plants located in the corners of greenhouses
to attack silverleaf whiteflies on tomatoes
located in the center. Successful tomato pro-
duction occurred without the use of pesti-
cides.
"This system has the ability to be just as
effective as insecticide controls," said Os-
borne, a member of UF's Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences. "The idea is not to
limit insecticide use completely, but to have
plants that don't have resistant whiteflies
and ultimately, not any whiteflies at all."
Insecticides can be used, but with fewer
applications, Osborne said, as part of an in-
tegrated pest management system that uses
the best methods available to solve pest
problems while mitigating negative envi-
ronmental effects. The system is known as
a banker plant system because it stores, or
banks, extra prey for the biological control
organism. The wasp works by laying eggs
in immature whiteflies, killing the whitefly
when the wasp offspring hatches inside of it
and feeds on its insides before emerging.
Yingfang Xiao, a postdoctoral associate
researcher and lead author on the study,
said the papaya plant also has the poten-
tial to host other biocontrol agents, such as
predatory mites and spiders.
"It could be possible that papaya may
support multiple natural enemies for con-
trolling multiple pests," Xiao said.
The system has been used in a commer-
cial herb, tomato, cucumber, eggplant and
lettuce greenhouses around the state well
as in a commercial poinsettia greenhouse,
where it has also been effective.
For now, the system is limited to Florida,


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as papaya has tropical and subtropical cli-
mate requirements and moving the papaya
whitefly across state lines is illegal. However,
Osborne said his team is looking for another
whitefly and host plant that could be used by
growers in other regions.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agen-
cy funded the research.


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BBQ contest funds local memorial scholarship fund


Brent Wilson and Richard Forlifer were the overall win-
ners at the O.L. Raulerson Jr. 4th of July BBQ Contest
held at Okee-Tantie on July 1 & 2. Presenting them their
trophy is Major Noel Stephen (right), of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office.


The Dirt Dobber BBQ team of Robert Bryner and Darrell
Hampton placed second overall at the O.L. Raulerson Jr.
4th of July BBQ Contest held July 1&2 at Okee-Tantie.
Major Noel Stephen (right), of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, presented them with their trophy.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Thirteen teams con-
sisting of 'backyard' grill-
ers got together over the
holiday weekend to pit
their barbecue talents
against one another in
the O.L. Raulerson Jr.
4th of July Barbecue
Contest.
According to Major
Noel Stephen, of the
Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the July 1 and 2 barbe-
cue contest held at Okee-
Tantie raised over $2,000
for the O.L. Raulerson Jr.
Memorial Scholarship
Fund.
"It was a huge suc-
cess," said Maj. Stephen.
"I was absolutely pleased
with the turnout. We had
a bit of rain but it didn't
interfere with the func-
tion."
This was the second
year for the event.
The Hilljack BBQ
team made up of Rich-
ard Forlifer and Brent
Wilson were the over-
all winners with a total


of 228 points. They won the pork butt, ribs,
beer can chicken and sauces classes and
placed second in the chicken and third in
the anything butt divisions.
Finishing second overall was the Dirt
Dobber BBQ team-consisting of Robert
Bryner and Darrell Hampton. They had a
total of 219 points by virtue of their second-
place finishes in the pork butt and ribs di-
visions, and their third-place finishes in the
chicken and sauces classes.
Rounding out the other division winners
were the teams of 3C Bar-B-Que (chicken),
Smokin' Pink BBQ (anything butt) and
Spooney's Meat (anything butt 'sweet').
Maj. Stephen said Brant Harden was the


recipient of a $3,000 scholarship from last
year's initial barbecue event and will be at-
tending the Indian River State College (IRSC)
Law Enforcement Academy in September.
To earn the scholarship, Maj. Stephen
said the recipient must be an Okeechobee
High School graduate, have an interest in
law enforcement and attend the IRSC Law
Enforcement Academy.
Maj. Stephen said the money raised in
last weekend's event will go toward next
year's scholarship.
"We will try to do this every year around
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Pilot Dave Fox explains details of their model planes to campers.


The Okeechobee Parks and Recreation
Department's Summer Play Camp had a
field day and welcomed guest speakers last
week. Guest speakers from the Model Air-
plane Club and FWC made special appear-
ances. Campers enjoyed a field day at Okee-
Tantie and Scott Driver facilities where they
played and learned about amazing talents
within the community. In the morning, they
witnessed model airplanes in flight and were
literally blown away by the power of some of
the bigger engines. In the afternoon, canine
officer Chris Douglas spoke about alligator
safety showcasing a baby alligator and 11'
gator-head skeleton. He and his canine part-
ner, Boone, amused campers with all their
search and tracking tricks. Camp organizers
would like to say thank you to pilots of the


Canine officer Chris Douglas and his
partner Boone showcase how they
track and search for resources to
campers at the Okeechobee Parks and
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Raulerson Hospital offers rehabilitation services


If you or a family member suffer from
an injury or condition which could be al-
leviated by participation in physical, occu-
pational, or speech/language therapy, you
do not need to travel far to find the safest
and best patient care. Raulerson Hospital's
Rehabilitation Department, directed by
Christine Sanchez, P.T. provides high qual-
ity inpatient and outpatient services.
Raulerson Hospital's highly qualified
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Rehabilitation Department helps patients
ranging from infants to seniors who experi-
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Only licensed therapists work one-on-
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plans are devised for each patient, to meet
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actual rehabilitation methods prescribed
vary, depending on the patient and con-
dition. Some of the common techniques
used in therapy include specific exercises,
manual therapy, therapeutic massage,
splinting, and therapeutic modalities such
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Licensed Pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist, Diane Kaufman recently
joined the Raulerson Hospital staff to provide services to local children need-
ing treatment for speech delays and swallowing difficulties. Diane Kaufman has
three decades of experience and expertise in the field and will be working with
the Okeechobee County School District as part of her ongoing work.

"As a licensed physical therapist I have ties caused by their physical condition,"
seen so many patients overcome adversi- commented Sanchez. "Rehabilitation pa-


tients experience improved independence,
often including a return to their prior level
of function and sometimes even beyond
their expectations," she remarked. These
results are the reason Sanchez and her
dedicated staff find their work at the Raul-
erson Hospital Rehabilitation Department
so rewarding.
Raulerson Hospital is proud to introduce
the newest member of the Raulerson Re-
habilitation team, Diane Kaufman. Diane
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Pathologist who will utilize her 30 years of
expertise, including her ongoing work with
the Okeechobee County School District, to
assist in our community's need for treating
children experiencing speech delays and
swallowing difficulties.
The Rehabilitation Department at Raul-
erson Hospital also provides Certified Lym-
phedema Therapy and Vestibular Reha-
bilitation for balance problems and vertigo.
They can treat burns and open wounds, as
well. "Our facility contains a variety of the
latest equipment and our staff believes that
if it is important to you, it is important to
us," said Sanchez.
If you are interested in learning more
about the Rehabilitation Department at
Raulerson Hospital and its capabilities con-
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Fire Rescue Lt. won medals at Police and Fire Games


Lt. Karl Holtkamp shows off two of his
medals won at the recent Police and
Fire Games held this year on the Trea-
sure Coast.

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee C. iii, Tir. Rescue Lt. Karl
Holtkamp did his department proud in June
when he won several medals at the Flor-
ida Police and Fire Games on the Treasure
Coast.
Holtkamp took home the gold medal in a
competition called the toughest competitor


alive for his age group 40-44. He competed
in eight events that included a three-mile
run, the shot put, 100-yard dash, 100-yard
swim, 20-foot rope climb, the bench press,
pull ups and an obstacle course.
"It made for a long day but the event tests
your strength all around. I feel being in shape
is very important for my job," he said.
Holtkamp also took home several medals
in the swimming competitions. He won the
gold medal in the 200 yard relay and the 50
yard freestyle. He took home a silver medal
in the 50 yard breaststroke and the 25 yard
freestyle. He also captured a bronze medal
in the 100 yard breaststroke.
Holtkamp has competed in similar events
since 1992. He was a member of the Cooper
City High School swim team and also for the
Broward Community College teams when
he was in school.
"I've always enjoyed swimming as I've
done it since high school. I enjoyed the po-
lice and fire games and I enjoyed the cama-
raderie between police and firemen across
the state," he added.
Holtkamp might have won even more
gold medals but he ran up against former
Florida Gator swimmer Barry Kays, a mem-
ber of the Gainesville Police Department.
Still Holtkamp said he was not disappointed
and that he intends to swim and improve his
skills.
"I've dropped off since we never had
a true heater in the sports complex pool.
These events start in early June and it makes
it tough to get into the water because it
doesn't get warm enough. I hope we one


day get the heated pool. Swimming is really
a year round sport and it is very difficult to
get into shape for our high school swim-
mers," he added.
There were over 3,200 swimmers in
various events held on the Treasure Coast.
Okeechobee County hosted some of the
shooting competitions.
Holtkamp competed against 60 other
swimmers and 30 men in the toughest com-
petitor alive contest.
"I was very happy with my medals. I hope
to do better next year as I was a little disap-
pointed in some of my times in the pool. I
hope to improve and get back where I was,"
he said.


Holtkamp emphasized that physical fit-
ness is very important for all members of
the Fire Department because they often end
up in emergency situations where strength
and stamina can be the difference between
life and death of victims or even firemen.
He noted all three fire stations have weight
equipment and treadmills available. The fire-
men must also pass a physical agility test to
be considered for hire. They also have annu-
al physical and other tests of their stamina
under stressful conditions.
Holktamp also competed in a strong man
competition held in Okeechobee on July 2.
He finished second in the three-mile run and
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County firemen earn medals for fitness


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Daniel Ciorrocco and Robert Rodriguez
know the importance of physical fitness in
their line of work as firefighters and para-
medics for Okeechobee County Fire Res-
cue.
They showed off their physique and con-
dition when they competed in some local
competitions in the past few weeks.
Ciorrocco competed in a local strong
man competition and won first place for
weight lifting, first in the bench press, sec-
ond in the dead life and third in the three
mile run.
"I had a good time. Everybody was out
there for fun and I hope we have a bigger
turnout next year," he said.
Ciorrocco said he tries to stay in shape
because it is very easy to get injured in his
line of work.
"I also love to lift weights because I don't
want to gain too much weight," he added.
The 2006 graduate of Okeechobee High
School joined fire rescue 18 months ago.
He said he hopes to be a career fireman in
Okeechobee County.
Rodriguez, a member of the 2005 OHS
baseball team that finished in the final four
in the state, competed in the Police and Fire
Games at events held in Broward County.
Rodriguez won gold medals in the bench
press and arm wrestling, and silver medals
in doubles horseshoes and doubles bowling
with his brother, city firefighter, Lalo Rodri-
guez.


"I felt pretty good and it was a lot of fun. I
got to go out there and meet people from all
over the state," he said.
Rodriguez admitted he didn't spend a lot
of time to prepare for the events. He did get
a few tips from his brother in the arm wres-
tling competition as Lalo has competed in
that event for a couple of years.
"We hope to get more firemen involved


in the event. It is time consuming," he add-
ed.
Rodriguez also plays some recreational
league softball in his spare time. He has
been a firefighter paramedic for 18 months.
"I love my job, I wouldn't trade it for any-
thing else. I do miss baseball, but I had to
grow up. If you play sports you can get in-
jured," he added.


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When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 12
Where: City Council Chambers,
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The first alleged violation of the City of
Okeechobee's much discussed sign ordi-
nance to reach the city's code enforcement
board will be heard Tuesday night. The cur
rent sign ordinance was debated ad nause-
um for many months by the planning board
and the city council before final adoption.
Zaben Omar Alzaben was cited by code
enforcement official Fred Sterling for ex-
cessive signage on his property in the 1000
block of NW Park Street. In addition, he will
have to answer charges about the general
cleaning and beautification of his property.
Also on the agenda, Robert and Beverly
Rowney. and George Morris, II, owners of
lots on NE Eighth Avenue have been cited
for violation of the city's general cleaning
and beautification ordinance.
According to Mr. Sterling, Randall and
Cynthia Weigum did some work on their SE
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the Agri-Civic Center


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
On Wednesday, July 6, a new county
employee went to work. Alta Mosley hit the
ground running in her new position as di-
rector of the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center. She had a Mexican rodeo coming up
that weekend and a horse camp starting the
following Monday.
Ms. Mosley comes here after 14 years
with the Lee Civic Center and the Southwest
Florida Fair in Fort Myers. Before that she
was on the St. Lucie County Fair Board of
Directors.
She is coming into a situation that is just
the opposite of where she came from. There
she was director of the fair and the fair as-
sociation operated the civic center. In addi-
tion to running the fair, she was responsible
for the operation of the civic center. Here, as
manager of the ag center, one of her clients
will be the Okeechobee County Fair Associa-
tion who stage their fair at the ag center.
Ms. Mosley said that operating a fair is
something she had always wanted to do.
She is looking forward to working closely
with the Okeechobee County Fair Associa-
tion fair. She is no stranger to that organi-
zation since the fair association sought her
advice in planning the first county fair.
The ag center has been noted for its
equestrian events such as the upcoming
National Day of the American Cowboy and
the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association
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the ag center that she has booked into the
civic center. Among other things she hopes
to attract car shows, airboat shows, and RV
shows. She said the facility is perfect for such
events. The new director is trying to find the
right events that will fit the community and
will be polling community members to see
what events they would prefer.
"I'm going to look at everything I can,"
Ms. Mosley said, adding that she is getting
snow blindness from all the white space on
the facility's calendar of events. One of her
proposed projects is to put together a fact
sheet to present to prospective events that
would give information on the facility and
the types of events that could be accommo-
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At the civic center Ms. Mosley supervised
10 full time and 50 part time employees.
Here she has one full time and one part time
employee. However, she feels that each facil-
ity is different and it would be unfair to com-
pare one to the other. One of her goals is to
grow the business so that more employees
are necessary.
Ms. Mosley is a big fan of customer ser-
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and the facility is clean.
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Use caution when changing pest control services


The Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services issued a warning in
June to homeowners to use caution before
signing over termite protection contracts
and offered simple steps to avoid inade-
quate protection when considering service
providers.
"Consumers should be aware that there
is no provision in state law for a company to
take over or sign over an existing contract,"
said Andy Rackley, Director of the Depart-
ment's Division of Agriculture Environmen-


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students make learning gains in reading and
66 percent make learning gains in math.
They also had 75 percent of students met
high standards in reading, 80 percent in
math, 82 percent in writing, and 40 percent
in science.
Yearling Middle School had 66 percent
make learning gains in reading, 71 percent
make gains in math, 72 percent reach high
standards in reading, 67 percent reach high
standards in math, 83 percent in writing, and
47 percent in science
Seminole Elementary School had 75
percent of students reach high standards in
reading and 80 percent in math. While 63
percent of students made learning gains in
reading, 76 percent of students improved
in math. Three out of every four students at
the school reached high standards in writing
and 46 percent in science.
Mr. Kenworthy said Seminole moved
from a C to an A. He said it shows the hard
work to he administrators and teachers.
"They have just done an outstanding job to
receive this grade."
Central Elementary School had 72 percent
of students reach high standards in reading
while 40 percent of students improved their
reading scores. The school had 74 percent
of students reach high standards in math
while 69 percent of students made learning
gains in math. The report stated 81 percent
of Central students reached high standards
in writing and 40 percent in science.
"They had just a phenomenal job of
teaching done at this school this year," he
added.
Everglades Elementary led the district in
percentage of students meeting high stan-


tal Services. "While switching contracts
is not contrary to State pest control law or
regulations, homeowners need to read the
fine print."
Pest control is an important tool for ho-
meowners to protect their homes against
termites in Florida. As an incentive to new
customers, many pest control companies
offer to "take over" or "pick up" a warranty
issued by the homeowner's current service
provider. However, a contract with a new
service provider typically only protects the


dards in writing, 88 percent. In doing so,
their tested subgroups met 90 percent of
the criteria for adequate yearly progress, the
highest among district schools.
Seminole Elementary had the highest
percentage of students who made learning
gains in math, 76 percent.
North Elementary received excellent
scores in science as 48 percent of their stu-
dents met the high standards.
South Elementary had 75 percent of their
students meet high standards in reading.
Central Elementary had 93 percent of
their lowest performing students make
learning gains in reading.
Six of the seven schools received grades
that increased or maintained their grade
for 2009-2010. South Elementary has main-
tained an A grade for five years and Central
for three years in a row.
While the district grade was a C, the dis-
trict was just one point from a B grade.
The high school grade, dictated by a
number of factors, won't be released until
the fall. Mr. Kenworthy said he expected
improvement at the high school. He noted
the performance on FCAT retakes was very
good this year.
The Glades County School system was
an A school this year with Moore Haven
Elementary School going from a B to an A
school. Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School
remained a B school. West Glades K-8 re-
mained an A school. The grade for Moore
Haven Junior Senior High School was pend-
ing. Glades Schools earned a C grade in 2010
and were a B district in 2009.


homeowner from damage that occurred
from the date the contract goes into effect.
The pest control company offering to
take over an existing warranty is actually
issuing a new contract warranty with new
terms and conditions under their company
name. If the home owner elects to continue
the original warranty in addition to the new
warranty, the new pest control company
must obtain written consent in letter form
that it is the property owner's desire to have
a second contract warranty for the same
wood-destroying organism.
For more information about "take over"
warranties, visit www.floridatermitehelp.org
or contact the Department's Bureau of Ento-
mology and Pest Control at 850-617-7997.


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Future Land Use/possible RV park on
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Okeechobee County just 3 miles east
W' 1of US 441 North and NE 304th St. Very
close to new prestigious Pine Creek
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$1,440,000.
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Licensed Practical
Nurse Seeking Position
as Caregiver/Compan-
ion Full or Part Time
Reasonable Rates
CALL KAREN GRANT
at 863-357-1636

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Equestrian retreat at...




13.5 +/- acres
10730 NE 26th St., Okeechobee
7.5 miles from SR 710

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* Fenced property * Paved Roads
* Agricultural exemption
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* Great investment!
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Surrogate
(Gestational)
Mother Wanted
Local loving couple
seeks an amazing
women to give the
gift of carrying
our biological child.
Requirements: Must
have had at least one
uncomplicated
pregnancy. No Smoking,
drinking or drugs of
any kind. Good heart
for the right reasons.
Living expenses/com-
pensation to be
discussed privately in
accordance with
Florida Statues.
Serious qualified
individual only.
Please Call
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Ag Mechanic
Wanted
Gas/Diesel and General.
House, Elect, Mainte-
nance Free, Medical,
Pension. Hourly Rate
Call 863-763-2808

Christian Preschool
Looking For:
Lead Teacher for
three's room
Please Call 763-8800

Full Time
Labor Position
Must be able to lift
more than 50 Ibs.
and work outside.
Bilingual A Must.
Call 863-763-7447
Software Company
needs BOOKKEEPER
FT/PT. Quickbooks Exp.
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accepting applications
for a Motor Vehicle Me-
chanic. Work includes
diagnostic skills, pre-
ventative maintenance
and repairs for light and
medium vehicles and
various equipment.
Minimum High School
diploma or equivalent, 5
years mechanic experi-
ence, and able to lift 50
pounds. Must be 18 or
older, valid drivers li-
cense, CDL preferred,
and pass pre-employ-
ment drug screen.
Competitive salary and
benefit package. Apply
in person at 475 Ridge-
lawn Rd, Clewiston EEO

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Registered Nurse
Please apply by
7/11/2011
School Health Clinic
10 month position with
benefits. Apply at
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florida.com
The State of Florida is
an Equal Opportunity
Employer/Affirmative
Action
Employer and does not
tolerate discrimination
or violence in the
workplace.
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2 months old. Must see
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Starting at $2.75. Fancy
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charges. Therefore, if
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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.
KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs.
2 br/lba, Tiled floors.
Inclds Water. $675/mo.
+ dep. Pool & Tennis
Court. 863-697-6428 or
561-358-8128
KISSIMMEE RIVER - 1
Bdrm., 1 Bath, fully fur-
nished, Dock, includes
utilities, Dish TV, WI FI
& local phone service.
$650 mo. + sec.
(863) 467-1950.
Oak Lake Apartments,
2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story,
washer, dryer, patio, very
clean. $700 + first, last,
and $500 sec.
(863)634-3313.
OKEECHOBEE- ON RIM
CANAL - 1 BR Cottage
w/screen porch. Over-
looking rim canal. $150
week, utilities included.
(772)359-1640




FOR SALE OR LEASE
1574 Sq. Ft. office bldg.
@ 210 NE 3rd Ave.
Call 863-763-0295



3BR 2BA beautiful ranch
home located 12 miles
from town. Lawn, trash,
and water included.
$650/mo. Pasture
available. Call for move
in special Mon. - Fri.
(863)467-9800. No
Pets.
AFFORDABLE - New
Houses, 3/1/1 = $900,
3/2/2 = $1100, Large
yards. Bring pets.
Washer/Dryer included.
Call 561-723-2226
Basswood - 3br, 2ba,
CBS, $875/mo + $875
sec. No pets Call
(772)528-7004 or
(863)697-6817


2 Bedroom 1 Bath Du-
plex located close to
court house, lawn and
garbage included Call
863-634-8331
APARTMENT - in Town
2br/lba, tiled floors, wa-
ter included $750 mo. +
deposit Call Vicki @
561-255-4377
Apartment for Rent
2BR 1 1/2 BA Town
House In Town, Very
clean, W/D $650 mo, 1st,
last & sec. Yearly Lease
863-697-1129
Beautiful Samantha's
Garden Apartments
2BR/2BA, in town, W&D,
$800 mo. + $500 sec.
Call (863)634-5780 or
(863)467-9250
OKEECHOBEE- Large 1
Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last.
$600 per mo. Deposit
$400. In town. Call
863-467-8705


Fine china - Sango/Am-
bassador pattern misc.
serving pieces and
place settings 10 1/2"
oval and 16"oval plat-
ter/will sep.
(863)467-1924




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July 10, 2011


INDIAN HAMMOCK
House on 2.5 acres 3/2
equine friendly. Horse
Barn. $1400/mo
(863)467-0831.

OKEE 2bd/lba CBS
House, large lot,
freshly painted, new
carpet, w/d, well water,
by Rim Canal $650 mo.
plus security.
Call 786-201-0306
OKEECHOBEE - MOD-
ERN BRICK: 3BR,
2.5BA, 1 car garage.
New carpet. On Rim Ca-
nal w/Boat dock. Rent
$875/mo. Opt. 1/BR
cottage w/dining room.
Call (772)359-1640

OKEECHOBEE (SE Sec-
tion) 3 br/2 ba, with
carport. Nice neighbor-
hood. $850 mo. plus
Sec. 863-634-1567.



2300 sq.ft. - Beautiful
Historic Commercial
Rental, 1 block off State
Rd. 70, highly visible
from highway. $1500
per mo. (863)447-0092



Choose from 2/2 or 1/1
Beautifully furnished
rentals located at River
Bluff Fishing Resort on
the Kissimmee River.
With or without utilities.
Call today, You'll think
your on vaca-
tion!(863)467-4317





PRIVATE
PENINSULA
ON TAYLOR CREEK
NICELY
FURNISHED 2/1
ADULTS ONLY
FROM $700 CALL
(863)-697-1280

WATERFRONT: 2BR,
11/2 BA Treasure Is-
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Owner Financing- 3
bdrm 2 bath house on 1
acre $3,500.00 down
$931.42 a month.
2bdrm/lbath house
$2,500.00 down
$731.83 a month. Call
Beverley 863-634-2820

When doing those chores
is doing you in, it's time
to look for a helper in
the classified.


TREASURE ISLAND
LARGE 4BR, 2BA, CBS
house on the water.
$159,000.
LARGE 3 BR, 2 BA
Dblwide. w/screened
pool, many upgrades, on
the water. $149,000. Will
lease for $1200 mo. +
dep. $2900 move in.
Call (863)634-9119




Dixie Ranch Acres
1 Acre lots $9,000
$500 down
Owner Financing
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BUCKHEAD RIDGE -
Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA,
C/Air. $500 mo. Large 3
BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $600
mo. No pets. Yearly
lease plus sec.
(863)763-4031

For Rent
1 Bedroom Trailer
$125 A Week
Call 863-610-4625

TREASURE ISLAND
3br/2ba (CBS on the
water). Nice area. Small
pets OK. $1100
(561)262-1390.




1990 ? mobile home
12x45 good for farm .
or camp pretty good
shape must move from
lot 1500. lorida.
(561)310-1443 or
(561)626-0541

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the perfect gift. Look
for it in the classified.

BANK REPO'S
Starting at $15,000
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230

OKEECHOBEE- Lg. 3br/
2ba DW, w/14x40 addi-
tion, metal roof, FP,
11x20 shop, on Canal.
Covered dock & slip.
Sprinklers, 20' Pontoon
boat. $80K O.B.O.
772-321-1835 or
772-664-6799.

Palm Harbor Homes
Repo's/Used
Homes/Short Sales
3 or 4 Bedroom
Doublewides
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1999 Big "0" BASS
BOAT - , 1999 merc
200HP EFI, new power-
head 4/11. Aluminium
trailer. Perfect condi-
tion. $12,000.00/or
best offer
(561)718-8936

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1986 21' w/ attached
room w/ lots of windows.
Lot rent $235 + utilities.
Water front park $1200.
Call 863-467-1530.

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thing sold, advertise in
the classified.




2004 Harley Davidson
FLSTC Heritage Softail
Classic in Smokey
Gold/Black Two Tone,
Screaming Eagle
Exhaust w/Free
Breather, Lot of
Chrome, A Must See.
Only 9800 Miles
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NOTIflCE
on July 30, 2011 there will be
old to the highest bidder
t the premises of SABAL PALM
ELF STORAGE, 14040 Hwy 441
N, Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Landlord) the contents of store
ge spaces rented by Tenants
or failure to pay rent due on
he spaces. Sealed bids will b
accepted until the day of the
ale. The contents of the spaces
onsist of personal property in
luding household goods, fur
ishings clothing, boxes, bags
nd totes, and other miscellany
us property. The names of th
tenants whose property will b]
old are:
Michelle Gunnaldsen
Unit # A-08
Minimum Bid $400
Sabel Palm Self Storage
863-357-1110
92000 ON 7/1017/2011

LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
The Workforce Development Board
)f the Treasure Coast/ DBA, Work
force Solutions - Region 20 and the
reassure Coast Workforce Consor
ium announces a meeting of the
Executive Committee to which all
persons are invited:
Iate &Time:
Friday, July 15, 2011- 8:00 a.m.
lace: Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast
DBA, Workforce Solutions
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986

concerningg the Workforce Invest
nent Act, American Recovery an
investment Act of 2009 (ARRA
federal Stimulus Funding), Work
force Employment Opportunities
he Welfare Transition Program
ne-Stop Career Ceners, and the
orkforce Development Board
BA, Workforce Solutions. A co
)f the agenda may be obtained
:ontacting:
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986
should any person wish to appeal
iny decision made by the Board
ith respect to any matter consid
red at the above referenced meet
ng, they will need to ensure a
erbatim recording of the proceed
ngs is made, which record include
he testimony and evidence upon
vhich the appeal is based, in orde
o provide a record for judicial re
ilew.
391990 ON 7/10/2011


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population having approximately 79 species
fluttering by throughout the year. The But
terfly Haven was constructed in the shape of


In the shape of the Zebra Longwing bu
garden is home to dozens of butterfly s
the year.


the Zebra Longwing - the state butterfly. It
includes 12 sections and over 1,500 plants
mostly native to Florida. The
garden incurred some hail dam-
age from the storm on June 15 - -
but is making a recovery with
the recent rains. Donations of
garden benches and handy gar-
deners are always welcome.
Arnold's Wildlife currently ..
houses nearly 200 birds that re-
side at the center- all were tak-
en in under rescue situations.
"There are also 32 species of
native and exotic animals at the
center," stated Sue Arnold, the LLOLjS(
center's founder and executive
director. She explained some
of the animals were rescued
due to injury, illness or orphaned. However,
many are just left at the center.
'Anything from Marmosets that bite, mon-
keys, exotic birds, ferrets and others are left
caged or tethered at the center's entrance,"
she said. "We've even had two horses tied to
a tree and left."
Not only does Arnold's house and re-
habilitate sick or injured animals, they also


Okeechobee News/D.Hamilton
Three-leg, a one year old deer came to
the center at only weeks old with an
injury serious enough to cause the re-
moval of his right hind leg.


make every effort to return them to their
natural habitat in the wild when they are
ready. Some animals living at the center will
never be able to be returned to the wild due
to irreparable injuries. One such resident
is named "three-leg," a one-year old male
deer that Ms. Arnold said, "came to us at just
about two weeks old with what we thought
was a broken leg." Af-
ter the deer's leg was
x-rayed, the vet found
that a severe bone
infection. The deer's
leg had to be ampu-
tated in order to save
its life.
"He was most like-
ly dragged off by an-
other animal, possibly
a bobcat or other big
cat and for some rea-
son was dropped and
was able to escape,"
she said. Watching
the deer run off, Mrs.
)bee News/D. Hamilton Arnold remarked,
tterfly, the center's "Watch him, he has
species throughout no idea that he has
only three legs!"
Arnold's is also
home to a new ex-
hibit. The American River Otters habitat
was recently oDened housing a number of


playul river otters wno love to come to me
glass and show off for visitors. The habitat
was made possible by local construction
and supply companies and is supported by
local businesses including Lawrence Insur-
ance, Golden Corral, Marcum Insurance and
Country Hills Store. Four of the otters are set
to be released to the new Waste Manage-
ment Certified Wildlife Habitat coming very
soon.
Another new addition to the center's at-
tractions is "Springer," a six-month old res-
cued baby wallaroo donated to the center by
a former volunteer. The bouncy little fellow
is sweet and friendly and can down a bottle
of baby formula in a very short time. Mrs.
Arnold said Springer still enjoys his "pouch,"
a cozy man-made place for him to sleep in
and also his playpen inside the rehab center.
"He loves to hop around outdoors too," says
Sue Arnold, "but he doesn't get too far away
from us because he is tough to catch." Mrs.
Arnold said Springer is the second wallaroo
that they have had. The previous one died
of old age at 15-older than the typical 12-
year lifespan. She mentioned that Springer
is available for educational appearances
at schools and for summer camps as well.


See WILD - Page 19


PUBLIC NOTICE OF ALTERNATIVE SITE FRAMEWORK APPLICATION
FOR FOREIGN-TRADE ZONE NO. 215
The Sebnng Airport Authority, Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 215
has applied to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board requesbng restructuring/ex
pension under the Alternative Site Framework (ASF) within the General-Pur
pose Zone of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 215. The ASF is an option fo
grantees like the Sebnng Airport Authority to reorganize general-purpos,
ones to permit significantly greater flexibility in the designation of new "us
ge-drven" FTZ sites for operators/users located within the grantee's "ser
ice area." The applicant is requesting the authority for the grantee'
proposed se rvice area under the ASF to include the areas of DeSoto, Glades
Hardee, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee Counties and the Cities of Bellk
lade and Pahokee, Florida. If approved, the Grantee would be able t
serve sites throughout the service area based the area's needs for FTZ design
nation. The Sebrng Airport Authority is requesting to include the following(
current sites in the reorganized zone as "magnet" sites: Site 1 (1,893 acres
located at the Sebnng Regional Airport Complex, 128 Authority Lane in Se
bring Florida. The applicant proposes that Site 1 be exempt from "sunset
pme limits that otherwise apply to sites under the ASF. Zone operabons arn
used to improve the economic well being of the local community in Flonrd
by encouraging international business by providing an FTZ that lowers th,
duty rates for imports and exports. Public comment on the Application is re
quested from interested parties. Submissions (original and 3 copies) shall b,
addressed to the Board's Execubve Secretary at the address listed below. /
:opy of the Application and accompanying exhibits will be available for public
inspection at each of the following locabons: the Office of the Foreign-Trad,
Zones Board's Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Depart
ment of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room 2111, Washing
obn, D.C. 20230; and at the "Reading Room" section of the Board's Web site
which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz. The closing period for comment
s September 6, 2011.
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WILD
Continued From Page 18

"Kids can see for themselves and
learn about baby animals like
Springer and others like him," she
said.
Other animals enjoy life at the
center and are all cared for by Mrs.
Arnold, one full-time volunteer,
Angela, and a handful of part-time
volunteers. Animals living at the
center including exotic cats, mon- .s
keys, marmosets, many species
of birds, rabbits, foxes, possums,
raccoons, guinea pigs, deer, not
to mention those needing care J ~i
in the rehab center itself need to
be fed, watered and looked after
seven days a week. The new
"It's not a glamorous job," Sue several
Arnold said, "but we love the ani- center in
mals and they count on us." the exhib
The center uses about 1,000
lbs. of chicken and another 50 or
so pounds of frozen mixed vegetables each
and every week to feed the animals. The


Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
"Springer" is the newest addition to the
center. He is available for educational
appearances for schools and summer
day camp kids too.


L
Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
This colorful male Chinese Pheasant
became a resident at Arnold's after he
was left at the center along with his
mate that later died from health prob-
lems.


Okeechobee News/D.Hamilton
American River Otter habitat is home to
playful otters who can enjoy life at the
their new place thanks to sponsors of
it.

center's electric bill runs about $600 every
month.
"We need donations of fruits and fish,
rabbit food and hay," Sue Arnold said. As-
sistant Angela added the need for cleaning
items such as bleach, cat litter, trash bags
and paper towels.
"Volunteers are always a necessity and
important to keeping the center running
smoothly," Mrs. Arnold said. She added that
help is needed in nearly every area including
gardening, cleaning and care.
"We welcome any local businesses,
clubs, organizations or individuals who
would like to offer sponsorship of any of the
habitats," Mrs. Arnold said. Some local or-
ganizations have already stepped up to help
with recent donations from Girl Scouts and
a Wine and Cheese tasting fundraising event
held by the Okeechobee Hampton Inn and
Manager Donna Huth. Springer made an ap-
pearance at the event and "stole the show."
If you would like more information on
how to help as a volunteer or sponsor or,
would like to visit the center, please call 863-
634-6804.
To see more photos from Arnold's Wild
life, check out our Facebook page online.


Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
The coatimundi is a relative of the na-
tive raccoon and have face masks,
long snouts and ringed tails. They eat
insects, birds, eggs, small mammals,
fruits and vegetables.


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