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Okeechobee News

Vol. 96 No. 198 Sunday, July 17, 2005 754 Plus tax

In Brief

Ribbon cutting
ceremony planned
A ribbon cutting ceremo-
ny will be held for the new
Okeechobee County Judicial
Center, 312 N.W. Third St. at
10 a.m. on Wednesday July
20. The public is invited.

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Fight continues over boat ramp

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The private road leading to the
Taylor Creek boat ramp was
closed and locked Thursday pre-
venting boat ramp access to the
anglers of Okeechobee while citi-
zens met with the Board of County
Commissioners in an attempt to
save the boat ramp and to enable
access to the Florida Scenic Trail
that runs along the dyke.
First to address the county
commission was Billy Hesch, a
full-time resident of Taylor Creek
"I'm speaking on behalf of the
Taylor Creek Lodge Homeowners'
Association, all the anglers in the
area, any boaters who use this

ramp, tourists and visitors who use
the Scenic Trail," she stated.
"This has been a public ramp
all these years and now the new
owners of this property and Taylor
Creek Lodge are trying to put gates
and fences up and lock this off to
the public. Fishing and boating are
part of the main draws of Okee-
chobee County. There is no other
public ramp in Taylor Creek and
there is no other access to the
Scenic Trail which is part of the
National Trail system. "Also, when
it comes down to firemen, rescue,
police, they want those gates
open, even if they have keys, they
would be wasting valuable time by
having to get out of their vehicles
and unlocking the gates, then get-
ting back into the vehicles to get

back there. Right now they are try-
ing to figure out how this can be
done, how it can be saved. It
seems that there is something that
could be done" she said.
"Also, on this same strip of
property there are 10 cottages
which they tried to nominate to
the National Registry of Historic
sites. This happened back in 1998
and somehow or other went by
the wayside and ended up
squashed and this was at the same
time that all these dealings started
taking place. If this is allowed to
happen, the visitors who use the
trail will no longer be able to use
the Trail anymore, the boaters and
fishermen aren't going to be able
See Boat Ramp Page 2


Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
The road to the Taylor Creek boat ramp was closed and
locked as citizens asked the Board of County Commission
for assistance in keeping it open.

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Lake Okeechobee has risen rapidly this summer, as record rainfall swells the big lake.
At far right is the Hebert Hoover Dike which surrounds Lake Okeechobee. The top of
the dike is about 30 feet above sea level.

Dike restoration being planned

By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
After years of planning, the
Army Corps of Engineers has
finally been successful in getting
the Herbert Hoover Dike restora-
tion project off the ground. On
June 20, 2005, the Corps officially
solicited bids for the first phase of
this critical work. The bids are
dueAug. 19,2005.
"We estimate about one
week for evaluation, a contract to
be awarded around Sept. 11,
2005 and the chosen contractor
to be able to begin in October,"
said Contract Specialist Pam
Owens with the Army corps of
Engineers in Jacksonville.
The dike is a critical part of
South Florida's economy. In 1928
a hurricane roared up from the
Caribbean and destroyed many
of the towns along the lake and
thousands of people died. To pre-
vent this from happening again,
the federal government built the
Herbert Hoover Dike, enclosing
the lake with a 34-foot high wall
of earth, broken intermittently by
channels that could be opened or
closed to keep water in or release
A rich life has developed since
the dike was built: sod and veg-
etable farms, orange groves and
the sugar industry adds $7 billion
and 120,000 full-time jobs to
Florida's economy. The bass fish-
ing industry adds- another $2.2
billion each year to Florida's
gross domestic product. More
than 40,000 people make their
lives in the towns that ring the
lake, protected by the Hoover

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
On the north end of Lake Okeechobee, a Rim Canal runs
between the dike and the surrounding lake. In this photo,
taken at Taylor Creek, the Herbert Hoover Dike is on the left.

Development along the coast
requires fresh water. The water in
Lake Okeechobee keeps coastal
drinking water sources free of
saltwater intrusion. South Flori-
da's drinking water comes from
rain as does the water to grow
the crops that make up so much
of the economy of the region.
In 1979 breaches of the dike
caused damage to a FP & L cool-
ing reservoir. Since 1984 the
Army Corps 6f Engineers has
written several reports docu-
menting that areas of the 70-year-
old dike were prone to seepage
and stability problems, putting
South Florida's economy and
many of its citizens at risk.
In 1998, the Army Corps of
Engineers gathered a group of
five experts from universities in
the United States and from the
Netherlands to work on a plan to
repair the dike. (Remember, the
Netherlands is also surrounded
In 2002 through 2003, emer-
gency repairs to the Dike were
made to stop water from coming
up on the land side of the Dike
near South Bay, but the water

already in the ground made that
solution fail. Although the dike
was built state-of-the-art in the
1930s, today the gravel, lime-
stone and shell would not be
used. Better methods of judging
materials are used today than the
engineers of the 1930s had.
Those materials allow water to
seep through. The deeper the
water in the lake, the more the
weight of the water pushes
through the dike until it comes
out the other side.
When it rains, the soil soaks
up as much water as it can. Then
the water begins to run off. In
South Florida the average rainfall
is over four feet a year. Most often
it comes a few inches a day as
afternoon thunderstorms from
June through October.
This June, instead of the his-
toric 6 inches or so, more than 14
inches of rain fell over the land
that drains into the Lake. From
Kissimmee, some 90 miles north
of Lake Okeechobee Central
Florida drains south into the lake
as does much of the land sur-
See Restoration Page 2

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their Thursday meeting,
Okeechobee County commis-
sioners spent some time dis-
cussing garbage collection at
Viking. They also welcomed the
new airport director. -
Commissioners spent con-
siderable, time: discussing the
garbage situation in Viking. The
proposal first discussed was
have two dumpsters that would
be emptied twice a week plus
twice a week policing of the
rights of way.
There was discussion of cre-
ating a special assessment dis-
trict to pay for the collection.
County Attorney John Cas-
sels expressed the opinion that if
people throw trash on the right

of way now they will not take
their trash to the two proposed
collection points. He stated that
curbside pickup would have the
greatest likelihood of success.
"We are going to do every-
thing in our power to create a
collection system applicable to
this unique situation," asserted
Jeff Sabin of Waste Manage-
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Commissioner Ray Domer
stated that now people put out
garbage at several points along
the road. He said that with only
pickup in two locations trash'
would be easier to control.
Rolland Russell of the coun-
ty's solid waste department stat-
ed that Coquina Water Control
District has agreed to provide the
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Belle Glade has 'veggie tales'

Recollections of
Vernon (Dex) and
Jeanette Dexter
As told to MaiyAnn Morris
By 1936 the section of Herbert
Hoover Dike near Belle Glade
was completed and Belle Glade
changed forever.
For the first time, there was no
way for people to go right from
town to the lake. But with the
news of the hurricane, news of
the rich soil and long growing
season in. the glades brought
many more farmers. Farmers
worked small plots and harvest-
ed by hand close in to town. But

A series about Florida's
pioneers and history

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at the same time, without the
threat of storms flooding crops,
farming got bigger. Land further
out from town dried enough to
plant. Workers came to plant and
harvest the green beans that Belle
Glade, Pahokee and South Bay

became known for all over the
country. Green beans were
picked, packed and shipped from
the towns along the lake.
Farmers driven from the Mid-
west by drought and the. Great
Depression came to hire on at the
farms for wages as a last resort or
buy some land of their own.
After the Civil War, large num-
bers of former slaves had settled
in and around the Mohawk Valley
in New York State. The area
allowed for less prejudice and
better wages than the South
could offer. Many people worked
on the local farms picking sum-
mer vegetables and fruit and fall
See Farmers Page 2

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In 1947 and later, the harvesting of green beans was done by
hand in the towns around the Lake. Machines to harvest crops
had not been invented yet.

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to use the ramp, road or anything,"
she continued. "Apparently these
people want to change Okee-
chobee from, what it has always
been. There is no other way to get
into the lake from Taylor Creek;
there is no other public access;
there is no other public ramp.
These same people are buying up a
lot of property on the water. Are
they going to be able to close down
everything on the Rim Canal, Tay-
lor Creek and anything going into
the lake? I don't know what can be
done about, but between all of you,

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News Briefs

Roadside Safety
Checkpoint planned
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office along with The Florida
Department of Transportation, will
be conducting checkpoints
throughout the county. Due to the
numerous complaints of Commer-
cial Motor Vehicles, who are speed-
ing, traveling through the county
with uncovered loads and unsafe
equipment, the sheriff's office
along with F.D.O.T. will be out in
force on this day.
Please be alert while traveling
on July 20, and slow down anytime
you see a law enforcement officer
conducting a traffic stop. The sher-
iff's office in a continuing effort to
enforce the traffic laws of the State
of Florida will be conducting these
types of checkpoints on a more
regular basis. As always our goal at
the sheriff's office is to keep all
roadways safe for the motoring

Sales Tax
Holiday planned
Bush and the Florida Legislature
have approved House Bill 101,
which provides that the 2005 Tax
Free Days for Sales Tax will begin at
12:01 a.m., July 23, 2005, and end
at midnight, July 31,2005.
House Bill 101 provides for a
sales tax holiday on:
Clothing and related items with
a sales price of $50 or less
Books with a sales price of $50
or less
School supplies with a sales
price of $10 or less

Homebuyer classes
held each Wednesday
rural housing service, can now
loan up to $141,000 for housing
mortgages for very low and low-
income applicants.
For prequalification for this
loan, call (863) 763-3345 to reserve
your seat for one of our homebuyer
Classes are held on Wednes-
days, starting at9 a.m.

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county the use of two fenced areas
for dumpsters.
"I have a feeling this is not
going to work," was Commission-
er Gene Wood's response.
"We can solve the problem, it's
a matter of costs," said Mr. Cas-
He predicted that the pressure
to provide services would
increase with the population
growth in the area.
"There is not an easy solution,"
he added.
Mr. Domer noted that if the
county cannot stop people from
building, they need to fix the roads
for garbage trucks, fire trucks and
Mr. Russell replied that either
way the county goes it would take
a lot of money to fix the roads or


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With the growth of large farm-
ing in Belle Glade, many of these
people came down in the winter to
work the farms there; to return to
New York in the summer. Early on,
large rooming houses built of
wood with tarpaper roofs served as
shelter, but fire was a problem.
Eventually, they stayed and built
homes, shops and churches and a
real community.
The Dexters came to Belle
Glade in 1948 to bring Glades Gas
Company to Belle Glade about the
same time as the McCarthys took
the company to Clewiston. Mr.
Dexter remembers:
"When I came here it was a
divided town: The whites and the
African Americans. It had been like
that through the 1930s and '40s
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you should be able to figure out
something to stop this."
"I feel that we should have
some kind of legal right because I
know the County has at least two
different times has repaired the
ramp," said Commissioner Gene
Woods. "Mr. Lee built that ramp
back in the '50s and the County
went in there in the 1970's and
repaired the ramp and then Donnie
Raulerson re-did it in the late
1980's. We've maintained that road
forever, I guess. I feel that there
would be some legal right that we
would have to that property. Maybe
someone should go and plead with
him, and I'd be willing to do it, but
he's standing firm on the liability he
might have."

pay extra for garbage collection.
Mr. Betts suggest four pick up
spots would be better than two.
County Administrator George
Long stated it was hard to believe
that.people will drive to a dump-
ster of trash if it is picked up on the
right of way.
As a result of the discussion,
Mr. Long was directed to bring
back a recommendation for end
of driveway collections for resi-
dents and placement of dump-
sters for non-residents.
Turning to another item, com-
missioners welcomed new airport
manager Vernon Gray who has
been on'the job for about two
weeks. Mr. Gray said he was very
pleased to be here. He said that
Okeechobee reminded him of the
rural area where he grew up in
Mr. Gray said there is a big
demand for the T-hangars and
box h hangars at the airport.

there were small farmers farming
the land there were fertilizer peo-
ple, inspectors, produce buyers, all
associated with the vegetable farm-
ing. With the coming of the Univer-
sity of Florida Agricultural Experi-
ment Stations employees, we used
to say there were more PhD's in
Belle Glade than anywhere. Other
crops were grown: celery, lettuce,
"After the War, bean production
fell off. The green beans we grew in
Belle Glade wouldn't cold pack.
There was too much water in the
beans that grew here. A lot of the
farms were turned to pasture and
cattle became a big business here.
There were still farmers in town but
cattle ranching out on the fringes
until the late 1960s.
"The Ag Extension people, sci-
entists, worked to develop varieties
of vegetables that could be cold-
packed or shipped without spoil-
ing. Take sweet corn, for instance.
"The soil and climate here grow
excellent sweet corn, but corn

Ms. Hesch stated, "I would like
to reserve the right to appear in
front of the Board again regarding
Taylor Creek Lodge because there's
people over there being put out of
their homes. This is not the issue
today, but I would like to reserve
the right to be heard again. In fact,
I'm one of them. We're going to
lose everything if something is not
Phillip Cunningham and his
wife Carole also expressed their
concern over the road being closed
cutting off access to the Scenic
"I've been around half the lake
on the Trail and if they close off
access, you'll have to go back the

"Quite frankly we could rent
them as quickly as you could build
them," he asserted.
He also stated that prospects
for the incubator building and
other industrial park property
were very promising.
In other action the commis-
established an alternate pro-
cedure for the sale and con-
veyance of real property in special
circumstances such as for the
SHIP Program;
agreed to let the operators of
the Landing Strip Caf6 at the air-
port close for the entire month of
authorized an exception to
the SHIP purchase limit not to
exceed $141,000;
awarded an asphalt contract
to Okeechobee Asphalt & Con-
changed the requirements
for a contractor to commence

looses its sugar soon after picking.
Because we grow miles of corn, it
had to ripen all at the same time so
it could all be picked at the same
time and keep its sugar for a week
to ten days. One of the scientists at
the Agricultural Experimental Sta-
tion here in Belle Glade, Emil
Wolfe, worked 25 years with vari-
eties of corn to develop the hybrid
that everyone in the United States
can now buy at their local grocery
Mrs. Dexter (Jeanette) remem-
bers seeing a field of radishes:
"As far as I could see, I saw
radishes growing. I saw entire
trucks full of nothing but radishes!
They would be washed and sorted
in the packing house here in Belle
Glade. Some of them would be
shipped in 40 pound bags by rail to
New York. From New York they
would be shipped to Holland
where they would be repacked and
shipped all over Europe."
"The Cuban Revolution
changed things again. The Cuban

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rounding it. Rain also falls onto the
760 square miles of the lake itself.
All this water is held back by the 70-
year-old Hoover Dike.
For many thousands of years
Lake Okeechobee ebbed and
swelled with Florida's wet and dry
seasons. From the highlands to the
Everglades, water slowly flowed,
depositing rich organic sediment
from the land north of the lake to
form the rich farmland found by
explorers in the 1800s.
Around the turn of the century,
farmers were attracted to the rich
soil and long growing season to
raise crops and towns were built
along the lake. But another part of
Florida's sub-tropic climate was
devastating hurricanes.
So we have the Herbert Hoover
Dike and managed water in South
and Central Florida. There are
many considerations and no easy
But the Dike will be repaired by
the Corps of Engineers.
(For more on the plan to repair
the Herbert Hoover Dike, see the

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way you came," stated Mr. Cun-
"I understand that he owns the
property, but I am concerned
about this trail. It is advertised as a
'Happy Trail,' but how happy are
people going to be if they can't
access or leave the trail at this end?"
asked Mrs. Cunningham. "As for
the matter of safety, are people
going to die because the gate to the
ramp is locked and rescue units
have to take the time to find the key
and unlock the gate while some-
one is in serious trouble out on the
lake or in the Rim Canal?"
The Board directed County
Attorney John Cassels to check into
these issues.
Following the meeting residents

work within 10 day, to 15 days;
approved a professional
services contract with Craig A
Smith for removal of storm debris
from drainage facilities;
approved a proposal from
Craig A. Smith to inventory, map,
evaluate and develop a mainte-
nance plan for county transporta-
tion and drainage facilities 'at a.
cost of $116,660;
authorized submission of
Economic Development Transpira-
tion Fund application for design
and construction of road and rail
executed a one-year contract
renewal with ELVA, Inc. for sam-
pling and testing groundwater at
the Airport landfill,
adjusted the budget to
account for an unanticipated Com-
munity Development Block Grant
in the amount of $4,375,000;
approved an agreement with
Salehi Consulting Services for

farmers forced out by Castro had
the technology to grow sugar suc-
cessfully. I remember that the Fan-
juls lived in Pahokee at one time,"
Mr. Dexter continued.
"The vegetable buyers, inspec-
tors and so forth, just went away.
From about 1954 until 1960 the
largest cattle market in state was in
Belle Glade, right across from the
courthouse. Then the cattle disap-
peared, too as more and more land
was turned into more profitable
sugar crops. Many of the original
pioneering families moved away.
But they kept their ownership of
the land and leased it to the sugar
companies. They needed a differ-
ent kind of farm worker to plant
and harvest the sugar cane.
Mechanical cutters replaced the
human cane cutters in the fields.
When the cane workers left Belle
Glade, many of the people who
were in service businesses left,
Time has brought so many
changes to the Everglades. Belle

Monday edition of the Okeechobee
News. Some information for this
article came from: "Lake Okee-
chobee and the Herbert Hoover
Dike a Summary of the Engineering
Evaluation of Seepage and Stability
Problems at the Herbert Hoover
Dike", U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers; "Herbert Hoover Dike Major

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of Taylor Creek Lodge returned to
their homes to find anglers sitting in
front of the gate that had been
open earlier in the day.
Thomas Williams, his wife Julia
and friend Steven Gatlin had
intended to spend the late after-
noon fishing on the Rim Canal and
on Taylor Creek. Instead, they sat
staring at the locked gate and
chain-link fence.
"I was born in Okeechobee and
have been fishing here with my
-grandpa since I was a little kid,"
stated Mr. Williams. "We always
put our boat onto the water from
this ramp, and now it's gone. They
are trying to turn Okeechobee into
West Palm Beach. It will never be
the same. It just don't seem right."

$10,000 for professional services
relating to the visioning project to
be coordinated by Okeechobee
Main Street;
authorized the county admin-
istrator to accept as full settlement
for outstanding ambulance billings
the same amount that would have
been net to the county if the debt
has been paid through collection
authorized staff to proceed
with consultants to identify strategy
for negotiation with regard to a
recent request to approve the Time
Warner /Comcast franchise trans-
approved a job description for
project coordinator for the Capital
Improvement Projects Depart-
ment; and
scheduled budget workshops
for July 26 at 1:30, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m.
and Aug 11 in the afternoon follow-
ing the regular session and budget
hearings on Sept. 8 and Sept. 22.

Glade and its sister towns, Paho-
kee, Canal Point and South Bay
change with the times. Agriculture
is stable, progress continues and
people value their history.
"Potluck in the Muck" the play
based on the stories of over 50 resi-
dents, was produced by and
starred many, many residents of
Belle Glade who were eager to tell
some of their history. It was a
smash hit every time it played.
"Potluck in the Muck, a produc-
tion held at the old Fantastic Pro-
duce packing house in Belle Glade
brought rave reviews and standing
room only crowds this past week-
end," said the review in the Paho-
kee Sun, Thursday, May 28, 1998.
Hopefully it will play again.
(Some information for this story
came from, "Potluck in the Muck",
Mrs. Vernon Dexter, Lawrence E.
Will Museum, located in the Belle
Glade Branch of the Palm Beach
County Library, 530 S. Main Street,
Belle Glade.)

Rehabilitation Evaluation Report,
Reach One: Final Environmental
Impact Statement," U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville
District, July 2005; "Historical
Analysis of the Contribution of the
Everglades Research and Educa-
tion Center," Univ. of FL IFAS and
the Florida Division of Fisheries.)

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At their Thursday meeting, Okeechobee County Com-
missioners proclaimed the week of Sept. 1 -11 to be Fire
Fighter Appreciation Week in Okeechobee County and
commended Okeechobee County Fire Fighters for their
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Gwendolyn Jackson
Gwendolyn Jackson, age 81
of Okeechobee, died July 16,
2005 at the Okeechobee Health,
Care Facility.
Mrs. Jackson was ,born Oct.
14, 192'3, in Coleman, Fla. to the
late James R. and Sarah Smith.
She was a member of the First'
Baptist Church of Okeechobee
and was a waitress and a seam-
stress by trade.
She was preceded in death by
her husband, Howard E. Jack-
son; daughter, Virginia Evelyn
Bullington and two brothers,
Monroe Smith and Roy Smith.
Survivors include her son,
Walter Raleigh Watts, Jr. and
wife Pam of Ft. Pierce; two
daughters Judi Jackson and hus-
band Jimmy, and Diane Cairns
and husband Brian, all of Okee-
chobee; two brothers, J.L. Smith
and wife Claudia, and Junior
Smith and wife Doris, all of Wild-

wood; one sister, Virginia Rogers
and husband Bill of Wildwood;
13 grandchildren, Brian
Lawrence, Blake Lawrence,
Derek Tremain, Angela Karratti,
Robin Chesser, Venessa Jackson,
Tiffany Bullington, Joshua
Bullington, Melvin Bullington, Jr.
all of Okeechobee, Lisa Scin-
cente and Ronnie Watts both of
Ft. Pierce, John Stanley III of
Langley, Va., and Scott Lawrence
of Thomasville, Ala. She is also
survived by 17 great grandchil-
dren as well as numerous loving
nieces, nephews and friends.
Friends may call the Buxton
Funeral Home on Monday, July
18, 2005, from 6 until 8 p.m. Ser-
vices will be held at the First Bap-
tist Church on Tuesday, July 19,
2005 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Sam
Vuleta officiating. Interment will
follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
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COVER UP: I was wondering if anyone else thinks that maybe
Carl Rove may be covering up for President Bush. Kind of like the
Watergate scandal protecting Nixon and the break-ins. It's kind of
fishy to me.

CLOGGED DITCHES: Could someone please find out why the
road department won't unclog the ditches on S.E. 28th St? They are
all clogged up and the water is running down in to the yards, houses
and trailers. They are working over in Brindaban across the bridge
but they don't do anything on this side.

DROP THE BALL: We have all heard recently the advice of the
experts that Okeechobee needs more multifamily dwellings and
apartment's space for new people moving into our area. Our area is
about to grow but yet when our County Commissioners have the
ball and a chance to run for a touch down, they always seem to drop
the ball.

GOOD JOB: I want to thank the grass cutting brigade that was out
in Fort Drum on Fourth Dr. they did a terrific job and they are work-
ing in the area doing a good job. Once again, thank you.

ONGOING INVESTIGATION: Is it just me, or was approximately
half of the press conferences as of late with White House Press Sec-
retary Scott McClellan nothing but him saying "ongoing investiga-
tion"? It is sad and tragic how it took the White House Press Corp.
This long to finally grow a spine and start doing their jobs by asking
the hard questions of this completely corrupt administration that
place dirty politics by leaking of all things the name of a CIA deep
cover operative who was working on intelligence for WMD's to
Robert Novak. No question about it, Rove has to go.

WHY NOT LATER: I was just wondering why the Dixie boys tour-
naments and the Triple A tournament is in the afternoon, since it is
so very hot. Why aren't they starting like at 4 or 5? It doesn't matter
about the lateness because they are not in school.

THIS WAS NICEI was seeing in the paper where you have the All-
stars and personal interviews and everything, and I think that is real-
ly nice. I think it is sad that the coaches are the way they are. But I
like what you did.

OCRA: Everyone wants to gripe about OCRA and gripe about the
coaches but they don't want to help run the program. If you think
the coaches are doing such a bad job, why don't you volunteer to be
a coach? If you think the OCRA program is so sorry, why aren't you
at the meetings volunteering to serve on committees and help
improve things. Everyone wants to complain. No one wants to pitch
in and help solve the problems.

COACHES: I see parents are griping' about the coaches again. I
will tell you something I know from.personal experience. Some
people just are never happy. My husband volunteered to coach a
children's team last year and he was doing a terrific job. The kids
loved him and they were learning a lot about how to play the game.
More importantly, they were having fun. But one parent had to
cause trouble because she felt her child was not being played
enough and was not given an important enough position on the
team. Never mind the kid did not even want to play that sport to
begin with. That parent bullied and badgered and made such a fuss
that she ruined the fun for everyone. We will not be involved in that
program again. We will find other activities for our children. Parents,
if you are going to complain about the coaches, you had better be
ready to step up and coach yourself because you are running off the
coaches you have.

LIGHTNING: I saw in the paper that a man in Okeechobee was
killed by lightning recently. People who move here from somewhere
else don't seem to understand just how dangerous lightning is in
Florida. We have more lightning strikes here than anywhere else in
the United States and we have more deaths from lightning strikes
than anywhere else. If you hear thunder or see lightning, even far
away, get inside the house. Don't take chances.

BYOP: Since I have been called for jury duty I am glad I saw the
comment about the hard benches in the jury selection area. I
remember having a backache after sitting on a wooden bench in the
old courthouse. So I am glad I know that jury duty is BYOP bring
your own pillow!

CLEAN THE DITCHES: With all of this rain, the county road crews
should be working every day cleaning out the ditches. The ones in
my neighborhood are all overgrown and it blocks the flow of water.
We have standing water all over the place. The county is supposed
to mow the ditches and I don't think they have done that on my
street in a year. When it isn't so wet, some of the homeowners get
out .there and try to mow as much as they can themselves, but some
properties are owned by people who don't live here and they don't
mow. They have horses or cows on their property to keep the grass
down, but the ditches get really overgrown.

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Looking Back ...
S.C. 'Boss' Paige's (1891-1957) service station was located on West North Park Street across from Flagler Park. This
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Upcoming Events

A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W.Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an
appearance, contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S. 98 N.
Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business meeting.The
dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in September. For infor-
mation, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.

Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third
St., at 8 p.m.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and mili-
tary information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863)
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until .6:30 p.m.
Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how to see
your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through extensive. Regis-
tration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for
information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interested
are invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. for breakfast. For information, call
(863) 763-5887,or (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member
is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7
p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life.
Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is located next
to the driver's license office, 1925 U.S. 441 S.E. It is a self-help group that
offers support and education for people who have been diagnosed with
clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or
dual diagnosis. For information, call (863) 467-1026.

A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building, 1600 S.W.
Second Ave., from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the Wal-
Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to show a car
you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car owners while
you listen to the great oldies music.
Look good, feel better 6:30 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth Beauty Salon
located at 1210 S.W. Second Ave. It's a free national public service pro-
gram to help women with cancer by teaching them beauty techniques to
diminish appearance-related side effects of treatment. R.S.V.P. to (863)
467-2096 or (863) 763-8833.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings each
month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., at 7:30
p.m. They are always looking for new people and new ideas. For informa-
tion, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or 610-9176.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old
time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Randy
or Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
Martha's House offers weekly support groups for individuals who are
either directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence, other women's
issues are also addressed. One support group is held on Wednesday's 5
p.m. at the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W.Ninth Ave. For infor-
.mation, please call, Irene Luck at (863) 763-0202. The other support
group is held on Thursdays, 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church,
1057 N.E. 14th Ave. For information, on this group, please call Shirlean
Graham at (863) 763-2893.

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Community Events

Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Schools need the help of the community and
are seeking tax deductible donations to help rebuild their play-
ground that was damaged during the hurricanes. For more
information, call Grace Christian Schools at (863) 763-3072.

Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red
Cross Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save
lives. You can help the American Red Cross reach people in
your community with lifesaving training, including CPR, First
Aid, Automated External Defibrillation, and HIV/AIDS Preven-
tion. Contact the Okeechobee Branch of the American Red
Cross at (863) 763-2488 to find out more.

Community Events

Back to school collections
Big Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their
annual school supplies drive for the needy children in our coun-
ty. They will be collecting items from now until Aug. 12. Let's
work together on this project and make sure every child of
school age has what they need to start school this year. Also, if
you child needs supplies, they can help. Proof of eligibility is
required to qualify. For information or make a donation, call the
Mission at (863) 763-5725.

Free 10 Commandments signs
The Living Word of Faith has 10 Commanidment yard signs
with stands for anyone wishing to put them in their yards. For
information, call Lee Minton (863) 357-3442 or John White at
(863) 357-2975.

Coffee Match cancellation
The monthly Coffee Klatch, July 21, has been cancelled due
to illness. For information, call 763-6464.

Free Hearing Loss screenings
American Hearing Center will host free hearing loss screen-
ings at American Vision and Hearing center, 3545 U.S. 441 S.,
next to Publix on July 25-29. Screenings are available for adults
18-years old and up. Appointments are required. For informa-
tion, call Betty (863) 467-5333.

Free memory loss screenings
Alzheimer's Association will host free memory loss screen-
ings at the Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park St. on July
29, Sept. 16 and Nov. 4. Appointments are required, call Donna
(800) 861-7826 for appointment. Screenings are for anyone (any
age) concerned about memory loss. The screening is done by a
nurse or social worker from St. Mary's Memory Disorder Center.

Dates for fall bazaar announced
The annual Fall Bazaar Arts and Crafts Show and Sale spon-
sored by Xi Nu Sigma, the Avon Park Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi,
is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, at Donaldson Park in Avon
Paik. Proceeds from this fundraiser are used throughout the year
for community projects. Past proceeds have been used to pur-
chase canned goods and blankets for the Sun Room, Avon Park
Church Service Center, scholarships and donations to the juve-
nile diabetes fund. Vendor applications are now being accepted.
Contact Linda Dalke, 1608 Booth Drive, in Sebring; or, call Lynn
Cloud at (863) 382-4487 or (863) 381-5680.

Free nutrition clinic offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis
and designed clinical nutrition class at Douglas Health Center,
916 W.N. Park St., on Aug. 8 and Sept. 12, at 5:30 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-4320.

Church hosts a "Family Fun Day"
The Okeechobee community is invited to a "Family Fun Day"
Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Church
Fellowship Hall, 200 N.W. Second St. Be there at 10:30 for sign
up and activities for the children. The show will begin promptly
at 11. After the show there will be a lunch for everyone and a
few door prizes for the children who sign up. All children will
receive a helium balloon or small gift.. We are pleased to
announce Reverend Mabrey, a Methodist Minister and Illusionist
who will be performing. We have been advised the show is ter-
rific and that adults will love it as much as the kids. Be sure to
come out for the fun and don't forget to bring a friend.

Headstart now accepting applications
The Economic Opportunities Council Headstart is accepting
applications for the 2005/06 school year. Children turning 3 on
or before Sept. 1, but not yet eligible for kindergarten, may apply
at Northside Headstart, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave. For appointments,
call Sheryl Heater at (863) 357-8677 or Antonia Nunez at (863)
357-2242. Headstart opens as early as 7 a.m. Qualifying children
may stay as late as 5:30 p.m.

History Center closes for summer
The Okeechobee Family History Center of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St., will be closed
from May 2 until Aug. 31. They will reopen on Wednesday, Sept.
7, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The center will also be open Fri-
day, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will then be open
every Wednesday and Friday. Please call ahead one day to
reserve any specific equipment you may need. For information
'during working hours call (863) 763-6510. During hours the cen-
ter is closed call (863) 467-5261, or (863) 357-7711.

Civil Air Patrol is forming
The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air
Patrol unit in Okeechobee, and senior members and cadets are
being recruited. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligi-
ble. Senior members are needed to administer the unit and pro-
vide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of the
Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and
cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side
to accomplish these missions. If you are interested in becoming
a cadet or senior member, contact Gene O'Neill at the Okee-
chobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.

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All around maintenance
person to do lawns,
wash trucks etc.
Do not call after 3:30 RM.
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Is currently taking applica-
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will consider training the
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At the Movies Husband pays price for wife's distrust

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, July 15,
through Thursday, July 21, are as
Theatre I "War of the Worlds"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:30, 7 and 9:10 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:10
Theatre II "Fantastic Four" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15,7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory" (PG) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Satur-
day and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15,7 and9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-


ARIES (March 21-April 19):
You'll be tempted to spend impul-
sively today. If that's the case, invest
in you and treat yourself to a spa
day, a new outfit or a seminar that
will help you deal better with your
financial situation. Changes are
inevitable in order to excel.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Be cautious when dealing with
other people. You may have a prob-
lem keeping a secret. If you aren't
doing everything you can to stay
healthy, do something about it.
Observe what others do and say
before speaking your mind.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Be
creative and innovative in all that
you do. You will be able to take an
idea you have and turn it into a
prosperous venture. An opportuni-
ty is just around the corner.
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
You'll be hard to resist today, and
far more outgoing than usual. Take
a short trip if your destination will
provide you with a little entertain-
ment. You'll be ready for a chal-
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): There
will some ups and downs, especial-
ly if you have neglected some of the
people who count on you. Make
some decisions about your person-
al life. Talks can be emotional but
will-bring'good results
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Don't start anything you can't fin-
ish. Share your thoughts and show
everyone how confident and capa-
ble you are. A change can be
expected regarding a relationship
that is important to you.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct. 22): Take
a stab at doing something you can
turn into a financial gain. A chance
to change your direction is appar-
,ent. Your intuition will be acute,
and your ability to turn whatever
you touch into something unique
will help you get ahead.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Don't let your stubborn mood
make matters worse. Make the
most of whatever situation you find
yourself in. It will be your flexibility
that will get you what you want.
Make some alterations at home.
21): The emphasis should be on
home, family and finances. If you
are quick to take action, you can
make money through a good
investment. An opportunity to take
a new position should be seriously
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): You may underestimate what it
will take to get something done. A
problem with cost will surface.
Take time to reassess your profes-
sional and financial situation.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Emotional confusion is likely to
have your head spinning. Don't
believe everything you hear, or you
will make a poor decision. Being
stubborn will lead to a stalemate.
Prepare to defend yourself and
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Set up a routine that will help you
feel good, look good and do fabu-
lously well. Taking part in some-
thing that will encourage you to get
back into the game or to improve
your health will also be conducive
to love and romance.


Head Start Project
accepting applications
Okeechobee I Center located at

726 N.E. 16th Ave. is currently
accepting applications for migrant
children and children with disabili-
ties in our Head Start Program. Our
belief is that all children can bene-
fit from receiving educational,
Health and Social Services which
our program offers. We serve chil-
dren 6 weeks to 5 years. To qualify
the family must have migrated in
the past 24 months worked in agri-
culture and primary income must
come from agriculture. We
encourage families of children
with disabilities to apply. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-0702 and
ask for Sylvia, Ella, or Page.

DEAR ABBY: I am in a commit-
ted 10-year marriage with "Cathy," a
woman I love dearly. My problem is,
Cathy doesn't trust me. Her ex-hus-
band cheated on her, her father cheat-
ed on her mother, and I feel like I'm
paying for their sins.
I play in a band that has "gigs" in
bars once a month. I also like to go for
a beer with the fellas after work a cou-
ple of times a month. (I work days in a
manufacturing plant.) Whenever I play
with the band and Cathy is present, I
constantly have to watch that I don't
talk to any women in her presence.
The place I work has 1,200 employ-
ees. Many of them come to see our
band to show their support. (The
majority of our employees are female.)
Cathy considers it disrespectful to her
that they come to hear us, and she acts
as if she's in constant fear that I might
stray, despite my reassurances that I'm
totally committed to her.
What can I do? I feel like I'm beat-
ing a dead horse. Desperate to
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Should I be ashamed? I don't think so,
because I didn't know Zack was mar-
ried so why is he burdening me
with the guilt of ruining his marriage?
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family in plain English about what's
going on, because you are going to
need their emotional support in the
months to come. Clearly, you will get
none from Zack because he will have
his hands full explaining this child to
his wife.

DEAR DESPERATE: There is noth-
ing you can do because the problem
isn't yours; it's your wife's. Until you
came into her life, her two most signifi-
cant male relationships were with men
who were unfaithful. The fact that the
male role model her father was a
cheater set up her expectations for
how "all" men behave.
If you haven't already done so, I
urge you to have a serious talk with
your wife about how her suspicions
make you feel. It is unrealistic to expect
you to spend the rest of your life wear-
ing blinders and talking only to men. If
she's smart, she'll talk to a counselor
about this, because suspicion and
accusations that an innocent spouse is
cheating can destroy a marriage as
surely as infidelity can.
DEAR ABBY: I am 25, single and
hardworking. I am also pregnant. The
father, "Zack," is married and expect-
ing his first child in August. I'm due in
I met Zack at a bar. I wasn't looking
for a serious relationship, just a fun
evening. Zack seemed like a nice guy.
He never said he was involved with
anyone, let alone married, and he was-
n't wearing a ring. Well, our night of
passion has now led to a lifetime of
Zack doesn't want me to "ruin his
marriage," and I don't want to be
called a home wrecker. I initially didn't
want him involved at all, but reality has
set in, and I will need his financial help.
Once my baby is born, Zack will be
taking a blood test to establish paterni-
ty. My family knows nothing about all
this, but it's hard to hide. It will be even
harder once the court comes into play
regarding child support.
How should I break it to them?

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