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Creation Date: May 12, 2008
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Monday, May 12, 2008

PO BOX 117007


Ceremony to honor
fallen officers
On Tuesday, May 13, at 8
a.m. the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office will conduct
a ceremony to honor law
enforcement officers who gave
their lives in the line of duty.
This is an opportunity to
remember the sacrifice of
one who gave his life in our
own community as well as to.
recognize those nationally who
gave their lives, and say 'thank
you" to the survivors.
The program rin will include
honor gutiards, inspirational
music and the reading of the
names to honor those who
have given their all in service to
their community. The public is
Substance Abuse
On Tuesday, May 13,
from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
the Okeechobee Substance
Abuse Coalition will meet
at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
At this meeting the coalition
will start training in the Search
Institutes' 40 Developmental
Assets. These are positive traits
in young people, community
and schools which are found to
promote healthy development
among our young people.
Membership is open to anyone
who is interested. This will be
an open meeting with lunch
SFWMD offers
speakers bureau
The .South Florida
Water Management District
Okeechobee Service Center
staff members are available to
meet with groups about water
resources and environmental
restoration projects in the
Okeechobee, Glades and
Highland County service area.
Technical experts, scientists
and other specialists can tailor
a presentation to meet specific
needs or answer questions
regarding many water-related
.topics. This service is free and
available by contacting Victoria
* Nowlan at 863-462--5260 or
800-250-4200, ext. 3045, or by
e-mail at vnowlan@sfwmd.
gov. For more information, visit
www.sfwmd.gov or call the
Okeechobee Service Center at

Drought Index

Current: 451
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.07 feet
Last Year: 9.34 feet

Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

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New development nears reality

By Pete Gawda
The Okeechobee News
The controversial Northshore
Village development is a little
closer to reality thanks to action
taken Thursday, May 8, by the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners.
Commissioners had no prob-
lem passing an ordinance to cre-
ate their first community devel-
opment district (CDD) to govern
the subdivision. However, there
was much discussion about con-
currency and impact fees for the
The Grove, a proposed

9-square-mile self-contained
development in the northern
part of the county is also a CDD.
However, because of the size
of that project it was created by
state legislation rather than by
county ordinance.
Northshore Village, upon
completion, would consist of
813 single family homes, 192
apartments and about 15 acres
of stores and businesses. The
proposed 390 acre subdivision
would be located on the north
side of S.R. 70 between the
Okeechobee city limits and the
L-63 Canal.

There has been much con-
cern about the traffic on S R. 70
intersecting with U.S. 441 in the
center of the city. County plan-
ners are concerned that addition-
al traffic on S.R. 70 generated by
Northshore Village would com-
pound the problem, and have-
suggested a bypass route begin-
ning east of Northshore Village
on S.R. 70 and connecting with
U.S. 441 north of the city.
As a means of helping the
development to meet traffic con-.
currency, county planners have
advocated that developers of
Northshore Village pay their fair

IRCC Okeechobee campus: New building almost complete

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The newest addition to the Okeechobee IRCC campus is nearing completion.

Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Set to open in the upcoming fall semester the new IRCC building is in the final phase
of construction.

Main Street has new Executive Director

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Main Street
(OKMS) has chosen Toni Doyle
as their new Executive Direc-
Mrs. Doyle has lived in
Okeechobee since 1964 and
has deep roots in Okeechobee.
Her father was the first state
trooper to be permanently
placed in Okeechobee.
She attended the Okeecho-
bee County School System and
Indian River Community Col-
lege. She attended the Florida
School of Broadcasting and
worked as a disc jockey for sev-
eral years after school, on the
coast and locally at WOKC.

After her career in radio,
she centered her focus on fi-
nance, accounting and busi-
ness management. She is the
former Executive Director for
the Okeechobee County Board
of Realtors. V
She lives locally with her
husband and has two sons and
four grandsons.
She is a mentor with the Big
Brothers Big Sisters organiza-
tion and an active member in
Mrs. Doyle has been a volun-
teer with OKMS for almost four
years and served on the board
for two years as secretary.
"I really have a desire to pre-
serve history of Okeechobee. 1
have seen so much of our his-

tory torn down--that is what
got me involved," stated Mrs.
Doyle. "I have a great desire to
show my grandchildren, the his-
tory here and so much of it is
She is looking forward to
helping implemerit the many
ideas of the board to preserve
the history in the community
to create an attractive, people
friendly community to promote
economic growth.
According to Mrs. Doyle,
"OKMS is one of the most sta-
ble structured organizations in
the community and I am proud
to be a part of it. Your home is
not just your address. It's your
See OKMS - Page 2

share of construction costs of a
bypass road based on the'vol-
ume of traffic the development
would create.
Based on estimated costs
of the bypass road and esti-
mated traffic volume created by
Northshore Village, the' devel-
opers would pay 20 percent or
$3,180,000 of the estimated cost,
of the road.
Commissioners agreed that
100 percent of all impact fess
paid by the developers, not to
exceed $1,;321,573, shall be cred-
ited toward the $3.18 million
total. They further agreed that

the impact fee would be paid in
increments as building permits
are pulled for individual houses
in the subdivision.
The vote was 3-2 with com-
missioners Elvie Posey and Ray
Domer expressing disapproval of
impact fees being used as credit
to meet concurrency.
All impact fees collected in
the county at this time are ear-
marked for a bypass road on the
west side of town. That means
that only $1,858,427 of the devel-
opers contribution can be used
See Development- Page 2

Boat earning

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Brush fire caused

by power lines

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County fire-
men with mutual aid from
Okeechobee City Firemen and
the Division of Forestry put out
a brush fire on Dark Hammock
Road late Thursday afternoon.
Two units and four county
firemen were dispatched to
a ranch about a mile east of
U.S. 441 just before 4 p.m. and
found two power lines that had
been downed by high winds.
Florida Power and Light
crews were dispatched to the

scene While firemen put out
about a half acre of grass and
brush that had been ignited by
sparks from the power line.
There were no injuries re-
ported and no property dam-
The report from Paramedic
Adam Durrance not the fire-
men were on the scene close
to two hours and that the fire
was put out easily with 50 gal-
lons of water.
Okeechobee County Sheriff
Deputies assisted with traffic
control at the scene.

V .A

Submitted photo
Toni Doyle (left) has been named the new executive direc-
tor of Okeechobee Main Street, announced that group's
president Maureen Burroughs (right) recently.


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for an east side bypass road.
Also, if the county collects a
fee from the developer to build
an east side bypass road it is ob-
ligated to complete that road. To
date, no means of financing has
been identified to pay for the re-
maining 70 percent of the cost of
such a road.

Turing to the second issue in-
volving Northshore Village, the
board was unanimous in agree-
ment to establish a CDD to govern
the subdivision. The ordinance
establishing the CDD names Ste-
phen E. Myers, Sr., Stephen E. My-
ers, Jr., Brandon Tucker, Carlos
Arruza and Bobby Tucker to the
initial board of supervisors for the
Like other independent dis-
tricts, an annual assessment will
be imposed on the landowners in
the district for maintenance of the

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Continued From Page 1
whole community and everybody
should be a part of taking care of
their home."
She expressed that the cur-
rent board works very well as a
set of professionals who come to
the table with different ideas but
all have the same goals in mind
for the community. The outcome
of each idea is directed towards

benefitting the community as a
Terry Burroughs, Treasurer of
OKMS explained that "Mrs. Doyle
is an energetic and focused indi-
vidual who understands OKMS
goals for the county and city. Her
leadership abilities will help us
get to the next level in this orga-
With eachchange in an orga-
nization, you add people to the
leadership who will continue to-
allow the organization to grow.
That is just good business and

hopefully the direction of OKMS
as they strive to make the com-
munity a better place.
President of OKMS, Maureen
Burroughs stated that "having
tons of past experience with
OKMS is a bonus for the organi-
zation for her to be able to seop
in and keep the job going."
Upcoming projects of OKMS
include their next Mixer on
Wednesday, May 14, at Raulerson
Hospital and Fun Shoot at Quail
Creek on Saturday, May 17.
They are also currently trying

diligently to stop the demolition
of the historic train depot. To help
with this situation to preserve
this historic landmark, contact
Lori Bergeron at 904-633-4837 or
write letters to her at 301 West
Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL.
The email address for OKMS
has changed to okms@okeecho-
beemainstreet.com. To contact
Mrs. Doyle, as always call 863-
357-MAIN (6246).
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Agullar can be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.

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Health Dept. gives tips to prevent mosquito borne illnesses

:Department of Health (DOH) em-
phasizes the importance .of pro-
tection against mosquito-borne
Throughout the year, DOH
works with partner agencies, in-
cluding the Florida Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices, the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission,
mosquito control agencies and
state universities, to monitor for
the presence of illnesses carried
by mosquitoes.
"As we approach the sum-
mer months, Florida will experi-
ence an increase in its mosquito
populations," Division of Environ-
mental Health Director Lisa Conti,
D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM, said.
"Taking a few simple steps can
drastically reduce the chances of
contracting a mosquito-borne ill-
Symptoms of West Nile vi-
rus (WNV) infection, St. Louis
Encephalitis (SLE), and Eastern
,Equine Encephalitis (EEE) may
include headache, fever, fatigue,
dizziness, weakness and confu-
.sion. Physicians should contact
a local county health department
if they suspect an-individual may
'have a mosquito-borne illness.
DOH laboratories provide test-
ing services for physicians treat-
ing patients with clinical signs. of

mosquito-borne diseases.
DOH advises Floridians to pro-
tect themselves from mosquito
bites by following the "5 D's":
*Drainage -Rid the area
around your home of standing
water, which is where mosqui-
toes can lay their eggs.
*DEET - Repellents contain-
ing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-tolu-
amide, or N,N-diethyl-3-methyl-
benzamide) are recommended
to protect against mosquito ex-
posure. Picaridin and oil of lemon
eucalyptus are other repellent op-
*Dress - Wear clothing that
covers most of your skin.
*Dusk and Dawn - Avoid be-
ing outdoors when mosquitoes
are most active.
Tips on Repellent Use: .
*Always read label directions
carefully for the approved us-
age before applying a repellent.
Some repellents are not suitable
for children.
* Products with concentrations
of up to 30 percent DEET are gen-
erally recommended. Other po-
tential mosquito repellents, as re-
ported by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) in
April 2005, contain picaridin or oil
of lemon eucalyptus. These prod-
ucts are generally available at lo-
cal pharmacies. Look for active
ingredients on the product label.

*Apply insect repellent to ex-
posed skin or onto clothing, but
not under clothing.
*In protecting children, read
label instructions to be sure the
repellent is age-appropriate. Ac-
cording to the CDC, mosquito
repellents containing oil of lemQn
eucalyptus should not be used on
children under age three. DEET
is not recommended on children
younger than two months old.
* Infants should be kept in-
doors or mosquito netting should
be used over carriers when mos-
quitoes are present.
*Avoid applying repellents to
children's hands. Adults should
apply repellent first to their own
hands and then transfer it to the
child's skin and clothing.
*If additional protection is
necessary, apply a permethrin
repellent directly to clothing. Al-
ways follow the manufacturer's
Tips on eliminating mosquito
breeding sites
Elimination of breeding sites is
one of the keys to prevention.
*Clean out leaves, troughs and
*Remove or drain old tires
used in playgrounds.
*Turn over or remove empty
plastic pots.
*Pick up all beverage contain-
ers and cups.

*Check tarps on boats or
other equipment that may collect
*Pump out bilges on boats.
*Replace water in birdbaths
and pet feeding dishes at least
once a week.
*Change water in plant trays,
including hanging plants, at least
once a week.
'Remove vegetation or ob-
structions in drainage ditches that
prevent water flow.
Monitoring wild bird deaths
can help officials track the spread
of some mosquito-borne diseas-
es. Anyone who discovers a dead
bird is encouraged to report it via
the Internet. The bird mortality re-
porting system is located on the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission's website at:
www.MyFWC.com/bird/. Citi-
zens may also report dead birds
to a county health department or
local FWC office.
DOH promotes, protects and
improves the health of all people
in Florida. For more information
on mosquito borne illnesses, visit
the DOH website at www.myflori-
daEH.com, the CDC Web site at
www.cdc.gov or a local county
health department.

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Okeechobee Forecast ,
Today: A partly sunny day with highs in the upper 80s. Winds
from the west 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the af-
Tonight: A clear cool night with lows in the upper 50s. Winds
-from the west 5 to 10 mph.
Extended Forecast
Tuesday: The day will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper
80s. Winds from the northwest around 5 mph becoming northeast
5 tol0 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday night: A mostly clear night with lows in the lower
Wednesday: A partly sunny day with highs in the upper 80s. ,
Wednesday night: A partly cloudy night with lows in the mid
Thursday: A partly sunny day with highs in the lower 90s.
Thursday night: A partly cloudy night with lows around 70.
Friday: A partly cloudy day with highs in the lower 90s.
Friday night: A partly cloudy night with lows in the lower 70s.
Saturday: A partly cloudy day with highs in the lower 90s.


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infrastructure under the direction
of the board of supervisors. Sub-
sequent board members will be
elected by the landowners.
County planning official Bill
Royce said a CDD was the "way
to go" in these days of high con-
struction costs. He said every-
thing was in order and that staff
recommended adoption. A work-
shop had been held previously
where the issue was discussed
Roads and drainage will be
maintained by the Northshore

Village CDD. Water and sewer
will be handled by Okeechobee
Utility Authority.
County administrator Lyndon
Bonner predicted this is some-
thing the commissioners would
see a lot of in the future.
Mr. Bonner stated that a CDD
has to build roads and drainage
structures to county standards.
They have no authority to do
anything less. So that county stan-
dards are adhered to, he said the
county must inspect the roads.
"It has worked fairly well all

over Florida," Mr. Bonner said of
the CDD concept.
He noted that, to date, there
have been no catastrophic fail-
Mr. Bonner said that the resi-
dents of a CDD would expect a
higher level of service than other
county residents because of the
assessment they pay. He said if
the facilities revert back to the
county, the county could establish
a municipal taxing district (MTD)
to tax those residents to pay for
the higher level of service.

Pete Pimental, of Special Dis-
trict Services, Inc., stated that the
property appraiser, tax collector
and supervisor of elections would
be paid for any services they pro-
vided to a CDD.
Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at www.
newszap.com. Reporter Pete
Gawda can be reached at pgaw-

-Okeechobee News, Monday, May 12, 2008 3

Pictures of the grandkids...oh boy!

By Diane Timmons
Okeechobee News
It's no secret that this column
is directed toward seniors in our
,community and that many of us
have children that live in other
states. That probably means you
have grandkids out there that are
growing up fast. So you welcome
pictures of them. Or perhaps you
'want to see.you daughter's new
house or car!
' If you are getting email with
these welcome photos attached,
you want to be able to see and
keep the images so you can look
at them often or even keep them
organized by year.

All email programs are dif-
ferent and each presents the at-
tached file differently, but they
still have enough in common
that I should be able to guide you
through the basics.
First, a note of caution. We
all know about the bad guys out
there who are also sending email
to us. Only open attachments
from people that you know! Oth-
erwise you could find yourself
battling a nasty computer virus.
That said, lets get on with it.
There are usually two ways of
getting your email:
* an email program that is set
up to download your email for
you such as Outlook or Netscape

mail, or
* navigating to your email pro-
vider's web page using your web
browser, e.g., Internet Explorer.
Some email programs display
the photo as soon as you open
the email. If yours does that, great;
you get to see the photo immedi-
ately. But, what if you want to save
that picture? Put your mouse ar-
row directly over the picture and
right click. That brings up a list of
items that will let you take further
action with the picture. The most
commonly picked option is "Save
Picture AS...." And this is the
one you want to pick. This com-
mand will bring up a dialog box
that lets you save your picture.

Don't get mouse happy and click
"Save" just yet. There are some
important decisions to be made
here. At the top of the box you
will see a line that's called "Save
in." It will probably already have
a folder designated; perhaps My
Pictures. Make note of that fold-
er name, because that is where
your picture can be found in the
future. Also important, near the
bottom of the box is a line called
"file name." This line already has
a name there, but it may not de-
scribe the photo very well. Who
cares about DSC000295? You will
want to change that to something
descriptive, such as "Billy2008."
Now click Save.

If your email program is the
other kind that doesn't display the
picture in the email, you will go
through a different process. Usu-
ally, there is a spot somewhere
in the email where the file name
of the attachment is displayed. It
may be near the top of the email
or you may have to scroll all the
way to the bottom of the screen.
Find that file name and left click it
with your mouse. You will prob-
ably get a box on your screen that
asks if you want to open the im-
age or save it. My choice is usu-
ally to save because then you
will be keeping the picture on
your computer to look at later.
The save procedure is the same

as described above and you will
get a box that lets you determine
where the photo will be saved
and lets you name the photo. If
you choose "Open," your com-
puter will try to locate the best
method of opening your photo.
It may open in Windows Picture
and Fax Viewer which is built into
your operating system. Whatever
application your computer uses
to open the photo will always
give you the option to save it.
I hope you enjoy your photos
that come viA email; after all, isn't
that why email was invented?
I welcome your questions or
comments; email them to dtim-

Heather Ann Dowling and Thomas Gerald Godwin III will be joined .
in marriage on June 28, 2008.
The bride is the daughter or Earl and Fran Dowling of Lake City,w, '
'Fla. The groom is the son of Thomas J. and Janet Godwin of Okeecho-
The wedding ceremony will be held at the Bassinger Civic Center.
Earl Dowling will then give away his daughter to Thomas Godwin III.
Helping to celebrate the union will be Maid of honor Beverly God-
win, Okeechobee and Best Man Joshua Hunter, Okeechobee. -

Birth Announcement

Erika Lynn Reichert
Chad Reichert and Lauren Scarborough of Vero Beach are proud to
announce the birth of their daughter, Erika Lynn Reichert.
She was born on March 9, 2008 at Indian River Memorial Hospital
in Vero Beach. She weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces and was 22 inches
long at birth.
Erika was welcomed home by her brother, Chad Reichert, Jr. and
sister, Kailynn Grace Reichert both of Okeechobee..
BeMaternal grandparents are Robert and Rebecca Baker of Vero.

Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reichert of Okeecho-
..Great grandparents are, Jennifer Arnold of Vero Beach.

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of raisins, you'll know what I
mean-they come out whole!
Enough of that-let's talk
about the health benefits. Flax
seeds are a big source of lignins,
which help balance estrogen
in women and protect against
breast cancer. They also contain
a fair helping of iron, potassium
and fiber.
. So let's get cracking with the
flax already. Try it in a smoothie,
even. Here's a recipe to get you
Leanne's Incredibly Easy, Non-

1 lbananad, Ufrozen
a handful of frozen (organic
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(about 1/3 cup)
2 scoops protein powder (I use
a vanilla whey protein powder)
8 ounces orange juice
8 ounces plain kefir
1-2 tablespoons. freshly ground
Stick everything in the blender
and let 'er rip!
If you want to see me make
mine on YouTube, just put my
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For more help putting din-
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Leanne Ely. Used by permis-
sion in this publication.

Contribution to Healthy Start appreciated

The Healthy Start Coalition
would like to thank Wal-Mart for
their kind and generous commu-
nity grant of $1,000. The Coali-
tion helps women who are preg-
nant and infants to age 3 stay as
'healthy as possible. Healthy Start
offers parenting education, car

seat safety education, breastfeed-
ing education, smoking cessation
education, nutrition education
and much more. These services
are free to all women who are in-
terested in enrolling in the Healthy
Start Program. Fathers and grand-
parents are welcome to attend

classes. This wonderful commu-
nity grant from Wal-Mart is a wel-
come surprise. Please know that
these funds will be used in a posi-
tive and productive manner. The
Healthy Start Coalition is most

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Diamond Jubilee
Ms. Betty Williamson's Diamond Jubilee was held at the
home of Wes and Darin Williamson. The 75th birthday cel-
ebration was given by her husband, Sonny and children,
Kim, Wes (Darin), and Karen. Also grandchildren, John
(Megan), Heather (Clint), Kristin, and John Louis. Great
grandchildren, Marshall and Delainey Rucks, John Wesley
and Brady James Williamson were also present. Friends
and family enjoyed an old fashioned ice cream and cake
social. Miz Betty had requested that instead of gifts, friends
consider donating to one of her (and her husband) favorite
charities, Dunklin Memorial Camp. The Reverend Mickey
and wife, Laura Maye Evans have been friends of the couple
(Betty and Sonny) for well over half a century. A presenta-
tion of the love gift from friends was given at the party and
more are coming in the mail. The Evans began the minis-
try over 60 years ago and gave the name Dunklin Memo-
rial Camp to it many years ago. This wonderful ministry has
touched many lives, locally, statewide and internationally.
Miz Betty wants to thank the generosity of family, friends,
and acquaintances through the years that have made her
life a beautiful experience.

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comments to okeenews@newszap.com or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
BOBBY DAVIS: This is in reference to Bobby Davis. I did not know
him, but I think I would have liked him if I had known him. And to all
his family members, friends and whoever wrote that miserable com-
ment into the speak out: I would just like to say this to all of you on
both sides, forgive us our trespassers as we forgive those who trespass
against us. To the family, you need to recite that to yourselves because
that person needs to be forgiven, whoever did that. God Bless Bobby
Davis and may he be in the arms of our Savior.
DOGS: I have had a problem with the flea market, they will never
let my dog in. Every time I take my 4-pound Chihuahua there they run
me out, not including the times when they are walking big pit bulls or
the people who have shops there have a Boston terrier or the lady that
drives around that has her dog in her little cart with the basket. I just
get singled out every time. This dog does not touch the ground, does
not go potty anywhere, does not do anything. I carry him in a carrier
that straps on the front of me like it would a baby. This dog is our life,
he is our baby boy. He has never bitten anyone. He turned a year old
on April 22 and has never bitten or snapped -- he loves everybody and
he wears a hat and sunglasses and they all love him. He makes people
SPEEDERS: Something really needs to be done about these speed-
ers in the middle of town going 50 miles per hour through the middle
of town and nobody stops them. When they end up killing somebody
then the police are going to wonder why.
DEMOCRAT: I am a diehard Democrat, but for several weeks I was
leaning towards Republican candidate John McCain. I changed my
mind in a hurry when he said if he was elected president, he would
keep our troops in Iraq for another 10 years or longer. You can guess
what I think of that. You couldn't print it.
ONLY IN AMERICA: Only in America can a pizza get to your house
faster than an ambulance. Only in America are there handicap park-
ing places in front of a skating rink. Only in America do drugstores
make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their pre-
scriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front. Only in
America do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet
coke. Only in America do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in
the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage. Only in America
do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call
waiting so we won't miss a call from someone we didn't want to talk
to in the first place. Only in America do we buy hot dogs in packages
of ten and buns in packages of eight. Only in America do we use the
word 'politics' to describe the process so well: 'Poli' in Latin meaning
'Many' and 'Tics' meaning 'Bloodsucking Creatures.' Only in America
do they have drive-up ATM's with Braille lettering.
COMMISSIONERS: I have been hearing talk and rumors coming
from within the county government that since Mr. Long, the former
county administrator, left, some of the county commissioners have
taken it upon themselves to inappropriately interfere with County
employees doing their jobs, both while there was an interim county
- administrator and since the new administrator started work. Mr. Long
had held them in-check in an attempt to rid the county government
of the "good old boy" style of doing public business. Has anyone else
heard these rumors? What is needed is to enact State legislation or
adopt the following County Ordinance, which has been adopted by
COMMISSIONERS." I think that the candidates for county commis-
sioners in this year's election should be challenged to pledge to sup-
port the adoption of this Ordinance, if elected.
THANKS: Greetings... I want to thank everyone who performed in
the Lip Sync show Saturday May 10th. You were all GREAT! We had 3
Generations of one family in the show! Kudos also to D. Hamilton and
the Okeechobee News for helping fix the error with the advertising.
You are all great at the paper. Those who came to watch the show
enjoyed listening and watching Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Reba
McEntire, Mac Davis, Kay Starr, Rusty Warren, Dolly Parton, Christine
Aguilera. (Dolly and Christine were performed by Faith, a very gifted
10 year old singer. Faith's Mom and Grandmother also performed
in the show). Anyone wishing to join the troup contact okeenarnie.
(You don't have to be an actor or singer...just willing to have fun!) If
you have never been to a show, you really need to treat yourself and
come enjoy two hours of entertainment that will have you recalling a
memory one minute and laughing the next! We have three more Lip
Sync shows planned for the "Summer Stock Session" June 14th - July
12th - August 9th. Shows are held at The American Legion Post 64
- 501 2nd Street (where the fair is held in February) Admission is Free.
Public is Always Welcome. The kitchen will be open. Plan to come a
little early and have lunch.

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Looking back ...
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between Fort Drum and Okeechobee City. Do you have an old photo to share? Email it to okeenews@newszap.com.

Community Calendar

Monday, May 12
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.V.P. to 863-763-2308.
, Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner 'at 863-532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. The
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her ancestry.
The annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For
information, call Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at http://
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
O.C.RA. meets at Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane at
7 p.m.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interested
persons to come by and see what they are about. For information call
AA. meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meetings
on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends of
alcoholics. For information call Chris at 863-467-5714.

Tuesday, May 13
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets the second
Tuesday of the month, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church. For information contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
New AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is welcome.
For information, call Lydia Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-

Community Events

Summer Play Camps sign up postponed
Sign ups for Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation's 2008 Sum-
mer Play Camps have been postponed and will not open until Mon-
day, May 12 at 8 a.m. Pre-Registration will be held at the Okeechobee
County Sports Complex in the Parks and Recreation office, 640 N.W
27th Lane, from May 12 through May 30. Enrollment is limited and
slots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Campers must be 6-12
years of age. Play camps will operate Monday - Friday, from June' 16
through August 1 (except on July 4) from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at
Douglas Brown Community Center and the Okeechobee County Civic
Center. (Availability of a third site has not yet been determined.) The
regular camp fee is $50 per week per participant, plus fees for field
trips and special activities. Special rates have been set at $25 per week
for a child on the reduced school lunch program and $10 a week for a
child on the free school lunch program within the Okeechobee Coun-
ty School System for the 2007-08 school year. A letter of participation
from Okeechobee County School Food Service must be presented at
the time of registration in order to qualify for these special rates. Ex-
tended hours, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. will be available at
the Okeechobee County Civic Center (and possibly an alternate site,
to be determined prior to registration) for an additional $10 per week
per participant.

Mainstreet Fun Shoot
Okeechobee Main Street will host a 100 Target Fun Shoot on Satur-
day, May 17 at beautiful Quail Creek Plantation. The proceeds from
the event will benefit Main Street's beautification and restoration proj-
,ects, Check in begins at 8 a.m., course opens at 8;3,0 am , with last
shooter by 10 a.m. Door prizes, raffles, and barbecue lunch will be
provided. For more information about the fun shoot please contact
Program Manager Karen Hanawalt at 863-357-6246, reservation forms
are available at Mike's Okeechobee Guns, The Gun Shop and the Main
Street office, 111 N.E. Second St.

Class of 89' plans reunion
Attention Okeechobee Class of 89- We are currently collecting
emails and home- addresses from all classmates. Please send these
to okeechobeeclassof89@yahoo.com. Our next Reunion planning
meeting will be held Sunday, May 18 at 5 p.m.. at Beef O'Brady's.

Arts, crafts and Antique Cars
J & S Fish Camp, 9500 S.W. Conners, is looking for crafters and
antique car owners for their third annual Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show on May 31, and June 1, which will be held to sup-
port Martha's House through a $10 donation. For more information
call Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.

Stepping Stones supports Martha's House
Stepping Stones Academy I, will be collecting the following items
throughout the month of May to help support Martha's House: wom-
en's toiletries, sheets, towels, washcloths, paper goods, and any prod-
ucts to help with everyday needs.

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At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at
the Brahman Theatres 111. Movie times for Fri-
day, May 9, through Thursday, May 15, are as
Theatre 1 - "Iron Man" (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 II - "Speed Racer" (PG-13) Show-
times: 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 - "Forbidden" Kingdom" (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.
Tickets are.$5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all mov-
ies; and, matinees are $4.
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OFC students rewarded for good behavior

It was a busy week for deserv-
ing students at the Okeechobee
Freshman Campus. Throughout
the year, the school's Positive Be-
havior Support team led by Guid-
ance Counselor Tracy Sills and
teacher Tonya Hargraves strives
to reward students for good be-

havior, and recently many stu-
dents have gotten to experience
these rewards, which include
field trips.
On April 25, 130 students trav-
elled to SuperPlay USA in Port St.
Lucie as a reward for maintaining
a 2.5 or higher GPA and having

limited discipline issues and ab-
sences. The students were treated
to two hours of bowling and pizza
for lunch. They were then allowed
to use the batting cages, and play
arcade games, lazer tag, and mini
golf. Principal Andy Brewer and
the teacher chaperones enjoyed

the trip as well. Student Farrah Ly-
tie said of the trip, "Mini golf was
really fun. It was really nice being
out of class all day."
On April 28, the best read-
ers from OFC traveled to Barnes
& Noble to celebrate their hard
work this year. The top 15 point

earners in the Accelerated Reader
program were chosen to attend a
special field trip to the book store.
The school purchased each stu-
dent a book of his or her choos-
ing. These great readers were
then treated to lunch at the Long-
horn Steakhouse. Participant Amy

Rivero said of the trip, "It was
fun. I got out of class and I got a
free book and lunch. Lunch was
great." The students were accom-
panied on the trip by Assistant
Principal Matt Koff, Media Spe-
cialist Amanda Van Camp, and
Reading Coach Elisabeth Fox.

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Fun outside of the classroom
Jakayla Moore runs fast to win the race as South Elementary enjoys a field day outside.
Zachary Pattison and Kaitlyn Williams, kindergarten students, laugh all the way to the fin-
ish line while they are hopping along in the potato sack race.


Rebecca Autrey
Rebecca Autrey Lawrence,
age 78, of Okeechobee died May
10, 2008 at Tampa General Hos-
pital. Mrs. Lawrence was born
November 13, 1929 in Pine Hill,
Alabama to H.E and Patience Au-
trey. She was a homemaker and
a resident of Okeechobee since
1967 coming from Jacksonville,
Fla. Mrs. Lawrence was of the
Baptist faith.
Mrs. Lawrence is survived by

* that morning
God was going to call
your name. ,
In life we byved you dearly
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to bse
Syou. .
You did not go alone for
part of us went with you.
The day God called you
You left us beautiful
Your love is still our guide
And though we cannot see "Z
You are always by our side -
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And nothing seems the
But as God calls us one by
one the chain will link -
We love you so mu
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her three daughters, Mary Law-
rence, Debra Gossage, and Shir-
ley Carnley all of Okeechobee;
five sons, Jack (Vicki) Lawrence
of Okeechobee, Randal (Evea)
Lawrence of Opp, Ala., Randolph
(Francine) Lawrence of Dothan,
Ala., David (Ann) Lawrence of
Opp, Ala., Jerry (Sharon) Law-
rence of Dothan, Alabama; one
brother, Buck (Betty) Autrey of
Jacksonville; 21 grandchildren
and 17 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Lawrence is preceded
in death by her husband Jack B.
Lawrence, Sr. and her daughter

Visitation will be Tuesday, May
13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home. Fu-
neral Service Wednesday May 14
at 11 a.m. in the funeral home
chapel with Pastor Robert T. Antis
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
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Okeechobee News, Monday, May 12, 2008

Brahmans say goodbye to seniors at baseball banquet

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Several seniors took home
hardware as the Brahmans held
their end of year baseball ban-
quet Thursday night.
Will Davis took home offen-
sive player of the year and team
most valuable player. The four
year varsity player, the last Brah-
man left who was in the dugout
from their state tournament ap-
pearance in 2005, was praised for
the hard work he put in after an
injury ruined his junior year.
"I just tried to work hard for
the last four years and it finally
paid off for me. I'm really happy
about it," he noted.
Davis injured his foot about
the week before his junior year
began. He noted he had to work
hard to get back on the field this
"I stuck with it and did moder-
ately well," he noted.
Davis plans to be a Pediatrician
and will attend the University of
Central Florida in the fall.
He led the team in hits, runs
scored and batting average this
year. He had 21 hits, 14 runs
scored, and batted .328.
Clay Coleman was praised
for his leadership skills as he
took home the Brahman award.
Coaches noted he kept the team
together when things were tough.
He was also praised for his will to
"It's pretty cool that they let
me have that award," he said, "I
feel good about what they're go-
ing to do next year. I look forward
to watching them."
Coleman said if he had to do
his career over again, he'd push
himself harder in the off season to
get stronger and in better physical
"I wished I would have worked
harder as a freshman and sopho-
more. A lot of these guys should
learn from that and work earlier,"
he noted.
Senior Mitchell Bryner took
home the defensive player of the
year award. Coaches said Bryner
did well at all of his positions,
catcher, and third base. They
noted Mitchell was very easy to
coach and did what ever they
asked him to do.
Cameron Tewksbury won the
pitcher of the year award. He had
some excellent statistics with a
1.72 earned run average, six vic-
tories, and 56 strikeouts in 53 in-
'Tewksbury said he is glad
that seven returning players have
agreed to play summer ball. He
noted that experience should be
invaluable next year.
"We have the core of players
here to do well next year," he
Tewksbury also thanked the
seniors for the leadership and
guidance they provided the
younger players.
The Brahmans finished 10-17
this past year, but finished just
one game out of a berth in the
state regional playoffs.
Other top players this year in-
cluded Dustin Stokes who batted
.297 and had 19 hits. He also had
a fine earned run average of 3.16,
with three wins, and 46 strikeouts
in 44 1/3 innings pitched.
Cameron Tewksbury also had
a good year at the plate as he
batted nearly .300, and drove in
13 runs. His twin brother, Adrm,
hit .311 with 11 runs batted in.
Brice Buckner had 18 hits, scored
14 runs, and drove in nine runs.
Buckner had a 2.28 earned run
average, with 42 strikeouts in 30
2/3rds innings.
Coach Dylan Tedders said the
future looks bright for his team.
He noted all of his main pitchers
will be back next year.
"Pitching will be the reason
that we win ball games next

year," he noted, "These kids need
to push each other to get better."
Tedders also praised the se-
nior class for their leadership. He
noted the seniors kept the team
going after they fell to (4-12) mid-
way through the year. He noted
the team could have packed it in,
but they didn't. They worked and
upset Lincoln Park in the district
"If we put in the work in the
off season, and push each other
and get faster and stronger, we'll
be alright. The guys believe in
themselves and have the potential
to be real good," he added. One
year lettermen honored included
Kerwin Givens, Mark Weir, Aaron
Suarez, Drew Selvey, Joey Voss
and Brandon Farless.
Two year lettermen honored in-
cluded Mike Minondo, Clay Cole-
man, Mike McClain, Evan King,
Jake Davenport, Jimmy Haddon,
Jonathan Crawford. Cameron

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Will Davis received a trophy for Most Valuable player and for
offensive player of the year.
Tewksbury, Adam Tewksbury,
and Brice Buckner.
.Three year lettermen this year
" were Dustin Stokes, Mitchell
Bryner, and Kirstin Hargraves.
Will Davis was also honored
as a four year letterman.
Cindy Maynard catered the
banquet held at the First Baptist
Church Recreation Center.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Clay Coleman received the Brahman award for his leader-
ship skills.
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