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Vol. 99 No. 139
Monday, May 19, Main
Street will host a dedication for
their third mural. The mural
is located on Hwy 441 next to
Syble's Flowers. Come meet
the artist Matt Budjinski and
the relatives of the people de-
picted in the mural. The mu-
ral represents the history of
the telephone industry here in
Okeechobee. The dedication is
at 5:15 p.m. at the mural with
a reception following in the
chapel behind Syble's Flowers
until 7 p.m.
Orchid club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid
Club will meet on Monday, May
19, at 7 p.m. at the Cooperative
Extension Office, 458 Highway
98 N. 863-763-6469. Members
and the public are invited to
bring their favorite orchid for
Show & Tell. President Harry
Hoffner will also diagnose
Series to begin
Encore Chamber Players
at the IRCC Lifelong Learning
Summer Sunset Series Thurs-
day, May 22, 8 p.m. at the
Wynne Black Box Theatre, on
the IRCC Main Campus at 3209
Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce.
The Encore Chamber Players
are one of Florida's Most Presti-
gious Orchestral and Chamber
Music Groups. Tickets are $10.
Call 1-866-866-4722 ext. 7880.
Free Live Music
A free concert will be spon-
sored by the Buckhead Chris-
tian Church \ithb .Bluesb.and, ..
Classic Rock and Contempo-
rary Rock band. The concert
will be held at the downtown
park gazebo at 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. on May 24. If you have
any question please call Jerry
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Sunday, May 18, 2008
High Definition: It's Comcastic!
Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Comcast in Okeechobee launched the arrival of HD TV on Saturday, May 17. A special
event was held at the local office with free food, services and the chance to experience
products. Ernie Pinto, Angle Froelich and John Parr were the coordinators of the event.
Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
WAVE 92.7 along with 103.7 WOOL were at the launch party to show their support of Com-
- castand its services. The transition from digital cable to high de,.:.'ion cable has been an
ongoing effort for years and as of Saturday, May 17, has made its way to Okeechobee.
Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
As a special promotion Comcast offered a free instant installation to customers who
switched to high definition cable. Jared Chandler, a technician with Comcast, installed
the upgraded system into the home of Charles and Adam Kline on Saturday, May 17.
Allstate Insurance ban lifted
Associated Press Writer
state Corp.'s subsidiaries can re-
sume selling new car insurance
and other policies in Florida
after it turned over documents
showing how it sets homeown-
ers rates, the state said Friday.
Kevin McCarty lifted the suspen-
sion because he said Allstate
has turned over documents that
regulators demanded along
with an affidavit that everything
being sought was included.
The state had said since Jan-
uary that the company hadn't
sufficiently complied with sub-
poenas seeking information
about how it sets the rates. Mc-
Carty moved then to suspend
the company, but it appealed.
An appeals court this week up-
held the suspension and it went
into effect Wednesday.
Allstate spokesman Adam
Shores said the company was
telling agents they could im-
mediately sell policies again
and that Allstate officials were
pleased at the dispute's resolu-
"This allows us to resume
offering insurance protection
to Floridians," Shores said.
"We're looking forward to hav-
ing a continuous dialogue with
the (state Office of Insurance
Regulation) and other leaders
about solutions to the property
It's not clear how much
business Allstate might have
lost by being unable to sell for
a little more than two days. But
the company is the second-
largest auto insurer in Florida,
with about 1.7 million policies
in force. The existing policies
weren't affected by regulators'
McCarty made it clear that to
be able to continue to do busi-
ness, the company must keep
"Failure to cooperate with
necessary, ongoing requests
from the office will result in an
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By Terence Hunt
AP White House
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt
(AP) - President Bush said
Saudi Arabia's small increase
in oil production will not solve
soaring U.S. fuel prices, but he
defended the wealthy kingdom
Saturday against American
lawmakers "screaming the
loudest" for Riyadh to open its
Bush also encountered bit-
ter Arab criticism that he fa-
vors Israel too heavily and was
bluntly questioned by Egyp-
tian President Hosni Mubarak
about whether he is serious
about peacemaking. Bush said
he was "absolutely commit-
ted" to reaching an Israeli-Pal-
estinian agreement by the end
of his presidency next January.
But there was no sign during
Bush's five-day Mideast trip that
the two sides are moving closer
toward an accord.
"It breaks my heart to see
the vast potential of the Pales-
tinian people really wasted,"
Bush said. Pledging the creation
of an independent homeland,
Bush said "It'll be an oppor-
tunity to end the suffering that
takes place in the Palestinian
With Israel's occupation
of Arab lands captured in the
1967 Mideast war entering its
fifth decade, most Palestinians
live in dire poverty.
On the last stop of his trav-
els, Bush held a rapid-fire series
of diplomatic meetings at this
posh Red Sea resort, famous
for its brilliantly clear waters
and sea-snorkling reefs. After
talks with Mubarak, Bush saw
Afghan President Hamid Karzai
and had dinner with Palestin-
ian President Mahmoud Abbas.
On Sunday, he will confer with
the leaders of Pakistan, Jordan,
Iraq. He said every meeting ad-
vances prospects for peace.
As oil prices hit another re-
cord high on Friday, Saudi King
Abdullah rebuffed Bush's re-
quest for higher oil production
See Oil - Page 2
Okeechobee has experienced
a wind shift from East to
South East. The smoke from
Lake Okeechobee is affecting
communities along the North
West side of Lake Okeecho-
bee. Winds are driving the
wildfire into the interior of the
lake. The wildfire has crossed
over the Moore Haven Canal
and is slowly progressing to-
wards Lakeport. Disk lines (fire
breaks) have been established
along the rim from Moore Ha-
ven to the Kissimmee River.
The combined total of the
two wildfires is roughly 21,000
acres. The Grassy Island wild-
fire is 100 percent contained at
2,756.4 acres and the Myakka
Cut wildfire is 18,000 is 50 per-
cent contained. The Myakka
Cut wildfire is a serious fire and
has the potential to increase.
The Moore Haven Marina & RV
Resort is no longer at risk.
Agencies involved: Florida
Division of Forestry, Glades
County Fire/Rescue, South FL
Water Management District,
US Army Corps of Engineers,
Clewiston Fire Rescue.
The second wildfire is in the
Brighton Seminole Indian Res-
ervation. The U.S. Bureau of
Indian Affairs is managing an
estimated 1,000 acre wildfire
and the FL Division of Forestry
is assisting by providing dozers
and firefighters. The wildfire
burned throughout Tuesday
night and is the main reason
why west coast residents ex-
perienced smoke. Last night
several homes were threatened
but none were damaged; the
threat continues today.
Agencies involved: U.S. Bu-
reau of Indian Affairs, FL Divi-
sion of Forestry and Glades and
Highlands County Fire/Rescue,
Seminole Tribe Wildland &
See Fires - Page 2
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
State Road 78 was recently shut down because of a wild-
fire at Curry Island.
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April rainfall not enough to drop water use limits
WEST PALM BEACH - The
South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) announced on
Wednesday, May 7, that South
Florida received above-average
rainfall in April, continuing a
moderate improvement since
February. District-wide rainfall av-
eraged 3.44 inches in April, about
one inch higher than the histori-
cal average for the month and
slightly higher than the 3.35 inch-
es received in March. April marks
the third consecutive month of
above-average rainfall during the
dry season this year.
South Florida's water supply
has been impacted by a multi-
year rainfall deficit, although
groundwater levels in most areas
of the District are benefiting from
three months of above-average
rainfall. The District's 16-county
region remains in a water short-
age, and landscape irrigation re-
strictions remain in place.
Since the start of the dry sea-
son on November 1, 2007, District
meteorologists recorded an aver-
age of 12.73 inches of rain Dis-
trict-wide. Rainfall from early Feb-
ruary through early April brought
improvements, but through the
end of April, dry season rainfall
remains 1.86 inches below the
In some southern and inland
areas of the District, including
portions of Broward, Glades,
Hendry, Miami-Dade, Monroe and
Palm Beach counties, dry season
rainfall is now close to historical
averages as a result of the Febru-
ary through early April rains. Most
coastal areas and counties north
of Lake Okeechobee, however,
remain one to four inches below
historical average rainfall, includ-
ing Collier, Highlands, Lee, Mar-
tin, Okeechobee, Osceola, Polk
counties and eastern Palm Beach,
Broward and Miami-Dade coun-
Water managers remain cau-
tious, because May can be one
of the drier months of the year. In
May 2007, Lake Okeechobee lev-
els dropped about ten inches that
month due to low rainfall and
high evaporation rates.
Florida's wet season typically
lasts about five months, begin-
ning in late May or June and con-
tinuing through November 1. The
wet season on average produces
two-thirds of the region's annual
Current Water Levels
At 10.09 feet above sea level
this morning, Lake Okeechobee
levels have dropped about an
inch since the last week of March
and are now about 3.5 feet below
the historical average for this time
of year. However, Lake Okeecho-
bee levels remain more than half
a foot higher than they were 'at
this time in 2007.
Groundwater and surface
water levels across most of the
District remain at average or
above-average levels, although
they have declined over the last
couple of weeks due to low rain-
fall amounts typically observed
as the end of the dry season ap-
Water levels in the Kissimmee
River are near regulation levels
and higher, similar to this time
last year. Water levels in the three
Everglades Water Conservation
Areas in western Palm Beach,
Broward and Miami-Dade coun-
ties are also near or above their
regulation levels for this time of
year and nearly more than a foot
higher than this time last year.
Water Restrictions and long-
term conservation planning
Emergency landscape water-
ing restrictions remain in place
throughout South Florida to help
manage the water supply impact-
ed by a multi-year rainfall deficit.
Outdoor irrigation accounts for
up to 50 percent of water use. De-
tails about current outdoor water
restrictions are available at www.
Separate from the emergency
watering restrictions, theDistrict
is also seeking public input on a
proposed year-round landscape
irrigation rule. The rule is a part of
the District's comprehensive wa-
ter conservation program to bring
about a permanent conservation
ethic throughout South Florida
Public workshops to continue
gathering input on the proposed
year-round landscape irrigation
rule are scheduled for the follow-
May 19, 2 p.m.
South Florida Water Manage-
Lower West Coast Regional
2301 McGregor Boulevard
Ft. Myers, May 22, 2 p.m.
South Florida Water Manage-
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A third wildfire ignited today; a
15 acre brushfire shut down State
- Road 78 and Banana Grove Road
for an hour till firefighters con-
tained the wildfire. The wildfire is
under investigation and no cause
is reported. The fire is on Curry Is-
land and 95 percent contained.
Agencies involved: FL Division
of Forestry, Glades County Fire
Rescue, U.S. Fish and Wildlife,
and South FL Water Management
Roads for all fires may have
residual smoke. We are asking
residents to call 511 for updated
road closures and use the Florida
Highway Patrol website for cur-
rent road closure information.
"Smoke is still a nuisance espe-
cially along the west side of Lake
Okeechobee", Yunas said. These
roads are not shut down but
smoke advisory signs are posted.
Smoke may create conditions
where visibility on roadways is
seriously impaired. Under these
conditions drivers need to: turn
on low-beam headlights, slow
down and be prepared to leave
the roadway if conditions con-
tinue to deteriorate.
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highs will be in the lower 90s. Winds will be southwest 10 to 15
Tonight: A considerably cloudy night with a 20 percent chance
of showers. Lows will be in the 70s. Winds from the southwest
around 10 mph decreasing to around 5 mph after midnight.
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Department of Livestock Market Report
gives tips on
The most important factor to
consider when purchasing hay
is the kind of animal that you
will be feeding. Generally, horses
-need better quality hay than cat-
tle, since horses cannot tolerate
as much dust or mold. However,
all species require good nutrition.
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Date, May 13, 2008
Not a very big run this week
but prices held up pretty much
steady. Good cows in the upper
50s to low 60s. Bulls in the upper
60s to low 70s. Calves are steady.
Not much else to report. Oh,
producer's sale last Thursday
was very good. All sellers were
very happy with the prices they
received for their calves. Anna
Uribe, Miami, had the top calf
with $1.95. Mack Farms of Lake
Wales topped the cow market
with a high of $64.50.
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Horse Racing: A
Fix That Can Work
By Joe Camp
Author of "The Soul of a Horse:
Life Lessons From the Herd"
It wasn't all bad news at the Ken-
tucky Derby. There was one piece of
good news that will likely provide a
pathway to serious health improve-
ments and longer life - not only for
horses on the race track - but for
horses everywhere. On Saturday,
May 3, 2008, when a beautiful bay
horse named Big Brown won the
Kentucky Derby he not only became
the first horse since 1915 to win with
only three prior races. And the first
horse since 1929 to win from the
far outside position. He unwittingly
shattered a tradition that could be
the best thing to happen to horses
in decades. Big Brown became
the first horse in history to win the
Kentucky Derby without traditional
metal shoes nailed to his feet.
"So what," a friend said. "A shoe
is a shoe, right?"
Mother Nature designed the
horse's hoof to flex with every
step taken. That flexing acts like a
secondary heart, pumping blood
throughout the thousands of cap-
illaries in the hoof mechanism,
which keeps it healthy and provides
an excellent hydraulic-like shock
absorption for the tendons, liga-
ments, and joints of the leg. When
a metal shoe is nailed to the hoof, it
cannot flex. Blood flow is restricted.
And the concussion upon impact is
far worse than that of a bare foot.
In short, fifty-five million years of ge-
netics are constrained.
When I first learned that Big
Brown had been fitted with some
sort of plastic/rubber-based glue-
on shoe, I was ecstatic. I had been
researching the horse's hoof for my
- ok, "The Soulofa Horse: Life Les-
sons From the Herd," and the infor-
mation I had found had caused me
to pull the shoes off all of our horses
immediately. So, I recognized what
the shoe designer lan McKinlay was
accomplishing. He was allowing Big
Brown's hoof to flex as Mother Na-
ture had designed it to do. And he
was providing much needed shock
absorption. This is huge for horses.
Big Brown had lameness is-
sues, cracked hooves, and hoof
wall separation allowing him to run
only three races prior to the Derby.
His traditional metal nail-on shoes
were pulled and McKinlay's flexible
glue-on rig was fitted on each of Big
Brown's feet. His hooves healed,
and the rest is history.
When he burst across the fin-
ish line five lengths ahead of Eight
Belles, I burst into happy tears
because I knew what this would
mean for horses. It is an acknowl-
edgement that a horse's hoof does
not need to be constrained by the
traditional metal shoe nailed into his
And then tragedy struck. The
only filly in the race, Eight Belles,
after racing past the finish line in
second place, suddenly collapsed
with two broken front ankles and
had to be euthanized on the spot.
My joy turned to pain. The death of
Eight Belles, even more clearly than
that of Barbaro, focuses on another
need: to find a way to push these
races off until the horses are old
enough to have matured skeletally.
The growth plates in the joints of
a horse do not all fully mature into
strong bone material until the horse
is four to five-and-a-half years old.
Yet the horses in the Derby are run-
ning at three years old, after usually
being trained hard from the time
they are one-and-a-half to two years
old. It's way too young.
Could the concussive impact of a
pounding hoof wearing a traditional
metal shoe have contributed to
the cause of Eight Belle's collapse?
Could two years of hard training
hammering immature growth plates
have weakened her joints? Abso-
lutely, it's possible. Even probable.
Would she have had a better chance
with McKinlay's new shoeing tech-
nique, or rubber boots that are now
available, or the plain plastic flexible
shoes that can be popped off after
the race? Or even running the race
completely barefoot? My belief is
yes. But it's just a belief because,
of course, there's no way we'll ever
know. Eight Belles is dead.
There has been much ranting
about suspending the jockey, chang-
ing the running surface, changing
breeding practices, and the belief
that the big races are too close to-
gether. Absolutely they're too close
together because a three-year-old
horse is too young to be there in
the first place. Holding such races
every two weeks only compounds
the problem, But however true any
of these complaints might or might
not be, none are at the heart of the
issue. The problem is age and skel-
etal development. Horses are being
trained and raced too young with
under-developed growth plates and
skeletal structures. Complicated by
early pounding of those immature
joints, ligaments and tendons with
the concussive effect of a metal shoe
nailed to the hoof during training.
These issues can actually be
solved quickly and easily by lifting
the upper age limit to, say, eight years
old at these major races. Leave the
lower limit at three for the time be-
ing. Then require a complete x-ray
exam of all growth plates to accom-
pany every entry. Whenever a horse
is found with growth plates that are
not mature, not closed, the owner
would be advised, but not forced,
to withdraw his entry. The owner
would understand that if he doesn't
withdraw and something happens
to the horse, the exam will be made
public. This puts the responsibility,
and the heat, solely on the shoul-
ders of the owner of the horse.
Next, remove the requirement
that the horse wear shoes in the
race, leaving the hoof wear, if any,
totally up to the owner. He can race
the horse barefoot if he chooses.
And lastly, lobby insurance com-
panies to exclude from coverage
any horse that does not pass the
skeletal development exam.
I believe these two rule changes
and a willing insurance industry
would be relatively easy to effect,
and could revolutionize the effects
on horses. It's amazing what can
happen when an owner knows that
the spotlight will be on him if he
makes a mistake.
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Reflections from the Pulpit
Rev. Dr. Paul E. Jackson, Sr.
Why should anyone pray in the
face of a seemingly disinterested
God? If God is not disinterested
or dead, why has He allowed so
many of His chosen, the Jews, to
be so horribly mutilated, tortured
and killed during almost every
war? Is God disinterested? If not,
why has He allowed thousands of
innocent babies to be mercilessly
murdered in every war? Is there
a God? If so, why is He allowing
millions to starve slowly to death
in today's world? We know Al-
mighty God is reputed to be just,
holy and righteous. How is it pos-
sible for a just God to allow the
daily killing, maiming and torture
that are just common place in this
world of ours?
According to the record, the
Bible, the Creator gave man do-
minion or ruler-ship over the en-
tire earth and all it contains, the
animals, the fish, the plants, and
even man himself. That is, man is
his own master until and unless
he yields himself to another.
A just God could not and can-
not lie, and it is still impossible for
Him to go back on His word. God
must have known Cain was go-
ing to kill Abel and surely had the
power to stop this first murder.
However, If God would have pre-
vented this first recorded murder
in Genesis 4, if He had stepped in
and stopped it, God would have
made Himself a liar. Because He
gave man dominion over the
earth and man is free, even to
murder his own brother, he is
free or call it free will. He is free to
kill his brother, torture enemies or
friends, rob the poor, bept his chil-
dren to death or sacrifice them to
idols. God will not interfere.
Man is also free to give food
to the hungry, rescue the perish-
ing, die for a cause or in anoth-
er's place, and free to provide an
education for the poor and igno-
rant. Men are free because God
made them free. If this were not
true, or men were not free, man
would be nothing more than an
organic puppet on earth, waiting
for an overbearing God to pull his
Man's dominion has been
proved repeatedly by the various
breeds of cattle developed by
men for meat and milk and by the
plants, which have been made
to yield nearly double food. The
cities and bombs, built by men,
have proved man's dominion re-
peatedly. Men have changed the
appearance of whole continents.
Yes, man rules the earth. You may
see the proof of most men's in-
ability to handle their kingship by
reading almost any newspaper.
Men are different because the
Creator is a God of variety, actu-
ally of endless variation. Prove
this for yourself by trying to find
two identical plants, animals, or
snowflakes, for this is impossible.
Even though men are free and
in charge, God does not refuse
to help. However, He will not in-
terfere. He will not, really by the
rules He cannot, interfere unless
you ask for help. Even then that
help must not violate another's
The Creator is all-powerful and
could create enough to supply ev-
ery person in the world all their
needs and wants, thus denying
the people so supplied their free
will and make God a liar. God's
person is awe-inspiring and ter-
rible; simply showing Himself
in His glory would cause many
people to serve Him out of fear,
not free will. No doubt, God could
stop all the murders, but it would
make Him a liar, because men
would no longer be free.
The fact is Almighty God is
still as willing to help as ever, as
willing to make Himself known
as in the days of Jesus and John
the Baptist. The same God who
supplied manna (angel's food
or bread from heaven) to the Is-
raelites in the wilderness is most
certainly able to supply our needs
today. This manna God sent each
morning fed over three million
people for a period of forty years.
Yes! God is able to meet our
needs. God said yes to four hun-
dred years of prayer when He de-
livered the Israelites from slavery
in Egypt and fed them manna in
The same mighty God who
sent fire from heaven in answer to
Elijah's petition will answer your
sincere prayer today. The details
are most interesting in I Kings 18.
One man said of the atrocities:
"Either God can't do anything
or He won't. Either way I won't
serve Him," was what one man
said of the atrocities.
Remember please, God gave
man charge over the whole earth.
If you are still concerned by the
torture of the Jews over the cen-
turies, when do you plan to start
doing something about the tor-
ture and murder of the Jews in
the world toady? If you are con-
cerned about the innocent chil-
dren, killed in the war, when are
you going to try to do something
about the starving children of
India today? You see the point-
you want to blame God, you are
perfectly willing to put out all the
blame on a just God, but He put
you in charge and you are not
willing to do anything yourself.
In fact, you are guilty of every
crime that you have blamed on
God. You are dead to the feelings
of others, disinterested in the rest
of the world. Even with massive
foreign aid, not many Americans
have personally done much to
alleviate the suffering here or
abroad, and certainly not to the
point of personal sacrifice.
Well, just what is the reason for
prayer, you may ask. God already
knows what we need. Must we
beg a distant God for day to day
needs He already knows about? It
seems wasteful and silly.
If you feel that way, then read
what I am now writing very care-
fully. The reason for prayer is
God will not force His attention
on anyone. He will never force
anyone to serve Him and He will
not force your needs upon you.
We ask God so He can supply
our needs without a violation of
our free will. Prayer is giving God
permission to interfere in our life
without violating our God-given
free will. If you do not ask, God
cannot violate your free will by
helping you. This is the reason
for asking. God made man free
to do good or evil. You are free
to run the word, especially your
little world as you choose, and
God will never, ever interfere un-
less asked. The simple heartfelt
prayer, "Lord Help Me," has been
answered countless times. But
know that all the words in all the
books coming from the teeth out
are only words, never prayer. True
prayer must come from the heart,
a fancy way of saying you have to
really mean it. Is God alive? Does
He really answer prayers? Hun-
dreds of thousands of Americans
are ready and willing to witness
the reality of a living God. Our
Lord hhs changed these people,
they are no longer drug addicts,
alcoholics, thieves, and murder-
ers. Though considered hopeless
by many, they are now upstand-
ing Christian citizens of many or
most countries because of their
asking and receiving help from
the Almighty God. Words rarely
prove anything as vital as this.
Try a "simple heartfelt prayer"
and you will be convinced, be-
cause He said in I Peter 5:7
"casting all your cares upon him;
for he careth for you." Always re-
member, and never forget - the
choice is yours!
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Jennifer is employed by Big
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A reception followed the cer-
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The parents and family of
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their engagement. The prospec-
tive groom, Chase grew up in
Okeechobee and the bride-to-be,
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Frankie Leo Reeves, 54, of
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15, 2008 at Flowers Hospital in
A native of Ft. Lauderdale,
Frankie has resided in Jackson
County for the past 26 years. He
was employed as a supervisor
with the City of Marianna, a mem-
ber of the Seminole Bass Masters
and an avid biker.
'He was preceded in death
by his mother, Lorene Marie Gil-
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tie Ann Reeves of Grand Ridge;
four daughters: Kim-Marie Reeves
and friend Katie Knudson of
Grand Ridge, Sandra Anne (Wil-
liam) Ward of Taylor, Ala., Melissa
(Jason) Loper of Greenwood,
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grandchildren: Michael Mills,
Ashley Mills, Brittany Mills, Hilary
Ward, Dallas Hires, Jesse Mills,
Joseph Loper, Warren Loper and
Wiggles Killer Mills.
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DOG - Poss Bulldog/Curr mix,
has collar, Hwy 98, farm
next to Milking R Dairy. To
identify, call (863)697-2665
LABELLE- found Masonic
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
2 yrs supervisory exp.
needed and current FL LPN
license. Competitive salary
and excellent benefits.
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at FL Community
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Ste 103, Pahokee, FL.
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All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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a new career in the much needed field of
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ity Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
e Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
s'soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
h CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
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diate Openings * All Shifts
me/Part Time * RN's & LPN's
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Do you provide quality care with a
Do your prior clients or employers
recommend you highly?
mily Private Care is looking for experienced
nd reliable caregivers in the Okeechobee
iunty area to provide CNA/HHA services to
our private care clientele.
information call 772-545-3986 or
0-962-0884 and ask for Robin,
9AM-4PM, M-F only.
his describes you, you may be exactly who
our clients are looking for.
A COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS
Community Outreach Worker/
ed full time. Bilingual Spanish/English
'rred. HIV Early Intervention Services
ram. Must have HS diploma, reliable
portation and valid FL drivers lic. Exp
community health fairs, HIV testing,
irking with community svcs agencies.
Computer Exp. needed.
sume to: (863) 357-2991 or apply at:
FL Community Health Centers,
308 NW 5th Ave.,
d full time.
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DEE'S MINOR REPAIR GUTTER MACHINE - 5",
X 71 License # 5698 seamless, incl. trailer, newer
.._..... ..........--. & Pressure Washing elec. mtr., $2300.
Business License #1126 (863)467-0918
Opportunities 305 FREE ESTIMATES
Money Lenders 310 (863)467-2917 i
Tax Preparation 315 or (863)261-6425 PROM GOWNS (3)- size
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guaranteed income from $39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
work-at-home programs - if 3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
it sounds too good to be 50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
true, chances are that it is. up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
If you have questions or . -. 50 2c Sofa & Loveseat
doubts about any ad on S
these pages, we advise that Air Conditioners 505 sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
before responding or send- Antiques 510 Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
ing money ahead of time, Appliances 515 Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
you check with the Better Appliance Parts 520 4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
Business Bureau at Beauty Supplies 525 3Pc Livingroom tables
772-878-2010 for previous Bicycles 530 $97up, 100 headboards
complaints. Books & Magazines535 $79 up.
Some 800 and 900 telephone Business Equipment 545
numbers may require an Carpets/Rugs 550
extra charge, as well as Children's Items 555 OTES
long distance toll costs. We china, Glassware, Etc. 560
will do our best to alert our Clothing 565 et L
reader of these charges in Coins/Stamps 570 i
the ads, but occasionally Computer/Video 580 RECLINER - Lazy Boy, Big
we may not be aware of the Crafts/Supplies 585 Man, leather, like new, $250.
charges. Therre, If you cruises 5 (863)675-2804
call a number out of your Cruises 590 (863)675-2804
area, use caution. Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Need a few more bucks to Furs 61n5 P la c
purchase something Health & Reducing
deer? Pick up some Equipment 620
extra bucks when you Heating Equipment/6
sell your used items in Supplies 625
the classitelds. Household Items 630
Jewelry . 635
rvics Lamps/Lights 640
"Luggage 645 CLASSI
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Babysitting 405 Pets/Supplies/ L EU| l
Child Care Needed 410 Services 670
Child Care Offered415 Photography 675
42 Plumtography 675
Instruction 420 Plumbing Supplies 680
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Insurance 430 Restaurant
Medical Services435 Equipment 690 Free of Charge!
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Sporting Goods 705 * Place Your Ad Onl
ASSISTED LIVING for Stereo Equipment 710 of Your Home!
elderly. 24 hour care by Tickets 720
registered nurse. TLC in Tools 725 @ nw il
nice family home. Toys & Games 730 W
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Christmas Trees 745"
Farm Equipment 805O
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 81e 5
Farm Produce 820L
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
GELDINGS (3) - Paint $2500,1
Cracker $1200 & Quarter.
Horse is $1500.
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SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2008 * 9:00 A.M.
1740 SE US 27, Moore Haven, FL
1894 Sylvester Hwy., Moultrie, Ga. 31768
(229) 985-4565 Fax 229-985-0754
.Sale:Site Phone: 863-946-9135
Terry DeMott, Sr. Mobile: 229-891-1832
Auctioneer: Terry DeMott, Sr.
FL #AU1833- AB1285
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Saturday * June 7th * 10 a.m.
140 Acres A
SPINE ISLAND I
LAKEFRONT REAL ESTATE
Directions: From the intersection of SR 70 east of Okeechobee and 128th Ave (Berman Road), go north
3 miles to the auction site. Watch for auction signs!
-Parcel 5 Parcel 6 Parcel 7 Parcel'
13.78 acres 18.20 acres __.. 14.21 acres 14.11 acres
Located within visual range of the top of Mount Okeechobee (Waste Management site),
this "Pine Island" real estate features many sites for building your camp or home sur-
rounded by a large number of mature trees stategically placed to enhance the ambiance
of the lake setting. Mark your calendar; this could be a lifetime opportunity!
TERMS: Selling to the HIGHEST BIDDER, REGARDLESS OF PRICE! * Cash to bid *
10% B.P. - Broker Participation Available - Call to Qualify! * Seller Financing Available
Conducted by: Owner: G4 Land and Cattle Company, Inc.
HORSE TRAILER - Goose
* Neck '92 Sundowner, 3
'-horse flant w/pack & Irg
:.dressing room. $8000 or
best offer (863)697-3036
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and interesting person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more successful!
Business Places 910
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
OAK LAKE VILLA'S 2 BR, 2
BA, W&D., Lg. fenced patio.
2 util. rooms. $900 mo., 1st
last& sec. (863)634-3313
Duplex For Rent
2/2 w/ garage, access to pool
and tennis courts, lawn
$800/mo. 1st & security
Move In Special!
V% off 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all appl's, a/c & heat, 1
blk. North of Wal-Mart
$650 mo. (863)763-8878
OKEE CiTY - Apt. Duplex, 2br,
1ba, 823 SE 10th St, $625
mo. + 1st, Last, Sec. &
lease pref'd. (863)634-9869
OKEECHOBEE, 2br, 1ba, Near
town. $850 mo. inclds wa-
ter. Annual Lease. Call
We have over 50 Rentals!
Century 21 Horizon
Your next Job could be In
today's classlfleds. Did
vou look for It?
House for Rent
2 story, 3br/2ba,
barn, 3 fenced
pastures, immed. oc-
& last $4800
OAK LAKE VILLA'S - 2/2
Townhs. Updated kitchen. All
appl's. W&D. $875 mo. 1st,
last & sec. (863)467-5965
r ---- id%
ALL DIAMOND PLATE TOOL BOXES
& FUEL TANKS!
ST. LUCIE BATTERY & TIRE I
198. USHwy 98N* Okeechobee * (863) 357-2431 www.slbt.com
L8u. _ - - - ..r.
I Lnd Sa
3br/2ba CBS home, no smok-
ing, lease option, located in
Okeechobee Park $1095
BASSWOOD ESTATES, New
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1050. Buy 130K Financing
garage, fenced, good neigh-
BHR - 3br, 2ba,
1800 sf, Lake Access
Brand New 3/2 in Dixie Ranch
Acres, W&D Hookup. $1100
mo. 1st, last & sec.
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, laundry,
tiled, $1100/mo. rent.
$5,000 applied to purchase
of $149,900 after 1 year.
3375 NW 40th Dr. Bass-
BUCKHEAD - 3/1, lots of stor-
age, fenced, w/d, 1 pet.
White House Plaza
1120 S. Parrot Avenue
2300 sq ft available
810 sq ft available
600 sq ft available
3 br, 2 ba, central heat & air,
city water, $1100 per month
3 br, 2 ba, SW sec, office,
Lawrence Real Estate Co.
2BR/1BA, 1 car garage, CBS
House. central a/c & heat,
dishwasher,W/D, storm shut-
ters. $850 mo. + $850 sec.
dep. Avail Now 863-467-8434
OKEECHOBEE - 2br, lba, large
yard, Kissimmee River Est.
$700/mo, + 1st & Sec
OKEECHOBEE - 3br, 2ba,
$1300/mo, 1st & Sec Dep.,
802 SW 3rd Ave.
OKEECHOBEE- 4/2/1 Ever-
lade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec. No pets
PARTIALLY FURNISHED -
3/2, only $850 + $500 sec.
1 sm. pet considered, pay
own electric. (863)697-0214
Rent or Rent w/Option to Buy
5 acres in Okeechobee 3 Br
1Ba, Ig living rm, kit. & dining
rm, 1 car garage w/fenced
pond. Zoned Ag. $900. mo. +
last & sec. dep. Call Kamal
RENT TO OWN BASSWOOD-
3br/2ba, $2000 down,
$1300/mo all going towards
principle, Bruised credit
okay, (863)467-0128 or
RENTAL APT - on Ranch set-
ting. Very clean, No pets,
$575/mo. 1st & Sec.
We have over 50 Rentalsl
Century 21 Horizon
When you want something
sold, advertise In the
I Pulc o ice
Lot For Rent in NW section of
town behind the civic center,
$200 month, Call for more
Professional Office Space
for Lease - near Courthouse,
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE
available, within new com-
mercial bldg., all utils incld.
Business Plaies -
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale I 015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
NEW TOWN HOMES
2/2V/2,1149 sq. ft. CBS
Century 21 Horizon
LET'S MAKE A DEAL!
$869/mo, 3698 NW 7th St,
1450 sq ft CBS, new, tile.
NEED TO SELL! 2000 Homes
of Merit, Owner finance avail.
3/2 lake access. Around cor-
ner from Buckhead Lock. 1730
SF, L/R, D/R, F/R. Metal roof,
front/back decks. $155K.
HOPE SOUND - 3 ac, 2 ren-
tals, monthly income $1700,
1 mi from beach, shops.
Quiet & peaceful. Pool, pond.
$200,000 (863)763-7727 or
RUTHERFORD NC - 9.75
acres, all wooded, 20 ft deed
right-of-way. Over 1000 ft of
creek frontage. 16 mi from
Shelby, NC, $75,000
BASSWOOD LOT for sale by
owner - NW 36th St. Priced
to sell quick. Call
863-634-3580 or 634-5334
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- The Hospice of Okeechobee,
Inc., Fun Shoot held at Quail Creek
Plantation on April 5 proved to be
a valuable, exciting and prosper-
ous day. Hospice of Okeechobee,
Inc., would like to acknowledge
the generous support of our local
businesses and residents:
Brigette and Frank Irby
Gilbert Chevrolet/Gilbert Oil
Syfrett Feed Company/Joseph
The Medicine Shoppe
Town Star Food Stores
Walpole Feed and Walpole,
American Financial and Auto-
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JE Clearing and Developing
J & M Unlimited, Inc
Larson Dairy, Inc.
McAlpin, Cavalcanti & Lewis,
Okeechobee Livestock Market
Orchid Island Juice Company
Seacoast National Bank
Story Citrus Services, Inc
Syble's Flowers and Gifts
The Hunter's Den
Bob Owens Painting, Inc.
C.F. Physical Therapy, Inc.
Big Lake Eye Care
Coast to Coast Design
Eli's Western Wear
Gilbert's Bad Boy Buggies
Ledferd's Bass Pro Shop
Mike's Okeechobee Guns
Okeechobee Livestock Market
Seacoast National Bank
The Gun Shop
The Hunter's Den
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Inc. for donating the beef, Davey
Raulerson for cooking his famous
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for donating fresh corn, Hazellief
Groves for refreshing orange juice,
Donut Connection with fresh
donuts, our MC David McAuley,
Town Star Food Stores for paper
products, Sandra Pearce Photog-
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Submitted photo/Grace Larson
The High Team winners at the Fun Shoot held at Quail Creek Plantation on April 5 was the
team of Syble's Flowers and Gifts. Members included: Mike O'Conner, Tim Luke, Paul Platt
and Cliff O'Donnel.
NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Planning
Board on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the Commission Meeting Room,
Okeechobee County Courthouse. 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida to
consider a request for a change in zoning from the existing classification of Resi-
dential Mixed (RM) to the proposed classification of Residential General (RG). The
property owners and applicants are Pablo and Elpidia Romero. The property ad-
dress is 415 NW 36th Street and is more particularly descnbed as follows:
The E 1/2 ol Lot 3, WHISPERING PINES, according to the plat thereof recorded in
Plat Book 3, Page 25, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida.
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Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeecho-
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held before the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at
9:00 am in the County Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
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10 Okeechobee News, Sunday, May 18, 2008
Track team holds annual banquet
By Charles M. Murphy
The cross country and track
seasons at Okeechobee High
School this year were one of the
best in recent memory. Wednes-
day night the Coaches thanked the
efforts of all the kids who made
these seasons so memorable.
The track teams were very
competitive this year as they are
among the areas best, especially
in long distance running events.
Cross country won the district and
Bryan Suarez finished off his
record-setting career with another
visit to the state tournament, a dis-
trict championship in three events,
and sophomore Ricky Nieto pro-
vided hope for the future with an
excellent season, a district cham-
pionship, and a trip to the state to
compete in the high jump.
There were others who had
strong seasons. Stephanie Horvath
was a district runner up in the dis-
cus throw. Monica Koger excelled
in both the long jump and the 400
meters and was also a district run-
ner up. Eddie Guerrero excelled in
the 3200 meters and was runner
up in the district.
Other contributors this year
included the 4X400 relay team of
Brad Stark, Matt Skipper, Lionel
Jones, and Lonnie Pryor. Lionel
Jones qualified in the 800 meters
and the boy's team finished sec-
ond overall at districts.
Regional qualifiers included
the girls 4x800 meter relay team of
Laura Saucedo, Isabella Pinedo,
Graciela Varela, and Heather Tin-
sley. The 4x800 meter boys team
also qualified with Alan Najara,
Misael Alvarado, Eddie Guerrero,
and Lionel Jones.
Other regional qualifiers in-
cluded the girls 4x400 meter relay
team of Monica Koger, Markiesha
Youmans, Calandra Youmans, and
Gabi Rodriguez. Also at the region-
al was the boys 4x400 meter relay
team of Matt Skipper, Brad Stark,
Lonnie Pryor and Lionel Jones.
Also in the group of qualifiers
were Ricky Nieto in the boys high
jump, Monica Koger in the girls
long jump, Kyle McGee in the shot
put, Stephanie Horvath and Jewel
Buck in the discus, James Shanks
in the boys 200 meters, Bryan Su-
arez and Lionel Jones in the boys
800, Suarez and Eddie Guerrero in
the boys 1600 and 3200 meters,
Lonnie Pryor in the 400 meters
and Monica Koger in the 400 me-
"The high school has had some
tremendous success in athletics in
recent years," Coach Kendall said,
"You always have a lot of support
in the community. When you
have that support, you are going
Kendall also thanked the par-
ents and the volunteers who con-
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tribute to the team this year.
Mr. Kendall noted track is a
year round job. He said the kids
are asked to push their limits and
accomplish some goals. He noted
it is a very individual sport and
kids can really feel good about ac-
complishing personal and team
"You have to enjoy it. If you are
putting in miles, and miles and
miles, it's just you. You have to
bond with your teammates, and
you have to connect with your
family. It gives you a lot of time
to think out there running," he
Kendall said the program is in
the right direction and he hoped
who ever takes his place next year
will continue to move the pro-
The girl's Brahman award went
to Latesha Neal, the girl's captain
for the past two years.
The most valuable runner for
the girl's was Monica Koger.
Forty-five girls started the year
with the track team and the sea-
son ended with 31 girls. All of the
girls earned performance certifi-
Varsity players honored in-
cluded Jewel Buck, Robbi Erwin,
Natividad Garcia, Mandi Harri-
son, Stephanie Horvath, Janez-
zka Koger, Monica Koger, Janna
Mullis, Latesha Neal, Isabella
Penido, Gabi Rodriquez, Laura
Saucedo, Laura Serrano, Olivia
Skeen, Heather Tinsley, Graciela
Varela, Markiesha Youmans, Chel-
sie Houston, and Calandra You-
"The girl's team did a great
job this year. They return a lot
of players so I think they will be
even stronger next year," Kendall
The boy's Brahman award
went to Kyle McGee and Ricky
The boy's most valuable run-
ner was Bryan Suarez.
For the boys the team ended
the year with 29 runners. They
started the year with 38.
Kendall noted the key to a
good track team is good depth. If
you have three athletes to run ev-
ery event, that will push the better
athletes to get better and compete
with their teammates.
Kendall spoke about Suarez
and the career he had. He noted
Bryan will leave Okeechobee with
a legacy that will be very hard to
match. He suffered from bronchi-
tis in the state and regional meet
this year but still ran hard and fin-
Bryan is a great guy and he will
be a great success in life, Kendall
noted, "He's a great guy but he
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He also praised Nieto for all
his hard work. He predicted Ni-
eto will have a great career and
should lead the team in the next
Varsity players honored this
year include Misael Alvarado, Matt
Bauer, Reynel Denova, Marin Es-
cobedo, Gabriel Esquivel, Javier
Garcia, Eddie Guerrero, Chris
Hodum, Shawn Horvath, David
Jeune, Lionel Jones, Justin Juback,
Jarvis Lawton, Adrian Leon, Jaun
Lugo, Billy Lusker, Alan Najera,
Ricky Nieto, Kyle McGee, Matt
Payne, Lonnie Pryor, Froilan San-
tibanez, Deforest Shanks, James
Shanks, Matt Skipper, Steven
Smith, Brad Stark, Bryan Suarez
and Austin Willard.
These performances made it
difficult for track coach Brian Ken-
dall to choose the most valuable
runner and Brahman award win-
The position of track coach
is open as Mr. Kendall is moving
back north after a very successful
run with our track program.
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