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Tuesday, Miy 20, 2008

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Help save
historic buildings
Help local historians stop the
demolition of the historic train
depof! Call CSX Lori Bergeron
at 904-633-4837 or write them
at 301 West Bay Street, Jack-
sonville, FL 32202. Let them
know the depot is part of
Okeechobee's history and lo-
cal residents want to keep and
restore it!
The Historical Society of
Okeechobee needs your help.
The historic Tantie School-
house which was constructed
in 1909 is in desperate need of
repair. The outside of the build-
ing has wood that is rotting, the
building is sagging and in need
of leveling as well as in need of
pressure cleaning and painting.
The interior needs new carpet
and repair. If you can help send
donations to the Okeechobee
Historical Society: P.O. Box 973,
Okeechobee, FL 34973. All do-
nations are tax deductible.
For more information, con-
tact Toni B. Doyle, executive
director, Okeechobee Main
Street, 111 NE Second Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-
357-MAIN(6246) or email at:
bee.com or www.mainstreeto-

Representatives to
visit Buckhead
. All Glades County residents
are invited to a complimen-
\tary luncheon at the Buckhead
Ridge Community Center on
Friday, May 23 at 11:30 a.m.
State Representative J.D. Alex-
ander and State Representative
Denise Grimsley will be speak-
ing on the progress they have
made for getting the Pearce
- Cana cleaned and other legis-
lative issues. RSVP by May 21
to one of the following: Comm.
Bob Giesler 863-763-3983, bob-
giesler68@yahoo.com; Floyd
Driggers, 863-357-0506, rab-
bitsl3@juno.com; or Maureen
Bradley, 863-763-8011, mau-

Drought Index

Current: 531
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.81 feet
Last Year: 9.29 feet
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Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
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Jones gets life sentence

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man Monday
was sentenced
to spend the
rest of his life in
prison for kill-
ing his room-
mate with a
After delib-
erating nearly Jerry
six hours on Jones

March 27, a 12-member ju!y
found Jerry Leroy Jones, 5,0,
guilty of killing his 'roommate
Edwin Dennis Swint. Monday.
May 19, Circuit Court Judge
Lawrence Mirman sentenced,
Jones to spend the rest of his life
in prison.,
At his larch trial Jones was
also found guilty on a charge of
possession of cocaine.
Monday, Judge Mirman sen-
tenced Jones to serve five years
in prison on that charge as well
as an additional 15 after he en-'

tered a plea of guilty to a charge
of possession of a firearm by a
convicted felon.
The sentences are to run con-
currently, ruled the judge. Jones
will receive credit for the 600
days he has already served in the
Okeechobee County Jail.
Prior to this action, Judge
Mirman sentenced Robert Lew-
is Henry to serve five years in
prison after Henry had entered
a plea of guilty to a charge of
driving while license suspended/
revoked - habitual offender.

Henry also pleaded guilty to a
misdemeanor charge of resisting
an officer without violence and
was ordered to serve one year in
the Okeechobee County Jail.
The sentences are to run con-
Henry will receive credit for
the 88 days he has already served
in the county jail.
A third charge, high speed and
wanton fleeing, was dropped by
the state as part of the plea deal.
But Jones received no plea
deal and, instead, got the maxi-

mum sentence possible.
Jones killed Mr. Swint with a
30/30 caliber rifle in the kitchen
of a single wide mobile home
that belonged to Jones' girl-
friend, Sheila Nell Core.
Jones and Ms. Core had first
argued about his smoking crack
cocaine in her home. Then, after
she had gone to bed, Jones be-
gan to complain about what she
had said.
At some point, Mr. Swint got
See Jones - Page 2

Man accused of

striking teens

with pistol

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man,
thinking he'd
been rob ed,
report tedly
took matters
into his own
hands Sun-
day morning
but ended up
in the county
jail on felony Noah
charges. :, Padgett
Padgett, 61, N.W 304th St.,
Okeechobee, was charged
with three felony counts of ag-

gravated assault with a firearm
and three misdemeanor counts
of battery. He was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $16,500.
Padgett was charged with
pointing a gun at the six victims
and accusing them of stealing
his four-wheel all terrain ve-
hicle. According to an arrest
report by Deputy Paul Jackson
of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office he also alleg-
edly struck two young men in
the head with a pistol and told
another victim that he would
See Pistol - Page 2

Code Magistrate to

hear Mi-Cin case

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Will Mi-Cin Ranch be fined
for code violations? Michael
and Cynthia Ricker, owners of
Mi-Cin are facing possible fines
along with five other property
owners at today's code magis-
trate hearing.
Last month, at the request
of attorneys for both sides, the
Mi-Cin Ranch case was tabled
until this month. The Rick-
ers face a possible fine of up
to $250 a day if they have not
gotten a building permit for
their announcer's booth, had

If you go...
What: Okeechobee County
Code Magistrate Hearing
Where: Commission chambers,
Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W. Second St.
When: 2 p.m., today
their arena lights inspected and
ceased from any commercial
activities such as selling horse
feed to the general public
The case got a lot of attention
at the March code magistrate
See Ranch - Page 2

By Mickie Anderson
University of Florida
sion of gigantic Burmese py-
thons in South Florida appears
to be rapidly expanding, ac-
cording to a new report from a
University of Florida researcher
who's been chasing the snakes
since 2005.
Associate professor Frank
Mazzotti of UF's Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences
has published a new fact sheet
outlining updated python statis-
tics and methods being used to
find and eliminate the snakes.
The new document follows
the February release of a U. S.
Geological Survey climate map
that showed - based solely on
climate, not habitat - pythons
,could potentially survive across
the lower third of the United
Though Mazzotti's findings
may make some nervous, he

said the information should be
reassuring. Knowing the extent
of a problem makes it much
easier to solve, he said.
"All of this is good. We've de-
fined the problem, and science
is really coming to the aid of
management efforts," he said.
He stresses that humans are
far more likely to be hurt by ani-
mals that don't typically induce
fear, such as hitting a deer with
one's car or being bitten by a
dog, than by the nonvenomous
snakes. But now, solving the
problem must become a prior-
ity, Mazzotti said.
"People might argue the ul-
timate boundaries, but there's
no part of this state that you can
point at and say that pythons
couldn't live here," he said. "We
really need to be addressing the
spread of these pythons. They're
capable of surviving anywhere
in Florida, they're capable of in-
credible movement - and in a
relatively short period."

Pythons are likely to colo-
nize anywhere alligators live, he
said - including North Florida,
Georgia and Louisiana. So far,
most of the snakes have been
found in Everglades National
Park, but they've moved beyond
,its borders, too: as far north as
Manatee County.
The Burmese python, native
to Burma in Southeast Asia, is
one of the world's largest snake
species. The largest found in the
Everglades was 16 feet long and
152 pounds.
Mazzotti said there are a few
places where eradication of the
snakes might be possible, such
as the Florida Keys.
"We need to do something so
that five years from now, we're
not looking at an exponentially
bigger population in those areas
because we didn't go in and get
the first ones before they started
breeding," he said.
See Python - Page 2

Tropical tree produces biofuel

By Patty Brant
INI Florida
Everyone is affected by rising
oil costs -- and in ways that may
not be obvious. In recent years
the push to come up with ap-
propriate alternatives to petro-
leum oil has become a surge.
Unfortunately, many of the bio-
fuels that have been touted as
alternatives have been based
on food sources. For instance,
ethanol made from corn was
to make a big difference in this
country's dependence on oil.
A quick check of the prices of
grain products shows what
happens when large amounts
of food are diverted to other

uses. Food prices have gone up
as supplies have gone down.
Another plant, called the ja-
tropha curcas, is coming into
focus in the hunt for a cheap,
sustainable source of fuel. In
Hendry County, the Beer fam-
ily has already incorporated 20
acres of jatropha into their cit-
rus and vegetable operation.
Bryan Beer and his sons,
Bryan II and Brent, are taking
the initiative -- hoping they're
on the ground floor of a real
biofuel break-through. Even so,
the Beers are the first to admit
they're just feeling their way
through this new territory.
"We're looking to diversify,"
said Mr. Beer. He said he saw

an advertisement for the plant
about a year ago and decided to
look into it. With some tractors
using as much as 120 gallons of
diesel per day, the reasons are
obvious. At this time, jatropha
oil can be added to diesel in a
20-80 mix. If the Beers' experi-
ment works well, it will mean a
20 percent savings on their fuel
bill. They're hoping that in time
the process will be improved
for even better savings.
This tropical plant has been
used in places like Mexico,
Central America and India for
some time. Jatropha seeds
contain about 31-37 percent
See Tree - Page 2

INI Florida/Patty Brant
Bryan II, Bryan and Brent Beer are working hard to make a
success of their new jatropha planting. The family has two
fields planted in the tropical nut that they hope will be a viable
fuel alternative.

Vol. 99 No. 141


Exotic threats: Pet snakes released

Courtesy photo
Burmese Pythons such as this are causing researchers t take notice of their more
frequent appearance in South Florida. f

Pythons invading Florida

2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Continued From Page 1

out of his bed and went to the
small kitchen where Jones was
sitting at the table.
"Are you through bitching?" he
asked Jones.
Jones then said "You want
some of me...?" and shot Mr.
Swint in the upper left abdomen.
Mr. Swint later died during sur-
gery at St. Mary's Hospital in West
Palm Beach.
Jones' attorney, Russell 'Rusty'
Akins, told the jury a different sto-
ry during his closing argument.
He said Mr. Swint was 50 to 60
pounds heavier than Jones who,
at the time of his arrest weighed
150 pounds. The Port St. Lucie
attorney said Mr. Swint began to
move threateningly toward Jones

as he sat at the table with his back
to the stove.
"He was cornered," Mr. Akins
said of his client.
He went on to claim that the
gun was lying on the corner of
the table and as Mr. Swint moved
toward his roommate he hit the
table which caused Jones to ac-
cidentally fire the weapon.
However, in Jones' statement
to Detective M.D. Faulkner of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice he said that Mr. Swint was in-
terfering in his personal business
between he and his girlfriend
and that he wasn't going to back
down from him.
"He formed the intent. He
meant to kill Edwin Swint," As-
sistant State Attorney Dan Kuczler
told the jury in his closing argu-
ment. "Because of pride, he shot
him dead."

Continued From Page 1

blow "... his brains out."
After things had calmed down,
Padgett realized his ATV had not
been stolen nor was anything
missing from his barn.
The arrest affidavit states the
victims were also riding ATVs
around 6:18 a.m. Sunday when
they rode through Padgett's prop-'
erty. While riding through his
property Padgett's dog began to
chase a four-wheeler being oper-
ated by Christopher Carter, 20, of
Okeechobee, and the dog's leash
became tangled in the ATV's
They all stopped to untangle
the leash. The report indicates
that one of the riders, Mark Joiner,

19, Okeechobee, stated that while
they were untangling the leash
they heard two gunshots. They all
left immediately.
Mr. Joiner then told the deputy
that he heard another gunshot
and saw someone riding towards
him on a four-wheeler. He tried to
outrun the other ATV but couldn't,
so he stopped.
After stopping, the man on the
other ATV allegedly approached
him and "pointed a gun in his
face," stated the deputy's report.
Padgett then reportedly asked
the others "Who stole my four-
He then approached a second
ATV that was being operated by
Colby McGee, 22, Okeechobee,
and ripped some wiring from the
ATV, according to the report.
The report goes on to state

that Padgett struck Mr. Carter in
the face with the gun and told Mr.
Carter to follow him back to his
place. Mike Maupin, 19, Okeecho-
bee, was riding on the ATV being
operated by Mr. Carter and re-
portedly told Deputy Jackson that
Padgett threatened to blow Mr.
Carter's brains out.
Mr. Carter followed Padgett
back to his home and found the
ATV he thought was stolen. The
man then told Mr. Carter that ev-
erything was all right.
Padgett, continued the report,
also had struck Mr. McGee in the
left side of the face with the pis-
Kerry Potter, 18, Lake Park, and
Jessica Manson, 23, Okeecho-
bee, were riding with Mr. McGee
and Mr. Joiner, respectively. Ac-
cording to the arrest report they
signed witness statements which

Continued From Page 1

hearing with neighbors testify-
ing for and against the Rickers at
a lengthy hearing which took on
the appearance of a courtroom
trial with a court stenographer,
lawyers, witnesses and reams of
documents placed in evidence.
Turning to other matters, Law-
rence Elwell of N.E. 17th Terrace
was cited by code enforcement
officer Beth Albert for having der-
elict unlicensed RVs, trash, house-
hold goods and salvage type ma-
terial on his property.
Juvenal Rojas and Odila Pine-
da will have to answer charges
that they have chickens in a resi-
dential zoning district and well as
having trash, overgrowth and un-
registered vehicles on their N.W
36th Avenue property.
Angel and Maria Flores were
cited for outdoor storage of goods
in a commercial zoning district.
The property in question is on
N.W. Sixth Street.
Constructing a carport without
a building permit and having an
unpermitted sign are the charges
against Ezra and Theresa Miller.
The property is on U. S. 441 S.E.
According to code enforce-
ment officer Gina Gehring, Ferrell
Development, Inc. is illegally stor-
ing vehicles in a residential gen-
eral zoning district. The company
was also cited for having advertis-
ing signs and auctions, junk and
debris on their S.W 16th Avenue
property. Mrs. Gehring further
+ contends they put a roof on a

Continued From Page 2

In most places, he said, the best
strategy is likely a larger, focused
effort to contain and reduce the
population by tracking, capturing
and euthanizing the reptiles.
"As soon as you know they're
breeding, eradication gets to be
out of the question," he said. "Fe-

building without the appropriate
Mrs. Gehring found debris,
unlicensed vehicles and an un-
secured pool on the SE. 16th Av-
enue property of Carolyn Jones.
Under the heading of old busi-
ness, the estate of Clara Brown
Ghent was ordered to remove a
mobile home and all debris from
the N.E. 14th Avenue property.
Turning to other fines, George
and Marilyn Etchison are facing
a fine of up to $250 a day if they
have not obtained a permit for a
If Guy and Diane Dipter have
not removed overgrowth, outside
storage and building materials
from their N.W 30th Street prop-
erty, they could be fined up to
$250 a day.
Donald Spath is facing a fine of
up to $250 a day if he has not re-
paired or demolished an unsafe
structure on his N.W. 39th Circle
If Nix & Nix Land I LLC has not
obtained a permit for renovations
of their commercial property, the
company could be fined $250 a
Larry Black was required to ei-
ther have his property cleaned up
or have obtained a building per-
mit and completed some work on
construction of a storage build-
ing. If neither has not been done,
he could be fined up to $250 a
day. The property in question is
located on N.E. Fifth Street.
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males may store sperm, so they
can produce fertile clutches for
years. And a 100-something pound
snake can .easily be producing 60,
80 eggs a year."
State rules that went into effect
this year should help, including a
$100 annual permit to own "rep-
tiles of concern," and a mandatory
microchip, he said. But it's imper-
ative that more be done to educate
people about the problem of turn-
ing loose non-native species, he

Continued From Page 1

oil, which can be used as an addi-
tive to diesel fuel. The seeds also
have some medicinal purposes
and the "cake," or portion of the
seed left over after the oil is ex-
tracted, is high in nitrogen fixing
compounds and can be used as
organic fertilizer, according to ja-
tropha supplier My Dream Fuel,
Extension Agent for Hendry
County Gene McAvoy said this ja-
tropha is new to him, too. He is
aware of the Beers' experimenta-
tion with it and is taking a wait-
and-see attitude about just how
important the plant will be as a
biofuel source.
"I'd like to see a little more
evidence, more information," Mr.
McAvoy said, "A lot of ideas come
and go." The Lee County Exten-

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sion Office is also experimenting
with jatropha. Recently, Lt. Gov.
Jeff Kottcamp attended the cer-
emonial planting of about 100
seedlings in Lee County.
Jatropha is an industrial prod-
uct that, to become a real factor
in the fuel industry, would require
a large amount of acreage as well
as an infrastructure to support
production and distribution.
At this point they're treating
the crop like groves, using the
same fertilizers and weeding the
jatropha fields as they would for
citrus and it seems to be thriving.
They put their plants in the
ground last October, starting
them from seed about two years
ago. They're not sure, but expect
a first crop,in about 2009 or 2010.
They believe the yield should
be about 1,000 gallons of oil per
acre. As they learn more about
the plant and the process, they
hope to increase that yield.

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in the morning. Then a chance of afternoon showers and thunder-
storms. The highs will be in the lower 90s. Winds will be from the
southwest 10 to 15 mph.
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showers until around midnight. The lows will be in the lower 70s.
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included seeing Padgett strike Mr.
McGee and threaten Mr. Joiner.
After arriving at the scene,
Deputy Jackson said he frisked
Padgett but did not find a gun.
The shots, stated the report,
were apparently fired by Padgett's
wife, Janice, after she said she
saw two men in the barn and
heard the ATVs in their yard.
The report states that she fired
two rounds from a nickel-plated
.22 caliber Winchester revolver
into the air. Those on the ATVs
began to run and Padgett then
gave chase.
Mrs. Padgett reportedly told the
deputy that she saw a man leaving
their barn, but could not provide
-a description due to dense fog.
Deputy Joseph Hall examined
the gun and, according to the
arrest report, it matched the de-
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'Okeechobee News, Tuesday, May 20, 2008 3

City Council to discuss fate of train station
Bl~y Petei~ Gawdaainio

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When the Okeecho-
bee City Council
meets this evening
they will discuss the
fate of the train sta-
tion and consider
rescinding a previous
action dealing with a
zoning change.

If you go ...
What: Bimonthly meeting of the
Okeechobee City Council
Where: Council chambers,
Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S. E.
Third Ave.
When: 6 p.m. this evening.
At the last meeting council-
man Dowling Watford brought
up the topic of the train station.
Currently the historic building is
slated for demolition by its owner,
CSX Transportation. Okeechobee
Main Street has been trying for
some time to find a way to reno-

vate the building. Options for sav-
ing and renovating the building
will be discussed.
At their May 8 meeting the
council voted to deny a zoning
change request submitted by
Steven Ramunni on behalf of
property owner Mary Ann New-
comer. The property in question
is located on S.W. Park Street and
is currently the location of a drive
through convenience store. The
property is currently zoned central
business district and the owner
wanted it rezoned to industrial to
accommodate a billboard. Mr. Ra-
munni requested the council re-

consider the matter since he was
not present at the May 8 meeting
due to a misunderstanding.
If the denial of approval of
the first reading last meeting is
rescinded, the council will have
to action again on whether to ap-
prove or deny the first reading.
Turing to other business, the
city council will consider an ordi-
nance to close the undeveloped
dead end section of Northwest
Second Street adjacent to Taylor
Creek. David and Anita Nunez
own the property on sides of the
right of way. The closing of that
section of street would facilitate

the development of a proposed
commercial activity on the Nunez
The council is scheduled to act
on a request by Reach FM to tem-
porarily close S. W. Sixth Avenue
between North and South Park
Streets from noon June 5 until 10
p.m. on June 7 and to temporarily
close S.W Fifth Avenue between
North and South Park Street from
5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on June 6 for
a community concert.
Discussion is scheduled on a
motion to approve the prelimi-
nary plat for the Park Street Busi-
ness Center.

Under the heading of new
business the council will consider
closing an alley and ratifying the
appointment of Linda Tewksbury
as a member of the General Em-
ployees/OUA Pension Board of
Trustees. They will also consider
awarding the 2008 roadway im-
provements bid.
The mayor is expected to pro-
claim the week of June 2 - 6 to be
Code Enforcement Officers' Ap-
preciation Week in the city.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.

Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* Robert James Hosier Jr., 40,
Palm Court, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested May 16 by Deputy Sergeant
Shannon Peterson on a charge of
felony battery. His bond was set
at $2,500.
* Tina Louise Hackler, 26,
South Lake Ave., Pahokee, was
arrested May 16 by Detective Su-
san Morrison on a charge of utter-
ing a forged check (two counts).
Her bond was set at $5,000.
* Felicia Pringle, 30, S.E. 25th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
May 16 by DOC's Melissa Spencer

on a charge of violation of pro-
bation - grand theft, violation of
probation - possession of hydro-
codone and violation of proba-
tion - possession of alprazolam.
She is being held without bond.
* Rufus Chatman, 36, Oil Well
Road, Punta Gorda, was arrested
May 16 by Deputy Corporal Aric
Majere on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging him with in-
troducing contraband into a state
correctional institution and resist-
ing an officer with violence. He
was released on his own recog-
* Christopher Louis Rossi,
45, S.E. Second St., Okeechobee,
was arrested May 16 by Officer J.
Bernst on a charge of battery. His
bond was set at $1,500.
* Brian L. Hyland, 41, N.W.
33rd Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested May 17 by Officer B. Reyna
on a charge of driving under the
influence. His bond was set at

* Denay Dietrich, 25, N.W.
40th Drive, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested May 17 by Deputy Arlene
Durbin on a felony charge of ag-
gravated battery (domestic). She
was also charged with the misde-
meanor of battery. Her bond was
set at $2,000.
* Chad Harold Wesley, 34,
Okeechobee, was arrested May
17 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on a
charge of possession of cocaine.
He was released on his own re-
* Alejandra Lara, 27, N.W 24th
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested
May 17 by Officer C. Troutman on
charges of aggravated child abuse
and aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon. His bond was set
at $15,000.
* Dwayne Charles Ingalls, 27,
Click Drive, Moore Haven, was
arrested May 18 by Deputy Patri-
cia Massung on an Okeechobee

County warrant charging him
with failure to appear - reckless
driving causing damage or injury.
He is being held without bond.
* Mark Leroy Phillips, 56, was
arrested August 20, 2007, by the
Department of Corrections in
Okeechobee County for on site
violation of probation - lewd and
lascivious, indecent assault on
a child under 16. On April 29,
2008, he was acquitted in Bre-
vard County of the charge and his
probation was been restored. He
was originally arrested in Brevard
County, which is why he was re-
turned there in August.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
TRAIN STATION: I would hate to see the railroad station torn
down. I remember going into the ticket office many times and playing
on the loading dock as a kid. We lost the beautiful Southland Hotel to
the wrecking ball so they could put up a gas station in the early 70s
(and later a Checkers hamburger joint, and now a CVS Pharmacy).
All the old houses on the block where the Bank of America sits were
either torn down or moved to the hinterlands. None remain in the
downtown area. We can't let any more of our historical buildings go.
That is one big gripe I have about our county -- we don't seem to
value the physical evidence of our history as much as we do talking
about our history. I'd rather walk into a restored old building and see
photographs or memorabilia, than hear someone talk about it. Ours
is a county with the fewest preserved historical landmarks that I have
seen in my travels around the south. That railroad station could be a
gem for our city and county, but it will be nothing but a memory or a
photograph if we don't do something. Wonder if it could be moved
to a more suitable location in town, like the Raulerson House was
moved several years ago?
MIDDLE SCHOOL PROM: I would like to say to those respon-
sible for the middle school prom, you did a great job, it was very nice.
However, before dropping off my child we sat in the parking lot for
a few in line, and I was flabbergasted at what some of these young
ladies had on. Here's an example -- 6 inch heels with a very tight dress
with a low top and very short bottom. I can't understand how a moth-
er would let a 13-year-old child out in public like that. Dressing like
this is what causes young ladies to get sexually assaulted. I was also
concerned about the music that was played. For example, "It's getting
hot in here, so take off all your clothes." There were also other songs
played with sexually explicit language. I do not think this was very ap-
propriate music for these young people to be listening to.
TRAFFIC: Late Wednesday afternoon I watched two boys run
into heavy traffic on State Road70. They left the park jogging between
stopped cars attempting to cross 70 but could not make it due to the
fast moving traffic heading west. Stopping in the middle of the road,
they had only a few feet between the cars in the left turn lane and the
fast moving traffic coming through the intersection. They were very
lucky they were not hit by a car. I am sure these boys were heading
back to the youth group meeting held at the church about a block
off 70. This is not the first time I have witnessed kids in this area do-
ing dangerous acts in the road on Wednesday afternoons. Parents,
be aware your kids are wandering away from the church and put-
ting themselves in danger. Drivers, be extra cautious in this area on
Wednesday afternoons.
ACT: The Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers (ACT) of Okeechobee
County is being established in response to citizens' dissatisfaction and
disgust with the current state of public affairs in Okeechobee County.
If you want to take back your county government from special and po-
litical interests, then you are urged to join ACT. It is time to get into the
fight for an open and honest county government. The Time Has Come
For Political Change For all practical purposes Okeechobee County
has only one political party. For generations the Democratic Party has
overwhelmingly dominated the county. Consequently, Okeechobee
suffers from the characteristic ills of one-party politics: insufferable
- political arrogance, corruption, cronyism, patronage, sweetheart
deals, wasteful spending, excessive taxation, and an unhealthy alli-
ance between politicians and special interests. However, where local
elective offices have switched between the Democrats and Republi-
cans, the experience has generally demonstrated that there is little or
no difference between the two. The substitution, of one politician for
another is merely superficial, not a substantive change. What follows
after each election is politics-as-usual, regardless of which party is in
power. Elections are simply a game of political one-upmanship be-
tween the two parties, and voters are the pawns. Political and special
interests take precedence over public interests. The existing two-party
system presents voters with a predicament. How do you get rid of
what you have without going back to what you had? Obviously, you
cannot in the present political circumstances. Therefore, the solution
to this predicament is to seek institutionalized governmental reforms
that are binding upon officeholders regardless of party. The concept of
. ACT is to be a civic organization that is dedicated to restoring integrity,
accountability, responsibility and trust in government through the po-
litical process. To achieve this goal we intend to elect ethical citizens
- not politicians - to offices, whose allegiance and accountability is to
the people whom they are elected to serve, and whose sole purpose is
to promote the interests and general welfare of all citizens. Moreover,
ACT will strive to unite citizens in spirit and in purpose. ACT is open to
participation by all. Unlike the Democrats and Republicans, ACT will
not be polarized or divided by ideological zealotry. ACT's positions
on all issues will be chosen in accordance with the will of the people.
ACT will seek reasonable, responsible and the best solutions to public
issues without regard to the source, either liberal or conservative. In
the pursuit of open, honest and effective governmental policies, prac-
tices and programs, ACT will embrace what works.

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Letters to the Editor

"Leader of the Pack"
took teamwork
I would like to thank the ad-
ministration, faculty, students
and staff at Okeechobee High
School for all their dedication and
hard work on our spring musical
"Leader Of The Pack."
I could not have asked for
more help from the entire school.
Mr. Howard had one of his draft-
ing students, Jordan Verano, draft
the set. Mr. Parsons then had his
carpentry class build our set.
Mr. Jenkens had his auto me-
chanics class transport the very
heavy set from the carpentry
classroom to the stage. Mr. Pung's
classes designed posters. Re-
becca Foster, drama student and
business student, was completely
responsible for the program. Miss
Ashely Taxacker, art teacher, had
her students repaint the mural in
the auditorium, design and paint
the "cars" for the production as
well as the large hanging records
and music notes.
The entire school district
loaned the students leather jack-
ets for the "Leader of the Pack"
There are lots of details to take
care of when you are doing a pro-
duction of this size. Making sure

the lights are in working order,
that the theatre is cleaned, the
bathrooms are stocked and ready
to go, tables and chairs available
for make-up stations and back-
stage property tables. Tickets
need to be designed and printed,
costumes pulled from stock,
purchased, or made; piano carts
Mrs. Carol Bryant, our school
librarian, fit costumes to students
and did numerous alterations.
We needed clothing racks made
to hang the many costumes that
each cast member wore, thanks
to parent, Joel Schrock; we now
have two rolling racks.
Like most big projects, I also
got my family involved, my father,
brother, sister-in-law and niece all
helped build an additional cloth-
ing rack, a long step unit for the
set and helped strike the set when
the play was done.
Okeechobee High School's
auditorium have very limited
sound equipment so Indian River
Community College Fine Arts De-
partment was very generous and
loaned us a mixing board, micro-
phones, cables, and microphone
This was the first musical
with a live orchestra since 1975
according to Mr. Ron Hayes, so

Community Events

Learning coalition to meet
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee
Counties, Inc Bylaws/Personnel Committee meeting will be held on
May 21, at 2 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 323 North Parrott Av-
enue, Okeechobee.

IRCC Chamber Series begins
Encore Chamber Players at the IRCC Lifelong Learning Summer
Sunset Series Thursday, May 22, 8 p.m. at the Wynne Black Box The-
atre, on the IRCC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce.
The Encore Chamber Players are one of Florida's Most Prestigious Or-
chestral and Chamber Music Groups. Tickets are $10. Call 1-866-866-
4722 ext. 7880.

Compulsive Overeaters to meet
Compulsive Overeaters are invited to a new weekly meeting of
overeaters anonymous beginning May 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Just for
Today Club, 101 NW 5th Street (next to Nature's Pantry). Overeaters
anonymous is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating com-
pulsively. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or 863-

Welcome House Drop in Center plans an Open
The Mental Health Association in Indian River County cordially in-
vites the public to an open house on Friday, May 23, from noon to 2
p.m. Welcome House Drop in Center is located at 1925 Hwy 441 SE.
The peer run center is a place for adults recovering with an emotional
or psychiatric problem to help them engage in socialization and re-
gain some of their independence. For more information call Hilda or
James at 863-467-1026.

Free Live Music Concert
A free concert will be sponsored by the Buckhead Christian Church
with Blues bands, Classic Rock and Contemporary 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 at 863-

Colaborative Council to meet
The Community Collaborative Council of Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on May,
27 at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of the Okeechobee School Board Of-
fice. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify
issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for chil-
dren and their families. Guest speakers will include Joni Ard, Cathleen
Blair, Mary Hurley and Leslie Lundy. The public is invited. For more
information please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000 ext. 257.

Okeechobee High didn't own
any music stand lights so the or-
chestra could read their music
in the dark. I applied to the SAC
committee at the high school and
they generously purchased music
stand lights for our fine arts de-
partment. This was truly a school
wide, community event.
There is a group of people I
must thank above everyone else,
without these wonderful people
helping, this project would never
have gotten off the ground let
alone been a HUGE success. Mr.
Clint LaFlam, band director at
Okeechobee High School.
When I went to Mr. LaFlam
and said I wanted to do a musi-
cal he didn't even hesitate, he im-
mediately said, okay, give us the
music and we will play it and play
it they did and beautifully.
Mrs. Pam Gaucin, guidance
counselor at Seminole Elementa-
ry, choreographed the production
and did a wonderful job. She also
worked backstage for each per-
formance helping with any little
detail that popped up during the
show. Mr. Michael Hayes, pianist,
generously volunteered his time
and keyboard for all rehearsals
and performances. Mrs. Pat Mc-
Coy, principal at North Elemen-
tary, led vocal rehearsals, ran off

programs, provided hospitality
each night for the students, went
costume shopping on numerous
occasions and also ran the sound
for every performance. Mr. Chris
Walters, sound designer, came to
Okeechobee, set-up the borrowed
sound equipment and made sure
everything was in working order
and then returned after the pro-
duction the strike the equipment
and return it to Indian River Com-
munity College in Ft. Pierce.
And then, the community of
Okeechobee did the most im-
portant part - you came out to
be our audience! The first two
nights we. had approximately 100
audience members. The second
weekend you filled the audito-
rium on Friday and about 300
came out on Saturday.
I cannot thank everyone
enough for all the help and sup-
port during my first musical as the
new drama teacher at Okeecho-
bee High School. I look forward
to future productions and con-
tinuing to achieve excellence in
the drama department.
Deborah D. Raulerson
Drama Teacher
Okeechobee High School

Community Calendar

Tuesday, May 20
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.
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.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 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 Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
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 exten-
sive. Registration 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 Outreach.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
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 meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-
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 Brenda Nicholson at
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 Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
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 meet-
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activities
that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and their pre-
school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.
until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the class. For
information, call 863-763-4021.

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The following movies are now showing at
the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Fri-
day, May 16, through Thursday, May 22, are as
Theatre I - "Speed Racer" (PG-13) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day 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 9:20 p.m.
Theatre II - "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 III - "Chronicles of Narnia" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.. Saturday
and Sunday at 2, 4:30, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m., Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 2, 4:30 and 7:15 p.m.
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Roses -

By Dan Culbert,
horticultural agent
UF/IFAS Extension Service
"A rose is a rose is a rose" are
familiar words penned by Ger-
trude Stein almost a century ago.
And the rose itself is even better
known to gardeners all over the
Roses are not the easiest flow-
ering shrub to grow in our climate.
But with a little bit of knowledge
about what they need, every Flor-
ida Yard can be coming up roses.
Today's column is a summary
of information I presented at
last week's EPCOT International
Flower Show in Orlando, and is
the subject of this week's garden-
ing column. Through time, this
"Queen of Flowers" has become
the flower for all. Bob Black tells
us in his on-line article, the His-
tory of Roses, that they are native
to all areas of the globe except
South America and the tropics.
Much folklore, history and tradi-
tion have been attributed to roses
- from the Hanging Gardens of
Babylon, to Greek and Roman
mythology, and they even were
part of an English Civil war in the
Middle Ages.
Here in Florida, roses grow
and bloom year-round. They can
be mixed into plant beds, grown
as single specimen plants in con-
tainers, or placed in a garden that
is devoted only to roses.
Different kinds of garden roses
can be either low- or high-main-
tenance. Low maintenance roses
thrive with minimal care includes
the "old garden roses" and newer
shrub roses such as the "Knock-
out�" series. These easy-to-grow
types produce more open and in-
formal blooms.
The "florist type" flowers in-
clude the hybrid tea, grandiflora,
floribunda, and polyantha roses.
These modern roses require high-
er maintenance and for success
- they will need regular groom-

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ing, fertilizing, watering, and at-
tention to pests.
University of Florida Horticul-
turalists generally agree that suc-
cess with roses in the Sunshine
State will improve if you consider
the plant from the bottom up.
While many old garden roses and
dwarf cultivars can perform well
on their own roots, even these
types will do better when grafted.
However, if choosing Hybrid
roses, it is worth it to look for those
grafted on 'Fortuniana' rootstock
(Rosa fortuniana, 'Double White
Cherokee'). They will grow larger,
be more vigorous, produce more
flowers, and live much longer
than plants grown on any other
rootstock. 'Dr. Huey' rootstock is
a distant second-best rootstock
choice. Those grafted on 'Multi-
flora' (Rosa multiflora) rootstock
are shorter-lived and less satisfac-
tory under Florida conditions.
Beyond the choices of main-
tenance and rootstock, selecting
roses depends on personal prefer-
ences; there are countless choic-
es of flower color, fragrance and
plant form available. Serious gar-
deners often are exposed to many
catalogs and advertisements for
the latest in rose cultivars.
The right place
for roses
Success with roses also means
picking the right place. Don't jam
them in. next to the shady side of
the house and expect success.
Garden Roses need full sun to do
their best; at least 6 hours of di-
rect sunlight are required. Given
a choice of morning or afternoon
sun, choose the AM spot. This will

dry off the leaves from evening
humidity and reduce diseases
problems. Good air movement is
also a good idea.
Soil needs to be well drained
and have good water holding ca-
pacity. That means lots of organic
matter will be a plus. Raised beds
may make a good rose garden.
Since fertilizers are most readily
available in slightly acid soil (pH
5.5 to 6.5), lots of organic mate-
rial (again) is your best bet for
Florida rose gardens.
Local nurseries have roses
grown in containers for year-
round sale and planting. Since
roses in Florida will grow larger
and need lots of space, place
them with lots of room to grow.
The distances needed may be one
foot apart for small cultivars or as
much as eight feet for larger vig-
orous roses.
After planning, water them
well, mulch and add staking or
support. Micro-irrigation systems
(drip tubing or micro-sprayers)
are ideal since the leaves stay
dry. Select a rose fertilizer with
micronutrients and controlled-
release nitrogen. Rose growers
usually fertilize their plants once
a month. Use one cup of fertilizer
per plant per application or half
cup bi-monthly.
Grooming roses will result in
more blooms. A heavy pruning of
hybrid teas before spring growth
resumes is suggested. During the
growing season, selectively trim
the plants to remove dead or dis-
eased stems. Dead-head (remove
faded flowers) after each flush of
bloom to improve appearance
and prevent the fruit develop-
ment (i.e., rose hips). This will
direct the plant's energy into new
growth and blooms. Flowers can
be expected eight to nine weeks
after pruning back the plants.
Pesky rose problems
* Got weeds? You will be bet-

Health News in Brief

Welcome House
offers programs
Welcome House is now ac-
cepting applications. Membership
is free, if you are at least 18 years
of age and have an emotional or
psychiatric diagnosis, or if you are
under a doctor's care or simply
Staking medication for emotional
problems, they welcome you





Radley Richard Yackamovih
was born on March 15, 2008 to
Justin Yackamovih and Brandy
Coble of Okeechobee. Radley was
born at Martin Memorial Hospital
in Stuart. He weighed 7 pounds 3
ounces and was 19 inches long.
Radley was welcomed home
by his mommy, daddy and family
pets Fancy and LuLu.
Maternal grandparents are
Richard and Nancy Coble, Port St.
Lucie and Tammy and Kevin Har-
rison of York Springs, Pa.
Paternal grandparents are
Tom and Sheryl Yackamovih,
Okeechobee and Lora Giddings,
Louisville, Ky.
Great grandparents are Gene
and Maureen Alden, Russellville,
Ark.; Nick and Patsy Yackamovih,
Mount Washington, Ky.; Ruby
Shoopman, Louisville, Ky.

to drop in and join the circle of
friends. Welcome House offers
scheduled activities at least three
times a week such as: arts and
crafts, support groups, outings,
and presentations. they are open
7 days a week from 10 a.m.-4
p.m. For more information, call
Hilda or James at 863-467-1026.

Christian Mental
health support group
Do you suffer with depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health Sup-
port group meets on the second
and fourth Thursday of the month

at 6 p.m. on Martin County Grade.
Call 772-597-0463 for more infor-
mation. Family members are wel-

Quit Smoking Now
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
munity. The purpose of the pro-
gram is to reduce adult and youth
tobacco use, and provide tobacco
resources to residents, businesses
and community organizations in
the county. For information, call


Dine with the Doctor
Meet new surgeon, Dr. Doug-
las Sanders, at Raulerson Hos-
pital. The next "Dine with the
Doctor" medical series presenta-
tion will take place on May 27,
at 5 p.m. in the hospital dining
room. Dr. Sanders, General Sur-
geon, specializing in laparoscopic
procedures, general surgery and
breast surgery including steriot-
actic, will be the guest physician
at the dinner presentation. The
dinner is only $5 but the presenta-
tion is FREE. Please R.S.V.P. to Bill
Casian at 863-824-2702.


Alfred Bryson Moore
Alfred Bryson Moore, 61, of
Okeechobee died, Friday, May
16, 2008 in Raulerson Hospital.
Born Sept. 7, 1946 in Sweetwater,
Tenn. he had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 10 years
and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife,
Sheryle McKenery of Okeecho-
bee; parents, Charley and Do-
ris Moore of Niota, Tenn.; sons,
Richard Moore of Ohio, Alfred B.
Moore, Jr. of Okeechobee; daugh-
ters, Kimberly Wege of Okeecho-
bee, Danielle Moore of West Palm
Beach, Alisa (Ryan) Reeder of
West Palm Beach, Jessica Moore
of Delray, and Melissa Moore of
Royal Palm Beach. In addition,
he is survived by two brothers,
Charlie (Phyliss) Moore, Jr. of
Niota, Tenn., Ronald Moore of
Niota, Tenn.; sister, Nadine Moore
of Niota, Tenn.; six grandchildren
and two great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be
held at the Okeechobee Pier on
Wednesday, May 21 at 8 p.m. for
friends and family. In lieu of flow-
ers, memorial contributions may
be made to the Raulerson Hos-
pital Auxiliary to purchase bibles
for the hospital.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

James Thomas
James Thomas Trobridge, 77,
of Okeechobee died Sunday, May
18, 2008 at the Hospice Hamrick
House. A five-year resident of
Okeechobee, he was a member
of the North VFW, the American
Legion Post 64, and enjoyed fish-
ing and bingo.
Mr. Trobridge was preceded in
death by his wife, Mildred; broth-

ers, Walt, Henry, Sam, and Charles
Trobridge; sisters, Bessie Sackette
and Doris Baily. He was also pre-
ceded in death by two stepsons,
Gene and Herb Weitz.
He is survived by his wife of 14
years, Betty; sisters, Mary Keen of
Portland, Ind. and Barbara (Lee)
Paradine of Waterloo, Iowa. In ad-
dition, he is survived by two step-
sons, Fred Weitz and Jim (Barb)
Weitz all of Kalamazoo, Mich.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Although their will be no ser-
vices, all arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Hone and Crematory.

Myrtle Mae Simmons
Myrtle Mae Simmons, age 65
of Okeechobee died Thursday,
May 15, 2008 in Raulerson Hos-

pital. Born Oct. 5, 1942 in Arkan-
sas, she had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1992 and was
.of the Baptist Faith.
She is survived by her hus-
band Calvin Lewis Overholt of
Okeechobee; sons, Joe Ervin of
Stuart, Jerry Ervin of Tellico Plains,
'Tenn., Leroy Ervin of Lawtey, Fla.;
daughters, Janice (Charles) Wil-
liams of Ocala, Ella Mae Simmons
of Cullman, Ala., Pearly (Scott)
Crum of Okeechobee; step-
daughter, Tamera (Ricky) Cours-
en. In addition, she is survived by
grandchildren, Cheyenne, Scotty,
Christopher, Robert Crum of
Okeechobee, Brianna White of
Cullman, Ala., 13 other grandchil-
dren and niece and nephew, Dal-
ton and Martin Bornheimer, both
of Okeechobee.
There will be no visitation or
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

ter off to increase the mulch and
use hand weeding rather than us-
ing herbicides.
* Got Black Spots or a gray
crud (Powdery Mildew) on the
leaves? If the bushes are planted
in the right place and roots (not
the shoots) are watered, leaf dis-
ease will be minimized. There
has been some screening of rose
varieties for resistance to these
diseases. But under some condi-
tions, the regular (think weekly!)
application of fungicides may be
needed for rose success. Call our
office for specifics.
* Got bugs? There are many,
many insects and related spider
mites that will take your roses to
lunch, so stay on top of them with
regular scouting and the early ap-
plication of appropriate insecti-
cides. Again, call our office for
* Got "burned roses?" A new
beast in town really likes garden
roses and can leave them looking
like they have been scorched or
are lacking nutrients. The culprit
is the "chili thrips," a very small
sucking insect that will require
special attention to keep your
roses alive and attractive.
For additional information, vis-
it the Solutions For Your Life web-
site: http://solutionsforyourlife.
ufl.edu and our Okeechobee web
page, http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.
edu. If you need additional infor-
mation on Garden Roses in Flor-
ida, please email us at okeecho-
bee@ifas.ufl.edu or call us at
863-763-6469. Local residents can
stop by our office at 458 Hwy 98
North in Okeechobee, and visit
our Okeechobee County Master
Gardeners from 1 to 3 p.m. on
Tuesday afternoons.

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Breakfast of Honor
Hospice of Okeechobee Volunteers took a much appreciated break from organizing the
special yard sale they are having this Thursday, May 10 from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. and Friday,
May 11 from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. They were honored with a delicious breakfast at The Hamrick
Home. Those who were honored were: Betty Craig, Dave McCormick, Carol Daughtery,
Belva Boyd, Viola Brandel, Freda Hirst, K.P Souder, Blanche Martin, Myrna Dodd, Nila Mc-
Cormick, and Ann Land.



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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

Lost- 3 year old solid red pit,
, long tail, clipped ears, RE-
WARD $500 vic. of Oak Park
on 05-13-08 (863)801-3885
PITBULLS (3) - Females, 2
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found, call (863)763-3776
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Lazy Seven Estates, Fri & Sat,
May 23rd & May 24th,
8am-2pm. Various H/H items.
Too many to list!!l

Employment -
Full-Time 205
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Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
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related fields. With min. 2
yrs exp in direct service.
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we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
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PROM GOWNS (3) - size
small, $150 will sell separ-
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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

GELDINGS (3) - Paint $2500,
Cracker $1200 & Quarter
Horse is $1500.

Neck '92 Sundowner, 3
horse flant w/pack & Irg
dressing room. $8000 or
best offer (863)697-3036


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

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and tennis courts, lawn
maintenance included
$800/mo. 1st & security
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2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all appl's, a/c & heat, 1
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$650 mo. (863)763-8878
BA, W&D., Lg. fenced patio.
2 util. rooms. $900 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
OKEE CITY - Apt. Duplex, 2br,
lba, 823 SE 10th St, $625
mo. + 1st, Last, Sec. &
lease pref'd. (863)634-9869
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
No pets, new paint & carpet.
$750/mo. 1st & $500 sec.
dep. Call 772-215-0098
OKEECHOBEE, 2br, 1ba, Near
town. $850 mo. inclds wa-
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Townhs. Updated kitchen. All
apple's. W&D. $875 mo. 1st,
last & sec. (863)467-5965
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$1050. Buy 130K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
BHR - 3br, 2ba,
1800 sf, Lake Access
$900 mo.
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-
wood. (561)718-2822
BUCKHEAD - 3/1, lots of stor-
age, fenced, w/d, 1 pet.
$750/mo (863)763-0445
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 - 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
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. +
ast & sec. dep. Call Kamal
(561)792-9431 6am-11pm
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.
Call (863)467-9800

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Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
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Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
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Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
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Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

$869/mo, 3698 NW 7th St,
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$129,900 (863)484-0809
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Mobile Homes

Mobile Home - Lots 2005
Mobile Home - Parts 2010
Mobile Homes - Rent 2015
Mobile Homes - Sale 2020

ANCIENT OAKS - 55+, Gated,
lbr, 1ba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. Cable
TV included. $400/mo. +
Electric. 954-610-5345
BHR - 2 MH for rent, 1br, 1ba,
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yearly pref. Avail now 55+
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$750 dep. $150 wk. Call
Missy @ (863)634-8674

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MOBILE HOME - 2 br, 2 ba,
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financing or rent $500/mo +
1st,last & sec. (863)697-3036
TRAILER - 8x24, w/10x20
Screened room. Shed w/
washer & dryer. $5000 or
best offer (863)381-7835


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skils 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

37 hours, excellent condi-
tion. $4000 or best offer.
(863)673-2388 Clewiston

Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Case No.: 2008-DR-342
Paulino Valdez
Isidra Arellano Castaneda
TO: Isidra Arellano Castaneda
6668 NE 7th Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, If any, to it on Paulino
Valdez, whose address is 6668 NE 7th
St, Okeechobee, FL 34972 on or be-
fore i,,,,, I 7 0 ,i l ,:r;i
nat Par. it, I' t . 1 ri .. . in . 1 31 1;
NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972, before service on Petitioner or
immediately thereafter. If you fail to do
so, a default may be entered against
you for the relief demanded in the peti-
Copies of all court documents In this
case, including orders, are available
at the Clerk of the Circuit Court's of-
rice. You may review these docu-
ments upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
address. (You may file Notice of Cur-
rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915).
Future papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at
the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires
certain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and Information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, in-
cluding dismissal or striking of
DATED: 5/9/2008
By: /S/ Heather Thomas
Deputy Clerk
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8 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, May 20, 2008

County planners have modelling tool

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
County planners now have a
modelling tool to plan for future
growth and also to predict the im-
pact of anticipated growth on the
The first of two workshops
between county and city officials
and Kimley-Horn and Associates
was held on Monday, May 19, to
discuss future land use build out
and policy recommendations.
Participants decided to stop dis-
cussion at half a day and to con-
duct another workshop at a date

to be determined. Since it was
a workshop, no official action
could be taken. However, many
policy changes could result from
these workshops.
With a grant from the Florida
Department of Community Af-
fairs, the county tasked Kimley-
Horn with the creation of a land-
use build-out model. Employees
of Kimley-Horn used Monday's
workshop to explain the model
and review land use policy.
Kevin Denny of Kimley-Horn
introduced the participants to
Community Viz, a computer gen-

erated planning tool to help set
policy options for directing future
Starting with existing condi-
tions, projected growth for the
next ten years can be plugged
into this model. Analysis of the
data provided is used to make
planning decisions.
The system can be used to
generate maps of such things
as existing land use, large land
owners, wetlands, and soil condi-
Information on soil conditions
could be used in issuing building

permits and analyzing site plans.
One of the suggestions of the
workshop was to divide the coun-
ty into five sub areas. The largest
sub area would be the conser-
vation, agriculture area in the
northern part of the county. The
urban core area includes the City
of Okeechobee and surrounding
areas. The eastern growth area is
roughly between S. R. 70 and S. R.
710. The Eastern Transition area
is bounded by S.R. 70. and U. S.
441. It extends northward to just
north of Dark Hammock Road.
The western growth area is west

of the city and west of U.S. 98.
Mr. Royce said this suggestion
could break the county into more
manageable areas.
"This whole thing is to set the
stage for policy development"
said Mr. Royce.
The model could be used to
identify areas of development
and predict the impacts of pro-
posed developments. It would
be used to consider the impact
of proposed land development
regulations and comprehensive
plans changes.
Mr. Royce said that in 1992,

when the comprehensive plan
was adopted, it was designed to
be as unrestricted as possible with
maximum population densities
and more intense levels of use.
Now he said the county is looking
to reduce density and intensity.
"We need to take a stron-
ger role in directing growth" Mr.
Royce said.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.

Jimenez chooses Georgia school to continue career

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Giovanni Jimenez chose the
annual soccer banquet to sign his
national letter of intent to attend
college knowing he'd have a lot
of people on hand who would
support and congratulate him.
The undisputed soccer king of
OHS this year, who was also the
homecoming king, chose Brew-
ton Parker College in Georgia to
play soccer this fall.
Jimenez gets a full scholar-
ship to play soccer and attend
college. He is the second Brah-
man in two years to get a schol-
arship. Omar Guerrero attended
Warner Southern in Lake Wales

and had a successful freshman
Jimenez said he fully expects
to play immediately for the Bar-
ons and has been promised that
the team will be very competi-
"I'm really excited about this.
It's a big move being in Georgia
and all but I'm used to living in a
small town, I'm looking forward
to it."
Coach Lonnie Sears said a
college degree is very important
to get a decent job. He noted
there were several senior soccer
players that could go off and play
college and get financial help
with their education.

"It will take a lot of courage,
but he has a lot of skill and we
hope to send more kids to col-
lege," Sears added.
Assistant Coach David Suarez
said going to college is what the
American dream is all about. He
told the kids to take advantage of
the opportunity to go to college.
"I am so proud of this young
man. This is what it's about. You
want it better, this is how you get
better," he noted.
His mother Maria Jimenez
was there to celebrate the mo-
ment with her son. She noted
she is very proud of her son's ac-
She noted her husband Al-

vero Jimenez has played soccer
for most of his life and that has
rubbed off on her son.
"We are very proud of how
hard he has worked," she noted.
Jimenez scored 19 goals and
had seven assists in 17 games
during his senior year. He was
a four year starter on varsity
and had 41 career goals and
21 assists. He played sweeper,
midfield and forward during his
Brahman career.
He was named the team's
most valuable player on offense
for his senior year performance.
Jimenez also earned first team
all Treasure Lake Conference this

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Giovanni Jimenez signs to play college soccer in Georgia
while his mother Maria Jimenez looks on

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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
OHS Soccer Banquet honors athletes
(top) Marin Escobedo was one of the most inspirational stories of the year. He played
despite suffering a broken back during the off season and was one of the team's best
players. (1-r) Alan Najera won the teams Most Valuable player award for his excellent plays
this season. Also pictured is Coach Lonnie Sears. Omar Torres shows off his Brahman
award with Coach Lonnie Sears





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Sports Briefs

Monthly fishing
tournament planned
Freedom Outreach Ministry
will sponsor a monthly fishing
tournament. This month the Tour-
nament will take place on Sun-
day, May 25 at Scott Driver Boat
Ramp, Across from Okee Tantie.
Registration is $70 per boat, and

there is a $10 big fish pot. You can
fish by yourself or with a partner.
Tournament begins at Safe Light
until 2 p.m. For More Informa-
tion, Please call 863-532-1718 or

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge

VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (es-
pecially) non-boaters are wel-
come. For information call Dave
Stout at 863-467-2255
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee McAllister
Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.

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