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Vol. 99 No. 160


Agency on aging
to meet
The Area Agency on Aging
of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast,
Inc. is planning its upcoming
monthly Board of Directors Ex-
ecutive Committee meeting, to
be held at the Area Agency on
Aging, 400 N. Congress Ave.,
Suite 150, West Palm Beach,
FL 33409, on Tuesday, June
10. The meeting is scheduled
'to begin at 8:30 a.m. Contracts
requiring the expenditure of
funds are a regular agenda item
of this meeting. Please call Viv-
ian Pfau, Area Agency on Ag-
ing, at 561-684-5885 for more

Free summer
camp planned
Suncoast Mental Health Cen-
ter, Inc will be conducting a free
arts and crafts summer camp to
develop peer bonds and social
skills for all Okeechobee chil-
dren. Fun at the Sun will begin
June 17 through Aug. 12 for
ages 6-12 and Thursdays, June
19 through Aug. 14 for ages 13-
18 from 9 a.m. to noon. Snacks
will be provided. Space is lim-
ited, call Yolanda at 863-763-
2288 to sign up.

Summer camp at
Lake Denton
Summer camp at Lake Den-
ton is back! Camps in June
will be available for children
in second through fifth grades,
6th through 8th grades and K5
through 2nd grades. The K-5-
2nd is one night with parent
participation encouraged. In
July '0-1,1- wiLl have camps for
6th through 8th grades and 9th
through 12th grades. Applica-
tions for camp can be obtained
from the website at www.lake- or by calling
Pam Elders at 863-634-9280 or
Phil Elders at 863-634-8722.

Drought Index

Current: 565
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.49 feet
Last Year: 8.98 feet
SDon ored By:

Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Classifieds 9,10
Mini Page 8
Community Events..................... 4
Crossword 7
Obituaries 6
Opinion .. 4
Speak Out 4
Sports 11
TV 7
Weather 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Summer fun: Swim safely

Submitted photo
Okeechobee school children take swimming lessons at the sports complex as part of
their physical education program. Basic skills taught are geared to help prevent drown-

City Fire Chief

stresses pool safety

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
No children drowned in the
city last summer, and City Fire
Chief Herb Smith wants to keep
it that way.
The warm weather often
leads to a lot of above ground
pools in the summer around
Okeechobee, and the City in-
tends to keep a close eye on
these pools to make sure a trag-
edy doesn't happen.
"These pools pop up over
the weekend, and we tell peo-
ple to use common sense, and
secure their pools," Chief Smith
The chief said state and city
laws require that a pool be four
foot high. They also require
that you remove the ladder to.
the pool or secure it in some
way when the pool is not be-
ing used. This could avoid the
tragedy of a small child getting
.into the pool.
National statistics show
most of the children that
drown each year do so in their
own pool. Most are under five
years old, and most of them
are boys. In close to 75 percent
of these cases, the parents or
guardians are at home when
the incident occurs.
The consumer product
safety commission reports 300
children under five years old
drown each year. Drowning is
the leading,cause of accidental
death for children under five in
and around the home.
"We've been very fortu-
nate here, but we want to get
the word out and keep it safe,"
Chief Smith added.

He said that it is very rare
for a complete stranger to wan-
der into another person's pool
and drown. Most of the time it
is a resident or a guest of the
pool owner who drowns. The
consumer agency reports only
2 percent of drownings are
strangers to the pool owner.
A new study from the Uni-
versity of Memphis shows a lot
of children do not know how to
swim in the United States. The
study suggests over 50 percent
of black and hispanic children
do not know how to swim.
Chief Smith said the rule of
thumb is if you own a pool and
your child is out of your sight
for over one minute, go check
on the pool. Seventy-seven per-
cent of children who drown

Flotation devices can be helpful to
are not a substitute for supervision.

were missing for five minutes
or less when they were found
in the pool drowned or sub-
The city does. not require a.
fence for these above ground
pools since the pool wall it-
self, if it measures four feet or
higher, can serve as it's own
a Chief Smith said he and
code enforcement officer Fred
sterling will be doing inspec-
,.on' over the summer on these
p ils. He notes people can
face code enforcement fines
and other penalties if they don't
He said that for the most
part, people are very coopera-
See Safety Page 2

Submitted photo
swimmers but they

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
This is the fourth of a series
of Hurricane Preparedness ar-
ticles. Additional articles will in-
clude information from each of
the speakers that were featured
at the American Red Cross Sem-
Waste and debris are always
an issue when a storm comes
through. The issue is typically
compounded when one does
not properly take care of their
yard waste appropriately in ad-

vance of such a storm.
This means that you should
plan in advance to get all yard
landscaping, lawn maintenance
or tree trimming out of the way
before the possibility of hurri-
canes begins to increase. Once
a hurricane is coming is not the
time to do additional yard work
to "protect" your home.
If you wait until the last min-
ute to place yard waste outside,
you are actually threatening
your home and those surround-
ing you because those limbs
will become missiles during a

According to Jenny, Pung,
with Waste Management, yard
waste is collected weekly in
Okeechobee. Yard waste such as
grass and leaves can be bagged
or contained within a trash can.
Large amounts of yard waste
that cannot be placed in cans
must be cut in 4 foot lengths,
stacked neatly and placed at the
If the yard waste is too heavy,
it will be picked up by Waste
See Clean Up Page 2

*********ALL FOR ADC 320
PO BOX 117007

Sheriff cuts,

budget 3.3%1/

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Sher-
iff Paul May submitted a near
$17.7 million budget to' the
County last week, which would
cut spending 3.3 percent, but
also provide for salary hikes for
all employees.
The-budget includes a 4.55
percent cost of living raise for
employees, increases in health
'insurance, retirement and
workers compensation costs,
increases for gasoline prices,
and for computer upgrades.
"I would very much like
to get them a raise. Times are
tough. I believe by decreasing
our .budget by $600,000 over
last year, we can very easily
work that in without a cost to
the taxpayers," the Sheriff stat-
Sheriff May said his agency
had to tighten their belts this
year just like everyone else.
"There's a time of belt tight-
ening going on. Every family
and every business in Okeecho-
bee has to tighten their belts,"
he said.
The budget also includes
$120,000 to purchase six new
vehicles. Much of the savings
in the budget comes in capital
improvements. The proposed
budget, $252,000 for capital
equipment, is $500,000 less

than the 2007 spending plan-
Most of the savings will come
from not purchasing as many,
vehicles this year.
The budget funds 107 full-
time and 10 part-time employ.
ees for law enforcement. Thd
budget funds one additional
full-time position this year. ',
The personnel services budc
get, which includes law en:
forcement, totals $9.56 million,
Sheriff May's salary, set by
the state based on population)
will total $110,037.
The corrections budget,
$6.79 million, includes increas-
es in salaries, and the costs of
benefits, plus extra for increas-
es in food and utility costs.
The corrections budget
funds 81 full-time and three
part-time positions, That is anr
increase of one position over
last year.
The jail will cut meat frori
their breakfast menu in an ef-I
fort to save money.:
Capital projects were cut
in half for the jail this year
with $61,000 likely to be spent
for a vehicle, radios and jail
equipment. That compares to
$127,000 spent in 2007.
The budget does include
$13,000 for portable beds in the
jail to, accommodate the ever
increasing jail population.
See Budget Page 2

Energy Chief:

oil output

gone flat

By Joseph Coleman
Associated Press Writer
AOMORI, Japan (AP)-
Nations should fight rising oil
prices by cutting subsidies and
vastly increasing investment
in energy, while oil-producing
countries' need to ramp up
output and divulge more in-
formation about how much
they produce, the U.S. energy
secretary said Saturday.
Samuel Bodman, attend-
ing two days of meetings in
northern Japan among ener-
gy chiefs from Group of Eight

industrialized countries and
other top economies, said the
surge in world oil prices was
largely a simple problem of
supply and demand.
Production has stalled"
since 2005 at 85 million bar-
rels a day, while economic
growth particularly in Chi-
na and India has pushed
demand ever higher, Bodmaar
said before a meeting of min-
isters from the U.S., Japan,
South Korea, India and Chinaw
"We're in a difficult posi2
See Oil Page 2

uKeecnoDee INews/i.nauna Agullar
Seacoast Bank hosted the Okeechobee Red Cross Hur-
ricane Preparedness Seminar where Angelica Garcia
(front right) won a cooler of supplies that was donated
by Seacoast (front left) Teresa Chandler, (back row-left to
right) Marnie Lauter and Jon Geitner.

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'Continued From Page 1
tion where we have a lid on pro-
"duction and we have increasing
demand in the world," he told
a small group of reporters, dis-
missing the effects of specula-
tion and unclear inventory levels
and other factors on oil prices.
"I would devoutly hope we...
;see a reduction of the use of oil
-in the world on the one hand,
' and an increase in the supply so
:we can see some mitigation in
-the pressure on price," Bodman
Oil prices made their biggest
- single-day surge on Friday, soar-
ing $1,1 to $138.54 on the New
,York Mercantile Exchange, an 8
percent increase. That followed
,-a $5.50 increase the day before,
.taking oil futures more than 13
percent higher in just two days.
.- While demand has increased
:as supply has stalled, analysts
,have also cited the decline of
,the U.S. dollar, fears about the
,long-term supply of oil, and ag-
,-gressive speculation as factors in
- rising prices.
Bodman said he would likely

urge China and other countries
at the Japan meeting to slash
fuel subsidies, which make
gasoline cheaper for consum-
ers thereby giving them no
reason to reduce consumption
and allow prices to level off or
drop. The International Energy
Agency has estimated that oil
subsidies in China, India and
the Middle East in 2007 totaled
some $55 billion.
At the same time, he urged
nations to pay heed to an IEA
report that the world needs $22
trillion investment in energy
supply infrastructure by 2030
to meet rising demand, while
developing alternative energy
"We have a situation where
we have these high prices and
the only solution is to diversify
your resources, diversify your
sources of fuel," he said, listing
nuclear energy, natural gas and
renewable sources such as wind
and hydropower.
Lack of transparency in the
oil market has also been cited
as a possible cause of higher
prices. Bodman said that while
the United States and host Japan
have been "diligent" in disclos-
ing production and consump-

tion data, some other countries
need to do more.
Proponents of such trans-
parency, including the IEA, say
greater disclosure of accurate
statistics helps markets set prices
that more precisely reflect sup-
ply and demand. Underreport-
ing of production, for instance,
can drive prices higher as trad-
ers think supply is lower than it
actually is.
Rising prices were having a
negative effect on world econo-
mies. The U.S. government, for
instance, reported on Friday the
nation's unemployment rate
rose to 5.5 percent in May, a
monthly rise of half a percentage
point, the biggest in 22 years.
Bodman said economic
troubles because of high prices
would only hurt oil producers.
"It's not good for producing
nations to see the U.S. struggling
economically. They depend on
us to be a significant engine in
world economic activity," Bod-
man said.

Continued From Page 1
tive, and realize the City is just try-
ing to keep children safe.
. In ground pools are another
matter. Contractors must receive
permits from the state that re-
quire a fence, sound devices on
doors in the home, and other
safety measures.
Chief Smith said the problem
with in ground pools usually
come from a lack of maintenance
on exterior fences. He said a lot of
times the fences are in bad con-
dition and fall down. Sometimes
residents turn off the sound de-
vices on the exits of their home
because they get annoyed with
the noise.

Continued From Page 1
Courthouse security will cost
$1.09 million, a increase of 2 per-
cent over 2007. There will be the
same amount of employees, 16
full-time and three part-time.
The school resource officer

Chief Smith noted that if a per-
son drowns on these properties,
the owners can face penalties
that include fines and mandatory
safety training courses.
Safety covers for pools are also
a popular way to improve your
pool .safety. Some are even pow-
ered by battery or electric.
Gates, if possible, should be
self latching and out of the reach
of small children.
Other advice is to learn CPR.
Parents should also have baby sit-
ters versed in first aid and CPR.
During social gatherings, and
parties, a designated watcher
of the pool, a responsible adult,
should be on duty at all times.
A child should never be left
unsupervised in or around a
pool. Toys should not be left lying

program will total $200,925, a
decrease of 21.5 percent. One
school resource officer will be
transferred to road patrol. Seven
positions will be funded.
The Okeechobee narcotics
task force, partially funded by
grants, will cost almost $569,000.
Sheriff May said the price of gas
is also having a huge impact on
his agency. However, he doesn't

around the pool as this attracts
young children. Flotation devices
are recommended but are not a
substitute for supervision. The
best prevention for drowning is
close monitoring of a child's ac-
Fire officials note rescue equip-
ment should, be near the pool for
emergencies. Another suggestion
is having a phone near the pool
and a list of emergency numbers
There are a number of web
sites that provide information on
how to make your property safer.
The Consumer Product Safety
Commission web site is www.
Another helpful web site is and www. '

expect to use more foot patrols.
"If the price of gas gets much
higher, we will definitely look at
the way we are doing business.
We can't just continue to ride
around on $5 per gallon gas. We
want to provide a law enforce-
ment service and we will, but we
may have to look at other alterna-
tives," he said.

Submitted Photo

U.S. Marines Montgomery

G.I. Bill
Sgt. Carr attended Scholarship Night at Okeechobee High
School to award the students with money to further their
educations. The students are (back left) Quinton Speed,
Craig Wacker, James Perez, Manuel Garcia, David Abner,
(front) Edmund Furphy, Jerrimy Wells, Austin Rexroad,
and Charles Boggs.

Clean Up
Continued From Page 1
Management's clam-shell truck
which operates throughout the
county on a grid system (NW, NE,
SW, SE, etc.) rather than picking
up on an exact day.
A particularly big job that cre-
ates a large amount of yard waste
should be done now in order to
give the clam-shell truck time to
get to your residence for pick-up
prior to a storm.
Mrs. Pung stated that if you have
a contractor do work for you--any
yard maintenance, landscaping or
tree trimming-it is their responsi-
bility to dispose of the yard waste.
After a storm, Waste Manage-
ment does not have a contract
with the county for disaster debris
The county is currently served
by the Florida Department of
Transportation for disaster debris
pick-up. In the event of a disaster,
the telephone number for that
contractor is made available so
that residents can report and track
collection of their disaster debris.
The Okeechobee Landfill is

also available for anyone wishing
to dispose of debris immediately
themselves. All gate rates apply ac-
cording to the type of waste being
brought to the landfill.
Waste Management will re-
sume normal collection, once it
has been deemed safe to do so.
The facility has also learned
from the hurricanes of 2004 and
2005. They have upgraded their
facility with bigger generators and
conducted mock drills to prepare
for any emergency situation.
Waste Management is located
at 10800 NE 128th Ave. For more
information about Waste Manage-
ment call 863-357-0111.
The Red Cross is a non-profit
organization which operates a Di-
saster Action Team (DAT) which is
currently looking for caring indi-
viduals to volunteer. All Red Cross
volunteers receive free health and
safety training and above all re-
ceive that great feeling of knowing
that they have helped better some-
one's life.
For more information about
the Okeechobee American Red
Cross call 863-763-2488. '
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

Memorial Scholarships
(top) Michael Coker, Rene Talavera, Jared Pfennig, Nicho-
las Clements, Brittni Little and Rafe Erwin received the Jim
Enrico Memorial Scholarship at Okeechobee High School's
Scholarship Night. The Award was presented by Donna
Enrico (center). (bottom) Ser'rene Acheson, Erin Tewks-
bury, Nicholas Jones and Christopher Davis received the
Jim Waldau Junior Golf Scholarship at Okeechobee High
School's Scholarship Night. This scholarship provides
$500 toward their educations and was presented by Terry
Burroughs (center).

Ricardo J. Quintero-Her4

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(top) Joseph Davis received
the National City Bank
Scholarship at Okeecho-
bee High School's Scholar-
ship Night. This scholarship
provides $500 toward his
education. (bottom) Char-
nel Hall-Fryson was award-
ed the scholarship from Los
Cocos at Okeechobee High
School's Scholarship Night.

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Today's Weather

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Okeechobee Forecast
Sunday: Partly sunny. A chance of afternoon showers and thun-
derstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. East winds 5 to 10 mph increas-
ing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. East winds
5 to 10 mph.
Extended Forecast

Monday: Partly cloudy. A chance of afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. Highs in the lo'er 90s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 40 percent.
Monday night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening show-
ers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. A chance of afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening show-
ers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. A chance of afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening
showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain
20 percent.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. A chance of afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 30 percent.

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Arrest Report oT1a.i l t io 1

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
Earl Douglas Wadlington,
17, S.W. 67th Drive, Okeechobee,
was arrested June 3 on charges
of burglary and grand theft. He
was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail then turned over
to the Department of Juvenile
Justice Detention Center in Fort
Steve Henry Futch, 24, N.E.

15th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested June 4 by Deputy Corporal
Aric Majere on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation driv-
ing under the influence. His bond
was set at $5,000.
Wyatt Ledford, 21, N.W.
Sixth St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested June 4 by DOCs Alfreda L.
McFarlane on charges of violation
of probation fleeing and eluding
a law enforcement officer and
violation of probation reckless
driving. He is being held without
William J. Dougan, 43, N.W.
20th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested June 4 by Deputy Mike
Bobrowski on a warrant charging
him with violation of probation -

driving while license suspended/
revoked habitual offender. He is
being held without bond.
Ramsey A. Osceola, 35, Res-
ervation Road, Okeechobee, was
arrested June 5 by Deputy Cpl.
Aric Majere on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with the felony of driving while
license suspended/revoked and
the misdemeanor of driving un-
der the influence/with priors. His
bond was set at $5,000.
Robert Mathis Simmons, 33,
S.W. 11th Drive, Okeechobee,
was arrested June 5 by Officer
C. Troutman on charges of bur-
glary of an unoccupied dwelling,
dealing in stolen property and
grand theft. His bond was set at

Law Enforcement Calls

The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office received the following
calls from Friday, May 30, through
Thursday, June 5:
May 30
burglary in the 3600 block of
N.W 10th Ave.
burglary in the 3600 block of
N.W. 15th Ave.
burglary in the 3500 block of
N.W Eighth Ave.
burglary in the 1000 block of
N.W. 334th St.
vandalism in the 2800 block
of U.S. 441 N.
theft in the 500 block of N.W.
27th Lane
vandalism in the 3300 block
of N.W 27th Ave.
May 31
theft in the 1100 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
fraud in the 2800 block of
S.E. 38th Ave.
theft in the 4800 block of
S.R. 70 E.
theft in the 3100 block of
U.S. 441 S.
theft in the 4200 block of S.E.
27th St.
vandalism in the 500 block
of N.W 27th Lane
June 1
vandalism in the 3700 block
of N.W 16th Ave.
theft in the 3900 block of
N.W 26th Ave.
burglary in the 2600 block of
S.E. 29th St.
vandalism in the 3900 block
of S.E. 29th Court
vandalism in the 3600 block
of S.E. 33rd Terrace
vandalism in the 4100fflock
of S..E.,23jd Court ,,
burglary in the 4500 block of
N.W 240th St.
theft in the 600 block of N.W.
30th Lane
theft in the 600 block of N.W

11th Drive
vandalism in the 3800 block
of N.W. 17th Ave.
June 2
theft in the 12000 block of
N.E. 26th Ave.
theft in the 200 block of N.W
34th St.
vandalism in the 21000 block
of N.W 240th St.
burglary in the 3200 block of
S.E. 34th Ave.
vandalism in the 2700 block
of N.W. Third St.
assault in the 200 block of
U.S. 441 S.E.
June 3
larceny in the 1200 block of
N.E. 1lth St.
theft in the 18000 block of
U.S. 441 N.
theft in the 4400 block of
N.E. 10th Lane
theft in the 5700 block of
N.E. Third Lane
assault in the 800 block of
N.E. 72nd Circle
June 4
theft in the 3500 block of
N.W 10th Ave.
assault in the 7200 block of
U.S. 441 N.
burglary in the 3000 block of
S.R. 70E.
assault in the 2200 block of
U.S. 98 N.
stolen vehicle in the 3500
block of S.E. 27th St.
theft in the 4000 block of S.E.
26th St.
vandalism in the 2600 block
of S.E. 27th St.
June 5
theft in the 3500 block of
,N.W. 3Pth Ave.,
vandalism in the 1900 block
of N.E. Second St.
theft in the 20000 block of
N.W. 272nd St.
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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
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but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
HIGH SCHOOL: When we go to the high school, we should be
growing up by that age. All of the pranks that have been going on and
vandalism, somebody needs to let the kids know they can't do that. I
think we need to stop all senior pranks because they can't seem to be
able to tell the difference between what's good and what's not.
I PRESIDENT: It would be nice to have a woman president, but not
a self driven, conniving, flip-flopping changing the rules as she goes
along woman.
PROPERTY RIGHTS: This is concerning the property rights of the
gentleman up there at the Viking who evidently caught people tres-
passing. I would like to say, I am a neighbor of his and I've lived up
here for seven years and we have had the same problem time and time
again. I have had my daughters assaulted by two grown men with a
motor vehicle on two different occasions. I have had 4-wheelers in my
yhrd tearing it up and it has been seen, but the sheriff's department
says unless they see who does it, they can do nothing about it. The
problem up here is, we get nothing for our tax dollars.
STORES: I am really concerned about the vacant store buildings
in Okeechobee. Things are not going well, it is obvious. There are also
so many houses for sale. VIKING: Viking is private property. There are
no public camping areas. There are no public hiking trails. There are
no public ATV trails. If you don't own the land, you have no right to
use it. It belongs to someone else and if you go on that property, you
are trespassing. Stay on your own property and no one will have any
trouble. Just because you own one lot out there does not give you the
right to run all over everyone else's land.

People in the News

Class of 2008 is 'irreplaceable'

Editor's note: Okeechobee
High School's Class of 2008 grad-
uated Thursday with ceremonies
at the Agri-Civic Center. The fol-
lowing speech is from that pro-
Valedictorian speech
By Jesse Bryant
Thank you, every one, for being
here for us, not ---
only tonight,
but our whole I:
lives. Thank
you, Mom and
Dad, all my
teachers and all
of Okeechobee.
But, right
now, I'd like Jesse
to address my Bryant
Well, we made it. After all the
bumps, bruises, pot holes and
detours, we're here. We've stuck
it out through drought and who
knows how many hurricanes?
'Now, after a lifetime of school-
ing, we've made it to the finish
line, a feat that so many others
have accomplished before us.
But-what separates us from

every other graduating class?
What makes us the Class of
In ninth grade, I was lucky
enough to be our Class President.
I was asked by the yearbook staff,
"what are your hopes for the
Class of 2008?" 1 said, "I want the
Class of 2008 to leave its mark on
Okeechobee High School. I want
it to be something that Okeecho-
bee has never experienced."
I think it's safe to say that
Okeechobee High School has
never before, and never will again,
experience a group of people like
the Class of 2008.
I was trying to find some words
of wisdom for this, so, of course,
I logged on to MySpace and start-
ed surfing through my friends'
pages. Then I found a headline,
"to be irreplaceable, one must
be different." There's no doubt in
my mind that the Class of 2008 is
irreplaceable, but how are we dif-
For the first time in years, we
have: a state-ranked cross-coun-
try and track runner, a National
Symposium Speaker, several col-
legiate football players and a Na-

tional Merit Scholar Finalist. This
year we had: an awesome foot-
ball team who beat Clewiston
for the first time in a decade, an
always menacing softball team, a
top district volleyball team, and a
Regional Champion Cross-Coun-
try Team.
Of course, I have to mention,
we built the best homecoming
float four years in a row, a feat
that few classes can say they've
accomplished. I know we of-
ficially won first place the past
three years, but everyone knows
that our paper-mache DeLorean
was the most awesome float our
freshman year. Robbed.
Remember, however, it's not
this resume of our victories "and
accomplishments that make us
different; it's the qualities behind
them, in all of us, the fuel behind
the fire. It's the combination of in-
tellect, strength and skill, with just
a touch of personality, that make
us the irreplaceable Class of 2008.
It can't stop now. If we were to let
this fire die away just because we
completed high school, we would
not be rising to our potential.
With seemingly unstoppable

modern problems, such as global
warming, inflation and incredibly
high gas prices, the world is not
a perfect place right now, and it's
not our fault. Someday, however,
today's leaders will hand over
this mess and say, "Here, it's your
problem now." We could take it,
ignore it, and add to the mess,
then pass it on to our children, or
we can take the initiative to fix it,
and stop the snowball effect that
was started decades ago.
If there is one generation that
can clean up the world, it's our
generation. Just thinking about ev-
erything that we've accomplished
these past four years, I know if
there is one class that can fix the
world, it's the Class of 2008.
It is now our time to prove to
the world what we've proven to
Okeechobee High School these
past four years.
We are irreplaceable.
We are going to "leave our
mark" on the world; like it has
never experienced.
We are going to change the
We are the Class of 2008.
Thank you.

COUNTY: Here is something I would like to see the county com-
mission candidates talk about. How about starting a county bus ser-
vice? We need transportation. We can't afford to drive our cars any-
more. How about some buses on a regular route around town and
over to the coast at least once a day to connect with the bus system
over there?
VIKING: People who don't live out here in Viking have no clue.
They have their curbside trash service. We have to haul ours and pay
more. They have two fire departments close to town. Our closest one
is Fort drum. They have their mail delivered to their home. We have to
drive a mile or so to get ours and drive to town to pick up any pack-
ages that we may have. And the sad part is nobody really knows this
until you buy the property. Almost forgot our special tax from coquina
water district. We are not asking for much, just what we as tax pay-
ers should get -- fire, police and Department of Forestry in a timely
manner. That is not much to ask. Those of you who think we are
complaining come out and take our shoes for a while and see if you
still think everything is great.
ELECTIONS: Regarding the person that did not know if judges
should be re-elected or re-appointed. If you want to break out of the
mold and not be controlled by the media, Democrats, constitution
changing judges and the Republicans, you have to vote out all incum-
bents! More and more people are starting to think a little for them-
selves, but I don't think the numbers are going to increase in time to
save this country. Eighty percent complain about what the crooked
politicians are doing to us, but they keep voting them back in. The
price of gas, everything you buy is made in china, drugs and illegals
flocking over our borders, etc. The clock is ticking for this country, the
sheep won't think for themselves!
BRUSH FIRES: Every morning I keep hoping things will get bet-
ter, but there is still smoke from the fires. What will it take to get those
out? Can't they do something to control all this smoke? Editor's note:
The fires inside the dike around Lake Okeechobee are muck fires.
This means they are burning the dried decayed matter that built up
on the lake bottom and then dried out as the lake shrank during the
drought. According to the Department of Forestry, the only way to
extinguish a muck fire is to drown it. So until there is enough rain
to bring the lake level back up and completely flood the area of the
fire, those fires will continue to burn. The DOF and other firefighting
agencies are doing all they can to keep the fires from spreading to
brush outside the dike.
TRAIN STATION: Save the train station? Save it for what? It is unus-
able, It's history? What historic events have happened there to war-
rant the money it would take to save it? Those who want it saved are
just a bunch of romantics most of who never even knew the station
existed till CXS wanted to tear it down. If saved, they will forget about
it again after only a few months. There are better things we could
spend the money on.
ENTERTAINMENT: I love Okeechobee. Don't get me wrong, I live
here by choice and my kids are very active in sports, 4-H, church and
school activities. But that doesn't mean the community could not be
improved. I think more entertainment opportunities would add to the
community. I think it is a shame that local residents spend so much
time and money driving to the coast. If a little more were offered here,
I think they would not have to drive so much. We have a public pool
that is already very busy in the summer. Maybe they could add more
water activities there. The wooden jungle playground could use some
refurbishing. How about some community workdays to fix it up? How
about adding putt putt golf at the sports complex?

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Community Calendar

Sunday, June 8
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please call

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

Tuesday, June 10
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets the second
Tuesday of the month, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, lunch is provided. For information contact Jim Vensel at 863-
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is welcome.
For information, call Lydia Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-
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 Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.

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Communtiy Events

Hospice plans yardsale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a two day yard sale at the Blue
Volunteer Building, next to The Hamrick Home (411 S.E. 4th Street)
on Thursday June 12, 8 a.m. until 2p.m., and Friday June 13, 8 a.m.
to noon. There will be bargains galore and new items available. All
proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee including services of-
fered in The Hamrick Home. For information, call Cathy at 863-467-
2321 or 863-697-1995.

Rodeo team to hold fundraiser
Okeechobee High School (OHS) Rodeo Team will hold a chicken
dinner fundraiser on Saturday, June 13. The event is hosted by Eli's
Western Wear on State Road 70 West, beginning at 11 a.m. Dinners are
$7 each and all proceeds will benefit the OHS Finals Traveling Team.
Deliveries are available for five dinners or more and will be delivered
on Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. We are taking pre-de-
livery orders on June 11. Please call 863-467-0807 to place orders. For
additional information, please contact Darlene Ross at 863-634-5815.

Summer sunset series
The IRCC Lifelong Learning Summer Sunset Series presents classi-
cal duo guitarist Rafael Padron and Aisa Campo on piano Thursday,
June 26, 8 p.m. at the Wynne Black Box Theatre on the IRCC Main
Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. Tickets are $10. Call
1-866-866-4722 ext. 7880.

Shrine Club hosts dinner, dance
The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78 W, will host a dinner and
dance on Saturday, June 14. The lounge will open at 6 p.m. The
dinner, consisting of barbecued ribs and chicken, will start at 7 p.m.
and will be followed by the dance. Country music will be provided by
The Saddle Tramps. For reservations contact Keith and Cathy Tomey
at 863-763-8072 or 863-634-2682, or the Big 0 Drive Thru at 863-467-
0946. Tickets are $15 each, and will also be available at the door on
the night of the event.

Okeechobee Autism Support Group
Okeechobee Autism Support Group beings June 14 from 4 until 5
p.m. It is a new support group started by a mom with an autistic child.
Do you know or are you a mom with an autistic child? Meet moms
going through the same thing. Share ideas, news and experiences. No
age requirement, help others and teach others is the goal. This will be
held at a local residence that is child friendly with safe backyard fun.
The support group will be held every other Saturday of the month
starting June 14. For more information call Johanna at 910-495-3171
or email her at

Schools provide summer meals
Okeechobee County Public School District is sponsoring meals at
school site during the Summer School session from Tuesday, June 10
through Monday, June 30. Meals will be provided to all children at no
charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program
and its activities are the same for all, regardless of race, color, national
origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in
the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the -follow-
ing sites: South Elementary School, 2468 S.W. Seventh Ave., Osceola
Middle School, 825 S.W 28th St., and Okeechobee High School, 2800
Hwy 441 N. For students that are not registered for summer school
activities, interested parents may register their child/children for the
food program. Questions may be directed to the Food Service Office
by calling 863-462-5148. Parents will be required to provided trans-
portation to and from the school site and will be required to stay with
their children during the meal. Any person who believes he/she has
been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write
or call immediately to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Inde-
pendence Avenue, S.W Washington, D.C., 20250-9410 or call 800-795-
3272 (voice) or 202-720-6282 (TTY).

Camper drawing to benefit Hospice
Retired Judge Ed Miller has generously donated a 2005 Aliner Sofa
Model Camper to Big Lake Hospice, in memory of Jack and Frances
Raulerson and Waymon Jones of Georgia. Tickets for the drawing are
$5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at the Big Lake Hospice
office or Thrift Store located at 3543 Highway 441, next to Publix. The
winning ticket will be drawn on Father's Day, June 15. The winning
ticket will be published in the Okeechobee News and announced on
All proceeds from the drawing will benefit Big Lake Hospice's pa-
tient care fund.
For more information or questions please contact Big Lake Hos-
pice at 863-763-0707.

Early Learning Coalition
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin & Okeechobee
Counties, Inc. Okeechobee County Provider/Advisory Council Meet-
ing will be on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 12:00 noon. It will be
held at American Red Cross, 323 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee.

Day of the American Cowboy set for July
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association and Okeechobee Main
Street will hold the 2008 National Day of the American Cowboy on Sat-
urday, July 26. The event will start with a cattle drive beginning down-
town and ending at the Agri-Civic Center on Highway 70 East. The
festival at the Agri-Civic Center will include a Ranch Rodeo, Backyard
Beef BBQ Contest, storytellers, poets and displays of the heritage of the
American Cowboy. If you're interested in being a participant/vendor
for the BBQ Contest or event all forms and applications can be picked
up at the Main Street Office 111 Northeast Second Street, Okeechobee
or email Toni Doyle, Executive Director at okms@mainstreetokeecho- For more information call 863-357-MAIN (6246).


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Alico to discontinue ethanol efforts

LABELLE-Alico, Inc., an-
nounced on Tuesday, June 2,
that it will no longer explore the
development of an ethanol facil-
ity. As previously announced, the
Company had been selected by
the United States Department of
Energy (DOE) and by the State
of Florida to potentially receive
grants and loan assistance to

assist in partially offsetting the
costs of such a project. However,
Alico will no longer pursue these
During the past year, Alico has
been working with New Planet
Energy LLC on this project and
NPE is continuing its pursuit of
cellulosic ethanol. As a result of
Alicoe's decision, Alico will have

no further financial commitment
or liability to New Planet Energy,
the DOE or the State of Florida for
this project. In reaching its deci-
sion to discontinue the ethanol
project, Alico's management and
Board of Directors determined
that the risks associated there-
with outweighed any reasonably
anticipated benefits for Alico.

Alico Chairman and CEO John
R. Alexander stated, "In reaching
this decision, Alico will continue
to focus on our core operations
of real estate management in-
cluding agriculture and develop-
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Submitted Photo

IRCC Arts Scholarships
(photos left -right): Nicholas Clements was awarded with the Agricultural Endowment Scholarship from IRCC at Okeecho-
bee High School's Scholarship Night. The awards were presented by Pat Alfrey (left) and Sam Smith. Skylar Clark was
awarded with the $1,680 Fine Arts Dance Scholarship from IRCC at Okeechobee High School's Scholarship Night. The
awards were presented by Pat Alfrey (left) and Sam Smith. Kevin Shumate awarded with the $4,200 Creative Writing
Scholarship from IRCC at Okeechobee High School's Scholarship Night. The awards were presented by Pat Alfrey (left)
and Sam Smith.

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IRCC Memorial Scholarships
Kylie Eckhardt was awarded with the $1,000 Anne Wilder Memorial Scholarship from IRCC at Okeechobee High School's
Scholarship Night. The awards were presented by Pat Alfrey (left) and Sam Smith. Pat Alfrey (left) and Sam Smith (right)
awarded the IRCC Jack Bylsma III Memorial Endowed Scholarship to Kelly Buchanan at Okeechobee High School's
Scholarship Night. Pat Alfrey (left) and Sam Smith (right) awarded the IRCC Jerry M. Herold Memorial Scholarship to
Nicholas Jones at Okeechobee High School's Scholarship Night.

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IRCC Honors Scholarships
Whitley Burch was awarded with.the $4,200 President's Challenge Scholarship from IRCC at Okeechobee High School's
Scholarship Night. The awards were presented by Pat Alfrey (left) and Sam Smith. Pat Alfrey (left) and Sam Smith (right)
awarded the Donald C. Hicks "STARS" Scholarship to Robert Harrell, Michael Webb, and Mitchell Lawrence at Okeecho-
bee High School's Scholarship Night.


Stanford Stacy
Stanford Stacy Wisener, 77, of
Okeechobee died Friday, June 6,
2008 in the Hamrick Home. Stacy
was born on October 22, 1930 in
Helican, Ala., and enjoyed fishing
and traveling.
He is survived by his wife of 57
years, Eloise of Okeechobee; sons,
Larry (Jennifer) Wisener, and Ter-
ryl (Missy) Wisener of Okeecho-
bee; daughters, Jeanfie Garrison
of Okeechobee, and Becky (Rich-
ard) Weaver of Old Town. In ad-
dition, Stacy is also survived by a
sister, Hazel Morton of Okeecho-
bee, as well as grandchildren, De-
nise (Larry) Sikorski, Troy (Gibby)
Garrison, Lisa (Scott) Wisener, Ni-
cole (Ira) Dougals, Ashely (Josh)
Chapman, Jessica Wisener, Hope

Wisener, all of Okeechobee, Kelly
(Aaron) Williamson, John Adams
of Brandford, Amanda Weaver
and Melody Weaver both of Old
Town. Great grandchildren, Wal-
ter, Brad, Nathan, Wayne, Mason,
*Trenton, Madison, Chase, and
.Levi all of Okeechobe6 and Harley
of Branford. In addition Stacy is
survived by his large circle of fam-
ily and friends.
A visitation will be held Mon-
day; June 9, 2008 from 10 a.m.
until services at 11 a.m. in the
Buxton Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow at Evergreen
Cemetery, Okeechobee. In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations may
be made to Hospice of Okeecho-
bee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee,
FL 34973.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

George Greggory
George Greggory Brown, 56,
died on Saturday, May 3, 2008 af-
ter a battle with cancer. George
Brown had been a resident at
Admiral Dale's Fish Camp for the
past 25 years. He was born in
Opa Locka to Joseph and Jo Ann
Brown. He was a veteran of the
United States Army.
He. is survived by his sister,
Kathryn Dowdy of Atlahta, Ga.;
brothers, Keven C. Brown of Wam-
er Robins, Ga. and Terrel Brown of
Macon, Ga.
A "celebration of life" will be
held by his family and friends on
June 14 at his home in Orlando
from 2 p.m. until dusk. There will
be a Memorial Service provided
by the United States Honor Guard.

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showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill. Movie times for Thursday, June
6, through Thursday, June 12, are
as follows:
Theatre I Sex and the City
(R) 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

Theatre II Indiana Jones
and the Kingdom of the Crys-
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Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
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da" (PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7

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3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:30 and 7 and
9 p.m.
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children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
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e weeks ?e ... It's Easy

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Announcements ....... .100O
Employment .......... 200
Financial ............. 300
Services ............. .400
Merchandise .......... 500
Agriculture ........... 800
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Real Estate ....... .. .1000
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extent of the ad rendered val-
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bility for all statements, names
and content of an ad, and
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and/or The Better Business
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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160

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Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

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Published 3 weeks' in all of our Florida papers: Caloosa Belle, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat,
Immokalee Bulletin, Okeechobee News, and The Sun
Ads will run in Wednesday daily editions and weekly publications.
emu or call

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Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call (863) 467-7771

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Okeechobee store
Must pass criminal/drug test,
clean MVR,
21yrs or older, FT,
email resume
or apply in person
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
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Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
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Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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has the following full time positions

Computer exp. needed. Healthcare exp. and bi-
lingual pref'd. Competitive salary and excellent

Min. 1 yr experience. Bilingual Spanish/English
preferred. Competitive salary and excellent

Fax resume to(561)924-3405 or
apply at FL Community Health Centers
170 S. Barfield Hwy. Ste. 103
Pahokee, FL
e-mail at

Needed full time. Bilingual Spanish/English
preferred. HIV Early Intervention Services Pro-
gram. Must has HS diploma, reliable transporta-
tion and valid FL drivers lic. Exp with community
health fairs, HIV testing, networking with commu-
nity svcs agencies. Computer Exp. needed.
Fax resume to:
or apply at
FL Community Health
308 NW 5th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL

Small company with well
maintained equipment
looking for hard working,
experienced drivers.
Must have Class A license.
Work 512 days.
Benefits. Permanent work
with a variety of loads.
Santom Transport

South Florida
Management District
Clewiston, FL
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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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you check with the Better
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reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

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Child Care Offered415
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Health Foods
Vitamins, Minerals

Nature's Pantry
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Jewelry 635
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Musical Instruments 660
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Pools & Supplies 686
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Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy ,740

Ceramic Stove w/ self clean-
ing oven, white, good condi-
tion Call for Details
$100 (863)467-4531
Refrigerator/ Freezer
White, side-by-side
ice and water dispenser
$100 (863)467-4531

Why Rent a
Storage Unit
when you can
own a Shed for
the same Price.
Call Stanton
Homes at
Your new home could be
In today's paper. Have
you looked for It?

Bicycles- 1 female and 1 male
adult 7 speed cruisers $90
will separate (863)467-0506

Bouncer w/ activity bar, Jum-
peroo, Stroller travel system,
all items like new $200 will
separate (863)634-2720

Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.

Turn your Gold & Silver into
Money!! Wolfgang Jewelers,
1416 S Parrott Ave., (next to
UPS store)

Bully Dog Downloader for
03-04 Dodge Cummins
Truck, like new, $200


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readers are more popular


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

GOATS 2 Female, 2 Male
Kid, 1 Female Kid & 1 Buck.
$75-$100 each. Please call


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

IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
Move In Special!
1/2 off 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all apple's, a/c & heat, 1
blk. North of Wal-Mart
$650 mo. (863)763-8878
Nice New CBS
1/1, $750 & 2/1, $850
1st, last, sec. & util.,
OKEE CITY Apt. Duplex, 2br,
lba, 823 SE 10th St, $625
mo. + 1st, Last, Sec. &
lease pref'd. (863)634-9869
OKEECHOBEE, 2br, lba, Near
town. $800 mo. inclds wa-
ter. Annual Lease. Call
We have over 50 Rentals!
Century 21 Horizon

Indian Hammock
House for Rent
2 story, 3br/2ba,
barn, 3 fenced
pastures, immed. oc-
cupancy, 1st
& last $4800

financing, no money down,
Call Warren (954)602-5933

2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms. $900 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
2 Bdrm., 2 Ba., 2 car garage.
$1000 mo. Call Roland
back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.
SW SECTION 2/2 Updated
kitchen, all appliances, W&D.
$875 mo. 1st, last & sec.

BASSWOOD Affordable 3br,
2ba, 2 gar, big house. $1200
mo. + Sec. dep. W/Option
to Buy (772)323-4758
BASSWOOD newer home,
3br, 2ba, 1car garage, 3818
NW 29th Ave. $1000/mo,
1st & Sec. (863)634-6210
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EAST SIDE OKEE, Newer 3br,
2ba, 2 car garage 522 SE
36th Terr. $2000 down &
$1400 mo. All towards prin-
ciple (863)467-0128 or
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
IN TOWN, Clean 2BR/2BA,
laundry rm. w/new appis,
screened in porch, small pet
ok, lawn ser. incl., non-
smkg. env., $800 mo. +
sec. (941)504-3954
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
setting. Very clean, No pets,
$560/mo. (863)467-9800
2BA, pool, extras. Must see!
1401 SE 8th Dr. $1300 mo.
1st & sec. (863)885-1347
OKEE. 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$850 mo. + $850 sec. Op-
tion to buy. (239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE- 4/2/1 Ever-
lade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
RENT TO OWN 3/2, $2,000
down, $1200 mo all going
toward the purchase price.
(863)467-0128 or
3br/2ba, $2000 down,
$1200/mo All going towards
principle, Bruised credit
okay (863)467-0128 or

We have over 50 Rentals!
Century 21 Horizon

Professional Office Space
for Lease near Courthouse,
immediate occupancy.

Real Estatle

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
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
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Want 10% ROI?
5 Condo's with good leases.
$235k cash. 772-905-3618

Northlake Estates- 3br/2ba, By
Owner, 2,350 sq. ft., on 1/2
acre, metal roof, 20x58 met-
al building, newly remod-
eled, quiet neighborhood,
$190,000 (863)634-1869

Thursday June 19th 4 p.m.

Also Selling: Tools, Nursery Equipment & Stock, Household Items

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* Home DUIt zuuj oDy vvausau nomes
* Property dimensions: 315' x 660'
* Pond with viewing dock
* Extensive mature landscaping
* Hundreds of oaks and queen palms
* Extensive irrigation system
* Quiet country living
* Easy access to FL Turnpike

''86 Chevy S-10
- Tools: air compressor- elec. angle
grinder elec. impact driver
* Nursery Equipment: mowers carts
sprayers drip irrigation hose
* Nursery Stock: 100's of potted
trees & plants
* Household Items: LCD TV .22 cal
Ruger *furniture

TERMS: Everything sells REGARDLESS OF PRICE! Cash to Bid *
10% Buyer's Premium Broker Participation Available Call to Qualify!
OWNER: William Reynolds

Adorable 3/2 CBS Home lo-
cated in Kings Bay, last
street, no neighbors, Priced
to Sell! (863)634-0779

$869/mo, 3698 NW 7th St,
1450 sq ft CBS, new, tile.
$129,900 (863)484-0809

How do you find a job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

Hose -Sle105

Kouse S le

Flat bed, 24' w/ 19' deck, 5'
beaver tail, new radial tires,
electric over hydraulic brakes
$4800 neg. (863)763-8014

wood, Texas. For Nov. 2008
3 Available! $1750 /person.
Call (863)467-6960

available, owner motivated,
$35,000. (772)529-0777
JUST UNDER '/2 acre, SW
area, SW 7th Ave./SW 15th
St., no city taxes, $69,000.

Mobile Homes

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

acres E. of town, non-smok-
ing environ, No pets.
$1100/mo 1st & sec
RENTER 3/2. $800/mo +
$500 sec, pay only electric,
sm pet cons (863)697-0214
Mobile Homes For Rent
2 and 3 Bedrooms
Easy Payments

lot in quiet neighborhood
close to town. Front porch,
fenced yard. Will lease with
option to buy. $59,000.
$700/mo. (863)634-3451
RV's & LOTS (3) rent for
$395/mo. in Okeechobee
Call Warren (954)602-5933

USDA announces deadlines

for livestock producers

Submitted Photo

(top): Nicholas Jones, Erin
Tewksbury, Rachel Byassee
and Jesse Bryant were award-
ed with scholarships from the
Adrian M. Sample Scholarship
Fund from IRCC at Okeecho-
bee High School's Scholar-
ship Night. The awards were
presented by Pat Alfrey (left)
and Sam Smith (right). (bot-
tom): Camille Rousseau
and Ashley Roberson were
-b t awarded with $4,000 Access
and Opportunity Scholarships
from IRCC at Okeechobee
High School's Scholarship
Night. The awards were pre-
sented by Pat Alfrey (left) and
Sam Smith (right).

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Diane Conway, County Ex-
ecutive Director of U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture Farm Service
Agency (FSA) in Okeechobee
County, reminds Livestock pro-
ducers they have until July 18,
2008, to enroll in the 2005 -
2007 Livestock Compensation
Program (LCP) and Livestock
Indemnity Program (LIP). Sign
up began on Sept. 10, 2007, for
the two programs that provide
aid to livestock producers who
suffered eligible livestock or live-
stock feed losses between Jan.

.. College program.

1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2007, be-
cause of a natural disaster.
"The deadline to enroll in the
2005 2007 Livestock Compen-
sation Program and Livestock
Indemnity Program is rapidly
approaching," said Conway. "I
encourage all eligible producers
to enroll soon because sign-up
ends on July 18, 2008."
LIP provides payments to eli-
gible livestock owners and con-
tract growers who incurred the
death of livestock because of a
natural disaster. LCP provides

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payments to eligible livestock
owners and cash lessees who
suffered feed losses or increased
feed costs because of a natural
More information about LCP
and LIP is available online at: For
more information on FSA pro-
grams, visit your local USDA Ser-
vice Center or the agency's Web

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

SAILBOAT Cape Dory 24 ft,
freshly painted. $4200
863)234-1226 or

TERRY 30' RV, w/14' slide-
out, new a/c, heater, refrig-
erator, roof, awning, sleeps
8, $10,000. (772)530-6448
The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

MAZDA PU '94 4x4, gray,
high mileage, V6, cold air,
asking $1000

$4600 (863)234-1226 or
Shop from a gilt catalog
that's updated regularly:
the classifMeds.

JEEP WRANGLER, '04 6 cyl.,
5 spd., w/overdrive, 19mpg,
hard top, air, mag wheels,
custom bumpers, light rack,
Ig. tires, 1 owner, 55k mi.,
$13,000. (772)370-3204

FORD 150 PU '93 crew cab,
runs exc. & looks good, 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
S6, $2150 (863)763-6216
Ford F150- 1986, 300 6 cyl.,
4 speed, bed, matt & topper,
chrome wheels, good shape
$1900 (863)467-9465

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, June 8, 2008 1

Camp hones soccer skills lI ..

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Some of the best soccer tech-
niques in the world were on
display this week as Paul Gib-
bons and other coaches put on
a Coerver Coaching soccer camp
at the Okeechobee Sports Com-
About two dozen Okeechobee
*kids took part in the three-day
camp that emphasizes soccer
fundamentals, but also shows
kids some new tricks that will im-
prove their game.
Coach Gibbons, known by
friends as "Gibby," runs the Trea-
sure Coast United soccer club in
Palm City. Several prominent for-
mer Brahmans like Omar Guer-
rerro, and Giovanni Jiminez are
alumnus of the team. Currently
five young Okeechobee kids, led
bers of the team. Pritchard was
player of the year for the United
this past season.
"I'm very happy with the turn-
out this week," Gibbons said.
"The camp teaches them skills
where they can enjoy the game."
The Coerver Coaching tech-
niques were developed back in
the 1970s by Will Coerver. It origi-
nated in Holland. Coerver noticed
',that the greatest players from
around the world used difference
techniques, moves, and tricks that
made them better players. He de-
veloped a program that combined
all of these skills learned from top
players around the world.
Coach Gibbons and his for-
mer player Chloe Stokes of Hobe
Sound put on the camp on Thurs-
day, Friday, and Saturday. Stokes
is one of the top club players in
Florida. She recently received an
Offer. to play for a professional
team in England known as Arse-
Gibbons also played profes-
sional soccer and was a coach in
the professional leagues in Eng-
Treasure Coast United plays all
*around Florida. They also hope to
travel to England and play match-
es there.
Coach Gibbons applauded the
play of Pritchard and the other
Okeechobee players. He noted
Pritchard is a tremendous talent
and also a fine role model for
Other players from Okeecho-




|in tourney

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Riverside National Bank might
have finished second during the
'regular season, but they have
designs of taking first in the post
--The OCRA Majors tournament
--co-,tinued Thursday night as Riv-
erside nipped Car Quest, the regu-
lar season champion, 11-10, in an
exciting contest at the Okeecho-
bee Sports Complex.
Riverside thought they had the
game firmly in command, but
each time they built a comfort-
able lead, Car Quest showed their
mettle, and came up with a huge
The last rally of five runs in the
top of the sixth just fell short as
Riverside held on.
Cutter Crawford picked up the
win with two solid innings. He
was also the hitting star for River-
side as he banged out three hits,
and drove in three runs.
Crawford wasn't alone as Ma-
son Joyce scored two runs and
hit a double. Tad Norman had
a triple and a run scored. Tren-
ton Hickman reached base three
times, scored twice, and drove in
a run. Kevin Coleman had two
hits including a two run single,
and also picked up the save.
Car Quest got a big night from
Seth McWhorter who had two
hits, and scored twice. Brandon
Ball had two runs scored and
hit a RBI double. Branson Butler
scored twice as well.
Car Quest also had their share
of excellent defensive plays. Seth
McWhorter made an excellent
grab of a pop fly in the third. For
Riverside Garrett Thomas made
a diving catch on a bunt in the
fourth and turned it into an inning

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The final of the double elimi-
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The OCRA rookie league all
stars, basically players eight years
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