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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

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PO BOX 117007


Welcome House
offers programs
Welcome House is now
accepting applications. Mem-
bership is free, if you are at least
18 years of age and have an
emotional or psychiatric diagno-
sis, or if you are under a doctor's
care or simply taking medication
for emotional problems, they
welcome you to drop in and join
the circle .of friends. Welcome
House offers scheduled activi-
ties at least three times a week
such as: arts and crafts, support
groups, outings, and presen-
tations, they are open 7 days a
week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For
more information, call Hilda or
James at 863-467-1026.
Diabetes Support
Group at Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers
a monthly Diabetes Support
Group which meets on the sec-
ond Thursday of each month in
the hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. If
you have any questions please
call the program coordinator,
Wanda Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E.,
C.PT., at 863-763-5093.
Narcotics group to
meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday
at noon. Meetings will be held
at the Just for Today Club, 2303
U.S. 441 S.E., Suite K. For infor-
mation, call 863-634-4780.

Christian Mental
health support group
Do you 'suffer with depres-
sion, anxiety or other mental
illness? The Christian Mental
Health Support group me4ts on
the second and fourth Thurs-
day of the month at 6 p.m. on
Martin County Grade. Call 772-
597-0463 for more information.
Family members are welcome.

Drought Index

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

Lake Levels

9.40 feet
Last Year: 8.99 feet
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Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Classifieds 7
Comics 5
Community Events................... 4
Crossword 5
Obituaries 6
Opinion 4
Speak Out 4
Sports 8
TV 4
Weather .. 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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Firemen battle brush fires

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
More than 60 acres burned on
Friday, and another 25 on Sunday
in northern Okeechobee County
due to wild fires, Okeechobee
County Fire Rescue reported.
Firemen battled a blaze Sun-
day in the 3800 block of N.E.
301st Blvd. that threatened a

residence and an out building, a
report from Paramedic Everette
Wooten stated.
Five units and seven county
firemen and volunteers respond-
ed around 2 p.m. and found the
fire burning some grass and
brush near the residence and out
building. They responded quick-
ly and were able to keep the fire
from damaging the buildings.

The cause was ruled unin-
tentional. The fire report stated
an unattended debris fire appar-
ently sparked the wild fire. There
were no injuries reported.
Firemen were on the scene
for about 3 '/2 hours.
The Florida Division of For-
estry responded with tractors
and plows to surround the blaze.
About 2,000 gallons of water was

used in putting out the blaze.
Friday, the Division of Forestry
spent close to 10 hours put-
ting out a fire near the Osceola-
Okeechobee County line, not far
from the Vision Quest facility.
Okeechobee County was
called in for mutual aid around
1:30 p.m. Four units and six fire-
men were on the scene for about
five hours, the report stated.

Firemen responded to 46280
U.S. 441 north and were able to
eventually surround and extin-
guish the blaze.
Smoke from the blaze caused
the Florida Highway Patrol to call
back firemen on Saturday to put
out some hot spots that had re-

Staying calm

is important

after a storm

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
This is the sixth in a series
of Hurricane Preparedness
articles. Additional 'articles
will include information from
each Of the speakers that were
featured at the 'American Red
Cross Seminar.
On Tuesday, June 3, ap-
"proximately 50 local citizens
attended .the American Red
Cross Hurricane Preparedness
Seminar which was sponsored
by Seacoast National Bank and
Raulerson Hospital.
Billy Dean is the calm voice
of the WOKC AM 1570 radio
station where he has worked
through hurricanes helping
to keep his listeners calm and
up-to-date on local information
during the storm. He told those
at the seminar about his experi-
ences during past hurricanes.

He worked. through Hurri-
canes Charley, Frances, Jeanne
and Wilma in 2004 and 2005. :
The radio station has three
phases during the forecasting of
a coming storm. Phase I begins
when a hurricane is forecast to
hit Florida, approximately sev-
en days out from landfall.
During this phase, WOKC
broadcasts the tracking infor-
mation that they obtain from
the, National Weather Center
and provide any local informa-
tion to prepare for a coming
If there are any shelter open-
ings, store closings, school
closings, etc. they are also
broadcast on the radio.
Interviews with local individ-
uals such as Debbie Riddle with
the American Red Cross and
Mike Faulkner with the County
See Stay Calm- Page 2

Locks closures


The U.S. Army Corps of En-
gineers, Jacksonville District's
South Florida Operations Of-
fice will close two locks on
the Okeechobee Waterway for
portions of July and August
while manatee safeguards are
The Port Mayaca Lock is
scheduled to be closed from
July 7 through Aug. 28 and the
St. Lucie Lock is scheduled to
be closed from July 14 through
Aug. 28. Every effort will be
made to finish the work and re-
open the locks to navigation at

earlier dates if possible.
Harbor Branch Oceano-
graphic Institute of Ft. Pierce
developed the Manatee Pro-
tection System (MPS) for the
Corps, designed to protect
manatees from being harmed
by lock gates as they close. The
non contact, acoustic detection
device is installed on one lock
gate and emits sound at twenty
centimeter intervals, generat-
ing signals that are detected by
receivers on the opposite gates.
If these sensors detect a mana-
See Lock Page 2

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Now hikers, joggers, cy-
clists and bird watchers will be
able to enjoy the Taylor Creek
Stormwater Treatment Area
(STA) even more.
The three mile trail circling
the facility now has two chic-
kees and picnic tables thanks
to the Seminole Tribe and
Okeechobee High School Fu-
ture Farmers of America (FFA).
Jim Billie constructed the
chickees, a traditional Semi-
nole shelter made of palm
fronds covering a wood frame.
Instead of the customary raised
wooden platform for a floor,
these chickees have concrete
pads to accommodate the FFA
picnic tables. The picnic tables
have the letters "FFA" branded
on them.
S The 170 acre Taylor Creek
STA is designed to remove
excess phosphorous from the
creek. The water enters the
STA from the creek and flows
1.6 miles parallel to the creek.

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
16th District Congressman
Tim Mahoney took a tour of an
Indiantown factory Saturday to
perhaps view the wave of the
future in motor vehicles.
Giliberti Incorporated has
built high speed golf carts, and
vehicles that pull airplanes to
and from hangars at major air-
ports. They are also in the pro-
cess of developing vehicles that
would be usable by the United
States Military.
Parts on these vehicles

It then renters the creek mi-
nus some of the phosphorus.
The STA is supposed to capture
about two metric tons of phos-
phorous per year. The STA also
improves the quality of the wa-

could be manufactured here in
Okeechobee, with West Gate
Sheet Metal providing some of
the materials used. They oper-
ate in Riviera Beach but also
have a 40,000 square foot facil-
ity in Okeechobee County on
N.W. 110th Street.
Giliberti Chief Executive
Officer John Giliberti showed
off some of his inventions and
products, allowing Mahoney to
travel on a golf cart that travels
up to 50 miles per hour. He also
rode a transport vehicle that
could serve airlines and even

ter, creating a great habitat for
wading birds and making it a
great place for bird watching.
Bird watching, walking, jog-
See FFA- Page 2,

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Anhingas are among the many birds that can be seen at
the Stormwater Treatment Area.

the military.
The vehicles can run off a
battery, and diesel fuel. They
are more fuel efficient than ve-
hicles that are currently used,
the manufacturer stated.
The company moved into
their current location at the In-
diantown Airport in 2003. They
had worked out a deal with
U.S. Airways on a $10 million
contract in 2001 to produce
these electric 'hybrid' vehicles.
However that was a few days
See Mahoney Page 2

Photos/Charles Murphy
Congressman Tim Mahoney rides one of the hybrid vehicles
being produced by Giliberti Incorporated with Company Pres-
ident, CEO, John Giliberti. Some of the materials used to pro-
duce these vehicles are manufactured in Okeechobee.

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Picnic shade: Seminoles provide chickees

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This is one of two chickees built by Jim Billie on the trail surrounding the Taylor Creek
Stormwater Treatment Area. A chickee is a traditional Seminole shelter made from palm
fronds covering a wooden frame. Underneath the chickees are picnic tables built by
Okeechobee High School FFA students.

FFA builds picnice tables

Congressman Mahoney looks

at fuel efficient vehicles

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Stay Calm
Continued From Page 1
Emergency Operations Center are
examples of what you could hear
in the days before a storm.
Phase II begins when it is fore-
cast that a storm will hit locally
within an area of approximately
150 miles. Constant updates are
given throughout the day, more
frequently than in the Phase I.
Phase III begins when it is
forecast that Okeechobee will
get a direct hit from a coming
storm. When this happens, no
music is played on the radio and
they completely go to interviews
with local officials, etc. and any
local information they can find
about preparing for the upcom-
ing storm.
The most important thing to
do before, during and after the
storm according to Billy Dean is
to stay calm. In order to create a
calming atmosphere, the radio is
prepared with generators to keep
power throughout the storm to
try to keep a calming voice on
oeoole's radios.

Billy Dean said he has literally
stayed through the night at the
station in order to stay online and
keep his listeners calm and in-
formed during and after a storm.
WOKC will also have a new
tower put up in the coming
weeks at the Okeechobee Chris-
tian Church off of Charles Harvey
Road. This will allow their broad-
cast to reach Miami once again.
Billy Dean also spoke at Ki-
wanis on Thursday, June 5, where
he told of his history and how he
got into the radio business.
For more information about
WOKC call 863-467-1570.
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 know-
ing that they have helped better
someone's life.
For more information about
the Okeechobee American Red
Cross call 863-763-2488.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar(

Continued From Page 1

before 9/11, and after that the
deal fell through.
Giliberti would like a similar
contract with the U.S. Military to
produce heavy duty vehicles that
would be usable to haul weapons
and equipment and for other pur-
"I think airports could save
thousands of dollars per day with
each vehicle if they use these ve-
hicles," Mr. Giliberti told the Con-
Congressman Mahoney said
he came away impressed with
the products and how they are
"I think with diesel over $4 per
gallon, and gasoline constantly
going up, the fuel costs alone
make these types of vehicles very
attractive to the military," Rep.
Mahoney noted. "The beauty of
this operation is they're the lead-
ers, they have thought through

the technology and they are ready
to mobilize."
Congressman Mahoney said
the vehicles can be used for a
variety of missions and he sup-
ported helping the firm expand
and build their fleet.
"When you get these con-
tracts, the government will be
concerned about viability. We'll
research this in Washington and
see if we can get a positive result
here," he said.
Congressman Mahoney also
spoke on the farm bill during his
visit to Indiantown and Okeecho-
"The bill is not perfect but it
was a breakthrough for Florida
vegetable and citrus farmers," he
The farm bill has always been
dominated by programs for farm-
ers in the midwest, he said. This
bill will greatly impact Florida
growers for the first time.
"We aren't asking for subsi-
dies. We are asking for money for
research to make better crops,
and to protect our crops from dis-
ease," he said.

$1 billion was put into the bill
for fresh fruits and vegetables. He
hopes that will spur economic
growth for agriculture.
The bill also addressed the
need for alternative fuels and eth-
anol. He predicted rural Florida
will profit from ethanol develop-
ment through the creation of new
Congressman Mahoney said
the climate in South Florida will
help with the development of
products needed to make etha-
Congressman Mahoney said
2008 will be the most expensive
year for agriculture to produce a
crop, mainly due to the increases
in fuel costs.
"The benefits of this farm bill
have been eaten up by rising fuel
costs and the rising costs of fer-
tilizer. Even with the help of this
bill, we've got some areas here
that have real challenges to make
agriculture viable," he said.
Congressman Mahoney said
the viability of the agriculture in-
dustry here is a national security
issue. He noted the government

must do what it can to help agri-
culture so we aren't too reliant on
foreign grown foods.
"We must be certain we can
feed our population. If we don't,
we'll find ourselves in the same
predicament we find ourselves in
with energy-this congressman
will certainly not let that happen,"
he noted.
Rep. Mahoney, a super del-
egate for the Democratic National
Convention in Denver later this
year, has yet to announce who he
will support for President.
Congressman Mahoney said
he is very proud of the two re-
maining candidates. He predicted
whoever is elected in November
will take the country in a new and
positive direction.
"Frankly anybody in business
here, any family can tell you, that
the time for partisan politics has
ended. Now is the time to help
American families. Anybody (poli-
ticians) who is not on that agenda
will get a one-way ticket home,"
he noted.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Billy Dean (center) is one of the faces of WOKC 1570 AM. He
spoke at the American Red Cross Seminar and at Kiwanis
recently about his role at the station and how he got into the
radio business. Kiwanis member Steve Cates invited him to
speak before the club including vice-president Jim Vensel

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LocK which could cause injury.
Continued From Page 1 For further information on this
project, visit the Corps' website
tee, audio and visual alarms are at and
activated and the gates automati- select Navigation Projects, then
cally reopen. Navigation Bulletins and Lock
Other protection measures in- Closure information or call the
clude the installation of screens South Florida Operations Office
on lock gates to prevent manatees at 863-983-8101.

Continued From Page 1
- going and cycling can be done on
the three mile shell rock trail sur-
rounding the area. Travelling this
trail has now been made more
enjoyable thanks to the chickees
and benches.
"These chickees fit just right
with the natural beauty of the Tay-
lor Creek STA," Malcolm Wade,
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) govern-
ing board member said in a press
The STA is a partnership be-
tween SFWMD and the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers (COE). It is lo-
cated on a publicly held portion

of Grassy Island Ranch on U. S.
441 N across from Eckerd Youth
Development Center. The STA is
open to the public seven days a
week during daylight hours. No
motorized vehicles, horses or
pets (except for service animals)
are allowed.
Colonel Robert Carpenter, who
was commander of'the Jackson-
ville district, COE in 2004 when
ground was broken for the STA
said that the STA projects were
another step in reclaiming Lake
Okeechobee and would save en-
c~angered wildlife habitat.
"If we can'do it here, we can
do it around the country," the
colonel said.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
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Okeechobee News, Tuesday, June 10, 2008 3

School board to consider upcoming projects

School lunch
prices may increase

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board will meet on Tues-
day, June 10, where they will con-
sider approval of two change or-
ders for current projects and bids
for upcoming projects.
The board will hear the Com-
prehensive Safety Inspection
Report and the best practices
self-assessments for the 2007-08
school year.
They will also recognize many
students and staff.
One change that could affect
many students in the school sys-
tem is the increase in the school
full-price lunches at all levels by
25 cents for the 2008-09 school
The lunch prices will be as fol-
lows for full-price students:
breakfast $.75
elementary lunch $1.75
middle/high school lunch

adult lunch $3
Reduced prices for students
are as follows:
breakfast $.30
elementary lunch $.40
middle /high school lunch
The reduced-price meals were
unchanged, as were the full-price
breakfast prices.
The school board will consider
a change order to the Classroom
Addition Project at Osceola Middle
School resulting in the addition of
$8,363.61 and increasing the total
contract amount to $2,883,969.38.
They will also consider the certifi-
cate of substantial completion of
this project.
The increase provides for addi-
tional louver vents at the covered
entry ceilings to comply with the
Florida Building Code.
They will also consider a
change order in the purchase
amount for the cooling tower re-
placement project at Okeechobee
High School which originally was
bid at $117,555. This change order
will be decreasing the contract
amount to $46,208.47, a deduc-
tion of $71,346.53. The change re-

flects the owner direct purchase
of the cooling tower, resulting in
a sales tax savings of $4,667.53 as
well as a deduction in price.
New bids for several projects
will also be considered. The low
base bid amount of $366,666 sub-
mitted by Koldaire, Inc. for the
North Elementary School chiller
replacement/ice storage project.
They will also consider the low
base bid amount of $53,400 sub-
mitted by James Shockley Electri-
cal Services, Inc. for the Central
Elementary School electrical up-
grade project.
The low base bid amount of
$74,943 submitted by Carpenter
Electric, Inc. for Yearling Middle
School the generator wiring proj-
ect will also be considered by the
In the transportation depart-
ment the board has received the
low bid of $30 per exam from Dr.
Peter W. Stephens for the annual
school bus driver physical exami-
nations. Eighteen local physicians
were solicited for bids for the
purpose of providing examina-
tions for approximately 75 drivers
for the 2008-09 school year. Only

three physicians responded.
The board will also consider
the proposal from Wicks, Brown,
Williams and Company for their
services for an internal funds au-
dit for the period covering fiscal
years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-
11. The total cost for this service
would be $21,900.
In other business the OCSB will
consider approval of the Compre-
hensive Safety Inspection Report
(SREF) for the fiscal year 2007-
08 for the district and they will
review the results of the school
safety and security best practices
Funds for a communication
equipment-technology grant are
being requested to enhance com-
munication to provide repeaters
and bi-directional amplification
for improved cellular service and
enhanced security at selected
schools. Eight units will be pur-
chased at $1,834.16 for a total of
$14,673.31 including materials
and labor.
They will also be considering
another grant involving the IDEA
Part B grant application for the
2008-09 school year including

$1,653,600 (including estimated
rQll forward) and preschool
The summer programs, in-
cluding the migrant program, are
on the agenda detailing the times
and compensation for the teach-
ers and paraprofessionals that
will run the programs at South
Elementary School, OMS and at
OHS. ,
The advertisement of the newly
revised Student Code of Conduct
will be considered for approval
as well. This will place the forty-
two page document on the next
months agenda for approval. The
revisions were recommended by
a committee of school represen-
tatives, parents and community
representatives through meetings
which began in December 2007.
Executive sessions for the
OCSB will begin on Monday,
June 23, at 8 a.m. in the Super-
intendent's Office, Room 308 for
the purpose of the OCSB to meet
with their negotiator attorney
in preparations for negotiations
with the instructional and non-in-
structional employee bargaining
units. Negotiations will being on

the same date at 9 a.m. in room
303 at the district office.
The board will also set dates
for additional July meetings to ac-
commodate the budget process.
Additional meetings are as fol-
lows: Tuesday, July 22, at 6 p.m.
in the School Board Office room
303, for the approval of the ten-
tative milage rates and tentative
budget for advertisement; Thurs-
day, July 31, at 6 p.m. for the first
public hearing for the tentative
milage rates and tentative bud-
This is in addition to the regu-
lar July meeting on Tuesday, July
8. They will also meet on Tuesday,
August, 12, and Tuesday, Sept. 9.
The final budget hearing will oc-
cur on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
For additional information
please contact the OCSB office at
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

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
David Allen Kennedy, 39, W
Mayaguana Lane, Lake Worth,
was arrested June 6 by Deputy
Donald Ellis on a charge of pos-
session of cocaine. His bond was
set at $15,000. He was later arrest-
ed by Deputy Sergeant Clif Gill on
a Martin County warrant charging
him with violation of probation -
driving while license suspended
with knowledge and violation of
probation failure to appear. His
bond on these charges was set at
Bennie Charles Williams Jr.,
28, Louisiana Ave., Clewiston, was
arrested June 6 by Deputy Mark
Shireman on a Hendry County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation driving while li-
cense suspended/revoked felony.:
+- He is being held without bond.
Preston Wiggins, 35, N.W.
10th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested June 6 by Deputy Robbie
Lamb on an Okeechobee County

warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation driving- while
license suspended habitual of-
fender. He is being held without
John Joseph Fox, 26, S.E.
22nd Court, Okeechobee, was
arrested June 6 by Deputy Har-
old Hancock on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with
failure to appear grand theft auto
and failure to appear dealing in
stolen property. He is being held
without bond. He was also ar-
rested on another warrant charg-
ing him with failure to appear -
driving while license suspended/
revoked habitual offender. He is
being held without bond on that
Randford Brandon, 18, Yor-
muth Ave, Wellington, was arrest-
ed June 6 by Deputy Harold Han-
cock on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation burglary of a
conveyance. His bond was set at
Willie Lee Thomas, 53, N.
32nd Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested June 6 by Deputy Justin
Akins on. an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with pos-.
session of, cocaine with intent
to sell (four counts) and sale of
cocaine (four counts). His bond
was set at $80,000. He was also

arrested by Deputy Brian Cross
on Okeechobee County warrants
charging him with failure to ap-
pear contempt (four counts),
failure to appear sale or delivery
of a controlled substance (four
counts) and failure to' appear -
possession of cocaine with intent
to sell or deliver (four counts). He
is being held without bond on
those charges.
Fernando Rolon Rivera, 20,
N.W. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested June 6 by Officer S. Mor-
gan on a charge of possession of
a controlled substance. His bond
was set at $5,000.
Jose Alvarez, 62, Blue Moon
Ave., Lake Placid, was arrested
June 6 by Detective Jack Hill on
charges of dealing in stolen proper-
ty, interference with railroad track
and equipment (two counts). His
bond was set at $10,000.
Jose Luis Leon, 32, S.W 18th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
June 7 by Deputy Dale Hardy on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with driving while
license suspended felony. His
bond was set at $2,500.
Edgar Vazquez Delgado,
25, S.E. 10th Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested June 7 by Officer K.
Muller on a charge of felony crimi-
nal mischief. His bond was set at

Paulette Smith, 36, S.E. 63rd
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
June 7 by Deputy Dale Hardy on
a Polk County warrant charging
her with the felony of failure to
appear obtaining property by
worthless check. Her bond was
set at $1,000.
Bill Clemons, 20, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested June 7 by Offi-
cer J. Bernst on a felony charge of
battery (domestic violence). His
bond was set at $2,500.
Joseph Eugene Walker, 53,
N.W. 39th Circle, Okeechobee,
was arrested June 7 by Officer K.
Muller on a charge of driving un-
der the influence. His bond was
set at $500.
Michael L. Frost, 29, N.E. 16th
Ave. Okeechobee, was arrested
June 8 by Deputy Robbie Lamb
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with sale of co-
caine and possession of cocaine
with intent to sell (two counts).
His. bond was set at $90,000.
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
will be confirmed and printed.

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Speak Out
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easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
ENTERTAINMENT: If we're making wish lists of what we would
like to see in Okeechobee, how about a dinner theater? Wouldn't that
be fun? Maybe they could figure out a way for the Community Theater
to combine a play with a fundraiser dinner at the KOA or the Shrine
SOMETHING TO DO: I have lived in Okeechobee a long time and
you would think there would be more to do as the town grows, but
that is not the case. There actually used to be more to do. I guess ev-
eryone just gets too busy. We used to have a skating rink where the
kids enjoyed birthday parties. The Chamber of Commerce used to have
a formal dinner dance every year where the men wore tuxes and the
ladies wore long gowns. We used to have a big arts and crafts festival
the Friday, Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving. In addition to the
sports complex pool, there used to be a city pool that was within walk-
ing distance for a lot of kids. We could use more things to do in town
and that is not a slap at Okeechobee. I love Okeechobee but we could
all work together and make it better.
SPEAK OUT: It seems to me that some of the people in Speak Out
just want to complain. If someone makes a suggestion or asks a ques-
tion, these callers have to criticize that person or give a reason why the
suggestion won't work. How about giving some new ideas a try?
DEPOT: I want to respond to the caller who said no one cared about
the train station until CSX decided to tear it down. That is not true. Main
Street was trying to find a way to restore the train station long before
they learned of CSX's plans. The problem is they can't get grants unless
the station is in public ownership. If it is a private business, they can't
get federal grants.
CITY: My compliments to the city council for placing a prohibition
on demolishing a building older than 50 years without a special per-
mit. If someone had that kind of foresight years ago, we would still
have treasures such as the Southland Hotel. There isn't much of old
Okeechobee left. We need to restore and save it.
CLINTON: I do not think Mr. Obama will ask Mrs. Clinton to be his
vice president. She might think of that as a dream ticket, but I think it
would be a nightmare. After the ugly things she said about him during
the campaign, how can she expect him to trust her? I think she should
go back to the Senate and do the job that the people of New York elect-
ed her -- and have been paying her -- to do.
DEMOCRATS: Looking at the candidates' spouses, I think that Mrs.
Obama would be much more of an asset in the White House than Mr.
Clinton would be. Imagine Bill Clinton back in the White House with all
that free time on his hands while Hillary is busy running the country.
AGE: They are making a lot of comments on television about how
old John McCain is. He was born in 1936 so he will be 72 on his birthday
in August this year. What does age mean to a president? Is it better to
have some age and wisdom or better to have less age and more vitality?
Barack Obama was born in 1961 so he will be 47 on his birthday, also
in August. The youngest president we ever had was Teddy Roosevelt
who was 42 when he was sworn in after the death of President Wil-
liam McKinley. John Kennedy was the youngest man ever elected to the
office -- he was 43. The oldest man ever elected president was Ronald
Regan, who took office at age 69. Regan was considered by many to be
a good president -- the country did well when he was in office. Teddy
Roosevelt was also a good president and very popular. I am wondering
what everyone thinks? Does age matter? Who do you think were the
best presidents this country had? Who were the worst?
VICE PRESIDENT: I heard on television that our Governor Crist is
being considered as John McCain's running mate. Now that would be
interesting and might be good for Florida. But I still think that McCain
should ask Mike Huckabee to be his running mate. I think McCain and
Huckabee like and respect each other and they both want what is best
- for this country -- not what is best for certain special interests. I think
they would both try to do the right thing, not just the popular thing.
DEMOCRATS: I keep asking myself how in the world did it come
to this. How did the Democrats wind up with Clinton and Obama as
their only choices? Something is really wrong with the two-party sys-
tem. Surely there are better candidates out there in this big country. I
have been a lifelong Democrat but come the presidential election, I am
going to have to vote Republican this time.
COMMUTER TRAINS: When metropolitan West Palm stretches out
here you might see commuter trains. Eventually it will stretch out this
far one day but not in our lifetime. Maybe in two more lifetimes.
HISTORY: I do appreciate having links to the past preserved for the
future generations. And I don't believe that Lincoln had to be assas-
sinated at the station, nor that the Japanese had to surrender there, in
order for it to be historic. There is much of the history of Okeechobee
that took place there, even if it was simply moving local products or
people, and the architecture itself, which warrants historical preserva-
tion. A similar movement to restore the station was started several years
ago by the late John Pond, who owned the Once Upon A Time Book-
store on SW Second Avenue and who was a large scale model train
enthusiast. He approached CSX with the idea of restoring the station
for a museum and gift shop, with his train system set up on a lawn to
the east of the station, where it would run continuously through scale
model landscaping. The hurdles with CSX proved to be too much for
him to get through. Maybe with backing from Main Street, the City and
Amtrak, this new effort may prove successful. Better things we could
spend the money on, you say? What money are you talking about and
what things? If the money comes from grants that are set aside by the
federal government specifically for restoration of historic buildings and
cannot be used for. anything else, what have we lost? The restoration
itself may give some local people jobs or additional work for local
companies or materials sold by local stores. If the money is available,
Okeechobee should get its share to preserve what little remains of our
links to the beginnings of this county.

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Letters to the Editor

Who has the
right to decide?
I would like to respond to
the Speak Out about the elderly
woman being ordered to move
into an assisted living facility with
her husband.
First of all she is not currently
living at HER comfortable home.
The judge has a right to make
the determination based on all
the facts of the case.
What I would like to know is
what kind of country do we live
in when a relative other than the
spouse has the power to obtain a
power of attorney while an elder-
ly woman is in the hospital after
under going surgery? When any
person has the right to have an el-
derly woman taken from a nurs-
ing home in which physicians
and her spouse recommended
her to be in and they just go in
and take her out without any per-
mission from a physician, without
notifying her husband and with-
out even telling the nursing home
that she was leaving?
Aunt Sibbie and Uncle Howard

had been happily married for over
40 years until she was taken away
from him. Uncle Howard did not
leave Aunt Sibbie. She was taken
from him.
Right or wrong, he did what
he thought was the only thing he
could do out of LOVE for his wife.
She had gotten to a point that he
felt he could no longer care for her
in a way that she should be cared
for. As a married couple who love
each other, we want the best for
our spouse. As a married couple,
the spouse has the right to make
decisions for the other.
Uncle Howard is a very. proud
man but he is also a man that
adores his wife. He went to the
nursing home daily. Then he was
forced away from his home when
He was afraid to even stay in
his own home that he shared
with his wife for years. He at first
stayed at a hotel in town. Later
Aunt Sibbie was admitted to the
hospital in town and when she
was being released, he asked that
she be transferred to a nursing
home in Melbourne due to other

Community Calendar

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, callEarl at 863-763-0139.
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.
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.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every second
Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. For
information contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers
Fellowship Church, 300 S.W Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then
from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or
someone just to care are welcome. For information call the hot line
863-801-9201 or 863-697-9718.
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.

threats that had been made and
the heated argument that brought
deputies to the hospital.
He moved to an apartment
right across the street from the
nursing home so he could be
close to the love of his life. He
choose Melbourne because his
sister and brother-in-law lives
there, and they were the people
that both Aunt Sibbie and Uncle
Howard had named to be making
decisions for them if they were
unable to do so.
A 93-year-old man had to
leave his home that was com-
pletely paid off. He had to leave
a county that he had lived in for
years. Then he was stripped of his
wife of over 40 years, both physi-
cally and emotionally.
Not to mention the extreme
dent that has been caused to the
nest egg that these two elderly
people have lost due to the legal
fees of having to fight for the right
to remain husband and wife. That
money should had been able to
be used strictly for their care.
Yet, Uncle Howard is willing
to be uprooted again, taken away

from the assistance and support
of his sister and brother-in-law
just to do what ever he has to do
to be reunited with a woman that
he loves in hopes of regaining the
affection they had shared up until
two months ago. And in hopes
of being able to share what time
they might have left as husband
and wife. They had a solid and
loving relationship that should
never been allowed to be torn
In my opinion, Aunt Sibbie
would have never wanted this.
She loved her husband dearly.
So God help us all when any-
one is allowed to tear us away
from our spouse just because we
are old. When anyone can walk
in and take our elderly.out of a
nursing home without anyone's
permission. And when another
relative has more rights than a
spouse of over 40 years.
I can only hope that some day
my nephews or nieces don't think
they have the right to do this to
my spouse. What about you?
Linda Pearce

Community Events

Early Learning Coalition meets
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee
Counties, Inc. Okeechobee County Provider/Advisory Council Meet-
ing will be on Wednesday, June 11, at noon. It will be held at Ameri-
can Red Cross, 323 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee.

Children's Services Council meets
The Children's Services Council will meet on Thursday, June 12,
at 5 p.m. in the conference room of the Okeechobee County School
Board Office, 700 S.W. 2nd Ave.

Hospice plans yard sale
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 863-697-199'5.

BBQ benefits Rodeo Team
OHS Rodeo Team will be having a barbecued chicken dinner June
13, starting at 11 a.m. at Elis' Western Wear for pick up. You can pre-
order dinners for delivery of five dinners or more on June 11, from 9
a.m. until 5 p.m. at 863-467-0807 to place your orders. For additional
information please contact Darlene Bass at 863-634-5815.

Okeechobee Autism Support Group
Okeechobee Autism Support Group begins 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 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 Johahna at 910-495-3171 or email
her at

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.

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 Okeechobqe News and announced on

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At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. 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 p.m.
Theatre II Indiana Jones and the Kingdom
of the Crystal" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
Theatre III "Kung Fu Panda" (PG) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:30 and
7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all mov-
ies; and, matinees are $4.
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Submitted Photo
Softball Scholarship
Kim Hargraves (left) and Heather Stillians (right) recog-
nized softball players that had received softball scholar-
ships to play for college teams: Jordan Marcum received
$21,200 from Miami Dade Community College and Mary
Huff and Lauren Throop each received $15,200 from St.
Pete Community College.

Seminole Tribe of Florida
Tony Bullington (left) and Roger Smith (right) recognized
students that had received the Seminole Tribe of Florida
Billy L. Cypress Scholarship: (left to right) Heather
Peterson, Mary Huff and Brittany Smith.

Submitted Photo
Seacoast National Bank
Angela McCall and Erica Zinski were recognized at
Okeechobee High School's Scholarship Night for receiv-
ing a scholarship from Seacoast National Bank. The award
was presented by Melody Hodges and Jon Geitner.

Submitted Photo
Good Neighbor
Lindsey Rucks, Rafe Erwin and Jordyn Nealis were award-
ed the Good Neighbor David Hester/Gretchen Robertson
Scholarship from State Farm Insurance at Okeechobee
High School's Scholarship Night.

USF Track Scholarship
Bryan Suarez (center) was recognized at Okeechobee
High School's Scholarship Night for earning a $18,000
scholarship for track from the University of South Florida.
The award was presented by Brian Kendall (left) and Na-
than Owen (right).

Submitted Photo
Soil and Water Conservation
Audrey Driggers (right) recognized students that had
received the Okeechobee Soil and Water Conservation
District Scholarship at Okeechobee High School's
Scholarship Night. The students that received
scholarships were (left to right) Mark Barlow, Nathan
Lea, John Gammill, Amanda Van Gorder, Kelly Buchanan,
Jamie Burnham and Nicholas Clements.

Submitted Photo
Waste Management
Rina Boswell, Jesse Bryant (left) and Evan King received awards
from Waste Management, presented by Jenny Pung (left).

Wemmer Family Orthodontics
Jessica Jarriel and Giovanni Jimenez, who were present-
ed with a $500 scholarship from Wemmer Family Ortho-
dontics. They were presented the award by Delores May.

VFW Post 10539
Matthew Strickland was awarded the scholarship from
Okeechobee Big Lake VFW Post 10539 and LadiestAuxil-
iary at Okeechobee High School's Scholarship Night. The
award was presented by Cheryl Benoit (right) and Daryl

Submitted Photo
Soccer Scholarship
Giovanni Jimeniz was recognized at Okeechobee High
School's Scholarship Night for earning a soccer scholar-
ship. The award was presented by Lonnie Sears (left).

Submitted Photo
Youth Livestock Show Scholarship
Rick Barnes (left) recognized students that received the Okeechobee Youth Livestock
Show Scholarship at Okeechobee High School's Scholarship Night. Students awarded
were: (in no particular order) Brandie Axt, Kelly Buchanan, Leah Burk, Jamie Burnham,
Michael Coker, Bethany Enfinger, Brianna Fryar, Jessica Jarriel, Nathan Lea, Alicia Lewis,
Molly Mitchell, Kayla Patterson, Rachel Rock, Lindsey Rucks, Felicia Sulzer, and Matthew

Submitted Photo
Young Farmer or Rancher
Davy Raulerson (back middle) presented ten Okeechobee High School students with the
Okee Co. Farm Bureau Young farmer/Rancher Scholarship at Scholarship Night. The stu-
dents were (back left) Kelly Buchanan, Nicholas Jones, Brandie Axt, Nicholas Clements,
Mark Barlow, (front) Anna Lugo, Jared Pfenning, Maria Urbano, Jamie Burnham, and Ja-
mie Butler.


Ernest L. Walker, Sr.
Ernest Leonard Walker, age 84,
of Leesburg, died on Wednesday,
June 4, 2008. He was born on July
20, 1923 in New Jersey. He moved
to Central Florida in 1978.
He was an electrician. He is
predeceased by his parents; his
siblings, Edward, Edith and Ray-
mond and his son, Kenneth Ed-
ward Walker in 1999.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie
C. Walker of Leesburg; his sons,
Ernest L. Walker, Jr. of Deland;
Clinton (Elaine) Walker of Lake
Mary; Charles (Stacey) Walker of
Geneva; daughters, Linda (Ralph)
Mecouch of Sewell, N.J. and
Dee Hamilton of Okeechobee.
In addition, he is survived by 12
grandchildren and seven great-
grandchildren. Graveside services
were held at Deltona Memo-

rial Gardens, Deltona on Monday,
June 9. A visitation was held at
First United Methodist Church of
Eustis, Sturm Chapel on Sunday,
June 8.
All arrangements were under
the direction of Harden/Pauli Fu-
neral Home, Eustis.

Grace L. French
Grace L. French age 93 of
Okeechobee died Sunday, June 8,
2008 in Raulerson Hospital. Born
June 9, 1914 in Big Hill, Ky., she
had been a resident of Okeecho-
bee for the past 30 years and
enjoyed bingo, children, writing
poetry, sewing and playing the.
She is preceded in death by her
husband, Caleb H.; sons, James,
Jack; four brothers, four sisters
and eight grandsons.

She is survived by sons, John
W French of Naples; George
(Donna) French of Vero Beach;
daughters, Mary Barnett of Ab-
erdeen, Ohio, Loretta Todd of
Okeechobee, Louise (Gene) Frye
of Clearwater and Phyllis (Lee)
Holley of Okeechobee. In addi-
tion, she is survived by 28 grand-
children, 49 great grandchildren
and 11 great great grandchildren.
The family will be receiving
friends on Wednesday, June 11,
from 4 until 7 p.m. in the Buxton
Funeral Home Chapel and ser-
vices will be on Thursday, June
12 at 11 a.m. also in the Buxton
Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor
Joe Bishop officiating. Interment
will follow at Forrest Hill Memo-
rial Park, Palm City.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Submitted Photo
Telehar Corporation
Skylar Clark and Daniel Cottone were recognized at
Okeechobee High School's Scholarship Night for receiv-
ing the $1,000 Telehar Corporation Scholarship.



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Help Wanted

Business Services

Promotes Workforce Ser-
vices for Business; iden-
tify & fulfill employer
needs & coordinate
comm. resources. De-
gree & 3 yrs sales/mgt
exp. Must know Treas-
ure Coast employment
market. $33,280+
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'Suite 100, Pt. St. Lucie,
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Aaron's Sales & Lease
Okeechobee store
Must pass criminal/drug test,
clean MVR,
21yrs or older, FT,
email resume
or apply in person
2302 Hwy 441 S., 34974

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:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
Immediate Openings All Shifts
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1646 Hwy. 441 North

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All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
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Babysitting' 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books'& Magazines 535
Building Materials540
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Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

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

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


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.
OKEE CITY Apt. Duplex, 2br.
1ba, 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

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

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

BASSWOOD newer home,
3br, 2ba, 1car garage, 3818
NW 29th Ave. $1000/mo,
1st & Sec. (863)634-6210
or (561)662-2298 Kirk
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. & reots. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
2BR/1BA, 1 car garage, CBS
House. central a/c & heat,
dishwasher,W/D, storm shut-
ter,. $850 mo. + $850 sec.
dep. Avail Now 863-467-8434
RENTAL APT- on Ranch
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

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classiflleds. Selling a
car? Look in the classl-

Professional Office Space
tor Lease near Courthouse,
immediate occupancy.

Middle age female looking to
share a 2br/1.5ba, no pets,
no drugs, no children, prefer
older male, quiet clean
neighborhood $350 mo, +
electric and $100 towards
security (561)373-5256

Real Estate

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 Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

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
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

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

available, owner motivated,
$35,000. (772)529-0777

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
MH 1BR/1BA, all util, fur-
nished $650 mo. + $200
sec. dep. 828 Hwy. 441 SE.


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

Mobile Home Angels


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

BMW R1200CLC '03 Radio,
cruise control, CD player,
heel & toe 'shifter, trailer
hitch, tow behind trailer.
$9500 or best offer


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

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
$1500 firm (863)467-9465

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

One man's trash Is anoth-
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your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classl-

Public N0tices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

AT 3.30 PM IN ROOM B-111 ON
DA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO
276836 ON 61008

File No. 2008-CP-047
Division Probate
The administration of the estate of John
C. Williams, deceased, whose date of
death was February 16,2008,is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is 312 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972
The names and addresses of the per-
sonal- representative and the Personal
Representative's attorney are set forth
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must tile their claims with this
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate must
file their claims with this court WITHIN
The date of first publication of this notice
is June 1Oth, 2008.
Personal Representative"
Derek Williams
2515 Alvecot Circle
Smyrna, Georgia 30080
Attorney or Personal Representative:
Michae D. Fowler, Chartered
Attorney for Derek Williams
Florida Bar No. 233919
1680 SW St. Lucie West Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Telephone: (7721 878-7271
Fax: (772 878-2981
277538 ON 6/10,17/08
Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE,
Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of
stored items on June 16th, 2008
Owners Uni#
Steve Bohannon 256
Wes & Michele Ripley 345
Jan UJP) Leach 353
Joe Chaney 359
Kristina & Preston Ripley 637
Tim Stilson 641
276428 ON 6/3,10/08




All personal items under $5,000






8 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Arnold's Wildlife plans open house ,,'-
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Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center Inc. will host its an-
nual "summer open house fund-
raiser" Saturday, June 14, from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Animal lovers will
see about 100 beautiful and exot-
ic creatures, including panthers,
bobcats and huge tortoises.
Visitors also will enjoy the
amazing Butterfly Haven, which
has seen several improvements
over the last few months, includ-
ing flowering shade trees, two
pond areas and several picnic/

seating areas. The butterfly gar-
den is arranged in the shape of
the Zebra Longwing, the Florida
state butterfly. It comprises nearly
2000 larval and nectar plants to
provide a needed breeding and
feeding ground for local butterfly
species, which, like other crea-
tures, suffer diminished habitat
due to increasing development in
the area.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5
for kids ages 6-12 and little ones
get in free.

"Admission includes hot dogs,
chips and a beverage, and access
to the animal compounds, but-
terfly garden, nature and hiking
trails," said Sue Arnold, owner
and curator of the center locat-
ed at 14895 N.W. 30th Terrace,
Okeechobee, FL 34972. For more
information about the center or
directions go to www.arnold- or call 863-763-4630.
"We truly appreciate the sup-
port from our community," Ms.
Arnold said. "It helps make our

wildlife conservation efforts pos-
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center's mission is to rescue,
rehabilitate and return animals
to their natural habitat. The cen-
ter has been around for 12 years
and rehabilitates an average 1000
animals per year. It is a non-profit
501 (c)(3) educational facility that
relies completely on donations to
fund its work. The center regular-
ly hosts children's birthday parties
and educational tours for schools
and other interested groups.


Courtesy photo/Arnold's Wildlife
Arnold's Wildlife Center's Butterfly Garden was built in the shape of a giant butterfly.

Courtesy photo/Arnold's Wildlife
Arnold's Wildlife is home to
many exotic animals, such as

Soccer fun
Diego Rodriquez is one of five Okeechobee kids who play
travel soccer with Treasure Coast United.

Gethesemane Ranch: A place to find hope for today's youth

By Cherish Pilgrim
Jesse Jones of Gethsemane
Ranch speaks of hope -- hope of
inspiring today's youth to take a
stand for a better way of living.
Mr. Jones explains that Geth-
semane Ranch was started as a
vision from the Lord: A place for
the youth of today as means of
prevention to the sinful tempta-
tions of the world. Even though it
was started for the youth, many
young adults, parents, friends
and spectators have found Geth-
semane a place they call home,
a place of security, love and sup-
port -- a family.
Along with Sunday services
at 11 a.m,, there are event prac-

tices held each week. Monday
are Roping; Tuesdays are Bar-
rels and Poles; Wednesdays are
Bull Riding with the occasional
bareback/saddle. bronc. Each
practice begins at 6:30 p.m. with
everyone circled together as a
time for prayer, bible lesson and
a chance for all to share on what
the Lord is doing in their lives.
What once started as only a
few boys out to practice on a
couple of bulls has now flour-
ished into youth coming from.
three surrounding counties and
a supply of bulls that were even
contracted for the Okeechobee
High School Rodeo.
This ministry is financially

supported by mineral box sales,
horse stud services, cypress
furniture and the grace of God.
Rodeo Bible camps are held
throughout the year filled with
praise and worship, prayer, event
practice, fellowship and creating
memories for a lifetime.
The camps are followed by a
church service on Sunday, which
many have found to be one of
their most memorable, and joy-
fully blessed experiences.
Along with the practices and
Bible camps Gethsemane has
decided to take a break from the
buckle series and is now going
hold jackpots, in which you can
still ride exhibition to allow the

riders extra practice.
Jackpots rodeos are held
once a month. Bull riding will be
the second Wednesday of each
month starting at 6:30 p.m. Rop-
ing will be the second Friday of
each month at 7:30 p.m. Roping
includes-break away for 13 and
under (boys) and open age for
girls, team roping and tie down,
which both is open age. Barrel
racing will be the second Satur-
day of each month at 7:30 p.m.
Gethesmane Ranch is located
at 22845 Martin Highway.
For more information online,
go to http://www.gethsemaner-

Submitted photo
Bull riding is just one of the rodeo events at Gesthemane Ranch.

Nethers competes

in Cutting finals
Brittany Ma- Nethers.
rie Nethers, 18, Brittany has been riding hors-
has qualified es since she was 6 years old: She
for FHSRA State has been very active with MDA
Finals in second for several years at Camp Flori-
position in the da. Brittany competes in Barrel
State in Girls Racing, Pole Bending, Break-
Cutting. i away and her favorite is Cutting.
daughter ofs e She broke and trained her horse,
daughter of-
Brian and Sue Brittany Holly, for the events that she
Nethers rides in.

Visit Florida offers map

Submitted Photo

Day of the Cowboy
Okeechobee will celebrate the Day of the Cowboy on July 26, with a cattle drive through town, followed by a Ranch Rodeo
at the Agri-Civic Center. Ephram Norman, Alfred Norman, Pete Clemons, Larry Rooks, Buddy Adams, Charles Bronson,
Haynes Williams, and Ronald Durance (left to right) led the cowboys at the cattle drive in last years Day of the Cowboy

Local drivers take top

Sports News in Brief

spots at Hendry Speedway Football sign-ups
are here

Hendry County Speedway
hosted another demolition derby
on Saturday, June 7. When the
dust and steam settled, the #99
Ed Steinhoff'of West Palm Beach
had outlasted the competition.
The Limited Late Models went
through the night without tear-
ing up anyone's car. Tim Powers,
#44 of Okeechobee, took the
honors in that feature. Joe Henke,
#3 of Naples, looked inside Pow-
ers on turn four several time to
try and steal the lead away, but a
slip up in turn two cost Henke the
second spot that went to Thomas
Scott, #61 of Okeechobee. Henke
ran third.
Tommy Hill, #1H of Clewis-
ton took a heat race win in Street
When the cars rolled out for
the feature it was John Wilson,
#64 of Okeechobee who took the
win. Tommy Hill had to settle for
second while point leader Jerry
Ferrell of Okeechobee #98 ran
John Basquin, #67 of Clewis-
ton made his return to the Pure
Stock Division at Hendry. Like
he had spent no time off he was
right back in victory lane. Brian
Morgan, #9 of Okeechobee, was
giving a hard chase but was un-
able to get by finishing his car in
second. Travis Drapal, #74 of La-
belle, third.
Eddie Lawler #12 of Dania

found a new motor for his Bomb-
er car and the big sled ran just
fine winning the heat and feature
for the class. Lynn Reed #3m of
Miami took the second spot and
Phil Peterson #88 of Hialeah ran
third. .
David Augsperger of Palm
Beach Gardens took over the
driving for car #00 while his son,
Christian, took a visit to China. His
son will be proud of him winning
the feature and moving that car
into the points lead after Devlin
DelleChiaie 3D of Jensen Beach
took a DNF. Charlie Pascal #33
of Ft. Pierce took second, but
failed to take his car to be teched
after the race resulting in being
disqualified. Heath Walker, #4
would then move up to the sec-
ond spot. Paul Phillips, #24/7 of
Sebring takes third.
Ron Dubeau, #11 of Royal
Palm Beach had the car to beat
winning the heat and feature in
the Mini Mod Division. Glenn
Bidwell Jr., #26 of Loxahatchee
took the second spot. S.C. Klinger
of Pembroke Pines ran third.
Just one more race before
we take our summer break. Last
chance to see some excitement at
the speedway for a while. Hope to
see all my friends this weekend for
a Florida Mini Sprint show along
with all of our local classes.

The Bulls are back. Okeecho-
bee Bulls are sponsored by Fed-
Ex Youth Athletic Association, Or-
ange Bowl Commity. Sign up dates
are June 21, and June 28 at New
Endeavors High School from 8:30
a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Sign up fees
are $60 per youth. There are three
age and weight divisions, 115 lbs
division (10 12 years old), 125
-lbs division (11-13 years old) and
140 lbs division (12-14 years old.)
For more information call Marvin
Roberts at 863-801-4857 or Myron
Refoure at 863-634-6805.

Summer leagues at
Stardust Lanes
Summer bowling leagues at
are set to begin at Stardust Lanes
on Monday, June 16. If you join a
league you get open bowling free
all summer long. Call 863-467-
1800 for more information.

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.

Club soccer to
hold signups
The Okeechebee Soccer Club
"The Oceolots", will hold sign-
ups on Tuesday June 10 at 6 p.m.
at the soccer fields across from
North Elementary. Kids between
the ages of 12-18 are welcome to
participate ih the club this year,
both boys and girls. For informa-
tion please call 863-634-1334 and
ask for Lonnie Sears. The club is
affiliated with the Florida Youth
Soccer Association. The costs are
$75 per player.

FLORIDA@, the state's official
tourism marketing corporation,
in conjunction with the Florida
Department of Transportation
and Florida Media, Inc. have
produced Florida's first large
print transportation. map.
Designed to accommodate
travelers who need a little relief
from squinting, the map is 36
percent larger than its regular
size counterpart. The large print
map provides larger and clearer
destinations and highway num-
bers. The map also provides a
list of toll roads, a directory of
trails as well as a listing of recre-
ational vehicle parks.
A total of 100,000 copies of
the map have been produced
and printed at no cost to Florida
tax payers. Map distribution will
begin this month at all five Flor-.
ida Welcome Centers and serve

Register te

as an official State of Florida
Transportation Map. The color-
ful maps are free of charge and
are not for resale.
Florida Media, Inc will pro-
duce two large print maps an-
nually. One map will be distrib-
uted for the period of January
through June and another map
will be disseminated for the
July through December period.
These are in addition to the regu-
lar state map. Florida's Welcome
Centers and Florida Department
of Transportation will start dis-
tributing 1,300,000 copies of the
regular map in January.
Maps will be available at VIS-
IT FLORIDA's five official Wel-
come Centers at 1-10, U.S. 231,
1-75,1-95 and the Capitol.


We will be raffling Vacation Packages valued at $800 or
more, and Gas Certificates valued up to $2,500
Free Speech Free Ads


Come join us for the entire month of JUNE every Saturday and
Sunday at the Trading Post Flea Harket, Okeechobee, FL
(Booths 38 & 39)
S- -C E & BELOW!

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