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Vol. 99 No. 176


Financial assistance
available for
summer camps
Attention parents! Financial
assistance for summer camps
is available.
The Early Learning Coali-
tion of Indian River, Martin
and Okeechobee County has
funding available for qualifying
families for summer camp for
children ages 4-12 years old.
Don't let your child miss out
on a fun-filled summer experi-
ence. For more information,
call 1-877-220-1223 ext 260.

Just Horsing Around
4-H horse camp
UF/IFAS Okeechobee Coun-
ty 4-H program, along with the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center
and the Okeechobee Children's
Services Council, will be offer-
ing the Second Annual "Just
Horsing Around" horse day
camp. Each of the three weeks
will have a unique theme. The
camp for July 7-11, will expose
campers to various equine dis-
ciplines. The third week, July
14-18, will offer campers insight
into the rodeo world focusing
on pole bending, barrel racing,
,goat tying, roping and other
"non-roughstock" events. For
more information and to regis-
ter please contact the Okeecho-
bee County Extension Office at
863-763-6469. Camp fee is $100
plus a $25 stall fee per week.
Pre-registration is required.

Scrapbooking 'crop'
planned June 28
There will be a scrapbook-
ing crop on June 28, from noon
until 6 p.m. at His House Fel-
lowship, 425 S.W. 28th Street.
All levels of scrapbookers are
welcome. Just bring any scrap-
book pages on which you are
currently working. Refresh-
ments will be served and there
will be door prizes. For more
information call Lisa at 863-467-
5169 or Joan at 863-467-0290.

Drought Index

Current: 400
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.29 feet
Last Year: 8.92 feet,
a 5onsoredB y:

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

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Community Events................... 4
Crossword................................. 5
Obituaries............................... 6
O pinion................................... 4
Speak Out............................. 4
Sports...... ......................... 8
TV .............................................. 4
W eather..................................... 2
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008 PO BOX 117007

Alligator attacks local man

18-year-old loses
left arm to alligator

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An 18-year-old Okeecho-
bee man was hospitalized early
Sunday morning after he was
attacked by an 11-foot alligator
while he was swimming at Nub-
bin Slough.
Kasey Edwards was airlifted to
Holmes Regional Medical Center
in Melbourne by Aeromed, stat-

ed a report by Deputy Corporal
Chris Hans of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
The teenager was attacked
around 2:21 a.m. while he was
trying to swim across Nubbin
Cpl. Hans' report said he
found Kasey on the east end
of the canal, just south of the
The young man was "hang-
ing out" in the area with friends,
said the report.
"It was kind of late," said
Mark Edwards, Kasey's father.

"They had some girls there. You
know how teenage boys are. I
don't know if he was trying to
impress the girls or what."
The OCSO report indicated
that Kasey had been drinking.
An 11 -foot alligator was found
Sunday, June 22, and Kasey's left
arm was found in the gator's
According to Gary Morris, a
spokesman for the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC), an Okeechobee
trapper was called to the scene.
He said the trapper, Rickey Light-

Fundraising campaign: Red Cross Heroes

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Leaders of the 2008 Heroes Campaign in Okeechobee were (left to right) Co-chair,
Donna Huth; Chair, Marnie Lauter; and captain. Rick Amiet.

Local chapter in 90th year

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The American Red Cross
Heroes campaign recently hon-
ored their 2008 'Heroes.'
The campaign kicked off for
2008 on March 5, when heroes
began their fundraising efforts
to support the Okeechobee
American Red Cross branch.
The local Okeechobee office
began as an all volunteer chap-
ter in 1918 when they were
provided office space in the
Okeechobee County's Division
of Emergency Management Of-
fice. The Okeechobee chapter
was added to the Greater Palm
Beach area chapter in 2002.
The local branch is celebrat-
ing their 90th year of reaching
out to the community this year.
The American Red Cross is
a non-profit organization that
is not government funded, yet
is mandated by a Congressio-

nal Charter to provide disaster
The Heroes for the Ameri-
can Red Cross is an annual
fundraising campaign that
helps chapters of all sizes raise
significant revenue from new
sourees-While allowing chap-
ters to increase local awareness
of the Red Cross mission within
the community.
This year's chair for the He-
roes campaign is Marnie Lauter
and co-chair is Donna Huth,
both from Seacoast National
Bank. The campaign captain
was Rick Amiet.
The local American Red
Cross managed by Debbie
Riddle and her assistant Julie
Shook strives to do all they can
with their team of volunteers
to benefit the community as
much as possible. Volunteer
Frank Riddle can also be seen
every day at the local office
lending his helping hand to the

The first two heroes for this
campaign were Raulerson Hos-
pital and Waste Management.
Other local heroes include:
Annie's Consignment; Seacoast
National Bank North; Seacoast
National Bank South; Bank of
America; Brahma Bull; Golden
Corral; Florida Floors and More;
Bruce Jeffers, J & J Auto; and
WOKC Radio 1570 AM.
Through this program in-
dividuals, schools, clubs, civic
organizations, businesses, and
other groups take part in trying
to raise $1,000 for the American
Red Cross.
To be a Hero means to
donate to much needed ser-
vices such as disaster services,
military services, international
services, health and safety
services, volunteer resources,
youth services, and many other
See Heroes Page 8

4H Camp: have fun as you learn

By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
The H20 camp is under
This camp offers a week of
fun activities that children from
age 8 to 18 can enjoy.
The activities focus on water
and environmental education.
"This camp provides envi-
ronmental education, but it is
also toto provide a positive alter-
native for the summer while
the children are out of school,"
Debbie Clements, 4-H exten-
sion agent, said. "It is fun, su-
pervised activities."
The camp starts strong from
the get go; on the first day the
campers will canoe the Peace
River. They also visit the Indian

River Lagoon, Wannado City
and a swamp safari throughout
the week.
As a grand finale to a fun-
filled week, the participants go
to Blizzard Beach in Orlando at
the end of the week.
"We have really good adults
and teen councilors," Ms. Cle-
ments said. "Excellent supervi-
sion, excellent education and
The children in the camp
learn about the plants, fish and
birds that they see throughout
the week and about the ways
that Florida's environment has
At Wannado City they will
learn about different career
choices and about basic fi-

The camp is offered in four
week-long sessions.
The summer camp is full
and has a waiting list.
The camp started with the
limit of 50 children per session,
but expanded to 60 as the wait-
ing list grew.
The $100 fee for the camp
covers the cost of admission to
the various attractions, the cost
of transportation and a camp
Campers are responsible for
their own bag lunches.
Children do not need to be
part of the 4-H to attend the
This summer camp is host-
See Camp Page 2

sey, had to take a total of five al-
ligators until they found the right
Mr. Morris said necropsies
were performed at the scene.
"Once we have a gator that
exhibits aggressive behavior to-
ward people, then we have to
get that one," he explained in a
phone interview from his Lake-
land office. "We really don't have
a choice. We have to, by agree-
ment with the coroners' offices
across the state, that we have to
harvest the gator.
"There were a number of fair-

ly aggressive gators in the area,"
he added. "When you get an al-
ligator that's 11 to 12 feet, it's not
an animal to be trifling with."
The OCSO report stated that
Kasey was about half way across
the canal when the gator ap-
proached him and grabbed his
left arm. The attack pulled the
young man under the water.
Upon surfacing, the report
went on to say that Kasey was
able to grab the buoys strung on
steel cable in front of the locks
See Gator Page 2

County tries

to preserve

local history

Parts of first jail'
to be salvaged

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their meeting on Monday,
June 23, Okeechobee County
Commissioners showed their
interest in historical and eco-
logical preservation. They con-
sidered the fate of the county's
first jail and preservation of
an undeveloped section of
the county. The board also
discussed travel expenses for

court officials.
The commission gave their
blessing to capital projects man-
ager Donnie Oden's suggestion
of disassembling the old jail
and saving the exterior bricks,
jail cells and other salvageable
items to be incorporated into
an expansion of the current jail.
Plans call for the facade of the
lobby area of the enlarged cur-
rent jail to resemble the old jail.
Staff was directed to solicit bids
to disassemble the building.
It was suggested that sur-
See History Page 2

Prepare now

before storms

threaten area

With the beginning of the
2008 Hurricane Season upon
us, the Okeechobee County
Chapter of the American Red
Cross reminds everyone that
preparedness is the key. It is im-
portant to have a personal plan
during hurricane season where
there is absolutely no time for


During times of crisis, there
is no magic button and no one
is going to come fulfill every
need that you have in the event
of an emergency; not a non-
profit organization or the gov-
See Storms Page 2

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Submitted photo/Waste Management

Fireworks donation
Cindy Brandel of the Jaycees Fireworks Committee ac-
cepts a $5,000 check from Jeff Sabin of Waste Manage-
ment for the 2008 Fourth of July fireworks display to be
held at the Agri-Civic Center.


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2Okeechobee News, Tuesday, June 24, 2008

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plus bricks be sold for their his-
torical value. Sheriff Paul May said
that inmate labor could be used
to clean up the bricks.
Retired Judge William Hendry
had served on a committee to try
to save the old jail. He said the
committee, without exception,
would have liked to save the old
jail and looked at several options.
However, in light of the county's
present financial situation, they
saw no other solution. The com-
mittee endorsed Mr. Oden's plan.
The judge recounted his mem-
ories of the old jail. He said that
he lived in a house about a block
from the jail from 1933 until 1950
when he joined the military. Dur-
ing the Great Depression there
were no houses between his
house and the railroad tracks.
Hobos escaping the dust bowl in
Oklahoma got off the train and
made their way to his house seek-
ing food. They were directed to
the jail where they were fed left-
overs from the jail kitchen.
Bob Clark addressed the board
representing J.S. and R.O. Powell,
owners of the 2200 acre Tiger
Ranch Cattle Co. in the northern
part of the county. He requested
the county's endorsement sup-
porting the State of Florida's
purchase of a conservation ease-
ment under the Florida Forever
Even though the Powell fam-
ily would retain ownership, there
could be no further development
of the land.
"It's a beautiful piece of land
and it has all types of terrain," Mr.
Clark said. He said the Powells
would continue to run 250 to 300
head of cattle on the land. There
is very limited hunting, mostly
bow hunting. Therefore, there
is an abundance of turkey, deer
and other wildlife. Mr. Clark said
the Audubon Society, Division of
Forestry and the Department of
Environmental Protection were in
favor of the proposal.
The owners would offer limited
public access for scientific study
and guided tours for Okeechobee
school children. Mr. Clark said
there would be little or no change
in the tax base. Since there would
be no development there will be
limited need for county services.
Mickey Bandi of the property
appraiser's office verified that
there would be no change in the
tax base. He said the property
+ would still be taxed as agriculture

Continued From Page 1

ed by Okeechobee County 4-H
and the University of Florida Ex-

Mr. Clark said that it could be
written into the easement that
the land could only be used for
cattle grazing. However, the ease-
ment would not allow any more
intense use of the land than the
current use.
The board voted to pass a suit-
able resolution supporting Mr.
Clark's request pending the attor-
ney's approval of the document.
The board spent some time
discussing the issue of Chief
Judge William Roby's moving
the offices of Okeechobee's two
circuit judges from Okeechobee
to St. Lucie West. That would al-
low the judges and their judicial
assistants (JAs) to receive travel
expenses for coming to Okeecho-
bee. The clerk of courts could lose
three employees as a result of this
action and the county might incur
additional expenses housing pris-
oners for a longer period of time
awaiting trial.
County administrator Lyndon
Bonner requested authorization
to make some type of reimburse-
ment for travel expenses from
the coast to Okeechobee. If travel
expenses could be provided, it
might be possible to keep the cir-
cuit judges in Okeechobee.
What Judge Roby is asking for
is mileage for two judges and two
While the commission had
strong negative opinions on this
they approved the authorization
stating that inaction and the loss
of circuit judges would cost them
Commissioner Noel Chandler
expressed the opinion that Judge
Roby's action would cause a fis-
cally restrained county to suffer.
While commissioner Marvin
Wherrell did not like the idea of
negotiations, he said he felt the
county had no choice.
Commissioner Elvie Posey was
not in favor of any type of reim-
"It is a court expense. It is'not a
county expense," he asserted.
In spite of their feelings, all
the commissioners except Ray
Domer voted affirmatively. Mr.
Domer noted that the county is
already short of money and may
not be able to give county em-
ployees a raise. He noted that very
few businesses in town would be
giving raises.
Turning to other matters, af-
ter some discussion of electronic
record storage and retrieval the
board unanimously voted to pur-
chase a digital record manage-
ment system for $31,992 and two
new servers for $18,000.

tension Office, with funding from
the Children's Services Council.
"The kids come back home
tired, but a good kind of tired,"
Ms. Clements said. "They're ex-
cited about the next day."

Deputy county administrator
Jim Thrcewitts gave an update on
installing a new generator at the
county jail.
County attorney Laura Mc-
Call recommended Lois Nichols
as attorney for the value adjust-
ment board. Ms. Nichols is cur-
rently special magistrate for code
compliance. She was once a re-
altor and real estate attorney and
worked in the county attorney
offices in another county dealing
with real estate matters. The con-
sensus of the board was to agree
with the recommendation. Mrs.
McCall will negotiate with Ms.
County administrator Lyndon
Bonner discussed possibilities
for relocating commission meet-
ings during the renovation of the
The commission agreed to
Mr. Bonner's request for a letter
of support to the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation request-
ing an extension of S.R. 710 to
form a connector road between
S.R. 70 and U.S. 441 N.
The commission also agreed
to voting at the July 10 meeting
on confirmation of Frank Kruppa
as director of the health depart-
ment. Mr. Kruppa will probably
be recommended by the state.
Currently he is in environmental
health in Highlands County.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

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which kept the large gator from
pulling him under again.
He was able to make it to the
other side of the canal where he
was pulled to safety.
"They didn't see the gator at.
first," said Mr. Edwards Monday
morning. "After Kasey got in
the water the boys said the ga-
tor came out of nowhere. They
started yelling 'big gator! big ga-
tor!' but then it had him by the left
arm. It bit his left arm off up past
the elbow."

Continued From Page 1
The whole family should be
involved in the planning process,
including friends and family who
do not live with you. This enables
you to set up a communication
tree to avoid clogging the com-
munication lines to let your family
know that you are okay.
The Red Cross suggested that
you have one person that you
contact and then in turn they can
contact the rest of your family
from their location. Another ave-
nue of communication is through
the internet at www.safeandwell.
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Mark Edwards said his son
managed to pull himself out of
the water by using his right arm.
He said doctors will not close
the wound to Kasey's arm until
"They explained that because
of bacteria in the alligator's
mouth that they have to monitor
the wound carefully for infec-
tion," explained Mr. Edwards.
He said his son is in good spir-
"He's still alive and we're
thankful for that," he said.
Mr. Edwards said because of
the economy, his son has had dif-
ficulty in finding work but had just
started a job with a lawn mainte-

Hurricane Katrina.
If you have been affected by
a disaster, this website provides
a way for you to register yourself
as "safe and well." From a list of
standard messages, you can se-
lect those that you want to com-
municate to your family mem-
bers, letting them know of your
On the site, concerned family
and friends can search the list of
those who has registered them-
selves as "safe and well." The
results of a successful search will
display a loved one's First Name,
Last Name, an "As of Date", and
the "safe and well" messages se-
In addition to communication,

nance company last week.
Mr. Morris said even though
Kasey's arm was recovered it
could not be re-attached.
According to FWC statistics,
there were a total of 18 docu-
mented alligator attacks in Florida
in 2007. The most attacks ever re-
corded came in 2001 when there
were 25 documented attacks.
Those statistics indicate that
there was one fatality in 2007.
That came when Justo Antonio
Padron, 36, was trying to swim
across a pond in west Miami as
he was attempting to escape po-

the Red Cross is now encouraging
a survival kit to contain five to sev-
en days of food, water and sup-
plies instead of the previous sug-
gestion of three to five days. You
should have one gallon of water
per person per day in reserves for
your family. This is due to the hur-
ricanes in 2004 that had some in
shelters for an entire week.
Other items that you should
have on hand in advance are a
first aid kit, prescription and over
the counter medication, infant/
child supplies and pet supplies.
You should also identify a "safe
room" in your house where you
are in the interior of your home
and have no windows.

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Okeechobee News, Tuesday, June 24, 2008

County planning board meets tonight

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County Plan-
ning Board/Board of Adjustments
and Appeals will be hearing three
cases this evening.
Kevin and Catherine Bartfield
are requesting permission to in-
stall a used dwelling unit in a resi-
dential mixed zoning district, on
S.E. 33rd Terrace. Staff has recom-
mended approval.

If you go:
What: Okeechobee County Plan-
ning Board/Board of Adjustments
and Appeals
Where: Commission chambers,
Okeechobee County Courthouse,
304 N.W. Second St.
When: 7 p.m. today
Lightsey Enterprises, LLC,
property owner and Richard
Smith, applicant have requested
a special exception for a ban-

quet hall in a heavy commercial
zoning district at Treasure Island
Plaza. This banquet hall would be
rented for such things as wedding
receptions, private parties and
Staff has recommended denial
stating that ingress and egress to
the plaza were not designed for
the proposed use. The staff re-
port states that the proposed use
could have a negative effect on
pedestrian safety and traffic flow.

Staff also objects due to the lack
of parking spaces. The plaza has
53 parking spaces. Existing busi-
nesses account for all but nine of
the spaces. Staff contends that at
least 60 parking spaces would be
required for a banquet hall. The
applicant currently leases ap-
proximately 30 unpaved spaces
for parking. That lease expires
this year and the unpaved parking
does not meet county specifica-

The board is also expected to
consider a preliminary develop-
ment order for Silver Palms RV
Village. The proposed 512 lot RV
subdivision would be located on
about 88 acres stretching more
than half a mile southward from
S.W 32nd Street east of Seminole
Cove and Ousley Estates. Staff
recommends approval.
In addition, the board will be
discussing proposed landscape
regulations. The regulations

would provide minimum require-
ments for the design, plant selec-
tion, installation and maintenance
of landscape elements and site
improvements. The regulations
would address residential and
nonresidential landscaping.
Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at www. Reporter Pete
Gawda can be reached at pgaw-

Sheriff's deputies collide while chasing motorcyclist

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two local deputies escaped
injury after they collided while
chasing a man wanted in connec-
tion with an arson case in High-
lands County.
According to Detective Ted
Van Deman of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),

deputies Mark Margerum and
Bart Potter collided in the 2800
block of U.S. 70 West at 1:19 a.m.
on Sunday, June 22.
The department had been is-
sued a lookout from Highlands
County for a man on a motorcy-
cle who was wanted in connec-
tion with a possible arson in that
county.. A call to the Highlands

County Sheriff's Office seeking
additional information on the
case was not returned.
Detective Van Deman said
while the two deputies were
westbound on S.R. 70, Deputy
Margerum saw the motorcycle
and began to make a U-turn to
initiate a traffic stop. While mak-
ing the maneuver, he was struck

in the left front of the driver's side
by the right front of Deputy Pot-
ter's 2005 Ford Crown Victoria.
Deputy Margerum's 2006
Crown Victoria suffered an esti-
mated $6,000 in damage, while
an estimated $8,000 in damage
was done to Deputy Potter's patrol
unit. Although shaken up, neither
deputy was seriously injured.

Man sentenced to 4 years in prison

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was sen-
tenced to a total of four years in
prison Monday after entering into
a plea agreement with state pros-
Robert Leitner, 21, entered a
plea of no contest June 23- and
was adjudicated guilty by Circuit
Court Judge Lawrence Mirman.
He was given a credit of 119 days
for the time he's already served in
the Okeechobee County Jail.
Leitner was arrested Feb. 22
by Detective Rick Durfee of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) on charges of bur-
glary, grand theft (two counts)
and criminal mischief. He was
later charged with four counts of
forgery, four counts of uttering a
forged instrument and two addi-
tional counts of grand theft.

Judge Mirman sentenced him
to four years in prison on each
charge. Those sentences are to
run concurrently.
Leitner was charged with
breaking into a local business and
taking a computer, safe, check-
books, a credit card, keys to a
company car and $800 in cash.
According to a report by De-
tective Durfee, Leitner cashed a
check at a local supermarket for
$500 and cashed a second check
at another local business for
The safe, car keys and three
check books were recovered.
One of the check books had '20
checks missing, continued the
detective's report. The computer
was also found.
On the misdemeanor criminal
mischief charge, Leitner received
a sentence of time served.

He told Judge Mirman that he
was entering the plea because it
was in his best interest.
Leitner was facing a maxi-
mum sentence of five years in
prison on the burglary charge, as
well as five years on each grand
theft charge. He could have also
received a maximum of five years
on each uttering a forged instru-
ment and forgery charge.
Besides court costs and fees,
he will also have to make restitu-
tion to the business.
In other court action Monday
afternoon, Danny McClure en-
tered into a plea agreement with
the state and was adjudicated
guilty of dealing in stolen prop-
erty. He received a sentence of
two years in prison, and received
credit for the three days he served
in the county jail.
He will also have to oav court

Florida, U.S. Sugar in Everglades negotiations

The Associated Press has learned
that the state of Florida and U.S.
Sugar Corp. are negotiating the
sale of thousands of acres of farm-
land in the Everglades to improve
its water quality.
Three officials familiar with
the potential deal have told the

AP that the state would pay about
$1.7 billion for 187,000 acres.
Farming in the region has long
been considered a hindrance to
restorating the Everglades, adding
pollutants and blocking the wet-
lands' natural flow. The officials
spoke on condition of anonym-
ity because the negotiations had

not yet been formally announced.
They say that U.S Sugar would be
allowed to continue farming for
several years. Gov. Charlie Crist's
office declined to comment. He
planned a news conference Tues-
day. U.S. Sugar, the nation's larg-
est cane sugar producer, also de-
clined comment.

costs and fees.
Also, Michael Clayton Stew-
art, 27, was adjudicated guilty
on felony drug charges and was
sentenced to serve two years in
a state prison. He must also pay
court costs and fees.
Stewart was arrested Sept. 14,
2007, on felony charges of posses-
sion of marijuana with intent to
sell and possession of marijuana
over 20 grams. He was sentenced
on each felony charge, and the
sentences will run concurrently.
Judge Mirman also sentenced
James Reuben Hernandez to two
years in a state prison after he en-
tered a plea to felony charges of
cultivation/manufacture of mari-
juana and possession of mari-
juana with intent to sell. The sen-
tences are to run concurrently.
Hernandez, who turned 52 on
Monday, will receive credit for the
five days he spent in the Okeecho-
bee County Jail.
Finally, Dennis Mark Hoy was
adjudicated guilty by Judge Mir-
man on a charge of possession
of cocaine. He was sentenced to
three months in the county jail
with credit for the two days he's
alt eady served.
Besides having to pay court
costs and fees, Hoy's driver's li-
cense will be suspended for a pe-
riod of two years.

Detective Van Deman said the
motorcyclist was subsequently
arrested by the Okeechobee City
Police Department near Rauler-
son Hospital. The detective said
the man, who had suffered burns
about his body, was taken to the
hospital then transported to an

out-of-town trauma center.
A check of OCSO records in-
dicate that Deputy Margerum has
been with the department since
Nov. 22, 2005. Deputy Potter, who
first served on the OCSO auxiliary,
joined the OCSO full time on Feb.
9, 2007.


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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!
OIL: 1 really hope the people of Florida will stop and take a good
look at the future before they join the "I want oil now" group. Once
again the big money, big business and big government people are at
work. We the average people will get nothing out of this. Except of
course "pretty" oil rigs to stare at off our coasts at the same time wish-
ing we had thought twice before saying OK to oil. The government
did the same thing when they told us Iraq had chemical and biological
weapons. Remember: nothing. If we weren't using millions of gallons
of fuel oil a week over there we wouldn't be paying so much over
here. Gee maybe they will build a refinery in St. Pete or Fort Myers!
Wouldn't that be nice? George is paying back big oil for putting him in
Washington, period. As far as being free from foreign oil, not in your
lifetime baby. Lower prices, not. Maybe higher prices though because
they will also need bigger and better refineries. Let's not forget where
much of our money comes from: tourists, fishing, beautiful scenery,
etc. We have been set up by our own government and big business
with fear, greed, self-seeking, ego and money and of course the poor
me's and let's not forget anger. Those are all character defects folks.
They',drill, we loose; your choice. And please think twice because
once you say OK, there is no taking it back.
ELECTION: If Crist becomes Vice President it will be a very short
ride. As long as you keep doing what you are everything will be fine.
Faith is stronger than any one person, place or thing can ever be. The
worst thing we can do is panic. That is how they get everyone to do
what they will later regret doing in the first place. Remember the
FUEL: It does not matter where we purchase our oil from, prices
will not come down. As long as we let them drill where ever they
want, no serious time or energy will be put into alternative energy
research. As has been said they have wells full of oil that have been
capped. They should open them up before being allowed to drill new
ones. I don't just want us to be free from foreign oil. We need to free
ourselves from oil period. We are killing ourselves. We probably only
have 50-100 years left to be able to survive because of what the use
of oil in doing to the planet. Letting them go after more in places we
set aside from them affecting, it's counter productive and useless. It's
greedy on everyone involved's account. Not to mention just down-
right wrong. Selling your soul for oil.
WATER: Personally I think the county and city both need to be
fined for misuse of water. The roads don't need to be cleaned at all.
Mother Nature will do that. I know for a fact that on the courthouse
lawn and other municipalities, they run sprinklers more than once a
week -- it is almost everyday.
BYPASS: I first heard about possible bypasses back when I first
started spending some time in Okeechobee County, about 10 or 11
years ago. At the time, I questioned whether it would be good for
business -- in my newbie position, I imagined that the transient traffic
through Okeechobee brought in some valuable financial gain. Some-
one who knew quite a bit about Okeechobee educated me, that the
pass-thru traffic actually brings in very few dollars, except possibly to
a couple of gas stations and fast food restaurants. Their theory was
that bypasses would actually open up downtown to easier access by
residents, if there was less traffic. That kind of made sense to me.
Since then, I have thought positively about some of the proposals. The
+ one that makes the most sense to me is an East-West bypass, north of
town. It would start on 70 East around Four Corners (Berman Road),
pass north of the Amtrak tracks and Basswood, cross 98 somewhere
north of the airport, and swing back down to 70 West on the west side
of Lazy 7, before crossing the Kissimmee River.
SPACE: This is in response to the caller who thought that the space
program was causing all the climate and weather changes and also
asked if the benefits are worth the cost of the space program. To me
it is worth the cost. Exploration is what we humans do. If not for ex-
ploration we would not have a U.S., or many other things that have
been discovered. But it just shows that if nothing else at times Speak
Out can give you a laugh.
SHUTTLES: Most of the things that go into space enter a lot higher
than the 30-40 thousand feet high where hurricanes and tornadoes
form. If that were a problem, then all commercial airlines would be
punching holes in the sky. There have been some beneficial discover-
ies from the space program. Teflon for one, and a lot of other things
used in our daily lives that you may not realize are by-products of the
space program.
WATER: I understand that those who are not on city water are no
longer on water restrictions. However, we should all be conserving
water year round. With the frequent rains, there is no reason to water
lawns. If you let your lawn adapt, the roots will grow longer and it will
be a healthier lawn anyway. If you over water a lawn, it makes the
roots very shallow. If you plant native Florida grass and plants, you
will have a healthier lawn and yard and you will never have to water. It
just makes sense to plant native grasses and plants. It is better for the
environment and easier and less expensive to maintain. If you want a
yard with the plants that grow up north, move up north. Don't try to
remake Florida into something Nature did not intend.

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Be careful around alligators

From the Florida
Fish and Wildlife
Alligators have inhabited Flori-
da's marshes, swamps, rivers and
lakes for many centuries, and are
found in all 67 counties. In recent
years, Florida has experienced
tremendous human population
growth. Many residents seek
waterfront homes, and increas-
ingly participate in water-related
activities. This can result in more
frequent alligator-human interac-
tions, and a greater potential for
Although many Floridians have
learned to coexist with alligators,
the potential for conflict always
exists. Because of their preda-
tory nature and large size (up to
14 feet in length and weighing as
much as 1,000 pounds), alliga-
tors sometimes attack pets and
livestock. Unfortunately, humans
are occasionally attacked, and in
rare instances, killed by large alli-
gators. Since 1948, more than 275
unprovoked attacks on humans
have been documented in Florida,
with at least 17 resulting in deaths.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) an-
nually receives more than 18,000
alligator-related complaints. Most

of these complaints deal with alli-
gators occurring in places such as
backyard ponds, canals, ditches
and streams, but other conflicts
occur in garages, pools and in
golf course ponds. In many cases,
if left alone, alligators will eventu-
ally retreat to more-preferred, iso-
lated areas away from people.

Safety Tips
If you encounter an alliga-
tor over four feet in length and
that poses a threat to humans or
property, call 1-866-FWC-GATOR
(392-4286). The FWC will evalu-
ate your complaint, and if neces-
sary send a registered trapper to
remove the alligator.
Be aware of the possibility of
alligator attacks when in or near
fresh or brackish waterbodies. At-
tacks may occur when people do
not pay close enough attention to
their surroundings when working
or recreating near water.
Closely supervise children
when they are playing in or
around water. Never allow small
children to play unsupervised
near water.
Do not swim outside of post-
ed swimming areas or in waters
that might be inhabited by large
Alligators are most active be-

Community Events

Red Cross to hold CPR classes
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offer Adult CPR class-
es on Wednesday, June 25, at 6 p.m.
To register, or for more information call 863-763-2488 or stop by
their Branch office located at 323 N. Parrott Ave.

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.

VFW Post 9528 membership drive
If you are a war veteran: join the Elite. The VFW Post 9528 will be
hosting a membership drive and barbecue on July 4, at the Post home,
2002 Hwy 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, starting at 11 a.m. All military
and ex-military men and woman are encouraged to continue serv-
ing your country and your community by joining the VFW or Ladies
Auxiliary. Representatives from Amvets, Amvets Ladies Auxiliary and
the VFW Men's Auxiliary will also be available. We will be serving
chicken and pork with all the fixings. All those who join the VFW on
this day will receive a free meal. There will be patriotic music, 50/50
drawings, a cake walk by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and other activities
by the Amvets Ladies Auxiliary. All drinks will be happy hour prices
all day, Margaritas $1.50 all day. For all who are VFW members and
guest the barbecue will be a $7 donation per person. The public is
welcome and encouraged to attend this function in commemoration
of our country's birthday. For more information call 863-467-2882.

Summer camp at Lake Denton
Summer camp at Lake Denton is back! Camps in June will be avail-
able for children in second through fifth grades, 6th through 8th grades
and K5 through 2nd grades. The K5-2nd is one night with parent par-
ticipation encouraged. In July they will have camps for 6th through
8th grades and 9th through 12th grades. Applications for camp can be
obtained from the website at or by calling
Pam Elders at 863-634-9280 or Phil Elders at 863-634-8722.

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 7,0 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).

tween dusk and dawn. Therefore,
swim only during daylight hours.
Leave alligators alone. State
law prohibits killing, harassing or
possession of alligators.
Never feed or entice alliga-
tors -- it's dangerous and illegal.
When fed, alligators overcome
their natural wariness and learn
to associate people with food.
Inform others that feeding
alligators is illegal and creates
problems for others who want
to use the water for recreational
Dispose of fish scraps in
garbage cans at boat ramps and
fish camps -- do not throw them
in the water. Although you are
not intentionally feeding alligators
when you do this, the end result
can be the same.
Don't allow pets to swim,
exercise or drink in or near wa-
ters that may contain alligators
or in designated swimming areas
with humans. Dogs are more sus-
ceptible to being attacked than
humans, because dogs resemble
the natural prey of alligators.
Never remove an alligator
from its natural habitat or accept
one as a pet. It is illegal and dan-
gerous to do so. Handling even
small alligators can result in in-
Observe and photograph

alligators only from a distance.
Remember, they're an important
part of Florida's natural history as
well as an integral component of
freshwater ecosystems.
Seek immediate medical at-
tention if bitten by an alligator. Al-
ligator bites often result in serious
In Florida, increasing numbers
of people living and recreating
near water have led to a steady
rise in the number of alligator-
related complaints. Although the
majority of these complaints re-
late to alligators occurring in lo-
cations where they simply aren't
wanted, a small number tragi-
cally involve attacks on humans.
The FWC removes more than
7,000 nuisance alligators per year.
Through removal of these alliga-
tors and increased public aware-
ness, the rate of alligator attacks
has remained constant despite
the increased potential for alliga-
tor-human interaction.
Alligators are an important
part of Florida's heritage and play
an important role in the ecology
of our state's wetlands. A better
understanding of these facts and
a broader knowledge of alligator
behavior will help ensure that hu-
mans and alligators can continue
to coexist.

Community Calendar

Tuesday, June 24
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
New AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at 863-
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at.863-763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl 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.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian ac-
tivities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and
their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from
9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the
class. For information, call 863-763-4021.

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The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Friday, June
20, through Thursday, June 26, are as follows:
Theatre I "Incredible Hulk" (PG-13) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
9 p.m.
Theatre II "Get Smart" (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, Wednesday 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-
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Health News in Brief

Red Cross offers
CPR classes
The Okeechobee American
Red Cross will be offering Adult
CPR classes on Wednesday, June
25, at 6 p.m. To register, or for
more information call 863-763-
2488 or stop by their Branch of-
fice located at 323 N. Parrott Ave.

Welcome House offers
Welcome House is now accept-
ing applications. Membership is
free, if you are at least 18 years of
age and have an emotional or psy-
chiatric diagnosis, or if you are
under a doctor's care or simply tak-
ing medication for emotional prob-
lems, they welcome you to drop
in and join the circle of friends.
Welcome House offers scheduled
activities at least three times a
week such as: arts and crafts, sup-
port groups, outings, and presenta-
tions. They are open 7 days a week
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more
information, call Hilda or James at

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

Diabetes Support
Group at Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers a
monthly Diabetes Support Group

which meets on the second
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.P.T., at

Just for Today Club
The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is an Addiction recov-
ery social club/meeting place
where people can come to fellow-
ship or attend meetings. For infor-
mation, call 863-634-4780.

Red Cross offers HIV/
AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at 863-763-2488
for information.


Thursday of each month. All can-
cer patients, survivors and sup-
p'irtcrs are welcomed to attend,
support and encourage each other.
They meet the first Thursday olf
each month at 5:30 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth
St., (entrance is the door to the W
in front of church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at 863-467-5831
or First Baptist Church at 863-763-
2171 for more information.

Narcotics group to
meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday
at noon. Meetings will be held at
the Just for Today Club, 101 N.W.
Fifth St. For information, call 863-

Healthy Start group
seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is
accepting donations of baby items
such as furniture, shoes, clothing,
maternity clothes, strollers and
other items for infants and toddlers.
Proceeds from the sale of donated
items will be used to benefit infants
and pregnant women in the com-
munity. For information, call 863-

consultation offered Denression

Problems with drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab Re-
source at 866-649-1594 for a free
confidential consultation. Or, go
to the website at www.drugreha-

Cancer support
group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancer
Support Group meets on the first

support group
Depending on Christ is a new
support group for men and wom-
en suffering from depression.
They meet every Thursday. For
information, call 772-597-0463.

Blood donors are
Florida's Blood Centers are
looking for blood donors in
Okeechobee. The Big Red Bus
mobile unit will be at the Wal-Mart
parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave.,
on the last Saturday of each month

from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For infor-
mation, call 561-845-2323, ext.
1203 or 772-215-8360. All blood
types are needed. There is no upper
age limit, and most medications
anOt conditions are acceptable. Dia-
betes and blood pressure donations
can also be accepted. A picture ID
is needed for all donors.

Pregnancy financial
assistance available
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help.
For information, contact Becky
Smith at 863-462-5877.

Christian Mental
health support group
Do you suffer with depression,
anxiety or other mental illnesses?
The Christian Mental Health Sup-
port group meets on the second
and fourth Thursday of the month
at 6 p.m. on Martin County Grade.
Call 772-597-0463 for more infor-.
mation. Family members are wel-

Narconon offers
help via hotline and
It's heartbreaking to watch
someone addicted to drugs or alco-
hol lose their children, jobs, home,
health and self respect to their
addiction. Do something about
it now! Narconon Arrowhead has
Certified Chemical Dependency
Counselors available to help. In
your local area, call Narconon at
1-800-468-6933 or log on to www.

Cancer Society seeks
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, June 24, the
176th day of 2008. There are 190
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On June 24, 1948, Communist
forces cut off all land and water
routes between West Germany
and West Berlin, prompting the
western allies to organize .the
massive Berlin Airlift.
On this date:
In 1314, the forces of Scot-
land's King Robert I defeated the
English in the Battle of Bannock-
In 1509, Henry VIII was
crowned king of England.
In 1793, the first republican
constitution in France was ad-
In 1807, a grand jury in Rich-
mond, Va., indicted former Vice
President Aaron Burr on charges
of treason and high misdemeanor
(he was later acquitted).
In 1908, the 22nd and 24th
president of the United States,
Grover Cleveland, died in Princ-
eton, N.J., at age 71.
In 1940, France signed an ar-
mistice with Italy during World
War II.

In 1948, the Republican Na-
tional Convention, meeting in
Philadelphia, nominated New
York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey for
In 1968, "Resurrection City," a
shantytown constructed as part
of the Poor People's March on
Washington, D.C., was closed
down by authorities.
In 1975,113 people were killed
when an Eastern Airlines Boeing
727 crashed while attempting to
land during a thunderstorm at
New York's John F. Kennedy In-
ternational Airport.
In 1983, the space shuttle
Challenger carrying America's
first woman in space, Sally K.
Ride coasted to a safe landing at
Edwards Air Force Base in Cali-
Ten years ago: President
Clinton left on a nine-day visit to
China amid a swirl of controversy
over his policy toward the Beijing
government. AT&T Corp. struck
a deal to buy cable TV giant Tele-
Communications for $31.7 bil-
Five years ago: Six British
soldiers were killed by Iraqis in a
police station in southern Iraq and

eight were wounded in a nearby
ambush. President Vladimir Pu-
tin arrived in London on the first
state visit to Britain by a Russian
leader since the 19th century. An
Air France Concorde bound for a
German museum landed in Ger-
many. .
One year ago: Ali Hassan al-
Majid, Saddam Hussein's cousin
known as "Chemical Ali," and
two other ex-officials in Saddam's
were sentenced by the Iraqi High
Tribunal to hang for slaughter-
ing up to 180,000 Kurdish men,
women and children two decades
earlier. Charles W. Lindberg, one
of the U.S. Marines who raised
the first American flag over Iwo
Jima during World War II, died in
Edina, Minn., at age 86.
Today's Birthdays: Ac-
tor Al Molinaro is 89. Comedian
Jack Carter is 85. Movie direc-
tor Claude Chabrol is 78. Actress
Michele Lee is 66. Actor-director
Georg Stanford Brown is 65. Rock
musician Jeff Beck is 64. Singer
Arthur Brown is 64. Rock singer
Colin Blunstone (The Zombies)
is 63. Musician Mick Fleetwood
is 61. Actor Peter Weller is 61.
Rock musician John Illsley (Dire

Straits) is 59. Actress Nancy Al-
len is 58. Reggae singer Derrick
Simpson (Black Uhuru) is 58.
Actor Joe Penny is 52. Reggae
singer Astro (UB40) is 51. Singer-
musician Andy McCluskey (Or-
chestral Manoevres in the Dark)
is 49. Rock singer Curt Smith is
47. Actress Danielle Spencer is
43. Actress Sherry Stringfield is
41. Singer Glenn Medeiros is 38.
Actress-producer Mindy Kaling is
29. Actress Minka Kelly (TV: "Fri-
day Night Lights") is 28. Singer
Solange Knowles is 22.
Thought for Today: "Self-
denial is indulgence of a propen-
sity to forego." Ambrose Bierce,
American author-journalist (1842-

in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer
Society's Florida Division par-
ticipate in programs that support
research imfunding, educate the com-
inunity, deliver services to patients
and advocate for policies that help
defeat cancer. To get involved, call
the American Cancer Society at

Parent Education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be
offering parenting education class-
es for parents with children, infants
to age 3. All pregnant women and

parents are encouraged to attend.
Each participant will receive a
gift. This "adults" only parenting
class consists of six classes. You
must attend all six classes to get a
certificate of completion. Day and
evening classes are available. No
child care will be available. Call
863-462-5877 for registration.

We want your news
The Okeechobee News wel-
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Email your news to okeenews@, to reach even more
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Education News in Brief

Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will offer
parenting education classes for in-
fants to age 3. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to at-
tend. Each participant will receive
a gift. This adults-only parenting
class consists of six, one-hour
You must attend all six classes
to get a certificate of completion.

We now have day and evening
classes available. No child care will
be available. Call 863-462-5877 for.

Preschool enrollment
under way
Peace Lutheran Preschool is
now taking enrollment for the com-
ing school year.
They have openings in Jr. Pre-
school, 3 and 4 year old's and Kin-
dergarten. Call the school for more
information, 863-763-7566.

Constellations at
IRCC June 6-7
The Constellations, Friday, June
6, at 7, and 8 p.m. and Saturday,
June 7, at 2 and 3 p.m. at the Hall-
strom Planetarium, IRCC Main
Campus 3209 Virginia Avenue, Ft.
The constellations are very old,
and the stories told about them
date back 5,000 years and more.
Come and learn more about the
stars. Tickets are $3. Call the IRCC
Box Office at 1-800-220-9915.


Gwendolyn Jones Tate
Gwendolyn Jones Tate of
Pointe Royale in Ft. Myers, died
Friday, June 20, 2008 after a long
illness. Mrs. Tate was born in
Okeechobee, -
on Oct. 27, 1931
and was a third
generation na-
tive of Florida.
She was pre-
ceded in death
by her mother,
Gladys T. Jones;
her father, Con- Gwendolyn
rad J. Jones, Sr.; Jones Tate
a brother, Jerry
Jones, and her husband, George
H. Tate.
She is survived by her broth-
er, Conrad J. Jones, Jr., of Lake
Charles, La. and two step-sons,
Peter Tate of Princeton, N.J. and
Savannah, Ga., and Michael Tate
of Durham, N.C., and their fami-
Mrs. Tate attended Brenau
Academy for Girls in Gainesville,
Ga., and graduated from Ft. My-
ers High School, before attending

Florida State University. She was
a proud member of First United
Methodist Church of downtown
Ft. Myers, where she served on
the Church Board, the Alter Guild,
and a number of other commit-
tees. She was also a regular at-
tendee at Highlands First United
Methodist Church of Highlands,
N.C. Born into the Jones Lumber
Family of South Florida, she owned
and operated Alderman Lumber
Company, then Hare Lumber
and Ready Mix Co., Inc., both of
Clewiston and Naples. She served
as an officer and member of the
Board of Directors for Jerome
Lumber and Supply Co., Inc. of
Ft. Myers, Immokalee Supply and
Ready Mix, Inc. of Immokalee,
C.J. Jones Lumber Company of
Jerome and Immokalee and oth-
er building materials businesses
in Florida.
Mrs. Tate was a founding mem-
ber of Beach First National Bank,
where she served as head cashier
and Secretary to the Board of Di-
rectors for a number of years.
For many years she spent her
winters in Ft. Myers, at Whiskey

Creek and later at Pointe Royale,
and summers at VZTop at the
Highlands Country Club in High-
lands, N.C.
She fondly wished to thank
the many members of her aide
and household staff, her doctors,
.and the management and staff of
Hope Hospice who assisted her
in her later years.
A viewing will take place Tues-
day, June 24, from 5-7 p.m., at
Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral
Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Ft,
Myers, with a funeral service to
be held Wednesday, June 25, at
11 a.m., at Ft. Myers Memorial
Gardens, Chapel of Memories,
1589 Colonial Blvd, Ft. Myers. Pas-
tor Jim Rosenberg of First United
Methodist Church will be officiat-
In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made in her
name to Edison College of Ft. My-
ers or Hope Hospice.
All arrangements are under the
direction of Harvey-Engelhardt-
Metz Funeral Home of Ft. Myers.

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Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

QUARTER HORSE, very gentle
4 yrs. Halter broke round
pen, loveable, sweet $600.
Call Sharon 239-707-5423
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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -,5
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

I st month rent FREE to
approved applicants- $700
security deposit, 2br/1ba
duplex (863)634-9850
Move In Speciall
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

2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
1BR, 1BA, pool, electric &
water incl. $750/mo. + sec.
dep. Call 863-824-0981

BASSWOOD Affordable 3br,
2ba, 2 car garage, Large
house. $1100 mo. + Sec.
dep. (772)323-4758
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1050. Buy 130K Financing
Available (754)423-8202


Waterfront, LG. 3 BR, 2 BA
w/Sea Wall. $900/month.
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
OKEE. 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
OKEECHOBEE 4/2, rentals
available, tile throughout,
$1295/mo & $1095/mo, No
pets 561-248-3888 or
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$850 mo. + $850 sec. Op-
tion to buy. (239)707-5155
br/1.5ba, with dock, tile floors
& garage. $800/mo. Call
(863)697-2055 anytime
Okeechobee Estates 3/1,
$850 mo. + $200 sec. dep.
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
dock, 1br, 1ba, fully furn.
W&D, Elec & satellite incld.,
$700/mo. (863)467-1950
a 2/1 available, very clean,
no pets, 1st & sec.
Treas. Island 3036 SE 36th
St., 2BR/1.5BA, Ig. garage,
shed, on water, very clean,
$800 mo. (561)308-7566

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 Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Ready to move In!
Spacious 3/2 w/lake access.
Owner financing avail.
$145,000. (863)634-5236

Mobile Homes

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

fully furn, long or short term
lease. June FREE. $775/mo.
+ sec. dep. (863)824-0981
ba, tile, remodeled, partly
furnished, pets okay.
$800/mo + 1st, last & sec.
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lot in quiet neighborhood
close to town. Front porch,
fenced yard. Will lease with
option to buy. $59,000.
$650/mo. (863)634-3451
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 1ba,
newly remodeled, $800/mo,
1st, last & sec. No Pets
RIVER RUN-2br/2ba furnished,
carport & laundry room,
large florida room, includes
water & elec. $800 month
(863)357-1464 til 5pm &
leave message or
(863)610-9465 after 5pm
and weekends
on water, June FREE.
$750/mo. + sec. dep. Call

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

1991 Chevy S-10 Pick-up, V6,
5 speed, black, good condi-
tion, $1,100 or best offer
(812)989-3022 anytime
1998 Chevy Pick-up, automat-
ic, Cold A/C, white, good
condition, $2,200
(812)989-3022 anytime

FORD 150 PU '93 crew cab,
runs exc. & looks good, 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
S6, $1800 (863)763-6216


File No.: 2008-CP-098
The administration of the estate of Doug-
las Charles Chapman, deceased,
whose date of death was January 5,
2007, and whose social security num-
ber is 127-32-8243 is pending in the
Circuit Court for Okeechotee County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address
of which is 312 NW 3rd St., Okeecho-
bee, Florida 34972. The names and
addresses of the personal representa-
tive and the personal representative's
attorney are set forth below.
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 file 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 17th, 2008.
Personal Representative:
Douglas R. Chapman
264 W. 2nd Street Apt. A
Fulton, NY 13069
Attorney for Personal Representatve:
Blake Crane. Esq.
Attorney or Petitioner
FlRa. Bar #989850
Royal Palm Financial Center
789 S. Federal Highway, Suite 310
Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: (772) 419-0999
278634 ON 6/17.24/08




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Continued From Page 1
Throughout the campaign,
there have been several fundrais-
ers at local businesses where oth-
er individuals participated to help
support the Okeechobee Ameri-
can Red Cross.
These are a few honorable
mentions who made a valiant ef-
fort, yet did not become official
Heroes with the $1,000 donation
this year: Billy Dean; Pier II Resort;
Good Spirits; Okeechobee Cattle-
men's Association; Okeechobee
Board of Realtors; Trading Post
Flea Market; Elida Arrieta; J & S
Fish Camp; Okeechobee News,
Chauna Aguilar; The Clock Res-
taurant; Okeechobee Times; W
& W Lumber; Beef O'Brady's;
Pogey's Family Restaurant; Real
Life Children's Ranch; Boy Scouts
of Okeechobee; Lunkers Sports
Grill; Tent City, Mike Ambler;
Stafford's Salon; Teresa Chandler;
Paul & Delores May; Dowling
Watford; Brian Whitehall; Chief
Nick Hopkins; Mike Faulkner;
Ronnie & Juanita White; Terry &
Maureen Burroughs; Elvie Posey;
and Clinton Griffin.
The American Red Cross is

funded through donations and
the revenue from their health
and safety classes. Donations are
their number one source of rev-
enue, without the help from local
individuals and businesses; they
would not be able to offer these
services and many others to those
in need.
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.
Local citizens can also help by
joining American Red Cross as
a volunteer part of the Commu-
nity Emergency Response Team
All Red Cross volunteers re-
ceive free health and safety train-
ing and above all receive that great
feeling of knowing that they have
helped better someone's life.
To learn how you can be-
come more involved in the local
Okeechobee American Red Cross
chapter or just for more informa-
tion call 863-763-2488.
Post your opinions in the Pub-
lic Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Seacoast National Bank South branch (front-left to right)
Lacy Marshall, Kandi Koedam, Hattie Bennett (back-left to
right) Marbella Castneda, Briseida Ayala, Teresa Lara and
Marnie Lauter became an Okeechobee American Red Cross
Hero in the 2008 Heroes Campaign.

- .,a a m ... ,
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Golden Corral became an Okeechobee American Red Cross
Hero in the 2008 Heroes Campaign.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The team at WOKC 1570 AM became Okeechobee American
Red Cross Heroes in the 2008 Heroes Campaign.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Brahma Bull became an Okeechobee American Red
Cross Hero in the 2008 Heroes Campaign.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Florida Floors and More became an Okeechobee American
Red Cross Hero in the 2008 Heroes Campaign.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Annie's Consignment became an Okeechobee American Red
Cross Hero in the 2008 Heroes Campaign.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Waste Management was the second business to respond to
the Okeechobee American Red Cross Heroes Challenge by
donating $1,000.

UKeecnooee rNews/Unanauna guitar
The Bank of America team (front-left to right) Stephanie Rob-
erstson, Vicki Glaze (back-left to right) Julie Shook, Debbie
Riddle, Paulette Wise-Banking Center Manager/VP South
Banking Center, Jessica Holecek and Nancy Raddatz be-
came an Okeechobee American Red Cross Hero in the 2008
Heroes Campaign.

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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Raulerson Hospital was the first local business to respond to
the Okeechobee American Red Cross Heroes Challenge by
donating $1,000.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Seacoast National Bank North branch (front-left to
right) Angelica Garcia, Maria Palacios, Christina Reynolds,
Donna Huth, (back-left to right) Kim Curren, Chandel Verre-
chio, Cheryl Zrioka, Jerry O'Bannon, Terri Roller and Melody
Hodges became an Okeechobee American Red Cross Hero
in the 2008 Heroes Campaign.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Debbie Riddle (left) and Ju-
lie Shook (right) operate the
Okeechobee American Red
Cross chapter which held the
2008 Heroes Campaign to
raise funds to continue their
mission to help those in need

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Bruce Jeffers with J & J Auto
became Okeechobee Ameri-
can Red Cross Hero in the
2008 Heroes Campaign,

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