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Vol. 99 No. 177


VFW honors soldier
The Ladies Auxiliary of the
VFW North Post #4423 will
host an appreciation party for
their adopted soldier SSG Greg
Maerki on Monday, June 30, at
5:30 p.m. at the Post. SSG Mae-
rki, who has been in the U.S.
Army for 17 years, will be home
on leave from Iraq where he is
the pit sergeant for the main-
tenance pit and is in charge of
38 soldiers. The Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
will be joining in this celebra-
tion. SSG Maerki is the son of
OCSO Deputy Bill Maerki. Feel
free to join the celebration at
Post #4423, 300 N.W 34th St.,
and show your support. For in-
formation, contact Gina or Jan
at the VFW Post, 813-763-0818.

Donate cars to Boys
and Girls Clubs
Now that the price of scrap
metal has sharply risen, the
Boys and Girls Car Campaign
will accept most any car with
no restrictions. Cars will be
picked up anywhere in Florida,
usually within a week, and are
sold at auction. To donate, call
800-246-0493. Funds obtained
by the sales go directly to help
the Florida clubs.

Advocacy group
seeking members
The Florida Local Advo-
cacy Council in this area has
openings for membership.
The members of the volunteer
council protect and advocate
for a better quality of life for
Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by
the governor for a four-year
term. Local meetings are held
on the second Tuesday of the
month in Fort Pierce. Call Peni-
na Popper at 800-342-0825 for
information; or, visit www.flori-

Drought Index
Current: 439
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.32 feet
Last Year: 9.02 feet
S on ored By:

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

Classifieds...................... 10,11
Com ics ................................... 9
Community Events................... 4
Crossword.............................. 9
Obituaries............................... 6
Opinion.................................. 4
Speak Out ............................. 4
Sports.................................. 12
TV ......................................... 4
W eather..................................... 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Firecracker Pageant: Local royalty

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Miss Firecracker -
2008 Miss Firecracker Queen Brittany Hill (center) and her cou --.
lynn Stuart, Miranda Dubois, Tabitha Smith, Carissa Tyson, Allisol -
Firecracker Cassie Murray, 2007 Overall Winner Brittany Nethers
Mariah Aguirre. The pageant was Saturday at Okeechobee High


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Junior Miss Firecracker
3008 Jun'or M~' ,i'w'er overaMl Crystal Garza and her cc.t, Kiyler Baker, Christine
Carnley, second place and most photogenic Cali Kirksey, Shyann Sales, Alexandra
Wallis and third place Mackenzie York.

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Tiny Miss Firecracker
Tiny Miss 12-23 Months Peyton Hodges (far left) and her court, second place Mad-
elynn Abner-Cayton, first place Myra Cruz, third place Willo James and their parents.
Peyton Hodges also won Most Beautiful, Best Dressed and Most Photogenic at the
2008 Miss Firecracker Pageant. For more photos, see page 12.

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btate plans

to buy out

U.S. Sugar

Thousands of jobs
will be lost when
sugar mills close
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The goal of restoring the
Everglades to some semblance
of its original state came closer
to reality on Tuesday June 23.
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) an-
nounced negotiations to pur-
chase 187,000 acres of South
Florida agricultural land from
U. S. Sugar.Corporation. This
purchase includes all assets of
U. S. Sugar in Florida including
sugar refineries and railroads.
This land will be used as part

of the Everglades Restoration
While environmentalists are
heralding this as a victory for
Everglades restoration, its effect
on local economy has yet to be
seen and some local officials
were caught totally off guard by
the purchase.
The purchase will protect
the St. Lucie and Caloosa-
hatchee estuaries from fresh-
water discharges from the lake
and provide more freshwater to
the Everglades.
The Everglades Foundation,
the nation's leading Everglades
advocacy and science organiza-
tion called the plan an achieve-
ment of "breathtaking signifi-
cance and priceless value." The
See Sugar Page 2

School staff


under way

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School District began their ne-
gotiations with the Okeechobee
County Education Association
(OCEA) on Tuesday, June 23, in
the school board chambers.
Every three years the en-
tire Instructional Contract and
Classified Contract are revised
in their entirety by the board
and the OCEA. This process
begins with each party present-
ing proposals on each contract.
Each entity then goes back and
forth as needed with counter
offers until the two parties get
to some form of agreement on

the language that will be used
in the contract.
This year's contract will be
effective from 2008 until 2011.
Changes have already been
agreed to as have some other
minor issues. The two parties
are currently working on coun-
ter offers and second counter
offers for items that are in dis-
This process allows OCEA to
have five representatives at the
bargaining table. These five are:
Dianne Falvo, Treasure Coast
Service Unit Director; Cam-
mie Hudson, Chief Negotiator;
OCEA President Candy Walker;
See Negotiations Page 2

Reduced tax funds

mean budget cuts

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It's budget time again for
the county. However, this time
things will be different. Be-
cause of reduced revenues, the
county will have to be doing
some belt tightening.
On June 19, county admin-
istrator Lyndon Bonner told the
Kiwanis Club that the county
will be operating with a less
than $90 million budget for the
coming fiscal year, down from
the current $113 million.
On Monday afternoon, June
23, county commissioners held
their first budget workshop
to look at preliminary budget
figures. By law, counties must
submit a balanced budget.
Deputy County Administrator
Robbie Chartier told the com-

missioners that there are three
ways to balance the budget. It
could be balanced by increas-
ing taxes, by dipping into the
landfill trust fund reserves or by
transferring funds from capital
projects and postponing those
Mrs. Chartier stressed that
at this point all figures are pre-
liminary and subject to change.
She asked commissioners to
consider if they wished to con-
tinue and at what level what
she called discretionary fund-
ing. This included funding for
Shared Services, Okeechobee
Jaycees, Okeechobee Main-
street, Healthy Start, New Ho-
rizons, and the 4-H and FFA
Livestock Show.
There were plans to create
See Budget Page 2

Submitted photo
All Stars in State Tournament
The OCRA Rookie All Stars qualified for state Championships. The tournament is this week-
end in Paxton, Fla. Paxton Dixie Youth Baseball is the tournament host. The weekend kicks
off Friday evening with a barbecue for team members, coaches and Dixie youth officials.
There will be an introduction ceremony then the teams will have the opportunity to partici-
pate in contests such as a Homerun Derby. Awards will be given to winners and runners-up
of each contest. The Okeechobee team's first game will be Saturday, June 29, at 1:30 p.m.,
Okeechobee American vs. Hiland Park.

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Man pleads no contest to

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An 18-year-old area man en-
tered a plea of no contest Mon-
day for his alleged involved in an
armed robbery of an Okeechobee
Kholt Thomas Gopher, Res-
ervation Road, entered the plea
June 23 in front of Circuit Court
Judge Lawrence Mirman. Gopher
is currently charged with robbery
with a deadly weapon while wear-
ing a mask and burglary of an oc-
cupied structure while armed.
Gopher is being held in the
Okeechobee County Jail.
While he entered the plea
Monday, he will be sentenced at
a later date.
According to Judge Mirman,
Gopher is looking at a possible

Continued From Page 1

foundation views the purchase as
"a once in a generation oppor-
tunity that will move Everglades
restoration forward beyond all
However some elected offi-
cials were not so optimistic.
Glades County Commissioner
Paul Beck had no idea this pur-
chase was in the works until
it was announced. He said the
sugar growing counties around
the lake were not taken into con-
"That will devastate the econ-
omies of Glades and Hendry
counties," he said. Mr. Beck said
he was still in "mild shock" after
hearing the news and had even
thought of consulting an attorney.
He was concerned about how
many acres of Glades County
property would be taken off the
tax roles by this purchase.
Another Glades County Com-
missioner, Donna Storter, was
also taken by surprise by the an-
nouncement and was concerned
about the effect on her county's
The effect on Moorehaven

maximum prison sentence of 30
Gopher and three others were
arrested in con-
nection with thie
Aug. 13, 2007,
armed robbery
of the La Mexi-
cana Supermar- .
ket, 3235 S.R. 70.
Also charged
in the case were Kholt
Juan Meras, Thomas
23; Erica Marie Gopher
Ochoa, 19; and
Guage John Gonzalez, 15.
According to an arrest report
by Detective Rosemary Farless of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO); Meras was arrest-
ed on charges of armed robbery,
armed burglary while masked,

might not be as bad as the effect
on Clewiston was the opinion of
Glades County Commissioner Al-
vin Ward.
"Clewiston will be devastat-
ed," he said. On the bright side
he mentioned the construction
jobs that will be created. He, too,
thought, everyone was still in
shock from the news.
"The environmentalists have
won, the people of the Glades
have lost," was the opinion of
Hendry County Commissioner
Kevin McCarthy.
He said he first heard the news
on Monday, June 22 and was still
trying to absorb it. The commis-
sioner claimed that all totalled,
3,000 people will be put out of
work. He said he went to the gov-
ernor's press conference Tuesday
morning and heard nothing of
plans for Hendry County.
When contacted Tuesday after-
noon Okeechobee County Com-
missioner Ray Domer had not
heard the news. He was not sure
how it would affect Okeechobee
County but he felt that Glades
County would be hurt more.
While jobs will be eliminated
some other new jobs could be
created in restoration, construc-
tion, tourism and there is the
possibility some other company

might operate the sugar mills.
"It is not our desire to drive ag-
riculture out of Florida," said Kirk
Fordham, chief executive officer
of the Everglades Foundation.
Carol Wehle of SFWMD said her
organization will be working with
U.S. Sugar and the state of Florida
during the six year acquisition pe-
riod to help create new jobs.
While the economic outlook
might be gloomy, the environ-
mental aspects are positive. Cur-
rently drainage and water diver-
sions cause the Everglades to dry
up too often. This land acquisition
will make it possible to provide
water during drought, protect-
ing plants and helping prevent
wildfires. During wet times now
excess water is diverted to the
estuaries, upsetting the saltwater
balance. This purchase will elimi-
nate 85 percent of harmful dis-
charges to the estuaries according
to the Everglades Foundation. As
a result of this purchase there will
be decreased reliance on deep
wells for aquifer storage.
The purchase will be financed
by ad valorem taxes paid by resi-
dents of the 16 counties served by
While the final cost has not
been finalized, the-figure $1.75
billion has been mentioned. That

tive Farless went on to state in her
report that the clerk gave them
cash from the register and several
packs of cigarettes.
One man then broke a display
case and, along with the othe
rman, grabbed several of the
watches and ran from the store,
stated the detective's report.
Two men stayed in the black
Mazda four-door car, while the
other two went inside the store,
continued the report.
Detective Farless said it was
learned later that the watches
were thrown off a bridge and the
cash was spent on liquor.
Those arrested, as well as the
guns allegedly used in the rob-
bery, were later found in a home
on Brighton Reservation.

is a negotiating figure. The district
will get three different appraisals
of the property. The purchase will
be financed by ad valorem taxes
paid to SFMWD by residents in
the 16 county area served by SF-
WMD. Officials of SFWMD are
confident the current tax rate will
not have to be adjusted.
It is anticipated that there will
be some land swaps with other
area landowners. The purchase
will be phased in over six years.
The Everglades Foundation
said the purchase could cause
Charlie Crist to be known as the
"Everglades Governor,"
The Everglades was originally
comprised of 4,000 square miles
and now less than half that size.
Editor's Note: Some informa-
tion for this article came from
press releases and telephone
conference calls conducted by
both South Florida Water Man-
agement officials and the Ever-
glades Foundation.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

Continued From Page 1

OCEA Secretary Maggi Cable; for
the instructional contract, teacher
Kevin Lute; and, for the classified
contract, Judy Kelly.
For the Okeechobee County
School Board there are four mem-
bers at the bargaining table: Sam
Lee, Chief Negotiator; OCSB At-
torney Tom Conely; Johnnie Ruth
Fralix; and Ken Kenworthy.
Items such as the notification
of the possibility of recording
equipment being present in a
school facility were discussed at
the bargaining table. The use of
recording equipment was added
to contract language detailing
that "employees shall be notified
in advance when video cameras
or other recording equipment is
installed in a work place. A sign
indicating the facility has video
cameras or recording equipment
shall be placed at the main en-
trance to the facility."
In addition to the above addi-
tion, "no disciplinary action shall
be taken against an employee
based soley upon photographs
and/or any recordings by cell
phones, tapes or other recording

Continued From Page 1
two additional code enforcement
officers. As a cost saving measure,
commissioners requested that
those two positions be deleted. It
was the consensus of the board
that no new positions be added
except for essential services.
There is a possibility the clerk
of courts office could lose three

devices. Furthermore, the exis-
tence of any such material which
comes to the attention of an ad-
ministrator shall be disclosed to
the employee prior to proceeding
with an investigation."
This will deal with some new-
er issues dealing with the ease of
recording to occur by students,
etc. due to the increase in tech-
This means that if a student
takes a photograph or recording
of a teacher, that alone cannot
bring discipline action upon the
teacher. There must be other cor-
roborating evidence that a disci-
plinary act took place.
In other areas the two parties
agreed upon language concern-
ing workers compensation, add-
ing "if the leave is ten weeks or
less, the employee shall return to
his/her original job assignment if
available, or to an equivalent job
The intent of the OCSB was
also recorded with this statement
that they intend to place an em-
ployee that was out on workers
compensation under ten weeks
back in their original position
if possible. In a case where it is
known that the employee will'
only be out a certain amount of
time, it would be practice of the

full time employees if circuit
judges are moved from Okeecho-
bee. If that happens the clerk is
requesting two part time employ-
ees. However, if the three full time
positions can be saved, there will
be no need for the two part time
Fire/rescue has requested three
new positions for full time fire/
medics. Commissioners thought
this request was a priority. How-
ever, only 57 percent of the fund-

district to try to fill in the position
with a temporary solution until
the employee returned.
Other language concerning
the Deferred Retirement Option
Program, widely known as the
DROP, added language detailing
the distribution of previously ac-
cumulated sick leave upon elec-
tion to participate in the DROP.
"The partial payment amount
will be based on the employee's
daily rate of pay.
0 to 12 months: one lump
sum payment in the month fol-
lowing.the last day worked.
13 to 24 months: 50 percent
at the end of the first 12 months
and final payment in the month
following the last day worked.
*25 through 36 months: 33.3
percent at the end of each 12
month period and final payment
in the month following the last
day worked.
*37 through 48 months: 25
percent at the end of each 12
month period and final payment
in the month following the last
day worked.
*49 through 60 months: 20
percent at the end of each 12
month period and final payment
in the month following the last
day worked."
The DROP employee has the

ing for these positions will come
from the fire assessment. The re-
mainder will have to come from
other sources.
Commissioner Clif Betts com-
mented on how the sheriff is cut-
ting expenses by requesting less
expensive cars and trying to make
the cars he now has last longer.
"We're all going to have to do
that," the commissioner said.
As another cost saving mea-
sure, commissioners requested

option of using sick days accrued
prior to his/her entrance into
the DROP during years in DROP
provided the employee has used
all sick days appropriated in any
given DROP year.
In other business the OCEA-
has offered to the board an addi-
tion to the transfers and reassign-
ment language detailing that reas-
signment requests be considered
based upon the following guide-
lines: instructional personnel
may submit requests in writing to
their principals for consideration
of placement in a different grade
level, academic level or depart-
ment; and when more than one
applicant is properly certified and
meets the reassignment criteria,
seniority in Okeechobee County
will be a primary consideration.
The board continued their ne-
gotiations throughout the day and
will continue daily until an agree-
ment is made on both the instruc-
tional and classified contracts.
For more information about
the OCEA call 863-467-1564. To
contact the OCSB call 863-462-
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

that a road grader be eliminated
from the list of new equipment
the road department is request-
The proposed fire assessment
for a residential dwelling could go
up. However, the solid waste as-
sessment could stay the same or
go down.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

Auto accident ties up traffic

By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
Traffic was blocked for about
45 minutes when a Fleetwood
Pace Arrow motor home collided
with a green Dodge Ram 1500 at
the intersection of Parrot (U.S.
441) and Wolff Road.
According to the report, no
life threatening injuries were
sustained by the three people in-
volved in the accident, which oc-
curred at 1:31 p.m. on June 24.
The truck was headed north
on 441 when the motor home
attempted to turn east from the
southbound turn lane on 441, De-
tective Ted Vandeman, public in-
formation officer of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff Office, said.
As a result of the driver's fail-
ure to yield right of way to the
northbound traffic, the right front

Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Traffic was blocked for about 45 minutes when a motor home collided with a green truck at
the intersection of Parrot (U.S. 441) and Wolff Road at 1:31 p.m. on June 24. No life threaten-
ing injuries were sustained.
of the RV collided with the left her from the vehicle. The driver of the RV was cited
front of the truck. She was flown to St. Mary's with violation of right of way.
The driver of the truck was Medical Center in West Palm The names of those involved
trapped in the truck and the jaws Beach, while the passenger was had not been released at press
of life had to be used to remove taken to Raulerson Hospital. time Tuesday.

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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunder-
storms through late morning. Then a chance of afternoon showers
and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms
through midnight. Then a chance of showers after midnight. Lows
in the lower 70s. East winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 30 per-

Extended Forecast
Thursday: Partly cloudy. A chance of showers through late
morning. Then a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
highs in the upper 80s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50


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depriving a victim of communica-
tion and possession of a firearms
by a convicted felon.
Ochoa and Gonzalez were
arrested on charges of armed
robbery, armed burglary while
masked and depriving a victim of
Following his arrest, Gonzalez
was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail then taken to the De-
partment of Juvenile Justice De-
tention Center in Fort Pierce.
The report by Detective Farless
states that on Aug. 13, 2007, two
males entered the store wear-
ing black hooded sweatshirts
and black sunglasses. Both were
The store clerk, continued
the report, stated that one of the
males yelled at her while the
other male laughed at her. Detec-

News in Brief

Plan to slow down gang activity
TALLAHASSEE(AP)-Attorney General Bill McCollum says the state
is broadening its law enforcement efforts to slow down the growth
of gangs roaming Florida's streets and neighborhoods. Mr. McCollum
said Tuesday that a statewide grand jury has already indicted 53 sus-
pected gang members in several Florida cities as part of the new at-
tack on gang violence.
The Legislature has also taken steps to crack down on gang crime.
During the 2008 session, lawmakers passed laws to establish harsher
penalties for habitual offenders convicted of gang-related crimes. Mr.
McCollum said earlier this year that drug trafficking and abuse remain
key factors in the growth of gangs in Florida.

Five time widow under investigation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)-A sheriff's investigator in Florida says po-
lice are re-examining the death of a man who was the third husband
of a North Carolina woman with five dead spouses.
Lt. Nancy Alvarez of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Tues-
day her investigators are trying to find medical records for Richard
Sills. Sills was shot to death in the home he shared with his wife, Betty,
in Big Coppitt, Florida, in 1965.
At the time, police said he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,
and his wife was the only other person in the room.
His wife, now Betty Neumar, hasn't been charged with any crime
in Monroe County.
But the 76-year-old was recently charged in 'North Carolina with
one count of solicitation of murder in the 1986 death of her fourth
husband. A telephone message left for Neumar's attorney was not
returned Tuesday.

Dade defender's office refuses many cases
MIAMI (AP)-The Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office is no longer
representing most felony cases because of budget cuts.
Public Defender Bennett Brummer's office began withdrawing
Tuesday from cases that do not involve first-degree murder or the rape
of a child.
Brummer has said his office cannot ethically accept more cases
than his attorneys have time to adequately handle. He says budget
cuts passed by the Legislature in the past several years have left his
office understaffed.
Legislators insist Brummer was given enough money to handle all
the cases assigned to his office.
Brummer has refused to take cases three times in the past over re-
sources. The courts sided with him, ruling that the right to an attorney
means having a lawyer who provides adequate representation.

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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, June 25, 2008 3

Teen is sent to prison

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local gang member has
been sentenced to five years in a
state prison for his participation
in the gang tagging of the Sports
Complex last year.
Christopher Shawn Miner,
19, U.S. 441 S.E., and two other
alleged gang members were ar-
rested March 7 for their appar-
ent connection with the Feb. 26,
2007, incident.
Miner, Thomas Jay Draughon,
18, U.S. 441 S.E., and Frederick
William Ebberling, Jr., 17, were
all charged with criminal mischief
gang related.
Draughon and Ebberling have
not gone to court.
Miner was sentenced Monday,
June 23, by Circuit Court Judge
Lawrence Mirman.
Assistant State Attorney Ashley
Albright said Miner will also have
to pay all court costs and fees,
as well as restitution. He said
Miner will have to pay $4,000 to
Okeechobee County and $2,100
to the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO).
Miner first went before Judge
Mirman on April 24 when he en-
tered a plea of no contest to the
charge. He was facing a maxi-
mum penalty of 15 years
Draughon is still being held on

$25,000 bond in the Okeechobee
County Jail. Following his arrest,
Ebberling was booked into the
county jail then taken to the De-
partment of Juvenile Justice De-
tention Center in
Fort Pierce.
According to
OCSO Detective
Sergeant Brad
Stark, although
Ebberling is
charged with
the same felony
he will only face Christopher
juvenile sanc- Shawn Miner
Sgt. Stark heads up the OCSO
gang unit.
The three were arrested and
charged with the tagging of vari-
ous buildings, sidewalks and
roads at the Sports Complex, said
Sgt. Stark in an earlier interview
about the case.
The tagging not only displayed
gang signs, but derogatory state-
ments toward law enforcement
and symbols indicating the gang's
The graffiti was painted over
by employees of Okeechobee
County, which is why Miner must
pay restitution to the county.
Sgt. Stark said all three are
members of the Insane Gangster
Disciples, which is a local gang

that was phased out a few years
ago but is making a comeback.
The tagging was done in blue
spray paint, which is the color of
the Folk Nation -- a large nation-
wide gang that includes the local
gang sets of Insane Gangster Dis-
ciples and the Rookerville Raid-
"This is a crime against every
citizen of Okeechobee County,"
said Sheriff Paul May not long after
the -arrests were made. "I'm very
proud of the investigation by the
Gang and Narcotics Task Force
that resulted in the arrests. This
kind of behavior has to stop."
"They did this as a mission for
the gang," explained Sgt. Stark.
Sgt. Stark added that the ar-
rests came about due to informa-
tion received from residents.
"It's still nice to know that
good honest citizens are still will-
ing to provide information to law
enforcement when they truly
know their information and name
will remain anonymous," said the
Mr. Albright said Miner will be
sent to a prison reception cen-
ter as soon as the paperwork is

Couple injured in crash

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man and his wife were
injured in a single-car accident on
S.R. 70 E. Monday afternoon, ac-
cording to a press release from the
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).
Gene O'Neill, 64, and his wife
Roberta 'Bobbie' O'Neill, 54,
were both injured when their
1998 Ford Explorer left the road-
way and overturned twice at 4:41
p.m. on June 23, stated the report
by Trooper Thomas B. White.
The report said the vehicle was
being driven by Mrs. O'Neill.
Both occupants were taken to

Raulerson Hospital.
According to Okeechobee
County Emergency Management
director Mike Faulkner, Mr. O'Neill
was still in Raulerson Tuesday
afternoon and was resting com-
fortably. Mr. Faulkner said due to
her prior health problems, Mrs.
O'Neill was transferred to Lawn-
wood Regional Medical Center in
Fort Pierce where she was being
kept for observation.
Mr. Faulkner, who took over
for Mr. O'Neill after his retirement,
said both are expected to make a
full recovery.
Mr. O'Neill was a longtime

detective with the Okeechobee
City Police Department. He left
that post to head up the county's
emergency management depart-
SMr. Faulkner became the of-
ficial director of that department
on June 12 when the Okeechobee
County Board of County Commis-
sioners abolished his position as
assistant director.
On June 13, a Gene O'Neill
Day was held locally as a way to
honor him for his many years of
service to the community.

Hurricane Center hopes to improve forecasting

By Jessica Gresko
Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) -- Substantially im-
proving the accuracy of hurricane
intensity predictions could take
years and tens of millions of dol-
lars, the National Hurricane Cen-
ter's director said Tuesday.
In an interview with The As-
sociated Press, Bill Read said re-
ducing by half the errors made in
tasks such as determining wheth-
er a storm would remain a Cate-

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a costly and long-term effort. goal," Read said. "We've made a
Predicting a storm's intensity steady gain in the improvement
is much harder for meteorologists of the track forecasts, and we
than estimating where it will go. haven't figured out how to do that
Since 1990, forecasters have re- yet for rapid intensification."
duced by more than half their er- That could take between five
rors in predicting a storm's path, and 10 years, he said. Read said
but over the same time the accu-
racy of their intensity forecasts has he's satisfied for now with the $3
remained virtually unchanged. million the government is spend-
"To really get after that you're ing this year for research into im-
talking tens of millions of dollars, proving intensity forecasts.

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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!
GATOR ATTACK: I've been to Nubbin Slough late at night just to
see how many gators were there. Shining my spotlight around, I saw
at least 100 sets of red eyes and most of them were up near the buoy
line. They are there because of the low water most everywhere else
in the lake. This kid was lucky he only lost an arm. What a tragedy, a
senseless tragedy.
JAIL: What a wonderful idea the county has to preserve as much
of the old jail as possible and incorporate it into the expansion of the
current jail. It's a shame that they let the old jail get to the point where
it can't be saved intact. But what's done is done. We can't change that
now. The plan to use the design and bricks from the old jail for the
facade of the expansion is a great idea -- beautiful, functional and it
preserves a bit of history.
GATORS: Rule of thumb: Don't swim at night with the gators.
They will eat you. That's what they do! When we were young my
dad always kept cut down cars/trucks to run around the woods. The
Everglades was our playground. If there was a water hole, he knew
we would either be fishing it or swimming it. He always tried to keep
the big gators, let's say, out of the holes. When I was even younger he
gator hunted to supplement the income, so we knew the danger. Even
now I am very scared of a big gator, they can't be trusted.
NUBBIN SLOUGH: I should think everyone in Okeechobee knows
that Nubbin Slough is full of alligators. It always has been. That is why
people go there at night, to see the alligators. It is so sad this teenager
was so foolish as to go into the water, but I don't blame the alligator.
He was just following his instincts. If something was moving in the
water, the gator was going to treat it as a potential meal.
HIGH RENT: My husband and I are currently looking for a bigger
home and I must say that some of these rental and for sale properties
I feel are extremely over priced. One place we went and took a look at
was supposed to be a four bedroom and two full baths. Needless to
say it was only a three bedroom one bath. The lease on it was $1,200,
and it really was a dump. I mean if you're going to rent your property
or even sell it, make it presentable. This property had a pool, that the
owner suggested that it was. okay to swim in and I bet you'd catch
something if you got in there, that's how disgusting this pool was.
Some properties have layers and layers of paint, cheap fixtures that fall
off when you touch them. The properties that are in Al condition are
ranging from $1,300 and up. I even saw one that was $2,400 a month.
I'm just really amazed.
WATER: We should all be conserving water year round. The
weather patterns are changing. We do not have water to waste. If we
don't conserve water all the time, some people are going to be thirsty
before it is all over. Use some common sense. There is no reason to
water the lawn on any day that it rains. In fact, if it is raining once or
twice a week, you shouldn't be watering your lawn at all. Watering
your lawn too often is bad for the grass. It causes the roots to be short
and close to the surface and that is not healthy grass. Healthy grass
has long roots that go deep into the ground.
ALLIGATORS: I think it is a shame that they had to kill five alliga-
tors to find the one that attacked the teenager. I know it is the law and
they have to protect the public and all. But the alligators were here
+ first. The lake is their home. The whole South Florida was their home
but people developed and built and pushed the wildlife out. So they
only have a few places left for the wildlife. Then people invade the ga-
tors' territory too. It just doesn't seem right. I could understand send-
ing the hunters if the gators were in someone's backyard. But these
gators were in Nubbin Slough.
TEENS: If these teens at Nubbin Slough were drinking alcohol, as
was stated on the news, then I hope the cops find whoever sold the
alcohol to them or gave it to them or bought it for them. Whoever
is supplying teenagers with alcohol needs to be arrested. Obviously,
drinking is going to impair anyone's judgement.
TEENS: Regarding the recent accident involving the alligator at
Nubbin Slough, I have to ask what teenagers are doing at Nubbin
Slough at 2 a.m. That does not sound safe or wise to me. At 2 a.m.,
kids should be home in bed. Second, how can you live in Okeechobee
an not know that place is usually full of alligators? Shine a light and
you see their eyes. Be quiet and listen and you can hear them grunt-
ing. This is Florida. Alligators are native to Florida. Humans can live
near wildlife but you have to show some respect for the wildlife.
ALLIGATORS: I have a healthy respect for alligators. They are
God's creatures, too. They act totally on instinct. Any body of water in
Florida is likely to have alligators in or near it. That is just life in Florida.
If you want to go swimming, stick to the swimming pools. But look
first. During the last drought, a lady in Clewiston who found a six foot
gator in her swimming pool. To her credit, she would not let anyone
kill it. She insisted they capture and relocate it.
DANGER: When you consider the number of alligators in Florida,
attacks on humans are rare. I don't think gators attack people on pur-
pose. They just react to something.

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Community Events

Assistance available for summer camps
Attention parents! Financial assistance for summer camps is avail-
The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeecho-
bee 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 experience. For
more information, call 1-877-220-1223 ext 260.

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.

Just Horsing Around Camp
UF/IFAS Okeechobee County 4-H program, along with the Okeecho-
bee Agri-Civic Center and the Okeechobee Children's Services Coun-
cil, will be offering 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 disciplines.
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 register
please contact the Okeechobee County Extension Office at 863-763-
6469. Camp fee is $100 plus a $25 stall fee per week. Pre-registration
is required.

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.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, June 25
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call 863-763-2893.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served at
5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.
Thursday, June 26
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at 863-467-8020, or Belinda at 863-357-0166.
AA. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at the American Legion Post 64 501 SE Second St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at 863-357-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636, or Hazel at 863-763-
4920, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for wom-
en who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups meet at 6 p.m. For information, call
863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at 863-763-2893
or 863-763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet
at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at 863-763-2893
days, or 863-467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might
need this group, please pass the word.

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Lake wildfire finally 'dead out'

ing for nearly two months, wild-
fire inside Lake Okeechobee is
controlled or "dead out," accord-
ing to the Florida Division of For-
On Tuesday, the DOF reported
the Myakka Cut Wildfire inside
Lake Okeechobee was controlled
at 38,000 acres.

The wildfire was first reported
2 miles inside the lake on May 2,
2008 at 10:20 a.m. The fire was
controlled on Monday, June 23,
2008 at 10 a.m.
The DOF's fixed wing aircraft
flew the entire area and reported
that there was no visible smoke
or activity inside the lake.
The Florida Division of Forestry

would like to thank the following
agencies for their tireless efforts in
actively fighting and continuously
monitoring this wildfire: Glades
County Fire/Rescue, South Flor-
ida Water Management District,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Clewiston Fire Rescue, Florida
Department of Agriculture, Flor-
ida Department of Transporta-

tion, Florida Highway Patrol and
Glades County Sheriff. Without
everyone's collaboration and co-
operation this wildfire could have
been more of a threat to the com-
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The number of Sunshine State
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highway skyrocketed nearly 35
percent in the first five months
of 2008 compared to the same
time last year -- according to the
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drivers called the motor club for
fuel delivery 253 times.
Nationwide, calls to Allstate
Motor Club for running out of
gas are up by 52 percent for the
first months of 2008 over the
same time last year. "We can't
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number of people running out

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pump, but anecdotally we know
that consumers are trying hard
to stretch their dollar and some-
times that means stretching fuel
into fumes," said Phil Lawson,
Field Vice President Florida Re-
gion. "Drivers should remember
running out of gas on the high-
way can be a lot more than an
inconvenience; it can be hazard-
The average wait time for a
can of gas is half an hour, but
more troublesome than the has-
sle is the danger of being stuck
on the road. According to the

roadside assistance experts at
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more serious accidents for the
driver with the empty tank and
other motorists that suddenly
have to maneuver around the
If you find yourself out of gas,
Allstate Motor Club recommends
remembering your own safety
first. If you feel your car run-
ning out of gas, get off the road.
Pulling your car to the curb will
help keep you, your passengers
and your vehicle from becom-
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you safe.
If you run out of gas in traf-
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are absolutely certain it is safe to
get out of the vehicle. Push your
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only after you are clear of other
cars and you are sure it is safe.
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If there is one thing I love, it's
a good top ten list, especially one
that involves food. And when it's
a listLthat gets me salivating and
helps me lose a few at the same
time, what's not to LOVE about
th a t? '
Here then are the top ten skin-
ny foods for summer. This is the
Stuff you'll want to buy, eat, keep
in your pantry or fridge and make
sure you return to often. Let this
be your healthiest (and skinni-
est!) summer ever!
1) Life is a Bowl of Cherries.
Cherries boast an alphabetical
punch of vitamins A, C, and E as
well as phytochemicals that help
block the formation of breast,
lung, liver, stomach and skin can-
cers. Add the fiber factor and the
medicinal properties that help
fight gout, and you can't say no
to cherries!
2) Melon Mania. Cantaloupe,
AKA Muskmelon, is chocked full
of potassium, vitamin C and beta
carotene. If that weren't enough,
how about some disease fighting
properties that help you control
blood pressure, protect against
cancer and lower your choles-
terol? Cool sliced cantaloupe is a
terrific way to start your day!
3) Beet It. Another colorful
entry into the top skinny foods
from summer is, believe it or not,
BEETS. Yes, beets. Not the icky
pickled kind found on salad bars
that no one touches, the fresh
variety. They're at their peak in
summer months and both the
greens arid the bulb can be eat-
en. Yes, they can stave off cancer
and are folate-rich, an essential


nutrient for fighting birth defects.
Grate the purple part into your
salad and chop the tops, saut6
in olive and garlic for a satisfying
side dish.
4) Big on Basil. Who can say
no to fresh basil, sliced tomatoes
and fresh mozzarella drizzled
with olive oil in the middle of
summer? Not me! But basil is
more than a fabulous summer
flavor; it too, helps prevent can-
cerous changes in cells. Add to
that the digestive benefit of help-
ing to quell gaseous spasms (you
know what I'm trying to discreet-
ly suggest), you have one of na-
ture's most powerful herbs.
5) Provocative Avocados.
Don't freak out -- I know they
have a lot of fat. But a little goes
a long way and the monounsatu-
rated fats that are in there help
improve triglyceride levels and
bring down cholesterol. Bring
on the guacamole -- I make mine
with minced red onion, chopped
cilantro, lime juice and a dash of
chipotle salsa -- viva los avoca-
6) Okra-at-home-a. In the
South, we deep-fry it, but don't
you da. that if you want the health
and nutrition benefits of lovely
okra. Try sauteing it in a little ol-
ive oil with some garlic for a taste
treat. Okra is full of glutathione,
a compound that attacks cancer.
Additionally, the vitamin C con-
tent is nothing to sneeze at, nor is
the magnesium or fiber!
7) Onion rings. Not the kind
you're thinking. I'm talking fresh
-- the kind you chop, cook, saute
or eat raw in rings. Onions may
help lower blood pressure, relieve
congestion and reduce inflam-
mation as well as decrease your
risk of cancer. And when you add
to that the fact that they are both
cheap and low in calories, let's
eat onions on everything. Got
8) Pick Parsley. Yes, plain or-
dinary parsley makes the list.
You can chop this up, keep it in

the fridge and scatter it atop any-
thing. Did you know parsley can
help relieve a urinary tract infec-
tion as well as help with PMS?
Oh yes, but wait there's more. It's
also full of vitamin C, folate and
can help you freshen your breath
(that's kinda important if you're
eating lots of number 7!).
9) Pine for Pineapple. This
wonderful tropical fruit is known
for its digestive improvement ca-
pabilities -- supplement compa-
nies even sell pineapple enzymes.
It's also helpful for keeping bones
strong (lots of manganese), fight-
ing colds (tons of vitamin C) and
lowering the risk of cancer and
heart disease.
10) Tons of Tomatoes. Toma-
toes have been on my lists be-
fore, but I can't have a summer
list of healthy, skinny foods with-
out mentioning my favorite, the
big juicy tomato (just make sure
they're either homegrown, or the
ones on the vine. Also, cherry
and grape tomatoes are fine). To-
matoes are known for reducing
the risk of cancer and prevent-
ing cataracts. The vitamin C con-
tent, A and potassium and iron,
make it one big nutritional mega
food that should not be missed,
especially in the summer when
they are in their prime. Go back
to number 4 for my very favorite
summer salad!
There you go, The Top Ten
Summer Foods -- all ten of them
naturally skinny foods, packed full
of nutrients to make you healthy,
wealthy and wise -- enjoy!
'For more help putting dinner
on your table check out Leanne's
Web site www.SavingDinner.
corn or her "Saving Dinner" book
series (Ballantine) and her New
York Times Best Selling book
"Body Clutter" (Fireside). Copy-
right 2008; Leanne Ely; Used by
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Outstanding Service Provider
Okeechobee County Senior Services was recently presented the Outstanding Service Provider Award by the Area Agency
on Aging. The organization was recognized at the June 22, county commission meeting. Taking part in the recognition
were, left to right, Frank Irby, Area Agency pn Aging Board Member, Frances Syfrett, Area Agency on Aging Board Mem-
ber, Sheila Savage, Director of Senior Services, Robert McFalls, Chief Executive Officer, Area Agency on Aging, and Clif
Betts, Okeechobee County Commission Chairman. Mr. Betts said that senior services employees and volunteers treat
their clients like their own parents. He went on to say that that kind of dedication is hard to find in any organization. Mrs.
Savage thanked the commission for their support of senior services.

[ K,._l Today in History .

Ukeechobee News/Pete uawaa

Retirement recognition
Okeechobee County Code Compliance Director Arnold
Verwey was recognized at the June 22 county commission
meeting upon the occasion of his retirement. Commis-
sion chairman Clif Betts, left, presented Mr. Verwey with a
proclamation and a declaration honoring his service to the
county. "It was a challenge," Mr. Verwey said. "It would not
have been fun it it weren't a challenge. It was a pleasure to
serve Okeechobee County."

Today is Wednesday, June 25,
the 177th day of 2008. There are
189 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On June 25, 1950, war broke
out in Korea as forces from the
communist North invaded the
On this date:
In 1938, the Fair Labor Stan-
dards Act of 1938 was enacted.
In 1942, some 1,000 British
Royal Air Force bombers raided
Bremen, Germany, during World
War II.
In 1958, a four-day dedication
of the Mackinac Bridge linking
Michigan's upper and lower pen-
insulas began, even though the
bridge had been open to traffic
since November 1957.
In 1962, the U.S. Supreme
Court, in Engel v. Vitale, ruled that
recital of a state-sponsored prayer
in New York State public schools
was unconstitutional.
In 1973, former White House
Counsel John W Dean began tes-
tifying before the Senate Water-
gate Committee.
In 1996, a truck bomb killed 19
Americans and injured hundreds
at a U.S. military housing com-
plex in Saudi Arabia.
Ten years ago: The Supreme
Court rejected a 1997 line-item
veto law as unconstitutional, and
ruled that HIV-infected people are

protected by the Americans With
Disabilities Act. President Clinton
began a nine-day trip to China in
the city of Xi'an.
Five years ago: The music
industry threatened to sue hun-
dreds of individual computer us-
ers who were illegally sharing
music files online. Former Geor-
gia Gov. Lester Maddox, a symbol
of Old South segregation, died in
Atlanta at age 87.
One year ago: A suicide
bomber slipped into a Baghdad
hotel and blew himself up in the
midst of a gathering of U.S.-allied
tribal sheiks, killing 13 people.
Robert Zoellick won unanimous
approval of the World Bank's
board to become the institution's
next president. World Wrestling
Entertainment star Chris Benoit,
his wife and 7-year-old son were
found dead in their Fayetteville,
Ga., home (authorities concluded
that Benoit strangled his family,
then killed himself). A judge in
Washington, D.C., ruled in favor
of a dry cleaner sued by a dissatis-
fied customer who was demand-
ing $54 million for his missing
Thought for Today: "It is not
depravity that afflicts the human
race so much as a general lack
of intelligence." Agnes Repplier,
American writer and social critic


Patricia Rose
Patricia Rose Ringham, age
46, of Okeechobee died Saturday,
June 21, 2008 at her residence.
Born Feb. 19, 1962 in Weisinbaut,
Germany, she had been a resident
of Okeechobee
since August
She is sur-
vived by her
son, Donald
Wayne Johnson
of Okeecho-
bee; daugh-
ters, Amanda Mug
Rose Ruse. of Box
Jennifer (Henry) Hunt of Doerun,
Ga.; fiancee, David Johnson; sis-
ters, Judy Walker, Michelle Rogers
and Carol Mailman all of Colum-
bus, Ga. In addition, she is sur-
vived by seven grandchildren.
There will be no visitation or
All arrangements are under

the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Frances Judson
Frances Judson, age 73, of
Okeechobee and formerly of Buf-
falo, N.Y., died Sunday June 22,
2008 at her residence. Born Nov.
16,1934 in Palmetto, Fla. She had
been a resident of Okeechobee
Since 1991 and was a member
of the New Beginnings Ministries
Church of God in Chris and the
Prince of Peace Church of God
in Christ in Buffalo, N.Y. She en-
joyed missionary work.
She is preceded in death by
her husband Willie W. Judson,
Sr.; sisters, Bessie, Sarah, Martha
Afin, and Mary Anne.
She is survived by her sons,
Willie (Mae) Judson, Jr., of Buf-
falo, N.Y., Gary L. Judson of
Okeechobee; daughters, Priscilla
Judson Wallace of Orlando, An-
thonette L. Judson of Atlanta;
eight grandchildren and five
great-grandchildren. In addition,
she is survived by brother, Jasper




(Cynthia) Jackson, Jr.; sisters,
Ella (Lawrence) White of Roch-
ester, N.Y., Allean (Robert) Hall
of Bradenton, Floretta (Sa.m.uel)
Odom of Oakland, Calif., Delores
(Earl) Knighten of Dover, Fla.,
and Linda (Edwards) Fobbs of
The family will receive friends
on Friday, June 27, from 4 p.m.
until 8 p.m. in the Buxton Fu-
neral Home Chapel. Services will
be Saturday, June 28, at 1 p.m.
also in the Buxton Funeral with
Elder Lee Alexander of the New
Beginnings Ministries Church of
God in Christ, Vero Beach. Inter-
ment will follow at Fort Drum
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
Jennifer Carr-Murray
Jennifer G. Carr-Murray, age
22 died June 22, 2008 in a tragic
accident. She was born in Holly-
wood, Fla. on Jan. 21, 1986. She
was a wonderful child who grew

up to be a talented lady who
lived her life to the fullest. Her life
was not long but she left a lov-
ing feeling around you when you
met her for the first time.
She is survived by her father,
Leonard Murray; mother, Gale
Carr Murray; brother, Lee Midy-
ette, and grandmother, Elizabeth
She will be with us forever in
our hearts and souls and loving
memories. Our daughter and
sister will be waiting for us all.
Love, Mom, Dad, Lee.
A Mass of Christian burial
will be celebrated on Thursday
at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Queen
of Heaven Catholic Church with
interment to follow at 2 p.m. in
Evergreen Cemetery, Okeecho-
bee. Friends are invited to attend
a celebration of life reception at
7 p.m. Thursday at GG's of New
York Pizza, 954-484-0400, 5440
N. State Rd 7, Ft Lauderdale.
Arrangements by Kraeer-Ma-
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Church News in Brief

Scrapbooking 'crop'
There will be a scrapbooking
crop on June 28, from noon until
6 p.m. at His House Fellowship,
425 S.W. 28th Street. All levels of
scrapbookers are welcome. Just
bring any scrapbook pages on
which you are currently work-
ing. Refreshments will be served
and there will be door prizes.
For more information call Lisa at
863-467-5169 or Joan at 863-467-
Church service
hours changed
The Okeechobee Methodist
Church has changed their wor-
ship service and Sundy School

times for the summer months.
There will be one worship service
on Sunday at 10 a.m., and Sunday
School at 9 a.m.
Ballroom dancing in
A group class in ballroom danc-
ing is being offered in Okeecho-
bee at Church of Our Saviour Par-
rish Hall, 200 NW Third Street on
Saturday afternoons at 4 p.m. The
cost for the hour lesson is $10.
Private instructions are also avail-
able. Come and enjoy the fun with
or without a partner. For mote in-
formation call 772-794-9040.
VBS every Sunday
Vacation Bible School every
Sunday? Yes! This summer chil-

dren in the community are invited
to attend at 9 a.m. on Sunday
mornings, a Sunday School like
no other! At First United Methodist
Church, children will be going on
a "Son Safari" each week through
July 20, learning all about God's
truths from the natural world. Do
you know why pineapples are
prickly? Have any idea why the
eagle can soar higher than any
other bird? Each Sunday morning
we will have a different learning
station: from cooking to crafts;
from games to puppetry. To reg-
ister call Nancy Vaughan at the
church office, 863-763-4021.
Church van offers
Treasure Island Baptist Church

youth van runs through Treasure
Island and surrounding areas.
Programs are available for stu-
dents in grades first through sixth
and in grades seventh through
Programs are from 6:30-8 p.m.
Wednesday nights. The church
van will pick children up and take
them home.
For more information, call 863-
Bible Study at
Believers Fellowship
Bible Study at Believers Fel-
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Ave., Wednesday evenings from
7 to 8 p.m. Pastor Nich Hopkins
presents informative and in depth
Bible studies in a casual and

friendly atmosphere. Everyone is
invited to attend. Coffee and des-
serts are served.
Christian Mental
health support group
Do you suffer with depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health Sup-
port group meets on the second
and fourth Thursday of the month
at 6 p.m. on Martin County Grade.
Call 772-597-0463 for information.
Family members are welcome.
Fort Drum Church has
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The Fort Drum Community
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'Glades County History' book reprinted

By Barbara Oehlbeck
History: Glades
County, Florida
Over two decades ago, in 1985,
a small book titled "Glades Coun-
ty, Florida History" became a re-
ality. Over a period of time, there
had been considerable discussion
in and out the Glades County Li-
brary and Friends of the Library,
along with other notables in the
area, lending support for the proj-
ect. In the Acknowledgements
it stated: "Hundreds of people
contributed to the compiling of
our brief history of the county.
To attempt listing names of the
many contributors would be to
risk an oversight and imply a lack
of gratitude. Therefore, we who
compiled this history express our
appreciation to everyone who as-
sisted. We know that generations
to come will add their gratitude as
Also quoting from the book:
"No history of a place and its peo-
ple can be definitive. In recount-
ing events stretching back almost
a century, much must be omitted
for lack of space. Some impor-
tant or unusual happenings may
have gone unrecorded because
they were not brought to light.
In retelling this history, the com-
pilers have, insofar as possible,
relied on written records as well
as personal recollections. Neither
source is infallible, however, and
errors are inevitable although
quite unintentional. In years to
come another history will be writ-
ten and at that time the errors and
omissions jn this book should be
noted so that the record can be
set straight. We urge readers to
amend their copies of this book
and to make a record of those ac-
counts they believe should be in-
cluded in the second edition, yet
to come. Therefore, pages at the
back of this book have been set
aside for personal recollections
and notes."
The book was compiled un-

der the direction of the 1985.
County Board of Commissioners
and dedicated to them, namely:
Vance Whidden, Chairman, Mar-
garet Van De Velde, Vice-Chair-
man, W. A. Branthoover, Sammy
Griffin, and Vance Storter. Under
the dedication is this: "They (the
commissioners) had the foresight
to capture the minds and hearts
of those pioneering people of
Glades County, Florida, while
many of them were still here to
And the question has been
asked many times: but who is the
author of this book?
On page VI is this: Special
thanks go to the dedicated histori-
ans of Glades County, Florida, who
researched, collected and pre-
pared the text of this book. Those
dedicated historians include Billy
0. Bass, Chairman, Valerie Coffey,
Alisa Dewing, Lillian McNeeley,
Joy Roberts, Norma Tatum, Pat
Taylor and Mertie Van De Velde.
No one author is listed as having
written the book.
In Chapter One there is this:
Settling the Glades begins ... De-
spite the lush beauty of the land
lying west and south of Lake
Okeechobee with its mixtures of
prairies and verdant hammocks,
both of which held promising
livelihood to those willing to
bend to the work, it was not until
the last two decades of the nine-
teenth century that white settlers
ventured into that area which
would become Glades County.
Between the death of the Ca-
loosa culture and 1842, Ponce de
Leon had claimed the region for
the Spanish. he named it Florida,
meaning "full of flowers" in Span-
ish. England gained control of
Florida in 1763, but lost it back to
Spain in 1783. After the Revolu-
tionary War, Florida was the only
part of southeastern North Amer-
ica which did not belong to the
United States. Then, in 1821 the
United States formally obtained
Florida. After wars with United
States troops and settlers, the
Seminole Indians fled in defeat

from Alabama and Georgia, re-
treating into the Glades where the
white man didn't care to venture.
It was a sticky, formidable jungle
without recommendation. So it
was here in this enormously
inhospitable inland swamp that
those Seminole Indians found
a home which harbored peace,
tranquility and contentment.
On hummocks or hammocks,
these Seminoles settled in. They
built chickees for shelter, raised
pigs, kept bees and planted
gardens raising all sorts of veg-
etables, pumpkins, sweet pota-
toes, squash, beans, sugar cane,
melons citrus, guava and others.
They flourished and survived,
safe from the white man's war-
ring ways, generously taking in
those Negro slaves who dared to
escape stern masters and venture
south in search of freedom.
These people were in es-
sence, lost to the world, lost in
a vast watery swamp. Their only
navigational reference, a majes-
tic lone cypress tree which stood
tall and undaunted by time at the
meeting of lake Okeechobee, the
second largest fresh water lake in
the United States, and the west
bank of the River of the Caloosas,
the Caloosahatchee, a realistic
reminder of that vanished race of
men, giant men, who ventured
here first and were a breed apart.
According to this history
book, a century after the United
States formally obtained Florida
in 1821, Glades County became a
reality in 1921.
According to Mary (Mrs. John)
Booher Director of the Glades
County Library, the book is at the
printers now and will be in the
hands of the Friends of the Library
sometime in July at which time it
will be proofed and sent back to
the printers for final printing.
This is a project of the Friends
Of The Library. It will Ue avail-
able from them only, and will not
require any funds from Glades
This is a reprint only, not an
update. Mary Booher says there

will be only one addition which is
the listing of the current Board of
County Commissioners, the rea-
son being that the copyright was
originally obtained in the name of
the Board in 1985, thus permis-
sion was sought and granted from
the current Board for reprinting.
Upon the occasion of hearing
about the book being reprinted,
one member of that original
board, Mr. Sammy Griffin said,
"I think it's good that the history
is being reprinted, but I think it
would have been much better to
have had it updated at the same
time." Glades County, Florida His-
tory is hardback with dust cover,
printed throughout in black and
white with some 200 pages. The
last 50-some pages are voter lists,
music, photos, and blank pages
for reader notes.
The price is estimated to be
approximately $25 and will be
available only from Friends of the
Barbara Oelbeck is an au-
thor of non-fiction books, ar-
ticles and essays who lives and
writes in Glades County. She
can be reached at 863-675-2771,
or, or visit her
website at barbaraoehlbeck.


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The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres Il1. 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-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all mov-
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* All personal items under
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* 2 items per household per

Trading Post Flea Market
Sat., 6/28 & Sun., 6/29
Haulmark Race Trailer
Utility Trailer, 15' FG Skiff
Car Dolly, Tools, HH Items
Everything Must Go!

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

24/7 Mon-Sun., Will travel.
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Must have a
minimum of
2 years exp.
Bi-lingual a plus.
Please Fax
Resume to:

Is looking to hire a
receptionist in the
Okeechobee office.
Applicant must be
happy, energetic
and outgoing.
Monday Friday
9am to 4 pm

PH. (863) 467-5333
Please contact
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Florida Licensed
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good driving record.
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travel time, overtime,
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Holiday. & Vacation
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day it appears. In case of an
inadvertent error, please noti-
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ed. We will not be responsible
for more than 1 incorrect
insertion, or for more than the
extent of the ad rendered val-
ueless by such errors.
Advertiser assumes responsi-
bility for all statements, names
and content of an ad, and
assumes responsibility for any
claims against Independent
Newspapers. All advertising
is subject to publisher's
approval. The publisher
reserves the right to accept or
- r- reject any or all copy, and to
insert above the copy the word
"advertisement". All ads
accepted are subject to credit
approval. All ads must conform
to Independent Newspapers'
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Independent Newspapers will
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considered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable value,
such as promises of guaran-
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home programs or other offers
to send money in advance for
a product or service we
advise you to check with the
Attorney General's Consumer
Fraud Line at 1-800-220-5424,
and/or The Better Business
Bureau, 800-464-6331 for pre-
vious complaints.
Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160

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$1000 for both or will sep.

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these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
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long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
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the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
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Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens 9 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

A/C 12,000 BTU, with heat,
$250. (239)645-9596
Package Unit, w/heat, 3 ton
York, never installed, $1450
3 Ton. 2004 model. Excellent
condition in storage. $800
(863)675-3939 LaBelle
Goodman 48k BTU, serviced
every year, like new. $1150
or best offer. (863)763-3932

ART PIECE Metal w/ an In-
dian in front & a Buffalo in the
back. Dated 1842. Good cond.
$200 neg. 863-763-2965
WALL MIRROR antique,
29"x36", 3 sz. gold leaf de-
sign, $65. (863)674-0482

APPLIANCES (White) Refrig-
erator, Stove, Microwave,
Washer & Dryer. $500 for
all, will sep. (863)517-0244
New,3 burner, for RV or pro-
pane stove top, asking $47
works good, 14'x8", $35.
DRYER Roper, good condi-
tion, works great, $100.
GE Gas stove, like new, center
burner on top for eggs or
bacon, asking $200
MICROWAVE Stainless Steel,
Large, turn table, inside light
Like new $75 or best offer
(863)763-2763 leave msg
REFRIGERATOR side by side
beige, $200 or best offer.
top & bottom, excellent con-
dition. $200 (954)675-4814
STOVE Gas, apt size, $85.
Call 863-674-1355
STOVE Magic Chef, white,
fair condition, w/raised metal
flat top burners, digital read
out. $70 (863)634-4137
daire, white, exc. dond.,
$300 for both.
WASHER & DRYER Full size,
Frigidaire, excellent condi-
tion, white. $299 for both
capacity. Heavy duty. Like
new. Excellent condition.
$250. Neg. (863)763-3932
WASHER Roper. $75

MOUNTAIN BIKE mens, 27",
$40. (863)634-8880


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$4300. 25x40x14 $6890.
30x50x14 $7900. 35x56x16
$11,500. 40x60x16
$14,900. 50x1 40x1 9
$41,600. 60x100x18
$32,800. Pioneer since
SHED 6 month old, 10x16.
Roll Up Door & Side Door.
$2900 Buyer must move.

sheets) 3/4", pre oiled, ve-
neer on one side, $1500 or
best offer. (863)824-0480
frame & screen, good condi-
tion. $75 (863)228-0467
WINDOWS (6) Certified, will
pass code. $75 for all, will
sell separately.

BABY ITEMS Crib, stroller,
infant car seat, security gate
& walker, $150 will sell sep.
$20 (863)675-7306 /
Bouncer w/ activity bar, Jum-
peroo, Stroller travel system,
all items like new $200 will
separate (863)634-2720
CAR SEAT & Stroller Evenflo,
Matching. Asking $60
Mobile & Changing Pad. $40

10 VCR Tapes of the original
Star Trek series some have
never been opened.
$25 863-675-6214
Ruby Red Cape Cod collec-
tion. $500 (863)674-0502

DELL P4 2.6 ghz, 1 gb ram,
dvd ram, w/new 19" flat-
screen. $385

for SLndao publ;carion

LAPTOP Apple, Power Book
G4 w/WiFi. $450 or trade on
Pistol (772)461-8822 Ft.
Lexmark 231 Color Jetprinter
and Astra 600P Scanner
$30 or will separate Call for
details (863)467-8681
Lexmark 1200 series, new
ink included. $30

5 piece dinette set, by Ashley,
oak wood, iron base, Paid
$1400 will sell for $300
BEDROOM SET Babcock, 3
pc set, wood. $250
Chest, dresser, canopy bed set
up with frame, no mattress
or box spring, good cond.
$300 neg. (863)763-6296
large, $100 or best offer.
DESK Antique, wood,
w/chair. $100
DINING TABLE Large, wood,
6 chairs. $250
DR SET marble top, 2 leafs,
6 chairs, intricate wood,
earthy brownish tone, $1400
neg. (239)462-8121
DRESSER White, 6 drawer
w/mirror, good condition.
$35 (863)634-4137
Maghony, 6'x40", perfect
cond., incl. 19" TV, $200.
Call 863-675-0410
solid oak, excellent condi-
tion, $300. (863)675-7555
FAN SET has baseball
theme, also 2 tables includ-
ed, $35 (863)612-0647
Full size bed on rollers, like
new, One owner $325
(863)763-5843 after 2 pm
FUTON oak, great c on,
w/extra thick matress, $100
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FUTON BED Good condition.
$70 (863)357-3633
HUTCH Old Early American,
72" H x 45" W, top shelf 11"
D, bottom 211/2" D, 4 drs.
$899 neg (239)657-4569
Microfiber, 2 pc. sofa & love
seat. Excellent condition.
$350 (863)517-0244
size, 4" feather mattress top-
per with cover, $95

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

green, good condition, $20
condition, on wheels, folds
up. $150 (863)946-3822
Moore Haven
ROLL TOP DESK oak, asking
$50 (863)675-0269
center and 6 chairs $600
LaBelle (863) 612-9898_
Sectional couch, end tables,
coffee table, 2 night stands,
solid wood $1000 neg., will
separate (863)532-1327
Sierra Nevada Pine solid din-
ing table, 6 chairs, rod iron
accents and upholstery on
chairs $450(863)763-3055
SLEEPER SOFA double, ask-
ing $65 (863)214-3850
BLE solid woo od con-
dition, $75 or best offer
What-not-shell, all glass
trimmed in Oak wood, top
and bottom lights, $100
chair, 2 end tables & coffee
table, excellent condition.
$400 (863)467-4871
WOOD DESK 33x65, top le-
gal, letter, 2 pull out drawers,
very good shape, $75

ACP (2) $240 will sell separ-
ately. (863)674-0613
ever fired, excellent condi-
tion $1750.00 LaBelle
chester, Remington, Moss-
berg, 3 single shot, 1650/will
sep. 863-532-9881
MAGTECH 22 Long Rifle -

AB LOUNGE By Tony Little,
with workout DVD, brand
new, as seen on HSN. $100


upright, wind resistant, rarely
used. $110 (863)675-3451
TOTAL GYM 3000 like new
condition, $500.
TREADMILL Image 16.0,
power incline, 5 program,
pulse sensor for heart, folds
up. $200 (863)634-0779

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

by Widex, digital, re pro-
grammable. $1000 or trade
on pistols (772)461-8822
HOSPITAL BED goes up &
down on both sides of bed,
$100. (863)612-0647
WHEELCHAIR- Merit. Electric.
New condition.
$750 863-983-4940

for high paying Aviation
Maintenance Career. FAA ap-
proved program. Financial
aid if qualified Job place-
ment assistance. CALL Avia-
tion Institute of Maintenance
from Home. *Medical,
*Business, *Paralegal,
*Computers, *Criminal Jus-
tice. Job placement assis-
tance. 'Computer available.
Financial Aid if qualified. Call
(866)858-2121, www.Cen-
BB Simon- brown/black gator
skin belt w/ authentic crys-
tals & buckle, 34" $300 neg.
(863)634-9945 or 763-3822
Bodybuilding Mass System
by Nx care, anavol, aminovol
& t3,increase size & strength
$50 Call 863-634-4202
Bully Dog Downloader for
03-04 Dodge Cummins
Truck, like new, $200
CARPORT Frame & Canvas.
Big enough for a pickup.
$150 (863)677-1742
Church Pews- 15 in all, wood-
en with top and bottom
cushions, 12 ft. $2,250 or
will separate (863)610-0165
Fat Burner Methyl Ripped,
rapid fat loss! strongest fat
burner. 1 month supply. $35
Call 863-634-4202
FENCE POSTS treated, 4",
80+, good condition, $250
will sell separately.
FORKLIFT 1952 Clark, runs,
needs hydraulic work. $1500
or best offer (863)675-3741
Craftsman, 1/2 hp, screw-
drive, new, in original box.
$150 (863)675-3451
Generator- Brand new,
4500 Watt, 8 plug, $400
(561)339-8039 or

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Golf Cart Club Car, good con-
dition, double seats and top,
white, $1300 or best offer
(812)989-3022 anytime
Golfl Cart Club Car- White,
Single seat
$800 (863)697-3299
Call For details
Kegerator Haier Brewmaster
beer dispenser, excellent
condition, $500
(863)634-9945 or 763-3822
OFFICE JOBS. $18-$20/HR.
(800)910-9941 TODAY! REF
Pop-Up Canopy- meets fire
codes, white, 10x10, $150
(561)339-8039 or
Propane Deep Fryer- double
basket $650 (561)339-8039
or (561)718-9265
Propane Grill- stainless steel,
5 ft, $1400 (561)339-8039
or (561)718-9265

Casio Priva keyboard, brown,
has instruction and music
book, rarely used, $150
(863)763-5843 after 2 pm

CHIHUAHUA- white, long leg
deer type, 8 mo. $120. Call
Barb (863) 675-2541 days
LaBelle area
DWARF RABBIT Netherland,
blue eyed, white. $20
1 14 wk. Yorkie Poo & 1 1V2
yr. old Poodle, $100 each,
others avail. (863)357-0037

PROJECTOR Vintage 16mml,
Revere Brand, good condi-
tion, $75 or best offer

HOT TUB Duet by Vita Spa, 2
person, self contained, grey
granite finish w/10l jets, exc
cond. $500 (863)763-7875
SWIM-SPA Loaded, Never
Used. LCD TV. & Stereo.
Cost $16,900 Will Sacrifice
$8,900. Can Deliver. Call

COLOR TV 32". $30
TELEVISION 19", Symphon-
ic, color, good picture. $25
Television- 57" Sony rear pro-
jection, Good condition w/re-
mote, Silver, Reduced $500
(863)763-2763 leave msg
TV, SONY 27", with stand.
Paid $700 in 2000, selling
for $150. Call 863-467-7139

new. $60 (863)467-7589

DRILL BIT concrete for Ig.
Bosch hammer drill, 7/8",
brand new, pd $52, sell $20.
GENERATOR Briggs & Strat-
ton, 5250 continuous watt-
age cap, 7350 max surge
watts. $300 (239)826-8469
GENERATOR Diesel, 5 kw,
120/240. $2500.
delivered. $3450
Apex Model 1270, used
twice, works perfectly, ex-
tras. $350 (863)599-8286

$100-$50,000 Paid!! Collec-
tor/Musician wanting
1930s-1970s Fender, Gib-
son, Martin and Gretsch.
These Brands Only. Free Call


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

Leather. Brand new. $150
QUARTER HORSE 8 yr. old.
mare. Great companion or
trail horse. $1000 or best of-
fer. (863)484-0504
QUARTER HORSE, very gentle
4 yrs. Halter broke round
pen, loveable, sweet $600.
Call Sharon 239-707-5423
SADDLE 14/2" Bob Mar-
shall, Treeless, Barrel, Floral
pattern, With silver. Asking
SADDLE Bob Marshall endu-
rance saddle, very good con-
dition. $800 (863)697-1330
SADDLE Western youth size,
all leather Bighorn saddle,
like new cond, perfect for
trail. $235 (863)763-2692

$1800. (239)357-5111 or
Murray Riding Lawn Mower
141/2 hp, 42" cut, good cond.
$500 neg. (863)261-2177
after 6pm or (561)308-5338
cut, needs some belt work,
$200. Call 863-946-3622.
Cut, Zero Turn. $3000
(863)517-2077 (LaBelle)
WEEDEATER Battery, new.
$60 (863)467-7589

Rentals I

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

Move In Special!
/2 ofl 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all apple's, a/c & heat, 1
blk. North of Wal-Mart
$650 mo. (863)763-8878
Nice New CBS
1/1, $750 & 2/1, $850
1st, last, sec. & util.,

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

2br/2ba w/ 1 car garage,
100x100 lot, Okeechobee
Hammock, $850 month 1st,
last & sec. (561)254-0478
BASSWOOD Affordable 3br,
2ba, 2 car garage, Large
house. $1100 mo. + Sec.
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.
2BR/1.5BA, fenced yard,
screened porch, $850 mo.
(863)634-9411 for details
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
BA. Terms negotiable.
Please call (863)946-1626
2BA, pool, extras. Must see!
1401 SE 8th Dr. $1300 mo.
1st & sec. (863)885-1347
OKEE. 2br/1ba, 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.
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

Getaway to Paradise Now
Make it an island resort va-
cation. Save gas & 50% on
Suites & Gulffront Parlors
$135. Limited time offer de-
tails (888)791-0066. Jus-
RV sites from $199/wk and
rental units from $750/wk on
private island resort in the
Florida Keys. Call Sunshine
Key at (305)872-2217 or

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 Inspection1 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

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

Ready to move in!
Spacious 3/2 w/lake access.
Owner financing avail.
$145,000. (863)634-5236
1000+ Homes Must Be
Sold! Free Catalog
(800)616-6716 USHo-

131+/- Acres of property in
Worth County, GA. Mix of
woods and open land...
$2000 per acre. Owner Fi-
naricing Available. Norris
Bishop Realty, LLC
Coastal Georgia- Gated Golf/
Waterfront Community locat-
ed between Savannah and
St. Simons Island. Fitness
Center, nature trails, tennis,
boat docks, SPECIAL PRIC-
ING starting at $65k.

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and low monthly payments
Call (863) 612-6511 or
(863) 675-8888
One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classl-

Approximately 7,000 Sq. ft.
40 x 140 Metal building
Has 2nd story inside above office areas.
Approx. 1200 sq. ft. of office area-downstairs
Lots of warehouse area.
Approx. 1 acre of land -Zoned Industrial
3 phase electric- Room to expand
Lots of parking area. Close to town.
Asking $600,000. Price is negotiable.
99 N. Industrial Loop, LaBelle,FI. 33935
Call 863-675-0022 (Sam to 5pm)
or 863-673-0889 (After 5pm)

Coastal Georgia- Gated Golf/
Waterfront Community locat-
ed between Savannah and
St. Simons Island. Fitness
Center, nature trails, tennis,
boat docks, SPECIAL PRIC-
ING starting at $65k.
Colorado Ranch Foreclosures
100 Acres just $59,900 Oth-
er ranches available Year-
round roads, access to
utilities. Excellent Financing
Available. (866)696-5263
X.4289 www.FLIoves-
LAKEFRONT! 3.5 acres
$49,900. Nicely wooded,
gentle slope to water. Excel-
lent fishing. Perfect for retire-
ment/ weekend getaway.
Lowest financing in 25+
years. Must see. Call
(888)792-5253, x1892.
How about TENNESSEE? For a
list of available lake & moun-
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Lakeside Realty toll free @
(888)291-5253 or visit
$24,900 Clarks Hill Lake on
GNA/SC Border. Excellent fi-
nancing available. Call To-
day! (877)426-2326 x 4352
with great view, very private,
big trees, waterfalls & large
public lake nearby, $49,500
call now (866)789-8535.
or 2-1/2 "Football Field"
Sized Lots! $0 Down. $0 In-
terest. $159-$208 per
month! Money Back Guaran-
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Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020

glass, 4 Steps/3x3 landing. 2
hand rails. Okeechobee de-
livery $200 (863)357-0504
STEPS Fiberglass, for trailer,
with handrail, $75.
Find It faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classified

2br/2ba Great location on cul-
de-sac & main power grid,
W/D, dishwasher, new car-
pet $900/mo (863)610-7006
fully furn, long or short term
lease. June FREE. $775/mo.
+ sec. dep. (863)824-0981
Mobile Homes For Rent
2 and 3 Bedrooms
Easy Payments

lot in quiet neighborhood
close to town. Front porch,
fenced yard. Will lease with
option to buy. $59,000.
$650/mo. (863)634-3451
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 1ba,
newly remodeled, $800/mo,
1st, last & sec. No Pets
on water, June FREE.
$750/mo. + sec. dep. Call

Mobile Home Angels
Mobile Home For Sale
On Large Lot
Owner Financing
Mobile Home liquidation sale.
All inventory must go. Low
down payment, low monthly
payments (863) 675-8888
NEW 3br/2ba DW $44,900
incl setup & a/c. Easy fi-
nancing. No money down
with trade-in (863)675-8888
NEW 4br/2ba DW $59,900 in-
cludes setup & a/c. Easy fi-
nancing with low down
payment (863) 675-8888
REPO Zone II 2002 DW, mint
condition w/fireplace, tape &
textured. Setup & a/c incl
$41,900 (863) 675-8888
TRADE IN your old mobile
home for a new wind zone Ill
home. No money needed

We Buy Scrap Gold,

Silver and Coins

Elliot's Pawn Shop
419 W S Park St* (863) 763-5553


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

Airboat 300 Ford 6 cylinder,
runs, with trailer, $600
(863)697-3246 anytime
ALUMINUM BOAT 18ft, trail-
er, 55hp engine, everything
runs, works good. $2000
9' long, $100.
BASS BOAT Nautique, 1
owner, loaded, orig. title,
mint cond., $5,000.
da 15hp power tilt, galv trlr,
trolling motor, other extras
$4100 (863)634-0815
KAYAK Eddlyline Wind Danc-
er 17', w/rudder. Good con-
dition, New over $2500 sell
for $400 (863)467-0085

FL room; many improve-
ments, in RV park. $4999

SEADO0 GTI '96 3 seater,
$2000 or best offer
863)634-0830 or

BIMINI TOP For boat, 3 bow,
80 1/2" wide, green. $100
BOAT MOTOR Elgin, 14.1 hp
w/ 3 propellers, gas tank,
runs good $300
boat trailer. $15

Continental motorcycle trailer
galvanized, 2 bike capacity
with ramp, $500
Sportster 1995 Less than
18K w/extra's. $3700 Call
(863)675-7622 after 3pm
SCOOTER, '60 $4,000.
HOND 1977 Gold Wing, low
miles, great cond. Asking
$3000 or best offer.
SEAT Harley Sportster'04-
'06, leather, used only two
months, new condition. $60
$1500. (863)634-3049
of upgrades. $3500

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needs work, $1500.
FORD F150 1994 4x4, Ext.
Cab, Small V8. Good condi-
tion. $3500 or best offer.
(863)675-1816 after 5pm.
3" lift, rebuilt motor, big tires,
2 seater, no carpet, exc buy.
$2200 (863)233-9631

CLUB CAR gas, golf, utility
cart, aluminum carry all II Lift
bed, good cond., $1200
EZ GO Used, Good condition,
charger, $700 or best offer.
Your next job could be In
today's classfilleds. DM
vou look for It?

3500 gal Poly Tank, 360
gas, 5 speed, single ax-
le,$4950 (239)895-7298

75 gallon, w/filter, meter &
elec pump, new cost $950,
selling $550 (941)320-4600
CAMPER TOP White, fiber-
glass, fits '01-'03 F150 Su-
percrew pick up 5.8 bed, exc
cond. $500 (863)357-4698
CHEVY MOTOR '98 5.7 Liter
Vortec, fits '96-'99 w/out
modification, only 50k miles.
$900 (863)801-3885
CHEVY PICK UP '94 Parting
out truck, motor 5.7L $975
MAG RIMS for Chevy,
chrome, 15", $150 or best
qffer. (863)763-1358
NERF BARS Westin, black,
fits 04-08 Toyota Tacoma
dbl cab. $200
RIMS 17" Moma, Labelle
area. $200 (239)210-1475
TIRES (4) Pirelli 225/6018,
asking $50 (863)763-8980
TONNEAU COVER- fiberglass,
fits 99-up Ford Superduty
F250/350 PU, shortbed,
$450 neg (863)227-1698
hard, brand new, fits '05 &
up Toyota Tacoma 6 ft bed.
$500 neg (863)697-0328
TOOL BOX for full size truck
bed, $100 or best offer.
4x4, overhauled, $800 or
best offer. (863)467-8856
TRUCK BED 12' utility bed,
Reading, $1,500 or best of-
fer. Call 863-673-5891
TRUCK TIRES 7-10:00-20
and 2-12:00-20, all mount-
ed, 90% rubber. $900 will
sell sep (239)657-4569
WHEELS Chevy Silverado,
new, slotted gray steel, 16",
8 lug, center caps & lug
nuts, $200. (561)573-3499

CHEV 3500 PU '92 2 wheel
drive, 11 OK, asking $2500 or
best offer (863)673-5891
DODGE 1500 '99 Quad cab,
5.9 motor, 2wd, auto, 124K,
needs AC work, chrome tool
box $3000 (863)801-5801
FORD 150 PU '93 crew cab,
runs exc. & looks good, 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
S6, $1800 (863)763-6216
FORD 150 PU '93 crew cab,
runs exc. & looks good, 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
S6, $1800 (863)763-6216
FORD F150 1l v'1 ,, Ext cab,
stick, great cond., 79K, good
AC, all power, $5000
(239)289-7637 Must Selll!!
FORD F150 Tlareside 1994.
Auto, ps,pl, bedliner, Mark 3.
Must sell. $3,495 LaBelle
(863) 675-4822
FORD RANGER i 988, ld run.
Needs starter, or great for
parts. Selling due to health
$300 Firm. (863)467-8114
FORD RANGER PU '88- 4 cyl,
5 speed, 4x4, good shape,
$1000 (863)763-9064

Boat ;101-,Ig('
L) r-I:n-t-
Recreational Depot
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BUICK LESABRE '96 asking
$3000 (239)324-3313
body work, runs good, AC
not working but fixable $700
as is (863)357-2413
car,2 sweater, black, new
tires, brakes & struts, needs
TLC $950 (863)763-7931
CAMERO RS '86 VS, needs
fuel pump, $500 or best of-
fer (863)801-9394 after 5pm
all power, cold AC, new paint,
runs great, $2500
cyl, auto, $2500
good condition, well main-
tained, auto, good gas saver,
$3000 (772)475-3191
LINCOLN, '94 108k mi., a/c,
radio, tires fair, good condi-
tion, $2500. (863)763-8391
Good shape, good tires,
$2,500/best offer. Call
1.8 engine, 5 speed, a/c.
$2000 (863)763-1079
105k mi, white, 18 rims.
$3400 or best offer
MUSTANG GT '88 5.0h.o.,
head work done, flomaster
exhaust, cold a/c, ps, pb.
$3500 (863)675-1433 lv mg


250R, been in storage less
than 10 hrs., mint cond.,
$3500 neg. (863)697-8056
ATV, needs battery, Best of-
fer over $700.
(305)299-1203 LaBelle area
49 cc's. 800 mls. Approx.
85mpg. $1000
'2000, New tires, Green,
New winch. $1500 neg.
'00 2 stroke racer. Needs
engine only. $325
Kodiak 450, 4x4 w/diff lock,
only 300 mi, like new. $3500
or best offer (863)673-2529
$200 (863)677-1742 or


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

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

MAZDA B3000 PICK UP '94 -
V6, manual trans, extended
cab. $500 or best offer

FORD BRONCO 11 1990, Cold
AC. Runs good. $1200 or
best offer. (239)324-2148
runs good, 5 niiew tires, bat-
tery, sunroof & much more.
$2000 neg (863)467-8184
lift, manual trans, '05 4.0 en-
ine not in, fair condition.
800 (239)369-4235

Flat bed, 24' w/19' deck, 5'
beaver tail, new radial tires,
electric over hydraulic brakes
$4800 neg. (863)763-8014
axle, solid steel, $750

cylinder. $500
CHEVY VAN G20, '90 runs
good, seats 12-14 passen-
gers, $1250 or best offer.
KIA SEDONA 2002 Green,
Asking $2500 or best offer.

12 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, June 25, 2008

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Baby Miss Firecracker
Baby Miss 0-11 months Queen Kimber Ferrell #3 (far
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Baker, Ariya Billie, Jetta Osceola, Taylor Rathburn, third
place Katelynn Straight, second place best dressed Re-
becca Williams and their parents.

Submitted photo/Bobbi Poole
Toddler Miss Firecracker
Toddler Miss Queen winner and Most Beautiful Kaylee
Najera and her court, Emma Anthony, Reba Anthony, sec-
ond place photogenic Tatum Bickel, Mya Billie, Kadelyn
Huffman, third place Cuyler Maxwell, Kaylee Kemp, Kier-
sten Sales, first place best dressed, Sierra Sullivan.

Submitted photo/Bobbi Poole
Tiny Master Firecracker
Andre Creech (far right) was crowned Tiny Master in the
12-23 months division. He also won Best Dressed, and
Most Handsome. Korbyn Lewis (center) won Second Place
and Photogenic. Macallister Roby won first place.

Submitted photo/Bobbi Poole
Petite Miss Firecracker
Petite Miss Queen is Shelby Kirton. Her court is, second
place Taylor Carter, first place Kassidee Cloud, third
place Jenna Rodriguez and Caitlin Rubens. Shelby also
won Best Dressed, Most Beautiful and Photogenic in her
age division.

Submitted photo/Bobbi Poole
Little Miss Firecracker
Kimmy Shaw was named Little Miss and also won best
dressed, and most beautiful. Her court was, Jackie Ad-
cock, November Chrisley, Mea Creech, first place Ashley
Duverger, Layla Edmonds, Rebecca Francis, third place/
photogenic Itzell Gueraca, Shelby Hannah, Rylann Max-
well, Alyssa McCorts, and second place Emma Wilker-

2008 Master in the 7-9
year old division also win-
ning Most Handsome,
Best Dressed and Most
Photogenic in his division
was Jashua Cruz.

Submitted photo/Bobbi Poole
Toddler Master
Zeb Wilkerson was named
Toddler Master. He also
won Best Dressed, Most
Handsome and Photoge-
nic in the 2-3 years old di-


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