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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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Chamber of
Commerce accepting
The Chamber of Commerce
is now accepting applications
for the Labor Day Festival. Call
863-763;6464 or stop by the of-
fice to reserve a spot in the La-
bor Day Festival held in Flagler
Park. Spaces are limited! The
dates this year for the festival
are Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1, rain
or shine. Come join the fun.

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

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

Drought Index

Current: 397
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.61 feet
Last Year: 8.90 feet
Son red By:

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

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July 4 fireworks planned

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Local rains have come just
in time for the annual Okeecho-
bee Jaycees Fireworks presenta-
tion on the Fourth of July at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
However, due to the drought
it is even more important that
everyone maintains extreme

vigilance when setting off their
own fireworks before and after
.the county presentation at their
According to the Okeecho-
bee Jaycees Fireworks Commit-
tee, the Fourth of July celebra-
tion at the Okeechobee County
Agri-Civic Center display will be
provided by Zambelli' Interna-
Please remember that

absolutely no personal fire-
works are allowed at the
Agri-Civic Center event.
The Jaycees will sell hot dogs,
sodas and glow necklaces while
tropical drinks will be offered by
Maui Wowi.
Ifhe show begins at dark or
approximately 9 p.m. Spectators
must enter the Agri-Civic Center
off of S.R. 710. Gates will open
at.7 p.m.

OleechoDee INews. Pete Gawda
The Okeechobee Historical Society is proud of the recent restoration of the old
Tantie School, on Highway 98. On Monday, June 30, the executive board were on
hand to pay the contractor, Clint Rucks, owner of Zibeco Corp. for a job well done.
More than 40 local residents sent donations for the outside work to be completed
and contributions are still being received. Extra funds will go toward the repainting
and replacing of the floor covering inside the woouvn SbcrioincOuse. This historical
building will be 100 years old in 2009. Left to right are: Barney O'Steen, Anna Jane
O'Steen, Susanne Morton, Sonny Williamson, Betty Williamson, Clint Rucks, Son-
dra Sills, Pearl Godwin, Wilma Williams and Zelda Mixon.

'Weather geek' at

center relays dangers

By Jessica Gresko
Associated Press Writer
MIAMI CAP) - When hur-
ricanes and tropical storms
threaten the U.S., a self-de-
scribed "weather geek" will let
the nation know what the dan-
gers are.
National Hurricane Center
Director Bill Read marked a
small milestone Monday. He's
one month into the Atlantic
hurricane season, with five

more to go.
So far, there has been only
Tropical Storm Arthur, which
formed in the Atlantic the day
before the season officially
started June 1 and soaked the
Yucatan Peninsula. Ahead,
however, are typically the sea-
son's busiest months, August
and September.
With things quiet so far,
the center, has had more time
to adjust to Read, who took
over following the contentious

departure of his predecessor,
Bill Proenza. He was on the
job only six months before he
was placed on leave last July.
The center's staff urged his dis-
missal, saying he exaggerated
problems with a satellite and
undermined forecasters.
Read said when he took over
that he was a little more laid
back than Proenza. His hurri-
cane kit contains "Ritz crackers
See Geek - Page 2

FWC refutes claims

of local alligator victim

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
defended their alligator harvest
program despite claims from a
local teen who lost an arm to
a gator earlier this month. The
18-year-old, who was bitten by
an alligator at Nubbin Slough
said in television interviews
that they are more aggressive
and more plentiful these days.
Kasey Edwards, 18, under-
went surgery at Holmes Re-
gional Medical Center after a
gator bite took his left arm on
June 25. Mr. Edwards had gone
swimming in Nubbin Slough
at 2 a.m. that Sunday and was
attacked as he attempted to

swim across a canal.
In an interview on the NBC
Today show, Mr. Edwards said
he had grown up around al-
ligators and had never been
bothered by them. He stated
alligators are more aggressive
these days. He claimed alli-
gators are overpopulated be-
cause two-thirds of the annual
hunting permits are bought *I
by animal rights activists who
do not kill the alligators.
Spokesperson Gabriella
Ferraro said they researched
his claims that two-thirds of
the permits issued for the an-
nual gator harvest are taken
by animal rights activists.
"We researched this and
the numbers just don't jive
with what he is saying," she

noted. "If they are obtaining
that many permits they are fal-
sifying documents and that's
another problem. We found
this to be a rumor with no va-
lidity to it." -
Mr. Edwards told NBC's
Matt Lauer that there is a lot
of competition for food due to
the overpopulation of alliga-
Ms. Ferraro said it costs
$271 for in-state permits and
$1,000 for out-of-state permits
and it would cost about $1
million for animal rights orga-
nizations to purchase half of
the permits.
She noted more than half
of the alligator permits issued
See FWC - Page 3

Donations of $3 per carload
will be requested at the gate to
assist in the costs for the event.
Persons or companies interest-
ed in supporting the fireworks
through donations may contact
the Jaycees at 863-634-7021.
For most Americans, the
Fourth of July celebration is a
time for food, fun and fireworks,
but in 2007 nearly 10,000 Ameri-
cans were treated in emergency

rooms for firework-related inju-
ries. According to the U.S. Con-
sumer Product Safety Commis-
sion (CPSC) 64 percent of these
injuries occurred during the one
month period surrounding the
Fourth of July holiday.
A review of these injuries
shows that burns were the most
common, accounting for more
See Fireworks - Page 2

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Discussion of the train depot
is on the agenda for tonight's
city council meeting. However,
as of early Monday morning,
June 30 there was nothing to
discuss. The city was still await-
ing a proposal from the build-
ing's owner, CSX Transporta-
To keep CSX from demolish-
ing the building without talking
to the city about preserving

By Brian Skoloff
Associated Press Writer
- A historic conservation deal
for Florida to acquire some
300 square miles of land for
Everglades restoration moved
forward Monday when water
managers approved a nego-
tiation process for the potential
$1.75 billion purchase.
The South Florida Water
Management District board's
approval to allow formal talks

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cil Meeung
Where: Council chambers,
Okeechobee City Hall. 55 S.E.
Third Ave.
When. 6 p.m. Imis evening
it, the city council at their last
meeting issued a moratorium
on, demolition permits. As of
See Agenda - Page 2

to begin with U.S. Sugar Corps
was unanimous.
Gov. Charlie Crist announced
last week that the state and the
nation's largest producer of
cane sugar were close to an
agreement on turning over the
land for Everglades restoration.
The deal would mean the
end of U.S. Sugar's operations
and the loss of 1,700 jobs.
Officials hope to have a final
agreement by November. U.S.
See Buyout- Page 2

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A patriotic gift
The Okeechobee Stitchen Group decided to visit the Ameri-
can Red Cross in Okeechobee. It was Arlina Ireland's 92nd
birthday on the day of the visit. Pictured is Arlina Ireland
and Julie Shook from the American Red Cross. A good
time was had by all, especially the birthday girl.

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than half of the incidents. The
parts of the body most often in-
jured were hands (estimated
2,000 injuries), eyes (1,400 inju-
ries) and legs (1,200 injuries).
"No one should go from a
backyard celebration to the emer-
gency room with firework related
injuries," said CPSC Actjng Chair-
man Nancy Nord, "Using only
legal fireworks and using them
correctly is an important step to-
wards celebrating safely."
To reduce injuries, CPSC rec-
ommends following these fire-
works safety tips:
* Never allow young children
to play with or ignite fireworks.

Continued From Page 1

Monday morning, June 30 CSX
still had a metal storage build-
ing against the side of the depot
and various parts and machinery
stacked around the building. If no
proposal is received by council
meeting time, the situation will
remain in limbo.
There has been much public
interest in restoration of the old
depot. Okeechobee Main Street
has spearheaded restoration ef-
forts. The civic organization is
willing to apply for grants to reno-
vate the building. However, in or-
der to receive grants, the building
must be publicly owned. A pos-
sible solution would be for CSX to
convey the depot to the city.

* Make sure fireworks are le-
gal in your area before buying or
using them.
* Avoid buying fireworks that
come in brown paper packaging,
as this can often be a sign that the
fireworks were made for profes-
sional displays and could pose a
danger to consumers.
* Adults should always super-
vise fireworks activities. Parents
often don't realize that there are
many injuries from sparklers to
children under five. Sparklers
burn at temperatures of about
2,000 degrees - hot enough to
melt some metals.
* Never have any portion of
your body directly over a fire-
works device when lighting the
fuse. Move back a safe distance
immediately after lighting.
* Never try to re-light or pick

The other highlights of the
agenda include the presentation
of a 30-year service award to
Cleveland Lamb, two alley clos-
ings and a presentation by emer-
gency management director Mike
The council is scheduled to
take action to close the north
south alley in the first block of
S.W. 21st. This would allow appli-
cant Brad Goodbread to construct
a restaurant on the property. Mr.
Goodbread had announced previ-
ously that a Park Avenue Barbe-
cue would 'be built on the prop-
The council will also consider
the closing of a north south alley
in the 600 block of S.W Second
St. The council will be asked to
either deny the petition or instruct
the city attorney to draw up an
ordinance to close the alley. Clos-
ing of the alley would allow the

up fireworks that have not fully
* Never point or throw fire-
works at another person.
* Keep a bucket of water or a
garden hose handy in case of fire
or other mishap.
* Light one item at a time,
then move back quickly.
* Never carry fireworks in a
pocket or shoot them off in metal
or glass containers.
* After fireworks fully com-
plete their function, douse the
spent device with plenty of water
from a bucket or hose before dis-
carding to prevent a trash fire.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

owner, NEMEC, LLC to sell the
two adjoining lots to Okeecho-
bee Utility Authority. The utility
authority is considering building
a new administration building on
the property.
In other matters, the council is
expected to:
*designate a voting delegate
for the Florida League of Cities
*approve a tentative budget
preparation and millage calen-
*hear a presentation of the
2007 financial statements by a
representative of Hoyman & Dob-
son; and
*hear a discussion of the city's
health insurance by Scott Harris,
BCBS. Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at www.

Continued From Page 1

Sugar would then be allowed to
continue farming for another six
"Today's vote is a triumphant
victory for every Floridian who
cares about a steady supply of
clean water and a vibrant Ev-
erglades ecosystem," said Kirk
Fordham, CEO of the nonprofit
Everglades Foundation.
The land purchase represents
an unprecedented level of agree-
ment for Everglades restoration
that has for decades pitted envi-
ronmentalists against the state
and Big Sugar over how to clean
up the ecosystem.
Farming in the region has long
been considered a hindrance to
restoring natural water flow to
the Everglades, blocking flow pat-
terns and contributing pollutants
and, fertilizers to the ecosystem.
The water district manages all
water movements in its 16-county
region from Orlando to the Keys.
"There are a lot of details that
need to be worked out," district
board chairman Eric Buermann
said. "But I think the optimism
and everyone's desire to have it
come to full fruition is there."
Water managers plan to use
the land to construct a network

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of marsh treatment areas and res-
ervoirs to clean and store water
before sending it south into the
The district will now perform
its own land appraisals and will
begin official negotiations with
U.S. Sugar, which pegs the value
of the land at $1.75 billion.
Some from communities sur-
rounding the town of Clewiston,
where U.S. Sugar is based and
operates its mill, expressed worry
over the loss of jobs and the po-
tential that their towns could be
"My house is there," Linda
Johnson, a city commissioner for
the nearby town of South Bay,
said while pointing to a map of
the land area. "There are people
who have invested their lives
Board members assured resi-

dents there are economic incen-
tives and training, and that no
towns will be flooded.
The Miccosukee Tribe of Indi-
ans, who consider the Everglades
their ancestral homeland, have
expressed worry the land deal
could hinder other projects al-
ready under way, and that it might
have been done hastily.
The Everglades restoration ef-
fort is the largest of its kind in the
world. It is aimed at undoing or
rerouting decades of flood-control
projects that were built to make
way for houses and farms.

Today's Weather

Continued From Page 1

and peanut butter" and his son's
cell phone plays The Doors' song
"Riders on the Storm" when he
Like other center directors,
however, Read said he expects to
spend a lot of time talking about
hurricane preparedness, includ-
ing making homes secure against
storms, urging families to create a
storm plan and encouraging peo-
ple to have sufficient hurricane
"It just drives me nuts that we
haven't solved that problem,"
Read said in describing the chal-
lenge of getting people to pre-
In particular, Read said he
Wants to try to understand the
psychology behind why some
people or neighborhoods evacu-
ate and others don't. Then, he
wants to tailor his message to
individual communities. In places
like New Jersey, which hasn't had
a hurricane make landfall since
1903, there should be a different
way of talking about prepared-
ness than in places that have seen
hurricanes more frequently, he
"The one pamphlet response
to hurricane preparedness is not
going to work," Read said.
Born in South Weymouth,
Mass., and raised in Delaware,
Read said he knew he loved

weather early on - he'd press
his face up against the windows
of his house to watch snow fall.
He went to Texas A&M to
study meteorology and then
was drafted into the military. He
served as a meteorologist flying
aboard Navy hurricane hunter
aircraft for two seasons. Though
at the time he had been on only
a handful of airline flights, it was
his job to control the plane's path
through the storm at low altitudes
of 500 or 1,500 feet.
"I think I gave religion to a lot
of people," he said.
After finishing with the Navy
and going back to Texas A&M
for a masters degree, Read joined
the National Weather Service
in 1977, serving in a number of
posts before being picked to lead
the weather service's Houston-
Galveston office in 1992. He held
that job until moving to Miami and
the National Hurricane Center.
If his job in Texas was like a
steak dinner, heading the National
Hurricane Center was the "extra
piece of key lime pie afterwards
- not expected but enjoyed
nonetheless," Read said.
People who know him say
he's well equipped to deal with
the job's pressures. �
Paul J. Croft, a meteorology
professor at Kean University in
New Jersey, succeeded Read in
2004 as president of the National
Weather Association. Read al-
ways tells people what he does
and does not know, Croft said.
"He's always been one to give
it to you straight," Croft said.

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Chance of rain 50 percent.
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Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* ber Santibanez, 22, N.W. 35
Ave., was arrested on June 27 by
Deputy Augustin Saucedo on the
charges of possession of cocaine,
possession of drug paraphernalia
and driving without a license. His
bond is set at $11,000.
* Donald Delayne Bush, 17,
Jordan Loop, Buckhead Ridge,
was arrested on June 27 by Lt.
Keith Murrish on charges of bur-
glary of a structure while masked
and criminal mischief. His bond is
set at $10,250.'
* Bryan Lamar Whiddon, 38,
S.E. 28 St., was arrested on June
27 by Lt. Keith Murrish on a war-
rant for the charge of violation of
probation - leaving the scene of
an accident with personal injury.
His bond is set at $10,000.
*. Daniel Patrick Murphy, 15,
S.W. 21 St., was arrested June 27
by Lt, Keith Murrish on the charge
of burglary of a dwelling with

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each year are filled by hunters.
She estimated that there are
close to 30,000 alligators in the
Lake Okeechobee area. Last
year approximately 1,000 al-
ligators were harvested and a
similar amount is expected to be
harvested in the hunt this year,
which begins on August 15. The
state issued 5,125 alligator hunt-
ing permits statewide this year.

damage over $1,000. His bond
was set at $1,000.
* Stephoen J. Young, 16, N.E.
163 St., was arrested June 27 by
Deputy S. Green on a warrant for
three counts of battery on DET
staff. His bond has been set at
* Earl Doug Wadlington, 17,
S.W. 67 Drive, was arrested on
June 27 by Lt. Keith Murrish on
the charges of burglary of a dwell-
ing with damage over $1,000, bur-
glary of dwelling and grand theft.
Total bond was set at $32,500.
* Jonathan Joseph Covello, 16,
N.W 36 St., was arrested on June
27 by Lt. Keith Murrish on the
charges of three counts burglary
of a dwelling/structure with dam-
age over $1,000 and three counts
of grand theft. Total bond was set
at $30,500.
*Heather Brianna Whiting, 28,
Casey Lane, Buckhead Ridge, was
arrested on June 28 by Deputy
Thomas Kitchen on the charges
of driving under the influence and
leaving the scene of an accident
with property damage. Her bond
is set at $1,000.'
* Gerson Elio Trochez, 31, of
Okeechobee, was arrested on
June 28 on by officer J. Bernst on
charges of possession of cocaine
and operation of a motor vehicle

The state wants to keep the
alligator population within 25
percent of the levels they were at
20 years ago.
Ms. Ferraro noted that alliga-
tors are more active in the sum-
mer time. This is the time of year
where mating season is over and
female alligators are leaving their
eggs on dry land.
Female alligators will attack
anything that gets too close to
their nests.
Ms. Ferraro said she was un-
sure what impacts the drought

without a valid licence. Bond was
set at $2,000.
* Rafael Garcia, 28, N.W 36 St.,
was arrested June 29 by Deputy
Marcus Collier on the charges of
battery on a law enforcement offi-
cer, resisting arrest with violence,
disorderly conduct and violation
of probation - driving under the
influence. No bond was set.
* June Sauls, 42, N.W Fourth
St., was arrested on June 29
by Deputy Paul Jackson on an
Okeechobee County warrant for
the charges of violation of proba-
tion - possession of cocaine and
violation of probation - posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. No
bond was set.
* Juan De Dios Antonio-Paz,
22, N.W 6th St., was arrested
June 29 by Officer B. Reyna on
charges of possession of cocaine,
.operation of a motor vehicle with-
out a valid drivers licence and in-
troduction of contraband into a
detention facility. His bond was
set at $5,500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.

and lower lake levels have had
on gators and their habits.
The state reported that there
are an average seven unpro-
voked alligator bites each year.
The FWC web site, www.
myfwc.com reported that 10,000
nuisance alligators are removed
each year in the state. There are
about 13,000 alligator related
complaints each year.
To submit complaints regard-
ing nuisance alligators you can
call 866-FWC-Gator.

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comments to okeenews@newszap.com 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!
GATORS: According to the FWC Web site, they sold 5,800 permits
for this season. So at $271 for instate that would be a total of about
$1.5 million in fees. If they were purchased by out of state hunters, it
would be $5.8 million. So if someone was trying to buy two-thirds of
the licenses, as Edwards claimed on Good Morning America, even
if it was at in-state prices that would cost $1 million. Each permit al-
lows the hunter to kill two alligators. From what I have read, if a hunt
doesn't harvest enough gators, FWC will give out more permits the
next time. So animal rights groups would be making poor use of their
funds if they are trying to buy up permits.
OVERPOPULATION: Frankly, I don't think we have an overpopu-
lation of alligators. We may, however, have an overpopulation of teen-
agers who make bad choices.
GATOR BITE: I feel like this whole thing has been publicized way
too much. Granted the boy is still alive (thank goodness). But no one
wants to mention the fact that he is only 18 and as stated in the paper
he was indeed drinking. He says the over population of gators need
to be controlled. However it's not like he was attacked in his yard, he
knew the risk. However his judgment was impaired. It was senseless
harvesting of gators because he made a bad choice. Maybe its not
the gators that need to be controlled maybe it is young teenagers that
-make poor choices due to the consumption of alcohol which by the
way is illegal.
SKUNK APE: I used to think the Skunk Ape was a legend, but I
think I saw it over in the woods on State Road 70 West just before the
turn off to the Lazy 7 area. Anyone else have a sighting?
GATORS: Everyone knows this is mating season for these crea-
tures. To start with, when I was growing up in Stuart many years ago,
we used to swim the Southfork River by the locks, which is full of
gators, but when mating season came we stayed out due to seeing
gators attack small boats that would get too close to their nests. Do
any of these kids watch National Geographic anymore? Do they teach
this in school anymore? It's not the gator's fault. Hopefully, it will stop
some unknowing northern kid from getting killed. As for blaming
Florida Fish and Game for over population, we all know that Rim Ca-
nals and small sloughs are full of alligators due to the warmer waters.
If you have ever been to the Kissimmee State Park and walked the
water ways you will see a lot of gators. If you stop and think about it
these animals have more rights to this water than we do. Remember,
Florida used to be swamps, flag ponds, etc, before all the building
began. We ran them out of their home. They didn't intrude in ours. I
have gators in my ponds all the time. If one is too big, I call the proper
channels to have him relocated not killed.
ATTACK: I really do wish everyone would have a little more sym-
pathy for this young man who now has to go through life with only
one arm. I think he needs our support and a morale booster to help
him get through this difficult time.
VIKING: Southern Colonization had the land on:what is now Vi-
king. It was platted in 20 acre tracts that were sold as farm land to
unsuspecting people, mostly from the north. When Viking acquired
+_ the property they divided the 20 acre tracts into 16 one and a quar-
ter acre lots (16 x 1.25 = 20), that's why there is no road or utility
easements: When they first started selling those lots they were sold as
"investment properties," not residential lots. Viking also owned con-
dos on the coast and other property. They used the money generated
from the sales of those lots to expand their other projects. Sometime
in the '70s the Division of Land Sales, which is in the Department of
Business & Professional Regulation, declared that was an illegal use
of land sales. The DLS said if they were going to sell lots they had to
be accessible. Sometime after that "Viking" declared bankruptcy and
re-organized -- with the same officers. The "new" owners proposed
a two phase development, phase one was east of the Peavine and
phase two was west of the Peavine and the three sections in the NW
corner were reserved for later development. That is when they cut all
the east and west roads, one every 660'. Only the roads on the section
lines went all the way through. In 1979 hurricane David put the entire
project under a couple feet of water. That is when they cut the two
north - south ditches for drainage. They began, flooding adjacent land-
owners and were forced to build the two retention areas, one east and
one west of the Peavine. Now to your hunt area question. Since the
lots were not sold as residential lots the owner/seller still maintained
control of the land. They leased the land for cattle grazing and sold
sod off the property. It wasn't surveyed and nobody knew who owned
what. They were also able to lease the land for hunting. Have you ever
heard of the big hammock called Hunter's Camp? There were pri-
vate hunting leases and local hunter access. I'm not sure what entity
the agreement was with, the county.or Game and Fish Commission
maybe, for the hunt area. Since this was a lease it had no claim to any
ownership of the property and would not show up on any deed or
restrictions of record.

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Letters to the Editor

Uncle Sam's gas
tax shell game
Between 1956 and 1991 Florida
motorists willingly paid "tempo-
rary" hikes in the federal gasoline
tax knowing the'money was be-
ing used to build the 42,000 mile
Interstate highway system.
In 1991, Congress declared the
highway system completed, but
the tax lived on and on, growing.
bigger and bigger.
No longer needing to build the
interstate, the current 18.4 cents
per gallon federal gas tax - double
what it was in 1990 - now funds a
"highway trust fund" shell game
that shifts more than $2 billion a
year, and control over highways,
from Florida to Washington.
Here is how Florida motorists
would be better served by con-
vincing Congress to repeal the
obsolete federal gas tax and re-
turning control over highways to
state and local governments.
State Control. Road building
is historically a responsibility of
state and local officials who are
in a better position than Uncle
Sam to determine the transpor-
tation needs of their motorists.
But, as long as Washington holds
the purse strings, Florida and the
other states will be denied control
over their own affairs..
If lawmakers in Tallahassee
could decide how much of the

current federal tax should be
added onto the state's own 15.6
cents per gallon tax, the unified
state gas tax could then be raised
and lowered to reflect Florida's,
not Washington's, transportation
Misallocation of funds. Com-
pared to Washington, most states
do a better job ensuring their gas
taxes are actually used for high-
way improvements. Of the $2.1
billion state gas tax revenues col-
lected by Florida in 2006, all but
$13 million was used for state
and local roads - a far better track
records than Uncle Sam's. Ac-
cording to Ronald Utt, a senior
research fellow at the Heritage
Foundation, each year Washing-
ton doles out more than one third
of its gas tax revenues for non
highway projects such as air qual-
ity, traffic congestion, bicycle path
projects and thousands of home-
town park projects sponsored by
members of Congress.
Higher costs. Cycling the fed-
eral gas tax collected in Florida
to Washington and then back to
Florida also adds costly federal la-
bor, environmental and other reg-
ulations - expensive hoops state
road builders must jump through
to get their money. And don't for-
get that hundreds of millions of
federal gas tax dollars are wasted
each year funding bureaucracies
in Washington that duplicate the

Community Events

Fourth of July
fireworks planned
The Okeechobee Jaycees Fireworks Committee will host the Fourth
of July celebration at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. The
display will be provided by Zambelli Internationale. The show will be-
gin at dark or approximately 9 p.m.
Remember, you must enter the Agri-Civic Center off of S.R. 710.
Gates will open at 7 p.m. Donations of $3 per carload will be request-
ed at the gate.
Please remember that absolutely no personal fireworks are al-
Businesses or individuals interested in supporting the fireworks
through donations may contact us at 863-634-7021.

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 mil-
itary and ex-military men and woman are encouraged to continue
serving your country and your community by joining the VFW or La-
dies 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.

Cypress Hut FOE 4509 BBQ
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of Eagles 4509 will be hosting a
barbeque on July 5, at 2 p.m. The dinner will include ribs and chicken
will all the trimmings. There will be a 50/50 drawing, a bottle of cheer
drawing all for a $7 donation. The proceeds will go to the building
fund. For more information call 863-467-1154.

Scrapbooking party set for July 12
, An all-day scrapbooking crop will be held on Saturday, July 12,
from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Sec-
ond St. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Please bring a covered
dish if you are interested in participating in our pot luck luncheon.
There will be a demonstration using Tyvek paper and Lumiere.paints
to enhance your scrapbooking and caremaking projects. Refresh-
ments will be served and there will be plenty of door prizes. Bring
any scrapbook pages on which you are currently working. For more
information call Joan at 863-467-0299 or Carolyn at 863-634-1885.

work of state highway bureaus.
Special interest clout. Central-
izing in one place the $33 billion
in federal gas tax revenues flow-
ing into Washington each year
makes it easy for interest groups
and lobbyists to concentrate their'
efforts and sway members of Con-
gress to send money their way. If
that $33 billion was instead spent
by 50 separate state legislatures,.
more money would go directly
to serving the motorists who paid
the taxes. It would be far more
difficult for greedy interest groups
and lobbyists to rip off money in
the 50 state capitals, one state at
a time.
In Washington, right off the
top, 2.86 cents per gallon in gas
tax revenues goes to mass transit
projects. And perhaps the most
outrageous raid on the federal
gas tax occurred in the mid 1990s,
when 6.8 cents per gallon was si-
phoned off to pay down the fed-
eral budget deficit.
How much is enough? Back in
2003 the American Road Builders
Association lobbied Congress to
raise the gas tax'by 12 cents per
gallon. Then, in December 2007,
the National Surface Transporta-
tion Policy and Revenue Study.
Commission, a creature of the
U.S. Congress, recommended
that the federal gas tax "...be in-
creased from five to eight cents
per gallon per year over the

next five years..." Each one cent
increase in the federal gas tax
would, nationally, send another
$1.9 billion to Washington.
SAs gasoline prices go up, simi-
lar efforts to raise the federal gas
tax for the benefit of Washington
based groups, not Florida mo-
torists, might go up too. As high
gas prices cause Americans to
cut back on their use of gasoline,
federal gas tax revenues will fall.
This, in turn, could create added
pressure to raise the tax just to
keep the money flowing into
What to do? Senator James
Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), in 2003 of-
fered a bill in Congress to return
all but two cents (to cover federal
maintenance responsibilities) of
the 18.4 cent federal gas tax to
the states. The bill, he said, would
"restore to states and local com-
munities the ability to make their
own transportation decisions
without the interference of Wash-
Florida motorists don't need
a federal gas' tax holiday this
summer, as suggested by some
would-be presidents. They need
the obsolete federal tax repealed
and control over highways re-
turned to state and local officials.
Ronal Fraser, Ph.D

Community Calendar

Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrptt Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
New A.A. Meeting in Basihger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Anon meeting will be held.at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.'
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call Mim
Kapteina at 863-763-6510.
Gospel Sing every. Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave;, for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming
a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at 863-
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Narcotics Anonymous will begin meeting eVery Tuesday at
hoon. Meetings will be held at the Just for.Today Club, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
Haven of Rest. Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call 863-357-3053.

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Health News in Brief

Parent Education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be
offering parenting education class-
es for parents with children, infants
to age 3. All pregnant women and
parents are encouraged to attend.
Each participant will receive a gift.
This "adults" only parenting class
consists of six classes. You must
attend all six classes to get a cer-
tificate of completion. Day and
evening classes are available. No
child care will be available. Call
863-462-5877 for registration.

Cancer support
group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancer
Support Group meets on the first
Thursday of each month. All can-
cer patients, survivors and sup-
porters are welcomed to attend,
support and encourage each other.
They meet the first Thursday of
each month at 5:30 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth
St., (entrance is the door to the W
in front of church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at 863-467-5831

or First Baptist Church at 863-763-
2171 for more information.

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

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

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

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

Diabetes Support
Group at Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers a
monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second
Thursday of each month in the
hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you
have any questions please call
the program coordinator, Wanda
Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at


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

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

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, July 1, the
183rd day of 2008. There are 183
days left in the year. This is Can-
ada Day.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 1, 1946, the United
States exploded a 20-kiloton
atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in
the Pacific.
On this date:
In 1863, the Civil War Battle of
Gettysburg, resulting in a Union
victory, began in Pennsylvania.
In 1867, Canada became a
self-governing dominion of Great
Britain as the British North Amer-
ica Act took effect.
In 1898, during the Spanish-
American War, U.S. forces, in-
cluding Theodore Roosevelt's
"Rough Riders," waged a victo-
rious assault on San Juan Hill in

In 1948, NewYork Internation-
al Airport (now John F. Kennedy
International Airport) at Idlewild
began operations.
In 1948, the fare on New York
City subways doubled from a
nickel to 10 cents.
In 1968, the United States, Brit-
ain, the Soviet Union and nearly
60 other nations signed the Nu-
clear Nonproliferation Treaty.
In 1980, "O Canada" was pro-
claimed the national anthem of
In 1987, President Reagan
nominated federal appeals court
judge Robert H. Bork to the Su-
preme Court, setting off a tem-
pestuous confirmation process
that ended with Bork's rejection
by the Senate.
In 1991, President Bush nomi-
nated federal appeals court judge
Clarence Thomas to the Supreme

Court, beginning an ultimately
successful confirmation process
marked by allegations of sexual
In 1997, Hong Kong reverted
to Chinese rule after 156 years as
a British colony.
Ten years ago: Speaking
in Shanghai; President Clinton
urged his Chinese hosts to open
markets, battle corruption and
clean up the environment.
Five years ago: At a summit,
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sha-
ron and Palestinian Prime-Minis-
ter Mahroud Abbas rededicated
themselves to peace efforts and
spoke of a shared future for their
peoples. Bishop Sean O'Malley
was named by Pope John Paul
the hew archbishop of Boston,
succeeding Cardinal Bernard
Law, who'd resigned in the wake
of a clerical sex abuse scandal.

Jazz flutist Herbie Mann died in
Pecos, N.M., at age 73.
One year ago: Russian
President Vladimir Putin arrived
in Kennebunkport, Maine, for an
overnight visit at the Bush fam-
ily estate and talks with Presi-
dent Bush. Princes William and
Harry celebrated the life of their
mother, Princess Diana, on what
would have been her 46th birth-
day with a concert they'd, orga-
nized at London's Wembley Sta-
dium. Golfer Cristie Kerr won the
U.S. Women's Open.
Thought for Today: "The
past is a foreign country; they do
things differently there." L.P. Hart-
ley, British author (1895-1972).

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Nettie L.
Nettie L. Wil-
liams, age 87,
of Okeechobee
died Thursday,
June 26, 2008 at
her residence. Nettie
Born, Feb. 11, Williams
1921 in Moultrie,
Ga. she had been a lifetime resi-

dent of Okeechobee and a mem-
ber of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
She enjoyed cooking and watch-
ing game shows.
She is preceded in death by
her husband, Robert F. Williams;
son, Curtis F. Williams; .daughter,
Pearlie Mae Allen; brothers, Floyd
Johnson, James Johnson, Felton
Johnson and sister, Lillie Mae
She is survived by her daugh-

ter, Wilma (Ronnie) Atkinson of
Okeechobee; brothers, Altha John
Johnson of Pennsylvania, Charlie
Lewis of California; 10 grandchil-
dren; six great grandchildren and
one great great grandchild. In ad-
dition, she is survived by several
nieces and nephews.
The family will be receiving
friends on Friday, July 4, from 4
until 7 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral
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At the Movies

The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Friday, June
27, through Thursday, July 3, 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 - "Wall-E" (G) Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9 p.mi,. Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:30, 7 and
9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:30 and 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all mov-
ies; and, matinees are $4.
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Dear Abby .

Disappearing husband may be bad sign

*DEAR ABBY: My husband to shoulder mature responsibil-
of three years, "Mike," is never ity or a combination of the three.
home. He goes to work and then But you won't get to the bottom
hangs out with his buddies, leav- of it until you can get a handle on
ing me at home with our baby your emotions, stop reacting with
and my two other children until anger, and convince him to level
late at night. On weekends, Mike with you. Believe me, you have
jumps out of bed, showers and my sympathy.
leaves -- sometimes not returning *DEAR ABBY: I'm a 17-year-
until the wee hours of the morn- old male. When I was in middle
ing. He says he's "with friends." school, I was considerably small-
Most of the time he doesn't er than the other guys, and as a re-
bother to call, but when he does suit, I was often picked on about
I'm usually so mad I don't answer my size. Every year we were re-
the phone. Mike says he "needs quired to take a physical fitness
his time." Well, what about our test in P.E. My dismaLperformance
time as a couple and as a family? in front of my .classmates was a
I told him I feel like-I'm running a source of great embarrassment.
bed-and-breakfast. I'm now a junior in high school
My friends say they think Mike and participate in numerous var-
has someone, else. I'm not sure. sity sports. Even though I am a
This has been going on for a year competitive athlete, I am still inse-
and a half, and I am'fired of it. He cure about my body. I constantly
rarely agrees to watch the baby if worry about my size -- that I am
I have to run to the store. When too fat or too small. I am' never
he's home, all he does is play content about my body. How can
video games. I build my self-confidence? -- LAS
Abby, Mike is 34years old. I am VEGAS TEEN
41. He has touched me only once *DEAR TEEN: Begin by hav-
in the last four months. I feel re- ing a talk with your coach. If your
jected, lonely and miss the close-,' body wasn't in good shape, you
ness. What should I do? - HOME would not be in varsity competi-
*DEAR HOME ALONE: Your 'Next, make up your mind to,
husband is behaving like an ado- focus on other aspects of yourself
lescent who has run away from besides the physical. Volunteer
home. The cause may be another some of your, free time to a chari-
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with sports, or cotnmunity activi-
ties. It will give you less time to
obsess about your body, help you
develop other interests and make
you feel good about yourself.
SIf that's not enough, then talk
to a counselor, because what you
are doing is replaying "old tapes"
in your head that have nothing to
do with the person you are today.
*DEAR ABBY: I dress imy Sia-
mese cat, "Belle," in clothes and
pajamas. (Yes, they make apparel
for cats.) I also push her around
in a stroller. My friends think I'm
crazy, but I consider Belle to be
my daughter.
.One time, a teenager came up
to me as I was pushing Belle in
her stroller and asked, "Where's
the baby?" I told her, that Belle
was like my baby.
Is it nuts to treat a cat like a
child? -- MOM OF A FUR KID
IN N.Y..
*DEAR "MOM": Nuts? No. A
bid for attention ... perhaps.
DearAbby is written by Abigail
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ARIES (March 21-April 19):
You can persuade others to help
horizon- you with your projects, concerns
ers spell and beliefs. 'Once you have the
momentum biiilt up, you will be
8 letters impossible to stop and can make
a difference to the outcome of a
R T situation you feel strongly about.
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E 'R TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Work with organizations or peo-
RF E pie involved in something that
E fN interests you and you will make
important contacts. A financial,
L D change based on emotional rea-
sons will set you back, so don't let
Y Y someone talk you into paying his
T G or her way. 3 stars
. ' GEMINI, (May 21-June 20):
L O You'll find it difficult to control
your emotions. Rather than spout-
E L ing off, move forward on your
own. If you talk about your ideas it
BD Q will help someone else more than
N N it will you. Be secretive for now.
3 stars
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Work with institutions, banks, cor-
E C portions or government agencies
R, E . in order to get to the bottom of a
situation,that is holding you back.
.G T You should be able to clear mat-
7/1 ters up and move forward if you
put in the time and effort to be the
, Cool, go-between. 3 stars
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Relax, pect the unexpected and prepare
Sioux, to deal with a whole new set of,
parameters. Rather than making a
mistake, wait until you have a bet-
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come out on top. 4 stars
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Don't believe everything you are
told, even if it is what you want to.
hear. Someone is trying to bait you
into doing something. You.have to
read each situation properly and
arm use .reason so you can protect
e, as i's your reputation. Correct any mis-
only called understanding fast. 2 stars
ma Mia!" LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If
the aisles you promise something you can't
ng a cruise deliver, you could.be in trouble
ficant with the very people with whom
ie and you are trying to keep peace. 'In-
Sstead, do something creative that
eels will lead to self-improvement. 5
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
PUZZLE: Do things around home thit will
AIM . R add to your comfort or entertain-
DIAIN 0 ment. A creative change to some-
AIRITS thing you've been working on a
P L A Y long time will speed up the pro-
Tio0 cess and help you complete what
you began. 3 stars
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EITIo' resulting in changes that will have
SIEISIT to be made quickly to avoid loss.
ALZ Once you know where you stand
E N D and take care of business, you can
I DEA finally start moving forward. Most
T R A Y of all, don't live a lie. 3 stars
T YYRo CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
07/01/o8 19): Don't let anyone make
1 12 13 changes to an idea on which you
are working. Move forward by
yourself even if it means less capi-
tal or taking a little longer to get
. the results you want. Love is in the
stars. 3 stars
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18): Don't leave anything un-
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- with your home, family, children
or good friends. Working from
home will give you a chance to
move ahead toward reaching
your goals. Realize your potential.
5 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20): Someone may be hiding
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- - - pushy or you may ruin a surprise.
Suspicion or jealousy will leave.
you feeling foolish about things
you said. Keep a watchful eye, a
closed mouth and an open mind.
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books 8 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 A 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

Appliances For Sale, Like new,
stove, washer & dryer, $300
for all, or will separate

BB Simon- brown/black gator
skin belt w/ authentic crys-
tals & buckle, 34" $300 neg.
(863)634-9945 or 763-3822
Church Pews- 15 in all, wood-
en with top and bottom
cushions, 12 ft. $2,250 or
will separate (863)610-0165

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Rent from $950 month (FIL/S)
Rent to Own $15,000 down
$1,000 a month
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Kegerator - Haier Brewmaster
beer dispenser, excellent
condition, $500
(863)634-9945 or 763-3822


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

2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 until. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
1BR, 1BA, pool, electric &
Sweater incl. $750/mo. + sec.
dep. Call 863-824-0981
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No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people

2br/2ba w/ 1 car garage,
100x100 lot, Okeechobee
Hammock, $850 month 1st,
last & sec. (561)254-0478
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1050. Buy 130K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
Waterfront, LG. 3 BR, 2 BA
w/Sea Wall. $850/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
Rent to Own - 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
Treas. Island - 3036 SE 36th
St., 2BR/1.5BA, Ig. garage,
shed, on water, very clean,
$800 mo. (561)308-7566

Professional Office Space
for Lease - Near Courthouse.
Immediate Occupancy.

2 roommates needed, male or
female, prefer non-smoker,
all utilities incl. $125 wk. Call
for details (863)228-1865
Your new car could be in
today's paper. Have you
looked for It?

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

lot #24. $20,000
The classifneds are the
most successful sales-
person In town.

Mobile Homes

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

2b/2ba Great location on cul-
de-sac & main power grid,
W/D, dishwasher, new car-
pet $900/mo (863)610-7006
BUCKHEAD RIDGE - 2br, 2ba,
fully furn, long or short term
lease. June FREE. $775/mo.
+ sec. dep. (863)824-0981
acres E. of town, non-smok.
env. No pets. $950/mo 1st &
sec (772)473-6072
OKEECHOBEE - 3br, Iba,
newly remodeled, $800/mo,
1st, last & sec. No Pets
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$475/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 3br/1ba
doublewide in town. No pets.
$675/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. Call (863)763-6232
on water, June FREE.
$750/mo. + sec. dep. Call

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

SCOOTER, '60 - $4,000.


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

2000 Ford Explorer, power
windows, power locks, stan-
dard transmission, cold A/C,
$1,650 neg. (863)763-0859.

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NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
SE 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Forida.
To consider Special Exception Petition No. 08-008-SE, submitted by Jeb Acuff on
behalf of property owners, Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, Inc., allowing an
assisted living facility within a Commercial Professional Office zoning district (Ref.
Code Book Section 90-253(17)).
Property is located at 203 Southeast 2nd Street and 213 Southeast 2nd Street. Le-
gal description: Parcel One: A parcel of land lying in Northwest one-quarter of the
Northwest one-quarter of Section 22, Township 37 South, Range 35 East,being
more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of
Lot 4 of Block 171, Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat
Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida, thence run South
along the West line of said Lot 4, and the extension thereof, also being the East
right-of-way line of Southeast 2nd Avenue (formerly Tallahassee Street), for a dis-
tance of 157.5 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence continue South, along the
East line of said Southeast 2nd Avenue, for a distance of 142.5 feet to the inter-
section with the North right-of-way line of Southeast 2nd Street (formerly 7th
Street); thence run East, along said North line of said Southeast 2nd Street, for a
distance of 217.9 eet to the Southwest corner of a parcel of land described in
OR. Book 1, Page 107, Public Records of eechoee County, Florida; thence
run North, along the West line of said parcel of land fr a distance of 1425 feet to
the Northwest corner of said parcel, being a point 157.5 feet South of the North
line of said Block 171; thence run West, .paralleling i other t line of staid Bloc
171,.(or.a distance of 217 9 feet to thl- F.u.;, ,,i o ,, ;,-,,,;,,, . -c,.,, ' ,,,,,l,i , i ,
0.712 acres. Parcel Two: Beginning ,i ii, iriiri i.,i, ,, ,,, :,,ii,,i- .i .,1, :i,-,I
formerly knowil as Seventh Street, and southeast 3rd Avenue, formerly known as,
Cherokee Street, in the First Addition to Okeechobee, Florida, according to plt
thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 6, Public Records of Okeechobe County,
Florida; thience run West along North boundary of Southeast 2nd Street, a dis-
tance of 82.1 feet; thence run North at right angle with Southeast 3rd Avenue, a
distance of 142.5 feet; thence run East at right angle with Southeast 2nd Seet, a
distance of 82.1 feet, to the West boundary of Southeas 3rd Avenue to the inter-
section with Southeast 2nd Street, being the Point of Beginning, and is approxi-
Smately 0.268 acres.
A copy of the entire pplication(s) and agenda areavailable i the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
Pleasee advised ttthhte Board of Adjustment and Appeals will serve as the de-
cision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Spe-
cial Exception Petitions.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based. General Services media is for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the department
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and lorida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are heanng or voice Im-
aired, call TOD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
Y: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 08-008-SE
280699 ON 7/1,11/08

NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 6:00
pm, or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
E 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida.
To consider Special Exception Petiton No. 08-009-SE. submitted by Lisa Blackman
on behalf of property owners, Hospice of Okeechobee. Inc., allowing a group
home within a Residential Multiple Family zoning district (Ref. Code Book Section
Property is located at 315 and 317 Southeast 3rd Avenue. Legal description: Lots 7
through 12 of Block 209, First Addition to Okeechobee, and is approximately 0.98
A cpy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
Please be advised that the Board of Adjustment and Appeals will serve as the de-
cision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Spe-
cial Exception Petitions.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person'desires to appeal any
decision made by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and.evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based. General Services media is for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218;. if you are heanng or voice im-
paired, call TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
PetitionNo. 08-009-SE
280704 ON 7/1,11/08

NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning
Agency on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible,
to consider any proposed amendments, submitted by City Staff or citizens, to the
adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which may include amendments to the adopted
Land Development Regulations (LDR's). All amendments are forwarded, with a rec-
ommendation, to the City Council for final consideration. The meeting will be held at
City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeecho-
bee, Florida.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City web site www.citofokeecho-
bee.com or contact the General Services Department, bclementacitvotokeecho-
beecom, (863) 763-3372x 218.
PLEASE AKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that it any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at this
meetng,.or heanng will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is
to be based. General Services media are used fotar the sole purpose of back-up for
the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and orida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218, i you are hearing or voice impaired,
call TDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-888-955-8771 (TTY).
BY: Bnan Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
280687 ON 7/1,11/08

The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold its regular ses-
sion on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 9:00 a.m in the County Commission Cham-
bers, Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a
verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the tes-
imony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Flonda Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lynn Shain or Betsy Sheffield, no later than two
(2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-2131, ext. 2111. If you are
heanng or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620
Clif Betts Jr, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
279456 ON 7/1/08

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individual to take charge of its Okeechobee office.
We seek an individual with strong oral and written
communication skills, a professional demeanor
and must be comfortable with change in the work
environment. The successful candidate should
have 5-7 years experience in Customer Service in
a supervisory capacity. GEC offers an excellent
salary commensurate with experience and an out-
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Loggerhead sea turtle is a new state symbol

Starting July 1, the loggerhead
sea turtle is the official Florida
saltwater reptile.
According to the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC), the loggerhead
sea turtle (scientific name: Caret-
ta caretta) is the most common
sea turtle to nest along Florida's
coast. Its designation as the offi-
cial Florida saltwater reptile rec-
ognizes this threatened species
at a time when loggerhead nest
counts are down.
Typically, about 90 percent of
loggerhead nests in the United
States are in Florida. Almost half

the loggerhead nests in the world
occur on Florida's beaches.
Over the past 19 years, Flor-
ida's loggerhead sea turtle nest
counts have declined 37 percent.
The species nests from late April
until September in Florida. Hatch-
lings emerge after incubating in
warm sand for two months.
The FWC credits students
from the Florida State University
School's Middle School Science
Honors Class for pursuing the
state symbol designation during
the 2007-08 school year and the
2008 legislative session.
The loggerhead sea turtle was

one of four symbols the students
proposed for addition to the state
list. Working with State Represen-
tative Curtis Richardson (D-Tal-
lahassee), the students provided
information and answered ques-
tions regarding the symbols. Rich-
ardson amended an already-exist-
ing state symbol bill to include the
loggerhead sea turtle.
The FWC's Imperiled Species
Management Section administers
protection and conservation of
Florida's sea turtles with funding
from a sea turtle specialty license
plate, which also features a log-
gerhead hatchling, and from an-

nual sea turtle decal sales.
FWC staff assists with research,
recovery, beach construction per-
mit review, lighting issues, educa-
tional materials and administra-
tion in addition to coordinating
a network of volunteers around
the state who record and moni-
tor sea turtle nests during nesting
For more information about
FWC sea turtle research and man-
agement programs, visit MyFWC.

AH P-'oto/Floriaa I-Isn ana wilalrie commission, BecKy lBcKersian

FWC officer saves bear
In this picture provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission biologist
Adam Warwick, saves a 375 pound male black bear from drowning near Alligator Point, Fla. in the Gulf of Mexico, Saturday
June 28, 2008. The bear had been wondering a residential neighborhood near Alligator Point, Fla. The bear was hit with a
tranquilizer dart, but bolted into the ocean before he was sedated. Warwick jumped in to keep the bear from drowning and
dragged him to shore. The bear has been relocated to Osceola National Forest near Lake City, Fla.

Busch gets rain-shortened victory

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Kurt
Busch had strategy and luck on
his side. Tony Stewart had nei-
That's how Busch wound up
ending his 29-race winless string
Sunday at New Hampshire Motor
Speedway in the rain-shortened
Lenox Industrial Tools 301, while
the frustrated Stewart simply
added another disheartening loss
to his own winless string that has
reached 31 races.
"Sometimes you just don't win
'em the right way," Busch said. "I

think we can honestly say that,
but we had a lot of work and a
lot of effort put in today and we'll
take it."
It is the first victory for the Pen-
ske Racing driver since Septem-
ber at California Speedway, and
it came on a day when two-time
Cup champion Stewart domi-
nated, leading 132 of 284 laps,
only to see the hard luck that has
dogged him all season continue.
.Busch hasn't had much to cel-
ebrate this season, either.
Since finishing second to

teammate Ryan Newman in the
season-opening Daytona 500, the
2004 Cup champion had finished
in the top 10 only once and came
into this event 22nd in the points.
But Sunday turned out to be his
day, thanks to crew chief Pat Try-
son's decision to keep his No. 2
Dodge on track when Stewart
and several other lead cars pitted
during a late caution period.
When rain eventually ended
the race 17 laps short, with the
field under a red flag on pit road,
Busch had his 18th career vic-

Sports News in Brief

tory and Stewart was an unhappy
"I've been on the flipside of
it plenty of times," Busch said.
"There's those times when you
just grit your teeth and go, 'What
could we have done different?
Why did it happen this way?' So it
isn't pretty, but we'll take it.

FWC photo by Blair Witherington
A loggerhead sea turtle hatchling heads to the ocean after
hatching out of its nest. The loggerhead is the most common
of Florida's sea turtles. By the time this.hatchling reaches the
adult state, it will have increased its weight more than 6,000




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USSSA Softball Tour-
nament "Sizzle Slam"
There will be a World Series
warm up hosted by Okeecho-
bee July 12 and 13. There will be
a barbeque pork dinner sold to
benefit the OCRA and the Chobee
Firestix. The tournament will be
held at the Sports Complex, high-
school and men's softball fields.
Any questions call Chad Douglass
at 863-697-8794.

Register for free
Sports Camp
July 14-17, from 6-8 p.m., the
ROC (Recreational Outreach Cen-
ter) will host a free sports camp:
The camp will be open to boys
and girls who have completed
kindergarten and/or all grades
through sixth. Sports offered in-
clude basketball, t-ball, flag foot-

ball, soccer, cheerleading, tennis,
fishing, golf and inline skating/
skateboarding. Register NOW
as some sports are limited at the
First Baptist Church office located
at 401 S.W. Fourth Street or at
the ROC. For more information,
please call 863-763-2171.

Just Horsing Around
Camp 4-H camp
UF/IFAS Okeechobee County
4-H program, along with the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center
and the Okeechobee Children's
Services Council, 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 vari-
ous equine disciplines. The third
week, July 14-18, will offer camp-
ers insight'into the rodeo world
focusing on pole bending, barrel

racing, goat tying, roping and oth-
er "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-regis-
tration is required.

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are
held the following weekend. New
boaters and (especially) non-boat-
ers are welcome. For information
call Dave Stout at 863-467-2255.
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee McAllister
Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.

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