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Bertha becomes 1st
hurricane of 2008
MIAMI (AP) - Hurricane
Bertha has strengthened to a
Category 3 storm.
The Atlantic season's first
hurricane is still far from land,
but the National Hurricane
Center says it now has maxi-
mum sustained winds of 115
miles an hour.
The center of the storm is
located about 730 miles east-
northeast of the Northern Lee-
ward Islands and about 1,150
miles southeast of Bermuda.
Forecasters say it's moving
west-horthwest at about 12
miles an hour.
CCC sponsors back
to school drive
The Shared Services Net-
works Community Collabora-
tive, Council is sponsoring its
annual Back to School Supply
Drive nnd you can help.
School supplies will be giv-
en to needy and foster children
' in Oketchobee before the new
Lets help these children
start the first day of school with
new supplies just like everyone
else. Thank you for support-
ing Okeechobee's children in
foster.care and thanks to My
Aunts House for distributing
the items again this year. Item
suggestions are: pencils, pens,
markers, colored pencils, cray-
ons, highlighters, .notebook
paper, construction paper, fold-
ers, binders, backpacks, glue,
scissors,lrulers, erasers, index
cards aria calculators,
Supplies may be. Lirouih,
to the Community Collabora-
tive Council during the July
meeting. Okeechobee County
School Board Office, 700 S.W
Second Ave., Room 301. For
more information call Sharon
Vinson at 863-462-5000.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: 8.92 feet
Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District, Depth
given in feet above sea level
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Opinion....................................... . 4
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See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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OUA plans to increase rates
Water rates may go
up by 8 percent
By Pete Gawda
Get ready for another utility
At their meeting this morn-
ing, the OUA Board of Directors
will hold a public hearing before
adopting a rate increase and
certain policy and procedure
At their meeting on Tuesday,
June 10 the board gave tenta-
tive approval to rate increases of
eight percent for water, 15 per-
cent for sewer and three percent
for other rates.
Under the proposal, the base
facility charge for a three quar-
ter inch residential meter would
increase from $16.43 to $17.74.
The price per thousand gallons
of water would increase from
$3.46 to $3.74 for the first 3,000
gallons for three quarter inch res-
idential meters. For water usage
above 3,000 gallons the price per
thousand gallons would increase
Headed to nationals: Students tal
What: Monthly meeting of the
Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUA) Board of Directors
loard room. OUA build-
S.W. Fifth Ave.
:30 a.m., today
19 to $5.61
wastewater base facility
)r a three quarter inch
al meter would increase
'.21 to $19.79. The cost
Jential sewer service
-crease from $5.36 to
SSubmitted photo/Darlene Bass
Okeechobee High School Rodeo champs, Chasey Bass, Jessica Ziglar, Cole Fulford,
Carli Lanier, Chris Davis, Maci Culligan and Jacoby Johns brought home awards from
the Florida State High School Rodeo Finals and qualified to represent Florida in the
OHS oRodeo team brings home honors
Okeechobee High School's
Rodeo Team brought home
one Championship Title and
three Reserve Championship
Titles from FHSRA State Finals.
On June 19-20, 18 mem-
bers of the Okeechobee High
School Rodeo Team traveled to
Kissimmee, for the Florida High
School Rodeo State Finals.
What an exciting time the
State Finals was this year. There
were 18 cowboys and cowgirls
representing Okeechobee at the
FHSRA State Finals held in Kis-
simmee. The competition was
very tough-this year. However,
the team brought back one
championship title and three
reserve championship titles.
Cole Fulford won the State
Championship Steer Wrest-
ing. Chasey Bass won Reserve
Championship Saddle Bronc.
Jacoby Johns won Reserve
Championship Bareback Rid-
er. Jessica Ziglar won Reserve
Championship Pole Bending.
The top four in each event
qualified to compete on the
FHSRA National Traveling Team
that will compete in Farming-
ton, N.M. starting July 20.
The results for the OHS Ro-
deo Team at the 2008 State Fi-
nals starting with the members
that qualified for the National
Cole Fulford - 2008
Championship Steer Wrestler.
Cole went into the state finals
tied for second place with only
one point behind the leader. He
then secured his championship
title by winning the' first two
goes with scorching times of
5.30 seconds and 5.08 seconds
he then picked up a third place
in the third go with a time of
8.02. Moving him to the lead
and giving him a 15 point lead
to win him the championship
title for 2008.
Chasey Bass - 2008 Re-
served Championship Saddle
Bronc Rider. Chasey received
a Reserved Championship
buckle. Chasey went into the
state finals with a 9 point lead
and lost the advantage the first
two rounds. He then picked up
a score of 71 on his last horse
placing him 11- points behind
the lead. Chasey also went into
the state finals in second posi-
tion in the boys cutting and
received second place on the
first go and third place on the
second go and third go moving
him to the third place spot. He
received a third place buckle.
Chasey also received a $500
scholarship from.the FHSRA.
Jacoby Johns - 2008
Reserved Championship Bare-
back Rider. Jacoby received
a Reserved Championship
buckle. Jacoby went in to the
finals in second place with only
10.5 points behind the leader.
He then picked up third place
on the first go, nothing on the
second and second place on
the third go with a score of 70
securing his reserved champi-
onship place in bareback. Ja-
coby went into the state finals
in eighth position in steer wres-
tling and moved up to the sev-
enth position but not enough
to secure a spot on the National
Team in steer wrestling.
Jessica Ziglar - 2008
Reserved Championship Pole
Bending. Jessica received a Re-
served Championship buckle.
Jessica also went into the state
finals in two events. She went
into the state finals in pole
bending in the number two
spot and received third place
on the first go and second
place on the second and third
See Rodeo - Page 3
Man beaten, robbed; one arrested
By Eric Kopp
A local man is being held
in the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $150,000 for
his alleged connection in the
beating of another man over a
Harley Futch Jr., 23, N.W
Ninth St., was arrested July 4
on charges of kidnapping,, ag-
gravated battery and robbery.
An arrest report by Deputy
Justin Akins of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
states that the alleged incident
took place around 2:45 a.m.
on July 1 when the victim was
forced into a white Ford sports
utility vehicle. The vehicle was
apparently being driven by Fu-
The report said the victim
was in another vehicle with
friends when it was flagged
down on U.S. 98 N. in the area
of the Okeechobee Livestock
Once that car was stopped,
another man got out of the
white SUV and began to punch
the victim in the face and yell at
him about a woman. The male
victim was then grabbed by the
neck and forced into the SUV.
Once inside the SUV, the
report states Futch robbed the
victim of $1,360.
Because he was being stran-
gled, the victim lost conscious-
When he awoke, the victim
was hit in the face with a Reese
hitch. The victim was continu-
ously choked and hit about the
head and face, continued the
report by Deputy Akins.
According to the report, the
See Robbery - Page 2
$6.16 per one thousand gallons.
The board will also deter-
mine the effective date for the
proposed rate increase.
These proposed rate increas-
es were backed by financial up-
dates from consultants Henry
Thomas of. Public Resources
Management Group, Inc. and
Jeff Larson of D.A. Davidson and
based on projected growth and
projected operating expenses.
Predictions are that the pro-
posed rate increase would meet
operating expenses through
Along with the proposed rate
changes, the board will consider
a policy change that if.a custom-
er pays their monthly payments
by direct deposit, the amount
of their deposit would be cut in
Turning to other matters, the
board will discuss purchase of a
vacant lot on S.W Second Street
for construction of a new admin-
istrative building. They will con-
sider a proposal for architectural
services on the building from Ar-
See OUA - Page 2
By Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee County
School Board will hold their.
first meeting of the month on
Tuesday, July 8, at 6 p.m. in the
school board chambers where
they will consider amending
the Code of Student Conduct.
The School Code of Student
Conduct had not been revised
completely since 1998.
SA committee went through
the code paoe b) page making
any changes that were deemed
necessary according to stat-
utes and to the committee as
a whole throughout four meet-
ings. Each member of the com-
mittee volunteered countless
hours of time studying the code
and attending the meetings.
The committee was made
up of various levels of school
employees from administration
to teachers; local law enforce-
ment; and strategically chosen
community members who
What: Okeechobee County
When. Tuesday, July 8, at 6 p.m.
Where: 700 SW 2nd Avenue
have experience with children
in the community. There are
also individuals who work in
the local juvenile justice system
Members are as follows: Joni
Ard; Andy Bowers; Gay Carlton;
Linda Davis; Tracy Downing;
Brian Greseth; Wayne Harrel;
Cesar Marin; Randy McCall;
Brad Mims; Dawn Nichols;
Anita Nunez; Dr. Chris Rob-
shaw; Heather Siler-Dobbs;
Dana Tedders; Kim Wolf; Ethan
Hales; Mary Hurley; Mary Anne
Dana; Jeremy Ellis; Maria Jime-
nez; Andrea Mitchum; Gordie
Morgan; Malissa Morgan; Matt
Pearce; Daron Washington;
and Toni Wiersma.
Assistant Superintendent for
See Code - Page 2
Charles Murphy/Okeechobee News
Workers trim trees along State Road 70 at Flagler Park
Monday morning. Traffic was reduced to one lane for east
Vol. 99 No. 190
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2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, July 8, 2008
McCain, Obama duel on economic plans
By Charles Babington
and Liza Sidoti
DENVER (AP) -- Barack
Obama and John McCain agree
on this much: The economy is
staggering under the Bush ad-
ministration, and Americans are
hurting. But who's to blame and
how best to fix it?
Well, they part ways on that,
as they made clear in dueling eco-
nomic speeches Monday on the
issue that has taken center stage
in their presidential contest.
Obama said that McCain of-
fers "exactly what George Bush
has done for the last eight years."
"The progress we made dur-
ing the 1990s was quickly re-
versed by an administration
with a single philosophy that is
as old as it is misguided: reward
Continued From Page 1
Administration Services Ken Ken-
worthy facilitated the meeting.
The Code of Student Conduct
was initially used during the 1997-
98 school year. While changes
have been made annually to
comply with changes in legisla-
tion and to modify certain parts
of the code, an overhaul revision
has not been addressed since its
The purpose of the committee
was to review the code and make
recommendations to the super-
intendent. The superintendent
could then accept, reject and/or
request clarification on recom-
mendations. The superintendent
is now recommending the revised
code to the School Board for ap-
Many issues with the code
were just correcting errors that
are simply out of date and need
harsher penalties or clearer lan-
guage due to issues that have
come up in the last ten years as
the environment in the school's
The code is also being revised
to reflect the same codes in the
School Environmental Safety In-
cident Reporting (SESIR) codes
and definitions. This will allow a
more efficient system where an
administrator only has to code an
offense once rather than by our
district code and then the SESIR
codes. The SESIR codes were de-
veloped to help school districts
correctly code data used to report
Continued From Page 1
victim was later hit in the face
with his cell phone then thrown
out of the SUV in the Douglas
The deputy's report goes on to
state that on July 4, a white SUV
was stopped by OCSO Detective
Rosemary Farless in the 3600
not work, not success, but pure
wealth," Obama said. Grounded
by plane trouble in St. Louis, he
phoned his remarks to a gather-
ing in Charlotte, N.C.
McCain has been forced into a
more defensive crouch because
his party has held the White
House while jobs, home values,
stock prices and consumer confi-
dence have tumbled.
While calling Obama's plans
expensive and unwise on Mon-
day, he tried to distance himself
from President Bush where he
"This Congress and 'this ad-
ministration have failed to meet
their responsibilities to manage
the government," McCain said in
Denver. "Government has grown
by 60 percent in the last eight
years. That is simply inexcus-
incidents that are against the law
or represent serious breaches of
the code of student conduct, in-
cluding those considered severe
enough to require the involve-
ment of a school resource officer
or to be reported to law enforce-
While the Student Code of
Conduct details minimum con-
sequences which vary according
to the grade level of the student,
it was reformatted to bring atten-
tion to the fact that "More severe
punishments may be assigned by
the principal, depending on the
facts of the specific case and the
student's previous discipline his-
All charts were detailed that the
consequences listed in the charts
are minimum consequences that
are progressive and vary accord-
ing to the grade level of the stu-
Another key area where the
committee is adding additional
teeth to the code is dealing with
sexual offenses and bullying/ha-
rassment. These sections were
previously handled under other
codes and are now being sepa-
rated with their own set of spe-
cific consequences to mirror the
SESIR codes and definitions.
The committee has written a
set of consequences 'for sexual
offenses through research from
Florida Statutes and other codes
of conducts from neighboring
school districts. It was also noted
in the code that all sexual offenses
must be reported to law enforce-
Bullying and harassment was
block of S.R. 710. The SUV was
being driven by Futch.
Inside the truck the detective
reportedly found a bloody Reese
hitch. At that point; continued
the report, the OCSO crime scene
unit was called in to process the
The report said several 'sam-
ples of blood were collected from
the vehicle, and the Reese hitch
McCain has said the economy
is not his strong suit, and on Mon-
day he seemed eager to show a
deeper understanding of the top-
ic, even as he dismissed experts.
"Some economists don't think
much of my gas tax holiday,"
he said of his plan to temporar-
ily suspend the federal levy on
motor fuels. "But the American
people like it, and so do small
Obama calls that plan'a gim-
mick that will not lower gasoline
The Democratic senator favors
tax cuts for middle-class workers
and tax increases for top earners.
He calls for substantial govern-
ment subsidies for health care,
college, retirement and alterna-
McCain pledges to cut taxes
for all and raise them on none.
added to the violence section of
the code, and defined as "un-
wanted and repeated written,
verbal, or physical behavior .in-
cluding any threatening, insulting
or dehumanizing acts pervasive
enough to create a hostile or of-
This definition was taken from
the SESIR codes for bullying and
sault are all being proposed to
be counted consecutively. For
example, if a student violated
the bullying code and then had a
new offense of verbal assault, the
student would receive at least the
minimum consequence for the
second offense in that category.
Physical aggression was taken
out of the previous category and
was given its own consequences.
Another key note that was de-
tailed due to some past incidents
noted that, "A student is respon-
sible for any item brought to
school, intentional or unintention-
al, whether it is in his/her locker,
book bag, and/or vehicle."
Due to the excessive use of
wireless technological devices,
the committee also chose to add
that the repeated use of wireless
technological devices can be con-
sidered defiance of authority or
disruptive behavior and may be
subject to principal's discretion
for disciplinary consequences.
While Federal Statutes allow
students to possess wireless com-
munication devices, they are not
supposed to be turned on dur-
ing the school day. They are only
supposed to be used after regular
school hours such as during after-
Continued From Page 1
chitects Design Group.
In other action, the board is
*recognize Michael Connah
for 10 years' service to the utility;
*discuss early renewal of prop-
Government should shrink, not
grow, he told his audience in
From a political standpoint,
Obama's selling job would seem
easier. McCain has linked himself
in many ways to the struggling
administration, including his call
to continue Bush's first-term tax
cuts, which he initially opposed.
A recent poll by Democracy
Corps, which is run by Demo-
cratic strategists, suggests that
voters are very much up for grabs
on economic issues.
Asked to react to descriptions
of the candidates' economic
plans, 50 percent said their views
more closely.resembled McCa-
in's goal of cutting taxes for the
middle class and for businesses,
simplifying the tax code, main-
taining free trade and eliminating
Under bus rules, it was noted
to inform parents that riding a
school bus is a privilege and not
a right. If bus rules are repeatedly
violated, one can be permanently
removed from the bus for the re-
mainder of the school year.
In other business, the school
starting and dismissal times will
be considered for the 2008-09
school year as follows:
* All Elementary Schools-8:10
a.m. until 2:50 p.m.
* Osceola Middle School 5th
Grade-8 a.m. until 2:35 p.m.
* All Middle Schools-8:55 p.m.
until 3:35 p.m.
* Okeechobee . Freshman
Campus-7:15 a.m. until 1:50 p.m.
* Okeechobee High School-
7:08 a.m. until 2:05 p.m.
* New Endeavor High School-
7:15 a.m. until 1:50 p.m.; Alpha
Classes-8:10 a.m. until 2:50 p.m.
There are only three changes
to these times from last year in-
volving OMS, YMS and OHS.
The board will also consider:
* the fourth amended and re-
stated Vista 401(k) Plan;
* 2008-09 District ,Strategic
* a software license agree-
ment with Cayen Systems which
tracks supplemental services for
* the Auditor General Report;
* and revisions to personnel
allocations, employment of per-
sonnel/temporary personnel, and
.resignations/terminations for the
2008-09 school year.' ' ! '
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Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at email@example.com.
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*hear a construction update
on the wastewater treatment
plant expansion; and'
*consider purchase of a digital
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Today: Partly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be around 90. The wind will be from the east
at 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast at 10 to 15 mph in the after-
noon. The chance of rain is 50 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the mid 70s. The wind
will be from the southeast around 5 mph.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with isolated afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The wind will
be from the east at 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the
afternoon. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower
70s. The wind will be from the east round 5 mph.
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Okeechobee News demeanor of possession of drug the detective searched Anderson's were methadone. ? , .
After being stopped for do- paraphernalia. person. In the pocket of his shirt The report goes on to state that ' .. . ,
Afterteeive sarppedAfersdo- The report goes on to state that -.1 3" 41A
ing 52 mph in Anderson was booked into the the detective reportedly found a the detectives also found 28 pills
ingglassphipnar40pephinonepnthe detectives also found 28 pills ' "
Okeechobee man was booked Okeechobee County Jail under a glass pipe wrapped in a paper e eecve
into the county jail on felony drug bond of $11,000. towel. A residue in the pipe was that were later identified as alpra- - Lo ~.
charges. An arrest report by an Okeecho- field tested and indicated a positive zolam. Detectives also found sev- :" witl lS 357.755 ns id
George Garland Anderson, 51, bee Narcotics Task Force detectives result for the presence of metham- eral syringes, continued the report. 345 S U-.. ,Hw. 441So. O, e a.E DONUT I
S.E. 16th Ave., was charged with states that Anderson was stopped phetamine. T U I
Sfni f in f c n- in the 5000 block of S.W 16th Ave. Anderson's vehicle was then e arrest repo oes not EXTTOPBL
trolled substance (alprazolam) and
possession of methamphetamine.
due to his speed and his inability to
maintain a single lane of travel.
searched and task force detectives
reportedly found 50 pills in a bag.
cate if Anderson was issued a cita-
tion for the alleged traffic offenses.
3-year-old wounded in gun mishap
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -
A convicted felon was charged
Monday with possessing a gun
that went off and left his girl-
friend's three-year-old son in
critical condition with a gun-
shot wound to his neck, police
Nicholas Fairclough, 27, had
a sawed-off shotgun and a .38-
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 Pattol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* Trevor Lewis Blevins, 34,
N.W. 22nd Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested June 27 by Detective
Sergeant T.J. Brock on charges of
capital sexual battery and lewd
and lascivious molestation. He is
being held without bond.
* Kenneth William Schwert-
'feger, 54, U.S. 98 N., Okeechobee,
was arrested July 2 by Deputy Mike
Bobrowski on charges of driving
under the influence, leaving the
scene of an accident with prop-
erty damage and resisting a law
enforcement officer without vio-
lence. His bond was set at $3,000.
* Carl Randall Baker, .50, U.S.
441 S.E., was arrested July 3 by
,Deputy Lieutenant Keith Mur-
rish on a warrant charging him
with false imprisonment with" a'
weapon and lewd and lascil\ious
molestation. His bond was set at
* Travis S. Hull, 35, N.W 18th
caliber derringer in a duffel bag
that was knocked to the floor
by the child, Lt. Pat Ivey of the
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
The boy's mother, Alicia
Bronner, told police 'she was
in another room folding laun-
dry Sunday evening when she
heard a gunshot. She ran into
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
July 3 by Deputy Harold Han-
cock on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation - driving while
license suspended - habitual of-
fender and violation of probation
- possession of cocaine. He is be-
ing held without bond on these
charges. He was also arrested on
another Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with violation
of probation - uttering forged bills
and violation of probation - ut-
tering a forged instrument. He is
being held without bond on these
* Tyrone Edison, 28, N.W. 25th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
July 3 by Deputy Lt. Keith Murrish
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with causing,
encouraging, soliciting or recruit-
ing criminal gang membership
and child abuse. His bond was set
* Michael Vinson Laureti, 28,
Thomas Wood Lane, Winter Ha-
ven, was arrested July 3 by Officer
B. Reyna on a felony charge of
possession of a controlled sub-
stance without a prescription: He:
was also charged with the mis-:
demeanor of possession of drug
paraphernalia. His bond was set
the living room and saw her
3-year-old, Eric L. Bell, bleed-
The boy was listed in critical
condition at Shands Jackson-
Fairclough was charged with
culpable negligence, posses-
sion of a short-barreled shotgun
and possession of a firearm by
* Charles Daniel Wallis, 28,
S.E. 25th Drive, Okeechobee, was
arrested July 4 by Deputy Arlene
Durbin on felony charges of grand
theft (two counts), dealing in sto-
len property (three counts) and
defrauding a pawn broker (three
counts). He was also charged
with the misdemeanor of theft.
His bond was set at $50,000.
* John Fitzgerald Cullum, 28,
S.E. 57th Drive, Okeechobee,
was arrested July 4 by Deputy
John Ashby on a felony charge of
child endangerment. He was also
charged with the misdemeanors
of driving under the influence
with property damage/personal
injury and leaving the scene of an
accident with property damage.
His bond was set at $3,000.
* Amy L. Brown, 38, S.E. 27th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
July 5 by Deputy William Maerki
on Okeechobee County warrants
charging her with uttering a forged
bill (three counts). Her bond was
set at $7,500.
* Kellie Anne Hurst, 36, S.W.
Ninth Lane, Okeechobee, was
arrested July 5 by Deputy Joseph
Gracie ohn a' charge of aggravat-'
ed baffery. Her bond was set at
* Max Scaffa, 38, N.W 164th
Court, Okeechobee, was arrest-
a convicted felon. He was being
held without bond in the Duval
County jail. Jail records do not
show if he has a lawyer. Police
said Fairclough has a 2006 con-
viction for narcotics trafficking.
Bronner was not charged.
Police were told the guns were
used for firing during a July 4
celebration, Ivey said.
ed July 5 by Deputy Cari Arnold
on charges of driving under the
influence, driving while license
suspended with knowledge and'
expired tag. His bond was set at
* Bradley Shane Perkins, 21,
N.W 32nd Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested July 6 by Deputy
Bart Potter on a felony charge of
burglary. He was also charged
with the misdemeanor of criminal
mischief. He is being held without
* Domingo Varela, 56, N.E.
Eighth St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 6 by Sergeant Victoria
Williams on charges of driving un-
der the influence and leaving the
scene of an accident with prop-
erty damage. His bond was set at
* Magin Cardenas, 21, N.W.
Fourth St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 6 by Officer R. Holroyd
on a charge of driving under the
influence. His bond was set at
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them'
dropped is welcome to .inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.
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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
AGGRESSION: I can't really see how a gator attacking a human
would make them more aggressive towards them. Its just like any
other animal in their territory. They aren't suddenly more aggressive
to birds or otters that they attack I don't think. Of course I could be
very wrong about this, its just a guess, I know nothing of the biology
or mental condition of alligators.
GRACE OF GOD: I think that the vast majority of us who have
survived our teenaged years doing completely stupid things and those
of us who are lucky enough to have survived parenting teenagers,
please take a minute to think of the parents. We all are well aware that
what the boy who swam with the gators did was completely stupid,
but beyond that think about the mother or father who could have lost
their child that night, and now the help that they will have to give him
because of this act. His fame is almost over and now he and his family
face a lifetime of "adjustments" so please keep him and his parents in
your prayers as they try to help him for a long time to come. Therefore
but for the grace of God go I... something equally as tragic could have
happened in one of our moments of stupidity -- somehow we were
the ones blessed by God's grace.
MPG: A recent study conducted by Harvard University found that
the average American walks about 900 miles a year. Another study
by the American Medical Association found that Americans drink, on
average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. This means, on average, Ameri-
cans get about 41 miles to the gallon. Kind of makes you proud to be
HURRICANES: Go to the beach. Turtles will nest on the beach side
of the dune if no hurricane. If they sense a bad storm, they will nest on
dune side of the beach. It's an old sailors' tale but it's usually correct. I
would say 95 percent chance of being correct. Aweb site for storms is
weatherbug.com. It's pretty easy to use, but if you're on dial up it may
take forever to download.
LIVE CAMS: Live Cams are great to watch. When we evacuated
for the hurricanes I set my cam in the window and broadcast what
ever happened in the back yard till the power went.
TRICK: Here is something you can get the kids to do. Maybe they
will call their friends and for an hour we can have lots of kids think-
ing/doing math in the summer, without being asked AND enjoying it!
Grab a calculator'(you won't be able to do this in your head). Key in
the first three digits of your phone number (not the area code). Mul-
tiply by 80. Add 1 5..Multiply by 250. Add the last four digits of your
phone number. Add the last four digits of you phone number again.
Subtract 250. Divide the number by 2. Do you recognize the answer?
TEENS: Logic and teenagers go together like fire and ice some-
times. About the gator attack, remember that the boy has parents,
and other family members who now also have to pay the price of his
mistake in judgement.
GATOR: Being raised in Florida, I have taught my kids that if you
can't see the bottom of the water, it's not safe to be in, Black water is
dead water is my saying, I was one of the dare devil teenagers. I used
to swim gator-infested waters. But I was always smart enough to stay
out during nesting season and I really did not want to stay for dinner
as I would have been the main course. What is very unnerving to me
is this child stated he knew a lot about these creatures and has hunted
them. My question is, at 18 if he still lived at home what is he doing.
out at that time of the morning? My next would be, why was he drink-
ing? If my 18 year old came home drinking, God would have to save
him from me, and let alone 2 a.m. or so. His chore list would have
been so long it would take him till his 21st b-day to finish it. I do not
feel sorry for him at all. He is just lucky to be telling about it. A lot of
times bull gators will fight over food or 'tag team' food, so he is lucky
if you ask me.
SKUNK APE: Maybe the Skunk Ape sightings will help increase
tourism. With all the problems with low water levels in the lake, we
need a new reason for people to come to Okeechobee. Maybe we
could try to convince the Skunk Ape to come to the Speckled Perch
Festival as the guest of honor.
GATORS: Isn't this alligator nesting season? Aren't the gators al-
ways more active this time of year? If you get close to a nest, watch
out. We all know Nubbin Slough is full of alligators. That is why peo-
ple go there -- to see the alligators. If you live in Florida you should
take some responsibility to find out about the wildlife and to show the
wildlife some respect.
POPULATION: This is in response to the caller who said he wants
all alligators exterminated. The alligators have every right to be in
Florida. They were here first. This is their native territory. The people
are the ones who don't belong here. If you can't live in peace with the
wildlife and respect their habitat, then you are the one who does not
belong in Florida.
WORK WEEK: If we can get everyone to agree on this I think it will
work. I propose that everyone stay home from work one day a week.
Just think how much fuel we would save.
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Tuesday, July 8
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet on the first and third
Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets the second
Tuesday of the month, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, lunch is provided. For information contact Jim Vensel at 863-
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, at Maureen Budjinski 863-484-0110.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
SChristian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is welcome.
For information, call Lydia Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee.'Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-
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 Cepter at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at'7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
Next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every second
Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. For
information contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
New NA meeting starting
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be held on
Tuesday and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship Church,
300 S.W. Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For more
information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Red Cross offers summer classes
The Okeechobee Branch of the American Red Cross will be offer-
ing the following Health & safety classes in July:
* Thursday, July 10 - First Aid Basics at 6 p.m.
* Wednesday, July 16 - Infant/Child CPR at 6 p.m. * Tuesday, July
29 - Adult CPR/AED at 6 p.m.
All classes are held at their Branch office located at 323 N. Parrott
Ave. To register, or for more information call 863-763-2488.
Hospice to host yard sale fundraiser
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a 3-day Yard Sale at the Blue Vol-
unteer Building, next to The Hamrick Home (411 S.E. Fourth Street)
on Thursday, July 10, 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. Friday July 11, from 8
a.m. until noon and Saturday, July 12, 8 a.m. until noon. Bar-
gains galore, all new items available. All proceeds benefit patient care
in Okeechobee including services offered in The Hamrick Home. For
information, call Cathy at 863-467-2321 or 863-697-1995.
Program for grandparents on radio
Saturday, July 12, at 7:30 a.m. on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM, guest
speaker Jeffrey Ralicki, Executive Director; Janice Maier, Prevention
Specialist and Director of the Grand Program; Sheilah Newmann, a
grandparent bringing up two grandchildren will be on to discuss the
Grand (great relationships achieve noble dreams) program for grand-
parents facing the challenges of bringing up their grandchildren and
dealing with children issues. For more information contact Janice
Maier at Tykes and Teens - 772-220-3439 or online at www.tykesand-
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) 467-0290 or Carolyn at (863) 634-1885.
Glades Gun Club to host shooting event
The Glades County Gun club will hold an open range shooting
event on Saturday, July 12. The range is located at the Glades County
Sheriff's Gun Range at Gun Club Road on S.R. 78, 4.2 mi N.E. of U.S.
27. Glades County residents are welcome at no charge. Insurance re-
quires 11 guests to register, attend a short range safety briefing and sign
a waiver. Eye and ear protection is mandatory and will be available
by the club. The gate will open at 8 a.m., registration from 8:15-8:45
p.m., briefing at 8:45 p.m. Shooting to begin after briefing till about 11
a.m. Guests will accompanied and supervised by a club member at
the firing line for safety. Black powder guns are welcome. For further
information call 863-946-2566.
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The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Friday, July
4, through Thursday, July 10, are as follows:
Theatre I - "Hancock" (PG-13) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at'
2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m.
Theatre II- "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.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
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and
under are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, cali 863-763-7202.
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DEAR ABBY: On April 11 you
asked what your readers think
is right with American society.
I'll bet you were inundated with
responses to that question, and I
hope you allow me to be one of
those who answer it.
Here in Orange County, Calif.,
there are more than 5,000 vol-
unteer organizations, supporting
everything from the arts to zoos.
Thousands of people give their
time and money to, help oth-
ers and provide benefits to their
community. And this is just one
American county. If we counted
the number of active volunteers
in America doing good works,.
I'm sure the number would be
in the millions. That is just one
of the things that we're doing
-- DIANE J., LAGUNA
DEAR DIANE: Your hunch
was on the money. I was
swamped with letters and e-mails
from readers wanting, to con-
tribute their thoughts. Today I'll
share a sample, because I know
they will bring a smile. Read on:
DEAR ABBY:' What's right
with our society? I believe it's
our young people. I have been a
church youth leader for 30 years.
It's the most rewarding job in the
world! Their willingness to share
their love of life is exciting. They
actively offer their opinions, and
they have good ideas to express.
This world needs color and vari-
ety, and I believe our youth are
our hope for the future. -- JOHN
T., SPRINGFIELD, ORE.
DEAR ABBY: I'm thankful for
the Bill of Rights that has insured
the freedoms we take for grant-
ed. I appreciate the safety net of
Social Security that is in place
for the disabled, the elderly and
the orphaned. I'm grateful that
medical technology reaches out
to people whether in a big city or
an isolated farming community.
I applaud a process that allows
voters to be informed about the
ideas, policies, achievements and
opinions of those seeking elected
.But most of all, I'm thank-
ful that transition's in our society
which happen almost daily oc-
cur without violence or military
intervention. It gives me hope
for my grandchildren's future in
a peace-loving country.
-- MARIE D., VERMILLION,
DEAR ABBY: I'm grateful to
live in the United States, where
I am free. I'm free to speak and
move around the country. I am
free to choose whom I elect as
president without fear of sup-
pression. I am free to choose my
religion. I am free as a woman,
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and dictates to.
Yes, we have our problems
that need to be addressed. And
now is the time for our voices to
be heard. It IS "We" the people.
-- GRATEFUL IN O'FALLON,
DEAR ABBY: I am a high
school student in Lake Crystal,
Minn. What's right about Ameri-
can society is our compassion.
Not only do we help other coun-
tries in times of crisis, but we also
care about our fellow Americans.
Having family around the Twin
Cities during the 35-W bridge
collapse, my mind was at ease.
I knew if I had family members
in the collapse, they would be
helped because I live in a coun-
try where people are born with
the instinct to help others during
a disaster. -- EVER HOPEFUL
DEAR ABBY: In our society
we have the freedom to be who-
ever we want to be. The only
thing holding anyone back in
this country is him- or herself.
-- KATHERINE IN RALEIGH,
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and you will overcome any criti-
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surrounding yourself with the un-
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Cholesterol drugs recommended for some 8-year-olds
By Lindsey Tanner
AP Medical Writer
CHICAGO (AP) - For the first
time, an influential doctors group
is recommending that some chil-
dren as young as eight be given
cholesterol-fighting drugs to ward
off future heart problems.
It is the strongest guidance
ever given on the issue by the
American Academy of Pediatrics,
which released its new guidelines
Monday. The academy also rec-
ommends low-fat milk for one-
year-olds and wider cholesterol
Dr. Stephen Daniels, of the
academy's nutrition committee,
says the new advice is based on
mounting evidence showing that
damage leading to heart disease,
the nation's leading killer, begins
early in life.
It also stems from recent re-
search showing that cholesterol-
fighting drugs are generally safe
for children, Daniels said.
Several of these drugs are ap-
proved for use in children and
data show that increasing num-
bers are using them.
"If we are more aggressive
about this in childhood, I think
we can have an impact on what
happens later in life ... and avoid
some of these heart attacks and
strokes in adulthood," Daniels
said. He has worked as a consul-
tant to Abbott Laboratories and
Merck & Co., but not on matters
involving their cholesterol drugs.
Drug treatment would gener-
ally be targeted for kids at least
eight years old who have too
much LDL, the "bad" cholesterol,
along with other risky conditions,
including obesity and high blood
For overweight children with
too little HDL, the "good" cho-
lesterol, the first course of ac-
tion should be weight loss, more
,physical activity and nutritional
counseling, the academy says.
Pediatricians should routinely
check the cholesterol of children
with a family history of inherited
cholesterol disease or with par-
ents or grandparents who devel-
oped heart disease at an early
age, the recommendations say.
Screening also is advised.for kids
whose family history isn't known
and those who are overweight,
obese or have other heart disease
Screening is recommended
sometime after age two but
no later than age 10, at routine
The academy's earlier advice
said cholesterol drugs should
only be considered in children
older than 10 after they fail to lose
weight. Its previous cholesterol
screening recommendations also
were less specific and did not in-
clude targeted ages for beginning
Because obesity is a risk fac-
tor for heart disease and often
is accompanied by cholesterol
problems, the academy recom-
mendations say low-fat milk is
appropriate for one-year-olds "for
whom overweight or obesity is a
Daniels, a pediatrician in the
Denver area, agreed that could in-
clude virtually all children. But he
said doctors may choose to offer
the new milk advice only to one-
year-olds who are already over-
weight or have a family history of
The academy has long recom-
mended against reduced-fat milk
for children up to age two be-
cause saturated fats are needed
for brain development.
"But now we have the obesity
epidemic and people are think-
ing maybe this isn't such a good
idea," said Dr. Frank Greer of
the University of Wisconsin, co-
author of the guidelines report,
which appears in the July edition
of Pediatrics, the group's medical
Very young children are in-
creasingly getting fats from sourc-
Today in History
Today is Tuesday, July 8, the
190th day of 2008. There are 176
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
One hundred years ago, on
July 8, 1908, businessman and
philanthropist Nelson Aldrich
Rockefeller, a liberal Republican'
who served as governor of New
York and then as vice president of
the United States, was born in Bar
On this date:
In 1663, King Charles II of Eng-
land granted a Royal Charter to
In 1776, Col. John Nixon gave
the first public reading of the
Declaration of Independence, in
In- 1853, an expedition led by
Commodore Matthew Perry ar-
rived in Yedo Bay, Japan; on a
mission to seek diplomatic and
trade relations with the Japanese.
In 1889, The Wall Street Jour-
nal wa8 first published.
In 1907, Florenz Ziegfeld
staged his first "Follies," on the
roof of the New York Theater.
Ii 1919, President Wilson re-
ceived a tumultuous welcome
in New York City after his return
from the Versailles Peace Confer-
ence in France. -
4n 1947, demolition work be-
gan in New 'brk CIy lo make way
for the new permanent headquar-
ters of the United Nations.
In 1950, President Truman
named Gen. Douglas MacArthur
commander-in-chief of United
Nations'forces in Korea.
In 1958, President Eisenhower
began a visit to Canada, where
he conferred with Prime Minister
John Diefenbaker and addressed
the Canadian Parliament.
In 1994, Kim 11 Sung, North
Korea's communist leader since
1948, died at age 82.
Ten years ago: A federal
bankruptcy judge announced a
tentative settlement under which
an estimated 170,000 women
who said silicone breast implants
had made them sick would get
$3.2 billion from Dow Corning
Five years ago: In Senegal
at the start of a five-nation tour
of Africa, President Bush called
American slavery one of history's
greatest crimes as he stood at
the very spot where hundreds of
thousands of Africans had been
bought and sold like cargo. A fac-
tory worker opened fire at a Lock-
heed Martin plant in Meridian,
Miss., leaving five dead .before he
committed suicide. Twenty-nine-
year-old Iranian twins joined at
the head died following surgery
in Singapore to separate them. A
triple-deck ferry capsized in Ban-
gladesh; more than 500 people
drowned. A Sudanese Boeing 737
crashed on the northeastern Red
Sea coast, killing.1 16 people.
One year ago: Pennsylvania
Gov. Ed Rendell,ordered a range
of state government services shut
down and placed about a third,of
the state work force on indefinite
unpaid furlough after last-minute
negotiations failed to break a
budget stalemate. (A budget deal
was hammered out the following
night.) Roger Federer won his fifth
straight Wimbledon tennis cham-
pionship, beating Rafael Nadal -
7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2.
Today's Birthdays: Actor
Mickey Carroll is 89. Singer Jerry
Vale is 76. Singer Steve Lawrence
is 73. Actor Jeffrey Tambor is 64.
Ballerina Cyrthia Gregory is 62.
Actress Kim Darby is 61. Chil-
dren's performer Raffi is 60. Ac-
tress Anjelica Huston is 57. News
columnist Anna Quindlen is 56.
Actor Kevin Bacon is 50. Rock
musician Andy Fletcher (Depeche
Mode) is 47. Country singer Toby
Keith is 47. Rock musician Gra-
ham Jones (Haircut 100) is 47.
Rock singer Joan Osborne is 46.
Writer-producer Rob Burnett is
46. Actor Corey Parker is 43. Actor
Billy Crudup is 40. Actor Michael
Weatherly is 40. Singer Beck is
38. Country singer Drew Wom-
ack (Sons of the Desert) is 38.
Christian rock musician Stephen
Mason (Jars of Clay) is 33. Actor
Milo Ventimiglia is 31. Rock musi-
cian Tavis Werts (Reel Big Fish) is
31. Singer Ben Jelen is 29. Actor
Lance Gross is 27. Actress Sophia
Bush is 26. Rock musician Jamie
Cook (Arctic Monkeys) is 23. Ac-
tor Jake McDorman is 22.
SThought for Today: "You are
a child of God. Your playing small
does not serve the world. There is
nothing enlightened about shrink-
ing so that other people won't feel
insecure about you." Nelson A.
Rockefeller, American politician
and businessman (1908-1979).
There's a wonderful world around
us. Full of fascinating places.
Interesting people. Amazing
cultures. Important challenges. But
sadly, our kids are not getting the
chance to learn about their world.
When surveys show that half of
America's youth cannot locate India
or Iraq on a map, then we have to
wonder what they do know about
their world. That's why we created
MyWonderiulWorld.org. It's part
of a free National Geographic-led
campaign to give your kids the
power of global knowledge.
Go there today and help them
succeed tomorrow. Start with our
free parent and teacher action
kits. And let your kids begin the
adventure of a lifetime.
It's a wonderful world. Explorel
A National Goographlclod chnpaign
Lakeport to host 'Movie Night' program
The Lakeport Community As-
sociation will be having a fam-
ily style movie to be shown at 7
p.m. on July 19, at the community
center on Red Barn Road. A Bob
Hope and Bing Crosby movie will
be featured. Everyone is invited to
come out and enjoy the evening.
This evening is for the whole fam-
ily. Teenagers, bring your fam-
ily and friends and enjoy the free
movie, popcorn and soda.'
Before the movie there will be
a chicken dinner with mashed po-
tatoes, gravy, green beans, salad, ber. (If you want to volunteer to
roll, dessert and coffee or tea. The ' held with the dinner, please call
cost of the dinner will be $6 with
a ticket purchased in advance.
Tickets purchased at the door will
be $7. Get your tickets in advance
from any board of director mem-
the number below.)
For telephone reservations call
daytime 863-227-4323 or night-
David C. Runkle i
David C. Runkle, age 74, of
Okeechobee died Saturday, July
5, 2008 at his home. He was born
Sept. 15, 1933.
Mr. Runkle was preceded in
death by his wife, Ocie C. Runkle.
He is survived
by two daugh-
phia, Pa.; two David C.
sons, Michael Runkle-
of Winston Salem, N.C. and
James (Wendy) Runkle of Pros-
pect Park, Pa.; brother, Wilbur
(Mary) Runkle of Collingdale,
Pa.; 10 grandchildren; six great
grandchildren; and sister-in-law,
Barbara Sue (Larry) Wilson of
Visitation will be 9:30 to 10
a.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel with funeral
services following at 10 a.m. Pas-
tor James Lynch will be officiat-
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
205 N.E. 2nd Street, Okeechobee.
Agnes "Angie" Christine Weav-
er, age 69, of Okeechobee died
Friday, July 4, 2008 in Raulerson
Hospital. Born Sept. 3, 1938 in
Nottoway, Va., she had been a
resident of Okeechobee for the
past 22 years and was a member
of the Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church. She loved the ocean and
spending time with family.
She is survived by her son, An-
thony F. Weaver of Lafayette, Ga.;
daughters, Brenda D. (Ron) Altice
of Okeechobee, Vicky E. (Mike)
McGee of Okeechobee; brother,
Floyd Tuck of Cleveland, Ohio and
sister, Laura Shaw of Blackstone,
Va. In addition, she is survived by
five grandchildren and 14 great
A memorial service will be
held in the Buxtort Funeral Home
Chapel on Tuesday, July 8, at 11
a.m. with Pastor Dave Robert-
son officiating. 'In lieu of flowers,
Memorial contributions may be
made to the Hospice of Okeecho-
bee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee,
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Anita M. Daniels
Anita M. Daniels, age 68 of
Okeechobee died July 3, 2008.
She was born and raised in On-
tario, Canada. She had lived in
Buffalo before moving to Florida
in 1976. She was a member of the
Loyal Order of the Moose Wom-
en's Auxiliary, holding the degree
of College of Regent, she also was
a member of. the Fraternal Order
of the Eagle and served as Ma-
dame Past President. .
She is survived by her husband
of 22 years, Charles and her chil-
dren, Martin, Gene, Gall, Kathy,
Anita and Mark; step children,
Eddie and Sue Ann; 16 grandchil-
dren; four great grandchildren;
mother, Elvie Agrew; brother,
Ron, both of Canada.
Visitation services were held
on Sunday, July 6 at Dorsey-E.Earl
Smith Memory Gardens Funeral
Home and funeral services were
held Monday, July 7 at the funeral
Interment followed at Lake
Worth Memory Gardens, Lake
Funeral arrangements were
entrusted to Dorsey-E. Earl Smith
Memory Gardens Funeral Home,
Paul Truitt Grindstaff
Paul Truitt Grindstaff, age 76, of
Okeechobee died.July 7, 2008 at
his home. Mr. Grindstaffwas born
March 24, 1932 in Doeville, Tenn.
to Henry and Maude Grindstaff.
He married Barbara Anne Greer
on August 2, 1952 and relocated
to Belle Glade, where they began
a family. He spent most of his life
in the produce business. He was
loved and respected by family,
friends and many colleagues. In
1993 he was awarded the Life
Time Achievement Award by the
Glades Sales Association. After
many years of hard work he and
his wife relocated to Okeechobee
in 1997 to enjoy retired life.
Mr. Grindstaff is survived by
his wife, Barbara Grindstaff of
Okeechobee; two daughters,
Vickie (Jim) McMullen of Belle
Glade and Stacey (Eric) Collins
of Okeechobee; son, Michael
(Christa) Grindstaff of Winter
Park; five grandchildren; five great
grandchildren; two brothers, Jack
(Wilma) Grindstaff of Columbia,
S.C., and Bill (Carolyn) Grindstaff
of Creedmoor, N.C.; and several
nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held 5 to 7
p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at First Bap-
tist Church of Belle Glade. Funeral
services will be held at Mountain
City Funeral Home in Mountain
Friends may sign the 'guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All local arrangements are
entrusted to the care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
es other than milk and Greer said nected to obesity.
the updated advice is based on "But now they're really out-
recent research showing no harm numbered" by overweight kids
from reduced-fat milk in these with cholesterol problems and
youngsters, high blood pressure, she said.
With one-third of U.S. children Dr. Elena Fuentes-Afflick, a pe-
overweight and about 17 percent diatrics professor at the University
obese, the new recommendations of California at San Francisco, also
are important, said Dr. Jennifer Li, praised the new advice but said
a Duke University children's heart some parents think their kids will
specialist. outgrow obesity and cholesterol
"We need to do something to problems, and might not take it
stem the tide of childhood obe- seriously.
sity," Li said. "It's hard for people to really
Li said that 15 years ago most understand" that those problems
of her patients with cholesterol in childhood can lead to serious
problems had an inherited form health consequences in adult-
of cholesterol disease not con- hood, Fuentes-Afflick said.
In Loving Memory of
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onJuly 8, 2007
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S I miss the talks we
"had and am so thankful
to God for having you 42 years and ,
having our two wonderful
children and their families.
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8 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Okeechobee splits pair at state tournament
By Charles M. Murphy
Most teams would be glad to
grab an early three run lead, but
in Okeechobee's first two games
at the Dixie Youth AAA State Tour-
nament a three run lead was the
kiss of death.
Okeechobee rallied from a 3-0
deficit against Panama City Beach
to win their first round game,
9-4, on Saturday. Okeechobee
grabbed a 3-0 lead against Spring.
Hill Sunday but couldn't hold it as
they lost 13-6.
The tournament for boy's, 10
and under continued Monday
night with Okeechobee meeting
Hardee County, in an elimination
The weekend games were very
exciting as Okeechobee swung
the bats well. They also fielded
well for the most part.
Against Panama City Beach the
boys fell behind 3-0 as Brendon
Barcia struggled in the first in-
ning. Okeechobee rallied quickly,
however, with four runs in the top
of the second and never trailed
again. Okeechobee was patient at
the plate as they drew five walks
in the inning against Panama City
pitcher Ben Whitman.
Key hits included a two run
double by Zeke Matthews, and
a run scoring single by Elijah
Finney. Chase Quesinberry drew
a bases loaded walk to plate the
fourth run of the inning.
Okeechobee made it 6-3 in the
top of the fourth again thanks to
wildness. Pitcher Matthew Alred
walked Robbie Hayes and Mat-
thew Coleman to start the inning.
Finney delivered an RBI double
to left and Quesinberry drove in
a run with a bunt that the third
basemen couldn't handle.
An error led to an RBI single by
Brad Wilford as Panama City ral-
lied to within two runs, 6-4, in the
bottom of the fourth.
Okeechobee put the game out
of reach in the top of the sixth as
Layton Thomas and Jarrod Mor-
gan produced key hits.
Elijah Finney and Morgan
combined to throw four strong
innings for Okeechobee. Morgan
got the victory and Finney picked
up the save.
Okeechobee got some 'web
gems' in the field from Barcia at
third base on a grounder by Grant
Grimsley in the sixth, and some
nice running catches in the out-
field by Matthew Coleman.
The victory placed Okeecho-
bee in the winners bracket on
Sunday as they faced Spring Hill,
who had defeated Poinciana, 5-2,
Okeechobee scored three
runs in the top of the first and
had their supporters, rocking the
stands in East Lakeland. Finney
singled, Quesinberry reached on
an infield hit, and Layton Thomas
drove home a run with a solid sin-
gle to center. After an out, Morgan
walked, and Mason Joyner ripped
what appeared to be a single to
center. However the CF got to the
ball quickly and was able to force
Morgan at second base. Quesin-
berry scored on the play but the
momentum appeared to swing
back to Spring Hill. Lane Rhodes
drove home the third run with a
single to score Thomas.
Barcia struggled on the mound
as he allowed five early runs es-
sentially stopping Okeechobee's
early momentum. Josh Penny,
Matt Warner, and Thomas Soran-
tino drove home runs in the bot-
tom of the first to tie the score,
Spring Hill added two more
runs in the second on a two out
hit by Dante Hamilton.
Finney entered the game in
the second and retired five bat-
ters. That gave Okeechobee's
bats a chance t*gebound but
they couldn't master Penny who
retired six straight hiurlliv s.
SSpring Hill scored fiie times in
the fourth. Three batters reached
base with free passes. Key hits
included a single by Mary Anne
Sparcea, and a two run double by
Hamilton. One of the runs scored
when Okeechobee's fielder was
called for obstructing a runner.
Spring Hill led 10-3 after four in-
Okeechobee tried to rally as
they scored three times in the
fifth. Rhodes, Hayes and Cole-
man drew walks to load the bases
against reliever Devon McAleeny.
Matt Myers relieved and allowed
one run on a bases loaded walk
he issued to Finney. Quesinberry
followed with a run producing
single and the third run scored on'
another bases loaded walk issued
10-6 was as close as Okeecho-
bee would get. Spring Hill scored
three times on a bases clearing
double by McAleeny in the fifth tol
make it 13-6.
Lane Rhodes was robbed ofi
a homerun in the seventh on a
nice grab by Brett Kreiger. Kreiger
,backed up to the fence and leaped
catching the ball over the fence. ,
Okeechobee had a number
of nice defensive plays. Morgan
caught a hard line drive at third in
th'! first inning. VMatthew Coleman
alo nimade a nice running grab of
a \ e off the bat of Zac Soran-
tinc0in the first.
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go securing her reserved champi-
onship title. Jessica dropped from
eighth to tenth in barrels hitting
barrels on all three goes. Jessica
also received a $500 scholarship
from the FHSRA.
Chris Davis - Placed fourth
in the state finals in Bareback
securing him a position on the
National Team. Chris received a
fourth place buckle. Chris went
in to.the state finals in fourth po-
sition and maintained his place
through all three goes. He picked
up fourth place on the first go and
tied for second on the second go
*securing his spot on the national
team. Chris received a $250 and
$500 scholarship from FHSRA.
Maci Culligan - Placed
fourth in the state finals in Break-
away moving up from seventh
position when the competition
started. Maci received a fourth
place buckle. Maci placed fourth
on the second go and third on
the third go moving her up to the
fourth spot for the traveling team.
Carlie Lanier - Placed fifth
in the state finals in Girls Cut-
ting but with one of the top four
contenders not going to nation-
als, Carlie got the opportunity to
move up to the fourth place po-
sition on the traveling team. She
started out in the ninth position
and moved to the fifth position
by placing first on the first go, sev-
enth on the second go and fourth
onthird go. Carlie received a State
J.R. Gomez -. Received a
2008 State Finalist Buckle for be-
ing in the top 15 in the state in
steer wrestling and team roping.
J.R. went into the finals in sixth
position in steer wrestling and
moved up to fifth but not enough
to secure a spot on the National
Team. He also went into the finals
in 13th position in team roping
and dropped to fourteenth posi-
Justin Wolff - Received a
2008 State Finalist Buckle for be-
ing in the top 15 in the state in
team roping. Justin came into the
finals in 14th position and move
up to 10th position by picking up
a fourth place on the second go
and a second place on the third
Andrew Holmes - Received
a 2008 State Finalist Buckle for
being in the top 15 in the state in
Bareback. He went into the finals
in sixth position and finished in
sixth position picking up a fourth
on the second go.
Trey Cofleld - Received a
2008 State Finalist Buckle for be-
ing in the top 15 in the state in
Calf Roping. He went into the
weekend in fourteenth position
and finished in twelfth position
by picking up eighth place on the
second and third go.
Joseph Summerford - Re-
ceived a 2008 State Finalist Buckle
for being in the top 15 in the state
in Boys Cutting. He went into the
state finals in fifth position and
ended in fifth by placing sixth on
the first go, second on the second
go and fifth on the third go.
Brittany Nethers - Re-
ceived a 2008 State Finalist Buckle
for being in the top 15 in the state
in Girls Cutting. She went into
the state finals in second position
and dropped to sixth position by
picking up a fourth on the first go
tying for eighth on the second go
and tenth on the third go.
Kayla Davis - Received a
2008 State Finalist Buckle for be-
ing in the top 15 in the state in
Girls Cutting. She went into the
finals in seventh position and fin-
ished in seventh by placing eighth
on her first go third on her second
go and fifth on her third go.
Jessie Cofield - Received
a 2008 State Finalist Buckle for
being in the top 15 in the state
in Breakaway. She went into the
state finals in fifteenth position
and ended up in seventh by win-
ning the first go with a 3.305 sec-
ond catch on her calf and fifth on
her second go.
Breanne Lee - Received a
2008 State Finalist Buckle for
being in the top 15 in the state
Breakaway. She came into the fi-
nals in eighth position and ended
in 13th position.
Lexi Peaden - Received a
2008 State Finalist Buckle for be-
ing in the top 15 in the state in
Breakaway. She went into the fi-
nals in tenth and ended in tenth
and picked up second place on
the third go with a 4.41 second
catch on her calf. Lexi also went
into the finals in twelfth position
in Goat Tying and finished in
Shelby Carden - Received
a 2008. State Finalist Buckle foi
being in the top 15 in the state
in Goat Tying. She went into thd
finals in 15th position and ended
Thes. fine cowboys and cow-
girls worked very hard to get to
where they are going and with
just the support of family and
friends to achieve their goals. *
Only the top four in each even(
will advance to the National Fi-
nals July 20-26, in Farmington,
N.M. Several of these individuals
will be leaving July 8 to compete
at the International Youth Finals
Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla. before
going onto the National Finals in
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Boys rookie team goes
to state championships
The Okeechobee AA Boys
Rookie team traveled to Paxton,
Fla. for the AA State Champion-
ships on Friday, June 27.
Opening ceremonies were
Friday night and play started Sat-
The Okeechobee American
Team faced Highland Park in the
Okeechobee came out on top
by the score of 11-2.
Okeechobee played great
defense only allowing two runs
completely shutting down High-
Jarrett Mills (3rd Base) won
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