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Vol. 99 No. 192


Armed robbery
suspects sought
Detectives are currently
searching for at least two peo-
ple who are wanted for ques-
tioning in connection with an
armed robbery early Tuesday
Detective Ted Van Deman
of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) said
that two men entered the La
Mexicana Store, 3235 S.R. 70
W, at 6:15 a.m. on July 8 and
got away with an undisclosed
amount of the cash.
He said one of the suspects
was armed with a handgun.
The detective said the store
had just opened, and no one
was injured.
If anyone has any informa-
tion about this case they are
asked to contact Detective Bry-
an Lowe at the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, 863-

Hurricane Bertha
could strengthen
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say Hurricane Bertha could be-
come stronger in the next day
as it heads toward Bermuda.
It's unknown if or when the
hurricane will make landfall.
Forecasters have been urging
people on the island to monitor
the storm's progress.
As of about 11 a.m. EDT
Wednesday, the center of the
storm was about 550 miles
northeast of the northern Lee-
ward Islands and about 715
miles southeast of Bermuda.
Maximum sustained winds
were about 75 mph with some
higher gusting. National Hurri-
cane Center forecasters expect
the storm to re-strengthen in
the next 24 hours but say there
is a lot of uncertainty in that
The Atlantic season's first
hurricane is traveling west-
northwest at about 12 mph.

Drought Index
Current: 319
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Greeter tries to stop theft

71-year-old suffers
broken leg when
pushed to the floor
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A elderly greeter at Wal-Mart
was badly injured Monday when
he tried to stop a man who was
reportedly trying to flee the store
with a stolen camcorder.
Joseph Martin Miller, 22,
S.E. 25th Terrace, was arrested

Wednesday, July 9, and charged
with the felonies of resisting a
merchant and aggravated battery
on a person 65 years of age or
older. He was also charged with
the misdemeanors of resisting a
law enforcement officer without
violence and petit theft.
Miller, who is 5-foot-6-inches
tall and weighs 135 pounds,
was booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a bond of
According to a report by Offi-
cer Justin Bernst of the Okeecho-

bee City Police Department
(OCPD) the greeter - 71-year-
ol<' '- '.arkin - suffered a
br Ind may have a frac-
tui Ir. Larkin was taken
to i Hospital where he
w, :rgo surgery.
her's report states that
M was injured shortly
af i. on Monday when
he top the fleeing Miller,
w )parently thrown the
el aside.
ernst states in his re-
p : en he arrived at the

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store he saw Mr. Larkin "... in ob-
vious pain, lying on the floor of
the entrance...."
Three store employees wit-
nessed the event and one said
they knew the suspect as "Joey."
One witness said she saw him
conceal a digital camcorder then
start to leave the store. The item
was valued at $96.87.
After learning his complete
identity, Officer Bernst and
OCPD Sergeant Russ Cale went
to Miller's home where they saw
the young man run through the

back yard then hide behind a
metal shed, said the report. As
the police officers approached
the shed and identified them-
selves Miller reportedly jumped
the fence and fled on foot.
The two officers gave chase
but lost the man in the area of
S.E. 23rd Terrace, stated Officer
Bernst's report. K-9s were called
in but were unsuccessful in lo-
cating Miller.
According to the officer's ar-
See Theft - Page 2

Fuel prices

hurt OC SO

High gas prices
forcing sheriff to
make changes
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
After paying a gas bill for
May '08 that was more than
$39,000, Okeechobee County
Sheriff Paul May said the gas
situation may force his depart-
ment to change the way it does
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) buys its
regular gasoline from Okeecho-
bee County at a rate that's
around .40 cents less per gal-
lon than the pump price, said

Sheriff May.
"When I first started, the gas
bill was around $16,000 per
month," he said Monday, July
7. "It's more than doubled in
the four years I've been here."
OCSO records show that in
May of 2005, the department's
gas bill was $16,331.
Although the sheriff's office
takes advantage of the lower
bulk price, there are special
exceptions where a deputy or
detective may have to purchase
gas at the pump.
Sheriff May said the OCSO
motorcycle unit must use pre-
mium gas in their Harley-David-
sons so they buy all their gas at
the pump.
See Fuel - Page

Coquina won't

increase Viking


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There's good news for the
residents of Viking. While their
ad valorem taxes may increase,
the non ad valorem assessment
they pay Coquina Water Con-
trol District will stay the same
in the coming fiscal year.
At their meeting on Wednes-
day, July 9 the Coquina Water
Control District Board of Su-

pervisors voted to maintain the
same assessment rate. At their
next meeting on Aug. 13 they
will discuss the budget for the
coming fiscal year.
Supervisors also awarded
a contract to load, haul and
spread fill dirt on portions of
Two Mile Grade and Three Mile
Grade. The board received six
bids ranging from $2.64 a yard
See Viking - Page 2

Got $7.59? Milk prices up

Price for one gallon
of McArthur milk
more than $7
By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
INI Florida
As fuel prices, feed prices
and the general economy take
a turn for the worst, milk prices
have risen dramatically.
At the U-Save Supermarket
in Clewiston, a gallon of the
McArthur brand of milk sells for
$7.59 - a sobering testament
for how food prices are, and
will continue to be, affected by
the recent economic downturn

facing the nation.
"Seven dollars?" asked Jim
Wright, president of the South-
east Milk Co-op, an organiza-
tion which represents the ma-
jority of dairy farmers in the
state of Florida. "That's prob-
ably a near-record. Maybe it is
a record."

Production costs
From their perspective, farm-
ers like Mr. Wright say there are
three looming issues driving the
cost of milk upwards: a weak
dollar, the cost of corn and the
cost of fuel.

Corn prices have risen and,
with them, so have milk prices.
Much of the corn-based feed
that farmers require to feed
cows - a figure that tradition-
ally represented half of all milk
production costs - has dou-
bled over in price.
Fuel prices have only added
to the equation. With national
gasoline prices above the $4
mark, and diesel prices slight-
ly higher, the extra costs are
passed down to the consumer.
Mr. Wright said that some
of the focus is now shifting to
the "attractive" idea of export-
ing dairy products such as milk
See Milk - Page 2

Oy jose Jesus ZLaragoa
The price of a gallon of McArthur milk at the Clewis-
ton U-Save is $7.59, a worrying trending in milk prices.
In Okeechobee on Wednesday, milk prices varied from
$3.99 to $7.39 per gallon.

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to $8.28 a yard. They accepted
the $2.64 bid offered by Telehar
Corporation. However, Telehar
requested that if fuel prices rise
10 cents a gallon from the cost
at the date of the bid, they would
impose a fuel surcharge. Super-
visors hoped to get a contract
signed in the next few days and
start work next week.
Because the low bid was so
much lower than expected, it was
said that there might be some
money left in this year's budget
to do some more work on One
Mile Grade. The board recently
improved a little over one mile of
One Mile Grade west of Peavine
The current road project will
include improving the three
miles of Two Mile Grade between
Peavine Trail and East Grade and
the first two miles of Three Mile

Continued From Page 1

According to the American Au-
tomobile Association (AAA) as of
Tuesday, July 8, motorists in Alas-
ka are paying the most for regu-
lar gasoline at $4.634 per gallon.
In the continental U.S., drivers in
California are paying $4.559 for a
gallon of gas.
The AAA Web site indicates
that the highest gas prices in
Florida can be found in the West
Palm Beach area where it aver-
ages $4.171 per gallon.
Motorists in the Show Me state
can boast of the lowest gas prices.
In Missouri, AAA said the average
price per gallon for regular gaso-
line is $3.910.
According to motortrend.com,
gas could still be purchased for
under $4 per gallon at Murphy on
South Parrott Ave. and the Pilot
station on S.R. 60. As of Monday,
July 7, that web site indicated a
gallon of regular gas at those two
stations was selling for $3.99.
"When it approaches $5 a gal-
lon, we'll seriously have to look
at what we're doing," the sheriff
Sheriff May said it may come
down to asking a couple of road
patrol deputies on the late night
shift to park their units and not
carry out regular patrol. They
would, however, respond to a
specific call when needed.
"We'll do this if we have to,"
he said.
When Sheriff' May first took
office, he said he began trying
to find ways to conserve gaso-
line. One of those ideas was new
cars. Instead of buying new Ford
Crown Victorias - the traditional
patrol car that's been a staple of
the law enforcement community
for years - the department has
begun to buy Chevrolets.
These cars are now being used

Grade eastward from Peavine
Trail. Plans call for adding fill dirt
to a depth of eight to 12 inches,
depending on the condition of the
road, for a width of about 22 feet
with a crown in the road.
Supervisors also discussed
problems with locating under-
ground telephone lines and chair-
man Melvin Byars said he wanted
to have a meeting with a tele-
phone company representative to
discuss the situation.
Legal counsel was directed to
send letters to property owners
who are fencing easements.
In response to employees re-
quests, the board voted to adopt a
more expensive dental insurance
program with the employees pay-
ing the difference.
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by some detectives and deputies
who serve civil papers. Chevys
are also being used to transport
prisoners instead of the custom-
ary vans, and some are being
phased in as patrol units for the
road department.
Sheriff May said there are cur-
rently five Chevrolets being used
by the road department.
"The Crown Vic gets about 13
miles per gallon, while the Chevy
gets about 22.5 miles per gallon,"
he explained. "Historically, detec-
tives have driven SUVs. But, we've
changed that and they now drive
more fuel-efficient cars."
These cars include the Chevro-
let Impala and the Ford Taurus.
"We're also going to be keep-
ing our cars longer," said Sheriff
May. "If we take care of the cars,
there's no reason they can't go
100,000 miles."
Taking care of the patrol units
is important because OCSO re-
cords show that a deputy on the
late night shift will average driving
2,513 miles per month while pa-
trolling the over 700 square miles
of Okeechobee County.
But for the time being, at least,
Sheriff May said his office will
continue to answer all calls.
"I can't, and will not, let the
price of gas effect the safety,
and well being of the citizens of
Okeechobee County. From past
experience, calls that come in
that seem minor can be disas-
trous if not answered by a depu-
ty," he said. "We have to answer
all calls for help. Some things you
just have to pay for."
While the department current-
ly has three motorcycles working
traffic, Sheriff May said there are
no plans to lease any more as a
way to save on gas usage by his

Continued From Page 1

powder and cheese to recoup
profits lost to the weakening dol-
"We're just trying to cover our
increased cost in production with
our wholesale cost increases,"
said Mr. Wright. "I think McAr-
thur will tell you their business is
tough right now. I don't doubt the
consumer is feeling it, but I don't
know anybody who's getting rich
from this."
At the nearby Wal-Mart, prices
were slightly lower at $6.18 a gal-
lon. A local man studied the rows
of milk jugs lined up neatly in the
refrigerator, having taken a bit of
time in the afternoon to shop with
his son. "I'm looking at which
one I'll get," he said. "They're all
expensive. Too expensive."
The good news is that generic
brands, or store-label brands cost
much less than McArthur's; most
of them hovering around the $4

Who sets the price?
Dairy farmers do not directly
communicate with processing
plants such as McArthur Dairy,
and rely on co-ops such as South-
east Milk to act as sales agents.
The co-op transports milk
from farmers in Okeechobee, as
an example, to the McArthur pro-
cessing plant in Miami, where the
milk is tested and stored before
being packaged and shipped to
stores like U-Save.
Mr. Wright's own farm sells
milk at the wholesale price of
about $1.95 per gallon. The pro-
cessing plant that receives it must
bear the cost of packaging and
transport, which drives the cost
up to the $4 gallon range to retain
Because McArthur promotes
milk that is free of hormones, the
cost of milk sold to them is high-
er; Mr. Wright sells his at closer to
$2.50 a gallon to McArthur. With-
out hormones, cows produce
less, so farmers must sell the milk
for a higher price.
Brand name products also
have more advertising and mar-
keting expenses.

The effect on retail
The fact that milk has increased
in costs has led to a unique situa-
tion at stores competing for the

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rest affidavit, Miller was arrested
at 12:55 a.m. on Wednesday.
Officer Bernst stated that he
then went to the local hospital
where he met with Mr. Larkin
who, by that time, had been given
something for his pain and was
unable to fill out a complaint af-
However, the report states that
Mr. Larkin was able to tell the of-
ficer that he wanted to pursue

consumers' money. At this point,
very few stores are willing to pass
all the cost to the customer, and
some are taking a hit offering milk
at all.
"Walgreen's and CVS, I don't
think they're making any money
out of selling milk at that price,"
said Mr. Wright. "When I com-
pute, the raw milk costs and the
processing costs, I don't think
they're making any money at that
price level."
The industry calls this a "loss
leader." A product - such as milk
is sold with no profit, or even tak-
ing a loss - in order to bring cus-
tomers into the store. The theory
is the store will make up the loss-
es through other items those cus-
tomers will also purchase.
Jeff Chue, the general man-
ager at the Clewiston U-Save,
supports the theory. U-Save sells
its own store-label milk at $4.39 a
gallon, but the manager concedes
that even this is too low to recoup
At the $7 price, Mr. Chue re-
ports that sales have been bleak
for the McArthur brand.
"I told McArthur that they might
as well quit coming because,
who's gonna buy that milk for $7
when you can get if for less?" he
asked. "There are not that many
customers buying that milk. They
look at it and say, 'whoops'."
In Okeechobee, the pricing
differences are similar to those
found in Clewiston. At Publix Su-
permarket on Wednesday, McAr-
thur milk was $6.39 a gallon; the
store brand was $4.49. Publix's
own. organic Greenwise milk
- produced with no hormones
or pesticides - was on sale for
$4.89 a gallon. A sign indicated
the Greenwise milk normally
costs 80 cents more.
At the Okeechobee U-Save,
the store brand was $4.49 a gal-
lon; Velda Farms milk was $5.89.
At Winn Dixie, the store brand
was $4.59 per gallon; McArthur
milk was $7.39.
CVS had the best price for
McArthur milk at $3.99 per gal-
lon. Walgreens offered Deerfield
Farms milk for $3.99 per gallon.
Stores like U-Save, with only
eight locations throughout the
state, have a difficult position and
simply can't compete with larger
chains like Wal-Mart in sheer pur-
chasing power.
So Mr. Chue concentrates on
his store's label, rather than on
premium brands.
McArthur Dairy officials were
not available for comment.

charges against Miller.
Mr. Larkin's condition as of
newspaper deadline was not
A records check indicates that
Miller was apparently free on
bond following his June 12 ar-
rest by OCPD's Officer R. Holroyd
on a felony charge of dealing in
stolen property. Miller was also
charged with the misdemeanor
of petit theft.
According to county jail re-
cords, Miller's bond on those
charges was set at $6,000 and he
posted bond on June 13.

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Today: Partly sunny. Isolated showers and thunderstorms late
in the afternoon and towards sunset. Highs in the lower 90s. East
winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. East winds
around 5 mph.
Extended Forecast
Friday: Partly sunny with isolated showers and thunderstorms.
Highs around 90. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 per-
Friday night: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunder-
storms. Lows around 70. Southeast winds around 5 mph becoming
south after midnight. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the mid 90s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

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Okeechobee News, Thursday, July 10, 2008

OCSB approves changes to code of conduct

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board approved the
amendments to the Code of Stu-
dent Conduct that were proposed
by an advisory committee at their
July 8, meeting.
The School Code of Student
Conduct had not been revised
completely since 1998.
In February, a committee of
27 local citizens went through
the code page by page making
any changes that were deemed
necessary according to statutes
and to the committee as a whole
throughout four meetings. Each
member of the committee vol-
unteered countless hours of time
studying the code and attending
four meetings.
The committee was made up
of various levels of school employ-
ees from administration to teach-
ers, local law enforcement; and
strategically chosen community
members who have experience

with children in the community.
There were also individuals who
work in the local juvenile justice
system facilities.
Members are: 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
Robshaw; 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
Administration Services Ken Ken-
worthy facilitated the meetings.
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-
The revised code was passed
unanimously without additional
discussion. The board and Dr.
Cooper commended the individ-
uals who donated their time and
efforts to go through the code so
Dr. Cooper presented the board
with the Okeechobee County
School District Strategic Plan for
the upcoming school year. The
plan sets three main goals for the
* To promote and encourage
improved student achievement;
* To prepare students to enter
the workforce or postsecondary

* and to provide a safe and se-
cure learning environment for all
Each goal has specific ways
that the district as a whole can
improve which are made up from
administration, Dr. Cooper and
other administrative district staff.
According to Mary Hurley, "It
is easy to become very involved
in your school and you lose sight
of the big picture. This process
allows the administrators to see
that they are a part of the bigger
picture without losing sight of
their individual school."
The majority of the goals with-
in the first two categories were at
least partially accomplished. All
of the goals in the safety category
were completely accomplished.
In other business, the school
starting and dismissal times for
the 2008-09 school year are as fol-
* 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.
The board appointed Michael
Sumner to the Value Adjustment
Board and Anita Nunez to be the
alternate. The board is state man-
dated to appoint one community
business owner and one board
member. David Williams will
serve for the board.
Dr. Cooper also informed the
board that the district has hired
29 teachers for the coming school
year and only has 11 instructional
vacancies left in the district. She
continued that they still have
strong applicants that they are
currently evaluating for the re-
maining positions.
During summer school at the
elementary level, 61 students at-
tended. Forty-nine students were

tested and 36 of them improved
their SAT 10 scores and 19 were
In middle school 22 sixth
graders enrolled and passed and
19 seventh graders enrolled and
At the high school 27 ninth
graders and two seniors attended
summer school. Twenty-two of
the ninth graders earned credits
to be promoted to tenth grade
and one of the seniors received
enough credits to receive their
The board also presented the
evaluation of Dr. Cooper who re-
ceived the overall rating of "Out-
standing" from the board mem-
bers rating a 4.7 our of 5.
The board will hold their first
budget meeting on Tuesday, July
22 at 6 p.m. in the School Board
district chambers.
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Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at cagular@newszap.com.

Man pleads no contest in tagging case

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An alleged gang member en-
tered a plea of no contest in cir-
cuit court Wednesday and now
faces a maximum penalty of 20
years in prison.
Thomas Jay Draughon, 18, U.S.
441 S.E., who was charged with
criminal mischief over $1,000 -
gang related, faces a maximum of
15 years in prison on that charge.
He and two others were arrested
in connection with the Feb. 26
tagging of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sports Complex.
In an unrelated case, he also
pleaded no contest to a felony
charge of possession of alprazo-
lam and a misdemeanor charge
of disorderly intoxication. He
could get a maximum prison
term of five years on the felony
charge, and up to 60 days in the
Okeechobee County Jail on the
misdemeanor charge.
Draughon's sentencing has
been tentatively set for Sept. 2 at
1:30 p.m.
Another Okeechobee man ar-
rested with Draughon has already
been sent to prison.
Cur~tisSh-a' , MRn ner was _en-r
tenced Monday, June 23, to five
years in state prison for his con-
nection in the tagging incident.
Like Draughon, he was charged

with criminal mischief over $1,000
- gang related.
Also arrested in connection
with 'this case
was 17-year-old
Frederick Wil-
liam Ebberling, " .
Jr. Although ,
Ebberling is
charged with
the same felony "..
he will only face
juvenile sanc- Thomas Jay
tions. Draughon
Circuit Court
Judge Lawrence Mirman said July
9 that because the crime is gang
related, the penalty is enhanced.
Felony criminal mischief would
normally be a third-degree felony,
but because of the enhancement
it is bumped up to a second-de-
gree felony.
On Wednesday Judge Mirman
told the slight-built man standing
before him in a blue jump. suit
that if he finds the enhancement
is warranted, Draughon could
spend a maximum of 15 years in
prison. If the judge finds that he
enhancement is not warranted,
the young man could face a maxi-
mum of five years in prison.
By entering into the plea deal
Draughon is waiving his right to
a jury trial.
Draughon is following the lead

of Miner, who also entered a plea
of no contest on April 24. Besides
his stint in prison, Miner will also
have to pay restitution totalling
$4,000 to Okeechobee County
and $2,100 to the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
said Assistant State Attorney Ash-
ley Albright shortly after Miner's
The three were arrested and
charged with the tagging of vari-
ous buildings, sidewalks and
roads at the sports complex, said
OCSO Detective Sergeant Brad
Stark, who heads up his depart-
ment's criminal street gang unit.
The tagging not only displayed
gang signs, but derogatory state-
ments toward law enforcement
and symbols indicating the gang's
County employees painted
over the graffiti, which is why
Miner was ordered to pay restitu-
tion to the county.
Sgt. Stark said Miner, Draug-
hon and Ebberling are all mem-
bers of the Insane Gangster Dis-
ciples, which is a local gang that
was phased out a few years ago
but is making a comeback.
The tagging was done in blue
spray paint, which is the color of
the Folk Nation - a large, nation-
wide gang that includes the local
gang sets of Insane Gangster Dis-

ciples and the

Rookerville Raid-

Prior to Draughon's being sen-
tenced, a pre-sentence investiga-
tion, (PSI) must be done. Judge
Mirman said that investigation will
take about 30 days to complete.
In an unrelated case, Judge
Mirman sentenced an Indiantown
man to 60 days in the Okeecho-
bee County Jail.
Manuel Alvino Huerta, 19, S.W.
Monroe Ave., was arrested April 1
by OCSO Deputy Paul Jackson on
a charge of interference with child
custody - a third-degree felony.
Wednesday he entered into
a plea deal with the state and
pleaded no contest to the charge.
Huerta was facing a maximum
sentence of five years in prison.
With the plea deal, Judge Mir-
man withheld adjudication and
sentenced Huerta to 60 days in
the county jail, with credit for the
one day he has already served.
The judge also ordered Huerta to
serve a term of 60 days on pro-
bation. However, if the man suc-
cessfully completes his time in the
county jail the probation sentence
will be terminated.
The Indiantown man must
also pay fees and court costs.
Huerta, who had been free
on bond, was immediately taken
into custody.

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RODEO: I am outraged that one of the teenagers who will rep-
resent Florida at the National Rodeo Finals currently faces a felony
drug charge. Did anyone read the article about him being charged
with growing marijuana? How does this reflect on the rodeo team, the
Okeechobee community and the State of Florida? How can the high
school allow this to happen? Editor's note: According to school of-
ficials, the rodeo team does not fall under the same classification as
other school sports. The high school rodeo team is governed by the
rules of the Florida High School Rodeo Association and the National
High School Rodeo Association. While these organizations do not al-
low participants who have been convicted of a felony, the teen has
been charged, but not yet convicted of a felony.
GATOR TALK: Enough about the alligator incident. We have all
done stupid things, everyone has. Get a new subject.
SKUNK APE SIGHTING: Rumors about the Skunk Ape sightings
near the Lazy 7 area are making me wonder about some strange
things I have noticed. Has anyone else seen a tall, dark figure in the
fog in the early morning near the bridge at Popash Slough? He seems
to be there one moment and just disappear the next.
GRADES: I agree with the person who recently said on national
television that taking kids out of classes 40 of 180 school days just for
testing them to see where they stand has about the same result as
taking plants out of the ground every few days to look at the roots to
see how they are doing. The plants would never flourish and neither
will our kids. These tests like FCAT and Kaplan, and the teaching of
their content instead of the regular curriculum, is going to be devas-
tating to our children's education. A 'D' grade at the high school is
embarrassing. But the problem lies with parents who do not keep up
with what their children are doing or not doing in school, with parents
and school administrators who do not demand respect, acceptable
behavior and reasonable effort from students, and with the migrants
and illegals who are here only for a short time, not enough for the
school to have an impact, but long enough to have to be tested with
the whole school.
HIGH SCHOOL: It is really sad our high school has such a poor
showing on the FCAT tests. Maybe they should spend more time actu-
ally teaching in the classroom and less time on assemblies and watch-
ing movies.
GSA: Being gay is not a choice. I have an uncle who is gay and my
entire family has done research for many years to find out what causes
this in a person, normally it's a boy born with girl hormomes or a girl
born with boy hormones, or if you will the opposite sex's brain. If the
truth be known, this is God's fault for all you religious people. He is.
the one that let them be born this way, so if you want to blame some-
one, blame Him. I personally think that the school is in the wrong and
I hope they win their suit, due to the fact, there are all kinds of clubs
that go on at the school that maybe you or I don't approve of, but they
are still there. But on the other hand I don't think it's a wise idea for
the kids to have it there. It's too public and would create issues for
them. If you are a Christian person and you judge these kids, then you
should not be in a congregation due to you are not a true Christian ...
I believe live and let live.
OHS: What are the high school honors classes all about? Consider
honors algebra - They use the same book as the regular Algebra
class, start at the first chapter and end with the last chapter, yet they
get weighted grades. It is said they go deeper into the math, why not
teach all the same? On the IRCC dual enrollment application they
requested an unweighted gpa. Most of the students on the gold honor
roll were honors students. Would they have made the same list if their
gpa was not weighted? I guess my question is, do the honors classes
benefit the students or somehow benefit the school system?
SCHOOL: This will tell you how bad the high school is. My son en-
rolled in this school with below a 2.0. I have never seen him do home-
work or the homework he did get was done during the school day.
What happened to hours of studying that we did in school? My 6th
grader brought home more homework in a week that my son who is
a junior in high school brought home in a month. I personally think
this F-CAT is crazy. If an adult can't pass it how do they expect a child
to pass it? What happened to old-fashioned teaching, not teaching just
for a test? The state is to blame for this. Give the SAT once a year to see
the child's progress not to see if they go to the next grade.
COUNSELORS: Have you ever tried to contact your child's coun-
selor at the high school? You would have a better chance pulling your
own teeth, than speak to one. I won't mention any names but the
there is one counselor who needs to be replaced with one that cares
for all the students, not just the popular ones. I have a friend that her
daughter is a cheer leader and her son a ball player. We both called
the school at the same time. She received a call in a matter of hours.
Mine was returned four days later.
SKUNK APE: I am not sure about seeing the Skunk Ape in town
late at night, but I am pretty sure I have smelled him.

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Letters to the Editor

Energy Independence
I can remember back in the
1970s queuing up for gasoline
and the President telling us that
we need to get off of foreign oil
to protect our economy and our
country. Thirty years later, we
find our government has done
nothing to prepare us for $4-plus
per gallon gasoline, and we are
caught in a vise between stagnant
wages and out of control food,
fuel, health care and homeown-
ers insurance costs.
A frenzy of speculation in oil
futures driven by higher global
demand and a weak dollar are
making gas prices skyrocket. Mid-
dle-class families now understand
that there is a direct relationship
between the Bush Administra-
tion's $3.6 trillion dollar debt, a
40 percent loss in the value of the
dollar over the past six years, and
an increase in the price of gas at
the pump.
Politicians are quick to point
fingers or offer unrealistic solu-
tions. By his own admission,
Senator McCain changed his posi-
tion on offshore drilling because
he thought it would have a "psy-
chological impact" on specula-
tors, thereby lowering the price.
Can we afford to risk Florida's

$65 billion tourism industry on a
hoped-for placebo effect? Like-
wise, Jason Grumet, Senator
Obama's senior energy adviser's
statement calling the importation
of Canadian oil "an open ques-
tion," was enough to prompt the
Canadians to reconsider their
plans to increase production. His
statement was ill-advised as our
friends to the north have the sec-
ond largest proven reserves of oil
in the world, currently supplying
us with 20 percent of our oil. And
we need more!
To address the energy crisis,
we need to:
1) Increase the value of the
dollar by ending deficit spend-
ing. Although a weak dollar has
spurred exports, the benefits are
being washed away by higher en-
ergy costs.
2) Increase production of oil
and natural gas. America has 4
percent of the world's population,
2 percent of the world's proven oil
reserves and consumes 25 per-
cent of the world's oil. Although
we can increase domestic pro-
duction, do not believe anyone
who tells you that we can drill our
way out of the crisis. America's
oil industry must increase refin-
ing capacity and begin drilling
on the 69 million acres of federal

Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 10
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at 863-467-8020, or Marie at 863-357-0868.
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.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center located
at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until
1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
interested in attending is welcome. For information, call Marilyn
Rinear at 863-697-1807.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at the American Legion Post 64 501 SE Second St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at 863-357-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636, or Hazel at 863-763-
4920 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
Second Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher
at 863-357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call 863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at 863-763-2893 or 863-763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W Sixth St., from 7 until 9 p.m.
A.A. 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.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Basic Text
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
Hand & Hand Ministries of Palmdale meets the second Thursday
of each month in the community club house on the corner of Fifth and
Main at 6 p.m. for food and fellowship and gospel music and the word
at 7 p.m. For information call 863-612-0640.
Narcotic Anonymous NA-meets at Believers Fellowship, 300 S.W.
Sixth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at 863-801-3244.
Taylor Creek Bass Club will hold meet at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528 at 7 p.m. The club meets the second Thursday
each month with bass tournaments held the following weekend. For
information call Dave Stout at 863-467-2255.

lands they already have leased.
We need our friends in Canada to
double their production over the
next five years.
3) We must stop speculators
from driving up the price of oil. It
is clear that even though we have
seen increased demand for oil
and a weakening dollar, it does
not explain why oil has doubled
in price to $140 per barrel over
the past year.
4) We must lessen our depen-
dence on foreign oil. We need to
invest in clean coal technologies
and begin building nuclear power
plants. We must nurture the cre-
ation of a domestic alternative
energy industry by investing in
biofuels, wind, and solar energy
technologies. We must improve
the fuel efficiency of our vehicles
and homes, and we need to invest
in mass transit systems to give our
workers an alternative to driving
to work.
Since coming to Congress 18
months ago, I am one of a hand-
ful of Members of Congress that
have led the debate to restore fis-
cal responsibility by reinstating a
rule that prevents the House of
Representatives from passing any
legislation that increases the debt.
My work on the Farm and Energy
bills signed recently into law will

create thousands of high pay-
ing biofuels jobs in Florida while
making America less dependent
on foreign oil. As a member of
the Agriculture Committee, I par-
ticipated in hearings to investigate
the role of speculators in the run
up of the price of gasoline. The
Mahoney Amendment, which
passed in the House by a vote
431-0, removes barriers that pre-
vent the U.S. Government from
purchasing Canadian oil. I then
traveled to Canada and met with
oil industry executives and the
Minister of Industry to see what
America should do to help Cana-
da ramp up production.
Americans recognize that we
are not going to solve this cri-
sis with political finger pointing
or catchy one-liners offered for
psychological effect. Congress,
working on a bipartisan basis,
must take fast action to address
the crisis, and the White House
must be determined to execute
an energy policy that delivers re-
sults. America's families deserve
nothing less.
Tim Mahoney

Community Events

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:
* 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.
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 Coun-
ty 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. Insur-
ance requires all 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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Vacant properties increase mosquito risk

From foreclosed homes to an
inability to sell properties, the re-
cent mortgage crisis in the United
States has affected homeowners in
myriad ways in the last year. How-
ever, an unexpected consequence
of the mortgage crisis is the effect
of unoccupied, unkempt proper-
ties on neighborhoods, raising the
potential for increased mosquito
populations and heightening
the prospect of West Nile Virus

(WNV) cases in 2008.
Vacant homes from foreclo-
sures are often neglected and can
fall into disrepair. As properties
with backyard swimming pools,
birdbaths and overflowing gut-
ters are left unchecked, neigh-
borhoods may begin to see an
increase in mosquitoes, especially
as temperatures rise. In the west-
ern U.S., numerous foreclosed
homes, coupled with the identi-

fiction of several WNV-infected
birds and the first human cases
reported in late March, has led
to escalated concern about the
transmission of this potentially fa-
tal disease across the U.S.
"Mosquitoes have long been
considered a nuisance pest, but
they do pose a major health threat
to the public," said Greg Bau-
mann, vice president of technical
affairs and senior scientist for Na-

tional Pest Management Associa-
tion (NPMA). "As foreclosure rates
and temperatures both continue
to rise, there is increased potential
for mosquito breeding grounds
to develop and go untreated in
and around vacant homes. Hom-
eowners must be vigilant of pest
problems on their own properties
but also on the vacant properties
near them."
NPMA offers the following tips

for mosquito prevention:
* Eliminate sources of stand-
ing water, such as, birdbaths,
swimming pool covers and other
objects that can collect water.
* Keep all windows and doors
properly screened.
* If a mosquito breeding
ground develops on a vacant
property in your neighborhood,
contact local officials to report
this issue.

* If a mosquito breeding
ground develops on your proper-
ty, contact a licensed pest profes-
sional for a thorough inspection
and treatment.
For more information about
mosquitoes or to find a licensed
pest professional in your local
area, please visit www.pestworld.
org org/> or www.whatisipm.org

Education News in Brief

Parent education and parents are encouraged to at- classes available. No child care will program aimed at helping your program is available to all children bill, residential rental agreement
tend. Each participant will receive be available. Call 863-462-5877 for child toenter school ready and who will be 4 years old, but not 5 or Florida identification card, (no
classes offered a gift. This adults-only parenting registration. eager to learn. The Summer 2008 years of age or older, on Sept. 1, PO Box) Birth Certificate/proof of
class consists of six, one-hour program is available to children 2008 and are eligible for kinder- age. Staff from the Early Learning
The Okeechobee County classes. A Childs World offers who are eligible for kindergarten in garten in Fall of 2009. Birth date Coalition of Indian River, Martin,
Healthy Start Coalition will offer You must attend all six classes Fall of 2008 and have not attended range Sept. 2, 2003 - Sept. 1, 2004. and Okeechobee will be on hand
parenting education classes for in- to get a certificate of completion. VPK sign ups VPK, birth date ranges Sept. 2,2002 To register, bring proof of Florida to answer questions and inform
fants to age 3. All pregnant women We now have day and evening VPK is a quality early education - Sept. 1, 2003. The Fall 2008-2009 residency Drivers License, utility parents of program specifics.

Today in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, July 10, the
192nd day of 2008. There are 174
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 10, 1940, during World
War II, the Battle of Britain began
as Nazi forces began attacking
southern England by air.
On this date:
In 1850, Vice President Millard
Fillmore assumed the presidency,
taking the oath of office following
the death of President Zachary
In 1890, Wyoming became the
44th state.

In 1908, William Jennings Bry-
an was nominated for president
by the Democratic National Con-
vention in Denver.
In 1919, President Woodrow
Wilson personally delivered the
Treaty of Versailles to the Senate,
and urged its ratification.
In 1951, armistice talks aimed
at ending the Korean War began
at Kaesong.
In 1962, the Telstar commu-
nications satellite was launched
from Cape Canaveral, Fla.;
In 1973, the Bahamas became
fully independent after three cen-
turies of British colonial rule.
In 1978, ABC-TV launched its

reformatted evening newscast,
"World News Tonight," with an-
chors Frank Reynolds, Peter Jen-
nings and Max Robinson.
In 1985, bowing to pressure
from irate customers, the Coca-
Cola Co. said it would resume
selling old-formula Coke, while
continuing to sell New Coke.
In .1991, Boris N. Yeltsin took
the oath of office as the first
elected president of the Russian
Ten'years ago: The Diocese
of Dallas agreed to pay $23.4 mil-
lion to nine former altar boys who
said they'd been molested by a

Five years ago: During a
visit to Botswana, President Bush
pledged to the nation with the
world's highest AIDS infection
rate that it would have a strong
partner in his administration in
fighting the disease. Spain opened
its first mosque in 500 years. As-
tronomers announced they had
found the oldest and most distant
planet yet, a huge, gaseous sphere
13 billion years old and 5,600 light
years away. Lord Shawcross, Brit-
ain's chief prosecutor at the Nazi
war crimes trials in Nuremberg,
died in Cowbeech, England, at
age 101.
One year ago: China execut-


Jerry D. Long, Jr.
Jerry D. Long, Jr., age 40, of
Okeechobee, died on Wednes-
day, July 9, 2008 at Treasure Coast
Hospice in Ft. Pierce. He was
born in St. Louis, Mo., and was
a resident of Okeechobee for the
past five years after moving from
Steelville, Mo. He attended Peace
Lutheran'Church in Okeechobee.
He was preceded in death by
his sister, Laura Long; his grand-
mother, Juhl Long; grandfather,
Ralph Long; grandfather, Nor-
man A. Gerren and grandfather,
William R. Cesak.
; He is.survived by his mother,
Yvonne LaMee of, Okeechobee;
his father, Jerry D. Long of Steel-
ville, Mo.; his daughter, Mary Eliz-
abeth Long of Canada; a brother,
Michael A. Long of St. Louis, Mo.;
sister, Rae Janine Long of Pitts-
burgh, Pa. and his grandmother,
Virginia V Riordan of Okeecho-

Services will be held on July
11, at 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran
Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane,
Okeechobee. The family asks
that donations be made to the
All arrangements are under
the direction of All County Funer-
al Home and Crematory-Treasure

Raymond Preston
Raymond Preston Sheltra, age
83, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at
his, residence. He was a resident
of Okeechobee for over 30 years.,
Serving in the U.S. Army, he was
a paratrooper in the 511th Air-
borne Division and assisted in
freeing several POW'S. He was a
lifetime member of Okeechobee
VFW Post #10539 and the Ameri-
can Legion. Hunting, fishing, and
working outside were his hob-

He was preceded in death by
brothers Richard, Ronald, Regi-
nald, Joseph, Roger, Robert John
, and a sister Lumina, and daugh-
ter, Linda Webb.
Survivors include his wife of
24 years, Joyce, sons: Roger of
Vermont, Raymond W. (Karen)
of Vero Beach, Ricky (Peggy) of
Indiantown, Reynolds (Sondra)
of Port St. Lucie, daughters: Con-
nie (Richard) Eastman, Ann Ma-
rie (Richard) McAllister, Vickie
(David) LaClair, Mary Ann (Cliff)
Perrault, all of Vermont, and Tina
(Danny) Culberson of Palm City.
Step-children, .include: Stacia
Ricketts, Scott Everly, and Shelly
Carey. Also he is survived by
brother Robert Joseph (Mary) of
Vermont, and sisters: Alice (Olen)
Edwards, Rita (Aldridge) Besaw
both of Indiantown, Lucille (Lou-
is) Carter, Laurette Murphy both
of Vermont, and Marion Briere

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of Rhode Island. Also included
are 25 grandchildren, 28 great-
grandchildren and five stepgrand-
Visitation will be held at the
Buxton Funeral Home on Friday,
July 11, from 4 until 6 p.m. and
the service will be held Saturday,
July 12, at 11 a.m. at the Family
Worship Center in Indiantown.
Burial will follow with military
honors at Port Myaca Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family
requests donations be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, FL, 34973.
All arrangements are under
the direction of Buxton Funeral
Home, Inc.

ed the former head of its food and
drug agency for approving untest-
ed medicine in exchange for cash.
A judge in Los Angeles sentenced
pizza deliveryman Chester Turner
to death for murdering 10 women
and a fetus during the 1980s and
'90s. The American League de-
feated the National League 5-4
in the All-Star baseball game.
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist
Doug Marlette, 57, died in an auto
accident near Holly Springs, Miss.
Today's Birthdays: Eunice
Kennedy Shriver is 87. Former
boxer Jake LaMotta is 87. Writer-
producer Earl Hamner Jr. is 85.
Former New York City Mayor
David N. Dinkins is 81. Actor Wil-
liam Smithers is 81. Broadway
composer Jerry Herman is 77.
Director Ivan Passer is 75. Actor
Lawrence Pressman is 69. Singer
Mavis Staples is 69. Actor Mills
Watson is 68. Actor Robert Pine
is 67. Rock musician Jerry Miller

(Moby Grape) is 65. Tennis player
Virginia Wade is 63. Actor Ron
Glass is 63. Actress Sue Lyon is
62. Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is 61.
Rock musician Dave Smalley is
59. Country-folk singer-songwriter
Cheryl Wheeler is 57. Rock singer
Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) is
54. Banjo player Bela Fleck is 50.
Country musician Shaw Wilson
(BR549) is 48. Country singer-
songwriter Ken Mellons is 43.
Rock musician Peter DiStefano
(Porno for Pyros) is 43. Country
singer Gary LeVox (Rascal Flats)
is 38. Actress Sofia Vergara is 36.
Actor Adrian Grenier is 32. Actor
Thomas lan Nicholas is 28. Sing-
er-actress Jessica Simpson is 28.
Thought for Today: "There
are only two distinct classes of
people on this earth: those who
espouse enthusiasm and those
who despise.it." Germaine de
Stael, French author (1766-1817).

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Struggling single dad finds out how little he knows

DEAR ABBY: I am a single
parent, although I never intended
to be. Last fall, I was asked to
baby-sit a 14-year-old boy. He has
been in my custody ever since.
His mother abandoned him. Only
in the last month have I actually
gotten legal custody of him from
Social Services. The problems he
had prior to being with me have
caused me legal expenses I never
could have imagined. (They are
all paid now.)
I sold my truck and moved
out of my original apartment, so
I don't have much. We have no
furniture other than the beds we
sleep on and a dining room table
we received as a gift. I have no
idea where to go for help. I have
no idea what I am doing as a par-
ent. But I made a promise to that
boy, and I fully intend to make
sure that I carry it through. What
do I need to know? -- NEW FA-
gratulations on becoming a fa-
ther. You have already mastered
the most important lesson on
becoming a parent -- and that's
being there for your child. The li-
brary is filled with books on par-'
enting, and I'm sure you will find
some answers there. But you are
already a stable influence, and
that's what the boy needs. You
should also know that there is
money available to take care of

your boy, and the Department of
Social Services should be able to
help you get it.
DEAR ABBY: Due to years of
abuse at the hands of my parents,
I decided I could no longer con-
tinue a relationship with them.
Ten years ago, for the sake of my
mental health, I took control and
cut the "disease" out of my life.
It was one of the hardest things
I have ever had to do, but it was
also one of the best decisions 1
ever made. I am now a happier,
healthier person and have.no re-
My problem is people who
hear about my decision feel the
need to tell me about the "inevi-
table regret" I will feel, and that I
should forget the past and make
My decision was not made
lightly. I gave it considerable
thought and, while it may not be
the right choice for everyone, it
was the right one for me. People
are entitled to their opinion, but
I am tired of feeling as though I
have to defend myself.
Please encourage your read-
ers to respect the decisions of
others, even if they don't always
not feel you have to defend your-
self. Those who are trying to







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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:
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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.
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warn you about your "inevitable
regret" are speaking through the
filter of their own experience.
They do not understand that
some family relationships are
toxic rather than nurturing, so
don't argue the issue. Accept that
they mean well and tune them
out. You have suffered enough.
DEAR ABBY: I'm starting a
small business and have begun
to purchase office equipment.
When any recent purchase comes
up in conversation, the next thing
out of people's mouths is, "How
much did that cost?"
I think that question is ex-
tremely presumptuous. I don't
ask them how much their new
car or their new house cost them.
What's the best way to politely
ignore the question? -- JUST
If you bring up the subject of a
new purchase, it is natural for
people to be curious. The way to
avoid a problem like yours is not
to "go there" in the first place. My
advice is to stop talking about the
items you're buying, and your
problem will resolve itself.
Dear Abby is written by Abi-
gail Van Buren, also known as
Jeanne Phillips, and was found-
ed by her mother, Pauline Phil-
lips. Write Dear Abby at www.
DearAbby.com or PO. Box 69440,
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By Eugenia Last
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Don't get pulled into an argument
orizon- if you can avoid it. Emotions will
'HEIR flare and the chance of resolv-
rs spell ing anything is unlikely. Helping
others quietly and keeping corn-
letters ments to yourself is your best bet
for now. 3 stars
r C TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Being a little nostalgic will work
3 H wonders for your morale. Spend-
ing time with friends, family and
F E your lover will bring about favors,
S good memories and reconnect-
1 F ing with past partners and goals
) S you once had. 3 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
r S Put together a strategy to help you
achieve your goals. Talking about
E R what you want to do with friends
R G and people who can help you will
be fruitful. Don't be afraid to pres-
- B ent something that is totally differ-
S ent and unique. 5 stars
3 I CANCER (June 21-July 22):
E S The changes you make may be
necessary but that won't stop
R T some of the people you are emo-
tionally connected with to cause
/ R you grief, asking questions and
- pushing you to do what you don't
E O want to do. It's time to follow
A T your heart and show your deter-
mination. 2 stars
7/10 LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): An
assic, awkward situation will lead to
Dt, Fil- emotional interactions with some-
Meat, one to whom you are indebted.
Ribs, You may have to backtrack if you
oupe, stepped over a line. Don't spend
money you don't have or make
decisions that shouldn't be made
nscae plus alone. 4 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
You may be able to avoid some-
one or something by talking your
way around it but, in the end,you
----- will probably have to given to
changing circumstances. Don't
waste time; do what needs to
an be done and move on. There are
bigger and better opportunities. 3
:veins stars
heart LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
pro, at Don't take things too seriously or
t anyone too literally. You are likely
in to misinterpret what's being said,
ross!" causing you to make a mistake.
one Take longer to discuss and plan
am's so you don't have to redo. Don't
and_" let love problems interfere with
noree your work. 3 stars
UZZLE: SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov.21):
Evaluate what's going on, being
I R R offered and the consequences of
T E A the decisions you make. You will
S CI find it difficult to separate your
T 0 N professional and personal life. It's
R A H not a good idea to lead someone
PU T A on. Change is inevitable. 3 stars
E ST _ SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): People trying to help others
A GE will inspire you. Realizing your po-
R ' c tential is half the battle. Once you
EGo 0 recognize your attributes, you will
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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160


Sat. July 12th
9:00 AM

1990 Dodge I Ton Dually
8x13 Flatbed wltommy lift
Bridgeport Lathe
Milleriatic 251 Welder,
Another Welder
3 Generators, Drill Press
New Air Compressor
Table Saws, Many Power
Tools, Hand Tools, Furniture
Lg. Metal Animals, Cabinets,
Sinks, 1000 sq. feet of
Marble, Stone, Granite, Slate
& Pieces for Mosaics,
Many Misc Items.

Terms Cash or Check
10% BP

CAT - Calico, found in Kings
Bay, call (863)447-0552
MIX - 7/3 just North of She-
nanigan's, blonde, male,
w/collar. (863)697-1304
at 70 West (across from
Hess Station/Faith Farm.)
Call 863-763-2001
1-2 yrs old, vic of R-Bar Es-
tates. (863)634-4799 or
PEACOCKS (2) - Found on Old
Muse Road area. Call to
identify (863)675-2238

One man's trash is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad in the classi-

male, 1 blue eye, leather col-
lar, vic of Home Depot in
Okee. (863)697-9603
Yellow Lab mix, white w/
cream ears, M, neutered, 45
Ibs., Border Collie mix-black
w/ some white, F, 45 Ibs.
Last seen near SR78 West
REWARD Please, call

OKEE - 854 NE 103rd Ave,
July 12th, 8am-2pm
Housewares sale - Furniture,
Kitchenware, Paintings,
Decorative, Bicycle, Tools-

Love the earth Recycle
your used items by sell-
ing them in the classi-

EFul- mmee - 205
Medical 210
Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

live & know Okeechobee
area. (863)763-6461 DFWP
Is looking for a clerical person.
Computer skills are required.
Bi-lingual a plus but not re-
quired. Apply in person at
407 S Parrott Ave.



Mechanic First Class for
a Sugar Mill Factory
Pahokee FL. Exp in
turbines, repairing
pumps, good
troubleshooting skills,
willing to work shifts.
$20.10/hr, good benefits.
Send resume: Osceola
Farms Company
PO Box 676
Pahokee, FL 33476
ATTN: HR Department


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
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guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs - if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous

Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Cild Car

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale in the classi-
fieds and make your
clean un a breeze

License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
or (863)261-6425


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts./Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & 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

Country Oak Dining Room Set-
round or oblong, 6 chairs &
china cabinet, excellent con-
dition $500 (863)763-0416

TELEVISION - 42' Wide format
HDTV Viewsonic NA4251W
$800. (863)357-1388
It's never too late to find
the perfect gift. Look for
It in the elassiffeds.

new. $60 (863)467-7589


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

WEEDEATER - Battery, new.
$60 (863)467-7589


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses - RentO,20
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

1br/1ba, Furnished. $650/mo,
1st. last & sec. For Details.

2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 until, rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313

How do you find a job in
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

3/2/2 & 3/1/1 Bring Pets,
Large Yards. Jacuzzi Tub
$1100 &Up (561)723-2226
1 Car garage. All titled.
$1100 mo. Lawrence Assoc.
Waterfront, large 1800 sf,
3 BR, 2 BA w/Sea Wall.
$850/month. 863-634-5236
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
plex, W/D hookup, central
a/c & heat. $775 mo. +
$500 sec. (863)763-4414
OKEE. - 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
RANCH SETTING - 2 Bdrm., 1
Ba. Available now! Very
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
sec. (863)467-1717
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

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

BA, 1 Car Garage. $125,000
Lawrence Associates

Mobile Homes '

Mobile Home - Lots ?2l05
Mobile Home - Parts 2010
Mobile Homes - Rent 2015
Mobile Homes - Sale 2020


BHR - 4 br, 2 ba, fenced yard,
on canal, $900/mo + sec dep.
BUCKHEAD RIDGE - 2br, 2ba,
furn or unfurn, move in for
$1000, must have ref's
MH - 1BR/1BA, all util, fur-
nished $650 mo. + $200
sec. dep. 828 Hwy. 441 SE.
New Mobile Home- 2br/2ba,
furnished, washer/dryer, off
of 15A, $850 month + $600
security (863)634-2953

lot in quiet neighborhood
close to town. Front porch,
fenced yard. Will lease with
option to buy. $59,000.
$650/mo. (863)634-3451
- 2br, 2ba, nice lot,
$850/mo. (863)467-6309
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!

Mobile Home Angels


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

BASS BOAT, 2000, 283 Stra-
tus Vindicator w/175 hp John-
son. Tournament Rigged.
$6,000 or best offer
Continental Air Boat parts-
0520, set of headers, wood
prop, other miscellaneous
items $900 (863)261-5826

250R, been in storage less
than 10 hrs., mint cond.,
$3500 neg. (863)697-8056


L'Il - 1"

Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

2000 Chevy Silverado 1 ton- 4
door, long bed, clean, good
shape $4000 or best offer
(863)447-2276 Anytime
CHEVROLET 2500 1998 -
454 big block, cd ,dark
green, ask for Eric $4000/or
best offer. (863)467-0050
Ladder rack or boat rack for a
long bed or short bed pick
up $200 firm
(863)447-2276 Anytime

FORD 150 PU '93 - crew cab,
runs exc. & looks good, 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
S6, $1600 (863)763-6216
1989 - speed 2.3L eng
Runs Good $1000/or best
offer. (239)503-7653

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

CASE NO. 2007 CA 456
GEORGE VARGHESE, et ux, et al.,
to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure
dated June 10, 2008, entered by the
Circuit Court of Okeechobee County,
Florida, in that certain case, the docket
number of which is 2007 CA 456,
wherein NATIONAL CITY BANK, etc., is
the Plaintiff, and GEORGE VARGHESE,
et ux, et al., are Defendants, I, SHAR-
ON ROBERTSON, Clerk of Circuit
Court, will, on the 13th day of August,
2008, at 11:00 o'clock A.M., or as
soon thereafter as the sale may be
held, sell to the highest and best bid-
der for cash in the Jury Assembly
Room, 2nd Floor, of the Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd
Street, Okeechiobee, Florida, the fol-
lowing described real estate, situate,
lying, and being in Okeechobee
County, Florida:
Parcel A of KINGS BAY, according to
the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat
Book 5, Page 91, of the public records
of Okeechobee County, Florida:
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the dis pendens must file a claim
within 60 days after the sale.
By:/S/ Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
279484 ON 7/10,17/08

Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
ing Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee.
Flonda 34972 on JULY 25, 2008, at
9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute
713.78 for unpaid towing and storage
charges. Year, make, model and VIN
are as follows.
1993 Saturn S Series
1993 Buick Regal
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted Seller reserves the
right of final bid. ALL SALES ARE FI-
Said automobiles will be sold in "As Is"
condition with no guarantee's.
2811690ON 07/10/08

through Rural Development, formerly
Farmers Home Administration (FmHA),
United States Department of Agricu-
lure USDA),
vs. CASE NO. 2007-CA-378
TO: John Doe and Jane Doe, represent-
ing all unknown minors, heirs, devi-
sees, grantees, assignees, lienors,
creditors, trustees, or other claimants
,, lii,,,iu , uer or against Alice
i h,,,,,n,. i: 1 i a/k/a Alice E. Rob-
bins, deceased, and all parties having
a claim, right, title or interest in the
property herein.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following
described property in Okeechobee
County, Florida:
Lot 22, Block 6, DIXIE RANCH ACRES,
according to the plat thereof as record-
ed in Plat Book 3, Page 35, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Flori-
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
teh defenses, if any, to it on NEAL E.
YOUNG, Plaintiff's attorney, whose ad-
dress is 300 Third Street, N.W., Winter
Haven, lorida 33881, on or before
thirty (30) days from date of first publi-
cation on 8/11/2008, and file the origi-
nal with the Clerk of the Court either
before service on Plaintiff's attorney or
immediately thereafter; otherwise a de-
fault will be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the Complaint.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to
I i,, ,,, i r, .:d I I J . II. I. h- .-,,
tact Court Administrator, at
(772)807-4370, 1-800-955-8771
(hearing impaired), or
1-800-955-8770 (voice impaired),
within 2 working days of your receipt
of this document; if you are hearing or
voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8771.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on July 2, 2008.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Kathy Arnold
As Deputy Clerk
281343 ON 7/10,17/08
CASE NO.: 08-CA-000117
TRUST 2007-HE7,
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
6/10/2008, and entered in Case No. 08-
CA-000117 of the Circuit Court of the
Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for
Okeechobee County, Florida in which
Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas
formerly known as Banker's Trust Com-
pany, as Trustee under the Pooling and
Servicing Agreement dated as of Sep-
tember 1, 2007, Morgan Stanley ABS
Capital 1 Inc. Trust 2007-HE7, is the
Plaintiff and Joseph A. Chandler, are de-
fendants, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash in Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 North West
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972,
Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00AM
on the 20th day of August, 2008, the fol-
lowing described property as set forth in
said Final Judgment of Foreclosure:
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of Lis
Pendens must file a claim within 60 days
after the sale.
Dated in Okeechobee County, Florida this
Ith day of June, 2008.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Okeechobee County, Florinda
By:/S/Linda F.Young
Deputy Clerk
In Accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, if you are a person
with a disability who needs an accom-
modation in order to access court fa-
cilities or participate in a court
proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost
to you, to the provision of certain as-
sistance. To request such an accom-
modation, please contact Dianna
Cooper in Court Administration - Suite
217, 250 NW Country Club r., Port
St. Lucie 34986; Telephone:
772-807-4370: at least 3 working
days of the date the service is needed
Hearing impaired, please call
1-800-955-8771; Voice impaired,
please call 1-800-955-8770 The
above is to be published in the Okee-
chobee News, 107 S.W. 17th Street,
Ste D, Okeechobee, FL 34974.
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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) gives notice of its intent
to issue a permit for Burnham Farms Dairy, to be issued to Bumham'Farms, Inc.
The proposed permit authorizes construction and operation of the waste manage-
ment system in accordance with a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan.
The permit will also provide coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES), as delegated to the state by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency. The dairy is located at 2411 NE 54th Trail, Okeechobee, Fori-
da 34972.
The intent to issue and application file are available for public inspection during nor-
mal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal
holidays, at Southeast, 400 N. Congress Ave, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL
The Department will issue the permit with the attached conditions unless a timely
petition for an administrative hearing is iled under Sections 120.569 and 120.57,
Florida Statutes, within fourteen days of receipt of notice. The procedures for peti-
tioning for a hearing are set forth below.
A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Department's proposed
permitting decision may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under
Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes. The petition must contain the in-
formation set forth below and must be filed (received by the clerk) in the Office of
General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Bolevard, Mail Sta-
tion 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000.
Under Rule 62-110.106(4), Florida Administrative Code, a person may request en-
largement of the time for iling a petition for an administrative hearing. The request
must be filed (received by the clerk) in the Office of General Counsel before the
end of the time period for filing a petition for an administrative hearing.
Petitions filed by any persons other than those entitled to written notice under Sec-
tion 120.60(3), Florida Statutes, must be filed within fourteen days of publication
of the notice or within fourteen days of receipt of the written notice, whichever oc-
curs first. Under Section 120.60(3), Florida Statutes, however, any person"who
has asked the Department for notice of agency action may file a petition within
fourteen days of receipt of such notice, regardless of the date of publication.
The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicat-
ed above at the time of filing. The failure of any person to file a petition or request
for enlargement of time within fourteen days of receipt of notice shall constitute a
waiver of that person's night to request an administrative determination (hearing)
under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes. Any subsequent interven-
tion n a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the discretion of the
presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in compliance with Rule 28-106.205,
Florida Administrative Code.
A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Department's action is base
must contain the following information:
(a) The name, address, and telephone number of each petitioner; the name, ad-
dress, and telephone number of the petitioner's representative, if any; the Depart-
ment permit identification number and the county in which the subject matter or
activity is located:
(b) A statement of how and when each petitioner received notice of the Depart-
ment action;
(c) A statement of how each petitioner's substantial interests are affected by the
Department action;
(d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the peti-
hion must so indicate:;
(e) A statement of facts that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modifica-
tion of the Department action;
(I) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, as well as the rules and
statutes which entitle the petitioner to relief; and
(g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action
that the petitioner wants the Department to take.
Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final agency
action, the filing of a petition means that the Department's final action may be di-
ferent from the position taken by it in this notice. Persons whose substantial inter-
ests will be affected by any such final decision of the Department have the right to
petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the requirements
set forth above.
In addition to requesting an administrative hearing, any petitioner may elect to pur-
sue mediation. The election may be accomplished by filing with the Department a
mediation agreement with all parties to the proceeding (i.e., the applicant, the De-
partment, and any person who has filed a timely and sufficient petition for a hear-
ing). The agreement must contain all the information required by Rule
28-106.404, Floida Administrative Code. The agreement must be received by the
clerk in the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth
Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000, within ten days af-
ter the deadline for filing a petition, as set forth above. Choosing mediation will not
adversely affect the right to a hearing if mediation does not result in a settlement.
As provided in Section 120.573, Florida Statutes, the timely agreement of all parties
to mediate will toll the time limitations imposed by Sections 120.569 and 120.57,
Florida Statutes, for holding an administrative hearing and issuing a final order
Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the mediation must be concluded within
sixty days of the execution of the agreement. If mediation results in settlement of
the administrative dispute, the Department must enter a final order incorporating
the agreement of the parties. Persons seeking to protect their substantial interests
that would be affected by such a modified final decision must file their petitions
within fourteen days of receipt of this notice, or they shall be deemed to have
waived their right to a proceeding under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida
Statutes. If mediation terminates without settlement of the dispute, the Departmen
shall notify all parties in writing that the administrative hearing processes under
Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes, remain available for disposition of
the dispute, and the notice will specify the deadlines that then will apply for chal-
lengngg the agency action and electing remedies under those two statutes.
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Cooling off
Local residents, Christina and Angelo Hannon along with a friend, Haley Smith cool off at
the Okeechobee Sports Complex pool during the late morning hours on Wednesday.

Spring Hill defeats AAA

Okeechobee Dixie Youth

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee couldn't find the
right answers against Spring Hill,
and the results were a second
straight loss to them, and elimina-
tion from the Florida Dixie Youth
AAA Tuesday night.
After a two-hour rain de-
lay Okeechobee battled uphill
against a strong Spring Hill, who
had won Sunday's contest, 13-6.
Tuesday night was a lot tougher
as Okeechobee wasn't going
home without a fight.
Spring Hill got a run in the top
of the first inning against Okeecho-
bee starter Mason Joyner. Dante
Hamilton singled, moved to third
on a single by Devin McAleeny,
and scored on a passed ball.
From there Hamilton took the
mound and preserved Spring
Hill's lead for the first three in-
nings. He shut out Okeechobee,
allowing two hits, walking two,
and striking out two batters.
Okeechobee, the home team,
got two runners on in the first.
Layton Thomas was hit by a pitch
with two outs. Lane Rhodes fol-
lowed with a solid single to put
two runners on. However Hamil-
ton worked out of trouble when
he retired Jarrod Morgan on a
fielder's choice.
Joyner did his best to keep
Okeechobee in the game as the
starting pitcher. He held Spring
Hill to just one run over the first
three innings.
Okeechobee got the bases
loaded in the third but again were

turned away. Zeke Matthews,
Bradon Rucks walked and Elijah
Finney reached on a single. How-
ever Hamilton again wiggled out
of the jam as he retired Chase
Quesinberry on a ground out to
Joyner's success ended in the
fourth as Spring Hill sent nine
men to the plate and scored
three times. Matt Myers walked
and reached third on a double by
McAleeny. He scored on a wild
pitch and McAleeny came home
on a ground out. Thomas Soran-
tino followed with a walk and he
scored on a single by Zac Soran-
tino to make it 4-0.
Okeechobee rallied to get
back into the game in the bottom
of the fourth. Thomas walked and
Morgan singled. Joyner followed
with a two-run double to bring
the Okeechobee faithful to their
feet. He got as far as third base
on A sacrifice by Brendon Bar-
cia. However reliever Matt Myers
struck out Robbie Hayes to end
the inning. Spring Hill held on to
a 4-2 after four innings.
Spring Hill added a run in the
fifth as Myers walked, moved to
third on a double by Josh Penny
and scored on a passed ball.
Okeechobee seemed to have
scored a run in the bottom of the
fifth but a disputed call by the um-
pire kept the run off the board.
Quesinberry singled and moved
to third on a single by Thomas.
Okeechobee attempted a double
steal and it appeared that Ques-
inberry had crossed the plate

Sports in Brief

Softball Tournament
Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton . "Sizzle Slam"

There will be a USSSA (US
Specialty Sports Association)
World Series warm up hosted by
Okeechobee on July 12 and 13
with a barbeque pork dinner be-

ing sold to benefit the OCRA and
the Chobee Firestix. The tourna-
ment will be held at the Sports
Complex, highschool and men's
softball fields. Any questions call
Chad Douglass at 863-697-8794.

before Spring Hill tagged Thomas
between first and second but
no amount of argument would
change the decision.
Spring Hill sent 11 batters to
the plate in the sixth to put the
game out of reach. Four Okeecho-
bee relievers walked three batters
and hit two batters to help fuel
the rally. The key hits included a
two run single by Matt Warner
and singles by Thomas Sorantino
and McAleeny.
Okeechobee got a runner on
in the bottom of the sixth but a
lineout turned into a double play,
essentially ending Okeechobee's
Okeechobee batters had four
hits to Spring Hill's 10. Okeecho-
bee pitchers also walked eight
batters and struck out three.
Spring Hill pitchers allowed just
three walks and struck out four.
Joyner took the loss as he al-
lowed seven hits and four runs in
three and a third innings. Jarrod
Morgan, Lane Rhodes, Layton
Thomas and Chase Quesinberry
followed him to the mound.
Okeechobee split their four
games at the State tournament.
They defeated Panama City Beach
and Hardee in earlier games.
This weekend the Dixie Youth
Majors tournament, boys mostly
11-12, will begin. Okeechobee
again will have an all star team
competing in the tournament.

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The American Legion
Post 64
501 S.E. Second- Street -
Office 863-763-2950 - Lounge
We can accommodate Meet-
ings, Weddings, Parties of any
Public is always welcome un-
less it's a members only event
Sunday: Sports of BIG Screen
Regular Bingo 6:30 to ?
Monday: Social Bingo 1 -4
Tuesday: Members Only
Legion and Auxiliary meet Sec-
ond and fourth Tuesdays 7 p.m.
(fourth Tuesday includes a carry
in dinner at 6 p.m.)
SAL meets the third Tuesday at
Wednesday: "TACO DAY" 11
a.m. to 6 p.m.
Taco's -$1.50
Music with Jim Elders 2-6
Thursday: Social Bingo 6 - 9
Friday: Karaoke Hosted by BP
(Bobby & Penny)
(Anyone wishing to perform in
the Lip Sync Programs see Bobby
and Penny) SAL Steak Dinner third
Sunday each month $12 donation
LIP SYNC July 12 - 2 to 4 p.m.
FREE Admission
Kitchen will be open

Am-Vets #2001
* Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on the
first Saturday of the month at the Buck-
head Ridge VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S.
78 W, at 10 a.m. Applications for new
members are available. Call Lou Eder at
863-357-0467 or Jerry Lee Shields at 863-
467-8779 or 863-467-2882.
* Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meetings
are the first Saturday of the month at 10
am. Contact the Post at 467-2882 for in-

Eagles Aeries #4137

Eagles.Aeries #4137 is located at
9983 U.S. 441 N. For information on
events, call 863-763-2552.
* Every Tuesdaybingb at 1 p.m. Food
will be available for a donation.
* Wednesday: bar bingo starting at
4 p.m. Food will be available.
* Every Thursday: washer toss at 1
* First and third Thursday: Auxiliary
at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
* Friday: steak night (16-oz.) start-
ing at 5 p.m. for a $12 donation. Music
will be by Jimmy Harper.
* Saturday and Sundays: music at
7 p.m.
* First and third Sunday: breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 a.m. for
$5 donation.

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge is
located at 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. For infor-
mation about the club and events, call
Jose Verano at 863-634-2071.
* The Masonic Lodge holds their
meetings on the second and fourth Mon-
day of each month starting at 7:30 p.m.

Order of the Eastern
Star - Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has
many fun activities planned on the first
and third Tuesday of each month. For
upcoming activities, contact Mary Ann
Holt at 863-634-8087.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78 W
in Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's phone
number is 863-763-2250.
* Sunday: breakfast will be served
from 9 until 11 a.m. With many items to
choose from.
* Sunday: Karaoke with open mike
at 7 p.m.
* Wednesday: Bingo and food,
food served at 5 p.m. and bingo starts
at 6 p.m.
* Thursday: dinner will be served
from 5 until 7 p.m. Call the Lodge for the

In the Military

Holt graduates I
basic training I ii

Todd Holt graduated from Ba.
sic Training at Fort Leonardwood,
Mo., on May 15, 2008. He is cur-
rently at Goodfellows Air Force
Base for his educational training
(AIT) until December of this year.
He will receive two to three weeks
off in December and will come
home to visit and then be trans-
ferred to his next assignment.
"All of our young men and
women should be applauded for
their bravery, courage and loyalty
for the United States of America,"
said his mother. "As a mother of an
American Soldier I am very proud

Todd Holt
of my son, and all the military per-
sonnel who sacrifice themselves
to keep us the home of the free
and the brave."

* Thursday: karaoke night starting
at 7 p.m.
* Thursday: Music for dancing at
7:30 p.m. Call to see who is playing.
* Friday: dinner served from 5 until
7:30 p.m. Music for dancing at 7:30 p.m.
Call to see who is playing.
* Saturday: dinner starting at 6
* Saturday: karaoke night starting
at 8 p.m.

Moose Family Center
The Moose Family Center #1753 is
located at 156 N.W 36th St. in Okeecho-
bee. Please call the Lodge at 863-763-
4954 for further information, sudden
changes and menus. Guests are invited
to enjoy the activities and consider
* Every Sunday breakfast from 8 to
11 a.m.
* Horseshoe practice every Sunday
at 2 p.m. and Thursday Evening.
* Every Monday, Pool tournaments -
sign up, 7 p.m. Food is served.
* Women's meeting second and
fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Officers meetings first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
S* Men's meetings, second and fourth
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m. and
Friday night at 7 p.m. - Food Served. (you
must be a member to play bar bingo)
* Dinner and music almost every
Saturday night.

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is locat-
ed at 300 N.W. 34 St. Events are season-
al, contact the Post at 863-763-0818 for
information or write the Post at P.O. Box
1137, Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The Post
opens at noon Monday through Sunday.

Felonies * Misdemeanors
DUI/DVL * Drug Offenses.
Probation Violations
'A. appeals * Juvenile
'.DOomestic Violence

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* Monday through Thursday: happy
hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
* Monday: 50-cent hot dogs
* Washer toss every Tuesday starting
at 1 p.m. Food will be available. Every-
one is welcome.
* Wednesday: dinner from 4 until 6
p.m. for a donation.
* Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m. for
members and guests. Food will be avail-
able. Karaoke will be from 6 until 10
* Friday: hot food by David Lee
from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Saturday: bar bingo at 1 p.m. for
members and guests. Karaoke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m. Food will be avail-
* Sunday: dinner will be available
from 2 until 4 p.m., and will be followed
by karaoke from 6 until 10 p.m.
* Every third Sunday there will be a
post meeting and ladies auxiliary meet-
ing at 11 a.m.
* The post membership drive is un-
der way, and the post is striving for 100
percent. For information, contact the
quartermaster at 863-763-0818.
* Big screen TV for all events.

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead'Ridge.
For information, call 863-467-2882. Post
opens at noon, Monday through Sun-
We are taking applications for new
members for the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary,
Male Auxiliary, AMVETS and AMVETS
ladies auxiliary.
* Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary din-
ner and Men's Auxiliary or AmVets. Mu-
sic will be available.
* Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
* Every Friday a steak dinner with
baked potato, salad and rolls will be
served from 5:30 until 7 p.m. for an $11
donation. Dancing immediately follows

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the dinner.
* Membership meetings are held on
the second Saturday of the month begin-
ning at 10 a.m. The House Committee
meeting is on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Command-
er Henry Zaskowski at 863-467-2882.
All games and special events are
shown on three televisions. The game
room has a regulation-size pool table.

VFW Post #10539
* The VFW will be open Monday
through Saturday at 10 a.m., and Sunday
at 1 p.m.
* Lounge opens at 10 a.m. Monday
through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sun-
* Canteen is open Monday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. until closing and
Sunday from 1 p.m. until closing.
* Monday: Card Bar Bingo starting
at 6 p.m.
* Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary Dinner
- 5:30 p.m. ($6). Shuffle Board tourna-
ment starting at 7 p.m.
* Wednesday: bar bingo will start at
12:45 p.m. Lunch is available, courtesy
of the Ladies Auxiliary. Music - Kitchen
is open from 5 until 8 p.m. Second
Wednesday of the month Mens Auxiliary
meeting at 7 p.m.
* Thursday: Music - Kitchen is open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Friday: Music and Kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Saturday: dollar dogs, sausage dogs
for $1.50 grilled or steamed at noon. Live
music and dancing will start at 7 p.m.
* Sunday: NASCAR on big screen
TV First Sunday of the month Post and
Ladies Auxiliary meeting at noon.
The Ladies Auxiliary is looking for
any family members of Okeechobee
residents currently serving overseas.
We are forwarding packages of needed
items to our active service personnel. For
more information or if you would like to
donate items please contact us, Cheryl

Benoit at 863-697-2930.
The Post and Ladies Auxiliary meet-
ings are held the first Sunday of every
month at noon. Men's Auxiliary meet-
ings are the second Wednesday of every
month at 6:30 p.m.
* Call 863-763-2308 for the schedule
of events.

Shrine Club
* The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R.
78 W, members will meet the first and
third Thursday of each month at 8 p.m.
The club is also available for weddings
and parties. For information call the club
at (863) 763-3378, or Keith at 863-634-
* Sunday: Every second Sunday of
the month there will be a Bike Sunday
from noon until 7 p.m. There will be
food, jukebox, big screen TV. and an
Oasis Lounge. For more information,
call the club at 863-763-3378.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
* The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles post #4509 located at 4701 U.S.
441 S.E. is now open to members Mon-
day-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.,
Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. Information
can be found by visiting www.foe4509.
com, or calling 863467-1154.
* Food is served several evenings a
* Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m. on the
first and third Wednesday of each month
at the old Cypress Hut flea market res-
* FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7
p.m. on the second and fourth Wednes-
day of every month
* Friday night: 16 oz rib eye steak
dinner with the trimmings beginning at
5:30 p.m.
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