Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
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Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee, Fla
Creation Date: July 11, 2008
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Thursday, July 11, 2008

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Bertha weakens to
Cat 1 storm
MIAMI (AP) Forecasters say
Hurricane Bertha weakened to
a Category 1 storm Thursday as
it headed toward Bermuda, but
could re-strengthen in the next
24 hours.
Forecasters have been urg-
ing people on the island to
monitor the storm's progress.
They say Bertha has started
producing large swells and
high surf there.
It's still unknown if or when
the hurricane will make land-
Maximum sustained winds
Thursday were about 90 mph
with some higher gusting.
The Atlantic season's first
hurricane is traveling northwest
at about 9 mph. It's expected to
turn and slow down in the next
couple of days.

Realtors help
with school supplies
The Okeechobee County
:Board of Realtors is hosting a
School Supply drive for the up-
coming school year. Collection
boxes will be located at the lo-
cal Lending Institutions and
,local Real Estate Offices, any
supplies that you can donate
would be greatly appreciated.
If you are doing your personal
shopping and you see school
items that are one sale that
would be a great time to grab
up a few of the things that are'
greatly needed. The list of items
that the schools have requested
are: Pencils, Dry Erase Markers,
Erasers, Glue Sticks, Notebook
paper, copy paper and hand
sanitizer. Any help you can give
will be greatly appreciated.

Drought Index

Current: 335
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.99 feet
Last Year: 9.01 feet
Spon ored By:

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

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Today in History ........................ 6
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Suspected grow house raided

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Marijuana operation
across the street
from grow house
raided in April
Detectives from the Okeecho-
bee Narcotics Task Force have
shut down the second suspected
marijuana grow house on South-
west 67th Drive in the Lazy 7 area
in less than three months.

Landin- Pino

charged with the felonies of pos-
session of marijuana with intent
to sell and possession of mari-
juana over 20 grams. They were
also with the misde-
mee possession of drug

Guidi Enrique

Arrested Tuesday, July 9, was.
Julio Landin-Pino, 39, N.W Fla-
gler Terrace, Miami, and Guidi
Enrique Hernandez, 19, W. 28th
Court, Hialeah. Both men were

were booked into
*ee County Jail un-
$11,000 each.
), task force detec-
home at 645 S.W.
id arrested Miguel
er they confiscated
1 marijuana plants,
ose plants actively

being cultivated. Most of those
plants were at least 4 feet tall and
were budding, said a task force
Toranzo was arrested and
charged with the felonies of cul-
tivation of marijuana and posses-
sion of marijuana with intent to
sell. He was also charged with
the misdemeanor of possession
of drug paraphernalia. He was
booked into the county jail un-
der a bond of $180,000.
Agents from the Drug En-
forcement Administration (DEA)
took part in that raid.

On July 9, task force detec-
tives shut down a suspected
grow house right across the
street from Toranzo's home at
644 S.W 67th Drive. The regis-
tered owner of the 3,544-square-
foot home is Landin-Pino.
A task force detective said ev-
ery room of the home except for
the kitchen and one bedroom
was being used for growing
"We've been watching the
house for several months," said
a task force detective Thursday
See Raid - Page 2

County sets

new rules

for meetings

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their meeting on Thurs-
day, July 10 Okeechobee Coun-
ty Commissioners took action
to maintain decorum at their
meetings and control hospital-
ity spending.
The board unanimously ap-
proved an ordinance on public
meetings that set time limits
and procedures for persons
wishing to address a governing
Under the ordinance speak-
ers can be asked to give their
name and address but they are

not required to do so except in
some specific instances. The
ordinance calls for civil and ap-
propriate language to be used
with all comments to be direct-
ed to the presiding officer. Per-
sonal attacks are not allowed.
The ordinance provides for
a minimum of 15 minutes at
the beginning of the meeting
for persons who wish to speak
on an item not on the agenda.
When more than one per-
son addresses an item on the
agenda, the presiding officer
See Rules - Page 2

Pearce Canal

dredging plan

OK'd by Corps

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The U.S. Army Corps of En-
gineers recently approved the
permits that are necessary to
begin dredging the Pearce Ca-
nal in Buckhead Ridge, Glades
County Manager Wendell Tay-
lor said.

The project is now in the
hands of the South Florida Wa-
ter Management and the Florida
Department of Environmental
Just because the permit is
on the way doesn't mean the
work will get done this sum-
See Plan - Page 2

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Kiwanis members Jay Zeller (left) and president Frank Irby
(right) invited Raulerson Hospital Director of Pharmacy Quan
Pho (center) to speak to Kiwanis about the pharmacy as a
whole and how things have updated recently due to legislative
changes and the increase in technology.

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Is there a need to restore and
reopen the historic Okeecho-
bee train depot? The eight peo-
ple who were gathered in the
parking lot beside the building
on Wednesday afternoon, July
9, waiting for the northbound
train probably think so. They
would probably have liked to
have had a more comfortable
place to wait than in their cars
or the bench under the plexi-
glas bus stop shelter provided
by Amtrak. They would prob-
ably also have liked the conve-
nience of buying their tickets at
the depot.
Among those waiting was
Chuck Jones of Sebring who
was going back home after vis-
iting his mother in the hospital
in Okeechobee. He said the $9
train fare was a bargain com-
pared with the price of gas.
Casey Bonneau of Okeecho-
bee was also going to Sebring.
Carol Waldner of Fort Pierce
was going to Columbia, S.C.

OPeechobee News.'Pete Gawda
Passengers prepare to board Amtrak's northbound Silver
Star at the Okeechobee depot on Wednesday afternoon,
July 9.

to visit her daughter. She said
the ticket price was cheaper
than driving. She was looking
forward to the train trip as an
"exciting adventure" and said
she thinks rail traffic was com-
ing back.
Anna Marie Dickens of Port
St. Lucie was going on a much

longer trip. Her destination was
New Jersey.
The passengers loaded their
luggage onto the platform in
anticipation of the train which
pulled into the depot on time.
As they were boarding, one

See Trains - Page 2

Legislative changes are

affecting pharmacies

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Raulerson Hospital's Direc-
tor of Pharmacy Quan Pho
spoke to Kiwanis members at
their weekly luncheon at the
American Legion where he in-
formed them about all of the
changes in the pharmacy busi-
ness due to legislative changes
and the increase in technology.
To be a pharmacist in to-
day's age you have to be a Doc-
tor of Pharmacy or a PharmD.

This requires that you take one the University of Florida, Nova,
of two paths of education that Palm Beach Atlantic, Florida A
can be completed in six to ten & M and the Lake Eerie Col-
years. lege of Osteopathic Medicine.
One can either complete The hospital serves as a train-
a bachelor's degree and then ing center for these colleges of
go into the PharmD program pharmacy where 25 to 30 stu-
which lasts four more years. dents train each year.
Internships and possible resi- Mr. Pho himself assisted in
dency programs are also being training many of the local phar-
held for this profession prior to macists who work in town at
taking the board certification other pharmacies.
test to become a PharmD. PharmD's must maintain
Staff at Raulerson Hospital
are currently professors with See Pharmacies - Page 2

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At the depot: Waiting for a train

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
These people were gathered in the parking lot beside the closed Okeechobee train
depot waiting for the northbound Silver Star on Wednesday afternoon, July 9. Local
officials are working with Amtrak to restore the old train depot, which they hope will
promote train travel.

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Local teens charged in car burglary

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Three Okeechobee teenag-
ers have been arrested for their
alleged involvement in a car bur-
Charged with burglary are:
Brandon Ray Harper, 18, S.W
Cypress St; Anthony Joseph
D'Agostino, 17, S.W Cypress St.;
and Leonel Ruiz, 16, N.W 21st
Harper was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
bond of $2,500. D'Agostino and
Ruiz were booked then turned
over to their parents.
An arrest report by Deputy

Continued From Page 1

passenger got off.
Okeechobee is served by
Amtrak's northbound and south-
bound Silver Star trains which run'
between Miami and New York
According to figures furnished
by Amtrak, 2,858 people got on or
off trains in Okeechobee in fiscal
year 2006. In 2007 that figure rose
to 3,067.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.

Continued From Page 1

The detective said the garage
was being used to dry the mari-
That same detective went on
to say that those operating the
grow house were probably taking
the pot to Miami.
The downside to the latest
bust, added the detective, was
that the task force missed catch-

Continued From Page 1

may rule a speaker out of order
if that speaker begins repeating
information that has already been
brought up.
This ordinance came about as
a result of a failed bill in the state
legislature on the same topic. It
was felt that if the state did adopt
similar legislation, the county
ordinance would be allowed to
stand. County attorney John Cas-
sels stated the ordinance was
more practical to conduct county
business than what the state pro-
The hospitality ordinance lim-
its the county administrator to
spending a maximum of $250
without board approval. The ordi-
nance includes refreshments, in-
struments of recognition, tokens
of sympathy or congratulations,
entertainment, meals, souvenirs
and refrigerators, coffee-makers
:and microwave ovens in com-
mon areas used by county em-
"I think checks and balances
will be adequate to keep it from
being abused," said commis-
sioner Elvie Posey. "I see a need
for it."
The need for the ordinance
arose when the county adminis-
trator Lyndon Bonner was ques-
tioned for purchasing flowers
for a hospitalized commissioner.
Commissioner Ray Domer was
not sure about spending tax dol-

Brandon Ray Anthony
Harper Joseph
Yamil Astacio of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
states that he responded to a
call about a suspicious vehicle
,on S.W. 18th Lane shortly after
6 a.m. on Wednesday, July 9.

A short time
later, a white
four-door Pon-

LeonelRuiz S er te
tiac matching
the description
of that vehicle
ar awas stopped by
OCSO Deputy
Sergeant Gary
Bell on U.S. 441
Leonel Ruiz S.E. near the
county line. The
car was being driven by Harper.
According to the report, the
three had been driving around
and became "bored." They then
reportedly decided to "pop"
some cars. This means they put
their hands inside their shirts so

they wouldn't leave fingerprints
and tried to open the doors on
parked cars. It's not known how
many cars they tried to get in,
said the report.
However, they did find two
cars unlocked and apparently
took a camera from one and a
CD player from another, stated
Deputy Astacio's report. Both
items were recovered.
The deputy's report goes on
to state that apparently Ruiz was
only a passenger in the car and
did not try to gain entrance into
any vehicles.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Passengers wait to get aboard Amtrak's northbound Silver Star as she pulls into the Okeecho-
bee depot on time on Wednesday afternoon, July 9.

ing suspects with a large quantity
of marijuana.
A search of the home did turn
up a substance that, when field
tested, indicated a positive result
for the presence of marijuana. A
task force arrest report indicates
that the suspected marijuana
weighed 24.4 grams.
Wednesday night's raid start-
ed when task force detectives
stopped a black Chevrolet pickup
for failing to stop at a stop sign at
S.W 24th Ave. and S.W 28th St.
The truck was being driven by

lars for flowers.
The motion to approve the or-
dinance passed on a 4-1 vote with
Mr. Domer voting no.
At the request of Maureen Bur-
roughs, president of Okeechobee
Main Street, commissioners voted
not to charge Main Street for use
of the Okeechobee County Agri-
Civic Center for the Second Annu-
al National Day of the American
Cowboy, July 26. There will be
a cattle drive from downtown to
the ag center that day. At the ag
center there will be a ranch rodeo
and, new this year, a barbecue
contest. Mrs. Burroughs said that
Capt. Bud Slay of the Okeechobee
SCounty Sheriff's Office is handling
traffic and security. She said that
Main Street has already been
asked about hotel reservations
for the event. Last year, local res-
taurants reported more business
that evening.
Commissioner Noel Chandler
was amazed at the number of
people who attended the event
last year.
The vote to waive the fees was
4 to 1 with Mr. Domer voting no.
Another Main Street project
by addressed by attorney Devin
Maxwell. For some time Main
Street has been discussing and
drawing plans for a park in the
block south of the courthouse.
Mr. Maxwell said that his organi-
zation could receive a grant from
Waste Management for landscap-
ing. He wanted the commission's
permission to landscape the area.
He said the landscaping would
make a significant improvement

Hernandez, who gave the detec-
tives permission to search the
In the bed of the truck were
several large black trash bags. The
arrest report states that when the
bags were opened the detectives
found electrical components that
are commonly used in an indoor
marijuana growing operation.
Several of the bags contained
mylar -- a reflective material used
to disperse light evenly in an in-
door growing operation - and flo-
rescent lighting, stated the report.

to the area.
Mr. Bonner cautioned that the
courthouse renovation project
might require that vacant lot for
construction trucks, deliveries or
storage of materials.
Mr. Cassels advised that any
landscaping should be checked
against the landscape ordinance
the county is in the process of
adopting. He said any landscap-
ing in the park should be consis-
tent with what the county would
require of the public.
"It will beautify and make our
town a little more desirable," was
the opinion of Mr. Posey. "It will
attract more business. I think it is
consistent with the direction we
need to be headed in."
Even though the motion to al-
low the landscaping contained
the provision that it must not in-
terfere with construction plans,
Mr. Domer was not satisfied.
"I think it is pretty risky to ob-
ligate the county at this time," he
said. "I think we should use cau-
While Mr. Domer said he was
not against a park, he feared the
county was promising something
it could not deliver. He cast the
lone dissenting vote.
It was determined that the
board would meet at the health
department while the courthouse
was being renovated.
In other action, the board:
* approved a contract to up-
date the 911 system to be funded
almost entirely from a state grant;
* paid $500 to join other coun-
ties in litigation challenging a

The detectives then went to the
home on S.W 67th Drive where
they reportedly found 1,000-watt
bulbs, timers, electric ballasts and
two large air conditioning units.
The suspected marijuana
found was in the form of leaves
scattered throughout the house,
said the arrest report.
According to the Okeechobee
County Property Appraiser's web
site, Landin-Pino's home sits on
5.430 acres and has an appraised
value of $272,486. The single-
family home was built in 1979.

recently enacted state law that
would require counties to fund an
office of criminal conflict to rep-
resent persons where the public
defender has a conflict of interest
or is not authorized to provide
* approved the recommenda-
tion of the special magistrate that
a code violation fine be reduced
from $109,500 to $16,500. The
property had been repossessed
while not in compliance and
the fine reduction represented
the length of time that the bank
owned the property while it was
not in compliance;
* purchased a mobile ticket
booth for the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Agri-civic Center at a cost of
$14,477 with Mr. Domer casting
the only dissenting vote;
* purchased a dump truck
for $87,239 to be paid for mostly
from an insurance settlement on
a wrecked truck;
* set a date of Aug. 4 at 9 a.m.
for a budget workshop; and
* approved expenditure of
about $5,000 for paving at the
soccer fields in preparation for an
upcoming Pop Warner Football
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SP million, to do the job. He noted port using County funds to begin writing campaign to Tallahassee.
P a Tallahassee officials have told him the work and then get reimburse- State Representative Denise
Continued From Page 1 that the money could arrive in Oc- ment when the state funds are Grimsley, (Rep., Lake Placid) said
tober. delivered. There was no action the letter writing campaign made
mer. Mr. Taylor reports that the "As far as I know there fiscal taken on his request, a real difference in the state's de-
year begins July 1," he noted. Buckhead Ridge residents lob- cision to send money to dredge
County is yet to see any money He asked the County Commis- bied hard for state assistance this the Pearce Canal and the Moore
that the State promised, over $4 sion this week if they would sup- year as they conducted a letter Haven Canal.

Continued From Page 1

their own liability insurance as
other doctors are required to do.
When Mr. Pho began at the
Raulerson Hospital Pharmacy,
there were only two computer
terminals and one typewriter.
Now they have more computers
than they do employees and are
open 24 hours.
Another change is that
PharmD's go see their patients
and are more involved in patient
care than just simply filling a pre-
scription. They monitor medica-
tions and adjust dosages of co-
agulation medicines and other
medicines that need monitoring.
They also fill nutrition orders
which create a compound for an
IV bag when a patient is too sick

to eat food.
Due to the increased technol-
ogy, computers sift through the
normal common medicines that
cannot be taken together. Other
medicines that pose a risk are
flagged for the pharmacist and
they then go talk to the patient
and to the prescribing doctors to
ensure that the medicine was pre-
scribed correctly.
Kiwanis members asked Mr.
Pho about the availability of anti-
venoms that are kept on hand at
the local hospital.
According to Mr. Pho they
have the Rattlesnake anti-venom
on hand which is given based on
a patient's weight in intervals if a
snake bite victim comes into the
hospital. According to Mr. Pho
they get about three to six snake
bites a year, typically in the sum-

The manufacturer of Coral
Snake anti-venom stopped mak-
ing the serum and therefore it is
unavailable locally. It is available
through cost to the patient for
transportation from the Miami-
Dade Fire Rescue where they
farm the snakes and venom to
make the anti-venom serum.
The Raulerson pharmacy also
has spider anti-venom.
Questions were also raised
about the Africanized Killer Bees.
Mr. Pho responded that there are
no anti-venoms for this type of ail-
ment. If a patient comes in with
bee stings they would typically
be given adrenaline to keep the
heart pumping and other medica-
tion to stop swelling. Too many
bee stings as characterized with
these killer bees send the body
into anaphylactic shock.
In other Kiwanis business they

will be holding the District Gov-
ernors Ball in Okeechobee at the
American Legion on Friday Oct. 3,
from 6 to 8 p.m. Members from
other Kiwanis groups throughout
the district will also be in atten-
The local Kiwanis group meets
every Thursday at noon in the
American Legion Post 64 Dinner
Hall, 501 SE Second St. All Kiwan-
is and the public are welcome.
For information, contact Frank
Irby at 863-357-1639.
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reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

Board levies fines

for code violations

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Of the five cases on the agen-
da for the Tuesday night, July 8,
meeting of the City of Okeecho-
bee Code Enforcement Board,
two were fined and the remain-
der were either postponed until
next week or found to be in com-
Because of the high grass on
Kevin Sallette's Brentwood Es-
tates lot, he was fined $50 a day
beginning July 15.
Linda Foley's S.W 1 Ith Avenue
property was found to be in non-
compliance because of a disabled
vehicle and existence of a public
nuisance. She was fined $50 a day
beginning 10 days from the date
of the meeting.
Upon the recommendation
of code enforcement officer Fred
Sterling, the board voted to post-
pone the case of William Davis
until next month. Mr. Sterling said

that Mr..Davis had met with Fire
Chief Smith to arrange for burn-
ing the piles of trees on his lot.
Since Jose and Marie Cisneros
had obtained the sealed plans for
modifying their S.E. 10th Avenue
house that the board had request-
ed last month, the property was
considered to be in compliance.
Mr. Sterling said he had spo-
ken with Marie Fenton that day.
She said she would have her S.E.
12th Avenue property cleaned up
by next meeting. Therefore, the
board voted to postpone the case
until next meeting.
Turning to another matter the
board voted to recommend that
the city council remove Andrea
Nelson from the code board due
to an excessive number of un-
excused absences according to
Florida Statutes.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.

Today's Weather

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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of afternoon showers
and thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The wind will
be from the east around 5 mph increasing to around 10 mph in the
afternoon. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. The low, will be around 70. The wind
will be from the east around 5 mph until around midnight becom-
ing light.

Extended Forecast

Saturday: Partly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The wind will be from the
southwest around 5 mph becoming southeast at 5 to 10 mph in the
afternoon. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers
and thunderstorms. The low will be in the upper 60s. The chance
of rain is 20 percent.
Sunday: Considerable cloudiness, with showers and thunder-
storms likely. The high will be around 90. The chance of rain is 60
Sunday night: Considerable cloudiness, with a chance of
showers and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The
chance of rain is 30 percent.
Monday: Considerable cloudiness, with a chance of showers
and thunderstorms. The high will be around 90. The chance of rain
is 60 percent.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, July 11,2008 3

Homeowners get legal assistance

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is encouraging homeowners
threatened with foreclosure or
fearful that their lending institu-
tion may foreclose on their prop-
erty to contact the Florida Bar
Association to obtain free legal
According to Florida Legal
Services Inc., 77,000 state hom-

eowners are in foreclosure, mak-
ing Florida second in the nation
only to California in the number
of homes in that status. And many
others are at least 30 days past
due on their mortgage payment,
which places them at risk of hav-
ing their loans foreclosed.
Florida Legal Services and
the Florida Bar Association have
partnered in establishing a toll-
free hotline -- 1-866-607-2187

-- that consumers can call to an-
swer a few initial questions about
their situation to ensure accurate
placement with a free attorney.
The attorney will then negotiate
with the lender on behalf of the
client to keep the home from be-
ing foreclosed.
"I applaud Florida Legal Ser-
vices and the Florida Bar for of-
fering this public service," Com-
misssioner Bronson said. "Home

ownership remains a foundation
of our society, leading to the sta-
bility of families and contributing
significantly to our local, state and
national economy, and any effort
that helps families keep their
homes in this uncertain economy
is beneficial."
More than 10,000 Florida at-
torneys have volunteered their
services in the program, accord-
ing to Florida Legal Services Inc.

FWC offers gator-hunting classes

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life Conservation Commission
(FWC) is offering alligator hunt-
ers no-cost, three-hour classes to
help them prepare for the Aug.
15-Nov. 1 statewide alligator
harvest. Reservations are not re-
quired to attend a class.
Attendance is not mandatory
for licensed hunters, but the FWC
recommends that participants at-
tend, especially if they have not
previously hunted for alligators.
Class topics include preparing for
the hunt, hunting techniques and
safety, harvesting and process-
ing, caring for your alligator hide
and alligator hunting rules and
regulations. Also, persons who

do not have an alligator harvest
permit can attend if they want to
learn what hunting alligators is all
Classes will be offered at the
following locations:
* July 19 (Saturday), 1-4 p.m.,.
Sanford, Sanford Civic Center, 401
E. Seminole Blvd. For directions,
call 407-302-1010 or visit www.
civic center.html.
* July 23 (Wednesday), 6-9
p.m., Gainesville, Paramount
Plaza Hotel and Suites, 2900
S.W 13th St. For directions, call
877-992-9229 or visit www.para-
* July 26 (Saturday)., 1-4 p.m.,

Dania Beach, IGFA Fishing Hall
of Fame and Museum, 300 Gulf
Stream Way. For directions, call
954-922-4212 or visit www.igfa.
* July 30 (Wednesday), 6-9
p.m., Tallahassee, Bryant Bldg.,
2nd Fl. Auditorium, 620 S. Merid-
ian St. For directions, call 850-488-
* Aug. 2 (Saturday), 1-4 p.m.,
Tampa, Florida State Fairgrounds,
4800 U.S. Hwy. 301 N.; use the
Orient Road entrance. For direc-
tions, call 800-345-FAIR (3247) or
visit www.floridastatefair.com.
* Aug. 3 (Sunday), 2-5 p.m.,
Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County Civic Center, 1750 U.S.

Hwy. 98 N. For directions, call
All hunt permits have been
sold for this year; however, alliga-
tor trapping "agent" permits are
available for $52. Agent permits
enable permit holders to assist a
licensed trapper in taking alliga-
tors but only in the presence of
that trapper.
Permitted alligator hunters can
expect to receive their licenses
and hide-validation tags by July
For more information on these
exciting alligator hunts, visit My-
FWC.com/gators and click "State-
wide Hunts."

Census bureau reports slight shift

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Population might be down
in 26 Florida Cities in 2007, but
Okeechobee City is not among
them, according to the annual
population updates released

Wednesday by the United States
Census Bureau.
The report set the City of
Okeechobee population at 5,937,
which represented a 1.2 percent
increase over 2006. The County
population was set at 40,311
which is an 0.8 percent increase

over 2006.
Slowly but surely the popu-
lation has risen in Okeechobee
County in the past five years. The
census set the County population
at 38,665 in July, 2004, 39,354 in
2005, 39,998 in 2006, and 40,311
in 2007.

The Census Bureau reported a
slight decline in Glades Counties
population in 2007. The popula-
tion estimate was 11,109, a de-
crease of 1.2 percent. The City of
Moore Haven population was set
at 1,716, a decrease of 1.8 percent
from the 2006 estimate.

Local teen charged in home burglaries

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee teen has been
arrested in connection with two
separate home burglaries that
were reportedly committed Tues-
day, July 8.
Keith Allen Sharp, 17, NW.
102nd St., was arrested and
charged with two counts of bug-
lary. After being booked into the
Okeechobee .County Jail, Sharp..
was taken to the Department of
Juvenile Justice Detention Center
in Fort Pierce.
Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) Detective Ted
Van -Deman said a woman was
in her home alone around 9:34

a.m. Tuesday when she heard
someone pulling violently on the
back door of her
home. Think-
ing it was her
husband, she
started walking ,
toward the door
and yelling to '. .-
the person she
thought was her
husband to stop
pulling so: hard. Keith Sharp
on the door.
At this point the person on the
other side of the door stopped
jerking on the door and fled on
foot. But, the person did not get
away without being seen.

The woman called the OCSO
and said a man in a gray shirt and
baggy denim shorts had tried to
break into her home. While she
was on the phone she looked out
and saw the man smoking a ciga-
rette while standing at the edge of
a wooded area behind her home.
When OCSO Deputy Anthony
Kibler responded to the area he
saw an individual matching the
woman's description. He picked
up the' man and took him to the
home, where the woman identi-
fied Sharp as the man who had
tried to break into her home, said
Detective Van Deman.
In another incident. Sharp was
also charged with the burglary of

another home around 10:30 a.m.
that same morning.
Detective Van Deman said a
man returned home found the
door to his barn open, and also
found that a window on a door
to his home had been opened.
As the man went inside the home
he found drawers open and items
thrown about the house.
He then called his wife who
told him that she had not left the
home in that condition.
As of Wednesday afternoon,
Detective Van Deman said those
homeowners are still checking to
see if anything was stolen from
their home.

Local mobile home fire under investigation

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News

Approximately $1,000 in prop-
erty damage was done in a fire
early Thursday that remains un-
der investigation by the State Fire

A fire report from Okeechobee
County Fire Rescue EMT Randall
Boyer said three fire units and six
firemen and volunteers respond-
ed to 3575 N.W. 12th Avenue
just before 3:30 a.m. and found
flames coming from the south
west corner of the trailer.
Fire crews quickly extinguished

the blaze with assistance from
Okeechobee City Firemen. The
fire damage was confined to the
outside wall but there was minor
smoke damage done to the inte-
rior of the trailer which is owned
by Richard Laskey.
Firemen said the origin and
the cause of the fire was not im-

mediately known. The State Fire
Marshal continued their investiga-
tion during the day on Thursday.
The trailer was the residence
of Olivia Landaverde, firemen
added. There were no injuries re-
ported in the blaze. Firemen were
on the scene for approximately
two hours.

Police say woman fatally stabbed her ex-husband

Police have arrested a Florida
woman they say followed her ex-
husband across the country and
then stabbed him repeatedly at
an Iowa mall.
Debi Joy Droguett, of Sarasota,

Fla., was charged Thursday with
first-degree murder and willful in-
jury in the death of her 52-year-old
ex-husband, Mauricio Droguett.
Police say he was walking
into the NorthPark Mall around
7:30 a.m. Thursday when he was

stabbed multiple times. One of
his co-workers reportedly sub-
dued the attacker until police
,arrived. The co-worker suffered
minor injuries.
Police say Mauricio Droguett
worked for a traveling circus-type

Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
O Levern Ervin Jr., 28, N.W.
Ninth St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 7 by Deputy Corporal
Aric Majere on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with the felony of aggravated bat-
tery. He was also charged with
the misdemeanor of resisting a
law enforcement officer without
violence. His bond was set at
* Glen Curtis Lamb, 24, S.
Tucker Ridge Road, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested July 7 by Dep-
uty Lieutenant Keith Murrish on a
warrant charging him with pos-
session of alpwazolam. His bond
was set at $5,000.
* Christopher Wayne Moats,
28, N.W 32nd Drive, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested July 8 by Deputy
Cpl. Aric Majere on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him
with obtaining or attempting to
obtain a controlled substance by
fraud (two counts). His bond was
set at $10,000.

* Ricky Hight, 27, N.W 15th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
July 8 by Deputy Sarah Green on
warrants charging him with the
felonies of violation of probation
- driving while license revoked
and violation of probation - driv-
ing while license suspended - ha-
bitual offender. He is being held
without bond.
* Jonathan Tory Robinson,
27, N.E. Third St., Okeechobee,
was arrested July 8 by Deputy
Cpl. Aric Majere on a Department
of Corrections warrant charging
him with violation of probation -
driving while license suspended/
revoked - habitual offender. He is
being held without bond.
* Tabitha Yvette Nealis, 30,
S.E. 16th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested July ,8 by Deputy Arlene
Durbin on Okeechobee County
warrants charging her with viola-
tion of probation - burglary of a
dwelling (two counts) and viola-
tion of probation - grand theft,
violation of probation - obtaining
a controlled substance by fraud
(two counts). She is being held
without bond.
* Leonard J. Summa, 44, S.E.
Eighth Drive, Okeechobee, was
arrested July 8 by Officer Scott
Morgan on a warrant charging
him with grand theft (two counts).
His bond was set at $10,000.
* Tracy Lee Bronson, 38, 10th

St., Buckhead Ridge, was arrested
July 9 by Detective Sergeant Brad
Stark on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with failure
to appear - possession of a weap-
on by a convicted felon. Her bond
was set at $100 cash.
* Te'kory Browne, 18, US. 441
N., Okeechobee, was arrested'
July 9 by Deputy Car Arnold on
a charge of battery on detention
staff. His bond was set at $1,000.
* Stacey Stallworth, 26, N.E.
15th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 9 by Deputy Justin
Akins on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with driving
while license suspended/revoked
with knowledge - habitual offend-
er. Her bond was set at $5,000.
* Brian Douglas, 23, N.W.
Eighth Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested July 9 by Deputy Har-
old Hancock on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation - grand
theft. He is being held without
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.

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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to okeenews@newszap.com or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
MARRIAGE: I know there is a group of Americans who are shoved
out of the loop so to speak when it comes to wanting to be legally
coupled. That group of wonderful loving people are the senior citi-
zens. Many have been married and are widowed. They meet some-
one they find'shares many of the same thoughts and ideas as they do
and they date and become close and look towards a future together.
Now most of this generation have solid morals and values. Yet if they
want to be together 24/7 as couples they have to cast them aside, and
just live together. Most of them have their Social Security and may-
be a portion of their spouse's pension? Maybe their insurance is still
through the spouse, what they carried together when they were both
still alive? This supplements their Medicare. If they marry they loose
the pension and the supplemental insurance. Medicare A and B is not
enough to carry, you have to have the supplemental. There should be
a better way!
FIREWORKS: I want to compliment the Jaycees on the terrific job
they did with the fireworks show. My kids really loved it. For next year,
how about involving some other organizations to do some kind of
booths or games for the 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. wait? How about a water-
melon eating contest or water balloon toss contest. There were prob-
ably more than 1,000 people sitting there waiting. A few went to the
refreshments booth the Jaycees had, but most just sat there and wait-
ed. How about having a band or some activities inside the Agri-Civic
center after the fireworks? Then some people would stay around after
the fireworks and the traffic jam would not be so bad. Just a thought.
SKUNK APE: For those who think they have smelled the Skunk
Ape. If it smells like a Skunk it was a skunk. The Skunk Ape of the 70s
was said to stink not smell like a skunk. It was suppose to smell more
like compost.
SHE'S GOT THE LOOK: I have been watching a show on TV
Land called 'She's go the look' where they let women over 35 try out
to be models. And they found some beautiful, fit women over 35. The
winner was announced last night and she is a 45-year-old mother of
five who is in great shape. I was thinking there are a lot of women over
35 in Okeechobee who look great. People live longer now, and some
of the older ones are in better shape than some of those in their 20s.
IRAN: Iran is showing their might because of the Israelis little exer-
cise last moth that they used to show they could strike Iran's nuclear
facilities. If Israel dose strike Iran then Iran hits back, we will be the
ones getting dragged into it. Israel knows that they can do what ever
they want and we will be there to bail them out. Even if it means start-
ing WWIII, over sand and religion. I say we pull all of our people out
of the area and let them do each other in. We are too involved in other
people's business as it is , and is one reason we have the respect of
the rest of the world.
DRAFT: I guess if we're going to be in Iraq for 100 years, we'll need
more warm bodies for the front lines. Funny how we're protecting
our nation by putting all of our soldiers in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now
maybe Iran. Any fool knows we're pretty helpless back here at home
with all of our soldiers gone.
WAR: We have and still are in other country's for 60+ years. Amer-
icans pay little attention to it because we don't have the death toll that
we have in Iraq. Is a draft possible? I think yes, if another terrorist
strike were to happen on American soil. Right now people are all up
in arms over the economy. We are a country with a very short memo-
ryand a total lack of understanding of what previous wars have cost
us. We are so busy trying to fix this mess in Iraq that we have depleted
our recourses of American troops. The recruiters our out in full force,
flashing money and dreams to our youth. Certain armed forces have
dropped many requirements for entry into the military ... just to get
their numbers up. I can not recall where I read an article on the high
rate of medical discharges and "other" discharges before boot camp
even ends, but the article said these numbers were higher than ever
before. The United States has so many "back doors" for entry that
it's a joke something has not happened yet. From what little I know,
American security is lacking, and our enemy's our just waiting for that
"perfect" moment. I am thinking more of our Nuclear Plants than an
attack as 9/11. I am looking for a President that can balance our need
for security and to put our economy back on track and to stabilize
our health industry. So far, I am not impressed with either of our can-
didates and hope in the near future they can define to the American
people there vision of how to correct all of this.
HEALTH CARE: On the National Public Radio program this morn-
ing was a story on health care and how France has the best national
health care system in the world. Doctors even make house calls. If
they can do it, we need to find a way for Americans to have that kind
of service. Of course, it probably means we have to get people back to
work first. You can't run a country in a deficit spending mode forever.
Sooner or later those bills come due.
BERTHA: Is everyone watching Hurricane Bertha? If you don't
already have your hurricane supplies on hand, it's time to prepare.
Bertha is not expected to hit us, but how many times have we heard
that before? Two days before Jeanne hit, the forecasters had it headed
back out to sea, and it turned around and came back at us. I think
it's time to count the canned goods, make sure you have a manual
can opener, fill the water jugs and buy some duct tape. If you don't
already know 101 uses for duct tape, after a hurricane, you will learn
most of them.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, July 11
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780 or 863-467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group is welcome to come and see what
we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-932-
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second,St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a new weekly meeting,
Overeaters anonymous meets every Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Just
For Today Club, 101 N.W. Fifth St. (next to the Medicine Shoppe)
Overeaters Anonymous is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees
or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop
eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.

Saturday, July 12
Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith Church of Okeechobee,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month beginning
at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all Christian singers and
musicians are welcome to take part. For information, contact the
church at 863-763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at 863-763-3373; or, Sister
Yvonne Price at 863-467-6657.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade
Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic
violence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational
materials and prevention tools. Call 863-634-9340 or 863-357-6248, for
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information,
call Dick Laneau at 863-467-9540 or 727-345-4323.
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., gospel music sing
at 6 p.m. For information call 863-763-6869.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call 863-634-4780.

Sunday, July 13
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please call

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.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.VP. to 863-763-2308.

Community Events

Red Cross offers summer classes
The Okeechobee Branch of the American Red Cross will be offer-
ing a class on Infant/Child CPR on July 16, at 6 p.m. On Tuesday,
July 29, they will offer 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 Yard Sale at the Blue Volunteer
Building, next to The Hamrick Home (411 S.E. Fourth Street) on Fri-
day July 11, from 8 a.m. until noon and Saturday, July 12, 8
a.m. until noon. Bargains 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-

Program for grandparents on radio
Saturday, July 12, at 7:30 a.m. on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM, guest
speaker Jeffrey Ralicki, Executive Director; Janice Maier, Prevention
Specialist and Director of the Grand Program; Sheilah Newmann, a
grandparent bringing up two grandchildren will be on to discuss the
Grand (great relationships achieve noble dreams) program for grand-
parents facing the challenges of bringing up their grandchildren and
dealing with children issues. For more information contact Janice
Maier at Tykes and Teens - 772-220-3439 or online at www.tykesand-

Scrapbooking party set for July 12
An all-day scrapbooking crop will be held on Saturday, July 12,
from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Sec-
ond St. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Please bring a covered
dish if you are interested in participating in our pot luck luncheon.
There will be a demonstration using Tyvek paper and Lumiere paints
to enhance your scrapbooking and caremaking projects. Refresh-
ments will be served and there will be plenty of door prizes. Bring
any scrapbook pages on which you are currently working. For more
information call Joan at 863-467-0290 or Carolyn at 863-634-1885.

Glades Gun Club to host shooting event
The Glades County Gun club will hold an open range shooting
event. On Saturday, July 12. The range is located at the Glades County
Sheriff's Gun Range at Gun Club Road on S.R. 78, 4.2 mi N.E. of U.S.
27. Glades County residents are welcome at no charge. Insurance re-
quires all guests to register, attend a short range safety briefing and
sign a waiver. Eye and ear protection is mandatory and will be avail-
able 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 in-
formation call 863-946-2566.

Autism Support Group holds meeting
The Okeechobee Autism Support Group will meet on Saturday,
July 12, at the Okeechobee Library from 4 until 5 p.m. This group
wants to reach out to parents of children with not only Autism but also
Autism Spectrum Disorders and Aspergers. For more information on
the group please call Danielle at 863-634-2095.

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At the Movies

The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Friday, July
11, through Thursday, July 17, 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 - "Meet Dave" (PG) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9:15 p.m.
Theatre III - "Wall-E" (G) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:30,
7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:30 and 7 and
9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and
under are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call 863-763-7202.


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Astrol gy

By Eugenia Last
ARIES (March 21-April
19): Talk to people you live with
horizon- or a partner about your latest
THEIR thoughts, but be agreeable and
ers spell willing to compromise. Don't be
too pushy. Overindulgence in any
letters way will not be the answer to
your worries. 3 stars
P S TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Good things come to those who
H S wait, compromise and work
Alongside others. You will be able
n to mix work and pleasure. Love
G E is on the rise and inviting people
over to your place is a good way
C A to make a lasting impression. 3
S W GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
S A You've got great creative ideas
but, before you try to get others
L R to do the work, make sure the
projects are sound. Once you've
S E ironed out the little kinks, every-
R N one will be happy to give you the
push and encouragement you
O E need to carry on. 3 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
T S Nothing should stand between
C S you and what you want. Let your
imagination lead the way and
O J drum up whatever interest you
S can in something you feel is a fea-
D B sible project. Socializing and shar-
7/11 ing your thoughts will help you
a, Con- secure support. 5 stars
ancial, LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
Open, Don't take anything or anyone for
Refer, granted. Using emotional tactics
s, Suc- will not get you far. Secrets will be
revealed so be upfront and hon-
est about what you are doing. Get
rsress involved in a challenging physical
SMain St:, activity. 2 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Love is on the rise and pleasure
trips and getting involved in enjoy-
able group activities will all lead to
romance. Don't be afraid to make
a commitment or change some
plans that don't fit your lifestyle
sens anymore. 4 stars
sTara LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
nd of Be true to yourself and trust your
rek" decisions. Your creative ideas
fs and imagination will not let you
concern down. Prepare to dazzle some-
one who can afford to put money
behind you. An emotional issue
actions, may leave you free to do as you
please. 3 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
PUZZLE: Don't trust anyone to do your job
for you. Focus on being where
N ED you have to be to get the job done
T R 0 N right. Love, romance and adven-
T ON ture can be combined if you plan
Sa trip that includes business and a
o L A little intimacy with someone you
T adore. 3 stars
Ao o , 21): Someone may try to get a
Z E K E point across that you really have
SL OR to consider. Don't shut down
BN because you are so intent on do-
ID AD ing things your way. Listen to the
N L A voice of experience or that of an
IG E Dl innocent bystander and you will
07/11/08 be further ahead. 3 stars
- 712 8 1 CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
12 13 19): Don't believe everything
you hear. A partnership will not
be what it appears. Expect to be
given false information regarding
someone's credentials. Do your
own research and you will pros-
per. 4 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
5 18): Don't trust your emotions
to lead you in the right direction.
You will be easily upset and must
be willing to listen to the facts.
Give your partner the benefit of a
doubt and your friends and family
a second chance. 2 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
5 Everything will start to go your
way. Love, socializing, networking
and financial gains are all looking
good. Discuss investments, com-
mitments and legal matters that
you want to put to rest. Now is
07/11/08 the time for change. 5 stars

Dear Abby

Family purse strings no longer in husband's hands
cern. If he was prou of where to meet and mingle with new
DEARABBY: My husband and the money went, he would have people. Join a gym. It's healthy,
I are going through a financial answered the question. it's fun, and it's a non-threatening
situation which many families However, please consider way to meet all sorts of people
seem to face these days, where that another reason he may with different interests. It's also
the wife has to take care of the have overreacted is that he feels an effective way to lose weight,
family's finances, it should be his place to be the tone up and gain self-confidence.
Yesterday my husband asked breadwinner -- and the fact that Give it a try and let me hear from
me to give him some money. Of you are is a blow to his ego. you in six months. I'll bet by then
course I told him I would give DEAR ABBY: I'm a freshman your problem will have resolved
it to him, but I wanted to know in college and having one of the itself.
what he needed it for because I best times of my life. 1 have made DEAR ABBY: I am an 11-year-
had given him enough a week a lot of good friends. My only old girl with a problem. My mom
ago that should have gotten him problem is I don't have a boy- is dating a really cool guy. He's
through a minimum of three friend. It's not that I feel I can't nice and remembers our birth-
weeks. exist without one. I have been ,days and stuff like that, but I don't
My husband became angry perfectly content as a single girl. like him that much. I have talked
and told me to "forget the mon- But I'm 18 now, and still haven't to my mom and my school coun-
ey," that he would manage one kissed a guy. selor about it. What do you sup-
way or another. I tried explaining One by one, each of my friends pose I should do now? -- ISSUES
to him that if the situation was has found someone. I know a lot WITH MOM'S B.F.
the other way around, he would of guys through activities I'm in- DEAR ISSUES: Just because
have wanted to know what I volved in, or my classes, but I am your mother likes him does not
needed the money for and that I terrified of initiating something. I mean that you have to like him
was only concerned, but he's still, really need them to make the first "that much." He is your mother's
mad at me. I apologized, but he's move. I'm worried that no one friend. Therefore, you should
still hurt. will be interested in me because treat him with the same respect
Was it wrong to ask him what I'm a bit overweight and I'm self- and consideration that you would
he needed the money for? conscious about it. want your mother to treat on, of
-- WORRIED WIFE IN NI- Abby, can you think of any- YOUR friends.
GERIA thing I could do to change my Dear Abby is written by Abi-
DEAR WORRIED WIFE: situation? -- WANTING A GUY gl Van Buren, also known as
Your question was probably AT CORNELL Jeanne Phillips, and was found-
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to the money, your husband's de- curricular activity for you? It's DearAbby.com orPO. Box 69440,
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Kiwanians hear about convention

By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
Jim Vensel was the guest
speaker at the July 3, meeting of
the Okeechobee Kiwanis Club.
He spoke of the International
Convention which he attended in
Orlando June 25 to 28.
"I want to thank everyone for
sending me," Mr. Vensel said.
"I learned a lot and met a lot of
On Thursday, June 26, he
worked the registration booth
where he met people from Japan,
the Netherlands and Switzerland.
"There were some 7,000 Ki-
wanians in attendance," Mr. Ven-
sel said.
Prior to the voting on Friday, at-
tendants heard fom the president
with International Boys and Girls
Club of America. They announced
a joint effort with Kiwanis to help
The race for president and
president elect were both unop-
posed. There were five candidates
for,vice president and it ended in
a run off.
"Each was given an opportuni-
ty to make a speech," Mr. Vensel

said. "A lot of people said that if
you read the pamphlet, it would
be easier."
The pamphlet held back-
ground information on the can-
didates, while their speeches all
centered on leadership, member-
ship, growth and children.
The attendees heard from So-
nya Manzano, an actor from Sesa-
me Street, author and activist.
"She said that Sesame Street
has always been on a conserva-
tive base," Mr. Vensel said. "They
did stray a couple of times, and
they rapidly heard from people
around the world."
All of the proposed amend-
ments were laid out in a booklet
prior to the convention.
Nine were presented and two
withdrawn for a total of seven
amendments for attendees to
vote on.
One of the amendments that
passed gave clubs the options of
electing presidents for a two year
"The first year is a learning ex-
perience," Mr. Vensel said. "The'
second year you can achieve
some of the goals that you set."
One of the goals that were

stated at the convention was that
by 2015 Kiwanis would achieve a
membership of one million. Pres-
ently membership is at 255,000
members worldwide.
Other staggering statistics that
were announced at the confer-
ence included that six million
volunteer hours were donated
in 2007 and $100 million dollars
were donated.
"The president of the Kiwanis
in Japan suggested that we look
into simulcasting the confer-
ence," Mr. Vensel said. "He felt
that the money being spent on
travel could better be used by the
Another speaker at the confer-
ence said that we live in a society
that likes to make believe we care
about our children, but we have a
government that then cuts fund-
ing for education. These children
are our future leaders.
A point that was, made at the
conference, and that Mr. Vensel
said he agreed with, was that Ki-
wanis would have to change to
attract the younger generation,
but still maintain the attraction to
their current members.
He also suggested that the

Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Jim Vensel spoke at the July 3 meeting of the Kiwanis Club about his trip to the Kiwanis In-
ternational Convention in Orlando.

club take part in Kiwanis Kids, a
program that allows different Ki-
wanis clubs to highlight a local
child that is active in Key Club or
Builders in a Kiwanis publication.
Participation of our local club
was approved. "I think that this
will be great for us," Mr. Vensel
said. "It will be great for Okeecho-
bee and great for our club."

Today in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, July 11,
the 193rd day of 2008. There
are 173 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 11, 1804, Vice Presi-
dent Aaron Burr mortally wound-
ed former Treasury Secretary Al-
exander Hamilton during a pistol
duel in Weehawken, N.J.
On this date:
In 1767, John Quincy Adams,
the sixth president of the United
States, was born in Braintree,
In 1798, the U.S. Marine Corps
was formally re-established by a
congressional act that also cre-
ated the U.S. Marine Band.
In 1864, Confederate forces
led by Gen. Jubal Early began an
abortive invasion of Washington,
D.C., turning back the next day.
In 1934, President Franklin D.
Roosevelt became the first in-
cumbent chief executive to travel
through the Panama Canal.
In 1952, the Republican Na-
tional Convention, meeting in
Chicago, nominated Dwight D.
Eisenhower for president and
Richard M. Nixon for vice presi-

In 1955, the U.S. Air Force
Academy swore in its first class of
cadets at its temporary quarters,
Lowry Air Force Base in Colo-
In 1978, 216 people were im-
mediately killed when a tanker
truck overfilled with propylene
gas exploded on a coastal high-
way south of Tarragona, Spain.
In 1979, the abandoned U.S.
space station Skylab made a spec-
tacular return to Earth, burning up
in the atmosphere and showering
debris over the Indian Ocean and
In 1988, nine people were
Skilled when five Palestinian gun-
men attacked hundreds of tourists
aboard a Greek cruise ship, the
City of Poros, which was steam-
ing toward a marina in suburban
In 1995, the United States nor-
malized relations with Vietnam.
Ten years ago: Air Force Lt.
Michael Blassie, a casualty of the
Vietnam War, was laid to rest near
his Missouri home, after the posi-
tive identification of his remains,
which had been enshrined at the
Tomb of the Unknowns in Arling-

ton, Va.
Five years ago: President
Bush put responsibility squarely
on the CIA for his disputed claim
that Iraq had tried to acquire
nuclear material from Africa,
prompting Director George Tenet
to publicly accept full blame for
the miscue. The World Trade Or-
ganization ruled that heavy duties
on steel imports imposed by the
United States violated global trade
.rules. Thousands marked the an-
niversary of the 1995 massacre at
Srebrenica in Bosnia, burying 282
newly identified victims.
SOne year ago:. Lady Bird
Johnson, the former first lady
who championed conservation
and worked tenaciously for the
political career of her husband,
former President Lyndon Baines
Johnson, died in Austin, Texas, at
age 94. Pakistani army comman-
dos captured the Red Mosque
from militants, following a 35-
hour battle.
Today's Birthdays: Actor
Tab Hunter is 77. Actress Susan
Seaforth Hayes is 65. Singer Jeff
Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is
61. Ventriloquist-actor Jay John-
son is 59. Actor Bruce McGill is

58. Singer Bonnie Pointer is 58.
Actor Stephen Lang is 56. Actress
Mindy Sterling is 55. Actress Sela
Ward is 52. Reggae singer Michael
Rose (Black Uhuru) is 51. Singer
Peter Murphy is 51. Actor Mark
Lester is 50. Jazz musician, Kirk
Whalum is 50. Singer Suzanne
Vega is 49. Rock guitarist Richie
Sambora (Bon Jovi) is 49. Actress
Lisa Rinna is 45. Rock musician
Scott Shriner (Weezer) is 43. Ac-
tress Debbe Dunning is 42. Actor
Greg Grunberg is 42. Wildlife ex-
pert Jeff Corwin is 41. Actor Jus-
tin Chambers is 38. Actor Michael
Rosenbaum is 36. Country singer
Scotty Emerick is 35. Rapper Lil'
Kim is 33. Rock singer Ben Gib-
bard is 32. Rapper Lil' Zane is 26.
Pop-jazz singer-musician Peter
Cincotti is 25. Actor David Henrie
is 19.
Thought for Today: "False
democracy shouts Every man
down to the level of the average.
True democracy cries All men up
to the height of their fullest capac-
ity for service and achievement."
Nicholas Murray Butler, American
educator (1862-1947).

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Health News in Brief

Parent Education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be of-
fering parenting education classes
for parents with children, infants
to age 3.
All pregnant women and. par-
ents are encouraged to attend.
Each participant will receive a
This "adults" only parenting
class consists of six classes. You
must attend all six classes to get
a certificate of completion. Day
and evening classes'are available.
No child care will be available.

Call 863-462-5877 for registration.

Welcome House offers

Welcome House is now ac-
cepting applications. Membership
is free, if you are at least 18 years
of age and have an emotional or
psychiatric diagnosis, or if you are
under a doctor's care or simply
taking medication for emotional
problems, they welcome you
to drop in and join the circle of
Welcome House offers sched-
uled activities at least three times
a week such, as: arts and crafts,

support groups, outings, and
presentations. they are open 7
days a week from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. For more information, call
Hilda or James at 863-467-1026.

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Okeechobee News, Friday, July 11, 2008

State parks celebrate tf.
S'Famil 45 Friends, Fun19
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'Family, Friends, Fun' agV"

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Some thrifty family fun can be
found on Sunday, July 13, at all
Florida State Parks.
To celebrate July as Recre-
ation and Parks Month, the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection's Division of
Recreation & Parks is encourag-
ing family friendly, outdoor recre-
ation with the launch of its "Fam-
ily. Friends. Fun." campaign to
reconnect children and families
with nature.
Florida is waiving admission
to all state parks on Sunday, July
Our local State Park, Kissim-
mee Prairie Preserve State Park,
33104 NW 192nd Avenue pro-
tects one of the largest remaining
stretches of Florida dry prairie,
home to an array of endangered
plants and animals. While driving
the five-mile-long road into the
park, visitors can enjoy sweeping
vistas of grasslands reminiscent
of the Great Plains of the Mid-
west. The park offers excellent
seasonal birding opportunities
and is home to the endangered
Florida grasshopper sparrow, as
well as the crested caracara and
sandhill crane. Over 100 miles of
dirt roads allow hikers, bicyclists,
and equestrians to explore prai-
ries, wetlands, and shady ham-
mocks. Ranger-led prairie buggy
tours take visitors to remote areas
of the park. For overnight stays,
the park has full-facility and prim-
itive equestrian campgrounds.
Kissimmee Prairie's remote lo-
cation makes it one of Florida's
premier locations for stargazing.
It is located 25 miles northwest
of Okeechobee via U.S. 441 and
County Road 724. For more infor-
mation call 863-462-5360.
Another area park is in Sebring,
Highlands Hammock State Park
is one of Florida's oldest parks
which opened to the public in
1931. Many visitors enjoy bicy-
cling the scenic 3-mile loop drive
or hiking along the park's nine
trails. An elevated boardwalk
traverses an old-growth cypress

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swamp. For equestrians, there is
an 11-mile, day-use trail. Picnick-
ing is another popular activity as
are ranger-guided tours of the
park. Highlands Hammock of-
fers a full-facility campground, as
well as a youth/group tent camp-
ground. A full-service restaurant
is located on the park grounds.
For schedule and catering infor-
mation, call 863-385-7025. A rec-
reation hall is available for rental,
as are several picnic pavilions. A
museum showcasing the history
of the CCC is open 9:30 a.m.-3:30
p.m. and is located on County
Road 634, four miles west of
Highlands Hammock State
Park is located off U.S. 27 on SR
634 (also known as Hammock
Road), four miles west of Sebring.
For Information about Highlands
Hammock State Park, please call
To find other parks near
Okeechobee visit http://
www. floridastateparks.org/
cfm and fill in Okeechobee for
the city to see a list of State Parks
nearby and go out and enjoy na-
ture for free on Sunday, July 13.
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Association and Okeechobee
Main Street will hold the Second
annual National Day of the
American Cowboy on Saturday,

July 26. In the form from last year,
the event will start with a cattle
drive beginning downtown and
ending at the Agri-Civic Center on
Highway 70 East of 150 head of
Corriente Cattle.
The festival at the Agri-Civic
Center will include a Ranch Ro-
deo, Backyard Beef BBQ Contest,
storytellers, poets and displays
of the heritage of the American
If you're interested in being a
participant/vendor for the BBQ
Contest or event all forms and ap-
plications can be picked up at the
OKMS Office, Cottage 111 North-
east Second Street, Okeechobee
or email Toni Doyle, Executive
Director at okms@mainstreeto-
For more information call 863-
357-MAIN (6246).
This event is bound to make
July an even hotter commodity.
The Chamber of Commerce
is now accepting applications for
the upcoming Labor Day Festival.
Help make this event successful
by contributing. Call 863-763-6464
or stop by the Chamber office to
reserve a spot in the Labor Day
Festival held in Flagler Park.
Spaces are limited! The dates
for the festival this year are Aug.
30, 31 and Sept. 1, rain or shine.
Come join the fun!
Do you want to see your
events posted in the weekly en-
tertainment column? Forward
any publicly open events includ-
ing entertainment such as: danc-
ing, bands, comedians, theatre,
special events, special com-
munity events, contests, etc to
caguilar@newszap.com. Please
forward all information about
each event including: description
of the event; location (address);
date; time; cost; age appropriate-
ness; and any other information
that fits the specific event. For
additional information contact
Chauna Aguilar at 863-763-3134
ext. 4242. Your Weekly Entertain-
ment Guide-Share your news and
photos for this column by email
to caguilar@newszap.com.

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read your ad carefully the first
day it appears. In case of an
inadvertent error, please noti-
fy us prior to the deadline list-
ed. We will not be responsible
for more than 1 incorrect
insertion, or for more than the
extent of the ad rendered val-
ueless by. such errors.
Advertiser assumes responsi-
bility for all statements, names
and content of an ad, and
assumes responsibility for any
claims against Independent
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is subject to publisher's
approval. The publisher
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Reject any or all copy, and to
insert above the copy the word
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such as promises of guaran-
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to send money in advance for
a product or service - we
advise you to check with the
Attorney General's Consumer
Fraud Line at 1-800-220-5424,
and/or The Better Business
Bureau, 800-464-6331 for pre-
vious complaints.
Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 116
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 w/tommy lift
Bridgeport Lathe
MillerMatic 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.

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The classed ads

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
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people

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

Yr SateSale 0
OKEE - 854 NE 103rd Ave,
July 12th, 8am-2pm
Housewares sale - Furniture,
Kitchenware, Paintings,
Decorative, Bicycle, Tools--
A' Line BS rgains
Women's and little girls cloth-
ing, toys, children's bicycle,
lots & lots of extras
13080 Hwy 441 SE
8am-12pm Rain or Shine

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classlfelds.

m o ent

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

to translate and assist at
border crossing on a
camper trip from
Okeechobee to Costa Rica.
(863)801-3081 or email
live & know Okeechobee
area. (863)763-6461 DFWP
Lawn maintenance crew leader
Lawn maintenance helper
Must have valid driver's license
and clean driving record
Please call (863)467-8336
Drug Free Workplace
Equal Opportunity Employer
Seeking Clerical Help for
Okeechobee location. Good
working conditions. Will train.
Fax resume to (863)453-6138

weeks .. t's Easy.

All personal items under $5,000


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Published 3 weeks' in all of our Florida papers: Caloosa Belle, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat,
Immokalee Bulletin, Okeechobee News, and The Sun
* Ads will run in Wednesday daily editions and weekly publications.


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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

Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
oases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
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
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Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
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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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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435


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Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China. Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health a 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

Okee-Red/Blue Heeler Mix
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Marine Accessories 3020
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Public Notice 5005
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The Workforce Development Board of the
Treasure Coast - Region 20 and the
Treasure Coast Workforce Consortium
announces b meeting of the Executive
Committee to which all persons are in-
Date &Time:Friday, July 18, 2008 -
8:00 a.m.
Place. - 1,
University Park
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986
PIU UOSLTo discuss matters concern-
ing the Workforce Investment Act,
Workforce Employment Opportunities,
the Welfare Transition Program, One-
Stop Career Centers and the Work-
force Development Board. A copy of
the agenda may be obtained by con-
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
University Park
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with re-
Sspect to any matter considered at the
above referenced meeting, they will
need to ensure a verbatim recording of
the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based, in or-
der to provide a record for judicial re-
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NOTICE. The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning
Agency on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 6:00 p.m or as soon thereafter as possible.
to consiOn r an' [rpn-0P marmpdnt submitted by City Staff or citizens, to the
adopted ., '' ,, i.. . . i. may include amendments to the adopted
Land Development Regulations (LDR's). All amendments are forwarded, with a rec-
ommendataon, to the City Council for final consideration The meeting will be held at
City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeecho-
bee, Florida.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the Cty web site www citvofokeecho-
bee on or contact the General Services Department, bclemenltacivofokeecho-
be.canm. (863) 763-3372 x 218.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that i any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting, or heanng will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is
to be based General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for
the department.
In accordance with the Amencans with Disabilties Act (ADA) and Flonda Statute
286.26. persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218, if you are hearing or voice impaired,
callTDD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-888-955-8771 (TTY)
BY Bnan Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
280687 ON 7/1,11/08

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

Okeechobee County Code of Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday,
July 15, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee
County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse,
304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye
Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 499 N.W. 5th Avenue,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972, (863) 763-5548 ext. 3001.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special
Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to en-
sure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code
Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the
Faye Huffman, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
282148 ON 7/11,12/08

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NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adiustment and Appeals on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting wll-be held at City Hall, 55
SE 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Flonda.
To consider Special Excepton Petition No. 08-008-SE, submitted by Jeb Acuff on
behalf of property owners, Visting Nurse Association of Florida, Inc., allowing an
assisted living facility within a Commercial Professional Office zoning district (Ref.
Code Book Section 90-253(17))
Property is located at 203 Southeast 2nd Street and 213 Southeast 2nd Street. Le-
gal description: Parcel One: A parcel of land lying in Northwest one-quarter of the
Northwest one-quarter of Section 22, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, being
more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of
Lot 4 of Block 171, Okeechobee, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat
Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Flonda, thence run South
along the West line of said Lot 4, and the extension thereof, also being the East
right-of-way line of Southeast 2nd Avenue (formerly Tallahassee Street), for a dis-
tance of 157.5 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence continue South, along the
East line of said Southeast 2nd Avenue, for a distance of 142.5 feet to the inter-
section with the North right-of-way line of Southeast 2nd Street (formerly 7th
Street); thence run East, along said North line of said Southeast 2nd Street, for a
distance of 217.9 feet to the Southwest corner of a parcel of land described in
O.R. Book 1, Page 107, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida; thence
run North, along the West line of said parcel of land for a distance of 142.5 feet to
the Northwest corner of said parcel, being a point 157.5 feet South of the North
line of said Block 171; thence run West, paralleling the North line of said Block
171, for a distance of 217.9 feet to the Point of Beginning and is approximately
0.712 acres. Parcel Two: Beginning at the intersection of Southeast 2nd Street
formerly known as Seventh Street, and southeast 3rd Avenue, formerly known as,
Cherokee Street, in the First Addition to Okeechobee, Florida, according to plat
thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 6, Public Records of Okeechobee County,
Florida; thence run West along North boundary of Southeast 2nd Street, a dis-
tance of 82.1 feet; thence run North at right angle with Southeast 3rd Avenue, a
distance of 142.5 feet; thence run East at right angle with Southeast 2nd Street, a
distance of 82.1 feet, to the West boundary of Southeast 3rd Avenue to the inter-
section with Southeast 2nd Street, being the Point of Beginning, and is approxi-
mately 0.268 acres.
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
Please be advised that the Board of Adjustment and Appeals will serve as the de-
cision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Spe-
cial Exception Petitions.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based. General Services media is for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are heanng or voice im-
paired, call TOO 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
BY Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 08-008-SE
280699 ON 7/1,11/08

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SSports News in Brief

Okeechobee News.'D. Hamilton
Final practice
Brendon Jonassant and Alisha Wilcox team up for practice in volleys and serves. The two
came to the Okeechobee Sports Complex courts on Wednesday for one of their final lessons
of the summer. The Junior Tennis team will be on summer break until late August.

UKeecnoOee News/u. Ilaminon
Clash of the Titans
Tennis Titans clashed on the courts at the Okeechobee Sports Complex on Wednesday
The two, Christian O'Connor and Andrew Hall were practicing their serves and volleys over
the net against other teammates on the Okeechobee Jr Tennis team.

Big Bass Fishing
tourney Sunday
This weekend in Clewiston on
Lake Okeechobee, the Big Bucks
Bass Tournament will be held on
Sunday, July 13. The Team Entry
is $150 and it includes Big Bass
Jackpot. There will NOT be a
Golf Tournament on Saturday, the
Clewiston Golf Course is closed
for renovations. The Bass Busters
Silver And Gold Divison Tourna-
ments will be held in Clei\stbnr
on July 19 and 20 respectfully Sil-
ver Division entry is $60 and Ihe.
Gold Division entry is $100. Both
tournaments run from safelight to
3 p.m. each day. All Bass Busters
Tournaments currently offer Spe-
cial Low Water Exemptions for all
our events.

"Sizzle Slam" this
The United States Specialty
Sports Softball Association (USS-
SA) Tournament is planned lo-
cally. There will be a World Series
warm up hosted by Okeechobee
July 12 and 13. There will be, a
barbeque pork dinner sold to
benefit the OCRA and the Chobee
Firestix. The tournament will be
held at the Sports Complex, high
school and men's sotlball fields.
Any questions call Chad Douglass
at 863-697-8794.

Register for free ,;i
Sports Camp
July 14-17, from 6-8 p.m., the
First Baptist Church of Okeecho-
bee will host a free sports camp
at the ROC (Recreational Out-
reach Center). The camp will be
open to boys and girls who have
completed kindergarten and/or
all grades through sixth. Sports
offered include basketball, t-ball,
flag football, soccer, cheerlead-
ing, tennis, fishing, golf and inline
skating/skateboarding. Register
NOW as some sports are limited
at the First Baptist Church office

located at 401 S.W Fourth Street
or at the ROC. For more informa-
tion, please call 863-763-2171.

Just Horsing Around
Camp continues
UF/IFAS Okeechobee County
4-H program, along with the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center
and the Okeechobee Children's
Services Council, is offering the
Second Annual "Just Horsing
Around" horse day camp. The
camp July 14-18, will offer camp-
ers insight into the rodeo world
focusing on pole bending, barrel
racing, goat tying, roping and oth-
er "non-roughstock" events. The
last week of the camp July 21-25
will be on basic horsemanship.
For more information and to reg-
ister please contact the Okeecho-
bee County Extension Office at
863-763-6469. Camp fee is $100
plus a $25 stall fee per week. Pre-
registration is required.

Taylor Creek Bass
Club meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month.
Tournaments are held the fol-
lowing weekend. New boaters
and (especially) non-boaters are
welcome. For information call
Dave Stout at 863-467-2255. The
club also sponsors and presents
the annual Lee McAllister Memo-
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