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Vol. 99 No. 196
Okeechobee Main Street in-
vites you to the Main Street Mix-
er on Tuesday July 22 from 5 to
7 p.m. This month's mixer will
be hosted by Western Living,
located at 123 S.W. Park Street.
Mark your calendar and invite
a friend, this is a great way to
network in the community and
meet our local business repre-
sentatives. There will be door
prizes and refreshments will be
served. For more information
please contact Main Streets Ex-
ecutive Director Toni Doyle at
form support group
Have you had a recent or
past death of a child? A local
support group is forming for
parents (only) who have had
a child precede them in death.
The parents will meet and talk
about their feelings, emotions
and their life going forward
without their child. If you are
interested please email griev-
CCC sponsors back
to school supply
The Shared Services Net-
,works Community Collabora-
tive Council is sponsoring its
annual Back to School Supply
Drive and you can help. School
supplies will be given to needy
and foster children in Okeecho-
bee before the new school year
starts. Item suggestions are:
pencils, pern, n-iark~.rs, colored
pencils, crayons, highlighters,
notebook paper, construction
paper, folders, binders, back-
packs, glue, scissors, rulers,
erasers, index cards and calcu-
lators. Supplies maybe brought
to the Community Collabora-
tive CouncilhAduring the July
meeting. Okeechobee County
School Board Office, 700 S.W
Second Ave., Room 301. For
more information call Sharon
Vinson at 863-462-5000.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: 9.1 feet
Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level
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Comics ................................. 6
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword ................................. 6
Opinion........................... . 4
Speak Out ........................ ..... 4
Sports............................ . 8
TV ........................................... 4
W eather..................................... 2
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how to contact the newspaper.
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Monday, July 14, 2008
Free sunshine: House uses solar power
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
John Eriksen stands in the backyard of his energy efficient home. That dark patch in
the center of the roof is formed by Thin-Film solar panels that produce 2,500 watts of
keeps monthly costs low
By Pete Gawda
Who says nothing is free? An
Okeechobee man has found a
free and clean source of energy
for his four bedroom, 1,600
square foot house.
John Erikson offsets his elec-
tric bill by producing his own
electricity from solar energy.
However, his metal roof does
not have the traditional large
external solar cells mounted on
it. He gets 2,500 watts of elec-
tricity from Thin-Film photovol-
taic solar panels which are one
quarter inch thick, flexible and
Unlike the traditional bulky
solar panels which have to
be mounted on the roof with
the potential of causing leaks,
these solar cells have a sticky
back which laminates onto the
standing seam metal roof.
"Part of the concept is that
you have to have an energy ef-
ficient home," said Mr. Eriksen.
He has outfitted his home
with energy saving appliances
such as low wattage halogen
lights which produce little heat
and a tankless propane water
heater. Unlike an electric water
heater which keeps a tank of
water hot all the time, Mr. Er-
iksen's water heater only runs
when he is using hot water. It
heats the water as it is used.
He moved into the house in
January and so far has not
burned up enough propane to
have tank topped off. Mr. Erik-
sen predicts he has a five-year
source of energy for heating
water already paid for in one
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
John Eriksen stands beside the dual electric meter on
his house. Mr. Eriksen has a solar electric system on his
roof which generates about half the electricity he uses.
At times when the system produces more electricity than
he needs, Florida Power & Light (FP&L) buys the excess
electricity from him. The dual meter measures the amount
of electricity FP&L supplies to Mr. Eriksen as well as the
amount of electricity Mr. Eriksen supplies to FP&L.
Mr. Eriksen, 63, became
interested in alternate energy
sources at a young age. When
he was growing up on a 10,000
acre ranch in Nebraska in the
late 1940s and early 1950s, his
family had no electric service.
However, in addition to 30
windmills to pump water for
cattle, one windmill powered
a windcharger, a system that
recharged 32 volt batteries. He
said that radios, light bulbs and
other appliances were available
that used the 32 volt batteries.
See Energy - Page 2
Library camp makes
summer reading fun
By Victoria Hannon
Studies have shown that
children can lose months of
learning over summer vacation,
while they spend little or no
time on educational pursuits.
To alleviate this, the
Okeechobee County Library
is holding a summer camp for
children in elementary school,
ages 6 through 12, entering first
through fifth grade.
This camp is geared towards
keeping kids interested in read-
ing over summer vacation and
to have them identify the library
as a safe and fun place to visit,
Pat O'Conner, who is in charge
of the program, said.
"There is always a need
to have children read," Ms.
O'Conner said. "Sometimes
they need some help to get in-
This camp will meet once
a week for six weeks, with
parents having the option of
whether their child attends on
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thurs-
The camp started on July 1
and continues through Aug. 7.
The program, which is full,
lasts for two hours starting at 3
p.m. on the day that the child
elects to attend.
"It always starts with read-
ing," Ms. O'Conner said.
Sixty children may partici-
pate in the program, which in-
cludes story time, games, craft
See Camp - Page 2
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By Pete Gawda
Special magistrate Lois
Nichols will consider imposing
fines on two of the 10 code vio-
lation case she is scheduled to
hear on Tuesday, July 15.
If Kerry Lynn McGehee has
not removed a mobile home,
an RV and debris from a cited
lot on East Center St. the spe-
cial magistrate could impose a
fine of up to $250 a day.
Last month code enforce-
ment officer Beth Albert stated
that Larry Black had almost
completed the cleanup of his
N.E. Fifth Street property. So
he was given another month.
If the property is not in com-
pliance this month, Mr. Black
could face a fine of up to $250
Earlon Eugley was cited
for having household goods,
mechanical parts and scrap
on his N.E. 26th Avenue prop-
erty. According to Mrs. Albert,
Mack Hubbard needs to apply
for a demolition permit to de-
molish a condemned mobile
home on his N.E. Fourth Street
property. He was also cited for
overgrowth, garbage, trash and
If you go
What: Special magistrate
code enforcement hearing
When: 2 p.m.. Tuesday,
Where: Commission cham-
bers, Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 N.W
Trash and debris and care
of premises are the charges
against Kenneth Childs because
of the condition of his N.E. 13th
The estate of Benjamin
Ferguson was cited by code
enforcement officer Gina Geh-
ring because of a condemned
structure on estate property in
Taylor Creek Isles.
Property on S.R. 70 W be-
longing to N & A Realty was
cited because of the unsafe
condition of a building addi-
tion. The owners were asked to
either obtain a building permit
to repair it or a demolition per-
mit to demolish it. :
See Code -Page 2
raise money to
By Chauna Aguilar
Communities in Schools
(CIS) is feeling the budget
crunch for the coming year.
State funding of $40,000 was
completely cut from their bud-
CIS typically has a budget of
less than $100,000. So, cutting
$40,000 from that is almost half
of their budget for the entire
CIS of Okeechobee serves
1,200 to 1,800 students each
year with various programs
during the summer and also
throughout the school year.
To help out this important
program for our youth, Jersey
Mike's Subs has linked their
grand opening with a week of
free subs, Mike's Way, with a $1
donation to CIS.
The grand opening begins
on Wednesday, July 16. In or-
der to receive the promotion
one must have the CIS coupon
which will be printed in the
Okeechobee News during the
week of the promotion. The
promotion will end Sunday,
July 20. The new Jersey Mike's
Subs location is at 611 West
South Park Street in the same
plaza as Marble Slab.
Additional donations will
also be accepted at Jersey
See Students - Page 2
Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
"It always starts with reading." Each day of the summer
camp that the library is hosting Is started by Pat O'Conner
reading a book to the children, and July 8 was no different.
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Continued From Page 1
Mike's Subs for CIS. There is no
CIS needs these funds to con-
tinue their services in Okeecho-
They currently have been
holding various summer camps,
some at completely no charge to
the participants. The only camp
that they hold that the participant
must pay a charge is for their
skate park camp due to the trip to
Vans Skate Park in Orlando.
They also run an On Track pro-
gram which is to educate young
teens about teenage pregnancy.
Their Character Counts pro-
gram extends beyond summer
camp and into the everyday class-
room in our schools where stu-
dents continue to learn the six pil-
lars of character: trustworthiness;
respect; responsibility; fairness;
caring and citizenship.
Trustworthiness teaches the
children to be honest; don't de-
ceive, cheat or steal. It also helps
them to understand the impor-
tance of being reliable, to do what
you say you'll do and have the
courage to do the right thing.
In Character Counts students
also learn to treat others with
respect and follow the Golden
Continued From Page 1
"What I am doing is offsetting
my electric bill," Mr. Eriksen said.
At times during a sunny day when
his system produces more elec-
tricity than the house needs, the
excess is sold to Florida Power
& Light (FP&L) at the same rate
they charge him for electricity.
This offsets the cost of some of
the electricity he buys from FP&L
at night. At other times during the
day, whatever amount of electric-
ity is produced is that much elec-
tricity he does not have to buy
A dual electric meter is mount-
ed on the side of the house. It
measures the amount of electric-
ity FP&L supplies to him as well
as the amount of electricity he
supplies to FP&L.
He says his house is totally ef-
ficient and comfortable.
Mr. Eriksen predicts he saves
about half on his electric bills
which run from $25 to $45 a
month, depending on how much
air conditioning is required.
"I see it as the wave of the
future," Mr. Eriksen said of solar
In the future, with higher fuel
costs, he predicted that such
houses will be mandated.
Mr. Eriksen, who is a builder
by trade, built the house himself.
It is now for sale and he would
Rule. They teach students to be
tolerant of differences and use
good manners, not bad language.
Being considerate of the feelings
of others and dealing peacefully
with anger is also taught with this
Responsibility is instilled in
these students to teach them to
do what they are supposed to do
and when they mess up to perse-
vere and keep on trying! Always
do their best and use self-control.
Responsibility also involves being
self-disciplined and thinking be-
fore they act in order to consider
the consequences and in turn be
accountable for their actions.
Fairness teaches the students
to play by the rules, take turns
and share. Being open-minded
and listening to others is another
important aspect of character.
Caring is taught to the students
who are encouraged to be kind,
compassionate and show you
care through expressing grati-
tude, forgiving others and helping
people in need.
Citizenship is also very impor-
tant to mold the students to be-
coming adults that do their share
to make their community better.
With Character Counts they start
by making their schools bet-
ter through cooperation, getting
involved and staying informed.
Students are encouraged to vote
once they are of age. Respecting
authority is also a key aspect of
like to build a smaller, more en-
ergy efficient house.
"My goal is to build a zero en-
ergy house," he said. That would
be a house that produces more
electricity than it uses.
The systems used on houses
range in size from 2,000 to 5,000
watts. On his next house Mr. Erik-
sen wants to install a 5,000 watt
system as well as a more efficient
air conditioner, which is the larg-
est single user of electricity in a
This is space age technol-
ogy. Thin-Film photovoltaic solar
electric systems are used on the
space shuttle. They are also used
to power calculators.
It cost $16,000 to install the en-
ergy system. However, Mr. Eriks-
en received a $10,000 rebate from
the state and will get a $2,000
credit on next year's federal in-
come tax. Therefore the net cost
of the system was only $4,000. In
new construction, the cost of in-
stalling the solar electric system is
added into the mortgage.
The roof top system produces
direct current which is sent to a
converter in the garage that con-
verts it to alternating current,
which is used by household ap-
pliances. Beside the converter
is a meter which measures the
amount of electricity the system
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citizenship where the students
are encouraged to obey laws and
rules and to simply be a good
Communities In Schools (CIS)
is the largest dropout prevention
organization in the United States.
Locally it is ran by Jill Rogers and
Mike Davis out of their offices in
the New Endeavor High School.
For more than 30 years, CIS
has remained focused on helping
kids stay in school and prepare
for life by identifying and address-
ing the unmet needs of children
and families - needs that, when
left unanswered, contribute to the
CIS believes that caring, one-
on-one relationships between
adults and young people make
the crucial difference. Programs
don't change kids - relationships
do. CIS creates comprehensive,
locally controlled and owned
support systems around schools.
In partnership with the local
school system, CIS identifies the
most critical needs of students
and families - needs that are pre-
venting children from succeeding
in school, and in life. CIS then lo-
cates and coordinates community
resources, dedicated volunteers
and agencies to serve in partner-
ship with the public schools, both
during the day and after school,
thereby making the work of our
educators much more effective.
Thus, coordination of effort
and accountability for results are
essential aspects of the service
CIS provides - because, too of-
ten, well-meaning programs are
not focused on overall school
objectives. CIS ensures that the
work of these outside agencies
and volunteers is interconnected
and integrated to provide the sup-
port schools need the most.
The CIS Five Basics that every
child needs and deserves are:
1. A one-on-one relationship
with a caring adult;
2. A safe place to learn and
3. A healthy start and a healthy
4. A marketable skill to use
upon graduation; and
5. A chance to give back to
peers and community.
Okeechobee County CIS is
located in the New Endeavour
School Building, 575 SW 28th
To make a donation by mail
send to: P.O. Box 2412, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34973.
For more information about
CIS call 863-462-5863. For infor-
mation about Jersey Mike's Subs
call 863-467-8100 or visit www.
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Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Efficient water heater
John Eriksen stands beside his energy efficient tankless
butane water heater. Unlike an electric water heater which
keeps a tank of water hot all the time, this water heater heats
water as it is needed.
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
John Eriksen is all smiles as he points to the converter which
converts direct current supplied by solar cells on his roof to
alternating current that can used by household appliances.
The meter to the left records the amount of electricity pro-
duced by solar power.
2 LOST DOGS!
Spotted Near Faith Farm Ministries on
Saturday, June 21st
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Continued From Page 1
According to code enforce-
ment officer Blanca Saucedo
the N.W. 80th Court property of
Donald Bastura and Linda Owens
contains condemned structures,
junk and debris and unlicensed/
A representative of Nix & Nix I,
LLC. has been ordered to appear
before the special magistrate to
report on a meeting that was or-
dered last month with the build-
ing department to resolve issues
Continued From Page 1
projects such as making scrap-
books and T-shirts for the camp
and computer games.
"I've been doing this for twelve
and a half years, and the program
was here before I was," said Ms.
involved with the renovation of
the Speckled Perch Steak House.
The case of Lawrence Elwell
was continued from last from
month because he desired to
have an attorney present. Mr. El-'"
well was cited for having derelict,
unlicensed recreational vehicles,
household goods, mechanical,
parts, trash, debris and other
salvage type material on his N.E.,
17th Terrace property. He was
also ordered to permit or remove
a privacy fence.
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O'Connor. "It has probably been
here for the last 20 years."
The program is funded by the
county and by the Friends of the
Okeechobee County Library.
"Sometimes all it takes is
someone reading to them [chil-:
dren] and they see that it's a good
book and go find a book to read
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Today: Considerable cloudiness with showers and thunder-
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chance of rain 60 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Scattered evening showers and thun-
derstorms...Then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms
after midnight. Lows around 70. Southwest winds around 5 mph.
Chance of rain 30 percent.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy in the morning and early afternoon then
becoming mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms..
Highs in the upper 80s. Southwest winds around 5 mph increasing
to around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Scattered evening showers and,
thunderstorms. Lows around 70. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Scattered evening showers'.
and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 per-
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thunderstorms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy. A chance of evening showers
and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 per-,
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storms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 40 percent
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Coloring at camp
Noel Smith (above) and Shyla Gopher (below) color pic-
tures as they listen to a story read by Ms. Pat O'Conner at
the Okeechobee County Library on July 8 as part of the
summer camp which the library is hosting.
Okeechobee News, Monday, July 14, 2008
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Grief can become depression
From the American
Getting older doesn't have to
mean suffering from depression.
Many people find their senior
years full of adventure, excitement
and a variety of joyful activities.
But all of us, especially as we
age, will still experience sadness.
Changes brought on by aging,
such as reduced physical abilities,
increasing health issues, or sim-
ply being more isolated, can all
increase worry and sad feelings.
A common cause of sadness,
especially as we age, is the loss
of someone dear to us, whether
a spouse, a relative or a close
friend. The grief we experience
over such a loss is actually a natu-
ral, healthy response that helps us
face the future.
But when that grieving process
is unending it's actually depres-
sion and can take all the enjoy-
ment out of life and increase risk
for numerous health problems.
Grieving becomes a problem
when it is unrelenting and keeps
a person from enjoying a normal
life. It's not always an easy con-
dition to recognize. There's no
clear timetable for how long grief
should endure. For some peo-
ple there may be a sad week or
two, and for others it might take
months to accept the loss.
However, there are signs that
indicate when grief has crossed
over to depression. The most no-
ticeable is that the grief seems to
be unrelenting, refusing to dimin-
ish with the passage of time.
It's also telling when all signs
of joy in the person's life seem to
be gone. He or she can't laugh
at a funny joke, doesn't brighten
in response to a hug, and can't
appreciate the beautiful things
around them, such as a pretty
. Someone suffering from de-
pression is often tired all the time,
stops being interested in friends
and favorite. activities, and may
withdraw socially. Eating and
sleeping problems are common,
and increased use of alcohol or
drugs can occur.
If you, or someone close to
you, has experienced a strong
loss and is beginning to exhibit
signs of depression, it is impor-
tant to get help quickly. Depres-
sion can not only negatively affect
health, but is a common cause of
There are a number of tests
that can help pinpoint depres-
sion, and a variety of methods
for treating the problem. A family
physician or counseling profes-
sional can offer advice on how to
approach the problem and make
Depression is not a mental
health issue that simply goes
away or that will cure itself. Seek
"The Counseling Corner" is
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the American Counseling Asso-
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ganization of counseling profes-
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counseling profession at the ACA
web site, www.counseling.org.
Dr. William A. Olivos
Board Certified Optimetric Physician
is moving his practice to Fort Pierce, FL
All patients' medical records are
available at the Fort Pierce office.
Dr. Norman Koff
310 NW 5th Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972
To All My Valued Patients
I will be closing my private practice on July 15, 2008. It has been a
pleasure and privilege to take care of your podiatric needs for the
past 35 years here in Okeechobee.
If you have any questions or would like to pick up your records,
please call the office as soon as possible to make arrangements.
If there is no answer, please leave a message and your call will
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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
NUBBIN SLOUGH: Wouldn't it be nice to be able to take your
children to Nubbin Slough and let them fish on the bank and let them
dangle their feet in the water without the worry of an 11 foot gator
grabbing their feet and pulling them in the water? Wouldn't it be nice
to go skiing without having to tell the driver of the boat to get you out
quickly because you do not want to be like a worm on a hook and
wind up as alligator bait? How many hard-hearted people are there in
Okeechobee to condemn a young man who lost his arm and take up
for a creature that has been around since the dinosaur age. Let's get a
petition going to try and get rid of at least the biggest gators in the lake
and get our swimming hole back.
HURRICANE: I see the weather forecast that is in the paper. So
we have the first hurricane of 2008. Its not even going to come close
to us. Its still over 3000 miles away from us and here are all of these
weather forecasts predicting doom and gloom. They look at a map of
the world and see a little spec of cloud off the coast of Africa and they
start slobbering at the mouth and start hollering doom and gloom we
are going to have a hurricane! They are just a bunch of idiots who are
scared and want to put fear in the people to make them panic and
they need to quit doing that. Anyone whose lived in Florida for all their
lives know what to do for a hurricane. We don't need to be told, day
in and day out that death and destruction is coming. We know how
to prepare for a hurricane, we have been doing this all of our lives.
If there is a hurricane coming, yes we want to hear about it, but we
don't want to hear about it everyday since it was a little fly size spec.
So they need to get off the doom and gloom stuff and act like mature
people instead of a bunch of idiots.
OMS: I saw in the paper where it said that Osceola Middle School
has a different time for the kids to attend school this year. It said it was
from 8:55 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. I'm sure that was a typographical error.
But my real question is, what is the earliest you can drop off your child
at the middle school?
TEACHERS: I believe there is a direct correlation between a
Teacher's qualifications and Student academic progress. I believe a
teacher's content knowledge of specific subjects being taught is a very
important factor in student progress. I believe the number of college
courses the teacher completed in the subject area is related to student
test scores. I believe the effect of the teacher far overshadows any
classroom variables. I believe good teachers have a positive lasting
effect while poor performing teachers have a negative lasting effect
on students' academic achievement. I am curious if there are, and
how many, teachers are teaching out of their subject area in our high
GREETER INJURED: Regarding the Wal-Mart greeter who was
injured by a fleeing thief, this is absolutely disgusting that this person
would do this for what? something less than a hundred bucks. This
type of crime is only going to get worse as the economy sinks. My
mother was assaulted and robbed in Wal-Mart in Palm Beach County
a few weeks ago. So brazen these people are, no regard for anyone.
Like my Mother told the cops, "if they needed money for some food,
all they had to was ask." Anymore when I go shopping I do not carry
cash and only my debit card placed where you are not going to find
it. Leave all your credit cards you don't plan to use that day at home.
Don't carry your Social Security Card just to go shopping. Take only
what you need for the task at hand. My mother had to learn the hard
way because she thought she was safe.
DRAFT: I would hate to see the draft come back, I went through
that era. But no matter how bad it seems, we, as a country need to
be prepared, always prepared! FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. We have be-
come a country of people who feel entitled to what we want/have,
our memory is too short or we are too selfish to realize the sacrifices
that are being made and have been made throughout history to keep
our freedom It's a hard pill to swallow, but no matter how we feel
about the decisions made by our leaders, we must stand with them.
Together we stand, divided we fall, I choose to stand.
CHANGE: As Americans, when our leaders make bad decisions,
we replace them. If we feel the whole system has gone down the
drain we rise up and replace all of them like we did in 1776.
DIVIDED WE FALL: If McCain wins the election, I will support
him. If Obama wins the election, I will support him. Whoever it is, the
Commander in Chief will have my support, but future support - in
future elections -- depends on his actions.
PROUD AMERICAN: I'm proud to be an American, but I'm not
very proud of the way we've been acting lately. I'm not proud of the
fact we bombed Iraq and killed countless men, women, and children
because of the lies we were told. I'm not proud of the fact that our
dollar is worthless due to the trillions of dollars we've spent on this
war. I'm not proud that we owe this country to China because they've
loaned us all the money we no longer have -- thus our trillion dollar
deficit. I'm not proud that we let children and the elderly die because
they're turned away because they don't have health insurance. I'm
not proud of the Patriot Act taking away our personal rights. I'm not
proud of the fact that Bush made it legal to torture prisoners. I could
go on and on. Just because you don't support this administration and
their policies doesn't mean you're not patriotic. To blindly follow an
administration so you can "support" them and your country could
lead to a situation like Hitler and WWII. Weren't the Germans told to
blindly follow? It's our job to question and hold them accountable.
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Monday, July 14
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.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W 16th St. The
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her ancestry.
The annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For
information, call Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at http://
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
O.C.RA. meets at Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane at
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interested
persons to come by and see what they are about. For information call
Tuesday, July 15
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet on the first and third
Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets the second
Tuesday of the month, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, lunch is provided. For information contact Jim Vensel at 863-
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays 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.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to
the public. For information, Call Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
-currently home schooling or interestedin home schooling is welcome.
For information, call Lydia Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty Perera, 863-467-
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call Mim
Kapteina at 863-763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
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.
Support group holds yardsale
The Okeechobee Autism Support Group will hold a yard sale to
raise funds for their group on Saturday, July 19, from 8:30 a.m. until
12:30 p.m. at 2729 N.W Fifth St. (right off Hwy 98 by Taylor Rental.)
For information or directions please call Danielle at 863-634-2095.
Summer Book Club meetings planned
Friends of the Okeechobee Book Club will meet on Thursday, July
24. The book for discussion will be Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.
The book for Thursday, Aug. 28, is The Book of Salt by Monique
Truong, and for Thursday, Sept. 25, it is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by
Barbara Kingsolver. For more information call Jan Fehrman 863-357-
9980. Free and open to the public.
CCC to holds monthly meeting
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tues-
day, July 22 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee School
Board Office. Guest speakers will be Wanda Klesper with My Aunt's
House and Mike Faulkner with Okeechobee Emergency Management.
The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Sharon Vin-
son at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.
Day of the American Cowboy set for July
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association and Okeechobee Main
Street will hold the 2008 National Day of the American Cowboy on
Saturday, July 26. The event will start at 10 a.m. with a cattle drive be-
ginning downtown and ending at the Agri-Civic Center on State Road
70 East. The festival at the Agri-Civic center will include a ranch rodeo,
backyard beef barbecue contest, storytellers, poets, farriers and dis-
plays of the heritage of the American Cowboy. If you're interested in
helping to sponsor this event, participant for the Backyard BBQ con-
test or a vendor for the event, all forms and applications.anibe picked
up at the Main Street Office, 111 Northeast Second Streetkeechobee
or email Toni Doyle, Executive Director at okms@mains- I etokeecho-
bee.com. For more information call 863-357-MAIN (6246).
Sons of the American Legion Steak Dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will sponsor their monthly Ribeye
steak dinner on Sunday, July 27, from 3 until 6 p.m. at fhe American
Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St. Dinner includes, steak, baked po-
tato, salad, roll and dessert. Donation of $12. The public i'~Selcome.
Orchid Club meeting planned
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m.
at he Cooperative Extension Office at 458 Highway 98 N. A DVD
produced by the University of Florida on orchid cultivation will be
shown. Harry Hoffner, the club president will be available for orchid
consultation. For more information call the extension office at 863-
Ladies Auxiliary Spaghetti Night
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday night
spaghetti night. All you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread and salad for a
$5 donation. The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For
more information call 863-763-2308.
Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun and meeting some new lady friends, the
Red Hat Group is looking for ladies to join who want to do things. For
information call 863-763-5836 or 863-357-1944.
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By Tabitha Trent
Cell phones and
PDAs provide tools
for better service
Imagine this: You've written
checks for several monthly bills,
and you know you scheduled
your car insurance payment for
an automatic deduction today
too. You're held up on your way
to the bank to make a deposit and
you're afraid you're not going to
make it on time. You grab your
cell phone to check your bank's
website for the closest ATM when
a text message comes in warning
you that your checking account
is about to be overdrawn. You
quickly call in a transfer from
your savings account and sigh
with relief over the nasty over-
draft fee you just avoided.
That scenario is now com-
pletely possible - thanks to mo-
bile banking, a variety of new
services offered by many banks
via their customers' cell phones,
PDAs or other mobile devices.
Why mobile banking?
Benefits range from increased
convenience (you no longer have
to go to the bank - or even your
computer) to increased efficiency
(since mobile service is widely
available you can capture dead
time at the doctor's office, in line,
or while commuting).
With mobile banking you can
access your accounts, check bal-
ances, view statements and trans-
action histories, even pay bills,
make transfers, or stop payments.
With alerts, you can also fol-
low account activity and receive
a message when your balance
drops to a minimum level that
you choose. Banks are also using
the service to direct customers to
nearby branches and ATMs or to
communicate about applications
and special offers.
Soon, you may even be able
to scan and deposit checks using
the camera on your cell phone,
or use your phone like a credit or
debit card to make purchases.
Best of all, these services aren't
just available from the 'bigger
banks. Locally based community
banks are offering mobile bank-
ing too. Most offer a combination
of three kinds of mobile banking:
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service is generally more reliable
than using a mobile web browser,
but be sure your phone, mobile
service and bank are all compat-
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banking services, ask your bank
and wireless provider about secu-
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the application or block access to
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vice is lost or stolen.
While you're asking questions
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complaints. this year - a 700-percent increase
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Today in History
Today is Monday, July 14, the
196th day of 2008. There are 170
days left in the year.
Today'"Highlight in His-
On Jul\ 14, 1789, during the
French Revolution, citizens of
Paris stormed the Bastille prison
and released the seven prisoners
On this date:
In 1798, Congress passed the
Sedition Act, making it a federal
crime to publish false, scandal-
ous or malicious writing about
the United States government.
In 1853, Commodore Matthew
Perry relayed to Japanese officials
;'a letter from President Fillmore,
requesting trade relations. (Fill-
' more's term of office had already
expired by the time the letter was
In 1858, British suffragist Em-
meline Pankhurst was born in
, Manchester, England.
In 1881, outlaw William H.
Bonney Jr., alias "Billy the Kid,"
was shot and killedby Sheriff Pat
Garrett in Fort Sumner, N.M.
In 1908, the short film "The
KAdventures of Dollie," the first
Movie directed by D.W Griffith,
opened in New York.
In 1913, Gerald Rudolph Ford
Jr., the 38th president of the Unit-
ed States, was born Leslie Lynch
King Jr. in Omaha, Neb.
In 1933, all German political
parties, except the Nazi Party,
- were outlawed.
In 1958, the army of Iraq over-
threw the monarchy.
In 1966, eight student nurses
were murdered by Richard Speck
in a Chicago dormitory.
In 1978, Soviet dissident Natan
Sharansky was convicted of trea-
sonous espionage and anti-Soviet
agitation, and sentenced to 13
years at hard labor. (Sharansky
was released in 1986.)
Ten years ago: Northern Ire-
land said a tear-filled farewell to
Richard, Mark and Jason Quinn,
three young brothers burned to
death in a sectarian attack in Bal-
lymoney that came as they slept.
Five years ago: Iraq's new
governing council, in its first full
day on the job, voted to send
a delegation to the U.N. Secu-
Srity Council and assert its right to
represent Baghdad on the world
stage. President Bush, facing
questions about his credibility,
said the United States was work-
ing overtime to prove Saddam
Hussein was developing weap-
ons of mass destruction before
the United States invaded Iraq.
One year ago: North Korea
told the United States it had shut
down its nuclear reactor, hours af-
ter a ship cruised into port loaded
with oil promised in return for the
country's pledge to disarm. For-
mer presidents, fellow first ladies
and about 1,800 other people at-
tended a private funeral in Austin,
Texas, for Lady Bird Johnson, the
widow of President Lyndon B.
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among smiling enemies."
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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 7and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9:15 p.m.
Theatre III - "Wall-E" (G) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:30,
7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:30 and 7 and
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and
under are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call 863-763-7202.
CLOSE TO HOME
"The hospital bought 50 of them to help
with the nursing shortage."
DEAR ABBY: I recently lost
my loyal companion of 12 years,
my dog Buddy. His death has
been difficult for me, although
with each passing day the hurt
eases a little.
My 3-year-old niece, "Ta-
mara," adored Buddy. Her first
words during any conversation
usually were, "Where's Buddy?"
or, "How is Buddy?" Tamara lives
in another state, so she was able
to see him only during visits to my
home. I asked my sister to explain
that Buddy had died and gone to
.heaven, hoping Tamara would
understand why Buddy is no
longer here with me. Sadly, she
didn't do as I asked. The last time
we talked Tamara said, "Maybe
he'll be back from heaven when
we come see you."
They're coming next month,
and when they do I know I'll have
to deal with Buddy's loss all over
again. What's the best way to
handle this with the least amount
of hurt for all concerned? When
her fish died, they flushed it down
the toilet, and Tamara still thinks
it will come swimming back one
day. -- "AUNT LALA" IN RHODE
DEAR AUNT LALA: Please
accept my sympathy for the loss
of your beloved Buddy. The way
to handle this is, when your niece
arrives and asks where Buddy is,
tell her again that he died. And
when she asks when he's coming
back, tell her that when creatures
die, they do not come back. It's
the truth, and it may stop her from
continually checking the toilet.
DEAR ABBY: Can you give me
a lighthearted, polite response
when someone says, "Shame on
you!" for not doing something he
thinks everyone should be doing
-- like watching "Star Wars" mov-
ies and inconsequential things
My husband has a colleague
who says this constantly. We find
it rude, but don't want to match
his rudeness with our own.
-- STUMPED IN ST. CLOUD,
DEAR STUMPED: You hus-
band's colleague is not being
rude. He's being asinine -- and
for you and your husband to buy
into it is a waste of your time and
The next time he says, "Shame
on you" for something so trivial,
just laugh and agree with him.
"Yes, ha-ha. It's shameful." Then
change the subject. No one
has the right to dictate how you
should spend your time, so take it
with a grain of salt.
DEAR ABBY: I read an article
in our local paper a while ago that
said good employees who leave a
company usually do so because
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of their boss.
With that in mind, I would like
to bring closure to my recent res-
ignation with the following open
letter to my former boss:
"Thanks for asking me to stay
on, but I respectfully decline. I
will be self-employed from now
on. However, if in the future I ever
feel the need to be publicly hu-
miliated, blind-sided, ostracized
and called a spy, be distrusted
and disciplined by superiors for
no good reason, fight for wages
that are rightfully mine, stabbed
in the back by fellow employees,
used as a pawn in executive rival-
ries, or (especially) chewed out
when you're having a bad day, I'll
get back to you!" -- MOVING ON
IN NEW MEXICO
DEAR MOVING ON: I'm
printing your letter. I hope that
seeing it in print will be cathartic.
I wish you good luck in your new
career, where someday you may
be a boss yourself. And if you are,
I'm sure you will create a health-
ier office environment than the
one you left.
DearAbby is written by Abigail
Van Buren, also known as Jeanne
Phillips, and was founded by her
mother, Pauline Phillips. Write
Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.
com or PO. Box 69440, Los Ange-
les, CA 90069.
By Eugenia Last
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Put things in perspective and de-
horizon- cide what's really important to
THEIR you. Family fun, finding love or
ers spell doing something invigorating
will stimulate you mentally and
9 letters physically. If you want to feel re-
juvenated, follow through with
S C your dreams, hopes and wishes.
0 C TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
p O Keep your friends close and your
enemies closer. Someone may
H O use emotional tactics to get what
he or she wants from you. Don't
I R give in to bullying or to helping
someone who needs to be more
S D responsible. Take care of matters
T I that directly link to your well-be-
ing. 2 stars
I N GEMINI (May ,,June 20):
You will be extremely persua-
C A sive and able to getthings done
A because of your intellectual en-
A T' gineering. However, stick to the
T O ground rules. You don't need to
use underhanded tactics to win
E R when you have the ability to out-
smart any competition you meet
D E today. 5 stars .,ilH , 1
E A CANCER (June 2i-July 22):
Don't let a change of plans disrupt
J D your day and don't take on some-
one else's responsibilities unless
7/14 you'll be properly rewarded for.
linator, your services. Check into what
s, Jus- you can do to help your personal
;, Pon- situation and your financial fu-
;retary, ture. 3 stars
,Tony, LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
Don't let emotional matters stand
a in the way of what has to be
c, Po. done. Productivity will bring re-
Ssize) wards; excuses will not. You have
some great ideas so put them into
play and make whatever you do
unique. 3 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Don't get all worked up over
something that doesn't concern
ler's rope you. Emotional matters mixed in
with work will only lead to trou-
is, as ble. Focus on what you can do for
others and how you can expand
n serf your relationships. 3 stars
hookups LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
imefog Take the initiative and you can
sort through any concern you
vessels have. A little creative input and
Dr you will be on the right track.
ate execs Don't go overboard or waste time
stand?" overreacting -- just do what needs
to be done. 5 stars
'UZZLE: SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov.
AIRIET 21): Watch your back and pro-
MIUISIE tect what you have. Someone
0 NICIE may take advantage of your trust.
ITA N Emotional matters will lead to de-
O0P s ception. Don't believe everything
SE you hear. 2 stars
D EKE SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
R E E R 21): Take a trip, invest in your fu-
N D ture or hang out with someone
who inspires and motivates you.
o S It's all about what you can do to
CS A Cget your dreams off the ground.
SA L Surround yourself with new
B L E friends who have similar inter-
N 0 U T ests. 4 stars
ELTA CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
07/14/08 19): There is money to be made if
12 you are diligent about something
that you believe can bring you
high returns. Open discussions
with people you regard highly will
give you some profitable ideas. 3
2 AQUARIUS an. 20-Feb.
18): Emotional deception is ap-
parent if you don't look at facts
with regard to relationship prob-
lems. Talking about solutions
can help more than you realize.
A change may be required and
some thought and hard work ap-
S plied. 3 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20): Don't make rash changes
without thinking. You will have
a lot to contend with today and it
will be important that you don't
take things the wrong way. Be
willing to listen to reason instead
of thinking that everyone is out to
get you. 3 stars
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CAT - Calico, found in Kings
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MIX - 7/3 just North of She-
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Job Training 227
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area. (863)763-6461 DFWP
Lawn maintenance crew leader
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Please call (863)467-8336
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Send resume: Osceola
PO Box 676
Pahokee, FL 33476
ATTN: HR Department
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working conditions. Will train.
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Wanted to Buy 740
STOVE - GE White electric
stove in excellent condition.
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
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clean un a breeze
Country Oak Dining Room Set-
round or oblong, 6 chairs &
china cabinet, excellent con-
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CHANDELIER - 2-chandeliers
look new $50.
Okee-Red/Blue Heeler Mix
puppies- 3 females, 1 male,
4 weeks old, ready to go in 2
weeks $250 (863)697-1565
ROUTER BIT SET - 35 pc,
new. $60 (863)467-7589
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Services Wanted 830
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WEEDEATER - Battery, new.
Business Places 910
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
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Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
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$1100 mo. Lawrence Assoc.
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sec. & refs. Call Barry for
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OKECHOBEE - 3BR/1BA Du-
plex, W/D hookup, central
a/c & heat. $775 mo. +
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OKEE. - 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
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clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
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Resort Property -
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Waterfront Property 1080
House -Sal 102
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Mobile Home - Lots 2005
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reid $800 mo. 772-464-9226
MH - 1BR/1BA, all util, fur-
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sec. dep. 828 Hwy. 441 SE.
New Mobile Home- 2br/2ba,
furnished, washer/dryer, off
of 15A, $850 month + $600
OKEECHOBEE - 2BR, 1BA, on
lot in quiet neighborhood
close to town. Front porch,
fenced yard. Will lease with
option to buy. $59,000.
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$450/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
TREASURE ISLAND - 2 BR,
2 BA, 1 Car garage. Lake
access on canal. $800.mo.
+ $800 sec. 561-441-2668
TREASURE ISLAND -Furn,
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lot, $800/mo or purchase
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Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
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
Minn Kota Bass Boat- 2 man,
9.4', 2 HP outboard trolling
motor, very nice, new seats
GO-CART Select - Adult size,
runs goodwith roll cage,
needs tires $400.
HONDA DIRTBIKE, '05 - CRF
250R, been in storage less
than 10 hrs., mint cond.,
$3500 neg. (863)697-8056
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks-1040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
1992 Cadillac Brougham,
white, good condition, runs
ood, good tires, very clean
2000 Chevy Silverado 1 ton- 4
door, long bed, clean, good
Ladder rack or boat rack for a
long bed or short bed pick
up $200 firm
MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE 1997 -
New transmission, new bat-
tery, new starter - needs en-
gine work. $500.
GMC 2500 1968 - 350 V8
with RV cam, 4 spd, no bed,
runs great $1300/or best of-
Find t faster. Sell ft soon-
er In the classfieds
FIBERGLASS TOPPER - exc
cond will fit short bed truck
measurements 60w x 81L x
22h, 12 months old $450.
FRAME/RUNNING GEAR -
Dodge Ramcharger 1/2 ton,
frame/axles $800/or best
REESE HITCH - Trailer hitch
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8 Okeechobee News, Monday, July 14, 2008
Teen looks to
By Charles M. Murphy
The 60th annual National
High School rodeo finals will in-
clude seven kids from Okeecho-
bee and two from Kenansville.
Chris Davis is among those
heading to the final in Farming-
ton, New Mexico from July 19-
Chris, son of Okeechobee Po-
lice Chief Denny Davis, is excited
about his first trip to the national
rodeo finals. He qualified in the
bareback riding event.
"He's really excited, he's ready
to go," Chief Davis noted.
Chris, who works on a ranch,
and will attend IRCC in the fall,
said he won't be a full time rodeo
competitor now that he's gradu-
ated from Okeechobee High, but
that he will enjoy the high school
finals, "I'm excited. I'm ready to
go, there'll be some tough horses
Chris Davis qualified to attend
the National High Schooll Ro-
but I'm as equal as everyone else.
I feel I have as good a chance as
anyone out there."
Davis noted many of the com-
petitors have already begun their
long trip to New Mexico. He not-
ed this is the first time he's been
that far from Okeechobee.
"Everybody else is excited and
ready to go, we'll be nervous, but
we look at it as a challenge," he
Davis had also been a bull
rider until this year. He noted
a friend asked him to consider
bare back riding and he liked it
"They'll be some tough horses
out there, you have to find some-
body who knows something
about the horse, that'll help," he
noted. "I liked the bull riding, but
I'm doing better at bare back rid-
Half of the score a bare back
competitor receives is based on
how the horse performs.
Others on the Florida team
included Jessica Ziglar, Chasey
Bass, Cole Fulford, Jacoby Johns,
Maci Culligan and Carlie La-
nier from Okeechobee and Laci
Whaley and Kaley Bass from
Kenans\llet They \ill co'rnpetie
kwith closei toj 1,5100 leeri Irorn
the Lnitedj Satles, Cariada andj
Australia. The rodeo is the larc-
est in the %%orld The local con-m
peLii'rs qualified for the rodeo bt\
placing among the top 15 In their
respect\ e events during the high
school season last \ear
Water, water everywhere
Okeechobee County Extension
Water is in the news more
these days. Some good news,
some not so much.
At your next meal, take a mo-
ment to look at the glass of water
on your table. That water is as
old as the earth.
Since the beginning we have
had the same water and the same
amount of water cycling through
its various formations. Clouds,
Ocean, Groundwater, Streams,
Rain and Snow - - the same wa-
ter. Here's where it is:
.97.2% is in the oceans-that
*Only 2.8 % of the world's
water is fresh.
*Of that relatively small
amount, 75% is locked up in
glaciers and ice sheets near the
*Most of the rest-24% of 2.8
percent-is in aquifers below the
*That leaves one third of one
percent of fresh water which is in
rivers and lakes.
*Then, there is a tiny amount
in the atmosphere--which seems
like more in South Florida.
So, groundwater, lakes and riv-
ers and the bit in the atmosphere
together-less than one percent,
is shared to meet the daily needs
for the world's population.
The world's water use will
increase 40% in the next two de-
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1990 to 2000 compared to 2 per-
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or the country. Since 2000 we
have added four and a half mil-
lion additional people.
Water is not distributed even-
ly across the world. The wa-
ter problems of the Southeast
United States pale compared to
other countries. South and North
America have the most. In the
United States we have 9,900 cu-
bic meters per person per year.
Kenya has 600 and the country
of Jordan has 300. One person
in five in the world has no safe
drinking water and one in two
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This is a major factor in the
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