Okeechobee news
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Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee, Fla
Creation Date: July 15, 2008
Publication Date: 2000-
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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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.

Free Neuter and
Spay-a-thdn planned
Animal Birth Control of
Martin County in conjunction
with Animal CAre Extraordi-
naire in Stuart will host a free
Neuter and Spay-a-thon on July
19. For more information or
to make an appointment for a
cat or dog, call 772-287-2513.
*This event is to help those who
would not otherwise be able
:to afford to spay or neuter their
dog or cat.

:Main Street Mixer
Okeechobee Main Street
invites you to the Main Street
Mixer on Tuesday July 22,
from 5 to 7 p.m. This month's
mixer will be hosted by West-
ern Living, located at 123 S.W.
Park Street. Mark your calen-
dar and invite a friend, this is
a great way to network in the
community and meet our local
business representatives. There
will be door prizes and refresh-
ments will be served. For more
information please contact
Main Streets Executive Direc-
tor Toni Doyle at 863-357-MAIN

Drought Index

Current: 318
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.94 feet
Last Year: 9.1 feet
Sponsored 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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Com ics ...................................... 5
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 5
Obituaries......................... 6
Opinion........................... . 4
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Sports ......... ............................... 8
TV ................................... 4
Weather ................................ 2
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Depot plan may be in jeopardy

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
After last week's city council
meeting it appeared that there
was light at the end of the tun-
nel as far as saving and renovat-
ing the city's historic train depot.
Now it looks like that light might .
be an oncoming train.
The fate of the depot is uncer-
tain once again. After last week's
city council meeting it appeared
that the city and CSX Transpor-
tation, owner of the building,
were on the road to an agree-
ment. The railroad had sent its

standard letter of agreement
stating terms for CSX to donate
the long-closed building to the
City of Okeechobee to be used
once again as a train station. The
city council made some changes
to the letter and sent it back to.
SThe original letter of intent
ar provided by CSX called for
the depot to be renovated and
in use within nine months of
transfer. City administrator Brian
Whitehall did not think that was
reasonable and substituted the
following wording: "The City of

Okeechobee and Okeechobee
Main Street (OMS) will pursue
renovation of the facility imme-
diately upon execution of the bill
of sale."
The original agreement also
stated that either the city or OMS
"will enter into an agreement
with Amtrak at the same time
of execution of the bill of sale."
This did not seem reasonable
to the city. That wording was
changed to read that either the
city or OMS would "negotiate an
agreement with Amtrak imme-
diately after the execution of the

IRSC: Williamson Conference & Educational Center
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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Indian River State College (IRSC), formerly Indian River Community College is continuing to
make great technological strides locally with the addition of the 15,000-square-foot Williamson
Conference and Educational Center to the Dixon Hendry Campus The center will be opening its
doors for the Fall Semester 2008.

College campus expanded
By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News .' -

Indian River State College
(IRSC), formerly Indian River
Community College is con-
tinuing to make great techno-
logical state-of-the-art strides in
Okeechobee with the addition
of the Williamson Conference
and Educational Center to the
local Dixon Hendry Campus.
The 15,000 square foot facil-
ity held its ground-breaking cer-
emony back on Thursday May
17, 2007, and will be opening
its doors for the Fall Semester
This center is not only an ed-
ucational hub of Okeechobee,
but has now been transformed
into a business development
center where businesses can
rent space at the facility to hold
training or any other special
The options are numer-
ous with the ability of hold-
ing presentations that can be

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
This new professional culinary catering kitchen located
in the IRSC Williamson Conference and Educational
Center will serve as a commercial teaching lab for stu-
dents as well as a catering kitchen for events held in the
multi-purpose auditorium.

broadcast from the main multi-
purpose auditorium and linked

Weir to help

control flow

of Kissimmee

Construction of a water con- J6w water levels.
trol weir in the Kissimmee River, South Florida's extended,
the largest single structure ever .record-breaking water shortage
built by the South Florida Water could have resulted in instability
Management District (SFWMD), at four vital water control struc-
is nearing completion. The weir tures (S-65E, S-71, S-72 and
is one of four emergency im- S-84) when a significant differ-
provement projects undertaken ence occurred between water
this year to protect major water levels immediately upstream
control structures when Lake
Okeechobee experiences very See Weir - Page 2

See Campus - Page 2

bill of sale."
The agreement contained a
provision for city officials to get
access to the building to inspect
it before the deal was closed.
At that time Amtrak officials,
who operate passenger service
on the CSX tracks, indicated to
the Okeechobee News that it
was between CSX and the city.
Once the two parties reached
an agreement, Amtrak would
step in with help and'advice to
restore the building.
Then the picture changed
with the conference call city ad-

ministrator Brian Whitehall had
with CSX officials on Friday, July
11. Mr. Whitehall said that CSX
now wanted the city or OMS to
enter some sort of agreement
with Amtrak before they would
release the building. He also said
talks centered on who would
be named to have access to the
building for a pre-closing inspec-
The western end of the build-
ing, where freight was shipped,
appears to be in good condition.
See Depot - Page 2

Local man


in murders

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
. An Okeechobee man was
arrested by a U.S. Marshal's
task force last week in connec-
tion with the 2003 murder of
two Fort Pierce men.
Rosalino Yanez, 28, N.W
Seventh St., was arrested
Thursday, July 10, on a warrant
charging him with two counts
of first degree murder. He is
,being held without bond-in the
St. Lucie County Jail.
Yanez was arrested at his
home around 6:45 p.m. Thurs-
day. The arrest stems from his
alleged connection with the
killing of Orlando and Cornelio
Rodriguez outside their home
in the western portion of Fort
Fort Pierce police still don't
know why the brothers were

killed. Until his arrest last
week, the Okeechobee farm
worker had
I only been
I arrested on
a number of
traffic charg-
es and a mis-
Drug charge.
Rosalino tive Ted Van
Yanez Deman of
the Okeeh-
cobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) said Monday that Ya-
nez was arrested on a misde-
meanor charge of possession
of marijuana under 20 grams
on Aug. 14, 2006. As of news-
paper deadline, the disposition
of that case was unknown.
A call to the Fort Pierce Po-
lice Department was not re-

Engineers work

on alternative

moon rocket

By Jay Reeves
Associated Press Writer
By day, the engineers work on
NASA's new Ares moon rock-
ets. By night, some go under-

cover to work on a competing
These dissenting scien-
tists and their backers insist
they have created an alterna-
See Rocket - Page 2

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A water control weir in the Kissimmee River is the largest single structure ever built by the
South Florida Water Management District. The weir is designed to help protect major water
control structures when Lake Okeechobee experiences very low water levels.

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to smaller rooms throughout
the facility and even the veranda
through state-of-the-art technol-
The multi-purpose room seat-
ing can be arranged in four varia-
tions: lecture; training with tables;
boardroom; and banquet.
Any of these events can also
rent the culinary kitchen which is
adjacent to the auditorium where
caterers can easily cater the event
while utilizing state of the art pro-
fessional equipment.
In addition to the auditorium,
smaller businesses can utilize
the facility training rooms where
there are built-in "break out"
rooms where one can easily have
all the technology they need at
their fingertips with a SmartBoard
to utilize for presentations.
As always these rooms are
also designed so that they can
also be used as classrooms with
all of the up to date technology at

Continued From Page 1

Until the end of last month a live-
stock feed business had rented
that end of the building and the
tenants had made some repairs
on that end of the building. No
one seems to know the condition
of the eastern end of the build-
ing, which held the passenger
waiting room. About a year ago
Mr. Whitehall said he met with a
CSX official from out of town at
the depot to inspect it. However,
the CSX official could not obtain
a key from the local CSX office
to open the eastern end of the
building. It is uncertain if anyone
ever goes into the eastern end of
the building and what condition
it is in. The center section of the

Continued From Page 1

tive rocket that would be safer,
cheaper and easier to build than
the two Ares spacecraft that will
replace the space shuttle.
They call their project Jupiter,
and like Ares, it's a brainchild of
workers at the Marshall Space
Flight Center and other NASA fa-
cilities. The engineers involved
are doing the work on their own
time and mostly anonymously,
with the help of retirees and other
space enthusiasts.
A key Ares project manager
dismisses their design as little
more than a sketch on a napkin
that won't work.
A spokesman for the compet-
ing effort, Ross Tierney, said con-
cerned engineers at NASA and
some contractors want a review
of the Ares plans but can't speak
out for fear of being demoted,

the professor's reach to enhance
the courses here at IRSC.
Besides the multi-purpose au-
ditorium, the center also houses
a professional catering kitchen,
strategic planning room, nursing
classroom and labs, biology lab
and computer lab.
In the nursing wing is a special-
ly designed health science class-
room, which enables the college
to serve additional students pre-
paring for careers in nursing and
other health care professions.
Students will prepare for
clinical internships at Raulerson
Hospital in the new nursing lab,
which replicates a multi-bed hos-
pital nursing station. The lab is
fully-equipped with all of the es-
sentials of a hospital.
The biology lab is the first
fully-equipped scientific lab at the
Dixon Hendry Campus. This lab
will provide a valuable learning
environment for students pursu-
ing the Associate in Arts degree
for university transfer, as well as
health science students.
Local students previously at-
tended science lab classes at the
Okeechobee High School science

building contains an ice machine
which is used by CSX crews.
As of Monday afternoon, July
14, Mr. Whitehall said he was
awaiting the CSX written coun-
terproposal before taking further
It would seem that as many
Amtrak stations as there are on
CSX tracks, the process should
not be so complicated. Sebring,
the next town up the line, has
an active train depot. In 1998,
CSX donated the Nation Registry
of Historic Places (NRHP) listed
Tampa depot to the City of Tampa
for use as a passenger depot. The
Okeechobee depot also qualifies
to be NRHP listed.
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at pgawda@newszap.com.

transferred or fired.
The Jupiter design is being re-
viewed by a team of 57 volunteer
engineers, from line engineers
up to NASA middle managers,
Tierney said. Those numbers are
dwarfed by NASA's Ares work-
.force, which has thousands of
government workers and con-
The head of the Ares office at
Marshall said he can't rule, out
the possibility that some of his
people are involved with the un-
derground program.
But Cook said he is familiar
with the Jupiter project, and he's
not impressed. NASA informally
reviewed plans for the rocket last
fall and determined the idea to be
a flawed scheme based on shaky
"It's not feasible. We said, 'It
doesn't work' and moved on,'"
Cook said.
Meanwhile, he said, work on
the Ares I rocket is so far along
that the first test flight is less than
a year away.

building or on the other campus-
es out of town.
The new computer lab will
serve technology training needs
of area businesses and will be
the site for IRSC's Office Systems
Technology program where stu-
dents proceed at their own pace
with flexible scheduling while de-
veloping professional expertise in
the latest office software.
With all of this versatility, the
new technologically sophisticat-
ed facility can be used for confer-
ences, college courses, seminars,
strategic planning sessions, com-
munity activities and many other
The Williamson Conference
and Educational Center is named
after longtime Okeechobee resi-
dents Frank "Sonny" and Betty
C. Williamson who donated the
lead gift to the IRCC Foundation,
now IRSC Foundation fundraising
campaign for the center.
Mr. Williamson has also served
on the foundation board of direc-
tors for many years.
Members of the now IRSC
Board of Trustees and Foundation
Board were honored for all their

work in raising funds and plan-
ning for this project.
According to Sam Smith, pro-
vost of the Dixon Hendry Campus,
the $5.2 million needed to build
this center was secured in only six
weeks. Half of that amount came
from private contributions, while
the other half came from match-
ing funds from the Florida Facili-
ties Matching program.
The facility will serve as a
multi-purpose resource to sup-
port economic, community, cul-
tural and business development
in Okeechobee.
The grand opening ceremo-
ny will be on Tuesday, Oct. 28,
where all of the donors will be
recognized and the doors will be
open to the public for touring.
For information call the Dixon
Hendry campus at 863-824-6000;
the main campus at (866) 866-
4722; or, the IRCC Foundation at
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

Today's Weather

Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Considerable cloudiness with numerous showers and
thunderstorms. Some storms may produce heavy rainfall. Highs in
the upper 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms
through midnight...Then a slight chance of showers and thunder-
storms after midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. West winds around
5 mph until around midnight becoming light. Chance of rain 40
Extended Forecast
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms
likely. Highs in the upper 80s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of
rain 60 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Scattered evening showers
and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 per-
Thursday: Partly cloudy. Scattered afternoon showers and
Thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy. A chance of evening showers
and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. Chance' of rain 30 per-
Friday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening showers
and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. Chance of rain 20 per-


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and downstream of these struc-
tures. District experts determined
that this would most likely occur
if the tailwater (downstream)
level at Lake Okeechobee dipped
below 10.0 feet, but water levels
become high upstream in the Kis-
simmee River and Lake Istokpoga
basin, which feed into the lake.
Work to relieve those pressures
continues at the weir construc-
tion site, located almost one mile
downstream of the S-65E water
control structure on the Kissim-
mee River. The weir will provide
stability for both the S-65E and
S-84 structures. Improvements
protecting the S-71 and S-72 struc-
tures have been completed.
"These structures were sub-
jected to unusual conditions dur-
ing the prolonged water short-
age, especially those near Lake
Okeechobee and its record low
water levels," said George Home,
SFWMD Deputy Executive Direc-
*tor for Operations & Maintenance.
"The construction projects have

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restored stability to four at-risk
structures, assuring that our flood
control system can operate safely
and effectively under even ex-
treme conditions."
The new weir (C-38) is the
largest of the improvement proj-
ects. Building it required 2.5 mil-
lion pounds of 70-foot-long steel
sheets and 110 million pounds
of rip rap stone. On Saturday and
Sunday, workers spent 18 hours
pouring 2,800 cubic yards of con-
crete underwater in the center
portion of the submerged struc-
When the weir is complete, it
will be able to pass up to 30,000
cubic feet of water per second, or
enough water to fill 1,000 swim-
ming pools in one minute. The
weir will maintain water levels
downstream of S-65E, protecting
it from extreme water level differ-
ences and potential failure during
major storm events.
In January, the SFWMD Gov-
erning Board gave District staff an
emergency authorization to pro-
ceed with protective measures
at S-65E, S-71, S-72 and S-84 at a
cost of up to $25 million.


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Two charged in car burglary STOP EG CRAMPS Cl

By Eric Kopp parents. his emergency lights but the driver BEFORE THEY STO YOU.
Okeechobee News Detective Taylor said Rivera of the Crown Victoria ignored the alcet'striple calcium formula is designed to helped Ca
Thanks to a conscientious and Romero broke out the win- rotating lights and tried to speed stop low calcium leg crampsust ask your pharmacist.
mTanks to a onithav entis dows to a Ford Expedition and away, continued the report. m
man, local authorities have beenli a
able to clear up a car burglary that took some speakers, an amplifier At some point, Sgt. Peterson .
happened early Sunday morning. . : - 'n and a radio. stated in his report, both the driv-
After hearing a car window ..- The man was n the parking er and passenger of the Crown
break, an unidentified man saw . - lot looking ,around ith a metal Victoria jumped out of the vehicle .C 9 . ,,n ,..B IH C.i. B

two men break into a car in the
parking lot of El Amigo Todos in
,downtown Okeechobee. While
following the alleged burglars,
the man was calling 9-1-1 and giv-
ing the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) the make and
model of the car being driven by
the men.
Arrested on July 13 were Fer-
nando Rolon Rivera, 20, N.W
Sixth St., and, Jose Romero Jr.,
17. Rivera and Romero were first
arrested by OCSO deputies and
later by the Okeechobee City Po-
lice Department (OCPD).
According to OCPD Detective
Taylor both Rivera and Romero
were charged with the felonies of
burglary of an unoccupied con-
veyance, grand theft and criminal
In addition to those charges,

,By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A woman who reportedly
thought she could make a tidy
profit by selling a piece of equip-
ment has, instead, wound up in
the Okeechobee County Jail.
Patricia Price Dansa, 41, S.R.
70 W, was arrested Friday, July
11, on charges of dealing in stolen
property and defrauding a pawn
broker. She was booked into the

OCSO Sergeant Sh
charged Rivera w
fleeing and eludin
ment officer. Ri
charged with the
of reckless driving
law enforcement
Romero, who
by OCSO Deput'
lez, was charged
meanor of resistir
ment officer with(
Romero was 1
Okeechobee Coi
a total bond of $
was taken to the
Juvenile Justice D
in Fort Pierce, wh
released into the

LeteCLtor Whl Lit:e saW Lile two
Jose boys break into the car," said De-
Romero Jr. I
Romero Jr. tective Taylor.
hannon Peterson At 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Sgt. Pe-
Jth the felony of terson was on patrol in the 1300
ig a law enforce- block of S.R. 70 W. when he saw
ivera was also a small white truck speed past a
misdemeanors stop sign at S.R. 70 W. and S.W
g and resisting a 1 th Ave. When he turned around
officer without and got behind the truck he saw
that the man driving the truck was
o was arrested on a cell phone and waving to the
y Javier Gonza- deputy to follow him.
with the misde- The truck was following a ma-
ig a law enforce- roon Ford Crown Victoria, stated
out violence. Sgt. Peterson's report. After the
booked into the car had run the stoplight at U.S.
unty Jail under 98 and S.R. 70 W, the sergeant
29,000. Romero heard over the radio that the car
SDepartment of was being driven by a burglary
detentionn Center suspect.
ere he was later In the 3800 block of N.W
custody of his Fourth St., Sgt. Peterson activated

county jail un-
der a bond of
The woman
was arrested by -.
Detective Bryan - -
Lowe of the
County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) Patricia
after she report- Price Dansa
edly pawned a
Ground Hog trencher that had

been reported stolen from a local
Detective Lowe said the $3,800
piece of equipment was reported
stolen on June 28.
The detective's arrest report
states that Dansa apparently
bought the trencher from a His-
panic man on June 28 for $200.
The man, added the report, was
apparently selling this and several
other pieces of equipment from
the back of a pickup truck parked

while it was still moving. Sgt. Pe-
terson got out of his vehicle and
chased the driver, later identified
as Rivera, into a wooded area in
DeBerry Gardens. The sergeant
lost sight of the suspect in the
area of N.W Seventh St.
Sgt. Peterson stated in his re-
port that he then went to Rivera's
home on N.W Sixth St. and saw
him standing in front of his home.
The sergeant said the man was
wet from a recent shower and
was wearing different clothes,
but Sgt. Peterson said he was able
to identify him as the driver of the
Crown Victoria.
Romero was arrested by Dep-
uty Gonzalez as he was coming
out of a wooded area near the
abandoned four-door Ford.

in front of a business on S.R. 70
The woman later took it to
a local pawn shop where she
pawned the item for $450, contin-
ued the report.
Detective Lowe stated in his
report that the woman bought
the trencher because she knew
she could "at least double her

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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
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Okeechobee, was arrested July
11 by Deputy Patricia Massung
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging her with violation
of probation grand theft and vio-

lation of probation - introduction
of contraband into a county de-
tention facility. She is being held
without bond.
* Thomas Sean Scott, 39, N.W
19th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 11 by Deputy Anthony
Kibler on felony charges of bur-
glary and grand theft. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor of
criminal mischief. His bond was
set at $5,500.
* Alfred R. Mayer, 69,.S.R. 70
W, Okeechobee, was arrested
July 11 by OCPD Sergeant Russ
Cale on a charge of driving under
the influence. His bond was set at

* Angelo Anthony Bryant,
37, N.W Seventh St., Pembroke
Pines, was arrested July 11 by
Deputy Augustin Saucedo on a
felony charge of possession of co-
caine. He was also charged with
the misdemeanor of possession
of drug paraphernalia. His bond
was set at $5,750.
* Daryl Dana Clark, 19, U.S.
441 S.E., was arrested July 11 by
Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with burglary of a
structure while masked. His bond
was set at $10,000.

* Alfonso Jimenez Maldona-
do, 22, was arrested July 12 by
Corporal John Strenth on a felony
charge of fleeing and attempting
to elude a law enforcement offi-
cer. He was also charged with the
misdemeanors of reckless driving
and no valid driver's license. His
bond was set at $60,000.
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not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.

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discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
SPACE: With complete respect to individuals that have participat-
ed in space programs, I fail to see the real usefulness of such expen-
ditures of taxpayers money. Let's get real here. Humans are creatures
of gravity. We cannot exist for extended periods of time in space. Our
bones deteriorate, bodily functions decrease, atrophy of muscle tis-
sue, etc., yet we continue to spend millions of dollars to research a
"lost cause." We should be exploring the ocean and how to build ex-
tensive sub-surface structures instead of space exploration. The cost
would be substantially less and we just might have a little bit more
left over to tackle some of the real issues facing our planet. I believe
this can be compared to the war in Iraq. We have lost focus on what
really matters here right in front of us, and have our heads buried in
the sand, or stars. Existence in space and space travel are not possible
due to our physical limitations as humans. Just like thinking we can
achieve peace in Iraq, we, as a country, are being duped into thinking
we can make space habitation a possibility. We need to stop the waste
and start focusing on what we can control.
GOVERNMENT: The fundamental problem with the Okeecho-
bee County Government is that its day-to-day operations are based
upon the following two doctrines. The first is the "Counter Intelligent
Doctrine," wherein all intelligence is removed. As a matter of policy,
should anything even begin to make sense, or have any merit at all, it
is simply ignored. Therefore, we can remain confident and secure in
the knowledge that nothing intelligent is occurring. The second is the
"Doctrine of Strategic Foolishness," which is pervasive foolishness, in-
tended to appear intelligent in order to create public confusion. Stra-
tegic Foolishness has three components: (1) Intelligent activities that
appear foolish; (2) Foolish activities that appear foolish; and, (3) Fool-
ish activities that appear intelligent, but in fact are actually just foolish.
To clarify, everything that appears intelligent is probably just foolish-
ness disguised as intelligence; and, that which appears foolish is the
most intelligent activity going on, even if it is just foolishness. To fully
implement these two doctrines requires unbounded ignorance and
arrogance. Ignorance guarantees that others will enthusiastically em-
brace their foolishness, and arrogance provides the means of spread-
ing foolishness. Eventually, if a balanced ratio of ignorance, arrogance
and foolishness is created, a critical combination of mass confusion is
achieved and becomes self-sustaining.
JUSTICE: It is a crying shame that because your name is so and so
or that you are worth a certain amount of money, that you are treated
differently from everyone else. All for one and one for all should be the
law. If you did the crime, you must do the time. I told my three boys
as they were growing up this. If you ever go to jail for something you
did, too bad. And don't ever lie to me. A liar, cheat, thief, or a con are
not part of my lifestyle nor is a part of my kids'.
FCAT: OHS is a work in progress. I think we will see the fruits of
our labors soon. There are some new testing policies that may be
coming in to effect soon. One of them is moving the short and extend-
ed response items to ninth grade. I think this would be a good change.
One of the reasons that it is so hard to show growth in 10th grade is
because so much growth is made in ninth. In eighth grade, students
have to do the short and extended response items. But, in ninth it is
a completely multiple choice test. As educators, I think we can agree
that the odds are much better for a correct answer when choices are
given as opposed to having to prepare; organize, and respond to read-
ing selections. It's not an excuse just one ofthe many variables that
goes into play when they test in 10th grade.
RODEO: It is a shame that the bad choices of one team mem-
ber have reflected so badly on the entire high school rodeo team and
on the sport in general. In my opinion, high school rodeo should be
treated like any other school sport. If you are charged with a felony,
you should be suspended from the team until all charges are cleared.
I believe that is the way any other high school sport or activity would
have handled a felony drug charge. But on the rodeo team, it is like
nothing happened and the boy is allowed to go to state and then to
the national championships as part of the team. This whole situation
has given Okeechobee, Florida and the national high school rodeo
program a black eye.
COUNTY: No one in this county can give a direct answer. For
example, I know many moons ago there used to be something that
stated if your home is not CO'd you could not have electric nor live
in it. I know of a couple in the Viking that has been living in an unfur-
nished home that is not complete for several months now and no one
does nothing because they threaten to sue for what ever reason. Air
conditioning units are running off drop cords to the temp pole. Like
the rest of us they need to be out until the home is complete. A better
question -- what about bathroom facilities? Are they using the bushes?
The electric to the house is not to be hooked up and there are always
lights on. Makes you wonder how intelligent our code enforcement
and county inspectors and the health department really are.
RODEO TEAM: I just hope that the members of the Okeechobee
High School Rodeo team know that we don't judge you all by the
actions of one team member. However, the recent situation with the
team member facing a drug felony has hurt your program. I think the
parents and team sponsors might want to get together and set up
stricter rules to make sure that this will not be tolerated in the future.
The rodeo team should follow the same rules as all high school sports
teams in regard to grade point average and behavior.

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Upcoming Events
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 interested in home schooling is welcome.
For information, call Lydia Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call Mim
Kapteina at 863-763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic 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
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open

Community Events
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 Stein-
beck. 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 can be picked
up at the Main Street Office, 111 Northeast Second Street, Okeechobee
or email Toni Doyle, Executive Director at okms@mainstreetokeecho-
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 the American
Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St. Dinner includes, steak, baked po-
tato, salad, roll and dessert. Donation of $12. The public is welcome.

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 nighf
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.

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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. Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
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
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and
under are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.

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the same page as the comics and
Sudoku puzzle in our newspa-
per. Every morning my boyfriend
drinks a cup of coffee and then
disappears into the bathroom for
a good 15 minutes -- even longer
on weekends -- with your section
of the paper. Half the time I never
get it back, and if I do it's never in
fresh, crisp condition.
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DEAR ABBY: My best friend
of 12 years, "Kimberly," has been
engaged to "Oliver" for about six-
months, living with him for four.
She recently confided to me that
she does not want to be married
and regrets ever moving in with
him. We both cried as she told me
everything that has been going on.
She apologized for not telling me
sooner how unhappy she was.
The next day, Kimberly claimed
she regretted saying anything
because it made Oliver sound so
horrible. She said she had failed
to tell me the good things he does
to balance out the bad. I remained
noncommittal and told her I am al-
ways here to listen. I told her my
rule is, "Are the good times worth
the bad?" She said they weren't,
and she still doesn't want to get
married. But she also insists she
won't back out or say anything.
What should I do? Now that I
know everything, it is impossible
for me to see my best friend, who
I love, enter a marriage she herself
says she doesn't want. Should I
keep my mouth shut, or fight on
her behalf, since she refuses to
speak up? -- ADVOCATE FOR


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one. Tell you friend that, feeling
ambivalent as she does, she and
Oliver should seek premarital
counseling from the person who
will officiate at their wedding. If
this marriage is not to be, it will
become evident to all three of
them at that time.
DEAR ABBY: I dread getting
my hair cut and colored at salons
because I detest small talk. I can't
get to the salon until after work,
and by then I'm all small-talked-
out. Is it rude to bring a book
and read while someone is doing
your hair? -- NOT A CHATTY
not rude to bring along something
to read while your hair is being
colored. However, reading while
you are getting your hair cut might
be counterproductive.
In order to get the "line" right,
your hairdresser would probably
prefer that you sit with your head
up, looking straight into the mirror
rather than down. My hairdresser,
Asya, is a perfectionist who insists
upon it.
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By Eugenia Last
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Work hard and you will get a break.
Romance should be high on your
list, along with developing some-
thing creative. Don't pay too much
attention to someone negative who
is always trying to bring you down.
5 stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Time spent fixing up your place will
bring your family closer together.
An outsider may ask for help but
make sure you have done all you
can for the ones you love first. Talks
will lead to solutions. 3 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Emotions are skyrocketing and
love should be in the works. It's a
great day to get out and have fun
with friends or develop new rela-
tionships. This is a fabulous time to
primp and pamper and update your
wardrobe or hairstyle. 3 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Someone you know through work
or a group you belong to may
waffle when it comes to a decision
that will affect you. Try not to let it
bother you. The calmer you remain,
the more impressed everyone will
be with you. 3 stars
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You
can turn a little into a lot. You have
plenty going your way and, best of
all, an opportunity to turn some-
thing you love to do into a profit-
able investment. Don't expect a
challenge or game of chance to pay
off financially. 5 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Don't take a chance with your per-
sonal life. If someone has been tak-
ing up too much of your time, caus-
ing havoc at home or with someone
you love, put an end to it and focus
on your future and your personal
intentions. Changes made at home
will turn out better than anticipated.
2 stars
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
Don't say anything you might re-
gret, especially if it's to a co-worker
or someone you have to deal with
daily. A new project, hobby or even
a new friend can get your mind
moving in directions that will be far
more productive. Avoid negativity.
4 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Look at your investments, goals
and accomplishments. If you aren't
happy, make some rather drastic
changes. Look at what others are
doing, attend seminars or travel to
see what's available. Time is wast-
ing away while you ponder. 3 stars
Dec. 21): If you keep changing
your mind, you will be end up with
leftovers. A legal matter can be re-
solved if you are reasonable. Prob-
lems will occur while traveling or
dealing with authority figures. 3
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Take a chance if you believe in
what you are doing. Taking care of
someone else's responsibilities will
ensure you get something in return.
Your ability to sum things up and
close a deal will lead to greater
prosperity. 3 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): Help a cause you believe in.
You will meet someone who inter-
ests you for the knowledge he or
she can bring to the table. There is a
good lesson to be learned from the
way others treat you and you them.
4 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Not everyone is looking out for
your best interests. Don't let your
emotions take you down the wrong
path. Taking an all-or-nothing ap-
proach is likely to backfire leaving
you with nothing but blame and
criticism. 2 stars


6 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Ten years' service
Okeechobee County Commissioners recently honored
county employees for their longevity. Recognized for ten
years' service were Steve Padgett, left, outreach services
director, and Robbie Chartier, center, deputy county ad-
ministrator. Commission chairman Clif Betts, right, pre-
sented them with certificates and pins. The recognition
took place during the June 10 commission meeting.

Five years' service
At their meeting on Thursday, July 10, Okeechobee Coun-
ty Commissioners recognized county employees who had
five years' service. Taking part in the recognition were, left
to right, Ty Hancock, planner with the planning depart-
ment, Christine Jordan, administrative planner in the plan-
ning department, Jenny Slayton, administrative secretary
with the planning department, and Clif Betts, commission
chairman. Not pictured: Keith Bourgault firefighter/EMT..

Health News in Brief

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

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

Cancer support
group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancer
Support Group meets on the first
Thursday of each month. All can-

cer patients, survivors and sup-
porters are welcomed to attend,
support and encourage each other.
They meet the first Thursday of
each month at 5:30 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth
St., (entrance is the door to the W
in front of church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at 863-467-5831
or First Baptist Church at 863-763-
2171 for more information.

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

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

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

for information.

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

support group
Depending on Christ is a new
support group for men and wom-
en suffering from depression.
They meet every Thursday. For
information, call 772-597-0463.

Cancer Society seeks
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference
in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer.;
Society's Florida Division par-
ticipate in programs that support
research funding, educate the com-
munity, deliver services to patients
and advocate for policies that help
defeat cancer. To get involved, call
the American Cancer Society at

Narcotics group to
meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday
at noon. Meetings will be held at
the Just for Today Club, 101 N.W.
Fifth St. For information, call 863-
Healthy Start group
seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is
accepting donations of baby items

such as furniture, shoes, clothing,
maternity clothes, strollers and
other items for infants and toddlers.
Proceeds from the sale of donated
items will be used to benefit infants
and pregnant women in the com-
munity. For information, call 863-
We want your news
The Okeechobee News wel-
comes news from the community.
Email your news to okeenews@
newszap.com, to reach even more
readers, post your news online at
Blood donors are
Florida's Blood Centers is look-
ing for blood donors in Okeecho-
bee. The Big Red Bus mobile unit
will be at the Wal-Mart parking
lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on the
last Saturday of each month from
10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For informa-
tion, call 561-845-2323, ext. 1203
or 772-215-8360. All blood types
are needed. There is no upper age
limit, and most medications and
conditions are acceptable. Diabe-
tes and blood pressure donations
can also be accepted. A picture ID
is needed for all donors.
Just for Today Club
meets locally
The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is an Addiction recov-
ery social club/meeting place
where people can come to fellow-
ship or attend meetings. For infor-
mation, call 863-634-4780.

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Today in History

Today is Tuesday, July 15,
the 197th day of 2008. There are
169 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 15, 1971, President
Nixon startled the country by an-
nouncing he would visit the Peo-
ple's Republic of China.
On this date:
In 1976, a 36-hour kidnap or-
deal began for 26 schoolchildren
and their bus driver as they were
abducted near Chowchilla, Calif.,
by three gunmen and imprisoned
in an underground cell. (The cap-
tives escaped unharmed.)
In 1997, fashion designer Gi-
anni Versace was shot dead out-
side his Miami home; suspected
gunman Andrew Phillip Cunanan
was found dead eight days later.
Five years ago: The Bush ad-
ministration dramatically raised
its budget deficit projections to
$455 billion for the current fis-
cal year and $475 billion for the

next, record levels fed by the limp
economy, tax cuts and the battle
against terrorism.
One year ago: The Roman
Catholic archdiocese of Los An-
geles announced it was settling
clergy sex-abuse cases for $660
Today's Birthdays: Actor
Philip Carey is 83. Author Clive
Cussler is 77. Actor Alex Karras
is 73. Actor Ken Kercheval is 73.
Sen. George V. Voinovich, R-Ohio,
is 72. Actor Patrick Wayne is 69.
Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is 64.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Millie
Jackson is 64. Rock singer-musi-
cian Peter Lewis (Moby Grape)
is 63. Singer Linda Ronstadt is
62. Rock musician Artimus Pyle
is 60. Actor Terry O'Quinn is 56.
Rock musician Marky Ramone
is 52. Rock musician Joe Satriani
is 52. Country singer-songwriter
Mac McAnally is 51. Model Kim
Alexis is 48. Actor Willie Aames is
48. Actor-director Forest Whitaker

is 47. Actress Lolita Davidovich is.
47. Actress Brigitte Nielsen is 45.
Rock musician Jason Bonham is
42. Actor Kristoff St. John is 42.
Rock musician Phillip Fisher is 41.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Stokey
(Mint Condition) is 41. Actor-co-
median Eddie Griffin is 40. Actor
Stan Kirsch is 40. Actor Reggie
Hayes is 39. Rock musician John
Dolmayan is 36. Actor Scott Foley
is 36. Actor Brian Austin Green is
35. Rapper Jim Jones is 32. Ac-
tress Lana Parrilla is 31. Rock mu-
sician Ray Toro (My Chemical Ro-
mance) is 31. Rhythm-and-blues
singer Kia Thornton (Divine) is
Thought for Today: "It is
astonishing what force, purity,
and wisdom it requires for a hu-
man being to keep clear of false-
hoods." Margaret Fuller, Ameri-
can journalist and social critic

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LySandra Frances
Appolonia Osceola
LySandra Frances Appolonia
Osceola, age 20, of Kissimmee
and formerly of Okeechobee,
died Sunday, July 13, 2008 at the
Florida Hospital Celebration in
Celebration, Fla. A member of
The 1st Indian Baptist Church,
she was born on Sept. 9, 1987 in
Hollywood, Fla.
She is survived by her mother,
Sandra Osceola of Okeechobee,

her father, Kevin Osceola of Holly-
wood, Fla. and two sisters; Lizina
(Glenn) Lamb
of Brighton and
Keyah Osceola
of Okeechobee.
In addition, she
is survived by
Polly (Bobby
Joe) Hayes of ' ySandra
Brighton and Frances
Jimmy (Marie) Appolonia
Hank Osceola of Osceola

Hollywood, Fla. Also, she is sur-
vived by two uncles; Steve (Jack-
ie) Osceola and Mitchell (Brett)
Osceola all of Hollywood, Fla.
Funeral Services will be con-
ducted On Wednesday, July 16, at
10 a.m. at Ortona Cemetery, Or-
tona, with Rev. Jimmy Hank Os-
ceola, Pastor of Seminole Baptist
Church in Hollywood, Fla.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and-Crematory.


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John Christopher

04/23/89 to 07/14/07

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sunshine of many peoples lives.
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Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tos & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

Portable crib, bedside play
pen/crib, jumperoo, ocean
wonders swing, $180 for all
will separate (561)601-0078

Okee-Red/Blue Heeler Mix
puppies- 3 females, 1 male,
4 weeks old, ready to go in 2
weeks $250 (863)697-1565

new. $60 (863)467-7589



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

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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
STownhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
i House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
i Resort Property -
SRent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
I Storage Space -
Rent 960

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

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

3/2 home on 4 acres, all tile,
washer/dryer, horses ok, 5151
SE 128th Ave., $950/mo, 1st,
last & sec., (561)756-3724.
3/2/2 & 3/1/1 Bring Pets,
Large Yards. Jacuzzi Tub
$1100 & Up (561)723-2226
1 Car garage. All titled.
$1100 mo. Lawrence Assoc.
INDIAN TOWN - 3/br 2/ba
on 10 acres w/ pond, Hors-
es and Pets welcome. $1350
month, 1st and last, Call
(772)260-3068 Anytime
28a, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & rets. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
plex, W/D hookup, central
a/c & heat. $775 mo. +
$500 sec. (863)763-4414

OKEE. - 2br/1ba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
OKEECHOBEE - 4 mi East on
Hwy 70. 2br, 1ba, W/D
hookup, $750/mo, NO Pets,
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
1br, 1ba, fully furn. W&D,
Elec & satellite, HBO incld.,
$700/mo. (863)467-1950
RANCH SETTING - 2 Bdrm., 1
Ba. Available now! Very
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
sec. (863)467-1717
Rent to Own - 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or

Real Estate

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

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

Mobile Homes

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

2br/lba furnished, all utilities
incl., washer/dryer, screened
room, on water, new dock
$800 mo. (863)763-9626
A GREAT DEAL - in BHR, dbl
wides, 2/2, $500/mo., 3/2's
$600/mo. No Pets, Leases
+ Sec (863)763-4031
FT. DRUM - Just set up! Beau-
tiful D/W on 5ac. Ft Drum
creek/pond in back $1500 dep
red $800 mo. 772-464-9226
MH - 1BR/1BA, all util, fur-
nished $650 mo. + $200
sec. dep. 828 Hwy. 441 SE.
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/1ba,
$450/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
2 BA, 1 Car garage. Lake
access on canal. $800 mo.
+ $800 sec. 561-441-2668
2br, 2ba, Lake access, nice
lot, $800/mo or purchase
$60,000. (954)610-5345

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

BASS BOAT, 2000, 283 Stra-
tus Vindicator w/175 hp John-
son. Tournament Rigged.
$6,000 or best offer
Continental Air Boat parts-
0520, set of headers, wood
prop, other miscellaneous
items $900 (863)261-5826
Minn Kota Bass Boat- 2 man,
9.4', 2 HP outboard trolling
motor, very nice, new seats
$875 (863)467-0506

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


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

1992 Cadillac Brougham,
white, good condition, runs
good, good tires, very clean
3500 (863)763-6520
1999 Ford F350 Power Stroke
Diesel, 77,000 miles, very
nice, 5 speed, air, 12' flat
bed $7500 (812)989-3022
2000 Chevy Silverado 1 ton- 4
door, long bed, clean, good
shape $4000
(863)447-2276 Anytime
2004 Suzuki Frenza, 62,000
miles, black, excellent cond,
auto., air, 38 miles per gallon
$5500 (812)989-3022
Ladder rack or boat rack for a
long bed or short bed pick
up $200 firm
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CASE NO.: 2008-CP-109
IN RE: The Estate of
The administration of the Estate of DOR-
IS M. KOETHER, Deceased, whose
date of death was February 28, 2008,
and whose social security number Is
267-34-7600, Case Number 2008-
CP-109, is pending in the Circuit Court
for Okeechobee County, Florida, Pro-
bate Division, the address of which is
312 Northwest 3rd Street, Suite 125,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The
names and addresses of the Personal
Representatives and the Personal Rep-
resentative's attorney are set forth be-
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
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other persons having claims or de-
mands against the decedent's estate,
must file their claims with-this Court
The date of the first publication of this
Notice is July 15, 2008.
Personal Representative
360 Cory Avenue, NE
Palm Beach, FL 32907
Law Offices of
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400 NW 2nd Street/PO Box 968
Okeechobee, Florida 34973
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bers, Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a
verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the tes-
timony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
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(2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-2131, ext. 2111. If you are
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Clit Belts Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of county commissioners
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Majors Okeechobee All Stars are sitting pretty

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee's 11-12 year old
all star squad defeated Wahneta,
7-2, and Hardee County, 7-4, in
nine innings to remain in the win-
ner's bracket after the first two
days of the Dixie Youth State Tour-
nament in Ridge Manor.
In other words Okeechobee
is in great shape. They defeated
the team considered the odds on
favorite Hardee, and now have a
bye into the third round.
"I'm really pleased with where
we are sitting," Coach Billy Ball
said. "I'm pleased with our de-
fense which has held up well.
We've had a couple of big hits
and the offense has started to
come around. We've scored
seven runs in the first two games
and you've got to hit the ball to do
that. We've gotten on base some-
how and found ways to win. The

boys have never given up and
have found a way to win."
Against Wahneta of Polk Coun-
ty Saturday, Okeechobee got a
fine pitching performance from
Mitchell McCoin and homeruns
from Christian Crews and Bran-
son Butler to win, 7-2. McCoin
pitched five strong innings and
allowed just one unearned run.
Brandon Ball pitched the sixth in-
ning to close out the game.
Sunday though was the big
game. Coach Ball said he had
scouted Hardee at their district
tournament last month. They had
rolled over all of the teams in that
tournament never losing by less
than 10 runs. They also won their
first round game in the state tour-
nament by 10 runs, besting Pax-
ton on Saturday.
"I knew they would be tough.
However I knew we had a team
that could contend and could
compete with them," Coach Ball

Okeechobee again got solid
pitching and defense and also ral-
lied from a late deficit to knock off
the Wauchula boys.
"It was an amazing game. The
umpires came up to us during the
game and said this isn't a ball-
game it's a battle. There was also
a large crowd. Everybody wanted
to see this game," Ball added.
Christian Crews pitched well
enough to keep Okeechobee in
contention. He pitched into the
fifth inning before giving way to
Cutter Crawford who pitched two
shutout innings.
Okeechobee still trailed 4-1
and were down to their final three
outs. Although things looked dim
for Okeechobee, the boy's dug
down deep and came up with a
three-run rally to tie the game.
The'inning started with Cut-
ter Crawford reaching base on a
walk. Crews followed with a dou-

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Sun and fun
Karen and Sherry Williams visiting from North Carolina, brought little nieces, Ally and
Hannah Nickalson to the Okeechobee Sports Complex for a little sun and fun at the local

ble. Adam Davis drove home a run
with a key single. Garrett Thomas
was hit by a pitch to drive home
the second run and Tad Norman
was also hit with a pitch to force
home the tying run.
Okeechobee did all this against
Wauchula's best pitcher, Taylor
Albritton, who was throwing 71
miles per hour.
Brandon Ball pitched three
shutout innings for Okeecho-
bee, working out of some minor
jams to give Okeechobee another

chance to win.
The winning rally came in
the ninth. Seth McWhorter who
doubled to open the game,
reached base-again on an infield
hit. Brandon Ball followed with a
bunt single. After a fly out, Crews
walked to load the bases. Davis
again came up with the game on
the line and for the second time
came through, this time with a
two-run double. Garrett Thomas
drove home the seventh run with
a fielder's choice.

"It was crazy, absolutely nuts
out there. We had a lot of support
from Okeechobee parents and
kids," Ball said.
Okeechobee had Monday oft
while Spring Hill played South
Lake. Okeechobee will play Tues-
day night at 8 p.m. at the Hernan-
do County sports facility in Ridge
Manor. Cutter Crawford, Mitchell
McCoin, Adam Davis, and Ethan
Revels could see time on the
mound in the third round game.

Lawsuit challenges plan

for new Marlins ballpark

By Curt Anderson
AP Legal Affairs Writer
MIAMI (AP) - The financing
for a new stadium in Little Ha-
vana for baseball's Florida Marlins
amounts to an illegal "shell game"
that can only be authorized by
the county's voters, attorneys said
Monday as the trial opened in a
lawsuit challenging the plan.
Bob Martinez, a former U.S. at-
torney representing wealthy auto
dealer Norman Braman, said the
$3 billion so-called "megaplan"
that includes the stadium money
would improperly siphon funds
from accounts created to address
urban blight and develop impov-
erished areas of the city.
"What you get at the end
of the day is really one big shell
game," Martinez said in an open-
ing statement. "The community
and the neighborhoods don't get
it. It goes to the Marlins."
Attorneys for the city, Miami-
Dade County and the Marlins
countered that the plan marked
a legitimate use of tax dollars for
a public purpose, one that was
approved by several government
bodies and that shouldn't be over-
turned by a judge. They also said
no voter referendum is required
under the law.
"We attracted the Florida
Marlins. We're going to keep the
Florida Marlins," said David Hope,
an assistant county attorney. "And
there is a price for doing that."
Braman, a philanthropist, art
collector and former owner of the
NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, filed
the lawsuit shortly after approval
of the plan late last year to build

the Marlins stadium, a major tun-
nel to the Port of Miami, a muse-
ums park and to pay down debt
at a new performing arts center.
The Marlins now share space
at Dolphin Stadium with Miami's
NFL team and have threatened
in the past to try to relocate to
another city if a permanent ball-
park is not built. The financing
plan at issue would build them a
37,000-seat, $525 million stadium
with a retractable roof and park-
ing garage on the downtown site
formerly occupied by the now-
demolished Orange Bowl.
They would also be renamed
the Miami Marlins.
Miami-Dade County's mayor,
Carlos Alvarez, testified that there
is immeasurable "civic pride" in
having the Marlins, a team that
has won two World Series titles
despite only 15 seasons of play in
the National League. Losing the
team for failure to build a ball-
park, he said, would be a major
blow to Miami's image.
"I think it would be embar-
rassing for the franchise to leave
Miami-Dade County," Alvarez said
in a video deposition. "I wouldn't
want to see that."
The civil trial, being heard by
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jeri Co-
hen, is expected to last about two
The Marlins hope to begin play
in the new stadium in 2011, but
the lawsuit could upset that time-
table because ground breaking is
currently scheduled for later this
year. Whichever side loses could
appeal, possibly leading to more

Martinez said the financing
plan is unduly generous to the
Marlins -- a private commercial
enterprise -- at the expense of lo,
cal taxpayers. The team would
control virtually everything that
goes on at the stadium, hold its
naming rights, pay little or no
property taxes and get a big cut
of the parking and concessions
"The Marlins have never told
the county they cannot build a
stadium using their own funds,'O
he said. "Why it's being done i(
the threat of relocation. It's 'build
us a beautiful stadium, or we will
In his testimony, Alvarez ad-
mitted he had not seen detailed
finances for the Marlins but that
it was long understood by city
and county leaders that the team
couldn't afford its own stadium.
The Marlins' average attendance
is among Major League Baseball's
lowest and the team currently has
the lowest payroll.
"I've always been under the
impression that the franchise wag
in no position to finance the sta-
dium on its own," he said.
Hope said the plan is the cul,
mination of at least nine years of
fruitless efforts to help the Marling
find a permanent home in South
Florida and that numerous stud-
ies over the years have concluded
that professional sports have an
intrinsic value to any community.
"This is about the role of lo-
cal government in making deci-
sions," he said. "These sorts of
facilities are for the benefit of the

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The TPC Tampa Bay has the perfect mix of obstacles - water, sand, uneven lies and doglegs
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'Florida Swing' checks

out golf courses, colleges

By Daniel Shube
So, the Florida Swing on the
PGA Tour was over months ago.
I wanted to do my own Florida
Swing. My son Spencer is ready to
apply to colleges. The cost of go-
ing out-of-state is exorbitant.
So, we're taking the show on
the road.
As a golf and travel writer,
whenever possible, I'm going to
document the trip (and sneak in
a round of golf). Unfortunately,
our first stop at Orlando and
the University of Central Florida
(UCF) was cut short, so my golf
plans were foiled. Besides, I visit
Orlando often and always write
about it.
After Orlando, we headed
west to Tampa to check out the
University of South Florida.
Our base of operations was
the Quorum Hotel, located in
the Westshore district. One night
we took a trip downtown to the
St. Pete Times Forum (www.sp-
timesforum.com or 813-301-2500
to see the XFC-MMA Spectacular.

Spencer loves to watch these
fighters go at it. This is a relatively
new league that is based at this
arena. In addition, The Forum is
home to the NHL's Lightning and
the Storm (arena football).
I did sneak off to play the TPC
Tampa Bay. I always like to play
courses that the professionals
play. The Champions Tour plays
the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am
at the TPC Tampa Bay.
As I most often play in South-
east Florida, the first thing I notice
is the course is not flat. It is quite
beautiful, plenty of varied trees,
some water, just enough sand.
There is also plenty of wildlife.
While I was waiting to hit a tee
shot, a family of wild turkeys ran
across the fairway. The course
has the designation of an Audu-
bon Cooperative Sanctuary.
In spite of my personal put-
ting woes, I still appreciate nice

While the greens were re-
cently aerified, I was assured that
they would soon be stirping at a
speed 10. What I liked were the
interesting designs of the greens.
Some were small, requiring very
accurate approach shots. Others
were larger, unique shaped, still
requiring precise irons.
The TPC Tampa Bay was dif-
ficult enough to present a chal-
lenge, yet fair and enjoyable.
If you want help with a trip
to the Tampa Bay area enlist the
help of Tampa Bay and Company
at www.visittampabay.com or
I almost forgot that we came
to Tampa to visit USF. I happened
to love the campus. Spencer is not
sure if he preferred UCF or USF
Next stop on my Florida Swing?
Tallahassee and Florida State Uni-

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