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Vol. 99 No. 204 Tuesday, July 22, 2008 PO BOX 117007
. - - GAINESVILLE FL 32611


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Texas and Mexico
prepare for Tropical
Storm Dolly
McALLEN, Texas (AP) -
Residents along the Texas-
Mexico border kept a watchful
eye on Tropical Storm Dolly on
Monday, stocking up on ply-
wood, generators and flash-
lights as forecasters predicted
the storm would strengthen
into a hurricane later this,
week and make landfall. The
storm was expected to bring
high winds and dump 10 to 20
inches of rain in coastal areas
near the U.S.-Mexican border.
Emergency officials feared
major flooding problems and
urged coastal residents to pre-
pare. Shell Oil said it was evac-
uating workers from oil rigs in
the western Gulf Of Mexico,
and the federal government
was trying to decide whether
they could begin construction
on a new border.fence, which
was to be combined with le-
vee improvements along the
'RioGrande in Hidalgo County.
The National Hurricane Center
in Miami issued a hurricane
watch from Brownsville north
to Port O'Connor.

Drought Index

Current: 244
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.34 feet
Last Year: 9.12 feet
Sp sored 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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Rally set to combat gangs

Rally on the River
planned for Nov. 8 - 9

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Plans are currently under way
for the second annual Gang Free
Florida Rod Run and Motorcycle
Rally to be held Nov. 8 and 9 at
the Okee-Tantie Campground.
Billed as the Rally on the River,
the purpose of the two-day event
is to raise awareness and money
to help combat the recruiting of

youngsters into gangs. Some of
the money raised will also go to
the Florida Gang Investigators
Association (FGIA).
Founded in 1993, the FGIA's
main goal is to effectively and
positively impact and ultimately
eliminate the effects of gang
violence and gang-related crime'
perpetuated by gang members
whose actions adversely affect
and constitute a threat to 'the
According to Detective Ser-
geant Brad Stark and Michele

Bell, both of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
last year's event not only raised
money for the FGIA but also
benefitted a couple of local stu-

c, who heads the
I unit, said two
High School stu-
ach awarded a $500
Funds from last
ilso donated to the
Gang Graffiti Eradi-
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.i�ig-free program to


Wilson Hazellief: A century of life

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During his birthday celebration on Saturday, Wilson Hazellief took pictures with his
family. In this picture he is with his eldest son's family, (left to right, back row) Ronnie
Murphy, Vicki Murphy, Bonita Hazellief, Travis Hazellief, Doyle James Rigdon, Darrell
Hazellief, Joe Henrion holding Maybry Henrion, Shelene Henrion, Clif Rigdon, Chad
Campbell, Gene Allen Hazellief, Dewaine Hazellief, Jim and Margie Williams, (sitting)
Sybie holding Reba and Emma Hazellief, Wilson Hazellief, A.shly Hazellief and Daniel,
(on floor) Laine, James and Tori Williams, Sahley Bairgalt and Layla Edmond.

Local resident is 100 today

By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
A central Florida native is
celebrating his 100th birthday
"I was born in Basinger,
about 25 to 28 miles from
'Okeechobee," Wilson Hazellief
said. "It was at my grandmoth-
er's home at the time."
He grew up in Bluefeild,
which is in northwest Martin
"I went to school there," Mr.
Hazellief said. "We built our
own school where everybody
could get to it." He attended
school in Bluefeild through sev-
enth grade and then spent two
years in school in Fort Pierce
before he started working.
When he was young, he
-trapped raccoons and opos-
sums to make extra money and
he worked with his father and

Submitted photo
Wilson Hazellief turns 100 today. This occasion was cel-
ebrated last Saturday, July 19, with his family. Around 200
people attended the celebration at the Basinger Commu-
nity Center.

'brother on a bridge gang for
the county.
He married his first wife,
Martha, in 1929. A year later

their first child was born.
"When I first got married,

See Birthday - Page 2

County faces tight budget
By Pete Gawda employees is that, at this point, the current year's budget of
Okeechobee News unlike some other counties, no $114,339,113.
It's budget time again, layoffs are being considered. At The proposed millage rate is
However, this year that mean this point in the budget nego- 6.3. One mil equals one dollar
more belt tightening for the tiations county employees may in taxes for every $1,000 of as-
county than in the recent past. not see much of a raise, but sessed value.
Okeechobee County Commis- their jobs are safe. Commis- Countywidepropertyvalues,
signers are going to haveto sioners have decided that the not counting new construction,
make some tough decisions. only vacant or new positions to decreased 11.9 percent from
Like the rest of the state's coun- be filled are ones dealing with the currentfiscal year. Total as-
ties and the state government, public safety. sessed property value in 2007
Okeechobee County is going It must be stressed that at was $2.478 billion. For 2008 it
to be struggling to meet the this point all figures mentioned dropped to $2.137 billion. That
demand for services with less are proposed and are subject s the first property values have
revenue to work with due to to change as commissioners decreased from the previous
recent tax laws. To complicate discuss them beginning with a year.
matters, for the first time in at budget workshop at 9 a.m. on With the exception of the
least ten years property values Aug. 4. clerk of the court's office, all
in the county have decreased The proposed budget at this the other constitutional officers
from the previous year. point is $95,409,014 which is
The good news for county a 16.6 percent decrease from See County - Page 2

be carried out throughout the
Among the events slated
for the rally will be: live music,
burn-out pit, motorcycle and car
show, tug-of-war, donut eating
contest, slow ride contest, water
balloon toss and a special area
for children.
Sgt. Stark said Okeechobee
County will also sponsor a fire-
works show to be held on the
evening of Saturday, Nov. 8.
Also on tap for Saturday will
be a poker run. The run will start

at Lunker's Bar and Grill on U.S.
441 S. with the first bike leaving
at 9 a.m. The run will continue
up U.S. 441 to S.R. 70 W. where
riders will head for Brighton Res-
ervation. From the reservation
they go south to S.R. 78 and then
return to Okee-Tantie.
Besides being a stop on the
poker run, Mrs. Bell said Brigh-
ton is one of the sponsors for this
year's rally.
Sgt. Stark said 50 riders took
part in last year's poker run.
See Rally - Page 2

Local man

accused of

starting fire

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was
arrested Sunday morning and
charged with starting a fire in
the home of his girlfriend with
whom he'd been reportedly ar-
Jessie Grace, 53, N.W 19th
Ave., was arrested by Fire Mar-
shal Gregory Gilkey on a charge
of arson. He was.booked into
fhe Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $50,000.
In his arrest report, Mr.
Gilkey indicates that Grace and

his girlfriend had been argu-
ing around 4:30 a.m. Sunday
and not long after she left the
home, the fire broke out,
Deputies from the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) were first called to
the home because of the argu-
ment. But when they arrived at
4:38 a.m. there was no one ei-
ther in the home or outside.
When the deputies looked
into the home they saw the
According to Lieutenant Ar-
See Fire - Page 2

School board

plans budget

By Chauna Aguilar rate of 7.661 -- down .051 from
Okeechobee News last year's rate 7.712 -- be ad-
The Okeechobee 'County opted for the 2007-08 budget.
The Okeechobee 'County The breakdown of this pro-
School Board will hold a pub- The breakdown of this pro-
lic hearing on Tuesday, July 22, posed millage rate is: required
lic hearing on Tuesday, July 22, local effort-5.163 mills; tentative
at the school board office, 700 local effort-163 mills; tentative
S.W. Second Ave., at 6 p.m. to discretionary local effort-.498
vote on the advertisement of mills; additional discretionary
tentative village for the 2008- village .rate-.250 mills; and,
tentative village for the 20 1.75 mills for capital outlay.
09 school year. One mill equals $1 in taxes
Dr. Patricia Cooper, superin- for each $1,000 of assessed
tendent of schools, has recom-
mended that the total millage See Budget - Page 2

Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon

Helping the team
Addison Laskey, Alexandra Grace Fulford and Karen De-
voss (left to right) sold lemonade on Saturday, July 19 to
help raise money for the 'Chobee Challengers to make
the trip to the softball world series starting on July 26.
This sale was held in conjunction with a car wash, raffle
and hot dog lunch. If anyone is interested in making a
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have decreased their proposed
budgets for the coming year.
The clerk of the courts pro-
posed budget has increased by
2.3 percent. That is due primar-
ily to a loss of income in filing
documents. While the fee for fil-
ing documents has remained the
same, the amount of documents
to be filed has decreased due to
the slump in the real estate mar-
ket. That has resulted in a loss of
income which is being offset by a
budget increase.
The sheriff had proposed a
budget decrease of 3.32 percent.
However, in keeping with the
county's philosophy of no raises

and no addition employees ex-
cept for essential services, county
staff has suggested further cutting
the sheriff's proposed budget re-
sulting a total reduction of 5.53
percent reduction. At this time,
Sheriff Paul May declined to com-
ment on the proposed further re-
The property appraiser's pro-
posed budget went down 3.3
percent and the tax collector is
asking for 8.0 percent less than
the current budget. The supervi-
sor of elections' proposed budget
has been cut by 6.0 percent.
The proposed budget includes
a 6.8 percent reduction in the
general fund and a 10.1 percent
decrease in the board of county
commissioners operating funds.
The proposed fire/rescue bud-

get is down 10.7 percent due pri-
marily to completion of construc-
tion of the new fire station in the
northern part of the county.
The capital projects budget has
been decreased 13.16 percent.
Request for additional person-
nel and equipment have not been
funded except for emergency ser-
vice personnel.
According to figures furnished
by deputy county administra-
tor Robbie Chartier, under the
proposed budget, property with
an assessed value of $126,000
less $50,000 homestead exemp-
tion would be assessed a total of
$1,253.89 in total ad valorem tax-
es. That figure includes Okeecho-
bee County, South Florida Water
Management District, Childrens
Services Council and Okeecho-

bee County School Board taxes.
For comparison, Okeechobee
County has a lower millage rate
than 39 of Florida's 67 counties.
The county also has the 45th low-
est assessed property value as
compared to the other 66 coun-
ties in the state.
The largest part of the budget,
25.3, percent will be spent on
public safety. Next comes reserves
at 24.8 percent. General govern-
ment gets 19.5 percent. Single
digit percentages go to physical
environment, transportation, debt
service, economic environment,
human services, culture and rec-
reation, court related expenses
and interfund transfers.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.

Continued From Page 1
According to Mrs. Bell, the
event was moved to Okee-Tantie
primarily due to cost. Last year's
rally was held at the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center and by
they time that rent was paid for
use of the facility, it cut into how
much money could be given to
scholarships and gang-free pro-
"The big thing is cost," she
said. "The more we have to spend
for the facility, the less we have to
spend for Gang Free Florida."
Last year's rally was attended
by law enforcement personnel
from all across Florida, said Sgt.

On Saturday, the rally will run
from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday's
hours will be 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Tickets can only be purchased
at the gate and will cost $5 per
day, per person for everyone
over the age of 12. Children 12
and under will be admitted free.
Tickets include parking, access
to all events, vendors, music and
shows. Overnight camping and
group discounts are available by
calling 863-763-2622.
The two-day rally is open to
the public.
For more on the FGIA, visit
their web site at www.fgia.com.
For vendor and sponsorship
information, contact Sgt. Stark
or Mrs. Bell at the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, 863-763-

Continued From Page 1

thur Borgstrom of the Okeecho-
bee County Fire/Rescue Depart-
ment, five units and nine fireman
battled the blaze for two hours. An
estimated $25,000 in damage was
done to the home, he added.
Upon the arrival of Mr. Gilkey,
he began to work his accelerant
detection K-9 Ember through the
scene and pinpointed the origina-
tion of the fire to be in the area "of

Continued From Page 1
it wasn't long before we started
having kids," Mr. Hazellief said.
"I didn't have time for much but
work, except church."
Every Sunday he and his family
would load up and go to church.
"I go to the Church of God,"
Mr. Hazellief said. "I joined when
I was 32 years old aid went on
until a few years ago."
Mr. Hazellief spent a few years
as a share cropper in Mayo and a
few more as a long distance truck
Before retiring, he worked for
Florida Power & Lights as a team-
ster on Hutchinson Island.
"I moved over here a few years
before I quit work there," Mr. Ha-
zellief said.
He retired in 1983 and spent
the next few years fishing.
"I don't do much of it any-
more," he said. "I think I was
pretty good. There were people
that could beat me, but I was al-
ways happy with my catch."
He keeps busy even without
the fishing.
"I keep the lawn mowed
and the yard nice," Mr. Hazellief
said. "Just do what I can to keep
Mr. Hazelleif said that this event
will also act as a family reunion.
"We have a family reunion
once year," Mr. Hazellief said. "I
have two brothers left."
He had five children with his
first wife; Clarence Wilson, Doyle,
Ralph, Earl and Elaine.
His second wife, Lela, gave

the south side of the couch," he
said in his report.
His report goes on to state that
he found what appeared to be a
broken bottle that originally held
an alcoholic liquid. Mr. Gilkey's
report adds that he checked the
electrical outlets and appliances
and they all appeared to be fine.
"My investigation found this to
be an incendiary fire," he wrote in
his report.
Mr. Gilkey estimated that the
fire had been burning two to
three minutes prior to the arrival
of the deputies.

him four more; Allen, Woodrow,
Tommy and Ruth.
Of his nine children, seven live
in Florida.
His family is also filled with
roughly 43 grandchildren, 106
great-grandchildren and 87 great
great-grandchildren. "They won't
all be here for the reunion," he
said. "When we have pictures
made, I have the largest family."
With four of his children living
in Okeechobee with their families,
Mr. Hazellief gets a lot of visits.
"They take care of me that
way (with visits)," he said. "I do
all of my own cooking and every-
He has lived on his own in Four
Seasons since his wife passed
away.almost four years ago.
He credits his long life to his
healthy lifestyle.
"I never inhaled a cigarette
in my life," Mr. Hazellief said. "I
don't drink and I don't use dope."
He doesn't feel like he missed out
on anything where those items
are concerned.
"Young people today," he said.
"You see how much they smoke
cigarettes and drink beer and
smoke marijuana. You get along
a lot better without it."
That is not the only thing that
he feels has allowed him to have
such a long life.
"I take good care of myself, but
most of the credit is that I started
serving the Lord when I was 22,
as close as I reckon," he said. "I
live a good, clean life."
He has enjoyed the clean life.
"I had a good life, a very good
life," Mr. Hazellief said. "I'm glad
to have seen this century, I don't
know that I'll live to see another."

Continued From Page 1

property value.
If passed, this would mean a
decrease of 0.051 in the overall
school budget millage rate. This
rate has steadily dropped since

the 2003-04 budget.
In 2003-04 the total millage
was 8.412; in 2004-05 it was
8.256; in 2005-06 it was 7.955; in
2006-07 it was 7.766; and in 2007-
08 it was 7.712.
The school budget in the
amount of $81,360363.15 for the
fiscal year 2008-09 will be dis-
cussed and put to a vote.
The total estimated tax receipts

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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly sunny. Scattered afternoon showers and thun-
derstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 30 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms
after midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds around 5
mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Extended Forecast
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Scattered afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. Highs around. 90. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 40 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Isolated'evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.

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for the coming year is significantly
down to $16,922,605. Last years
total estimated tax receipts were
$18,246,415; which is a decrease
of $1,323,810.
The remainder of the $81.3
million spending plan will come
from federal aid and state sourc-
es, including the Florida Lottery,
which are all categorized as Flor-
ida Education Finance Program
(FEFP) funds. These funds are al-
located on particular formulas as
adopted by the Florida Legislature
in 1973 to school districts for K-12
public school operations.
The proposed budget break-
down in dollar amounts is:
$59,244,453.78 in general fund;
$277,119.26 in debt service;
$11,833,087.29 in capital projects
fund; $3,752,738.08 in food ser-
vice funds; and, $6,252,964.74 for
federal program funds.
Revenues from state funds will
decrease from $36,548,893.08 to

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$36,142,136 which is a decrease
of $406,757.08.
Total revenue from local funds
will decrease $523,255.04 to total
$14,040,554. As a whole the to-
tal incoming funds for the 2008-
09 school year has decreased by
$1,337,834.42; to $50,551,588.96.
The capital projects bud-
get for the upcoming year is
$11,833,087.29 and the food ser-
vice budget is $3,752,738.08.
With all of the budget cuts
state-wide, the school system is
just another entity that is having
to make tough decisions to en-
sure the education of all children.
The first public hearing for
the Okeechobee County School
District budget will be held on
Thursday, July 31, at 6 p.m. in the
school board office.

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Use landscaping to help save energy costs

By Angela Sachson
UF/IFAS Extension Serice
According to UF Consumer
Horticultural Specialist Dr. Bob
Black, the arrangement of plants
in the landscape can make a dif-
ference in maintaining comfort in-
side your home. Plants can chan-
nel winds next to your home, in
a way which can reduce energy
needs both in summer and win-
Here in South Florida during
the "dog days" of July and August,
winds usually come from a south-
easterly direction. Many Florid-
ians find it impossible to stay cool
without air-conditioning, regard-




less of the cost. If air conditioning
is used, wind movement around
the home during the summer can
raise energy costs. This occurs
when hot, humid outside air is
directed around windows, doors,
and through cracks. For AC us-

ing homes, keeping these winds
away is the landscape goal.
Shrubs and trees should be
planted around an air-conditioned
home so that they make walls of
foliage that direct the prevailing
southern breezes away from the
house. A multi-layered summer
windbreak can be used along the
southern exposures. The tallest
line of plants should be the clos-
est to the house. Along and close
to the walls that face the direction
of summer winds, a foundation
planting of shrubs can create a
dead air space that will reduce
warm winds. Deciduous shrubs
or open-branched species should
be used on the south side to al-

low the sun to heat those expo-
sures in winter.
In the case of all landscaping
around a home, consider plant-
ing to reduce wildfires as well,
especially if your home is located
in heavily wooded areas. And, be
aware that dead air spaces can
contribute to some pest prob-
lems. Plant leaves that do not dry
out may be subject to higher in-
sect and disease problems.
Shade trees positioned be-
tween windows and prevailing
summer winds should be low-
branching to provide maximum
protection against air movement.
Additional tall shrubs can be
placed nearby but on the wind-

ward side of east and west win-
In addition, the Florida Yards
and Neighborhoods program sug-
gests these planting tips: When
planting trees, plant deciduous
trees on the west, south and east
sides of the house to cast shade in
summer and let in warming light
in winter. Tree shade can reduce
air conditioning costs by as much
as 50 percent in summer. Shading
the air conditioner compressor al-
lows it to use less energy too, but
be careful not to block the unit's
airflow so the warm air can es-
For colder weather, a fence or
a row of evergreens on the north

side of the house forms a barrier
against cold winter winds.
We can suggest specific plants
that do well locally that will re-
duce energy costs if planted in the
right place. Dr. Black's complete
article, Plants Can Reduce En-
ergy Costs, can be found on the
web at: http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/gt/
reducenrg/reducnrg.htm If you
need additional information on
landscaping to save energy, call
or stop by our office at 458 Hwy
98 North. Our phone number is
863-763-6469, and you can email
us at okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu.
In Highlands County call 863-402-
6540 and in Glades County call

Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* Michael Hamblin, 33,
Okeechobee, was arrested July
18 by Deputy Thomas Kitchen on
a felony charge of possession of
methamphetamine. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor of
disorderly intoxication. His bond
was set at $5,250.
* Monique Rene Elliott, 37,
N.W. Blichton Road, Ocala, was
arrested July 18 by Deputy Ser-
geant J. Royal on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
violation of probation - posses-
sion of cocaine and violation of
probation - possession of drug
paraphernalia. She is being held
without bond.
* Joyce Santos, 35, N.E. Fifth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
July 18 by Deputy G. Popovich on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging her with failure to ap-
pear - possession of cocaine. She
is being held without bond.
* Melinda Walker Roth, 42,
N.W. 25th Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested July 18 by Deputy
Brian Cross on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with

child abuse. Her bond was set at
* Tempest Lianne Radford,
20, Grant Ave., Immokalee, was
arrested July 18 by Officer R. Hol-
royd on a charge of burglary of an
unoccupied dwelling. Her bond
was set at $20,000.
* Dillon Lee, 19, S.E. 38th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July
18 by DOC's Michael White on a
charge of violation of probation
- child abuse. He is being held
without bond.
* Matthew Thomas Richey, 18,
N.W. 72nd Circle W, Okeechobee,
was arrested July 18 by Detective
Rosemary Farless on charges of
lewd and lascivious battery (four
counts) and lewd and lascivious
molestation (three counts). His
bond was set at $110,000.
* Jean N. Dodson, 27, County
Road 128, Ironton, Ohio, was ar-
rested July 19 by Officer R. Hol-
royd on a felony charge of dealing
in stolen property. She was also
charged with the misdemeanor
of petit theft. Her bond was set at
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or* has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.


rates increase

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Unemployment rose sharply
by nearly a point in June to 7.3
percent in Okeechobee accord-
ing to a report released Friday by
the Florida Agency for Workforce
Innovation, Labor Market Statis-
tics Center.
1,318 residents were out of
work in Okeechobee during June
which compared to 1,145 people
who were jobless in May. 16,615
people had jobs last month which
compared to 16,873 who found
work in May.
The 7.3 percent jobless rate
here was much higher than the
state, (5.7 percent), and national,
(5.7 percent), average.
Okeechobee was tied for
eighth highest among the states,
67 counties. Glades were tied for
ninth highest with Citrus and Mar-
ion County.
The unemployment picture

this year is much worse than in
June of 2007 when 949 people
were out of work in Okeechobee,
a rate of 5.5 percent.
Glades County had a similar
trend in June. Unemployment
stood at 7.2 percent with 334
people out of work. In May there
were 254 people out of work, a
jobless rate of 5.4 percent.
In June, 2007 there were 264
people out of work, a rate of 5.7
Other small rural counties in
Florida saw similar increases in
the past few months. Hendry
County had the highest unem-
ployment rate in the state at 10.3
percent. There were 1,901 people
unemployed there. The lowest
unemployment rate was enjoyed
by Walton County, 3.4 percent.
Around the area Highlands
County had 6.4 percent unem-
ployment, St. Lucie 8.1 percent,
Martin 6.2 percent and Osceola
5.7 percent.

UKeechobee News/D. Hamilton

Bucks back
Melody Hodges from Seacoast National'Bank in Okeecho-
bee made the day of store visitors to the Drive-thru cooler
on 441 South on Friday morning, July 18. The bank held
a surprise promotional, giving $5 to each customer visit-
ing the store. This customer, Chris was somewhat speech-
less that he was being "given" money while stopping at
the store.

Wildlife officer pulls victim from burning vehicle

Officer Bret Gill with the Flori-
da Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) is credited
with saving the life of a woman
after he risked his own life to en-
ter a vehicle on fire to pull her to
safety. The incident occurred at
1 a.m. on County Road 231 near
State Road 100, in Union County.
Gill was off-duty and on his
way home when he saw a visibly
distressed woman running down
the road. She waved him down

and told him there was a crash
and a car was on fire. He called
9-1-1 and followed the woman to
the location where he observed
a crowd of people around the
vehicle which was nearly fully en-
gulfed in flames.
"She (the passenger) was ly-
ing across her seat and her legs
and shirt were on fire," Gill said.
"I grabbed her by her arms and
pulled her out, and then I rolled
her on the ground to put the fire

The vehicle had struck a power
pole after witnesses say the driver
ran a stop sign and lost control.
The driver had perished in the
fiery crash before Gill arrived.
While the officer and bystanders
waited for' the ambulance, the
vehicle exploded. Gill was un-
scathed, and there were no other
The victim, who is 28 years
old, was flown to Shands Hospital

at the University of Florida where
she is being treated.
Gill's supervisor, Capt. Roy
Brown, praised the officer who
has been with the FWC for three
and a half years.
"There were people standing
around before he got there, but:
no one did what Bret did," Brown
said. "He's an outstanding offi-
cer. He has a real concern for his
community and he's well-known
and well liked."

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topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to okeenews@newszap.com or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
DEPOT: I'm pleased if the depot is saved. As far as the ambulance
service passing over the tracks ... it has not one thing to do with the de-
pot. That train is going to bring every vehicle to a stop when it comes
through and I'd think those trained professionals inside that ambu-
lance could keep someone alive, long enough for a train to pass. The
depot being too close to the tracks is an issue? Where do you want a
depot to be? Two miles from the tracks. Look over history, all depots
are close to the tracks. I'd much rather spend my tax dollars helping
to save our local history than being forced to pay taxes that send State
Senators and Congress on vacations not to mention paying for those
pork bellies that they sneak in on bills. As an example, a museum to
remember "Woodstock" -- that person must still be high!
SKUNK APE: Some times the pot grown in these grow houses is
called Skunk Weed due to its smell, Maybe the Skunk Ape was attract-
ed to this thinking it was a mate, or is he maybe a pothead himself?
IN THE NEWS: Thinking back over recent headlines, we've had a
jet plane landing on the highway; people crashing into cop cars; cop
cars crashing into each other; three grow houses on the same street
and now Skunk Ape sightings. It all sounds like something that would
be in an action movie. Too bad we don't have it all on film.

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HISTORY: I agree with saving the depot because it has played
such a very important roll in the history of Okeechobee County. Read-
ing the history of this area, travel/shipping by train played a real great
role. Currently you do have to purchase tickets via the Internet or over
the phone. But wouldn't it be great to be able to walk into our own
depot and purchase your ticket and wait inside for the time the train
arrival would be announced and you could just step out and board.
As far as parking goes we will have to wait and see just how much of
that property is with the Depot. Over time land use might have been
approved or ownership might have changed from its original plot. It
doesn't look like there is much if you're trying to park there. Just to
bring up another possibility ... the depot could be moved (moved and/
or reconstructed using some of the original materials and design.) If
you follow the tracks driving west there is a large open spot. When
the gas pipe was laid across our county the workmen camped there.
That piece of property would avail both adequate space for a building
and parking. It would also leave the 441 crossing open for traffic. It is
exciting, if you are a history buff, to imagine how it was and how it
could be again.
DISAPPEARING WATER: The water level in the canal in Buck-
head Ridge has risen a good two feet in the past month. It's up to its
normal level. The lake has only rose about a foot during that time.
Is the SFWMD aware or this? I'll bet there's a leak somewhere and
they don't want us to know about it. Editor's note: According to the
SFWMD records, the district wide area had about 8 inches of rain in
June. Smaller waterways, such as canals, may rise more than the
average rainfall amount, due to the runoff from surrounding land
into these waterways.. Lake Okeechobee also loses water every day
through evaporation over the large surface of the lake.
67TH DRIVE: All the attention is on 67th Drive. Maybe it's because
the neighbors do get together and talk. By the way, can County Code
Enforcement fix the junk yard issue on 67th? I hear about them taking
care of other neighborhoods, why can't they fix that one?
COP: We have all of these Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.) driving around
burning gas. They only drive in daytime hours, not the hours when
most crimes are committed. This needs to be looked into.
CANALS: I was wondering about the canals here, I suppose they
think they're done? All they've done is dig in the middle and graze
the middle and throw all of the dirt and stuff up against the seawalls.
The weeds and everything else are still there. Are they coming back
to finish the job?
REFLECTIONS: This is to the man who called in about the Reflec-
tions from the Pulpit about people not going to Heaven and going to
Hell and fire and brimstone. It also says in the New Testament that
anyone who are idolaters, homosexuals and everything else, in First
Corinthians 6. Its in the New Testament as well its an abomination to
the Lord and your right, if you repent and have salvation you will be
saved, but if not you will not be and these people will go to eternal
damnation. It is in the New Testament as well.
CABLE: I would like to know why the cable company has moved
the channels CMT and Oxygen to different channels and then you can-
not get them on the TV, but they are still charging you the same price.
I.would like to know how to get these channels back since I am still
paying for them.
BUSES: Okeechobee needs a public bus system. I think a lot of
people would ride the bus if it was available. It costs too much to
drive these days. I think buses to the mall would really be popular,
especially on the weekends.

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Community Calendar

Tuesday, July 22
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-
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, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
New AA. 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.
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 located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at 863-
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.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
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 86763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 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.
AA. 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.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Narcotics Anonymous will begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call 863-357-3053.

Community Events

Membership drive at Moose Lodge
Come be a star at the Okeechobee Moose Lodge, 159 N.W. 36th
St., Karaoke contest. Only non professional singers may participate.
It will go on for six Sundays starting July 20 and ending on Aug. 24.
It will be from 3 until 7 p.m. each Sunday. The contest is open to all
members and guests, potential new members are welcome. There
will be a 50/50 drawing every week. Door prizes will be given away
and food will be served. For information call Robert Williams at 863-

Main Street Mixer planned
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 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 representatives. There will be door prizes
and refreshments will be served. For more information please contact
Main Streets Executive Director Toni Doyle at 863-357-MAIN (6246).

Fort Drum Church plans VBS
Stampede to vacation bible school at Fort Drum Community
Church. Avalanche Ranch will bring you on a wild ride through Gods
word from July 21-25 from 6 until 8 p.m. each night. For more infor-
mation call 863-467-1733.
Summer Book Club meets
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 hold 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.

Hospice to host 'Bag sale'
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a two day Bag Sale on Friday,
July 24 and Saturday, July 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fill a bag for $1.
It will be held at the Hospice Blue Volunteer Building on S.E. Fourth
Street next to The Hamrick Home. Everything must go so that they can
set out new items that have arrived. All proceeds benefit patient care
in Okeechobee and services offered in The Hamrick Home. For more
information call 863-467-2321.

Benefit for Emilio Suarez
A benefit has been planned for Saturday, July 26, to help raise
money for medical expenses. Emilio is currently in ICU at Lawnwood
Regional Medical Center. The benefit is being held at Good Spirits
Lounge, starting at noon. A Chinese auction will take place along with
50/50 drawings, door prizes, pool tournament, and live entertainment
by Howard Hates Us II. For more information or if you would like to
make a donation please call Jessica Dorrance at 863-532-1567.

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Televisions are changing to digital by 2009

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
If you watch any local televi-
sion stations such as CBS, FOX,
ABC or NBC then you know by
all of the commercials that the
Digital Television Transition is on
its way.
Digital television (DTV) transi-
tion -- what is that and how does
it affect me? That is what many
people are asking at all the local
electronics stores.
While some people believe
that you must purchase a new
television by this analog broad-
casting doomsday of Feb. 17,
2009, the majority of the popula-
tion isn't really affected because
they already subscribe to some
sort of cable or satellite service.
What is digital broadcast-
ing and why are the broadcast-

ers making the change? Digital
broadcasting promises to provide
a clearer picture and more pro-
gramming options for consumers.
It will also free up the airwaves for
use by emergency responders.
At midnight on Feb. 17, 2009,
all full-power television stations in
the United States will stop broad-
casting in analog and switch to
100 percent digital broadcasting.
Analog television sets receiv-
ing free television using an anten-
na will not work after February
17, 2009. If you watch television
using an antenna, either indoor
or outdoor, and you have a televi-
sion that does not have a digital
tuner you will need to purchase a
converter box or a new television
that has a digital tuner built in.
What you need to determine is
whether your television set has a

"digital tuner" already built in. If it
does, your television set will work
after the change. How do you get
that information? The best way
would be to look in your owner's
manual, but if that isn't possible
you may be able to look up that
information on the manufactur-
er's website.
You are trying to find out if
your set has an input connection
labeled "digital input" or "ATSC"
(Advanced Television Systems
Committee, which is the DTV for-
If your television set was made
before 1998 it was a traditional
"analog" set. If you bought a big-
screen, projection TV between
1998 and 2004, it may have a
built-in digital tuner inside, but
chances aren't great. Only a lim-
ited percentage of projection tele-

vision sets included digital tuners
before 2004.
If you purchased a new televi-
sion set since 2004, the chances
of having a built-in digital tuner
improve dramatically. Starting in
2004, many of the television sets
sold at popular electronics stores
feature digital tuners.
That doesn't mean you are
in the clear though, even some
of the newer television sets are
purely display monitors that lack
the internal circuitry needed to
pick up digital broadcasts.
If you determine you have an
analog television here are your
options: purchase a new televi-
sion with a digital tuner; purchase
a converter box; or switch to a
paid television service provider.
In response to this change,
Congress has created the TV Con-

verter Box Coupon Program for
households who wish to keep
their analog television sets. The
program allows U.S. households
to obtain up to two coupons,
each worth $40 that can be ap-
plied toward the cost of eligible
converter boxes.
A television connected to.
cable, satellite or other pay televi-
sion service does not require a TV
converter box from this program.
A TV converter box is a new
product available in early 2008
that will plug into your analog
television and, along with your an-
tenna, keep your analog set work-
ing after the February deadline. A
TV converter box is a one-time
purchase and is expected to cost
between $50 and $70. Visit www.
DTVTransition.org to find details
on eligible converter boxes and

where they can be located.
According to the www.
dtv2009.gov website, these boxes
will not be available until mid to
late February, 2008.
In order to apply for a coupon,
go online between Jan. 1, 2008
and March 31, 2009, and apply
for up to two $40 coupons per
household or call 1(888) DTV-
2009 (1-888-388-2009), 1(877)
530-2634 (TTY), or by mailing
their application to P.O. Box 2000,
Portland, OR 97208-2000. Cou-
pons will be mailed to request-
A list of nearby participating
retailers will be included with the
coupons when they are mailed to
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

Health News in Brief

Red Cross offers
summer classes
The Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross will be
offering an Adult CPR/AED class
on Tuesday, July 29 - at 6 p.m.
at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register,
or for more information call 863-

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 cer-
tificate 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-i
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 and join the circle of friends.
Welcome House offers scheduled
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

Christian Mental
health support group
Do you suffer with depression,,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health Sup-
port group meets on the second
and fourth Thursday of the month
at 6 p.m. on Martin County Grade.
Call 772-597-0463 for more infor-
mation. Family members are wel-

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.PT., 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.

Health specialists add robotic

assisted laparoscopic surgery

Health Specialists continues to
lead the region in health care
for women with the introduc-
tion of the first robotic assisted
laparoscopic surgery for hys-
terectomies. "The physicians at
Women's Health Specialists put
our patients first when it comes
to reducing pain and increasing
recovery time for this type of sur-
gery," said William L. Hughes,
Administrator, Women's Health
"Doctors Jeremy Singer and
Evan Collins have undergone
extensive training to become
the first gynecologists in the lo-
cal area to be able to offer this
leading-edge surgical proce-
dure to our patients," added Mr.
The new laparoscopic sur-
gery will be conducted at St. Lu-
cie Medical Center using the Da
Vinci" Surgical System. Using
the Da Vinci Surgical System, the
surgeon operates while seated
comfortably at a computer con-
sole viewing a 3-D image of the

surgical field.
The surgeon's fingers grasp
the masters on the computer
console and while viewing the
surgical field through the Da
Vincim Systems high-resolution,
three-dimensional image dis-
play, the surgeon manipulates
and guides Da Vinci's computer-
assisted robotic arms and instru-
The technology seamlessly
translates the surgeon's move-
ments at the computer console
into precise, real-time move-
ments of the surgical instruments
inside the patient.
While the surgeon's hands
and fingers direct the surgery,
the movements are translated by
the computer to precise move-
ment of the microsurgical instru-
ments on the robotic arms inside
the patient's body.
Benefits of the modern sur-
gery compared to the conven-
tional open surgery may include:
Significantly less pain; less blood

loss; fewer complications; less
scarring; shorter hospital stay;
and a faster return to normal
daily activities. For more infor-
mation about the Da Vinci" Sur-
gical System, contact Women's
Health Specialists at 772-219-
1080 or 800-666-1667.
For more than 35 years, Wom-
en's Health' Specialists' highly
regarded and modern OB/GYN
practice has provided a full range
of health care services to women
through all stages of their lives,
through puberty, child-bearing
ages, menopause and beyond.
The Women's Health Special-
ists' professional team consists of
obstetricians and gynecologists,
certified nurse-midwives, nurses
and support staff. Services in-
clude wellness exams, prenatal
care, menopause management,
cancer screening and prevention
provided in a personalized and
comfortable environment from
headquarters located adjacent to
the Treasure Coast Square mall

Today in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, July 22, the
204th day of 2008. There are 162
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 22, 1933, American
aviator Wiley Post completed the
first solo flight around the world
as he returned to New York's
Floyd Bennett Field after traveling
for 7 days, 18A/4 hours.
On this date:
In 1587, an English colony
fated to vanish under mysterious
circumstances was established
on Roanoke Island off North Car-
In 1796, Cleveland was found-
ed by Gen. Moses Cleaveland.
In 1908, American etiquette
expert Amy Vanderbilt was born
in New York City.
In 1934, a man identified as
bank robber John Dillinger was
shot to death by federal agents
outside Chicago's Biograph The-
In 1937, the Senate rejected
President Roosevelt's proposal to
add more justices to the Supreme
In 1942, the Nazis began trans-
porting Jews from the Warsaw
Ghetto to the Treblinka concen-

tration camp..
In 1943, American forces led
by Gen. George S. Patton captured
Palermo, Sicily, during World War
In 1946, Jewish extremists
blew up a wing of the King Da-
vid Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 90
In 1975, the House of Repre-
sentatives joined the Senate in
voting to restore the American
citizenship of Confederate Gen.
Robert E. Lee.
In 1983, Samantha Smith and
her parents returned home to
Manchester, Maine, after com-
pleting a whirlwind tour of the
Soviet Union.
Ten years ago: The Senate
Armed Services Committee re-
jected, on a 9-9 vote, Daryl Jones'
bid to become Air Force secre-
tary. President Clinton, with Re-
publican lawmakers at his side,
signed a bill designed to mold the
Internal Revenue Service into a
friendlier, fairer tax collector.
Five years ago: Saddam Hus-
sein's sons Odai and Qusai were
killed when U.S. forces stormed a
villa in Mosul, Iraq. Months after
her prisoner-of-war ordeal, Pfc.
Jessica Lynch returned home to
a hero's welcome in Elizabeth,

One year ago: A bus carry-
ing Polish Catholic pilgrims from
a holy site in the French Alps
plunged off a steep mountain
road, killing 26 people. Padraig
Harrington survived a calamitous
finish in regulation and a tense
putt for bogey on the final hole of
a playoff to win the British Open.
Cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs
died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age
Today's Birthdays: Former
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole,
R-Kan., is 85. Singer Margaret
Whiting is 84. Actor-comedian
Orson Bean is 80. Fashion de-
signer Oscar de la Renta is 76. Ac-
tress Louise Fletcher is 74. Movie
director John Korty is 72. Rhythm-
and-blues singer Chuck Jackson
is 71. Actor Terence Stamp is 69.
Game show host Alex Trebek is
68. Singer George Clinton is 67.
Actor-singer Bobby Sherman is
65. Singer Estelle Bennett (The
Ronettes) is 64. Movie writer-di-
rector Paul Schrader is 62. Actor
Danny Glover is 61. Actor-come-
dian-director Albert Brooks is 61.
Rock singer Don Henley is 61.
Movie composer Alan Menken
is 59. Actor Willem Dafoe is 53.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Keith

Sweat is 47. Actress Joanna Going is 41. Actress Irene Bedard is 41.
is 45. Actor Rob Estes is 45. Folk Actor Rhys Ifans is 41. Actor Co-
singer Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) lin Ferguson is 36. Rock musician
is 45. Actor John Leguizamo is Daniel Jones is 35. Singer Rufus
44. Actor-comedian David Spade Wainwright is 35. Actress Franka
is 44. Actor Patrick Labyorteaux Potente is 34. Actress A.J. Cook is
is 43. Rock musician Pat Badger 30.

Thought for Today: "Some-
how a bachelor never quite gets
over the idea that he is a thing of
beauty and a boy forever." Helen
Rowland, American writer and
humorist (1875-1950).


Franklin D.
'Buddy' Suggs
Franklin D. "Buddy" Suggs,
age 71, of Palmdale, passed away
July 16, 2008 at his home in Palm-
dale after a courageous battle
with cancer. He was born Oct.
29, 1936 in Bradenton, son of the
late Pinkey D. and the late Geneva
(Davis) Suggs. He has worked
for Bronson's Ranch, Kelley and
Bowden Construction and most
recently Rinker. He enjoyed hunt-
ing, fishing, going to church and
being with family and friends. He
was a member of Venus Baptist
Church and River Ranch Property
Assoc. He was a former resident
of Okeechobee.
Survivors include his wife of
fifty-two years: Joanne (Arnold)
Suggs, two sons: Del (Cindy)
Suggs, Bill (Beth) Suggs, both of
Okeechobee, three daughters:
Margie (Wesley) Poncier of Palm-
dale, Lisa (Mike) Lilley, Kandi (An-
thony) Pascher, both of LaBelle,
three sisters: Daisy Fallowfield,
Shirley Miller, both of Bradenton,
Maxine (Bill) Wells of St. Marks,
Fla., eleven grandchildren, seven

Funeral services were held Sat.
July 19, 2008, 11 a.m. at Venus
Baptist Church, Venus with Rev.
Jimmy Snell and Rev. Earl Cline
officiating. Interment followed in
Ortona Cemetery, Moore Haven.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis
Funeral Home - LaBelle

Danielle C. Moses
Danielle C. Moses, age 38, of
Okeechobee died July 19, 20018
at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in
Tampa. Mrs. Moses was born Oc-
tober 10, 1969 in
Warren, Ohio to
Daniel Kuntz and
Carolyn Currier.
She was previ-
ously a resident
of Okeechobee
County before
moving to Ti-
tusville with her Danielle
husband and C. Moses
in 2007 they re-
turned to live in Okeechobee. She
was a member of The Gathering
in Okeechobee and also a mem-
ber of New Life Christian Fellow-
ship in Titusville. She loved her
church and her family. She sang

in the choir, served on the Alter
Call Ministry, she started a bible
study for troubled youth called
Ground Zero in Christmas, Fla.
Mrs. Moses is survived by
her husband Jeff E. Moses of
Okeechobee; stepson, Chris Mo-
ses of Auburndale; father, Daniel
Kuntz of Titusville; mother, Caro-
lyn Currier of Okeechobee; three
sisters, Lanette Middleton, Erikka
Sampson and Tiffany West all of
Warren, Ohio.
Visitation will be 6 until 9 p.m.
Tuesday, July 22, at Bass Okeecho-
bee Chapel. Funeral services will
be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, at
The Gathering with Pastor Mike
Brown and Pastor Larry Linkous
officiating. Interment will follow
at Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may
be made in Danielle Moses' name
to The Gathering, 1735 SW 24th
AVE, Okeechobee, FL 34974.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All local arrangements are
entrusted to the care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and

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The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres Ill, Movie times for Friday, July
18 - through Thursday, July 24, are as follows
Theatre I - "The Dark Knight" (PG-13) Show
times: Friday at 7 and 9:35 pm. Saturday and Sun-
day 2 and 7 pm ONLY, Monday 3 and 7 pm, Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday 2 and 7 pm ONLY.
Theatre II - "Meet Dave" (PG) - Show times:
Friday 7 and 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday. 2, 4:15, 7
& 9 pm. Monday 3 and 7 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday 2,4:15, 7 & 9 pm
Theatre III - "Space Chimps" (G) - Show
times: Friday 7 and 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday.
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Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all mov-
ies and matinees are $4.
For information call 863-763-7202

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passes out at the sight of blood.

Dear Abby

Heat turns car into furnace for pet

By Abigail Van Buren
DEAR ABBY: The letter from
"No Dogs in the Car" you printed
last year (Aug. 6) appeared one
day too late for me. I pulled into
a supermarket parking lot on a
hot afternoon and, as I was get-
ting out of my car, 1 heard a dog
barking and whining. It was a
sweet little Yorkshire terrier that
had been locked in a brand-new
luxury vehicle with the windows
barely cracked open. I couldn't
tell how long he had been there,
but his barking suggested he was
not comfortable. I walked over to
see if I could open the door.
A well-dressed woman came
out of the store, saw me and
shrieked, "Why are you stand-
ing next to my car?" I explained
that because of the heat, her dog
should not have been left in the
enclosed vehicle. Her response?
"Mind your own business, you
dumb (rhymes-with-witch)!" she
screamed and then stormed off.
I read the letter in your column
from "No Dogs" the following day
and made a copy. I hope I run into
that "charming" woman again so
I can hand her one. -- BONNIE'S
letter is timely because in parts
of the country the temperature
is soaring. And people frequently

forget how quickly the tempera-
ture rises in an enclosed vehicle.
Every summer we hear sad
stories about pets perishing in
parked cars.
But I digress. For your own
safety, please don't hand that
ill-mannered woman anything.
Instead, leave it under her wind-
shield wiper. Read on for what
other readers say on this impor-
tant subject:
DEAR ABBY: My animal
services' phone number is pro-
grammed into my cell phone,
and I used it recently when I saw
a small dog locked in a hot car
one afternoon. I called animal
services and gave the location
and description of the vehicle.
An animal control officer ar-
rived within five minutes and
stuck a thermometer in the win-
dow. Determining that the dog
wasn't in immediate danger, he
left a one-hour notice on the vehi-
cle. If the owner returned within
the hour, he would get a warning.
If, however, the officer returned in
an hour and the owner still had
not appeared, the officer would
break in and release the poor ani-
It's a useful number for animal
lovers to keep on hand. -- READ-
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Arizona Humane Society, NEVER
leave your pet in a parked car.
Leaving a pet in a car on a hot
day is not only against the law, it
would lead to charges of animal
cruelty. If you see an animal in
a locked car, call your Humane
Society Rescue Unit. They can
respond more quickly than the
police. But if the police are called,
they can legally break a window.
DEAR ABBY: While attend-
ing the 1994 Gator National Drag
Race in Gainesville, Fla., an an-
nouncement was made for the
owners of an '89 Buick station
wagon to please get their dog
out of the car. Fifteen minutes
later, a new announcement: "For
the owners of the '89 Buick sta-
tion wagon, we have good news
and bad news. The good news is,
your dog is fine. The bad news is,
your passenger side window is
now broken."
Everyone in the stands cheered!
DEAR MITCH: Thanks for
writing. I love a happy ending.
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.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Get out with friends, work on a
o3izon- hobby or book a spa or golf day.
Spell Spend time with people you find
entertaining and enjoyable. Love
S is mounting and talking about
letters feelings, although difficult, will
S provide greater understanding. 3
SJ J stars
A TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Put in a little extra of whatever is
SS needed to make your life, your
home, your relationships better.
) M Give-and-take is the answer. A trip
I will help you realize how easy it is
to adjust to new lifestyles. 4 stars
N GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
If you aren't getting things done
- E because you are concentrating
r L on your love life, you may want
to rework your schedule. Taking
| care 'of your responsibilities will
help,'not hinder, what you are go-
SN ing through personally. 2 stars
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22): Taking a chance doesn't
a-V mean risking everything but it
can help you get ahead. A new
) U job or pastime will expand your
j j knowledge and challenge you to
more thought. Make alterations at
J J home for more comfort and secu-
7/22 rity. 5 stars
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
Java, Strength and courage are all it
esus, will take to win any challenge
Joey, you face. Don't let your emotions
ment, cause you to give someone too
justify, much. Generosity can be a gra-
cious gift but also can lead to be-
otal, U.. ing taken advantage of. 3 stars
4520 Main VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Consider getting into serious talks
with partners and you will resolve
issues that are bothering you.
Once you explain the way you
feel and what your intentions are,
it will be clear that you are doing
what is necessary. 3 stars
Jego LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
ns Don't take no for an answer if you
ds often really want to spend time with
someone. Nurture an important
ally has relationship you are in before it's
Across too late. Join forces with some-
or ne who can help you find solu-
oe tions to problems. 3 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov.
21): Love may be enticing but,
rd you have to get your work done
first. You can talk your way in and
UZLE: out of situations with ease. A cre-
K I M active idea must be taken seriously.
I RA Your mind will be open to what's
W A being offered. 5 stars
21): Give in a little and you'll dis-
G cover that someone who really
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K I A return. You will benefit through
OIL T the people you encounter and the
N TS things you learn if you don't ex-
aggerate or talk too much about
R your own talents or services. 2
ROB stars
AM CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
X 19): One door will open when
07/22/08 another one closes. Be confident
12 1" and sure of yourself. There is
change heading your way, along
with profits. Aggressive action will
S bring the results you want. 4 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): If you are quick to make
your move and do something
S special for someone you have
a personal interest in, you will
S make a lasting impression. Put
S your talent to.good use. An inter-
esting career change or chance to
try your hand at something new is
S48 evident. 3 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20): You will have a difficult time
controlling the way you feel, espe-
Scially when dealing with partners
or people who can influence your
S future. Be prepared to talk your
way around any situation that
arises that may leave you hold-
- ing too much of the responsibility
07/22/08 and not enough payback. 3 stars


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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
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and whose social security number is
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Okeechobee avoids elimination at state tourney

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Dalton Murray drove home
Jack Radebaugh with the win-
ning run in the seventh inning as
Okeechobee avoided elimination
at the Dixie Youth Junior Dixie
Boys state tournament Sunday by
defeating Spring Hill, 5-4.
Okeechobee had lost in a blow
out Saturday so their fans were
eager to see how Okeechobee
would respond on Sunday.
They saw the 13 year old all
stars respond with a vengeance.
Okeechobee scored in each
of the first four innings and got a
solid pitching performance from
Tyler Barber to eliminate Spring

Murray was also a key factor
as he won the game with his bat,
and his legs.
The game started inauspi-
ciously for Okeechobee. Barber
gave up a long two run home run
to Brandon Braucher in the top of
the first inning as Spring Hill took
an early lead. It could have been
much worse though as Barber
allowed two others runners to
reach base. He pitched out of the
jam with two strikeouts.
Okeechobee made three field-
ing errors in the first and were
lucky to avoid a bigger deficit.
Barber got a run back in the
bottom, of the first as he drove
home Radebaugh with an RBI

single. Okeechobee might of had
more but Alex Estramera was
called out on a close play at first
Barber hit two batters with
pitched balls in the second and al-
lowed an RBI single by Frank De-
cotis to make it 3-1, Spring Hill.
Okeechobee made it 3-2 in the
second as Marshall Tommie dou-
bled, moved to third on a sacrifice
by David Coleman, and scored on
a bunt by Billy Childers.
Spring Hill threatened to score
again in the third thanks to a hit
batter, Eric Decosta, and an error.
However, Barber struck out Gar-
rett Treverton to escape the jam. '
Okeechobee tied the score in
the bottom of the third on the

legs of Dalton Murray. He drew
a one out walk and stole second.
As Tyler Barber struck out and the
catcher threw to first base for the
out, Murray ran hard all the way
and scored from second to tie the
Cody Stein started on the hill
for Spring Hill and was charged
with three runs in three innings.
Okeechobee went up for the
first time, 4-3, against reliever
Brandon Brosher in the fourth.
Marshall Tommie drew a lead
off walk, and David Coleman lMid
down a perfect bunt for a hit.
Tommie hustled all the way
around to third to put Okeecho-
bee in business. He scored on a
beautiful sacrifice bunt down the

first base line by Richard Done-
Spring Hill rallied to tie the
game in the seventh with a two
out rally. Richard Donegan made
another nice defensive grab on a
short pop for the first out. Ryan
Nichol struck out and Barber was
one out away from a complete
game victory. It was not to be as
Braucher reached on an infield
error. He stole second and scored
on a single by Tom Tecotis. Alex
Estremara came on to get the fi-
nal out and actually earned the
Tecotis reached third on a pair
of wild pitches before Dalton
Murray tagged him out on an at-
tempted steal of home.

Okeechobee's winning rally
began slowly as Billy Childers
grounded out and Donegan struck
out. Radebaugh hit a sharp single
to center. He advanced to second
on a passed ball setting the stage
for Murray's heroics. Murray got a
fast ball in the middle of the plate
and drilled it to center field. The
center fielder, Jose Alonzo, in his
haste to make a play on the ball,
couldn't field it cleanly and Rade-
baugh scored standing up with-
out a throw.
Okeechobee moved on to play
Messer Park on Monday morning
at the state tournament in Mari-

13-year-old All Stars victorious over Messer Park

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It was do or die for the 13-
year-old Okeechobee All Stars
at the Florida Dixie Youth Junior
Dixie boy's tournament Monday.
Okeechobee avoided elimination
for the second straight day with
an impressive victory over Messer
Park, 15-4 in six innings.
Okeechobee fell behind early
but came up with three huge ral-
lies in the late innings to win by
the 10 run rule.
Okeechobee had a chance

to score in the top of the first as-
Jack Radebaugh and Dalton Mur-
ray drew walks. However, Tyler
Barber hit a hard ground ball that
the third basemeri turned into a
double play.
Alex Estramera' started on
the mound for .Okeechobee. He
walked the lead off man Rocky
Hughes and that cost him a run.
Hughes stole home for the first
run and Tyler Sellers added an
RBI single to make it 2-0. Estram-
era escaped further trouble by
striking out Taylor Blackburn and
Dylan Bozeman with two runners

in scoring position.
Okeechobee's 'Jac6b Domer
came close to scoring in the
second as he singled, and stole
two bases. He got a little greedy
and tried to steal home but was
thrown out at the plate.
Estramera .allowed a double
and hit a batter in the second
but again worked out of trouble
thanks to two strikeouts.
Okeechobee got on the board
in the second as Richard Done-
gan reached on an infield, stole
second and scored on a double
by Jack Radebaugh. After Dalton

Murray walked, he and Rade-
baugh attempted a double steal
and Radebaugh was able to dash
home with the tying run.
Messer Park went back on top
in the third as Tyler Sellers tripled
and scored on a single by Dylan
Okeechobee had a big four
run rally after two outs in the top
of the fourth. They sent eight men
tothe plate to take a 6-3 lead. The
big blow was a two-run triple by
Billy Childers.
Estramera loaded the bases in
the fourth but was able to get out

of the jam with a key strikeout of
Phillip Barrantyne. Estramera
pitched four innings and allowed
three runs.
Okeechobee made it 11-3
in the fifth when Jacob Domer
scored on an error and Jack Rade-
baugh provided an RBI single.
A third run scored on a double
steal. Dalton Murray drove home
the fourth run with a triple. Tyler
Barber drove home Murray with
a single.
Messer Park scored one run
in the.fifth but Okeechobee an-

swered with an RBI single by
Childers in the sixth.
Okeechobee tacked on three
more runs in the sixth to go up
Messer Park loaded the bases
in the sixth but Dalton Murray
came on to relieve and recorded
two big strikeouts to end the
Okeechobee advanced in the
loser's bracket to play another
game Monday at 5 p.m.
Look for results in tomorrow's
Okeechobee News.

Vernon defeated at state tournament

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee and Vernon bat-
tled in a pitchers duel Sunday in
the second round of the Florida
Dixie Youth Dixie Boys State Tour-
Okeechobee got a great pitch-
ing performance from Austin
Hamilton as they defeated Ver-
non, 4-2, to remain in the winners
Okeechobee jumped on top
in the top of the first as Justin
Morgan hit a one out double and
scored on a sacrifice fly by Noah
Okeechobee added their sec-
ond run in the third when Brad
Coleman reached on an infield

hit, and scored on a single by Will
Vernon scored two runs in
the fourth to tie the score. Hunter
Dobbs singled and stole second,
and scored on a single by T.J.
Almon. Dylan Gibson singled to
put runners on first and third and
a great suicide squeeze bunt by
Caleb Kottage scored Almon.
Okeechobee starter' Austin
Hamilton did a good job keeping
Vernon off balance. He pitched to
the minimum number of batters
through the first three innings,
and had six strikeouts through
Dylan Kirk started for Vernon
and was charged with two runs.
Reliever Dylan Lee came on with

two on and one out in the third
and kept Okeechobee scoreless
thanks to an excellent fastball.
Okeechobee loaded the bases
in the fourth as Hamilton, and
Morgan walked and Tyler Finney
singled. Pinch runner Jacalob
Akins tried to steal home but was
thrown out at the plate.
Okeechobee also put two
runners on base in the. fifth via
the walk, but again were turned
Okeechobee took a 4-2 lead in
the sixth as Tyler Finney drew -a
lead off walk, Mark Weir reached
on an error and Brad Coleman
walked. A wild pitch by Lee
scored Finney from third. Another
wild pitch scored Weir to make it

Hamilton got back on track in
the later innings for Okeechobee.
He stranded two runners on in
the fifth, and worked around a
lead off walk in the sixth, without
allowing a run.
Koppage led off the seventh
with a base hit but was out on an
ill advised steal attempt. Hamilton
finished the complete game by
striking out Jordan Curry to end
the game.
'Okeechobee won' their first
round game by forfeit Saturday
as West Jackson pulled out of the
Okeechobee played again on
SMonday in the third round.

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