Okeechobee news
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Vol. 99 No. 207

Northern Lights
(AP) - Scientists have exposed
some of the mystery behind the
northern lights.
On Thursday, NASA released
findings that indicate magnetic
explosions about one-third of
the way to the moon cause the
northern lights, or aurora bo-
realis, to burst in spectacular
shapes and colors, and dance
across the sky. The findings
should help scientists better
understand the more powerful
but less common geomagnetic
storms that can knock out sat-
ellites, harm astronauts in orbit
and disrupt power and com-
munications on Earth, scien-
tists said.

Man found guilty to
Idling four
MIAMI (AP) -- One of two
men accused of killing four
people aboard a fishing char-
ter last year pleaded guilty
Thursday in exchange for an
agreement that 'prosecutors
will not seek the death'penalty.
Kirby Archer, who had previ-
ously pleaded not guilty to the
September boat hijacking and
killings, pleaded guilty to four
counts of first-degree murder,
kidnapping, illegal seizure of
a maritime vessel and other
Prosecutors said Archer,
36, and Guillermo Zarabozo,
20, hired the charter boat Joe
Cool to go to the Bahamas,
then tried to divert it to Cuba.
Zarabozo has pleaded not
guilty and blamed Archer for
killing the captain, his wife and
two crew members. Prosecu-
tors announced Thursday they
will not seek the death penalty
against Zarabozo, whose trial is
slated for next month. Prosecu-
tors said they intended to show
Archer was the mastermind of
the plan.

Drought Index

Current: 185
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.53 feet
Last Year: 9.09 feet
SSon ored By:

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

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Cowboy Day: Celebration Saturday

File photo
In 2007, Okeechobee celebrated the National Day of the Cowboy for the first time, with
a cattle drive down State Road 70.

Cattle drive, rodeo planned
By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News

Okeechobee Main Street in
partnership with the Okeecho-
bee Cattleman's Association
will hold their second annual
celebration of the National Day.
of the Cowboy on Saturday,
July 26.
Festivities will begin at Fla-
gler Park with a cattle drive
down S.R. 70 at 10 a.m. which
will continue to the Okeecho-
bee Agri-Civic Center where
other festivities and a ranch ro-
deo will take place.
During the time before the
ranch rodeo there will be sto-
rytelling, art displays and many
other activities.
Representatives from the,
Seminole. Tribe of Florida, Inc.
President Richard Bowers,
Chairman Mitchell Cypress and
author, poet and tribe historian
Moses Jumper will also be on
hand for this prestigious event.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida
See Cowboy - Page 2

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
At their meeting on July 10, Okeechobee County Com-
missioners proclaimed July 26, as the National Day of the
American Cowboy in Okeechobee County. Commission
chairman Clif Betts presented the proclamation to Mau-
reen Burroughs, president of Okeechobee Main Street,
local sponsor of the event. On that day there will be a cat-
tle drive through downtown Okeechobee to the Okeecho-
bee County Agri-Civic Center. The agri-civic center will
host a ranch rodeo and barbecue.

File photo
In the calf branding event, a team has to catch and "brand" a calf with a paint covered
branding iron.

Voter registration

deadline is July 28

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
There are only two working
business days left to register to
vote in the primary election that
will be held on Aug. 26.
The final day for registration
for the upcoming primary elec-
tion which allows you to let your
voice be heard in our local elec-
tions is Monday, July 28.
The Okeechobee Supervi-
sor of Elections Gwen Chandler

spoke to the Okeechobee Ki-
wanis Club on- Thursday, July
24, and updated the group on
all the specifics of the upcoming
election and handed out sample
The election season is defi-
nitely upon us. If you are eigh-
teen years old, a U.S. citizen, a
legal resident of Florida and of
Okeechobee County you may
register to vote in Okeechobee.
There are currently 18,120

PO BOX 117007

Schools face

budget woes

By Chauna Aguilar mended that the total millage
Okeechobee News rate of 7.661,-- down ,051 from
The Okeechobee County last year's rate 7.712 -- be ad-
School district budget is bleak, opted for the 2007-08 budget.
but in better shape than some The breakdown of this mill-
neighboring districts. Local age rate is: required local effort
school officials are glad they - 5.163 mills; tentative discre-
will not have to cut salaries or tionary local effort -- .498 mills;
lay off employees, additional discretionary millage
Due to the conservative na- rate -- .250 mills; and, 1.75 mills
ture of the OCSB over the years, for capital outlay.
they are in better condition this One mill .equals $1 in taxes
year to deal with an anticiapted for each $1,000 of assessed
$1.3 million funding shortfall. property value.'
The Okeechobee County If passed, this would mean
School Board will hold their a decrease of 0.051 in the over-
first public hearing on Thurs- all school budget millage rate.
day, July 31, at the school board This rate has steadily dropped
office, 700 S.W Second Ave., at since the 2003-04 budget.
6 p.m. to vote on the 2008-09 In 2003-04 the total millage
school year budget. was 8412; n 2004-05 it was
Dr. Patricia Cooper, superin-
tendent of schools, has recom- See Budget - Page 2

Area economic


plan proposed

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their meeting on Thurs-
day, July 24 Okeechobee Coun-
ty Commissioners heard a plan
to improve the quality of life in
the county by improving eco-
nomic conditions.
"We believe we should be
actively attracting new busi-
nesses," said Mark Smith
of Okeechobee Main Street
He presented the commis-
sioners with a plan whereby
OMS would implement the
economic development plan
developed for the county sever-
al years ago by Bill Fruth. That
plan would help current busi-
ness as well as attracting new
The plan involves hiring a
full time executive director to
actively seek new businesses.
The director's salary and ben-
efits would be $100,000. Mr.
Smith stressed that the salary
would be- performance based.
The goal is to create 250 new
primary jobs and 100 new sec-
ondary jobs within three years.
The plan would be funded
by the county, the city, the
school board as well as private
"This represents a big step

in the right direction," said
country administrator Lyndon
Bonner. He said that economic
development was a priority of
each of the.commissioners.
"This is something I feel like
we should have done three
years ago," said commissioner
Elvie Posey "We need it dear-
"As a business owner, it is
essential we have some plans
in place," said Keith Walpole.
"We are surrounded by coun-
ties that have been proactive in
economic development." Fund-
ing for the program will be dis-
cussed at the budget hearings
which begin Aug. 4. The county
has already set aside $75,000
for economic development.
Proposed total expenses
would be $119,000 for 2009,
$142,500 for 2010 and $165,000
for 2011. These expenses in-
clude the executive director's
salary and benefits, support
staff, office, travel, marketing
and miscellaneous.
In another economic mater,
the board increased their travel
allowances. Previous policy
called for travel allowances to
be in line with stafe authori-
zation which is currently 44.5
cents a mile. However, the In-
See Plan - Page 2


registered voters in Okeecho-
bee County; 10,009 Democrats;
5,758 Republicans; and 2,353 In-
If you are 16 years old, you .
may pre-register and receive
your card in the mail after your
eighteenth birthday.
Voting is the right of citizens Okeechobee News/Chaung Aguilar
in the United States. U.S. citizens Kiwanis member Don Kelly (right) invited the Okeechobee
are asked to vote with more fre- Supervisor of Elections Gwen Chandler (left) to the Okeecho-
bee Kiwanis luncheon to update them on the status of the
See Deadline - Page 2 upcoming election.

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8.256; in 2005-06 it was 7.955; in
2006-07 it was 7.766; and in 2007-
08 it was 7.712.
Funding on all levels is down
due to the legislation requiring
an additional local effort which is
generated by the county tax rolls.
The changes due to amendment
one and the decreasing market
values have made tax funding
continue to decrease.
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 during
the coming public hearings as re-
quired by Florida Statute.

The total estimated tax receipts
for the coming year is significantly
down to $16,922,605. Last years
total estimated tax receipts were
$18,246,415. This means the
schools are looking at 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.
FEFP funds at many levels
have experienced a decline in
funding. For the first time in all of

Dr. Cooper's years in education,
the ESE Guarantee funds are even
decreased by $68,106. This is es-
pecially disturbing due to the fact
that the enrollment of ESE stu-
dents are not declining and costs
for services are rising.
Discretionary Lottery funds
are also down. Previously schools
received $10 per full time equiva-
lency (FTE) student; this has been
cut to $5 per FTE student. This is
a decrease of $50,228 for the dis-
The school recognition lottery
enhancement money that was
$100 per student for schools that
either maintain an "A" or move up
a letter grade has been reduced to
$85 per student.
Four schools qualify for this

funding for the coming year:
South Elementary School; Osceo-
la Middle School; Yearling Middle
School; and Seminole Elementary
Teachers will continue to re-
ceive $250 lead funding per teach-
er which goes towards purchas-
irig supplies for their classroom.
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
$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 ensure
the education of our children.
The school board voiced that
they have been fiscally conserva-
tive and they hope everyone in
the district appreciates what that
has provided for this school dis-
trict. There are other districts that

are laying off teachers and/or low-
ering salaries.
The Capital Projects budget
for the coming year includes a
$4,329,907 budget for the Semi-
nole Classroom Construction
which is funded with the budget.
Although Dr. Cooper explained
that when looking at the five year
plan for capital projects, next
year's capital projects budget will
more than likely look like nothing
the board has ever seen before.
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.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

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quency than in any other country.
The structure of our government
is based on citizens voting for rep-
resentation, yet most presidential
elections are decided by less than
70 percent of the eligible voting
public. Even fewer people vote
in off-presidential year elections
and local elections, Mrs. Chandler
In Okeechobee we will be
gearing up for the primaries
which will commence on Au-
gust 26. Registration closes for
the primary elections on July 28.
In order .to ensure that your vote
counts and you have less head-
aches on election day you should
update your voter registration to
ensure a smooth process.
All Primary Ballots will include
the races for County Sheriff and
County Commissioner District 1
which will be Universal Primary
Contests that will be decided dur-
ing the Primary election.

Continued From Page 1

has provided funding for four
horse drawn wagons to lead the
cattle drive down S.R. 70.
The National Day of the Ameri-
can Cowboy commemorates the
significant impact the cowboy
way of life has had in building the
Okeechobee will honor the
contributions of Florida cowboys
and cowgirls to the cattle industry
nationwide with several events in-
cluding a cattle drive to begin at 10
a.m. on S.R. 70 from the west end
of Flagler Park to the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E.
The cattle drive Trail Boss for
this year is Okeechobee's Haynes
Williams, who will lead local
ranchers carrying flags with their
brands as they drive about 75
head of cattle down a 3.5-mile
stretch of highway. Mr. Williams
has lived here in Okeechobee for
80 years, all of his life. His family
has ran the 101 Ranch since 1892,
for 116 years.
While the cattle will- be led
down S.R. 70, all people wishing
to attend the festivities at the agri-

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ternal Revenue Service (IRS) has
established a rate of 58.5 cents
mile. The board voted to use the
higher IRS rate.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

Tom Levins is running against
incumbent Sheriff Paul May. Phil
Baughman is running against in-
cumbent County Commissioner
Ray Domer.
All ballots will also be voting
for the Circuit Judge, 19th Circuit
Group 4 of the following individu-
als: Dwight Geiger; Faith Litvack;
or Fran Ross.
There will also be legislative
races on both ballots and races
for party offices.
If you would like a copy of a
sample ballot contact the Super-
visor of Elections Office. They will
also be mailed out to educate the
voters prior to the election.
If you are not registered to vote
and you are a U.S. citizen and a
legal citizen of Okeechobee, pay
the Okeechobee Supervisors of
Elections office a visit or visit their
web-site www.voteokeechobee.
com to make sure your voice is
heard in the upcoming election.
Anyone convicted of a felony
or declared mentally incompe-
tent with respect to voting, may
not register or vote until his or
her civil rights or competency has

civic center must enter the facili-
ties via S.R. 710.
Following the cattle drive, the
festivities will continue with tradi-
tional cowboy storytelling, whip
popping demonstrations, an art
display by the Cowboy Artist As-
sociation of Florida'and food pre-
pared by local cowboys. There
will also be many other exhibits
set up at the Agri-Civic Center,
4200 S.R. 70 E.
A ranch rodeo, presented by
the 165 families who make up the
Okeechobee County Cattlemen's
Association, will begin at 2 p.m.
Teams made up of local cowboys
and sponsored by various ranch-
ers will compete in several 'real
life' ranching events including:
ranch doctoring; bronc riding;
wild cow milking; team branding;
and stampede racing.
According to the Cattleman's
Association, the ranch rodeo
events are described as follows:
* Ranch Doctoring: when
cattle get sick in the pasture, cow-
boys have to doctor them. Most of
the time there are not pens nearby
to make the job easier. Teams of
.three compete in this event to test
their skills of doctoring animals.
The team rides out the animal
that the announcer calls out and
brings it across the start line. The
calf will then be roped, flanked
and doctored by a team member.
The "vet" must mark the animal
on the side with a paint marker to
simulate the "doctoring". As soon
as the calf is "doctored" the time
will stop.
* Bronc Riding: Many ranches
raise their own horses for their
cowboys to use. These horses
have to be trained. This event re-
flects the skills needed to ride an

been legally restored.
There are also several ways
that the election process has been
made easier for the voters. The
early voting for the primary elec-
tion begins on Monday, Aug. 11
and ends Saturday, Aug. 23.
The election commences on
election day Aug. 26.
Early voting can only be done
at the Supervisor of Elections Of-
You may register in person
at the elections office, drivers li-
cense office, Department of Chil-
dren and Families center and state
offices that serve persons with
disabilities. You may also regis-
ter by.mail. Registration applica-
tions may be picked up at most
banks, the public library, city hall,
and other pubic locations. Also,
you may call the elections office
at 863-763-4014 to have an ap-
plication mailed to you, or you
may print an application from the
elections office web-site at www.
Updating your registration is
just as important as registering to
vote in the first place. This could

untrained colt for the first time.
One team member rides the
bronc with a typical ranch saddle.
The object is to "ride as ride can"
for 8 seconds. The rider and the'
horse will be scored with the
highest score being the winner.
* Wild Cow Milking: To assist
small calves with nursing some-
times ranchers have to milk cows
to ensure the calf gets proper nu-
trition. This event simulates the
need to milk a resistant cow in a
pasture situation. Each team will
have three participants, with two
of them horseback as ropers and~
one ground man. The cow must
be roped then the other two team
members try to hold the cow still
so one. team member can get
enough milk to be poured out of
a coke bottle. The bottle must be
delivered to a judge and the rope
is removed from the cow. The
fastest time is, the winner,
* Team Branding: Branding is
a permanent means of identifica-
tion for cattlemen to help prevent
cattle theft. Ranchers brand their
calves in the spring when they
vaccinate for respiratory diseases.
This event involves three team
members. The yearling must be
sorted out of the herd when the
announcer calls the number. The
two riders will head and heel the
yearling while the ground man
brands it with a paint brand on
the side. The team with the fast-
est time is the winner.
* Stampede Race: This race
simulates an old west stampede
-- when you never know what
will happen at' night. This event
is a two person team. One per-
son is at one end of the arena-
asleep on their slicker with their
boots off. The other person is at

potentially avoid problems that
could make your vote invalid,
such as a inaccurate signature. It
is the responsibility of the voter
to notify the elections office of a
name, address, or party change.
If you have an address change
within Okeechobee County, you
may call the elections office to
make the change or e-mail the
elections office at elections@vo-
teokeechobee.com. You may also
use a voter registration applica-
tion to change on address within
Okeechobee County.
Remember some changes
can be handled through a simple
To make a name change, a
party affiliation change or an ad-
dress change outside of Okeecho-
bee County, you must complete a
voter registration application.
It is important that the elec-
tions office has your current sig-
nature on file. If your signature
has changed, you may update it
at any time by submitting a voter
registration application to the
elections office.
After completing the voter

the other end of the arena with
an unsaddled horse. At the call of
the announcer, the person with
the horse will attempt to lead
the horse to the other end of the
arena where the person on the
slicker is getting his boots on.
The rider must saddle his horse,
roll his slicker up and put it on his
saddle. Then he races to the other
end of the arena. The team with
the fastest time wins.
In addition to the ranch ro-
deo, this year there will be many
unique vendors and exhibitors
at the Agri-Civic Center including
horseshoe art, leather makers,
saddle makers and others.
There will also be a Homeboy
Beef Barbecue that is sure to treat
to the taste buds. Five teams have
registered and each will also be
vending their food throughout
the event. They will be vying for
a $100 prize and trophy. The con-
test will begin at 11 a.m. and end
at 1 p.m.
County Commissioners Elvie
Posey, Clif Betts and Noel Chan-
dler will judge the event.
So come out and enjoy the
great food and historical aspects
that surround the National Day of
the American Cowboy.
Entry to the event is free to all.
For more information contact
OKMS 863-357-MAIN (6246).
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

South Texas begins cleanup after Dolly

By Elizabeth White
Associated Press Writer
Residents across south Texas
slogged through knee-deep mud-
dywaters, tiptoed around downed
power lines and dug through de-
bris Thursday, but were thankful
that Hurricane Dolly didn't pack
the wallop they had feared.
Downed power lines remained
the greatest danger, and South
Texas officials urged people to
stay home one more day "unless
it's life or death." One person in
Matamoros, Mexico, died from
electrocution after walking past a
power line on the ground.
Residents picked up the pieces
of their houses and businesses
blown apart by the storm. But as
dry skies spread over the region,
they were struck by relief that
the storm didn't take many lives.
Even so, there will be substantial
cleanup: President Bush declared
south Texas a disaster area to re-
lease federal funding to 15 coun-
ties, and insurance estimators put
the losses at $750 million.
By Thursday afternoon, with
the storm's maximum sustained
winds .blowing around 35 mph,
forecasters downgraded Dolly to
a tropical depression. The storm
was expected to break up by Fri-
day, and was centered about 35

miles south of Eagle Pass at 5
p.m. EDT.
Rain and wind from Dolly
probably doomed much of the
cotton crop.in Texas' Rio Grande
Valley. About 92,000 acres of
cotton in the region was await-
ing harvest but driving rains and
high winds knocked bolls to the
ground, making them unsalvage-
able, Texas Agri Life Extension
agent Rod Santa Ana said. Sor-
ghum acres damaged by rain in
early July also could be doomed,
he said.
After crashing ashore on South
Padre Island midday Wednesday,
Dolly meandered north, leaving
towns on the northern tip of the
Rio Grande Valley with a sur-
prise. Officials had feared the Rio
Grande levees would breach, but
the storm veered from its predict-
ed path and they held strong.
The storm dumped as much
as a foot of rain in places and
brought 100 mph winds.
A remnant on Thursday blew
several roofs off houses and busi-
nesses on San Antonio's south
side, about 300 miles northwest
of where the storm made land-
fall. There were no immediate re-
ports of injuries, and the National
Weather Service sent a storm sur-
vey team to determine whether it
was a tornado or strong winds.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was

scheduled to fly over the region
with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn
Thursday afternoon.
Down by the U.S.-Mexico bor-
der in Brownsville, the city that
expected the worst had some of
the least to fear.
Residents in the Cameron
Park colonia cleared their yards
of shingles and tree debris While
mosquitoes feasted. But homes
were still standing, and residents
were thankful the damage wasn't
so bad.
"I thought it was going to be
worse than it was," Moses Izagu-
irre said.
A group of Harlingen residents
battled a flaming live power line
lying on the driveway between
two homes. Neighbors rushed to
bang on doors and call for people
to get out.
"Stay out of the water!" a man
yelled at children playing in the
muddy mix. But in a sign of re-
turning normalcy, a fire truck ar-
rived minutes after a call to 911.
On South Padre Island, which
endured the worst of Dolly's
wrath, power could be out for
another day, said town spokes-
woman Melissa Zamora. A 9 p.m.
curfew was set for the second
night in row, and the National
Guard and FEMA were distribut-
ing ice, water and food. Residents
and visitors recalled a wild ride.

Bubba Zittle, 22, rode out Hur-
ricane Dolly with five friends on a
65-foot double-decker party boat
moored at the south end of South
Padre Island.
"But we weren't partying,"
Zittle said. "It was throwing us
around like a beanbag," The
thrashing began at 9 a.m. and
eased up at 8 p.m., he said, with
eight-foot waves in the Laguna
Madre, the strip of water between
the mainland and the island,
crashing over the bow.
North Texas residents Becky
Wacasey and her husband,
Charles, rode out the storm in
their room at the South Padre Is-
land Beach Resort hotel, which
had many of its sliding glass doors
blown out. Drapes flapped in the
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Okeechobee News, Friday, July 25, 2008 J

Local man, woman arrested on felony charges

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man and
woman were arrested on differ-
ent felonies Wednesday night that
included weapons and failure to
appear charges.
Charged were Jarrell Adonis
Molina, 23, N.W 40th Drive, and
Melissa Smith, 22, N.W. 40th
Molina was charged with
discharging a firearm in public
and possession of a controlled
substance. His bond was set at
$3,000. Smith was charged with
the misdemeanor of resisting a
law enforcement officer without
violence. Her bond was set at
Smith was later arrested on
an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging her with failure to
appear - grand theft. She is be-
ing held without bond on that
And according to an arrest

Jarrell Adonis Melissa
Molina Alane Smith
report by Deputy Joseph Gracie
of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office, Smith was very nearly
charged with the felony of posses-
sion of a firearm by a convicted
Deputy Gracie and two other
OCSO deputies responded to the
home after the sheriff's office had
received a call about shots fired
in the area. When the deputies
went to the home they were met
by Molina. As the deputies spoke
with Molina two other men left
the home and he told them no
one else was in the residence
other than his daughter, who he

held in his arms.
The deputies, wanting to make
sure no one had been shot, then
walked through the home. When
Deputy Gracie entered the bed-
room of the apartment he saw
the feet of someone as they were
climbing into the attic. Then, in
the closet of the bedroom, Depu-
ty Mark Shireman found a loaded
20-gauge Mossberg pump shot-
gun lying on a shelf.
The deputies then called to the
person in the attic to come out. A
woman came out of the attic and
identified herself to the deputies
as Rebecca Smith.
Deputy Shireman then crawled
into the attic where he found a
shoe box that contained needles
and a metal spoon with a green
residue on it. The deputy also
found another box that also con-
tained a needle and spoon.
Outside the home Deputy Cor-
poral Chris Hans found a spent
shotgun shell that matched those

found in the Mossberg, stated
Deputy Gracie's report.
The report went on to say that
14, 30mg Adderall tablets were
found in a safe. Adderall is a
schedule II controlled substance
that is a blend of four amphet-
Later, while running a com-
puter check on both Molina and
Smith, it was learned that Rebec-
ca Smith is a convicted felon.
As Smith was being booked
into the county jail it was learned
that her real name was Melissa
and that Rebecca Smith is actu-
ally her sister, stated the report. It
was also learned that there is an
outstanding warrant calling for
Melissa's arrest.
Although she was originally
charged with possession of a fire-
arm by a convicted felon, OCSO
Detective Ted Van Deman said
since Melissa is not a convicted
felon she could not be arrested
on that charge. Instead, she

was arrested on the resisting ar-
rest charge because she told the
deputies her name was Rebecca
The detective said if Melissa
Smith is convicted on the failure

to appear charge she will then be-
come a convicted felon.
As to the shooting around the
residence, the detective said Mo-
lina was "testing the shotgun to
make sure it worked."

Teens charged in armed robbery
By Eric Kopp A GCSO report indicates that with GCSO investigators and was
Okeechobee News i the teens entered the bait and subsequently arrested.
tackle store around 2:44 p.m. on
MOORE HAVEN -- Two teens J 1 At 5 p.m. the following day,
July 17 and Tyrone Harris pulled
have been arrested in connec- @, - chrome-plated revolver on the 80- Xzidrell Harris turned himself in
tion with the daylight robbery of , , ' _ . vear-old employee and demand- at the GCSO and was arrested.

a Moore Haven business.
Xzidrell Harris, 15, and Tyrone
Harris, 14, have been charged in
the armed robbery of Mickey's
Bait and Tackle Store, 401 Fourth
St., on July 17.
According to Detective Ser-
geant Steve Harris of the Glades
County Sheriff's Office (GCSO)
both teens have been charged
with aggravated assault with a

Tyrone Harris Harris
deadly weapon, larceny and rob-
bery with a firearm.
Following their arrest, the teens
were taken to the Department of
Juvenile Justice Detention Center
in Fort Myers.

ed money from the register.
"He was working there part
time," said Sgt. Harris of the el-
derly man.
The report said $500 was ap-
parently taken from the store.
Around 10 p.m. on Sunday,
July 20, the Clewiston Police De-
partment notified GCSO officials
that they were holding Tyrone
Harris. The teen agreed to meet

Minimum wage going up,

little help as costs soar

By Christopher S.
AP Business Writer
2 million Americans got a raise
Thursday, July 24 as the federal
minimum wage rises 70 cenlt i
The, bad;.news: Higher gas and
food prices are swallowing it up,
and some small businesses will
pass the cost of the wage hike to
The increase, from $5.85 to
$6.55 per hour, is the second of
three annual increases required
by a 2007 law. Next year's boost
will bring the federal minimum to
$7.25 an hour.
Workers like Walter Jasper,
who earns minimum wage at
a car wash in Nashville, Tenn.,
are happy to take the raise, but
will still struggle with the higher
gas and food prices hammering
"It will help out a little," said
Jasper, who with his fiancee sup-
port a family of seven, and who
earns the minimum plus com-
missions when customers order
premium car-wash services.

The bus fare he pays each day
to get to work already went up to
$4.80 this spring from $4. "I'd like
to be on a job where I can at least
get a car," he said.
Last week, the Labor Depart-
ment reported the fastest inflation
since 1991 - 5 percent for June
-compared with a year earlier. En-
ergy costs soared nearly 25 per-
cent. The price of food rose more
than 5 percent.
So the minimum wage hike is
"a drop in the bucket compared
to the increases in costs, declin-
ing labor market, and declining
household wealth that consum-
ers have experienced in the past
year," Lehman Brothers econo-
mist Zach Pandl said.
The new minimum is less than
the inflation-adjusted 1997 level of
$7.02, and far below the inflation-
adjusted level of $10.06 from 40
years ago, according to a Labor
Department inflation calculator.
Twenty-three states and the
District of Columbia have laws
making the minimum wage high-
er than the new federal require-
ment, a group covering 60 per-
cent of U.S. workers, according

to the Economic Policy Institute,
a think tank.
"You get desperate, because
you can't really pay for every-
thing," said Gladys Lopez, 51, a
garment worker from Adjuntas,
Puerto Rico, who makes military
uniforms and has earned the fed-
. eral minimum for 18 years.
She says she would need to
make at least $50 more a week
to pay all her bills and take care
of her 84-year-old mother, whom
she supports.
When the minimum rises
again next year, catching up with-
more states, more than 5 million
workers will get a raise, said Lisa
Lynch, dean of the Heller School
for Social Policy and Management
at Brandeis University.
Some small businesses are al-
ready making plans to raise prices
to offset the higher wages they
have to pay their workers.
David Heath, owner of Tiki Tan
in College Station, Texas, said the
increase will force him to raise
prices for his monthly tanning
services by about 12 percent. Tiki
Tan had been paying its employ-
ees $6 per hour.

Sgt. Harris said the revolver
has not been recovered, and that 1
the money reportedly stolen from 1111 S.Parrort Ave.
the store had been spent.
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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
* Juan Garcia, 28, S.W Second
Way, Okeechobee, was arrested
July 21 by Deputy Lieutenant
Keith Murrish on a warrant charg-
ing him with violation of proba-
lion - driving under the influence
and violation of probation - no
valid driver's license. His bond
'was set at $1,000.
S * Phillip Jesse Carden, 27,
P.E. 26th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested July 22 by Deputy Ser-
geant Shannon Peterson on a
Martin County warrant charging
him with attempt to obtain dupli-
cate prescription for a controlled
substance and trafficking in oxy-

codone - 14 to 28 grams. He was
turned over to the Martin County
Sheriff's Office. His bond was set
at $15,000.
* Wallace Stewart, 31, N.W.
102nd St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 22 by Lt. Keith Murrish
on a warrant charging him with
violation of probation - posses-
sion of a controlled substance
with intent to distribute and viola-
tion of probation - dealing in sto-
len property. His bond was set at
* Justin Aaron Gould, 25, S.E.
19th Terrace, Okeechobee, was
arrested July 22 by Deputy Ray
Stone on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation - felony battery.
He is being held without bond.
* Carlos Rafael Colon Jr., 24,
N.W 18th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested July 22 by Deputy Mat-
thew Hurst on a warrant charging
him with violation of probation -
resisting a law enforcement offi-
cer without violence and violation

of probation - battery on a law
enforcement officer. He is being
held without bond.
* Christina Rivera, 24, Nathan
Hail Road, West Palm Beach, was
arrested July 23 by Deputy Ser-
geant J. Royal on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
violation of probation - battery on
a law enforcement officer. Her
bond was set at $5,000.
* Carlos Pena Reyes, 36, U.S.
98 N., Okeechobee, was arrested
July 24 by Deputy Yamil Astacio
on a felony charge of aggravated
assault. He was also charged with
the misdemeanor of domestic bat-
tery. His bond was set at $8,250.
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.

Glades County Arrest Report

'The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges
by the Glades County Sheriff's Of-
fice (GCSO), the Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
SChase Hagan, 24, Moore
Haven, was arrested July 14 on
felony charges of -forgery and
passing a counterfeit instrument.

He was also charged with the
misdemeanor of petit theft. His
bond was set at $4,999.
* Travis Seamster, 25, Buck-
head Ridge, was arrested July 15,
on a charge of driving under the
influence. His bond was set at
* Julian Tarin, Muse, was ar-
rested July 16, on felony charges
of battery, aggravated battery and
battery on a law enforcement of-
ficer. He was also charged with

the misdemeanor of resisting a
law enforcement officer without
violence. His bond was set at
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TRACKS: I would like to know who to call or preferably write,
but who to call and complain about the terrible repair on the railroad
tracks on 441 north. They replaced the grill work going north with
black asphalt and its already sunk below. I have had to get two align-
ments and a bracket was busted because of this horrible indentation
on the road. I have people visiting from out of state with a beautiful
Nissan one year old vehicle which when we went across the tracks
it shook the heck out of it. It's terrible, they took the plates away and
they made it so low even that it sunk. It is tearing our automobiles up.
Please get this message to whoever repaired it or let me call them,
because they are costing us money by tearing up the undersides of
our vehicles. You can't slow down because you have a line in back
of you.
LIBRARY: Our once quiet library has lately turned into a daycare
center with a bunch of screaming children and loud adults. The adults
are not attending to the kids, but are having their own loud forum.
This has become a deadend occurrence and I will not return.
VIKING ROADS: Boy, am I mad. Pay taxes but when you try to get
anyone to do anything about the roads, or swalls, or anything out here
its impossible. Does anyone work or are they just getting paid? Call
Coquina and no one answers. Call county roads, they pass the buck.
Call the administrator's office, you could die before they return your
calls. We need to do something as a group to get these guys to repair
repair these side roads and cleanup out here. I have just about had
it and I do intend to make noise! Try ordering and having it shipped.
Good luck, they won't come down the roads even if you're a few hun-
dred feet from main road. So they tie things to your mailboxes. Ever
wonder what happened to the things you ordered? Some one going
around cutting packages off mailboxes and stealing them. I know be-
cause I have made out police reports on this happening several times.
If homes were selling out here I sure would sell mine and get out of
this area.
FUEL: It seems that all these high prices are related to the cost
of fuel. We need to put some pressure on our elected officials to do
something about the fuel situation. They need to send researchers to
the patent office and find every invention ever patented that could give
us a new source, of energy or better gas mileage. I have heard the oil
companies buy up those patents to stop any competition. The govern-
ment needs to investigate that and find something to help us.
TEACHERS: If it is true that teachers with more than 10 years of
service can't be hired, and I'm not sure that this is the case, it makes
sense as the district's budget has been severely cut due in large part to
Amendment 10 passing. Let's face it, it takes money to run a school
(salaries, textbooks, AC, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, curriculum,
materials, computers, paraprofessionals, technology, just to name a
few). The school budget has also been cut because we're in a reces-
sion/depression. Let's back the district personnel as they have all the
facts and make decisions based on what is in the best interest of the
students. St. Lucie County, Palm Beach County, and countless others
have laid off teachers, administrators, custodians, district office em-
ployees, and paraprofessionals due to cutbacks. Rather than criticize
the district personnel for the decisions they have made, we should
praise them as no one in this district has lost their job. Teachers may
very well receive a raise and/or step this year in addition to keeping
their jobs thanks to the foresight of Dr. Cooper and her administrative
team. They held back a portion of this year's budget to plan for the
futures of the teachers and students in this district. Not hiring teach-
ers with many years of service is a small price to pay. The Okeecho-
bee County School District is by far the best school district this side of
SKUNK APE: Now that the skunk ape has caught the attention
of the paparazzi by appearing on the front page of the Okeechobee
News, do you think it might pull a "Britney" and go bald? If it shaved
itself, it just might blend into our society as a as a politician. Vote for
SKUNK APE: I wonder if the Skunk Ape will go to the Mudfest. He
could cover himself in mud and fit right in. Who would notice?
TRACK: I'd wish someone would open a decent track up around
here. All these racecars are turning to rust piles.
X FILES: The release of the movie, "The X Files," has rekindled the
debate. Are we alone?
FOOD: I saw in the paper the Extension Office had a class for
people on starting a garden to grow their own food. Due to the dates
and other commitments, I could not attend, but I hope they offer this
class again. With the price of everything going up, I would like to try
a garden. I have a few acres and maybe I could grow enough to offset
the food bill.
SUGAR: Making fuel out of sugarcane would not be any different
than corn. Just as corn is in everything and the price of corn and corn
products/byproducts skyrocketed, sugar is in everything. We need to
get away from food based fuel. It won't work for us.
HUMOR: I don't know who started the Skunk Ape rumors, but
we are having a lot of fun with it. We live in Lazy 7 and anytime there
is a noise outside, we tell the kids it's the Skunk Ape. With all the
problems with high gas prices and the poor economy, it's nice to have
something to laugh about.

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Right to repair fights
soaring vehicle costs
Skyrocketing fuel prices have
impacted the cost of owning and
operating a vehicle, and as the
cost of vehicle ownership soars,
the need for Right to Repair leg-
islation has become more critical
in order to protect consumers
from the added costs that would
be created by a vehicle repair mo-
Vehicles technology is becom-
ing increasingly complex with vir-
tually every system either moni-
tored or controlled by computers.
Without full access to complete
and accurate repair information
from the car companies, neigh-

borhood shops will not be able
to compete,. creating a repair
monopoly where the affordable
and convenient repairs currently
available to car owners are sacri-
ficed to increase profits for the car
The cost to consumers when
they can only have their car re-
paired at the dealership is estimat-
ed to be as much as 25 percent
higher with labor charges alone,
according to a study comparing
dealer repair tags with those of an
independent service center.
Without Right to Repair legis-
lation, many motorists may forgo
important vehicle repairs due to
higher dealer repair costs. This
situation would be exacerbated

Community Calendar

Friday - July 25
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m.. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street (Be-
hind Napa Auto Parts) meets as follows:
NA. Sickest Of The Sick (OP, SP) 8 p.m.
New* OA. Meeting Friday 6 p.m.
OD-Open Discussion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text; SP-Speaker
*The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any
12 step fellowships.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. It will be an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call 863-471-0559 or
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a new weekly meeting,
Overeaters anonymous meets every Friday at 6 p.m. at the Just For
Today Club, 101 N.W Fifth St. (next to the Medicine Shop) Overeaters
Annonymous is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees or weigh-
ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating
compulsively. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or

Saturday - July 26
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
,Okeechobee(Behind Napa Auto Parts)
AA. weekend noon (OD);
NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group (SS) 7 p.m;
NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group (OD) 8 p.m.
OD-Open Discussion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text; SP-Speaker
*The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any
12 step fellowships.
A group class in ballroom dancing is being offered in Okeechobee
at Church of Our Saviour Parrish Hall, 200 N.W. Third Street on Satur-
day afternoons at 4 p.m. The cost for the hour lesson is $10. Private in-
structions are also available. Come and enjoy the fun with or without
a partner. For more information call 772-794-9040.

Sunday - July 27
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee(Behind Napa Auto Parts)
AA. weekend noon (OD);
NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group (SS) 7 p.m.;
NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group (OD) 8 p.m.
OD-Open Discussion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text; SP-Speaker

if there is no dealership in the vi-
cinity, dramatically increasing the
cost of fuel and the travel time.
To ensure that your neighbor-
hood repair shop has the same
access to safety alerts and repair
information as the new car dealer
network, Congress introduced
the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right
to Repair Act (H.R. 2694). They
understand that if motorists are
forced back to the dealer for
service and repairs, particularly
if there is no dealership in their
area, convenient and affordable
auto repair will become a thing of
the past.
Right to Repair merely seeks to
restore a system that has been in
place since the invention of the au-

tomobile. Clearly, using advances
in technology to deny consumers
their right to choose where they
have their car repaired is a misuse
of these computers and certainly
not in the consumer's best inter-
Please visit www.righttorepair.
org to send a letter to each of your
congressional representatives,
urging them to support the Right
to Repair Act (H.R. 2694) by add-
ing their names to the growing list
of co-sponsors.
Kathleen Schmatz
President and CEO
Automotive Aftermarket
Industry Association

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 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 863-357-5906.

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 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.

Hospice to host 'Bag sale'
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a two day Bag Sale on Friday,
July 25 and Saturday, July 26, 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'oon. 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. ,

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 pro-
duced by the University of Florida on orchid cultivation will be shown.
Harry Hoffner, the club president will be available for orchid consulta-
tion. For more information call the extension office at 863-763-6469.

Ladies Auxiliary Spaghetti Night
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday night
spaghetti night. All you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread and salad for a
$5 donation. The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For
more information call 863-763-2308.

Grief support group for parents
Have you had a recent or past death of a child? A local support
group is forming for parents (only) who have had a child precede
them in death. The parents will meet and talk about their feelings,
emotions and their life going forward without their child. If you are
interested please email grievingparent3@yahoo.com.

Scrapbooking crop gathering planned
An all-day scrapbooking crop will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2,1
from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Sec-'
ond St. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Please bring a covered
dish if you care to participate in our pot luck luncheon. Refreshments,
will be served and there will be plenty of door prizes. Bring any scrap-'
book pages on which you are currently working. For more informa-'
tion call Joan at 863-467-0290 or Carolyn at 863-634-1885.

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Okeechobee News, Friday, July 25, 2008

First Bank of Indiantown celebrates Cowboy Day

First Bank and Trust of Indi-
antown has joined Okeechobee
Main Street as a sponsor for Na-
tional Day of the American Cow-
boy on July 26. To help celebrate,
and to honor spirit and integrity
of Florida Cattlemen, one of the
hardest working professions in
this country, the bank is giving
away a $100 gift certificate to Eli's
Western Wear.

First Bank and Trust of Indian-
town in Okeechobee, Lakeport
and Indiantown has been taking
registrations this week to win the
$100 gift certificate to Eli's West-
ern Wear.
Registrations will be taken
through noon on Saturday, July
26. One winner will be drawn
during the National Day of the
Cowboy festivities.

Bronson warns

consumers about

identity theft

Submitted photo
Ann Longley, assistant branch manger along with tellers Cori
Tyson and Maria Cancino are preparing for the upcoming Na-
tional Day of the American Cowboy. The team in Okeechobee
is taking registrations now through July 26, to win a $100 gift
certificate to Eli's Western Wear. One winner will be drawn at
random on July 26.

Submitted photo/Stephanie Pierce

Meet the Candidates
Ray Domer speaking. to the crowd at the Meet the Can-
didates event sponsored by the Okeechobee Democratic
Party held at the American Legion on July 15.

School News in Brief

Mission sponsors
school supply drive
Big Lake Missions Outreach
is currently sponsoring their an-
nual School Supplies Drive for the
needy children in Okeechobee
County. They will be collecting
items from now until Aug. 15. If
you child needs supplies, please
contact them. Proof of eligibility is
needed to qualify. For further in-
formation or to make donations
call the mission at 863-763-5725.

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 do-
ing 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 sani-
tizer. Any help you can give will
be greatly appreciated.

CCC sponsors school
supply drive
The Shared Services Networks
Community Collaborative Coun-
cil is sponsoring its annual Back
to School Supply Drive and you
can help. School supplies will be
given to needy and foster children
in Okeechobee before the new
school year starts. Item sugges-
tions are: pencils, pens, markers,
colored pencils, crayons, high-
lighters, notebook paper, con-
struction paper, folders, binders,
backpacks, glue, scissors, rulers,
erasers, index cards and calcula-
tors. Supplies may be brought
to the Community Collaborative
Council during the July meet-
ing. Okeechobee County School
Board Office, 700 S.W. Second
Ave., Room 301. For more infor-
mation call Sharon Vinson at 863-

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is urging consumers to take
advantage of their free annual
credit reports to deter identity
It has been three years since
the amendment to the Fair Credit
Reporting Act provided Florida
consumers with access to their
credit report from each of the
three major credit reporting com-
panies for free once a year. A
credit report contains informa-
tion about a consumer's credit
history, including a listing of all
credit cards and loans. A recent
report from the FBI and National
White Collar Crime Center indi-
cates Florida is home to 10 per-
cent of Internet fraud perpetrators
in the United States, second only
to California. In addition, illegal
activity, Medicare fraud, occupa-
tional fraud and money launder-
ing account for about $94 billion
of Florida's $714 billion Gross
Domestic Product according to
Enterprise Florida.
Mr. Bronson is concerned that
the weak economy and rising un-
employment rate may result in
an increase in identity theft and
unauthorized use of consumers'
credit cards.
"Reviewing credit history is
one of the most important steps
people can take to protect them
from identity theft or to quickly
discover and halt any unauthor-
ized activity on their credit," Com-
missioner Bronson said. "Their
credit reports may be the first hint
there is a problem when they find
credit cards or loans they never
applied for."
Mr. Bronson suggests that con-
sumers request one report every
four months from each of the
three national credit bureaus so
they can check for errors through-
out the year and catch any identity
theft early. Call Experian (800-682-
7654), Equifax (800-685-1111)
and Trans Union (800-916-8800)
to request the reports and inform
them of any mistakes you find.
Consumers can also visit http://
Here are some ways that iden-
tity thieves work:
They open a new credit card
account, using someone else's
name, date of birth, and social
security number. When they use
the credit card and don't pay the
bills, the delinquent account is re-
ported on a victim's credit report.
They may also call a credit card
issuer and, pretending to be the
legitimate cardholder, change the
mailing address on a credit card
account. Then con artist runs up
charges on the account. Because
statements are being sent to the
new address, consumers may
not immediately realize they have
been victimized.
They open a bank account in
someone else's name and write
bad checks on that account.
Phishing. They pretend to be
legitimate financial institutions
or companies and send spam or
pop-up messages to getyou to re-
veal your personal information.
.They may use someone's per-
sonal information to buy items on
the Internet.
Consumers cannot prevent
identity theft, but they can reduce
their chances of being a victim:
Close all stagnant credit card
accounts and destroy the cards;
carry as few cards as possible.
Mail bills from a post office or
mail drop; identity thieves may
steal mail that contains person-
alinformation from a home mail-
SShred financial documents
and paperwork with personal
information before you discard
Do not respond to solicitations
sent by email that direct you to a
site. Many con artists will create
web sites that look exactly like a
legitimate site. It is safer to enter
the web site address of a familiar
retailer so you are logged onto the
real web site.
Do not provide credit card,
bank account or social security
information over the phone or by
email unless you have initiated
the transaction and are sure you
know who you are dealing with.

Legitimate banks and credit card
companies do not call or email
customers for this information.
For practical tips to help you be
on guard against Internet fraud,
secure your computer, and pro-
tect your personal information,
visit http://www.OnGuardOnline.
Follow up with creditors if bills
do not arrive on time. A missing
credit card bill could mean an
identity thief has taken over your
credit card account and changed
your billing address to cover his
or her tracks.
Place passwords on credit
card, bank and phone accounts.
Avoid using easily available in-
formation such as your mother's
maiden name, your birth date, or
the last four digits, of your social
security number.
Give your social security num-
ber only when absolutely neces-
sary. Ask to use other types of
identifies when possible. Do not
put your SSN on your checks or
carry it in your purse or wallet.
Try to ensure credit card trans-
actions are conducted in your
presence to prevent someone
from double swiping the card.
Consumers who want to re-
port suspicious activities can
call the Department's Consumer
Hotline at 1-800-HELP FLA. They
can learn more about how to pro-
tect themselves and what to do if
they are the victims of an identity
thief by logging onto the Federal
Trade Commission web site at
Identity theft can damage a
consumer's credit, and a poor
credit history can result in rejec-
tion of credit or higher interest
rates on a loan. Mr. Bronson says
that is why it is so important for
consumers to educate themselves
about this crime and know what
to do if it happens to them.

Entry forms are available at
one of following First Bank and
Trust of Indiantown locations:
* Okeechobee - 205 East North
Park Street.
* Lakeport - 11680 E. State
Road 78

No purchase is necessary and
participants need not be present
to win.
For more information, please
contact First Bank and Trust of In-
diantown at 863-357-6880.

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Candidates for District 1
Candidate for County Commission, District 1, Phil Baugh-
man, addressing the crowd of over 60 people that came to
hear candidates speak at the Meet the Candidates night.
The event, held at the American Legion, was sponsored by
the Okeechobee Democratic Party.

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Today in History CE ALTOR , Patricia Louise Goolsby,
Today in History . Licensed Real Estate Broker

By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, July 24, the
206th day of 2008. There are 160
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 24, 1858, Republican
senatorial candidate Abraham
Lincoln formally challenged
Democrat Stephen A. Douglas to
a series of political debates; the
result was seven face-to-face en-
On this date:
In 1783, Latin American revo-
lutionary Simon Bolivar was born
in Caracas, Venezuela.
In 1847, Mormon leader
Brigham Young and his followers
arrived in the Great Salt Lake Val-
ley in present-day Utah.
In 1862, the eighth president of
the United States, Martin Van Bu-
ren, died in Kinderhook, N.Y.
In 1866, Tennessee became
the first state to be readmitted to
the Union after the Civil War.
In 1929, President Hoover pro-
claimed the Kellogg-Briand Pact,
which renounced war as an in-
strument of foreign policy.
In 1937, the state of Alabama
dropped charges against four of
the nine young black men ac-
cused of raping two white wom-
en in the "Scottsboro Case."
In 1948, Henry A. Wallace ac-
cepted the presidential nomina-
tion of the Progressive Party in
In 1959, during a visit to Mos-
cow, Vice President Richard M.
Nixon engaged in his famous
"Kitchen Debate" with Soviet
leader Nikita Khrushchev.
In 1967, French President

Charles de Gaulle stirred contro-
versy during a visit to Montreal,
Canada, when he declared, "Vive
le Quebec libre!" (Long live free
In 1974, the Supreme Court
unanimously ruled that President
Nixon had to turn over subpoe-
naed White House tape record-
ings to the Watergate special
Ten years ago: A gunman
burst into the U.S. Capitol, open-
ing fire and killing two police
officers before being shot and
captured. (The accused shooter,
Russell Eugene Weston Jr., is be-
ing held in a federal mental facil-
ity.) The motion picture "Saving
Private Ryan," starring Tom Hanks
and directed by Steven Spielberg,
was released.
Five years ago: The House
and Senate intelligence commit-
tees issued their final report on
the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, cit-
ing countless blunders, oversights
and miscalculations that prevent-
ed authorities from stopping the
One year ago: President
Bush, speaking at Charleston Air
Force Base in South Carolina,
sought to justify the Iraq war by
citing intelligence reports he said
showed a link between al-Qaida's
operation in Iraq and the terror
group that attacked the United
States on Sept. 11. A grand jury in
New Orleans refused to indict Dr.
Anna Pou, who was accused of
murdering four .seriously ill hos-
pital patients with drug injections
during the desperate aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina. Five Bulgar-
ian nurses and a Palestinian doc-

tor, sentenced to life in prison in
Libya for allegedly infecting chil-
dren with HIV, were released after
8A/2 years behind bars. The U.S.
minimum wage rose 70 cents to
$5.85 an hour, the first increase in
a decade.
Today's Birthdays: Movie
director Peter Yates is 79. Actress
Jacqueline Brookes is 78. Actor
John Aniston (TV: "Days of Our
Lives") is 75. Political cartoon-
ist Pat Oliphant is 73. Comedian
Ruth Buzzi is 72. Actor Mark God-
dard is 72. Actor Dan Hedaya is
68. Actor Chris Sarandon is 66.
Comedian Gallagher is 62. Actor
Robert Hays is 61. Former Re-
publican national chairman Marc
Racicot is 60. Actor Michael Rich-
ards is 59. Actress Lynda Carter is
57. Movie director Gus Van Sant
is 56. Country singer Pam Tillis is
51. Actor Kadeem Hardison is 43.
Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez is
40. Actress Laura Leighton is 40.
Actor John P. Navin Jr. is 40. Bas-
ketball player-turned-actor Rick
Fox is 39. Actress-singer Kristin
Chenoweth is 38. Actor Eric Sz-
manda is 33. Actress Rose Byrne
is 29. Actress Summer Glau is 27.
Actress Elisabeth Moss is 26. Ac-
tress Anna Paquin is 26. Actress
Mara Wilson is 21. TV personality
Bindi Irwin is 10.
Thought for Today: "His-
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Health News in Brief

Red Cross offers
summer classes
The Okeechobee Branch of the
American Red Cross will offer an
Adult CPR/AED class on Tuesday,
July 29, at 6 p.m. at 323 N. Parrott
Ave. To register, or for more infor-
mation call 863-763-2488.
Parent Education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be
offering parenting education classes
for parents with children, infants to
age 3. All pregnant women and par-
ents are encouraged to attend. Each
participant will receive a gift. This
adults" only parenting class con-
sists of six classes. You must attend
all six classes to get a certificate of
completion. Day and evening class-
es are available. No child care will
be available. Call 863-462-5877 for

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
psychiatric diagnosis, or if you
are under a doctor's care or sim-
ply taking medication for emo-
tional problems, 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, support groups, outings,
and presentations. they are open 7
days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call Hilda or
James at 863-467-1026.

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) offers
a Tobacco Prevention and Educa-
tion Program for the community.
The purpose of the program is to
reduce adult and youth tobacco
use, and provide tobacco resourc-
es to residents, businesses and

community organizations in the
county. For information, call 863-

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monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second Thurs-
day of each month in the hospital
cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you have any
questions please call the program
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Okeechobee News, Friday, July 25, 2008

Disaster preparedness is essential

By Chip Wilson
Statewide Disability
For many years, Florida has
been infamous for the number of
hurricanes which have impacted
the state. While this is true, our
population is also affected by oth-
er types of disasters. Several years
ago, wildfires were rampant and
thousands of acres of land were
burned, dozens of houses were
lost, and many lives were changed
forever. Just over a year ago, tor-
nadoes were responsible for over
a dozen deaths in the central part
of the state. These events under-
score the need to have a good,
comprehensive preparedness
plan - especially for people with
Disaster preparedness for
people with disabilities can pres-
ent unique problems due to each
person's disability. Some people
are dependent on external oxy-
gen supplies, some are depen-
dent on electricity for ventilators
or to keep medication at a con-
stant cool temperature, and some
require a consistent ambient tem-
perature. There are many other
factors ranging from mobility
device dependency to communi-
cation requirements. With this in
mind, it is important that people
with disabilities, their families,
caregivers, and advocates are in-
cluded and participate in all phas-
es of disaster preparedness.
Disaster preparedness is truly
a team effort. Each of Florida's 67
counties has an Emergency Op-
eration Center which is staffed by
professionals in disaster prepared-

ness. Emergency management
professionals are encouraged to
reach out to the community and
include people with disabilities in
pre-event, during-event and post-
event planning. Also, individuals
with disabilities and disability-
related organizations are encour-
aged to contact their Emergency
Operations Center and offer to as-
sist in creating and testing the pre-

paredness plans which may be
affecting their lives. However, it is
advised that the public with dis-
abilities not wait for an invitation
to join the EOC but be proactive
and approach their emergency
management group and volun-
teer to assist in any way possible.
At an individual level, a fam-
ily plan can be built using the re-
sources found at www.floridadi-

saster.org. Select "Get a Family
Plan" and follow the directions
from there. Completing the plan
requires about 10 to 15 minutes
and will help you develop a com-
prehensive plan for you and your
If you have questions or need
further information, call me at the
Division of Emergency Manage-
ment at 850-413-9892.

It's important to have a food plan

By Leanne Ely, CNC
Recently someone was ask-
ing me questions about nutrition.
I answered them as best I could
and her reply was incredible. She
said, "Perhaps laying out our food
for the next day is just as impor-
tant as laying out our clothes."
Not an exact quote, but close
enough. I thought, "What a pow-
erful statement!"
Yes, it is! She's absolutely right.
When we follow a set evening
routine so we can be as well pre-
pared as possible for the next day,
we are way more successful in
our work the next day. We glance
at our calendars to see our'ap-
pointments for the following day
so we can get our mind around
what we have to do. We lay our
clothes out; we lock the doors,
brush our teeth and go to bed. Ta
da...evening routine is done.
But what if we added to that,
a cursory look at our refrigera-
tors, laid out our food to take to
work the next day and actually
PLANNED our next food move?
Know what I mean? Instead of al-
lowing ourselves to just "go with
the flow" foodwise, we instead
plan our food for the day and then
get it ready to go; whether that's
putting food out on the counter in
baggies, throwing it in a cooler or
putting it altogether on a shelf in
the fridge to make it quick to pack
the next morning. Having a plan
and working that plan makes it so
much easier!

The Dinner
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Left to our own devices, we
can be very much like spoiled
children. We want what we want
when we want it. We're unwill-
ing to wait and are impatient as
all get out, especially when our
blood sugars are in our shoes!
You know that feeling, don't you?
You're starving and willing to eat
just about anything, as long as it's
But after you eat whatever it is
that you've fallen prey to, there's
the guilt, the remorse and the
thought that you could have done
better. We all know that feeling.
It's only good for the first few min-
utes you're eating it, then there
is dealing with the aftermath of
knowing you did your body ab-
solutely no good and maybe even
damaged yourself. Why do we do
The answer is simple -- we lack
a plan! If we had the plan and we
used it, it would look so much
different! Life is so much simpler
when we have worked the details
out ahead of time. This is why we
get ourselves in order the night

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before. Otherwise, our lives be-
come too crazy and we're always
trying to play catch up. We hear
ourselves telling our children and
everyone else around us to hurry
up, we have to go. The clutter of
living in that kind of hurried cha-
os gets everywhere -- our homes,
cars, lives...even our backsides!
This is summer -- we have the
bounty of fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles from farmer's markets and
local gardens everywhere. How
about incorporating some of that
good stuff into your food plan?
Use what is local and fresh (and
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as a part of our lives means there
is less room from the stuff that
can hurt us.
Eating well is all about loving
ourselves. Loving ourselves is ex-
pressed in dozens of ways and
laying out our' food for the day is
one terrific way of doing just that.
For more help putting dinner
on your table check out Leanne's
Web site www.SavingDinner.
com or her "Saving Dinner" book
series (Ballantine) and her New
York Times Best Selling book
"Body Clutter" (Fireside). Copy-
right 2008; Leanne Ely; Used by
permission in this publication.

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Over 60 area business owners and guests visited. Main Street's next mixer will be hosted
by Seacoast National Bank, 500 N. Parrott Avenue. The public is invited to attend.
Those in attendance included Main Street Executive Director, Toni Doyle, Board President,
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8 Okeechobee News, Friday, July 25, 2008

Dear Abby

At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Friday,
July 25, through Thursday, July 31, are as fol-
Theatre I - "The Dark Knight" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:35 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Only. Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Only.
Theatre II- "Hellboy II" (PG-13) 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 - "Space Chimps" (G) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:30, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:30 and
7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and
under are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
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hits her emergency dating eject button.

Sister can
DEAR ABBY: My half-brother
"Jace," and I had a complicated
childhood. My father had an ex
plosive temper and a disdain for
children in general. He was abu
sive, and our mentally ill mother
was absent during his rages.
I had my share of abuse, but
it was nothing compared to how
Jace was treated. His biological
father lived in another state and
rarely made contact, and my fa
their never formally adopted him
It left Jace with profound feelings
of abandonment.
My parents are finally divorced
now. Afterward, Dad's behavior
toward me changed dramatical
ly. He's no longer abusive and is
even fun to be around. However
he still maintains a palpable dis
tance from Jace.
Jace is an exceptional person
with an outgoing personality and
a zest for life. He has two beau-
tiful children and one more on
the way. Dad has seen the oldest
only once, and that was after I
begged him for months to visit. II
saddens me, and I end up over-
compensating by spoiling Jace's
kids with gifts, even though I live
2,000 miles away.
I know I can't make Dad be
a part of Jace's life, but he's the
only father Jace has ever known.
Is there any way to open Dad's
eyes? If not, how can I fill the

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rhow your father's attitude toward Now th
- you has changed, he will never I have lear
rget my vote for Father of the Year. wedding r
That he took out his frustrations ing expen
t on you and your brother is despi- chasing at
cable. He never accepted Jace, ently it's n
l and from the time he married to-do list.
Your mother considered her son doesn't w;
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You cannot force open the one who's
eyes of someone whose heart is tionship.
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the gap" as a loving aunt, but un- I'll give yo
derstand that Jace's children will wedding
never miss what they have never marriage;
known. concern f
Fortunately, your brother other part
S seems to be emotionally resil- of the ring
Sent. It appears he has gone on was also
with his life. He is married and is riage.
building a new family, which may Who b
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I fered as a young man. However, your gut.
tif he cannot let go of his feelings portant m
of abandonment, he should con- are not ou
suit a licensed psychotherapist thee to a r
because it may take professional Dear A
help to put his past to rest. gail Van i
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"Mona," and I decided to sepa- ed by her
rate a few months ago. She filed lips. Write
for divorce, and during the two DearAbby.
months cooling-off period we LosAngel


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er some consideration,
tat we're back together,
ned that Mona sold her
ing to pay for some liv-
ses. We discussed pur-
nother one, but appar-
ot a top priority on her
She has also said she
ant to buy her own ring
e cost. I still wear mine,
s though I'm the only
; committed to the rela-
Any thoughts? -- HAV-
ou my gut reaction. A
ring does not make a
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Auctions 105
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Childcare Offered- Home day-
care openings, newborns &
up, Reg.#R150K0003, rea-
sonable price(863)467-7295

PET CHICKEN - Found in Ous-
ley Estates. Please call

brown & white, in Okeecho-
bee, small, female, Childs
pet (863)634-7515
old male, half tail, vic of 78
& 29, please call w/any in-
formation (239)633-2512
Lost: Black sunglasses with
dark blue lenses on 07-21 at
Winn-Dixie. If found please
call to return (863)467-4193
Yellow Lab mix, white w/
cream ears, M, neutered, 45
lbs., Border Collie mix-black
w/ some white, F, 45 Ibs.
Last seen near SR78 West
REWARD Please call

OKEE - 7/26, 6:45-12, 351
SW 85th, N.Lake Country
Estates. All Good Stuff - kids
clothing, lawn&garden,
bikes, exercise eqt.,s hop
eqt., pets, more!

Moving sal
Tools, housewares, adult
clothing, vehicles, tons of
VHS tapes, lots & lots more
2337 SE 32nd St
Fri. 25th & Sat. 26th 8am-lpm

Ages 25-40, Singer, guitarist
& drummer for recording
original music in personal
studio, playing gigs ok

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

Financial Merchandise

Business I Air Conditioners 505
Opportunities 305 Antiques 510
Money Lenders 310 Appliances 515
Tax Preparation 315 Appliance Parts 520
IBeauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
iBooks & Magazines535
Building Materials540
otuitie Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
NOTICE China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Independent Newspapers will Clothing 565
never accept any advertise- Coins/Stamps 570
ment that is illegal or con- Collectibles 575
sidered fraudulent. In all Computer/Video 580
cases of questionable val- Crafts/Supplies 585
ue, such as promises of Cruises 590
guaranteed income from Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
work-at-home programs - if Fireplace Fixture 600
it sounds too good to be Firewood 605
true, chances are that it is. Furniture 610
If you have questions or Furs 615
doubts about any ad on Health & Reducing
these pages, we advise that Equipment 620
before responding or send- Heating Equipment/
ing money aheadtof time, Supplies 625
you check with the Better , Household Items 630
Business Bureau at Jewelry 635
772-878-2010 for previous Lamps/Lights 640
complaints. Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Some 800 and 900 telephone Miscellaneous 655
numbers may require an Musical Instruments 660
extra charge, as well as Office Supplies/
long distance toll costs. We Equipment 665
will do our best to alert our Pets/Supplies/
reader of these charges in I Services 670
the ads, but occasionally Photography 675
we may not be aware of the Plumbing Supplies 680
charges. Therefore, if you Pools & Supplies 685
call a number out of your Restaurant
area, use caution. Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700

Stereo Equipment 710
Services Television,/Radio 715
Tickets 720
IT | T | ol Tools 725
S Toys & Games 730
VC _________Rs 735
hni...::-- ~,1ns Wanted to Buy 740
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Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

ci rFamily
Yolu ChidWiBExroew -
Fun-Leamina Activities In A
Classroom Setting, Fenced
Playground & much more

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

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

A/C - Window unit 25000btu-
good condition cools four
bedroom house $300.

REFRIGERATOR - Single door,
Commercial type no freezer
$45.. (863)673-0428
WASHER - Whirpool, white
washer in very good condi-
tion. $100. (863)517-0244

SHED - metal shed, 8'x10',
solid floor, shelves. You
move $100. (863)467-7415

BASSINETT - Round, Pink,
Beautiful! A princess throne.
Excellent condition. Call any-
time $100. (239)298-9581
Portable crib, bedside play
pen/crib, jumperoo, ocean
wonders swing, $180 for all
will separate (561)601-0078

HP Computers- (2) Monitors,
printers, well maintained, re-
set to factory settings $500
will separate (863)467-4949

Adjustable single bed- (2)
electric, have rails, useable
clean mattresses $650 will
separate (863)467-4949

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

COUCH & Love seat w/Otto0
man - Beige in overall col-
or/Deep sitting. $450/neg.

DR SET w/ China Cab - Table
6 chairs.Honey oak. Good
cond. $400/or best offer.

sleeper sect. w/. recliners.
Good cond. $100/or best
offer. (863)634-8820

SHOTGUN BY Stevens 311a -
18.5" barrel 12 guage, Pre
1970 $350/neg.

3-6 yrs old, Good Condition
$800. (863)675-3437

SHOWER CHAIR - 1 yr old,
good condition $50.

FIBERGLASS mobile home
steps, 5 step - 35" high large
landing. Aluminum side and
back rail included. Over
$600 new. Less than 1 year
old. $325/or best offer.

Males, Females, Long Hair,
Short Hair, Tea Cup. $200

ENGLISH LOP Rabbits - baby
English lop bunnies can
meet in town if you buy 2 or
more. $10. (863)634-5757


5000watt, 11hp b/s, runs
good $200. (863)467-7415


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

mower - 19997 Grasshopper
Model 721 Good condition, 1
new drive motor, new blades
52" cut, hours 1286. $4000.
8 6 3 ) 2 2 8 - 4 2 0 2

Craftsman, 20 HP, 46" cut,
$1,050. Call 863-763-4523




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

2br/1ba, garage, No pets
$650/mo 1st, Last & Sec.
Avail 8/1 (863)467-2302 or

2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780

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

Completely furnished. W&D.
$950 mo., 1st last & sec.
Call (863)634-3313

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

RENT ME - 2 BR, 2 BA Town-
house. W&D, Clean. $800
mo. (863)634-9521

3br/2ba, close to everything,
$875 mo, 6 mo. or 1 yr
lease, $2000 moves you in
905 SW 2nd Ave
3/2/2 & 3/1/1 Bring Pets,
Large Yards. Jacuzzi Tub
$1100 & Up (561)723-2226
Ancient Oaks, 2/1, 55+ com-
munity, new stove, new fridge,
52" TV, Annually $675/mo.
(772)708-1198 Iv msg
Dixie Ranch Acres- 2br/lba
duplex $525 month + $400
dep., 3br/1ba CBS home
$700 month + $600.dep.,
includes water,lawn,garbage,
NO PETS (863)467-9029
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
LOG CABIN- Rim Canal
w/Pool & Dock, 2BR-1BA,
Full Furn incl/ Bedding, Linens
& Cookware. W/D & D/W-
Cbl, Wat Incl. (561)234-0277
OKEE. - 2br/1ba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
RANCH SETTING - 2 Bdrm., 1
Ba. Available now! Very
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
sec. (863)467-1717

on 441 & 15A. 1400 sq. ft.,
Office, Reception Area &
Workshop. Including
150x100 Sales Lot. Ideal for
Car/ Boat/Golf Cart Sales.
$1800/mo. plus utilities.
Yearly lease. (863)467-6300

Buying a car? Look In the
classifleds. Selling a
car? Look In the classl-


Mobile Homes


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

A GREAT DEAL - in BHR, dbl
wides, 2/2, $500/mo., 3/2's
$600/mo. No Pets, -Leases
+ Sec (863)763-4031
BUCKHEAD RIDGE - 2br, 2ba,
furn or unfurn, 1 month Free,
References required
NICE 2 br, 2 ba w/lrg Florida
rm, W/D, part furn, dock
w/lake access on Taylor
Creek, no pets. $750/mo +
last & sec. (866)939-6656 toll
free for appointment.
2BR, 2BA, Lake access, nice
lot, $700/mo. No deposit. Or
purchase $60,000. Call

3br/2ba Doublewide- New
A/C, New kitchen cabinets,
located in Whispering Pines
$68,000 (863)634-3433
*****Owner Financing*****
3 recamaras, 2 banos, Double-
wide, Nuevo aire acondicio-
nado, gabinetes, en
Whispering Pines, $68,000
Mobile Home Angels
DOUBLE WIDE 2006 - 3 BR, 2
BA. Set up nicely on 1 acre.
Beautiful yard. $120,000
(863)634-1343 after 5pm.
OKEECHOBEE CO - on 3 acre
corner lot. 3br, 2ba. Ap-
praised for $160K Asking
$125,000 (954)722-8609
On the water. Attached car
port & screened porch. Unat-
tached 1 car garage, fenced
yard, sprinkler system & new
floors. $112,000



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

2007 - 46 LB. SALTWATER
$950. (772)260-6657

OKEECHOBEE - 38' RV w/lrg
FL room, many improve-
ments, in RV park. $4999
17 ft. Air Awning Fridge
Screen Room New Tires
Excellent Vinyl $2000.

TRIUMPH T140 1977 - Clean.
Call anytime for details.
$4900. (772)216-5969

HONDA 400 RANCHER 2006 -
Auto, 4x4, Low Hours, Like
New, 1 1/2 YR Warranty Left
$4500/neg. (772)260-6657
MINI-BIKE - Verucci, 49cc,
slightly used, $1250. Call

Rent from $950 month (FIL/S)
Rent to Own $15,000 down
$1,000 a month

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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

White; Engine runs, but
needs head gasket; 174K
miles. 1 owner, 4-cyl, auto.
A/c, air bags $600/or best
offer. (863)675-8205

OKEE 4-wd Extended cab,
auto transmission is slipping.
$1800/neg. (863)673-9202
FORD BRONCO 1991 - 302
5.0L,needs battery/fuel
pump, $1500/or best offer.

SECOND HEADS in plastic -
Off of '87 Chev.Blazer call
Dwayne $150.

DODGE RAM 150 1986 - 318
Motor, Looks and Runs
Good $1200/or best offer.
DODGE RAM 1500 2001 -
Runs good Cold A/C, air
bags, 1 owner, V-6, auto.
Anti-lock brakes, 150,000 mi
$3000/or best offer.
Ext. cab, 2 tone beige/brown.
Cold A/C, Standard. $1500
firm (863)763-3451

FOR SALE- 4 X 6, almost new,
black, single axle, 1 7/8"
hitch, lights, $275 neg.
TRAILER 10X6 - 2x6 wood
flooring with sides $350.
TRAILER 8X4 - expanded met-
al flooring with sides great
for lawn mower or atv $225.
sides and ramp, good tires,
toolbox, .$500

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrot Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on
Friday the 08th day of August 2008
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid tow-
ing and storage. Year, Make, Model &
Vin's as follows: ,
1997 Red Dodge Neon
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
284159 ON 7/25/08
;' ---

PROJECT NO. 2008-5
Sealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commission-
ers at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Florida 34972 until 2:00 p.m. on August 29, 2008. Bids will be received at
the first floor reception desk and will be opened in the lobby of the second floor
They will be publicly opened by the County Clerk or designee and read aloud.
Any BIDS received after the time specified will not be accepted.
The BIDS shall be based on furnishing all materials, equipment, and labor nec-
essary for the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse Rehabliltatlon. The
work is for the historic rehabilitation of the county courthouse built in 1926. The
work shall be done in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for
the Rehabilitation of Historic Properties. The Architect's estimate for cost of con-
struction is $3.5 million. Bidder must have experience with the restoration or re-
habiliation of historic buildings.
All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Draw-
ings, Specifications and Contract Documents pertaining thereto, which may be
examined at or obtained from: .
Okeechobee County Capital Improvements
500 Northwest Sixth Street
O'keechobee, Florida 34972
(863) 763-0805 .
Any questions pertaining to the project specifications or scope of work will be ad-
dressed to the Architect at 100 East Madison Street, Suite 200, Tampa, Florida
33602 or t.hammeru(rowearchltects.com, in writing no later than ten (10) days
prior to bid of project, which is August 19, 2008.
Each Contractor will be furnished with one'(1) set of Plans and Specifications for a
non-refundable deposit of One hundred fifteen Dollars ($115.00). The Bidders
deposit shall be a check made payable to Okeechobee County Board of County
Commissioners. No partial sets of Drawings and Specifications will be issued.
Bidders may pick up Plans and Specifications from the Okeechobee County Capi-
tal Improvements office or Documents can be obtained by express mail upon re-
ceipt of vendor's check and express mail account number.
A pre-bid conference will be held at the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse, in
Courtroom A (second foor), located at 304 Northwest Second Street, Okeecho-
bee, Florida 34972 on August 8, 2008 at 10:00 am. Bidder's attendance is
Each bid must be accompanied by an acceptable Bid Security in the form of a Bid
Bond, or Certified Check, made payable to 'Okeechobee County Board of County
Commissioners", in the amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the total Bid
Amount as a guarantee that the Bidder, if awarded the Contract, will execute and
file acceptable performance and payment bonds equal to 100% of the contract
price within fifteen (15) days after written notice of the award of contract. No bid-
der may withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the date set for
opening of bids.
Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation
or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids ac-
cept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make
modifications to the work after bidding, and waive any formality in the Bids if they
deem it in their best interest to do so. The General Contractor will provide addi-
tional information including, but not limited to, a list of similar projects construct-
ed within the past five (5) years, client references and an audited or certified
financial statement, or other financial references deemed appropriate to Contract
Bidders will confine their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be ac-
Each bidder will submit with this bid evidence that the bidder is licensed to perform
the work and services or qualified by examination to be so licensed.
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al investigation as to requirements of the County.
The Board of County Commissioners has the right to accept or reject any or all bids.
Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: "BID -
Clt Betts, Jr, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court
Okeechobee County, Florida
284335 ON 7/25/08

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the below list of property has been determined as
Chapter 705. The dates of the found property range from the year 2000 until
present Persons/entities having or claiming any interest in such property shall
appear before Detective Taylor of the City of Okeechobee Police Department, 50
Southeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 on or before August 31, 2008.
Persons/entities shall make sufficient proof of ownership by means of a serial
number, sales receipt, detailed ntifiable description (inscription) or photo, and
.upon doing so shall be entitled to receive property. Unless property is claimed on
or before August 31, 2008, said property shall be declared forfeited to the City of
Okeechobee Police Department.
Found Property:
1. Bicycles (all types)
2. Boat
3. Pressure Washer
4. Lawn Mowers
5. Wheel Chair
6. Various types of jewelry
By: Detective Bettye Taylor, Evidence Custodian
City of Okeechobee Police Department
283221 ON 07/18,25/08

The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Budget Work-
shop on Monday August 4, 2008 at 9:00 AM in the County Commission Cham-
bers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County mis-
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
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lynn Shain or Betsy Sheffield, no later than two
(2) working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-2131, ext. 2111. f you are
hearing or voice impaired, call TOD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620
Clif Betts Jr, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
284245 ON 7/25/08



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All Stars eliminated

at State Tournament

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
West Volusia scored four runs
in the sixth inning and went on to
defeat Okeechobee, 7-2, at the Di-
xie Youth Dixie Boys Tournament
Tuesday night in Marianna.
The loss sent the 14 year old
All-Star squad home and denied
them a second straight state cham-
pionship. West Volusia moved on
to the finals on Wednesday.
Pete Ferraro and Mike Ferraro
each had two run singles late in
the game to end Okeechobee's
season. Okeechobee won three
games, one by forfeit, before los-
ing for the second time Tuesday.
Okeechobee had an excel-
lent pitching performance from
Austin Hamilton. The left hander
kept Okeechobee in the game
and shut out West Volusia in the
middle innings after allowing an
early run.
Okeechobee's bats couldn't
come alive however despite some
scoring opportunities. Okeecho-
bee's only runs came on a Will
Jackson single in the fourth and a

Mark Weir sacrifice fly in the sev-
enth inning.
Okeechobee had runners on
base in six of the seven innings
but couldn't get the big hit when
they needed it.
Okeechobee left 10 men
stranded on base. Tyler Finney
singled in the first but was strand-
ed at third base. Jacalob Akins
grounded out with two runners
aboard in the second. Mark Weir
grounded out with a runner in
scoring position in the third.
Okeechobee finally tied the
score at one in the fourth. Brad
Coleman drew a lead off walk,
stole second and scored on Jack-
son's single.
However West Volusia an-
swered with two runs in the top
of the fifth to take the lead for
good. Jake Hillis and Pete Fer-
raro singled, and Jacob Yoder
followed with a two run single to
make it 3-1.
The big inning was the sixth as
Hamilton tired and Weir allowed
two big hits. Hamilton got two
quick outs but Taylor Nugent and
Shane Harlow drew walks. Weir

-relieved but was greeted by the
two singles by the Ferraro broth-
ers before he could record the
final out.
Okeechobee tried to rally in
the sixth as Coleman and Noah
Wilcox drew bases on balls.
However Jackson, Timmy Farrell
and. pinch hitter Thor Harden all
were retired to end the threat.
Finney scored Okeechobee's
last run as he lead off the seventh
with a double. Hamilton flied out
and Justin Morgan was hit by a
pitch to put runners on first and
third. Weir followed with a sac-
rifice fly to right to make it 7-2.
However Coleman was retired on
a ground ball to first to end the
West Volusia had to defeat
Spring Hill twice to win the cham-
pionship. They won the open-
ing game on Wednesday, 9-8 in
dramatic fashion, which forced
a second game Wednesday after-
Okeechobee's 13 year old all
stars were eliminated on Monday
night. The went (2-2) in the tour-

Submitted photo/Marcie Farrell
Okeechobee's 14 year old and 13 year old All Star teams competed in the Dixie Youth Dixie
Boys Tournament in Marianna this week.

Sports News in Briefs

Future Stars
The second annual Future
Stars Baseball/Softball camp.will
be held Aug. 11-15, from 7:30
a.m. until noon each day. Instruc-
tions will be provided by college
and highschool coaches. There is
no fee for the camp. Applications
can be picked up at Beef O' Bra-
dys and Hibbet Sporting Goods.
Applications are to be returned to
the Chobee Drive Thru. All appli-
cations must be notarized.'Camp-
ers should bring lunches for the
first four days of the camp. On
Friday, hamburgers and hot dogs
will be provided. Drinks will be
provided throughout the week.
Bring an open mind and a desire
to learn. Camp will be held at
Okeechobee High School base-
ball and softball fields. All applica-

tions must be turned in by Aug. 6.
For information call Bobby Steiert
at 863-634-6523.

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are
held the following weekend. New
boaters and (especially) non-
boaters are welcome. For infor-
mation call Dave Stout at 863-467-
2255. The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee McAllister
Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.

Glades Gun Club to
host shooting event
The Glades County Gun club
will hold an open range shoot-

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ing event on Saturday, July 26.
The range is located at the Glades
County Sheriff's Gun Range at
Gun Club Road on S.R. 78, 4.2 mi
N.E. of U.S. 27.
Glades County residents are
welcome at no charge. Insurance
requires all guests to register, at-
tend a short range safety briefing
and sign a waiver.
Eye & Ear protection is man-
datory and will be available by
the club. The gate will open at 8
a.m., registration from 8:15-8:45
a.m., briefing at 8:45. Shooting to
begin after briefing until about 11
a.m. Guests will be accompanied
and supervised by a club mem-
ber at the firing line for safety.
Black Powder guns are welcome.
For further information call 863-

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