Okeechobee news
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Creation Date: August 28, 2008
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liaison to visit
John Mac, Constituent Liai-
son to Congressman Tim Ma-.
honey (FL-16), will hold office
hours on Thursday, Aug. 28,
2008 at the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Library, 206 SW 16th Street.
Office hours are from noon to 3
p.m. The Congressional office
provides constituent service
assistance with federal matters
such as Academy nominations,
grants, Washington tours and
assistance in dealing with fed-
eral agencies such as the Social
Security Administration, Medi-
care, Veterans' Administration,
IRS and others.

Main Street Mixer
This month's Main Street
Mixer has been rescheduled
for Thursday Aug. 28, from 5
to 7 p.m. This month's mixer.
is hosted by Seacoast Nation-
al Bank. There will be a free
drawing to talk about your
business on WOKC. Come
prepared with what you would
like to say about your business
and enter the drawing. Over
the next week after the mixer,
the spots will play randomly
on the air. This month's mixer
will take place at the North
,Branch of Seacoast National
Bank, located at 500 North Par-
rott Avenue. Be sure to invite a
friend, this is a great network-
ing opportunity. There will be
refreshments, door prizes and
WOKC's Billy Dean broadcast-
ing live.

CREW volunteers
help with clean up
CREW can assist Okeecho-
bee residents with tarping and
mopping up flood water. Call
Trish Adams, Executive Direc-
tor, of CREW, Inc. at 863-983-
2390 for this volunteer service.

Drought Index

Current: 91
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry'
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

13.81 feet
Last Year: 9.11 feet
Sponsored By:

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

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Community Events.................... 4
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Obituaries.................................. 5
Opinion..................................... 4
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FEMA to help storm victims

Report mosquito
problems to
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
As the Tropical Storm Fay
cleanup continues, there is
some relief in sight. Okeechobee
has been approved by FEMA for
individual assistance to repair

storm damage. Now residents
have two numbers to call. For
individual assistance they can
call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or
go online to www.fema.gov to
request FEMA help.
A team from the Depart-
ment of Agriculture is onsite' in
Okeechobee County surveying
the mosquito situation. The sur-
vey team caught 49,000 mosqui-
toes in one trap. Local officials
hope the county will receive

assistance to help with cost of
mosquito control spraying.
Members of the Citizens Ob-
servation Patrol have been help-
ing to field mosquito calls at the
emergency ,management center
and they have received approxi-
mately 1,000 calls.
To report mosquito prob-
lems, call Okeechobee County
Emergency Management at 863-
Emergency management of-

White water: 100,000 gallons/second

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
The S-65E lock and flow-way on the Kissimmee River was releasing water at about
100,000 gallons per second on Wednesday, to help relieve flooding in the Kissimmee
River Valley. The rapid influx of water means Lake Okeechobee is nearing 14 feet.

Weir protects flow-way

By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
A record' drought followed
by a storm that brought record
waterfall is testing the limits of
the South Florida Water Man-
agement District's flood control
One structure was complet-
ed just in time to prevent what

could have been a regional di-
A new weir. protecting -the
S-65E lock and spillway on the
Kissimmee River reached "sub-
stantial completion" on Aug.
3, less than two weeks before
Tropical Storm Fay flooded the,
area with record rainfall;
The weir solved a problem,
created by the.storms of 2004

and 2005. The S-65E is the last
lock on the Kissimmee River be-
fore it reaches Lake Okeecho-
bee. Due to the hurricanes, the
large volume of water passing
through the structure scoured
the river bottom, leaving, a hole
20 feet deep and 200 feet wide.
Left unchecked, the condition
See Weir'- Page 2

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
The new weir south of S-65E lock and flow-way keeps the water on the south side of the
water control structure high enough to prevent erosion of the river bottom and protect
the stability of the structure.

ficials are looking for a site to
site to set up a service center to
house all relief agencies, such as
the one housed in the old Eck-
erd's building in 2004. There
should soon be a mobile disaster
center.on scene.
Residents are reminded that
there are two bridges closed.
The bridge at the intersection
of 700A and Eagle Island Road
is closed. Residents of Viking
need to use 101 Ranch Road and

North Grade to access the area.
The bridge on S.R. 68 between
N.W. 32nd Drive and N.W. 38th
Avenue is also closed. There is
a detour -for local traffic only.
Trucks are not allowed on this
detour. Local traffic can use Pot-
ter Road or N.W. 144th Drive
which meets S.R. 68 west of the
closed bridge.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
corn. Reporter Pete Gawda can be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.

Roads, taxes

on agenda for


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The topic of the county
budget' will come up again
at Thursday's meeting of the
Okeechobee County Commis-
sion. The county administrator
is scheduled to give a budget
The board will also be look-
ing at road projects and fire and
solid waste assessments.
The county has received a
grant of $241,500 for recon-
struction of County Road 15A.
Kimley Horn and Associates,
Inc. has provided three alter-
natives for road repair with re-

Local v


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Voter turnoutwas low for the
primary election: Of Okeecho-
bee County's 18,191 registered
voters only 4,808 or 26.43 per-
cent bothered to vote. Supervi-
sor of Elections Gwen Chandler
attributed the low numbers in
part to the fact that the primary
election was a little early this
year. Usually it is in September.
Mrs. Chandler commended her
staff and poll workers for mak-
ing things run so smoothly and
was glad the weather cooper-
ated. There were minor prob-
lems with two precincts, but
the results were tabulated by

If you go ...
What: Bi-monthly meeting
of the Okeechobee County
Board of Counr Comrmis-
Where: Commission
chambers, Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 302 N.
W. Second St.
When; 9 a m. Thursday,
Aug. 28.
lated costs. The board will be
asked to identify what method
they desire to use. If'the cosi
of the method chosen exceeds
the amount of grant funding,
See Agenda - Page 2


t low"

10 p.m. which was a little later
than the 9:30 she was hoping
for. The supervisor of elections
is expecting a bigger turnout in
the November general election
since that ballot will include the
presidential race.
Reelected Commissioner
Ray Domer said he was disap-
pointed by the low voter turn
out. He said he was grateful to
all the people who supported
him. At this time he has not
made a decision if he will run
again in four years. He pledged
to continue to do what he
thinks is best for the people.
Mr. Domer's opponent, Phil
See Turnout - Page 2

Bell named 'Gang

Analyst of the Year'

Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office employee Michele
Bell was recently honored at
the Florida Gang Investiga-
tors Associations 15th Annual
Training Conference in Bonita
Springs, with the prestigious
award of Gang Analyst'of the
This honor was bestowed
upon Michele Bell, who is
employed in the criminal In-
vestigations Division of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, for her continuous work
and dedication as a Gang Ana-
lyst, which covers a wide vari-
ety of fields.
In 2005, the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office started
a full-time gang investigative

position. During this initiative;
gang documentation, investi-
gations, surveillance, informa-
tion dissemination, etc. was
established and was being con-
ducted by one person. Michele
Bell volunteered herself at the
onset, to assist with this docu-
mentation entry and informa-
tion collection task along with
maintaining the documenta-
tion of the sexual offenders in
Okeechobee County.
Since that time she has
taken it upon herself to not
only complete her daily tasks
at the Sheriff's Office, but also
the task of documenting gang
members into a data base and
See Bell - Page 2

suDmrmea pnoto
Michele Bell has been honored as Florida Gang Investigators Associations Gang Analyst
of the Year. Left to right are Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May, Michele Bell, Detective
Brad Stark and Major Noel Stephen.

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could have caused the water con-
trol structure to collapse, which
in turn would have threatened
the stability of the water control
structures upriver in turn.
Based on records that go back
to 1932, 2006 and 2007 were
the driest years on record. The
records show that in that same
time frame, Tropical Storm Fay
dumped the most water on the
area in a one week period.
Low water south of the S-65E
Structure and record rainfall
draining south could have spelled

But the new weir worked ex-
actly as it was designed, maintain-
ing a constant, water level south
of the water control structure and
helping to absorb some of the en-
ergy of the rushing floodwater.
"During the 2004 and 2005 hur-
ricane season, we saw the highest
flow ever at this structure, and we
saw damage here with a scour
hole," said George Home, Deputy
Executive Director of Operation
and Maintenance. "With the lake
being so low, we were concerned
about future storms. The purpose
of the weir structure is to be able
to safely maximize the discharges

"Without the structure, we
could only have opened the S-65E
a minimal six inches," he said.
"With the weir, we can safely
open it six feet."
This means they can safely
move water down the Kissimmee
River and into Lake Okeechobee
much faster. He said on Friday,
the flow was about 21,000 cubic
feet of water per second -- that's
about 164,000 gallons of water a
second. Without the new struc-
ture, had they been forced to
only allow minimal water out, the
massive upstream flooding could
have been catastrophic for those
in the Kissimmee River Valley.
Had they opened the S-65E

flood control structure to maxi-
mum capacity without the new
weir, the pressure of the water
could have collapsed the struc-
ture and in turn caused a domino
effect on other flood control struc-
tures on the river.
"If the structures fail, the water
will drain quickly," Mr Home said.
"But then we would have no way
to hold it and would face water
The water control structures
are necessary for "life as we know
it" in Florida, he said.
Project Engineer Kathy Col-
lins explained the construction
of the weir was fast-tracked and
was actually completed before its

original Aug. 17, deadline, thanks
to the construction crews, who
worked 'round the clock when
they poured the concrete.
The weir consists of round
concrete structures which cause
the water to flow to the center
of the channel, where a series of
underwater walls slows the flow
and dissipates some of the ener-
gy. The weir maintains a constant
water level on the south side of
the S-65E water control structure
so that water coming through the
structure at high speed does not
hit the bottom of the river with
enough force to erode away the
river bottom.
"If the weir had not been com-

pleted before Fay hit, the system
could have failed," she said.
The weir is the largest single
water control structure SFWMD
has ever built.
By Wednesday, water was
coming through the S-65E spill-
way at a rate of 14,000 cfs or
about 100,000 gallons a second.
Mr. Home said they expect high
flows for about two weeks, as
the Kissimmee River Valley recov-
ers from the Tropical Storm Fay
"There is still a lot of flooding in
some areas," he said. Water from
Orlando south drains through the
Kissimmee River.

Continued From Page 1
the board will need to approve
additional funding.
The board will also identify
and prioritize projects for the Flor-
ida Department of Transportation
Five Year Work Program. Potential
projects include four laneing State
Road 70 E., improvements to the
intersection of S.R. 70 and U.S.
Highway 441, S.R. 710 expansion,
S.R. 70 bypass, left turn lanes on
U.S. 441 N. at Dark Hammock
Road and N.W. 120th Street, left
turn lanes on U.S. 441 S.E. at S.E.
38th Avenue and Nubbin Slough,
intersection improvements at U.S.
441 S. and S.E. 32nd Avenue, and
widening S.R. 70 W
The board will be asked to
settle a problem with a mobile
home presented by R.O.A.D. (Re-
covering Okeechobee After Disas-
ter), a storm relief organization.
The mobile home was given to a
man who is now deceased, caus-
ing the contract to go into default.

Continued From Page 1

helped to establish and develop
the 2007 Gang Free Florida Rod
Run and Motorcycle Rally, a non-
profit organization established to
raise money for the awareness
and education of gang trends to
parentA children and other orga-
nizations wishing to learn about
gang issues.
In its' first year, the Gang Free
Florida Rod Run and Motorcycle
Rally has given two local schol-
arships to high school graduates
and. provided money to the com-
munity for a graffiti eradication
project, which was used to cover
up local gang graffiti throughout
the comrnunit\
Ms. Bell is currently assisting
with the 2008 Gang Free Florida
Rod Run and Motorcycle Rally
which will take place Nov. 8 and 9
at Okee-Tantie Camp ground.
She assisted as a volunteer
at the 2007 National Alliance of
Gang. Investigators Associations
1st Annual World Gang Summit

The contract should have made a
provision for the mobile home to
go back to R.O.A.D. in case of de-
fault, but due to an error the mo-
bile home reverts to the county.
The deceased man's family and
R.O.A.D. request permission to
award the mobile home to anoth-
er needy family in Okeechobee.
The board will also consider
a resolution setting a preliminary
rate for fire assessments. Under
the proposal the fire assessment
for residential property would be
$100. The hotel/motel assessment
would be $8 per room. Agricul-
tural and vacant property would
be assessed according to the size
of the property as would com-
mercial and industrial property.
In addition, the board will be
considering a resolution setting
a preliminary rate for solid waste
collections. Under the resolution
the estimated solid waste assess-
ment rate would be $117.82 per
dwelling unit for the coming fis-
cal year.
In other action the board is ex-
pected to:

in Orlando. Michele attended the
Basic Gang Certification course
and is certified as a gang special-
She was also a volunteer with
the 2008 Florida Gang Investiga-
tors Associations 15th Annual
Training Conference as her goals
and ideologies are that of the
FGIA to help the State of Florida
fight against criminal street gang
There have been many other
events such as the Skip Bry-
ant Memorial Golf Tournament,
which for the past 10 years, Mi-
chele has donated her time. This
event will be held in Okeechobee
County on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Because of her many hours of
volunteer time she has dedicated
to gang eradication efforts, both
with Okeechobee County and
throughout the State of Florida,
and coordinating the many differ-
ent events to help raise money for
non-profit organizations to help
combat gangs, Michele Bell was
given this special State of Florida
public recognition.

*receive the .quarterly update
from Okeechobee Main Street;
*consider an amendment to
the Waste Management contract;
*set the schedule for Novem-
ber and December meetings;
*approve a contract for roll off
collection services; and
issue a letter supporting Flor-
ida's Heartland Rural Economic
Development Initiative applica-
tion for grant dollars for job train-
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at pgawda@newszapcom.

Continued From Page 1

Baughman, was pleased that it
was a clean race. He said the
votes he received showed the
people are ready for a change.
Mr. Baughman said he will attend
commission meetings and stay
informed in order to run again in
four years.
Sheriff Paul May commended
the people who work for him and
gave them credit for his win. He
said he will decide further along
in his term if he will run for re-
election. He pledged to announce

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his intentions a year ahead of time
as he did for this election.
Challenger Tom 'Levins con-
gratulated Sheriff May on his vic-
tory and wished him the best for
the next four years. He said he
had not determined if he would
run next time.
Turning to other elections,
Dwight Geiger defeated Faith Lit-
vack and Fran Ross to become
circuit judge.
The winner of the race for the
state representative district 78
seat was Democrat Kevin Rader.
Tom Rooney will be the Republi-
can candidate for Congressional

District 16. In November he will
face incumbent Democrat Tim
In the general election in No-
vember Republican Mike Horner
will face Democrat Ray Worley for
State Representative District 79.
The husband and wife team
of Joe and Melissa Arnold were.
elected as .Florida Republican
Party Committeeman and Com-
mitteewoman. Colleen Frost was
elected as Democratic Precinct
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Okeechobee Forecast
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms
after 1 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming
east between 5 and 10 mph.
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thun-
derstorms before 10 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. East
wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Extended Forecast
Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms af-
ter noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 91. East northeast wind
between 5 and 10 mph.
Friday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms
before 11 p.m., then a slight chance of showers after 2 a.m. Partly
cloudy, with a low around 74. East northeast wind around 5 mph.
Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms
after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. East northeast wind
around 5 mph.
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunder-
storms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. East northeast wind
around 5 mph.

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Okeechobee News, Thursday, August 28, 2008

Local Man acquitted

of escape charge

By Charles M. Murphy
'Okeechobee News
A case where a deputy suffered
a broken finger and other injuries
resulted in not guilty verdicts to
two felony charges this week.
John Burdeshaw Jr., 33, of
S.W. 11th Street, was convicted
of resisting arrest without vio-
lence and was sentenced to time
served. Mr. Burdeshaw ended up
spending just over a year in the
County Jail.
The jury of three men and three
women deliberated 90 minutes
before they found Burdeshaw not
guilty of escape and battery upon
a law enforcement officer.
Assistant State Attorney Don-
ald Richardson said two Sheriff
Deputies involved in the arrest
on May 25, 2007, gave inconsis-

tent accounts of what occurred
and that provided the reasonable
doubt needed for a not guilty ver-
The deputies went to the resi-
dence to serve a civil paper. Mr.
Burdeshaw was also wanted on a
local warrant and an out-of-coun-
ty warrant.
"The two officers were at dif-
ferent positions, and their state-
ments didn't match precisely, and
that was enough for the defense
to find inconsistent testimony,"
Mr. Richardson noted.
Deputy Mark Shireman suf-
fered a broken finger and an in-
jury to his nose during a struggle
inside Mr. Burdeshaw's residence,
the initial arrest report said.
SBurdeshaw initially let the law-
men into the residence after they

told him they had a civil paper to
serve- on him. They checked the
warrants for his arrest, confirmed
them, and attempted to arrest
Burdeshaw, the arrest report
Burdeshaw allegedly ordered
them out of the residence, and
then fled on foot. He kicked out a
bedroom window and ran toward
a Jeep down the street. Deputies
caught up to him and he gave up
after they threatened to spray him
with pepper spray.
During the arrest, deputies
also had to deal with a pit bull
dog who attempted to'bite them.
Sgt. Cliff Gill sprayed the dog with
a burst of pepper spray on two
different occasions to defuse that

Sex offender faces

Massachusetts charges

Local charges nament this summer when dep- charge him with a crime here.
uties were called to a report of However, he noted, the man had

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A man wanted in Massachu-
setts for years after absconding
from sex offender supervision
there, will not be prosecuted in
Okeechobee County.
Damon Treadwell was ar-
rested at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex during a baseball tour-

juveniles causing a disturbance.
Detective Richard Durfee got
identifications from all of the sub-
jects and ran criminal checks on
them. When he ran Treadwell's,
he found that the man had been
wanted in Massachusetts for sev-
eral years.
Assistant State Attorney Dan
Cuczler said they could not
prove that Mr. Treadwell had
been in Okeechobee County for
the required 48 hours needed to

a take and hold order on him
from Massachusetts.
Mr. Treadwell apparently had
lived in Florida since 2005. He re-
ceived a Florida identification in
the Daytona Beach area in Febru-
ary, 2005. He did not register as a
sex offender'at that time, which
is a requirement of Florida law.
Jail records said Mr. Treadwell
was removed from the County
Jail earlier this summer.

'Trash fish' rodeo Saturday

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Butch's Redneck Yacht Club
will hold a Trash Fish Rodeo
Family Fishing Day on Saturday,
Aug. 30, from 7 a.m. until noon
at Butch's Fish Camp, 4870 U.S.
441 S.E.
Just what is a Trash Fish Ro-
Absolutely NO GAME FISH
will be weighed in for this tour-
nament. Each-four-person team
will be vying for a 70/30 split for
the most weight of trash fish such
as Cichlids, Oscars, Mudfish, Ma-
yans, Gar, etc. These are all fish
you would normally throw back
in the water if you caught them
on a regular day out fishing.
After the weigh-in, all of the
fish will be taken to Sue Arnold's
Wildlife Center to feed her birds.
With expenses sky rocketing, this
will help the wildlife center pro-
vide some much needed food at
no cost to the center.
Following the event a fund-
raiser barbecue will be held to
feed all the hungry fishermen and
women and anyone else who

wants to come support this local
Call 863-763-8262 for addition-
al information. Sign up at Butch's
Fish Camp.
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center, Inc., is a non-profit
501(c) educational-based wildlife
care facility. Arnold's is dedicated
to bringing people and wildlife
together to develop a commu-
nity awareness of the value of our
Florida wildlife. Their ultimate
goal is to rescue, rehabilitate, and
return recovered animals to their
natural habitat.
Arnold's Center has a Wildlife
Rehabilitation program; Butterfly
Garden; Wetland Boardwalk; and
Nature Trail.
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center runs entirely on dona-
tions, and is dedicated to bringing
people and wildlife together in
hopes of developing a communi-
ty awareness of the value of Flor-
ida wildlife. Between educational
group tours and off-site school
programs, Arnold's reaches about
20,000 children per year.
Day-to-day operations at the

center concentrate on caring for
the animals. Animals that cannot
be returned to the wild are of-
fered a permanent home, though
the wildlife center's ultimate mis-
sion is to rescue, rehabilitate and
return recovered animals to their
natural habitat.
The following are a list of items
that are typically needed on a day-
to-day basis at Arnold's: towels
and blankets; feed bowls; pet
foods; kennels; first aid products;
incubators; habitats; KMR, Esbi-
lac, and goat's milk; game feed;
rescue vehicles (minivan, Blazer,
etc...); electric or gas pressure
sprayer; golf cart; storage shed;
cleaning supplies; money or gift
If you want additional infor-
mation about Arnold's Wildlife
Rehabilitation Center call 863-
763-4630, or visit 14895 N.W 30th
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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!!
FEMA: Apparently, FEMA has included individual assistance for
Okeechobee and St.Lucie counties. They have also updated their web-
site because I was able to file a claim with them this morning. I am
so grateful for the Emergency Operations Center and the work which
they have done to make sure that we can recover from this horrible
storm. I am also glad that EOC did all of this in a timely manner. I can
only hope and pray that FEMA will expedite our claims so that those
of us who are in bad shape may make our repairs as soon as possible
before we get any more storms. I am hoping to repair soon so that I
don't receive any more damage to my floors and walls. Each time it
rains, I get more water on the inside because of the roof damage.
MOSQUITOES: The county has to do something about the mos-
quito problem. The children cannot wait at the school bus stop with-
out being swarmed. We run to the car, and then turn the air condi-
tioning on high while swatting the bloodsuckers.who got into the car
with us. You have to keep the air going to keep the mosquitoes from
landing on you. We can't even go to the mailbox during the day. We
are spending money we can't afford on yard sprays and repellents, but
it isn't putting a dent in the mosquito population. We need help from
our local government. This is a health issue. Mosquitoes carry diseases
and we are being eaten alive.
VOTE: Isn't that pathetic. About 25 percent of the registered voters
took the trouble to vote. So about 18,000 people out of a county of
more than 40,000 people registered to vote and then only one-fourth
of them vote.
ELECTION: Looks like the voters gave Sheriff May a thumbs up,
electing him by a landslide. If Mr. Domer is smart, however, he will
take a hard look at some of his recent comments and votes, as he did
not win by a very big margin, just 2666 to 2001. If more people had
voted, that could have been even closer. I wish him well, but I hope he
pays attention to the fact that nearly half the people who voted are not
exactly happy with his performance.
HELP: I have lived in Okeechobee County more than 25 years and
I have never seen mosquito swarms this bad. I think the county needs
to do something. I just heard on the news that thanks to all the people
calling and reporting damage, Okeechobee did qualify for FEMA help.
So those who have flood damage may be able to get the loans to re-
pair their homes, like we did after the hurricanes. They are asking for
everyone who is having mosquito problems to call in and report it so
they have a long list of complaints to show as proof we need help. The
person I spoke to when' I called this morning said to encourage every-
one to call 763-3212. The problem at the bus stops is terrible. You can't
let the kids stand there to wait for the bus. They are being swarmed by
mosquitoes. I think this is a health issue because this is not our normal
mosquito situation that you just live with.
FABRIC SOFTENER SHEETS: I read or heard somewhere that
fabric softener sheets would ward off mosquitoes. Well folks it works.
I tied one to the trellis on my patio and put another around the door
handle leading to my screened porch and just went outside and stood
for 5 minutes and not one bite and didn't hear any either. I waited
about two hours after putting them out. There were hundreds on the
patio area before and then none I could hear or that bit. I couldn't see
if there were any because it was dark. Also remembered that if you put
a sheetiin your pocket hanging out or in a belt loop it will keep them
away. After putting them on the patio I have no reason to believe that
this. won't work. Put them in my car to see if it would get rid of the ants
and when I opened the door I could see no ants, so here is hoping it
has worked. Thank goodness the ants are the sugar ants and not fire
ants. Give it a try and see how it works for you. Just cut a cross in the
sheet and hang it on the doors on the outside.
DEAL: Deal with it. This is Florida and the price you pay for living
in the best state in the country. Yep, the storm came and dumped
several inches of rain in a short period of time. It can't disappear with
the twinkle of a nose. Mosquitoes have been around for years. Keep
spraying more chemicals out there to run off in the Lake that nature
just refilled. Society today is spoiled!
MOSQUITOES: Here in Taylor Creek, the skeeters are extremely
bad. I cut the lawn today and sprayed the yard with "Yard Cutter" that
you attach to your hose. This product has worked very well in the past
for me, especially after Hurricane Frances' flooding and standing wa-
ter in 2004. Tonight my yard is much less threatening, and I can walk
to the car or through the yard without being aggressively attacked.
This morning I had to keep my little one in the car until the bus came,
because after just a few minutes yesterday standing out there, his legs
were covered with bites. There is a lot of standing water along the
roadways on the west side of Taylor Creek that needs to be sprayed.
HELP NEEDED: I would just like to say this county needs to get
their act together. The mosquitoes are the worst I have ever seen. Noth-
ing seems to work. I understand we have had a lot of water dumped
on us and it is a breeding ground for them, but the county needs to
have a heads up on these things. We are going to have an epidemic
before you know it. I let my dog out to go to the bathroom last night
before dark and my husband came running in the house with him. He
was covered with mosquitoes and he was just howling so bad I had
to throw him in the tub to help soothe him. Kids waiting for the bus is,
ridiculous. They cannot be out there and it does not matter what time
of day it is. They are bad out there. For one thing, the drainage in this
town is so bad, the ditches around here are still full and breeding these
things like crazy and it is starting to stink. Get a grip on things Okee
before you have something here that is beyond your control. I am so
sick of hearing there are no funds for this. There never seem to be any
funds around here for anything. I know things are so expensive today,
but we need to take care of the.things that are needed here in town.
We are dealing with people's lives right now so wake up and do what
is right.

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Letters to the Editor

Mosquito Control
Thank you to all of the Glades
County residents and especially
the Buckhead Ridge residents
who voted for me in the election
for the Commissioner to the Board
of Mosquito Control of Buckhead
Ridge. I will do everything I can
for you. Please be sure to call
in and leave your name, phone
number, and address when call-

ing about spraying, so we can log
it. We need calls to spray. We are
spraying twice a day right now
with the mosquito problem we
have due to standing water. Again
thank you so much.
Sally Edwards
Commissioner and Secre-
of Buck Head Ridge Mos-
quito Control

Community Calendar

Community Events

ABWA to sponsor lunch program

The "Women of Tomorrow" Chapter of the American Business
Women's Association (ABWA) will sponsor a lunch program on
Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Brahma Bull Restaurant from Noon until
1 p.m. The guest speaker will be Jan Pagano; Associate Dean of the
Corporate and Community Training Institute from Indian River State
College. The program will provide an overview of the opportunities
that are now available as a result of the college's recent accreditation
as a State College. A lunch menu will be available for purchase by
the individual attendees. The program is open to the public. For more
information please call President Karin Ammons at Cassels & McCall

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Thursday, Aug. 28 attLewomen s jLaor utvay Iminer uance
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Okeechobee Cattlewomen's Labor Day Dinner and Dance
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call sponsored by Eli's Western Wear will be held on Friday, Aug. 29 at the
Margaret at 863-467-8020, or Marie at 863-357-0868. Okeechobee Shrine Club. Cocktail hour is from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street, From 7:30 until 9 p.m. a steak dinner will be served. From 9 p.m. until
Okeechobee, FL 34972, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The midnight there will be dancing. Music will be provided by a live band
Sick Group Basic Text at 8 p.m. "Easy Money." Tickets are $25 per person and are being sold at Eli's
*The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any Western Wear. Limited availability. Proceeds will go for scholarships.
12-step fellowships. For information call 863-763-2984.
A.A. Closed big book.meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior,, 200 N:W. Third.St. Overeaters Anonymous group meets
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the compulsive overeaters are hinted to a new weekly meeting begin-
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone Compulsive overeaters are invited to a new weekly meeting begin-
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. ning Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church; 312
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security N. Parrott Ave. Overeaters Anonymous is not a diet club. There are no
Death Index and military information available. For information, call dues, fees or weigh ins. The only requirement for membership is a
Robert Massey at 863-763-6510. desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Loretta
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
at the American Legion Post 64 501 SE Second St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at 863-357- Benefit for Rick Kellar
1639. A cancer benefit will be held for Rick Kellar (Karaoke Rick) on Sun-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 day, Aug. 31 at Barracudas, Hwy 441 North, starting at 1 p.m. There
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Please join will be pork or chicken dinners available for $6 a plate, an auction and
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636, or Hazel at 863-763- drawing and live music by "EZ 2 Please Band", Kenny Morgan, Robbie
4920, for information. Music and Friends. For information call 863-357-6883. Donations can
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the be made to the Richard Kellar Jr., Benefit Fund at Seacoast National
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763- Bank.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information; call Mike Fletcher at Foster parent classes open in Okeechobee
863-357-6257. Children need caring homes. Open your heart and share your love.
Martha's House Inc. spqnsorsweekly support groups for women Be a foster parent.
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive Okeechobee MAPP Parenting classes start Sept. 20, through Oct.
relationships. The support groups meet at 6 p.m. For information, call 25, from 9-3:30 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in Okeechobee.
863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at 863-763-2893 Call Hibiscus Children's Center at 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415 to reg-
or 863-763-0202. ister.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet Please share this notice with your neighbors and co-workers, this is
at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, the first time the class has been offered locally in some time.
312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at 863-763-2893
days, or 863-467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might Student vision check vouchers still available
need this group, please pass the word.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second Sight for Students-Communities In Schools/Police Athletic League
language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic has eleven vouchers that must be used by Nov. 5. These vouchers will
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. provide for a vision test and glasses for children under the age of 18
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and not on Medicaid. Three local providers accept these vouchers. If
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every you know of a child that needs glasses and meets that criteria, please
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is call 863-462-5863
welcome; The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information Children's Services Council meets
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 8.E. Fourth St. For
information, call 863-467-2321. The Children's Services Council of Okeechobee will have their first
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United Public Budget Hearing for the year 2008-2009 on Thursday, Sept. 4, at
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting. 5:01 p.m., at the Okeechobee County School Board, 700 S.W Second
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic Step Ave., Room 303.
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780. 4-H Club plans first meeting
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believeis Fellowship, 300 The Udder Bunch 4-H Club will hold their first meeting on Sept. 8,
S.W Six'h Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at 863-801-3244. at 6:30 p.m. at the Hwy 98 Civic Center. All members and their families
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30 are invited to come, also anyone thinking.of joining the club this year
until 8 p.m.
Depending on Christ Depression Support Group meets at 6 please feel welcome to attend. Members are asked to bring a covered
Depending on Christ Depression Support Group meets at 6 dish, dinner will be served.
p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month out on Martin ds nne l e se
County Grade. For information and directions please contact Laura rapo
Lee at 772-597-0463. Scrapbookingcrop planned
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of All-day scrapbooking crop The "Croppin' Crew"' will sponsor an
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interested all-day scrapbooking crop on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10' a.m. until 6
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. All levels of
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death scrapbookers are welcome. Please bring a covered dish if you care
Index and military information available. For information, call Mim, to participate in our pot luck luncheon. Refreshments will be served
Kapteina at 863-763-6510. and there will be plenty of door prizes. Bring any scrapbook pages on
Frid , . which you are currently working. For more information call Joan at
Friday, Aug. 29 863-467-0290 or Corry at 863-467-2231.
'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 Contractors plan dinner
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming part of a caring group are welcome to come and see � The Okeechobee Contractors Association Luau Dinner and Dance.
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800- is planned for Sept. 12, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Shrine Club.
932-8677. The steak dinner will be served at 8 p.m. Hard Livin' Band will per-
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee meets at 101 N.W Fifth form. Tickets are $30 per person in advance, $50 at the door. For more
Street, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The. Sic, speaker, information contact Kelli Chapman at 863-634-7226 or Lisa Stark at
open discussion, 8 p.m. New O.A. Meeting Friday 6 p.m. 863-697-6541. Tickets are also available at Riverside Bank.

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Okeechobee News, Thursday, August 28, 2008


Okeechobee News, Thursday, August 28, 2008 5

Service Club News in Brief

The American
Legion Post 64
501 S.E. Second Street,
Office 863-763-2950 - Lounge
We can accommodate meet-
ings, weddings and parties of any
The public is always welcome
unless it's a members only event.
Our kitchen is open 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday and 1 to 8
p.m. on Sunday.
Sunday: Open 1 to 8 p.m. -
Regular Bingo from 6:30 p.m.
Monday: Open 11-8 p.m. - So-
cial Bingo 1 PM
Tuesday: Open 11-8 p.m.
Wednesday: Open 11-8 p.m. -
"Taco Day" 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Music with Jim Elders 2-6
Thursday: Open 11 a.m. - 8
p.m. - Social Bingo 6 p.m.
Friday: Open 11 a.m. until 8
p.m.-Karaoke from 6 p.m. Host-
ed by BP Productions.
(Anyone wishing to perform in
the Lip Sync Programs see Bobby
and Penny)
SAL Steak Dinner third Sunday
each month $12 donation.
LIP SYNC Aug. 9 - from 2 until
4 p.m. FREE Admission.
Legion and Auxiliary meet the
second and fourth Tuesdays at 7
The fourth Tuesday meeting
includes a carry in dinner at 6.
SAL Meet the third Tuesday at
7 p.m.
Am-Vets #2001
* Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the month
at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528,2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new .members
are available. Call Helen James at

863-824-7644 or Lou Eder at 863-
* Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.
Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located
at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For informa-
tion on events, call 863-763-2552.
* Every Tuesday bingo at 1
p.m. Food will be available for a
* Wednesday: bar bingo
starting at 4 p.m. Food will be
* Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
" First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
* Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 do-
nation. Music will be by Jimmy
* Saturday and Sundays: mu-
sic at 7 p.m.
* First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 1.1 a.m. for $5 donation.
Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Jose Verano
at 863-634-2071.
* The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Monday of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.

Order of the Eastern
Star - Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming ac-
tivities, contact Mary Ann Holt at

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is 863-
* Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m. With
many items to choose from.
* Wednesday: Bingo and
food, food served at 5 p.m. and
bingo starts at 6 p.m.
o Thursday: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7 p.m. Call the
Lodge for the menu.
S Thursday: Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
*Thursday: 5-Card Bingo at 6
p.m. food available at'5 p.m.
SFridays: dinner served from
5 until 7:30 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
- Saturday: dinner starting at
6 p.m.
Moose Family
Center #1753'
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. Please call the
Lodge at 863-763-4954 for further
information, sudden changes
and menus. Guests are invited to
enjoy the activities and consider
* Every Sunday breakfast from
8 to 11 a.m.
* Horseshoe. practice every
Sunday at 2 p.m. and Thursday
* Every Monday, Pool tourna-
ments - sign up, 7 p.m. Food is
SWomen's meeting second
and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Officers meetings first and
third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.,
SBar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m.

and Friday night at 7 p.m. - Food
Served. (you must be a member
to play bar bingo)
* Dinner and music almost ev-
ery Saturday night.
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W 34 St. Events
are seasonal, contact the Post at
863-763-0818 for information or
write the Post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The Post
opens at noon Monday through
* Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
* Monday: 50-cent hot dogs
* Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be
available. Everyone is welcome.
* Wednesday: dinner from 4
until 6 p.m. for a donation.
* Friday: bingo starts at.l p.m.
for members and guests. Food
will be available. Karaoke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m.
* Friday: hot food by David
Lee from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Saturday: bar bingo at 1
p.m. for members and guests. Ka-
raoke will be from 6 until 10 p.m.
Food will be available.
* Sunday: dinner will be
available from 2 until 4 p.m., and
will be followed by karaoke from
6 until 10 p.m.
* Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting and ladies aux-
iliary meeting at 11 a.m.
* The post membership drive
is under way, and the post is striv-
ing for 100 percent. For informa-
tion, contact the quartermaster at
* Big screen TV for all events.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 Wfin Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call 863-
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for

new members for.the VFW, Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
* Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
* Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
* Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for an $11 donation. Danc-
ing immediately follows the din-
.* Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
The House Committee meeting is
on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Com-
mander Robert Hare at 863-467-
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
VFW Post #10539
*Post hours are ,10 a.m. Mon-
day through Saturday and 1 p.m.
on,Sunday. Closing tifnes are dis-
cretionary and dependent on the
number of patrons but usually
riot before 8 p.m. on weekdays
.and 11 p.m. on weekends.
* Happy hours: 10 to 11 a.m.
and 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through.
Thursday. Noon to 2 p.m. on Sat-
*Monday: Card Bingo at 6
*Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary all-
you-can-eat spaghetti dinner $5
donation beginning at 5:30 p.m.
*Wednesday: Bar Bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch by Ladies Aux-
iliary. Kitchen open from 5 until 8
p.m. Evening music.
*Thursday: Music, kitchen
open from 5 until 8 p.m.
*Friday: Music, kitchen open
from 5 until 8 p.m.
*Saturday: Noon, dollar hot-

dogs, $1.50 Polish Sausage, both
with Chili and all the fixings. Card
bingo at 5 p.m. Music and dancing
at 7 p.m. $50 gas card giveaway.
*Scheduled meetings: VFW
First Sunday at noon, Ladies Aux-
iliary second Monday at 7 p.m.,
Mens Auxiliary second Wednes-
day at 7 p.m.
SDo you have a family member
serving overseas? We send pack-
ages of urgently needed supplies
to them. We accept donations for
this worth cause. Contact Cheryl
Beniot at 863-697-2930.
For father information call 866-
Shrine Club
* The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings and
parties. For information .call the
club at (863)o763-3378.
Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
SThe Cypress Hut Frater-
nal Order of Eagles post #4509
located at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is
now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10
p.m., Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.
Information can be found by visit-
ing www.foe4509.com, or calling
SFood is served several eve-
nings a week.
* Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the first and third Wednesday
of each month at the old Cypress
Hut flea market restaurant.
* FOE Auxiliary meetings are
at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month
SFriday night: 16 oz rib eye
steak dinner with the trimmings
beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Editor's note: To add listings or
make changes to the service club
news, please email okeenews@

Today in History


By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, Aug. 28; the
241st day of 2008. There are 125
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On Aug. 28, 1963, 200,000
people participated in a peaceful
civil rights rally in Washington,
where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
delivered his "I Have a Dream"
speech in front of the Lincoln Me-
On this date:
In 1609, Henry Hudson discov-
ered Delaware Bay.
In 1774, Mother Elizabeth Ann
Seton, the first American-born
saint, was born in New York City.
In 1907, United Parcel Service
had its beginnings as the Ameri-
can Messenger Company of Se-
In 1947, legendary bullfighter
Manolete was mortally wounded
by a bull during a fight in Linares,
Spain; he was 30.
In 1955, Emmett Till, a black
teenager from Chicago, was ab-
ducted from his uncle's home in
Money, Miss., by two white men
after he had supposedly whistled
at a white woman; he was found
brutally slain three days later.
In 1968, police and anti-war
demonstrators clashed in the
streets of Chicago as the Demo-
cratic National Convention nomi-
nated Hubert H. Humphrey for
In. 1973, more than 600 people
died as an earthquake shook cen-
tral Mexico:
In 1983, Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin, reportedly de-

spondent over the death of his
wife and the rising casualty toll
of Israeli troops in Lebanon, an-
nounced his resignation.
In 1988, 70 people were killed
when three Italian stunt planes
collided during an air show at the
U.S. Air Base in Ramstein, West
In 1995, a mortar shell tore
through a crowded market in Sa-
rajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, kill-
ing some three dozen people and
triggering NATO airstrikes against
the Bosnian Serbs.
Ten years ago: President
Clinton, speaking in Oak Bluffs,
Mass., said he'd become such an
expert in asking forgiveness in re-
cent days that it was now "burned
in my bones." But he still stopped
short of offering a direct apology
for the Monica Lewinsky affair.
Five years ago: British Prime
Minister Tony Blair denied the
government had "sexed up" a
dossier on Iraq's weapons threat,
and said he would have resigned
if it had been true. A Defense De-
partment survey found that nearly
one in five female Air Force Acad-
emy cadets said they had been
sexually assaulted during their
time at the academy.
One year ago: A day after re-
ports surfaced of his June arrest
at the Minneapolis airport, Sen.
Larry Craig, R-Idaho, told a news
conference the only thing he had
done wrong was to plead guilty
after a police .complaint of lewd
conduct in a men's room; Craig
also declared; "I am not gay. I
never have been gay." A military
court at Fort Meade, Md., acquit-

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ted Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan
of failing to control U.S. soldiers
Swho abused detainees at Abu
Ghraib prison in Iraq, but found
him guilty of'disobeying an order
not to discuss the investigation.
(However, that conviction was
later thrown out.) Oscar-winning
actress Miyoshi Umeki ("Sayo-
nara") died in Licking, Mo., at age
Today's Birthdays: Country
singer Billy Grammer is 83. Actor
Ben Gazzara is 78: Actor Sonny
Shroyer is 73. Actor Ken Jenkins
is 68. Former Defense Secretary
William S. Cohen is 68. Actor Da-
vid Soul is 65. Baseball manager
Lou Piniella' is 65. Actress Alice
Playten is 61. Singer Wayne Os-
mond (The Osmonds) is 57. Ac-
tor Daniel Stern is 51. Olympic
gold medal figure skater Scott
Hamilton is 50. Actor John Al-
len Nelson is 49. Actress Emma
Samms is 48. Country singer Sha-
nia Twain 's 43. Actor Billy Boyd
("The Lord of the Rings") is 40.
Actor Jack Black is 39. Actor Ja-
son Priestley is 39. Olympic gold
medal swimmer Janet, Evans is
37. Actor J. August Richards is 35.
Rock singer-musician Max Collins
(Eve 6) is 30. Actress Carly Pope is
28. Country singer LeAnn Rimes
Sis 26. Actor Michael Galeota is 24.
Country singer Jake Owen is 24.
Actor Kyle Massey is 17.
Thought for Today: "Whom
the gods would make bigots, they
first deprive of humor." The Rev.
James M. Gillis, Roman Catholic
author, editor and broadcaster

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The Okeechobee News

will be closed Monday, September I1

for Labor Day

Have A Safe Holiday!

Lawrence Ronald Cox
Lawrence Ronald Cox, age 78
of Okeechobee, died Wednes-
day, Aug. 27, 2008 in the Hamrick
Born Sept. 15, 1929 in Mun-
cie, Ind. he had been a resident
of Okeechobee for the past 23'
He was a member of the
Moose, American Legion, Eagles
and VFW

He is preceded in death by his
wife, Helen Cox.
He is survived by son, George
R. Cox of Brazill, Ind.; daughters,
Jerry Mundell of Lake Placid, and
Marcia (Robert) Neice of Terre
Haute, Ind.
In addition, he was survived
by seven grandchildren; eight
great-grandchildren and his com-
panion, Edna Cornelius.
A memorial service will be
held Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 11 a.m.

in the Buxton Funeral Home Cha-
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be ;made to
Hospice of Okeechobe"4; P.O.
Box 1548, Okeechobee, Florida
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Crema-
tory, 110 North East Fifth Street,

Okeechobee County School Board

Annual Report for 2007-08 School Year

Students Scoring at Level 1 or Level 2 on the Reading Portion of
the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

Grade Total Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Number Scoring Scoring Scoring Scoring Scoring Scoring
Tested at Level at Level at Level at Level at at
1 1 2 2 Levels 1 Levels 1
and 2 and 2
3 542 98 18.08% 98 18.08% 196. 36.16%
4 520 104 20% 94 18.08% 198 38.08%
5 528 111 21.02% 100 18.94% 211 39.96%
6 506 86 17% 121 23.91% 207 40.91%
7 494 94 19.03% 109 22.06% 203 41.09%
8 500 115 23% 160 32% 275 55%
9 571 166 29.07% 188 32.92% 354 62%
10 425 166 39.06% 119 28% 285 67.06%

Students' Retained (not promoted) in Grades 3 through 10

Grade Number Retained End-of-Year Percent Retained
3 51 541 9.43%
4 8 519 1.54%
5 3 534 0.56%
6 10 503 1.99%

7 21 499 4.21%
8 6 500 1.2%
9 44 565 7.79%
10 6 445 1.35%

Number of Students Promoted for Good Cause,
by Category of Exemption
(Grade 3)

ELL Students Students Students SWD Students Total
Students with passing on demonstrating retained retained promoted
with less Disabilities alternative proficiency once with twice with 2 with cause
than 2 (SWD) not assessment through 2+ years + years of
years in tested on portfolio remediation remediation
2 2 10 0 38 1 53

6 Okeechobee News, Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dear Abby

Acts of kindness can make our

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The following movies are now showing
at the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for
Friday, August 22, through Thursday, August
28, are as follows:
Theatre I - "Tropic Thunder" (R) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9:00 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at2:00,4:15, 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
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DEAR ABBY: "Missing the
Old Days in Arizona City" (May
8), the mother of a small child,
wondered how parents can feel
safe raising kids in a world that
is "crazy and scary." I, too, wor-
ry about the state of the world
today, but find comfort in my
children and in the fact that I am
trying to raise them to be among
the "good guys."
When I was a brand-new
mom, I was in an elevator with
two teenage boys. When the door
opened, one of the boys stated to
get off first. The other boy put
his arm in front of his friend and
motioned for me to go ahead. I
was moved by his simple gesture
of thoughtfulness and good man-
ners. I thanked him and asked
him to also thank his mother for
me, for doing such a wonderful
job raising such a polite young
man. I promised myself that day
that I would raise my children (I
now have three) to be like him.
Please tell "Missing the Old.
Days" there is good everywhere.,
She just needs to look for it and to
always acknowledge polite ges-
tures so her children and others
can see that there is still civility in
this "scary place" we call home.
DEAR MARGIE: I like the,
way you think. As more people

respond to each other with kind-
ness, we create a more positive
world in which to live, one good
deed at a time. Read on:
DEAR ABBY: I am so tired of
people talking about how civili-
zation is falling apart. Human his-
tory is filled with senseless acts of
violence that I am sure predate
the written word. I think that be-
cause the media today are able
to bring us violence from across
the globe, it appears to be more
You cannot live your life in fear
of what might happen. You can
only do your best to prevent bad
things from happening to your-
self and to others. Stand up and
say "That's not right" when you
see something "bad" happen.
Only through our own actions
can we change the world we
DEAR ABBY: I, too, get dis-
couraged bythe, negativity por-
trayed by the media. But I've
found that volunteering is a great
way to find renewed faith in hu-
manity. Even if it's just an hour or
two a month at a shelter or a lo-
cal organization, it is uplifting to
come together with others who
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DEAR ABBY: I agree with
your advice. My husband and I
have a 13-month-old son. Like
any loving parent, I want to pro-
vide a better world for him and all
other children. We make choices
in our lifestyle that foster a safe
and loving environment. We limit
TV, treasure our family time, and
protect him from exposure to
anything we deem inappropriate
for his age.
I want to show my son that
even though bad things happen,
each of us has the power to help
others. Our children learn these"
important lessons through our
Rather than despair about
news that often makes me want
to cry, I have decided to take
action. I want to do everything
I possibly can to improve the
world my child will inherit and
teach him how to take care of it
when it's his turri. -- A MOTHER
Dear Abby is written by Abi-
gail Van Buren, also known as
Jeanne Phillips, and was found-
ed by her mother, Pauline Phil-
lips. Write Dear Abby at www.
DearAbby.com orPO. Box 69440,
Los Angeles, CA 90069.


By Eugenia Last
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Challenge yourself and you will
realize your true potential. Work
will come easy and you should be
able to get a lot completed and
still have time for fun. Networking
will pay off. 5 stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
You have the ideas and the skills
to implement them, so don't give
in to anyone putting pressure on
you to do things his or her way.
Focus on yourself, being your
best and making yourself known..
Make time for a little loving. 2
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Think your way through any emo-
tional situation you face and you
will do. what's right. Someone
may play games with you regard-
ing his or her feelings. Don't make
physical changes because you are
restless or dissatisfied. 4 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Living in the past or dwelling on
your childhood will only keep you
firmly planted where you should
no longer be. Move forward,
meet new people and ,form new
alliances. Don't deny yourself the
chance to evolve. 3 stars
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Take
on a challenge or get involved
in an activity that will test your
strength and endurance. Don't
let your emotions cause you to
waste time fretting over someone
or something he or she did. Offer
affection, not hostility. 3 stars
.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Your knowledge, contacts and
practical applications will be in
demand. The more you give, the
more powerful your position will
become. You can break the ice
-with your generous heart and by
paying for someone you are try-
ing to impress. 3 stars
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
By trying hard, you'will buy time
and favors from onlookers. An
emotional moment with some-
one you work with may cost you
if you believe everything he or she
is telling you. Don't overreact or
get angry. Concentrate on your
success. 4 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov.
21): Don't move ahead unless
you have everything in place. You
can expect someone to interfere
with your plans or use emotional
tactics to stifle you from being
productive. Make last-minute
changes to counteract what's
happening. 2 stars
21): There is opportunity and
cash to be made but you must be
fair if you want to feel good about
your gains. Someone you least ex-
pect will blow your cover or force
you to own up to something you
did. Keep everything aboveboard
and you will prosper. 5 stars
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): You'll have choices to make
that won't be easy. Use your sav-
vy and charm to control the out-
come. Nothing will be gained by
shouting but, with a little finesse
and a few compliments, you will
win. 3 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): You'll face emotional trou-
ble. If you say too much or get
yourself involved in a mess, it will
cost you financially as well. Put
things in perspective and be lov-
ing, kind and trusting with others.
3 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Before signing a contract or mak-
ing a promise, understand what
is expected of you. Push for the
answers you require to feel com-
fortable with the prospect being
offered. Otherwise, you will be
paying emotionally and financial-
ly for some time. 3 stars


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Round Oak Table + six
chairs w/ leaf, Old Oak
washstand, Victorian
Marble Top Table, Old
Halltree, 2 corner cabi-
nets, R/C Helicopter,
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glassware, household and
much more.
Terms Cash or Check
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DACSHOUND - Approx. 2 yrs
old, rusty color male, found
on Hwy 80 & Collingswood
on 8/23 (863)675-8094
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old vic of Ft Drum. Call
(863)763-7240 to identify

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last seen in vic of Eli's West-
ern Wear, if.found please call
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Port Labelle Area. If found
please call (863)673-2989
Reward offered.
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w/white chest, vic of Four
Seasons, please return, chil-
drens pet, needs medication
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
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Bicycles 530
Books 8 Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
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Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

dual control, pillowtop, no
boxspring, paid $1300 ask-
ing $600 (863)763-3451

2 Female. Really small. Par-
ents w/papers on �emises.
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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

Lg. 2BR Apt. close to town,
central a/c, nice & clean,
$850 + sec. dep. Call Vikki

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RANCH SETTING - 2 Bdrm., 1
.Ba. Available now! Very
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
sec. (863)467-1717
REMODELED 2br, iba, one
story. Oak Lake Apts., W/D,
$750, 1st, last, security,

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

One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash 'to treasure
with an ad in the classl-

BASSWOOD - 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, $1200/mo,
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1000. Buy 130K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
Dixie Ranch Acres- 2br/1ba
duplex $525 month + $500
dep., includes waterlawn,
garbage, NO PETS
IN TOWN - Clean 2BR, 2BA,
new appliances, laundry room
w/W&D, screen porch, lawn
serv. Non-smk. env., Small
pets ok $775 mo + sec
plex, W/D hookup, central
a/c & heat. $735 mo. +
$500 sec. (863)763-4414 -
OKEE - 3405 NW 2nd St, 2br,
lba, totally renovated, locat-
ed on corner lot, $700/mo +
$700 dep (239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE -.2/1, in town,
Irg lot, with W/D, small pet
okay. $800/mo + sec
OKEECHOBEE - Oak Park, 3br,
2ba, $900/mo. 1st,' last &
sec (863)634-6963
Rent to Own - 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or

OKEECHOBEE - 25x25 Ft.
space available. Center of
town. $535 month. Call

Real Estate

Business Places
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050'
Out.of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

River Acres, Okeechobee - 1
acre lot, Ig. oak trees, private
bot ramp, fly-in comm. Call
Nikki 754-264-2343



2/2 fenced yard, WID/FLS 895/ or
Furnished includes utilities 1295
Key West furnished studio cottage
on Taylor Creek 1750 FLS/ or short
term includes utilities *1095
2/1 furnished, FLS *795/ or short
term includes utilities 1150

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Mobile Homes

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

Lot for Rent- 75 X110 mobile
home lot, 4415 SE 23rd Ct,
Okeechobee $181.90 month
(863)763-4892 or
(863)763-5419 Anytime

double wide on 5 acres.
$850/mo + 1st & sec
SW MH - nice 2/1, w/addition
on 1+ acre, newly renovat-
ed, $600 mo. + $600 sec.
(863)634-2362 Edward Sub.
WATERFRONT. 2br/lba, com-
pletely furnished, non smk.
env., no pets $750 mb.+lst
&sec. 772-285-5856

Mobile Home Angels
3BR, walk-in closets, 2BA,
den, LR, DR, appls, ceiling
fans, roof-over, covered
front/back porches, CA/H,
fenced back yard, pole barn,
S.2 car.driveway, 1 car
carport, located at 4232 SE
22nd Court,Treasure Island,
$124-999 $119,000 Call
863-467-7911 for appt.
w/2 car gar., front & back
porch. i/2+ acre. $150,000
Call Catly 863-634-7728


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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

DODGE 1500, 1999 - V6,
good on gas, auto, A/C,
2,400. Call 863-467-8318
Owner, A/C. New Tires.
$2600 (863)467-8318

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

CASE NO. 2008-CA-61
C.R. Zahn and Paula J. Zahn, Trustees
or their successors in trust, under the
Zahn Living Trust dated November 3, 2006'
vs. -
Okeechobee Lane One, LLC, a
Florida limited liability company,
Summary Final Judgment dated Au-
gust 6, 2008, and entered in Case No.
2008-CA-61 of the Circuit Court of the
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their successors intrust, under the
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Lane One, LLC, a limited liability com-
pany, defendant, I will sell to th high-
est idder for cash at the
CENTER, 312 N.-W. 3rd STREET,
CHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, at 11:00
i.ii. In- h11" .,,, ,'lii ,),- , uI.,; I1. " ,n r,
Judgemeht, to-wit:
A parcel of land being a portion of the
West one-half (W12) of the Northwest
one-quarter (NW'A) of Section 8,
township 36 South, Range 36 East,
Okeechobee County, Florida, said par-
cel beingmore particularly described
as follows:
BEGINNING atthe Northwest corner of
said Section 8, thence bear South
89022'24" East along the North line of
said Section 8, a distance of 1337.98
feet to the Northeast comer of the
West one-half (W/) of the Northwest
one-quarter (NW%) of Section 8;
thence bear South 05020'44" East,
along the East line of the West one-
half (W) of the Northwest one-quar-
ter (NW') of said Section 8, a dis-
tance of 2559.87 feet to a point lying
on the North right-of-way line of N.E.
120th Street, said North right-of-way
line also being the North line of the
South 50 feet of said West one-half
(W'/) of the Northwest one-quarter
(NW�A) of Section 8; thence bear
North 89012'47 West, along said
North rght-of-wayline of N.E. 120th
Street, a distance of 457.36 feet;
thence bear North 05050'19" West, a
distance of 1406.20 feet; thence bear
North 89022'24" West, a distance of
860.45 feet to a point lying on the
West line of said Section 8, thence
bear North 05044'52" West, along the
West line of said Section 8, a distance
of 1154.58 feet to the POINT OF BE-

person, who because of their
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should contact Court Administrator no
later than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding or call 1-772-807-4370. IF
1-800-955-8771. IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770
Deputy Clerk
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-136'
(863) 763-3825 .
om W Conely, III
Fonda Bar #096482
Attorney for Plaintiff
286744 ON 08/21,28/08
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Ave-
nue, Okeechobee, Flonda 34974 on
Friday the 12th day of September
2008 from 10'00-11:00 A.M Pursuant
to Fonda statute 713.78 for unpaid
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1994 Green Toyota 4 Runner
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 wll be sold in "A IS with no
289183 ON 8/28/08
When you want something
sold, advertise in the

CASENO. 2008CA157
DIVISION: Civil Division
A Florida Corporation
Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure
dated August 6, 2008, and entered in
Case No. 2008-CA-157 of the Circuit
Court in and for OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida where in LIVE OAK TRUST,
INC., A Florida Corporation is the
Plaintiff, and LOUISE J. JULES is the
Defendant, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash in the Jury As-
sembly Room of the Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 NW Third
Street, Okeechobee, lorida at 11
o'clock A.M. on the 1st day of Octo-
ber, 2008, the following described
property as set forth in said Order or
Final Judgment, to wit
The W 1/2 of the W 1/2 of the S 1/2 of
the N 1/2 Tract 15 Section 13 & E 1/2
of the E 1/2 of the E 1/2 of the'N 1/2
of the S 1/2 of Tract 16 Section 12 in
Township 34 South, Range 35 East,
Okeechobee County, Florida, Accord-
ing to the Plat thereof, recorded in Plat
Book 4, Pages 3 A-D, Inclusive of the
Okeechobee County Public Records.
Strap Number(s:
1-13-34-33-OAOO-00015-EOOO &
Dated at Okeechobee County, Florida this
8th day of August, 2008.
BY: Kath Arnold
Deputy Clerk
Moody, Jones, Ingino & Morehead, PA..
1333 S. University Drive, #201
SPlantation, FL 33324
(954) 473-6605
286802 ON 8/21,28/08

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Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the following
applications) for permit have been received for projects) in Okeechobee County:
McArthur Farms Inc (McArtr Farms) 1550 NE 208th Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972, has submitted Application 080227-32 for renewal of Water Use Permit
47-00082-W to irrigate 9192.42 acres of agricultural lands with livestock. The
water will be withdrawn from the Surficial-and Floridan Aquifers and the project is
located in Sections 3-5,8-11,13-16,20-24, Township 35 South, Range 35 East.
Wolff Brothers Dairy Inc (Wolff Brothers Dairy) 3124 SW 28th Street, Okeechobee,
FL 34974, has submitted Application 0 0714-17 for a Water Use Permit to irri-
gate 160 acres of agricultural lands, Th.water will be withdrawn from:anonsile
canal and the project is located in Sections 29,32, Township 37 South, Range 35
Chad Rucks (C and M Rucks Dairy) 22400 NW 144th Ave, Okeechobee, FL 33472,
has submitted Application 080716-18 for a Water Use Permit to irrigate 676 acres
of agricultural lands with livestock. The water will be withdrawn from the Floridan
Aquifer and the project is located in Sections 7,8,17,18, Township 35 South,
Range 34 East.
Ted Tilton (Tilton Farms) 17000 NW 203rd Ave, Okeechobee, FL 34972, has sub-
mitted Application 080731-5 for an Environmental Resource Permit for-917 acres
of agricultural lands. The water will be discharged to Lake Okeechobee via an ex-
isting ditch and the project is located in Sections 19-21,,Township 35 South,
Range 33 East.
Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a written request
for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency action regarding the ap-
plication by writing to the South Florida Water Management District, Attn: Environ-
mental Resource Regulation, PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680,
but such comments or requests must be received by 5:00 PM within 21 days
from the date of publication.
No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. A copy of the
staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings.
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8 Okeechobee News, Thursday, August 28, 2008

Girls' volleyball is ready for action

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Most programs that lose eight
seniors to graduation on a 12-
member team would be a bit ap-
prehensive about the next year
but not Okeechobee.
The Lady Brahmans. volley-
ball team began organized prac-
tices this week and are poised to
match or improve on last year's
(14-7) team that just missed out
on a chance to reach the post
Second year coach, Jacque
Robinson, an alumnus of the
Florida Gators women's volleyball
program, is anxious to get started.
She insists this team can be just
as good as any past Okeechobee
"We are going to have a good

year this year. The girls are show-
ing me a lot of hard work," she
The girls were up early dur-
ing the week of Aug. 14. They
had tryouts on the school track
at 6 a.m. They returned at noon
for an indoor practice. Robinson
said she wanted the girls to know
that conditioning will be very im-
"We need to improve our con-
ditioning. I don't want to lose any
matches because we're tired,"
she noted.
Robinson said the team will
work on their body control and
core strength in the next few
weeks as they prepare for their
opener on Sept: 2, against John
Carroll at home.
The girls will also play a tour-

nament at the University of Flori-
da on Sept. 12-13.
The toughest teams in their dis-
trict this year will again be Jensen
Beach and Suncoast. Robinson
maintains her girls are capable of
beating both schools and winning
the district championship.
"We are competitive for a
district title. It is always our goal.
We would love to make an ap-
pearance at state this year," she
Robinson also made a point to
praise her returning girls. She said
they have shown strong leader-
ship qualities, things they learned
from the girls who graduated last
"Now they've seen what is
expected of them. You should
just see how they are doing. It's

Sports News in Brief

OHS football season
starts Friday
Attention Brahman Fans! The
Purple Wave is back in action and
the Bleacher Creatures are excit-
ed for the 2008-2009 school year!
The Bleacher Creatures invite ev-
eryone to the Kick-Off Classic at
7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, where
the Okeechobee Brahmans Varsi-
ty Football team take on the Cen-
tennial Eagles. Tickets will be $5.
Unfortunately, Gold/Purple seat
tickets are not honored for Pre-
season/Post-season gpmes per the
FHSAA. However, there will be a
table at the front gate to purchase
Gold or Purple seats for the other
six other home games. Gold seats
are $100 and Purple seats are $40.
Gold Seats will allow you to enter
any home regular season event at
OHS free of charge. If you want
Gold or Purple seats and cannot
attend the first home game, then
you can mail a check with your
contact information to: Okeecho-
bee High School, Attn: Athletics,
2800 Hwy. 441 N, Okeechobee,
Fla. 34974., Your tickets can be
mailed to you or picked up at
the front gate of the stadium. All
spoils events will be posted on
the liigji school Web site.

Fall Leagues starting
Sign up 'now for bowl-
ing leagues at Stardust Lanes.
Leagues will Monday through Fri-
day and Sunday. For information
call 863-467-1800.

VFW 10539 Ladies
Auxiliary Annual golf
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies
Auxiliary will hold their third an-
nual golf tournament on Sept. 27,
at the Indianwood Golf and Coun-
try Club, Indiantown. Tee off will
be at 8 a.m., sign up at the VFW
Post 10539 or mail in entry forms.
Entry fees are $50 individuals or
$220 for 4 person teams. Hole
sponsorship is available and ap-
preciated! Everyone is welcome!
Proceeds go to support the VFW
National Home for Children and
the Wounded Warrior Program.
For information call Cheryl Beniot
at 863-697-2930.

Men's winter bowling
league forming
The Wednesday Night Mens
Bowling League will start their
Winter Bowling League on
Wednesday, Aug. 27, at.7 p.m.
at Stardust Lanes. If you are in-
terested in bowling or know of
someone who is looking for a fun
activity please come and join.

Upward Soccer
league planned
Register now for Upward Soc-
cer at Oakview Baptist Church.

It's open to all children ages K-4
through 6th grade. No previ-
ous soccer experience is neces-
sary. Forms are available at the
Oakview Baptist Church office,
677 S.W 32nd Street, Okeecho-
bee. Registration cost is $65. Reg-
istration cost for each additional
child in the family is $50. Registra-
tion deadline is Thursday, Aug. 28.
Soccer evaluations will take place
at Oakview on Aug. 26, and 28
between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Every-
one must attend one evaluation.
Practices will begin Tuesday, Sept.
2, and the first game will be Satur-
day, Sept. 20. To register, come by
the church office Monday-Thurs-
day, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more
information, call Oakview Baptist
Church 863-763-1699.

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

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been great. They are showing all
the youngsters all the ropes," she
SOne of the key players will be
Clements, who also is a standout
in softball and soccer. She men-
tioned that volleyball is her favor-
ite sport.
"It should be a pretty good
season. We have a bunch of new,
younger talent. Coach will mold
them into good volleyball play-
ers and we'll work well together,"
Clements said.
"I'm looking forward to the
season. Hopefully we will go very
far," she added.
Key players returning for
Okeechobee include Courtney
Marker, Kari. Berger, Megan Cle-
ments, and Monica Koger. New-
comers on the squad include
Janezzka Koger, Tiffany McGee,
Rebekah Bryan, Carissa Tyson,
Marie Renfranz, and Paige Mc-
One member of last year's
squad, Ashley Duenas signed a
letter of intent to play at Indian
River Community College.
Robinson wears a T-shirt that
states simply expect more and
give more, she expects that to be
the rallying cry of this year's Brah-
mans squad.

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Brahmans ready for Kick-Off Classic
The Okeechobee High School Brahmans Football Team has been practicing for their first
game, the Kick-Off Classic, set for Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.




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Coach Jacque Robinson is expecting another strong
Okeechobee volleyball team this year.