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Vol. 100 No. 65

Sunday, May 31, 2009 75 Plus tax

Board of County
meeting ... Page 15

Page 11

Classifieds 12-13
Community Events............................6
Crossword 13
O bituaries.. . ...... .... .. ..... .6
Opinion 5
Speak Out 4
Sports ........ ...... ..... ......... 16
Weather 2
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Lawyer 'not satisfied'
with Florida School
for Boys deposition
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
After a four hour deposition,
Bryant Middleton and his attorney
Gregory Hoag left with the same
thought -- "Troy Tidwell had lied."
The deposition -- held May 21
in the office of Tidwell's attorney
in Marianna -- was to glean infor-
mation into the allegations of vi-
cious beatings of boys sent to the
Florida School for Boys (FSB) in

"I'm not satisfied because I
don't feel he was telling the truth,"
said Mr. Hoag, a St. Petersburg at-
torney who is one of the attorneys
handling the class action lawsuit
against the state.
The suit claims boys sent to the
reform schools in Marianna and
Okeechobee were beaten merci
lessly, sexually molested and, in
some cases, killed. Tidwell, who
still lives in Marianna, was an em-
ployee at the Marianna school.
Men who have come forward
to tell their horrible stories de-
scribe Tidwell as the one-armed
man who would beat the boys un-
til their clothing became embed-
ded into their skin.

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"Frankly, I was not surprised,"
said Mr. Middleton, one of the
men who says he was beaten by
Tidwell. "Just about everything out
of his mouth was an untruth -- a
Mr. Hoag said over 225 men
have come forward and are now
telling their stories.
Mr. Middleton, 63, said Tidwell
admitted under oath that he did
"spank" boys but claimed he never
struck a boy with the leather strap
more than 10 times.
"I thought to myself'now wait a
minute, I know you beat me more
than 30 times,'" said Mr. Bryant,
who got to see Tidwell for the first
time in nearly 50 years.

Tidwell also admitted that
sometimes when boys were tak-
en to The White House -a small
white building where the beatings
took place in Marianna -- other
boys were summoned from the
kitchen to hold a boy down on the
iron bed as he was beaten.
According to Mr. Middleton,
a retired U.S. Army captain and
Vietnam veteran, Tidwell was ar-
rogant and very aggressive during
questioning by Mr. Hoag and his
partner Thomas D. Masterson.
"He didn't appear to be 80
some years-old when we first
started the deposition. But after we
were in there about an hour, the
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Mr. Tidwell I knew began to come out," said
Mr. Middleton.
Mr. Hoag expressed empathy for his cli-
ent. "It was extremely difficult for him. It's
difficult to sit across the table from someone
and listen to the lies being told," said Mr.
Hoag. "He was on the receiving end of those
After hours of questioning, Tidwell gave
Mr. Middleton and the attorneys a bit of a
surprise when he said he was authorized to
administer the whippings because the state
of Florida said he could.
"My mouth just dropped open," recalled
Mr. Middleton. "I thought 'you're finally ad-
mitting that the state of Florida allowed you
to beat us."'
Also, when asked if any staff member or
employee ever refused to beat a boy, Tidwell
replied no. He also admitted under oath that
he graduated from using a paddle to a leath-
er strap. Even though he admitted the strap
was made of several pieces of leather sewn
together, he denied that there was pliant
metal in between the leather pieces or that
there were holes in the strap.
He es testified that the strap was made by a
man named Presley, who also lived in Mari-
"He said he was under the direction of
the director (Robert W. Hatton)," said Mr.
Hoag. "He could not go in and spank the
boys unless he had the authority of the direc-
tor. However, it was up to his discretion as to
how many licks the boys would receive.
"He said he never left any scars and that

it was similar to taking the belt to his own
children," Mr. Hoag added.
Tidwell also stated that some employees
from the Marianna school were transferred
to the school in Okeechobee, which was
located where the Eckerd's Youth Develop-
ment Center is now.
As part of the state's investigation into
the allegations, the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement (FDLE) released a report
on May 15 that identified the bodies in 31
nameless graves on the Marianna school
grounds. Although no DNA testing was done
or bodies exhumed, FDLE officials say they
were able to identify the bodies with school
records and newspaper accounts.
Tidwell also admitted under oath that
Robert Curry, a purported psychologist, left
the Marianna school under suspicious cir-
cumstances after state investigators visited
the school. "Mr. Curry would go to the cot
tages to watch the boys shower," recalled
Mr. Middleton. "He claimed to be a psychol-
ogist and he tended to touch the boys. He
liked to be overly friendly."
Some of the men who were sent to the
FSB schools are holding a reunion this week-
end in Kissimmee. Mr. Middleton said he is
expecting a large crowd and a "multitude
of questions." As for the lawsuit, Mr. Hoag
said he and Mr. Masterson are now waiting
for discovery documents from the state and
the release of records that deal with the juve-
niles held at the schools.
During a phone interview Wednesday,
May 27, Mr. Middleton confessed that he's
glad the deposition is over. "After sitting
there and watching him a few minutes and

his refusal to make eye contact with me, I
faced my fears," said Mr. Middleton. "I re-
alized by looking at him that I was much
more a man than he will ever be. But, it's
so disheartening that so many children were
harmed by him."

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Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around
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Extended Forecast
Monday: A 40 percent chance of showers
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with a high near 90. Northwest wind around 5
mph becoming south southeast.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 68. South wind around 5 mph become
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Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a high
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Public Forum/Speak Out

Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the com-
munity name and your local or state
Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Budget shortage
SI agree with Tom Murphy's article in
Wednesday's Letter to the Editor column. I
find it very disturbing that the tax payers can
come up with obvious solutions to the bud
get problems when the people we pay to do
this cannot. Maybe it's just easier for them to
ignore them and hope they go away (they
won't). All government agencies are always
top heavy and the solution to the problem is
always the same: get rid of the hourly wage
workers (the little people), they're the ones
who need their jobs the most, but keep the
assistants to the assistant who receive the big
salaries) and we will balance the budget.

Thanks for the service
In this day's economy, I didn't think this
would happen. I bought a car last January.
I had to go to Ft. Pierce. I look in the trunk,
no jack. I called the car dealer and they went
and bought me a new jack -- no charge.

Watch out walkers
There are a group of individuals, teens or
adults, who are harassing walkers on 441
SE. My stepson has been the victim of their
wrath a couple of times. He has spoken to
other individuals that have been victimized
as well. The perpetrators will find their victim
walking on the side of the road and chuck
food or drinks at their victim. My stepson
was hit so hard with a full drink that he went
to his knees. A passerby stopped to see if he
was O.K. Thank you. Do we need to worry
now about simplywalking and being victim-
ized? If you are the one doing this, please
think twice. Someone may be seriously in-
jured. We know that it is a silver family-size
car. Next time we will get the license.

We have a lot of teenagers out looking
for work and few jobs. If you have work for
them, please put an ad in the paper.

FCAT scores
Congratulations to all of the students
who did so well on the FCAT. Congratula-
tions to the administrators, faculty, and staff
who worked so hard ensuring the students
did well.

Coach out
Now the basketball coach is out too?
What's going on at the high school?
I feel bad for Coach Enrico. He has put
so much into the community. I think the kids
are better off having played.
This is hard to fathom. This was a
coach who went above and beyond for the
kids. Sending them to camps, getting play-
ers scholarships to continue playing. Hard to
believe that this was done.
Coach Enrico has always went above
and beyond for the players and the program.
He has tried many, many times to get a travel
club started so the kids would be playing to
gether throughout the summer, getting to
know each other on and off the court. This
past year it came to be when Slyvester Whi-
taker stepped up and organized this with the
freshman coach and Marvin Roberts. Coach
Enrico was the person behind this all. Let-
ting them have use of the gym
for practice and games, of-
fering them uniforms for the
games, and getting them the
contacts they needed to sched-
ule the games. What more does a
coach have to do? Okeechobee has never
been known as a basketball factory. They
have had probably two real good teams in
90-91 and 78-79. Not too many in between.
You're not going to find many good coaches
who will come here for the stipend they pay
for coaching basketball.

Thank you teachers
and counselors
I would like to say thank you to all the
teachers and the counselors for all their hard
work and dedication to our children even
though a lot of them may or may not be
back next year.
I know my child's teacher did not have
her contract renewed, and I want to thank
her for still giving 100 percent every day for
the kids. She has gone beyond and above
what was required, even though the district
did not appreciate her enough to keep her.

School supplies
You would be surprised at the number
of teachers that buy their own paper, ink,
printers, and other supplies because there
isn't money for the school to buy it. We all
have to cut back on our paper and ink and
there isn't any money. My friend who is a
teacher at New Endeavor was buying ink for
her pod for a while.
At my school we got 200 dollars for the
whole year to buy things for the class. That
includes materials for the students (crayons,
notebooks, folders, pencils, expos, scissors,
paper, tissues, hand sanitizer, construction
paper, glue, erasers, stickers, positive rein-
forcement items, markers, craft supplies,
science lab materi- r. .
als, and many, many, "
many more items).
Parents supply some
of it, but forget that
materials run out and
do not replace these
items. Teachers want their students to learn
and to have the materials they need to fa-
cilitate this process, so we buy these things.
Classrooms are decorated nicely which edu
nationally appropriate items because the
teachers have supplied these things. I know
the tax money and the $200 does not cover
all the money I have spent to ensure my stu
dents have all they need to have the materi
als needed to be successful in school. I love
to do hands on projects and in order to do
that I have to supply a lot of stuff. Teaching
is definitely a labor of love and not a scheme
to get rich quick. Just a thought.
Next year the teachers will only be re-
ceiving $85 and another $30 for the entire
I don't think I have ever known a
teacher who hasn't had to spend their own
money for supplies. It really is a sad thing. I
think the lower grades have an easier time
getting supplies from parents through dona
tions and such, but the middle school/high
school teachers have a harder time. When
your child has six, seven or eight teachers a
year it is hard to help all of them. They all
have to be careful with the amount of hand
outs, quizzes, tests, etc. they give out (which
sometimes have to last through all of their
classes doesn't always work out well),
which in the end does not help the students.
This state has a serious problem with this,
and it seems it only gets worse year after
year no matter how much talk there is about

I was happy to see my child's teacher
this year collected email addresses and
mailed the class news. It saved paper and
also I actually got the information -- instead
of the paper being lost at the bottom of a
backpack. Perhaps that is something other
teachers might consider next year.

County budget
It seems to me that our new Commis-
sioner Hoover is the only one in the bunch
willing to step up and try to do something
about the budget. The others want to sit
back and wait for the constitutional officers
to do something. They sound like a bunch
of kids ... "I'm not doing it if he's not doing
it." Commissioner Hoover's suggestion that
they show some leadership in reducing the
budget by voluntarily reducing their own sal-
aries died for a lack of a second. What does
that tell you?
We are six months into the year and
the only way the county has found to reduce
costs is to fire a few people in the planning
department and put the road department on
a four day work week. That is not enough to
balance the budget and every day they delay
the county reserve fund dwindles. The fiscal
year will be over before they make any deci
sions and we will be in even worse shape
next year. I think we need some new com-

No comics
I was disappointed that you dropped
the Sunday comics. I know the economy
is tough, but I really looked forward to the
color comics every Sunday. Editor's note:
We regret that we had to make the difficult
decision to discontinue the Sunday comics
due to the expenses involved, the fee for the
use of the comic strips as well as the actual
cost of printing them. Our limited resources
are currently focused on local community
news. We will continue to strive to give this
community the best newspaper that it will
I was sad to see the paper dropped
Dear Abby and the comics but I found out I
can read them for free online. For comics, go
to and there is the whole list for
the current comics and you can even read
the old ones you may have missed. For Dear
Abby I go to
dearabby/. These days everyone needs to be
online. And if you can't afford a computer,
use one at the library.

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May 31, 2009

May 31, 2009

Reflections from the Pulpit

Okeechobee News

Leaving a legacy

Rev Joshua C. Strunk
Okeechobee Christian Academy
I came here two years ago to try and help
a "new" academy get on its feet. Granted
this "new" academy had 32 previous years
of history in this community as Grace Chris-
tian School, a ministry of the Grace Brethren
Church. Everyone knew from the beginning
that this experiment in private education
was a gamble. The fact is private schools
that are not underwritten by substantial do-
nors generally don't last long and OCA was
just this, a private school with no underwrit-
ers. So here we are two years later, with an
economic downturn and unexpected enroll
ment decreases causing our budgeted in-
come to come up $100,000 short this year.
The Academy now finds itself on the thresh-
old of having to close its doors if the differ-
ence can't be made up. So since this may
well be my last opportunity to speak into the
community life of Okeechobee, I want this
article to count for something.
We are all well aware of our communi-

ty's ills and issues; they seem to be the most
commonly discussed aspects of this town.
However, dealing with the heart of the is-
sues that plague us has been elusive. This is
because at their heart, the issues Okeecho-
bee struggles with cannot be solved with
legislature or with education or with money.
Granted money pays the bills, education
forms the mind, and the law protects the
innocent; but in the end these things stand
on the periphery, only addressing the symp
toms of the issues. If we truly desire to see
poverty and racism, illiteracy and teen preg-
nancy, substance abuse and sexual deviance
dealt within our community then there must
be a change of heart. Simply put, we must
return to God in faith and repentance.
Now I know that we live in a town that
is full of churches, (I believe there were 77
the last time I counted), but according to
the latest research by George Barna less
than 20 percent of those who profess Chris
tian doctrine actually live a life impacted by
what they claim they believe. That's a scary
number, but a sobering one as well. We
have been called by God to holiness, not to
indifference. We must eschew evil and cling
to what is good, not give lip service to God

and make excuses for sin. Too many times
we are guilty of the same activities Jesus ac
costed the Pharisees for, cleaning the out-
side but leaving the inside filthy. We worry
about what people think rather than what
God thinks. We strain the gnat and swal-
low the camel; we preach the danger of not
putting money in the church's coffers while
closing our ears to the cries of the destitute
and broken for justice and mercy.
So what needs to happen?
The men of Okeechobee must rise up,
commit themselves to being Men of God
and become leaders in their homes, in their
work places, in their churches, and in this
community. The hearts of the fathers must
be turned to God. There must be a renewed
commitment to prayer, to His Word, and to
a life impacted by the Truth. God has shown
us what is good and what He requires; jus-
tice, mercy, and humility must characterize
our lives. Furthermore, the hearts of the fa
others must be turned to their sons and their
daughters. There must be a renewed com-
mitment to our children, to train them up
in the way that they should go; to not turn
a blind eye to their choices as though we
could wash our hands and be faultless. Teen-

age girls can't get pregnant alone, where are
the fathers of these boys? Teenagers can't
drink or take drugs without access to these
substances. Where are the adults who have
condoned this behavior? Teenagers who
aren't mature enough to live independent-
ly of their parents, whom the law doesn't
even recognize as an adult until they are 18,
should not be expected to be able to make
choices that will affect the whole course
of their lives without proper and informed
guidance. What is more, ignorance doesn't
suddenly become intelligence just because
you turn 18 or 21; there must be concerted
effort to intentionally impact the lives of our
kids for the better.
Finally, the hearts of the fathers must be
turned to the community. There must be a
renewed commitment to one another and to
see ourselves as part of a greater whole. As
the old standard says so eloquently, "United
we stand, divided we fall."
Every one of us will leave a legacy. My
question to you is simply this: "What kind
of legacy will you leave?" The future of the
community of Okeechobee depends entirely
on how we answer this question.

Community Calendar

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,
242 Hwy. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, AA. week-
end noon meeting, Open Discussion; The
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not af
filiated with any 12 step fellowships.
N.A. Sickest Of The Sick, Open Discus-
sion, 7 p.m.
A. meeting will be held from noon to
1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church,
200 N.W Second St. This will be an open

Just for Today Club of Okeechobee,
242 Hwy. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, NA. Sick-
est Of The Sick Open Discussion at 7 p.m.
The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is
not affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club meets
the first Monday of each month, at 7 p.m. at
323 North Parrott Ave. at the Red Cross Of-
fice. For information contact Harold Hilliard
at 863-763-5337.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to
1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church,
200 N.W Second St. This will be an open
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club
will meet at the Peace Lutheran Church, 750
N.W 23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For information,
contact Robert Rosada at 863-467-5440.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at
9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited. For information
or to schedule an appearance for your
organization or group, contact Marge
Skinner at 863-532-0449.

Artful Appliquers is a recently formed
chapter in Okeechobee. This chapter meets
at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until
3 p.m. Turn left at the Moose lodge and go
around the curve just past the church. Bring
a lunch and join us for a fun day of applique.
Everyone is welcome. For more information
please contact Karen Graves at 863 763

Civil Air Patrol meetings set
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday
evening at the Okeechobee Airport
T-Hanger #1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For
information please call Capt. Joe Papasso
561-252-0916 or Lt. Greg Gernat 863-697-
9915 Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets
each Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings
are open to the public. For information,
contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-0110.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee,
242 Hwy. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, NA. No-
where Left To Go Group Open Discussion
at noon. NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group
Open Discussion. The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step
New AA. Meeting in Basinger:
There is now an A.A. meeting in Basinger
on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger
Christian Brethren Church on 700 A, north
off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics
Anonymous will be held on Tuesdays and
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellow-
ship Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be an
open discussion meeting. For more informa-
tion call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Al-Ateen meeting will be held at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St.,
at 8 p.m. For more information, please call
Amy at 863-763-8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.

Al-Anon meeting will be held at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third St.,
at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8
until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 1
until 5 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors
are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call
The Family History Center at 863-763-6510
or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for special
Widows and Widowers support group
meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant,
1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers
Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship
hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at
7 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S.
Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming
a member is welcome. For information,
contact Elder Sumner at 863-763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith
Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m.
Informal and informative discussions bring
many Bible truths to life. The public is
Grief and Loss Support Group meets
every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice
Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is
welcome. For information, contact Brenda
Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to
1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church,
200 N.W Second St. This will be an open
The First United Methodist Church, 200

N.W. Second St., will be hosting God's
Time -- a morning of free organized
Christian activities that includes play,
instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event
will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.
until noon. Child care will be provided for
infants during the class. For information,
call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W
Third Terr., holds meetings for persons with
alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m.
For information call 863-357-3053.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a
weekly meeting, Overeaters Anonymous
(OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays,
6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.)
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
The Lighthouse Refuge Support
Group is for women who are hurting,
homeless or been abused. They meet on the
first and third Tuesday of every month from
noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 401
S.W Fourth St., and on the second and fourth
Tuesday of every month from 6:30 until 8:30
p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave. For
more information call Donna Dean at 863
801-9201 or 863-357-2106.
Freedom Ranch Al-Anon meets every
Tuesday and is open to all who deal with
someone with addictions. There is support
with this epidemic. The meetings are Tues-
days at 7 p.m. at the Freedom Ranch, 11655
Hwy. 441 S.E. Contact Jay at 863-467-8683
for questions or concerns.

6 Okeechobee News

Community Events Obituaries

Old Jail Bricks for sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society has a
few of the leftover bricks from the old jail
for sale. Most of the bricks will be used as a
part of an addition to the present jail when
it is built.
The sale is on Saturday, June 6 at the old
jail on the corner of N.W. Fifth Avenue and
N.W. Third Street from 9 to 11 a.m. You will
also receive a picture and a brief history of
the old jail with the brick. The bricks that are
available may be chipped or less than per-
fect. The organization is asking a donation of
$5 per brick. In the event of rain the sale will
be held one week later, June 13, same time
and location. After the sale, any remaining
bricks will be available at the historical so-
ciety on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There are only about 100 bricks available.
For more information, call Betty Williamson
at 863-763-3850.

O.C.I.A. to meet
The Okeechobee Community Improve-
ment Association (O.C.I.A.) will meet on
Monday, June 1, at Douglas Brown Center
at 7 p.m. All members need to attend. Any-
one who would like to participate or join are
welcome to attend. O.C.I.A. meets the first
Monday of every month at Douglas Brown
Center. For more information call George
Roberson-President at 863-610-0973, Bertha
Boswell-V President at 863-763-4823 or Rita
Jones-Secretary at 863-467-0594 or 772-380-

SAL holds elections
The Son's of the American Legion Post
64 will hold elections for 2009. They will be
held at Post 64. All paid up members are
welcome to run and vote. Voting will be held
on June 2, from 3 until 6 p.m. For more in-
formation call 863-357-7238.

GAL program training
program to begin
The Guardian ad Litem Program will be
training volunteers June 2 ,4, 9, & 11, at our
office location in St. Lucie West! Classes are
from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Volunteer Guard-
ians ad Litem give a voice to children who
are victims of child abuse and are involved
in court proceedings. Volunteers undergo a
background check and certification process.
You can be that voice for an abused child!
The Guardian ad Litem Program needs Vol-
unteers to represent abused, abandoned and
neglected children in St. Lucie, Martin, Indian
River and Okeechobee Counties. For more
information, contact Pattra Dodd at 772-871-
7225 or visit:

Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at

June Elizabeth Pearce
BUCKHEAD RIDGE June Elizabeth Pearce,
made her way to the light after a three year bat-
tle with cancer on Thursday, May 28, 2009, in
her home.
Born March 6, 1925 in
Queens, N.Y., she had been
a resident of Okeechobee for
the last 21 years. She was a
devoted wife and loving
mother for 62 years. She en-
joyed many hobbies and ac-
tivities, including quilting,
sewing, and bingo. She also loved butterflies
and collecting Precious Moments figurines and
bird houses. Her joy in her last days was watch-
ing the birds in her garden, alive with summer
flowers and colorful whirly gigs spinning in the
Okeechobee breeze. She was loved by all.
She is survived by her loving husband of 62
years, Fredrick L Pearce of Buckhead Ridge;
daughters, April Powell (Doug) of Buckhead
Ridge, and Carol Ruth Brown of Bunnell; grand-
daughters, Janne Reichard (Earl) of Green
Acres, and Rhian Shultz; great-grandchildren,
Brianna Reichard, Meghan Reichard, Kadence
Reichard, and Earl Reichard IV, all of Green
Acres; brother, Robert Wernersbach (Ruth);
nieces, Cheryl Wernersbach of Orlando, and Ja-
queline Trice (Joe) of Louden, Tenn.; nephew,
Scott Wernersbach (Trish) of California; and
cousins, Arthur Wernersbach (Martha) of Ocala,
and Diane Drugge (Everett) of Darien, Conn.
Special thanks to Cynthia Eckert for her indis-
pensable assistance in the loving care of our
There will be a Celebration of Life Service at
the family home, 1399 Jordon Loop BHR of
Okeechobee on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Cir-
cle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee.

SSign guestbooks at

Augustina Gopher Gore, 68
pher Gore, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009, in
Florida Hospital, Lake Placid. She was 68.
Born Aug. 12, 1940 in Bluefield, she had been
a lifetime resident of the Reservation and was a
member of the Ist Indian Baptist Church of
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Arthur Randolf Gore; and sons, James Gordon
Gore, Arthur Gore Jr., and John Thomas Gore
She is survived by sons, Donnie Gore (Lonnie)
of Brighton, and Sydney Gore (Juleen) of Cana-
da; daughters, Arnie Gore Osceola (Pete) of
Weston, Linda Gore Osceola of Lake Placid, and
Claudette Gore of Brighton; brother, Wonder
Johns of Brighton; 25 grandchildren; 36 great-
grandchildren; five nephews; and five nieces.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30,
2009 in the 1st Indian Baptist Church of Brigh-
ton, with interment to follow in Ortona Ceme-
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee.

Louise N. Sames, 84
OKEECHOBEE Louise N. Sames, died
Thursday, May 28, 2009, in Port St. Lucie. She
was 84.
Born Oct. 26, 1924 in Washington D.C., she
was of the Baptist faith and worked as a door
greeter at Wal-Mart. She was a lifetime member
of VFW Post 10539.
She is survived by her sons, George D. Feld-
pusch of Alexandria, Va., and Ronald R. Feld-
pusch of Okeechobee; grandsons, Ronald W
Feldpusch and Cavin Feldpusch of Okeechobee;
granddaughter, Shannon Feldpusch of Mary-
land; great granddaughter, Casey Feldpusch of
Okeechobee; and sister, Vivian Gills of Ft.
No services will be held.
Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bas-
Arrangements by Bass Okeechobee Funeral
Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., Okee-

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May 31, 2009

Okeechobee American Legion Post 64 was
the host for the 2008-2009 Department Com-
mander Homecoming on May 16, 2009.
National and State American Legion Posts
saluted Palm Martel, Florida Shining Star,
Department Commander (State). Left to right
are John Jennings, Sons of the American Le-
gion (State), Commander; Kathee Coughlin,
American Legion Auxiliary Department Pres-
ident; Paul Martel, American Legion Depart-
ment Commander (State).

May 26, 2009
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Cutter $43.00
Canner $35.00
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1500-2000 $55.00
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Young Farmer and Rancher

nominations being accepted

GAINESVILLE, Fla.-Debby Folsom, Act-
ing State Executive Director for USDA's Farm
Service Agency in Florida has announced
farmer and rancher candidate nominations
begin June 15, for local Farm Service Agency
(FSA) county committees. The nomination
period continues through Aug. 3. Elections
take place this fall.
"I encourage all producers to participate
in the county committee election process by
nominating candidates by the Aug. 3, dead-
line," said Folsom. sTo become a nominee,

eligible individuals must sign form FSA-
669A. The form and other valuable informa-
tion about FSA county committee elections
are available online at: http://www.fsa.usda.
Nomination forms for the 2009 election
must be postmarked or received in the local
USDA Service Center by close of business on
Aug. 3, 2009.
Find FSA news releases on the agency's
Web site at:

Proteci t Okeechobee
H elth o 863-467-9555
1924 U.S. Hwy. 441 N

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Si 1 1155 35th Lane, Ste. 202
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300-350 99-116 85-96
350-400 87-106 81-90
400-450 88-107 75-91

Small #1 Steers Hfrs
300-350 100-117
450-500 84-90
Feeder calves still selling pretty strong. 400-
500# calves sold steady Good 500# steers
bring well over $1.00, slaughter cows and
bulls were $2 lower Numbers are off a little,
probably due to the much needed rain. Wat-
ford Cattle topped the calf market this week
with a high of $1.95, bought by Thomas
Cattle. Glen Murphy topped the cow with a
high of 54, bought by Central Packing.
See ya next week,

Monday at 12 p.m.
Tuesday at 11 a.m.


Okeechobee News

Okeechobee Livestock Market

Workforce Solutions for Summer Employers

Employers provide a short-term,
meaningful work experience
opportunity for youth participants
and Workforce Solutions will provide
pre-screened, qualified employees
and cover the cost of their

How the Summer Youth
Employment Program Works

The youth participants will be
compensated at no cost to the
company. Salary of $8 per hour and
workers'compensation will be
covered for youth while at a
company's worksite.Work
experiences are 32 hours per week
for a period ofsix to 10 weeks from
mid-June through August. A Youth
Job Coach will be assigned to each
company to monitor the progress of
the youth participants and handle
payroll. All qualified youth
participants will attend a two-week
work readiness training to prepare
them for their work experience

How to Make a Pledge

Private, non-profit and public
companies are urged to pledge
short-term meaningful work

experiences and training
opportunities for youth participants.
Visit for
more information and to complete a
pledge form, or contact John Gurney
at 863-462-5350 for more
information. Deadline for pledges is
May 29, 2009.

Youth interested in participating in
the Summer Youth Employment
Program can learn more about
eligibility requirements by visiting or call
the youth hotline
at 1-866-228-8864.

Adult Work
Experience Pledges
are also available for
employers to give an
individual with
limited employment
history, or an
extended period of
unemployment, the
opportunity to
practice work
readiness skills,
newly obtained
occupational skills, or
simply re-enter
experiences are
experiences, not to
exceed six (6)
months. Visit our
website for more
information and to
complete a pledge

work arc .

Pot b qoas

When: One hour a day,
June 8 uly 2, 2009

Who: Overweight
children ages 9 14

What you can expect: Weekly progress
reports to show weight loss and body fat
percentage. Diet and exercise "home-
work." Weekly field trips" to highlight exer-
cise opportunities in our community.
Participants will prepare a grand Finale
dinner on July 2 to demonstrate healthy
food choices. All participants will receive a
FREE pedometer.

Call Pam Matthews at
863-634-9677 for more
information or
Stop by Physicians Weight Loss
Clinic (no affiliation) and
Ask for a registration form.

Okeechobee News May 31, 2009


County Schools


summer meals
Okeechobee County Public School Dis-
trict is sponsoring meals at school sites dur-
ing the summer school session from Tues-
day, June 9 through Friday, June 26. Meals
will be provided to all children at no charge.
Acceptance and participation requirements
for the program and its activities are the
same for all, regardless of race, color, na
tional origin, sex, age or disability and there
will be no discrimination in the course of
meal service.
Yearling Middle School, 925 N.W 23rd
Lane, will be participating in the Summer
Food Service Program.
For students who are not registered for
summer school activities, interested parents
may register their child/children for the food
program. Registration for children not en-
rolled in the Summer School program will
be held at the OCSB Food Service Office,
3150 N.W 10th Terrrace, on Thursday, June
4 from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Questions may
be directed to the food services office by
calling 863-462-5148.
Parents will be required to provide trans-
portation to and from the school site and
will be required to stay with their children)
during the meal.
Any person who believe he or she has
been discriminated against in any USDA-
related activity should write or call immedi-
ately to:
Director, Office of Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20250-9410
(800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6282

Beta Sigma Phi ECC president Deb-
bie Gibbens (left) presents "2009
Lady of the Year" plaque to Ray De-
usinger. April 23 marked the annual
Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Founder's
Day when members of the local
chapters came together to honor
the founder of Beta Sigma Phi and
to recognize outstanding women in
the community. Not pictured, Mari-
lyn Buxton was also honored as
2009 Theta Omicron "2009 Woman
of the Year."


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Red Hatters go Hawaiian
The Unruly, Udderly Unique Red Hat chapter was entertained recently with
a luau at the home of Mollie Durbin. The traditional red and purple was put
aside for the evening in favor of the even more colorful island attire, includ-
ing leis and flowers for their hair. Members and guests enjoyed an evening
of Polynesian music, dancing and a sumptuous buffet. (Seated) Connie Phil-
lips and Louise Petty. (Left to right) Queen Mum Anne Hurst, Joan Wilcox,
Hostess Mollie Durbin, Marilyn Yoder, Denise White, Joan Barlow, Merica
Hughes, Carol Doucette, Betty Head, Marie Stout, Donna Pelchat, Phyllis
Purdy, Wilma Goudy, Jeanie Zeiher and Judine Cole.

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Students of the Week
South Elementary School students, Alex Willoughby, Shane Rawlings, Tristan
Robinson, Jennifer Hernandez, Lane Collins, Edwin Hernandez, Diamonique
Christensen, Sabria Smith, Jesus Denova, De'Nitrik Whittaker, Carlos Her-
nandez, Julia Dupree, Rebecca McNitt, Chance Hickman, Savannah Dub-
berly, Taylor Hammack, Kevin Hawthorne, Meagan Clay, Rachel Patrick and
Dakoda Garelick were selected as students of the week for May 20.

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May 31, 2009

OJCC residents honor vets

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Young men from the Okeechobee Juve-
nile Corrections Center (OJCC) paid hom-
age to members of the U.S. military past
and present by presenting a local VFW
post with a notebook of photos and draw-
ings depicting U.S. battles.
The notebook was presented to VFW
Post #10539 by Quentin Smith, a unit man
ager over case management at OJCC, Thurs-
day, May 28.
Mr. Smith said the drawings, photos and
essays start with World War I and includes a
replica of Pearl Harbor and writings about
9-11. The notebook contains "letters of
thanks and gratitude," he added.
The drawings and essays date up to the
present campaign, Mr. Smith continued.


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Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Quentin Smith (center), from the
Okeechobee Juvenile Correction Cen-
ter (OJCC), presented a notebook to
VFW Post #10539 Thursday, May 28,
that contains drawings, photos and es-
says of U.S. military campaigns. Post
Commander Jim Benoit (left) and Post
Quartermaster Bobby Shutz (right) ac-
cepted the notebook and admired the
work of the OJCC residents. The spe-
cial Memorial Day project was done to
thank the veterans for their sacrifices.

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Viet Nam veteran and Post Commander
Jim Benoit said the notebook will be put on
display at the Post, located at 3912 U.S. 441
S.E. It will also be displayed at an upcoming
function made up of 11 different posts in the
district "to make them aware of what these
boys have done," he said.
Mr. Smith, a veteran of the U.S. Army who
also fought in Desert Storm, said the project
was put together for Memorial Day by Project
Manager Debbie Gillette and OJCC Principal
Thomas McDaniels. He said residents in all
six units at the facility which is also known
as Level 10 took part in the project.
"They are very thankful to the soldiers
for the opportunities given them," said Mr.
Smith. "And they thanked them for the price
they had to pay, as well as the price their
friends had to pay."
He went on say that many of the 13-21
year old residents at the facility are interested
in joining the U.S. military.
"We even brought in an Army recruiter to
answer their questions," Mr. Smith said.
The notebook was accepted by Com-
mander Benoit, an eight-year veteran of the
U.S. Air Force, and Post Quartermaster Bob-
by Shutz, who served 31 years in the U.S.
Navy and served in both Viet Nam and the
Persian Gulf.
Mr. Shutz, the district commander, said
the next district function will be held in July.
The site of that function has yet to be se
The OJCC is a maximum security facil-
ity located on N.E. 168th St. and houses
residents "who have been given a chance
by the court system for rehabilitation," Mr.
Smith said.


American Legion honors

families of military personnel

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The American Legion has come up
with a way to honor family members of
military personnel killed in Afghanistan
and Iraq. The Flags of Freedom program
was originated last year by American Le-
gion Post 154 in Marathon. In July of last
year the program was adopted by the an
nual convention of Florida's American Le-
gion Posts.
Dan Fennell, First Vice Commander of
local American Legion Post 64 said his post
began distributing the flags last October to
local survivors of those killed in action. He
did not know how many other posts in
Florida or in other states have adopted the
To date, Post 64 has given out two
"Let's hope we don't have to issue any
more," Mr. Fennell said. Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The Killed in Action Memorial Flag flies Dan Fennell, First Vice Commander
from the flagpole of Post 64 and from the of American Legion Post 64 displays
flagpole in Veterans' Park beneath the the Killed In Action Memorial Flag
POW flag. that his post is presenting to family
The three by five foot flag is purple with members of those killed in Iraq and
a gold border. The Purple Heart medal is Afghanistan.
in the center. Around the medal are the
words "Killed in Action Forever Honored." at Reporter Pete Gowda
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Plan now for great fall gardens

The rainy season is here-a relief after the
dry months. June tends to be a quiet, some
say boring, month for gardening-especially
vegetable gardening. There are, however, a
few vegetables that thrive in our hot sum-
mers. The most often grown are okra and
black-eyed peas.
One important vegetable gardening task
is soil solarization and that should be started
right now. Soil solarization is a great way
to eliminate weed seeds and to discourage
root-knot nematodes by heating the soil to
130 degrees for a period of at least 6 weeks.
In our part of the state you can easily provide
that heat in June and July. Four simple steps
are needed.
1. Remove vegetation
2. Break up and wet the soil to activate
the nematodes
3. Cover the ground with sturdy clear
4. Weight the edges with mulch or rocks
In six to eight weeks your soil will be
weed and nematode free. Heavy application
of organic soil amendments also helps to
discourage nematodes.
No-till Gardening
And, speaking of organic soil amend-
ments, you may want to plan now for a no-
till garden in the fall. A no-till garden com-
bines vegetable gardening with composting
in place. The method was introduced by
Ruth Stout in the 1950s. She called it no-
dig, no-work gardening. Maybe less-work
gardening is more accurate. When you are
building a no-till garden, you are actually




building a low and long compost pile. So
use your composting knowledge in building
the garden. A compost pile or no-till garden
requires four elements for the earthworms
and friendly organisms to do their compost-
ing business. They are air, water, nitrogen,
and carbon. A no-till garden is a slow com-
post pile with plants growing in it. Here's
how to do it.
Choose your site-a place with six hours
of sunlight.
Start with large sticks or chipped wood
on the bottom to provide air circulation.
Water should be added to each layer.
Alternate layers of green, brown (high ni-
trogen, high carbon) and water.
No need to be real precise. Half and half
is good.
The top layer should be a weed block.
Newspaper weighted down with some
mulch blocks weeds very effectively. Just cut
holes in the paper and plant your tomatoes
and peppers in the holes.
If you start now you will be ready to plant
in August and September.
Here is a short list of green and brown
Green material (high in nitrogen): grass

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they are brown carbon material. DO NOT
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or citizens with disabilities.
Ms. Stiller has spent 17 years with the
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skilled nursing facility. She began as a private
caregiver for one of the facility's residents
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eventually, the facility's Licensed Practical
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ose, 3-5 mos. old,
fern., 55th Ave., Ft.
Drum. (863)634-4579

One man's trash is
another man's treas-
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tractor Supplies, Tools
& Roofing Materials

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with minimum 5 yrs exp.
Must have clean D/L &
own tools. Good pay,
benefits. DFWR
No phone calls accepted.
Apply in person at 312
SW2nd St., Okeechobee.

Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the
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Substitute Teacher -
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secretary/data derk for
year-round school locat-
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Okeechobee. Duties in-
clude clerical/data entry
and substitute teaching
if needed. Computer
skills required. HS di-
ploma/GED required.
$23,400 plus benefits.
Email resume to
TEACHER Certified
Teachers needed for
ear-round middle and
igh school in juvenile
justice programs near
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days off annually.
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All resumes should be
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in today's competi-
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employment section
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will never accept any ad-
vertisement that is illegal
or considered fraudulent.
In all cases of ques-
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or doubts about any ad
on these pages, we ad-
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well as long distance toll
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but occasionally we may
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you call a number out of
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& Pressure Washing
Cool Sealing, Painting,
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No Job Too Big or Small.
or (863)261-6425
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Painting, Repairs,
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Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
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C/HEAT & AIR 2 yr
old, 3 ton unit. Frgi-
daire (made in USA)
$1,650 (863)467-7528

Senmore side by side
refrigerator, stove, mi-
crowae & dishwasher
All in new condition.
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to look for a helper in
the classified.

Metal Walker with
adjustable hand brakes
on handles. $400
86-447-0642 I

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neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's dassifieds.

ustang Wheel Chair
with allthe animates.
$500 863-447-0642

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that's updated regulaly:
the classified.

Scooter Power Chair
(Electric) Never used -
Excellent Condition -
$800 863-447-0642

Electric Bicycle $375,
Electric Golf Cart
(club car) $800, Hot
Tub $800, Make offer
or trade. 863-467-4611

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Blueberry $13, Figs $25,
Pomegranates $25,
Pecans $60, Papaya $10
FL Trees Avocados,
Peaches, Pears, Apples,
$55 each.
Soil Conditioners
Vermiculite, Perlite,
Milorganite, Eucalyptus
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In Town, 2br/2ba, W&D,
$850 mo. + $500. sec.
to town. Newly renovat-
ed. Only $750 mo. in-
cludes water. Pets
okay u n approval.
Call 561-255-4377

KINGS BAY 2bd/2ba,
$650 per mo $650 Sec,
no pets. (863)763-7301
or (863) 697-1623 I

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any item you may be sell-
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upstairs, 1 yr old. No
pets. 1800 sq. ft.
54x12 deck, $850/mo.
+ sec. 863-467-1234
Included 1BR in town,
$700/mo, no pets,
smoke-free env. 1st &
sec. (863)610-0861

May 31, 2009

eled 2/2 Villa, W&D
$800 mo, 1st, last &
$500 sec 561-762-7660

HOUSES 3/2/2 and
3/1/1, tile floors, acuzzi
tub, Bring Pets, Large
Yards (561)723-2226
BHR 2/2, fully fur-
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$1,000 move in. Call
Canal Front furnished
2/1 MH, carport, shed,
washer, dryer, screen
porch, boat dock. $800
includes water & lawn
care. (863) 467-7528
House, $800, st, last &
t500 security.
House for Rent: 2/1, in
city, 700 mo., 1st, last
& $500 sec. req'd.
Modem 3BR/2.5BA, 1 car
garage, + cottage. Price
neg. Call (772) 359-1640
in the country! 2/2
Share 20 acres. Horses
welcome! Call Buzz
NEW 4BR, 2BA, 2 Car
Garage. on /2 acre in
Okeechobee. $1200
mo. (561)301-3880
New, Large 1/1 CBS in
town, $695, FLS, appl's,
lease, plus utilities.
OKEE 2/1 & 3/1 Clean,
furnished homes. $750
mo. & $850 mo.; water
induded. 786-201-0306
Duplex, DW. W&D Hookup,
central a/c & heat. $750 mo.
+ $500 sec. (863)763-4414
2ba, great neighborhood,
tile throughout,
$1195/mo, 1st &8 se
move in (561)248-3888
or (863)599-0156
R-BAR 4/2/2, W/D
hkup, 2.56 ac, $ 1295
mo. 1st & sec., res. re-
quired. 863-801-9163
SE Okeechobee,
4BR3BA, 2 car garage,
w/swimming pool, $1400
mo. + 1st & sec.
custom 4/2, 1 car gar-
age, Split plan, patio,
master suite, tile, D/W.
Avail. now. $1250 mo.
Southwest Section
3/2, w/2 car
garage, c/a/h, w/d
hookup, oak trees.
or (863)634-9330

Turn Key, Furn, dock,
$875 mo., Satellite TV
incl. 772-287-7407

ft. per unit-4 units avail.
Call (772)201-7473 &
ask about free rent.

Call 863-634-8374

3BR 2BA, with shed.
$950 move in,
Call 863-824-0981
Your new home could be
in today's paper. Have
you looked for it'
1's BA Treasure Island.
Fenced yd. $725 mo. in-
cludes water, & $700 sec
dep. (772) 359-6584

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3/2 1/2 New two story
Indian Hammockair
strphorse facilities,
4000 ac. gated commu-
nity 245 000

1400+ sq. ft, hot tub,
w/lbr/lba, SW on 2.25
acres, private/secluded,
fenced, 2 sheds,
great income property,
$10,00. (863)484-0910

for sale, (772)879-3867

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NICE 2 BR, 12A BA All
apple. W&D. Completely
fumished. $450 mo. +
dep. 812-989-3022
OKEE 2-4/br, 2ba, 5
acres barn, $950/mo
(863)697-9129 or

OKEE 2BR, 1BA, Sin-
glewide. $550 mo. In-
cludes Water 28 Ft. 1
BR RV $400 mo. In-
cludes City Water &
Electric. Both require
sec. dep. & ref's.
1.5BA screened patio,
carport, wood floors,
dbl. lot, town water/
sewer, $800 mo., no
dep. (954)610-5345
55, 35' travel trailer
w/screen room,
$600/mo + deposit

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$32,900 Must be moved
Delivery & Set-up avail.
Paul (863)990-4301

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15 ft. aluminum boat
w/trailer; 15 horse
power evinrude; trailer
itch w/receiver 3500
lbs. $1400

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1994 GMC Van $1200
firm. Runs great, AC,
adio, good tires, new
carpet & new seat cov-
ers. 863-357-6140 or

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in today's classifieds.
Did you look for it?

Very nice Truck bed
off of 2000 Ford F250
L.W.B. 600 Diamond
plate 50. Gal fuel tank
with tool box. $450
Rear bumper Go
condition $50. Two
Class 4 trailer hitches.
One like new.$25.
$1100 for all.

- 4x4, crew cab, 59k
miles. $18,000 or best
offer (863)675-4602

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GEN at at a ular meeting of the Board of
County Cormmssoners of Okeehobr Cr ee County oa n the 0th day of
A 2009, Relubon 29-26 was adopted, pursant to Setos 336 09,
Flnda Statr whereby e County of Okeecobee vaated, ded,
abandoned, remuroed and disaimed all rfhts of the county and the pub-
Sin a nty aght-of-way further denbedas fol ows,
All That porton Mof e iS' alley ght-of-wy located in Bok A Southern
Pine Colored Addition Subdivision acon to h plat thereof recorded
in Plat Book 1, Page 14, publk records of Okeehbebe Countd Flonrda.
CI Bel t, Chairman
Board of County ammaoners
Sharo Robertson erk
Board of County Commi owners

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeeehobee UOlity Autry wil
met in regular sess on Tueda June 9, 2009 at 8:30 A.M. at e
Okeehobee Utility ALOlenty Offices, 100 S th Avue, Okeechobee,
Pursuant to Setion 286.0105. Ronda Statutes, if a peron deirldaes to ap-
peal any decision made by the Author with repec to such meetngs, he
or she will need a record of preedings and for such purpe may need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proeedings ismade, whh record in-
cludes the tesm and eldence upon whh the appeals based. Such
person may provide urt report, sengrapher or tape recorder for
such vlaim record.

17429 NW 242ND STREET
(863)763-4r01 OR (8634-3166
322007 ON 5/31/09

FloraGe rnentalU ity Aehori
Request fore Proeposals
Profe. ionalAuditing Servies
Sealed pmpeals for Pmrofteonel Auditing Series for te Flonda Govern-
mental Utiy Authonty (FGUA, will be received by the Chief Finalal 0di-
er, The Flodia Governmental Ull Authority, 280 Weklva Spnngs Road,
Sue 2000, Longwood, FL 32779 untl 3:00 p.m. on une 26 209 At that
tRe, all proposal receed ll be publy topeed. Any pmposr res ved
after the desnated cling time will be returned unopened The Ronda
Gtvernental Ut Auhority has utility system located in Lee County,
Coller County and Pao County, Flooda.
All prpoals shall be submited with (1) signed onginal, marked "Original
and three (3) e marked Copy in a ealed package added to the
Chief Fnaneal Off loda Govermmenal Uity Authonty 280 Weka
Springs Road, Suite 2 Longwood, FL 32779, and arke aled Pro-
posa -- The Floida Goernmental Uiliy Authority Profesnal Aditing
Service Propoers desing secatns for use in prean propel
may obtain a set of such dumts from the Chief Fnanal Ocer, 280
Weka Sprin Road Sute 2000 Longawod FL 3277, telephone
(407) 629-6900, emal h
The FGUA reserves the nghl to accept reect all popoals and to waie
any techrialihes or imegulaiso therein he FGUA further reserves the
nght to award the contract to that fin whose propol best omplies th
the npemfcatlons, at s role deternRnebon.
]on Wlliams
ChiOf nandal Officer
322373 ON 5/31;6/7/09

The Okeedobee County Board of County Commisoners will hold its Reg
ar Season n ursday, June 11, 209 at 9.0 am. at the Health Depart-
ment Audltodum, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda.
Any pears deldng to appeal any decson made by the Board aof Cunt
Commimlner wih rpecs to any matter wondered at this meeting will
need a record of te proeedlngs and that for h purposes he or she
ell need to ensure that a verbam reord of such proeedngs is made,
which record shall include the tesmony and dence upon which the ap-
peal is to e based
In acordance with the Ameroans with Dabilltes Act (ADA) and Ronda
Statute 286.26, prons with disabilities needing spsl a mmodaon to
partpate in th V lroeeding should contact Pau Pon, no later than
two (2) wodng days pnor to the proceeding at 863-763-4559 or
83-763-2131, ext. 2111. If you are heang or voice impaired, ll TOD
1-800-222-34A8 voICe) o 1-88-447-620 (T).
Cldf BetR r, Chairman
Board of Conty CUommoners
Okeechobee County, Floida
Sharon Robertson Clerk
Board of CoAty dCammssioners
Okeechobee Count, Florda
322407 ON 5/31/09

Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the

BID NO. PW 03-10-0509
Sealed Bids wll be received by the Cty of Okeeaobee General Services
Department, Rom 101 at ty Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee FL
3497 3) 76-372 ext. 218, later than 1 m. on ea d
200. The s ill be publicly a d and read alod in the C
recvd a fterthe tme spe fed ll not be accepted
The mork for this bid consls of' Construcon and Installaeon of a Verca
Uft for handicap acesibdlty t Qt Hall,
A complete set of sdpedcatons and lope of wk tan be obtained from
the office of the Genrreral Sere Department, or request by e-mail,
bclementtbvctofokeechobee corn dunng normal hurs, Monday through
Frday, 3 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays
A mnd r e-bid meeting will be held on June 2 0, 2 9, at
10:0 a.m in the Council Chambers
Envelopes should be clay marked Y HALL VERICAL UFTr Bid
NH. PW ls-1005-09 and may be hand dlrered or male to the ad-
dressted above. Facmle emaled bids wllnot be a epted.
Thet has thenght to aept or reject any ad or all bid, with or wth-
out cause, to waive technil error deemed most advantageous to he
CIty. All b remain opera for a period not to exeed ninety (90) days
from the date of the bid opening
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3225490 N S 31/ 09

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Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under 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 Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Shanna Hazelief, 27, N.W 12th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested May 23 by Dep-
uty Steven McKinley on a St. Lucie County
warrant charging her with violation of pro-
bation sale/delivery of oxycodone. She is
being held without bond.
Marino Gonzalez-Mendez, 25, S.E. 10th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested May 24 by
Deputy Mark Shireman on a charge of driv-
ing under the influence. His bond was set
at $750.
Joshua David Stevens, 23, N.E. Fifth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested May 24 by
Deputy Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with burglary
of a dwelling, grand theft and grand theft-
motor vehicle. His bond was set at $50,000.
Chasey Cole Bass, 19, S.E. 36th Ter
race, Okeechobee, was arrested May 25 by
Deputy Matt Crawford on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with violation
of probation manufacture/cultivation of
marijuana. He is being held without bond.
Bass was later arrested by Deputy Lieuten-
ant Keith Murrish on a warrant charging him
with violation of probation possession of
cocaine and violation of probation posses-
sion of marijuana under 20 grams. He is be
ing held without bond on those charges.
Eric Rodriguez, 18, N.W 46th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested May 25 by Depu-
ty Robbie Lamb on a felony charge of aggra-
vated battery on a pregnant person. He was
also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of
resisting a law enforcement officer without
violence. His bond was set at $2,500.
Jay Elliott Holata, 31, Silverado Circle,
Davie, was arrested May 25 by Deputy John
Ashby on charges of driving under the influ-
ence and driving while license suspended/
revoked with knowledge. His bond was set
at $6,000.
Emery Stoney Fish, 14, N.W 23rd
Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested May 26 by
Deputy Shirley Palmer on a felony charge of
possession of a prescription drug without

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a prescription. He was also arrested on a
misdemeanor charge of possession of mari-
juana under 20 grams. After being booked at
the Okeechobee County Jail he was released
into the custody of his parents.
Edward McKennie, 17, N.W Fifth Ave.,
Fort Lauderdale, was arrested May 26 by
Deputy Sarah Green on a charge of battery
on detention staff. After being booked at the
Okeechobee County Jail he was taken to the
Department of Juvenile Justice Detention
Center in Fort Pierce.
James William Kennedy, 47, U.S. 98
N., Okeechobee, was arrested May 26 on an
Okeechobee County warrant charging him
with three counts of capital sexual battery.
He is being held without bond.
Steven Eric Brown, 36, S.R. 17, Sebring,
was arrested May 26 by Deputy Corporal Aric
Majere on a Department of Corrections war-
rant charging him with violation of proba-
tion -fleeing and eluding a law enforcement
officer and violation of probation driving
under the influence. He is being held with-
out bond.
Erica Makarowa, 33, Ron Rico Ter-
race, Port St. Lucie, was arrested May 26 by
Trooper Thomas B. White on a charge of
driving under the influence. Her bond was
set at $500.
Roy Rogers Lathan, 36, W Greentree
Lane, Lake Mary, was arrested May 26 by
Deputy Corporal Timothy A. Higgins on a
charge of driving under the influence. His
bond was set at $1,500.

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Justin Andrew Jenkins, 25, N.W 20th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested May 26 by
Deputy Lt. Keith Murrish on a warrant charge
ing him with the felony of failure to appear
- possession of cocaine. He is being held
without bond on that charge. He was also
arrested on another warrant charging him
with violation of probation -possession of
marijuana under 20 grams. His bond on that
charge was set at $1,500.
George E. Carney, 24, S.E. 40th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested May 27 by Dep-
uty Steven McKinley on a charge of violation
of probation driving under the influence.
He is being held without bond.
Roman Mondragon Garcia, 37, S.W
Third Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested May
27 by Deputy G. Popovich on an Okeecho-
bee warrant charging him with driving un-
der the influence. His bond was set at $500.
Leann Williams, 21, S.E. 26th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested May 27 by Dep-
uty G. Popovich on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with tampering with a
witness. Her bond was set at $2,500.
This column lists arrests and not con-
victions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone
listed here who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed and printed.

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May 31, 2009

Commissioners help Kissimmee River restoration

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their meeting on Thursday, May 28
Okeechobee County Commissioners took
action to help the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers (COE) and South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) in their efforts
to restore the Kissimmee River to its natural
As part of the Kissimmee River Restora-

Submitted photo/OHS

Academy honors
Okeechobee High School senior, Tay-
lor Pritchard was name Finance Acad-
emy student of the year. Academy
Director Daryl Roehm presented Miss
Pritchard with an award for the honor.

tion Project, COE was planning to extend
an existing canal in River Acres subdivision.
The extension of the canal would require the
county to abandon a right of way on N.W.
80th Drive. It would also require a bridge
on N.W. 83rd Terrace over the extended ca-
nal. The bridge would be built by COE. That
agency was offering the county $100,000 for
maintenance of the bridge once it was com-
Gary Ritter, director of SFWMD's
Okeechobee Service Center, stated that nu-
merous public workshops have been held
over the last several years with the River
Acres community. He said that COE would
like to start work in September or October
and that this particular project is one of the
last phases of the restoration project. Mr.
Ritter stated that the most cost effective ap-
proach was to abandon the road and build
the bridge.
"This is going to make tremendous im-
provements to that community," Mr. Ritter
asserted. He went on to say that it would
improve flood protection for the subdivision
would benefit the entire county because of
enhanced recreational opportunities.
Commissioners approved the proposal
by a vote of 4 to 1 with Commissioner Joey
Hoover casting the lone negative vote. At
the last meeting, Mr. Hoover had voiced his
objections to what he called "a $6 million
bridge to nowhere."
Lyn Topal of FHREDI (Florida's Heartland
Rural Economic Development Initiate) dis-

cussed some of the projects her organiza-
tion is involved with such as the inland port
in western Palm Beach County, the catalyst
project to stimulate industry, providing rural
broadband at a reasonable cost and promot-
ing tourism. She asked for the board's con-
tinued financial support of the organization.
This budget year the county appropriated
$10,000 for FHREDI. The board took no ac-
tion on her request.
Photographer Bobbi Pool complained to
the board that she was not allowed to take
pictures at Okeechobee Citizens Recreation
Association (OCRA) ball games. She stated
that that privilege was given to an out of
town photographer.
"That is an OCRA issue," stated Commis-
sion Chairman Clif Betts.
County administrator Lyndon Bonner
noted that OCRA contracted with that partic-
ular photographer and any problems would
have to be taken up with OCRA.
Builder John Wilcox requested commis-
sioners put a hold on impact and permitting
fees in order to stimulate construction and
help the economy. He noted that some sur-
rounding local governments have done so.

County attorney John Cassels was instructed
to research the county's options regarding
impact fees.
In other action the board:
heard from attorney John Cook on the
litigation between the county, the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection
and American Well Drilling;
agreed to promote the census;
changed the employee vacation policy
from 40 consecutive hours to allow for five
separate vacation days throughout the year;
approved staff evaluation of the concept
of utilizing temporary volunteers to work at
county facilities in exchange for RV space;
instructed the tourist development
council to suggest possible policies relating
to the rental of C. Scott Driver Park for events
other than fishing tournaments; and
confirmed the public service evaluation
committee's ranking of firms for establish-
ing continuing service contracts for general
Post your opinions n the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
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May 31, 2009

Okeechobee News

Little league

begins post

season play
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Little League program
will have one all star team compete in next
months state championships.
The 11-12 year old all star team coached
by Tom Bailey will compete in Port St. Lu-
cie against Treasure Coast teams like Stuart,
Port St. Lucie, and Jensen Beach in June.
Members of the team include Trent Da-
vis, Brandon Shockley, Mose Bailey, Josh
Hernandez, Brian Chapman, Cody Mosticer,
Cody Carden, Lucas Pion, Adriatos Stafford,
and Dylan Kirkland.
Coach Bailey said he expects the team
to compete hard against some tough oppo-
nents, "They are pretty good kids. We work
very hard and we play against some well
oiled teams."
The team played a tournament in Port
St. Lucie this week to warm up for the post
season. Okeechobee lost to the Fort Pierce
Athletics, 12-2, on Tuesday.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Awards for softball team
The Lady Brahmans softball team held their annual banquet on May 27.
(above left) Naomi Stephens took home the purple bat award given to the
player with the highest batting average. (above right)Taylor Kinman won the
rising star award. (lower left) Ashtyn Brown won the Brahman award. (lower
right) Naomi Stephens shows off her MVP trophy.

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