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Vol. 100 No. 68


Sunday, June 7, 2009

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County commission
salaries ... page 3

Classifieds 17-18
Community Events...............................6
Livestock Market Report ...................7
Obituaries.. ....... ...... .. ........ 6
Opinion 5
Speak Out 4
Sports ........ ....... ...... ......... .20
Weather 13
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Local man on trial for murder

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
"You know I killed him, don't
According to Amber Striker,
28, Terry Ellerbee made that state-
ment as he sat in a chair, cleaning
a gun.
"I told him, 'I don't want to
know anything,"' she testified Fri-
day, June 5, during Ellerbee's trial
at the Okeechobee County Judi
cial Center.
Ellerbee, 24, is accused of kill-
ing Thomas R. Dellarco in Septem-
ber of 2006 at his home on N.W.

282nd St. as well as the man's
favorite German Shepherd, Rikki.
Ellerbee is charged with first-de-
gree murder, burglary of a dwell-
ing, grand theft firearm, cruelty to
animals, grand theft auto and pos-
session of a firearm by a convicted
felon. If convicted, Ellerbee could
receive the death sentence.
According to testimony on
Thursday, June 4, Mr. Dellarco's
body was found covered in a blue
blanket in the garage of his con
create block home.
Dr. Charles Diggs, now retired
from the Medical Examiner's Of-
fice in Fort Pierce, said the 72-

year-old Mr. Dellarco died from a
single gun-shot to the top of his
head. The round entered near the
center of his skull and continued
downward until it lodged behind
the left eye.
Death, he said, was instanta-
neous and painless.
Dr. Diggs went on to testify that
Rikki was shot three times -- in the
right leg, the back and in the head.
The dog's body was then thrown
into a ditch across from Mr. Del
larco's home.
From that point on, stated
prosecutors, Ellerbee used Mr.
Dellarco's bank card to pay for a

motel room in Sebring, buy pizza,
baby items for Striker's young
child, gasoline and Mountain Dew
-plenty of Mountain Dew.
In fact, the state introduced
into evidence Thursday morning
a surveillance video from a 7-11
convenience store in Melbourne
that showed Ellerbee buying two
bottles of Mountain Dew, a bottle
of Pepsi and cigarettes at 2:14
p.m. on Sept. 24. He used Mr. Del
larco's card to get $102 from an
ATM machine in the store, test
fied Detective Sergeant TJ. Brock,
See MURDER Page 8

Okeechobee High School Class of 2009
Okeechobee High School's Class of 2009 was honored during graduation ceremonies at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center
on June 4. The graduates announced plans for college, entering the military and joining the workforce.

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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Commissioner Joey Hoover recently
made a motion at a commission meeting
to reduce commissioner's salaries by 3 per-
cent, the amount that had been suggested
for reduction of employee's salaries. Evi-
dently, the other commissioners did not like
that idea for the motion died for lack of a
However, there seems to be some aues-

tion as to whether or not such action would
be legal. Florida Statues Chapter 145 sets
salary requirements for commissioners and
constitutional officers based on the popula-
tion of the county. Section 145.16 calls for
statewide uniformity of county officials'
salaries and prohibits any special or general
laws of local application that would allow of-
ficials in individual counties to be excepted
from uniform classification.
Okeechobee County Commissioners

earn about $33,400 a year. In this county,
commissioner is considered a part-time job.
All but one of the current commissioners
have other full time jobs. Traditionally, com-
missioners in this county have held full time
jobs in addition to their commission seats.
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missioners make $24,883 annually. Hendry
County commissioners earn $33,661 and
Highlands County Commissioners make
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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!

Coaches let go
SI think most people put way too much
stock in school sports. Not to say they aren't
important and have their place, but if push
comes to shove, they should get rid of or
cut back on some of the sports activities to
ensure we have enough teachers and staff
to properly educate our kids during these
tough times. I know some people would
freak out at the thought of a high school
with no football team but what good is it if
it prevents vital funds for teaching during a
time of economic toughness?
The football coach was let go -they
said he didn't follow the rules. The bas-
ketball coach was let go -- they said they
wanted to take the program in a different
direction. Now another sport what is go
ing on? Are they cutting the sports programs
that don't bring in enough money to pay for
I think they were wrong to dismiss the
basketball coach and I really admire the way
he handled the situation. I think the kids are
the ones who will miss out because he was
very dedicated to helping them and teaching
them and trying to get them into college.
With all the discussion of sports, I
would like to point out the rodeo team,
which gets no school funding, has quite a
few going to the state finals which will be
held in Okeechobee June 19-20 at the Agri
Civic Center. Not only do these kids repre-
sent us well by scoring high enough to com-
pete in the finals, the team brought the state
event to Okeechobee and the local hotels,
restaurants and stores will benefit from the
increase in sales. Admission to the rodeo is
free, but there will probably be a small do-
nation asked for parking.
I don't really care what happens with
the coaches. Too much emphasis is placed
on school sports. They should be paying
more attention to academics.

Class of 2009
I would like to congratulate the Gradu
ates of the OHS Class of 2009. Your parents,
grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents.
your church family and your neighbors have
watched as you grew up to become the
young men and women that will be gradu-
ating Thursday evening. All these people
have a vested interest in you and each of
them will be there for you, should you want
to talk or seek advice. The world is at your
feet and the choices you make will take you
down paths towards your future. I wish you
much success.
I want to remind the high school se
niors that it's a big world out there. If you
thought that in Okeechobee you were al-
ways fighting the system because you didn't
have the right last name or you didn't go to
a certain church, well out in the rest of the
world those things will not matter. Your col-
lege professors will care about your ability,
your talent and your work. They won't care
who your parents are or what your religious
beliefs are. So get out there and do your

Advice for the graduates
The Okeechobee Class of 2009 will of-
ficially graduate, leaving high school during
tough economy
ic times and
will face more
challenges than
many of the
previous gradu-
ates. What's
your advice for
the graduating
Make sure
you learn how
to spell. It does
not look good when words are misspelled
on your employment application and you
claim to have a high school diploma.
Do your best to continue your educa-
tion, having a college degree will be your
ticket! Unfortunately in the today's economy
even folks with degrees are having a hard
time but I can assure you having that degree
will make a difference. Having a military
background is always a plus on a resume.
There is light at the end of the tunnel wheth-
er you see it at the time or not, it's there.
Good luck Class of 09!

Go into the service!
Write thank you notes for all the gradu-
ation gifts and for any scholarships you re-
Give your parents a BIG HUG and tell
them thanks! It was as hard on them as it
was the kids to get thru the last four years.
Best of luck to all Life is full of surprises. Be
Go to college, or into the service. If you
take that "year off" be sure not to let it turn
into several years off. If you hate math, don't
take it the first semester, and try not to skip
too many classes. If you get the opportunity
to go away for college, take it, but make lots
of trips home to make sure your parents get
to see you. If you are going into the service,
don't laugh getting off the bus. It will not end
well. Be prepared to realize that high school
really wasn't that bad, and you would give
anything to go back. But enjoy what you
have, and where you're going, don't give
up, and embrace the fact that you are the
future, and starting now your impact will last
a lifetime.
Go into Nursing. In today's economy,
becoming a nurse would ensure finding a
Considering what is going on with the
trade deficit -- LEARN CHINESE!
If you are lucky enough to still have a
grandparent living, talk to them now. Write
down or tape record their stories. And listen
to what they have learned in their life expe-
riences. They know more than you think
about the way the world really works.
You may have been able to skate
through high school, but college won't be
that way. Be prepared to study at least three
hours for each hour you spend in class. In
college they will expect you to be prepared
for class, be there on time and have your
work done. There will be no excuses and
your mommy won't be able to talk to the
teacher for you.
If you did not get into college, or can't
afford to go now, consider the military ser
vice. They offer a chance to earn a lot of
money for college and a chance to learn
work skills now.
If you weren't at the top of the high
school class, don't worry about it. A year
from now, no one in college will care. Once
you have been accepted to college, they also
don't care what high school clubs you were
in or what honors you received. It's a clean
slate in college. Make the most of it.

Take advantage of every opportunity to
learn a skill. You never know when it might
come in handy.
Know how to take care of yourself.
Can you change a tire? Do you know how to
check the fluids in your car? If not, find out
before you wind up stranded on the side of
the road. Do you know how to do laundry?
Find out before you ruin your clothes. Do
you know how to cook? Can you sew well
enough to repair a rip or replace a button?
Ask mom or grandma to teach you basics.
My advice to the graduates is be friend-
ly. Remember that everyone you meet has
something to teach you and something they
can learn from you. Treat everyone with re-
spect, courtesy and kindness.
Don't post anything on your MySpace
or Facebook page that you wouldn't want
your parents and grandparents to see.
Party all summer ... and then go to col-
Don't put anything about all that par-
tying on myspace or facebook or anywhere
else anyone can see it. Employers can use
the Internet as well as your friends!
Get the best education you can as soon
as you can, and find a job you like. Get in-
volved in your community.
Use birth control until you are capable
of raising a family.

We have more than 70 churches in
Okeechobee, and yet only about 20 percent
of the population bothers to attend church
regularly. What is wrong? Why have people
stopped going to church? Do they think they
no longer need God or that they no longer
need religion? With all the churches in town,
there are plenty of choices.

I would like to thank all the dedicated
teachers and administrators who have given
their time and sometimes their own money
to help the students of Okeechobee.
I think everyone needs to remember
that we are all supposed to be in this for
the kids. We need to support each other in
this effort and not bring people down just to
serve our own agendas. There is room for
change and improvement, but we can't give
up just because the job is difficult. I think
Okeechobee Schools have a lot of good
things that other school systems would love
to have. Let's agree to build on the positive.

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June 7, 2009

Reflections from the Pulpit

Okeechobee News

Advice for the graduates
By Rev. Tommaso Pasquarella
Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church
Of late I have had the privilege of seeing
many youth graduate from Christian schools
and from public schools and I am so proud
of each one of them.
I was asked by one student to deliver his
graduation message at First Indian Baptist
Academy. I gladly accepted because it is a
great honor and then I began dreading it,
because I had never spoken at a graduation
service before. I would like to share with
you graduates of any age who know Jesus
as personal Lord and Savior three truths that
come from these verses God opened up to
me for such a time as this.
You as Christians need to wait and pray for
the Lord's promises. "And being assembled
together with them, He commanded them
not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for
the Promise of the Father, "which," He said,
"you have heard from Me;" (Acts 1:4) Jesus
still remained on earth for forty more days
before ascending to heaven, but before He
left He gave them truth to live by.
This is their graduation service and now
after three years, they have graduated semi-
nary with the Savior and have been given
the charge and we will do well to follow His
command. He tells them that John baptized
with water, but they will be baptized with
the Holy Spirit in a few days from this con-
He wanted them to wait on the promise
of the Father. What is He talking about? He
said He would pray that the Father would

Community Calenda

AA. meeting from 7 30 until 8 30 p.m at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 NW Third St. It will be an open step
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. weekend noon meeting open
discussion The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not
affiliated with any 12 step fellowships

Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 242 Hwy. 441
S.E. Okeechobee, NA. Sickest Of The Sick open discus
sion 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not
affiliated with any 12 step fellowships.
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 meeting.
Coast Guard Auxiliary of Okeechobee meets the
second Monday of each month, at 7 p.m. at the entrance
to Okee Tantie Camp Grounds. We are seeking new
members who are, "Semper Paratus Always Ready"
For information call 863-824-7623
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo
will start at noon at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary
members and their guests are invited. Please R.S.VP. to
863-763 2308.
Okeechobee SeniorSingers meet at9:30 a.m. atthe
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 863-5320449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will
meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library,
206 S.W. 161h St The meeting is open to anyone interested
in tracing his or her ancestry The annual membership is
$10 per person, and $12 for a family For information, call
Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at hltp //www
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give us another comforter. Who is this com-
forter? The comforter is the Holy Ghost, the
Holy Spirit. This Holy Spirit will live in you
forever. It is the Spirit of truth.
My dear graduate you are to wait God. If
you have trusted Christ, the Holy Spirit will
lead you, so the question is what does it
mean to wait of the Holy Spirit? It means to
pray about what God has promised you, and
be patient that He will do what He promised.
How do we know it means pray? In the gar-
den when He says to Peter, John and James,
"My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death:
tarry ye here, and watch." (Mark 14:34)
Be prepared and pray for me and we
know this because when he returns and
finds them asleep He asks them, couldn't
you watch one hour? "Watch and pray, lest
you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed
is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Mark 14:38)
He wanted them praying and that is what He
wants from you. He wants you to be ready
in prayer and He will direct you. He prom-
ises never to leave you nor forsake you. He
promises that He who began in you the day
you trusted Him will be faithful to complete
Rely on Christ and He will be faithful and
when you hurt or are content He will be
your comfort in each.
Do not think you know it all. They asked
Jesus, "Lord, will You at this time restore the
kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6) They asked
Him an important question for themselves,
because in our nature we want to know
what will happen and when, because we
are impatient. He tells them that it is none
of their business, because it is not for us to

Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter
in Okeechobee. This chapter meets al the Turtle Cove
Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, Okeechobee on Mondays from
10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves, Chapter leader would
like to extend a warm welcome to any interested persons
to come by and see what they are about. For information
call 863-763-6952.
Hottilla 57 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary meets at
7 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Station located at the
entrance to Okeetantie on Road 78 on the second Monday
of each month. Everyone is welcome to come as a guest
and inquire about membership. Do get your safe boating
certification Call to enroll for course or to inquire about
membership 863-763-0165.

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
Freedom Ranch AI-Anon meets every Tuesday and
is open to all who deal with someone with addictions.
There is support with this epidemic. The meetings are
Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Freedom Ranch, 11655 Hwy 441 S.E.
Contact Jay at 863-467-8683 for questions or concerns.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 242 Hwy 441
S.E., Okeechobee, NA. Nowhere 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 fellowships
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for
women who are hurting, homeless or have 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
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets
the second Tuesday of the month, al 11 30 am at the

know the times or season. God is the one
who knows, because Jesus had not yet as-
cended to heaven. You cannot know the fu-
ture that is for Him to know and so in life
you have to rely on Him to direct you. Do
not think you know better then God because
you do not, so in all things seek His face.
You are not promised tomorrow, you are
promised that He will be with you through-
out your whole life. Live your life fully sub-
mitting and trusting Christ, because in Him
there is life. "Trust in the LORD with all your
heart, And lean not on your own understand-
ing; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And
He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
He promises to guide you, direct you and
lead you, and more than that He promises
to dwell with you and grant you His heart.
My dear graduates I pray Romans 12:2
for you. "And do not be conformed to this
world, but be transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that you may prove what is
that good and acceptable and perfect will
of God." (Romans 12:2) Do not follow the
crowd rather follow God and you will be
able to prove His good pleasing and perfect
will. God does not leave you to flounder
about, but when you trust Him He will move
you at the impulse of His love. Trust in God
and though life may get tough, He will bless
you, because He loves you and will not leave
you nor forsake you.
You have a job to do. Before explaining
the job, let me give you proof that the prom-
ise of God is the Holy Spirit. "But ye shall
receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is
come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses
unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Ju-

First United Methodist Church, lunch is provided. For
information contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous
will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm at
Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W Fifth Ave. It will be
an open discussion meeting. For more information call
Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday
at noon at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S Parrott Ave
The meetings are open to the public. For information, Call
Maureen Bud]inski at 863-484-0110.
New AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an
A.A. meeting in Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the
Basinger Christian Brethren Church on 700-A, north off
U.S. 98 Beginners are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will
meet at the Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S
ParrottAve. Anyone currently home schooling or interested
in home schooling is welcome For information, call Lydia
Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-6808
Al-Ateen meeting wll 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
Savior, 200 N.W Third St, at 8 p.m.
AA Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at
the Church of Our Savior, 200 N W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every
Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411 S E Fourth
Sl, in Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome For information,
contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p m al
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. For information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-
261-5706 for special appointments
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

daea, and in Samaria, and unto the utter-
most part of the earth." (Acts 1:8) They were
to receive the power from God that came via
the Holy Spirit. The reason they were given
the Holy Spirit is so they could fill the com-
mission. What is the commission?
You are to impact your immediate com-
munity, like Okeechobee with the gospel of
Christ. You shall be witness in surrounding
cities, like Fort Drum. You are to be witness-
es in places where you do not even want to
go. The last place they are to go is to the ut-
termost parts of the earth with the gospel.
This means everywhere. This is the Great
So wait on God, do not rely on yourself
but on God, do your job and fulfill the com-
mand from Jesus Himself to be a witness
wherever you are and wherever you go. If
you are a Christian, you have graduated
along with every Christian to live out the
gospel. If you do not know Christ, you are
lost in your sin. If you do not know Christ,
you do not have salvation and you will not
go to heaven with the Father. Jesus came as
a babe and lived a perfect and sinless life. He
who knew no sin became sin for you and
for me. Now you may not know that you are
a sinner, so let me give you a little test. Are
you a good person? If I compare your life to
the Ten Commandments would you pass or
Have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen?
If you answer these questions yes then you
are a sinner and your sin will lead to death,
because the wages of breaking God's Law
is death. Seek God's truth and He will reveal
Himself to you.

The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets
at 7 30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W 24th Ave.
This is a men's only meeting. For information, call Earl at
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative
discussions bring many Bible truths to life. Everyone is
AA. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This
will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets
every second Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United
Methodist Church For information contact Jim Vensel at
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at
Believers Fellowship Church, 300 SW Sixth Ave. from
noon until 2 p.m. then from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women
who need emotional support or someone lust to care are
welcome. For information call the hot line 863-801-9201
or 863-697-9718.
Compulsive overealers are invited to 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. The only requirement for
membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. For
more information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or 863-697
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-
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.

6 Okeechobee News June 7, 2009

Community Events

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 organization is asking a donation
of $5 per brick. The brick sale started Satur
day any remaining bricks will be available
at the historical society on Thursdays from
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information,
call Betty Williamson at 863-763-3850.

Vacation Bible School
All local children are invited to "Truth
Trek" at Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church.
Our Truth Trek Club VBS will provide fun,
memorable Bible-learning activities for chil-
dren of all ages. Club VBS will take place on
June 7-12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Family night
will be Friday, June 12. VBS will meet at 1731
Hunter Rd. in Buckhead Ridge. (turn at the
Sunoco on 78) For information, call: Kim
Womble, our VBS Director-863-763-4821,
Cathy Womble-863-763-4821, or Janelle
Thomas-863-467-1015; or Pastor Richard

Church celebrates
The Gathering Church, 1735 SW 24th Av-
enue, Okeechobee, Florida, will be celebrate
ing its 6th year anniversary on Sunday, June
7. Service begins at 10:30 a.m. Pastors Mike
and Theresa Brown and The Gathering Fam-
ily invite all to celebrate with them!

Xplode into summer
with Summer Camp!
Okeechobee Xplosion is ready to Kick Off
the Summer! Summer Camps are quickly
filling up, please contact Victoria immedi-
ately if interested! 863-441-3826, xplosion-,www.xplosionallstars.
-,'phl.mnm The "Kick Off The Summer
F i, ,. June 8-12. Kick off your summer
the right way with games, laughter and fun!
We'll play some awesome camp classics
like Blind Nukem, Stormy Seas and even try
our hands out at an amazing Wacky Relay.
"Magical Fairy Land Week" is June 15-19:
A magical fairy land filled with stories, fun


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

Irene Helen Satterley, 73
OKEECHOBEE Irene Helen Satterley, died
Wednesday, June 03, 2009, in her home. She
was 73.
Born Sept. 8, 1935 in Greig, New York, she
had been a resident of Okeechobee for the last
35 years. She was the first Hospice Nurse in
Okeechobee with Hospice of Okeechobee,
Health Teacher and owner of Buckhead Ridge
Nursing Service.
She enjoyed quilting and reading.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years,
Courtland "Pete" Satterley of Okeechobee; sons,
Steven Seeley of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Thom-
as Seeley of Hamburg, N.' ?,iPht-r Pm. la,
Morley of Ogdensburg, I .. ... i.
Matthew Morley, Marc Morley, Brooke Morley,
Aaron Seeley, and Leah Satterley; and great-
grandchildren, Jack Morley and Jordan Morley.
There will be no public services or visitation.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in
her memory to The American Leukemia Society
for Research, 4360 N. Lake Blvd., Suite 109,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato
ry, 110 N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee.

Patricia Bass, 67
OKEECHOBEE Patricia Bass, died Thurs-
day, June 4, 2009, in Stuart. She was 67.
Born May 8, 1942 in New-
nan, Ga., to James E. and
Marion Vick, she was a
rancher of the Methodist
faith. She was a member of
local, state and national Cat-
tlemen's and Cattlewomen's
Association. She was also in-
volved with 4-H, Citrus
County Cowbells and Florida Cracker Cattle As-
She is survived by her husband, Elwyn Bass of
Okeechobee; her honorable mother, Eloise Van
Ness of Citrus County; daughter, Debbie Simo-
nek (James) of Tyler, Texas; son, Jimmie Rose
(Michele) of Citrus County; stepdaughter, Mary-
lin Lundy (Keith) of Basinger; two stepsons,
Bryan Bass (Becky) of Ohio, and Quinn Bass
(Patty) of Basinger; sister, Dianne Lynn Cordle
of Maryland; brother, James E. Vick Jr. of Doral;
twelve grandchildren; and two great-grandchil-
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday,
June 7, 2009 at Bass Okeechobee Chapel. Fu
neral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 8,
2009 at Bass Okeechobee Chapel, with Pastor
Monroe Arnold officiating. Burial will follow at
Basinger Cemetery.
Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bas
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., Okeechobee, FL

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lotion, and lip gloss and lots of dress up

Free VPK program to open
A FREE Summer Voluntary Pre Kinder
garten (VPK) program is available for chil-
dren who will be entering kindergarten in
the Fall. The program is taught by certified
elementary teachers. Breakfast, lunch, and
snack will be provided at no cost to the par
ent. The program will begin on '1 .iJ
June 8 and end on Friday, Aug. 21. 1 n, i.'
gram is not income based and the following
are the only requirements: Child must be a
Florida resident; Child must have turned 4
on or before Sept. 1, 2008; Child must NOT
have participated in a VPK program during
the school year. Please call the Early Learn-
ing Coalition at 863-357-1154 to schedule an

Register for summer
swim lessons
Okeechobee County Parks and Recre-
ation is offering swimming lessons Mondays
through Thursdays during the following
three sessions, June 8-18, June 22-July 2,
and July 6-July 16. The cost is $30 per ses
sion with a $5 discount for a second child
from the same household. Classes will be
held at 8 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 5:30
p.m. Payment is due upon registration. Re-
funds will reflect a $5 processing fee. Enroll
ment is limited and is offered on a first come
first serve basis. Registration will take place
on June 6, at the sports complex pool from
8 a.m. until 2 p.m. For additional informa-
tion please call the sports complex pool at

Sports complex
summer pool hours
The sports complex pool has begun sum-
mer hours. Hours from June 4-Aug. 23, will
be from 10-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday,
1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and from 68 p.m. on
Tuesday and Thursday nights. From Aug. 24,
through Oct. 31, pool hours will be from 3-6
p.m. from Tuesday through Friday, 10-5 p.m.
on Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The
pool will be closed on Monday. The pool will
also offer senior water exercise classes from
May 6-Sept.30. The classes will be held on
Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until
10:45. The cost is $1.50 per class.

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Young Farmers and Ranchers

to meet in Crystal River

Florida Farm Bureau's Young Farmers &
Ranchers will gather July 18 and 19 at The
Plantation Golf Resort & Spa, Crystal River.
This year's conference will bring members
back to the basics of agriculture and inspire
them as they return to their operations with
creative and innovative ideas in the areas
of economics, marketing, productivity, and
"The Farm Bureau Young Farmer &
Rancher program at both the state and na
tional levels are aimed at building future
leaders for the industry and Farm Bureau,"
said Florida Farm Bureau President John L.
Hoblick. "As an alumnus of both programs, I
can attest to the program's effectiveness."
Hosted by the state YF&R Leadership
Group, this annual conference welcomes
Farm Bureau leaders between the ages of 18
and 35 from all over the state. The leader-

ship group is currently made up of 13 cou-
ples and individuals who are appointed to
participate in a two year program aimed at
preparing them for leadership positions in
Farm Bureau and the agricultural industry.
Other Young Farmers & Ranchers are active
with their county Farm Bureaus.
More information about the conference,
including the registration form and agenda,
can be found on the Florida Farm Bureau's
Web site The
registration deadline is June 19. The confer
ence registration fee is $75.
The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is the
state's largest general-interest agricultural as-
sociation with about 138,000 member-fami
lies statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville,
the Federation is an independent, nonprofit
agricultural organization.

Okeechobee Livestock Market Report

June 2, 2009

Med #1
150 200
300 350


120 142
110 122
107 113

100 112
98 109

550-600 94-99 90-94
600-650 89-93 84-93
Med #2 Steers Hfrs
150-200 122-130 80-105
200-250 110-120 90-107
250300 109 117 90 102
300-350 90-115 85-96
350-400 89-112 80-96
400-450 80-85 78-90
Small # Steers Hfrs
250-300 90-111
300-350 99-115 80-98
350-400 95-107
Prices continue to stay good, most everything was
steady Cows and bulls may be $1 lower. Numbers
have dropped off due to rain, and usually lower
volume means better demand I would expect for runs
to stay small until after the fourth of July R.O L. Enter-
prise of Indiantown topped the calf market with a high
of $1.80, bought by Thomas Cattle Larson East End
topped the cow market with a high of $1 50, bought
by Dairymens.
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April. The eight year old adult fe-
male pelican originated from Kure
Beach, N.C. and was banded as a
young chick by the Department of
Biological Sciences at the Univer-
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large fishing lure embedded in her
right wing. Mr. McCullough gener-
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of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
Sgt. Brock detailed for the 12-member
jury a number of purchases and balance in-
quiries made on the man's Visa card during
the days after Mr. Dellarco's death.
Assistant State Attorney Tom Bakkedahl
also introduced a video of Ellerbee trying to
cash a check at a Sebring bank for $1,000
that was drawn on Mr. Dellarco's account
and supposedly signed by him.
However, a Bank of America teller testi-
fied that she didn't cash the check because
when she compared the signature on that
check to another one signed months before,
the signatures did not match.
Carol Chapman said she was a teller at
the Southgate Bank of America when Eller-
bee tried to cash the check. She said the
amount was a "red flag to us."
She testified that she compared the two
signatures and that "they weren't even
To help bolster the state's case, Mr. Bakke-
dahl introduced evidence that put Ellerbee
in Mr. Dellarco's concrete block home.
DNA expert Earl Ritzline testified that he
tested cigarette butts found in the home that
contained a profile of Ellerbee's DNA in the
"lip wrap." He also found a small amount of
blood on a glove later found in the pocket of
a jacket. On the right pinkie of that glove was
a small amount of blood that also contained
a profile of Ellerbee's DNA, said Mr. Ritzline,
who has been with t he Indian River Crime
Lab in Fort Pierce for over 20 years.
He went on to state from the stand that
the DNA found could be linked to Ellerbee
at a rate of 1-in-323 quadtrillion (that's with
15 zeroes).
And since there are only about 7 billion
people on earth, that's as good as saying
no one else in the world has DNA similar to
"That's beyond bailout money, right?"

said Mr. Bakkedahl.
Mr. Ritzline told the jury that because of
severe decomposition, DNA could not be
extracted from Mr. Dellarco's body.
But the most damning testimony of the
day came from Striker Ellerbee's former
Striker has been charged with grand theft
and fraud in this case and will be sentenced
on those charges in July.
Sitting tall in the witness stand, Striker
told Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright
of how the three were barely existing and
were to the point that they drank water out
of ditches to survive.
At one point, Striker said Ellerbee took
her and her child to an old travel trailer on
the Prairie where there was no water or
To withstand the September heat, they
hooked a couple of small fans up to the bat-
tery of a green Ford Explorer that had been
reported stolen in the city.
They hadn't been in the RV long until the
owner found them and told them to get out.
From there, they went to a dilapidated shack
known as Red Camp. The shack was located
about a mile from Mr. Dellarco's three bed-
room, two bath home.
"It was old; it was abandoned; it was run
down," Striker told the jury.
She went on to say that Ellerbee told her
he didn't deserve to live like this and that he
deserved better. She told Mr. Albright that he
was grumpy and aggravated.
Striker told the jury that Ellerbee left and
in a few hours he returned -- driving a blue
Ford Explorer. The Explorer belonged to Mr.
When Ellerbee returned to Red Camp,
Striker testified that "he was very happy and
bouncing all over the place -- hyper."
She said they went to Sebring that night
where they stayed at the Economy Inn and
ordered pizza. Ellerbee used Mr. Dellarco's
card to pay the $68.67 room tab and the
pizza on Sept. 21, 2006.
They returned to Red Camp the next day.
That, testified Striker, is when Ellerbee
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larco. Striker went on to tell the jury that
Ellerbee said he was going to bury the man
in the back yard and then they would move
into his home.
"He said he (Mr. Dellarco) didn't have
any family and that no one would care," she
told Mr. Albright.
But then, he began to see a lot of cars
from the sheriff's office in the area.
"He was agitated," said Striker. "He said
they must have found Mr. Dellarco."
On Sept. 29, Sean Bennis -- a friend and
former roommate of Mr. Dellarco's -- went
to the man's home to check on him. First
there was the overpowering odor of death.
Then, he looked into the garage and saw
something neatly tucked under a blue blan-
He then made a frantic 9-1-1 call.

Mr. Bennis said he did not go into the ga-
"I couldn't," he told Mr. Albright.
Ellerbee loaded up Striker and her baby
into Mr. Dellarco's SUV and drove to a mo-
bile home near Kenansville. That's where
he was taken into custody. And that's where
items belonging to Mr. Dellarco -- such as
the man's wallet, driver's license and a 20-
gauge shotgun given him by Mr. Bennis
-- were found. OCSO Detective Rick Durfee
also found a bottle of Mountain Dew with a
.22 caliber hand gun.
Fighting back emotion, Mr. Bennis de-
scribed Mr. Dellarco as his friend and "a
great old man."

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School board to consider student expulsions

As the 2008-2009 school year winds
down, the Okeechobee County School
Board will consider expulsions.
On the agenda for their June 9, school
board meeting are:
Recommendation that a ninth grade
student at New Endeavor High School
(NEHS) be expelled for the remainder of the
school year and for the first semester of the
2009-2010 school year for disobeying or dis-
regarding school personnel or school rules
and intentionally touching or applying force
to another person, in a rude, insolent or an-
gry manner.
Recommendation that a 10th grade
student at Okeechobee High School be ex-

Community Briefs

2010 Lake Okeechobee
Calendar Photo Contest
Calling all shutterbugs! The South Florida
Water Management District's Okeechobee
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VA Health Care Enrollment
The Dept of Veterans Affairs has received
increased funding to alleviate some of the
restrictions on Priority Group 8 enrollment.
Veterans previously denied VA health care
due to excess income might now be eligible.
The new provision requires the veterans in
come not to exceed the Geographic Means
Test Threshold (GMTT) by 10 percent and
goes into effect June 2009. Veterans whose
applications were submitted prior to Jan 1,
2009 andwere disapproved due to the GMTT
will have to re submit in order to be consid
ered for the new provision. For further infor-
mation or to re-submit, contact the County
Veterans Services Officer, Betsy Grinslade, at

200 SW 9th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974


pulled for the remainder of the school year
and for the first semester of the 2009-2010
school year for disobeying or disregarding
school personnel or school rules.
Recommendation that a sixth grade
student at NEHS be expelled for the remain
der of the year and the first semester of 2009-
2010 for disobeying or disregarding school
personnel or school rules and for possess
ing a controlled substance.
Recommendation that an eighth grade
student at NEHS be expelled for the remain
der of the year and the first semester of 2009-
2010 for disobeying or disregarding school
personnel or school rules and for possess
ing a controlled substance.



Recommendation that a seventh grade
student at NEHS be expelled for the remain-
der of the year and the first semester of 2009-
2010 for disobeying or disregarding school
personnel or school rules.
Recommendation that a nith grade stu
dent at NEHS be expelled for the remainder
of the school year for disobeying or disre-
garding school personnel or school rules.
Recommendation that a ninth grade
student at Okeechobee Freshman Campus
be excelled for the remainder of the school
year and for the first semester of the 2009-
2010 school year for intentionally touching
or applying force to another person, in a
rude, insolent or angry manner.

Recommendation that a ninth grade
student at NEHS be expelled for the remain-
der of the school year and for the first se-
mester of the 2009-2010 school year for dis-
obeying or disregarding school personnel or
school rules.
Items on the agenda also include:
Recognition of students;
Recognition of retiring personnel;
Contracts for educational services at
Department of Juvenile Justice facilities;
setting school board salaries;
personnel allocations.
The board will meet at 6 p.m. in the
School Board Office, 700 S.W Second Av

Schools to see funding cutbacks

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Like other local government entities, it
looks like Okeechobee County Schools are
going to have to do some budget belt tight-
ening. The amount of money they will have
to work with in planning the 2009/10 budget
is less what they had to work with in the cur
rent budget.
For the 2008/09 budget year the revenue
from property tax and per pupil funding was
$48,577,215. For the 2009/10 budget year
that total is $46,079,315 for a decrease of
$2,497,900 or 5.14 percent.
The decrease would have been about
twice as large but for $2,264,647 in federal
stimulus money the school system will be
getting. However, there are restrictions on
how that money can be spent. Since there
may be only one more stimulus payment
next year, assistant superintendent Ken
Kenworthy said the stimulus money will be
spent on nonrecurring expenses. Salaries
are a recurring expense and the school sys-
tem is looking for recurring sources of fund-
ing to pay salaries. About 85 percent of the
school district budget goes for salaries.
Mr. Kenworthy said the state used the
stimulus funds to supplant what they should
have funded.
"All departments realize the need to cut
back," the assistant superintendent stated.
He went on to say that they have offered

suggestions for saving money.
The projections for the coming budget
year are even more dire with further declines
predicted in student enrolment, base student
allocation and total state funding. School of-
ficials are projecting a decrease of 115 in stu
dent enrollment in the coming school year.
One way to help make up the shortfall
has recently been mandated by the state. A
new law signed by the governor on May 27
requires that effective July 1 of this year each
elected district school superintendent's sal-
ary be reduced by two percent.

Among other ways to make up the short
fall, school officials are considering reducing
the superintendent's salary, eliminating paid
holidays, elimination of district funds for
athletics, leaving vacant positions unfilled,
bidding out employees' health insurance,
reduction or elimination of contracted ser-
vices, and increasing school facility use fees.
The school system is also considering post
poning some capital projects and going to a
four day work week in July.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
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Okeechobee High School Class of 2009

Olivia Skeen was one of the three Vale- Co-Valedictorian Vic Patel was among
dictorians for the Okeechobee High those to speak at graduation ceremo-
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personnel were scrambling to deal
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rain that came blowing through the
open end of the Agri-Civic Center.
Plans for the graduates' exit had to be
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Enjoy your pool in safety

2009 Swimming pools provide a refresh-
ing form of entertainment, interaction and ex
ercise. When it comes to children and pools,
responsibility is added to that list.
Watching children constantly without any
interruption is necessary to keep them safe.
It only takes an instant for a child to sneak
away. Multiple preventative safety measures
are therefore an inherently necessary part of
swimming pool and water safety. Barriers
should be at least four feet tall and any gaps
or openings should be too small for a child to
crawl through or under.
Gates that access the pool area should open
outward, away from the pool, and be self-clos-
ing and self latching. Any doors that go from
the home directly to the pool should be self-
closing, self-latching and the handle should be
no lower than 54 inches above the floor.
Safety pool covers should be approved as
such and be lockable. Other safety devices
include door and window alarms, detection
alarms around/in the pool (there are several
different types), personal immersion alarms for
a child or pet, life rings and shepherd hooks.
Implementing several ways to keep children
away from the pool when they aren't allowed
to use it can make all the difference. Here are
some other safety tips:
Have a designated pool watcher to keep
an eye on swimmers at all times;
Learn CPR;
Keep your safety barriers and layers of
protection in place at all times;
Never swim alone, this means adults

Do not use a pool/spa while under the
influence of alcohol or drugs;
Do not use glass containers around the
Keep the pool area well lit if swimming
after dark;
Go in at the first sign of thunderstorms;
No running or rough play;
No diving in shallow water and always
steer your dive up;
Never stand or play on a pool cover;
Read and follow the labels and instruc-
tions when using and storing pool chemicals;
Keep emergency phone numbers posted
in the pool area;
Do not leave toys near a pool, they can
attract children;
Do not leave objects near the fence that a
child could climb over;
Learn to swim.
Consumers can find information and search
for members m their area by visiting www.Flor- The Florida Swimming Pool
Association is a trade association for the pool
and spa industry in Florida. There are approxi-
mately 600 member businesses in 16 Chap-
ters across the state. Members are required to
abide by a code of ethics and to be properly li
censed and insured. FSPA provides the industry
with access to continuing education courses,
information on current trends and issues, an
arbitration program and government relations
representation. FSPA is governed by a Board of

Corps to receive millions

in Recovery Act Funds

JACKSONVILLE-The U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, Jacksonville District will receive
$250,753,000 for Civil Works projects under the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of
"Jacksonville District is fully committed to
ensuring that these Recovery Act funds are used
quickly and efficiently to create jobs and stimu
late the economy," said Col. Paul L. Grosskru-
ger, district commander. "The projects that will
receive these funds will also provide long-term
value for the citizens of Florida, even earlier than
initially expected."
Included in the list of approved projects are
construction projects at Canaveral Harbor, Jack-
sonville Harbor, Kissimmee River and Virginia
Beach Key as well as several Everglades restora-
tion projects. Civil works investigations projects
include Jacksonville Harbor, Mile Point, Port
Everglades and St. Johns County. Operations
and maintenance projects include Palm Beach
Harbor, Ponce de Leon Inlet, Withlacoochee
and Ocklawaha Rivers, Okeechobee Waterway
and work on the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal
A complete list of all Corps Recovery Proj
ects, itemized by district, is available on Jackson-
ville District's web site,,
by clicking on the recovery link.
Economists estimate that Corps Recovery
Act projects will create or maintain approxi-
mately 57,400 direct construction industry jobs
and an additional 64,000 indirect and induced

jobs in firms supplying or supportig the con-
struction and the businesses that sell goods and
services to these workers and their families. All
of the projects have received appropriated funds
in prior years' Energy and Water Development
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used to complete increments of work on previ-
ously started projects and in some cases to com-
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on the list.
All projects meet the five criteria of the Re-
covery Act, in that they will:
Be obligated/executed quickly;
Result in high, immediate employment;
Have little schedule risk;
Be executed by contract or direct hire of
temporary labor; and
Complete a project phase, a project, an ele
ment, or will provide a useful service that does
not require additional funding.
Many of the contracts for Corps Recovery
projects will be competitively bid. Most of the
stimulus projects will be procured with new
contracts and some contracts will be awarded
by issuing task orders on existing contracts that
had been competitively bid at an earlier date. At
this time, specific information about the con-
tracting vehicles to be used for each project has
not yet been determined. Information on the
contracts advertised in support of Recovery Act
projects will be available on the Federal Business
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Residents of the county might soon have Recovery, compared this program to the elec- try to the area, said that expanded broadband I
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he Broadband Technologies Opportunities cal data--a service that is not available now pui without. esrough
Program that is intended to bring broadband in this area. graphs quicker, without having to go through
access to those areas of the country that are Dr Patricia Cooper, superintendent of dispatch. It could also help combat identity Who is 't these days
unserved or underserved. Under this program schools, said the school system could defi- theft by the quick transmittal of drivers license
FHREDI has applied for a $100 million grant to nitel benefit from expanded broadband ca- pictures. f g -- subscribing to the
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If the grant is approved, FHREDI will be Former county commissioner Elvie Posey, end of August. Awards will be made in three Okeehoh ee News
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Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Calm
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The Okeechobee Kiwanis Club met at noon, Thursday, June 4, at the Ameri-
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Guard Auxiliary. He stressed the Importance of boat safety such as getting a
Vessel Safety Check, taking the boating safety course; always wearing your
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The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Thurs-
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on backpumping of nutrient-rich water into
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eral Clean Water Act.
In the ruling, the three-judge panel stat-
ed the wording of the Clean Water Act was
"ambiguous." The ruling also stated that the
judges had to accept Environmental Protec-

tion Agency's argument that transferring wa-
ter from one navigable waterway to another
does not require a permit.
Thursday's decision overturned the 2006
ruling by U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Alton-
aga. Judge Altonga had ruled that the South
Florida Water Management District should
have obtained a permit before backpumping
excess water into the big lake.

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managers praised the court's ruling: The
South Florida Water Management District is
pleased with the Court's decision to support
the local management of local water resourc-
es. This is a landmark case of national signifi-
cance that has implications not only for Lake
Okeechobee but also for water management
throughout Florida and beyond.
"Moving water is an essential public
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control, water supply and environmental res-
toration. Florida's robust regulatory system
already effectively ensures that water man-
agement activities comply with State law and
adhere to the standards of the federal Clean
Water Act.
"As the District has maintained, Congress
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states to manage their waters for the benefit
and protection of their citizens without
burdening taxpayers with additional layers
of federal oversight that add no environmen-
tal benefits. The court found reasonable the
Environmental Protection Agency's views
that state programs are a more sensible ap-
proach than the NPDES program.
"The South Florida Water Management
District remains committed to the people of
South Florida and will continue to protect
our natural resources, safeguard the health,
welfare and safety of Florida's communities
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New Horizons of the Treasure Coast visits U.S. Congress

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and addictions administrators, psychiatrists,
patients and community leaders from 40
states who are coming to Washington, D.C.
June 9-10, to add their voices to the growing
healthcare reform debate.
New Horizons CEO John Romano, a
member of the National Council for Com-
munity Behavioral Healthcare (National
Council), is meeting with Florida Senators
Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez, and, Congress-
men Tom Rooney and Alcee Hastings to ask
for the resources that people with mental ill-
nesses and addiction disorders need to live
full and productive lives.
These advocates arrive in Washington,
D.C. as community mental health and addic-
tion treatment organizations nationwide are
experiencing a 20 percent surge in demand
for services, according to a recent survey by
the National Council. Demand is increasing
and states are cutting funds reducing ser-
vices, closing programs and imposing hiring
"The safety net in Florida is compromised
and in dire need of stimulus," said John Ro-
mano, CEO of New Horizons. "The national
healthcare reform agenda must include
mental health and addiction services, which
are vital to keeping us strong, safe and pro-

Nationwide, the economic, social and hu-
man costs of mental health and addictions
disorders are staggering:
Mental illness drains our economy of
more than $80 billion every year, accounting
for 15 percent of the total economic burden
of all disease.
Alcohol and drug abuse contributes to
the death of more than 100,000 Americans
and costs upwards of half a trillion dollars a
*A quarter of all Social Security disability
payments are for individuals with mental ill-
"Legislators representing Florida can
bring mental health and addictions treat
ment to the table as we discuss healthcare
reform. We cannot afford to let this historic
opportunity pass and we cannot let our most
vulnerable citizens go without care."
To prepare for the new era of healthcare
accountability while attempting to stem the
escalating mortality rates of people with se-
rious mental illnesses, New Horizons, along
with the National Council, is pursuing four
Mental Health and Substance-Use Dis-
orders Included in Benefit Packages: Mental
health and substance abuse benefits must
be part of any nationwide healthcare reform
plan, with equitable insurance coverage for
mental health and addiction disorders on par
with other health conditions.
"Federally Qualified" Behavioral Health
Centers: Create a national standard of ev

idence-based treatment and supports for
persons with mental illnesses and addiction
disorders, with reimbursement based upon
the cost of delivering services.
Co-location of Primary Care in Com-
munity Behavioral Health Organizations: En
able persons with serious mental illness to
benefit from one-stop, comprehensive care
for behavioral and physical conditions under
one roof.
HIT Funding: Ensure that community
behavioral health organizations are eligible
for any federal health information technol-
ogy funding made available to help physi-
cians, hospitals and community health cen-
ters adopt and use electronic health records.
Established in 1958, New Horizons of
Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast is a
non-profit organization that provides mental
health care and substance abuse treatment
for children and adults living in Indian River,
Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie Counties.
For additional information about New Ho
rizons or the "4 Our Kids" capital campaign
call Cathleen Owen at 772-672-8333 or visit
our web site at

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Summer reading list

TALLAHASSEE-The Florida Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) has an-
nounced a recommended summer reading
list that promotes the beauty and adventure
found in many of Florida's natural wonders.
Selections in the list provide a focus on Flor-
ida's State Parks but also offer information
about other unique ecological settings.
"Students can continue their learning in
fun ways by reading about and exploring
our State Parks during the summer months,"
said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J.
Smith. "I encourage families to take the time
to celebrate Florida's rich and diverse back-
drop through literacy; not only this summer,
but throughout the year."
In addition to the summer reading list,
DEP's recently launched Rediscover Flor-
ida-100 Ways in 100 Days campaign en-
courages families to enhance their Florida
"discovery" experience. The Rediscover
Florida effort aims to increase awareness
of all the activities Florida's public lands of-
fer-from the traditional (hiking, biking, and
camping) to the unique (festivals, historic
reenactments and museums). Visitors to the
Rediscover Florida Web site can explore an
interactive list of 100 activities and track how
many of the activities they can complete.
"Summer is the perfect time for stu-
dents to expand their literary horizons and
become engaged in protecting the environ-


ment by reading about the outdoors," said
DEP Secretary Michael W. Sole. "By promot-
ing literature focused on Florida's diverse
natural resources, we hope to harness stu-
dents' interest in environmental stewardship
and academic success."
Research indicates that children who do
not continue to read during the summer
months risk losing progress made during the
school year. To help families get started on
their summer learning and exploring experi-
ence, the summer reading list offers selec-
tions such as:
Read "Henry the Impatient Heron" by
Donna Love and visit Anastasia State Park in
St. Augustine (grades K-3)
Read "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by
Scott O'Dell and visit Long Key State Park in
Long Key (grades 4-5)
Read "John James Audubon: The Mak-
ing of an American" by Richard Rhodes and
visit Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in
Tallahassee (grades 6-8)
Read "The Everglades, River of Grass"
by Marjorie Stoneman Douglas and visit the
Everglades at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve
State Park in Copeland (grades 9-12)
To view DOE's Summer Reading list, visit To learn more
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small, black/white. Vic
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Workplace. Call
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local work, light com-
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true, chances are that it
is. If you have questions
or doubts about any ad
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ahead of time, you check
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Bureau at 772-878-2010
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phone numbers may re-
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well as long distance toll
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to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads,
but occasionally we may
not be aware of the
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you call a number out of
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Carpentry & Much More!
No Job Too Big or Small.
or (863)261-6425
License # 5698 & 1126

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Recruiters Available 24/7
Call for details.
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Drivers CDL A

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Minimum Age 23, 1 Year
Experience Required.
Pneumatic Experience Preferred.
Contact Mike Lense for details
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or apply online

Painting, Repairs,
Power Washing

Love the earth Recycle
your used items by
selling them in the

HS Grad or GED. Evidence of 5 yrs
good driving record. Current (within
6 mos) St. Lucie County School
Board Bus driver with no negative
records. Proof of successful com-
pletion of school board's 40-hour
training course and yearly inservice.
Must possess a valid State of FL
Class B CDL. Complete application
on line at
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Fort Pierce, FL 34950

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C/HEAT & AIR 2 yr
old, 3 ton unit. Frigi-
daire (made in USA)
$1,650 (863)467-7528

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is doing you in, it's time
to look for a helper in
the dassifieds.

We move, re-level
and set up sheds.

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go? It can go even
faster when you sell
it in the classified.

Badck To Life
back massager*New
$50 863-467-0792

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neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or doset in
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*Brinkman Stainless
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SRattan Love Seat
Good condition
Ought green print- $30
Call 863-467-0792.

Metal Walker with
adjustable hand brakes
on handles. $400

Mustang Wheel Chair
with all the animates.
$500 863-447-0642

Scooter Power Chair
(Electric) Never used -
Excellent Condition -
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tiny females, $400

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80 LB Bales. $12 ea. Also
Alfalfa Orchard & Timothy
Mixed. (863)697-3679

Fruit Plants Tropicals
and Traditionals
Open 7 days
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1 BEDROOM efficiency
apartment, water, elec-
tric, cable, lawn, included
in rent for only $700
mthly & $500 security.
Great location Hwy 441
SE. Sena Treadway

In Town, 2br/2ba, W&D,
$850 mo. + $500. sec.

Oak Lake 2BR/2BA,
fum. villa, patio, w/d,
very clean, $950 + sec.
dep. (863)634-3313

1/1 Extra Lg LR, new kit
& din. rm., pool table
rm Fully fum, elec/cable
included. W/D Hook up
$550. mo 863-467-4449

2/2 Updated kitch.W&D
$800 mo., 1st, last &
$500 sec 863-467-5965

3/2 Home,
w/detached garage, open
floor plan, $850/mo.
first & last
Call Brand! 863-634-3407
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HOUSES 3/2/2 and
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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

CLEAN 2/1 in city. Nice
yard. Good location.
$700 mo., 1st, last &
$500 sec 863-467-5965

DUPLEX 3BR, 2 BA $750
mo., 2BR, 2BA $700
mo. Both have Garbage
pickup & Lawn included
and require 1st & sec.

NEW 3/2/1, credit ck req.
$900/mo., 1st & last mo.
Call 631-875-4701.

LOG CABIN Rim Canal.
2BR, 1BA, Fully fur-
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cookware. W&D, DW.

NEW 4BR, 2BA, 2 Car
Garage. on V acre in
Okeechobee. $1200
mo. (561)301-3880

New, Large 1/1 CBS in
town, $695, FLS, apple's,
lease, plus utilities.

2ba, great neighborhood,
tile throughout,
$1195/mo, st & sec
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NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okebemed
County Planning Board on Tuesday, June 23, 29 at 7:00 p 1m n the
Commlissn Mee0ng Rorm. Okeechbee County Health Department Audl-
to9um, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda to consider a request
fora change in znng from the exting 0la0sifiat of Agnoulture (A) t
the proposed cla cat of Industrial (). The property owner and appl-
cant is Plip Bege The property address is 9555 NE 1208 Avenue, Tre
property me particularly doesoed as follows:
rtons of Sectons 14 and 23 Township 36 South, Range 36 East, Oee-
c0obee County, Flonda, and being descrbed as followS,
Comment at e Southeast mer of Sectin 14, Tenshp 36 South
Range 36 nat then bear North 0 8903314 West a ditance of S0.
feet to a point on the Westely Rightof-way line of N E. 12h Avenue
0A KA. Bennan Road Extenon), thence South 00o29'40We along sa10
Right-of-Way I a dane of 1321i feet, the South 8912'13'
West a distance of 3950 00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING thenct
conbnue South 8912'13 West a distance of 103680 feet, then Nor0 t
01.4539' West a drtan of 2125.80 feet, thence North 88176 East a
distance of 1005.36 feet, thenVo South 02035'53 East a dstane ol
2141.89 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING Containing 51000 aces, onl
to the extent that the aforedesobed property lies in the South 1/2 o
Secten 14 and Setion 23, Townhip 36 South Range 36 East, Okeecho-
bee County, orda and s a part of the property described in that relai
Personal Representves Deed dated April 13,1984 and recorded n -
c Rerds Book 261 at Page 368 of the Public Recr of Okeechobee
County, AFlnda
Portons of Sechons 14 and 23, Townshlp 36 South, Range 36 East Okee-
chobee County, Flnda, and being described a follows:
Comme0ng at De Soueast omr of Section 14, T_ ship 36 South,
Range 36 East, thence bear North 8931'304' Wet a distance of 50.
feet to a point on the Wtd Right-of-Way line of NE. 12th Avenue
(A KA. Beoman Road Extension), and POINT OF BEGINNING, then bear
North 00272' Ea along said Right-of-Way line a diane of 849.12
feet to a POINT OF CURVATURE of a 35.00 foot Radius Ar conave tc
the Southwest thee along said Ar a dance of 56.30 feet thru a Cen-
tral Angle of 9210W6 to a POINT OF TANGENCY, thene Sou
88017`0g' West a distance of 030.59 ee thence South 0235'53" Eat
a distance of 214189 feet thence North 89123' East a distance ol
3950.00 feet to the Westery Right-of-Way Ine of N. E. 12th Avenue
then along laid Rightf-Way lne North 0029'4 East a distance o
1321.11 feetto the POINT OF BEGINNING, Cont 200,00 Acre on
to the extent that the aforedesnbed property lies in the South 12 ol
Sectmn 14 and Setmon 23, Townhip 36 South Range 36 East OkeecEh-
bee Count Fonda and a part of the property desbed in mat cortai
Personal Representes Deed dated Apnl 131984 and recorded n Ofi-
cl1 Reards Book 261 at Page 368 of the Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Flnda
In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, He
headngs shall be 0 ntinued to Wedneday, une 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm in
the Commlssn Meeng Room, Okeechobee County Court0ose, 304 NW
2d Street, Okeedobee, Ronda,
A SECOND PUILIC HEARING to cnder the request for a change i
zoning will be held before the Board of County Commsoners on ThuM-
day, Jul1y 9, at 9:400 am in the Oeechobe Det County Health epart-
ment A0udt um, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Orehtobee, Flonda.
AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any per dldng to appeal any deoson by
the Board of County Commlloner or the Board of Adjlu nts and 0 p-
peals with respect to any matter cnldered at these meetings or heing
will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made a
that the re rd mdudes the tesOmony and evidence upon whh e appeal
will be based. County Clerk and Planning and Deloment tape are fo
the sole purpose of backup for offal records of the er and of the Plan
n1g Department,
Wllam D Royoe, Planning Direco
Pe3on R-2009-06830
323343 ON 617,14109


June 7, 2009

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PROECT NO. 2009-06
Sealed BIDS nll be reteoved by Okeechobde County Board of County Cornm-
misnr at the Okeehobee County Iudidal Cent, 312 NW 3rd
StBoa Okeechoee, Florida 34972 un0l 2:00 p.m. on uly 14,
2009 Bds wl be receyoed at the fst floor receptn 0esk Bids ll be
oend at the Okeechobee Count- Health Denarbnent BOCC
Meeng Roam, located at 1798 Nothwes t Ninh Avenue, Okee-
chobee, l orida 34972. ey will be publicly opened by the County
Clerk or degnee and read aloud. Any BIDS receed after time speoa-
tfed ll not be accepted.
The BIDS shall ad o nurbishis all be based on fuhing materials, equipment
and labor oe sry for the Okeechobee County Emrsgno Op
eratlons and Communications Center. The work is for the cnsruc-
ban of a new Emergency Operatons and Conmunmatons Cern er,
0consng generally of new walls, celmg, fnsYes, lghntng, A/ and Fire
proteon, and oth additional work indicated n the Bidding Do nt
datedO 2 The work shall be doe in a dance with the Flobda
Dsm of Emegency Management grant crtena,
All mateals furnished and all wrk peroormed shall be in aordane w0h
the oDrawngs, Spotcatons and Contract Documents prtaing thereto
dated May 292009, which may e amned at the O office noted be-
low e ADG office in Wnter Park, Flda, and at the on ln Plan Reoow
ro of Winter Park Blue Pdnt atHd1w wbum h then secl

Oeechobe County Capital Improvements Arhteths Degn Grop, Inc
50 Northwest xth Seet 333 N. Kn Aenue
Okeecobbee, Flodda 34972 Wintero Park, 0oMda 32790
(863) 763-005 (407) 647-1706
Any uestlons pertaining to the prmec speficationsa or sope of wrk wl0
be addressed to the Architect at 33 N Knoles Av, Winter Park Flonda or
, in wnbb0ng no later man uly 1, 2009. Addenda wll be
u Boter Btha uoy 7, 2009.
Each Contractor will be furnished with one (1) set of ar and Spfca-
0on0 for a non-refundable depost of Two hundred Dollars2000). The
Bidders depot shl be a heck made payable to ter Park Blue Pnt
drawings and Spfcatons wll be charge at Square oot rates Bidders
may p0ck up Plan ad Specgons beginning une 2009, fom Winter
Park Blue Pnnt. All oss of shipping documents shall be the Bldders e-
A re-bld conference 11ll be held at the Okeechobee County Helth Dpart-
ment, BOC M0t0ng Room, loted at 1798 Northwet Ninth Avenue,
Okneoboee, Flodsa 34972 on une 25, 2009 at 10:00 a Bidde's
atedance a mandatory. BIDS RECEIVED FROM CONT0 ATOS
Each bid must te accompanied by an acceptable Bid Securtym the form of
a B Bond, or Cered C heck made payable to rOkeehobee County
Board of County Comms n the amount of not less than five per-
cent (5%) of the total Bd Amont as a guarantee that the Bidder, if
awarded the Contract wll execute and hie acceptable peormanc and
payrnent bonds equal to 100% of 0e 0ntrac0 pne within teen (15)
days after written noce of the award of contract. N bidder may wih-
draw the bid for a penod of ninety (90) days after the date set for open-
Okeechobee County accepts no responibl for any epe"nse related to
npreparatn or deliverof proposal h e Owner reserves the night to reect
any or all Bds, a Bds in any order or comblato, ept or reject
por0on of0 Bdl, 0mke modifaons to the work after bidding, and waive
any informality in the Bs they deem t in their bet interest to do so.
The General Contractor will pvade add=onal nformatn mcludng, but
not lmed to, a It of mllar projects construed witn the past fve (5)
years, lent fefrencery and an audited or cerfend inancal statement, or
other financial references deemed appropriate to Contract Award,
Bidders will confne their bids to the proec in its entirety Partial bids wl
not be accepted
Each bidder will submit wth this bid eidence that the bidder is licensed to
perfo0 m the work and series or qual9ed by examinaoon to be so l-
If in the opinion o of the bidder, incostenies appear to 0 i in the sp0-
catons, it It the bidders responblty to seek clanfcaton from m0 hlte
Degn Group, Inc. Addtonally, incumbent upon ll bdders to conduct
a peonal Irt atyto 00 to r qulre 0 100 the County.
The Board of County Commlssne has the night to accept or reect any
or all bids. Bds must be led and the tsde of the envelope MUST be
CIIf Betts r, Charrman
Board of County ommsmlsones
Okbechobee County, Flnda
Sharon Robetsn, Cler of Court
Okeechobee County, Flonda
323325 ON 61/7/09

NOTICE; The Plannn BoardiBoard of Adlustents and Appeal wll hold
their next regular meo g on Tsday, June 23, 29at 70 pm In
the Commsron Mleetn RBoom, Okeeo bee County Hearlth Deparm ent
Anudtoum, 01728 NW 9 Avenue, Okeehobee, Rlonda In the event that
all tems sheduld before the Board a not heard, the meeting shall be
continued to Wednday 24, 200 at 7:00 pm n the Cmm on
Meeting Room, Or hobe County Heald Department Audltorm, 728
NAV9tB g th n, rnobtotee, Floidn.
AT PUBLIC HEARINGS A 0on 0 ead to apeal any decson the
Board of Adjustments anor pdn alt w0 h respoe ao any matter considered
at th meeng or eann will need to ensure that a verbaem remd of the
poeedings is made am that the record iclud the test ny and e= -
dee upon whcrh the appeal will be based Planning and Development
pes are for the ole purpose of bao up fo offiaal recds of the depart-
Wllham D Royce, Plannng Dlrector
323339 ON 617109

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Request forProposals
Professional Auditing Sendies
Sealed ppoas for Professonal Aud =ng Servie fe The Flnda Goven
mental Uth Aut hori (FGUAo wi be received by the Chef Financial O-
cer, The Floda Gernmental Uti,1iutonty, 280 Weuva Spneng Road
Sute 2000 Longmod, FL 32779 until 3:0 p.m, on June 26, n At tha
te the deignated cloig ime will be retned unopned me rlond
Goernnnmental Utility Authorinty has uty systems located in Lee County
Coller Contyand Pac County, Floda.
Al opr heopo ai all be submitted with () signed original, mared "Oignal'
and three () copes, marked Copy" in a s led kge add sed to the
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(Oi7) 60690 emall hsyp
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any techncalites or iegulaes therein The FGUA further reserves th
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the speccatons, att ole deteninaton.
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New FWC quota process

allows for guest permit

The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
will be accepting applications until
June 30, to be included in a random
drawing for quota permits to hunt
on Florida's wildlife management
areas (WMAs) next season.
This year, there are a few rule
changes pertaining to the Quota
Hunt Permit Program to improve
the state's regulation of hunting on
WMAs. For instance, the FWC has
created a guest permit so quota per-
mit holders can take a friend hunt-
ing with them. The guest can obtain
the permit by using the quota permit
holder's customer ID number.
The FWC suggests hunters wait
to obtain their guest permits until
just before their hunt begins. Once
a guest permit is issued it cannot be
changed. Guest permits will not be
available until Aug. 1.
In addition, quota hunt permits
are no longer transferable, so in-
dividuals will not be able to hoard
permits and reduce other hunters'

chances of being selected, ensuring
a fairer distribution of hunting op-
portunities among more hunters.
If a hunter does not draw a per-
mit this year, he will get a preference
point that will increase his odds of
getting drawn next year. Preference
points can accumulate in subse-
quent years.
More hunt choices are available.
Hunters may apply for up to nine
hunt types: archery, muzzleloading
gun, general gun, wild hog, mobility
impaired, track, airboat, youth and
On many WMAs, quota permits
are required for hunters wishing to
hunt during specified periods of the
general gun season, as well as for
other hunts, including the archery
and muzzleloading gun seasons.
Quota permits also are required for
hunts involving airboats, track ve-
hicles, youths, families and mobility-
impaired persons.
Worksheets are available by click-
ing under "Limited Entry Hunts" at

MyFWC.cornHunting. They also are
available from county tax collectors'
offices, license agents and FWC re-
gional offices.
To apply, take a worksheet to any
license agent or tax collector's office
or apply online at: www.wildlifeli- through midnight June
Worksheets for recreational use
permits also are available at MyFWC.
con/Hunting. The FWC issues recre-
ational use permits on a first-come,
first-served basis beginning 10 a.m.
(EDT) June 4,-March 31, 2010.
Visit and
click on "Limited Entry Hunts" for
more information on how to apply
for permits, plus application periods
and deadlines. For more information
on the guest permit and other quota
permit changes, click on "New Quo-
ta Permit Changes" under "Breaking
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OHS senior gets cross country scholarship

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Misael Alvarado has received a
full scholarship from Brewton Park
College in Mount Vernon, Ga.
Alvarado had gone to an open
tryout for soccer at the NAIA school
in February, and talked to the cross
country coach Greg Mullins about
their new cross country program.
The trip had been arranged by
Brahman soccer coach Lonnie
Alvarado said he never thought
he would be a runner, but is glad
that he took up the sport. He noted
former cross country and former
track coach Nathan Owen encour-
aged him to participate and finally
got through to him.
"Coach Owens harassed me,
come run for me, come run for me,"
he said. "My junior year I had him for
American history and he kept asking
why can't you come today. He asked
me every day for a week. I had ex-
cuses like I didn't have the proper
clothing so he threw me a uniform.
We talked to my parents, he called
them right from his office, and he

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Misael Alvarado and his moth-
er Anita Nunez celebrate his
college scholarship.
was pretty persistent. He wanted me
to run."
Alvarado's mother Anita Nunez is
not surprised her son was a success
at running. She knew he'd been run-
ning all his life.
"We are very proud of him," she
said. "He's a hard working kid, a
great kid."
Alvarado works for his father at

Alvarado and Sons Lawn Services
and that helps keep him in shape.
He also will have to start training on
Monday and adhere to a strict diet
with no caffeine and fatty foods. "It's
hard, you have to be committed," he
said. "My Coach said I can make All
American if I cut a few seconds off
my time."
Alvarado intends to receive a gen-
eral business degree. He is the first
member of his family to graduate
from high school and the first to at-
tend college.
"I'm excited. To be honest, I
didn't think I would go for running. I
didn't think I'd get to run in college.
Coach Lonnie Sears said you can
do anything," he said. "You can run
in college and earn a scholarship. I
wasn't even looking for the oppor-
tunity, it was just a thing that came,
I just took the opportunity, and it's
pretty sweet."
Misael said without this scholar-
ship it would have been tough for
him to get into college. He thanked
the Okeechobee Community for
their donations at scholarship night,
"If it wasn't for the community I
don't think I'd be going. It's like
$5,000 came out of nowhere."

Yearling celebrates perfect volleyball season

By Charles M. Murphy happy when they get a couple of years in "C l
Okeechobee News high school."
Yearling volleyball coach Bruce Conrad Conrad named Maci Thomas and Sarah
knows you don't have a perfect season that Davis as most valuable players. He praised .. ..

often, so when you do you need to savor it.
Conrad hosted a part for the girl's volley-
ball squad this week and handed out awards
for the team's (10 0) perfect season.
"I couldn't have asked for more. It was
kind of disappointing because the confer-
ence had dissolved this year but the girls
played hard and played well. Not too many
perfect seasons. I'm pleased with it."
Yearling has had one other perfect season
when Paige Durrance was the head coach.
Conrad has had perfect regular seasons be-
fore but this was his first unbeaten season.
"They were a great group of girls. Most
of these girls played on the 14 and under
club team. I saw them play in three tourna-
ments and they were awesome together.
The high school coach Todd Jones will be

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Davis for her power game at the net and
Thomas for her passing and defensive skills.
"Both girls are MVP. They are totally dif-
ferent players, one's a power player, and the
other girl Macy finesses in spots, digs every-
thing and hits the floor. It would have been
hard winning without either one of them.
I really almost had six MVPs this year. The
girls complimented each other well."
Other awards went to Janet Smith for
most assists, Kyla Hargraves for most service
aces, Amy Nunez for the Yearling award, Ka
tie Ward for most improved and Krista Ward
for defensive player of the year.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
(top, I to r) Katie Ward accepts most improved player award. Krista Ward won
the defensive player of the year award. Ami Nunez won the Yearling Award from
Coach Bruce Conrad. (bottom, I to r) Sarah Davis and Maci Thomas shared the
most valuable player award for Yearling volleyball. Kyla Hargraves took home
the Ace award for leading the team in service aces.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Members of the Yearling Middle school volleyball team which went undefeated
in 2008 included Kyla Hargraves, Airi Nunez, Lexi Ward, Janet Smith, Sarah
Davis, Krista Ward, Brooke Osceola, Erin Hudson, Katie Ward, Ami Nunez, Bre-
anna Billie, Sarah Hurst, Jaide Micco, Taylor Williams, Maci Thomas, Delaney
Osceola, and Coach Bruce Conrad and Melinda Gray.

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