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Sunday, July 26, 2009 754 Plus tax

Day of the American Cowboy: Cattle drive, rodeo honor heritage

School board considers
budget ... Page 12

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Community Events.................... 15,18
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Okeechobee celebrated the Day of the Cowboy on Saturday, starting with
a cattle drive (photos above and below) from Flagler Park in downtown
Okeechobee to the Agri-Civic Center on State Road 70. The events were or-
ganized by the Okeechobee County Cattlemen's Association and Okeecho-
bee Main Street. One participant (photo at right) got a lot of attention by
riding an ox instead of a horse. 17-year-old Kyle Kodrowsky from the Florida
Sheriffs' Boys Ranch said the
Jake (the ox) was originally
part of a pair of oxen used to
pull a wagon. When the other
ox died, they decided to try
putting a saddle on Jake.
At the Agri-Civic Center, The
Day of the Cowboy celebra-
tion continued with a barbecue
cookoff, mounted shooting
demonstration and a ranch ro-
deo. For more on these events,
see the Wednesday edition of
the Okeechobee News.


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Perez gets 10-year prison sentence

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man charged with hitting an-
other man in the head with
a claw hammer entered a
guilty plea in circuit court this
week and was subsequently
sentenced to prison.
Anastacio Dominguez
Perez, 48, S.W Second Way,
entered into a plea deal with
the state Tuesday, July 21,
and was found guilty of at-
tempted first degree murder Anastacio
by Circuit Court Judge Law- Perez
rence Mirman.
Judge Mirman then sentenced him to 10 years
in prison. Perez was looking at a maximum pris-
on term of 30 years.
Although he will serve no probation, the na-
tive of Mexico could face deportation.
Perez was also ordered to pay court costs and
fees totaling $1,095.

Perez was arrested April 4 after he attacked
Jorge Vasquez Flores with a claw hammer, ac-
cording to arrest reports by Detective Sergeant
Brad Stark of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO).
In that report Sgt. Stark stated that Perez told
him that he hit Mr. Flores many times because he
wanted him dead.
Mr. Flores has apparently recovered and is do-
ing well.
The arrest report states Mr. Flores went into
the home where Perez was living and began
arm wrestling with a man identified as Pancho.
For some reason, Mr. Flores became angry and
threw a beer bottle at Perez. Perez then picked up
a claw hammer and struck the victim in the head
and about the body.
Both men were apparently intoxicated.
Perez will receive credit for the 109 days he
has already served in jail.
In another plea deal heard by Judge Mirman
Tuesday, Shelby Ramon Willis was found guilty
of the sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine
with intent to sell. Those charges stem from a

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Nov. 19, 2008 arrest. Judge Mirman sentenced
him to a term of 36 months in prison. He will also
have to pay court costs and fees totaling $720.
Willis, 26, of Belle Glade, was also found guilty
of possession of cocaine with intent to sell based
on a May 20, 2008 arrest. He was also sentenced
to 36 months in prison on that conviction, and
was ordered to pay court costs and fees on this
conviction totaling $595.
Both sentences are to run concurrently.
His driver's license will also be suspended for
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Public Forum/Speak Out


Sunday, July 26, 2009

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!

Gas prices
The gas in Ft. pierce is 2.37; West Palm
Beach 2.39. Okeechobee big dogs, you have
finally done it .We have to work out of town
to make a living and we shop, eat ,go to
the doctors, the hospitals and now we can
buy all our gas over there also. Tell me, what
roads are being worked on with all that gas
taxes that you are getting?
I travel from Vero to Ft. Myers with my
S job. Gas in LaBelle
is $2.64 a gallon I
can't see gas tax as
the blame for such
a huge gap. I get it
before I leave Vero
or in Ft. Myers at

Wild horses
These horses should be left in the wild.
They have a $25 adoption fee, WOW any-
one can go get one then after a few months
turn it loose. I know several people who
have adopted these mustangs over the last
few years and they have yet to see anyone
from the BLM at all. Two mustangs that I
know of were turned to pasture and almost
dead when found were BLM horses and
if they had been checked on them as they
say then they would have never fallen into
harm's way.
I know someone who adopted a horse
five years ago, and the BLM people did come
to check on the horse -- which did great
-- twice during the year, both times unan-
nounced. After the first year, the adopter was
given title to the horse. The adoption pro-
gram can be done properly and work, but
the way the economy is all the government
offices are hurting for funds. If they have
dropped the adoption fee from $125 to $25,
that tells you they are having trouble finding
homes for the horses. And if someone can't
even afford the $125, how are they going to
afford to feed and take care of the horse?

I understand that they round up the
mustangs to thin the herds so that they don't
over populate and starve to death. But it
seems to me that it would be kinder to just
shoot them where they stand than to put
them through all the stress of being rounded
up, sedated for vet checks and hauled across
the country just to wind up starving to death
in someone's pasture. It would also be a lot
less expensive for the taxpayers. If the pro-
gram doesn't have enough funding to check
up on the horses the way it is supposed to,
then they should just discontinue it and find
other ways to keep the wild horse popula-
tion at a manageable level.

Impact fees
I am glad to see that both the county
and the city have rejected the idea of sus-
pending the impact fees. Those fees make
growth and new construction pay for the
costs associated instead of sticking the tax-
payer with them. I can see giving a new
business a tax break if they will employ a
certain number of people, and we already
have a way for the local governments to do
that. But we need to keep the impact fees
in place. As for construction of new hous-
ing, we don't need more new housing to
add to the already vacant housing all over
the place. More housing will make it even
harder to sell what is already sitting empty.
For once the county commissioners and city
councilmen stood up to the pressure and I
am glad they did.
What a shameful day at the county
commissioner meeting. One commissioner
takes the work that staff has done that jus-
tifies not stopping the impact fees and ig-
nores it. If those impact
1 fees are not collected the
tax payers will be the ones
who have to make it up in
the end. When zero out
of five counties show no
improvement in construc-
tion by stopping the impact
fees, what would make you
think that Okeechobee would be any differ-
ent? Thank you Hoover and Domer for look-
ing at the facts and trying to be fair to every-
one and not just looking out for one special
group. Stopping impact fees will not boost
our economy and will only end up costing
all tax payers in the end.
It took so long for our local elected of-
ficials to grow backbones and vote in the

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impact fees, we need to fight to keep them
now. Those fees protect the taxpayers. Be-
fore impact fees, the developers made the
big bucks and left the taxpayers to foot the
bill for the additional expenses that their de-
velopments created.

Lawn mower thefts
I had a lawn mower stolen a few years
back. I've been a little more worried about
these trash night sifters that drive up and
down the streets looking through outgo-
ing trash. I didn't mind it until back in May.
I came out to my front patio to find a man
holding my $80 cooler
that I had just rinsed
out and left to dry on
the steps. I asked him
if I could help him find
his way back to his
truck, and he asked if I ,
was throwing the cool-
er away. I said "does it -
look like I'm throwing
it away.?" No reply. I
took a picture of his
tag, and asked him not
to stop by in the future.
I understand some
people are looking for items they might be
able to use or sell in the trash, but there are
boundaries when coming up onto some-
one's property .... and if you're going to sift
through peoples trash, don't throw it all over
the place and then leave. I have seen this a
lot lately.
Okeechobee County officials are warn-
ing the public about a rash of lawn mower
thefts. I heard a rumor that they ship them
out of the country, as they used to do with
stolen cars. Be on the lookout if you have an
expensive lawn mower!
As an alternative to the expensive lawn
mowers that are being stolen, I have a self
operating, "riding" lawn mower that no one
will steal. It even has an anti-theft device
built in since he runs away if anyone gets
close. He also has a pretty mean kick. The
only problem is that the self-fertilizing device
does not evenly spread the fertilizer over
the yard, and if you leave the gate open my
"lawn mower" will wander out and mow
anywhere else the grass looks greener.
These lawn mower thefts make me ap-
preciate my old push mower. It's great exer-
cise and I don't have to worry about anyone
stealing it.

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EMS fees
As a homeowner who does not own
a business, I can still understand the com-
plaints from the business folks who think it
is unfair to charge the EMS tax on their busi-
ness, since they and all of their employees
and probably their customers too, already
pay the EMS tax on their homes. Same for
the churches. The churchgoers already pay
the EMS tax on their homes, why on the
church too? But to really be fair you would
have to charge per person. So a house with
10 people living in it should pay more than a
house with one person, since the 10 people
are more likely to need EMS. And that is not
practical and will not happen.
As I understand it, we were using the
landfill money to help pay for the Emergency
Medical Services. They do charge when you
call the ambulance, but Medicaid and even
insurance companies will only pay a certain
amount and it does not cover the actual cost
of keeping the EMS service open 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week. The landfill tipping fees
are down because there are more landfills
available and that means more competition.
And people are throwing less stuff away as
they have to make do with what they have
as they can't afford new. So that means they
either have to cut the service or find a new
revenue source. I would rather pay the $75
or $100 a year than face losing the EMS ser-
vice. Like others have said, I hope I never
have to call them but I sure want them to
get here on the double if I do call them.
We have 10 percent unemployment in
this county. People are losing their homes be-
cause we can't afford the mortgage. People
are having to move in with family members
and friends or they
would be home-
less. And what
does the county do
for us to improve '
the situation? They
tax us some more.
Well you can't get
blood from a tur-
nip. And I don't
know how they think they will get more
taxes from people who are already broke.
Instead of paying the county EMS tax,
why doesn't the city have their firefighters
train as EMTs too and then they could han-
dle the emergency medical calls in the city

* To report the news with honesty, accuracy,
purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
potential conflicts to our readers.
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the prominence it deserves
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* To at people with ursy, respect and mpassn.
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July 26, 2009

Community Calendar

Okeechobee News

A.A. meets 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.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30
until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior,
200 N.W Third St.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to
1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church,
200 N.W Second St. This will be an open
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.
Foster Parent Orientation will be
hosted by the Hibiscus Children's Center on
the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in
fostering or adopting in Okeechobee County.
It will be at the IRSC Okeechobee Campus,
2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call
the Foster Care Program at 1-800-403-9311.
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. Bring a lunch and join us for a fun
day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Chapter
leader Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
A.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

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-
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.

Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday
evening at the Okeechobee Airport T-Hanger
#1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For informa-
tion please call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-
0916 or Lt. Greg Gernat 863-697-9915
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.
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.
New A.A. 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

Reflections from the Pulpit

'Growing up, not old'
By Rev. Dr. Paul E. Jackson, Sr.
International Prayer Warriors for Christ
The first day of school our professor in-
troduced himself and challenged us to get
to know someone we didn't already know.
I stood up to look all around, when a gentle
hand touched my shoulder. I turned around
to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up
at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.
She said, "Hi handsome, my name is Rose.
I'm 87 years old. Can I give you a hug?"
I laughed and enthusiastically responded,
"Of course you may."
She gave me a giant squeeze.
"Why are you in college at such a young,
innocent age?" I asked.
She jokingly replied, "I'm here to find
me a rich husband, get married and have a
couple of kids."
"No, seriously," I asked.
I was curious what might have motivat-
ed her to be taking on this challenge at her
"I always dreamed of having a college
education and now I'm getting one!"
After class we walked to the student
union building and shared a chocolate milk
shake. We became instant friends. Every day
for the next three months we would leave
class together and talk nonstop. I was always
mesmerized listening to this "time machine"

as she shared her wisdom and her experi-
ence with me. Over the course of the year,
Rose became a campus icon and she easily
made friends wherever she went. She loved
to dress up and she reveled in the attention
bestowed up her from the other students.
She was living it up. At the end of the
semester we invited Rose to speak at our
football banquet. I'll never forget what she
taught us. She was introduced and stepped
up to the podium. As she began to deliver
her prepared speech, she dropped her three
by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a
little embarrassed she leaned into the micro-
phone and simply said, "I'm sorry I'm so jit-
tery, I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey
is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in
order so let me just tell you what I know."
As we laughed she cleared her throat and
"We do not stop playing because we are
old; we grow old because we stop playing.
"There are only four secrets to staying
young, being happy and achieving success.
You have to laugh and find humor every day.
You've got to dream. When you lose your
dreams, you die. We have so many people
walking around who are dead and don't
even know it! There is a huge difference
between growing older and growing up. If
you are 19 years old and lie in bed for one
full year and don't do one productive thing,
you will turn 20 years old. If I am 87 years

off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
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 Savior, 200 N.W. Third St., at
8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8
until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets
every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice
Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in
Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Enid Boutrin at 863-
Family History Center meets from 1
until 5 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are
is welcome to attend. 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-
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
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a
weekly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous

old and stay in bed for a year and never do
anything, I will turn 88. Anybody can grow
old. That doesn't take any talent or ability.
The idea is to grow up by always finding op-
portunity in change. Have no regrets.
"The elderly usually don't have regrets
for what we did, but rather for things we did
not do. The only people who fear death are
those with regrets."
She concluded her speech by coura-
geously singing "The Rose." She challenged
each of us to study the lyrics and live them
out in our daily lives. At the year's end Rose
finished the college degree she had begun
all those years ago. One week after gradua-
tion Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over
2,000 college students attended her funeral
in tribute to the wonderful woman who
taught by example that it is never too late to
be all you can possibly be. When you finish
reading this, please send this peaceful word
of advice to your friends and family. The true
story has been passed along in loving mem-
ory of Rose.
Remember, growing older is mandatory,
growing up is optional. We make a living
by what we get, we make a life by what
we give. God promises a safe landing, not a
calm passage. If god brings you to it, he will
bring you through it.

(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
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.
A.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
The First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W. Second St., will be hosting God's
Time a morning of free organized
Christian activities 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.
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous
meets at The Gathering Church, 735 SW 24th
Ave, at 7 p.m. in the youth building behind
the church. For information, call Monika at
801-3244 or Rocy at 610-0975. information
call 863-357-3053.

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Rita Mae Taylor, 90
OKEECHOBEE Rita Taylor, died July 23,
2009, at her home.
Born March 2, 1919 in
Rhode Island to the late Wil. -
liam and Anna Landry, she
was a homemaker of the

Okeechobee from Home-
stead 15 years ago. She loved
Bingo and playing cards.
Mrs. Taylor was predeceased by her husband,
Jack Taylor and her grandson, Troy Adams. She
is survived by her son, Zachary Taylor (Sandra)
of Biloxi; daughters, Elaine Sills (Jack) and Con-
nie Stanley both of Okeechobee; 8 grandchil-
dren; 18 great grandchildren and 2 great great
Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July
26, 2009 at Bass Okeechobee Chapel. Graveside
funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, July
27, 2009 at Palms Woodlawn Cemetery in Na-
ranja, Florida with Pastor Don Leon officiating.
Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bas-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, FI
Thomas 'Tommy' 0. Rimes, 66
OKEECHOBEE Thomas 'Tommy' 0. Rimes,
died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Florida Hospital
in Lake Placid.
He was born November 17, 1942 in Arcadia,
and was a member of the Sandy Baptist church
in Arcadia. Mr. Rimes has been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1966 and enjoyed spending
time with family, horses, fishing and farming.
Tommy is preceded in death by his wife Mick-
ey and sister Maxine. He is survived by his
daughters Stephanie Davis (Willie) of Venice,
Valerie Rimes of Okeechobee, Melanie "Pud"
Acree (Mickey, Jr.) of Williston; eleven grand-
children, and 6 great grandchildren. He is also
survived by his brother Mack Carver, Jr.
(Joanne) of Ona; sisters Ayris Combs of North
Ft. Myers, Nelbeth Williams of Donaldsonville,
Ga.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday,
July 28, 2009 in the Buxton Funeral Home chap-
el from 5-8 p.m. Services will be held graveside
at the Fort Drum Cemetery on Wed. July 29,
2009 at 9 a.m.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations
to be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box
1547, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
Friend may place online condolences at
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
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

Jack M. Long, 86
OKEECHOBEE Jack M. Long, died
Thursday, July 23, 2009, at the Hamrick House
of Hospice.
He was born on October
27, 1922 in Johnstown, Pa. to
Merle M. Long and Elizabeth
Faust. He was preceded in
death by his first wife Jeanne
Farrar and sister Wanda
Mr. Long obtained a Mas-
ter's degree from Penn State University, and re-
tired after numerous years with the East Penn
School District. He was actively involved with
the Trombone Brass Choir in Emmaus Mora-
vian Church, and was a life member of the
Trinity United Church of Christ in Saxton, Pa. He
served honorably in the United States Army Air
Corp during WWII. Mr. Long was a member of
the Masonic Lodge in Altoona, PA. He was the
first musical director of the Okeechobee Com-
munity Theater and was also in the original
Okeechobee Brass Quintets in which he played
the Trombone. Mr. Long was a member of the
Moose Lodge, enjoyed fishing, hunting and ta-
ble tennis.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Janet;
one son Jack (Shirley) Long of Forestville, Calif.;
daughter Jill Tressel (Thomas) of Newtown, Pa;
three Grandsons, Matthew Long (Megan) of
Denver, Colo., Christopher Long of Santa Rosa,
Calif., and James Tressel of Phil., Pa. Also sur-
viving Sarah Tressel of Cambridge, Mass.; great
grand-daughter Mallory Long of Denver, Colo.;
and sister, Maxine Shea (Gordon) of Lake
Worth, Fla. The family also acknowledges his
being survived by his CAN and close family
friend Maryanne Melchiorre. A memo-
rial service will take place upon the
completion of the Washington Crossing Vete-
rans National Cemetery in Newtown, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee PO.
Box 1548 Okeechobee, Florida 33497. Condo-
lences may be made at www.buxtonfuneral-
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home.

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Dianne Lyn Rennie, 57
OKEECHOBEE Dianne L. Rennie, died at The Hamrick Home at Hospice of Okeechobee on
July 23, 2009.
Dianne Lyn Burrell Rennie was born on Nov. 5,1951 in Carthage, NY to the late John
Burrell and the late Madeline Dionne Burrell Davidowski (Edward). Mrs. Rennie enjoyed
writing, travel, gardening, playing cards and deep sea fishing.
Following graduation from E. Granby High School, E. Granby, CT, in 1969, Mrs. Rennie
was briefly married to a three-year high school sweetheart, Vittie Latonie, in 1970, which
ended amicably in 1972. Following high school, Mrs. Rennie attended the University of
Hartford for computer-related courses.
Mrs. Rennie had a very distinguished 15-year sales career with Connecticut
General Life Insurance Co. (CIGNA) in Hartford, CT and was transferred to San
Diego, CA in 1977. She received many outstanding achievement awards as an Account Executive, in
the employer and employee group benefits field. She and her husband William retired to Florida in
1995. Dianne also held a Florida Real Estate License.
She is survived by her loving husband, William Rennie, of 24 years (O.M.D.-"Oh My Darling");
and four adult step-children, William Rennie, III of Nevada City, Calif., Susan Rennie Ashton of
Pocatello, Idaho, Geoffrey Rennie (Donna) of Colfax, Calif., and Matthew Rennie of Franklin, Tenn.;
seven step-grand-children, Jennifer Ashton (Jeff), Samantha Hartley (Billy), Jessica Armstrong
(Scott), Micha Ashton, Roseanna Rennie, Michael Rennie and Amanda Rennie; and three step-great
grandchildren, Danny Spears, Adrien and Isabella Armstrong; one sister, Paula Burrell Siegel (Paul)
of Clay, N.Y.; two brothers, Thomas Burrell of Okeechobee, and James Burrell (Donna) of Reno,
Nev. Mrs. Rennie also leaves several Aunts and Uncles, (especially Doris Dionne Keddy of Car-
thage, N.Y) and the late Earl Kimball of Okeechobee, Fla. who had jointly raised her, during their
marriage, since the age of 12); In her younger years, she was raised by her late loving Grandmother
Kitty Dionne of Carthage, N.Y.; Mrs. Rennie also leaves one niece, Tracey DeOrdio and one neph-
ew, Travis DeOrdio (Tracie), both from upstate N.Y and several cousins. She also leaves four like-
step brothers and a like-step sister, Jeff Kimball (Barb), Crystal Kimball Loomis (Jeff) of Carthage,
N.Y, Richard Pardy of Rome, N.Y, David Pardy Kimball (Sherina) of Orting, Wash., Jerry Kimball
(Bonnie) of Mexico, N.Y. and a like-sister, Judy Burrell of Key West, Fla.. Mrs. Rennie also leaves
her oldest living friend, former boss and lifetime mentor, from 1969, Carnie Ives Lincoln (Walter) of
Mt. Tom, Conn.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Big Lake Cancer Center, 1115 N.
Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, 34972 to assist our locally and medically uninsured who are undergoing
cancer treatments, or Hospice of Okeechobee & The Hamrick Home, 411 SE 4th Street, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34974.
A "Celebration of Life" service will be held at Church of Our Saviour, 200 NW 3rd Street, Okee-
chobee, FL by very dear friend and neighbor, Mr. John Campbell, and Fr. Edward Weiss 2 p.m.,
Wednesday, July 29, 2009.
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Candidate visits local summer camp

On Friday July 17, Wagon Wheel Horse
Farm, had a special Graduation Day guest
for lunch. Bill Ramos and his family vis-
ited the camp and enjoyed the children
as they learned about horsemanship and
Bill Ramos is the Democratic candidate
for the Florida Senate, District 28 in the
Special Election coming up on Aug. 4.
Wagon Wheel Horse Farm, LLC is lo-
cated in Okeechobee and partnered with
the Green Pages, LLC to host these unique
summer camps. Wagon Wheel Horse
Farm is owned and operated by Michelle Local Candidate Bill Ramos visited W,
Harper, a lifelong resident of Okeechobee 17. He is joined by his wife Carlyn R
with 25 plus years of horsemanship skills while doing some shopping at Eli's We
and is a member of the Certified Horse-
manship Association of America. The Farm specializes in basic riding lessons,

Okeechobee Livestock Market Report

July 20 and 21, 2009
Breaking $48.00 $50.00
Cutter $42.00 $51.50
Canner $35.00 $44.00

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101 287
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6 39
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Prices were pretty good this
week, although numbers
were done. Feeder calves
were $1-2.00 higher espe-
cially on 500-600# calves.
Slaughter cows and bulls
were steady to $1 lower.
Robbie Norvell topped the
calf market this week with
a high of $1.65, bought by
Curt Wilson. Ru Mar and
Sy Hartt topped the cow
market with a high of 52.00,
bought by Central. Jeff

Submitted photo/Michelle Harper
agon Wheel Horse Camp on Friday, July
amos, Michelle Harper and Ray Worley
stern Wear.
pony rides and trail rides.

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Children enjoy the Wagon Wheel Horse
Farm during a recent visit from local
Senate Candidate, Bill Ramos

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TOTAL 8.069 Fiscal Year 2009-2010

FEDERAL SOURCES 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00
FEDERAL THROUGH STATE 175,000.00 0.00 0.00 12,692,879.43 12,867,879.43
STATE SOURCES 32,436,771.00 219,645.60 171,729.00 60,000.00 32,888,145.60
LOCAL SOURCES 13,281,145.00 0.00 3,024,630.00 1,056,702.82 17,362,477.82
OTHER FINANCING SOURCES 186,502.74 0.00 0.00 0.00 186,502.74
TOTAL REVENUES 46,129,418.74 219,645.60 3,196,359.00 13,809,582.25 63,355,005.59

TRANSFERS IN 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
FUND BALANCE JULY 1, 2009 8,021,298.02 46,273.74 7,580,714.96 512,711.18 16,160,997.90

TOTAL REVENUES & BALANCES 54,150,716.76 265,919.34 10,777,073.96 14,322,293.43 79,516,003.49

INSTRUCTION 31,631,207.35 6,363,563.62 37,994,770.97
PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES 1,935,069.80 1,330,609.40 3,265,679.20
INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA SERVICES 658,743.60 10,000.00 668,743.60
INST. & CURR. DEVELOPMENT SERV 645,117.91 676,877.81 1,321,995.72
INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF TRAINING SERV. 98,263.36 1,259,687.88 1,357,951.24
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY 409,122.00 47,754.84 456,876.84
SCHOOL BOARD 665,571.00 0.00 665,571.00
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION 1,633,666.21 194,888.53 1,828,554.74
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION 3,379,599.38 0.00 3,379,599.38
FACILITIES ACQUISITION/CONSTRUCTION 203,374.00 10,777,073.96 0.00 10,980,447.96
FISCAL SERVICES 416,490.28 0.00 416,490.28
FOOD SERVICE 0.00 3,808,121.02 3,808,121.02
CENTRAL SERVICES 363,527.60 0.00 363,527.60
PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES 3,167,032.03 401,381.00 3,568,413.03
OPERATION OF PLANT 4,093,517.36 22,019.11 4,115,536.47
MAINTENANCE OF PLANT 1,323,790.27 0.00 1,323,790.27
ADMINISTRATIVE TECHNOLOGY SRVS 594,128.84 0.00 594,128.84
COMMUNITY SERVICES 342,500.00 0.00 342,500.00
DEBT SERVICE 0.00 217,718.75 0.00 217,718.75

TOTAL EXPENDITURES 51,560,720.99 217,718.75 10,777,073.96 14,114,903.21 76,670,416.91
TRANSFERS OUT 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
FUND BALANCE JUNE 30, 2010 2,589,995.77 48,200.59 0.00 207,390.22 2,845,586.58

TOTAL EXPENDITURES AND BALANCES 54,150,716.76 265,919.34 10,777,073.96 14,322,293.43 79,516,003.49


Total Revenues (Federal, State, Local) Total Cur- nt Operating Revenues Capital Projects Revenues Total Number of Instructional Employees
.7,474,638 O 60,713.0l14 51 7007

200-090 2003.04 100-00 2008-09 2o00304 1998t 9 220809 2003-0 1 200-9 200-2 4 le9999
Total Debt Seice Revenues Total NumberofEmployees Number of Students Cu-nt Operating Revenue Per Student

2000200 20000 100000 300909 300000 999 2000-0o 200o04 1999-99 2009 2003-04 19999

The Okeechobee County School Board will soon consider a
budget for fiscal year 2009-2010. A public hearing to make
a DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on:

July 30, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
Okeechobee County School Board,
Room 303, 700 SW Second Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
Publish: 072609, Okeechobee News



The Okeechobee County School Board will soon consider a measure to
impose a 1.500 mill property tax for capital outlay projects listed herein.

This tax is in addition to the school board's proposed tax of 6.569 mills for
operating expenses and is proposed solely at the discretion of the school

The capital outlay tax will generate approximately $2,864,630 to be used
for the following projects:

School Classroom Construction
Remodel School Locker Room

HVAC Replacements and Upgrades
Communications Cabling Projects
Paving Improvements
Drainage Improvements
Carpet Replacements
Floor Repairs/Replacements
Lighting Replacements and Upgrades
Electrical Upgrades
Window Replacement Projects
Boiler Replacements

Purchase of (6) School Buses

District-Wide Furniture and Equipment
District-Wide Computer Hardware and Software
Playground Equipment

All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing to be held on July 30,
2009 at 6:00 P.M., at the Okeechobee County School Board office, Room
303, 700 SW Second Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974.

A DECISION on the proposed CAPITAL OUTLAY TAXES will be made at
this hearing.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Safe driver
Okeechobee County Commission Chairman ClIf Betts, left, presents a certifi-
cate to John Bogaert, right, in recognition of 5 years of service to the county.
Mr. Bogaert retired from GEM Industries in 2002 and works part-time driving
Okeechobee County veterans to the West Palm Beach VA Hospital. He has
previously worked as a machinist and served In the U.S. Army. The presenta-
tion took place at the Thursday, July 23, commission meeting.

20 years of service
Deputy public service director recognized
At the July 23, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Chairman
ClIf Betts, left, honored Deputy Public Safety Director David McCain, right,
for 20 years' service to the county. Mr. McCain started his career in architec-
ture but changed his field to fire science. He came to Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue in May, 1989 ad a firefighter/EMT. Since that time he has re-
ceived his paramedic, fire-Inspector, haz-mat technician, rescue diver, cer-
tified fire instructor, and flight-medic certification. He also has degrees in
fire science and emergency medical technology. Mr. McCain was promoted
to training officer in December, 2002 and promoted to deputy public safety
director in March, 2008. He is also a part-time instructor for the Indian River
State College Paramedlc/EMT Department.

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July 26, 2009

Okeechobee News July 26, 2009

Submitted photo
Water Safety Orientation
Water Safety Orientation Camp participants for the week of July 13-16, in-
cluded Devin Hilliard, Dalton Hillard, Tristen Anderson, Cody Carden, Ares
Hernandez, Jacob McKee, Trenton Gainer, Payton Byrd, Byron Byrd, Sebas-
tian Dyals, Joshua Hiler and Sarah Leitner. The camp is sponsored by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office and the NSW Trident. During the camp,
children learn water safety and boating safety with training at the Okeecho-
bee County Sports Complex pool, Lake Okeechobee and in the ocean. The
camp also includes a visit to the UDT SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce.

Okeechobee Forecast
Today: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly cloudy,
with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before llpm. Partly
cloudy, with a low around 74. East southeast wind around 5 mph.
Extended Forecast
Monday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly cloudy,
with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph.
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with
a low around 74. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a
high near 91. East southeast wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 74. East southeast wind around 5 mph.

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Sea Cadets
In the top photo, Sea Cadet campers in the Water Safety Orientation program,
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to properly wear and use life jackets as part of the camp training. The training
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Okeechobee News

July 26, 2009

Okeechobee News

Roadshow Comes to Okeechobee!

By Jason Delong
Trenasue Hunters Roadshow

Clean out yourattics, closets and
lock boxes, because the Roadshow
is coming to Okeechoee.
Roadshow experts are in town
examining antiques, collectibles,
gold and silver
While the Roadshow will accept
anything that s old, they will
be focusing on gold and silver
coins made before 1965. military
items, toys and trains, musical
instruments, pocket and wrist
watches. Scrap gold is expected
to be a popular category this
week due to soaring gold prices.

"U.S. coins made before
1965 are most sought
after by collectors. Coins
made before 1965 are
90% silver and valuable
because of the silver
content or could be worth
even more if one happens
to be a rare date."

Expert buyers for the Roadshow
have noticed a tremendous
increase in the amount of gold
coming to the Roadshow and for
good reason Record gold prices
have Roadshow guests cashing in
on broken jewelry or jewelry they
don't wear anymore with ourn
"fair and honest" purchase offers

Got Gold? This week, visitors can cash in on antiques, collectibles,
gold, silver, coins or just about anything that is old.
The Roadshow encourages any toys made before 1965 are cometotheRoadshowarenottin
anyone planning a visit to take wanted Train sets made by perfect shape but can still bring
a minute and examine their Lionel, American Flyer, Marklin good prices from collectors"
jewelry box or their lock box and others have the potential When expert Tom Fuller was
at the bank and gather anything to fetch high prices Davis also asked what he enjoyed most
that's gold If a guest is not sure stressed, "Toys with boxes and in about working at the Roadshow,
if something is gold, bring it mint condition bring sensational he was quick to answer "Old
anyway and the Roadshow staff prices Most of the toys that coins and paper currency For as
will test it for free
Other gold items
of interest include
gold coins, gold
ounces, gold proof
sets and dental
Other types of
items Roadshow
experts hope to
see inctl et old
toys and train sets
Archie Davis,
radhw toy
expert spoke about
some ogf the top
toys getting great
offers "Old tin
windup toys from
the late 800s
through the 1960s
arigreat demand
now said Davis,
"Especially those ,
that are character
related Mickey
Mouse, Donald
Duck, the Flintstones or any /Above Jane and JoAnn Meridith sit with a Roadshow
character toys are sought Old expert. Along with some rare collectibles they cashed in a
Buddy Ltoys from the 1920's to large bag of broken and unwanted gold and jewery The
1960 s are in demand Basically sisters left with checks totalling over $425 00

long as I can remember I have been
fascinated with collecting cains
I would go through the change in
my parents grocery store looking
for rare dates and errors Once, I
found a silver quarter that I sold
for $300.00 Not bad for an 8 year
Fuller went on to explain that
any S coins made before
1965 are most sought after by
collectors Coins made before
1965 are 90% silver and valuable
because of the silver content or

"If you go to the
Roadshow, you can cash-in
your items for top dollar.
Roadshow representatives
will be available to assess
and purchase your items at
the Holiday Inn Express,
Tuesday through Saturday
in Okeechobee.

could be worth even more if one
happens to be a rare date. "We
help people sort through their
coins for unique dates We buy all
types of coins at the Roadshow
from wheat pennies to buffalo
nickels, which are valuable from
one coin to an entire truckload
See you at the Roadshow" said

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Silver and Gold Prices Up During Poor
Economy. All are welcome to this event.
Admission is free.

* Gather items of interest (as explained below) from your attic, garage,
basement, etc There is no limit to the amount of items you can bring
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* You get 100% of the offer with no hidden fees

Gold and Coin Prices
High, Cash In Now
"Its a modem day goldrush,"saidRoadshow
Presisdent, JieffParsons.
Goldisaow fading oinr40ya tl g hs anyounca
cash i at the Tasu Iiunte Roadshow AI types
ap Leafs, and other d bars etc A gold jewelry

We have been directly involvedin millions oft
dollars worth of rare cash and coin sales over

inspects a large gold and coin collection

Cash in with the power of
the International Collectors
Association. Members are
looking for the following
types of items
* COINS Any and all coins made before 1965
This includes all silver and gold coins, dollars, half
dollars, quarter dimes, nickels and pennies. All
conditions wated!

HIGH! forplatitm, goldandsilver durg this
event Broken jewelry, dental gold, old coin
pocket watches, Kruggerands, Gold bars Canadian
Maple Leafs, etc

* JEWELRY Godd Silver, Platim diamonds,
rubies, sapphires and all types of stones, metals,
etc Rings, bracelets, necklaces, all others including
broken jewelry Early costume jewelry wanted

Tiffany, Hublot Omega, Chopard, Carter,
Phiippe, Ebel, Waltham, Swatch Chopad, Bgin,
Bann Special, Radread, Iinois, HaBnlton, atl

* TOYS, TRAINS& DOLLS All types oftoys
made before 1965incuding Hot Wheels, Tnk
Buddy L, Smith Miller, Nylint, Robots, battery
toys, Miscky Moune ais ni gauges,
accessones, individual cars, Marklin, Amencan
Flyer, Lionel, Hafner, all other trains Barbie Doll
GC Joe, Sirey Temple, Characters, German, all

Revoutionary War, WWI, WWII, etc Items of
interest include swords, badges, clothes, photos,
medals, knives, gear, lettes, The older the swoeds
the better All types wanted

signs gas companies, beer and liquor makers,
automobile, implements, etc

July 26, 2009

Okeechobee County School Board considers budget

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee schools will have fewer dol-
lars to spend in next year's budget. The near
$79.5 million plan includes a reduction in lo-
cal taxes of close to $1.5 million.
Despite the reductions the tax rate will
increase by just over 4/10th of a mill to 8.069
Superintendent Dr. Patricia Cooper said
the millage the local school board can con-
trol will not change this year. The increase
is the local taxes that are required by the
"It is the state raising it, I want to be sure
people know that," she told the Board.
Okeechobee schools will get less state
aid per student, a reduction of nearly $332
per child.
The County tax roll is down close to $315
million from last year and that had a major
impact on this year's spending plan.

Tax dollars for capital improvements
were also reduced by just over $1 million.
"We will collect less taxes largely due to
the decrease in property values. As a tax-
payer I'm going to be paying less this year,"
she said.
The district also expects enrollment to de-
cline an estimated 248 students. Dr. Cooper
said the Charter School in Brighton plans to
add a sixth grade this year. The school could
add 7th and 8th grade in the next few years
further depleting local enrollment.
The state aid in the operating fund de-
creased by $3.7 million. Overall revenue
from local, state and federal sources, was
reduced by just over $4.42 million.
"We were expecting a huge reduction in
revenue this year and here it is," Dr. Cooper
The district will also pull more money
from reserves this year. They still will have
3.9 percent in reserve accounts, however

Community Brief

Elder Affairs SHINE program seeks volunteers
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs, along with the Area Agency on Aging Palm Beach/Trea-
sure Coast, invites you to join the award-winning SHINE team of volunteers. This program helps el-
ders make informed decisions about Medicare, health insurance and prescription drug plans. SHINE
volunteers provide individual counseling and assistance to elders and their caregivers about Medicare,
Medicaid, Medicare plan choices, long-term care planning and prescription discount drug programs.
Volunteers may also make educational presentations to community groups and participate in local
health fairs, senior fairs and other outreach and educational events. If you would like additional infor-
mation about this exciting opportunity and would like to become a SHINE volunteer in Indian River,
Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie Counties, please call our Elder Helpline at the Area Agency on
Aging at 1-866-684-5885.

the recommended level is five percent.
"Our allocations are bare bones. We will
not have funds to increase this fund balance
next year," she added.
There are no salary or benefit adjust-
ments reflected in the proposed budget.
The capital projects to be finished are the
addition to Seminole Elementary, the con-
struction of the Okeechobee Achievement
Academy, and completion of the MIS com-
puter building.
The capital project budget also includes
$565,000 for the purchase of new buses,
$1.06 million for heating ventilation and
air conditioner upgrades at Osceola Middle

A public hearing on the spending plan
will be held on Thursday, July 30, at 6 p.m.
The Board also approved a memoranda
of agreement with the Okeechobee County
Education Association to change the Cafete-
ria Insurance Plan for both the instructional
and Classified bargaining units. The district
will provide all regular, full time instruction
personnel who work 7.5 hours per day with
the present level of coverage and benefits.
The board contribution will decrease from
$315 to $300 per employee. Union officials
said a vast majority of employees voted in
favor of the change.
There are four instructional and eight non
instructional vacancies in the district.

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July 26, 2009

Post community calendar listings online

The Web site now
has improved community calendars.
To access the community calendar on-
line go to and click
on the name of your community (such as
"Okeechobee.") That will take you to your
community homepage. Scroll down to the
bottom of the screen for the community
events calendar-where it states "Okeecho-
bee Events Calendar."
Click on the calendar and you will see
a listing of community events scheduled
for the coming days. For more information
about any of these events, click on the event
name. You can even click on a map for the
event location.
Okeechobee News staffers started the
calendar with some of the items submitted
for publication in the paper. Local clubs and
organizations are encouraged to add their
own special events and meetings.
You do not have to register as a member
to use this web site or to use the calendar.
To submit an item for the calendar, click on
"submit event" at the top of the calendar
To start, you must fill out the Authentica-
tion window. This is a security measure. Just
type in the characters you see in the window,
then click on "click here to confirm."
Next put in your name and email address.
This will not appear on the calendar. It is for
administrative use only, should there be a
question about a calendar listing.
Next put in event details. There is a spot
for the title of the event and then a block for

a description and any other information you
wish to share. There is plenty of space for all
the details you want to include.
Next you set the event date. You may
have already put the date in your narrative
paragraph-it's fine to duplicate the infor-
mation. But the date must be set on the
"event date" in order to place the event on
the calendar.
There is a spot to set the start and ending
time for the event. If there is no set ending
time, click on "no end time."
If it is a recurring event, you can set it up
to run repeatedly. First check if recurring,
then check daily, weekly or monthly. If you
check weekly, a screen will ask you to check
which day of the week. If monthly, it will ask
you to set which day of the month, such as
"first Wednesday." Finally it will ask "recurs
until" and you must set an ending date. For
example, you may want to run your listing
through the end of the year or until the date
your club has their annual reorganizational
The "click here to confirm dates" option
lets you double check the dates you have
Next the calendar asks if there is advance
As you scroll down, the calendar will ask
you in which communities you want the
event advertised. You may only want it listed
in Okeechobee, or you may want to also
include other nearby communities such as
Buckhead Ridge.
Next comes "location information."

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screen will tell you which ones.
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the calendar.

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Report: Charge against Bohannan founded

By Eric Kopp Okeechobee Correctional Institution (OCI). geant Dustin Durrance and Captain Charles hannan, 34, said that two male inmates were
Okeechobee News Inthat investigative report bythe Officeofthe Vandercook -- stated in their reports that in her office moving a desk when the door to
A state investigation revolving around a Inspector General, four male officers walked when they tried to open the door to Bohan- her office was accidentally closed. She told
female corrections officer caught having sex into Bohannan's OCI office and caught the nan's office it was locked. Capt. Vandercook the deputy that the door locks automatically
with a male inmate has been concluded and couple. According to statements by two of then knocked on the door twice but when when closed. She went on to tell the deputy
the accusation has been substantiated, the officers, when they walked into Bohan- no one answered he opened the door with that her captain and two other officers came
A report released by the Department of nan's office at 5:15 p.m. on May 8 she was a key. According to their statements, when into the office and accused her of having sex
Corrections (DOC) indicates that Betty Bo- heard to say "Oh, .we're busted!" they opened the door they saw "inmate with the inmates. Detective Maerki wrote in
hannan was having sex with convicted mur- All of the men -- Classification Supervisor Skinner attempting to pull his boxer shorts his report that because there was no ongo-
derer Michael C. Skinner in her office at the James Licata, Sergeant James Pittman, Ser- up. Inmate Skinner had no other clothing ing criminal investigation the sexual assault

on and Ucer DIiIIIannanII was attempting toLU
pull up her pants; her boots were off and her
hair was in disarray."
In his statement, Capt. Vandercook said
he had received information about Bohan-
nan meeting with Skinner prior to May 8.
On Saturday, May 9, Deputy Donald El-
lis and Detective William Maerki, both from
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), were called to Raulerson Hospital
at 9:25 p.m. Their reports indicated that Bo-
hannan was at the hospital demanding that
a sexual assault kit be performed to prove
that she had not had sex with anyone.
In his report, Deputy Ellis stated that Bo-

Lt could noUt be perlUormed.
According to the reports by the four men,
the only inmate in her office was Skinner.
Bohannan was "extraordinarily dis-
missed" May 11. The investigative report
goes on to state that Skinner refused to make
a statement, and attempts to contact Bohan-
nan for a statement were unsuccessful.
JoEllyn Rackleff, a DOC public informa-
tion officer in Tallahassee, said Bohannan
had 21 days to file an appeal but did not do
Skinner, 31, was sentenced to life in pris-
on following his 2003 conviction of first de-
gree murder in Polk County.

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Women charged with drug possession

By Eric Kopp Narcotics Task Force in-
Okeechobee News dicates that a traffic stop
Two women were ar- was initiated after a gold
rested on felony drug Mazda sedan ran a stop
charges after they report- sign at the intersection
chargesdly ran aft er they reportly of S.E. 34th Ave. and U.S.
Friedly moran a stop sign early ing. 441 S.E. shortly after mid-
Fridayrestedwere Michelle night. The car was report-

L. Henderson, 37, S.E. Michelle L. Keyha M. edly being operated by
42nd Place, and Keyha Henderson Osceola Henderson.
M. Osceola, 22, S.E. 38th According to the report
Ave. Henderson was charged with pos four 30g roxycodone pills were found on
session of a controlled substance (xan Henderson, as well as two xanax tablets.
nd session ntrl ed substance e ax Then, during a pat down, a task force
and possession of a controlled substance detective allegedly found three xanax tab-
(roxycodone). She was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of les and one partial xanax tablet on Os-
$10,000. Osceola was charged with pos- During a search of the Mazda 1, 30mg
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senger seat.

Okeechobee News

July 26, 2009

Betts and Chandler are certified Advanced County Commissioners

Florida Association of
Counties graduates
Chandler and Betts
from secondary
certification program

Association of Counties (FAC) presented
Okeechobee County Commissioners Noel
Chandler and Clif Betts, Jr. with the Ad-
vanced County Commissioner (ACC) des-
ignation following their completion of a
comprehensive study program developed
by the association. Commissioners Betts
and Chandler received the designation along

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 De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva
tion Commission (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
Johnathan Sills, 18, N.E. Second St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 23 by Deputy
Carl Arnold on a juvenile take and hold warrant
charging him with two counts of grand theft.
He was booked into the Okeechobee County
Jail then taken to the Department of Juvenile
Justice Detention Center in Fort Pierce.
Jessica Marie Carroll, 20, 56th Ave., Bra-
denton, was arrested July 23 by Deputy Harold
Hancock on an Okeechobee County warrant
charging her with violation of probation rob
bery and violation of probation felony battery.
She is being held without bond.
Michael James Davis, 52, W. Shell Point
Road, Ruskin, was arrested July 23 by Deputy
Harold Hancock on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with violation of pro
bation grand theft (two counts). He is being
held without bond.
Shared Fitzgerald Kelly, 20, N.E. 12th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 23 by Deputy
Jason Hickman on a felony charge of burglary
of an occupied dwelling. He was also arrested
on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.
His bond was set at $3,000.
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, 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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with 16 other county commissioners during
an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual
Conference in Collier County, Fla.
Launched by FAC in 2006, the Advanced
County Commissioner (ACC) education pro-
gram, "The Florida Forum for County Lead-
ers," is an advanced leadership program de-
signed for graduates of the Certified County
Commissioners (CCC) program. This year,
the program has been held in Gainesville
and will see 18 commissioners graduate in
June with a total of 72 graduating since the
inception of the program in 2006.
The ACC program is organized as a series
of three seminars, with 27 hours of course
work. The course content focuses on leader-
ship with an overarching theme of growth
and development in Florida. Participating

Community Events

Pet Rescue seeks volunteers
The Humane Society Pet Rescue will be
having an open meeting at the Clock Restau-
rant, Hwy 441, on Monday, July 27 at 7 p.m.
If you are interested in volunteering please
come and sign up. Volunteers are needed!
For more information call 863-357-1104.

Play Group-
Healthy Start Coalition
Healthy Start Coalition is hosting a play
group for infants through age 3 on Mondays

Commissioners must commit to fully partici-
pate in all three seminars in order to gradu-
ate. Seminars include: Leadership Skills in
Florida's Growth Environment; Strategic Vi-
sioning and Implementing that Vision, and
Understanding and Working with Stakehold-
ers in Florida's Growth Environment. This
year, the University of Florida/IFAS Extension
sponsored the program in Alachua County.
"This certification allows our citizen
electorate to become experts in county
government improving their communities,"
said FAC Executive Director Chris Holley.
"Through FAC's education programs we
are able to teach commissioners how to ad-
vance their policies through the complexi-
ties of government bureaucracies."
Following are the names of the county

through July 27. Ages 4 months-12 months
will meet from 9:00-10:30 a.m.; Ages 13
months-3 years will meet 10:30-12 noon.
Location is the Presbyterian Church. The fa
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activities that will stimulate the infant brain
in areas that foster proper growth and devel-
opment. Call 863-462-5877 to register.

Community Collaborative
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commissioners who received their ACC
designation in 2009: Bob Abbott, Flagler
County; Clif Betts, Jr., Okeechobee County;
Minor Bryant, Hardee County; Noel Chan-
dler, Okeechobee County; Doug Conkey,
Clay County; Wesley Davis, Indian River
County; Bob English, Polk County; Barbara
Fitos, Marion County; Joe Flescher, Indian
River County; Jack Mariano, Pasco County;
Peter O'Bryan, Indian River County; Joel
Pate, Washington County; Jean Reed, Polk
County; Stacy Ritter, Broward County; Ron
Sanchez, St. John's County; Chereese Stew-
art, Clay County; J.C. Dvis Stoutamire, Lib-
erty County; and, Cliff Thaell, Leon County.
For more information about the ACC pro-
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Network will conduct their monthly meeting
on Tuesday, July 28, at 10 a.m. in the board
room of the Okeechobee School Board Of-
fice. The purpose of the meeting is to allow
the community to identify issues, collaborate
and share information regarding services for
children and families.
Guest speakers for this meeting will be
Lyle Fried of Okeechobee Coalition for the
Hungry and Homeless and Mitch Smeykal
of the Okeechobee County Health Dept. The
public is invited to attend. For more informa-
tion, please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-

July 26, 2009

Okeechobee News

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Golf course location on the "14TH
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w/clubhouse pool, and many
other activities Maintenance free
MLS #202816, $1220,000.
Improved property water, sewer, sep-
i, and electric. WATER ON 2 SIDES
Seawall needs work. CBS 2 car
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lost vic of Dixie Ranch
acres, family misses
dearly (863)824-0808

KITTENS Free to good
home. (863)610-7824

Don't Miss
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7/26, 8am-3pm, 2802
SE 34th Ave, Treasure
Island. Clothing, HH
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in today's competi-
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Financial Assistant
with benefits. Fiscal
experience, computer,
writing, office &
organizational skills
required. Bilingual a
PLUS. Fax resume to
Healthy Start Coalition
863-462-5878. Resume
must be received before
5:p.m. August 3, 2009.
- Live on ranch. Do
housework & yard
work. (863)763-5321

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deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
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Point. (561)924-9100

Certified Teachers need-
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and high school in juve-
nile justice programs
near Okeechobee.50 pd
days off annually.
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pending upon areas of
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For Christian PreSchool.
Must have a CDA or De-
g in related field. Call
eee 2pm and 5pm.
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resume to:

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and excellent benefits.
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for elderly. By expen-I
enced Registered Nurse
at much less than nurs-
ing home rates. TLC in
very nice family home.
Only one opening now.

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Homes, Taylor Creek
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Dump Truck, Back Hoe
& Bobcat Services...
by Jason Summerford

& Pressure Washing
Cool Sealing, Painting,
Carpentry & Much More!
No Job Too Big or Small.
or (863)261-6425
License # 5698 & 1126

Painting, Repairs,
Power Washing

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Grandfather Clock
Rare Gold;Unusual/Gave
$800 asking $300
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NITURE, Treadmill, Rare
Grandfather Clock, Desk
and End tables,

Maltese Sih Tzu, Papil-
Ion, Designer Breeds, all
papered. $400 and up.

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Green Broke, $500 neg
(863)634-4707 or
(863 261-6781

ltnIon 85 Horse Hay
square bails 55 lbs. $8
round rolls 1000 Ibs. $75
Locally rown, fertilized &
completely weed free.

Exotic Fruit Plants
Tropicals & Traditionals
(863) 673-7280
Lic. # 48006674

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In Town, 2br/2ba, W&D,
$850 mo. + $500. sec.
rent in Okeechobee.
Must meet eligibility
requirements. Please
call 863-467-2079.
TrY 1-800-233-6694.

61 em
IN TOWN 2/2 very
dean, w/d, lawn maint
included, $800 + $300
sec. Call
(863) 634-3572
11/2 BA, $800 mo. 1st
mo's rent & $500 sec.
Will neg. 863-227-6074
OKEE Huge, Clean,
2br, 2ba $725 mo. Call
1BR, 1BA, $550 mo.,
1st & last mo. sec. No
pets. (863)467-8705

KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs.
2/1, New fir tile. Inclds
Water, Eec. $800 mo.
+sec. 863-697-6428
Oak Lake Villa #53- 2/2
furn, TV, W/D, Linens
etc. Immaculate, $950
+ Dep (863)634-3313

HOUSES 3/2/2 and
3/1/1, tile floors, jacuzzi
tub, Bring Pets, Large
Yards (561)723-2226
CBS 3BR/2BA, wood
firs., granite counter-
tops, privacy fence,
great location, $1100
mo. (863)610-0794
W&D, porch, lawn serve.
small pet ok, Non-stk.
env., $800 mo. + $500
sec. 941-504-3954
laundry rm., porch, gar-
age, lawn svc., non-
smkg. env., small pet
OK. $1,000 mo. + $800
sec. (941) 504-3954
LOG CABIN Rim Canal.
2BR, BA, Fully furnished
including bedding, linens
& cookware. Weekly &
monthly 561-234-0277
New, Large 1/1 CBS in
town, $595, FLS, appl's,
lease, plus utilities.
for rent or sale, clean
2/2, all appi's, $800 mo.
or $92k. (863)467-5965

OAK PARK Charming
2/1, C/A, carport,
screened room, large
fenced yard, $700/mo +
1st, last sec.
Duplex, DW. W&D Hookup,
central a/c & heat. $725 mo.
+ $500 sec. (863)763-4414
2ba, great neighborhood,
tile throughout, $1000 &
up/mo, 1st & sec move in
(561)248-3888 or
Okeechobee 3BED/2BA,
2BED/2BA/4CAR & 2/2
Townhouse for rent.
Starting at $800 mo.
Call Roland
SE 8TH AVE 3 br, 2 ba,
on water. $1000/mo

VIKING 3/2 house,
barn, fence, 1.25 acres.
Call (561)718-1212 or

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OKEE, Fum. Rm. Single
occ., priv. entrance, w/d.
$140/wk & dep., utils
incl. (863)763-7331 msg
room & bath, nicely fur-
nished, 3br home in TCI,
no alcohol or drugs,
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CBS 4/2 + efficiency,
completely remodeled,
in ground pool, fenced,
metal roof, .48 acres,
2,000 + s.f., 20X30
steel shed, $149,900
Buying a car? Look in
the classifieds. Selling
a car? Look in the
CBS w/metal roof, com-
pletely remodeled. Hwy
70 East. $79,000. Call
Brandi at (863)634-3407
Okeechobee Real Estate

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BHR RVs for Rent,
starting $300-$500 &
1BR/1BA Cabin, 55+
park, seasonal or yearly.
Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA,
C/Air. $500 mo. 3 BR, 2
BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No
pets. (863)763-4031
FOR RENT: 2/1 apart-
ment. Best value in town!
Unit newly remodeled.
Located 12 miles north of
Okeechobee on Eques-
trian Ranch. Monthly wa-
ter, trash & lawn
maintenance included.
No Pets! $510 Move in
secial. M-F
2br, 1.5ba, 2 sheds, add
on room. For rent or Sale
Iba with large back
parch & front porch on
large scenic, wooded,
fenced lot. $700 mo. Also
a 1 br, lba $500 mo. Call

IBA, on 15A. Large
screened in porch. $600
mo. includes electric.
1st, last & $300 soc.
dep. (863)610-7824
Rim Canal, 2 beds, near
shopping, $350/mo.
WoW! 2bd I bath mo-
bile home, No first last or
security! $550 month.
Call 561-398-2794.

Mobile Home Angels
$700/mo or purchase
$40,000, nice, clean

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Nautical Flea Market
& Seafood Festival
Sept. 18th 20th
Martin & Co. Fairgrounds,
Stuart, FL. Vendor Space
Avail. Call 954-205-7813



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$2400. (863)824-0801 COUNY, FLORDA
CASE NO. 47-209-CA-OOOg8

28' '92 TravelMaster, Deart(s)
CIs. C, 31k mi., 302 hrs. OE ON
on generator, sips. 6,
new tires everything TO: ASHLEYGARCIA
works, located in Okee 2276Kr b DES
$11,500. 772-359-9550 Ou ke ob F4972

windshield,new Okee F34972
seat.must sell asking C A
$1800. (863)824-0801 CURRFNT ADDR SS:
Okeebee, Fl 34972

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meto forle a mortgage on the fol
tires, leather seats, lots lowing property in OKEECHOBEE
of extras, good condi- oun AY FlorOda:
tion. 95,000 miles. LOT 47 BLOCK 51, BASSOOD
$6900. (863)763-7849 UNrT S, ACCORDING TO THE
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mediately thereafter; otherwi a
default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Com-
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wees the Dnt Okeelbee Nws (In-
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selling them in the this curlt on this 20th day of May,
classifieds. 2009.
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it in the classifieds.

The Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) is slcting statements of interest
and quaifcations from profesiol financial adviory firms to pride fi
ncal advisory seic. Fis responding must demonstrate a history of
providing expert advice to independent special district wa ter ,wa-
ter utilities and government agencies. Series to include, but not limited
to a/lysis of the finaial feasibity of potential water and wastewater
projects, isnce and aeing of tax exempt debt and investment of
viable a ts in legalperiible inter yeldng a ounts and pape
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either electronic c or tditional paper media. Th interested in rc eivin
the RFP ar asked to contact the OUA by telephone at (863) 763 9460
hnal firm response must be o eeed by 4:00 PM EST, on AUgust 12,
2009, at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 4221, to be eli
gible for consideration,
Questio onerning this financial adviry i RFQ shall be directed
to John Hayford, Ecutive Director, Okeechobe Utility Authority, 10
S 5th Anue Okeru0echo/ee, Florida 34974 4221, (863) 763 9460,
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nd who is evading sice of process and the unknown defendants wh

aving or claiming to hae any right, title or interest in te property de
0ribed in the mortgage being foreclosed herin.
OU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED tht n action to fo e a mortgage
he following proper: A PARCEL OF LAND LING IN SECTION 22, TOWN
"ATES, DATED JUNE 21, 2004;
IOND PSM 5081;
las ben filed against you and you are reuired to see a cpy of you
vritten defends, if any, on DAVID J. STERN, ESQ. Plaintifs attorey
vhe addes is 900 South Pine Island Road, Suite 400, Plantation, FI
03324 3920, (no later than 30 days from the date of the first publication o
his Notice of Action and file the original with the Clerk of this Cour eithe
before seie on Paintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otheise
fault wll be entered against you for the relief demanded in the omplan
Ir petition filed herein,
WITNESS my hand and the al of this Court at OKEECHOBEE Cou.t
loda, this 2t doay of Ju, 2009
BY; Arlene Neali
E In accordance with the Amerins With Disblities Act, peron
leading a spial aommodation to participate in this procding shoul,
ng at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St Lucie, FL 398 or 0 1
.-772-807-4370 whin two working days of your receipt of this Stun
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0o0 a voie impaired 1800 9558770, via Florida Relay Seie
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plantation FL 33324-3920
128201 ON 7/26;8/2/09


County administrator proposes solution to budget deficit

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There is good news and bad news con-
cerning the Okeechobee County budget for
2009/10. Previously, county administrator
Lyndon Bonner had predicted a $4.4 million
deficit. The good news is that on Thursday,
July 23 he presented county commission-
ers with a document detailing his recom-
mendations for eliminating that deficit and
balancing the budget. The bad news is that,
in order to balance the budget, all available
reserves have been used up. Using Mr. Bon-
ner's figures, reserves have reached the $8
million minimum set by commissioners.
In looking at these figures it must be kept
in mind that any previously announced cuts
by the commissioners and constitutional
officers and any projected unspent funds
from this budget year that the constitutional
officers would return to the county have
been taken into consideration. The figures
released to commissioners are in addition to
any previously announced cuts or savings.
A portion of the deficit was made up by
eliminating salaries for those employees that
have been laid off and insurance savings on
employees. Currently the county spends
$9,332 per employee on insurance. That fig-
ure would be reduced to $8,742 a savings
of $590 per employee. The total insurance
savings is over $70,000.
Besides savings from employees' insur-
ance, the extension office budget would be
cut by $5,220 in the areas of travel, commu-
nications, general operating supplies, gas
and oil, and books, tuitions and fees. In ad-

dition, commissioners would have the op-
tion of reducing or eliminating funding for
the youth livestock show and certain 4-H
The soil conservation department re-
quested $300 in general operating supplies.
That request would be cut by $75. The de-
partment also requested $2,379 for books,
tuition and dues. That figure would be re-
duced by $350.
The travel budget for the airport would be
reduced to zero a saving of $2,250 because
there is no prior history of travel. Funding for
airport maintenance supples has been re-
duced from $10,000 to zero as that funding
will be supplied by the fixed based opera-
The facilities maintenance department
budget would be cut a total of $6,960 in ad-
dition to the savings on employee insurance.
Those cuts would come in rental and leases,
contracted services and gas and oil.
The EMS budget has been reduced by
$1000 due to the elimination of tower main-
Funding for New Horizons, a drug reha-
bilitation program, would be cut from the
requested $55,000 to $50,00.
Health department funding would be re-
duced by $20,000.
In addition to the cuts already made by
constitutional officers, they are being asked
to make additional cuts proportional to their
percentage of the total budget. The property
appraiser has been requested to cut $107,678
from his budget in addition to the $215,084
he previously trimmed from his budget. The

tax collector's share of the deficit has been
calculated to be $34,871. She had already
cut $50,000 from her budget. The supervisor
of elections' apportioned share of the deficit
is $29,584. The clerk of the court has been
asked to reduce spending by $98,902. The
sheriff has the largest budget of any constitu-
tional officer. He had previously announced
cuts of $185,509. He has been asked to cut
an additional $1,191,293 from his budget.
In other action the board:
approved a change order on the court-
house renovation project that resulted in a
decrease of $159,641.54 because owner di-
rect purchase amounts are being removed
from the contract total;
awarded a Community Development
Block Grant contract for an amount not to
exceed $364,598 to Sunshine Land Design
for Country Hills Estates stormwater drain-
elected Commissioners Hoover and
Noel Chandler to serve on the value adjust-
ment board and Glen Schneider as attorney
for the board;
approved funding from the Court In-
novations Fund to sustain the civil citation
efforts of the 19th Judicial Circuit in the
amount of $225 for the month of September
and $2,700 for fiscal year 2009/10;
entered a contract with Public Risk
Management of Florida;
selected a group health insurance plan
for county employees;
recognized David McCain, deputy pub-
lic safety director for 20 years' service to the
recognized Victor Talavera, custodian,

for 10 years' service to the county;
recognized Larry Manke, park mainte-
nance technician for T0 years' service to the
recognized John Bogaert, VA driver, for
five years; service to the county
proclaimed Aug. 9 to be Smokey Bear
Day in the county;
proclaimed the month of August to be
Firefighter Appreciation Month in he coun-
ty; and
authorized the county administrator to
apply for the 2009 Florida nfrastructure Pro-
gram Grant for Okee-Tantie Campground
and Marina.

Community Event

Chobee Steelers to perform
First Baptist Church and Martha's House
are proud to sponsor and present "Kids
Working to Prevent Violence" steel drum
band. The "Chobee Steelers" will perform
an afternoon of reggae music on Sunday,
July 26 from 4 p.m. until ? at Butch's Fish
Camp, 4870 US Hwy 441 SE. For more infor-
mation call 863-763-8262.
Orchid Club and Garden Club to meet
Okeechobee Orchid Society will meet
for show & tell on Monday, July 27 at 7
p.m. at the Extension Office, 451 Highway
98 N. Bring your favorite orchid or one with
a problem. Garden Club will meet at 6 pm.
Hort. Agent Dan Culbert will present Rose
Basics. For information call 863-763-6469.

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July 26, 2009

Laura Serrano earns athletic scholarship
By Charles M. Murphy of intent to run college cross-country at the three on varsity. She ran track, mostly the way from home. Even though it's nice to
Okeechobee News Georgia school. She is the third Okeechobee 3200 meters, and competed in cross country meet new people, it's going to be nice to
Brewton Parker College in Mount Ver- athlete to sign with the school this summer, for three years. have people I know there.
non, Ga., is quickly becoming the next step Ivan Torres signed to play soccer, and Mi- "I just enjoyed the Coach Nathan Owen. Serrano grew up in Okeechobee. She
for Okeechobee High School athletes, sael Alvarado will run men's cross country. He helped the program a lot. I just liked be-
Laura Serrano, 18, recently signed a letter Serrano said she intends to study crimi- ing around people who enjoy running. It has two younger sisters, and her parents are
nal justice in college, was really fun and I liked the family, team Jose and Narcedalia Serrano.
"I'm pretty excited. I started cross coun- atmosphere." Serrano said she plans to work hard and
try my sophomore year. I got into it and liked Serrano found time to learn the drums do the best that she can in college, "I hope I'll
it a lot because of the coaches and the at- and was a percussionist for the Brahman do well. The guys went up there for soccer
mosphere. I just wanted to experience it in marching band and Misael told me they were starting a new
college," she said. She noted travelling hundreds of miles isael told me theywere starting a new
Serrano started running as a way to stay away for college is a scary proposition. She cross country program. I called the coach,
in condition for soccer season. She played said she is pleased she'll have two friends Dan Robertson and he liked my times. I'm
four years of soccer for the Lady Brahmans, around to ease in the transition, "It's a long hoping I can do really well," she said.

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