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Vol. 100 No. 101


Sunday, August 23, 2009

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Speak O ut ......................................... 4
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officers not in favor
of cutting salaries
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Cutting employees salaries and
delaying construction of the emer-
gency operations center (EOC)
may not be viable options to bal-
ancing the county budget.
As a means of balancing the
budget, Commissioner Joey
Hoover suggested at a Thursday,
Aug. 20 budget workshop cutting
employees' salaries by 2 percent.
That is an idea that did not sit well
with most constitutional officers.
While commissioners can regulate
the salaries of county employees,
they have no authority to regulate
the salaries of employees of con-

stitutional officers. The success
of that plan would depend on the
cooperation of the sheriff, the tax
collector, the property appraiser,
the clerk of the courts and the su-
pervisor of elections. A 1 percent
across the board salary cut would
save $208,000.
Sheriff Paul May, who on Friday
agreed to cut another $103,840
dollars from his budget, said he
thought that would be the last cut.
He said he cannot make any more
cuts and would not agree to cut-
ting his employees' salaries.
Clerk of the Courts Sharon Rob-
ertson's reply was a simple "No"
when asked if she would cut her
employee's salaries.
"We have less people doing
more work," she said.
Tax Collector Celeste Smith
also said she did not want to cut
her employees' salaries. She said

budget i
they were already below the num-
ber of employees that the state
says she should have. However,
she said she was willing to rethink
line items in her budget.
Gwen Chandler, supervisor of
elections, was not as adamant.
"We're certainly looking at ev-
erything," she said. However, she
added, "We want to take care of
our own."
"I had really worked to get my
budget back to the apportion-
ment," Mrs. Chandler said. She
was one of three constitutional
officers, along with the sheriff
and clerk of the courts who have
cut their budgets back the appor-
tioned amount requested by the
"We're going to have to make
some hard decisions," Mrs. Chan-
dler said, adding she was glad the
commissioners did not request a

4 percent cut. She was being opti-
mistic and hoping some other op-
tions would emerge in next Tues-
day's budget workshop.
Property appraiser Bill Sher-
man could not be reached for
comment. However, he has indi-
cated in the past that he could not
cut anymore from his budget.
Up until Thursday afternoon's
budget workshop many people,
including the sheriff and the tax
collector thought that if EOC con-
struction were put off for another
year, the money that had been ear-
marked for the EOC could be used
to balance the budget. From what
was said Thursday afternoon,
apparently that is not the case.
Money earmarked for the EOC
would apparently be transferred
back into the landfill trust fund.
See Budget Page 2

Troopers hold safety checkpoint
By Charles M. Murphy habitual traffic offenders, and wait
Okeechobee News for them to drive their vehicles.
The Florida Highway Patrol The Highway Patrol has al-
and the Okeechobee County ready held check points that
Sheriffs Department teamed up to check vehicles, the registration,
hold a driver's license checkpoint insurance, and driver's licenses in
on U.S. 98 near N.E. 18th Terrace three other Treasure Coast Coun-
Friday morning, ties this year.
Lt. Jeffery Johnson said they "By the time we're done we
arrested two people for having no will have seen 300 vehicles. We
driver's license in the first hour of stopped every vehicle in the south
the operation. It was part of oper bound lane unless there is a back-
ation C.O.R.E., which is an effort up Everybody is polite and coop
by the Highway Patrol to mak up. Everybody is polite and coop-
by the Highway Patrol make erative," Lt. Johnson noted.
Lt. Johnson explained they Lt. Johnson said he feels these
also have instigated operation efforts do make roads safer, "We
court watch which looks for driv- had a few who got citations for
ers who habitually drive without not having their driver's license
licenses. Another new program with them. By getting unlicensed Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
is Operation Round Up where driversofftheroadwedohelpthe Sgt. Michael Lanam checks a vehicle during Friday's check-
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Bare cut now those employees who did not
get a raise last year would be hurt two years
in a row.
Continued From Page 1 Commissioner Ray Domer said that re-
ducing expenditures while building up re-
Conventional accounting wisdom says that serves was his goal.
capital projects money should not be used "That may be one of the ways they have
for operating budgets. Capital projects are to do it," he said concerning a possible pay
a one-time expense. Operating costs a are cut.
recurring expense. I'm against using capital dollars to bal-
The sheriff has said he did not think it "I'm against using capital dollars to bal
was right for the county to cut salaries and at ance the operating budget," he said when
the same time build a new building. asked about delaying the EOC to balance
In connection with the salary cut, the the budget.
matter of treating all employees fairly was "I am willing to look at everything," was
brought up. Some employees did not get the Commissioner Clif Betts reply when asked
three percent raise that others got. If salaries about cutting employees' salaries.
He was concerned that some county

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Trooper Thomas Corey writes a citation during a stop at Friday's Highway
Patrol checkpoint.

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would suffer more from a salary cut.
Mr. Betts said he was surprised when he
learned that postponing the EOC to balance
the budget was not an option.
"It still is as far as I'm concerned," he said.
He thought the county could get by another
year without an EOC.
It was Commissioner Noel Chandler who
first brought up the possibility of using EOC
funds to balance the budget. He brought it
up on at the Wednesday, Aug. 19 budget
workshop and suggested that the EOC could
be located in the old courthouse which is
currently undergoing restoration.
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Smith convicted, faces

60 years in prison

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was convicted on
felony drug charges Thursday, Aug. 20, and
could potentially receive a prison stint of up
to 60 years.
Archie Lee Smith, 52, N.E. 13th Ave., was
arrested Dec. 19, 2008, for selling cocaine to
a confidential informant. He was arrested by
the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force and
charged with two counts
of sale of cocaine and two
counts of possession of co-
caine with intent to sell.
Thursday, he went be-
fore a jury of his peers and
in about two hours they
found him guilty on all
Assistant State Attorney
Don Richardson said he Archie Lee
will ask that Smith be de- Smith
dared a habitual offender.
If deemed to be a habitual offender, Smith
could possibly receive a 60-year prison sen-
Smith is slated to be sentenced Oct. 5.
The prosecutor went on to say that he
will seek the habitual offender classification
because Smith has 48 arrests in his history,
as well as several convictions.

According to the Department of Correc-
tions (DOC) web site, Smith was first sent
to prison in November of 1979 after being
convicted of robbery with a gun. He was re-
leased from prison in May of 1985. He was
then arrested and convicted of grand theft,
and returned to prison in May of 1986.
DOC records indicate that Smith was last
sent to prison on April 15, 2005, after being
convicted of grand theft and possession of
cocaine. He was released from the Taylor
Correctional Institution in Perry on Oct. 3,
Court records show that Smith has nu-
merous convictions on several different felo-
ny charges including possession of cocaine,
grand theft, resisting a law enforcement
officer with violence and assault on a law
enforcement officer. He also has a number
of misdemeanor convictions for such things
as battery, possession of drug paraphernalia
and driving while license suspended.
A detective with the Okeechobee Narcot-
ics Task Force said Smith's 2008 arrest came
after he sold crack cocaine to a confidential
informant. The sales were described as "$20
buys" and each was for less than 1 gram of
cocaine, the detective added.
Smith was represented in the one-day tri-
al by Stanley Glenn of the Public Defender's

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The following people
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Most Wanted persons
There are active warrants
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teria for making Okeecho-
bee's Most Wanted top
five is based on the sever-
ity of the crime in con
unction with the age of Brandon William David Jesse James Felicia Jean
the warrant.
If you have any infor- Wayne Ellis Helms Lyng Pringle
mation on the where- William David Helms, DOB 2/11/1977, 5 ft
abonts of any of Okeechobee s Most Wanted you in Third Degree Grand Theft.
can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 11 in Third Degree Grand Theft.
1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call Treasure Coast Jesse James Lyng, DOB 2/9/1983, 6 ft, 1 in,
Crimes Stoppers, you have the option of remain- 210 lbs Possession Carisoprodol, Resisting w/o
ing anonymous. You can also receive a reward if violence
the information results in an arrest.
Brandon Wayne Ellis, DOB 4/11/1984, 5 ft, Felicia Jean Pringle DOB 7/23/1987, 5
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Sunday, August 23, 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!

Curfew for teenagers
I have teenagers and I'm against a teen-
age curfew. I set the curfew for my daughter
and if she breaks it I deal with her. Teenagers
don't need to be controlled. They need in-
spiration, motivation and encouragement. If
teenagers are out past midnight and beyond
it's the parents' fault.
I am on the fence on this one. My chil-
dren answer to me, but then again mine do
not, would not belong to a gang of any type.
So, for the protection of the community and
trying to curb the gang activity, then I am for
it. It's a shame the actions of some involve or
affect everyone, but that has been the case
in more than one situation. A phone call to
parents would be valuable if the child is out
too late or suspicious in his/her behavior.
Might save someone's valuable life.
I believe the curfew is a tool that gives
law enforce

oue to do some-
thing about the
kids wandering
around late at
night. Sure it
Sis the parents'
r responsibility
to know where
their kids are,
b' but the growing
gang problem is
everyone's prob-
lem. Look at the
increase in the
number of burglaries. Gangs target young
people to recruit because they are easier
to influence. Gangs make money by selling
drugs. Drug addicts sometimes steal to sup-
port their habit. The more gangs we have,
the bigger the drug problem, and the more
crime we will have. Communities that have
curfews have reported a decrease in crime.

Responsible parents already set cur-
fews and know where their children are,
and I doubt a curfew would have any effect
on them at all because by 11 p.m. on week-
nights, they would be home asleep or else
on their way home from one of the allowed
exceptions (work, school activity, church ac-
tivity, with a parent, etc.) Since the parents
are going to be the ones fined if their kids are
caught breaking curfew, maybe it would be
an incentive for the less responsible parents
to take a little more interest in just where
their kids are at night.
I think we should give a teen curfew
and try and see what happens. It might help.
It might not. We can't know until we try.

County budget
As our Commissioners and Adminis-
trators look at ways to cut expenses what
is going on with your finances? Many have
lost jobs, had work hours and pay cuts. It is
time for the Commission to consider some
action on County payroll. The tough ques-
tion now has to be considered, to cut jobs
or adjust work hours or pay. After all I do not
think the Commissioners are going to leave
our tax rate where it is, on the advice of the
Administrator, so we will pay more but in
most cases will not see our, the tax payers,
incomes go up. Here are a few simple facts
on County payroll. There are 16 County de-
partment head jobs, 15 are filled at this time.
Of the 15 the total base payroll, for all 15,
is $933,226 per year, average of $62,215 for
each of the 15 positions (they vary from high
of $92K to low of 33K). How does your pay
match to these figures? These employees of
the tax payers also receive a $9,331.75 insur-
ance allotment, yearly, and a County contri-
bution to their individual retirement fund of
9.85 percent of their base paychecks, plus the
Social Security and Medicare tax of 7.65 per-
cent. I know not all county employees make
these salaries, but a graduated percent scale,
from 0 to 25 percent cuts, could be used to
insure no job losses yet allow for temporary
savings of our tax dollars until things turn
around. The option of lose your job or a pay
reduction? No raises either, since 50 million
on Social Security have been advised by the
government there will be no cost of living
adjustment for two years, many seniors on
fixed incomes or disabled. All of this payroll
information is public record and may be re-
quested for verification.

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Great nation
Whoever thinks we're the Greatest Na-
tion on the planet Earth, hasn't noticed that
we are now owned by China. The govern-
ment has done the one thing our forefathers
had hoped against. They knew we could
destroy ourselves, once we allowed big gov-
ernment. The Bible says ... owe no man.
Well, folks we are indebted to China and a
few other countries ... so now the USA will
end up being the slaves. If you can't see this
for yourselves, then you too are wearing the
veil of blindness. This CHANGE Obama has
brought is going to make us the laughing
stock of the world.

Health insurance
They should have a right to turn people
away who do not have insurance. I get sick
and tired of all the whiners who complain
about health insurance. Well, GET IT! I got
it, but then again I'm not afraid of having to
work hard to have it.
The average average fast food worker can't af-
ford $400 a month for insurance, and then a
co-pay when they have to use it. They work.
Shouldn't they be able to have health care?
There are plenty of places that pay minimum
wage or just above and the workers can't
afford insurance. That's why there are are 50
of them working hard. "They can't afford it
- let them die"? Nice attitude.
Those that work 40 hours with benefits,
because we believe that it's the ideal job, to
have 40 hours with benefits, still pay for ev-
eryone with no insurance. I have to pay for
my insurance, everyone that wants insur-
ance should pay for it, and those that don't
or can't afford, pay for services rendered.
A big problem with the health care costs
is the people who use the emergency room
like a walk in clinic. If they would turn away
non-emergency issues that could be taken
care of by a doctor the next day, those who
abuse the system would be forced to stop
doing that. People with insurance abuse the
ER as well as those without it.

School starts Monday
School is in. LOOK AROUND! Be care-
ful! They are mostly very, very small. They
will be walking, running, riding very small
bicycles and running after their overthrown
baseballs, kickballs and footballs.

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I would like to know if the county is
waiting for another storm like Faye to come
before they do anything about the drainage
problem in this county? The property on
the south side of Northwest 39th Avenue
in Basswood is of great concern. This part
of Basswood flooded very badly when Fay
came through here. There is nothing but a
huge pond on the east side and all the ditch-
es are holding water due to poor drainage.
All the ditches here need to be dug out and
leveled even with the culverts. We need to
make the county employees earn their in
come. There is plenty of work to be done in
this county and no one seems to want to do
it. Also, there is an abandoned car on North-
west 39th Avenue that needs to be removed.
It's time we start to care and clean up this
county. I can't believe the amount of gar-
bage and trash people are throwing out on
the roadways. Don't they enforce the litter
law here either? I can't believe that people
live this way and destroy the beautiful land
that God gave us to enjoy. Let's do some-
thing before it's too late.
With several tropical storms coming up
in one week, I think the county road depart-
ment should be out there cleaning out ditch-
es to make sure the water will flow properly
if we get a storm. And the county also needs
to do some surveys and crack down on the
people who have brought in fill dirt to raise
their own property and in so doing block the
drainage and cause their neighbors' property
to flood. That is illegal and the county needs
to do something. There is a way to use fill
dirt and also put in swales so you don't inter-
rupt the flow of water.

I don't think it is right that the county
and city officials can just pass new taxes -
and they call it an assessment but it is still
something we have hto pay without the vot-
ers having any say in the matter. If we don't
like it, all we can do is vote out the incum-
bents next election and try to vote in some-
one who will change it.

Law enforcement
With the growing gang problem we
need more officers on the streets at night,
especially in the areas the gangs are target-
ing. Belle Glade stepped up policing and
now the gangs are moving in here.

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Letter to the Editor Reflections from the Pulpit

Thank you Okeechobee
I wanted to take a moment and thank
everyone in this town for their prayers and
support for my beautiful wife, Roberta "Bob-
bi" Christensen. Our family is so broken
hearted over
this senseless
act. She was
such a terrific
lady ready to
help all those
in need. Joke
with people,
extra friendly 4
and kind and
ready to help.
She lived
for laughter u t '.p ci
She lived for Roberta "Bobbi" Christensen
family. Your
prayers have
been felt. Your generosity has been a great
help. She loved her job. She loved this town.
I will continue to be a part of her dream. In
this town. I can no longer live in our home,
plans unknown. So much taken so sadly and
so sudden. "1 Love You, Honey."
Eric Christensen


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near 92. South southwest wind between
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How to believe in God
By Rev. Loy Mershimer
Pastor, Okeechobee Presbyterian Church
An atheist once visited a well known rabbi
and demanded that the rabbi prove to him the
existence of God. In silence, the rabbi refused.
So the atheist stood up to leave, in anger. But
as he left the rabbi called out: "But can you be
sure there is no God?" The atheist wrote, years
later: "I am still an atheist, but that question
has haunted me every day of my life."
Such is the soul hunger of the intellectuals
who would believe in God, if only someone
could overwhelmingly convince them; if only
someone could demonstrate the undeniable
truth of God...
The great thinker Gotthold Ephraim Less-
ing saw a large gap between miracles and the
claim of Jesus as the Son of God. In his mind,
even if he granted the existence of miracles, he
still could not grant the higher class claim of
Jesus as God and Savior. The past drew a cur-
tain over the historical reality of Jesus, beyond
which he could not go. He wrote:
"That, then, is the ugly, broad ditch which
I cannot get across, however often and how-
ever earnestly I have tried to make the leap. If
anyone can help me over it, let him do it, I beg

him, I adjure him. He will deserve a divine re-
ward from me."
What pain in his voice! What honesty of
Basically Lessing is asking the same thing
that the atheist asked the rabbi: "Can you
prove God to me? Can you prove to me the
Son of God?"
It is a heartrending question. Can any an-
swer be found?
I believe there is a simple answer. Not an
easy answer, mind you, but one at once clear
and profound: so simple a child could follow it,
yet so hard that few adults will take the path.
Two great thinkers, and two great believers,
Pascal and Dosteovsky, both wrestled with this
question. And, though separated by vast years
and contexts, both came up with the same an-
swer. There is much logic behind this answer
[Pascal] and much life behind it [Dosteovsky],
but the answer can be given in one sentence.
Here is the answer:
If you would like to know if God exists, then
begin living your life exactly as you would live
it if you knew God existed.
That is what I would have told the atheist,
had I been the rabbi.
That is what I would have told Lessing, had
I been alive to hear him.

Community Calendar

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 meeting.
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. This meeting requires no
RSVP and is a question/answer forum. It will be
at the IRCC 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. Turn left at
the Moose Lodge and go around the curve just
past the church. Bring a lunch and join us for a
fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact 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 NW.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bin-
go will start at noon at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441
S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are in-
vited. Please R.S.VR to 863-763-2308.
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 information
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 off U.S. 98. Beginners
are welcome.
AI-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.
AI-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 un-
til 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 lo-
cated at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact
Enid Boutrin at 863-467-2321.
Family History Center meets from I 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 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
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 863-763-0139.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a week-
ly 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 mem-
bership is a desire to stop eating compulsive-
ly. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.

Special to the Okeechobee News

Pup needs a home
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attention. His owner could no lon-
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Local planners consider land

development regulation amendments

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When the planning board meets Tuesday
evening it will consider one special excep-
tion and two amendments to the land devel-
opment regulations.
Mark Goodbread has requested a special
exception to allow for a mine in an agricul-
ture district on S.R. 70 E.
The first land development regulation
amendment deals with consistency and
concurrency determinations. This deals with

If you go...
What: Monthly meeting of the
Okeechobee County Planning Board/
Board of Adjustments and Appeals
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25
Where: Health Department Audito-
rium, 1728 N.W Ninth Ave.

transportation, wastewater and potable wa-
ter requirements for development. The sec-
ond land development regulation amend-

ment deals with the adoption of a water
supply facility work plan. The purpose of
the water supply plan is to demonstrate suf-
ficient availability of potable water to meet
the needs of new development projected to
occur during the next 1 o years.
Additional public hearings to consider
these amendments will be held before the
board of county commissioners.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at

Online Guestbook
All Obituaries now include Online Guestbooks
where family and friends can share reflections,

Community Events

Yard sale and dinner
to benefit family
Fort Drum Community Church,
32415 U.S. 441 N., will host huge yard sale
and spaghetti dinner benefit on Aug. 29.
The yard sale starts at 7 a.m. and dinners
will be available beginning at 10 a.m. The
benefit will help the family of Scott Eubanks,
who recently died. If you would like to do-
nate things for the yard sale or dinner, please
call 863-467-1733, 863-357-1581 or 863-634-

Reception to honor Pat Miller
After 37 years of dedicated service as a
County Extension Agent, the last 25 years as
the County Extension Directory/Dairy and

Okeechobee News/Linda Bridges
OHS attends Rotary
Kristy Crawford, Rotary Treasurer
and her son, Jonathon Crawford, a
senior at Okeechobee High School,
attended the weekly Rotary meeting
held on Tuesday. Jonathon has just
accepted a Baseball Scholarship to
the University of Florida.

Water Quality Agent in Okeechobee County,
Pat Miller is retiring on Aug. 31. A farewell
reception will be held on Aug. 26 at the
County Extension Office from 2 to 7 p.m.
Community members are invited to stop by
and join in wishing him happiness in his re-

Orchid Club and
Garden Club to meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet
Monday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at the county
extension office at 451 Highway 98 N. Alan
and Jan Fehrman will present a program on
Cold Protection for Outdoor Orchids. It's not
too early to get started. Also bring in bloom-
ing orchids to show or problem orchids for
analysis. The Garden Club will meet at 6
p.m. If you have any questions please call
the extension office at 863-763-6469.

First Indian Baptist Church
celebrates Golden Anniversary
The First Indian Baptist Church of Brigh-
ton will celebrate 50 years of serving Jesus
Christ with a "Homecoming Event." Please
come and bring your family and friends to an
exciting reunion with old memories, Creek
songs, Bluegrass music, delicious food and
great fellowship on Sunday, Aug. 23, at
10:45 a.m. at 20060 Reservation Road, (Hwy
721 S.) A celebration dinner will follow. For
more information about the event, please
contact Pastor Wonder Johns at 863-634-
1639, 863-763-5730, or the church phone at

Faith Alive
Faith Alive Fellowship, 3075 SW 3rd Ter-
race, will hold a revival with special guest
speaker "Evangelist Gil Howard-Browne"
from Times of Refreshing Ministries in Tam-

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pa, Aug. 23-25, Sunday, Aug. 23 at 10:30
a.m. and 6 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday at 7
p.m. If life has you drained, or you're going
through tough times, that has led to discour-
agement, loss of vision and purpose. Join
us, where you will be blessed, encouraged,
inspired, refreshed and restored. The dates
are Monday and Tuesday evening at 7:00
p.m. For more information please call Mary
Sue at 863-763-0577.

Buckhead VFW to
host dinner sale
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012
East Hwy 78, Okeechobee, will host a Cor-
nish hen dinner with all the trimmings in-
cluding one whole hen with pecan and
mushroom stuffing, wild rice and peas and
ice cream for desert. The dinner will be held
on Sunday, Aug. 23, and donations for the
dinner are $8. Serving will start at 12:30 p.m.
and end serving at 2:30 p.m. Entertainment
will be music with door prizes for "Jail and
Bail" by Men's Auxiliary all afternoon. A cake
walk will be held by Ladies Auxiliary at 1:30
p.m. and a Chinese Auction will be held by
our AMVETS at 2:30 p.m. A 50/50 drawing
will be held for a basket of cheer. Come out
and join the midsummer fun. For informa-
tion on ordering, please call 863-467-2882.

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Traffic stop leads to felony drug arrest

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman is free on bond af-
ter being arrested on felony
drug charges late last week.
Monica Elaine Adams,
41, S.W 19th St., was arrest-
ed Friday, Aug. 14, on felony
charges of possession of a
controlled substance (co-
caine), possession of a con-
trolled substance (endocet),
possession of a controlled Monica Elaine
substance (roxicodone) and Monica Elaine
possession of a controlled
substance (valium). She was also arrested on
a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug
She was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $4,000. Jail re-
cords indicate that she was released on bond

Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Bobby Damale Redden, 18, N.E. 15th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 20 by
Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him with pos-
session of marijuana with intent to sell. His
bond was set at $5,000.
John Dale Ellett, 61, S.W. 40th Terrace,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 20 by Depu-
ty Sergeant Charles Hood on a charge of driv-
ing under the influence. His bond was set at

Mobile home

destroyed in fire

County and City firefighters were dis-
patched early Wednesday to fight a mobile
home fire at 3315 SE 25th Street.
The fire report from paramedic Josh
Borgstrom said the home was fully involved
and flames had broken through the roof
when firemen arrived just after 2 a.m. Five
units and 10 firemen and volunteers put out
the blaze. Some units were on the scene for
over four hours.
The home owner, James Cornette, was
uninjured. The American Red Cross assisted
the family with lodging and possessions. An
estimate of damage was not available in the
fire report.


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Wednesday, Aug. 19.
An arrest report by Officer Chad Troutman,
of the Okeechobee City Police Department
(OCPD), indicated that he stopped Adams
shortly after midnight due to a broken brake
light lens and an illegal lane change.
After speaking with the woman, the officer
asked for and received permission to search
her car. During that search Officer Troutman
stated that he found three blue pills and a plas
tic bag that contained a white powdery sub-
The powder was field tested and indicated
a positive result for the presence of cocaine,
stated the officer's arrest report. Two of the
pills were identified as roxicodone and the oth-
er was identified as valium, added the report.
Officer Troutman then placed Adams un-
der arrest and during a search of her person
and purse by OCPD Sergeant Dawn Wendt
several used syringes were allegedly found in

$500. Ellett was later arrested by Deputy Cpl.
Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with driving under the in-
fluence. His bond was set at $500.
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 wel-
come to inform this newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and printed.

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her purse. Also found in a makeup pouch were
several small plastic bags that contained a sim-
ilar white powder. The powder was field tested
and indicated a positive result for the presence
of cocaine, stated the report. Officer Trout
man said the baggies and powder weighed 1.8
The officer went on to say he also found six
yellow pills in the woman's purse, as well as
several straws. The pills, he added, were identi-
fied as endocet.
In all, Officer Troutman stated he found
over 2 grams of suspected cocaine.
Adams was also issued two traffic citations,
the arrest report stated.


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August 23, 2009

Pastor leads prayer walk -
By Pete Gawda August
Okeechobee News D Br, Ek Speca
Rev. Jim McCutchen is a man who puts BreakfaSt Special
feet to his prayers. On Tuesday and Thursday 0
mornings at 7, anywhere from seven to 15 Buy One Bacon,
people join the pastor of Okeechobee Chris- Cheese
tian Church in a prayer walk. Egg
Since coming to the church four and a 8 Great Choices!
half months ago, Rev. McCutchen has seen Biscuit, Get One Free!
attendance at services double. A porch was
added across the front of the building. A ~ ,, ,. _...

softball field is under construction and the
parking lot is being paved. He attributes it
all to prayer.
"There is power in prayer," the pastor as-
"We have seen God work in a mighty
way," stated Lou Castillo, one of the partici-
pants in the walk.
The pastor said people need exercise
so he decided to combine spiritual growth
and physical exercise. He also started these
prayer walks four months ago to discipline
himself to prayer and to set an example. He
believes that an early morning prayer walk
is a refreshing way to start the day. The min-
ister uses this prayer time to totally rely on
the Lord.
At first he walked by himself. Then oth-
ers began to join him. The walk is open to
anyone who wants to participate.
On this particular Thursday morning
there were 11 people ranging in age from
three small children to an over-the-hill
newspaper reporter. Because of the small
children, the walk was shorter than usual.
The group went west on the sidewalk beside
Charles Harvey Highway from the church
to U.S. 441 and back. Other mornings they
walk up to the Brahman Theatre and back
to the church. This morning they talked to-
gether and prayed as they walked along in
the humid morning air, occasionally stop-
ping to join hands in a circle for a specific
prayer request.
They prayed for the community, and the
participants in the walk and their specific
concerns. Rev. McCutchen also uses this
time to counsel new Christians.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at

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Prayer walkers from Okeechobee
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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Buggy Ficus, spreading
weeds, cottony crud and an
empty office

By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
The heat of summer may have driven
gardeners inside to beat the heat, but a few
brave souls have ventured out to discover
many different problems in their Florida
Yards. We are planning a full schedule of fall
programs for 4-Hers, ranchers, and garden-
ers, but local Dairy producers will have to
wait a bit longer before they can get help;
see the last question to see why ...
Buggy Ficus
Since the hurricanes, I've planted sever-
al Banyan trees in my yard to provide shade
and privacy. In the back by the canal, my
trees are showing some kind of little black
spots on the leaves, which are also folded
and curled. What is going on? -Henry
You brought in a sample from your tree,
and even though these large trees have mul-
tiple roots and a wide canopy, they are not
the large-leaved Banyan Tree. Instead, it is
a close relative called Weeping Fig; botani-
cally we call them Ficus benjamina.
A few years ago (2003), a new insect
came to Florida (What a surprise!). This one
is called the Ficus Thrip; thrips are small in-
sects that feed on tender, new foliage. Their
feeding causes sunken, reddish spots on
leaves. Leaves tend to curl and fold inward,
and if you open them up the small (1/8
inch), fast moving pests can be seen run-
ning for cover.
While the appearance of the leaves may
suffer, it takes a large amount of feeding to
cause leaf loss on Ficus in landscapes. They
are most commonly seen in late spring and
early summer. I'd advise most homeowners
not to worry about them. UF Entomologist
Catherine Mannion has found that there are
several predators and parasites that can keep
them under control as long as insecticides
are not used.
Since this plant is also kept indoors as a
house plant, their appearance inside may
be a bit more of a problem. And if you are
a nursery grower, you definitely want to
consider using the expensive systemic in-
secticides that can eliminate these insects.
Research has shown there are a few prod-
ucts that work for commercial growers, but
since the results are still being checked out,
it would be best to contact me if you want
specific insecticides for this pest.
A couple other ideas on this problem:
large Ficus trees in the landscape have shal-
low roots that can get into water pipes or
septic tanks and, they blow over in hurri-
canes. Know a cheap plumber?
Large blown-over trees mean big clean-
up costs; do you really want these in your
Florida Yard? And there's another problem:
if the leaves of your Ficus (or Banyan) are
actually dropping off, it may be the Ficus
Whitefly. Now that bug is a REAL problem
we can cover another time.




Spreading lawn weed
I sent you a couple pics of some weeds
that are taking over my yard, as well as oth-
ers in my area. I think these weeds are go-
ing to be a big problem... can you please tell
me what they are? Thank you so much for
the info. -- Greg
You sent me a couple pictures of a weed
called Chamberbitter, a.k.a. Gripeweed. Bo-
tanically known as Phyllanthus urinaria, it is
native to Asia but is seen throughout the Gulf
States. This annual weed spreads aggres-
sively and can quickly take over landscape
beds and then move into the turfgrass. It ger-
minates in early summer through early fall.
Chamberbitter is usually introduced from
weedy nursery stock. Be careful of the bar-
gain-priced nursery plants that could bring
this weed into your Florida Yard.
These plants range from 2 to 18 inches
in size and can grow in shade or full sun
conditions. The leaves are like little mi-
mosa leaves, each leaf with many leaflets.
The most distinct feature are the numerous
small, smooth, warty fruits attached to the
bottom of the foliage. Gripeweed produces
a great number of viable seeds. Once it sets
seed, control is difficult.
One way to get a handle on this creepy
herb is to pull it out by hand. DON'T shake
off the soil from the roots, as you can eas-
ily shake off the seed. Collect the weeds
and put them in a lawn trash bag; you don't
want the seeds of Chamberbitter spreading
around your yard.
If the problem cannot be managed by
pulling, consider herbicides. To battle cham-
berbitter in the lawn apply a pre-emergent
herbicide when the soil starts warming up;
around here around the first of April. The
weedkiller to use will depend on the kind
of turfgrass you are growing. Herbicides for
landscape beds will be more complicated,
so contact us if you need recommenda-
Pink Hibiscus Mealybugs
My Hibiscus plant has all these curled up
leaves on the tips. When I look closely I see
little white fluffy spots on the leaves, stems
and even on the bark. Is this some kind of a
fungus? Betty
Welcome to the wonderful world of the
Pink Hibiscus Mealybug. Usually mealybugs
are not pink but white in color. They are
sapsuckers, and just like the thrips we talked
about above, they like tender new leaves
and stems to satisfy their sap-sucking habits.
The clear sticky waste material is called hon-
eydew, and it is a great place for black sooty
mold to grow on many kinds of plants.
Your mealybugs are the dreaded Pink
Hibiscus Mealybug (PHM), so named for its

light pink color and the color it shows when
squished. It identifies it as this new problem-
atic insect four in Florida since 2002.
Dealing with these critters puts the gar-
dener between a rock and a hard place. Us-
ing harsh, expensive systemic insecticides
will only partially control PHM, and will kill
of many of the good guys (parasites and
predators) that are slowly adapting to feed-
ing on this mealybug. Best management
ideas include pruning out severely infested
branches, and placing the cuttings into the
regular home trash (rather than trying to
add it to a yard trash pile). Don't cut off more
than a third of any new branches. The use of
insecticidal soaps and horticultural oils will
slow down but will not eliminate PHM.
The larger greenish gray growths you
have on more woody parts of the stem are
lichens. They are NOT a problem and do
not need control. They are clinging ON the
outer surface of the bark but do not invade
inside living tissue of the host plant. Lichens
are a fascinating cooperative arrangement
between a fungus and an algae, just taking
ups space because there is enough light and
moisture for them to grow there.
An empty desk ...
I've noticed it's been pretty quiet around
the Okeechobee Extension office lately, and
there are a lot fewer staff meetings, and I've
had to pitch in on some of those office man-
agement tasks that used to be taken care of
What Gives? -Joe
Well in case you haven't heard, our il-

lustrious leader for the past 25 years in
Okeechobee County, 0. Patrick Miller, has
hung up his shingle and is now officially
enjoying retirement. We wish him well and
thank him for his service. If you want to see
a little more, visit our website and follow the
links on our webpage to his retirement page.
Best Wishes and Many thanks, Pat from all
YOUR staff and the people of Okeechobee,
Send your garden question by fax (863-
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Okeechobee, FL 34974). The University of
Florida Okeechobee County Extension of-
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greatest interest to local residents and pub-
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Be sure to include your name and phone or
email address in case we need more infor
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be submitted.
More information is available on the
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Local church helps many

with bookbag giveaway

The members of The Church of God of
Prophecy out did last years book bag give
away by a land slide. The dedicated con-
gregation gave away 1,000 book bags with
supplies to many of the waiting students and
parents under the big tent which provided
shelter from the sun.
Over 2,000 hot dogs were cooked to be
given out, cookies and cold drinks, along
with a puppet show for the children to be
entertained, finishing off a great event all un-
der the direction of P-tnor Mike Revi alone

with his daughter, Candy Nelson. Next year,
the church and its members will strive to
have a book bag for each child in the com-
Many thanks go out to all who helped
cook and serve food, the puppeteers, and
the many who gave of their time and energy
to help make this years book bag give away
a huge success. Each family who received
book bags and supplies is invited to attend
church or Sunday School with us.

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Submitted photo/Bobbi Poole
Large numbers showed up at the bookbag and school supply giveaway hosted
and sponsored by the Church of God of Prophecy in Okeechobee. Kids and par-
ents enjoyed hot dogs and soft drinks and received plenty of school supplies to
start the new school year.

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Tire goes through window
It's not every day you wake up to the police calling and saying, "There is a tire
in your store window!" This is exactly what Mike Carroll, manager of Meltina
Cabinet shop on 441 S. was awakened to. A truck was apparently across
the intersection of U.S. 441 and S.R.70 when a tire on the truck came off and
rolled across the road. The tire hit the curb and launched itself into the large
display window of his store front. Glass is embedded in the cabinets, ceiling,
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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man who was allegedly racing

70 E. then reportedly tried
to flee from deputies was
eventually caught and ar-
Basilio Ruiz, 18, N.E.
48th Ave., was arrested
Thursday, Aug. 20, on a
felony charge of fleeing
and attempting to elude a
law enforcement officer. Basilio
He was also arrested on a Ruiz
misdemeanor charge of street racing.
Ruiz was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $1,000. Jail re-
cords indicate that he has been released on
Arrested with Ruiz was a 17-year-old
female from Texas. She was booked into
the county jail and then released into the
custody of a family member.
Maria Y Carrillo, 23, N.E. 62nd Ave.,
Okeechobee, who was reportedly racing
with Ruiz, was issued a traffic citation for
An arrest report by Deputy Steven
McKinley, of the Okeechobee County Sher-

iff's Office (OCSO), states that he was run-
ning radar in the 3000 block of S.R. 70 E.
around 8:25 p.m. Thursday when he saw
two speeding vehicles. His radar clocked
the cars at 81 mph in a 45 mph zone, the
report stated.
Deputy McKinley, along with Deputy
Justin Akins, turned on their emergency
lights in an attempt to stop the cars.
The two-door black Scion driven by
Carrillo stopped for Deputy Akins, but the
other car only began to speed up, stated
Deputy McKinley.
While pursuing the green four-door ve-
hicle north on N.E. 48th Ave., the deputy
stated that the car suddenly turned into a
driveway and pulled into an open garage.
At this point a female passenger reportedly
got out of the car and ran into the house.
Deputy McKinley ran toward the car and
placed the driver under arrest.
A short time later Deputy Akins arrived
at the home. He went inside the house and
found the female passenger and placed her
under arrest.
The deputy's report states that no crimi-
nal charges were filed against Carrillo be-
cause she did not try to flee from the depu-
Ruiz was also issued a citation charging
him with speeding.

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Aug. 3 Pigs League: First place Jack
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August 23, 2009

Swine Flu name misleading and costly to pork industry

TALLAHASSEE-Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services Commissioner Charles
H. Bronson is asking public health officials,
academics and the media to refrain from
calling the current H1N1 influenza pan-
demic "swine flu" as the characterization is
both inaccurate and contributing to the col-
lapse of the pork industry throughout North
Although health officials initially identi-
fied the outbreak as "swine flu" when it first
emerged several months ago because of
some common genes in the virus, they have
subsequently determined that the outbreak
is a new hybrid virus.
"It is unfortunate that pork producers and

processors have been impacted so negative-
ly by the inaccurate characterization of this
virus," Bronson said. "But the fact is there
have been no detections of swine flu in any
swine herds in this country, and people can-
not get this flu from eating pork."
Officials from the International Society
for Infectious Diseases have stated, "Since
we know nothing of how this particular vi-
rus has gotten into the human population
but there is apparently no history of swine
exposure, it probably makes more sense
epidemiologically to refer to this simply as
H 1N influenza virus."
Bronson said it is particularly important
that the correct name of the virus is used

Okeechobee Livestock Market Report

August 17 and 18, 2009

Breaking $43.00 $47.50
Cutter $37.00 $46.00
Canner $20.00 $31.00

Monday Tuesday
Calves 1141 1889
Cows 150 291
Str 23 50
Hfrs 8 54
Bulls 12 5
Yrlngs 16 19
Mix 0 0
Total 1350 2308

Med #1 Steers Hfrs
200-250 130-135 107-117
250-300 120-135 93-98
300350 117 130 91-97
350-400 102-118 82-90
400-450 96-108 80-88
450-500 93-100 81-86
550-600 87-94 82-89
600 650 89-92 81 82
Med #2 Steers Hfrs
250-300 102-120 80-96
300-350 97-115 84-99
350-400 91-104 80-91
400-450 82-87 78-89
Small #1 Steers Hfrs
350-400 80-102
450-500 91 93 80-83

Prices made their summer
slump. Slaughter cows and
bulls were $3-4.00 lower, steer
calves were at least $2.00
lower. NAFTA, politics and
weather are trying to put us
out of business. Victor Rowe
of Ft. Pierce topped the calf
market with a high of $1.70,
bought by Curt Wilson. Steven
Mullins of Lake Placid topped
the cow market with a high of
48.00, bought by Central.

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about the virus are likely to increase as the
country prepares for the H1N1 vaccine in
advance of an expected resurgence of the
"Health officials have repeatedly stated
that pork is safe to eat as there's no threat
to people from consuming properly handled
and cooked pork," Bronson said. "Yet the
continued use of the incorrect term for the
HIN1 virus contributes to a distorted per-
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W/D, fenced patio,
clean, $700 + Sec

1574 Sq. Ft. office bldg.
@ 210 NE 3rd Ave.
Call 863-763-0295

2 bed, 2 bath Home
$700 mo., $700 sec.
References required

August 23, 2009

HOUSES 3/2/2 and
3/1/1, tile floors, jacuzzi
tub Bring Pets, Large
Yards (561)723-2226
new appls, W/D, new CA,
partially fum., nice yard,
No pets, Non smoking
environ., Ref's req.
We have many homes for
rent. Save your gas...
Call us! 863-634-5352
The Tucker Group
BA Duplex, DW, W/D
connector, C/A & heat,
$725 mo. + $500 sec.
(863) 763-4414
2ba, great neighborhood,
tile throughout, $975 &
up/mo, 1st & sec move in
(561)248-3888 or
PARK MODEL 1/1, fur-
nished, all included.
$145/wk, $300 dep. NO
PETS. 863-983-2809.

Free Wifl! Weekly $150
or mo. $375 mincl. elec.
Call 863-763-0295

Christian Couple look-
ing for clean home,
trailer or dbl. wide in
the Okee. area for Win-
ter months. We have no
pets. We are non smok-
ers or drinkers. Call Rex
at (765)621-4402 or

OKEE, Furn. Rm. Single
occ, priv. entrance, w/d.
$140/wk & dep., utils
incl. (863)763-7331 msg
Pasture, & arena avail
for horses, $650/mo

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CBS 4/2 + efficiency,
completey remodeled,
in ground pool, fenced,
metal roof, .48 acres,
2,000 + s.f, 20X30
steel shed, $149,900

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DW MH renovated,
4BR/2.5BA, 1800 sq. ft.,
fenced 1/2 acre lot,
screened porch, shed,
Pioneer Estate area,
$98,000 or best offer.
Fin. Avail. 3.5% down.
3BA Pool Home. Private
fenced backyd. Sell for
$336,180 Rent $1,900
mo. 772-597-2629
yr. old CBS. 3BR, 2BA
on 5 acres, w/detached
metal dbl carport & util
rm. 12 ml to Seminole
Elm Sch. $249,000 Call

dbl wide, great family
home. 3br, 2ba, den,
laundry rm, decks,
fenced back yard,
$70,000 (863)467-7911

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another man's treas-
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ACREAGE 2 1/2 acres BORE AIRBOAT 2009-
in Four Seasons. Re- NEW HULL+NEW
duced! $55,000. Call TRAILOR $4000/or best
(863) 697-6446 offer (863)697-0318

Dry, l/4 ac lots, price 750oc, 23K, $2100
covers all costs. Call (863)824-0703
Don 954-290-0861

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BHR RVs for Rent,
starting $300-$500 &
1BR/1BA Cabin, 55+
park, seasonal or yearly.
2+ acres. 1 mile from
high school. $850 mo.
Includes lawn mainte-
nance. 1st & last. Call
863)467-2563 or
FOR RENT: 2/1 apt.
Newly remodeled. 12
miles north of Okeecho-
bee on beautiful ranch.
Water, trash & lawn
maintenance included.
NO PETS! Move in spe-
cial. M-F $495/mo. Call
furnished, all included.
$185/wk. $500 dep. NO
PETS. 863-983-2809.
MOVE INTO a fully
furn. 2/2 on water
w/dock for $675/mo.
Inclds trash & lawn,

SUZUKI LTR 450 2006
LEFT. $3800 /or best
offer. (863)634-2839

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90,000 miles
$ 5 0 0 0 / neg .
- green, tanned leather,
new trans, cold air,
$2950 (772)485-8322
4-door, A/C, new tires
and brakes, runs great
$800. (863)801-3141
1999 New tran/nice
exterior/needs repair
$600. (863)532-1033

SPOILER, 2 low profile
tires, ramp for Toyota,
$550/will separate. Call

BANK REPO'S DODGE '96 Ext. Cab, 1/2
MOVE TO YOUR LAND Ton, 4x4, 5.9L, Clean
Mobile Home Angels w/goose neck hitch
561-721-2230 $3000 863-634-7328

Okeechobee News

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FILE NO. 2C09-CP-0069
In Re: Estate of
The admiisttion of the estate of
WARD N. DAVIDSON, deceased,
whos date of death was Setember
is pending in the Circuit Court for
Okchoee County, onda, Probate
Division, the address of which is 312
Northst 3rd Steet, Odkeechobe,
Florida 34972. The names and ad-
dresses of thie per-o na eprenta
tiee and dthe p senate
All creditors of the deedent and

other pess having clams against
f I nti reu to b00 e
seed must file their lams with
All other ceditoe of the decedent
ond there peron having caims or
demands against decedent estate
must e their claims wi ths ur
The date of first p01ubication of 1this
notice is May 50th, 2009.
Elzabeth Davidon Hoover

B3a okev3le, MD 20833
Daid M, Prenick, Esquire
Attorney for Pe nal Reprentati
Florida Bar No, 527580
David M. Presick, P.A.
Cocoa, Forida 32922
Tele hone f321 639 3764

The Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioner wi hod a
Budget Workshop on Tuesday, Au-
gust 25, 2009 at 1:00 to 5:o0 p'o.,
in the Health Department Auditor
um 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeeho-
bee, Florda,
Any person deiding to appeal, any
decision made byhe the Board of
County Commlssiones with spect
meeting will need a record of the
pro dings, and that, for such pur-
poDs, he or she wil[ need to ensure
that a verbatim record of such pro
seedings is de, which record shall
include the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be
In ,cordane with the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Flor-
da Statute 28626, persons with
modation to participate in this pro-
Poskon, no later than two (2) wrk-
ing days prior to the preceding at
863-763-2131, ext. 2111 Or
763-4559. If you are hearng o
voice impair d al TDI
1-888 447-5620 (TD).
Clrf Betts Jr Chairman
Board of County Commisionee,

331314 ON 8/23/09

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Flu prevention

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back to school

Charlie Crist has kicked off an
awareness campaign to promote
back-to-school health safety and
H 1N 1 Swine Flu prevention.
"We want to take a proactive
approach to staying healthy as we
begin the new school year," said
Governor Crist. "I know parents
and teachers will agree that keep-
ing our children healthy and learn-
ing is a top priority."
Governor Crist recommended
that parents and teachers explain
to students the importance of the
following basic preventive hygiene
Make it a routine to wash your
hands often with soap and water.
Cough into your elbow or into
a tissue, not into your hands.
Avoid contact with those who
are coughing or otherwise appear
Avoid touching your eyes, nose
and mouth.
Stay home from
school if you feel
"Our health ex
perts at the state and
local level have been
working closely with
Commissioner Smith
and schools state-
S wide to ensure that
we keep our children
safe," said Surgeon
General Dr. Ana
Viamonte Ros. "We
want to remind par-
ents that they are our
partners and keeping
sick children home
is best." A letter sent
Ifl to superintendents
v iveiW statewide presented
helpful information
W about addressing
parents' concerns re-
garding HIN1 Swine
Flu. A sample letter to
parents also provided
tips and methods for
reducing transmis-
sion. The key compo-
nent of the prevention
strategy is continuous
Education through
public outreach. A
toll-free hotline will
also be set up by Aug.
For more informa-
p tion, please visit the
I Florida Department
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mation Web page at

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Okeechobee News

Bird watchers and wildlife
viewers boost Florida's economy

Bird watchers and wildlife viewers spend wild lands so the wildlife viewers will keep
$3.1 billion per year in Florida. They support coming.
roughly 35,000 jobs. "You can help birds and give the econ-
Mark Kiser, who heads up the Florida omy a shot in the arm by encouraging bird
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis- watchers," Kiser said. "Bird watchers spend
sion's (FWC) 489-site Great Florida Birding money at restaurants, motels, convenience
Trail, said more people travel to Florida to stores and lots of other businesses."
see wildlife than any other state. The FWC has teamed up with partners
"And the number is increasing," he said. in the new Get Outdoors Florida! campaign,
"Half the 800 bird species in this country oc- encouraging Floridians to lure their children
cur in Florida, at least sometime during the away from their electronic toys and redis-
year. In fact, birders have spotted 504 bird cover together the natural Florida that is
species in Florida." such a big attraction for vacationers.
Birds from all over the globe turn up in "A bird book, a pair of binoculars and a
Florida, and birders flock here for a once-in- camera are all it takes to open up the fas-
a-lifetime chance to see one of thel35 exotic cinating world of birding and wildlife view-
species they could never hope to see with- ing," Kiser said.
out traveling to faraway countries. Kiser said A visit to and clicking on
the economic boost from birding is enough "Quick Clicks" will yield information about
to encourage communities to conserve their where to go to get started.
Women in the Outdoors event planned
Women from around the region are participants. Once back at the campground,
invited to participate in the Fisheating after enjoying a hearty lunch, participants
Creek Adventure Women in the Outdoors will choose three activities from the follow
(WITO) event to be held Saturday, Oct. 17, ing: Archery, Basic Chain Saw Operation,
at Fisheating Creek Campground in Palm- Self Defense, Dutch Oven Cooking (tasting
dale, in gloriously natural Glades County. required!), Fly Fishing 101, GPS/Geo Cach
WITO is dedicated to providing interactive ing, Nature Hike and Nature Photography.
education outdoor opportunities for women There will be a silent auction of NWTF items
ages 13 and older. The program supports as well as door prizes.
both hunting and non-hunting activities. To date, sponsors include Bass Pro,
WITO is the women's outreach arm of the Dick's Sporting Goods, Columbia Clothing,
National Wild Turkey Federation whose goal Lykes Bros. Inc., Lake Placid Marine, High-
is to introduce more women to outdoor ac- lands Hammock, and ThermaCELL. A spe-
tivities, train women as outdoor educators, cial turkey call donated just for this event! If
and provide a network for men and women interesting in sponsoring the event, contact
with similar outdoor interests. Cheryl Henderson at 239-280-7156.
The Fisheating Creek Adventure will in- Registration for the event is preferred. For
troduce participates to the beauty of Fisheat- more information, contact Tracy Whirls at
ing Creek and its surrounding area. Planned the Glades County Economic Development
activities include a Canoe/Kayak guided trip Council at 863-946-0300 or email: twhirls@
from Burnt Bridge to the campground for all
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