Vol. 100 No. 104
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O p inio n .............................................. 5
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By Pete Gawda
Citizens going to the public
meeting Sept. 3 concerning the
proposed Emergency Medical Ser-
vices (EMS) assessment may be in
for a surprise. Many people think
of a public meeting as a chance
to express their opinion to elected
officials. The purpose of the public
meeting Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m at the
Okeechobee County Health De-
partment Auditorium, 1728 N.W.
Ninth Ave. is for citizens to learn
the details of the assessment and
ask questions of the consultant.
The purpose of the meeting is not
to solicit public opinion. In fact,
county commissioners may not
even be at the meeting.
The time to voice your opinion
to officials is at the Sept. 10 county
commission meeting. At that time
citizens will be able to address
commissioners before they vote on
adoption of the assessment.
The proposed assessment will
be used solely to fund the county's
EMS program. According to the
law that authorizes this assess-
ment, cost of EMS service must be
proportioned equally among the
various classes of property benefit-
ing from EMS. The proposed as-
sessment calls for residential units
to pay $74 per household. Hotels,
motels and RV parks would be as-
sessed $2 per room or RV space.
Commercial buildings would be
assessed $0 05511 per square foot
and industrial buildings would be
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Initiative to restrict tobacco use
Labor Day Rodeo planned
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association's 58th Annual
Championship Bull Riding and Dodge Labor Day Rodeo is
set for next weekend. Championship Bull Riding starts at 2:30
p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Agri-Civic Center. The PRCA
Rodeo will be Sunday and Monday, starting at 2 p.m. at the
Agri-Civic Center. Advanced tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for
kids over 6 and ages 5 and under are free. Tickets are avail-
able at Eli's Western Wear at 907 NW Park Street in Okeecho-
bee. Tickets at the gate wil be $15 for adults, $8 for children
6 and over, ages 5 and under are free. For more information
online go to www.okeechobeecattlemensassociation.com.
By Charles M. Murphy
A new tobacco initiative de-
signed to develop policies that re-
strict or prohibits tobacco use at
schools, parks and public places, is
being formed by the Okeechobee
County Health Department.
A review of the Health Depart-
ment Tobacco program was pre-
sented by Angela Kelly at Tuesday's
Community Collaborative Council
Ms. Kelly said the health depart-
ment program targeted pregnant
mothers in Okeechobee. They also
promoted the Florida quit line,
which is 1-877-U-Can-Now. The
quit line received 214 calls from
Okeechobee in the past year.
The Quit Smoking Now Classes
are held every Wednesday at 5:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee Public
Library. Free nicotine patches and
other supplies are available.
Ms. Kelly also was busy in the
community with presentations
at various public events this past
They also continue the Students
Working Together Against Tobacco
program at the middle and high
schools. Over 1,000 kids received
tobacco prevention information
this past year.
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EPA sets limits on fertilizer/waste pollution
By Charles M. Murphy
The Environmental Protection Agency
signed a consent decree that sets legal and
enforceable limits on fertilizer and waste
pollution being dumped into Florida water-
Environmental groups claim the deal will
stop the ongoing destruction of the states
waterways caused by farms and other uses.
David Guest, managing Attorney for
Earth Justice said fertilizer runoff has trig-
gered toxic algae blooms in the St. Lucie
and Caloosahatchee River that poison the
ecosystem, threaten public health, and de-
stroy water quality. "There were no limits
on fertilizer and animal waste pollution,"
he said. "Those limits will be used to bring
a halt to the accelerating destruction of our
Critics of the plan claim that setting le-
gal limits will cost millions. They will make
farmers regulate runoff from pesticides and
animal waste on their property.
A 2008 report found that more than half
of Florida's rivers and lakes had poor water
Last year the Florida Wildlife Federation,
the Conservancy of South West Florida, the
Sierra Club, and other groups filed a lawsuit
asking the EPA to set limits on nutrients.
The agreement this month doesn't set the
limit, but does commit the EPA to set those
limits on Lake Okeechobee, and other fresh-
water streams and rivers by January, 2010.
After a public comment period, the limits
should go into affect in September, 2010.
Local man an hospitalized after drug arrest
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man was admitted to
a local hospital due to his alleged level of
impairment after he was arrested on felony
Randel Adrian Osceola, 18, Reservation
Road, was arrested Aug. 20 on charges of
possession of xanax and possession of per-
cocet. He was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $10,000.
However, according to an arrest report by
a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force, the jail refused to take him "due
to his impairment." He was then taken to
The following people
are among Okeechobee's
Most Wanted persons.
There are active warrants
for each of them. The cri- I
teria for making Okeecho-
bee's Most Wanted top
five is based on the sever-
ity of the crime in con-
junction with the age of Brandon Wi
the warrant Brandon Will
If you have any infor- Wayne Ellis Hell
nation on the where-
abouts of any of Okeechobee's Most Wanted you
can call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at
1-800-273-TIPS (8477). If you call Treasure Coast
Crimes Stoppers, you have the option of remain-
ing anonymous. You can also receive a reward if
the information results in an arrest.
Brandon Wayne Ellis, DOB 4/11/1984, 5 ft,
6 in., VOP Grand Theft Auto, Burglary structure,
Raulerson Hospital where
he was admitted.
The arrest report states
Deputy Adrian Rogers, of
the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
requested help from task
force detectives after find-
ing a car stopped in the
median of Charles Harvey Randel Adrian
Highway with the car run- Osceola
ning and the headlights on
When a task force detective walked to
the car and opened the driver's side door the
occupant nearly fell out of the car, stated the
lam David Jesse James Felicia Jean
ms Lyng Pringle
William David Helms, DOB 2/11/1977, 5 ft
II in Third Degree Grand Theft.
Jesse James Lyng, DOB 2/9/1983, 6 ft, 1 in,
210 lbs Possession Carisoprodol, Resisting w/o
Felicia Jean Pringle DOB 7/23/1987, 5
ft 5 in, 1301bs VOP- Grand theft, possession of
hydrocodone, possession Alprazolam.
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report. The driver, identified as Osceola, was
asked to step out of the car but when he did
he almost fell into the eastbound lane and
was nearly struck "by a passing vehicle," the
After OCSO K-9 Rex performed an ex-
terior sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the
driver's side door handle, the task force de-
tectives searched Osceloa's car. Inside the
car they reportedly found two percocet pills
in an eyeglass compartment and half of a xa-
nax pill lying on the driver's seat.
According to the report, the case is still
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Public Forum/Speak Out
Speak Out has moved online, where Nine times out of 10 if someone is
it is quicker and easier to share your not using their turn signal, they are on the
ideas and converse with others. Go to phone. How can we make it an enforce-
www.newszap.com, click on the corn- able law when every cop I pass is on their
munity name and your local or state phone?
Public Forum. There, you can create Some countries and some states in this
new topics or comment on existing country have made it illegal to talk on a cell
topics. What follows is a sampling of phone while driving, unless you are using a
some of the discussions currently tak- hands-free phone like bluetooth. It is very
some of the discussions currently k- distracting. What is even worse is the teens
ing place. Thanks for participating! who text while driving. Testing involves us-
LUFOs ing both thumbs and looking at a tiny screen
so you can imagine how much attention
The other night I was walking through they have left for actual driving.
my neighborhood and saw three flying ob- How about an eight-year-old girl riding
jects going through the air. They were not an ATV down a public street while talking
airplanes, and I am not on a cell phone? She was also eating a sand-
sure if they were comets wich.
or what, but they looked It is a shame that people won't just use
like UFOs. NO I was common sense and pay attention to their
not drunk or anything driving. Calls, texts, emails, whatever CAN
but maybe I was seeing WAIT until they aren't driving. These distrac-
things. It was scary as tions put everyone on the road at risk. If car-
I am not sure what to rying on a conversation distracts you, don't
think about this stuff. carry on a conversation. At times while driv-
There was a meteor ing, I have asked others in the car to be quiet
shower a bit ago ... because I needed to concentrate on the traf-
Maybe the aliens are looking for the fic or hazardous road conditions. According
Skunk Ape that was reported to be in the to studies, texting while driving increases the
Okeechobee County area. chance of a crash by 20 percent.
I never give out my cell number to peo-
Driving while talking pie for a means of communication with me.
on cell phones If you need to reach me, call me at home
and leave a message. IF I ever have to make
I am wondering how many people out a call I usually try and pull into a parking lot
there are fed up with all the people driving or make it while I am at a red light. Driving
while talking on your phone. I mean when- is my quiet time to listen to either talk radio
ever I am on 441 and the guy in front of me or my cd's.
is going well below the speed limit which Using this rather new word "multitask-
is illegal and unsafe normally they are talk- ing," many people believe they are quite
ing on their dam cell phone. I pass them good at it which would include things you do
and guess what there they are on their cell while driving, other than driving. I personally
phone. I know cell phones are great but believe if you're trying to do three things at
many accidents happen because you were once, you're not doing any of the three very
on the phone and not paying attention. I got well Who wouldn't want someone coming
rear ended by some goofy looking guy with toward them or up behind them, giving their
a big wad of chew in his mouth who said he full attention to driving? I wonder if the law
was running late and needed to get to the couldn't stop and fine a person using their
high school, and guess what he was on his cell phone, without a specific law about cell
cell phone. I called the cops and he got a phones. Why couldn't they use "not having
ticket for inattentive driving. I asked the cop their vehicle under control"? That would take
if he could give him a ticket for driving while care of the eye make-up problem as well as
talking on his cell hone and the cop said NO eating, fiddling for things in the front seat,
but he wished it was a law that you could lighting cigarettes and the whole shebang. It
not do that as he has seen more accidents also would sure be helpful if the elderly peo-
happen because of that than anything else. ple would recognize their own limitations
and not put themselves and others at risk.
A few weeks ago in West Palm Beach
this young lady was speeding down South-
ern Boulevard while putting on her mascara.
She about got crushed by the UPS truck. I
just laughed and tooted at her as I drove by
her. Some people just don't know how to
regulate their time I guess.
Why is it that if you cross the North Ko-
rean border illegally you get 12 years hard
labor, but if you cross the U.S. border illegal-
ly, you get a driver's license, Social Security
card, and free health care?
We are all here illegally as the major-
ity of our ancestors came here on boats. We
took this land from someone, so no one
should make a big deal about illegal immi-
gration. Home of the brave and land of the
When my immigrant ancestors came
to this country, they were processed at Ellis
Island. They had to show they had the finan-
cial means to set up a home and job skills to
support themselves or else have a sponsor
in this country who would provide for them.
Often one person would come over with the
family's savings, set up a home, find a job,
apply for citizenship and then be the spon-
sor for others in the family or even others
from the same hometown. It often took
years to get things in place in order to send
for the rest of the family. There is a difference
between legal immigration and just sneak-
ing over the border.
My kid comes home hungry every day.
I don't think they feed these kids enough.
Kids need to eat well all day every day.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the
day. So make
sure you wake
the kids up early N
enough to eat
and every morn-
really feed your
child in the
morning and send their lunch. I don't think
the school lunches are very nutritional.
Mystery meat is not something I would
want to feed my children.
If kids are coming home hungry, see
if you can send a snack. At orientation for
sixth grade, we were told we could send af-
ternoon snacks because they eat lunch fairly
early in the day. We always start the day
with a good breakfast -- indeed it is the most
important meal of the day. So now we are
packing both a lunch and a snack. And even
so, the kid is starving when he gets home
because he is a growing boy who is very ac-
tive and he just needs more food. He has a
snack as soon as he gets home and still eats
a good dinner, plus usually gets a snack be-
fore bed. All that and he is thin and lanky.
Some kids need to eat more often -- three
meals a day may not be enough to provide
the nutrition a growing body needs. So long
as the kids are not overweight and so long
as they are not eating junk food, snacks are
County budget balanced
Hopefully the economy will recover
soon, and things will be back to normal, or
as normal as they can be.
Curfew for those
under the age of 18
Nobody really expects the little crimi-
nals to follow a curfew law any more than
any others. The idea is prevention. Get them
off the streets before they get into mischief.
Here we are worrying about infringe-
ment on the rights of minors to go about as
they please, when nobody even thinks about
the freedoms that everyone, adults as well
as children, have had to give up because of
crime. It is my understanding that if a youth
has a job or some other good reason for be-
ing out after curfew, they are excused. One
related issue, I believe, which hasn't been
mentioned, is the amount of sleep that is
required, for youngsters to be performing at
the top of their game. Let's say a youth is al-
lowed to be out until 11 p.m. on weeknights.
I would say by the time he has a snack and
hits the hay he won't be asleep until mid-
night. In order to get his healthy 8 hours of
sleep he wouldn't be getting up before 8
a.m. How is he going to get to school on
time with that short of night?
Until kids turn 18 they should be in by
10 p.m. If they are caught out they need to
be taken in, and then be given a ticket and
have to have their day in court as well.
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Reflections from the Pulpit
By Rev. Dr. Paul E. Jackson, Sr.
International Prayer Warriors for Christ
I am a person that is never satisfied un-
less I feel I am doing what God wants of me.
I want to boldly go where no man has ever
gone before. I know that sounds lofty, and
even familiar if you have ever watched Star
Trek, but it is also scriptural. "And it came
to pass, that, as the people pressed upon
him to hear the word of God, he stood by
the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships
standing by the lake: but the fishermen were
gone out of them, and were washing their
nets. And he entered into one of the ships,
which was Simon's and prayed him that he
would thrust out a little from the land. And
he sat down, and taught the people out of
the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he
said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep,
and let down your nets for a draught. And
Simon answering said unto him, Master,
we have toiled all the night, and have taken
nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let
down the net. And when they had done this,
they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and
their net brake." (Luke 5: 1-6)
Why did their net break? Because they
didn't obey what Jesus told them to do. He
warned them to let down all of their nets,
not just a net. You see, they weren't looking
at the situation by faith. They were looking at
it through the eyes of experience and trying
to apply their faith through frustration. They
were thinking: "That preacher doesn't know
anything about fishing and we won't need
to dirty more than one net." They didn't real-
ize their mistake until their net broke.
Now look at verses 7 9,:"And they beck-
oned unto their partners, which were in
the other ship, that they should come and
help them. And they came, and filled both
the ships, so that they began to sink. When
Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus'
knees saying, Depart from me; for 1 am a sin-
ful man, 0 Lord, For he was astonished, and
all that were with him, at the draught of the
fishes which they had taken."
Let me tell you something. When you
go fishing with God, He'll fill your boats.
Why? Because He is God! If you don't put
enough nets in the water, you won't receive
the abundance He has prepared for you. Get
out of the shallow water. I really believe that
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step
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 First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
This will be an open meeting.
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 meeting.
Artful Appliquers 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 infor
mation please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952,
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 Gemat 863-697-9915
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday
at noon at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave.
The meetings are open to the public. For information,
contact Maureen Budiinski 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.
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.
AI-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of Our
Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m. For more infor-
mation, please call Amy at 863-763-8531 or Dan 561-
Ai-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our
Saviour, 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.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m.
at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310
SW. Sixth St, Anyone interested in finding who your
ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death index and military information available. For in-
formation, 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-
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
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave, Anyone
interested in becoming a member is welcome. For infor-
mation, contact Elder Sumner at 863-763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative
discussions bring many Bible truths to life. The public
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every
Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411 SE,
Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For information, con-
tact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321,
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 meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second
St., will be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free orga-
nized Christian activities that includes play, instruction
and interaction for parents and their pre-school children.
The event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until
noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the
class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds
meetings for persons with alcohol and drug related
problems at 6 p.m. For information call 863-357-3053.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a 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.
There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only require-
ment for membership is a desire to stop eating compul-
sively For more information call Loretta at 863-763-7165
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women
who are hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet
on the first and third Tuesday of every month from noon
until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St.,
and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month
from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott
Ave. For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-
9201 or 863-357-2106.
Freedom Ranch Al-Anon meets every Tuesday and
is open to all who deal with someone with addictions.
There is support with this epidemic. The meetings are
Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Freedom Ranch, 11655 Hwy.
441 S.E. Contact Jay at 863-467-8683 for questions.
those powerful words that Jesus spoke to
Simon Peter that day are echoing through-
out the world today. He is still wanting us to
launch out into the deep. That's what I hear
"Paul, get out of the shallow water!"
"Lord, the water is over my head!"
"No, Paul, that's not too deep. This is
Do you know what He's trying to get me
to do? He wants me to go boldly go where
no man has ever gone before! You might be
thinking: "That's great Brother Paul, but how
do you get there?" The first thing I have to do
is have faith and trust in God, and believe
that He gave His only begotten Son for all
of us! Now the second thing I have to do is
get all the Christians to do this with me! We
must stand up for God and His Son, Jesus
Christ, for they have been with us always.
On Thursday, Sept. 3 at the Okeechobee
County Health Department Auditorium, 1728
NW 9th Ave, at 5:30 p.m., the county com-
missioners are having a meeting on what
they call an EMS Assessment. The correct
name is Emergency Medical Service Tax.
Yes, it will be more tax, but this tax is very
different. They are going to tax your home
this first year with an additional $74, and any
commercial property you may own will be
taxed $0.06 per square foot. This includes
businesses and churches. Plus there will be
more tax on other things. The second year
the EMS Assessment will probably go up.
The whole EMS Tax is not right, but what we
have to do is look at the tax on churches, for
that is a tax on God. The Lord is telling me
that this is where we need to show our faith.
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We have five county commissioners that
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now due to the way the commissioners have
made decisions on doing certain things with-
out even giving us a chance to vote on any-
thing. They are meeting two times a month
at 9 a.m. which is wrong in itself, for it needs
to be held each week at 6 p.m. to give people
the chance to voice their own opinion. As of
now, we can't change the past but we can
say no to taxes on churches. What you need
to do is call your family, friends and everyone
you know that are supposed to be Christians
and have them at this meeting Sept. 3. They
will hold another meeting on Sept. 10th. Be
sure to attend that meeting also. The issue
will have to be settled on that date. That is
the last scheduled meeting before Sept. 15,
the deadline for putting the assessment on
this year's tax bill. We the people of Christ
will fight back and we will not allow taxes
on churches. To win on this we have to have
a lot of people to show up, not just 50 or
100, but we need to have the auditorium full
and the parking lot full of Christians that are
willing to finally stand up for Christ the way
He has for us. God already knows who will
show up and who won't and 1 hope that I
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we can't let God down on this. No taxes on
churches! When God is in your heart, God
is in your life.
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the second year it will go up to $99. How- the city limits, that own their own building
EM S ever, assuming the assessment is passed, the have been paying a fire assessment for some
second year's assessment rate has not been time. At least one church pays a solid waste
Continued From Page 1 determined yet. collection assessment
There has been some opposition voiced to c c ae n.
assessed $0.0016 per square foot. charging churches the assessment. The way Fire and solid waste assessments have
If passed, the assessment rate could go the proposed assessment is set up churches been on tax bills for some time. If the EMS
up the second year. Some people have in- would be assessed at the commercial rate. assessment is approved, it will be the only
correctly read their tax notices to say that However, all churches in the county, outside new assessment on the tax bill.
Tf b $969 million in marketing per year in Flori- places where children are regularly."
O acCO da, more than any other state. Kruppa noted there are areas on school
"We really need to do something that will campuses that allow faculty to use tobacco.
Continued From Page 1 result in a big improvement in the health of He said this sets a negative example. He not-
people in Okeechobee," she said. ed smokeless tobacco is also a problem in
According to state data, 11.3 percent of The tobacco free initiative would focus the community.
Okeechobee middle school students have on local policy and changes about smok- In other business, Sharon Vinson report-
smoked in the past 30 days. The state aver- ing in public places. The goal is to increase ed that summer camps were very successful
age is 6.6 percent. restrictions on minors' access to tobacco this year. She reported the Visiting Nurses
The percentage of Okeechobee High products. Association provided physicals to 43 kids
School students surveyed said they had The initiative will need input from the this summer. Eight thousand summer activ-
smoked in the past 30 days was 17.1 per- public. They also need volunteers and plan ity guides were distributed in the community
cent. 14.5 percent of high school students in to meet once per quarter. The first meeting this summer.
the state smoke regularly. will be Sept. 16, at noon at the Health De- The third annual health and safety expo
20.4 percent of Okeechobee adults were partment. will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the
smokers in 2007.60.8 percent attempted to "We are very serious about this. We care Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. An estimated
quit smoking, which is above the state aver- about the health of the community," she 2,000 people attended last years event.
age. said. Kay Begin of the Okeechobee Healthy
"Smokers in Okeechobee want to quit Administrator of the Health Department Start Coalition was selected as chair elect of
smoking," she stated. Frank Kruppa said the direction the health the Community Collaborative Council.
OkeShe a lso noted that 66 percstudent of department is changing with regard to to- A teen dance for ages 14-18 to benefit
osed to secondbee miand soke nts are ex- bacco. They will still have courses and ces- the Shriners Hospital burn unit has been
There are no tobacco free policies in city sation classes but their focus will shift to planned for Sept. 26. More information will
parks, county parks, or schools and this will policy change. be forthcoming from the Community in
be a focus in the future, Kelly stated. "We want to set examples for our kids," Schools Program.
Kelly said the tobacco industry spends he said. "We need to start putting policy in My Aunts House donated school supplies
place that prevents the use of tobacco at to 250 students this year.
OHS SAC meeting planned
The first meeting of the Okeechobee
High School School Advisory Council meet-
ing will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1. in the
Media Center. All interested parents are in-
vited to attend. Topics for discussion will be
the school improvement plan and school
Fall planning committee
to gather in Lakeport
The Lakeport Community Association
will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. at
the community center. Planning for the fall,
firewise, Sour Orange Festival will be some
of the topics for discussion. All Lakeport res-
idents are encourage to attend and get your
firewise information for your protection. Call
863-946-1222 for more information.
Red Cross training classes
announced for September
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing the following Health & Safety classes
Tuesday, Sept. 1 First Aid Basics at
Monday, Sept. 14 Adult CPR/AED at 6
Wednesday, Sept. 23 Infant/Child CPR/
AED @ 6 p.m. All classes are held at their
Service Center, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave.
To register, or for more information call 863-
Hospice to host benefit yard
sale on Thursday, Sept. 3
Hospice of Okeechobee (411 S.E. Fourth
Street) will hold a Yard Sale on Thursday,
Sept. 3, and Friday Sept. 4, from 8 a.m. un-
til 1 p.m. Shop in air-conditioned comfort
in our Blue Building or the Country Store,
where we have ALL NEW ITEMS offered at
extremely reasonable prices. OR shop at our
"Flea Market" (outside under the Carport)
where every item is only 10 cents. Funds
raised will benefit patient care, including
services at The Hamrick Home. For informa-
tion call 863-467-2321.
Labor Day festival planned
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce
would like to announce that their 41st Annu-
al Labor Day Festival will be held in Flagler
Park on Sept. 5, 6, & 7. They would like to
welcome all arts and crafts and businesses
to participate in the festival. If you are inter-
ested in reserving a booth, please stop by
the Chamber office and fill out an applica-
tion, or call the Chamber at 863-763-6464.
Bible School for children
Children's Church, for first through third
grade, will begin at Oakview Baptist Church
on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 10:30 a.m. Worship
Kidstyle brings Bible stories to life and ex-
plains the day's Bible truth in a way kids will
understand. School-aged children will watch
attention-holding life application videos that
show them how God's Word relates to their
VFW Post 9528 to
host Labor Day dinner
On Monday, Sept. 7, VFW Post 9528 will
host a Labor Day ham dinner with sweet
yams, green beans, raisin sauce and ice
cream for desert. There will also be a flag
burning ceremony held and door prizes with
a whole ham auctioned off. Donation for the
dinner is just $8 per person. For information,
contact John Patton at 863-467-0600.
OCEA holds year's first meeting
The Okeechobee County Education As-
sociation (OCEA) will have its first General
Membership Meeting of the 2009-10 school
year, Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. in the
edia Center at Osceola Middle School.
All Obituaries now include Online Guestbooks
where family and friends can sharereflections,
remembrances and condolences.
Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
Dion Dunshee, 51
OKEECHOBEE Dion Dunshee, of Okeecho-
bee, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2009, in
his home. He was 51.
Born March 3, 1958, to the late Kenneth and
Jeanne Dunshee, he was a cook at Shenani-
Mr. Dunshee was preceded in death by his
brother, Gordon Dunshee.
He is survived by his brothers, Richard Dun-
shee (Cheryl) of Calif., Jon (Ann) of Ft. Pierce,
Kevin (Tina) of Palm City, Chris, Mark, and Mat-
thew Mahovetz; sister, Anna Nettles; many niec-
es and nephews; and partner of five years,
Delmar "Nick" Walton of Okeechobee.
Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Monday, Au-
gust 31, 2009 at Bass Okeechobee Funeral
Home and Crematory.
Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bas-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., Okeechobee, FL
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Local woman arrested
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By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee woman was arrested
on felony drug charges after the Okeecho-
bee Narcotics Task Force
executed a search war-
rant on her home.
Maria Reyes Anselmo,
51, S.W. Second Way, was
arrested Thursday, Aug.
27, on felony charges of
possession of marijuana
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pected marijuana and was making $300 to
$400 profit per pound.
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around 6:39 p.m. Thursday. During a
search of the woman's bedroom task force
members allegedly found .85 pounds of a
green leafy substance in a dresser.
Several smaller plastic bags allegedly
containing a similar green leafy substance
were purportedly found inside a black
All of the green leafy substances were
field tested and all reportedly indicated the
presence of marijuana.
These smaller bags of alleged marijua-
na were "pre-packaged" and "were for sale
purposes," according to the report.
An unspecified amount of cash was
seized, as well as numerous small plastic
Newspapers stolen from racks
By Eric Kopp
The Friday, Aug. 28, edition of the
Okeechobee News was literally flying off the
racks. While some of those issues were pur-
chased, others were apparently stolen.
On at least one occasion, a witness told
employees at the local paper that a man was
seen putting .50 cents into an Okeechobee
News rack but instead of taking only one is-
sue, the man removed every paper.
This, said Okeechobee News Publisher
Tom Byrd, is theft.
"If anyone is caught stealing the Okeecho-
bee News from our racks they will be pros-
ecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said
Information into the alleged theft has
been given to the Okeechobee City Police
Department and is currently under investiga-
In another instance, a man entered busi-
nesses where the paper is sold and bought
"He said he was a coach at the high school
and was buying them for his students," said
an employee at a local convenience store.
He apparently told that same story to a
business owner who wanted to buy a paper
after he had apparently cleaned out the rack.
The person gave him .50 cents for one of the
Toni Wiersma, Okeechobee High School
principal, said she had not sent anyone out
to buy copies of the paper. She went on to
say that as far as she knew, none of Brah-
man coaching staff were sent to buy up
"I find it puzzling that anyone would go
to the stores to purchase papers for the high
school," said Katrina Elsken, editor of the
Okeechobee News. "In the past, whenever
the high school wanted some extra copies,
they would contact us and we would pro-
vide them with newspapers."
If anyone has any information into the
theft of newspapers from the racks, they are
asked to contact Janet Madray at 863-763-
3134, ext. 4233.
If you are interested in local news and
were unable to buy a paper Friday, check
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Heartland Idol wants
By Charles M. Murphy
If you are 18 and up and have some sing-
ing ability the Heartland Idol contest wants
The contest enters its fifth season this
year and so far there have been only a half a
dozen contestants from Okeechobee.
"I wouldn't say we get a huge response
from Okeechobee," Event Coordinator Di-
ane Walker said.
The contest is designed for residents in
six counties, Highlands, Okeechobee, Hen-
dry, Desoto, Glades, and Hardee Counties
and is held in downtown Sebring.
Contestants must be 18 years and older
and can't earn money from their singing.
There is a $10 entry fee.
There also is a teen division which natu-
rally is for teens under 18. They must pay a
$10 entry fee and the song they select must
The junior champion wins $600. First
runner up wins $300, second runner up gets
$150, third runner up $100, and fourth run-
ner up $50.
"Okeechobee singers are more than wel-
come. We've had a little response but we re-
ally haven't promoted the event in Okeecho-
bee," she said.
The event has also helped various non
profit organizations. They have donated to
the American Cancer Society Relay for Life,
and keep Highlands County beautiful, a re-
"We try to find things in the community
to give back. We help new organizations
each year," she noted.
Walker came up with the idea one day
while talking to her grandfather. She was a
fan of American Idol and suggested the idea.
The community got behind the idea and
now the event is very popular. Walker said
300 people attend the qualifying dates and
over 1,000 people attended the finale last
"In a time of economic struggle, its good,
wholesome family entertainment at an af-
fordable price," Walker said.
The next qualifying date in the teen divi-
sion is scheduled for Sept. 3. The semi finals
are held on Sept. 10 and the finale is Sept.
17. The adult competition begins on Sept. 17
and the finale is Nov. 14.
More information on the contest can be
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Please join us for our first PTO Meeting
of the year on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in
the cafeteria. For more information, contact
Andrea Mitchum at 863-462-5056.
Avid Parent Meeting
We will be having a par-
ent meeting for all students
enrolled in the AVID pro-
ing the program, setting
goals, sharing information,
and taking questions. We
look forward to seeing all of
our AVID students and parents at this meet-
ing. There will be refreshments provided.
Progress Reports go home with students
Tuesday, Sept. 22. Please take time to go
over the progress reports with your son/
The Yearling Middle School after-school
tutorial program operates two days a week
from 3:30 until 5 p.m. (Tuesday and Thurs-
day). Parents must provide their own trans-
portation for the after school tutorial. The
tutorial program is scheduled to begin Tues-
day, Sept. 8.
Soccer tryouts begin Monday, Aug. 31
and will conclude this Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Good luck to all students who are trying out.
The official roster will be released ASAP.
Yearling Middle School offers an Informa-
tion Hotline to assist students and parents.
As of right now, parents and students will
be able to call the Information Hotline at
863-462-5066 and listen to their work assign-
ments for the day or week.
Are you interested in volunteering at our
school? Please contact Mrs. Markham (As-
sistant Principal) if you would like to help
Early Release Days
The 2009-10 school calendar contains
four days which have been designated as
Student Early Release Days.
S The early release is for students only.
The Student Early Release Days are:
Friday, Sept. 25
Friday, Dec. 4
Friday, Feb. 19, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
School hours for these days will be:
Elementary Schools: 8:10-11:30 a.m.
Middle Schools: 8:55 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Freshman Campus and New Endeavor:
Okeechobee High School: 7:08-10:45
Students will be fed a light breakfast
and a meal prior to dismissal.
Regular bus service (transporting stu-
dents home) will occur at the Early Release
dismissal times. Parents may pick up stu-
dents at the Early Release dismissal times.
Our first SAC meeting will be held on
Thursday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. in the office
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the graduating class of 2010 and their par-
ents. All parents of seniors are urged to at-
tend on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 6 p.m. in the
Lecture Hall at Okeechobee High School.
Parents will be given information about
senior expenses, graduation requirements,
FCAT retakes, discussion of the college ad-
missions process, details about visiting col-
leges, work programs, information about
Florida Bright Futures Program, SAT/ACT
information, scholarship information, ques-
tions you should ask when visiting different
post-secondary institutions, and important
tips that parents and seniors need to know
to have a successful senior year and a suc-
cessful first year at a post-secondary institu-
This is an excellent opportunity for par-
ents to ask questions that are pertinent for
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having seniors and their parents attend this
evening designed especially for them.
Okeechobee scores drop on ACT and SAT
By Charles M. Murphy
Scores dipped sharply in both tests that
measure high school seniors on their readi-
ness to handle college level courses last
year according to reports released by the
State Board of Education this week.
Okeechobee students' average scores
fell 1.3 points to 18.6 points overall on the
ACT tests, their lowest scores since 2002.
"We really don't know why on the ACT,"
Sharon Suits, Director of K-12 Account-
ability and Assessment, "On the SAT, they
changed that test a few years ago so you've
got an apples and oranges situation."
Ms. Suits said the district is pushing for
more kids to take college level courses to
better prepare for college, "A lot of kids
have the ability to attend college, but in a
lot of households they could be the first to
go to college," she said.
A new program, called AVID, or Ad-
vancement Via Individual Determination,
is designed to help kids who have the skills
to go to college. It helps them learn new
study and other skills that can help them
improve their performance. Ms. Suits said
things are changing in the job market and
jobs that are available to high school grad-
uates are declining.
"We urge students to challenge them-
selves, and take more rigorous courses,"
Ms. Suits noted that some kids would
do well if they could just get more self con-
fidence. The AVID program should help
"Some kids take an easier path in
school. That won't pay off for them down
the road," she said.
She noted more jobs will require college
degrees or some kind of technical training
in the future.
One hundred thirty-five high school stu-
dents from Okeechobee took the test in
2008. That number is growing as 108 stu-
dents took the test in 2008. Only graduating
seniors are eligible to take the test.
Suits said Okeechobee fared well when
compared to other districts in the Heart-
land Region and the Treasure Coast.
On the ACT, Okeechobee scored an av-
erage of 17.4 in English, 18.9 in Math, 19.1
in Reading, 18.7 in Science, and 18.6 over-
all. Glades County scored 15.7 in English,
17.1 in Math, 17.6 in Reading, 16.6 in Sci-
ence, and 16.9 overall.
On the SAT, Okeechobee's average
scores dropped 12 points in reading, 10
points in math, and 10 in writing. Okeecho-
bee was well below the state average in all
three tests. It was their worst performance
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Brahmans fall to Fort Pierce in pre-season game
By Charles M. Murphy
Fort Pierce survived a mistake filled first
half to rally past Okeechobee, 8-6, in a pre
season exhibition game Friday night at Lawn-
Jabari Cargill ran in a three yard sweep and
Louis Mathieu ran in the two point conversion
with just under five minutes left to bring the
Cobras back from behind.
Marcus Martin scored on a one yard run in
the second quarter to lead Okeechobee. Mar-
tin ended the night with 55 yards on 10 car-
Brahman Coach Myron Jackson was
pleased with how his team performed in their
first game action, "I'm pleased with them.
We had a game with only two penalties. They
weren't delay of game or substitution penal-
ties, things you usually have in your first live
action. We can fix those mistakes."
Cobras Coach Chris Hutchings said his
team did a good job moving the ball, but
made a few stupid mistakes, "It was the first
game just being sloppy stupid stuff. The first
game jitters can be worked out. I'm pretty
pleased with how we played on both sides of
Both defenses played well. Okeechobee
limited Fort Piece to 29 yards passing. They
also got two interceptions from T.J Allen and
Frankie Decarlo, which helped spoil Central
scoring chances in the first half. Coach Jack-
son was pleased with the way his defense
"We want to limit mistakes. If we can avoid
turnovers, that will be good. Tonight we got
two turnovers and gave none away. We were
plus two in that column. That will help us win
the close ones. We don't want to do anything
thing that will give the other team an advan-
Okeechobee moved the ball well in their
first series but after that they mostly struggled
on offense. During the first drive Allen found
Walt Fortner for a 19 yard reception that gave
Okeechobee a first down at the Cobras 35.
They got another first down on a Cobra pen-
alty. The drive stalled though as Allen fumbled
a snap and threw two incomplete passes.
Fort Pierce didn't have much going for them
on offense either. A holding penalty hurt them
on their first drive, and a bad snap resulted in
a 13 yard loss on their second series.
On their third series QB Arthur Jean-
Jacques under threw his receiver and Allen
made a nice interception at the Fort Pierce 47
yard line. He returned the ball 18 yards to give
Okeechobee a first and goal at the Cobra 28.
Two plays later the Brahmans had scored.
Martin rumbled up the middle for a 27 yard
gain on first down, and sidestepped a would
be tackler to score on a one yard run on the
next play to put Okeechobee ahead 6-0 with
just over three minutes to go in the half. Colby
Frank's extra point attempt was blocked and
the Brahmans led 6-0 at the half.
Both teams went with Junior varsity play-
ers in the third quarter. Fort Pierce got a 37
yard kick return from Joshua Hines to start the
second half and they drove to the Brahman
15 yard line thanks to a personal foul call. The
Brahman defense stiffened and stopped Mar-
cus Levy on fourth down and eight to end the
Derrick Williams ran 22 yards on the Co-
bras next possession but Jason Ford sacked
Jean Jacques on second down and 12 to end
the drive at the Brahman 24.
Okeechobee made two costly illegal mo-
tion penalties and couldn't get out of a first and
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20 hole on their next drive. Allen was dropped
for a seven yard loss on third down and a short
punt gave Fort Pierce a first down at the Brah-
man 29 midway through the fourth quarter.
Jean-Jacque ran 10 yards for one first down
and Hines followed with an 11 yard run to give
the Cobras a first and goal. After a penalty,
Cargill took a handoff while in motion and out
raced the Brahman defense for a three yard
touchdown to tie the score. Louis Mathieu
broke the tie with a short run over right guard
to give Fort Pierce the lead.
Coach Hutchings said his young quarter-
backs ran the offense well, and his stable of
running backs also did a good job, "We want
to run the football and I thought we did a
pretty good job of that tonight. We have three
good tailbacks. I have to figure out how to get
them the ball."
Coach Jackson said he felt his defense got
tired so he'll have to work harder with the
team's conditioning this week, "We want to
be disciplined and want to play hard. We have
to get our conditioning up. We started to wane
a little bit in the end; I think that's where we
lost our focus at the end. If it's boring to peo-
ple, that means were not making too many
Okeechobee tried to rally and 22 yards in
rushing by D.J Washington and Martin put the
ball at the Cobra 45 with time running down.
After that Washington was sacked twice, and
Allen's desperation pass attempt fell incom-
plete on fourth down.
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Center in Moore Haven, Florida. The Sheriffs
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at least 5 years of food service management
experience, preferably in the correctional in-
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COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009 AT 9:00
A.M. AT THE DISTRICT SITE LOCATED AT 17429 NW 242ND STREET,
OKEECHOBEE FL, 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED
AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED,
IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THE BOARD
WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT
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AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF
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OFFICES BY CALLING (863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO
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NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING
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17429 NW 242ND STREET
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NOTICE OF MEETING
Okeechobee County Construction Indust"
Licensing o oard
The Okeecho3bee Cou Construction Indus Loensng Board wl hold a
public meeting on Tuesday September 1 2009, at 3;30 PM The publ
meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Audi-
torium, kxcated at the 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Fnoda. For
more informadeon, crt aye Huffman at the Planning and Development
Department, 499 NW. 5th Street, Okeechobe, Forda 34972;
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this pubic
meeng. Any pe-n deciding to appeal any de.s.n by the Lcensing
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ense that a erbatm recrd of the proceeding is made and that the
Iord ,ncid. the tes.mony and eIdene upon which the appeal will be
based- Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup
for official recod of the Department
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Okeechobee County Construcan
331625 ON 3/28,,0/09
IN THE ICRCUIT COURT
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FILE NO. 2S09-CP-0069
In Re: Estate of
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Division, the adde of which is 312
Floida 34972. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal representa-
rive and the pesal
Representative's attorneys are set
All creditor of the decedent and
othI pesns having caims against
decedent's estate, wh" a cpy
of ths notice is required to be
.rved must file their clai- with
this court WnTHIN THE LATER OF
3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AF-
TER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
All other credr of the decedent
and other person having aim or
Aey rPe RetentaZve
dend against d dens estate
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITH-
IN THE TIME PERIOoS SET
FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF
THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE
W1LL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS
OR MORE AFTER THE DECEN-
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
The date of first publ.tion of this
notice ds May 15th, 2009.
Brookeville, MD 20833
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Atto y or Pesal Repesntave
Forda Bar No. 527580
David M, PresrIck, P.A,
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uthereon, The certficate number and year of Isuance, the descptn o
the property, ad the nae(s) in which it was a d are aes fol u,:
CertficateNo: 1452 Year of Issuance: June-01-2007
Description of Property OTTER CREEK ESTATES UNIT ONE LOT 25
Sad property being in the Couty of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Nae(s)i wh assessed:
BONNIE L. FELT
LEROY E FELT
Unle said cethficate shall be redeemed according to law, the property
such certificate shall be kd to the highest bidder at the Okeehobe
Okeehobee County, Forida
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Ready to go
One year old Trixie needs a new
home. She healthy and playful and is
one of the many hopeful pets avail-
able for adoption at the Humane
Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98
(next to the Okeechobee Livestock
Market.) Her adoption fee is $135,
which includes shots and spaying.
For more information, contact Hu-
mane Society Pet Rescue Florida,
at 863-357-1104. To see more avail-
able animals go to PETFINDER.
COM. Homes are also needed to
"foster" animals who are waiting for
a permanent adoptive home.
wins pre season
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee High School's Volleyball
Team never trailed as they relied on strong
serves and net play to win the Sebring Pre
Season Tournament championship Thurs-
Okeechobee overwhelmed the hosts in
four games, 25-13, 25-20, 18-25, and 25-17.
Coach Todd Jones said serving carried his
girls to victory, "We missed only two serves
in the first game, and then six in the second
and third games," he noted.
Rebekah Bryan had a nice match with
nine kills. Monica Koger added seven kills.
LeAnna Cotton had five aces and Sarah Da-
vis had four service aces.
"We are still working on tweaking the of-
fense and defense," Jones said, "But if we
made a few adjustments we'll be right on
track Tuesday when we face Lincoln Park."
Okeechobee defeated Avon Park on
Tuesday night while Sebring defeated Lake
Okeechobee opens their home schedule
on Tuesday against LPA. JV Match time is 5
p.m. The varsity match begins after the JV at
approximately 6 p.m.
Pythons netted in FWC
Twelve pythons, destined for illegal sale
on Craig's List, never made it out the door
of a New Port Richey home, thanks to a tip
to Lt. Steve DeLacure, an investigator for
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
DeLacure got a complaint on Monday,
Aug. 24, that illegal transactions were about
to occur as the result of advertising posted
on the popular Internet site. By 8 p.m. on
Wednesday, Aug. 26, DeLacure had brought
his undercover investigation to a close when
he offered to buy, and then seized eight Bur-
mese pythons and four reticulated pythons.
Two adult Burmese pythons measured
8-9 feet in length. Four adult reticulated py-
thons measured 4-9 feet in length. The re-
maining six albino Burmese pythons were
small juveniles. The snakes were taken to
Weebee's Pet World in New Port Richey for
safe keeping. The FWC lists Burmese and
reticulated pythons as reptiles of concern.
The snakes are a threat to Florida's delicate
environment if they escape or are released
into the wild illegally. Licenses are required
to own them, another to sell them. Once
they reach two inches in diameter, these
snake species must be micro-chipped to
identify their owners. The snakes' owner
had neither of the required licenses.
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August 24-25, 2009
Breaking 43.50 46.00
Cutter 38.00 46.00
Canner 37.00 38.00
Calves 745 1495
Cows 88 261
Strs 74 32
Hfrs 58 11
Bulls 20 23
Yrlngs 21 23
Mix 0 0
TOTAL 1006 1845
Med #1 Steers Heifers
200-250 125-135 100-107
250-300 120 135 96 100
300 350 117-122 87 90
350400 105 117 8590
400-450 97-110 80-90
450-500 93-101 80-88
550-600 90-97 80-85
600-650 86-94 80-84
Med #2 Steers Heifers
150-200 120-145 100-125
200-250 102-120 75-90
250 300 105 117 70 90
300_350 97-110 80-90
350-400 90-100 73-86
400-450 88-100 70-84
Small #1 Steers Heifers
350-400 80-92 75-80
Prices were a little better
this week. Slaughter cows
and bulls were $1-2 higher.
Calves were steady to $2
higher, especially on Tues-
day, 300-400# weights. We
are having quite a few good
replacement heifers and they
are selling good- 5 weight
heifers 85-95. Bred heifer
sale Oct. 9. Knights Cattle of
Belle Glade topped the calf
market with a high of $1.90,
bought by Buck Daniel. Little
Ranch of Hialeah topped the
cow market with a high of
49 bought by central.
Air Force Airman Chad T. Weaver re-
cently graduated from basic military train-
ing at Lackland Air Force Base, San Anto-
The airman completed an intensive,
eight-week program that included training
in military discipline and studies, Air Force
core values, physical fitness, and basic
warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training
earn four credits toward an associate in
applied science degree through the Com-
munity College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Linda Whatley and
Steve Weaver of Okeechobee.
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