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Sunday, September 13, 2009

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County revises proposed taxes
Fire and EMS in half and lower the proposed ation decrease property values, the lower assessment. The reason
fire assessment. Then they voted is calculated to bring in the same is that the higher fire assessment
assessments changed to lower proposed property tax amount of taxes as collected last would have funded a higher level
rates, year. Last year's county property of fire protection by allowing the
By Pete Gawda ingThe proposed millage rate go- tax was 6.2719 mills, hiring of more firemen and the
t e ing into the hearing was 7.6530. The EMS assessments that purchase of more equipment.
Okeechobee News This means that $7.65 in taxes would have been paid by non The current proposed budget
This has definitely been a bud- would be generated by every profits, about $36,000, will be tak- is slightly over $91 million. The
$1,000 in assessed property value. en from the county's reserves, original proposed budget was
get year full of surprises. The pub- One mil equals $1 for every $1,000 Commissioners refused to ap- $92,153,973.
lic hearing Thursday evening Sept. of assessed value. This proposed prove the proposed higher fire as- While all action taken on the
10 was no exception. First corn millage rate would have brought sessment rates, assessments is final, the millage
missioners voted to exempt non in 2 percent more in taxes than While county officials say that rate and budget will not be final-
p the last year. the EMS assessment was neces- ized until after a second public
profits from the emergency medi- Instead commissioners voted sary to maintain the current level hearing on Sept. 24.
cal service (EMS) assessment, cut to lower the millage rate to 7.0503. of EMS service, the level of fire pro- Pout your opinions in the Public Is-
everyone else's EMS assessment That rate, taking into consider- tection will remain the same with sues Forum at

New owner optimistic about bowling alley
By Charles M. Murphy dozen people, which is welcome
Okeechobee News news in this economy. Ninety per-
Okeechobee will get its bowl- cent of the employees will be lo-
ing alley back soon. cal people. They also rehired Nel-
League bowling started up this lie Parker, a long time employee
week and soon the general public of the bowling alley.
Mr Desrocher said he felt the
can grab a bowling ball and re- bowli industry was a good
turn to Stardust Lanes. bowling industry was a good
J.P Desrocher and Silver Palm investment, "It has attractive
Capital recently purchased the qualities. It has recurring revenue
bowling alley and went right to streams from leagues and is also
work. Crews have restored and low-cost family entertainment. I
renovated the bathrooms, the know community members real
ceiling tiles and given the place a ly enjoy the facility and we are 45
new coat of paint. Other improve minutes from the nearest bowling
ments are also planned that could alley. I feel like I have a 45 minute
cost over $100,000. moat around my castle, as far as
"It's very exciting. Work is go- competition is concerned."
ing on as scheduled, and we are Mr. Desrocher and his crews
doing a nice face lift to the facil- are working every day to make
ity," Mr. Desrocher said. improvements both to the interim
Mr. Desrocher said he's posi or and the exterior of the building.
tive this will be a great investment The goal is to hold a grand open
for his company. He said he's got- ing celebration on Oct. 17.
ten a lot of help from county offi Desrocher did his due dili
cials, residents, league members, gence when he was consider-
and bowling enthusiasts. ing the purchase for his firm. He
In addition to hiring local elec said he spoke to about 250 com-
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy tricians and plumbers, the new munity members and got input
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from them about the facility. He mentioned
they plan to improve customer service, the
cleanliness of the facility, and give more to
the customer. He noted the facility has great
bowling lanes, which is the key element to
a bowling alley.
In the future they plan to renovate the
lounge into a sports bar and video arcade.
They'll have a children's arcade with updat-
ed video games. An adult game room will
have a Las Vegas theme and a lucky person
could win a trip to Las Vegas. They will have
the snack bar with basic foods and don't in-
tend to compete with local restaurants.
The leagues are already up and running.
The Seminole Tribe has a league on Mon-
day, a mix league bowls on Tuesday, a men's
league competes on Wednesday, and wom-
en's leagues are held on Thursday morning
and Thursday evening.
The high school bowling team can also
use the lanes for practice free of charge.
"We plan to treat everyone right. I think
the bowling alley will do well, regardless of
the recession," he added.

Florida Lottery
Numbers selected Thursday in the Flori-
da Lotto are: Cash 3: 3-9-3; Play 4:1-3-4-8;
Fantasy 5: 3-6-15-25-27; Mega Money:
6-24-30-33 MB 13; Lotto: 8-18-28-31-33-46;
Powerball: 4-16-18-51-53 PB23 x4. Num-
bers selected Friday are: Cash 3:1-0-1; Play
4: 4-8-3-2.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
J.P Desrochers takes part in the refur-
bishing of the bowling alley. It is set to
re-open in October.

Okeechobee Forecast
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunder-
storms after 1 lam. Mostly cloudy, with a high
near 91. Calm wind becoming west between 5
and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Sunday Night: Isolated showers and
thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 72. West wind around 5
mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation
is 20%.

Extended Forecast
Monday: A 40 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly cloudy,
with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming
west northwest around 5 mph.
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 73. North northwest wind
around 5 mph.
Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high
near 92. North northeast wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 71. East northeast wind
around 5 mph becoming calm.



The Okeechobee Home Depot will once
again host Fire and Safety Day with a free
event for the entire community. The event
will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10
a.m. until 2 p.m. with a "Kids Workshop"
to begin at 9 a.m.
The event will feature booths and guests
from the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice, Fire Dept. with a hook and ladder
truck and demonstrations.
There will also be "very special guests
from the K-9 unit and a special appearance
by the "Crash Dummies!"

Come and see the Emergency Helicop-
ter that will be landing in the Home Depot
parking lot.
Members of the Division of Forestry,
Walpole and the Police Dept will have
hands on activities for kids and visitors and
displays will be available from Florida Fish
and Wildlife.
Free soft drinks will be available courte-
sy of Home Depot. For more information,
please call 863-467-0292.

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September 13, 2009

Teen accused of

'bumping' school official

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A freshman at New Endeavor High
School was arrested after she reportedly
swore at a school official and intentionally
bumped him.
Stephanie Harrington, 17, U.S. 441 S.E.,
was arrested Friday, Sept. 4, on a felony
charge of battery on a school official. After
being booked into the Okeechobee County
Jail, Harringlon was taken to the Depart-
ment of Juvenile Justice Detention Center in
Fort Pierce.
An arrest report by Deputy Mike Bobrows-
ki, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), stated that Harrington became

angry after being told by a school guidance
counselor that her boyfriend couldn't pick
her up at school without her guardian's per-
Harrington reportedly began swearing
at the counselor and another school official
started to correct her for her swearing. At this
point she turned on the school official and
began swearing at him, stated the report.
She then bumped him with her chest,
which caused him to move back, and spit
"... in his face while yelling at him," Deputy
Bobrowski continued.
Battery on a school official is a third-de-
gree felony.

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The following people are
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Two arrested in meth raid

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Detectives from the Okeechobee Nar-
cotics Task Force served a
search warrant on a S.W
Ninth St. home Wednes-
day night and seized over 3
grams of suspected meth-
During the execution
of the warrant on Sept. 9
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Ninth St., and Jeffery
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bond of $40,000. Hewitt was also booked
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the date of that arrest but does state that she
was charged with possession of metham-
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When the detectives, accompanied by
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found: 3.9 grams of suspected methamphet-
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plastic bags; and MSM, which is a substance
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the detectives first entered the home only
Shreves and three children were found. He-
witt arrived at the house sometime later.
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the suspected meth and paraphernalia were
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Public Forum/Speak Out

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

We have every year new and more
taxes. Now adding 0.5 mill for schools, 6
percent again for OUA. Okeechobee thinks
since it is not getting the same millions it
was a couple years back as home values
was doubled in value. It needs to maintain
the type of spending. How much did we
buy the courthouse for? Ag center? New
ladder fire-trucks we will never need? All
wasted money. Government here works like
this. They make $20 million they spend $20
million. Even if they only need $15 million.
Then once the $20 million collected in taxes
is gone back to $15 million. They need to
spend the $ 20 million. What is next? Does
Okeechobee keep letting OUA increase rate
every year? Do they keep inventing new
taxes -- or whatever they're called? Do they
keep increasing our mills and gas rate? As
we lose our jobs and hours?

EMS tax
In a somewhat surprise turn of events
the Board of County Commissioners voted
to exclude churches and non profit organi-
zations from the EMS assessment. Thank
you God.
Vote out all of them next term. Next
time I take an ambulance and they send me
a bill even though I pay the assessment..
well guess what.

OUA increases rates
I remember when gas was nearing $5
per gallon. So OUA asked for a 40 percent
increase. As always Okeechobee gives OUA
whatever they ask for. I question why did the
price stay after the price of gas fell to $2 ?
why not a 40 percent reduction? Or maybe
not be able to ask for more money for 10
years. Seems everybody forgot about this 40
percent increase. Now OUA dares to ask for
6 percent more. Even after a year with nega-
tive inflation rates.

Remembering 9-11
On TV on Sept. 11, I1 believe, it was the
mayor of New York, who first stated there
would be a moment of silence. What on
earth is that? Moment of silence for what?
To do what? Stand there to stare at the con-
crete, or each other? Did he mean, moment
of prayer, but was being socially correct,
not to ruffle any feathers, but in the mean
time showing his ignorance. How about five
hours of prayer to God above for saving us
from total destruction? How about day off
from school as a National Holiday to do noth-
ing but pray and ask the Lord to continue
keeping these beasts away from our shores?
How about that? No wonder other countries
attack us, for crying out loud, we don't even
acknowledge God, and we are a Christian
nation? So, if another attack comes-we have
no one but our selves to blame as we are
too stupid to give recognition to God. Will
someone please speak the truth?

Python season
I see that they are giving consider-
ation to extending the length of the season
for pythons. Has anyone been hunting in
Okeechobee? Have thee there been more of
these slithering critters seen/captured? Since
they got that one down on 70 West I always
turn my outside light on when I step outside
after dark. I never used to do that ... Just
don't want to be surprised by one when I go
out to get into the jeep .... I just hate all that
screaming I would be standing there doing!
Also in the news, they found the snakes
in the Everglades
have high levels

of mercury. ury levels in the fish in the
the pythons killed
there should not
be eaten. You can
still sell the skins
so I guess the
hunters still get
something out of
it. Since the mercury levels in the fish in the
Everglades are also high, guess it should not
be such a big surprise. I am glad they are let-
ting people hunt the non-native snakes and
other non-native reptiles. They are destroy-
ing what is left of the natural ecosystem in
the Everglades.
What a shame they found mercury in
the pythons in the Everglades. That ruins any
plans for a python festival with cooking con-
tests for BBQ snake.

Teamwork is key to conservation
As I see it The size of the study area is also a chal-
lenge when you consider the vastness of
By Rxodney Barreto Florida's marine and coastal waters. Given
By Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission odney Barreto this challenge and the need to enhance their
Florida Wildlife ConservationCommission sampling coverage, FWRI scientists estab-
How do you gather the information nec- lished the volunteer-based Red Tide Off-
essary to make informed management deci- shore Monitoring Program. The program's
sions when your area of responsibility covers purpose is to help monitor and detect red
approximately 5.8 million acres of land and tide and other harmful algal blooms in Flor-
almost 6,000 square miles of water? Well, if ida's waters. Scientists rely on volunteers of
you are the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con- all kinds charter boat captains, commer-
servation Commission (FWC), not only do cial fishermen, private citizens, divers and
you depend on a well-trained and dedicated more to collect water samples from off-
staff, you also form a variety of partnerships, shore areas by boat.
coordinate with a network of volunteers and As citizen scientists, FWC's volunteers
depend on the voluntary efforts of Florida's and partners not only contribute to science,
residents and visitors. Conserving and pro- but also learn from their experiences. This
tecting Florida's fish and wildlife can be a is especially true in the FWC's collaboration
daunting task one that is bigger than just with SCUBAnauts International, a youth edu-
one agency. cation organization. This summer, Dr. David
Collaboration is a concept that extends Palandro, an FWRI research scientist who
throughout the FWC. Agency staff members volunteers as Chief Scientist for SCUBAnauts
regularly cross internal lines to form teams. International, accompanied some of the
Bringing the agency's best expertise together group's students to Key Largo to participate
helps the FWC more effectively address the in a coral reef research project. Working
conservation challenges that face our state. hand in hand with scientists from the FWC
This collaborative approach goes beyond and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
the internal procedures of the FWC. To help
accomplish common goals, the FWC forms Administration, the students made a discov
and sustains retlaionships with outside ery that was the first of its kind. The students
entities and individuals. While the reason documted the spawning of farmoralsed
for collaborating may often be quite clear, staghorn coral that had been transplanted in
sometimes creativity plays a role in alignin g the Ftorida Keys National Marine Sanctuary,
the FWC with another group or individual to proving that the transplanted coral is doing
focus on a conservation issue, well.
At the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Sometimes volunteers walk away from
Institute (FWRI), the research arm of the assisting a research project with more than
agency, scientists understand the impor- just the satisfaction of helping out and gain-
tance of developing creative partnerships ing a better understanding of the science.
and working with the public to leverage Sometimes volunteers can benefit from an
their reach. Whether for land, marine or additional incentive. This was the case this
freshwater-based research, scientists pursue past year for anglers fishing in Lake Griffin.
a variety of opportunities to form collabora- Anglers fishing this lake had the opportunity
live relationships. Linking FWRI's research to assist biologists with the research neces-
expertise with private sector businesses, sary to manage the black crappie fishery.
non-governmental organizations and public In doing so, anglers also had the chance to
entities helps accomplish goals that benefit receive a monetary reward. FWRI scientists
all those involved. With a study area the size placed tags on hundreds of fish in the lake.
of Florida, it isn't too surprising that FWRI Each tag was marked with a monetary val-
researchers conducting surveillance for avi- ue. Anglers who caught the tagged fish pro-
an influenza in wild bird populations have vided details about their catch and in return
incorporated public participation into their received the assigned reward.
work. As it is in everyone's best interest to Creative collaboration enhances the
collect the information necessary to moni- FWC's ability to gather the information
tor for the disease effectively, citizens read- needed to form sound management deci-
ily report their observations of dead birds sions. To learn more about these and other
through the agency's online reporting sys- FWRI research projects, visit http://research.
tern at

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September 13, 2009

Community Calendar

Okeechobee News

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 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 First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Coast Guard Auxiliary of Okeechobee
meets the second Monday of each month, at
7 p.m. at the entrance to Okee-Tantie Camp
Grounds. We are seeking new members who
are, "Semper Paratus Always Ready."
For information call 863-824-7623
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and
bingo will start at noon at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441
S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are invit-
ed. Please R.S.V.R 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.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee
will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Public Librarv. 206 S.W. 16th St. The meeting is

open to anyone interested in tracing his or her
ancestry. The annual membership is $10 per per-
son, and $12 for a family. For information, call
Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at
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. Karen Graves, Chapter leader would like to
extend a warm welcome to any interested per-
sons to come by and see what they are about.
For information call 863-763-6952.
Flottilla 57 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
meets at 7 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary
Station located at the entrance to Okeetantie on
Road 78 on the second Monday of each month.
Everyone is welcome to come as a guest and in-
quire about membership. Do get your safe boat-
ing certification. Call to enroll for course or to in-
quire about membership 863-763-0165.
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 Rotary Club of
Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at

Reflections from the Pulpit

By Elder John T. Garner
More 2 Life Ministries
According to the timeless wisdom of the
ages, the fact is that: "There are only two
things in this world that are certain, death
and taxes." Well, it's hard to refute that, isn't
it? At times, it's hard to determine which of
the two is worse. Certainly death has a fi-
nality to it that seems to tip the balance in
its direction. However, taxes seem to have
a never ending and constantly increasing
aspect that leaves us wondering if the only
escape from it is death.
With that conundrum before us, the
news that a new tax or assessment must be
imposed on the citizens of Okeechobee to
assure that the essential services of EMS will
be available causes us to have an initial knee-
jerk reaction. We, at first, want to scream out
that enough is enough. The question begs to
be asked: "How much more are we to be
expected to take?" Add to this the fact that
the churches are being asked to contribute
to this assessment and you have a recipe for
discontent and that is bound to create a lot
of noise in this close knit community.
So, the cry has gone out that it is wrong
to "tax God." The declaration has sounded
forth that there is a biblical mandate that
should protect the church from any form of
taxation. But, is that really true? Is this kind
of thinking in line with gospel truth? I have
a hard time understanding the assertion be-
ing made by many in the church community
that we should not be asked to contribute
to maintaining a viable EMS presence in this
city. The calling of the church is to love God
and to love our neighbor. That means that
we have to be ready at any time to assist our
community in areas where there is a need.
John 3:16 says that God loves the world so
much that he was willing to give the sacrifice
of His Son, Jesus, that all might have eternal
life. This is the truth that sets the world free
and the church is all about spreading this
truth to the world. Certainly it takes money
to do the work of the ministry, to spread

the gospel, and those whom He has called
as leaders of His church should be wise in
how they use that money. Therefore, it is
understandable for there to be a cautious
approach to this matter among church lead-
ers. But as we, in the church, contemplate
what the church's response should be, we
must keep in mind that it also takes money
to provide the services that the church can-
not provide and that have been left to the
local government to provide. The church
must not opt out and hide behind the false
argument that since we are tax exempt we
have no obligation to give to this cause. Not
only should we be willing to submit to this
assessment if needed, but we should seek
to take the lead in this area and determine
what more, if anything, we should volun-
tarily give to assure that our community is
secure. Just as the Father gave us life, so we
must be willing to give to assure that others
have the chance at life both spiritually and
Some will deride what I have written here
as the rantings of some liberal pastor who
wants to give the government run of the
churches. Nothing could be further from the
truth. But after 27 years of ministry, I have
to tell you that I have grown weary of high
sounding "biblical" justifications that are
given for not being more involved in taking
care of the needs of the people. If this assess-
ment is ultimately determined to be neces-
sary, we must embrace it so that the people
of Okeechobee can live a little more secure
knowing that when an emergency arises
someone will be there to take care of them.
I believe that this is the heart of the gospel.
By giving to the need, we declare that the
people of the town are important to us and
we are willing to make the sacrifice of our
rights to assure the supply of their need.

Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave.
The meetings are open to the public. For infor-
mation, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous
has moved to 103 S.W. Second Ave. at 7 p.m.
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 information, please call Amy at 863-763-
8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 un-
til 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
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 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 infor-
mation call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5
p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. For more 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.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m.
at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott

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Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner
at 863-763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith
Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal
and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets ev-
ery Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice building
located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact
Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
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.
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 organized Christian activities that
includes play, instruction and interaction for par-
ents 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.

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Community Events

Students to perform for
National Anthem Day
Everglades Elementary School third,
fourth, and fifth graders will be performing
the "Star Spangled Banner" and "America"
on Monday, Sept. 14, at approximately 8:15
a.m. The students have worked diligently on
"perfecting" this patriotic presentation and
we hope that parents will come to hear and
support their efforts. We will be located on
the front lawn facing the American Flag to-
wards the Media Center.

Yearling SAC meeting
date changed
Yearling Middle School Student Advisory
Council Meeting has been changed to Mon-
day, Sept. 14. The time of the meeting re-
mains the same.

Hospice hosting yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee (411 S.E. Fourth
Street) will hold a Yard Sale on Thursday,
Sept. 17 and 18, from 8 a.m. until 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 Mar-
ket" (outside under the Carport) where ev-
ery item is dirt cheap (prices start at only 10
cents per item). Funds raised will benefit pa-
tient care, including services at The Hamrick
Home. For information call 863-467-2321.

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

Bonnie Lind, 69
OKEECHOBEE Bonnie Lind died Septem-
ber 10, 2009, after a short battle with cancer.
She was born April 4, 1940 in Worcester, Mas-
sachusetts to the late Donald and Mabel L.
Thomson. She was a homemaker having come
to Okeechobee from Ft. Lauderdale 20 years
ago. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and help-
ing with pet rescue.
She was predeceased by her husband, Walter
H. Lind and her niece Susan Rose Thomson.
She is survived by her daughter, Lynda of Okee-
chobee; son, Russell of Ft. Lauderdale; several
niece and nephews.
No services or visitation will be held.
Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bas-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl

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Main Street's next
Mixer event planned
Okeechobee Main Street invites everyone
to their Monthly Mixer on Tuesday, Sept.
15, from 5-7 p.m. This month's Main Street
mixer is being hosted by the Holiday Inn Ho-
tel & Suites located at 3101 Hwy. 441 South,
Okeechobee. This is a great networking op-
portunity for the businesses and citizens of
our area. Whether you have a new or old
business or just new to Okeechobee, come
enjoy networking, refreshments, door prizes
and a chance at the Mega 50-50. For more
information call 863-357-MAIN (6246).
The Okeechobee Community Improve-
ment Association (OCIA) will meet in Mon-
day, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at Douglas Brown
Center. All members and anyone interested
in finding out about our organization are
welcome to attend. Any questions, please
contact the following: George Roberson
- 863-610-0973, Bertha Boswell 863-763-
4823, Rita Doss Jones 772-380-3518.

Yard Sale at Real Life Ranch
Real Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale will
be open on Thursday, Sept. 17 and Friday,
Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be
open each Thursday and Friday until further

Masonic Lodge to
host breakfast
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will
host their Sunday breakfast on Sunday,
Sept. 13. The $6 donation includes eggs,
bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits
and gravy with coffee and juice. The public
is most welcome to attend the event at 107
N.W Fifth Street from 8 until 11 a.m.

Roundtable to meet
The Executive Roundtable of the Shared
Services Network of Okeechobee County
will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, in
the board room of the Okeechobee County
School Board. For information call 863-462-
5000 ext. 257.


Benefit planned to support
local Red Cross
Wolfpack Motorcycle Club and Barra-
cuda's presents Friday Night Bash on Friday,
Sept. 18, from 7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. The

event will be a fundraiser to support the
Okeechobee Branch American Red Cross.
The event will feature live music by D.J. Billy
Dean WOKC Radio 1570 AM and 100.9 FM
and includes free bar snacks, door prizes
and drawings. For more information, please
call 863-801-6268.

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Employee recognition
Jason Kite, left, was recognized by Okeechobee Utility Authority Board of
Directors (OUA) Chairman Frank Irby, right, for five years' service to the util-
ity. The recognition took place at the Tuesday, Sept. 8 meeting of the OUA
Board of Directors.

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September 13, 2009

Okeechobee Livestock Market Report

September 8, 2009
Breaking $42.00
Cutter $37.00
Canner $33.00




Calves 1133 150-200 10
Cows 161 200-250 95-
Str 7 250-300 10(
Hfrs 16 300-350 70-
Bulls 7 350-400 83-
Yrings 0 400-450 81-
Mi 9 Small #1 Ste
Total 1333 250-300
Med #1 Steers Hfrs 350-400 92-
150-200 107-120 450-500

Waste Management
contest shows
results of
recycling efforts
In celebration of Labor Day, Waste Man-
agement's Okeechobee Landfill, Inc. held a
contest at the company's booth in the park
at the annual Labor Day Festival last week-
end. Visitors of the Waste Management
booth could view the prize up for grabs. In
honor of Labor Day, it was a relaxing camp-
ing prize, including: a new cooler, 4-person
tent, binoculars, flashlight, two Waste Man-
agement hats, insect repellent, a table cloth,
beef jerky, grilling prongs and s'mores ingre-
Residents enjoyed guessing the total
amount of crushed cans in the company's
display. Visitors also discussed recycling
options for their cans, and other recyclable
materials including Okeechobee's curbside
recycling program and the community drop-
off location. More than 275 people partici-
pated in the contest, but Joan Rueff was the
closest. She was just one number away from
the 232-can total. Mrs. Rueff plans to give her
six year-old grandson, Sky, the supplies so
that he will be able to go camping. Okeecho-
bee Landfill, Inc. would like to thank all the
participants who took part in this outreach-

Special to the UKeecnoDee News/Jenny rung
(Right) Okeechobee resident, Joan Ru-
eff had the closest guess in Okeecho-
bee Landfill's Labor Day promotional
contest, where booth visitors guessed
how many cans were in the company's
display. Waste Management's Jenny
Pung presented Mrs. Rueff with a
camping prize including a tent, cooler,
binoculars and a flashlight. Mrs. Rueff
intends to give her six year-old grand-
son, Sky, the camping gear for him to
use with his family.



Prices fairly steady on calves.
Good 600# steers still around 85-
88, 300# calves maybe $1-2 higher.
Slaughter cows and bulls down but
steady. Hardie Driggers topped the
calf market with a high of $1.75,
bought by Reynolds. JM Larson
topped the cow market with a high
of 46.50, bought by Dairymens.
Bred HFR sale Oct. 9.
Don't forget about our bull sales:
Graham Angus Oct. 16, Lemmon
Angus Oct. 23 and Little Creek
Brangus Oct. 30.

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Christian Team Trail Tourney sees tragic loss
The first Christian Team Trail Bass Tour-
nament of the season was held out of Okee-
Tantie Park on Saturday, Sept.5. The event
was overshadowed by the tragic loss of
Al and John Reed of Tequesta in the early
morning of the tournament, a father and son
team and regular participants of the Trail.
As the fish were being brought in to be
weighed, a free lunch was served to all
those attending the event. While winning
fish weights were being calculated, Pastor
Special to the Okeechobee Neiws/Pat Zieglar John Garrison gave a brief talk of comfort to
Christian Team Trails Fishing Tourna- all those who had lost friends that day
ment third place winners were Mark The day long fishing tourney saw 49
Hester and Justin Schwier bringing in boats participating in the event with all but
a total "fish weight" of 19.88 pounds. six boats bringing in fish.

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September 13, 2009

Crime Stoppers tips lead to local arrests

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Thanks to a couple of anonymous tips to
Crime Stoppers two men wanted on local charg-
es have been found and arrested.
"We don't get many tips from Okeechobee.
But when we do, they have been very good,"
said Ken Wilson, Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers
executive director.
Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers serves the
19th Judicial Circuit which consists of Indian
River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee coun-
ties. Tipsters not only remain anonymous, but
could be eligible to receive up to $1,000 cash for
their tip.
Mr. Wilson said the program prides itself on
not only working closely with law enforcement,
but ensuring that the identity of callers is never
"We've never had a breach of anyone's iden-
tity, and I don't know of any other (Crime Stop-
pers) program that's had a breach," said the re-
tired law enforcement officer.
When a tipster calls they are never asked to
leave their name. Instead, they are assigned a
number which becomes their signature. Mr. Wil-
son explained that when the tipster calls back ei-
ther he or his staff will check on the status of the
number. If an arrest has been made, the tipster
will be told to go to a specific location to pick up
their money.
"We don't know their gender, race or name,"
he said. "We never know who we're dealing
with. Their identification is completely unknown
to us."
Mr. Wilson said his office receives around 90
tips per month, and that area law enforcement
is averaging up to 26 arrests per month due to
those tips.
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money to a caller. In this case, the tipster may be
instructed to enter the drive through, write their
number on a piece of paper then place that pa-
per in the chute. The bank employee, who has
been sworn to secrecy, will then give the tipster
their cash with no questions asked.
The cash used for the rewards comes from
three sources: private donations; fund raisers;
and, the Crime Stoppers trust fund which is ad-
ministered by the Florida attorney general.
Mr. Wilson went on to say that if someone is
convicted of a crime they will have to pay a $20
fine, with $17 of that going into the Crime Stop-
pers trust fund.
Mr. Wilson added that there are no tracking
devices and that even courts can't get their infor
mation because Crime Stoppers is exempt from
the Florida public records law.
"We also have a web site (
where they can leave information, and it's all en-
crypted," said Elaine Arnell, who works with Mr.
Wilson. "All they have to do is leave the informa-
tion, and if we miss something we respond to
that number."
Then, Crime Stoppers will send that tip to the
proper law enforcement agency, and if an arrest
is made that agency will then notify the Treasure
Coast program on the disposition of the arrest.
"This allows Crime Stoppers to keep up with
what they're (law enforcement) doing," said Mr.
According to stats provided by the Crime
Stoppers office in Fort Pierce from Oct. 1, 2008,
through Sept. 9, 2009, tips from Okeechobee
have led to 12 arrests and 14 cases have been
cleared. The stats also show that 10 callers were
approved for a reward.
In some instances, said Mr. Wilson, callers
only want to help and don't want remuneration.
The Crime Stoppers program started in Albu-
querque, N.M., in 1976. The program has been in

existence in Florida since 1988.
"It's beginning to take off with the increase in
crime," said Mr. Wilson.
And, two local men can attest to the efficacy
of the program.
Local tips led to the recent arrests of Arnoldo
Infante and Lester Donald Smith, who were both
being sought by the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office.
Infante, 32, is currently in the St. Lucie County
Jail where he is charged with trafficking in co-
caine over 200 grams, possession of cocaine
with intent to sell and possession of drug para-
phernalia. His bond has been set at $210,750.
According to the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office, he will now be served with an
Okeechobee County arrest warrant that charges
him with possession of cocaine with intent to
sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and pos-
session of marijuana under 20 grams.
Also, St. Lucie County Jail records indicate
that Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) has now placed a hold on Infante. This
means once Infante has answered to all of his
state charges, he could face deportation.
Another anonymous tip led to the arrest of
Lester Donald Smith, 43, of Okeechobee, on Sept.
7. He is charged with three counts of obtaining or
attempting to obtain a controlled substance by
fraud. Smith was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail and was released on his own recog-
nizance on Sept. 8, jail records show.
With these two calls, as with every other call
to Crime Stoppers, the identity of the tipsters is
"That's the thing about this," said Mr. Wilson.
"You could put us on a guillotine and we still
couldn't tell you (who contacted them) because
we don't know."
To leave an anonymous tip, call Treasure
Coast Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-273-TIPS.

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Local family awarded settlement in child's death

An Okeechobee family has accepted $1 mil-
lion policy limits in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Their toddler was riding his bike when he was
struck and killed by a truck.
On a quiet Sunday morning in the parking
lot of the Town Center Apartments in Okeecho-
bee, the parents of a three year old boy thought
he was in a safe place to ride his bicycle. The
parents were standing close by, watching; signs
saying, "Slow Children at Play" were posted;
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According to reports, the driver of a 1 ton
business truck with dual rear tires pulled
straight out of the parking space, and unknow
ingly ran over the small child's bike, killing
the boy instantly. The driver of the truck was
unaware of the tragedy and had to be chased
down to get him to stop.
According to testimony in the case, the
truck driver had been out all night before the
morning of the tragedy, not arriving home until
6:30 a.m. He went to the apartment complex
to drop off a friend, and he admitted seeing the
child riding his bike in the parking lot when he
Witnesses said there were no obstructions
in the way, so the driver should have seen the
child and his bicycle.
The young boy suffered massive head trau-

ma, which resulted in his death.
Tony Goodman, an attorney with the Ac-
cident Law Offices of Philip DeBerard, said,
"This incident showed blatant disregard for
responsible driving in a vicinity where small
children play on a regular basis. We hope this
settlement will make a difference, emphasizing
how motor vehicle drivers must take responsi-
bility for pedestrians."
The defendant's business insurance com-
pany accepted responsibility for the defen-
dant's actions, settling the case for the entire
policy limits of $1 million. Attorney Philip De-
Berard said, "This accident robbed his family
of a young and spirited son due to the careless
driving of one person. No amount of money
can ever take the place of the little boy whose
life was cut short so tragically."

Code magistrate to hear eight cases

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Code Magistrate En-
forcement Special Magistrate Lois Nichols is
scheduled to hear eight cases Tuesday after
Charles and Stephanie Crates were cited
for having open storage and maintenance
of a nuisance on their U.S. 441 SE property.
Gary and Morris Cook will have to answer
charges of constructing a metal building with-
out a permit on NW 304th Street. According
to code enforcement officer Beth Albert, Earl
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Avon Park outlasts Okeechobee

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A two hour lightning delay didn't discour-
age two old rivals Friday night as Okeechobee
battled Avon Park in Highlands County.
The Red Devils took advantage of some
sloppy play and defeated the Brahmans 27-14,
to even their record at (1-1). Okeechobee fell
to (0-2).
Coach Myron Jackson said his team strug-
gled in the first half but seemed to find some-
thing in the second half, "I'm proud of them.
As long as that clock was running they came to
play. They were ready to play tonight.
Red Devils Coach Andy Bonjokian said it
was tough for both teams to keep sharp after
the delay at the start of the game. "I'm very hap-
py with the way they performed. It is tough to
perform after all those delays. Both teams were
anxious to get out there."
Avon Park appeared poised to go on top
early in the game. They drove the ball behind
tailback Teddy Allen to the Brahman 20 yard
line. The defense came up with a big play as
Marcus Martin forced a fumble and Frankie
Decarlo scooped it up at the Red Devil 30. He
returned it 46 yards to the Avon Park 19. That's
when things went a little weird for Okeecho-
bee. After an Avon Park off sides penalty,
Okeechobee had three bad snaps from center
in a row. The snaps sailed over the head of QB
D.J. Washington. The first play lost 22 yards, the
second play 19 yards, and the third snap, on
a punt, ost 34 yards. When Walt Fortner was
tackled, Avon Park took over at the Okeecho-
bee nine yard line.
Allen ran in the next play for a touchdown
and completely turned the complexion of the
game around.
Coach Jackson said the team went through a
rough patch in the first half but battled through
some injuries and new starters. "It took us a
half to get in the rhythm of the game. In the
second half we showed what we could do."
Avon Park made it 14-0 just before the half.
Okeechobee was set to punt on fourth down
but a big rush by the Red Devils forced Walt
Fortner to attempt to run for the first down. He
did run for nine yards but came about a yard
short of the first down marker. On the next play
Red Devil QB Tekovan Miller hit Alonzo Robert-
son for a 27 yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead
at the half.
Avon Park made it 21-0 early in the third
as they drove 61 yards in six plays for a touch-
down. Key plays included a 19 yard pass to Da-

vid Callahan, a 10 yard
pass to Robertson and
an eight yard run by Al-
len. Miller found Robert-
son on a 10 yard pass for
the touchdown.
Okeechobee had
something to cheer
about on the kickoff as
Walt Fortner showed
his sprints speed and
elusiveness. He returned
the kick 77 yards for a
touchdown to make
it 21-6. Okeechobee
missed the extra point.
A poor Okeecho-
bee punt later in the
third quarter gave Avon
Park a first down at the
Okeechobee 28. La-
darius Wooden took the
next handoff and ran 28
yards for a touchdown
to make it 27 o-6.n e
Okeechobee an- Charles Murphy
sweredbackin thefourth Frankie Decarlo
quarter as Aukeemian returned a fum-
ills caught a long pass ble 46 yards In
from D.J. Washington e yars in
at the Red Devil 15 and the first half.
raced into the end zone
for a 42 yard touchdown.
Coach Bonjokian said he was pleased his
team didn't turn the ball over. They had seven
turnovers the week before against Frostproof.
"Okeechobee really stuck us and we were
fortunate to come out of here on the winning
Game notes
Lavonte Spivey had his first career intercep-
tion for Okeechobee.
Okeechobee had a decent night returning
kicks. Alonzo Coleman returned one kick for 23
yards. Walt Fortner returned two kicks for 110
yards and a touchdown.
Division I recruit Dwayne Council had three
tackles behind the line of scrimmage for Avon
Park. He barely missed an interception as the
ball went right through his hands in the second
Allen ran for a 45 yard touchdown in the
second half but the score was called back by
a penalty.
Rashaad Rooks had an interception for
Avon Park.
Okeechobee's home opener is this Thurs-
day against South Fork.

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The girl's team swam a competitive
match while the boy's team continued to be
outnumbered as the Brahmans swim teams
opened their seasons on Wednesday, Sept.
The girls got a number of great efforts in
their loss, 109-65. The boys got one victory
in a 130-38 loss to the Bulldogs.
For the girl's squad Alex Ming won the
200 individual medley and the 100 breast-
stroke. Chelsie Houston won the 100 meter
Other girls with strong efforts included
Jessica Wackier who finished second in the
200 freestyle, and third in the 500 freestyle.
Celena Letcher finished second in the

200 individual medley, and second in the
100 breaststroke. Jaiden Barnhart finished
second in the 100 freestyle.
"It was a good first meet," Coach Brian
Turner said, "We are still playing with the
line up, and trying to find the right combina-
Turner said he was impressed with Alex
Ming, Savanna Asmussen and the other girls.
He also praised Kenny Murphy who won the
200 individual medley for the boys and Mi-
chael Miller who did a solid job in the 500
meter freestyle.
Ben Kielbasa finished second in the 200
freestyle. Murphy also finished third in the
100 butterfly. Zach Norris finished third in
the 100 freestyle. Jason Rucks finished third
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Moore Haven Lock closure extended

MOORE HAVEN- The U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers, Jacksonville District announced
on Friday that Moore Haven Lock on Lake
Okeechobee, which has been closed for re-
pairs since June 1, will remain closed until a
tentative date of at least Sept. 28. During this
time, crossing the state via the Okeechobee
Waterway will not be possible.
Repairing the lock is a $3.5 million, regu-
larly-scheduled project, conducted once every
ten years. The work includes upgrading navi-
gational safety equipment, improving manatee
protection screen systems and painting and
sand-blasting lock gates. The repairs must be
made while the lock is in a dewatered condi-
tion, and will ensure that the lock, which is
more than 70 years old, will continue to func-
tion safely and properly. Repair crews are
working extended hours to ensure the repairs
are completed and the lock is restored to safe
operating condition as early as possible.
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Notice of Hering
Okeechobee County Code Enfoeoment
Speial Magistratett
The okehobee County Specia Magistrate wil hld a public meeting or
Tueday, September 15, 2009 at 200 0 The public meeting wll be held
at the Oeeehob County Health Department Auditolum, lated at 1728
NW. 9th Avenue, Okeecho bee, Florida. For mo inflation, contact Faye
Huffman at the Plan Ming and Deopment Departent, 499 N.W 5th Av
ue, Okechobee, Florida 34972, (863) 824 3015.
A interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public
mtin g. Any peron deciding Ito appeal an decision by the Code Enfor-
ent Specal Magistrate with e pect to any matter consideed at this
eting wll neeto ensure that a verbatim rerd of the h tprocheOdings ispe
made and that the record includes the testimoH and idence upon which
he appeal wll be baed. Code Enfoement tapes ade for the sole purple
f backup tfor official records of the Department,
aye Huffman, Seretar to the
Code Enforcement Specal Magistrate
333096 ON 09/11,13/09

A public auction will be held at ARS Powersports, 4422 Hwy 441 N, Okeea
hobee, FL 34972, (63) 467-0900, on Thursday, the Ist day of October
2009, from 1:00 -2:00 PM. en caimed is in pursuant to Florida statute
713.585 for unpaid labor, s ices performed and storage Year, Make,
Model & Vin's as follos:
2002 Blue Yamaha &FM660 Raptor
S 1999 Tan Yamaha BRea Tracker
2003 Blue Yamaha YFM35FXRL
2004 Red Honda TBX45D
Terms of sale a cash and no cheks wll be acceted The ller e se e
he right of final bid. All sale are final No refunds wdl be made. Said off
rad vehicles will be sold "As Is" with no guarantees, noti. is hereby given
!hat the owner of the vehicle or any person claiming an interest in or lien
hereon has a eight to a hearing with the Clerk of trie Circuit Court of Okee-
hobee County and that the oner of the hice heas a right to recover po-
bession of the hcle without intuting jui diil eings by posting
ond in accordance wi h te precision of section 559-917, Florida statutes.
Any perodeeeds am the ale of the vehice remaining after payment of the
amount claimed to be due and owing to the ienor wil be deposited with the
clerkk of court for disposion upon curt order,
3332216 ON 09/13/09

(863) 763-460 OR (863)634-3166
,333183 ON 09/13/09

BID # 2009-2
1.1 Publc Notice is hereby given that aled bids for the abo eere nced
Herbicidal Mainte~nane of 32.625 Miles of drainaae canals and 8
a"ile f po e wll be reeived by the Board of Central County
Water Control DIsic (hereinaer cel cor referred to as CCWCD, OWNER0
and "DISTRICT"), at the District Manager's Office at the following ad-

Canal County Water Control District
475 S. Cabbage Palm Street
Clewiston Florida 33440 11
untl 2:00 pro. Ioca time on September 23 2009 for furnishing labor and
materals and performing all work set forth in the Invitation to Bid, Instru-
UIon to Bidders, Bid NForm, Construcation Contract, Detaled Specifications
and Dwings which comprise the Bid Documents, Immediately following
the -heduled cloing tme for the reception of bids, all bid proposals which
ha been submitted in aecordanee with the conditions of the Iittion to
ececa" ` Ado eo Iecl Iod W bid tcbda"
Bid, Inructions o Bidders and any Addenda iued in relation to this Po
je wll be publicly opened and ead a loud Biddes ay attend the bid
pet. Bidder is responsible a e for the delae of bid, and Wid led
cell siecied day and timc will net be opened.
1.2 A pre-bid meeting shall be held on Monday at 10:00 a.m. on September
14, 2009, at the District atoi located at 475 S. Cabbage Palm Street,
Clewiston, Flogda,
1.3 The work made the subject hereof is described in the bid documents ti-
tled Hilrbida Mad nnance f anas and L e opi of which
may be obtained from Rock Enterprises, Inc., I N. Bridge Street, Suite
B, LaBelle, Florida, 33935, or from Central County Water Control District,
475 South Cabbagee Palm Street, Cl ewiston, Florida 3344O0, feor the non-re-
fundable sum of $2500 For additional nf ation you may contact M
David Hubbard, CCWCD Manager, at 863 983 5797, or Rock Aboujaoude,
District Engineer, at 863-612-0011.
1.4 Each bid must be submitted in dupilate on the preibed bid fbrn and
aompanied by bid e urty on the prescribed formT payable to the Board
of CCWCD, in an amount not less than fi peent (5% of the bid
amount. A subc ntraetors shal be declared on a epadrate form.
1.5 The Bid may be withdrawn prior to the date and time of bid opening.
Bids shall remain open and subject to acceptance for a period of forty-fie,
(45) calendar days afar the date of bid opening, but no bidder may with
draw his Bid for a period of forty five (45 calendar days after the date of
bid opening.
1.6 In order to perform public work, the LsuAssful Bidder shall have all i
oense and perma required by Federal, State, and Tlocal R s regular

1.7 Before a Contract will be awarded for the work e ntemplated herein,
the Distct wil conduct such istigations as are nece to deterine
the performance record and ability of the apparent lo bidder to perform
the si and type of work specified under this Invitation to Bid. Upon re
quest the Bidder shall submit such information as deemed necesary by
the District to a aluate the bidder's qualfications The Distrct res
the right to award thhebid to the ost responsible and quaified bidder
based on available funding.
1.8 The DISTRICT reses the right to reject any or all bids with or with-
out Iuse, and/or aept bids that in it's judgment will be in the best in-
terest of the DISTRICT, and the District sp Pifial ese the
right o riejet all bids and proceed to accruplsh is obietives
without awarding any contract pursuant to thisI invitation. tThie
District also esees the right to postpone the award of the Contract for
a period of time which postponement, howei shall not extend beyond
ninety (90) calendar days from the bid opening date during which ame
the District at its sle dis-ran may release the bid security
DATED this 1st day of September, 2009
Coo kie Hester Assistant District Mgl By: Benito Alvaz, Chairan
332305 ON 9/6,13,20 CGS/CB 9/10,17/9

Grab a bargain from your Looking for a place to
neighbor's garage, attic, hang your hat? Look
basement or closet in no further than the
today's classified classifieds.

File NO.: 09-CP-52
Division Prbate
(Summary Administation)
You are hereby ntfied tat an order
of Sumo ry Administat0on has been
enIe in The er~te If Iiph Fudr
A, Abner, d, sed, File Number o0
CP-52, by the Oilt Court for Okeh-
bee County, Florida, Probate Divisi,
te addr-s of which is 312 NW 3rd
Sreet Okeeoobee Florida 34072; that
the decedent's date of death -s Se,
member 23, 2et8; that the total -au of
the estate is $33,50.00 and that the
name and adde of thoe to whom
has been assigned by ch order are;
Roenie Willis Abler
824 Daton Springfield RAad
Fairbom, OH 45324
Saerh Abner
143 Ehiamney rde, Apt ID
Daton, Ohio 45440
Shelr oAbner
1847 Fineret Dni
Daton, Ohio 45414
Missy Scheer

Acrdt rsofte oWdeedn anco
04220 G 1 P r it d

SW 10,010 030

Wandoagins l h e socategloftede
Tcedeont 13091a
215 E6 D- AE In
Miam~isrg Ohio 45342
All credtr I the deden and
nands against the estate of the de
rtent othar than th- for whom
provision for full payment was made
in the Order of summary Administa-
tion must file their claims with this
The date of first publication of this
Notice is September 13, 2009.
Person Givin Notice:
Ronnie WilnS Abner
8240 Daton Springfield Road
Fairbo m, Ohio 45324
Attorney for Pern Giving Natl,:
Elizabeth A Maxell
ITorida Bar No 720895
Maell & Mawell, RA.
4.5 NW 3rd Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Telepho: (863) 763-1119
Fax: (863)763-1179
333134 ON o9 13,20/O9



Upcoming 'Teen Dance' to benefit children at Shriner's Hospital

Teresa Chandler will coordinate the up- ductions, spinning the latest in HipHop mu-
coming teen dance event for high school sic; games and prizes. The admission price
students. The dance will be held on Sept. is just $7 and will include dinner (pizza or
26, from 8-11 p.m. at the Shrine Club on sub, chips and soda). Other refreshments
Highway 78. will also be sold at the event. At teen dance
This event, unlike previous events will events held previously, proceeds raised
be geared for students ages 14-17. It will from admission fees have been presented
feahire 111 Steve Szontmartnni of .1I Pro- to local charities making the events more

Okeechobee News/File photo
This photo was taken at a previous teen dance, which shows how popular this
event is with local teens.

meaningful. This event is no exception. The
upcoming dance will forward proceeds to
benefit the children at Shriner's Hospital in
Anyone who has had a need for the
services from this wonderful organization
knows of the help that they have provided
to parents of injured or ill children at their
state-of-the-art facility in Tampa, many, re-
gardless of their ability to pay.
Students attending the dance will enter
a drawing and 40 will be invited to hoard a
motor coach bus for a trip to the Shriner's
Hospital in Tampa with an opportunity to
present the funds raised directly to the chil-
dren at the crippled/burn unit in the hos
pital. The date of travel will be announced
at the dance and parents will be contacted
with details.
"I feel the students will have an oppor-
tunity to see exactly where their donations
are going and experience the direct impact
of presenting the funds personally," stated
Teresa Chandler.

Ms. Chandler is also asking the com-
munity for their support of this fundraiser.
An account has been set up at Seacoast
National Bank for donations outside of the
dance. The account is named "Teen Dance
Fund." Donations can also be mailed direct-
ly to Teresa Chandler, c/o Seacoast National
Bank, 1409 S. Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee,
FL 34974. Checks should be made payable
to Shriner's Hospital.
The dance will be well chaperoned with
staff from Communities in Schools, Shrine
Club, Seacoast National Bank, The Ameri-
can Red Cross and volunteers from past
dances. There will also be police presence
and paid security to assist.
Students attending the dance will be
asked to sign in and give parents informa-
tion for emergency purposes. Any students
driving to the dance will sign and give their
information at the door. Driving students
who choose to leave will not be permit-
ted to return due to liability. For questions,
concerns or further information, please call

September 13, 2009 Okeechobee News


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Stadium seats reconfigured

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Brahman fans will see a few changes
when they come to the first home football
game of the season next Thursday night.
Athletic Director Mike Radebaugh said
they moved three rows of seats from Sec-
tion B to three rows on Section C so the
gold seats will all be located together.
Radebaugh said that will give fans a better
view of the field and also make it easier for
school officials to make sure only people
who pay the premium costs will sit there
this year.
"It will be better viewing for the fans
and easier to manage and control," Mr.
Radebaugh said.
There will be 330 gold seats available
in the stadium. Each gold seat costs $100.
With those seats, the holder can get into
any home sporting event all season long,
excluding state playoffs.
Radebaugh said the new configuration
of seats should encourage more people to
purchase gold seats. He and high school
staffers Jody Raulerson and Joe Gaucin
donated their time last weekend to move
the seats.
The stadium will continue to have pur-
ple reserved seats. These seats cost $40.
With these tickets, fans can come to all the
varsity and junior varsity home games this

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Anyone interested in the purchase of
gold or purple reserve seats can call Mr.
Radebaugh at 863-462-5025.
"I just wanted people to know about the
changes. I expect to sell quite a few seats
because they aren't so spread out. We had
a lot of jumping over onto seats by people
who hadn't paid for them. We want to stop
that if we can," he said.

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Athletic Director Mike Radebaugh
shows off changes in the seating
chart at Brahman stadium.

Okeechobee County Health Department
Invitation to:
The Tobacco-Free
Initiative of Okeechobee
Network Meeting

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
TIME: 12:00 pm 1:00 pm
Hampton Inn Conference Room
1200 NE Park Street
(next to the post office)
RSVP to: 863-462-5781
Lunch will be provided
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