City sets moratorium'
county may also
address the issue
By Eric Kopp
Realizing the need for strict
legislation, state lawmakers
unanimously passed a bill airned
at clamping down on pain man-
agernent clinics in Flonida.
State senators gave their unan-
irnous support to SB-2272 late
last week that provides for stricter
Inanagernent and rules on the
presenibing of pain medications
by 'pill mills.' Lawmakers in the
House of Representatives had
passed their version of the bill
Even though SB-2272 has been
sent to the governor's office, it
has yet to be signed. If Governor
Charlie Crist signs the measure, it
will go into effect Oct. 1, 2010.
To protect themselves until
then, the City of Okeechobee on
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee County Fire/Res-
cue will now be able to provide
better protection thanks to a re-
cently announced grant.
On Wednesday, May 5, U.S.
Congressman Torn Rooney an-
nounced that Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue will receive a grant of
$158,796 through the Assistance
to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Pro-
grain. Chief Nick Hopkins said he
had three uses for the grant. Part
of the grant will be used to pur-
chase a systern that will allow a
person outside a burning building
to use a laptop computer to locate
all firefighters within the building.
The grant will also be used for an
ionic disinfectant systern that can
be used on ambulances and fire
stations. The third use of the grant
will be for radio headsets to be
used in fire trucks.
"This grant will help ensure
that Okeechobee firefighters
and first responders have the re-
sources and training they need
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Okeechobee High School. The Hershey's Track & Field Program was created over 30 years
ago to promote youth physical fitness and provide fun learning experiences for children 9 to
14 years old. It's the largest youth sports program of its kind in the United States and Canada.
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geted cost for workers compensation and
property and casualty insurance. Depart-
ments continue to monitor each line item
within their budget by scrutinizing the need
for services and goods. Fuel consumption
continues to decrease.
Turning to other action, the council held
the first reading and set a date of May 18,
for the final public hearing for a proposed
ordinance to change the zoning of a S.E.
Third Streete lt from r sidential rnulti-family
The mayor proclaimed the month of May
to be Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in
the city and presented Sgt. Dawn Wendt of
the Okeechobee Police Department with a
Ten Year Service Award.
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By Pete Gawda
No new pain clinics will be allowed to
open during the next year in the Okeecho-
bee city limits thanks to action taken at the
May 4, Okeechobee City Council meeting.
City councilmen also heard some good
news concerning the budget.
The council gave final approval to an
ordinance that would put a one year mora-
torium on the opening of pain pill clinics in
"We need to be covered between now
an heuldaltr Mayo lyameseKdir tsad leer in
will go into effect.
"It's already here and larger than a lot of
people realize." Police Chief Denny Davis
said of the problem caused by pain pill clin-
The council also approved mid year
budget adjustments which showed that
the city is in good shape financially. Most of
the adjustments simply shifted funds within
each department. There was an increase
in ex ee tue for in ependnto ispebc %se
larger than expected revenue from building
permit fees and inspections fees. Those rev-
enues are at 104 percent of budget. There
was a decrease in each department's bud-
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May 9, 2010
By Eric Kopp
Without a dissenting vote, state lawmak-
ers easily passed a measure that blocks
excessive sales of precursor drugs that are
used to make methamphetamine.
The Senate passed SB-1050 by a 35-0
vote, while the House of Representatives
passed their version of the measure 118-0.
Four senators and two representatives did
notytmevery much in favor of this," said
Okeechobee County Sheniff Paul May. "This
will be a big help in combating homemade
SB-1050 makes state law consistent with
a Federal law known as the Combat Meth-
amphetamine Epidemic Act. This Act limits
the amount of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine
(PSE) and other precursor drugs that can be
purchased. Also, the Act puts PSE products
behind the counter and requires retailers to
log information on the purchasers of these
Under SB-1050, a person may not know-
ingly obtain or deliver in any retail over-the-
counter (OTC) sale any non-preseniption
compound, mixture or preparation con-
taining ephedrine or related compounds
exceeding: any number of packages con-
taining a total of 3.6 grams of ephedrine or
related compounds in a single day; three
packages, regardless of weight, that con-
tain ephedrine or related compounds in any
single retail OTC sale; and, any number of
retail OTC sales that total 9 grams or more
of ephedrine or related compounds in any
The bill defines ephedrine or related
compounds as ephedrine, pseudoephedrine
SB-1050 also requires the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to ap-
prove an electronic record keeping system to
record and monitor the real time purchases
of products containing ephedrine or related
cohe prose of the monitoring system is
to provide information that could prevent, or
be used to investigate, illegal purchases of
According to the bill, this system must
record a number of things, including: date
and time of the transaction; name, date of
birth, address and photo ID number of the
purchaser as well as the type of ID used and
the government issuance; the number of
packages purchased, total grams per pack-
age and the name of the compound; and,
the signature of the purchaser.
The system will help track non-prescrip-
tion OTC sales, and will block nonprescrip-
tion OTC sales in excess of those allowed by
state or federal law.
There are currently over 20,000 stores
across the nation using this electronic sys-
tem, and more than 900 in Florida.
According to Florida Lieutenant Governor
Jeff Kottkamp, neither the state nor retailers
will be required to pay for the system. The
Consumer Health Products Association--a
consortium of manufacturers of PSE and
ephedrin-like drugs--will pay for the sys-
The electronic system will make it harder
for meth 'cooks' to go from store to store
and buy large quantities of PSE. This prac-
tice is known as surfingng'
"Methamphetamine is one of the most
dangerous, destructive and addictive drugs
we have ever seen. Those who manufacture
meth put their families and communities at
great risk for exposure to dangerous, toxic
chemicals and extreme fire hazards," said
Lt. Gov. Kottkamp in a press release. "SB-
1050 will go a long way in reducing the abil-
ity of criminals to acquire the deadly ingredi-
ents needed to manufacture this drug in our
The bill will become effective July 1, and
will be implemented Jan. 1, 2011.
The following individuals were arrested on
felony or driving under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva
tion Commission (FWC) or the Department of
*Naketa McQueen, 25, N.E. Second Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested May 6, by Deputy
John Fisher on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging her with violation of probation
-grand theft, violation of probation -criminal
use of personal identification information and
violation of probation -fraudulent use of a
credit card. Her bond was set at $5,000.
*Michael Wayne Jacobs, 28, N.W Fourth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested May 6, by Depu-
ty Lieutenant Keith Murrish on a warrant charg-
ing him with amended violation of probation -
burglary of an occupied dwelling/conveyance.
He is being held without bond.
*Thomas Allen Martin, 22, N.E. 138th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested May 6, by Deputy
Lt. Keith Murrish on a warrant charging him
with aggravated battery and culpable negli-
gence with personal injury. His bond was set
*Arturo Garcia, 28, N.W. First St., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested May 6, by Deputy Lt. Keith
Murrish on a warrant charging him with bur-
glary of a dwelling with an assault or battery
while armed. His bond was set at $250,000.
*Kenneth R. Merz, 73, U.S. 441 S.E.,
Okeechobee, was arrested May 6, by Deputy
Tammy Seratini on charges of driving under
the influence and no valid driver's license. He
was released on his own recognizance.
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is welcome
to inform this newspaper. The information will
be confirmed and printed.
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Public Forum/Speak Out
Letter to the Editor
4 Okeechobee News
Sunday, May 9, 2010
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ing place. Thanks for participating!
DAY OF PRAYER
*We have just returned from the National
Day of Prayer held on the lawn at the Okeecho-
bee courthouse. It was great to join with so
many others as we prayed for our country, our
president, our government (federal state and
local), our schools, our neighbors, our friends,
our children, our families, our church, our po-
lice and fire and rescue personnel and our mili-
tary. The music was uplifting, the speakers out-
standingt. Pizza and soft drinks were offered to
all who cared to have some. The ROTC did an
excellent job with the color guard. Next time I
will remember a folding chair and hand held
fan. Thank you, to all who planned this very
*Hayew h ad an oeab t the b o
diee Ilaetwleat ear tan more i O ou hob in
With the loss of the current Bio diesel tax
credit most plants across the U.S. have slowed
production or stopped. At least one plant has
closed and liquidated all assets. Several others
of the 13 existing plants in operation across the
country are in danger of going bankrupt. The
AG report on RFDTV today stated that even if
the Tax Credit is reinstated and it is retroactive
it may be too late to salvage the current indus-
try. Currently the use of Methane and Wind
renewable energy on the farm is generating
i teres .
*The farmers need labor and are asking for
a legal guest worker program to provide the
labor needed. This makes sense. If we don't
have enough workers for certain jobs, then is-
sue permits for those jobs. But, they then have
to crack down on any employer who hires
someone without a work permit. Even if they
issue work permits for all of the available man-
ual labor jobs, there will still be people who try
to sneak into the country without a permit and
we do have to beef up border security. There
are terrorists who wish to harm us and we
can't just leave the borders open.
*Once again we are going to the end of
the year school programs. Like many others,
we try to videotape these programs so we
can show them to grandparents who cannot
attend, due to the distance or due to medi-
ea pro lemsseI youoareeta osethal Irct~g am
dience and respect to those on stage. Do not
talk during a program. Others are trying to hear
thoe ec vr aeo adr >eurdo' w rrto re rd
cell phone or at least put it on vibrate and if
you must take a call, go outside to answer it.
If your small child is fidgeting or crying, take
*Many of the schools have talent shows
this time of year. I wish they would limit the
children to age appropriate songs. I do not
think a 10-year-old should be singing about
their cheating spouse, no matter how popular
that song might be. Even if the schools don't
have a rule on this, the parents should help
their child choose appropriate material.
SPAY AND NEUTER
*This county needs a low cost spay and
neuter program. There are too many unwant-
ed kittens and puppies and they wind up at
the shelter. And because there are not enough
homes for them all, some wind up being euth-
anized. The only way to get this under control
is to get the dogs and cats spayed or neutered
so we don't have all these unwanted puppies
and kittens. One mama cat can have three lit-
ters of kittens a year--that can be 10-15 kittens
a year. And if half are female, within two more
years you could have five to seven more mama
cats having kittens.
*Today's paper says the county's unpaid
tax list is growing. This is a warning that gov-
ernment is failing. The people no longer trust
gov rnment to d thmednghtitshirg by the p ople
life of the common man without the support
of the common man. Government will fail. Is
it too late? I cannot tell. Without the support of
the people, I do not see how our government
*I note with pleasure that Rep. Rooney has
also voted to block Members of Congress from
receiving an automatic pay raise in fiscal year
2011. He has gone on the record to state; "As a
freshman in Congress, I was appalled to learn
that Congress gets an automatic pay raise each
year. We should not even consider a pay raise
until we're out of this recession, unemployment
is down and the federal deficit is addressed."
Hirn. Through the power of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ we are protected and
The Hornecorning Celebration continued
throughout the day with worship, praise,
song, food and fun for all.
Haven of Rest holds services on Sundays
at 10 a.In. and 6 p.In. On Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
there is a prayer service. On Thursday at 7
Tethurh 1shas e ra ib oacas hns WO
100.9 FM on Sunday at 10:30 a.In. Everyone
is invited, Everyone is welcome. Corne and
be a blessing and receive a blessing.
Gladys L. Griffith
Happy Mothers Da !
Okeechobee's Prayerline (Prayers At The
CourtHouse). In Observance Of National
Prayer Day, May 6, this past week our nation
paused for prayer, from the nation's capital
Washington, D.C, to Okeechobee.
The National Day Of Prayer has been
an Annual Event, since 1952, in the good
ole' USA. America was birthed on faith via
prayers. Also, yet and still this past week a
Federal Court Judge, Mrs. Barbara Crabb
ruled, "National Day of Prayer," 11NCONSTI-
TUTIONAL. The ruling states prayer violates
the ban on government, and so on and so
forth. What! Here at horne, thank you to all
the local citizens. Okeechobee still serves up
Prayer! Arnen! Hey, people came; Ministers,
Preachers, Teachers, Law Enforcement, Su-
perintendents, everyday concerned, prayer-
ful people, men women, daycare-aged
school kids, students. We all know the Lord
is stl akpraye~r-ans nrng, s(Au -saving, minra-
the drrld We ask for The Lord' c niud
bess snson our ity sidn ada
tion, guidance, daily. Alright! now!
A special thanks, to all who made this
event success, Hey! Okeechobee still serves
up prayer! Now, Happy Mother's Day Morn,
Marna, God Morn, Grandma, Nanna, Big
Mornra!, Mudear! Mothers get a deserving
salute! R> all of you, Mothers, please don't
take then for granted. Let us not be blind
to their every day journey, working, loving,
cooking, cleaning, and nuturing. We love
then for every special thing they do. May the
Lord continue to bless each one of you!
Poet, Playwright and Author
We at the Okeechobee Anirnal Control
would like to thank many organizations for
their assistance during the Mustang Auction.
We could not have had the level of success
tht we had w tho htahedsuppolrtb hall o
tim ad rsuc to hel us
Okn eho et~ uNsews lps wonderful to
donate space in the paper, as well as instru-
m tal rn 'lpi u to get the inforrnat <
turn out and the response the day of the sale
had they not helped us with the advertising,
and helped to get the cornrunity involved.
Okeechobee Livestock Market and
Okeechobee Cattlernan's Association were
fundamental parts in these efforts as well.
They were kind enough to donate the hous-
ing facilities for the horses until the time of
Okeechobee Veterinary Hospital respond-
ed at short notice to evaluate each horse for
overall health and soundness, much to our
The 11SDA was also very helpful. They
donated their tune and resources when it
becarne time to pull blood for the Coggins
tests; they also donated the lab diagnostics.
Many, many thanks go out to our citi-
zens for the support and success of this sale.
Thank you to all.
Okeechobee Animal Control
On Sunday, March 7, 2010 the congrega-
tion of Haven of Rest met to celebrate their
Sixth Annual Hornecorning. They had be-
cone a church in March, 2004.
The awesome Spirit of God was present
all throughout the storefront building that is
Haven of Rest in the Cedar Plaza, Okeecho-
bee, FL. The people were worshipping their
Lord and Saviour, Jesus Chnist through song
Pastor Run Velie told how Haven of Rest
got it's narne. In March, 2004 God gave hirn
a praise song about how Jesus Christ is our
refuge in every storm, our cornfort in times
of trouble and tests. Jesus Chnist is our true,
secure and safe haven.
Evangelist Mark Hall, Jr. gave he morning
Inessage. A Child of God can withstand the
evil day with the whole arrnor of God, Satan
<:annot trespass on the property of God. If
we are the Children of God, we belong to
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A spaghetti dinner will be held on Tues-
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Eagles. eat in or take out. Donation for the
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Three club golf scramble at KOA course.
Shoot 9 holes on Sunday, May 16, beginning
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fee to Kid's Care Carnp. The $5 cart fee is op-
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to react to any potential disaster or hazard,
said Congressman Rooney. "I'rn pleased to
announce this $158,796 competitive grant to
help our firefighters protect the health and
safety of our corniunity, and I applaud their
hard work and dedication."
The AFG program is administered by the
11. S. Department of Homeland Security, Fed-
eral Emergency Management Agency in co-
operation with the 11.S. Fire Administration.
Teen? Dance Party coming!
Teens get ready for another Teen Dance
Party! The party starts at the Shrine Club on
Hwy. 78 on May 22, from 7 until 10 p.m.
The cost is just $7 for kids from ages 12-15
and includes pizza, chips and drink. A live
D.J. will play the latest hip hop and dance
music. For more information, please call
Latasha Srnith at 863-801-3781 or Teresa
Chandler at 863-697-6819.
May 9, 2010
By Pete Gawda
The results of a recently released audit
of the county's financial condition as of the
end of the last fiscal year, Sept. 30, 2009 dis-
closed sorne alarming information.
The audit states that of 18 financial in-
dicators, 12 showed an unfavorable rating
and two were considered critical indicators.
One of the significant unfavorable financial
indicators was the fact that the unassigned
fund balance has declined significantly over
the last four years. The audit also noted that
the ratio of unassigned fund balance to to-
tal expenditures and total revenues has de-
clined significantly over the last four years.
In other words, the county's reserves have
According to accepted accounting proce-
dures the unrestricted fund balance should
equal two months of operating expenses.
As of Sept. 30, 2009 the audit revealed that
county had less than one month of general
fund expenditures in the unrestricted fund
As the result of the financial indicators
consulted, the audit reported "that the coun-
ty's overall financial condition is deteriorat-
ing." The audit defined financial condition
as the county's "ability to provide services at
the level and quality required for the health,
safety and welfare of the cornrunity and
that its citizens desire." .
One of the reasons the audit gives for this
condition is that revenues have exceeded
expenditures. Total expenditures for the past
fiscal year were $49.6 million while total
revenues were $47.4 million a $2.2 million
The audit also noted that host fees for use
of the landfill, a major source of income for
the county, have declined by $1.2 million as
the result sorne out-of-county waste going
to other landfills.
There is sorne good news. The audit lists
sorne recent actions that are being taken
to help correct the budget crisis. The audit
referred to the March action by corniis-
sioners to set a policy on spending reserves.
Revenues and expenditures are being Inoni-
tored monthly. Line itern appropriations are
constantly reviewed and adjusted as needed.
Planning has already begun for the corning
fiscal year. The constitutional officers have
been made aware of the financial situation.
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all state requirements. The MQA, states SB-
2272, also "... Inust deny registration to any
pain inanagernent clinic that is not fully
owned by a physician or group of physi-
cians... ." Each of these physicians must
also be licensed.
The new law does make provisions for
privately-held clinics that won't have to reg-
ister with the state. Those clinics include:
hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; Ino-
ugio woe toa sstsp iedhedr~ $ mli
clinics affiliated with an accredited medical
school; and, clinics owned by a corporation
tat i xmt rarnfederal taxes as achari-
SB-2272 also states that registered pain
clinics are to be inspected yearly and that
patient records, along with those of practi-
tioners, may be automatically given to law
enforcement for investigation in cases of
Also, the law requires that a data base be
set up to provide information directly to law
enforcement so they can investigate possi-
ble violations in regard to the dispensing of
controlled substances in Schedules II IV
Under the Florida Comprehensive Drug
Abuse Prevention and Control Act, con-
trolled substances are classified in five
schedules. Drugs in Schedules II IV would
include morphine, oxycodone, hydro-
codone, ketarnine, anabolic steroids, alpra-
zolarn, diazeparn and phenobarbital.
The law also requires that the MQA de-
sign and maintain an electronic systern to
monitor the dispensing of certain controlled
substances. Information must also be given
to the MQA within 15 days after a controlled
substance is prescribed.
The MQA can also get patient records
from a pain clinic without the patient's au-
thorization or subpoena, if there is probable
cause that a violation has occurred.
Clinics will also be required to keep
records of all controlled substances sold,
administered or dispensed. These records
shall show: the date they were sold, admin-
istered or dispensed; the correct narne and
address of the person who received then,
or the species of anirnal for which they were
dispensed; and, the kind of controlled sub-
These records are to be kept and avail-
able for at least two years for inspection by
law enforcement officers.
The bill states that as of Nov. 30, 2009, the
First District Court of Appeals held that this
statute does not require a subpoena, war-
rant or prior notice to the patient. The court
also held that giving records to law enforce-
Inent does not violate the federal Health In-
surance Portability and Accountability Act,
and does not violate the defendant's state
constitutional right to privacy.
Continued From Page 1
Tuesday, May 4, unanimously approved an
ordinance that calls for a Inoratoriurn on
new pain clinics opening up in the city lin-
Okeechobee County Corniissioner Noel
Chandle asdobn rhu day,hMay 3 he w
a similar measure.
"It's just a matter that we wanted to be
moatrm "I sdth Irhtit wa aK g d idae
even though I didn't think that way when I
went in (to Tuesday's meeting)."
Mayor Kirk explained that he's not
against the rnoratoriurn on pill mills, but
felt that with the new state law a local ordi-
nance would be overkill.
"I could not see the need for it," he said.
But because no one knew when the state
law would go into effect, council nernbers
wanted to be sure the city was protected so
they passed the ordinance on its final read-
Corniissioner Chandler said after
speaking with Okeechobee County Sheriff
Paul May, he felt the county needed to pass
a similar measure.
"I'rn going to bring it up and see what
we can do," said Cornrissioner Chandler.
"I think we should have something."
Sheriff May agreed.
"I think we definitely need an ordinance
in effect," he said.
He went on to say that enacting the state
law will also make it easier for law enforce-
inent to get a handle on the indisenrninate
issuing of scripts for pain killers, as well as
the practice of doctor shopping by private
Currently, there is one pain management
clinic operating in Okeechobee County and
according to Sheriff May they are conducting
a legitimate business. However, he is happy
to see the city pass a Inoratoriurn because of
concerns that pill mills will move from Palin
Beach and Broward counties to smaller in-
land counties like Okeechobee because of
increased scrutiny from city, county and
state law enforcement agencies.
According to the state, there are 940 pain
rnanagernent clinics registered with the De-
partrnent of Health (DOH).
Under the new law, all pain manage-
inent clinics must register with the Division
of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA), which
is a division of the Department of Health,
Also, each clinic location must be reg-
istered separately and have a designated
physician with an unencumbered license
who will be responsible for complying with
KOA fundraisers to benefit
Care Camp Kids programs
Congressman Rooney to
speak at Lincoln Day Dinner
The Republican Party of Okeechobee will
be hosting the annual Lincoln Day Dinner on
Friday, May 21, at the Williamson Confer-
ence and Education Center at Indian River
State College. Social time will be from 6-7
p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The
keynote speaker will be Congressman Tom
Rooney. Dinner will be catered by Golden
Corral and tickets are $40 per person. If
you or your business would like to sponsor
a table for this event please call Melissa Ar-
nold at 863-610-2280. Seating is limited, so
Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e-mailing
obits @newszap.com. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
Larry D. Vinson
OKEECHOBEE, FL -Larry D. Vinson, age 55
of clD~i .. l.. ., died Friday, May 7, 2010 at his
He was born June
6, 1954 in Red Bay,
Alabama and was
an avid fisherman.
He is predeceased
by his father, Rosko
He is survived by
his wife of 36 years,
Sybil L. Vinson of
kelec obeeie sos
(Aan a) Vin-
(Danna) amsVinson, all
of Okeechobee; nine grandchildren; brother,
Rickey (Sharon) Vinson of Okeechobee; sisters,
Barbara (Rondo) Hardy of White Springs, Fla,
and (Mark) Gessner of Lady Lake, Fla, Melissa
(Elliott) Thornton, of ci.. l .l. Fla. In addi-
tion he is survived by a host of nieces and neph-
The family will hold a private service.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home, I10 Ne 5TH
Reflections from the Pulpit
May 9, 2010
Nutritional Analysis Class
Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center
is offering a free CRA Nutritional Analysis
Class will be offered on Monday, May 10, at
5:30 p.m. The class is taught by Dr. Edward
Douglas. For more information, please call
Legion to hold elections
The elections of new officers for Ameri-
can Legion Memorial Post #64 will be held
on May I1, from noon until 7 p.m. Voters
must present a 2010 membership card to
receive a ballot. Absentee ballots can be
obtained by contacting Dallas Creech, Post
Adjutant, at 863-763-2950. Absentee ballots
must be received at the Post no later than 7
p.m. on May 11 to count towards election.
Absentee ballots will be at voter's expense
for return postage or can be done via fax
at 863-763-9602. Call first for instructions.
Results will be published the day following
Children's Council meetS
The Children's Services Council will meet
on Thursday, May 13, at 5 p.m. in the con-
ference room of the Okeechobee County
School Board at 700 S.W. Second Avenue.
Benefit BBQ for infant twins
To help with medical and travel expenses
for twins born 3 months premature, a ben-
efit barbecue is planned for Friday, May 14,
with delivery from 1 1 a.m.-1 p.m. The twins,
Brooke and Morgan Smith were born on
April 8, 2010 at St. Mary's Hospital weigh-
ing less than 2 lbs each. They will be in the
hospital for at least the next three months.
Barbecue orders can be picked up at Ever-
glades Farm Equipment from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
There will also be a silent auction held and
donations will be welcomed. Tickets are
available at ColorMeCrazy Salon (behind
Domino's Pizza and next to Okeechobee
Croce croce croe e ht het
group will meet on May 14
Buckhead Ridge Craft group May 14
-6:30 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Moose
Lodge. Call Bonnie 863-357-1556.
Class of '81 plans reunion
The Okeechobee High School Class of
1981 will get together May II, at 6 p.m. at
the Speckled Perch Lounge to discuss the
reunion. For more information, call 863-697-
Healthy Start coalition? meets
The Board of Directors of the Okeecho-
bee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on
Wednesday, May 12, at 11:30 a.m. in their
office located at 575 S.W 28th Street within
the New Endeavor High School building.
This meeting is open to the public. The
Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part
of a statewide network of services to preg-
nant women and infants. The coalition is
made up of citizens interested in promoting
healthy families and healthy outcomes for
babies in Okeechobee. For more informa-
tion about the Coalition, please contact Ex-
ecutive Director, Kay Begin, at the Coalition
FFA Chaper Banquet planned
The Okeechobee Brahman FFA Chapter
Banquet will be held in the OHS cafeteria
on Saturday, May 15, at 6 p.m. Ticket for the
event will be just $5 Call Brian Dryden to
RSVP and to order tickets at 863-634-2810.
Okeechobee Main Street
plaHS May 19 SOCial eVeHt
Okeechobee Main Street's May Mixer will
be held on Wednesday, May 19, from 5-7
p.m. This month's mixer will be hosted by
Fly-N-Hi Enterprises located at 4375 Hwy
441 South. Our mixers are a great network-
ing opportunity for the businesses and resi-
dents of our area. Whether you have a new
or old business, new to Okeechobee or
would like to know more about Okeecho-
bee Main Street please join us for network-
ing, refreshments, door prizes and a chance
at the Mega 50-50. For more information call
Special to the Okeechobee News/Anton Silva III
An offering of $1,357.32, collected at the Easter Sunrise Service sponsored
by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association, was donated to the Real Life
Children's Ranch recently at the monthly OMA meeting. Shown is the OMA
Board of Directors giving the check to Mark Mayers, Resident Executive
Director of RLCR. Left to right: OMA Executive Director The Very Rev. Dr.
Edward Weiss, OSB-Church of Our Saviour Episcopal; President Rev. Jim
Dawson-First United Methodist Associate Minister; Mark Mayers; Treasurer
Rev. P. Gwen Livatt-St. Stephens AME Senior Pastor; Vice President Rev. Loy
Mershimer-Okeechobee Presbyterian Pastor and Secretary Sandy Perry-
Okeechobee Community Choir Director/Northside Baptist. The OMA would
like to express its appreciation to the estimated 600 people who attended the
Sunrise Service at Lock 7 Easter morning and who donated so generously
to Okeechobee's local faith-based orphanage, which recently celebrated its
50th year of providing a Christian-based home for orphans.
By Rev. Bruce Simpson
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist
I had dropped by to visit Bessie at the lo-
cal nursing home. She had just finished a Bible
study lead by a local minster and I could tell
that she wanted to share something she had
just learned. She said, "Preacher, do you know
what God cannot do?" After thinking a mo -
ment, I said, "Bessie, I don't know." She said
"God cannot lie." (Hebrews 6:18)
As I was preparing for this week's sermon,
I was reminded of an additional answer to
Bessie's question; which is that God cannot
make someone love Him. God understood
that true love must be freely given. Therefore,
He created each of us with "freewill," which is
the ability to make choices. At a cemetery in
Lake City, Fla., I saw the followingt inscription
on a tombstone: "In life with God, In Death
with God." This is the choice God wants each
of us to make.
God wants each of us to love Him and ex-
perience the many blessings which come with
being part of His family. John 3:16 reminds us
of how much we are loved: "For God so loved
the world that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believes in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life." New King
The issues that you and I have to deal with
are very trying. Health issues, our aging par-
ents, illegal drugs, teen pregnancies, lack of
enough money, loss of home and marital is-
sues are some of the things that pull on our
hearts. No one can handle life alone! We need
the love and help of God to assist us through
the stages of life. God's invitation is the follow-
ing: "Come to me all of you who are tired and
have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Ac-
cept my teaching and learn from me, because
I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will
find rest for your lives. The burden that I ask
you to accept is easy; the load I give you to
carry is light." Matthew I1:28-30 N'ew Century
The choice to love God is in your hands.
Choose to accept His love. Find a church to
attend and learn more about God's amazing
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The Boys and Girls Clubs would be happy to take their old cars. People donating to
the Clubs will not only get rid of the unwanted car but will be contributing to the clubs.
Boys and Girls Clubs really work with kids in most cornrunities and offer a safe place for
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the kids, they will be able to take sale price as a contribution for income tax purposes.
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vice (YES) is a five-week surnrer program
for students ages 15-18. Participants will
meet Monday-Thursday from 8 a.In.-3 p.m.
at Osceola Middle School from June 28-July
29 (except Monday, July 5).
They will use the classroom setting to
learn about and brainstorm ways to improve
their cornrunity. A third of the surnrer will
be spent applying their skills and knowledge
to the real-world by working with local orga-
nizations for hands-on experience.
Typical activities will include: mentoring
youth, neighborhood clean-up, working
with animals, recycling and conservation
projects, training workshops, career and col-
lege prep activities, etc.
Teens will have the opportunity to work
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perform service initiatives for a chance to
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program can earn up to 40 hours of corn-
Individuals must complete an application
form, write a one-page essay and submit it
no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 28. En-
rollrnent is limited to a Inax of 40 students.
Applicants will be evaluated based on corn-
initrnent and interest. Applications and infor-
Ination sheets are available Monday-Friday
8:30 a.In.-5 p.In., at the Recreation Depart-
Inent located at 640 N.W. 27th Lane (in the
Sports Complex). The cost to participate in
YES is $155, which must be paid by June 18.
For more details about the program and ap-
plication process, please contact our office
If your organization would like to get in-
volved in YES projects or offer career sup-
port, please contact Josephine O'Mallan at
the Rec Department.
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Top, Regent, Betsey Cheney presented the DAR American History Award to wieh the pur haseoof u~a fty ng may be available with t
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can Revolution essay contest. The essay was presented for state consider-
ation as well. She is a senior at Okeechobee High School and is very active in
the community. (Bottom photo) On Saturday, April 3, Regent Betsey Cheney,
on behalf of the Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution,
presented a copy of the Ten Year History of Florida DAR to Kresta King, direc-
tor of the Okeechobee County Library, to be placed in the genealogy section
of the library. This is in appreciation of their kindness to and cooperation
with the DAR these past two years. It contains histories of DAR chapters &E NO
throughout the State of Florida, and biographies of their regents during the
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Sportsmen save money if they buy early
Okeechobee Livestock Market Report
There will be an increase in the cost of
some of Florida's hunting and saltwater fish-
ing permits, beginning July 1. If sportsmen
act now, however, they can beat the price
On July 1, 2010, the cost of a turkey per-
mit will go up from $5 to $10 for Flonida
residents and from $100 to $125 for nonresi-
dents. In addition, Florida waterfowl permits
will increase as well, from $3 to $5.
The cost of two saltwater fishing permits
also will go up July 1. The snook permit will
increase from $2 to $10, and lobster permits
will increase from $2 to $5.
Until July 1, though, sportsmen can buy
all of these permits at the current prices, and
all permits are valid for one year after the
date of purchase.
There also is a new deer permit that will
be required whenever hunting deer in Flor-
ida, beginning during the upcoming 2010-
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Local 12 step club open
Seven days a week
The 12 Step Club holds recovery meet-
ings seven days a week for the addict or
alcoholic that is still suffering.
For more information please contact
Monika Allen at 863-80 1-3 244.
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Those with a Sportsman's License, Gold
Sportsman's License, 64 or Older Sports-
man's License, Military Gold Sportsman's
License, Lifetime Hunting License or Life-
time Sportsman's License will not need to
purchase the new deer permit because it
has already been included in each of these
licenses, even if they were purchased before
However, the deer permit is not included
with a hunting license, combination hunt-
ing/freshwater fishing license, combination
hunting/freshwater/saltwater license or a
five-year hunting license.
Anyone hunting deer with either of these
licenses must also buy the $5 deer permit to
hunt deer legally.
All permits and related licenses can be
purchased at county tax collectors' offices,
retail outlets that sell fishing and hunting
supplies, online at www.fl .wildlifelicense.
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Hfrs Slaughter cows and bulls
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125-140 Lot of cows over $60. Calves
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105-125 bought by Reynolds. So Ac-
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By Charles M. Murphy
Benjamin Kielbasa of Okeechobee High
School won the Area 6 Soil and Water Con-
servation District public speaking contest
Tuesday during the annual meeting of the
Area organization in Basinger.
He spoke about the problem of plastic
bags and what they do to the environment.
tMegan Stein ofi Sbbin Hgw Ic rS en
state competition in late July in Tampa with
a chance to win $500
Kielbasa said most people don't realize
the damage plastic bags do to the environ-
ment. He noted the bags can last for 500
years if exposed to the sun. They last longer
if deposited in landfills. He said each year
500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used
across the world. That works out to 1 mil-
lion per minute. Many of them become gar-
bag noted many animals die each year
because they mistake the plastic bags for
food. A whale beached itself in Florida last
month. Officials found 20 plastic bags inside
the whale's stomach.
Kielbasa said it might take government
intervention to help solve this problem, "Do
we really need them? Absolutely not. Re-
usable bags have been used for years," he
pla ti mbea sabe rcyCld fKiebs 1 lae
that the Republic of Ireland changed their
laws with a plastic bag consumption tax in
2002. It cut the number of plastic bags used
in that country by 90 percent.
.The website reusablebags.com can pro-
vide information on how the public can help
with the plastic bag problem.
He suggests a ban on plastic bags or
qutdM rk Twa n, bee hEi s en nad o he
er famous men in his speech.
"We are all creatures of habit. Once we
do things a long time it is difficult for us to
change. Good conservation habits by man
will create healthier habitats for all creatures
of the world," he added.
Stein focused her speech on the use of
pesticides in citrus grove and how grove
owners can be more environmentally
Kielbasa said he was really excited to win
and was glad he'll get the chance to repre-
sent Okeechobee at the state competition.
"I'm just thankful that I won. The other girl
was pretty good. It was a really close vote "
Kielbasa said he worked about a week to
write the speech. He reviewed a number of
websites and other sources to get material.
He attended the Health and Safety Expo in
January at the Okeechobee Ag Civic Center
and he and other students with Students
Working against Tobacco handed out 3,000
reusable shopping bags.
Audrey Driggers represents the Okeecho-
bee Soil and Water Conservation District.
She explained there are 62 of them in the
state. They provide assistance to farmers and
ranchers and help them conserve their natu-
ral resources. They provide youth education
through the public speaking contest, envi-
ronmental education, and other services.
"I feel the more education we give the
youth the better off we will be," she added.
The subject of this year's speech contest
was how conservation habits equal healthy
A group of about 50 people attended the
annual meeting at the Alton Chandler Civic
Center. After the meeting they took a tour
of the Butler Oaks Dairy Farm in Highlands
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(I-r) Megan Stein of Sebring High School and Ben Kielbasa of Okeechobee High
School won awards Tuesday.
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Kindergarten, first and second grade students at Central Elementary School celebrated
Earth Day by participating in a coloring contest. The children colored pictures of either Freddy
the Alligator or of an Everglades scene. The children also learned about water conservation
and the importance of saving water for our future drinking water supply and for the environ-
ment. The winners were: Kindergarten,1st Place- Daisy Torres, 2nd Place- Sofia Zapata, 3rd
Place- Morgan Tucker; First Grade, 1st Place- Sheyla Velesquez, 2nd Place- Yamila Lopez, 3rd
Place- Lauren Sills;
Second Grade, 1st Place Alex Jaimes, 2nd Place- Cera Elliot, 3rd Place- Jasmin Montalvo.
Tropicana Speech Contest
Everglades Elementary School students in the fourth and fifth grade practice
abilities such as researching, writing and giving a presentation. These stan-
dards lead to life skills such as planning and organizing, communication,
and self-esteem. The Tropicana Speech Contest Winners are as follows:
Fourth grade: 3rd Place Abrie Wojcieszak, 2nd Place Camryn Cashwell, 1st
Place Alyssa Howard; Fifth grade: 3rd Place Toni Sposato; 2nd Place (not
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Tropicana Speech Contest
The fourth grade winners of South Elementary School's 4-H Tropicana Pub-
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Mehrer; and third place, Ariel Nichols. Shelby Kirton and Hunter Mehrer will
participate in the County 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Contest, May 10, at
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define specific regulatory, voluntary and in-
centive-based programs and in-depth educa-
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a year-round conservation ethic. The pro-
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Irrigation Conservation Measures that took
effect across South Florida on March 15.
For details on the Comprehensive Water
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More information about the ongoing rede-
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Water conservation tips.
A complete list of Florida Keys lodging
facilities participating in the Water Conser-
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Water conservation is among nearly
100 new Web pages that comprise the lat-
est phase in the ongoing redesign and re-
engineering of the District's Web site. The
improved www~sfwrnd.gov is being devel-
oped in-house to be the authoritative source
of information about the District and the
agency's primary line of corniunication
with 7.5 Inillion residents across 16 coun-
ties. Additional pages for the site -which
drew 512,263 unique visitors in Fiscal Year
2009 alone -will be transitioned into the
new Web redesign through Inid-2010.
The new water conservation pages debut
during Water Conservation Month in April,
which represents the height of the South
Florida dry season when historically limited
rainfall and peak water dernand often stress
regional water supplies. Water conserva-
tion is essential year-round for addressing
regional weather extremes and growing de-
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Florida's residents, economy and unique en-
vironinent all depend on. In addition to the
Web site, the District is offering water con-
servation tips and facts throughout April on
its Twitter feed at twitter.corn/sfwrnd.
The District's Comprehensive Water Con-
servation Program was approved by the SF-
WMD Governing Board in September 2008
to encourage more responsible use of water
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Hospice of Okeechobee is celebrating National Nurses Week (May 6-12) by
honoring their wonderful nurses. Honored are Margaret Sowell, Judy Finch,
Shakira Mays, Christy Moody (back row) Judi Winchester and Gina Edwards
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COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE-FISCAL YEAR 2009-2010
NOTICE OF BUDGET AMENDMENT HEARING
The Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on Mayl3, 2010 at 9:00a.m. or as soon thereafter as pos-
sible, at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of adopting budget amend-
ments to the Fiscal Year 2009-10 Budget for Okeechobee County to reflect changes in balances brought forward and changes in rev-
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BUDGET Brought Operating
FY2009-10 Forward Revenues
Total Reserves Expenditures
Transportation Trust Fund
Tourist Development Trust Fund
Public Safety Fund
Criminal Justice Fund
Boater improvement Fund
Residential Solid Waste Collection Fund
Enhanced 9-1-1 Fund
Federal Equitable Sharing Fund
Law Enforcement Trust Fund
Unincorporated Service Area Fund
Fire Rescue Fund
Landfill Trust Fund
HRS Building Maint Fund
Cemetery Trust Fund
Driver Ed Safety Fund
CDBG Disaster Fund
Courtlnnovation Trust Fund
Special Grant Fund
Solid Waste Mgmt Fund
Jail Loan Repayment Fund
Courthouse/Ag Center Loan Fund
Okee-Tantie Enterprise Fund
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BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
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Some of the best and cheap-
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Brandon Ball hit an RBI
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Eli's rallied thanks to an
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Layton Thomas hit a Texas
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There are four tearns in
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sk in @aol .com .
P I TNa eral wooe. u
exelent conde in, t k
er kbox tuck, dpick u
For m roe l stings,
Fruit Plant Sale Blue-
berries, Apples, Fig,
Pawpaw, Loquat, Plum,
White Sapotes, Straw-
berry Guavas, Barbados
48 00 66 74 .
For more listings,
RI FR ACRES,fu/ nshfe
very clean. Includes Pni-
vate Dock, utilities &
Dish TV. $600 mo.
ciency. Very clean!
$500/mo. Incl. utils. No
pets. Call 561-329-8205
4 br hse. $275/mo
LARGE GARAGE W/LIV-
ING MECHANIC BUSI-
NESS POSSIBLE $1,498
1V/2 BA Treasure Island.
Fenced yd. $675 mo. +
$675 sec dep.
For more listings'
FOR COE D
Aalaalle, Anyin g ei
Any Income. Vacant
3Lad, located at 20 NE
ww.ro0s lanl ceo~c m8b2
D8 v~e24968then call
For more listings,
For Rent: Well main-
tained Treasure Island
2bd/2ba w/lake access,
furn. or unfurn., Ig Fl.
rm., screened in porch,
dock must see to ap-
prcae $78010 mo.
ON WATER 2/1, Large
yard. Quiet street. Boat
RV with added on living
8om U~t lit6dep ic.
IN 55+ Park Cute,
Cute, Cute, completely
furnished, turn key mo-
bile home, 2br, 2ba,
split plan, Fla room,
screened front porch,
er, room purifier -
ANTERQUE BeC AIN .
tique chandelier with
& 6 lights.
$ 2 9 9 .O0/firm .
Calspar Hot Tub Tur-
quoise-Green Marble Ef-
fect. Have all the parts.
This is a Great Spa, go-
ing cheap because you
will need to send 'The
Controller,' into the
manufacturer to get an-
other one. They say it's
$175.00 for the new
Brain if you return the
old one. All told you'd
be looking at a Wonder-
ful Spa for not much
Mooolah. I have all the
manufacturers' info and
bhfou0 ta kig vh tu
For Sale Sears Table
Saw $150.00, Frigdaire
self def rosting 17 cubic
Ca. I 4r-97583yrs old
SOEM 11 E2T 4B8E
HOME. NEEDS SOME
T1.C. ON DOUBLE LOT
(NOT IN A TRAILER
PARK!!) WITH LOW
LOT RENT. LOCATED
ON 23UR COUSRTNDN
MAKE AN OFFER i!!
$4,500.00/or best offer.
RENTAL UNIT adult
$ 6 00.O0 / firm .
AKCp erma SBapuh rud
12 weeks old. Health
Cert, yet checked, all
up "to date". Paper
knn l. G omn Bc -
Amazon parrot 5 year
old, talks, prefer no
DOG for sale male
$ 1 00.O0 / neg .
FOR SALE OR LEASE
1574 Sq. Ft. office bldg.
Cal8063NE763 0 9
3/2/2 in town. Ceramic
tile tloors throughout.
Kids & pets welcome.
BEAUTIFUL 3 Bdrm., 2
Ba., New floors. Bass-
wood Estates. $925. mo.
+ dep. & ref's. Call
Home in Country Hills Es-
tates built 2006 on 5
fenced acres, 3BR/2BA,
furn., $1400 mo.
BUCKHEAD RIDGE- 1
HOUSE 3/2, barn,
fence, 1.25 acres. $800
roled Inludeullutili ie
FPL Ma tn an Do a
hatchee workers wel-
01 FECHrOBEhEu4br, 29b7
ON RIM CANAL 3BR,
2BA, large lot, $850
mo. + $500 sec. & elec-
Rentals Available -
3bd/ebahoCbBS hm b ilt
2009 asking: $850.00
Kings Bay: 3bd/2ba CBS
home built 2007 asking
$850.00 Pritchards Real
Three Bedroom, one
bath, large Florida
room, waterfront home
with covered Boat slip -
$800 plus Sec, Call
R.V. LOTS FOR RENT
Free Wifi! Weekly $150
or mo. $375 incl. elec.
DELL OPTIPLEX SX280
-Complete System -
40CCGRA EE WI K9 F T
OCE, ALASD BLAL.
MS OFFICE AND ALI'
TO USE. 11 SYSTEMS
TURNTABLE to record
vin I to cd Start a part
time business. All nepce-
sary equipment to turn
vinyl into cd and make
money part time. Good
and software to install /
plug and play. $250.00
value asking $ 150.000r
reasonable offer. please
call @ 863 697 2744 or
863 467 6036
$150.00/or best offer.
B eroombse o- Queen 6
AH oar wp/erlwood
wm rrfm retaxcemat-
condition. $200 firm.
Cuo 8Ch7rr 2 io -
DINING ROOM Chairs
(6) dark wood, pad-
ded seats, old but in
$ 12 5 .O0 /neg .
Furniture moving sale
I have stove $350, re-
frigerator $600, king
size bed $200, dresser
$75, night stand $40,
$40, computer cabinet
$50, living room furni-
ture $300, complete
bedroom set $700 take
all for $2,300.00/neg.
TV ARMOIRE Beautiful
lidar ord wthtodo~o
and 406 /fjrawer
GUN CABINET oak
ammo storage. Very
12.00/or best offer.
For more listings,
1999 Legacy Sea Era
23' CC with 200 lohn-
son and trailer. Garmin
540's, outrigger, full
cover, spot tower, vhs,
and the normal stuff.
MsBooks at over $13000
Nice boat for a 1999.
$10,000.00/or best of-
8 Foot Fiberglass Dinghy
w/ New 4 HP Johnson
Motor. $800 call
1996 Terry TRAVEL-
30' with 14ft. slide out,
12v-30amp solar panel,
tolt tres, bdras rns
0-,956 O0 /firm
AI BGOAAT MUFFNSLER AS
TION. VERY DURABLE.
MADE IN THE USA.
2.50" OR 3.00" IN-
FOR AUTOMOTIVE OR
$20RO.00P PCAEIR (1REGOU-
EACH). FREE UPS
(TO THE LOWER 48
STATES) WHEN YOU
MENTION THIS AD.
6x16, pressure treated
wood, galvanized steel
hardware. $1695, Deliv-
tnt inldin woyd s
1997 KZ1000 POLICE
BIKE Turn Key Bike,
runs great. Also includ-
ed an extra "parts"
bike. Get 2 for the
price of One!! Call for
$900.00/or best offer
May 9, 2010 Okeechobee News 19
NOTICE OF SHERIFF'SSALE
No~tCE ouS chEB GVNoth~a pisuant ot 2nordrdssued ab~yua
2010, in the cause wherein FIRST SELECT, INC being Plaintiff and WILLIAM
S.BROWN being Defendant, _ben ~Case No. 2000-CC-192 In the said Cut
onlC.My ro rSshae n o kecho bee Co ny rForidoa sall offer the fol-
2005 CHRYSDEER PT CU SENR N # CF B825T560497
nsdhall offerbrahe sbove descrle pRo~pelrat for sale sub~e~ct to al00p rIlre
sonas possible thereafter at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SHERIFFS OF-
FI E, Ob4 N.d.4th TR T, Ikee hbe,aFldridaeand wIdsel na te hgh-
prop berty bde o ah l gfbl nditrso eedn ns
Vhlemay be seen one hour noor to sale @ BML Towing,
Daed at e cobe, rld bthisF r9 day of Aprl, 2010.
Paul C. Mav Sheriff
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities At esn
wihdiscabilitits eoe ing antsapec al accom odatotn toS is
not later than seven days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3117,
352 8 ON5/2,9,16,23/10
MARCOBAY CONSTRUCTION, INC., the Construction Manager for then
"Okeechobee Achievement Academy" In Okeechobee, Florida Iscurnla-
cepting letters of interest and prequalifying subcontractors for the following
scopes of work: sitework, site utilites, chain link ncgldspng
structural steel, carpentry, millwork, Insulaton, metal rooin doorsan
windows, metal framing, drywall, acoustical cellin s, resllent ornmae
s~e I ,sp nuk~emen ,d elecngs, metal bull Ing systems, pl mbing,
All quallicatons shall be submitted on the Constructon Manager's form.
Only those subcontractors that are pre-quallied will be allowed to bid ti
project. To request a pre-quallication form, please contact: acoa
Construction, Inc., Attention: Leanle Babcock; 4025 S. Plpkin Road, Lake-
land, Florida 33811. Phone (863 6800-2293, extension 231; fax number
(863) 687-8525. Ibabcock~umarcoba~o
53E9/WBON 6lcpao 1s stongly encouraged.
0 OKE MOT c
147 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee
1994 Ford F150 XL only t2995
6 cyl, 5 sp, N/C, Low miles, short bed, clean truck #U601
2003 Ford Ranger King Cab only t5895
N/C, 5sp, 6 cyl, PW, PL, stereo, CD #U3261
2000 Ford Ranger XLT only t5495
Auto,NAC, PW, PL, 6 cyl, running boards, bedliner #U7035
1999 Mustang Convertible only t5295
Auto, N/C, Leather, Loaded #U5051
1997 Geo Tracker only 11995
5 sp, 4 cyl, new tires, #U2900
1999 BMW 528i Black Beauty onlys5995
Auto, alc, 6 cyl, leather, moon roof, loaded #Ul390
2002 Nissan Sentra GXE only t5495*
Auto 4 cyl, N/C, 4dr, PW, PL, Cruise Tilt Loaded,
gas saver; 83,000 miles #U5822
2001 GMC 2500 SL only t4995
Utility box, Auto, N/C, 6.0 V8 #U3106
2002 Mercury Villager Van only t5695
7 pass,NAC, moon roof, leather interior, loaded #8436
2006 Chevy Colorado Pickup only t5495
N/C, 5spd, 4 cyl, bedliner #U8619
2003 Ford F 150 only t5995
Auto, 6 cyl, bedliner, stepside #U1991
2001 Lincoln Navigator only 16495
V-8, N/C, Leather, TV, Loaded #U6125
2003 Mitsubshi Spider Cony. ol 69*
Auto, Leather, Loaded #U2337 ony625
2001 VW Jetla only 14995*
5 spd, 4 cyl, moon roof, gas saver #U0188
2000 Ford Expedition XLT only $5995
V8, auto, a.c, leather, 3rd row seating, loaded, #U3225
'plus tax, title, tag & dealer fees se habla espafiol
TOW HITCH equipment
complete, for travel
trailer, electric brake
controller, tongue jack,
201b propane tanks
1200 watt generator
For more listings '
2002 FORD MUSTANG -
WHITE WIT1- TAN IN-
windows, power locks,
CD, anti-lock brakes, air
wheels, bucket seats,
cruise control, rear de-
frost, V-6, air bags,
115,000 MILES $6,000
/or best offer
1991 DODGE CARAVAN
New battery. Many new
parts. A/C. Good Tires
$1,300 /or best offer
Toyt ComolIa 1998C -
1987 CHEVROLET CA-
Wrecked, owner, very
low mileage Caprice
Classic. This car was in
until the accident. The
engine and transmis-
sion are worth what I
am asking for the whole
car. Interior is perfect.
Tires are new. A/C
just replaced. I want to
sell the car, but I would
be willing to buy a front
clip and repair it if you
have a nice one for
sale...No Junk please.
$2000.00 OBO. Possible
itr eth tr takeusalupy le
garage space. This was
a family vehicle since
day one so I can an-
swer any and all ques-
tions about it. Car doeS
crank up and drive.
Doerot contact mme a -
fraud. I will not respond
to e-mails where a po-
tential buyer is not
available via telephone
they want to ship out of
the country via a
shperetandtcM w nxra
AD WILL BE REMOVED
WOHLED VEHICLE IS
Air conditioning, auto-
cruise control, loaded
one owner, powe'
locks, V-8 $2,000 /or
SUPER BEET1.E in very
good condition. 4 speed
1641 CC air cooled pro-
fessionally built motor
hahds, h nin f wh~eell
cut 3, magnesium
rocker shaft, longreach
andgsual eh u. Nem
front seats, rear seat
covers, and interior
door and side panels.
New tireS. Body does
O omete~r reds 7w60 .
but motor only has
7411 miles on it. Ask-
ing $4500 or best offer.
Located in Okeechobee,
2 3LXHYNDbI s A-
wheels, bucket seats,
cruise control, rear de-
frost, ai dit oig
leather, power locks,
sun roof, automatic
ta~ns8 3bon tod d
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
yr ale in te l si
fieds and make your
clean up a breeze!
1997 INFINITI Q45 -
Pearl white with white
leather interior. Sun-
roof, ABS, electric
seats, steering wheel,
windows, cold a/c, Bose
premium 8 speaker
sound system, large
spacious car, a great
drive. Air bags, alloy
wheels, cruise control,
rear defrost, V-8, sun
roof, power locks,
brakes, air conditioning,
alarm system, automat-
ic transmission, loaded,
tinted windows $4,500
good shape. Be~BCall for
more details $60.00/or
MUD TIRES- Nitr II
terrain, Terra GrapplerS
size 33's on 20 inch
Motor Pea dIli Crome
3 0.00 for the se ov
tires and wheels brand
new. Now they have at
asst. 450 mlj obr dh
new. Call with offer.
The rims came off a 6
lug GMC Hummer H3.
$2,000.00/or best offer.
1994 FORD FORD F150
-Air bags, V-6, tinted
transmission, air condi-
tioning, anti-lock brakes
$1,000 /or best offer
1997 FORD F150 with
topper running boards
and new paint /towing
pkg, cold air in great
shape, air bags, V-6,
one owner crus o -
anti-lock brakes power
locks, tinted swindows
$4,995 /or best offer
2003 FORD F-150 XLT -
65K MILES, GOOD
CONDITION, NEW ALL-
wnwd ws, I utoa i
transmission, V-6, air
bags, bucket seats,
cruise control, one own-
er, anti-lock brakes, air
conditioning, CD, power
locks, alarm system
89 3EEP COMANCHE -
Pickup. 4cyl, man trans,
ca per top, Good con
/or best offer
UTILITY TRAILER -
heavy duty, single axle,
farm hitch, no lightS,
(bed 8'x 5.5') Good con-
dition, $123, Mon.-Fri.
Wells Cargo Trailer 12
foot long x seven foot
wide x six foot high,
opens in the back, duel
wheels. Color is white.
In good condition. Cash
863-467-1223 up untl
8:00 p.m. $1,800.00.
96 DODGE B2500 Hit-
op Conversion Van, 5.2
V/8, front and rear ac
145,000 miles, excellent
running, Very Good
over all condition.
$2,750 /or best offer
For more listingS,
PURITCAUCTTON SAL F
S lvermoon' T wigO Rooe
Date of Sale: May 22, 2010
Time of Sale: 9:00 am
1998 Mazda 4 DSD, Tan
353998 ON 05/09/10
bee County Sher-
iff 's Office will
host a Law En-
for cement Memo-
rial on Friday, May
14, beginning at 9
will be held on
th frn Ctpsa
504 N.W. Fourth
Street, and will
of law enforce-
ment who were
killed tin t~he091ine
126 officers killed
last year, with
eight of those be-
ing in the state of
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: Pursuant
to Flond stutleab7al5.9 dThe sale
of sabatha Freeman will be sl at a
Public Sale held on the 22nd day of
bhl tat LkOsd eA Trk 140 4
Hwy 441SE, Lot 56, Okeechobee, FL
49p74 rtyebjlowln abandoned
Descripton of Property
1987 lay~co Reraoal Vele
Tag #F618TE with
Terms of the sale are cash no checks
accepted. Seller reserves the right to
bi I bellmsde ed reraNona deis
dle and attached porch/room will be
odpeAS IS"u wth noguarandles rS ir
rangements made with seller to rent
1303923 ON 5/9,16/10
To whom it may concern:
oou aredhecb dno be oth ta~ ro -
maey25 year old 16.2hh Palomino
mare with a thin white stripe on face
and scars on legs, Is now Impounded
with Animal Control and the amount
due6 reason of such impounding is
300.The above described lve-
stock will, unless redeemed within 3
eas from tee h shfbe ofrdh fo
353900 ON 5/9/10
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classifiedS
Available from Commercial News Providers
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Public invited to enjoy outdoor recreational opportunities
Bicycling enthusiasts will enjoy riding on
a two-mile section of the old Sebring Grade
on the south half of Hickory Hammock.
Now grassed and canopied by overhang-
ing tree limbs, the road connected Sebring
and Basinger before U.S. Hwy. 98 was built
in 1949. You can also enjoy bike riding on
the interior "woods road," an old ranch trail
along the hammocks.
Wildlife commonly seen in the area in-
clude deer, turkey, hogs, quail, barn owls,
eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, pygmy
rattlesnakes, gopher tortoise, sand skinks,
and many species of birds including crested
caracara, sand hill cranes in the upland area
and wading birds in the marshes.
For information on hunting in this area,
please refer to the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's Hickory Ham-
mock Wildlife Management Area brochure
or visit the website at http://myfwc.com/
A no-cost special use permit is required
for camping and for equestrian use of the
properties. For access information, general
use rules and regulations governing these
properties, please visit our Recreational
Guide and learn more about Public Use on
District lands, or to see the South Florida Wa-
ter Management D~istrict's 40E-7 Public Use
Rules, visit our website at: www.sfwmd.gov
and proceed to the recreation section.
For more information, please call the
SFWMD Okeechobee Service Center at 800-
250-4200 or 863-462-5260.
Red Cross offers safety classes for May
The Okeechobee Service Center of the American Red Cross will be holding the fol-
lowing Health & Safety classes in May:
Monday, May 10 Infant/Child CPR/AED at 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 13 First Aid Basics at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 19 Adult CPR/AED at 6 p.m.
All classes are held at their Service Center, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To register, or
for more information call 863-763-2488.
May 9, 2010
Several primitive campsites along the
FNST trail beckon you for a stay. Three miles
north of Hickory Hammock, a 25-foot high
bridge rewards the hiker with a grand view
of the gentle meanders and marshes of the
restored Kissimmee River. Follow the trail
north through Boney Marsh for a spectacu-
lar walk through a fringe of live oaks, palms,
bay and holly trees on the edge of the Kissim-
mee floodplain. Hikers may continue north
through the Avon Park Air Force Range. Orig-
inally a working cattle ranch owned by the
McArthur Dairy Company, much of the area
included in Hickory Hammock was sepa-
rated from the floodplain of the Kissimmee
River by a series of berms and dikes. These
dikes and fences have now been removed
to allow free access to the river floodplain.
A two-story barn built in 1938 and outbuild-
ings constructed many years ago are the
only signs remaining of the cattle ranch that
once graced the area. These are now part
of the Hickory Hammock Equestrian Center
Horseback riding is popular at Hickory
Hammock and Bluff Hammock. In addition
to the historic barn, the Hickory Hammock
Equestrian Center has stalls, picnic shelters,
fire rings and grills, non-potable water well
with a hand pump, two composting toilets,
night lighting, along with primitive camp-
sites for horseback riders and others who
have horse rigs or camp trailers. Tent camp-
ers are also welcome. Ten miles of marked
equestrian trails, interior dirt roads and fire
breaks provide the rider with a varied land-
Special to the Okeechobee News/SFWMD
This aerial photo shows the equestrian area at Hickory Hammock.
Majestic live oaks on either side of the
hiking trail offer a welcome as you enter the
vintage panorama of Hickory Hammock,
a wildlife management area owned by the
South Florida Water Management District.
Marshes, patches of scrub and oak, hickory
and cabbage palm hammocks await your
exploration, while remnants of the Istok-
poga Slough provide cool relief to the land-
Mostly Kissimmee River floodplain marsh,
the Hickory Hammock area provides out-
door enthusiasts with 4,777 acres on which
they can hike, bird watch, ride horses, hunt
fish and just relax. An onsite equestrian cen
ter is of regional importance to horse riders,
Boy Scout troops, law enforcement (as a
training area for police snipers), and other
large groups for organized activities that re-
quire a large amount of space.
Southernmost of the contiguous Boney
Marsh, Bluff Hammock and Hickory Ham-
mock management units, these areas to-
gether comprise 9,060 acres along U.S. Hwy.
98 in Okeechobee and Highlands counties.
The areas are included in the Hickory Ham-
mock Wildlife Management Area and are
open year-around for a variety of public
Hickory Hammock is a stop along the
Great Flonida Birding Trail and the Ever-
glades Trail, as well as existing beside the
Florida Cracker Trail, hosting riders on the
annual trail ride across Florida. A section
of the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST)
winds for 11 miles through the properties.
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5. Eggs, Toast with Coffee '4 ol,2,,
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LAPatty Melt 1,.4i g5. Turkey 'n Swiss Melt $
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PAYTON JADE CAULEY
Cauley of Okeechobee
are proud to announce
the birth of their daughter,
Payton Jade Cauley. Payton was
born May 1, 2010, at Lawnwood
Regional Medical Center. She
weighed 7 pounds, I ounce,
and was 18 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are
Michael and Kelly Barcia of
Okeechobee. Paternal grand-
parents are Calvin and Ronnie
Cauley of Okeechobee.