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Publication Date: 07-29-2011
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Friday, July 29, 2011 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 90 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 10.28 feetLast Year: 13.93 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.County considers budget requests ... Page 3 Swimmers go to championships ... Page 12 Brahman football player injured ... Page 12 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppGavin Harden (back) and Seth Yeates (front) took their turn kayaking on the small lake at the sheriff’s of ce gun range Thursday, July 28, during the Sheriff’s Teen Camp. The week-long camp is sponsored by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce and the Okeechobee County School District. At the range: Sheriff’s of ce hosts camp By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Despite the 90-degree temperatures, 32 local teens have enjoyed a week learning how to shoot, sh and operate a boat at a teen camp sponsored by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce. OCSO Deputy Sergeant Mark Roberts and other members of his school resource of cers unit are putting on the camp for teenagers, with the help of many volunteers from other agencies and the community. Sgt. Roberts said the week-long camp not only taught teens how to enjoy themselves and stay safe doing sobut they got to spend quality one-on-one time with adults and cops. "It gives the kids a chance to work with cops and learn that they're not all bad," he said. The campers' day gets under way with breakfast at Okeechobee High School. From there, they are bussed to the OCSO gun range Sheriff’s of ce camp is fun, learning event for local teensSee CAMP — Page 2See HUNGRY — Page 8 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Last week community leaders on the Treasure Coast met at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce to develop a comprehensive plan to eliminate hunger in our area. The Treasure Coast Hunger Free Community Coalition expects the plan to help in efforts to receive grants to help the hungr y in Okeechobee and other communities. Jim Vensel, area representation of the Area Agency on the Aging said Okeechobee received a $100,000 federal grant last year to help with the hunger problem. The grant was for food distribution, care giving for seniors and disabled, and mentoring for elementary school children. While volunteer mentors and care givers have been found, food distribution has been the focus in the past 12 months. "There is a great need in the community," Vensel said, "There are so many people out of work and a lot of people are reall y hungry." In Douglas Park some 800 residents are given free meals each month. Meals on wheels provide one meal per day for seniors. Mr. Vensel said many seniors split up that meal eating half of it for lunch, and hal f for dinner. Another problem area is the Viking are a where Mr. Vensel said there are many families in need. He spoke with business owners that see the poverty and hunger there ever y day and knows more must be done. "This job really opened my eyes to ho w many people are out of work and need help in our community," he said. Churches in Douglas Park, Fort Drum, and other areas of the county have helped out. The Treasure Coast Food Bank has also Program helps feed the hungr y


w here they stay busy doing a variety of different things until about 4:30 p.m., when they are returned to the high school and their waiting parents. Before they ever put a gun, or bow and arrow, in their hands the campers rst spend time in the classroom where they learn how to handle those weapons safely. Of cers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserv ation Commission (FWC) are on hand to teach the teens about hunter safety. While in the classroom, they also learn about water safety and how to operate a boat from members of the OCSO Search & Rescue unit. And, they also receive their instructions on the day's activities. Even though the campers have fun, they are also cautioned that there will be no "horseplay." "We go over everything in the classroom to let them know what we're going to do," said Sgt. Roberts. "We go over every day what we're doing because it can be dangerous." And, because of the hot weather and sometimes dangerous activities, medical personnel from Okeechobee County/Fire Rescue are on site. Helping the kids learn how to shoot, and how to safely handle their weapons, were volunteers from the local 4-H Sharpshooters Club. The teens spent time shooting .22 caliber ri es at stationary targets, then moved to a shooting trap with a .20 gauge shotgun. In between, they spent time learning how to shoot a compound bow. While the teens got to spend time outdoors learning new and different things, probably one of the best things about the camp is that it's free. Sgt. Roberts said the sheriff's of ce and the Okeechobee County School District make sure the camp is available to local kids. "The school board takes care of the meals through food services," said Sgt. Roberts. "This year we received a grant from the school board that we used to buy some equipment." The grant helped him buy such items as kayaks, archery equipment and life preservers. Sgt. Roberts went on to say that the camp will end Friday, July 29, with a program at the high school. Members of the OCSO SRO unit helping Sgt. Roberts were Deputy Donnie Holmes, Deputy John Fisher and Deputy Dale Hardy. Sgt. Roberts said SRO Deputy Rodney Rucks was with another group of kids who were on a trip sponsored by the Extension Of ce. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 R e c e i v e u p t o $ 1 3 0 0 i n R e b a t e s *w i t h t h e p u r c h a s e o f a q u a l i f y i n g L e n n o xH o m e C o m f o r t S y s t e m A N D u p t o $ 5 0 0 i n F e d e r a l T a x C r e d i t s * S p e c i a l F i n a n c i n g t h r o u g h G E M o n e y B a n k * o r CAC014022 Offer expires 8/26/2011. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details and visit www.energystar.gov for more information. 2011 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include indep endently owned and operated businesses. 2 Okeechobee News July 29, 2011 CAMPContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppFishing was just one of the many activities available to local teens at this week’s Sheriff’s Teen Camp, held at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce gun range. And although they weren’t always tackle testers, the bream were hungry and gave teens like Zack Mullin plenty of action Thursday, July 28. Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppIsa Ortega (far left) removes her ear protection and watches Madison McAllister nish shooting her .22 caliber ri e at stationary targets Thursday, July 28, at the Sheriff’s Teen Camp. Teaching the girls marksmanship and gun safety were Brian Bent (second from left) and Detention Deputy Gary Cashwell (kneeling, right). Mr. Bent, a member of the local 4-H Sharpshooters Club, was one of the many volunteers helping at the week-long camp. Deputy Cashwell is a detention deputy at the Okeechobee County Jail. Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppJustin Denisuk, 13, is taught the proper way to stand while shooting trap Thursday, July 28, by instructor Lori Menendez, who is a member of the 4-H Sharpshooters Club. Ms. Menendez was one of the volunteers helping out at the Sheriff’s Teen Camp, held at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce gun range July 25-29. Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppOkeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) Deputy Dale Hardy (left) and his son Jacob waited patiently on a tube for OCSO Sergeant Keith Stripling to pull them around the small lake at the sheriff’s of ce gun range with an OCSO Search and Rescue boat. That was just one of the fun events available to local teens this week at the Sheriff’s Teen Camp. Deputy Hardy, a school resource of cer and certi ed life guard, rode with the teens when they took their turns circling the lake.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 THEATRE III: SMURFSŽ Fri., 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE I: CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST AVENGERŽ Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE II: HARRYPOTTER AND THE DEATHLYHALLOWS PART II 3DŽFri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. &Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 &9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 July 29 July 29TH THAug. 4 Aug. 4TH THFor Info, Call 763-7202 For Info, Call 763-7202 PG PG-13 PG-13 H a r r y P o t t e r a n d t h e D e a t h l y H a l l o w s P a r t 2 T i c k e t s : A d u l t s $ 8 C h i l d r e n & S e n i o r s $ 6 5 0 M a t i n e e e s $ 6 0 0 A l l O t h e r M o v i e T i c k e t s : A d u l t s $ 6 5 0 € C h i l d r e n 1 2 & u n d e r $ 5 0 0 € S e n i o r C i t i z e n s $ 5 0 0 a l l m o v i e s € M a t i n e e s $ 4 5 0 Glades Electric Cooperative remains committed to providing our members the highest quality service at the lowest possible rates. 1-800-226-4023 Okeechobee 1-800-226-4024 Moore Haven 1-800-226-4025 Lake Placid Website: www.gladesec.com In Loving Memory ofMark ArnoldOctober 6, 1957 July 28, 1998 We can never be separated from those we love because God leaves us with memories to hold.Loved and Missed by The Arnold Family 3 Okeechobee News July 29, 2011 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At their budget meeting on Thursday, J uly 28, Okeechobee County Commissioners discussed at length, requests for funding from private organizations. Commissioners considered requests for funding from 16 private organizations and activities totalling $332,847. The current budget contains $343,919 for 15 private organizations and activities. Commissioner Ray Domer said the justi cation for some of the funding to private organizations is that the county has always done it and he felt that was not always the best justi cation. Many of the funds requested are related to the use of the agri-civic center. Mr. Domer suggested three categories of use: events that would use the agri-civc center for free, events that would pay costs and events where the county would want to make a pro t. "We know we have to support the health department," interim county administrator Robbie Chartier said. That organization requested $173,000, the same as the current budget year. The consensus was to approve that request. New Horizons, a drug rehabilitation program, received $45,500 in the current budget. In the proposed budget they are asking for $50,000. It was suggested by staff that Shared Services, an organization that provides a variety of social services, be funded at $7,280, the same amount as last year. That organization requested $1,413 for the use of the agri-civic center for Shared Services' Health and Safety Expo. Commissioners will make a decision on New Horizons and Shared Services requests at a later date. Pat Hogue, Okeechobee County extension agent, said he might be able to reduce the requested $13,475 for the Youth Livestock Show. These funds would go directly to the 4-H club. The current budget contains $8,122 for the livestock show. In addition $1,394 for utilities, the same as the current budget, is requested. These funds pay the county's cost for utilities at the Agri-Civic center. Mr. Hogue suggested increasing sales fees to reduce the amount requested from the county. He also gave commissioners a rundown of 4-H Club activities and expenses. The proposed budget contains $5,000 for 4-H scholarship assistance and $5,000 in matching funds for 4-H fund raisers. The scholarship funds are used to pay the way of 4-H Club members to travel to out of the area 4-H activities. Those two requests are up from $4,500 for each in the current budget. At the Thursday meeting, Commissioners expressed several differing opinions and were not agreed on granting these requests. Commissioners denied a $1,912 request from Okeechobee Main Street for the National Day of American Cowboy. However, Commissioners were in favor of the $2,043 requested by Okeechobee Main Street for the Halloween Celebration at the agri-civic center since they felt it bene ted the entire community as well as $1,238 for use of the agri-civic center for Toys for Tots. The cattlemen's association requested $4,068 for the Florida High School Rodeo nals and $3,124 for a regular high school rodeo. "Those have a direct economic impact back to the county," Mrs. Chartier said of the high school rodeos. Commissioners agreed and approved the cattlemen's requests. The board approved $12,000 for Breakthrough Recovery, a drug rehabilitation program. That organization had requested $24,000. They also decided to budget $40,000 for economic development with a determination to be made later as to ho w these funds will be used.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Commissioners uncertain on funding for youth programs FY 11/12 FY 10/11 request currentHealth Department $173,000 $173,000 New Horizons $ 50,000 $45,500 Shared Services No of cial request; budgeted at $ 7,280 $7,280 Health and Safety Expo Ag Center $1,413 $1,413 Okeechobee Main Street $ 0 $6,825 Halloween PartyAg Center $2,043 $2,043 Day of the Cowboy Ag Center $1,912 $1,912 Youth Livestock Show $13,475 $8,122 Youth Livestock Show utility fees $1,394 $1,394 4-H (scholarship assistance) $5,000 $4,500 4-H matching funds for fundraisers $5,000 $4,500 Toys for Tots Ag Center $1,238 $1,238 High School Rodeo, nals Ag Center $4,068 $4,068 High School Rodeo, regular Ag Center $3,124 $3,124 Breakthrough recovery Drug abuse $24,000 $24,000 Business Development Board $40,000 $54,600 FHREDI & Freshwater Frontier No of cial request; budgeted at $9,100 $9,100SOURCE: Presentation at July 28 Okeechobee County Budget Meeting Budget requests from private organizations M ain Street invites Labor Day event participantsOkeechobee Main Street is now taking applications for vendors and parade participants f or the 2011 Labor Day Festival in the Parks. The festivities will take place Sept. 3, 4, and 5, w ith the parade scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sept. 5. Anyone interested in participating, please s ee Cindy Birdashaw at the Main Street Of ce, 111 Northeast 2nd St., or call 863-357-6246. N ar-Anon offers ‘Finding hope’ program"Finding Hope," is a Nar-Anon Group program held on Thursday nights. It is a 12-step p rogram for families and friends of a loved one dealing with the disease of addiction. New m eeting starting Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Church of Our Saviour 300 N W 3rd St., Okeechobee. F oster parents needed, free classes availableHibiscus Children's Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the tradit ional Foster Parents in Okeechobee County. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held o ne evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. There is a tremendous need for loving a nd nurturing Foster Parents. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or t o register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415. News in brief


Day of the CowboyOkeechobee Main Street would like to extend a special “Thank-You” to everyone who supported, participated, attended and volunteered for the 2011 National Day of the American Cowboy Event. This two-day event was a huge success, from the cattle drive through the streets of Okeechobee to the Ranch Rodeo and festivities held at the Agri-Civic Center. A crowd of over 3,500 people enjoyed outstanding BBQ, Fair treats, gun-slingers in period costumes, a cowboy “kidnapping” presented by the O.K. Corral Gun Club, and various vendors selling related goods and wares. OKMS would like to recognize our partner in the event, the Cattlemen’s Association, who sponsored the Cattle Drive and Ranch Rodeo. We would also like to recognize the Seminole Tribe of Okeechobee for providing the cattle and wagons used during the Cattle Drive, including a Jail Wagon. Thanks to David Hazellief, president of the Cattlemen’s Association, for his assistance and support for this event. BIG congratulations to winner, KISSO Ranch, and to Pete Clemons, who was awarded a 2011 National Cowboy Keeper Award. OKMS would like to extend a huge thanks to our Major Sponsors for this event: Seminole Tribe of Okeechobee, Treasure Coast Dermatology, Seacoast National Bank, Center State Bank, the O.K. Corral Gun Club, Tires Plus, Susan and Pete Clemons, Okeechobee Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Waste Management. Thanks also to Event Sponsors: Pueblo Viejo, Century 21, Dr. Bravo, Holiday Inn Express, and Eventure Marketing, Inc. OKMS relies on the support of the community, including the countless volunteer hours provided by our members. We could not have done it without the following individuals: Keith Stripling, Eddie Lehman, Beth Lehman, Frank DeCarlo, Carl Shumate, Phyllis Shumate, Cali Miller, Tori Hamilton, Linda Woloski, Raye Deusinger, Kathy Corby, Cheryl Zrioka, Lori Edwards, Donna Huth, Merrilee Berglund, Dowling Watford, Brian Cartland, Shawna Dunn, Sursha Hayes, Josie Elliott, Stephanie Brazil, Jenny White, Justin Matteo, and Shelly Doyle. Thanks, too, to our advertising partners, the Okeechobee News, WOKC Radio, the Pennysaver, and the Cowboys Restaurants. Our nal BIG THANKS goes to the staff of the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance and support throughou t the entire event! Thank You! Cindy Birdashaw, Executive Director Okeechobee Main Street National debt I believe that if the elected of cials cannot resolve the budget dilemma by Aug. 2, 2011, they should at the very least place a moratorium on shut off’s or late fee charges for ALL Regular Monthly Bills until such time as the checks are issued. (Utilities, water, gas electric, rent, mortgage payments) That w ould mean that all persons who live month t o month, government check to government c heck will not be penalized because their c hecks are delayed through no fault of their own. The phones need to ring at the Repres entatives of ces with this request.  The way things look, the debt ceiling w ill have to be raised, but not to support pet projects, and giveaways. Social security, and c are for the elderly must be funded, because t hey have already paid into the system, and are genuinely entitled to their own savings. A fter taking care of the necessities, then the federal government needs to look for ways t o balance the budget. The federal government works for us, and if we have to live w ithin our means, why do we allow our elected of cials to write their own check? All t hese gov. perks have got to go, congress has health bene ts, and retirement packages that are ridiculous, when did the servants begin t o get a better retirement deal than their employers? We’ve let them pull the wool over our eyes for too long, it’s time for us to put our collective foot down, and say enough.  It looks like the Teapublicans have ret reated into some kind of Save the Rich and W ealthy defense. If the middle class can’t pay for it, they want nothing to do with it.  I agree that it will have to be raised (like t he other 72 times it was raised) since the money was already spent and we have to t ake responsibility for the bills we have not y et paid. I also agree that the entitlement programs (SS, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) s hould be funded, but there will likely have t o be some reform in order to make them s ustainable for the long term. What I nd interesting is how some people make such a statement and then lay the blame on the Democrats. The Democrats are the ones who are doing the most to protect the integrity of those programs.Obama’s plan Someone explain this to me. We want the economy to grow. We want people to come invest in our country by bringing business/jobs to the U.S. However, we have the second highest tax rate for businesses in the entire WORLD. Please explain to me how hiking taxes are going to help us?  U.S. taxes are low relative to those in other developed countries. In 2006 U.S. taxes at all levels of government claimed 28 percent of GDP, compared with an average of 36 percent of GDP for the 30 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  The “big deal” would end President George W. Bush’s tax cuts for individuals earning above $200,000 and couples earning above $250,000, beginning in 2013. It also would end special-interest tax breaks for oil and gas companies, hedge funds, private jet owners and others, in exchange for lower income tax rates.  If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed. If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone. If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him. If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down. If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced. (Unless it’s a foreign religion, of course!) If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.Day of the Cowboy I really enjoyed the Day of the Cowboy events on Saturday. It is a shame that more people did not turn out for the cattle drive. I suspect most were scared off by the thunder and lightning. But it did not rain on the cattle drive and we had a nice cool breeze. It was very pleasant weather instead of the terrible heat. Friday, July 29, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. 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MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 103. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a lo w around 74. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Extended ForecastSaturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Mostl y sunny, with a high near 94. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. East wind around 5 mph. Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 %. Okeechobee Forecast Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenThe National Day of the Cowboy celebration included a cattle drive from Eli’s Western Wear in downtown Okeechobee to the Agri-Civic Center.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News July 29, 2011 2011 Okeechobee High School Scholarship Night Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the IRSC-Dawn Snow Fertitta Memorial Nursing Scholarship were Savannah Asmussen and Amanda Harrison. Scholarship awards were presented by Sam Smith, Pat Alfrey, McKayla Snow and Elbert Snow in the amount of $1,000. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Bubba Helton Memorial Scholarship were Rosendo Cabrera Jr., Ronald Jackson Jr., Joseph Menendez, Harrison O’Conner and Amado Vega Jr. Scholarship awards were presented by Rachel Stinnett in the amount of $500 each. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Farm City Scholarship were Joshua Radford and James Sharpe III. Scholarship awards were presented by Jeff Sumner in the amount of $500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the Bank of America Scholarship was Kara Harwas. The award was presented by Paulette Wise and Nancy Raddatz in the amount of $1,000. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Deke Padgett Memorial Scholarship were David Carter, Altis Crowell, Gabriel Esquivel, Stephen Sorenson, Kayla Sweat and Staycee Washbish. Scholarship awards were presented by Wendy Padgett, Kenny Padgett, Lindsay Padgett and Ryan Padgett in the amount of $500 each. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Mid-Florida Credit Union Scholarship were Brent Durrance and Courtney Holmes. Scholarship awards were presented by Angela King and Amy Daniel in the amount of $500 each. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26.


V FW #4423 plans dinnersJoin the good folks at VFW Post 4423 on Friday, July 29 where the kitchen will be open 5-9 p.m. and XXL Karaoke (Capt. Dennis) will be playing 7-10 p.m. On Saturday, there will be burgers on the grill for a $2 donation 12-2 p.m. and a spaghetti dinner for a donation of $5 (5-7 p.m.) and Steve On A Stick (karaoke) will be playing 7-10 p.m. Sunday, Lori will be serving chicken cordon bleu dinner from 2-4 p.m., for a donation of $6.50 and there will karaoke 6-9 p.m. Hope to see you at the “V.” Eagles hold steak dinnerThe North Eagles, FOE 4137, will serve their famous steak dinner with the xin’s on Friday, July 29 at 5:30-8 p.m. This dinner is served every Friday. Join us and see for yourself! Call 863-763-2552 for information.Cypress Hut to host dinner nightCypress Eagles hosts a steak or sh dinner with music Friday, July 29, starts at 5:30 p.m. Music by Phil Eddings.Moose Lodge to hold cat sh dinnerThe Okeechobee Moose #1753, at 159 N.W. 36th Street, on Friday, July 29 will serve a cat sh dinner with french fries, cole slaw and hush puppies, from 5:30-7 p.m. for a $6 donation. Please join us and enjoy a great meal. Music will follow furnished by Saxman from 7-10 p.m.Legion Post #64 offers Friday night dinnersAmerican Legion Post 64 will host Friday Night dinner from 5-7 p.m. They are offering sh, chicken strips or a combo of both. They also offer pork tenderloin, or country-fried steak sandwiches. They will also have Karaoke with D&K from 5 to 8 p.m. Everyone is w elcome.Chamber of Commerce luncheon is plannedThe next Chamber of Commerce Investors Update Luncheon will be July 29 at Indian River State College. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Margaret Leinen of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at FAU. For more information contact Brian Cartland at Brian@OkeechobeeBusiness.com or 863-467-6246. Cost for members is $10, non-members, $15.OCRA signups extendedOCRA football and cheerleading signups have been extended to Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the sports complex. This will be the last Saturday to sign up your child. For more information you can call 863-634-0515 or check the website at ocrasports.com.Legion hosting taco dayAmerican Legion Post 64 will host taco day on Saturday from 11 a.m. to6 p.m. This week they will have music from 3-6 p.m. with Carl Cable. Everyone is welcome.Women of the Moose will host indoor picnicThe Buckhead Ridge Women of the Moose will hold a STARS family dinner indoor picnic on Sunday, July 31 serving at 4 p.m. ‘till they run out. Donation, $8. Members and guests welcome. Buy your tickets in advance as there will be a limited number. For more information, call 863-763-2250.Freedom Outreach holds shing tournamentsThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sundays, July 31 Aug. 28 and Sept. 25. The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and Classic fund. All tournaments will be held at Okee-Tantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Scott Driver will be used as a backup if low water occurs. The Classic, on Sunday, Oct. 30, will be a one-day event with a $120 entry fee, cash only. You must sh three tournaments to be in the Classic. Register early. Please call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.American Legion to host NASCAR Sunday On Sunday American Legion Post 64 will host NASCAR Sunday at 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish and enjoy the race. Everyone is welcome.Community-wide Fifth Sunday ServiceThe Okeechobee Ministerial Association presents a Fifth Sunday Community Wide Service on Sunday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. Rev. Bruce Simpson, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church will be preaching. A preacher’s quartet will be singing. The Okeechobee Community Choir will be singing old fashioned shape note hymns. Members of the ministerial association will also be participating in this unique community service. A love offering will be taken. There will a social after the service. Planning for MLK weekendO.C.I.A. will meet on Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. at Douglas Brown Community Center. We are asking all members and anyone who is interested to join us. We will discuss and plan for Martin Luther King weekend next year and if you have any suggestions to make—this is a big event. Please come. The contact person for questions is Rita Jones at 772-380-3518.Church announces VBSAttention all cowboys and cowgirls. Victory Baptist Church is having VBS, Aug. 1-5 from 6-8 p.m. Come help us round up the Ten Commandments.American Legion to meet Aug. 2American Legion Post 64 will have its monthly meeting on Aug. 2 Installation of 2011/2012 of cers and a meal will be provided.Food stamp help available Treasure Coast Food Bank will be at Welcome House Drop-in Center, 1925 Hwy. 441 SE, on Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. helping with food stamp applications and recerti cation. This service is open to the public and no appointment is necessary. For more information please call 772-9713316. Healthy Start Coalition announces meetingThe Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 11:30 a.m., in their of ce, 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 coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. For more information about the Coalition, please contact Executive Director, Kay Begin, at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877.Grab-a-Bag clothing saleThe Salvation Army is holding a Grab-aBag sale on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 1600 S.W. 2nd Ave. (rear of New Horizons Bldg.). Clothing will be $5 per bag, shoes $.50 to $1 per bag, hats $.50 and purses $.50 to $1. Cash only, no credit cards or checks will be accepted. There will be no refunds, no exchanges, no returns and no credit. All sales are nal. Call 863-763-6020 for information. Ham radio holds August meetingThe Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will hold its August meeting on Monday, Aug. 8 The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is held at the American Red Cross classroom located at 323 North Parrott Avenue. Current topics being explored at the meeting include the Hamfest in the Woods, scheduled for the Saturday after Thanksgiving and a service project at Arnold’s Wildlife Center. If you have an interest in communications, electronics, amateur and short-wave radio, please come to the meeting and get acquainted with members of the club. If you have questions, contact Tom Timmons at ttimmons@dtimmons.com.Diabetes education program set for Aug. 10Free Diabetes Education Program Living With Diabetes will be presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 203 SE 2nd Street, Okeechobee.Coffee with the commissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton on Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m.noon, and will be held in Commissioner Helton’s of ce located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 261, Okeechobee, Florida. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment. Free hunter safety class offered Aug. 13Quail Creek Plantation is hosting a FREE hunter safety class on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must complete the online course before attending the class. Bring completion certi cate with you to class. Lunch will be available for $6. Open to kids and adults. Limited space available please call or email to sign up.ARC fundraiser announcedThere will be a barbecue dinner Aug. 17 served from 5 p.m. until it’s all gone at VFW Post 3912, U. S. 441 S.E. The cost is $10. There will also be a poker tournament that evening at the VFW. Registration is at 6 p.m. and the tournament starts at 7 p.m. All proceeds go to The ARC of Okeechobee. For tournament information or to sign up, contact Rhonda Altman at 863-634-6586 or sign up at Pogey’s Restaurant, 1759 S. Parrott Ave.OHS golf team to hold fundraiserSponsors and four man teams are welcome to take part in the annual OHS Gol f team fundraiser tournament scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Okeechobee Gol f and Country Club. OHS Golf Coach Kenn y Buckner said the event is a best ball four man scramble with a shotgun start at approximately 8 am. The cost is $50 per person and $200 per team. Hole sponsors cost $100 and a two hole sponsorships and one entr y fee can be purchased for $200. For more information call Coach Buckner at 863-6340324 or call OHS at 863-462-5025. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News July 29, 2011 Community Events




GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Painkillers such as ibuprofen, naxopren and celecoxib provide needed relief for many patients who have chronic pain. But an ongoing source of contention is whether those drugs and others in their class known as nonsteroidal antiin ammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are linked to harmful health effects. Now a new study from the University of Florida raises the concern about potential risks to a higher degree than before, nding a doubling of deaths from heart attack, stroke and related events among people w ho have both hypertension and coronary artery disease and use the drugs long term. The ndings, based on data from the international INVEST clinical study of hypertension therapies, are published in the current issue of The American Journal of Medicine. “It does strengthen our practice recommendations,” said lead author Dr. Anthony A. Bavry, an assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine in the UF College of Medicine’s department of medicine. Physicians already discourage the use of NSAIDs among the elderly and after heart attacks, on the basis of several studies showing that the drugs are linked with a higher risk of stroke and heart attack. But the UF researchers, including senior author Dr. Carl J. Pepine, a professor of cardiovascular medicine in the UF College of Medicine, advise patients to talk to their doctors before stopping use of prescribed treatments. “It’s a tricky issue, because NSAIDs are useful for relieving pain, and that is much of what we do in medicine — alleviate pain and suffering,” said Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of cardiology at the VA Boston Healthcare System, who recently published ndings that NSAIDs are linked to a higher risk of stroke. “Unfortunately, most medications have some potential side effects, and it’s important to know what those might be.” Bhatt was not involved in the UF study. Patients who have both high blood pressure and coronary artery disease are generally put on aspirin, a unique type of NSAID, to reduce their risk of a heart attack. Physicians are concerned that giving those patients other NSAIDs for pain relief could cancel out aspirin’s bene cial effects and raise the risk of negative cardiovascular effects. The UF research team took advantage of the availability of INVEST study data from 882 chronic NSAID users and almost 22,000 intermittent or nonusers to try to settle the question. They looked at patients who reported using NSAIDs over an average of about three years, to see whether there was an increase in adverse events or cardiovascular-related death compared with patients who did not use those pain medicines long term. The risk of death from cardiovascular causes was 2.3 times higher among patients who chronically used the drugs than among other patients. NSAIDs are thought to act in a variety of ways to increase cardiovascular risk. They are thought to prevent aspirin’s protective anti-clotting effect by preventing the aspirin from binding properly to platelets in the blood. UF study shows painkiller use carries risks By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Things are going much smoother so far in this year’s budget negotiations than last y ear. There has not been the controversy and emotion connected with recent previous budget negotiations. So far, the dreaded “A” word (apportionment) that caused so much heartache last year has not been mentioned. On Tuesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 28, Okeechobee County Commissioners held two meetings dedicated solely to discussing the budget. While the reserves are being replenished, interim county administrator Robbie Chartier predicted it would take two or three years to get the reserves back to the required level. The reserves have been reduced recently due to the pay off of the debt on the judicial center and the agri-civic center. The state attorney’s budget has a decrease of $11,085. The public defender’s budget shows a $3,798 decrease. The guardian ad litem budget decreased by $13,213. All areas of these budgets have been cut. Court administration shows a very slight increase. The proposed budget contains no increase in employee’s salaries. However, the furlough days taken this year will be given back to employees. This will amount to an increase of a little less than 3 per cent over the current year. Commissioners did discuss the possibility of a raise in future years. Mrs. Chartier noted that a 3 percent salary increase for board employees would cost $150,000, including salary and all bene ts. Commissioners Bryant Culpepper and Ray Domer noted the necessity for a raise when it becomes possible. Veterans services show a minor decrease of $516, but it is basically at. That department has one full time and two part time employees. In the proposed budget for the county attorney the line item for pending litigation was reduced from the current $56,598 to $50,000. The medical examiner’s budget shows a 16.77 per cent increase from $80,013 to $93,428 due to the workload on the staff. The budget for emergency management increased from $117,731 to $196,128. However, $146,596 of that amount will be paid from grants, leaving the county to fund about $50,000. That department has 1.5 fulltime employees. The cost of the receptionist in the public safety complex is divided between emergency management and re/ rescue. The extension service budget contains a part time secretary that had been removed this year due to budget constraints. Mrs. Chartier said she would look into that budget further.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Commissioners making progress on budget provided help to the community. “We are slowly moving and getting some growth but we have a lot more work to do,” he added. As part of the grant, volunteers over 55 y ears of age are sought to help with these three projects. Mr. Vensel said there has been a good response as many older residents want something to do and want to help out. Some become phone companions at assisted living facilities. “They don’t just want to play bingo. They really want to help others,” he noted. The Treasure Coast Food Bank distributes food to more than 100,000 residents each w eek and over half of those who receive help are children. The Department of Children and Families reported that more than 3 million Florida residents received food stamps in 2010. Okeechobee County had among the highest increase in food stamp cases last year. For more information about food stamps y ou can visit www.dcf.state. .us/ess/. HUNGRYContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Some newspapers seem to take pleasure in the bad news. Not us. We do print badŽ news. (It IS newsworthy when things go wrong, and citizens need to know about problems.) Still, we give most of our attention to good news the kind you clip and tape to your refrigerator door. (This isnt difficult. The vast majority of what happens in our community IS good.) How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 € Look What’s New at Walpole Feed & Supply Co... N N e w L i n e f o r T e a m R o p i n g C a l f R o p i n g a n d R a n c h R o p e s Fast Back Ropes & AccessoriesHw y 98 N. € Okeechobee 8 Okeechobee News July 29, 2011


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BAPTIST EPISCOPAL PENTECOSTAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH PENTECOSTAL You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 Your Place ofDestinyŽJeremiah 29:113666 E. Hwy 70 € Okeechobee(Old Elks Lodge)(863) 357-2264Bishop Robert J. Banks, Jr., Pastor Sunday School 9am Sunday Worship 10am Tues. &Thurs. 7:30pmPrayer Service, Tues. &Thurs. 6:30pm 7:30pmNursery Available at All Services Office Hours: Mon. 9am 12 noon Tues. Fri. 9am 5pm 1167 Linda Rd. BHR863-357-6500 www.bhrchristianchurch.orgSunday Worship 10:30am~~~Wednesday Bible Study 6:30pm~~~Sunday Evening Service 6:00pm C H U R C H O F O U R S A V I O U R  C o m e w o r s h i p w i t h u s Ž S u n d a y S u m m e r S c h e d u l e Holy Eucharist Mass at 9 a.m. W e d n e s d a y 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service 2 0 0 N W 3 r d S t r e e t t 8 6 3 7 6 3 4 8 4 3 Visit our website at www.okeecoos.com Traditional Worship at 8:30am Sunday School at 10am Contemporary Worship at 10:45am Evening Worship 6pmSunda y Mid Week Worship at 7pmW ednesda y Children and Youth Classes are Available on Sunday Morning and Wednesdays301 NE 4thAve.€ (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SR 70EAdd your church to our listings today! Contact usat 863-763-3134 or email: okeeadsales@newszap.com 9 Okeechobee News July 29, 2011 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Diana WhitehallKiwanis Club welcomes guestThursday, July 21 Kiwanis Meeting was held at The Lodge at the Lake Family Restaurant. In the photo (left to right) are Kelly Owens, a Kiwanis member who provided the speaker, Cathleen Blair, executive director of the Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee County. Cathleen told the Kiwanis members that their organization has been in Okeechobee since 1990; they have 421 programs and they have helped 95,000 children with their mission being to enhance children’s lives so they can obtain their maximum potential. The Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee County helps local agencies such as Big Brothers Big Sisters; helps with Summer Camps as well as Mental Health Camps for our youth; supports the Okeechobee County Fair and the Annual Halloween Festival held at the Agri-Civic Center and provides Door Prizes at the Annual Health and Safety Expo among a few. Cathleen reminded the Kiwanis members to vote in 2014 to keep the Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee County in our community and new members and volunteers are always needed and appreciated. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Debbie RiddleCelebrity serversGolden Corral hosted the American Red Cross Celebrity Server night to bene t the “Heroes Campaign.” Servers raised over $1,000 with proceeds going to the local chapter to bene t our community. Thank you to Golden Corral and all the servers who donated their time including Eric Burris, meteorologist, WPBF Channel 25, (right) Robert Lee, CEO Raulerson Hospital, Sheriff Paul May (left), Delores May (center), Major Noel Stephen, Commissioner Margaret Helton, WOKC’s Billy Dean, Interim county administrator Robbie Chartier, and Toni Doyle and Terry Burroughs from Okeechobee Main Street.


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In addition, generous nancial donations were given by several individual members, Florida Power and Light and Glades Electric Charitable Trust. All items will be given to My Aunt's House (501c3) for distribution in Okeechobee just in time for the start of the new school year. 2011 Sales Tax Holiday planned for Aug. 12-14The Florida Sales Tax exemption for clothing, footwear, accessories and school supplies will be in effect from 12:01 a.m., Friday, Aug. 12 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14. This exemption applies to each eligible item of clothing selling for $75 or less and to each eligible school supply selling for $15 or less and applies no matter how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer.Back to school drive plannedMy Aunt’s House (501c3) is gearing up for back-to-school and is need of gently used (new is always welcome too) clothing. If you have any clothing that you would like to donate, please call 863-634-2306 and make arrangements to drop the items off at 202 N.E. 2nd Street, Suite 1 (of ce building behind CVS Pharmacy). School supplies BBQ and car wash bene tA BBQ and car wash bene t will be held at Shenanigans on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m., to help families in need with school supplies. There is also a donation drop box at Shenanigans on Hwy. 98N. For information, call Karen at 863-357-6100.Big Lake Missions to sponsor annual school driveBig Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their annual school supplies drive for their needy families. Last year, the group helped many children with their list, but this year, the need is even greater. They will accept donations up until school starts which is Aug. 22. Most all school supplies are needed. For a complete list, check local stores or call the school. The organization will also gladly accept checks made out to the Mission or gift cards and staff can do the shopping. Call 863-763-5725 or 863-610-1815 for more information or drop off locations.Third Annual Tween Summit plannedCome one Come all ‘Tweens and parents to the Third Annual Shared Services of Okeechobee County ‘Tween Summit.’ The event for children ages 10-12 was designed to link parents and children through communication. The Summit is set for Friday, Aug. 19, from 6-8 p.m., at the Freshman Campus Auditorium, 612 S.W. Second Ave. The event is free. The rst 100 children (4th and fth graders) accompanied by a parent/ guardian will receive a backpack lled with school supplies. Pizza, soda and cookies will be provided for all who attend. A drawing will be held for a family gift basket. For more information please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000 ext 257.Pre K accepting applicationsThe Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County, Inc., is accepting applications for Okeechobee Northside Head Start and VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten). Children must have been born before Sept. 2, 2008. Birth Certi cate and Social Security number for the child applying and proof of family income is required. Please call the Northside Head Start of ce at 863-357-8677 for an appointment and additional information. Of ce hours are as follows, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m., until 4:30 p.m. School News in Brief


TD Bank is looking to make the rst-time home buying process a little less cumbersome. To complement the bank's hassle-free and easy to understand mortgage products, TD Bank has developed a comprehensive First Time Homebuyer Kit to educate rsttime home buyers and guide them through every step on the path to making a house a home. "With interest rates remaining favorable and home values stabilizing, this combination offers a great opportunity for home ownership. However, consumers, especially rst-time home buying customers, need to make sure they are well informed and educated on the home buying process," said Michael Copley, Retail Lending, Executive Vice President, TD Bank. he bank is also utilizing social media to educate consumers on its mortgage program by launching live weekly Twitterviews (Q&A). Every Monday in July, Mike Copley, TD Bank's Executive Vice President of Retail Lending will be available for live #mortgagemondays on twitter @TDBank_US to answer questions and share tips and advice. TD Bank developed the First Time Homebuyer Kit to create a rewarding home-buying experience. Available on the TD Bank website (www.tdbank.com/ rsthome) as well as in stores, the kit is designed to take the customer through the process of purchasing a home, providing advice and information needed to choose the house and mortgage to best suit individual needs. Some things to consider when buying your rst home are: Determine how much you can afford: By looking at your income and current monthly debts you can determine what you can afford. Buying a home isn't for everyone: Know the bene ts of owning vs. renting before making any decisions. Also stop to think about what type of home you can afford and which style suits your lifestyle such as singlefamily homes, town houses or xer-uppers. Narrow the focus of your search: Many factors impact the ideal type of house for each buyer, including desired features and bene ts, life stage and how many improvements you are willing to make before moving in. Make the mortgage process as hasslefree as possible: From xed-rate to adjustable -rate, there are several options to t your needs. TD Bank is committed to providing a transparent mortgage procedure, providing consumers with what they need to know to turn a house into a home. TD's hassle-free mortgage application with no hidden fees makes purchasing a home as smooth and worry free as possible. Additionally, TD offers competitive rates on FHA loans and a $500 service commitment on both same-day loan decisions and on-time mortgage closings, plus additional discounts to quali ed low-to-moderate income borrowers. Sameday loan decisions are conditional upon receiving income and asset veri cation. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11 Okeechobee News July 29, 2011 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News "I'm the consignment shopper queen," said Toni Doyle, owner of Toni's Chic Boutique, 121-123 S.W. Park St. "I'm just a shopper. I'm someone who loves to shop." When asked why she opened the shop she replied: "It's something I've wanted to do for several years." While new items make up 98 percent of her inventory, she also handles select items on consignment. She has casual, business and evening wear as w ell as belts, purses and jewelry. They are all high-end brand names. The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday she is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. New boutique carries name brands Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaToni Doyle, right, and her assistant, Jackie Mathis, left, operate Toni’s Chic Boutique at 121-123 S.W. Park St. TD Bank helps rst-time home buyers make informed decisions By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News For home cooked food at reasonable prices head out to the Cook Shack at Butch's Fish Camp, 4870 U.S. 441 S.E. Debbie Gillis had been cooking for other people for 30 years when she recently decided to open her own restaurant. "I like what I do," she said. That is obvious as one watches her work at the grill in the Cook Shack. The menu consists of shrimp, fresh cat sh daily, hot dogs, hamburgers made of Angus beef, Philly cheese steak sandwiches which are very popular, chicken strips, onion rings, French fries, mushrooms, cheese sticks, jalapeno poppers and conch fritters. There are also daily specials. A recent day featured specials of either a home made meat loaf sandwich or a prime rib sandwich. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the menu is expanded to include ribs, chicken and pulled pork which are barbecued on a large outdoor grill. The barbecue comes with beans and slaw. The Cook Shack is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day except Tuesday. Orders can be called in at 863-697-8891. Cook Shack offers down home cooking Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaThe Cook Shack, 4870 U.S. 441 S.E. offers home cooked meals all week and barbecue on the weekends.


Fish BustersBY Bob WattendorfFWC When humans and sh were evolving together, catching and consuming sh was a matter of survival. Later, catches offered something to barter or sell. Now, most people sh recreationally. Regardless of the purpose behind shing, big catches stroke the angler's ego. Today, recreational shing has an annual $7.5 billion economic impact in Florida. Habitat conservation and regulations help sustain these sheries, but with greater demand it is increasingly important to protect and recycle the largest trophy sh by also promoting voluntary catch-and-release. Florida's "Big Catch" angler recognition program helps stroke the ego of successful anglers by allowing them to show off their prowess. The Big Catch program provides a framable, full-color certi cate and window sticker for anglers who catch any of 33 species of listed freshwater shes that exceed a minimum length or weight. If people catch ve qualifying sh of the same species, they are recognized as a Specialist. If they report ve qualifying sh of different species, they become a Master Angler, and if they take and report qualifying sh representing 10 different species, they are an Elite Angler. Young people can enter sh that are approximately 25 percent smaller than adult qualifying sizes. Big Catch also encourages anglers to sh for a variety of species and to travel to locate them, while promoting appropriate catch and release. A new set of "TrophyCatch" marks and awards are in the works for trophy bass anglers. The TrophyCatch angler recognition program will be the hallmark of the long-term Florida Black Bass Management Plan, which the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved in June. The FWC intends to ensure that Florida is the undisputed bass shing capital of the world. TrophyCatch will be a full- edged initiative to document largemouth bass caught, and preferably released, throughout Florida that are heavier than 8 pounds. Incremental rewards and recognition will be provided to anglers reporting bass in the 8-10, 10-12, 1213 and greater than 13-pound categories. The anticipated rollout for TrophyCatch is October 2012. "This program, driven by private dollars, can substantially enhance Florida bass shing by addressing ecological issues and encouraging recycling of trophy bass, but it will also have a great social and economic impact," said Tom Champeau, director of the FWC's Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. Biologists are developing speci c handling guidelines to ensure anglers do the best possible job of effectively releasing these sh while providing the FWC with valuable research and marketing information. FWC representatives will certify bass over 13 pounds caught from October through April (beginning in 2012) for entry into the Florida Trophy Bass Hall of Fame. Sponsors, corporate partners and the media will provide incentives to encourage reporting and releasing all such catches. With a record of trophy catches, we hope to reaf rm our status as the Fishing Capital of the World and become the undisputed Bass Fishing Capital of the World. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee football hasn't even taken a practice snap for 2011 and already they have lost their starting quarterback to injury. Jack Radebaugh underwent surgery last w eek for an injury to his right pinky nger he suffered earlier this summer while enjoying spending time at the lake with some friends. His dad, Mike Radebaugh, said his 16y ear-old son was whittling on a piece of w ood at a picnic table at Lock 7 when his hand slipped off the handle of a steak knife and cut his tendon. He was taken to the hospital and underw ent surgery soon afterward. The teen could miss as many as 12 weeks and as few as eight weeks which would equate to half the season. Coach Myron Jackson said the team will move on to plan B and get the next kid in line ready to play. Those candidates include D.J. Washington, Cade Stokes and perhaps some long shot candidates. "There is nothing else we can really do or say about it right now," he added. Radebaugh had started for two seasons for the Brahmans and had shown steady improvement as the team's signal caller. He was particularly effective in the Brahman ame against Moore Haven this spring. He has gained in maturity, strength and foot speed in the past year. Radebaugh underwent surgery on July 20 at the Bone and Joint Center in Wellington. Dr. Veronica Pedro performed the surgery. From here the high school junior will undergo therapy and will continue to work out with the team. His dad said his son might gain a lot of insight into the game from the sidelines during the rst month of the season. "I know he is disappointed. He loves the game and he loves competition. I've been very impressed with his determination to rehab as quickly as possible," he said. Radebaugh could come back as soon as the Forest Hill game on Oct. 7, in the season's sixth week, or after the Brahman bye week which falls on Oct. 21. "We really looked forward to a big year this year for Jack. Now we can look for a big second half of the season. We hope he comes back strong," Mr. Radebaugh said. Okeechobee football begins their fall practice on Monday, Aug. 8. They will pla y host to John Carroll on Friday night, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. The regular season opener is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 2, on the road at Gulliver Prep High School in Miami. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Celebrations www.newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? 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Special consideration has been given to ospreys that have built nests atop the existing navigational markers. Avian experts will carefully move the nests to special osprey nesting platforms that will be placed adjacent to the markers. During a six-month period, the project w ill result in construction of:  27 navigational markers along the federal navigation channel stretching from the City of Kissimmee lakefront to the Kissimmee River  Two directional day beacons, one at the south end of Lake Tohopekaliga and the other at the north end of Lake Kissimmee  Two navigation barriers — known as dolphins — with oating booms that will replace an aging boat barrier at the ood control structure on Lake Tohopekaliga The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. A map of the marker locations is available on the SFWMD website: http://my.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/ portal/xrepository/sfwmd_repository_pdf/ ma_2011_0727_kiss_navmarkers_update. pdf. SFWMD replacing navigation markers on Kissimmee River The Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has announced that it is further strengthening a work plan that will allow the agency to focus its resources on the species most in need of protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). An agreement announced with a frequent plaintiff group builds on a multi-year work plan that the Service led in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on May 10. If approved by the Court, the work plan will enable the agency to systematically, over a period of six years, review and address the needs of more than 250 candidate species to determine if they should be added to the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. Consistent with the Service’s objectives and biological priorities, today’s agreement includes additional scheduling commitments for a small subset of the actions in the work plan, which is available online at: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ improving_ESA/listing_workplan.html. “For more than 35 years, the Endangered Species Act has prevented the probable extinction of hundreds of species across the Nation and contributed to the recovery of many others,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “The ESA represents a commitment to protect and preserve our natural heritage out of a deeply held understanding of the direct link between the health of our ecosystems and our own well-being. This work plan will allow the Service to more effectively focus our efforts on providing the bene ts of the ESA to those imperiled species most in need of protection.” In addition to addressing the needs of candidate species, the work plan and today’s agreement, if approved by the Court, will provide state wildlife agencies, stakeholders and the public with clarity and certainty about when listing determinations will be made. With today’s agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity and the work plan agreement with WildEarth Guardians, the Service would be able to restore balance to its listing program. America’s sh, wildlife and plant resources belong to all of us, and ensuring the health of imperiled species is a shared responsibility. To learn more about the Service’s Endangered Species program and tools available to landowners, go to http:// www.fws.gov/endangered/. FWC to focus on endangered species By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A woman who was preparing to drive to Arkansas was forced to make a detour when she w as arrested on a felony drug charge. Charmaine Pitt Chapman, 54, S.E. 26th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Monday, July 25, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $5,000. An arrest report by a detective with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force stated that a small amount of meth was found during a traf c stop. The detective’s report indicated that Chapman was stopped because a headlight on her 1991 Chrysler was not working. According to the report, about 0.1 grams of meth was found in the woman’s purse. Chapman reportedly told the detective that she is moving to Arkansas and was planning to use the meth to help her make that long drive. The report went on to state that Chapman was issued a written warning for faulty/ unsafe equipment. Okeechobee woman planning long drive allegedly caught with meth Charmaine Chapman


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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Should your sunscreen have UVA protection, UVB protection or both? What’s best – SPF 30 or SPF 100? W ith dozens of sunscreen bottles vying for shoppers’ attention in store aisles, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has nally offered a helping hand to aid consumers w ith these vexing questions and help them answer the most important question of all: w hich products provide the best protection from dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays? The FDA is implementing new rules to make it simpler for consumers to tell which sunscreens offer the most protection against the rays that can cause melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Within a year, the new labeling system will be in place to help consumers easily identify broad spectrum products that protect against both kinds of dangerous UV rays – UVA and UVB. “Limiting sun exposure is one of the few ways consumers can control their risk of developing melanoma,” said Timothy J. Turnham, executive director of the Melanoma Research Foundation. “The public has waited years for additional guidance on sunscreens. Clearing up the current confusion will help consumers protect themselves from skin-damaging UV rays.” The Melanoma Research Foundation encouraged the FDA to take action on helping consumers better navigate the broad range of sun protection factor (SPF) values. The rules will limit which sunscreens can be considered protective against skin cancer. To meet the FDA’s labeling standards, sunscreens must have an SPF value of 15 or higher and block both UVA and UVB rays. The FDA’s new guidance also provides reassurance on the overall safety of sunscreens. Recent reports based on questionable science have generated concerns about the safety of sunscreen ingredients. The FDA statement reinforced the fact that sunscreen ingredients have been safely used for years. On the other hand, there is a clear link between melanoma and UV exposure from sunlight or tanning beds, so it is critical to protect the skin, Turnham said. The Melanoma Research Foundation recommends people use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, but shoppers should be wary of spending more on sunscreens with the highest SPF values. The FDA is working to restrict the claims sunscreen manufacturers can make at the top end of the spectrum. The FDA has proposed another rule to make “50+” the maximum SPF value on labels. “There is no need for consumers to shell out extra money to purchase SPF 100 sunscreen – it just doesn’t provide the extra bene t the number implies,” Turnham said. “You are better off using a broad-spectrum SPF 30 product and reapplying frequently to get protection for your skin.” An ounce of sunscreen – about the size of a shot glass – is needed to cover your entire body. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, or after swimming or sweating, when you are outside, even on cloudy days. What’s the bottom line on sunscreen?  Look for both UVA and UVB protection.  Don’t use anything less than SPF 15.  Don’t pay extra for anything higher than SPF 50+.  Reapply, reapply, reapply. Sunscreen isn’t the only way to protect skin from UV rays. Wearing protective clothing and seeking shade also are effective techniques, particular when the sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. More sun safety tips are available at http://www.melanoma. org/learn-more/melanoma-101/preventionsun-safety. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 If youre looking to save money -and who isnt these days? -subscribing to the OkeechobeeNews is a real no brainer! And if you enroll today in our EZPay subscription plan, youll not only save REAL money, but youll s-t-r-e-t-c-h every cent. 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Florida Highway Patrol Spokesperson Tim Frith said the medical examiners report w as still pending in the case. Moran had been the subject of a nationw ide search after she disappeared from her home on July 30, 2009. A Canal Point man, Billy Jack Cole went to an auto accident site to pay respect to a cousin who had died at that location when he located the skeletal remains, a Martin County Sheriffs report said. Lt. Frith said it appeared Moran lost control of a Nissan SUV and it travelled into some dense vegetation and woods, a few miles south of the Okeechobee/Martin County line. The woods were so dense that Cole did not see the vehicle a short distance away when he made the discovery of the remains, Martin Deputies said. Lt. Frith said the woman might not have died right away. “She was found 53 feet away from the vehicle. We believe she survived the crash for a short time because personal items were found next to her remains,” he explained. Authorities suspect she was attempting to return to the road after she pulled herself from the wreckage, he said. The discovery ended a lengthy search by surviving family members. The original missing persons report led by her daughter said the woman seemed disoriented and upset when last seen in the early morning hours of July 30, 2009. Her husband was terminally ill and was receiving in-home care w hen she disappeared. Florida Highway Patrol identi es remains found near county line


WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to guard against being misled by unscrupulous indiv iduals trying to persuade them to le false claims for tax credits or rebates. The IRS has noted an increase in taxreturn-related scams, frequently involving unsuspecting taxpayers who normally do not have a ling requirement in the rst place. These taxpayers are led to believe they should le a return with the IRS for tax credits, refunds or rebates for which they are not really entitled. Many of these recent scams have been targeted in the South and Midwest. Most paid tax return preparers provide honest and professional service, but there are some who engage in fraud and other illegal activities. Unscrupulous promoters deceive people into paying for advice on how to le false claims. Some promoters may charge unreasonable amounts for preparing legitimate returns that could have been prepared for free by the IRS or IRS sponsored V olunteer Income Tax Assistance partners. In other situations, identity theft is involved. Taxpayers should be wary of any of the following: Fictitious claims for refunds or rebates based on excess or withheld Social Security bene ts.  Claims that Treasury Form 1080 can be used to transfer funds from the Social Security Administration to the IRS enabling a payout from the IRS.  Unfamiliar for-pro t tax services teaming up with local churches.  Home-made yers and brochures implying credits or refunds are available without proof of eligibility.  Offers of free money with no documentation required.  Promises of refunds for “Low Income – No Documents Tax Returns.”  Claims for the expired Economic Recovery Credit Program or Recovery Rebate Credit.  Advice on using the Earned Income Tax Claims based on exaggerated reports of selfemployment income. In some cases non-existent Social Security refunds or rebates have been the bait used by the con artists. In other situations, taxpayers deserve the tax credits they are promised but the preparer uses ctitious or in ated information on the return which results in a fraudulent return. Flyers and advertisements for free money from the IRS, suggesting that the taxpayer can le with little or no documentation, have been appearing in community churches around the country. Promoters are targeting church congregations, exploiting their good intentions and credibility. These schemes also often spread by word of mouth among unsuspecting and well-intentioned people telling their friends and relatives. Promoters of these scams often prey upon low income individuals and the elderly. They build false hopes and charge people good money for bad advice. In the end, the victims discover their claims are rejected or the refund barely exceeds what they paid the promoter. Meanwhile, their money and the promoters are long gone. Unsuspecting individuals are most likely to get caught up in scams and the IRS is warning all taxpayers, and those that help others prepare returns, to remain vigilant. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Anyone with questions about a tax credit or program should visit www.IRS.gov, call the IRS toll-free number at 800-829-1040 or visit a local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center. For questions about rebates, credit and bene ts from other federal agencies contact the relevant agency directly for accurate information. A void becoming a victim of a tax scam 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com BUYER BROKERAGE CO. OF OKEECHOBEE P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee FL, 34973 1039 S.E. 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In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com BarnsSheds& L awnItems 2005 12’x16’ Utility Shed $1,200 Call 772-260-0078 Guns/SuppliesShotgun Browning Belgium made 16 gauge semi-auto shotgun. Includes a soft carry case. $500.00. (863)824-0835 or (863)634-5023 MiscellaneousFor Sale Flat platform lift for scooter, Like new $2,000 O.B.O. Call 863-634-3200 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments 1,2 or 3 Bedroom Apartments For Rent and Yearly RV Spots for Rent located by 15b and 441. Call 561-386-5636 or 561-968-2083 IN TOWN STUDIO APT nice area. Utilities included. $650/mo 1st & sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861 LG. CLEAN APT in town 2/2, w/d, lawn maint included, $750 + $300 sec. (863) 634-3572 Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Apartments LOCATION, LOCATION Apartments in City 2BR/1.5 Bath 1 Block north of Walmart Carpet/Tile All Appliances,W/D on each oor, Clean/Newly Painted Call 863-763-8878 $600 mo.,$300 Sec. Oak Lake Apartments, 2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story, fenced patio, washer, dryer, very clean. $650 rst, last, and $500 sec. (863)634-3312 or 634-3313. OKEECHOBEEON RIM CANAL 1 BR Cottage w/screen porch. Overlooking rim canal. $150 week, utilities included. (772)359-1640 TAYLOR CREEK Condos 1br/1ba, Partially Furnished Available August 1st. $650 mo. + 1st & sec. dep. 561-352-4243 Commercial PropertyFOR SALE OR LEASE 1574 Sq. Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Condos/Townhouses Rent2 Bdrm Townhome Furnished in Kings Bay, Also 2 Bdrm Duplex Unfurnished in the City w/New Carpet. 863-634-8331 Houses-Rent 3 BR 1 BA house in Okeechobee Estates. $800/mo. + $200 sec. (863)634-6038. 3/2/1 CBS Home 3307 SW 17th St Oak Park fenced in back yard $975.00 per month. 2bd/1ba 809 SE 8th St on 1/2 acre, carport and shed lots of oak trees $775.00 per month Call for info 863-634-5586 Houses-Rent BASSWOOD 3 BR, 2 BA, Garage, Screened Porch. New in 2008. $900 mo., 1st, last and $500 security. 863-610-7824 IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/ 2Ba, $1,000 mo. + 1st, last, sec. & refs. Call Barry for more info. 772-216-1461 OKEE 2/1, $495 mo. or 3/2, $650 mo. Beautiful ranch homes located 12 miles N.E. of town. Lawn, trash, and water incl. Pasture avail. Recently Updated. Move in special. Mon Fri. (863)467-9800. No Pets. OKEECHOBEE 3BR/1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $650 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414 OKEECHOBEE MODERN BRICK: 3BR, 2.5BA, 1 car garage. New carpet. On Rim Canal w/Boat dock. Rent Negotiable. Opt. 1/BR cottage w/dining room. Call (772)359-1640 OLDER MOBILE HOME with nice 12x50 addition. 3BR, 1BA. $650/mo. incl. all utils, lawn care. Avail. 8/1 Laundry available. 815-412-0639. VacationRentals Choose from 2/2 or 1/1 Beautifully furnished rentals located at River Bluff Fishing Resort on the Kissimmee River. With or without utilities. Call today, You’ll think your on vacation!(863)467-4317 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses-SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. 2bdrm/1bath house $2,500.00 down $731.83 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Waterfront PropertyWATERFRONT PROPERTYLake Okeechobee, FL. Bass Fishing Paradise, 2 Lots (apx 1/3 acre) each with sewer & well, 1100 sq. ft. Mobile home with Florida room, screened porch, carport, 32’ x 40’ garage, covered boathouse with lift, seawall. Pics available upon request. Priced to sell @ $67,500 OBO. Email: kgreene@tds.net or Phone: (513) 875-4395. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com MobileHome Rent 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mobile Home, No Pets, At Spot in Sun $700 a month rst, last and security deposit. Call 772-260-0078 BUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $500 mo. Large 3 BR, 2 BA, C/Air. $600 mo. No pets. Yearly lease plus sec. (863)763-4031NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute”, will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the ctitious name, to wit: L & K CATTLE Under which we expect to engage in business at: 401 SE 8th St. Okeechobee, Fl 34974 In the City of Okeechobee/County o f Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Elizabeth Kim Markham Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this 26th day of July, 2011 By: Elizabeth Kim Markham 393533 ON 7/29/11 MobileHome Rent Country Living $450.00 Monthly, Negotiable Security and Deposit Call 863-697-2486 or 863-763-9207 and leave a message. Double wide mobile home 3bd/2ba on water in Treasure Island. $700 a month Call 863-467-2563 MobileHomeSale $17,000 STEAL 2-2 Double Wide Includes Lot Nice Wood Floors, Great Interior, Some TLC Call 863-801-1739 2bd/2ba Double wide mobile home on 1 acre or 2 half acre lots. asking $70,000 Call 863-634-3200 BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 Palm Harbor Homes Has 3 Modular Homes Available at HUGE Savings... Over 40K Off Call Today! 800-622-2832 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs27 ft. Allegro Motor Home 1987 everything works, good tires. Only 47,000 miles. $8,250 (863)447-5490. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Vans1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE, 3.3 Eng., 6 month old Trans., $2,600 Call 863-467-4210 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 18 Okeechobee News July 29, 2011 READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services.


Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE A meeting of the local Emergency Food and Shelter Board will be held on Friday, August 5, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. at the Big Lake Laboratory, 610 N Parrott Ave, Unit B. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for these funds should call the Chair before above date to apply. Deadline for applications is August 5, 2011 before 5:00 p.m. A National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of the Churches in Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, and the United Way. A local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs around the Country. Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local Agencies chosen to receive funds must: be private voluntary non-pro ts or units of government; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and if a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact local board Chair by March 19th to determine eligibility. Local Board Chair, Mary Anne Swinford at (863) 763-5725. 393711 ON 7/29/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will resume their Budget Meetings on Tuesday, August 2, at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Wednesday August 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m. in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 393642 ON 7/29/2011 Like Us on Facebook and be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card fromUltimate Gamer S e a r c h  O k e e c h o b e e N e w s  o n F a c e b o o k t o f i n d u s 19 Okeechobee News July 29, 2011 Public Notice ACROSS 1 Places for chickens 6 Teapot feature 11 Roman 901 14 Comics orphan 15 Skiers jacket 16 Youthful fellow 17 London art museum, as it was formerly known 19 Some MIT grads 20 Extreme degrees 21 LPGA teen phenom Michelle 22 Tibets capital 24 __ you ready for this?Ž 25 Its seat is Jackson, Wyoming 28 Oinker 29 Proofs of age, briefly 30 Ones making money 31 Pointy-eared Star TrekŽ guy 33 Cookie holder 34 Small jazz combo 35 It shows a books name, author, publisher, etc. 39 Parts of the Rockies: Abbr. 42 Boiling 43 Kitchen allure 47 Norse mariner Leif 49 AT&T competitor 51 King, in France 52 Photographic memory 54 Prickly chestnut case 55 Blackmores __ DooneŽ 56 Paul Bunyans tool 57 Piece of sausage 58 Stock mkt. debut 59 Multi-flavored ice cream 63 Fire, to the French 64 Actor Zimbalist Jr. 65 __ the loneliest numberŽ: old song lyric 66 Ambulance destinations, for short 67 Goes bad, as milk 68 Strolls in shallow water DOWN 1 Short snoozes 2 Traveling away from home 3 Very busy 4 Pumpkin desserts 5 Part of a line: Abbr. 6 Bowlers challenges 7 Opposite of neo8 Source of iron 9 Kiev is its cap. 10 Fire and RainŽ singer/songwriter James 11 Vacuum __ 12 Orchestra conductors, formally 13 Sounds about right to meŽ 18 Dumbfounded 23 Big game tracker 25 __ torch: patio light 26 Twice-monthly tide 27 Irene of FameŽ 32 Radiologists procedure, briefly 33 Fast plane 36 Norse thunder god 37 The __ RangerŽ 38 PassagesŽ author Sheehy 39 Insurance company with Snoopy on its blimp 40 State cop 41 __ oxide: laughing gas 44 Circled the earth 45 Canadian cop 46 Smooch that even misses the cheek48 Political candidate lineups 49 Adages 50 First symbol on a musical staff 53 Supply party food for 57 Pale-green moth 60 ETs vehicle 61 One-man show about Capote 62 Use oars By Lila Cherry (c)2009 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 09/14/09 09/14/09 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Public Notice Public Notice Crossword Puzzle Okeechobee News/D. HamiltonLucky skunkThis little guy was lucky enough to have someone take him to Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Okeechobee when he lost his mother. He will stay at the center until he is old enough and strong enough to be released back into the wild. Arnold’s houses sick, injured and abandoned animals and birds until they are well enough to be released. Care for the animals at the center is dependent upon volunteers. If you’d like to help, please call the center at 863-634-6804.


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