Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
Uniform Title: Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 08-07-2011
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Okeechobee -- Okeechobee
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 91, no. 182 (June 30, 2000).
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Sunday, August 7, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 94 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 10.25 feetLast Year: 13.75 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. Pet event offers animals for adoption ... Page 9 Party Platters to Go A u g u s t S p e c i a l P l a t t e r s O N L Y$2 9 9 9 With coupon only 24 hour notice required! Let us cater your next party or event. Serves up to 10 people Special to the Okeechobee News/ Waste ManagementOtters releasedA group of orphaned otters who were bottle fed, raised and taught to swim at Arnold’s Wildlife Center were released into a wilderness area near the Okeecobee Land ll this week. For more on the story, see page 10. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News In the end, a local jury did not agree with Leroy Felt’s defense attorney and found him guilty on all counts Friday afternoon. Throughout the two-day trial defense attorney Shannon Henne, of the public defender’s of ce, argued that there was no proof her client drove while impaired and caused a crash that sent a motorcycle rider to a Fort Pierce Hospital. Felt was charged with DUI with damage to property or person, DUI with serious injury and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury. Even though Felt, 70, spent the better part of March 19, 2010, in the bar of the Eagles Club on U.S. 441 N., none of the witnesses who testi ed actually saw who was driving the truck when it pulled onto the highway in front of a HarleyLeroy Felt found guilty on all countsSee DUI — Page 14 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The way county budget talks are going, citizens might get a tax break. At the budget meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 3, Okeechobee County commissioners considered the possibility of lowering the proposed tax millage rate to a rate, which taking into account decreased property values, would bring in the same amount of taxes as the current budget. That would mean that some taxpayers might not see a tax increase. Commissioners had previously approved a provisional tax millage rate of 9.0 mils. One mil equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed value. The provisional rate can be lowered but it cannot be raised in the nal budget. At Wednesday’s meeting commissioners discussed the possibility of setting the millage rate at 8.6460. Under the proposed budget, that millage rate would result in a $281,732 shortfall. The proposed budget contains no raises for county employees. However, some constitutional of cers have proposed salary adjustments for their employees. Commissioners speculated that if those raises were eliminated that might make up the shortfall. The proposed budgets of the sheriff and clerk of the court currently contains a 3 percent ‘salary adjustment.’ The property appraiser and the tax collector’s budgets have to be approved by the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR). Under DOR regulations, those two constitutional ofProperty owners could get tax breakSee TAXES — Page 14 Leroy Edward Felt


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Debt ceiling—done deal!Thank you, Mr. President. Barack Obama called out to the American people — Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, My Fellow Democrats, Republicans, the Senators, House of Representatives, even Tea Party and GOP! Wow! What a wild political circus! Finally, results no default. America’s multi-step debt ceiling increase passed! What now? Hey, you better know we will remember this on next Nov. 6, 2012—election day! Who is to blame? Speaker John Boehner’s plan: no tax on the wealthy (jet owners, millionaires, private corporate big dollars? Gov. Rick Scott loves this plan. But it is OK to slash federal programs for working class Americans, Medicare, Social Security, disability, student aid, cut to the bone? So wrong! Tea Party dividers, cut, cap, balance, yeah right! Is winning an election for 2012 worth destroying the American credit rating, the nation’s economy, ruin Obama’s legacy? The Tea Party candidates are the bad seed of the GOP. The party of “no.” But they have really enhanced Obama’s reelection chances. The President has compromised. Sta y focused intelligent, bi-partism, working against the odds, ignorance, in spite of th e done deal. America answers. Voters remember this in 2012! Brenda Scott, Poet, playwright and author T houghts for the day Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.  There are two signs of getting older. One is forgetfulness ... and I can’t remember the other.11 and 12 year old arrested Where are kids learning that these kinds of acts are acceptable behavior, by anyone let alone a juvenile?? Is there no supervision t o the type of television programing they are w atching at this age??? What kind of convers ations are going on during, and after school w ith kids nowadays?? Parents need to step up and start parenting their kids a bit more..Bec ome involved in their child’s day to day act ivities...and their choice of friends. Are these c hildren, victims themselves of deviant acts?? Kids of this age should not be exposed to this kind of knowledge, and understanding of it. T his is so wrong, in so many ways. I hope the v ictim is receiving counseling and therapy.  Where were the parents of these children when they were watching what seems t o be some form of pornography. I would t hink the parents or some other adult is res ponsible for the behavior of these children. T his is very sad and disturbing.  The fact is as long as they watch the crap on T.V. they think this the norm. As long as parents allow T.V. to be their babysitter we w ill have these types of problems.  As always, it goes back to the parents. T hey let a kid stay up late and watch whatever he wants on T.V. so why are they surprised w hen he acts out what he sees. He is learning to behave from cable television when he s hould be learning from his parents. What kind of person has that lth available in their home where a child can watch it?  I nd a lot of what children and teenagers do these days quite frightening. At the s ame time, these are children. At some point s omeone has to take responsibility for their b ehavior. What happened to that little girl will s car her for the rest of her life.  In the recent cases in the news about horri c child abuse, and in cases such as this where parents just let the kids run wild, we have to ask, where were the parents? How can these people just ignore the responsibility to take care and protect their children? DCF gets a bad name for taking kids away from their parents. But when the parents just refuse to take care of their kids, someone has to step in and save the children.The Lost Boys I enjoyed the article in the paper about “The Lost Boys” and one thing really struck me. The girls said the loss of their friends was a constant reminder that each day could be your last. Hug your family members and friends and tell them that you love them. You don’t know if you will ever have another chance.Who let the dogs out? I want to respond to the comments about dogs being out. Some people think that because they live in a rural area, they can just open the door and let the dogs go out and roam where they wish. This is wrong. When you let your dog off your property, you are endangering your dog’s life. If that dog is hit by a car on the road, that is your fault for letting it roam. If the dog is shot by a property owner who is upset because your dog is bothering his livestock, that is your fault for letting the dog out. If your dog tangles with a rabid raccoon and has to be euthanized, that is your fault for letting the dog out. Fence your yard and keep your dog on your own property, or else take your dog out on a leash. Your dog is your responsibility and it is your job to keep your dog on your own property.Famous quotes to ponder “I had a rose named after me and I was very attered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: ‘No good in a bed, but ne against a wall.” Eleanor Roosevelt  “Last week, I stated this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister, and now wish to withdraw that statement.”Mark Twain  “The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.” George Burns  “By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.” Socrates Is it time to change the paradigm?By Rev. Jim BentonDirector/Pastor Faith Farm Ministries Several years ago I read the book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen Covey. He wrote about an experience that he had on a train to illustrate the idea of a “paradigm shift.” The story is powerful, so allow me to summarize it as best as I can. Mr. Covey was riding on a train. He was relaxing and enjoying reading the newspaper. At one of the stops, a man and his three children got on the train and as the man sat down, the children began to run around on the train and cause quite a commotion. Covey began to get upset and tried to maintain his composure, but nally blurted out to the man, “Shouldn’t you do something to control your children?” And the man replied, “Yes, I guess I should but you see we just came from the hospital and my wife, their mom, just died, and frankly, I don’t know what to do.” At that moment Covey’s attitude completely changed from being bothered to deep sympathy for the man; that is a paradigm shift. Have you ever thought about how Jesus brought a completely new paradigm to religion when He came to earth? He is God who became a man in the esh to sho w us how to live and provide a life lived completely sinless to be sacri ced for us so tha t we could experience everlasting life; eternit y with God. The message of Christ is that you do no t have to earn your way into heaven (like every other religion) and in fact you can’t earn your way into heaven. Entrance to heaven is based on accepting the sacri ce of Chris t in a personal way. You and I are sinners. W e can’t get to heaven because of that sin. Jesus lived a perfect life, died a horrible death, and rose to life again so that our sins would no t be counted against us. If you have been trying to earn you r way into heaven, let me offer something to change your paradigm; someone died so that you can live! I encourage you to tal k with your minister or nd a minister to tal k about what this really means. Sunday, August 7, 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. Call the office to find out if your home is within our present home-distribution boundaries. Call 800-282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Additional copies of the newspaper are available for 50 cents Wednesday and Friday and 75 cents for Sunday at the office. Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. 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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! Re ections from the pulpit Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92. West southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tonight: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. West southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.Extended ForecastMonday : Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. West southwest wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Monday Night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a lo w around 75. West southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Okeechobee Forecast


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 7, 2011 2011 Okeechobee High School Scholarship Night Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the Remy-Lou Durrance Memorial Scholarship was Erick McQueen. The award was presented by Cole Fulford and Rebecca Bishop in the amount of $500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Chaka Stars Foundation, Inc. Scholarship were Carliegh Alderman, Anselmo Aponte, Shemaiah Henderson and Preston Wiggins, Jr. Scholarship awards were presented by Terra Morris in the amount of $500 or $1,000. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Raulerson Hospital Scholarship were Grabiela Borja, Jeremy Brown, Robbi Erwin (not pictured), Javier Garcia-Gomez, Frederick George, Rubi Gonzalez, Brittany Haas, Maria Hernandez (not pictured), Cashara Jarvis (not pictured), Erika Kelly, Ashleigh McLaury, Hayley Orr, Emily Pickering, Jodi Raulerson, Ruben Romero, Kayla Runyon, Kristal Sumrall, Meaghan Thomas and Ismael Valdez. Scholarship awards were presented by Deb Trotter and Ryan Melear in the amount of $8,000 each. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship were William Corona (not pictured), Raybon Durrance, Wesley Mims, Megan Moore and William Wallace. Scholarship awards were presented by Dr. Randall Mims in the amount of $1,000 to each. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsRecipients of the U.S. Marines Scholarship were William Alford IV, Jose Banuelos Jr., Kevin Christensen, Caycee Fitzwater, Evan Mattson, Tate McDonald, Christopher Rodriguez II, Justin Shockley and Alfonso Tinajero. Scholarship awards were presented by SSGT Carr and SSGT Chong in the amount of $80,000 each. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe recipient of the RICO-Recovery in Counseling Others Scholarship was Nickey Ingram. The award was presented by Alex Tijerina in the amount of $500. Scholarship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School’s 2011 Scholarship Night on May 26.


Ham radio holds A ugust meetingThe Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club w ill hold its August meeting on Monday, A ug. 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. A merican Legion to meet American Legion Post 64 will have its monthly meeting on Aug. 9 Installation of 2011/2012 of cers and a meal will be prov ided.OKMS announces A ugust Mixer eventOkeechobee Main Street’s August Mixer w ill be held on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5–7 p.m. This month’s mixer will be hosted by Flower Petals located at 202 NE 2nd Street. Our mixers are a great networking opportunity for the businesses and residents of our area. Whether you have a new or old business, new to Okeechobee or would like to know more about Okeechobee Main Street please join us for networking, refreshments, door prizes and a chance at the Mega 50-50. For more information call Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-MAIN (6246).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 w ishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment. Diabetes education program setFree Diabetes Education Program Living W ith 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.Hospice to host Yard SaleHospice of Okeechobee’s next Yard Sale w ill be on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and Thursday Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. until noon. The yard sale is located at the corner of SE 4th Street and SE 3rd Ave. If you have items to donate y ou can drop them off Monday-Friday 8 a.m.noon. We also will pick up donated items. For information call 863-467-2321 or see our w eb page: www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab.Cattlewomen to host fundraiserOkeechobee Cattlewomen will hold a fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 12, at Eli’s Western Wear with proceeds to bene t local scholarships. The fundraiser will feature a Barbecue brisket sandwich, chips, cookie and the sweetest tea ever all for $7. A drawing will be held every 30 minutes for prizes from Eli’s.Hunter safety class offered freeQuail 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.Poker tourney to bene t ARCAug. 17 is the date set for a poker tournament bene tting The ARC (for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities). The tournament will take place at the VFW, 3912 Hwy. 441 SE. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the entry fee is a donation of $50. The tournament will go until 7 p.m. with “cards in the air.” Prizes will be awarded in Wal-Mart gift cards. Barbecue dinners will be available for $10 each at 5 p.m. Tickets for the dinners can be purchased at Mid-Florida Credit Union, 3261 Hwy 441 South and also The ARC Thrift Store, 403 NW Second Ave. For tournament information and sign ups contact: Rhonda Altman at 863-634-6586 or sign up at Pogey Restaurant, 1759 S. Parrott Avenue. The event is sponsored by Bubba’s Redneck Yacht Club.Dodgeball tourney set as scholarship fundraiserCome and join us at the Future STARS Scholarship fundraiser A Dodgeball Tournament set for Saturday, Aug. 20 9 a.m., at Osceola Middle School. Bring your team and play to win. Teams of six must pre-register and registration is $150 per team. For information on registration, please call 863634-5020 or 863-634-6523. First place winners will receive $300. The tournament is sponsored by Okeechobee Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep.Considering Adoption? Orientation session plannedAnyone interested in learning more about adoption is encouraged to join the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division at the monthly Adoption Orientation session. The next meeting is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County of ce, located at 804 S. 6th Street in Fort Pierce. This informative, casual and free open house-style orientation will provide an overview of foster care adoption and answer all questions related to adoption and CHS’ adoption process. Please help us raise adoption awareness in our community as we try to nd additional permanent “Forever Families” for local children in foster care. To RSVP or for more information, contact Children’s Home Society’s Adoption Information Line at 772-429-2001.Okeechobee golf team to hold fundraiserSponsors and four man teams are welcome to take part in the annual OHS Golf team fundraiser tournament scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. OHS Golf Coach Kenny Buckner said the event is a best ball four man scramble with a shotgun start at approximately 8 a.m. The cost is $50 per person and $200 per team. Hole sponsors cost $100 and a two hole sponsorships and one entry fee can be purchased for $200. For more information call Coach Buckner at 863-634-0324 or all Okeechobee High school at 863-462-5025.Teen Dance Party August date setIt’s back to school and time for another Teen Dance Party! Aug. 27 is the date set for the next event for teens and ‘tweens ages 12-16. The party starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Just $7 for entry includes pizza, soda and chips, live music, games and more! For more information, please contact Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News August 7, 2011Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Curtis Lee Mattox, 51OKEECHOBEE — Curtis Lee Mattox, 51, o f Okeechobee, passed away Aug. 4, 2011, at his home. No services will be held. Friends may sign the guestbook at www.bassokeechobeefh.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, Okeechobee, Fl 34972. Obituaries Schools plan open house nightOpen House for the start of the 20112012 school year will be held on Thursday, Aug. 18. In order to help parents who have children in more than one school within the district, times will be staggered. Elementar y Schools will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Middle Schools will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Okeechobee Achievement Academy will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Okeechobee High School and Okeechobee Freshman Campus will be open from 7 to 9 p.m.Fire ghters collecting back-to-school suppliesThe Professional Fire ghters and Paramedics of Okeechobee, Local #2918, are collecting monetary donations and back to school supplies. The drive will take place today, Aug. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front o f Wal-Mart in Okeechobee. All donations will be given to My Aunt’s House (501c3) for distribution to needy children in Okeechobee. For more information on how you can donate, please call Matt Vinson 863-697-1205. School News


August 1 & 2, 2011 Cows Breaking 67.00 74.00 Cutter 75.00 79.00 Bulls 1000-1500 81.00 88.00 1500-2000 83.00 88.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 462 998 Cows 132 335 Str 3 4 Hfrs 11 37 Bulls 6 24 Y rlngs 42 12 Mix 5 55 Total 661 1465 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 180-190 145-155 250-300 170-185 137-150 300-350 155-170 130-140 350-400 140-155 120-130 400-450 129-145 114-123 450-500 125-136 113-122 550-600 120-132 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 200-250 150-165 120-140 250-300 135-152 120-135 300-350 125-138 115-125 350-400 117-128 110-119 400-450 114-122 105-113 Prices were pretty much the same as last week. Best cows are in the mid 70s, bulls in the 80s. Good 500# steer calves around $1.30, heifers $1.15. J-5 and Leslie Teel topped the calf market with a high of $2. Dorothy Peeples, D.R. Daniel & Seminole Tribe-Brighton topped the cow market with a high of 78. If you need a Charolais bull, we have some. See ya next week Todd 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 980 Henscratch Rd € Lake Placid € 863-699-2060 € www.henscratchfarms.com Cost:$6.00 per person Children 6 and under FREE !You stomp, We Ferment &Bottle, You Build Your Holiday Gift List, We Put Your Picture on the Bottle with Foot Stomped By My Diligent Feet.Ž Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 7 Okeechobee News A ugust 7, 2011 DENMARK, Wisc.—The Klussendorf Association has announced four 2011 scholarship winners. These $2,000 scholarships are awarded annually to students who have successfully completed at least one year in a post-secondary program at a twoor foury ear college. The individual must be majoring in dairy science or animal science with the intention of entering the dairy cattle industry as a breeder, owner, herdsperson or tter. These memorials honor those who most nearly exemplify the character and ethics of the late, legendary showman and dairy cattle tter, Arthur B. Klussendorf. This year’s Klussendorf Scholarship recipients include Lindsey Rucks from the Univ ersity of Florida. Miss Rucks grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Okeechobee. From a young age, she had a role feeding calves and eventually became responsible for the dayto-day cow record keeping. She also mates about 60 percent of the herd. Miss Rucks is captain of the University of Florida American Dairy Science Association Dairy Bowl team and is past president of the Florida Junior Brown Swiss Cattle Club (2006-10). From 2005-07, she was captain of the Holstein Dairy Bowl Team and president of her 4-H dairy club (2006-08). Among her accomplishments is being named 2010 grand champion of the Southeast National Brown Swiss Show. She also was third-place intermediate showmen at the 2006 World Dairy Expo and has exhibited 37 state bell-ringers with 12 going on to be national winners. Miss Rucks, a junior, would like to continue breeding and showing registered Brown Swiss cattle with a goal of one day running her family’s commercial Holstein herd. “I want to be a part of an industry that I am passionate about,” Miss Rucks said. “I believe in the future of the dairy industry and want to do whatever I can to ensure its future. I have been blessed beyond measure from being a member of the dairy industr y and I want to continue to give back to the industry that has done so much for me.” Rucks awarded 2011 Klussendorf/McKown Scholarship Okeechobee Livestock Market Report The Florida’s Natural Growers Board of Directors recently voted to donate $250,000 to ght citrus greening, a disease plaguing the Florida Citrus industry. “As a Florida grower cooperative, it is important to combat this disease with every resource available. This support of the Citrus Research and Development Foundation and their efforts to battle citrus greening is vital to the long-term future of the Florida Citrus Industry,” commented Steve Caruso, Florida’s Natural Growers CEO. The Cooperative’s Board of Directors showed their commitment to the ght with this signi cant donation to the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, the leader in citrus research against HLB. HLB, commonly known as citrus greening, is a bacterium that was conrmed in the State of Florida in 2005 and is evident in every citrus growing region in the State as well as other citrus growing regions worldwide. The disease attacks the nutrient absorption of the citrus tree and leads to a rapid decline and eventual death. “For the Florida Citrus Industry, HLB is the most important issue,” added Mr. Caruso. Growers combat citrus greening Special to the Okeechobee News/ Humane Society Pet RescuePet of the weekShelly, a young female Basenji is in need of some very special help. Shelly has heartworms but is otherwise healthy and happy. She will need treatment and will have to have a home or foster and a sponsor. She is very sweet and playful and does well with other dogs. To learn more about this and other dogs available for adoption, contact Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Hwy. 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For information, contact them, at 863-357-1104. 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During the week-long Economics for Leaders program, students attain an understanding of economic reasoning principals and how to employ these concepts for successful and effective leadership. Additionally, participants achieve a heightened awareness of the impact their decisions have on others and the responsibility that awareness imposes. Economics for Leaders is an unparalleled learning and growing opportunity. Students who have attended Economics for Leaders program in prior years have called it “the experience of a lifetime.” Allison is very excited and thankful to the sponsors in the community who helped to make this opportunity a reality. For more information, contact Jim Klauder, Vice President, Public Affairs and Development, Foundation for Teaching Economics at 530-757-4630. Local student selected to participate in national leadership program By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Close to 900 sh died on the Kissimmee River near Lorida between S-65A and S-65 in late July, the South Florida Water Management District reported this week. Spokesperson Gabe Margasak said water managers observed the sh in the water and w ere mostly blue tilapia with a few bass, shad, gar and sun sh. A lock tender at S-65C noticed the sh kill and alerted the district he said. “This is a common thing at this time of y ear. It is the rst report in this area and it occurred at the start of the restored river. It has been very dry and all of a sudden we had a lot of rain and the rain stirred up some organic materials,” he added. The water ows increased 300 percent from 100 cubic feet per second to 3,000 cubic feet per second and the water had low oxygen levels in the water due to the organic material. Scientists stated this is the likely cause of the sh kills. “This is the rst kill on the river in several months. We have had sporadic reports in Martin and St. Lucie County and a small sh kill on Fisheating Creek three weeks ago,” he added. Margasak said the river restoration had nothing to do with the sh kill. The factors contributing to the kill were the volume of rain and the organic material in the water, he said. Water managers urge residents not to eat sh they nd dead in the water or on the bank because you can never be sure what might have killed the sh and it could be unsafe to consume. Fish kill on Kissimmee River normal for this time of year Allison Chandler


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After being bottle-fed and taught to swim at the Center, Sue Arnold and her staff released the otters with assistance from Okeechobee Land ll District Manager Tony Bishop and Community Relations Representative Teresa Chandler. “The release of the otter w as an exciting scene and it w as a pleasure to see them run among the reeds and swim in the pond for the rst time,” said Mr. Bishop. “They acclimated to the water in minutes and seemed to be delighted to be running free.” Okeechobee Land ll is a registered Wildlife Habitat Council site. Waste Management provides 241 acres of managed foraging habitat for sandhill cranes, 47 acres of vegetative for gopher tortoises and 400 acres of uplands managed by cattle grazing and mowing for Florida sandhill crane foraging. 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We look forward to seeing our RSCA families at Open House on Friday, August 19th at 6:00pm For applications, call 863-763-1847 or visit www.rocksolidca.comRock Solid Christian Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs.A Ministry of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH • 401 SW 4th St • License #ACSI 25062 I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace -Isaiah 54:13 Colleen Larson Holly Sizemore Latisha Banister 11 Okeechobee News A ugust 7, 2011 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee woman has been accused with the alleged theft of aluminum items from a neighbor’s home and then selling some of the items to a local recycling company. Kelly Marie Aaron, 33, S.E. 35th Ave., was arrested Thursday, Aug. 4, on felony charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property and giving false ownership information to a secondhand dealer. She was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $15,000. Jail records indicate that she has been released on bond. An arrest report by Detective Augustin Saucedo, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that a witness saw Aaron taking some items from the home of a mutual neighbor while the neighbor was away. The witness reportedly told the detective that they also saw Aaron’s pickup truck backed up to their neighbor’s garage. According to the report the victim was reportedly missing: a hitch hauler valued at $105; an air compressor valued at $300; a 40-foot aluminum ladder valued at $200; a cast iron sink and washboard valued at $100; and, a large aluminum 5-foot birdhouse valued at $150. Detective Saucedo indicated that those items had a total value of $855. The detective stated that he went to a local recycling company and the company’s records indicated that Aaron had sold some metal items and was paid $74.15. The company had a copy of her driver’s license on record, as well as her thumb print which was taken when the items were sold to the company. W oman accused of scrapping stolen items Kelly Marie Aaron The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Tiburcio Aguilera Magana, 63, S.E. 25th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 4 by Deputy Adrian Rogers on charges of driving under the in uence and leaving the scene of an accident. His bond was set at $1,250.  Blake Montanna Rice, 19, Park Drive, LaBelle, was arrested Aug. 4 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) without a prescription. Her bond was set at $5,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, 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 con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An Okeechobee man was arrested after he reportedly tried to sell a local dealer an all terrain vehicle (ATV) that had an altered vehicle identi cation number (VIN). Arturo Vieyra, 22, N.W. 34th Ave., was arrested Thursday, Aug. 4, on a felony charge of possession of a motor vehicle with an altered vehicle identi cation number (VIN). He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail under a bond of $2,500. Jail records indicate he has since been released on bond. An arrest report by Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), stated that on Tuesday, Aug. 2, Vieyra bought a green 2002 Honda Rancher TRX 350 ATV from a local dealer for $500. The ATV had a blown motor. He then received the title information for that ATV the next day. Vieyra returned to the dealership Thursday with a yellow 2007 Honda Rancher TRX 420 and wanted to sell it. When the owner of the dealership looked at the ATV he noticed a VIN plate had been welded over the original VIN plate, stated the detective’s report. The owner then told Vieyra he wouldn’t buy the ATV and contacted the sheriff’s of ce. According to the detective, when he checked the VIN on the yellow ATV he learned that the number was supposed to be displayed on a green 2002 Honda Rancher TRX. The detective said a closer inspection of the 2007 Honda Rancher TRX 420 indicated that it had not been re-painted and that yellow was its original color. He also found the correct VIN for the 2007 Honda under the seat, which conrmed that the VIN plate on the ATV had been altered. Detective Shireman said his investigation is continuing. Man reportedly tried to sell altered ATV Arturo Vieyra


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Okeechobee News August 7, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Florida Power and Light gained approval Tuesday to build up to two towers to measure the speed of winds to see if a wind power project is feasible in this area. The towers would be allowed on agriculture land near the Okeechobee County line but no exact site has yet been determined. The Commission approved the text amendment Tuesday night in a 5-0 vote after a public hearing in Fort Pierce. The towers must be 300 feet away from all property lines, and can’t exceed 500 square feet. They must also have a six-foot fence. St. Lucie County Senior Planner Jeff Johnson said there has been no public opposition to the temporary placement of these towers. He said FPL will study the use of wind turbines as a clean energy source. They will collect the data over 12-18 months. He said few residences would be impacted. Resident Peter Degen said the people on the beaches were very relieved that this testing would take place in the western part of the county. He still questioned whether wind speeds would be a good energy source in this part of Florida, “FPL has left open the option of a permit for the beaches. It is not a dead issue as far as FPL is concerned.” He presented information that there is a lack of wind speed in the county. He said between 60 and 80 percent of the time there isn’t enough wind to make these turbines work. He questioned why the results of the study couldn’t be made available to the public, “Does FPL have a proprietary right to wind speed or physics?” Mr. Degen said the county won’t have the resources to do independent ndings and be at the mercy of what FPL shows them. The wind speeds are between two and four miles per hour in western St. Lucie County and the county couldn’t have lights, air conditioning or any electricity if residents depended on the wind turbines, he added. St. Lucie Commissioners Tod Mower y said the test amendment would allow the use and is not speci c to FPL. “This is a zoning issue as it relates to this use not to what FPL is providing. They aren’t presenting this. We can listen to wind speed discussions but there is nothing being proposed about a wind turbine right now. The issue right no w is does somebody have the right to put a tower to measure wind speed on their own property.” W ind tower project approved for St. Lucie County Okeechobee News/ Diana WhitehallKiwanis guestThe Thursday, Aug. 4, Kiwanis meeting was held at The Lodge at the Lake Family Restaurant. In the photo left to right are Don Kelly who introduced his speaker, Celeste Watford, Tax Collector, and Jim Vensel, Kiwanis member. Celeste talked to the Kiwanis Club about the new changes for the Drivers License Facility and how the Tax Collector’s of ce is in the process of working out the details to take over their duties and keep the facility in Okeechobee. She also talked about all of the pertinent information you must provide to renew your license and once this is done, you do not have to provide this information again and this stems from 9/11, you must be ID compliant. To receive more information, please visit www.gathergoget.com. Glades budget deal all but done By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Glades County Commissioners approved a tentative $24.7 million budget with only short discussions this summer. The tax rate of 9.1367 mills is identical to last year as is the Municipal Taxing Unit for the Sheriff and Law Enforcement of 1.95 mills. County Manager Wendell Taylor said there will be no layoffs but no employee will receive a raise this year. The budget includes plans to build a new re station in the Moore Haven area. All of the constitutional of cers requested budget decreases this year. The tentative plan included requests for $218,340 for the Supervisor of Elections Ofce, $445,639 for the Tax Collector, $530,292 for the Property Appraiser, $377,045 for the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and $3.17 million for the Sheriffs Department. The budget also included $4.76 million in ad valorem taxes a reduction of $311,277, a reduction of approximately 6-percent. The Veterans Services Of ce would receive $22,838, the Planning Department $248,636, Code Enforcement $57,727, Community Services $110,538, $167,300 for Court House Maintenance, $359,680 for the Fire Department, and $57,110 for Animal Control. In addition the County Attorney would receive $132,326, the Health Department $154,586, and Economic Development $34,560. The MSTU for Law Enforcement will raise $1.1 million this year a reduction of $57,000, or about 5-percent.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 1796 Highway 441N € Okeechobee, FL34972 (863) 763 2151 € RaulersonHospital.comFor more than 30 years Raulerson Hospital has been your community hospital, providing quality patient care twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Many impactful changes have occurred in healthcare over that time, including: technological advancements in equipment and procedures, introduction of the HIPPAPrivacy Rule and even the very pharmaceuticals used to treat patientsneeds, have evolved from tedious research studies and trials. One thing that will never change is our commitment and responsibility to provide you and your family with safe, quality health care services in a professional manner.Some of the services available include:Emergency Care Twenty-four hours, seven days a week, Emergency Room care Radiology X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI, CATScan, and Nuclear Medicine Rehabilitation Including physical therapy, speech therapy, & occupational therapy Surgical Services Including colon/rectal surgery, ear nose and throat surgery, endoscopic surgery, general surgery, gynecology, orthopedic, podiatry, stereotactic breast surgery, TIF (for chronic heartburn), vascular surgery and urology If you have not been to Raulerson Hospital recently for your medical needs, come and experience the quality patient care we provide everyday; because We are Raulerson!For a physician referral or health information contact Consult-A-Nurse at 1-800-449-8642 To schedule an appointment contact 877-331-7027. Emory Walker Company (863) 763-6742 208 S.W. 5th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 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 independently owned and operated businesses. Receive up to $1,300 in Rebates*with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort SystemAND up to $500 in Federal Tax Credits** 13 Okeechobee News A ugust 7, 2011 ELIs Elis Western Wear907 NW Park St. Okeechobee 863-763-2984 Raulerson Hospital is going tobacco free on Nov. 1. After this time, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted — inside or outside — on hospital property. This initiative will include the elimination of designated areas outside Raulerson Hospital where employees, patients and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products. Nationally more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunode ciency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined, according to the American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a healthcare organization, the hospital is committed to the health and safety of employees and patients. They believe that they have a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue, and establishing our entire campus as tobaccofree rmly supports that belief. Hospitals nationwide are taking leadership roles in their communities on the major health issue of tobacco use by becoming tobaccofree facilities. Projecting a healthy image and providing a safe, tobaccofree environment for patients, visitors and employees are wellaligned initiatives for healthcare facilities, such as hospitals. Locally, such initiatives also support the state’s goal of becoming a TobaccoFree Florida. The US Surgeon General has con rmed that exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke is a serious health hazard and that there is no risk-free level of exposure. Tobacco use in and around hospitals poses health and safety risks for patients, employees and visitors. Raulerson’s decision to go tobaccofree is not an attempt to force anyone to quit using tobacco products. Rather, the tobaccofree initiative is a concrete way to demonstrate the hospital’s ongoing commitment to healthy living. They are asking for community support in Raulerson’s tobaccofree initiative as they move toward Nov. 1, 2011. Initiating tobaccofree facilities is not uncommon for area hospitals. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and St. Lucie Medical Center, who along with Raulerson Hospital comprise HCA’s (Hospital Corporation of America) Treasure Coast Market, are both already tobaccofree zones. Raulerson Hospital Chief Executive Of cer Robert Lee explains “The ban on tobacco use on Raulerson Hospital’s property is a natural extension of HCA’s mission and commitment to the care and improvement of human life.” Raulerson Hospital is offering early communication of this news, respecting that planning a quit date is an important step in the quitting process. Working in conjunction with the Okeechobee County Health Department and other tobaccofree partnership resources, Raulerson Hospital will support those community members affected by this new health and wellness policy. This article was provided by Raulerson Hospital. Raulerson Hospital to be tobacco free campus Special to the Okeechobee NewsRed Hat ladies form new groupMeet the newest Red Hat Ladies in Okeechobee. 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Although two men testi ed to hearing the crash and seeing a white and green Ford F-350 pickup pull away from the scene, neither saw the driver. In her opening arguments to the jury, Ms. Henne said the only thing her client was guilty of was owning a pickup that matched the description of the one involved in the early evening crash. Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) reports stated that the pickup pulled out of the club's driveway directly into the path of the oncoming motorcycle around 8:24 p.m. Although Mr. Wilde "locked up" the brakes of his 2008 Sportster, he could not avoid hitting the rear door area of the crew cab pickup. In testimony Friday morning, Aug. 5, Mr. W ilde said he is still suffering ill effects from the accident. Under direct examination by A ssistant State Attorney Jeff Davis, Mr. Wilde said he injured his right leg, ruptured his spleen and injured his brain. "I wobble when I walk and I can't think v ery well," he told the jury. When asked about the crash, Mr. Wilde said he had no memory of the accident at all. He told Mr. Davis that he remembers leaving Orlando and stopping in Yee Haw J unction to get a cup of coffee "because I w as a little chilly." He remembers leaving Yee Haw Junction and then heading south on U.S. 441. But, that's where his recollection of that night's events end. OCSO Deputy Matt Hurst, the rst law enforcement of cer on the scene, told the jury he found a man lying on the highway and w hen he shined his ashlight into the man's eyes there was no response. "I called out to him several times but I got no response and his breathing was very, very shallow," testi ed Deputy Hurst. That Friday night was steak night at the Eagles Club and as Richard Phillips and his wife were leaving the club with their steak dinners they saw Felt fumbling with his keys as he tried to unlock the door to his green and white Ford pickup. "I offered to take him home but he said he would sleep it off in his truck," testi ed Mr. Phillips. Mr. Phillps went on to tell the jury that he saw Felt stagger as he tried to walk. And although an Eagles Club bartender testi ed Thursday that she only served Felt three or four Budweiser Light beers, a blood alcohol test done on Felt some three hours after the accident told a different story. Ruth Vacha, a forensic toxicologist in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's (FDLE) lab in Orlando, told the six-member jury that she tested Felt's blood sample twice and the results were the samehis blood alcohol level was .221. Under state law it is illegal to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher. When Deputy Hurst questioned Felt at his home about the accident, the man maintained that he did not remember being involved in an accident. When asked about that statement, Ms. Vacha said with a blood alcohol level of .221 it would be entirely possible that he did not remember the accident. However, pointed out Mr. Davis, he should have. He alluded to the testimony of Daniel Hughes and Raymond Elliott Jr. Both men told the jury they were at the drive through of Barracuda's, a restaurant/ bar located next to the Eagles Club, when the accident occurred. And even though neither man actually saw the crash, they both testi ed to hearing the motorcycle hitting the truck. Mr. Elliott testi ed that he did see the pickup truck pull away from the scene and drive north on U.S. 441. "His intoxicated state is no excuse for not realizing he was in an accident," said Mr. Davis. DUIContinued From Page 1 cers cannot give their employees a raise unless county employees get a similar raise. It is not known if the supervisor of election's budget contains a salary increase. Since salaries are a recurring expense Major Noel Stephen, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), suggested the possibility of a one-time 3 percent bonus. He noted that this would help offset 3 percent OCSO employees are now required to pay into their retirement fund. Even with the bonus, Maj. Stephen said the sheriff could still provide the level of serv ice expected of his of ce. He went on to say that, by being frugal and not lling some open positions, Sheriff Paul May has money available to give OCSO employees the one-time bonus. And even with the bonus, the sheriff will still have money available to return to the county as he has in years past. By giving employees the bonus, Maj. Stephen said it would not only help them but it would also help the Okeechobee community because the employees would have some extra money to spend. "If the sheriff is willing to do thatthat's huge," said Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. Commissioners took no formal action to change the provisional millage rate and will discuss the budget again as part of their regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 23.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. TAXESContinued From Page 1 Third annual ‘Tween Summit is plannedCome one Come all Tweens and parents to the Third Annual Shared Services of Okeechobee County Tween Summit.' The event is for children ages 10-12. 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.


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Quali ed candidates will possess excellent customer service, communication and cash handling skills. Applicants must be available to work any assigned shift between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm Monday through Friday as well as every Saturday between 8:30 am and 1:00 pm. High school diploma or equivalency required, bilingual helpful. Apply on-line at: www.mid orida.com Drug Free Workplace For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. 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 Furniture CHERRY WOOD Dining room table 6 chairs. Like new. Cost $2500. Asking $200 (863)946-1005 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Pets/SuppliesCKC reg. Minature Dachshund Stunning 4 mos old dapple male, adorable, smart $350.00. (863)801-6144 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments2bd/2ba Very clean, quiet neighborhood located in the city. $700 monthly plus security. Non Smoking, No pets Call 863-634-4751 Beane Point Apartments Apts. are furnished and all utilities paid. Adult complex, no pets or children. Required sec. dep. + one week rent. 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Ft. of ce bldg. @ 210 NE 3rd Ave. Call 863-763-0295 Condos/Townhouses Rent Taylor Creek Condo 2/1, On water, furnished Pool, Dock. $850/mo + 1st & sec. Short term rates also available Call (863)634-8757 TAYLOR CREEK Condos: Avail. Immed. Fully furnished, Pool, Tennis & Boat Dock 1br/1ba + Utilities. $625. Annual Lease. 215-359-7779 TREASURE ISLAND 3/2 MH, $700 mo. + utilities. & TAYLOR CREEK CONDO 1/1, $725 mo. Utilities included. 863-824-0981 Houses-Rent 2 bed, 1 bath Newly remodeled Chefs kitchen $675 mo. 772-359-0076 3 Bedroom 1 Bath private home, 2 carports and garage, fully furnished, washer & dryer $1000 monthly (954)658-0108 1008 SW 2nd Ave Okee. A frame in town 3BR 2BA w/d, laundry room, screened porch, garage, non smoking env., small pets ok. $950/mo. + 1st, last, $500 sec. (941)504-3954. Houses-Rent Adorable Cottage Large 2bdr/1ba. Tiled shower/ oors. Ceiling fans & Crown molding. City water, laundry fac. & play ground. $650 mo. plus sec. Utilities NOT included. Non smoking & No Pets. Call 561-797-0246. AFFORDABLE New Houses, 3/1/1 = $900, 3/2/2 = $1100, Large yards. Bring pets. Washer/Dryer included. Call 561-723-2226 BRICK HOME 3BR, newly decorated. 725 NE 14th Ave., $600/mo, 1st & last mo. security. Call 772-359-7378 DIXIE RANCH 3 bedroom/ 2 bath House, $800 mo. & security. (863)763-7032 Dixie Ranch Acres area 3 br clean, quiet $700/mo. water & lawn care included. $200 security. NO DOGS. Call 863-610-0001 IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/ 2Ba, $1,000 mo. + 1st, last, sec. & refs. Call Barry for more info. 772-216-1461 IN TOWN 2BR, 2BA, W&D, porch, lawn serv. small pet ok, Non-smk. env., $800 mo., 1st last & $500 sec. 941-504-3954 INDIAN HAMMOC K House on 2.5 acres 3/2 equine friendly. Horse Barn. $1400/mo (863)467-0831. Large CBS 5 acres, 2/2 w/of ce, replace, tac k room, fenced, surrounded by shady oa k tree’s and wildlife @ end of private road. Well kept w/lots o f room. No smoking. Must have veri able job/references. 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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee and Glades County farmers are eligible for Farm Service agency emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program part of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. Florida Governor Rick Scott requested a disaster declaration for farmers due to losses caused by the ongoing drought and related disasters. There were 27 counties listed as primary disaster area for drought and heat between Jan. 1 and July 13. Osceola County and Palm Beach County were among the primary counties. Okeechobee Extension Agent III Dan Culbert said the declaration allows producers to apply for emergency loans. “Local producers must be able to document their losses to be eligible for these loans,” he said. Producers can contact the USDA Farm Service Agency Loan Manager in Palm Beach County, Bob Brandenburg at 561-792-2727 for more information on how to apply. Diane Conway with the USDA said livestock and dairy producers can sign up for the livestock forage program which is based on the US Drought Monitor. Most farmers in Okeechobee, Glades and Highlands Counties will quality for a 90-day payment on the number of head they had at the beginning of the grazing period March 1st. Farmers can collect based on a formula that considers feed needs, available feed, the number of head, pasture type, and the number of acres. Mr. Culbert said the drought has been tough on Okeechobee vegetable farmers and has also hurt dair y and beef cattle production. The drought index has been particularly high for the past year. Farmers have eight months to apply for this assistance. Local Farm Service of ces can provide farmers additional information. County eligible for disaster area relief Houses Rent“Nice!”Waterfront House: For rent or sale. 2bd/1ba in Buckhead Ridge, furnished, desirable location. Rent $800 monthly, Sale 100% nancing possible. Call Sheryl 561-746-0448 or 561-352-5977 OKEE 2/1, $459 mo. or 3/2, $620 mo. Beautiful ranch homes located 12 miles N.E. of town. Lawn, pest, trash, and water incl. Pasture avail. Recently Updated. Move in special. Mon-Fri. 863-467-9800. No Pets. OKEECHOBEE (SE Section) 3 br/2 ba, with carport. Nice neighborhood. $850 mo. plus Sec. 863-634-1567. RoommateFEMALE ROOMMATE Brand New Apts. Your own furnished Studio apt. Private entrance with Cable, A/C, HS Internet provided. $100/wk $200 to move in. Call (863)801-8278 VacationRentalsChoose 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses Sale2BA 2BA handicap friendly house built in 2003. Sits on 1/2 acre. Comes furnished. $250,000 (863)357-3972. 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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles1997 Lincoln Town car, executive sedan, 4D. 159,000 mileage, V8 automatic, ac, leather seats, good tires. All amenities. Excellent condition $3650 757-535-1704 Autos WantedMy husband passed away recently. Desperately in need of vehicle. Please with all your heart, donate your extra car or truck for tax deduction. 863-357-6835 Vans‘76 Conversion van $1500 772-359-0076 17 Okeechobee News A ugust 7, 2011 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds ACROSS 1 Giant Mel et al. 5 Skating jumps 10 Ballpark figs. 14 Beat to a froth 15 Euripides tragedy 16 Predicament 17 Pre-euro denaro 18 *Singly 20 *Gathering of reporters 22 Authorized, briefly 23 ... the morn ... 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Drum, by Pat’s Country Kitchen, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;  Friday, Aug. 19 at Walgreen’s from 1 to 7 p.m.; and, Saturday, Aug. 27 at Wal-Mart from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blood drives planned 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.My Aunt’s house conducts back to school driveMy 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 863-6342306 and make arrangements to drop the items off at 202 N.E. 2nd Street, Suite 1 (of ce building behind CVS Pharmacy).


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The ‘Chobee Firestix softball team competed in seven games and nished 17th in the nation at the USSSA World Series Tournament held from July 23-30 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World Sports. “The girls represented Okeechobee well and had a great experience as they played teams from New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia and other states,” Coach Kim Hargraves said. Okeechobee won three games, lost three, and tied another during the tournament. Okeechobee tied the Elite Gamers of Georgia in the rst game. Jordan Lawlis went 2-3 with two singles and pitched well for the Firestix. Kelli Chapman added two hits. Okeechobee defeated Ormond Beach, Florida 9-4 in their second game. Megan Hargraves and Jordan Lawlis combined on a 4-hitter. Chapman had three hits, Hargraves had a double, and Carrie Wharin and Bailie Shurley had hits to lead the Firestix offense. Okeechobee lost 10-4 the Psycho Chicks from New Jersey in the third game of the tournament. Miranda McClanahan had two hits and Brittani Mellette added a hit for the Okeechobee stars. Okeechobee defeated the New Jersey Comets in their fourth game 5-4. Chapman and Hargraves both had doubles while Wharin and Jordan Lawlis both had two hits for Okeechobee. Okeechobee won the fth game 7-3 as Lawlis had two hits, Hargraves and Raylee Coleman both went 3-3 and McClanahan had two hits. The Dirt Diamonds of South Carolina defeated Okeechobee 11-0 in game six. Hargraves had two hits and Michaela Myers added a triple for the Firestix. Okeechobee lost 11-0 to the Tennessee Pride in the nal game of the tournament. Lawlis had two singles and Myers added a single for Okeechobee. “This experience as a whole was a great one for the girls and they did well representing this community. They left Orlando with memories that will be treasured for a lifetime,” Hargraves added. Players on the Firestix 12 and under team included Jordan Lawlis, Michaela Myers, Brittani Mellette, Hannah Collier, Maci Collier, Ariel Girardi, Kelli Chapman, Michelle Larowe, Megan Hargraves, Savannah Miller, Bailie Shurley, Carrie Wharin, Kassie Weldon, Raylee Coleman and Miranda McClanahan. The Firestix also thanked a number of local businesses that made the trip possible. Sponsors included the Law Of ce of Gerald Lefebvre, Hungry Howies, Publix, Winn Dixie, Jorge and Serina Sanchez, John Whidden with Gold Parties, Lucky Lanes, George Marshall, and the Okeechobee Christian Church. 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The Okeechobee Shockwaves Recreational Swim League Team represented their community well at the South Florida Recreational Swim League Championships in Coral Springs last weekend. During the three-day swim meet, the Shockwaves competed against hundreds of the best swimmers from teams from all over South Florida—from Sebastian to Miami. Many of those teams have the facilities to practice and compete year round, while the Shockwaves practice less than four months a year, due to the limited availability of the swimming pool. Shockwaves Coach Laura Luchetta was pleased that many of the Okeechobee swimmers placed in the top 10 for their events. Some of the events had 70 swimmers or more entered. Swimmers competed in heats w ith up to 10 swimmers in each heat, and the scores are based on the times. Groupings for the heats are based on the “seed times,” the swimmer’s best time in a previous competition. In many races there were only a few seconds difference between rst and 10th places The difference between rst and second places can be a fraction of a second. In the Girls 15-18 50-Yard Breaststroke, J ordan Bolan placed seventh with a time of 42.86 seconds. The winner came in at 36.06 seconds. Bolan also took eighth place in the Girls 15-19 50-Yard Butter y with 36.09 seconds. The winning time was 29.18 seconds. In the Boys 15-18 50-Yard Freestyle, Dalton Hodges and Ryan Register tied for eighth place with a time of 26.91 seconds. The winning time in that race was 22.15 seconds. Hodges placed 10th in the 50-Yard Breaststroke with 36.66 seconds. The winner in that race came in at 30.32 seconds. Hodges placed fth in the Boys 15-18 100Y ard Individual Medley with a time of 1:16.12 (one minute, 16.12 seconds). The winning time in the race was 59.73 seconds. Register took sixth place in the Boys 1518 50-Yard Butter y with 32.67 seconds. The w inning time was 24.30 seconds. In the Girls 13-14 200-Yard Medly Relay, the Shockwaves team of Hunter Bosworth, A licia Santos, Masie Trent and Aubrie Reister came in second with a time of 2:31.58. The w inning time was 2:18.84. In the Girls 13-14 200-Yard Freestyle Relay, the team of Register, Trent, Santos and Bosw orth placed fourth with a time of 2:16.68. The winning time was 1:59. Register took 10th place in the Girls 1314 50-Yard Backstroke with 40.88 seconds. The winning time for the race was 33.08 seconds. Bosworth placed 10th in the Girls 13-14 50-Yard Butter y with 37.89 seconds. The w inning time was 30.68 seconds. In the Girls, 13-14 50-Yard Freestyle, Bosw orth took fth placed with a time of 30.09 seconds. The winning time in that race was 26.95 seconds. In the Boys 11-12 50-Yard Freestyle, Michael Muros placed sixth overall with a time of 30.72 seconds. The winning time in that race was 27.37 seconds. Muros placed eighth in the Boys 11-12 50-Yard Breaststroke with a time of 43.89 seconds. The winning time in that race was 37.32 seconds. In the Boys 11-12 50-Yard Backstroke, Muros placed seventh with a time of 41.22 seconds. The winning time was 35.51 seconds. In the Girls 8 and Under 100-Yard Individual Medley, Mattie Garcia took eighth place with a time of 1:57.45 seconds. The winning time was 1 minute, 37.19 seconds. In the Boys 8 and Under 100-Yard Individual Medley, Zachary Register took ninth place with 2:27.1. The winning time was 1:33.32. In the Girls 11-12 200-Yard Medley Relay, the Shockwaves team of Morgan Bolan, Andee Garcia, Mikaela Queen and Savannah Goggans just missed making the top ten. They came in 11th with a time of 3:16.9. The Okeechobee Shockwaves Team is sponsored by the Okeechobee County Recreation Department, and is open to swimmers age 18 and under. 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Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL34974 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 19 Okeechobee News A ugust 7, 2011 Shockwaves do well in swim league championships Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Okeechobee Shockwaves Swim Team celebrated their successful season with a party at the Okeechobee Sports Complex on Tuesday. Team members present included: Trisha Lara, Michael Muros, Masie Trent, Mikaela Queen, Jessica Suit, Aubrie Reister, Madeleine Bean, Jordan Bolan, Coach Laura Luchetta, Heather Hotmire, Alicia Santos, Nathanael Bean, Sydney Hendrix, Morgan Bolan, Zachary Jackson, Judele Root, Zachary Reister, Vanessa Johnson, Cuyler Maxwell, Rylann Maxwell, Aleah Pritchard, Natalie Mitchell. Not pictured are: Hunter Bosworth, Olivia Burnette, Payton Byrd, Gracie Gamiotea, Macy Gamiotea, Andee Garcia, Mattie Garcia, Savannah Goggans, Dalton Hodges, Meghann Hotmire, Celena Letcher, Billie Levitt, Kailey May, Courtney Murphy, Ryan Reister, Deven Tedders, Katie VanBeek, Savanna Whitlock, Cameron Whitlock and Samantha Wine. Any OHS Girls interested in trying-out for the Lady Brahman Golf Team will meet at 4 p.m. on Aug. 15, at the Okeechobee Golf & Country Club. You must have a completed physical to participate. For more information call Coach Stuart at 863-634-7841. Lady Brahman Golf team tryouts open


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