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Publication Date: 10-02-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, October 2, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 118 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 11.13 feetLast Year: 14.12 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given i n feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Boats to race on Taylor Creek ... Page 10 City may add new park ... Page 3 NEWSTORE1865HWY70WWEACCEPTWHENYOUPURCHASEACARWASHAnyRegularly PricedMenuItem!With Coupon Only € Exp. 10/31/1110¢ offa gallon of gas20% offAnyCarWashWith Coupon Only € Exp. 10/31/11$2off8633570106 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenTaxidermist Newt Mattson chose a peaceful scene for this two-headed calf, born earlier this year on an Okeechobee dairy. The calf only lived a few minutes. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News When a rare two-headed calf was born at an Okeechobee dairy, and died just minutes after birth, the owner started to dispose of it. “We had it in the back of the truck and were going to get rid of it. I stopped and said, ‘how often do you see that’?” recalled Keith Rucks. He decided to preserve the unusual Two headed calf born on Okeechobee dairy farmSee CALF — Page 8 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County School District’s Race to the Top Grant funding has been stalled by the negotiation process but both the district personnel and the teachers’ union representatives indicated they are making some progress. Early last week, there was concern that the district could lose the federal grant funding if they did not meet the Sept. 30 deadline for approval of the teacher evaluation process. The two sides did not come to an agreement at their Sept. 28 meeting, but the Florida Department of Education has given them a little breathing room by freezing the funds. “The Department of Education won’t remove us from the Race to the Top, but the y will not allow us access to the funds until we complete the requirements,” Okeechobee Teacher ‘merit pay’ negotiations continueSee RACE — Page 12 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppBruce Bennett was shocked to nd that several thousand dollars she had hidden in a jacket was gone. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Bruce Bennett is an elderly and very trusting woman and, because of that, someone she thought of as a ‘trusted friend’ may have robbed her of over $6,000. Mrs. Bennett, 90, claims a total of $6,340 in cash was stolen from her closet. “It has hurt me bad—very bad. She took my money to give to her boyfriend,” Mrs. Bennett alleged. But, as it often is when cash is stolen, there isn’t much a local detective can do to help Mrs. Bennett. “I can’t do anything with the case. I can’t prove that lady took the money. The lady admits to knowing it was in the shoe,” said Detective Bettye Taylor of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD). “I’ve interviewed everyone. The suspect came in, gave us a statement, and said she didn’t do it.” On June 3, Mrs. Bennett and her friend went to a local bank where her friend told a bank teller that Mrs. Bennett wanted $4,000 in cash. Mrs. Bennett, who lives alone since her husband died several years ago, said she was talking to someWoman’s trust cost her over $6,000See TRUST — Page 6


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Other Items of Interest: CHECK IT OUT!WHOINTERNATIONAL GOLD, SILVER & DIAMOND BUYERSWHATOPEN TO THE PUBLIC TO SELL THEIR GOLD, SILVER, DIAMONDS & TREASURESWHEREHOLIDAY INN EXPRESS 3101 US HIGHWAY 441 S. OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974WHENOCTOBER 3RD 8TH MONDAY…FRIDAY 9AM…6PM SATURDAY 9AM…4PMDIRECTIONS 863.357.3529 INFORMATION 217.787.7767 By Debi LambertSTAFF WRITER Okeechobee -area residents are in for a rare treat when the International Gold, Silver and Diamond Buyers (IGSDB) host an event here, from October 3rd 8th, at the Holiday Inn Express The company has identied this region as prime territory for purchasing your precious metals„especially gold and silver. The IGSDB estimates that local residents have millions of dollars worth of valuables that they no longer need or want. That is where the IGSDB comes in„they specialize in buying those items from local sellers in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Items like gold coins, scrap gold, sterling silver and tea sets also diamond rings are in high demand right now, and IGSDB is purchasing massive quantities of them on behalf of their global network of collectors, dealers and reneries. Currently on an international tour, IGSDB has included Okeechobee on its list of stops for this week. Residents are urged to mark their calendar for this special opportunity to meet one-on-one with gold, silver and diamond specialists. Because of IGSDBs low overhead, extensive resources and massive volume, the company is often able to pay out more than other dealers and retailers. Many customers are surprised at how much they are offered for seemingly small amounts. I had two bent herringbone necklaces, a class ring, and some outdated earrings that I brought to a show. I walked out with $425 in less than 15 minutes,Ž said a satised guest. Providing an economic boost to each region it visits, the IGSDB projects to pay out $350,000 at each event„a testament to the high volume of items they purchase and the prime prices being paid. Offers are made based on rarity, numismatic value, condition and market value. Company spokesman Matthew Enright says, We just paid $4,700 for a loose 1.25„carat diamond. Our mission is to pay local residents on the spot for sterling silverware, ne jewelry, coins and precious metals„especially silver and gold.Ž The company has seen a huge inux of gold lately. Customers have been scrambling to cash into the recordhigh value of gold,Ž adds Enright. For those who are unsure if their items are genuine gold or silver, or simply costume, company will test it for free. The best strategy is to bring all items to the show for a free evaluation from our specialists. It always amazes me how a small handful of gold and silver can turn into hundreds of dollars in just a few moments. We test, weigh, and buy items right on the spot,Ž Enright says. At a recent show, a small„town dentist had a nice pay day. I have been collecting dental gold for years from patients who didnt want their extracted teeth. It really added up„my check is for over $31,000!Ž While most people dont have buckets of dental gold at their ngertips, they do have $750 worth of scrap gold scattered throughout their homes or mismatched earrings. In addition to scrap gold, ne jewelry and diamonds, coins are a big hit. Offers will be made on all coins dated 1970 and earlier„gold coins, silver, silver dollars, half dollars, quarters, nickels and dimes. Enright explains, U.S. coins made before 1965 are worth more than their legal tender amount because they contain 90% silver. Rare dates and mint marks can make them even more valuable. We recently paid $78,000 for an amazing coin collection. One couple brought in a rusty coffee can lled with silver coins, sawdust, and a dead spider. The can had been in the basement for years. We were happy to send them home with a check for more than $700!Ž Okeechobee -area residents should start collecting their valuables now to bring to the free event, which runs Monday Saturday Deals will be made and money will be paid on the spot. Attendance is expected to be high, but no appointment is needed. Enright encourages everyone to take advantage of this special opportunity to meet directly with specialists from the International Gold, Silver and Diamond Buyers. He concludes, Its a great chance for people to cash in their old diamonds, jewelry, coins and scrap gold. This is a sellers market, so dont miss out!Ž PAID ADVERTISEMENTInternational Gold, Silver and Diamond Buyers paying on the spot for valuables this week in Okeechobee Costume & Gold Jewelry Silver Gold Coins Wrist & Pocket Watches Military Items Scrap Gold & Silver Diamonds 2 Okeechobee News October 2, 2011


The Seventh Annual Halloween Festival w ill be held at the Agri-Civic Center on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Activities will include a costume contest, haunted house, kid’s korral and over 40 booths of games, candy and prizes. Admission and parking are free to the public! The Annual Halloween Festival is hosted in collaboration with Okeechobee Main Street, Inc., The Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee, the Board of County Commissioners, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce and the City of Okeechobee Police Department and is provided as a safe alternative to door-to-door, trick-or-treating. Any business or individual who would like to set up a booth at no charge, volunteer or donate candy, prizes or monetary donations should contact Cindy Birdashaw at the Main Street Of ce (863) 357-6246. Candy collection boxes are currently at the following locations: WOKC radio station, SeaCoast North, SeaCoast South, Katie’s Pet Parlor, Ultimate Gamer, Pueblo Viejo, Okeechobee Golf and Country Club, Bank of America, Toni’s Chic Boutique, Rustic Style and Cabins and TD Bank. Donations are graciously accepted and very much appreciated! By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Okeechobee may soon have a new city park. At their meeting on Tuesday, city councilmen will discuss a proposed park on Taylor Creek at S.E. Sixth Avenue and S.E. Seventh Street. Councilmen will also look at the city’s 10-year water supply facilities plan and a drainage project. The proposed park would have a beach v olleyball court, a chickee, picnic tables, a children’s wading pool and other playground features and docks. In accordance with Florida Statutes, the councilmen will consider an ordinance that will coordinate the city’s comprehensive plan with South Florida Water Management’s water conservation plans and establish a 10-year water supply facilities work plan. Under the proposed ordinance the city cannot issue development orders or permits unless Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) states that it can provide an adequate potable water supply. All new development must connect to OUA water and sewer, if available. When existing developments change ownership, if OUA water and sewer are available, they must be utilized. Councilmen will also consider approval of funding for the S.W. 21st Street storm sewer project. This project includes removing existing storm sewer lines and installation of new drainage features and is expected to cost $586,856.73. Of that total, 75 percent would be paid by a grant. At the Jan. 18, 1955 meeting of the city council approval was given for the closing for a section of N.W. Third Ave. However, the appropriate ordinance to close the street was never recorded with the clerk of the court. Therefore, councilmen will vote on the appropriate ordinance Tuesday night. The mayor is scheduled to proclaim the week of Oct. 5 as International Walk to School Week in the city. Deputy City Clerk Melisa Jahner will be receive Certi ed Municipal Clerk accreditation. The council is scheduled to consider a request from Okeechobee Main Street for temporary street and sidewalk closings on Dec. 9 and 10 for the Annual Christmas Festival and Parade. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. 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Extended ForecastMonday: Sunny, with a high near 86. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. East northeast wind between 5 and 15 mph. Okeechobee Weather Forecast City to consider new park at next meeting If you go ...What: Okeechobee City Council When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4 Where: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Council, 55 S.E. Third Ave. Okeechobee Main Street plans Halloween Festival Farm Bureau to hold Annual Membership meetingOkeechobee County Farm Bureau Annual Membership meeting is being held Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6-8 p.m., at the Civic Center on Hwy. 98N. Members are being asked to bring a covered dish of salad, vegetable or dessert. Steaks, drinks and rolls are being provided by the Okeechobee County Farm Bureau. Please RSVP by Oct. 5, to the Farm Bureau Of ce by calling 863-763-3101.


Lake level There is no one optimum level for the lake. It needs highs and lows to be healthy. If you talk to the biologists, most will say the 11 to 14 feet schedule is probably the best for the sheries. When the lake gets low in t he dry season, the vegetation grows around t he edges and then when it is higher and t hat area is ooded, it provides cover for the y oung sh. Before the dike was built, the lake spread out over a much larger area. T he dike contained it and so the water gets deeper and if it is too deep, it drowns out t he vegetation and leaves the sh no where t o spawn and no cover. The 15-17 ft. schedule they had back in the early 80s nearly des troyed the sheries. The droughts helped t he sh populations come back because it c reated the needed spawning areas around t he edges of the lake. From the photos I have s een in the paper lately of shing tournaments, it looks like the shing is good right now. If the problem is getting the boats out t here, then why not look at building longer ramps or digging some deeper navigation c anals. T rash My husband and I enjoy going to public places in the county such as Nubbin Slough, Lock 7 and along the Kissimmee River. But more and more lately we are disgusted by t he amount of trash that is left in these public places. There are beer bottles, dirty diapers and even bags of trash that appears to come from someone’s home just thrown on the ground. Obviously these people were not raised properly. There is no reason to leave t rash all over these lovely places where others go to enjoy nature. Okeechobee County has mandatory garbage pickup. All they have t o do is leave their bags of garbage in front of their homes by the road on trash day. We all already pay for this service. Please do not litter in our county parks. We go there to see t he water, the birds and the alligators—not y our trash.Stop ethanol use The government should not be making laws requiring us to use ethanol in our gas tanks. Ethanol harms our engines and also is a poor use for corn, a food crop. If more corn is used for ethanol, that is less that can be exported that depend on the United States for their food supply. A reduction in exports is bad for the country, which already has a trade de cit.  Every dollar we spend on Ethanol is one less dollar that the foreign countries get from their oil to use for tearing down the USA!  Ethanol can be made from many sources, such as material left from squeezing oranges and I believe even from sugar cane. If it weren’t for government controls we could grow all the corn we want to and ship whatever amount we want to other countries and still have enough for our own corn akes, without people seizing every story and opportunity to increase prices.  I have long been against adding ethanol to fuel. Ethanol provides far fewer BTUs of energy than petroleum fuel (makes a hidden energy tax in every gallon), increases the amount of water in fuels (alcohol is hygroscopic, it attracts water, which then accumulates at the bottom of fuel tanks and causes corrosion) and makes fuel less stable over time (problem for vehicles not used regularly, such as boats. lawn mowers, collector cars). Ehanol also dries out rubber hoses and gaskets, particularly in older model vehicles; this can lead to fuel leaks and maybe even res. Further, these reasons do not even touch upon the political boondoggle of ethanol subsidies which we all pay for in taxes.Debit card fees I saw on the news that some larger banks plan to start charging a $5 a month fee to use your debit card, starting the rst of the year. I think that is going too far. If they start charging to use the debit card, I will either start carrying cash or else nd a new bank. They need to rethink this plan now, before they lose all their customers.Stop for school buses I think everyone needs a Huge reminder of what those yellow then red lights mean on the school buses! At my elementary school stop, I have people ying through the lights and if my son had to cross the road, he would have been dead yesterday. Don’t die wondering…By Elder Cary McKeeMore 2 LIfe 2Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” (II Corinthians 5:17) Now I want you to read it again, and again, and again. Now here is the question of the day, really the question of your life, are you a new creation? Hopefully you saw one in the mirror this morning, but if you are not sure, don’t die wondering! The head football coach at Wheaton College in Illinois is a man named Mike Swider. I heard him share this story of many years ago, when he was competing in the Iron Man Triathlon in Hawaii. Of course extreme events such as this one draw a wide variety of people along with a wide variety of motivational sayings, slogans, banners, and T shirts. Mike said he was just nearing the end of a particularly grueling stretch of the race, when he began to close in on a man with these words printed in large letters across the back of his sweat lled shirt, DON’T DIE WONDERING! Of course that saying can get our competitive juices owing as it applies to our athletic endeavors and maybe even inspire us to get up off the couch. But it has application in our spiritual lives that carries much more weight than that. One day every one of us, should the Lord tarry, is going to die. It may be quick and unexpected, or it may be when you are old and feeble. It may be tomorrow, or it may be in 50, 60, or even 70 years, but we all have in common the fact that we will one day take our last breath here on earth. One day your friends and family are going to gather, some preacher is going to say a few words, everyone is going to cry, they are going to lower you into the ground, drop some dirt on you, and everyone else is going to go someplace and have fried chicken and potato salad along with your favorite dessert. At that time all of the important decisions in your life will have already been made, your earthly life lived, your impact made, your legacy left, and your destiny decided. What will happen to you at that point? Don’t die wondering! Now I would like to ask you a question that will lead you to not having to wonder at that point, have you truly been born again? Well you might say, I prayed a praye r once when I was little. You might even sa y I got baptized when I was a kid. You migh t even say yes, I believe in God, or that w e always went to church when I was younger. But none of those things answers th e question—have you truly been born again. Let’s refer back to II Corinthians 5:17. When you prayed that prayer, did it change you? Are you a new creation? Has the old passed away and has the new come, or did you jus t go right on living the same way you always did, con dent because your mama keeps reminding you that you got saved when you were 6. But your momma can’t answer tha t question for you. A relationship with Chris t is real and personal and it will change you! So are you a new creation? If you wer e suddenly taken over by the most, vile demon in hell, do you think it would chang e you? Well of course it would. If today, th e Holy Spirit of the Most High God came into your life, do you believe that would chang e you? YES! There will be without a doubt, a change in your life if you are a new creation. It will be evident not only to you but to all around you. Do you wonder where you will end up? Well don’t die wondering! You can kno w today! Acts 4:12 reminds us that there is no other way to not wonder, other than to hav e a relationship with Jesus Christ. How can you do that, you simply receive Him. John 1:12 says that as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God. How do I receive him? Salvation is free, but you must let go to take hold… Lik e a man swinging from one trapeze bar to th e next, you must let go of one to take hold of the other. To take hold of the Lord with both hands I must let go of my sin. Turning away and taking hold… that is called repentance. (Acts 3:19-20) I would challenge you this morning to simply say, Lord I need you, this world has nothing for me. I know I am a sinner, I am carrying around the weigh t of my sin, please take it from me and wash me clean, I want to follow you. If you mean business with Him then He means business with you. Don’t die wondering, if you ar e not his child, today could be the day of you r salvation. Sunday, October 2, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit 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. 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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) has issued a call for Floridians to submit nominations for the 2011 Woman of the Year in Agriculture A ward. The award, given by the Department in conjunction with the Florida State Fair Authority, recognizes one woman each year w ho has made a signi cant contribution to Florida agriculture. The award has been granted to 27 women since 1985, including Jo Ann Smith (1985), Vina Jean Banks (1999) and Ann Holt (2010) The 2010 Woman of the Year in Agriculture, Ann Holt, was recognized for her contributions to the sweet corn industry over the past 40 years, her membership in numerous agricultural associations and non-pro t groups and overall leadership in the agricultural community, especially in educating Florida's urban residents about the bene ts farming brings to the state. Nominees for the award must be at least 25 years of age, be active in the agriculture industry and have resided in the state of Florida for the past 10 consecutive years. In addition, she must serve her community in some professional and/or civic capacity and have made some unique or outstanding contribution to the agriculture industry. The deadline to submit nominations for the 2011 Woman of the Year in Agriculture A ward is Nov. 15. The recipient will be announced in early December and honored at the Salute to Women in Agriculture luncheon on Feb. 13 at the 2012 Florida State Fair in Tampa. For more information about the program or to download the 2011 nomination application, visit http://www. orida-agriculture. com/agwoman/. For more information about the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com or follow Commissioner Putnam on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. W oman of the Year in Ag nominations open 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 We pledge to operate our newspaper as a public trust. We believe journalists are nothing more than guardians of every citizens right to a free press. We have no authority to compromise, bargain away or dishonor the principles underlying the First Amendment. We dont play loose with the facts. We give notice to your opinions, not ours. We encourage vigorous discussion of public issues, but try to keep everybodys comments within the bounds of fair play. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 5 Okeechobee News October 2, 2011 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Sept. 26-27, 2011 Cows Breaking 45.00 66.00 Cutter 45.00 66.00 Canner 52.00 55.00 Bulls 1000-1500 61.00 76.00 1500-2000 58.00 78.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 555 995 Cows 97 195 Str 9 13 Hfrs 4 13 Bulls 5 16 Yrlngs 42 40 Mix 37 124 Total 749 1396 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 160-185 126-142 250-300 150-176 122-135 300-350 130-150 116-130 350-400 122-140 110-126 400-450 116-132 105-124 450-500 114-128 104-116 550-600 111-124 100-110 600-650 110-119 97-111 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 200-250 125-165 115-128 250-300 125-150 110-126 300-350 115-137 104-120 350-400 114-131 100-116 400-450 106-125 97-110 We're not having those big fall runs yet. Don't know if we will or not. Calf prices stayed about steady, lighter weights and heifers were $1-3 lower. Cows and Bulls keep falling a little bit every week, off $1-2 this week. Lykes Bros. topped the calf market this week with a high of $1.90, bought by D&S. Seminole Tribe and Legg Cattle topped the cow market with a high of $66, bought by Central. Graham Angus bull sale, on Friday, Oct. 14. See ya next week, Todd Angel Food Ministries Angel Food Ministries is available for anyone seeking to stretch their budget! Everyone is eligible! First Baptist Church of Okeechobee is a distribution site, call 863-763-2171, for complete information. Better yet, check out the website, sample menu, order and pay on-line and pick up your food on the appointed day. http:// www.angelfoodministries.com/about/Water Conservation DayOkeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave, will host a Water Conservation Day in conjunction with South Florida Water Management District as part of the morning worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9.


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Jr. celebration and we are asking for any suggestions or assistance with making this celebration a success. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any of the following: George Roberson, president, at 863-610-0973; Bertha Boswell, vice-president, at 863-763-4823; or, Rita Jones, secretary, at 772-380-3518. Your help is appreciated!Democratic council to meetThe Okeechobee Democratic Executive Council will be meeting in a workshop session on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Beef O’Brady’s meeting room. Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome to attend.ConKerr Cancer sit & sewConKerr Cancer’s mission is to provide children with cancer or other life changing illnesses a feeling of warmth, love and a smile through the simple gift of a pillowcase. Our next ConKerr Cancer “sit & sew” will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. This will be held at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to help make a difference to a sick child.Shrine Club plans dinnersBack for another season, the Okeechobee Shrine Club offers a delicious spaghetti dinner every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. starting on Oct. 4 The dinners now offer SMOKE FREE dining. Music is provided from 5 to 8 p.m. for your listening and dancing pleasure. All proceeds go to Shrine bene ts which include the Shriners Hospital, the Shriners Burn Center and scholarships. For more information, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Hospice plans yard saleHospice of Okeechobee’s yard sales in October will be W ednesday, Oct. 5 and Thursday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday Oct. 19, and Thursday, Oct. 20, from 8am until noon. The y ard sale is located at the corner of SE 4th Street and SE 3rd Ave. Donations are accepted Monday thru Friday 8am to noon. For information call 467-2321 or see ther web page www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click on Events tab. Community Events one else and was not paying attention to what the woman was doing. The two women returned to Mrs. Bennett’s home where the friend ‘hid’ the cash in an orthopedic boot in Mrs. Bennett’s closet. Mrs. Bennett said the woman then gave her $1,800 in cash and, apparently, kept the rest. Several days later Mrs. Bennett looked in the boot only to nd that the cash was gone. Then, on June 23, Mrs. Bennett and her friend returned to the bank to get some more cash. “I didn’t ask her to go, she just went because she wanted to,” said Mrs. Bennett. She withdrew $4,140.71 and took it home where she hid the money in a jacket in her closet. About two weeks later, Mrs. Bennett went to the closet only to nd her money was gone. She then called the woman, who had befriended her about 11 or 12 years ago, and asked her about the missing money. She denied taking it. “But, no one’s been in my closet but she and I,” Mrs. Bennett said. “And, there’s no one here but when I’m here.” However, said Detective Taylor, there were apparently other people in and out of Mrs. Bennett’s home during the time the money was supposedly hidden in her closet. “She had neighbors and another lady who has a key to her house, and had her grandkids sleep over. She had multiple people in there,” said the OCPD investigator. “The problem is, we don’t know who else was in there and who got into her shoes or her jacket. I feel bad—I hate it when I can’t resolve something.” Unfortunately, because they live alone and are often times lonely, the elderly can become easy prey. “They’re lonely. They’re the ones who get preyed on, and I don’t know how you stop that because they’re so vulnerable,” said local attorney Tom Conely, who often helps the elderly with their wills and other personal matters. “They’re lonely and they want a con dant. But, sometimes that con dence is misplaced.” Mr. Conely said when he deals with elderly people he likes to talk to them one-on-one and in a quiet fashion. He said this allows him to feel sure that they know what they’re doing and what they’re talking about. He said he also wants to know what medications they’re taking. When asked how the elderly can be protected from those who thrive on taking advantage of them, Mr. Conely said he didn’t know. “There’s almost no answer to that, because even if I counsel them that’s not going to stop it from happening again—they’re still vulnerable,” he said. “It would certainly help them if they had a con dant to speak with, like an attorney or accountant.” Many times, added the local attorney, the elderly will encounter an unscrupulous ‘friend’ who will make out a will for them. Then, the friend tells them to sign it and they do so because of their misplaced trust. But for a will to be legal, he added, there must be two witnesses and neither witness can bene t from the will. The OCPD detective suggested that the elderly leave their cash in the bank and only take out what they need on a daily basis. She went on to say that the elderly should be very cautious about what documents they sign and that they shouldn’t sign anything until someone else, preferably an attorney, goes over it. “They’re (the elderly) susceptible to ‘friends’ who want to help them,” said Detective Taylor. “I just think they played on her (Mrs. Bennett) fears and she made some bad mistakes.” Mrs. Bennett has not only lost someone she considered a friend and a large amount of cash but she’s been left, alone, to pay for her mistake. Financially, she indicated, she’s getting by. “I’m doing the best I can,” she said. “But, it about killed me.” TRUSTContinued From Page 1


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With the cow showing signs of distress, the dairy called in veterinarian “Doc” Jim Harvey. When he examined the cow, he realized the baby had two heads. He performed an emergency Cesarean section to save the cow’s life. The calf was alive when it was born, said Mr. Rucks. It was breathing, but it died after a few minutes, he said. At rst their concern was primarily for the cow, Mr. Rucks explained. But when he started to dispose of the calf’s body, he decided it should be preserved. Mr. Rucks said his wife is not in favor of keeping the mounted calf in their home. “We might put it somewhere for people to see,” he said. “It’s pretty rare,” he said. “Jim Harvey had never delivered one before.” Local taxidermist Newt Mattson said it w as the rst domestic bovine he has worked on, although he has mounted wild animals such as a Cape Buffalo. The nished mount presents the calf lying down but awake. One head looks toward some owers while the other head focuses on a butter y that has landed on its nose. Courtney Davis at the Okeechobee Extension Of ce said two-headed calves are the result of twins that fail to separate completely. It is similar to Siamese twins in humans. The condition, known as Polyceplaly, is a congenital defect, which can be caused by environment or genetic factors, she explained. While there are no statistics available for the incidence of two-headed calves, the incidence of all congenital defects in calves is about .2 to 3.5 percent, she continued. She said two-headed calves do not live very long. There was a recorded case of one that lived for several weeks, and even fed with both heads. “But all recorded cases have died as babies,” she said. “You don’t see any two-headed cows.” CALFContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Humane Society Pet RescuePet of the WeekSweetie is a Miniature Pinscher with a wonderful disposition. She is a tiny girl with a beautiful red color and would be a great addition to any adult home. She is available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863-357-1104. Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenThe two-headed Holstein calf was alive and breathing when it was delivered by C-section, but it died a few minutes later. The veterinarian was able to save the mother cow.


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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News “This has turned into much more than I thought it would,” said J. D. Mixon, originator of the Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta. He wanted to honor his friend, the late A dam Bryant, who passed away in 2004 as the result of spinal cord injury, with a scholarship fund raising event. The event had to be something that exempli ed Mr. Bryant, w hom Mr. Mixon called a “free spirit.” Mr. Mixon wanted it to be an event Mr. Bryant w ould be proud of. Mr. Mixon hopes to earn $6,000 for a scholarship to send an Okeechobee resident to re ghting school. His friend was a volunteer re ghter for the city and was attending re ghting school before his accident. The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee. “This is all for fun,” Mr. Mixon said. The idea for the minimal regatta was inspired by an event he saw in Key West. A minimal regatta is a home made boat race, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, in Taylor Creek, just south of the City Boat Ramp at 701 S.E. Sixth Ave. Because of the number of boats, the check in time has been moved from the previously announced time of 9 a.m. to 8 a.m. The only materials that can be used are one 4’ x 8’ sheet of plywood, 24 feet of 2” x 4” lumber, one pound of nails and one 60yard roll of duct tape. Paint may be used. Calking, urethane or adhesives may not be used. Decorative materials such as rope and cloth may be used as long as they do not contribute to the structural integrity or water seal of the boat. Because of the number of entries (55 as of Sept. 23) there are two divisions: 15 and below and 16 and up. Each division will have a prize for the fastest and a prize for the best theme. On the morning of the regatta, there will be activities to keep small children occupied. Taylor Rental is providing a bounce house and there will be a magician on hand. Parking will be at Grace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott Ave., and shuttle service will be provided by Gilbert Golf Cars. Mr. Mixon hopes to make this an annual event. Next year he would like to do it at Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina. He said the boat ramp area at Okee-Tantie would be perfect for such an event. For more information, call Mr. Mixon at 864-634-1778 or Adam Homer at 863-8010999. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Savings Stacked High. REAL HIGH H 467-1545Our focus is to make you comfortable! Serving the entire lake area for more than 25 years. CAC029420 Offer expires 12/2/2011. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details and visit www.energystar.gov for more information. ***See dealer for details. 2011 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses.Receive up to $1,650 in Rebates*with the purchase of a qualifying Lennox Home Comfort SystemAND up to $500 in Federal Tax Credits** 12-Month, No Payments, Deferred Interest Financing***OR CHANCE CARTER SHOCKLEY Before I formed you in my womb, I knew you! Before you were born, I set you apart.. Jeremiah 1:5. God answered our prayers on September 12th 2011 at 8:06 am. with all of Gods grace in one little face. Chance Carter Shockley, 8 lbs. 14 oz. 21Ž long, is welcomed into our hearts, into our home, by his loving parents Michael & Danielle Shockley of Okeechobee, Fla. Siblings, Colby, Justin & Bryson Shockley; maternal grandparents are, Sam and Dana Boris of Pahokee, Fla; and paternal grandparents are, Rodney Shockley of Cornwell, Fla. and Toni Warburton of Okeechobee, Fla. A baby “lls a spot within your heart, you never knew was empty! BIRTHS 10 Okeechobee News October 2, 2011 Minimal regatta honors memory of Adam Bryant Special to the Okeechobee NewsThese are examples of the type of boat that will compete in the Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta.


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MLS #205025 € UNDER CONTRACT 2 BD/2BA MH $10,500 MLS #205236 GREATBUSINESS OPPORTUNITYFull Service Coin Laundromat. Established business for 13 years in same location. Huebsch Machines in excellent condition. Everything goes including cash registers, folding tables, scales, top loaders, dryers, 25-50lbs machines. 1300 SF of space that is leased for $1500 per month on a new 5 year lease. Located in the Treasure Island section of Okeechobee close to Lake Okeechobee and surrounding RV Parks and Mobile Home Parks. Approx. 5 Miles east of US 441 and SR 78 on 441 SE/Hwy. 98 S. 18% Rate of Return on Investment. $250,000. Call Brandon for more information. (772) 201-8722. 104 NW 7thAve. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945f f x v w a x Service Integrity ExperienceLic. RE Broker Auctioneer # AU2579. BUYER BROKERAGE REALTY OF OKEECHOBEE P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee FL, 34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497 CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 FARM & RANCH OWNERSBerger Insurance Services, Inc.800 S. Parrott Ave. € Okeechobee www.BergerInsurance.com(863) 763-6411We can insure your farm property and pasture liability. AŽ rated companies. Call us for a free quote. 12 Okeechobee News October 2, 2011 Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy explained. Mr. Kenworthy said they need to reach an agreement on the evaluation process because they can’t start evaluating teachers until they have the forms nalized. This means new teachers may not be getting the feedback they need to make improvements, he said. Every day lost will also make it harder for the administrators to adequately observe and evaluate all the teachers, he said. A key item of contention is teacher retention. “We would like a guarantee that if a teacher on annual contract receives an ‘effective’ or ‘highly effective’ rating, the school board will guarantee to continue their employment the following year,” explained Dianne Falvo of the Florida Education Association Treasure Coast Service Unit. “The intent of the law is to retain good and great teachers,” she said. She added that such a guarantee would help Okeechobee County attract good teachers, even though the small rural county pays less than more af uent coastal counties. Mr. Kenworthy said the school board opposes this idea because it goes against the “teacher merit pay bill,” Florida Senate Bill 736. He added that workers in other professions have no guarantee of continued employment. The district and the union also disagree on how teacher evaluations should be conducted. Union representatives asked for scheduled formal evaluations. The district proposed one scheduled and one unscheduled formal evaluation each semester for new teachers and unscheduled evaluations for the more experienced teachers. In addition to the formal evaluations, teachers are also reviewed on multiple informal “walk throughs” in which the administrators visit the classrooms for a few minutes at a time. “We are opposed to an announced formal observation,” said Mr. Kenworthy at the Sept. 28 negotiation meeting at the School Board Of ce. “Good teaching needs to go on every single day.” He explained that a beginning teacher is not as experienced and that is why they were willing to schedule some of their evaluations in advance. “Our fear is there would be an inordinate amount of time spent in preparation for an announced observation,” Mr. Kenworthy said. “We don’t want a dog and pony show,” he said. Teacher Lisa Harwass said unscheduled observations may also not be indicative of a normal teaching day. She pointed out that teachers have complained their evaluations have been done on a day they were administering a test. Others have had formal observations on a day the class had a guest speaker, on Valentine’s Day when the elementary students were anticipating a party, or on the day before a holiday break, when the students were distracted. The two sides will go back to the negotiation table on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. at the Okeechobee School Board Of ce. The Race to the Top Grant is federally funded grant program for schools, which, in part, requires that teacher pay be based in part on the measured progress of their students. Florida schools were not required to participate in the grant program. Okeechobee County’s former Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper and the OCEA at rst were not in favor of participating. Ms. Falvo explained that she met with the school district and OCEA representatives and convinced them to apply for the grant funding. Okeechobee County Schools were approved for a Race to the Top Grant for $211,575 a year for four years plus an additional $28,000 a year for three years. The money can be spent to develop the teacher evaluation and student progress criteria that will be used to determine the “merit pay.” The funds can also be spent for additional teacher training and professional development to help the teachers improve their skills. Florida Senate Bill 736, passed in March, requires Florida school districts to do many of the same things that are required for the Race to the Top Grant. Even districts that did not apply for the Race to the Top Grant must meet the SB 736 requirements. RACEContinued From Page 1


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Did you look for it? Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? For more listings, go to www.newszap.com PublicNotice CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 398822 ON 10/2/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File # 2010CP-78 IN RE: THE ESTATE OF MILDRED ELBERTA JONES Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of MILDRED ELBERTA JONES, deceased, File Number 2010CP-78, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Fl 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 16 Okeechobee News October 2, 2011 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Brahman junior varsity defense held Fort Pierce in the rst half but couldn't keep the Cobras from breaking lose in the second half as they fell 28-0 Tuesday night at Brahman Stadium. Anthony Scott broke loose for a 40-yard touchdown run and Cobra QB Eddie McKenna hit Nate Newton and Terrance Wilson for touchdown passes in the second half for the Cobras, (2-1). Okeechobee (1-3) struggled on offense as the Cobras stopped their running game and put a strong pass rush on the Brahman QB Brandon Shockley throughout the game. George Tillman had several strong runs up the middle for the Brahmans and Tyrone Joseph broke loose for a 25-yard run in the fourth quarter. Myrick Puente recovered a fumble for the Brahmans. Brahman Coach Daron Washington said he felt his team could have played harder and kept the score closer than 28 points. He told the kids they must be more coachable and use the things they are taught in practice during these games. "It takes us a few minutes to get going and usually it's too late," he added. While Okeechobee gave up size and strength up front, Washington said his team can get tougher and be more disciplined. He also would like more consistency from his offensive line. "Fort Pierce wasn't as talented as I thought they were. We had an opportunity to put points on the board but every time we had a chance to do something positive we made a mistake like a fumble, interception or missed blocking assignment." Washington said he will go back to basics in the next two weeks of practice, improve the team's condition, and get them to commit both mentally and physically to the program. "Our message will be to take coaching, be disciplined and stay focused. They look at this as recreation time but me and the coaches take this serious," he added. Billy Jolnert broke a 29-yard run in the rst quarter to nish off a 47-yard drive to give the Cobras a 7-0 lead at the half. -Tyrell Taylor had a QB sack for Okeechobee in the rst half. Kane Sarros, Angel Ponce and Tillman were among the Brahman defenders who had strong games. Fort Pierce Coach Peter Crespo said his team did a good job after a sloppy and at rst half. "In the second half we came out more aggressive and were more explosive on offense. We had some fresh horses come in and they did their job," he noted. Crespo said he liked what he saw from Okeechobee as the Brahmans usually put up a tough ght at home. "They have some big boys and they had a nice ball control offense. I always like to play Okeechobee," he added. The JV's next game is scheduled for Oct. 12, at St. Lucie West Centennial. OHS JV Football plays Fort Pierce Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTyrone Joseph (#22) makes a tackle as #98 Walter Morgan and #43 Tyrell Taylor look on Tuesday. The OHS JV lost to Fort Pierce. Brahman JV QB Brandon Shockley hands off to Ian Kelley (#20) against an advancing Fort Pierce defense during the JV football game on Tuesday at Brahman Stadium. Fort Pierce prevailed 28-0.