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Publication Date: 07-29-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Okeechobee’s Most Wanted ... Page 17 Sunday, July 29, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 91 12.13 feetLast Year: 10.18 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Sheriff’s Youth Ranch residents visit ... Page 23 Local residents vie for election to county of ces ... Inside Area residents waiting to hear from DEP headBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News An area ranching concern is still waiting to hear from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in regard to their questions about the practices of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and goes on to ask for an investigation. It’s been nearly two months since Twin Sisters’ Family Lands sent the nine-page letter to DEP head Secretary Herschel Vinyard. That letter, received by Sec. Vinyard on May 31, outlines the history of the Austin and Rosa Lee Pearce family, the 13,000 acres of land they owned in Glades County and the family’s battles with SFWMD over the water in the L-59 canal. The L-59 canal runs from the Indian Prairie Canal to the Kissimmee River. When contacted, Twin Sisters’ Family member John Austin Collier con rmed that they have not heard from Sec. Vinyard. “If he has as had a hard time getting the records (from SFWMD) as we had, we wouldn’t expect to hear from him at this point,” said Mr. Collier. “He has to get all the documents before he can review them. So I would thin k that would take a certain period of time to review.” Mr. Collier said those documents are laid out in the letter to Sec. Vinyard and include permits and a settlement agreement. DEP Public Information Of cer Patric k Gillespie said in an e-mail that his agency is waiting for a response from the SFWMD about information water managers will provide to address “... the speci c concerns raised in the letter DEP has received from the Twin Sisters’ Ranchers question SFWMD practicesSee LAND — Page 16 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyGordie Peer shows off a buckle he won at a recent rodeo clown convention. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Gordie Peer doesn’t like the term ‘cowboy’. The old movies coined the term cowboy and the term was taken as an insult against those who really worked cows and ranches. They preferred to be called what they were, trail pushers, bronc riders, etc. Mr. Peer entertained and educated a crowd at the Okeechobee County library Thursday just as the National Day of the Cowboy Event is celebrated across the nation. His subjects this time were cowboy poetry, how they enCowboy heritage celebratedSee COWBOY — Page 9 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The quick action of a local deputy kept a family’s lunch outing from becoming deadl y when he saved a choking baby. Deputy Justin Akins, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), said by the time he arrived at the Pueblo Viejo Restaurant, 3415 U.S. 441 S., on Tuesday, July 24, the 10month-old baby girl was turning blue and was no longer breathing. The deputy’s report said a woman had the baby in her arms and was trying to remove something from the child’s mouth. “I took the baby and placed her in my arms and cleared the baby’s mouth of any objects which could block her airway,” stated the deputy in his report. When Deputy Akins cleared the baby’s mouth a large amount of an unknown white liquid came running out and the child started to breathe. But she still wasn’t alert, stated the deputy. However, when emergency medical personnel from Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue arrived shortly thereafter the baby was alert Deputy saves choking babySee BABY — Page 9


Today: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Light south wind.Extended ForecastMonday: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 96. South southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Light southeast wind. Tuesday: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Southeast wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Proudly representing Okeechobee County on the Board of Directors of the Florida Sheriff’s Association, the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches and numerous other state and local organizations. “Experience You Can Talk To ~ Common Sense You Can Trust” 2 Okeechobee News July 29, 2012 Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsShockwaves compete in regionalsThe Okeechobee Shockwaves Swim Team will compete in the regional championships for the South Florida Regional Swim League in Coral Springs Aug. 3-5. Foster parents needed Free training programHibiscus Children’s Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415.


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Public Forum/Speak Out July 29, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION 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. 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. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. MEMBER OF: The Rock of Our SalvationBy Calvin Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church John 7:37—“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall ow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glori ed.)” (See Isaiah 44:3.) 1 Corinthians 10:4—“…that spiritual Rock that followed them…that Rock was Christ.” It is the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles. Within six months, Jesus would be pinned to a cross as payment for our sin and rebellion. If I were facing the cross as Jesus was, I think my tendency would have been to say, “I’m about to be betrayed, tortured, and slaughtered as I will personally take upon Myself the wrath that should be vented upon a sinful world. Therefore, I am going to withdraw from people until that time.” But that’s not what Jesus did. Instead of holing up in isolation, Jesus heads to Jerusalem for an important convocation. There, standing in the midst of a huge congregation, He gives a great invitation, saying, “If any man thirst let him come unto Me and drink.” One of three major festivals celebrated in Jerusalem each year, the Feast of Tabernacles was the happiest and most joyful. Camped out in little lean-tos similar to pup tents, parents would tell their children how God miraculously provided for their fathers for forty years in the wilderness. They would tell of a pillar of re by night and a cloud by day; of bread from the sky and water from a rock. To commemorate the miraculous provision of water, a procession of priests would draw water from the pool of Siloam and pour it out on the oor of the temple courtyard during each day of the feast. On the eighth day, the last day, the great day of the feast, however, the priests would return from the pool of Siloam with empty vessels, signifying that when the Israelites entered the Promised Land, water from the rock was no longer needed. Jesus stood there on the last day of the feast and watched as the priest returned with empty vessels. This signi ed the Kingdom Age had begun and God’s Spirit has been poured upon His people. Also the pool from which they drew water was called Siloam (The meaning of Siloam was “Sent One”—the Messiah). Jesus was about to be poured out on the cross, and like water, this pouring forth means life. God’s Word tells us that they all “drank o f that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4). Let us examine three unusual things about this Rock: they were to smite the Rock, speak to the Rock, and to sing to the Rock: First, Moses was to SMITE THE ROCK. The people were thirsty and God told Moses to smite the Rock and he struck the Rock in Exodus 17. But I know he was wondering why striking that Rock would bring them water. But when he did, it poured out water for a thirsty people. Paul tells us that Roc k was Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4). You see, when Jesus Christ, the Rock of our salvation, was smitten on the cross, blood and water owed from His side (John 19:34). A discouraged minister once dreamed that he was standing on the top of a great granite rock, trying to break it with a pickax. Hour after hour he worked on with no result. At last he said; “It is useless; I will stop.” Suddenly a man stood by him and asked, “Were you not allotted this task and if so, why are you going to abandon it?” “My wor k is in vain; I can make no impression on the granite,” was the minister’s reply. Then the stranger solemnly replied, “That is nothing to you; your duty is to pick, whether the rock yields or not. The work is yours, the results are in other hands; wor k on.” In his dream the minister saw himsel f setting out anew on his labor, and at his rst blow the rock ew into hundreds of pieces. —Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations Later Moses was told to SPEAK TO THE ROCK. In Numbers 20, the Israelites were thirsty once again. Moses cried to the Lord, and the Lord said, “Speak to the Rock and it shall give forth water.” But he disobeyed God because he was frustrated with the people and smote the Rock disobeying God. The Rock was a picture of Jesus who had already been smitten on the cross—Jesus died once and He will never be cruci ed again. As the living Lord, He will supply our needs. All we have to do is ask. Too man y are of the mindset with those who feel the y must add to what Jesus has already provided—all that is needed is to just ask Him. A suggestion An idea for the building where the Safeway Market was, is to turn it into a mini mall. Small shops could be put in the building such as a shoe store, jewelry store, gift store, men’s and women’s clothing store, children’s clothing store, etc.The economy The economy is so bad that I received a pre-declined credit card in the mail. CEO’s are now playing miniature golf. Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen. Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America. Motel Six won’t leave the light on anymore. A picture is now only worth 200 words. They renamed Wall Street “ Wal-Mart Street”. Finally, I called the Suicide Hotline. I got a call center in Pakistan and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck.Thoughts to ponder “When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny,” Thomas Jefferson.Code enforcement There are several houses for sale in my neighborhood. One of them is right next to an overgrown lot. Code enforcement has been called about the high grass, but nothing has been done to address the problem. Do you not think that has an effect on the salability of those properties? Those homeowners should be livid at the county for their refusal to enforce codes that would help them, even if just a little, with the ability to sell their homes in this poor market.  If it were me and I was trying sell my house. I would just cut the damn grass and send the owner the bill, until my house was sold. I would just take care of the problem.Earthjustice lawsuit The story on the front page of the Okeechobee News on Wednesday about Earthjustice suing the Corps of Engineers because the Caloosahatchee River has algae just leaves me shaking my head. I can remember back in 2006 when Lee County residents were running around with “Stop the Muck” signs demanding that excess water from Lake Okeechobee NOT be sent down the Caloosahatchee because they didn’t want that “dirty” water in their river. When the lake was so high that the dike was in danger, the Lee County folks demanded the water be sent south. Now that we have had less than normal rainfall for a few years, they are suing because they want more of that same lake water in the river to keep away saltwater intrusion. When we had a lot of rain, they said the nutrient-rich lake water caused the algal blooms. Now that we have little rain they say the lack of lake water is causing algal blooms. Apparently they think the Corps can control the rainfall. Instead of demanding water be moved from the lake into the river -which is NOT the natural system ow -they should build some reservoirs north of the river so they can release water into the river during periods of low rainfall.  The lawsuit demands the Corps restore a “natural ow.” It hasn’t been a natural system since the 1890s. When it was a natural system, the river was only connected to the lake by a series of marshes and during the dry season the river would be shallow enough to wade across, according to historical reports.Dress code I think it is good they are going to allow shorts again at the high school. Some of those classrooms get pretty warm. But, it is up to the kids to follow the rules because if they start abusing the privilege, they will lose it again. Shorts were banned years ago because so many of the kids -usually girls -wore short shorts. Then the of ce would have to call the parents to have other clothing brought for them. It was very disruptive for the school. It only takes a few kids violating the rules to ruin it for everyone.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 topi cs. What follows is a sam pling of some of the discussions currently taking p lace. Thanks for participating! Reade rs may also submit comments via e mail to okeenews@newszap.com, or b y mail or in person to the Okeechob ee News, 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D, Okeechobee, Florida 34974.


Big O Teens fundraiserOn July 21, The Big O Teen Anglers, Inc., held a car wash at Pogey’s Family Restaurant. On behalf of the Teen Anglers’ families, w e want to thank you Okeechobee for coming out and supporting us. The temperature w as well over 100 but the Junior Anglers stuck in there. The Big O Teen Anglers, Inc., has been incorporated for nine years this coming November. These bass anglers and their families are truly dedicated to the sport of bass shing. We thank all of our sponsors as well as our boat captains. Boat captains are our lifeline and donate the last Saturday of every month to make sure our Junior A nglers get out on the water. Boat Captains have two Junior Anglers and so the waiting list is extremely long. I wish we had more boat captains to ll our list of up and coming shermen and young women too. We don’t put our Juniors with just anyone without a background check. Without the support of local businesses here in Okeechobee, this club would not be the top Junior bass club in Florida. if you would like to watch our weigh-ins at 1 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, come on out to Scott Driver Park. Again, we thank you for being so supportive. We are truly blessed. Charlie Hays Director Big O Teen Anglers, INC.County budget concerns and the economyWe hear a lot about the negatives in life and for county government it comes in terms of the local economy, budget shortfalls and government operations, and those are very real concerns in Okeechobee County. But we also have a lot to be proud of, and things that have worked well don’t always get the positive attention they deserve. I’d like to share some of the good news about our county with you today. During a time of adversity when property values have been plummeting and unemployment has been soaring, this Board has supported keeping government affordable for the people, the taxpayers, who we take money from to pay for government operations. The Board has been prudent to establish a reserve policy to keep this government in sound nancial condition. This Board has encouraged us to live within our means, to tighten up and to do more with less. This Board has reduced the burden on the taxpayers by paying off debt. This Board has done great things; yes you have and will leave Okeechobee in a better place despite the adverse economic conditions you have faced. And while it is true we have had a reduction in staf ng and no pay increases for some time, the good news is that all the remaining staff are dedicated and committed civil servants, from the working managers w ho don’t just supervise but actually put pen to paper, to the custodians who keep our assets clean, are providing the same level of service today as has been provided in the good times. In the Board’s area of responsibility for Fire/EMS, we have added the EMS Assessment to provide a stable revenue source as your commitment to this area and been prudent in allocating that resource to provide additional equipment, or replace old equipment and to pay the debt on Station 4, and to provide additional staf ng as is determined to be needed. Administration has streamlined the organizational structure, reducing down the number of department heads from 16 to 8, with only ve actually lled positions and added additional responsibilities to every department head. We did not replace my position, the Deputy Fire Chief, the Deputy Emergency Manager, the Deputy Building Of cial or the Outreach Service Director. Those responsibilities have been absorbed by me or other department heads. We have been responsive to the communities desire to have more code enforcement and as a result with limited funds, found a way to add additional personnel, using our limited funds wisely, we hired two part time personnel instead on one full time to help cover the 768 square miles. The third Power and Duty listed in the F.S. 125.01 regarding commissioner’s responsibilities is to provide and maintain county buildings. As a commission, you have embraced that responsibility by providing the support needed to provide facilities necessary for Public Safety, through the Public Safety Complex, which is used on a daily basis, it houses the Sheriff’s Dispatch (who had very tight quarters), Fire Rescue Administration (in order to provide more bunk space at Station 1) and Emergency Operations (who had inadequate space at the old Annex), as well as a training center used regularly by Public Safety. The Board also built a new Fire Station in 2008, located north near the Correctional Facility, which the Fire and EMS Assessment funded. The Board is currently considering the need for additional space for the Sheriff’s Of ce, Driver’s License Bureau, Tax Collector and Property Appraiser. These are hard decisions to make, but the board has put policies in place to protect the funding for its physical assets. The Board has had a workshop with the Business Development Board, to accept input into the County’s policies about economic development, both for the existing business and for the development of new businesses. Out of that workshop came the recently revised policy for spending with local vendors. Additionally, as I have previously reported, the Board has spent in excess of $4 million dollars or 40% in operating expenses with local vendors in 2011. Okeechobee is an attractive place for businesses, property values are low, taxes compared to St. Lucie, Martin and Glades County’s 2011 tax rates are competitive. The Board is reviewing the Impact Fees to consider how those fees should be adjusted in the future and what methodology should be applied. In reviewing the Building permits since the inception of the Impact Fees we had 113 commercial building permits valued at over $49 million dollars in construction. For the rst six months of 2012 there have been four commercial building permits pulled, valued at $5.7 million. As one commissioner said, the poor economy is the biggest obstacle to business. As you may have seen, unemployment for June was 10.4 percent. The Board has in place, an ordinance that considers abatement of taxes on new commercial construction based on the number of jobs that business will produce for the local economy, to my knowledge, no business has come forward requesting this abatement, you cannot turn away what you haven’t been asked, the poor economy has not brought new business to town. We still have work to be done, a workable strategic plan for all aspects of the County and continuing to make our operating areas more ef cient as they continue to do more with less. The Board is considering public private partnerships for certain areas of County government, where the numbers make sense to do so and the service level will be a bene t to the citizens. I have said all this to keep the record straight, to speak the truth about this County Government and to encourage you to be steadfast, strong and to stay the course that will leave the future of this County in a better place for the next generation. As former President Ronald Reagan said “Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.” I encourage you to stay the course for the bene t of the next generation. Robbie Chartier County AdministratorConstitutionally wrongThe very real purpose of this letter is to make other voters here aware of the totally wrong personal view of our Constitution of Congressman Rooney has, and who is asking for your vote in our new congressional district...let me quote using Rooney’s ver y own public words. Two years ago Rooney spoke to us here in Okeechobee, personally asking us to vote for him for Congress. He came looking ver y sharply dressed in his military of cers tan uniform and he spoke very well indeed. UNTIL he so very wrongly proclaimed that, “We have a living constitution.” WRONG! It most certainly is not! Does anybody reading this for the rst moment think Rooney actually knows more about our constitution than our Founding Fathers and former president, THomas Jesserson who was so very instrumental in both writing it and also signed it? The contemporary revolutionary times Federalist Papers quotes Jefferson as personally saying, “If ever in the future there is any questions about the meaning of the words we used in this document, go back to what the words meant at the time we used them.” No, Mr. Rooney, it’s not at all like you sa y that, “We have a living Constitution.” America has an immortal constitution. Please join my voting wife and I in voting for Joe Arnold for Congress in our new district. Joe’s famil y goes back a long way here. Let’s have our congressman from here too. Joe’s an experienced public school board of cial, a good husband and father too. Let’s elect him to be our congressman. Thank you, Bill Stegkemper Constituent Letters to the Editor 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News July 29, 2012


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Earl ‘Gator’ Bass, 77BASINGER — Earl “Gator” Bass, of Basinger, passed away July 26, 2012 at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. He was born Nov. 20, 1934 to the late Eddie and Oveda Bass. He was a lifelong rancher and member of the North Okeechobee Church of God. He enjoyed playing and listening to Blue Grass music. He was also a cutting horse trainer and enjoyed running fox hounds. Mr. Bass was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Clint Bass. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Kathie Thomas Bass; son, Keith Bass (Darlene) of Okeechobee; two daughters, Cari Lynn Dunn (Allen) of Carrolton, Ga., and Earlaine “Missy” Bass of Knightdale, N.C.; stepson, Bear Sutton; stepdaughter, Angela Pendrey (Keith) all of Okeechobee; twelve grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; sister, Alma Stokes; and mother-in-law, Katherine Thomas both of Okeechobee. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2012 at Basinger Cemetery with Bill Sherman and Duck Smith of ciating. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. Fidelis L. SolinskiTREASURE ISLAND, FL — Fidelis L. Solinski of Treasure Island passed away July 22, 2012 at St. Anthony’s Hospital. She is survived by her children, Marilyn, Marion, Mark and Mary Lou. Guestbook at davidcgross.com. Donations accepted at www.nagdu.org or www.fightblindness.org/goto/teamjoshua Irene D. BeninoOKEECHOBEE — Irene D. Benino, age 93, died at Raulerson Hospital on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Born in Philadelphia, Pa. Irene relocated to Okeechobee four years ago from Cullman, Ala. Irene was assuredly a family oriented person. She enjoyed knitting, doing cross-stitch, arts and crafts, and loved playing bingo. She was of the Baptist faith but due to failing health was unable to participate within an Okeechobee church. She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Graham; and two brothers; and three sisters. Survivors include daughters, Joanne Brown of North Carolina, Donna Graham and Mary Young, both of Okeechobee; twelve grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; thirteen great-great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgreat-grandchild. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at the Real Life Children’s Ranch Chapel, 7777 Highway 441 SE, Okeechobee, Fla. at 3 p.m. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Available 24/7Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=119590&pagenum=1 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News July 29, 2012Obituaries should be submitted by emailing o bits@newszap.com. A link to the obituari es is available at orida.newszap.com Foster parents meetingA foster parent meeting will be held at the Life Community Church fellowship hall, at 701 S. Parrott Ave., on Thursday, Aug. 2 7 p.m. You are cordially invited to attend and offer any input on your experiences with the foster care system. For more information, call Ada Morris at 863-697-8539 or email vinny99@comcast.net. Free childrens carnival at BHR MooseA free childrens carnival, for ages 6 to 12, w ill be held at Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge (1/4 mile past Okee-Tantie) on Sunday, July 29 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., sponsored by the Women of the Moose. Join them for games, crafts, demonstrations and horseback rides. Chances to enter drawings for a boys/girls bicycle and E-reader. Hot dogs, drinks and more available for purchase.Cypress Hut Eagles host bene t eventThe Cypress Hut Eagles will host a bene t for Past Madam President Billie Hesch on Sunday, July 29, tarting at 2 p.m. Music w ill be by the Harpers and will start at 3 p.m. A complete turkey dinner with all the xins w ill be served at 5 p.m. There will be a cake w alk, games and raf es etc. Billie is ghting lung cancer. All proceeds go to helping pay Billie’s medical bills. Public is welcome. Healthy Start to hold monthly meetingThe board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 11:30 a.m. at their new location, 1132 S. Parrot Ave., in the White House Plaza Building. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition please contact executive director Kay Begin at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877.Eagles Post announces special upcoming events Eagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 North, will have bingo starting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31 Bingo on Wednesday, Aug. 1, is at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. Community Events Dates are set for inaugural Okeechobee Summer GamesThe Summer Olympics in London has begun and millions of spectators watch and cheer on their countries. You too can experience the spirit of competition by attending Okeechobee’s rst Summer Games. On Saturday, Aug. 11, local competitors will participate in events for a chance to win bronze, silver and gold medals. The competition originally scheduled for Aug. 4 and Aug. 11, was merged to only one day, Aug. 11. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. at the Sports Complex. We are now accepting individual and team entries. Team fee $100 to participate in all 10 events. Individual events $10; group events $20. Sign-up by Aug. 7. Call the Parks & Recreation Dept. for more information at 863-763-6950.OHS football squad sponsoring blood driveIt’s time for football and also time for the Okeechobee High School football team to sponsor a special blood drive at the school Friday, Aug 3. These athletes have put in a lot of practice time and effort to get ready for this year’s games and ask you, their families and friends, to put in time supporting them in this drive. Let’s show them our appreciation. On Thursday, Aug. 30, after school is under way, there will also be a drive for the general school population. Bowlers needed for local fall leaguesDo you want to bowl on a league this fall? Come and join a team at Lucky Lanes Bowling. Mondays and Tuesdays are Mix Nights with a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. Wednesday is Men’s Night, Thursday mornings and evening belongs to the ladies. For more information, please call Lucky Lanes at 863-763-1800.OCRA to open 2012 fall signupsIt’s time for football! OCRA is gearing up for their 2012 football season. Signups will be held in August for football players and cheerleaders ages 5 through 14. They are currently taking coaches’ applications and looking for football umpires. The season will begin in September. This season OCRA is also introducing girls ag football for middle and high school age girls. Any questions or if interested in any o f the areas mentioned above please call 863634-0515 or 863-634-1437. Golf tourney to bene t youth programThere will be a golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Tournament to sponsor countywide youth event, “UNIFIED,” coming to Okeechobee in January. If you would like to sponsor the tournament or have a team in the tournament, or for more information call Bobby Steiert at 863-634-6523.Freedom Outreach shing tournament slatedThe nal Freedom Outreach shing tournament will be held on Sunday, Aug. 12, and the championship is to be held on Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. You must have shed at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at Okee-Tantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks free at weigh in. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions. Sports News in Brief


It’s not always easy to judge the success of collaboration. But thanks to ve years of teamwork in the Dry Tortugas, anglers across Florida are seeing the collaborative bene ts: more sh. At a recent Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) meeting, the agency’s researchers presented the results of ve years spent evaluating the Dry Tortugas National Park Research Natural Area. This research sheds light on how sh and other natural resources have responded to the protection offered in the Dry Tortugas National Park Research Natural Area, a 46square-mile area within the park. Fishing and anchoring are prohibited in the Research Natural Area, which was created in J anuary, 2007. The Commission and the National Park Service (NPS) are proud to announce that the collaboration has been a success, not only to local populations of sh, but for sheries management across Florida. “I believe marine protected areas should only be implemented as a last resort, but, if one was going to be implemented, this was the right place to close and this was the right place to do the research,” said FWC Vice Chairman Kathy Barco. “They did it right. They talked with the shermen and the other stakeholders.” Using modeling techniques, University of Miami researchers predict that the spawning groups in the Tortugas supply larvae that settle throughout Florida waters, including the Keys, the West Florida shelf and eastern coastal areas north of Miami. Research also shows that seagrass beds in the area serve as nursery grounds for many exploited reef sh species, such as red and black grouper. Inside the Research Natural Area, researchers found the number and size of mutton snapper, yellowtail snapper, red grouper and hog sh all have increased over the past ve years. Dry Tortugas National Park is about 70 miles to the west of Key West and includes 100 square miles of marine waters and seven small islands. Congress established the park to protect and interpret the exceptional biological, cultural and recreational values of the area, including its pristine subtropical marine ecosystem and intact coral reef community. Despite its remote location, the park attracts more than 53,000 visitors a year for shing, snorkeling, diving, bird watching, camping and viewing Fort Jefferson. “These scienti c ndings are very encouraging and are exactly what we were hoping for when the RNA was established ve years ago,” said Dan Kimball, Superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks. The collaboration also brought about several advancements in mutton snapper research, including the rst-ever observation of repeated mutton snapper spawning events at Riley’s Hump, a protected sh-spawning aggregation site in the Tortugas South Ecological Reserve. Taken to gether, the results of the ve-year science review suggest that the RNA has played a substantive role in enhancing exploited reef sh species populations in the region and, especially in the case of mutton snapper, likely contributed to the recov ery of the spawning aggregations at Riley’s Hump. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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. 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A SSAULT  1200 block of N.W. 42nd Ave.  3300 block of S.W. 23rd St. BURGLARY  2300 block of S.W. 28th St.  6500 block of Center St. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF  3100 block of N.W. 10th Terrace  N.W. 10th Ave./N.W. 36th St.  2000 block of S.E. 24th Blvd.  2100 block of S.E. 25th Drive  2600 block of S.E. 27th Ave.  1400 block of S.E. Eighth St. THEFT  4100 block of S.E. 25th Drive  3800 block of S.E. 27th St. (electronic gaming system)  3800 block of S.E. 27th St.  2500 block of S.W. 18th Court (identity)  3300 block of N.W. 26th Ave. (identity)  3000 block of N.W. 74th Terrace (license tag) OSCO Investigations W hen agencies come together, sheries bene t The Florida Department of Transportat ion, District One Of ce, Bartow, advises m otorist to drive with care in areas where r oad work is under way. Motorists are rem inded to wear safety belts and drive with c aution, courtesy, common sense, and pat ience as they travel through work zones. R emember, speeding nes are doubled in work zones. Work planned this week in Okeechobee County includes the following. US 441N: From State Road 15/County Road 68 East to N.W. 344 Street: Maintenance project--Crews will be making repairs to the shoulders of the roadway and intermittent lane closures will be required. Motorists should use caution when traveling through work area. US 98/US 441: From NW 36th Street to NW 9th Street: Maintenance project-Crews will be edging and sweeping along the sidewalks and curbs in the area. No lane closures are expected however motorists should drive with caution. US 98 South of CR 68: Maintenance project--Crews will be making repairs to the shoulders of the roadway. No lane closures are anticipated. SR 710: From north side of SR 710 between SR 70 & NE 34th Avenue: Maintenance project--Crews will be making drainage structure repairs on the northside of SR 710 between SR 70 & N.E. 34th. Avenue. There are no lane closers expected. However traveling motorists should be aware of crews in the area. SR 70 between S.W. 72nd Terrace and SW 8th Avenue: Maintenance project-Crews will be repairing drainage structures on SR 70 between SW 72nd Terrace and SW 8th Avenue. Work will be on the south side of the road with no lane closures expected. The traveling public should drive with caution while in work zone. SR 70 From SW 24th Street to US 98/ US 441: Maintenance project--Crews will be edging and sweeping along the sidewalks and curbs in the area. No lane closures are expected, however motorists should drive with caution. Roadwatch


By Alex SosnowskiExpert Senior Meteorologist AccuWeather.com reports similar to w hich has already taken its toll on a large part of the United States corn crop, soybeans could be the next casualty of the 2012 drought. While sporadic rain will continue over some agricultural areas in the Upper Midw est, Ohio Valley and East in the coming w eeks, many primary soybean growing areas will continue to be slammed by extreme heat and drought. Soybeans are used for a variety of human food and animal feed. It is major source of protein for many countries throughout the w orld and in some cases is used as a substitute for meat and/or ller in processed foods. Recent and upcoming soybean production shortfalls due to drought and heat in portions of the Plains and Midwest will lead to another blow to consumers in the form of higher grocery prices. Frequent 100-degree high temperatures and little or no rain through the middle of A ugust could stress the soybean crop to near the point of failure in non-irrigated areas of Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, eastern Nebraska and the lower Mississippi Valley. According to Expert Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, "There will be some rain from spotty, passing thunderstorms in these areas. However, evaporation rates will exceed the amount of rain that falls." While not as extensive as the massive w eather system that covered much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation during late J une and the rst half of July, the high pressure area responsible is just as strong over the central and southern Plains and will remain so well into August. Under blazing sunshine and high temperatures near 100 degrees this time of the year, evaporation rates are on the order of 0.25 to 0.33 of an inch of water per day. In areas from the eastern part of the Dakotas and southern Minnesota to northern Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, somew hat more regular rainfall is on the way through mid-August. "At least rainfall has a better chance at keeping up with evaporation rates in this area," Anderson said. However, there will be localized tracts of farmland within this swath that miss out on suf cient rainfall even for soybeans. According to Agricultural Meteorologist Dale Mohler, "We are running out of time for soybeans." The period now through mid-August is when most soybeans across the U.S. nish their owering stage and set pods. Soybeans next casualty of Midwest drought 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 WEIGHT LOSS •MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS • MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS •MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS • MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS •MEDICAL TAKE OFF POUNDS FOR SUMMER WEIGHT LOSS • MEDICAL LOSE up to 20 lbs in 6 weeks WE’LL HELP YOU GET STARTED 6 weeks $169CALL NOW! 863-357-9967414 S. Parrott Ave., B Okeechobee, FL Locations Nationwide to Serve You People have so much to do and so little time to do it. To help you deal with your time constraints, we pack this little newspaper with lots of relevant and useful information. We want you to learn what you need to know quickly, so you can experience and enjoy your community fully. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 8 Okeechobee News July 29, 2012 Pretty good run of cattle this week! Prices held fairly steady after a few weeks of severe "dropage." 500# steer calves are bringing in the mid 120's and heifers in the 110's. All in all, not too bad. Cows & Bulls maybe a buck or two cheaper with still a lot of pressure from drought cattle coming to town out west. But, nally, there is some legislative activity taking place to reform the ethanol mandate which would greatly help by putting more corn back into the feed side instead of the fuel side. Hello! Let's hope that happens and soon! Double C Bar Ranch, Kenansville, topped the Calf Market with a High of $2.75, bought by Foy Reynolds. Arquimedes Ra Jr., Medley, topped the Cow Market with a High of $78 bought by Central Beef. Make plans for our Heifer Sale & Bull Sales in October. Todd Livestock Market Report


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Fire/Rescue personnel then took the baby to Raulerson Hospital for further treatment. “This is about the third time in the last year our deputies have been involved in saving a choking child. Our training is paying off, and we’re very proud of these deputies,” said Sheriff Paul May. Records show that Deputy Akins joined the OCSO auxiliary Jan. 6, 2004, and became a full-time deputy on Aug. 17, 2005. BABYContinued From Page 1 tertained themselves, and his famous recollections of times he spent with cowboy legends over the y ears. He showed them how cowboys made coffee, showed off his sharp wit and memory, and displayed his vast display of memorabilia, rodeo posters, photos and items commonly used on ranches. He got the most attention when he stated numerous cowboy poems he’s heard over the years. He gained a laugh when he stated his profession is “general unky.” He also showed off his considerable skill with ropes and whips. Peer said kids don’t do as much with their hands and don’t take time to just sit and think, “There tied up with text messages and other distractions. When I was a kid we were made to sit down and listen to our elders and that is how we learned,” he said. Peer also recounted his work with actors to make them appear like cowboys on the screen. He’s w orked with the best like Clayton Moore, Lash Larue and Johnny Horton. He remembered a con ict he had with Robert Culp on the TV series “Track down” and how he never worked with him again. Every y ear more and more of our western heroes die off and Mr. Peer asked the crowd who will be left to save us from the outlaws? Mr. Peer also told the crowd how he came to Okeechobee and his special relationship w ith Mr. Moore, the Lone Ranger. A new movie is being made of the Lone Ranger which w ill be released next May and star Johnny Depp as Tonto. Mr. Peer visited with the movie producers near Lake Okeechobee a few months ago to talk about the television series and give them advice. He said the Lone Ranger was idolized but never killed anyone as he often had st ghts and shot guns out of the bad guy’s hands. He said violence in movies today is sending a message to kids that shooting people is nothing and that victims get up and walk away. “I said a long time ago that when an actor is killed in a movie, he should never play in a picture again. It didn’t go over too well,” he explained. Mr. Peer said he hadn’t seen the script of the new movie but said most times the writers and producers don’t have enough knowledge of westerns and what it was really like in those days. “People aren’t interested in the character of the Lone Ranger like it was back then. The movie does have to be modernized but it could be done well in a way that projects positive things to the kids,” he added. Mr. Peer recalled an interview Mr. Moore did in North Carolina where he stated we should honor thy father and thy mother, love thy neighbor and be kind to our fellow Americans. COWBOYContinued From Page 1 Gordie Peer shows off rope trick with Rancher ‘Tyler’ of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch.


By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Libby Maxwell, 37, Democratic candidate for supervisor of elections, is an attorney who practices general civil law with her husband, Devin, with the rm of Maxwell and Maxw ell. Mr. Maxwell also serves on the Okeechobee City Council. Mrs. Maxwell focuses her practice on probate, estate planning and real property law. Mrs. Maxwell is a native Floridian who grew up in Okeechobee. She is a 1993 graduate of Okeechobee High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in 1996 and a Master's degree in science from that same school in 1997. Mrs. Maxwell taught in the Okeechobee school system from 1997 to 2000 before attending the University of Florida and graduating with a law degree in 2003. She has been practicing law with her husband for seven years. Mrs. Maxwell is a member of the Florida Bar Association. She has served on the Children's Services Council for seven years, She was chairperson of the economic council for two terms. She belongs to the Kiwanis Club, Main Street of Okeechobee, and the Central Elementary School Advisory Council. She was a charter board member of the Okeechobee County Fair. Mrs. Maxwell and her husband have two children, Alex, 8 and Lilly 5. She is a volunteer leader for the Girls Scouts and the Cub Scouts. "I've always been drawn to public service," Mrs. Maxwell said when asked why she is running for supervisor of elections. "I wanted to give back to Okeechobee." She feels like she could serve her community in a position of leadership as supervisor of elections. If elected she intends to see that the supervisor of elections' of ce is operated as transparently as possible. She plans to organize volunteers to make elections run as smoothly as possible. One of the biggest challenges she sees as supervisor of elections would be to stay current on changing election laws. She feels her law background would help her to interpret and apply new election laws. Another challenge she sees is keeping up with all the latest new technology and being able to use that new technology to keep an accurate account of votes. Libby Maxwell running for Supervisor of Elections 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BILL SHERMAN FOR PROPERTY APPRAISER OF OKEECHOBEEPROVEN ABILITY THROUGH PAST PERFORMANCE *Experience 43 years in Appraisal Work 38 years in Property Appraiser’s Ofce 5 years as a Fee Appraiser 5 years as a review appraiser 21 years continuous as Property Appraiser 43 years Administration Experience *Education Coursework by Society of Real Estate Appraisal Coursework by International Association of Assessing Ofcers C.F.A. Designation: Certied Florida Appraiser Over 480 Hours of Continuing Education University of Florida 1954-1955 OKEECHOBEE NEWS HEADLINE, FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2007 “UTILITIES FORCED TO PAY UP” “COUNTY WINS PROPERTY TAX SUITS OVER UTILITY GIANTS” “OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER BILL SHERMAN”*Committed When I ran for election in 1992 I promised a fair impartial assessment for all taxpayers from larger corporations to vacant land owners. As a result of that commitment I have been sued by some of the largest corporations in Okeechobee. Our success in those litigations have resulted in additional tax revenue for the County and School Board.I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON AUGUST 14th TO CONTINUE THAT COMMITMENT. RE-ELECTRE-ELECTPaid by W.C. Sherman, Republican, For Property Appraiser Emory Walker Co. Inc.(863) 763-6742 208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. GENUINE COMFORT. CAC014022 Offers expire 8/24/2012. *See dealer for details. Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. 2012 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. RECEIVE UP TO $3,300 between Lennox Rebates, F P & L Rebates and EWC Discount!*on qualifying Lennox Home Comfort System LENNOX KNOWS YOU DONT COMPROMISE. AND NEITHER DO WE. Thats why we dedicate ourselves to product innovation and customer service. So go ahead, get comfortable. 10 Okeechobee News July 29, 2012 Libby Maxwell By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Diane Hagan, 58, is running for supervisor of elections with no political af liation. She is a native Floridian who was born in Jackson County and has lived in Okeechobee since 1962. She graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1972 and attended Indian River State College. Through the years she has been involved in various community events and fund raisers. Ms. Hagan has worked in the elections of ce for 17 years. She is a Florida Certi ed Election Professional II. She has also worked for Florida Power and Light (FP&L) in Okeechobee and surrounding counties. She worked at the state level in Tallahassee for the FP&L lobbyist. When asked why she is running for Supervisor of Elections, Ms. Hagan replied, "I am a trained, proven elections professional. Elections have been my passion for 17 years. I have had the opportunity to learn rsthand the election laws, procedures and processes by working in the of ce and by attending state sponsored classes dealing with every aspect of elections and voter registration." She has completed over 700 hours of workshops, webinars, and training seminars. Ms. Hagan has administered all aspects of voter registration. She is the in-house IT manager and has been involved in the implementation of mission critical software for the Voter Registration Systems, the Geographic Information System and the Voting Equipment System. Ms. Hagan was involved in the historic 2000 presidential election which brought about many federal and state election changes. She said she knows from rst hand experience of ce operations and the day-to day procedures of the elections of ce. When asked about the challenges facing the Supervisor of Elections in coming years Ms. Hagan listed encouraging voter participation, educating voters as to the yearly law changes and being as cost effective as possible without compromising the responsibilities of the of ce. Diane Hagan seeks Of ce of Elections Supervisor spot Diane Hagan


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Paid by Margaret Garrard Helton, Republican for County Commissioner 12 Okeechobee News July 29, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee NewsRepublican Frank Irby, 69, is striving to keep the Okeechobee County Commission District 3 seat he w as appointed to ll. He w as appointed in November of last year by the governor to ll the vacant seat caused by the death of long-time County Commissioner Clif Betts. Mr. Irby, who is married and has three children, grew up in Vicksburg, Miss., where he graduated from St. Aloysius High School in 1961. In 1965 he received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Mississippi. Mr. Irby worked for 25 years in the health care eld. He was working in that eld in 1994 when came to Raulerson Hospital from Nashville. In 2004 he retired as the CEO of Raulerson Hospital. Mr. Irby served for seven years on the Okeechobee Utility Authority Board of Directors. He resigned from that position when he was appointed commissioner. He also served nine years on the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board. Mr. Irby is on the Indian River State College Foundation and on the board of directors of Hospice of Okeechobee. He also serves on the board of the Area Agency on Aging and on the board of Real Life Children's Ranch. Mr. Irby has been a member of the Kiwanis Club since coming to Okeechobee. "I think I have something to offer," was his reply when asked why he was running for of ce. "I think one of the things I am good at is asking the right questions." He feels that his experience managing businesses, establishing budgets and dealing with large organizations will assist him in his duties as commissioner. The biggest problem he sees facing the commissioners is dealing with the nancial shortfall brought about by the economy. "This is going to be a signi cant issue," he believes. Mr. Irby said commissioners are concerned with how to wisely spend the limited revenues they have. However, Mr. Irby thinks the county is in better shape nancially than it has been in the recent past. Commissioner Irby hopes to stay in of ce Frank Irby By Pete GawdaOkeechobee NewsBrad Goodbread, 48, hopes to soon be the holder of the Okeechobee County Commission District 3 seat. The Republican candidate is a life long resident of Okeechobee. He is a 1982 graduate of Okeechobee High School where he was president of the FFA. He earned a Bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Texas A & M in 1987 and a Masters in agriculture from the same school in 1989. Mr. Goodbread has worked as a commercial real estate appraiser. He said he has a world-class formal education in real estate that would bene t him as a county commissioner. In addition, Mr. Goodbread owned and operated a limousine service. He has also worked in his family's business which involves a nursery, cattle operations and commercial and residential real estate. Mr. Goodbread is married, has three stepdaughters and is a supporter of local charities. "I'd like to be part of the growth of our county," he replied when asked why he was running for of ce. "I think we need more people on the board who are proactive rather than reactive. We need to look outside the box." "We should never lose sight of our heritage and history," he feels. The biggest challenge is to create an environment for growth, Mr. Goodbread believes. "Okeechobee needs a more vibrant middle class." He believes more jobs should be created for young people. He is in favor of generating more sources of revenue. Mr. Goodbread thinks more revenue can be generated by promoting tourism. "I want to represent everybody as a whole, not just a group of people," he said. "You have to be open to listening to everybody. Okeechobee means a lot to me. It's my home town." Goodbread vies for county district 3 seat Brad Goodbread


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 If ANY of these qualitites are important to you Then VOTE for ME to represent YOU!!ELECT Billy MARCUMFOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER District #1 Most Of All I Am ...One Of You! Honesty Persistence Passionate Hard Working Commitment Accessibility Accountability Focused Dedicated Hands On Fair Direct No Nonsense Innovative Informative Self Made Solid Business Background I am extremely Pro Active toward: Agriculture Yourth Programs Sheriff’s Dept. Fire Dept. County Employees Small Business Schools New Industry & Growth Taxpayers Political Advertisement Paid for and Approved by Billy Marcum, Republican, for County Commissioners OPEN INVITATION “Town Hall”Meeting Wed., Aug. 8th 7pm Join Us for An Open TOWN HALL MEETING at the Civic Center Wednesday, August 8 at 7pm florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 13 Okeechobee News July 29, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Dennis Conner, 52, a Republican, hopes to be the holder of the Okeechobee County Commission District 3 seat. He attended Okeechobee High School for two years before moving to Auburndale and graduating from high school there. He has an AA degree in paralegal services. Mr. Conner is a navy veteran whe moved back to Okeechobee in 2007. Mr. Connor, is or has been associated w ith the Boy Scouts, the VFW, the Moose Club and the Eagles. Business growth and youth activities w ould be his top priorities as commissioner. He said he has not seen a lot of growth in Okeechobee. What growth he has seen has been sti ed. He would like to see the area grow and prosper and would like to see business growth. Mr. Connor said he is running because he feels there are changes that need to be made. "Everything has become stagnant," he asserted. He is not happy with what he perceives as a lack of forward momentum. He is in favor of reducing impact fees and making it easier for existing businesses to expand. "There are less activities for youth today than 37 years ago," he said. In 1975 he said there was a bowling alley, a skating rink, a movie theater and a drive-in theater. Now, he says there is nothing for youth to do. "I don't think that is right," Mr. Conner said. "We need to promote and protect our youth." He would like to see some youth-business mentoring. The biggest challenge he sees for the commissioners in coming years is balancing the budget. "The budget is our primary concern," he said. This problem is compounded, he feels, by people losing their homes and a dwindling tax base. Mr. Connor thinks the commissioners should do what they can to get people back to work. He feels that if Okeechobee can become more business friendly, the budget problem would be eliminated. Dennis Conner seeks county commission district 3 seat Dennis Conner School supply drive under way at Big Lake MissionBig Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their annual school supplies drive for needy families. Last year we helped many children with their list, but this year the need is even greater. They will be accepting donations up until school starts which is Aug. 23. Most all school supplies are needed such as three-ring notebooks, pencil pouches, colored pencils, markers, hi-lighters, etc. For a complete list, please check out the local stores or call the school. They gladly accept checks made out to our Mission or gift cards and our staff can do the shopping. Call 863-763-5725 or 863-610 1815 for more information or drop off locations.Fire ghters host annual school supplies driveOkeechobee Fire ghters and Paramedics Local 2918 are having their annual school supply drive, to bene t My Aunt's House, The Closet (501c3). All supplies will be given to local needy and foster children. Union members will be at the front of Wal-Mart in Okeechobee on Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5. Okeechobee Fire ghters and Paramedics would appreciate your support. If you have any questions please contact Matt Vinson, at 863-6971205. School News in Brief




2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Elvie PoseyElect ForCounty CommissionerI have a strong work ethic and a commitment to see Okeechobee County and its citizens prosper. I want to keep Okeechobee County an affordable place to live and also provide the level of services that our citizens deserve. To do this we must follow a plan to develop our economy and improve our revenue stream. If we control spending and expand our tax base we can lower our tax burden, improve our community and enjoy a better quality of life for ourselves, our children, and our future generations. EXPERIENCEI Need Your Early Vote OR Your Vote on August 14th634-4399 • VoteElvie@aol.comPolitical advertisement paid for and approved by Elvie Posey, Republican, for County Commissioner. PAST SERVICE AS A COMMISSIONER• Served as District 5 County Commissioner 2004-2008 • Graduate of Florida Association of Counties Advanced Commissioner Certi cation Program • Member of Business Development Board of Okeechobee County • Governor’s appointee to Central Florida Regional Planning Council • Member of Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee • Widening and resurfacing of Berman Rd. • Worked with FDOT to make turn lanes on S.R 70 West at 67th Ave. and 87th Ave. • Repair of railroad crossing at 15A and 15B on Hwy 710 • Construction of the restation on 441 North • The Southwest drainage project on Wolff Rd. • The Treasure Island canal-cleaning project • Restoration of the old courthouse • Creation of the Okeechobee Battle eld State Park Professional. Principled. Passionate. 863.467.6570 • 863.467.1968 (FAX) 200 SW 9th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974 gjs@sneiderlaw.com | sneiderlaw.comFamily Law Criminal Law Civil Litigation 15 Okeechobee News July 29, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Heather Hancock, 42, is running for Supervisor of Elections as a Republican. She is married to Ty Hancock and they have two daughters, Madison and Morgan, who both attended Peace Lutheran Preschool and are now attending Okeechobee Christian Academy. Her children’s activities occupy much of her time. She and her husband and his family operate a small rental property company here and in Alabama. Mrs. Hancock belongs to Fountain of Life Church and the Kiwanis Club. She is assistant treasurer for the Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association and a volunteer for Hospice. Mrs. Hancock has served on the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board and Healthy Start. She has been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and the March of Dimes and has served as a Girl Scout leader. Mrs. Hancock grew up in the St. Petersburgh area. She and her husband moved to Okeechobee in 2002 after living in Holiday and the Tampa Bay area. She graduated from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport and earned a bachelor’s of science in business management from the University of Phoenix. Mrs. Hancock worked for Lucent Technologies in St. Petersburg as a human resource manager. Her responsibility included 1,100 employees throughout the U.S. and she managed a staff of ve. For the past 10 years he has been in the banking industry. First with Riverside National Bank and now with CenterState Bank. At CenterState she is involved with commercial lending and executive responsibilities. “I am seeking the Supervisor of Elections of ce because it is an amazing opportunity that I don’t want to pass me by,” said Mrs. Hancock. “It’s an opportunity to work with an outstanding group of people who cherish an American dream.” She said it would be a chance to get out into our community and talk to people about our election process. “I am con dent that my 20 plus years in human resources and as a business owner will bene t me with any challenge that may arise as Supervisor of Elections. I believe in observation and assessment rst, and then informed decisions and changes where needed.” Heather Hancock seeks Elections Supervisor seat Grand Oaks Special visitorJoe Arnold visited Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility to speak to the residents about running for Congress. He discussed his views, his accomplishments in the community and his ideas if he is elected. Joe enjoyed having lunch with the residents and talking with them about their ideas and their expectations. (Above) Grand Oaks resident Charlie Jones jokes with Joe Arnold. Heather Hancock Special to the Okeechobee News/ Grand Oaks


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Vinyard) aware of recently discovered information in regard to some of the questions in the letter.” He chose not to comment further on that new information. He went on to say that some members of Twin Sisters’ traveled to Tallahassee prior to the letter being sent and met with Sec. Viny ard. Now, added Mr. Collier, what happens next is up to Sec. Vinyard. “He’s a very gracious man who has a very tough job,” said the Glades County rancher. “Having done that, it’s entirely up to him how he responds -if he responds.” Twin Sisters’ has not sent the DEP head any back-up documents and, at this point, he has not asked for them, added Mr. Collier. Another issue addressed in the letter deals with how the family’s property was ooded by Tropical Storm Fay in 2008 when SFWMD apparently allowed water to ow freely from the L-59 canal across the district’s land and onto land owned by Twin Sisters’. The letter states that water was allowed to ow for several days after the storm until SFWMD employees nally crimped shut three freeowing culverts. The property remained ooded for over a month. “None of this would have happened if the district had taken care of business,” said Mr. Collier in an earlier interview. “We’re looking for honest answers, but it’s not happening with the South Florida Water Management District.” Another issue addressed in the letter is an eminent domain agreement Austin Pearce stipulated to in a court of law in 1963 with the Central and South Florida Water Management Districts. That agreement provided ood protection for his family and other families along the L-59 canal, as well as the right to use water from that canal for irrigation purposes. Simply put eminent domain allows federal, state and local governments to take private property following the payment of just compensation to the property owner. “It means the title is transferred from a private party to a governmental entity. It (eminent domain) is intended to last forever, unless the instrument says otherwise,” explained Michael Allan Wolf, a law professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. “The government could give up its ownership, but only if there’s a public purpose behind it. But if I was a citizen, I would ask ‘why are you giving it back if it’s worth something?” Once the government has taken the property it’s theirs to do with as they wish. Which, brings us to another interesting wrinkle in this story. In 1989 the SFWMD entered into an agreement with the Seminole Tribe, known as the Seminole Tribal Water Compact, which guaranteed the tribe it would have access to the water in the L-59. So this raises the question: If there was an eminent domain agreement already in place, how could the SFWMD enter into a second agreement? Mr. Wolf would not address the speci c issues surrounding the L-59 canal because he has not read any of the documentation, such as the eminent domain agreement. However, he did indicate that, basically, because of that eminent domain agreement the SFWMD could do what they want with the water. “First of all, the contract will de ne the use of that waterway. But, the government cannot breach the terms of that agreement,” he said. Does that mean the SFWMD is guilty of breach of contract? Mr. Wolf could not answer that question, again, because he had not read the contract so he has no knowledge of what’s stated in that agreement. He went on to say that while there is no statute of limitation on eminent domain, there is a statute of limitation on breach of contract. The professor continued by addressing a U.S. Supreme Court case known as Kelo vs. New London (Conn.), which was an eminent domain case. The court’s 2005 controversial decision was that a city may claim private property under the Fifth Amendment so long as it does so as part of a clear economic development plan intended to bene t the community as a whole. Mr. Wolf said after that decision 40 U.S. states, including Florida, changed their eminent domain laws. “Florida changed its laws more radicall y than any other state. We said from now on eminent domain cannot be used to take property from one private owner, then turn around and transfer it to another private owner unless there was a vote by super majority vote in each house of the legislature,” explained Mr. Wolf. When asked how that applies to the Seminole Tribal Water Compact, Mr. Wol f replied by saying: “The Tribe is not an entit y of Florida.” With that ruling in mind, it appears Sec. Vinyard has even more to consider before he can answer Twin Sisters’ questions. Editor’s note: A copy of the letter sent to DEP head Secretary Herschel Vinyard is available on the Okeechobee News website, Florida.newszap.com. LANDContinued From Page 1


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OF TAX FOR SCHOOL CAPITAL OUTLAYThe Okeechobee County School Board will soon consider a measure to impose a 1.5000 mill property tax for the capital outlay projects listed herein. This tax is in addition to the school board’s proposed tax of 6.3980 mills for operating expenses and is proposed solely at the discretion of the school board. The capital outlay tax will generate approximately $2,237,764. to be used for the following projects: CONSTRUCTION AND REMODELING Yearling Middle School Classroom remodel MAINTENANCE, RENOVATION, AND REPAIR Reimbursement (as permitted by Florida Statutes) of maintenance, renovation and repair expenses incurred by the General Fund District-Wide HVAC projects Communications cabling projects District-Wide ooring Lighting replacements and upgrades District-Wide electrical projects District-Wide roof repair District-Wide security enhancements District-Wide painting projects District-Wide playground improvements District-Wide ADA compliance projects District-Wide maintenance, renovation, and repair of existing facilities State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF) compliance Telephone systems MOTOR VEHICLE PURCHASES Purchase of (6) school buses NEW AND REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE District-Wide furniture and equipment District-Wide computer hardware and software P AYMENT OF PREMIUMS FOR PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE NECESSARY TO INSURE THE EDUCATIONAL AND ANCILLARY PLANTS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing to be held on July 31, 2012 at 6:00 P.M., at the Okeechobee County School Board of ce building, Room 303, 700 SW Second Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974. A DECISION on the proposed CAPITAL OUTLAY TAXES will be made at this hearing.PUBLISH: 7/29/2012 Okeechobe News NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING The Okeechobee County School Board will soon consider a budget for scal year 2012-2013. A public hearing to make a DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on: July 31, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. At Okeechobee County School Board of ce building Room 303, 700 SW Second Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34974PUBLISH: 7/29/2012, Okeechobee News 301 N.E. 19th Drive(Across from the old hospital)112 South W. C. Owens Ave. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but more than 98 percent of skin cancers can be cured with early detection. Schedule your skin check today if: Youve ever spent time in the sun for work or play You have a spot on your skin that has changed shape or color You have a spot that bleeds and never seems to healMost insurance accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid 18 Okeechobee News July 29, 2012 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Kyle Reno drills wells for a living and is used to lifting heavy objects at work. On July 21 he took that to another level as he won the Fitness Factory Strongman competition for the second consecutive year to earn the title Okeechobee Strongman. Among the events in the annual competition are the tradition bench press, dead lift and squat in the gym, but some grueling events outside in 90 degree heat and high humidity. Reno was able to lift a 500 pound tractor tire 11 times and beat out the other 11 contestants in the concrete carry where he ran a few laps carrying concrete, placed it in a w heel barrow and then drove the wheelbarrow about 20 yards. Reno said he started this hobby about 10 y ears ago and enjoys these competitions. “I love it. I don’t expect to win, but I was able to take the entire event this year.” Cory Schoppmeyer nished second and Nick Schoppmeyer took third place in the competition. Organizer Jay Creamer said he came up w ith the idea last year and introduced contests like the long carry, tire ip, and the truck pull. Reno said all of the contestants go to the gym on a regular basis. He took home seven trophies last year when the event was broken down into different events. This year he told Creamer he has no room for trophies and would accept another prize. “It’s a chance for bragging right, and its fun just to compete in this,” he added. Reno has won some 3K and 5 K races but doesn’t plan to compete in other strong man competitions around the state. He said he got a little motivation from another competitor who laughed at him when he claimed he would ip the large tire over 10 times. “Being the rst person in the contest I had to set the pace. When he laughed, that motivated me a little bit,” he added. Kyle Reno wins 2012 strong man competition B.R.A.T. Club to present Labor Day paradeThe B.R.A.T Club Presents the 2012 Labor Day Parade. The parade will be held on Monday, Sept. 3.You can get more information by emailing Teresa Chandler at tchandler@wm.com or by searching the events calendar at: http:// okeechobeebusiness.com


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BUDGET SUMMARY OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD PROPOSED MILLAGE LEVY: OPERATING FUND: REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT 5.650 DISCRETIONARY OPERATING 0.748 DISCRETIONARY CRITICAL NEEDS 0.000 DEBT SERVICE FUND: 0.000 LOCAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT 1.500 TOTAL 7.898 GENERAL DEBT CAPITAL SPECIAL TOTAL FUND SERVICE IMPROVEMENT REVENUE ALL FUNDS FUND FUND FUNDS ESTIMATED REVENUES: FEDERAL SOURCES 50,000.00 12,188.00 62,188.00 FEDERAL THROUGH STATE 250,000.00 9,832,815.10 10,082,815.10 STATE SOURCES 32,630,906.00 217,400.00 51,000.00 60,000.00 32,959,306.00 LOCAL SOURCES 10,598,587.00 2,239,764.00 715,200.00 13,553,551.00 OTHER FINANCING SOURCES 16,000.00 16,000.00 TOTAL SOURCES 43,545,493.00 217,400.00 2,290,764.00 10,620,203.10 56,673,860.10 TRANSFERS IN 470,000.00 470,000.00 FUND BALANCE JULY 1, 2012 6,982,869.10 36,008.30 452,792.85 284,994.73 7,756,664.98 TOTAL REVENUES, TRANSFERS & BALANCES 50,998,362.10 253,408.30 2,743,556.85 10,905,197.83 64,900,525.08 EXPENDTURES: INSTRUCTION 29,658,123.63 2,626,116.50 32,284,240.13 PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES 1,758,457.19 908,831.07 2,667,288.26 INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA SERVICES 617,105.40 617,105.40 INSTRUCTIONAL/CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SERV 383,321.20 939,098.23 1,322,419.43 INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF TRAINING SERVICES 92,906.23 1,250,152.30 1,343,058.53 INSTRUCTION RELATED TECHNOLOGY 724,199.00 140,249.02 864,448.02 SCHOOL BOARD 452,288.86 452,288.86 GENERAL ADMINISTRATION 1,601,330.95 201,288.41 1 ,802,619.36 SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION 3,375,315.00 15,340.83 3,390,655.83 FACILITIES ACQUISITION AND CONSTRUCTION 21,417.00 2,243,608.61 2,265,025.61 FISCAL SERVICES 419,806.79 419,806.79 FOOD SERVICES 4,142,812.77 4,142,812.77 CENTRAL SERVICES 668,421.00 668,421.00 PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES 3,118,023.00 150,459.74 3,268,482.74 OPERATION OF PLANT 3,860,623.93 600.00 3,861,223.93 MAINTENANCE OF PLANT 1,449,627.26 1,449,627.26 ADMINISTRATIVE TECHNOLOGY SERVICESW 270,402.00 42,320.12 312,722.12 COMMUNITY SERVICES 312,500.00 312,500.00 MISCELLANEOUS 298,341.88 298,341.88 DEBT SERVICE 219,800.00 219,800.00 TOTAL EXPENDITURES 48,783,868.44 219,800.00 2,243,608.61 10,715,610.87 61,962,887.92 T RANSFERS OUT 0.00 0.00 470,000.00 0.00 470,000.00 FUND BALANCE JUNE 30, 2013 2,214,493.66 33,608.30 29,948.24 189,586.96 2,467,637.16 TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES, TRANSFERS AND BALANCES 50,998,362.10 253,408.30 2,743,556.85 10,905,197.83 64,900,525.08 THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC REC ORD THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA ARE 3.9% LESS THAN LAST YEAR’S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013 GENERAL FUND DEBT SERVICE FUND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS TOTAL ALL FUNDS 19 Okeechobee News July 29, 2012 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County S heriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida H ighway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Joseph Gary Harris, 28, Loop Road, Lorida, was arrested July 26 by Detective Mark Shireman on a felony charge of dealing in stolen property. His bond was set at $10,000.  Jamie Douglas, 39, S.E. 27th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 26 by Deputy Justin Akins on an amended Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation burglary, v iolation of probation dealing in stolen property and violation of probation providing false information to a secondary metal recycler. He is being held without bond.  Jose Roberto Sanchez, 29, N.W. First St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 26 by Deputy Matthew Grumbling on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond.  Brittany Daughtry, 23, S.W. Eighth St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 26 by Deputy Justin Akins on Okeechobee County warrants charging her with the felonies of violation of probation giving false veri cation of ownership (three counts), violation of probation uttering a forged instrument and violation of probation grand theft. She is being held without bond.  Richard Marvin Chapman, 56, S.E. 72nd Trail, Okeechobee, was arrested July 26 by Deputy Joseph Hall on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of driving under the in uence with priors. He is being held on $50,000 bond.  Juan Manuel Ayala, 22, N.W. Fourth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 27 by Of cer Ryan Holroyd on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in uence. His bond was set at $500. 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. A rrest Report Mortgage Assistance for unemployed or underemployedThe federal government has allocated funding to help quali ed Florida families to pay the rst mortgage on their homes through the Hardest Hit Help program. Assistance may be given for 12 months, and/or to re-instate a delingquent rst mortgage. Loans will be “forgiven” in 5.5 years after completing the program. To nd out if you qualify, please come to a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, 55 S. Parrott Ave. at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9. You can register by calling Okeechobee Non-Pro t Housing at 863-467-5525. You may also visit the HHF web site at www. FLHardestHitHelp.org and use the Referral code 85087 so you can be assisted by ONPH.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have moved a step closer to treating diseases on a cellular level by creating a tiny particle that can be programmed to shut down the genetic production line that cranks out disease-related proteins. In laboratory tests, these newly created “nanorobots” all but eradicated hepatitis C v irus infection. The programmable nature of the particle makes it potentially useful against diseases such as cancer and other v iral infections. The research effort, led by Y. Charles Cao, a UF associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Chen Liu, a professor of pathology and endowed chair in gastrointestinal and liver research in the UF College of Medicine, is described online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “This is a novel technology that may have broad application because it can target essentially any gene we want,” Dr. Liu said. “This opens the door to new elds so we can test many other things. We’re excited about it.” During the past ve decades, nanoparticles — particles so small that tens of thousands of them can t on the head of a pin — have emerged as a viable foundation for new w ays to diagnose, monitor and treat disease. Nanoparticle-based technologies are already in use in medical settings, such as in genetic testing and for pinpointing genetic markers of disease. And several related therapies are at varying stages of clinical trial. The “Holy Grail” of nanotherapy is an agent so exquisitely selective that it enters only diseased cells, targets only the speci ed disease process within those cells and leaves healthy cells unharmed. To demonstrate how this can work, Mr. Cao and colleagues, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Of ce of Naval Research and the UF Research Opportunity Seed Fund, created and tested a particle that targets hepatitis C virus in the liver and prevents the virus from making copies of itself. Hepatitis C infection causes liver in ammation, which can eventually lead to scarring and cirrhosis. The disease is transmitted via contact with infected blood, most commonly through injection drug use, needlestick injuries in medical settings, and birth to an infected mother. More than 3 million people in the United States are infected and about 17,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Patients can go many years without symptoms, which can include nausea, fatigue and abdominal discomfort. Current hepatitis C treatments involve the use of drugs that attack the replication machinery of the virus. But the therapies are only partially effective, on average helping less than 50 percent of patients, according to studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine and other journals. Side effects vary widely from one medication to another, and can include u-like symptoms, anemia and anxiety. Mr. Cao and colleagues, including graduate student Soon Hye Yang and postdoctoral associates Zhongliang Wang, Hongyan Liu and Tie Wang, wanted to improve on the concept of interfering with the viral genetic material in a way that boosted therapy effectiveness and reduced side effects. The particle they created can be tailored to match the genetic material of the desired target of attack, and to sneak into cells unnoticed by the body’s innate defense mechanisms. Recognition of genetic material from potentially harmful sources is the basis of important treatments for a number of diseases, including cancer, that are linked to the production of detrimental proteins. It also has potential for use in detecting and destroying viruses used as bioweapons. 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Special to the Okeechobee NewsSheriff Paul May and the Okeechobee County Sheriff of ce once again had the distinct pleasure of hosting the young folks from the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch last week. As the youth prepared to ride in the cattle drive that took place as part of the National Day of the American cowboy on Saturday, they were introduced to some of the local culture of Okeechobee. On Thursday they were treated to a presentation at the library of Gordie Peer as he discussed the American cowboy in the early days, to include what the cowboy did when he did not have to drive cows, to include some poetry, equipment maintenance, and the general life style on the drive. On Friday the young people had the opportunity to see some of the world famous Lake Okeechobee, thanks to the generous contribution of the folks at Marsh Beast airboat tours. The scenic tour showed off the vastness of the Lake as well as parts of the Kissimmee River. "The ride in the Okeechobee cattle drive is something that the kids look forward to each year," said Jeff Parker with the Florid a Sheriff's Youth Ranch. This is the fourth year that the kids have come to Okeechobee and participated in the cattle drive. They could be seen in the drive with their horses, ying the ranch ag. The sheriff would like to than k Alta Mosley and her crew at the Ag-Center for boarding the animals from the youth ranch as well as Eli's Western Wear, Hampton Inn, and all of the other local businesses that made the kids' stay in Okeechobee a fun and memorable experience. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PRICE APPETIZERS (from 11am until 7pm at the bar!!) After 9pm 2 for 1 Drinks All Day Starting at $ 7.99CHOOSE TWO TO CREATE YOUR OWN FAVORITE LUNCH COMBO 23 Okeechobee News July 29, 2012 V isitors from Sheriffs Youth Ranch enjoy lake Special to the Okeechobee NewsVisitors from the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch enjoyed an airboat ride on Okeechobee. Kenny Elkins was the airboat operator. Car wash to bene t injured teenKaleb "Fred" Langdale, a member of the Moore Haven FFA Chapter was attacked by a alligator in Moore Haven on July 9. The Okeechobee Brahman Senior FFA and District 11 FFA Chapters will host a car wash on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Okeechobee Tractor Supply. They are asking for a $10 donation per vehicle. All proceeds will go the Langdale family. For more information, contact Curtis Evans at 863-801-4468 or 863-763-4475. You may donate to the family at www.gofundme.com/ulvr0.


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