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BELLE


Delivering Western Hendry County's News Since 1922

VOUBER 1


At a Glance

Commodities to be
distributed
The Hendry County Food
Bank will be distributing USDA
Commodities at the Dallas
Townsend Center on Thursday
January 29, 2009 from noon till
approximately 3 p.m. Individu-
als are eligible if they receive
Food Stamps, TANF, Supple-
mental Security Income ( SSI
),Medicaid or Residence in
Public Housing funded by Mu-
nicipal, County, State or Federal
Government. Individuals can
also be eligible based on our
income guideline chart.

Vaudeville acts
wanted
Vaudeville acts wanted for
Laff Revue, the next produc-
tion of the Fire House Cultural
Center. Production dates are
January 22-25 and January 29-
February 1.
All acts considered; sword
swallowing, knife throwing
exhibition, roping exhibition,
can-can girls, dancing, stand-
up comedy, skits, and any
other specialties. If you have an
act, call Martha at 673-3738 by
January 7.

Old Timers' Dinner
Make plans to attend and
mark your calendars for the
kickoff event of SCF, the Old-
Timers' Dinner, Thursday, Feb.
19 at LaBelle Civic Center. It's
in HONOR of our Old-Timers,
not just for Old-Timers. Cater-
ing is by Buddy Taylor/Gator
Hammock, and tickets sold
in advance at $15 each with
tables for 10 at $150 available.
Doors open at 4:30 and dine at
6 p.m.

GED testing
The LaBelle Adult School
will be offering GED Testing
January 12, 13 and 14. Must
Pre-Register. If you have any
questions please contact the
LaBelle Adult School at 674-
4118 for more information.

Food drive
for homeless
The Hendry-Glades Home-
less Coalition is collecting food.
Please drop off food items any
time this month at United Way
House, 117 Fort Thompson
Ave., Hendry County SHIP Of-
fice, 164 S. Lee St. LaBelle or
100 E. El Paso Ave. Clewiston,
or the Glades County SHIP Of-
fice, 196 6th St. Moore Haven.
Please bring canned items
with pop tops or foil peeled
tops, energy bars, Pop tarts,
bottled water, peanut but
ter, crackers in sealed pack-
ages, plastic forks, spoons and
knives.
For more information call
Erica Villafuerte at 863-946-
6004 or e-mail hendryglade-
shomelesscoalition@yahoo.
com

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Nature: River tour


This oxbow at Micco harkens back to Old Florida scenes.


Submitted photo
This restored pasture represents the successful meshing of human needs and nature's
order


Up the lazy river, lessons learned


On a beautiful Saturday in
November, teachers of elemen-
tary, middle, high school and
university classes joined with
informal teachers who oper-
ate a variety of eco-tours and
teach at nature centers traveled
to inland Florida to experience
first-hand the wonders of the
Kissimmee River Restoration.
Among the participatns were
Cara Austin and Abbie Diaz
of West Glades Elementary
School.
The trip was sponsored by
the South Florida Water Man-
agement District and Florida
Atlantic University's Center for
Environmental Studies.
Historically the Kissimmee
River, unique in North America,


had characteristics of a more
tropical river like the Amazon
or the Congo with its wide, flat
floodplain expanding in wet
season and diminishing in dry
season. In the name of flood
control, the 103 miles of mean-
dering river with a three- mile
wide floodplain was channel-
ized in the 1960s becoming a
56 mile long, 30 foot deep, 300
foot wide canal. Calls for res-
toration began before the chan-
nelization was complete.
In 1992 Congress authorized
the restoration as a 50-50 cost
share project between the state
and federal government, the
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District and the United
States Army Corps of Engi-


neers. Restoration will fill 22
contiguous miles of the canal,
regaining 43 miles of meander-
ing river habitat and 40 square
miles of floodplain ecosystem
and 26,500 acres of wetlands.
The educators toured Phase
I of the restoration project that
was completed in 2001, restor-
ing 15 miles of the former river
and 11,000 acres of floodplain.
What had been cattle pasture,
now is open freshwater marsh
teeming with fish, birds and
other wildlife.
Not only did marsh reclaim
pasture, but oxbows flowed
again; sandbars reappeared;
and, long dormant seed sourc-
es germinated. Restoration is
happening!


SR 29:





Corridors





whittled


By Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
Florida Department of Trans-
portation continues its Project
Development and Environmen-
tal Study (PD&E) on the section
of SR 29 from Cowboy Way (SR
80A) to US 27. The study is tak-
ing into consideration natural,
physical and socio-cultural
features along the current road-
way. Using a Land Suitability
Mapping process that identifies
important features throughout
the surrounding area, FDOT
has identified three possible
corridors for the realignment.
At stake in this process is the
future of LaBelle and its sur-
rounding area.
FDOT's guides to honing
down possible corridors are
to: enhance economic com-
petitiveness; enhance emer-
gency evacuation; establish a
regional system of highways;
improve circulation of freight
and goods; and to correct de-
sign deficiencies.
As a hurricane evacuation


route critical to both the north-
ern and southern extremes of
the state, connecting to both
SR 80 and US 27. Four-laning
this section of SR 29 will im-
prove the heightened flow of
traffic during evacuations and
improve response time.
As part of the state's Strate-
gic Intermodal System (SIS),
SR 29 is a factor in the ability to
move people and goods, along
with all major air and ground
modes of transportation. Local-
ly, improvements to SR 29 will
provide better access to agricul-
tural and ranching operations
as well as freight centers. By
the year 2030, FDOT expects SR
29's Level of Service to improve
to accommodate projections of
higher population levels,
Improvements to the road
will also update the roadway
to current design standards, in-
crease sight distances and pro-
vide sidewalks and bike paths.
Through a mapping process
See SR 29 Page 2


Legislators



plan annual



meeting


On Tuesday January 27,
2009 the Hendry County Leg-
islative Delegation will meet
from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
in the LaBelle City Hall Coun-
cil Room located at 481 West
Hickpoochee Avenue. In addi-
tion to Representative Grimsley,
delegation members include
Senators Larcenia Bullard and
Dave Aronberg.
All proposals for local bills
are expected to be presented
at the hearing and must be
drafted in bill form and accom-
panied by a resolution from


the local government support-
ing the proposed legislation,
if possible. Unless there is an
emergency, the delegation will
consider for introduction only
those bills which have been
presented at the hearing. Indi-
viduals wishing to enter formal
testimony on specific local bills
are encouraged to attend.
The agenda for the hear-
ing will be set by January 22,
2009 and will be changed only
to take care of any unforeseen
See Meeting Page 2


Help available for veterans


By Jo Coombs
Caloosa Belle
Paperwork, especially any
kind of government paper-
work, keeps a lot of people
from getting the benefits he or
she deserves and is entitled to
have.
But that is not the case for
the veterans because the newly
appointed Hendry County Vet-
erans Advocate does all the pa-
perwork himself.
The service officer also has
to read and keep up with the
mounds of paperwork that
comes from the Veterans Ad-
ministration as he has to be re-
certified through the VA every
year to keep his position.


David Abney, who was ap-
pointed by the Hendry County
Commissioners as the Veterans
Advocate, started his "dream
job" in December.
It is his "dream job" because
David loves to help people and
especially Veterans as he is one
himself (David served in the
Army for 10 years and is a vet-
eran of the Viet Nam War).
David wants to get a mes-
sage out to the Veterans and
that is that they have benefits.
His main object is to make
sure that the veteran gets the
benefits that he or she deserve.
The Veterans Service Officer
deals with health, benefits and
cemeteries for the Veterans,


their widows and dependent
children, He even makes house
calls for veterans and widows
who are unable to come into
the office.
The officer must complete
a training course put on by the
Department Veterans Affairs
as well as periodic refresher
courses.
Veterans Service Officers are
not confined to helping only
the vets in their county.
They have no borders and
help veterans, their widows
and dependent children from
anywhere.
In LaBelle visit David Abney
See Veterans Page 2


Caloosa Belle/Jo Coombs
New Veterans Service Officer David Abney.


LANGFORD FORD AND FORD MOTOR COMPANY ARE HERE AND WE ARE GOING TO STAY
The Langford Family has been selling and servicing new and used vehicles while making friends in LaBelle for
over 40 years and we plan on continuing that tradition. As many of you know, through all of that time we have
contributed much to our community and that too is a tradition we wish to continue. We have remained in our mod-
est facility inside the City of LaBelle, resisting the temptation to move to a more costly location. This strategy
has proven to be prudent and we are prepared to weather these trying economic times.
We challenge you, no matter what vehicle you may be considering, come in and drive a new Ford before you buy.
You will find that Ford Motor Company has the best line-up of new vehicles available today. You will also find that
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Dobbins named administrator for health departments


TALLAHASSEE- The Florida
Department of Health (DOH) an-
nounces the appointment of
Patricia K. Dobbins as Admin-
istrator of the Hendry and Glades
County Health Departments ef-
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submitted photo
Patricia Dobbins, new Health
Department Adminstrator.


fective December 12, 2008.
Deputy Secretary for Health
Jean Kline, R.N., B.S.N., M.P.H.,
said, "I am pleased that Patricia
Dobbins will continue her excel-
lent service to the Hendry and
Glades County Health Depart-
ments.
Ms. Dobbins' leadership expe-
rience as Executive Community
Health/Nursing Director has been
an asset to the dedicated teams
at the Hendry and Glades County
Health Departments."
Ms. Dobbins passionately
stated, "I have so enjoyed my 20
years in public health, first with
the wonderful colleagues in Lee
County and then in Hendry and
Glades Counties.
Working with the dedicated
employees who make a daily
difference in rural public health
is a privilege. I look forward to
continuing the mission of pub-


lic health as we work together
through partnerships to build
healthier communities in Hendry
and Glades Counties."
Patricia Dobbins holds a Mas-
ters of Science Degree in Health
Services Administration.
She has practiced professional
nursing for 35 years in a variety of
settings, which includes the Vet-
eran's Administration, in urban
and rural hospitals, as a Nurse
Educator for 15 years, as an entre-
preneur and business owner, and
currently as the Executive Com-
munity Health Nursing Director
of the Hendry and Glades County
Health Departments.
Ms. Dobbins has held her cur-
rent position for 18 of her 20 years
with the state.
Ms. Dobbins is active in numer-
ous local, regional, and state orga-
nizations, committees, task forces
and coalitions as an advocate for


Check out health clubs before joining


TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is urging consumers to take
time to check on the background
of a health club or gym prior to
signing up or buying a member-
ship as a gift. Many people want-
ing to start the New Year on a
healthy note join gyms, but with-
out some investigation they may
only lose money.
The Florida Department of Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
regulates health clubs under the
Health Studio Act, which provides
some protections for consum-
ers in the event the club closes,
moves, or the member cannot
use the facilities for medical rea-
sons. Health clubs are required to
register with the department, and
many are also required to post a
bond for member refunds in case
the club goes out of business.
"Getting in shape is a great way
to kick off 2009," Bronson said.
"There are rules and regulations
that health clubs need to follow,
and consumers need to know
what they are so they can be sure
they are getting their money's
worth. Memberships can be a
sizeable investment so it's worth



SR 29
Continued From Page 1

and public input, FDOT identified
three possible corridors for SR 29:
one west of the existing road; the
existing road; and one east of the
existing road. An update to the
Hendry County commissioners
on Dec. 9 by DOT's Marty Peate
explained that, of the three, the
western corridor would not en-
hance economic competitiveness
or future population growth. The
other two, however, would sat-
isfy all the elements of purpose
and need.
According to socio-economic
impacts, dealing with population
density, population below pov-
erty level, median age, percent
of Hispanic population, percent
of non-White population and
percent with English as Second
Language speakers the western
corridor would have the highest;
the central corridor medium im-
pact; and the eastern corridor the
lowest.
In addition, the eastern cor-
ridor had little support from the
public and none from local gov-
ernments. Glades County sup-
ports the central and eastern
corridors. The City of LaBelle
prefers the central corridor but
would accept the eastern corri-
dor. Hendry County is expected
to do the same.
The City of LaBelle would like
to see an additional span for the
existing bridge, feeling it would
provide for traffic circulation and
promote a walking downtown
district. The city commission
provided a second option devel-
oping a new bridge east of town
to divert truck traffic from down-
town LaBelle while FDOT con-
tinued to maintain the current
bridge for other traffic. The city
opposed the western corridor,
feeling it would be detrimental
by causing traffic to bypass the
city.
FDOT recommended the
western corridor be eliminated
from consideration due to its
lower performance in the pur-
pose and need, socio-economic
and environmental factors.
The central and eastern corri-
dors remain as possible realign-
ments for SR 29.
This phase of SR 29's upgrade
to four lanes began early in 2008.
The alternatives consideration




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the time to find out about a facil-
ity before signing a legal contract.
Consumers need to understand
they cannot just change their
minds weeks or months after
joining and stop paying dues."
Currently, there are 2,266
health clubs registered in Florida.
During the past year, 369 clubs
went out of business.
The law provides consumers
with the right to cancel a contract
within three days of signing it, ex-
clusive of holidays and weekends,
but it must be done in writing. Af-
ter three days, it is a binding legal
obligation. If a person becomes
physically unable to use a sub-
stantial portion of the services for
which they contracted, they can
put a hold on the membership
until the disability ends. If the
health studio goes out of business
or moves more than five driving
miles away from the original lo-
cation it must provide, within 30
days, a facility of equal quality lo-
cated within the five miles or the
contract is void.
Bronson also recommends
consumers follow these tips:
-- Call the department's help-
line at 1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-435-
7352) or 1-800-FLAYUDA (1-800-

phase will continue into 2009 ;
a public meeting is to be held in
May at the LaBelle Civic Center.
At that time, the development of
a preferred alternative will com-
mence.
The coordination of cultural
resources phase continues into


352-9832) to make sure that the
health studio is registered and to
check its complaint history.

-- Find out if the studio has
posted a bond with the depart-
ment, as most clubs that collect
fees in advance are required to
do so.
-- Find out about the club's
cancellation policy in the event
a member moves or becomes
physically unable to use the facil-
ity.
-- Visit the club during the
hours you intend to use it to de-
termine whether the equipment
you want will be available at that
time.
-- Make sure exactly what the
membership fee covers. In some
cases, amenities such as racquet-
ball and basketball courts, child
care, towels, etc., cost extra.
Bronson says that, like any
legal document, it's important
to read contracts thoroughly and
make sure that all promises are
made in writing. Ask questions to
make sure the terms of the mem-
bership contract are understood
and can be followed.

2010.
Another public hearing will
take place in late 2009 or early
2010 with the final approval
shortly thereafter.
Information on the SR 29 re-
alignment is available online at
www.SR29LaBelle.com.


Friday 8:30 to 4:30, phone 863-
Veterans 675-5250.
In Clewiston at 100 E. El Paso
Continued From Page 1 (Old C&F Service Bldg.) Tuesday
and Thursday 9:30 to 4, phone
at 165 S. Lee Street (Courthouse 863-983-1463. E-mail: dabney@
Square) Monday, Wednesday, hendryfla.net.


Meeting
Continued From Page 1

emergencies. If you are making a
presentation, please provide eight
copies to Florida District 77 Rep.
Denise Grimsley's LaBelle office
no later than Wednesday, January
22, 2009. In light of the fiscal chal-
lenges facing our state, Senate
President Jeff Atwater and House
Speaker Ray Sansom have made
the decision not to open the Com-


munity Budget Issue Request Sys-
tem (CBIRS) this year.
The delegation will allow time
for additional presentations and
public comment.
If you have any questions or
would like to be placed on the
agenda, please contact Rep.
Grimsley's office at (863) 675-
5267 or email denise.grimsley@
myfloridahouse.gov.
She and her staff are available
to address any questions or con-
cerns you may have.


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rural uninsured or underinsured.
She has served in leadership roles
for the Florida Association of Pub-
lic Health Nurses and the Florida
Public Health Association and has
received a Public Health Nursing
Leadership Award.
Patricia Dobbins is a graduate
of the University of South Florida


Public Health Leadership Institute,
the Robert Wood JohnsonExecu-
tive Nurse Fellows Program, and
the National Rural Health Asso-
ciation Fellows Program.
Ms. Dobbins has served as
an Adjunct Professor at Florida
Gulf Coast University and is on
the School of Nursing's Advisory


Board.
She is a member of the Flori-
da Rural Health Association and
serves on the Board of the Lake
Okeechobee Rural Health Net-
work. She also serves on the
Boards of the Healthy Start Coali-
tion and the Early Learning Coali-
tion.


Health department names


environmental health director


The Hendry and Glades Coun-
ty Health Departments would like
to announce the appointment of
Brian Prowant as Director of Envi-
ronmental Services effective Dec.
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submitted photo
Brian Prowant has taken the
reins at the Environmental
Health Department

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and Jesus is Lord."
9 a.m Sunday Worship
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.4 miles west of Hwy 29
on CR 78


26.
"Brian has 11 years of experi-
ence in Environmental Health,
serving both Hendry and Glades
Counties most of his tenure. Bri-
an resides in Glades County and
has consistently shown leader-
ship during the challenges that
have been presented our Health
Departments. Whether it's hur-
ricanes, staffing, or Public Health
issues, Brian "steps up to the
plate" to problem-solve with his
colleagues. We are fortunate to
have Brian as part of the Leader-
ship Team!" said Administrator
Patricia K. Dobbins, M.S., R.N.
Upon accepting the position,
Brian Prowant said, "I look for-
ward to continuing my services
with Environmental Health and
working with the dedicated staff
in my department. I am also ready
to deal with the unique challenges
of our rural communities in Hen-


dry and Glades Counties."
Brian is a native Floridian and
has lived in Glades County for 16
years. Brian holds a double major-
Bachelor of Science Degree from
the University of Florida; one in
Environmental Management in
Agriculture and the other in Soil
and Water Science.
He first began his role in Envi-
ronmental Health in Lee County,
where he served as an Envi-
ronmental Specialist, and then
transferred to Hendry and Glades
County continuing his work in
Environmental Health. Brian is
a member of the Glades County
Youth and Livestock, the Student
Advisory Committee at Moore
Haven Elementary School, and
attends the First United Methodist
Church of Moore Haven.
He is married to wife, Susan,
has one son, Brice, and a daugh-
ter to be born in February.


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Arrests


LaBelle
Jose Angel Lopez, 36, was ar-
rested Dec. 28 and charged with
vehicle grand theft third degree.
Sgt. S. Reed was arresting officer.
Sean Thomas Abbott, 36, was
arrested Dec. 28 and charged with
vehicle grand theft third degree.
Sgt. S. Reed was arresting officer.
Douglas Alan Jones, 48, was
arrested Dec. 25 and charged on a
warrant as a fugitive from justice
in state from Lee County. Deputy
G. Elver was arresting officer.
Orlando Diego, 25, was ar-
rested Dec. 24 and charged on a
warrant with VOP: felony or com-
munity control. Deputy G. Elver
was arresting officer.
Jamal Noel Terrance Buchan-
an, 27, was arrested Dec. 23 and
charged with aggravated assault
with intent to commit a felony
and battery touch/strike.
According to the sheriff's re-


port, Buchanan was a trainee at
Hendry Correctional Institution.
He hurt his toe during a defen-
sive training move and became
angry. He was punching a brick
wall when another trainee at-
tempted to pass by. The report
indicates that Buchanan either
put his hands in her chest area
or grabbed her by the neck. He
said he had a loaded 9mm gun
in his vehicle in the parking lot
and threatened kill himself and to
shoot everyone in the class. Sgt.
S. Reed was arresting officer.
Mark Allen Gott, 22, was ar-
rested Dec. 22 and charged on a
warrant as a fugitive from justice
from Lee County VOP: burglary of
a structure no bond. Cpl. Olvera
was arresting officer.

Clewiston
Robert Lee Nero, 25, was ar-
rested Dec. 27 and charged on a


warrant as a fugitive from justice
in state. Deputy L. Brooks was ar-
resting officer.
Hector Ramon Gonzalez, 43,
was arrested and charged with
felony trespass with a firearm.
Florida Wildlife Officer Jesse C.
Lee was arresting officer.
Wilfredo Gomez, 33, was ar-
rested and charged with felony
trespass with a firearm. Florida
Wildlife Officer Jesse C. Lee was
arresting officer.
Felipe Cruz Bertin, 22, was ar-
rested and charged Dec. 23 with
aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon without intent to kill,
aggravated assault with intent to
commit a felony, battery results
from bodily harm/disability, ag-
gravated battery causing bodily
harm or disability, aggravated bat-
tery using a deadly weapon. Dep-
uty J. Perez was arresting officer.


West Palm Beach, FL The
Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, an
advocate for the restoration and
preservation of the greater Ever-
glades ecosystem, awarded one
of its first Everglades Champion
Awards to the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD).
"On behalf of the District's
employees, we are honored to
be the first organization chosen
by the Marshall Foundation for
this award," said Eric Buermann,
chairman of the SFWMD Gov-
erning Board. "This distinction
speaks to the District's ongoing
commitment to protecting and
restoring America's Everglades."


As part of its 10th Anniversary
Celebration, the Foundation cre-
ated the Everglades Champion
Awards to recognize organiza-
tions, elected officials and individ-
uals for their environmental lead-
ership efforts. The other inaugural
winners are:
Elected Official: Florida Gover-
nor Charlie Crist
Individual: Mary Barley, vice
chairwoman of the Everglades
Foundation
The Awards Selection Com-
mittee unanimously picked the
District as the first organizational
award winner because of its long-
time support for the Foundation.


The committee also cited the Dis-
trict's continuing leadership role
in negotiating with United States
Sugar Corporation to purchase
more than 180,000 acres of land
for Everglades restoration.
Governing Board Chairman
Eric Buermann and board mem-
bers Melissa L. Meeker and Patrick
J. Rooney Jr. accepted the award
for the District at the Foundation's
4th Annual River of Grass Gala on
Saturday night.
For more information on the
Arthur R. Marshall Foundation
and the River of Grass Gala, visit
www.artmarshall.org.


Florida Farm Bureau opposes SFWMD


acquisition of U.S. Sugar lands


Florida Farm Bureau President
John L. Hoblick issued the follow-
ing statement on Friday, Dec. 12:
At its meeting on Dec. 10, the
board of directors of the Florida
Farm Bureau Federation (FFBF),
the state's largest general interest
agricultural organization, declared
its opposition to the acquisition
of U.S. Sugar Corp. lands by the
South Florida Water Management
District. The Federation firmly
supports the rights of private
property owners to acquire, use


and sell property but opposes the
unnecessary acquisition of more
land by government.
The Federation is also con-
cerned that the proposed pur-
chase would drain funding and
focus away from implementation
of the Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Plan and other ini-
tiatives in which much time and
funding have been invested. The
purchase of U.S. Sugar's land
would likely cause thousands of
acres of productive agricultural


land to be removed from local tax
rolls, leaving local communities
struggling to make up for the loss
of ad valorem tax revenues and
endangering their future. Further,
the plan for the SFWMD to pur-
chase U.S. Sugar's land, then to
lease it back to the company over
a seven-year period at a bargain
rate would create unfair competi-
tive advantages over other South
Florida agricultural producers.


Florida Highway Partrol graduates class


TALLAHASSEE- The 116th
Basic Recruit Class of the Florida
Highway Patrol graduated today
at the Tallahassee Community
College Auditorium. The ceremo-
ny took place at 10 a.m. as family
and friends gathered to celebrate
the significant accomplishment.
The class began on June 15,
this year as strangers from around
the country gathered at the Florida
Highway Patrol Academy in Ha-
vana, Fla., to become members
of the 116th recruit class. They
successfully met the demands
of 27 weeks of rigorous training
designed to challenge them aca-
demically and physically. Today
they were awarded the badge of
a trooper and were sworn in as
the Florida Highway Patrol's new-
est members.
Lt. Governor Jeff Kottcamp
spoke to FHP's newest troopers
at the ceremony and congratulat-
ed them on their achievement.
"Florida's Highway Patrol is a
vital component to keeping our
state's 18 million residents and
80 million visitors safe," said Lt.


Clewiston

woman dies

in crash
On Christmas Eve, after two
days of searching, authorities dis-
covered the body of 57-year-old
Betty Ramsaran. She had appar-
ently been trapped in her 2004
Ford Taurus after a single-vehicle
crash on CR 833.
According to the Florida High-
way Patrol report Ms. Ramsaran,
who lived in Clewiston, was re-
ported as missing by relatives on
Dec. 22. A Seminole Police air unit
located Ms. Ramsaran's vehicle in
a canal parallel to CR 833.
Ms. Ramsaran had been
southbound on CR 833 when, for
unknown reasons, she swerved
to the right causing her vehicle to
rotate clockwise as it traveled off
the roadway and onto the west
shoulder of the road. The vehicle
continued off the shoulder, over a
raised dike and into a small canal.
It was discovered there on Dec. 24
after it came to a rest on its roof
with the driver trapped inside. Ms.
Ramsaran had been wearing a
seatbelt at the time of the crash.


Governor Kottkamp. "Today's
graduates have chosen one of the
highest callings, a career of public
service. We are very fortunate to
have fine men and women who
choose to perform such an im-
portant job that requires courage
and patience, as well as sacrifices
by their families, on a daily ba-
sis."
Training included topics such
as self defense, firearms, traf-
fic law and crash investigation.
Recruits had to experience the
effects of pepper spray and dem-
onstrate the ability to fight after
being exposed. They learned
how to safely operate a vehicle
in adverse conditions. The class-
room and hands-on instruction
arms recruits with the skills, abili-
ties and knowledge they need to
serve and protect residents and
visitors in the Sunshine State.
"We are very proud of the
men and women who are tak
ing the oath of office today," said
Col. John Czernis, director of the
Florida Highway Patrol. "These
men and women will be sent to


work across our state to serve the
residents and visitors of Florida by
making our highways safer."
Four members of the graduat-
ing class have family ties to FHP
David Karasek, Jr. is the son of Lt.
Sonja Karasek and retired Capt.
David Karasek, Sr. Mark Castle-
berry is the son of Lt. Ron Castle-
berry and the brother of Trooper
John Castleberry. Candice Wilson
is the daughter of Trooper Mi-
chelle Wilson. Trooper Lauren
Miller's father, Thomas Fraclose,
decided to join his daughter on
the Patrol and is also graduating.
The Florida Highway Patrol
congratulates the 116th recruit
class. FHP is very proud of its new-
est members. Photographs of the
recruit class along with details of
their training are available online
at: http ://www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/
academy/ClassActs/Class 116/. To
learn about how to become a
member of the Florida Highway
Patrol and career opportunities,
visit http://beatrooper.com/.


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It Must be Hospice.

"... you have changed my life and
provided me with the motivation to live
each day to the fullest. Life has become so
much more meaningful every moment."
family member of a patient


2009 DCP signup begins


Enrollment for the 2009 Di-
rect and Counter-cyclical Pay-
ment (DCP) Program for farms
with base acres will begin Dec.
22, 2008 both online and at local
USDA Service Centers and will
continue until June 1, 2009.
Producers are urged to make
use of the eDCP automated web-
site to sign up; however, produc-
ers can visit any USDA Service
Center or their administratively
assigned center to complete their
2009 DCP contract.
The June 1, 2009 deadline is
mandatory for all participants.
USDA will not accept any late-
filed applications.
The electronic DCP (or eDCP)
service saves producers time,
reduces paperwork and speeds
up contract processing at USDA
Farm Service Agency (FSA) offi-
cers. It is available to all produc-
ers who are eligible to participate
in the DCP program and can be
accessed at http://www.fsa.usda.
gov/dcp. To access the service,
producers must have an active
USDA eAuthentication Level 2
account, which requires filling
out an online registration form
at http://www.eauth.egov.usda.
gov followed by a visit to the local
USDA Service Center for identity
verification.
USDA computes DCP Program
payments using base acres and
payment yields established for
each farm. Eligible producers re-
ceive direct payments at rates es-
tablished by statute regardless of
market prices. For 2009, eligible
producers may request to receive
advance direct payments based on
22 percent of the direct payment
for each commodity associated
with the farm. USDA will issue
advance direct payments begin-
ning Dec. 2008. Counter-cyclical
payment rates vary depending on
market prices. Counter-cyclical
payments are issued only when
the effective price for a commod-

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ity is below its target price. The
effective price for each covered
commodity and peanuts equals
the direct payment rate plus the
higher of the national average
market price received by farmers
during the 12-month marketing
year or the national average loan
rate.
Producers who are eligible for
the DCP Program will also be eli-
gible to enroll in the Average Crop
Revenue Election (ACRE) Pro-
gram. The enrollment period for
ACRE Program will begin in the
spring. Producers may first en-
roll in the DCP Program, elect to
receive advance direct payments
and then later modify their enroll-
ment to include the ACRE pro-
gram or they may wait and elect
to enroll in DCP and ACRE at the
same time in the spring 2009.
The optional ACRE Program
provides a safety net based on
State revenue losses and acts in
place of the price-based safety
net of county-cyclical payments
under DCP. A farm's payment
is based on a revenue guarantee
calculated using a 5-year average
state yield and the most recent
2-year national price for each
eligible commodity. For the 2009
crop, the 2-year price average will
be based on the 2007 and 2008
crop years.
An ACRE payment is issued
when both the State and the farm
have incurred a revenue loss. The
payment is based on 83.3 percent
(85 percent in 2012) of the farm's
planted acres times the difference
between the State ACRE guaran-
tee and the State revenue time the
ratio of the farm's yield divided
by the State expected yield. The
total number of planted acres for


which a producer may receive
ACRE payments may not exceed
the total base on the farm. In
exchange for participating in
ACRE, in addition to not receiv-
ing counter-cyclical payments, a
farm's direct payment is reduced
by 20 percent, and marketing as-
sistance loan rates are reduced by
30 percent.
The decision to enroll in the
ACRE Program is irrevocable.
The owner of the farm and all
producers on the farm must
agree to enroll in ACRE. Once en-
rolled, the farm shall be enrolled
for that initial crop year and will
remain in ACRE through the 2012
crop year.






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SFWMD recognized for


Everglades Restoration efforts


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the
Hendry County Board of County Commissioners on January 13,
2009, 5:05 p.m., City of Clewiston, Commission Chambers, 115
W Ventura Ave, Clewiston, Florida.

The purpose of the hearing is to consider the adoption of an ordi-
nance amending the Capital Improvements Element of the
Hendry County Comprehensive Plan by including updates to
make the plan financially feasible. The Ordinance title is as fol-
lows:


ORDINANCE 09-

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION-
ERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA AMENDING THE HENDRY
COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE 91-05, AS
AMENDED, BY SPECIFICALLY AMENDING THE CAPITAL
IMPROVEMENTS ELEMENT BY IMPLEMENTING A FINANCIAL-
LY FEASIBLE 5-YEAR SCHEDULE; PROVIDING FOR SEVER-
ABILITY, CONFLICT, SCRIVENER'S ERRORS; AND AN EFFEC-
TIVE DATE.

All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard. Oral
and written comments will be accepted. A copy of the proposed
amendment is available for inspection at the Hendry County
Planning and Zoning Department, 165 S. Lee St., La Belle, FL
between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through
Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners'
office, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., La Belle, FL between the hours of
8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
10If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board
with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing,
he or she will need a record of the proceedings and, for such pur-
pose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

Any questions pertaining to these documents should be directed
to the Planning and Zoning Department, either by phone (863-
675-5240), email (vcautero@hendryfla.net),
U. S. mail (P O. Box 2340, La Belle, FL 33975) or by fax (863-
675-5317).

Janet B. Taylor, Chair
Hendry County Board of County Commissioners






4 OPINION Caloosa Belle, Thursday, January 1, 2009


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in the newspaper as space permits.
CHRISTMAS KINDNESS: Kudos to Post 130, American Legion. I
watched WINK news the day after Christmas and I saw where a club
in Fort Myers served over 200 meals for those who otherwise may not
have had a Christmas dinner... a club in Cape Coral served just over
300 meals. This was on WINK TV news.
The little American Legion here in LaBelle served over 500 meals.
Those meals were all cooked, boxed up and delivered by more than
30 volunteers who gave up most of their Christmas Day,
I would have thought a reporter from the local paper would have
gave up 15 or 20 minutes of his/her time to the Legion and talk to the
organizers of this worthwhile event, ask what all is involved in prepar-
ing such a large meal, etc. A large number of the volunteers were not
Legion members but wanted to be involved in ensuring that those that
signed up did get a Christmas dinner.
Post 130 did not get the press coverage Fort Myers and Cape Coral
got but you did a fine job and you know who you are.
Hats off to Post 130 American Legion!

HOME SWEET HOME: I feel that LaBelle is still a wonderful little
town and i love it, the rural character of this small town where every-
one knows almost everyone, people here wave driving by, say hi to
each other shopping the stores and fellowship in church is strong.
The other elements here we can identify and deal with, we have a
new sheriff and commission we need to encourage them to be visible
and address our concerns, its still a great place to live, lets pitch in and
help.


Combat animal fighting


by reporting incidents


Letters to the Editor


Dog attack on
Christmas Eve
A retired, disabled senior with
health problems, I was returning
from visiting a neighbor, walking
my old and gentle German Shep-
herd down Garden St., a short dis-
tance from my house. Abruptly, a
neighbor's large pit bull which
was running loose in their yard,
squeezed through the fence and
attacked me. When it lunged
up and scratched my chest, my
old dog got in between us and
prevented the pit from taking a
chunk out of me, but in the ensu-
ing fight, got bit on the snout by
the pit bull. Although a veteran, I
have never been more terrified for
my life. The neighbor's teenagers
were playing in the yard and did
not respond very quickly to my
screams for help. When they fi-
nally did collect their dog, their
mother emerged from the house
and angrily said that I shouldn't
swear at her children. Then, an-
other large teenager came out
and verbally threatened me....un-
til my two adult sons came over
and helped me back to the house.
We had to treat my old dog to
stop the bleeding. Calling 911,
three police cars arrived, actually,
it looked like a drug bust. The of-
ficers called the animal control
(Officer Pickles) and then waited
until he arrived. When queried
about the neighbor's pit bull, I re-


ported that my older son had also
been attacked by the neighbor's
dog which was running loose,
only two nights previously, but
the dog broke off the fight when
called home.
Anyhow, Officer Pickles went
over and talked with the neigh-
bors, then returned and said that
the dog wasn't up to date on his
required shots. Even though their
dog had bitten our dog, and had
scratched my chest, Officer Pick-
les said that he couldn't quaran-
tine the dog because he had no
room in his kennel. He reported
that the owners had indicated
that they would be willing to have
their dog vaccinated, but that this
couldn't be done until he had
monitored the dog for ten days.
He was leaving the dog with the
owners on their recognizance.
However, he asked us to call him
if the dog was loose, and he would
give a second reprimand which
had a $500.00 fine, and then, if it
happened again, would fine them
$5,000.00, and would take action
to have the dog declared a vicious
animal and would be destroyed.
In closing, I've had it! Other
people on our street have been
bitten seriously in recent years,
some hospitalized and nothing
was done. I'm not blaming the
dog... let me make this clear. I
love dogs, and most of my neigh-
bors. Dog behavior is mainly a
reflection of their owner's dog


rearing/training practices. But try-
ing to live by the "golden rule," or
"turning the other cheek," when
others don't, is difficult. This street
has been beset by abandoned
dogs, loose dogs, dogs without
collars, etc., ever since we have
lived here. There are human risks
such as lock jaw, or rabies, other
injuries and possibly death. Prec-
edents in California have resulted
in people being sent to prison.
Recently, a bull mastiff attacked
people and it's owner in Boca
Raton. Rabies remains a deadly
danger. My wife was bitten by a
suspect cat in North Carolina in
July, and she and her friend had
to undergo the full rabies series,
because they couldn't catch the
cat. More than 40,000 persons
in the U.S. undergo the rabies
series annually. These cost more
than $3,500 a series, if available,
because they have been in short
supply by the manufacturer. Ra-
bies in third world countries such
as Mexico is totally out of control,
while we had a friend who was
working in Africa, die horribly
and painfully, after receiving a
"minor" dog bite.
Admittedly, I am at fault for not
reporting loose dogs previously,
and will definitely report any and
all loose dogs to the dog catcher
from now on, as well as taking le-
gal action if attacked. But this is a
real problem and a culturally sen-
sitive one, which should be ad-


dressed through a democratic po-
licing process. Although unaware
of the full nature and extent of
this issue in our area, I think that
this is a researchable topic. A
commission could be established
with participation of citizens from
various sectors of our community,
as well as police, animal control,
public health, a veterinarian, and
our excellent humane society.
The exercise could build com-
munity by addressing the existing
policies in light of changing times.
Subsequently, sufficient resources
should be budgeted so that there
is "room in the kennel" to quar-
antine suspect dogs; as well as to
arrest and prosecute dog owners
who are unwilling to comply with
the law.
Stan Andrews

(Editor's Note: Animal Control
only reports a dog bite if a human
is the victim. The city and county
have similar ordinances involving
animals. Warnings are issued to
owners whose dogs are found off
their property: $100 for the first of-
fense; $300 for the second; $500
after that. Anyone who wishes to
make an animal complaint may
do so by calling Animal Control at
675-3381 Monday through Friday
from 8-5. Evenings, weekends
and holidays, you may call the
Sheriff's Office at 674-4060.)


TALLAHASSEE, FL Attorney
General Bill McCollum has an-
nounced that Floridians can now
report animal fighting and be eli-
gible for a reward of up to $5,000
by calling The Humane Society of
the United States' animal fight-
ing tip line at 877-TIP-HSUS (847-
4787).
The toll-free tip line was first
established in Georgia by The
HSUS and Atlanta-based corpo-
rate security firm Norred & Asso-
ciates Inc. Because of its success,
and with the support of Florida's
Attorney General, the tip line has
been expanded to help combat
dogfighting and cockfighting in
Florida.
"Animal fighting is a cruel and
criminal behavior often associ-
ated with gang activity and other
violence," said Attorney General
McCollum.
"Now Floridians will have an
easy, anonymous way to help
make their neighborhoods safer
and perhaps receive a substantial
reward for their efforts."
The HSUS' Florida animal
fighting tip line is managed by in-
vestigators with Norred & Associ-
ates and The HSUS. Once tips are
authenticated, investigators work
with law enforcement agencies
to inspect, arrest and prosecute
animal fighters.
Callers' identities are pro-
tected, and if a caller's tip leads
to the arrest and prosecution of
an animal fighter, the caller be-
comes eligible for a reward of up
to $5,000 from The HSUS.
"Animal fighting is a horribly
cruel activity and I am proud to
help bring the criminals who
engage in these blood sports to
justice," said Greg D. Norred,
founder and CEO of Norred & As-
sociates.
"The HSUS animal fighting tip
line has been immensely success-
ful in Georgia and we're hopeful
that we will have similar results
in Florida."
The HSUS' animal fighting tip
line was first established in the
wake of the Michael Vick case
so Georgia residents can easily


report illegal animal fighting to
authorities.
Since its inception in January
2008, the Georgia tip line has
received more than 1,000 calls,
leading to seven raids and 11 ar-
rests.
"The mix of a dedicated tip
line for animal fighting investiga-
tions and a reward program is a
winning combination," said Lau-
ra Bevan, director of The HSUS'
Southeast regional office. "The
Humane Society of the United
States is thrilled to partner with
Attorney General McCollum and
Norred & Associates in the effort
to stamp out animal fighting in
Florida."
Last May, the Attorney General
announced The HSUS's $5,000
reward program to combat ani-
mal fighting in Florida and strong-
ly supports this latest phase in
the efforts to find and prosecute
those involved in the crime.
The HSUS estimates that Flori-
da is one of the top three states in
which major dogfighting opera-
tions exist.
The expansion of The HSUS's
animal fighting tip line has been
made possible thanks to a grant
from the Companions' Fund of
The DuPage Community Foun-
dation.
The HSUS' animal fighting re-
ward program was established
through a grant from the Holland
M. Ware Foundation.
The Humane Society of the
United States is the nation's larg-
est animal protection organi-
zation, backed by 10.5 million
Americans, or one of every 30.
For more than a half-century,
The HSUS has been fighting
for the protection of all animals
through advocacy, education, and
hands-on programs.
Celebrating animals and con-
fronting cruelty- On the Web at
http ://humanesociety.org.


Consumers are urged to use care in



all their borrowing practices


TALLAHASSEE-Deciding to
purchase a home is one of the
most significant decisions that
a consumer will ever make. It is
crucial that the consumer work
with a licensed mortgage broker,
loan originator or other mortgage
professional during the home
buying process.
While most mortgage indus-
try professionals are honest and
ethical, it is still important for con-
sumers to be aware of the follow-
ing tips as they prepare to enter
the largest financial transaction of
their lives. By becoming knowl-
edgeable about the mortgage
process, they can protect their fi-
nancial investment and find a loan
that will best serve their needs.
The Florida Association of
Mortgage Brokers (FAMB) offers
the following tips to avoid abu-
sive lending practices during the
home buying process:
Shop around and compare.
If you need to borrow money for
a home purchase, refinance, or
home repairs, shop around with
different licensed mortgage bro-
kers and lenders.
Compare interest rates and
find out what the total costs of
the loan will be and what your
monthly payment will be before
making a decision. You should
be furnished with a Good Faith
Estimate of costs. Use the Good


Faith Estimate from each licensed
lender or broker to compare the
loan terms and costs.
Negotiate. Don't let the prom-
ise of extra cash or lower monthly
payments get in the way of your
good judgment. Considerwhether
the closing costs you will pay for
the loan are really worth it. Don't
agree to a loan that includes extra
products you don't want. Negoti-
ate the loan terms and agree to a
loan amount that will meet your
needs.
Be cautious. Be wary of any-
one who calls you on the phone,
solicits you in the mail or comes
to your door offering "bargain
loans". Beware of claims that
the offer is only available for a
short period of time. Beware of
lenders claiming 'bad credit- no
problem'. If the loan terms seem
too good to be true, perhaps they
are.
Never act immediately. If the
mortgage professional asks for
fees up front, ask how the fees
will be used and be certain to get
the explanation in writing. Are the
funds for the appraisal or credit
report?
Never pay a lender cash for any
fees, and always make the check
payable to the mortgage firm, not
the individual loan officer.
Understand the terms of your
loan. Some loans may sound very


attractive because the monthly
payment is small. Ask if the pay-
ment will adjust during the life of
the loan. Make sure you know the
dollar amount of each monthly
payment.
If the loan is adjustable (ARM),
make sure you understand how
often and how much your pay-
ment can change.
Don't be afraid to ask ques-
tions. You have a legal right to
know the total cost of the loan,
the annual percentage rate (APR),
the monthly payments, and how
long you will make payments on
the loan. If you are unsure of any
terms of the loan, ask for an ex-
planation. If you don't receive a
straight answer, go elsewhere for
your financing needs.
SRead carefully before you
sign. Don't sign any document
you haven't read or has blank
spaces that could be filled in after
you sign. Don't be pressured into
signing any loan papers that you
do not understand.
If you need an explanation of
any terms or conditions, talk to
someone knowledgeable that you
trust. Get copies of everything you
sign at the time you sign them.
Borrow only the amount you
need and can afford to repay. Just
because you qualify for a certain
amount of money doesn't mean
you should borrow the maxi-


mum. Consider whether you can
afford to make the payments. De-
termine exactly how much mon-
ey you need, borrow only that
amount and find out exactly how
much your monthly payment will
be.
If you are consolidating debt,
make sure you will have enough
money left after closing costs and
loan pay offs to pay any other bills
you would like to eliminate.
Immediately get help if you
feel you have been victimized.
Contact your local state regulators
and/or your local Better Business
Bureau to report the individuals
and companies you worked with.
The Florida Association of
Mortgage Brokers is the oldest
state trade mortgage association
in the nation whose members
strive to attain the highest degree
of excellence and customer ser-
vice available.
FAMB members also subscribe
to a strict code of ethics. For more
information or to find a mortgage
broker in your area, visit the con-
sumer information page on the
FAMB web site at www.famb.
org.


Guest Commentary


Recession hitting low income communities hard


By Steven Edelstein
As policymakers debate how
to stabilize the sagging economy,
it's time to think about how to
help more than 3 million low-
wage workers who hold the an-
swer in their busy and burdened
hands.
The recession is hitting hardest
in low-income communities, and,
if we're serious about stimulating
the economy, we need to make
sure that recovery efforts reach
the people and places that need it
the most. In today's aging society
and service economy, at least one
in 10 low-wage-earners is a direct
care worker.
These hard-working, hard-
pressed Americans provide
healthcare and assistance ser-
vices to older adults and people
with disabilities in private homes,
nursing homes, and day programs
that provide non-residential, non-
medical services.
Their jobs -- home health aide,
personal and home care aide and
nursing aide, orderly and atten-
dant -- include two of the three
fastest-growing occupations in
the nation.
Already, these jobs pump $56
billion into the economy, espe-
cially in low-income communi-
ties where stable employment
and consumer spending are in
short supply even in good times
and are severely imperiled during
a downturn.
In addition, the availability of
direct care for aging and ailing
Americans is essential for an es-
timated 15.9 million workers who
balance full-time employment
with caregiving for a family mem-
ber over age 18. American com-
panies lose $33.6 billion a year
because of the lost productivity of
workers who are also caring for
family members.


Without a stable, well-pre-
pared workforce of direct care
providers, millions of workers
would be unable to balance the
demands of their jobs and their
loved ones -- and businesses
would lose billions more in lost
productivity.
So, as economic policymakers
seek solutions for the recession,
why not take action to solve so-
cial and economic problems to-
gether: Let's invest in recruiting,
training, employing, retaining,
and raising the wages for direct-
care workers. The idea is doable,
workable, and will reap returns
for years to come.
At a time when policymakers
are seeking to prime the eco-
nomic pump, the federal govern-
ment already has a pipeline to the
direct-care workforce.
More than 70 cents of every
dollar for eldercare/disability ser-
vices comes from federal funds,
mostly Medicare and Medicaid.
Moreover, these workers need
raises and will pump the money
back into the economy. Because
of their low wages and meager
benefits, 40 percent of direct-care
workers live in households that
rely on one or more public ben-
efits, such as Food Stamps and
Medicaid.
Devoting federal funds to in-
crease their pay to $12-an-hour
will reward their hard work and
recharge the economy.
With well-deserved and long-
overdue pay increases, these
workers will spend the money
on the necessities of life for them-
selves and their children while
stimulating economic activity in
their needy neighborhoods and
throughout the nation.
With higher wages and oppor-
tunities for education and train-
ing, direct care workers will stay


longer and do better at their jobs.
Currently, there is a 40 to 60
percent turnover rate among
home care workers and at least
75 percent turnover among nurs-
ing home workers.
With more experienced work-
ers, the quality of service will im-
prove, and working Americans
with family responsibilities will
have more confidence that their
loved ones are being well-cared
for, further boosting productivity
and the economy.
Unlike some other anti-re-
cession proposals, investing in
direct-care workers is a long-term
investment in stimulating the
economy and strengthening the
social fabric.
In an aging society, more
Americans will need direct-care.
As a result, these jobs are expect-
ed to increase by 1 million from
2006 to 2016.


By making these occupations
stable and rewarding jobs with
promising futures, the nation will
reap rewards in improved health-
care, enhanced productivity, in-
creased incomes, and expanded
opportunities in communities
where the recession started earli-
est and will last longest.
At a time when many eco-
nomic remedies are little more
than placebos, investing in direct-
care workers is a prescription
for a healthier economy -- and a
healthier society.
Edelstein is the national
policy director of PHI, a national
nonprofit that works to improve
the quality of eldercare/disabil
ity services by supporting quality
jobs for the nursing assistants,
home health aides, and personal
care workers who provide that
care.


Be Healthy, Be Happy


By Brenda Barnes
As we start the New Year,
please remember that each day
gives us all an
opportunity to
"start over"....
Starting over can
be something
small as starting
the day with a
healthy snack or
giving a smile to
all you encoun- Brenda
ter. Think about Barnes
the following
quote as you enter the New Year:
Gift Suggestions for the New
Year:
To your enemy, forgiveness
To an opponent, tolerance
To a friend, your heart


To a customer, service
To all, charity
To every child, a good exam-
ple
To yourself, respect
--by Oren Arnold
Do something positive for
yourself and those around you
and you will be happier and
healthier!
An act of kindness goes a long
way! Happy New Year to All!
(Brenda Barnes is the Public Infor-
mation Officer and Planning Con-
sultant for the Hendry and Glades
County Health Departments. If you
would like to read an article about
a particular health topic, please call
863-674-4047, extension 126).


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Celebrating 60 years of faith
The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), on the corner of Ford and Lee St. will be
celebrating its 60th Anniversary January 11, 2009. All are invited to join in their celebra-
tion. The day events will be as follows: Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship 10:30
a.m.; Lunch Noon; Program of Memories 1:30 p.m.; Refreshments 3:30 p.m. For more
Information call 863-675-1366.


Buying local and organic in Florida


By Jo Coombs
Caloosa Belle
You have heard of full service
banks, but have you ever heard
of a full service real estate com-
pany? Well, there is one now
because that is what happened
when Southwest Florida Realty
Group and Burson-Weathers Real
Estate Company merged.


Lisa Andrews, broker, wants
everyone to know that she and
her associates are not going away,
but only working under a different
name Burson-Weathers Real Es-
tate Company. She and associates
Sandra Alexander, Roxana Cisne-
ros, Kevin Nelson, Stacy Pate and
Dwight Hatfield are joining forces
with Boots Weathers, broker, and
four associates to become a full


service real estate company. They
will be specializing in residential,
acreage, commercial and indus-
trial sales.
Boots has 20+ years and Lisa
has 10+ years in real estate. Bur-
son-Weathers is located at 21141
Palm Beach Boulevard in Alva
(across from the Alva Diner). The
phone number is 863-675-0000 or
239-728-9998.


These phrases have become
very popular in our communities.
Organic food is now sold in over
73 percent of all retail grocery
stores in the United States and
over 53 percent of consumers
report purchasing organic prod-
ucts at least occasionally. In 2007,
organic food products generated
more than $16 billion in domes-
tic sales, and the organic indus-
try continues to grow at a steady
rate.
The production and sales of
organic products are regulated by
the U.S. Department of Agricul-
ture's National Organic Program,
and are verified by independent
third-party certifiers. This process
ensures that all products labeled
and sold in the U.S. as "certified
organic" meet or exceed the na-
tional organic standards.
Organic producers are re-
quired to follow specific produc-
tion criteria to ensure soil is man-
aged in a way that prevents soil
erosion, promotes and enhances
soil biological diversity, and in-
creases soil organic matter. In ad-
dition, pests are managed using
methods that minimize the use of
pesticides. Farmers use strategies
that encourage beneficial insects
and bees, and avoid practices that
disrupt natural predators or result


in a flush of weeds.
Florida has more than 130 cer-
tified organic operations across
the state. Most of these organic
farmers sell a wide variety of fruit,
vegetables, herbs, flowers and
other products directly to the con-
sumer at farmers' markets, road-
side stands or through advanced
sales (community supported ag-
riculture). Some farmers sell lo-
cally to restaurants, schools and
grocery stores.
Demand for U.S. organic prod-
ucts is increasing faster than the
current supply, and this has re-
sulted in a need for farmers who
have the desire and skills to farm
organically.
Consumers purchase local,
organic food for a variety of rea-
sons, including:
Fresh-market fruits and veg-
etables produced and consumed
locally are fresher and more nu-
tritious than when harvested and
shipped great distances.
Organic farming uses sus-
tainable farming practices such
as crop rotation, biological con-
trols and limited use of pesticides,
thus preserving our state's natural
resources.
Organic products that are
processed (salsas, jams, etc.) are
free from genetically modified in-


gredients, artificial colors, artificial
flavors and preservatives.
Irradiation of organic pro-
duce is prohibited.
Organic livestock are raised
without using preventative anti-
biotics or growth-promoting hor-
mones.
Buying local organic food is
good for Florida's economy.
Find information about organ-
ic certification at the IFAS Small
Farms and Alternative Crops
Web site, http://smallfarms.ifas.
ufl.edu. Or you can contact your
local county extension agent for
information and assistance in
meeting organic certification re-
quirements, and for local markets
for locally produced farm prod-
ucts.
On Aug. 1-2, 2009, the first
Florida Small Farms and Alter-
native Enterprises Conference
will be held at Osceola Heritage
Park in Kissimmee. The event will
feature exhibitors, educational
sessions and more. All Florida
farmers are invited to attend. Visit
the conference Web site at http://
smallfarms.ifas.ufl.edu. For infor-
mation on conference sponsor-
ship or being an exhibitor, contact
Bob Hochmuth, 386-362-1725 or
bobhoch@ufl.edu.


Lisa Andrews and Boots Weathers.


Church Briefs


personal problems. Meetings are
Mondays 7-8:30 p.m.
For more information, please
call Freedom Fellowship at 612-
9899,

Cowboy church
plans services
On Thursday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m.
food and fellowship, 7 p.m. gos-
pel music and the word brought
this month by the district overseer


of the Church of God of Prophecy
of this area. Come, listen and hear
the words of the Lord by Roger
Byrd of Arcadia.
They will be looking for you
at the door of the Palmdale Com-
munity Center on the corner of
5th and Main. All are welcome.

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Come to New
Beginning
New Beginning Full Gospel
Church, 4501 Birchwood Park-
way, Port LaBelle has Sunday
services at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.;
Wednesday at 7 p.m. They wel-
come anyone without a church
home.

New Years
community service
First Christian Church is hav-
ing a New Year's Communion
Service Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 7
p.m. Join them as they welcome
a new year of opportunity and
service.

'For The Lord'
Freedom Fellowship Minis-
tries is beginning a new program
called For the Lord, geared toward
young people ages 17-30. It's a
small group setting for support
and continuous lifestyle improve-
ment for young people struggling
with things like addiction and


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Stereos, Printer, Fax Maines,VCR's, DVD Players, Video Camers Video Game C es,
Wnless Devices

Examples of co=mmny used TOXIC
Household Materials
to be brought t the Household Hazardous
Waste Colection Centers

Oil-based paint or latex paintthinners, stains, varnishes, strippers, wood
preservatives, Solvents, Spot removers, Brake fluid, Anti-freeze,
aS Flammable liquids, Kerosene, Stale gasoline, Metal and Furniture polish,
&&o V Engine degreasers, Unknown chemical & Aerosols, Used oil limit 5 gal.
Hearing Aid, Button Batteries, Unbroken Fluorescent lamps,
Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides, Fertilizers, Swimming pool chemi-
cals, Photo chemicals, Chemistry sets, Poisons, Outdated Medicines,
Household cleaning fluids- Bleach, Ammonia, Drain openers, Oven
cleaners, Flashlight batteries and Lead acid auto batteries.


Submitted photo

Year round

giving
Pictured above is Maria San-
doval with First Bank, La-
Belle Branch and Lisa Sands
with the Salvation Army Ser-
vice Unit of LaBelle. First
Bank delivered a variety of
foods for the Salvation Army
food pantry which provides
meals to the less fortunate
all year round.


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Formerly Doug Scratchley
rPlumbing Inc.
875 INDUSTRIAL COURT
LABELLE, FL 33935


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IRS reminder


- Make use of recent tax law changes


WASHINGTON-Tax year
2008 is quickly nearing an end.
The Internal Revenue Service re-
minds taxpayers to avoid putting
off important financial tasks until
the last minute. The important
deadline of Dec. 31, is fast ap-
proaching for many tax-planning
issues.
The IRS also urges taxpayers as
part of their year-end tax planning
to be aware of recent tax changes
as well as recently reinstated tax
deductions. Some tax breaks and
a review of your current tax situa-
tion may result in a bigger refund
or less taxes to be paid come tax
time.
Also, the IRS wants to make fil-
ing your tax return less stressful.
Consider e-filing your tax return
to ensure you maximize tax de-
ductions, claim deserved credits,
and take advantage of tax ben-
efits. You may even be able to file
electronically free of charge using
IRS Free File.
The IRS offers these tax tips for
you to consider:
First-Time Homebuyers Tax
Credit First-time homebuy-
ers should begin planning now
to take advantage of a new tax
credit available for a limited time.
The credit applies to primary
home purchases between April
9, 2008 and June 30, 2009. Nor-
mally, this tax credit must be paid
back in equal payments over 15
years. The credit is 10 percent of
the purchase price of the home,
with a maximum available credit
of $7,500 for either a single tax-
payer or a married couple filing
jointly. First-time homebuyers
are those who have not owned a
home in the three years prior to a
purchase.
Real Estate Tax Deduction
There is an additional standard
deduction for those who don't
itemize their deductions, but pay
real estate taxes. The additional
deduction amount is equal to the
amount of real estate taxes paid
up to $500 for single filers or up to
$1,000 for joint filers. This deduc-
tion is available for the 2008 and
2009 tax years and increases your
standard deduction.
Tuition and Fees Deduction -
You may be able to deduct quali-
fied tuition and required enroll-
ment fees up to $4,000 that you
pay for yourself, your spouse, or
a dependent. You do not have to
itemize to take this deduction.
However, a taxpayer cannot take
both the tuition and fees deduc-
tion and education credits (Hope
& Lifetime Learning Credits) for
the same student in the same
year. Income limits and other spe-
cial rules apply to each of these
provisions. To determine whether
your expenses are qualified, refer
to IRS Publication 970, Tax Ben-
efits for Education. The 2008 edi-
tion is available soon online This
publication also describes other
education-related tax benefits.
Educators' Out of Pocket Ex-
pense Deduction The educator
expense deduction allows teach-
ers and other educators to de-
duct the cost of books, supplies,


equipment and software used in
the classroom. Eligible educators
include those who work at least
900 hours during a school year as
a teacher, instructor, counselor,
principal or aide in a public or
private elementary or secondary
school. Worth up to $250, the ed-
ucator expense deduction is avail-
able whether or not the educator
itemizes deductions on Schedule
A.
Recovery Rebate Credit- If
you did not qualify or did not
receive the maximum amount
for the 2008 Economic Stimulus
Payment you may be entitled to a
Recovery Rebate Credit when you
file your 2008 tax return. Review
the tax return filing instructions
including the Recovery Rebate
Credit worksheet. You need to
know the amount of the pay-
ment you received in 2008, which
can be found on your Economic
Stimulus Payment Notice (Notice
1378). Two online tools on IRS.
gov will be available soon: the
Recovery Rebate Credit Calcula-
tor will help taxpayers figure the
amount they should claim on their
2008 tax return; and How Much
Was My 2008 Stimulus Payment?
-helps you determine what your
stimulus payment was.
New Rules for "Cash" Charita-
ble Contributions Since tax year
2007, to deduct any charitable do-
nation of money, you must have
a bank record, credit card state-
ment or a written communica-
tion from the recipient showing
the name of the organization and
the date and amount of the con-
tribution. In determining what
may be deducted as a charitable
contribution, see IRS Publication
526 for 2008 to be released in the
near future.
Earned Income Tax Credit
(EITC) This credit is offered by
the Federal government to work-
ing families and individuals. You
may qualify for the Earned In-
come Tax Credit, or EITC, if you
worked, but did not earn a lot of
money. EITC is a refundable tax
credit meaning you could qualify
for a tax refund even if you did not
have federal income tax withheld.
If you qualify, the amount of your
EITC will depend on whether you
have children, the number of chil-
dren you have, and the amount
of your wages and income. For
more information, go to www.
irs.gov/eitc or see IRS Publication
596 for 2008.
Recordkeeping- Are your tax
records organized? The IRS en-
courages taxpayers to take the
time now to gather and organize
their records to reduce stress at
tax time. For tips, see Publication
552, Recordkeeping for Individu-
als, for 2008.
Electronic Filing- The IRS en-
courages taxpayers to consider
e-filing their tax returns. Nearly
90 million returns were filed elec-
tronically this year, accounting
for about 58 percent of all filers.
E-filing is easy, safe and accu-
rate. The fastest way for you to
receive a tax refund is to use IRS
e-file and choose direct deposit.


You can receive your refund in
as little as ten days with IRS e-file
and direct deposit. The error rate
of an e-filed return is less than 1
percent compared to 20 percent
for a paper tax return. IRS e-file is
the most efficient way to prepare
your taxes, particularly taking
into consideration the 2008 tax
law changes. About 70 percent
of taxpayers can prepare and file
electronically for free when they
enter through IRS.gov and use
Free File. For more information,
check out E-filing on the IRS.gov
Web site.
Tax Forms and Publications-
Tax Forms and Publications can
be accessed on the IRS.gov Web
site or requested by calling the
IRS toll-free at 1-800-TAX-FORM
(1-800-829-3676).
Beware of Bogus E-mails The
IRS does not send unsolicited
emails about your taxes. If you get
an email that appears to be from
the IRS, it very well could be an
attempt to steal your private infor-
mation. Don't click on any links in
the message. Rather, forward the
email to phishing@irs.gov using
the instructions at www.irs.gov.
IRS.gov Web site Remem-
ber that for the genuine IRS Web
site be sure to use .gov. The ad-
dress of the official IRS Web site
is www.irs.gov. The IRS.gov Web
site contains a wealth of informa-
tion for your tax planning and
filing needs. Check out the latest
tax changes on the IRS.gov Web
site and remember to e-file your
tax return which helps ensure you
do not miss out on any tax deduc-
tions, credits and benefits.
Planning Your Income- Some
taxpayers, such as the self-em-
ployed, may have some discre-
tion regarding when they receive
income. Properly deferring in-
come until next year can lower
your taxable income and tax bill
this year. This strategy, however,
will raise your tax bill next year.
Publication 334, Tax Guide for
Small Business, may be of help.
And many taxpayers also have
some control over their income
via the sale of investments to in-
cur a gain or loss. This is generally
a key area of decision-making for
investors. These decisions must
be made and executed by Dec.
31, to be counted on a 2008 tax
return. Publication 550, Invest-
ment Income and Expenses, for
2008, explains the rules.
Retirement Savings Taxpayers
have various options to save for
retirement. You need to be mind-
ful of their contribution deadlines
and limits. For example, Dec. 31,
is the deadline for contributions
to a 401(k) plan while April 15, is
the deadline for IRA contributions.
Taxpayers can get help from their
401(k) plan administrators where
they work. Publication 560, Re-
tirement Plans for Small Business,
and Publication 575, Pensions and
Annuity Income, may also help.
You have more time to make con-
tributions to individual retirement
arrangements (IRAs) for a given
tax year. You generally have un-
til April 15, of the following year.


Publication 590, Individual Retire-
ment Arrangements, for 2008, can
answer most questions.
New children If you had or ad-


opted a child in 2008, you should
get a Social Security number for
that child as soon as possible to
ensure you can count the child as


a dependent on your 2008 return.
Also having or adopting a child in
2008 may mean you will receive a
larger recovery rebate credit.


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Eugene Leroy
Himmelheber, 93
LABELLE Eugene Leroy Him-
melheber, passed away Tuesday,
Dec. 23, 2008, in Fort Myers. He was
93.
He was born June 8, 1915 in Lees-
burg, to Orville LaSalle Himmelhe-
ber and Eva A. (Thompson)
Himmelheber. He has resided in La-
Belle since 1957. Eugene was a vete-
ran of the Army. He served during
World War II and was a recipient of
the Purple Heart. He was owner-op-
erator of LaBelle Lumber & Cabinet
and retired in 1971. Eugene was a
member of First Christian Church,
VFW Post 10100, American Legion
Post 130, D.A.V, Florida Farm Bu-
reau, and Kiwanis.
Survivors include stepsons, John
Warren Hinkle, of Los Angeles, Cal-
if., and Lloyd "Dude" Hinkle, of La-
Belle; nephews, David
Himmelheber, of West Palm Beach,
and Earl Himmelheber, of Ohio;
niece, Carolyn Himmelheber, of
West Palm Beach; many step-grand-
children; and many, step great-
grandchildren.
Funeral services were 11 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 at First Chris-
tian Church in LaBelle. Pastor W T.
Maddox Jr. officiated. Burial was in
Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle.
Military Honors were rendered by
the American Legion and VFW
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Fu-
neral Home, LaBelle.
Harry Leon Saxon, 80
LABELLE- Harry Leon Saxon,
passed away Saturday, Dec. 27,
2008, in LaBelle. He was 80.
He was born June 23, 1928 in
West Palm Beach, to Carl C. Saxon
and Mary Rose (Murphy) Saxon. He
served during the Korean Conflict in


the Army and was stationed in Ja-
pan. He worked most of his life as a
carpenter and built his own home.
He was a lifelong, avid fisherman
and for the past twenty years has
also been an avid nurseryman.
Survivors include his children, Mi-
chael Saxon, LaBelle, Deborah Per-
kins, LaBelle, Sandra Saxon, West
Palm Beach, and Kenneth Oppel,
Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Ke-


vin, Sheila, Kelly, Christopher, Corey,
Kyler, Danny Jr., and Maria; and
seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were 12 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 at Akin-
Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, with
Chaplain Larry Krewson officiating.
Burial followed in Fort Denaud Ce-
metery, LaBelle.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Fu-
neral Home, LaBelle.


In Loving Memory
of Lewis Maxwell Hutchinson (Hutchie)
Who departed from us on 01/03/2008,
You are gone from us but not forgotten. We love
you dearly but Jesus loves you you the best.
From your wife Gwen,
Neices Higher, Genny, Joyce, Wineferd & Hanna
Nephews Wellesly & Ken


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childcare programs


IMMOKALEE, FL Dec. 24,
2008 Six Ls Packing Co. bright-
ened Christmas for thousands of
rural children Wednesday with a
$112,900 donation that will sup-
port literacy, after-school and
childcare programs operated by
the Redlands Christian Migrant
Association.
"In our opinion the education
of young children is the founda-
tion of a strong country," said Lar-
ry Lipman, CEO of Six Ls. "What
RCMA does in Florida contributes
greatly to building that founda-
tion. It is our pleasure to be a part
of that work."
Florida's largest nonprofit
childcare provider, RCMA pro-
vides quality care and early edu-
cation for approximately 8,000
children of rural, working-poor
families in 21 Florida counties,
including approximately 1,300
youngsters in Collier.
According to RCMA Executive
Director Barbara Mainster, the Six
L's gift will enable RCMA to:
Generate grant funding
to provide child care for 150
Immokalee children for an entire
season.
Provide 50 after-school
scholarships for students at the
Immokalee Community School,
a K-6 charter school operated by
RCMA. The program provides
homework help, tutoring, literacy
and computer training, and en-
richment and sports activities.
Support statewide literacy
programs, including the Reading
is Fundamental program and a
lending library at each of RCMA's
74 centers. Three times a year,
children receive free books at RIF
distributions; RIF provides 75% of
the funding; the Six Ls donation
will cover RCMA's 25% require-
ment.
"We believe RCMA does very
important work and are happy to
be able to support the child care
for the babies, the literacy work
with families, getting books into
all 8,000 children's homes, and
helping the Immokalee school-
age children get the afterschool
homework help they need," Lip-
man said.
Mainster said Six Ls support
will help change children's lives
for the better, and noted that early
years birth through 5 years are
critical in a child's development.
"By supporting literacy, after-
school and child care for infants,
Six Ls shows its strong interest
and commitment to children of
working-poor families," Mainster
said. "One program alone isn't
enough for a well-rounded edu-


cation. But when you combine
quality infant care with literacy
programs that instill a love of
learning, followed by after-school
programs for older children, the
circle is complete. We are deeply
grateful to Six Ls for their gener-
osity, and it's especially meaning-
ful arriving on Christmas Eve!"
Six Us has been a longtime
supporter of RCMA, including RC-
MA's annual golf and Christmas
card fund-raisers and sponsorship
of the Immokalee Community
Mural at RCMA's state headquar-
ters, Mainster said.
Agribusiness statewide has
been a strong supporter of RCMA
since its creation in 1965, Main-
ster added. To this day, growers
and agribusiness representatives
serve on the RCMA Board of Di-
rectors and provide financial and
in-kind support. Joining them on
the 41-member board are educa-
tors, business professionals and
low-income parents, including
farm workers.
As a leading supplier of supe-
rior quality tomatoes and vegeta-
bles, Six Ls has evolved into the
largest single-company tomato
grower/packer/shipper in Florida,
and one of the largest in the coun-
try, commanding approximately
12 percent of the Florida market
for the past several years. Since
1986 the company has packed an
average annual volume of over 15
million boxes of tomatoes.
RCMA was founded in the
Redlands farming area of Miami-
Dade County to provide children
of migrant workers with a safe,
nurturing place to go while their
parents worked in the fields.
At RCMA centers statewide,
children receive the quality care,
nurturing and early education
they need to succeed in kinder-
garten and beyond. English-
language acquisition is a priority,
and preschoolers are assessed
three times a year to track their
progress in seven key domains of
learning.
Based in Immokalee, RCMA
is a nonprofit, nonsectarian asso-
ciation, which is funded by local,
state and federal grants, as well as
the generosity of businesses, indi-
viduals, the United Way, Naples
Children and Education Founda-
tion and other organizations. For
more information, see www.
rcma.org org/> .


Las Noticias en Espanol


Detenidos
El 18 de diciembre casi despu6s
del mediodia el Sargento Shawn
Reed par6 un vehiculo en la calle
29 por una violaci6n de trAfico.
Cuando el carro fue detenido en
la orilla vieron al pasajero po-
niendo su brazo izquierdo detris
del asiento por lo que parecia que
estaba tratando de ocultar algo
por eso se pidieron mas refuerzos
en la escena.
Cuando el Sargento Reed se
acerc6 al vehiculo detenido perc-
ibi6 un olor muy fuerte a marigua-
na que provenia de adentro del
carro por lo que inmediatamente
hizo la registraci6n. El official
Concetta Shepherd lleg6 al lugar
y mientras el pasajero salfa del
vehiculo se cay6 una bolsa plAs-
tica con una sustancia verde que
parecia mariguana. Despu6s de
detener a los dos hombres y regis-
trar el carro los oficiales decomis-
aron 60 gramos de mariguana.
El conductor Bernab6 Astorga
de 45 afios residente en La Aveni-
da Yeomans 260 de LaBelle, fue
arrestado y acusado de poseer
mariguan y dar una identificaci6n
falsa a la policfa. El pasajero Cesar
Astorga de 24 afios tambi6n con
la misma direcci6n fue acusado
de poseer mas de 20 gramos de
mariguana.

Feria de Ciencias
El 4 de diciembre La Escuela
Mediana de LaBelle tuvo su prim-
era feria de ciencias en 10 afios.
Los estudiantes tenfan que des-
cubrir un problema y resolverlo.
Para hacer esta actividad los estu-
diantes pusieron meses de traba-
jo mientras recibian apoyo de los
padres y maestros. Los maestros
de ciencias ensefiaron a ellos el
m6todo cintifico el cual se neces-
itab para una feria de ciencias.
Las maestras de lenguaje y las
bibliotecarias ayudaron a los estu-


diantes a escribir sus proyectos.
Los de matemAticas ensefiaron
a ellos a dibujar mapas a mano
y grAficos por la computadora.
Los padres pusieron su parte
apoyando a sus hijos con ideas y
comprando articulos para los ex-
perimentos. Fue una experiencia
de aprendizaje para todos como
nadie se habia imaginado.
Cory Taylor fue la ganadora
con su proyecto: 6Se puede hacer
combustible con el alga local?
Los 15 estudiantes que hicieron
un buen proyecto iran a la feria
Edison de Ingenieria y Ciencias
en Fort Myers el 31 de enero.
Estos son los 15 estudiantes en
primer lugar: Cory Taylor, Tabitha
Parker, Brennah McVey, Michael
Vasquez, Derek Bass, Juan Arri-
eta, Emma White, Myaa Barnhart,
Andrew Benkert, Jessica Smith,
Timmy Smith, Travis Burchard,
Glenn Burton, Gigi Maldonado, y
Andrea Lutkenhaus. Segundo lu-
gar: Jim McVay, Anna Lopez, Yas-
min Cortez, Suzanna Harrison,
Elizabeth White, Magali Salinas,
Melissa Dunham, Ronnie Burton,
Kyle Dean, y Sergio Bustaman-
te. Ganadores del tercer lugar:
Hipolito Salinas, Katie Guerrero,
Amanda Phipps, Daryl Spooner,
Enrique Molina, Sergio Gomez,
Austin Garcia, Caroline Johnson,
Mark Sloan, y Homer Garcia.
Los que ganaron Menciones
Honorificas son: Shelby Williams,
Ezequiel Juarez, Joe DiPofi, Mela-
nie Lopez, Chris Miller, Alejandra
Magana, Victor Calvo, Alton Bur-
ton, Matthew Cooper, Enrique
Molina, Anka Mourfield, Celia
Resendiz, Karra Gutierrez, Tania
Santiago, Skylar Bell, Alberto Mo-
lina, Heyri Juarez, Garret Good-
win, Michael Martinez, Albar
Ramirez, Courtney Inman, Erika
Gonzalez, Clarisa Callejas, y Jose
Erreguin. iFelicitaciones a todos
los estudiantes que completaron
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2008 in Review


January 3, 2008
The Hendry County Sheriff's
Office was mourning three of its
members, all lost within a few
weeks of each other. All were
honored with traditional gun sa-
lutes and the poignant last call
-in which the fallen officer's ra-
dio number is called three times,
each time with no response.
Long time Agriculture Deputy
Archie Maynard was laid to rest
Dec. 27, even as plans were being
made to say farewell to another
colleague, Carl Hilgenberg. Re-
tired Corrections Officer Richard
Robinson passed away Dec. 7.
Richard Robinson battled
health issues for several months
and finally lost the battle with an
illness that took his life. He served
some 42 years in Hendry County
protecting the citizens as a law
enforcement officer, a correction-
al officer and volunteer firefighter
in the '60s and '70s.
January 10, 2008
"We were just on the right side
of bad." That was how County
Extension Agent Gene McAvoy
summed up agriculture's status
Thursday morning, Jan. 3, after
farmers and growers spent a long
night working to diminish the ef-
fects of freezing temperatures.
Throughout Hendry County
temperatures bottomed out in
the 30s for several hours, he said,
although nearby Palmdale saw
28 degrees. With the wind pick-
ing up and no frost, the Hendry
County's agricultural community
is breathing a sigh of relief. They
dodged another bullet.

January 17, 2008
The city commissioners
learned at their regular Thursday
night meeting January 10 that
Wal-Mart has decided not to come
to LaBelle at this time. The serious
downturn in the economy appar-
ently made the Wal-Mart folks
nervous although the city had nu-
merous conferences with them
over the past three years, trying to
persuade the retail giant to build
on a lot they had contracted on
SR 80W However, there still are
not enough rooftops in the area
to satisfy Wal-Mart's planners.

January 24, 2008
The annual Martin Luther King,
Jr. march began with a prayer
Monday morning as marchers
prepared to walk from Cowboy
Way down MLK, ultimately ending
up at Ford Park. Men, women and
children from in and outside of
the Ford/Sunset Park community
had a beautiful day for the march
which both commemorated the
beginning of the civil rights move-
ment and displayed commitment
to its continuation.

January 31, 2008
Residents were busy with the
ongoing process of downtown
revitalization. A presentation on
took place Jan. 17 at the LaBelle
Civic Center with updates from
representatives of experts from
agencies like the Department of
Transportation, RUS and DBS
Consulting.
Several aspects of the down-
town area's transition were cov-
ered including transportation is-
sues, architectural style and ways
to ensure downtown LaBelle re-
mains a place locals and visitors
want to go.
A study done on a Visit Florida
grant, interviewed stakeholders,
mapped the area to be included in
the downtown revitalization proj-
ect, set the downtown anchors at
Barron Park on the northern end
and the Courthouse to the south,
and detailed the pros and cons of
the current downtown area.

February 7, 2008
Director of Human Resources
Steve Stinnett opened the school
board's Employee of the Year
luncheon event at the Dallas
Townsend Ag Center in LaBelle.
School board members Sally Berg
and Pat Langford presented the
individual school or department
awards. Assistant Superintendent


of Schools Scott Cooper pre-
sented the Employee of the Year
Award, which went to Pat McGill,
a 30-year employee of Hendry
County School District. She has
spent all that time in elementary
schools- LaBelle Elementary, La-
Belle Intermediate School, Coun-
try Oaks and now Upthegrove
Elementary.

February 14, 2008
WT. "Bill" Maddox has an-
nounced he will not seek reelec-
tion to his seat as County Com-
missioner from District 3 in order
to spend more time on his minis-
try. His term will expire the Tues-
day following the Nov. 4 General
Election.
It was a night Ginger Kisela
will never forget- one of the high-
lights of a career in education that
has spanned 28 years- so far. The
joy, the pride of being named 2008
Golden Apple Teacher for Hendry
County was deepened by the fact
that she was introduced by her
daughter, Katie, and nominated
by her aunt and mentor, former
LaBelle Elementary School Prin-
cipal Joanne Patterson.
February 21, 2008
With smiles that beamed from
one corner of the auditorium to
the other, Ashley Marie Pittman
accepted her crown Saturday
night as the 2008 SCF Queen and
Kaleigh Elizabeth Woodard was
crowned 2008 Princess. Ashley's
sister, Amanda, was crowned
Miss SCF in 2005. The only other
Miss SCF "sister act" is Cathryn
and Amanda Miller, 2002 and
1998, respectively.
The City of LaBelle Commis-
sioners expressed concern that
Hendry County commissioners
seemed to be veering off a joint
path to providing utilities to west-
ern Hendry County.
The two governments had
been meeting regularly, working
toward a plan to supply water and
sewer utilities to western Hendry
County. The county needed a
plan in place to supply utilities to
the area before the Department of
Community Affairs will approve
its comprehensive plan.
The city was working toward
building a new water plant that
would serve the entire city, includ-
ing the South LaBelle annexation,
and possibly other areas outside
the city, in the future.
March 6, 2008
Archaeologist Dr. Bob Carr's
words- the park may have a lot
of archaeological merit- were
welcome indeed to the advisory
board trying to get a handle on
the many issues facing develop-
ment of a 176-acre parcel on the
river. Situated in Glades County
along the north side of the Ca-
loosahatchee River, the park is
leased to the City of LaBelle by
the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. The city hopes to
recreate the site into a regional
nature park.
Dr. Carr came up from Miami
to report on just what he was
learning about the site.

March 13, 2008
The annual Relay for Life event
again brought LaBelle folks out
en force to raise funds in the fight
the scourge of cancer.
March 20, 2008
Left-handed pitcher, Jordan
Roberts, was named February's
Male Athlete of the Month by the
Embry-Riddle Athletic Depart-
ment. Jordan graduated from
LHS in 2004. His parents are Rich-
ard Roberts and Melanie Miller, of
LaBelle.

March 27, 2008
Luis Orocko, 23, was charged
with Attempted Felony Murder.
Victim 75-year-old Jose An-
tonio Villarreal was taken to Lee
memorial Hospital March 22 with
severe head trauma. Mr. Villarreal
was found at his mechanic shop
sitting in a chair bleeding.
The Masonic Lodge #379 of
LaBelle celebrated its 30 year an-
niversary this February. The Ma-
sonic Lodge of LaBelle received
its charter on Friday 14, 1978.


Around 60 Masons were on hand
to receive the charter. At the time
the Officers of LaBelle Lodge
consisted of, Worshipful Master;
James Pendrey, Senior Warden;
Charles Mcdowell, Junior War-
den; Eddie Rennolds, Senior Dea-
con; George Harrell; Tyler; Bob
Durkis, Treasurer; Marty Martin,
Secretary; Carry Swain, Marshal;
Glen Dyess, and Chaplain; Louis
Whidden.

April 3, 2008
Riverbend Estates residents
continued to stand firm in their ef-
forts to keep from sharing the ac-
cess road to their community with
a proposed 176-acre passive rec-
reational park. The park, planned
by the City of LaBelle for the north
side of the Caloosahatchee River,
had received an extension to get
a park plan together for the prop-
erty, which is in Glades County.
Port LaBelle Utilities celebrat-
ed the opening of its new state-
of-the-art water plant on Monday,
March 24, with tours and a rib-
bon cutting ceremony. Planning
for the new system, which began
limited operation late last July,
started in 1999.

April 10, 2008
A LaBelle Middle School sixth
grade math teacher was jailed in
Lake Wales after being taken into
custody for lewd and lascivious
molestation of a 12-year-old boy.
Thirty-two-year-old Derrick
Richard Sepp has been a sixth
grade math teacher at LaBelle
Middle School since August 13,
2007, and was on a one year
contract with the Hendry County
School District.

April 17, 2008
American LegionAuxiliary Unit
130 celebrated the homecoming
of Florida Department President
Linda Teasley. Linda had been a
member of Unit 130 for 23 years
and was inaugurated to the top
auxiliary state post last July.
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celebration of her service at the
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The first ever USLMRA Stabil
National Lawnmower Racing Se-
ries triple header event got off to a
rainy start on April, 4, the Hendry-
LaBelle Mower Sports Park han-
dled the rains great, and allowed
the event to start after a one-hour
delay. There were over 40 USLM-
RA racers competing on 46 mow-
ers in seven National Champion-
ship points classes from across
Florida and six other states.
Racers made the trek from
Alabama, Georgia, North Caro-
lina, Maryland and Wisconsin to
LaBelle in spite of high gas prices.
This, along with the weather, kept
the expected 80 + racer count low
but the competition was fierce.

May 1, 2008
The Hendry County Board of
County Commissioners (BOCC)
grappled with budget cuts- and
the realities they represented for
employees and residents alike.
The serious cut back in ad va-
lorem taxes from the passage of
Amendment 1 last January cou-
pled with a worsening economic
downturn were bringing budget
constraints to the fore earlier than
usual.
The county had already laid off
three employees in building in-
spection/code enforcement; one
was transferred to another depart-
ment. The county also initiated a
freeze on hiring for 13 positions
currently open, including main-
tenance (2), Emergency Medical
Services (2), mail services (.5)
and custodial (1.5) positions and
seven from the County Transpor-
tation Trust Fund positions.

May 8, 2008
Edison College was accepted
as a member of the prestigious
Association of American Col-
leges and Universities [AAC&U].
Membership in the national orga-
nization testifies to a college's or
university's emphasis on student
learning and its commitment to
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Farm Fresh Foods Fresh Citrus
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doors for good Wednesday, May
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Twenty-nine full time employ-
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that day. Seasonal part-timer em-
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worked at the facility, including
part time workers.

May 22, 2008
Freddy Martinez and Brittany
Baker were Co-Valedictorians
this year at LaBelle High School,
each with 4.58 GPA. Mallory Al-
len was Salutatorian, with a GPA
of 4.50.
Tripp Edgar, age 10, of La-
Belle, Florida "Cowboy's Up" as
he gets ready to head off to Ft.
Worth, Texas, in August to the
Youth Bull Riding World Finals
through the Bull Pit Outreach
Ministry.
Tripp Edgar Lane Brennan,
Wyatt Corbett, Timmy Smith
and Nathan Smith made it to the
Youth Bull Riding World Finals
in Fort Worth, Texas in August.

May 29, 2008
Alico, Inc. announced it would
discontinue its Plant World Op-
erations due to disappointing
financial returns. Alico acquired
Plant World, which is located on
prime LaBelle real estate abut-
ting State Road 80, in September
2004. Plant World was primarily
engaged in the production of veg-
etable transplants for sale to com-
mercial farmers.

June 5, 2008
The need to invest in Florida's
economic future, its critical infra-
structure needs and the tough
choices that confluence of issues
is forcing on everyone from the
governor to the residents- were
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gathered at the Captain Hendry
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June 12, 2008
Law enforcement personnel
came together May 28 to pay their
respects and a debt of gratitude to
two Hendry County lawmen who
lost their lives in the line of duty. A
stone monument to their memo-
ry was dedicated that day in a sol-
emn ceremony under the oaks in
front of the Sheriff's Office.
The monument stands silently
in memory of Sheriff Earl Dyess,
Sr. and Deputy Brian Haas. Sher-
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stabbed in the early morning
hours by several young prowlers.
He had been Hendry County's top
lawman since 1961, when it was
just a two-man department.

June 19, 2008
Property tax bills for 2005 and
2006 had people hopping mad -
so much so that a Constitutional
Amendment Amendment 1
- was ratified in January. The
hope/expectation was that tax
bills would go down as a result.
Hendry County Property Ap-
praiser Kristina Kulpa said mar-
ket values have declined in the
past two years from 2005's re-
cord high, but November tax
bills could still be quite a disap-
pointment.

June 26, 2008
Residents came out to the La-
Belle Civic Center June 17 to get a
first-hand look at possible alterna-
tive routes the Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT) was
considering for the four-laning of
SR 29 from Cowboy Way north to
US 27. Three options were on the
table: moving the state road to a
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Full time ER/CCU Nurse Manager
5 plusyrs clinical exp reQ. Must also have 3 yrs of ER/CCU skill
competencies with oneyear of mgmt exp pref. Must possess a valid
FL RN license. ACLS and PALS reQ.
Full time -ARNP (Hendry Regional Cardiology)
Must possess a valid FL ARNP license. 2+ yrs exp in a family/pedi-
atric/urgent care setting pref. Must possess excellent communication
skills to interact with patients, staff, and the community.
Full time Laboratory Manager
Must have a min of yrs exp and FL licensure as a Clinical Supervisor in the
areas of Chemistry, Hematology, Serology, Immunohematolog, and
Microbiology. Previous mgmt exp pref. Must also possess excellent customer
services skills to interact with patients, staff, and visitors.
Full time -Administrative/Data Support Asst (Quality)
Previous exp in an office setting pref. Must have exp with MS Office
apps. Must possess excellent organizational, customer service and
communication skills.
Part time ER Registration Clerk (Sat/Sun 7pm 7am)
2 yrs exp in a healthcare related field pref. Must have strong customer
service skills and the ability to engage in public contact work with
patients and co-workers.
Full time Department Secretary (Human Resources)
Previous exp in an office setting preferred. Must have exp with MS
Office applications. Must be conscientious of the confidential nature
of personnel information and possess excellent written, verbal, and
organizational skills.
Full time HIM Supervisor
RHIA with two+ yrs sup exp or RHIT with three+ yrs sup
exp. Must demonstrate an excellent command of the ICD-9-CM
Classification system and DRG methodology. Must have the
ability to use computerized medical record abstract and
encoder, and possess good technical skills.
Full time Registered Nurse
(Openings for Med/Surg/ER/CCU)
Must possess a valid FL license w/ at least I yr exp in area of expertise.
Full time Radlographer/Mammographer
Must be ARRT registered and licensed as a Radiologic
Technologist in Florida
Full time LPN (HFCC)
Candidate must possess a valid Florida LPN license
www.hendryregional.org
Fax resume to: 863-983-0805
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



HOUSE CLEANING weekly or
one time. Also garage or oth-
er special cleaning. Limpie-
za de casa -por semana
regular o solo una vez.
Tambien limpieza con pro-
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AMY'S AUTO DETAILING
NEW LOCATION
741 S Bridge St
(By Randy's Garage)
Weekly Specials
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Employment Preference
The Tribal Council gives preference in all of its employment practices to Native Americans. First
preference in hiring, training, promoting and in all other aspects of employment is given to members of
the Seminole Tribe of Florida who meet the job requirements. Second preference is given other
members of federally recognized Native American Tribes who meet the job requirements.
If you are interested in applying for any of these positions complete an Application and return it to the
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my wholesale price for Dec.
will do Lay-A-Way for Xmas.
Call 863-342-4163 located
at 2260 Howard Rd. LaBelle


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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




CONDENSER UNIT 2 1/2 ton -
2005 Trane 2.5 ton con-
denser I can install for $200
$850. (863)673-0920



LARGE ANTIQUE Coffee Table
$250. One small antique end
table $50. (863)763-5501
SINGER SEWING machine -
Singer sewing machine with
cabinet/table, good condi-
tion. $100. (863)467-5299


I uiness


"BUILDING SALE!"..."ROCK
BOTTOM PRICES" BEAT
NEXT INCREASE. 25X40
$5,190. 30X50 $6,390.
35X60 $8,990. 40X60
$12,700. 60X100 $33,600.
MANY OTHERS! Pioneer
Steel. (800)372-8053.



PLASTIC CULVERT 30 inch
by 20ft. cash $450.
(863)634-2303


STORKCRAFT ASPEN BABY
CRIB-
3 in 1 crib with drawer & mat-
tress $100 (863)763-7983


FOOTBALL CARDS -
3000+cards variety of years
great gift. $75.
(863)634-2131
THREE MCDONALDS Train
Sets, Still in boxes. asking
$150. Also 20 Piece Teapot
collection $250
(863)763-5501



DELL LAPTOP INSPIRON
1521 1 YR OLD, SPRING
GREEN $450/or best offer
(863)634-0272


WOOD LATHE 38 inch rail,
cut diameter 12" some tools
$75. (863)234-1344
(863)612-9233
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DRYER, MAYTAG Electric,
good condition, $50.
(772) 971-9474
FRIDGIDARE- Side by side re-
frigerator, ice/water in door,
white, 26 cubic ft, works
great $100 (863)763-7983
KITCHEN-AID WASHER and
Dryer Almond color good
condition; electric; will sell
together or seperate $175.
(863)763-1377
MICROWAVE goldstar $12.
(863)467-4567
STOVE Ge white electric
stove very good condition.
$125. (239)935-9601
WASHERS & DRYERS
STACK UNITS
$100 & up, 1 yr warranty
REFRIGERATORS & STOVES
(239)694-0778






HORSE TROUGH Rubber-
maid 50 Gallon. $40/firm.
(863)675-1138 LaBelle


MOTORIZED BICYCLE 2 cy-
cle engine. Cost $900 ask-
ing $400 (863)467-4551
THREE WHEELED bicycle -
$75. (863)467-4567
THREE WHEELER three
wheel bicycle fair condition
$65. (863)467-9040
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classifieds


BRAND NEW Sleeper Sofa -
Pottery Barn style tan/blue
linen stripes! $400/or best
offer. (863)357-5773
CHAISE CHAIR & Christmas
houses chair seats 2 peo-
ple easy, good cond
$100.00 obo. 10 christmas
houses w/ alot of acc.
$40.00 obo. $140/or best
offer. (863)357-2816
(863)447-0965
COMPUTER ARMOIRE Wrap
around doors with lots of
storage. LaBelle $35.
(863)517-1663
DARK BLUE courderoy lazy
boy recliner 2 years old,Ex-
cellent shape $125.
(863)675-1999
DINING ROOM table, 4 arm-
chairs & buffet Excellent
cond. must sell $250/or
best offer (863)677-1208
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
for 32" TV All wood storage
drawers/glass door, $200
(863)357-4532
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
storage space,draw-
er,shelves.LaBelle $30.
(863)517-1663
LG. BUNK bed/dresser/desk -
Exc. cond. Rarely Used. Pd
1200 $700/or best offer.
(863)532-0257
SOFA BED Berkline queen
newly re-upholstered.
$200/or best offer
(863)467-0164
TRIPLE DRESSER White
French Provincial $75.
(863)675-2145
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classifieds.


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TREE SERVICE

Tree Trimming
& Removal
Stump Grinding
Shaping & Topping

863-675-0403
Licensed and Insured




,,00ot Roof.


Inc.
FREE ESTIMATES
Residential & Commercial
Member of the BBB
Metal Roofs, Re-Roofs, Roof Repairs
Office (863) 675-7045
License #CCC1325950


HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT
Excellent opportunity for a dependable detail orient-
ed person with excellent interpersonal and bi-lingual
(Spanish) skills. Must also have good computer and
data entry skills. This position will be responsible for
recruiting, screening, processing applications and
employee relations.
This position will be a full time position with benefits
working at Syngenta Flowers in Alva. Please forward
resume with salary requirements to:
Advance Services, Inc.
Attn: Becky Stodieck
117W. 1st St.
York, NE 68467
beckys@advanceservices.com
Equal Opportunity Employer


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iaervices





10 Caloosa Belle, Thursday, January 1, 2009


BLUE FOX Fur size 8,cleaned
& conditioned, paid $1000
call after 6 $600/firm.
(863)763-0141



GOLF CLUBS 4 sets, 1 left
handed, metal woods, irons,
putter, bag, balls, $390 will
sell sep. (863)946-3123



7MM MAUSER Carbine Bolt
Action Military Sporterized
Rifle, Ft. Pierce $200.
(772)461-8822
M1A RIFLE Springfield Ar-
mory M1A. Never fired pre-
ban. $1600/neg.
(863)673-3893
SHOT GUN Browning, A2000
12 gage mag., Automatic.
Like new. Only shot 2x's.
$340 (863)612-1211



AB LOUNGE Excellent condi-
tion, no dvd $60.
(863)675-1999
BOWFLEX ULTIMATE EX-
CELLENT CONDITION. LO-
CATED IN OKEECHOBEE.
MANUALS INCLUDED.
$1000. (863)634-0099



OUTDOOR FURNITURE-
Portable sinks $295,Bench-
es, Amoires & Antique piec-
es.(863)467-4650



BLUE ELECTRIC Recliner lift
chair $350. Great
shape.(863)697-0143
Feeling Anxious About The
Future? Buy and read Dianet-
ics by L. Ron Hubbard.
Price: $20.00. Order Now.
Free Shipping. www.Diane-
ticsTampa.org or Call
(813)872-0722.



AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train
for high paying Aviation
Maintenance Career FAA ap-
proved program. Financial
aid if qualified Housing
available. CALL Aviation In-
stitute of Maintenance
(888)349-5387.
ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE
from Home. *Medical,
*Business, *Paralegal,
*Computers, *Criminal Jus-
tice. Job placement assis-
tance. Computer available.
Financial Aid if qualified. Call
(866)858-2121, www.Cen-
turaOnline.com.
BRAND NEW- 2 sheets of
foam rubber in plastic
3x55x78 $50. Each
(863)763-8761
MASSAGER Brookstone, 5
spds. of intensity. Adaptor
for auto use. Like new. $40
(863)763-7609 Okee
NEW WELDE champion
10,000v 12hp Koler motor
$2,700 (863) 840-0505
NOW AVAILABLE! 2009 POST
OFFICE JOBS. $18-$20/HR.
NO EXPERIENCE, PAID
TRAINING, FED BENEFITS,
VACATIONS. CALL
(800)910-9941 TODAY! REF
#FL08.
STAINLESS STEEL prop -
Used QuickSilver, 23 pitch,
off of 135HP Merc. $125/or
best offer (863)634-9339
TANK 100-250 gallon, it had
potato defoamer in it. It is
non hazardus. $100/or best
offer (863)634-9339
WOOLEY SHED 14 X 22 A/C
Auto garage door, paid
$9500 will sell for $5000
Neg. (863)697-3108



FENDER FB-54 5 string ban-
o, purchased 7/07, sell
$250 (863)357-3848


BIRD CAGE 21x32x36h steel
blue w/rolling stand. Total H
w/stand 62". great cond.
$100. (863)634-9861
KITTENS Free kittens to good
home. Calico/Females $0.
(863)634-6143
LAB MIX PUPPIES black, big
blocky heads & feet, good
temperament, $30.
(863)634-0822
LAB RETRIEVER PUPS -
Shots & Wormed. Mother
registered. 1 Black & 1 Gold-
en. $450 each. Call
863-674-0156 or
239-574-4408
PITBULL Blue, Male, 3 yrs.
old. Great guard dog. Not
good w/kids. $200 neg Good
home only. 863-634-7892



JACUZZI like new, 7' square,
cover, heater & lights, $1500
(863)675-3424


SEW MACHINE Brothers,
asking $80 (863)983-6450



COMPOUND BOW BASS PRO
QUIVER,ARROWS.60
LBS.31"PULL.LIKE NEW.
$125. (863)763-4588
MOUNTED FLA WHITE TAIL
DEER HEAD w/ wooden
back, $85 (863)946-3123
PAINTBALL GUNS (2) lots of
accessories $175
863)697-3280 or
8630357-0500


SANYO W/REMOTE 24" Ex-
cellent condition. Has
video/game inputs. $100.
(863)532-9634
SONY WEGA 32" High Def. TV
It's 2yrs. old. Excellent con-
dition. $350.
(863)763-1884
TELEVISION 52" Phillips & En-
ter Center 74"Hx102"W,
holds TV, $650 for all or sell
sep (863)675-8987
Widescreen 56 inch TV and
Playstation 2 $500.
(863) 517-2189






BAND SAW 14 inch band
saw, 4 speed and spare
blades (central machinery)
$300/neg. (863)675-1138
MILLER ECONOTIC WELDING
POWER SOURCE w/tank &
flow meter & foot control,
$1200 (863)697-9704
PLASMA CUTTER Snap-On,
Y555 hi-low, new lead, extra
tips, will cut up to 1/2 inch,
$1100 (863)697-9704
PRESSURE CLEANER pres-
sure cleaner with Honda en-
ine. 8Like new condition.
200. (863)467-5299



AIR HOCKEY Table Full Size -
Like New-Played on only a
few times. Includes Every-
thing! $100. (863)357-5773



DVD Collection 100 Movies,
used once, asking $200 for
all,will divide 863-342-4163,
2260 Howard Rd. LaBelle
DVD RECORDER New Pana-
sonic Records, Erases &
Plays DVD's Ft. Pierce
$125. (772)461-8822


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865



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JOHN DEERE TRACTOR
65hp, Model 2550, asking
$5000 (305)773-4023 La
Belle
NEW TRACTOR ATTACH-
MENTS Tiller $400, Disker
6' $400, Box Blade $350,
Blade $300, 12' Schultz
Cutter $4000
(305)773-4023 LaBelle



MARE- 10 years old, good
with kids. $600 OBO
(863)634-9384
NEW SILVER western show
saddle In time for Xmas.
Loaded with silver never
been on a horse. perfect for
local shows. 16" seat medi-
um tan leather. Will make a
great 1st. show saddle. Call
after 5:30 pm or leave mes-
sage before & I will return
your call $1000/neg.
(863)634-1111
SADDLE 15" Brown Circle Y
trail/pleasure. Almost new
w/pad & complete tack.
$850. (863)634-9861
WESTERN SADDLE 16" Like
new, have pics. Contact
Sueann $400/neg.
(863)763-2169



CHIPPER SHREDDER good
condition, extra drum and
blades $350/or best offer.
(863)234-1344



CATTLE OILER $15
(863)675-0349
FOR SALE-GORGEOUS PAINT
MARE, Quality mini horses
and Fancy chickens/Geese,
Boer Goats (863) 447-0284
Okeechobee Livestock
Market Sales
Every Monday-12pm & every
Tuesday-11am. 763-3127
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the
classifieds.

Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in


today's classifieds.
When doing those chores is
doing you in, it's time to
look for a helper in the
classifieds.


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



Bank Foreclosures! 4 Br
$25,000! Only $225/Mo! 3
Br $12,500! Only $199/Mo!
5% down 15 years @ 8%
apr. for listings
(800)366-9783 ext 5669.
City of LaBelle 1 BR Furnished
efficiency. $600/mo. Inclds
all utilities + satellite tv.
(239)370-8532
East Fort Myers, 2bd 1 ba,
central heat & a/c, close to
shopping & transportation.
Call aft 6 (239) 694-8871
LABELLE waterfront 2br apt.,
furnished w/boat docking,
great views, no smoking,
$800/mo (239)337-5859



INDUSTRIAL WORKSHOP -
4000 sq ft, w/offices, all
new, $1750/mo
(863)675-3424



3Br 2Ba Foreclosure!
$11,000! Only $199/Mo! 5%
down 15 years @ 8% apr.
Buy, 4/BR $259/Mo! For list-
ings (800)366-9783 Ext
5798.
4BR, 2 bath home with 3000
square feet. Great location in
Moultrie, GA... Has lots of
upgrades... Superb neighbor-
hood! 269,900... Call Norris
Bishop Realty @
(229)890-1186.
COUNTRY VILLAGE- 1br, 1ba,
must have good ref's & sec.
Non smoking environment.
No pets, $500/mo
S863)675-5968 Margaret
arber Real Estate
LABELLE 3 BR, 1% BA, Lg.
kitch, Liv. Rm., 50' Covered
porch. 2/2 acres. Secluded.
$850/mo (863)675-0104
LABELLE 3 br, 2 ba, family
room, a/c, new tile/paint,
community pool. $700/mo
+ sec (863)202-0753
MOORE HAVEN 3br, 2ba, All
appl, W/D, laminate floors,
garage, handicap access.
1100 mo. (863)946-3333
PORT LABELLE 2003 4BR,
2BA, CBS home, close to
elementary sch. Immed.
move-in. $1,000/mo. 1st,
last & sec. 863-675-1380 or
863-541-1442

-PORT LABELLE-
3 bedroom, 2 bath
home, double garage,
lanai, like new.
Security deposit &
References required.
239 437-3264





FORT KNOX
SELF STORAGE
New Ig. units avail.,
air conditioned &
non-air, each unit
alarmed, area
fenced & well lighted,
space for boats,
trailers,
RV & trucks.
Manager on-site,
1025 Commerce Dr.,
LaBelle. 863-675-1025.

LABELLE RENT-A-SPACE
Cowboy Way & Kennedy Blvd.
5'x10' $42.80 mo. incl. tax.
8'x10' $53.50 mo. incl. tax.
10'x10' $58.85 mo. incl. tax.
8'x25' $96.30 mo. incl. tax
24 hr access $25 returnable
key deposit. 863-675-2392


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SWEET CYPRESS RANCH
T&A Hay $12 10% Sweet Feed $7.50
Round Bales $50
Al Curry 239-872-0998
275 Kirby Thompson Rd, LaBelle, FL 33935
www.sweetcypressranch.com


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
HENDRY COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY COORDINATING COUNCIL
Notice is hereby given that the Hendry County Public Safety Coordinating Council
will hold a meeting on Friday, January 9, 2009, at 10:00 A.M., at the Hendry County
Staff Conference Room, 1st Floor, 165 S. Lee Street, Room A-118, LaBelle, Florida.
The meeting is open to the public. The meeting site is accessible by the disabled.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter consid-
ered at this meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such
purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is
to be based.
Board of County Commissioners
of Hendry County, Florida
305115 CB/CN 1/1/09

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
HENDRY COUNTY AUDIT COMMITTEE
Notice is hereby given that the Hendry County Audit Committee will hold a meeting
Monday, January 12, 2009 at 1:30 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse Square,
Room #A-118, 165 South Lee Street, LaBelle, Florida. The Committee is composed
of elected officials or their designees from the following offices: Hendry County
Board of County Commissioners, Sheriff, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Tax Collector,
Property Appraiser and Supervisor of Elections.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Hendry County Auditing
Committee with respect to any matter discussed at such meeting, he/she will need a
record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testi-
mony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.


304961 CB/CN 1/1/09


Hendry County Audit Committee


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
The Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida, will hold a Com-
missioner's orientation workshop at 8:00 a.m. on January 14, 2009, at the Hendry
County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 East Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Hendry County Commis-
sion with respect to any matter discussed at such meeting, he/she will need a
record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testi-
mony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.


304963 CB/CN 1/1/09


Board of County Commissioners
of Hendry County, Florida
Janet B. Taylor, Chair


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
HENDRY COUNTY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Notice is hereby given that the Hendry County Tourist Development Council will hold
a regular meeting at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2009, at the Hendry County
Administrative Office Conference Room located at 165 S. Lee Street, LaBelle, FL.
Tis meeting is open to the public. The meeting site is accessible by the
disabled.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any
matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need a record of the
proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verba-
tim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
Hendry County
Tourist Development Council
Karson Turner, Chairman
305075 CB/CN 1/1/09


NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF COLLECTING
NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS
Hendry County, Florida (the "County") hereby provides notice, pursuant to Section
197.3632(3)(a), Florida Statutes, of its intent to use the uniform method of collect-
ing non-ad valorem special assessments to be levied within the Banyan Village area,
Port LaBelle Plat Units 10-13, within the unincorporated area of the County, for capi-
tal costs associated with construction of water lines for Banyan Village and service
assessments for maintenance of such water lines commencing with the Fiscal Year
beginning on October 1, 2009, and continuing each year until discontinued by the
County. Te County will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uni-
form method of collecting such assessments authorized by Section 197.3632, Flori-
da Statutes, at a public hearing to be held at 5:00 p.m. on January 27, 2009, in the
County Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpoochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida. Such
resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of the
boundaries of the real property subject to the levy. Copies of the proposed form of
resolution, which contains the legal description of the rea property subject to the
levy, are on file at the County Administrator's Office, 165 S. Lee Street, LaBelle,
Florida. All interested persons are invited to attend.
In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the County with respect
to any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the above-referenced
public hearing, a record of the proceeding may be needed and in such an event,
such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the public hearing is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is to
be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should
contact the County Clerk at (863) 675-5217, seven days days prior to the date of
the hearing.
Janet B. Taylor, Chair
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF HENDRY COUNTY FLORIDA
305123 CB/CN 1/1,8,15,22/09

Notice of Second Meeting
of the Rural Area Plan Ad-Hoc Committee
Tis Committee was formed by the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners
to review the County's Rural and Agriculture Lands Study conducted by RWA, Inc.
and make recommendations to the Board on long-term goals and land development
regulations with regard to the report. The second meeting will be held on Tuesday,
January 6, 2009,3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Emergency Medical Services Train-
ing Room, 1050 Forestry Division Road, LaBelle, FL 33935. The public is invited to
attend.
Questions should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department at
863-675-5240, or email vcauteroahendrvfla.net
305090 CB/CN 1/1/09


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




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Mobile Homes



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Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020




LaBelle, 1475 N. Bridge St
1 br & 2br avail, $450. mo. &
up. Ref. & Good Credit. Call
863-612-5455.
LaBelle 2br, 12ba, $600 a
mo. + $600 sec & $600 1st
month, ref. req'd. After 5p or
Iv msg (239)246-5106
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*2 1/2 Acres Pioneer?
21/2 Acres Montura?
**Port LaBelle Lake Front?
** Port LaBelle Wooded?
Ideal for RV/Mobile Home
**2nd Home/Retirement
Also: 1 1/4 acres in Montura
w/Super Clean Late Modle
Double Wide. $92,400.
Call Owner
(863)673-5071

FOR SALE BY OWNER Port
LaBelle Ranchettes, 3 ac.
Many live oaks, $69,500
(863)675-3330

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Ordinance title: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, GRANTING A ZONING DISTRICT BOUNDARY
CHANGE FROM THE GENERAL AGRICULTURE (A-2) ZONING DISTRICT AND
THE HEAVY INDUSTRIAL (1-2) ZONING DISTRICT TO THE PLANNED UNIT
DEVELOPMENT (PUD) ZONING DISTRICT; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT,
SEVERABILITY, AND SCRIVENER'S ERRORS; AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.


Location:

Property size:

Request:


3013 CR 835, Clewiston, FL

240.11 acres +/-

The applicant is requesting a rezone for the development of an industrial and commerce park.


Legal description of subject property:
THE SOUTH THREE-QUARTERS OF THE WEST ONE-HALF OF THE NORTHEAST ONE-QUARTER
AND THE NORTH ONE-HALF OF THE SOUTHEAST ONE-QUARTER OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP
43 SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA.

SUBJECT TO EASEMENTS AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY OF RECORD.

AND

THE EAST HALF OF THE NORTHEAST-QUARTER OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 43 SOUTH, RANGE
34 EAST, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. EXCEPTING THEREFROM THAT CERTAIN PARCEL OF
LAND CONVEYED TO ATLANTIC COASTLINE RAILROAD COMPANY BY DEED DATED SEPTEM-
BER 20, 1928, RECORDED IN DEED BOOK 12, PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA,
MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:

A SMALL TRIANGULAR STRIP OF LAND IN THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE EAST-HALF OF
THE NORTHEAST-QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST-QUARTER OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 43
SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST, SAID STRIP BEING BOUNDED ON THE NORTH AND EAST SIDES
RESPECTIVELY BY THE NORTH AND EAST LINES OF SECTION 35, AND ON ITS SOUTH BYA LINE
PARALLEL TO AND 40 FEET SOUTHWARDLYAT RIGHT ANGLES FROM THE CENTERLINE OF THE
ACL RR AS LOCATED AND TO BE CONSTRUCTED;

AND ALSO

THE NORTH-QUARTER OF THE WEST-HALF OF THE NORTHEAST-QUARTER OF SECTION 35,
TOWNSHIP 43 SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA.

CONTAINING 240.11 ACRES MORE OR LESS.

SUBJECT TO ALL EASEMENTS, RESERVATIONS, RESTRICTIONS, AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY OF
RECORD.


Orvell Howard, Chair Janet B. Taylor, Chair
Hendry County Local Planning Agency Hendry County Board
of County Commissioners


LaBelle, 2 BR, large deck with
bench, all drywall, newly re-
modeled with new carpet,
$150/wkly. 863-673-5704
LaBelle 2br/2ba dblwide, wa-
terfront. 1295 sq ft. $700
mo + dep (239) 247-1053
or 997-1069 nice setting
NEWLY REMODLED 3/2 on
fenced acre. $650 mo. 1st,
last & $500 sec. dep. +
ref's. (863)517-1824
On acreage, 4 bed 2 bath on
Evans Rd. (863) 673-0861



3/2ba con 1/2 acre de terreno
$3,000 de deposito. Llame
para mas informacion
863-612-6511
BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
Casa manufacturada 4/2ba
$49,000 Financiamiento ra-
pido y facil. Si tiene el torre-
no posee. Llame para mas
info 863-612-6511
Casa manufacturada lista para
ser aquilada. Financiameinto
disponible. LLame para mas
info 863-675-8888 Lorena
Your next job could be in
today's classifieds. Did
you look for it?


Doublewide 3/2ba on .5 acre
between LaBelle & Immokal-
ee. Only $3,500 down. Call
for more info 863-612-6511
ORTONA 2/1, mobile, & lot,
$34,500 or best offer
(863)517-1603
ORTONA 3/2, '02, 28x60
Mobile, 80x100 lot, fenced,
carport, screened porch,
shed, $75,000 firm.
(863)517-1603
OWNER FINANCING
WITH 15% DOWN
3BR/2BA Doublewide,
Ig. landscaped lot in
Tanglewood near schools.
Brick skirting, w/d,
c/a, ready to move in.
(863)-675-8010/675-4272
Replace your old mobile.
4/2ba DW only $49,900 Bad
credit, no credit, we can help
if you own your own lot. Call
for more info 863-612-6511

Join all the people who
say, "I sold it in the
classifieds."
The classifieds are the
most successful sales-
person in town.
Buying a car? Look in
the classifieds. Selling
a car? Look in the
classifieds.


Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035



BULLET 22' BASSBOAT 1997
200hp rude fast hull
80+mph needs work
$3000. (561)261-0658
LOWE PONTOON 1990, 24'
With Trailer Just reapol-
stered and new carpet.
Beautiful 88 hp Johnson
$2500 (269)876-7956
Okeechobee
LOWE PONTOON 1994 -
Large pontoons, 70hp John-
son, runs perfect $3000/or
best offer (863)634-8007
OPEN BOW BOAT, 17 Ft. w/
Trailer $300 FIRM
(863)763-0812



COLEMAN POP-UP 1997 -
SLEEPS 7,AC,HEAT,REFRIG
$2500/or best offer.
(863)467-0164


TRAIL-LITE BANTAM '99 -
Kitchen & Bathroom, 26'
w/Fold Out Ends. Asking
$4000 (863)467-0031



YAMAHA WAVERUNNER
1994 runs good trailer in-
cluded new tires on trailer
$700. (863)801-3899




TRAILER HITCH- for boat or
trailer, off a Ford van, bolts
on, cost $120 asking $80.
Neg (863)610-0521



GEELY 49CC GAS SCOOTER -
low miles, New $1200 ask-
ing $ 800 (863)467-4551
GSX-R 600 2003 Black/
Chrome frame, 21,100 miles
Clean Florida title, $3000
Call Matt at 954-513-9613
HONDA SHADOW SABRE
2001 Haines pipes, saddle
bags. 11000 Miles
$5000/neg. (863)697-6054
Your new car could be in
today's paper. Have
you looked for it?
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
the classifieds.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

Notice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will hold a public hearing on the
following petition on January 14, 2009 at 6:00 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers,
25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. The LPA will determine if the application is consistent with the Hendry
County Comprehensive Plan and will review the application for consistency with the Hendry County Land
Development Code.

The recommendations of the Local Planning Agency will be made to the Board of County Commissioners for final
consideration at a public hearing. This hearing will be held on January 27, 2009, at 5:05 p.m. at the Hendry County
Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida.

Copies of the files and information regarding the petition are available for public inspection at the Hendry County
Planning and Zoning Department, 165 South Lee Street, LaBelle, Florida, and may be viewed Monday through
Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All persons wishing to be heard on this issue may appear at said meeting. Ifa person decides to appeal any decision
made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record
of the proceedings and, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.


Petition Number:

Applicant:


RZ08-0007

Weekley Bros Leasing, LTD/Weekley Three Clewiston, LLC, represented byJohnson-
Prewitt and Associates, Inc.





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MANCO 90 CC '04 runs
great, looks great, low hours,
600 neg (863)228-7118
POLARIS SCRAMBLER 400
2000 Complete without
motor $250/or best offer.
(863)634-8007
POLARIS SPORTSMAN 450
2007 Runs good $4500/or
best offer. (239)464-4249
(863)675-3714
SUZUKI 500 VINSON '05 like
new, 696 miles, 4 WD,
winch, trailer, $4500 or best
offer (863)697-1771
YAMAHA VANCHIE 2000, 4
Wheeler, lots of upgraded
parts, also have spare parts.
$4000 Neg. 863-781-1358
Robert



FLEETWOOD DW 2005 2/2
with florida room. Rent per
month is $750.
(863)763-1884
HOLIDAY RAMBLER 72- 27ft,
$1000 239-657-2711 (Im-
mokalee)


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Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



ACURA VIGOR- 1994,Auto,
167k miles,power every-
thing, runs great! $2500
OBO (863)634-4557
FORD TAURAS XL 1997 4
doors, 70,000 original miles,
one owner, everything works
great mpg!!! $2300/or best
offer. (863)447-0941
(863)447-0965
HONDA ACCORD 1990 -
Great on gas! Trust worthy
car 2 doors $1200/or best
offer. (863)228-7102
Police Impounds! 95 Honda
Civic $500! 96 Toyota Cam-
ry $600! 97 Honda Accord
$700! for listings call
(800)366-9813 Ext 9275
Police Impounds for Sale! 95
Honda Civic $500! 96 VW
Jetta $600! for listings call
(800)366-9813 Ext 9271



EZ GO Used, Good condition,
charger, $900 or best offer.
(863)697-1350
It's never too late to find
the perfect gift. Look
for it in the classifieds.


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BRUSH GUARD FOR FORD
F250 YEAR 2005 -
$150/neg. (863)763-6276
(863)801-5115
FORD 302 Block Bored 40
over 302 block and other
parts for it! $500.
(863)673-0920
GEO PRIZM 1992 4 Door, 5
speed, Toyota Engine, Parts
only $350. Neg
(863)634-7195 Anytime
WESTIN BLACK SIDE RAILS
FOR 4 DOOR FORD F250 -
$150/neg. (863)763-6276
(863)801-5115


CHEVROLET 2500 1989 -
Great work truck. 2nd owner
119K or mi 4X4, cold a/c
$3000. (863)673-6819
GMC JIMMY- 1990 Full size
4x4, lift kit, big tires, runs
great. $3000 OBO
(863)763-7598
OTHER Select Fiberglass
tool box for full size pick up
A-1 condition $100.
(863)675-1690


FORD EXPEDITION XLT 2001
- All power, Ice cold A/C,
Cloth interior Runs great.
$2900 (863)763-8027


UTILITY TRAILER single axle
ENCLOSED 6X12 vent,
lights, side, rear doors.
$2500. (863)634-2303
UTILITY TRAILER-16 FT -2
Axel, New Tires $900 OBO
863-634-2979
WORK TRAILER heavy duty
single axle good work trailer
wood floor $150.
(863)801-3899
Your new home could be
in today's paper. Have
you looked for it?


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FORD E150 1984 V8 auto-
matic window van used as
work truck good condition
$1000. (239)935-9600


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
The Area Housing Commission of Cle-
wiston, LaBelle and Hendry County will
hold a SPECIAL Meeting on Tuesday,
January 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM. at The
Greentree South Community Center at
LaBelle, Florida, Hendry County.
The purpose of the meeting is to conduct
the general business and consider any
other matter that may be brought be-
fore the Housing Commission. Any
person or persons wishing to appeal
any decision made at such meeting
must ensure that a verbatim record is
made upon which the appeal is to be
based.
304977 CB & CN 1/1/09
PUBLIC NOTICE
CHANCE'S TOWING & RECOVERY WILL
SELL THE FOLLOWING VEHICLES BY
AUCTION @ 340 N. INDUSTRIAL LOOP,
LABELLE, FL. 33935 ON THE FOLLOW-
ING DATES DUE TO NON-PAYMENT FOR
TOWING AND STORAGE CHARGES.
PURSUANT TO SUB SECTION 713.78 OF
THE FLA. STATUE. CHANCE'S TOWING
& RECOVERY RESERVE THE RIGHT TO
ACCEPT OR REJECT ANY AND/OR ALL
BIDS.
JANUARY 14, 2009 @ 8:00AM
Black Tandem Trailer Unknown VIN
JANUARY 15, 2009 @ 8:00AM
1998 HONDA
VIN# 2HGEJ6577WH513117
2000 CHEV
VIN#1 GNDU03E9YD330020
2001 GMC
VIN#1GTEC14T61E154160
2002 CHEV
VIN#1GCHK23152F230114
305249 CB 1/1/09
Buying a car? Look in
the classifieds. Selling
a car? Look in the
classifieds.


Community Briefs


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will hold a public hearing
on the following petition on January 14, 2009 at 5:00 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission
Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. The LPA will determine if the application is consistent
with the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan and will review the application for consistency with the
Hendry County Land Development Code.

The recommendation of the Local Planning Agency will be made to the Board of County Commissioners
for final consideration at a public hearing. This hearing will be held onJanuary 27, 2009 at 5:05 p.m. at the
Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida.

Copies of the files and information regarding the petitions are available for public inspection at the Hendry
County Planning and Zoning Department, 165 South Lee Street, LaBelle, Florida, and may be viewed
Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All persons wishing to be heard on this issue may appear at said meeting. If a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will
need a record of the proceedings and, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record
of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to
be based.

Petition Number: RZ08-0002

Applicant: Alex Perez and Mario Acevedo, represented by H.L. Bennett, PE., PL.S.

Ordinance Title: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, GRANTING A ZONING DISTRICT
BOUNDARY CHANGE FROM RESIDENTIAL/MEDIUM DENSITY- MOBILE
HOME (RG-2M) ZONING DISTRICT TO THE PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT
(PUD) ZONING DISTRICT; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT, SEVERABILITY,
SCRIVENER'S ERRORS; AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Location: 4795 and 4825 West SR 80, LaBelle, FL

Property size: 4.2 acres +/-

Request: The applicant is requesting a rezone to allow a mixed use development.

Legal description of subject property:
DESCRIPTION: (O.R.B. 716, PG. 649 & O.R.B. 773, PG. 1524)
LOTS 51 THROUGH 54 INCLUSIVE, HIGHWAY BUSINESS CENTER ALSO DESCRIBED AS
FOLLOWS:
COMMENCING AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF STATE
ROAD 80 AND THE EAST LINE OF SECTION 27, TOWNSHIP 43 SOUTH, RANGE 28 EAST,
THENCE EASTERLY ALONG THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 792.2 FEET
TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE EASTERLY ALONG SAID RIGHT OF
WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 400 FEET; THENCE SOUTHERLY AND AT RIGHT ANGLE TO SAID
STATE ROAD RIGHT OF WAY A DISTANCE OF 446 FEET TO THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY
LINE OF OLD SEABOARD AIRLINE RAILROAD GRADE; THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY AND
WESTERLY ALONG THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY FOLLOWING ON A 2 DEGREE CURVE A
DISTANCE OF APPROXIMATELY 400 FEET TO A POINT SOUTHERLY AT RIGHT ANGLE
FROM THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE NORTHERLYA DISTANCE OF 463 FEET MORE
OR LESS TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.

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Computer classes
to resume
Free computer classes to resume
Monday, Jan. 5.
Pastor Avery will be continuing his
computer classes beginning Monday,
Jan. 5. There will be one-hour classes
at 10, 11 and noon. The classes are
based on the need of the students.
Beginner classes teach how to main-
tain your computer word processing
and digital film editing. There is an
afterschool class in movie making
for students of the school system and
homeschoolers. Moviemaking class
contains: Recording digital sound,
video editing, lighting and some chro-
makey effect. To register for the class
call 863-675-0900. All classes are free
to the public class sizes are limited.
Classes are located at LaBelle As-
sembly of God, 123 Fraser Ave. across
from the Edward Upthegrove elemen-
tary school.

Sign up for
Social Security
A representative from the Social
Security will be at the United Way
House, 117 Fort Thompson Ave.,
Tuesday, Jan. 6, Feb. 3 and March 3
from 9 a.m.-noon.
If you have questions about Social
Security or Supplemental Security
Income or need help in completing
an application for old age, disability
and survivors insurance; Medicare or
Supplemental Security Income bene-
fits, you may also call 1-800-772-1213
Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

"Relay for Life" Golf
Tournament
On Saturday, January 31, there will
be a Golf Scramble to benefit "Relay
for Life." The tournament will be
held at "The Glades" on Route #80
Eastwith a "shotgun start" at 8:30 a.m.
The format will be 4 person teams in
three categories men's women's
and mixed. The cost is $40 per person
(includes cart), and advanced reser-
vations are encouraged. Prizes will be
awarded to winning teams, nearest to
pins and long drives, etc.
There will also be a raffle featuring
terrific prizes donated by area busi-
nesses. Cash and prize donations, as
well as hole sponsorship ($100/hole)
would be very much appreciated.
For more information and/or to
reserve a spot, call 517-2377 and 675-
3825.

LaBelle Heritage
Museum meeting
The regular monthly meeting of
LaBelle Heritage Museum will be
Thursday, January 8, 7 p.m. at LaBelle
Masonic Lodge on Lions/Jaycees Dr.
(west of Hwy. 29 south). The pro-
gram speaker will be Larry Lucky Sr.
of Ortona and the public is invited to
attend.

Widows' Support Group
The Widows Support Group will
meet for lunch at the Forrey Grill,
Thursday, January 15, at 11:30 a.m.
All widows welcome.

"Little Big Town" coming
Upthegrove Elementar School
PTO invites you to a PRIVATE concert,
by invitation only, of "Little Big Town"
(made famous by their hit song -
"Boondocks") on Sunday, January
25, at the LaBelle High School Au-
ditorium. There will be catered hors
d'oeuvres and buffet at 6 p.m. with
the doors open for acoustical con-
cert at 7:30 p.m. Seats are available
for a minimum donation of $125 per
person. Seating is limited, make your
reservations today! Dress: Cowboy
Formal. Please contact lisast.john@
yahoo.com (863) 675-4027 or md-
hudson@strato.net (863) 885-1392
for tickets.

Evening Under
the Stars
Bored of sitting at home with
nothing to do or no place to go? Well,
come and enjoy an "Evening Under
the Stars" filled with live music, deli-
cious hors d'oeuvre, dancing and fun.
LaBelle High School's Allied Health
Academy invites you to join them at
the LaBelle High School on Jan. 10,
2009. A dance will be held from 7 p.m.
till midnight for adults 21 and older.
Tickets will $15 for a single adult and
$25 for a couple, if purchased before
Jan. 10. Tickets will also be sold at the
door: $20 for a single adult and $30
for a couple.
The dance will be a formal black


tie affair, so put on your best dancing
shoes and come join the fun at an
"Evening Under the Stars."
Please contact Shana Rodriguez at
LaBelle High School for tickets. They
may also be purchased from Acad-
emy members. Call 674-4120 ext. 273
or 673-0234 over the holidays.

Get your flu shot now
Hendry Regional Medical Center
is offering flu shots for $20. For ad-
ditional information call Convenient
Care Center at 675-2356.

Legion bingo
The American Legion, 699 Hick-
pochee Avenue West, holds bingo
every Monday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Come and enjoy an evening of
bingo!

Classes offered
The LaBelle Adult School will be
offering Substitute Teacher, Computer
and possibly a Conversation Spanish
class the second week of January.
Sign up at the LaBelle Adult School.
If you have any questions please con-
tact the LaBelle Adult School at 674-
4118 for more info.

Flag football game
The weekend of February 28 has
been set aside for the annual Heather
Marie Fry Old Timers Flag Football
Game. We need teams to participate,
players to play and businesses and
people to help sponsor this event.
If you are interested in doing any of
these things, please call Tony (673-
5739) or Debbie (673-0894). All pro-
ceeds to benefit LaBelle's 2009 Relay
for Life.

Work day at the
LaBelle Nature Park
The Hendry/LaBelle Recreation
Board and Coalition for Eco-Recre-
ation would like to invite community
organizations, youth groups and indi-
viduals to a LaBelle Nature Park Trail
Clean Up on Sat. Feb. 1, 2009 from 8
until 10 a.m. Volunteers are needed
to rake and pull weeds around the
gentle old oak and rake trails leading
to the old oak. Gloves, long sleeved
shirts, long pants, sturdy shoes and
insect repellent are recommended.
Participants are encouraged to bring
their own gloves, rakes, clippers, and
wheelbarrows. Water will be pro-
vided
Call Margaret England at 863-674-
0695 for information. The LaBelle Na-
ture Park is located at Hardee Street
and Fraser on the Caloosahatchee
River in LaBelle. Website: http://www.
lab ellenaturepark.net

Ride to help
cancer victim
Motorcycle riders are invited to a
poker run Jan. 17 for Randall Nychyk
Jr., a six-year-old boy diagnosed with
an inoperable brain tumor. Little Ran-
dall has been through various treat-
ment and visits St. Jude's Hospital
regularly for follow up and re-evalu-
ation.
Proceeds from the ride will go to
St. Jude's Children's Research Hospi-
tal in Randall's name.
The ride will begin at 10:30 a.m.
meeting and ending at Harley David-
son in Fort Myers. Registration is from
9-10 a.m. Fees are $10 per biker and
$5 for each additional person.
Prizes for first, second and third
best hand, 50/50 raffle and silent auc
tions, For information call Mike Puck-
ett at 239-707-3778.

Volunteer
for Hope Hospice
Hope Hospice will conduct a vol-
unteer training class at its office locat-
ed at 80 Sugarland Park Drive, Clewis-
ton, FL 33440.
Saturday, January 10: 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. Light Breakfast and lunch pro-
vided.
Volunteers are needed for many
tasks including patient care, transpor-
tation, and office. Spanish language
skills a plus.
No experience necessary. Atten-
dance the entire day is required. A
volunteer application, TB test, and
criminal background check are to
be completed prior to the class. To
enroll, call Joe Pardi at 863-983-7771
extension 15180.

Come to breakfast
American Legion Post 130 and its
auxiliary host a breakfast special ev-
ery Sunday from 7:30-11 a.m. at the


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post home, 699 Hwy. 80W $6 per
plate. All welcome.

Pick up political signs
All political candidates and ap-
propriate business and homeowners
should be aware that campaign signs
need to be removed within 30 days
after the election.

File for 2009 tax

savings early
Honorable Kristina Kulpa would
like all Hendry County property own-
ers to know that the deadline for fil-
ing any 2009 Homestead Exemption,
limited income Senior Exemption or
Agricultural Classification is March 2,
2009. Ms. Kulpa wants everyone to be
sure that they apply for these benefits
before the deadline so her office is
now accepting applications for early
filing of your 2009 homestead and
portability benefits.
Avoid the lines in January and Feb-
ruary or taking me chance of forget-
ting to file before the deadline
You can go to our website www.
hendrvprop.org and download your
application form. By doing this you
will be sure that you have all neces-
sary documents with you when you
come to the office to apply. Our offic-
es in Clewiston and LaBelle are open
from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday
thru Friday. If you need additional in-
formation you can call 863-983-1591
in Clewiston and 863-675-5270 in La-
belle.

Legion Auxiliary

year closes
American Legion Auxiliary's year
is coming to a close. There are still
some of our members who have
not paid this years dues. As of Dec.
31, their card will no longer be in ef-
fect. We understand the economy is
in really bad shape and it is effect-
ing all of us including our veterans.
We will continue to raise money for
our vets and their families. There are
our breakfasts on the first and third
Sundays. We also host a dinner in the
middle of every month. The next one
is scheduled for Jan. 14. It will feature
shrimp creole over rice. The public is
always welcome.

Don't lose your
homestead
The Honorable Kristina Kulpa,
Hendry County Property Appraiser
wants everyone to remember that if
you relinquished your Florida Home-
steaded property in 2007 or 2008 and
have already (or are going to) pre-file
for 2009 on your new Florida home-
stead you may be eligible for the new
"portability exemption".
If you qualify for portability it will
allow you to carry your cap (Save Our
Homes) with you to your new Florida
property.
If you are upsizing, meaning the
market value of your new home-
stead property is greater than your old
homestead property, you will be able
to carry your "Save Our Homes" ben-
efit forward up to $500,000.
If you are downsizing, meaning
the market value of the new home-
stead property is less than the old
homestead property, you will carry
the SOH benefit forward based on a
percentage of old to new homestead
up to $500,000.
You can go to our website www.
hendrypa.org and download the in-
formation for what you need to bring
with you to pre-file for 2009 home-
stead plus an application for porta-
bility. If you have relinquished your
Florida homesteaded home in 2007
or 2008 but have not yet purchased
another home you can also down-
load a "Request For Removal of Tax
Exemption".
If you have additional questions
please call our office and my staff will
be able to assist you. In Labelle call
863-675-5270 and in Clewiston 863-
983-3178.

Donkey found
Found: donkey in the Montura
area of Hendry County. Please contact
Hendry County Sheriff's Office at 863-
674-4060 or 863-983-1440.





12 Caloosa Belle, Thursday, January 1, 2009


Hendry County Speedway



announces point winners


Hendry County Speedway,
Clewiston, is pleased to announce
the 2008 point winners in each
class of drivers. They are proud of
each and every one of the drivers
and are happy to recognize their
success this year. They wish them
all continued success and look
forward to seeing them again
next racing season.

Street Stock Winners
1st Place- Jerry Ferrell of
Okeechobee, Fl
2nd Place- Tommy Hill of
Clewiston, Fl
3rd Place- Jesse Brown of
Clewiston, Fl
John Wilson of Okeechobee,


Pure Stock Winners
1st Place Brian Morgan of
Okeechobee,F1l
2nd Place- Mary Cordis of
Royal Palm Beach, Fl
3rd Place- Travis Drapel of
Labelle, F

Mini Stock Winners
1st Place- Christian Augspurg-
er of Palm Beach Gardens, Fl
2nd Place- Heath Walker of
West Palm Beach, Fl
3rd Place- Devlin Dellechiaie
of Jensen Beach, Fl

Mini Modified Winners
1st Place- Ron Dubeau of
Royal Palm Beach, Fl
2nd Place- Wayne Hildebrand


of Okeechobee, Fl
3rd Place- Jason Intoppa of
West Palm Beach, Fl

Sportsman/Limited
Late Model Winners
1st Place- Tim Powers of
Okeechobee, Fl
2nd Place Bob Steinmetz of
Naples, Fl
3rd Place- Joe Henke of Na-
ples, Fl

Bomber Winners
1st Place J. R. Fitch of Vero
Beach, Fl
2nd Place- Scotty, Kay, Jr. of
Royal Palm Beach, Fl
3rd Place- Phil Peterson of
Hialeah, Fl


Lunch Menu


Hendry County District Schools
lunch menu for the week of Jan.
5-8
LaBelle area schools
Primary grades
Monday, Jan. 5
No School Teacher In Service
Day:

Tuesday, Jan. 6:
No School

Wednesday, Jan. 7:
Cheese pizza, tossed salad,
corn, diced peaches, choice of
milk
Thursday, Jan. 8:
Nacho cheese, green beans,
applesauce, choice of milk
Secondary grades
Monday, Jan. 5
No School Teacher In Service
Day:

Tuesday, Jan. 6:
No School


Bronson announces top ten complaints for 2008


TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is announcing the top ten list
of complaints for calendar year
2008. It's no surprise that the no
sales solicitation category contin-
ues to rank number one, however
complaints are up substantially
this year. After dropping by near-
ly 500 complaints in 2007 to 4223,
the Do Not Call law generated
5006 written complaints in 2008.
Bronson also says the department
was able to provide more than 7.6
million dollars in refunds in the
form of cash, goods and services,
3 million dollars more than last
year.
The department's Division of
Consumer Services is the clearing-
house for consumer complaints
in Florida, regulating 11 industries
and attempting to mediate prob-
lems with unregulated business-
es. Complaints against industries
that fall in another agency's ju-
risdiction are forwarded to those


agencies. Bronson releases the
top ten list every year to ensure
consumers know where the big-
gest problem areas lie and can
take steps to protect themselves.
"While I am proud that we
have been able to provide more
than seven and a half million dol-
lars in redress to consumers, the
fact is it is better to avoid hav-
ing problems in the first place,"
Bronson said. "It is stressful and
time consuming for the public to
take action against a business,
so knowing the pitfalls can help
people make educated decisions
in all aspects of their daily lives."
There were 37,227 total com-
plaints filed with the department
in 2008. Do not call violations
usually lead the way and that
trend continues this year. Con-
sumers can pay a fee of $10 with
a $5 annual renewal fee to have
their home telephone numbers
placed on the list and avoid un-
wanted sales calls The fee is used
only to administer the program.


The types of calls that are ex-
empt from the list can be found
at www.800helpfla.com/nosales.
html.
Travel/vacation plans con-
tinue to rank second with 3,582
written complaints, an increase
of more than one thousand over
2007. There were 2,542 com-
plaints about telemarketers that
did not relate to the Do Not Call
list. Fourth on the list was credit/
banking with 2,471 complaints
and rounding out the top five is
the communications category
with 2,370 complaints.
"Clearly people know where
to call for help and they are tak-
ing full advantage of this service,"
Bronson said. "We do everything
possible to make the consumer
whole and when necessary, take
action against businesses that vio-
late the rules that are in place to
protect consumers."
Price gouging once again
made the top ten list at number
six this year with 2,291 written


complaints. The department con-
tinues to investigate complaints
about gasoline price gouging that
may have occurred when Hurri-
cane Ike was in the gulf. Number
seven on the list was motor vehi-
cle sales with 1,754 complaints,
motor vehicle repairs generated
1,672 complaints, landlord/ten-
ant issues prompted 1,562 com-
plaints and tenth on the list were
construction issues with 1,216
complaints.
Bronson urges consumers to
contact the Department's Con-
sumer Hotline at 1-800-HELP
FLA (1-800-435-7352) or 1-800 FL
AYUDA (1-800-352-9832) to regis-
ter any complaints and to find out
the complaint history against a
company before conducting any
business. Consumers can also file
complaints online by visiting the
Division of Consumer Services
website at www.800helpfla.com.


A BAYOU CHRISTMAS TALE by Robert A. Andrys


By Barbara Oehlbeck
Who ever heard of a magical
alligator? Well there's one right
here in Florida and his name is
Leroy. And he just happens to be
Santa's brother.
Leroy doesn't claim to be an
expert but he does claim to have
experience with such creatures.
It was the day before Christ-
mas. Bob and his sister Angela
and the family had gone to the
sandy shores of Pirate Island. An-
gela and her brother had found
lots of treasures like brass but-
tons, shark teeth and even an old
tobacco tin. They knew their Aun-
tie would invent countless stories
about their treasures and that's
what they loved best, specially
since elves and fairies played a
big role in the tales she told.
Daddy looked at us and said,
"A lot of grownups forget how
powerful believin' in things like
Christmas or magic can be. That's
why I always put long nails in the
roof 'cause one of these Christ-
mases I believe some magic is
gonna come my way.""
And this is the story of Leroy
and His Magical Alligators, who
delivers presents to all the people
in the bayou using magic 'gators.
And on the way home sister An-
gela saw twinkling lights in the
darkest part of the forest and won-
dered what they were. "Probably
fireflies," I said. And then Angela
shook her head saying, "I think
they're fairies dancin' and deco-
ratin' their Christmas trees."
And thinking about magic, I
had to admit she was probably


right...
And so the Christmas story
of the magical alligators goes on
to an exciting end with enough
magic to go all around.
It's a 6 12 x 10, hardback, illus-
trated throughout with full page,
full color original drawings by
Sean Wenrich on photographic
paper. The type is large for easy
reading. The author, Rob Andrys,
has an electric imagination that
keeps the reader turning pages. In
every day life, Rob is an architect
and lives in Alva with his family.



LaBelle


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Terms negotiable! Office Space
for Lease on South Main Street in
-- I LaBelle. Excellent location. Aprox.
3700 sq. ft. May be leased as one
office or split as two offices of aprox.
1800 sq. ft. The north side consists of
5 offices, 2 bathrooms, 1 library, 1
kitchen. The south side consists of 1
lobby,3 offices, 1 conference room,
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electric services.
NEW LOWER RENTS!
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2/2 1 car, S. Edgewater $650/mo
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3/2 Large floor plan $700/mo
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This is a Christmas tale that
won't easily be forgotten. For
your own copy or copies for gifts,
phone 863 675 2771 or email
doc@ostrato.net, Barbara Oehl-
beck, 1388 Grassy Run, Glades
County, LaBelle, Florida 33935.


Wednesday, Jan. 7:
Chicken sandwich, French
fries, peach cup, chocolate chip
cookie, choice of milk
Thursday, Jan. 8:
Tacos, corn, mixed fruit,
choice of milk

Milk is offered daily. Menu is
subject to change. Hoagie sand-


wich is offered every day as an
alternative entree to Secondary
students. Peanut butter and jelly
sandwich is offered daily.
Variety of salads offered daily.



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CITY OF LABELLE/CODE
REVIEW BOARD
WORKSHOP
Notice is hereby given that the Code
Review Board for the City of LaBelle will
hold a workshop meeting on Thursday,
January 8, 2009 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., at
Flora and Ella's.
These workshop meetings are open to the
public and everyone is invited to attend. If
you need assistance, as per the Americans
with Disabilities Act, please notify the
Clerk at least two days prior to the meeting
at City Hall 863.675.2872.


C NDana Howard Weekley Post 130


AMERICAN LEGION
AND THE LEGION AUXILIARY



Friday Night Fish Fry

3 7 pm at 699 &R. o W

Pecan Crusted Tilapia
Also... Deep Fried Chicken, Fish, Crab Cakes, Shrimp, or Combos
JVVOsical entertainmentt InclId(d /


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REALTORS
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Submitted photo

Tournament

winners
VFW Post 10100 Turkey
Shoot winners gathered
for a group photo recent-
ly. Pictured from left: third
place winner Ron Ryckman,
second place winner John
Wetzel, first place winner
Paul Petty and Range Mas-
ter Jimmy Cianfrani. Turkey
shoots are held the second
and fourth Sunday of each
month at 1 p.m. at the post
home on SR 29S. Everyone
is invited to join in. It is a fun
afternoon for the whole fam-
ily. For more information call
675-8008


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