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Vol. 96 No. 188
Thursday, July 7, 2005
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of the May killings
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -
Authorities believe the man
accused of kidnapping an 8-
year-old girl and her brother is
also responsible for the May
killings of three people at the
family home, a sheriff's
spokesman said Wednesday.
"We believe Joseph Duncan is
the only one responsible for
these crimes," Kootenai Coun-
ty Sheriffs Capt. Ben Wolfin-
ger told a news conference.
Joseph Edward Duncan III
was arrested Saturday at a
Denny's restaurant with Shas-
ta Groene, the sole survivor of
the May 16 attack.
Check vital signs
on your laptop
SGAINESVILLE The cam-
eras and MP3 players are fun,
but the next wave of add-ons
for cell phones and laptops
may help users keep track of
A University of Florida engi-
neer has built a working pro-
totype for a small, portable
system that can monitor a per-
son's breathing and heart rate
automatically via wireless sig-
nal, with no need for cords or
plugs. The goal is to make it
easy for people to check their
own vital signs, and then
transmit them in real time to
medical personnel through a
cell phone or Internet connec-
tion, all with little more than a
press of a button.
the overall lead
MONTARGIS, France -
Lance Armstrong retained the
overall lead in the Tour de
France when he cruised to a
safe finish in Wednesday's
fifth stage, won by Robbie
McEwen of Australia.
Armstrong, going for a sev-
enth straight Tour victory,
crossed the finish in 45th place
in a pack of riders that clocked
the same time as McEwen 3
hours, 46 minutes for the
113.7-mile ride from Cham-
bord to Montargis. He has the
yellow jersey for the 68th time.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
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feet above sea level.)
Comics . . .8
Community Events. .4
Obituaries . . .3
Opinion . ...... .4
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Is it an RV or mobile home?
By Pete Gawda
When is an RV not an RV?
Many mobile home and RV park
owners are finding out that what
they thought was an RV is consid-
ered a mobile home by the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority (OUA).
Laura Keller, owner of Dew
Drop Inn on S.R. 78 W., stated
that under the old OUA billing
system when the base rate
"We may have a problem with our billing sys-
Carl Leonard, OUA board member.
depended on the number of RVs
and mobile homes, OUA billed
her for 37 RVs. She said now, of
those 37 RVs 22 are billed at the
higher rate of RVs with attach-
Under the current OUA billing
system, RVs are billed at a base
rate of $4.88 and mobile homes
are assessed a base rate of
$11.84. When RVs have perma-
nent attachments, OUA bills the
owner at the mobile home rate.
According to Florida Statute
723.003,"The term 'mobile
home' means a residential struc-
ture, transportable in one or
more sections, which is 8 feet or
more in width, over 35 body feet
in length with the hitch, built on
an integral chassis, designed to
be used as a dwelling when con-
nected to the required utilities
and not originally sold as a recre-
ational vehicle, and includes the
plumbing, heating, air-condition-
ing and electrical system con-
The phrase "... and not origi-
nally sold as a recreational vehi-
Swim program: Great exercise for seniors
Staft photos/D. Hamilton
Regulars in the senior swim program, (left to right) Anita Spee, Marion Barrett, Betty
Wilson, and Helen Oliver learn breathing techniques and muscle tone exercises from
instructor Doni Sheffield and lifeguard, Tara Stegkemper at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex pool. Regular senior swim exercise classes are held every Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Friday mornings from 10 until 11:30 a.m.
cle ... "is not included in the OUA
Mrs. Keller said that if OUA
uses definitions based on Florida
statutes they should be consis-
tent in their definitions.
The question of definitions
was brought before the OUA
board of directors at their April 12
meeting. Based on discussions at
that meeting the board decided
that any RV that has permanent
attachments would be billed as a
The rate schedule approved
by the board on March 8 does
not make a distinction for RVs
with attachments. In all of the
public hearings leading up to the
adoption of a new rate schedule
at the March meeting, there was
no discussion of RVs with attach-
Resolution 05-03 that was
adopted by the OUA board on
April 12, defines a mobile home
as "a residential structure that is
transportable in one or more sec-
tions with structure width eight
feet or more in width and over 35
feet in length."
The resolution also defines an
RV as "a unit located in a park
which is primarily designed as
temporary living quarters for
recreation, camping or travel use
which has its own motive power
or is mounted on or drawn by
See RV Page 2
Council to renew
effort on recycling
By Audrey Blackwell
Recycling cans and bottles
has been in effect in Okee-
chobee for several years; how-
ever, not everybody takes
advantage of the program.
Okeechobee City Council
members said at their meeting
Tuesday they would like to see
a renewed effort on recycling.
Recycling began years ago in
Okeechobee and bins were
made available to residents.
Later the process changed to
where residents have to call
the garbage collection compa-
ny and request a bin for their
A quick survey of a few res-
idents found that some who
live in the county receive curb-
side bins that are picked up
weekly. Others in the county
do not receive the bins. Some
in the city limits are on the
program, and others are not.
City Administrator Brian
Whitehall said that there are
those who are more sympa-
thetic to recycling and those
who don't care.
"The moral thing to do is
try and do recycling," he said.
Those who want to use the
recycling program can call
Waste Management at (863)
763-4818 and request curbside
The discussion about the
recycling program followed
adoption of two resolutions
related to the contract with
Waste Management for
garbage collection in the city.
The first resolution, num-
ber 05-05, confirmed the
See Recycling Page 2
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The Okeechobee Sports Complex pool hosts a senior swim exercise program on
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 until 11:30 a.m. Instructor Doni Sheffield
and lifeguard, Tara Stegkemper teach exercises classes in low-impact breathing and
muscle tone to seniors in the group, (left to right) Anita Spee, Marion Barrett, Betty
Wilson, and Helen Oliver who attend regularly.
Local officers awarded medals 4
By Audrey Blackwell
Some people just thrive on
the competition. That is appar-
ently the way it is for four Okee-
chobee law enforcement offi-
cers who came away from the
Florida Police and Fire Games
with several medals and a tro-
Sergeant Gary Bell with the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) lifted and
returned a bar weighing 335
pounds and came home with a
gold medal in the bench press.
This was one of 10 medals in 12
years of competing for the ath-
letic lawman at the Florida
games. In addition, Sgt. Bell
helped teammates bring home
the gold in the Team Slow Ride
competition, as well as a bronze
medal in Overall Team Slow
OCSO Deputy Brian Hagan.
was another member of the
Team Slow Ride who shared in
the gold and bronze medals.
This was also not his first com-
petition. He has been compet-
ing for four years in the Florida
event and won two medals last
year. Why does he do it?
"I love the competition," said
the former wrestler at Okee-
chobee High School.
The slow ride competition
consists of four competitors in a
box with wheels that was 9 feet
by 35 feet in size. The goal is to
take the longest time getting to
the end point. There are two
laps and the game works as a
relay with two riders in the first
run and two in the second. Two
officers joined the Okeechobee
relay from other law enforce-
ment agencies to make up the
four-man team. One was Eric
Wigfall from the Volusia County
Sheriff's Office; the other was
David Jones with the Wilton
Manors Police Department in
OCSO's Sgt. Rob Coleman
brought home a trophy for
achieving the Longest Drive in
the Games-sponsored golf
Sgt. William Hill, from the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD), took second
place in three shooting events.
He brought home silver medals
for combat shotgun shooting; a
three-gun match with a rifle, pis-
tol and a shotgun; and for a
practical shooting match with a
The Florida Police and Fire
Games were held in Jack-
sonville, the same venue they
were held in for the last two
City of Okeechobee Sgt. William Hill (left) took second place
in three shooting events at the Florida Police and Fire
Games in Jacksonville. Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Brian Hagan (center) and Sgt. Gary Bell (right)
brought home the team gold and a bronze for overall team in
the Team Slow Ride challenge. Sgt. Bell also received a gold
medal in the bench press event with a lift of 335 pounds. Not
pictured is Sgt. Rob Coleman who brought home a trophy for
Longest Drive in the Games' golf tournament.
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Authorities think sex offender responsible for 3 deaths
By Nicholas K. Geranios
Associated Press Writer
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -
Authorities believe the man
accused of kidnapping an 8-year-
old girl and her brother is also
responsible for the May killings
of three people at the family
home, a sheriff's spokesman
"We believe Joseph Duncan is
the only one responsible for
these crimes," Kootenai County
Sheriff's Capt. Ben Wolfinger
told a news conference.
Joseph Edward Duncan III
was arrested Saturday at a
Denny's restaurant with Shasta
Groene, the sole survivor of the
May 16 attack.
He has only been charged
with kidnapping in the abduction
of Shasta and her 9-year-old
brother, Dylan. Wednesday
marks the first time authorities
have said they believe Duncan is
responsible for the bludgeoning
deaths of the children's mother,
older brother and mother's
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another vehicle with a gross area
of no more than 400 square feet."
According to OUA Finance
Officer Marita Rice, the decision
to create a separate billing unit for
RVs with attachments is based
solely on the board's discussion
of April 12. She said there was
nothing in writing that made that
distinction between RVs and
The OUA board did not vote
on the creation of a separate
billing unit for RVs. The board
only voted on Resolution 05-03.
When contacted about the
billing process, three board mem-
bers-- George Long, Elder Sum-
ner and Carl Leonard stated
Wolfinger said officials likely
would not be able to conclusive-
ly identify human remains found
in western Montana, believed to
be the boy, until next week.
Duncan was never a suspect
in the attacks on the family and
his name never came up until his
arrest, Wolfinger said. He could
not explain why Duncan's finger-
prints were not found at the
Wolfinger declined to say
whether Duncan had a gun or to
speculate on how he might have
overpowered the five people at
Officials still have no motive
for the crimes, nor have they
found a connection between
Duncan and the family, Wolfin-
ger said, raising the possibility
the attack and kidnapping were
"When we get the pieces
together, we'll find out what the
motive is," he said.-
Shasta told police her night-
mare began when she was
that they were not aware that RVs
were being billed as mobile
Mr. Leonard said he thought
the billing system went back to
the way it was under the old sys-
"We may have a problem with
our billing system," he added.
At the April 12 meeting, OUA
Executive Director L.C. Fortner
referred to Florida Statutes for the,
definition of mobile homes.
Referring to RVs he stated: "...
this again out of Florid Statutes..."
and then he went on to say that if
an owner has added a permanent
structure, it would be billed as a
According to Okeechobee
County Property Appraiser Bill
Sherman, RVs are always taxed as
RVs no matter how many attach-
ments are added. They are never
awakened, .tied up and carried
with her brother to a waiting
pickup truck on May 16.
Police said that by the time
her ordeal ended six weeks later,
Shasta would be repeatedly
molested by Duncan, who also
allegedly assaulted Dylan.
"This little girl really went
through more than any little girl
should ever have to think about,"
Misty Cooper, Shasta's aunt,
said Shasta "seems to be doing
really good right now," but that
the family has not spoken to the
girl about her ordeal.
"We just go on with every day,
normal things," Cooper said.
Shasta's ordeal finally ended
Saturday morning when people
at a Denny's here recognized her
and called police.
"Shasta and Dylan were
repeatedly molested," Kootenai
County Sheriff's Sgt. Brad
Maskell wrote in a terse, hand-
written affidavit released Tues-
day. "Shasta saw Mr. Duncan
taxed as a mobile home and they
always require a license tag.
When questioned about the
billing process, OUA Operations
Director John Hayford said the
policy was under review by the
executive director, the attorney
and at least one board member.
Mr. Fortner was on vacation
and unavailable for comment.
Board attorney Tom Conely
said the issue was "not well
He further stated that addition-
al action would be necessary and
suggested that the action taken
should be either to repeal the
present billing system or clarify
definitions of mobile homes and
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While it is the Associated
Press' policy not to identify
alleged victims of sexual assault
in most cases, the search for the
children and Shasta's recovery
were so heavily publicized that
their names were already widely
Duncan was shackled and
appeared unshaven and choked
up as he quietly answered Judge
Scott Wayman during a brief
appearance Tuesday via video
Duncan had spent more than
a decade in prison for sexually
assaulting a 14-year-old boy at
gunpoint in Tacoma, Wash., and
was a fugitive at the time of his
arrest after he was charged with
molesting a 6-year-old boy in
Police in Fargo, N.D., had
been looking for Duncan since
May, when he failed to check in
with a probation agent.
"Really, is it possible not to be
frustrated at the way events have
unfolded in this case?" Fargo
Police Chief Chris Magnus asked
Tuesday at a news conference.
Duncan was described as
relaxed and clean-cut when he
stopped at a store in the western
Montana logging community of
St. Regis more than a month ago
for gas and a 12-pack of Bud
He chatted with attendant
Jackie Allen for nearly 15 min-
utes, peppering her with ques-
tions about area parks and
campgrounds and asking for
directions to nearby communi-
Allen said she was "shocked
and stunned" to learn that the
man she said visited her store
was Duncan. "I know people can
fool you, but he was a really
clean-cut and relaxed guy," Allen
said. "It's just kind of shocked
me. I still don't know what to
Associated Press writers
Sarah Cooke in St. Regis, Mont.,
Christopher Smith in Boise,
Idaho, and Dave Kolpack in
Fargo, N.D., contributed to this
History Center closes for summer
The Okeechobee Family History Center of The Church 6-Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St., will be closed from
May 2 until Aug. 31. They will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from
11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The center will also be open Friday, Sept. 9,
from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will then be open every Wednesday
and Friday. Please call ahead one day to reserve any specific equip-
ment you may need. For information during working hours call
(863) 763-6510. During hours the center is closed call (863) 467-
5261, or (863) 357-7711.
Civil Air Patrol is forming
The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air Patrol
unit in Okeechobee, and senior members and cadets are being
recruited. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior
members are needed to administer the unit and provide supervision
for the cadets. The three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are
emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.
Senior members and cadets work side by side to accomplish these
missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior mem-
ber, contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Opera-
tions Center, (863) 763-3212.
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: Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Schools need the help of the community and are
- seeking tax deductible donations to help rebuild their playground
.. that was damaged during the hurricanes. For more information, call
a Grace Christian Schools at (863) 763-3072.
Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can
help the American Red Cross reach people in your community with
-- lifesaving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External
S-- Defibrillation, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the Okeechobee
Branch of the American Red' Cross at (863) 763-2488 to find out
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Church collecting for care packages
The Living Word of Faith Church of Okeechobee would like to
invite the community to participate in a project for Operation Free-
dom Iraqi. The church will be sending care packages to 20 service-
men in the Army stationed in Iraq. These soldiers serving our coun-
Stry have requested items not only for themselves, but they also give
items to the Iraqi children while on patrol and visiting. We would
S like to invite the community to help us with this project. For more
information, contact Chairperson Myra White at (863) 357-2975.
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process of assessing property
owners for garbage collection -
bills go on the property tax rolls
for Okeechobee County.
The second resolution, num-
ber 05-06, established and con-
S firmed residential rates at $137
a- per year, the same as last year.
Council members adopted
^ O ~- Ordinance No. 899, known as
the "City of Okeechobee Small
Scale Development Activities
Comprehensive Plan Amend-
S ment". The ordinance allows a
zoning change from commercial
to multi-family of three lots at
110 N.E. 12th St. George Good-
bread requested the zoning
change so that he can develop
0 the property for use as a multi-
family apartment complex.
Also adopted was an amend-
.ment to the zoning map chang-
ing the zoning district at 110 N.E.
12th St. from heavy commercial
to resident multiple family. The
amendment was offered as pro-
posed Ordinance No. 901 and
S July 19 was set as a final public
S_ hearing date.
S._ The first reading of proposed
.0- Ordinance No. 898 was
approved to amend the height
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The council approved the first
reading of proposed Ordinance
*No. 900 and set July 19 as a final
hearing date. The ordinance is a
rezoning petition in the Taylor
Creek area for David and Anita
Nunez so they can develop the
During discussion, Council-
man Dowling Watford said that
an early map of the area shows a
street and not a tract of land. He
asked what happened to the
street and said that if it was a city
street the city would have to
"A city street can't be devel-
oped," he said.
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City Attorney John Cook to pre
pare a resolution recognizing the
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Taking a break from their summer day camp activities at WeeCare Child Care Center,
Jaycee, Shelby, Haley, CeeCee, Darrin, Hanna and Taylor sit on the slide in the shade.
Friends, Nicholas and Tyler swing on the tire swing at the Okeechobee Sports Com-
plex Wooden Jungle on Wednesday while they wait for the pool to open for a cool
Schools confront debate oter the .rlenre of life
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age 2 1, -of ,. cot,:,-,' ,--died
Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at Lawn-
wood Regional Medical Center
in Fort Pierce. She was born
Aug. 19, 1983 in Belle Glade,
Anacrayon. c L.
Schools, grad- Shadreika
eating in 2001 Jenna
from Okee- Whittaker,
chobee High .
School. and completing two
years at South Florida Commu-
nity College. She was employed
at Okeechobee Juvenile Correc-
In addition to her parents, she
is survived by: five brothers,
Tubias Whittaker of Okee-
chobee, Tommy, Maguanne,
Micanor and Grover Anacrayon
of. Belle Glade; five sisters,
Keairia and Capria Wright of
Okeechobee, Nickia, LaCole and
Mary Anacrayon of Belle Glade;
five uncles, Freddie Whittaker,
Elvin (Marilyn) Whittaker, Dou-.
glas (Carrie) W\Vii.ake, .:of West
Palm Beach, Elbert Whittaker of
Atlanta, and. Sylvester (Joyce)
Whittaker of Okeechobee; two
aunts, Ilene (Bruce) Welch of
Okeechobee and Dorthory
Moore of West Palm Beach; two
great aunts, Mother Maybelle
Singletary and Hazel McNeil of
Okeechobee; great uncle,
Natheil Brooks; godson, Ameire
Roberts; dear friends, Shawnta
Foley and Johnathon Roberson;
and a host of nieces, -nephews,
cousins and many sorrowing
Visitation will be at the Hope
Ministry Center Church of God,
1000-N.E. 14th Ave. on Friday,
July 8, 2005 from 4 until 6 p.m.
Funeral services will be at the
Church of .the Nazarene, 425
S.W 28th St. on Saturday, July 9,
at 2 p.m. Bishop Kenneth
Williams will officiate and inter-
ment will follow in Evergreen
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the direction and care of the
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"I just wanted to say thanks to the Jaycees for doing a great job
again this year. Also, they could charge more to get into the fire-
works-like $1 a person or $5 per car. Thanks for only charging
$3 a car! What about the Jaycees getting permission to man the
Scott Driver boat ramp next year? There were just as many people
over there as were in Okee-Tantie. All of those people could pay,
as well, and they could beef up the celebration and display.
Again, thanks to the Jaycees for the great show."
Killing the lake
"Don't you think Water Management would realize that if yod
allow 21,000 cubic feet a second into Lake Okeechobee you have
to let that much out, not just 8,000 cubic feet a second? Here we
are in the middle of an active hurricane season and the water
continues to rise, notto mention that they are killing the lake."
Don't enforce the laws now
"This is about the new laws dealing with seat belts and turn
signals. How is law enforcement going to enforce these simple
laws when they cannot enforce some simple laws that are
already in place? They have to look after the good old boys break-
ing the laws that have been in existence for sometime now, like
no through trucks on a residential street that the speed limit is 30
ailes per hour."
"I called to find out about the Pop Warner football T.V give-
away and then I find out he has a brother or brother-in-law work-
ing for the paper so I guess with no answer in the paper, this is
going to be another one of those good old boy systems. I would
like to know what happened to the money for the drawing for the
Pop Warner football."
(Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. First, we answered your
call about the television giveaway being done by the organizers
of the Pop Warner football league in the Wednesday, July 6,
paper. The drawing will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Teen
Town, 305 N.W Second St. The drawing is being held in conjunc-
tion with player registrations that are being held from noon until
4 p.m. As for your other comment, you say 'he' has a brother or
brother-in-law that works for the Okeechobee News. To answer
thbt statement, there are three men who work for the Okee-
chobee News and only two have any male family members that
live locally. And from what we can find out neither have any-
thing to do with this, or any other, youth football league.)
"A couple of years ago, during a mild tropical storm, the lake
level changed and 6 feet of storm surge reached the north end of
the lake for several hours. With water levels at over 15 feet, that
would mean that a water level of over 20 feet is possible. At what
level and guidelines does the local EOC (Emergency Operating
Center) consider evacuation of people around the lake neces-
sary? And in what areas would that evacuation be required?"
(Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. We spoke with county offi-
cials about your question. The level of the lake itself is not a fac-
tor in evacuation plans. Officials are more concerned with the
elevation of a particular area and the amount of rain and wind
expected. The mouth of Fisheating Creek has been left open to
the lake to provide an outlet for storm surges.)
Church of Christ hosting Bible school
The Okeechobee Church of Christ, 1401 S. Parrott Ave., will
'host vacation Bible school July 25-29. The theme will be all things
bright and beautiful, and classes will be provided for adults down
to the smallest child. The hours are 7 until 8:30 p.m. each evening.
Dates for fall bazaar announced .
The annual Fall Bazaar Arts and Crafts Show and Sale spon-
sored by Xi Nu Sigma, the Avon Park Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, is
scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, at Donaldson Park in Avon Park.
Proceeds from this fundraiser are used throughout the year for
community projects. Past proceeds have been used to purchase.
canned goods and blankets for the Sun Room, Avon Park Church
Service Center, scholarships and donations to the juvenile dia-
betes fund. Vendor applications are now being accepted. Contact -
Linda Dalke, 1608 Booth Drive, in Sebring; or, call Lynn Cloud at
(863) 382-4487 or (863) 381-5680.
Headstart now accepting applications
The Economic Opportunities Council Headstart is accepting
applications for the 2005/06 school year. Children turning 3 on or
before Sept. 1, but not yet eligible for kindergarten, may apply at
Northside Headstart, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave. For appointments, call
Sheryl Heater at (863) 357-8677 or Antonia Nunez at (863) 357-
2242. Headstart opens as early as 7 a.m. Qualifying children may
stay as late as 5:30 p.m.
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Letter to the Editor
I have been a pastor for 25
years, but have never been a pas-
tor of a church.
My congregation has consist-
ed of street people, alcoholics,
drug addicts and those in prison.
Our prison ministry has us
conducting chapel services and
teaching seminars in a number
of jails and prisons. However,
our main focus is a support base
for ex-offenders and their fami-
lies. These are the ones that
most folks in our church com-
munity never see. Partly because
they are afraid to associate with
them, and partly because they
do not understand their needs.
On the other hand, ex-offend-
ers and their families shun the
church community because of
their fear of rejection. When a
man or woman exits those
prison gates, they are not pre-
pared for the cultural shock that
awaits them. They don't realize
how society has changed while
they were incarcerated, and they
have a fear and mistrust of their
fellow citizens. Besides their
need to feel love and accept-
ance, they need to find housing
This can be extremely difficult
for those who must carry the
label ex-con, as well as for those
of us who are attempting to be
Christ's hands extended to them.
There is real revival going on
behind prison walls. We assist
those who have made Jesus the
Lord of their lives, the ones the
apostle Paul describes as "new
creatures in Christ."
By God's grace we have sur-
vived 15 years of providing a
place of refuge for these, "the
least of God's children", thanks
to the prayers and financial sup-
port of many who have heeded
God's commandment to "judge
There are many opportunities
for believers to get involved in
ministry, both in and out of
prison. You don't need any spe-
cial credentials, just a willing
heart. We need men and women
to go into prison with our teach-
ings on how to have healthy rela-
tionships; how to live lives of
sexual purity; as well as Christ-
ian 12-Step support groups for
those seeking recovery from
alcoholism and drug addiction.
Those who are nearing the
end of their prison sentence
need a mentor someone from
the community where they will
be living, who will be a friend
during those early days of transi-
Galatians 6:10 says: "As we
have therefore opportunity, let
us do good unto all men, espe-
cially unto them who are of the
household of faith."
Rev. R.D. (Dick) Witherow,
Matthew 25 Ministries, Inc.
Tantle Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m, at the Community Center, 412 N.W.
Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996. "
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public
are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth Street, is open for
blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from.5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask
questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923 for
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For
information call, (863) 763-2893 or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at
(863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be
available there from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will meet
from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. For
information, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRA will meet at
7:30 p.m. at Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St. Anyone interested may
attend. For information, contact Frank Coker at (863) 467-1941.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers,
and is facilitated by Enid Boutrin, M.S.W. of Hospice of Okeechobee,
and Laura Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agency on Aging. The meeting is
from 2 until 3 p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information or to reserve
your place in the group, call (863) 467-2321. Free respite care is avail-
able for your loved one while you are in group at Dunklin Assisted Liv-
ing/Adult Day Care, 407 N.W. Second Ave. For information about respite
care, call Lou at (863) 763-4524.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Any one who is caring for and ill family member is
welcome to join us. The group is facilitated by social workers and pro-
vides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, infor-
mation and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth
,St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited.
Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becom-
ing a part of a caring group is welcome to come and see what we are all
about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (863) 467-9766.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center,
located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978 or
Juana at 471-9795.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee construction volunteers will
meet in the parking lot of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, N.E.
Third Street and N. Parrott Ave., at 7 a.m. Construction work will be at a
Habitat work site in an adjoining county. Wear comfortable clothes suit-
able for working. Call (863) 357-1371, for information.
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House,
which is located next to the driver's license office at 1925 U.S. 441 S.E. It
is a self-help group for people with a desire to stop using alcohol and
other intoxicating drugs, and a.desire to manage their emotional or psy-
chiatric illness. It's an open discussion group. For information, (863)
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9, p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Chapter DAR will meet at 10 a.m. at the Oakview
Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St. They would like to extend an invitation
to anyone eligible for membership in NSDAR to attend, from October
through May. For information call regent Ruth Lawson at (863) 763-2492,
or vice-regent and registrar Bonnie Hill at (772) 597-4235.
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Courtesy photo/Okeechobee Historical Society
Ervin and Flaudy Register arrived during the 1920's
when the turpentine industry thrived in Okeechobee.
Both were members of the local First Baptist Church.
Meeting planned for walk leaders
A team leader meeting for the Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer 5K walkwill be held Thursday, July 7, at 6 p.m. at the Visit-
ing Nursing Association, 208 S.E. Park St. The walk is planned for
Aug. 13. The meeting will be to discuss sponsorship share infor-
Gospel Lighthouse hosts evangelist
Evangelist Melville Thomas from Clewiston will be ministering
in word and song at 7:30 p.m. on July 8 in the Gospel Lighthouse
service. They are meeting in the Christian 7th Day Baptist Church,
916 N.W. Park St., next to Douglas Chiropractic Center. For infor-
mation, call Pastor Elma J. Hampton at (863) 357-9455.
Church to show video
The First United Methodist Church will host a free family fun
event on July 9, from 9 a.m. until noon. Come join them in the
newest video of Veggie Tales Video: "Minnesota Cuke and the
Search for Samson's Hairbrush". The lesson is dealing with bul-
lies. There will be pre-show, games, prizes, coupons and snacks.
For information, call (863) 763-4021. The fellowship hall will
open at 9 a.m.
Lake Denton offering summer camps
Lake Denton Camp in Avon Park is offering a summer camp to
be held July 9-12. We also have dates available year-round for
camp rental for your church, family reunion or group. For infor-
mation, call Pam at (863) 453-3627 or (863) 634-9280. Their web-
site is lakedentoncamp.org.
Fellowship Church hosts Bible school
The Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., will
host vacation Bible school July 11-15. This year's theme is Club
VBS Beach Blast for grades K through high school. The hours are
from 6 until 8:30 p.m. every evening. There will be a kick off and
pre-registration on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. until noon with
games, prizes and refreshments. Saturday, July 16, will be a pool
party with refreshments for all participants from 10 a.m. until 1
p.m. at the church. The awards ceremony and the closing pro-
gram will be held Sunday, July 17, at 11 a.m. by the children. For
information or transportation call (863) 763-2983, or (863) 467-
6654 after 4 p.m.
Free nutrition clinic offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis and
designed clinical nutrition class at Douglas Health Center, 916
WN. Park St., on July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12, at 5:30 p.m. For
information, call (863) 763-4320.
Children's council meeting changed
The regular monthly meeting for the Children's Services
Council has been scheduled for Monday, July 11, at 5 p.m. in the
conference room of the Okeechobee County School Board
Office, 700 S.W. Second Ave.
Big Lake Genealogy Society to meet
The Big Lake Genealogy Society will meet Tuesday, July 12, at
the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., at 7
p.m. Anyone interested in tracing their family history is encour-
aged to attend. Membership is $15 annually. Visitors are wel-
come. For information, call (863) 467-2036.
'His Story' planning meeting slated
"His Story", an enactment of the life of Jesus, is in the planning
stages for 2005. The next planning meeting will be Tuesday, July
12, at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. All committee members and any
interested parties are asked to attend, as important decisions
need to be made.
Church offering 12-step program
Resurrection Life Church, 1803 S.W. Third Ave., will be con-
ducting a Christ centered 12-step program called "Stepping into
Freedom". This study applies to any life controlling problem that
masters a person's life. The program will be for men and will start
Friday, July 15, and meet on Friday evenings at 7 p.m. for 12
weeks. These classes are free but workbooks will be available for
purchase. For information and to register, call (863) 763-7770.
BHR Christian Church plans Bible school
The Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, will host
vacation Bible school July 18-22 from 9 until 11:30 a.m. daily.
Children from kindergarten to high school are invited to join an
exciting and fun time of games, crafts, music and Bible lessons.
Kids will learn all about prayer as they participate in the Kingdom
of the Son-Prayer Safari. There is no charge for this free adventure
into God's word. Beginning July 5, parents can register their chil-
dren by calling the church office at (863) 357-6500 from 9 a.m.
Peace Lutheran plans vacation Bible school
Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, presents Cele-
bration Park, which is this year's theme for vacation Bible school
to be held July 18-22 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. The school is for
ages preschool through fifth grade. Call the church office at (863)
763-5042 to pre-register of for information.
The Okeechobee News, Thursday, July 7, 2005
Soon you can check your vital signs on a laptop Health Brief
By Aaron Hoover
GAINESVI.E -- The cameras
and MP3 players are fun, but the
next wave of add-ons for cell
phones and laptops may help
users keep track of their health.
A University of Florida engi-
neer has built a working proto-
type for a small, portable system
that can monitor a person's
breathing and heart rate automat-
ically via wireless signal, with no
need for cords or plugs. The goal
is to make it easy for people to
check their own vital signs, and
then transmit them in real time to
medical personnel through a cell
phone or Internet connection, all
with little more than a press of a
"The initial idea is that elderly
people who may have difficulty
getting around they won't
need to go to the hospital or the
doctor's office every time they
need a checkup, they can just
send in their data and talk to the
doctor," said Jenshan Lin, a UF.
electrical and computer engi-
neering associate professor who
pioneered the technology with
colleagues at Stanford University
and the University of Hawaii.
The system is a fresh develop-
ment in a growing trend aimed at
tapping the latest technology to
improve home health care, wide-
ly acknowledged as an important
solution to rising health care
costs. Drivers of the trend include
increased research funding from
the National Institutes of Health
as well as the emergence of pri-
vate companies seeking to capi-,
talize early on a new market for
the nation's growing elderly pop-
ulation, experts say.
Arye Rosen, a professor of bio-
medical and electrical engineer-
ing at Drexel University in
Philadelphia and a National
Academy of Engineering mem-
ber, said the Lin group's system is
at the forefront.
"I believe, from the point of
view of monitoring patients, they
are pushing the envelope.
They are doing very important
research," he said.
Un and his colleagues first
described the system, developed
while Un was at Bell labs, in two
Institute of Electronics and Elec-
trical Engineers papers last year.
Since then, he and two graduate
students have revamped the pro-
totype, improving its range and
sensitivity. He has one submitted
a paper on the latest device for
presentation at a biomedical
engineering conference in China
later this year.
The current version is housed
in a cigarette-carton-sized metal
box, out of which sprout two
bright blue wires holding finger-
nail-sized antennas. The box's
key innards: a miniaturized
Doppler radar. High-frequency
waves broadcast by the radar
bounce off a person, scanning
the in-and-out movement of the
chest and more subtle, but also
detectable, motion of the heart-
beat against the chest wall.
Hardware and software devel-
oped by Un and his students then
translate the return signal to
breathing and heart rate, creating
an EKG-like image on an oscillo-
scope or laptop.
The system is accurate within
about nine feet, more than ade-
quate if installed on a laptop or
cell phone. Un said he plans to
shrink it to about the size of a
deck of cards, and that there is no
outstanding technical reason cell
phone or laptop manufactures
couldn't miniaturize it further. He
also said the system, which trans-
mits only 1 microwatt of radio fre-
quency power, would add an
insignificant load to laptop and
cell phone batteries and poses no
threat to human health.
Remaining challenges include
upgrading the hardware and soft-
ware to enhance its resolution so
multiple heartbeats can be
detected and distinguished simul-
taneously, Lin said.
Lin stated the system may
have other applications in medi-
cine. For example, engineers
might be able to tune it to "see"
the vibrations in a speech-
impaired person's throat and
then translate those vibrations
into computer-produced speech.
Outside medicine, it's possible
that law enforcement officials
could use the system as a surrep-
titious indicator of a subject's
nervousness, noting when his or
her heart rate or pulse picks up in
response to certain questions, he
Rescue officials, meanwhile,
could turn it into a "life detector"
to determine if someone is buried
in rubble following an earth-
quake or building collapse.
Lin and his students have
found in tests that the system can
penetrate 1-inch particle board,
but concrete could be more of an
impediment, he said.
Lin collaborated on the first
version of the system with Stan-
ford University professor Greg
Kovac, Stanford student Amy
Droitcour, and University of
Hawaii professors Olga Boric-
Lubecke and Victor Lubecke.
tests are offered
The Pregnancy Resource
Center of Okeechobee, a non-
profit organization, is now avail-
able to offer free pregnancy test-
ing to girls and women of all
ages. We offer free and confiden-
tial pregnancy tests, peer coun-
seling, referrals for a free ultra-
sound, parenting classes and
abstinence education. Operating
hours are from 10 a.m. until 5
p.m. on Mondays and Thurs-
days, and from 1 until 5 p.m. on
Tuesday. We are located at 1505
S. Parrott Ave., across from the
movie theatre. We are going to
start parenting classes in Janu-
ary so if you would like more
information on this or set an
appointment for a free pregnan-
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Our kitchen is open daily, serv-
ing regular menu and specials.
Monday, Thursday and Friday from
11 a.m. until 2 p.m.; Wednesday,
tacos served from 11 a.m. until 6
p.m.; Saturday from noon until 8
p.m.; Sunday from I until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on Mon-
day starting at 1 p.m., and on Thurs-
day evenings beginning at 6 p.m.,
for members and guests.
Second Wednesday of each
month is our birthday party starting
at 4 p.m.; bring a covered dish.
The third Sunday of each
month we have a ribeye steak din-
ner with the Sons of the American
Legion from 3 until 6 p.m.
The Legion lounge is open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
There is entertainment in our
lounge every Saturday night starting
.at 4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be from
7 p.m. until ?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 u:,i1l 7 p.m., Monday, Tues-
day and Thursday.
Starting in September, Euchre
will be on Monday and Wednesday
from 6 p.m. Everyone, is welcome.
The American Legion Post #64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St. For
information, call (863) 763-2950.
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Ray Disney at (863)
357-2138, or Don South at (863)
Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesday: bingo at f p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
Wednesday: bar bingo from 4
p.m. until ? Food will be available.
First and third Thursday: Auxil-
iar at 6 p.m., Aeriesat 7p.m.
Frida\s. steak night (16-oz.)
[arting at 5p.m. fora $10 donation.
Music will be by Jimmy Harpei.
Saturday and Sundays: music
First and third Sunday: break-
last fromn 9 until II a.m. for $4 dona-
Call the AERIE for other
e\ ents. (S63) 763-2552.
Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular
Wednesday: bingo will be at 7
p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4-30 p.m. Refreshments will
be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
menr starting al 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon uniil 2 p.m.: bar bingo from 2
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
A\e. For information about the club
and events, call Rich Sweet at (863)
824-0262, or Kip Gardner at (863)
The Masonic Lodge holds their
meetings on the second and fourth
Monday of each month starting at
Eastern Star #128
Okeechobee Chapter #128
has many fun activities planned on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact V M. Margaret at (863) 467-
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on UL.S. 78
\\: in Buckhead Ridge.
July 16 and 17:
Family'NASCAR and cool sale days
beginning at 11 a.m. Refreshments
July 19: LOOM membership
meeting at 8 a.m. Come and sup-
port your lodge.
Jly 23: From 5 until 7:30 p.m.
there will be a summer picnic with
Kare Charest fixing fried chicken,
potato salad, baked beans and
dessert for a $5 early ticket donation
or a $6 donation at the door. There
will be music for dancing by Sax-
man and the Posse.
*. July 26: LOOM enrollment
begins at 7 p.m. All prospective
members should attend this meet-
July 30: Moose Legion picnic
from noon until 4 p.m. Bring the
family and help support the legion
Saturday night: karaoke from
7 p.m. until ?
Wednesday, Friday and Satur-
day nights, meals will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call for the
Friday nights there will be
music for dancing from 7 p.m. until
? Call the lodge to see who is play-
Sunday morning breakfast is
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
The Moose Family Center #1753
is located at 159 N.W. 36th St. in
Okeechobee. For information, call
the Lodge at (863) 763-4954 or
Norm at (863) 763-1550.
Sunday: Live entertainment
featuring: Lisa, Dawn and Donnie
- sometimes together, sometimes
not, but always good music and
Thursday: bar bingo has been
Monday: bar bingo for mem-
bers only at 6:30 p.m. Food will be
Saturday: at 1 p.m. Moose
races and dinner served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for menu
Stop by and visit and watch
our progress as construction has
VFW Post #4423
The post is open noon until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Events at this post are seasonable
you should call (863) 763-0818 for
information or visit the lodge 300
N.W. 34th St. You may write the
post at P.O. Box 1137, Okeechobee,
washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
Every Wednesday during sea-
son karaoke will be held from 5
until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests fol-
lowed by karaoke starting at 5 p.m.
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at 1
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
Sunday: A dinner will be avail-
able from 2 until 5 p.m. and fol-
lowed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.
The VFW ,,ost #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from noon
until 8 p.rmt, Monday through Sun-
Wednesday Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, call for more information.
S* Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7 p.m.
for a $10 donation. Dancing imme-
diately follows the dinner.
All games and special events are
shown on three televisions. The
game room has a regulation-size
Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. Com-
mander Don South is available at
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
e Happy hour is from 4 until 6
p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Monday: hot soup day begin-
ning at noon. A bowl fora buck.
Tuesday: volunteer chef's din-
ner special. Serving begins at 5 p.m.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the menu.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able. Darts will be at 7 p.m.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m.,along with iive music and
Saturday: dollar dogs at noon.
Live music and dancing at 7 p.m.
Sunday: every third Sunday
\we will host a pot-luck birthday din-
ner. All other Sundays are variable.
Call (8631 763-2308 for the schedule
of events. Darts begin at 7 p.m.
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year deployment to Afghanistan
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In Afghanistan, the soldiers
were tasked with guarding
detainees (prisoners) of the war
on terrorism in an outdoor facil-
ity composed of dilapidated
wood structures and tenting.
With a rapid increase of the
detainee population from 30 to
28U the soldiers headed con-
struction operations to increase
the facility's capacity to 359
detainees. Thp weather also
posed a challenge to the unit
soldiers, with temperatures
soaring to more than 100
degrees in summer to subzero
temperatures in the winter
months. Still, the soldiers pre-
served and set the precedent for
proper and humane detainee
During the one-year charge
of the facility, the 209th MP
Company maintained accounta-
bility for the evidence and prop-
erty of more than 800 detainees
processed in and out the facility
and utilized quick reaction
forces to subdue prisoner
attempts to disrupt operations.
The military police soldiers also
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* inspecting more than 600 vehi-
cles, 400 containers, and 1,200
individuals daily; established
local police forces in four south-
ern provinces; and conducted
operations in heavy Taliban, al-
Qaeda, militant and anti-coali-
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The Okeechobee News, Thursday, July 7, 2005 SPORTS
The Okeechobee girls 13-14 year old 4 x 100 meter
relay team finished third in the 2005 Hershey State
Track and Field meet in Clermont. They ran the event
in 1:08.46. Team members are (in no particular order)
Jamesha Koger (also state champion in the standing
long jump), Markeisha Youmans, Monica Koger and
Simien on Heat's
MIAMI Wayne Simien
and Dorell Wright, the Miami
Heat's top two draft picks over
the past two seasons, are
among 22 players on the team's
roster for the Long Beach sum-
mer pro league.
The Heat opened camp in
California on Wednesday. Their
first summer-league game is
Wright, a 19-year-old who
joined the NBA straight from
prep school, saw only limited
action this past season for the
Heat; he was the No. 19 overall
pick in the 2004 draft.
Simien, 'Miami's only draft
selection this year, was the 29th
player taken in the first. round;
the power forward aW4s a first-
team All-American and the Big
12 player of the year at Kansas
Also among those on the
summer roster are Spanish cen-
ter Albert Miralles, a second-
round pick a year ago that the
Heat acquired in a trade, and
forward Qyntel Woods, who
came to Miami as a free agent
midway through this past sea--
Former Florida standout
Matt Walsh and Florida State
guard Tim Pickett also appear
on Miami's summer roster.
Other notables include Ver-
mont guard T.J. Sorrentine, for-
mer Kentucky guard Gerald
Fitch and Niagara forward Juan
Mendez, a Canadian national
Many of the players will be
with the Heat for just part of the
summer league and summer
camp schedule. League play
lasts through July 20, and
Miami's entry will be coached
by Heat assistant Erik Spoelstra.
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Summer conditioning sessions
have begun at Okeechobee High
School for the Brahman football
The sessions will be from 4
until 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tues-
days, Thursdays and Fridays
throughout the summer. Anyone
intending to try out for the foot-
ball team in the fall should attend
these conditioning sessions.
For information, call the Brah-
man field house at (863) 462-5050
and leave a message and an assis-
tant coach will return the call.
The Okeechobee Citizens
Recreation Association (OCRA)
will hold their fall football sign-
ups Aug. 6, 13 and 20 from 9 a.m.
until 2 p.m. at Teen Town, 305
N.W. Second St.
Parents or guardians, are
required to accompany athletes.
A copy of the athlete's birth certifi-
cate will also be required at regis-
OCRA football is not associat-
ed with Pop Warner football.
The regular OCRA monthly
meeting will take place July 7 at
7:30 p.m. at Teen Town. The pub-
lic is invited.
sign ups planned
Sign-ups for the new Pop
Warner football league and cheer-
leading program will take place
July 9 and 16 at Teen Town from
noon until 4 p.m.
Parents must provide copies of
the child's birth certificate, their
most recent report card and a cur-
rent physical at registration. The
cost of registration will be $75.
For information contact James
Shockley at (863) 634-3482,
Albion Crowell at (863) 697-2576
.or Kristen Barker at (863) 697-
The next summer basketball
session at Yearling Middle School
will be July 11-15, from 8 a.m.
until 4 p.m. This session will be
for sixth- to eighth-grade students.
The cost for either camp will
be $40 per camper.
For information contact YMS at
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To Review and Receive Public Comment on the Department's Draft
Verified List of Waters with Impaired Water Quality in the
Kissimmee River & Fisheating Creek Basins
July 14, 2005
From 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Highlands County Commission Chambers
600 South Commerce Ave.
Sebring, FL 33870
Attend the meeting to obtain information on and to identify opportunities for protecting
the water resources in and around the Kissimmee River & Fisheating Creek Basins.
For more information on the meeting contact Pat Fricano, at the Department of
Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3565, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-
2400, by email Pat.Fricano@dep.state.fl.us, or by calling (850) 245-8559
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8 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, July 7,2005
At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, July 1,
through Thursday, July 7, are as
Theatre I "War of the Worlds"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9:10 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:10 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:30,7 and 9:10 p.m.
Theatre II "Batman Begins"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre III "Herbie Fully
Loaded" (PG) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2,-4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15,7 and9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday party at
Arnold's Wildlife Center, 14895
N.W. 30th Terrace. You can invite
up to 20 friends to join you for a
wildlife adventure tour, hands on
animal encounter, games and a
special craft for everyone to make.
For information on cost and reser-
vations, call (863) 763-4630.
Okeechobee County has
increased the days the VA vans
transport veterans to the West
Palm Beach VA Medical Center.
The VA vans are now running
Monday through Friday. All veter-
ans needing a ride to the VA Med-
ical Center should call the County
Veterans Service Officer at (863)
763-8124, several days ahead of
time and provide name, last four of
social security number, date and
time of appointment and whether
a wheelchair/scooter lift is needed.
All appointments must be before
noon. If there are any questions,
'please contact Betsy Grinslade, the
countyveterans' service officer.
tests are offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, offers free pregnan-
cy testing to girls and women of all
ages. We offer free and confiden-
tial pregnancy tests, peer counsel-
ing, referrals for a free ultrasound,
parenting classes, and abstinence
education. Operating hours are
from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tues-
days and Thursdays. We are locat-
ed at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across
from the movie theatre. For infor-
mation or appointments call (863)
Free six-week parenting class-
es for parents of young children
are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at
the Pregnancy Resource Center,
1505 S. Parrott Ave. Topics
include discipline a family affair,
birth to eight months infants,
eight to eighteen months the tod-
dler, 18 to 36 months terrific twos,
three year olds, and uncommon
sense. Each week parents "earn"
baby bucks to purchase items for
their baby at the Center's Baby
Boutique. Childcare is not provid-
ed, however infants in carriers are
welcome. For details call (863)
763-8859 or (863) 697-6320.
American Red Cross
needs more volunteers
The American Red Cross is
looking for nurses and Action
Team Volunteers to be a part of
our Disaster Action Team (DAT).
DAT is made up of a group of
trained volunteers who respond
to local disasters. If you would like
to give of your time and talents to
help local citizens in time of disas-
ter, please call Andy or Candace at
the. American Red Cross-Okee-
chobee branch at (863) 763-2488.
Child care help
is now available
The Early Learning Coalition
has funding for child care for eligi-
ble children from birth through
age 12 on a first-come, first-served
basis while funding is available.
There is no waiting list. Parents
must: be a resident of Okee-
chobee County; meet income
guidelines; and be working, or
going to school or a combination
of both for at least 20 hours per
week. For information, call (866)
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Car Pool 110
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Card of Thanks 120
In Memariam 125
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Garage/Yard Sale 145
Special Notices 155
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CAR KEYS. SW 16th St. &
28th Ave. (863)763-3134
COCKATIEL Grey w/ orange
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featners. Vic of 30m SI.
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MOBILE Free, you haul
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you must haul.
TUB, White, Cast Iron. Free,
you haul. Good use for farm
or outdoors. (863)357-6691
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Ave. Gift basket supplies.
Everything Must Go!
Can make offer for all!
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Immediate restaurant management
openings in Lake Placid, Moore
,Haven, LaBelle, Clewiston and
Okeechobee. We are a franchise with
27 restaurants throughout South
Florida and are hiring energetic,
honest, and responsible individuals.
-Medical and Life Insurance
-401K Savings Plan
For an interview please call:
or mail your resume in confidence to:
Southern Management Corporation
1014 W. Sugarland Hwy.
Clewiston, FL 33440
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
for more information
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call (863) 357-2442 for more information
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GULF HARVESTING, INC.
LOOKING FOR A HARVESTING
* 2 TO 3 YEARS EXPERIENCE
BILINGUAL A PLUS
INTERESTED FAX RESUMES TO
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We are now accepting
applications for Cashier, Fuel
Attendant and Wrecker Driver
positions. Training will be
provided for responsible
people. We offer good pay,
rewarding work, benefits
and mileage reimbursement.
For a limited time, qualified
applicants who are hired will
receive a $200 sign-up
bonus. Apply at Ft. Drum
Citgo mm 184 Fl. Turnpike.
CHILOCARE NEEDED- in my
home for 7yr old and 19 mo
old, 3 1/2 day/wk M,T,TH &
F $200. mo 863-447-1141
Palm Beach Post
Newspaper carriers needed
for Okeechobee area. Call
ext. 3583 Iv. msg.
Part Time to answer phones
and monitor front lobby.
Equal Opportunity Employer
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