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Vol. 98 No. 191


Tuesday, July 10, 2007


500 Plus tax


Briefs

Today's meetings
Okeechobee County Plan-
ning Board at 7 p.m. at the
Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W. Second Ave.

Inside

Local man charged
with theft of tools
An Okeechobee man has
been arrested on felony charges
after detectives executed search
warrants on two rented storage
units and found $700 worth of
tools that had been reported
stolen.
Charged in connection with
the thefts was Vasilios Konstan-
tinos Rallis, 27, S.E. Eighth Drive.
He is being held without bond
in the Okeechobee County Jail
on charges of possession of sto-
len property and grand theft.
Rallis, who, is also known
as Dino, was also charged
with the felony of possession
of methamphetamine and the
misdemeanor of possession of
drug paraphernalia. His bond
on these charges was set at
$20,000.
Page 3

Briefs

Okeechobee
burn ban is lifted
According to Chief Nick Hop-
kins of the Okeechobee County
Fire Department the burn ban
in Okeechobee County has
been lifted. For information call
(863) 763-5544.

Glades County
burn ban limited
According to the Glades
County Division of Emergency
Management parts of Glades
County are still under a burn
ban. For information, call (863)
946-6020.

New watering
limits in effect
The Okeechobee area is
now under Phase III water re-
strictions.
Lawn watering is now lim-
ited to one day a week from 4
until 8 a.m. and 5 until 7 p.m.
for low volume hand watering.
Addresses with odd num-
bers are permitted to water on
Saturday and addresses with
even numbers are permitted to
irrigate on Sundays.

Drought Index
Current: 145
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.03 feet
Last Year: 12.06 feet
Source: South
Florida Water
Management
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.


Index
Classifieds.... ............ 9-11
Comics .................. ................ 8
Community Events................ 4
Crossword............................. 9
Obituaries..... ............................. 6
O pinion ...................................... 4
Speak Out ................................. 4
Sports............................. 12
TV ............................... . ...... . .10
W eather.................. ............... 2

See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.


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Efforts of volunteers trashed


By Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
"Shame, shame on you,"
were the words of Charlie Hays,
founder of the Big "0" Teen
Anglers, Inc. after the discovery
was made that trash had been
dumped along the banks of the
Kissimmee River on River Road.
The trash was found on the
very morning after 80-100 volun-
teers fought the 90-degree heat
and mosquitoes to clean up the
illegal dump sites in that area.
"People who do this have


no respect for themselves, their
community or their country,"
stated Mrs. Hays. "I guess they
don't have any feelings for the
environment. It's a rape of the
land."
Members of the Taylor Creek
Bass Club, Big "0" Teen Anglers,
Inc., and volunteers from the
community gathered at Okee-
Tantie Campground and Marina
Saturday, July 7, to help with
Lake Cleanup Day. They worked
throughout the day in the swel-
tering heat and humidity to fill
industrial-sized dumpsters that


were set up at Okee-Tantie.
Sofa beds, pieces of carpeting,
tires, old charcoal grills, large ap-
pliances, scrap lumber and other
trash was picked up, bagged and
transported to the dumpsters.
Then, some time between
2:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.
Sunday, someone pulled in and
dumped a large load of rubbish at
one of the newly cleaned sites.
"I am really hurt for the Tay-
lor Creek Bass Club, our kids and
our community," said Mrs. Hays.
"What kind of signal is this send-
ing to our young people who


worked so hard to help clean up
the environment? What am I go-
ing to tell my kids, or the other
volunteers?
"This is very disheartening,"
said Kelly Owens, an Okeechobee
County School Board member
who was among those volunteer-
ing to clean up along the banks
of the Kissimmee River. "The kids
were so excited. They worked
their hearts out. We were out
there to show them that you can
make a difference. It's very sad.
What aggravates me the most is
that it wasn't adults; it was a lot


of kids trying to help the environ-
ment and then to have someone
come behind them and do this.
It's amazing."
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) was noti-
fied of the incident. They sent an
investigator to the site Monday,
July 9, to gather up any evidence
that might lead them to identify-
ing who dumped the trash.
Found Monday was wooden
siding, boards, old wooden
doors, palm fronds, plywood and
See Trash - Page 2


Area mourns



death of



O.L. Raulerson


By Lorna Jablonski
Okee chobee News
The communitywill gather at
Evergreen Cemetery to mourn
the loss of former Okeechobee
County Sheriff O.L. Raulerson
who died Sunday, July 8, at
Raulerson Hospital.
' He was born on Aug. 17,
1941, and had been a lifetime
resident of Okeechobee.
Mr. Raulerson served in the
U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Raulerson began his
long law enforcement career
as a cadet at the Florida High-
way Patrol Academy. He also
attended the Florida Criminal
Justice Executive Institute and
numerous law enforcement


classes.
He was a member of the
Florida Highway Patrol from
1963 to 1968. He became the
sheriff of High-
lands County
in 1970 and
held that posi-
tion for seven
years. In 1978,
he joined the
Florida De-
partment of
Law Enforce-
ment. He O.L.
stayed in that Raulerson
position for two years.
Mr. Raulerson served as the
Okeechobee County chief dep-
uty from 1981 to 1986.
See Raulerson - Page 2


New community


tops agenda of


county planners


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Another step could be taken
Tuesday evening toward the
development of a self-sustained
planned housing development
that, upon .completion, would
be over twice the size of the
City of Okeechobee.
The Okeechobee .County
Planning Board, sitting as the
local planning agency, will con-
sider three amendments to the
comprehensive plan. The first
amendment would establish a
new future land use classifica-
tion of master planned devel-
opment. The second amend-
ment to the comprehensive
plan would create a new policy


OKEECIIDBEE TELEPHONE COMPANY


If you go
Okeechobee County Planning
Board
Tuesday, July 10, 7 p.m.
Okeechobee County Courthouse,
304 N.W. Second Ave.
that would establish The Grove
Master Planned Development.
The third proposed amend-
ment would add a map of The
Grove to the county's compre-
hensive plan.
The Grove will be located
in the northeastern portion of
the county on a 9-square-mile
parcel. By contrast, the City
See-Planners - Page 2


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By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Kids of all ages attended
the art fun day on Saturday,
July 7, where the Faith in Ac-
tion Improving Today's Health
(F.A.I.T.H.) program unveiled
their mural that was painted
by young adults ranging in age
from 11 to 15.
Through the United Way,
Children's Service Council of
Okeechobee and Planned Par-
enthood partnered with the
Hope Ministries Center Church
of God these students partici-
pated in this four-week pro-
gram entitled F.A.I.T.H. which
was created by Planned Par-
enthood to offer young adults
with the knowledge and power
to make those difficult choices
they encounter in their lives.
With the statistics speaking
for themselves -- concerning
the high rate of teen pregnancy
and contraction of sexually
transmitted infections (STIs)
for Okeechobee County -- pro-
grams are a must to offer alter-
natives and education to the
youth of Okeechobee.
F.A.I.T.H. is a health-educa-


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Main Street
unveiled the conceptual draw-
ing of their third mural project
to the Okeechobee City Coun-
cil for approval at the council's
July 3 meeting.
This mural will be painted
on the Embarq building lo-
cated at 115 South Parrott Ave.
by Matt Budjinski. This 26-year
old artist was chosen from 13
applicants that responded to a
call for artists put out by Main
Street.
The mural will celebrate


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Nanette Cardenas (left), 10, and Brenda Aguilar, 8, paint-
ed purses at one of the art stations set up at the kids'
fun day on Saturday, July 7, in the Okeechobee Recre-
ation Park. The event was sponsored by the United Way,
Planned Parenthood, Children's Service Council and
Hope Ministries Center Church of God.


tion program offered through
Planned Parenthood and lo-
cal faith-based organizations.
Through this program they
aspire to help members of the
community make healthy, ful-
ly-informed decisions that take
the person as a whole person


-- both physical and spiritual --
into account.
Funding was made avail-
able for the program due to the
current standings of local teen
pregnancy rates compared to
See Art - Page 2


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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee Main Street presented this conceptual rendering of the proposed third mural
project that will be painted on the Embarq building, 115 South Parrott Ave., celebrating the
telephone history of Okeechobee and the first telephone operator, Byrd Sizemore, and the
first lineman, T.A. Sizemore. Matt Budjinski, 26, from West Palm Beach will be the artist for
the mural. The actual scenery in the picture on the right will be changed to depict either the
old telephone company building or some other notable scenery.


the telephone history of
Okeechobee and will feature
the first telephone operator,
Byrd Sizemore, and the first
lineman T.A. Sizemore.
Telephone service was pro-
vided by the Okeechobee Tele-
phone Company from 1917
until 1972.
The picture on the left of the
mural represents the type of
switchboards that were in use
in 1917 that the original tele-
phone operator would have
used.
The picture on the right is
See Council - Page 2


Hope Ministries: Teaching life decisions


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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Faith in Action Improving Today's Health (F.A.I.T.H.) program held an art day in the
Okeechobee Recreation Park on Saturday, July 7, where students (in no particular or-
der) Rohnaysa Stewart, 13, Solomon Dames, 13, Brittany Jung, 12, Jasmine Franco, 12,
Dayana Cordova, 13, Ashia Brown, 11, Sache' Sapp, 15, I'vana Shelby, 13, and Brenon
Brooks, 12, unveiled their mural entitled Faith. The mural depicts the choices they have
to make in everyday life as young adults. In charge of the camp held at Hope Ministries
Center Church of God were (in no particular order) Roslin Brown and Francis Lansi-
quot, with Planned Parenthood, and Reverend Kenneth Williams and Mary Sapp, from
Hope Ministries.


Program promotes good choices


Council gives OK


to mural project


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Hurricane center chief reassigned


MIAMI (AP) -- The new di-
rector of the National Hurricane
Center was temporarily reas-
signed Monday, amid calls from
about half his staff that he be
ousted for undermining the pub-
lic's confidence in the center's
forecasts.
Director Bill Proenza will be
replaced by Deputy Director Ed
Rappaport, said center spokes-
man Dennis Feltgen.
Proenza replaced veteran
center head Max Mayfield in Jan-


Trash
Continued From Page 1
other construction material.
"It appears to have been a four-
wheel drive vehicle with a trailer,"
stated OCSO Lieutenant K.J. Am-
mons. "We will step up patrols in
that area. We have also contacted
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and the
Department of Environmental
Protection for assistance."
"We can't see any reason for
this type of action," said Mrs. Hays.
"People don't seem to realize that
the cost of garbage pick up is in-


Art
Continued From Page 1
the other 67 counties in the state.
According to the Florida De-
partment of Health Statistics 2005
data, the rolling three-year birth
rate for teens ages 15-19 in Florida
is 42.0 per thousand total births -
- the rate for Okeechobee County
is 82.7 per thousand total births,
which is over twice the average
and represents the fourth highest
teen pregnancy rate in the state.
According to Planned Parent-
hood, most of the teen births in
Okeechobee are to white teenag-
ers. The teen birth rate for white
teens in Okeechobee County is
81.2, which is over double the
state rate of 36.3.
The teen birth rate of the
younger age group of 10-14 in
Okeechobee County is 1.9 per
thousand births, nearly three
times as high as the state's .7
average ranking Okeechobee
County as second in the state.
These astonishing statistics
have urged a national campaign
to create programs to try to pre-
vent teen pregnancy and STIs,
which are common in counties
which have high teen pregnancy
rates.
Through this program at the
Hope Ministries Center, the stu-
dents participated in positive ac-
tivities that taught them to make
responsible informed choices.
Their week began on Monday,
June 4, where they went through
classes from an abstinence plus
perspective.
While the church promotes
abstinence, this program also
provided education and resourc-
es to the students pertaining to
sex, drugs and their health in
general.
Throughout their classes they
also were able to work with


Raulerson
Continued From Page 1
In 1986 he was elected as the
sheriff of Okeechobee County. He
served in this capacity until 1996.
Then, in 2000, he was once again
elected as the county's sheriff. He
remained as that position until his
retirement in 2004.
He served on the Florida
Sheriff's Legislative Committee
from 1974-1976 and the Florida



Planners
Continued From Page 1
of Okeechobee consists of 4.14
square miles. The development
consists of 5,700 acres and plans
include 14,000 dwelling units,
1.35 million square feet of retail
services, 420,000 square feet of
office space, 350,000 square feet
of light industrial uses and 800
acres of golf courses, parks and
other open spaces.
Eventual plans even call for
a hospital and a proposed inter-


Council
Continued From Page 1
conceptual in nature depicting a
lineman and the way he would
have worked on a telephone pole
in this era.
The City Council suggested to
Main Street that the artist use ei-
ther a picture of the original tele-
phone building with the lineman


uary. More than 20 of Proenza's
nearly 50 employees had urged
his dismissal, claiming he dam-
aged public confidence in their
forecasts by repeatedly and pub-
licly criticizing the federal govern-
ment for not providing enough
funding, particularly to replace
an aging weather satellite.
Staff members say Proenza
misrepresented the problem with
the satellite and they were wor-
ried the consequences would
actually hurt their forecasting


cluded in their property taxes. So,
if they are paying for the service,
why aren't they using it?"
Mrs. Hays said that she would
contact volunteers to have the
rubbish removed.
"This is just a small example of
what is going on throughout our
country," stated Mrs. Hays. "We
are ruining our country, not those
that are coming here, but all of us
that live here. We have no respect
for our land and no common
courtesy toward the feelings and
rights of others."
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reached at ljabionski@newszap.com


abilities.
Reached Monday, Rappaport
said he would not comment on
his appointment. A spokesman
for the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration,
which oversees the center, did
not immediately return a call
seeking comment.
Twenty-three hurricane center
staffers released a statement late
Thursday urging the Commerce
Department, which oversees
NOAA, to appoint a new leader.


They said Proenza undermined
the public's confidence in them
by exaggerating the forecasting
problems they would face if an
aging weather satellite failed
Proenza publicly criticized the
government for failing to provide
enough funding, particularly to
replace the QuikScat satellite
and to increase research. He said
he was only trying to ensure that
his forecasters had the best tools
and proper support.


Okeehcobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Someone dumped trash on River Road between the hours of
2:30 p.m.. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday, following the efforts
of 80-100 people to clean up the area during the Lake Clean
Up event that took place Saturday, July 7, at the Okee-Tantie
Campground and Marina.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Members of the Unlimited Steel Orchestra (in no particular order) Nathalie Edmond, 13, Ran-
dall Neal, 16, Randy Neal, 17, Steven Anderson, 16, Kimberly Alouption, 14, Esther Joseph,
14, Rodney Estivil, 14, and their leader Francis Lansiquot filled the air with music from their
steel drums at the F.A.I.T.H. program's fun day on Saturday, July 7, at the Okeechobee Rec-


reaction Park.
Planned Parenthood's master art-
ist Francis Lansiquot, from Fort
Pierce who helped the students
design a mural painting depicting
what they have learned through-
out the program.
In the mural, they have four
positive choices and four nega-
tive choices divided by a river
representing health and life with
a dove flying above to represent
their faith to make the right deci-
sions in their lives.
The mural depicts a dove in
the center representing faith and a
river representing life and health.
To the left are four choices that
adolescents must make: rings,
representing marriage; a medical
sign, representing health; a report
card, to represent improvement
in health; and a clock, represent-
ing waiting for marriage.
To the right of the river are
negative choices that adolescents
could choose to make. There is
a red ribbon to represent AIDS,
marijuana and drug needles, pos-


Sheriff's Association board of
directors from 1975 to 1976.
He was also very active in the
Okeechobee community as a
member of the Elks, Masons,
Moose, Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club as well as the Flori-
da Sheriff's Association.
Mr. Raulerson was married to
his wife, Judy L. Raulerson, for 42
years. They have one son, Todd
Raulerson, and one daughter,
Laurie Stephen. Mrs. Stephen is
married to Major Noel Stephen of


change to the Florida Turnpike.
Currently, there is no public
access to the property. It is locat-
ed about I mile east of the end
of N.W 304th Street. The property
is owned by Evans Groves and is
being developed by The Barron
Collier Companies.
The land use classification of
master planned development
would be used for large scale
mixed use projects. A master
plan development would address
the issues of level of service, pro-
tection of natural resources and
identification of future land uses.


working on the telephone pole
or some other notable scenery
from Okeechobee in order to tie
the history of Okeechobee to the
mural.
The mural will be done in a se-
pia tone in order to tie the mural
in with the second mural project
that is located across the street
on the Jeff Robinson Electric
building. That mural depicts the
Okeechobee Ice House, catfish


itive and negative signs to repre-
sent results of testing for sexually
transmitted diseases and a gun
and knife to represent violence.
Above the choices that they
could choose to make is a shield
representing the verb or action
that the teens choose to take
that will lead them down the
road they choose to follow. The
mountains above represent the
rocky road that every person has
to travel through.
The steel drum band called
the Unlimited Steel Orchestra
filled the area with music led
by Francis Lansiquot. He works
with the students in Fort Pierce in
the Elite Club, where he teaches
them self expression through vi-
sual and performing arts.
Mary Sapp, from the Hope
Ministries Center, worked with
Roslin Brown, the program di-
rector from Planned Parenthood,
and Mr. Lansiquot with the ap-
proximately 21 young adults who
participated in the program. They


the OCSO. Mr. Raulerson also had
three grandchildren; Cory and
Kodi Stephen and Jarred Raul-
erson, all of Okeechobee. He is
also survived by his sister, Osann
Lowry of North Carolina.
"O.L. Raulerson had a heart
as big as Texas and was highly
respected by his fellow sheriffs
and the sheriff's office employ-
ees," said current Okeechobee
County Sheriff Paul C. May. "He
really loved three things: first and
most of all, his family; second, his


The Grove Master Planned
Development would define The
Grove as a self-sustaining com-
munity with a mix of residential,
retail, office, industrial, recre-
ational space and supporting in-
frastructures. The mix of types,
densities and intensities of uses
would be established for that par-
ticular development. Plans call
for the project to begin in 2008.
It is projected to be completed in
2024.
After discussing the issues, the
board will make recommenda-
tions to the Okeechobee County


industry and the FEC railroad.
The medium Mr. Budjinski will
be using is a spray paint/airbrush
technique. This medium is dif-
ferent than those that have been
used in the previous mural proj-
ects and will show some diversity
in styles of art while still having a
connection with the other mural
across the street.
The title and year will be in
green which will match the col-


will all be present at the fun day
event along with the pastor of
Hope Ministries Center, Kenneth
Williams.
Reverend Williams stated that
he is "privileged to collaborate
with this program to be able to
get the needed information into
the community. I commend them
all highly for their efforts."
This event could not have
been possible without all of the
volunteers who participated from
the church and the members of
the community: Mary Sapp,
Brenda Jones, J'Mana Peterson,
Terry Wright, Elease Smalls, The-
resa Davis, Mary Washington,
Zelda McQueen, Thema Brazell
and Mary Massey.
Through programs like this,
these organizations are striv-
ing to make a difference in
Okeechobee.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


employees at the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office; and, the
Florida State Seminoles. He start-
ed many of the programs in place
at the sheriff's office today, and I
respect O.L. Raulerson as much
as any man I've ever known. He
will be remembered."
There will be graveside funeral
services at 10 a.m. on Wednesday,
July 11, at Evergreen Cemetery
with Pastor Joe Bishop of Foun-
tain of Life Church officiating.


Board of County Commissioners
The commissioners, in turn, will
transmit to the Florida Depart-
ment of Community Affairs their
approved version of the three
amendments.
Even though the housing
industry in Okeechobee is in
a slump right now, officials of
The Grove hope that things will
pick up when their development
comes on line.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


ors of the Embarq building's sign
and there will be some faux brick
inlays in the mural to reference
the original building, which was
made of red brick.
Main Street will be presenting
the mural to Embarq now that
it has been approved by the City
Council.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


News Briefs

R.O.A.D. office has moved
OKEECHOBEE--The Recovering Okeechobee After Disas-
ter (R.O.A.D.) office has moved to 200 N.W Second St., in
Okeechobee.
For information regarding the agency, call the office at (863) 357-
4177. The fax number is (863) 357-1977.

Summer food service program offered
OKEECHOBEE -- Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation will
be participating in the summer food service program through July
27.
Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children re-
gardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during
summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not avail-
able. All children 18 years old and younger are eligible for meals at
no charge and there will be no discrimination in the course of the
meal service.
Non-enrolled children at open sites should pre-register for meals
with Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation, either in person at
640 N.W. 27th Lane, or by phone at (863) 763-6950, no less than 24
hours in advance.
The programs are only approved for geographical areas of need
where 50 percent or more of the children quality for free and re-
duced price meals during the school year.
The following sites will be participating in the Summer Food Ser-
vice Program: Douglas Brown Community Center, 826 N.E. 16th
Ave.; Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 North; and,
Central Elementary School, 610 S.W. Fifth Ave.
Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated
against in any USDA-related activity should write or call immediate-
ly to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave.
S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or call (800) 795-3272 (voice),
or (202) 720-6382 (TTY).

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Okeechobee News, Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Local man charged with theft of tools


Felony drug charges
are also levied
against man, woman

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has
been arrested on felony charges
after detectives executed search
warrants on two rented storage
units and found $700 worth of
tools that had been reported sto-
len.
Charged in connection with
the thefts was Vasilios Konstanti-
nos Rallis, 27, S.E. Eighth Drive.
He is being held without bond in
the Okeechobee County Jail on
charges of possession of stolen
property and grand theft.
Rallis, who is also known as
Dino, was also charged with the
felony of possession of metham-
phetamine and the misdemeanor
of possession of drug parapher-
nalia. His bond on these charges
was set at $20,000.
Also arrested in conjunciton
with the case was Pamela Susan
Lamb, 36, of a S.W. 11h St. ad-
dress in Okeechobee. She was
charged with the felony of pos-
session of methamphetamine
and the misdemeanor of posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. Her
bond was set at $20,000.
According to an arrest report


Vasilios Pamela
Rallis Lamb
by Deputy Raul Marrero of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), he was first ap-
proached by a local man who
reported that some of his tools
were missing from his garage.
In May, OCSO detectives Lieuten-
ant John Rhoden and David Rog-
ers, along with detectives from
the Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force, met with a confidential in-
formant about the thefts, stated
the deputy's report.
That source reportedly told
the detectives that the items had
been placed in rental storage
units at two different locations.
The units, continued the report,
were placed in the names of oth-
er people.
In June, Lt. Rohden met with
another informant who substan-
tiated the information given by
the first informant, stated Deputy
Marrero's report.
Tuesday, June 28, OCSO in-
vestigators, along with members
of the Okeechobee City Police


Department, received consent to
search the first storage unit. Sev-
eral items that had been reported
stolen were recovered, contin-
ued the report. The second unit
was searched on June 28. Dep-
uty Marrero's report stated that
some of the tools that had been
reported missing were recov-
ered, as well as other items that
had reportedly been stolen.
In a separate arrest report,
task force detectives then ob-
tained a search warrant for a
room in a motel on U.S. 441 S.E.
When they, along with members
of the OCSO Special Response
Team (SRT), entered the room
they saw Lamb run into the bath-
room and then heard the toilet
flush.
During a search of the room
they reportedly found a substance
in a small baggie under a bed's
mattress. They found a similar
substance in a white plastic cyl-
inder in the room. The substance
from the baggie and the cylinder
was field tested and indicated a
positive result for the presence of
methamphetamine. The report
said the alleged meth in the bag-
gie weighed 1 gram, while the
suspected meth in the cylinder
weighed less than a gram.
The report goes on to state
that pieces of tin foil with a burnt
residue were found behind the


television, along wth more bag-
gies and pieces of burnt tin foil
that were found about the room.
The residue from the different
pieces of foil, continued the re-
port, was tested and indicated a
positive result for the presence of
meth.
Samples of water were also
taken from the toilet and were
sent to the crime lab in Fort
Pierce for further analysis.
The report also states that
$255 in U.S. currency was found
in the night stand located be-
tween the beds.
OCSO arrest affidavits indicate
that neither Rallis nor Lamb are
employed.
Jeffery Dennis Hewitt, 28, was
also arrested in the motel room
on a warrant charging him with
the felony of driving while license
suspended. He was booked into
the county jail under a bond of
$2,500.
Another man was also in the
room at the time of the search,
but was not arrested.
The arrest report states that
Hewitt and the other man were
interviewed but detectives said
they had no involvementt in the
criminal activities inside the
room."
The room, said the report,
was rented by Lamb on June 26
and that each day she paid cash
to keep the room.


Six arrested in undercover drug operation

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An undercover drug opera- -.
tion staged late last week on
N.E. 13th Avenue in Okeechobee .


culminated with the arrest of
six people on felony charges,
who were then booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail.
Taking part in the July 6 reverse
sting operation were officers
from the Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force, the Okeechobee City
Police Department, the Highlands
County Sheriff's Office and the
Fort Pierce Police Department.
Arrested were Michael Tyrone
Snowden, James Daren Holley,
Chester Chisholm, Rondol Cart-
er, Jr., David Bowling and Jose
Luis Ruiz.
Snowden, 27, Muskett Drive,
Lakeland, was charged with pur-
chaes of marijuana, possession
of marijuana and resisting arrest
without violence. His bond was
set at $6,000.
Holley, 46, S.W 11th Ave.,


Michael James
Snowden Holley
purchase of cocaine, possession
of cocaine and tampering with
evidence. His bond was set at
$15,000.
Chisholm, 66, N.E. 13th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was charged with
purchase of marijuana and pos-
session of marijuana less than
20 grams. His bond was set at
$5,750.
-., Carter, 38, S.E. 33rd Terrace,
Okeechobee, was charged with
purchase of marijuana and pos-
session of marijuana less than
20 grams. His bond was set at
$5,750.
Bowling, 51, 155th Street
North, Jupiter, was charged with


Okeechobee, was charged with purchase of cocaine, possession


Chester Rondol
Chisholm Carter
of cocaine and tampering with
evidence. His bond was set at
$15,000.
Ruiz, 32, Okeechobee, was
charged with purchase of co-
caine and possession of cocaine.
His bond was set at $10,000.
In the operation, law enforce-
ment personnel posed as street-
level drug dealers. Once the sales
were reportedly made, other
members of law enforcement
who were in unmarked vehicles
swooped in to make the arrest.
According to Lieutenant Billy
Markham of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the operation began Friday after-
noon and concluded that same
evening. He said officers im-


David Jose
Bowling Ruiz
pounded three vehicles and two
bicycles that were being operat-
ed by the suspects at the time of
their arrest. One of the suspects
approached the undercover of-
ficers while on foot.
The impounded vehicles were
towed to the OCSO. To get their
vehicle back, the owner will have
to pay a $250 administrative fee.
Lt. Markham said the mari-
juana and crack cocaine report-
edly sold during the operation
had been pre-tested to ensure
that, the substances were pot and
crack. He went on to say that the
drugs were supplied by law en-
forcement, and that the money
used to purchase the drugs will
be entered into evidence.


Laws to expand self-defense rights cause confusion


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By Brian Skoloff
Associated Press Writer
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.
Copyright 2007 The Associated
Press. All rights reserved. This
material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistrib-
uted. _ Norman Borden fought
back twice _ once against three
assailants on the street, then
again in a courtroom where he
was charged with murder for kill-
ing two of them.
Borden, 44, was walking his
dogs last year when three men in
a Jeep tried to run him down. He
pulled a gun and shot five times
through the windshield, then
moved to the side of the vehicle
and fired nine more rounds.
He thought the shooting was
self-defense, but a prosecutor
put him on trial in the deaths,
despite a new Florida law that
grants wide latitude to people
using deadly force to protect
themselves.
The case highlights the con-
fusion surrounding so-called
"stand.your-ground" laws, which
have been adopted in at least 14
states. The laws have perplexed
judges and prosecutors, and, in
some cases, forced attorneys to
change the way they review evi-
'dence.
In Borden's case, a prosecu-
tor filed charges against him,
even though he privately thought
Borden might have been correct
to open fire. In Kentucky, a man
suspected of murder was offered
a plea agreement because the


law was too difficult to explain
to jurors.
Florida was the first state to
enact such a law in 2005, remov-
ing the requirement that people
who think they are in immedi-
ate peril must first try to retreat
from the confrontation before
using deadly force. Prior to pas-
sage of the law, only people de-
fending themselves in their own
homes, for the most part, could
use deadly force without first try-
ing to flee.
Most states let authorities de-
termine whether deadly force
was reasonable, even inside the
home. But the new laws create
an automatic presumption that a
person is justified in using deadly
force to ward off an attacker in
just about any public place.
"We believe that self-defense
is an innate human right and the
law should never put the inno-
cent victim of a crime in a posi-
tion of having to second-guess
themselves," said Ashley Varner,
a spokeswoman for the National
Rifle Association, which pushed
for the laws.
For defense attorneys, the
laws offer protection to clients
who have struck back at assail-
ants.
"The more defenses the bet-
ter," said Jack King, spokesman
for the National Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers. He
added: "Most people would rath-
er be judged by 12 than carried
by six," referring to juries and
pallbearers.
Gun-control groups worry that


the laws will embolden shooters
to pull the trigger first rather than
as a last resort.
"If you are protecting yourself
or your family in self defense,
that's a basic legal right anyway,"
said Elizabeth Haile, an attorney
for the Brady Campaign to Pre-
vent Gun Violence.
At least 14 states have revised
their laws to ensure that people
don't have to retreat from an at-
tacker. Those states are: Arizona,
Florida,. Georgia, Indiana, Idaho,
Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Michigan, Oklahoma, South
Carolina, South Dakota, Tennes-
see and Texas, according to the
NRA.
There is no way to tell exactly
how many times the law has
been used as a defense because
the statutes are still too new to
collect statistics.
In Kentucky, prosecutors of-
fered a plea deal to a man they
accused of murder because the
statute was too confusing to ex-
plain to jurors.
Judge Sheila Isaac, who pre-
sided over the case, said the law
apparently "went right through
the Legislature without a single
attorney looking at it."
She said the law was address-
ing a problem that didn't exist, a
sentiment shared by law enforce-
ment officials across the country.
"You just don't see cases
where people are prosecuted
when they are defending them-
selves," Isaac said.
Former Republican state Rep.
Dennis Baxley, who sponsored


Florida's bill, argues that the law
was needed to empower citi-
zens.
"Our judicial system tries to
be so careful to protect the crim-
inal's rights, we have neglected
the right of the common citizen
to protect themselves," Baxley
said.
In West Palm Beach, Borden
faced up to life in prison without
the possibility of parole if con-
victed of murder and attempted
murder.
One of his would-be attackers,
21-year-old Juan Mendez, admit-
ted in testimony at Borden's trial
that the three men in the Jeep
planned to "rough him up." A
baseball bat was also found in
the vehicle.
Prosecutor Craig Williams ar-
gued that Borden exceeded justi-
fied force when he continued' fir-
ing after shooting the driver and
stopping the Jeep. But Borden's
defense argued that he did not
have to retreat, citing the new
law.
Williams said he pursued the
charges because he thought a
jury needed todecide the case.
But he privately wondered how
he would have behaved in the
same situation. When Borden
was acquitted, the prosecutor
was almost relieved.
The assailants "were bringing
an arsenal," Williams conceded
after the trial. "It was pretty clear
what the right thing to do was
here."
AP researcher Rhonda Shafndr
contributed to this report.


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Arrest Report


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).


* Jonathan Sadler, 37, S.E.
Mail Road, Bonifay, was arrested
July 6 by Deputy G. Popovich
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with failure
to appear - loitering and failure
to appear - possession of meth-
amphetamine. He is being held
without bond.
* Roberto Benitez Maldo-
nado, 44, N.W Second St.,


Okeechobee, was arrested July 7
by Deputy Lieutenant Keith Mur-
rish on a warrant charging him
with failure of a sexual offender
to report to the Department of
Motor Vehicles.-His bond was set
at $2,500.
* Rey Gomez, 43, N.W. 30"h
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
July 8 by Officer Kelly Muller on
a misdemeanor charge of battery


and a felony charge of false im-
prisonment. His bond was set at
$4,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.


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Parking: I went to one of our convenience stores today to pick up
a couple of items and as usual most of the parking lot was over half
full of workers' cars that had probably gone off on a bus or van for the
day. Then, of course, there are the delivery trucks that have to make
deliveries, which is understandable. The question I have is: where the
heck do you expect customers like me to park -- on the roof? Some-
times we can't even get to the gas pumps to get gas. If you're going to
allow workers to park there all day why not group them all together
.in one section, out of the way? Most of these stores have someplace
where no one chooses to park.

Fireworks: I thought the fireworks were really good. It would
have been nice if they had a little more for the kids to do before the
fireworks. Maybe next year they could expand it. How about starting
in the afternoon with some kind of jackpot rodeo or horse event or
maybe a battle of the local bands later in the evening? The actual fire-
works show only lasts about 15-20 minutes and it's a shame people
are sitting there for two hours or more just waiting. In July you have to
figure there will be rain in the afternoon, so it's nice to have the indoor
arena. Instead of barbecuing in the arena, maybe the Jaycees and
other food vendors could set up in the concession stands or have the
barbecue in the barn like they do at the Livestock Show. The taxpayers
are spending a fortune on the upkeep of the Agri-Civic Center. It would
be nice to have some public events there so folks could enjoy the facil-
ity and get a little something for all that tax money spent on it.

SPECKLED PERCH: Congratulations to all of you Speckled Perch
organizers for moving the festival to February. We are thrilled that we
are now going to be able to enjoy the festivities on different weekends.'
Thank you for listening to our community.

BUSH:I was reading the speak out this morning where it was say-
ing that George Bush and Dick Cheney should be impeached because
they are both 'criminals.' What I was wanting to know is when he
sentenced Scooter Libby, who was he really trying to protect, himself
or Cheney? Or, who in the hierachy of the Republican Party?

DANCE CLUB: Here is an idea that you can do for the young adults
- make the empty Locals building into.a dance club.

TRASH: On Saturday a lot of good people got together and cleaned
up other peoples' garbage down on River Road down by the Kissim-
mee River. Today is Sunday and we went down there just to have a
look and a contractor --you know who you are if you read this column
-- had gone down there and dumped their pieces of lumber out. If
you cannot find any place to dump your garbage, then bring it to my
house and I'll set it outside for the garbage people to pick up. I am
so sick of people that do not know how to dispose of your garbage
because you don't have the sense that God gave a pig and that's why
your doing this. Get down there and pick up your garbage! And for the
rest of you that dump down there - go and pick up your trash. Who
do you think you are, dumping garbage on property that does not
belong to you? I hope you get caught. And if you don't get caught then
all I have to say is shame, shame on you!


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Community Events

Benefit to help needy and homeless
Style Studio custom motorcycle shop and Tattoos with Style will
present a benefit to help Okeechobee's needy and homeless on Sat-
urday, July 21. There will be a hog roast, 50/50, door prizes and DJ
California Fats. All proceeds will go to Big Lake Missions Outreach.
For information, call (863) 357-5944.

Collaborative Council meeting set for July 24
The Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Ser-
vice Network, will meet Tuesday, July 24, at 10 a.m. in the board
room of the Okeechobee School Board Office, 700 S.W. Second
. Ave. Immediately following the CCC meeting, there will be a brief
planning meeting for those interested in partnering in a local Health
and Safety Fair.



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Guest Commentary


PK-3 provides good start for children


By Phyllis Kalifeh
Florida's Hispanic population
is rapidly growing. According to
U.S. Census predictions, Florida's
Hispanic population is expected
to jump from 14 percent of the
1995 state population to 24 per-
cent of the 2025 state population.
Expanding and improving the
quality of early education for the
state's rapidly growing Hispanic
population should be among our
highest educational priorities.
While Florida already has a suc-
cessful voluntary universal pre-
kindergarten program for 4 year
olds, we must continue to look
for ways to improve and provide
our children with even better op-
portunities. That is where the PK-
3 approach comes in.
What is PK-3? PK-3 programs
raise achievement among chil-
dren by offering quality early
education programs that align
the curriculum and instruction
for children from pre-kindergar-
ten through the third grade. Re-
search has shown that the PK-3
years are crucial to providing the
foundation for life-long learning.


Aligning the curriculum and in-
struction for children from pre-
kindergarten through the third
grade contributes substantially to
higher levels of school readiness
and achievement.
PK-3 is especially important
for Hispanic children.
Hispanic children lag well
behind their White counterparts
on measures of school readi-
ness when they start kindergar-
ten and subsequently achieve at
much lower levels in the primary
grades. This pattern of lower
academic achievement persists
through high school and college.
In the short term, school dis-
tricts that use the PK-3 approach
will experience reduced special
education and grade retention
costs. In the long term, we will
see decreased dropout rates, sav-
ings to the juvenile and adult jus-
tice systems and increased earn-
ings from participants.
Moreover, increased invest-
ments in PK-3 programs, which
are proven to prepare our young
children for school success, also
strengthen the state's economy.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
763-8999.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Any-
one currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is
welcome. For information, call Lydia Hall (863) 357-6729 or Betty
Perera (863) 467-6808. ,
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10
a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at
(863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 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 Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For in-
formation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, call (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's
only meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For infor-
mation, contact Dr. Edward Douglas-at (863) 763-4320.
AA. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open
meeting.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fel-
lowship Church, 300 S.W Sixth Ave. from noon.until 2 p.m. then
from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or
someone just to care are welcome. For information call the hot line
(863) 801-9201 or (863) 697-9718.
Wednesday
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863)
763-2893.}
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church of Our 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave. The Lakes Shops Suite K. For information call
(863) 634-4780.
Thursday
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 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 Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center lo-
cated at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
5996.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until
1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost
is $6.63 plus tip for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is wel-
come. For information, call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at
(863) 357-1639.
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 Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at
(863) 763-4920 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Second Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher
at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday
at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Gra-
ham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9
a.m. until noon and representatives will be at the One Stop Center,
209 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee.


Better education equals better
jobs and a stronger local econo-
my.
The good news is that the
PK-3 approach is gaining strong'
support. A recent report by the
National Task Force on Early
Childhood Education for Hispan-
ics echoed the need to provide
these services to our growing
Hispanic populations.
While PK-3 programs raise
achievement among Hispanic
children and provide better edu-
cational opportunities in the early
childhood years, there is an inad-
equate capacity to meet demand
in many Hispanic communities.
Other problems exist, such as
a lack of knowledge about pro-
gram availability among Hispanic
parents and the inability to afford
pre-kindergarten.
Studies show that PK-3 pro-
grams can improve the literacy
and math skills of all children,
and especially English language
learners and low-income chil-
dren. PK-3 strengthens children's
skills to help them succeed. The
PK-3 approach creates the conti-
nuity in teaching and curriculum


that makes it more successful for
Hispanic children to learn Eng-
lish. We must also encourage His-
panic college students to choose
PK-3 education as a career.
Florida's children have access
to voluntary universal pre-kinder-
garten. We must now do our best
to explain the benefits of the pro-
gram and encourage Hispanic
parents to enroll their children.
In the meantime, Florida
should also build on its volun-
tary universal pre-kindergarten
program and align it with a PK-3
curriculum.
By investing our resources in
programs like PK-3 that are fis-
cally responsible and prepare the
workforce of tomorrow, we can
make a difference in bringing all
children up to academic stan-
dards. If we don't, we could miss
a critical window of opportunity
to do what's best for the children
of our rapidly growing Hispanic
population.

Editor's Note: Phyllis Kalifeh
is the president of The Children's
Forum.


Community Events,

OSAC board will meet July 10
. The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board
will meet Tuesday, July 10, from 11 until 11:45 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The meeting is open
to all board members. For information, call Lydia Jean Williams at
(863) 634-9015.

OSAC plans monthly meeting
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting
will be held Tuesday, July 10, from 11:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Everyone is
welcome and lunch will be served. All parents and PTO members
from Okeechobee's public and private schools are encouraged to
attend and assist in developing a county-wide prevention plan. For
information, contact Lydia Jean Williams at (863) 634-9015.

Vacation Bible School is planned
The Seventh Day Adventist Church, 412 N.W. Sixth St., will host
a vacation Bible school for children ages 3 years through fifth grade
July 10-12 from 6 until 8:30 p.m.. It will take you on a wild ride
through God's word at Avalanche Ranch. For more information
please contact Carolyn at (863) 357-3680.

Bassinger Baptist Church to hold VBS
The First Baptist Church of Bassinger, 19836 U.S. 98 N., will host
a vacation Bible school for youth kindergarten through 12th grade,
July 10-13, from 6:30 until 9 p.m. "Game Day Central, where heroes
are made!" will be the theme. For information, contact Buelah at
(863) 763-6517, or Carolyn at (863) 763-4179.

Children's council to meet July 12
The Children's Services Council will meet Thursday, July 12, at 5
p.m. in the conference room of the Okeechobee County School
Board Office, 700 S.W. Second Ave. For information, contact Cath-
leen Blair at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255.

Vacation Bible school planned
Avalanche Ranch is this year's theme for vacation Bible school
at Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., from 5:30 un-
til 8:30 p.m., July 16-20. Activities will be for grades kindergarten
through sixth grade. Everyone is invited. For information, call (863)
763-0550

Scrapbooking party is planned
A scrapbooking crop party will be held Friday, July 13, from 6 un-
til 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. All lev-
els of scrapbookers are welcome. Last month Carolyn Jones gave a
demonstration on brag bags. Bring three to four paper bags to this
crop and she will help you create your own. She will also be avail-
able to assist you with your scrapbooking questions and supplies.
Several of our members attended the scrapbooking convention -in
Fort Lauderdale on June 29 and 30. They will present a "show and
tell" of some of the new products and information they received
at the convention. Refreshments will be served and there will be
door prizes. Bring any scrapbook pages on which you are currently
working. For information call Carolyn at (863) 634-1885, or Joan at
(863) 467-0290.

Poker run will benefit Hospice
There will be a poker run held in memory of Perry Young on
Saturday, July 14. There will be a $5 entry fee and all proceeds will
be donated to Hospice of Okeechobee and The Hamrick Home.
Our first stop will be at noon at the Eagles 4137. There will be an
auction following the run at the Cypress Hut Eagles on U.S. 441 S.E.
For information, contact Lorraine Watson at (863) 763-2997.

Benefit beauty pageant is planned
The 12th annual Mr. & Miss Firecracker Fundraiser Beauty Pag-
eant will be held Saturday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee
High School lecture hall, 2800 U.S. 441 N. Funds raised will go to
the Okeech6bee County Fire/Rescue volunteers to be used to pur-
chase needed equipment. Age groups for girls will be 0 months to
21 years. Ages for boys will be 0 months to 9 years. Categories are
beauty, photogenic, most beautiful/handsome, best dressed and the
cover queen/king for the program book. Deadline to enter is Sun-
day, July 8, at 5 p.m. No exceptions. Applications may be picked up
at Kid's Corner, the Chamber of Commerce, Flower Petals, Photos
by Bobbi and the Okeechobee Fire Rescue Station. For information
call Donny Arnold at (863) 634-6464; Pat Yeates at (863) 634-6985;
or, Margie at Fire/Rescue during business hours at (863) 763-5544.

Fundraiser benefits The Pregnancy Center
The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee will hold a fundraiser at
the KOA Kampground on U.S. 441 S. from 6 until 9 p.m. on Thurs-
day, July 19. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to re-open the
center at 1505 S. Parrott Ave. Tickets for the steak or chicken dinner
are $25 per person or $125 per table. The guest speaker will be Tim
DeTellis. For information, contact Laurie Garner at (863) 634-8523.

Business woman's lunch meeting set
A business woman's networking and luncheon meeting will be
held Friday, July 20, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrot
Ave. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by
lunch at noon. Those attending are asked to bring give-away items,
flyers, brochures, business cards and either a friend or business
associate who wants to see their business grow. For information,
contact Robin Delgado at (863) 467-7100; or, by e-mail at www.
flainjurylawyer.com.


Okeechobee News, Tuesday, July 10, 2007


OPINION








Okeechobee News, Tuesday, July 10, 2007 AROUND THE NATION


Residents of Pa. awake to government shutdown


By Marc Levy
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The
state museums didn't open Mon-
day. State parks were closed to
visitors at the height of the sum-
mer tourism season, and many
state services were idle because
of a government shutdown that
kept about 24,000 workers off the
job.
Gov. Ed Rendell shut down
the Pennsylvania government late
Sunday over a budget stalemate
with the Legislature that partly
hinges on his energy plan for the
state.
"I sincerely hope that this will
be a one-day furlough, and I have
reason for optimism," Rendell
said at a news conference Sun-
day night, though he declined to
be more specific.
Monday morning, the shut-
down set in as the partisan battle
of wills between the Democratic
governor and Republicans who
control the Senate entered the
ninth day of the new fiscal year.
Lacking an approved state bud-
get, the state has lost the author-
ity to spend money on nonessen-
tial services.
With Rendell's order, state
workers deemed not critical to
health or safety were furloughed
without pay.
Pennsylvanians discovered
they couldn't take driver's license
tests. Highway maintenance and
a range of permitting and licens-
ing functions were stopped or
severely curtailed. Even the lights
that normally illuminate the Capi-
tol dome are off, and state tourist
attractions aren't open. Only criti-
cal services such as health care
for the poor, state police and pris-
ons remain in operation.
Outside one driver's licensing
station, University of Pittsburgh
student Dandan Hong, 21, found
out from security guards that she
would have to wait to get her per-
mit -- the office was closed. She
had been cramming for the test
and leaves on vacation in two
days.
"I didn't know about it un-
til I got here," she said. "I don't
know how I'm going to get my
permit."
Gamblers and employees of
the state's five slots parlors got
a reprieve when a judge granted
a request late Sunday by casino
owners to remain open, at least


AP photo/George Widman
Fred Van Name does the final packing out from a campsite as his daughters, Sarah, (right)
and Rebekah, look on in French Creek State Park in Elverson, Pa., Monday, July 9. Nearly
25,000 "nonessential" state employees, including those at state parks, were put on tempo-
rary furlough without pay Monday because Gov. Ed Rendell and Republican legislative lead-
ers couldn't agree on a new 2007-08 state budget Sunday night.


until a Tuesday hearing.
Bobby Soper, chief execu-
tive of Mohegan Sun at Pocono
Downs, worried that his patrons
-- there are usually about 5,000
on a typical Monday -- might not
know the casinos were open.
"The fact that it occurred at
the 11 th hour made it somewhat
difficult to get the message out,"
Soper said.
Rendell, whose last-ditch ne-
gotiations with lawmakers fell
short of a budget deal that could
have averted the furloughs and
partial shutdown, said he hoped
the budget impasse would be
brief.
At the Capitol on Monday, the
hallways were quiet as legislators
slowly trickled in. Rendell and
legislative leaders met behind
closed doors. Their aides said
informal discussions were ongo-
ing, but they said they knew of no
deal that would end the furloughs
and shutdowns.
Among the key sticking points
in agreeing to a new $27 billion-
plus budget are raising the state's
debt ceiling and an energy plan
that Rendell has insisted the Leg-.
islature approve before he signs,
they said.
"We have a $650 million sur-
plus in Pennsylvania," said Senate
Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi,


a Republican. "There's absolute-
ly no reason why we can't have
a budget agreement. We could
have had a budget earlier but for
these ancillary issues."
The centerpiece of Rendell's
energy plan would place a sur-
charge on electricity use for a
fund for alternative energy pro-
grams and electricity conserva-
tion. Republican legislators and
some Democrats oppose the sur-
charge and accused the governor
of holding state employees hos-
tage to force them to approve it.
"I can't believe that a man
who would call himself governor
would do this to state employ-
ees," said Senate President Pro
Tempore Joe Scarnati, a Repub-
lican.
One labor leader, David Fill-
man, the executive director of
Council 13 of the American Fed-
eration of State, County and Mu-
nicipal Employees, said his union
members, 14,000 of whom face
furlough, should not have been
caught in the middle of a political
dispute.
"A lot of them live paycheck to
paycheck, and even if it's a day's
pay that they lose, it has an effect
on their personal budgets," Fill-
man said.
Lawyers for state-employee
unions argued in court Monday


that the furloughs should be halt-
ed, saying Rendell had no rational
basis for classifying employees as
critical or noncritical.
"When (the furloughed em-
ployees) return to work they will
never be compensated for the
time they spent on the street,"
said Alaine Williams, an attorney
for Council 13.
Campers were forced to pack
up early and go home once the
shutdown began. At Cordorus
State Park, an angry visitor posted
a sign that said "WHEN DO WE
GET OUR MONEY BACK!"
"I don't think they should take
away people's summer fun," said
Gloria West, 52, of York, another
disgruntled camper.
At Black Moshannon State
Park, JoDee Dyerson and her
family, from State College, were
told they had to be out of their
cabin by 10 a.m. Monday.
"They made it the worst sum-
mer ever," said her son McClane,
7.
Gamblers trying their luck at
Philadelphia Park Racetrack and
Casino in Bensalem, just outside
Philadelphia, called the show-
down nothing more than politics.
"It's all grandstanding, and it's
ridiculous," said Maryann Breen,
playing a Wheel of Fortune ma-
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Firefighters spray foam on a helicopter that crashed near Los Olivos, Calif. on Sunday, July
8, 2007. Two pilots received minor injuries when their water tanker helicopter crashed. The
aircraft went down outside the fire lines and the cause of the crash was under investigation.

Dozens of wildfires ravage the West


By Joe Kafka
Associated Press Writer
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) -
- Overnight rain and cooler tem-
peratures slowed a wildfire that
had raced out of a canyon, de-
stroyed 27 houses and killed a ho-
meowner who went back to try
to save his belongings, a top fire
official said Monday.
The change in weather gave
firefighters a chance to shore up
their fire lines, though conditions
could shift again for the worse;
state wildland fire coordinator
Joe Lowe told crews at a morn-
ing briefing held in light rain.
"This fire is not over yet," he
cautioned. "This fire could come
back to life again."
The blaze was started by light-
ning on Saturday, and by Mon-
day it had covered an estimated
11 square miles just southwest
of Hot Springs, on the southern
side of the Black Hills. It was 20
percent contained and crews ex-
pected to have it fully contained
by Thursday. A state highway
that cuts through the fire area re-
mained closed Monday morning.
Other fires blackened the land-
scape in California, Utah, Nevada,
Washington, Colorado, Montana
and Oregon, many of them also
started by lightning and fueled by
the dry conditions, made worse
by a heat wave that sizzled across
the West last week.
In addition to the death in
South Dakota, smoke from a ma-
jor Utah fire was blamed for two
deaths in a weekend motorcycle


accident, and another blaze still
active in Utah killed three people
last week.
Crews in California's eastern
Sierra Nevada gained ground
against a fire that had charred at
least 37,000 acres, or 58 square
miles, in the Inyo National Forest.
That fire was 55 percent con-
tained Monday after cooler tem-
peratures and lighter wind al-
lowed firefighters to make their
first real progress, forestry offi-
cials said. Full containment was
expected by Wednesday.
"Things went well yesterday
and last night and we're just
hoping to really get a handle on
this today," U.S. Forest Service
spokeswoman Nancy Upham
said Monday.
The flames skirted the popular
John Muir Wilderness and de-
stroyed at least one home outside
Independence. Crews worked to
protect major power transmis-
sion lines in the area feeding the
eastern Sierra front and greater
Los Angeles, fire information of-
ficer Jim Wilkins said.
About 130 miles northeast of
Sacramento, Calif., residents of
Janesville and Milford were told to
prepare for possible evacuations
as a blaze in the Plumas National
Forest grew to about 18,000 acres.
Meteorologists said afternoon
wind and lightning could spread
the blaze near Antelope Lake.
The biggest wildfire in Utah
history had charged across more
than 300,000 acres or 468 square
miles of extremely dry sagebrush,
cheat grass and pinion juniper in


the central part of the state.
Weather complicated efforts
to combat the blaze Monday. "It's
extremely difficult to predict what
the winds are going to do," said
Susan Marzec, a spokeswoman
with the U.S. Bureau of Land
Management.
"It's still dry with erratic gusty
wind. We're still looking at ex-
treme fire danger," Marzec said.
The fire was right along In-
terstate 15 on Sunday, closing 60
miles of the highway between
Interstate 70 near Cove Fort and
Beaver for nearly five hours, Utah
Highway Patrol Lt. Steve Win-
ward said.
A fire in southern Arizona had
blackened about 3,500 acres in
the mountains near the telescope
complex at the Kitt Peak National
Observatory. Air tankers dropped
retardant between the fire and the
observatory, and fire trucks were
stationed at the mountaintop fa-
cility, officials reported.
In Nevada, about 1,500 evac-
uees from Winnemucca were
allowed home hours after a
25,000-acre wildfire destroyed an
electrical substation and several
outbuildings, shut down Inter-
state 80, delayed trains and killed
livestock. The fire was 10 percent
contained Sunday evening. No in-
juries were reported.
Associated Press writers Marcus
Wohlsen in San Francisco, Raquel
Maria Dillon and Christopher Weber
in Los Angeles, Jennifer Dobner in
Salt Lake City, Martin Griffith in
Reno, Nev., and Keith Ridler in Boise,
Idaho, contributed to this report.


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Admiral takes over special operations


By Phil Davis
Associated Press Writer
TAMPA (AP) -- A Navy admiral
who won a Silver Star for his role
in a famous 1993 battle to rescue
downed Black Hawk helicopter
crews in Somalia took charge
Monday as the new commander
of U.S. Special Operations Com-
mand.
Adm. Eric T. Olson, 55, is the
first U.S. Navy officer -- and the first
Navy SEAL -- to run the command,


which oversees the military's elite
forces combatting terrorism in
more than 50 countries, including
Iraq and Afghanistan. He accepted
the command's colors from De-
fense Secretary Robert Gates at a
ceremony in the Tampa Conven-
tion Center.
Olson previously served as
deputy commander of special op-
erations under Army Gen. Bryan
"Doug" Brown, who is retiring af-
ter 40 years. Brown held the com-
mand since September 2003.


Olson, using borrowed body
armor and an M-4 rifle, played a
key role in directing the operation
to extract U.S. troops pinned down
by fire in Mogadishu, Somalia, in
October 1993. Special operations
forces had been sent to rescue
downed helicopter crews, but be-
came entangled in a brutal street
battle made famous by the book
and movie "Black Hawk Down."
"It was then Cmdr. Olson who
fought street by street, leading
a ground convoy to rescue his


Obituaries


Jeanne Eleanor
Brewner
Jeanne Eleanor Brewner, age
74, of Okeechobee, died Saturday,
July 7, 2007 at Raulerson Hospi-
tal in Okeechobee, Born June 16,
1933 in Syracuse, N.Y. she had
been a resident of Okeechobee
since 1992 and was of the Episco-
pal Faith.
She is survived by: her hus-
band, William H. Brewner of
Okeechobee; sons, William A.
Brewner of Lake Wales, David
W. Brewner of Aberdean, Md.;
daughter, Donna L. Brewner of
Miami; sister, Alice Brayton of
Huntsville, Ala.; and, sister-in-law,
Barbara Hedrick of Granite City, Ill.
In addition she is survived by eight
grandchildren and 11 great grand-
children.
A memorial service will be
held, Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 10
a.m. at the Buxton Funeral Home
Chapel, 110 N.E. Fifth St., with Pas-
tor Gene Rodenberry officiating.
In lieu of flowers memo-
rial contributions can be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, 34973.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.

Kenneth G. Fuller
Kenneth "Kenny" G. Fuller, age
54, of Okeechobee, died Saturday,
June 30, 2007 at his residence in
Okeechobee. Born Oct. 12, 1952
in Miami, he had been a resident
of Okeechobee for over 20 years
and was a member of the Free-
dom Ranch. He loved his family,
fishing and his roses. He recently
gave his life to the Lord and will be
greatly missed by his family.
He is preceded in death by: his
father, William T. Fuller; and, step-
- father, Sullivan Rhyan Carter.
He is survived by: his moth-
er, Edwina "Eddie" C. Carter


of Okeechobee; brother, Ray-
mond Fuller (Vallee) of Cum-
ming, Ga.; sister, Joy Stevens
(Joe) of Okeechobee; nieces,
Heather Barnes
of Okeechobee,
Amanda Vin- t
son (Tim) of '
Okeechobee; -.
and, great nieces:
and nephews,
Brooke, Casie,
Shawn and Kait-
lynn. In addition, Kenneth G.
he is survived by Fuller
numerous cous-
ins and a host of friends and his
beloved dog, Cornbread.
The family is planning a private
memorial service at a later date.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.

Coy Tillman Clark
Coy Tillman Clark, age 59,
died Thursday, July 5, 2007 at his
residence in Moore Haven. Born
June 24, 1948 in
Lynco, WVa., he
was a member
of the VFW.
He is survived .
by: his brothers, '.j
Leo Clark and '
Leon J. Clark, :
both of Lake "
Port, Darrell
Clark of Clewis- Coy Tillman
ton; and, sister; Clark
Carolyn M. Eu-
stace of Watford, Conn. In addi-
tion, he is survived by nieces and
nephews, Robert Stephen, Elin,
Shelia, Cherie, Molleetha, Leon Jr.,
Daniel, Amanda; and, great nieces
and nephews, John Robert, Justin,
Bryan, Cody and Kelsey.
Visitation will be held Wednes-
day, July 11, 2007 from 10 until
11 a.m. and services will follow
at 11 a.m. at the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel, 110 N.E. Fifth St.,
Okeechobee.


All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.

O.L. Raulerson
O.L. Raulerson, age 65, of
Okeechobee, died July 8, 2007 at
Raulerson Hospital. Mr. Raulerson
was born Aug. 17, 1941, in Vero
Beach to Osie
and Minnie Bell -
Raulerson. A life-
time resident of
Okeechobee, Mr.
Raulerson was '
the former Sheriff
of Okeechobee
County and for-
mer Sheriff of .L..
Highlands Coun- Raulerson
ty. He was of the Baptist faith and
a member of the Elks, Masons,
Moose, Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club and Florida Sheriff's
Association.
Mr. Raulerson is survived by:
his wife of 42 years, Judy L. Rauler-
son; son, Todd Raulerson; daugh-
ter, Laurie (Noel) Stephen; three
grandchildren, Cory and Kodi Ste-
phen and Jarred Raulerson, all of
Okeechobee; and, sister, Osann
Lowry of North Carolina.
Graveside funeral services will
be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July
11, 2007, at Evergreen Cemetery
with Pastor Joe Bishop of Foun-
tain of Life Church officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to Florida Sheriff's
Youth Ranches, Inc., Office of the
President, P.O. Box 2000, Boys
Ranch, Fla. 32064, .telephone
number is 386-842-5555.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobeefu-
neralhome.com
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory, 205
N.E. Second St., Okeechobee.


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Community Events

Cattle drive and ranch rodeo slated
Okeechobee Cattleman's Association and Okeechobee Main Street
will celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy on Saturday,
July 28. Festivities begin with a cattle drive west of historic Flagler Park
that will travel east on S.R. 70 to the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center. There is no admission to this family event. Activities at the Agri-
Civic Center include cowboy poetry, music, cowboy art, vintage wag-
ons, barbecue and more. The ranch hand rodeo will begin at 2 p.m.
For information, call program manager Karen Hanawalt at (863) 357-
MAIN (6246).

Church plans to hold Bible school
Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W 32nd St., will host a vacation Bi-
ble school for youth between the ages of 4 and 13 beginning Monday,
July 30, through Saturday, Aug. 4, from 6 until 9 p.m. For information,
call Carol at (863) 763-6602.

Church plans city prayer time
Every Friday throughout the month of July, the Haven of Rest Church
will host a prayer and fasting time to pray for the city of Okeechobee
from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For information, con-
tact Pastor Tom and Rachel at (863) 357-3053.

SFWMD to host public meeting Aug. 4
There will be a meeting on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. until noon
at the South Florida Water District (SFWMD) Okeechobee Service Cen-
ter, Bank of America Building. The purpose of this meeting is to provide
an opportunity for SFMWD to meet with community members that are
interested in using the restored Kissimmee River Valley region for pub-
lic use and recreation. Learn about the Kissimmee River Restoration
Project and recreational opportunities available for you on SFWMD
land. For information, call Jeff McLemore at (800) 250-4200, ext. 3022.

Parenting classes planned
Parenting classes for parents with children of any age will be held
each Monday in August at 7 p.m. at New Endeavor High School. There
is no fee for the nine-week class. For information, contact at Lori Ja-
quith (863) 462-5000 or (863) 697-6320.

SFWMD stages photo contest
The South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Ser-
vice Center is seeking Lake Okeechobee area photographs for the 2008
Lake Okeechobee calendar. Winning images will be published as the
featured monthly photos. Applications will be taken until July 31 and
entry forms and complete contest rules are available at www.sfwmd.
gov/okee -- select Info & Education. This contest is open to amateur
photographers only. Individuals may submit up to three photos. For
information, call (863) 462-5260.

Main Street plans fundraiser
On Saturday, Aug. 11, the Okeechobee Main Street, Inc., will be
holding their first 100 Target Fun Shoot to benefit beautification and
restoration projects. The event will be held at Quail Creek Plantation.
Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the course will open at 8:30 a.m. There
will be drawings, door prizes and a barbecue lunch. For information,
call the Okeechobee Main Street at (863) 357-MAIN (6246).

Cancer support group to meet-
The Okeechobee Cancer Support Group will meet the first Thurs-
day of every month beginning Aug. 2. Each meeting will be held from
5:30 until 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St.,
room 113. Cancer patients, survivors and supporters are all invited.
The group will share stories and encourage each other as we take this
journey. This support group will provide participants with information,
resources, support, guest speakers and devotional time and will help
comfort during either your battle or you loved one's battle with cancer.
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The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
IIl.
Movie times for Friday, July 6,
through Thursday, July 12, are as
follows:
Theatre I -"Transformers"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. only.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "Ratatouille" (PG)
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 p.m.
Theatre Ill - "Evan Almighty"
(PG) 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
p.m.
Starting Wednesday, July
11
"Harry Potter -- The Order
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Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:30, 7 and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863)
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Briefs

You can be a
volunteer mentor
Help encourage a high school
student to reach his or her full po-
tential and become a volunteer
mentor for the President's Chal-
lenge to SOAR/Take Stock in Chil-
dren Scholarship program. It's a
proven life-changing program that
provides four-year college schol-
arships to deserving ninth graders
in local communities. The mentor
meets with the student one hour
per week at his/her school. Vol-
unteer opportunities are available
in Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie
and Okeechobee counties. Please
call the Indian River Community
College Foundation at (772) 462-
4786.

Halfway House
needs volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
+ House, 800 N.E.72nd Circle N.,
is looking for volunteers to work
with our adolescent boys. If you
have any free time or talents you
would like to share, call Josh Stod-
dard at (863) 357-0047.

Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church Lend-
ing Library at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Sec-
ond. St. Entertain or educate your-
self, using 486 audiocassettes,
including audio books, plus Chris-
tian romances and 575 videos.
Prepare a paper on comparative
religion, a book report, programs
for men, women or children, a
craft project or a Sunday school
lesson. We use the Dewey Deci-
mal System, the same as school
and public libraries. As a private
library we can and do preview
our media. Currently, the library
is staffed Sunday from 9:30 a.m.
until 12:30 p.m., and Wednesday
evening from 6 until 8 p.m. Con-
tact Doris Entry at (863) 467-1548.

Free GED
classes offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., Eng-
lish as second language classes,
Monday -Wednesday from 9 a.m.
until noon, adult basic education/
GED, Monday through Thursday
from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and
Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.;
Yearling Middle School, 925 N.W.
23 Lane, English as a second lan-
guage classes, Monday through
Wednesday, from 5:30 until 8:30
p.m.; Everglades Elementary,
3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a
second language classes, Tuesday
and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.

Child Find
helps kids


Your local Florida Diagnostic
and Learning Resources System
(FDLRS) Center now offers a ser-
vice known as Child Find. Child
Find helps find and identify chil-
dren up to 21 years of age who
have not been enrolled in a school
system who may need special
education services. The primary
focus is on 3, 4 and 5-year-old chil-
dren not yet in a school setting.
Child Find provides free screen-
ings on speech and language,
development, vision, and hearing.
For information, contact Kathy
Wall at (800) 358-8525.


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Dear Abby


Dress not required


for bridesmaid


*DEAR ABBY: I have a ques-
tion regarding "Never the Brides-
maid" (5/14). Why "must" a
female in a wedding party wear
a dress? I stood proudly next to
my best friend last year wearing
a beautiful suit that I had made
(with her blessing) in a color she
picked. She made it clear from
the time she asked me to stand
with her that she had no inten-
tion of asking me to wear a dress
because she knew it would have
made me extremely uncomfort-
able. While this was easy in the
small wedding party, I have also
seen women wear pantsuits in
other weddings. Not all women
wear dresses, Abby. - D.P. in
Vermont
DEAR D.P.: You're right. Read-
ers offered other suitablee sug-
gestions - as well as encouraging
advice - to "Never." Read on:
DEAR ABBY: My best friend
had the same issues as "Never the
Bridesmaid." I bought her a beau-
tiful black satin tuxedo jumpsuit
with white satin lapels. It was
classic and lovely. Ten years later,
she still wears it for formal occa-
sions. You can't do that with most
bridesmaids' dresses. - Wen-
dy's Best Friend
DEAR ABBY: 1, too, am un-
comfortable in dresses. I didn't
even wear one for my own wed-
ding. However, I have never re-
gretted setting my feelings aside,
hiding my misery and putting on a
dress, hose and shoes to be in two
of my best friends' weddings, as
well as my brother's. I would like
to encourage "Never" to remind
herself that it's just a few hours in
a lifetime on an occasion that will
mean a lot to so many. - Dress
Register With No Regrets
DEAR ABBY: There are two
occasions when I get into a dress
no matter what: weddings and fu-
nerals. It's her brother's wedding,
and they should not be catering to
a bridesmaid. It is an honor to be
a part of someone's wedding, es-
pecially a sibling's.


She should get over it for one
day and wear the dress out of re-
spect for her brother .and the oc-
casion. I did it for my best friend.
Having to wear a dress you would
prefer not to is just part of being
a bridesmaid. She should step out
of her comfort zone for an hour
or two, smile, and help them have
the wedding they want. Everyone
will be watching the bride any-
way. -Jessica in Texas
DEAR ABBY: My son was
married last month and I could
not have been prouder. His older
sister is slightly disabled from a
birth defect. Her left leg has no
muscle and is about a third the
size of the normal one. The ten-
don is short and she walks with
a noticeable limp. Her left foot is
also a size smaller than the right,
and she cannot wear high heels.
Because of this she has not worn
a dress since she was a little girl.
She is also extremely shy.
However, when her brother's
fiancee invited her to be a brides-
maid she didn't hesitate to accept
the honor. Seeing how she put
aside her feelings to walk down
that long aisle brimming with love
for her brother is what made me
proud.
Please tell "Never" to get over
herself. The wedding isn't about
her, and she shouldn't insult
the couple by asking if she can
do something else. She should
choose NOT to be a miserable
bridesmaid and bless their day.
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20 years ago, and my husband's
sister (who also didn't like dress-
es) was part of my wedding. She
was not thrilled at the thought
of wearing a bridesmaid's dress
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she loved her brother (and me).
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have of our sister -- not only in our
hearts, but also in our wedding
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will do. Someone you live with or are
close to will be nagging and controlling.
Making money, job hunting, picking up
knowledge or learning a new skill will
help you avoid discord.
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can make amends, drum up support and
change what needs to be altered. How-
ever, when it comes to love, dealing with
children, or even socializing, you may
face emotional turmoil. Don't give in to
anyone's demands.
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white lies will get you into trouble, so
keep things on the straight and narrow. A
household change will do you good but
it may also cost you more than you can
afford. Proceed with caution.
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one you are close to probably doesn't.
Don't get angry; instead, pitch in and
help. A work change may take you by
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emotional level. You have things to do,
places to go and people to meet so you
can move forward. Leave well enough
alone and it will sort itself out in the end.
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erything is pointing to taking a trip or
learning something new today. If you
can get out of the house and away from
your regular routine, you will do much
better. A change regarding someone you
are close to will lead you to rethink your
personal situation.
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to do something different should get you
involved in something that is unusual or
at least different from your normal rou-
tine. Love is on the rise and a chance
meeting with someone from your past
looks positive.
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can't count on anyone to do your work
for you. It may take time but, in the end,
you will be able to cut corners if you
are organized. A money deal is looking
good and alterations to your home are
favored.
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CHIHUAHUA, Injured w/Ten-
nessee rabies tag. Call to
identify. (863)357-3225
PIT BULL- Male, Found near
hospital. Mon. 7/2/07.
Pieand call to idiUUiiy.
(863)447-6507


SHEPHERD MIX- missing
since 6/18 Double J Acres.
Little girl waiting for me.
(863)673-4881 / 675-4880


BLACK LAB- 7 yrs old, Crate
trained. Good w/kids & small
dogs. Free to good home.
(863)517-1704 Wayne
FREE BEAGLE- Female-to
good home only.
(863)357-6930
KITTENS- Free to Good Home
Unly! i wks otdi. Male & Te-
male. Cute! (863)801-3561
PUPPIES, Free to good home
only. You pick up.
(Bb3)8U1-4283 ---
RED SHEPHERD MIX, Male,
Under 1 yr. old. Very friend-
ly. Needs room to run. Good
iliuIie uiliy. (863)697-0845
UPRIGHT PIANO- White com-
puter desk and beige love-
seat. You must pickup.
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and 33-Down
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staff
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Employment.
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Employment -
Medical 210
Employment .
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230




BOOKKEEPER NEEDED- must
have valid driver license and
references required. D/F/W.
Call days 863-634-7552
Nights 863-763-5321
EXPERIENCED MECHANIC
For Heavy Construction
Company. Call (561)793-0322
Ext. 106 or Fax Resume
(561)793-0322


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swindle
4 Pays one's share
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actions
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8 Overcast
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kitchens
11 Amused look
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gods
13 French noodle?
19 Seasonal song
word
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treated unfairly
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agreement
26 Activity on a mat
27 Cameo stone
28 Procrastinator's
word
29 News letters


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often
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succulent
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neighbor
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slate
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LIVE IN NANNY/HOUSEKEEP-
ER- Needed in Orlando area
to help loving family
(407)914-3472 Joanne
Loving Caring Christian lady
needed to live in and care for
our special mother. Salary
neg. Call 863-801-1715.
Send resume to 676 NE 28th
Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972
MATURE HOUSE KEEPER
NEEDED- Live on ranch,
must have valid driver li-
cense and references re-
quired. D/F/W. Call days
863-634-7552 Nights
863-763-5321
MEDICAL OFFICE
F/T Help needed. Please fill out
application form at our office
or mail resume to:
304 NE 19th Or,
Okeechobee FL 34972
PRE K TEACHERS: F/T & P/T
positions available. Must be
experienced. Great pay & work
environment. 863-467-5000


Professional Sales Executive
position available for a busy
new home sales business.
Sales experience a plus. No
real estate license required.
Salary plus commission.
Call (863)763-6376
or (863)357-2700.

Zibeco Construction Corp
is seeking a
SITE SUPERINTENDENT
Must have a minimum of 3
yrs. experience and be able to
work along side framers &
finish carpenters.
Please call Michelle @
(863)467-3000 Mon.-Fri.,
9am-4pm for appointment.

Zibeco Construction Corp
Seeks TRIM CARPENTERS /
FRAMERS, Must have a
minimum of 2 yrs. experience.
Starting pay $12 to $15/hour
Call Shaun @ (863)634-7428
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm


HORSE EXERCISER - P/T
Experienced English pleasure
rider for exercising horses
needed 3 days a week. Morn-
ings only. Call M-F 6am-3pm
(863)763-4723
Newspaper Carriers Needed
For Okeechobee Area. Call
Mike 800-932-2489 Ext: 3583
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GENERAL MANAGERS - Train in Okeechobee for
relocation.
Immediate openings available. $40k plus benefits to
start.
ASSISTANT MANAGERS - Looking for persons
interested
in a career in restaurant management. Good people
skills & experience in restaurants a must.
$30-$35k based on exp.
SERVERS- Presentable, personable & hard working
qualities is a must. Exp. preferred but not
necessary. Hiring AM & PM for only the right people.



Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street * (863) 357-2442

FEED MILL INDUSTRIAL, MECHANICAL,
MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR
Needed, we offer benefits, and pay is
based upon your experience.
Please contact:
Syfrett Feed Company
3079 NW 8th Street, Okeechobee
863-763-5586


Services I


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



Ron's Pressure Washing
& Minor Repairs &
Lawn Service
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-763-7675
or cell 863-261-1565
New Lic. # 2423



Nursing Home Alternative
Will care for your loved
one. Prvate room from
light assistance to full
assistance. 24 hr. Eight
yrs. exp. References
provided. 863-697-6383


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Immediate Openings - CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings * All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time * RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:,
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
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
To s& Games 730
VaRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AMANA, central air & heat,
$500. (863)227-4417 ask
for Mary


ROCKER, $100
(863)634-0888
WANTED: FLORIDA ART
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567


CHEST FREEZER, Like new.
$150 (863)675-1113
COMMERCIAL FREEZER- 2dr,
reach in, good for ice stor-
age, glass doors, $1500
(863)673-0920
FREEZER: Large w/ Locking
capability. Mint condition.
Great for the hunter. $300
(561)951-6088


RANGE, Electric, Maytag,
White, $75. (863)675-2348
REFRIGERATOR- Sears, 19.4
cu ft, frost free, side by side,
green, good cond., $75
(863)763-1361
STOVE- Gas, Magic Chef, 20",
Excellent condition. $125.
(863)467-1530
WASHER & DRYER- Kenmore,
5 mos old, asking $500 for
the pair (863)697-1401
WASHER & DRYER- Kenmore,
70/80 series, 1 yr old. Like
new with 2 yr warranty
$700. Neg. (720)284-4018
WASHER- Kenmore & Maytag
dryer. Full size, Like new.
$225. (561)371-1027
WASHER/DRYER- Crosley,
Heavy duty, Very good con-
dition. $150. or best offer.
Call Jim (863)763-3173
WASHER/DRYER- Statkable,
Apt. size, Like new. Asking
$350. or best offer. Call
Rose @ (772)419-8370



SHED, 8x10, insulated, new,
never assembled, costs
$1595, sell $750 or best of-
fer. (863)697-2604


HAIR STRAIGHTENER- Maxi
Glide, used only once. Paid
$140 asking $80
(863)357-8265


ADULT BIKES, mens & wom-
ens, $40 for pair.
(772)332-1438
SCOOTER, 2 wheel, electric,
with charger, lights, horn,
mirror & directional. $150
(863)697-8731
UTILITY BICYCLE - 3 wheel,
TLC, $30 (863)675-0300
LaBelle



PLYWOOD (10 sheets): 3/4",
4x6 sheets. $120 will sep.
Call (561)762-4620 Jupiter
area.
SHOWER STALL- Fiberglass,
Never installed. w/vanity &
sink. $150. Will separate.
(561)371-1027

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
Professional
Installation of Storm
Shutters & Seamless
Rain Gutters
Licensed & Insured

863.763.5650
1551 N.W. 24th Drive
Okeechobee
License #765


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STAIRS/5 STEPS: for Modular
Home. Fiberglass w/Dbl.
hand rail. Good condition.
$125. 863-467-7197


BABY JOGGER, all aluminum,
made by Kool Stride, $100.
(863)983-4940
CAPTIANS BED- Twin, w/
matching dresser. Lt color
wood. Good cond. $200. or
best offer. (863)675-0600
LG ROCKING HORSE- with
sound, good condition, $60
or best offer (863)824-2696
after 7pm
TODDLER BED- Babcock,
wood, mission style. Like
new w/toddler mattress.
$60 firm. (772)263-1178
TODDLER BED- Little Tykes
Fire Truck with mattress. Ex-
cellent condition. $75.
(863)675-0600



CHINA- Lennox dinnerware
pattern, Starlight complete
w/extra pcs for 8 chosen FDR
WH $1995. (863)467-7718


WEDDING DRESS, Size 6,
Strapless, Organza Silk
w/pearls & sequins. $400.
(863)697-1486


HUMMEL FIGURINES (8)-
$450 (863)467-8161



DELL SCHOOL COMPUTER:
Window XR Etc. $150.
(863)517-2782 Tony


Desktop computer for sale Ex-
cellent condition $75.00 Call
863-763-8391.
SONY LAPTOP VAIO- PCG-
FXA47 AMD Athlon 4 pro-
cessor. Trade Apple laptop
or $650 (772)461-8822



FIREPLACE- Brand new. $200
or best offer. (863)763-6747


BED FRAME, Queen/King, $25
(863)805-2801
BED, Queen, headboard, foot-
board & rails. $60
(863)805-2801
BED/RM SUITE- 5 piece with
Full size bed, Mattress & box
springs. Like new. $350.
(863)763-3551
Bedroom Set: Qu. sz. head &
foot board, dresser, dbl. mir-
ror, 2 nt stands, Light brown.
$1500. 863-763-8562
BUNK BED- wooden, like new
condition, $250
(863)983-4940
BUNK BEDS, Pine, great con-
dition, with mattresses. $150
(239)842-0040
CANOPY BED SUITE- Twin sz,
incld mirrored dresser, night
stand, desk book case.
$350. (863)763-0669
CHINA CABINET- dark wood,
asking $125 (863)467-6088
COMPUTER DESK- Large,
Corner, With Hutch & lots of
space for "Stuff". Gently used.
$75. (863)357-0060
COUCH & LOVESEAT, dark
green, leather, good condi-
tion, $200. (863)763-5067


DINING ROOM TABLE, Broy-
hill, Pine, Knotted Wood. 2
leaves makes 8 ft. long.
$100. (561)951-6088
DINING ROOM TABLE- w/4
chairs. Solid Oval wood.
Chairs are cream print fabric.
$200 (863)357-2412
DRESSER- Western Solid
wood. Iron fixtures. Like
new. $200. (863)465-6777
LOFT BEDS with attached
desk, 2 black metal, $70/will
separate. Call
863-763-8572.
LOVESEAT - w/matching chair
& solid wood cocktail table.
Excellent condition. $325
firm. 863-675-5729
MATTRESS, BOXSPRING &
FRAME, queen size, $100 for
all or best offer.
(863)763-7217
MATTRESS- Queen/King. New-
in plastic. $189
(561)848-8765
MATTRESS- Twin/full, new in
plastic. $139
(561)848-8765
PINE DESK- large, $120 or
best offer (863)634-4888
SECTIONAL- New, dark
brown, Bassett, w/2 reclin-
ers, asking $1000
(863)763-3660
SLEEPER SOFA- 7ft Carlton,
beige color, excellent condi-
tion, $395 (863)673-2593
SOFA & 2 WINGBACK
CHAIRS, ivory, Egyptian
cotton, needs some clean-
ing, $300. (863)763-0583
SWIVEL ROCKER- Green,
good condition. $25
(863)610-0020
TABLE, 40" round, wooden, 2
chairs. $70 (863)697-2704
TABLE, Butterscotch, with leaf
& 6 chairs, great condition.
$150 (239)842-0040
TABLE- For boat or motor
home, rectangular, re-
movable, two legs, like new.
$100 (863)697-2033



GOLF CART, Club Car, 48 volt,
Excellent condition. $2400
(863)763-5299/610-1282


TAURAS PT1911, 45 cal., 2
magazines. $500 firm.
(863)634-9494


FIRE SAFES (2) & METAL
LOCKING GUN CABINET-
asking $350 for all or will
sell sep (863)674-0613
FIREARMS LIBRARY: Com-
plete hand gun and long gun
info- 32 leather bound vol-
umes. $200. 863-697-2033
GUN- Smith & Wesson model
640 Harmless 357 mag.
Stainless. $425
(772)461-8822
RIFLE- 300 Win. Mag. Rueger
M77 Bolt action, Special trig-
ger & pad. L/H Lots of am-
mo. $600. (239)823-5092



AB MACHINE, $50
(863)634-0888
CROSS TRAINER: Elliptical
Cardio, Pro-Form brand, ex-
cellent condition. $200.
863-675-3944 Labelle
FITNESS MACHINE- Welder
Crossbow Advantage. One
year old.$300 or best offer
(863)675-3838
FITNESS MACHINE- Welder
home fitness. Includes arm
and leg attachments. $125
(863)357-2412
NORDI TRACK weight fitness
system, $300. Call
863-467-1694.
WALKER - ProForm Air Walker
XT Precision Resistance ex-
erciser, $45. Call
(863) 357-4195.
WEIGHT BENCH- 3 attach-
ments, no weights $35.
(863)484-0267
WEIGHT BENCH XTX- 300 lbs
set & Pro Form XP 300
Workout Ctr. Like new $375.
(720)284-4018



VIRTICAL BLINDS Teal Green,
(5) 47"Wx631'/2"L (2) 81"Wx
81"L wall rods & hardware.
$200 neg. (863)763-8086




ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR: Med-
ics, "Cadillac of wheelchairs!"
Immaculate, used very little on
carpet only. Paid $5000, asking
only $1000. 863-447-0448
POWER CHAIR: Pride Jazzy
#1113 w/joystick. Exc cond.
Small turn radius. New $5800,
Now $1090. (863)763-6907
SCOOTER: Golden Compan-
ion, Good condition. $650.
(863)634-8581
SCOOTER, SpaceSaver Plus,
Large 2 new batteries, disas-
sembles for transport, like
new. $850 (863)357-8788


ADULT DVDS- New 10, $75.
Call Dawn @
(863)634-3783 Serious in-
quiries Only.
ADULT MOVIES (150+), VHS,
Adult, XXX), $575. or best of-
fer. (561)633-1371
BOUNCE HOUSE/SLIDE
COMBO: 15x15, Great condi-
tion. $1800 (863)228-2440
or (863)675-1113 LaBelle
BOXES- Priority mailing, all
sizes. 400 plus boxes. $60
or best offer. (772)336-8034



CLASSICAL GUITAR- With
case, good starter guitar.
$75 (863)824-0801
GUITAR CABINET: Custom
Built 77"Tx42"W, 2 solid
doors & shelf, Reduced to
$299. neg. (561)633-1371
GUITAR, Gibson, 1940s arch-
top, $600 (863)697-2210
GUITAR, Gibson/Cromwell,
1940's arch-top. $400
(863)697-2210
GUITAR, New Squier Strat,
w/cover, SP10 Squier Am-
plifier, black, Some music.
$235. (863)357-8788


PIANO, Gulbransen, upright,
w/Benc & new damp , chas-
er. Price reduced to $200
neg. 863-467-2679 Iv. msg.


BASSET HOUND- AKC reg.,
male, tri-colored, 2 yr old
w/chip. Great companion.
$300 (863)357-6930
BLUE PIT PUPPIES (2) Males,
4 wks. old, AKC Parents on
premises. Shots & Wormed.
$500 each. (863)634-1298
CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES: 9 wks.
old, 2 Males, $350.
(863)983-1970
DOG PEN- Brand new 10 x 10
chain link. $150 firm
(863)532-0188
DOG PENS (3)- Must sell to-
gether. 1 10x10x6, 2
8x10x6. Galvanized. $400
(863)634-6601/256-3629
DOG PENS, (4), chain link, &
large plastic sky k,,.r,-ir
$680 will sell separately.
(863)612-0992 " '
GUINEA PIGS (10), $7 males,
$10 females.
(863)843-0141
MACAW, 16 yr. old, blue &
gold, with large cage & out-
side swing. $1200
(863)634-7789
PIT BULL PUPPY, 6 wk old
brindle w/ UKC Papers, Chi-
huahua, 5 mo. old, Pure Bed
w/no tail & Chihuahua/Pe-
kingese Mix, 6 months old.
Call (863)673-2314
PIT BULL PUPS: UKC, Blue
Fawn & White, 1 M & 4 F
Vet checked. $550 Champ.
bloodlines. (863)655-2536
PUGS- AKC reg., shots &
wormed, fawn/black,
fawn/silver, $300 - $450
(863)675-1940/E673-1523
SIAMESE KITTENS: DOB
4/15/07, Seal Point & Seal
Point Snow Shoe.
(863)357-3369



HOT TUB- 4 person. Like new.
$900 (863)467-8161
HOT TUB- seats 6, good con-
dition, $1000
(863)467-6283 leave mes-
sage


BED IN A BAG: Queen Size,
Raised w/ Memory Foam.
Good for storms. $100. or
best offer. (863)824-8703
FISHING RODS: (Over 60)
Some with Reels & Some
with out. $250 for all. Call
(863)467-1865 for appt.
POOL TABLE: National, Solid
Slate, 4x8 w/ 15 cue sticks.
Excellent condition. $500.
(863)675-6563
POOL TABLE- Slate, with ac-
cessories, $250 or best offer
(863)467-6088



BOOM BOX- With 2 speakers.
Like new. $150
(239)657-4348
MASSIVE AUDIO: 6000 watt
amp, barely used, $500 or
best offer (863)634-6476
SPEAKER- 12" and 1000 watt
Rocksford Fosgate Amplifier.
$300 (863)634-9945
SPEAKERS, Bass canon, 2
port with JL speaker sub-
woofer. $50 (863)763-2230


GENERATOR: Briggs & Strat-
ton, 250 watts, 120 & 12
volts., 5 hp. $200.
863-675-1754
PORTABLE AIR COMPRES-
SORS (2) 1- 3hp vertical
tank, 1- 2hp 20 gal tank,
$370 or sep (561)676-0427
TABLE SAW MACHINE- $145
(239)657-4348


I Genera l Cont*


TOOLBOX, 16 drawer, Snap
On roll cab, air tools, sock-
ets, wrenches, $800 will sell
separately. (863)697-0234



,VACUUM, Hoover, self-pro-
pelled Wind Tunnel, good
cond., w/manual, belts & at-
tach's. $35. (863)763-6131


ANTIQUE GLASSWARE &
PORCEALINE, Collectibles &
Collections of ALL Kinds.
Call Diana (863)467-8408

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




ALL AMERICAN BOX BLADE-
3 point hitch. $75
(863)763-7540


HILASON TREELESS SAD-
DLE- variable 15-17", brand
new, sturdy & strong. 30 Ibs.
$350 firm' (772)263-1178
SADDLE- HP Western, 17",
with accessories. Like new
condition. $275.
(863)763-0367 or 801-9494
SADDLE, New, 10", Pony Sad-
dle, complete w/bridle &
pad. $200 863-634-7480
SADDLE, New, 15", Neoprene,
$200. 863-634-7480



BUSH HOG- Hov,.t ii i"
bnew. $500 or ':,- : ,I . ,;I .tiiI
trade up or down for 3 pt fin-
ish mower. (305)299-1203
RIDING MOWER, 2004 1000L
John Deere w/extra blades.
Needs minor work. $575 or
best offer. (863)467-9395
ROTO TILLER- Attach Troy
Built Big Red, 12h, elec.,
exc. cond. $2800 new, sell
$1200 neg (863)763-1377
ROTOR TILLER, Very good
shape. Rear tines. Runs
nicely. (863)357-8255


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



OKEECHOBEE, Backlash RV
Park Apt & RV's 1 br available
on the Rim Canal. Call for de-
tails. (863)763-7783
TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS:
1 br/1ba, partially furnished.
$650/mo, 1st, last & sec
Call for details. 561-352-4243



OKEE.- 2br/2ba Oak Lake Villa
#47. Remodeled, W/D $900
me. 1st, last & sec Call 561-
762-7660 or 561-743-0192


Doublewide, 3BR/2BA, in
BHR, No pets, yearly lease,
$750/mo + $1000 sec. dep.
863-763-4031
FORT DRUM, 3br, 2ba, on 5
acres, horses & pets ok,
beautiful secluded home in
Pinelands. Avail. immed.
30240 NW .24th Dr.
$850/mo. 1st & security.
772-342-3203 / 342-3712
Indian Hammock, 1800 sq.
ft., 3/2, w/2 stall barn,
fenced, $2400 mo., 1st, last
& sec. (863)467-0831 ask
for Judy
OAK PARK, 3396 SW 18th St.,
2br/lba, completely renovat-
ed, Ig. backyard. $900/mo.
& sec. (863)634-6580


OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1 Ever-
glade Estates, tile throughout,
$1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
561-248-3888 /863-599-0156
Okeechobee, brand new 3/2,
avail. now, 1 yr. lease,
$1800 mo., 1st, last & sec.
(863)467-0831 ask for Judy


I Geea Contr


SW SECTION, CBS: 3/1, W/D
no pets. $900/mo, $2200 to
move in. 2200 SW Third
Ave., close to Walmart. Call
(772)708-7785 for details.
WATERFRONT, 3BR/1.5BA, Ir,
dr, fam. rm., total update,
$960 mo., 1st, last & sec &
ref's. (561)346-4692


INSIDE CITY LIMITS, very
large, nice, fully furnished
room, cable tv, phone w/un-
limited long distance, w/d,
full hse priv. Avail immed.
$800/mo. (863)801-1839
OKEECHOBEE- Kitchen privi-
leges, Cable, W/D, $125/wk,
first & last (863)467-8516


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property - Sale 1010
Condos,'
Townhouses - Sale 1015
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 Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




SMALL BUSINESS - for sale
due to illness, $70K, $20K
down, owner will finance
balance @ 6%. No reason
you can not make
$50K-$100K the first year.
Working people only, no
desk jockeys
(863)675-8550 ask for Don.



OKEECHOBEE, 2BR/2BA, villa,
remodeled, great condition,
$120,000 or best offer.
(863)697-0414


BUY NOW! Brand new CBS
4 Bdrm., 2 Ba., 3654 NW 5th
St., $995 mo. $145,000.
(863)484-0809
LAZY 7, 8600 SW 9th Street,
3BR/2BA, 1 car garage,
priced to sell! $189,000.
(863)634-3922 after 4pm


OKEECHOBEE- 2.22 acres,
cleared and fenced, Lazy 7
Ranch Acres. On paved
road. $110,000
(863)697-8919




OKEE, Large lot on 18th hole
of Okee Golf & Country Club,
nice neighborhood. $89,900.
(863)634-3451



LEX BUYS HOUSES
FOR CASH
(561)715-1768
WWW.LEXBUYSHOUSES.COM



LAKESHORE RESORT- LAKE
PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
also avail. Call (863)465-2135
www.lakeshoreresortrentals.com



WATERFRONT LOT, With
income from single wide, new
seawall, owner financing.
$105,000 (863)357-3639

MbileHomes



Mobile Home � Lots 2005
Mobile Home - Parts 2010
Mobile Homes � Rent 2015
Mobile Homes � Sale 2020






OKEECHOBEE, 2br/2ba with
land, FL room, lease with op-
tion to buy, nice area, a/c.
(863)634-3451
PLATTS BUFF, 3br, 2ba,
14'x80', 6V/ ac., $900 mo.,
1st, last & ref's. Horses & chil-
dren welcome (863)467-6960


TREASURE ISLAND, 1 & 2
BR, No pets. $600. Sec.
dep. + $700/mo rent. $950
to move in. (863)824-2246
WATERFRONT- 2/1, very pri-
vate, single wide, $599/mo,
C/A, Refrig & Stove, 1st, last
& Sec req. (863)357-3639


* e iaI


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



BUICK REGAL LS '01, Sun-
roof, On-Star, leather, 98k,
a/c, runs great. $5300.
(863)467-5534
BUICK ROADMASTER '96-
good cond., runs wells,
white, tan Ithr, 4dr, all power,
clean $5800 (863)467-1392


i.pecial Noti


well. $2200 (561)261-0766


EQUIPMENT TRAILER- Flat-
bed. 2 & 5/16 ball. Bumper
pull. 16', 2 axles. Like new.
$2500. (863)467-6960
GOOSENECK TRAILER
In Okeechobee '05, 32'-flat
bed-equip. ramps included
$7,000-call 800-924-4686
OPEN TRAILER- small, 4x8
w/high sides, spare tire,
jack, ramp in back, $600 or
best offer (863)824-8703


CHEVY CONVERSION VAN,
'95, $1200. (863)612-0992


J&J BUILDING CONTRACTORS
LICENSE #QB49109
- ' Screen Rooms � Carports
Room Additions * Florida Rooms
m Garages * Seawalls
Ernest Lancaster (8631) 634-2044


iSpecial Notice


- BANK REPO'S -
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-385-4694


MOBILE HOME: Quiet, 55+
Community. Park Model.
Screened in room. $5000.'
863-467-2600
MOBILE HOME, in park, 2
sheds, remodeling done,
needs work, $6500.
(863)467-0954 Iv. msg.
OKEECHOBEE, 2br, 2ba, w/FI
rm, Facing Canal. Adult park.
(863)763-0794
PALM HARBOR HOMES
Certified Modular'&
Mobile Home Specialists.
Call for FREE Color Brochures.
(800)622-2832
PALM HARBOR HOMES
Factory Liquidation Sale.
2006 Models MUST GO!
Call for FREE Color Brochures
(800)622-2832

Recreation



Boats 3005
CampersRVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles 'ATVs 3035



AIR BOAT, w/180hp Lycoming
engine, trailer, exc. cond.
$6500 (863)673-0783
BOAT, 12 Ft., Portabote (312"
Folded), includes paddles,
seats, trolling motor & bat-
tery. $350. (863)467-6372
BOAT: PADDLE WHEELER, 12
FT., Mid 80's. Ready to use.
$200. (863)763-3551
BOAT, Starcraft, 16 Ft., Semi-
V, 40 hp. Mercury, Trailer.
As Is. $500 or best offer.
(863)763-4643
DINGY- lOFt., Avon, can take
up to 10 HP motor, $275.
Call 863-265-0255
FISHING BOAT- Aluminum,
'1977 Lone Star. Good con-
dition. $450. (863)763-0410
JON BOAT, 18ft., 115hp Mer-
cury outboard, center con-
sole, trolling motor. $1500
(863)634-9494
KAYAK- Inflatable, 2 person,
good condition with paddles.
Paid $150 asking $100
(863)824-0801
PONTOON BOAT, 20', with
trailer, 48hp Evinrude motor,
$1500. (863)634-4106
SAILING DINGY 8 Ft., fiber-
glass. Complete w/sails &
oars. Excellent shape! $590
(863)265-0255
SPORTSCRAFT- Tri hull- walk
thru windshield, 60hp Mari-
ner outboard, galv trailer,
$650. (863)467-8038


FORD '79 RV, 6 cyl., Needs
some work. $750 or best of-
fer. (863)763-7497
TRAVEL TRLR- 32ft, elec, AC,
fridge & water heater, great
hunting camper, needs some
work $2000 (863)467-1310


DAVIT, for Jet Ski, with cradle,
hand crank, piling mounted,
$200. (863)675-1033



FISH FINDER & BOTTOM
FINDER- Hummingbird 400
Series. Like new. $75.
(863)634-1545
MOTOR, Evinrude, 4 hp, 0/B,
Needs tune up. $150.
(863)467-6372
PROPELLER- For Evinrude
motor, 17" Pitch. Recondi-
tioned. $50. (863)634-0433



HONDA 250F DIRTBIKE, '04,
$2500. (863)634-8734
KTM 125 SX DIRTBIKE, '03,
$1800 or best offer.
(863)634-8734
SUZUKI LTZ 400 '03- good
condition, all original, low
hours, $3500 or best offer
(863)983-6342
SUZUKI RM250 '05: Dirt bike.
Mint condition, runs good.
$2500. (863)261-4633 or
(863)357-2271iz 4
YAMAHA 600 Grizzly 4x4,
1999, runs good, $2200.
(239)229-2974

Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction


HOUSEKEEPING:

Full Time

Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street


BUW i525, '90, runs good,
cold a/c, sunroof, premium
wheels, $1500.
(863)677-4550
CAMARO Z28 '80- Automatic,
pw windows. Restoration
project. $975 firm
(863)634-6601/256-3629
DODGE STRATUS RT- '97,
White, 4 cyl, 5 spd, Fixed
for racing. Needs Clutch.
$1500. Neg. (239)324-2379
FORD EXPLORER '92- Runs
excellent, needs muffler &
tires. Blue in color. $1500
(863)357-8265
GMC SONOMA '95- Cold A/C,
4 cylinder, manual 5 speed,
runs great, well maintained.
$2500 (772)220-6023
MERCEDES BENZ SEL- '85,
Runs good. Will get you
where you need to go!
$900. 772-263-0013
NISSAN 200SX, '95, 4 cyl.,
auto, great air, like new tires,
new battery, exc. in & out,
$2500. (863)357-0037 Okee
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS, '87,
2 door. Good on gas, All
power. Exc. cond., $2500 or
best offer. (863)763-6747


FORD TBIRD '84, Cold a/c,
c/c, 74k. $1300.
(863)634-7789


AUTO TRANSMISSION, for
Dodge, around '93, over-
drive, off 318 V8, $350 or
best offer. (863)612-5676
BUMPER- Ranch hand full re-
placement, fits '03-up Chevy
HD pu. $800 negotiable.
(863)697-1692
CARPET- DE style, fits '07 Su-
perduty crew cab w/4x4 fl.
shift. Charcoal gray. Brand
new. $300 (863)697-0328
FLAME GRILL, for Chevy Sil-
verado, attachements includ-
ed, $20. (863)763-2230
JEEP PARTS- 4.0L engine,
trans. case, 5 spd manual,
new clutch, 3 1/2" lift, seats,
etc. $750 (239)895-3269
REAR AXLE- For Chevy P/U
Truck. complete. $100.
772R359-2923 or
863 467-5401
REAR BENCH SEAT, for Jeep
Wranger, gray with belts &
lockable trunk option, like
new, $100. (772)332-1438
RE-CAP TIRES
(2) 425/65R22.5, 80% rub-
ber, $175 for both or will sell
sep (561)676-0427
RUNNING BOARDS- Factory,
(Beige) off of '08 Super Duty
Ford Crew Cab P/U. $500.
Neg. 863-697-0328 Heather
TONNEAU COVER - Fiber-
glass, for '04 Ford F150ip/u,
painted blue, has lock,
$500/neg. 863-697-3759.
TRUCK CAP - green, for step
side p/u, good cond., asking
$225/neg. (863)357-6315
or 863-634-8731.
WHEELS & TIRES- 4, 8 lug,
Aluminum wheels with tires.
$150. or best offer.
(863)634-7318
WINDSHIELD, off a '93 Dodge
Ram van. $75
(863)612-5676


CHEVY 2500- '01, H/D 4x4,
extended cab. Runs strong.
Well maintained. $6500. or
best offer. (863)467-2328
CHEVY S10 PICKUP, '85, 2
wheel drive, auto, runs
great, white, $600 or best
offer. (863)801-4519
DODGE 1500-'96, 4x4, Lift kit,
Runs good. $3000. or best
offer. (863)467-2328
DODGE PICK UP 1995, Club
Cab, 3/4 To, HD, Cummins
diesel engine. Auto. trans,
4wd, Air, Possi Traction,
$9000. (863)673-3496 or
(863)675-2473 after 7pm.
DODGE RAM 1500- '03, 4x4,
Quad cab, Hemi. Excellent
condition. $6900.
(863)675-1493
FORD F150 '96, Shortbed, Ed-
die Bauer, Cold A/nC, Runs &
Looks great. 124K, 6 cyl., 5
spd., $3700. 863-673-6819
GMC SIERRA- '05, 4x4, With
ext. cab. Excellent condition.
$25,500. (863)675-1493
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE La-
redo 1993, Not pretty, but
runs, runs, runs! $750 or
best offer. (863)357-5867
S1O- '89, 4X4, V6, 5 spd
manual, New paint & tires.
High mi., but runs good.
$2500. Neg. (863)634-0399
TOPPER- Fiberglass. Fits Ford
F150. Standard cab. 6' bed.
Tan, tinted windows $500.
(772)263-6481


JEEP CHEROKEE, '95, white,
$2200 or- best offer. MUST
SELL !!! (863)763-4821
SUZUKI SAMARI 1986, 4x4,
Soft & Bikini Top, 5 spd.,
manual trans. w/ 00. Runs


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Pbic Noice


IubIc Notice


ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
Okeechobee Utility Authority
100 SW 5th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Sealed BIDS for:
the construction of a new Suoplementarv Raw Water Pumona Station for the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority consisting of. but not limited to. installing sections of 12"
and 16' nioino construction of a new 5.0 MGD Raw Water Pumping Station lore-
enmineered steel building and slab) construction of a dock and intake structure
system. and installation of Owner furnished pumps will be received by the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority at the office of John Havford. Executive Director 100 SW
5th Avenue Okeechobee. FL 34974 until 1000 AM local time August 7, 2007,
and then at said office will be publicly opened and read aloud.
The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following locations'
Okeechobee Utility Authority LBFH, Inc.
100 SW 5th Avenue 421 NW 3rd Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobee, FL 34972
The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained at the office of LBFH. Inc, located at
421 NW 3rd Street Okeechobee. FL 34972 upon payment of $3M0 for each set.
223448 ON 7/9-15/07

NOTICE OF SALE
Rainbow Tle & Lien, Inc. will sell at Public Sale at Auction the following vehicles to
satisfy lien pursuant to Chapter 713.78 of the Florida Statutes on July 19, 2007 at
10A.M.
*AUCTION WILL OCCUR WHERE EACH VEHICLE IS LOCATED*
1993 TOYOTA, VIN#JT2EL43TOP0365128
Located at: 1254 N.W. 106 Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Okeechobee
Any persons) claiming any interests) in the above vehicles contact: Rainbow Title
& Lien, Inc., (954) 920-6020
*ALL AUCTIONS ARE HELD WITH RESERVE*
Some of the vehicles may have been released prior to auction
LIC # AB-0001256
223547 ON 7/10/07


CHRYSLER '02 Town & Coun-
try, lOOK, 6 cyl, CD, A/C,
New tires. Exc. cond. $6000.
Must see! (863)675-5816
FORD ECONOLINE- '89, Work
van, No A/C. Runs good.
$600. 863-484-0267


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2007-CP-144
IN RE: ESTATE OF
DAVIE MARIE VAUGHN,
a/k/a DAVIE M. VAUGHN,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of DAVIE
MARIE VAUGHN, aWk/a DAVIE M.
8AUGHN, deceased, whose date of
death was May 27, 2007, and whose
Social Security Number is
266-82-7647, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and personal represen-
tative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served within
three months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent
must file their claims withth is court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE
DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
notice is: July 10, 2007.
Barbara Vaughn Miller
Personal Representative
1191 S.E. Clifton Lane
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34983
CONELY & CONELY
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
(863)763-3825
tomW. Conely, III
Florida Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
223488 ON 7/10,17/07

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No.: 2007-DR-075
Division: DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Maria Aguilar
Petitioner
and
Jose Aguilar
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION
FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Jose Aguilar
Calle Vicente Gueroero,
255 Tlazazalea,
Michocan 58740 Mexico
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
iuii;e t ev a ,upy oUl 'yuUowil-
ten defenses, it any, to it on Maria
Aguilar, whose address is 1255 NW
39th Circle, Okeechobee, FL 34972 on
or before July 25, 2007, and file the
original with the clerk of this Court at
Okeechobee County Jodicial Center,
Court Operations 1st Floor, 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972
before service on Petitioner or immedi-
ately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a
default may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit's Court's office.
You may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit's
Court's office notified of your current
address. (You may file Notice of Cur-
rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915).
Feature papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at the
clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedures, requires
certain automatic disclosure o docu-
ments and information. Failure to com-
ply can result in sanctions, including
dismissal or striking of pleadings.
DATED: June 22, 2007
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By:/S/Heather Thomas
Deputy Clerk
220634 ON 6/26;7/3,10/07


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No.: 2007-DR-421
Division: DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Vernueda E. Davis
Petitioner
and
Charles F. Davis
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Charles F Davis
1345 NE 80th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34974
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, it any, to it on Verneda
E. Davis, whose address is 1345 NE
80th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974 on
or before 6/25/2007, and file the origi-
nal with the clerk of this Court at Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Court
Operations 1st Floor, 312 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 be-
fore service on Petitioner or immedi-
ately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a
default may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit's Court's office.
You may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circut's
Court's office notified of your current
address. (You may ile Notice of Cur-
rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915).
Future papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at the
clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, includ-
ing dismissal or striking of pleadings.
DATED: 6/25/2007
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Heather Thomas
Deputy Clerk
220755 ON 6/26;7/3,10/07


Community Events


Red Cross to host water instructor course
The American Red Cross will conduct water safety instructor courses on Aug.
11, 17, 18, 24 and 25. The fee is $160. Applicants must be at lest 15years of age. To
register, call (863) 763-2488.

Poker run to benefit Hospice
A poker run in memory of Carl and Robin will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, be-
ginning at Port Mayaca Cemetery at 9 a.m. The fee is $5 per hand. Prizes will be
awarded. Proceeds will benefit Okeechobee Hospice. For information, call Deanne
at (772) 260-6801 or Dee at (863) 634-0492.

Church hosting Worldview Weekend
The First Baptist Church, as host church, will sponsor Worldview Weekend on
Oct. 12 and 13 at Osceola Middle School, 825 S.W 28th St. Speakers represent-
ing Worldview Weekend will be Ken Ham, David Barton, Bob Cornuke, Brannon
Howse and Ron Carlson. The program is appropriate for ages 11 and up. Tickets
can be obtained from Debi at (863) 634-3525 or the First Baptist Church at (863)
763-2171; or, online at www.worldviewweekend.com.

Class of '57 members sought
Members of the class of '57 from first grade to graduation or other, please con-
tact Martin Vickers at (423) 727-5631, Reba Platt at (863) 763-8906 or Faith Hawk
at (863) 467-6083.

OHS class of '88 planning reunion
The Okeechobee High School class of 1988 has begun making plans for their
20th reunion. Any members of the class of '88 are asked to e-mail your name, ad-
dress and phone number to Larry Peterson, class president, at ohsl988reunion@
yahoo.com. We will update you after each planning committee meeting. Also, if
you have any ideas or would like to be on the committee let us know in your e-
mail.

Church offering help to quit drugs
The Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terrace, will hold a free drug deliver-
ance class each Friday during the month of May beginning at 6 p.m. Anyone want-
ing to quit using drugs, or anyone who knows someone who needs help quitting
drugs is welcome. For information, call (863) 357-3053.

Senior Services offering assistance
Okeechobee Senior Services is currently taking applications for the EHEAEP
grant. You must be 60 and over to qualify for assistance with electric bills and you
must have a shut off notice. Call Kim at (863) 462-5180 for the required documen-
tation needed to apply.

Reunion for OHS class of '98 planned
Any and all graduates from the Okeechobee High School class of 1998 are
asked to please submit your contact information to ohs98grads@yahoo.com. In-
clude your maiden name if appropriate, address, phone number, etc. We are in
the process of planning our 10-year reunion. More details will be published as they
are available.

Free summer program offered
A Child's World Childcare and Preschool will be offering a free summer pro-
gram for 4-year-old children. Space will be limited so register early. To qualify for
the program the following requirements must be met: the child must have turned
4 by Sept. 1, 2006; the child could not have participated in a VPK program during
the school year; and, the parent must obtain certificate of eligibility from the Early
Learning Coalition located at the One Stop Career Center. For information, call
Malissa at (863) 763-5453.

Book Club will meet
The summer read for the Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Club is '"A
Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry. The group will meet Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7pm
in the library board room. At that time the group will discuss "A Fine Balance" and
also select titles for the rest of the fall season. The club will not meet in July and
August. For information, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPL's Care to
Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share program is funded by
Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL corporate funds. The program provides
emergency assistance funds to customers who are in a crisis situation and unable
to pay their FPL electric bill. There are rules and guidelines that must be met to
quality. If you are a FPL customer and need help, call (863) 763-6020 to leave your
name and number. Your call will be returned and an interview will be done over
the phone to determine if you qualify. Interviews with your local Salvation Army
are by appointment only, no walk-ins are accepted.

Healthy Start can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you been turned down for Medicaid? Healthy Start may
be able to help. For information, call Becky Smith at (863) 462-5877.

Martha's House offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a workshop called Deafening Silence, which deals
with providing services to deaf and hard of hearing survivors of domestic violence.
The date and time will be announced at a later date according to community inter-
est and response. Contact Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.

Healthy Start group seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items such as fur-
niture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and other items for infants and
toddlers. Proceeds from the sale of donated items will be used to benefit infants
and pregnant women in the community. For information, call (863) 462-5877.

Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of Okeechobee have
discount cards available. The cards are $10 and are good for one year at selected
businesses. Cards can be purchased at CarQuest, 300 N.W. Park St. For information,
call (863) 462-5863. Proceeds will go toward youth activities in our community.

Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch offers a basic HIV/AIDs instruc-
tion course that complies with Florida employment requirements for individuals
working in various vocations. This is a self-study course that includes text work and
the successful completion of a multiple choice written test. The cost of the course
is $15. Call the local Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488 for information.

Volunteers needed at skate park
Communities in Schools is in need of volunteers to help man the skate park
during concession hours. Hours are available any day of the week. We will provide
training and background screenings. For information, contact Mike Davis, youth
project director, at (863) 462-5863.

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has-openings for membership.
The members of the volunteer council protect and advocate for a better quality of
life for Floridians with unique needs. Volunteers are appointed by the governor for
a four-year term. Local meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in
Fort Pierce. Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit www.
floridasac.org.

Blood donors are needed


Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in Okeechobee. The Big
Red Bus mobile unit will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on
the last Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For information, call
(561) 845-2323, ext. 1203 or (772) 215-8360. All blood types are needed. There is
no upper age limit, and most medications and conditions are acceptable. Diabetes
and blood pressure donations cah also be accepted. A picture ID is needed for all
donors.

Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W Park St., has services available at no
charge to help people in their search for the right employee or job. For more, visit
their web site at www.tcjobs.org; or, call (863) 462-5350.


Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon

Work continues
Work continues on the eventual site of the new Home Depot. The site
is located on the corner of U.S. Hwy. 441 and Wolff Road.


Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering parenting edu-
cation classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women and parents are encouraged
to attend. Each participant will receive a gift. This adults-only parenting class con-
sists of six, one-hour classes. You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of
completion. No child care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.

CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol - United States Air Force Auxiliary has
formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Composite Squadron 453 cur-
rently has 26 members. Senior members and cadets are being recruited for the
unit. 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 mis-
sions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and cadet
programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to accomplish these mis-
sions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior member contact Gene
O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.

Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money. Martha's
House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If you have any used cell
phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop them off at their administrative office
at 103 N.W Fifth St.

My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two to three vol-
unteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday through Friday during the
hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also looking for a volunteer to become the
director and a board member of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should com-
municate well with the public and should be able to seek support from city and
county officials, business executives and other organizations. Work days and hours
are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.

Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic education/GED
and English as a second language classes at these locations: Dixon Hendry Center,
2229 N.W Ninth Ave., English as second language classes, Monday and Wednesday
from 9 a.m. until noon, adult basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday from
8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Yearling Middle School,
925, N.W. 23 Lane, English as a second language classes, Monday-Wednesday 5:30
until 8:30 p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a second
language classes, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.

Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes are currently taught four days
a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday
from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

Church hosting interaction program
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will be hosting God's
Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activities that includes play, instruc-
tion and interaction for parents and their pre-school children. The event will be held
each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants dur-
ing the class. For information, call (863) 763-4021.

Church offers religious education classes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will be offering religious educa-
tion classes for children. Registrations for Catholic Christian Doctrine (C.C.D.) are
now being accepted. Classes for children in grades kindergarten through ninth will
be held every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:35 p.m. For information, call the par-
ish office at (863) 763-3727.

Church selling picture packages
The Pentecostals of Okeechobee are selling antiquities picture packages to raise
money to support their building fund. For information, call (863) 634-8228.

Pregnancy financial assistance offered
Are you pregnant? Have you been turned down for Medicaid? Healthy Start may
be able to help. For information, contact Becky Smith at (863) 462-5877

Healthy Start seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items such as fur-
niture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and other items for infants and
toddlers. Proceeds from the sale of donated items will be used to benefit infants and
pregnant women in the community. For information, call (863) 462-5877

Healthy Start will host parenting classes
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering parenting edu-
cation classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women and parents are encouraged
to attend. Each participant will receive a gift. This adults-only parenting class will
consist of six, one hour classes. You must attend all six classes in order to get a certif-
icate of completion. No childcare will be available. To register, call (863) 462-5877


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Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon

Standing water
While recent rains don't seem to be having any perceivable influ-
ence on the lake levels, the effects are evident in the more rural
areas of Okeechobee.










Steegmans leads 1-2 Belgian finish in his home country


By Jamey Keaten
Associated Press Writer
GHENT, Belgium (AP) -- Gert
Steegmans won the second stage
of the Tour de France on Monday
with an inspirational victory in
his home country, avoiding a late
crash that slowed many riders
and left them with scrapes and
bruises.
Steegmans led a 1-2 Belgian
finish in winning a Tour stage
for the first time. He covered the
105-mile course on rain-drenched
roads from Dunkirk, France, to
Ghent in 3 hours, 48 minutes, 22
seconds. Switzerland's Fabian
Cancellara kept the leader's yel-
low jersey.
"What an explosion of emo-
tion it was after the finish," Steeg-
mans said. "It was really impor-
tant for the team. You could feel
this enormous pressure, because
we're a Belgian team."
QuickStep teammate Tom
Boonen of Belgium was second,
followed by Filippo Pozzato of
Italy after a sprint among a group
of breakaway riders.
"I think it was a perfect picture,
the two of us next to each other,"
Steegmans said.
He added the victory could
help rebuild spirits at QuickStep, a
team under pressure amid specu-
lation about doping.
"There was a big attack from
one newspaper on our team,"
Steegmans said. "It was a hard
time for. us -- especially when you
take a train, people see you as a
gang member and not as a team
rider."
Cycling's credibility was sent
reeling last year because of dop-
ing. Floyd Landis, the 2006 Tour


AP photos/Alessandro Trovati
Gert Steegmans of Belgium (right) and his compatriot Tom Boonen (left) sprint towards the
finish line of the second stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Dunkirk,
France, and Ghent, Belgium, Monday, July 9. Steegmans won the stage and Boonen placed
second.


champion, tested positive for syn-
thetic testosterone and is awaiting
an arbitration panel's decision
about whether to uphold the posi-
tive test.
Cancellara kept the overall lead
for a third straight day, despite fall-
ing in the crash and injuring his
hand with a little more than a mile
to go.
Andreas Kloeden of Germany


is second, 13 seconds behind
Cancellara, and British time trial
specialist David Millar is third, 23
seconds back.
Under course rules, because
the crash occurred within 1.8
miles of the finish, all riders in
the main pack were awarded the
same time as the stage winner.
Tomas Vaitkus of Discovery
Channel was taken to the hospital


for an injured right thumb, team
spokesman P.J. Rabice said.
The three-week race returns to
France nearly for good Tuesday,
leaving the Belgian town of Ware-
gem for a 147-mile ride to Comp-
iegne, northeast of Paris.
The main contenders typically
don't seek stage victories in the
flat early stages that are - prone
to crashes, preferring to wait for


Gert Steegmans of Belgium reacts after crossing the finish
line to win the second stage of the 94th Tour de France cy-
cling race between Dunkirk, France, and Ghent, Belgium,
Monday, July 9.


tougher mountain stages to make
their move.
Kloeden, Alexandre Vinokou-
rov, Levi Leipheimer, Cadel Evans
and Alejandro Valverde are all
within 40 seconds of Cancellara,
who isn't expected to keep up in
the Alps and Pyrenees.
And Boonen, a former world
champion with four Tour stage
victories, said there were no hard


Choi completes Nicklaus-Woods double Sports Briefs


By Joseph White
AP Sports Writer
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- K.J.
Choi is the first golfer to com-
plete the Jack Nicklaus-Tiger
Woods double.
That makes his next goal
seem quite realistic.
"My life dream is to become
the first Asian to ever have won
a major," Choi said. "And that's
something that I'm going to strive
for very hard."
Five weeks after walking
away with the crystal trophy at
JNickl-us' Memorial tournament,
Choi on Sunday lifted the silver-
colored replica of the Capitol at
the 18th green of the inaugural
AT&T National, with first-time
host Woods looking on.
"This week's trophy is a lot
heavier than Jack's trophy, if that
means anything," Choi, laugh-
ing, said through an interpreter.
"But just winning both events, all
I can say is that I have a lot of re-
spect for both players, and to be
able to win in their tournaments
is just -- I can't even express in
words."
Choi won the sixth time on
the PGA Tour, the most victories
by an Asian-born player. The 37-
year-old South Korean did his
best to share the spotlight with
Woods with a final-round 68 for
a 9-under 271 total, three strokes
better than second-place Steve
Stricker.
Choi's highlight came when
he holed his shot from the green-
side trap at No. 17 for a birdie.
The usually even-keeled player
-- whose nickname is "Tank" --
celebrated by throwing the ball
into the crowd.
"It's never looking back, don't
look back, just move forward
just like a tank," Choi said. "Just
progress. It's how I felt when I
first came over to the U.S. start-
ing out. You know, it was a new
culture, new language, every-
thing was new. There were a lot
of hurdles for me to overcome,
but I just took it day by day, just
believed in myself, trusted in the
Lord and just moved forward
with it and tried my best."
But even Choi's victory -- with
the accompanying $1.08 million
first-place check that equaled
the one he got at the Memorial
-- couldn't overshadow Woods,
who turned his first tournament
into a red, white and blue specta-
cle of military tributes and Fourth
of July patriotism. In return, the
huge galleries all but worshipped
Woods' every move, thanking
him endlessly for bringing the
tour back to the Washington area
after the long-running Booz Allen
Classic was dropped last year.
For Woods, the primary hic-
cup was that he was never really
in contention at his own event.
His putter let him down Thurs-
day (73) and Saturday (69), and
his 66 on Friday wasn't enough
to compensate. Seven strokes
behind as Sunday dawned, he
played a final round of even-par
70 that was more celebratory
than competitive.
Still, the crowd of 37,211
didn't seem to mind.
"I didn't get a 'W,' so that was
frustrating in that sense," said


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for experienced boaters. It is state
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ceive their Florida State Boater ID
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boating safety course
The Coast Guard Auxilliary Flo-
tilla 58 is holding a boating safety
course on Saturday, July 21, from
9 a.m. until 5 p.m. This course is
a "must do" for new boaters and
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AP photos/Gall Burton
Tiger Woods, (right) presents the trophy to K.J. Choi after
Choi won the AT&T National golf championship Sunday, July
8, in Bethesda, Md.


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K.J. Choi tees off the first hole during the fourth round of the
AT&T National golf championship Sunday, July 8, in Bethes-
da, Md.


Woods, who finished tied for
sixth at 2 under. "But this tourna-
ment in general has been a big-
ger success than anyone could
have imagined."
Woods wore several hats dur-
ing the week, juggling daily orga-
nizational meetings in between
rounds while also dealing with
the joys of becoming a father,
but few golfers had any qualms
about an event that was put to-
gether in less than five months.


The biggest complaint might
be hard to address. The greens
at Congressional Country Club
have a tendency to get bumpy
in the July heat and humidity af-
ter many rounds of play. Several
possible contenders struggled on
the back nine, including Stricker,
who watched his putts bobble
away from the hole.
"You end up just tapping it
down there," he said, "and it
goes any which way it wants.


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feelings toward Steegmans, who's
supposed to help Boonen but not
beat him.
"It's a situation that exists only
once or twice per career, and Gert
has already done a lot for me,"
said Boonen, who took the green
jersey as top sprinter from Mon-
day's stage winner Robbie McE-
wen. "When you have the chance
to do that, it's great."


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Weekly Results

PI.G.S. League
July 2: First place-Max Sherry.
Second place-Jack Forde. Last
place-Ida Curtis. Closest to pin-(2)
Kenny Curran, (8) Jack Forde, (11)
Jack Forde and (17) Max Sherry.
July 4: First place-Terry Syjud.
Second place-Terry Millaster. Last
place-George Guydosh. Closest to
pin-(2) Vennie Malone, (8) George
Guydosh, (11) Kenny Curran and
(17) George Guydosh.
July 6: First place-George Guy-
dosh. Second place-Jean Knapp.
Last place-Bob Knapp. Closest to
pin-(2) Bob Knapp, (8) Gizmo,
(11) Russ Adams and (17) George
Earl Goudy.


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