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Vol. 98 No. 198 Tuesday, July 17, 2007 50 Plus tax


Briefs


Today's Meetings
The Okeechobee Utility
Authority (OUA) board of di-
rectors will meet at 9 a.m. in
their boardroom at 100 S.W.
Fifth Ave.
Special magisrate county
code hearing at 2 p.m. at the
Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W. Second St.

Man killed
in car crash
An 18-year-old Okeechobee
man was killed early Saturday
morning after he reportedly
lost control of the vehicle he
was driving on U.S. 441 S.E.
In a press release from the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), John Chris-
topher Thomas, S.W 23rd St.,
was pronounced dead at the
scene by personnel from the
Okeechobee County Fire/Res-
cue Department.
Olivia Jean Arnold, 16, U.S.
441 S.E., was a passenger in
the vehicle being driven by
Mr. Thomas. She was taken
to Raulerson Hospital where
she was treated and released,
states the OCSO release.
The release states that Mr.
Thomas was attempting to
pass another vehicle in the 4600
block of U.S. 441 S.E. around
12:16 a.m. on July 14 when he
apparently lost control of his
2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck.
Mr. Thomas reportedly ran off
the roadway and his Supercab
pickup then overturned and
came to rest in some trees. He
was thrown from the vehicle,
continued the release.
The accident is still under
investigation by OCSO Deputy
John Asby.

Okeechobee
burn ban is lifted
According to Chief Nick
Hopkins of the Okeechobee
County Fire Department the
burn ban in Okeechobee
County has been lifted. For in-
formation 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.

Drought Index
Current: 235
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.10 feet
Last Year: 12.27 feet
Source: South
Florida Water
Management
- '" District. Depth
5" given in feet
above sea level.


Index.
Classifieds............................ 9-11
Com ics ...................................... 8
Community Events................... 4
Crossword................................. 9
Obituaries.............................. 6
Opinion.............................. 4
Speak Out ................................. 4
Sports.................................. 12
TV ........................................ 10
W eather.................. ............... 2

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


Community Links. Individual Voices.



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OUA may get Blue Heron system


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their meeting Tuesday,
July 17, the Okeechobee Utility
Authority (OUA) board of direc-
tors will be considering the ac-
quisition of the Blue Heron wa-
ter system.
If the transfer of ownership
is approved, preliminary paper-
work indicates that Blue Heron
customers will have to pay
about $2,000 each to connect
to OUA. That includes $270.27
for water meter installation fee
and a $1,650 capital connection


charge. They will also have to
pay a deposit of $85 if the ac-
count will be in the name of
the property owner and a $135
deposit if the account is in the
name of someone other than
the property owner.
If the customers have a good
payment record for 24 months,
the deposit will be refunded.
The board will also consider al-
lowing payment in 24 monthly
installments.
The board will also consider
a new rate schedule, review the
King's Bay maintenance fee, dis-


If you go
Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA)
OUA building, 100 S.W. Fifth Ave.
9 a.m. Tuesday, July 17
cuss the Cemetery Road waste-
water treatment plant expansion
and discuss dredging the lake to
allow for better water intake.
A second public hearing will
be held on adoption of a new
rate schedule. However, the
proposal under consideration
will not affect current rates. The
purpose of the rate schedule


change is to redefine guaran-
teed revenue charges, accrued
guaranteed revenue charges
and equivalent residential con-
nections.
It is time once again for the
annual review of the King's
Bay's monthly maintenance fee.
Each year, OUA calculates the
maintenance cost for the previ-
ous year and adjusts the annual
fee accordingly. This past year a
large number of tanks in King's
Bay had to be pumped out. This
factor will be taken into consid-
eration in setting the new fee.


Fire Academy: Firefighters learn by doing
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Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
IRCC firefighters in training burned this historic two-story house at 108 N.E. Seventh Ave. to the ground on Monday, July
16, during a training exercise. The building was donated for this exercise by property owners David and Anita Nunez.


Local house razed in training burn
By Chauna Aguilar .
Okeechobee News
Students from the Indian :....
River Community College T.. ,
(IRCC) fire academy partici-4
pated in a fire burn training of
a historic two story house lo-
cated at 108 N.E. Seventh Ave. .
on Monday, July 16.
Approximately 50 firefight- .
ers in training gathered near
the two-story wood and stuc-
co house that was donated by V
property owners David and ..-
Anita Nunez for the training .
procedure. According to Mrs. .
Nunez, the house was built
prior to the hurricane of 1928. .
The house withstood the
hurricanes while another
house that was beginning to 'j
be built beside it in 1927 as
well did not withstand the
natural disaster.
Many different fire depart-
ments were involved in the t
training. The Okeechobee City -
Fire Department was on hand .4
as well as the Okeechobee
Fire Rescue/EMT. Other coun- Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
ties - including Palm Beach Firefighter trainees from IRCC Fire Academy prepared themselves with all their fire
safety gear prior to completing their portion of the controlled training burn that occurred
See Fire - Page 2 on Monday, July 16, at a two story historic house off of Northeast Seventh Avenue.


Bill would increase



aid for college students


By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
The House of Representa-
tives at the nation's capital has
taken a step towards combat-
ing the rising cost of attending
college by passing a bill that, if
it passed by the Senate, could
increase the amount of finan-
cial aid available for college
students.
This bill, if passed, will be
the largest increase in fed-
eral aid for college students
since the GI bill was passed in


1944.
"Every Floridian deserves
the opportunity to pursue his
or her dream," stated Rep-
resentative Tim Mahoney,
who represents District 16
of Florida, which includes
Okeechobee. "The college
Cost Reduction Act of 2007
would help hundreds of thou-
sands of Florida residents gain
access to higher education
that they otherwise would not
afford."
The bill is divided up into


several parts that deal with is-
sues ranging from increasing
the amount offered through
the Federal Pell Grant, as-
sistance to students study-
ing to become teachers, and
strengthening minority-serv-
ing institutions.
If passed, the bill would
raise the amount of money
set aside each year for the
Federal Pell Grant from $840
million in 2008 to $2.5 billion
in 2017. This would increase
See College - Page 2


Turning to another matter,
the board will discuss expansion
of the Cemetery Road wastewa-
ter treatment plant. They will be
looking at invoices presented by
the finance team as of April 10.
They will also be looking at cost
of issuance fees and consider-
ing a resolution authorizing a
$10 million loan from Regions
Bank.
Like everyone else in the
region, OUA has been affected
by the record drought. The
See OUA - Page 2




Fines


may be


imposed

Magistrate also
will learn about
new code cases

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Special magistrate Bill Selmi
will consider nine new code vio-
lations and may impose fines in
seven cases previously heard.
There are no code reductions
on the agenda for the Tuesday,
July 17, hearings to be held in
the County Commission Cham-
bers at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 N.W Second
St.
Velva Lou Waller has been
accused of having a derelict
singlewide trailer and a derelict
concrete structure on a S.E. 39"
Avenue lot.
Code enforcement officer
Gina Gehring has stated that
John and Deborah Davis built a
garage without a permit on S.E.
24th Boulevard.
Arthur and Patricia Sellers
were cited for having derelict
docks, piling and concrete boat
ramp on U.S. 441 S.E. property.
According to code enforce-
ment officer Blanca Saucedo,
Raffaele Abbenante has over-
growth on a 34th Avenue lot.
Ms. Saucedo also stated that
Ricardo and Eva Medrano built
a room addition and roof-over
without a building permit on
their 44th Avenue property.
Dilapidated structure, junk,
care of premises and violation of
the nuisance ordinance are the
charges against Laura Nurquez
because of the condition of her
U.S. 98 N. property.
Code enforcement officer
Beth Albert has stated that Enid
Williams has a derelict, partially
erected structure on N.E. 14", Av-
enue.
Gena Villarreal and Ida Har-
rell have been cited for a derelictU
condemned mobile home, trash
and debris and violation of mini-
mum housing standards on N.E.
See Fines - Page 2


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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Dry dock
As evidence of the severe drought we are experiencing
this floating dock at the boat ramp at Jaycees Park is sit-
ting on dry land.







2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, July 17, 2007


U.S. sues in Italian corruption case


By Curt Anderson
AP Legal Affairs Writer
MIAMI - The U.S. Justice De-
partment is asking a federal judge
in Miami to approve forfeiture of
$110 million from U.S.-based fi-
nancial institutions that were al-
legedly used to launder money
from an Italian corruption case.
The civil complaint filed last
week seeks the money from 19
bank or brokerage accounts that
federal officials say were used to
funnel ill-gotten proceeds from a
scheme orchestrated by late busi-
nessman Angelo "Nino" Rovelli
to pay bribes to Italian judges.
Rovelli died in 1990, but the
lawsuit involving the bribes ul-
timately netted his heirs some


Fire
Continued From Page 1
and Indian River -- were repre-
sented through either students or
instructors.
The American Red Cross was
also present during the training
to assist in keeping the firefight-
ers hydrated during the long hot
day's proceedings.
The training began around
9:30 a.m. when the first of the
groups entered the two story
building, where fires were set up-
stairs. After this fire was put out
by that group, the instructors pro-
ceeded as scheduled and ignited
several more fires throughout the
two-story home that were fought
both from within and outside of
the home.
These types of exercises help
prepare training firefighters for
the real thing, and gives them
hands-on experience with fires
in a real existing house and not a
training facility.
According to the IRCC web-
site, the academy track for an
associate's degree in fire science
is a degree program designed to
provide students with the skills,
abilities and education for a suc-
cessful fire science career.
The dual track program expos-
es students to a strong education-
al foundation in collegiate level


College
T Continued From Page 1
the amount that an individual
student could receive in a year
by "$200 for each of the award
years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010;
$300 for award year 2010-2011;
$500 for award year 2011-2012
and each subsequent award
year," as stated in the bill.
There are currently 336,909
Florida students that receive the
Pell Grant to help them attend
college. Approximately 2,500 of
the students currently attending
Indian River Community College
are receiving the Pell Grant.
The bill would also slowly
lower the interest rate on sub-
sidized student loans. While in-
terest rates now range up to 8
percent, the lenders would be
required to cut back that rate to
3.40 percent by the time that cur-
rent eighth graders go to college
in 2012.
In these subsidized loans the
government pays off the interest
of the loan until the student is fin-
ished with their degree and. can
start paying off the loan.
This lessening percent that
the government will be paying
toward interest rates is planned
to be enough to offset the cost of
increasing the Pell Grant, as well
as the creation of the other pro-
grams created by this bill.
"The Pell Grant increases, as


Fines
Continued From Page 1
12th Lane.
Ms. Albert cited Bruce Pogue
for having a cargo type storage
container on his N.E. Eighth
Drive yard.
Turning to fines, David
Schmidt and Tina Troendle could
be fined $250 a day for every
day of noncompliance if an un-
licensed boat, overgrowth, trash
and debris, a derelict shed and
boat dock remain in their S.E 31s1


OUA
Continued From Page 1
OUA water intake is located at
Jaycees' Park in an area known
as Government Cut. Because of
shallow areas at each end of the
cut, OUA has secured a permit to
cut a swale from Government Cut
across the exposed lake bottom
to the current water's edge. Staff
has been working with the con-


$400 million, according to court
documents. One of Rovelli's sons
and a family financial adviser,
Pierfrancesco Munari, were ar-
rested in January by Italian au-
thorities on money laundering
charges.
Acting at the request of the
Italian government, U.S. Immi-
gration and Customs Enforce-
ment agents in Miami helped
trace a series of transactions be-
tween 1998 and 2007 intended
to conceal some of the money in
the U.S.
Under federal law, that mon-
ey is now subject to forfeiture
as process of a crime. The case
is pending before U.S. District
Judge Ursula Ungaro-Benages,
who has not yet scheduled a


hearing.
The assets subject t6 forfei-
ture are held by several major
U.S. firms, including Atlas One
Financial Group, Citibank, Merrill
Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Wacho-
via Securities, UBS Paine Webber
and First Allied Securities, among
others. The complaint does not
accuse the institutions of any
wrongdoing.
Any money that is recovered
would be returned to potential
victims who file a petition for
their share, according to a state-
ment issued Monday by Miami
U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acos-
ta.
Italian authorities initially
learned of the Rovelli bribery
during the mid-1990s investiga-


tion of several well-connected
lawyers, including Cesare Previti.
Previti had once been Italy's min-
ister of finance and was a close
associate of former Italian pre-
mier Silvio Berlusconi.
Testimony in that investiga-
tion indicated that the attorneys
regularly paid bribes to fix cases.
Among those was a lawsuit Rov-
elli had brought against Banco
Institute Mobilaire Italiano, or
IMI, over its refusal to honor a
bailout of a chemical company
Rovelli controlled.
The three Italian lawyers and
several judges were convicted of
public corruption offenses, al-
though convictions against two
judges were later overturned on
appeal.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Indian River Community College (IRCC) fire academy students traveled from the main
campus in Fort Pierce by bus and brought their own IRCC fire engine to utilize in the training
burn on Monday, July 16.


general education and major field
fire science courses. The students
learn to function as a member of
a team through instruction and
team building exercises.
IRCC enjoys the support of lo-


well as the other increases in the
bill, are paid for by the $18 bil-
lion in cuts to lender subsidies,"
according to Jessica Santillo,
director of communications for
Congressman Mahoney.
People that have already
graduated will also benefit from
this legislation which authorizes
loan forgiveness for those gradu-
ates who are currently employed
in areas of national need. These
areas include nurses, librarians,
teachers and first responders.
The forgiveness extends to cover
up to $5,000 over five years. The
bill was passed by most of the
Democrats in the house and 47
of the Republicans, in a final vote
of 273 - 149.
An issue that this bill deals
with directly that has been an
item of concern for Floridians is
the percentage hike in tuition.
On June 27, Florida Governor
Charlie Crist passed into law a
bill that has approved a 40 per-
cent rise in tuition cost over the
next three years. The bill that will
soon go before the Senate sup-
ports the creation of competitive
grants to be awarded to those in-
stitutions that have the smallest
percent increase in tuition from
one year to the next.
It states that it "shall award
grants on a competitive basis to
institutions of higher education
that, for academic year 2008-
09 or any succeeding academic
year, have an annual net tuition


property and they have not reset
the mobile home on the prop-
erty.
If a derelict structure has not
been removed from the S.E. 33rd
Terrace property of Kevin and
Catherine Bartfield, they could
be fined $150 a day.
Shawn Bush and Tammy Lynn
are facing a fine of $100 a day if
they have not obtained a building
permit or removed a barn and all
remaining trash and debris from
their N.W. 84th Court property.
If a dilapidated fence and de-
bris and overgrowth remain on


tractor currently scraping the lake
bottom. Preliminary estimateA of
the job are $52,600.
In other action, the board is
expected to:
* recognize employees for
their longevity;
* consider a developer's agree-
ment with Laurel Oaks whereby
the developer would pay in full
both water and wastewater con-
nection fees;
* consider awarding a con-


cal fire agencies for this program.
This program provides the com-
munities with fire recruits that are
highly trained, disciplined, and
educated.
For more information about


increase (expressed as a percent-
age) for the most recent academ-
ic year for which satisfactory data
is available that is equal to or less
than the percentage change in
the higher education price index
for such academic year."
In addition to increasing the
amount of need-based aid for
those schools, they will also be
eligible for bonus grants to fur-
ther increase the amount of fi-
nancial aid to students.
The national average for tu-
ition increase according to the
Florida Board of Governors was
6 percent between the 2005 and
2006 school years. Florida's three
largest universities have recently
received permission to raise tu-
ition up to 15 percent each year
until they reach that 40 percent
increase.
More importantly for some
of Okeechobee's graduates is
the creation of the TEACH grant
that, with the possibility of a bo-
nus grant, would allow students
perusing a career in education to
receive up to $4,500 per year to
go towards their education.
This bill has not been added to
the Senate schedule yet, but the
Senate has corresponding bills
that deal with similar issues.
Although this bill has yet to
reach the Senate floor, President
Bush has stated that he would
veto the bill in its current form.
"The administration opposes
reducing the current fixed stu-


If you go
Special magistrate code hearing
2 p.m. Tuesday, July 17
Okeechobee County Courthouse,
304 N.W. Second St.

Lawrence Edgar's N.W. 32nd Av-
enue property, he could be fined
$25 a day.
A storage container must be
gone from the U.S. 98 N. property
of Irene Pryor and Regina Brown
or they could be fined $50 a day.
Tony Huet is facing a one-time


tract to Youngquist Brothers, Inc.
for construction of a deep well in
connection with the wastewater
treatment plant;
* approve a bid for materials
to move the backwash pump
from the filter gallery up to the
top- of the ground storage res-
ervoir at the surface water treat-
ment plant;
* receive the finance report for
the period ending June 30;
* consider approval of con-


the programs at IRCC visit www.
ircc.edu; or, call the local campus
(863) 824-6000.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.


dent loan interest rate. This costly
proposal only benefits students
once they leave school, when
they can already take advantage
of flexible repayment options
available under current law and
reduce the effective interest rate
they pay through the existing tax
deduction for student loan inter-
est," as stated in a July 10 press
release from the White House.
The same press release also
states that the current admin-
istration feels that providing af-
fordable college education is a
worthy goal, but that the govern-
ment attempts to "compare and
index prices can have unintend-
ed consequences."
However, there is still a long
way to go before the bill reaches
the president and changes could
be made that would make the
bill amenable to all involved.
"There are currently two bills
in the Senate and they are not
identical to this one," stated Ms.
Santillo.
After the Senate passes its ver-
sion they will be sent to a joint
committee before being re-voted
on by both houses.
"The bills in the Senate don't
contain some of the more con-
troversial issues that this one
does," added Ms. Santillo.
A copy of the bill can be found
at http://thomas.loc.gov/ under
the search H.R.2669.EH.


administrative fine of $5,750 plus
an additional fine of $200 a day if
he has not obtained a special ex-
ception or removed the observa-
tion tower and seating area sup-
posedly built without a permit on
his S.E. 80th Avenue property.
If unlicensed vehicles, trash
and debris and unpermitted con-
struction has not bee removed
from the S.E. 36"' Avenue prop-
erty of Charles Whitchurch, he
could be fined $150 a day.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda may be reached
at pgawda@newszap.com.


struction of a new water main to
provide fire protection to the KOA
Convention Center;
* consider outsourcing bill
printing; and,
* consider water main im-
provements at S.E. Fourth Street,
N.W. 22nd Ave., N.W. Second
Street and a water main to tie-in
to Blue Heron.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


News Briefs

VFW Post sponsors Operation Shoebox
OKEECHOBEE -- Big Lake VFW Post #10539 is looking for all
family members -- sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers or
mothers -- of those serving in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan or the Persian
Gulf.
The post is sponsoring Operation Shoebox and would like to
send packages to active military personnel from Okeechobee.
Please call (863) 697-2930, or e-mail Cheryl@oacenterprises.
com.

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
Service 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 immediately
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).

Today's Weather


Okeechobee Forecast
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with scattered afternoon showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be around 90. The wind will be from the east at 5
to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with isolated evening showers and
thunderstorms. The low will be in the mid 70s. The wind will be from
the east around 5 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Extended Forecast
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of showers and thun-
derstorms in the morning and early afternoon then scattered afternoon
showers and thunderstorms. The high will be around 90. The wind will
be from the east at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with isolated evening showers and
thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The chance of rain is
20 percent.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with scattered showers and thunderstorms.
The high will be around 90. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with isolated evening showers and
thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The chance of rain
is 20 percent.
Friday: Partly sunny, with scattered showers and thunderstorms. The
high will be around 90. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with isolated evening showers and thun-
derstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The chance of rain is 20
percent.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with scattered showers and thunderstorms.
The high will be around 90. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with isolated evening showers and
thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The chance of rain
is 20 percent.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunderstorms.
The high will be around 90. The chance of rain is 40 percent.


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Fourth man charged in beating, robbery case


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A fourth person has been ar-
rested and charged in connection
with the alleged beating and rob-
bery of an Okeechobee man in
January of this year.
Martin Bartlette Casselton, 19,
U.S. 98 N., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 13 on a charge of rob-
bery with a weapon while masked.
His bond was set at $20,000.
Casselton is the fourth
Okeechobee man to be arrested
in this case by Detective Rick


Durfee of the
Okeechobee
County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO).
Chad Garner,
Jawon Davis and ,
Michael Timo-
thy Miller were t
arrested ear- Martin
lier by Detective Casselton
Durfee.
The detective said the victim in
this case went to Garner's home
in Basswood on Jan. 11 to buy a
four-wheeler. When he got to the


AP photo/Nick Ut
Plaintiffs Steve Sanchez (right) and Esther Miller, alleged
victims of clergy abuse, speak to the media Monday, July
16, outside Los Angeles Superior Court, after a judge ap-
proved a $660 million settlement between the Roman Cath-
olic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the 508 alleged victims
of clergy abuse, in Los Angeles. The deal was formally ap-
proved in a dramatic hearing Monday marked by the sobs
of victims and their attorneys, and a moment of silence for
those victims who died during the years of negotiations.

Judge OKs $660M clergy


abuse settlement


Los Angeles cardinal
apologized to victims

By Gillian Flaccus
Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES - A judge on
Monday approved a $660 million
settlement between the Roman
Catholic Archdiocese of Los An-
geles and more than 500 alleged.
victims of clergy abuse, the laig-
est payout yet in a nationwide
sex abuse scandal.
Some of the plaintiffs sobbed
as the deal was formally ap-
proved and a moment of silence
was held for others who had died
during the years of negotiations.
"This is the right result,"
said Los Angeles County Supe-
rior Court Judge Haley Fromholz.
"Settling the cases was the right
thing to do, and it was done by
dint of a number of extremely tal-
ented and dedicated people put-
ting in an awful lot of time."
The deal came after more
than five years of negotiations
and is by far the largest payout
by any diocese since the clergy
abuse scandal emerged in Bos-
ton in 2002.
The individual payouts will
vary according to the sever-
ity and duration of the abuse al-
leged. The plaintiffs' attorneys
are expected to receive up to 40
percent of the settlement.
Ray Boucher, the lead plain-
tiffs' attorney, asked his clients
to stand during the hearing and
thanked them for their resolve
and their courage.
"I know it's hard for most of
the victims whose scars are very
deep ... and I know many will
never forgive the cardinal," he
said. "But he took steps that I
think that only he could take and
if left to the lawyers and others
in the church he would not have
settled this case."
Cardinal Roger Mahony sat
through the hearing but did not
speak. Mahony, who has led the
archdiocese since 1985, issued
an apology on Sunday after the
settlement was announced.


"There really is no way to go
back and give them that inno-
cence that was taken from them,
The one thing I wish I could give
the victims ... I cannot," Mahony
said Sunday. "Once again, I apol-
ogize to anyone who has been
offended, who has been abused.
It should not have happened and
should not ever happen again."
Outside court, though, some
plaintiffs weren't ready to accept
the cardinal's words.
Lee Bashforth held up a
photo of himself as a young boy
with the priest he says abused
him. He called Mahony's apol-
ogy "disingenuous" and said the
settlement only saved the church
from having to face questions be-
fore a jury.
"I hope that I'm no longer an
'alleged' victim. Six hundred and
sixty million dollars should take
that alleged off," said another
plaintiff, Steve Sanchez. "Cardinal
Mahony got off cheap today."
Mahony has said the settle-
ment would not have an impact
on the archdiocese's core min-
istry, but that the church would
have to sell buildings, use some
of its invested funds, and bor-
row money. The settlement also
calls for the release of priests'
confidential personnel files after
review by a judge.
The attorney for the arch-
diocese, Michael Hennigan, apr
peared emotional as he told the..
court that his views of clergy
sexual abuse changed during the
years he spent trying to hammer
out an agreement. He said private
meetings with 70 of the plaintiffs
made the most impact.
"I'd like to say that the church
would have been reformed with-
out these cases, but I don't know
that's true," he said. "These
cases have forever reformed the
Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It
will never be the same."
The deal settles all 508 cases
that remained against the arch-
diocese, . which also paid $60
million in December to settle 45
cases that weren't covered by
sexual abuse insurance.


house, Garner - along with the
other three men - took the man
outside the home and robbed him
of $4,000.
Miller and Casselton held the
victim while the other men robbed
him and hit him with a gun, said
Detective Durfee.
Garner was charged with rob-
bery with a firearm and burglary
of a conveyance. His bond was set
at $185,000.
Davis was charged with battery
and has since been released from


the Okeechobee County Jail on
bond.
Millerwas arrested Monday, July
9, on a charge of armed robbery.
He was booked into the county jail
under a bond of $10,000.
According to county jail re-
cords, Garner was arrested again
on Feb. 1 by the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force on a felony
charge of possession of cocaine
with intent to sell. He was also
arrseted on a warrant obtained by
Detective Durfee that charged him


Arrest Report


The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driv-
ing under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
* Robert R. Kettler, 35, S.E.
36th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 11 by Deputy Mark
Shireman on a warrant charging
him with violation of probation
- driving under the influence. His
bond was set at $1,000. He was
also arrested on a warrant charg-
ing him with failure to appear
- driving under the influence. He
is being held without, bond on
that'charge.
* Joey Lee Harris, 24, N.E. 31st
Terrace, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 13 by Deputy Aric Ma-
jere on a warrant charging him
with possession of oxycodone.
His bond was set at $500.
* Curtis King, 41, S.W. Third
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
July 13 by Deputy Marcus Collier
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with the felony
of driving while license suspend-
ed or revoked - habitual offend-
er. His bond was set at $1,000.
* Maria Luisa Chapman, 41,
N.W 176th Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested July 13 by Deputy
Aric Majere on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her
with dealing in stolen property
(two counts). Her total bond was
set at $10,000.
* Lonnie J. Byassee, 40, N.W.
Sixth St., Okeechobee, was ar-


rested July 14 by the OCPD on
charges of grand theft, forgery
and uttering a forged instrument.
His bond was set at $6,500.
* Scott Dejoinville, 38,
Wilshire St., Lake Park, was ar-
rested July 14 by the OCPD on a
charge of driving under the influ-
ence. His bond was set at $500.
* Tony Raul Navarro, 21, U.S.
441 S.E., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 14 by Deputy Roy Gil-
christ on a Hendry County war-
rant charging him with failure to
pay fine - reckless driving. His
bond was set at $965.
* Daniel Phillip Brace, 36,
N.W. 2901h St., Okeechobee,
was arrested July 14 by Deputy
Michael Hazellief on a Palm
Beach County warrant charging
him with violation of probation
- possession of a controlled sub-
stance. He is being held without
bond.
* Orrin T. Wilkerson, 29, N.W.
256th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 15 by Deputy Matthew
Hurst on a charge of felony bat-
tery. His bond was set at $2,500.
* Tiffany Anne Johnson, 32,
S.E. 14th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested July 15 by Deputy Mat-
thew Hurst on a charge of grand
theft firearm (two counts). She
was released on her own recog-
nizance.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless other-
wise 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.


Police: Father kills 3 kids,


self, at Montgomery home


By Bob Johnson
Associated Press Writer
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -A man
fatally shot his three children and
then took his own life in a Mont-
gomery home Sunday night as
law officers hunted for him on
a domestic violence claim by his
estranged wife, police said.
Lt. Keith Barnett said Eric
Robinson, 42, was found in the
house where his wife lived with
their three children. Robinson,
who lived at a different address,
fatally shot the children, a 4-year-
old girl and boys aged 6 and 11,
Barnett said.
The three were found in his
car outside his wife's house.
The police spokesman said
there had been an "ongoing
domestic violence relationship"
and officers had been actively
looking for Robinson after his
wife signed a warrant Sunday
afternoon accusing him of violat-
ing a protective order.
The children were with Robin-
son for a normal visitation when
his wife sought help and police
-began looking for him, Barnett
said.
"This involved multiple at-
tempts to locate him at his resi-
dence," he said.


After reports of gunshots at
the wife's home at 9:53 p.m.,
police found Robinson inside
the house with a fatal gunshot to
the head. Officers searching for
the children found them in the
car with gunshot wounds to the
head.
The 6-year-old boy was dead
in the car and the other two
children were taken to Jackson
Hospital, where they were pro-
nounced dead.
"This is a horrific tragedy,"
said Barnett.
The names of the children
and their mother were not im-
mediately released. Neighbors
said the home belonged to the
children's grandmother and that
they had moved into it with their
mother recently. The mother and
grandmother were in the house
when the shootings occurred,
the neighbors said.
""It hurts my heart," said Sar-
ah Graham, who lives across the
street from the small red brick
home in a lower income resi-
dential neighborhood."If I can
just cry it off I would feel better.
I cannot imagine a person losing
three children. That has to be the
most horrible thing."


Lawyers argue over defense bill for accused gunman


By Greg Bluestein
Associated Press Writer
ATLANTA - Fulton County
lawyers asked the Georgia Su-
preme Court on Monday to force
'the state to pay what could be
hundreds of thousands of dollars
racked up in the defense of ac-
cused courthouse gunman Brian
Nichols.
Fulton County attorney Willie
Lovett said state law requires the
county only to pay so-called "fa-
cility costs" to keep the lights and
other utilities running, but not
foot the bill for presenting thou-
sarids of pages of documents and
transcribing more than 300 hours
of telephone conversations to and
from the jail where Nichols is be-
ing held.
"The intent of the Legislature
is clear: Counties never pay for


these expenditures," he told the
justices. He added that the county
has been caught flat-footed by the
bill because it has never budgeted
for these types of expenses.
Attorneys for the state-run
Georgia Public Defenders Council
argued that the county has a con-
stitutional duty to pay for prepar-
ing and presenting the evidence,
which includes video tapes, audio
tapes, CDs and DVDs.
"That's a traditional cost that's
borne by the county," said Robert
Remar, a lawyer for the public
defenders, who said the fees are
"contingent costs" required by
law to be paid by counties.
A ruling in the state's favor
could force counties to foot the
bill for costly expenses in high-
profile death penalty cases such
as the Nichols trial. Yet such a
decision, said Justice Robert Ben-


ham, could also be devastating to
smaller counties that don't have
as great a tax base as densely
populated Fulton County.
What would happen, he
asked, if the shooting took place
in rural Dawson County, a north
Georgia community with a much
smaller tax base? Should the local
government bear the cost -- even
"if it could bankrupt the whole
county?"
"That's a matter up to the
General Assembly," Remar an-
swered.
The appeal, which could be
decided within weeks, is another
signal of how costs of the Nichols
case are affecting state policy.
Nichols is charged in a March
2005 shooting spree that began in
the Fulton County Courthouse in
downtown Atlanta and left four
people dead. His trial has already


been postponed until September
due to a lack of funding. Nichols
has pleaded not guilty.
The mounting costs also
prompted state lawmakers to
pass a new law to limit the num-
ber of state-funded public de-
fenders a judge may appoint to
indigent suspects. And it almost
forced the state public defender's
office to eliminate 41 full-time
and all part-time employees, until
Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bud-
get that included $8.5 million for
the cash-strapped program.
The case has cost the state
public defender's office at least
$1.4 million in fees and expenses.
The average Georgia death pen-
alty case from the beginning of
the case through the initial appeal
following a conviction costs the
defender's office about $400,000.


with the misdemeanor of posses-
sion of marijuana under 20 grams.
His bond on these charges was set
at $12,500.
Those same jail records also
show that on Feb. 10 of this year,


OCSO Deputy Arlene Durbn ar-
rested Garner on a warrant that
charged him with battery with
great bodily harm/felony battery.
His bond on that charge was set at
$15,000.


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LAKE: From what I have read, even before they started the restora-
tion project, the water coming into the system from the Kissimmee Riv-
er was pretty clean. About one-third of the nutrients are coming from
Taylor Creek/Nubbin Slough. One proposal I thought made sense was
to divert Taylor Creek/Nubbin Slough to a reservoir in Martin County
so it could be used to irrigate orange trees, which would soak up the
excess nutrients. But that plan was shot down because the people who
owned land in the area of the proposed reservoir had big bucks and
high-paid attorneys. However, while the Kissimmee River water was
already clean by comparison to Taylor Creek, it doesn't hurt to clean
it up before it enters the lake. Also, the restoration will slow the wa-
ter entering the lake and that is really needed. When too much water
comes into the lake too fast, then it also goes out too fast. The problem
with the estuaries on the coasts was because too much freshwater was
being released. It was not so much that the water was dirty, there was
just too much of it coming too fast. At that time, they had nowhere to
store it. Now they are building reservoirs to store more water north of
the lake that should help.

HIGHWAYS: According to a state highway schedule I saw a few
weeks ago, turn lanes are scheduled for 67th and 87th. My property
is on 72nd. I don't expect them to install turn lanes for the cul-de-sac
streets (72nd and 77th), but I'm hoping they make the entire stretch
between 67th and 87th a no-passing zone.

IRAQ: Last night on the news there was an Army soldier that was
going to be sent back to Iraq for his fifth tour. That is absolutely absurd
-- no one should have to go back there more than twice. And, as far as
I'm concerned, that would be one time too many. I support our military
personnel 150 percent. I'm retired military myself and I made a few
trips to a forsaken place called Vietnam. Don't our politicians ever learn
from experience? Again we've gone into a country where we weren't
wanted or needed. The first Bush had a reason to go in and we had the
support of our allies. Also we had 500 ground troops in position to do
the job. Why our government chooses not to do so is beyond me. Pro-
tecting Kuwait was the right thing to do at that time. As far as terrorist
are concerned, their organizations are all over the world and we will, at
some point in time, have to fight them on our own soil. We can't blame
the lack of a strong military on Bush. That was Clinton's way of balanc-
ing the budget. He balanced the budget, but has it been worth the cost
in lives in Afghanistan and Iraq? I don't think so. It's time to start build-
ing our military back up where it should be. Maybe. then some of these
third world countries will have second thoughts before they challenge
us. Keep in mind, the Koreans claim to have a million man army. The
other thing that bothers me is the fact that we're sending our National
Guard troops over there. They belong right here in the United States to
respond to homeland emergencies. The people in Washington better
wake up before it's too late -- if that time isn't already here.

GROWTH: First of all, I would like to make it clear that I am not op-
posed to growth. What I would like to see is controlled growth. Lately
I've been reading in the paper where three fairly large divisions will
more than likely be approved. Two of these are claiming that they will
not create any traffic problems coming into the city because they will
have a couple of stores and so on for the people that live in those com-
munities, therefore they will not need to come into the city. Now if you
believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn you can have real cheap. Kid-
ding aside. These people are going to be all over Okeechobee. What
- hospital will they use? What Wal-Mart will they go to? What Home De-
pot will they visit? How about the Speckled Perch Festival? The Rodeo?
Events at the Agri-Civic Center? Where will the water come from to sup-
ply these new developments? How about utilities? Law enforcement?
Schools? The one down by Nubbin Slough says they will run a four-
lane road from U.S. 441 to S.R. 710. I'd like to see that first, because if
it's built later how are all the trucks involved in the construction of these
buildings going to get there? The one thing people seem to forget is that
the people that are going to make money off of these projects don't
care about Okeechobee or the people already here. Its business. When
they can't make any more money here they will pack up and move on
to another small community. Florida has been my home since 1955.
I lived out in Davie when it had two stop signs. I've lived in Oakland
Park when it was a small community, the same with Homestead 'and
Pompano Beach. Then people woke up one morning and said how the
heck did this happen? It happened because we the people let it happen.
Our county commissioners just voted to raise our gas taxes by 5 cents a
gallon. One of the reasons given was development. Someone put in the
Speak Out column, make the developers pay for it. I agree. Like I stated
earlier, they're the ones that will get richer off of these projects, notice I
said richer. Our commissioners have a solution, raise taxes.

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Tuesday
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the pub-
lic. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863) 763-8999.
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.
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 Cen-
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index
and military information available. For information, call Robert Massey at
(863) 763-6510.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how to see
your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through extensive. Reg-
istration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for
information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's
Outreach.
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) 763-5887 or (863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The'public is invited to
participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, contact
Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
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welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumher at (863) 763-6076.
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7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to
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Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
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Wednesday
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish 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 Department, 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 Methodist Church,
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.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings each
month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., at 7:30
p.m. They are always looking for new people and new ideas. For informa-
tion, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or 610-9176.
N.A. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303
Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information call (863) 634-
4780.

Thursday
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of the month to
help and encourage women who have been diagnosed with cancer. The
meeting will be held at the American .Red Cross office at 323 N. Parrott
Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For information, call Janet Topp at (863)
824-2899.
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.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet for a pot
luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger Civic Center.
For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-2285.
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 Cen-
sus, 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 at 412 N.W.
Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship
hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at 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. .
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relation-
ships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863)
763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon. Representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 209 S.W. Park St.,
in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W.
Sixth St.


Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thurs-
day at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome.
The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity
for caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas. The
meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call
(863) 467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic Text meeting at
8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave., The
Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth
Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 801-3244.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30 until
8 p.m.


Letters to the Editor


Let's do it
It was with great pride and
satisfaction that I attended Gover-
nor Charlie Crist's recent Climate
Change Summit in Miami.
As stewards of Florida's natu-
ral resources, we at the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission not only applaud
the governor's efforts, we pledge
to join him in his fight to protect
our state's natural wonders.
The governor has brought
hundreds of leaders to the table
to begin addressing the complex
issue of climate change. This is no
small feat. Climate change may
affect our peninsular state - with
its magnificent coral reefs, re-


gal Florida panthers and gentle
manatees - more than any other
state.
The future of our state's fish
and wildlife depends on a wise
leadership and a motivated pub-
lic. This is a time for all proud
Floridians to come together, work
hard and set an example for the
rest of the world.
I believe the impact of this
summit will reverberate through-
out the state, the country and the
world. We must resolve that we
will rally behind leaders such as
Gov. Crist to preserve a rich natu-
ral heritage for future generations
of Floridians. Let's do it.
Rodney Barreto


Community Events


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 17-20. Activities will be for grades kindergarten
through sixth grade. Everyone is invited. For information, call (863)
763-0550.

Community Action advisory board to meet
The Treasure Coast Community Action Agency advisory board
will meet Wednesday, July 18, at 2 p.m. in the conference room at
437 N. Seventh St. in Fort Pierce. For information, call the St. Lucie
County Community Services Division at (772) 462-1777.

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.

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
Saturday, July 21. There will be a hog roast, 50/50, door prizes and
DJ California Fats. All proceeds will go to Big Lake Missions Out-
reach. 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.

VFW hosting karaoke league
VFW Post #4423 will host a summer karaoke league on July 28,
Aug. 11, Aug. 25, Sept. 8 and Sept. 22 from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m. The
league is open to the public. Everyone is eligible to enter including
karaoke hosts and members of bands. For information call David
Lee at (863) 697-9002, or Bill at (863) 763-0828.

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 his-
toric 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 wagons, 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).

Ranch hosting July 28 barn dance
Saturday, July 28, MI-CIN Ranch, 1000 N.E. 50th Drive, will host
a barn dance from 7 until 11 p.m., following the Cattle Drive and
festivities at the Agri-Civic Center. There will be a cow horse exhi-
bition, and a roping exhibition by D.R. Daniels. The event will be
catered by Dominique's Bar and Grill. There will be a cake walk
and much more. Tickets are $10 per person, and all proceeds will
go to Hospice of Okeechobee. For information call Mike at (561)
635-1267, or Cindy at (561) 236-8990.

Church plans to hold Bible school
Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W. 32nd St., will host a vaca-
tion Bible 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, contact 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 Ser-
vice Center, 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 public use and recreation. Learn about the Kissim-
mee River Restoration Project and recreational opportunities avail-
able 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 Jaquith (863) 462-5000 or (863) 697-6320.


Okeechobee News, Tuesday, July 17, 2007


4 OPINION







Okeechobee News, Tuesday, July 17, 2007 5


Diet drugs can have


dangerous side effects


The television ads sound too
good to be true. They claim you
can lose weight without changing
your eating habits and without ex-
ercise.
Dozens of over-the-counter
weight, loss products seem to of-
fer miracle cures for obesity. But
read the fine print. The examples
shown in the weight loss ads are
"not typical." And the side effects
of these "miracle drugs" are noth-
ing to ignore.
Diet drugs work in different
ways. Some claim to boost your
metabolism. One way diet drugs
have traditionally "boosted" me-
tabolisms is with large doses of
caffeine. Large doses of caffeine
taken in any form -- whether it be
dozens s of coffee or a single
diet pill -- can have adverse effects
such as jitteriness and headaches.
Some diet drugs allegedly block
the body's absorption of fats or
carbohydrates. They do this by in-
terfering with the body's digestive
system. Side effects can be upset
stomach, bloating and diarrhea.
In the past, some diet drugs
have been found to have side ef-
fects that were even life threaten-
ing.
In some cases, the side effects
of the diet drugs have been so bad
that people were actually healthier
carrying around the excess weight
than they were after taking the
drugs to lose the weight.
In some cases, the long term


health effects of taking diet drugs
were not known for years.
For most people, the safest way
to lose weight is with a sensible,
healthy diet combined with regu-
lar exercise plan.
Never take any drug (over-the-
counter or prescription) without
first consulting your doctor. Just
because something is sold without
a prescription does not mean it is
safe for you.
The same goes for vitamins and
other nutritional supplements. You
can get sick from taking too many
vitamins, or too high a dosage of
some nutritional supplements. Ask
your doctor which vitamins and
nutritional supplements -- and in
what amount -- are right for you.
Consult your doctor before
making any changes to your diet
or exercise plan. This is espe-
cially important if you are on any
prescription medications. Some
drugs interact badly with foods
that would otherwise be consid-
ered "healthy."


New Congress revives


stalled food label law


By Mary Clare Jalonick
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - Shoppers
are in the dark about where much
of their food comes from despite
a five-year-old law requiring meat
and other products to carry labels
with their country of origin.
That soon may change. Reports
of tainted seafood from China have
raised consumer awareness about
the safety of imported food and
many of the law's most powerful
opponents have left Congress.
"The political dynamic is such
that there's just no getting around
it," said Colin Woodall; director of
legislative affairs for the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association. The
livestock group has opposed a
mandatory labeling program.
The Agriculture Department
never put in place the labeling re-
quirement because then-majority
Republicans repeatedly delayed it,
most recently to 2008.
The law's leading opponents
are grocery stores and large
meatpacking companies, many
of whom mix U.S. and Mexican
beef, along with other businesses
involved in getting products to
supermarket shelves. They say
the tracking and the paperwork
needed to comply with the law is
too burdensome and would cause
them to raise prices.
Those interests had influential
allies on Capitol Hill -- mostly Texas
Republicans -- before Democrats
took over this year.
President Bush, a Texan who
has strong ties to the cattle industry,
never has liked the labeling law, ei-
ther. He reluctantly embraced it as
a part of the wide-ranging farm bill
in 2002 that set agriculture policy.
The labeling requirement,
popular with small, independent
ranchers who sell their own prod-
ucts, applies to certain cuts of beef,
lamb, pork, as well as to peanuts,
fruits and vegetables. Processed
foods are exempt. So are restau-
rants and other food service estab-
lishments.
The labeling program was not
delayed for seafood. The former
chairman of the Senate Appropria-
tions Committee, Republican Sen.
Ted Stevens of Alaska, wanted it to
promote his state's lucrative fish-
ing industry.
House supporters of the label-
ing law are working to make sure
it goes into effect next year. Their
job will be easier because several
lawmakers -- mostly Texas Re-
publicans concerned about their
state's livestock industry -- will not
be around to block it.
"We had to kick and scream
:and fight to get this in the farm
'bill," said Rep. Denny Rehberg,
'R-Mont. He said supporters are
concerned that the Bush adminis-


tration keeps dragging its feet.
Congress plans hearings this
week on whether the Food and
Drug Administration can ensure
the safety of the nation's food sup-
ply. In the wake of increased U.S.
complaints about tainted Chinese
products, the Chinese government
late Friday said it has suspended
imports of chicken feet, pig ears
and other animal products from
seven U.S. companies. Beijing
claimed the American meat had
contaminants.
The spotlight on federal over-
sight is adding momentum to a re-
newed push by consumer groups
to put the labeling law in place.
"When consumers hear about
all these things in China, their
tendency is to avoid things from
China," said Chris Waldrop of the
Consumer Federation of America.
"But they can't because we don't
have country of origin labeling, so
they are left in the supermarket to
their own devices."
The same experts point to sev-
eral instances of mad cow disease
in Canada as evidence of the need
for stricter labeling.
But Regina Hildwine, director
of food labeling and standards
for the Grocery Manufacturers As-
sociation, says the labels will be
"additional noise" on crowded
packaging.
"There's a lot more informa-
tion on a label that's more impor-
tant for a consumer to understand,
like nutrition facts," she said.
Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., said he
will try to beat back language in a
spending bill that would establish
firm guidelines to begin the label-
ing in September 2008. LaHood is
siding with the meatpacking com-
panies and grocery chains.
"It's going to cause a lot of
heartburn," he said.
The chairman of the House Ag-
riculture Committee, Democratic
Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota,
has said he would be open to writ-
ing a new law if all sides could
agree. Without a compromise,
though, he says he will leave it
alone and let it begin in 2008.
Other lawmakers say that is not
soon enough and are pushing for
the requirement to become effec-
tive this year. Sen. Kent Conrad,
D-N.D., said a must-pass spending
bill could be an option to try that.
The law is a priority for law-
makers from the Midwest and
northern Rockies, where smaller
ranchers face heavy competition
from Car)ada.
"Only by differentiating do-
mestic beef from the rising tide
of imported beef can our industry
compete," said Bill Bullard, chief
executive officer of R-CALF USA,
a group that represents smaller in-
dependent producers.


Knee surgery info offered


Every year, approximately
400,000 Americans who suffer
,from osteoarthritis undergo knee
replacement surgery.
When all other options for
treating severe osteoarthritis of the
knee have been exhausted, arti-
ficial knee joints offer a solution
with a high rate of success.
But how should you prepare
for this major operation, and what
can you do afterwards to protect
the new joint and keep it intact for
years to come?


The American Arthritis Society
has compiled some useful and
practical tips for self-care, which
are available on the Society's web-
site. Developed with the help of
some of the world's leading knee
surgeons, each tip is easy to follow
and can be helpful in preparing for
your operation.
These and many more sugges-
tions regarding osteoarthritis can
be viewed online at www.ameri-
canarthritis.org.


Alzheimer's skin patch gains federal approval


WASHINGTON (AP) - The
first skin patch to treat the demen-
tia that can plague Alzheimer's
patients gained federal approval,
a drug company has stated.
The drug in the patch, called
Exelon or rivastigmine, is the
same as that now available in
capsule form but provides a regu-
lar and continuous dose through-
out the day, according to Novartis


Pharmaceuticals Corp. Since the
drug enters the bloodstream di-
rectly, the patch also eliminates
some of the gastrointestinal side
effects associated with the drug
when swallowed.
The drug is meant to treat
the symptoms of mild to mod-
erate dementia in patients with
Alzheimer's disease. It also won
Food and Drug Administration ap-


proval to treat patients with mild
to moderate Parkinson's disease
dementia, Novartis said.
About 4.5 million Americans
have Alzheimer's. As the disease
progresses, it robs patients of
their memories and changes how
they both think and behave. It's
ultimately fatal.
Rivastigmine isn't a cure. It in-
hibits the breakdown of a chemi-


cal in the brain called acetylcho-
line, thought important for both
learning and memory.
Novartis said the prescription
patch would be available soon.
The patch is made by Germany's
LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme
AG and distributed by Novartis
Pharmaceuticals, part of Switzer-
land's Novartis AG.


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Twins festival to get large donation


CLEVELAND (AP) - A dona-
tion that the Twins Days festival is
getting from the estate of two fru-
gal bachelor farmers is enough to
make some people do a double-
take: as much as $5 million.
John and William Reiff, once
recognized by Guinness World
Records as the world's most iden-
tical twins, left most of their estate
to the festival in Twinsburg, about
15 miles southeast of Cleveland.
John Reiff died in 2005 and Wil-
liam five years earlier, but only re-
cently have plans to develop part
of the twins' suburban Philadel-
phia farm been worked out.
With the land deal expected to
be completed this year, about $4
million to $5 million will go to the
festival, Forrest Norman, a lawyer
for the Twins Days Festival Com-
mittee, told The Plain Dealer in a
story published Sunday. The fes-
tival committee intends to invest
the money to help pay for operat-
ing costs.
The Reiffs, who attended their
first Twins Days festival in the
late 1970s, always dressed alike,
talked alike and enjoyed dating
other twins, said neighbor John
Bechtel, who is also executor of
their estate. The wiry, bespecta-
cled pair won many "most identi-
cal" competitions over the years.
Norman said, "They were
just a couple of old farmers from
Pennsylvania who you would not


AP photo/Rusty Kennedy, file
Twins John Reiff (left) and Bill Reiff are shown in this May 6,
1999, file photo on their farm in Phoenixville, Pa. The Reiff
twins left the bulk of their fortune -- up to $5 million -- to the
organizers of an annual festival that is among the world's
largest gatherings of twins. The Twins Day festival, a three-
day event scheduled to begin Aug. 3, features contests like
the most alike and least alike twins.


think had two cents to rub to-
gether."
The annual Twins Days festival,
a three-day event that begins Aug.
3 this year, attracts about 3,000
sets of twins, triplets and quadru-
plets and features contests such
as those for the most alike and
least alike twins. Over the years, it
also has attracted scientists inter-
ested in genetic research.


Between trips to Twinsburg
and to other twin events, the
Reiffs lived frugally on a 154-acre
farm that had been in the fam-
ily for three generations. It was
no model of agriculture, Bechtel
said. A wood stove heated the
house, and a 20-cow herd barely
supported the dairy.
Before his death in 2005, John
Reiff cut a deal with a develop-


Obituaries


Gary Raymond Kress
Gary Raymond Kress, age 70,
of Okeechobee, died July 13, 2007,
at his home. Mr. Kress was born
April 5, 1937, in Laurens, Iowa, to
John and Gladys
Kress. He was a
mail carrier with
the U.S. Postal
Service after
proudly serving - .:
our country for .
over 30 years in
the U.S. Navy.
He came to Gary
Okeechobee in Kress
2005 and was a
member of the Sacred Heart Cath-
olic Church.
He was preceded in death by:
his son, Johnny Wayne Kress.
He is survived by: his wife, Bar-
bara Kress of Okeechobee; sons,
Kevin Wayne Kress of Spencer,
Iowa and Kelly Kress of Iowa;
daughter, Debra Helmke of Spen-
cer, Iowa; brothers, David Kress of
South Dakota and Dennie Kress of


Joliet, Ill.; and, sister, Karen Calla-
han of Iowa. In addition, he is sur-
vived by several grandchildren.
The family will hold services on
Tuesday, July 17, at 2 p.m., at Palm
Village Ranch Club House.
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.

Roland Lapierre
Roland Lapierre, age 79, of
Okeechobee, died July 15, 2007, at
his home. Mr. Lapierre was born
Aug. 24, 1927, in Springfield, Mass.
to Leander E. and Anna Lapierre.
Mr. Lapierre proudly served our
country for 40 years in the U.S.
Army. He also worked as the su-
perintendent for General Electric.
Mr. Lapierre came to Okeechobee
from Vermont in 1991. He was a
member of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church and he loved to work.


He is preceded in death by: his
daughter, Pauline Lapierre; and,
sisters, Sister Theresa Lapierre and
Clarissa Whitehouse.
He is survived by: his wife, Mary
Ann Lapierre of Okeechobee; chil-
dren, Walt Geyeski, Laura Ross,
Barbara Kress, Sandra Boudreau,
Joe Lapierre, Laura Lee Lapierre,
Gene Howard Holcomb; broth-
ers, George Lapierre of Ohio and
Morris Lapierre of Vermont; sis-
ters, Rita Marseshult of Vermont,
Aurora Shea of Vermont; and, nu-
merous grandchildren and great
grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10
a.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2007,
at Sacred Heart Catholic Church
beginning with visitation and fol-
lowed by Mass.
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.


ment group that planned to use
the farm, a rare piece of undevel-
oped land near Philadelphia, for
residential housing.
Neighbors sued, but local offi-
cials, the developer and residents
have finally agreed on a plan to
build six houses and a park on the
site, and 40 houses elsewhere.
The historic farmhouse and ten-
ant house, which fell into disre-
pair while the twins ran it, will be
restored.
The Reiff brothers, who never
married, gave most of their for-
tune to the Twins Days festival but
also left $250,000 to four church-
es. None of their four living sisters
was named in their will.
"They only had time for other
twins," Bechtel told The Philadel-
phia Inquirer. "They were defi-
nitely different."


AlThellightyT
Remember)

In 1954, some figures were
released on the cost of crime in
New York. These figures
revealed this interesting compar-
ison.

gun-toting
youth on a
rampage kills
S a man, it costs
:' " the state
' a- about
$225,000 to
send him
By Paul through the
Buxton courts to a life
term in prison.
Thus one crime is equal to the cost
of a church building in which
thousands each year learn some-
thing about the sacredness of life.
What is the price of decency?
It is very low as compared to the
price of crime.
We should feel justly proud of
our great accomplishments in this
country. And, on the other hand,
we should take a shameful look at
the high cost of our destructive,
ungodly ways of life.
Thought to Remember: One
wrong is more costly than much
that is good.


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Few kids walk or bike to school


By Mike Stobbe
AP Medical Writer
ATLANTA - Fewer than half of
American children who live close
to school regularly walk or ride a
bike to classes, according to a new
study that highlights a dramatic shift
toward car commuting by kids.
Children in the South did the
least hoofing and pedaling, partly
because of safety concerns, experts
believe.
The issue is important because
it's linked to escalating rates of
childhood obesity. Many schools
have been cutting back on recess
and physical education, observed
Sarah Martin, the study's lead au-
thor.
"Kids need to take advantage
of the opportunities that do exist
for physical activity," said Martin,
a Maine-based evaluation consul-
tant and former researcher with
the U.S. Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention.
The article is being published in
the August issue of the American
Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Martin did the research when she
was at the CDC.
Other studies have found
that relatively few kids walk or
bike to. school. The numbers
have dropped as the population
has grown while the number of
schools has declined and the dis-
tance to get to them has grown for
many families.


In 1969, about 90 percent of
kids who lived within a mile of
school walked or rode bikes to get
there. In 2004, just 48 percent did
that at least one day a week, the
new study found.
Separately, federal statistics
suggest the numbers are worse, of
course, for children who live far-
ther from school. In 1969, 42 per-
cent walked or cycled and in 2001
(the most recent data available for
that group), just 16 percent did.
The figures for those living
within a mile of school are based
on a spring 2004 nationwide, ran-
dom-digit-dialed telephone sur-
vey of families with children ages
9 to 15. More than 7,400 families
were surveyed.
The researchers didn't ask why
so many children were driven to
school, but possible explanations
include parental attitudes about
exercise and concerns about safe-
ty, Martin said.
Generally, studies have found
that less educated families exer-
cise less and have higher rates of
obesity. But Martin's survey found
that the children of well-educated
parents were more likely to get a
ride to school. She said in those
families, both parents are likely to
have jobs and may believe it's saf-
er and more expedient for one of
them to drive their child to school
on their way to work.
Such families likely have more


cars, too. Other researchers have
found that the number of cars is
key to whether kids walk, said Law-
rence Frank, a professor of com-
munity and regional planning at the
University of British Columbia.
"More cars means less likely to
walk," he said.
Also, many suburban and rural
areas are built without sidewalks,
good crosswalks or other safety
features, several experts said.
Older urban communities have
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dren, at least partly because they
were built with pedestrians in
mind. But newer communities
-- like many in the South -- were
designed around the car, and may
lack continuous sidewalks or safe
crosswalks, Frank said.
Research also has shown that
the South has the lowest levels of
exercise and adult activity. "They
don't view walking to school as
very important," Martin said.
Liz Hansen, a Lawrenceville,
Ga., mother of a 19-year-old college
student, recalled that when her son
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blocks from his elementary school.
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through Thursday, July 20, are as
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day and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m. only. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
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and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
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Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
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Today

in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, July 17, the
198th day of 2007. There are 167
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 17, 1996, TWA Flight
800, a Paris-bound Boeing 747,
exploded and crashed off Long
Island, N.Y., shortly after leaving
John F. Kennedy International Air-
port. All 230 people aboard were
killed.
On this date:
In 1821, Spain ceded Florida to
the United States.
In 1898, during the Spanish-
American War, Spanish troops in
Santiago, Cuba, surrendered to
U.S. forces.
In 1944, 322 people were killed
when a pair of ammunition ships
exploded in Port Chicago, Calif.
In 1945, President Harry Tru-
man, Soviet leader Josef Stalin
and British Prime Minister Win-
ston S. Churchill began meeting
at Potsdam, Germany, in the final
Allied summit of World War II.
In 1955, Disneyland debuted in
Anaheim, Calif.
In 1967, jazz composer-musi-
- cian John Coltrane died in Hun-
tington, N.Y, at age 40.
In 1975, an Apollo spaceship
docked with a Soyuz spacecraft
in orbit in the first superpower
linkup of its kind.
In 1979, Nicaraguan President
Anastasio Somoza resigned and
fled into exile in Miami.
In 1981, 114 people were killed
when a pair of walkways above
the lobby of the Kansas City Hyatt
Regency Hotel collapsed during a
"tea dance."
Ten years ago: Woolworth
Corp. announced it was closing
its 400 remaining five-and-dime
stores across the country, ending
117 years in business. President
Bill Clinton nominated Army Gen-
eral Henry Shelton to be the next
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff. The space shuttle Columbia
and its crew of seven returned to
Earth after a near-flawless 16-day
science mission.
Five years ago: A double
suicide bombing in Tel Aviv killed
two foreign workers and one Is-
raeli. In Britain, a one-day strike
by 750,000 municipal employees
closed schools, libraries and rec-
reation centers in their first na-
tional walkout in more than two
decades.
One year ago: The shuttle
Discovery and its crew of six re-
turned home safely. A power-
ful earthquake sent a tsunami
crashing into a beach resort on
Indonesia's Java island, killing at
least 600 people. Mystery writer
Mickey Spillane died in Murrells
Inlet, S.C., at age 88.
Today's Birthdays: TV per-
sonality Art Linkletter is 95. Come-
dian Phyllis Diller is 90. The for-
mer president of the International
Olympic Committee, Juan Anto-
nio Samaranch, is 87. Jazz singer
Jimmy Scott is 82. Actor Donald
Sutherland is 72. Actress-singer
Diahann Carroll. is 72. Rock mu-
sician Spencer Davis is 65. Rock
musician Terry "Geezer" Butler
(Black Sabbath) is 58. Actress
Lucie Arnaz is 56. Actor David
Hasselhoff is 55. Singer Phoebe
Snow is 55. Television producer
Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The


Apprentice") is 47. Actress Nancy
Giles is 47. Singer Regina Belle is
44. Rock musician Lou Barlow is
41. Hip-hop singer Guru (Gang
Starr) is 41. Contemporary Chris-
tian singer Susan Ashton is 40.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Stokley
Williams (Mint Condition) is 40.
Actor Andre Royo is 39. Actress
Bitty Schram is 39. Actor Jason
Clarke is 38. Singer JC (PM Dawn)
is 36. Rapper Sole' is 34.
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et modo non habebant modum."
(By and by never comes.) -- St.
Augustine (A.D. 354-A.D. 430).


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Battle of bulge needs


family support


*DEAR ABBY: I'm writing re-
garding "Puzzled but Still Going
Strong" (May 19), who lost weight
but is being undermined by her
husband. It is possible that the
man is co-dependent.
Simply stated, his identity or
comfort level is dependent on the
wife remaining overweight. When
she loses weight, the husband
loses a piece of his identity or be-
comes afraid he will lose his now-
slimmer wife to another man. In
co-dependency, the co-dependent
partner will do everything he/she
can do to undermine improve-
ments in the other partner.
Counseling is critical for this
couple - or "Puzzled" alone, if
her husband won't go - to ad-
dress this issue. Otherwise, he will
wear down her resolve. - Deb-
bie In Pennsylvania
DEAR DEBBIE: Thank you
for your comments. My readers
were quick to weigh in on this
topic, which affects many families
across the country, given the per-
vasive increase in obesity reported
by health-care professionals. Read
on:
DEAR ABBY: Five years ago I
had gastric bypass surgery, and
since then I have lost 120 pounds.
Numerous pre-op tests were per-
formed before my surgery, but
one of the most important "tests"
was that my husband was inter-
,viewed by the surgeon prior to the
procedure.
He was asked if he had any
concerns about how the surgery
wquld change our lives and if he
would have any problems with
me losing the weight and being
the same person with a different
body. He was informed that my
eating habits would drastically
change and that, if the surgery was
to work, my world could no longer
be centered around food.
Apparently the medical pro-
fession knows the importance of
spousal support for weight loss.
Perhaps "Puzzled" should make
an appointment with her family
doctor so he (or she) can explain


to her husband how much health-
ier she is since losing the weight.
- Happy In Florence, Ky.
DEAR ABBY: While it may be
insecurity on the husband's part,
it is important to note that all the
examples "Puzzled" gave of the
man's behavior are methods of
control, as well as providing a very
poor role model for the children.
Not only is he attempting to sabo-
tage her efforts, but he is teaching
their kids that he is less dedicated
to the cause than she is. It could
also be something more serious.
Belittling and demeaning some-
one is abusive, even though it
doesn't leave visible bruises.
Abby, your advice about pro-
fessional counseling was right
on, and I hope for her sake and
that of her children, she gets it
sooner rather than waiting to see
if he "eases up." I know from ex-
perience that it is much harder to
undo negative role modeling than
it is to set a healthy and positive
example. - Mom Who's Been
There, Done That And Got The
T-shirt To Prove It
DEAR ABBY: Several years.
ago I lost 40 pounds and have
kept it off with diet and exercise.
My wife's response was to gain 40
pounds. She said she was so angry
with me for getting in shape that
she decided to get even. She eats
everything she wants, never exer-
cises, and now weighs more than
200. Despite many weight-related
health problems, she has no in-
tention of changing her habits. My
advice to "Puzzled": Resist your
spouse's attempts to derail your
fitness with all your might. - Re-
signed In Alabama
DEAR ABBY: "Puzzled" may
have become a "diet bore." All too
often, dieters shut out everything
but themselves and their diet.
You CAN have a healthy life that
includes your spouse, family, and
the things you used to do together.
It just requires some balance. I
prefer to call it a lifestyle and not a
diet. - Wise Weight Watcher


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By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19): Pay
attention to detail. A change regarding
your work or someone you work with
will put you on guard. Don't underes-
timate the size of a job or the cost in-
volved. Do your research.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Tak-
ing a fresh look at something or someone
will help you determine what you should
do next. An emotional problem with an
older or younger friend or relative will
occupy time. Allow yourself room to
maneuver.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Look
for alternatives before you give in to
something or someone you don't fully
agree with. An opportunity to partner will
only be to your advantage if you don't
have to give up too much. Work from
home if possible.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): You
may be tempted to take off or to visit
someone you haven't seen in a while. Do
so for the right reasons and you won't be
disappointed. If you can mix business
with pleasure, you will be that much fur-


their ahead of the game.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): People
around you will be willing to help you
but, before you take anyone up on an of-
fer that sounds too good to be true, find
out what's required of you in return. Your
efforts alone will bring a good return.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You
may not be able to control what's going
on around you but you can forge ahead
and do your own thing with confidence.
Work hard and you will avoid some of the
turmoil going on in your personal life.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Listen
to what others have to say. Help is on the
way but, before you accept it, determine
how much of your own time you want
to contribute and if it is worth your while.
Follow your intuition and you will make
the right choice.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take
a stab at something you've wanted to try
for some time and you will be surprised
how well you do. You have to have more
faith in your own ability. Now is the time
to go it alone, not carrying someone on
your back.
*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):


Don't even consider doing something
that is going to cost you. You will get
yourself and those you care about into
trouble financially if you are frivolous.
Travel or dealing with authority figures
will not turn out in your favor.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Money can be made and deals struck to-
day. Change will be good and will help
support your beliefs and what you see
yourself doing in the future. Love is in
the stars.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
You are probably in need of a change
personally, physically and mentally. Don't
stop short of doing what's necessary be-
cause you are lazy, afraid or unsure. Ask
a trusted friend for a little hands-on help
and you will be able to go the distance.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You
will be unpredictable, changeable and
unable to make up your mind today.
Don't sell yourself short but also don't
miss out on something because you
are too stubborn. Overreacting, overin-
dulging and overspending will be your
downfall.
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Rebozo
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competitor
14 Corn pieces
16 Eye: Pref.
17 Justice Warren's
lunch?
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tribute, e.g.
21 Tuna container
22 Domed building
23 Dinero before
the euro
25 Pull
26 Jazzman Gerry's
, dinner?
33 Wraparound
garment
36 Observe
37 In the vicinity
38 Bikini, for one
40 Guadalajara gold
42 Sniffed things
43 More pretentious
when it comes to
culture
45 "_clear day ..."
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exchanges
48 Actor Kevin's
breakfast?
51 Tankfiller
52 Not quite
56 New car price
offset
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62 Teachers' org.
63 Actor Joseph's
snack?
66 Baja buddy
67 Transgresses
68 Morph lead-in
69 Motel posting
70 Animal shelter
acquisition
71 Zaire's Mobutu
Seko
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style
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lecturers, e.g.
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novels
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stories
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Fleischer
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drinkwise
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archaeological
interest
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rivaled McGwire
15 Gymnast Kerri
18" , Brute?"
19 TV colonel with
heroes -
24 Actor Estevez
25 Steering linkage
connectors
27 Sign of summer
28 Prefix meaning
"recent"
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for a marquis
30 Trampled
31 Spanish river
32 'The Swiss
Family
Robinson"
author Johann
33 Sad-sounding
auto?
34 Name on a razor
35 Mil. recruiter at
colleges
39 NFL Hall of
Famer Dawson


41 Half and half
44" Cajun:
University of
Louisiana-
Lafayette athlete
46 Hostile to
49 Grannies
50 Happy
53 Like drinks in a
cooler
54 Religious
offshoots
55 Nevada border
lake


56 Lift up the
slope
57 Capital on the
Tiber
58 Got down
59 Old Venetian
magistrate
60 Many
entertainers
have big ones
61 Windmill part
64 Tiny taste
65 Horror film
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CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONER:
Package unit, with heat, 07
model. $1575.
561-447-0339
WINDOW UNIT, Hampton Bay,
good condition. $75
(561)790-6589


SCALES, antique, weighs up
to 5,000 grams, $225.
(863)467-4328
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
FREEZER: Large w/ Locking
capability. Mint condition.
Great for the hunter. $300
(561)951-6088
RANGE, Electric, Maytag,
White, $75. (863)675-2348
STOVE, FRIDGE, WASHER &
DRYER- All in good working
condition. $125. or will sep-
arate. (863)467-8965
STOVE- Gas, Magic Chef, 20",
Excellent condition. $125.
(863)467-1530
STOVE- good shape, $50
(863)447-5985
STOVE- Kenmore, Self clean-
ing, Smooth top, white. Exc.
cond. Moving, Must sell
$250. Neg. (863)634-3841
WASHER & DRYER, Whirl-
pool, Heavy duty. Extra Ig.
capacity. Works great. $250.
(863)675-4443
WASHER, Kenmore, 3 yrs.
old, $75. (863)634-3650



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
SALON EQUIPMENT
2 Black Wet Stations w/bowls,
mirrors & appliance holders. 2
All Purpose Styling Chairs. 3
Reception Chairs. Used only
3 months. $1500/all.
(863)357-3568



FRENCH DOORS: 1 pair, In-
terior, 2.0, 10 glass panes
per door. Solid wood. Natu-
ral. $100. (863)763-2763
PLYWOOD (10 sheets): 3/4",
4x6 sheets. $120 will sep.
Call (561)762-4620 Jupiter
area.

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

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


CAPTIANS BED- Twin, w/
matching dresser. Lt color
wood. Good cond. $200. or
best offer. (863)675-0600
TODDLER BED- Little Tykes
Fire. Truck with mattress. Ex-
cellent condition. $75.
(863)675-0600
TRIPLET STROLLER- Do you
need a ride for three? Ingle-
sina, very lightly used. $395
(863)228-0244



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


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


FOOTBALL/BASEBALL CARDS
l1000)- Racing & Comic. late
Os early 90s Exc. cond. $300
or best offer!! 863-763-8943



DELL- Brand new, Never
used. Windows installed
Complete. $250. or best of-
fer. (239)324-2386 LeBelle
DELL SCHOOL COMPUTER:
Pentium 4, Window XP, Etc.
$150. (863)517-2782 Tony
GATEWAY- Like new condi-
tion. $150. (863)983-4940
ROUTER, Linksys wireless-G
Broadband, w/speed boost-
er, 2.4-GHz 802.11g, $50.
(863)634-0245



FIREPLACE- Beige, Electric,
Like new. $350. or best of-
fer. (863)467-8161
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
COFFEE TABLE, Oak w/glass
inlay top. $25
(863)763-7931


BEDROOM SUITE, 6 pc.
Queen, white, w/mattress &
boxsprings, excellent condi-
tion. $200 (863)467-7659
BUNK BEDS- Wood, includes
mattresses. Badcock brand
w/horse on end. Good cond.
$150 neg. (863)635-2487
CANOPY BED SUITE- Twin sz,
incld mirrored dresser, night
stand, desk book case.
$350. (863)763-0669
CHINA CABINET, Solid wood,
2 pc. w/5 shelves. Hand
Made. 6' tall, 4" wide. Must
see! $500 (863)763-8943
CHINA CABINETS (2), White
w/gold trim, glass doors &
shelves, 74"hx40"wx17"d.
$200/both. (561)790-6589
COUCH & LOVESEAT, dark
green, leather, good condi-
tion, $150. (863)763-5067
COUCH, LOVESEAT & 2 END
TABLES, $350 or best offer.
(863)634-9017
CURIO CABINET, $75 or best
offer. (863)634-9017
DINING ROOM SET: Broyhill,
with hutch. Paid $1700. Ask-
ing $300. 863-467-5756
DINING ROOM TABLE, Broy-
hill, Pine, Knotted Wood. 2
leaves makes 8 ft. long.
$100. (561)951-6088
DINING TABLE- With matching
china cabinet, 4 chairs &
leaf. Good cond. $600 neg.
(863)635-2487
DRESSERS, 1 white, 1 brown.
$80 for both, will separate.
(863)467-5756
ENTERTAINMENT CNTR, Wall
Unit, Light color w/glass drs.
Fits 29" TV. 6'Tx54"W. Good
cond. $100. (863)763-2763
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER-
Holds 32" television, made
of solid wood, has drawers.
$175 (239)839-0795
ENTERTAINMENT CTR- 10'x7',
White, Orig. $4000. Will sell
for $300. or best offer.
(863)467-8161
LEATHER CHAIR, Burgundy, 6
months old, excellent condi-
tion, paid $600, asking $400
(863)763-0583
LOFT BEDS with attached
desk, 2 black metal, $70/will
separate. Call
863-763-8572.
LOUNGE CHAIR, Small, beige,
$25 (863)467-5206
LOVESEAT - w/matching chair
& solid wood cocktail table.
Excellent condition. $325
firm. 863-675-5729
MATTRESS & BOXSPRINGS,
New condition, full size. $75
(863)467-5206
MATTRESS- Queen/King. New
in plastic. $189
(561)848-8765
MATTRESS- Twin/full, new in
* plastic. $139
(561)848-8765
SLEEPER SOFA- 7ft Carlton,
beige color, excellent condi-
tion, $295 or best offer.
(863)673-2593
SLEEPER SOFA: Floral design.
Excellent condition. $175.
(863)763-5216
SLEEPER SOFA, Gray plaid
queen. $100 (863)763-7931
SWIVEL ROCKER- Green,
good condition. $25
(863)610-0020
TABLE, 40" round, wooden, 2
chairs. $70 (863)697-2704



GOLF CART- E-Z Go with
dumper/gas. Good condition.
$2500 (772)341-3707/
(863)467-2104
GOLF EQUIP: Complete set of
clubs, cart & bag, 1-9, pitch-
ing wedge, putter, 1 doz golf
balls. $50. 863-675-6178


CARBINE RIFLE, 30 caliber
with 30 round clip, $300.
(863)763-5323


CHARLES DALY PUMP SHOT-
GUN, 31a" chamber & 22
Single Shot, $375 will sell
separately. (863)763-5323
CZ-52 WALNUT GRIPS- good
condition, .223 timbs, $200
(863)697-1443
GUN- Smith & Wesson model
640 Harmless 357 mag.
Stainless. $425
(772)461-8822



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
MOTORIZED CHAIR, Hover-
round MPV4, exc. cond.,
list price $6200, sell for
$1,000. (863)634-8872
NORDI TRACK weight fitness
system, $300. Call
863-467-1694.
POWER HOUSE: Fitness Ma-
chine w/leg attach. & Body
By Jake Ab Scissors. $400
will sep. (239)324-2550
TOTAL GYM MACHINE- Has
all equipment but needs 1
cable. $100 (863)983-6319
TREADMILL & EXERCISE
BIKE, $300 for both, will sep.
Call (239)324-2550



GOODMAN AIR Handler
w/heat kit, brand new, 1.5 to
2 ton, never been installed,
$550. Call 863-801-3174.



COOKER, 18 quart, brand new,
$20. Call 863-610-4674.
VIRTICAL BLINDS Teal Green,
(5) 47"Wx63/2"L (2) 81"Wx
81 L wall rods & hardware.
$200 neg. (863)763-8086


RING- Mans, 15. Solitaire in
10 Kt. band. Excellent condi-
tion. $250. (863)763-2458
WEDDING RING SET: Gold
band, diamond solitaire & a
6 diamond wrap. Pd. $1500,
Sell $500. (863)763-8828



PATIO CHAIRS- 4, Clean.
$6.00. Call (863)357-0344
or 863-610-0754.


ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR, Jaz-
zy, looks & runs like new,
$2500. (863)763-7609
POWER CHAIR: Pride Jazzy
#1113 w/joystick. Exc cond.
Small turn radius. New $5800,
Now $1090. (863)763-6907'
SCOOTER, Large SpaceSaver
Plus, 2 new batteries, Very
low hours. Like new. $850.
Neg. (863)357-8788
SCOOTER, Electric: Golden
Champion. Comes w/ Vehi-
cle Lift. Like new. $1000. or
best offer. (863)697-3152
SCOOTER: Golden Compan-
ion, Good condition. $650.
(863)634-8581
SCOOTER- Large, Space sav-
er, Exc cond. Pd $5000.
Asking $800. 863-983-8037


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
DECORATOR ITEMS: Wicker
Mirror, Etc. Palm Tree/Safari
Design. $300 for all, will sep.
Call for info. (863)675-4443


FLAG POOL- 25', W/gold ball
topper. Line, Hooks & flag
included. Will sacrifice. $95.
(863)635-1513 Frostproof



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, New Squier Strat,
w/cover, SPO10 Squier Am-
plifier, black, Some music.
$235. (863)357-8788
KEYBOARD, Cord M1, Works
good. Asking $1,500. or best
offer. (863)612-6295 La-
Belle
PIANO & ORGAN- Good condi-
tion $600. Will separate.
863-983-8037
PIANO, Gulbransen, upright,
w/Bench & new damp chas-
er. Price reduced to $200
neg. 863-467-2679 Iv. msg.
PIANO: KIMBALL, Upright w/
Bench. Excellent condition.
$500. (863)763-5216


AMERICAN BULL DOG- 7 mo.,
Male, Up to date with shots.
Reg. w/papers. $200.
(863)673-0232
BLUE TICK PUPPIES: 4
months old, purebred. $300
each. (863)634-3105
CHIHUAHUA PUPS- Not T-
Cups. 11wks, 3 Blondes, 2-
F, 1-M, CKC, Health cert.,
$400 each (863)801-1302
DOG PEN- Brand new 10 x 10
chain link. $150 firm
(863)532-0188
DOG PENS, (4), Large chain
link dog pens & also large
plastic dog crates, $680 will
sell sep. (863)612-0992
MACAW, 16 yr. old, blue &
gold, with large cage & out-
side swing. $1200
(863)634-7789
MALTESE DOG: 1 year old
adult, female, small size,
$550. Call (863) 983-1970.
PIT PUPPIES, Red Nose, pure-
bred, $250 each. Call
863-634-3721
PIT/CURR MIX, (4), dark
chocolate, males & females,
$50 each. (863)697-3657
SIAMESE KITTENS: DOB
4/15/07, Seal Point & Seal
Point Snow Shoe.
(863)357-3369
YORKSHIRE TERRIER- CKC
reg. Female, 2yrs old, black
& tan, playful & loving $350
(863)697-0286



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
ELECTRIC GOLFCART '94- Fair
condition-needs work. $100
(863)228-2123
FISHING ROD, 801b custom
rod w/Penn reel, Murray
brothers. $200
(863)983-4940
POOL TABLE: National, Solid
Slate, 4x8 w/ 15 cue sticks.
Excellent condition. $500.
(863)675-6563
TABLE- For boat or motor
home, rectangular, re-
movable, two legs, like new.
$75 (863)697-2033
TREE STANDS (2): For hunt-
ing. $70 negotiable or will
sell separately.
863-763-7609



CD PLAYER - Brand new, $30.
Call 863-610-4674.


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AMPLIFIER- Kicker SX650 all
digital & Kicker L7 12" sub.
New in box, never installed.
$350 (863)634-2131
BOOM BOX- With 2 speakers.
Like new. $150
(239)657-4348
MATT JUGGERNAUTS (2),
15". in a box. $700 or best
offer. (863)634-6476
SPEAKER- 12" and 1000 watt
Rocksford Fosgate Amplifier.
$300 (863)634-9945
SPEAKERS, Custom 4 12"
box, nice Ig port, very loud, 3
Memphis HP (M3) subs.
$350 (863)634-7157


RCA- 32", With remote. Works
great. $75. (863)467-8965


GENERATOR: Briggs & Strat-
ton, 250 watts, 120 & 12
volts., 5 hp. $200.
863-675-1754
GENERATOR- Coleman 6250
surge 550 run watts. W/220
volt ext. cord. Approx 2hr run
time. $450. (863)467-6372
GENERATOR- Generac, 7550,
ood condition, electric start,
500 (863)697-1443
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
TOOL BOX- Aluminum single
lid, excellent condition. $100
firm. (863)635-5186
TOOLBOX, 16 drawer, Snap
On roll cab, air tools, sock-
ets, wrenches, $800 will sell
separately. (863)697-0234



KENMORE VACUUM, Canister
style, like new w/tools. $80
(863)467-7659


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

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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
TIRE, For Farm Tractor, Pulley.
Good shape. $50.
(863)467-0987


SADDLE- HP Western, 17",
with accessories. Like new
condition. $275.
(863)763-0367 or 801-9494



CRAFTSMAN LAWN TRAC-
TOR- 42" cut, good deck,
new blades, needs little carb.
work. $350 (863)983-2255
GARDEN TILLER- Honda
GX160, 5.5 HP rear tine,
heavy duty. $300
'(863)674-0098
RIDING LAWN MOWER,
Craftsman, LT1000, 17.5hp,
42" cut, new, mower deck,
$400. (863)763-7376

RIDING MOWER, 2004 1000L
John Deere w/extra blades.
Needs minor work. $400. or
best offer. (863)467-9395
RIDING MOWER- Craftsman,
42", 19hp, w/bagger, $450
(863)675-0016
RIDING MOWER- Snapper,
8hp Briggs & Stratton, fresh
30" blade + 1 extra blade.
$250 (863)673-5206
ROTO TILLER- Attach Troy
Built Big Red, 12hp, elec.,
exc. cond. $2800 new, sell
$1200 neg (863)763-1377


AGRICULTURAL NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST
OKEECHOBEE SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Technically oriented position that will operate in a team envi-
ronment with field personnel from the Natural Resources Con-
servation Services and the FL. Dept. of Agriculture. Perform
on-site and engineering evaluations of soil and water related
projects, water quality sampling, data collection, elementary
survey analysis and report on-site evaluations of construction,
implementation and operation and maintenance pursuant to all
Best Management Practices., Follow up with agricultural pro-
ducers regarding implementation of approved conservation
plans and provide technical assistance relating to operation
and maintenance of management and/or engineered practices.
Provide training and education programs to agriculture indus-
try. Computer knowledge required. Bookkeeping and Quick
Books experience preferred.
Submit resumes by July 27th to Soil & Water Conservation
District, 452 US Hwy 98 N, Okeechobee, FL 34972 or by fax
863-763-6407


I-pca Notic


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




BEAUTIFUL
SAMATHA'S GARDEN
APARTMENTS
Behind Capt. D's. 2br/2ba,
$900 mo. + 1st, last & $600.
sec. dep. (863)634-5780 or
(863)467-9250

NW OKEECHOBEE: 2BR, 2BA,
on quiet St. Kids & pets ok.
$850/mo. 1st, last & $500
sec. 561-346-1642.
OKEECHOBEE, Backlash RV
Park Apt & RV's 1 br available
on the Rim Canal. Call for de-
tails. (863)763-7783


Doublewide, 3BR/2BA, in
BHR, No pets, yearly lease,
$750/mo + $1000 sec. dep.
863-763-4031
Indian Hammock, 1800 sq.
ft., 3/2, w/2 stall barn,
fenced, $2400 mo., 1st, last
& sec. (863)467-0831 ask
for Judy
KINGS BAY,
2BR/1BA, 1 car garage, CBS
House. central a/c & heat,
dishwasher, W/D, storm shut-
ters. $900 mo. + $900 sec.
dep. Avail Now 863-467-8434

NEAR TOWN: 3 Bdrm., 21/2
Ba., Avail. Aug. 1st. $1250.
mo. Need 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)763-5323
OKEE., 3br, 1ba, Carport,
Yard, W/D, Partly Furnished
$1150. mo +Sec. 1008 SW
2nd Ave. (954)658-0108
OKEE-By 15B/Barlows 2br,
1ba, CBS, Ige lot, encl. patio,
W/D, storage, $875/mo. 1st,
& last (786)201-0306
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1 Ever-
lade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
561-248-3888/863-599-0156
OKEECHOBEE: 3BR/2BA, CBS,
Kings Bay. $1150 / month.
Call Rick (863)697-3096 or
Sammy (305)775-6579
Okeechobee, brand new 3/2,
avail. now, 1 yr. lease,
$1800 mo., 1st, last & sec.
(863)467-0831 ask for Judy
RENT TO OWN: New 3/2/1 in
Basswood. $1200. mo. +
1st, last & sec. dep.
561-718-2822
RIM CANAL: Cottage, New.
2/2 Unfurn. w/loft & dock.
Covered prkg. $1200 mo.
Min. 6 mo's. (772)408-3361
TREASURE ISLAND:(2)
2br/1ba, unfurn duplex's.
$700/mo + 1st mo dep.
W/D incld. (239)707-5155


OKEECHOBEE, 2 acres for
lease, wood & field fenced
property. (863)634-8658



Great Location!
OFFICE
SPACE
* Downstairs
Close proximity to new
court house. 863-763-4740



BEDROOM with BA, full house
privileges, incl. utils.
$125/wk. 1st/last. Sec. dep.
No pets. 863-467-0624.


I.pecial Noti I


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AIR BOAT, w/180hp Lycoming
engine, trailer, exc. cond.
$6500 (863)673-0783
ALUM BOAT, 13ft., 15hp
Johnson, with roll on trailer,
runs great. $1200 or best of-
fer. (863)763-5631
BOAT- 14' Flat bottom, alum
w/trailer. Mariner 2.5 HP,
motor & Minnkota 65 trolling
motor. $800 (863)674-0098
BOAT: PADDLE WHEELER, 12
FT, Mid 80's. Ready to use.
$200. (863)763-3551
BOAT, Starcrafl, 16 Ft., Semi-
V, 40 hp. Mercury, Trailer.
As Is. $500 or best offer.
(863)763-4643


HOUSEKEEPING:

Full Time

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


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 Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



BUY NOW! Brand new CBS
4 Bdrm., 2 Ba., 3654 NW 5th
St., $995 mo. $145,000.
(863)484-0809
OKEECHOBEE- Handyman
Special! 3br, 2ba, in Bass-
wood Est., Needs work.
3633 NW 24th Ave. $69,000
Call Lex (561)715-1768.


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


Mobile Homes



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




AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY
Waterfront, Clean & Quiet,
Okeechobee Nicest. From
$750. mo. (772)215-0010


OKEECHOBEE, 2br/2ba with
land, FL room, lease with op-
tion to buy, nice area, a/c.
(863)634-3451
ON RIM CANAL: 3 BR, 2 Ba.,
$850 mo. + $500 sec. dep.
Pay own electric. No Pets
863-697-0214
SHORT TERM OR YEARLY -
fully turn., 2br, 2.5ba dbl.
wide, lake access, c/a, w/d,
direct tv, all util. & lawn
maint. incl., very clean,
(863)467-8005
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES - DW
Mobile, 3/2, furnished, C/A,
boat dock, adults only.
$900/mo. & 1st, last, & $500
sec. (954)260-1933
TREASURE ISLAND- 3br, 2ba,
on canal, fenced in, $750
dep, $250/wk, Please call
Missy (863)634-8674



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


MOBILE HOME: Quiet, 55+
Community. Park Model.
Screened in room. Reduced to
$4500. 863-467-2600
MOBILE HOME '88-CORSAIR,
unfurnished, located in Whis-
per Creek 55+ community.
$10,000 or best offer.
(239)839-0795
MOBILE HOME '94- 3 Br, 2
BA, 1674 sq. ft. on almost 1
acre in Moore Haven. Behind
high school. Call Rey for
more info. (480)226-7564
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
Campers/'RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

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BOW RIDER - 15FT, 40HP
Merc., also w/trolling motor
Sand trailer $2500 or best of-
fer (863)467-5906
CANOE- 14', Fiberglass, 3
seats, paddle & PVC stand
included $150.
(863)635-1513 Frostproof
CENTER CONSOLE '92- 17ft,
50 Mariner, new salt water
trolling motor, aluminum trlr,
$2000 (863)634-1567
DINGY- 10OFt., Avon, can take
up to 10 HP motor, $275.
Call 863-265-0255
FISHING BOAT: 1756 G3, 17
Ft., Center Console, 5 per-
son, 60 hp Yamaha 0/B, Salt
Water Trolling Motor w/ trail-
er. Garage kept. Only used 9
hrs. $9,500. 561-262-6547
FISHING BOAT- Aluminum,
'1977 Lone Star. Good con-
dition. $450. (863)763-0410
JET BOAT '72- 18ft, 454 Board
30 over, Wright Hull, roller
everything, motor will go in
vehicle, approx 550 hp, De-
mon carb, matching trir,
$3600 (863)634-1567 or
(863)763-4349
LAKE AND BAY '03, "Boca
Grande" 20 Ft., '03 Yamaha
225 hpdi VMax, 80 hrs. War-
ranty 'til '09, Custom tandem
Boat Master trlr. All like new.
$34,900. (863)675-5855
NEW AIR BOAT SEATS- cush-
ions, slips, any color, $200
each (561)644-1957
PONTOON BOAT- 24', 90hp
Merc Madner, W/brand new
control cables. Trailer (new
tires) $4500. (561)315-9703
SAILING DINGY 8 Ft., fiber-
glass. Complete w/sails &
oars. Excellent shape! $590
(863)265-0255
SKEETER BASS BOAT- '89-
16ft, 150-XR2 Merc, New
Minnkota trolling motor,
matching trlr, $4000
(863)634-1567 or
(863)763-4349
V BOTTOM - 16', Alum., 35hp
Merc., Trolling mtr. New trailer.
Runs great. Needs wood repair
$1000. (561)261-0766


DUTCHMAN 1994, 27 Ft. w/
Florida Rm. LaBelle area.
Must be moved. $4000. neg.
(989)656-9933/553-7734


FORD '79 RV, 6 cyl., Needs
some work. $750 or best of-
fer. (863)763-7497


DAVIT, for Jet Ski, with cradle,
hand crank, piling mounted,
$200. (863)675-1033
SEADOO GSI '97- with trailer,
runs great, $1700
863 634-1567 or
863 763-4349



FISH FINDER & BOTTOM
FINDER- Hummingbird 400
Series. Like new. $75.
(863)634-1545
PROPELLER- For Evinrude
motor, 17" Pitch. Recondi-
tioned. $50. (863)634-0433


KAWASAKI 400, '78, runs
great, $1800 or best offer.
(863)634-1598
SUZUKI S40 Boulevard 2007,
650 cc, Black. Extra fea-
tures. 500 mls. $4000 or
best offer. (863)610-0045
TRIKE 2005, Suzuki / Lehman,
4500 mis. $15,000.
(863)227-0336



FOUR WHEEL DRIVE PARTS-
Dana 60-Dana 44 matching,
(2) 205 gear driven transfer
cases, NP 4 spd, $1200 for
all (863)634-1567 or
(863)763-4349
FOUR WHEELER- '98 Suzuki
250, 4x4, Runs good. Needs
a little TLC. $500.
(863)634-0399
HONDA 250F DIRTBIKE, '04,
$2500. (863)634-8734
IRON BUMPERS- front winch
mount & guide grill guard,
$150, Rear round w/hitch
places $100, (4) Core radia-
tor $50 (863)634-1567 or
(863)763-4349
KTM 125 SX DIRTBIKE, '03,
$1800 or best offer.
(863)634-8734
SUZUKI RM250 '05: Dirt bike.
Mint condition, runs good.
$2500. Neg. (863)261-4633
or (863)357-2271


YAMAHA 600 Grizzly 4x4,
1999, runs good, $2200.
(239)229-2974


Automobiles



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



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
CAMRY TOYOTA- '94, 4 cyl.,
A/C, Tilt wheel & Cruise
Good transportation. $2100.
(863)467-1655
CHEVROLET CAMARO '94,
Burgundy, 5 spd, V6, 127k.
$2000 or best offer.
(239)560-4604
CHEVY CELEBRITY, '88, low
miles, runs great, looks ok,
great work car, $800 or best
offer (863)634-7598
CHEVY CORSICA- '91, White,
Runs, Good shape. $800. or
best offer. (863)261-5101
CHEVY NOVA '76, Runs good.
Needs minor body work.
$800 (239)503-5131 Ask
for Ramon, after 5:30pm
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


MERC GRAND MARQUIS '90-
5.0, runs great, All power.
good rubber, $1200. or best
offer. (863)467-6805
MERCURY 1985, Full Size Sta-
tion Wagon, Runs and Drives
great. $800. (863)357-2370
or(863)634-1324
MITSUBISHI 3000GT, '94,
red, exc. cond., 55k mi., gar-
age kept, w/cover, beautiful,
$8,000. (863)763-3547
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
TOYOTA CAMRY SE- '07, Red,
6 cyl, Leather, Dual exhaust,
15K mi., Rear spoiler.



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



JEEP WRANGLER, 1989 -
4x4, 97K mi., new tires,
$3,500. Call Cody at
863-697-8531.
JEEP WRANGLER, '98,
am/fm/cd player, w/amp,
subwoofer & sound bar, new
a/c, new tubular bumpers,
alarm & much more, great
shape, $9800 or best offer.
(863)697-3885



DUMP TRUCK '77, Allison
auto transmission, does not
run. $400 (863)763-1370


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
CARTOP CARRIER- In excel-
lent condition. $65
(863)635-5186


DODGE PICKUP TOPPER-
Leer Crown, fullsize bed.
Good cond. but needs paint.
$250 neg. (239)369-3269
ENGINES, (2), diesel, single
cyclinde, dolly, (6) 750.16
tires, $750 will sell sep..
(863)763-2378/801-3190
FIBERGLASS TOPPER for full
size truck, fits most beds,
key lock, exc. cond.
$600/neg. 772-519-2256.
FLARESIDE F150, tailgate,
chrome bumper & taillights,
$250 will sell separately.
(863)634-7608
FUEL TANK- 150 gal. $100. or
best offer. (863)634-7318
JEEP PARTS- 4.0L engine,
trans. case, 5 spd manual,
new clutch, 31/2" lift, seats,
etc. $750 (239)895-3269
REAR AXLE- For Chevy P/U
Truck. complete. $100.
772)359-2923 or
863)467-5401
REAR BENCH SEAT, for Jeep
Wranger, gray with belts &
lockable trunk option, like
new, $100. (772)332-1438
REAR BUMPER, for '94 Mazda
Pickup, new, still boxed,
$400 new, sell for $275.
(863)763-6449
RE-CAP TIRES
(2) 425/65R22.5, 80% rub-
ber, $175 for both or will sell
sep (561)676-0427
RIMS & TIRES (4), from '07
Escalade, 18", alum. alloy, fit
GM trucks, very nice. $700
(863)763-0944
RIMS (4)- 15X10 inch, univer-
sal 5-4/3/4 by 5-4/1/2 with
tires. Good cond. $300 firm.
(239)675-0088 before 9pm
RUNNING BOARDS- Factory,
(Beige) off of '08 Super Duty
Ford Crew Cab P/U. $500.
Neg. 863-697-0328 Heather
RUNNING BOARDS- Factory,
Fits '99-'07 Ford Super Duty
Crew Cab P/U. $200.
863-697-0328 Heather
RUNNING BOARDS, for late
model Ford F150, asking
$125. (863)467-4328
TOW DOLLY, Kar Kaddy, circa
1984, exc. cond., newly
painted & rewired, good
tires. $600 (863)946-0697
TRUCK BED- 8ft, for 2002
Ford F250, $500 or best of-
fer (863)447-5985


TRUCK CAP - green, for step
side p/u, good cond., asking
$225/neg. (863)357-6315
or 863-634-8731.
TRUCK PARTS- (1) '05 Ford
Banks diesel tuner (1) '04
Dodge Banks diesel tuner.
$700 both (239)895-3269
TRUCK TOOL BOX- full size
pickup, aluminum, deep well,
from Tractor Supply, good
cond., $125. (863)763-4992
TRUCK TOPPER for '80-'96
Ford longbed, double drs &
toolboxes, great condition.
$425/neg. 863-801-3174.
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 1500 '89- 8 ft bed
w/camper top. $500 or best
offer. (863)983-2255
CHEVY 3/4 TON P/U '54, with
6 cyl & 4 spd trans., runs
good. $800 (863)763-1370
DODGE PICK UP 1995, Club
Cab, 3/4 To, HD, Cummins
diesel engine. Auto. trans,
4wd, Air, Possi Traction,
$10K Neg 863-673-3496 or
863-675-2473 after 7pm
DODGE RAM 1500- '03, 4x4,
Quad cab, Hemi. Excellent
condition. $16,900.
.(863)675-1493
FORD F100 '78- Mark II top-
per, 302 V8, runs good, new
tires, brakes, $950 neg
(386)216-0113 Muse
FORD F150 '96, Shortbed, Ed-
die Bauer, Cold A/C, Runs &
Looks great. 124K, 6 cyl., 5
spd., $3700. 863-673-6819
FORD F250 '89, 7.3 Diesel,
4x4, a/c, 5 spd., utility box,
runs good, $1900
(863)675-1862
FORD F350 '91, Steel flatbed,
gooseneck hookup, diesel, 5
spd manual. $1675
(561)758-4337
GMC SIERRA- '05, 4x4, With
ext. cab. Excellent condition.
$21,500. (863)675-1493
TOPPER- Fiberglass. Fits Ford
F150. Standard cab. 6' bed.
Tan, tinted windows $500.
(772)263-6481


TOYOTA PICKUP '95, 4x4,
Good body & running gear.
Motor blown. $2500.
(863)824-0970


CHEVY SUBURBAN: 1986,
4x4, runs good. $1700. or
best offer. 863-763-0605
JEEP CHEROKEE, '95, white,
$2200 or best offer. MUST
SELL!!! (863)763-4821



CARGO TRAILER- black, 6x12,
V Nose, new, ramp door,
single axle, $2900
(863)467-1509

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

DODGE CARGO VAN '96, 2500
model, V8 auto., p/w, cold
air, ladder racks, great for
work. $1675 (561)758-4337

FORD AEROSTAR '87, V-6,
Motor runs good. Needs
trans. Many new parts. $150
or best offer. (863)763-0967
REAR SEATS, (2), for '87 Ply-
mouth, gray, good shape,
$175. (863)763-6449 or
jvaguilar@earthlink.net

VW VAN '76 - Rusty, does not
run, 100K + miles, interior
in good cond. $500
(863)467-4258

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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-151
IN RE: ESTATE OF
JOESAUM,JR.
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of JOE
SAUM, JR., deceased, whose date of
death was June 5, 2007, and whose
Social Security Number is
269-16-7616, 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 with this 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 17, 2007.
Pamela Jo Elders
Personal Representative
1277 S.W. 18th Terrace
Okeechobee, FL 34974
CONELY & CONELY
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
S63)763-3825
omW. Conely, III
Flodrida Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
224940 ON 7/17,24/07


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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, a/k/a DAVIE M.
BAUGHN, deceased, whose date of
death was May 27, 2007, and whose
Social Secudity Number is
266-82-7647, is pending in the Circuit
Court tor Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 NW. 3rd Street, Suite 101,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972.* The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and personal represen-
tatve'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 withthis 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. Lucle, Florida 34983
CONELY & CONELY
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
S863)763-3825
om . Conely, III
Florida Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
223488 ON 7/10,17/07
Okeechobee County School Board
Emcutlive Session
The Okeechobee County School Board
will meet in closed Executive Session
on Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at 4:00
p.m. in the office of the Supedrinten-
dent, 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeecho-
bee. The meeting is between the
Board, their Board attorney, Gibbs Law
Firm attorneys, and the Superintendent
of Schools regarding pending lisgalon
in the Gay/Straight Alliance vs. the
School Board of Okeechobee lawsuit..
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
218374 ON 7/17,23/07

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Community Events


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, Okeechobee Main Street, Inc., will be host a
100 Target Fun Shoot at Quail Creek Plantation. Check-in begins at 8
a.m. and the course will open at 8:30 a.m. The event is open to team
and individual shooters. 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.
For information, call the First Baptist Church at (863) 763-2171.

Red Cross to host water instructor course
The American Red Cross will conduct water safety instructor cours-
es on Aug. 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25. The fee is $160. Applicants must be at
lest 15 years 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, beginning at Port Mayaca Cemetery at 9 a.m. The fee is $5 per
hand. Prizes will be awarded. Proceeds will benefit Okeechobee Hos-
pice. 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 representing Worldview Weekend will be Ken Ham, Da-
vid Barton, Bob Cornuke, Brannon Howse and Ron Carlson. The pro-
gram 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 contact 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, address 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 deliverance class each Friday during the month of May beginning
at 6 p.m. Anyone wanting 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 documentation 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 ohs-
98grads@yahoo.com. Include your maiden name if appropriate, ad-
dress, 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 program for 4-year-old children. Space will be limited so reg-
ister 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 informa-
tion, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

VFW sponsors Operation Shoebox
Big Lake VFW, Post #10539 is looking .for all family members --
sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers or mothers -- of those serv-
ing in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan or the Persian Gulf. The Post is spon-
soring Operation Shoebox and would like to send packages to active
military personnel from Okeechobee. Please call (863) 697-2930, or
e-mail Cheryl@oacenterprises.com.

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 pro-
gram is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL corporate
funds. The program provides emergency assistance funds to custom-
ers 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 sur-
vivors of domestic violence. The date and time will be announced at
a later date according to community interest 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 furniture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and oth-
er items for infants and toddlers. Proceeds from the sale of donated
items will be used to benefit infants and pregnant women in the com-
munity. 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. Pro-
ceeds 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 instruction course that complies with Florida employment re-
quirements 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 infor-
mation, 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 advo-
cate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs. Volun-
teers 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.

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering par-
enting education 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 consists 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.

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 medi-
cations and conditions are acceptable. Diabetes and blood pressure do-
nations can 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 avail-
able 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.

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 Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently 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 missions of the
Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and cadet
programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to accom-
plish these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior
member contact Gene p'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Opera-
tions 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 volunteers 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 communicate 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 edu-
cation/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.


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Okeechobee hosts




Dixie Youth tourney


By Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Twelve teams from across
Florida arrived in Okeechobee this
week to take part in the Dixie Youth
Majors state tournament. This is a
double elimination tournament for
the 11-12 year-old majors division
of the Dixie Youth baseball pro-
gram. The winner of this tourney
will represent Florida on August 6-
11 in the Dixie Youth World Series in
Madison Heights, Va. Those teams
competing in this year's tourna-
ment were Okeechobee, Spring
Hill, Southlake, Liberty County,
Malone, Chipley, East Lakeland,


Franklin County, Avon Park, We-
wachitchka, Holmes County-Boni-
fay and Hardee County.
The players and their coaches
were introduced to an enthusiastic
group of spectators during Friday
night's opening ceremony. Follow-
ing the ceremony, the teams were
treated to a barbecue chicken din-
ner cooked by Okeechobee Coun-
ty Commissioner Marvin Wherrell.
Mr. Wherrell cooked 500 chickens
for over 520 people in attendance.
The tournament officially be-
gan Saturday morning. The re-
sults of Saturday's games were
Spring Hill def. Okeechobee 2-1;
Southlake def. Liberty County 14-


1; Malone def. Chipley 4-1; East
Lakeland def. Franklin County 13-
3; Avon Park def. Wewachitchka
13-5 and Holmes County-Bonifay
def. Hardee County 11-1.
The results of Sunday's games
were Okeechobee def. Liberty
County 2-1; Franklin County def.
Chipley 6-1; Hardee def. Wewa-
chitchka 4-3; Southlake def. Spring
Hill 7-4; East Lakeland def. Malone
6-2 and Holmes County-Bonifay
def. Avon Park 12-5.
The tournament will contin-
ue throughout this week at the
Okeechobee Sports Complex, 580
N.W. 27" Lane.


Stewart breaks winless



streak at Chicagoland


By Chris Jenkins
AP Sports Writer
JOLIET, Ill. - Tony Stewart
finally broke through for his first
victory of the season, holding off
Matt Kenseth on several late-race
restarts Sunday to win the NASCAR
Nextel Cup Series race at Chicago-
land Speedway.
Stewart, who has spent this
week in a high-profile feud with
teammate Denny Hamlin, climbed
the front stretch fence in celebra-
tion, but seemed more relieved
than elated by the victory.
"I'm glad this is over," said Stew-
art, who also won at Chicagoland
in 2004. "I'm going on vacation."
Stewart broke a 20-race winless
streak dating to last season thanks
in part to a hard crash by contend-
er Jimmie Johnson, who was run-
ning second behind Stewart with
45 laps left when his tire went flat.
Johnson walked away from the
crash int6 the wall without any se-
rious injuries beyond a sore elbow,
but it left his car mangled and ru-
ined his chance at a victory.
"I thought the drive shaft came
out of the car, it was so violent,"
Johnson said.
The accident jumbled pit strat-
+ egies for the race leaders, most of
whom only needed a splash of fuel
to make it to the end when they pit-
ted with 40 laps left.
After a quick pit stop, Stewart
came out of the pits with the lead,
ahead of Kenseth, Kurt Busch and
Kevin Harvick. Kenseth pulled
side-by-side to challenge Stewart
on the restart, but Stewart held him
off until another caution flag came
out for a crash by J.J. Yeley 20 laps
later.
Kenseth said that was his "one
shot" to get past Stewart -- but he
nearly lost control of his car while
making the move, and backed off
to finish second.
"I had that one shot at him, and
I couldn't quite finish the pass,"
Kenseth said.
Kenseth was glued to Stewart's


AP photo/Warren Wimmer
NASCAR drivers Johnny Sauter (left) and Tony Stewart talk as
they ride around the track after drivers' introductions before
the start of the USG Sheetrock 400 auto race at Chicagoland
Speedway Sunday, July 15, in Joliet, Ill.


back bumper when the race re-
started with 18 laps to go -- and
Joe Nemechek crashed two laps
later, forcing Stewart to fend off
the field on yet another late restart.
But Stewart squirted away on the
final restart with 12 laps to go, and
Kenseth wasn't able to mount an-
other challenge in the closing laps.
Kenseth held off a charge from
teammate Carl Edwards to finish
second. Edwards finished third,
followed by Kevin Harvick and
pole-sitter Casey Mears.
With two cars in the top three
on Sunday, it was another step for-
ward in what has been an off year
for the Roush-Fenway team.
"I think we've been working
pretty hard, and we've been gain-
ing some ground," Edwards said.
What was shaping up as a good
day for Dale Earnhardt Inc. quickly
fell apart in the final stages of the
race. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was run-
ning third with 58 laps to go when
he fell off the pace with an apparent
power steering failure -- remarking
over his in-car radio how "funny"
it was that he couldn't really steer
his car.
Teammate Martin Truex Jr.,
who also had been running in the
top 10, pulled off the track with en-


gine problems three laps later and
rolled back into the garage.
Earnhardt stayed on the track,
but dropped out of the top 10 and
finished 19th.
Sunday's victory broke a 20-
race winless streak for Stewart,
whose last victory came Nov. 5,
2006, at Texas Motor Speedway.
Stewart did win two non-points-
paying events leading up to the sea-
son-opening Daytona 500 this year,
and certainly has had his chances
to win races this year at Atlanta,
Bristol, Phoenix and Charlotte.
Meanwhile, Hendrick Motors-
ports' dominance in the first half
of the season seems to be fading
slightly. Hendrick drivers Johnson,
Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Casey
Mears won 10 of the first 14 races.
But Hendrick has been shut out of
victory lane for the past five races.
Mears finished fifth, the highest-
finishing Hendrick car.
It was a particularly rough day
for Johnson, who banged his el-
bow in the crash.
"I haven't hit hard in a while,
and it certainly was one of those,"
Johnson said.


Phillies first professional



team to 10,000 losses


By Dan Gelston
AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA - Never
known as lovable losers, cursed,
or even affectionately as bums,
the Philadelphia Phillies have long
held a more pitiable title: The los-
ingest team in sports.
From the Baker Bowl to Shibe
Park/Connie Mack Stadium to the
Vet and Citizens Bank Park, futility
has tailed them like the sound of
boos that echo throughout Philly
for the disheartenment of every
September collapse, every last-
place finish, every near miss.
No team has lost quite like
the Phillies. Now, make it 10,000
times.
Bad starting pitching, brutal
relief, hardly any hitting, it was
all in there in Sunday's milestone
loss. Albert Pujols hit two of the
St. Louis Cardinals' six homers in
a 10-2 rout.
"I don't really care about it,"
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel
said. "We haven't been really talk-
ing about it. Our players haven't
been talking about it."
Maybe there wasn't much chat-
ter in the clubhouse, but the fans
jumped all over the ugly num-
ber. They started Web sites that
counted down to 10,000, blogged
about the memorable defeats and
brought signs to the game that
poked fun at the unimaginable
number.
By the ninth inning, fans in the
sellout crowd of 44,872 thumbed
their noses at the dubious mark,
standing and applauding. Cam-


AP photo/George Widman
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher
Adam Wainwright throws
against the Philadelphia Phil-
lies in the third inning of a
baseball game in Philadel-
phia on Sunday, July 15.
era. flashes went off all around
the park, trying to record the final
pitch as NL MVP Ryan Howard
struck out to end the game.
Cardinals' manager Tony La
Russa made sure to snag the ball
and said he would auction it off for
charity.
"That ball is history," he said.
"It's nothing to be ashamed
about."
Maybe not. But only one World
Series championship (1980) in 125
years has long brought that feeling
to the fans in a city way too famil-
iar with losing.
The Phillies have had few mo-
ments to celebrate. The franchise,
born in 1883 as the Philadelphia
Quakers and briefly called the Blue


Jays in the mid-1940s, fell to 8,810-
10,000.
Next on the losing list: the
Braves, with 9,681 defeats. It took
them stints in three cities (Boston,
Milwaukee and Atlanta) to reach
that total. Not even those lovable
losers, the Chicago Cubs, come
close at 9,425.
And for those counting, it was
the 58th time the Phillies have lost
by that exact 10-2 score, the Elias
Sports Bureau said.
The Phillies avoided the mile-
stone for three games, but the Car-
dinals -- the team that caught them
43 years ago for the NL pennant
in one of the biggest collapses in
baseball history -- beat Philadel-
phia one more time.
All that mattered to the Phillies
was winning the series, 2-1.
"It doesn't matter one way or
the other to all the guys in here,"
All-Star center fielder Aaron Row-
and said. "The guys in here weren't
responsible for 10,000 losses, so
what does it really matter to us?"
It hasn't been all bad for the
Phillies. They've had their share of
highlights and Hall of Famers: Jim
Bunning, Robin Roberts, Richie
Ashburn.
They haven't lost 100 games
since 1961, and they won the
NL East three straight years from
1976-78 behind Mike Schmidt,
Steve Carlton and Larry Bowa.
Philadelphia lost the World Series
in 1983 and 1993, though it hasn't
returned to the playoffs since Joe
Carter's homer won the 1993
World Series for Toronto.


Sports Briefs


Looking for
team bowlers
Stardust Lanes is looking for
bowlers for their mixed league
(four bowlers, two men and
two women). Teams are now
forming to start on Friday, Sept.
7, at 7:30 p.m. Individuals or
teams contact (863)763-4496 or
(863)467-6596.

O.G. & C.C. junior golf
clinics being held
Okeechobee Golf and Coun-
try Club will offer junior golf
clinics throughout the sumn
mer. The clinics will focus on1
the golf basics for the inexperi-
enced, as well as intermediate
training for the more advanced
player. Clinics will include golf
etiquette, rules, putting, chip-
ping, full swing and actual play
on the course. These clinics
will be offered every Tuesday
and Wednesday beginning on
July 10 and concluding on Aug.
15. Clinics will be instructed by
PGA professionals who are on
staff. Classes will begin at 8:30
a.m. and conclude at 12 Noon.
Students may participate in
as many sessions as desired.
Fees for the clinics will be $25
per student per day or $20 per
student if they participate both
days. Students must be be-

O.G. & C.C.

Weekly

Results

PI.G.S. League
July 6: First place-George Guy-
dosh. Second place: Gizmo.
Last place: Bob Knapp. Closest
to the pin: (2) Bob Knapp, (8)
George Earl Goudy, (11) Russ
Adams, and (17) Kenny Cur-
ran.
July 11: (held at Sebring Mu-
nicipal Course) First place-Ben
Burdeshaw. Second place-
Kenny Curran. Last place-Ken
Wilder. Closest to pin-Frank
Noble, Kenny Curran and Ken
Wilder.
W.RI.G.S. League
July 13: First place-Jean Knapp.
Second place-Bob Knapp. Last
place-John Nickelson. Closest
to pin-(2) Russ Adams, (8) Ida
Curtis, (11) Carol Plymasser
and (17) Russ Pappy.


tween the ages of 10 to 16-years-
old. There will a maximum of six
students per session. For informa-
tion contact Terry Lanman, head
golf pro and general manager, at
(863) 763-6228.

YMS hosts
volleyball open gym
Yearling Middle School will
host an open gym starting in July
for any girl interested in playing
volleyball. Any girl that will be
attending YMS in the upcoming
school year may participate. Girls
lnust have a completed physical
form and parental consent form
before being allowed to partici-
pate. Forms can be picked up in
the main office of YMS. Open gym
will begin July 5, from 1 to 3 p.m.,
and continue every Tuesday and
Thursday. For information contact
Melinda Gray at (863) 697-2795.


Cheerleading squad
is accepting members
The Okeechobee Platinum
Elite competitive cheerleading
squad continues to grow every
day, and it's not too late to join.
Call Kathy at (863) 697-0812 to
join.

Bass club
meeting slated
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528, 2002 S.R. 78 W,
on the second Thursday of each
month.
Tournaments are held the fol-
lowing weekend.
New member boaters and
non-boaters are welcome.
For information, call Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.


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