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LIBRARY OF FLORIDA HISTORY
.PO BOX 117007
Vol. 98 No. 201 Friday, July 20, 2007 SAINESVILLE FL 32611 7007


Inside


Man's death is
ruled suicide
The official cause of death
for a 65-year-old Okeechobee
man who was found dead in
his N.W 30"' Street mobile
home last month was a self-
inflicted gunshot wound to the
head, according to the medical
examiner's office.
Page 3


Okeechobee team
eliminated from
state tourney
The Okeechobee majors
team, made up of 11-12 year-
old athletes, was eliminated
from the Dixie Youth baseball
state tournament Wednesday
evening when they lost to the
undefeated Holmes County-
Bonifay team 5-1.
Page 7
Briefs

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.

New watering
limits in effect
The Okeechobee area is
now under Phase III water re-
strictions.
Lawn watering is now lim-
ited to one day a week from 4
until 8 a.m. and 5 until 7 p.m.
for low volume hand water-
ing.
Addresses with odd num-
bers are permitted to water on
Saturday and addresses winh
even numbers are permitted to
irrigate on Sundays.
More information is avail-
able by calling (800) 250-4200;
or, by going to the South Flori-
da Water Management website
at www.sfwmd.gov.

Drought Index
Current:- 238
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.12 feet
Last Year: 12.22 feet
� Source: South
Florida Water
Management
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.


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

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


Community Links. Individual Voices.




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Budget situation is uncertain


Tax reform law
making budget
planning difficult

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
For the first time in several
years, county budget planners
are being asked to do more with
less.
It's the time of year to prepare
the budget for the fiscal year be-
ginning Oct. 1. In fact, budget


planning is behind schedule. By
this time of year plans for the
new budget are usually well un-
der w4y. However, property tax
reform laws enacted earlier this
year have delayed the process.
Budget planners have had to
await recently received instruc-
tions from the Florida Depart-
ment of Revenue interpreting the
new laws.
The first budgetworkshop will
be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday,
July 26, as part of that day's meet-
ing of the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commissioners.


Commissioners could establish a
millage rate on that date or they
could hold another workshop
before submitting the millage
rate to the property appraiser the
first part of August.
The millage rate determines
the amount of ad valorem taxes
a property owner will pay. One
mil equals $1 every $1,000 of as-
sessed value.
For the first time in several
years, the budget planning pro-
cess will be different in at least
two ways -- declining revenues
and decreasing property values.


Eagle Scout project: Teen raises $6,200


Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
On Thursday, July 19, Adam Hollander presented checks totaling $6,200 to Darleen
Mayers, the interim director of the Real Life Children Ranch.

Boy Scout helps kids have real life


By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
While only 14, Adam Hol-
lander has already achieved
great things. On July 19, he de-
livered more than a dozen large
bins full of donated hygiene
items to the Real Life Children's
Ranch, along with $6,200 in
donations that he had collected
over the past few months.
"I heard about the program
from my youth group minis-
ter," stated Adam, who lives in
Palm Beach Gardens. "He gave
me the name and number; I
checked out the website and
saw what it was about."
Once he learned about the
program his mind was set, and
he began to work on his Eagle
Scout project.
His first plan had been to
build fitness stations for the
children living at the ranch.
The planned changed when
the project became too riddled
with complications to contin-
ue as his Eagle Scout project,


Traci Ewer and Chase Elliott label bins of hygienic prod-
ucts that are being donated to the Real Life Children's
Ranch on July 19. They are friends of Adam Hollander,
who gathered the products as part of his Eagle Scout
Project.


though he did still build the
stations with members of his
church youth group.
That is when he. decided to
start the Soap and Suds pro-
gram. This program was aimed
at collecting enough hygienic


items -- like soap, shampoo,
toothbrushes and toothpaste
-- that children's ranch would
not need to purchase any for a
year.
See Teen - Page 2


According to the new tax
laws, in Okeechobee County, the
revenue from ad valorem taxes
must decrease by 3 percent from
last year. However, we are better
off in that area than some coun-
ties who will have to make much
larger cuts. The county's fiscal
responsibility in the past is pay-
ing off.
"We have cut taxes and main-
tained tax levels in the lowest
group of local governments,"
said county administrator
George Long. "Out of 67 coun-
ties, were number seven for


conservative taxes. We will not
have nearly the severity of reduc-
tion that most cities and counties
will have."
However, that 3 percent figure
for revenue reduction is offset
by the taxable income from last
year's new construction, which
is not subject to the 3 percent re-
duction. The net result, according
to Okeechobee County Property
Appraiser Bill Sherman, is that ad
valorem revenues to the county
will show a slight increase over
See Budget - Page 2


Area readies



to pay homage



to the cowboy


Festivities will
start at 10 a.m.
on July 28

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee will begin the
celebration of the National Day
of the Cowboy on Saturday, July
28, at Flagler Park with a cattle
drive down S.R. 70 that will
continue to the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center where other
festivities and a ranch rodeo
will take place.
During the time before the
ranch rodeo there will be sto-
rytelling, art displays and many


other activities.
This will be the only cel-
ebration for National Day of the
American Cowboy in Florida
which will commemorate the
significant impact the cowboy
way of life has had in building
the nation.
Okeechobee will honor the
contributions of Florida cow-
boys and cowgirls to the cattle
industry nationwide with sev-
eral events including a cattle
drive at 10 a.m. on S.R. 70 from
Flagler Park to the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center.
The cattle drive will be led
by Okeechobee's Pete 'Big
Boss' Clemons, who will lead
See Cowboy - Page 2


FPL reveals plans


to convert citrus


waste into ethanol


By Phil Davis
Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG - An FPL
Group subsidiary announced
plans Thursday to develop a
first-of-its-kind commercial
plant to convert orange and
grapefruit waste into ethanol
that will be sold to Florida mo-
torists at gasoline pumps.
"Currently, there is no etha-
nol production in Florida,"
said David Stewart, president
of Boca Raton-based Citrus
Energy LLC, a partner in the
development of the FPL Energy
ethanol plant. "This is the first
in the world for citrus."
State Agriculture Commis-


sioner Charles Bronson said
the proposed facility is one of
several now being discussed
to move Florida from the side-
lines of ethanol production
to the forefront of developing
new, more efficient methods to
make the alternative fuel.
"I think you are going to see
some production within a year
and a half on a small scale.
You're going to start seeing a
larger scale in two and a half to
three years. Within five years,
Florida is just going to be going
off the map with ethanol pro-
duction," Bronson said at an
See Ethanol - Page 2


Nuclear medicine topic



of speech to Kiwanians


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Kiwanis members learned
about the new technology of
nuclear medicine and Positron
Emission Tomography (PET) and
the ways that patients can benefit
from this state -of-the-art testing
procedure at their weekly lun-
cheon at the Village Square Res-
taurant on Thursday, July 19.
Rohit Dave spoke to the mem-
bers about nuclear medicine,
which involves injecting radioac-
tive compounds specifically for-
mulated to go into the area being
tested and viewing their activity
through a PET scan.


Mr. Dave is a nuclear medicine
technologist with degrees in both
chemistry and physics. Mr. Dave
and his wife Janet Dave have
practiced in Okeechobee for 23
years.
In 2005, they opened Indepen-
dent Nuclear Imaging lab and In-
dependent Nuclear PET Imaging.
A PET scan can be used in the
planning and management of pa-
tient care to help determine ther-
apy and in following progress of
other treatments that are done.
PET is utilized primarily in on-
cology, which is the branch of
medicine which studies tumors
and cancer. PET is also utilized in
neurology to aid in the diagnosis


of Alzheimer's disease, dementia,
stroke, brain tumors and seizures.
Cardiology also uses this method
of testing to determine the perfu-
sion and viability of the heart.
The primary use for PET scans
is diagnostic -- to find what the
problem is within the body. PET
can also be used for therapeutic
purposes and for regular scans to
show the function of a particular
part of the body.
PET scans give functional in-
formation about how things are
working within the body. It is
common for a PET scan to be
used prior to a patient receiving
See Nuclear - Page 2


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Kiwanis member Dowling Watford (left) presented a letter
and Eagle feather pin to Maureen Burroughs (right) from
Kiwanis Governor Phil Yorston and Lieutenant Governor
Cindy Miller in honor of her work in organizing the gover-
nor's visit.


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Panel wants hurricane center director gone News Briefs


By Rasha Madkour
Associated Press
MIAMI - The National Hur-
ricane Center's ousted director
should not be allowed to return
to his job, according to a team
that investigated the facility's
management when staffers re-
belled against their outspoken
leader.
Former Director Bill Proenza
"failed to demonstrate leader-
ship" at the center, the five-
member group of Commerce
Department workers said in its
report to National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
head Conrad Lautenbacher. The
results were completed last week
and released Thursday.
The report also described
Proenza's conduct as "disrup-
tive," and said the negative atmo-


sphere and lack of trust between
him and his staff jeopardized the
center's ability to function.
The group said its recommen-
dation was not based on Proen-
za's public complaints that an
aging weather satellite was not
being replaced quickly enough
and hurricane forecasts would
suffer if it failed. Proenza's critics,
including many of his senior fore-
casters and other staff members,
said his statements were exag-
gerated and undermined public
confidence in the center's ability
to forecast storms.
However, at a congressional
hearing Thursday about the up-
heaval, Proenza said he believed
the backlash against him did
stem from his QuikScat satellite
comments.
"I dared to call attention to it
and, by golly, I'm going to pay


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Owners of Independent Nuclear Imaging and Independent Nu-
clear PET Imaging, (left to right) Janet Dave and Rohit Dave,
presented information about nuclear medicine and Position
Emission Tomography (PET) to Kiwanis members Jay Zellar,
who hosted the speakers, and vice president Jim Vensel as
well as the other attending Kiwanians at their Thursday, July
19, luncheon.
:J ....


UKeecnoDee i1ews/i.nauna Agullar
Kiwanis is beginning their annual practice of collecting school
-- supplies for Real Life Children's Ranch. Members can begin
bringing in donations of supplies or money to support this
cause.


Nuclear
Continued From Page 1
chemotherapy for cancer and
then to have another scan done
after treatment has begun to see
if the treatment is working.
PET scans can provide earlier di-
agnosis of cancer cells that are de-
tected due to the increased amount
of glucose that the cancer cells uti-
lize due to their rapid growth. Most
cancer cells are hyper metabolic,
which means they grow faster than
regular cells.
While people think badly when
you think of radioactive com-
pounds being injected into the
body, the benefits of the PET test
outweigh the risks. A PET scan has
less radioactive effects than having
one chest X-ray done.
Their center is the only center
that has a stationary full-time PET
scanner within a 40-mile radius of
SOkeechobee. They are one of the
39 facilities in the state of Florida
that have received certification for
this procedure.
The Independent Nuclear Imag-
ing facility is located at 2257 U.S.
441 N., and their phone number is


Budget
Continued From Page 1
last year. That increase will be less
than 1 percent.
But other sources of revenue
will also be down. According to
deputy county administrator Rob-
bie Charter, the other sources of
revenue for the county -- such as
sales taxes, host fees from the land-
fill and grants - are also expected to
be less than last year.
While other local county and
city governments have discussed
laying off personnel because of
decreased income that probably
will not be the case in Okeechobee
County. Both Mrs. Chartier and Mr.
Long have stated that it is not their
intent to lay off personnel.
"My goal is to preserve currently
funded positions," Mr. Long said.
He stated that Okeehcobee
County does not have excess per-
sonnel and that in some areas the
county is understaffed.
Budget planners will be trying
to fairly distribute the shortfall of
revenue among the county's oper-
ating areas.
"We have declining revenues
on one side and requests for bud-
get increases on the other side," Mr.
Long said. "Finding the balance is
what we will have to wrestle with.
I do not expect any one operating
area to assume the entire reduc-


(863) 763-7089. The Independent
Nuclear PET Imaging is located at
1115 U.S. 441 N. Their phone num-
ber is (863) 467-9500.
In other Kiwanis business, the
club members have begun their
annual school supply drive to col-
lect various school supplies for the
children at the Real Life Children's
Ranch. Members are asked to bring
in donations of supplies or money.
Kiwanis member Maureen Bur-
roughs received an award for her
efforts in organizing the Kiwanis
governor's visit. Governor Phil
Yorston and Lieutenant Governor
Cindy Miller sent Mrs. Burroughs
a letter and pin of an eagle feather
with attached information about
Native American history.
According to the letter, when
one receives an eagle feather that
person is being acknowledged
with gratitude, love and ultimate re-
spect. Eagle feathers were awarded
to Indian braves, warriors and
chieftains for extreme acts of valor
and bravery. They represent hones-
ty, truth, majesty, strength, courage,
wisdom, power and freedom.
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Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


tion."
The proposed budget for the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) is up 7 percent from
the current year's budget.
"The sheriff will not make any
cuts in the proposed budget, but
we are open to discussion with the
board," said OSCO Major Noel Ste-
phen.
There is another factor to com-
plicate the situation. For the past
several years, property values have
increased over the previous year.
That is not the case this year. Last
year's increase was 22 percent. This
year the increase is only 10 percent.
Mr. Sherman said next year there
may not be an increase in property
values because real estate sales are
down drastically.
Declining property values,
coupled with possible homestead
exemption revision and the current
property tax revisions, could make
next year's situation even grimmer
as far as taxable revenue to the
county.
"We can't wait until next year
and hope for the best," Mr. Long
said.
In planning the budget for the
coming fiscal year, the next year's
revenues must be taken into ac-
count.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


the price for bringing this to the
American people," Proenza said,
adding that his superiors were
irked by his outspokenness.
Proenza took the post in Janu-
ary and was put on leave July 9,
days after almost, half his staff
signed a statement urging federal
officials to dismiss him. Depu-
ty Director Ed Rappaport was
named interim chief.
The investigative team also
said in its report that NOAA needs
to improve staff morale and pub-
lic confidence.
"NOAA must communicate
aggressively, in plain language,
key facts and rebut erroneous
information about its hurricane
program to stakeholders and to
the public," it said.
The administration should
explain the technical challenges
in forecasting hurricanes and its


Teen
Continued From Page 1
According to a rough estimate,
Adam more than doubled that
goal in supplies.
The program worked in two
parts. First he held a drive at his.
school, Saint Mark's Episcopal in
Palm Beach Gardens. While this
drive met with success, he added
to the plan by holding a fundrais-
ing dinner.
The items that he delivered
were appreciated by the mem-
bers of the ranch.
"Half of the funding for the
ranch is provided by the state and
half by donations," stated interim
director Darleen Mayers. "This
will be a big help."


Cowboy
Continued From Page 1
local ranchers carrying flags with
their brands as they drive about
50 head of cattle down a 3.5-mile
stretch of highway.
Following the cattle drive, the
festivities will continue with tradi-
tional-cowboy storytelling, whip
popping demonstrations, an art
display by the Cowboy Artist As-
sociation of Florida and food pre-
pared by local cowboys. There
will also be many other exhibits
set up at the Agri-Civic Center,
4200 S.R. 70 E.
A ranch rodeo presented by
the 165 families that make up the
Okeechobee County Cattlemen's
Association will begin at 2 p.m.
with 10 teams made up of lo-
cal cowboys and sponsored by
various ranchers competing in
several 'real life' ranching events
including: team doctoring; calf
branding; wild cow milking; team
sorting; and, a stampede race.
Participating in the ranch ro-
deo will be teams from: Louthan
Ranch; Fulford Cattle Company;
Newcomer Ranch; William-
son Cattle Ranch; Camp Cooley
Ranch; Rafter G Bar Livestock; Fly-
ing L Ranch; Waters Ranch; and,
Barthle Ranch.
Team doctoring is when a
three man team -- a header, heeler
and a vet - must, without loping
into the herd, draw a yearling out
of the herd and to the line before
roping the yearling. All three team
members shall be on horseback,
with two acting as herd holders
while the ropers cut their specified
numbered cow out of the herd.
The cow must be laying on
its side prior to doctoring, where
the vet will place a mark between
its eyes and raise his hands. This
should all be done within two
minutes.
Calf branding is when two rid-
ers go into a herd and rope two
calves marked with the same des-
ignated number called by the are-
na announcer. Time starts when
the first roper crosses the herd
line. Only two riders are allowed
in the herd at a time.
The roped calves are then
pulled across the chalk line and
out of the herd to the area where
the other two team members
are waiting to lay the calf on the
ground. The calf must be roped
around the head, body or two
legs only.
A chalk/paint brand is then ap-
plied in the location specified by


Ethanol
Continued From Page 1
alternative fuels conference he is
hosting.
The FPL plant is expected to
produce about 4 million gallons
of ethanol a year to be sold as a
gasoline additive in Florida. It will
be built in Hendry County, in an
agricultural region just south of
Lake Okeechobee. FPL Energy is
a subsidiary of FPL Group Inc.,
which also operates the state's
largest utility, Florida Power &
Light Co.
Stewart said the plant will use
a process the U.S. Agriculture De-
partment developed in the 1990s
to convert the leftover peels and


plans to meet those challenges,
the team said.
In written testimony submitted
to the congressional committee,
Lautenbacher said he wanted to
make it clear to the committee
and to residents of coastal areas
that the various federal agencies,
including NOAA and the hur-
ricane center, are fully prepared
for hurricane season.
"Our forecasting ability contin-
ues to improve," Lautenbacher
said, "and the American people
can expect nothing less than the
full capabilities of the National
Hurricane Center."
Lautenbacher said Jack Kelly,
who is responsible for NOAA's
day-to-day operations, would
provide a response to the team's
recommendations within two
weeks, and detail what steps the
agency should take.


The Real Life Children Ranch
is a non-profit organization that
provides shelter for children that
have suffered from abuse or ne-
glect in their homes. It is made up
of four houses, each of which is
able to house six children. Each
house is then equipped with a
pair of professional parents.
"These kids came from such
bad situations that we what to
give them a real life," said Ms.
Mayers.
The ranch is located on 100
acres of land located in the south-
eastern section of Okeechobee. It
provides the children with access
to horses, games, a pound, and a
caring environment in which to
grow.
For more information about
the Real Life Children's Ranch,
call (863) 763-4242.


the event judge.
Wild- cow milking is when a
team designates one cow from
the herd and ropes. it. Two rid-
ers then dismount and mug the
cow around the neck/head and
attempt to hold her while the last
rider attempts to extract a small
amount of milk from the cow's
udder into a bottle. Pasture cattle
with horns and sharp hooves are
used in this event rather than doc-
ile dairy cattle.
In the team sorting event, three
riders and 10 cows numbered
zero through nine are present in
the arena. The cattle are sorted in
order from the number given by
the announcer prior to crossing
the foul line.
The stampede race team con-
sists of one runner at one end of
the arena and three outfitters at
the other end. Each team has one
loose horse behind the line. The
runner is on a saddle pad with his
socks, boots, chaps, vest or jacket
and hat placed in front of the sad-
dle pad.
The outfitters are at the oth-
er end with bridles, blankets
and saddles. When the flag is
dropped, the runner gets off the
saddle pad and puts on his socks,
boots, chaps, vest or jacket and
hat and runs to his horse. At the
same time, the outfitters must
catch the team's horse, put on
the bridle, blanket and saddle and
turn the horse over to the runner,
who mounts and rides back to the
finish line.
There is no admission charge
to the events, which are spon-
sored in part by Okeechobee
Main Street Inc., Okeechobee
County Cattlemen's Association,
Eli's Western Wear and the Semi-
nole Tribe of Florida.
Following the festivities at
the agri-civic center, the MI-CIN
Ranch, 1000 N.E. 50th Drive, will
be hosting a barn dance from 7
until 11 p.m. There will be a cow
horse exhibition, and a roping ex-
hibition by D.R. Daniels. There will
be a cake walk and much more.
Tickets for this event are $10
per person, with all proceeds go-
ing to Hospice of Okeechobee.
For information about the barn
dance, contact Mike at (561) 634-
1267 or Cindy at (561) 236-8990.
For additional information
about the National Cowboy Day
festivities, contact Main Street
president Maureen Burroughs at
(863) 763-2225.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.


membranes seeds from orange
juice production into ethanol.
That waste is normally converted
into animal feed.
"Our waste product is the
animal feed, so the animals don't
lose 'out completely," Stewart
said. "This is turning a liability for
the citrus industry into an asset."
Stewart declined to say how
much the plant will cost. He said
it will distill citrus ethanol for
eight months and be available
to experiment on other potential
materials, including sugar cane.
He said there is a potential to pro-
duce 60 million gallons of ethanol
annually if more plants are built,
enough to replace about 1 per-
cent of the gasoline Florida burns
each year.


Summer iood service program olereu
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).

Agri-Civic Center to host AQHA event
OKEECHOBEE -- The Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center,
4200 S.R. 70 E., will host the Aug 3-5 American Quarter Horse As-
sociation (AQHA) Sun 'N Fun Show.
This AQHA event is just for barrel racing, pole bending and stake
race enthusiasts.
By competing at an AQHA show, exhibitors and horses can
qualify for the AQHA or American Quarter Horse Youth Association
world championship shows.
For information about the upcoming event, contact Renee Burks
at (863) 634-7385.

Today's Weather


Okeechobee Forecast
Friday: Partly cloudy, with scattered afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the mid 90s. The wind will be
from the southwest around 5 mph shifting to the east at 5 to 10 mph
in the afternoon. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 70s.
The wind will be from the southeast around 5 mph until around
midnight becoming light.

Extended Forecast

Saturday: Partly sunny, with scattered afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the mid 90s. The wind will be
from the southeast around 5 mph shifting to the east in the after-
noon. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of 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 thunder-
storms. The high will be in the mid 90s. The chance of rain is 50
percent.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with isolated evening showers and
thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The chance of rain
is 20 percent.

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Man's death is ruled suicide by M.E.


AP photo/Lawrence Jackson, File
Former CIA officer Valerie Plame (left) and her husband, for-
mer ambassador Joseph Wilson, arrive for a news confer-
ence at the National Press Club in Washington in this July 14,
2006, file photo. President Bush spared former White House
aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby from a 2-year prison term in
the CIA leak case Monday, July 2. The president left intact a
$250,000 fine and two years probation for his conviction of ly-
ing and obstructing justice in a probe into the leak of Plames'
identity.


Judge dismisses



Plame's lawsuit

By Matt Apuzzo uty Secretary of State Richard Ar-
Associated Press mitage.
WASHINGTON - A federal Plame's attorneys had said the
judge on Thursday dismissed for- lawsuit would be an uphill battle.
mer CIA operative Valerie Plame's Public officials are normally im-
lawsuit against members of the mune from such lawsuits filed in
lawsuit against members of the cnion with their jobs.
-Bush administration in the CIA connection with their jobs.
leak scandal . Plame's identity was revealed
Plame, the wife of former Am- in a syndicated newspaper col-
bassador Joseph Wilson, had ac- umn in 2003, shortly after Wilson
caused Vice President Dick Cheney began criticizing the administra-
and others of conspiring to leak tion's march to war in Iraq. Plame
her identity in 2003. Plame said believes the leak was retribution
that violated her privacy rights and that it violated their constitu-
and was illegal retribution for her tional rights.
husband's criticism of the admin- Armitage and Rove were the
istration. sources for that article, which
U.S. District Judge John D. touched off a lengthy leak investi-
Bates dismissed the case on ju- gation. Nobody was charged with
risdictional grounds and said he leaking but Libby was convicted
would not express an opinion of lying and obstruction the inves-
on the constitutional arguments. tigation. Bush commuted Libby's
Bates dismissed the case against 2.5-year prison term before the
-all-.. .defendants;---heney.-Wbi4te- formeraide-served-anLy-time.--.
-House political adviser Karl.Rove, .-.,. .A message, se.ekingcomment
former White House aide I. Lewis was left with Plame's attorney,
"Scooter" Libby and former Dep- Erwin Chemerinsky.


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The official cause of death
for a 65-year-old Okeechobee
man who was found dead in his
N.W. 301h Street mobile home last
month was a self-inflicted gunshot
wound to the head, according to
the medical examiner's office.
Detective Rick Durfee, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO), said Webster Burton
shot himself in the head with a
handgun. Mr. Burton was found
lying on the living room floor of
his three-bedroom mobile home
by OCSO deputies who were
asked to do a welfare check on
the man.
As they were looking about
Mr. Burton's mobile home on
Friday, June 8, they also noticed
something else -- the very strong
odor of gasoline emanating from


man had apparently doused every
room of the home in gasoline.
Also, a small cannister of pro-
pane gas was found open and
spewing its contents into the air.
On top of that, said Detective
Durfee in a June 11 interview, the
man had apparently unhooked
the propane gas lines to his stove
and its contents were also empty-
ing into the air.
The detective said Thursday,
July 19, that Mr. Burton filled his
home with gas to protect his per-
sonal belongings.
"He thought everybody was
out go get his stuff," said Detec-
tive Durfee.
After deputies Mark Margerum
and Mark Shireman found Mr.
Burton and noticed the smell of
gas on June 8, they notified their
supervisor Lieutenant Dexter
Brock. Lt. Brock then contacted
the OCSO Special Response Team


the scene.
SRT leader Lieutenant Billy
Markahm said he and SRT mem-
bers Corporal Jack Nash and Cor-
poral Brian Hagan had to force
open the back door to the mobile
home, but did so "really, really
carefully."
Once inside they immediately
saw gas cans sitting on the floor.
Mr. Burton was at the other end of
the home.
"He was unresponsive to us,"
said Lt. Markham.
The bomb squad from the St.
Lucie County Sheriff's Office was
called to the scene, but no bombs
were found. Lt. Markham said the
bomb squad also found no type
of device that was rigged to cause
an explosion.
Lt. Markham said the propane
tanks were then shut off and the


home opened for ventilation.
"The bomb squad went into
the residence and checked him
and the home for any sort of ex-
plosive," said Lt. Markham.
Detective Durfee said when
he finally went into the home, he
and Detective Fred Bradley found
a large number of guns.
'"There were guns in every
corner of every room," he said.
He said they found handguns,
rifles, shotguns and BB guns.
The detective also said that as
far as he knew Mr. Burton had no
local arrest record.
"I remember dealing with him
a couple of times, but nothing
major," said Detective Durfee.
Although he was currently
unmarried, Mr. Burton had been
married six times, said the detec-
tive.


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WEST PALM BEACH - Two
teenagers were ordered held
without bail Thursday after they
were charged as adults in the al-
leged gang rape and assault of a
mother and her son at a crime-
ridden housing project.
Jakaris Taylor, 15, and Na-
than Walker, 16, were charged as
adults Wednesday in a 14-count
indictment that included allega-
tions of sexual battery, kidnap-
ping and burglary.
The judge postponed until Fri-
day a hearing for Avion Lawson,
14, who faces the same charges,
after his attorney failed to appear.
All three teens were transferred
early Thursday morning from ju-
venile custody to adult detention
at the Palm Beach County Jail.
They face possible life sentences
if convicted.
Prosecutors have said they
plan to seek the maximum penal-
ties against the three and will not
negotiate any plea deals for lesser
sentences.
The, "rree .t-ens were .alleg-
.eglly. among an armed, group that
gang raped a 35-year-old woman
and beat her 12-year-old son. The


oral sex on ier son in tue june 1o
attack at the Dunbar Village hous-
ing project. The attackers also
beat the boy and poured cleaning
solution into his eyes, police said.
Investigators say the assault in-
volved as many as 10 assailants,
believed to be all in their teens,
and more arrests are possible.
The victims said all the attackers
wore masks. The three teens now
charged were identified through
fingerprints and DNA found in-
side the woman's home, authori-
ties said.
"The indictment is not evi-
dence of guilt," Taylor lawyer
Chris Haddad said. "Mr. Taylor
maintains his innocence."
Walker's attorney, Robert Ger-
shman, said he has already filed
a written plea of not guilty and
was evaluating his client's mental
state.
"He caused me concern that
he didn't know the court system
as far as adult court and the possi-
ble penalties and the punishment
that could come to him," Gersh-
man said. .. .
A telephone mes'sago left by
The Associated Press for Law-
son's attorney was not returned.


No-show jurors to be penalized


By Harry R. Weber
Associated Press
ATLANTA - A Superior Court
judge said he would issue con-
tempt citations to an undeter-
mined number of people who
failed to attend a hearing Thurs-
day to explain why they did not
show up for jury duty for the
-murder trial of accused court-
-house gunman Brian Nichols.
Twenty-five people did attend
the Thursday hearing before
,Judge Hilton Fuller. Of those, sev-
en admitted they were wrong for
not coming to fill out jury ques-
tionnaires when they were sum-
moned before, and they agreed
to pay a $200 fine.
The other 18 declined to ad-
mit they were wrong. For them,
Fuller scheduled a hearing at
which they will be asked to ex-


plain their actions. If held in con-
tempt, they could face up to 20
days in jail and or a $500 fine,
Fuller said.
Nichols, charged with killing
a judge and three others in a
shooting spree that began inside
the Fulton County Courthouse on
March 11, 2005, could face the
death penalty if convicted.
Potential jurors began fill-
ing out questionnaires Jan. 11.
In March, Fuller postponed jury
selection until Sept. 10 because
of problems funding Nichols' de-
fense.
Some 2,800 summonses were
sent out to potential jurors for the
trial. On June 21, Fuller sent let-
ters to those who did not show
up to fill out questionnaires in
January or during makeup days
in February and March.
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LAKE: I recently read an article about the Everglades Agricultural
Area. Which I believe the reporter said was made up of mostly sugar
growers. Apparently they were asked many years ago to stop the back
pumping into the lake, and as we all know that practice has been go-
ing on for years. The sugar growers are going to do what is best for
them and to heck with everybody else. I also understand that the SF-
WMD is building a huge reservoir for the sugar growers. If this is true,
I hope our tax dollars are not being used for this project. Why should
people that receive no benefit from this project pay for a few wealthy
growers who reap in millions in profit? If anyone has anymore infor-
mation about this it would be nice to let the people in on it. I doubt if
there is much that can be done to save the lake. Like I and others have
already stated it should never have been turned into a reservoir. It was
free flowing for thousands of years and then man had to mess with it.
Like the saying goes, if it works, don't fix it.
GUN LAWS: In Monday's Okeechobee News there was an article
about New York's gun control problem. Let me make it clear. I could
care less about New York. But, now they're blaming other states for
their gun problems. For example, New York's City's mayor doesn't
want anyone to own a gun and that's why there's so much violent
crime in New York City. They have no right-to-carry gun laws. Crimi-
nals know this and they don't care where or how they obtain their
guns. They steal them, get friends in other states to purchase them and
smuggle them into New York. Then go out and do whatever they feel
like doing. When they passed the right-to-carry law in Florida some
people said it was going to be like the Wild West. Well it hasn't. I
would like to believe that crime has gone down and one of the rea-
sons is the criminals don't know who is carrying and who is not. One
ex-Marine not long ago taught two thugs a lesson they won't soon
forget. New York's problem is New York's --don't blame it on other
states. Put the blame where it belongs, in New York.
REPENT: In case everybody didn't notice, God is mad. There are
fires all over; there is heat; there is drought; and, there are floods. No
matter how you pay your tithe, you better repent the right way be-
cause God is mad. You can't just pay your tithe to be saved.
WAR: I would like to voice my opinion on the war in Iraq. We are
going to lose it if we do not do something drastic. I think we need to
send Matt Dillon from "Gunsmoke" over there and he would straight-
en it out real quick.
YOUTH BASEBALL: We have a lot of good baseball players here
in town. We've just moved here, we have only been here for about
nine months. It is barely mentioned, which I found on the back of the
July 17 paper about the Dixie Youth Tournament. These kids should
be recognized, should have their pictures in the paper and should
be talked about how these boys who are 12 and 13 years old in the
OCRA have won district and now are in state championships. How
Okeechobee had this big function to which other counties came here
to play, they brought their families and their kids and came here to
play -- for some reason that was not in the paper. We have these kids
in this town with so many problems like drugs and alcohol, then you
have these kids who are working there tails off to play baseball and do
something good with their time and being involved with a structural
activity. This shouldn't be on the last page of the paper -- this should
be front page news. There are not any kids mentioned, or coaches --
nothing. Well here's the deal, the Okeechobee News is a newspaper
and should have reporters out there looking for things that are going
on and recognizing these kids and coaches -- making the community
aware that we do have things happening like this right here. If these
kids were to win this they will go to the Little League World Series, that
is a very big deal -- it's on television and is nationwide.
EDITOR'S NOTE: You bring up several points and we'll do our
best to address each. First, in the past we have tried to cover these
tournaments whenever possible. However, because of time and per-
sonnel constraints that is not always possible so we ask members of
the community to help. And they have done a great job in providing
us the necessary information. We simply cannot be everywhere and
cover everything -- no newspaper can, regardless of their size -- so we
sometimes have to ask the community for help. As to the position of
the sports page, whenever possible we want to use the last page of the
paper for sports because then we can use color photos. If the page is
on the inside of the paper, that isn't always possible. Finally, as of this
writing the 11- and 12-year-old team has been eliminated from play in
the Majors League of the Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournament. The
teams entered in the current tournament are members of Dixie Youth
Baseball, not Little League. For that reason, they cannot participate
in the Little League World Series. The winner will, however, repre-
sent Florida on Aug. 6-11 in the Dixie Youth World Series in Madison
Heights, Va.

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Friday
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303 Par-
rott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call (863) 634-4780
or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is in-
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and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800)
932-8677.
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.
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N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
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mote their business. The meeting provides networking opportunities
for women in business and is open to the public. No membership is
required. For information, contact Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878;
or, by e-mail at info@flainjurylawyer.com.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terrace, holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For in-
formation call (863) 357-3053.
Saturday
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will follow a
short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice before join-
ing. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Deb-
bie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake
Shops Suite K. For information call (863) 634-4780.

Sunday
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.

Monday
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in
Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a ques-
tion/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229
N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-
(800) 403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for open discussion at
Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information call
(863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at (863) 532-0449.
Nar-anon Helps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a
more normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has
stopped using. We meet every Friday at 8 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863) 467-9833.
Tuesday
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863) 763-8999.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863)
467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
call (863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, 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 meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.


Community 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 19-20. Activities will be for grades kindergarten
through sixth-grade. Everyone is invited. For information, call (863)
763-0550.

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 Sat-
urday, July 21. There will be a hog roast, 50/50, door prizes and DJ
California Fats. All proceeds will go to Big Lake Missions Outreach.
For information, call (863) 357-5944.

Believers Church plans Bible school
Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., will host a va-
cation Bible school for children 5 years through the sixth grade July
23-27 from 6 until 8:30 p.m. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. on
Monday, July 23. This year, participants will experience a jungle ad-
venture through the rain forest of South America. For information,
call (863), 763-6848, (863) 763-2938 or (863) 634-4327.

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.

Red Cross offers first aid course
The American Red Cross will offer a basic first aid class on Thurs-
day, July 26, beginning at 6 p.m. The class will take place at the
Americarn Red Cross office located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. The cost
of the class is $30. For information, contact Debbie or Julie at (863)
763-2488.

Fort Drum church plans Bible school
Fort Drum Community Church will host a vacation Bible school
July 30-Aug. 3 from 6 until 8 p.m. Registration will be on July 28
from 3 until 5 p.m. Come for the fiesta and fun and bring your swim-
suits for some water fun. Snacks will also be available. There will
be an awards presentations on Aug. 5. For information, to register
by phone or if you need transportation, call the church at (863) 467-
1733 or Judy at (863) 357-1581.

VFW men's group host dinner on July 28
The Mens Auxiliary at VFW Post #10539 will host a dinner on
Saturday, July 28, at 5 p.m. that will include open-faced roast beef,
mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables and dessert. Tickets are avail-
able in advance for a $7.50 donation per ticket. Members and guests
are welcome. For information, call the VFW at (863) 763-2308.

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).


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Service Club Briefs


American Legion
Post #64
The American Legion Post
#64 is located at 501 S.E. Sec-
ond St. The Post phone number
is (863) 763-2950.
* American Legion Post #64
is open Monday to Saturday
from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and
Sunday from 1 until 9 p.m.
* Our kitchen is open and
serving a regular menu. The
hours of operation are: Monday,
Friday and Saturday from 11
a.m. until 3 p.m.; Wednesday,
tacos and margaritas served
from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Sun-
day from I until 8 p.m.
* Sunday NASCAR on big
screen TV. Quarter pound hot
dogs, pizza and $1 draft beer
will be offered. David Copper
from 3 until 7 p.m.
* Happy Hour in the lounge
is from 4 until 7 p.m. -- Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 8
p.m. Draft beer $1
* Bar bingo will be held each
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and
on Thursday nights beginning
at 6 p.m. for members and
guests.
* Bingo is held every Sunday
night starting at 6:30 p.m. Doors
open at 5 p.m.
* The Sons of the American
Legion steak dinner will be held
on the third Sunday of each
month from 3 until 6 p.m. for
a $12 donation. The dinner will
include steak, baked potato,
salad, dessert, coffee and tea.
There will be entertainment
from 3 until 7 p.m.
* Because of low attendance,
the Friday night dinners and Sat-
urday night bingo has been can-
celed until the first of October.

Am-Vets #2001
* Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meet-
ing on the first Saturday of the
month at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S. 78
W., at 10 a.m. Applications for
new members are available.
Call Lou Eder at (863) 357-0467
or Jerry Lee Shields at (863)
467-8779 or (863)467-2882.
* Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday
of the month at 10 am. Contact
the Post at 467-2882 for infor-
mation.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is lo-
cated at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For in-
formation on events, call (863)
763-2552.
* Every Tuesday bingo at 1
p.m. Food will be available for
a donation.
* Wednesday: bar bingo
from 4 p.m. until ? Food will be
available.
* Every Thursday: washer
toss at 1 p.m.
* First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
p.m.
* Friday: steak night (16-
oz.) starting at 5 p.m. for a $12
donation. Music will be by Jim-
my Harper.
* Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
* First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from
9 until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.

Okeechobee
Masonic Lodge #237
* The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W.
Fifth Ave. For information about
the club and events, call Matt
Buxton at (863) 357-9992.
* The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second
and fourth Monday of each
month starting at 7:30 p.m.

Order of the Eastern
Star - Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming ac-
tivities, contact Mary Ann Holt
at (863) 634-8087.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is (863)
763-2250.
* Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
* Tuesday: July 31, Moose
lodge enrollment at 7 p.m. Pro-
spective members should at-
tend.


* Wednesday: cards and
games social at 7 p.m. If you
have a game you wish to play,
bring it.
* Thursday: will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call the
Lodge for the menu.
* Thursday: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
* Friday: dinner served from
5 until 7:15 p.m. Music for danc-


AP photo/David J. Phillip

Rocket restoration
Workers Rodney Gomez (top) and George Hughes (bot-
tom) work on a display next to a Saturn V rocket at Johnson
Space Center Wednesday, July 18, in Houston. A formal
grand opening of the landmark is set to be held on Friday
after a recently completed $5 million project restored the
rocket which has been ravaged by humidity and the ele-
ments after being displayed outside at the space center
since 1977.


ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
* Saturday: dinner from 6
p.m. until ? Call for the menu.
* Saturday July 21and 28:
karaoke at 8 p.m.
* No bingo for the rest of the
summer.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.W.
36th St. in Okeechobee. The
lodge during the summer will
be noon until 8 p.m., or lat-
er. For information and meal
menus, call the Lodge at (863)
763-4954. Guests are invited to
enjoy the activities and consider
membership. The main hall is
open for activities.
* Breakfast first Sunday of
every month from 8 to 11 a.m.
* Every Monday evening-
pool and poker tournaments.
* LOOM meets every second
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* WOTM meets every sec-
ond and fourth Tuesday at 7:30
p.m.
* Officers meetings, men and
women, are the first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* LOOM officers meeting First
and Third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Every Thursday and Sun-
day: horseshoes at 2 p.m.
* Every Thursday: $5 supper
and women's fun night. Line
dancing lessons.
* Every Sunday: horseshoes
at 2 p.m.; free pool games all
day; music at 3 p.m. - July 22
and 29 - Donnie Martin.
* Bar bingo Friday at.6 p.m.
Food is available.
* Every Saturday: dinner at
5:30 p.m. for a $7 donation;
music to dance by at 7 p.m. July
21 - Dave Copper; July 28 - Phil
Eddings.
* Moose Races Saturday at 2
p.m.
* Watch for yard sale

VFW Post #4423
* The VFW North Post
#4423 is located at 300 N.W. 34
St. Events are seasonal, contact
the Post at (863) 763-0818 for
information or write the Post at
P.O. Box 1137, Okeechobee Fl.
34973. The Post opens at noon
Monday through Sunday.
* Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
* Monday: .50-cent hot
dogs
* Washer toss every Tues-
day starting at 1 p.m. Food will
be available, Everyone is wel-
come.
* Wednesday: Dinner from
4 until 6 p.m. for a donation.
* Friday: bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests.
Food will be available. Karaoke
will be from 6 until 10 p:m.
* Friday: hot food by David
Lee from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Saturday: bar bingo at 1
p.m. for members and guests.
Karaoke will be from 6 until 10
p.m. Food will be available.
* Sunday: dinner will be
available from 2 until 4 p.m.,
and will be followed by karaoke
from 6 until 10 p.m.
* Every third Sunday there
will be a post meeting and la-
dies auxiliary meeting at 11
a.m.
* The post membership
drive is under way, and the post
is striving for 100 percent. For
information, contact the quar-
termaster at (863) 763-0818.
* Big screen TV for all
events.
* There will be a summer
Karaoke League on July 28,
Aug. 11, and 25, and Sept. 8
and 22 from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m.
The league is open to the pub-
lic. Everyone is eligible to enter
including karaoke hosts and
members of bands. For more
information call David Lee at
863-697-9002 or Bill at the VFW
at 863-763-0818.


VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is lo-
cated at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in
Buckhead Ridge. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-2882. Post
opens at noon, Monday through
Sunday.
We are taking applications
for new members for the VFW,
Ladies Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary,
AMVETS and AMVETS ladies
auxiliary.
* Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner and Men's Auxiliary
or AmVets. Music will be avail-
able.
* Every Thursday is bar bin-
go at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be-
available.
* Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and
rolls will be served from 5:30
until 7 p.m. for a $10 donation.
Dancing immediately follows
the dinner.
* Post meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturday
of the month beginning at 10
a.m. The main meeting is on
the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact
Commander Mike Hall at (863)
467-2882.
All games and special events


are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regula-
tion-size pool table.

VFW Post #10539
* The VFW will be open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.
* Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and
at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
* Wednesday: bar bingo
will start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is
available, courtesy of the Ladies
Auxiliary.
* Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Friday: fish fry from 6 un-
til 8 p.m. along with live music
and dancing.
* Saturday: dollar dogs, sau-
sage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music
and dancing will start at 7 p.m.
* Saturday: July 28, at 5 p.m.;
the Men's Auxiliary will be host-
ing a dinner including - roast
beef, potatoes, veggies and
dessert. Tickets can be bought
in advance for $7.50. Members
and Guests welcome.
* Sunday: open at 1 p.m.
with the big-screen TV.
* Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.

Okeechobee
Shrine Club
* The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W., members will
meet the first and third Thurs-
day of each month at 8 p.m.
The club is also available for
weddings and parties. For in-
formation call the club at (863)
763-3378, or Keith at (863) 634-
2682.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
* The Cypress Hut Fraternal
Order of Eagles post #4509 lo-
cated on U.S. 441 S.E. is .now
open to members daily from 10
a.m. until 10 p.m. with Saturday
lunch specials. New members
are always welcome. Informa-
tion can be found by visiting
www.foe4509.com or calling
(863) 467-1154.


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Crist upgrades energy efficiency at Governor's Mansion


Installs hydrogen
fuel cell and solar
power system
TALLAHASSEE-GovernorChar-
lie Crist announced the installation
of a hydrogen fuel cell and a solar
pool heating system at the Florida
Governor's Mansion. The renew-
able energy sources will reduce
carbon emissions and energy costs,
making the mansion more energy
efficient and climate friendly.
"Installing a solar power system
at the People's House is part of an
ongoing effort to reduce harmful
emissions and make the mansion
more energy and cost efficient,"
said Governor Crist. '"As a public


servant, I have a responsibility to
lead by example and to do what is
right for our environment and our
economy."
The swimming pool at the Gov-
ernor's Mansion was outfitted with
a HELIOCOL Solar Pool Heating
System. The solar heating system is
a safe, clean and quiet form of re-
newable energy with low mainte-
nance and operating costs. The sys-
tem will produce 20 percent fewer
emissions than the current natural
gas system, saving approximately
22,000 pounds of carbon emissions
per year. The Governor's Mansion
will be evaluated to determine if
the entire property can be outfitted
with a solar power system.
"Solar power is the best choice


for the People's House because
it protects our beautiful natural
environment as well as saves tax-
payer dollars," said Governor Crist.
"While the price of gas and electric-
ity could rise over the next quarter-
century, the solar system uses free
energy from the sun."
With the longest lifespan of any
pool heating technology, the solar
system generates a significant re-
turn on the investment for Florida
taxpayers. For the average pool,
energy savings from a solar heat-
ing system pays for the cost of the
system in two-and-a-half to three
years. The Governor's Mansion
will see a first-year energy savings
of over $3,500 and a ten-year fuel
savings of over $45,000. Floridians


who choose to upgrade to a solar
pool heating system are eligible for
a state financial incentive.
"As the Sunshine State, Florida
should be a leader in expanding
solar technology to every home
and business," said Governor Crist.
"Businesses and homeowners alike
can take advantage of Florida's so-
lar energy rebate program."
The 2006 Florida Energy Act,
the Solar Energy Systems Incen-
tives Program, administered by
the Department of Environmental
Protection, provides rebates for
purchase and installation. of so-
lar energy systems in homes and
businesses. Since July 2006, more
than 2,200 applicants have been
awarded $2.5 million in rebates. In


addition, the technology installed
under the program represents an
estimated nearly 26 million kilowatt
hours deferred from the power
grid annually - enough to power
nearly 1,800 households for a year.
Under the leadership of Governor
Crist, the 2007 legislative budget in-
creases funding for the solar rebate
program from $2.5 million to $3.5
million.
Governor Crist also announced
the installation of a five-kilowatt
hydrogen fuel cell that will supply
power to the Governor's Mansion.
The fuel cell was manufactured by
Plug Power Inc. The unit is fueled
by natural gas, and contains a re-
former that extracts hydrogen from
the natural gas and then converts


the hydrogen into electricity.
"Fuel cells represent an impor-
tant tool in reducing the effects of
global climate change," said Gov-
ernor Crist. "They may help pave
the way toward a hydrogen-based
system where electricity can be
produced directly from hydrogen
with no carbon emissions."
The hydrogen fuel cell reduces
the amount of power the man-
sion draws from the city power
grid. Additionally, since the fuel
cell is placed at the point where
the energy is used, rather than at a
central power plant, less energy is
lost through transmission. Fuel cells
help reduce the need for power
lines, and make better use of the
existing infrastructure.


Program to restore hurricane damaged forests to end soon


Sign-ups
on going
GAINESEVILLE - Sign-up for the
Emergency Forestry Conservation
Reserve Program (EFCRP) resumes
Aug. 6, announced Kevin L. Kelley,
State Executive Director, of the US-
DA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in
Florida. The EFCRP program helps
landowners and operators restore
and enhance the approximate 5.6
million acres of forestland dam-
aged by the hurricanes of 2005
Local Farm Service Agency
(FSA) offices will accept offers for
enrollment in the program begin-
ning Aug. 6, 2007, and ending Dec.
31, 2007.
In Florida, 36 counties received
disaster designations as a result
of damage caused by Hurricanes
Dennis, Katrina and Wilma. Those
counties are: Bay, Brevard, Bro-
ward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Collier,


Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gads-
den, Glades, Gulf, Hardee, Hendry,
Highlands, Holmes, Indian River,
Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Leon,
Levy, Liberty, Martin, Miami-Dade,
Monroe, Okaloosa, Okeechobee,
Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Santa Rosa,
Sarasota, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton,
and Washington.
"Almost two years after the
devastating 2005 hurricane sea-
son, some forests are still in need
of restoration," said Kelley. "Ex-
tending the sign-up period for the
Emergency Forestry Conservation
Reserve Program will help land-
owners re-establish stands of trees
to prevent further damage and to
help improve the land's wildlife
habitat, water and air quality," said
Kelley.
Trees planted under an EFCRP
partnership help reduce flood ef-
fects, protect water sources, de-
crease soil erosion and improve
wildlife habitat. To be eligible, in


general, a producer must have ex-
perienced at least a 35 percent loss
to merchantable timber on private
non-industrial forestland. The loss
must relate directly to one of the
calendar year 2005 hurricanes.
EFCRP participants can receive
up to 50 percent cost-share as-
sistance to prepare sites and re-
plant or restore tree stands, and
they can also receive either 10
years of annual rental payments
or a lump sum rental payment.
Tree loss must have occurred in one
of 261 counties receiving' presiden-
tial or secretarial primary disaster
designations attributed to 2005 hur-
ricanes Dennis, Katrina, Ophelia,
Rita or Wilma in Alabama, Florida,
Louisiana, Mississippi, North Caro-
lina, and Texas. Loss assistance is
unavailable in contiguous counties
that have not themselves been des-
ignated as disaster counties.
A list of eligible counties is
also available in the "Counties


Eligible for 2005 Crop and Live-
stock Hurricane Assistance Pro-
grams" fact sheet found online
at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/lnter-
net/FSA_File/hurrcounties06.pdf.
This is the second time USDA has
conducted a signup for this pro-
gram, with its first signup held last
year following the enactment of
the Emergency Supplemental Ap-
propriations Act for Defense, the
Global War on Terror and Hurri-


cane Recovery 2006, Public Law
(P.L.) 109-234. Congress originally
authorized the EFCRP, under P.L.
109-148, as a pilot program to be
operated during calendaryear 2006.
The U.S. Troop Readiness, Veter-
ans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and
Iraq Accountability Appropriations
Act, 2007, P.L. 110-28, signed by
President Bush on May 25,2007, re-
moved the calendar year restriction
paving the way for this latest signup.


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Lynnell Allen
Lynnell Allen, age 67, of
Okeechobee, died Monday, July
16, 2007 at Tampa General Hospi-
tal in Tampa.
She was born July 3, 1940 in
Okeechobee. She was a lifetime
resident of Okeechobee and .a
member of Mt. Olive Missionary
Baptist Church. _______
Ms. Allen .
is preceded in
Death by: her I
mother, Novilla
Lillis; father,
Linwood Safo;
grandmother,
Mamie Rob-
erts; daughter,
Loretta Jones; Lynnell
and, sister, Alma Allen
Houze.
She is survived by: her sons,
Emmanuel Safo, Kelvin J. Jones;
daughters, Brenda L. Jones,
Roshella Jones, Andreada N.
Jones; sisters, Shirley Roberts,
Velma Brown and Peggy Ann
Johnson, all of Okeechobee. In


addition, she is survived by 17
grandchildren; 12 great-grand-
children and a host of nieces,
nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 10
a.m. until noon with services at 1
p.m. on Saturday, July-21 at First


Baptist Church, Dean's Court,
Okeechobee. Internment will fol-
low at Evergreen Cemetery. *
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Fu-
neral Home, 110 N.E. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee.


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We were thumbing through a
book of children's prayers the
other day. It contained the usual
beautiful little prayers for chil-
dreh, and they were all well
done -- strik-
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illustrated
with the picture of a little boy
lying on the grass with his
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puppy had one of his forepaws
bandaged, and here *is the
prayer:
"My pet does not feel well
today, God. He doesn't want to
play with me. Please help me to
take care of him."
A child's prayer? Yes, but
isn't that the true prayer that all
people should pray? "Help me
to care." Here, we find no self-
ishness, just a petition for guid-
ance in service.
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By Suzette Laboy
Associated Press
MIAMI.- Bob Ramer might
have the best seat for Florida Mar-
lins games.
As a season-ticket holder, the
Boca Raton factory sales repre-
sentative sits behind home plate
at Dolphin Stadium, wearing the
same white baseball cap. You
can't miss him on television for
every pitch.
But Dwyne Philippin of Fort
Lauderdale, who is just as much
of a fan, prefers watching the
game from his couch. Besides a
busy schedule, the project man-
ager for Fanball.com said that
if he did not hav� a ticket in his
hands he would probably not
wait under the summer's scorch-
ing sun to buy one.
And that's the biggest prob-
lem confronting the team and
its future in South Florida: there
are a lot more fans like Philippin
than Ramer. The Marlins' local TV
ratings were up 33 percent this
year as of mid-June, according to
Nielsen Media Research ratings.
Attendance stinks -- even
though the team has won two
World Series titles in its 15 sea-


sons and is now young and com-
petitive.
Marlins fans give a variety of
reasons for preferring their Bar-
caloungers over the ballpark:
South Florida's hot, humid and
rain-filled summers; the blah,
baseball-unfriendly stadium; the
cost of tickets, parking and con-
cessions.
"I guess it's fun to be here, but
a lot of the time it's hot and you
get tired -- especially day games,"
said Michelle McKenzie, a secre-
tary attending a Tuesday evening
game. "I don't mean to say I don't
like coming to the games. I do.
It's just easier to watch on TV, and
cheaper too."
Another fan, Patrick Farrah,
said watching a whole game on
TV is boring. "I can't come every
night, but I try and come as much
as I can," the salesman said.
In an attempt to lure fans back
to the park, the team this season
has turned each Saturday game
into an event, including extensive
giveaways, pregame autograph
sessions for kids, postgame con-
certs by Latin bands and rock acts
Cheap Trick, Kansas, Joan Jett
and Smashmouth and a fireworks
show.


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Bob Ramer, poses for photos by his seat for the Florida Mar-
lins baseball games at Miami's Dolphin Stadium, June 22.


"The whole goal is to drive
people to the experience of the
stadium," said Sean Flynn, Mar-
lins vice president of marketing,
so "fans will go another night of
the week."


Attendance wasn't always a
problem. During their 1993 ex-
pansion season, the Marlins drew
3 million fans -- almost 38,000
a game despite a 64-98 record.
The next season, the team was


still drawing 33,000 fans a game
when a players' strike shut down
play and alienated some.
Still, the Marlins drew an av-
erage of 29,190 fans during their
first title season in 1997. But then-
owner H. Wayne Huizenga, in a
fit of pique over not getting gov-
ernment help for a new stadium,
traded the team's best and most
expensive players that offseason.
The team was awful, losing
108 games in 1998, and atten-
dance collapsed. By 2002, the
team was averaging 10,000 fans
a game -- only the late Montreal
Expos were worse.
During the Marlins' improb-
able 2003 championship sea-
son, attendance grew to 16,000
a game and by 2005 it was back
up to almost 23,000. But with no
new stadium deal in place, cur-
rent owner Jeffrey Loria ordered
another fire sale of players before
last season and attendance fell
back to 14,000 a game.
The young team is exciting to
watch, Philippin said, but "no-
body wants to commit to the
players because they are easily
traded."
Attendance is up to 17,000 a
game this year, but that's still last


in the National League and ahead
of only the perennially bad Tam-
pa Bay Devil Rays overall. That in-
cludes an average Saturday atten-
dance of 26,520 -- an 88 percent
increase over last year's first five
Saturday games.
"We know the fans are out
there," Flynn said. "Attendance is
an issue we need to focus on, and
a new stadium with a retractable
roof will answer some of those
questions."
The team -- and the fans --
were disappointed this year when
a bill that would have provided
the long-sought money to create
a $490 million, retractable-roof
stadium failed to receive enough
support from lawmakers.
The team's lease at Dolphin
Stadium runs out in 2010, and
Florida officials have said their
quest for a new baseball-only
ballpark will continue in South
Florida.
If they do move, Philippin's loy-
alty is safe: "I don't care if they're
good or bad. Wherever they go,
I'm still a fan."
Associated Press Writer Anto-
nio Gonzalez contributed to this
report.


Bowden heads class of 20 to be enshrined in college hall


By Tom Coyne
Associated Press
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Bobby
Bowden believes the greatest ac-
complishment in his Hall of Fame
career is he's never been fired.
"I know that sounds odd,
but you look around every day
at coaches who have been fired
-- coaches who last two years,
coaches who last four years," he
said. "I ain't never been fired. But
I've nearly been fired."
The 77-year-old Florida State
coach also has been successful
enough that the National Foot-
ball Foundation changed its rules
so he could be inducted into the
College Football Hall of Fame
while he's still coaching. Instead
of requiring a coach be retired,
the NFF made any active coach
more than 75 eligible for induc-
tion.
The movemade Bowden and
Joe Paterno eligible for the Hall.
Theywere supposed to be induct-
ed together in December in New
York, but Paterno's induction was
postponed because he was still"
recovering after breaking his leg
during a game in November.


Bowden was inducted in De-
cember and will be enshrined
this weekend along with Charlie
Ward, who led
the Seminoles to
their first nation- L.
and other col-
lege greats, in-
cluding Florida's
Emmitt Smith,
Virginia Tech's
Bruce Smith and Bobby
Minnesota's Carl Bowden
Eller.
Bowden said the closest he
came to being fired was in 1974,
when he was in his fifth season at
West Virginia. The Mountaineers
went 4-7 and fans were calling for
his job.
"The administration stood by
me all the way, but the natives
weren't very happy. They were
forming groups and holding
committee meetings," he said.
"The thing I learned about it was
how fickle fans are. They love
you as long as you win. It's still
true today."
That idea was reinforced last
season, when despite all his suc-


cess in Tallahassee, some fans
wanted him out following a 7-6
season -- Bowden's worst finish
since going 5-6 in his first season
in 1976.
"That is frustrating," he said.
"But there's nothing you can do
about it. It's the same way all over
the country."
Bowden has been largely free
from that in his 31 years of coach-
ing at Florida State, though, be-
cause the Seminoles have been
so good. He transformed Florida
State into one of the nation's best
programs, leading the Seminoles
to 14 straight seasons in which
they finished in the top five of The
Associated Press rankings. During
that span, the Seminoles rolled
up a 152-19-1 record, an .864 win-
ning percentage.
After a couple of field goals
went wide right against rival Mi-
ami, though, some began to ques-
tion whether Bowden could win
the big one. That ended in 1993
when Nebraska missed a 45-yard
field goal in the final seconds of
the Orange Bowl to give the Semi-
noles their first national title.
They won again in 1999 when


Junior boys to play in tourney


By Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee junior boys
will begin competition in the Di-
xie Youth junior boys state tourna-
ment on July 21, when they take


to the field against San Antonio.
The game is scheduled to begin
at 11:30 a.m. If the Okeechobee
team wins this tournament, they
will represent Florida at the Junior
Dixie Boys World Series in Muscle
Shoals, Alabama.


The following teams will be
competing in this tourney: Se-
bring, West Volusia, Okeechobee,
San Antonio, East Lakeland, Mess-
er Park, Spring Hill,. Host Tri city,
Marianna and West Seminole.


Okeechobee team out of tourney


By Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee majors
team, made up of 11-12 year-old
athletes, was eliminated from
the Dixie Youth baseball state
tournament Wednesday evening
when they lost to the undefeated
Holmes County-Bonifay team
5-1. The Okeechobee defeat
paved the way for a showdown
between East Lakeland (3-1) and
Holmes County-Bonifay (4-0) for
the right to represent Florida on
August 6-11 in the Dixie Youth
World Series in Madison Heights,
Va.


The meeting between the
two powerhouses took take
place Thursday morning at the
Okeechobee Sports Complex,
580 N.W. 27th Lane at 11 a.m.
Holmes County-Bonifay defeated
East Lakeland 2-1 and will repre-
sent Florida at the World Series
tournament in August. Last year
the two teams met in the finals
with East Lakeland coming out
on top.
The results of rest of the tour-
nament are as follows: Game
8-Franklin county def. Chipley
6-1; Game 9-Hardee def. We-
wachitchka 4-3; Game 10-South


Lake def. Spring Hill 7-4; Game
11-East Lakeland def. Malone 6-
2; Game 12-Holmes County def.
Avon Park 12-4; Game 13-Frank-
lin County def. Hardee 9-8; Game
14- Okeechobee def. Malone 11-
1; Game 15-Spring Hill def. Avon
Park 12-6; Game 16-South Lake
def. East Lakeland 2-0; Game 17-
Okeechobee def. Franklin Coun-
ty, 11-3; Game 18-East Lakeland
def. Spring Hill 5-4; Game 19-
Holmes County def. South Lake
2-0; Game 20-East Lakeland def.
South Lake 7-4 and Game 21-
Holmes County def. Okeechobee
5-1.


Sports Briefs


O.G. & C.C. junior golf
clinics being held
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club will offer junior golf clinics
throughout the summer. The clin-
ics will focus on the golf basics
for the inexperienced, as well
as intermediate training for the
more advanced player. Clinics


. will include golf etiquette, rules,
putting, chipping, full swing and
actual play on the course. These
clinics will be offered every Tues-
day 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 between the ages of 10
to 16-years-old. There will a maxi-
mum of six students per session.
For information contact Terry
Lanman, head golf pro and gen-
eral manager, at (863) 763-6228.


Bowden had his lone perfect sea-
son and the Seminoles became
the first team to go wire-to-wire in
The Associated Press poll ranked
No. 1 from the preseason to fin-
ish.
"When we won that first one
in '93, people asked me what
it was like. It was more a relief
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Ward, who won the Heisman
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1993 title, said it was an awesome
experience to play under a coach
he describes as a "legend."
"Not in his own mind, he's a
legend by his actions and the way
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coach and wants to stick around
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Movie times for Friday, July 13,
through Thursday, July 20, are as
follows:
Theatre 1 -"Harry Potter - The
Order of the Phoenix" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. only. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "Transformers"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre Ill - "Ratatouille" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
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Today

in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, July 20, the
201st day of 2007. There are 164
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
tory:
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11
astronauts Neil Armstrong apd
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the
first men to walk on the moon
as they stepped out of their lunar
module.
On this date:
In 1810, Colombia declared in-
dependence from Spain.
In 1861, the Congress of the
Confederate States began holding
sessions in Richmond, Va.
In 1871, British Columbia en-
tered Confederation as a Cana-
dian province.
In 1917, the draft lottery in
World War I went into operation.
In 1944, an attempt by a group
of German officials to assassinate
Adolf Hitler with a bomb failed as
the explosion at Hitler's Rasten-
burg headquarters only wounded
the Nazi leader.
In 1944, President Franklin
_ Roosevelt was nominated for an
unprecedented fourth term of of-
fice at the Democratic convention
in Chicago.
In 1976, America's Viking I ro-
bot spacecraft made a successful,
first-ever landing on.Mars.
In 1977, a flash flood hit John-
stown, Pa., killing more than 80
people and causing $350 million
in damage.
In 1977, the U.N. Security
Council voted to admit Vietnam
to the world body.
In 1982, Irish Republican Army
bombs exploded in two London
parks, killing eight British soldiers,
along with seven horses belong-
ing to the Queen's Household
Cavalry.
Ten years ago: Seven people
were arrested after New York
City police found scores of deaf
Mexicans who were being kept in
slave-like conditions and forced
to peddle trinkets for the smug-
glers who had brought them to
the U.S.
Five years ago: Twenty-nine
people died in a blaze started by
bartenders who were doing tricks
with fire at Utopia, an unlicensed
night club in Lima, Peru.
One year ago: President
Bush, addressing the NAACP, said
he knew racism existed in Ameri-
ca and that many black voters dis-
trusted his Republican Party. Bush
promised to improve the GOP's
rocky relations with blacks. The
Senate voted 98-0 to renew the
landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act
for another quarter-century.
Today's Birthdays: Moun-
taineer Sir Edmund Hillary is 88.
Actress-singer Sally Ann Howes
is 77. Rockabilly singer Sleepy
LaBeef is 72. Senator Barbara A.
Mikulski, D-Md., is 71. Actress
Diana Rigg is 69. Rock musician
John Lodge (The Moody Blues)
is 64. Country singer T.G. Shep-
pard is 63. Singer Kim Carnes is
61. Rock musician Carlos San-
tana is 60. Rock musician Paul
Cook (The Sex Pistols) is 51. Ac-
tress Donna Dixon is 50. Country
singer Radney Foster is 48. Actor
Frank Whaley is 44. Rock singer
Chris Cornell is 43. Rock musician
Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) is 41.


Actor Reed Diamond is 40. Ac-
tor Josh Holloway ("Lost") is 38.
Singer Vitamin C is 38. Actor Si-
mon Rex is 33. Actress Judy Greer
is 32. Actor Charlie Korsmo is 29.
Actor John Francis Daley is 22. Ac-
tress Billi Bruno is 11.
Thought for Today: "We
may well go to the moon, but
that's not very far. The greatest
distance we have to cover still lies
within us." -- Charles de Gaulle,
French statesman (1890-1970).


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The Last Word in Astrology


By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19): Make
money, communicate for business and
learning purposes and avoid confron-
tations with family, friends or partners.
You can get ahead if you refuse to get
sucked into the melodrama playing out
all around you.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The
more determined you are, the better.
Progress can be made with a little ex-
tra effort. Social events or activities you
participate in will lead to new friendships
or partnerships. Love is on the rise but
don't be fooled by someone with ulte-
rior motives.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You
are a social butterfly. Your intent to make
everyone love you will lead to trouble
whether you are single or not. Jealousy
is likely to occur if you don't curb your
flirtatious ways. Have fun but not at
someone else's expense.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): Fo-
cus on creative endeavors. A change of
pace is in order so if you come across
a job opening that interests you, apply.
You have more skills than you realize
so don't sell yourself short. You can do
much better.


*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Get in-
volved in physical activities that will help
you burn excess energy, You will feel
frustrated by the way things are going
professionally and personally. Don't let
your anxiety take over. Plan your day
strategically.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Emo-
tional matters are likely to stand in your
way today. Look past what's brewing
to the practical side of what's happen-
ing. You may have to break off ties with
someone who has been taking advan-
tage of you.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You'll
waffle back and forth today but that's
OK. It's better to sit on the fence than
to make a mistake. Any opportunity
to travel or to explore something new
should be taken.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): A
burden may be placed on you. Protect
yourself from the hazards of associating
with someone who is overindulgent or
makes poor choices. A change should
be put into play regarding with whom
you hang out. Money is heading your
way.


*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): Interviews, business meetings
and working on creative projects will
all pan out for you today. Avoid trying
to wear too many hats 6r dealing with
government or institutions. Don't make
unnecessary changes. Love problems
are likely.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
As long as you don't put your own mon-
ey on the line, you will prosper. You can
convince others to support your ideas
and invest in you. A legal matter will turn
out favorably. Use your charm and love
and romance will unfold.
.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
You may be torn between what's right
and what isn't. A job prospect that looks
interesting may not turn out to be what
you thought. Don't give up what you
have because the grass looks greener
on the other side of the fence.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Carefully consider a question you have
been asked before you answer. Giv-
ing out too much information will work
against you. Someone who can influ-
ence your future is likely to feel you are
embellishing the facts.
� 2007 UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


* DEAR ABBY: I have read
your column for the better part
of 20 years and always enjoyed it,
even if I didn't always agree with
your advice. The fact that it makes
us think is what makes it so enjoy-
able.
Now I find myself writing to
get an opinion on a matter that
has been very hard for me. I
have been married for the last
20 years to a woman who has
been hard to get along with, at
best. We were married because
she became pregnant. I thought I
was doing the right thing. Later, I
found out she had stopped taking
birth control pills so she could get
me to marry her.
Looking back, it was not the
right thing to do. I have stayed
married and we have had a sec-
ond child. Again, she was on the
pill, and again I thought I was
doing the right thing by staying
around to be the father.
I removed my wedding ring 10
years ago and have been barely
getting along with her while I
work a lot of jobs away from the
house to avoid the never-ending
arguments. I don't hate her or-
wish anything bad for her, but I
have reached the point where I
can no longer stand to be around
her. I have concluded that staying
married for the sake of the kids
and trying to be a two-parent fam-
ily was the wrong thing to do.
I know the ensuing divorce
will be ugly, with her constantly
harassing me, but how can I help
her to see that our marriage has
been a train wreck in slow motion
for 20 years? - Living Away
DEAR LIVING AWAY: Your
marriage was based on fraud,
and a marriage with fraud as its
foundation is like a house built
on quicksand. As unhappy as you
have been, your wife appears to
have been even unhappier. She
knows she tricked you into mar-
riage and you weren't in love with
her - and she has been taking
her- anger out on you and herself
ever since.
As you said, ending the mar-
Close to Home


riage won't be pleasant - and
she will probably be punitive.
Therefore, it is imperative that
your children be made to under-
stand that, regardless of what has
happened with their mother, you
will always be there for them. As
to "helping her see," etc. - save
that effort for later, much later,
when her anger has cooled to in-
difference.

*DEAR ABIW,: I carpool my
daughter, "Leslye," to school with
one other student. It has been
helpful because Leslye needs to
be taken to and from school five
days a week. The problem is,
Leslye does not like riding in the
other mother's car because it is
filthy.
Leslye has come home with
stains on her pants from sitting on
melted crayons, old food, etc. She
tells me that it's OK for all trash to
be thrown on the floor. It was that
way all year.
Have you any suggestions on
how to handle this situation next
year? (I am a non-confrontational
type of person.) I hope the other
mom reads your column. - Mar-
ian in South Carolina
DEAR MARIAN: And what
if she doesn't read my column?
Unless you are willing to advo-
cate for your daughter, there is
nothing I can do. It would not be
confrontational to tell the woman
that your daughter's clothing was
soiled because of the melted cray-
ons -- or food -- on the seats of her
car, and that it's time the vehicle
was cleaned. It's part of respon-
sible parenting. If she doesn't get
the message, then it will be up
to you to provide more suitable
transportation to school for your
daughter.

DearAbby is written by Abigail
Van Buren, also known as Jeanne
Phillips, and was founded by her
mother, Pauline Phillips. Write
Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.
corn or P.O. Box 69440, Los Ange-
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LARGE BLACK DOG- female,
vic of Hwy 441 Call to identi-
fy (863)357-3249


PAPILLON PUPPY- 9 wks old,
36 Terrace SE near Ever-
glades Elem. 7/16. Wh/br
w/bl ears. Reward
(850)758-7103


BLACK LAB- 7 yrs old, Crate
trained. Good w/kids & small
dogs. Free to good home.
(863)517-1704 Wayne
BLACK MOUTH CURR, (9),
male & female, 6 weeks old,
to good homes only.
(863)634-7577
CHICKENS (4) Roosters (3) &
Ducks (4). Free to good
homes only. (863)763-6762
Otter Creek.
LAB MIX DOGS, 1 brown
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months old. To good homes,
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BIG SALE!!
OKEECHOBEE- Fri & Sat, July
20th & 21st, 8:30 am - 3
pm, 501 NE 5th Street. Lon-
gaberger baskets, Childs
Capt. Bed, Small Sect Sofa,
Playstation w/games, lots of
Jr. clothes, great for back to
school


BUCKHEAD RIDGE, Sat.,
7/21, 8am til 4pm, 38 Cho-
bee St., Some Furniture &
Lots of Bric-a-Brac.


OKEE., S a t .
7/21, 8am-?,
1310 SW 5th Ave. (Park on
side street). Antique couch,
chair & table. Bedroom set,
Boys clothes & To Many


SALE
OKEE. Sat. 7/21, 8am-?, 2404
SW 2nd Ave. (Behind Pizza
Hut). Clothing, Toys, DVD's
& Alot of Misc. Items!


SALE
OKEECHOBEE, 213 NW 13TH
Street, Fri. 7/20, Sat. 7/21 &
Sun. 7/22. Baby items,
household items, computer
desk, furniture, tv's & much
more! Don't miss out!


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849 SW 20th Ave
Sat., July 21st
8am to ??


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9am-2pm. Household items,
clothing, & much more!


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OKEECHOBEE, Fri. & Sat.,
July 20th & 21st, 8am-?,
1402 N.E. 39th Blvd.
(Evergreen Cemetery Rd.)
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Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



ESTIMATOR
Proficient in estimating
commercial projects &
experience with
estimating software. Must
be able to read blueprints.
(863)467-0831 DFWP
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6am - 8am Monday thru Friday
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MEDICAL ASSISTANT/FRONT
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competitive pay, 30 hrs./wk.,
possible FT. Send resume to
PO Box 2744, Okeechobee,
FL 34973.


Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle
Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis


ACROSS
1 Glad neighbors,
perhaps
5 "Grey's
Anatomy"
network
8 Turns at home
14 On
15 1970 Edwin
Starr protest
song
16 Prize amounts
17 Pro_
18 Gray's 'The
Bard," e.g.
19 Star of France
20 Woodsman's
dessert?
23 Good name,
briefly
24 Old demolition
weapon
25 "Phooey!"
27 Try
29 Request to
Sajak
30 Fighting force
33 Winged deity
35 Lunch option
37 Maria Callas bel
canto role
39 Math teacher's
dessert?
43 Fitness
acronym
44 Grp. with the
1979 top 10
album
"Discovery"
45 Mary a bio
student
46 Leak indicator,
maybe
47 Campus letter
50 Leary's turn-on
52 Picked beef?
53 Rip into
55 Grayish powder
57 Lawyer's
dessert?
62 Plot makers
63 Afternoon social
64 Keystone State
city
65 Ancient
consultant
66 Unlikely race
winner
67 Omegas
68 Saint Stephen,
e.g.
69 Wore down


70 Start of a library
volume
discussion?

DOWN
1 Playwright
Connelly
2 Jazz theater?
3 Some trailers
4 station
5 Mil. no-show
6 Troublemaker
7 Minotaur's home
8 Transitional
being
9 After-school help
10 Ponder
11 Sale condition
12 Cast starter
13 Hattiesburg-to-
Biloxi djr.
21 Special
22 JFK screen info
25 Wallops
26 Sections
28 Armonk, N.Y.-
based giant
30 Tyros
31 Dallas City Hall
architect
32 Superdome
player
34 Cry


36 corde: with
the soft pedal
released, in
piano music
38 KO'd
40 "I don't believe
that"
41 Abuse
42 RBI and ERA
48 Mooring rope
49 Poetic peeper
51 Word with labor
or camp


53 Piece of land
54 30,000-employee
insurance
company
56 Hard to afford
57 Crime writer
Paretsky
58 Winter resort
conveyance
59 Tantrum
60 Disembarrasses
61 Sample
62 Dot follower


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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
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implementation and operation and maintenance pursuant to all
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and maintenance of management and/or engineered practices.
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Ron's Pressure Washing
& Minor repairs
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-763-7675 or
cell 863-261-1565
License # 2423


Merchandise

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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins.'Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts, Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes. Linens 8 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment,
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/.'Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies,,'
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies,'
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television,'Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONER:
Package unit, with heat, 07
model. $1575.
561-447-0339


SCALES, antique, weighs up
to 5,000 grams, $225.
(863)467-4328


FREEZER: Large w/ Locking
capability. Mint condition.
Great for the hunter. $300
(561)951-6088
RANGE, Electric, Maytag,
White, $75. (863)675-2348
REFRIGERATOR, GE: Side By
Side, Ivory color. Great con-
dition. $100. (863)697-2087
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, electric,
with new circuit board &
burners. $100
(863)467-2507
STOVE- Kenmore, Self clean-
ing, Smooth top, white. Exc.
cond. Moving, Must sell
$250. Neg. (863)634-3841
WASHER & DRYER: Frigidiare.
Like new. $300 for both, will
sep. (863)261-4809
WASHER & DRYER- Kenmore
70/80 Series 1 year old. Like
New with 2 year warranty
$600. 720-284-4018


WASHER & DRYER, Whirl-
pool, Heavy duty. Extra Ig.
capacity. Works great. $250.
(863)675-4443
WASHER, Kenmore, 3 yrs.
old, $75. (863)634-3650


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
Gutters Plus,
LLC
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It wasn't raining when
Noah built the ark!
Prepare now and let us help.
Hurricane Protection
Seamless Raingutter
Screen Rooms and
Enclosures * Carports
Call today for your
free estimate
(863) 634-3159
Lic. #OCSL2783-01
PLYWOOD (10 sheets): 3/4",
4x6 sheets. $120 will sep.
Call (561)762-4620 Jupiter
area.


CAPTIANS BED- Twin, w/
matching dresser. Lt color
wood. Good cond. $200. or
best offer. (863)675-0600
STEP 2 FIREHOUSE BED- with
mattress. Good condition.
$75.(863)697-2704
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 FDR
WH $1995. (863)467-7718


MEN'S CLOTHING- 12 pairs
Brand Name shorts 38 to 42.
clean & good cond. $40. Will
sep (863)634-7765 Okee


ELVIS COLLECTION: Many
items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $500
neg. (863)467-0627
FOOTBALL/BASEBALL CARDS
(1000)- Racing & Comic. late
80s early 90s Exc. cond. $300
or best offer!! 863-763-8943



COMPUTER, Dell, 2 mos. old,
17" flat monitor, photo all in
1 printer, mouse, pad, sell
for $850. (863)467-9868
COMPUTER XP, Complete,
with all in one printer, cus-
tom built. $150
(863)763-7950
DELL- Brand new, Never
used. Windows installed
Complete. $250. or best of-
fer. (239)324-2386 LeBelle
DELL SCHOOL COMPUTER:
Pentium 4, Window XR 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


SONY LAPTOP- With all origi-
nal disks-trade for pistol or
$600 (772)461-8822



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, king size, with frame
exc. cond., $300.
(863)763-6747
BED, Queen, headboard, foot-
board & rails. $60
(863)805-2801
BEDROOM SET- King size,
with dresser w/mirror & 2
nightstand's. Like new.
,$690 (863)697-2704
BUNK BEDS- Wood, includes
mattresses. Badcock brand
w/horse on end. Good cond.
$150 neg. (863)528-0901
CANOPY BED SUITE- Twin sz,
incld mirrored dresser, night
stand, desk book case.
$350. (863)763-0669
CHAIR, Leather, Burgundy, 6
months old, excellent condi-
tion, paid $600, asking $400
(863)763-0583
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
COFFEE TABLE, Oak w/glass
inlay top. $25
(863)763-7931
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 ROOM TABLE, Wood-
en w/ 4 chairs. Like new.
Paid $500. Asking $300.
(863)697-0424
DINING TABLE- With matching
china cabinet, 4 chairs &
leaf. Good cond. $600 neg.
(863)528-0901
DOUBLE FUTON- Wooden
w/roll out drawer. Perfect
condition. $450.
(863)675-1936 LaBelle
DRESSER, 3 drawer & night
stand Good condition. $80.
Will separate.
(863)467-4095
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
GLASS TABLE TOP Safety,
heavy plate glass w/beveled
cut edges, octagon, 5'x5'.
$50 (863)674-5753
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
SOFA, Leather, Like New &
Kitchen Island, Stainless steel
and solid wood. Great cond.
$370. Will sep. 720-284-4018
SWIVEL ROCKER- Green,
good condition. $25
(863)610-0020
TRUNDLE BED, New, with new
mattresses, sheets & bed
pads. $200 (863)467-2507
WHAT NOT SHELF- Corner,
Can hang or placed on floor.
Approx. 4' to 5' Exc cond.
$15. (863)467-7659



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


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
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
WEIGHT BENCH - 300 Ibs.
Phoenix, good condition,
$150/best offer. Call
863-697-2087..



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.


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


ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR: Med-
ics, "Cadillac of wheelchairs!"
Immaculate, used very little on
carpet only. Paid $5000, asking
only $1000. 863-447-0448
MOTORIZED CHAIR, Hover-
round MPV4, exc. cond.,
list price $6200, sell for
$1,000 neg. (863)634-8872
POWER CHAIR: Pride Jazzy
#1113 w/joystick. Exc cond.
Small turn radius. New $5800,
Now $1090. (863)763-6907
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
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
PATRIOT MAGNIFIER, close
circuit TV for visually im-
paired, w/accessories,
$1500 neg. (863)467-5058



CLASSICAL GUITAR- With
case, good starter guitar.
$75 (863)824-0801
DRUM SET, 13 pc., Pearl Ex-
port Series, emerald green
w/accessories. $800
(863)467-5906
GUITAR CABINET: Custom
Built 77"Tx42"W, 2 solid
doors & shelf, Reduced to
$299. neg. (561)633-1371
GUITAR, New Squier Strat,
. w/cover, SP10 Squier Am-
plifier, black, Some music.
$199. (863)357-8788
KEYBOARD, Cord MI, 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: 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
CHIHUAHUA PUPS- Not T-
Cups. 12wks, .3 Blondes, 2-
F, 1-M, CKC, Health cert.,
$200. each (863)801-1302
DOBERMANS: AKC, Lg. Bred.
Shots/Wormed. Docked &
Dewclaws done. $550 & up.
Ready 8/30. (863)763-6703
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
FRONTLINE PLUS, For cats.
10 vials. $100
(863)674-5753
LOVEBIRDS, Mated, with large
cage & nesting box. $100
(863)697-8731
MALTESE DOG: 1 year old
adult, female, small size,
$550. Call (863) 983-1970.
PIT BULL- Blue, 4 weeks old.
Purebred, $350.
(863)673-5513
PIT PUPPIES, Red Nose, pure-
bred, $150 each, ready to
go. 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
WHOOPS! German Shepherd /
Chesapeake Bay Puppies: 7
wks. old. Adorable, must
see. $200. (239)246-6739
YORKSHIRE TERRIER- CKC
reg. Female, 2yrs old, black
& tan, playful & loving $350
(863)697-0286



HOT TUB, "Hot Springs", exc.
cond., You Move! $1500.
(863)763-4987


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
TREE STANDS (2): For hunt-
ing. $70 negotiable or will
sell separately.
863-763-7609


AMPLIFIER- Kicker SX650 all
digital & Kicker L7 12" sub.
New in box, never installed.
$350 (863)634-2131
BOOM .BOX- Sanyo,
AM/FM/CD/Cassette player.
24"L x 9"W $30
(863)763-0625
CD PLAYER - Brand new, $30.
Call 863-610-4674.
MATT JUGGERNAUTS (2),
15", in a box. $700 or best
offer. (863)634-6476
PIONEER STEREO, York &
Bose speakers. Oldies but,
still plays good. $150.
(863)634-3659


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- Coleman 6250
surge 550 run watts. W/220
volt ext. cord. Approx 2hr run
time. $450. (863)467-6372
GENERATOR- Generac, 7550,
good 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
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
WELDER, Portable & Air com-
pressor. Mounted on trailer.
$1500. neg. 561-758-4337



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


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 8 Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants,.'
Flowers 865




TIRE, For Farm Tractor, Pulley.
Good shape. $50.
(863)467-0987
TRACTOR, Small, diesel, 3
cyl. w/turf tires & 5 Ft. box
blade. Runs excellent. $3500
or best offer. (863)634-5820


HORSE TRAILER- '99, Bee 2
horse bumper pull trailer.
Good condition. $3500. or
best offer. (863)634-5820
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
LAWN MOWERS, 1 Scag, 48"
cut, $5000 & 50" cut Dixie
Chopper, $4500.
(863)227-0533
MOWER: Swisher, 44", pull
behind, 10.5 B&S, runs
great, $400 or trade for a 4'
bush hog. 863-675-1816
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


SADDLE, Deluxe, custom
Veech rancher, seat size
16.5, $800. (863)467-2104


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.


BRAND NEW, 3BR's/2BA's,
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
1-800-543-2495.
DIXIE RANCH, 3BR/1BA, Cen-
tral air & heat.
863)763-7622 or
863)697-8325
Indian Hammock, 1800 sq.
ft., 3/2, w/2 stall barn,
fenced, $2400 mo., 1st, last
& sec. (863)467-0831 ask
for Judy
OKEE.: (2) 2br/lba, unfurn
duplex's. $650/mo + 1st mo
dep. 3624 SE 35th. Ave.
(239)707-5155
OKEE., 3br, 1ba, Carport,
Yard, W/D, Partly Furnished
$1150. mo+ Sec. 1008 SW
2nd Ave. (954)658-0108
RIM CANAL: Cottage, New.
2/2 Unfurn. w/loft & dock.
Covered prkg. $1200 mo.
Min. 6 mo's. (772)408-3361



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



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



MOORE HAVEN- New '07,
55+ Comm., D/W, 2br/2ba
on river. Bring boat/yacht!
Beautifully landscaped. Wa-
ter & Electric at dock.
$1200. mo. (786)290-1542


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
Opdn House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 11/2 ba, 2 Story, Fenced
patio, $800 mo., 1st, last +
$800 sec. (863)634-3313


BUY NOW! Brand new CBS
4 Bdrm., 2 Ba., 3654 NW 5th
St., $995 mo. $145,000.
(863)484-0809
NEW HOME ON YOUR LOT!
Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495
RENT TO OWN: New 3/2/1 in
Basswood. 1700 sf., gar.
$1200. mo. + 1st, last &
sec. dep. 561-718-2822



Southern Alabama Hunting
Club, 2,238 acres, 3 spots
available for '07-'08 season,
dues are $1,000 yr. Call
(863)634-4983 for more info


BASSWOOD
For sale by owner.
Price reduced!
(863)467-2712 or 634-3580


IEW TODAY!
BUCKHEAD RIDGE, Vacant,
Lake access, canal lot, with
seawall & boat ramp, beautiful
view. $76,500 (772)349-9738


Mobile Homes



Mobile Homem 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
ON RIM CANAL: 3 BR, 2 Ba.,
$850 mo. + $500 sec. dep.
Pay own electric. No Pets
863-697-0214
SW, 2BR/1BA, w/d, porch,
$500 mo. & 1BR 1BA cot-
tage, tile, full kit., porch,
$450 mo., city water incl.,
1st last & sec.
(561)346-4692


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Mobile Home Angels
561-385-4694
MOBILE HOME '88-CORSAIR,
unfurnished, located in Whis-
[er Creek 55+ community. In
aBelle area. $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



'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: 15%2 FT, Aluminum, V-
Haul, 20 hp Johnson, Trlr.,
Brand new Minkota Trolling
Motor. $600. 863-357-4837
BOW RIDER - 15FT, 40HP
Merc., also w/trolling motor
and trailer $2500 or best of-
foer (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- 10Ft., 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, with trailer.
Good condition. $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 trlr,
$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 trir. All like new.
$34,900. 239-691-4004
NEW AIR BOAT SEATS- cush-
ions, slips, any color, $200
each (561)644-1957
PONTOON BOAT, 20 ft., 48hp
Evenrude, $2250 or best of-
fer. (863)467-2712 or
(863)634-3580
PONTOON BOAT- 24', 90hp
Merc Marner, 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 trir, $4000
863)634-1567 or
863)763-4349
SPORTSCRAFT- Tri hull- walk
thru windshield, 60hp Mari-
ner outboard, galv trailer,
$650. (863)467-8038
V BOTTOM - 16', Alum., 35hp
Merc., Trolling mtr. New trailer.
Runs great. Needs wood repair
$1000. (561)261-0766


CAMEO-CARRIAGE, '99, 32',
all fiberglass, Ir, dr, elec.
slide, Ig. a/c exc. cond.,
$12,900. (561)346-4692
DODGE '89, Motor home, high
top, stove, fddge, shower,
good motor, body, tires.
2500 (561)602-06.02
DUTCHMAN 1994, 27 RF. w/
Florida Rm. LaBelle area.
Must be moved. $4000. neg.
(989)656-9933/553-7734


DAVIT, for Jet Ski, with cradle,
hand crank, piling mounted,
$200. (863)675-1033
SEADO0 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








Okeechobee News, Friday, July 20, 2007 11


KAWASAKI KZ1000 '82-
Runs and looks real good.
Asking $1800. or best offer
(863)634-3344
SUZUKI S40 Boulevard 2007,
650 cc, Black. Extra fea-
tures. 500 mis. $4000 or
best offer. (863)610-0045
TRIKE 2005, Suzuki / Lehman,
4500 mls. $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
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
SUZUKI RM250 '05: Dirt bike.
Mint condition, runs good.
$2500. Neg. (863)261-4633
or (863)357-2271


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
CHEVY CORSICA- '91, White,
Runs, Good shape. $800. or
best offer. (863)261-5101


CADILLAC SEVILLE '93- Pearl
white, great cond, leather in-
terior, good on gas. $2500
or best offer (863)357-3639
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 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
TOYOTA CAMRY SE- '07, Red,
6 cyl, Leather, Dual exhaust,
15K mi., Rear spoiler.
$23,000. (863)447-1060


DODGE CHARGER '76, Sport
coupe, great condition, all
original. $500 firm.
(863)801-4519



JEEP WRANGLER, 1989 -
4x4, 97K mi., new tires,
$3,500. Call Cody at
863-697-8531.


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
CHEVY 3/4 TON P/U '54, with
6 cyl & 4 spd trans., runs
good. $800 (863)763-1370
DODGE PICKUP TOPPER-
Leer Crown, fullsize bed.
Good cond. but needs paint.
$250 neg. (239)369-3269
DUMP TRUCK '77, Allison
auto transmission, does not
run. $400 (863)763-1370
ENGINES, (2), diesel, single
cyclinde, 1 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, 3 1/2" lift, seats,
etc. $750 (239)895-3269
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, 24", 6 lug, fits
Chevy & Nissan Titan,
$2500 (863)673-2314
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,
Fits '99-'07 Ford Super Duty
Crew Cab P/U. $200.
863-697-0328 Heather
RUNNING BOARDS, for late
modej Ford F150, asking
$125. (863)467-4328
TIRES, (4), brand new, 13",
$175 or best offer.
(863)467-8856 Iv. name &
phone #.
TRUCK BED- 8ft, for 2002
Ford F250, $500 or best of-
fer (863)447-5985


TOW DOLLY, Kar Kaddy, circa
1984, exc. cond., newly
painted & rewired, good
tires. $600 (863)946-0697
TRANSMISSION, Turb 700,
rebuilt, $350 or best offer.
(863)467-8856 Iv. name &
phone #
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.
WHEEL: From 2007 Dodge
Ram, 8 lug, polished alumi-
num. $400. or best offer.
(863)697-0424
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- '90, Shortbed, Auto.,
A/C, Runs great. $800.
(863)261-3358
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 F250 '89, 7.3 Diesel,
4x4, a/c, 5 spd., utility box,
runs good, $1900
(863)675-1862
FORD F350, '88, 18' car haul-
er, Warren winch, cold air,
cd, runs great, $5500.
(863)357-1784/634-2454
GMC SIERRA- '05, 4x4, With
ext. cab. Excellent condition.
$21,500. (863)675-1493
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE La-
redo 1993, Not pretty, but
runs, runs, runs! $600 or
best offer. (863)357-5867


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
CHEVY TAHOE '01, 88k miles,
tan leather int., fully loaded,
4wd, exc. cond. Must see.
$15,500 (863)467-9902
JEEP CHEROKEE, '95, white,
$2200 or best offer. MUST
SELL!!! (863)763-4821


DUMP TRAILER '01, 7x12,
double axle. $2500 firm.
(863)697-2032
UTILITY TRAILER - Tandem
axle, like new, $1,250/best
offer. Call 954-605-4340.


DODGE CARGO VAN '96, 2500
model, V8 auto., p/w, cold
air, ladder racks, great for
work. $1675 (561)758-4337
DODGE GRAND Caravan,
1997 - very good shape, all
power, a/c, $2,500. Call
863-763-8225.
FORD AEROSTAR '87, V-6,
Motor runs good. Needs
trans. Many new parts. $150
or best offer. (863)763-0967
MITSUBISHI VAN '87- Low
miles, dependable, seats 8
or can move seats . $1000
or best offer. (863)357-3639
REAR SEATS, (2), for '87 Ply-
mouth, gray, good shape,
$175. (868)763-6449 or
jvaguilar@earthlink.net
VW VAN '76 - Rusty, does not
run, lOOK + miles, interior
in good cond. $500
(863)467-4258


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NEWSPAPER...
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and Int.-fting person. No
wonder newspaper leaders
ago more msccessfult


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2007-CA-190
KYLE M. WILLIAMS,
Plaintiff
GARY COCHRAN and CAROL COCHRAN,
husband and wife,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: GARY COCHRAN and CAROL CO-
CHRAN, whose last known address
was 5148 Palm Beach Canal Road,
West Palm Beach. Florida 33415 and
all parties claiming interest by,
through, under or against GARY CO-
CHRAN and CAROL COCHRAN and all
parties having or claiming to have any
rght, title or interest in the property
herein described.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Com-
plaint to quiet title on the following de-
scribed real property, to-wit:
THE EAST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE
SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF
TRACT 13, SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP
34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, AS TO
THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION
COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34
SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 3A,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you, and you are
requirequired to serve a copy ofyour writ-
ten defenses, if any, to JOHN D. CAS-
SELS, JR., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose
address is Post Office Box 968, 400
Northwest 2nd Street, Okeechobee,
Florida 34973, on or before the 13th
day of August, 2007, and file the origi-
na with the Clerk of this Court either
before service on Plaintiff's Attorney or
immediately thereafter, otherwise a
Default wil be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the Complaint.
This Notice shall be published once
each week for four (4) consecutive
weeks in the "Okeechobee News."
DATED this 13th day of July, 2007.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By:/S/Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
225790ON 7/20,27:8/3,10/07
LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 419 Southwest 2nd
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 3rd day of August 2007
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid tow-
ing and storage. Year, Make, Model &
Vin's as follows:
1995 White Chevy S10
1GCCS21441S8219189
1997 Red Chrysler Town & Country
1C4GP54L9VB462533
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
guarantees.
226040 ON 7/20/07


I Public Notice


I Pulc o ice


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
FILE NO. 2007-CP-126
IN RE: ESTATE OF
GEORGE E. BLAZINA,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Summary Administration)
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE:
You are hereby notified that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered
in the estate of George E. Blazina, deceased, File Number 2007CP126, by the Cir-
curt Court for Okeechobee County, Florida. Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that the decedent's date
of death was Apnl 18, 2006; that the total value of the estate is $21.263.47; and
that the names and addresses to whom it has been assigned by such order are:
Name Address
Wickens, Herzer, Panza,
Cook & Batista 35765 Chester Road, Avon, Ohio 44011
Karen L. Blazina 225 Red Coach Road, Sanford, FL 32773-6036
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT:
All creditors ol the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full
payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must file their claims
with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF
THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this Notice is July 13, 2007.
Person Giving Notice:
Karen L. Blazina
225 Red Coach Court, Sanford, FL 32773-6036
Attorney for Person Giving Notice:
Thomas Pillan, Attorney
Florida Bar No. 0357911
WICKENS, HERZER, PANZA, COOK & BATISTA
35765 Chester Road, Avon, Ohio 44011
Telephone: (440) 930-8000
224712 ON 7/13,20/07

NOTICE OF MEETING
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
LICENSING BOARD
The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public
meeting on Tuesday, August 7th, 2007 @3:30 PM. The public meeting will be
held at the Okeechobee County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeecho-
bee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. For more in-
formation, contact Barbara Cash at the Planning and Development Department,
499 N.W. 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863)763-5548.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect
to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim
for the sole purpose of backup for official record of the Department
Barbara Cash, Secretary to Board
Okeechobee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board
225148 ON 7/20,29/07


4-H youth donates to scholarship fund


Submitted photo
Donna Keen, widow of well-known Glades County veterinar-
ian, Doc Keen was presented with a donation check to the
Doc Keen Scholarship fund by local 4-H club member, Skyler
Burke. Miss Burke wanted to help with funds that she raised
after her steer took the Grand Champion title in March.


MOORE HAVEN -- Donna
Keen, an employee at the Glades
County Tax Collector's Office,
was surprised when Moore Haven
sixth grader, Skyler Burke, visited
her at the office on July 12.
Tax Collector, Gail Jones was
in on the surprise. Mrs. Keen was
working behind the counter when
the eager Skyler and her mother,
Connie Haught, waited out in the
courthouse lobby so as not to be
seen.
Mrs. Keen was called from
her desk by her co-worker who
motioned to the mom and her
daughter to come forward.
Miss Burke greeted Mrs. Keen
presenting her with a donation
check to the Doc Keen Schol-
arship Foundation. The $2,000
check was from monies earned
by Skyler for raising her 4-H prize-
winning steer. Miss Burke won
Reserve Grand Champion at the
Seminole Tribe of Florida's 4-H
Show and sale in March. She also
won Jr. Showmanship. Burke had
pledged the amount then but she
didn't get the money deposited
into her 4-H account until recent-
ly.
Doc Keen, a highly regarded


veterinarian in the Glades, died in
2006. His wife, Donna, created a
scholarship fund in his name. The
2007 inaugural year for the schol-
arship saw three graduating se-
niors receive $1,000 each to help
with their college educations. One
graduate received a $500 scholar-
ship for trade school.
Skyler Burke is a tribal mem-
ber who remembers Doc with af-
fection. Doc Keen was the official
tribal veterinarian for many years.
"He helped me with my first
steer. If he was sick, Doc would
give us a prescription," said Sky-
ler. "He was a really good guy
and when he died I was sad," she
said.
Donna Keen was very touched
by the gift.
"I think it is so special that a
young girl could recognize how
much Doc loved the 4-H kids,"
she said. "Doc was a 4-H leader
for 30 years. His headstone has
the 4-H cloverleaf emblem on it."
"On behalf of the scholarship
committee and Doc's family we
wish to thank Skyler and all the
Tribal members that have donat-
ed so generously to the Doc Keen
Scholarship Fund."


Community Events


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 begin-
ning 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.

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.

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 mem-
bers that are interested in using the restored Kissimmee River Valley
region for public use and recreation. Learn about the Kissimmee River
Restoration Project and recreational opportunities available for you on
SFWMD land. For information, call Jeff McLemore at (800) 250-4200,
ext. 3022.

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


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

Main Street plans fundraiser
On Saturday, Aug. 11, 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.


SuDmitted photo/District Chief Sam Eaton
Lt Mark Carr prepares to make 90 degree turn in confined
space as part of the survival training. In a fire, firefights might
be trapped by debris and forced to make their way through
small spaces while carrying bulky gear.


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Submitted photo/Lt. Mark Carr
Engine 72 Lt Billy Lalla enters entanglement prop, one of the
most difficult challenges in the survival training.


Firefighters train in



tight space survival


By Lt. Mark Carr
WESTERN PALM BEACH
COUNTY -- During a fire, firefight-
ers are sometimes faced -with
collapsing buildings or a grow-
ing fire that impedes their egress,
causing them to have to seek or
improvise an alternate exit path-
way. In recent weeks, Palm Beach
County Fire-Rescue workers in
Belle Glade, Pahokee and South
Bay have practiced survival tech-
niques in preparation that life-
threatening scenario.
Under the direction of Glades
area District Chief Curtis Rice,
who developed the training, two
fire engine crews from the Pa-
hokee fire station and another
district chief, went through the
simulations on July 17. Props
were constructed out of wood
by Pahokee Firefighter C.J. Whit-
more. In the event of a collapse,
firefighters might have to breech
walls in order to escape. Each
crew member faced the challenge
of fitting between simulated wall
studs set 16 inches apart. Another
prop forced firefighters to crawl
through a 24 inch L-shaped box
tube about 12 feet long.
Perhaps the most challenging
was the "entanglement prop"
which simulated a ceiling col-
lapse. Firefighters were forced to


crawl through the prop on their
backs as they worked their way
through wires and cables hanging
down and snagging them as they
worked their way through.
Adding to the challenge of the
training is the fact that each mem-
ber of the crew is dressed in full
firefighting gear including pants,
coats, boots, gloves, helmets and
Self Contained Breathing Appara-
tus - heavy air tanks worn on their
backs. In the final scenario of the
session, non-toxic smoke was
added to the already darkened
room causing visibility to be near
zero from just above the floor all
the way up to the ceiling.
The training has been well
received by the crews. Each fire-
fighter realizes that his or her
life may depend on the ability to
perform in the most stringent of
circumstances and in the most
difficult of environments. A hasty
escape is of the essence in a col-
lapsed building or where) one's air
supply is running low. Officials
hope these skills will never be
brought to the test but the families
of the firefighters will rest more
easily knowing that their loved
ones have trained and maintain a
proficiency that ensures that "Ev-
eryone Goes Home" at the end of
the shift.


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