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Okeechobe New
'PO BOX 11-00/00
Vol. 98 No. 203 Sunday. July 22. 2007 ;AINESVILL IL 326


State's unclaimed
property auction set,
Financial Officer Alex Sink an-
nounced that collectibles, jew-
elry and historic coins will be
among items the Bureau of Un-
claimed Property will auction
during its upcoming auction in
Orlando on Saturday, August 4,
Page 6

Marlins pitcher
arrested in Aventura
AVENTURA (AP)--Florida
JMarlins pitcher Scott Olsen was
arrested early Saturday after
refusing to pull over during a
traffic stop and getting hit by
a Taser stun gun during a fight
with police officers, authorities
Page 9


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

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

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

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Obituaries.............................. 6
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how to contact the newspaper.

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Bush recovering after

By Deb Riechmann
Associated Press Writer
- Doctors removed five small
growths from President Bush's
colon Saturday after he tempo-
rarily transferred the powers of
his office to Vice President Dick
Cheney under the rarely invoked
25th Amendment.
The polyps, extra tissue grow-
ing inside his large intestine,
were found during a routine
colon cancer scan performed
at the Camp David presidential

"All were less than 1 centi-
meter (about four-tenths of an
inch) and none appeared wor-
risome," White House spokes-
man Scott Stanzel said. Outside
medical experts agreed.
They were sent to the Na-
tional Naval Medical Center in
Bethesda, Md., to be microscop-
ically examined for signs of can-
cer. Results were expected in 48
hours to 72 hours. Polyps can
turn cancerous, so finding them
early is one of the best ways to
prevent the disease and improve
the odds of surviving it.

Friday evening fire: consumes 65 acres

"The standard procedure is
to remove all polyps that you
see," said Dr. David Weinberg,
director of gastroenterology
at Fox Chase Cancer Center in
Philadelphia, who was not part
of the medical team at Camp
David. "But the majority of pol-
yps taken out that are less than
1 centimeter in size are very un-
likely to have cancer in them."
Bush invoked the presi-
dential disability clause of the
Constitution at 7:16 a.m. EDT.
He transferred his authority to
Cheney, who was at his home

on the Chesapeake
Michaels, Md., abou
east of Washington.
Nothing occurred
2 hours and 5 minu
transfer that required
take official action, St
First lady Laura
in Midland, Texas,
ing her mother's bir
president spoke with
phone before and after
Stanzel said the
performed under wha
"monitored anesthe

Bay in St. not general anesthesia. Under
t 45 miles general anesthesia, a patient los-
es consciousness. Stanzel said
during the Bush was asleep but responsive
sites of the during the colon check. The
Cheney to medical team stopped admin-
anzel said. istering anesthesia at 7:41 a.m.
Bush was EDT; Bush was up 3 minutes
celebrat- later.
thday. The During the 31-minute proce-
her on the dure, Bush was sedated with a
er the colo- drug called propofol.
"The advantage is that it
works faster and wears off con-
exam was siderably faster than the stan-
h ll fatr tedai

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sia care,"

of woods

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A fire consumed about 65 acres Friday evening, July 20 in a wooded area at the intersection of U. S. 441 N. and
Cemetery Road. The fire was called in at about 6:30 p.m. and was extinguished in two to three hours. Units from
Okeechobee County, Fire/Rescue, City of Okeechobee Fire Department and the Division of Forestry including a
bulldozer and helicopter responded.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The fireman in the center of the picture is setting fires ahead of the fire that burned 65 acres of woods Friday
evening, July 20. Units from Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue, City of Okeechobee Fire Department and Division
Forestry responded to the fire at the intersection of U. S. 441 N. and Cemetery Road.

Horse owners need

a hurricane plan

By MaryAnn Morris
INI Florida
Floridians receive plenty of advice
each year from various and sundry
experts for hurricane season. When
making your hurricane plans, don't
forget the livestock.
Most horse owners aren't able to
evacuate their horses when a storm
is coming. According to Pat Hogue
of the Okeechobee Cooperative ex- Courtesy photo/
tension Service, few places exist that City of Parkland, Broward County
will take horses brought from areas Three forms of identification
impacted by storms. will help your horse be returned
Some preparations are the same should he get loose during or af-
for horses as for people: "have im- ter a storm: Neckband, mane tag
and your phone number painted
See Horses - Page 2 on his side.

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Low paid


wages to

By Jesse J. Holland
AP Labor Writer
food waitress Fawn Townsend of
Raleigh, N.C., knows exactly what
she is going to do if her salary
goes up with Tuesday's increase
in the federal minimum wage:
start saving for a car so she can
find a second job to make ends
"My goal personally is to get
a \efcle so i can independently
go baek and forth to work and
maybe pick up extra work so I
can have that extra income, be-
cause minimum wage is not cut-
ting it," said Townsend, who is 24
and single.
"Being a single person, you
can't pay all your bills with one
minimum wage job."
Many lawmakers, along with
advocates for low-wage workers,
are celebrating the first increase
in the federal minimum wage in
a decade. Yet many acknowledge
that raising it from $5.15 an hour
to $5.85 will provide only meager
help for some of the lowest paid
About 1.7 million people made
$5.15 or less in 2006, according to
the Labor Department's Bureau
of Labor Statistics.
"The reality fo" a minimum
wage worker is that every penny
makes a difference because low-
wage workers make the choice
between putting food on the
table and paying for electricity or
buying clothes for their children,"
said Beth Shulman, former vice
president of the United Food and
Commercial Workers Union.
"Saying that, it's clear going
up to $5.85 is not enough to re-
ally make sure that people really
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Dust storms could damage Mars rover

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) --Mis-
sion scientists worry that near-
ly a month's worth of storms
could permanently damage or
disable the Mars rovers explor-
ing the Red Planet.
A series of severe Mar-
tian summer dust storms has
blocked 99 percent of direct
sunlight to the rover Opportu-
nity. Its companion, Spirit, has

been affected to a lesser ex-
tent. Both rely on solar panels
to charge their batteries.
Scientists believe the storms
could continue for several
days, or even weeks.
"We're rooting for our rov-
ers to survive these storms, but
they were never designed for
conditions this intense," Alan
Stern, associate administrator

of NASA's Science Mission Di-
rectorate, Washington, said in
a news release posted Friday
on the space agency's Web
The rovers will not be able
to generate enough power to
keep themselves warm and op-
erating under reduced sunlight
for much longer, NASA said.
Before the dust storms,

Opportunity's solar panels had
been producing about 700 watt
hours of electricity per day.
The dust reduced the daily out-
put to less than 400 watt hours,
prompting the rover team to
suspend driving and most ob-
servations. On Wednesday,
Opportunity's solar-panel out-
put dropped even further, to
128 watt hours.

Radar outage in Brazil forces flights to return to Miami

By Alan Clendenning
Associated Press Writer
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP)-- A
radar failure over the Amazon
forced several Brazil-bound
planes to divert to the United
States early Saturday, hours af-
ter President Luiz Inacio Lula da
Silva announced a series of avia-
tion safety measures in the wake
of the country's deadliest air di-
The unexplained outage from
around midnight until 2:30 a.m.
local time forced at least four
American Airlines flights headed
to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo
to return to Miami International
airport, said Marc Henderson, a
spokesman for the Miami Inter-
national airport.
Two American Airlines flights
headed from Sao Paulo to Mi-
ami were also affected by the
radar failure and made unsched-
uled landings in the jungle city
of Manaus, said Celso Gick, a
spokesman for Brazilian airport

Continued From Page 1
dard agents," Weinberg said. He
said some other drugs can leave
a person groggy for hours after a
Afterward the examination,
Bush ate breakfast with chief of
staff Joshua Bolten, White House
counsel Fred Fielding and nation-
al security adviser Stephen Had-
ley. Bush played with his dogs,
Barney,and Miss Beazley. He also
planned a bike ride around the
presidential compound in the
Catoctin Mountains of western
"The president was in good
humor and will resume his nor-
� mal activities at Camp David,"
Stanzel said.
Dr. Richard Tubb, the presi-
dent's doctor, supervised Bush's

Continued From Page 1
can afford the things that all fami-
lies need," said Shulman, author
of "The Betrayal of Work: How
Low-Wage Jobs Fail 30 Million
Minimum wage workers will
get an additional 70-cent boost
each summer for the next two
years, ending in 2009 at $7.25 an
hour. That comes to just above
$15,000 yearly before taxes for a
52-week work year.
Now, someone in such a job
and earning $5.85 an hour would
bring home $12,168 a year before
taxes. The federal poverty level
for singles is $10,210, couples is
$13,690 and $17,170 for families
of three.
"In the wealthiest country in
the history of the world, it is an
outrage that anyone who works
full time would still wind up in
poverty," said Rep. George Miller,
D-Calif., chairman of the House
Education and Labor Committee.
"Everyone who puts in an honest
day's work should receive a fair

authority Infraero.
"After the radar returned, a
heavy fog delayed the takeoffs (of
the two flights), but everything is
back to normal now," Gick said
by telephone from Manaus.
Late Friday, Silva-announced
the safety measures and said au-
thorities will build a new airport
in Sao Paulo, where an Airbus
A320 operated by Tam Airlines
crashed on Tuesday, killing 191
All 187 people aboard and
at least four on the ground died
when the jetliner raced down the
runway, skipped over a crowded
highway and exploded in a fire-
ball that was still smoldering
three days later.
Also Saturday, officials said
they had mistakenly sent part of
the plane's fuselage to the United
States, thinking it was the flight
Gen. Jorge Kersul Filho, head
of the air force's accident preven-
tion division, told reporters in

colonoscopy, which a team from
the Bethesda medical center per-
For the general population, a
colonoscopy to screen for colon
cancer is recommended every
10 years. But for people at higher
risk, or if a colonoscopy detects
polyps, follow-up colonoscopies
often are scheduled in three- to
five-year intervals.
Doctors discovered that Bush
had two polyps during a similar
scan in 1998 and two more were
found during a colon screening in
1999, while Bush was governor
of Texas. That made the 61-year-
old president a prime candidate
for regular examinations. The
screening done in 2002 revealed
no polyps or abnormalities.
"The more polyps you have,"
the more frequent you need to
have a colonoscopy," said Dr.
Roshini Rajapaksa, a gastroen-
terologist at New York University

day's pay."
Poverty and the minimum
wage are becoming a major issue
in the Democratic presidential
race. John Edwards and Barack
Obama are emphasizing raising
the minimum wage during their
tours of impoverished areas.
Edwards, who said he wants
to eliminate poverty within a
generation, favors raising the
minimum wage to $9.50. Obama
is advocating a "living wage" that
would go up as inflation rises and
he has promised to eliminate the
phrase "working poor."
More than two dozen states
and the District of Columbia
already have minimum wages
higher than the federal one. Even
in those states, an increase in the
federal minimum wage probably
will have a ripple effect, increas-
ing the salaries of Townsend and
North Carolina raised its mini-
mum wage from $5.15 to $6.15
in January.
"It's a long overdue first step,"
said Cindia Cameron, the nation-
al organizing director of 9to5, the
National Association of Working
Women. Minimum wage work-

Sao Paulo the real flight recorder
was located in the wreckage and
would be sent to Washington
later in the day for analysis.
In a nationally televised speech
-- the first time Silva spoke pub-
licly about the crash except for
a brief statement Tuesday -- the
president also promised a thor-
ough investigation into the crash
at the congested Congonhas air-
port in the middle of South Amer-
ica's biggest city.
"Our aviation system, in spite
of the investments we have made
in expansion and modernization
of almost all Brazilian airports,
is passing through difficulties,"
Silva said. "Its biggest problem
today is the excessive concentra-
tion of flights to Congonhas."
"The security of our aviation
system is compatible with all the
international standards. We can-
not lose sight of this," he said.
Critics say authorities have
failed to address long-standing
safety problems such as deficient

Medical Center who was not in-
volved in the exam. "But because
they're small in size, it's not that
worrisome even though he had
According to the National Can-
cer Institute, an estimated 112,340
new cases of colon cancer and
41,420 new cases of rectal cancer
will be reported this year. About
52,000 people in the United States
will die this year of colon and rec-
tal cancer.
Given the war in Iraq and ter-
rorist threats across the world,
the president invoked Section 3 of
the 25th Amendment "out of an
abundance of caution," Stanzel
said. The amendment, approved
in 1967, four years after President
Kennedy was assassinated, pro-
vides for the temporary or�perlna-
nent transfer of presidential pow-
er in case the president is unable
to fulfill the duties of the office.
It had been used only twice

ers typically are young, single
and female and are often black
or Hispanic.
Even then when the full in-
crease is enacted, minimum
wage workers will be just scrap-
ing by. "It's not enough money
to meet your basic needs, I'm
talking about your rent, your gas,
and gas to get back and forth to
work," said Sonya Murphy, head
organizer of the Mississippi As-
sociation of Community Orga-
nizations for Reform Now, or
But at the same time, employ-
ers who pay many of these low-
wage workers say increasing the
minimum wage only means they
have to raise the prices of the
products, cut back on employ-
.ees' hours or let some workers
"When you go into the gro-
cery story now, you may be
checking your own groceries,
you may be bagging your own
groceries," said Jill Jenkins, chief
economist for the Employment
Policies Institute. "All of these
things are because of mandated
wage hikes. When you have to
pay more, employers begin to

radar, underfunded traffic control
systems and the short runway at
Congonhas, Brazil's busiest air-
port, where the crash occurred.
Silva said aviation officials will
limit the number of flights and re-
strict the weight of planes travel-
ing into Congonhas, and that the
location of the new airport will
be chosen within 90 days.
Brazilian, French and U.S. in-
vestigators say it is too early to
determine the cause of the crash.
Analysis of the recorded cockpit
conversations is not expected
until next week.rew.
Previously Brazil's deadliest
air disaster was the September
2006 crash of a Gol Airlines Boe-
ing 737 that killed all 154 people
aboard when it plunged into the
Amazon rain forest.
Editor's note: Associated
Press writers Michael Astor in
Rio de Janeiro; Vivian Sequera
in Brasilia and John Pain in Mi-
ami contributed to this report.

In July 1985, President Rea-
gan had colon cancer surgery
and turned over power to his vice
president, George H.W. Bush.
During the president's colorectal
screening on July 29, 2002, Bush
relinquished powers to Cheney
for more than two hours.
This transfer of power took
place with letters Bush faxed to
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-
Calif., and Sen. 'Robert Byrd, D-
WVa., president pro tempore of
the Senate. Bush reclaimed his
authority at 9:21 a.m. EDT with
follow-up letters to both lawmak-
"This letter shall constitute my
written declaration that I am pres-
ently able to resume the discharge
of the Constitutional powers and
duties of the office of the presi-
dent of the United States," Bush's
one-paragraph letter said.

find other options to keep costs
According to the National
Restaurant Association, the last
minimum wage increase cost
the restaurant industry more
than 146,000 jobs and restaurant
owners put off plans to hire an
additional 106,000 employees.
At $7.25 an hour, the most
likely response from restaurants
will be "increases in menu pric-
es, elimination of some positions
and reduction of staff hours to try
and offset some of the increased
labor costs," said Brendan Flana-
gan, the association's vice presi-
dent of federal relations.
Others say the effect on the
economy will be negligible.
A PNC Economic Outlook
survey done in April showed
three out of four small- and
middle-market business owners
said raising the minimum wage
would have little or no impact
on their businesses. "In a tighter
labor market, they already raised
wages to be competitive," said
Stuart Hoffman, chief econo-
mist for PNC Financial Services

News Briefs

Summer food service program offered
OKEECHOBEE -- Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation will
be participating in the summer food service program through July
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).

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

Today's Weather

Okeechobee Forecast
Sunday: Considerable cloudiness with showers likely and scat-
tered thunderstorms. The high will be around 90. The wind will be
from the southeast around 5 mph. The chance of rain is 60 per-
Sunday night: Considerable cloudiness with scattered showers
and isolated thunderstorms through midnight. The low will be in'
the lower 70s. The wind will be from the southeast around 5 mph
until around midnight becoming light. The chance of rain is 40 per-

Extended Forecast
Monday: Partly cloudy with the scattered showers through late
morning, then scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms,
The high will be in the lower 90s. Southeast winds around 5 mph.
The chance of rain is 50 percent.
Monday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of evening showers
and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The chance of
rain is 30 percent.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The chance of rain is 50
percent. I
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of evening showers-
and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The chance of
rain is 30 percent.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The chance of rain is 50
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with,a chance of showers and
thunderstorms. The low in the lower 70s. The chance of rain is 30


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portant documents gathered in a
Ziplock bag or other waterproof
container to keep readily accessi-
ble." For horses, this means Cog-
gins tests, inoculation records,
vet's name and phone number.
Recognizing that the veterinar-
ian's phone may be out and you
may not be able to reach him,
put together a basic first aid kit
that will enable you to deal with
emergencies yourself in your vet's
absence. A general list might be:
bandages suitable for horses, a
supply of Bute, antibiotic oint-
ment, fly/mosquito repellant,
hoof pick, wound dressing, pliers
to pull out nails, since flying de-

bris may get stuck in hooves.
"A real problem after Hur-
ricane Andrew and Charlie was
identifying horses that were
found wandering loose after the
storm passed," said Pat Hogue,
Okeechobee County Livestock
Agent. "There are marking paint
branding systems that use special
paint available at livestock sup-
ply stores or online," said Agent
Hogue. "Latex paint would work
in a pinch, too - anything, just so
your horse can be identified."
"Few horse owners accept
that the safest place for a horse in
a hurricane is out in an open pas-
ture. Out in the open, there is little
chance of the horse's being in-
jured by flying debris", he contin-
ued, "Whereas, if the horse is in a
stable or barn and it comes down,
it is very likely that the horse will

be badly injured or killed."
"Both horses and cows will
stand with their tails to the wind,
until the wind gets up to a certain
strength, then they will lie down,"
he explained.
In preparation for a storm, lay
in good supply of your horse's
feed and hay. The pasture may be
flooded or supplies limited due
to widespread damage after the
Before the storm, mark your
horse with paint or put your name
address and phone number on
your horse's halter. Put the halter
on the horse. Make sure you use
a "breakaway" halter in case the
horse gets caught on something.
Some horse owners write their
name and phone number with
a permanent marker on a piece
of duct tape on the horse's hoof.

Make sure the hoof is clean and
dry before affixing the tape, and
the tape should stay in place until
you remove it. Make sure the tape
is not on the coronary band at the
top of the hoof.
"Other backyard animals like
chickens and turkeys should be
sheltered from the storm as these
animals are not likely to seek shel-
ter from the weather and can, in
fact, drown," said Agent Hogue.
"In 2004, many goats sickened
and died after the storms from
being kept in standing water too
many days. Locate high ground
nearby where your animals could
stay until the water recedes," sug-
gested Agent Hogue.
Foot rot, as the old timers will
tell, will result if horse's feet are
wet for too long also. Watch for a
softening of hooves.

Community Events

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

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

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Doubts remain in clergy abuse crisis

.By Rachel Zoll
AP Religion Writer
Los Angeles Cardinal Roger
Mahony approved a record clergy
abuse payout, opened the files
of the Roman Catholic priests in-
volved and looked into the cam-
eras and apologized last week for
the victims' treatment. And it still
miight not be enough to satisfy
To fund the archdiocese's
share of the $660 million settle-
ment, the cardinal will have to
sell property, liquidate invest-
ments and cut spending, disman-
tling part of what he built in more
than two decades as the city's
I Even so, critics question
whether the cardinal should
have done more to rein in preda-
tory priests in the nation's larg-
est archdiocese. Bishops answer
only to the Vatican, which had
to sign off on some funding of
the settlement, but every church
leader needs the trust of the pa-
"He acknowledged he made
some mistakes, he apologized,"
said the Rev. Thomas Reese, a fel-
low at the Woodstock Theological
Center at Georgetown University.
"Now the people of Los Angeles
are going to have, to weigh the
good that he's done over the last
22 years versus the bad things he
did and decide whether they can
continue to accept him as their
: Last week's deal was made
on the eve of a civil trial in which
Mahony would have been grilled
about why he left some abusive
priests in churches without telling
parents or police.
As part of the settlement, the
archdiocese agreed to release the
personnel files of accused clergy-
men, which could reveal any di-
rect links between Mahony and
the guilty priests he supervised.
But each priest tied to the 508 Los
Angeles cases can challenge his
records' release -- another poten-
tial obstacle to full disclosure.
Mahony, 71, has acknowl-
edged the suffering of victims.
He was among only a handful of
bishops who revealed the names
of suspected clergy so the public
could be protected from them.
At the same time, his lawyers
fought disclosure of priests' files,
to prosecutors all the way to the
U.S. Supreme'iCourt. They also
challenged California's one-year
window that allowed abuse
claims to be filed no matter how
far back they dated. None of the
maneuvers succeeded, but they
contributed to delays in reach-
ing a settlement, which took four
years to negotiate.
I Leon Panetta, a member of the
original National Review Board,
the lay watchdog panel bishops
created to monitor their child
protection reforms, said Mahony
appeared to be "captured by his
Lawyers." Panetta recalled a board
meeting with Mahony a few years

AP photo/Al Seib, Pool, File
Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony looks at those who
were molested by priests as Judge Haley J. Fromholz asked
the victims in the courtroom to stand in this July 16, 2007
file photo in Los Angeles. Mahony approved a record clergy
abuse payout, opened the files of the Roman Catholic priests
involved and stared into the TV cameras and apologized last
week for the victims' treatment. Yet critics question wheth-
er the cardinal should have done more to rein in predatory
priests in the nation's largest archdiocese.

ago where the cardinal was ac-
companied by his lawyers.
"There were more lawyers in
the room than I'd ever seen," said
Panetta, who served .as chief of
staff to President Clinton. "They
were basically digging in, and as
lawyers tend to do, basically say-
ing, 'We're not going to cooper-
ate. We're going to fight this out,
we're not going to admit to any-
thing and we're going to exhaust
the legal process to the fullest.'"
Mahony was sincerely con-
cerned about victims, but went
on to let his lawyers "drag it out,"
Panetta said. "I think that is the
mistake the cardinal made. They
played for time. In the endthe end they ar-
rived at a settlement, but I think it's
done tremendous damage to his
reputation and the archdiocese."
However, attorney Pamela
Hayes, a New York litigator who
served on the board with Panet-
.ta, said,.Mphony ,ha,d a dual role
,as pastoral leader of the archdio-
cese and as its chief executive,
with financial obligations that go
beyond the victims.
"This should have happened
sooner rather than later, but
they were doing what most de-
fendants do. They fought back,"
Hayes said. "It might not sound
nice, but do you know any multi-
billion-dollar organization that is
going to fork out millions of dol-
lars to people who say they were
molested without any proof?"
After a California judge ap-
proved the settlement Monday,
Mahony received support from

an unlikely source -- a lead law-
yer for the victims. Attorney Ray-
mond Boucher praised Mahony
for meeting with victims and for
working to convince religious or-

ders to sign onto the deal.
"We particularly appreciate
the sensitivity and personal ef-
forts of Cardinal Mahony in bring-
ing important parts of this settle-
ment together," Boucher said in a
news release.
But some Catholic commen-
tators, advocates for victims and
editorial writers said the payout
protected Mahony at the church's
Phil Lawler, editor of the con-
servative Catholic World News,
said Mahony should resign.
Lawler called the cardinal's legal
strategy "self-serving" and argued
it was meant "to prevent the dis-
closure of embarrassing informa-
The Boston Globe, whose
2002 investigation revealed the
depth of the abuse problem in
the church, also urged Mahony
to step down, while newspapers
throughout California said doubts
remain about how Mahony re-
sponded when his priests were
accused of wrongdoing.
Anne Barrett Doyle of Bish-
opAccountability.org, a Massa-
chusetts group that has amassed
thousands of documents on abu-
sive priests and their bishops,
questioned how much would be
accomplished if Mahony resigned
as archbishop. She noted that
Cardinal Bernard Law, the only
church leader to resign as arch-
bishop over how he responded
to the abuse problem, was ap-
pointed by the Vatican as leader
of a basilica in Rome.
"The only real way to hold Ma-
hony accountable," Doyle said,
"is to prosecute him through the

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SEXUAL OFFENDERS: How can a sexual offender attend a
function at the high school? We attended the Miss Firecracker con-
test last Saturday night at the high school and there was person
there we know is a sexual offender, because it happened in the
county we live in. I don't think they should be around children.
Editor's Note: As we answered in a prior call, not all sexual of-
fenders have conditions in their probation that prohibit them from
attending such functions. If you have any questions or would like
more information, contact either Michele Bell or Connie Curry at.
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office. That phone number is
(863) 763-3117.
RECYCLING: Recycling really works. My wife started recycling
our recyclables a couple of years ago and we went from two trash
barrels a week to one kitchen trash bag a week. That is one big
improvement. The only problem is we have to carry the items
down to the recycling center. I don't understand why some areas
in Okeechobee get recycling bins for their homes and the rest of
us don't. We all pay for mandatory trash pick up. It seems like the
more exclusive subdivision get it and subdivisions like Basswood
don't. What gives? The last couple of times I've taken our items to
the recycling center. I was pleasantly surprised to see how clean and
neat it was maintained. There was one neatly placed trash bag next
to one bin on the ground. I guess they didn't feel like trying to shove
it inside. I'm not so sure I'd like to stick my arms inside either. But it
was well kept and they deserve a thank you for their efforts. Let's all
recycle Okeechobee, it works.
YOUTH: Pray for the youth and the families. This is three this
week. Wednesday night, Friday night then the last one was Mon-
day morning. How much can and will the parents of the teens take
before they take action. How many more have got to die before
we speak up on the drugs and drinking? When are we, as parents,
going to call these people out? We've got to do something in order
to keep our kids alive. Maybe we need to get a group together and
go to the lake and to different places and start praying over them so
when the kids go there to party, drink or do drugs they can't do it.
When the kids are little you could put your hand on them and tell
them they'd better call, or be home at a certain time. And, they told
you where they were going. But, when they get older you have to
trust that everything will be OK. A parent's worst nightmare is to
be awakened by an officer and told that your child has died. I have
boys that hung around with two of the boys that died and it kills me
to see and here the boys talk about things. If one thing comes out of
all of this, it's that some of the boys and girls will stop and look at all
of their friends and say this could have been me. Are you ready?
DUCK WEED: We haven't had duck weed in Taylor Creek Isles
since 1991 -- since I've lived here. But because of them dredging all
of the canals and such -- and draining it all into Taylor Creek -- all
of that duck weed is coming into our water. Is water- management
planning on spraying this duck weed? We sure hope so.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict does not supervise the spray program. If you would like an
area sprayed, or would like information on the program, you should
Contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' office in Clewiston. That
phone number is (863) 983-8101.
YOUTH BASEBALL: I saw in the paper where someone was
complaining that these baseball teams were not getting the public-
ity that they should. I agree with this caller. Maybe you can't put it
on the front page, but you can Put the results or something on the
front page instead of something about Iran or the budget situation.
When these tournaments are in town they should get first recogni-
tion, these kids need to be recognized. I have never seen a newspa-
per that does not recognize their baseball players and tournaments
like this paper does. It's true, maybe you don't have enough report-
ers to cover everything, but you could send them to the right place
at the right time. They should get more recognition and publicity
than they do.
PHOTOS: There should be pictures of these baseball tourna-
ments in the paper. If you're going to send a reporter out there why
can't they take a picture? This is news, this is covering a tourna-
ment. Yes they did get defeated, but that is beside the point. Their
pictures should still be in the paper and all advertisements about
this tournament.

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Guest Commentary

Small businesses favor minimum

By Steve Fernlund
The federal minimum wage
is rising July 24 for the first time
since 1997. This is the longest pe-
riod between adjustments since
the federal minimum wage was
enacted in 1938.
We'll hear the usual outcry
from hostile commentators. There
will be warnings of impending
economic disaster to the nation
all because the minimum wage
is rising from $5.15 per hour to
$5.85 this summer, and to $7.25
in 2009.
So how about a little context?
In 1956, the flashy cartoon
spokesman for the nation's elec-
tricity generation industry, Reddy
Kilowatt, reminded us regularly to
consume more electricity because
electricity is "penny cheap."
Gasoline sold for pennies per
gallon, too.
And how much was the fed-
eral minimum wage in 1956?
In today's dollars, it would have

amounted to a whopping $7.65
per hour.
Of course energy costs have
run amok since then. Reddy Kilo-
watt and his electricity consump-
tion messages have gone the way
of the dinosaur. Just four years
ago, regular unleaded gasoline
was selling for less than $2 per
gallon. Today, it's at $3 -- more
than a 50 percent increase in just
four years.
Meanwhile, the minimum
wage stayed stuck in a time
Raising the minimum wage is
the right thing to do, and not just
because it's also the fair thing to
Studies by the Fiscal Policy
Institute, a nonpartisan research
and education organization,
show that in states that have a
minimum wage that are higher
than the federal minimum wage,
the number of small businesses
and the number of small business

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of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.

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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 adopt-
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question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus,
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who enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule an ap-
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has stopped using. We meet every Friday at 8 p.m. at the.Buckhead
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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)
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
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Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at
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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-
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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 informa-
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Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For in-
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The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
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meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible .study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Par-
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Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
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A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
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Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
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Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilita-
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the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863)
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
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Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
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A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
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call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis
and theopublic are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at
(863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
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Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
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Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
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employees grew more and faster
than other states.
If higher minimum wages are
good for small business, they're
good for America. Small business
is the backbone of the American
Our 25 million small busi-
nesses make up 52 percent of the
private sector workforce. Small
businesses create 75 percent of
all new jobs and anchor our com-
Small business owners know
firsthand that higher minimum
wages mean more customer
spending power. Higher mini-
mum wages mean more produc-
tive workers and healthier local
So it's no wonder that 62
percent of small business own-
ers surveyed nationwide in 2006
by Small Business Majority sup-
ported an increase in the federal
minimum wage.
Small business owners from

wage hike
across the nation have signed a
statement in support of higher
minimum wages at www.busi-
which says, "We cannot build
a strong 21st century economy
on a 1950's wage floor. We can-
not build a strong 21st century
economy when more and more
hardworking Americans struggle
to make ends meet."
So who are you going to be-
lieve? Television and radio talk-
ing heads predicting doom and
gloom because of a raise in the
minimum wage, or those men
and women from the small busi-
nesses responsible for most of the
new jobs in this country? I'll be
going with my peers in the busi-
ness world.

Editor's Note: Steve Fernlund
is founder and president of Gen-
eration Three Logistics, a trans-
portation logistics firm in Las
Vegas, Nev.

Community Events

Orchid group meeting slated
The Okeechobee Orchid Group will, meet Monday, July 23, at
7 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458 U.S. 98 N.
The meeting is open to all who are interested in, or curious about,
orchids. Wendy Watts will demonstrate construction of a PVC-pipe
garden trellis at the Okeechobee County Garden Club Meeting on
Monday, July 23, at 6 p.m. at the County Extension Office. New
members and interested gardeners are invited. For information,
contact Angela Sachson at (863) 763-6469.

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.

CCC collecting back to school items
The Community Collaborative Council will hold their final col-
lection day for back to school supplies on Tuesday, July 24, at 10
a.m.. For information, contact Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000,
ext. 257.

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
American Red Cross office .located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. The cost
of the class is $30. For information, contact Debbie or Julie at (863)

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
swimsuits for some water fun. Snacks will also be available. There
will be an awards presentations on Aug. 5. For information, to reg-
ister 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 Auxillary 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
available in advance for a $7.50 donation per ticket. Members and
guests are welcome. For information, call the VFW at (863) 763-

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 at 10 a.m. with a cattle drive
west of historic Flagler Park that will travel east on S.R. 70 to the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. There is no admission to this
family event. Activities at the Agri-Civic Center include cowboy po-
etry, music, cowboy art, vintage wagons, barbecue and more. The
ranch hand rodeo will begin at 2 p.m. For information, call program
manager Karen Hanawalt at (863) 357-MAIN (6246).

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

SFWMD stages photo contest

The South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee
Service 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.
Church hosting special speaker
The Living Word of Faith Church of Okeechobee, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., will host Dr. N.D. Audu, from Nations for Christ International
Ministries, for a special service on Sunday, July 29, at 11 a.m.. For
information, call the church at (863) 763-6869.

Okeechobee News, Sunday, July 22, 2007


Genetic model predicts growth of plants, animals

By Stu Hutson
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Rongling
Wu is out to prove Mark Twain
clearly didn't know a darn thing
about genetics.
"Lies and damn lies" notwith-
standing, Twain's much-maligned
statistics are our best shot at read-
ing the truth within the coded
messages of DNA - whether that
of a person or a poplar tree.
Mr. Wu is developing a tech-
nique that will help farmers pre-
dict how fast crops will grow. And
thanks to an $855,000 grant from
the National Science Foundation,
he will soon use the same tech-
nology to speed the process of
creating new lifesaving drugs.
Using massive amounts of sta-
tistical data, he's built a computer
modeling technique that helps
predict how a plant or animal's
bodily functions and growth are
affected by complex genetic inter-
"The very important thing
about this approach is how uni-
versal it is," said Mr. Wu, a profes-
sor of statistical genetics at the
University of Florida's Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Every day, thousands of re-
searchers toil away at uncovering
the process by which genes con-
trol and create life. Every discov-
ery brings understanding, but the
search will be virtually unending
-- life's processes bring chemical
structures and actions that are
nearly boundless in their variety.
So Mr. Wu's process focuses
on the big picture. In short, he
watches what happens on a large
scale, and then statistically cor-
relates that with genetic interac-
tions he knows are taking place
on a small scale.
"You can look at one gene and
one result," Mr. Wu said. "But we
need to know more -- we know
that genes play together."
Mr. Wu's technique, called
functional mapping, produces a
computer model that uses known
gene interactions along with ex-
pected environmental conditions.
He began his research more
than a decade ago with plant vari-
ations. For example, he examined
how soil nutrients interacted with
genetic traits of black cottonwood
trees to produce differing growth
Over the years, he expanded
his tinkering of functional analy-

Tasty treat
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from his pool for a mid-day snack, Wednesday, July 18, in

USDA issues

citrus crop report

'Florida orange crop decreased 1.3
percent to 128.9 million boxes ac-
cording to the final '06-'-07 report
issued July 12 by the U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture.
The USDA said the decrease
can be attributed to a smaller Va-
lencia crop which came in at 63.3
'million boxes, down from 65 mil-
lion boxes. Early-mids and Navels
remained unchanged at 65.6 mil-
lion boxes.
The final FCOJ yield remained
'at 1.65 gallons per box.
"As we all know this was anoth-
,er challenging year for the Florida
,industry. The crop was impacted
by the lingering effects of the hurri-
canes as well as disease pressures,
specifically from greening and
,canker," said Michael W Sparks,
:executive vice president/CEO of
Florida Citrus Mutual. "But the
crop size is by no means an indi-

cation of the vitality of the industry.
We will continue to rebound next
year and eventually we will find a
solution to the greening issue."
The state's grapefruit crop re-
mained unchanged at 27.2 million
boxes. Colored grapefruit account
for 17.9 million boxes of the crop,
with white grapefruit making up
the remaining 9.3 million.
The estimate for Honeys is
unchanged at 2.2 million boxes
while early varieties were also
unchanged at 2.4 million boxes.
Estimates for other specialty fruit
varieties are unchanged.
The Florida citrus industry has
a $9.1 billion economic impact to
the state, employs nearly 90,000
people and covers 750,000 acres
in the state. Florida Citrus Mutual,
founded in 1948, is the state's larg-
est citrus grower's organization
with nearly 9,000 grower mem-

Livestock Market Report

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This week on all cattle. Feeder
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sis, publishing a comprehensive
explanation in the March 2006
issue of the journal Nature Genet-
His work eventually looked at
how drugs interplay with human
genomics, a field known as phar-
macogenetics. He began to use
data from the University of Flor-
ida's Health Science Center and
the Duke University's Institute for
Genome Sciences and Policy.
In May, he and colleagues
published the first major analysis
of functional mapping models
of human drug responses in the
journal Bioinformatics. The work
examined how different genes af-
fected heart rate when exposed to
the drug Dobutamine.
"This model means that we
can get a very important part of
the big picture for drug trials,"
said Min Lin, a research colleague
of Mr. Wu's at Duke University.
That big picture, she said, could
limit human trials for experimen-
tal drugs or help weed out unnec-
essarily risky drugs earlier.
The process, of course, has a

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margin of error.
"There are many strange
things that can arise with any pro-
cess this complicated," Ms. Lin
said. "This is just predicting what
will most likely happen. Not how
it will happen."
."Still, all clinical trials use statis-
tics that take the greatest results,"
she added. "This is a tool that will
just enhance the process."
The program designed by Mr.
Wu's team during its heart re-
search can be downloaded from
the University of Florida's Statis-
tical Genetics Group Web site at
software.html. However, this pro-
gram will be paltry compared to
Wu's next endeavor. Shortly after
the publication of his latest work
in Bioinformatics, Wu received an
$855,000 NSF grant to construct a
user-friendly functional model for
anyone pursing pharmacogenetic
The programming may be es-
pecially useful in light of world-
wide efforts to match genetic
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Sink: Bureau of Unclaimed Property auction is set

Monies to help
state public schools
TALLAlH-ASSEE-Florida Chief
Financial Officer Alex Sink
announced that collectibles,
jewelry and historic coins will
be among items the Bureau of
Unclaimed Property will auction
during its upcoming auction in
Orlando on Saturday, August 4,
2007. The auction, to be held in
the Florida Hotel and Conference
Center at the Florida Mall, will offer
items that have been abandoned
in safe deposit boxes in banks and
credit unions. Proceeds from the
auction will benefit Florida's public
school children.
"Every year, the State of Florida
auctions thousands of valuables,
including jewelry, rare coins, sports
memorabilia and historical items,"
said CFO Sink, who oversees the
Department of Financial Services
and the Bureau of Unclaimed
Property (Bureau). "I encourage
Floridians to come out to see the
items up for auction." A preview of
auction items will be held on Friday,
August 3, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 7
p.m. The auction will be held on
Saturday, August 4, from 10 a.m.
until all items are sold. Included
in over 40,000 items up for sale
Saturday are: an un-circulated 1882
silver dollar, baseballs autographed
by Hank Aaron and Don Larsen,
diamond jewelry, Spanish colonial
silver coins, a $500 bill, and a
platinum ring with a 17 ct. natural
Participation is open to all
Floridians. To participate in the
preview and auction, potential
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lona Riixie Ming
lona Roxie Ming, age 93, died
Friday, July 20, 2007, in Levy
County. Born Aug. 9, 1913 in
Okeechobee, she was a member
of the Okeechobee Primitive
Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by
her husband Elton Ming.
She is survived by her sons:
Elton Jackson (Helen) Ming,
Jr. of Morrison, Robert Malcom
(Patty) Ming of Saint Cloud, Donald
Larue (Beccie)Ming of Morrison;
brother, Stuart Lightsey (Mary) of
Okeechobee. In addition she is
survived by 17 grandchildren and
21 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be on
Wednesday, July 25, from 1 until
2 p.m. with services following
at 2 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral
-Home Chapel, 110 N.E. Fifth, St,
Okeechobee, with Elder Donald
McCullers of the Primitive Baptist
Church officiating.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth, St., Okeechobee.

Louise Pearce Moffit
Louise Pearce Moffit, age
100, died Friday, July 20, 2007 in
Okeechobee just three weeks prior
to her 101 birthday. She was born
Aug. 13, 1906 in Latta, S.C. She
was a retired fashion consultant
with Razooks Furs and Gowns, in
Pinehurst, N. C. and Lake Placid,
N.Y., and a member of the First
Presbyterian Church in Sanford,
N.C. /
She is preceded in death by her
husband, Walter Conoley Moffitt,
and daughter, Cornelia Farrell.
Survivors include her daughter,
Sylvia (J.O.) Wolff of Okeechobee,
six grandchildren; 14 great-grand-
children and 10 great-great-grand-
Visitation will be held Monday,
July 23, 2007 at the First Presbyte-
rian Church in Sanford, N. C. with
services to follow at the church.
Internment will be at the Buffalo
Cemetery, in Sanford N.C. Ser-
vices handled by Rogers-Pickard
Funeral Home, 509 Carthage St.
Sanford, N.C.
All local arrangements are
under the direction and care of
the Buxton Funeral Home and
Crematory, 110 N.E. Fifth St.

with the auctioneer and provide
a valid ID with current address
and refundable $100 cash deposit
that can also be applied to any
purchases. Most bank debit
cards are permitted for payment
of the $100 deposit. Payments
for purchases must be made with
cash, traveler's check, most bank
debit cards, or cashier's check
made payable to Fisher Auction Co.
For additional information on terms
for participating, please visit http://
www.fltreasurehunt.org/ and click
on "upcoming auction."
The Bureau receives items that
have been abandoned insafe deposit
boxes for at least three years and
spends up to two years searching
for the rightful owners or heirs.
The Bureau has had tremendous
success in finding owners. In the
past year alone, the Bureau returned
a record 255,000 accounts valued at
more than $171 million. But when
owners or heirs cannot be found,
the items are auctioned. While the
proceeds from the auctioned items
are transferred to the state's Public
School Trust Fund, the money is
held in the original owner's name
and can be claimed for free at any

Since the program's inception
46 years ago, the Bureau has
successfully reunited owners with
more than $1 billion in unclaimed
property. Over the past five years,
the program has returned more
than $546 million, more than half
of all the money returned since
the beginning of the program - due
largely to aggressive efforts by the
program to contact owners.
The Bureau is currently holding
7.8 million accounts, mostly from
dormant accounts in financial
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deposits, insurance benefits,
premium refunds, uncashed checks
and trust accounts, as well as
watches, jewelry, coins, stamps and
historical items from abandoned
safe deposit boxes.
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claimed for free at any time by
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logging on to www.fltreasurehunt.
org or by calling the Bureau at 1-
88-VALUABLE. Until claimed, the
unclaimed funds are transferred
to the state's School Trust Fund
to benefit public schools. Since
the program's inception in 1961,
more than $1.5 billion has been
transferred to the fund.


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Whole Foods CEO online chats could cost him his job I nAIflIqI n rnm

By Rachel Beck
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- There is
some irony in the final posting
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey
made under a pseudonym to a
Web message board last August.
"Congratulations to hubris and
goodbye," its title read.
It was meant to be a signoff
to Mackey's eight years of writing
under the name "rahodeb," and
his acknowledgment that he lost
a bet with another chatter with
the screen name "hubris12000"
over the company's earnings and
stock performance.
Today, it reads another way.
Hubris, or excessive pride, by
definition may turn out to be
Mackey's fatal flaw. His arrogant
and unethical chatroom antics,
where he trashed the competition
and touted management, already
have damaged his reputation, and
it could cost him his job.
This isn't just a case of an ex-
ecutive breaking from the over-
played corporate script and get-
ting caught. Mackey went well
beyond that with his Internet post-
ings because he didn't disclose he
was the company's CEO.
Any CEO who catches the
chat-room bug should take note
of how this plays out. In a matter
of weeks, the talk about Mackey
has shifted: He was the vision-

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ary entrepreneur who built the
Austin, Texas-based natural foods
grocer into an industry power-
house; now he's being called a
sneaky and egotistical executive.
Mackey's chats, which went
from 1999 through 2006, probably
would have stayed unknown had
the Federal Trade Commission
'not been trying to block Whole
Food Market Inc.'s proposed $565
million takeover of Wild Oats
Markets Inc. on the grounds that
it would violate antitrust laws by
raising prices and reducing com-
A lawsuit filed by the govern-
ment not only revealed some
controversial internal e-mails that
Mackey had sent to the board, it
also gave him up as a regular on
Yahoo Finance's Whole Foods
message boards.
Under the screen name "ra-
hodeb" _ a play on Deborah, his
wife's name _ Mackey chimed
in periodically with posts deal-
ing with everything from Whole
Foods' earnings to his views on
corporate governance. There
were one-liners, and long, de-
tailed remarks; he was inquisitive
as well as defensive in his com-
The company declined to
say when it discovered Mackey
was making such postings, and
wouldn't comment beyond a

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statement .earlier this week that
the board and the Securities and
Exchange Commission were in-
vestigating his anonymous post-
It isn't clear whether Mackey's
comments ultimately violated
any laws. But that's not the point.
When a CEO poses as someone
else, talking at length about the
company, its competitors and
even its shareholders, it is time to
question whether this executive
can be trusted.
That's thewayJames McRitchie
sees it. He owns Whole Foods
stock and also happens to run a
popular corporate governance
Web site, www.corpgov.net. He
was unknowingly on the receiv-
ing end of a rant from Mackey in
March 2006.
It stemmed from a comment
that McRitchie posted on the
Yahoo message board after the
Whole Foods' shareholder meet-
ing, where the company did not
allow investors whose proposals
were being voted on to make a
brief presentation. At that meet-
ing, Mackey had said that such re-
strictions were in place to avoid a
"circus" and deemed shareholder
comments a "waste of time."
McRitchie, in the chat room,
noted that the company's tac-
tics had been met with criticism
among. socially responsible in-

vestment funds and governance
groups. Mackey, under his pseud-
onym, fired back. "If you don't
like the way Whole Foods man-
agement operates the business
then sell your stock or buy a con-
trolling interest in the company
and throw management out," he
wrote on March 13, 2006.
Fast-forward to this week,
. when this columnist let McRitchie
know that he had tangled with
Mackey online.
"This allowed him to go out
and be a protagonist, and he
could be less nice and polite than
the CEO had to be," McRitchie
said in an interview. "Maybe that
has appeal, but not to me."
Investors, for now, have been
very forgiving. The stock has been
stable since all this has come out,
and Wall Street analysts continue
to support Mackey.
"The CEO's actions lack judg-
ment, in our view, but we consider
them immaterial. It has been the
CEO's passion for the business
that has made the company suc-
cessful," .PMorgan Chase &
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in a report.

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UF takes over running of historic St. Augustine

By Ron Word
Associated Press
ST. AUGUSTINE - The gray
masonry Government House
in a plaza here survived as the
home and headquarters for
Spanish and British rule for
more than 200 years. It was re-
constructed from ruins several
times during the colonial era,
once after being burnt and re-
duced to rubble by the British.
But now the two-story struc-
ture faces its toughest and most
expensive challenge yet -- the
destructive powers of aging.
It is not alone. It is among
31 historic buildings that have
become too costly for the local
government to maintain and re-
pair, so the University of Florida
has taken over their manage-
ment in the oldest continuously
occupied city in the U.S.
Some structures date to the
18th century, but about two-
thirds are restorations built as
late as the 1970s mainly on the
original foundations.
For the past decade, the city
has been leasing the buildings
for $1 a year from the state, but
the $1.5 million in rent from
the shops and restaurants, that
occupy them is not enough to
provide for upkeep. The city has
been providing about $200,000
a year for maintenance.
And crumbling history is a
problem for a city whose main
tourism draw is its colonial al-
St. Augustine was founded in
1565, 42 years before the Eng-
lish colonized Jamestown and
55 years before the Pilgrims
landed at Plymouth Rock. It is
known for its imposing 17th
century coquina stone Spanish
fort, the Castillo de San Marco,
and all manner of tourist attrac-
tions from souvenir shops in
historic buildings to ghost tours
to the supposed "Fountain of
William Adams, the city's di-
rector of heritage tourism, said
St. Augustine is a treasure trove
with its history of Spanish, Brit-

ish and American roots.
"St. Augustine today con-
tains the largest concentration
of historic resources in the
United States that testify to the
presence of Spain and Spanish-
speaking people in this coun-
try," Adams said.
But those resources are ex-
A task force determined
the 31 structures need about
$7 million in deferred mainte-
nance and repairs, including a
$4 million upgrade needed at
Government House from salt
"Virtually all require upgrad-
ing, especially those parts that
are subject to moisture intru-
sion or to heavy volumes of hu-
man traffic," Adams said.
The University of Florida
took over the properties July 1
and its architects and engineers
have dug through archives
stored at Government House
and hauled off stacks of docu-
ments to study in Gainesville,
Adams said.
"At this point, they are as-
sessing the buildings, what con-
dition they are in, the repairs
and the money that is going to
be needed to bring them up to
an acceptable standard of use,"
Adams said.
One of the issues facing the
university is,that the Legislature
did not provide any funding
for maintenance when it trans-
ferred the buildings.
State Rep. William Proc-
tor, a St. Augustine Republican
who pushed for the bill, said
once university officials come
up with a dollar figure, he will
ask for money from the Legis-
"I think this is going to be a
good thing for the city, the state
and the nation. These buildings
are a national treasure," said
Proctor. "I don't think any his-
torian wouldn't say the same
-Adams and Roy Graham,
director of the university's Col-
lege of Design, Construction
and Planning, believe school

is the logical manager for the
Some university classes have
been taught in the city for years
and UF archaeologist Kathieen
Deagan has unearthed buried
secrets under centuries of dirt
and muck, including the loca-
tion of Fort Mose. It was estab-
lished by escaped African-born
slaves who fled British planta-
tions in the Carolinas to seek
freedom in Spanish Florida.
"I think it's an incredible
opportunity for the whole uni-
versity," Graham said, who was
the resident architect at colonial
Williamsburg in Virginia before
coming to Florida.
Graham said the buildings
can be used in a number of uni-
versity programs.
"All of the programs, which
are part of the university's struc-
ture will be enhanced by having
a presence in St. Augustine. St.
Augustine will provide a labo-
ratory for the university," said
Adams, a former Florida State
University history professor.
Many of the buildings were
rebuilt in the 1960s and 1970s
on 18th century. foundations.
The restoration program was
part of the city's 400th anniver-
sary celebration in 1965 and it
was built on the Williamsburg
David Nolan, an author
and historian in St. Augustine,
says some of the 'properties
aren't truly historic "because I
watched so many of them be-
ing built."
"Only a handful are truly-old.
What they really represent are
a period piece of what is now a
discredited approach to historic
preservation -- tearing down
old buildings to build fake new
Adams defends the recon-
structions: "What the buildings
do is provide the visiting pub-
lic with a visual presentation of
what St. Augustine looked like
during the colonial period."
The owners of two business-
es located in the buildings said
they had no problem with the

List of St. Augustine historic properties being run by university

Following is a list of properties the
__ University of Florida is maintaining in
St. Augustine. Many of the recon-
structed structures were built on
original foundations using archaeo-
logical evidence:
Gallegos House, 21 St. George
St., reconstructed in 1964 on 1720
Riberia House, 22 St. George St., re-
constructed in 1962 on 18th century
Gomez House, 27 St. George St., re-
constructed in 1964 on 18th century
Triay House, 29 St. George St., re-
constructed in 1963 on 18th century
Florencia House, 33 St. George
St., reconstructed in 1964 on 18th
century foundation.
Gonzalez House, 35 St. George
St., reconstructed in 1978 on 18th
century foundation.
DeHita House, 37 St. George St., re-
constructed in 1978 on 18th century
Blacksmith Shop, 37 St. George
St., built in 1980 to resemble 18th


century shop.
Salcedo House, 42 St. George St.,
reconstructed in 1964 on 18th cen-
tury foundation.
Salcedo Kitchen, 42 St. George St.,
built in 1964 on 18th century founda-
DeMesa House, 43 St. George St.,
built in 1764 and restored in the
Arrivas House, 46 St. George St.,
built in 1740 and restored in the
Pellicer House, 53 St. George St.,
built in 1976 on 18th century founda-
Pellicer Kitchen, 53 St. George St.,
built in 1976 on 18th century founda-
Pellicer Outbuilding, 53 St. George
St., built in 1976 on 18th century
Paredes House, 54 St. George St.,
built in 1805 and restored in the
Sanchez House, 60 St. George St.,
built in 1964 on 18th century founda-
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By Daniel Shube _ .

By the time you read this, the
Claret Jug may have already been
presented to the winner of the
Open Championship at Carnoustie.
My faithful friends at TNT, who
will be providing hours of viewing
pleasure from across the pond,
have supplied me with some early
- round quotes that announcers Er-
nie Johnson, Bobby Clampett, Paul
.Azinger, Peter Alliss, Bill Kratzert,
Judy Rankin and Jim Huber dug up
at The Championship. Of course,
I'll share them with you!
Clampett on the weak spot in
Tiger Woods' golf game: "If there
is a weak point in Tiger (Woods')
game, that is his weakest point,
the little boring, blas6 chip off
the green. I don't think it's tough
enough to get his attention."
Kratzert: "You had to look deep
for that weakness, didn't you?"
Clampett on Ernie Els making a
birdie from the bunker on the first
hole: "When (Els) was 14years old
' and a tennis star and then switched
to golf, he asked his dad to blow
out the tennis court in the backyard
and build a chipping green with a
bunker...guess that practice paid
Patrick Healy, a Carnoustie Golf
Club member serving as TNT's
weatherman, with his morning
weather report from Carnoustie,
Scotland: "Welcometo Carnoustie,-
the home of real golf, all year round
golf. Sometimes here we can get
four seasons in one day. Today is
a particularly great day in Scotland;
the temperature is 5-10 degrees
Centigrade, 50-55 degrees Fahren-

heit, maximum. The wind is from
the Northeast, we'll have showers,
we'll have rain, and we'll prob-
ably have everything, all of that can
happen in a day here. When you
come to play golf in Carnoustie,
you've got to come prepared. One
of the things I always bring is my
cleated Wellington boots for play-
ing a ball in the long grass. How
about that?"
Johnson: "He does all that with-
out Doppler, I'm very impressed."
Clampett on Tiger Woods mak-
ing only the second birdie of the
opening day on the 16th hole: "We
had a hunch (Tiger) might have a
strong finish. It seems the harder
the hole, the better he plays."
Woods on his reaction to his
long birdie at 16: "(It was) just a
tap-in hundred footer...l was just
trying to get it anywhere up there
where it's a tap-in or easy second
putt. I don't know how (I made
Woods on fatherhood and miss-
ing his daughter Sam: "Fatherhood
is pretty cool. I purposely didn't
bring any photos because I'd be
staring at them all the time, and I
don't want to do that because I'd
miss her (Sam) even more."
Azinger on losing the 1987 Open

by one stroke to Nick Faldo: "I led
the whole week and then ended up
bogeying on the last two holes to
allow (Nick) Faldo to win his first
major. Unfortunately, I opened up
the floodgates for Nick and now
every time we turn on the TV, we
get to see Nick. You can blame me
for that."
Azinger on Phil Mickelson's de-
sire to have a strong performance
at the British Open: "I think Phil
(Mickelson) really, really wants to
play well this week. If he wants
it too much, of course, it's always
more difficult, you've just got to let
it happen."
Azinger on John Daly: "I saw
(John) Daly on the course earlier
this week and I asked how he was
doing - he was smoking a cigarette
and drinking a Diet Coke and he
said, 'Zinger, caffeine and nicotine
equal protein, so I'm doing great!'"
Clampett on winds at Car-
noustie: "When you play Car-
noustie, you're going to have all
these varying winds. It's the magic
of this golf course. It's the thing
that has captured me and so many
of the players. There are so many
different strategies depending on
where the wind is and where the
hole is located. It's classic links

by Daniel Shube

Marlins pitcher

Scott Olsen arrested

AP photo/Jon Super
Spain's Sergio Garcia gestures as he stands on the 7th tee
during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship
+ at Carnoustie, Scotland, Saturday.July 21.

iGarcia positioned

"for first major title

'By Paul Newberry
,-"AP National Writer
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP)--
SOn a gloomy Scottish day, Sergio
Garcia sent his ball soaring over
-:the Barry Burn, a bounce in his
stepp as he followed the trajectory
, against the ashen sky.
', "Be good!" he screamed.
It was. The ball hopped a cou-
ple of times on the fringe, spun
onto the green and came to a stop
- about 12 feet left of the cup.
. Garcia didn't make the putt, but
She tapped in for par to cap a bo-
:gey-free, 3-under-par 68 Saturday
That left him firmly in control of the
* British Open, his best chance yet to
Finally win that elusive first major
The demonstrative Spaniard
will go to the final round with
_a three-stroke lead while Tiger


Woods was barely clinging to a
spot on the leaderboard.
Garcia put on a brilliant display
in a pressure-packed environment:
the final group of a major on the
weekend. There were a couple of
bad swings, most notably when
he beaned a photographer sitting
near the scoreboard at the 17th
green, but even that one worked
out OK.
The ball ricocheted off the back
of a spectator's neck and ended
up in some wispy, trampled-down
rough -- a a much better lie than
Garcia could have expected. He
pitched up next to the flag and
tapped in for par.
"When you see the person lying
down, it's never a good feeling,"
he said. "I shook his hand and he
told me he was doing OK. He was
a little shaken up, but he'll be fine
and I was able to save a good 4."

AVENTURA (AP)--Florida Mar-
lins pitcher Scott Olsen was arrest-

ed early Saturday
after refusing to
pull over during
a traffic stop and
getting hit by a
Taser stun gun
during a fight
with police offi-
cers, authorities
Olsen, 23,
was booked into
the Miami-Dade

county jail on

charges of driving under the influ-
ence, rte-isting arre-t with violence
and fleeing and eluding a police
officer. He was released Saturday
afternoon on $11,000 bond.
Police Lt. Michael Bentolila said
Olsen was arrested in the Miami
suburb of Aventura, where an of-
ficer clocked him driving 48 mph
in a 35 mph zone and attempted
to pull him over at about 3:40 a.m.
The officer used the police car's
lights, siren and public address
system to get Olsen to pull over in
his Infiniti sports utility vehicle, but
he did not stop, Bentolila said.
Olsen, the winning pitcher in
the Marlins' 10-2 victory over the
Cincinnati Reds on Friday, contin-
ued to drive about one mile, run-
ning a stop sign before stopping at
his Aventura home, Bentolila said.
Olsen then got out of his car
and sat down on a plastic chair in
front of his home, Bentolila said.
When backup officers arrived and
tried to arrest him, Olsen resisted
by kicking at the officers, who then
stunned him with the Taser, Bento-
lila said.
Olsen then failed a field sobriety
test and refused an alcohol breath

test, Bentolila said. A booking pho-
to showed Olsen had two scrapes
on his forehead over his right eye.
The Marlins did not immediate-
ly return calls seeking comment,
and'Olsen's agent Matt Sosnick de-
clined immediate comment.
The arrest was the latest in a
string of troubles for the 6-fbot-5
left-hander. Friday marked Olsen's
return from a two-game suspen-
sion without pay came after a
confrontation with teammate and
fellow pitcher Sergio Mitre.
In June, Olsen was fined an un-
specified amount in June for mak-
ing an .obscene gesture toward
fans in Milwaukee.

tret Jug
Kratzert on John Daly: "John
Daly is on about every non-per-
formance enhancing drug imagin-
Alliss on John Daly is at the
top of the leaderboard during
Round One: "I'm slightly surprised
(that John Daly is leading). He's
shown he has a way of doing a lot
of talented things and doing weird
things over the years, but he's cer-
tainly going along well today."
Jean Van de Velde on his infa-
mous meltdown on the final hole
at Camoustie in 1999: "I have noth-
ing to be sad about. The ending,
fine, who would want an ending
like that? In life you have a glass in
front of you, in my case a glass of
red wine, is it half empty or is it half
full? Especially if you drank the first
half, what are you going o be sad
Clampett on Sergio Garcia's
opening round (-6): "1 think (Sergio
Garcia's) swing has gotten bet-
ter and better over the last several
years but his record doesn't really
show it yet."
Phil Mickelson on recovering
from his injury and gaining confi-
dence along the way: "I have been
gaining more confidence the more
I've been playing. I've been driving
the ball much better and overcom-
ing little obstacles and I'm excited
about how that is going."
Mickelson on winning the
Open Championship: "I. would
love to win a tournament in Scot-
land, it's the home of golf. To win
the Open Championship would be

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By The Associated Press
Today is Sunday, July 22, the
203rd day of 2007. There are 162
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 22, 1933, American
aviator Wiley Post completed the
first solo flight around the world
in seven days, 18% hours.
On this date:
In 1587, an English colony
fated to vanish under mysterious
circumstances was established
on Roanoke Island off North Car-
In 1934, a man identified as

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In 1937, the Senate rejected
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In 1942, the Nazis began trans-
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In 1943, American forces led
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the Frisbee.
In 1967, American author, his-
torian and poet Carl Sandburg
died at his North Carolina home
at age 89.
Thought for Today: "One,
with God, is always a majority, but
many a martyr has been burned at
the stake while the votes were be-
ing counted." -- Thomas B. Reed,
American lawyer and legislator

The Last Word in Astrology

Confirming theft easy case

*DEAR ABBY: My sister-in-
law recently came for a visit. I
have not really trusted "Claire"
since I began noticing that every
time she would leave, a garment
or two of mine was missing.
During this last visit, a day be-
fore her scheduled departure, I
noticed a shirt I had just washed
was missing from the laundry
room where I had left it. I men-
tioned it to my husband, and he
found it - in Claire's suitcase.
My husband wants an apol-
ogy and to inform her that she's
not invited back. Is there a proper
way to handle this? We haven't
said anything to her yet. - Sick
Of The Stealing In Philadel-
ING: What a sad situation. Obvi-
ously, the time has come to clear
the air -- but please try to do it
kindly. Your sister-in-law may be a
certified kleptomaniac, unable to
control her impulse to take things.
Or, she could be frustrated with
her own life and covetous of the
loving relationship you enjoy with
her brother, and took the items in
an attempt to fill the emptiness
she feels inside. In either case,

Dear Abby

she should be confronted with
the evidence and told that you
both know what has been going
on -- and if it happens again, she'll
no longer be your houseguest.
DEAR ABBY: This is an open
letter from a grieving wife to un-
faithful husbands everywhere.
You're welcome to print it if you
think it might save families from
added grief.
Dear Unfaithful Husband:
Have you ever stopped to think
what would happen if your life
ended suddenly, giving you no
time to clean up what you would
not want your family to know?
My husband died instantly in
an automobile accident during
his workday. When I was asked to
pick up the contents of his desk,
his car and the locker at his club,
I was shocked beyond belief.
The loving husband and father I
thought I knew after almost 30
years of marriage had been lead-
ing a double life. He had at least
three other women conveniently
located within a 25-mile radius of
our home and his office.
It has taken me three years and

By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19):
There may be a few secrets flying
around regarding your love life and
the personal changes you want to
make. Don't jump into anything too
fast. Money is in the stars but budget-
ing will be important. A change in your
personal status is apparent.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Getting involved in other people's
business is not usually a good idea
but, today you may have to intervene
if it will influence your life. Love is in
a high cycle. A change at home will
bring about a new lease on life for ev-
eryone residing there.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Don't instigate change but embrace
the alterations that are not negotiable.
A creative idea you have can be incor-
porated into a job you are working on.
A past lover may try to reunite -tread
*CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Problems with children or the young
people in your life can be expected.
Don't let it get you down and don't
get overly involved. Be a good listener

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and make suggestions.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You are
better off today avoiding the people
with whom you reside. Get out, net-
work and focus on what you can do to
reunite with some of the people you
used to have so much fun with.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A
look at your options will probably lead
to some disagreements at home. Not
everyone will have your vision. If you
meet with too much resistance, back
off. Take in a trade show or an auction
that will allow you to learn or purchase
something that will contribute to what
you want to pursue.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A
short trip or outing with someone you
love may be disappointing if the per-
son you are with is negative or unhap-
py with his or her own life. Try to be
encouraging but don't give in to being
treated poorly.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Pick up where you left off and you will
accomplish what you set out to do.
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to express yourself will help clear up
matters that have been bothering you

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and resolve issues for good.
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21): The more you do to help the peo-
ple around you, the better. This is not
the day to be selfish or to have a me-
first attitude. If you do, you will lose a
friendship that is important to you.
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You will have some fabulous ideas for
moneymaking endeavors. Write them
down but don't bore the people you
love with the details. Activities with
family will put you in a favorable posi-
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Trying to avoid an emotional situation
by not telling the truth will backfire.
Get serious about how you feel and
what you want. Being stubborn will
lead to regrets.
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Money will come to you in a very un-
usual way. A change in lifestyle may
not please everyone but it should lift
your spirits. Don't overdo, overspend
or overindulge. Talks will help you re-
solve pending matters.

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numerous counseling sessions
to come to terms with my anger
and grief. I know it was insecurity
caused by his father leaving them
during his early years and his
mother's resulting instability, but
I am still having difficulty getting
beyond my anger and hurt when
I think of how our grown children
might have had to go through this
if both of us had been killed in the
For those who are cheating
and think you have it hidden so
well, stop and think: What would
your family find after your death
that would cause them additional
grief? - Still Grieving In Dixie
Please accept my deepest sym-
pathy for your double loss -- that
of your husband of 30 years, and
also the illusions you had about
your life partner. I suspect the
latter is what is still causing you
grief. I'm pleased to print your
open letter to cheating spouses
everywhere. However, rather
than urging them to cover their
tracks, would it not better to sug-
gest they correct what is missing
in their marriages so they can re-
main faithful?

Okeechobee News, Sunday, July 22, 2007 11


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Flying in a Hot Air Balloon

Up, Up and Away!

Try to imagine how it would feel to
float on a cloud. That's how it feels to
ride in the basket of a hot air balloon!
In the United States, hot air
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sport. There are about 7,500 hot air
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about hot air ballooning.
How does it work?

Into the wild blue yonder
Hot air balloons usually fly about
1,000 feet off the ground. A balloon
can go much higher, but above about
12,000 feet there is not enough oxygen
in the air for the passengers in the
gondola to breathe.
The speed of the balloon depends on
the wind speed. Pilots try to fly when
the wind is very calm, usually either

A hot air balloon flies because the
air inside the envelope, or balloon, is
hotter than the air outside. Hot air is
lighter than cold air, so it rises and
lifts the balloon and its gondola, or
basket, off the ground. The air is
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The New Jersey Festival of
Ballooning celebrates its
25th anniversary this year.
It will be in Readington,
N.J., July 27 through 29.
Balloonists gather to meet
new people and take part
in fun competitions.
Many festivals include
concerts, fireworks and
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around sunrise or just before sunset. If
the wind speed on the ground is more
than about 7 miles per hour, pilots will
not fly because they have less control
of the balloon while it's on the ground.
Balloons generally fly around 10 miles
per hour (the wind speed is faster at a
higher altitude). Hot air balloon flights
usually last one to two hours.
At many hot air balloon
festivals, balloon owners
participate in an evening
"glow." They raise the balloons
up off the ground, but they do
not fly. The fires make the
. balloons glow and light up the

SBalloon festivals are held in
every area of the United
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is the Albuquerque
International Balloon Fiesta in
New Mexico. This year it will
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act on the court. In the NBA finals, he averaged 24.5 points and set up his
teammates with sharp passes.
Parker grew up in a basketball family. His father, Tony Sr., played at Loyola of
Chicago and professionally overseas. Brothers TJ. and Pierre also are standout players.
As a teenager, Tony Jr. attended the National Institute of Physical Education
in France and earned a degree in economics. NBA scouts discovered him later in
the U.S., and the Spurs picked him in the first round of the 2001 draft.
Parker, who speaks English and French, is a fan favorite. He buys 20 tickets
for each Spurs home game and gives them to needy youth, who have a true
champion to cheer.

Balloon Pioneers

Most modem hot air balloons are
made of rip-stop nylon fabric, similar
to a kite or tent material. The
gondola is made of wicker and has
an aluminum or stainless steel
But hot air balloons weren't
always made of materials like these.
We spoke with an expert about the
origin of hot air ballooning.
Quack! Baaa!
The'first hot air balloon with
passengers was
launched by the
Montgolfier brothers
in Versailles, France,
in 1783. Its
passengers were
unusual - a sheep, a
duck and a rooster.
First humans aboard
The Montgolfier brothers also
made the first balloon to carry
human passengers. The first flight
was made by two Frenchmen from
Paris. They flew about 5 miles in 25
Their fuel was made of straw.
They used pitchforks to put the fuel
into a container for holding burning
coals. The event was very exciting to
Parisians - about half the city came
to watch.

Wt l . Montgolfier
balloon was
S- made of
,, . layers of
'" I" I m * ; *paper and
fabric. It
l . . I I painted.

The Mini Page thanks Tom Crouch, senior
curator of the Division of Aeronautics at the
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, for
help with the balloon history in this issue.

Joseph Michel Jacques-Eti
(1740-1810) (1745-179
The Montgolfier brothers were
papermakers by trade.

Laurent de Rozier
(1742-1809) (1754-1785)
Francois Laurent and Jean-Francois
Pilatre de Rozier made the first manned
balloon flight. Legend says that when
they landed, they shared a bottle of
champagne - a tradition that
continues today.
The first manned
balloon flight in
America was made
in 1793 by Jean-
Pierre Blanchard.
He flew from
Philadelphia to
Gloucester County
in New Jersey.
President George Blanchard
Washington (1753-1809)
watched the launch.
Ed Yost's company
developed the first
propane burner for hot
air balloons in the late
1950s. This allowed ,
ballooning to take off
as a sport. . ,

Steve Fossett
(1944- )

Ed Yost
In 2002, American
Steve Fossett made a
14-day round-the-
world trip in a balloon.
It was powered by a
combination of hot air
and helium.


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SRookie Cookie's Recipe
Rainbow Pasta Salad
You'll need: This makes a colorful and cool salad for summer meals.
* 12-ounce package tricolor spiral pasta, cooked
1/2 cup chopped broccoli (uncooked)
1/2, cup chopped carrots
* 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
* 1/2 cup green bell pepper
* 20 green or black olives, halved
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
S1/2 cup chopped cucumber
* 11/2 cups light Italian dressing
What to do:
1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Let cool for 10
2. Chop vegetables and olives and add to cooled pasta.
3. Pour light Italian dressing over pasta and vegetables. Mix well.
4. Chill for 4 hours to blend flavors. Serves 10 to 12.
*You will need an adult's help with this recipe.

Meet Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt is the voice of Remy in
the Disney animated movie "Ratatouille."
Patton has appeared in several movies,
including one to come out later this year,
"All Roads Lead Home." He is probably
- - best known for his role as Spence Olchin
in the TV series "The King of Queens." He +
has appeared in several other TV shows.
He had the role of Professor Dementor in the Disney
Channel show "Kim Possible."
Patton does stand-up comedy. He has also written
screenplays and scripts for TV shows.
Patton, 38, graduated from high school in Ashburn, Va.,
and from the College of William and Mary in
Williamsburg, Va. He lives in Burbank, Calif.
from The Mini Page 0 2O 7 Univeral Praes Syndicate

Pilot Sally
Mazzocchi, 24,
talked with The
Mini Page about
ballooning. She
started flying with
her father about
11 years ago.

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Do balloons race at festivals?
Sally: "We have a competition
called 'hare and hound.' A lead
balloon flies ahead, then lands and
spreads out a target. The other
balloons follow five or 10 minutes
later, then try to throw a numbered
bean bag closest to the center of the
target. Whoever comes closest gets a
How do you control direction?
Sally: "The winds at different
altitudes take you different
Sally told us that pilots will go up
or down to try to find winds blowing
in.a certain direction. Pilots use
gauges to show altitude, how fast
they're going up, and the
temperature inside the envelope.
They also have a fuel gauge and a
fire extinguisher on board.
How do you know where to
Sally: "We check the winds, both
at the surface and aloft (in the air),
and we look at maps to try to find a
Sally said the pilot works with the
ground crew to identify a big enough
spot to land and get permission from
the land owner.
Do balloons ever bump into
each other?
Sally: 'Yes! It's called 'kissing,' and
it's completely legal. They just sort of
bounce off each other."

How do you keep in touch
with the ground crew?
Sally: "We use two-way radios and
cell phones for backup."

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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/bI ears. Reward

BLACK LAB- 7 yrs old, Crate
trained. Good w/kids & small
dogs. Free to good home.
(863)517-1704 Wayne
male & female, 6 weeks old,
to good homes only.
LAB MIX DOGS, 1 brown
male, 1 black female, 11
months old. To good homes,
room to run. (561)719-4178
TRUCK TIRES, Mounted on
wheels for off-road use. Free
to good home.

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!

Terrace, Sat. 7/21 & Sun. 7/22
9am-2pm. Household items,
clothing, & much more!

Place Your
ad today!

signs and
inventory sheets!

Call Classifieds

* iN i

Employment -
Full.nTime 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Proficient in estimating
commercial projects &
experience with
estimating software. Must
be able to read blueprints.
(863)467-0831 DFWP

Full time lead teacher
for 2 yr old class
* CDA Certified or work-
ing toward certification
* HS Diploma or GED
Lic. through ACSI

6am - 8am Monday thru Friday
Call 863-357-6900.
Licensed Real Estate Agents
needed for Okeechobee of-
fice. Call 863-467-3670
Professional Sales Executive
position available for a busy
new home sales business.
Sales experience a plus. No
real estate license required.
Salary plus commission.
Call (863)763-6376
or (863)357-2700.

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*Immediate Openings*
Relief Managers
& 3rd Shift Managers
Starting Pay: $11.00/hr.
with potential to make $50k
Full Benefit Package
Monthly Bonus
Unlimited Growth Potential
Sales Associate
Starting Pay: $9.00/hr.
Flexible Schedules
Advancement Opportunities
Benefits Package
Scholarship Program
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
1596 St. Rd. 70 East
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Management Applicants Call:
Associate Applicants Call:

Patient Care
Coordinator needed
in Okeechobee
No Experience
Good Communication
Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm
Off Holidays
Call (772) 569-0444 for appt
Sub-Crews wanted. All types
of roofing. Okeechobee
Area. Call 863-763-9119

FullTime 020

Ful Tie 111

The Seminole .Tribe of Florida currently has
openings at our Big Cypress and Brighton Reser-
vations Gas Station/Convenience Store for:

Assistant Store Manager,
Gas/Convenience Store
Brighton Reservation

Min. 1 yr. supervisory exp. Food sales
experience a plus. Excellent communication
& computer skills. Good leadership skills;
positive attitude. Flexible hours, FL Drivers
Lic. HS diploma or GED. Salary based on exp.
Sales Associate:
Brighton & Big Cypress Reservation

Work with store merch., operate cash register,
stock shelves. Maintain & clean store.
Customer Service. HS dip/GED pref. Flex hours.
Excellent benefits (med/dental, 401K).

Fax Resumes to 954-967-3477. Details @


Helps residents, staff and visiting
patrons to find library info.
and referral and entertainment
materials and services.
Visits other Reservations and
attends workshops and other
events as necessary. Researches and
prepares written info. using print,
computer, and library resources. HS
diploma or GED. Great communication
and computer skills.
Fax resume to 954-967-3477

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

is currently taking applica-
tions for the positions of
CDA and Experience in
Christian Schools preferred.
Those who are interested in
these Part-Time positions
may apply at Peace
Lutheran Church; 750 NW
23rd. Lane, between 9:00
A.M. and 3:00 PM.
Monday through Friday, or
You may call the school
office at 863-763-7566
for more information.

personable & hard
working qualities is
a must. Experience
preferred but not
necessary. Hiring
AM & PM for only
the right people.

It's never too late to find
the perfect gift. Look for
it in the clasifinds.

Home held agency seeking
RN Case Manager, LPN, HHA
& MSW. Top pay! Great place
to work! (863)491-0002 or

Glades Health Care
230 S. Barfield Hwy.
Pahokee, FL 33476
Exp. necessary, competitive
pay, FT. Send resume to:
P0 Box 2744, Okeechobee, FL
34973 or call 863)763-6369
between 5:30-9pm-9pm.

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

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


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

F/T General Office/Bookkeep-
ing position. Available Imme-
diately. Call 863-763-7268


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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
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reader of these charges in
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we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered4 15
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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Ron's Pressure Washing
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Roof coating, Repair to
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No job to big or small. Free
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Let one of our professionals help you!

' 513 S.W Park Street * (863) 763-7131

Do-It-Yourself Ideas

Farm Play Set
Old MacDonald himself
wouldn't be able to resist this
do-it-yourself .farm playset.
The big red barn is filled with
horses, cows, pigs, sheep,
chickens and ducks. There's
even a tractor and wagon
with bales of hay. Just trace
the pieces onto wood, cut out,
assemble and paint. The barn
measures 21 in. long by 15
in. wide by 14 in. tall.

Farm Play Set plan
(No. 898)... $9.95
Wooden Toys Package
3 other plans
(No. C125)... $19.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects). . . $2.00
Please add $4.00 s&h
(except catalog-only orders)

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, July 22, 2007

Home of Oklaobe's OQly
OBSCENE Roat Beeft Sandwch

op ICe SMOK-i'9 ,ArlO
World Famous
Breasted Chicken
(863) 467-8232
6315 US Hwy.441 S.E.


Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734


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

Package unit, with heat, 07
model. $1575.

SCALES, antique, weighs up
�to 5,000 grams, $225.

RANGE, Electric, Maytag,
'White, $75. (863)675-2348

Side, Ivory color. Great con-
dition. $100. (863)697-2087

DRYER- All in good working
condition. $125. or will sep-
arate. (863)467-8965

STOVE- Gas, Magic Chef, 20",
SExcellent condition. $125.

STOVE- good shape, $50

STOVE, Kenmore, electric,
with new circuit board &
burners. $100

STOVE- Kenmore, Self clean-
' ing, Smooth top, white. Exc.
cond. Moving, Must sell
S$250. Neg. (863)634-3841

WASHER & DRYER: Frigidiare.
S',Like new. $300 for both, will
:',sep. (863)261-4809

WfASHER & DRYER- Kenmore
S70/80 Series 1 year old. Like
',,New with 2 year warranty
' $600. 720-284-4018

pool, Heavy duty. Extra Ig.
capacity. Works great. $250.

WASHER, Kenmore, 3 yrs.
old, $75. (863)634-3650

Glide, used only once. Paid
S$140 asking $80

2 Black Wet Stations w/bowls,
mirrors & appliance holders. 2
All Purpose Styling Chairs. 3
Reception Chairs. Used only
3 months. $1500/all.

Buildings &
Sheds d0537


25x25x9 Ambassador
Vertical (2:12) Roof, Soffit/Fasca.
1 Sectional or 2 Roil-up Doors,
1 Man Door, 1 Window,
2 Gable Vents
4" Concrete Slab*

30x35x9 Executive
Vertical (3:121 Roof, SolfifiFasda
2 Roll-up Doors,
1 Man Door, 1 Window
2 Gable Vents
4" Concrete Slab*
*Concrete & Installation by
Independent Licensed

Up to 35' wide, unlimited length
FLA Engineered Plans,
Meets/Exceeds Wind Code
/,/, nmelhis vlemrplu, r rn
Price pus sales tax/county fees
Photos for display purposes cnly

FRENCH DOORS: 1 pair, In-
terior, 2.0, 10 glass panes
per door. Solid wood. Natu-
ral. $100. (863)763-2763
Gutters Plus,

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

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

1551 N.W. 24th Drive
License #765

matching dresser. Lt color
wood. Good cond. $200. or
best offer. (863)675-0600
mattress. Good condition.
$75. (863)697-2704
TODDLER BED- Little Tykes
Fire Truck with mattress. Ex-
cellent condition. $75.
need a ride for three? Ingle-
sina, very lightly used. $395

.UR.T. . I, I

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

items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $500
neg. (863)467-0627
[1000)- Racing & Comic. late
Os 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
with all in one printer, cus-
tom built. $150
(863)763-7950 t
DELL- Brand new, Never
used. Windows installed
Complete. $250. or best of-
fer. (239)324-2386 LeBelle
Pentium 4, Window XP Etc.
$150. (863)517-2782 Tony
GATEWAY- Like new condi-
tion. $150. (863)983-4940
ROUTER, Linksys wireless-G
Broadband, w/speed boost-
er, 2.4-GHz 802.11g, $50.
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/Kino, $25
BED, king size, with frame
exc. cond., $300.
BED, Queen, headboard, foot-
board & rails. $60
BED, Queen size, clean, Select
Comfort, sleep on air with
control. $350
BEDROOM SET- King size,
with dresser w/mirror & 2
nightstand's. Like new.
$600. (863)697-2704
BUNK BEDS- Wood, includes
mattresses. Badcock brand
w/horse on end. Good cond.
$150 neg. (863)528-0901
incid mirrored dresser, night
stand, desk book case.
$350. (863)763-0669
CHAIR, Leather, Burgundy, 6
months old, excellent condi-
tion, paid $600, asking $400
CHINA CABINET, Solid wood,
2 pc. w/5 shelves. Hand
Made. 6' tall, 4" wide. Must
see! $500 (8763-8943
w/gold trim, glass doors &
shelves, 74"hx40"wx17"d.
$200/both. (561)790-6589
TABLES, $350 or best offer.
CURIO CABINET, $75 or best
offer. (863)634-9017
with hutch. Paid $1700. Ask-
ing $300. 863-467-5756
en w/ 4 chairs. Like new.
Paid $500. Asking $300.
DINING TABLE- With matching
china cabinet, 4 chairs &
leaf. Good cond. $600 neg.
w/roll out drawer. Perfect
condition. $450.
(863)675-1936 LaBelle
DRESSER, 3 drawer & night
stand Good condition. $80.
Will separate.
DRESSERS, 1 white, 1 brown.
$80 for both, will separate.
Unit, Light color w/glass drs.
Fits 29" TV. 6'Tx54"W. Good
cond. $100. (863)763-2763
Holds 32" television, made
of solid wood, has drawers.
$175 (239)839-0795
White, Orig. $4000. Will sell
for $300. or best offer.
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
LOUNGE CHAIR, Small, beige,
$25 (863)467-5206
LOVESEAT - w/matching chair
& solid wood cocktail table.
Excellent condition. $325
firm. 863-675-5729
New condition, full size. $75
MATTRESS- Queen/King. New
in plastic. $189
MATTRESS- Twin/full, new in
plastic. $139
SLEEPER SOFA- 7ft Carlton,
beige color, excellent condi-
tion, $295 or best offer.
SLEEPER SOFA: Floral design.
Excellent condition. $175.
green leather. Excellent
quality. $750.
SOFA, Leather, Like New &
Kitchen Island, Stainless steel
and solid wood. Great cond.
$370. Will sep. 720-284-4018
SOFA, neutral color, like new,
$375. (561)386-0414
TRUNDLE BED, New, with new
mattresses, sheets & bed
pads. $200 (863)467-2507
WALL UNIT, cherry, 4 pcs.,
lighted, $400.
WATERBED King Sz, 12 draw-
ers/storage w/bkcase hdbrd,
nt. stand & mirrored Ar-
moire. $200. (863)763-5876
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/
GOLF EQUIP: Complete set of
clubs, cart & bag, 1-9, pitch-
ing wedge, putter, 1 doz golf
balls. $50. 863-675-6178

GUN- Smith & Wesson model
640 Harmless 357 mag.
Stainless. $425

Cardio, Pro-Form brand, ex-
cellent condition. $200.
863-675-3944 Labelle
Crossbow Advantage. One
year old.$300 or best offer
NORDI TRACK weight fitness
system, $300. Call

POWER HOUSE: Fitness Ma-
chine w/leg attach. & Body
By Jake Ab Scissors. $400
will sep. (239)324-2550
all equipment but needs 1
cable. $100 (863)983-6319
BIKE, $30d for both, will sep.
Call (239)324-2550
Phoenix, good condition,
$150/best offer. Call

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.
ideal for workplace or home.
Only $25! (863)357-6303.
more, Breath clean air. Ex-
cellent condition. $75.

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

$6.00. Call (863)357-0344
or 863-610-0754.

zy, looks & runs like new,
$2000 or best offer.

ics, "Cadillac of wheelchairs!"
Immaculate, used very little on
carpet only. Paid $5000, asking
only $1000. 863-447-0448
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- Large, Space sav-
er, Exc cordl nno5000.
Asking $800. 6-%'t.'-.0:^

manuals & attachments for
download. Used 3 times.
$100. (772)708-3645
Located together. $500 each.
In old, original part of
Evergreens Cemetery.
Call Jean at 352-336-8192 or
Bruce at 386-362-7300
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
circuit TV for visually im-
paired, w/accessories,
$1500 neg. (863)467-5058

DRUM SET, 13 pc., Pearl Ex-
port Series, emerald green
w/accessories. $800
GUITAR, New Squier Strat,
w/cover, SPO10 Squier Am-
plifier, black, Some music.
$199. (863)357-8788
KEYBOARD, Cord M1, Works
good. Asking $1,500. or best
offer. (863)612-6295 La-
PIANO & ORGAN- Good condi-
tion $600. Will separate.
PIANO: KIMBALL, Upright w/
Bench. Excellent condition.
$500. (863)763-5216

Male, Up to date with shots.
Reg. w/papers. $200.
wood stand, filter, gravel,
volcano's, etc., $325. or best
offer. (863)357-3092
Shots/Wormed. Docked &
Dewclaws done. $550 & up.
Ready 8/30. (863)763-6703
DOG PEN- Brand new 10 x 10
chain link. $150 firm

DOG PENS, (4), Large chain
link dog pens & also large
plastic dog crates, $680 will
sell sep. (863)612-0992
10 vials. $100
LOVEBIRDS, Mated, with large
cage & nesting box. $100
(863)697-8731 "
PIT BULL- Blue, 4 weeks old.
Purebred, $350.
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

4/15/07, Seal Point & Seal
Point Snow Shoe.
WHOOPS! German Shepherd /
Chesapeake Bay Puppies: 7
wks. old. Adorable,, must
see. $200. (239)246-6739
reg. Female, 2yrs old, black
& tan, playful & loving $350

Family, friends, scenery
or pets from your photo.
Elliott's Quick Photo
419 W.S. Park
Call 863-763-5553

HOT TUB, "Hot Springs", exc.
cond., You Move! $1500.

condition-needs work. $100
FISHING ROD, 801b custom
rod w/Penn reel, Murray
brothers. $200
TREE STANDS (2): For hunt-
ing. $70 negotiable or will
sell separately.

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
CD PLAYER - Brand new, $30.
Call 863-610-4674.
15", in a box. $700 or best
offer. (863)634-6476
Bose speakers. Oldies but,
still plays good. $150.
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
TOOL BOX- Aluminum single
lid, excellent condition.. $100
firm. (863)635-5186 .
WELDER, Portable & Air com-
pressor. Mounted on trailer.
$1500. neg. 561-758-4337

style, like new w/tools. $80

PORCEALINE, Collectibles &
Collections of ALL Kinds.
Call Diana (863)467-8408
Elliott's Pawn
419 W.S. Park
Call 863-763-5553


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
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

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

horse bumper pull trailer.
Good condition. $3500. or
best offer (863)634-5820


TOR- 42" cut, good deck,
new blades, needs little carb.
work. $350 (863)983-2255
GX160, 5.5 HP rear tine,
heavy duty. $300
LAWN MOWERS, 1 Scag, 48"
cut, $5000 & 50" cut Dixie
Chopper, $4500.
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
8hp Briggs & Stratton, fresh
30" blade + 1 extra blade.
$250 (863)673-5206


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
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

Behind Capt. D's. 2br/2ba,
$900 mo. + 1st, last & $600.
sec. dep. (863)634-5780 or
on quiet St. Kids & pets ok.
$850/mo. 1st, ,last & $500
sec. 561-346-1642.

lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
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.
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1 Ever-
Slade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec,.No pets
Fully furnished, 2br, 2.5ba
Dbl. wide, lake access, .C/A,
W/D, TV, all utilities & lawn
maintenance included. Very
clean. (863)467-8005

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


New Offices avail from
470 sq. ft. up to 1900 sq. ft.
West side of new courthouse
Phone Judy (863)467-0831

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

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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
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses � Sale1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 10-45
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 18/z ha, 2 Story, Fenced
patio, $800 moe., 1st, last +
$800 sec. (863)634-3313

BUY NOW! Brand new CBS
4 Bdrm., 2 Ba., 3654 NW 5th
St., $995 mo. $145,000.
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

For sale by owner.
Price reduced!
(863)467-2712 or 634-3580
Lake access, canal lot, with
seawall & boat ramp, beautiful
view. $76,500 (772)349-9738
VIKING AREA- 3 ac., lot A & B
Track 8. Asking $60,000.
Please call David @

Mobile Homes

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

Waterfront, Clean & Quiet,
Okeechobee Nicest. From
$750. mo. (772)215-0010
ANCIENT OAKS 2/1 adorable
carport, shed, 55+: $550.
annual. $1300 season
ON RIM CANAL: 3 BR, 2 Ba.,
$850 mo. + $500 sec. dep.
Pay own electric. No Pets
SW, 2BR/1BA, w/d, porch,
$500 mo. & 1BR 1BA cot-
tage, tile, full *kit., porch,
$450 mo., city water incl.,
1st last & sec.

Mobile Home Angels


ilt CTHomes

unfurnished, located in Whis-
per Creek 55+ community. In
LaBelle 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

Open Sunday 1-3pm Ancient
Oaks 2/1 adorable carport,
shed, 55+. $54,900 or Rent
$550. mo. 863-441-7233
Certified Modular &
Mobile Home Specialists.
Call for FREE Color Brochures.
Factory Liquidation Sale:
2006 Models MUST GO!
Call for FREE Color Brochures

Recreation i

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

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: 15'1/ FT., Aluminum, V-
Haul, 20 hp Johnson, Trlr.,
Brand new Minkota Trolling
Motor. $600. 863-357-4837
Merc., also w/trolling motor
and trailer $2500 or best of-
fer (863)467-5906
CANOE- 14', Fiberglass, 3
seats, paddle & PVC stand
included , $150.
(863)635-1513 Frostproof

50 Mariner, new salt water
trolling motor, aluminum trlr,
$2000 (863)634-1567
DINGY- 1OFt., 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
'1977 Lone Star, with trailer.
Good condition. $450.
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
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
ions, slips, any color, $200
each (561)644-1957
PONTOON BOAT, 20 ft., 48hp
Evenrude, $2250 or best of-
fer. (863)467-2712 or
PONTOON BOAT- 24', 90hp
Mero Mariner, 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
16ft, 150-XR2 Merc, New
Minnkota trolling motor,
matching trir, $4000
863)634-1567 or
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

Do-It-Yourself Ideas

Kids' Big Book of Games

Whether your children or grandchildren need a chal-
lenge after homework, entertainment at the beach,
excitement for a car trip or just "something to do," a
176-page book has something to keep everyone
entertained. Five sections-"Picture Puzzles,"
"Word Play," "Games & Trivia," "Mystery, Logic &
Numbers" and "Big Bad Toughies"-include dozens
of challenging and entertaining activities designed
for kids in elementary and middle school.

Kids' Big Book of Games (No. W22) ... $11.95
Also available:
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Please add $4.00 s&h

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Mobile Home

Okeechobee News, Sunday, July 22, 2007

all fiberglass, Ir, dr, elec.
'slide, Ig. a/c exc. cond.,
$12,900. (561)346-4692
DODGE '89, Motor home, high
top, stove, fridge, shower,
good motor, body, tires.
$2500 (561)602-0602
DUTCHMAN 1994, 27 Ft. w/
Florida Rm. LaBelle area.
Must be moved. $4000. neg.

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

AIRBOAT FLAGS: $10. each,
:Orange, Made from flag ma-
terial. Hi quality. Call for
more info. (863)773-2880

KAWASAKI 400, '78, runs
great, $1800 or best offer.
KAWASAKI KZ1000 '82-
Runs and looks real good.
,Asking $1800. or best offer
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.

Dana 60-Dana 44 matching,
(2) 205 gear driven transfer
cases, NP 4 spd, $1200 for
all (863)634-1567 or

FOUR WHEELER- '98 Suzuki
250, 4x4, Runs good. Needs
a little TLC. $500.

IRON BUMPERS- front winch
mount & guide grill guard,
$150, Rear round w/hitch
places $100, (4) Core radia-
tor $50 (863)634-1567 or

SUZUKI IGER '06- Exc. cond,
rack seat w/storage, garage
kept, very low miles. $6000
or best offer. (863)673-6209

SUZUKI RM250 '05: Dirt bike.
Mint condition, runs good.
$2500. Neg. (863)261-4633
or (863)357-2271

589 ITT rims, 400 + miles,
very good condition. $6500


I I I "I

Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4036
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

roof, On-Star, leather, 98k,
a/c, runs great. $5300.
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.
Burgundy, 5 spd, V6, 127k.
$20000 or best offer.
miles, runs great, looks ok,
great work car, $800 or best
offer. (863)634-7598

CHEVY CORSICA- '91, White,
Runs, Good shape. $800. or
best offer. (863)261-5101
CHEVY NOVA '76, Runs good.
Needs minor body work.
$800 (239)503-5131 Ask
for Ramon, after 5:30pm
new $13K, 4 dr hatchback
excellent, needs muffler &
tires. Blue in color. $1500
GMC SONOMA '95- Cold A/C,
4 cylinder, manual 5 speed,
runs great, well maintained.
$2500 (772)220-6023
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
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

coupe, great condition, all
original. $500 firm.

4x4, 97K mi., new tires,
$3,500. Call Cody at

Dodge, around '93, over-
drive, off 318 V8, $350 or
best offer. (863)612-5676
lent condition. $65
CHEVY 3/4 TON P/U '54, with
6 cyl & 4 spd trans., runs
good. $800 (863)763-1370
rear, from a '99 Chevy Ta-
hoe, $300 or best offer.
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..
size truck, fits most beds,
key lock, exc. cond.
$600/neg. 772-519-2256.
FLARESIDE F150, tailgate,
chrome bumper & taillights,
$250 will sell separately.
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.
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
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
Fits '99-'07 Ford Super Duty
Crew Cab P/U. $200.
863-697-0328 Heather
model Ford F150, asking
$125. (863)467-4328
TIRES, (4), brand new, 13",
$175 or best offer.
(863)467-8856 Iv. name &
phone #.
TOW DOLLY, Kar Kaddy, circa
1984, exc. cond., newly
painted & rewired, good
tires: $600 (863)946-0697
rebuilt, $350 or best offer.
(863)467-8856 Iv. name &
phone #
TRUCK BED- 8ft, for 2002
Ford F250, $500 or best of-
fer (863)447-5985

TRUCK CAP - green, for step
side p/u, good cond., asking
$225/neg. (863)357-6315
or 863-634-8731.
TRUCK PARTS- (1) '05 Ford
Banks diesel tuner (1) '04
Dodge Banks diesel tuner.
$700 both (239)895-3269
TRUCK TOOL BOX- full size
pickup, aluminum, deep well,
from Tractor Supply, good
cond., $125. (863)763-4992
TRUCK TOPPER for '80-'96
Ford longbed, double drs &
toolboxes, great condition.
$425/neg. 863-801-3174.
WHEEL: From 2007 Dodge
Ram, 8 lug, polished alumi-
num. $400. or best offer.
WINDSHIELD, off a '93 Dodge
Ram van. $75

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.
miles, 1 owner, camper top,
longbed, 2 door, tow pack-
age $12K 863-441-7233
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


I UtilityTraileIrs

DODGE RAM 1500- '03, 4x4,
Quad cab, Hemi. Excellent
condition. $16,900.
FORD F100 '78- Mark II top-
per, 302 V8, runs good, new
tires, brakes, $950 neg
(386)216-0113 Muse
FORD F100 '82, 3.8L, V6, 3
spd man. trans., camper
cap, toolbox, newer tires.
$1000 neg. (863)763-8335
FORD F250 '89, 7.3 Diesel,
4x4, a/c, 5 spd., utility box,
runs good, $1900
FORD F350, '88, 18' car haul-
er, Warren winch,, cold air,
cd, runs great, $5500.
GMC SIERRA- '05, 4x4, With
ext. cab. Excellent condition.
$21,500. (863)675-1493
redo 1993, Not pretty, but
runs, runs, runs! $600 or
best offer. (863)357-5867
Good body & running gear.
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Community Events

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

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

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

These people standing the back of the pickup truck, left to
right. Craig Stokes, Fred Gomez and Lucie Renaud were
among the people who stopped along Cemetery Road to
watch fire fighters battling a 65 acre forest fire at the inter-
section of Cemetery Road and U. S. 441 N. While traffic was
allowed to travel on Cemetery Road, one northbound lane
of U. S. 441 N. was closed. The fire was reported about 6:30
p.m. and extinguished two or three hours later. Units from
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue, City of Okeechobee Fire
Department and Division of Forestry including a helicopter
responded. No one was injured in fighting the fire.

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

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

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
A forest fire began late Friday evening, and local officials
battled blaze until it was extinguished.

Christian court watchers keep tabs on judges

By Samira Jafari
Associated Press Writer
John Becknell enters the court-
room and finds his usual spot
in the front row, just behind the
prosecutor's table.
Becknell -- a devout Chris-
tian known to many as "Brother
John" -- pulls out a pen and an
inch-thick docket, mostly of drug
and alcohol cases. For the next
three hours, he takes diligent
notes on the judge's actions, the
attendance of police officers, re-
peat offenders making another
appearance, and so on.
The purpose? To make sure
drug offenders in eastern Ken-
tucky are getting what they de-
Frustrated with widespread
drug abuse -- especially of eas-
ily accessible prescription pain-
killers -- a handful of mountain
churches are moving away from
their traditional role as a refuge
for the poor and addicted. Now
they're more interested in law
The Community Church of
Manchester is leading the way
through "Court Watch," a pro-
gram in which volunteers attend
court hearings to monitor judges
overseeing drug-related cases.
"It's kind of a new position
and very controversial," said
Becknell, who also runs his
church's local Christian televi-
sion station. "A lot of churches
shun getting involved in politics
or going to court."
' The Rev. Doug Abner, pastor
4t Community Church -- whose
slogan for a 2004 anti-drug march
as "t saved or get busted" --
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said the presence of Court Watch
volunteers puts "mild pressure"
,on judges "to do the right thing."
The volunteers collect informa-
tion for a database and look for
trends in drug crimes.
The program concerns some
other people of faith, who say it
cuts against Christian values.
"The churches have tradi-
tionally been the humanitarian
influence in society," said the
Rev. John Rausch, director of the
Catholic Committee on Appala-
Churches should focus on
drug counseling and ministering
to inmates, he said, citing part of
the Gospel of Matthew (25:36)
concerning the final judgment:
"When I was in prison, you came
to see me."
"It isn't 'I was up for charges
and you made sure they threw
the book at me,'" Rausch said.
Abner said his church hasn't
neglected its prison ministry or
other counseling programs. Still,
he added, "we believe in giving
people chances, but how many
chances do you give them?"
The Community Church, 95
miles south of Lexington, also
has fielded concerns about the
volunteers overstepping the
bounds of keeping church and
state separate, but he said there's
no reason why congregants
should stay away from the crimi-
nal justice system.
Ken Bolin, pastor at Manches-
ter Baptist Church, said he sup-
ports Court Watch and sees no
reason why churches and courts
can't work together to combat
drug, offenders.
"We're such a major part of

mountain life -- why shut the
church out of the institution?" he
Court Watch and Commu-
nity Church came together three
years ago, when Christian lead-
ers in Clay County were over-
whelmed by their deep-rooted
drug problem. As in much of
eastern Kentucky, drug abuse
was a longtime epidemic in this
area of about 25,000 -- even af-
flicting members of Becknell's
"Good people have sat back
and done nothing," Abner said.
Desperate for a solution,
Becknell began to work with
Operation UNITE, a federally
funded drug task force that cov-
ers 29 counties in southeastern
Kentucky and which created
Court Watch. He said that during
his first few sessions as a court
observer, he noticed officers not
showing up, cases getting dis-
missed, judges doling out lenient
sentences and the same defen-
dants appearing before the same
He came to this conclusion:
"If you're waiting for the courts
to combat drugs, how long are
you going to wait?"
Becknell and his fellow vol-
unteers don't limit themselves
to collecting information _ they,
also approach law enforcement
and judges when they believe
something is amiss.
UNITE Executive Director
Karen Engle recalled the time
Becknell questioned the task
force about its own officers not
showing up to court in his coun-
ty. Turns out the officers hadn't
been properly subpoenaed, she

said, but "we wouldn't have
known about the problem if he
hadn't reported it."
Court Watch "holds everyone
accountable, including 'UNITE,"
she said.
Over the years, Becknell
has trained around two dozen
churches or church-sponsored
groups in the program.
"The churches have such
influence in the community -
- they're an obvious place to
recruit volunteers," said Dale
Morton, spokesman for UNITE.
"They're a captive audience ...
they're always looking for a mis-
During a recent training ses-
sion at the First Baptist Church in
Becknell described the trans-
formation in his community: "If
you do the crime in Manchester,
you do the time."
"If your circuit and district
judges decided to hold people
accountable under the law, your
community would change in 60
days," he told the group.
While Clay County's judges
say they welcome Court Watch,
they also say they'd operate the
same way -- with or without ob-
"They know they're welcome
in my court anytime I'm there,"
said District Judge Renee Muncy.
Yet, she added that she doesn't
feel pressured by the presence of
Court Watch participants.
Neither does Circuit Judge R.
Cletus Maricle, who said, "Some
judges probably feel they are
there to intimidate him. If the
judge is intimidated, that's his

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, conr-
tact Pastor Tom and Rachel at (863) 357-3053.

SFWMD to host public meeting Aug. 4
There will be a meeting on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. until
noon at the South Florida Water District (SFWMD) Okeechobee 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.

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 anL devotional time and will help
comfort during eitheryour3bat ..r vl( o e attle with cancer.
For information, call the First Baptist Curch at (863) 763:2171:

Main Street plans fundraiser ... ..
On Saturday, Aug. 11, Okeechobee Main Street, Inc., will be host t
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 tearri
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).

Red Cross to host water instructor course
The American Red Cross will conduct water safety instructor course
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.

Main Street plans next mixer
Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 N.E. Fifth St., will host
Okeechobee Main Street's Monthly Mixer on Wednesday, Aug. 15,
from 5 until 7 p.m.. There will be door prizes and light refreshments'.
The special mega 50/50 tickets will be available. One lucky ticket wiA
be drawn at the December mixer. The public is invited. For ihforma-
tion, contact Karen Hanawalt, program manager, at (863) 357-MAIr

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)

Parenting classes planned
Parenting classes for parents with children of any age will be held
each Monday in AugusLat 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.

Church hosting Worldview Weekend
The First Baptist Church, as host church, will sponsor Worldview
Weekend on Oct. 12 and 13 at Osceola Middle School, 825 S.W 28ti
St. Speakers representing Worldview Weekend will be Ken Ham, D4-
vid Barton, Bob Cornuke, Brannon Howse and Ron Carlson. The pro-
gram is appropriate for ages 11 and up. Tickets can be obtained from
Debi at (863) 634-3525 or the First Baptist Church at (863) 763-2171;
or, online at www.worldviewweekend.com.

Church hosting fellowship activities
The Fort Drum Community Church will be holding a men's fellow-
ship breakfast at Ruck's Pit every other Saturday starting at 6:30 a.mi,
and a women's fellowship every other Monday starting at 6:30 a. .
For information or if you need transportation to and from these activi-
ties, call (863) 467-1733.

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

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

Where's the fire?

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