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OKEECHOBEE, Backlash RV
Park Apt, 1 br available on the
Rim Canal. Call for details.
(863)763-7783
TWO DUPLEXES FOR RENT,
3BR, 1BA, with W/D connec-
tions. $750/mo& $800/mo
$1500 or $1600 to move in.
Call (863)763-4414


AFFORDABLE NEW HOUSES
3br, 2ba &3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, bring pets, 1000/mo
& up. (561)723-2226
BASSWOOD- Affordable New
S3/2/2, $1100/mo, 1st, & sec
Dep. Will consider an option
to buy. (772)216-4873
COTTAGE, on Canal, Unfurn.
2br 1ba. Easy access to lake,
$600mo + Sec.
772-794-2438 or 538-8183
OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 1.5ba,
w/den, has pole barn (spins)
on 1 1/3 acres, Pets OK,
$900/mo w/1st, last & sec.
or will sell $150,000. Call
863-885-1401 or 634-7723
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. Lazy 7., C/Air. 1st,
last & sec. 863-467-2541 or
after 5 pm 863-634-9330
R-BAR, 4br, 2ba, Gar., 2.5 ac.,
.Lawn maint. included.
$1395. mo. 863-801-9163


TREASURE ISLAND: 3br/2ba.
2007 Dble. Wide,. waterfront,
nice quiet dead end street.
$1000. mo. 954-610-5345

TREASURE ISLAND, Water-
front, 2BR/1BA, fenced, wa-
ter, sewer, cable tv & elec.
incl., $875 mo.
(954)610-5345 .


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Sale 1U05
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
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Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
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Property lnspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
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Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080


BUY NOW! Brand new CBS
4 Bdrm., 2 Ba., 3654 NW 5th
St., $995 mo. $145,000.
(863)484-0809

MUST SEE MODULAR
Too many amenities to list .
We will place it on your lot
Financing available
800-330-8106
OKEE, 3BR, 1BA, Detached
garage/workshop, CBS const.
$109,000 Call Jenny
(561)379-4630
OKEECHOBEE- 3/1, CBS, re-
modeled, tiled, new appl, en-
closed tiled Fla room, Ig
carport, 2 drives, oak cabi-
nets, Must See!, $179,900
(863)357-0391 for appt.
OKEECHOBEE: Newly
remodeled, 4br, 2 ba, Den,
1/2 acre, new roof, A Must
See! $165,000
(863)824-6112 or
(772)349-8637
WOOD FRAME HOME: 2 BR, 1
BA., Near Kissimmee River.
C/Air. Large lot w/lots of
trees. 15609 State Rd. 70 W.
$79,000. Additional lot next
to home also for sale for
$35,000. (561)746-5852

How fast can your car
go? It can go even faster
when you sell it in the
classifleds.


MONTURA RANCHES- 1 1/4
acre, $20,000 firm
PIONEER PLANTATION- 2 1/2
acre $39,000
MUSE- 100 x 100 corner lot,
$15,000 OR $60,000 for all
3 properties (954)418-8868



BASSWOOD ESTATE,
% acre lot, $21,900.
1-800-840-4310.
www.letsgolandllc.com

WEST OF FOUR SEASONS,
3.25 acre lot, zoned double-
wide mobile home or built
home, paved road, clean
neighborhood, shade trees,
2 miles East of town.
$55,000 or best offer.
(863)634-3329
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Trade- Newer 3/2/2 house in
downtown Stuart for house,
barn & 2+ acres near
Okeechobee. (772)463-6630


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ANCIENT OAKS, 55+,
1BR/1BA, water, sewer,
cable tv incl., $550 mo.
(954)610-5345
CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $650/mo + $1000
sec. dep. 863-763-4031
DOUBLEWIDE: 3br, 2ba, sits
on 5 acres, well fenced.
$1100/mth. $1900 sec dep.
954-261-1268
OKEE., 2BR 2ba Unfurn on Ca-
nal. Easy access to lake. Close
to town $600mo + Sec
772-794-2438 or 538-8183
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$550/mo + 1st, Last& Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets.
(863)763-6232
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used Items In
the classifleds


READY TO MOVE IN
2 or 3 Bedrooms
OWN for as little
As $1500 down
800-330-8106
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES DW
Mobile, 3/2, furnished, C/A,
boat dock, adults only.
$900/mo. & 1st, last, & $500
sec. (954)260-1933
TAYLOR CREEK: Waterfront,
2 BR., 1 BA., C/AC & heat.
No pets, Lawn maintenance.
$650. mo., + 1st, last &
sec. dep. (772)971-9474 or
(772)349-1006
WATERFRONT PROPERTY
Okeechobee 3br, 2ba, Lake
access-when lake is up, No
pets. $1150 mo 1st &sec.
dep. (561)927-8211
Available 11/19/07



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

MUST SEE MODULAR
Too many amenities to list
We will place it on your lot
Financing available
800-330-8106

MUST SELL!
Zone 2
3 Bed 2 Bath
Delivered & Set up
(863)983-3016

READY TO MOVE IN
2 or 3 Bedrooms
OWN for as little
As $1500 down
800-330-8106


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



FORD TAURUS '05- 16k mis,
CD, cruise, spoiler, air bags,
etc. Excellent condition, still
under warranty. $10,800
(863)675-4526


FORD F350 XLT- '97, 4 dr,
Dually diesel, with cap &
toolbox. $11,000.
(863)763-9371

How do you find a Job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
slfleds


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Legal Notice 5500



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINE-
TEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. FLORIDA
Case No. 2007-DR-594
Division: DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Rebecca Marie Hernandez
Petitioner
and
Serglo Saul Hernandez Madrid
Respondent.
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Sergio Saul Hernandez Madrid
1482 SW 19th Terrace,
Okeechobee, FL 34974-
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and you re re-
quired to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on Rebecca Ma-
rie Hernandez whose address is 9047
NE 48th St. Okeechobee, FL 34972
on or before 10/17/2007 and file the
original with the clerk of this Court at
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
Court Operations 1st Floor, 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972
before service on Petitionerr immedi-
ately thereafter If you fall to do so, a
default may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit's Court's office.
You may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
address. (You may file Notice of Cur-
rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915.)
Future papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on re-cord at the
clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12,285, Florida family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information, Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, Includ-
ing dismissal or striking of pleadings.
Dated: 9/14/07
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT


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Notice of Meeting/Workshop Hearing
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation & Parks
announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
DATE AND TIME Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 7:00 p.m. (EOT)
PLACE: Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972
GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: Seek public comment
regarding park management and land use for Okeechobee battlefield before the
development of a management plan for the park.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Mark Nelson, Park Manager
Okeechobee Battlefield at (561) 744-9814 or e-mail (Mark.Nelson@dep.state.fl.us).
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requir-
ing special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to
advise the agency at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting by contactng:
Okeechobee Battlefield at (561) 744-9814. 1 you are hearing or speech impaired,
please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771
(TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).
For more information, you may contact Mark Nelson, Park Manager at
(561) 744-9814 or e-mail (Mark.Nelson@dep.state.fus).
238030 ON 9/16-22/07

NOTICE OF HEARING
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday,
September 18, 2007 al 2:00 p.m. The public meeting wil be held at the
Okeechobee County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information,
contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 499 N.W.
5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, (863) 763-5548.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special
Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to
ensure that a verbatim record of.the proceedings is made and that the record
includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal will be based. Code
Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the
Department.
Faye Huffman, Secretary to the
Code Enforcement Special Magistrate
238422 ON 9/18/07


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Community Events


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

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

OHS class of '88 planning reunion
The Okeechobee High School class of 1988 has begun making plans
for their 20th reunion. Any members of the class of '88 are asked to e-mail
your name, address and phone number to Larry Peterson, class president,
at ohsl 988reunion@yahoo.com. We will update you after each planning
committee meeting. Also, if you have any ideas or would like to be on the
committee let us know in your e-mail.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Aux-
iliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Composite
Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and cadets
are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18
are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit and pro-
vide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of the Civil Air
Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.
Senior members and cadets work side by side to accomplish these mis-
sions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior member con-
tact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863)
763-3212.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
wrapped up an eventful three-day
meeting Friday at St. Petersburg.
During the Wednesday session,
commissioners postponed, at least
until December, approval of a new
species management plan and rule
changes to reclassify manatees
from endangered to threatened.
However, commissioners approved
reclassification of gopher tortoises
from species of special concern to
threatened.
The FWC will also review a draft
management plan and rule propos-
als to remove bald eagles from the
imperiled species list entirely. Final
action on that issue may take place
during the FWC's December meet-
ing at Key Largo.
Commissioners also approved
four rule proposals concerning
permit requirements for activities
involving marine turtles. In addi-
tion, commissioners heard staff re-
ports about the agency's deer man-
agement program, proposed rule
changes to wildlife and freshwater
fisheries regulations for 2008-09 and
recommendations for the future of
freshwater fishing in Florida.
_ On Thursday, commissioners
approved new rules to let licensed
trap-fishers designate people to re-
cover and possess their traps when
the governor and FWC declare an
emergency following a.storm. The.
rules also exempt local, state or
federal officials from having to get
FWC approval before removing
traps, derelict traps and trap debris
from areas where trapping is pro-
hibited and modify the definition
of a derelict trap under a require-


ment that blue crab traps must be
marked with FWC trap tags.
Commissioners also approved
new rules that allow recreational
fishers to use fold-up blue crab traps
up to one cubic foot in volume, not
necessarily pyramid-shaped, and
deleted a provision limiting the
base panel of fold-up traps to one
square foot. The trap recovery and
recreational trap rules take effect in
mid-October.
The commission also proposed
several rules for red snapper har-
vested in Gulf of Mexico state wa-
ters to make them consistent with
pending permanent rules for red
snapper in federal waters and re-
place interim federal rules.
These measures would reduce
the daily recreational bag limit of
Gulf red snapper from four fish
to two fish per person, establish
a zero daily bag limit for captains
and crew of Gulf for-hire vessels,
and shorten the recreational fish-
ing season for Gulf red snapper to
107, 122 or 154 days, depending on
the outcome of the pending federal
rules.
In addition, these proposed rule
changes would reduce the mini-
mum size of commercially' har-
vested red snapper in the Gulf and
the minimum size of imported red
snapper from 15 to 13 inches total
length and reduce the daily com-
mercial bag and trip limit of Gulf
red snapper from four fish to two
fish per day. Proposals would also
allow only non-stainless steel circle
hooks to harvest any reef fish when
natural baits are used and require a
venting tool and a de-hooking de-
vice to be present on board vessels


harvesting any reef fish.
A final public hearing on these
proposed rule changes for Gulf red
snapper will be held during the
commission's February meeting in
Panama City.
In other marine fisheries action,
the Commission directed staff to
renew the existing memorandum
of understanding with the National
Park Service regarding the man-
agement of marine fisheries in
Biscayne National Park and work
with park officials and stakeholders
to modify certain provisions of the
agreement.
The commission also consid-
ered various federal marine fish-
eries management issues and re-
ceived the final vision document
for the future of saltwater fishing in
Florida.
Other matters on Thursday's
agenda included boating regula-
tions on or adjacent to the Withla-
coochee River in Citrus, Hernando,
Marion and Sumter counties during
flooding; requirements for posses-
sion and exhibition of dangerous
animals; and regulation changes
that make FWC's due process
provisions more accessible to the
public.
Friday's session focused on
the FWC's financial and legislative
matters and issued to discuss with
stakeholders for the 2009 legislative
session.
The complete agenda and back-
ground materials are available at
MyFWC.con/commission.
The next FWC meeting will take
place December 5-6 at Key Largo.


Chobee drivers place at



Hendry County Speedway


Local drivers Brian Morgan,
John Wilson and Gary Champion
placed in the top four in each of
their events Saturday, Sept. 15, at
the Hendry County Speedway.
The results of each of the
events were as follows:
Sprints: (1)-BrittanyFrosh; (2)-
Russ Heider; (3)-Amanda Fergu-
son; (4)-David Pleaugh; and, (5)-
Leroy Moore.
Pure Stock: (1)-Brian Morgan;
(2)-Tommy Hill; (3) Chad Carver;


(4) Gary Champion; and, (5) Den-
nis Lynch.
Mini Stock: (1) Jason Inatop-
pa; (2) Ron Dubeau; (3) Brian
Bail; (4) Josh Inatoppa; and, (5)
Ken Tubbs.
Street Stock: (1) Jesse Brown;
(2) John Wilson; (3) Billy Griffin;
(4) Tommy Messier; and, (5) Jer-
emy Ferrel.
Sportsman: (1) Michael Cher-
ry; (2) Rick Miller; (3) Chad Carv-
er; (4) Joe Henke; and, (5) Tom


Lusk.
Bombers: (1) J.R. Fitch; (2)
Joey Minnitti; (3) Steve Dielman;
(4) Chip Bache; and (5) Carol Van
Wagner.
Saturday night's track was
smooth, wide and full of mois-
ture. The races went fast and
clean as everyone watched the
sky for rain. In less than three
hours, fans got to see everything
from the Florida Minis all the way
through the Sportsman.


Okeechobee runners finish


seventh at cross-country meet


The Brahman boys' cross-
country team finished seventh
out of 37 participating schools at
the Astronaut Invitational cross-
country meet in Titusville on Sept.
15.
Brahman team member Bryan
Suarez took second place with a
time of 16:06.52.


Other team members fin-
ished as follows: (11) Eddie
Guerrero-16:55.27; (49) Reynel
Denova-17:45.77; (71) Lionel
Jones-18.25.76; (102) Misael Al-
verado-18:56.24; (162) Chris Ho-
dum-20-15.22 and (174) Javier
Garcia-20:35.23.
The Lady Brahmans finished


Sports Briefs


Bass tournament
planned
The Super Bucks Bass Tourna-
ment will be held Saturday, Sept.
22 and Sunday, Sept. 23.
Team entry is $200 and in-
cludes Big Bass Pot. Guaranteed
first place is $10,000. Last year
there were 103 boats participat-
ing and over $40,000 in cash and
prizes were awarded. Entries will
be accepted up until the start of
the tournament.
The tournament will run from
safelight to 3 p.m. each day and
weigh-ins are held at Roland and
Maryann Martin's Marina each af-


ternoon.
For additional information
visit the official website at www.
bassbustersflorida.com or call
Chris Fickey at (941),232-9539.

Rodeo team
sets meeting
The Okeechobee High School ro-
deo team will meet on Tuesday,
Sept. 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at
Roper's Restaurant, 112 S.E. Park
Street.
All team members are required to
be in dress code. Team pictures
will be taken. Parents are highly
encouraged to attend.


in 24t" place. Team members fin-
ished as follows: (100) Heather
Tinsley-23:25.47; (112) Laura
Serrano-23.41.50; (121) Gra-
ciela Varela-24:01.09; (137) Olivia
Skeen-24:26.12; (142) Isabella
Penido-24:37.53 and (146) Aman-
da Harrison-24:41.84.


For information, contact Darlene
Bass at (863) 634-5815.

Youth bowling
league forms
The Okeechobee Youth Bowl-
ing League will hold sign-ups on
Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Stardust
Lanes, 1465 U.S. 441 S.E., begin-
ning at 1 p.m. The registration fee
will be $12.50. The weekly cost to
bowl will be $10 per week. The
official season will begin on Sun-
day, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. The league is
open to youth ages 5-18.
For information call Lori Steiert
Willard at (863) 634-9718.


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Tape released
in O.J. dispute
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- An ap-
parent audiotape of O.J. Simp-
son's standoff with men he
accused of stealing his memo-
rabilia begins with the ex-NFL
star demanding, "Don't let no-
body out of here."
"Think you can steal my s---
and sell it?" the voice identified
as Simpson's said.
Simpson was arrested Sun-
day and booked on charges
connected with what police
described as a robbery at a Las
Vegas hotel. In the audiotape
released Monday by the celeb-
rity news Web site TMZ.com, a
man believed to be Simpson is
heard shouting questions while
other men yell orders to the
people in the room.
Page 3


Nest-boxes control
iguana population
GAINESVILLE--- Health and
safety risks from non-native
iguanas in south Florida have
prompted a University of Flor-
ida researcher and his team to
recommend widespread use
of artificial nest boxes to con-
trol the reptiles' population
growth.
Homeowners and property
managers have grown weary
of green iguanas eating shrubs
and damaging foundations and
seawalls with subterranean
nests and tunnels. The 3 to 5-
foot-long lizards also create
human health risks by defecat-
ing in swimming pools and on
sidewalks, docks and moored
boats, and endanger drivers
when crossing or basking on
roads.
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Clinton unveils
health reform plan
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)
-- Democratic presidential can-
didate Hillary Rodham Clinton
on Monday offered a sweeping
health care reform plan to en-
sure coverage for all Americans
with federal assistance to help
defray the cost.
SThirteen years after her first
effort was abandoned -- but say-
ing she still bore the scars from
that failure, Clinton described
her new plan as necessary to
address the crisis of some 47
million uninsured.
"I believe everyone -- ev-
ery man, woman and child --
should have quality, affordable
health care in America," the
New York senator told an au-
dience in Iowa. She vowed to
accomplish the goal in her first
term.
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Drought Index
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Index
Classifieds.......................... 10-11
Com ics ...................................... 7
Community Events................... 4
Obituaries.................................. 6
Opinion............................ 4
Speak Out ................................ 4
Sports........................ ..... 12
W eather............................... 2
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County to approve budget


$103 million budget'
open to comment
from the taxpayers
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At a public hearing this evening,
voters will have one last chance to
comment before commissioners
give final approval to the budget
for fiscal year 2007/08.
Final approval for fire and solid
waste collection assessments
were given at the budget hearing
held Sept. 4.


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Submitted photos/Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office/Trident Sea Cadets
Okeechobee Naval Sea Cadets Trident Unit, sponsored by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, worked on their boating skills in the ocean last weekend. For more
information on the Trident, contact Lt. M.W. Muros at 358-1600.


Trident Sea Cadets got plenty of exercise working on their boating skills in the ocean
near the SEAL Museum on North Hutchinson Island last weekend.


group which requires a 3 percent
reduction, which is subtracted
from the 2006-078 rates.
The $103,847,835 budget is
based in part on the revenue from
ad valorem taxes. The largest sin-
gle source of revenue, $23,725,960
comes from state sharing rev-
enues and grants. The remaining
revenues are expected to come
from several sources including
sales and use taxes, charges for
services, licenses and permits,
franchise fees and interests.
The largest single expenditure,
$26,743,136 is for public safety.
General government would re-


If you go
What: Final public hearing on
county's budget for fiscal year
2007/08
When: 5:01 p.m.
Where: Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St.
ceive the second largest expen-
diture, $18,109,892. The tentative
budget allocates $8,685,144 for
economic environment which
consist of tourism development
and grant funding for Commu-
nity Development Block Grants


(CDBG) and State Housing Imita-
tive Program (SHIP) grants.
The previously approved solid
waste assessment of $111.55 per
dwelling remains unchanged. Fire
assessment for the coming fiscal
year will be $93 per dwelling unit.
This is $17 increase over he cur-
rent $76 per dwelling unit.
The hearing will be held at 5:01
p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 N.W St.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda may be reached
atpgawda@newszap.com.


Magistrate




may reduce




code fines


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When Special Magistrate Bill
Selmi hears code enforcement
cases this afternoon, he will be
considering a fine reduction
as well as imposing fines in
10 cases and hearing two new
cases.
On May 21, 2003 a $25 a
day fine began to accrue on
the S.W 17th Avenue property
of Geraldine Bertram. The fine
was imposed for violation of
minimum housing standards
and care of premises. Accord-
ing to code enforcement officer
Blanca Saucedo, there was a


If you go:
What: Special magistrate code
violation hearings
When: 2 p.m. today
Where. Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second .
Ave.
derelict mobile home and a
derelict shed on the property.
The property was out of com-
pliance for 1,569 days until Sept.
6, 2007. The fine amounted to
$39,225. Ms. Bertram is sched-
uled to appear before Mr. Selmi


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Groups claim



law is unfair



to Fla. voters


Suit: Law stops
legal voters
from registering

By David Royse
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE (AP) -- Thou-
sands of legitimate voters were
prevented from registering to
cast ballots in Florida because


of a state law that should be
thrown out, the NAACP and
other groups said in a federal
lawsuit filed Monday.
The law prevents residents
from signing up to vote if driv-
er's license or Social Security
information in state databases
does not match what is on the
registration form. The groups
who sued said state databases
See Voters Page 2


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helps bag pot
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Okeechobee News
On Friday, Sept. 14,
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office Detective Shane Sny-
der, along with members of
the Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force executed a search
warrant on a Northwest Sev-
enth Avenue residence.
Once the residence was se-
cured and the search warrant
read to the occupants, Detec-
tive Sergeant Jimmy Mills and
his partner, K-9 Widgen, be-
gan a search of the premises.
K-9 Widgen alerted law
enforcement officers to a blue
garment bag hanging in the


ing. The bag contained five
pounds of marijuana, accord-
ing to the report. Also found in
the bedroom were 1.8pounds
of suspected marijuana, a set
of digital scales and bags for
packing marijuana for resale.
In another bedroom, K-9
Widgen alerted to a safe that
was located in the bedroom
closet. Inside the safe was
1.07 pounds of suspected
marijuana, three Xanax bars
and $264. Also in the bed-
room were a set of digital
scales and bags for packaging
marijuana for resale.
See K-9 Page 2


Submitted photos
K-9 Widgen of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, alerted law enforcement officers to
a garment bag containing five pounds of marijuana Friday, Sept. 14, when searching a resi-
dence on N.W. Seventh Avenue, Okeechobee.


Final approval is expected to be
given to the millage rate of 5.3377
mils. One mil equal $1 for every
$1,000 of assessed value. This
millage rate is calculated to bring
in $13,435,446. This year's millage
rate was 5.8468 and brought in
$13,868,003.
Recently passed state laws
now require counties to roll back
their tax rates to below the cur-
rent year's tax rates. The new
legislation has lumped cities and
counties into four categories that
require a cut in ad valorem taxes.
The cuts range from 3 to 9 per-
cent. Okeechobee County is in the


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Slot machine amendment challenged in Supreme Court


By Bill Kaczor
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE (AP) -- An
amendment allowing slot ma-
chines in South Florida should
stay in the state constitution be-
cause voters approved it even if
it's found that forged petitions
put the measure on the ballot,
a lawyer for gambling interests
argued Monday.
Attorneys for the state and
anti-slots groups, though, told
the Florida Supreme Court that
permitting such a ballot box
"cure" would unjustly and un-
constitutionally reward fraud.
Opponents allege the peti-
tions included signatures of
dead people, pets and voters
who now deny signing.
John Pelzer, a lawyer for
three groups that challenged
the measure, said the amend-
ment should be stricken if fraud
is proven and sponsors no lon-
ger can meet a constitutional
requirement of obtaining signa-
tures from more than 610,000
registered voters to get on the
ballot.
Pro-slots lawyer Bruce Rogow
responded that the remedy for
fraud would be to file criminal
charges against those responsi-
ble rather than cause "unneces-
sary instability" and "chaos" by
invalidating the amendment.
"The voice of the people ul-
timately wins the day," JRogow


told the justices. alone are expected to provide
If the Supreme Court, which $177 million annually for public


will rule at a later date, agrees
with Rogow and his client, Flo-
ridians for a Level Playing Field,
the case is over. If the opponents
prevail, a trial would be held to
determine if fraud occurred and
how extensive it was.
The justices also are consid-
ering a third option supported
by opponents: let the case go
to trial before making any deci-
sion.
Pelzer later noted the argu-
ment been held on Constitution
Day, and he cited an appellate
court ruling saying it appeared
"rogue groups have hijacked the
constitution."
"On Constitution Day we
shouldn't allow that to happen,"
said Pelzer, who represents Flo-
ridians Against Expanded Gam-
bling, the Humane Society of
the United States and GREY2K
USA, a greyhound protection or-
ganization.
The amendment allows slots
at horse and dog tracks and jai
alai frontons in Broward and Mi-
ami-Dade counties if approved
by local voters. Broward voters
have passed the proposal. It nar-
rowly failed in Miami-Dade but
will be on the ballot again in
January.
Millions of dollars are at stake
for the pari-mutuel facilities and
Florida's schools. Taxes on gam-
bling proceeds from Broward


FPL seeks to



boost production


TALLAHASSEE (AP) -- Florida
Power & Light asked state regu-
lators Monday to allow the com-
pany to boost energy production
at its two South Florida nuclear
plants.
In a filing made with the Pub-
lic Service Commission, FPL, the
state's largest electric utility, said
it wants to add about 400 mega-
watts of capacity to its two plants,
the Turkey Point generating plant
south of Miami and one in St. Lu-
cie County.
- FPL, a unit of Juno Beach-
based FPL Group, has also already
said it plans to seek approval to
build two new nuclear plants at
its existing Turkey Point complex
by 2020 to add additional power
generating capability.
"Additional nuclear generation
will help us meet our customers'
growing demand for electric pow-
er while ensuring that we preserve
and improve our environment,"


JEM
Samuel Edwardo Leon was
arrested and charged with
possession of marijuana with
intent to sell; possession of
marijuana over 20 'grams,
possession of a controlled
substance (Xanax) and pos-
session of drug parapherna-
lia when law enforcement of-
ficers searched his residence
on Friday, Sept. 14 and found
the drugs and paraphernalia.
.His bond was set at $25,500.


Guerdine F. Corde was arrest-
ed on Friday, Sept. 14 at her
residence at N.W. Seventh
Avenue and charged wtih
possession of marijuana over
20 grams. She was released
on her own recognizance.


FPL President Armando Olivera
said in a statement released by
the company. "Nuclear power is
an important component of the
state's clean energy mix."
The proposal can help supply
additional affordable, new energy
to Floridians without producing
carbon dioxide and other green-
house gasses that scientists have
said contribute to climate change,
Olivera added.
FPL, which has more than 4.3
million customers, was turned
down by the PSC earlier this year
when the company sought to
build a new coal-burning plant
in South Florida. The regulatory
panel said other types of power
plants would be more cost ef-
ficient, and cited in part the pos-
sibility of emissions controls for
coal plants will become more
costly.


Michael Clayton Stewart
of N.W. Seventh Avenue,
Okeechobee, was arrested n
Sept. 14, and charged with
possession of marijuana with
intent to sell; possession of
marijuana over 20 grams and
possession of drug para-
phernalia. His bond was set
at 20,500.


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Continued From Page 1
Michael Clayton Stew.art, 29,
was charged with possession
of marijuana with intent to sell;
possession of marijuana over 20
grams and possession of drug
paraphernalia. His bond was set
at $20,500.
Guerdine F. Corde, 25, was
charged with possession of
marijuana over 20 grams. She
was released on her own recog-
nizance.
Samuel Edwardo Leon, 28,
was charged with possession
of marijuana with intent to sell;.
possession of marijuana over
20 grams; possession of a con-
trolled substance (Xanax) and
possession of drug parapherna-
lia. His bond was set at $25,500.


Correction
A story in the Saturday, Sept. 15, edition of the Okeechobee News
incorrectly idenfitied Sonny Williamson as a former county commis-
sioner. Mr. Williamson never served on that board. Jack Williamson
served on the county commission. Sonny Williamson served on the
South Florida Water Management District Board. We regret the error
and any confusion it might have caused.


schools.
Rogow, who appeared on
behalf of Floridians for a Level
Playing Field, urged the justices
to reject the appellate decision.
The 1st District Court of Appeal
ruled the amendment must be
invalidated if an insufficient
number of signatures remain af-
ter throwing out any found to be
fraudulent.
With those instructions, the
9-3 decision sent the case back
to Circuit Judge Nikki Ann Clark
of Tallahassee for trial. Clark
initially scheduled a postelec-
tion trial but later dismissed the
case on grounds voter approval
made the fraud allegations a
moot issue.
Florida Solicitor General Scott
Makar, appearing for Secretary
of State Kurt Browning, joined
Pelzer in urging the justices to
uphold the appellate ruling.
Browning, as Pasco County's
supervisor of elections, and
then-Secretary of State Glenda
Hood had been on the other
side when the case went before
the 1st District.
At least six appellate judges
certified the case to the Supreme
Court for a ruling on the invalida-
tion issue and another question
"of great public importance:"
whether signatures can be chal-
lenged after absentee voting
already has begun. At least five


Code
Continued From Page 1
to request a reduction of the fine.
On her application for fine reduc-
tion, Ms. Bertram did not specify
a requested amount of fine reduc-
tion or grounds for the reduction.
Kazem Pourghafari was cited
by Ms. Saucedo for having reno-
vation work done on N.W. 21st
Avenue property without a proper
permit. Mr. Selmi will be deciding
the disposition of that case.
Joseph and Toni Doyle were
cited for building a garage on
their N.W. 84th Court property
without a building permit. If the
property is still not in compliance,
Mr. Selmi could determine that a
fine is warranted. .
Turning to imposition of fines,
Laura Nurquez could be fined
$150 a day if a dilapidated struc-
ture and junk have not been re-
moved from her U. S. 98 N. prop-
erty.
Mr. Selmi could fine John and
Deborah Davies $150 a day if their
S.E. 24th Boulevard property has
not come into compliance includ-
ing removing or permitting an un-
permitted structure.
Kevin and Catherine Bartfield
could be fined $50 a day if they
have'not obtained the proper per-
mit for repairs of a structure on
their S.E. 33rd Terrace property.
If demolition debris has not
been removed from the S.E. 39th
Avenue property of Velva Lou


Voters
Continued From Page 1
contain numerous errors.
Opponents of the law say it
and similar requirements in a
number of states have caused
many difficulties for would-be
voters. The groups said in the law-
suit that people trying to register
have been thwarted by things as
simple as having a maiden name
on a driver's license instead of a
married name, or database input
errors that make one digit wrong
in a birth date.
The lawsuit claims that more
than 20,000 people had their voter
registration either slowed down,
or denied, because of difficulties
in matching registration data with
information in Florida in 2006.
The law "creates an illegal pre-
condition to registering the state's
voters ... that will unlawfully dis-
enfranchise thousands of Florida
citizens in the 2008 election cy-
cle," the lawsuit said.
"Applicants who are not
'matched' will not be allowed
to cast a valid ballot unless they
overcome a series of burdensome
bureaucratic hurdles that deprive
them of their fundamental right to
vote," the lawsuit continues.
The process is faulty in part be-
cause it is too subject to user er-
ror, the lawsuit said. For example,


other appellate judges opposed
certifying the two questions.
Part of Monday's argument
focused on the final appellate
judge, Robert T. Benton II, who
concurred with the majority's
judgment but not its reasoning.
Pelzer argued Benton, thus,
should count against certifica-
tion. That would cause a 6-6 tie,
which means the Supreme Court
lacks jurisdiction and should not
rule until after trial, he said.
SRogow said Benton should be
counted for certification, mak-
ing the vote 7-5, but even if it's a
tie, he argued that's enough for
Supreme Court jurisdiction.
Delaying a decision would
waste time and resources if the
justices ultimately reverse the
appellate court because a trial
then would be unnecessary,
Rogow argued.
He also said even if fraud oc-
curred, it doesn't matter because
any challenge'should have been
decided before the election.
The opponents sued more
than a month before the elec-
tion, but Rogow said that wasn't
good enough. He said they
should have appealed Clark's
decision to hold the trial after,
rather than before, the election.
Pelzer said it would have been
impossible to complete such a
complex case before the elec-
tion.


Waller, she could be fined $25 a
day.
At the August code enforce-
ment hearings, David Schmidt
and Tina Troendle were ordered
to remove the mobile home and
all associated debris from their
S.E. 31st Street property, If that
has not been accomplished, they
could be fined $100 a day.
Mr. Selmi decreed at the Au-
gust hearing that Jerriston Mason
must install a prooer pool bar-
rier around the pool on his S.W.
19th Lane property. If that has
not been done, he could be fined
$100 a day.
The derelict mobile home
must the gone from Gena Villar-
real and Ida Harrell's N.E. 12th
Lane property or they could be
fined $150 a day.
Last month Paul Jaco was giv-
en the option of either demolish-
ing a dilapidated unsafe structure
or obtaining a permit for repair-
ing it. If that has not been accom-
plished, he could be fined $250 a
day. The property in question is
located on State Route 70 E.
If the dilapidated unsafe struc-
ture and all associated debris
have not been removed from
Georgia MArshall's N.E. 67th Av-
enue property, she could be fined
$250 a day.
Last month, Mr. Selmi ordered
Bruce Pogue to remove the cargo-
type storage container form his
N.E Eight Drive property. If that
has not been done, he could be
fined $50 a day.


people would have their applica-
tion thrown out if they fill out a
registration form and accidentally
reverse a couple of digits in their
13-digit driver's license number,
,the suit said.
In addition to the Florida State
Conference of the National As-
sociation for the Advancement of
Colored People, plaintiffs include
the Haitian-American Grassroots
Coalition.
A spokesman for Secretary of
State Kurt Browning, who as the
state official in charge of elec-
tion laws is the defendant, said
Browning was in a meeting and
couldn't immediately be reached
for comment.
The NAACP and the other
groups are asking a judge to pre-
vent the law from being enforced
and to do so by the end of the year
because Dec. 31 is the registration
deadline for the 2008 presidential
primary.
In 2006, a federal judge barred
the state of Washington from en-
forcing a similar law. That state
subsequently agreed with voting
rights groups to let people whose
names do not perfectly match in-
formation in other government
databases be allowed to register
-- but election officials now flag
their names and require addition-
al information before their ballots
are counted.


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Videotape released of 0,J. dispute in Las Vegas


By Ryan Nakashima
Associated Press Writer
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- An appar-
ent audiotape of O.J. Simpson's
standoff with men he accused of
stealing his memorabilia begins
with the ex-NFL star demanding,
"Don't let nobody out of here."
"Think you can steal my s---
and sell it?" the voice identified as
Simpson's said.
Simpson was arrested Sunday
and booked on charges connect-
ed with what police described as
a robbery at a Las Vegas hotel. In
the audiotape released Monday by
the celebrity news Web site TMZ.
com, a man believed to be Simp-
son is heard shouting questions
while other men yell orders to the
people in the room.
The recording was made by
Thomas Riccio, co-owner of the
auction house Universal Rari-
ties, according to TMZ. Simpson
has said Riccio called'him several
weeks ago to tell him collectors
were selling some of his items.
Riccio did not immediately re-
turn a call for comment Monday,
but he told TMZ he believed Simp-
son was planning to confront Al-
fred Beardsley, who was allegedly
planning to auction off the memo-
rabilia.
Another collector in the hotel
room, Bruce Fromong, said the
meeting was set up as if the men
were customers, but when they
arrived, it was clear something
else was going on.
"The door burst open and they
came-in almost commando style,
O.J. Simpson and some of his peo-
ple, I guess you would call it, with
guns drawn," Fromong told ABC's
"Good Morning America" Mon-
day. "O.J. at that time was saying,
'I want my stuff. I want my stuff.'
"The thing in my mind as soon
as I saw him, I'm thinking, 'O.J.,
how can you be this dumb? You're
in enough trouble."'
Fromong said Simpson later
left him a voice mail message tell-
ing him some of Fromong's things
were "mixed up" with his and ask-
ing how he could give them back.
"It's like a bad dream," Beard-
sley said. "I'm sad that O.J. is in
custody."
Simpson has said he was ac-
companied by men he met at a
wedding cocktail party, and that
they took the collectibles.


AP photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan
Police Dept.
This is a booking photo pro-
vided by the Las Vegas Met-
ropolitan Police Department
of Walter Johnson. Police ar-
rested O.J. Simpson on Sun-
day, September 16, saying he
was part of an armed group
who burst into a Las Vegas ho-
tel room and snatched mem-
orabilia that documented his
own sports career, long ago
eclipsed by scandal. Walter
Alexander, 46, of Mesa, Ariz.,
was arrested Saturday night
on two counts of robbery with
a deadly weapon, two counts
of assault with a deadly
weapon, conspiracy to com-
mit robbery and burglary with
a deadly weapon. Alexander,
who was described as one of
Simpson's golfing buddies,
was released without bail
Saturday night.

It was merely a confrontation
with no guns, Simpson said. He
said autographed sports collect-
ibles, his Hall of Fame certificate,
a photograph with former FBI di-
rector J. Edgar Hoover and video
from his first wedding were all his,
and that they were stolen from
him and were about to be fenced
by unethical collectors.
The items likely belonged to
Simpson at one point, Fromong
said, "but these were things that
belonged to him a long time ago."
Police said they weren't sure
who now owned the memora-
bilia.
"Whether or not the property
belonged to Mr. Simpson or not
is still in debate," Lt. Clint Nichols
said Sunday. "Having said that, the
manner in which this property was
taken, we have a responsibility to


AP photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan
Police Dept.
This is a booking photo pro-
vided by the Las Vegas Metro-
politan Police Department of
O.J. Simpson. Police arrest-
ed O.J. Simpson on Sunday,
September 16, saying he was
part of an armed group who
burst into a Las Vegas hotel
room and snatched memo-
rabilia that documented his
own sports career, long ago
eclipsed by scandal.
look into that, irregardless of who
the property belonged to."
After being whisked away in
handcuffs, Simpson was booked
Sunday night on two counts of
robbery with a deadly weapon,
two counts of assault with a
deadly weapon, and conspiracy to
commit a crime and burglary with
a firearm, police said.
The district attorney said he ex-
pected Simpson to ultimately be
charged with seven felonies and
one gross misdemeanor. If con-
victed, Simpson could face up to
30 years in prison on each robbery
count.
A judge ordered Simpson held
without bail. Las Vegas court in-
formation officer Michael Som-
mermeyer said Simpson's arraign-
ment was set for Wednesday, with
a bail hearing to be held after that.
Simpson attorney Yale Galant-
er said Monday he hoped to get
Simpson released before then.
"Mr. Simpson is not guilty of
these charges," Galanter said. He
declined to say whether he had
met with police and prosecutors.
"We believe it is an extremely
defensible case based on conflict-
ing witness statements, flip-flop-
ping by witnesses and witnesses
making deals with the government


AP photo/Jae C. Hong
Judge Nancy Oesterle, left in white, who handles the media, speaks during a news confer-
ence held outside the the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, Monday, Sept.
17. Judge Oesterle said O.J. Simpson will remain on a no bail hold until Judge Ann Zimmer-
man, who is in charge of the case, sees him on Wednesday morning.


to flip," Galanter said Sunday.
Beardsley blamed the incident
on Riccio, who he claims told
Simpson that his property was in
the room in Las Vegas.
"If they don't charge Riccio I
will be very upset. That guy lied to
O.J. and got him all pumped up,"
he said.
Simpson, 60, told the AP that
he didn't call the police to help
reclaim the items because he has
found the police unresponsive to
him ever. since his ex-wife Nicole
Brown Simpson and her. friend
Ron Goldman were killed in 1994.
Simpson was acquitted of mur-
der charges but found liable in a
wrongful death civil trial.
"The police, since my trouble,
have not worked out for me,"
Simpson said.
Police said they had no infor-
mation to indicate Simpson was
armed during the hotel confronta-
tion last week. Fromong also said
Simpson was unarmed: "Never
at any time was I ever, did I feel
threatened by O.J.," he said.
Police seized two firearms be-
lieved to involved in the robbery
along with sports memorabilia,
mostly signed by Simpson. They


also said they recovered collect-
ible baseballs and Joe Montana
cleats at private residences early
Sunday after serving three search
warrants.
Walter Alexander, 46, of Mesa,
Ariz., was arrested Saturday night
on two counts of robbery with a
deadly weapon, two counts of as-
sault with a deadly weapon, con-
spiracy to commit robbery and
burglary with a deadly weapon.
Alexander, who was described as
one of Simpson's golfing buddies,
was released without bail Satur-
day night.
Robert Dennis Rentzer, a Los
Angeles lawyer representing Alex-
ander, said he was able to arrange
his client's release but wasn't fa-
miliar with the allegations.
Police are seeking four other
men: Las Vegas residents Clarence
Stewart, 53, and Michael McClin-
ton, 49; Tom Scotto, of unknown
age and hometown, and another
man who was not identified.
Simpson, a Heisman Trophy
winner and actor, lives near Miami
and has been a tabloid staple since
his ex-wife and Goldman were
killed.
Goldman's father, Fred Gold-


man, welcomed the possibility
that Simpson could go to prison.
"How wonderful," he told
CBS's "The Early Show" Monday.
"A lot of years too late, however. I
would have much preferred him
found guilty of Ron and Nicole's
death and then put either to death
or in jail then. But frankly to see
him ultimately or potentially go to
jail -- that's great."
Simpson's arrest came just
days after the Goldman family
published a book that Simpson
had written under the title "If I
Did It" about how he would have
committed the killings of his ex-
wife and Goldman had he actually
done it.
After a deal for Simpson to
publish it fell through, a federal
bankruptcy judge awarded the
book's rights to the Goldman fam-
ily, who retitled it "If I Did It: The
Confessions of the Killer." During
the weekend, the book was the
hottest seller in the country, hitting
No. 1 on Amazon.com.
Editor's Note: Associated Press
Special Correspondent Linda
Deutsch in Los Angeles contrib-
uted to this report.


Arrest Report


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),


the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
*Don Carlos Johnson II, 32,
N.E. 13't Avenue, Okeechobee,
was arrested Sept. 17 by Deputy


Bryan Lowe on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with the felony of possession of
cocaine- the misdemeanor of re-
sisting an officer without violence
and possession of a controlled
substance, and the misdemeanor


possession of less than 20 grams
of marijuana. His bond was set at
$10,500.
Brian Mills, 27, Church Street,
Garfield, N.C., was arrested Sept.
14 by Deputy John Fisher on an
Okeechobee County warrant


Judge asked to bar death penalty in shooting case


By Harry R. Weber
Associated Press Writer
ATLANTA (AP) -- A lack of
enough funding for a defense
team could give Brian Nichols
an appeal issue based on ineffec-
tive counsel if he is convicted in a
deadly shooting spree that began
inside a courthouse, one of his at-
torneys said Monday.
"We can't do the work we
think we need to do if we don't
have the resources," Henderson
Hill, one of Nichols' four lawyers,
told Superior Court Judge Hilton
Fuller.
The comments came at a hear-
ing in which the defense asked
Fuller to block prosecutors from
seeking the death penalty against
Nichols because of the defense
funding crisis.
"I think our circumstances are
dire," Hill said. "We are currently
in a position that risks us being in
conflict with our client."
Prosecutor Christopher Quinn
challenged Hill's assertions, say-
ing there is no basis for Fuller to
prevent the state from seeking the
death penalty.
"The discretion to seek the
death penalty rests with the dis-
trict attorney," Quinn said.
He added that he doesn't be-
lieve "that there is authority for
the court to strike the death no-
tice in a situation like this."
There was no immediate rul-
ing from Fuller. The judge said he
would issue a decision in a few
days.
Jury selection in Nichols' mur-
der trial over the 2005 rampage
has been postponed several times
due to the defense funding issue.
It is currently set to resume Oct.
1.
Fuller's options include post-
poning jury selection again, or-
dering the state to provide more
money for Nichols' defense or, as
the defense wants, prevent the
state from seeking the death pen'
alty if Nichols is convicted.
Fuller suggested he would not
delay the trial further, telling Hill
at the hearing, "Your time ought
to be spent in preparation for jury
selection."
In a motion filed late Sunday,


AP photo/Todd R. McQueen, Pool
Brian Nichols (right) sits in court with attorney David Suss-
man, Monday, Sept. 17, in Atlanta. The defense asked Su-
perior Court Judge Hilton Fuller to block prosecutors from
seeking the death penalty against Nichols because of the de-
fense funding crisis. Nichols is accused of killing the judge
presiding over the rape trial, a court reporter chronicling the
proceeding, a sheriff's deputy who chased him outside and a
federal agent he encountered at a home a few miles away.


Nichols' lawyers said they have
been told there may not be any
more state funds to pay their
bills.
The lawyers said the state pub-
lic defender's office first told them
that the office would pay for only
one-third of their projected costs
to complete Nichols' murder trial,
but then withdrew the offer and


indicated no further money for
Nichols' defense could be guar-
anteed.
At last count, Nichols' defense
has cost the Georgia Public De-
fender Standards Council more
than $1.8 million, according to
the council. The cost is projected
by the council to reach $2.4 mil-
lion by the end of trial.


Nichols' defense is being paid
for by the state agency because
he is indigent.
Fuller indicated at the hearing
he is concerned about the de-
fense funding issue. He asked the
prosecutor if one of his options
would be to let the trial proceed
and if there is a conviction order
a new trial if he doesn't think the
first one was fair.
Specifically, he asked what
would happen if the state public
defender's office truly doesn't
have any more money for Nich-
ols' defense.
"Well, your honor, I don't
know what you're going to do
then," Quinn said. "I guess we
would have to cross that prover-
bial bridge when we come to it."
Hill responded that that point
has already arrived.
He said the defense has been
told that the "money's not there."
Authorities say Nichols was
being escorted to a courtroom in
the Fulton County Courthouse in
downtown Atlanta for the contin-
uation of his retrial in a rape case
when he beat a deputy and stole
her gun on March 11, 2005.
He is accused of killing the
judge presiding over the rape
trial, a court reporter chronicling
the proceeding, a sheriff's deputy
who chased him outside and a
federal agent he encountered at a
home a few miles away. Prosecu-
tors say he took a woman hos-
tage the next day in her suburban
Atlanta home, then surrendered.
Last Wednesday, Nichols' law-
yers said in a formal notice to the
court that they will ask the jury to
find their client not guilty by rea-
son of mental illness. They said
that at the time Nichols commit-
ted the killings, he was suffering a
"delusional compulsion."
The lawyers said Nichols' dis-
order includes feelings of grandi-
osity and persecution. They said
precursors to his mental state
included Nichols' behavior at or
about the time he was charged
in the rape case. The lawyers said
his mental state continued to de-
teriorate while he was in jail for
the rape and since his arrest for
the killings.


charging him with aggravated
battery. His bond was set at $500.
Michael Clayton Stew-
art, 27, N.W Seventh Avenue,
Okeechobee, was arrested Sept.
14 by Detective Shane Snyder on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with possession
of marijuana with intent to sell-
possession of marijuana over 20
grams and possession of drug
paraphernalia. His bond was set
at $20,500.
*Rufus V. Chatman, 36,
Okeechobee Correctional Insti-
tution, was arrested Sept. 15 by
Deputy Anthony Kibler on an
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with possession of
Cocaine-possession of marijuana
over 20 grams and interdiction of
contraband. He was released on
his own recognizance.
*Gary Dwayne Chaney, 28,
Avenue D, Fort Pierce, was ar-
rested by Deputy Kristin Gray on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with habitual driv-
ing with license suspended with
knowledge. His bond was set at
$1,000.
*Guerdine F. Corde, 25, N.W
Seventh Avenue, Okeechobee,
was arrested by Detective Shane
Snyder on an Okeechobee Coun-


ty warrant charging her with
possession of marijuana over 20
grams. She was released on her
on recognizance.
*Samuel Edwardo Leon,
18, N.W. Seventh Avenue,
Okeechobee, was arrested by
Detective Shane Snyder on an
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with possession
of marijuana with intent to sell-
possession of marijuana over 20
grams-possession of controlled
substance (Xanax) and posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. His
bond was set at $25,500.
*Aleisha Ann Resmondo, 22,
S.E. 23rd Street,. Okeechobee,
was arrested by Deputy Bryan
Lowe on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with driv-
ing under the influence (1 prior
conviction). Her bond was set at
$1,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.


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BIN LADEN: This is to the caller on Friday about Osama Bin Laden n
S i ld that our fearless leader, President Bush doesn't have him after six
,ears. You people that hate him so bad should give him a little bit of
c:rdit; because we've' had six anniversaries of 9-11. Well we haven't
I id any more 9-1 l's where there has been 3,000 people killed either.
tnit off of his back.

TRAINS: This is for the person that called in about the noise from
the train. Were the train tracks there when you bought the house?
'That's almost like if someone complained about the airplanes if they
bought a house next to the airport. Get a life.

CUT THE GRASS: Yes I was just driving past the building in the
center of town and notice that the lawn is unkempt and the trees need
trimming and the tiles really need to be pressure cleaned also. It used
tu be one of the prettiest buildings in town and one of the prettiest
yards and I kind of hate to see it go.

TURN ON THE LIGHTS: Yes I think it's time that someone com-
plains and does something about these drivers who don't have enough
sense to put their lights on. I just got done driving through torrential
rain and probably the last 15 cars in a mile radius that I've seen have
not had their lights on and were driving very dark cars and you can't
:.ee them until your right up on them. Come on guys learn to put your
lights on in a rain storm.

COMMISSIONERS: I guess that I am old-fashioned. I feel that any
county commissioner who is elected by the people should represent
our interests at anytime they deem it appropriate. If a commissioner
:, nly has power at a meeting then it is time to return to the commis-
sioner form of government

IMPEACHMENT: This is about the commissioners..Maybe it's time
!tat we impeach these commissioners and start a new election and
!et three new commissioners and just solve this problem forever. I feel
l hat Mr. Long has done a wonderful job, but it is time that the people
st':p in and take over this problem. If there is a law against this, I would
like to know about it.

COMMISSIONER: Regarding the commissioner who admitted in
the meeting that he did not realize individual commissioners have no
oower, and that the commission only has power to make decisions
foi lie ivounty when they are meeting as the board, I must say that
explains a lot. But surely they had some kind of training for the new
commissionerss ? Didn't they go to some kind of seminar?

TALK TO THE PEOPPLE: Here's an idea for our commissioners.
How about getting out in the districts that you choose to represent
ajnd talk with your constituents? Try doing it on a weekend and let
!i pe,9,ple know:ypur, going to be out there, Mayb, just maybe you
- coild listen to what they think. You can't learn a thing being in an of-
fice or workshop or running another business all day. Try finding out
what the people that elected you would like to have done or how to
improve where they live. You just might gain some respect. Don't wait
until election time. Most of us will have made up our minds by then.
if't4 av4eh't already done so. This is what you should be doing all
ifie time.

BASSWOOD: My wife and I have lived in Basswood for over 18
years now. I have to say there have been a lot of changes, not many for
I te good. There used to be one and sometimes two cars to a house.
Now there are five, six and sometimes more. The yards used to be
Well maintained and neat. Now quite a few are overgrown and there's
junk of all kinds all over the place, with vehicles for sale in the middle
of the yard. Some of our roads have pot holes two feet wide. Maybe
someone will rip a tire off their vehicle, then they will get filled. And
I think all these tractor trailers make nice yard ornaments. Boy, how
Things can change in eighteen years. Nice work Basswood. Our en-
trance sign is an appealing sight, nice touch.

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Letters to the Editor


Golf course is white
elephant
Like many of you in
)keechobee County, I have heard
people say "it's free, why not take
over the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club." Well free is not
necessarily an accurate descrip-
ion of this transaction. However,
ven if it were free, this gift is
nuch like the gift of a white el-
ephant-a possession entailing


Great expense out of proportion
to its usefulness.
A review of the facts that we
know may help in understanding
the hidden costs:
Mortgage of $371,000;
Equipment financing balance:
$60,000;
Member dues: $147,109;
Property tax: $17,909;
Operating loss: $30,000.
The impact of this white el-
ephant on the tax payers:


Initial cost: $431,000 (mort-
gages and equipment);
Annual operating costs
$195,018 (dues, tax, and assumed
operating loss of $30,000);
First year cost to the county:
$626,018.
Ongoing operating loss each
year thereafter projected to ex-
ceed $250,000.
The origin of the White El-
ephant is from the King of Siam
(Thailand) who would give a


white elephant to someone as
punishment because the white-
elephant was considered sacred
and not allowed to work, but was
so costly to maintain that the gift,
would financially ruin the receiver,
of the gift.
I suggest that you let your.
county commissioners know that
this gift is too expensive for our
county tax payers.
Frank Irby
Okeechobee


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Community Events

Nutritional Analysis Class to be held
Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center, 916 WN. Park St. will
hold a CRA Nutritional Analysis Class on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 5:30
p.m.. The class will be taught by Dr. Edward Douglas. For informa-
tion call (863) 763-4320. This is a free community service.

Bank will host Main Street mixer
SSeac6ast National Bank, 500 N. ParrotAve., will host Main Street's
monthly mixer from 5 until.7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. There will
be door prizes, and light refreshments will be served. The mega
50/50 tickets will be available with one lucky ticket to be drawn at
the December mixer. The public is invited. For information, contact
Karen Hanawalt, program manager, at (863) 357-MAIN (6246).

American Red Cross offering CPR class
The American Red Cross will host an adult CPR class at 6 p.m.
on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. The class will be held in their
branch office at 323 N. ParrottAve. in Okeechobee. For information
on either class, call (863) 763-2488.

One Stop Express hosting coffee klatch
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce will hold a coffee
klatch on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 8 a.m. at the One Stop Express,
4992 U.S. 441 S. Refreshments will be provided. For information,
call (863) 357-4199.

Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a yard sale at the blue volun-
teer building, next to The Hamrick Home, 411 S.E. Fourth Street on
Thursday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 21, from 8am until noon. All
monies raised will go towards patient care here in Okeechobee, in-.
chlding services provided at The Hamrick Home. For information,
call Cathy at (863)467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.

VFW hosting karaoke league
VFW Post #4423 will host a summer karaoke league on Sept.
22, Oct. 13 and 27 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) 763-0818.

Book Club to meet Sept. 27
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Club will meet Thurs-
day, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Library, 206 S.W. 16t St. to discuss a "Fine Balance" by Rohinton
Mistry. Also, titles will be selected for October through December.
Everyone is invited. For information, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-
9980.

Knights of Columbus plan fundraiser
The St. Theresa's Knights of Columbus Council 11284 in Buck- K
head Ridge will have an auction in the church hall on State Road
78 at Chobee Loop, in Buckhead Ridge, on Sept. 29, at 5:30 p.m.
The group is collected donated items for the auction. Items may be
brought to the church hall Sept. 24-38. Proceeds from the auction
will go to charity. For more information, call David Alford at (863)
763-8639 or (863) 447-0368.

Masonic Lodge hosts Sept. 29 fish fry
The Masonic Lodge will host a fish fry at their Post #237, 107
N.W Fifth Ave., from 4 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. The meal
will consist of fish, hushpuppies and all the fixings for a $6 dona-
tion. For tickets, call (863) 357-0427.

Golf tournament benefits United Way
Raulerson Hospital will sponsor their third annual Greater Open
Golf Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Okeechobee Golf &
Country Club to benefit the United Way of Okeechobee. The best-
ball tournament will get under way with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
Tournament registration will be held from 7 until 8 a.m. Fees are $50
per person and include 18 holes of golf; cart; coffee and doughnuts
in the morning; and, lunch during the awards presentation. Green
and tee sponsorships are still available. Prizes will be awarded for
the: longest drive; closest to the pin; and, to the first, third and third-
to-last place teams. Eddie Accardi Dodge will sponsor a car for a
hole-in-one. Also, an autographed Jack Nicklaus 460 driver with
matching head cover will be given away. For information, contact
Bill Casian at (863) 824-2702.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
763-8999.
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' Chufch
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 Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology;
and, how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614'for information. Some of the proceeds will
go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, call (863) 467-9055..
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For in-
formation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becom-
ing a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner
at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7, p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at
10 a.m. at the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in
Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid
Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For infor-
mation, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fel-
lowship Church, 300 S.W Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then
from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or
someone just to care are welcome. For information call the hot line
(863) 801-9201 or (863) 697-9718.

Wednesday
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863)
763-2893.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church, 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings
each month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second
St., at 7:30 p.m. They are always looking for new people and new
ideas.' For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or
610-9176.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information call
(863) 634-4780.


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OPINION







Okeechobee News, Tuesday, September 18, 2007 5


Nest-boxes control population of nuisance iguanas


By DeLene Beeland
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE--- Health and
safety risks from non-native
iguanas in south Florida have
prompted a University of Florida
researcher and his team to recom-
mend widespread use of artificial
nest boxes to control the reptiles'
population growth.
Homeowners and property
managers have grown weary of
green iguanas eating shrubs and
damaging foundations and sea-
walls with subterranean nests
and tunnels. The 3 to 5-foot-long
lizards also create human health
risks by defecating in swimming
pools and on sidewalks, docks
and moored boats, and endanger
drivers when crossing or basking
on roads.
The nest boxes are designed
to humanely capture the trouble-
some lizards and their eggs, said
Florida Museum of Natural Histo-
ry herpetologist Kenneth Krysko,
lead author of a study published
in the' September edition of Igua-
na: Conservation, Natural History
and Husbandry of Reptiles. This is
the first study to describe the nat-
ural history of the green iguana
(Iguana iguana) and its expand-
ing geographic range in south
Florida. The lizards are native to
Central America down to Brazil
and the Caribbean Islands.
"Extensive use of artificial nest
boxes by private property own-
ers and land managers could po-
tentially make a big dent in their
population," Mr. Krysko said.
The study recommends the
nest boxes in addition to tradi-
tional capture methods such as
live traps, snares and nooses
and also advises south Florida
residents to "plant vegetation that
lacks showy flowers and colorful


fruit," because such ornamentals
are preferred iguana food. "Peo-
ple are just frustrated, having to
wrap wire netting around their
hibiscus and ornamentals, keep-
ing their plants in jail so to speak,"
said Kim Gabel, a Monroe County
environmental horticulture exten-
sion agent who also said she re-
ceives several calls a month from
residents trying to figure out what
to do about their yards.
Wild green iguanas were first
found in Miami-Dade County in
1964. They were later document-
ed in Collier (1998), Lee (2000),
Monroe (2001), Palm Beach
(2003) and Broward counties.
Between 1992 and 2006, Krysko's
team compiled 3,169 photo-
graphs and specimens of green
iguanas in these counties.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Com-
mission biologist and study co-
author Kevin Enge said he was
contacted by the Florida Keys In-
vasive Exotics Task Force in 2003,
when the group was concerned
with green iguana impacts in their
area. He suggested the possibility
of creating artificial nest mounds
to capture iguana eggs as a con-
trol method in areas where suit-
able nesting habitat was limited
because of underlying limestone.
"The nest-box idea evolved from
this suggestion, and we hope it
proves effective," Mr. Enge said.
Some people are more toler-
ant of iguanas than others said
FWC Exotic Species Coordinator
Scott Hardin. "But green iguanas
top my list of nuisance complaints
from individuals and legislative
calls in Palm Beach and Broward
counties," Mr. Hardin said.
The study documents details
about green iguana reproduction,
possible ecological impacts and
nuisance effects. Researchers say


Submitted photo/Anthony Flanagan
Green iguanas are not native to Florida. Pet iguanas released into the wild are becoming
pests and also hurting the environment by taking food away from native species.


a combination of natural range
expansion and illegal releases by
pet owners fueled the species' mi-
gration from Miami to surround-
ing counties.
"Trapping and removing igua-
nas only works to a certain ex-
tent," Mr. Krysko said. "But the
boxes are flexible because they
can be used during nesting sea-
son from December to May to
remove eggs, and year-round to
catch both juveniles and adults.
They also may be used'for spiny-
tailed iguanas, another type of
large, non-native lizard in Flor-
ida." One adult iguana can lay
between 10 and 70 eggs per year,
Mr. Krysko said. "If a landowner is
squeamish about euthanizing the
lizards, then an iguanas' tendency


to reuse a nest site in subsequent
breeding seasons may increase
the box's efficiency at captur-
ing eggs, and helping to control
population growth that way," Mr.
Krysko said.
Green iguanas likely became
established in south Florida due
to a combination of mild weather
and people releasing, protect-
ing and feeding them. Releasing
a captured non-native species is
illegal, so those who use the ar-
tificial nest boxes are responsible
for euthanizing the iguanas. The
FWC approves of several meth-
ods, including freezing the reptile
or having a veterinarian perform
lethal injection.
The study's authors recom-
mend a simple nest-box design:


a 6-inch diameter pipe about 2
feet long leading below ground to
a 15-by-8-by-4-inch chamber and
a lid permitting above-ground ac-
cess and monitoring. The box can
be constructed from plastic, rub-
ber or fiberglass to be lightweight,
moveable and reusable.
"The biggest obstacle to over-
come with iguanas is public
education because people don't
realize they are introduced and
not native," said co-author Ellen
Donlan of the South Florida Water
Management District.
An independent scientist said
he is eager to see how well the
nest boxes work. "The historical
background for the green iguana
invasion of Florida is interesting
and the description of the prob-


lem itself is valuable," said Greg-
ory Watkins-Colwell, a senior
museum assistant in the division
of vertebrate zoology at the Yale
Peabody Museum of Natural His-
tory. "I suspect it will not only be
a valuable tool for controlling the
invasive populations of iguanas in
the Florida Keys, but also in other
areas of Florida where high den-
sity of introduced fire ants may
limit the available nest sites."
According to the study, green
iguanas' largely plant-based diet,
combined with their 5.6-square-
mile territory, make them poten-
tially significant seed-dispersers
for non-native plants -- further
complicating the enmeshed eco-
logical web of non-native and na-
tive species in the region: Juvenile
green iguanas eat insects, bird
eggs, tree snails, carrion, vegeta-
tive shoots, leaves, blossoms and
fruit whereas adults feed mostly
on plants and flowers. Potential
predators of green iguanas are
raccoons, spotted skunks, fish
crow, black and turkey vultures,
feral pigs and domestic dogs.
"Don't forget, green iguanas
are also good to eat," Mr. Krysko
said. "There are a lot of good
recipes floating around on the
Internet for iguana entrees." Mr.
Krysko cautioned that although
non-indigenous species have no
protection status in our state, they
must be killed humanely. He also
said people should be mindful to
not trespass or collect them from
a national or state park.
Additional co-authors include
Jason Seitz of Creative Environ-
mental Solutions, an environmen-
tal consulting firm, and Elizabeth
Golden of Bill Baggs Cape Florida
State Park, located on Key Bis-
'cayne in Miami-Dade County.


Itching for answers? Back to school means more lice


Back-to-school typically sig-
nals the time parents should
start keeping a wary eye on their
children for signs of lice infesta-
tions.
The main symptom of a head
lice infestation is an itchy scalp
from the bites of the lice. The
bites can then become infected,
and may appear red or crusty,
and may lead to your child de-
veloping swollen lymph glands
in his neck. "Children with head
lice will have gray or reddish
brown live head lice scurrying


around their scalp," said Ken-
neth Palestrant, M.D., Physicians
Immediate Care, "Lice are small,
about the size of a sesame seed,
and although they don't fly or
hop, they can crawl very fast,
making them hard to spot," he
added.
Another sign that can help
you determine whether your
child has lice, is finding nits, or
lice eggs, attached to your child's
hair. Nits are small, oval shaped
and usually a yellowish-white
color and are firmly attached to


the side of hair shafts..
According to Dr. Palestrant
the treatment for head lice is
typically the use of a lice sham-
poo. "The main treatments for
head lice usually involve using a
head lice shampoo, like Rid or
Nix, and then patiently and dili-
gently removing nits with a lice
comb," added Dr. Palestrant.
Be sure to follow the manu-
facturer's instructions for what-
ever products you choose to use.
Also be sure to wash your child's


clothing and bedding in hot wa-
ter and vacuum to remove lice
and nits from furniture, carpets,
stuffed animals, etc.
For light infestations or if
you are uncomfortable using an
anti-lice shampoo, you can try
to simply remove the live lice
and nits manually.
Lice Facts
Nits hatch in 7-10 days and
develop into an adult in another
7-10 days which can then lay
more (up to 100) eggs. So it is


important to remove all of the
nits to break this cycle. Also,
since anti-lice shampoos don't
usually kill nits, you have to usu-
ally retreat the child in 7-10 days
to kill any newly hatched lice.
Children are often misdiag-
nosed with head lice because
they have hair casts that re-
semble nits, or they have dead
or empty nits that are far away
from the scalp. If you think your
child has lice but you don't ac-
tually see any live lice, visit Phy-
sicians Immediate Care to con-


firm the diagnosis.
Be careful before trying 'al-
ternative' treatments, like may-
onnaise, Vaseline, olive oil or
Tea Tree oil. Although they are
'natural' treatments, they are
untested, and products like
mayonnaise can be hard to get
out of a child's hair (dishwash-
ing liquid is supposed to make it
easier though).
If you want to make sure
your child is getting the proper
treatment for head lice, consult
your child's pediatrician.


Pact helps snakebite victims


The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) and the Miami-Dade Fire
Rescue Department have teamed
up to save the lives of snakebite
victims. Gov. Charlie Crist made
the announcement Friday, Sept.
14.
"Thispartnership will save the
lives of people who have been
bitten by venomous creatures,"
stated Governor Crist. "It is an
excellent example of government
pooling their resources to better
serve the people of Florida."
The two agencies signed a
memorandum of agreement that
will make the FWC's 12 aircraft
available for emergency transpor-
tation of antivenin within Florida.
Miami-Dade has the world's larg-
est inventory of antivenin and is
the only fire department-based
antivenin bank in the United
States.
The project, dubbed Venom 1,
provides that the FWC will pro-
vide its aircraft as one of several
agencies taking part in the pro-
gram, subject to aircraft availabil-
ity. The agreement does not cover
flights outside Florida.
"Rapid response saves lives
when a venomous snake bites
somebody," FWC Chairman Rod-
ney Barreto said. "Sometimes
there is very little time to treat the


FWC photo/Tim Donovan
FWC aircraft will transport antivenin, provided by the Miami-
Dade Fire Rescue Dept., to hospitals throughout the state
for snakebite victims.


victim. The FWC has the resourc-
es to help ensure victims' surviv-
al, and this agency is pleased to
make them available."
According to "The Florida
Handbook," published by the Flor-
ida Department of State, roughly
300 venomous snakebites occur
annually in Florida. Fatalities are
rare in the United States and other
countries where prompt medical
attention is available.


Al Cruz of the Miami-Dade Fire
Rescue Department said coral
snake antivenin will no longer be
in production in the United States
as of December 2008.
"That means every hospi-
tal in Florida will depend on
us for the antivenin," he said.
Cruz said 75-80 percent of coral
snake bites in the United States
occur in Florida.


FWC OK's rules to aid trap recovery


The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) approved rules on Sept.
13 to make it easier to recover
or remove lobster and crab traps
from state waters under certain
conditions. The FWC also passed
a rule to allow recreational fishers
to use fold-up traps of any shape
to harvest blue crabs.
The new rules will help spiny
lobster, stone crab and blue crab
fishers recover their traps fol-
lowing major storms by letting
licensed trap fishers designate
people to recover and possess


their traps when the governor and
FWC declare an emergency.
The rules also exempt local,
state or federal officials from hav-
ing to get FWC approval before
removing traps and trap debris
from areas where trapping is pro-
hibited and modify the current
definition of a derelict trap to ac-
count for a requirement that blue
crab traps must now be marked
with FWC trap tags.
In addition, the Commission
approved rules to allow recre-
ational fishers to use fold-up blue
crab traps up to one cubic foot


in volume that are not necessar-
ily pyramid-shaped and delete
a current provision limiting the
base panel of fold-up traps to one
square foot.
"These rules will help com-
mercial fishers work together to
recover traps after major storrhs,
make it easier for officials to re-
move illegal traps and debris
from places where they aren't al-
lowed, and let recreational fishers
use more than one kind of fold-
up trap to catch blue crabs," said
FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto.


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Florida woman pursues mystery of Dachau album


By Arthur Max
BAD AROLSEN, Germany
(AP) -- Deep in Shari Klages'
memory is an image of herself
as a girl in New Jersey, going
into her parents' bedroom, pull-
ing a thick.leather-bound album
from the top shelf of a closet
and sitting down on the bed to
leaf through it.
What she saw was page af-
ter page of ink-and-watercolor
drawings that convey, with
simple lines yet telling detail,
the brutality of Dachau, the Nazi
concentration camp where her
father spent the last weeks of
World War II.
Arrival, enslavement, tor-
ture, death -- the 30 pictures ex-
pose the worsening nightmare
through the artist's eye for the
essential, and add graphic tex-
ture to-the body of testimony by
Holocaust survivors.
"I have a sense of being quite
horrified, of feeling my stomach
in my throat," Klages says. Just
by looking at the book, she felt
she was doing something wrong
and was afraid of being caught.
Now, she finally wants to
make the album public. Schol-
ars who have seen it call it his-
torically unique and an artistic
treasure.
But who drew the pictures?
Only Klages' father could know.
It was he who brought the al-
bum back from Dachau when
he immigrated to America on.
a ship with more than 60 Ho-
locaust orphans -- and he had
committed suicide in 1972 in his
garage in Parsippany, N.J.
The sole clue was a signature
at the bottom of several draw-
ings: Porulski.
Klages, 47, has begun a quest
to discover who Porulski was, -
and how her family came to be
the custodian of his remarkable
artistic legacy. The Associated
Press has helped to fill in some
of the blanks.
What unfolds is a story of
Holocaust survival compressed
into two, tragic lives, a tale with
threads stretching from Warsaw
to Auschwitz and Dachau, from
Australia to suburban England,
and finally to a bedroom in New
Jersey- where a fatherless girl
makes a traumatic discovery.
It shows how today, as the
survivors dwindle in number,
their children and grandchil-
, d_ reristruggle to comprehend
Nthe Nazi genocide that indelibly
scarred their families, and in the
process run into mysteries that
may never be solved.
This is Shari Klages' mystery:
How did Arnold Unger, her Pol-
ish Jewish father, a 15-year-old
newcomer to Dachau, end up in
possession of the artwork of a
Polish Catholic more than twice
his age, who had been in the
concentration camps, through
most of World War II?
None of the records Klages
found confirm that the two
men knew each other, though
they lived in adjacent blocks in
Dachau. All that is certain is that
Unger overlapped with Porulski
during the three weeks the boy
spent among nearly 30,000 in-
mates of Dachau's main camp.
"He never talked about his
experiences in the war," said
Klages. "I don't recall specifi-
cally ever being told about the
album, or actually learning that
I was the child of a Holocaust
survivor. It was just something I
always knew."
As adults, she and her three
siblings took turns keeping the
album and Unger's other war-
time memorabilia.
The album begins with an
image of four prisoners in win-
ter coats carrying suitcases and
marching toward Dachau's
watchtower under the rifles
of SS guards. It is followed by
a scene of two inmates being


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Nazi patches and a cover page with a photo of Arnold Unger
are seen in an album of drawings from the Dachau concentra-
tion camp by Polish artist Michal Porulski at the International
Tracing Service at Bad Arolsen, Germany, Aug. 21, 2007. Af-
ter her father's suicide in 1972, Shari Klages found the thick
leather-bound album with 30 ink-and-watercolor drawings
that convey the brutality of Dachau. Scholars call the album a
unique artifact of the Holocaust and an artistic treasure.


stripped for a humiliating ex-
amination by a kapo, a prisoner
working for the Nazis.
One image portrays two pris-
oners pausing in their work to
doff their caps to a soldier es-
corting a prostitute -- intimated
by the seam on her stocking.
Another shows a leashed dog
lunging at a terrified inmate.
The drawings grow more and
more debasing. Three prisoners
hang by their arms tied behind
their backs; a captured escapee
is paraded wearing a sign, "Hur-
ray, I am back again"; an inmate
is hanged from a scaffold; and,
in the final image, a man lies on
the ground, shot dead next to
the barbed-wire fence under the
looming watchtower.
The album also has 258 pho-
tographs. Some are copies of
well-known, haunting images of
piles of victims' bodies taken by
the U.S. army that liberated the
camp. Others are photographs,
apparently taken for Nazi pro-
paganda, portraying Dachau as
an idyllic summer camp. Still
others are personal snapshots
of Unger with Polish refugees
or with American soldiers who
befriended him.
Barbara Distel, the director
of the Dachau Concentration
Camp Memorial Site, said Porul-
ski probably drew the pictures
shortly after the camp's libera-
tion in April 1945. He used iden-
tical sheets of paper, ink and
watercolors for all 30 pictures,
she said, and he "would never
have dared" to draw such hor-
rors while he was still under
Nazi gaze.
"It's amazing after so many
years that these kinds of docu-
ments still turn up," Distel told
the AP. "It's a unique artifact,"
and clearly drawn by someone
with an intimate knowledge of
the camp's reality, she said.
Holocaust artwork has turned
up before, but Distel and Ho-
locaust scholar Michael Bdren-
baum, who is with the American
Jewish University in Los Ange-
les, say they are unaware of any
sequential narrative of camp life
comparable to Porulski's.
"I've seen two or three or
four, but never 30," said Beren-
baum.
In Coral Springs, where she
now lives, Klages showed the
book in 2005 to a neighbor, Avi
Hoffman, executive director of
the National Center for Jew-
ish Cultural Arts. Hoffman im-
mediately saw its quality and
significance. The two became
determined to uncover its back-
ground and find out if the artist
had created an undiscovered
body of work.
In August, Klages, Hoffman
and Berenbaum went to Ger-
many to begin their hunt. They
hired a crew to document it,
hoping a film would help fi-
nance a foundation to exhibit
the book.
They began chipping away


at the album's secrets at the
Dachau memorial, outside Mu-
nich, where they found an ar-
rival record for Michal Porulski,
which listed his profession as
artist, in 1941.
They learned that Unger
hid the fact that he was Jewish
when he reached Dachau three
weeks before the war ended.
"That probably saved his life,"
Hoffman said. They also discov-
ered a strong likelihood that the
album's binding was fashioned
from the recycled leather of an
SS officer's uniform.
Unger, an engaging young-
ster, became an office boy and
translator for U.S. occupation
authorities at Dachau, which
was turned into a displaced per-
sons camp, and obtained a U.S.
visa in 1947.
Research by Klages' group
and the AP has begun to pull
together the scattered threads
of Porulski's life from long for-
gotten records at the Warsaw
Academy of Fine Arts, a tiny mu-
seum in Warsaw, Auschwitz and
Dachau, the International Trac-
ing Service of the Red Cross, the
Yad Vashem Holocaust Memo-
rial archives in Jerusalem, Aus-
tralian immigration records and
data from England.
Porulski enrolled in the War-
saw arts academy in 1934 after
completing two years of army
service. Attached to his neatly
written application is a photo-
graph of a good looking young
man with light hair and dreamy
eyes.
It says he was a farmer's son,
born June 20, 1910, in the cen-
tral town of Rychwal, although
in later records Porulski said he
was born five years later.
Chronically poor, he left the
academy after failing to secure
a loan for his tuition but was
later reinstated. After Germany
invaded in 1939, he made some
money painting watercolor post-
cards of Nazi-occupied Poland,
two of which have survived and
are now in the Warsaw Museum
of Caricature.
In June 1940, he was arrested
in a Nazi roundup "without any
reason," he wrote many years
later in an appeal for help from
the U.N. High Commissioner for
Refugees.
Two months later, he and
1,500 others were the first Poles
to be shipped from Warsaw
to Auschwitz. He spent eight
months there, then was sent to
the Neuengamme camp and fi-
nally to Dachau, near Munich, in
May 1941.
In Dachau', according to a
brief reference in a Polish book
on wartime art, he painted por-
traits, flowers, folk dance scenes
and decoration for a clandestine
theater.
In 1949 he sailed to Australia
and tried to work as a painter
and decorator but mostly lived
off friends. He returned to Eu-
rope in 1963 and lived in Eng-


AP photo/Arthur, Max
Shari Klages shows an album of drawings from the Dachau concentration camp by Polish
artist Michal Porulski at the International Tracing Service at Bad Arolsen, Germany, Aug. 21,
2007. After her father's suicide in 1972, Klages found the thick leather-bound album with 30
ink-and-watercolor drawings that convey the brutality of Dachau. Scholars call the album a
unique artifact of the Holocaust and an artistic treasure.


land and France. He visited
Poland in the early 1970s for
several months, and stayed with
his sister, Janina Krol, in Gdynia
on the Baltic coast, and another
relative outside Warsaw, Wanda
Wojcikowska. .
He brought his sister paint-
ings of Dachau, his niece, Danu-
ta Ostrowska, now 75, recalls.
But her mother threw them
away, saying "I can't look at
them." The family still owns 10
of his mostly prewar paintings.
He was robbed of his mon-
ey and passport, and Poland's
communist authorities wanted
Porulski out of the country,
Wojcikowska's daughter, Mal-
gorzata Stozek, recalls. "My
mother even found a woman
willing to marry him, to help
him stay in Poland," she said.
But he already had borrowed
money from his sister and left.
His letters from England said
he found work maintaining
bridges, Stozek said. "He wrote
that the moment he finished
painting a .bridge over some
river, he had to start again." It
could have been a metaphor for
a life going nowhere..
"One day I came to see my
mother and she was crying be-
cause he wrote to her that he
had no money, he was hun-
gry and was sleeping on park
benches. He lived in terrible
poverty," Stozek told the AP.
He was so lonely, she said, he
had considered suicide,
In 1978 he sent a request
for war compensation to the
International Tracing Service
in the central German town of
Bad Arolsen, which houses the
world's largest archive of con-
centration camp records and
lists of Holocaust victims.
"I have no occupation of any
sort. I was.unable to resume my
studies after all those years in
the camps," he wrote. "I am just
by myself, and I live from day to
day."
The ITS replied that it had no
authority to give grants, but was
sending confirmation of his in-
carceration to the U.N. refugee
agency to support his earlier
reparations claim.
Unger also shows up in the
Tracing Service, in a 1955 two-
page letter he wrote recounting
his ordeal that began when he
was 9.
Unger's father had a prosper-
ous furniture business near Kra-


VFW sponsoring essay contest


Area Veterans of Foreign Wars
(VFW) groups are again sponsor-
ing their annual Patriotic Student
Contest, where winners can re-
ceive scholarships and incentives
for their winning patriotic essays.
The deadline for all entries is
Nov. 1.
For grades six through eight,
the theme of their Patriotic Pen
Essay will be: Why I am an Amer-
ican Patriot. These essays are to
be no less than 300 words and no


more than 400 words.
Local winners will receive:
first-$100, second-$75 and third-
$50.
For grades nine through 12, the
theme of their Scholarship from
the Voice of Democracy will be:
My Role in Honoring American
Veterans. Contestants must sub-
mit a three- to five-minute broad-
cast on standard cassette tape or
CD, along with a typed essay.
Winners in this category will


receive: first-$150, second-$100.
and third-$50.
All material must be in Eng-
lish, and include the contestant's
name and school.
Contestants in both categories
will compete at the local, state
and national levels. Contestants
moving on to the national level
will receive an all-expense-paid
trip to Washington, D.C., and a
chance to win thousands in U.S.
Savings Bonds and/or scholar-


ships.
Material should be submitted
to: Buckhead VFW, c/o Michael
Hall CDR, Post #9528, 2002 S.R.
78 W, Okeechobee, Fl., 34974.
Judging will be done by Com-
mander Jim Benoit, Post #10539;
Commander Bob Hinebaugh,
Post #4423; and committee.
For information, contact Mike
Hall at (863) 801-3975 or Brynda
Hall at (765) 208-6381.


Community Events


Childbirth classes planned
The Okeechobee Health Care Coalition will be offering Childbirth
Education Classes. For information, call (863) 462-5877.

Just for Today Club forms
The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is a Addiction recovery
social club/meeting place where people can come to fellowship or
attend meetings. For information on this new club, contact Michael at
(863) 634-4780.


YMS collecting printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS) is collecting empty printer and copy
toner cartridges. They are sent in for credits that go toward school
supplies to be used by all students. To donate empty printer or toner
cartridges, they can be dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W 23rd Lane, or at
the Stichin' Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave. Or call Tracy at (863) 462-5056, or
Linda at (863) 467-1484 for free pick up.
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kow. "Then the infamous horde
of Nazis overran our town, dis-
rupted our life, murdered my
parents and little sister, and
robbed us of all we had." He was
the only survivor of 50 members
of the Unger family.
Christian friends hid him for
a while, but he ended up impris-
oned inside the Krakow ghetto,
then was moved to a series of
concentration camps.
His daughter says that after
he immigrated to America, he
told a cousin with whom he
lived in New Jersey that his job
at Dachau had been to tend the
ovens. The Nazis commonly
used inmates for such purposes
-- it was one of the few ways of
surviving.
Newly arrived in America,
Unger spoke to Newark news-
papers of his years of torment,
saying he escaped three times
during marches between camps
but was always recaptured.
At one point, he. told the
Newark Evening News, he was
herded into a gas chamber at
Natzweiler camp with 50 other
prisoners, but they were spared
at the last minute because some


of them were electricians whom
the Nazis needed for their war
effort.
The two lives, briefly inter-
twined by the Holocaust and an
album of photos and paintings,
ended 17 years apart -- Unger by
hanging himself in 1972, Porul-
ski in 1989 in St. Mary's Hospi-
tal near Hereford, England, of
pneumonia and tuberculosis.
The death certificate gives his
age as 74 and his professionals
"painter (retired)."
Shari Klages was 12 when
her father died.
He had just been laid off from
his 18-year job in the aeronautics
industry, and his wife had been
diagnosed with brain cancer. His
suicide is given added poignan-.
cy by the image of the hanged
inmate in the album, and Klages
believes it was his Holocaust
experience that weighed most
heavily on him.
"I have no doubt it was the
most significant, contributor to
his death," she said.
Editor's Note: Associated Press
investigative researcher Randy
Herschaft in New York contributed
to this report. Arthur Max reported
from Bad Arolsen, Germany, and


Obituaries


Milton LeDon Pollard
Milton LeDon Pollard, age 53,
of Okeechobee, died Thursday,
Sept. 13, 2007. He was born, July
30, 1954, to Milton and Elsie Mae
(Story) Pollard in Sebring. He had
been a resident of Okeechobee
for the past 20 years where he
was a foreman with Lykes Broth-
ers Cattle Division and a member
of the Church of God.
He is survived by his wife of 33
years, Susie Pollard; mother, Elsie
Mae Pollard; and, sisters, Druinda
Kay Smithand Wanda Fay Coco-
hiola.
The family will receive friends
from 2 until 4 p.m., on Thurs-
day, Sept. 20, with funeral ser-
vices following at 4 p.m., at the
Placid Temple Church of God, 51
Lake June Rd., Lake Placid, with
Brother Larry Kilgore officiating.
Interment will be at the Oak Hill
Cemetery.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the Scott Funeral Home, 504 W
Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid.

Joan Marie Dunson
Crawford
Joan Marie Dunson Crawford,
age 47, of Okeechobee, died Fri-
day, Sept. 14,2007, at the Hamrick
Home. She was born March 23,
1960, in Fort Lauderdale, to the
late Walker Lee and Anna Dun-
son, Jr. She was a homemaker
having come to Okeechobee from
Moore Haven about 25 years ago.
She was of the Christian faith. She


loved her family, friends, pets and
gardening. She was also an excel-
lent cook.
She is pre-
ceded in 'death
by her brother,
Walker Lee Dun-
son III; and, her
beloved aunt,
Catherine Mann.
She is sur-
vived by her hus-
band, Charles Joan Marie
Crawford of Dunson
Okeechobee; Crawford
brothers, Roger
(Elaina) Dunson Of Lake Worth,
Robert (Martha) Dunson of
Davie and James Dunson of
Okeechobee; sisters, Priscilla
Bartolone of Boynton Beach and
Margie (James) Norton of Lake
Worth. In addition she is survived
by many beloved nieces, neph-
ews, great nieces and great neph-
ews, aunts, uncles, cousins and
friends.
Services were held on Mon-
day, Sept. 17, at Bass Okeechobee
Chapel where Pastor Sam Vuletta
officiated. Interment was held at
the Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to
Hospice's Hamrick Home, P.O.
Box 1548, Okeechobee, Rauler-
son Hospital or the Okeechobee
Health Care Facility.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
funeralhome.com.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory,
205 N.E. Second St., Okeechobee


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At the Movies Blondie


The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, Sept.
14, through Thursday, Sept. 20,
Share as follows:
Theatre I -"Superbad" (R)
SShowtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Halloween" (R)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Rush Hour 3"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863)
763-7202.

Today

in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 18, the
261st day of 2007. There are 104
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 18, 1793, President
George Washington laid the cor-
nerstone of the U.S. Capitol.
On this date:
In 1850, Congress passed the
Fugitive Slave Act, which created
a force of federal commissioners.
charged with returning escaped
slaves to their owners.
In 1851, the first edition of The
New York Times was published.
In 1927, the Columbia Phono-
graph Broadcasting System (later
CBS) made its on-air debut with
a basic network of 16 radio sta-
tions.
1947, the National Security Act,
which created a National Military
Establishment, went into effect.
In 1970, rock star Jimi Hendrix
died in London at age 27.
In 1975, newspaper heiress Pa-
tricia Hearst was captured by the
FBI in San Francisco, 19 months
after being kidnapped by the
Symbionese Liberation Army.
Ten years ago: Two gunmen
opened fire on a group of German
tourists in front of the Egyptian
Museum in downtown Cairo, kill-
ing nine of the tourists and a bus
driver. Voters in Wales narrowly
approved a British government
offer to set up a Welsh assembly.
Media mogul Ted Turner pledged
to spend $1 billion on United Na-
tions causes.
Five years ago: The Bush ad-
ministration pressed Congress
to take the lead in authorizing
force against Iraq, with Defense
Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld as-
serting, "It serves no U.S. or U.N.
purpose to give Saddam Hussein
excuses for further delay." In Par-
-is, wartime collaborator Maurice
Papon, 92, walked out of prison
after judges ruled him too old and
sick to finish his 10-year sentence
for helping send Jews to Nazi
death camps.
One year ago: An Iranian-
American telecommunications
entrepreneur, Anousheh Ansari,
took off on a Russian rocket
bound for the international space
station, becoming the the world's
first paying female space tourist.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Jim-
mie Rodgers is 74. Actor Robert
Blake is 74. Sen. Robert Bennett,
R-Utah, is 74. Actor Fred Willard
,is 68. Singer Frankie Avalon is 67.
Rock musician Kerry Livgren is
58. Actress Anna Deavere Smith is
57. Movie director Mark Romanek
,is 48. Actor James Gandolfini is
.46. Singer Joanne Catherall (Hu-
man League) is 45. Actress Holly
'Robinson Peete is 43. Rhythm-
and-blues singer Ricky Bell (Bell
Biv Devoe and New Edition) is 40.


Actress Aisha Tyler is 37. Actress
Jada Pinkett Smith is 36. Actor
James Marsden is 34. Rapper Xzi-
bit.is 33. Actress Alison Lohman
is 28. Actors Brandon and Taylor
Porter are 14. Actor C.J. Sanders
S("Ray") is 11.
Thought for Today: "If you are
patient in one moment of anger,
you will escape a hundred days of
sorrow." Chinese proverb.


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change in the way you live and how
you do things is evident. Contracts can
be signed and changes to your future
put into play. You will get help from
someone older, however, it will come
to you in an unusual manner.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): There
are too many variables to make any
firm, decision today. You may want to
take time out, enjoy the company of
friends or family and forget about ev-
erything else. When the time is right,
you'll know what to do.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): There
may be some problems that crop up
regarding a colleague, peer or even
one of your pets. Don't let any minor
health issues turn into something big-
ger. Tend to things personally and


quickly and you will have no regrets.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): This is the
perfect day to spend time with people
you love or to get out and find some-
one new. If you have children, get in-
volved in activities that you can do to-
gether. Most of all, focus on friends and
family but don't overspend.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don't be-
lieve everything you hear. Something
you are trying to do will not work out
the way you want because funds are
lacking or someone is causing you
grief. Put your differences aside.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Make your
plans and follow through even if some-
one disappoints you and opts out. You
will end up meeting someone who is
fun and entertaining and can open
your eyes to new interests.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Tie up
loose ends and do what you must to
stay within your budget. Stay in control
by not allowing anyone to take over or
push you in a direction you feel isn't in
your best interest. You can do just fine
alone.
*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
Your emotions will be difficult to con-


trol and, if you let your heart lead your
head, you are likely to make mistakes.
Listen but do not make promises.
Overindulging will be your downfall.
Limit yourself.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Get
the lowdown on any deal that interests
you. Chances are good that you can
make some cash or position yourself
well for your next move. Residential
moves or changes will provide you
with what you need to improve your
status.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Someone from your past will offer you
something that is hard to turn down.
Think carefully before accepting -you
will probably get an even sweeter deal.
You can turn something you enjoy do-
ing into a prosperous venture.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): If
something sounds too good to be true,
it probably is. Back away from anyone
asking for cash. You will probably have
to make some changes that will affect
the people you either live with or are
close to. Think before you proceed.
2007 UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


Dear Abby



Tolerance offers



hope for future


*DEAR ABBY: 1. am writing to
respond to "Grateful Mom" (July
13), the widow who, in her time
of need, was invited by her son
Neil and his partner to live with
them despite having rejected Neil
in the past because he is gay. I
have a gay son, too, and I would
not trade him for anyone. He is
the most loving and caring son
any parent could ever have. I con-
sider myself very lucky.
When it was time for me to re-
locate, it was his partner who first
approached me about moving
across the state to be near them.
My son helped me find a cute little
house to buy. My two dogs and I
are very happy.
I will not have grandchildren,
but I do have granddogs and
another wonderful son. I am
blessed. Another Grateful
Mom In Florida
DEAR ANOTHER MOM: I
am pleased that things are going
so well for you. The responses
to "Grateful Mom's" letter, were
heartwarming. They serve as a re-
minder that acceptance, love and
recognition of the importance of
family can triumph over intoler-
ance and fear. Read on:
*DEAR ABBY: I was touched
that "Grateful Mom" was able to
reconcile with her son and forge
a wonderful relationship with
him. My oldest brother was gay,
and my .parents welcomed his
life partner into our family. We
all have open minds and hearts
about individuality.
I was saddened to read that
"Grateful's" other children de-
nied their mother a place in their
homes. I took care of my mom
in her final years, and although it
was difficult for me to watch her
health deteriorate, I was honored
to be able to spend her last mo-
ments with her. I cherish those
memories. Cathy In Reno,
Nev.


DEAR ABBY: I am the father
of three boys, one of whom is gay.
"Grateful Mom" had forgotten the
most basic of things -- that your
child is a part of you, and we must
love, support and participate in
our children's lives. This is what's
missing in our society today, and
it is causing all kinds of issues for
the next generation. I love all my
sons, and I am proud of them.
I hope "Grateful" continues to
enjoy her son and continues to
share the lessons she is learning.
- Proud Dad In New Jersey
DEAR ABBY: My mom came
out to me and my brother about
five years ago. She had been with
men her whole life and, while we
were shocked, we understood we
could react in one of two ways.
We could either accept her and
her girlfriend, "Daphne," or dis-
own her and have to explain to
our children why they couldn't
see their "nana." We decided to
accept my mother for who she
is and welcome Daphne into the
family.
It was one of the best choices
my brother and I ever made.
Daphne loves my kids and can't
wait to see them (she lives in Aus-
tralia) later this year. My kids call
her "Nana Daph." She is the best
thing that ever happened to my
mom, and I'm thankful she's in
our lives.
I'm happy that "Grateful Mom"
learned to accept and appreciate
her son and his partner exactly
the way they are. Jennifer In
Indianapolis
DEAR ABBY: Thank you for
recommending P-FLAG (Parents,
Families and Friends of Lesbians
and Gays) to your readers. It is an
organization that provides under-
standing and support to both gays
and their families. I have a lesbian
daughter who has brought me
much joy and pride. I went to P-
FLAG when she first came out,
and it was the wisest thing I ever
did for the two of us. --Benita
In San Diego


Close to Home


For days when students are simply out of
control, teachers at Callaway Junior High are
equipped with ejection seats and parachutes.

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Buying American supports farmers and environment


At the grocery store, I always
check the signs to find out where
the produce comes from.
I choose foods grown in the
U.S. for several reasons. One is
safety -- some countries do not
have the same restrictions on pes-
ticide use that the U.S. imposes.
While the FDA does attempt to
check imported foods, the sheer
volume of'food coming into the
country means they can't check
every crate.


A
Healthier
Life

with Katrina Elsken
Another reason I buy home-
grown food is that I like fresh


produce. The nutritional value
of fruits and vegetables changes
as the plants grow. When a fruit
or vegetable is "ripe" it is its nu-
tritional peak and at the peak of
flavor. When a fruit or vegetable
is picked, it is no longer alive, and
so cannot continue to increase its
nutritional value. In order to ship
food long distances, farmers pick
it early. Sometimes they pick pro-
duce before it is ripe so that it can
ripen during the time it is traveling


from the farm to the supermar-
ket. Thus a fruit or vegetable that
is allowed to ripen on the vine has
more nutritional value than one
that was picked while it was still
green.
Buying foods grown in the
U.S.A. also supports the American
farmers, who face unfair compe-
tition from imported foods. The
farmers in other countries may
pay their workers less and don't
have to meet the same health and


safety standards. Supporting the
American farmer helps support
the American economy.
Another reason is taste. In my
opinion, vine-ripened fruits and
vegetables simply have more fla-
vor.
In the news recently comes
yet another reason to buy foods
grown locally it's good for the
earth. Transporting foods con-
sumes fuel and contributes to
pollution of the greenhouse gas-


es. So it makes economic, envi-
ronmental and nutritional sense
to buy foods grown as close to
home as possible.
Before making any changes
in your diet or exercise program,
consult your doctor. This is es-
pecially important if you are on
any prescription drugs. Some
prescription drugs interact badly
with foods that would otherwise
be considered "healthy."


American Cancer Society launches ads for health reform


By MIKE STOBBE
AP Medical Writer
ATLANTA The American Can-
cer Society this week will take its
biggest step ever into the politics of
health care reform, spending $15
million in advertising on behalf of
Americans with too little health in-
surance or none at all.
The cancer society the nation's
richest health charity, in both dona-
tions and volunteers traditionally
focuses its advertising on encour-
aging Americans to quit smoking
or get a screening test.


But this year's campaign will
feature television commercials that
portray the challenges of uninsured
and underinsured cancer patients,
accompanied by a call for people
to do something about it.
The change comes after can-
cer society officials concluded that
insurance-related problems have
emerged as one of the one of the
largest obstacles in their goal to cut
cancer death rates by 50 percent
and incidence rates by 25 percent
from 1990 to 2015.
"We're not going to meet our


goals if the health care system re-
mains unfixed," said John Seffrin,
the cancer society's chief execu-
tive.
Starting Monday, three commer-
cials on network and cable chan-
nels will run until Thanksgiving.
Ads will be placed in magazines
and on Web sites as well.
The cancer society is not en-
dorsing any particular reform plan
or candidate. Even so, it's an un-
usually pointed campaign for the
philanthropy, and for organizations
like it.


The American Heart Associ-
ation's chief executive, M. Cass
Wheeler, envied the group's re-
sources and applauded their new
campaign.
"Heart and stroke patients are
going to benefit from the good this
advertising campaign is going to
do," Wheeler said. His organization
spends $10 million each year on ad-
vertising, and focuses it on exercise
and other prevention measures for
patients.
The Atlanta-based cancer soci-
ety, with 2006 revenues of $1 bil-


lion, has been stepping up its politi-
cal activity in recent years.
In 2001, it formed a sister or-
ganization, the American Cancer
Society Cancer Action Network
(ASC CAN), to lobby and work
on government health policy. The
Cancer Action Network pushed for
legislation that would give the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration the
power to regulate tobacco, and last
year fought a bill that would have
enabled small businesses to form
health insurance pools across state
lines without guaranteeing cover-


age of certain cancer tests.
Now it's putting together peti-
tions and voter's guides, organizing
political forums and rallies, and in
May will begin a nationwide bus
tour promoting health care reform.
Despite the fact that many can-
cer patients are 65 and older and
are covered by the federal Medicare
program, cancer society officials
estimate that at least 55,000 of the
1.4 million people diagnosed with
cancer each year have no health
insurance.


Health Briefs


Narcotics group to
meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the
Just For Today Club, 2303 U.S. 441
S.E., Suite K. For information, call
(863) 634-4780.

Healthy Start
can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you


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

Martha's House
offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a
workshop called Deafening Si-
lence, which deals with provid-
ing services to deaf and hard of
hearing survivors of domestic vio-
lence. The date and time will be


announced at a later date accord-
ing to community interest and re-
sponse. Contact Shirlean Graham
at (863) 763-2893.


sale of donated items will be used
to benefit infants and pregnant
women in the community. For in-
formation, call (863) 462-5877.


Healthy Start group Red Cross offers
seeks donations HIV/AIDS course


The Healthy Start Coalition
is accepting donations of baby
items such as furniture, shoes,
clothing, maternity clothes, stroll-
ers and other items for infants
and toddlers. Proceeds from the


The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-


tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488
for information.

Blood donors
are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is
looking for blood donors in
Okeechobee. The Big Red Bus


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


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Help encourage a high school
student to reach his or her full po-
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in local communities. The mentor


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