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Vol. 98 No. 263 Thursday, September 20, 2007 500 Plus tax


OHS Sports

Brahman bowlers
defeat Westwood
The Brahman bowling team
traveled to Super Play Lanes in
Fort Pierce Tuesday afternoon
to take on the Westwood Pan-
thers.
Both the boys' and girls'
teams won their matches, and
in doing so, raised both their
records to 2-3.
The Brahman boys took all
seven points in their match,
winning all three games and
taking total pins by 413 pins.
The team was led by Mason
Waldron's 201 high game, Bob-
by Spelts' 181 high and Mat-
thew Payne's 150 high.
The Lady Brahmans also
took all three games and total
pins by 807 pins. They were
led by Taylor Woods' 190 high
game and 478 series.
Both teams needed this win
going into a match against Cen-
tennial and Thursday's home
match at the Stardust Lanes
versus Lincoln Park.

Inside

NES is an exciting
place to learn
The Media Center at North
Elementary is an exciting place
full of learning. All students are
busy checking out library books
and taking Accelerated Reader
tests on the computers. Inter-
mediate students are exploring
the differences between biog-
raphies and autobiographies.
In Kindergarten through 2nd
grade; we are interacting with
Laura Numeroff's fictional text,
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.
In Music this month at North
Elementary we are learning
about Leonardo DaVinci. We
are having fun learning why
he is call the "The Renaissance
Man" and singing "Yo Leon-
ardo."
Page 6
Pregnant smokers
may suffer
from depression
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More
than one in 10 pregnant wom-
en smoke, and new research
suggests many of them also
may suffer from depression,
making kicking the habit even
harder.
Page 7



Drought Index
Current: 362
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.63 feet
Last Year: 13.41 feet
Source: South
Florida Water
S' Management
District. Depth
W given in feet
above sea level.


Index
Classifieds 9,10
Comics 8
Community Events.................... 4
C rossw ord ................................. 9
O bituaries.................................. 6
O pinion.................................. 4
Speak Out 4
Sports 12
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W weather ................................. 2

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ssioners ordered, under recently passed
laws, to bring in 3 percent less
S in ad valorem taxes than were
Gawda brought in this year.
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conclusion of a pub- ance requests for more services
g on Sept. 18, the with less revenue.
ee County Board of Commissioners approved a
)mmissioners adopted milage rate of 5.3377, as com-
[illion budget for fiscal pared to this year's millage rate
08. of 5.8468. One mil equals $1 for
dget was adopted af- every $1,000 of assessed value.


)proves budget


According to figures released
by county administrator George
Long, the total ad valorem taxes
on a house in the county as-
sessed at $100,000 with a $25,000
homestead exemption would be
$1,067.90. That figure includes
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District, Children's Services
Council and school board taxes.
The $103,847,935 budget is
based on revenues from ad va-
lorem taxes, grants, sales and
use taxes, charges for services,
licenses, permits, franchise fees


Bicycle safety: C.O.P. presents program


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Citizen Observation Patrol (C.O.P.) Bob Keebler presented a bicycle safety program
to the K-3, K-4 and K-5 students at Okeechobee Christian Academy detailing ways to
be safe on a bicycle. This program certifies the students to receive new bicycles and
helmets.


and interest. The largest single
line item in the budget, public
safety, is $26,743,136. General
government is slated to receive
$18,109,892.
At the Sept. 18 hearing, com-
missioners considered a request
from Indian River Commu-
nity College for funding for the
college's planned public safety
complex. According to the letter
form the college, Okeechobee
County's prorated share of the
cost is $188,113.41 which could
be appropriated over a three


years period. Commissioners
voted to transfer one third of the
requested amount from reserves
into the new budget.
Commissioners voted to
carry forward funds earmarked
for parks and recreation projects
that have not been completed.
In the light of reduced rev-
enues, commissioners made a
concerted effort to reduce ex-
penses.
Salary .increases for county
See Budget Page 2


City planners



may change



land use rules


Sign ordinance,
parking, lighting
on agenda
By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The city planners will con-
template several changes to the
land development regulations
(LDRs) at their upcoming meet-
ing dealing with signs, lighting
standards, landscaping require-
ments and parking standards.
The City Planning Board/
Board of Adjustments and Ap-
peals will meet in the city hall


If you go:
WHAT: Okeechobee City Plan-
ning Board/Board of Adjust-'
ments and Appeals
WHERE: City Hall. 55 S.E. Third
Ave.
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 20, at
6 p.m.
chambers on Thursday, Sept.
20, at 6 p.m.
The first LDR change that
the planners will consider is not
new to the board, as the City

See LDR's Page 2


Magistrate refuses


to reduce fines


Three, four and five-year old students are now eligible to receive new bicycles after
listening to a presentation from C.O.P. Bob Keebler, who took the children on an imagi-
nary bike ride to identify dangers in the roadway that they should be looking out for
while riding their bikes.


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Special Magistrate Bill Selmi
refused to reduce a fine when
he heard code violations cases
Tuesday, Sept. 18. He also im-
posed two fines and set dead-
line for compliance in four
other cases.
The cases of Kazem
Pourghafari, John and Deborah
Davies, Velva Lou Waller, Da-
vid Schmidt and Tina Troendle
were found to be in compliance
and were not heard. The cases
of Laura Nurquez, and Georgia
Marshall were tabled until the
October hearings.
On May 21, 2003 a $25 a
day fine began to accrue on
the S.W 17"t 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
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 amount-
ed to $39,225.
Ms. Bertram claimed she for-
got about the code violation.
County attorney Laura Mc-
Call stated that Ms. Bertram
owns 30 properties in the coun-
ty and a lien for the amount of
the fine was placed on all of
them.
Ms. Bertram was recently
preparing to sell another of
See Fine Page 2


OCSO gives bike


safety training


The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office recently con-
ducted bicycle safety train-
ing for a group of youth in
Okeechobee County. The
training consisted of safety on
the road, hand signals, and
a wide variety of safety tips.
This program was held for
children ages 7-14. The au-
dience consisted of children
from Okeechobee County in-
cluding students from South
Elementary School, North El-
ementary School, Seminole
Elementary School and Grace
Christian School.
Following a short safety
presentation and video on bi-
cycle safety, bicycle helmets
were fitted to each partici-


pant. They were also given a
form from the Sheriff's Office
that was a promise from the
students to follow the safety
rules covered by Corporal
Keith Stripling during the
presentation. The form was
a type of permission slip for
the parents to authorize the
Sheriff's Office to provide
their child with a new bicycle
that was acquired as part of a
Florida Department of Trans-
portation grant. Through the
grant, the Sheriff's Office was
able to purchase bicycles,
3,200 coloring/activity books,
safety posters for the schools,
and other support materi-
als promoting bicycle safety.
See Safety Page 2


Submitted to Okeechobee News/OCSO
Members of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Citizens Observation Patrol helped get
bicycles ready to be given to students participating in the OCSO bike safety training program.
The bicycles were purchased through a grant from the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion.
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Members of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office presented bicycles to some of the par-
ticipants in their bike safety training program. They were (left to right) OCSO Corporal Keith
Stripling, Lieutenant Noel Stephen, Dakota Carter, Sheriff Paul C. May, Taylor Carter and
Howard Shelkie.


Safety
Continued From Page 1
The coloring/activity books will
be distributed to every student
in grades K-5 in Okeechobee


Fine
Continued From Page 1
her properties. A title search dis-
closed the lien. When Ms. Ber-
tram found out about the fine, she
brought the property into compli-
ance and requested a reduction
of the fine.
Mrs. McCall noted that the case
has been going on for four years.
"I don't think a reduction is in
order," she added.
Mr. Selmi agreed with the
county attorney and refused to
reduce the fine.
Joseph and Toni Doyle had
been cited for building a garage
on their N.W. 84th Court prop-
erty without a building permit.
Code enforcement officer Blanca
Saucedo stated that the property
still not in compliance. Mr. Doyle
said he had applied the proper
permit on Sept. 17. The Doyles


Budget
Continued From Page 1
employees were handled differ-
ently this time. Employees will
be given cost of living and merit
increases. However, those in-
creases will not be added to their
base salary. They will be awarded
to the employees in four install-
ments. That way, the increase will
not be a recurring expense as an
increase in base salary would.
Even Okeechobee CountySher-
iff Paul May did his part to help re-
duce the budget. His original bud-
get request was for $18,757,375.


County, and the posters will be
displayed at several locations
in each elementary and middle
school.
So as not to exclude those
younger students (Pre-K and day-
care), the crime prevention unit


were given until Oct. 11 to bring
the property into compliance or
face a fine of $100 a day.
Kevin and Catherine Bartfield
had been cited for making repairs
to their S.E. 33rd property without
the proper permits. Ms. Saucedo
stated that a building permit had
been applied for on Sept. 18. Mr.
Selmi gave until Oct. 11 to obtain
a permit or face a fine of $25 a
day.
Jerriston Mason was given un-
til Oct. 4 to complete the barrier
around his swimming pool or be
fined $50 a day.
Code enforcement officer Beth
Albert stated that a derelict mo-
bile home had not been removed
from the N.E. 12t" Lane property
of Gena Villarreal and Ida Harrell.
At the August code enforcement
hearings, they had been ordered
to remove this mobile home by
Sept. 13. Mr. Selmi decreed that
they be fined $150 a day for every


He cut that back to $18,261,864.
That amounts to a 4.84 percent
increase over the present budget.
He had originally requested a 7.66
percent increase. This request in-
cludes four additional persons,
two in law enforcement and two
in corrections.
The board tried to reduce the
number of new positions when-
ever possible.
The clerk of the court had re-
quested two new positions in in-
formation technology. However
commissioners only authorized
one new position.
Originally, the board had bud-
geted $100,000 for contract ser-


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

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


held additional training in their
office in the industrial park on
Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.
For information on the bicy-
cle safety program, please con-
tact the Crime Prevention Unit at
(863) 763-6064.


day of noncompliance beginning
Sept. 19.
Last month Paul Jaco was
given the option of either de-
molishing a dilapidated unsafe
structure or obtaining a permit
for repairing it. Ms. Albert stated
that no permits had been issued
for either demolition or repair. Mr.
Jaco was fined $250 a day begin-
ning Sept. 19.
Last month, Mr. Selmi ordered
Bruce Pogue to remove the car-
go-type storage container form
his N.E Eight Drive property. Ms.
Albert stated that Mr. Pogue has
purchased two sheds and had ap-
plied for permits for their installa-
tion. He was given until Oct 11 to
come into compliance or be fined
$50 a day.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


vices. Since it is anticipated that
all of that money will not be nec-
essary, that amount was cut back
to $50,000.
The general fund was reduced
by $450,000 based primarily on
projected spending for the cur-
rent years. Utilities and commu-
nications at the road department
were reduced by $12,600. The
road department equipment line
item was reduced by $192,536
due primarilyto the deletion of a
requested road grader.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


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 activities
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.

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.


Briefs

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

Benefit account for Christopher Thomas set up
OKEECHOBEE -- David Thomas and Trish Metzcher have set up
a benefit account in memory of their son Christopher Thomas who
died early Saturday, July 14, in an automobile accident.
The account has been established at Seacoast National Bank.
For those who would like to donate to the family, the account
information is at the bank.
If you have any questions, call Mrs. Metzcher at (863) 634-5795.

Special benefit account set up
OKEECHOBEE -- A special benefit account has been established
at Seacoast National Bank, 1409 S. Parrott Ave., for Crystal (Longen)
Vandermolen to help defray medical costs.


Today's Weather


LDR's
Continued From Page 1
Council has sent the newly writ-
ten sign ordinance back to the
planners for further scrutiny.
The council voted to send their
sign ordinance back to the Plan-
ning Board at their Tuesday, Aug.
21, meeting for further revision
due to the tough stipulations the
ordinance would enact.
The sign ordinance was origi-
nally being rewritten largely in
part due to issues that arose with
billboards in the city's central
business district, where they were
not allowed even with the previ-
ous ordinance.
The new ordinance would
completely eradicate billboards
in the city limits.
A billboard, according to the
ordinance, is defined as: "Any
type of off-sight sign of a type of
permanent freestanding sign,
where the top of the sign is in ex-
cess of 30 feet above the ground,
and which is 101 square feet or
more in sign face area."
The sign ordinance came to
the council after some revisions
due to a memorandum from
city planner Jim LaRue and sug-
gestions from the city's Planning
Board.
The council extended the mor-
atorium on placing any signs in
the city until Tuesday, Oct. 16, as
well. This moratorium was previ-
ously in place due to the rewrite
but expired in September. .
The remaining changes to the
LDRs primarily involve the neces-
sity to improve the clarity of the
regulations and to ensure consis-
tency in their implementation.
The city planner Bill Brisson
forwarded a memorandum to the
board detailing all the proposed
changes.
Changes to the lighting stan-
dards required for all develop-
ments would be more specifically
defined to require a minimum of
one horizontal foot-candle power
of artificial lighting which must be
directed away from public streets
and residential areas as to not be
a hazard or distraction to motor-
ists.
The planner goes on to detail
specific requirements for land-
scaping in parking and vehicular
use areas and buffer areas. Plan-
ner Brisson has detailed sugges-
tions for additional landscape
requirements which will help to
create more aesthetic develop-
ments in the future.
The planner also added an ad-
ditional suggestion to the parking
access driveway width to the LDR
parking standards to require the
minimum driveway width to be
20 feet for parking spaces angled
from 60 degrees and up to 74 de-
grees to the driveway. The mini-
mum parking space size is also
being suggested to be changed
from nine feet wide to ten feet
wide.
These issues could be on the
City Council agenda at their lTes-
day, Oct. 16, regular meeting
for their consideration if recom-
mended by the Planning Board.
Post your opinions In the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Agullar may be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.


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Community Events


Okeechobee Forecast
Thursday: Considerable cloudiness, with scattered showers
and thunderstorms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The wind
will be from the southeast at 5 tol0 mph. The chance of rain is 40
percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of evening
showers and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The
wind will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain
is 20 percent.

Extended Forecast

Friday: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The wind will be from the
southeast at 5 tol0 mph. The chance of rain is 50 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The chance of rain
is 20 percent.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thun-
derstorms. The high will be around 90. The chance of rain is 50
percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers
and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The chance of
rain is 20 percent.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be around 90. The chance of rain is 40 per-
cent.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers
and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The chance of
rain is 20 percent.
Monday: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The chance of rain is 40
percent.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers
and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The chance of
rain is 20 percent.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The chance of rain is 40
percent.


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TALLAHASSEE -- A convicted
felon sentenced to probation for
a violent, property or drug felony
is more likely to re-offend within
two years if he or she leaves court
with an official "convicted felon"
label and its barriers to employ-
ment and civil rights, according
to a landmark study of nearly
96,000 probationers by Florida
State University criminologists.
Comprising the first-ever
analysis of the effects of a felony
convict label, or lack thereof, on
recidivism (re-conviction) among
adult offenders, the FSU research
is described in a paper published
in the just-released August edi-
tion of the journal Criminology.
Those findings from FSU's Col-
lege of Criminology and Criminal
Justice are expected to resonate
across the state of Florida, where
the law gives judges the discre-
tion to withhold adjudication of
guilt -- and with it the label -- for
convicted felons sentenced to
probation.
"When Florida judges with-
hold adjudication of guilt, as
they have in about half of such
cases in recent years, probation-
ers lawfully avoid the convicted
felon label for that offense, pre-
serving both their civil rights and
the ability to pursue employment
and other legitimate activities
without impediment," said Ted
Chiricos, the William Julius Wil-
son Professor of Criminology at
FSU. Chiricos is the lead author


of the paper, "The Labeling of
Convicted Felons and Its Conse-
quences for Recidivism," which
is co-authored by FSU Associate
Professor of criminology William
Bales and two recent recipients
of doctoral degrees in criminol-
ogy from FSU.
While probationers formally
labeled as convicted felons re-of-
fend at higher rates -- regardless
of race, sex or prior convictions --
than those not labeled, the study
found that recidivism rates are
even higher among those who
are labeled and white, compared
to labeled blacks or Hispanics;
labeled and older than 30 when
first convicted compared to la-
beled younger offenders with
prior convictions before age 30;
and for labeled women as op-
posed to labeled men.
"Our research demonstrates
empirically that harsher sanctions
are actually counterproductive in
terms of making recidivism -- and
the victim,, social and economic
costs associated with it -- more
likely," Chiricos said.
The research offers ample evi-
dence to support that contention.
Its analysis of labeling effects
examined the recidivism experi-
ence of 95,919 persons (71,548
men and 24,371 women) sen-
tenced to probation in Florida
courts between 2000 and 2002
after a guilty verdict or plea for a
violent property or drug felony.
Judges had withheld adjudica-


tion in about 60 percent of the
sample; the balance had adjudi-
cation formally applied, which
served to certify the felony con-
vict label. The study looked only
at the number of probationers
who committed new offenses
within two years of completing
their original sentence, not at
technical violations of the terms
of probation.
During the two-year follow-
up period, 19 percent of the total
sample -- including both labeled
and unlabeled felony probation-
ers -- re-offended. However, ad-
judication of guilt increased the
odds of recidivism for women
by 19 percent compared to men,
and for whites by 16 percent
compared to minority offenders.
Chiricos noted that the nega-
tive effects of the stronger sanc-
tion are especially pronounced
for first-time offenders who are
older as well as for those who are
white or female. Those some-
what unexpected findings appear
indicative of the even greater toll
and criminal stigma of the con-
victed felon label for those with
what criminology theory calls "a
greater stake in conformity to so-
cietal expectations," he said.
"Based on evidence in the
records of more than 95,000 in-
dividuals tracked for two years,
it's clear that judges who with-
hold adjudication of guilt when
sentencing felons to probation
also are practicing good public


policy," Chiricos said. "Minimiz-
ing harm when administering
justice benefits both the offender
and the community to which he
or she returns."
In addition to Chiricos and
Bales, co-authors of the FSU Col-
lege of Criminology and Criminal
paper are recent FSU Ph.D. re-
cipients Kelle Barrick, currently a
research analyst in the college's
Center for Criminology and Pub-
lic Policy, and Stephanie Bontrag-
er, now a senior research analyst
at Tallahassee's Justice Research
Center.
Registered users can access
the FSU paper via the online
version of Criminology's August
2007 edition at http://www.black-
well-synergy.com/toc/crim/45/3.
"We hope this study serves
to better inform policy and its
practitioners in this critical area,"
Chiricos said. "After all, anyone
found guilty of a felony and sen-
tenced to probation has already
experienced a clear expression
of disapproval from his or her
community, but when the added
sanction of labeling is avoided,
they can still re-enter and partici-
pate in that community of law-
abiding citizens. If labeling makes
participation more difficult or
impossible, probationers are sig-
nificantly more likely to gravitate
back to criminal associations and
activities, and ultimately we will
all pay the price."


N.C. attorney sentenced to 15 years for soliciting 'child'


Bronson announces arrest for

illegal telemarketing operation


TALLAHASSEE -- Florida
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson has announced the
arrest of a Pinellas County man
for running an unregistered tele-
marketing operation.
Arrested by Bronson's Office
of Agricultural Law Enforce-
ment (OALE) on charges of tele-
marketing without a license and
hiring unregistered sales people,
both third-degree felonies, was
Scott Andrew Friedman, 37, of
St. Petersburg.
According to OALE, Fried-
man, the owner and president
of Premier Timeshare Vacations
Inc., which is located at 14 18th
Street South, St. Petersburg, was
operating an unregistered tele-
marketing business. The busi-
ness contracted with consum-
ers to advertise their time shares
for sale.
On July 24, investigators with
the Division of Consumer Ser-
vices and OALE conducted a
regulatory inspection and found
the business was operating


without being registered with
the department. The Division
of Consumer Services issued a
cease-and-desist order, directing
Friedman to stop telemarket-
ing operations until he properly
registered the business with the
department.
Earlier this week, investiga-
tors with the Division of Con-
sumer Services and OALE con-
ducted a follow-up inspection
and determined that the busi-
ness was conducting telemar-
keting activities in violation of
the cease-and-desist order, and
employing unregistered sales-
people. That led to Friedman's
arrest.
The Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices regulates telemarketers in
Florida. Bronson encourages
all Floridians to call his depart-
ment's Division of Consumer
Services at 1-800-HELPFLA
(1-800-435-7352) to check on
the registration status of a tele-
marketer or to file a complaint
against any such company.


TALLAHASSEE -- Attorney
General Bill McCollum Tuesday,
Sept. 18, announced the sentenc-
ing of a North Carolina attorney
to 15 years in prison after he pled
guilty to charges of promoting the
sexual performance of a child,
lewd or lascivious exhibition and
sexually soliciting a child over the
internet. Bradley Lamb was ar-
rested in April 2006 after soliciting
an undercover CyberCrime in-
vestigator whom he thought was
a 14-year-old boy. The case was
prosecuted by attorneys with the
Attorney General's Child Predator
CyberCrime Unit.
"This is an example of how
an internet child predator may
use the internet as a place to hide
in the shadows and prey on de-
fenseless victims," said Attorney
General McCollum. "My Cyber-
Crime Unitiwillcontinue to work
diligehtly:.to find these predators
and put them behind bars, .veri
if we have to reach across state
lines to do so."
Lamb, 51, approached the
"child" in an online chat room for
young boys and chatted with him
over the course of five months.
During their communication, he
sent numerous images of child
and adult pornography to the un-
dercover investigator. He also re-


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peatedly stated his desire to travel
to Jacksonville to engage in vari-
ous sex acts with the child, still
unaware that he was talking with
a member of law enforcement.
Lamb was arrested by officers
with the North Carolina State Bu-
reau of Investigation and the Cha-
tham County Sheriff's Office and
was extradited to Jacksonville for
prosecution. He could still face
additional charges in North Caro-
lina.
Lamb pleaded guilty to three
counts of promoting the sexual
performance of a child and one
count of lewd or lascivious ex-
hibition, both second-degree
felonies punishable by up to 15
years in prison, and one count of
soliciting a child via computer, a
third-degree felony punishable
by up to five years in prison. Af-
ter hearing arguments from the
prosecuting Assistant Attorney
Ge ral "aand'Larnb's attorney, the
Court sentenced him to 15 years
in prison to. be followed by five
years of probation and electronic
monitoring. Lamb must also reg-
ister with the State of Florida as a
sex offender.
The Child Predator Cyber-
Crime Unit's mission is to pro-


tect children from computer-fa-
cilitated sexual exploitation. The
unit works cooperatively with
law enforcement agencies and
prosecutors statewide to. provide
resources and expertise while
preventing the spread of these
crimes through education and
community awareness. The unit
has made a total of 48 arrests since


its inception in October 2005. The
CyberCrime Unit is a member of
the Internet Crimes Against Chil-
dren Task Force (ICAC) of North
Florida.
A copy of the 2006 arrest war-
rant and affidavit is available at:
http://myfloridalegal.com/
webfiles.nsf/WF/MRAY-6NZQEE/
$file/Lamb Warrant.pdf


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The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driv-
ing under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
*Benjamin Michael Brit-
nell, 19, N.E. 208"' Street,
Okeechobee, was arrested Sept.
18 by Deputy Sergeant J.R. Ash-
by on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with the
felon burglary of structure and
third degree grand theft His
bond was set at $1,500.
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misdemeanor assault. His bond
was set at $3,250.
Jessica Rutherford, N.E. Sev-
enth Lane, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Sept. 18 by Corporal Ran-
dy Thomas on an Okeechobee
warrant charging her with viola-
tion of probation and fraudulent
use of credit card. There was no
bond set.
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who is later found innocent or
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BUSH: With all of these G8 meetings President Bush has been go-
ing to all over the world, I finally figured out why they are called that.
G is about as far as he can go in the alphabet and 8 is about as high
as he can count.

GAS: Somebody needs to be on George W Bush's back. He must
be allergic to D.C. because he is very seldom there. He is so worried
that the country uses so much gas, well what does he think that plane
he uses runs on?

SPEAK OUT: Yes I would like to know why you people pick and
choose what you put in speak out even when it's nothing derogatory
or profane. And I would like to know why you pick certain things to
put in or not to put in. I don't know if your being biased. I don't know.
I dare you to print this because I know you won't. Because if your go-
ing to call this thing speak out, then let people speak. I mean I could
see if it's profane or would hurt somebody, but if it doesn't, then you
need to keep your business out of who puts what in. If your going to
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'GOOD OLE BOYS': Look out the 'Good Ole Boys' are at it again.
I am talking about the County Commissioners. They are attempting to
get rid of the best administrator this county has had for a long time.
There are two reasons for this attempt as I see it. 1. Mr. Long, at least
what I see as I sit in the meetings, makes them work within the law. 2.
One of them has said several times that he wants to be the administra-
tor no matter that he does not have the knowledge, experience or the
background to do the job. The pay is good and it puts'him in charge
to do whatever he and they wish. It's a shame to let them get rid of Mr.
Long and his good staff. Watch out for the next election.

THANK YOU: I would like to express my genuine appreciation to
Sheriff Paul May and the local officials and representatives for their
generosity of providing the local children with instruction of properly
riding and maintaining a bicycle, as well as providing them with new
helmets and bicycles. My family and I cannot express to you how
grateful we are for your act of kindness. We have a child who requires
medication on a monthly basis that far exceeds the weekly income we
make. Therefore, sometimes the daily pleasures such as a nice new
bicycle are not always available. We truly do appreciate the volunteers,
and officials who helped make this day happen. Thank you again.


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Community Events

Addiction consultation offered
Problems with drug or alcohol addiction in someone you know,
but don't know where to turn? The Drug Rehab Resource service
can give you the help you need. Contact the Drug Rehab Resource
at (866) 649-1594 for a free confidential consultation. Or, go to the
website at www.drugrehabresource.net.

Cancer support group to meet
The Okeechobee Cancer Support Group will meet the first
Thursday of each month. Each meeting will be held from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. in room 113 at the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth
St. Cancer patients, survivors and supporters are all invited. The
group will share stories and encourage each other as we take this
journey. This support group will provide participants with informa-
tion, resources, support, guest speakers and devotional time and
will help comfort during either your battle or you loved one's battle
with cancer. For information, call the First Baptist Church at (863)
763-2171.




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Upcoming Events

Thursday
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of the
month to help and encourage women who have been diagnosed
with cancer. The meeting will be held at the American Red Cross
office at 323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For informa-
tion, call Janet Topp at (863) 824-2899.
AA. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until. 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet
for a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the Bas-
inger Civic Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863)
763-2285.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at
412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at
(863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at
(863) 763-4920, for information.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday
at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Gra-
ham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9
a.m. until noon. Representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 209
S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a sec-
ond language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catho-
lic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group
every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family
member is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and
provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support,
information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
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.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic Text
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303
Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call (863)
634-4780.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 801-
3244.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from
6:30 until 8 p.m.
Friday
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion 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 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200, N.W. Second St. The public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and
see what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret
at (800) 932-8677.
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 Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will
be held on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Res-
taurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch
will be at noon. Women should bring business cards and informa-
tion to promote their business. The meeting provides networking
opportunities for women in business and is open to the public. No
membership is required. For information, contact Robin Delgado at
(800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at info@flainjurylawyer.com.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terrace, holds meet-
ings for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 357-3053.
Saturday


Community Events


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-
cluding 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 vill meet Thurs-
day, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Library, 206 S.W. 16th 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-
head Ridge will have an auction in the church hall on State Road
78 at Chobee Loop, in Bukhead 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.

Healthy Start offers infant massage class
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition along with Spine of Ju-
piter will offer free Infant Massage Classes for infants. Classes will
start Oct. 3, from 6:30 until 7:45 p.m. at the Visiting Nurses Associa-
tion, 208 S.E. Park St., Okeechobee. You must attend all four classes
for completion. For information, call Claudette at (561) 876-9526.

4-H Club to clean saddles
The Bits n' Spurs 4-H Club will have a saddle cleaning fundraiser
on Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at Eli's Trailer Sales on State Road
70. Club members will clean and oil saddles, under the supervi-
sion of adult volunteers. Money raised will be used to finance club
activities and programs. Those who can't bring their saddles to Eli's
Trailer Sales on Oct. 27 can make arrangements to drop off the
saddles in advance. If you have several saddles to be cleaned, the
club may also make arrangements to pick them up. For more in-
formation, contact Paula Daniel at 763-8185.

Donations sought for Halloween event
Okeechobee Main Street, along with the City of Okeechobee and
Okeechobee County, will host the third annual Halloween Festival
in Flagler Park on Wednesday Oct. 31, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. This
free event will feature fun and games for children of all ages. Dona-
tions of candy and treats from the community are needed. Drop
off locations are: WOKC; Bass Funeral Home, 205 N.E. Second St.;
Sherwin Williams, 820 E.N. Park St.; Seacoast National Bank (north
and south locations); American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.; City
Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.; Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, 504
N.W. Fourth St.; Beef O' Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave.; Gizmo's Pizza,
3235 U.S. 441 S.E.; Syble's Florist and Gifts, 119 S. Parrott Ave.; Ac-
cident Law Offices of Philip DeBerard, 114 N. Parrott Ave.; Y Drive
Thru, intersection of S.R. 70 and S.R. 710; and the Main Street of-
fice, 111 N.E. Second St. For information about the festival or to get
involved with the event, please contact Karen Hanawalt at 863-357-
MAIN (6246).


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Local Shriners help children's hospital


By Pete Gawda
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The word Shriner conjures
up images of clowns and nov-
elty vehicles in parades. How-
ever, Shriners are known for
more serious things like their 22
children's hospitals across the
U.S. and in Mexico City.
This Saturday, Sept. 22,
members of the local Shrine or-
ganization, Amara Temple, will
be standing in front of Wal-Mart,
Winn Dixie, Publix, U-Save and
Walgreen's collecting donations
for the Shriners Hospital for Chil-
dren in Tampa. Donations will
be accepted from 8:30 a.m. until
1 p.m. These donations will be
used for medical expenses and
transportation to the hospital.
According to a Shrine pub-
lication, Shriners Hospitals for
Children have been providing
state-of-the-art specialized pe-
diatric care in a family-centered
environment free of charge
since 1922. Through the years,
Shriners Hospitals have cared
for approximately 835,000 chil-
dren with orthopedic condi-
tions, burns, spinal cord injuries
and cleft lip and palate.
Shriners Hospitals for Chil-
dren serve three purposes: to
provide specialized pediatric
care, ctiduct research and train
medical personnel.
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Members of the Okeechobee Shrine Club will be seen this Saturday, Sept. 22 in front of
various stores in Okeechobee collecting money for their organization's children' hospital in
Tampa. Taking part in the fundraising effort are: (left to right, front row) Vern Huffman, Bucky
Yoder, Kip Gardner, Jeffrey Yates, Harvey Hawkins; (back row) Keith Tomey, Fred Kresser,
Ray Spiller and David Pittard.


treatments are provided in a
positive, compassionate envi-
ronment. Concerned doctors,
attentive nurses and encourag-
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Florida children get free medical
care from the Shriners, accord-
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The St. Johns River Water Management District has tentatively adopted a budget for 2007-2008. A public hearing to
make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on:
Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 5:05 p.m.
4049 Reid Street, Highway 100 West
Palatka, FL 32177

BUDGET SUMMARY
St. Johns River Water Management District
FY 2007-2008
THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT ARE 4.93% MORE
THAN LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES.


ESTIMATED REVENUES
Funa Balan e. r.: .,-,'.-.J :.'- j.
Estimated Revenues
Misage per $ S.00 .4158
Ad Valorem Taxes
Dis~rOtdSources
Interest n Investments
Requialory Permits
Other District Sources
Land Manaaement Revenue
Total District Sources
Loourcasoa
Donations for Mitigation
Counties
Cities
Water Management Districts
Other Local Sources
Total Other Local Sources


Siate So.i es
Florida Forever
Water Manaeoment Lands Trust Fund
Deoanment of Transportation
EcosYstems Manaoement Trust Fund
Water Protection & Sustainabilitv Fund
Other Slate Sources
Total State Sources
Federal Sourceas
Environmental Protecion Aqencv
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Total Federal Sources
Total Revenue
Other Financing Sources (Uses)
Transfers In from General Fund
Transfers In from Special Revenue Fund
Transfers Out
Total Other Financino Sources (Uses)
TOTAL ESTIMATED REVENUES (including
Fund Balances)

ESTIMAT8EDEXPENDITuRES
Monitoring
Acquisition, Restoration and Public
Works
Operation and Maintenance of Lands
and Works
Regulation
Outreach
District Management and Administration
Total Expenditures

RESERVES AND DE SINATIONS
Legal Restrictions
Economic Stabilization Reserve
Designated for Water Sustainability
Sinking Fund
Designated for Water Protection
Sinking Fund
Designated for LSJRB Reuse Initiative
Sinking Fund
USJRB Water Resource Development
Apopka Reservoir Project
Apopka Noth Shore Restoration
Nutrient Reduction-St. Johns
River/Lake Jesup
Designated for Land Management
Undesignated
Total Reserves and Designations

TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES AND
RESERVES


Special Revenue -
Special Revenue Water Protection &
General Fund Fund Other Sustainability
$73,628.917 $2,749,592 $50,171,221


$144,677.781

$4,599,450
3.500.000
959.659
911,975
$9.971,084


$50.000

$50.000


$309.000
181.975
364,074
2455,850
$3.310,899

553.468.132
10.473.348
1,268.179
48.090.179
6 1." 804
120 021 642


$44.632.356
44 632 356


Debt Service OtherCapital
Funds Projects Funds
$6,600,000 $830,920


$350.550

$350.550


$6.069.450


6069 450


52,426.347
8 87 T
"11 302 t18
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$15.805.334
1.012.179
($15.926.291) ($1.012,179)
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Total
$133,980,650


$144,677.781

$5.000000
3.500.000
959.659
911,975
$10.371.634

$309.000
181.975
364,014
2.455,850
$3.310,899

553.468.132
16.542.798
1.266.179
48.090.179
44.632.356
S110.723 446


$2.426.347
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$11 302 718
S0 310.386 480

S120.957 $15,926.291
1.012,179
(16.938.470)
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$212,351.491 $136,422,672 $111,621,090 $13,020,000 $951,877 $474,367,130


$15.672,308
77.363.535
S10.304.510
18.579.593
5.100.219
42,149.039
$169,169,204



$7.800,000


3.128.712
3.951.230
2.936.239
1.175.250
7.379.927
10.900.481
5.910,448
$43,182,287


5525.620
125,047.219
8.299.795
162.216
226.200
284,594
$134,545,644


$16.197.928
589.202.753 $6.420.000 $790.957 298.824.464
18.604.305
18.741.809
5.326.419
42,433,633
$89,202,753 $6,420,000 $790,957 $400,128,558


$299.111 $299.111
1.577.917 $3.500,000 $6.600.000 11.677.917
7.800,000
18.518.337 18.518.337
400,000 400.000
3.128,712
3,951.230
2,936,239
1.175.250
7.379.927
10.900.481
160,920 6,071,368
$1,877,028 $22,418,337 $6,600,000 $160,920 $74,238,572


$212,351,491 $138.422.672 $111,621,090 $13.020,000 $951,877 $474,367,130


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North Elementary is an exciting place to learn


Special Area News
The Media Center at North
Elementary is an exciting place
full of learning. All students are
busy checking out library books
and taking .
Acceler-
ated Reader
tests on the
computers.
Intermedi-
ate students
are exploring the differences be-
tween biographies and autobiog-
raphies. In Kindergarten through
2nd grade, we are interacting with
Laura Numeroff's fictional text, If
You Give A Mouse A Cookie.
In Music this month at North
Elementary we are learning


about Leonardo DaVinci. We are
having fun learning why he is call
the "The Renaissance Man" and
singing "Yo Leonardo."
The Art Room this month is
also learning about Leonardo
DaVinci. We are learning about
his art work and his inventions.
Our students will recreate some
of his work, such as paintings
and drawings of people and na-
ture. Each student will be able to
come up with their own inven-
tions that they think would be
useful. They will sketch out their
inventions to show what it would
look like. Our students will have
fun getting to know about great
art and artists, as each month will
be dedicated to a new artist.


Obituaries


Wendell H. Cooper
Wendell H. Cooper, age 67 of
Okeechobee, died Tuesday, Sept.
18, 2007. Born
Sept. 9, 1940
in Sarasota, he
was the auc-
tioneer for over
40 years at the
Okeechobee
Livestock Market
and announced
the Okeechobee
Rodeo for many Wendell H.
years. He was Cooper
well known
throughout the region for his
auctioneering and announcing
abilities. He was an active ro-
deo participant, having been the
Southeastern Circuit Steer Wres-
tling qualifier for five years. He
won the FCA Florida State Cham-
pion five times in steer wrestling.
He attended the Brighton Baptist
Church. He loved to fish, rodeo,
break colts and ride horses.
He is survived by his five chil-


dren, Penny (Mike) Rodriguez
of Parrish, Wade (Lori) Cooper
of Parrish, Crystal Cooper of
Okeechobee, Shanda Cooper
of Alva, and Waco Cooper of
Okeechobee. In addition, he is
survived by six grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 4
until 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 at
Bass Okeechobee Chapel. Funer-
al services will be held Saturday,
Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. at the First
Baptist Church of Okeechobee
with Pastor Calvin Fryar and Jeff
Clemons of the Brighton Baptist
Church officiating. Interment will
follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, 34973.
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.


Kindergarten News
Miss Hudson's and "Miss
Becky" Raulerson's class fin-
ished their first letter for the year-
M. They made macaroni Ms and
read M stories. They read the
story about Mr. M's munching
mouth. They wrote M on their
white boards and practiced the
m sound as they went around the
school and found M and m. Next
they will slip on Super Socks for
S.
Mrs. Steiert's class is work-
ing on letter "Rr" this week. We
are making "Rainbow Rice" R's.
We are also learning about the
changing weather. We would like
to welcome in the fall weather.
Mrs. Gable's class is busy
learning to rhyme as they study
the letter R. They are also paint-
ing raccoons and talking about
other animals that begin with Rr.
Mrs. Quann's class is painting
Rainbows for the letter Rr. We


are also working on an Rr book
for our parents.
Mrs. Smith's class is excited
about her new baby, Anthony.
We can't wait to see him! We are
working on learning our letters
and their sounds so we will be
able to read. We are also learning
important new math concepts.
Mrs. K. Hackett's smarties are
rip roaring to learn about the let-
ter R. We are learning the sound
and how to write the letter Rr. We
are making radical rainbows to
decorate our classroom.
Second Grade
School News
Second graders are proud to
be able to look back and see how
far they have advanced in one
year. The children refuse to allow
the teacher to address them as
'little boys and girls', they quickly
announce, "We're big boys and
girls.


Reading, math, science and
social studies are a bit more of
a challenge these days. Believe it
or not we are into, naming parts
and telling parts of sentences.
Third and fourth graders call
these parts subjects and predi-
cates. Science has us learning in-
quiry skills, along with forms and
properties of matter.
Second graders are perfect-
ing behavior by earning enough
'Tiger Paws' to warrant a field
trip. Tiger Paws can be earned by
being especially behaved at spe-
cial are classes, bringing in daily
homework assignments, having
agendas signed five consecutive
nights, and for just being an all
around good citizen.
Accelerated Reading goals
are reaching new heights. We
are instituting a twenty-five point
classroom club that will have its
rewards. The school is creating
the fifty point and one hundred
point Accelerated Reading Clubs.


Rewards for acceptance in these
clubs will be outstanding. We are
adjusting well.
Fifth Grade News
The fifth graders are learn-
ing many new and exciting
concepts! In science, we are
studying all about matter! We've
learned that matter is everything
that takes up space, even air. We
are also studying about physical
properties of matter such as col-
or, texture, and mass. We have
also learned about the densities
of common liquids, such as wa-
ter, corn syrup, and vegetable oil
through an exciting hands-on in-
vestigation! In reading this week,
we are, studying how Mrs. Rosa
Parks was an important person
to the lives of many students be-
cause she served as a mentor to
them. We are off to a great start
this year in fifth grade at North El-
ementary School!


Pets need identification before a disaster strikes


COLLEGE STATION With
hurricane season lasting until the
end of November, it's best for you
and your furry or feathered com-
panions to be prepared before a
disaster strikes -- Mother Nature
and pets sometimes clash.
Dr. Susan Rollo, a veterinarian
at the College of Veterinary Medi-
cine and Biomedical Sciences at
Texas A&M University, says ad-
vanced preparation is the key
and a pet checklist is a must.
"Your pet should always wear
identification, but it is especially
important during disasters,"
Rollo says. "Check the tags to
make sure all of the information
is up-to-date. It's also important
that your veterinarian has your
current contact numbers and ad-
dress. You might also look into


microchipping your pet for iden-
tification purposes if you haven't
done so already."
There are also several pet
supplies that you need to have
handy and in a central location
before an impending storm.
"A sturdy leash, harness and
muzzle are recommended for
larger dogs, and well-ventilated,
plastic carriers are needed for
small dogs and cats," says Rollo.
"And don't forget about a carrier
for your bird or hamster." Be sure
that all items are in good condi-
tion and that all carriers are suit-
able for travel, she says, adding,
"It's also important to have your
name and emergency phone
number written on all items in
permanent ink."
When you're at the grocery


store purchasing food and other
necessities.for yourself and your
family, don't forget to buy some
basic items for Fluffy and Fido,
she advises.
"Food and water bowls, a lit-
ter box for cats that will fit into
the carrier and a three-day sup-
ply of food are the necessities,"
Rollo recommends. "Plenty of
towels, blankets, newspapers
and trash bags are also a good
idea. A pet can be just as stressed
as you are before and during an
emergency, so a few toys will be
a great comfort and a boredom
buster."
SImportant pet information,
medications and medical re-
cords should be placed in a wa-
tertight container. "The name
and number of your veterinarian


and a relative or friend who can
be reached in the event you are
injured or cannot care for your
pet should be included with this
information," says Rollo.
Pre-planning for your pet in
the event of a disaster is a must.
"Make arrangements with a
neighbor in case something hap-
pens when you're not at home,"
she suggests. "Give them a list
and the location of your disaster
supplies, and have a set location
to met when it is safe. Make sure
your pets are familiar with your
neighbor and that your neighbor
has a key to your home."
For more information on di-
saster preparedness for animals,
she suggests visiting the Humane
Society of the United States web-
site at http://www.hsus.org.


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Healthy Start offers
infant massage class
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition along with Spine of
Jupiter will offer free Infant Mas-
sage Classes for infants. Classes
will start Oct. 3, from 6:30 until
7:45 p.m. at the Visiting Nurses
Association, 208 S.E. Park St.,
Okeechobee. You must attend
all four classes for completion.
For information, call Claudette at
(561) 876-9526.


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.
Cancer support
group to meet
The Okeechobee Cancer Sup-
port Group will meet the first
Thursday of each month. Each
meeting will be held from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. in room 113 at


the First Baptist Church, 401
S.W Fourth St. Cancer patients,
survivors and supporters are all
invited. The group will share sto-
ries and encourage each other as
we take this journey. This support
group will provide participants
with information, resources, sup-
port, guest speakers and devo-
tional time and will help comfort
during either your battle or you
loved one's battle with cancer. For
information, call the First Baptist
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At the Movies a


The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill..
Movie times for Friday, Sept.
14, through Thursday, Sept. 20,
are as follows:
Theatre I -"Superbad" (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 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.
S-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.
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close family friend were both
Skilled in a car crash.
Every time I hear a sad song
or a song my aunt or the friend
liked, I want to cry, but I can't. In
school, when I hear something
that reminds me of my aunt, I
want to cry, but I don't want to
humiliate myself.
My little sister is very new to
the whole death situation. She
doesn't know how to handle it,
so she expresses it in anger. Can
you help me? Missing My
Aunt in New York
DEAR MISSING YOUR
AUNT: Please accept my deep-
est sympathy for your loss. Death
is hard for anyone to cope with,
but at the tender ages of you and
your sister it can be particularly
traumatic.
You could both benefit from
I grief counseling, because talking
IN about your feelings is an effective
and healthy way to deal with loss.
Also, if you feel the need to cry,
remember that tears are healing.
If you are embarrassed to cry
in front of schoolmates, excuse
yourself and do it in private.
Sometimes people need help
in finding their way through the
grief process. Your parents, cler-
gyperson or a counselor at school
can help you get it. So please
Don't wait to ask.

*DEAR ABBY: I did some-
thing I really regret. I was given
a beautifully wrapped gift for my
wedding. I was told what it was
and, because I had already re-
ceived one as a gift, I decided to
give it to someone else who was
being married. The problem is, I
Never opened the beautiful pack-
age.
Later I realized there could
have been a card inside with my
name on it. I have a feeling the re-
cipient of the regifted item found
something that let her know it
was not meant for them. Should I


confront the person and fess up?
It has been 12 years, and she is
my husband's relative. Needless
to say, I have not been invited to
any more family bridal showers,
baby showers, etc. I feel so guilty.
Please warn people not to make
the same mistake. Caught
Regifting in Delaware
DEAR CAUGHT REGIFTING:
I'm pleased to oblige. However, I
see nothing wrong with regifting,
as long as it isn't obvious, and ob-
viously you should have checked
the gift and rewrapped it before
sending it to the bridal couple.
What I do see as problematic
is the fact that you have been
excluded from family gatherings
for the last 12 years. By all means
say something to this relative. Be-
gin by telling her how much you
enjoyed the gift you were given,
which is why when you discov-
ered you had a duplicate, you
passed the gift along to her. Then
listen to what she has to say.

*DEAR ABBY: What is your
opinion of a husband who plans
a cruise with you and then invites
most of his co-workers none of
whom are taking their husbands?
So, now I'm going on a cruise
with 10 women and my husband.
What do you think about that? -
- Diane in Browns Mills, NJ.
DEAR DIANE: A couple of
thoughts come to mind. Your
husband may be trying to write
off the cruise as a business ex.
pense and when tax season is
here, it will be interesting to see
how the IRS reacts. It also ap-
pears your husband has some is-
sues regarding intimacy because
he seems to have gone to great
lengths to prevent you from hav-
ing much quiet time together.
Dear Abby is written by Abi-
gail Van Buren, also known as
Jeanne Phillips, and was found-
ed by her mother, Pauline Phil-
lips. Write Dear Abby at www.
DearAbby.com or PO. Box 69440,
Los Angeles, CA 90069.


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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
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22nd, 8am-lpm, 2762 SW
16th St. Moving Sale, Furni-
ture, Odds & Ends, lots of
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Employment
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230




EXPERIENCED
ESTIMATOR/PROJECT MGR
for plumbing contractor.
Good pay, benefit pkg.
DFWP (863)763-6461


CUSTOMER SERVICE
REPRESENTATIVE:
For Insurance Agency.
Must be licensed w/ 2 years
experience (minimum).
Competitive wages. Fax
resumes to: 863-467-7263
-ELECTRICIANS-
& Apprentices
Min. 2 yrs. exp. needed for
National Electrical Contractor
for area project. Top Pay for
Top Performers. Drug test
required. For interview call
1-866-628-5726. E0E
IMMEDIATE OPENINGS:
Need experienced
FINISH DOZER AND
TRACK HOE OPERATORS;
also END DUMP DRIVERS for
full time work. Drug-Free
Workplace. Healthcare and
401K benefits.
Call Optimum Services
at 863-467-2572.
Lawn Service Now Hiring
Must have min. 1 yr. exp.
w/commercial lawn service,
valid dr. lie., over 18, willing
to work long hours. Call
863-467-8001,9-5

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garage? Adverse your
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guaranteed income from
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true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
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before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
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complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
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long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
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RESIDENT MANAGER
Needed for:
Government Subsidized
Apartments in Okeechobee.
Maintenance experience
a MUST.
Apartment Rent, Electric
& Wateris provided.
Please fax resume to:
863-683-4693



DRIVER NEEDED
FiT Class A CDL required.
Local run. Good pay.
Call (863)467-2982 9a-3p
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
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Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734

Join all the people who
say, "I sold it In the clas-
sifeds."


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques '510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Matetfjqi50.
Business Equipi)ent ,545
Carpets/Rugs", ''5b
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565.
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 50.
Crafts/Suppliqs 185
Cruises 590
Orapesi Linens & aFt~hs I
Fireplace Fixture 600"
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Itemis, 630
Jewelry ,635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675.
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715,
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




STORAGE SHEDS .
Easy financing
Delivery included
800-330-8106



MALTESE, male & female,
Shots & papers. $450 & up.
(863)983-1970

Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 81Q
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services .
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830'
Fertilizer 835
Horses .. 840
Landscaping'
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850,
Livestock 8551
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 86'




TRACTOR, JCB Combination,
1996, 214 Series, 4WD, new
tires, good condition:
$18,000 (561)202-4136 '


SHOW HEIFERS, reg., short
horns, very high quality, gen-
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BEAUTIFUL
SAMANTHA'S GARDEN
APARTMENTS
In Town, 2br/2ba, $900
mo. + $600. sec. dep.
(863)634-5780 or
(863)467-9250
FURNISHED APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044
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3BR/2BA Duplex
$850 mo.
863-634-5283.
NW OKEECHOBEE: 2BR, 2BA,
on quiet St. Kids & pets ok.
$750-$850/mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. 561-346-1642.
OAK LAKE VILLA, 2BR/2BA,
$850 mo. Call
,(863)467-1933
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

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KINGS BAY, 2BR, 1BA,
appliances included.
$700/mo. 1st, last & sec.
dep. (863)763-2414
OAK LAKE VILLAS, 2 Bdrm., 2
Ba., Condo. $950 mo. Call
(863)763-2838
OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $750/mo.
Includes lawn & water.
(954)290-0861


AFFORDABLE NEW HOUSES
3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, bring pets, 1000/mo
& up. (561)723-2226
BRAND NEW, 3BR's/2BA's,
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
1-800-543-2495.
CBS, 2br/1ba, near library,
$900 mo., 1st, last & sec.
Sdep., incl. apple's fenced
backyard. (863)697-6412
DIXIE RANCH ACRES- 3ba,
2ba, t;ji[ I-.T Carport.
$1100. mo.
1-800-543-2495
OKEE., 3br, 1ba, Carport,
Yard, W/D, Partly Furnished
$1050. mo + Sec.-Close to
town. (954)658-0108
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. 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


WATERFRONT: 2BR, 1lV BA
Treasure Island. Fenced yd.
$875 mo. (772)359-6584
mardelvar@comcast.net.


Real Estate




Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




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

NEW HOME ON YOUR LOT!
Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495
OKEECHOBEE- 3/1, CBS, re-
modeled, tiled, new apple, 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



BASSWOOD ESTATE,
V 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



TREASURE ISLAND, 3br, 3ba,
Screened in ground pool,
Many other extras. $275K.
(863)467-7124


Mobile Homes




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Mobile Home Parts 2010
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Mobile Homes Sale 2020




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

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LABELLE, New 3BR/2BA dbl
wide, w/d, 2.5 acres, fenced,
owner mows, good credit,
d/w. $1100. (239)910-5115
MH, 828 Hwy 441 SE.
lbr/lba, walk in closet, $550
mo., $600 mo., 1st mo. rent
+ $200 sec. (863)610-1386
OKEE., 2BR 2ba Unfurn on Ca-
nal. Easy access to lake. Close
to town $650mo + Sec
772-794-2438 or 538-8183



OKEECHOBEE: 2 Bdrm.,1 Ba.
Mobile Home. Nice lot, fenced
back yard, front porch. Will
lease w/option to buy. $700/
month. Owner financing.
(863)634-3451.

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

RIM CANAL, 2BR/1BA,
w/deck, incl. appl's, $650
mo. + sec. dep., 8022 Hwy.
441 SE. 863-697-6412
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES DW
Mobile, 3/2, furnished, C/A,
boat dock, adults only.
$900/mo. & 1st, last, & $500
sec. (954)260-1933
WATERFRONT PROPERTY
Okeechobee 3br, 2ba, Lake
access-when lake is up, No
pets. $1150 mo 1st & sec.
dep. (561)927-8211
Available 10/7/07



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

MUST SEE MODULAR
Too many amenities to list
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Financing available
800-330-8106


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(863)983-3016

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


Recreation



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



PONTOON- '06, 20', Fiesta,
50hp Merc., Fish finder, Seat
covers, Built in airater,
$10,000. Neg. 863-467-7124


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




HONDA CIVIC- '96, 2 dr, Tilt,
Full power, New tires, 87K
orig. mi. Runs good. $3500.
(863)467-3070 or 697-6670


Public Notices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500




LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
The Treasure Coast Workforce Consor-
tium announces a public meeting, via
conference call, to which all persons
are invited to participate:
Date& Time:
Monday, September 24, 2007-
8:30 a.m.
Place: St. Lucie County Annex Building
County Administrator's
Conference Room
2300 Virginia Avenue 3rd Floor
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
PURPOSE To appoint persons to serve
on the Treasure Coast Workforce De-
velopment Board and to discuss mat-
ters concerning the Workforce
Investment Act, Workforce Employ-
ment Opportunities, the Welfare Tran-
sition Program, One-Stop Career
Centers and the Workforce Develop-
ment Board. A copy of the agenda
may be obtained by contacting:
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure oast
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Phone: 772/335-3030
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Consortium with
respect to any matter considered at
the above referenced meeting, they will
need to ensure a verbatim recording of
the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based, in or-
der to provide a record for judicial re-
view.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 2007 CP 188
IN RE' ESTATE OF
KENNETH PAUL CHRISTENSEN
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of Ken-
neth Paul Christensen, deceased,
whose date of death was June 12,
2007, is pending in the Circuit Court
for Okeechobee County, Florida, Pro-
bate Division, the address of which is
304 Northwest Second Street, Okee-
chobee County, Florida 34972. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth be-
low.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OF 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate must
file their claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication of this notice
is September 20th, 2007.
Personal Representative:
David Christensen
800 SW 87th Terrace
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Donia A. Roberts
Attorney for David Christensen
Florida Bar No. 0829676
1100 North Main Street, Suite C
Belle Glade, Florida 33430
Telephone: (561 993-0990
Fax: (561) 993-9020
239128 ON 9/20,27/07
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
TWENTIETH JUDICIAL OF FLORIDA
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CASE NO. 2006-CA-327
ACCREDITED HOME LENDERS, INC.,
A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION
Plaintiff, et. al.,
vs.
REMAIN LEE FRANK, ETAL
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
July 19, 2007, and entered in Case
No. 2006-CA-327, of the Circuit Court
of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and
for Okeechobee County, Florida,
wherein ACCREDITED HOME LEND-
ERS, INC. A CALIFORNIA CORPORA-
TION is a Plaintiff and DEMAIN LEE
FRANK AKA DEMAIN FRANK, IF LIV-
ING, AND IF DEAD, THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT-
EES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDI-
TORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHER
PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY,
THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST DE-
MAIN LEE FRANK AKA REMAIN
FRANK; HOLLY ANN FRANK, IF LIVING
AND IF DEAD, THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT-
EES, ASSIGNEES, LEINORS, CREDI-
TOS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHER
PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY,
THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST HOL-
LY ANN FRANK, MORTGAGE ELEC-
TRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS,
INC. (MERSI; UNKNOWN TENANT #1;
UNKNOWN TENANT # 2; are the De-
fendants. I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 N.W 3rd
St.,Okeechobee, FL, at 11:00 A.M. on
October 10, 2007, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said Fi-
nal Judgment, to wit:
LOT 16 AND 17, BLOCK 48, EL MIRA
SOL, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
2, PAGE'1; PUBLIC RECORDS 'OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
By:/S/Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
237689 ON 09/20,27/07
LEGAL NOTICE
PUBLIC AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT
JOHN'S TOWING SERVICE STORAGE
LOT LOCATED AT 704 NORTHEAST
2ND AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL
34972 ON OCTOBER 5, 2007 AT 9:00
A.M. PURSUANT TO FLORIDA STAT-
UTE 713.78 FOR UNPAID TOWING
AND STORAGE CHARGES. YEAR
MAKE MODEL AND VIN ARE AS FOL-
LOWS:
1999 Ford F-150
VIN #1FTZF1828XNB65258
1986 Pontiac Bonnieville
VIN#2G2GR69H4G2256333
2000 NIssan Quest
-VIN#4N2XN11T8YD809701
TERMS OF SALE ARE CASH, AND NO
CHECKS WILL ACCEPTED. SELLER
RESERVES THE RIGHT OF FINAL BID.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL NO REFUNDS
WILL BE MADE I SAID AUTOMOBILES
WILL BE SOLD "AS IS" CONDITION
WITH NO GUARANTEE'S
238826 ON 9/20/07

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PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE
DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OF INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY
COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR
BOARD MEETING IMMEDIATELY
FOLLOWING THE DEDICATION OF
THE SCHUMANN CENTER AT 1:00
PM ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25,
2007 IN ROOM 128 IN THE SCHU-
MANN CENTER ON THE INDIAN
RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MUELLER CAMPUS AT 6155 COL-
LEGE LANE, VERO BEACH, FLORI-
DA 32966. ANY PERSONS
WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT
BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION AR-
GUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES
OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT
EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT
FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE
MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF
THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN
DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF
TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISH-
ING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS
OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT
TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT
SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A
RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS,
AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY
NEED-TO ENSURE THAT A VERBA-
TIM RECORD OF THE PROCEED-
INGS IS MADE.
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Community Events


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


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.


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering
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 consists of six, one-hour classes.
You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. No
child care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.


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

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

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 (56-1) 845-2323, ext. 1203 or (772) 215-8360.
All blood types are needed. There is no upper age limit, and most med-
ications and conditions are acceptable. Diabetes and blood pressure
donations can also be accepted. A picture ID is needed for all donors.

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 Mid-
dle School, 925, N.W. 23 Lane, English as a second language classes,
Monday -Wednesday 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.; Everglades Elementary,
3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a second language classes, Tuesday
and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.

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


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, Septemrber 25, 2007, 7:00 p.m. (EDT)
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 email (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 contacting:
Okeechobee Battlefield at (561) 744-9814. If 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 emai (Mark.Nelson@dep.state.f.us).
238030 ON 9/16-22/07

PUBLIC WORKSHOP NOTICE
The South Florida Water Management District announces a public workshop to
which all interested parties are invited:
DATE: September 24, 2007
TIME: 9:00 am -4:00 pm
LOCATION: Westgate River Ranch Resort; in the Lodge
(SR 60, 30 miles west of YeeHaw Juncton)
PURPOSE: Identify key issues regarding public use on SFWMD owned lands
on the Lower Kissimmee Chain of Lakes
A copy of the issues to be discussed at the workshop can be obtained at
http/lconsensus fsu,edulFWC/kcl html or by contacting:
Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium
Florida State University
Shaw Bldg., Suite 132
2031 E. Paul Dirac Dr
Tallahassee, FL 32310
SFWMD Form No. 1075
237486 ON 9/20/07

REQUEST FOR BIDS (RFB 6000000125
S-129, S-131 & S-133 MICROWAVE TOWERS,
GLADES & OKEECHOBEE COUNTIES, FLORIDA
The South Florida Water Management Distric'will receive sealed bids through the
Procurement Office, B-1 Bldg., 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida
33406, for S-129, S-131 & S-133 Microwave Towers, Glades & Okeechobee
Counties, FL on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. local time, at which
timely submitted bids will be opened and publicly read. Work includes construc-
tion of three 190' microwave towers, each with a pre-cast concrete microwave
equipment shelter; installation of two stand-by generator systems including pre-
cast generator buildings & fuel line connections to existing tanks; installation of
communications & power conduit systems & conductors; relocation of overhead
electrical lines; earthwork; paving: fencing & sodding. An OPTIONAL pre-bid con-
ference will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at SFWMD
Okeechobee Field Station, 1000 NE 40th Ave, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Direc-
tions from 1-95: West on Blue Heron Blvd/ Beeline Hwy. Turn right at SR70; then
left at NE 40th Ave. For directions call (863) 462-5280. A site visit will immedi-
ately follow.
All bids must conform to the instructions in the Request for Bidders (RFB). Interest-
ed respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB by obtaining a CO for
$5.00 at the above address, by calling (561) 682-6391, or by calling the 24-hour
BID HOTLINE 800-472-5290. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. In-
formation on the status of this solicitation can be obtained at our web site -
www.sfwmd.gov.
238752 ON 9/20/07


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2007 CA 161
WELLS FARGO BANK, NA,
Plaintiff
vs.
YVETTE S. MARSHALL, et al,
Defendants
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
the 12th day of September 2007, and
entered in Case No. 2007 CA 161, of
the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial
Circuit and for Okeechobee County,
Horida, wherein WELLS FARGO BANK,
NA is the Plaintiff and YVETTE S.
MARSHALL; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
YVETTE S. MARSHALL; JOHN DOE;
JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANT (S)
IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT
PROPERTY are defendants. I will sell
to the highest and best bidder for cash
at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDI-
CIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET,
JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, SECOND
FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA
34972- at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, in OKEECHOBEE, Florida,
at 11:00 a.m. on the 24th day of Octo-
her, 2007, the following described
property as set forth in said Final Judg-
ment, to wit:
LOT 35, BLOCK 53, BASSWOOD, UNIT
5, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THERE-
OF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3,
PAGE 51, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-
IN 60 DAYS AFTER THEIR SALE.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilites Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired) or
1-.80-955-8770 (voice impaired).
Dated this 12th day of Sept., 2007.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of The Circuit Court
By:/S/Linda F.Young
n tnuip Clerk








Okeechobee News, Thursday, September 20, 2007 11


Service Club Briefs


American Legion

Post #64
The American Legion Post #64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
The Post phone number is (863)
763-2950.
American Legion Post #64 is
open Monday to Saturday from 11
a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from
I until 9 p.m.
Our kitchen is open and serv-
ing a regular menu. The hours of
operation are: Monday through
Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos and margarita
served from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
with David Copper from 3 until 6
p.m.; Sunday from 4 until 9 p.m.
Sunday NASCAR on big
screen TV. Quarter pound hot
dogs, pizza and $1 draft beer will
be offered. David Copper from 4
until 7 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
The Sons of the American Le-
gion steak dinner will be held on
the third Sunday of each month
from 3 until 6 p.m. The dinner
will include steak, baked potato,
salad, dessert, coffee and tea.
Friday night dinners will re-
sume on Sept. 21..Dinners will be
served from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
It is time to pay your dues for
the Legion and Auxiliary.
We are planning a Christ-
mas party for children and vet-
erans in the nursing home. We
are also planning scholarships
for Okeechobee High School se-,
niors.
We are planning a free din-
ner for everyone who has paid
their dues by Nov. 1.

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

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located
at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For informa-
tion on events, call (863) 763-
2552 .
Every Tuesday bingo at 1
p.m. Food will be available for a
donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until ? Food will be avail-
able.
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday: Aux-
iliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 do-
nation. Music will be by Jimmy
Harper.
Saturday and Sundays: mu-
sic at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast cooked to order from 9 until
11 a.m. for $5 donation.

Okeechobee Masonic

Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Matt Buxton
at (863) 357-9992.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second
and fourth Monday of each
month starting at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29: fish fry
dinner at the Lodge from 4 un-


til 7 p.m. It will be open to the
public with a suggested dona-
tion of $6.

Order of the Eastern

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

Moose Family

Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. The lodge dur-
ing the summer will be noon until
8 p.m., or later. For information
and meal menus, call the Lodge
at (863) 763-4954. Guests are in-
vited to enjoy the activities and
consider membership. The main
hall is open for activities.
Breakfast first Sunday of ev-
ery month from 8 to 11 a.m.
Every Monday evening-pool
and poker tournaments.
LOOM meets every second
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
WOTM meets every second
and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Officers meetings, men and
women, are the first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
LOOM officers meeting first
and third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Every Thursday and Sunday:
horseshoes at 2 p.m.
Every Thursday: $5 supper
and women's fun ,night. Line
dancing lessons.
Every Sunday: horseshoes at
2 p.m.; free pool games all day.
Bar bingo Friday at 6 p.m.
Food is available.
Every Saturday: dinner at
5:30 p.m. for a $7 donation.
Moose Races Saturday at 2
p.m.
Watch for yard sale

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W. 34 St. Events
are seasonal, contact the Post at
(863) 763-0818 for information or
write the Post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The Post
opens at noon Monday through
Sunday.
Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: .50-cent hot dogs
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be
available. Everyone is welcome.
Wednesday: dinner from 4
until 6 p.m. for a donation.


Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Food
will be available. Karaoke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m.
Friday: hot food by David
Lee from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: bar bingo at 1
p.m. for members and guests. Ka-
raoke will be from 6 until 10 p.m.
Food will be available.
Sunday: dinner will be avail-
able from 2 until 4 p.m., and will
be followed by karaoke from 6
until 10p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting and ladies aux-
iliary meeting at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive
is under way, and the post is striv-
ing for 100 percent. For informa-
tion, contact the quartermaster at
(863) 763-0818.
Big screen TV for all events.
There will be a summer ka-
raoke league on Sept. 22 from
7:30 until 9:30 p.m. The league
is open to the public. Everyone is
eligible to enter including karaoke
hosts and members of bands. For
more information call David Lee
at 863-697-9002 or Bill at the VFW
at 863-763-0818.

VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at
1 p.m. on Sunday.
Monday: $1.50 tacos till 6
p.m.
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary
Dinner 5:30 p.m. ($6)
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch isiavail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Aux-
iliary.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry, chicken fin-
gers or shrimp from 5 until 8 p.m.
along with live music and danc-
ing.
Saturday: dollar dogs, sau-
sage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing will start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. NAS-
CAR on two big screen TV's.
The Ladies Auxiliary is look-
ing for any family members of
Okeechobee residents currently
serving overseas. We are forward-
ing packages of needed items to
our active service personnel. For
more information or if you would
like to donate items please con-
tact us, Cheryl Benoit at (863)
697-2930:.
The Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are held the first Sunday


Community Events


Church hosting fellowship activities
The Fort Drum Community Church will be holding a men's fellow-
ship breakfast at Ruck's Pit every other Saturday starting at 6:30 a.m.,
and a women's fellowship every other Monday starting at 6:30 a.m.
For information or if you need transportation to and from these activi-
ties, 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 ohsl988reunion@yahoo.com. We will update you
after each planning committee meeting. Also, if you have any ideas or
would like to be on the committee let us know in your e-mail.

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.


NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING


The South Florida Water Management District

has tentatively adopted a budget

for FY2007-2008.



A public hearing to make a

FINAL DECISION

on the budget AND TAXES

will be held on



Tuesday, September 25, 2007

at 5:15 p.m.



at the South Florida Water Management District

Headquarters Building, B-1 Auditorium

3301 Gun Club Road

West Palm Beach, Florida 33406

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of every month at noon. Men's summer.
Auxiliary meetings are the second
Wednesday of every month at VFW 1
6:30 p.m.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the The V
schedule of events. ed at 200:
Ridge. Fo

Okeechobee 467-2882

Shrine Club We ar
The Okeechobee Shrine new mem
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will Auxiliary,
meet the first and third Thursday and AMV
of each month at 8 p.m. The club *
is also available for weddings and iary dinn
parties. For information call the AmVets.
club at (863) 763-3378, or Keith at Eve,
(863) 634-2682. at 12:45 p
Sunday: Every second Sun-
day of the month there will be a
Bike Sunday from noon until 7
p.m. There will be food, juke-
box, big screen T.V and an Oasis
Lounge. For more information,
call the club at (863) 763-3378.

Cypress Hut Eagles

#4509
The Cypress Hut Fraternal
Order of Eagles post #4509 locat-
ed on U.S. 441 S.E. is now open to
members daily from 10 a.m. until Me
10 p.m. with Saturday lunch spe-
cials. New members are always r
welcome. Information can be |
found by visiting www.foe4509.
com or calling (863) 467-1154.
Tuesday: pasta night from 5 I
p.m. until ? I
Saturday: Tex-Mex food and
margarita special from 1 until 5 L.
p.m.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is (863)
763-2250.
Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
Wednesday: cards and
games social at 7 p.m. If you have
a game you wish to play, bring it.
Thursday: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call
the Lodge for the menu.
Thursday: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
Friday: dinner served from
5 until 7:15 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who CAC1813894
is playing. Offer expi
Saturday: dinner from 6 ate off
p.m. until ? Call for the menu. **Specific Ext
Saturday: karaoke night Certificate an
starting at 8 p.m. operated husir
No bingo for the rest of the


'ost #9528
FW Post #9528 is locat-
2 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
ir information, call (863)
. Post opens at noon,
through Sunday.
e taking applications for
nbers for the VFW, Ladies
, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
ETS ladies auxiliary.
wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
er and Men's Auxiliary or
Music will be available.
ry Thursday is bar bingo
p.m. Lunch will be avail-


able.


able.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for an $11 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
The House Committee meeting is
on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Com-
mander Mike Hall at (863) 467-
2882.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.


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BUDGET SUMMARY
SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
COMBINED STATEMENT OF PROJECTED REVENUES AND BUDGETED EXPENDITURES
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2007 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2008


PROJECTED REVENUE
Ad Valorem- District
Ad Valorem- Okeechobee Basin
Ad Valorem- Big Cypress Basin
Ad Valorem Everglades Restoration
Agricultural Privilege Taxes
Intergovernmental
Licenses, Permnits &.Fees
Investment Income
Miscellaneous
Department Charges
TOTAL REVENUES
Fund Balance: Designated
TOTAL PROJECTED REVENUES
AND BALANCES
Operating Transfers (Net)
TOTAL
Encumbrances Funded by Fund Balance
Encumbrances Funded by Future Revenue
TOTAL PROJECTED REVENUES.
BALANCES AND TRANSFERS
BuDCETED EXPENDITURES
Corporate Resources
CEPP
coastal watersheds
District Everglades
Kissimmee Watershed
Lake Okeechobee
Land Stewardship
Mission Support
Modeling & Scientific Support
Operations & Maintenance
Regulation
Water Supply
Corporate Resources Total
Everglades Restoration Resources
CERP
Coastal Watersheds
District Everglades
Kissimmee Watershed
Lake Okeechobee
Land Stewardship
Mission Support
SModeling & Scientific Support
Operations & Maintenance
Water Supply
iverglades Restoration Resources Total
O&M Resources
CERP
Coastal Watersheds
District Everglades
Kissimmee Watershed
Lake Okeechobee
Land Stewardship
Mission Support
Modeling & Scientific Support
Operations & Maintenance
Regulation
Water Supply
O&M Resources Total
Water Resources
CERP
Coastal Watersheds
District Everglades
Kissimmee Watershed
Lake Okeechobee
Mission Support
Modeling & Scientific Support
Operations & Maintenance
Regulation
Water Supply
Water Resources Total
Res/Debt/FeeslCharges
CERP
Coastal Watersheds
District Everglades
Lake Okeechobee
Land Stewardship
Mission Support
Operations & Maintenance
Regulation
Water Supply
Res/Debt/Fees/Charges Total
TOTAL BUDGETED EXPENDITURES
EIJCUMBRANCES
!TOTAL BUDGETED EXPENDITURES
fND ENCUMBPANCES


Millages
0.2549
0.2797
0.2265
0.0894


GENERAL
FUND
$229.055.729


0
4,530,950
2.900.000
5.019,276


TOTAL SPECIAL TOTAL CAPITAL INTERNAL
REVENUE PROJECTS SERVICE
FUNDS FUNDS FUND


229,094,304
18,109.332

109,048,429
513,035
4,023,000
4.000,000


73.224.994
11.600.000
193,588,381
0
1,882,000


6,182.442
241.505,955 364,788,100 280,295.375 6,182,442
11,338.279 49,017,085 328,344,946 1,600,000


2562.,82344
(44,485.033)
20819,736.996201
19,736.996


(118.962,378)
294.842.807
75,482,106
8,637,882


60.040.321
163.759,315

160.052,876
11,703,431


$228.096.197 $378.962.795 $944155.


$76.766 $S3922,120
49.602 19.634,982
1.028.418
1.832,531 520.360
4,852.929 4.200,000
167,659
86,271,328 6,242,385
387.340
782,428 1,923,406 7,410,000
1,171.429 53.386
346,610 2,331,636
89,008,734 37,116,680 17,080,808


467,265
86.054
374.441
535.719
4,569,173
153.273
161.709
6,347,834


50,330
36.609
728.933
23,714,070
10,500,033
147,093
1.255.712
36,432,780


104,182 23,623
13,779,059
187,932 983,843
944.544
717,106
105.600 119.212
378.611
11,203,839 81,843,302
261.684
772,308 10,955
13,014,156 98,421.644


3,445.750
137.196
41,115
23.475
9.601,069
43.992
17.144,422
34,544.013
64,981,032


6.847,480
2,468.911
3.793.748
19,343.758

34.879
21.747.478
54.236,254


250,000
10.000,000 6.784.487
228.671
19.620,106
7,252.025
17,084,645 13,540,939
20.980.221


423.000
7,500.000
36.007.645
208.359,201 __
19,736.996


407.499.916
1,775,000
31,806.450
10,816.000
23,431.605
840.000



476,168,971

2.661,484
11,270.303


46.557.114

60,488,901

3,855.934
2,107.357
18.070.732
11.000.000


36,034,023

77,906.664
10,022.657
32,732,506
57,510.000
1,455,016
4.000.000


68,636,449 183,626,843
294.842,807 772.399.636
84.119.988 171.756.307


TRUST & TOTAL
AGENCY TENTATIVE
FUND BUDGET
$229,055.729
229,094,304
18,109,332
73,224,994
11.600.000
302,636,810
5.043.985
300,000 9,105,000
9,019,276
6,182,442
300,000 893,071,872
11,904 390.312,214


(311,904)
7782.442
21,694


1.283.384.086

255,293,672
20,341,313


$7.804.136


$3.998.886
19.684,584
1,028,418
2,352,891
9.052.929
167.659
7,782,442 100,296,155
387,340
10,115,831
1,224,815
2,678,246
7,782.442 0 160,987,754


407,550.246
2,278,874
31,806,450
11,630,987
47,145,675
11.714,474
682,812
4.569,173
1.408,985
161,709
0 0 818,949,385


2.661.484
127,805
25,049,362
1,171,775
944,544
717,106
224,812
378,611
139,604.255
261.684
783,263
0 171,924,701

3.855.934
12.400,587
20,.539,643
3,930,.944
30,384.873
23,475
9.601,069
78,871
17,144.422
56,291.491
0 184,251,309

78,156,664
26,787.144
32,961,177
77,130,106
7,252.025
32.080.600
24.980.221
423,000
7.500.000
0 287,270,937
1,283,384.086
0 275,634.985


0
7,782.442
21,694


res 11/16/2007.


1


I S7.604.1 19 $1,559,019,071 1


$228,096,197 $378,962.79 $944,155.94







12 SPORTS Okeechobee News, Thursday, September 20, 2007


Okeechobee to host BFL tourney


'Submitted to Okeechobee News/Frank Coker

Winter Adult Flag Football champions
The John's Towing team took the 2007 Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation Depart-
ment Winter Adult Flag Football League championship with a 13-1 record. Team members
were (front row, left to right) Russ Brown, Jimmy Mills, Brad Gibson, Brian Hagan and
Mark Ward; (back row, left to right) Chris Hickman, Rob Coleman, Gene Thomas, Jess
Manson, Harry Tewksbury, Bobby Steiert and Heith Whipple. Not pictured were Cody Sto-
rey and Brandon Storey.


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The Everglades Division of the
$8.8 million Wal-Mart Bass Fish-
ing League (BFL) will visit Lake
Okeechobee at C. Scott Driver
Park on Sept. 29-30 for its final
regular-season event. As many as
200 boaters and 200 co-anglers
are expected to compete in the
tournament, which will award as
much as $76,500 in cash, includ-
ing a top award of $9,000 in the
boater division.
The two-day Super Tourna-
ment will start with the full field
competing Saturday and contin-
ue with the top 20 percent of the
field competing Sunday. Winners
will be determined by the heavi-
est two-day catch.
If the winner is a participant
in the Ranger.Cup incentive pro-
gram, he will receive a $1,000
bonus from Ranger Boats and
$500 from Yamaha if his boat is
powered by Yamaha. Ranger will
award $500 to the highest-finish-
ing Ranger Cup participant if not
the winner, and Yamaha will kick
in $250 if the boat is powered by
Yamaha. Bombardier will award
$1,000 to the winning boater if the
winner's boat is equipped with a
qualifying Evinrude E-TEC or Di-
rect Injection outboard. That's a
potential top award of $11,000 for
anglers who meet contingency
guidelines.
The winning co-angler will
earn as much as $4,500 cash.
Snickers Big Bass awards of up
to $1,500 and $750, respectively,
will also be awarded in the boater
and co-angler divisions.
Anglers may register for the
tournament online at FLWOut-
doors.com or by calling (270)
252-1000. Onsite registration will
be held Sept. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m.
at the Wal-Mart store located at
2101 S. Parrott Ave. Entry fees are
$300 for boaters and $150 for co-
anglers.
C. Scott Driver Park in
Okeechobee will host takeoffs at


7 a.m. and weigh-ins beginning
at 3 p.m.
The top 40 boaters and 40
co-anglers in the Everglades Di-
vision standings following the
Lake Okeechobee Super Tourna-
ment will advance to the no-en-
try-fee Lake Seminole Regional
Championship in Bainbridge,
Ga., on Oct. 25-27, where boat-
ers will fish against top qualifi-
ers from the Bulldog, Dixie and
Savannah River divisions for a
new Ranger boat and a Chevy
truck. Co-anglers will fish for a
new Ranger boat. Seven regional
championships will each send
six boaters and six co-anglers to
the no-entry-fee, 2008 Wal-Mart
BFL All-American presented by
Chevrolet, which features a $1
million purse and a top award of
$140,000 in the boater division
ant $70,000 in the co-angler divi-
sion. Anglers who compete in all
five regular-season events within
a division, but do not advance
to a regional championship, are
eligible to compete in the Chevy
Wild Card, which will also -send
six boaters and six co-anglers
to the All-American for a total
of 48 boaters and 48 co-anglers
advancing through BFL competi-
tion.
The winning boater and win-
ning co-angler at the All-Ameri-
can will advance to the no-entry-
fee $2 million 2008 Forrest Wood
Cup on Lake Murray in Colum-
bia, S.C., Aug. 14-17, 2008. This
event, featuring a top award of
$1 million, is the most lucrative
tournament in all of competitive
bass fishing. In all, the BFL: offers
weekend anglers the opportunity
to qualify for three no-entry-fee
championships with total cash


awards exceeding $3 million. Ad-
ditionally, the top 40 boaters and
40 co-0anglers from each BFL di-
vision may move up to the Stren
Series for 2008, while All-Ameri-
can champions have the option
to advance directly to the Wal-
Mart FLW tour.
In BFL competition, boaters
supply the boat and compete
from the front deck against other
boaters. Co-anglers compete
from the back deck against other
co-anglers.
As the nation's leading provid-
er of affordable, close-to-home
weekend tournaments, the BFL
is widely credited with opening
competitive bass fishing to the
masses. It also serves as a step-
ping stone for anglers who wish
to advance to the Stren Series and
ultimately, the FLW tour, bass
fishing's most lucrative tourna-
ment circuit.
Named after the legendary
founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest
L. Wood, FLW Outdoors adminis-
ters the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-
Mart FLW Series, Stren Series,
Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League,
Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail
presented by Abu Garcia, Ranger
Owners Tournament Champion-
ship Series, Wal-Mart FLW Wall-
eye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye
League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish
Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Se-
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