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EES vocabulary
is expanding
Most of our children will
learn a language with ease.
They can learn to speak, listen
and communicate. By the time
they enter school most children
have a vocabulary of over 3,000
words. Speaking is a normal,
innate ability; reading is not.
There is not a specialized area
of the brain for reading. It is
developed as the child attends
school. It is very important that
your child is in the class room
from the very beginning of the
school day to the very end of
the school day. Every day is an
educational day and learning
takes place. So please help your
child by getting them to school
on time at 8:10 a.m. and letting
them finish until 2:50 p.m.
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OHS cross-country
team shows
power at meet
The Brahman cross-coun-
try team proved that they will
be a force to reckon with this
season when they added six
more wins to their resume at
the St. Cloud Invitational meet
on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
The Lady Brahman junior
varsity team made people sit up
and take notice by taking the top
four spots in their race. Graciela
Varela captured first place with
a time of 23:59. Heather Tinsley
was a close second with 24:05,
followed by Laura Serrano in
third and Olivia Skeen in fourth.
Anna Lugo, the only senior on
the team round out the scoring.
Jennifer Pinon, Nicole Hedrick,
and Brittny Henry all ran well
and helped the JV girls with the
team title.
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Brief

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


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
Management
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.


Index
Classifieds .9.10
Comics 8
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword... 9
Obituaries.................................. 6
Opinion.............. 4
Speak Out ............................. .... 4
Sports..................................... 11
TV ....... 10
Weather 2

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Low water


Appeals, lawsuits
give shape to the
condition of the lake

By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
INI Florida
CLEWISTON -- Local in-
dustries are still feeling the im-
pact from the water shortage
currently affecting the Lake
Okeechobee area. With the
emphasis being on conserva-
tion, some businesses that rely


on the water supply are hurting
- including the sugar industry.
The rainy season has yet to
produce enough rain to replen-
ish the lake's water level, and
most experts agree that the wa-
ter shortage will not be lifted at
the end of the period.
Several weeks ago, the dis-
trict voted against using back-
pumping as a method of replac-
ing some of the water in Lake
Okeechobee that is being lost to
Mother Nature.
District officials could not ap-
prove the measure, they said,


bring

knowing that the small gains in
the lake would be outweighed
by any harmful effects on the
environment.
"I'm kind of disappointed,"
said Bubba Wade, U.S. Sugar
executive and a member of the
water district's governing board.
S"I've been at U.S. Sugar since
1977. I've seen all this happen.
I've seen all the hype and mis-
information about what back-
pumping really is."
According to Mr. Wade, the
industry, as well as the entire
lake region as a whole, needs all


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the help it can get, while it stares
in the face of up to a billion dol-
lars in losses over the next year.
Mr. Wade points to the argu-
ment in the 1970s that nitrogen
"was a major issue and a limit-
ing factor in the lake." For two
years, opposing groups battled
the stance before, according to
him, scientists concluded that
it was phosphorus, and not ni-
trogen, that was having a detri-
mental impact on the health of
the lake.
To take the water that is
available throughout the entire


Bonus Bill Day: Games are students' reward


Yearling Middle School students play dodgeball on Wednesday morning, Sept. 19.

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Brett Cnialers, a seventh grader at Yearling Middle School
jumps over hurdles in an obstacle course. The obstacle
course was one of several activities for the students on
Bonus Bill Day, Wednesday, Sept, 19. Yearling students
earn bonus points for positive behavior and cash them
in on Bonus Bill Days.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda


Krista Pope, a seventh grader at Yearling Middle School,
takes part in a sack race, The sack race was part of an
obstacle course which was one of several activities
available to students on Bonus Bill Day, Wednesday,
Sept. 19. Students earn bonus bills for positive behavior
and cash them in on Bonus Bill Days.


EAA area (most of the land di-
rectly south of the lake) and put
it back into the lake, Mr. Wade
said "can actually make the dif-
ference in an economic disaster
or not."
That position, at least for
now, is something that the dis-
trict does not completely deal
with.
The truth is that many in-
dustries connected to the lake
-- agricultural and tourism all
depend on having a sufficient
See Lawsuits Page


City



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OK'd

'Super' homestead
exemption could
hurt city finances

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Council
unanimously passed their 2007-08
fiscal year budget at their Wednes-
day, Sept. 19, meeting without too
much deliberation despite the re-
cent legislative changes.
The council will also approved
the final reading of an ordinance
to change the permitted uses
within the, residential mobile
home (RMH) zoning district and
an agreement regarding a soft-
ware computer program for the
city police department.
Recently passed state laws
require local government to roll
back their tax rates. Some mu-
nicipalities have had to cut an
additional percentage of between
3 and 9 percent off the rollback
rate.
Legislation grouped cities
and counties into four categories
that require a cut in their ad va-
lorem taxes. Unlike Okeechobee
County, the City of Okeechobee
will not have to deduct an extra
3 percent from their 2006-07 ad
valorem rate. As mandated by the
state in a last minute modification
to the legislation, the city does not
have to make the additional 3 per-
cent reduction because they are a
municipality in a community of
economic concern.
The city's proposed millage
rate for 2007-08 is 6.5010. Last
year's mill rate was 7.1899. Due
to the city's efforts not to increase
the millage rate in the past, they
were able to reduce the new rate
by 9.6 percent.
See Budget Page 2


Guardian ad Litems


aid kids in court


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
What is a Guardian ad Litem
(GAL)?
Maryanne Schreiber, a case coor-
dinator with the Florida Guardian ad
Litem program in Okeechobee, told
the Kiwanis Club members Thurs-
day that a GAL is a court appointed
advocate for children who are in the
dependency system.
The Florida Guardian ad Litem
website elaborates that these volun-
teers advocate for the best interest of
the child they represent by making
independent recommendations to
the court by focusing on the needs of
each child.
Typical cases that a GAL would
handle deal with children who have
been removed from their home for
some specific circumstance such as


abuse or neglect. The job of their
GAL is to be the voice for those chil-
dren in court.
Cases where children are under
the supervision of the Department of
Children and Family and are involved
in court proceedings require a GAL.
The primary goal for guardians
is to create permanency for the chil-
dren by providing a safe, loving en-
vironment on a permanent basis.
While reunification with the parent
is always the first goal, guardians
realize that this isn't always possible
and they will work with the system
to make sure that the children's in-
terests are continually kept in front of
any other interests.
The roles of a GAL are investiga-
tion, facilitation, advocacy and moni-
toring.
See GAL Page 2


uKeecnooee News/anauna Aguiiar
Local Kiwanis members learned about ways to help the children of Okeechobee
during their weekly Kiwanis luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 20. (Left to right) Kiwanis
president Frank Irby welcomed Maryanne Schreiber and Marina Kastoriano from
the Florida Guardian ad Litem program. The GAL representatives were invited to
Kiwanis by the newest club member, Linda Woloski.


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Briefs

Social club hosting dance
SEBRING -- The Highlands Social Dance Club will host ballroom
dancing every Friday from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club
on Sebring Parkway.
On Friday, Sept. 14, the music will be provided by the Legacy
Allstars.
Free dance instruction from Walt and Sue is available at 6:30
p.m.
Admission is $4 for members and $6 for non-members. Club
memberships are available.
For information, call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.

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.

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.


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GAL
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The GAL will use various
means to investigate the situation
through visitation with the child,
reviewing records and interview-
ing appropriate parties involved
- in the case which could include
but is not limited to teachers and
therapists. Guardian Ad Literhs
*also determine whether a per-
manent plan that has been creat-
ed for the child is in accordance
with federal and state laws and
whether appropriate services are
being provided to the child and
family.
The GAL facilitates resources


Budget
Continued From Page 1
One mil equals, $1 in taxes for
every $1,000 of assessed value.
Even with these cuts, the tax
revenue proposed with the 2007-
08 budget is $2,224,529, which
is $107,339 more than the bud-
get for the previous year which
was $2,117,190. The increase in
revenue is primarily from $12.4
.million in new construction in
the city.
Total revenues, however, are
only up by $110,422 in compari-
son to last year's budget. The
total revenue for the city is antici-
pated to be $5,633,250.
The total expenditures pro-
posed for the 2007-08 budget is
.$5,621,023, which is $134,654
more than the budgeted expendi-
.tures for the previous year, which
was $5,472,615.
The city included in the bud-
get a 2.7 percent consumer price


Lawsuits
Continued From Page 1
amount of water to operate, pro-
ponents of backpumping argued.
But the water shortage isn't
the only one of the lake's -- and its
affected party's -- troubles.
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District is hoping to ap-
peal a judge's order limiting its
ability to move water without a
permit.
The district maintains that its
decision to appeal the order is not
connected to its desire to back-
pump, but its ability to determine
when such an action would be
necessary, outside of the federal
government's ability to limit it.
While some environmental
groups have criticized the dis-
trict's intent to appeal -- calling it
a search for circumvention -- the
district defends its actions.
Being burdened by the neces-
sity of having to secure a permit
each time, some in the district are
fearful that the agency would have
much more difficulty in managing
the local waters and their supply.


and services for the child and cre-
ates a collaborative relationship
between all parties involved in
the case which allows the child's
needs to be met more efficiently
and effectively.
The GAL advocates for the
child by conveying the results
from their interaction and investi-
gation to the court by submitting
a signed written report with rec-
ommendations to the court on
what placement, visitation plan,
services and permanent plan are
in the best interest of the child.
The GAL conveys this in person
to the judge by attending court
proceedings to show their con-
tinued support of the child.
The GAL continues to moni-


index (CPI) increase in base sal-
ary, which is in addition to the
1.5 percent step that employees
receive on a yearly basis for lon-
gevity. Employees of the city will
receive a total of a 4.2 percent
pay increase.
This budget includes fund-
ing from three external requests.
These amounts are included
in the expenditures: $20,000 to
Okeechobee Main Street; $8,000
to the Shared Services Network;
and, the first payment of $9,088
to the Indian River Community
College (IRCC) public safety and
homeland security complex.
The budget also includes ex-
penditures in the public facili-
ties fund for improvements such
as asphalt and paving projects;
curb, gutter and sidewalk proj-
ects; and, right of way drainage.
The super homestead exemp-
tion tax reform legislation, if
passed by voters in January 2008,
will have a more dramatic affect
on the next year's budget as ad


The situation is being moni-
tored closely by other water man-
agement districts throughout the
county due to its implications, of-
ficials with the SFWMD said.
"It's a matter of state's rights
and that is a premise that we have
stood behind the entire process,"
said Randy Smith, spokesman for
the water management district.
"The district's position is that the
original intent of the NPDES pro-
cess applied to industrial waste
and did not apply to simply mov-
ing water from one location to
another."
The district remains mindful,
while it engages in its own battle,
of the local farmers and industries
that are affected by its decision
not to backpump.
"Obviously, they (agricultural
industry) were looking for some
additional water in the lake and
that's perfectly understandable,"
said Mr. Smith. "Fortunately, we
received some rain in some pretty
critical areas and that's helped
out a bit."
News Editor Jose Zaragoza
can be reached at
jzaragoza@newszap.com.


tor the child's progress by keep-
ing track of whether the orders of
the court as well as the plans of
the Department of Children and
Families, are carried out.
There are currently 189
children who have GALs in
Okeechobee County. This num-
ber only represents a third of
the children who could be rep-
resented by a GAL. There are
currently 12 volunteer GALs in
Okeechobee.
A GAL must successfully com-
plete 30 hours of certification
training and six hours annually
of re-certification training. A GAL
must spend only 4 to 6 hours a
month working as a GAL. Train-
ing is done locally at the court-


valorem taxes could be drasti-
cally decreased.
Councilman Dowling Watford
questioned the city administra-
tor concerning the uncertainty of
the future tax situation, assuming
the super homestead exemption
does not pass in January, if the
city would still be in a crunch or
about the same either way.
City Administrator Brian
Whitehall responded that if ev-
erything is left the same by leg-
islation even if the exemption
does not pass, the city should be
in somewhat the same shape as
this year.
The city also approved the
amendments to the previous fis-
calyear budget for 2006-07. Itwas
noted that each department had
taken special care with the news
of the upcoming tax cuts dur-
ing this fiscal year. Expenditures
for the 2006-07 fiscal year were
6.4 percent below the budgeted
costs and the revenues were up
4.8 percent above the budgeted


house and can also be partially
completed online.
Anyone with common sense,
compassion and dedication to
children can be a GAL. GAL ap-
plicants must also pass a back-
ground check. Ms. Schreiber and
her co-worker Marina Kastoriano
are currently campaigning to en-
hance the volunteer force in or-
der to help more children of the
community.
To find out more information,
or to volunteer, visit www.Guard-
ianadLitem.org or call (772) 785-
5803 or (866) 341-1425.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.


revenue.
The city council also ap-
proved:
*the final reading of an ordi-
nance to change the permitted
uses within a residential mobile
home zoning district to allow a
site-built or modular single fam-
ily home on lots in mobile home
parks that currently exist as of
Aug. 1;
S*the purchase agreement
with Spillman Technologies,
Inc. regarding a Computer-aided
dispatch (CAD) system for the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment to replace their antiquated
system; and,
*appointments to the Fire
Fighters Pension Fund Board of
Trustees: reappointment of Bill
Douglas; Glen Hodges; and Gary
Ritter with terms ending Sept. 30,
2010; and appoint Brook Conway
with term ending Sept. 30, 2008.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Community Events


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

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

Healthy Start 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.


Okeechobee Forecast
Friday: Partly cloudy, with scattered afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The wind will be
from the south at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 50 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a chance of evening show-
ers and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s: The wind
will be from the southeast around 5 mph. The chance of rain is 40
percent.
Extended Forecast
Saturday: Partly cloudy, with showers and thunderstorms likely.
The high will be around 90. The wind will be from the southeast
around 5 mph becoming east around 10 mph in the afternoon. The
chance of rain is 60 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers
and thunderstorms. The low will be in the mid 70s. The chance of
rain is 20 percent.
SSunday: 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.
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.
Tuesday 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.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thun-
derstorms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The chance of rain is
30 percent.


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The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Precious Bushatz, 47, 10"'
Street, Buckhead Ridge, was ar-
rested Sept. 19 by Deputy Ser-
geant J. Royal on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
the felony of violation of proba-
tion possession of cocaine. She


was released on her on recogni-
zance.
Ernest William' Chapman,
26, U.S. 441 North, Okeechobee,
was arrested Sept. 19 by Deputy
John Fisher on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with burglary to a conveyance
and retail theft. His bond was set
at $1,500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
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NO PAY: Yes I read in the speak out "no more pay" about not pay-
ing the commissioners because they can only act on our behalf at a
board meeting and then the Administrator makes the day to day deci-
sions. Instead of no more pay, how about we get rid of the commis-
sioners all together and just let the people vote on the administrator
every 4 years?

ANTS: I went to the cemetery and just wanted to warn people that
if you are going to the cemetery, take some ant poison with you or
you'll come home with ants in your pants.

SFWMD: Yes does everyone know what SFWMD stands for? It's
rumored that it stands for South Florida Weapon of Mass Destruction.

OJ SIMPSON: I was wondering about this OJ Simpson trial going
on. I always though that if you taped someone without their knowl-
edge, then the tape was made in violation of the law. But in this case
it seems as if they are using it to prosecute somebody. I was just won-
dering, isn't that against the law?

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Community Events


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 supervision
of adult volunteers. Money raised will be used to finance club activi-
ties and programs. Those who can't bring their saddles to Eli's Trail-
er 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 information,
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).

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.

Church hosting fellowship activities
The Fort Drum Community Church will be holding a men's fel-
'lowship 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
activities, call (863) 467-1733.




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Guest Commentary



Fight against 'Big Tobacco' continues


By Dr. Charles Mahan
Florida's landmark victory over
the forces of Big Tobacco, secured
by the vigorous efforts of Gov.
Lawton Chiles and former Attor-
ney General Bob Butterworth 10
years ago this month, has left an
enduring legacy that has proudly
protected a generation of our chil-
dren from the lethal lure of ciga-
rette smoking.
The settlement victory won
more than $13 billion for Florida
taxpayers. It banished Joe Camel
and the Marlboro Man from ads
on billboards and bus stops.
It enlisted students as anti-to-
bacco messengers through Stu-
dents Working Against Tobacco
(SWAT), an assertive youth orga-
nization that appealed to young
people to resist the cigarette com-
panies and their manipulative
marketing tactics.
As a result, youth smoking
has dropped significantly from 10
years ago. According to the Flori-
da Department of Health's Youth
Tobacco Survey, the percentage
of high school teens that smoked
in the last month dropped 44 per-
cent from 1998 to 2006. Frequent
smoking- defined as more than


20 cigarettes in the last month --
dropped 66 percent among teens
over the same period.
However, we still have un-
finished business to protect the
people of Florida. More than 17
percent of Floridians -- more than
3.1 million of us -- still smoke
cigarettes, according to the 2006
Florida Adult Tobacco Survey. The
good news is that most smokers
do, in fact, want to quit -- more
than 70 percent, according to
CDC survey data. Almost half of
Florida smokers report they've
tried to quit smoking in the past
year, and nearly 60 percent say
they plan to quit within the next
six months.
So if so many smokers want to
quit, why don't they? The answer
is that smoking is a powerful ad-
diction, not simply a personal
choice. Cigarettes are chemically
addictive, and it takes most smok-
ers several attempts before they
can kick the habit successfully.
Moreover, as with other addic-
tions, the risk of relapse always
remains.
To reduce smoking in our soci-
ety, we must make more resourc-
es available to help smokers who
want to break their addiction.


Upcoming Events

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.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. 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
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will
follow a short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice
before joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863)
697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863)
610-1251.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion
at the Just For Today Clubof Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave., The
Lake Shops Suite K. For information call (863) 634-4780.
Sunday
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For more infor-
mation please call (863) 634-4780.
Monday

AA meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting
in Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a
question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Cam-
pus, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Pro-
gram at 1-(800) 403-9311.


This must be the next step in the
battle against Big Tobacco.
Government, private employ-
ers and insurance' companies
must work together to ensure that
CDC-recommended pharmaco-
logical treatment and counseling
programs are available to smok-
ers who want to quit as part of
standard insurance benefits -- and
not simply once, but several times
until patients become successful.
Helping people to quit smoking
is an essential step to saving lives
and reducing health care costs,
and prevention is always less ex-
pensive than acute care.
To aid this effort, we must
better educate our doctors in
the proven techniques that help
smokers kick the habit, especially
in our medical schools and con-
tinuing education programs. Too
often, doctors offhandedly tell pa-
tients to quit smoking, without of-
fering the treatments, counseling
and follow-up staff resources that
can help them accomplish that
difficult goal. We must change
that attitude if we're to reduce
the cost that smoking inflicts on
society -- a cost that remains un-
acceptably high.
Smoking is still the No. 1 ac-


tual cause of death for Americans
and Floridians. Smoking-induced
lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer in
women, and women who smoke
are twice as susceptible to lung
cancer as are men. In Florida,
nearly 29,000 deaths are attribut-
able to smoking each year, and
current annual health care costs
directly caused by smoking total
$5.82 billion in this state, plus an
additional $5.86 billion in lost pro-
ductivity.
Smoking is an addiction. We
need to treat it as such by bring-
ing to bear the resources that are
required to defeat it. By making
smoking cessation a standard
covered benefit in our health care
system, by providing employer in-
centives to workers who commit
to quit and by training doctors to
use methods proven to aid suc-
cess, government, business and
health care providers can com-
bine forces to help accomplish
these vital goals.
Dr. Charles Mahan is dean
emeritus of the College of
Public Health at the Univer-
sity of South Florida, and
he served as Florida's State
Health Officer from 1988 to
1995.


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
Friday, Sept. 21, from 8am until noon. All monies raised will go to-
wards patient care here in Okeechobee, including services provided
at The Hamrick Home. For information, call Cathy at (863)467-2321
or (863) 697-1995.

VFW hosting karaoke league
VFW Post #4423 will host a summer karaoke league on Sept.
22, Oct. 13 and 27 from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m. The league is open to
the public. Everyone is eligible to enter including karaoke hosts and
members of bands. For information, call David Lee at (863) 697-
9002 or Bill at (863) 763-0818.

Book Club to meet Sept. 27
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Club will meet Thurs-
day, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Library, 206 S.W 16t' St. to discuss a "Fine Balance" by Rohinton
Mistry. Also, titles will be selected for October through December.
Everyone is invited. For information, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-
9980.

Knights of Columbus plan fundraiser
The St. Theresa's Knights of Columbus Council 11284 in Buck-
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.


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OPINION








Okeechobee News, Friday, September 21, 2007


OTHER AREA NEWS 5


a Medical service fees rise


INI/Nena Bolan
Glades County community traffic safety team meets on the first Thursday of each month.
New members are welcome. The team helps residents and officials determine where there
is need for safety improvement along the county's roads, sidewalks and intersections.
From left to right are: Angelica Pena, CTST chairman, Donna Storter Long and Christine
Chailland.


Safety-Health Fair Sept. 29


International walk
to school day Oct. 3

By Nena Bolan
Glades County Democrat
MOORE HAVEN The Glades
County community traffic safety
team met Sept. 6 at the public
library to discuss two upcom-
ing events and to address traffic
safety problem areas.
Eleven members represented
local government, local agencies,
communities and the Florida De-
partment of Transportation.
AngelicaPena, Hendry/Glades
Health Department, was chosen
as new chairman, and Captain
Jeff Hill will share vice chairman
duties with Sergeant Kim Hill.
Captain Jeff Hill, GCSO road
patrol, reported that 434 traffic
citations were issued during the
month of August.
Twenty citations were issued
for child safety restraint viola-


tions. The remainder were for
speeding, DUI, and adult seat
belt violations. Captain Hill men-
tioned that Florida laws, rules
and safety tips for ATV's (all ter-
rain vehicles) are a current road
patrol issue.
"This is something we are tar-
geting right now," said Captain
Jeff Hill, referring to ATV safety.
The Glades County road de-
partment reports that construc-
tion will soon begin in Muse on
Loblolly Bay Road. The project
will install new drainage culverts,
and blacktopping. Sign mark-
ers, detours and flagmen will be
used. School traffic will be taken
into consideration.
The traffic safety team has
planned a Safety/Health Fair for
the Muse area on Saturday, Sept.
29. Muse residents and school
children are invited to meet with
school district staff, local law
enforcement and the health de-
partment.


Topics will include safely
,walking to and from the school
bus stops, using car seats and
seat belts for children, and
screenings for health conditions.
The event location is tenta-
tively planned for the Catholic
Church on Crescent Acres Road
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The crash test dummies,
amusements for children, and
food and beverages are also
planned. More details will be an-
nounced soon.
Debra Stallings, FDOT, re-
minded the CTST members that
Oct. 3 is'International Walk to
School Day. Plans are in progress
for an event where school stu-
dents participate in a safe walk
to school with residents, depu-
ties and school district staff.
Contact Angelica Pena for
more information at (863) 946-
0707.

Staff writer Nena Bolan can be
reached at nenabolan@yahoo.com


County works out
agreement with
Last Chance Mine

By Nena Bolan
Glades County Democrat
MOORE HAVEN -- The Glades
County Board of County Com-
missioners had several issues on
the agenda for Sept. 11. Topics
covered a sand mining agree-
ment, the cost of medical service,
technical assistance service and
a waiver for active volunteer fire
fighters.
The commissioners consid-
ered a resolution to set higher fees
for medical services at the Glades
County Health Department. The
recommendation was presented
by Ms. S. Lynn Thomas, health
department business manager.
This pertains to an increase in
certain primary care service fees,
and is permissable under Florida
Statute 154.06.
Even though some medi-
cal service fees have increased,
the health department still uses
a sliding fee based on income.
Increased fees are posted in the
health department lobby, and will
take effect on October 1.
"A copy of the fee schedule can
be picked up at the department,"
mentioned Ms. Thomas, in a fol-
low up phone call.
For 15 years the Medicaid fee
schedule has remained fixed,
and local public health needs an
increase to compensate for the
state's four percent general re-
duction in revenue.
The resolution was approved.
The county also approved proj-
ects for the Small County Techni-
cal Assistance Services (SCTAS)
program. Each year the Florida
Association of Counties helps
small counties that have limited
staff and financial resources by


offering management technical
assistance.
Three county priorities where
listed in the SCTAS application.
These are education and training
on land use regulations, alterna-
tive revenues, and growth man-
agement concerning the permit-
ting system.
An ambulance fee waiver for
active volunteer fire fighters and
their immediate families was ap-
proved in hopes that this benefit
would provide encouragement
for residents to become volun-
teers. The fee would be waived
except for any existing insurance,
and will become effective Oct. 1.
The board chose three of the
county's most pressing issues to
be presented to the Legislative
Delegation Hearing of Oct. 10, in
order for county lobbyists to pre-
pare for the event. Th'e items to
be discussed are a public health


facility, wastewater treatment and
courthouse restoration.
The agreement with Last
Chance Mine stipulates that op-.
eration hours are restricted to
Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m.,
to 4:30 p.m. The route that dump
trucks will take is limited to C.R.:
720 west to Kirby Thompson.
Road, and Kirby Thompson Road
south with exception to deliveries.
made locally.
Provisions include a non-re-
fundable fee of $32,000 from'
Dean Daniels, mine owner, plus
32 cents for each cubic yard of
sand and rock hauled by trucks.
Over an eight to 10 year pe-,
riod this could possibly amount
to $2 million or more for Glades'
County.

Staff writer Nena Bolan can be
reached at nenabolan@yahoo.com


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Local doctor one of America's Top Physicians


MUSE -- The Consumers' Re-
search Council of America has
announced that Dr. Luther W.
Oehlbeck of Muse is named on of
America's Top Physicians, 2007.
This, he says, came as a total sur-
prise.
After service in the Pacific the-
atre of World War II, he had to de-
cide what to do with his life.
"I'd thought a lot about medi-
cine, and photography and to
some extent law," he said. "My fa-
ther gave me a camerawhen I was
nine years old and took me with
him to Florida. He was a gifted
photographer in black and white
and was often compared to Ansel
Adams. I had done some photog-
raphy of my own in the Navy. In
other words, it was not an official
assignment from the Navy. Then,
when I got home I met up with a
fine full-time photographer in my
home town. However, right away
I learned that he was just eking
out a living with what he was do-


ing which caused problems in his,
family and so right then and there
I quit thinking about photography
as a career. However, my interest
in photography has never dimin-
ished."
And so the question arose:
how did you decide on pathol-
ogy?
"Well, my father was also a
doctor, a radiologist. I'd been in a
medical family all my life; there-
fore, the subject was not foreign
to me. I had always been fascinat-
ed by challenge; doing things on
my own and the more I thought
about pathology, the more chal-
lenging it became to me.
"Yet I enrolled in the University
of Miami with the goal of becom-
ing a teacher, but soon learned
that the classes were so mundane
and held so little challenge that
after the first year I couldn't get to
the University of North Carolina
(UNC) fast enough. I'd always
admired how the university was


run and some of those who were
graduates. Thus in due time, hav-
ing earned an A.B.,in Zoology I
entered the UNC Medical School
at Chapel Hill for my first two
years of medical study, then trans-
ferred to the University of Virginia
Medical School in 1953 where I
graduated."
Dr. Oehlbeck went on to say
that he interned at North Caro-
lina Memorial Hospital in 1954, a
resident in pathology in 1955 and
a resident in pathology at Moses
H: Cone Hospital in Greensboro,
North Carolina, 1956-1957, under
the late Herbert Z. Lund, former
surgical pathologist of Cleveland
Clinic.
Dr. Oehlbeck is a past presi-.
dent of Caldwell Memorial Hos-
pital Medical Staff, the Caldwell
County Medical Society and the
North Carolina Society of Pathol-
ogists. He was also a member of
the joint commission of North
Carolina Blue Cross-Blue Shield,


and is a board member emeritus
of the College of American Pa-
thologists.
He was instrumental in intro-
ducing the then-new technique of
the Pap smear throughout North
Carolina.
Dr. Oehlbeck had a combined
hospital and private pathol-
ogy practice, The Laboratory of
Anatomic and Clinical Pathol-
ogy, which is still in operation in
Lenoir, North Carolina.
In 1972 Major Donald D. Mc-
Neill US Army Medical Corps
joined Dr. Oehlbeck as'a Full As-
sociate and Lab Director, follow-
ing Dr. Oehlbeck's retirement in
1984. The laboratory continues
under Dr McNeill's direction. Sev-
eral of the employees have been
with the laboratory for 30 years or
more.
Dr. and Mrs. Oehlbeck live
at Grassy Run in Muse, Glades
County.


Heartland counties may create transportation plan


Rural counties seek
federal aid usually
taken by urban areas

By Nena Bolan
Glades County Democrat
MOORE HAVEN On Sept.
11, the Glades County Board of
County Commissioners listened
to a transportation plan that
Florida Heartland Economic De-
velopment Initiative (FHREDI) is
taking quite seriously.
The plan was presented by
attorney Fred Busack, who ex-
plained that for a long time, ur-
ban areas have taken advantage
of federal and state money given
to them for their Metropolitan
Planning Organization (MPO).
This is a transportation plan for
areas with a population of 50,000
or more and it is designed to fund
their short and long term travel
needs.
Some of these urban areas
do not have a population large


enough to qualify for an MPO so
they quietly borrow a portion of a
neighboring population to add to
their mapping boundaries. They
do this even if it is part of another
county. It happened to a section
of DeSoto County, only DeSoto
does not gain any funds nor do
they have a seat on the MPO
planning table.
The six south central counties
in FHREDI are DeSoto, Glades,
Hendry, Hardee, Okeechobee,
and Highlands. According to
Fred Busack, presentation attor-
ney, these heartland counties are
out in the cold when it comes to
transportation dollars. The only
money or voice on Glades Coun-
ty's behalf comes from the Flori-
da Department of Transportation
and it is solely based on their
schedules and their priorities. .
Since the Sebring and Avon
Park areas of the heartland are
one of its largest population
hubs, it might be practical for
all the central counties to join
together to create a geographic
area that qualifies for a popula-


tion of 50,000 or more. This is
the figure required to create an
MPO. Once the heartland coun-
ties form an alliance and qualify
for federal transportation funds,
they will be able to produce a 20
year long-range plan and a five
year transportation improvement
plan.
"Because we would have a re-
gional planning entity, we would
be able to have a voice in federal
project priority and location and
compete for federal project dol-
lars," said Mr. Busack in a memo
to FHREDI officials on Sept. 6.
In order to move forward with
this project, all six counties will
submit a retainer of $10,000 that
will be held in a trust account,
making a total $60,000. Attornies,
lobbyists and other professionals
will be needed to implement this
plan in Tallahassee.
FHREDI board members in-
tend for this investment to be
rewarded with a seat at the trans-
portation table that will allow
counties like Glades to obtain
federal and state dollars for re-


Glades at a Glance


Riverfest at Riverside
to be an open house
Riverfest at Riverside will be
a community wide open house
held at Riverside Retreat, 7305
C.R. 78, LaBelle, Saturday, Oct. 6,
from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. River-
side is partnering with the Florida
Public Archaeology Network to
provide booths of activities and
interest for all ages. There will
be pottery, palm frond weaving,
local authors and vendors, food,
a bounce house, displays by
various emergency and forestry
teams and so much more! We in-
vite our community to come and
enjoy hayrides of the camp, walk-
ing about the palms and oaks and


having a fun family time.
Riverside is located 10 miles
west of LaBelle on County Road
78. For more information, contact
us at (863) 675-0334

American Legion Post
to install new officers
The American Legion Post 299
of Moore Haven will have a spe-
cial meeting to install new officers
on Friday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. The
building is located at 600 River
Road SW. Dinner will be served.
If a visitor contacts the legion in
advance the meal is free. Call
(863) 946-0066. New members
are needed.


Red Cross Poker
Run planned
On Saturday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m.,
The American Red Cross Sixth An-
nual Poker Run will be held.
Glades Branch Sixth Annual
Poker Run & Bike Fest around
Lake Okeechobee starting at
John Stretch Park Lake Harbor.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. All
cards are to be turned in by 4
p.m. Prizes, drawings, contests
and a barbeque dinner will be
held. Registration fee is $30 per
person/ $45 per couple. For tick-
ets and information, please call
(888)-237-7408 or online at www.
redcross-pbc.org.


gional road projects.
Glades County commission-
ers approved a motion to partici-
pate in planning a transportation
organization. Soon, Mr. Busack
will give the same presentation
to Highlands and Hendry Coun-
ties.
Staff writer Nena Bolan can be
reached at nenabolan@yahoo.com


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6 Okeechobee News, Friday, September 21, 2007


Everglades Elementary students vocabulary is expanding


Most of our children will learn
a language with ease. They can
learn to speak, listen and com-
municate. By
the time they en-
ter school most
children have
a vocabulary
of over 3,000
words. Speaking
is a normal, innate ability; read-
ing is not. There is not a special-
ized area of the brain for read-
ing. It is developed as the child
attends school. It is very impor-
tant that your child is in the class
room from the very beginning of
the school day to the very end
of the school day. Every day is
an educational day and learning
takes place. So please help your
child by getting them to school
on time at 8:10 a.m. and letting
them finish until 2:50 p.m.
Introductions
An introduction of this year's
candidates will be broadcast over
the school wide Intercom System
during morning. announcements
or video taped for ITV in the Me-
dia Center of Friday, Sept. 21.
Candidates will state their
name and what office they are
running for. Photos will be taken
for the candidate's bulletin board
at this time.

Speeches
During the week of Sept. 24
through 28, speeches will be giv-
en by each candidate.
Speech limit is approximately
1 minute.
Candidate's speeches will be
heard during morning announce-
ments.
Speeches should be prac-
ticed, memorized and approved
by your teacher. Good luck!
SRemember there will be only
one candidate chosen for each
office. Be proud of yourself no
matter the outcome. Good sports-
manship is what really counts.
Mrs. Hollin, Everglades Elemen-


tary School Student Council Su-
pervisor.
Kindergarten
Mrs. Noonan and Mrs. Rose
have been teaching the letters
M, S and R. The children made
Sunflower Seed S's, Macaroni
M's and Rice R's. They are also
learning to count to 10 and count
objects to ten. Our "Student of
the Week" is Jalyn Garcia.
Miss Snyder's class enjoyed
having their grandparents for
lunch. The personalized place-
mats were very sweet and a nice
keepsake. We are making apple
pattern prints and decorating
Totally Terrific Ties. Read, Read,
and Read with your children.
Kayla Saunders is our "Student
of the Week."
Mrs. Moore wants to remind
all parents to read with your
child each night. Help them with
the 100 book challenge. Laura
Sanchez is our "Student of the
Week."
Kai Osceola was our student
of the week last week. We really
enjoyed our Grandparent Tea last
Wednesday. Thanks to all that
attended. We are also practicing
these letters Mm, Ss, Rr, Tt, so
review them at home with your
letter cards.
First Grade
First grade is such an excit-
ing and important time. To help
your child have a successful
school year, supplies are neces-
sary. Please make sure your child
comes to school with supplies
needed everyday.
The best way to help your
child succeed in first grade is to
be concerned and aware of your
child's progress from the first day
and everyday of the school year.
Newsletters and agendas will
keep you informed of what your
child is doing in school.
In first grade the year will be
filled with learning to read and
write as well as Math, Science


and Social Studies. Try to set
aside time each evening to read
with your child, go over word
lists for reading and spelling. Al-
ways offer praise for a job well
done.
Our first graders this year are
very excited about the 100 book
challenge program. Parents
please remember that 15 minutes
of reading each night is one step
on the 100 book challenge log
sheet. Limit 4 steps each night.
Students that complete 100 steps
will receive a metal at the awards
program.
Congratulations readers!
Second Grade
Mr. Wright's class is working
on graphs and charts. We have
completed our bit on solids, liq-
uids and gases in science. We are
reading about a "Ghost Town at
Sundown." Our class is also us-
ing thinking maps to help study.
Ms. Hunt's class is getting ex-
cited for all the fall holidays and
birthdays too. Sometimes we
even get our work done.
Mrs. Campbell's class is en-
joying the "Ghost Town at Sun-
down" book. We have been do-
ing well with our thinking maps.
Mrs. Kirby's class is working
hard to master all the new ideas
and information. Second is full of
new challenges that we're work-
ing hard to meet.
Mrs. Brady's class is working
hard. Hopefully our progress re-
ports will show it.
Ms. Gumz's class has finished
listening to the book "Ghost
Town at Sundown" a Magic Tree
House mystery. Now we are us-
ing thinking maps to recall facts
about the Wild West. This week
in Math we are finishing ordinal
numbers and starting the chapter
on graphs and charts. In Read-
ing/Spelling we are finishing "the
Days with Frog and Toad" and
starting "Wilson Sat Alone." In
Science, we are learning more
about the properties of matter.


Congratulations to last week's
student of the week, Nickolas
Montero.
Third Grade
Mr. Viens math class if finish-
ing up with place value and are
starting with rounding numbers.
Cole Tingle was our math Su-
perstar for Chapter 2. In reading,
we are reading Allie's Basketball
Dream, and talking about our
dreams when we are older. We
are also learning subject and
predicates. In science we are
studying energy and how we get
and use it to survive. Congratula-
tions Joseph Benjamin for being
our student of the week. Please
encourage students to read night-
ly to receive prizes and points in
our 100 book challenge.
Ms. Nguyen math class is
working on comparing, ordering
and rounding numbers. In read-
ing, the class is finishing up the
story "Allie's Basketball Dream."
We are also working on subject
and predicate, as well as various
types of sentences (command,
statement, exclamation, ques-
tions). In science, we are studying
heat and how it is measured. The
students are learning about the
Double Bubble Map this week.
They are very excited about
the 100 book challenge and the
school wide read aloud "Ghost
Town at Sundown." Please make
sure to sign and check you child's
agenda nightly. Also please make
sure to have your child practice
reading everyday. Thank you for
your support.
Mrs. LaPenna class congratu-
lates Montana Margeson for
having earned "Student of the
Week." We are continuing to read
and take reading comprehension
tests on the Accelerated Reader
Computer Program. We also do
SRA reading daily in preparation
for our FCAT Reading Test.
Fourth Grade
Fourth graders at Everglades


Elementary School are really
striving for excellence. Teachers
are very proud of the hard work
students are accomplishing.
In math, students are complet-
ing rounding numbers and esti-
mating sums and differences. We
just read "Lou Gehrig: the Lucki-
est Man Alive", a heart wrenching
biography of a man who lost his
life early to amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis but still considered him-
self the luckiest man alive. He felt
privileged to have been able to
play baseball, the game he loved,
for fourteen years; in addition to
having the love and support of
his family and fans.
In science, students are work-
ing on the properties of matter in
Florida Studies, we just complet-
ed a week identifying traits and
characteristics of different native
Florida trips such as the Calusa,
the Timucuan, the Seminole and
the Apalachee. We also reviewed
facts about Indian River, Brevard,
and Osceola counties. Of course
students are increasing read-
ing fluency and comprehension
skills through the daily 100 book
challenge activities.
As you can see fourth grade is
off to a busy start.
Literacy Council
Everglades has started their
first school wide read-aloud. Our
book is Ghost Town at Sundown,.
by Mary Pope Osbourne. This
past week we have been partici-
pating in a school wide "compre-
hension contest" using questions
from the school wide read-aloud.
Each classroom has the opportu-
nity to answer a given question
and to win a prize if they answer
it correctly. This week the ques-
tions were: "Jack is worried that
if they get into the tree house for
another adventure that they will
miss dinner. Annie reminds him
that missing dinner isn't a prob-
lem. Why isn't it a problem if they
miss dinner?" Ask your child to
give you the answer. They should


know it. Also the students were
asked; "When Morgan asks Jack
and Annie if they are ready to
solve another mystery, she pulls
a book out from under her robe.
Why is the picture of the front so
important to the adventure?"
This school wide read is being
incorporated into all curriculum
areas. The PE, art, music and me-
dia programs are working on ac-
tivities to promote the reading of
this book. This is a real "reading
round-up."
Remember that 100 book
challenge is a school and at
home program. In order for the
students to meet their goals of 11
steps per week, we need each of
the students to read at least 15
minutes a night. Remember, 15
minutes = one step. Each child's
goal is at least 400 steps a year,
that's 11 steps a week. Remem-
ber that 100 book challenge is
always "fun, fast and easy."
Everglades is a thinking map
school. We are very busy learn-
ing all eight of the thinking maps.
Each week for the first eight
weeks of the year, the students
will be introduced to a new map.
These maps help the student to
organize their thoughts. So far
we have learned the circle map,
which is a brainstorming map;
the bubble map which uses ad-
jectives to describe, and the tree
map. The tree map is a map used
for classifying. This is when the
students give the main ideas,
supporting ideas and details for
a given piece of information. On
Sept. 18, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade
teachers were trained on how to
use thinking maps in their sci-
ence curriculum. Go thinking
maps.
Please look for these maps
to come home in, your child's
work papers. They are also in the
agendas, please look closely in
the agenda and become familiar
with the thinking maps.


FSU professor sheds light on modern rulers


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Running for fun
STaylor Lepley, a seventh grader at Yearling Middle School, seems to be enjoying running
in an obstacle course at the school. She has just finishing crawling under the ribbons
stretched across the top of the chairs behind her. The obstacle course was one of several
activities celebrating Bonus Bill Days at the school on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Students
earn bonus bills for positive behavior and cash them in on Bonus Bill Days.


Obituaries


Harley Lee Kemp
Harley Lee Kemp, age 78 of
Okeechobee died Sept. 19, 2007
4t VA Medical Center in Atlantis.
Born Oct. 1, 1928 in Addison,
Ala., to Grady
and Gustie
Kemp. He was
a retired minis-
rer having come
to Okeechobee
from Fort Lau-
derdale in
1962. He was
a member of Harley Lee
the Church of Kemp
God. He proudly
served our country in the U.S.
Army during the Korean War.
He was married to Mary Frances
Johnson in October of 1948.
He is survived by his wife,
Mary Kemp of Okeechobee;
children, Julie (Michael) Zygac-
zenko of Oakley, Calif., Mary
(Jack) Bittner of Okeechobee,
Harley (Carole) Kemp of Ray
City, Ga., Clara (Eugene) Ben-
son of Chico, Calif., and Connie
(Matthew) Mier of Fort Myers;
siblings, Oddlene Timmons of
Okeechobee, Betty Herndon of
Okeechobee, Polly (Larry) Peo-
ples of Ala., Joan (Roy) Salter of
Lyons, Ga., and Jack (Geri) Kemp
of Okeechobee. In addition he
is survived Py 18 grandchildren,
and 23 great- grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from
1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Satur-
day, Sept. 22, with funeral ser-
vices following at 3 p.m at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel. Interment
will follow at Evergreen Cem-
etery.


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.

Lester Curtis Wicks
Lester Curtis Wicks; age 50 of
Okeechobee died Wednesday,
Sept. 19, 2007 at his residence.
Born Dec. 16, 1956 in West Palm
Beach, to Edgar and Dorothy
Wicks. He has
been a resident
of Okeechobee .
for the past 15 i
years and was
a member of
the VFW, Eagles
and the Moose
Lodge. He en-
joyed build- Lester Curtis
ing and fixing Wicks
things, riding .
motorcycles, fishing and spend-
ing time with his children that he
loved dearly.
He is preceded in death by his
parents and brothers, Eddie and
Mark Wicks.
He is survived by his fiance
Janet Snow of Okeechobee; son,
Eddie Wicks of St. Petersburg;
daughters, Jennifer Randolph
and Brittany Canada both of
Tenn.; sisters, Carla (Bill) White
of Okeechobee and Debbie (Mil-
lard) Smiddy of Fla., and half
brother, Roy.
In addition he is survived by
several grandchildren and a host
of nieces and nephews.
The family will hold a benefit


on Saturday, Sept. 22, starting at
noon at Butch's Fish Camp, 4879
U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.

Kathleen A. Comodo
Kathleen A. Comodo, age 92
of Okeechobee, died Wednesday,
Sept. 19, 2007 at her residence.
Born July 20, 1915 in East Geor-
gia, Vt. to Hormisdas and Anna
Veins. She has been a resident
of Okeechobee since 1993 and
attended Sacred Heart Catholic
Church.
She is preceded in death by
her husbands, Francis LeMay
and Vincent Comodo; daughters,
Mary Rykaczewski and Margue-
rite Shea; brothers, Paul Viens,
Alfred Viens and sisters, Henrietta
Viens and Alice Cashen.
She is survived by her daugh-
ter, Nancy (John) McAlinden of
Okeechobee; brother, Noel Viens
ofVt., and sister, Loraine Mroczek
of Okeechobee. In addition she
is survived by 18 grandchildren,
39 great-grandchildren and four
great- great grandchildren.
A mass will be held in her
honor Monday, Sept. 24, at Sa-
cred Heart Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions can be made to the
Hospice Foundation, c/o Treasure
Coast Hospices, 1201 S.E. Indian
Street, Stuart, Fla., 34997.
All arrangements are under
the direction.and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.


TALLAHASSEE -- Mortal en-
emies in life, Adolph Hitler and'
Joseph Stalin are forever linked
in death. Under their leadership,
Hitler's Nazi Germany and Sta-
lin's Communist Soviet Union
,,engaged in a war of annihilation
and genocide, introducing to the
world a level of state-sanctioned
barbarism that is unrivaled in
human history.
A new book by Florida State
University historian Robert Gel-
lately shows how another mur-
derous dictator of the early 20th
century -- one who, until now,
has largely escaped the con-
demnation of history -- was in
fact the creator of many of the
brutal methods later perfected
by those who came after him.
Vladimir Lenin, Stalin's pre-
decessor as head of the Soviet
state, gets a critical new look in
"Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: The
Age of Social Catastrophe." The'
book was just published by Al-
fred A. Knopf Inc.
"This book began as a study
of the conflicting ideologies of
Communism and Nazism and
the murderous rivalries of Sta-
lin and Hitler," said Gellately,
FSU's Earl Ray Beck Professor
of History. "I did not initially in-
clude Lenin as a major figure.
However, as I conducted the
research for the book and tried
to reconstruct the events leading
up to the Second World War, I
began to see that much of what
I wanted to say was leading me
back, over and over, to Lenin
and the beginnings of the Soviet
dictatorship."
In analyzing the 31-year pe-
riod between 1914 and 1945,
Gellately documents a time of
almost continuous upheaval in
which society was buffeted by
two world wars, the Bolshevik
Revolution, the Holocaust, and
the rise and fall of the Third
Reich. (Gellately refers to the pe-
riod as the "Age of Catastrophe"
for its ruinous effects on societ-
ies throughout the world.) Hav-
ing availed himself of recently
opened Russian and German ar-
chives in researching the book,
the author also shows how these
social and political catastrophes
created the conditions that en-
abled Lenin, then Stalin and
Hitler to pursue their utopian, if
dreadfully flawed, ideals.
"Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler:
The Age of Catastrophe" coun-
ters history's traditional view
of all three dictators -- perhaps
none more so than Lenin, who
has long been viewed as a wise,
even noble, revolutionary whose
Marxist ideals were corrupted by
his brutish successor, Stalin.
In fact, Lenin was "a heartless
and ambitious individual who
was self-righteous in claiming
to know what was good for 'hu-
manity,' brutal in his attempt to
subject his own people to radi-
cal social transformation, and
convinced he held the key to


the eventual overthrow of global
capitalism and the establish-
ment of world Communism,"
Gellately writes. Archival records
make clear that Lenin was the
most extreme of the Bolsheviks,
the one who pressed for the use
of terror as a political weapon
as much as, and probably more
than, any of his compatriots.
Following in Lenin's foot-
prints, Stalin -- though far blood-
ier -- was merely following the
example set by his mentor.
"To put it another way, Sta-
lin initiated very little that Lenin
had not already introduced or
previewed," Gellately writes.
"Stalin was his logical successor,
priding himself on being Lenin's
true disciple, though he was to
transform the Soviet Union in
ways his idol could only dream
about."
Gellately also shows that, for
all of Hitler's atrocities, he could
not have done what he did with-
out the consent of the Germah
people.
"While the Soviet model
called for a non-democratic,


'avant garde' dictatorship -- that
is, one led by highly educated,
professional revolutionaries -
- Hitler's power emerged in a
S'consensus, dictatorship,'" Gel-
lately said. "Rather than ruth-
lessly imposing his will on the.
populace, as Lenin and Stalin
did, Hitler believed that the only,
way authority can work is if it's
popular. Thus, his crackdowns
on perceived outsiders -- homo-
sexuals, Gypsies, Jews, criminal
recidivists and welfare cases
among them -- were done with
the tacit support of the German
people."
A comparative history, "Len-
in, Stalin, and Hitler" shows
how three charismatic but ut-
terly amoral men from two dra-
matically different political sys-
tems were inextricably linked,
and how these linkages led to
some of the darkest episodes in
human history.
Read more about the book
by visiting www.randomhouse.
com/knopf/catalog and search-
ing for the book title.


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Community Events


Cancer support group to meet
The Okeechobee Cancer Support Group will meet the first Thurs-
day 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. Can-
cer patients, survivors and supporters are all invited. The group will
share stories and encourage each other as we take this journey. This
support group will provide participants with information, resources,
support, guest speakers and devotional time and will help comfort
during either your battle or you loved one's battle with cancer. For
information, call the First Baptist Church at (863) 763-2171.

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 ohs l988reunion@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.

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 sponsor-
ing Operation Shoebox and would like to send packages to active
military personnel from Okeechobee. Please call (863) 697-2930, or
e-mail Cheryl(aoacenterprises.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and 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

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.

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.

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

CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and
cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12
and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit
and provide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of
the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and
cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to 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.

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

Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic
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-
. die 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.

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.


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Linden Buccino, a seventh grader at Yearling Middle
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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.
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day" (G) Showtimes: Friday at 7
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and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
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Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
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am now 38.) From time to time
you print stories about how cou-
ples met, and I would like to share
mine.
I have severe asthma, and in
January 2001, 1 was out sick from
work for three days. While I was
home, I started talking to John
1 over the Internet. At the time, he
P lived in Massachusetts, and I lived
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After an hour or so, he con-
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I was taken to the hospital and
don't remember much after I got
There. Three days later, I woke up
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doctor told me if I hadn't come
in when I did, I would have died,
I and my children would have been
left motherless!
I was released a few days lat-
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Sam | found e-mails from John leaving
|me his work number, home num-
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him and told him he had saved
my life from 3,000 miles away.
In June 2001, 1 flew back East
and we drove back to Washington
state together. We were married in
July 2002 and renewed our wed-
ding vows last Valentine's Day. We
have a 3-year-old son, and not a
day goes by that I am not thank-
ful for my husband, who was an
emergency medical technician.
He says he was "just doing his
job." He is now an EMT-Interme-
r diate, and I am now taking a basic
EMT class myself.
I tell John every day that I fall
more and more in love with him.
We always talk over our disagree-
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di at each other.
Please print this so others may
see that the Internet is not a bad
place to meet and fall in love.
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lucky day in more ways than one.
I'm pleased to print your testimo-
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Meeting someone online is no
different from meeting someone
in any public place. I know sever-
al happy couples who met via the
Internet, but I also know people
who have tried it and struck out.
When meeting on the Internet,
it's important to take it slow, have
your first in-person encounters in
public places, and remember that
there's always a chance that not
everything you read online is the
gospel truth.
I'm pleased your story has a
happy ending. It should only be
that way for everyone.
DEAR ABBY: I took my 4-year-
old son to a park toplay recently.
He immediately ran over to the
playground where another boy
around 8 or 9 was playing. Sud-
denly my son ran back to me and
said, "Mommy, that boy said he's
going to kick my butt!"
A little startled, I got up, in-
tending to say something to the
boy, when I noticed that he had
Down syndrome. Not only did I
not know what to say to my son,
I wasn't sure if I should speak to
the boy or his mother, who was
sitting on a nearby park bench.
(She was unaware of what her
son had said.)
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this? Muddled Mommy In
Miami
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If your son had said what that
boy did to a much smaller child,
wouldn't you have wanted to be
informed in a nonconfrontational
way? You should have handled
the situation by approaching the
mother and saying, "I thought you
should know that your son fright-
ened my little boy by threatening
to harm him." If she's an effec-
tive parent, it would be her cue to
take her son in hand and explain
to him that his behavior was inap-
propriate.
TO MY JEWISH READERS:
Yom Kippur begins at sundown
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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

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North
I
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442


Services



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




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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510,
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520'
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Bicycles 530
Books 8 Magazines535
Building Materials540'
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560.
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Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens S Fabrics 595.,
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
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Furs 615
Health 8 Reducing
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Heating Equipment/
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Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
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Pets/Supplies/
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Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
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Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
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NOTICE OF ANNUAL LANDOWNERS AND REGULAR MEETING
OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL OWNERS OF LANDS LOCATED WITHIN THE
BOUNDARIES OF COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THAT, PURSUANT TO
APPLICABLE LAW, A MEETING OF THE LANDOWNERS OF THE COQUINA WA-
TER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10, 2007
AT 9:00 A.M. AT THE ADMINISTRATION ANNEX BUILDING, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE, SMALL CONFERENCE ROOM, 458 HIGHWAY 98
N., OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:
1. ELECT ONE SUPERVISOR;
2. RECEIVING ANNUAL REPORTS AND TAKING SUCH ACTION WITH RESPECT
THERETO AS THE LANDOWNERS MAY DETERMINE; AND
3. TRANSACTING SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY PROPERLY COME
BEFORE THE BOARD.
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER
CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A BOARD OF SUPERVISOR MEETING AT 9:30
A.M. A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST
FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECI-
SION BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH
MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND
FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBA-
TIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND
EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON
WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME-AND TOPIC
PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL
PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS
NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE
IN THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT'S OFFICES BY CALL-
ING 863) 763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE
MEETING,
NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC
SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE.
WILLARD M. BYARS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
504 NW 5TH AVENUE
OKEECHOBEE, FLO 34972-2570
(863) 763-4601
38360 ON 9/21,28/07

Notice of Meeting/Workshop Hearing
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation & Parks
announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 7:00 p.m. (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.tl.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) 744914 or emai (Mark.Nelson@dep.state.fl.us).
238030 ON 9/16-22/07


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
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TRACTOR, JCB Combination,
1996, 214 Series, 4WD, new
tires, good condition.
$18,000 (561)202-4136

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SHOW HEIFERS, reg., short
horns, very high quality, gen-
tle, (863)634-5020

Rentals
a RENT

Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



FURNISHED APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No' pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044


BEAUTIFUL
SAMANTHA'S GARDEN
APARTMENTS
In Town, 2br/2ba, $900
mo. + $600. sec. dep.
(863)634-5780 or
(863)467-9250
-KINGS BAY-
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 Apts., Remodeled
2br, 1% ba, 2 Story, W/D
Fenced patio, $800 mo., 1st,
last+ sec. (863)634-3313
OAK LAKE VILLA, 2BR/2BA,
$850 mo. Call
(863)467-1933
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
Buying a car? Look In the
classifleds. Selling a
car? Look in the classl-
fieds.


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
BASSWOOD, 2BR/1BA, new
C/AC, water softener, appli-
ances & cabinets, incl. wash-
er/dryer, 1st, last & sec. dep,
$825 mo. (561)793-4860
BASSWOOD- Affordable New
3/2/2, $1100/mo, 1st, & sec
Dep. (772)216-4873
BRAND NEW, 3BR's/2BA's,
-lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
1-800-543-2495.
CBS, 2br/lba, near library,
$900 mo., 1st, last & sec.
dep., incl. apple's fenced
backyard. (863)697-6412
DIXIE RANCH ACRES- 3ba,
2ba, Great/Rm, Carport.
$1100. mo.
1-800-543-2495
OKEE., 2 Story, 3BR/2.5BA,
2 car garage, Blue Heron,
golf, waterfront. $1500.
(863)467-1254
OKEE., 3br, 1ba, Carport,
Yard, W/D, Partly Furnished
$1050. mo + Sec. Close to
town. (954)658-0108
OKEECHOBEE, 1BR/1BA, Sea-
sonal, Taylor Creek access,
clean, furnished. $850/mo.
1st & last. (772)344-2342
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,
1BR/1BA, Screened porch,
covered parking, fenced yard,
on canal. $495/mo. Call Dan
(863)634-379
TREASURE ISLAND,
2BR/1BA, Screened porch,
covered parking, fenced
yard, on canal. $595/mo.
Call Dan (863)634-3796
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, 1% BA
Treasure Island. Fenced yd.
$875 mo. (772)359-6584
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Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Salel1015
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




LAWN BUSINESS FOR SALE,
negotiable. Well maintained
equipment. (863)357-1517


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
S800-330-8106
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.
Rent w/option to buy R-Bar
Estates. New 3BR. $2200/mo.
Rent will go towards down
payment. (863)763-7998


BASSWOOD ESTATE,
1/a acre lot, $21,900.
1-800-840-4310.
www.letsgolandllc.com
LOT FOR SALE- Assessed val-
ue $28,000, quick sale price
$19,900. Call
(561)762-5340
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



Trade- Newer 3/2/2 house in
downtown Stuart for house,
barn & 2+ acres near
Okeechobee. (772)463-6630



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

Mobile Homes

bie H e Ls

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




ANCIENT OAKS, 55+,
1BR/1BA, water, sewer,
cable tv ncl., $495 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, 3/2, located in
Ousley Estates, avail 10/1.
(863)357-1517
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.
OKEECHOBEE- 2/2, located on
15A, large lot, screened
porch, storage bldg.
$800/mo, 1st & last, $500
sec. with 1 yr lease
(863)697-3332
OKEECHOBEE, SE 33rd Terr.
Furnished doublewide, 3BR,
2BA, no pets. Seasonal
$1100/mo. Yearly $850/mo.
1st & sec. (863)763-7589

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. appi's, $650
mo. +.sec. dep., 8022 Hwy.
441 SE. 863-697-6412
TAYLOR CREEK: Waterfront,
2 BR., 1 BA., C/AC & heat.
No pets, Lawn maintenance.
$650. mo., + 1st, last &
sec. dep. (772)971-9474 or
(772)349-1006
WATERFRONT PROPERTY
Okeechobee 3br, 2ba, Lake
access-when lake is up, No
pets. $1150 most &sec.
dep. (561)927-8211
Available 10/7/07



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-385-4694
BROADMORE, '82, 80x12,
2BR/2BA, screened rm., until.
rm., carport, boathouse,
$27,000. (863)763-8407

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

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

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


Recreation



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



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


STRATOS BASS BOAT, '98,
dual console, 19', with 175
hp Johnson mtr & trailer.
$8,000. neg (863)983-7835


TOY HAULER, '02, Forest Riv-
er, 24', new tires, new bat-
tery, $15,000 or best offer.
(863)610-0329

Automobiles

III --

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



FORD TAURUS '05- 16k mls,
CD, cruise, spoiler, air bags,
etc. Excellent condition, still
under warranty. $10,800
(863)675-4526
HONDA CIVIC- '96, 2 dr, Tilt,
Full power, New tires, 87K
orig. mi. Runs good. $3500.
(863)467-3070 or 697-6670



BUCKET TRUCK, '98, 55'
reach & 1995 Truck Crane,
needs work & 4 Dixie Chop-
pers. (863)357-1517


FORD F350, '99, Mark III Se-
ries, 7.3 diesel mtr, white,
crew cab, full cap, 130k mi.,
new tires, clean truck,
$12,500. (863)610-0329

Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 419 Southwest 2nd
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 5th day of October 2007
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid tow-
ing and storage. Year, Make, Model &
Vin's as follows:
1997 Black Chevy S-10 PU
1GCCS19X1V8143903
1991 Red Chevy S-10 PU
1GCCS14E9M8155320
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are tinal
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
guarantees.
239174 ON 9/21/07


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YMS Volley Ball team members (in no order) Paige McCrary, Emilie Lege, and Maci Thomas
prepare for a serve after celebrating a winning point.


YMS VB Team defeats Hidden Oaks


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The Yearling Middle School
Volleyball "A" Team defeated
Hidden Oaks Middle School on
Wednesday, Sept. 12. The score
of the first game was 25-9. Sar-
ah Davis had one assist, Maci
Thomas has four aces and one
dig, Paige McCrary had two aces,
three kills and one assist, Krista
Ward had one kill and one dig,
Erika Klingler had one ace ad
one save, Emilie Lege had one
block, one save, one assist and
two digs, and Janet Smith had
one block. Hidden Oaks came
,back to tie the series at one a
piece coming back from a six
point deficit to earn a win in the
second game 25-19. For Yearling
Sarah Davis had three aces, one
kill, and one dig, Maci Thomas
had one dig, Paige McCrary had
one assist, and Janet Smith had
three aces, one kill, and one
assist. The Yearling ladies held
strong as they won the third and
final game by a score of 15-12.
Sarah Davis had one ace, Maci
Thomas had four aces and one
dig, Paige McCrary had one kill
and two blocks and Janet Smith


had one assist. The Lady Year-
ling Volleyball Team has a record
of two wins and zero loses. The
team is scheduled to play at Gif-
ford Middle School on Monday,
September 17 and return home
on Wednesday, September 19 to
take on Sebastian Middle School
at 4:30 p.m. The Yearling "A"
Team players include: Victoria
Blevins, Corbin Davis, Sheila
Jones, Erika Klingler, Emilie
Lege, Paige McCrary, Sarah Da-
vis, Janet Smith, Maci Thomas,
and Krista Ward.
YMS "B" Team earns
win over OMS "B" Team
The Yearling Middle School
"B" Volleyball Team defeated
Osceola Middle School Thurs-
day, Sept. 13 as they played at
Yearling. Osceola won the first
game of the match by a score
of 25-23. Kayla Conrad had one
ace and one kill, Krista Pope
had one ace, Katie Ward had
two aces, Taylor Williams had
one ace Meagan Oglesby had
one kill, Kyla Hargraves had
three aces, Taelor Logan had


one kill, and Shiloh Anuez had
one assist. Yearling came back
to win the second game 25-17.
Kyla Conrad had one kill and an
assist, Krista Pope had one kill,
Katie Ward had an ace, Taylor
Williams had five aces and a
kill, Kyla Hargraves had one ace,
two kills, and an assist, Taelor
Logan had three aces and an
assist, and Shiloh Anuez had a
kill and an assist. The "B" Team
mad a comeback in the third
game to earn the victory for the
game and the match with a 15-
11 score. Kyla Conrad had two
assists, Katie Ward had an ace,
Taylor Williams had an assist,
Kyla Hargraves had three kills,
Taelor Logan had two aces and
a kill, and Shiloh Anuez had one
ace. The Lady Yearling "B" team
has record on 2-0. The Yearling
"B" Volleyball team members
are: Shiloh Anuez, Kyla Har-
graves, Kaitlyn Haymond, Mea-
gan Oglesby, Krista Pope, Katie
Ward, Kyla Conrad, Erin Hud-
son, Taylor Williams, Taelor Lo-
gan, and Kayla Waldrop.


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Brahman cross-country team shows

power at St. Cloud Invitational


By Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Brahman cross-country
team proved that they will be a
force to reckon with this season
when they added six more wins
to their resume at the St. Cloud
Invitational meet on Tuesday,
Sept. 18.
The Lady Brahman junior
varsity team made people sit up
and take notice by taking the top
four spots in their race. Graciela
Varela captured first place with
a time of 23:59. Heather Tinsley
was a close second with 24:05,
followed by Laura Serrano in
third and Olivia Skeen in fourth.
Anna Lugo, the only senior on
the team round out the scoring.
Jennifer Pinon, Nicole Hedrick,
and Brittny Henry all ran well
and helped the JV girls with the
team title.
Okeechobee picked up its
second individual and team title
in the boys' junior varsity race
when Reynel Denova took to the
course. He led the race from start
to finish with a time of 17:58.


This is Denova's first year on the
team and he is already among
the area's best competitors. De-
nova was followed by Chris Ho-
dum, Ricky Nieto, Javier Garcia,
Shawn Horvath, Ignacio Orozco
and Juan Lugo.
"The JV boys ran away with
the team title, and I feel they
.could have beaten most varsity
teams today," stated coach Na-
than Owen.
The Lady Brahmans showed
the heart of the girls' team. With
Janna Mullis out with a sore
ankle, the squad was left with
only five girls. Laura Serrano
became Okeechobee's number
one runner for the first time' in
her career.
"Laura really stepped up and
that gives us a lot of confidence
about what we are trying to do
this year," said Coach Owen.
"Also running great varsity races
were Mandi Harrison, Isabella
Penada, Maria Baltazar, and Na-
tividad Garcia.
"This race proved to us that
we are very strong from our first
to our last," stated Serrano. "We


uKeechoDee News/Pete Gawda
Round and round
Yearling Middle School seventh grader Brandon Hudson
tries to keep his balance while circling around a baseball
bat. This was one of several events in an obstacle course
students ran. The obstacle course was one of several ac-
tivities held on Bonus Bill Day, Wednesday, Sept. 19 at
the school. Students earn bonus bills for positive behavior
and cash them in on Bonus Bill Days.


as a team are starting to bring it
all together and will be ready to
achieve our goals. Right on, stay
groovy Okeechobee."
The last race of the day
brought Okeechobee's Bryan
Suarez to the course. Suarez
immediately took charge and
led the entire race and actually
passed the lead vehicle. Suarez
crossed the finish line in 16:06,
a full minute in front of his clos-
est competitor, teammate Eddie
Guerrero, who finished second
in 17:11.
Following Guerrero was Lio-
nel Jones, Allan Najera, Butch
Alvarado, Austin Willard and
Mike Minondo.
"The boys' varsity beat some
great teams to bring home the
third trophy of the day," said
Coach Owen.
"People were asking who we
were when we got to the meet.
They knew who Okeechobee
was when we left," said Suarez.
The cross-country team will
head to Florida State University
this coming weekend to com-
pete their next meet.

Sports Briefs

Bass tournament
planned
The Super Bucks Bass Tourna-
ment will be held Saturday, Sept.
22 and Sunday, Sept. 23.
Team entry is $200 and in-
cludes Big Bass Pot. Guaranteed
first place is $10,000. Last year
there were 103. boats participat-
ing and over $40,000 in cash and
prizes were awarded. Entries will
be accepted up until the start of
the tournament.
The tournament will run from
safelight to 3 p.m. each day and
weigh-ins are held at Roland and
Maryann Martin's Marina each af-
ternoon.
For additional information
visit the official website at www.
bassbustersflorida.com or call
Chris Fickey at (941) 232-9539.

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


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