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Vol. 98 No. 281 Monday, October 8, 2007 50� Plus tax


OKMS to finalize
festival plans
Okeechobee Main Street
(OKMS) is finalizing plans for its
third annual Okeechobee Hal-
loween Festival in Flagler Park to
be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Main Street will be holding a
luncheon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave.,
on Monday, Oct. 5, from 11:30
a.m. until 1 p.m. where they will
discuss all of the available part-
nership opportunities including
booth ideas and the layout of the


Butler Oaks Farm to
receive Leadership
Environmental Award
Robert L. "Bob" Butler of
Butler Oaks Farm has made it a
priority to find new and more ef-
ficient ways to manage the nutri-
ents that come off his land. Lake
Okeechobee, the wellspring of
the Everglades and a backup
drinking water source for mil-
lions of Floridians, has long suf-
fered from phosphorus pollu-
tion. By reducing phosphorus
runoff from his dairy, located on
the Kissimmee River, Butler has
taken extraordinary efforts to im-
prove the quality of water enter-
ing the lake.
Butler Oaks became one of
the few operators to voluntarily
participate in the South Florida
Water Management District's
Dairy Best Available Technolo-
gies (or BAT) program, its most
intense water quality program to
date. Butler has reconfigured his
dairy's- water management sys-
tem to capture and contain virtu-
ally all his surface water runoff for
reuse on the farm. An edge-of-
farm treatment system encircling
the dairy's entire production area
holds stormwater in a series of
ditches and berms before deliver-
ing it to a retention area. Should
stormwater need to be released,
it undergoes chemical treatment
before leaving the property.
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Airport closing
As of 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct.
8, the Okeechobee County Air
port will be closed to fixed-wing
aircraft for a minimum of three
days due to the milling and re-
paving at the intersection of the
two runways. The terminal and
the restaurant will be open dur-
ing the airport renovations.

Drought Index
Current: 270
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10 feet
Last Year: 13.27 feet

Source: South
Florida Water
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.

Bush honors fallen firefighters

By Natasha Metzler
Associated Press Writer
President Bush on Sunday hon-
ored fallen firefighters for their
dedication and service to the
From the Sept. 11 attacks to
Hurricane Katrina, "there were
firefighters from around the
country there to help," Bush
said at a ceremony where he
and others paid tribute to fire-
fighters killed on the job.
"The bond between fire-
fighters is obviously unique. It
is definitely a source of strength
and it's a reminder that the
work here is a calling, not a

A plaque with the names of
87 firefighters who died in the
line-of duty last year was added
to the National Fallen Firefight-
ers Memorial on the campus at
the National Fire Academy. The
names of four others killed in
previous years and not honored
before also were added.
"It takes a special kind of
person to be a firefighter," the
president told their families
and others in the audience. "It
begins with a different sense
of direction. When an area be-
comes too dangerous for ev-
erybody else, you take it over.
When others are looking for
the exits, our firefighters are
looking for the way in."

In his speech, Bush men-
tioned three of the fallen by
name: Kevin A. Apuzzio, of
the East Franklin Volunteer Fire
Department in Somerset, N.J.;
John Destry Horton, of Rush
Springs, Okla.; and Amy L. Sch-
nearle-Pennywitt, of Ann Arbor,
Mich. He briefly recounted their
stories and wondered, "Where
do people like this get their
Plaques surrounding the
memorial, created in 1981, now
show the names of more than
3,100 firefighters, according to
the National Fallen Firefighters.
Foundation. The fallen include
five U.S. Forest Service fire-
See Bush - Page 2

'08 Art Fest: open to students, adults


File photo
Local children gathered at a banner at the 2007 OKMS Top of the Lake Art Fest where
they were allowed to paint under the supervision of the Okeechobee High School art
club. Children's art programs will be offered throughout the 2008 Art Fest.

Deadline for Art Fest nears

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The time of year for local
artists to show Okeechobee
all their artistic skills is nearing
Okeechobee Main Street
is now inviting artists to apply
for acceptance to the 2008 Top
of the Lake Art Fest to be held
Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday,
Feb. 24, 2008.
The art fest is a juried out-
door fine art show presented
by Okeechobee Main Street.
The purpose of the Art Fest is to
bring talented fine artists to the
community to showcase and
sell their work. Food, entertain-
merit, art demonstrations and
children's art programs will be
featured on both days of the
There are three juried art
categories: booth artists divi-
sion; adult division; and, the
student division.
The booth artists division is
for artists with a body of work.
Artists must supply their own
See Art - Page 2

Fifth grader Donny Sheldon won the 2007 Poster Artist in
the student division of the 2007 Top of the Lake Art Fest
with this rendition of a clown. His painting was made into
a print and used for every poster advertising the 2007 art
fest for OKMS. This practice will continue with the 2008
Art Fest.

AP photo/Lawrence Jackson
President Bush pays respect after laying wreath makes at
the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial service in Emmits-
burg, MD, Sunday, Oct. 7.

Leavitt seeks

deal on kids

health issue

Dems not
expected to
override veto
By Hope Yen
Associated Press Writer
President Bush's health secre-
tary said Sunday he does not
expect Congress to override a
veto on children's insurance
and warned that the popular
program could be at risk unless
Democrats restrain spending.
In an interview with The As-
sociated Press, Health and Hu-

man Services Secretary Mike
Leavitt said Bush would be
willing to provide more than
the $5 billion increase over five
years that he first proposed. He
declined to say how much ad-
ditional money was possible.
But in a warning to Demo-
cratic leaders who have pledged
Sto stick with their $35 billion in-
crease, Leavitt said Bush would
not waver despite attempts to
override his veto last week.
An override requires a two-
thirds majority in the House and
Senate. The Senate approved
See Health - Page 2

Death penalty

case pits Bush


By Mark Sherman
Associated Press Writer
put it bluntly, Texas wants Pres-
ident Bush to get out of the way
of the state's plan to execute a
Mexican for the brutal killing of
two teenage girls.
Bush, who presided over
152 executions as governor of
Texas, wants to halt the execu-
tion of Jose Ernesto Medellin in
what has become a confusing
test of presidential power that
the Supreme Court ultimately
will sort out.
The president wants to en-

force a decision by the Inter-
national Court of Justice that
found the convictions of Medel-
lin and 50 other Mexican-born
prisoners violated their rights
to legal help as outlined in the
1963 Vienna Convention.
That is the same court Bush
has since said he plans to ignore
if it makes similar decisions af-
fecting state criminal laws.
"The president does not
agree with the ICJ's interpreta-
tion of the Vienna Convention,"
the administration said in argu-
ments filed with the court. This
See Court - Page 2


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Mayor lays groundwork

for Glades County seat

By Beryl Bowden
Edited by MaryAnn Morris,
INI Florida
Beryl Bowden wrote for
the Clewiston News in the
1980s. Thanks to the Clew-
iston Museum, we have the
drafts of her articles on lo-
cal history. Clewiston Mu-
seum, in cooperation with
Florida Gulf Coast Univer-
sity, has loaded into a Uni-
versity of Florida digital
library file, over 700 local

historic photographs. The
Museum has generously
given us permission to use
these photographs in our
articles. If Marian Horwitz
O'Brien had her way, many
of those living south ofLake
Okeechobee would now be
living in Muck County.
It happened back in 1919
when Marian Horwitz, the love-
ly, energetic, knowledgeable,
and widely publicized mayor of
Moore Haven, sought creation
of a new county with Moore

.Haven as the county seat. It
would include a wide swath of
land from the then prosperous
community of Ritta (now Lake
Harbor) west and north around
Lake Okeechobee's shores to
the mouth of the Kissimmee
River. Its name would be a
tribute to the miracle soil that
was astounding the entire na-
tion growing giant, swift crops
without fertilizer.
Governor Sidney J. Catts had
bought some of the miracle soil
See County - Page 2

I City's Founding by a Woman in ')92H is UIkiquC


MaryAnn Morris
Marian Horwitz O'Brien, (on the right) was mayor of Moore
Haven three years before women could vote in the U.S. She
actively lobbied the Florida legislature to create a separate
county for the land around the west part of the north shores
of Lake Okeechobee.


2 Okeechobee News, Monday, October 8, 2007

Housing cost, wages, lead to rise in homeless

By Pat Eaton Robb ployment, Rivera's family finds crisis. Nationally, the picture is much
Associated Press Writer itself among the growing ranks "We're very concerned that less clear.
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- There of the homeless in Massachusetts this is going to keep going," said Data from the U.S. Depart-
is just enough space for Lisa Ri- and possibly, the country. Julia Kehoe, commissioner of the ment of Housing and Urban De-
vera's family to sleep at Jessie's About 1,800 homeless families state Department of Transitional velopment suggests there about
House homeless shelter. were in Massachusetts shelters Assistance. 750,000 homeless in the nation
In one room, she fits the full- last week up from 1,400 in June Massachusetts is one of the on any given night, with about
sized bed she shares with her 9- 2006 and just under 1,200 in June few states that keep government 40 percent of those members of
year-old daughter, the trundle for 2005, according to state figures. records of the number of home- homeless families, said Philip
her 11-year-old son, a twin bed There are more families in shel- 'less families in shelters because Mangano, director of the U.S. In-
for her 14-year-old daughter and a ters now than at any time since state law requires the Common- teragency Council on Homeless-
playpen for her 1 /2-year old son. the inception of the state's family wealth to shelter any family that ness.
"It's comfortable, but it's hard shelter program in 1983, accord- meets income and other guide- The overall number of home-
sleeping all together," the 32-year- ing to the Massachusetts Coalition lines. The state keeps a daily less people is up from a few years
old woman said. "Oh my God, for the Homeless. count to show how many beds ago, he said, but nobody can pin-
sometimes it's so hard." State officials blame a wide it needs, said Robyn Frost, execu- point an exact number of families
Faced with domestic abuse, range of problems from cuts in tive director of the Massachusetts because reporting requirements
high housing costs and unem- assistance to the recent housing Coalition for the Homeless. vary widely from state to state.

Continued From Page 1
tent set up, according to specified
rules with a deadline of Saturday,
Dec. 15.
Art Categories for this division
are: 2-D art; clay/pottery; glass/
metal; jewelry; mixed media;
photography/digital; sculpture/
wood; and, fiber/leather. Rules
apply to all categories.
Entry fees for this category are
$15, and $100 for the juried booth
Cash prizes will be given out
for best of show, judge's choice 2-
D, judges choice 3-D, along with
first and second place in each cat-
egory. There will also be patron-
of-the-arts awards given out.
The adult division, which is
placed in a gallery tent, is for art-
ists who want to show up to two
pieces of art. Categories include:

Continued From Page 1
the increase by a veto-proof mar-
gin, but th'e House fell about two
dozen votes short of a two-thirds
majority. The House has scheduled
an override vote for Oct. 18.
Leavitt said the Democratic-con-
trolled Congress, not the Republi-
can administration, would pay the
political price if the State Children's
Health Insurance Program stalls
due to gridlock. Congress has con-
tinued funding the program at its'
current level until mid-November
+ as part of legislation keeping gov-

Continued From Page 1
time, though, the U.S. agreed to
abide by the international court's
decision because ignoring it
would harm American interests
abroad, the government said.
Texas argues strenuously that
neither the international court nor
Bush, his Texas ties notwithstand-
ing, has any say in Medellin's
Ted Cruz, the Texas solicitor
general, said the administration's
position would "allow the presi-
dent to set aside any state law the

Continued From Page 1
lands around Moore Haven and he
and his family were friends of its
charming lady mayor. He was con-
sidered friendly to the idea of a new
county, but was too astute to take
part in the political maneuvering.
"How Mrs. Horwitz happened
to be on the scene and to become
mayor of Moore Haven three years
before the U.S. gave women the
right to vote is a story in itself.
Moore Haven had been found-
ed by Seattle developer, James A.
Moore, who bought a large tract of
undeveloped land from the state.

Continued From Page 1
fighters who died from injuries
sustained last year from a fire in
California's San Bernardino Na-
tional Forest that investigators
say was deliberately set.
Bush's visit to Emmitsburg
came less than a month after
the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,
paying tribute to the more than
300 New York City firefighters
killed in the strikes on the World
Trade Center.
Speaking in praise of the
commitment by first respond-
ers, the president said, "And to
all Americans, across our great
country, homes still stand and
families can go about their lives
because firefighters put them-
selves in harm's way to protect
us. So when you walk by a fire-
house, or see an ambulance on
the street corner, take a moment
to go up and say, 'Thank you.' "

oils; watercolor; acrylics; draw-
ing; photography; clay/pottery;
sculpture; and, mixed media.
Rules apply to all categories.
The entry fee is $15 per piece
of art entered.
Cash prizes will be awarded
for best of show, along with first
and second place in each cate-
gory. Excellent and merit ribbons
will also be awarded. The adult
division application deadline is
Jan. 30, 2008.
Applications, fees and art will
be accepted at the Okeechobee
Main Street office on Jan.26, 2008,
from 9 a.m. until 1p.m.; Jan. 28,
29, 30, 2008; from 9 a.m. until
noon, and from I until 5 p.m.
The student division will also
be displayed in a gallery tent for
young artist who want to show
up to two pieces of art.
This competition has four di-
visions: pre-school/kindergarten;
elementary; middle school; and,
high school.

ernment agencies operating be-
yond Oct. 1, the start of the new
budget year.
"I'm presuming the Democrats
do in fact want the children's insur-
ance program to be reauthorized,"
Leavitt said.
"The president knows bad poli-
cy when he sees it. He has said as
clearly as possible that 'I want to
reauthorize this program and I'm
prepared to add to the 20 percent
increase I've already proposed.' But
we need to have a serious conver-
sation that involves all of the points
of view," Leavitt said.
He added, "Once we agree on
our priorities, then the proper rnui-.
ber will arrive." :

president believes is inconvenient
to international comity."
The Supreme Court will hear
arguments in the case Wednes-
Medellin was born in Mexico
but spent much of his childhood
in the United States. He was 18
in June 1993, when he and other
members of the Black and Whites
gang in Houston encountered Jen-
nifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena
on a railroad trestle as the girls
were taking a shortcut home. .
Ertman, 14, and Pena, 16,
were gang-raped and strangled.
Their bodies were found four
days later.

He did everything on a big scale
and in a big hurry. He soon over-
spent his funds and other moneyed
people took over his project.
These people were three Phila-
delphians, Clarence M. Busch, J.J.
O'Brien, and George Q. Horwitz.
But Mr. Horwitz and Mr. O'Brien
did not agree with Busch's meth-
ods and the three parted company.
Mr. Horwitz and Mr. O'Brien taking
part of the land, including Moore
Haven, as their part of the invest-
ment and forming DeSoto Stock
Farms Company. However, before
the company could get underway,
Mr. Horwitz died unexpectedly.
Mrs. Horwitz came to Moore

Art categories for each age
group include: crayon; chalk/
pastels; paints; drawing; collage;
photography; and, 3-D art. An of-
ficial application must be filled
out by the student and parent/
guardian. The student may also
be sponsored by a teacher.
Entry for all students is free.
Students must be attending pub-
lic, private or home school within
the Okeechobee County School
System or attending the Pemayetv
Emahakv Charter School.
Awards will be given out for
best of show, along with first and
second place in each category.
Excellent and merit ribbons will
also be awarded.
Application deadlines for the
student division are Feb. 1, 2008.
Applications and-art will be ac-
cepted at the Main Street office
from Jan. 21, until Feb. 1, 2008;
Monday through Friday from 9
a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday,
Jan. 26, 2008, from 9 a.m. until

After his veto, Bush immediately
signaled a willingness to compro-
mise on a new bill, but congressio-
nal Democrats stood firm.
"You cannot wring another
ounce of compromise out of this,"
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,
D-Nev., said last week.
In the House, Speaker Nancy
Pelosi is seeking support from 14
more Republicans to vote against
the GOP president.
"It's hard to imagine how we
could diminish the number of chil-
dren who are covered," said Pelosi,
D-Calif., in an interview broadcast
on "Fox News Sunday." "The presi-
dent calls himself 'the decider,' and
I don't know why he would want

Medellin was arrested a few
days after the killings. He was
told he had a right to remain si-
lent and have a lawyer present,
but the police did not tell him that
he could request assistance from
the Mexican consulate under the
1963 treaty.
Medellin gave a written confes-
sion. He was convicted of murder
in the course of a sexual assault,
a capital offense in Texas. A judge
sentenced him to death in Octo-
ber 1994.
Medellin did not raise the lack
of assistance from Mexican diplo-
mats during his trial or sentencing.
When he did claim his rights had

Haven in February 1917 to inspect
her inheritance. She did not intend
to move to Florida. She had been
born to the wealthy Newhall fam-
ily and reared in luxury, but she
was no ordinary society debutante.
She was a genuine philanthropist
who was interested in many so-
cial causes and gave liberally of
her money, time, and personal ef-
forts in volunteer work for needy
projects. She was associated with
Herbert Hoover n his Belgian War
Relief work.
Mrs. Horwitz spent most of the
1919 legislative session at the Leon
Hotel, that historic Tallahassee
hostelry which was headquarters

There is also a 2009 Top of the
Lake Art Fest Poster Award. The
winner's art will be featured on
the 2009 official Top of the Lake
Art Fest Poster.
All applications can be picked
up at the Okeechobee Main Street
office, 111 N.E. Second St. (Cot-
tage 11).
Artists can also go to the
Okeechobee Main Street web site,
com, for an application. Applica-
tions include all the rules and reg-
ulations, entry fees, art require-
nrents, deadlines and drop-off
sites for art.
For more information, e-mail
Bridgette Waldau at Bridgette-
mainstreet@earthlink.net; or, call
(863) 357-MAIN.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

to decide that one child has health
care and another does not."
"So we take it one step at a time.
And right now, we have the next 10
days to two weeks to try to peel off
about 14 votes in the House," she
The program provides health in-
surance to children in families with
incomes too great for Medicaid
eligibility but not enough to afford
private insurance.
Bush and Leavitt have decried
the spending increase primarily
supported by Democrats as unnec-
essarily subsidizing middle-income
people as part of Democrats' "goal
of government-rutri health care for.
every American."

been violated, Texas and federal
courts turned him down because
he had not objected at his trial.
Then, in 2003, Mexico sued the
United States in the International
Court of Justice in The Hague on
behalf of Medellin and 50 other
Mexicans on death row in the U.S.
who also had been denied access
to their country's diplomats fol-
lowing their arrests.
Mexico has no death penalty.
Mexico and other opponents of
capital punishment have sought
to use the court, also known as
the World Court, to fight for for-
eigners facing execution in the

for lobbyists and legislators during
each session. (It was said that laws
were passed at the Leon Hotel and
the confirmed by routine vote in
the capitol the next day lady gained
many friends and supporters for
her county project, but failed to
,overcome the strong opposition of
the three).
Representatives whose territory
she sought to obtain -- Representa-
tives from Palm Beach, Lee, and
DeSoto counties - fought off her ef-
forts. But she must have laid some
good groundwork, for in the next
session Glades County was created
from DeSoto and two years after
that, Hendry County come into be-
ing from Lee County's territory.

UKeecnoDee News/Pete Gawda
Pickup in canal
This 1987 Chevrolet pickup was hauled out of the canal alongside S.W. 16th Avenue late
Saturday morning Oct. 6. According to Okeechobee County Deputy Sheriff Tom Kitchen,
who investigated the accident, the driver, Randy Burney of Okeechobee, was north bound
on S.W. 16th Avenue when he became distracted by an animal on the right side of the road.
He lost control of the pickup and drove it into the canal. Deputy Kitchen said that Mr. Bur-
ney was charged with careless driving and failure to have proof of insurance. Mr. Burney,
who was the only occupant of the truck, was not hurt. The accident occurred just south of
the entrance to Palm Village Ranch.

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Okeechobee Forecast
Monday: Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers. The high
will be in the upper 80s. The wind will be from the east 5to 10 mph
increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. The chance of rain is
20 percent.
Monday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the lower 70s. The
wind will be from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph.

Extended Forecast
Tuesday: Partly sunny with a slight chance of afternoon show-
ers and thunderstorms. The high will be around 90. The wind will
be from the northeast from 5 to 10 mph becoming east 10 to 15mph
in the afternoon. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the lower 70s. The
wind will be from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with a chance of afternoon showers
and thunderstorms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The chance
of rain is 20 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the in the up-
per 60s.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of afternoon
showers and thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The
chance of rain is 20 percent.

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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
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.

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

Health Dept. offers tobacco program
OKEECHOBEE -- The Okeechobee County Health Department
(OCHD) is offering a Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
for the community.
The purpose of the program is to reduce adult and youth to-
bacco use, and provide tobacco resources to residents, businesses
and community organizations in the county.
Freedom from smoking classes will be held every Tuesday at
the Okeechobee County Health auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863) 462-5781.

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

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Okeechobee News, Monday, October 8, 2007



Because good government depends on it.

Three-legged stool can't stand on two

My mom used to have a small, three-
legged wooden stool. I don't remember
the stool being used for any reason, just
something to set a newspaper or magazine
on for a minute.
It was small and .hlius w1t .m ti ldy enough
to hold iiw.%ihiing of weight.
But no matter if it was strong and
sturdy, the three-legged stool was no good
if something happened to one of-the legs.
It couldn't stand on just two.
You're probably already wondering
what a three-legged stool has to do with
the newspaper business.
Open government is a three-legged
It takes open meetings.

It takes open records.
It takes public notices.
Any oftilh, dii ltL icin ig absent you don't
really have open government.
I would wager that the news side of
newspapers thinks all of government can
be "open" if just its meetings and records
are kept public. And I would wager an
equal amount that the advertising/business
,side would argue without public notices,
government really can't be open.
Like the old Certs breath mint ad,
"Stop. You're both right."
ii iikeA jll ihiree Together. If one of the
three is missing, any one of the three, open
government is off-balance.
Open meetings - much can go on

behind closed doors and much does. The
law gives public agencies the right to
enter into closed meetings under certain
conditions. The law limits the presence
of people at those meetings and nothing
can be finalized. Any final action must be
done in public.
Open meetings also give the citizens
the right to speak on a particular subject.
Much like lobbying in some respect but
the comments play an important part of a
public .giic.i decisions on most items.
Open records - much like open meet-
ings, most records are open. Those records
can be closed to the public under certain
conditions but the records are important
for a variety of reasons.

Often, government records will reveal
what has happened behind the scenes, with
agencies trying to restrict knowledge of
what has happened in certain situations.
Maybe it's a financial settlement with a
fired public agency employee. Maybe
it's what happened in a court proceeding.
Maybe it's just simple communications
between agencies.
Open records are much more than that,
I know, but open records are an important
part ofIli.ii liiic',:-h ..Lcd stool.
Public notices - these probably get
overlooked when compared to open
meetings and open records. Newspaper
editorial departments won't understand
the reason for ihcln. why i,'lnniniitll

agencies should pay to have information
published. Newspaper ad departments will
favor this one over open meetings and
open records. Those are good but with
public notices certain information has to
be published and that information could
be very revealing.
On their own, each is important and
each plays a role in open government -
government of the people, for the people
and by the people. True open government
can only be open with the :li,., k-gad
stool in perfect balance.
David T. Thompson,
Executive Director
Kentucky Press Association,
Frankfort, Ky.

Five questions and answers

about government public notices

Public notices published
in newspapers provide citi-
zens a window into govern-
Most of the information
for the following questions
and answers comes from
the booklet "Public Notice:
An American Tradition, An
Examination of the Role of
Newspapers in Public No-
tice," published by the Pub-
lic Notice Resource Cen-
ter and American Court &
Commercial Newspapers.
1) What is a public no-
A public notice is infor-
mation informing citizens of
government or government-
related activities that affect
citizens' c' cry'dIa\ lives.
2) Why do we need pub-
lic notices?
An important premise
found in both federal and
local governments is that
information about govern-
ment activities must be ac-
cessible in order for the
electorate to make well-
informed decisions. Public
notices in newspapers pro-
vide this sort of accessibil-
ity to citizens who want to
know more about govern-
ment activities.
3) What is the history of
public notices?
The history of public no-
tice begins long before the
emergence of newspapers.
The concept has existed

since early civilizations
posted notices in public
squares. This crude method
was eventually refined with
the publication of the first
publication of the first Eng-
lish language newspaper in
1665 - a court newspaper
called The Oxford Gazette.
In America, the Acts of
the First Session of the First
Congress in 1789 required
that all bills, orders, reso-
lutions and congressional
votes be published in at
least three publicly avail-
able newspapers.
Upholding the public's
right to know has been es-
sential to our country's way
of life since day one. Our
government governs with
the consent of people, and
this consent must be in-
4) What are some exam-
ples of a public notices?
.There are many kinds of
public notices. Publication
of proposed budgets for lo-
cal governments, notices of
local government hearings,
bid notices, board and agen-
cy meeting minutes and
pre-election notices are just
a few examples.
5) Are newspapers the
most effective vehicle for
public notices?
Public notices published
in newspapers ensures read-
ership by those most likely
to be interested in or af-

fected by the notices. Plus,
the notices arrive at readers'
homes or places of work in
a newspaper filled with lo-
cal news and information
that compels readership.
Newspapers are paid
to publish public notices,
which guarantees that valu-
able newspaper space will
be devoted to notifying the
public. The system works
the same way in which
qualified vendors are paid to
provide goods and services
to government entities, such
as contractors who build
schools and roads or an of-
fice supplies store that wins
a bid to sell office supplies
to a government agency.
In recent years, some have
questioned the need to pub-
lish notices in local newspa-
pers, saying that the Internet
has become so widely used
that it represents a better
way of informing the pub-
lic. The Internet can play
a role in a better informed
citizenry, but public notices
buried in government Web
sites cannot replace the val-
.,ue delivered by newspapers.
The permanence, stability
and independent verifica-
tion offered by publication
of public notices in news-
papers ensure citizens have
access to bonafide, trusted
information about the busi-
ness of government.



by Patrick Jordan

1. "Stop, soldier!"
5. Daiquiri liquor
8. Former talk show host Donahue
12. Corn crib
15. Colossal continent
16. What "&" stands for
17. Wander about
18. Dollar bill
19. Some public notices (2 wds.)
22. "Caught you!"
23. Proposal opponent
24. Jar topper
25. Jack who "could eat no fat"
27. "Grey's Anatomy" network
30. Ponderer's comment (3 wds.)
33. Out of work
.34. Not as restrictive
36. Paradises
37. Approval from the pews
38. Spew lava
39. Stand-up comic's repertoire
40. Copier powders
42. Extremely
43. Lion's pride?
44. Tea variety
45. Suffix meaning "most"
46. Sudden shock
47. Pegs bought in pro shops
48. Stocking stuffer
51. Owl's outbursts
53. Coal miner's wagon
54. Pleasant
55. Bring into existence
57. Resign
58. Former TWA rival, for short
59. Summertime sensation
60. Hillary's successor
62. Goose group
63. Farmland unit
64. Pittsburgh footballers
66. Word before Diego or Francisco
67. Asset for Miss America
69. Load in a 53-Across
70. Wrestling surfaces
72. Billion-year period
73. Some public notices (2 wds.)
79. Math branch (abbr.)
80. It's grown in a paddy
81. Film star Stephen _
82. "The Hawkeye State"
83. Navy vessel designation, briefly

84. Beerlike drinks
85. "Shiny Happy People" band
86. Rhyme writer

1. Owns
2. Charcoal residue
3. Commit perjury
4. "Gone With the Wind" plantation
5, Ceiling beam
6. Incapable of performing duties
7. Some HMO employees (abbr.)
8. Commends highly
9. William of "Stalag 17"
10." never been so insulted!"
11. A smaller amount
12. Some public notices (2 wds.)
13. Asthma sufferer's gadget
14. Tidies up
20. Sheltered area along a shore
21. Heavy hammer
26. Liberace's instrument
27. Tylenol alternative
28. Uses a drill
29. Some public notices (2 wds,)
31. Signified
32. Regard with respect
35. Espionage expert
39. Ladies, to Jed Clampett

41. Gives the go-ahead
43. Travelers' lodgings
44. __ moss (gardener's buy)
46. Make a.quick note
47. Frequent "Law & Order" event
49. Central Florida city
50. Saudi Arabia neighbor
52. Hall & __ (pop music duet)
53. Deep soup bowl
54. Henpeck
55. Hat, to a Frenchman
56. Chills again
57. Questions
58. Olive Garden offering
61. "This instant!" (2 wds.)
62. Sweet kind of cracker
65. Game show host
68. Bible book before Nehemiah
71. Scissors sound
74. Dipstick coating
75. Watchdog's warning
76. Slimy substance
77. Female in a flock
78. Minded the kids

October 7-13 is National Newspaper Week.

Protecting the public's right to know through publication of government
public notices in newspapers is essential in America.

Few things are as vital to
a thriving democracy as
the free flow of information
between government and the

Public notices are an intrinsic
part of that free flow of

Contact your local newspaper
if you would like to learn more
about the importance of public
notices in your newspaper.

Since 1940, the Newspaper
Association Managers,



Because good
depends on it.


an organization of state, regional and national newspaper association
executives, has sponsored and supported National Newspaper Week, a
week-long celebration of newspapers in America.

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TAXES: I received this in an email - I thinkit fits inverywell in this situa-
tion. I have read it through a couple of times and did not find the garbage
tax - but Glades County is working on it as we speak- throwthe bums out.
Tax his land, tax his bed,
Tax the table at which he's fed.
Tax his tractor, tax his mule,
Teach him taxes are the rule.
Tax his cow, tax his goat,
Tax his pants, tax his coat.
Tax his ties, tax his shirt,
Tax his work, tax! his dirt.
Tax his tobacco, tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.
Tax his cigars, tax his beers,
If he cries, then tax his tears.
Tax all he has, then let him know,
That you won't be done 'till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers, then tax him some more,
Tax him till he's good and sore.
Then tax his coffin, tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he's laid.
Put these words upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me to my doom..."
When he's gone, do not relax,
It's time to apply the inheritance tax.

EVERY DROP COUNTS: With drought conditions expected to
continue (unless a tropical storm brings extra moisture) we all are
affected by the water shortage. Dad had a 55-gallon drum to catch
rainwater runoff from the tin roof of his barn and it was never dry! He
kept a screen over it to keep debris from collecting and had a spigot
(faucet) in the bottom so he could connect it to a garden hose. For
years, that was the only running water available in the barn. The bar-
rel he used was galvanized (like the old wash tubs) but today there
are many made of plastic and a smaller one may even be suitable.
What do you think? Do you collect rainwater, even small amounts?
Nothing is better for watering houseplants. It may not be practical
for everyone, but every drop counts and collectively we can make a

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Community Events

Red Cross offers CPR classes
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offering adult and
infant/child CPR classes. Infant/child classes will be Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Adult classes will be held Thursday, Oct. 18. All classes will start at
6 p.m. and will be held at the Red Cross branch office at 323 N. Par-
rott Ave. To register or for information, call (863) 763-2488.

Airboat club plans meeting
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will hold its monthly
meeting at Beef O' Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave., on Thurs-
day, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. Preparation for the Speckled Perch Festival
will be the primary agenda item. All members are encouraged to
be present.

Eagles club hosting an operations school
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of the Eagles #4509, 4701 U.S.
441 S.E., will host a Florida State Aerie Operations School on Sat-
urday, Oct. 13, for District 7. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the
club. This school is open to all Aerie and Auxiliary members of any
Fraternal Order of Eagles. A continental breakfast and lunch will be
served. For information call Bill at (863) 763-1187, or the Cypress
Hut Aerie at (863) 467-1154.

VFW has karaoke league
VFW Post #4423 will host a summer karaoke league on 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.

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Florida's prison system out of control

By Ronald Fraser
Florida's prison system is like
an out-of-control carousel. In
2005, for example, 46,000 new in-
mates got onboard just as 42,000
parolees stepped off and headed
for home -- up from 9,400 in
Nowadays Florida towns and
cities are struggling to cope with
the special services needed by
this ever growing number of new
parolees returning home each
America's lock 'em up drug
laws are keeping this merry-go-
round spinning faster and faster.
Nationally, the portion of inmates
leaving state prisons after serving
time for non-violent drug offenses
has shot up from 11 percent in
1985 to 37 percent in 2005. Here
is how this trend plays out in
Florida prisons held only
20,400 men and women in 1980.
By 2006, that number grew to
Today Florida's incarceration
rate -- the number of state prison-
ers per every 100,000 population
-- is 492. In 1980, it was only 208.

While the enforcement of
federal state a drug laws has not
lowered the availability or use
of illegal drugs, those laws have
done more harm than good for
drug users, taxpayers and local
Drug Users
Instead of dealing with drug
abuse as a health issue in educa-
tion and treatment centers, drug
laws have sent thousands of oth-
erwise law abiding citizens to
prison. But prison time can back-
Life behind bars is an ideal en-
vironment for non-violent inmates
to become socially alienated and
to learn new criminal skills from
other inmates. Upon their release,
many drug users are likely to pose
a greater risk to society than when
they entered prison.
Florida's prison merry-go-
round would stop turning if not
for the generous contribution of
more than $1.4 billion each year
from state taxpayers.
And nationally it costs more
to enforce drugs laws that don't
do what the lawmakers say they

Upcoming Events

AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.VP. to (863) 763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. atthe Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys sing-
ing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for your
organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at (863) 532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. This
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her ancestry. The
annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For infor-
mation, call Eve at (863) 467-2674; or, visit their web site at http:/Avww.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For information, call
(863) 634-4780.
O.C.R.A. meets at Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane at
7 p.m.

Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to
the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863) 763-8999.
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is welcome.
For information, call Lydia Hall (863) 357-6729 or Betty Perera (863)
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There.is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m.
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-9055.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Inforfinal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
AA. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fel-
lowship Church, 300 S.W Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then from
6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or someone
just to care are welcome. For information call the hot line (863) 801-
9201 or (863) 697-9718.

Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group fa-
cilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.}
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church of Our 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave. The Lakes Shops Suite K. For information call (863)

AA. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center located
at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.

were intended to do. The Nation-
al Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws in Washington
estimates that U.S. taxpayers are
spending more than $1 billion a
year just to lock up 33,600 state
and 10,700 federal marijuana of-
fenders. Most of these people
are peaceful, productive citizens.
They do not belong behind bars.
Once their prison phase ends,
parolees face and uphill struggle
as they try to put their lives back
together. Trouble finding jobs and
a place to live are common prob-
lems and force many ex-convicts
to seek help from local agencies.
But instead of fixing the root
cause of this problem, federal
and state officials are turning to
churches and social service agen-
cies to salvage their failed poli-
cies. As one New York correction-
al officer remarked recently, "Our
dump-'em-on-the-street with $40
is not working. We need help."
Faith-based service grants
from Uncle Sam are already be-
ing used by communities to cope
with newly released inmates. The
Council of State Governments,

the National Association of Coun-
ties and the Urban Institute are all
addressing re-entry issues. And
the push is on to get United Way
and Big Sister/Big Brother organi-
zations involved. Trouble is, these
efforts address only a symptom of
the problem -- not the problem
What to do? About one-half of
all U.S. inmates are non-violent
offenders. Would it not make a lot
more sense to solve the returning
prisoners crisis by drastically cut-
ting the number of non-violent
people cycled through Florida's
prisons and sent back to their
hometowns every year?
Policy makers in Tallahassee
need to stop sending non-violent
offenders to prison and increase
the use of non-prison punish-
ments, including treatment for
drug abusers and support services
for other non-violent offenders.
This would drastically slow
down Florida's prison merry go
round, save taxpayers a lot of
money, and shrink by up to one-
half the number of ex-inmates
headed back to local communi-
ties each year.

Community Events

Library offers free computer classes
The Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., is of-
fering free computer classes. Learn the basics of computers, set up
an e-mail account and learn how to use it. Registration is required.
Classes are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12, and Friday, Oct. 26. For
information and to register, call the library at (863) 763-3536.

Church hosting revival for kids
The Pentecostals of Okeechobee, 405 S.W 10th Ave., will host
a free children revival and puppet show with special guest Bruce
and Jami Borlik and family on Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct.
14. The Borlick family has traveled internationally with their pup-
pet ministry, and is an exciting and fun family. For information, call
(863) 763-7983.

Karey's to' host '50s Sock Hop
Karey's Restaurant, 1713 U.S. 441 N., will hold a '50s sock hop
on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7 until 11 p.m. There will be food, door
prizes, karaoke, a hula hoop contest, etc. Children 5 to 17 years old
are $15, adults $25 and $5 for 50/50 drawing, price includes food
and drink. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Mak-
ing Strides Against Breast Cancer. For information contact Crystal at
(863) 634-9483, or Chrissy at (863) 532-1717.

Red Cross plans class on first aid
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will host a class on first
aid basics on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. at their branch office at 323
N. Parrott Ave. To register or for information, call (863) 763-2488.

ACS plans annual walk
The American Cancer Society is planning their third annual Mak-
ing Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk on Saturday, Oct. 20. The
walk will be held in Flagler Park with registration beginning at 8
a.m. Teams, sponsorship and volunteers are needed. If you would
like to join in the efforts to prevent breast cancer, call Carrie Heine-
man at (863) 634-6012.

4-H Club to clean saddles
The Bits n' Spurs 4-H Club will have a saddle cleaning fundraiser
on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. until noon at Eli's Trailer Sales,
908 N.W Park St. Club members will clean and oil saddles under
the supervision of adult volunteers. Money raised will be used to
finance club activities and programs. Those who can't bring their
saddles to Eli's Trailer Sales on Oct. 27 can make arrangements to
drop off the saddles in advance. If you have several saddles to be
cleaned, the club may also make arrangements to pick them up.
For more information, contact Paula Daniel at (863) 763-8185.

VFW Post 4423 plans Halloween party
The new Men's Auxiliary of the North VFW Post #4423,300 N.W
3411 St., will host a Halloween Party on Wednesday, Oct. 31. There
will be a costume contest with the judging taking place around 9
p.m. There will be prizes for best costume and also for the most
original (creative) costume. Debbie Collins will be hosting karaoke
and dancing from 6 until 10 p.m. The public is invited. If you are not
a member, please sign at the front door as a guest. If you have any
questions, call the Post at (863) 763-0818.

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; First Bank and Trust of
Indian Town 205 East North Park Street and the Main Street office,
111 N.E. Second St. For information about the festival or to get in-
volved with the event, please contact Karen Hanawalt at 863-357-
MAIN (6246).

Two-day motorcycle rally set for Nov. 10 & 11
A motorcycle rally will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday,
Nov. 11, at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70
E., beginning at 9 a.m. each day. The inaugural event is being spon-
sored by the Florida Gang Investigators Association (FGIA) and
will feature a burn out pit, tug-o-war and donut eating contest for
adults. There will also be events for children that include a bounce
house, wildlife area and face painting. There will also be live music,
as well as food and prize giveaways. Tickets are $5 in advance each,
and $10 each at the gate on the day of the event. Children under the
age of 12 will be admitted free. The purpose of the two-day event is
to help educate youngsters about the dangers of joining a criminal
street gang and to raise money for the FGIA that will be used to
educate kids about the dangers of joining a gang. For information,
tickets or to sign up a team to compete in one of the adult contests,
contact either Detective Sergeant Brad Stark or Michele Bell at the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, (863) 763-3117. Tickets can
also be purchased at Style Studio, 1600 S.R. 70 E., and Syble's Flow-
ers, 119 S. Parrott Ave.



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OMS is raising the roof
Construction continues at Osceola Middle School where this building will house the fifth
graders from South Elementary School and Central Elementary School due to over crowd-
ing expected in 2008-2009.

Butler Oaks Farm to receive Environmental Leadership Award

Robert L. "Bob" Butler of
Butler Oaks Farm has made it
a priority to find new and more
efficient ways to manage the
nutrients that come off his land.
Lake Okeechobee, the well-
spring of the Everglades and a
backup drinking water source
for millions of Floridians, has
long suffered from phosphorus
pollution. By reducing phospho-
rus runoff from his dairy, located
on the Kissimmee River, Butler
has taken extraordinary efforts
to improve the quality of water
entering the lake.
Butler Oaks became one of
the few operators to voluntarily
participate in the South Florida
Water Management District's
Dairy Best Available Technolo-
gies (or BAT) program, its most
intense water quality program

to date. Butler has reconfigured
his dairy's water management
system to capture and contain
virtually all his surface water
runoff for reuse on the farm. An
edge-of-farm treatment system
encircling the dairy's entire pro-
duction area holds stormwater
in a series of ditches and berms
before delivering it to a retention
area. Should stormwater need to
be released, it undergoes chemi-
cal treatment before leaving the
The farm has also been con-
verted from a traditional dairy
where the cows graze in pas-
tures, to a free-stall confinement
dairy with advanced self-con-
tained waste-handling technol-
ogy. The new model allows for
better collection and control of
animal wastes. In a partnership

with the Farm Pilot Project Co-
ordination, Inc., and the Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services, Butler Oaks
is experimenting with new ways
to process waste from the barns
to create marketable manure.
The wastewater, meanwhile, is
collected and reused to irrigate
hay pastures, which in turn are
harvested to feed the cows. The
fact that Butler was able to ac-
complish this reconfiguration
of his dairy during difficult hur-
ricane years is further evidence
of his commitment to natural
resource conservation.
A spokesperson for his indus-
try and for conservation, Butler
frequently opens his farm for
educational tours to demon-
strate the latest in environmen-
tal technology and Best Manage-

Scaffa receives appointment

Riverside Bank has appointed
Margaret Scaffa as residential
mortgage lender for the greater
Okeechobee area.
She is responsible for originat-
ing mortgages, building customer
and referral relationships; coun-
seling customers to ensure that
their financial needs are met and
supporting Okeechobee through
community involvement.
An Okeechobee native, Ms.
Scaffa knows the area very well
and brings more than ten years of
mortgage lending experience to
her new position.
"We are delighted to have Mar-
garet join our team of residential
lenders," said Jack Motter, senior
vice president of Mortgage Lend-
ing at Riverside. "Riverside is com-

Margaret Scaffa
mitted to helping Okeechobee
County continue to grow. Marga-.
ret's responsibilities are essential
to the bank's continued success

in the Heartland region."
Ms. Scaffa has received numer-
ous awards for her line of work
and has been recognized for her
professionalism. The rewards
she cherishes most, however, are
the thank-you notes she receives,
from customers.
Ms. Scaffa's community in-
volvement includes volunteering
for Habitat for Humanity and be-
ing a member of the American
Business Women Association.
Ms. Scaffa graduated from Indian
River Community College, the
Florida Institute of Banking and
the Bank Administration Institute.
Ms. Scaffa is located in Riverside
Bank's Mortgage Center at 1410 S.
Parrott Ave. in Okeechobee. She
can be reached at (863) 357-1641,
ext. 67501.

Stamps available at local businesses

More businesses
needed for stamp

Have you ever needed post-
age stamps but just didn't have
the time to go to the post office?
There is a convenient way to get
postage stamps at post office
Buy stamps when you visit
these local Okeechobee busi-
nesses: Circle K, Walgreens, Pub-

lix and National City Bank.
To increase convenience for
Okeechobee residents, Post-
master Mark Pinson is looking
for some additional "First Class"
business partners to participate
in the "Stamps on Consignment"
program. Local businesses can
increase the bottom line through
increased customer traffic, with
no upfront costs, by selling
stamps at post office prices. Busi-
nesses who are interested should
contact Postmaster Mark Pinson

at (863) 763-3616; or, visit www.
uspsstampstogo.com for more
In addition to Circle K, Wal-
greens, Publix and National City
Bank, Postmaster Pinson would
like to remind everyone that
stamps can be purchased online
at www.usps.com, by phone at
1-800-STAMP-24, and by mail and
fax by contacting the Okeechobee
Post Office.
Contact Postmaster Mark Pin-
son for more information.

Riverside offers new deposit escrow service

FORT PIERCE -- Riverside Bank among local real estate profes-
introduced a new deposit escrow sionals," said Alan Polackwich,
service for both residential and executive vice president and gen-
commercial real estate closing eral counsel. "Riverside's new
transactions. escrow deposit service will pro-
The deposit funds will be held vide them with a trusted deposi-
and controlled solely by Riverside tory and peace of mind. We invite
Bank. The bank will work in con- them to examine the security and
junction with other real estate financial soundness of Riverside
transaction participants, includ- Bank, an escrow agent they can
ing real estate agents, attorneys rely upon."
and title companies. Riverside Bank, with assets
"The events surrounding a de- of $4.5 billion, will hold deposit
faulted escrow business in one of funds in escrow on behalf of the
our markets have created turmoil buyers and sellers as a disinter-

Business Briefs

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. Donations
of candy and treats from the community are needed. Drop off loca-
tions 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 0' Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave.; Gizmo's Pizza, 3235 U.S. 441
S.E.; Syble's Florist and Gifts, 119 S. Parrott Ave.; Accident Law Of-
fices of Philip DeBerard, 114 N. Parrott Ave.; Y Drive Thru, intersec-
tion of S.R. 70 and S.R. 710; First Bank and Trust of Indian Town 205
East North Park Street and the Main Street office, 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).

ested third party, and distribute
the funds according to the parties'
written instructions.
Riverside escrow accounts can
be opened at any of the bank's 65
branch locations throughout ten
Florida counties. Riverside Bank's
Real Estate Deposit Escrow Agree-
ment is available for downloading
from the bank's website at www.
Inquiries can be directed to
Riverside Bank Escrow.

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ment Practices. He has helped
educate policymakers, regula-
tors, activists, members of the
media, and students about the
importance of agriculture and
about farmers' efforts to seek
solutions to water pollution and
other environmental problems.
Butler also brings the farm-
ing perspective to regulatory
and agency meetings as a mem-
ber of the South Florida Water
Management District Water Re-
sources Advisory Commission's
Lake Okeechobee Committee.
A wide array of industry
groups and dairy-related pro-
fessional organizations has
also benefited from his leader-
ship skills. He is past president
of Dairy Farmers, Inc., and has
served on the boards of South-
east Milk, Inc., the Florida Beef
Council, the Okeechobee Coun-

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ty Farm Bureau, the Florida Farm
Bureau Dairy Advisory Commit-
tee, the Kissimmee River Advi-
sory Committee, Dairy Manage-
ment Inc., and the University of
Florida's SHARE Council and
Dairy Check-off Committee. In
1982 he was named Florida's
Outstanding Young Dairy Farm-
er, and in 1994 he received the
Okeechobee County Farm Bu-
reau President's Award.
Bob Butler comes from a
third-generation Florida farm-
ing family. He graduated from
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural
College in Tifton, Georgia, and
studied agricultural economics
at the University of Florida. In
1972 he started working at his
father's dairy, Butler's Dairy,
Inc., where he served as vice
president. He has served as
president of his own dairy, But-

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ler Oaks Farm, Inc., since 1997.
Today, Butler and his wife, Pam,
live in the Lorida-Fort Bassinger
area. They have three grown
children, Ben, Katie, and Will.
The 2007 Agricultural-Envi-
ronmental Awards will be pre-
sented during a breakfast cer-
emony held during the Florida
Farm Bureau Federation's annu-
al meeting. The meeting will be
held Friday, October 12 at 7:30
a.m. at the Daytona Beach Hil-
ton, Daytona Beach. For more
information contact Florida
Farm Bureau, (352) 374-1535.
Other winners this year are Buck
Island Ranch, in Lake Placid, in
Highlands County; Gwinn Broth-
ers Farm n McAlpin in Suwannee
County, and Fraleigh Nursery
Inc. in Madison County.

I would like to inform all my patients again, that I have closed my med-
ical practice at 225 NE 19th Drive, Okeechobee, and relocated out of
If you wish to obtain a copy of your records, please send a written
request before December 31s, 2007 to the following address:
Abul Fazal Ali, MD
P.O. Box 270 -
Clinton, MO 64735-0270
Include your address where records should be mailed.

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Yellow-necked caterpillars are seasonal pests

Over the past few weeks our
office has had several calls about
caterpillars chewing up local oak
trees. It took us some time to find
information about the culprit, but
we were able to come up with a
name of this seasonal pest - the
Yellow-necked caterpillar.
Unfortunately, once the dam-
age is noted, it is often too late to
do anything about it. But there are
some approaches that can help
keep this "weasely worm" from
being such a problem next year.
A few years ago, our area had
an infestation of another oak-eating
caterpillar. These critters were gray
and pink in color, and are called the
Pinkstriped oakworm. The cater-
pillar discussed today is a different
species, Datana ministry. It is not
nearly as big, and when mature, is
black with yellow stripes and a yel-
low ring around its neck.
Hosts and History
The Yellowneck caterpillar oc-
curs throughout much of the US,
but is more common east of the
Rocky Mountains. Oaks and hicko-
ries including the Pecan are com-
mon meals for this insect. Other
hardwood hosts in our area might

include Elms, Maples and the River
The insect will spend the win-
ter and spring as a pupa in the
soil. These shiny dark brown ob-
jects are about an inch long and
�4 inch around. Adult moths begin
to emerge in July. Moths are tan to
reddish brown, with four narrow
dark lines across each front wing.
The edges of the wings are scal-
loped. Their back wings are hidden
at rest but will be yellowish-brown
and 1 /2 inch wide.
Female moths lay egg clusters
of 50-300 on the lower surface of
leaves. Small larvae usually begin to
appear in late July or early August.
The larvae feed together in colonies
during summer and fall.
Newly hatched larvae have
black heads. The young caterpillars
are mostly red with patches of yel-
low on the back and alternating yel-
low or white lines along the sides.
These early stage larvae rip off the
lower surface of the leaf. Skeleton-
ized leaves turn brown, so small
clumps of dead leaves canopy are
early signs of caterpillar feeding.
As they mature, entire leaves are
consumed, leaving only a nub of




the petiole. By the time tree dam-
age is noticed, the larger caterpil-
lars will now have a black head
with a bright orange to yellow col-
lar or neck - this gives the insect
its common name. Yellow-necked
caterpillars have a black body with
8 thin yellow to white stripes. They
are also identified by their sparse,
long white or gray hairs.
When they reach full size of
almost 2 inches, they drop to the
ground to pupate in the soil. In
other areas several generations per
year may occur, but in Florida there
is only one generation per year.
Colonies of caterpillars of dif-
ferent ages may be found through
August into mid-October. During
development, larvae leave the foli-
age periodically and congregate
on branches to rest and molt. They

travel and eat in groups of thirty to
a hundred for protection. When a
possible predator (birds & other in-
sects) disturbs these caterpillar col-
onies, they assume a characteristic
U-shaped alarm position: the head
and rear end are raised.
On large trees with ample foli-
age, only a few branches may be
stripped by the time larvae reach
full size. However, small trees with
fewer leaves can be completely
consumed by a single colony.
. Several consecutive years of
severe defoliation will stress trees.
The health of a tree may deteriorate
if other stress factors also occur, like
drought, hurricanes, construction
damage, and the like. Landscape
trees are more often bothered
by these insects than hardwoods
found in a forest setting.
Besides the loss of tree foliage,
homeowners report that falling
frass (dark pellets of caterpillar
excrement) is a problem on side-
walks and patios. Typically, feeding
colonies defoliate one branch then.
move to another.
Predators, parasites, disease,

and unfavorable weather usually
keep caterpillar populations low.
Outbreaks are rare, and the factors
that cause occasional outbreaks
are not known. Promote tree vigor
and health to aid in the recovery
from defoliation. Use an approved
insecticide for high-value trees or
extremely damaging moth popula-
Because this insect feeds in
groups, early feeding may con-
trolled by pruning off infested
branches by pulling off the caterpil-
lars by hand. This caterpillar is most
numerous in late summer when
its feeding causes little permanent
damage to the tree. There is also
evidence that predator wasps may
help keep populations of these cat-
erpillars down. In these cases, no
control is'necessary.
Healthy trees usually survive
and recover; however, defoliation
can cause dieback of branches and
twigs, loss of growth, or even tree
mortality, if defoliation continues
through several consecutive years.
Early detection of the small cat-
erpillars is. a key management step
that reduces the need for pesticides.

Bacterial and chemical insecticides
are most effective if applied when
the larvae are small. The use of
the least-toxic insecticide Bacillus
thuringiensis k. is a possible choice
for home landscape use. Home-
owner use of chemical insecticides
on fully mature caterpillars will not
be effective, and may kill predators
that help to keep the numbers low.
Licensed Commercial land-
scape applicators that have access
to power sprayers may wish to use
a number of registered pesticides
if the situation requires it. Please
check with the latest UF/IFAS rec-
ommendations, and follow ALL
label directions.
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page,
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu. If
you need additional information on
oak tree caterpillars, please email
us at okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu or
call us at (863) 763-6469. Local resi-
dents can stop by our office at 458
Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee, and
visit our Okeechobee County Mas-
ter Gardeners from I to 3 p.m. on
Tuesday afternoons. Go Gators.

College town party paper isn't for everyone

Associated Press Writer
COLUMBIA, MO--Ah, college
life. Allnight study sessions in
the library. Professors challeng-
ing the conventional wisdom.
Snowball battles on the quad.
Get real.
For students at the University
of Missouri-Columbia, college is
all about casual sex, meddling
parents, foul-mouthed friend-
ships and partying until you puke
- that is, if you believe the por-
trayal in The Booze News, a new
weekly newspaper that glorifies
the wonders of heavy drinking.
The publication's founders,
a pair of University of Illinois
graduates, call The Booze News
(motto: "Today's News ... Under
the Influence") an over-the-top
satire modeled after The Onion,
the popular parody newspaper
started by college students in

Madison, Wis., that has since
gone global.
But some Missouri students
and local business owners aren't
laughing. A Booze News book
review about interracial gay
adoption that referred to the two
male parents as "freaks" drew a
formal protest and request that
university officials censure the
Several downtown business
owners have thrown out the
free paper, which has published
seven issues, afraid of offend-
ing customer sensibilities. Even
some campus fraternity houses
deem the material too edgy for
"The paper is not for 8-year
olds," said co-founder Atish
Doshi, a 2004 Illinois gradu-
ate from suburban Detroit. "It's
about being immature college
kids. That's what makes it suc-

cessful. We don't.take ourselves
Success has come quickly for
Doshi and Derek Chin, who said
they started the paper three years
ago "as a complete joke."
The Booze News can now be
found at Illinois State, Indiana,
Iowa and the University of, Wis-
consin-Madison, along with Mis-
souri and Illinois.
Doshi, who works in Chicago
with a full-time staff of six, said
he expects to expand to anoth-
er dozen campuses in the next
"I would love to be at as many
schools as possible," Doshi said.
"There will always be college
For Missouri senior Kyle Ali,.a
Chicago native, such a scenario
is troubling. As a peer educator
who works to control drug and
alcohol abuse, Ali said The Booze
News sends the wrong message,

humorous or not.
"This is a publication that
clearly condones high-risk be-
havior," he said. "There's noth-
ing that talks about alcohol poi-
soning, or drunk-driving."
A recent issue of the Missouri
edition does contain a public
service announcement by the
U.S. Department of Transporta-
tion about the dangers of drunk-
en driving. There's also a small
disclaimer that the paper "in no
way promotes, encourages or
supports binge drinking and/or
underage drinking."
"This newspaper is designed
for entertainment purposes
only," the disclaimer reads.
More prominent, though, are
features on the local bartender of
the week, alcohol reviews, drink
recipes, drinking game instruc-
tions and guidelines on how to
beat hangovers.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Practical lesson in democracy
Mitchell Barlow, a fifth grader at Everglades Elementary School, places his ballot for student council officers in the ballot
box under the supervision of Principal Cynthia Weigum. The election was held in the school cafeteria on Friday, Oct. 5.
Students used the same type ballot and the same ballot box used by Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections Gwen

Deer season creates hazardous driving conditions

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OFC selects Elite 11
On Wednesday, October 3, Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus principal Andy Brewer drew names to determine the
school's most recent Elite 11 students for this '07-08 year.
The students were entered into the drawing if they re-
ceived five positive signatures in the last three weeks. The
winning students from the class of 2011 received an Elite
11 Tee- shirt and candy. Those who were selected (bottom
row, left to right) are: Maria Espinoza and Carma Rowlett;
(second from bottom row, left to right) are: Tiffany Rowlett
and Celena Letcher; (third row from bottom, left to right)
are: Mallorie Jones, Maria Hernandez and Norma Bustos;
and, (top row, left to right) are: Heber Laguna, Oscar Se-
gura, Willy Wallace and Andrew Selvey.


Helen C. Johnson
Helen C. Johnson, age 83, of
Okeechobee, died Oct. 6, 2007 at
the Hamrick Home. Mrs. Johnson
ws born Sept. 12,1924 in Wendell,
N.C. to Robert P. Mace and Bessie
Roberts. She was a loving mother
and her hobbies was making jelly
and quilting with her sister, Boots.
She was a member of the Living
Word of Faith Church. She loved
the Lord.
She was preceded in death by
her husband, Daniel W. Johnson.
Mrs. Johnson is survived by
great-granddaughters, Katlynn
Green, Jennifer Johnson and
grand-daughter Teresa Green of
Okeechobee; sons, Larry and
Jerry Johnson, of Okeechobee
and Lee Roy Johnson of Hender-
sonville, N.C.; sister, Hazel Jones

of Okeechobee; many grand-
children and great-granchildren.
She will always be in our hearts,
a very special lady that will be
missed and loved forever.
Visitation will be Monday, Oct.
8, 2007 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Liv-
ing Word of Faith Church, 1902
South Parrott Ave.
Funeral services will be held
Tuesday, Oct. 9, at noon at the
Living Word of Faith Church with
Pastor Lee Minton officiating. A
burial will follow at Evergreen
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All local arrangements are
entrusted to the care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N,E. Second

NEW YORK - Cars and deer
can be a lethal combination. Deer
migration and mating season gen-
erally runs from October through
December, and causes a dramatic
increase in the movement of the
deer population. As a result, more
deer-vehicle collisions occur in
this period than at any other time
of year, so drivers need to be es-
pecially cautious, according to
the Insurance Information Insti-
tute (I.I.I.).
The Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety estimates that
there are more than 1.5 million
deer-vehicle collisions each year,
resulting in 150 occupant deaths,
tens of thousands of injuries and
over $1 billion in vehicle dam-
age. The average claim for col-
lision damage is about $3,000,
with costs varying depending on
the type of vehicle and severity of
damage; claims involving medi-
cal payments can add thousands
of dollars, according to the I.I.I.
"As our wildlife habitat contin-
ues to shrink, accidents with deer
and other animals are likely to in-

crease. We need to be more vigi-
lant in our driving," said Jeanne
M. Salvatore, senior vice president
and consumer spokesperson for
the I.I.I.
Not only is urban sprawl dis-
placing deer from their natural
habitat, but the deer population is
also growing. Many of these deer
find their way onto highways and
into suburban neighborhoods,
especially during deer season.
I Some states experience more
deer collisions than others. Ac-
cording to a study of State Farm's
annual claim statistics, the states
with the highest number of acci-
dents involving deer from 2005 to
2006 were: Pennsylvania, Michi-
gan, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, Vir-
ginia, Minnesota, Texas, Indiana
and South Carolina.
Fortunately, there are steps
you can take to decrease the like-
lihood of being involved in a deer-
vehicle collision.
The following facts can be
helpful in avoiding deer-related
* Deer are not just found on

rural roads near wooded areas,
many deer crashes occur on busy
highways near cities.
* Deer are unpredictable, es-
pecially when faced with glaring
headlights, blowing horns and
fast-moving vehicles. They often
dart into traffic.
* Deer often move in groups. If
you see one, there are likely more
in the vicinity.
When driving, the I.I.I. recom-
mends taking the following pre-
* Drive with caution when
moving through deer-crossing
zones, in areas known to have
a large deer population and in
areas where roads divide agricul-
tural fields from forestland.
* Always wear your seat belt
and stay awake, alert and sober.
* When driving at night, use
high beam headlights when there
is no oncoming traffic. The high
beams will better illuminate the
eyes of deer on or near the road-
* Be especially attentive from
sunset to midnight and during

the hours shortly before and after
sunrise. These are the highest risk
times for deer-vehicle collisions.
* Brake firmly when you no-
tice a deer in or near your path,
but stay in your lane. Many seri-
ous crashes occur when drivers
swerve to avoid a deer and hit
another vehicle or lose control of
their cars.
* Do not rely on devices such
as deer whistles, deer fences and
reflectors to deter deer. These de-
vices have not proven effective.
In the event your vehicle strikes
a deer, try to avoid going near or
touching the animal. A frightened
and wounded deer can hurt you
or further injure itself, warned
the I.1.1. If the deer is blocking the
roadway and poses a danger to
other motorists, you should call
the police immediately.
Contact your insurance agent
or company representative as
quickly as possible to report any
damage to your car. Collision with
a deer or other animals is covered
under the comprehensive portion
of your automobile policy.

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At the Movies Blondie

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Oct. 5,
through Thursday, Oct. 11, are as
Theatre I -"Game Plan" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "Heartbreak Kid"
(R) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre Ill - "3:10 to Yuma" (R)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 p.m. only.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
and 7 p.m., Monday at 3 p.m. only.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 2,4:15, and 7 p.m.
Also in Theatre III - "Resident
Evil" (R) Showtimes: Friday at 9
p.m. only, Saturday and Sunday at
9 p.m. only, Monday at 7 p.m. only,
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 9 p.m. only.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4.50; senior
citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-


in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Monday, Oct. 8, the
281st day of 2007. There are 84
days left in the year. This is Colum-
bus Day, as well as Thanksgiving
Day in Canada.
Today's Highlight in His-
On Oct. 8, 1871, the Great Chi-
cago Fire erupted. Fires also broke
out in Peshtigo, Wis., and in the
Michigan communities of Holland,
Manistee and Port Huron.
On this date:
In 1869, the 14th president of
the United States, Franklin Pierce,
died in Concord, N.H.
In 1918, Sergeant Alvin C. York
almost single-handedly killed 25
German soldiers and helped cap-
ture 132 in the Argonne Forest in
In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was
indicted by a grand jury in New Jer-
sey for murder in the death of the
son of Charles A. Lindbergh.
In 1945, President Truman an-
nounced that the secret of the
atomic bomb would be shared
only with Britain and Canada.
In 1956, Don Larsen pitched
the only perfect game in a World
Series to date as the New York Yan-
kees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in
Game 5, 2-0.
In 1957, the Brooklyn Baseball
Club announced it was accepting
an offer to move the Dodgers from
New York to Los Angeles.
In 1967, former British Prime
Minister Clement Attlee died in
London at age 84.
In 1970, Soviet author Alek-
sander Solzhenitsyn was named
winner of the Nobel Prize for litera-
In 1981, at the White House,
President Reagan greeted former
Presidents Carter, Ford and Nixon,
who were preparing to travel to
Egypt for the funeral of Anwar Sa-
In 1982, all labor organizations
in Poland, including Solidarity, were
Ten years ago: Scientists re-
ported the Mars Pathfinder had
yielded what could be the strongest
evidence yet that Mars might once
have been hospitable to life.
Five years ago: Two Kuwaiti
gunmen attacked U.S. forces dur-
ing war games on a Gulf island,
killing one Marine and wounding
another before they were shot to
One year ago: Word reached
the United States of North Korea's
claim that it had conducted its first
nuclear weapons test. Because of
the time difference, it was Oct. 9 in
North Korea.
Today's Birthdays: Entertain-
ment reporter Rona Barrett is 71.
Actor Paul Hogan is 68. Rhythm-
and-blues singer Fred Cash (The
Impressions) is 67. Reverend Jesse
Jackson is 66. Comedian Chevy
Chase is 64. Author R.L. Stine is
64. Country singer Susan Raye is
63. TV personality Sarah Purcell
is 59. Actress Sigourney Weaver is
58. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rob-
ert "Kool" Bell (Kool & the Gang)
is 57. Producer-director Edward
Zwick is 55. Country singer-musi-
cian Ricky Lee Phelps is 54. Actor
Michael Dudikoff is 53. Comedian
Darrell Hammond is 52. Actress
Stephanie Zimbalist is 51. Rock
musician Mitch Marine is 46. Rock
singer Steve Perry (Cherry Poppin'
Daddies) is 44. Actor lan Hart is 43.
Gospel/rhythm-and-blues singer
CeCe Winans is 43. Rock musi-

cian C.J. Ramone (The Ramones)
is 42. Singer-producer Teddy Riley
is 41. Actress Emily Procter is 39.
Actor-screenwriter Matt Damon is
37. Actress Kristanna Loken is 28.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Byron
Reeder (Mista) is 28. Actor Nick
Cannon is 27. Actor Max Crumm
(TV: "You're The One That I Want")
is 22. Actor Angus T. Jones is 14.
Thought for Today: "I hope
we never live to see the day when
a thing is as bad as some of our
newspapers make it." -- Will Rog-
ers, American humorist (1879-

Wizard of Id


Beetle Bailey


Dear Abby

Have escape plan

ready for fires

*DEAR ABBY: For many peo-
ple, home is a place where they feel
safe and secure. But what happens
when "home" becomes a place
you need to escape from because
of a fire? If you don't have an imme-
diate answer to that question, you
are not alone. Many individuals do
not have a plan, or practice what to
do in the event of a fire. But these
life-saving steps are critical.
Eight out of every 10 fire deaths
in the United States occur in homes.
Each year, between 2,500 and
3,000 people are killed in home
fires, while an estimated 12,000 to
13,000 suffer injuries.
All of us must share in the re-
sponsibility of protecting ourselves,
our homes and our communities
from fire. Ideally, this means pre-
venting fires from happening in the
first place, but it also means being
prepared to escape should a fire oc-
cur. Planning and practicing escape
from a fire makes it more likely that
people will survive one.
All families should also make
sure they have working smoke
alarms. In order to successfully es-
cape a fire, it is vital to be alerted
to one as early as possible. Smoke
alarms should be on every level
of your home, inside each sleep-
ing room and outside each sleep-
ing area. They should be tested
once a month and should never
be disabled or have their batteries
I hope that everyone reading this
will take the time during Fire Pre-
vention Week (through Saturday)
to review fire safety and practice a
home fire escape plan. Resources
for developing a plan and safety
tips are available at www.firepre-
ventionweek.org. - James M.
Shannon, President, National
Fire Protection Association
DEAR JAMES: There's an old
saying, "An ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure." So thank
you for offering me the opportu-
nity to remind everyone about the
importance of being prepared in
advance for an emergency evacua-
tion in case of fire - or some other

natural disaster.
Readers, this year the National
Fire Protection Association is fo-
cusing its annual public awareness
campaign on home fire escape
planning. The theme: Practice Your
Escape Plan.
Having an escape plan in place
is essential to being prepared to act
quickly in case of emergency. To
develop a home fire escape plan,
identify two ways out of each room
and designate a meeting place out-
side. Make sure the plan addresses
any specific needs of household
members. Also, consider that
some people may not awaken to
the sound of the smoke alarms and
may require help to wake up.
Having an escape plan that has
been practiced in advance allows
more time to get out if a fire occurs.
And should a fire strike, those pre-
cious moments can mean the dif-
ference between life and death.
*DEAR ABBY: Can you please
settle a disagreement? I am a single
guy who occasionally does some
traveling with four friends. (Two
couples.) Some think the hotel
room should be split per person,
and some think per bed. Which do
you think is more fair? - Travel-
ing Man
room should be paid for by dividing
the bill equally among the number
of heads on the pillows. In your
case, that would be a five-way split
if all of you are sharing a room, or a
three-way split if you are sharing a
room with one couple.
-DEAR ABBY: When filling out
a job application, what would you
write as the "Reason for Leaving"
if you were fired? - Sandra In
Stone Mountain, Ga.
DEAR SANDRA: You should
write "personal reasons" on the
application. During your interview
if you are asked about it, under no
circumstances should you lie or say
anything bad about your former
employer. Sometimes employment
doesn't work out for the simple rea-
son that there was a "personality

Close to Home



The Last Word in Astrology

By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19): Pay
attention to detail and add your own
special touch to whatever you do. You
can impress as well as advance if you
focus on what needs to be done and
do it your way. Travel will entice you but
be cautious.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You
have everything under control, so fin-
ish what you start. You can far exceed
your expectations if you concentrate
on the most important part of whatever
you are doing. Children and older indi-
viduals will play a role and can add to
your success.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Noth-
ing is likely to run smoothly, especially
if you have to rely on other people.
Overindulgence may be a problem. Be
prepared to walk away from a situation
that doesn't feel right.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): Put ef-
fort into something you really enjoy do-
ing or into a relationship you want to
make better. Travel plans can be put
into play and visiting someone you
want to get to know better or who can

help you get ahead will turn out well.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don't even
think about all the little worrisome
things you have on your mind. For now,
concentrate on work, making money
and changing whatever is holding you
back or slowing you down. Network
and brainstorm.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don't get
upset. If someone you live with or that
you are close to gives you a hard time,
just walk away. Confronting situations
will lead to an emotional breakdown
that you cannot resolve at the mo-
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Emotional
matters concerning someone you
work with or have to deal with will af-
fect the outcome of what you are trying
to accomplish. Use your intuition and
creativity and you will impress and sur-
prise everyone.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You
have plenty to do but also the drive to
put things to rest. Do your thing regard-
less of what anyone says. You are on
the right track, so take a unique route
even if someone thinks it's wrong.

* SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
Be cautious today. You aren't likely to
make the best decisions or choices
so take your time rather than rush into
things. Travel and communication will
both pose a problem for you.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You
can make some personal as well as fi-
nancial moves today. Money and com-
mitment will go hand-in-hand. You can
draw up legal papers, sign documents
and sort through information of a sen-
sitive nature. Change will be good.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You
may be faced with someone who
wants to know how you feel about him
or her. Be careful how you word things.
You may be taken the wrong way. Be
sensitive to his or her needs.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You
can expect to deal with other people's
problems today. The more empathetic
and compassionate you are, the better.
A deal that you are interested in can
turn into extra cash. Some changes
made around the house will add to
your comfort.

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made sure he was outfitted with roll bars.


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ears, vic of Belmont Woods.
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Must have construction exp.
Proficient in Word & Excel.
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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
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1 Manhattan area
above Houston
5 Blue eyes or
blond hair
10 Obsolescent
skier's lift with a
curved lower part
14 Asian sea with a
15 Health Net rival
16 Architect
17 Common quitting
19 Hamilton bills
20 Blue Jays' home
21 'The Jeffersons"
costar Sherman
23 Ending for prop-
or meth-
24 Nervous twitches
26 Folksinger/activist
27 Halloween
31 Cricket sound
34 Tampa NFLers
35 Feathery stole
36 Male sheep
37 Tow truck's haul
39 German auto
40 Big Band or
Disco period
41 Jack who
preceded Carson
42 "Burnt" pigment
43 Marshland
47 Hobbling
48 Prego rival
49 Appomattox
52 Glacial marine
55 Paternity test
57 Fly sky-high
58 Minnesota-based
butter maker
60 Traditional
61 Canadian skater
62 Designer Wang
63 "Born Free"
64 Mark, as test
65 Pretentiously
1 U.S.-Mexico-
commerce pact

2 Heavenly hunter
3 Le _: French
4 Spread from a
5 Stratagem
6 A door may do it
when it closes
7 From _ Z
8 One of a foot's
9 Retract
10 Elite flying group
11 Satan
12 Composer
13 Like flush
18 Ready to draw
into a stein
22 "_ inhumanity to
.": Burns
25 More likely to
pass a
Breathalyzer test
27 Sammy Davis
and Cal Ripken:
28 Jean- Picard:
"Star Trek: TNG"
29 Took a golf cart
30 Depilatory cream
31 Captain's staff
32 Mata

33 "You've got my
37 Become
saturated, as in a
38 Cheer syllable
39 Unit of elec.
41 Apple or quince
42 _ suspects:
same old crowd
44 Tar pits site
45 Rolled into a

46 Pay no attention
49 Los Angeles
50 Roeper's partner
51 Blue book entry
52 Castaway's
53 "Neato!"
54 Teri of "Tootsie"
56 Etna output
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Equipment 690
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Community Events

Civil War re-enactment planned for Dec. 1 & 2
The seventh annual Civil War re-enactment about the raid on Fort
Pierce will be held Dec. 1 & 2 at the Savannas Recreation Area, 1400 E.
Midway Road, in Fort Pierce. On Saturday, camps will be open to the pub-
lic from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and battles will be held throughout the day
with the main battle being staged at 2 p.m. On Sunday, camps will be
open to the public from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., with the main battle starting at
1 p.m. Other activities include living history demonstrations, Sutler's Row,
Civil War camps, Ladies Tea, blacksmith and more. Admittance costs are
$3 for adults and $1 for children. Kids under the age of 6 will be admitted
free. For information: contact Anita Errico-Smith at (772) 465-7608, or by
e-mail at civilwargal@cs.com; or, Lou Rausch at (772) 359-6541, or, Grey-
riderl863@aol.com. All proceeds from the event will go to the St. Lucie
County Sheriff's Explorer Post #400.

Local club plans toy drive
The Just for Today Club is doing a toy collection for the needy children
of the inmates in the Okeechobee County Jail. All donations are to be re-
ceived by Dec. 21. All toys are to be new and unwrapped. Please drop off
the toys at the Just for Today Club, 2303 U.S. 441 S.E., Suite K. For informa-
tion, call Stephanie at (863) 763-4017 or (863) 634-9386.

Program to stop smoking offered
The Okeechobee Health Department Tobacco Prevention and Educa-
tion Program offers "Freedom from Smoking" classes every Tuesday, at
the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W 161 St., from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. A six-week supply of nicotine patches is available. To register,
call (863) 462-5781.

Nicotine anonymous meeting dates slated
NICA (nicotine anonymous) is starting a new club with meetings to
be held at the Just For Today club, 2303 U.S. Hwy 441 S.E., Suite K, on
Monday from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. For information, call Steve Condit Sr.
at (863) 801-3110.

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.

Cancer support group to meet
The Okeechobee Cancer Support Group will meet the first Thursday
of each month. Each meeting will be held from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. in
room 113 at the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W Fourth St. Cancer patients,
survivors and supporters are all invited. The group will share stories and
encourage each other as we take this journey. This support group will
provide participants with 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.

American Cancer Society seeks volunteers
The American Cancer Society is recruiting volunteers who are inter-
ested in making a difference in the fight against cancer. Volunteers with
the American Cancer Society's Florida Division participate in programs
that support research funding, educate the community, deliver services to
patients and advocate for policies that help defeat cancer. To get involved,
call the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345.

Church has fellowship activities
The Fort Drum Community Church will hold a men's fellowship break-
fast 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.

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

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

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@oacenterprises.com.

Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering
FPL's Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to
Share 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.

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

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

Healthy Start group seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items
such as furniture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and
other items for infants and toddlers. Proceeds from the sale of do-
nated items will be used to benefit infants and pregnant women in
the community. 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 pur-
chased at CarQuest, 300 N.W. Park St. For information, call (863)
462-5863. Proceeds will go toward youth activities in our commu-

Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch offers a basic
HIV/AIDs instruction course that complies with Florida employ-
ment requirements for individuals working in various vocations.
This is a self-study course that includes text work and the success-
ful 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

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 screen-
ings. 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 advocate 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 informa-
tion; or, visit www.floridasac.org.

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offer-
ing parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six,
one-hour classes. You must attend all six classes to get a certificate
of completion. We now have day and evening classes available. 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 accept-
able. 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
available at no charge to help people in their search for the right
employee or job. For more, visit their web site at www.tcjobs.org;
or, call (863) 462-5350.

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The Value Adjustment Board of Okeechobee County is scheduled to convene on
Monday, October 15, 2007; Tuesday, October 16, 2007 and October 17, 2007 at
9:00 a.m. in County Commission Chambers, 304 NW 2nd Street, Courthouse,
Okeechobee, Florida to consider petitions tiled with the Value Adjustment Board.
Lists maintained by the property appraiser of successful and unsuccessful appli-
cants for exemptions are available for consideration by the public at the Office of
Property Appraiser, 307 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the board with respect to any
matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and
that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record must include the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based.
Clif Betts. Jr., Chairman
Value Adjustment Board
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Value Adlustment Board
Okeechobee County, Florda
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Stephen Geary, Rocky Huddleston and Jacob Greseth, along with the YMS Mascot and
Devin Tedders cheered the Yearling Volleyball team to victory over Murray Middle School.

Kicker leads Texans to victory over Dolphins

AP Sports Writer
Brown's career day was enough
for the Houston Texans to slip
past the hapless Miami Dol-
Brown kicked five field goals, in-
cluding the winner on a career-
long 57-yarder with a second re-
maining, to lead the Texans to a
22-19 victory over the Dolphins
(0-5), losers of eight straight.
Brown tied an NFL single-game
record with three makes over 50
yards. He hit two 54-yarders ear-
lier in the game.
The Dolphins are off to their
worst start since losing the first
six to open the 2004 season.
Things could get worse after
quarterback Trent Green suf-
fered a concussion trying to
block. He was under observa-
tion at a hospital.
The Texans (3-2) got the ball at
their 3-yard line and Matt Schaub
completed 4 of 5 passes to set
+ up the winning kick.
With less than two minutes to
go, the Dolphins lined up for
what would have been a 56-yard
field goal attempt, but instead
called a timeout and punted.
Schaub fumbled and threw an
interception, and the Texans
couldn't finish drives all day, in-
stead relying on Brown's leg. He
also hit from 43 and 20 yards.
Brown helped the Texans break
a two-game losing streak and
avoid being beaten by a second
straight winless opponent, after
last week's loss to Atlanta. The
victory gives Houston its first
winning record after five games
in franchise history.

Schaub was 20-of-34 for 294
His 24-yard pass to Owen Dan-
iels got Houston to the 4-yard
line midway through the fourth
quarter. But the Texans settled
for another field goal that tied
it at 19-all after a 2-yard gain by
Ron Dayne and two incomplete
Jay Feely's 48-yard field goal
early in the fourth quarter had
put Miami back on top at 19-16.
The Dolphins, who came in al-
lowing a league-worst 199 yards
rushing a game, gave up just 74
yards to a Texans team missing
Ahman Green. Miami's defense
got a boost from the return of
Zach Thomas, who missed the
last two games with a concus-
C.C. Brown jumped in front of
Marty Booker for an interception
on the second play of the sec-
ond half. The Texans got a 43-
yard field goal from Kris Brown
to get within 16-13.
Last year's top draft pick, Ma-
rio Williams, got his third sack
of the season when he pulled
down backup Cleo Lemon with
one hand for an 8-yard loss mid-
way through the third quarter.
Rookie Amobi Okoye stuffed
Ronnie Brown for no gain on
the next play to force a punt.
The Texans tied it up when Kris
Brown hit his second 54-yard
field goal of the day with about
five minutes left in the third
Ronnie Brown had 23 carries
for 114 yards to become just the
second player in Dolphins his-
tory with 100 yards rushing in
three straight games. Ricky Wil-
liams did it three times.

Houston led 7-3 in the first quar-
ter when Schaub's pass bounced
off Jeb Putzier's fingers and was
intercepted by Andre' Good-
On the next play Green was try-
ing to block after a fumble by
Ted Ginn Jr. and defensive tackle
Travis Johnson hit Green in the
head with his knee. After the
play ended, Johnson stood over
Green and taunted him, drawing
a 15-yard penalty.
Green lay still for several seconds
as medical staff rushed to check
on him. The Dolphins gathered
near midfield and kneeled to
pray a few feet away. Green was
taken off the field in a stretcher.
Lemon took over for Green, and
Ronnie Brown put the Dolphins
ahead 10-7 with a 3-yard touch-
down run. Lemon finished 15-
of-27 for 151 yards.
Feely pushed Miami's lead to 13-
7 with a 40-yard field goal in the
second quarter.
A sack by Jason Taylor caused
Schaub to fumble on Houston's
next drive and the Dolphins
converted the turnover into a
33-yard field goal to take a 16-7
The Texans had to settle for a
54-yard field goal by Brown just
before halftime after a sack by
Taylor followed by an incom-
plete pass by Schaub stalled
their drive.
The Texans took an early lead
when Dayne ran for a 1-yard
touchdown on fourth down in
the first quarter. That score was
set up by a 49-yard reception
by Andre' Davis. It marked the
first time Houston had scored a
touchdown on its opening drive
this season.

Submitted to Okeechobee News

Go, fight win!
Madison Ferguson, a cheerleader for the Child's World Gators, led the crowd in cheer-
ing on the Gators at a recent game against the Lunkers Sports Grill team of the O.C.R.A.
Mighty Mites football league.

Submitted photo

Washington out runs the competition
Rams' D.J. Washington (right) out ran the competition at their game versus the Cowboys
as he ran towards the goal line to score a touchdown. The Rams defeated the Cowboys


NW 258TH

NW 304TH
NW 294TH

NW 298TH

HWY 78 W
NW 278TH
NW 282ND
NW 258TH
NW 256TH
NW 272ND
NW 248TH
HWY 441 N
NW 294TH
NW 264TH


Total Acres

AVE 0.528
AVE 0.462
DR 0.064
ST 1.25
ST 1.25
ST 1.5
ST 0.218
ST 1.25
ST 1.25
ST 1.5
ST 1.5
ST 1.5
ST 1.25
ST 0
ST 0.344
ST 0.172
AVE 0.325
ST 1.25
LANE 0.677
ST 1.25
ST 0
AVE 0.275

Infor *mS-- 5 .SoeO h e n P r A a-Sp. S

Sale 1

Sale 1 Price
* $275,000.00
. $8,200.00

Sale 2
5/2/1979 .

Sale 2 Price

Sale 3








Sale 3 Price


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