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Inside


Local sex offender arrested


FBC flag
football continues
The First Baptist Church
of Okeechobee's flag football
season continued on Saturday,
Oct. 6, where Dillon Honeycutt
carried the ball while (back-
left) Abi Huckabee and (back
right) Cody Smith tried to pull
his tag while Honeycutt's team-
mate Brandon Harrell blocked
for him.
Page 12


News Briefs

OUA issues boil
water notice
Okeechobee Utility Author-
ity (OUA) issued a precaution-
ary boil water notice Wednes-
day afternoon for customers
in the area bounded by S.R. 70
on the north, S.W 32nd Street
on the south, Eagle Bay Drive
on the west and S.E. Second
Avenue on the east. The utility
advises that all water used for
drinking or cooking be heated
to a rolling boil for one minute.
It is hoped that the notice
can be canceled by Friday af-
ternoon. Before a boil water
notice can be cancelled the
water must test clean for two
consecutive days.
According to an OUA spokes-
man, work at a construction
site caused the water pressure
in the affected area to drop.
The lowered pressure stirred
up sediments in the water. The
utility is in the process of flush-
ing sediment out of the lines.
Anyone having questions
is asked to call the OUA water
plant at 763-3239, the mainte-
nance barn at 467-1599 or the
OUA office at 763-9460.

Airport closed to
fixed wing craft
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

10.09 feet
Last Year: 13.23 feet
S Source: South
Florida Water
- Management
'" .) District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.


Index
Classifieds............................ 9-11
Com ics .................................. 8
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 9
Obituaries.................................. 6
O pinion.................................. 4
Speak Out ........................ ..... 4
Sports.................................. 12
TV ....................................... .. 10
W eather..................................... 2

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Cops: offender
had porn pics
of young boys
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A convicted sex offender was
arrested on child pornography
charges Tuesday afternoon after
detectives at the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
spent several hours piecing to-
gether shredded photos of nude
boys.


David Franklin Wolfe, 48,
of Northwest
368t Drive,
Okeechobee,
was arrested
Oct. 9 by Detec- (
tive Rosemary .
Farless on six
counts of child
pornography '
and six counts David
of computer Wolfe
pornography.
Wolfe is being held without bond
in the Okeechobee County Jail.
According to records from the


Florida Department of Correc-
tions (DOC) Wolfe was originally
arrested in Hillsborough County
in January of 1997. He was con-
victed in April of that same year
on three counts of child abuse-
photo sex conduct and one count
of lewd and lascivious assault on
a child under the age of 16. He
received a sentence of five years
and was released from the Baker
Correctional Institution April 24,
2001.
Records also indicate that he
cleared probation in 2006.
Detective Farless said at this


Young scientists: Students learn about DNA


Submitted to Okeechobee News
Fourth graders in Mr. Stanley's North Elementary School class have been busy study-
ing DNA using strawberry plants. Jenna Thomas (left) and Josey Pearce (right) were
among the students to see DNA strands.


Kirk Rayman (left) and Logan Laskey (right) have been experimenting with strawberry
plants in the Science class at North Elementary School. For more on the class, see
page 6.


time it does not appear that Wolfe
has had any physical or sexual
contact with children.
Wolfe was living with another
convicted sex offender at the time
of his Oct. 9 arrest. The room-
mate, said Detective Farless, was
"very cooperative" in the case.
Detective Farless said Wolfe
apparently had access to a com-
puter through an acquaintance
of his. The detective said the ac-
quaintance, who knew his back-
ground, allowed the unemployed
Wolfe to use the computer be-
cause they had blocked sites


where he could view this type of
material. It's not known at this
time how he was able to access
sites depicting nude boys under
the age of 16.
When Detective Farless was
contacted, she was able to re-
trieve the shredded photos.
"I worked on them about
three hours by myself," said De-
tective Farless.
Detective Lieutenant John
Rhoden and Detective Ted Van
Deman then pitched in and the
See Offender - Page 2


Code board




asked to




reduce fines


Recommends city
wait until Brantley
property is sold

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
With a unanimous vote,
the code board is recommend-
ing to the City Council take no
action on a requested code
violation fine reduction until the
Brantley property sale is closed
and final.
On Tuesday, the Okeechobee
City Code Enforcement Board
heard Steve Brantley's request
for fine reduction on behalf of


his father Marvin Brantley, con-
cerning his property at 1811 S.
Parrott Ave. Current fines for
code violations on that property
total $68,662.23.
The judgment includes a
$58,750 lien on the property in
addition to $750 of additional
attorney fees and interest of
$9,162.23. Due to the recent
sale of the northern 1.3 acre
parcel the fine of has been paid
at closing and is being held in
an account at the City.
These fines date back from
the&settlement that was reached
July 1, 2005, in a code enforce-
See Brantley - Page 2


School board



expels five


By: Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee - County
School Board met on Tuesday
evening to review and vote on
items on the monthly agenda.
Five of six students from New
Endeavor High School were ex-
pelled following a unanimous
vote by the Board for various acts
of misconduct and violations of
the Code of Student Conduct. A
sixth student's expulsion was
pulled from the agenda for later
action.
The Board unanimously ad-
opted a resolution recognizing
Oct. 22-26, as National School
Bus Safety Week. They also vot-
ed to recognize the outstanding
safety record, dedication and
professionalism of the mem-


bers of the Okeechobee County
Transportation Department.
The Board unanimously
approved the School Improve-
ment Plans for schools in the
district for the 2007-08 school
year. They also voted to adver-
tise the amendment to Board
policy 6.30, Salary Schedules, to
correct guidelines for payment
to instructional personnel with
advanced degrees.
In other business, the Board
unanimously voted to approve
the following:
* Adoption of Board Policy
5.26-Postsecondary Vocational
Programs-since it is a required
policy according to Florida Stat-
utes and State Board of Educa-
tion rules;
See School - Page 2


Coquina board ponders



county road agreement


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The road situation in Viking
situation was a major topic of
discussion at the Oct. 10 meet-
ing of the Coquina Water Con-
trol District Board of Supervi-
sors.
Board attorney Ken Ed-
wards discussed a dedication
document submitted by the
county to declare Coquina's
easements in Viking to be pub-
lic. While he said he was not
prepared to make a recom-
mendation at this time, he told


the board that after reviewing
that document, the board must
decide if they will ratify it. He
said the board needs to look at
what roads are in question and
which ones the board wants to
relinquish rights of way on.
' "Basically it allows the roads
to be used for public purpos-
es," he said.
The document, authored
by Okeechobee County Attor-
ney John Cassels, was written
after Coquina requested a land
swap with the county. Coqui-
na requested several county
owned lots in Viking to be used


for fill dirt. In return, the county
requested that Coquina donate
some Coquina owned lots in
Viking to the county to be used
as garbage collection sites. The
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners made
the dedication agreement a
condition of the land swap.
The agreement states that
easements and right of ways
be dedicated "for access, utili-
ties and drainage." However,
the dedication agreement does
not provide any remedy for the
See Coquina - Page 2


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Melvin Byars was sworn in for another three year term on the
Coquina Water Management District Board of Supervisors on
Wednesday. He was administered the oath of office at the Oct.
10 meeting by board attorney Ken Edwards after being reelect-
ed by the landowners. The board also renamed Mr. Byars as
chairman of the board. Seated is board member Steve Szentm-
artoni. Mr. Byars said he appreciated the confidence the land-
owners placed in him.







2 Okeechobee News, Thursday, October 11, 2007


Shooting at high school in Cleveland


By Joe Milicia
Associated Press Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) _ A gunman
opened fire in a downtown high
school on Wednesday, and five
people were taken to a hospital,
the mayor said.
Mayor Frank Jackson said three
young people and two adults were
hurt. The extent of their injuries
was not immediately known.
SuccessTech Academy had
been secured and there was only
one suspect, he said. *
"They have the shooter," Jack-


Brantley
Continued From Page 1
ment case brought by the City of
Okeechobee against Mr. Brantley,
owner of a junkyard on South Par-
rott Avenue. The junkyard was
said to be a public nuisance and
in violation of city codes under
Florida statutes.
In the settlement agreement,
Mr. Brantley agreed to pay $58,750
in city code violation fees, to bring
materials on the property within
code requirements and to install
an 8-foot fence along the western
boundary of the property.
The settlement states: "...a nui-
sance exists in the nature of place-
ment of junk, creation of public
safety issues and concerns, cre-
ation of environmental hazards,
and failure to comply with appli-
cable city of Okeechobee codes."
The judgment requested that
the $58,750 code enforcement
liens be paid, or 7 percent inter-
est will be charged, and the public
nuisance be abated. No more fines
were to be accrued if the condi-
tions were met by Aug. 26, 2005.
The city's attorney's fees and court
costs were awarded to the plain-
tiff, and Mr. Brantley has already
paid those fees, which amounted
to $3,388.50.
Abating the nuisance involves
cleaning up the junk that is be-
yond a wire fence along Parrott
Avenue.
The property extends for about
one-tenth of a mile north and
south on South Parrott Ave. and
extends east to Taylor Creek. The
total property comprises about


School
Continued From Page 1
-- * Adoption of Board Policy
6.113-Responsibilities of School
Bus Operators-to comply with
State Board of Education Rule 6A-
1.052 which requires a policy for
the use of cellular telephones and
the idling of a school bus;
* Amendment of Board Policy
4.10-The Curriculum-based on re-
peal of the Middle Grades Reform
Act and the creation of the Florida
Secondary School Redesign Act;
* Amendment of Board Policy
4.20-Student Progression Plan;
*Amendment of Board Policy
4.30-Student Clubs and Organiza-
tions-to add language which as-
sures that student clubs and orga-
nizations do not interfere with the
School Board's abstinence only
sex education policy;
*Amendment of Board Policy
6.103-Appointment or Employ-


Coquina
Continued From Page 1
problem many people are con-
cerned about--road maintenance.
The document states "Neither Co-
quina nor Okeechobee County,
by virtue of this dedication, is ac-
cepting or assuming any respon-
sibility for road maintenance or
committing to construct any road
or make drainage improvements
within the dedicated parcels."
The document goes on to state
the county accepts the dedication
on behalf of the public "but not
for acceptance of ownership or
maintenance responsibility."
Board member John Entry
was concerned about what Co-
quina would be giving away.
Mr. Edwards noted that Co-
quina would give up permitting
rights on any proposed capitol
projects.


Offender
Continued From Page 1
three detectives spent another
two hours putting together each
piece until they had completed
the six photos.
"It was like putting together
a jig saw puzzle," said Detective
Farless.
Each piece was the same size
and shape.
Detective Farless went on to
say that she had received the
computer hard drive Wednesday
and would be turning it over to a
detective from the Martin County
Sheriff's Office. That detective,
she said, is certified to access the
hard drive and retrieve any infor-
mation that may be stored there.
i


son said. He did not elaborate.
Ronnell Jackson, 15, said he
saw the shooter running down a
school hallway.
"He was about to shoot me but
I got out just in time," he said.
Another student, Doneisha Le-
Vert, said she heard the principal
say "Code Blue" over the public
address system, and the students
started running. She said she hid in
a closet with some of her friends.
Students stood outside the
building, many in tears and on
cell phones. Family members also


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Steve Brantley spoke on
behalf of his father Marvin
Brantley concerning the re-
duction of the judgment of
$68,662.23 which was placed
on his property located at
1811 S. Parrot Ave. as a result
of a settlement agreement
with the City of Okeechobee.
eight acres, but only the western
portion is in the city. The rest is in
the county.
Junkyards have been outlawed
in the City of Okeechobee since
1978.
The property is currently under
contract with D.R. Wilson and a
portion of the property has been
sold to Parrott Avenue Partners,
LLC, who have currently secured
the first 1.3-acre parcel which is
located on the northern end of the
property.
Steve Brantl6y stated to the
board that "we are getting the
place sold -- it is. sold. It is going
to be a huge benefit to the city.
We don't have all of our money.
It has taken a lot of money to do
this work (the cleanup). We went
to the first closing and that $68,000


ment Requirements-to add Section
III, Driving Record, in accordance
with state Board of Education Rule
6A-3.0140;
*Amendment of Board Policy
6.112-License of School Bus Driver.
This amendment is to replace the
term "driver" with the word "op-
erator" and to revise Paragraph III
which addresses suspended/re-
voked licenses;
*Amendment of Board Policy
8.40-General Food Service Re-
quirements-to comply with state
statutes regarding the requirement
to develop a written procedures
manual to govern school food and
nutritional services program;
*Acknowledgement and
Agreement with Vista Manage-
ment Company that authorizes
them to enter into an agreement
with Wilmington Trust Company
as Trustee of the District's 401(k)
plan; and,
* Master Affiliation Agreement
with The Florida Institute for the
Advancement of Teaching at Flori-


Board chairman Melvin Byars
wondered why after 35 years the
county wanted this dedication.
In 1976 the county adopted
a resolution declaring the roads
in Viking to be private roads. It
also stated "Okeechobee County
has no responsibility, now or in
the future, to either construct or
maintain roads in said district."
"Whatever happens, Coquina
needs to maintain jurisdiction on
those roads," Mr. Byars asserted.
"We definitely want the citizens
who reside in Viking to have free
access to the roads but we need
to maintain jurisdiction."
He noted that the public needs
to be restricted from some ease-
ments, such as the easements
alongside canals.
"I think it is an overly broad
instrument," was the opinion of
Mr. Edwards. He questioned the
legality of granting an easement
to a third party.


The OCSO detective said a
search warrant was executed on
Wolfe's home at 7:55 p.m. Tues-
day evening. During that search,
she continued, numerous items
were collected including movies
and other suspected child pronog-
raphy. As of Wednesday afternoon
she had not viewed the movies.
After Wolfe's release from
prison he entered the Prison Af-
ter Care Training Center (PACT),
in Fort Drum. The center, which
was located at 37100 U.S. 441
N., closed in 2002. At that time,
the center was being operated
by Reverend R.D. Witherow. Rev.
Witherow has since started Mat-
thew 25 Ministries which is an
after-care treatment program for
convicted registered sex offend-
ers, such as Wolfe.


stood outside, anxiously waiting
for their children to be released.
"I'm scared. I'm hoping no
more people got hurt," Jackson
said.
Tammy Mundy, 38, who has a
son and daughter at the school,
told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland
that her daughter called when the
shooting started.
"She said, 'Mom they're shoot-
ing in here, kids are running out,
I'm hiding in the closet,'" Mundy
told the newspaper.
Then she called her 18-year-


was taken from us and I feel like
we should get it back."
"After 16 years of citing the
property, because of your financial
need we should waive this fine?"
asked Chairman Mack Worley.
In response Steve Brantley stat-
ed that "it is the need of everyone
involved ... but more importantly
it is to get the job done. I've never
said the city was wrong and I've
told him (Marvin Brantley) that
"If the money runs out and we
can't finish what we are doing, he
(Marvin) could very easily just stay
there," he added.
"I feel like fines were imposed
to get an action," he continued.
"I think you got that result ... If
you hadn't done that I wouldn't
be here today, he would be nickel
and diming you along."
Chairman Worley went on to
explain that "the charge of this
board is to force people who are
not in compliance to come into
compliance. The only enforce-
ment power that they give this
board is to levy a fine.
"Anytime we reduce a fine we
erode our enforcement power,"
he continued. "When I came on
this board, this board routinely
reduced fines when the property
came into compliance. When you
do that routinely, what is the use of
putting a fine? I have lobbied not
to reduce fines ever since I have
sat on this board."
"As one member of the board,
I can't support what you are ask-
ing us to do," Chairman Worley
said.
"The decision that you make
here can affect the sale," coun-
tered Steve Brantley. "If I go back


daAtlantic University to cover par-
ticipation programs designed to at-
tract and develop new educators.
The Board voted unanimously
to approve Change Order No. 2-
Bus Garage Facility Paving/Drain-
age Project.
This Change Order resulted inr
the addition of $11,705, and in-
creased the total contract amount
to $79,325.68.
They also approved Change
Order No. 3 for the Classroom Ad-
dition Project at Osceola Middle
School, resulting in the deduc-
tion of $126,960 and decreas-
ing the total contract amount to
$2,825,958.27 and Change Order
No. 4 for the Classroom Addition
Project at the same school, result-
ing in the addition of $32,133.47,
for a total contract amount of
$2,858,091.74.
Upon the recommendation
of Dr. Patricia G. Cooper, super-
intendent of schools, the Board
approved salary schedules not in-
cluded in bargaining units for the


Superintendent Danny Fair-
cloth said that, under the agree-
ment, the county could charge a
fee for placing culverts.
The board took no action on
the document.
Mr. Edwards was instructed to
confer with Mr. Cassels as to the
intent of the agreement. He was
also asked to inquire if the land
swap could be made now and
a decision be made later on the
right of way dedication since it
was noted that Coquina has an
immediate need for fill dirt.
When contacted for com-
ments, Mr. Cassels said the agree-
ment "resolves ambiguities in old
easements" and ensures property
owner's access to their property.
Engineer Malcolm Johnson
presented a map of the culverts
on Peavine Trail to be installed.
He said that the board might
want to contract out some of
their improvement projects. The


In an Oct. 3, 2006, interview
with the Okeechobee News, Rev.
Witherow explained that the pro-
gram teaches offenders anger
management, boundaries, life
skills, how to handle their money
and how to balance a checkbook.
In sofne instances, he added,
Matthew 25 Ministry helps offend-
ers get their high school diploma.
"In six years we've never had
anyone re-offend that was ei-
ther going through or had been
through the recovery program,"
he said in that interview.
With Wolfe's arrest, that state-
ment is no longer true.
At that time, the ministry had
a home for registered offenders'
in Dixie Ranch Acres. Once resi-
dents of the area learned of the
home they met with Okeechobee


old son, Darnell Rodgers, on his
cell phone, and he told her he had
been shot in the arm.
"He said, 'Mom I got shot,"'
Mundy told the newspaper.
The small, alternative high
school is in the center of down-
town across from the FBI's offices
and three blocks from where the
Cleveland Browns play football.
The school enrolls 240 students
grades nine through 12 and em-
phasizes technology education.
All the students are poor under
federal poverty guidelines.


and say well they're not going to
do it, then Marvin could say, 'well
it's not for sale anymore.'
"Or the city could gain some-
thing from it, a huge asset for it to
be developed," he said.
Chairman Worley and board
member Penny Revels both ex-
pressed their opinion that Steve
Brantley had placed an ultimatum
or threat on the board to reduce
the fine or the development may
not go forward.
Board member Revels took
the ultimatum as, "kind of hard to
swallow" -- the "do it this way or
else" idea where "we either drop
the fine completely or the rest of
the property is not going to ever
see daylight."
Board member Jamie Gami-
otea stated that he did not see it
as a threat but as presenting the
facts and what could happen. He
said he believes that Steve Brantley
has used the fines from the city as
muscle to push his dad into selling
the property.
"No decision tonight would
be the right decision and it's not
closed yet so it is not over until it
is over," Board member Frank Irby
said. "It would be premature to do
anything about considering reduc-
ing a fine until the last closing."
The board voted unanimously
to recommend to the City Council
that they take no action on reduc-
ing the judgment on Marvin Brant-
ley's property until all property is
closed.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.


2007-08 fiscal year including salary
schedules for substitute teachers
and substitute paraprofessionals;
school principals; assistant prin-
cipals; assistant superintendent;
building code administrator/ener-
gy manager; director; supervisor I;
coordinator/school psychologist;
administrative assistant/super-
intendent's secretary/executive
secretary; maintenance foreman/
assistant director of finance; lunch-
room manager; travel expenses
and athletic events.
The Board approved the First
Amendment to the Continuing
Contract for Employment for Dr.
Cooper, superintendent of schools,
to be effective July 1, at an annual
base salary of $99,334, plus $2,000
annually for Superintendent Cer-
tification and $6,000 annually for
completion of the Chief Executive
Officer Leadership Development
Program.
They also approved various
consent items.


engineer noted that culvert instal-
lation might be easier to contract
out than work on the canals. He
discussed his progress in obtain-
ing South Florida Water Manage-
ment District permits for mining
operations to obtain fill dirt.
Before the board convened its
meeting the annual meeting of
landowners was held. Landown-
ers reelected Malcolm Byars to
another three year term as super-
visor. When the board convened
they reelected Mr. Byars as chair-
man. Steve Szentmartoni was
named secretary and John Entry
was named treasurer.
The meeting was adjourned
to reconvene at 9 a.m. at the Co-
quina shop, 17429 N.W 242nd St.
The next regular meeting was set
for 9 a.m. Nov. 14, at the county
annex on U. S. 98.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


County Sheriff Paul May, who in
turn met with the Okeechobee
County Board of County Commis-
sioners. Following those meet-
ings, the county adopted a new
and tougher ordinance regarding
the housing of sexual offenders in
Okeechobee County.
OCSO records indicate that
prior to his arrest Wolfe always
registered on time and had been
an employee at a local restaurant
for about four years ago. Those
same records indicate that he lost
his job about six months ago.
If the public has any questions
or concerns about registered
sexual offenders in Okeechobee
County, they are asked to contact
either Connie Currie or Michele
Bell at the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, (863) 763-3117.


News Briefs

Legislative delegation to meet
Representative Richard Machek announces that the Okeechobee
County Legislative Delegation will hold its annual meeting and pub-
lic hearing on Wednesday, December 5, 2007, from 1:30 am un-
til 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the County Commission
Chambers-at the Okeechobee Commission Chambers, 304 NW 2Nd
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972
"This hearing is specifically designed to encourage the public
to personally address their legislators on their concerns and issues
involving state government," Chairman Machek said.
If you would like to be placed on the agenda, to discuss issues
pertaining to the state, please contact Representative Machek's of-
fice at (561) 279-1633, or via email to victoria.nowlan@myflorida-
house.gov, no later than Wednesday, November 26, 2007.

Local court cases now online
Sharon Robertson, Okeechobee County clerk of circuit court, has
announced that the clerk's office web site now offers Okeechobee
County court cases on line.
The information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The site provides the ability to perform a person or case search in a
variety of ways. Visit www.clerk.co.okeechobee.fl.us for the index
and progress dockets of Okeechobee County public record court
cases.
Questions should be directed to Sharon Robertson at www.
clerk@clerk.co.okeechobee.fl.us.

Group providing animal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service of Okeechobee is currently pro-
viding rescue, pick up and transport of sick, injured, orphaned or
otherwise impaired wildlife.
Anyone who finds a wild animal in need of help is encouraged
to give us a call. A volunteer transporter, licensed by the Florida Fish
& Wildlife Conservation Commission, will be more than happy to
help you and the animal.
This is a free service to the community and to wildlife.
For information, call (863) 634-1755 or (863) 357-7955.

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

Today's Weather


Okeechobee Forecast
Thursday: Partly sunny, with the high in the lower 90s. The
wind will be from the north at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with the low in the mid 60s. The
wind will be from the north around 5 mph shifting to the northwest
after midnight.

Extended Forecast

Friday: Partly sunny, with the high in the mid 80s. The wind
will be from the north at 5 tol 10 mph shifting to the northeast in the
afternoon.
Friday night: Mostly clear, with the low in the mid 60s.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with the high in the mid 80s.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with the low in the upper 60s.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with the high in the mid 80s.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with the low in the mid 60s.
Monday: Partly sunny, with the high in the upper 80s.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with the low in the lower 70s.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of showers. The
high will be in the upper 80s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.

Lotteries
MIAMI (AP) - Here are the numbers selected Tuesday in the Flor-
ida Lottery: Cash 3: 6-8-9; Play 4: 9-6-1-6; Fantasy 5:31-5-2-19-11;
Mega Money: 9-3-44-4, Mega ball, 18.







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AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

Launch pad
The crew of STS-120, front row from left, Pilot George Zamka, Mission Specialist Stepha-
nie Wilson, and Commander Pam Melroy, second row from left, Mission Specialists Dan
Tani, Scott Parazynski, Douglas Wheelock, and Paolo Nespoli, of Italy, leave the Opera-
tions and Checkout Building early Wednesday Oct. 10, 2007 for a trip to Launch Pad 39-A
at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The seven astronauts are at the
center taking part in the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, a practice session for
an Oct. 23, 2007 planned launch.




Supreme Court splits



on NY special ed case


By Pete Yost
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) The
Supreme Court on Wednesday
affirmed a ruling that requires
New York City schools to reim-
burse a wealthy businessman
for private special education for
his son.
The justices split 4-4 on the
case, which means a lower court
ruling siding with former Viacom
executive Tom Freston remains
in place.
Lower courts had ruled in fa-
vor of Freston against New York
Cirv's board of education, saying,
the city must pay for educating
learning-disabled students in
private schools, even when they
don't first give the public school
system a chance.
New York City's legal depart-
ment said the decision detracts
from schools' abilities to work
with parents for the best pos-
sible educational outcomes for
children with disabilities.
Since the decision is not a
precedent which would guide all
U.S. public school districts, "we
are hopeful that the Supreme
Court will resolve this important.
issue in the near future," the city
legal department said in a state-
ment.
The student's parents had in-
sisted that public schools were


unable to meet the child's needs.
His learning disabilities were di-
agnosed after he was enrolled in
private school.
The board of education had
asked the justices to take the
case after a lower court said tu-
ition reimbursement is available
to the parents under the Individ-
uals With Disabilities Act.
Justice Anthony Kennedy did
not participate in the case and
the court's two-sentence state-
ment gave no explanation for
Kennedy's absence.
The New York City board of
education had asked the justices
to take the case after a lower
court said that tuition reimburse-
ment is available to the parents
under the Individuals With Dis-
abilities Act.
Lawyers for the boy's par-
ents said the special education
program proposed by the public
school system was inadequate
to meet the child's needs.
The parents say that under
federal law, they may challenge
inappropriate proposals and ob-
tain reimbursement for the costs
of placement in private school.
On Sept. 5, 2006, Freston
was ousted by Viacom's board,
which agreed to pay him $75
million over three years.
In arguments before the Su-
preme Court on Oct. 1, New York


City's top appeals lawyer argued
that when a school district says it
has a good program for special
ed students, the law requires
parents to enroll their children in
the program before transferring
to private school and seeking re-
imbursement.
The nation's main special
education law guarantees every
student a free appropriate public
education and requires school
systems to pay for private place-
ments when their own programs
or classrooms are not suitable.
Nationwide, the number
of special education students
placed in private schools at pub-
lic expense has risen steadily,
from about 52,012 pupils in 1996
to 71,082 in 2005, according to
the U.S. Department of Educa-
tion. Overall, however, the num-
ber of such placements remains
relatively small - just 1.1 per-
cent of the country's 6.1 million
special education students.
In New York, a.growing num-
ber of parents have been explor-
ing a private-school option. Dur-
ing the 2002-2003 school year,
the city received 3,908 tuition re-
imbursement requests, officials
said. By the 2005-2006 school
year, that number had jumped
to 4,804.


Lawmakers expected to



vote on property tax relief


* TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)
Legislative leaders say they have
agreed to remain in special ses-
sion until October 22 to try to cut
property taxes.
The Legislature had been set
to meet through Friday to pass
about $1.1 billion in budget cuts


due to a shortfall in tax revenues.
Those issues, though, were
settled last week so lawmakers
have turned their attention to
property tax relief.
A judge last month removed
a proposed tax-cutting consti-
tutional amendment from the


January 29 presidential primary
ballot, ruling that its summary
was misleading.
Governor Charlie Crist has
been encouraging lawmakers to
extend the session through the
weekend and take up a revised
property tax proposal.


Arrest Report


The following individu-
als were arrested on felony
or driving under the influ-
ence (DUI) charges by the
Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), the
Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), the \Flor-
ida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
* Precious Wilt Bushatz, 47,
10"' St., Buckhead Ridge, was ar-
rested Oct. 9 by Deputy Sergeant
J. Royal on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her
with fraudulent attempt to ob-
tain a duplicate prescription for
a controlled substance (two
counts) and trafficking in oxy-
codone. Her bond was set at
$220,000.
* Phillip Reynolds, 27, Center
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Oct. 9 by Deputy B. Potter on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with the felonies
of violation of probation - tam-


pering with a witness and driv-
ing while license suspended. His
bond on the latter charge was set
at $2,500. He is being held with-
out bond on the witness tamper-
ing charge.
* Dracy D. Peacock, 37, N.W
47"' Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Oct. 9 by Trooper D.S. Cox
on a felony charge of habitual
traffic offender. His bond was set
at $2,500.
* Dustin K. Harris, 21, N.W.
Third St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Oct. 9 by Deputy Anthony
Kibler on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging him with the
felonies of violation of probation
- grand theft and violation of pro-
bation - burglary of a convey-
ance, and the misdemeanor of
violation of probation - posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. He is
being held without bond.
* Marlene Lisa Henry, 37,
N.W 12"' St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 9 by Deputy Sgt. J.
Royal on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging her with
the felony of grand theft, and


the misdemeanor of worthless
check - less than $150. Her total
bond was set at $2,750.
* Juan Meras, 22, N.W. 18th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Oct. 9 by Deputy Sgt. J. Royal on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with tampering
with a witness. His bond was set
at $5,000.
* Andrew Eugene Simmons,
25, S.W. 11P Drive, Okeechobee,
was arrested Oct. 10 by Deputy
Bryan Lowe.on felony charges of
resisting an officer with violence
and battery on a law enforce-
ment officer, and a misdemean-
or charge of driving while license
suspended with knowledge. His
bond was set at $17,500.
This column lists arrests
and not convictions, un-
less otherwise stated. Any-
one listed here who is later
found innocent or has had
the charges against them
dropped is welcome to in-
form this newspaper. The in-
formation will be confirmed
and printed.


By Jennifer Loven
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) Presi-
dent Bush said Wednesday that he
will not sign a new eavesdropping
bill if it does not grant retroactive
immunity to U.S. telecommuni-
cations companies that helped
conduct electronic surveillance
without court orders.
A proposed bill unveiled by
Democrats on Tuesday does not
include such a provision. Bush,
appearing on the South Lawn as
that measure was taken up in two
House committees, said the mea-
sure is unacceptable for that and
other reasons.
"Today the House Intelligence
and Judiciary committees are
considering a proposed bill that
instead of making the Protect
America Act permanent would
take us backward," the president
said.
Bush wants legislation that ex-
tends and strengthens a tempo-
rary bill passed in August. Dem-
ocrats want a bill that rolls back
some of the new powers it grant-
ed the government to eavesdrop
without warrants on suspected
foreign terrorists.
Under pressure to close what
Bush officials called a danger-
ous gap in intelligence collec-
tion, Congress hastily passed a
the temporary bill before leaving
Washington for a summer break.
Democratic leaders in Congress
set the law to expire in six months
so that it could be fine-tuned, and
civil liberties groups are saying
the changes they've already legis-
lated gave too much new latitude
to the administration and pro-
vided too little protection against


government spying on Americans
without oversight.
The 1978 Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act governs when
the government must obtain
eavesdropping warrants from a
secret intelligence court.
This year's update to the law
allows the government to eaves-
drop without a court order on
communications conducted by a
person reasonably believed to be
outside the U.S., even when the
communications flow through
the U.S. communications net-
work - or if an American is
on one end of the conversation
- so long as that person is not
the intended focus or target of the
surveillance. The Bush adminis-
tration said this was necessary
because technological advances
in communications had put U.S.
officials at a disadvantage.
The original law generally
prohibited surveillance inside the
U.S., unless a court first approved
it.
Seeking to increase the pres-
sure on the Democratic-controlled
Congress, Bush said the update
has already been effective, with
intelligence professionals able "to
gather critical information that
would have been missed without
this authority."
"Keeping this authority is criti-
cal to keeping America safe," he
said.
The temporary law requires
court review, but only four
months after the fact and only
involving the administration's
general process of collecting the
intelligence, not individual cases.
Until then, the director of national
intelligence and the attorney gen-
eral would oversee and approve


the process of targeting foreign
terrorists.
Setting a collision course with
the administration, the Democrat-
ic bill would provide greater juris-
diction to the secret FISA court.
If the government wants to
eavesdrop on a foreign target or
group of targets located outside
the United States, and there is a
possibility they will be communi-
cating with Americans, the gov-
ernment can get an "umbrella"
or "blanket" court order for up
to one year. In an emergency, the
government could begin surveil-
lance without a blanket order as
long as it applies for court ap-
proval within seven days, under
the Democratic bill.
A top Democratic leader
opened the door on Tuesday to
allowing an immunity provision.
But House Majority Leader Ste-
ny Hoyer, D-Md., said the Bush
administration must first detail
what the companies did. About
40 pending lawsuits name tele-
communications companies for
alleged violations of wiretapping
laws.
Bush detailed criteria that the
bill must meet before he would
sign it, including the immunity
provision and the broad require-
ment that it "ensure that protec-
tions intended for the American
people are not extended to terror-
ists overseas who are plotting to
harm us."
"Congress must make a
choice," he said. "Will they keep
the intelligence gap closed by
making this law permanent. Or
will they limit our ability to collect
this intelligence and keep us safe,
staying a step ahead of the terror-
ists who want to attack us."


Florida News in Brief


Shipped named for
Queen Elizabeth
MIAMI (AP) -- Luxury cruise
provider Cunard Line and an Ital-
ian shipbuilder announced a $700
million deal Wednesday to build
a new 2,092-passenger ship to be
named Queen Elizabeth.
Cunard Line, a unit of Miami-
based Carnival Corp., said the
92,000-ton Queen Elizabeth will
be built at Fincantieri's Monfal-
cone shipyard with delivery ex-
pected in the fall of 2010.
The new ship is one of 18 set
to be built by 2011 for units of
Carnival Corp., the world's largest
cruise operator. The Queen Eliza-
beth will be the second-largest
Cunard has ever built.
Cunard operates the Queen
Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2.
It said it made the order in re-
sponse to strong bookings for its
third ocean liner, Queen Victoria,
which also is being built by Fin-
cantieri for November delivery.
The new liner will keep three
ships under the Cunard flag after
the Queen Elizabeth 2 is taken out
of service in November 2008, the
company said.
Cunard ships are known for
their opulence, dating back to the
introduction of the Mauretania in
1907. Queen Elizabeth's home
port will be Southampton, U.K.
"We are delighted that Her
Majesty The Queen has given her
blessing to our calling this new
Cunarder 'Queen Elizabeth,' after
our first vessel of that name," said
Carol Marlow, president of the
Cunard Line.
The agreement is subject to
approval by Carnival's board of
directors. Design details and ini-
tial itineraries will be announced
later.

Sarasota police
officer kills man
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- A Sara-
sota police officer shot and killed
a man who allegedly charged him
and ignored orders to stop.
Police spokesman Jay Frank
says it happened Tuesday night
when officers responded to a 911
call from the man's cell phone.
Franks says when they got there,
Richard Gouveia was acting er-
ratically and running into traffic.
Frank says the officers tried to
subdue the 41-year-old Gouveia
with a stun gun, but that didn't
work.
When he charged at an officer
with his arms flailing, the officer
repeatedly ordered him to stop.
When he refused, the officer shot
him twice.
He died at the scene.

3 injured in oil well
rig collapse
JAY, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say
three people were injured dur-
ing an oil well rig collapse in the
Florida Panhandle.
Jay Volunteer Fire Department
Chief Tony Simmons says one


person fell 100 feet, another 70
feet and a third fell down stairs
Tuesday night.
The names and conditions of
the three injured people aren't
known. Simmons says the site is
secure.
A phone message left with
the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's
Office was not immediately re-
turned.
Jay is located about 40 miles
north of Pensacola.

Mega Money player
wins $500,000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -
- One player matched the four
winning numbers plus the Mega
Ball number to collect an es-
timated $500,000 in the Mega


Money game, the Florida Lottery
said Wednesday.
The winning ticket was bought
in the city of New Smyrna Beach,
lottery officials said.
Three tickets won $3,049 each
for picking 4-of-4; 71 tickets won
$282 each for picking 3-of-4 plus
the Mega Ball number; 1,570
tickets won $38 each for picking
3-of-4; 1,925 tickets won $2:1:50
each for picking 2-of-4 numbers
plus the Mega Ball; 15,118 tick-
ets won $2.50 each for picking
1-of-4 plus the Mega Ball; 45,300
won $2 each for matching 2-of-
4; and 32,295 won a free Quick
Pick ticket for matching the Mega
Ball.
The numbers drawn Tuesday
night were 3-4-9-44 and the Mega
Ball was 18.


Community Events

Local club plans toy drive
The Just for Today Club is doing a toy collection for the needy chil-
dren of the inmates in the Okeechobee County Jail. All donations are
to be received 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 information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-4017 or (863) 634-
9386.

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.

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

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

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



Lordy, Lordy, Look Who's 401








Love from your family


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TAXES: The person who called in on October 8 about all of the
taxes, it's true. Before you know it, they'll be taxing us for the air we
breathe.

WHO'S TO BLAME: County Commissioners, somebody is not
doing their job here in Okeechobee County. Is it the Road department
or the Code enforcement or who? In Taylor Creek Isles we have busi-
ness people putting up signs everywhere on the County right of way.
There are 24 illegal signs in a quarter mile of 18"' Terrace; they are on
electric poles, stop signs and everywhere. They even block the view
when you try to pull out onto 441. Why doesn't someone do some-
thing about this? Politicians, when they are running are not allowed to
put a sign on the county right of way, so I don't know why you people
allow this, I think this should be stopped.

SPORTS: The youth football program has got to be.the worst orga-
nization that I have ever seen. I have both my kids in the football this
year and it will be their last as far as I am concerned unless they make
some changes. Maybe the changes need to be who runs the program,
because as far as I can see nothing seems to go right. The teams that
have returning kids from previous years get first choice on equipment
and uniforms. And the first year kids pretty much get the left overs that
nobody wants. How sad is that? I don't care if the other teams have
returning kids from the previous years get seniority and have first pick
because that is unfair to the kids and the parents that paid for their
kids to play. We have all invested time and money for them to play and
have a good time. No wonder there was not that many signing up this
year to play, wish I would have know ahead of time I would not have
wasted my time and money getting them in to play. And if I pull them
now not only do my kids loose out on a great experience, but that is
money wasted that I don't have to waste. So very sad.

OKEECHOBEE FOOTBALL: I have attended every football game
except one and am very impressed with our varsity football program.
What impresses me even more is the crew dearly labeled the "bleach-
er creatures." This group of students has taken school spirit to a new
level. When I sit back and watch this group of students it awes me.
It is a very culturally diverse group as well as a good representation
from each class. Last week at Lawnwood stadium we saw several
white students, several Hispanic students, Indian students and even
a few good ole country boys all cheering together and doing it loud-
ly. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors all cheering as one.
There was no arguing, no hurtful words, just a group of kids enjoying
watching the OHS boys pounce on the Cobras. It is so nice to know
that Okeechobee's youth can unite for something positive. KUDOS TO
OHS STUDENTS!

PUMPKIN PATCH: Does anyone know when the Methodist
Church opens the pumpkin patch? I take my son every year and this
year I have a new baby girl to join us.

JURY DUTY: Jury selection on Monday, October 8, 2007, for the
50 or so (out of 270) people who bothered to respond to being sum-
moned, was a nightmare. As we entered the jury room we were given
a brief questionnaire to complete. Shortly after 9 a.m. roll was called,
the oath was given, and we watched two brief videos about the jury
process. For the next two hours we satlistening to CNIN News repeat
over and over and were offered two cigarette breaks for which we
+ were herded down the back stairs escorted by a deputy. Finally, at
11:30 30 names were called and those people told to report back to
the jury room at 12:30. The rest of the group was excused. During
those two hours, those who were fortunate enough to be employed
could only think of the time being wasted from their jobs and the gen-
eral inconvenience of such a long wait. The questionnaire only asked
a couple questions which might eliminate someone from serving. It
couldn't possibly take two hours to review those answers and make
a determination of who might be considered from such a small re-
sponse to the summons.

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Community Events

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.Q



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Guest Commentary


Mental health or mental anguish?


By Laurie Anspach
Executive Director of Citizens
Commission on Human Rights
of Florida
The rising number of children
involuntarily committed to psy-
chiatric facilities is only one as-
pect of the questionable practic-
es in the field of psychiatry. In a
2003 article, by Lindsay Peterson,
the Tampa Tribune reported that
In more than 16,000 cases last
year, families, schools, courts and
mental health counselors used
the Baker Act to send children
to psychiatric crisis units. These
numbers have not decreased in
the last 4 years. 17% of all Baker
Acts in the state of Florida are mi-
nors beifig incarcerated into fa-
cilities that practice ancient, un-
proven and damaging psychiatric
methods, in the name of mental
health. Peterson reported, at that
time, that in nearly 1900 cases,
the children were 10 years old or
younger.
The history of involuntary
commitment, for the state of
Florida dates as far back as 1874
at which time a person could be
placed in a state hospital if three
people signed affidavits and se-
cured the approval of a county
judge. Some may have you be-
lieve that improvements were
made when Maxine Baker, for-
mer Florida State Representative,
succeeded in passing The Florida


Mental Health Act (The Baker
Act) In an editorial in The Ledger,
April 5, 2002, it states For the first
time, Florida had a law that pro-
vided a reasonable process for
involuntarily committing those
whose conduct made them dan-
gerous to themselves or others.
We need to rethink our concept
of "reasonable" when we are
talking about locking up our chil-
dren in psychiatric facilities.
Maxine Baker had something,
altogether different in mind when
she worked on this legislation in
her reference to the treatment of
people with mental illness. In the
report and recommendations of
the subcommittee on case ad-
ministration, Maxine was quoted
as saying only 9 percent of our
patients are dangerous to them-
selves or others, yet 91 percent
are under lock and key for the
58 percent of our patients who
are committed involuntarily, they
lose all their civil rights and leave
with an indelible stigma. In the
name of mental health, we de-
prive them of their most precious
possession -- liberty.
The Baker Act is being used as
a net to scoop up any unwanted,
unmanageable behavior that is
displayed in a school setting and
our everyday life (the corner gro-
cery store, financial institutions,
neighborhoods, etc). Citizens
Commission on Human Rights of
Florida (CCHR), a mental health


Upcoming Events

Thursday
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
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 lo-
cated at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
5996.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until
1 p.m. at.the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost
is $6.63 plus tip for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is wel-
come. For information, call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at
(863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at
(863) 763-4920 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Second Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher
at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday
at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Gra-
ham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St., from 7 until 9 p.m.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Basic Text
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303
Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call (863)
634-4780.
Hand & Hand Ministries of Palmdale meets the second
Thursday of each month in the community club house on the cor-
ner of Fifth and Main at 6 p.m. for food and fellowship and gospel
music and the word at 7 p.m. For information call (863) 612-0640.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 801-
3244.
Taylor Creek Bass Club will hold meet at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528 at 7 p.m. The club meets the second Thursday
each month with bass tournaments held the following weekend.
For information call Dave Stout at (863) 467-2255.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from
6:30 until 8 p.m.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group
every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family
member is welcome to join. The group is facilitated by social work-
ers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another
support, information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice
at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.

Friday
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call
(863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group is welcome to come and
see what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret
at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terrace, holds meet-
ings for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 357-3053.


watchdog group, has examined
the current statistics on numbers
of children Baker Acted, in the
state of Florida, and these statis-.
tics are too high. They reflect the
current trend of diagnosing and
labeling children who do not
behave according to a criteria
that is arbitrarily set by the Diag-
nostic Statistical Manual (DSM),
psychiatry's bible. CCHR has
received calls from parents who
are alarmed when they discover
that their child has been Baker
Acted from school grounds after
having answered, verbally or in
writing, questions from mental
health counselors in the schools.
The Pinellas County version of
Teen Screen is called On Campus
Intervention Program. This pro-
gram is geared towards isolating
misbehaving or problem chil-
dren from the rest of the class.
The children can be subjected
to a mental health questionnaire
or interview and if they are ar-
bitrarily deemed a potential risk
to themselves or others regard-
less of their actual behavior or
the underlying causes of such
-- they are removed from school
grounds and forcibly taken to
the nearest psychiatric facility or
ward. At that point, they are ad-
mitted under the Baker Act and
held in the facility for 72 hours,
with no visitation rights for their
parents to see them until a period
of 24 hours after involuntarily in-


carcerated.
We must question the rising
statistics of Baker Acts in our
state, with more than 14,000 mi-
nors who were Baker Acted in
the year 2005, with an increase of
more than 500 children per year
from the years 2003-2005. This
includes children as young as 4
years old. Who is really watching
over these children?
Along with the passage of time
since Maxine Baker worked on
this legislation, until present day,
we have seen escalating use of
the DSM, with its bogus disorders
that are listed in this psychiatric
manual, and the greatly expand-
ed use of mind-altering, poten-
tially fatal psychotropic drugs
and unscientific mental health
questionnaires. The original
intent of this law has been per-
verted to fuel the already, raging
trend to deem all persons with
� whose behavior we might dis-
agree, as having mental illnesses,
and to line the pockets of those
vested interests who profit from
the drugging of an entire genera-
tion of children and the creation
of a drug dependent society.
Laurie Anspach can be
reached at CCHR Florida's toll
free Hotline: 1-800-782-2878.
CCHR Florida,1217 N. Ft. Har-
rison Ave., Clearwater Florida,
33755


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From the photo archives
While cleaning out the old photography darkroom at the
Okeechobee News office, staffers came across a num-
ber of old photos. Some of these photos were taken by
staffers; others were apparently brought in by community
members. No information is available with the photos, but
readers can share any information they might have. Some
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photos," and then click on "Okee News Archives." To com-
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below.



Community Events


Healthy Start Coalition board to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 11:30 a.m., in their office,
575 S.W. 28 St. within the New Endeavors School Building. This
meeting is open to the public. For information contact Executive
Director Kay Begin at (863) 462-5877.

Airboat club plans meeting
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will hold its month-
ly meeting at Beef 0' Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave., on
Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. Preparation for the Speckled Perch Fes-
tival will be the primary agenda item. All members are encouraged
to be present.

Eagles club hosts 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.

4-H plans annual barbecue
The 4-H Foundation will hold their annual Pork Barbecue Dinner
with all of the fixings, on Friday, Oct. 19 at the Freshman Campus
(ninth grade center) cafeteria. Tickets are on sale now for $6 at the
Extension Office or from any 4-H'er. Deliveries can be made for five
or more dinners by calling in advance to (863) 763-6469, or on the
19 call (863) 634-3327. You may dine in or pick up dinner from 11
until 7 p.m.

Library book club meets
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Club will meet at 7
p.m. in the Library Board room on the following dates to discuss
the title for the month. This meeting is open and free to the public.
Meetings and topics are as follows: Thursday, Oct. 25, "The Sun
Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway"; Thursday, Nov. 29, "The Glass
Castle, by Jeanette Wall"; Thursday, Dec. 20, "The Hummingbird's
Daughter, by Luis Alberto Urrea," the group will meet at 6:30 for
our annual Christmas tea with the discussion at 7 p.m.; Thursday,
Jan. 24, "Mademoiselle Benoir, by Christine Conrad. For informa-
tion call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.







Okeechobee News, Thursday, October 11, 2007 5



For a soldier, gear now costs 100 times more than in WWII


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Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) As of-
ficial Washington argues over the
spiraling price of the war in Iraq,
consider this: Outfitting a soldier
for battle costs a hundred times
more now than it did in World
War II. It was $170 then, is about
$17,500 now and could be an es-
timated $28,000 to $60,000 by the
middle of the next decade.
"The ground soldier was
perceived to be a relatively in-
expensive instrument of war"
in the past, said Brig. Gen. Mark
Brown, head of the Army agency
for developing and fielding soldier
equipment.
Now, the Pentagon spends
tens of billions of dollars annually
to protect troops and make them
more lethal on the battlefield.
In the J940s, a GI went to
war with little more than a uni-
form, weapon, helmet, bedroll
and canteen. He carried some 35
pounds of gear that cost $170 in
2006 inflation-adjusted dollars,
according to Army figures.
That rose to about $1,100 by
the 1970s as the military added a
flak vest, new weapons and other
equipment during the Vietnam
War.
Today, troops in Iraq and
Afghanistan are outfitted with
advanced armor and other pro-
tection, including high-tech vests,
anti-ballistic eyewear, earplugs
and fire-retardant gloves. Night-
vision eyewear, thermal weapons
sights and other gear makes them
more deadly to the adversary.
In all, soldiers today each
are packing more than 80 items
weighing about 75 pounds from
socks to disposable handcuffs to
a strap cutter for slashing open a


AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari
A Category I mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehi-
cle, is driven on a test course during a media demonstration
at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. in this Aug. 24, 2007 file
photo. As official Washington argues over the spiraling price
of war in Iraq, consider this: Outfitting a soldier for battle
costs a hundred times more now than it did in World War II.
It was $170 then, is about $17,500 now and could be an esti-
mated $28,000 to $60,000 by the middle of the next decade.
In the 1940s, a GI went to war with little more than a uniform,
weapon, helmet, bedroll and canteen. Today, the Pentagon
spends tens of billions of dollars each year to outfit troops
with advanced armor and protective gear, including high-tech
vests and anti-ballistic eyewear.


seatbelt if they have to flee a burn-
ing vehicle.
Several items were added
since 2002, when troops in Af-
ghanistan complained that their
equipment was outdated and not
best suited to the new campaign.
Still, newer gear is just around
the corner.
Between 2012 and 2014, of-
ficials want troops to have head-
to-toe protection, a weapon that
can shoot around corners so
soldiers don't have to expose
themselves to their enemy and a
helmet-mounted 1.5-inch com-
puter screen showing maps of the
battlefield.


Drawings of the gear some
parts already in prototype and
in the field look like futuristic
"'Master Chief," the human
uber-soldier who battles aliens
in the popular sci-fi video game
Halo. Researchers prefer to call
it "'the F-16-on-legs concept," a
nod to U.S. fighter jets.
The wide range in price an
estimated $28,000 to $60,000 a
person is partly because not all
troops will have all of the equip-
ment. Some of it, such as a plan-
ning tool, is only for unit leaders.
The ensemble makes .the
soldier a highly protected "'walk-
ing computer hub" who can


AP Photo/Michael Sohn
Gas masks of World War II soldiers are seen at a sports field
in Berlin, Germany, in this Aug. 17, 2007 file photo. The earth
shakes briefly in Berlin's Mittelheide city park, and a cloud of
rain-soaked earth rises over the ferns in the woods. Police
have just detonated a football-sized anti-tank grenade from
World War II. More than 60 years after the war's end, remov-
ing unexploded bombs, grenades and artillery shells remains
a full-time task for police and private companies all over Ger-
many.


send out and take in information
such as maps showing where all
friendly and enemy forces are ar-
rayed, said Dutch DeGay, equip-
ment specialist at the Army's re-
search and development center
in Natick, Mass.
"Your tax dollars at work,"
he said.
Indeed, spending on ever
improving and ever more costly
technology to make troops safer
and more effective could be seen
as just what taxpayers wanted.
It reflects an American soci-
ety that values human life and has
a distaste for too many casual-
ties, said Dakota Wood, a retired
Marine now with the Center for
Strategic and Budgetary Assess-


ments.
The increases also coincided
with the development of the all-
volunteer military that Americans
greatly prefer over conscription.
The end of the draft in the 1970s
has meant fewer people in the
armed forces, and those fewer
people need better equipment to
do more.
The military also must pro-
tect troops because of the higher
investment made to recruit and
train a professional force, said P.J.
Crowley, a 26-year veteran of the
Air Force now with the Center for
American Progress.
It doesn't help attract recruits
if the military uses soldiers "'as
cannon fodder," Wood said.


I


Service Club News


American Legion
Post #64
The American Legion Post
#64 is located at 501 S.E. Second
St. The Post phone number is
(863) 763-2950.
* American Legion Post #64
is open Monday to Saturday from
11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday
from 1 until 9 p.m.
* Our kitchen is open and
serving a regular menu. The
hours of operation are: Monday
through Friday from 11 a.m. un-
til 3 p.m.; Wednesday, tacos and
margaritas served from 11 a.m.
until 6 p.m. with David Copper
from 3 until 6 p.m.; Sunday from
4 until 9 p.m.
* Sunday NASCAR on big
screen TV. Quarter pound hot
dogs, pizza and $1 draft beer will
be offered. David Copper from 4
until 7 p.m.
* Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
* The Sons of the Ameri-
can Legion steak dinner will be
held on the third Sunday of each
month from 3 until 6 p.m. The
dinner will include steak, baked
potato, salad, dessert, coffee and
tea.
* Friday night dinners have
resumed. Dinners will be served
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
* It is time to pay your dues
for the Legion and Auxiliary.
* We are planning a Christmas
party for children and a party for
veterans in the nursing home.
* We are planning a free din-
ner for everyone who has paid
their dues by Nov. 1.

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

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


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

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

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is (863)
763-2250.
* Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
* Monday: Monday night
football with free food. Come en-
joy the game at 7 p.m.
* Wednesday: cards and
games social at 7 p.m. If you have
a game you wish to play, bring it.
* Thursday: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call
the Lodge for the menu.
* Thursday: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
* Friday: dinner served from
5 until 7:15 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
* Saturday: dinner from 6
p.m. until ? Call for the menu.
* Saturday: karaoke night
starting at 8 p.m.
* Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5 un-
til 7:15 p.m., Anniversary Dinner.
WO.T.M Sponsoring a Halloween
party with prizes for First, Second
and Third place costumes. Kara-
oke hosted by Debbie.
* -No bingo for the rest of the
summer.
* Moose membership meeting
on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. and
Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. there
will be a enrollment, all prospec-
tive members should attend.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.W 36th
St. in Okeechobee. The lodge dur-
ing the summer will be noon un-
til 8 p.m., or later. For information
and meal menus, call the Lodge
at (863) 763-4954. Guests are in-
vited to enjoy the activities and
consider membership. The main
hall is open for activities.
* Breakfast first Sunday of ev-
ery month from 8 to 11 a.m.
* Every Monday evening-pool
and poker tournaments.
* LOOM meets every second
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* WOTM meets every second
and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
* Officers meetings, men and
women, are the first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* LOOM officers meeting first


and third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Every Thursday and Sunday:
horseshoes at 2 p.m.
* Every Thursday: $5 supper
and women's fun night. Line
dancing lessons.
* Every Sunday: horseshoes at
2 p.m.; free pool games all day.
* Bar bingo Friday at 6 p.m.
Food is available.
* Every Saturday: dinner at
5:30 p.m. for a $7 donation.
* Moose Races Saturday at 2
p.m.
* Watch for yard sale

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W. 34 St. Events
are seasonal, contact the Post at
(863) 763-0818 for information or
write the Post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The Post
opens at noon Monday through
Sunday.
* Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
* Monday: .50-cent hot dogs
* Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be
available. Everyone is welcome.
* Wednesday: dinner from 4
until 6 p.m. for a donation.
* Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Food
will be available. Karaoke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m.
* Friday: hot food ,by David
Lee from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Saturday: bar bingo at 1
p.m. for members and guests. Ka-
raoke will be from 6 until 10 p.m.
Food will be available.
* Sunday: dinner will be
available from 2 until 4 p.m., and
will be followed by karaoke from
6 until 10 p.m.
* Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting and ladies aux-
iliary meeting at 11 a.m.
* The post membership drive
is under way, and the post is striv-
ing for 100 percent. For informa-
tion, contact the quartermaster at
(863) 763-0818.
* Big screen TV for all events.

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW, Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
* Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
* Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
able.
* Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for an $11 donation. Danc-
ing immediately follows the din-
ner.
* Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
The House Committee meeting is
on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Com-
mander Mike Hall at (863) 467-
2882.
All games and special events


are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.

VFW Post #10539
* The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
* Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at
1 p.m. on Sunday.
* Monday: $1.50 tacos till 6.
p.m.
* Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary
Dinner - 5:30 p.m. ($6)
* Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Aux-
iliary.
* Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Friday: fish fry, chicken fin-
gers or shrimp from 5 until 8 p.m.
along with live music and danc-
ing.
* Saturday: dollar dogs, sau-
sage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing will start at 7 p.m.
* Sunday: open at 1 p.m. NAS-
CAR on two big screen TV's.
The Ladies Auxiliary is look-
ing for any family members of
Okeechobee residents currently
serving overseas. We are forward-
ing packages of needed items to
our active service personnel. For
more information or if you would
like to donate items please con-
tact us, Cheryl Benoit at (863)
697-2930.
The Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are held the first Sunday
of every month at noon. Men's
Auxiliary meetings are the second
Wednesday of every month at
6:30 p.m.
* Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.

Shrine Club
* The Okeechobee Shrine,


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

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
* The Cypress Hut Fraternal
Order of Eagles post #4509 lo-
cated at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is now
open to members daily from 10


a.m. until 10 p.m. with Saturday
lunch specials. New members
are always welcome. Informa-'
tion can be found by visiting
www.foe4509.com, or calling
(863) 467-1164.
* Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the first and third Sunday of
each month at the old Cypress
Hut flea market restaurant.
* FOE Auxiliary meetings are
at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month
* Breakfast is served on the
second and fourth Sunday of -
each month from 9 a.m. until
noon.
* Tuesday: pasta night from 5
p.m. until ?
* Saturday: Tex-Mex food and
margarita special from 1 until 5
p.m.


Community Events

Music and Motorcycles in Zephyrhills
Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. downtown Fifth Ave.,
Mainstreet Zephyrhills, Inc presents Music and Motorcycles. Vet-
erans day Parade at 10 a.m. Join us to show appreciation for our
veterans. There will be a Full Throttle bike show, with trophies and
prizes with an entry fee of $10. Registration starts at noon, judging
and awards are at 8:30 p.m. There will be vendors, live music, food
and entertainment. With the Howlin' Buzz Blues Band. For infor-
mation, visit www.mainstreetzephyrhills.org.

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 public 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,
Greyriderl863@aol.com. All proceeds from the event will go to the
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Explorer Post #400.


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Over the years more spend-
ing has meant a better chance of
survival. Today, for every eight sol-
diers wounded, roughly one dies,
compared with one for every 2.4
wounded in World War II and one
for every three in Vietnam, the
Army says. The better odds also
are due to better medical treat-
ment and other advances.
Still, troops remain vulner-
able and success is far from guar-
anteed.
Homemade insurgent bombs
are the No. 1 killer of Americans.in
Iraq and a weapon being used in-
creasingly in Afghanistan as well.
Insurgents have been known to
detonate the explosives with cell
phones, washing machine tim-
ers and remote controls from toy
cars.
"'As we know in Iraq, a
high-tech military can be vulner-
able to a low-tech adversary,"
Crowley said.
Of the $190 billion the Penta-
gon has requested for the wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan in fiscal year
2008, the biggest expenses are
about $77 billion for operations,
about $47 billion to repair and
replace destroyed equipment and
more than $30 billion for "'force
protection."
More than half of the pro-
tection funds are to send 15,000
mine-resistant vehicles to Iraq at
$1 million each. The rest is for
protection gear as well as activi-
ties, such as destroying weapons
caches scattered around Iraq by
the thousands, funding an advi-
sory group to study and recom-
mend ways to defeat homemade
bombs and operating unmanned
aircraft systems that do border
surveillance, help protect con-
voys and provide other support to
troops.


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Submitted to Okeechobee News
Mr. Stanley's students (left to right) Julissa Pelayo, Dodie
McCarty and Cameron Whitlock took care in dissecting their
frogs in their fourth grade class at North Elementary School.


North Elementary School fourth graders (left to right) Ashley
Juback, Kirk Rayman and Eli Finney worked on dissecting
their frog in Mr. Stanley's fourth grade science class.


North Elementary students study biology


Mr. Stanley's two fourth grade
classes at North Elementary
School have been very busy this
year. During the first nine weeks,
we have been covering biology.
Our study of this scientific area
covered plant and animal cells,
human anatomy, organ systems
and genetics. Recently, we fin-
ished our biology unit by con-
ducting two activities that were
more involved than our normal
weekly experiments.
First, students used the knowl-
edge of genetics and DNA that
they had gained over the 9-weeks
to extract DNA from strawber-
ries. The students applied their
knowledge of plant cells to fig-
ure out a way to break down the
strawberries' cell walls, and Mr.
Stanley helped them figure out
how to get the DNA to precipitate
(which, we learned, means "sep-
arate.") After the DNA strands
appeared, the students were able
to use a stick to actually pull the
DNA out touch it! The students
were surprised at how long the
DNA molecules were.
Next, as a conclusion to the
classes' study of biology, students
dissected a frog. The students


were very excited to do this ac-
tivity -- even more excited than
they were to do the DNA project.
Paired in teams of three, students
applied their knowledge of hu-
man anatomy to the frog, as well
as the organs' purpose. Of course
it helped that they had been us-
ing a website to practice dissect-
ing for a, couple of weeks. Mr.
Stanley was very impressed with
how delicately his students han-
dled the frogs, and their organs.
He was also extremely happy to
see their enthusiasm, and to see
them apply their knowledge of
anatomy.
Mr. Stanley's science classes
are going to be studying earth
and space science for the next six
weeks. They will begin by study-
ing weather and then they will
study the earth's atmosphere, an-
imal habitats, ecosystems, food
chains and food webs. Finally,
they will study space for the last
two weeks of the unit. In addition
to these topics, students are also
finishing their science reports,
which are on either a biology or a
weather related topic.
Mr. Stanley knows he will see
as much enthusiasm for Earth


NES fourth graders in Mr. Stanley's Science class joined as a
group of three, (left to right) Josey Pearce, Andrew Wine and
Tyfanni Zeller who partnered to dissect a frog in their class.


and Space science as he did
for biology, and he is just as ex-
cited to teach it. He would like
to thank all of the parents who
so generously contributed more
money than necessary for the
frog dissection, which helped
cover the cost for those students
who were not able to pay. Also,


he would like to thank Ms. Man-
son at the freshman center and
Mr. Kielbasa at the high school
for their help in gathering the
necessary materials for the dis-
section. Finally he would like to
thank Mrs. McCoy and Ms. Suits
for all of their help with the dis-
section project, as well.


Obituaries


Dennis Craig Sears
Dennis Craig Sears, 59, of
Okeechobee died Monday,
Oct. 1, 2007 at his residence in
Okeechobee. He was born on
Oct. 19, 1947 in Lyons, N.Y.


The family has no plans for a
service at this time.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.


North first graders


learn about bats


First Grade News
Ms. Stanley's first graders
have been very busy the past
couple of weeks. We have
learned about bats, ants, and
chemical reactions in science.
We now know that bats are
nocturnal and are the only
mammals that can fly, along
with quite a few other bat facts.
The children especially enjoyed
tasting the fruits that a fruit bat
might find in the forest. We
did a science experiment to
show a chemical reaction, and
watched the chemical reaction
cause a glove to fill and wave
to us! One of the most excit-
ing projects is our working ant
farm. It has been a true educa-
tional experience to watch the
ants build their new home. We
couldn't believe how hard ants
have to work. It seems like they
work all day and all night! Do
ants ever sleep? This week we
are learning about fire safety


and will make fire engines to
eat on Friday.
We are excited about our
field trip to the Dolly Hand The-
ater on Oct. 17, and our A.R.
Reward Trip to the Wooden
Jungle on Oct. 23. Quite a few
of us have attended Family
Reading Nights and are work-
ing daily on reading Acceler-
ated Reader books so we can
earn more points. The PTO
will be having our A.R. Store
soon! We would like to thank
all of our parent volunteers. We
couldn't do without you!


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Health News in Brief


Nutrition classes
offered
Monday, Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Edward Douglas will be
teaching a CRA Nutritional Anal-
ysis Class at Douglas Chiroprac-
tic and Fitness Center. This is a
free community event. For infor-
mation call (863) 763-4320.

Breast Cancer
Awareness program
The Okeechobee County
Health Department offers a free
community health education
promotion and wellness pro-
gram for breast cancer aware-
ness. Learn about early detec-
tion, prevention and treatment
for breast cancer. The dates and
locations are as follows: Friday,
Oct. 12, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.,
Seacoast National Bank, 1835
Hwy 441 S.E.; Monday, Oct. 15,
9 a.m. until 5 p.m., First Bank
Trust, 205 East North Park; Fri-
day, Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. until 5:30
p.m., Sun Trust Bank, 815 South
Parrott Ave.; Saturday, Oct. 20,
9 a.m. until noon, Seacoast Na-
tional Bank, 1835 Hwy 441 S.E.;
Monday, Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. un-
til 5 p.m., Riverside Bank, 1506
S. Parrott Ave.; Friday, Oct. 26,
9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Bank of
America, 205 N. Parrott Ave. For
information call (863) 462-5781.

Freedom from
Smoking classes open
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
munity.
The purpose of the program is to
reduce adult and youth tobacco
use, and provide tobacco resourc-
es 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.


Depression support
group forming
OKEECHOBEE -- Depend-
ing on Christ is a new support
group forming for women suf-
fering from depression.
Once the group is organized
it will meet every Thursday.
For information, call (772)
597-0463.

Red Cross offers
CPR classes
The Okeechobee American
Red Cross will offer 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. Parrott Ave. To
register or for information,, call
(863) 763-2488.

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

ACS plans
annual walk
The American Cancer Soci-
ety is planning their third annu-
al Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer 5K Walk on Saturday,
Oct. 20. The walk will be held
in Flagler Park with registra-
tion 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 Heineman at
(863) 634-6012.


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 of-
fice at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To
register or for information,, call
(863) 763-2488.

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 Mondays
from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. For in-
formation, call Steve Condit Sr.
at (863) 801-3110.

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

Addiction
consultation offered
Problems with drug or alco-
hol 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 Re-
hab Resource at (866) 649-1594
for a free confidential consul-
tation. Or, go to the website at
www.drugrehabresource.net.


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. Par-
rott 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 need-
ed. There is no upper age limit,
and most medications and con-
ditions are acceptable. Diabetes
and blood pressure donations
can also be accepted. A picture
ID is needed for all donors.

American Cancer
Society volunteers
The American Cancer Soci-
ety is recruiting volunteers who
are interested in making a dif-
ference in the fight against can-
cer. Volunteers with the Ameri-
can Cancer Society's Florida
Division participate in programs
that support research funding,
educate the community, de-
liver services to patients and
advocate for policies that help
defeat cancer. To get involved,
call the American Cancer Soci-
ety at (800) ACS-2345.

Martha's House
offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a
workshop called Deafening Si-
lence, which deals with provid-
ing services to deaf and hard of
hearing survivors of domestic
violence. The date and time will
be announced at a later date ac-
cording to community interest
and response. Contact Shirlean
Graham at (863) 763-2893.

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


Healthy Start group Just for Today
seeks donations Club forms


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

Program to stop
smoking offered
The Okeechobee Health
Department Tobacco Preven-
tion and Education Program
offers "Freedom from Smok-
ing" classes every Tuesday, at
the Okeechobee County Public
Library, 206 S.W. 1611 St., from
5:30 until 6:30 p.m. A six-week
supply of nicotine patches is
available. To register, call (863)
462-5781.

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 infor-
mation, call (863) 634-4780.

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

Pregnancy financial
assistance available
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medic-
aid? Healthy Start may be able
to help. For information, .con-
tact Becky Smith at (863) 462-
5877.


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

AAS helps with
osteoarthritis
Today, more than 10 million
Americans suffer from osteoar-
thritis of the knee, making it the
most common form of arthritis
in the U.S.
When the cushioning layers
of cartilage within the joint are
worn down, the bones begin
to rub against each other. This
leads to swelling and increased
stiffness, and many daily activi-
ties become painful and diffi-
cult.
But what can you do to
protect your joints, reduce the
symptoms and support your
doctor's treatment?
With assistance from some
of the world's leading knee ex-
perts, the American Arthritis So-
ciety has compiled some useful
and practical tips for self-care,
and made them available on the
society's website. Each tip is in-
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These and many more sug-
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At the Movies Blondie


The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, Oct. 5,
through Thursday, Oct. 11, are as
follows:
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 III - "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 Ill - "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;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863)
763-7202.


Today

in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, Oct. 11, the
284th day of 2007. There are 81
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
tory:
On Oct. 11, 1776, the naval
Battle of Valcour Island on Lake
Champlain took place during the
American Revolution. American
forces led by Gen. Benedict Ar-
nold suffered heavy losses, but
managed to stall the British.
On this date:
In 1779, Polish nobleman Casi-
mir Pulaski, fighting for American
independence, died two days af-
ter being mortally wounded dur-
ing the Revolutionary War Battle
of Savannah, Ga.
In 1890, the Daughters of the
American Revolution was found-
ed in Washington, D.C.
In 1932, the first American po-
-- litical telecast took place as the
Democratic National Committee
sponsored a program from a CBS
television studio in New York.
In 1942, the World War II
Battle of Cape Esperance began
in the Solomon Islands, resulting
in an American victory over the
Japanese.
In 1958, the lunar probe Pio-
neer 1 was launched; it failed to
go as far out as planned, fell back
to Earth, and burned up in the at-
mosphere.
In 1962, Pope John XXIII con-
vened the first session of the Ro-
man Catholic Church's Second
Ecumenical Council, also known
as Vatican II.
In 1968, Apollo 7, the first
manned Apollo mission, was
launched with astronauts Wally
Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and
R. Walter Cunningham aboard.
In 1975, "NBC Saturday Night"
(later "Saturday Night Live")
made its debut with guest host
George Carlin.
In 1984, space shuttle Chal-
lenger astronaut Kathryn Sullivan
became the first American wom-
an to walk in space.
In 1991, testifying before the
Senate Judiciary Committee, law
professor Anita Hill accused Su-
preme Court nominee Clarence
Thomas of sexually harassing her;
Thomas reappeared before the
panel to denounce the proceed-
ings as a "high-tech lynching."
Ten years ago: President
Clinton blamed pop culture for
glamorizing illegal drug use as
he heralded a new $195 million
anti-drug ad campaign during
his weekly radio address. Retired
Associated Press chief Wes Galla-
gher died in Santa Barbara, Calif.,
at age 86.
Today's Birthdays: Author
Elmore Leonard is 82. Actor Earle
Hyman is 81. Actor Ron Leibman
is 70. Country singer Gene Watson
is 64. Singer-musician Daryl Hall
is 58. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.,
is 57. Rhythm-and-blues musician
Andrew Woolfolk is 57. Actress-
director Catlin Adams is 57. Actor
David Morse is 54. Country singer
Paulette Carlson is 54. Actor Ste-


phen Spinella is 51. Football Hall
of Fame player Steve Young is 46.
Actress Joan Cusack is 45. Rock
musician Scott Johnso in Blos-
soms) .is 45. Comedy writer and
TV host Michael J. Nelson is 43.
Actor Sean Patrick Flanery is 42.
Actor Luke Perry is 41. Country
singer-songwriter Todd Snider is
41. Actress Jane Krakowski is 39.
Rapper U-God (Wu-Tang Clan) is
37. Rapper MC Lyte is 36. Singer
NeeNa Lee is 32.
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By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19):
You need a vacation. Even a week-
end visiting friends will give you a
boost and remind you what's truly
important to you. Someone may not
be happy with your plans but you've
got to do what's best for you.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Follow your hard day's work with
some fun. Do something with your
kids if you have any or get togeth-
er with friends. You need to reward
yourself once in a while. Change is
good and will revitalize you.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): As
long as you put your mind on pro-
gressive, productive activities or
projects you will do fine. If you over-
indulge, promise too much, over-
spend or flirt with someone else's
significant-other, expect to face a se-
ries of unnecessary events.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): If
you ignore your responsibilities, you
will pay for it in the end. Do what's
necessary to keep the peace before
you upset someone you care about.
Be willing to compromise and live up
to your promise.


*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It's a
money day and a time for you to be
a little stingy. Just because you have
a little cash on hand doesn't mean
you have to be overly generous or let
it slip through your fingers. A unique
partnership can form.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Let your intuition guide you when it
comes to work and money. You can
get things out of the way and fin-
ished before anyone can complain
or criticize you. A change in plans
will enable you to do something you
thought you might not be able to do.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Be
a participant not a complainer. Use
your intelligence to make construc-
tive suggestions and you will end up
the hero of the day. You have lots to
offer and, if you do, someone will of-
fer you something hard to refuse.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
You are up for a cash infusion. Don't
waste time. Act fast and keep the mo-
mentum flowing. A change at home
will be excellent for you. Passion is
running high and love is on the rise.
*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): Your charm will win over a crowd


or enable you to be a driving force if
you volunteer for something noble.
However, be careful how you handle
loved ones. Get out of the house and
spend your time with colleagues,
peers or other volunteers.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Keep your mind on business
and you will excel, make money and
close deals. If you let your emotions
get the better of you, a disagreement
is likely to spin you in an entirely dif-
ferent direction. Don't let anyone bait
you into an argument.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Take a lead position and you will dis-
cover new ways to up your income.
Collect an old debt or make a com-
mitment to someone you care about.
A responsible attitude will bring you
a good response.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
You have some great ideas that can
evolve into something worthwhile. As
long as you don't do things on too
big a scale or overspend, success
will be yours. Changes to your resi-
dence will be positive and will boost
your morale.
� 2007 UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


Dear Abby


Marrying stepmom


could be illegal


*DEAR ABBY: Your response
to "Smitten in North Texas" (Aug.
17), who was romantically in-
terested in his deceased father's
wife, was not entirely correct.
True, there is no blood rela-
tionship between the two, but a
relationship of a romantic nature
between them is akin to incest
because of the previously estab-
lished relationship of a stepmom/
stepson.
A more appropriate response
would have been to advise "Smit-
ten" to check the legality of such
a relationship in the state of Texas
with a family law attorney quali-'
fled to practice in that state. -
Pat in Prichard, W.Va.
DEAR PAT: Thank you for
writing and pointing out, so gen-
tly, that my answer was off the
mark. I'm afraid it's time to drag
out the old wet noodle, because,
after reviewing the mail I have
received from readers around
the country regarding that letter,
"Smitten" should definitely con-
sult an attorney - and possibly
a clergyperson - before taking
the relationship to the next level.
Read on:
DEAR ABBY: I wish to correct
a flaw in your advice to "Smitten
in North Texas" regarding a po-
tential marriage to his now-for-
mer stepmother (his father hav-
ing passed away). You advised
the young man to go ahead with
the relationship should he wish.
Under the current Texas Family
Code, Chapter 6, Section 6.206: "A
marriage is void if a party is a cur-
rent or former stepchild or step-
parent of the other party."
Therefore, under current Texas
law, "Smitten" and his stepmoth-
er could not achieve a legally
binding marriage. They would
have to move to another state
without such a provision to take
that course of action. - Await-
ing My Bar Exam Results in
Oklahoma
DEAR ABBY: Regarding your
advice to "Smitten," be aware that
some states, including Texas, out-
Close to Home


law marriage to your stepmother
as incestuous. Others are Rhode
Island, South Carolina, Tennessee
and Oklahoma. - Clem in Wall-
ingford, Pa.
DEAR ABBY: If the young
man's mother is alive, how would
she receive her son's new mate,
who used to be her ex-husband's
wife? "Smitten's" mother could
be an undue source of stress in
his marriage, and he should be:
alerted to that fact. - Offering'
a Warning in Houston
DEAR ABBY: "Smitten" may
be in trouble regarding the Bi-
ble's prohibition stating that "You
shall not uncover the nakedness
of your father's wife; it is your
father's nakedness." (Leviticus
18:8.) A better suggestion would
be to consult a knowledgeable
ecumenical authority. - Marlon
in Rosamond, Calif.
' DEAR ABBY: I'm afraid this
time you misled your readers.
In all heavenly religions (includ-
ing Christianity, Islam, Judaism,
etc.) if a man marries a woman
- providing having a sexual rela-
tionship between them - his son'
may NEVER enter wedlock with
his stepmother in any way at all!'
You do not have the right to allow,
them to marry. To do so would
be irreligious, unethical and sin-.
ful. You owe palliation to pious
readers. - Father K., a Muslim
Reader
DEAR ABBY: I found it very
interesting that in describing the
"deeper, most romantic kind of
love" that young man said he has
for a former stepmother, the first
on his list of attributes about her
was that she is "built" (and don't
forget "pretty"). Sounds like true
love to me! - Cynical in Chi-
cago
Dear Abby is written by Abigail
Van Buren, also known as Jeanne
Phillips, and was founded by her
mother, Pauline Phillips. Write
Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.
com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Ange-
les, CA 90069.


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you, we have decided to offer Brenda
the position of product tester."

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LEITERS ONLY. DO NOT CIRCLE THE WORD. The leftover letters spell
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* Private parties only
* 2 items per household per
issue


Announcements


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read your ad carefully the first
day it appears. In case of an
inadvertent error, please noti-
fy us prior to the deadline list-
ed. We will not be responsible
for more than 1 incorrect
insertion, or for more than the
extent of the ad rendered val-
ueless by such errors.
Advertiser assumes responsi-
bility for all statements, names
and content of an ad, and
assumes responsibility for any
claims against Independent
Newspapers. All advertising
is subject to publisher's
approval. The publisher
reserves the right to accept or
reject any or all copy, and to
insert above the copy the word
"advertisement". All ads
accepted are subject to credit
approval. All ads must conform
to Independent Newspapers'
style and are restricted to
their proper classifications.
Some classified categories
require advance payment.
These classifications are
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never knowingly accept any
advertisement that is illegal or
considered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable value,
such as promises of guaran-
teed income from work-at-
home programs or other offers
to send money in advance for
a product or service - we
advise you to check with the
Attorney General's Consumer
Fraud Line at 1-800-220-5424,
and/or The Better Business
Bureau, 800-464-6331 for pre-
vious complaints.
Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
.Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160



MIXED BREED- male, tan,
about 20 Ibs, vie of SW 16th
St. Call to identify
(863)357-7597 / 532-0507

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is "Buster", vic of Buxton Fu-
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REWARD! (863)697-3396



MULTI FAMILY SALE
OAK LAKE ESTATES, Fri.,
10/12, 8am til 5pm & Sat.,
10/13, 8am til ?, 2037 SW
22nd Circle North. Furniture,
Wranglers, Country Decora-
tions, Baby Clothes & Lots of
Misc.



OKEECHOBEE, Oak Park, Fri.,
10/12 & Sat., 10/13, 8am til
?, 3420 SW 20th St. Tools,
Fishing Poles, Loveseat, Fish
Tank, Too Much To List.


Auctioneer: -, , AUW5 AB25]8




Al 'oN
TM Radflower Auctions will com-
mence holding Public Auctions
Friday evenings at the American
Legion Hall, 501 S.E. 2nd St.
Okeechobee; the first of which will
i be Friday Oct. 19, 2007. ALL ARE
1i WELCOME! Bienvenidos Amigos!
i More Information to follow.
For Consignments of Household
Estates, Machinery and Partial or
Full Business Liquidations etc.
Call:

863-763-2692
* 10% Buyers Premium
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Get FREE signs!


Call Classifieds
1 877-353-2424


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



ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
For General Contractor.
Must have construction exp.
Proficient in Word & Excel.
DFWR Fax resume to:
863-763-6337
Looking for someone
good w/children, safe
driving, ins. requrequires 23 &
up, willing to take classes.
(863)763-0611
NAIL TECH &
MASSAGE THERAPIST
For salon formerly Vanity.
Call Renee 447-1396 for info
OFFICE / CLERICAL WORK
Must have MS Office
experience, Quickbooks a plus.
Mon -Fri, 8am - 5pm
CEECO 863-357-0798


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

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

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


Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




NOTICE
Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs - if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used Items In
the classifleds

Services



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



Ron's Pressure Washing
& Minor repairs
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-357-9604 or
cell 863-610-1248
License # 2423


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




Fence Posts, Metal Gates &
Water Troughs. Var sizes.
Priced individually or as
package. (863)763-5567


HORSE TRAILER - 4 horse
Sooner, alum, dressing rm &
rear tack, like new, bumper
pull. $8500 (863)763-3521


Rentals



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



APARTMENT FOR RENT
Very clean, 11 miles N. of
Okeechobee. 2BR/1BA.
$590/mo. 1st & security. No
pets. Call only M-F 9a-3p.
(863)467-1717
FURNISHED APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044


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Friday 12 noon foi Monday publication
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Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis


ACROSS
1 Clinton
opponent
6 Rumor
10 Philosopher
Locke
14 Concrete-
reinforcing rod
15 Mary's "South
Pacific" costar
16 Nile wader
17 See 72-Across
20 UN workers gp.
21 _ Lanka
22 High level
23 Maryland
athlete, for short
25 Repeat
29 See 72-Across
34 "Same here!"
36 Large container
37 The Keydets of
the Big South
Conf.
38 Horizon arc
measurement
41 Door banger's
demand
44 Sellout indicator
45 Flat fish,
47 Undesirable
aspects
48 See 72-Across
53 Antarctic waters
54 Corp. honcho
57 Deplete
60 Lilting syllable
62 Orgs. concerned
with beats
63 See 72-Across
68 Sting target
69 "'Salem's Lot"
(2004) star
70 Puccini classic
71 Corn Belt city on
1-35
72 Word defined at
17-, 29-, 48- and
63-Across
73 Dutch painter of
"The Cat Family"

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1 Once around
2 Memorable
Memphis street
3 Soaking up
4 Month after avril
5 Indirect paths
6 Four-time all-star
catcher Santiago


7 Israeli weapon
8 Benzoyl
peroxide target
9 Bronx attraction
10 Altar no-show
11 Last words?
12 Old platter
player
13 Tiny amt. of
time
18 "Topaz" author
19 Dieter's count
24 Senior moment?
26 Part of SASE:
Abbr.
27 Not so-called
28 Museo contents
30 Marker
31 Cause to appear
washed-out
32 Pass over
33 Time pieces:
Abbr.
34 Prepare
potatoes, in a
way
35 Pound of poetry.
39" bien!"
40 Dutch portraitist
Frans
42 Company
quorum?


43 Locks in a
barn?
46 QB's gains
49 They're loaded
50 Show optimism
51 Tube-nosed
seabird
52 Refer (back)
55 Draw forth
56 House channel
57 DDE's alma
mater


58 E-junk
59 Thornfield Hall
governess
61 Athletes'
negotiators:
Abbr.
64 ICU patient's
need
65 Tribulation
66 Attendant of
Athena
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2br, 1/2 ba, 2 Story, W/D
Fenced patio, $800 mo., 1st,
last + sec. (863)634-3313
OKEECHOBEE, Backlash RV
Park Apt, 1 br available on the
Rim Canal. Call for details.
(863)763-7783
OKEECHOBEE- Newly remod-
eled effic. apt., furn., you pay
utilities, Prefer seasonal rent-
ers. (863)467-4253
TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS:
1br/1ba, partially furnished.
$650/mo, 1st & $800/Sec
For Details. 561-352-4243




OKEECHOBEE, 2BR/1.5BA,
Twnhs., W&D. No pets. An-
nual lease. $750/mo. 1st &
last. sec. (863)697-1129
OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $750/mo.
Includes lawn & water.
(954)290-0861
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BASSWOOD- Affordable New
3/2/2, $1200/mo to move in.
(772)323-4758
BHR- 2/2, new CBS home,
ADA accessible, tile, boat
ramp, sea wall. Yr/Mo, lease
(561)333-6738
BRAND NEW, 3BR's/2BA's,
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
1-800-543-2495.
BRAND NEW! 5 Bdrm., 2 Ba.,
Lots of Tile. 378 S.E. 36th
Terrace. $1350 mo. (561)
248-3888 or (863)599-0156
CBS HOME in Okee,
3BR/2.5BA, 3 car carport,
$1250 mo. + 1st, last &
damage dep., $1250 mo.
(863)532-9881/763-5323
DIXIE RANCH ACRES- 3ba,
2ba, Great/Rm, Carport.
$1100. mo.
1-800-543-2495
OKEE., 2 Story, 3BR/2.5BA,
2 car garage, Blue Heron,
golf, waterfront. $1300.
(863)467-1254/357-1918
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330


OKEECHOBEE- 4br, 2ba, in
city limits, looking for re-
sponsible renters w/refs.
$1300/mo, (863)634-9139
S.E. OKEE: 3 BR, 1 BA., CBS
Home. Annual lease. W&D,
$950 mo. 1st. & last sec.
dep. (863)697-1129

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I. OFFICE SPACE
* Downstairs
Close proximity to new
court house. 863-763-4740

OKEECHOBEE- Office space
1400 sq ft, carpeted unit,
next to Medicine Shop, 101
NW 5th St., Rent inclds wa-
ter & garbage pickup, Call
Karen (863)634-9331


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share full hse priv, W/D,
pool, gar, $650/mo incld util
6 mo Ise (561)254-9326


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Mobile Home $125 - $150 wk
1 month sec in advance
No pets (561)927-8211



TAYLOR CREEK: 3/2/1 C/Air &
Heat, Waterfront. $1000 mo.
Annual / $1200 monthly, +
electric (863)634-0584
WATERFRONT, 2 BR, M.H.,
C/Air, W&D and Workshop.
Furn. or Unfurn., Long or
Short Term. 863-467-7528


Real Estate




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




BUILDING & LAND
7200 sq ft-
Metal building on 1 + acre of
land, fenced, plenty of parking,
located on N. Industrial Loop,
LaBelle, Florida.
2400 sq ft- Office space under
NA/C.
4800 sq ft- Warehouse area-3
large bays.
Call (863)675-4342 or
(863)673-1885 for more
information.



BRAND NEW, 2/2 Villa, 1200
sq ft, never lived in, lots of
upgrades. Asking $149,900,
will consider rental. Call
(863)610-0219.
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NEW HOME ON YOUR LOT!
Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495
OKEECHOBEE- 3/1, CBS, Re-
duced to $172K, Oak, tile &
marble & more! Moving/
Must sell now! Must see!
Flyers! 309 SW 10th Ave.
(863)357-0391 Appt. Only!
OKEECHOBEE: Completely
remodeled, 4br, 2 ba, plus
family room, 2000 sq ft, 1/2
acre, new roof, A Must See!
$155,000 (863)824-6112 or
(772)349-8637
WOOD FRAME HOME: 2 BR, 1
BA., Near Kissimmee River.
C/Air. Large lot w/lots of
trees. 15609 State Rd. 70 W.
$79,000. Additional lot next
to home also for sale for
$35,000. (561)746-5852



OKEE, 3.8 acres, vacant,
beautiful trees, well, septic.
Buildable for MH or SFR. Ask-
ing $125,000.(863)610-0219

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ANCIENT OAKS, 55+, 1BR,
sunroom, covered patio, car-
port, pool, clubhouse, every-
thing included. $550/month.
Call (954) 610-5345
BH RIDGE- 2/2, waterfront,
lake access, Ig screen porch,
fenced yard, shed, $800/mo,
*1st & Sec, (772)370-1095
CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $650/mo + $1000
sec. dep. 863-763-4031
DOUBLEWIDE, 3br/2ba, Lo-
cated in Ousley Estates,
Available Now.
(863)357-1517
LABELLE, New 3BR/2BA dbl
wide, w/d, 2.5 acres, fenced,
owner mows, good credit,
d/w. $1100. (239)910-5115
LARKEE LAKES- 2/1,
$600/mo $300 deposit. Call
(863467-2156 or
863)634-7126
MOBILE HOME- on rim canal,
furnished, 9685 SE 116th
trail, 2/1, AC, W/D, screen
porch, Adult Park, No pets,
garbage pickup, water, lawn
service, dock & boat ramp
1-863-634-9781 Cell #
OKEE., D/W 3br, 2ba, $1200.
mo. + 1st & Sec. Avail
10/15. Cr ref. req'd. No in-
side pets. (863)467-6100
OKEE., Unfurnished, 2BR 2Ba
on Canal. Direct TV, Water &
Lawn Maintenance included.
Easy access to lake. $675
mo. + sec. Avail. 10/21
772-794-2438 or 538-8183
OKEE., Unfurnished DW. 3 BR,
2 BA, Sunroom. New carpets
& appl's. On Canal w/access
to lake. 2 Car Carport. C/Air
& Heat. Lease only. $875
mo. + sec. dep. Call
772-794-2438 or 538-8183
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/1ba,
$550/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets.
(863)763-6232



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Beautiful 4 acres with 3 Mo-
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price reduced to sell, spa-
cious country living,
$163,000. (863)357-2623
PALM HARBOR
4/2 Tile floor, Energy Package,
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq. ft
30th Anniversary
Sale Special
Save $15,000.
Call for Free Color Brochures
800-622-2832
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tral air & heat, double car-
port, shed, W/D, Adult Park.
$13,500. (863)763-7927


Recreation



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



ARROW GLASS BASS BOAT -
17 ft, 70 hp Evinrude, w/cus-
tom trailer & trolling motor,
live wells, etc.. runs great.
$2000 (863)634-2454 or
(863)357-1784


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CHRYSLER 300M '99 - 96K,
all power, leather, $6195 or
best offer (863)675-9326



FORD F350 '86 - Car hauler,
18ft bed, wench, ramps, 400
eng granny 4 spd, custom
int. $3800 (863)357-1784

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FORD PEOPLE MOVER 1998 -
29 Passenger. Great condi-
tion. A/C. $5,800.
(863)467-5114


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Public Notices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500




IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
Case #: 472007CA000258CAXXXX
Deutsche Bank National Trust Company.
as Trustee for the registered holders of
New Century Home Equity Loan Trust,
Series 2005-B, Asset Backed Pass-
Through Certificates,
Plaintiff
-vs-
Damon Eric Martin; Melissa Lee Hansen;
Mortgage Electronic Registration Sys-
tems, Inc., as nominee for Secured
Funding Corporation; Unknown Parties
in Possession #1; Unknown Parties in
Possession #2; If living, and all Un-
known Parties claiming by, through,
under and against the above named
Defendants) who are not known to be
dead or alive, whether said Unknown
Parties may claim an interest as
Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or
Other Claimants.
Defendant(s)
NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE
PROCEEDINGS-PROPERTY
TO: Damon Eric Martin: ADDRESS UN-
KNOWN BUT WHOSE LAST KNOWN
ADDRESS IS: 9338 Southeast 57th
Drive, Okeechobee, FL 34974
Residence unknown, if living, including
any unknown spouse of said Defen-
dant(s) if any have remarried and if
any or all said Defendant(s) are dead,
their respective unknown heirs, devis-
ee's, grantees, assignees, creditors, Ii-
enors, and trustees, and all other
persons claiming, by, through, under
or against the named Defendant(s);
and the aforementioned named Defen-
dant(s) and such of the aforemen-
tioned unknown Defendants and such
of the aforementioned unknown Defen-
dants as may be infants, incompetents
or otherwise not sui juris.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion has been commence to foreclose
a mortgage on the following real prop-
erty, lying and being and situated in
Okeechobee County, Florida, more
particularly described as follows:
LOTS 14 AND 15, BLOCK 2, SECTION
1, LAR-KEE LAKES FOR MOBILE
HOME ONLY ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3, PAGE 44, PUBLIC RECORDS
OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
more commonly known as 9338 South-
east 57th Drive, Okeechobee, FL
34974.
This action has been filed against you
and you are required to serve a copy
of written defense, if any, upon SHAPI-
RO & FISHMAN, LLR Attorneys for
Plaintiff, whose address is 2424 North
Federji ,o,r,, ;uite 360, Boca Ra-
ton, 1...,,o, vi 1 within thirty (30)
days after the first publication of this
notice 10/11/07 and file the original
with the clerk of this Court either be-
fore service on Plaintiff's attorney or
immediately thereafter; otherwise a de-
fault will be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court
on the 2nd Day of Oct., 2007.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Circuit and County Courts
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
241771 ON 10/11,18/07
LEGAL NOTICE
PUBLIC AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT
JOHN'S TOWING SERVICE STORAGE
LOT LOCATED AT 704 NORTHEAST
2ND AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL
34972 ON OCTOBER 26, 2007 AT
9:00 A.M. PURSUANT TO FLORIDA
STATUTE 713.78 FOR UNPAID TOW-
ING AND STORAGE CHARGES. YEAR
MAKE MODEL AND VIN ARE AS FOL-
LOWS :
1996 Ford Explorer
VIN #1FMCU22X6TUB72324
TERMS OF SALE ARE CASH, AND NO
CHECKS WILL ACCEPTED. SELLER
RESERVES THE RIGHT OF FINAL BID.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL NO REFUNDS
WILL BE MADE I SAID AUTOMOBILES
WILL BE SOLD "AS IS" CONDITION
WITH NO GUARANTEE'S
242859 ON 10/11/07
LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 419 Southwest 2nd
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 2nd day of November
2007 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant
to Flonda statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage. Year, Make, Model
& Vin's as follows:
1978 White Mercedes 240 0
12312312069040
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the eight of final bid All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo- |
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
guarantees.
243241 ON 10/11/07


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
Case #: 2007 CA 259
Deutsche Bank National Trust Company,
as Trustee for the Certificate Holders
of Soundview Home Loan Trust 2006-
OPT4, Asset-Backed Certificates, Se-
ries 2006-OPT4,
Plaintiff
-es-
Estate of Thelma Pearl Olson. Deceased:
Unknown Heirs, Devisees. Grantees,
Assignees, Creditors, Lienors and
Trustees of Thelma Pearld Olson. De-
ceased, and all other Persons Claiming
By, Through, Under and Against the
Named Defendant(s); Christopher Vav-
da and Dadine Vayda, His Wife; Jean-
ette Lauck; Option One Mortgage;
Unknown Parties in Possession #1;
Unknown Parties in Possession #2: If
Living, and all Unknown Parties claim-
ing by, through, under and against the
above named Defendant(s) who are
not known to be dead or alive, whether
said Unknown Parties may claim an in-
terest as Spouse. Heirs, Devisees,
Grantees, o her O Clamants.
Defendant(s)
NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE
PROCEEDINGS-PROPERTY
TO: Estate of Thelma Pearl Olson, De-
ceased; Unknown Heirs, Devisees,
Grantees, Assignees, Creditors, Lien-
ors and Trustees of Thelma Pearl Ol- 0
son, Deceased, and all other Persons
Claiming By, Through, Under and
Against the Named Defendant(s)
Residence unknown, if living, including
any unknown spouse of said Defen-
dal(s) it any have remarried and if
any or all said Defendant(s) are dead,
their respective unknown heirs, devis-
ee's, grantees, assignees, creditors, Ii-
enors, and trustees, and all other
persons claiming, by, through, under
or against the named Delendant(s);
and the aforementioned named Defen-
dant(s) and such of the aforemen-
tioned unknown Defendants and such
of the aforementioned unknown Defen-
dants as may he infants, incompetents
or otherwise not sui juris.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac-
tlion has been commence to foreclose
a mortgage on the following real prop-
erty, lying and being and situated in
Okeechobee County, Florida, more
particularly described as follows:
THE EAST HALF OF THE EAST HALF
OF THE NORTH HALF OF THE SOUTH
HALF OF TRACT 15, SECTION 29,
TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RNAGE 33
EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
4, PAGES 3A-D, INCLUSIVE OF THE
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUBLIC
RECORDS.
more commonly known as 21022 North-
west 266th Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972.
This action has been filed against you
and you are required to serve a copy
of written defense, if any, upon SHAPI-
RO & FISHMAN, LLP Attorneys for
Plaintiff, whose address 2424 North
Federal Highway, Suite 360, Boca Ra-
ton, Florida 33431 within thirty (30)
days after the first publication of this
notice 10/11/07 and file the original
with the clerk of this Court either be-
fore service on Plaintiff's attorney or
immediately thereafter; otherwise a de-
fault will be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court
on the 27th Day of Sept., 2007.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Circuit and County Courts
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
240701 ON 10/11,18/07
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2006 CA 348
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST
COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE DOR THE
CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF SOUND-
VIEW HOME LOAN TRUST 2006-
OPT3 ASSET-BACKED CERTIFI-
CATES, SERIES 2006-OPT3,
Plaintiff
vs.
DONDALD B. DUNNAM: STATE OF
FLORIDA, DEPARTMENT OF REVE-
NUE; KELLIE DUNNAM; THE UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF DONALD B.
DUNNAM; JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS
UNKNOWN TENANTS) IN POSSES-
SION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY,
Defendants
RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Motion and Order Resetting Foreclo-
sure Sale Date dated the 3rd day of
October, 2007, and entered in Case
No. 2006 CA 348, of the Circuit Court
of the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for
Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST
COMPANY AS TRUSTEE FOR THE
CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF SOUND-
VIEW HOME LOAN TRUST 2006-OPT3
ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SE-
RIES 2006-OPT3 is the Plaintiff and
DONALD B. DUNNAM; STATE OF
FLORIDA, DEPARTMENT OF REVE-
NUE; KELLIE DUNNAM; THE UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF DONALD B.
DUNNAM; JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS
UNKNOWN TENANTS) IN POSSES-
SION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY
are defendants. I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash at the OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER,
312 NW 3RD STREET, JURY ASSEM-
BLY ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEE-
CHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at the
Okeechobee County Courthouse, in
OKEECHOBEE, Ronda, at 11:00 a.m.
on the 7th day of Nov., 2007, the fol-
lowing described property as set forth
in said Final Judgment, to wit:
LOT 1 AND THE EAST 25 FEET OF LOT
2, BLOCK 44, OF A PORTION OF
OKEECHOBEE PARK, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 28, OF THE
CURRENT PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA,
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-
IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days poor to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired) or
1-800-955-8770 (voice impaired).
Dated this 3rd day of October, 2007.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of The Circuit Court
By:/S/Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
242010 ON 10/11,18/27


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BID SOLICITATION NOTICE
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT ONE
Bartow, Florida
September 25, 2007
Advertisement No. 1
CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
Sealed bids will be received at District 1, State of Florida Department ol Transporta-
tion, 801 North Broadway Ave., Bartow, Florida. Sealed bids will be received until
2:00 PM (Bartow Local Time) on Thursday, October 25. 2007 and will be
opened and publicly read aloud in the Professional Services Conference Room.
Bids received after the deadline will be returned unopened to the bidding firm.
Bidders may obtain preliminary bid results at hottA://www dot.satefl.us/cc-ad-
min/. Click on "Letting Results" and D1.
......NOTE.----.
ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS: BIDDERS MAY OBTAIN PLANS, SPECIAL PROVISIONS
AND/OR BID DOCUMENTS BY FILLING OUT A FAX OR RM AND FAXING IT
TO (863) 534-7172. THIS FORM MAY BE DOWNLOADED AT
WWWN DOTSTATE FL US/CONTRACTSADMINISTRATIONDISTRICT1.
BID SUBMITTAL- Submittal of these documents should be directed to the District
Contracts Administrator, District Contracts Office, Mail Station 1-18, Florida De-
artment of Transportation, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida 33830, or PO
ox 1249, Bartow, Florida 33831, Phone: 863) 519-2559. Checks should be
made payable to the State of Florida Department ol Transportation. No refund will
be made.
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS & PROPOSAL HOLDER LIST: Proposals will not be
issued after 2:00 PM. (Barlow Local Time) on Wednesday, October 24, 2007.
Plan holders list will not
be issued after 5:00 pm on Friday, October 19, 2007.
(CONTRACT NO. E1G35-RO) COUNTY: Highlands & Okeechobee (D FUNDS): FI-
NANCIAL PROJECT NO: 423255-1-72-01 The work specified in this contract
consists of clearing and grubbing, tree trimming and removal, stum grinding and
removal and power shearing. (Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT
MANAGER: Gary Burnett (863) 386-6104 gary.burnett@dot.stte.ll.us BUD-
GET AMOUNT $120,000,00. NO CHARGE FOR PLANS AND SPECS.
(CONTRACT NO. E1G36-RO) COUNTY: Polk, Highlands & Okeechobee (D FUNDS):
FINANCIAL PROJECT NO: 421062-1-72-01 The work specified in this contract
consists of long line roadway striping. (Approx 365 Calendar Days) NOTE:
PROJECT MANAGER: Mike Yencso (863) 519-4313 mike.yencso dot.state.
fl.us BUDGET AMOUNT $350,000 . NO CHARGE FOR PLANS AND SPECS.
(CONTRACT NO. E1G37-RO) COUNTY: Desoto & Hardee (D FUNDS): FINANCIAL
PROJECT NO: 418546-1-72-01 & 418547-1-72-01, The work specified in this
contract consists of miscellaneous concrete repair and side drain pipe replace-
ment. (Approx 365 Calendar Days) NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER Bobby Carroll
(863) 993-4634 bobby.carroll@dot.state.f.us MAXIMUM BUDGETARY CEIL-
ING AMOUNT $108,000.00. NO CHARGE FOR PLANS AND SPECS.
(CONTRACT NO. E1G38-RO) COUNTY: Manatee & Sarasota (0 FUNDS): FINANCIAL
PROJECT NO: 423257-1-72-01 & 421096-1-72-01 The work specified in this
contract consists of roadside ditch or canal cleaning and grading, reworking
shoulders, slopes and roadside diches, seeding and sodding. (Approx 365 Cal-
endar Days) NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Art Hall (941) 359-7310 ar-
thur.hall@dot.state.fl.us BUDGET AMOUNT $80,000.00. NO CHARGE FOR
PLANS AND SPECS.
(CONTRACT NO. E1G39-RO) COUNTY: Desoto, Hardee, Manatee & Sarasota (D
FUNDS): FINANCIAL PROJECT NO: 423253-1-72-01, 423254-1-72-01,
414930-1-72-01 & 414929-1-72-01 The work specified in this contract consists
of standard thermoplastic, hot spray thermoplastic and retro-rellective pavement
markers. (Approx 365 Calendar Days) NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Art Hall
(941) 359-7310 arthur.hall@dot.state.fl.us BUDGET AMOUNT $230,000.00.
NO CHARGE FOR PLANS AND SPECS.
Maintenance contracts do not require a contractor to have a certificate of qualifica-
thion, If deemed necessary by the Department, certain maintenance contracts will
contain specific requirements for maintenance contractor eligibility.
In order for the Department to have the information required to determine a bidder's
current capacity, it is necessary that the bidder submit on the day of the letting, a
Certification of Current Capacity that shall be executed under oath and be accom-
panied and supported by a Status of Contracts on Hand Report. These docu-
ments must be included in at least one proposal for each letting that the
contractor submits bids. Failure to submit these documents may result in a de-
termination that all bids submitted by the contractor for that letting are non-re-
sponsive or irregular and not to be considered.
Orders for these documents should be directed to the District Contracts Administra-
tor, District Contracts Office, Mail Station 1-18, Florida Department of Transporta-
tion, 801 North Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33831. Phone:
(863) 519-2559. Checks should be made payable to the State of Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation. No refund will be made. The right is reserved to reject
any or all bids.
STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OFTRANSPORTATION
Cheryl L, Sanchious
District Contracts Administrator
240914 ON 10/4,11/07

INVITATION TO BID #2007- 33
AIRPORT FLOORING RENOVATION PROJECT
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY AIRPORT
Requirements: This Invitalion to Bid seeks a qualified and experienced flooring
contractor to renovate the floor covering in the airport restaurant's dining room
(934 sq ft) and outside pato/walkway area (404 sq ft), and in the outside entry-
way to the terminal building (272 sq ft).
Scope of Work: (1) prepare floor with Bond coat over VCT tile, and prepare the out-
side concrete surfaces; (2) supply crack suppression as needed; (3) flash floors
as required; (4) supply and install porcelain tile, colored to be a bend of three
shades to mimic the appearance of the existing travertine stone in the airport ter-
minal; (5) supply to mosaic logos, approx 3 x 3 ft, design to be supplied by the
airport manager.
Content of Bids: Submitted bids on contractor's letterhead or bid form must itemize
the cost of (1) the dining area, (2) the patio/walkway area, and (3) the terminal
entryway. The County may decline to award all or part of any Bid. Included with
the Bid should be a description of the Bidder's work experience and qualifications
to perform the required work.
Bids Accepted Through: October 31, 2007, at 4:00 p.m. Proposals received after
this date and time will be returned unopened. The County may decline to award
all or part of any Bid.
Instructions: Bidders may hand deliver or mail bids in a sealed envelope labeled
"Airport Flooring Renovation Project" to the Okeechobee County Administrator,
304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. For additional information, please
contact Vernon Gray, Airport Manager, at 863-467-5505 or vgray@co.okeecho-
beefl.us
Ray R. Domer, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, FL
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, FL
243239 ON 10/11/07

NOTICE OF SALE
Rainbow Title & Lien, Inc. will sell at Public Sale at Auction the following vehicles to
satisfy lien pursuant to Chapter 713.78 of the Florida Statutes on October 25,
2007 at 10 A.M.
*AUCTION WILL OCCUR WHERE EACH VEHICLE IS LOCATED*
1994 SATURN, VIN#1 G8ZK5574RZ265544
2000 DAEWOOD, VIN#KLAVB6923YB284450
Located at: 1254 N.W. 106 Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Okeechobee
Any persons) claiming any interests) in the above vehicles contact: Rainbow Title
& Lien, Inc., (954) 920-6020
*ALL AUCTIONS ARE HELD WITH RESERVE*
Some of the vehicles may have been released prior to auction
LIC # AB-0001256
242556 ON 10/11/07



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FBC flag football continues
The First Baptist Church of Okeechobee's flag football season continued on Saturday, Oct.
6, where Dillon Honeycutt carried the ball while (back-left) Abi Huckabee and (back right)
Cody Smith tried to pull his tag while Honeycutt's teammate Brandon Harrell blocked for
him.


Carrying the ball I
Frankie DeCarlo (left) carried the ball with F
Clark McCreary (right) on defense during b
their game during the First Baptist Church C
of Okeechobee's flag football season game tl
on Saturday, Oct. 6. tl






Going for touchdown
Kailey Hoover ran for touchdown during her
flag football game on Saturday, Oct. 6, in the
First Baptist Church of Okeechobee flag foot-
ball league.


Enthusiastic play
First Baptist Church of Okeechobee flag foot-
all players (left to right) Dillon Honeycutt,
;hris "Franchise" Spruill, Judd Harris, Mat-
hew Payne went for the "Hail Mary" during
heir game on Saturday, Oct. 6.


Tough competition
Wesley White tried to outrun the competition during his flag football game
Oct. 6.


on Saturday,


Sports News in Brief


Junior Volleyball Club
to hold parent meeting
Big Lake Junior Volleyball
club will hold a parent meeting
on Monday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m.
at the Okeechobee High School
Lecture Hall, for all parents of
girls in grades three through high
school who are interested in try-
ing out. For information, go to
www.biglakejuniors.com.

OHS gold seats
are on sale now
Gold seats to all Brahman
home football games are now on
sale for $100 per seat. Of the $100,
$60 goes to general athletics and
$40 goes to football. When you
purchase a gold seat, you receive
free admission to all home sport-
ing events for free.
To purchase a gold seat con-
tact OHS athletic director Nathan
Owen at (863) 462-5025.

Second annual
memorial golf tourney
The second annual Joyce Hacker
memorial golf to benefit the Joyce
Hacker scholarship fund will take
place on Saturday, Oct. 13, begin-
ning with a shotgun start at 8:30


a.m. There will be a four-person
team scramble (blind draw or
pick your own team). The team
draw for blind draw will be held
at the VFW Post 10539, located at
3912 U.S. 441 S.E., on Thursday,
Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. The cost will
be $50 per person and includes
golf, lunch and prizes. Prizes will
be paid in both divisions for first,
fifth and ninth places according
to the number of players in each
division. Prizes and lunch after
the tourney will be awarded at
the VFW Post immediately fol-
lowing the tourney. Entry fees
should be received no later than
Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. before the start
of the team draw. All entry fees
should be made payable to cash
or Connie Lanier. Payment of hole
sponsors should be made to the
Okeechobee Education Fund. For
information call the Okeechobee
Golf & Country club at (863) 763-
6228 or Connie Lanier at (863)
801-5600.

Bass club
meeting slated
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528, 2002 S.R. 78 W,
on the second Thursday of each
month.
Tournaments are- held the fol-


lowing weekend.
New member boaters and
non-boaters (especially) are wel-
come.
For information, call Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.

Cheerleading squad
accepts members
The Okeechobee Platinum
Elite competitive cheerleading
squad continues to grow every
day, and it's not too late to join.
Call Kathy at (863) 697-0812
to join.

VFW Auxiliary plans
golf tournament
VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxil-
iarywill host a golf tournament to
benefit the VFW National Home
for Children on Nov. 3, at the
Okeechobee Country Club. The
VFW National Home for Chil-
dren offers a home for spouses
and children of deceased and dis-
abled veterans as well as a home
for children of active duty mili-
tary personnel while they serve
our country at home and abroad.
The home does not receive any
federal or state funding. Sponsors
are sought for the tournament.
For more information, call (863)
697-2930.


By Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee drivers finished
in the money in three of the six
races held at Hendry County
Speedway last Saturday evening.
In the Central Sheds and Trail-
ers/Sugarland Motorsports street
stock challenge, Jesse Brown of
Clewiston took first place. Bobby
Vaughn of Okeechobee came
from the lass row to finish in
second place. He also received
a $300 bonus for volunteering to
start in the rear of the pack. Tom-
my Messier of Jupiter finished
in third place, followed by John
Wilson of Okeechobee in fourth


and Tony Conant of Ft. Pierce in
fifth.
The sportsman class was won
by Michael Cherry of Valrico.
Tommy Evanosky of Lutz took
second; Joe Henke of Naples
took third; Steve Throop crossed
the finish line in fourth; and, Ron
Schron of Jupiter took fifth.
Okeechobee's Gary Cham-
pion finished in first place in the
pure stock run. Brian Morgan,
also of Okeechobee, captured
second; Jonny Mosely of Belle
Glade took third; Tommy Hill of
Clewiston finished in fourth; and,
Mary Cordis took fifth.
David Deilman of Hialeah fin-
ished in first place in the bomber


event, followed by Joe Minnitti
of Davie in second; Chip Bache,
also of Davie, in third; Adam
Powell of Jupiter in fourth; and,
Nelson Tuya in fifth.
The mini stock class was won
by Ron Dubeau of Royal Palm
Beach; Christian Augsperger of
Palm Beach Gardens finished
in second place; Jason Intoppa
of West Palm Beach took third;
Brian Bail of Royal Palm Beach
finished in fourth; and Paul Sut-
ton of Clewiston took fifth.
Wayne Hildebrand of
Okeechobee came from the rear
of the field to finish in second
place in the mini stock class.


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REGISTRATION FORM
Taylor Creek Bass Club, Inc.
22ND Annual Kids' Day Fishing Festival
October 28. 2007 - Okeechobee AG Center

CONTESTANTS:
Name Age

Address

Phone
A Responsible Adult must accompany the participants!

General Release:
The contestants, parents or guardians hereby agree to idemnify and hold
harmless all members, officers and officials of Taylor Creek Bass Blub and Okeechobee
Ag Center for any liabilities and/or damages arising from the contestants participation 1i
the Kids' Day Fishing Festival.

Signed____________________ Date
MAIL REGISTRATION FORM BY OCTOBER 19, 2007 to
CHARLIE HAYS - 4130 SW 9th Way, Okeechobee, FL 34974
Or drop off at The Okeechobee News Office,
The Pennysaver or Pogey's Restaurant.


Kids' Day Fishing Festival scheduled
The Taylor Creek Bass Club, Inc.'s 22nd annual Kids' Day Fishing Festival will take place
on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center, located on S.R. 70. There will
be a Casting Kids competition from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by live fishing competition
from 1 to 3 p.m. This festival is open to young anglers from 4 to 14-years-old. There is no
cost for this day of fishing. A responsible adult must accompany the young anglers. Each
participating child will receive two hot dogs and two sodas free-of-charge. Registrations
must be mailed by Oct. 19 to Charlie Hays, 4130 S.W. Ninth Way, Okeechobee, Fl. 34974,
or drop them off at the Okeechobee News office or Pogey's Restaurant.



Local drivers finish in money


at Hendry County Speedway


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