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Vol. 98 No. 288 Monday, October 15, 2007 50 Plus tax
Students at South Elemen-
tary School were geared up for
a busy week. Student Council
elections took place the week
of October 1-5. Students were
busy making posters, passing
out post-its, making t-shirts,
and passing out candy during
Boil water notice for
A boil water notice is still
in effect for the Okeechobee
Freshman Campus, 610
S.W Second Ave. Officials of
Okeechobee Utility Authority
urge that drinking and cooking
water be brought to a rolling
boil for one minute. It is hoped
that the ban may be lifted by
Monday. For more information
call 763-3239, 467-1599 or 763-
Monday, Oct. 15: The theme
for the day is "Rescue the
Wardrobe." Students should
wear mixed match clothes. At
lunch the games of the day will
be "Pin the Cape on Bubba"
and "Help Rescue your Class."
The "Pin the Cape on Bubba"
game involves taping a cape
onto a picture of Bubba the
Brahman bull. The class with
the most people able to tape
the cape in the right position
wins -and once again, the class
water jugs will be available for
Florida Wildlife Rescue Ser-
vice of Okeechobee is currently
providing rescue, pick up and
transport of sick, injured, or-
phaned or otherwise impaired
Anyone who finds a wild
animal in need of help is en-
couraged to give us a call. A
volunteer transporter, licensed
by the Florida Fish & Wildlife
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.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: 13.23 feet
) Source: South
I T- District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.
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Impact fees help pay for growth
By Eric Kopp
Part 2 of 2
"Florida has reached its tip-
ping point. We can't continue
what we're doing in the next five
to 10 years without serious rami-
That statement came from
Vivian Young, communications
director for 100 Friends of Flori-
da, about the anticipated explo-
sion of growth and development
around the state.
Ms. Young's non-profit group
released a study entitled "Florida
2060: A Population Distribution
Scenario for the State of Florida"
which states that if current trends
continue the amount of urban-
ized land in the state will double
by the year 2060.
The study predicts that rough-
ly 7 million additional acres of
Florida land -- or almost another
20 percent of the state's land --
will be converted from rural to
urban uses. This includes about
2.7 million acres of agricultural
lands and another 2.7 million
acres of natural habitat.
This study was prepared by
the University of Florida's Geo-
The study also states that
more than 2 million acres within
1 mile of existing conservation
lands will be converted to an
urban use and that the counties
predicted to undergo the most
dramatic transformation, in or-
der, are: Glades, Hardee, DeSoto,
Hendry, Osceola, Baker, Flagler
and Santa Rosa.
Also, many areas in the state
will be "built out" by the year
2060, or before.
In essence, the term build out
means there is no land left to
build on or develop.
If growth is allowed to contin-
ue uncontrolled, it is anticipated
that the state's population will
go from 17,872,295 in 2005 to
35,814,574 in 2060.
"The big debate, statewide,
is: how do you cover the cost of
growth," said Charles Pattison,
1000 Friends of Florida president.
"We know a lot more today than
we did 50 years ago, as to what
growth costs us. As long as you
set up the correct foundation, an
impact fee is the way to go."
Legally, he said, a developer
can be required to pay every
penny of the impact their devel-
opment creates. All that's need-
ed is an ordinance to show how
it is calculated.
"You can't charge a devel-
oper more than their impact,"
explained Mr. Pattison. "You can
have impact fees for the sheriff,
Get ready: Team up and walk for the cure
Walkers cross the starting line in Flagler Park in last year's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Local teams walk to fight breast cancer
By Pete Gawda
It's time to lace up your
walking shoes and take a walk
for a good cause. One of the
activities promoted by the
American Cancer Society dur-
ing the month of October is
an event called Making Strides
Against Breast Cancer. The five
kilometer, 3.1 mile walk, will
be held Saturday, October 20.
Teams with a minimum of two
people will be participating in
the fundraiser which has no
registration fee or fundraising
Teams can register on Oct
16 from 5 to 6 pm. at the Amer-
ican Cancer Society Office, 217
S.W Park St. Otherwise; they
can register on the morning of
the 20th beginning at 8 a.m. in
Flagler Park. The walk begins
at 9 a. m.
The walkers will start at Fla-
gler Park and make their way
around the course which runs
south on Parrott Avenue then
through the residential section
in the southwest part of town
back to Flagler Park and re-
There will be three wa-
ter stations along the route
manned by volunteers includ-
ing high school students and
Girl Scouts. The seven markers
along the route will be spon-
sored by local businesses.
There will something new
this year according to Carrie
Hughes of the American Can-
cer Society. There will be a
Garden of Hope which will be
a special area where people
can leave messages of hope for
survivors of the fight against
cancer and messages of re-
membrance for casualties. "It's
going to be fantastic." said Ms.
Hughes. The garden will be
prepared by the professional
landscape service of Paradise
Land Services, LLC.
Based on last year's count,
registrations to date, and pro-
jected registrations, about 400
people and 19 teams will be
participating. Officials are hop-
ing to raise $38,000, which
would be $6,000 more than
last year's total of $32,000.
According to the Ameri-
can Cancer Society's website,
Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer is the organization's
premier event to raise aware-
ness and funds to fight breast
cancer. Since 1993, 3.5 mil-
lion walkers nationwide have
raised more and $230 million.
In 2006 alone, 450,000 walker
across the country collected
The Tyners were builders
By MaryAnn Morris
Mrs. Reta Sparkman Tyner
still lives in Basinger, just a short
way from her birthplace.
"I was born in a log cabin
just' over there in 1926," she
said. "I'm 81 now. This house
I've lived in for 55 years."
Looking around her bright,
cheerful house, you can see
that it is a reflection of family,
family, family. Picture after pic-
ture show her children, grand-
children and her husband,
Edward Dowe Tyner. ("Every-
one called him Dowe," she
told me.) She is a widow, but
has lively memories about her
years as a mother and wife.
"I had nine children, but two
died, so I raised seven. They
kept me busy," She smiles, re-
membering. "I remember Dad-
dy would go hunt 'gators up on
the prairie before they drained
A series about Florida's
pioneers and history
it all. Mama would fix us a big
dinner to take and we'd go up
with him. There was almost
nothing up there back then.
Daddy would sell the gator
hides. There weren't any hunt-
ing regulations then.
"A lot of different people had
that prairie land up, there. There
was the Hucksher Foundation,
Dowe was their game warden
for awhile - they didn't want
any hunting on their land, and
S & M Farms. I think they were
the ones who grew tomatoes
and a man named Priest had
it for awhile and Viking, of
course. I remember a man by
the name of Griffin had a ranch
up there, too.
"The Brethern Church has
been here for a long time. It
used to be two stories and it
was the only church around
here. Ray Lantz, Bobby Lantz's
daddy preached. Then, they
built the Church of God and
the Baptist Church. Before
that," she said, "they used to
have church every fifth Sunday,
when Brother Dunklin came.
He was a little, bitty man. He
would stop and pray with you
anytime he met you. When he
came, we'd have church over
at Miss Alice Sloane's on her
"When Edward and I got
married, we lived in a cottage
See Tyners - Page 2
more than $40 million to help
fight beast cancer.
Making Strides is your op-
portunity to honor breast can-
cer survivors, educate women
about breast cancer prevention
and early detection and raise
funds, and awareness to help
achieve a day when no one
will have to hear the words
"You have breast cancer".
The American Cancer So-
ciety has a presence in more
than 3,400 communities across
the country and is the only or-
ganization available 24 hours a
day, seven days week to help
people touched by cancer.
For more information call,
467-2376, ext. 115.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda
may be reached at
drainage -- almost any kind of
service. Nothing is inappropri-
And this is exactly what coun-
ties such as Glades, Hendry and
Okeechobee are doing. All have
impact fees put in place that have
the developer pay 100 percent of
George Long, county admin-
istrator in Okeechobee County,
said the developer will not only
be required to pay 100 percent
of the costs, they will also have
to pay a portion of the costs for
off-site improvements -- such as
road construction -- through im-
See Impact - Page 2
By Hope Yen
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -
House Democratic leaders said
Sunday they were working to
gather votes to override a veto
on a popular children's health
program, but pledged to find a
way to cover millions without
insurance should their effort
At the same time, the White
House sought to chide the
gress as the obstructionists in
reauthorizing the State Chil-
dren's Health Insurance Pro-
gram. It said Democrats were
the ones who had shown un-
willingness to compromise.
President Bush is "more
than willing to work with
members of both parties from
both Houses," deputy press
secretary Tony Fratto said.
In talk show interviews,
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ma-
jority Leader Steny Hoyer did
not dispute claims by Repub-
lican leaders that the GOP will
have enough votes to sustain
Bush's veto when the House
holds its override vote on
Pelosi and Hoyer promised
to pass another bipartisan bill
"Isn't that sad for America's
children?" said Pelosi, D-Calif.,
when asked about the GOP's
assurances the override vote
will fail. "It doesn't mean we
aren't working hard through-
out the country: governors,
mayors, people who deal with
children on a regular basis.
"We'll try very hard to
override it. But one thing's for
sure: We won't rest until those
See Democrats - Page 2
Up in Basinger, the first area to be settled in what is now,
Okeechobee County, Mrs. Reta Sparkman Tyner lives in the
house her husband, Dowe built 55 years ago, in 1952. Her
grandparents' house was "just a short way up 700-A. She is
81 years old.
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More attacks on free expression in the Americas
By Laura Wides Munoz
AP Hispanic Affairs Writer
MIAMI (AP) - At least 13 em-
ployees of media organizations
were killed in the Americas and
two disappeared in the last six
months, according to prelimi-
nary reports presented Sunday by
members of a press association
that promotes free expression in
The Inter American Press As-
sociation said press freedoms are
increasingly under attack in the
Western Hemisphere, especially
in countries such as Venezuela
Mexico, meanwhile, has be-
come one of the most dangerous
countries in the hemisphere for
journalists, said Gonzalo Marro-
quin, head of the IAPA's commit-
tee on press freedom, during the
group's 63rd General Assembly in
"The situation is not improv-
ing in general. We are seeing that
in some countries it is becoming
considerably worse," Marroquin
Final reports will be issued
Some advances have been
made. The U.S. House and Sen-
ate Judiciary committees have
approved bills that would shield
reporters from being forced to
reveal their sources in federal
court. Argentina's Supreme Court
ruled a local government could
not withdraw advertising from a
newspaper simply because of its
critical coverage. The Mexican
senate decriminalized libel and
defamation on a federal level.
But in Mexico, three journal-
ists and three delivery workers
were killed, the IAPA reported.
Two other reporters disappeared.
Journalists in Brazil, Colombia,
El Salvador, Haiti, Paraguay, Peru
and the United States also were
killed. Originally, the IAPA put the
number at eight.
In the U.S., Oakland Post Edi-
tor Chauncey Bailey was gunned
down during his morning walk in
August by a man who police said
told authorities he was concerned
about Bailey's investigation into
the finances of his employer.
U.S. newspapers cited con-
cern over a federal judge's or-
der that five journalists identify
government sources who told
them a scientist was a suspect in
a series of 2001 anthrax attacks.
And they reported the continued
detention of Associated Press
photographer Bilal Hussein, who
has been held in Iraq by the U.S.
military since 2006 but has never
The longest and most passion-
ate discussion focused on Vene-
zuela, where representatives said
the government of Hugo Chavez
is slowly muzzling any media
outlet critical of the government.
Venezuelan newspapers re-
ported nearly thirty incidents of
politically motivated attacks or
lawsuits against journalists there
in the last six months.
of the cost of the development
through impact fees.
"Depending on what they
Continued From Page 1 build, it is $8,000 for a single-
pact fees. family home," said Larry Hilton,
"Park space, for example, if deputy county manager for com-
its needed to create a park space munity development.
we would expect them to pay 100 He said costs are calculated on
percent of the park space," said a square-foot basis and were put
Mr. Long. "If turn lanes have to be in place to keep the financial bur-
constructed to facilitate residents den off of taxpayers.
--getting in and out of the develop- Vince Cautero, planning and
ment, they should 100 percent of development director for Hen-
the cost." dry County, said even though the
Mr. Long said fees will be developer pays 100 percent of
based on the type of project. In the cost there is still some costs
the case of a road project, the de- passed on to taxpayers.
veloper would pay approximately-"You always have residuals
25 percent of the cost. Other from developments -- such as
funds would be used to pay for health care, for an example," he
the remainder of the cost, such as said. "The impact fee will defray
the 5-cent gas tax that was recent- the cost of the development but
ly approved by the Okeechobee there is always residual effects to
County Board of County Commis- the taxpayers."
+ sioners. Mr. Cautero said Hendry Coun-
He went on to say that law ty currently has seven impact fees
enforcement, expanded facili- - roads, schools, law enforce-
ties and a portion of the planned ment, public buildings, fire/EMS,
communications . improvement libraries and parks/recreation.
for the county will be paid for in In expectation of the popula-
part by impact fees. There is also tion boom in Hendry County, Mr.
an impact fee for fire protection Cautero said the county projects
in the county. This fee will also be that most of the growth will be in
used for an additional fire station Clewiston.
and half of the communication "Some may be annexed in,"
system. he added. "LaBelle has been very
"In this case, impact fees will aggressive in its anenxation is-
pay for 25 to 30 percent of those sues."
improvements," said Mr. Long. Even though his county is ex-
He added that some of the pected to swell from 39,000 to
costs will be paid for by fire as- almost 80,000 by 2060, he feels
sessments. there will still be some rural areas
In Glades County; developers in Hendry County.
will also have to pay 100 percent "I think there will be pockets
Continued From Page 1
10 million children have health
care," she said in an interview
Hoyer, D-Md., declined to pre-
dict Thursday's vote.
"This is a defining moment for
the Republican Party, in my opin-
ion," Hoyer said, before adding
later: The program is "not going
to die. We're going to go back
and we're going to pass another
House Democrats scheduled
the vote after Bush earlier this
month vetoed legislation that
would increase spending for the
SCHIP by $35 billion over five
years. Bush has called for a $5 bil-
An override requires a two-
thirds majority in the House and
Senate. The Senate approved the
increase by a veto-proof margin,
Continued From Page 1
just over there," she indicates the
direction of her birthplace with a
tip of her head.
"Edward did a lot of different
things. He worked over in Fort
Pierce at a McCarty Groves for
two years, and other places doing
construction and running heavy
equipment. Then we tame back
to Okeechobee and he worked for
Markham Brothers cannery. Then
he bought his own truck and took
a job with Smith and Reynolds,
the company that built the dike.
After that, for Oscar Clemmons
in construction, operating heavy
"He decided to get him a saw-
mill. He cut lumber and built pal-
but the earlier House vote fell
about two dozen votes short.
The program provides health
insurance to children in families
with incomes too great for Med-
icaid eligibility but not enough
to afford private insurance. Bush
has said the bill is too costly. The
president now says he might be
willing, to provide more than $5
billion originally offered but that
the current proposal shifts too
much insurance burden onto the
government rather than private
On Sunday, House Minor-
ity Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio,
said he hopes that Democrats will
agree to negotiate once the veto
is sustained so that the children's
insurance program can be reau-
"We will have the votes to sus-
tain the president's veto," Boeh-
ner said. "And I think the differ-
ences are resolvable, but we're
standing on our principle that
lets. This house is built from lum-
ber he cut.
"It's an interesting house. Two
large tree trunks help support
the north wall and in the center,
under the main beam is a huge,
polished tree trunk that seems to
bring the outdoors in.
"Well, he had that tree trunk
setting out in the yard when he
was building this place," she said
by way of explanation. "He was
Jose Ocanto, editor of the daily
El Impulso, told the AP he is still
battling legal and civil defama-
tion cases stemming from a four-
year old story on public corrup-
tion. After a court initially ruled
in his favor, Ocanto was chased
through the courthouse by pro-
testers and his car was set on fire,
he said. In December, a military
official threatened to kill him if
he did not reveal the name of a
photographer who took a picture
of the official's daughter carrying
his weapon, Ocanto said.
"I am worried because in this
hemisphere, there is a lack of
awareness of what is happening.
Other countries think we are ex-
aggerating the situation," he said.
Venezuelan IAPA members
also complained their govern-
ment delays imports of newsprint
for certain newspapers.
"Without the paper, there is no
newspaper. Without independent
newspapers, there is no freedom
of expression," said David Natera
Febres, editor of a paper in the
eastern city of Guayana.
The association has singled
out Venezuela for allegedly pres-
suring hotels to deny space for
the organization's semiannual
meeting next March, as well as
refusing to renew the broadcast-
ing license for the nation's largest
opposition TV station, effectively
forcing it off public airwaves. The
IAPAwas awarding its Grand Prize
for Press Freedom to the station's
president Sunday evening.
of rural, where housing develop-
ment is mixed with commercial,"
he said. "We're trying to promote
compact development, have
mixed uses and more creative
types of development."
In Glades County, Mr. Hilton
said he wasn't concerned about
growth getting out of hand. It is
projected that the population in
Glades County will increase from
11,000 in 2005 to almost 18,000 in
"I think most of it will be in
western Glades County," he said.
"Small towns can't be more than
3,000 acres and we may end up
with three or four of those, but
they won't be able to expand."
However, when looking at
developments like The Grove in
Okeechobee County, Mr. Long is
concerned about the future of his.
The Grove is a project slated
for the northeastern portion of
the county that is anticipated to
have up to 15,000 housing units
on approximately 5,760 acres.
The development is slated to be,
for the most part, self-sufficient.
And with the size of the de-
velopment and other projected
growth, Mr. Long fears that
Okeechobee County will be
among the many counties in Flor-
ida that will build out.
"I think it's certainly possible,"
he said. "That's why it's particu-
larly important that the commu-
nity paint the picture of what they
want the build out to look like as
soon as possible. If their vision of
the future isn't accurately painted,
poor kids ought to come first."
"Most people don't want gov-
ernment-run health insurance,"
he added. "Republicans are work-
ing on a plan that will provide
access to all Americans to high-
quality health insurance, make
sure that we increase the quality
of health insurance that we have
Last week, Pelosi said Demo-
crats were making some progress
and hoped to "peel off about 14
votes" to override the veto. Re-
publicans such as Sen. Charles
Grassley of Iowa and Orrin Hatch
of Utah, who sided with Demo-
crats on the vetoed bill, also were
working to sway wavering House
On Sunday, Pelosi did not com-
ment on the predicted vote tally.
"We'll take one step at a time.
And, again, we'll maintain our bi-
partisanship and our fiscal sound-
ness," she said. "And we'll talk
to the president at the right time,
going to clean it off and make it
into a square post.
"But I said to him, why don't
you just put it in like that? You al-
ready have two half trunks over
"So I have a tree in the middle
of my living room."
The tree, like the rest of the
room is full of memorabilia, years
of presents from family during a
long well-lived life and loads of
In a Saturday statement, Ven-
ezuela Information Minister Wil-
lian Lara called the allegation
regarding the hotels a "new ag-
gression" by the press group and
denied his government had pres-
sured any hotel chain to reject it.
He said the members of the
IAPA censor news that is con-
trary to their interests and have
converted their newspapers, ra-
dio and television stations and
Internet sites into propaganda
machines to defame the govern-
IAPA members said the situ-
ation in Cuba has changed little
in the 14 months since President
Fidel Castro turned over power to
his brother. At least 27 indepen-
dent reporters are jailed. Relatives
of two of those reporters urged
the association not to forget the
restrictions in Cuba amid grow-
ing concerns over freedom of the
press in other countries.
In the case of Colombia, Hum-
berto Castello, the executive edi-
tor of The Miami Herald's Spanish
language sister paper, denounced
President Alvaro Uribe for accus-
ing the paper's stringer of report-
Journalist Gonzalo Guillen
was already receiving death
threats before Uribe's statement.
Following the president's accu-
sation - which the paper main-
tains is unfounded - Colombian
authorities rescinded protection
of Guillen, and he was forced to
flee the country.
and regulations aren't developed,
the very things that are valued
most will be lost."
He went on to -say growth
must be controlled and regulated
so that it preserves what is best
for the community.
"Nobody wants to see 700'
miles of single-family homes, but
it's conceivable," he said. "Open
spaces must be preserved as
much as possible. The build-out
picture still has to be painted,
but the community has to decide
what it wants to look like at build
The population of Okeechobee
County is expected to increase
from 38,491 in 2005 to 61,292 in
2060. However, that figure does
not include The Grove, which
may well add over 30,000 people
to that total.
This is one reason why Mr. Pat-'
tison said people and local gov-
ernments may have to just say no
to new developments.
"People must make sure new
towns pay for themselves or that
rural areas are set aside," he said.
"Local government has all the
authority in the world to say no,
which seems to be harder and
harder to do these days. It's up to
the local government to decide."
If all the maps dealing with
projected growth across the state
become a reality it will have a
major negative effect on the state,
said Mr. Pattison.
"For the first time, after seeing
these maps, people really do be-
lieve you can ruin this state with
growth," he said.
when he makes an overture to do
so, but not an overture that says,
'This is the only thing I'm going
Fratto said it was untrue that
Bush had never sought compro-
mise in the vetoed legislation,
contending that Democrats had
shut out administration officials in
the original negotiations. House
Democrats have countered that
they had already compromised
enough because they wanted
$50 billion for the program but
dropped it down to $35 billion to
appease Senate Republicans..
"It is encouraging that Speaker
Pelosi has expressed a willingness
to find common ground," Fratto
Pelosi spoke on ABC's "This
Week," and Hoyer and Boehner
appeared on "Fox News Sunday."
"He bought two dozerss and
other heavy earth-moving equip-
ment and we started our own
business. One of the original 'doz-
ers sits right over there," she said.
"He built a lot of the roads up on
the prairie for Viking.
Mrs. Tyner recalls her child-
hood in Basinger, too, but that's
MaryAnn Morris can be contacted at
Agri-civic center open for riding
The Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., is
open for recreational riding the first and third Tuesdays of each
month from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Barrels and poles are available.
The cost is $10 per person. Rules, waiver and release forms are
available at the Okeechobee County Board of County Commission-
er's office, 304 N.W. Second St., and the county extension office at
458 U.S. 78 N. Persons 18 years of age and younger are required to
For information, call (863) 763-1666 or (863) 697-9977.
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.
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It's a bird, it's a plane ... it's Homecoming Week!
By Steven Williams
Okeechobee High School's
annual Homecoming week blast-
ed off Oct. 12 and 13 with the
Powder Puff football game and
Homecoming dance. The theme
for this year's festivities is "Brah-
mans to the Rescue," a super-
hero theme. The festivities will
continue through Oct. 19 with
the Homecoming football game
This week will also be Spirit
Week at OHS with various dress-
up days planned as opportuni-
ties for students to express their
The other Homecoming events
scheduled include the bonfire
and pep rally on Oct. 18, starting
at 7 p.m. The gates will open for
students at 5:30 p.m. that night.
Students will need to have pur-
chased a ticket for $2. The cost
of the tickets will help the school
pay for the clean-up of the bon-
The Homecoming parade will
be held on Friday, Oct. 19, start-
ing at 3 p.m. Float attendants
should report to their designated
spots starting at 11 a.m. The pa-
rade will run from U-Save on 441
North to State Road 70 West, end-
ing at the Cooler drive-thru. The
parade will include floats from
various school organizations such
as the bowling team and Blazing
The Homecbming football
game will be held Friday, Oct. 19,
with pre-game festivities sched-
uled to start at 7 p.m. The Home-
coming Queen and King will
also be crowned during halftime
at the game. A 10-year reunion
reception is also scheduled for
Friday and will be held at O.H.S.
from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Activities are also planned dur-
ing the student's lunch period and
include sub eating contests and
pie throwing. Each class will par-
ticipate to earn points that could
eventually give them the title of
Most Spirited Class.
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Okeechobee High School students cheered at the pep rally before the Powder Puff football game on Friday.
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to carry ID cards
By Dylan Hughes
Students will be adding a new
accessory to their school ward-
robe this year with the implemen-'
tation of student IDs..Students will
be required to wear them at all
times while on school grounds,
according to school administra-
"The primary (purpose) of
ID cards is safety and [sense of]
community," said Assistant Princi-
pal Sean Downing.
Each student will be issued
one ID with a purple lanyard to
wear around their neck. The lan-
yard should help keep students
from losing the IDs once they
have been given one. Students
will have to purchase another ID
from the school library if their
original one becomes lost, or
damaged, according to school
"I love them!" Dean of Stu-
dents Gena Davis said. "And we all
know that times are changing and
we never know who's going to be
on campus. We want everyone
to be safe." Davis loves that's she
will be able to know everyone's
Although students may not ini-
tially love the idea of sporting IDs
around their necks, wearing them
could have a few perks. For start-
ers they should make the lunch
lines move faster, according to
school administration. Students
will be able to have their cards
scanned to pay for lunch instead
of fumbling for money.
"Having the card will speed
things up," said Davis.
Another perk fot wearing the
card includes discounted admis-
sion to home football games and
sporting events. Students who
wear their IDs to the games will
have their ticket discounted $1.00,
according to Davis. The adminis-
tration has also implemented ad-
ditional perks in the form of early
release to lunch and random 15
minute breaks between classes.
Consequences for not wear-
ing the IDs include In School
Suspension and not being able to
participate in the rewards the ad-
ministration gives periodically for
wearing the IDs, according to As-
sistant Principal Sean Downing.
Monday, Oct. 15
Start of Homecoming Spirit Week
"Rescue the Wardrobe" Mix-
Tuesday, Oct. 16
"Kid Colt vs. Magua" Cowboys
and Indians Day
Wednesday, Oct. 17
Thursday, Oct. 18
A League of Friends Day
Sophomores: Past/Nostalgic Dress
Juniors: Future/Futuristic Dress
Wood Haul Day
Bonfire and Pep Rally 7:p.m.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19
Homecoming Parade 3 p.m.
Teacher Work Day-Students have
10-year Reunion Reception 5:30-
Homecoming Football Game vs.
Westwood 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 22
Girls Basketball Tryouts
Wednesday, Oct. 24th
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Sophomore Austin Willard organizes canned goods for the
NHS food drive.
OHS holds annual
canned food drive
By Ana Toledo
Cupboards are being emptied
and cans are piling up all over
Okeechobee High School as stu-
dents gather canned goods for
families in need. The idea was
suggested and is being sponsored
by the National Honor Society.
The canned goods will be
given to the organization, Food
for Families, sponsored by Raul-
erson Hospital. The food will
then be distributed throughout
Okeechobee County to families
"In the past, we haven't done
so well, [with the canned food
drive], so we're trying to encour-
age it this year," said NHS spon-
sor Wendy Reister.
That encouragement is partial-
ly coming from the point system
in place for Homecoming week.
The more canned goods each
class gets, the more points they
are awarded for the Homecom-
ing competition. The class with
the most canned goods will get
awarded 20 points; second place
will get 15 points and third will
get 10 points for the event.
Canned goods are being ac-
cepted until Oct. 18. Any student
or family interested in donating
should bring the canned goods
to O.H.S and drop them off with
their class representatives or stu-
Brenda Dickens teaches her 5th hour Language Arts class.
New teachers join
the OHS faculty
By Emily Dreher and
Over the summer, Okeechobee,
High School added 23 new faces
to their roster of faculty and staff.
Among the new faces,
some have traveled home to
Okeechobee from college, while
others have traveled from as far
away as Oregon.
One of the new faculty mem-
bers, Brenda Dickens, spent the
summer moving her family here
to Okeechobee from Klamath
Falls, Oregon. Dickens was visit-
ing her parents when she passed
by the high school and decided to
look up available job openings. A
few short months later, she was
hired as a Language Arts teacher.
Dickens came to Okeechobee
with multiple years of experience;
she was a teacher in Klamath Falls
for six years. During her six years
of teaching she taught English
and Social Studies. She spent four
years teaching English and Social
Studies to 7th and 8th graders.
The other two years she taught
9th and 10th graders English and
In addition to her teaching du-
ties, Dickens is also sponsoring
Student Council this year. Student
Council is involved in many activi-
ties around campus; their main
activities are this month during
"Sponsoring Student Council
was something I asked to do be-
cause it is a way for me to get to
know the students better," said
Many of the newly hired fac-
ulty have taken on extra respon-
sibilities to be involved with the
school. Clint Laflam was hired
over the summer to teach Cho-
rus, Jazz Band, Percussion, and
Guard. As if that wasn't enough
he also took over as Band Direc-
tor this year. Laflam is also among
5 new teachers who were former
students and returned to O.H.S as
teachers. Laflam attended O.H.S.
from 1997 to 2001 and was an ac-
tive member of the band. "When
"Okeechobee is so, so,
so, blessed to have these.
new faculty members +
working hard and doing
what is asked of them
to make the 2007-2008
school year the best it
- Deborah Gillis,
Band Director Clint Laflam.
I was told by Mrs. Wood that
she was leaving, I jumped at the
chance to come back home," said
Some qualifications the new
faculty needed to posses for hiring
status were teacher certification or
temporary certification, finished
courses, and enthusiastic and en-
ergetic personalities, according to
"Okeechobee is so, so, so,
blessed to have these new faculty
members working hard and doing
what is asked of them to make the
2007-2008 school year the best it
can be," said Assistant Principal
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STUDENTS: I am calling in regards to the football game held in
Fort Pierce at Lawnwood stadium regarding the OHS students. The
caller failed to mention that there were indeed some African Ameri-
can students present. The "Speak Out" indicated the white students,
Hispanic students and some Indian students and even some of the
good ole' country boys were showing school spirit. Well I would like
to recognize that there were also African American students there
who showed good leadership and school spirit.
FINES: In reference to the Brantley junk yard. He has been rep-
rimanded and fined for over 16 years, it's time this mess be straight-
ened out. It has been an eyesore to this community and the good ole'
boys have let him get away with it. What they finally gave him, was
just a slap on the hand, we think he should pay the complete fine, if
FIRE SAFETY: I am calling with a FYI for parents of children of
Seminole 'Elementary school. This week is fire safety week, where
the fire department visits the elementary schools and teaches about
fire safety. All of the elementary schools have had a visit this week,
with the exception of Seminole, for the first time in this program the
fire department was told no, because Seminole Elementary was too
busy, therefore your children didn't get fire safety education. If you are
outraged, and want to rectify the problem, call Seminole Elementary
School and ask them.
LOCK 7: Yes we were riding around down by the lake, by Lock 7
and somebody left two tires. They just left them there by a tree, after
all the people who got out there and worked and cleaned it up. Then
somebody has to come along and mess it up. It's to bad we don't
know who it was, so that we could take those tires and put them in
their yard. Please go get your tires and get rid of them yourself instead
of down here at the lake. Throw them in the garbage or take them to
RESPONSIBILITY: Regarding insurance and accidents, at some
point and time you will be held accountable for your actions and or
result from your actions. Hopefully it will all work out and not be-
come anymore complex or uncomfortable for either-of you. Maybe
you should try walking a mile in the other person's shoes, then start
talking about responsibility.
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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.
Veterans 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 email@example.com; or, Lou Rausch at (772) 359-6541, or,
Greyrider firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds from the event will go to the
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Explorer Post #400.
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Letters to the Editor
Thank you Pat Cooper for
standing up for what you believe,
to go against the gay/Straight Alli-
ance in the school system.
I personally am sick and tired
of folks in this country who bend
over backwards to accommodate
every single fad, whim, and group
that comes across.
Thank you for having the good
ole' American back bone to draw
the line in the sand, on what you
Thank you for having the cour-
age to say "NO." And the stamina
to follow through you will need
it to persist in what is good and
true. To fight for what is right for
our precious children.
Thank you for having the mor-
al and sound beliefs and carrying
them through in your profession.
I, as a parent of four gradu-
ated children, believe this group
and anything like it has no place
on our campus. What would
their agenda be? What is their
purpose? To sway others to their
way? GOD forbid!
Of course, we love the stu-
dents, all students, but it is their
ways we do not like, pretend to
like, or want to be like.
If, my children were still in the
school system and this issue were
present I would not be happy and
can assure you the school board
would know how I feel.
To the attorneys in this case: If
your child were being subjected
to this on school grounds, how
would you then fight?
Isn't it sad to think of how
much time, effort and money will
be spent on this subject? But, we
must or lose the battle.
Closing thoughts: America
spent quite a bit of attention to
the Brittany Spears/Madonna
kiss. Why? Because it is outra-
geous. It is against the norm. Brit-
tany could have kissed a guy and
not too much been said. But, she
kissed another female.
Okeechobee School is not
ready for anything that remotely
duplicates this act.
EQIP application deadline is Nov. 13
By Audrey Driggers
Okeechobee Soil and Water
The U.S. Department of Ag-
riculture's Natural Resources
Conservation Service has a con-
servation program that can help
farmers and ranchers pay for con-
servation practices that prevent
erosion, improve water quality,
and provide habitat for wildlife.
The Environmental Quality In-
centives Program (EQIP) is a key
program under the 2002 Farm
Bill that provides federal cost-
share funds to working farms and
ranches for conservation improve-
ments. The 2008 EQIP application
period will remain open until Nov.
ments and cost-
share funds to
tural and live-
to implement con-
servation practices. It promotes
agricultural production and envi-
ronmental quality as compatible
goals. Like all NRCS programs,
participation is voluntary.
It is extremely important for
producers to note that the ap-
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 meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys singing
is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an appearance,
contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S. 98 N.
Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business meeting. The
dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in September. For informa-
tion, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For information call (863)
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the pub-
lic. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863) 763-8999.
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in Basinger
on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren Church on
700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W..Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index arid
military information available. For information, call Robert Massey at (863)
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how to
see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through extensive.
Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614
for information. Some of the proceeds Will go towards Big Lake Mission's
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, con-
tact Douglas Chiropractic Center at. (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For in-
formation, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member
is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to
life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old
time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Dr.
Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
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 meeting.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then from 6:30 until
8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or someone just to care
are welcome. For information call the hot line (863) 801-9201 or (863)
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another group
meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W. Ninth
Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facilitator. There is
another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator.
For information, call (863) 763-2893.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings each
month at the American Legion Post #64,501 S.E. Second St., at 7:30 p.m.
They are always looking for new people and new ideas. For information,
call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or 610-9176.
N.A. 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)
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of the month
to help and encourage women who have been diagnosed with cancer.
The meeting will be held at the American Red Cross office at 323 N.
Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For information, call Janet Topp at
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.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet for
a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger Civic
Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-2285.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call Robert Massey at (863)
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412 N.W.
Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
plication deadline for the 2008
Program Year is November 13.
The early deadline is a continu-
ing effort to improve the funding
process. The accelerated program
cut-off date will allow producers
time to complete practices during
the first years of their contracts.
The earlier application deadline
date will also help accommodate
field work in preparation for fall
The accelerated process makes
early contact with the NRCS staff
more important than ever. NRCS
would encourage our farmers
and ranchers to come in and visit
with our local field staff now. We
know that producers that get in
early have more time to resolve
certain program or land eligibility
As with all NRCS programs,
EQIP is a voluntary program that
is intended to yield high quality,
productive soils; clean and abun-
dant water; healthy plant and
animal communities; clean air;
an adequate energy supply; and
working farms and ranchlands.
For more information on the
2008 EQIP program, contact your
local NRCS District Conservation-
ist by calling (863) 763-3619 Ext.
Domestic Violence awareness discussed
Cheryl Kirby, President, Domestic Violence Task Force, office of
the State Attorney, 19th Judicial Circuit, will be on WWFR 91.7 FM
and 100.3 FM to talk about the Domestic Violence Summit, slated
for October 16 at the Port Saint Lucie Community Center. October
is National Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Main Street plans monthly mixer
Okeechobee Abstract and Title Insurance Company and Qual-
ity Air Conditioning will host the Okeechobee Main Street Monthly
Mixer on Wednesday Oct. 17 from 5:30 to 8 pm. They will be cel-
ebrating and showing our support for Okeechobee High School's
upcoming Homecoming. Attendee's are encouraged to wear pur-
ple and gold! The Mixer will feature the mega 50/50, door prizes
and light refreshments. The public is invited.
Join us at Quality Air Conditioning's new facility located at 5351
SW 16th Avenue. For more information please contact Program
Manager Karen Hanawalt at 863-357-MAIN (6246).
Calling all Brahman supporters
Okeechobee High School homecoming is rapidly approaching.
The school has extended an invitation to the business communi-
ty and local supporters to participate in their homecoming week
festivities by decorating your businesses and homes in purple and
gold. To extend the "Purple Wave" the school is encouraging every-
one to wear purple and gold on Friday, Oct. 19. The school will be
honoring the returning classes of 1998, 1988, 1978, 1968 and 1958
and all O.H.S. graduates. Homecoming week activities that the stu-
dents will be participating in will be listed in the newspaper. Keep
a watch for them.
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.
Orchid Club to meet
On Monday, Oct.22 at 7 p.m. Orchid Club will meet at the Coop-
erative Extension Office, 458 Highway 98 N. The club will hold an
organizational meeting to elect officers so that activities and speak-
ers may be planned. Bring ideas for speakers and topics. Harry
Hoffner of Hoffner Orchids will be available to answer any ques-
tions on your orchids. If you have a problem orchid, bring it in for
Harry to diagnose. For more information please call Angela at the
Cooperative Extension Office: (863) 763-6469.
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
4-H Club to clean saddles
The Bits n' Spurs 4-H Club will have a saddle cleaning fundraiser
on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. until noon at Eli's Trailer Sales,
908 N.W. Park St. Club members will clean and oil saddles under
the supervision of adult volunteers. Money raised will be used to
finance club activities and programs. Those who can't bring their
saddles to Eli's Trailer Sales on Oct. 27 can make arrangements to
drop off the saddles in advance. If you have several saddles to be
cleaned, the club may also make arrangements to pick them up.
For more information, contact Paula Daniel at (863) 763-8185.
Two-day motorcycle rally planned
A motorcycle rally will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday,
Nov. 11, at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70
E., beginning at 9 a.m. each day. The inaugural event is being spon-
sored by the Florida Gang Investigators Association (FGIA) and
will feature a burn out pit, tug-o-war and donut eating contest for
adults. There will also be events for children that include a bounce
house, wildlife area and face painting. There will also be live music,
as well as food and prize giveaways. Tickets are $5 in advance each,
and $1 p each at the gate on the day of the event. Children under the
age of 12 will be admitted free. The purpose of the two-day event is
to help educate youngsters about the dangers of joining a criminal
street gang and to raise money for the FGIA that will be used to
educate kids about the dangers of joining a gang. For information,
tickets or to sign up a team to compete in one of the adult contests,
contact either Detective Sergeant Brad Stark or Michele Bell at the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, (863) 763-3117. Tickets can
also be purchased at Style Studio, 1600 S.R. 70 E., and Syble's Flow-
ers, 119 S. Parrott Ave.
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Worms in the grass may be trouble for the lawn
By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Last week's gardening column
on the Yellow-necked caterpil-
lar that is chewing up local oaks
has opened up a "can of worms."
Our Master Gardeners have been
crawling with all kinds of caterpil-
lar calls in the past week.
Today's column will talk about
one of these critters that came
from a local lawn. This one is
worth worrying about, as it's that
time of year to be dealing with
turf caterpillars too. Identifica-
tion is very important, as we have
had a few others creepy crawlies
in our local Florida Yards that are
not a problem. And the decision
on what if anything to do depends
on whom they are.
From Grass to Frass
One of last week's office visi-
tors brought in a container filled
with a bunch of caterpillars col-
lected from his lawn. They were
generally tan in color, but had
some thin stripes of color running
the length of their 2 inch long.
bodies. A close look at their eyes
showed they were striped too!
Our visitor said they have reduced
a part of his lawn to a pile of
frasss" -- the polite word for what
these insects leave behind.
The identification stumped
me at first. I've seen and heard of
caterpillars that can consume our
Florida Lawns, but had not seen
these worms. When disturbed,
they had an inchworm-like habit:
"they are kind of loopy," I said
- and that prompted Angela to
suggest that maybe they are some
kind of looper.
Boy was she right! A little
searching around and she nailed it
- these crawlies are called Striped
Grass Loopers, one of three com-
mon caterpillars that can chomp
down a lawn. Alachua County
Horticulture Agent Wendy Wilber
reports that besides this striped
grass looper, two other lawn cat-
erpillars active at this time of year
are tropical sod webworms and
fall armyworms. These caterpil-
lars all develop into moths, but
you normally don't notice the
adults unless you are having a se-
This insect has a wide range,
and is known across the south-
ern tier of the US, throughout the
Caribbean and Central Americas
and even South American coun-
tries of the Pacific coast. The spe-
cies that we deal with is known to
entomologists as Mocis latipes.
Loopers can be distinguished
from fall armyworms by the pres-
ence of many fine lines on its
head and two pairs of abdominal
"prolegs". The adult moths are an
unremarkable tan brown color
with very few markings on their
wings. The adults migrate from
south Florida to north Florida in
midsummer where the eggs are
laid and these larval caterpillars
pupate in spindle-shaped co-
coons that are fastened to grass
UF Turfgrass specialist Eileen
Buss has done some research
on these three turf caterpillars.
She finds that the application of
water-soluble, inorganic nitro-
gen fertilizers cause rapid grass
leaf growth and this increases
the chance of lawn caterpillar
problems. Female moths that are
ready to lay eggs are attracted to
the lush succulent leaf growth. So
lay off the high nitrogen fertilizers
if you want to reduce the chances
that your lawn becomes lunch for
Looking for trouble
To get a sense for how bad an
infestation is before your lawn
completely disappears, moni-
tor for the caterpillars. Look for
chewed leaves and follow-up the
search with a soil drench. Drench
the soil with a soap solution of
two tablespoons of dishwash-
ing soap in two gallons of water;
pour this solution over a square
yard of grass and watch for pests
crawling out of the soil and on to
the grass blades.
If you are able to identify as
few as three loopers or army-
worms per square foot, it's time
to take corrective action. For
the tropical sod webworms, the
threshold is much higher - wait
to treat until levels are as many as
10 to 20 tropical sod webworms
per square foot.
There are many beneficial in-
sects that feed on these caterpil-
lars. Dr. Ron Cave, a Bio-Control
expert at the UF Research Center
in Ft. Pierce, found that in Hon-
duras there are as many as 31
different kinds of predators and
parasites that can consume this
species. There are not as many as
that here, but ants, ground bee-
tles, rove beetles and wasps can
all eat these lawn-munching cat-
erpillars. Bottom-line: try to use
pesticides as a last resort, and use
the least toxic method first.
If you catch the caterpillars
when they are still young, a prod-
uct containing Bacillus thuringi-
ensis or "Bt" will work. Some
trade names for products with
this material are Dipel, Thuricide
or Safer's Caterpillar killer. If the
problem is ongoing, you will need
to spot treat with an insecticide
like Scott's MaxGard or Sevin. In-
secticide use should be ideally
timed for about two weeks after
peak moth activity noted, and is
most effective in the early evening
when larvae begin feeding.
Baker County CED Mike Sweat
also says these are a problem in
pastures. The striped grass looper
damage is similar to the chew-
ing on forages done by fall ar-
myworm. And like the fall army-
worm, female moths prefer to lay
their eggs on tender new growth.
Population studies have found
that some kinds of pasture grass-
es are favored by the loopers, so
get with us for the research re-
sults if these insects are affecting
your business of growing pasture
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page,
you need additional information
on the Striped Grass Looper or
other turf caterpillars, please email
us at email@example.com or
call us at 863-763-6469. Local resi-
dents can stop by our office at 458
Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee,
and visit our Okeechobee County
Master Gardeners from 1 to 3 PM
on Tuesday afternoons. GO GA-
MEOW-B H 5I.IStudents in third through fifth grade (back row-left to right) RJ Tedders, Ryan Daniel, Mi-
Submitted photos/ Shelby Schutt chael Daniel, Taylor Pearce, Jesse Olney (middle row-left to right) Paul Jackson, Clay Rog-
South Elementary School Student Council was announced on Friday, Oct. 5, with (left to ers, CJ Sheffield, Brittany Milrot, Isabelle Sheldon, Kayla Simpson, Catrina "Nikki" Nichols,
right) Vice President Isabelle Sheldon; Treasurer Ryan Daniel; and President Taylor Pearce (front row-left to right) Zack Whittier, Bailey Kirton, Riylie Norton and (not pictured) Kevin
winning their respective offices. Kevin Hawthorne (not pictured) was elected secretary. Hawthorne ran for Student Council office at South Elementary School during the week of
They were voted into office by students in third through fifth grade. . Oct. 1.
South Elementary Student Council elections are in
Students at South Elementary
School were geared up for a busy
week. Student Council elections
took place the week of October
1-5. Students were busy mak-
ing posters, passing out post-its,
making t-shirts, and passing out
candy during election week. Stu-
dents also presented speeches to
the student body by utilizing the
morning news WSEE presented
by Mrs. Lois Davino and the
school news team. Students in
third through fifth grade are eli-
gible to run for positions for the
Only students in fifth grade
may run for President.
Student Council winners were
announced Friday, Oct. 5.
The Student Council president
is Taylor Pearce; Vice President,
Isabelle Sheldon; Treasurer, Ryan
Daniel; and Secretary, Kevin
Student Council sponsors
many activities and fundraisers
throughout the school year. Stu-
dent Council members help to
organize many events through-
out the school year such as Red
Ribbon Week, Food For Families,
and March Of Dimes.
The Student Council is spon-
sored by SES Music Teacher, Ms.
Submitted Photo/ Shelby Schutt
Vote for me
Fifth grade students (left to right) Brittany Milrot and CJ
Sheffield sporting T-shirts that say "Vote For Me" anxious-
ly await the results for President on Friday, Oct. 5.
Church to Unmask
The First Baptist Church of
Okeechobee would like to wel-
come all families with children,
fifth grade and under to Heroes
Unmasked, a no-fear fall festi-
val Bible adventure at the R.O.C.
(Recreation Outreach Center),
310 S.W. Fifth Ave., on Wednes-
day, Oct..31 from 6 until 8 p.m.
There will be costumed bible he-
roes, carnival games, food, candy
and more. For information call the
Church office at (863) 763-2171.
VFW Post 4423 plans
The new Men's Auxiliary of the
North VFW Post #4423, 300 N.W
34"' St., will host a Halloween Par-
ty on Wednesday, Oct. 31. There
will be a costume contest with
the judging taking place around 9
p.m. There will be prizes for best
costume and also for the most
original (creative) costume. Deb-
bie Collins will be hosting kara-
oke and dancing from 6 until 10
p.m. The public is invited. If you
are not a member, please sign at
the front door as a guest. If you
have any questions, call the Post
at (863) 763-0818.
Donations sought for
Okeechobee Main Street, along
with the City of Okeechobee and
Okeechobee .County, will host
the third annual Halloween Fes-
tival in Flagler Park on Wednes-
day Oct. 31, from 6 until 8:30
p.m. This free event will feature
fun and games for children of
all ages. Donations of candy and
treats from the community are
needed. Drop off locations are:
WOKC; Bass Funeral Home, 205
N.E. Second St.; Sherwin Wil-
liams, 820 E.N. Park St.; Seacoast
National Bank (north and south
locations); American Red Cross,
323 N. Parrott Ave.; City Hall,
55 S.E. Third Ave.; Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, 504 N.W.
Fourth St.; Beef 0' Brady's, 608 S.
Parrott Ave.; Gizmo's Pizza, 3235
U.S. 441 S.E.; Syble's Florist and
Gifts, 119 S. Parrott Ave.; Acci-
dent Law Offices of Philip DeBe-
rard, 114 N. Parrott Ave.; Y Drive
Thru, intersection of S.R. 70 and
S.R. 710; First Bank and Trust of
Indian Town 205 East North Park
Street and the Main Street office,
111 N.E. Second St. For informa-
tion about the festival or to get
involved with the event, please
contact Karen Hanawalt at 863-
Trick or treat for
Girl Scouts will be collecting
used eyewear for people in devel-
oping countries on Oct. 31, 2007
(Halloween). They would like to
invite your child to trick or treat
for used eyewear on Sight Night
and at all elementary schools this
month. Trick or treat Sight Night
is for special volunteers across
North America. The eyewear col-
le4ted by volunteers on sight night
will be cleaned, repaired, classi-
fied by prescription and hand de-
livered to people who need eye-
wear in developing countries. For
information please contact Kay
Mathis at (863) 462-5000 Ext. 268
or (863) 763-4631.
We want your news
Is your club, organization,
school or business planning a
holiday event? Add your news to
this column. Email information
To reach even more community
members, post your news online
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Class of '98 reunion is
ready for Homecoming
The reunion will be held Friday,
Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20.
The event will begin Friday
with the Homecoming Parade
where participants who wish to
ride on the spirit float should meet
at 2:15 near U-Save.
Friday after the parade the class
of '98 will meet at the high school
auditorium for more fes-
ing the pre-
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coming game is scheduled to be-
gin at 7:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee
High School football stadium.
Saturday, Oct. 20, there will
be a family day gathering at the
Basinger Community Center at 11
a.m. until 1 p.m. which is located
at the corner of US Highway 98
and Micco Bluff Road -approxi-
mately 28 miles SE of Sebring and
approximately 25 miles north of
Okeechobee on the east side of
the Kissimmee River.
Food will be catered by Brad
Gibson. The slide show and vid-
eos from various events in high
school will be shown.
Saturday night the adults will
gather at the American Legion,
501 S.E. Second St., for additional
social time with a DJ, catered
food, drinks and fun.
The cost for the weekend is
$20 per adult. Please RSVP to ohs-
firstname.lastname@example.org. For addi-
tional information contact Robert
Frost at (352) 494-3606 orAmanda
Surles Baker at (863) 634-4908.
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Zack for Vice President
Third Grader Zack Whittier proudly displays his poster.
Zack ran for Vice President at South Elementary School.
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Okeechobee News, Monday, October 15, 2007 7
At the Movies Blondie
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Oct. 12,
through Thursday, Oct. 18, are as
Theatre I -"Game Plan" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "Heartbreak Kid"
(R) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre III - "Mr. Woodcock"
(PG-13) 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
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)
By The Associated Press
Today is Monday, Oct. 15, the
288th day of 2007. There are 77
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On Oct. 15, 1917, Dutch danc-
er Mata Hari, convicted of spying
for the Germans, was executed
by a French firing squad outside
On this date:
In 1860, 11-year-old Grace
Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote
a letter to presidential candidate
Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he
could improve his appearance by
growing a beard.
In 1914, the Clayton Antitrust
Act was signed into law by Presi-
dent Woodrow Wilson.
In 1928, the German dirigible
Graf Zeppelin landed in Lakehu-
rst, N.J., completing its first com-
mercial flight across the Atlantic.
In 1937, the Ernest Heming-
way novel "To Have and Have
Not" was first published.
; In 1945, the former premier of
Vichy, France, Pierre Laval, was
executed for treason.
In 1964, it was announced that
Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev
had been removed from office.
In 1969, peace demonstrators
staged activities across the coun-
try, including a candlelight march
around the White House, as part
of a moratorium against the Viet-
In 1976, in the first debate of
its kind between vice-presiden-
tial nominees, Democrat Walter
F. Mondale and Republican Bob
Dole faced off in Houston.
In '2003, 11 people were
killed when a Staten Island ferry
slammed into a maintenance pier.
(The ferry's pilot, who'd blacked
out at the controls, later pleaded
guilty to manslaughter.)
Ten years ago: British Royal
Air Force pilot Andy Green twice
drove a jet-powered car in the
Nevada desert faster than the
speed of sound, officially shat-
tering the world's land-speed re-
cord. NASA's plutonium-powered
Cassini spacecraft rocketed flaw-
lessly toward Saturn.
Five years ago: ImClone
Systems founder Sam Waksal
pleaded guilty in New York in the
biotech company's insider trad-
ing scandal. (He was later sen-
tenced to more than seven years
in prison.) Iraqis turned out for a
national referendum on whether
Saddam Hussein should remain
their president for another seven
years; Saddam won with a report-
ed 100 percent of the votes cast.
Today's Birthdays: Jazz mu-
sician Freddy Cole is 76. Singer
Barry McGuire is 72. Actress Linda
Lavin is 70. Actress-director Pen-
ny Marshall is 65. Rock musician
Don Stevenson (Moby Grape) is
65. Singer-musician Richard Car-
penter is 61. Actor Victor Baner-
jee is 61. Tennis player Roscoe
Tanner is 56. Singer Tito Jackson
is 54. Actor Jere Burns is 53. Ac-
tress Tanya Roberts is 52. Britain's
Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson,
is 48. Chef Emeril Lagasse is 48.
Rock musician Mark Reznicek
is 45. Actor Dominic West is 38.
Singer Eric Benet is 37. Rhythm-
and-blues singer Ginuwine is 37.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Keyshia
Cole is 26. Actor Vincent Martella
("Everybody Hates Chris") is 15.
Thought for Today: "Do
what you can, with what you
have, where you are." -- Theo-
dore Roosevelt, 26th president of
the United States (1858-1919).
Wizard of Id
The Last Word in Astrology
By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19): Travel,
if you must, in order to sign a deal.
Someone may pay off a debt owed you.
Money is in the stars but don't spend it
all at once.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don't
listen to a fast-talker feeding you a line
about an investment. Play it safe where
money matters are concerned. Chances
are good that someone older or young-
er in your family will lean on you today.
Love is on the rise.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You may
feel as if you are in the eye of the storm
today. Take a step back and watch ev-
erything unfold. You can do your best
work after the dust settles. Let your intu-
ition lead you and refuse to make rash
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): Work
may get you down but it's of utmost im-
portance that you get things finished on
time. Someone you meet will turn you
on to something that you will enjoy do-
ing. A new hobby or activity will rejuve-
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If you don't
overspend or overindulge, you will
gain ground. Someone from your past
is likely to surface - proceed with
caution but don't run away. You have
something to learn that will help you put
a doubt to rest.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You have
to pace yourself if you want to get
ahead. Problems at home may leave
you feeling vulnerable. Take precau-
tions but don't hide out. It's better to
resolve matters while they are fresh.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Try to do
things that will not break your bank-
book. You should begin a new project
or get involved in activities that will
stimulate you mentally, physically and
emotionally. A change in scenery will
do you good.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Busi-
ness problems will occur if you have
trusted someone you should have
avoided. Be a quick-change artist and
you should be able to outsmart anyone
trying to pull a fast one on you. Don't
hesitate to make a move or manipulate
*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
Don't get so wrapped up in what ev-
eryone else is doing that you neglect
your responsibilities. You won't be able
to relax with the changes taking place.
Keeping up with everyone may be more
difficult than you expect.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Don't let your desire for something put
you in an awkward financial position.
If you can't pay outright, wait until you
can. Health issues may arise if you've
let yourself get rundown. Take a little
time out for yourself.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You
know what you have to do to get what
you want but don't do so at the expense
of someone else. Meddling or getting
involved in something you shouldn't will
not bring the results you expect. Concen-
trate on being productive and helpful.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Chanc-
es are good that you will miss out on in-
formation you require in order to excel.
Travel and communication will be dicey,
causing mishaps and misunderstand-
ings. Don't overreact.
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with a gih
*DEAR ABBY: I have been
married three times. The first
time we were both too young.
My second marriage was a stupid
mistake. Now I have a wonderful
husband, but I feel like something
is missing in our relationship.
The biggest problem we seem
to have is sex. He is a normal
male who wants to make love to
his wife. Then there is me, never
wanting sex. There's a six-year
age difference between us - he's
I had a hysterectomy seven
years ago. Since then, my doctor
and I have been working togeth-
er to get me back in the groove.
Nothing has worked. It has driven
a wedge into our marriage.
I turned to my girlfriend for
advice and comfort through all of
this arguing. Our friendship has
grown, and I now find myself in-
volved in a passionate sexual re-.
lationship with her. My husband
has no idea about this. Have I just
totally complicated my life, or
have I found what has been miss-
ing? - Confused In Illinois
DEAR CONFUSED: If you're
honest with yourself, I think you
already know the answer to that
question. Your friendship with
your girlfriend did not start out as
sexual, but rather evolved from
a deep emotional connection.
Look at the bright side. At least
you finally understand what has
*DEAR ABBY: I manage a
small professional firm. It's a fam-
ily-operated business, and one of
my relatives, "Suzy," helps out by
ordering our office supplies.
Suzy and I haven't had the
best relationship in the past, but
things have been good for the last
For reasons unknown to me,
Suzy began ordering microwave
popcorn as an "office supply." Of
course, the employees think this
is wonderful. However, I am a
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little bothered - not only by the
fact that she has unilaterally de-
cided that food products are "of-
fice supplies" (we're a law firm)
but because I feel popcorn is very
unprofessional food. The minute
anyone walks into the office, the
smell of popcorn wafts by. To me,
this does not project a profession-
al image to clients.
I feel I need to do something
about this, but I know for certain
that coming from me, this will of-
fend Suzy given our history. She
doesn't actually work in the office
and has no understanding of of-
fice etiquette. Am I overreacting
to the popcorn smell? Or is this
truly unprofessional? I need a
second opinion before I create
any conflict. (By the way, I'm
willing to offer some other treat
in lieu of popcorn.) - Believes
In Decorum, Eugene, Ore.
DEAR BELIEVES IN DECO-
RUM: If you would be willing to.
substitute some other treat and
call it an "office supply," your
problem isn't the category the
popcorn was placed in. It's with
Suzy, for not having asked you
first if it was permissible.
Many larger law firms than
yours allow employees to snack
on microwave popcorn, and it
does not offend their clientele.
(It may offend the neighbors if
it's left in the microwave too long
and the smoke alarms go off,
however.) I doubt the clientele
think twice about it - as long as
they're offered a share.
Unless you want to be the
most unpopular person in the
office, my advice is to let this go.
Only if your bosses complain
should you make an issue of it.
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Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Services Offered 425
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
License # 2423
JACK'S TOP SOIL
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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
Fence Posts, Metal Gates &
Water Troughs. Var sizes.
Priced individually or as
HORSE TRAILER - 4 horse
Sooner, alum, dressing rm &
rear tack, like new, bumper
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For More Inf6rmation
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Business Places 910
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
APARTMENT FOR RENT
Very clean, 11 miles N. of
$590/mo. 1st & security. No
pets. Call only M-F 9a-3p.
FURNISHED APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044
When you want something
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Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 11/2 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.
OKEECHOBEE- Newly remod-
eled effic. apt., turn., you pay
utilities, Prefer seasonal rent-
TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS:
1br/1 ba, partially furnished.
$650/mo, 1st & $800/Sec
For Details. 561-352-4243
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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.
BHR- 2/2, new CBS home,
ADA accessible, tile, boat
ramp, sea wall. Yr/Mo, lease
BRAND NEW, 3BR's/2BA's,
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
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.
DIXIE RANCH ACRES- 3ba,
2ba, Great/Rm, Carport.
HOUSE - 2/1 w/appl. & CA.
920 NW 4th St, $800/mo,
1st, last, & $500 sec dep.
OKEE., 2 Story, 3BR/2.5BA,
2 car garage, Blue Heron,
golf, waterfront. $1300.
OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 1.5ba,
w/den, has pole barn (spins)
on 1 1/3 acres, Pets OK,
$800/mo w/1st, last & sec.
or will sell $150,000. Call
863-885-1401 or 634-7723
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
OKEECHOBEE- 4br, 2ba, in
city limits, looking for re-
sponsible renters w/refs.
S.E. OKEE: 3 BR, 1 BA., CBS
Home. Annual lease. W&D,
$950 mo. 1st. & last sec.
S Great Location!
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Close proximity to new
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ROOMS FOR RENT
Mobile Home $125 -$150 wk
1 month sec in advance
No pets (561)927-8211
WATERFRONT, 2 BR, M.H.,
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Furn. or Unfurn., Long or
Short Term. 863-467-7528
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Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
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Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
BUILDING & LAND
7200 sq ft-
Metal building on 1 + acre of
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located on N. Industrial Loop,
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Call (863)675-4342 or
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NEW HOME ON YOUR LOT!
Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
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mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
OKEECHOBEE- 3/1, CBS, Re-
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Must sell now! Must see!
Flyers! 309 SW 10th Ave.
(863)357-0391 Appt. Only!
remodeled, 4br, 2 ba, plus
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$155,000 (863)824-6112 or
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
OKEE, 3.8 acres, vacant,
beautiful trees, well, septic.
Buildable for MH or SFR. Ask-
Mobile Home * Lots 2005
Mobile Home - Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes - Sale 2020
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
LABELLE, New 3BR/2BA dbl
wide, w/d, 2.5 acres, fenced,
owner mows, good credit,
d/w. $1100. (239)910-5115
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OCTOBER 15, 2007
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LARKEE LAKES- 2/1,
$600/mo $300 deposit. Call
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., 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.
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES - DW
Mobile, 3/2, furnished, C/A,
boat dock, adults only.
$900/mo. & 1st, last, & $500
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
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Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
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
TOY HAULER, '02, Forest Riv-
er, 24', new tires, new bat-
tery, $15,000 or best offer.
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
FORD F350 '86 - Car hauler,
18ft bed, wench, ramps, 400
eng granny 4 spd, custom
int. $3800 (863)357-1784
FORD F350, '99, Mark III Se-
ries, 7.3 diesel mtr., white,
crew cab, full cap, 130k mi.,
new tires, clean truck,
FORD PEOPLE MOVER 1998 -
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People say you can't have your cake and
eat it, too, and in most cases, that's probably
true. However, the financial services firm Ed-
ward Jones does a pretty good job of giving
its clients the best of both worlds -- up-to-the-
minute investment information and a person-
alized, face-to-face approach.
Visitors who aren't familiar with Edward
Jones, the largest financial services firm in the
United States in terms of offices, might be sur-
prised by a visit to the Okeechobee Edward
Jones office. That's because they won't find
an office full of stockbrokers with phones to
Instead, they'll probably find just one fi-
nancial advisor and one support person.
On closer inspection, they'll discover an un-
matched satellite system that allows these
individual financial advisors to keep in touch
with Wall Street and the floor in the New York
"That's what Edward Jones is all about,"
said Sharon Ming, an Edward Jones finan-
cial advisor in Okeechobee. "We go to those
communities across the nation where farm-
ers, ranchers, businesspeople and retirees
welcome one-on-one investment information
that might be difficult to get if Edward Jones
Ted Jones, son of the firm's namesake
and founder, originated the firm's branch-
office concept. He recognized early in his
sales career that people in rural areas have
money for which they, too, need advice.
What be couldn't have imagined, however, is
how easy technology would eventually make
it to deliver that advice.
In 1989, Edward Jones installed a $30 mil-
lion satellite network that relays data and vid-
Stamps sold at local businesses
Have you ever needed postage stamps but
just didn't have the time to go to the post of-
fice? There is a convenient way to get postage
stamps at post office prices.
Buy stamps when you visit these local
Okeechobee businesses: Circle K, Walgreens,
Publix and National City Bank.
To increase convenience for Okeechobee
residents, Postmaster Mark Pinson is look-
ing for some additional "First Class" business
partners to participate in the "Stamps on Con-
signment" program. Local businesses can in-
crease the bottom line through increased cus-
tomer traffic, with no upfront costs, by selling
stamps at post office prices. Businesses who
are interested should contact Postmaster
Mark Pinson at (863) 763-3616; or, visit www.
uspsstampstogo.com for more details.
In addition to Circle K, Walgreens, Publix
and National City Bank, Postmaster Pinson
would like to remind everyone that stamps
can be purchased online at www.usps.com,
by phone at 1-800-STAMP-24, and by mail
and fax by contacting the Okeechobee Post
Contact Postmaster Mark Pinson for more
INVITATION TO BID
CATTLE GRAZING LEASE AGREEMENT
The South Florida Water Management District will receive sealed bids through the
Procurement Office, 2nd Floor, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm
Beach. Florida, 33406, for the purpose of cattle grazing on two tracts of land con-
sisting of 305.321 acres, more or less, and 159.532 acres, more or less situated
in Okeechobee County, Florida on November 26, 2007 at 2:30 RM. local time, at
which time bids will be opened and publicly read.
A site visit will be held at the New Palm Dairy Ste located at 8419 SE 48th St.,
Okeechobee, Florida on October 29,2007 at 10:30 AM. All bids must conform
to the instructions in the Request for Bids and include a properly executed Bid
Form and Statement of Business Organization.
Solicitation documents will be available October 15, 2007 in the SFWMD Procure-
ment Office, at the above address, by calling (561) 687-6391. Interested bidders
may also call the 24-hour BID HOTLINE 800-472-5290. The public is invited to
attend the RFB.opening. information on the status of this solicitation can be
obtained at our web site - twwwsfwmo god . The solicitation can be downloaded
for the Oistrict web site: www.sfwmd.gov listed on the current solicitation calen-
dar. For more information, please contact Linda Greer, Contract Specialist al
CATTLE GRAZING LEASE:
Section 27; the East half of Section 28 and 33; and all of Section 34, all in
Township 37 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida.
That portion of Section 32 lying Southeasterly of the centerline of Nubbin Slough
and Nortlheasterly of State Road 710, and that portion of the West half ol Sec-
tion 33, lying Southeasterly of the centerline of Nubbin Slough and Northeast-
erly of State Road 710, all in Township 37 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee
A parcel of land lying in Section 4, Township 38 South, Range 36 East, Okeecho-
bee County, Florida, being described as follows:
From the Northeast corner of said Section 4, run West along the Township line a
distance of 26.89 chains to the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continue West
along said Township line a distance of 37.56 chains to a point that lies 68
links North of the centerline of State Road 85, thence South 53?02' East, ar-
alleling said State Road 85 a distance of 43.90 chains, thence North 0527'
East a distance of 26.52 chains to the POINT OF BEGINNING, Excepting State
Road 85 Right-of-Way therefrom.
Containing 2135.80 acres, more or less, per Okeechobee County Tax Roll.
243172 ON 10/15,22,29/07 ___________
eo among the branch offices, New York and
the firm's headquarters in St. Louis.
Edward Jones clients can place orders
and within 20 seconds know the price paid,
including commission. In addition, they can
access their Edward Jones securities and
money market accounts, as well as their ac-
counts with several leading mutual funds.
"I want my clients to know that just because I
know their names doesn't mean I don't know
what's happening on Wall Street right now,"
Sharon said. "They don't have to sacrifice per-
sonal service in order to get up-to-date invest-
Edward Jones provides financial services
for individual investors in the United States
and, through its affiliates, in Canada and the
United Kingdom. Every aspect of the firm's
business, from the types of investment op-
tions offered to the location of branch offices,
is designed to cater to individual investors in
the communities in which they live and work.
The firm's 10,000-plus financial advisors work
directly with more than 7 million clients to un-
derstand their personal goals -- from college
savings to retirement -- and create long-term
investment strategies that emphasize a well-
balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strate-
gy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of
building long-term, face-to-face relationships
with clients, helping them to understand and
make sense of the investment options avail-
Edward Jones is headquartered in St. Lou-
is. The Edward Jones interactive Web site is
located at www.edwardjones.com, and its
recruiting Web site is www.careers.edward-
Local club plans toy drive
The Just for TodayClub is doing a toy collection for the needy children 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 serving in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan or the Persian Gulf. The
Post is sponsoring Operation Shoebox and would like to send packages to active military per-
sonnel from Okeechobee. Please call (863) 697-2930, or e-mail Cheryl(Coacenterprises.com.
Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPL's Care to Share Program
in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share program is funded by Okeechobee's FPL custom-
ers 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. Proceeds
will go toward youth activities in our community.
Volunteers needed at skate park
Communities in Schools is in need of volunteers to help man the skate park during conces-
sion hours. Hours are available any day of the week. We will provide training and background
screenings. For information, contact Mike Davis, youth project director, at (863) 462-5863.
Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for membership. The mem-
bers of the volunteer council protect and advocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with
unique needs. Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local meetings
are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce. Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-
0825 for information; or, visit www.floridasac.org.
Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering parenting education class-
es for infants to age 3. All pregnant women and parents are encouraged to attend. Each partic-
ipant will receive a gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour classes. You
must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. We now have day and evening
classes available. No child care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.
Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services available at no charge to help
people in their search for the right employee or job. For more, visit their web site at www.
tcjobs.org; or, call (863) 462-5350.
CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol - United States Air Force Auxiliary has formed a CAP
unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Composite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior
members and cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18
are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit and provide supervision for
the cadets. The three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace
education and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to accomplish
these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior member contact Gene
O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.
Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money. Martha's House can
also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If you have any used cell phones to donate call
(863) 763-2893, or drop them off at their administrative office at 103 N.W. Fifth St.
10 SPORTS Okeechobee News, Monday, October 15, 2007
OCRA Rams 3-0
The OCRA Rams took down their competition in the Cowboys by defeating them 27-13 at
their rematch on Thursday, Oct. 11.
At 4-3, Miami's season on the brink
By Tim Reynolds
AP Sports Writer
CORAL GABLES (AP) -_ The.
promise was first made in spring
practice, when the Miami Hurri-
canes insisted this year would go
differently than 2006. That vow
kept coming throughout the off-
season, into training camp and
even the early portion of the regu-
Sure enough, this year isn't
It might be worse.
At this point last season, the
Hurricanes were 5-2 with realis-
tic hopes of winning the Atlantic
Coast Conference and playing in a
Bowl Championship Series game.
But two straight losses to ACC foes
have sent this year's Hurricanes
to 4-3, so Miami's title hopes are
mathematical only - and 2007's
toughest tests still await.
"I still think we can win - this
year," Miami coach Randy Shan-
non said Sunday. "We're 4-3. I
think we can win. I think we have
some tough games ahead of us
but I think we can win them if we
keep playing .hard. A break's go-
ing to come for us eventually if we
keep playing the way we are."
Saturday's 17-14 home loss
to Georgia Tech was the Hurri-
canes' seventh defeat in their last
13 games. Take away the 51-13
- debacle at Oklahoma earlier this
year, and the other six losses over
that stretch were by a combined
A play here or there, and those
games may have gone Miami's
'And to the Hurricanes, that's
the truly maddening part of this
"This team can't fall apart
now," linebacker Tavares Gooden
said. "I want this team to jell,
man. We're so good. We're so
close. We've got to win the close
ones. We're real close to doing
something special and we've got
to start it up now. We've got to
start that winning streak now."
That's easier said than done,
considering what the Hurricanes
have left on the schedule.
Miami (4-3, 1-2) visits Florida
State (4-2, 1-2) on Saturday, look-
ing to beat the Seminoles for the
first time in three seasons. It's
always a huge rivalry game for
many reasons, notably recruiting
and bragging rights.
But this year, the loser might
be in a struggle just to get the six
wins required for bowl eligibility.
"No matter what can be said
to the players or what we speak
amongst each other, as a group
we have to go out and execute
whatever the coaches tell us to
do," wide receiver Darnell Jen-
kins said. "Everything has basi-
cally been said, from screaming
at the top of your lungs to pulling
someone aside. We have to focus.
We just have to look at next week
and look at Florida State."
After the trip to Tallahassee,
Miami gets its bye week to pre-
pare for what's shaping up as a
brutal November. The Hurricanes
host North Carolina State (Nov.
3) and ACC Coastal co-leader
Virginia (Nov. 10, the final game
Miami is scheduled to ever play
at the Orange Bowl). The regu-
lar season then ends with trips
to Virginia Tech and Boston Col-
lege, perhaps the ACC's two best
teams this season.
Combined record of Miami's
first seven opponents so far: 18-
Combined record to date of
the five Miami has left to play:
"Coach Shannon is a real good
coach. He knows how to motivate
us. He knows how to get us back
to where we need to be," safety
Willie Cooper said. "So we won't
be going into the tank. This team
is not like that. We've got a win-
If they really do have that men-
tality, it's about to get tested.
"We've got to keep fighting,"
Notes:@ DT Dwayne Hen-
dricks will be out for at least sev-
eral weeks. He suffered a serious
lower-leg injury in Saturday's
loss. ... The Hurricanes also may
be without WR Lance Leggett,
who has been slowed by a recur-
ring foot problem, for the Florida
State game. ... LB Colin McCarthy
(concussion) has been cleared to
play against the Seminoles.
Browns start fast to beat Miami 41-31
By Rusty Miller
AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) - The
Cleveland Browns built an early
lead and held on for a 41-31 win
Sunday that handed the Miami
Dolphins a franchise-record ninth
The Browns (3-3) scored on
three of their first four posses-
sions to go up 17-3 before Leigh
Bodden intercepted a Cleo Lem-
on pass and quarterback Derek
Anderson turned it into a 24-yard
touchdown throw to Braylon Ed-
wards on the very next play.
After the Dolphins (0-6) pulled
within 27-24 in the third quarter,
Anderson threw his second and
third TD passes of the game to
Edwards to put it out of reach.
Now Cleveland can go into
its bye week with some peace of
mind. After taking the week off,
the Browns play at St. Louis in
two weeks with a chance to go
over .500 - a rare treat for this
Now it's Miami fans who are
hurting. The Dolphins, who fin-
ished last year with three losses,
snapped the team mark of eight
consecutive losses set during the
1967 season. Cam Cameron re-
mained winless as an NFL head
coach. It was also the sixth road
loss in a row for the Dolphins.
They were hamstrung without
starting quarterback Trent Green,
sidelined by a concussion suf-
fered in last week's loss at Hous-
ton. Filling in for him was Lemon,
who passed for two scores to tight
end David Martin and ran for two
more in his second career start.
Ap Photo/Tony Dejak
Cleveland Browns' Kamerion Wimbley (95) sacks Miami
Dolphins quarterback Cleo Lemon (17) for a six-yard loss in
the first quarter in an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, in
Ronnie Brown added 101
yards on 19 carries to rack up his
fourth consecutive game with
more than 100 yards, becoming
just the second Dolphin to pull
off that feat. Ricky Williams holds
the record of five straight, set in
The Browns were also miss-
ing a marquee name on offense.
Running back Jamal Lewis, 10th
in the league in rushing, sat out
with a sprained right foot. His
subs were more than adequate,
with Jason Wright rushing for
59 yards and a touchdown on 20
carries and Jerome Harrison add-
ing 57 yards on eight carries. Har-
rison had totaled 60 yards in his
previous 11 NFL games.
Law could change for athletic programs
TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Volun-
teer coaches participating in youth
athletic leagues would be re-
quired to have their backgrounds
screened under a bill proposed for
next spring's legislative session.
State Sen. Jeremy Ring is spon-
soring a bill requiring fingerprints
of sports coaches to be checked
by the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement. Within five days of
being placed with a team, a coach
would have to submit background
information and a set of finger-
prints to the "sanctioning author-
ity" of a league, which would for-
ward them to the FDLE.
"We've got a serious loophole
that has to be closed, a very seri-
ous problem that the Legislature
has to address," said Ring, D-Mar-
gate. "We don't do background
checks with people who work
with our children every day. It's
Ring said Rep. Joe Gibbons,
D-Hallandale Beach, will co-spon-
sor the bill in the house during the
regular session of the Legislature
The bill would also require
sponsoring organizations to annu-
ally certify that all of their coaches
have been screened, or are in
the process of being screened. It
would be a misdemeanor, pun-
ishable by up to a year in jail, for
a coach to falsify his background
Ring sponsored the same bill
last year, but it died in committees
without a hearing.
Sharon Berrian of the Florida
League of Cities said the cost
might cause problems for finan-
cially strapped cities and force
them to cut back on sports and
The FDLE estimates that it
would run about 2,500 more fin-
gerprint checks each -year, at a
cost of $15.25 per volunteer, but
that's on top of other screening
costs, like verifying Social Security
Numbers, tracking past addresses
and other data.
Pat Plocek, recreation director
for Leon County, estimated that
adding fingerprints to the back-
ground check would quadruple
the cost to about $80 per person.
"It probably reduces the num-
ber of people willing to volunteer,"
Plocek said. "I'm not sure all vol-
unteers want their fingerprints on
file, for perfectly innocent reasons
Sports News in Brief
OHS Brahmans will take on
Westwood Friday night, October
19, at the Brahman Football sta-
dium. Pre-game festivities will be-
gin at 7 p.m. Be there!
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 Lec-
ture Hall, for all parents of girls in
grades three through high school
who are interested in trying out.
For information, go to_www.bi-
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.
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)
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528, 2002 S.R. 78 W,
on the second Thursday of each
Tournaments are held the fol-
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New member boaters and
non-boaters (especially) are wel-
For information, call Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.
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
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