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Vol. 98 No. 289 Tuesday, October 16, 2007 504 Plus tax
55 S.E. Third St.
Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.
Court upholds double
An appeals court has upheld
an Okeechobee man's claim of
double jeopardy in connection
with his arrest in 2004 and has
vacated one of the life sentenc-
es he was sentenced to serve.
An 18-year-old Okeechobee
man has been booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under
felony charges that include hav-
ing drugs and a handgun in his
The boil water notice issued
last week by the Okeechobee
Utility Authority has been lifted.
For more information call 763-
3239, 467-1599 or 763-9460.
seeks new members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee
is seeking new members to be-
come involved in the Auxiliary's
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed
of men and women who active-
ly support recreational boating
safety and other Coast Guard
The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safety sup-
port to sate and local authori-
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications,
piloting/navigation, weather or
search and rescue.
For information; call (863)
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: 13.23 feet
given in feet
above sea level.
Men get life in robbery case
By Eric Kopp
Two young men will be
spending the rest of their lives in
prison by order of Judge Sher-
wood Bauer Monday afternoon.
Willie Lewis Hullett, 26, and
Ricky Bernard Young, 26, were
convicted Sept. 26 for the beat-
ing and robbery of Jason Clark
who, at the time of the robbery,
was a pizza deliveryman for
Mr. Clark, who suffered a frac-
tured eye socket, fractured jaw
and bruised ribs, was robbed
as he waited for his wife after
his car had broken down. After
beating Mr. Clark, Hullett and
Young stole $110 and a box of
chicken wings from him.
In addressing Young -- the
man who actually struck Mr.
Clark -- Judge Bauer said this
crime more personal than most.
"This was hand to hand,
face to face," the judge said to
Following the beating, Mr.
Clark's mouth was wired shut
for a month.
Judge Bauer looked at the
slightly built young man in the
orange jail jumpsuit and said
Halloween: Spiders, witches, and festivities, oh my!
Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Spiders have taken over Main Street in anticipation of the upcoming Halloween fes-
tivities. If you are suffering from arachnophobia (fear of spiders), beware of the large
purple spiders hovering overhead.
Be careful of what you eat. There is a rumor that witches have fallen into their caul-
drons while cooking up magic potions.
Young had a plan and a com-
plete indifference toward Mr.
"There was a plan here -- 'I'm
going to beat the hell out of a guy
if we need to and take something
from him' -- with complete indif-
fence to him (Mr. Clark) and his
life," said Judge Bauer to Young.
"The only way I can ensure that
this doesn't happen again is to
impose a harsh sentence."
Judge Bauer then issued
Young a life sentence on the
charge of robbery with a deadly
weapon and a life sentence on
the charge of burglary of a con-
veyance while armed. He also
received 15 years for his convic-
tion on a charge of aggravated
battery. All sentences are to run
Hullett, who stood near Mr.
Clark and ate a chicken wing as
the victim played on the ground
bleeding, was convicted of the
came charges as Young. He was
also charged with resisting arrest
See Robbery - Page 2
By Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee City Coun-
cil will meet on Tuesday, Oct.
16, where they will consider the
request for a workshop with
the Planning Board concerning
the review of the proposed sign
The council will also con-
sider the introduction of sti-
pends for city staff and a bid
for bunker gear for the City Fire
The sign ordinance was not
given a recommendation at
the September Planning Board
meeting. They chose alterna-
If you go
Okeechobee City Council
City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.
Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m.
tively to request a joint work-
shop between the City Coun-
cil and the Planning Board in
order to allow both entities to
reach an agreement to what
they are looking for in a sign
ordinance and where the pres-
ent ordinance needs work.
The Planning Board was
See Council - Page 2
By David Royse
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Vot-
ers would be asked to ap-
prove a wide-ranging plan to
lower property taxes under a
proposed ballot measure ap-
proved Monday by a House
The plan passed by the
House Government Efficiency
and Accountability Council
would double how much value
is exempt from non-school tax-
es for many homeowners and
provide tax breaks for people
who move. It also would give
new tax relief to people who
buy their first home, among
The Senate Finance and Tax
Committee was also working
on the proposal, but wasn't
expected to vote until Tuesday.
The full Legislature could vote
on the proposal as early as this
week, and if it passes, voters
would get the chance to ap-
prove the change on Jan. 29 in
the presidential primary.
The Legislature is in a spe-
cial session trying to craft a bal-
lot measure that would lower
property taxes, which many
homeowners have complained
See Tax - Page 2
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Arnold's Wildlife is set
for annual open house
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center, located at 14895
N.W. 30th Terrace, will host its
annual fall open house on Sat-
urday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. until
3 p.m. There will be something
for everyone, ranging from in-
teraction with the wildlife to
the enjoyment of freshly barbe-
cued chicken dinners.
In addition to viewing the
many varieties of wildlife living
at the Center, children will be
able to have their faces painted
and play in a bounce house.
Members of the Wild Bunch
4H Club will provide games
and prizes for the children.
There will be a multitude of
photo opportunities for camera
bugs in the animal areas and
the beautiful butterfly garden.
A video of the butterfly gar-
den, tee-shirts and calendars
will also be available during
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabili-
tation Center is a non-profit
rehabilitation center. "Our first
responsibility is to rehabilitat-
ing injured wildlife and return-
ing them back to nature," ex-
plained Sue Arnold, owner of
The Center is home to Af-
rican serval cats, Florida pan-
thers, bobcats, deer, owls, par-
rots, tortoises, monkeys and
other wild animals. It is also
the home of a one-half acre,
free-roaming butterfly garden.
The garden's residents include
many species of butterflies,
moths, bumblebees, hum-
mingbirds and other creatures.
The butterfly garden was
built on property that had once
been an old orange grove, de-
stroyed by Hurricanes Frances
See Wildlife - Page 2
Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Lily is a Florida panther and can be seen at Arnold's Wildlife
along with other animals and a beautiful butterfly garden.
to be on ballot
2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Everglades restoration projects aid rural economies
WEST PALM BEACH - Boost-
ing South Florida's economic
outlook is successfully proving to
be an added bonus of Everglades
restoration as employment and
business opportunities continue
to expand with the South Florida
Water Management District. The
District recently strengthened its
partnerships with workforce de-
velopment organizations, com-
munity colleges and non-profits
to train area workers and provide
the goods and services needed to
tackle $1.8 billionin Everglades
Two District initiatives, the
Small Business Enterprise pro-
gram and Workforce Training Ini-
tiative, are functioning in concert
to boost contract prospects for lo-
cal businesses in the Palm Beach,
Hendry, Lee, Martin and St. Lucie
county areas, while at the same
time increasing the availability of
skilled workers needed to oper-
ate bulldozers, drive dump trucks
and pour concrete. These efforts
are helping to expand contract
prospects for minority businesses
To date, more than $11 million
has been spent throughout Flor-
Continued From Page 1
without violence because he tried
to conceal his identity by giving
investigators a false name.
But even though the charges
were similar, Judge Bauer said
Hullett's case was different due
to his criminal background. Be-
cause of that background, Hullett
Continued From Page 1
not sure as to what direction the
council wanted to go with the or-
dinance and chose the workshop
format instead of sending the or-
dinance back and forth again.
The sign ordinance was origi-
nally being rewritten largely in
part due to issues that arose
with billboards in the city's cen-
tral business district, where they
were not allowed even with the
I The new ordinance would
completely eradicate billboards
in the city limits. While this was
the original goal and everyone
is in agreement with this policy,
there are still additional issues
-with the ordinance that seem to
be too restrictive-for the council's-
In unrelated business, the
council will hear from City Ad-
ministrator Brian Whitehall
concerning the introduction of
stipends for city staff. This issue
Continued From Page 1
have become a major problem,
particularly as property values
have ballooned in recent years.
Lawmakers had earlier agreed
on a proposal for the January bal-
lot, but that plan was scrapped by
a judge who ruled language de-
scribing what the measure would
have done was inaccurate.
So they're trying again this
The plan would continue the
popular Save Our Homes law,
which limits how much a home-
stead property's taxable value
can go up each year to 3 percent
or the rate of inflation, whichever
is lower, even if the actual value
of the property goes up much
But under the law, when peo-
ple move, their new house is as-
sessed at its true value, meaning
many homeowners can't afford
to move because their taxable
value could jump enormously.
The measure lawmakers
would be asking voters to ap-
prove would allow people to
take the limit with them to a new
The proposal also would in-
crease the homestead exemption.
That exemption currently makes
the first $25,000 of a home's value
Continued From Page 1
and Jeanne in 2004. It has since
become a favorite location for
photographers and nature lovers.
There is a $10 donation for
admission to the Open House
which includes the Center and
the butterfly garden. The cost of
the barbecued chicken dinners is
$7.00 per plate.
To get to the Center, go north
on 441 to N.W. 144th Drive and
turn left at the flashing light. Go
west two miles and follow the
ida on subcontractors and direct
purchases for restoration projects
-- approximately 75 percent of the
total service dollars -- with more
than $5 million spent within the
District's 16-county region. In the
immediate Pahokee, South Bay
, Belle Glade and Clewiston ar-
eas, approximately $2.2 million
has been spent to date. One ex-
ample is the purchase of vehicles
needed to support work on the
Everglades Agricultural Area Res-
ervoir project near South Bay .
More than 30 vehicles have been
purchased from Belle Glade area
"Everglades Restoration proj-
ects are bringing measurable
improvement to local economies
and the environment," said Dis-
trict Governing Board Member
Patrick Rooney. "It's a winning
To increase the availability of
qualified local workers, the Dis-
trict contracted with the Educa-
tion Center of Southwest Florida
and with Palm Beach Community
College to train and certify work-
was classified as a habitual felony
offender. And, said the judge,
since he had already served time
in prison he was a prison release
Since Hullett was a prison re-
lease re-offender Judge Bauer
said the man must be sentenced
to life in prison. He then pro-
nounced a life sentence on the
charge of robbery with a deadly
weapon and a life sentence for
was brought up to Mr. Whitehall
during the budget hearings due
to the fire union's requests for
The suggestion of the council
was for the administrator to for-
mulate stipends across the board
so that all employees of the city
would be treated equally when
obtaining education and/or certi-
fications above and beyond their
typical job duties.
According to a memorandum
by Mr. Whitehall, he obtained
information from department
heads and supervisory personnel
of the various certifications and
educatiofi/training items that are
possible for their department.
Initially, the thought had been
to limit the stipends they can
qualify for. That limit has been
lifted and instead a dollar limit is
being suggested to prevent the
employee from being deterred
from obtaining additional educa-
Management's purpose for the
stipends is two-fold: first to have
a better educated workforce; and
secondly to reward those em-
tax-exempt. Under the proposal,
the next $25,000 in value would
be taxed, but above that, $25,000
more in value would be exempt
from most local taxes. The ex-
ception would be school taxes,
which are being kept out of the
proposal because of fears that if it
meant a cut to education spend-
ing, voters might not pass it.
Estimates for how much prop-
erty owners would save under
the proposal depend on how
many of the various tax breaks
they might be eligible for. Dou-
bling the homestead exemption
would save homeowners an av-
eikage of $240 next year, accord-
ing to legislative estimates. Being
able to take the Save Our Homes
cap to a new home could provide
average savings of over $800 next
year. Those purchasing their first
home could save $500 on aver-
age just from the proposed break
for first-time buyers.
Some House members say the
proposal doesn't go far enough
to help homeowners or pull
Florida out of its sluggish hous-
ing market. But they said it was
a start and vowed to continue to
seek ways to bring down prop-
"This is the very minimal of
what we will accept," said Rep.
Frank Attkisson, R-Kissimmee
and the House committee's chair-
man. "We need to do more, and
Okeechobee News/ Lorna Jablonski
Many butterflies are seen at
the wildlife center.
signs to the Center. For informa-
tion call (863) 763-4630.
ers in heavy equipment operation
and construction trades.
The District has invested more
than $1.2 million in partnerships
with these two institutions. To
date, their training programs
have produced 131 construction
craft graduates and 130 heavy
equipment graduates. Depending
on experience and certifications,
construction graduates can earn
$12 to $35 an hour; heavy equip-
ment graduates can earn $12 to
$22 an hour.
To date, Southern Everglades
Restoration work has created
more than 250 jobs, and generat-
ed more than $5 million in payroll
to area residents.
To expand its vendor lists, the
District has certified more than
1,000 small businesses to work
on Everglades Restoration proj-
ects. Through the Small Busi-
ness Enterprise program, these
businesses are given additional
consideration when the District
solicits project bids and propos-
als. The list of certified businesses
burglary of a conveyance while
armed. He also gave Hullett a 30-
year sentence for his conviction
on the charge of aggravated bat-
On Aug. 7, 2002, Hullett was
sentenced to just over one year
in prison following his conviction
of dealing in stolen property. He
was released from prison Feb. 21,
On Jan. 20, 2004, Hullett was
ployees who step up.
The proposed limit is $130
per month per employee for ad-
Some examples of stipends in
the fire department are as follows:
$20 per month for instructor cer-
tification; $20 per month for fire
inspector certification; and $$20
per month for Urban Search and
Rescue Team certification.
An example of a potential sti-
pend in the public works depart-
ment is $20 per month for herbi-
cide application certification.
The police department could
potentially have the following sti-
pends: $20 per morinth for breath-
alyzer calibrator certification; $20
per month for instructor certifica-
tion in several areas; and $20 per
month for records management
Examples of City Hall employ-
ee stipends are: $20 for records
management; $20 for certified
municipal clerk; and $20 for busi-
ness tax certification.
All departments could also re-
ceive stipends for levels of college
degrees and/or Spanish fluency.
anybody who thinks this is going
to be the last vote by this House, I
think is poorly misinformed."
Local governments are squea-
mish about the plan, or down-
right opposed - mainly because
of a provision in the plan that
would limit the authority of local
governments, with the exception
of school districts, to increase
property tax rates.
Legislative estimates are that
the total package would cost lo-
cal governments just under $2
billion in 2008-09, rising to more
than $3 billion by 2012 for a four-
year loss of about $10.1 billion.
The Florida League of Cities
says local voters are better at de-
termining how much they should
pay in property taxes than state
lawmakers, because they know
what their local needs are. In ad-
dition to schools, property taxes
pay for local government ser-
vices, including police and fire
As with any tax cut proposal,
the trick is to find a way to lower
them without hurting people
with service cuts, said Sen. Steve
Geller, D-Cooper City, who op-
poses some parts of the plan and
"A lot of people seem to be
making local government the en-
emy," said Geller. "It is important
to protect the police, the firefight-
ers, the parks."
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is also made directly available to
large contractors seeking quali-
The Small Business Enterprise
program is heavily promoted at
the grassroots level through com-
munity resource groups, African-
American and Hispanic builder
and trade associations, ministe-
rial alliances, local governments,
chambers of commerce and
workforce resource centers.
In addition to the economic
benefits, Southern Everglades
Restoration projects will provide
more flood control and water
supply options, along with the
potential for public recreational
opportunities. Projects now un-
der way include three massive
aboveground reservoirs designed
to capture and store stormwater
runoff, providing an additional
water source to meet irrigation
and urban demands for water -
- after environmental needs are
met. For additional information
about Everglades Restoration
please visit the Comprehensive
Everglades Restoration Plan web-
site at www.evergladesplan.org.
convicted in an Indian River
courtroom on a charge of sale of
cocaine. He received a sentence
of two years, but was released
Feb. 6, 2005.
On July 21, 2005, he and
Young drove to Okeechobee from
Fort Pierce where they beat and
robbed Mr. Clark. And now Hul-
lett is on his way back to prison
for the rest of his life.
The total cost to the city for
employees who would currently
qualify for all the proposed sti-
pends if implemented with the
budget which began on Oct. 1,
would be $16,535.04. This is an
increase of $4,779.66 that would
be added to the budget due to
the existence of $11,755.38 of sti-
pends that are already in place in
the fire and police department.
The council will also consid-
* a bid for fire department
bunker gear for 12 sets of 32"
custom assault jacket with drag
rescue device and bib-style pants
with, suspenders.. Two bids \ere
received: $15,816 from Munici-
pal Equipment Co., LLC; and
$15,866.88 from Tem-8 Fire
Equipment Co., Inc.; and,
* the cancellation of three City
Council meetings on Tuesday,
Nov. 20, 2007; Tuesday, Dec. 18,
2007; and Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008,
due to the holidays.
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Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
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Ron Beasley, a battalion chief
for the Palm Beach County Fire
and Rescue service, said earlier
cuts already made by lawmakers
have forced departments to put
off hires they should be making
to keep up with growth.
"The majority of our depart-
ments statewide, I believe, have
gone to a pretty basic level of ser-
vice," Beasley said.
Another part of the plan would
give first-time homebuyers an ad-
ditional break above their normal
Other parts of the plan would:
* Exempt homesteaded prop-
erty owned by low-income se-
niors from all property taxes.
* Provide tax breaks for prop-
erty on working waterfronts, such
as land used for commercial fish-
ing operations and land that is
used as public waterfront access.
* Provide for tax' breaks on
certain affordable housing.
* Exempt up to $25,000 in
"personal, tangible property," an
exemption aimed at giving busi-
nesses a tax break. Such prop-
erty could include computers,
machinery and other high-value
items that would no longer be
taxable, potentially saving busi-
nesses millions in taxes.
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dan Farrington contributed to
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Agri-civic center open for riding
OKEECHOBEE -- 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
wear helmets. *
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.
The site provides the ability to perform a person or case search in a
variety of ways. Visit www.clerk.co.okeechobee.fl.us for the index
and progress dockets of Okeechobee County public record court
Questions should be directed to Sharon Robertson at www.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The wind will be from the
east at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 30 percent. - -
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of evening show-
ers and thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The wind
will be from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 20
Wednesday: Considerable cloudiness, with a chance of showers
and thunderstorms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The wind will
be from the north around 5 mph in the morning and early afternoon
becoming light. The chance of rain is 50 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of evening
showers and thunderstorms. The low will be around 70. The chance
of rain is 20 percent.
Thursday: Considerable cloudiness, with a chance of showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. The chance of rain
is 40 percent.
Thursday night: Considerable cloudiness, with a slight chance of
evening showers and thunderstorms. The low will be around 70.
The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Friday: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
The high will be around 90. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of evening show-
ers and thunderstorms. The.low will be in the lower 70s. The chance
of rain is 20 percent.
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Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 16, 2007 3
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* Martin Delgado, 24, S.W. 18th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Oct. 12 by Deputy Sergeant J.
Royal on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation - possession of
cocaine. He is being held without
* Lonnie Ray Yeates, 45, N.W.
42nd Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Oct. 12 by Deputy Mark
Shireman on a charge of theft
(over $300). His bond was set at
* Question Dingle, 28, N.E. 16th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Oct. 13 by the OCPD on a felony
charge of possession of cocaine
and a misdemeanor charge of
driving while license suspended
with knowledge. His bond was
set at $5,500.
* Richard Lee Phillips, 47,
N.W 106th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 13 by Deputy Mark
Margerum on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with the felony of .driving while
license suspended with knowl-
edge. His bond was set at $2,500.
* Eric Douglas Molina, 26,
N.W 33rd Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Oct. 15 by Deputy
Bryan Lowe on a charge of viola-
tion of probation - driving under
the influence. His bond was set at
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
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Worker training will
improve food safety
GAINESVILLE - From fast
food to dog food - new cases
of contaminated cuisine seem to
be a regular part of the modern
news cycle. Tomatoes haven't es-
caped mention in the ever-grow-
ing list, but the likelihood of their
reappearance is about to shrink.
The Sunshine State produces
half the fresh tomatoes eaten in
the United States. The task re-
quires more than 30,000 farm
workers, growers and packers -
- all of whom will be required to
undergo training in food safety
practices developed by the Uni-
versity of Florida's Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences and the
Florida Tomato Exchange, in co-
operation with the Food and Drug
Administration and the Florida
Department of Agriculture and
The effort has gained strong
support from state Agriculture
Commissioner Charles Bronson,
who today announced $253,000
in USDA Specialty Crops Block
Grant funding toward the train-
The program could begin as
early as this month. Similar pro-
grams will extend to leafy greens,
berries and melons next year.
"People are worried about
how safe their food is to eat, and
this really is a case where educa-
tion is a big step toward improving
prevention," said Keith Schneider,
the IFAS food safety researcher
who will lead the statewide effort
to train tomato workers in the best
ways to safely handle produce.
In a Sept. 7 report on food-
borne illnesses in restaurants, the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) confirmed that
four widespread cases of raw-to-
mato-spread Salmonella infec-
tion between 2005 and 2006 led
to more than 450 illnesses in 21
Schneider said these kinds of
reports aren't signs of new and
unheralded outbreaks, but rather
examples of an improved ability
to finger foodborne pathogens as
"Our food is safer than ever,"
he said. "But part of that safety -
- and a bigger part of improving
that safety - is being able to de-
tect when these pathogens are a
problem, thinking about how to
solve that problem and then tak-
ing that to the growers and pack-
"There are elements as simple
as the fact that tomatoes need to
go through something like a chlo-
rine bath after being picked," he
said. "But there are a lot of details
ranging from worker conditions
to how fast the product is shipped
- they all need to be taken care
of if that salad or taco you're go-
ing to get at a local restaurant is
safe to eat."
The statewide mandate comes
from the tomato industry working
with state and federal regulators.
"This is a step forward that
this state's tomato industry saw
it needed to take, and so essen-
tially took it upon itself to make
food safety a priority," said Mar-
tha Roberts, the former Florida
deputy commissioner of agricul-
ture, now special assistant to the
director of the Florida Experiment
Many tomato growers already
follow safe food-handling prac-
tices, she said. "But there are still
some that can use our help - this
isn't necessarily going to be a sim-
ple task to reach everyone now
covered by these requirements,"
Roberts added that new tools
will need to be developed, such
as training materials for the large
number of Spanish-speaking
Additionally, the CDC reports
state that "current knowledge of
mechanisms of tomato contami-
nation and methods of eradica-
tion of Salmonella in tomatoes is
incomplete," thus making "toma-
to safety research a priority."
The tools and expertise devel-
oped by IFAS for tomato training
will be applied to other produce
next year when similar education
will be instituted on a volunteer
basis for the leafy greens, berry
and melon industries.
"It seems like every other day
you see something in the news
about food contamination. If it's
not tomatoes, it's spinach...or
peanut butter, or dog food. I think
most people ask themselves 'will
this ever stop?'" Schneider said.
"The truth is that there our food
supply is safer than it's ever been,
but there will always be issues
with food safety - it's all of our
jobs to keep trying to make it bet-
Teen faces several felony charges
By Eric Kopp
An 18-year-old Okeechobee
man has been booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under
felony charges that include hav-
ing drugs and a handgun in his
Terrance Eugene Hill, S.E. 14th
Ave., has been charged with pos-
session of cocaine with intent to
sell, possession of a firearm in
the commission of a felony, at-
tempting to flee and elude a law
enforcement officer, no valid
driver's license and resisting ar-
rest without violence. His bond
has been set at $46,000.
According to an Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
arrest report by Deputy Justin
Akins, he tried
to stop a 1999
black Pontiac car
last Friday night
a.m. because he
couldn't read the
tag due because
it had a dark col-
ored cover. Terrance
His report Hill
said he tried to
stop the car at the intersection
of S.E. 16th Avenue and S.E. Sev-
enth Street, but the driver of the
car did not pay heed to the flash-
ing lights of the deputy's patrol
car, nor his siren.
The driver of the car finally
pulled into a driveway on S.E.
14th Ave., and the deputy fol-
Once the driver got out of the
car he pulled up his shorts and
began to flee south into the back-
yard of another residence, said
Deputy Akins' report. The report
goes on to say that the deputy
chased the man on foot through
two more yards, but then lost him
after the man jumped a fence.
By this time several other
members of area law enforce-
ment arrived at the scene.
Deputy Akins went back to
the car and began to inventory
its contents. He then states in his
report that he found a Star 9mm
handgun and a substance he sus-
pected of being cocaine.
A field test was done on the
substance and indicated a positive
result for the presence of cocaine.
The suspected cocaine, said his
report, weighed 13.5 grams.
By using his in-car camera,
Deputy Akins was reportedly able
to identify the driver of the car as
Hill. He then issued a lookout for
Hill was found later at
Okeechobee High School by
OCSO Deputy Roy Gilchrist.
Appeals Court upholds double jeopardy claim
By Eric Kopp
An appeals court has upheld
an Okeechobee man's claim of
double jeopardy in connection
with his arrest in 2004 and has va-
cated one of the life sentences he
was sentenced to serve.
The Fourth District Court of
Appeals ruled Oct. 10 that one of
the two burglary of a conveyance
with assault or battery charges for
which Robert Gorham, 45, was
convicted was double jeopardy.
Gorham is currently serving a
sentence of life on each charge at
the Columbia Correctional Insti-
tution near Lake City.
Gorham was also convicted in
2006 of aggravated assault with a
aggravated bat- t
tery. He was sen-
tenced to serve
five years on
All of his pris-
on terms are to
run concurrent. Robert
The court's Gorham
order states that
Gorham's scoresheet is to be re-
calculated based on one county
of burglary, not two.
The order, which was unani-
mous, states that Gorham can-
not be convicted on two counts
of burglary "... since there was a
single forced entry, but involved
The court then ordered the lo-
cal trial court to vacate one of the
burglary convictions and one of
the life sentences.
Gorham also argued that he
was denied effective assistance
of counsel because his lawyer
did not tell him that the state had
offered him a five-year plea deal.
The appeals court upheld the trial
court's ruling that Gorham would
not have accepted the deal had
he been told of it.
According to the state's De-
partment of Corrections website,
Gorham was sentenced in 1989
to serve 15 years in prison follow-
ing his conviction of second-de-
gree murder. That website shows
he served just over six years in
In 1981 he was convicted of
robbery with a gun/deadly weap-
on and was sentenced to just over
three years of community super-
Man gets sentence for girl's death in Everglades
By Kelli Kennedy
Associated Press Writer
MIAMI (AP) -_ A judge sen-
tenced a man to death Monday,
nearly nine years after he left a 5-
year-old girl to be eaten alive by
alligators in the Everglades and
tried to kill her mother.
Harrel Franklin Braddy, 58, at-
tacked Shandelle Maycock and
daughter Quatisha after he was
released early from prison in an-
other case for good behavior. He
was convicted in July of first-de-.
gree murder, attempted murder,
kidnapping, attempted escape
and other charges.
Judge Leonard E. Glick also
sentenced Braddy to three con-
.secutive life terms on the kid-
napping and burglary with an
assault charges. He also got 30
years in prison on the attempted
murder of Shandelle, 15 years on
child neglect causing great bodily
harm and five years on attempted
Prosecutors said Braddy tossed
Maycock in the trunk of his car in
1998 and drove her to a remote
sugarcane field, choked her to un-
consciousness and left her to die.
She never saw her child again.
Braddy drove the girl to a sec-
tion of Interstate 75 in the Ever-
glades known as Alligator Alley
and dropped her in the water
beside the road, prosecutors said.
She was alive when alligators bit
her on the head and stomach, a
medical examiner said.
Authorities found the girl's
body two days later, her left arm
missing and her skull crushed,
prosecutors said. Maycock woke
up bleeding and disoriented, but
managed to flag down help.
Braddy's attorney, G.P. Della
Fera, said Braddy knew Maycock
from his involvement in church
"I'm saddened for both fami-
lies," Della Fera said.
The case took so long because
Braddy repeatedly fired his law-
yers and represented himself in
Maycock sobbed during the
initial sentencing as she told ju-
rors how her life without her only
child would never be. the same.
The little girl she nicknamed Can-
dy had just started kindergarten
and loved writing her name and
singing along with the church
Prosecutor Abbe Rifkin said
Braddy got the appropriate sen-
"Due to his own horrific ac-
tions, Harrel Braddy has caused a
lot of pain to a lot of people, in-
cluding the people who loved him
and cared for him," Rifkin said in
an e-mail. "The State is'grateful
that Quatisha's small voice was
finally heard, and that the defen-
dant received the sentence he so
Braddy had been out of prison
for a little over a year before the
1998 kidnapping. He was released
early after serving 13 years of a 30-
year sentence for several charges
including attempted murder.
He wore an electric shock de-
vice and knee brace, making it
difficult for him to bend his knee
during the sentencing. The court-
room was filled with extra police
officers, all measures taken after
Braddy escaped from the court-
house in 1984 when he choked
a Miami-Dade County corrections
During two other escapes
that year, Braddy kidnapped and
robbed an assistant pastor and an
elderly couple. At one point Brad-
dy was on the run for more than
a month before authorities found
him in Georgia.
After he was arrested for kid-
napping the Maycocks, he tried
to escape from the interrogation
room by bending an air condition-
State owes homeowners in citrus canker program
By Brian Skoloff
Associated Press Writer
WEST PALM BEACH (AP) -
The state owes nearly 41,000 Palm
Beach County residents fair com-
pensation after removing citrus
trees from their yards in a failed
decade-long effort to eradicate a
harmful bacteria, an attorney said
Monday during opening state-
ments in a class-action lawsuit.
The state, however, argues
the more than 66,000 trees were
worthless because of their expo-
sure to canker.
The Palm Beach County case
is the first of five pending law-
suits against the state to go to trial
over efforts to stop the spread of
canker. The disease can be trans-
ferred by birds, humans and wind,
makes fruit blemish and prompts
it to drop prematurely. It does not
harm humans but threatened the
state's citrus industry.
The tree removal program be-
gan in 1995, and ended last year
after state officials and the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, which
helped pay for the program, deter-
mined that hurricanes had spread
the disease beyond containment.
"This case is about the depriva-
tion of private property in violation
of our state constitution," plain-
tiffs' attorney Robert Gilbert said.
"Regrettably, the state refuses to
accept financial responsibility."
All citrus trees within a 1,900
foot radius of one infected with
canker were ordered destroyed
- even those in yards that ap-
peared to be healthy. About 16.5
million residential, nursery and
commercial trees were destroyed
statewide, including more than
800,000 from the yards of hom-
The program compensated
residents with $100 vouchers for
the first tree cut down and $55 for
each tree after, but has spawned
lawsuits from angry homeowners
who feel that wasn't enough.
Gilbert said none of the trees
removed from the plaintiffs' yards
were infected with canker.
"All of these trees were need-
lessly destroyed," Gilbert said.
Wesley Parsons, an attorney
representing the state Depart-
ment of Agriculture, noted that
the Florida Supreme Court ruled
in 2005 that the state's eradication
program and compensation was
However, the court said then
the current compensation only
met the low end of the threshold.
The high court left it up to judges
and juries to determine if the trees
were of higher value.
Circuit Judge Robin Rosenberg
must now determine whether the
uninfected trees removed in Palm
Beach County had value. If so, a
jury during a separate trial will de-
termine that value.
"This case is about science,"
Parsons said in opening state-
ments. "It's about the pathology
of citrus canker, not about senti-
ment, not about popular feeling."
Parsons said the trees were a
public danger because of their
proximity to, infected trees and
therefore had no value under state
law, removing the need for com-
The Palm Beach County law-
suit was filed by David and Lillian
Mendez, of Boca Raton, after the
state cut down four healthy citrus
trees in their yard in 2001. They
are joined in the suit by 40,937
Similar lawsuits are pending
in Lee, Miami-Dade, Orange and
Co-defendant pleads guilty, will testify against Simpson
By Ken Ritter
Associated Press Writer
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A co-
defendant in the O.J. Simpson
armed robbery case told a judge
Monday he would plead guilty to
a felony and testify against Simp-
son and four others in the alleged
hotel room theft of sports col-
lectibles from two memorabilia
The plea agreement with
Charles Cashmore, 40, of Las Ve-
gas, ups the ante in the prosecu-
tion of Simpson. Cashmore can
testify that guns were involved in
the Sept. 13 confrontation with
two sports memorabilia dealers
at a Las Vegas casino hotel room,
his lawyer said.
"He can establish who was in
the room, what was said, who
had guns, who didn't have guns,
potentially who may have seen
guns, who didn't see guns," Cash-
more's lawyer Edward Miley said
outside court. "I think he wishes
he would have never met O.J."
Simpson and his lawyers have
denied guns were in the room.
His lawyers did not respond Mon-
day to requests for comment.
Cashmore waived his prelimi-
nary hearing. Las Vegas Justice
of the Peace Joe Bonaventure Jr.,
set arraignment for Oct. 23. He
and the prosecution did not agree
on a possible sentence before
Monday's hearing, Miley said. He
faces up to five years in prison..
"In District Court, he'll be
pleading guilty to accessory to
robbery," Clark County District
Attorney David Roger told Bo-
naventure. "He's agreed to pro-
vide truthful testimony."
Outside court, Cashmore said
he thought he'd done the right
thing, but declined additional
Cashmore was initially ar-
raigned on nine felonies and a
gross misdemeanor, charges
that included kidnapping, armed
robbery, assault with a deadly
weapon and conspiracy. A kid-
napping conviction alone could
have resulted in a sentence of life
in prison with parole.
Simpson and the others, Wal-
ter Alexander, Clarence "C.J."
Stewart, Michael McClinton, and
Charles Ehrlich, are due in court
for a preliminary hearing on Nov.
8 and 9. Bonaventure will decide
then whether there is enough evi-
dence to send the case to trial in
If asked, Cashmore will testify
if asked at the preliminary hear-
ing that Alexander and McClinton
were armed when they entered
the room with Simpson, Miley
Simpson claims at least some
of the items taken from collec-
tors Alfred Beardsley and Bruce
Fromong belonged to him, and
his lawyers have maintained that
no guns were used. Simpson and
the others are charged with kid-
napping, armed robbery, assault,
burglary and conspiracy.
Cashmore was introduced to
Simpson and most of the others
in the group for the first time min-
utes before the alleged robbery,
"He didn't know anyone. He
didn't know what was going
on," Miley said. "He didn't have
Cashmore, a journeyman la-
borer, bartender and disc jockey,
surrendered to authorities six
days after the encounter, and after
police released images from hotel
security videotapes showing him
carrying a box from the room at
the Palace Station hotel-casino.
Cashmore didn't look at every-
thing in the box, but said some
items included lithograph prints
of football great Joe Montana, his
Cashmore should have im-
mediately gone to the police and
turned over the items he carried
out of the room, Miley said. "He
should have done something, but
he didn't," Miley said.
In 1996, he plea bargained a
felony theft charge to a misde-
meanor and received probation in
an embezzlement case in Utah.
Alexander's lawyer, Robert
Dennis Rentzer, declined to say
whether Alexander had a gun in
the room, but expressed doubt
Cashmore could say Alexander
was armed. Rentzer said he was
scheduled to meet later Monday
with Roger, the district attorney.
McClinton's lawyer, Bill Terry,
did not respond to requests for
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that foreign countries are buying some of our big corporations and
believe it or not, the one is Saudi Arabia.
TRAFFIC: I think that the light at the Wal-Mart intersection should
have a left turn signal for those who are leaving Wal-Mart. I think it
would help traffic move a lot faster, without holding up the rest of the
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DRUGS: I drove through a local drive thru on the east side of town
and saw drug paraphernalia sitting out on the counter in plain sight.
If you get arrested for having they in your possession how can it not
be illegal to sell them?
HOW MUCH MONEY RAISED: Folks here in Okeechobee are
great givers. There is always a fundraiser going on for a charitable
cause. It was nice to see in the paper a couple of weeks ago that Of-
fice Bar & Grill stated how much they donated to their charity. Thank
you for that. Why can't other groups do the same? They advertise over
and over, "all proceeds go to" but we never see them run an ad stating
how much the proceeds were. I remember an event back in July stat-
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mean - the profits left over after they deduct their expenses or does
it really mean all ticket proceeds, with the expenses of the fundraiser
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time exactly how much was given to the causes.
STUDENT PARKING: In regard to complaints about the student
parking or lack of at the high school, come January when the new
gas tax goes into effect, maybe more students will either carpool or
take the bus to save money on gas and that could solve the parking
problem. It amazes me how many teenagers have cars these days.
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cars at the high school, it looks like plenty of teenagers either have
pretty good jobs or else parents who are wealthy enough to provide
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Arnold's Wildlife hosts annual open house
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, located at 14895 N.W.
30th Terrace, will host its annual fall open house on Saturday, Nov.
3, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be something for every-
one, ranging from interaction with the wildlife to the enjoyment of
freshly barbecued chicken dinners.
There is a $10 donation for admission to the Open House which
includes the Center and the butterfly garden. The cost of the barbe-
cued chicken dinners is $7.00 per plate.
To get to. the Center, go north on 441 to N.W. 144th Drive and
turn left at the flashing light. Go west two miles and follow the
signs to the Center. For information call (863) 763-4630.
Tuckahoe Motorcycle Club holds event
The Tuckahoe Motorcycle club, 14120 N.E. 14th Ave. will hold
their annual open house event on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1 p.m. un-
til ?, there will be live bands, an in house poker run, a 50/50 draw-
ing, various bike games, barbecue ribs and chicken, etc. There is
a $10 gate fee and $10 donation for a $1000 give away drawing.
Tickets can be obtained from any member of the Tuckahoe Mo-
tor Cycle club. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be
donated to Martha's house. For information call Paul at (863) 634-
3369 or Boll at (863) 697-2982.
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The climate change peril that insurers see
By John Morrison and
Montana is burning again.
This summer, some of the na-
tion's worst wildfires incinerated
homes, barns and fences, kill-
ing livestock and forcing families
to evacuate. Wildfires have in-
creased fourfold since the 1980s,
and they are bigger and harder
to contain because of earlier-ar-
riving springs and hotter, bone-
dry summers. Last year's fires
broke records; this year could be
worse. As courageous firefighters
beat back the flames, insurance
companies continue to pay out
billions, for wildfire losses across
Meanwhile, Florida is bracing
for the duration of the hurricane
season even as rebuilding contin-
ues from the eight hurricanes that
crisscrossed the Sunshine State in
2004 and 2005. Storms grow ever
more intense: Since the 1970s,
the number intensifying to Cate-
gory 4 or 5 hurricanes has almost
doubled, costing insurers tens of
billions of dollars.
Montana and Florida are not
the only states suffering huge
insurance losses from natural di-
sasters. Increasingly destructive
weather -- including heat waves,
hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes,
floods, wildfires, hailstorms and
drought -- accounted for 88 per-
cent of all property losses paid by
insurers from 1980 through 2005.
Seven of the 10 most expensive
catastrophes for the U.S. property
and casualty industry happened
between 2001 and 2005.
Ten years ago, Peter Lev-
ene, chairman of Lloyds of Lon-
don, was skeptical about global
warming theories, but no longer.
He believes carbon emissions
caused by human activity are
warming the Earth and causing
severe weather-related events. "At
Lloyds, we feel the effects of ex-
treme weather more than most,"
he said in a March speech. "We
don't just live with risk -- we have
to pick up the pieces afterwards."
Lloyds predicts that the United
States will be hit by a hurricane
causing $100 billion worth of
damage, more than double that
of Katrina. Industry analysts es-
timate that such an event would
bankrupt as many as 40 insurers.
Lloyd's has warned: "The in-
surance industry must start ac-
tively adjusting in response to
greenhouse gas trends if it is to
survive." The Association of Brit-
ish Insurers has called on govern-
ments to "stem ominous weather
related trends" by cutting carbon
emissions. U.S.-based companies
AIG and Marsh -- respectively, the
largest insurer and broker -- have
joined with other corporate lead-
ers to urge Congress to reduce
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions
60 to 80 percent by mid-century.
AIG's policy statement on climate
change "recognizes the scientific
consensus that climate change is
a reality and is likely in large part
the result of human activities that
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the public.
For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863) 763-8999.
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in Basinger
on 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 and
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 Outreach.
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, contact
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 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information call (863)
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 $10 each at the gate on the day of the event. Children under the
age of 12 will be admitted free. The purpose of the two-day event is
to help educate youngsters about the dangers of joining a criminal
street gang and to raise money for the FGIA that will be used to
educate kids about the dangers of joining a gang. For information,
tickets or to sign up a team to compete in one of the adult contests,
contact either Detective Sergeant Brad Stark or Michele Bell at the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, (863) 763-3117. Tickets can
also be purchased at Style Studio, 1600 S.R. 70 E., and Syble's Flow-
ers, 119 S. Parrott Ave.
have led to increasing concentra-
tions of greenhouse gases in the
Marsh issued a similar state-
ment, as did European insurance
giants Swiss Re, Munich Re and
Allianz. The chief research officer
of Risk Management Solutions,
an industry risk forecaster, re-
sponded to an April report of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Cli-
mate Change by announcing that
climate change is already increas-
ing "financial losses from extreme
weather catastrophes." A.M. Best,
the historical voice of insurance,
began a series in the August edi-
tion of Best's Review on the risks,
regulatory issues and economic
impact of climate change.
Nervous investors have begun
asking insurers to disclose their
strategies for dealing with global
warming. At a meeting of the Na-
tional Association of Insurance
Commissioners, Andrew Logan,
insurance director of the Ceres
investor coalition, representing $4
trillion in market capital, warned
that "insurance as we know it is
threatened by a perfect storm of
rising weather losses, rising glob-
al temperatures and more Ameri-
cans living in harm's way." Ceres
cites estimates that losses related
to catastrophic weather have in-
creased 15-fold in the U.S. prop-
erty casualty industry in the past
Insurance companies are re-
acting. Some have simply aban-
doned catastrophe-prone mar-
kets or are jacking up rates. Other
insurers have taken steps in the
battle against climate change by
offering premium incentives for
"green" construction and hybrid
cars, investing in companies that
cut carbon emissions or develop
clean energy, and offering "pay
per mile" car insurance. Still oth-
ers are reducing their own carbon
footprints, promoting markets for
carbon-credit trading and even
moving to protect carbon-con-
Insurance companies make
money by accurately assessing
risk. For decades environmental-
ists have been sounding the alarm
about global warming. Now ma-
jor insurers are becoming en-
gaged as they look after their own
assets and those that they cover.
Federal reluctance to commit to
international agreements on cli-
mate change, or otherwise cap
total carbon emissions, appears
to be driven by influential busi-
nesses that fear the limitations
will hurt their bottom lines. But
the risk perceived by the insur-
ance industry -- the world's larg-
est economic sector -- may shift
that political balance. At the least,
it should tell us something.
Editor's note: John Morrison is
the state auditor of Montana. Alex
Sink is the chief financial officer of
Florida. Both oversee state insur-
ance departments and are mem-
bers of the Climate Change Task
Force of the National Association
of Insurance Commissioners.
VFW has karaoke league
VFW Post #4423 will host a summer karaoke league on Oct.
27 from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m. The league is open to the public. Ev-
eryone is eligible to enter including karaoke hosts and members of
bands. For information, call David Lee at (863) 697-9002 or Bill at
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. The Domestic
Violence hotline is 1-800-500-1119.
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 cele-
brating and showing our support for Okeechobee High School's up-
coming Homecoming. Attendee's are encouraged to wear purple
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.
Dinner to benefit food pantry
The Okeechobee Presbyterian church will hold their fall dinner
on Saturday, Oct. 27. Seatings are 5, 6 and 7 p.m., with take out.
Menu is roast pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli, etc. in-
cluding dessert and drink. Tickets are $8 each. For tickets and infor-
mation call (863) 824-0013 and leave a message.
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Submitted photos/Marie Stout
Les Tory took top honors in the Taylor Creek Bass Club's 2-
day October tournament held on Crooked Lake near Frost-
proof. Tory had a 2-day total weight of 11.32 Ibs.
Jack Harrison finished in second place with 6.49 Ibs. in the
Taylor Creek Bass Club's 2-day October bass tourney held on
Crooked Lake near Frostproof.
Tory takes top bass honors in tourney
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.
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
Les Tory took top honors in the
Taylor Creed Bass Club 2-day tour-
nament held on Crooked Lake
near Frostproof on Oct. 13 and 14.
Tory brought a total of 11.32 lbs.
of bass to the scales for the win.
Tory also won the day two "Cal-
cutta" with 6.40 lbs.
Second place went to Jack
Harrison with a total weight of
6.49 lbs. Ernie Johnson finished in
third place with 6.26 lbs., followed
by Byron Chastain in fourth place
with 5.50 lbs.
Bobby O'Bannon took the big
fish award with his 1.97 lb. catch.
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are
held the following weekend. The
club is now registering new and
current members for the 2008
season. New member boaters
and (especially) non-boaters are
The club also sponsors and
presents the Annual Lee McAl-
lister Memorial Kid's Fishing Fes-
tival. This year, the 22nd annual
event, which is open to kids from
4-to4-years old, will be held at the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center
on Sunday, Oct. 28. Pre-register
at numerous local businesses,
Okeechobee News or at the
For information call Dave Stout
at (863) 467-2255.
O.G. & C.C. Weekly Results
Oct. 8: Rain out
Oct. 10: First place-Sunni Adams.
Second place-Bill Kenny. Last
place-J.C. Armstrong. Closest to
pin-(2) Kenny Curran, (8) George
Guydosh, (11) no one and (17)
Oct. 12: First place-Kenny Curran.
Second place-Max Sherry. Last
place-George Guydosh. Closest to
pin-(2) Russ Adams, (8) Russ Ad-
ams, (11) Terry Millette and (17)
A week into camp, injuries keep mounting for Miami Heat players
By Tim Reynolds
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI (AP) - Shaquille
O'Neal walked off the Miami Heat
practice floor slowly, a bruised left
quadriceps souring his mood.
"Terrible," was his answer to
a "How is it?" query as he depart-
ed, though O'Neal sent word later
that he wasn't being serious.
Still, there's already cause for
some serious concern around
Heat-camp - as eight of Miami's
20 players were unable to prac-
tice Monday because of various
injuries. Bruised hips, sore shins,
aching thighs, sprained ankles -
all that and more is being treated
by the Heat medical staff these
An 0-4 start to the preseason
isn't hel ping matters, either.
"It's frustrating for me because
I'd like to have all hands on deck
and be pushing toward that goal
of putting the team together,"
Heat coach Pat Riley said. "But
you have to deal with what you
Or in this case, what you don't
The hurting Heat were all
seated along the practice court
Monday morning as teammates
ran drills. Guard Dwyane Wade
- who's out for at least a few
regular-season games as he re-
.covers from knee and shoulder
surgeries - tried to entertain
himself by seeing if he could get a
ball stuck on a basket support.
Miami knew it'd be without
Wade for a while. All the other
injuries are relatively new.
O'Neal suffered his leg injury
Saturday in an exhibition game
against Charlotte -and is day-
to-day, Riley said. Brian Chase
(foot), Jason Williams (shin),
Marcus Slaughter (ankle), Penny
Hardaway (quadriceps), Wayne
- Submitted photo
Chobee Little Brahmans Pee Wee
LaVonta Spivey (center) carried the ball during the Pee Wee Chobee Little Brahmans foot
ball game where they suffered their first loss Saturday, Oct. 13, versus the Port St. Lucie
Pirates who defeated the Little Brahmans 19-2. The Chobee Little Brahmans Pee Wee
team is now 6-1.
Simien (knee) and Michael Dole-
ac (hip) also missed Monday's
workout, although most may be
back in a couple of days.
But for now, they're merely
spectators. Hardaway watched
the end of practice from a sta-
tionary bike, his head tilted to
the right. Williams got into a con-
versation with Wade. Slaughter
"I could probably go, but I
don't want to (mess) something
else up," said Williams, who
spent the summer rehabbing a
chronically sore knee that he said
doesn't hurt anymore.
"I guess it's frustrating, but at
the same time, we've got to take
care of our bodies first," Williams
added. "If we're hurt, we can't go,
so there's no need to go out there
and jeopardize our season."
For Hardaway, . the waiting
is particularly tough - since he
probably has to play his way onto
the Heat roster.
The 36-year-old has barely
played over the past four NBA
seasons because of knee prob-
lems. He says the knee is fine, but
the sore quadriceps has kept him
from doing much of anything
since camp formally began.
"Injuries are a part of the
'game," said Hardaway, who plans
to practice this week. "Thank
God it's not the regular season
and then guys are out. Right now
is the time, if there ever is a time,
for guys to get well, get healed up
and get ready."
AP Photo/Alan Diaz
Miami Heat trainer Ron Culp.
left, wraps an ice bag on Sha-
quille O'Neal's left thigh dur- +
ing practice in Miami, Mon-
day, Oct. 15.
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public officials at work, or to determine how well public institutions
are carrying out their public mission.
But too many newspapers these days act more like "mad dogs" than
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Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 16, 2007
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528, 2002 S.R. 78 W,
on the second Thursday of each
Tournaments are held the fol-
New member boaters and
non-boaters (especially) are wel-
For information, call Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.
VFW Auxiliary plans
VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxil-
iary will host a golf tournament to
benefit the VFW National Home
for Children on Nov. 3, at the
Okeechobee Country Club. The
VFW National Home for Children
offers a home for spouses and
children of deceased and dis-
abled veterans as well as a home
for children of active duty military
personnel while they serve our
country at home and abroad.
The home does not receive any
federal or state funding. Sponsors
are sought for the tournament.
For more information, call (863)
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6 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Seminole Elementary School FCAT tutorial begins soon
We're happy to announce that
our after-school tutorial program
will begin soon. This tutorial pro-
gram will provide third through
fifth grade students with an op-
portunity to increase their aca-
demic performance and prepare
for the FCAT. The
gram will be
til 4:15 p.m. Stu-
dents will receive
small group instruction plus
computer lab time using FCAT
Explorer. Regular attendance will
be crucial for the program to ben-
efit your child. Parents will need
to provide transportation.
The following dates are cur-
rently scheduled for tutoring and
additional dates will be scheduled
following the Christmas holidays.
October 22, 24, 29, 31
November 5, 7, 14, 19, 26, 28
December 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19
We want this tutorial expe-
rience to serve as an opportu-
nity for your child and others to
strengthen their academic skills.
Therefore, it is essential that the
following guidelines be followed:
Regular attendance is expect-
Students are expected to fol-
low school rules and display their
Students will stay for FCAT tu-
torial, each scheduled day, unless
we have received a note or call
stating otherwise. Calls should be
received before 2 p.m.
Students should be promptly
picked up at the front of the
school at 4:15 p.m. Students may
only be picked up by those listed
on our school contact list.
If you have any questions,
please contact Tracy Downing
at 462-5116. Thank you for your
support with our FCAT tutorial
Students in Mrs. O"Bannon's
class have been practicing read-
ing and writing short vowel
words. They are learning how to
write sentences with capital let-
ters and periods. They enjoyed
doing a reader's theater with last
week's story" Jack and Rick". In
math they are using the number
line to practice counting. In sci-
ence they studied about differ-
ent types of habitats and how
animals and plants adapt to their
environment. Our first Student
of the Week is Thomas Garcia.
Thomas does a first rate job of
following class rules. Congratula-
tions to Thomas.
Third grade has hit the ground
with both feet running. We
would like to congratulate all
our Students of the Week from
the beginning of this school year.
They are-Clarissa Gomez, An-
tawyn Fludd, Riley Craig, Brenda
Hendrix, Dalton Thomas, Erik
Santibanez, Marcus Rutherford,
Evan Soto, Leonardo Torres, Dev-
on Sage, Morgan Bolan, Lazaro
Nunez, James Thomas, Bobbie
Stewart, Saira Gazga, Elida Ruiz,
Jose Aguirre, Genaro Garcia, Jo-
sianne Griffin, Jessicca Pittman,
Ezequiel Serrano, Christian Ser-
rano, Gail Sparkman, Verenice
Leon, Maria Olvera, Lizeth Reyes,
Marcelo Baltazar, Matthew Guil-
len, Adrian Hernandez, Gerardo
Mojica, Alfredo Renteria Roy
Perez, Jessie Entwhistle, Lluvia
Gallegos, Julie Arnold, and Jah-
nise Pizarro. We are so proud of
those students who have made
such an excellent beginning to a
new school year! Our Principal's
Multiplication Challenge has be-
gun!! Check your child's agenda
for the weeks in which each set
of multiplication facts will be
tested. Your child can earn their
way to an ice cream sundae
party with Mr. Weigum. Remem-
ber-your child must KNOW the
facts-no fingers, please. Finally,
remember to check our school's
web site for any news from your
child's teacher. You can even e-
mail questions and concerns to
the teacher-just one more way
for us to stay in communication
and make this a successful year
for your child.
Fourth graders are learning
that fourth grade is going to be a
challenge. Besides reviewing all
those important multiplication
facts, they are now responsible for
writing an expository or narrative
story in 45 minutes. The challenge
has been given, and these fourth
graders are working as hard as
they can. We are continuing the
"100 Book Challenge" program
as well. Make sure that your child
is reading for 30 minutes each
night and sign the Reading Log
each time they read. Multiplica-
tion facts are always needing to
be practiced. Your child began
learning them in third grade, but
now they need to master them in
fourth. Mastery of facts would be
accurately working 30 problems
in 2-3 minutes without mistakes.
Memorize, memorize, memorize
A word from our students
By A.B. and L.G.
Wow! Our school has been
busy since last month! We've
been learning new math skills
such as rounding, estimation,
and front-end estimation. We've
also been busy taking our first
Holistic theme test and Kaplan
tests. Everyone has been trying
their best! In October we will be
going on a field trip to see a play!
It should be a blast!
Ms. Kenney's students have
been learning their alphabet and
Juanita 'Jeri' Audibert
Juanita "Jeri" Audibert age
92 of Okeechobee died Sunday,
Oct. 14, 2007 at the Okeechobee
Health Care Facility. She has been
a resident of Okeechobee for
the past five years. She formerly
owned and operated beauty sa-
lons on Clearwater Beach and
Dunedin, and her summers were
spent operating her salon in Mt.
View House in Whitefield, N. H.
She is survived by her daugh-
ters, Shirlee Wallot of Snomish,
Wash., and Sondra (Russell) Ad-
ams of Okeechobee. In addition
she is survived by four grandchil-
dren, six great-grandchildren and
four great-great grandchildren.
There will be no visitation or
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
new words using a Letter Wheel.
Pictures of items that begin with
that letter are on the wheel and
a shape of something represent-
ing that letter is the cover. The
students can turn the wheel and
match the word to the picture
which helps to increase picture
and word recognition. Students
have also been graphing M&M's
and Skittles in math to iden-
tify colors, learning to sort, and
counting numbers. Students have
been reading about what is needs
for plants to grow, the parts of a
seed and a plant, and are growing
peas in a pot. Students who have
been "Student of the Week" were
Jesus Jimenez, Nickolas Haw-
thorne, Wade Ebank, and Bran-
don Brown, and Sheldon Garcia.
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Health News in Brief
The Okeechobee County
Health Department offers a free
community health education pro-
motion and wellness program for
breast cancer awareness. Learn
about early detection, prevention
and treatment for breast cancer.
The dates and locations are as fol-
lows: Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. until 5:30
p.m., Sun Trust Bank, 815 South
Parrott Ave.; Saturday, Oct. 20,
9 a.m. until noon, Seacoast Na-
tional Bank, 1835 Hwy 441 S.E.;
Monday, Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. until 5
p.m., Riverside Bank, 1506 S. Par-
rott Ave.; Friday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m.
until 5:30 p.m., Bank of America,
205 N. Parrott Ave. For informa-
tion call (863) 462-5781.
Dine with the doctor
The popular medical series,
"Dine with the doctor" will be
held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, with din-
ner at at 5 pm. The guest speaker
will be Dr. Ludmila Mishelevich, a
Family Practice Physician at Raul-
erson Hospital. Dr. Mishelevich
will discuss Hypertension at 5:30
p.m. Dinner is $5 but the lecture
is FREE. For more information or
to make a reservation, please call
Bill Casian, Marketing/Public Rela-
tions Director at 824-2702.
Depending on Christ is a new
support group forming for wom-
en suffering from depression.
Once the group is organized it
will meet every Thursday.
For information, call (772) 597-
Smoking classes open
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) offers
a Tobacco Prevention and Educa-
tion Program for the community.
The purpose of the program is to
reduce adult and youth tobacco
use, and provide tobacco resourc-
es to residents, businesses and
community organizations in the
county. Freedom from Smoking
classes will be held every Tuesday
at the Okeechobee County Health
auditorium, 1728 N.W Ninth Ave.,
from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863) 462-
Red Cross offers
The Okeechobee American
Red Cross will offer adult and
infant/child CPR classes. Adult
classes will be held Thursday, Oct.
18. All classes will start at 6 p.m.
and will be held at the Red Cross
branch office at 323 N. Parrott Ave.
To register or for information,, call
Red Cross offers
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488
The American Cancer Society
is planning their third annual Mak-
ing Strides Against Breast Cancer
5K Walk on Saturday, Oct,.20. The
walk will be held in Flagler Park
with registration beginning at 8
a.m. Teams, sponsorship and vol-
unteers are needed. If you would
like to join in the efforts to prevent
breast cancer, call Carrie Heine-
man at (863) 634-6012.
Program to stop
The Okeechobee Health De-
partment Tobacco Prevention
and Education Program offers
"Freedom from Smoking" classes
every Tuesday, at the Okeechobee
County Public Library, 206 S.W.
16"' St., from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
A six-week supply of nicotine
patches is available. To register,
call (863) 462-5781.
meeting dates slated
NICA (nicotine anonymous)
is starting a new club with meet-
ings to be held at the Just For To-
day club, 2303 U.S. Hwy 441 S.E.,
Suite K, on Mondays from 8:30
until 9:30 p.m. For information,
call Steve Condit Sr. at (863) 801-
Problems with drug or alcohol
addiction in someone you know,
but don't know where to turn?
The Drug Rehab Resource service
can give you the help you need.
Contact the Drug Rehab Resource
at (866) 649-1594 for a free con-
fidential consultation. Or, go to
the website at www.drugrehabre-
American Cancer So-
ciety seeks volunteers
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference
in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer
Society's Florida Division partici-
pate in programs that support re-
search funding, educate the com-
munity, deliver services to patients
and advocate for policies that help
defeat cancer. To get involved, call
the American Cancer Society at
group to meet
The Okeechobee Cancer Sup-
port Group will meet the first
Thursday of each month. Each
meeting will be held from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. in room 113 at
the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W.
Fourth St. Cancer patients, survi-
vors and supporters are all invited.
The group will share stories and
encourage each other as we take
this journey. This support group
will provide participants with in-
formation, resources, support,
guest speakers and devotional
time and will help comfort dur-
ing either your battle or you loved
one's battle with cancer. For in-
formation, call the First Baptist
Church at (863) 763-2171.
Narcotics group to
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the
Just For Today Club, 2303 U.S. 441
S.E., Suite K. For information, call
can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help.
For information, call Becky Smith
at (863) 462-5877.
Martha's House will offer a
workshop called Deafening Si-
lence, which deals with provid-
ing services to deaf and hard of
hearing survivors of domestic vio-
lence. The date and time will be
announced at a later date accord-
ing to community interest and re-
sponse. Contact Shirlean Graham
at (863) 763-2893.
Healthy Start group
The Healthy Start Coalition
is accepting donations of baby
items such as furniture, shoes,
clothing, maternity clothes, stroll-
ers and other items for infants
and toddlers. Proceeds from the
sale of donated items will be used
to benefit infants and pregnant
women in the community. For in-
formation, call (863) 462-5877.
Overweight teens face
risky eating behaviors
By Amy Forliti
Associated Press Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -_ For
parents concerned about their
overweight teens, new research
suggests the best tactic might be
to just relax and cook a healthy
Pushing diets probably won't
help. Neither will teasing about
weight. Instead parents should
focus on having frequent family
meals, creating a positive atmo-
sphere at mealtimes, promoting
physical activity and building self-
esteem, the researchers recom-
The study of more than 2,500
adolescents over five years rein-
forced several things that doctors
have found among their patients
-- particularly that destructive be-
haviors such as vomiting or abus-
ing laxatives are prevalent among
overweight teens as well as their
too-thin peers, and that body at-
titudes and perceptions can play
a big role in future weight prob-
"This is obviously of concern,"
Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, lead
author of the study at the Uni-
versity of Minnesota, said of the
risky behaviors. "We know that
these behaviors tend to actually
increase weight gain over time. It
points to a need to address these
behaviors with ... overweight
The research will be pub-
lished in the November issue of
American Journal of Preventive
The study found that 44 per-
cent of the girls and 20 percent of
the boys were either overweight,
engaged in binge eating or had
used extreme weight-control
measures - such as purging or
abusing laxatives, diet pills or di-
Of the overweight adoles-
cents, about one fourth of the
girls reported using extreme mea-
sures, while 10 percent reported
using extreme measures as well
as binge eating. Only about 12
percent of overweight boys used "
Neumark-Sztainer, who is also
author of the book "I'm, Like, So
Fat!," said she has long been-inter-
ested in the intersection between
eating disorders and obesity, and
how both can be prevented. This
study shows that problems on
both ends of the weight spectrum
can stem from the same issues of
low self-esteem, body dissatisfac-
tion and risky eating behaviors,
The medical director of the
Eating Disorder Center of Den-
ver said the study was well-con-
structed - using a large number
of kids over an extended period.
Dr. Carolyn Ross said she was
interested in the way the study
linked teasing and pressure to
lose weight to an increased risk
in obesity and binge eating five
The study found that girls who
reported being teased about their
weight were about twice as likely
to be overweight five years later
when compared with other girls
in the study.
They were also about 1.5 "
times more likely to binge eat
and use extreme weight-control
behaviors, the study said.
Ross said the focus on obesity
in children has prompted some
negative approaches: For exam-
ple, a physical education teacher
who weighs students in front of
"This study shows us that we ,
are really going in the wrong di-
rection to put more attention and
more pressure on kids to lose
weight, which further stigmatizes
them," she said.
Dr. Joel Jahraus, medical direc-
tor of the Park Nicollet Methodist::
Hospital Eating Disorders Insti-
tute in Minneapolis, said parents
need to send the right message. .
Jahraus. said kids should not be
told to "diet, diet, diet."
"The message should be one
of balance," he said.
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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
at2, 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 Tuesday, Oct. 16, the
289th day of 2007. There are 76
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 16, 1987, a 58/2-hour
drama in Midland, Texas, ended
happily as rescuers freed Jessica
McClure, an 18-month-old girl
trapped in an abandoned well.
On this date: B
In 1793, during the French
Revolution, Marie Antoinette, the
queen of France, was beheaded.
In 1859, abolitionist John
Brown led a group of about 20
men in a failed raid on Harper's
In 1916, Margaret Sanger
opened the first birth control clin-
ic, in Brooklyn, N.Y. (The clinic
ended up being raided by police
and Sanger was arrested.)
In 1946, 10 Nazi war criminals
condemned during the Nurem-
berg trials were hanged.
In 1957, Britain's Queen Eliza-
beth II and Prince Philip began a
visit to the United States with a
stopover at the site of the James-
town settlement in Virginia.
+ , In 1962, the Cuban missile cri-
sis began as President Kennedy
was informed that reconnais-
sance photographs had revealed
the presence of missile bases in
In 1964, Harold Wilson of the
Labor Party assumed office as
prime minister of Britain, suc-
ceeding Conservative Sir Alec
In 1964, China set off its first
atomic bomb, codenamed "596,"
on the Lop Nur Test Ground. P
In 1978, the College of Car-
dinals of the Roman Catholic
Church chose Cardinal Karol
Wojtyla to be the new pope; he
took the name John Paul II.
Ten years ago: In the first
known case in the United States,
a Georgia woman gave birth after
being implanted with previously
frozen eggs. Author James Mi-
chener died in Austin, Texas, at
Five years ago: President Bush
signed a congressional resolution
authorizing war against Iraq. The
White House announced that
North Korea had disclosed it -had P
a nuclear weapons program.
Today's Birthdays: Actress An-
gela Lansbury is 82. Author Gunt-
er Grass is 80. Former presidential
adviser Charles W. Colson is 76.
Actor-producer Tony Anthony
is 70. Actor Barry Corbin is 67.
Rock musician C.F. Turner (Bach-
man-Turner Overdrive) is 64. Ac-
tress Suzanne Somers is 61. Rock
singer-musician Bob Weir (The
Dead) is 60. Producer-director
David Zucker is 60. Record com-
pany executive Jim Ed Norman
is 59. Actor Daniel Gerroll is 56.L
Actor-director Tim Robbins is 49. -;
Actor-musician Gary Kemp is 48.
Singer-musician Bob Mould is 47.
Actor Randy Vasquez is 46. Rock
musician Flea (Red Hot Chili Pep- !
pers) is 45. Jazz musician Roy
Hargrove is 38. Actress Terri J. .,
Vaughn is 38. Singer Wendy Wil- th
son (Wilson Phillips) is 38. Rap- sa
per B-Rock (B-Rock and the Bizz) Ti
is 36. Actress Kellie Martin is 32. li
Singer John Mayer is 30. Actor Y
Jeremy Jackson is 27. .
Thought for Today: "We al- at
ways like those who admire vw
us; we do not always like those in
whom we admire." - Francois, o01
Duc de la Rochefoucauld, French a,
moralist (1613-1680). *
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The Last Word in Astrology
By Eugenia Last
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Activities
hat require some physical exertion will
satisfy your need to keep on the move.
ravel may entice you but delays are
kely to cause frustration. Talks will help
ou resolve issues.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don't let
anyone talk you out of your cash. A joint
venture will go sour and lending or pay-
ng for someone else will result in loss
f friendship as well as funds. Listen
nd offer suggestions.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You'll be
confused about what to do or who to
spend time with or whether or not to
lake a move. When in doubt, sit still
nd observe. If you let your intuition
e your guide, you will soon recognize
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Hard
ork will be required to get things done.
on't let things get to you. Added re-
ponsibilities may be dumped on you
ut, if you are specific about what you
an take on, you will be able to pass off
some of these chores to someone else.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You've got
what it takes to lead, enforce rules and
influence others today. A unique part-
nership can be formed. Protect what's
yours so that it won't be questioned at
a later date.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Take
some time to take care of your own per-
sonal matters. A restful day will do you
a world of good and help you formulate
your next move in a practical and ratio-
nal manner. You'll have a powerful im-
pact on someone in need.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Now is not
the time to be lazy. Make special plans
to hook up with someone you have an
interest in. Talks will bring about some
very good and possibly lucrative ideas.
Consider a vocational move.
* SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You
can play your hand and win today. Your
common sense will not let you down.
You can make some interesting assess-
ments that will allow you to tweak and
make last-minute changes to whatever
* DEAR ABBY: I would like to
comment on the letter from "Wary
in the West" (Aug. 10), the young
girl who is apprehensive about
having to room with her sister to
accommodate a new exchange
student the family is hosting.
My family has hosted several
kids from Northern Ireland, and
two years ago a young man from
Brazil. He is now my best friend,
and I will be going to Brazil for a
month this winter.
Although I didn't have to give
up my room, I felt the pressure of
sharing a bathroom and my par-
ents. But I wouldn't give up my
experience for anything. "Wary"
needs to be open and kind. It can
be surprising how much exchange
students already know about the
United States and the world. Many
of them also speak English well
before they arrive and just need
to practice it. "Wary" will come
to regard her visitor as family and
have the time of her life! - Ma-
rina in Pennsylvania
DEAR MARINA: Thank you for
sharing your experiences. Hosting
a foreign exchange student can be
a rewarding adventure - as long
as the logistics are worked out in
advance. This is a program with
great worth and appeal in our
modern, diverse, "global" world,
as the following readers attest:
DEAR ABBY: I, too, was
forced to compromise when an
exchange student came to stay.
Because we did not have an extra
bedroom, I had to trade with my
brother and share with "Helga."
Yes, the year was trying at times
- she and I were very different,
but the result of her stay has been
a 25-year friendship. Our families
-are very close, and we go back
and forth to Norway often. She
and her children also come here.
"Wary" may be surprised with
the result of hosting an exchange
student. If she is open-minded, a
whole new world will reveal it-
self to her. I know I never would
have guessed that Norway would
someday feel like my second
home. - Thankful In Edgewa-
DEAR ABBY: During the sum-
_ mer of 1975, while I was home
. from college, my parents hosted
Close to Home
*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
Don't get ahead of yourself today. Do
things in the proper order if you want
them to turn out. Someone is likely to
oppose or challenge you if you try to do
things differently. Discuss any concerns
you have with a partner or confidant.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You
can talk your way in and out of anything
today. Money can be made but go it
alone -- a joint venture isn't likely to turn
out favorably. Do your own thing and
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Let
your charm and originality carry you to
victory. Speak from the heart but don't
leave yourself open for criticism. Protect
your assets and your secrets.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You may
be confused, especially when dealing
with co-workers. Listen to what's being
said rather than taking over. Change is
heading your way and the best way to
prepare is to keep all doors open so as
not to hinder your chances for advance-
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two boys from Japan. When I
returned to school for my senior
year, I looked for elective courses
to round out my schedule and
noticed classes in Japanese lan-
guage, history and literature. I
signed up for all three. (I had been
fascinated by the handwriting of
the two students and wanted to
While I was practicing in the
language lab, I met a female stu-
dent from Japan who was study-
ing Spanish, as I had previously
done. We agreed to tutor each
other, which led to dating, which
eventually led to marriage and
two wonderful sons. During the
summer we celebrated our 28th
anniversary. -Jeff In San Jose,
DEAR ABBY: My husband and
I have hosted students three times.
They have all been wonderful ex-
periences, and my children love
doing it. Having a foreign daugh-
ter/sister has been rewarding and
memorable for everyone in our
family as well as for each of the
Since it is such a major un-
dertaking, the adjustments and
changes to be made must be dis-
cussed by all family members. The
teenagers are coming from an-
other culture, leaving behind their
own friends and families. They
need to know that the host fam-
ily wants to share everything with
them, as well as learn from them.
- Foreign Exchange Fan
DEAR ABBY: I am the oldest
of six. In the early '60s, my parents
hosted two teen boys from Mexi-
co City for two months. They had
so much fun the first year, they re-
turned for two more winters. All
six of us spent at least one sum-
mer in Mexico. This exchange has
enriched our lives. We are still in
contact with our Mexican broth-
ers and sister.
My husband and I have be-
friended many foreign students
and families, and have been
hosted in Norway, Germany, Ja-
pan, Spain, France and Turkey. If
"Wary" embraces the experience,
it will bring her great joy. In this
shrinking world, understanding
other cultures and languages is
critical. - Pat In Tucson
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MIXED BREED- male, tan,
about 20 lbs, vic of SW 16th
St. Call to identify
(863)357-7597 / 532-0507
Job Information 225 ,
Job Training 227
owned and operated
company, is seeking a
Full Time Truck
Mechanic. Work 5%V
days per weeks w/addi-
tional rotating on call
weekends. Our local
headquarters features a
nice shop. Walpole, Inc
offers Top Pay, Full
Benefits and much more.
For General Contractor.
Must have construction exp.
Proficient in Word & Excel.
DFWP Fax resume to:
Has 40 temporary positions
open from: February 1st '07
to November 31th '08
Start in Lakeland, FL then to
Naples, Port Charlotte, Plant
City, Merritt Island, Palm
Bay, FL. Then to Marietta,
GA, Nashville, TN, Lexing-
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ton, KY Union City, Ashland
City, Springfield, Dyersburg,
Lexington, TN. Then to Co-
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Job entails a variety of du-
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facility, maintain equipment,
provide use of equipment to
participants, and operate
and/or rides. Employee will
work 40 hours per week.
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Apply at the: Texas
in Austin, Texas
or fax resume to TWC @
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F/T Okee. & surrounding
areas. Road construction
a plus. 954-931-0125
HAIR DRESSER- needed for
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Vanity). Please call Renee at
Energetic, Personable Medical
Assistant Needed. Full Time
in busy medical office. Expe-
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Needed for busy doctor's
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JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
The most important
20 minutes of your day
Is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.
Christmas Trees 745
Farm. Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
SPOTTED SADDLE HORSE-
12 yr old, bl & wh, gaited,
ret. show horse, needs exp.
rider. $500 (863)357-3325
For More Information
GET INVOLVED IN
Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street * (863) 357-2442
Immediate Openings * All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time * RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
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1646 Hwy. 441 North
Immediate Openings - CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
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406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
Business Places 910
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
FURNISHED APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044
Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 1/2 ba, 2 Story, W/D
Fenced patio, $800 mo., 1st,
last+ sec. (863)634-3313
OKEECHOBEE, Backlash RV
Park Apt, 1 br available on the
Rim Canal. Call for details.
OKEECHOBEE- Newly remod-
eled effic. apt., furn., you pay
utilities, Prefer seasonal rent-
TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS:
1br/1ba, partially furnished.
$650/mo, 1st & $800/Sec
For Details. 561-352-4243
When doing those chores
Is doing you In, It's time
to look for a helper In
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 - 1 Bdrm., 1 Ba Cabin,
$550 mo. + sec. Also lot
space available in this 55 +
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.
OKECHOBEE, 3BR/1BA Du-
plex, washer & dryer hook-
up, central a/c & heat.
$700/mo + $500 sec. Move
in now, next rent due 12/1.
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OKEE., 2 Story, 3BR/2.5BA,
2 car garage, Blue Heron,
golf, waterfront. $1300.
OKEECHOBEE- 2/2, W/D, 6
mo or 1 yr lease, $750/mo,
$1800 to move in. 907 SW
2nd Ave (863)634-0512
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
S.E. OKEE: 3 BR, 1 BA., CBS
Home. Annual lease. W&D,
$950 mo. 1st. & last sec.
Close proximity to new
court house. 863-763-4740
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The classified ads
ROOMS FOR RENT
Mobile Home $125-n$150 wk
1 month sec in advance
No pets (561)927-8211
WATERFRONT, 2 BR, M.H.,
C/Air, W&D and Workshop.
Furn. or Unfurn., Long or
Short Term. 863-467-7528
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Business Places -
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 -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classi-
fleds and make your
clean up a breeze!
BUILDING & LAND
7200 sq ft-
Metal building on 1 + acre of
land, fenced, plenty of parking,
located on N. Industrial Loop,
2400 sq ft- Office space under
4800 sq ft- Warehouse area-3
Call (863)675-4342 or
(863)673-1885 for more
DUPLEX, 3BR, 1BA, Belmont
St. in LaBelle
(239)872-0596 Iv msg.
NEW HOME ON YOUR LOT!
Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
OKEECHOBEE- 3/1, CBS, Re-
duced to $172K, Oak, tile &
marble & more! Moving/
Must sell now! Must seel
Flyers! 309 SW 10th Ave.
(863)357-0391 Appt. Only!
remodeled, 4br, 2 ba, plus
family room, 2000 sq ft, 1/2
acre, new roof, A Must See!
$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
Grab a bargain from your
attic, basement or clos-
et in today's classified.
Mobile Home - Lots )01'-.
Mobile Home- Parfs 9010
Mobile Homes - Rent 2015
Mobile Homes - Sale 2020
I Puli Noice
ANCIENT OAKS, 55+, 1BR,
sunroom, covered patio, car-
port, pool, clubhouse, every-
thing included. $550/month.
Call (954) 610-5345
CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $650/mo + $1000
sec. dep. 863-763-4031
LABELLE, New 3BR/2BA dbl
wide, w/d, 2.5 acres, fenced,
owner mows, good credit,
d/w. $1100. (239)910-5115
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
& apple'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/lba,
$550/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets.
RV For Rent or Sale - BHR,
New '05. $475 mo. + sec.
in a 55+ park. Call
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES - DW
Mobile, 3/2, furnished, C/A,
boat dock, adults only.
$900/mo. & 1st, last, & $500
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used Items in
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
Beautiful 4 acres with 3 Mo-
bile Homes, all new roofs,
price reduced to sell, spa-
cious country living,
MOBILE HOME- 61ft, all new
on river, w/dock, 2/3 br,
screen room, extras,
MOVE IN SPECIAL- SWMH,
2/2, on quiet cul-de-sac. Ful-
ly furn., Front & rear porch-
es. Metal roof over/awnings.
2 storage sheds. Dbt carport.
$14,000 (863)610-0421 or
4/2 Tile floor, Energy Package,
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq. ft
Call for Free Color Brochures
Campers RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles,.'ATVs 30.5
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
Love the earth Recycle
your used Items by sell-
ing them in the classi-
TOY HAULER, '02, Forest Riv-
er, 24', new tires, new bat-
tery, $15,000 or best offer.
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans . 4070
FORD 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 -
29 Passenger. Great condi-
tion. A/C. $5,800.
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 entertain-
ment. With the Howlin' Buzz Blues Band. For information, visit www.
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. Ad-
mittance 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or, Lou Rausch
at (772) 359-6541, or, Greyriderl863@aol.com. All proceeds from the
event will go to the St. Lucie County Sheriffs Explorer Post #400.
Local club plans toy drive
The Just for Today Club is doing a toy collection for the needy chil-
dren of the inmates in the Okeechobee County Jail. All donations are to
be received by Dec. 21. All toys are to be new and unwrapped. Please
drop off the toys at the Just for Today Club, 2303 U.S. 441 S.E., Suite K.
For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-4017 or (863) 634-9386.
Senior Services offering assistance
Okeechobee Senior Services is currently taking applications for the
EHEAEP grant. You must be 60 and over to qualify for assistance with
electric bills and you must have a shut off notice. Call Kim at (863)
462-5180 for the required documentation needed to apply.
VFW sponsors Operation Shoebox
Big Lake VFW, Post #10539 is looking for all family members --
sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers or mothers -- of those serv-
ing in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan or the Persian Gulf. The Post is spon-
soring Operation Shoebox and would like to send packages to active
military personnel from Okeechobee. Please call (863) 697-2930, or
Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of
Okeechobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and are
good for one year at selected businesses. Cards can be purchased at
CarQuest, 300 N.W Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Pro-
ceeds will go toward youth activities in our community.
Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPL's
Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share pro-
gram is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL corporate
funds. The program provides emergency assistance funds to custom-
ers who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their FPL electric bill.
There are rules and guidelines that must be met to quality. If you are a
FPL customer and need help, call (863) 763-6020 to leave your name
and number. Your call will be returned and an interview will be done
over the phone to determine if you qualify. Interviews with your local
Salvation Army are by appointment only, no walk-ins are accepted.
Volunteers needed at skate park
Communities in Schools is in need of volunteers to help man the
skate park during concession hours. Hours are available any day of the
week. We will provide training and background screenings. For infor-
mation, contact Mike Davis, youth project director, at (863) 462-5863.
Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and ad-
vocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local
meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce.
Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit www.
Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering
parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive a
gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour classes.
You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. 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 avail-
able at no charge to help people in their search for the right employee
or job. For more, visit their web site at www.tcjobs.org; or, call (863)
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also
looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board member
of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with
the public and should be able to seek support from city and county
officials, business executives and other organizations. Work days and
hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.
CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol - United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and
cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12
and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit
and provide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of
the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and
cadet.programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to ac-
complish these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or
senior member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency
Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.
Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If
you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop
them off at their administrative office at 103 N.W Fifth St.
Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a week on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Salvation Army seeks bell ringers
The Salvation Army needs your help during the upcoming Christ-
mas season. They need wonderful people who capture the Christmas
spirit to be bell ringers at different businesses during the holiday sea-
son. If you would like to be a bell ringer or find out more informa-
tion, call Rev. Jim Dawson at 447-2715 during the first two weeks in
Group providing animal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service of Okeechobee is currently provid-
ing rescue, pick up and transport of sick, injured, orphaned or other-
wise impaired wildlife.
Anyone who finds a wild animal in need of help is encouraged to
give us a call. A volunteer transporter, licensed by the Florida Fish &
Wildlife Conservation Commission, will be more than happy to help
you and the animal.
This is a free service to the community and to wildlife.
For information, call (863) 634-1755 or (863) 357-7955.
Applique Society welcomes Artful Appliquers
The Applique society extends a warm welcome to the Artful Appli-
quers, a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee. This chapter meets
at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, Okeechobee on Mon-
days from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves, .Chapter leader would
like to extend a warm welcome to any interested persons to come by
and see what they are about. For information call (863) 763-6952.
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INVITATION TO BID
Notice is hereby given that signed, sealed, and delivered bids will be received by In-
dian River Community College by mail or hand delivery (no laxed proposals will
be accepted) no later than the bid openino deadline of 200 p m Tuesday. No-
vember 6 2007 in Buildin "S", Conference Room S134 at the Fort Pierce Main
Campus The bids shall be received from qualified State Licensed General Con-
tractors and be addressed to The Distrct Board of Trustees of Indian River Com-
munity Colleoe Attenion Mr Karl Guedtler. Dean of Facilities Planning 3209
Virginia Avenue. Room S233. Fort Pierce Florida 34981-5596. You are invited to
bid on a general contract, including all labor, equipment. and materials necessary
to complete the project per the pans and specifications, for the project described
COLLEGE LANE EXTENSION
INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE - MUELLER CAMPUS
6155 COLLEGE LANE
VERO BEACH, FL 32966
Construction plans, specifications, and contract documents may be examined and
purchased or information may be obtained at the following location:
BOYLE ENGINEERING CORPORATION
a/k/a LBFH, INC)
3550 S.W. CORPORATE PARKWAY
PALM CITY, FL 34990
CONTACT. SEAN C. DONAHUE or PETER MAY
772-286-3883; FAX 772-286-3925
A MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING is scheduled to be held on Tuesday. October 30,
2007, 10:00 a.m. at the Richardson Center - Conference Room 103. IRCC Muell-
er Campus. 6155 College Lane Vero Beach, Florida
Bids shall be submitted fully complete with all required proposal documents, includ-
ing completed bid forms, completed contractor's qualification statement, and a
Bid Bond, Cashier's Check, or Certified Check in the amount of not less than five
percent (5%) of the total amount of the base bid, made payable to: THE DISTRIC
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE as evidence of
good faith and guaranteeing that the successful Bidder will execute and furnish to
the District Board of Trustees of Indian River Community College a Performance
Bond and a Payment Bonedissued by a Surey Company licensed to do business
in the State of Florida, for 100% of the contract price, within ten (10) days after
being awarded the construction contract.
All bid proposals must be submitted in duplicate and must be signed; sealed with
corporate seal; and securely sealed in a suitable conveyance clearly designate
as: "Bid Proposal for Extension of College Lane. IRCC Mueller Camous. Indian
River County" and be delivered to the IRCC Facilities Planning Office as specified
in paragraph 1.
Bids and supporting documents will be evaluated by the engineer and College offi-
cials, and the award will subsequently be made by the District Board of Trustees
of Indian River Community College at a regularly scheduled Board Meeting.
Bids received after the Tuesday. November 6, 2007 2:00 a .m. deadline, or incom-
plete proposals, will not be accepted The Owner reserves the right to reject any
and all bids, to waive informalities, to re-advertise, and to award the contract in its
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