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Okeechobee City Technical
Review Committee
City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.
Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 10


Exciting events
at Seminole
This week at Seminole Ele-
mentary School, we have some
exciting events planned.
Our Book Fair is open for
students and their families.
All week students can visit the
fair during specials. Research
shows that students who read
20 minutes a night increase
their fluency level by 34% per-
cent. Please come and show
your support.
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N.W. 154 1h Ave.
closing temporarily
Northwest 15411, Avenue will
be closed to all traffic from 8:30
a.m. until approximately 3 p.m.
on Thursday, Oct. 25.
According to the
Okeeechobee County, Road
Maintenance Department, a
pipe under the road must be
replaced. To do this, the road
must be closed.
If you have any questions,
call (863) 763-3514.

Local blood bank
It's time for the Second
Annual Okeechobee Blood
Round-up. This year, Florida's
Blood Centers (FBC) hopes to
break the record of.400 set last
year. Blood drive organizers
have set a goal of 500 donors.
The Round-up will be on
Friday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 7
p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. ' in the Okeechobee
County Courthouse Parking
Lot, Northwest Second Street
and Third Avenue. For more
information, contact wwwflo-
ridasbloodcenters.org, or call

Busnes sft

Drought index
Current: 2 10
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.20 feet

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current number of seats from
2,457 to 4,380. The money will
be moved from the Capital Proj-
ects Contingency to an appropri-,
ate project line.
"There has been some dis-
cusssion that additional expendi-
tures may be necessary based on
modifications that may be neces-
sary," said Okeechobee County
administrator George Long.
"There are some issues on the
corner of the building that have
to be resolved to accommodate
the seating that was authorized."
With this latest project, the

cost of the agri-civic center will
now be around $9 million, he
Commission chairman Ray
Domer was the lone dissenting
vote at the Thursday, Oct. 18,
commission meeting.
According. to a prospectus
from the Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center Advisory Group, their five-
year plan requirements for the
agri-civic center include that: in
year two, a concrete horse barn
and a multi-purpose exhibition
building will be built; in year
three, an exhibition building and

a 58,000-square-foot covered
horse arena with 2,500 seats will
be built; in year four, another ex-
hibition building be constructed;
and, in year five, another exhibi-
tion building will be built along
with an equestrian trail and ad-
ditional paved parking.
,kccording to Pete Keough,
who heads up the facility for the
county, the 58 bookings for the
fiscal year that ended Sept. 30
totaled $71,799.80. To date, he
continued, he has 62 bookings
on the calendar for the new fis-
cal year which is a 42 percent

increase over 2005-06.
Although not all of those have
entered into a contract agree-
ment, he anticipates they will
bring in between $95,000 and
$100,000. The amount made by
the facility is also based on the
percentage received from such
things as vendors and conces-
The recent three-day La-
bor Day rodeo put on by the
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Associ-
ation failed to sell out on the first
See Arena - Page 2

Commission agrees
to pay $362,000 for
agri-civic center seats

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
By a 4-1 vote, the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com
missioners agreed at their Oct. 18
meeting to spend over $362,000
for additional seating at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
The new seats will boost the

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Three Okeechobee residents
were arrested late last week on
felony drug charges, and. were
also charged with leading dep-
uties on 80 mph car chase that
ended at his home.
. Charged was Teresa Lee
Green, 37, N.W First St.; Shay
Lawrence Chandler, 29, N.W
5611, St.; and Jason Gillis, 27,
N.W Ninth Ave.
Green was charged with the
felony of possession of meth-
amphetamine and the misde-

meanor of possession of drug
paraphernalia. She was booked
into the Okeechobee County
Jail under a $3,500 bond.
Chandler was charged with
the felonies of possession of
methamphetarnine and fleeing
and attempting to elude a law
enforcement officer. He also
faces a misdmeanor charge of
possession of drug parapherna-
lia. His bond was set at $5,500.
Gillis was charged with
the felony of possession of
methamphetamine, and the
See Charges - Page 2

Submitted photo/Sandra Pearce
Okeechobee cattleman Pete Clemons has been chosen to be inducted into the Florida
Agriculture Hall of Fame. He will be inducted during the 30t" annual awards celebration
on Feb. 12 during the Florida State Fair in Tampa.

Clemons named to Florida Ag. Hall of -Fame-

Florida Agriculture Commis-
sioner Charles H. Bronson and
the Florida Agricultural Hall of
Fame Foundation Monday an-
nounced the agricultural lead-
ers who will be inducted into
the Hall of Fame in February
They are:
* "Pete" Clemons of
* Hugh MalakQwsky English
ofLaBell e,
* Fritz Stein Jr. of Belle Glade,
* Alto Alfred S traughn of
"Florida agriculture owes
an immense debt.of gratitude
to these outstanding leaders,"
Bronson said. "Their dedicated
service in the areas of research,
education, business and gov-
ernment helped make Florida
agriculture into the remarkable
industry that is known and ad-

mired around the world."
They will be inducted into
the Florida Agricultural Hall of
Fame during the 30th annual
awards celebration Feb. 12,
2008, during the Florida State
Fair in Tampa. These four induct-
ees will bring the total to 124.
"The contributions of these in-
dividuals have left an indelible
mark on Florida agriculture,"
said Reggie Brown, president of
the Florida Agricultural Hall of
Fame. "Their tireless, unselfish
efforts to promote and protect
Florida's greatest industry will
be recognized with the agri-
cultural community's highest
honor as they are inducted into
the Florida Agricultural Hall of
Tickets to the event will
be available in early 2008. For
ticket information, contact the
Florida Poultry Federation 'at
(813) 628 4551. For more infor-

mation about the Florida Agri-
cultural Hall of Fame and previ-
ous, inductees, visit:http./Avww.
"Pete" Clemons
"Pete" Clemons is a famed
former rodeo star, a success-
ful citrus grower and rancher,
and the owner/operator of
Florida's premier cattle mar-
ket, the Okeechobee Livestock
Market. Highly regarded for his
friendliness, honesty, and gonu-
ine desire to help people, Mr.
Clemons. is considered by many
to be the best-known and best-
loved cattleman in the state.
Mr. Clemons was born in
1927 and grew up working on
cattle ranches in Osceola and
See Clemons - Page 2

_By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Tech-
nical Review Committee (TRC)
will meet on Wednesday, Oct.
24, at 10 a.m. where they will
consider two site plans con-
cerning two local businesses:
Southeast Milk, Inc. and Big
Lake Home Health Services,
The TRC will consider site
improvements to a 1.54-acre
site owned by South East Milk,
Inc. The applicant John Rad-
datz on behalf of South East
Milk, Inc. is requesting a project

If you go
Okeechobee City Technical
Review Committee
City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.
Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m.
to expand the existing build-
ing and construction of an ad-
ditional metal storage building
vvithin the site.
This has required the ap-
plicant to previously go before
the City Planning Board for ap-
proval of variances to setbacks

See Site - Page 2

watches, waits

By Bill Kaczor
Associated Press Writer
ate President Ken Pruitt advised
his stay-at-home members
Monday they may not need to
return to the Florida Capitol
depending on what the House
does this week on property tax
Voters then may be left
without a tax-cutting proposal

on the Jan. 29 presidential pri-
mary ballot. If the senators do
come back,--it won't be earlier
than Thursday, Pruitt said in an
"We do not know at this
time whether you will need to
return to Tallahassee," Pruitt
wrote. "Thank you for your pa-
The House resumed consid-
eration of its ta:k plan later Mon-
day as part of a special session
called by Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie,
and House Speaker Marco Ru-
See Taxes - Page 2

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Dr. Fred Brown Day
Mayor James Kirk (center) proclaimed on behalf of City of Okeechobee Saturday, Nov.
1, to be "Dr. Fred Brown Day". This proclamation was accepted by Dr. Fred Brown (left)
and a member of the Okeechobee Friends of New Horizons Connie Abney (right). They
are planning a fundraiser for the New Horizons Children's Crisis Center to be held at the
ROC on Thursday, Nov. 1. For additional information please contact (863) 462-0040.

County to add seats at arena

Agriculture Hall of Fame: Rancher honored

Three jailed

House resuming

2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Okeechobee Main Street hosts mixer

Okeechobee Main Street's
(OKMS) October mixer was
hosted by Okeechobee Abstract
and Title Company along with
Quality Air Conditioning. Held at
Quality Air's new facility, owners
Bud and Amy Neese and hostess
Susan Barber provided wonder-
ful refreshments and decorated
the reception room in purple and
gold to salute Okeechobee High
School's homecoming. Principal
Toni Wiersma thanked everyone
for their community spirit. Every-
one enjoyed a time to relax and
network. We'd like to thank Sea-
coast National Bank for providing
great door prizes.
OKMS provides a monthly op-
portunity for members to host an
open house and showcase their
business with the community.
The mixers are open to the public.
For more information about the
mixers or OKMS please call pro-
gram manager, Karen Hanawalt
at (863) 357-MAIN (6246).

Continued From Page 1
day of competition, but did sell
out on Sunday and Monday - the
final two days of the rodeo.
Mr. Keough said he happened
to be in the ticket booth on those
days and saw some "disgruntled
patrons having to get back into
their cars."
The seats are being added to
the agri-civic center at the request,
in part, of the local cattlemen's
group. While the group does pay
rent on the facility, the county will
bear the cost of the new seating.
Mr. Long said the county also
paid to number the seats.
In a November 2006 inter-
view, Mr. Long said the agr-civic

Continued From Page 1
misdemeanors of possession of
marijuana under 20 grams and
possession of drug parapherna-
lia. He was also. arrested on an
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with driving while
license suspended with knowl-
edge. His total bond was set at
+ $26,500.
An arrest report by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force
indicates that detectives stopped
Green on N.W 1289, Ave. shortly
after 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19.
At this same time Deputy John
Ashby of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) was try-
ing to stop a blue Ford truck. The
report said the two vehicles were
traveling in tandem.

Continued From Page 1
on the property.
The applicant was previously
granted a zero foot setback vari-
ance on the eastern side of the
property for the addition of their
current building to add to the
front of the building offices and a
porch to create a more aestheti-
cally pleasing look.
They were also granted a vari-
ance for a 3 ft setback on the
south end of the property for
a new metal storage building
which will align with the south
property line. This building will

Continued From Page 1
Highlands counties. His parents,
Oscar and Theressa Bronson
Clemons, were both members
of pioneer Florida cattle families.
Mr. Clemons paid his own way
through the University of Florida
by working as a rodeo performer,
and in 1950 he graduated with a
bachelor's degree in agriculture.
Mr. Clemons' professional ro-
deo career began when he was
in high school and continued
until he was well into his forties.
He won a record nine All Around
titles at the annual Silver Spurs
Rodeo in Kissimmee. In 1949
Clemons was the Kissimmee
Jaycees' representative at the
National Jaycees Rodeo in Colo-
rado Springs, and he stunned the
western competition by entering
all six events and coming away
once again with the All Around
title. As a rodeo cowboy, Mr.
Clemons served as an unofficial

Continued From Page 1
bio, R-West Miami.
Rubio said he was confident
the two chambers will be able to
resolve their differences before
an Oct. 29 deadline for placing a

Submitted photo
Okeechobee Main Street had a successful mixer for October hosted by Okeechobee Abstract
and Title Company and Quality Air Conditioning. OKMS members (front row-left to right) Julie
Woloski, Susan Barber, Toni Doyle, Bud Neese, Amy Neese, Karen Hanawalt, (back row-left
to right) Maureen Burroughs and Terry Burroughs celebrated the OHS homecoming at their
October mixer.

center costs the county $1,471.92
per day, or $10,303.14 per week.
If the facility was booked every
weekend for 104 days, or 52
weekends, at $1,000 per day that
would generate $104,000.
In round numbers, the coun-
ty's expenses at that time were
$821.92 per day. Their debt ser-
vice payment on the center is
$240,000 per year, or $650 per
day. That means the facility has to
generate around $10,000 a week
to break even.
Even though these figures
were quoted in 2006, Mr. Long
said they hold true today.
However, he pointed out that
the budget for the agri-civic cen-
ter is fully funded. He said it is
funded with dollars other than
Mr. Long said the agri-civic

Teresa Shay
Green Chandler
The report states that Green,
along with Gillis were in the
green Mitsubishi stopped by the
task force. When task force mem-
bers approached the Mitsubishi
the report states that Gillis could
be seen trying to conceal some-
thing behind him. When he was
placed in custody the detectives
saw a plastic bag that contained
some sort of substance. Green
was taken into custody because
she was reportedly trying to reach
the substance in the back seat of

house the merchandise that is
currently stacked out in the open
which will also create a more
aesthetically pleasing look for the
The city planner is recom-
mending approval of the site plan
provided that some parking and
landscaping issues are addressed
during the TRC meeting.
The applicant did not provide
landscaping plans. According to
the planner, the site would re-
quire two trees and six shrubs
through applying the new land
development regulations (LDR)
to the new construction on the
The newly required parking

ambassador for the Florida cattle
industry both nationally and in-
ternationally. He appeared in
televised professional rodeos on
a regular basis and still raises
championship rodeo bulls on his
ranch in Okeechobee.
In 1961 with the help of his
father and another partner,
Mr. Clemons purchased the
Okeechobee Livestock Market.
Under Mr. Clemons' leadership
the market became Florida's
largest cattle market and one of
the largest volume dealers east of
the Mississippi. Today, the mar-
ket provides a variety of special
services, including locating buy-
ers and sellers of cattle herds and
bringing bull sales from out of
state to local buyers. Mr. Clem-
ons expanded cattle marketing to
include video and internet mar-
keting venues and helped start
one of the first internet cattle auc-
tions in the United States.
"If it's buying or selling cattle
in Florida, Pete is the man to go
to," says rancher Sonny William-

center's operating budget for this
year is $615,565 because dollars
that weren't spent previously
were rolled over to this year.
Both Mr. Long and Mr. Keough
point out that the facility provides
off-site benefits to the county --
namely, filled motel rooms and
busy restaurants.
Mr. Keough said he person-
ally made note that 55 rooms at
a local motel were filled due to a
recent booking at the facility.
"And when the bike rally was
here all the motels were sold
out," he said of the two-day event
on Memorial Day.
He said events booked at
the agri-civic center are "desti-
nation events" which normally
means people will stay over
in Okeechobee and fill motel
rooms, eat at local restaurants

her car.
The sub-
stance was later
field tested and
indicated a posi-
tive result for
the presence of
Jason amine.
Gillis While this
was going on,
Deputy Ashby was trying to stop
the truck. It was learned some-
time later that Chandler was driv-
ing the truck, said the report.
Once Green and Gillis were in
custody, task force member joined
Deputy Ashby. At times, stated the
report, Chandler was fleeing at
speeds exceeding 80 mph.
The report said the man
drove his vehicle off the road and
through the yard of a residence.
He then got out of his truck and

area would require either four
spaces or could be lowered to
three spaces and an additional
handicap space by allowing the
site to come under the LDR's for
industrial uses due to the new
construction being used solely
for storage.
In unrelated business a previ-
ously postponed application con-
cerning Big Lake Home Health
Services, Inc., which was submit-
ted by Mohammad Noorudin on
behalf of property owner A.M.S.A.
Holdings. The property is located
at 608 N. E. Second Ave.
The TRC had several issues
at the last meeting where they
instructed Mr. Noorudin to de-

son of Okeechobee. "Ranchers
know that he will help smooth
out the problems for them and
get a sale or purchase of cattle
done fair and honest."
Mr. Clemons has always been
a strong supporter of the Florida
beef industry and has worked
hard promoting beef cattle ranch-
ing. In the early 1980s he served
as chairman of the Florida Beef
Council and helped guide the use
of Beef Check-off dollars to raise
consumer awareness about the
healthfulness of beef and to build
beef demand.
For the last 40 years Mr.
Clemons has served as a board
member or an officer of the
Okeechobee County Cattlemen's
Association. He was president
of the organization in 1979, and
today he coordinates the group's
fundraising rodeos, which pay
for beef promotion and college
scholarships. In recognition of
his many years of service, the
Okeechobee County Cattlemen's
Association recently named him

new proposal on the presidential a propose
primary ballot. al amend
"This is a big issue and I think worked ou
we're very close," Rubio said. Charlie Cri
"If you look at what the Sen- chambers.
ate passed and what the House It would
passed, there's only a couple dif- on primal
ferences." homestead
The Senate last week passed has gone

ed state constitution-
ment that had been
it in advance with Gov.
ist and leaders of both

d focus most of its cuts
ry homes, known as
is. The House, though,
in a different direction

and buy gasoline here.
The additional seating at the
Okeechobee facility will put it in
line with some other nearby ven-
ues. Mr. Keough said the Adams
Arena seats 5,000, and arenas at
the Brighton Reservation and the
Arcadia Turner Center both seat
4,000. When completed, he said
the DeSoto County Cattlemen's
Arena will seat 10,000.
He went on to say that the fa-
cility was "maxed out" with the
recent National Day of the Cow-
boy, and the Okeechobee High
School graduation. The use of
facility was donated to the high
school and is free to them when-
ever they choose to hold gradua-
tion there. The center was rented
for the National Day of the Cow-
boy festivities held the last week-
end in July.

fled on foot. OCSO K-9 Widgen
was brought in to track Chandler.
The man was found approxi-
mately one-eighth bf a mile away
at his residence.
He was taken into custody
without further incident.
The report said a smoking
pipe with residue along with a
small plastic bag was found in
Chandler's truck. The pipe, along
with the contents of the bag,
were field tested and indicated a
positive result for the presence of
The arrest report goes on to
state that 8 grams of a substance
that, when tested, indicated a
positive result for the presence
of marijuana was also found in
Green's vehicle. The weight of
the suspected methamphetamine
found in her Mitsubishi weighed
11 grams, continued the report.

termine what the drain field for
the sewer is from the health de-
partment and reconstruct the site
plan accordingly to accommo-
date the parking requirements.
The applicant also had to move
the parking sufficiently eastward
in order to accommodate the re-
quired 10 foot setback and buffer
from Northeast Second Avenue.
The applicant also needed to
address that they have provided
the appropriate landscaping ac-
cording to the LDR's.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

an honorary director.
Mr. Clemons is a strong pro-
ponent of property rights, fair
trade, and reasonable business
and land-use regulations. He is
a past president of the Florida
Association of Livestock Markets
and was active for many years
in the Animal Industry Technical
Council, which works with the
Florida Department of Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services on
animal health and disease eradi-
cation issues.
Pete Clemons and his wife,
Susanne, live in Okeechobee.
Their sons, Jeff and Todd, have
assumed management roles at
the Okeechobee Livestock Mar-
ket, but Pete remains active in the
"Pete's most valuable trait as
a leader might be a very simple
one," says his friend John Wil-
liams, executive vice president
of Riverside National Bank in
Okeechobee. "He always has
time for every single person."

with a proposal to provide more
relief to second homes, businesses
and other non-homestead proper-
ties than in the Senate plan.
House sponsors say their pro-
posal would save taxpayers about
$11 billion over the first four years
compared to nearly $10 billion for
the Senate plan.

News Briefs

Legislative delegation to meet
Representative Richard Machek announces that the Okeechobee
County Legislative Delegation will hold its annual meeting and pub-
lic hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.
The meeting will be held in the County Commission Chambers
at the Okeechobee Commission Chambers, 304 NW 2Nd Street,
Okeechobee, 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.

Today's Weather

Okeechobee Forecast
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be around 90. The wind will be from the
southeast at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers. The
low will be in the lower 70s. The wind will be from the southeast
around 5 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Extended Forecast
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The wind will be from the
southeast at 5 to10 mph. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and a
slight chance of thunderstorms. The low will be in the upper 60s.
The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of showers. The high
will be in the upper 80s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers.
The low will be in the lower 70s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Friday: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers. The high will
be in the mid 80s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers. The
low will be in the lower 70s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of showers. The high
will be in the mid 80s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers.
The low will be around 70. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of showers. The high
will be in the mid 80s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.


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Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 23, 2007 3

S.j . Credit crisis is not over; just

look at what the facts show

Submitted to the Okeechobee News
Participants (in no particular order) are: Teresa Chandler, Theresa Cline, Sherry Jackson,
Donna Aquilina, Sherri Sullivan, Michelle Cavil, Tara Turner, Terri Sloan-Bartz, Anthony Loupe,
Payten Bartz.

Award participants (in no particular order) are: Dave Shaffer, Teri Sloan-Bartz, Allene Charles,
Destiny Riggs, Debbie Skidmore, Greg Kimmins, Dayna Kimmins, Mary Shaffer, Margaretta
Garrison, Kaylee Nichols and Michelle Cavil.

Chili cook-off event raises $14,140.00

Seacoast National Bank
sponsored a booth at the an-
nual Chili Cook-off to benefit
the C.A.S.T.L.E. organization.
The C.A.S.T.L.E. (Child Abuse
Services Training & Life Enrich-
ment) is an organization whose
main objective is to prevent

child abuse by working with
families throughout our mar-
kets. They currently have loca-
tions in Martin, Okeechobee and
Indian River counties. There are
a total of 125 locations nation-
wide. Seacoast raised a total of
$14,140.00 towards the cause.

All proceeds from the Cook-Off
will go towards the prevention
of child abuse and education to
families. Seacoast received the
first place award for overall per-
formance and sportsmanship
and second place for the best

By Rachel Beck
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- The facts
speak for themselves: The credit
crisis is getting even scarier.
The first evidence was the an-
nouncement by the nation's big-
gest banks that they are banding
together with the government's
blessing to try to bail out insti-
tutional customers and maybe
themselves stuck with illiquid
asset-backed investments. That's
a clear indication that there has
been little relaxation in the pa-
ralysis gripping debt markets in
recent months.
Then Standard & Poor's made
another sweeping downgrade of
the credit ratings on mortgage-
backed securities worth some
$23.35 billion this time for loans
granted since the first of the year,
a sign that loose lending stan-
dards lasted far longer than many
More trouble also surfaced on
the housing front, with construc-
tion of new homes plunging to
the lowest level in 14 years and
home builders' sentiment falling
to its lowest on record.
Even the stock market took a
pause from its recent bullish run,
with investors tempering their
buying on concerns that the cred-
it and housing mess would lead
to a contraction in third-quarter
earnings for the first time in six
So much for the worst of this
crisis being over. Just a few weeks
back, there was some optimism
building in the marketplace that
the end of this bumpy road was
near. Those upbeat views now
look like they were just wishful
Why else would a consortium
of banks including Citigroup,
JPMorgan Chase and Bank of
America be uniting with a plan
to keep the housing-related debt
crisis from worsening. If they
thought conditions in the credit
market were about to improve,
would they be gathering for this
group hug?
The banks have proposed cre-
ating a fund that will buy around
$100 billion in debt from struc-
tured investment vehicles, or
SIVs, in an attempt to break the
logjam in the market for short-
term debt instruments that hold
mortgage-related assets.
Banks sponsor the SIVs, con-
tributing longer-tem assets like

mortgage-backed securities to the
investment vehicle. The SIV then
sells unsecured commercial pa-
per or other forms of short-term
debt at low interest rates to the
likes of hedge funds and money-
market mutual funds hungering
for a few extra basis points of.
yield. Those proceeds are then
used to repay the sponsor for its
Accounting rules don't require
the SIVs to appear on bank bal-
ance sheets, even though they
create, run and generate fees
from them. But if debt markets
seize up and the SIV can't repay
or roll over the commercial pa-
per debt when it comes due, the
sponsor then is expected to come
up with cash to cover the SIV or
face a big blow to its reputation.
For the banks, helping the SIVs
could lead to big losses as they
are forced to mark down the
value of the now-shunned asset-
backed securities.
The goal of the new bailout
fund is to prevent that from hap-
pening. Its plan is to sell short-
term notes to investors and then
use the proceeds to buy dis-
tressed securities from the SIVs
that otherwise would have to be
sold at fire-sale prices. Eventually,
they will try to sell those securi-
ties to investors.
The fund's backers are spin-
ning this as a way to save the
market from more meltdown,
but it really is nothing more than
a shell game to try to rescue them
from the mess they got them-
selves into.
It's not even clear if that will
do the trick. Given the complexity

in valuing the SIVs illiquid securi-
ties, there are lingering questions
over what price the banks will
place on the debt and whether in-
vestors will be willing to bite. The
fund's backers also say that they
will only buy highly rated assets,
a promise investors should be
wary of since they've seen mas-
sive downgrades of the ratings on
mortgage-related debt that wasn't
supposed to be risky.
Standard & Poor's helped to
stoke investors' fears about that
this week when it cut the credit
ratings on 1,713 classes of securi-
ties backed by mortgages issued
in the first six months of this year.
S&P placed 646 other classes of
mortgage-backed securities on
negative credit watch, which
mean they could be downgraded
The securities are backed by
subprime, alt-A and home-equity
loans, three types of loans have
gone increasing delinquent and
into default in recent months.
Subprime loans typically carry
higher interest rates and were
about the only way people with
bad credit were able to get into
the housing game, while alt-A
loans are for people who lack the
full documentation that tradition-
al borrowers have.
That massive cut in -ratings is
raising concerns that the housing
and mortgage sector problems
aren't improving, which was also
confirmed by new data from the
Commerce Department that con-
struction of new homes fell 10.2
percent last month, compared
to August. That was the slowest
building pace since March 1993.

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Candy, Candy, Candy
Seacoast National Bank collects candy for the Halloween event in Flagler Park on Wed.
Oct. 31. Main Street along with local businesses and volunteers organize this event to
provide a safe Halloween gathering for the children in our community. Melanie Flaherty,
Briseida Ayala, Natalie Barr and Teresa Lara were among those who participated.

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The Boots have been filled!
Employees at Seacoast National Bank spent a Saturday afternoon counting change col-
lected by City and County Firefighters. All monies collected will be donated to the MDA
Association to help 'Jerry's Kids." The firefighters collected a total of $15,000! Thank you
Okeechobee for filling the boots!

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or complaining column, but I would like to commend Quality AC for
their beautiful building that they put up and the beautiful landscaping
that they did. What an improvement to the corner of Highway 78 and
S.W 16 Ave. I just wanted to put something positive in.

GOOD LUCK: Congratulations Pop Warner Pee Wee football
team on a 7 and 1 season. Good luck in the play off games, I'll see
you Saturday.

TAIL GATES: I am sure that I am about to open up a huge can of
worms here. In the last two weeks I have been behind trucks with
open tailgates with tools, chains, blue water cooler bottles, beer
bottles and beer cans flying out of the beds of their trucks. Do these
people not realize that this is really dangerous? I was on 441 last week
and there was a Ford F350 with the large blue water bottles (the 5 gal-
lon size) sliding out of the back of his truck, hitting other cars, drivers
having to slam on the brakes to avoid them, almost causing many ac-
cidents. Thursday I was on a side road on the Southwest side of town
there was a blue Chevy truck with no tailgate dropping large chain
links and tools out of his truck. I actually had to stop my car and pull
over so I didn't get hit with bouncing tools. And then this morning I
was driving home and there was a black Ford ranger with the tailgate
down and beer cans and bottles were flying out of the back of his
truck all over the road. Once again I had to stop and pull off the road
to keep from getting pelted with bottles and cans. This is just stupid
behavior for people who drive trucks. And yes my husband owns a
truck too. And we close our tailgate when we have things in the bed
of the truck. And don't tell me that they hook trailers to them and have
to-take the gates off. I grew up on a farm and we hauled trailers too.
My dad bought special tailgates for those times. And if your tail gate is
broke get it fixed! Or if you have no tail gate or yours is broken don't
put crap in the back of your truck<.Next time it happens, I'm calling
the police especially if my car gets hit with something. It's dangerous
and it's littering too. Can you imagine hitting one of those water bot-
tles or having a beer bottle come through your windshield? Yes and
for all you that drive trucks could drive over things in the road or are
too high to actually get hit by things coming out of the bed of a truck,
but for those of us that drive cars everyday it's rather dangerous. So all
you people out there that can't seem,to remember to close your tail
gates, or don't have tailgates think about the possible danger you are
putting other people in when things fly out of the bed of your truck.

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Community Events

Chamber and Texaco hold ticket drawing
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce along with Texaco,
One Stop Express, will be sponsoring a drawing for the chance to
win 2 reserved seats ($250 value) to the Me and My Gang Tour, Ras-
call Flatts, at. the Sound Advice Ampitheatre, on Nov. 3. The drawing
will be held on Oct. 31, at the Texaco One Stop Express at-noon, it
is $10 to enter. For information call (863) 763-6464.

Methodist Women sponsor Bazaar
The First United Methodist Women of Okeechobee invite ev-
eryone to attend their annual bazaar on Saturday Nov. 3, 2007
from 8 AM to 1 PM in the Fellowship Ball at 200 NW Second St. in
Okeechobee. You will find a variety of crafts, quilted items, knives,
nuts, baked goods, white elephant items and a silent auction. Plan
on staying for lunch. Soup, sandwiches and desserts will be avail-
able from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Proceeds will go to Mission Projects
local and abroad. Come and bring a friend! For information call
(863) 763-4021.

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

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Upcoming Events

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)
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Breth-
ren 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.
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.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Widows" and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-9055.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For in-
formation, 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 information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
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.
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 infor-
mation, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish 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 Depart-
ment, 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)
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lakes Shops Suite K. For information call
(863) 634-4780.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at 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) 763-6510.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at
(863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at
(863) 763-4920, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher
at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups meetat 6 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck
at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will
meet at 7 p.m. The group will meet at'the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863)
763-2893 days, or (863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of some-
one that might need this group, please pass the word.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a sec-
ond language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catho-
lic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group
every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family
member is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and
provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support,
information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic Step
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303
Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call (863)
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until
1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost
is $6.63 plus tip for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is wel-
come. For information, call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 801-
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from
6:30 until 8 p.m.
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call
(863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the

First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and
see what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret
at (800) 932-8677.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It will be an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Li-
ons Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring.
Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call
(863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 357-3053.

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Okeechobee News office, staffers came across a num-
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Community Events

Church holds revival
The Haven of Rest church is currently holding a revival with Bro.
David Hansel, from now until Thursday, Oct. 25. Services will start at
7 p.m. every night. For information call (863) 357-3053.

CCC holds monthly meeting
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on
Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of the Okeechobee
School Board Office. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the
community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information
regarding services for children and their families. Guest speaker: Pat
Hickman with the Early Learning Coalition and Mike Davis with the
On Track Program. The public is invited to attend. Immediately fol-
lowing the CCC meeting there will be a planning meeting for the
Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo scheduled for Jan. 26,
2008 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Agri Civic Center. For more infor-
mation, please call Sharon Vinson at 462- 5000, Ext. 257.

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, "Ma-
demoiselle Benoir, by Christine Conrad. For information 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 su-
pervision 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 at 5, 6 and 7 p.m., with take out.
Menu is roast pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli, carrots,
gelatin salad, spice cake and beverage. Tickets are $8 donation. For
tickets call (863) 824-0013 and leave a message.

VFW to host District meeting/picnic
Big Lake VFW Post 10539 is hosting District 11 Round Table
Meeting and Picnic on Oct. 27. All members and guests are wel-
come. There will be plenty of good food, games and fun. Meeting
starts at 10 a.m. Picnic starts immediately following meeting. For
information call (863) 697-2930.

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. Everyone
is eligible to enter including karaoke hosts and members of bands.
For information, call David Lee at (863) 697-9002 or Bill at (863)

Church of God plans Tribulations House
Can you handle your fears? The Okeechobee Church of God
will be having their Tribulation House Oct. 25 through 27 at the
Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave. The event will
start at 7:30 p.m. each night, Thursday night they will stop taking
groups in at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, there will be no time limit
on group registration. It is free admission. This event is not for small
children, any child under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an
adult. For information call (863) 634-1317.

Arnold's Wildlife hosts annual open house
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, located at 14895 N.W.
30"t 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 everyone,
ranging from interaction with the wildlife to the enjoyment of fresh-
ly 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. 144" 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.


Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 23, 2007 5

At the Movies Bo0ndie

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Oct. 19,
through Thursday, Oct. 25, are as
Theatre I -"Rendition" (R)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15;
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "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 III -"The Comebacks"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m.. Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2,4:15, 7 and
9 p.m.
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)


in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 23, the
296th day of 2007. There are 69
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On Oct. 23, 1707, the first Par-
liament of Great Britain, created
by the Acts of Union between
England and Scotland, held its
first meeting.
On this date:
In 1864, forces led by Union
Gen. Samuel R. Curtis repelled
Confederate Gen. Sterling Price's
army in the Civil War Battle of
Westport in Missouri.
In 1915, tens of thousands of
women marched in New York
City, demanding the right to vote.
In 1925, talk show host John-
ny Carson was born in Corning,
In 1942, during World War II,
Britain launched a major offen-
sive against Axis forces at El Ala-
mein in Egypt.
In 1944, the World War II Bat-
tle of Leyte Gulf began, resulting
in an Allied victory.
In 1946, the United Nations
General Assembly convened in
New York for the first time, at an
auditorium in Flushing Meadow.
In 1956, a student-sparked re-
volt against Hungary's Commu-
nist rule began; as the revolution
spread, Soviet forces started en-
tering the country, and the upris-
ing was put down within weeks.
In 1973, President Richard
Nixon agreed to turn over White
House tape recordings subpoe-
naed by the Watergate special
prosecutor to John J. Sirica.
In 1983, 241 U.S. Marines and
sailors in Lebanon were killed in
a suicide truck-bombing at Bei-
rut International Airport; a near-
simultaneous attack on French
forces killed 58 paratroopers.
In 1987, the U.S. Senate re-
jected, 58-42, the Supreme Court
nomination of Robert H. Bork.
Ten years ago: British au pair
Louise Woodward, charged with
murdering a baby in her care,
testified at her trial in Cambridge,
Mass., that she had never hurt 8-
month-old Matthew Eappen, say-
ing, "I love kids." The International
Whaling Commission opened the
way for an American Indian tribe,
the Makah, to resume traditional
whale hunts for the first time in
seven decades. The Florida Mar-
lins beat the Cleveland Indians, 8-
7, in Game 5 of the World Series.
One year ago: Former En-
ron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was
sentenced by a federal judge in
Houston to 24 years, four months
for his role in the company's col-
lapse. Police in Budapest clashed
with protesters in anti-govern-
ment demonstrations coinciding
with Hungary's commemoration
of the 50th anniversary of its up-
rising, against Soviet rule.
Today's Birthdays: Movie
director Philip Kaufman is 71.
Soccer great Pele is 67. Author
Michael Crichton is 65. Rhythm-
and-blues singer Barbara Ann
Hawkins (The Dixie Cups) is 64.
Actor Michael Rupert is 56. Movie
director Ang Lee is 53. Jazz singer
Dianne Reeves is 51. Country sing-
er Dwight Yoakam is 51. Movie
director Sam Raimi is 48. Parodist
"Weird Al" Yankovic is 48. Rock

musician Robert Trujillo (Metalli-
ca) is 43. Rhythm-and-blues sing-
er David Thomas (Take 6) is 41.
Rock musician Brian Nevin (Big
Head Todd and the Monsters) is
41. Country singer-musician Ju-
nior Bryant is 39. Country singer
Jimmy Wayne is 35. Actor Ryan
Reynolds is 31. Actress Masiela
Lusha is 22.
Thought for Today: "It is the
characteristic of the most strin-
gent censorships that they give
credibility to the opinions they at-
tack." - Voltaire, French author
and philosopher (1694-1778).

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Dear Abby

Moms can ease separation anxiety

*DEAR ABBY: After reading
your response to "Desperate Mom
in Miami" (Aug. 10), who was be-
ing married and wasn't sure if she
should take her 4-year-old son
on her honeymoon because she
was afraid he'd be traumatized
if he was left for 12 days, I have
to respond. Of course he will be
traumatized if his mother leaves
him for that long!
"Desperate" has been living
with this man since her child
was 6 months old. They have al-
ready had their honeymoon, so
they should go away for only the
weekend without her son. Come
on, Abby, it's an impressionable
4-year-old - not an older child!
- T.C. In Wadsworth, Ohio
DEAR T.C.: I stand by my
reply. While I did find it curious
that "Desperate" had planned a
12-day honeymoon and then was
uncomfortable about leaving her
son with her mother and the boy's
father, by.age 4 children tend to
be somewhat independent. The
honeymoon will present the per-
fect opportunity for her son to
get used to having other people
around him. Other mothers with
similar experiences offered help-
ful suggestions. Read on:
DEAR ABBY: You were spot-
on in your advice to "Desperate
Mom." Her separation anxiety
(and that of her son) will be
lessened with a little advance
planning. She should buy some
children's books, record herself
reading them, and leave them
with the boy's caregivers to listen
to each night before bed.
She should also get some little
cars or other low-cost toys, wrap
them, and have Grandma and
Daddy reward the boy's "grown-
up behavior" at the end of the
day. A 30-minute calling card will
allow her son to talk to Mommy
for a short time every other day or
in case of emergency. The moth-
er should also send postcards to
arrive while she's gone, prais-
ing him as a big boy and closing
with, "See you soon." - Sandy
In Circle Pines, Minn.
DEAR ABBY: I was recently
married, and a 5-year-old daugh-
ter was part of the package. We
took our honeymoon a couple of
months later and explained to her

Close to Home

what it was: a vacation for two
people to take when they get mar-
ried - and children don't come.
Period. We told her we would call
to say hi and bring back a small
She understood completely
and was excited to spend extra
time with my husband's mother
and sister. She would not have en-
joyed the trip we were taking, and
I'll bet "Desperate's" son would
feel the same way. Honeymoons
are not for kids - both for their
sakes and the parents'. - The
DEAR ABBY: When I mar-
ried for the second time, I had
four children whom I left at home
with my mother. Before I left, I as-
sembled a goody bag for each of
them - one for each day I would
be gone. Inside I placed a short
letter telling them where I was
likely to be on that day, and some
of the things I might be doing. I
also included a few pieces of can-
dy and a small toy.
Every night before they went
to bed the kids would open their
goody bags and find a .treat from
me. They looked forward to it,
and were able to tell from the
number of bags left how many
more days I would be gone. They
enjoyed their toys and treats,
and their separation anxiety was
greatly diminished. - Worked
For Me In New Hampshire
DEAR ABBY: Your response
to "Desperate Mom" was correct.
The idea of children being "trau-
matized" by a disrupted schedule
has gotten out of control.
My friend sheltered her two
boys from almost everything.
They're now 18 and 20, and 20, and not
only have almost no coping skills,
but are also fearful of any social
situation. I believe too many par-
ents use "traumatized" as an ex-
cuse to avoid dealing with normal
situations when they arise, and it
is a disservice to their children.
- Michigan Mom
DearAbby is written by Abigail
Van Buren, also known asJeanne
Phillips, and was founded by her
mother, Pauline Phillips. Write
Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.
corn or P.O. Box 69440, Los Ange-
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The Last Word in Astrology

By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19): Travel
about and you will spot what it is you
are looking for. A new approach to
an old idea will pay off. There will be
underlying circumstances involved
where colleagues and jobs are con-
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Do
things with friends, children or your
lover and you will build a strong bond
with the people who count. A creative
idea can be taken to the next step but
don't let it cost you too much. A poor
investment will take a long time to pay
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Your
ideas are good but not very sound.
Don't listen to someone who wants to
spend your money and not take any
risk. You can get ahead professionally
if you stick to what you know.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): You'll
have plenty going for you today but, if
you let your emotions get the better of
you, not much is likely to get accom-
plished. Quit stewing about matters
you cannot change. Instead, proceed

in a direction that will bring you suc-
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You may
feel like having fun and neglecting
your responsibilities but don't, if you
want to keep the peace at work and at
home. Someone will criticize your eth-
ics if you don't get things finished on
time. You'll only be fooling yourself.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Deci-
sions will have to be made even if you
aren't ready to make your move. Con-
sider what everyone else is doing and
try to stay within the confines of what
will be compatible. Don't overstep
your jurisdiction.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Not ev-
eryone will get what you are trying to
do but, the ones who do will admire
your originality and give you the sup-
port you need. A trip will help put a
deal to rest. Don't let laziness stand in
the way.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your
ideas are strong, well-thought-out and
executable. Be relentless in your pre-
sentation in order to achieve success.
Don't let the fear of failure stop you

from following through. Go for it.
*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
Before you lose something that means
a lot to you, back up and realize that
you may be making a mistake. It takes
a big person to admit when he or she
does something wrong. Do what you
must and put matters behind you.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
You can't waste time worrying about
what everyone else is going to do.
Believe in yourself and proceed to the
finish line. Money and deals will be to
your advantage. Act fast.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Baby
steps will be all that are required to
get you moving in the right direction.
A chance to make a few extra bucks
could turn into a lucrative interest. Use
your originality.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Love
is in the stars but the way you conduct
yourself will determine if it is for bet-
ter or worse. If you are too flirtatious
or not attentive enough, you will be
questioned. Do your best to give your

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6 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Holiday Happenings
EO.E. to host Halloween Party
The F.O.E. #4137, 9985 N. Hwy 441 will host a
Halloween party on Saturday Oct. 27 starting at 7
p.m. There will be a st, 2"11 and 3'rd prize given for , < r
the best costume. Contest judging will be about
9 p.m. There will be live music, finger food, and
more. The public is invited. If you are not a mem-,J
ber, sign in as a guest. For information call (863)
Cypress Hut Eagles holds costume party
The Cypress Hut Eagles will hold their first Halloween costume
party Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. There will be prizes for the best costume for
Guy and Girl, with additional prizes throughout the evening. Please
bring in a covered dish (finger foods), see bartender to sign up for
food. For information call (863) 801-1627.
Dr. Heller's office holds Halloween open house
Dr. Heller's office, 1713 U.S. 441 N, Suite E will hold a Halloween
open house from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. There
will be free food and refreshments and free skin laser treatment of
arm spots. Learn about Restylane and Botox. And See Dr. Heller and
staff in Halloween Costumes. For information call (863) 467-8771.

Church to Unmask Heroes
The First Baptist Church of Okeechobee would like to welcome
all families with children, fifth grade and under to Heroes Unmasked,
a no-fear fall festival Bible adventure at the R.O.C. (Recreation Out-'
reach Center), 310 S.W. Fifth Ave., on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 until
8 p.m. There will be costumed bible heroes, carnival games, food,
candy and more. For information call the Church office at (863) 763-


Mark Anthony
Mark Anthony Jankovich, age
50 of Okeechobee died Oct. 21,
2007 at Lawnwood Regional
Medical Center in Ft Pierce. Born
Sept. 11, 1957 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He was a construction worker
with Florida Power and Light. He
came to Okeechobee from 1977.
He was of the Catholic Faith and
loved restoring classic cars.
He is survived by his son,
Mark Edward Jankovich of Port

Saint Lucie; daughter, Rebecca
Hernandez of West Palm Beach
and three grandchildren, Madi-
son Hernandez, Kyla Andrews
and Jordan Cherry.
The family will not hold ser-
vices or visitation.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are en-
trusted to the care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. Second St.

Seminole has exciting events planned

This week at Seminole El-
ementary School, we have some
exciting events planned.
Our Book Fair is open for stu-
dents and their families. All week
students can visit the fair during
specials. Re-
search shows
that students
who read 20
minutes a night
increase their
fluency level by
34% percent. Please come and
show your support.
On Tuesday night from 6 until
8 pm, we'll have our PTO meet-
ing. Please join us in the cafeteria
at 6 pm for a brief meeting, and
then please visit our Seminole
Book Fair. First and second grade
students will join their child's
teacher in the classroom for some
valuable information.

Third Grade
The third grade team has been
dealing with a lot of changes. Re-
cently they said goodbye to Mrs.
Lowe and hello to Mrs. Johnson
and Mrs. Padgett moved to anoth-
er third grade classroom. The stu-
dents have been doing an excel-
lent job with all the changes. We
also look forward to keeping our
home room students throughout
the day starting on Monday. We
hope that all of these changes will
improve student achievement and
success. Some of our bright spots
are our students of the week,
such as Karina Jaimes, Ricky
Perez, Osiel Brito, J.T. Crews,
Ryan Hofer, Elmer Ponce, Benito
Espinoza, Jasmine Watts, Kevin
Schick, Amber Hudson, Kevin
Delapaz, and Martha Morse. For
the last two weeks these students
have shined. All of our students
have been working towards an
ice cream party if they can recite
their multiplication facts. They

Submitted photo
Ms. Shera Shaw's South Elementary School kindergarteners (left to right) Jasmine Vickers,
Jonathan Rivera, Jonathan Moore, Victoria Simmons, Tristan Sweat, Joshua Henry, Nate Wil-
son, Omar Soto, Frank Prescott, Meghann Hotmire, and Brenden Everhart learned about the
letter R. For Triple iii, their reading program, after the lesson inside they went outside and had
Relay Races. They learned a chant: Run, run, as fast as you can! What letter do you have in
your hand? Rr! What does Rr say? RRRRrrrr!!!

have shown energy for learning
with this goal in mind. Everything
that we do in class is to promote
student growth and success.

Upcoming Events
Friday, Oct. 26 is report card
On Monday, Oct. 29, our stu-
dents will be visited by the Fire
Department and Smokey Bear for
some information on fire safety.-
Oct. 30 and 31, we'll have our
first Celebration of Learning as-
sembly. Kindergarten, First, and
Second grade students will be
honored on Oct. 30 beginning at
8:30 a.m. On Oct. 31, we'll honor
our Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade
students beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 23, 2007 7

Health News In Brief

Cancer Center has
forum discussion
October is Breast Cancer
Awareness Month and the physi-
cians at Big Lake Cancer Center
would like to invite you to a fo-
rum discussion on "Breast Can-
cer:' Advances in Diagnosis and
Treatment," on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.
For information or to register for
this event, call (863) 467-9500.

Freedom from
Smoking classes open
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
The purpose of the program is to
reduce adult and youth tobacco
use, and provide tobacco re-
sources to residents, businesses
and community organizations
in the county. Freedom from
Smoking classes will be held ev-
ery Tuesday at the Okeechobee
County Health auditorium, 1728
N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863)

Dr. Heller's office
plans open house
Dr. Heller's office, 1713 U.S.
441 N, Suite E will hold a Hal-
loween open house from 11 a.m.
until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.
31. There will be free food and
refreshments and free skin laser
treatment of arm spots. Learn
about Restylane and Botox. And
See Dr. Heller and staff in Hallow-
een Costumes. For information
call (863) 467-8771.

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 Re-
lations Director at 824-2702

Depression support
group forming
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)

Red Cross offers
HIV/AIDS course
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 lo-
cal Red Cross office at (863) 763-
2488 for information.

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

consultation offered
Problems with drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab
Resource at (866) 649-1594 for a
free confidential consultation. Or,
go to the website at www.drugre-

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

Cancer Society
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 par-
ticipate in programs that support
research funding, educate the
community, deliver services to
patients and advocate for policies
that help defeat cancer. To get in-
volved, call the American Cancer
Society at (800) ACS-2345.

Narcotics group
to meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at
the Just For Today Club, 2303 U.S.
441 S.E., Suite K. For information,
call (863) 634-4780.

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

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

Start Coalition will be offering
Childbirth Education Classes. For
information, call (863) 462-5877.

Just for Today
Club forms
The Just for Today Club of

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

Some aging

Healthy Start group brains stay sharp
seeks donations stay

The Healthy Start C
is accepting donations
items such as furniture
clothing, maternity clothe
ers and other items for
and toddlers. Proceeds f
sale of donated items will
to benefit infants and p
women in the community
formation, call (863) 462:

Blood donors
are needed
Florida's Blood 'Cei
looking for blood do
Okeechobee. The Big R
mobile unit will be at t
Mart parking lot, 2101 S
Ave., on the last Saturday
month from 10 a.m. until
For information, call (56
2323, ext. 1203 or (772) 2
All blood types are needed
is no upper age limit, ai
medications and conditi
acceptable. Diabetes and
pressure donations can
accepted. A picture ID is
for all donors.

Pregnancy finance
assistance availa
Are you pregnant? H
been turned down for M
Healthy Start may be able
For information, contact
Smith at (863) 462-5877.

classes planned
The Okeechobee

of baby
, shoes,
es, stroll-
rom the
be used
y. For in-

By Lauren Neergaard
AP Medical Writer
aging hampers memory, some
people's brains compensate to
stay sharp. Now. scientists want
to know how those brains make
do -- in hopes of developing
treatments to help everyone else

keep up.
This is not Alzheimer's dis-
ease, but the wear-and-tear of
enters is so-called normal aging. New
nors in research is making clear that
Red Bus memory and other brain func-
he Wal- tions decline to varying degrees
. Parrott even in otherwise healthy people
Sof each as they age, as anyone who ha-
il 2 p.m. bitually loses car keys probably
61) 845- suspected.
15-8360. The question is how to gird
d. There our brains against time's ravages,
nd most
ons are a question becoming critical as
d blood the population grays. If you're 65
also be today, odds are you'll live to 83.
needed But improving health care means
people in their 50s today may live
another 40 years.
Bial "I don't think we've recog-
nized, as scientists or a society,
ible (that) this is the front-and-center
ave you public health issue we face as a
medicaid? nation," Dr. Denise Park, director
to help. of the University of Illinois' Cen-
t Becky ter for Healthy Minds, told fellow
brain specialists assembled by
the government last week.
"We need to understand how
to defer normal cognitive aging...
the way we've invested in fight-
Healthy ing heart disease and cancer."

There are intriguing clues,
gleaned from discoveries that
some seniors' brains literally
work around aging's damage,
forging new pathways when old
ones disintegrate.
"It's not just fanciful or pie-
in-the-sky" to try harnessing that
ability, said Dr. Richard Hodes,
director of the National Institute
on Aging, which organized last
week's meeting to seek advice
on the most promising research.
High on the list: Simple physi-
cal exercise. It seems to do the
brain as much good as the body.
Other options aren't as well-
studied, but range from brain-
training games to medications
that may keep brain networks
better connected. In fact, an old
blood-pressure pill named guan-
facine improves memory in old
rats and monkeys by doing just
that -- but it hasn't yet been test-
ed in older people with memory
Physical exercise is the best-
proven prescription so far, the
scientists agreed. Memory im-
proved when 72-year-olds start-
ed a walking program three days
a week, and sophisticated scans
showed their brains' activity pat-
terns started resembling those of
younger people,
Then there's the "use-it-or-
lose-it" theory, that people with
higher education, more challeng-
ing occupations and enriched
social lives build more cognitive
reserve than couch potatoes.


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Key inside. Vicinity of Su-
perior Water or Walpole on
10/12 (863)634-6896


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

Walpole Inc, a family
owned and operated
company, is seeking a
Full Time Truck
Mechanic. Work 5%
days per week w/addi-
tional rotating on call
weekends. Our local
headquarters features a
nice shop. Walpole, Inc
offers Top Pay, Full
Benefits and much more.

A/C SERV TECH needed.
Dependable, Clean DL, Good
Pay, Benefits, 401 K, Min
3 yrs exp. E0E DFW.
Experienced need only apply.
Call (863)763-8391

U.aa .

and Office
Position for
growing local
Computer and
Excel skills a
must. Please fax
resume to

Developer needs onsite
project manager for NEW
500+ site Master Planned
RV Village being developed
in 2008, in Okeechobee.
Need experience in both
underground utilities and
building construction.
Please send resume to
bharv@msn.com - Or call

F/T & P/T All Position
Call & ask for Sarah
LPN, RN, or RT?
Needed for national respiratory
company. Ideal candidate
must be motivated and
works well with others.
Paid mileage vacation time
Excellent benefits
Fax resume to 863-763-5191
or Call 863-763-7337
NEW 500+ site "5-Star"
Master Planned RV Village
being developed in 2008, in
Okeechobee. First rate sales
people wanted to sell
deeded sites and
Park Model Homes.
Flexible hours -
Start in December, 2007.
Send resume to
bharv@msn.com or call

Energetic, Personable Medical
Assistant Needed. Full Time
in busy medical office. Expe-
rience necessary. Fax CV to

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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Ron's Pressure Washing
& Minor repairs
Roof coating, Repairto
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-357-9604 or
cell 863-610-1248
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Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis

1 Madagascar
6 Hackneyed
11 'The Barefoot
Contessa" costar
14 Sheeplike
15 Mysterious
ancient letters
16 Russian fighter
17 Circular file, so to
19 Pub draft
20 'acte
21 Got the better of
23 Mosque official
25 Vegas cube
26 Gardener's
32 Pop singer
33 Like early
morning hours
34 Jason's craft
36 Nonprofit URL
37 Triumphant cry
after a repair
41 1040-issuing org.
42 Boring
44 Bond creator
45 Desert refuges
47 Pirate's parrot's
cry, in "Treasure
51 -Cat
52 "That's _ ask"
53 Like a thorough
58 Branch branch
62 Comm. device
63 Longtime New
Year's Eve
65 Dernier : latest
66 Walker on a trail
67 Really enjoyed
something, with
68 DDE
69 Decides not to
70 Sonata

1 Rob of "St.
Elmo's Fire"
2 Former Indiana
governor Bayh

3 Light fog
4 Never tested
5 R&B artist
6 Psychological
7 Sign of auto
body aging
8 Signs
9 Really pour
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Sonora, por
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12 Repulsive
13 Like much
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22 Latvian capital
24 Year in which
Columbus began
his last voyage
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27 College major
with lots of
28 Bridge bid
29 _ Lingus
30 Albanian coin
31 White wader
32 Hyannis Port's
35 CIA predecessor

38 Deadlock
39 Used to be
40 Flowerpot filler
43 Olin of "Alias"
46 Excitedly, to a
48 Robitussin
49 Party handouts
50 K-6
53 Make a lasting
54 Gen--: post-
baby boomers

55 One of a deck's
56 Small child
57 "Sorry if _ you
59 Birdhouse
60 " it my way"
61 Words that can
precede the first
word of 17-, 26-,
37-, 47- and 63-
64 Dart game locale

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

Immediate Openings - CNAs
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All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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Apply In Person To:
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Call 863-467-4734


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
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Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

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

In Town, 2br/2ba, $900
mo. + $600. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
(863)634-5780 or
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044
KINGS BAY: 2br, 2ba, 2 story
apt., No pets. $800/mo. +
$800. sec. (561)248-5309
or (863)697-8728
Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 1V2 ba, 2 Story, Washer
Dryer. Patio. $800 mo., 1st,
last + sec. (863)634-3313
OKEE, Clean, 2br, lba, no
pets, new paint, carpet & kit
& apple's. $675 mo. + sec.
dep. (772)215-0098
OKEECHOBEE: Large 2br, 2ba,
on Taylor Creek. $950/mo.
1st, last & security deposit.
Call (863)634-6586.
1br/1ba, partially furnished.
$650/mo, 1st & $800/Sec
For Details. 561-352-4243
Find It laster. Sell It soon-
er In the classified

KINGS BAY, 2br/1ba, w/gar-
age, all apple , w&d, $650
mo. 1st, last & $300 sec.
Oak Lake Villas, 2br/2ba
$800/month, First,
Last, + $800 Security.
No Pets. Clean & spacious.
Available immediately.
Call (863) 801-3133



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nual lease. $750/mo. 1st &
last. sec., (863)697-1129

BASSWOOD - New 3/2, large
yard, Pets OK, W/D, lawn
service, water service,
$1050/mo, 1st, last, $500
sec. Avail first week in No-
vember (561)723-0661
BHR- 2/2, new CBS home,
tile, boat ramp, sea wall.
Fenced yard, $900/mo
BRAND NEW! 5 Bdrm., 2 Ba.,
Lots of Tile. 378 S.E. 36th
Terrace. $1350 mo. (561)
248-3888 or (863)599-0156
Waterfront 3 Bdrm., 11/2 Ba.
2 Story w/Lake Okeechobee
access & boat ramp. Wrap
around porch. Fenced yard.
Pets welcome! $1050
mo. + 1st, last & sec.
CBS 3BR, 1BA, W/D, large
porch. $850/mo. 3/1 Mobile
Home, $625/mo + 1st, last,
sec & ref's. Includes city wa-
ter. (561)346-4692/346-4646
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

1BA, $825. mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. dep. Call for info.
8am-5pm. (863)357-6700
OKEE., 2 Story, 3BR/2.5BA,
2 car garage, Blue Heron,
golf, waterfront. $1300.
S.E. OKEE: 3 BR, 1 BA., CBS
Home. Annual lease. W&D,
$950 mo. 1st. & last sec.
dep. (863)697-1129

Seeks Same to share 4 BR, 2
BA. East of Okeechobee. $135
wk. Call (863)824-6112 or

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

BH RIDGE- 2/2, waterfront,
lake access, Ig screen porch,
fenced yard, shed, $800/mo,
1st & Sec, (772)370-1095

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

OKEE - NEW 3br, 2ba home.
Block const., w/ shutters, on
125' x 125' home site,
$145,000 (303)810-8585

der appraisal. $169,900. Oak
/tile/marble, 24 x 13 en-
closed Florida room &
morel! Grab flyer!! 309 SW
10Oth Ave. (863)357-0391
OKEECHOBEE: Completely
remodeled, 4br, 2 ba, plus
family room, 2000 sq ft, 1/2
acre, new roof, A Must See!
$155,000 (863)824-6112 or

ACREAGE, 2 1/2 acres cleared
and fenced located in Four
Seasons. Reduced! $82,000.

R Bar Ranch, 2 acres, 5 Ig.
oak trees, cleared, $100,000
or best offer. (772)878-3335
or (772)224-1423
The classifleds are the
most successful sales-
person In town.

Mobile Homes

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

sunroom, covered patio, car-
port, pool, clubhouse, every-
thing included. $550/month.
Call (954) 610-5345
OKEECHOBEE - 3br, 2ba, on
1.25 ac, in Prarie, $850/mo.
1st, last & sec dep.
(863)763-3631 /763-2049

OKEECHOBEE: 2 Bdrm.,2 Ba.
on lot w/screened porch. Nice
area. Will lease with option to
buy. $750/mo Owner Financ-
ing (863)634-3451.

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2ba, 2 person max. All util.
furnished, including yard.
$1250. mo. (863)634-2561

Mobile Home Angels
OKEECHOBEE- 1/1, newly re-
modeled inside w/new roof.
In nice adult park, $10,900
4/2 Tile floor, Energy Package,
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq. ft
30th Anniversary
Sale Special
Save $15,000.
Call for Free Color Brochures


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

BASS BOAT - 21 Ft., Ranger
Comanche, 225 Mercury En-
gine, GPS, F/F, Cover, Good
cond. Runs great! $16,500
or best offer. (863)801-1784
or (561)441-9062

CLASSIC -'05, 11K mi.
Custom colors. Lots of
chrome & leather. Beautiful
Bike. Tons of opt. $16,000.


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

Heavy duty crew cab, all
power, running boards, bed-
liner, towing package, over-
size off-road tires, $17,500.
Call 863-467-1545.

One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
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with an ad In the classi-

CASE NO: 07CA120
VIN #:2FABP74FOKX133430
VIN #: 2FABP74FOKX133430
NOTICE is given to pursuant to 932.701
to 932.707, Florida Statutes (2005),
PARTMENT), acting through its divi-
sion, the Roida Highway Patrol,
seized the above-described personal
property on May 18, 2007, in Glades
County, Florida, and is holding the per-
sonal property pending the outcome of
forfeiture proceedings. All persons or
entities who have a legal interest in the
subject property may request a hear-
ing concerning the seized property by
contacting the undersigned, a com-
plaint has been filed in the circuit court
in and for Glades County, Florida. The
trial court on September 18. 2007, en-
tered an Order Finding Probable
If no claimants appear, the DEPART-
MENT will be seeking a final order of
Dated this 18th day of October, 2007.
Bill McColltum
Attorney General
By: Jeffrey Mahl
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Florida Bar No.: 0743940
1515 N. Flagler Drive, Suite 900
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
(561)837-5000, Fax (561)837-5102
244984 ON 10/23,30/07

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Do.It.Yoirsel ideas

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 faxed proposals will
be accepted) no later than the bid opening deadline of 2:DD p.m. Tuesday. No-
vember 13. 2007 in Buildina "S". Conference Room S134 at the Fort Pierce Main
Camsus. The bids shall be received from qualified State Licensed General Con-
tractors and be addressed to: The District Board of Trustees of Indian River Com-
munity Collene. Attention: Mr Kadr Guettler. Dean of Facilities Plannina. 3209
Virinia Avenue. Room S233. Frt 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 plans and specifications, for the project described
Construction plans, specifications, and contract documents may be examined and
purchased or information may be obtained at the following location:
5l a LBFH, INC.1
772-286-3883; FAX 772-286-3925
AN OPTIONAL 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-
or Campus. 6155 Colleae 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 STIC
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 Bond issued by a Surety 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 designated
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 13 2007 200 p.m. deadline, or incom-
plete proposals, will not be accepted. The Owner res the right to reject any
and all bids, ta waive informalities, to re-advertise, and to award the contract in its
best interest.
242579 ON 10/16,23.30/07

Community Events

FFA to honor veterans at OHS
Again this year, the FFA chapter officers will be running the Veter-
an's Day Assembly at the Okeechobee High School. Included in the
ceremony will be speeches, recognition of veterans, and a slideshow.
If there are any Okeechobee High School graduates that have served
or are serving in any branch of the armed forces that were not rec-
ognized last year, the students would like them or their loved ones to
bring pictures and information to the high school to be included in
the slideshow. All veterans and citizens in the community are invited
to attend thisceremony. It will be held on Nov. 9, in the high school
gym, and the time will be announced at a later date. If there are
any questions about the assembly, please call the Okeechobee High
School at 462-5025.

Craft Fair seeks vendors
Vendors wanted for Craft Fair on Nov. 23 and 24. Set up time is 8
a.m., doors open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Reserve before Oct. 25 and
save $5. Spaces $35 extra space or table $5 each. Inside or outside
spaces for tents.. For information call the Okeechobee Shrine Club at
(863) 610-3374 or (863) 763-8072.

VFW Post 10539 to host annual Bazaar
Big Lake VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting their annual
Holiday Craft Bazaar on Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tables are
available for $10. Everyone is welcome. Bring your goodies to sell or
come and shop. Breakfast and lunch will be served. For information,
call Cheryl at (863) 697-2930.

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 civilwargal@cs.com; or,.Lou Rausch
at (772) 359-6541, or, Greyriderl863@aol.com. All proceeds from the
event will go to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Explorer Post #400.

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.

Moose Legionnaires hold annual fundraiser
The Okeechobee Loyal Order of Moose, Legionnaires are again
holding their annual Koeze Nut "Fundraiser" for food baskets for the
less fortunate. Order forms and catalogs may be picked up at the
Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave., see Paul at the Lodge, 159 N.W. 36th
St., (863) 763-4954 or call Paul Diamond P.G. Fund Chairman at (863)
467-1484 to order.

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

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

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

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.

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)

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 closes available. No child care will be
available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.

CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol - United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and
cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12
and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit
and provide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of
the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and
cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to ac-
complish these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or
senior member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency
Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.

Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If
you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop
them off at their administrative office at 103 N.W Fifth St.

My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 561 (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.

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.

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.

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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

CASE NO. 20B7-CA-214
SARAH J. PIGOTT, at ux.,etal.,
Order on Rnal Judgment Scheduling
Foreclosure Sale entered on
10/2/2007 in this case now pending in
said Court, the style of which is indi-
cated above.
I will sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash in the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00
a.m. on the 7th day of November,
2007, the following described property
as set forth in said Order or Final Judg-
ment, to-wit:
a/k/a: 13245 NE 97th CIRCLE.
ENTERED at Okeechobee County, Flori-
da, this 18th day of OCTOBER, 2007.
As Clerk, Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
244931 ON 10/23,30/07

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

Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regularly:
the classlfleds.

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale 1015
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 Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property .
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080


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Golf tournament a great success

On Saturday, Oct. 13, the
friends and family of Joyce
Hacker held the second annual
Memorial Golf Tournament to
benefit the Joyce Hacker Schol-
arship Fund. It was a fun time for
all, in the name of education for
our local kids. The tourney raised
over $8,100, which has been
deposited with the Okeechobee
Educational Fund. This money
will be matched by the State of
Florida to give out even more
scholarships to the youth of our
We would like to thank the
following people and businesses
for all their help and participation
in helping us achieve this new
Bill and Karen Harding; Joe
and Suzanne Hayes; Connie

Lanier; Doug Sturdivent; Don
Heath; Ernie-VFW; Joyce and
Dennis Prewitt; Magi Cable;
VFW Post 9528 Men's Auxiliary;
Treasure Island Beauty Salon;
David Wemmer, D.D.S.; Smitty-
VFW; Charlie's Tree Company;
Integrity Building Contractors;
Alibi's Tavern; S.C.A.T. (Bonnie
and Gerry Schoultz); VFW Post
10539; Buxton Funeral Home;
Gilbert Chevrolet; Colin Cam-
eron, attorney; Diamond R Fertil-
izer Co., Inc.; Lakeshore Marine,
Inc.; Friends Randy Ketcherside
and John Nicholson; the Dick
Sisters; Tender Care Daycare and
Preschool, Inc.; Burgess Supply;
Bob Branstetter Accounting &
Tax Service; Roland Brown RV
Repairs and Upgrades; Holiday
Inn Express Hotel & Suites; VFW

BHR Post 9528 Ladies Auxiliary;
Big Lake VFW 10539 Ladies Aux-
iliary; Doug Sturdivent Painting;
Brahma Bull Restaurant; VFW
Post 4423 Ladies Auxiliary; VFW
Post 4423 Mens Auxiliary; Ac-
tion Auto Salvage, Inc.; Butch's
Properties, Inc.; OAC Enterpris-
es; P.l.G.S.; Friends Ben & Judy
Burdeshaw; Lake Okeechobee
Title Inc.; Emory Walker Co.,
Inc.; Beverly Backhoff-Maloney
Accounting Service; J&E Insur-
ance-New York Life-Ed Bobbitt;
Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles Aerie 4509; Joyce's Lunch
Ladies; Stinnett, Inc.; Adron
Fence Co.; Okeechobee County
Retired Educators Association;
Friend Vickie Owings and Don's
Our special thanks go to the

VFW Post 10539 for the use of
their facilities for our drawings
and awards luncheon. Special
thanks also go to Bonnie Shoultz
and Cindy Foy for making every-
thing possible by organizing and
serving the food. Another special
thanks goes to all of bartenders
for their assistance. Also, a special
thank you goes to Randy Ketch-
erside and John Nicholson for all
of their help. Thanks also go out
to Ida Curtis, Vickie Owings and
Connie Lanier for all their work
organizing the tournament.
Our third annual Joyce Hack-
er Memorial Golf Tournament
will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11,
2008 at the Okeechobee Golf &
Country Club. Hope to see you
there to help educate our youth.

FWC holds rule change workshop

The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
- (FWC) seeks public input on
proposed changes to two Lake
Okeechobee freshwater fishing
The FWC will hold two public
meetings in November to explain
the reasons behind the proposed
changes and to hear public opin-
ion. The first meeting will be held
in Clewiston on Wednesday, Nov.
14, at 6:30 p.m. at the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers Office, 525
Ridgelawn Rd. The second meet-
ing will be in Okeechobee on
Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m.
at the Okeechobee Civic Center,
1750 U.S. Hwy. 90 North.
Sampling over the last few
years has shown a decline in the
numbers of small largemouth
bass and black crappie. The first
proposed change is to replace
the existing 13 to 18 inch pro-

tective slot limit for largemouth
bass with an 18-inch minimum
size limit. Currently, the slot limit
restricts the harvest of bass be-
tween 13 and 18 inches in length.
The new size limit would mean
anglers could not take any bass
under 18 inches from the lake.
This change would protect the
younger largemouth bass until
they grow to quality size.
The second proposed change
would be to institute a 10-inch
minimum size limit on black crap-
pie, also called speckled perch.
The rule change would protect
the younger black crappie from
being harvested and reduce pres-
sure on the current population.
This rule would remain in effect
until FWC trawl data shows three
successive years of normal catch
rates for black crappie.
If adopted by the commis-
sion, these ruled changes would

Submitted photo

Tigers and Gators flag football
Carson Harris (front) runs for the Tigers while Ethan Rev-
els (back) attempts to make a stop for the Gators team.

O.G. & C.C. weekly results

go into effect July 1, 2008.
For more information about
freshwater fisheries, visit MyF-
WC.com and click on the fishing

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link. For more information about
the meetings, call Regional Fish-
eries Biologist Jon Fury at (561)

Submitted photo

Payne runs the ball
Spartan, Matt Payne runs the ball at the First Baptist
Church flag football game against the Crimson Tide where
Tide's Andrew Holmes defends his goal.

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