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Okeechobee News

Friday, October 26, 2007

PO BOX 117007


Victim killed,
tied and burned,
CLEWISTON -- Emergency
workers responding to a fire
call in Montura found a much
more sinister scene when they
arrived last Wednesday morn-
ing, Oct. 17.
Obscured by the fire was
the body of a Montura man. He
had been tied and apparently
murdered before his attackers
set the home on fire.
Page 7

Bold reforms urged
to stem loss
of rural lands
Friends of Florida released a
study identifying strategies to
stem the dramatic loss of Flori-
da's rural lands over the next 50
years. Working to Sustain Flor-
ida's Rural and Natural Lands:
A Call to Action, is a follow-up
to the group's chilling report,
Florida 2060, which included
the projection that the amount
of urbanized land in the State
of Florida will double by 2060,
based on current development
Page 3


Car wash to
help with funeral
Okeechobee High School
sophomore Israel Yanez, 16,
was killed in a car crash on
Oct. 22. A car wash is planned
to help raise money for his fu-
neral. The benefit car was will
be all day today, at the Shell gas
station, across from the Brah-
man Movie Theater.
Donations may also be
made to the Israel Yanez ac-
count at Sea Coast Bank or to
a fund set up at Okeechobee
High School. For more infor-.
mation on the account at the
school call Elizabeth Ruiz at
462-5025 extension 3110.

Drought Index
Current: 210
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.20 feet
Last Year: 12.92 feet
J Source: South
Florida Water
' District. Depth
- given in feet
" above sea level.

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Community Events................... 4
Crossword ............................. 8
Obituaries.................................. 6
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Mom, dad

Son in trouble but
doesn't 'score' high
enough for DJJ
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
"Sometimes I sleep with one
eye open and wonder 'did we
tick him off enough for him to
shoot us'," said Scott Principe,
the father of 15-year-old Justin
When Justin was 12, his mom
and dad started seeing problems

- stealing, involvement witl
drugs and getting into trouble(
at school. Also, while at the ag'
.of 12, their son was arrested o01
a charge of assault, which wa
later dropped.
"I told him he couldn't gc
somewhere. I made him mad sc
he busted up everything in hi
room," said Mrs. Principe, 36, o
that incident. 'He told me if any
body came into his room he'd
'bash their head in.'"
He was armed with a base
ball bat at the time.
On another occasion he broke

On-site registration
available this year
The 22nd Annual Lee
McAllister Memorial Fishing
Tournament will take place
during the Taylor Creek Bass
Club's free Kids' Day Fishing
Festival that will take place
on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1
to 3 p.m. at the Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center. The fishing

tournament will be Open to
children ages 4-6, 7-10 and
Prior to the fishing tourna-
ment, a Bassmaster Casting-
Kids contest will take place
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The CastingKids contest
is open to children ages 7-10
and 11-14.
If you haven't pre-regis-
tered for these events, there
will be on-site registration

begging for
-h into his father's work truck and his aunt's grocery money from e
e took a pistol while Mr. Principe her purse. n
e was taking his wife to a hospital Justin's latest arrest came on a
n with a heart attack. Mr. Principe, Oct. 16 when he was charged si
s 39, said his son has also stolen with possession of a controlled c
money and guns from neighbors substance, possession with in- V
o as well as a shotgun from him. tent to distribute, conspiracy to e.
o "The neighbors give him a sell drugs on school grounds ti
s Christmas card every year with and theft of a controlled sub-
)f money in it, but he still stole stance. Justin's parents said he to
- from them," said Mr. Principe. stole some of his dad's medica- so
l, One time, recalled Mr. Prin- tions and was selling the pills at th
cipe, Justin had $98 in his pos- his school for $2 each.
- session. The boy told his dad that Mr. Principe is taking alpra- p
a friend gave it to him. However, zolam -- a generic form ofxanax
e it turned out Justin had stolen -- cyclobenzapine (muscle relax-

prior to both events. These
contests are free of charge.
Each participant will receive
free tickets for two hot dogs
and two sodas.
There will be plenty of
prizes in all three divisions of
the fishing tournament.
Contestants in the Cast-
ingKids contest will be fight-
ing for the right to move onto
See Fishing - Page 2

Eckerd Center director

speaks to Kiwanis Club

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Kiwanis members learned
about ways the community can
assist in the transition phase of
residents of the Eckerd Youth
Development Center (EYDC)
program, when the EYDC su-
perintendent spoke at their
Thursday meeting.
EYDC was privatized under
contract with the state of Flor-
ida in 1982, according to their
website. An American Correc-

tional Association accredited
facility, EYDC in Okeechobee
includes a 113-bed secure cam-
pus and a 30-bed non-secure
transitional program.
Superintendent Ivan Tate
told Kiwanis Club members,
the facility is at capacity with
143 residents.
The prograr1 offers a multi-
disciplinary team approach
to the treatment, training and
education for the residents. Mr.
Tate explained that EYDC is a
therapeutic residential program

that strives to introduce addi-
tional therapeutic activities and
groups for the boys to learn ac-
ceptable behaviors for society.
Some of the types of classes
they offer the residents are ways
to deal with aggressive behavior
and even a young fathers group
to teach the residents who are
already parents how they can
become positive influences in
their child's lives.
EYDC has also been actively
See Kiwanis - Page 2

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Crews
found two burned bodies in a
gutted house, authorities said
Thursday, and flames drew
perilously close to thousands of
homes in Southern California's
firestorm despite a break in the
harsh winds and a massive aer-
ial assault.
Medical examiners were try-
ing to establish the identities of
the man and woman whose
bodies were found near Po-
way, north of San Diego, said
Sheriff's Department spokes-
woman Jan Caldwell. They
were believed to be related, of-


r) and the pain pill hydrocodo-
e. He has severe back problems
nd will undergo extensive back
surgery on Oct. 31 that will in-
lude putting screws in his spine.
Without this medication he is in
xcruciating pain and, without
he xanax, will suffer seizures.
Mrs. Principe said her son
)ok approximately 60 pills and
old them to fellow students at
he Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
"The pills were on a stand
See Teen - Page 2

ficials said.
Neighbors told officials they
last saw the pair around mid-
night Monday when they told
the two to evacuate, Caldwell
said. They were reported miss-
ing sometime after that.
Flames also claimed the life
of a 52-year-old man in Tecate.
The San Diego medical exam-
iner's office listed seven other
deaths as connected to the
blazes because all who died
were evacuees.
The number of victims could
See Fires - Page 2

New wetlands

help improve

water quality

glades water quality received a
healthy boost as 6,000 addition-
al acres of land in rural Palm
Beach County were fully con-
verted to treatment wetlands
aimed at cleaning up water
flowing into the River of Grass.
The State has now converted
a total of 52,000 acres of for-

mer farmland into Stormwater
Treatment Areas (STAs). The
shallow, plant-filled marshes
are part of Florida's investment
of $1.8 billion in water qual-
ity improvements for the Ever-
glades. Using "green technol-
ogy," the STAs naturally cleanse
See Wetlands - Page 2

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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The superintendent of Eckerd Youth Development Center, Ivan
Tate (left) spoke with local Kiwanis members including an
EYDC board member Frank Irby (right) about the programs at

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claim lives

Gone fishing : Annual Kids' Day set for Sunday

Okeechobee News/File
Nicholas Hayford showed off his catch at last year's Kid's Day Fishing Festival. His
dad John Hayford proudly looked on.

Bass club sponors annual

Kids Day fishing event

2 Okeechobee News, Friday, October 26, 2007

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in the dining room," said Mrs.
Principe. "We thought he was
changing. We thought he could
be trusted."
Even more alarming to the
parents was a "wish list" found
in their son's back pocket when
he was taken into custody at
his school. The list included a
number of weapons such as .22
caliber magnum pistols; 9mm
handguns; switch blades; AR-15
and AR-16 rifles equipped with
red dot scopes, lasers and silenc-
ers; C-4 explosives; nail bombs;
sleeping gas; and, brass knuck-
According to Detective Ted
Van Deman of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
it's still not clear what Justin and
another student planned to do
with the weapons. His arrest re-
port indicates that is still under

History of problems
Knowing all this about the
teen Detective Van Deman, with
the urging of Mr. and Mrs. Princi-
pe, tried in vain to get Justin help.
However, none of the offenses
committed by Justin are serious
enough for him to be placed in
the juvenile detention facility in
Fort Pierce.
Herein lies the real problem -
- how can these parents get help
for their son? They are crying
out for help but there is nothing
available. They've tried corporal
punishment; they contacted state
officials as well as different facili-
ties. Currently, however, no state
facility will take Justin and what
private facilities are available are
too expensive.-- up to $185 per
Justin is currently spending
35 days at a facility in Fort Pierce
known as Wavecrest. Mrs. Prin-
cipe said he was sent there be-
cause he violated court orders.
In 2004, Mr. and Mrs. Principe
put their son into a psychiatric
hospital in Vero Beach where,
after spending over $2,000, they
were told he was suffering from
This is Justin's second stint at
Wavecrest. The first time he went
there his parents were called af-
ter just three days to come and
get him -- he was too hard to
"He went before the court
because of drugs, being in con-
4 stant trouble and for his actions
at school," said Mrs. Principe.
"I don't want to see him in jail,
but he netJs help. I don't want
to have to bury my child, or see
him in prison serving a life sen-
Justin's parents said their son
has been expelled from school

twice, once for smoking marijua-
na at school. His latest expulsion
came in April 2006 when he was
not allowed back in school until
January of 2007.
"I feel bad for the teachers,"
said Mr. Principe.
When contacted, school of-
ficials could not comment since
Justin is a juvenile.
But beyond the boy's prob-
lems in school, Detective Van
Deman said he's afraid Justin is
heading for only more serious
"He stands a chance of be-
coming a career criminal," said
the OCSO detective. "This was
a special situation. We believed
the child was a significant threat.
Unfortunately, we weren't able
to do anything about it.
"The parents were begging
me to take him and keep him.
They are at their wits' end. They
love their child but are afraid of
the child and what he might do.
At the time his arrest was made,
there was a significant possibil-
ity he could be a danger," he
So, he tried to help by call-
ing the juvenile detention center
in Fort Pierce. He all but begged
them to take the boy.
"Drugs don't qualify for him
to be sent to the detention center.
They have a certain set of criteria
so that they put the worst of the
worst in there," said Detective
Van Deman. "I'm not blaming
the detention center; I'm saying
we need more detention centers.
How can we catch up if we can't
put them in jail long enough to
do the paperwork?"
The detective pointed out that
he booked Justin into the county
jail for six hours, but the boy was
nearly ready to be released from
jail by the time the detective fin-
ished the paperwork.
"It's frustrating to law en-
forcement because we can't get.
them to the judge to see what the
judge says about it," he added.
"When we have a child, we don't
have a way to contain them over
night until they can see the judge
-- that's the biggest problem," he
Detective Van Deman, with 16
years of law enforcement experi-
ence and the last four as a detec-
tive, said the judge has the power
to send children to the 78-bed
Fort Pierce facility.
Despite the detective's efforts,
Scott and Mary were unable to
get their son any help.
So what do they do next?
"There's no easy answer to
that question," said Dan Rodgers,
chief probation officer for District
19, which includes Okeechobee
County. "Maybe look for alter-
native placement or other fam-
ily members for the child to stay
with. But, in many cases, families
can't afford the cost of those al-

Okeechobee News/File
Derek Rucks showed his appreciation for being able to
compete' in last year's' Annual Kids' Day Fishing Festival
sponsored by the Taylor Creek Bass Club. The tournament
will take place again this year on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1
to 3 p.m. at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. The Bass-
master CastingKids contest will precede the tournament.
It will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Continued From Page
state competition.
All contestants must enter
the Agri-Civic Center grounds

Continued From Page 1
water of excess nutrients before
it flows overland into the Ever-
"Because of the state's contin-
ued commitment to Everglades
restoration, we are already
achieving environmental results,"
said Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection Secretary
Michael Sole. "Florida is a role
model for other states, a prime
example of the monumental en-
vironmental restoration that can

through the SR 710 entrance.
The SR 70 entrance will be
A responsible adult must
accompany each participant.
For information call (863)

be achieved with dedicated fund-
ing, effective projects and a vision
for success."
Treatment wetlands are the
workhorse for water quality im-
provements in the South Florida
ecosystem. A decade .ago, phos-
phorus concentrations in Ever-
glades-bound waters averaged
170 parts per billion (ppb). To-
day, the STAs are treating water
to phosphorus concentrations
below 50 ppb and in some cases
as low as 12 to 14 ppb, surpass-
ing early predictions for the suc-
cess of using green technology
for water quality improvements.

tentative placements which can

ternative placements which can
be hundreds of dollars a day."

Juvenile detention
space limited
In his phone interview, Mr.
Rodgers spoke only of juveniles
in general. He said he could not
comment on any specific juve-
He went on to say that having
a child arrested may not be the
best way to handle the situation.
"You hear all the time that you
need to get your child arrested to
get them into the Department of
Juvenile Justice (DJJ) but that's
not true," he said. "I don't know
if that's the best thing to do be-
cause juvenile records dog you
as an adult. But, in frustration,
that's what many parents have to
rely on."
He went on to say that this
problem is "... more common
than we want to admit." He said
many of the frustrations felt by
parents like Scott and Mary come
from there not being the proper
level of services in many com-
"The capacity is just not
there," he said.
He did say that the redirection
program available for parents
and children in this area is help-
ing. The program works with
children and their families to
solve whatever behavioral issues
are occurring within the family.
The cost is $9,000 and is paid for
by the state.
"We use it specifically for kids
that are having issues at home
and in school," said Mr. Rodg-
ers. "If we can get to the family
and child early we can make a
lot of inroads. If we spend this to
save a family we (the state) save
$20,000 to place kids at EYDC
(Eckerd's Youth. Development
Center), VisionQuest or some-
thing like that."
In order for a child to be
placed in the redirection program
.they must be at risk of placement
in a DJJ facility, such as the Fort
Pierce facility.
"There are all kinds of parents
all over the state looking for a
place for their child," he contin-
ued. "What gets an adult into jail
won't necessarily get a child into
He went on to say that even
though juvenile crime is down,
.there is merit in the argument
that if more services were avail-
able at the prevention level then
the juvenile crime rate would
continue to drop.
' According to the DJJ websit6,
the juvenile crime rate in Florida
is down from 87 delinquency re-
ferrals per 1,000 juveniles during
fiscal year 2002-03 to 77 in fiscal
year 2006-07. During fiscal year
2006-07, judges committed 7,187
juvenile offenders to delinquent
treatment facilities. In 2002:03,

Continued From Page 1
striving towards engaging the
parents of these juveniles which
range in age from 13 to 18 years
old. Many times the youth at EYDC
beg to stay due to the situations
that they have to return to once
they finish their time at EYDC and
are released back into the "real
At EYDC a safe environment is
provided where counselors and
staff praise the youth for their pos-
itive accomplishments which can
include behavior and education.
They receive clean clothes, three
meals a day and they are able to
participate in activities that teach
them to positively participate in
EYDC is currently actively try-
ing to create a music department
through the help of the local
communities. Mr. Tate has just
received notice that Barnes and
Nobles will be helping to provide
books on how to read music,
history of music, biographies on
famous musicians, etc. in order
to help make this a success. The
community can help by donating
any musical items that they may
have including musical instru-
When the youth return home,
there are instances where these
youth are thrown back into the
same neighborhoods where they
got into trouble and altercations
that caused them to be sent to
EYDC. Through the engagement
of the family within the program,
EYDC hopes to alleviate some of
this problem by immersing the

Continued From Page 1
rise as authorities return to neigh-
borhoods where homes burned.
The grim announcement
came as the firefighters, aided by
the calming Santa Ana winds and
dropping temperatures, looked to
gain control of some of the most
severe fires. Firefighters had lost
ground overnight on one Orange
County blaze.
Some evacuees were being

9,035 juveniles were sent to a
treatment program.
There are approximately 1.9
million children between the
-ages of 10 and 17 in Florida.
When a child is arrested for a
serious and violent felony, they
are held overnight at a deten-
tion facility. The next day they go
before a judge, just like an adult.
But instead of receiving a bond,
like an adult, the judge decides if
the child is to be held in a deten-
tion facility.
Adults who are given a bond
can be released from jail when
they post bond. Since no bond is
offered to a child, the maximum
amount of time they can be held
is 21 days, with the possibility
of an additional nine days if the
state asks for it.
But that's only in the case of
first- and second-degree felonies,
or those felonies for which an
adult would get life, indicated Mr.
"The 21-day rule for juveniles
is to prevent them from spending
an indeterminate time in suspen-
sion," he explained.
However, if the child is
charged as an adult they are then
kept in the county jail.
Because of her son's prob-
lems and with little to no help
available, Mrs. Principe said
she's going to start talking to lo-
cal churches and organizations
to try and make people aware of
the situation.
"I want somebody to wake
up and get programs out there
before it gets too late -- before
they commit murder," she said.
"We need to raise awareness of
the problems our kids are hav-
ing. We've been on the Internet,
through the phone book -- we've
been through everything. We're
not the only family like this."
With exhaustion obvious in
his face, Mr. Principe said he and
his wife of 20 years have been
begging anybody and everybody
to help.
"We've been doing this for
three years," he said. "The Chil-
dren's Home Society has been
the biggest help we've had. I'm
about to beat my brains out."
What's even more difficult
for the parents is that they be-
lieve deep down Justin can be
"The thing is, my son has a
big heart," said Mrs. Principe. "I
don't know why he does things
like this. He won't talk to us
about it."
After dealing with the family,
Detective Van Deman can only
sigh with frustration and wish
that he could do more.
"This is a prime case of the
system letting us down (the tax-
payer)," he said. "And, the system
may have let him (Justin) down.
But, that's not to be determined
at this point."

entire family into learning these
new positive ways to interact with
EYDC even offers stipends to
families in order to offset costs
for family members to come see
their children.
In the past year Mr. Tate stated
that there have been over 125 boys
released from EYDC who have
gone on in a positive direction ei-
ther back to school or to obtain
their general education diploma.
EYDC follows the progress of
each of the youth in three month
increments up to one year.
Sixteen boys currently live in
the transitional living program at
EYDC where they live outside of
the secure campus. These boys
are able to go into the local com-
munity and do volunteer work for
many different businesses and or-
EYDC is also currently explor-
ing the idea of an apprenticeship
program where the youth could
work alongside professionals in
areas such as plumbing, carpen-
try, and other trade areas in or-
der to give the youth an avenue
to take after they are released so
they are not forced back into the
lives they once led.
Mr. Tate explained that they
strive to make EYDC not a hold-
ing place for youth, but a place
where that can provide a thera-
peutic environment to help pre-
pare the young men for the rest
of their lives.
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allowed back into their neighbor-
hoods, and shelters were empty-
ing. Qualcomm Stadium in San
Diego, which sheltered more
than 10,000 people at the height
of the evacuations, had just 2,500
people left Thursday morning.
The hot, dry Santa Ana winds
that have whipped the blazes
into a destructive, indiscriminate
fury since the weekend were ex-
pected to all but disappear. "That
will certainly aid in firefighting ef-
forts," National Weather Service
meteorologist Jamie Meier said.

News Briefs

Civil War re-enactment planned for Dec. 1 & 2
The seventh annual Civil War re-enactment about the raid on
Fort Pierce will be held Dec. 1 & 2 at the Savannas Recreation Area,
1400 E. Midway Road, in Fort Pierce. On Saturday, camps will be
open to the public from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and battles will be
held throughout the day with the main battle being staged at 2 p.m.
On Sunday, camps will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 3
p.m., with the main battle starting at 1 p.m. Other activities include
living history demonstrations, Sutler's Row, Civil War camps, Ladies
Tea, blacksmith and more. Admittance costs are $3 for adults and
$1 for children. Kids under the age of 6 will be admitted free. For
information: contact Anita Errico-Smith at (772) 465-7608, or by e-
mail at civilwargal@cs.com; or, Lou Rausch at (772) 359-6541, or,
Greyriderl863@aol.com. All proceeds from the event will go to the
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Explorer Post #400.

Legislative delegation to meet
Representative Richard Machek announces that the Okeechobee
County Legislative Delegation will hold its annual meeting and
public hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, from 1:30 p.m. until 3
p.m. The meeting will be held in the County Commission Cham-
bers 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, Nov. 26, 2007.

Today's Weather

Okeechobee Forecast
Friday: Considerable cloudiness, with a chance of showers and
a slight chance of thunderstorms. The high will be in the mid 80s.
The wind will be from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of
rain is 50 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and a
slight chance of thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s.
The wind will be from the northeast around 5 mph. The chance of
rain is 50 percent.

* Extended Forecast

Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and a slight
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Okeechobee News, Friday, October 26, 2007 3

Bold reforms urged to stem loss of rural lands

TALLAHASSEE- 1000 Friends
of Florida released a study iden-
tifying strategies to stem the dra-
matic loss of Florida's rural lands
over the next 50 years. Working
to Sustain Florida's Rural and
Natural Lands: A Call to Action,
is a follow-up to the group's chill-
ing report, Florida 2060, which
included the projection that the
amount of urbanized land in the
State of Florida will double by
2060, based on current develop-
ment patterns.
"Losing 7 million acres of rural
lands to urban development is un-
conscionable," said 1000 Friends
of Florida Chairman Emeritus Na-
thaniel Reed. Unwilling to accept
this proposition, Reed met with
some of the state's leading con-
servationists, developers, plan-
ners and agricultural leaders to
help chart a different course for
Florida's future.
Reed used that input as he
crafted the report, "Working to
Sustain Florida's Rural and Natu-
ral Lands." It includes a series
of recommendations on how to
better protect Florida's vanishing
natural lands, covering such top-

ics as visioning and public policy,
economic strategies, planning
strategies and citizen involve-
Reed notes 1000 Friends in-
tends to work with Agriculture
Commissioner Charles Bronson,
DCA Secretary Tom Pelham, DEP
Secretary Mike Sole, DOT Secre-
tary Stephanie Kopelousos and
other state leaders to help imple-
ment the recommendations. The
report will also be presented to
the Century Commission for a
Sustainable Florida and other
statewide bodies to incorporate
into their recommendations.
Florida Agriculture Commis-
sioner Charles Bronson stresses
the need for action: "The en-
vironmental and agricultural
communities are in agreement
on this issue - the need for pro-
active and creative solutions to
retain open green space in Flor-
ida. Without rural land, the envi-
ronmental health and beauty of
Florida will degrade, we will be
unable to grow crops to feed our
people, and the state's economy
will be deprived of one of its larg-
est economic engines."

UOkeechnoee News/Lorna Jablonski

Is it Halloween yet?
A tired kitten poked its head up from inside a Jack-O-Lan-
tern located on U.S. 441 as residents and businesses be-
gan decorating for the upcoming Halloween holiday.

Woman charged

in theft of jewelry

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman has
been arrested and booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail in
connection with
the reported
theft of jew-
elry and movies
from a home in
the southeast
section of the
Linda Malo-
ne, 46, S.E. 38th Linda
Avenue, was ar- Malone
rested Wednes-
day, Oct. 24, and charged with
two counts of dealing in stolen
property and two counts of de-
frauding a pawnbroker. She was
booked into the county jail under
a bond of $10,000.
An Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) arrest report
by Deputy Paul Jackson indicates
that the victim in the case stated
that several DVDs, electronic

games and rings were stolen from
their home.
After he had interviewed sev-
eral people the deputy states in
his arrest report that he asked
Malone if he could search her
truck and she agreed. He states
in his report that he found nine
DVDs that were later identified by
the victim as the ones taken from
the victim's home.
The deputy's investigation
then led him to a pair of local
pawnshops where he reportedly
found a total of seven rings that
had been pawned by Malone,
stated the report. Two of the rings
were identified as those belong-
ing to the victim. At this time it's
not known who owns the other
Deputy Jackson indicated in
his report that, according to re-
ceipts from the pawnshops, one
of the rings was pawned on Sept.
12 and the other was pawned at
a second pawn shop on Sept. 24.
The receipts, states his report,
were signed by Malone.

Recommendations include re-
gional visioning to shape a state-
wide landscape vision. "Instead
of saying what we don't want,
we should be identifying what
we do want," said Tim Jackson,
President of the planning firm,
Glatting Jackson.
Currently, development is
often considered the "highest
and best use" for rural lands, in-
stead of agriculture. The report
includes the recommendation
to allow the conversion of rural
lands to urban development only
in return for public benefit, such
as the permanent protection of
sensitive natural and agricultural
lands. "This can be a valuable
complement to the state's land
acquisition program," notes
Audubon of Florida Deputy Di-
rector Eric Draper.
Increasing state funding for
the acquisition of environmen-

tally sensitive lands is essential
too, according to Charles Patti-
son, President of 1000 Friends of
Florida. "We must fit the right ac-
quisition tools to the right lands,"
explained Pattison. The report
includes the recommendation
to expand use of these funds
to protect rural and agricultural
lands and buffer properties.
Less-than-fee approaches might
be appropriate for agricultural
lands, allowing them to remain
as working lands, on the tax rolls,
and under private stewardship.
The report also calls for the
judicious placement of well-
planned new towns, but only
in appropriate locations derived
from an ecosystem-based ap-
proach to planning. Reed ex-
plained that the citizens of Flor-
ida must be engaged in every
stage of this process, from de-
termining how much growth is


appropriate and where, to help-
ing to identify how to make infill
and redevelopment compatible
with existing patterns of devel-
The report places emphasis
on the need to support agricul-
ture. "The agriculture of today
may not meet the needs of to-
morrow," notes Peter Spyke,
President of Arapaho Citrus Man-
agement, Inc. Strategies should
be directed toward finding new
ways for local agriculture to pro-
vide irreplaceable benefits to
urban dwellers and natural sys-
tems. "As new roles for agricul-
ture emerge," said Spyke, "we
must ensure that the land will
still be available as a component
of urban planning."
The report also calls for in-
centives to rural landowners for
ecosystem services such as wa-
ter recharge and storage, seques-

tration of carbon, and buffering
development. At the same time,
state infrastructure investment
should be directed toward ur-
banized areas, and annexation
policies refined.
Current planning tools, such
as Transfer of Development
Rights, mitigation banking and
Rural Land Stewardship Areas
need to be evaluated and ren-
dered more effective, according
to the report. Florida's farmers
and ranchers have a strong sense
of land stewardship, according
to Sonny Williamson, President
,of Williamson Cattle- Company.
He noted, "Those who work the
land must be involved in helping
to shape such strategies."
Over the coming months,
1000 Friends of Florida will work
with the contributors to the pa-
per and others to develop spe-
cific, implementable strategies.

Man charged with calling to girls at bus stop

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 21-year-old Okeechobee
man was arrested Thursday
morning after he allegedly
blew kisses and made remarks
to some teenage girls who were
waiting for their school bus.
Yordani Alonso Diaz, N.W.
294"h St., was charged with one
count of felony stalking and
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail. His bond will be

set Friday, Oct. 26, at his first
Diaz was
arrested af-
ter parents
contacted the
County Sher-
iff's Office
(OCSO) about Yordani
a man who Diaz
was harrassing
the girls at the bus stop on 101

Ranch Road.
OCSO Deputy Raul Marrero
responded and later arrested
Diaz. The deputy said Diaz was
allegedly whistling at the girls
from this blue Nissan pickup
truck around 7:45 a.m. Thurs-
day. Deputy Marrero said Diaz
never got out of his vehicle.
"He told the girls they were
pretty and blew kisses at them,"
said the deputy.
He went on to say the girls
were 14 to 15 years of age, and

that parents actually heard Diaz
call to the girls.
Deputy Marrero said Diaz
has no prior arrests and is not a
registered sexual offender.
Although there has been
an arrest in this incident, the
deputy said his investigation is
continuing. If anyone has any
information about this incident
or similar incidents they are
asked to call Deputy Marrero at
(863) 763-3117.

Arrest Report

The following individu-
als were arrested on felony
or driving under the influ-
ence (DUI) charges by the
Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), the
Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), the Flor-
ida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).

* Russell Champlin, 42, Main
St., Safety Harbor, was arrested
Oct. 23 by Deputy Harold Han-
cock on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with failure
to appear - driving while license
suspended - habitual offender.
His bond was set at $10,000.
* Robert Jordan, 46, N.E. 80th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Oct. 23 by Deputy Anthony Kibler
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with viola-
tion of probation - burglary of
a structure. His bond was set at
* Jose Aranda, 19, N.E. Fifth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Oct. 23 by Deputy B. Potter on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation - child abuse. He is
being held without bond.
* Elizabeth Lauran Mur-
dorf, 40, S.W. 42nd Ave., Fort
Lauderdale, was arrested Oct.
23 by Deputy Sergeant J. Royal
on Okeechobee County war-
rants charging her with second
amended violation of proba-
tion - forgery, second amended
violation of probation - utter-
ing a forged instrument, second
amended violation of probation
- grand theft, second amended
violation of probation - forgery
(three counts), second amend-
ed violation of probation (three
counts), second amended viola-
tion of probation - grand theft
and second amended violation
of probation - uttering a forged
instrument (four counts). She is
being held without bond.
* Christine Kay Tinsley, 41,


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Effective December 1, 2007, for the customers in the communities of Belle Glade /
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U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Oct. 23 by Officer R. Cale
on a charge of grand theft. Her
bond was set at $2,500.
* Dawn N. Helf, 21, Linda
Road, Buckhead Ridge, was ar-
rested Oct. 23 by Deputy Sgt. J.
Royal on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with driving
while license suspended - felony.
Her bond was set at $2,500.
* Martez Daniels, 23, N.E. 18th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Oct. 24 by Deputy Paul Jackson
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with dealing in
stolen property. His bond was set
at $5,000.
* Fred Henry Vangorder, IV, 38,
U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested Oct.
24 by Deputy Corporal Aric Ma-
jere on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with third
degree grand theft. His bond was
set at $2,000.
* Ryan Scott O'Neal, 25, N.E.
60lh Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Oct. 24 by Cpl. Aric Majere
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with tamper-
ing with evidence. His bond was
set at $2,500.
* Nelida Miriam Frost, 19,
N.W. 24th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 24 by Cpl. Aric Ma-
jere on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with third
degree grand theft. Her bond
was set at $2,000.
* Magin Cardenas, 20, S.W
Third St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Oct. 25 by Deputy Patri-
cia Massung on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her
with violation of probation -
driving under the influence. Her
bond was set at $2,500.
This column lists arrests
and not convictions, un-
less otherwise stated. Any-
one listed here who is later

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RESTAURANTS: I read in the Okeechobee News that they are go-
ing to have this restaurant or something, what a shame that it couldn't
be an Olive Garden or some other family type restaurant. We don't
need another barbecue place here, we need family type restaurants.
We also need doctors; you would think that the City Council would
be out trying to get us some decent doctors out here or some special-
ist in this town. But they don't seem to be doing anything about it. I
don't know what the problem is here in Okeechobee, but you would
think that by the size of the town, we would have several specialists
in the town. Does anybody else have any opinion on this?

FIRES: What a horrific disaster is happening in California, it's ap-
parent that lessons and planning from Hurricane Katrina have helped
the situation. One cannot help but note however, the difference in the
economic status and the resources now made available immediately.
These people are not crowded in the stadium, because they have the
means to relocate. It just reminds us how little was done after Katrina
for those in desperate need; they still have no homes or insurance

PRESIDENT: I would just like to comment on the unbelievable
president that we have. Half of the country is burning up and the
other half is in unbelievable drought, to where people may not have
showers or be able to take a bath, and the other half has lost all of
these homes. So what does he do? He starts messing with Cuba. This
guy is wrong, he needs to go get his head tested because the last thing
we need (it's funny how he waited until his brother was out of here)
is Cuba to mess with Florida amongst all of this other stuff that's go-
ing on. He should be in California today instead of starting stuff with
Cuba. What is wrong with this man? He has the whole world hating
us as it is, while the country is going down, it's just amazing to me. I
cannot wait until they vote him out of there. God forgive him, I. pray
for him everyday, but I think he is beyond help.

GLOBAL WARMING: I would like to say, all of these people who
are worried about global warming and stuff. But nobody has men-
tioned that this could be God doing this. Why would it have to be
mankind doing this? Just like the flood, back in Noah's time, when
God destroyed the world with water, what about destroying the world
without water? That's what's happening. Everything is drying up.
Look at Atlanta, Ga., look at Lake Okeechobee, Africa - all of their
lakes are drying up. California. Maybe I'm wrong, but I believe that
this is God doing this.

HOMECOMING MONEY: I thought they collected from commu-
nity businesses and organizations for the graduation night party. Since
the high price meant some kids didn't get to enjoy all the Homecom-
ing activities, I think it was a poor choice to use it as a fundraiser to
benefit just the seniors. Better to have more car washes, bake sales, or
whatever, or even hold some other dances. Every OHS kid who wants
to go -- and who has not had their privileges taken away for violating
school rules --should be able to go to the Homecoming Dance.

WEIGHT: I agree with the caller who said they should divide the
youth teams by weight. I think they should do this for soccer as well.
Some of those big kids just plow down the tiny ones as the physical
size differences are so great. There should be a weight limit on each
4- of the categories.

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Community Events

Arnold's Wildlife hosts annual open house
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, located at 14895 N.W.
30th Terrace, will host its annual fall open house on Saturday, Nov.
3, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be something for 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. 144th Drive and turn
left at the flashing light. Go west two miles and follow the signs to
the Center. For information call (863) 763-4630.

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Letters to the Editor

Hometown teachers
names sought
I am compiling a book entitled
"First Ladies of Okeechobee."
The profits from the sale of this
book will go to various local
charities. I have had good re-
sponse from residents that know
of someone that should be con-
sidered for acceptance in this
book. Today, I'm again asking for
information, I need the names of
female Okeechobee High School
graduates that have returned
here to teach. If you know of one
or more of these teachers, please
send their names to me, and if
possible, the year they graduated

from OHS.
I am overwhelmed with the
numbers of local graduates that
are teaching in our Okeechobee
schools now. The first graduate
to return here to teach, graduated
in 1921, Alma Camp, she was my
second grade teacher, and at that
time she had married and was
Mrs. Burr. You can call me at ei-
ther or these numbers and leave
a message with names of these
ladies. (863) 763-6226 or (863)
763-3850, or send to me at the
following address, P.O. Box 248,
Okeechobee, 34973.
Betty C. Williamson

From the photo archives
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Okeechobee News office, staffers came across a num-
ber of old photos. Some of these photos were taken by
staffers; others were apparently brought in by community
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Upcoming Events

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 pub-
lic is invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to los-
ing 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.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W Second St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. 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 meet-
ings for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 357-3053.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday
at 7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride
will follow a short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride
twice before joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at
(863) 697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart
at (863) 610-1251.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discus-
sion at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave.,
The Lake Shops Suite K. For information call (863) 634-4780.

A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7
p.m. at the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For
more information please call (863) 634-4780.

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
Brethren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are wel-
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.

Community Events

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

Reunion Benefit for American Legion Post 64
Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. there will be a reunion benefit for
the American Legion Post 64. The dinner will be $6 per plate. The
menu will consist of Barbecue Ribs, Barbecue chicken, potato
salad, baked beans, dessert and tea. With music by Rhonda and
Clay Thomas. The public is welcome. For information call (863)

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. Ev-
eryone is eligible to enter including karaoke hosts and members of
bands. For information, call David Lee at (863) 697-9002 or Bill at
(863) 763-0818.

Church of God plans Tribulation 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.

Sons of American Legion steak dinner
The Sons of American Legion will sponsor their monthly rib-eye
steak dinner on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 3 until 6 p.m. at the American
Legion Post 64,501 SE 2 St. Dinner includes steak, baked potato,
salad, roll and dessert. Donation is $12. Public welcome. For infor-
mation call (863) 447-5599.

Friends of the NRA holds dinner and auction
The Okeechobee Friends of the NRA will hold a dinner and auc-
tion on Nov. 1, 2007 at Pogey's restaurant. Tickets are $40 each,
price includes: prime rib dinner. Proceeds from benefit will go to
the Okeechobee 4-H Sharp Shooters club.
Tickets are available at the Gun Shop, 2020 S. Parrott Ave., (863)

New Horizons sponsors Tribute to Dr. Brown
New Horizons of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast will spon-
sor a Tribute to honor beloved pediatrician Dr. Fred Brown, on
Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6 until 8 p.m. The event will be held at the
First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. Tickets are $25 per person,
tables and sponsorships are also available. A prime rib dinner is in-
cluded in the ticket purchase. For tickets and information call Con-
nie Abney at (863) 763-2813.

Masonic Lodge holds Annual dinner
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. will hold
their Annual Turkey Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 4 until 7 p.m.
Eat in or take out is available. Adult meals are $7 donation each and
children are $3.50 each. Children's plates are not available for take
out. Proceeds will benefit Distressed Worthy Brothers. For informa-
tion please contact Kip Gardner at (863) 357-0427.

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 every-
one to attend their annual bazaar on Saturday Nov. 3, 2007 from
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.

Fire Department plans pancake breakfast
The Buckhead Ridge Fire Department will have a pancake break-
fast on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 until 11 a.m. the pancakes are all
you can eat, the meal also includes sausage, and juice. Everyone is
welcome. For information, call (863) 357-1364.

Church at the Salvation Saloon
The world famous Salvation Saloon presents church at the lo-
cal saloon with live music by "Clergy" and a service out back'with
"Remnant" on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Office Bar and Grill,
6315 Hwy441 S.E. For information call (863) 467-8232.

VFW Post 9528 holds fundraiser
The VFW Post 9528 will be holding a fundraiser for Malinda
Woods to help pay for medical bills due to cancer. The fundraiser
will be held on Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. There will be a ham dinner
with all of the fixings, tickets are $8 donation. The meal is all you
can eat. There will be music provided all day. There will be a cake
auction/cake walk, a drawing on two smoked hams. There will be
other various fundraiser activities. Donations are accepted. Any one
wishing to make a donation please call Johnnie Patent at (863) 467-
0600 or (863) 763-1616.

Boats and Pearls Gala planned

The second annual Boats and Pearls Gala will benefit Hospice
of Okeechobee. The western themed evening will be filled with
dancing to the music of the Nashville Band. Guests will be treated
to a prime rib dinner with all the trimmings. Six paintings by local
artist will be offered for auction. The event will be held at the KOA
Convention Center, on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., tickets will be a $50
-donation per person or sponsor a table (seats 8) for $500. Tickets
may be purchased at Eli's Western Wear, The Okeechobee Live-
stock Market and Gilberts Chevrolet. For information, contact San-
dra Pearce at (863) 763-2684 or Tina Clemons at (863) 467-6242.

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.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, October 26, 2007 5

At the Movies wondie

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Oct. 26,
through Thursday, Nov. 1, 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 Ill - "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 Friday, Oct. 26, the
299th day of 2007. There are 66
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On Oct. 26, 1881, the "Gun-
fight at the O.K. Corral" took
place in Tombstone, Ariz., as
Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and
"Doc" Holliday confronted Ike
Clanton's gang. Three members
of Clanton's group were killed;
Earp's brothers and Holliday
were wounded.
On this date:
In 1774, the First Continental
Congress adjourned in Philadel-
In 1825, the Erie Canal opened
in upstate New York, connecting
Lake Erie and the Hudson River.
In 1942, Japanese planes bad-
ly damaged the U.S. ship Hornet
in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands
during World War II. (The Hornet
sank early the next morning.)
In 1957, the Soviet Union
announced that defense minis-
ter Marshal Georgi Zhukov had
been relieved of his duties.
In 1967, the Shah of Iran
crowned himself and his queen
after 26 years on the Peacock
In 1972, national security ad-
viser Henry Kissinger declared,
"Peace is at hand" in Vietnam.
In 1994, Prime Minister Yit-
zhak Rabin of Israel and Prime
Minister Abdel Salam Majali of
Jordan signed a peace treaty
during a ceremony at the Israeli-
Jordanian border attended by
President Bill Clinton.
In 2001, President Bush
signed the USA Patriot Act, giv-
ing authorities unprecedented
ability to search, seize, detain or
eavesdrop in their pursuit of pos-
sible terrorists.
Ten years ago: The Florida
Marlins became the youngest
franchise to win the World Series
with a 3-2 victory in the 11th in-
ning over the Cleveland Indians
in the seventh and final game.
Chinese leader Jiang Zemin ar-
rived in Honolulu en route to a
White House summit with Presi-
dent Clinton.
Five years ago: The hos-
tage siege by Chechen rebels at
a Moscow theater ended with
129 of the 800-plus captives
dead, most from a knockout gas
used by Russian special forces
who stormed the theater. Tens
of thousands of anti-war protest-
ers circled the White House after
Jesse Jackson and other speak-
ers denounced the Bush admin-
istration's Iraq policies. The Ana-
heim Angels defeated the San
Francisco Giants 6-5 in Game
6 of the World Series, forcing a
seventh and final showdown.
Today's Birthdays: Actress
Shelley Morrison ("Will and
Grace") is 71. Actor Bob Hoskins
is 65. Author Pat Conroy is 62. Ac-
tress Jaclyn Smith is 62. TV host
Pat Sajak is 61. Sen. Hillary Rod-
ham Clinton, D-N.Y., is 60. Singer
Maggie Roche (The Roches) is
56. Musician Bootsy Collins is 56.
Actor James Pickens Jr. ("Grey's
Anatomy") is 55. Rock musician
Keith Strickland (The B-52's)
is 54. Actor D.W. Moffett is 53.
Actress Rita Wilson is 51. Actor
Dylan McDermott is 46. Actor
Cary Elwes is 45. Singer Natalie
Merchant is 44. Country singer
Keith Urban is 40. Actor Tom
Cavanagh is 39. Actor Anthony
Rapp is 36. Actor Jon Heder is
30. Singer Mark Barry (BBMak)
is 29. Olympic silver medal fig-
ure skater Sasha Cohen is 23.
Thought for Today: "I like
trees because they seem more
resigned to the way they have to
live than other things do." Willa
Cather, American author (1873-

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By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19): Learn-
ing something new will lead to great-
er accomplishments but don't expect
the people to whom you are close
to understand what you are doing.
A short trip will pay off but be care-
ful: Accidents and delays can be ex-
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The
more you volunteer and help oth-
ers;-the better. The people you meet
along the way will see how valuable
you are and want to get involved in
whatever you are doing. Now is a
perfect time to make alterations to
your life.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Infor-
mation you thought you had well-
hidden will be divulged, putting you
in an awkward position. Don't lend
or borrow money or possessions.
Pay back what you owe and collect
what's owed to you.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): You
can do no wrong if you are thought-
ful of the people around you. Minor
changes to your home will encour-
age you to entertain more. A new
look at an old creative project will

inspire you.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It's time to
have some fun but not at the expense
of someone else, your health or by
overspending. The activity should
challenge you, cost little and intro-
duce you to interesting new people.
Mental, physical and financial growth
should be your intent.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Con-
sider places to visit and make plans
to do so. Don't make hasty adjOst-
ments to your home or personal life.
Time is on your side so think things
through. Love is looking good.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You can
deal with emotional matters today as
long as you are discreet. Money or a
gift are coming your way. A change
in the way you view someone will
help you make a decision about how
to treat them.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Start
small and you will be successful at
what you do. Make changes at home
or actually move in order to open up
new possibilities for advancement,
raise your assets and improve your
surroundings. A love interest will in-
trigue you.

*DEAR ABBY: I am a single
parent of a 16-year-old son I'll
call "Joel." His father has always
been a part of his life. Abby, my
son was once a polite, respect-
ful, hard-working young man.
But over the past year, he has
changed radically.
Joel now thinks of no one
but himself and his girlfriend. He
makes promises to do whatever
he thinks will get him what he
wants. Then he cuts classes with
his girlfriend, chews tobacco at
school, refuses to do his home-
work, and lies about his progress
reports and report cards.
If he doesn't get his way, he
becomes very aggressive. He re-
cently put his fist through a pic-
ture and the wall. There are two
knuckle indentations in my front
door that he put there. I take him
to a counselor for his aggression,
but it isn't working.
He is over 6 feet tall and weighs
more than 200 pounds. He is the
only male in my household. His
father is having the same prob-
lems with him that I am. All he
wants to do is spend time with
his girlfriend. He will stay with
whichever parent allows him to
be with her or stay on the phone
with her.
Joel was involved in baseball
since the age of 5. He no longer
cares to play. This was a sud-
den change of heart for him. I
had him drug-tested without his
knowledge. He was clean. I am at
my wits' end. I am now on anti-
depressants. I was never like that
before he became so aggressive.
His father and I have dis-
cussed putting Joel in a teenage
camp for juveniles. He's not a
bad kid. I just don't know what
to do anymore. Restrictions, no
phone calls, no cell phone, no
TV, not going out to eat, no see-
ing his girlfriend outside of school
- none of these things have
worked. I've tried making him
get a job, but he refuses. Please
help me. - Nowhere To Turn

In Florida
Send your son away only as a last
resort. It appears his hormones
have kicked in, and if I had to
make a wild guess, I'd say he's
sleeping with the girlfriend.
Reasoning with him, pun-
ishing him and taking him to a
counselor haven't worked, so be
prepared to get tough. The next
time he threatens you and de-
stroys your property - and that's
what putting a fist through a wall
is - call the police and let them
handle him.
There is a support group for
parents of hard-to-handle chil-
dren, and your son qualifies. The
group is called BILY (Because I
Love You). Contact it through its
Web site, www.bily.org, or at P.O.
Box 2062, Winnetka, CA 91396,
and tell them I sent you.
*DEAR ABBY: I have many
male friends whom I regard as
"just friends." But from time to
time, one of them sees me in a
different light.
What's the best way to politely
turn, down a date and still main-
tain a guy's friendship? - Just
Friends In Hawaii
mistake many women make in
telling men they are not roman-
tically interested in them is soft-
pedaling the message in an effort
to be kind.
My male readers have told me
that in the long run it's kinder
- and less a waste of everyone's
time - to say straight out, "I like
you as a friend, but I don't want
to date you." Or to put it another
way, "I like and respect you, but
the chemistry isn't there."
Editor's note: Dear Abby is
written by Abigail Van Buren,
also known as Jeanne Phillips,
and was founded by her moth-
er, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear
Abby at www.DearAbby.com or
P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA

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*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
Someone will offer you something
that is hard to turn down but make
sure you can fulfill what's being
asked of you before you agree to the
terms. A change of scenery will do
you good but don't overspend just to
alleviate your boredom.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
You can turn anything you touch to
gold today. A profit is in the stars and
putting money into real estate, your
home or a project you want to pursue
will all bring high returns. Consider
making a career change.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Your intuition will not lead you astray.
Money can be yours if you are quick
to take advantage of an opportunity.
Gifts, winnings and collecting debts
will help you get a better handle on a
project you want to pursue.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You
can do no wrong if you stick to ba-
sics and take a practical approach to
whatever you do. You owe it to both
the people you love and those you
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Everglades students plan a Halloween parade

At Everglades Elementary
School, Mrs. Noonan's class has
finished the first nine weeks.
Many children have worked very
hard. Alkeecia
Clayton, Kevi-
ous Jackson, Sa-
die Lamb, Gatlin
Hilderbrand and
Francisco Valdez
learned 100% of
the high frequency sight words
for the first nine weeks. Congrat-
Mrs. Moore's students will
be getting awards on Oct. 31 at
8:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria.
Please look in your child's report
card to see if they will receive
an award. Keep practicing with
your child on letters, sounds, and
We made some fall trees this
week with Miss Judith our foster
grandparent. Thanks so much
for your help, Miss Judith.
Miss Snyder's class has com-
pleted their first nine weeks!
Ashlyn Newman is our "Student
of the Week." We have been
learning all about fall writing,
pumpkins, counting, sorting, and
grouping fall items in math. We
are making Pumpkin Bouquets.
A special thank you goes on to
Ms. Gail, Mrs. 0 and Ms. Judy.
Your help has been wonderful.

First Grade
The first grade students are
learning to write stories. Students
will write a story in class and for
homework. Remember the sto-
ries must have a beginning, mid-
dle (with 3 details) and an ending.
We will use the guidelines of the
Florida Writes and grade with ru-
brics 0 - 6. Please help your child
with this skill.
In first grade the year will be
filled with learning to read and
write stories, as well as, math, sci-
ence and social studies. Try to set
aside time each evening to read
with your child, go over word lists
for- reading and spelling. Always
offer praise for a job well done.
Look what's coming up: the
Halloween Parade is Oct. 31 at 2
p.m. Parents are invited to attend.
Parents are needed in the class-
room to help students get dressed
and serve refreshments after the
parade. Remember to go to the
office first to sign in and get your
visitor's badge to wear while on

"School Spirit and Pride Day is
every Friday at Everglades. Please
have your child wear their Ever-
glades T-shirts.
Mrs. Rowley's class is getting
very excited about Halloween.
We will be sponge painting our
very own shirts to wear the day of
Halloween. We have had some
very devoted 100 Book Challenge
Dylan Jacobs, Enrique
Velazquez, Allan Portocarrero,
Tyler Underhill and Faith Pritchett
have all read 100 steps. That's 25
hours of reading!
We also have lots of birthday
wishes this month. Happy birth-
days go out to Kody Brewster,
Emily Hernandez, Tyler Under-
hill, Raelyn Bell, and Faith Pritch-
ett. First grade gave a fantastic
presentation at our October PTO
Meeting. Thanks to all the parents
and students who came.
Mrs. Laskey's class has gone
"Batty"! We have just finished our
unit on bats. Our room is decorat-
ed for Halloween with scary bats
and we have learned all about the
many different types of bats that
there are. We learned about what
they eat, where they live, how big
different kinds of bats get, and
how they use echo-location to
find their food. We even sang a
song about bats at our last PTO
meeting on Oct. 16. Thank you
to the parents that brought their
children to this meeting. The chil-
dren in attendance were: Ariel
Girardi, Morgan Roberts, Oscar
Longora, Mariah Good, Luis Co-
lon, and Raeshel Bell. Our class is
so excited about Halloween! We
will be sponge painting our Hal-
loween shirts this week to wear
on Halloween Day! We are look-
ing forward to the Halloween pa-
rade at 2 p.m. on Oct. 31, when
we can put on our costumes and
parade around the school.

Second Grade
Ms' Hunt's class is always talk-
ing about matter and how it's all
around us. We know that we are
made of matter, and some are
bigger than others!
Mrs. Brady's class is learning
how to regroup addition prob-
lems in math. We are improving
our writing skills by adding more
descriptive details. In science we
are studying motion and sound.
We are reading, "Hedgehog

Bakes a Cake", this week. We are
still eagerly awaiting Halloween!
Mrs. Campbell's class is learn-
ing about energy for living. We
are making a diorama that shows
an animal eating in its natural
habitat. We are learning about
choosing healthy foods to keep
our bodies in good shape.
Mr. Wright's class is reading
"Lemonade for Sale." It's an en-
joyable story about a group of
hard working children. We are
also working on "Hands - on
- Equations" as an algebra proj-
ect in class. Citizenship in the
World is our Social Studies topic.
While our science lessons focus
on "light and heat."
Mrs. Kirby's class is getting
ready to begin adding with re-
grouping. We will also be learn-
ing in Science where animals and
people get their energy.

Fifth Grade
Miss Kosinski's reading class-
es have been working extremely
hard on our Cause and Effect
skills. We have created our very
own "If you Give ... Then ..."
books adapted from the "IF you
give a mouse a cookie" books.
They turned out wonderful and
we can't wait to have them pub-
lished when we do our school
books later this year. In addition,
. my Reading classes have created
Cause and Effect connections us-
ing pictures from magazines and
"inferring" cause and effect rela-
tionships based on the pictures.
The kids seemed to really enjoy
using the magazines to show off
their creative sides. Aside from
working on our skills, my home-
room Reading class has been
joining Jeffrey Magee on his wild
adventures in "Maniac Magee"
by Jerry Spinelli. We are anx-
iously waiting to see what hap-
pens to Maniac as he continues
his journey in the life of Grayson.
Will he ever return the East End
and the Beales? We hope to find
out. My Second period Reading
class has been enjoying the story
of Annemarie and Ellen. We are
eager soldiers. Finally, we would
like to thank Preferred Properties
of Okeechobee for donating sup-
plies to our care package. They
have been a great support and
we appreciate them very much!
Thank you Preferred Properties!


Special Areas
Coach Chester and Coach
Forde are proud to continue in
the fifth year of the Greater Gator
Mileage Club. This program was
adopted from Fitness Finders and
helps to promote physical fitness
by walking, jogging, or running.
The P.E. Department of Ever-
glades Elementary believes that
these lifetime activities will help
combat obesity levels of U.S. chil-
dren that has doubled in the last
two decades.
We would like to invite parents
to also be a part of the Greater
Gator Mileage Club. At Lock 7 on
South 441, using the paved trail
at the lake, students and parents
can walk together from 8:30 to
9:30 a.m. every second Saturday
of the month starting in October
and ending in March. Parents and
their families are invited and en-'
couraged to participate with your
children throughout the school
Walking helps develop fitness
while building muscles, burning
calories, reducing stress, and cre-
ating good lifetime habits. Your
children will be more physically
fit, energetic and ready to learn.

The Greater Gator Mileage Club
in physical activity that is FUN
and REWARDING! Come join us!
Hope to see you there!

Student Council
During the week of Nov. 5
our school will participate in the
WPTV- 5 Food for Families Drive.
Our school has been successful

in collecting food for needy fami-
lies. The food drive will extend
through Nov. 9. Send us canned
or nonperishable foods. Together
we can make a difference.
Everglades Student Council
will sponsor the annual Turkey
Trot for our food drive. The grade
with the most items collected dur-
ing the week of Nov. 5 through 9
will receive a grand gator award.

Dorthy M. Dull
Dorthy M. Dull, age 87 of
Okeechobee and formally of St-
urgis, Mich., died Sunday, Oct.
21, 2007 at Raulerson Hospital
She is preceded in death by
her son Richard B. Dull of Sturgis,
She is survived by her husband
Thomas S. Dull of Okeechobee;
son, Gene E. (Sandi) McCurry of
Sturgis, Mich.; five grandchildren,
several great grandchildren and
brother, Bedford Brown Jr. of Or-
ange California.
The family has no plans for a
service at this time.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.

Norris "Gabby"
Shafer Jr
Norris "Gabby" Shafer Jr., age
72 of Okeechobee, passed away
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007 at the
Hamrick Home. Born Jan. 16,
1935 in Pittsburg, Pa. to Norris
and Madge Shafer Sr. he has been

a resident of Okeechobee since
1970. He is known for his years
of hard work managing the ser-
vice station and a m-
Laundromat on
South 441. He
served in the
United States
Army, was a
member of
Northside Bap- -
tist Church, the
Elks Lodge and Norris
enjoyed fishing. Shafer Jr.
He is sur-
vived by his loving wife, Juanita
Shafer of Okeechobee; sons, Dale
(Denise) Shafer and Jessie (Con-
nie) Shafer both of Savannah,
Ga.; daughters, Tammy (Danny)
Lopez, Tracy Casselton both of
Okeechobee, and Shirley Dav-
enport of Vancouver, Wash. In
addition he is survived by broth-
ers, John and Sam Shafer; sister,
Darlene Murphy all of Ohio; 12
grandchildren and 19 great grand-
Visitation will be held on Sun-
day, Oct. 28, from 2 until 4 p.m.
in the Buxton Funeral Home Cha-.
pel, with funeral services follow-
ing at 4 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be
made to Hospice of Okeechobee,
P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee,
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.

Israel Yanez
Israel Yanez, age 16 of
Okeechobee died Monday, Oct.
22, 2007 in Stuart. Born in Ft.
Pierce, he has been a lifetime resi-
dent of Okeechobee.
He is survived by his parents
Antonio and Soledad Yanez of
Okeechobee; brothers, RoyYanez,
Antonio, Jr. Yanez and Theodolo
Yanez; sisters, Ana Yanez, Andrea
Yanez and Theodora Yanez, all of
The family will receive friends
for a visitation at the family's
residence on Friday, Oct. 26, from
dusk until dawn. Services will be
Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Buxton Fu-
neral Home at 10 a.m. Burial will
follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

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Okeechobee News, Friday, October 26, 2007


Murder/arson found in Hendry County

Victim killed,
tied and burned,
investigators said

By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Special to the Okeechobee News
CLEWISTON -- Emergency
workers responding to a fire call
in Montura found a much more
sinister scene when they arrived
last Wednesday morning, Oct.
Obscured by the fire was the
body of a Montura man. He had
been tied and apparently mur-
dered before his attackers set the
home on fire.
Almost immediately authori-
ties worked to solve the homicide
case, but a week later few details
about what really happened. Sev-
eral law enforcement agencies
including the Florida Department
of Law .Enforcement and the
State Fire Marshall's Office con-
tinue working together to piece
the clues together regarding the
arson and homicide.
Authorities are. releasing little
information about possible mo-
tives and it isn't known whether
robbery or something else was
the driving factor in the homicide.
The home is a rather nondescript
structure on Avenida Del Sur.
All that is known is that the
body of Epitacio Antonio Her-
nandez-Beltron, 60, was found in-

INI/Jose Zaragoza
Investigators found the charred remains of a chair in the living
room area of the mobile home where the body of 60-year-old
Epitacio Antonio Hernandez-Beltron was found last week.

side the home while fire fighters
worked to extinguish the flames.
Both his hands and his feet were
tied, police say, indicating that the
fire was no normal or accidental
According to Mayra Quesada,
with the Hendry County Sheriff's
Office, the department will con-
tinue its investigation, including
interviewing possible suspects,
and will await the results of the
medical examiner's investigation
that should reveal more about

the homicide.
No one has been arrested in
connection with the homicide,
although interviews have taken
place, according to the sheriff's
On Thursday, Oct. 18, the
man's wife, hospitalized at the
time of the crime and its discov-
ery, arrived to find the scene for
the first time. Accompanied by
friends of hers, she walked, limp-
ing to the home.
"I was the wife. I was in the

hospital when it happened and
I don't have a statement," the
woman announced.
According to the persons with
her, she had yet to be told about
the homicide.
Neighbors say that the de-
ceased kept to himself most of
the time. According to them, he
talked very little and he and his
wife would spend most of their
time in the home.
On the morning of the discov-
ery, the family directly next-door
to the home noticed smoke com-
ing from the mobile home.
When they determined that it
was coming from the house itself,
they called the authorities.
Little did they know what had
really occurred.
"I had no idea," said one
neighbor, Rosa Lopez. Her home
is located just next to the site.
According to her, her family
did not notice anything out of fhe
ordinary in the days leading up to
the homicide.
One detail that she did find
noteworthy, she said, was having
noticed the man walking from his
home to a store nearby. This was
a little strange since she had nev-
er seen him walking -- he always
drove, Ms. Lopez said.
"This scares me," Ms. Lopez
said. "They were quiet.
News Editor Jose Zaragoza
can be reached at

Caloosahatchee riverfront may become regional park

Planners seek
Glades County's
blessings and ideas

By Nena Bolan
Special to the Okeechobee News
GLADES COUNTY -- Imagine a
176 acre parcel of land along one
mile of Caloosahatchee river front
in Glades County that could be
transformed into a regional park.
That is exactly what planners
hope to construct if all local lead-
ers maintain an interest in the
The land is on the north side
of the river, east of S.R. 29 before
it crosses the water, and can be
seen from Barron Park in LaBelle.
An old oxbow borders the west-
ern edge of the proposed park.
It may be a little known fact
that South Florida Water Man-
gagement District (SFWMD) has
leased this property to the city of
LaBelle since 1991. However, SF-
WMD has given the city an April
2008 deadline to complete plans
for a regional park.
There has already been one
workshop to create a plan, but
more input is needed from Glades
County residents, according to
Craig Bartoshuk, one of the first
to realize the land's potential.
Mr. Bartoshuk is a land re-
source manager for A. Duda and
Sons, but he wants to make it
clear that he is doing this as an in-
dividual and steward of the land.
If a regional park plan is not in
progress, SFWMD will revoke the
"Where else are you going to
find 176 acres with a mile of river
front for a regional park?" said Mr.

La~elle/SF W D Park: Ex sti g C n ii n

Submitted to INI/Craig Bartoshuk
This is the conceptual master plan for the park that proponents want to submit to SFWMD. A
lot more input from Glades and Hendry residents is welcome.

Bartoshuk of the valuable prop-
He and others have joined to-
gether for the purpose of restoring
the 176 acres by removing exotic
plants and spoil from old dredg-
ings. The master plan includes a
kayak/canoe beach, fishing pier,
picnic areas, wetlands and hik-
ing trails through restored native
More ideas are welcome.
Glades County residents are in-
vited to attend the second work-
shop on Thursday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.
at the LaBelle Civic Center.
Many questions should be

asked at the meeting.
The Glades County commu-
nities of Muse and Ortona are
closest to the proposed park.
Residents from the eastern, cen-
tral and northern parts of Glades
County will travel close to the
park when they are on their way
to LaBelle, Lehigh Acres and Fort

The workshop on Nov. 1 at
the LaBelle Civic Center begins
at 7 p.m. For more information
contact Craig Bartoshuk at craig-
mary@juno.com, or LaBelle of-
ficials at maryjowilson@cityla-
Staff writer Nena Bolan can be
reached at nenabolan@yahoo.com

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advise you to check with the
Attorney General's Consumer
Fraud Line at 1-800-220-5424,
and/or The Better Business
Bureau, 800-464-6331 for pre-
vious complaints.
Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160

DOG - Found 10/19 in Platts
Bluff. Large, female. Please
call to identify.
(863)467-6960 or 634-4626

Friday & Saturday, October
26th & 27th, 7am-2pm. Go to
Hwy 710 & 36th Terrace
(Everglades Elem area) and
follow signs. Antiques,
collectibles, household
goods & more!!

OKEE, 1118 SW 10th Avenue,
Saturday, October 27th,
8am-5pm. Too many items to
list!! Don't miss this one!!

OKEECHOBEE, Sat., 10/27 &
Sun., 10/28, 8am til 3pm,
4613 SE 30th St. Electronic
Equipment, Playstation Gam-
ing System & Paintball
Equipment. (863)697-2707
for Directions

OKEECHOBEE- Sat. Oct 27th,
7am-?, 1770 NW 6th St.,
Plenty of parking

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sel your used Items In
the classlfelds.

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

FullTm 0-25i

Is looking for a clerical person.
Computer skills are required.
Bi-lingual a plus but not re-
quired. Apply in person at
407 S Parrott Ave.
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
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classl-
fleds and make your
clean un a breezel


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
ParlkModel Homes.
Flexible hours -
Start in December, 2007.
Send resume to
bharv@msn.com or call

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features, briefly
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balloon race
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alter ego
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many a payment
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26 CEO's wall
hanging, perhaps
28 Some electron
30 Dental X-rays?
32 Raw-boned one
33 Duck
34 Cadiz compass
35 Add-on
decorating cost?
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bleat, maybe
46 Have salmon-
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McGuire Air
Force Base
50 First name in
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53 Power source
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up an eye to gain
59 Albany veto?
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cream snacks
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graders, say
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great Isao
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Energetic, Personable Medical
Assistant Needed. Full Time
in busy medical office. Expe-
rience necessary. Fax CV to

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

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

Immediate Openings - CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
App!y In Person To:
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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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

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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
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Air Conditioners 505
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Equipment 665
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Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
To & Games 730
V Rs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

PIT BULL PUPS - 3 males, 3
females, have papers, par-
ents on premises, $300

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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, 1V/2 ba, 2 Story, Washer
Dryer. Patio. $800 mo., 1st,
last + sec. (863)634-3313
OKEE, Clean, 2br, 1ba, no
pets, new paint, carpet & kit
& appl'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.

Oak Lake Villas, 2br/2ba
$800/month, First, Last,
+ $800 Security. Pets
Welcome. Clean & spacious.
Available immediately.
Call (863) 801-3133
back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn.

BASSWOOD - New 3/2, large
yard, Pets OK, W/D, lawn
service, water service,
$1050/mno, 1st, last, $500
sec. Avail first week in No-
vember (561)723-0661
BASSWOOD, 2BR/1BA, newly
renovated, incl. w/d, new a/c
& water softener, $795 mo. +
sec. dep. (561)383-6484
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. $1295 mo. (561)
248-3888 or (863)599-0156
Waterfront 3 Bdrm., 1/2Ba.
2 Story w/Lake Okeechobee
access & boat ramp. Wrap
around porch. Fenced yard.
Pets welcome! $1050
mo. + 1st, last & sec.

1BA, $825. mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. dep. Call for info.
8am-5pm. (863)357-6700
1br, fully furn, incid elec &
satellite, on river, NO pets,
$700/mo (863)467-1950
OKEE - 2BR, 1oBA, near town,
screened porch, carport,
shed. $800/mo. 1st, last &
sec. (863)467-7838 or
(239) 989-8894
OKEECHOBEE - 3br, iba, just
off Hwy 710, w/den, Ig kitch-
en, Shed, $950/mo + Sec.
3br, 2ba,, $3000 down,
$1300/mo, w/$300/mo to-
wards down payment.
Bruised credit okay.,
(863467-0128 or
863 634-9535
3BR/2BA, $975 mo. +
$975 sec. dep., Brand new
remodel. (863)634-1554

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

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
C/Air, W&D and Workshop.
Furn. or Unfurn., Long or
Short Term. 863-467-7528

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 Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

crane, mowers, Bucket
Truck, can be bought separ-
ately (863)357-1517

Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
the classified.

When doing those chores
is doing you In, It's time
to look for a helper In
the classlfieds.

How fast can your car
go? It can go even faster
when you sell it in the

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October 27th & 28th
Sat. 9 - 5, Sun. 9 -4
St. Lucie Co. Fairgrounds
Ft. Pierce
15601 W Midway Rd.
4 miles W of Turnpike on Rt. 70
Concealed Weapon Class $40
Daily 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
For info 330-963-6964

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

BRAND NEW, 2/2 Villa, 1200
sq ft, never lived in, lots of
upgrades. Asking $149,900,
will consider rental. Call

LABELLE- Ft Denaud area-
3br, 2ba, 2 car gar, pool, 2
lots Reduced $275K
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 &
more!! Grab flyer!! 309 SW
10th Ave. (863)357-0391

Corner Lot. 2.2 acres, $150K
Call Cell# 772-530-2095
or 863-467-6399
OKEE, 3.8 acres, vacant,
beautiful trees, well, septic.
Buildable for MH or SFR. Ask-
ing $125,000.(863)610-0219

R Bar Ranch, 2 acres, 5 Ig.
oak trees, cleared, $100,000
or best offer. (772)878-3335
or (772)224-1423
VIKING AREA - 1 1/4 Acre,
High and Dry. 239-433-2037

MobileHomes I

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

3br/2ba, W/D, Located in
Ousley Estates, Available
NOW!! (863)357-1517

TV. Lot 150x75. Off 15A.
$650 mo. $500. dep. No
pets. Will consider seasonal

OKEE., Unfurnished, 2BR 2Ba
on Canal. Direct TV, Water &
Easy access to lake. $675
mo. + sec. Avail. 10/21
772-794-2438 or 538-8183

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.
No pets. $700/mo. & $550
security. (863)763-0648
2ba, 2 person max. All util.
furnished, including yard.
$1250. mo. (863)634-2561

Mobile Home Angels
OKEE., 2br, 2ba, Cent. air,
150x75 lot. $65K. Owner fi-
nancing w/$5K. down. 10 yr
Mortgage. (863)467-6688
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
PENA, 1982, 2BR, 2BA mobile
home in nice, adult park,
w/screen room, carport &
storage shed, furnished.
$20,500 (863)763-8770

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20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.

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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at
City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, Fl conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and
thereafter to consider final reading of Ihe following Ordinance into law: NO. 1000:
The ordinance is regarding Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map
Amendment Application No. 07-012-SSA submitted by Kelly Kite Jr., on behalf of
property owners) Okeechobee SR 70 Holdings. The request is to change Fu-
ture Land Use designation from Single Family (SF) to Commercial (C) for property
located at 1108 State Road 70 East. Legal description: Being a parcel of land ly-
ing in Section 22, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Flori-
da and being more particularly described as follows: Commencing at the
intersection of the centedine of S.R. 70 as shown of FOOT Right-of-Way Map
lor S.R. 70 Okeechobee County Section 91070-2514, dated DWN=3-76) with
Easterly boundary of Government Lot 2 extended, thence South O0 degrees 14
feet 21 inches East, along said Easterly boundary of Government Lot 2 extended,
a distance of 44.5 feet to a point; thence South 89 degrees 54 feet 49 inches
West, along the Southerly Right-of Way of S.R. 70 a distance of 125.00 feel to
the point of beginning: thence South 00 degrees 14 feet 21 inches East, a dis-
tance of 690.53 feet; thence North 89 degrees 54 feet 49 inches East, a distance
of 100.00 feel to a point lying on the Westerly Right-of-Way line of Southeast
13th Avenue; thence South 00 degrees 14 feet 21 inches East a distance of
230.05 feet to the point of intersection of the Westerly Right-of-Way line of South-
east 13th Avenue and the Hopkins Meander Line; thence North 71 degrees 49 feet
20 inches West, a distance of 424.14 feet; thence North 00 degrees 03 feet 47
inches West, a distance of 787.65 feet to a point lying on the Southerly Right-of-
Way line of S.R. 70; thence North 89 degrees 54 feet 49 inches East, along said
Southerly Right-of-Way line of S.R. 70, a distance of 300.00 feet to the point of
beginning, and is approximately 4.5 acre(s).
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the pub-
lic in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon - Fri
8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for
such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be
based. City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official record of
the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Flodda Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are hearing or voice im-
paired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, CITY CLERK
245512 ON 10/26/2007


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

'03 - w/'05 Evinrude 115hp
outboard & EZ Loader
aluminum trailer, $15,500 or
best offer. 772-344-9325


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.
Shop here first
The classified ads

FORD F250, 2001 - 4x4,
$16,000. Call 863-673-0929
or 863-673-4581

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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice -5500

CASE NO. 07-0098-CA
VIN #: 3B7HF12Y1G112615
TO: Pastor Lobato Garcia
Last known address: 7275 N.E. 7th
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972
(Residence Unknown)
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to for-
feit your interest in the following prop
erty in Okeechobee County, Florida:
3BTHF12Y1G112615 has obee n filed,
and you are required to serve a copy
of written defenses, if any, to Jeffrey .
Mahl, Senior Assistant Attorney Gener-
al, Attorney for the FLORIDA DEPART-
MOTOR VEHICLES, if you wish to con-
test this forfeiture action. The DE-
PARTMENT's attorney's address is
1515 North Flagler Drive, 9th Floor,
West Palm Beach, orida 33401, on
or before 10/29, 2007, and file the
original with the clerk of this court ei-
ther before you serve on the DEPART-
MENT'S attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise, a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint or petition.
Dated: 9/18/2007
By:/s/Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
242072 ON 10/5,12,19,26/07

Community Events

Friends of the Library Election
The election of officers for the Friends of the Okeechobee Library
Board for the coming year will be held on Monday, Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m.
in the library board room. The position of Treasurer is open. Nomina-
tions will also be accepted from the floor. For information call (863)

AARP Driver Safety Course planned
Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 Hwy 441 S.E., will sponsor an
AARP Driver Safety Course on Nov. 10 and 17 from 9 a.m. until 1:30
p.m. The course is for ages 55 and up. Consult your auto insurance
agent for your three year discount upon completion of class. There
will be a $10 tuition fee (check only) for information call Instructor
Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-0351.

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

Church plans Girls Night Out
The First United Methodist Church in Okeechobee, 200 N.W. Sec-
ond St., will have a "girls night out" with well known Christian author,
Marion Bond West, on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $5 which includes lunch. For information, contact Cheri
Watford at the church office (863) 763-4021 or Regina Hamrick at
(863) 763- 8865 for tickets.

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

VFW Post 9528 host Veterans Day activities
The VFW Post 9528, 2002 Hwy 78 West, will host Veterans Day
fun, games and music on Nov. 11 at 12:30 p.m. They will be hosting
Veterans from Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts in recent
years. All Veterans are invited to come help us celebrate Veterans Day.
Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided. For information call (863)

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 this ceremony. 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.

Indoor yard and craft sale
On Saturday, Nov. 17, Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the
Eastern Star will host an Indoor Yard and Craft Sale at the Okeechobee
Masonic Lodge, 107 NW Fifth Ave. Doors will open at 8 a.m. Continen-
tal breakfast items will be available for sale and at 10 a.m. lunch items
including chili dogs and bowls of chili will be available. For informa-
tion, contact Mary Ann Holt at (863) 634-8087 or Patsy Black at (863)

All you can eat breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star will host
the first breakfast of the season on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Okeechobee
Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. Serving hours are 8 until 11:00
a.m. and the menu includes homemade biscuits and sausage gravy,
scrambled eggs, hashbrown casserole, grits, sausage, bacon, fruit or-
ange juice and coffee. All served by friendly faces for only $5 per per-
son. Please note that due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, this breakfast
is being held earlier than our normal monthly event. For information,
contact Mary Ann Holt at (863) 634-8087 or Patsy Black at (863) 467-

Writers' Workshop at the Library
A Writers' Workshop will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m.
in the Library Board Room. Anyone who writes fiction, including
mainstream, mystery, and romance, as well as memoir or poetry is
invited to attend to read and offer constructive criticism to the group.
Bring two pages of your work to read. For information call Jan Day
Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

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, 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 Feh-
rman at (863) 357-9980.

Mainstreets call to artists
The 2008 Top of the Lake Art Festival will be held Feb. 23 and 24,
.2008 in beautiful Flagler Park. This is an invitation for artists to par-
ticipate in this Festival. There are three competitions to choose from:
Fine Art Juried Individual Booth (deadline Dec. 15, 2007, entry fee to
apply); Adult Division/Fine Art Contest in Gallery Tent (deadline Jan.
30, 2008, small entry fee to apply); Student Division-Art Contest Stu-
dent Gallery Tent (Feb. 1, 2008 deadline, no entry fee). Applications
are available at www.mainstreetokeechobee.com or by calling the
Okeechobee Main Street office at (863) 357-MAIN (6246).

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. 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 Ladies Auxiliary to host Bazaar
Big Lake VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting their annual
Holiday Craft Bazaar on Dec. I 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 liv-
ing history demonstrations, Sutler's Row, Civil War camps, Ladies
Tea, blacksmith and more. Admittance costs are $3 for adults and
$1 for children. Kids under the age of 6 will be admitted free. For
information: contact Anita Errico-Smith at (772) 465-7608, or by e-
mail at civilwargal@cs.com; or, Lou Rausch at (772) 359-6541, or,
Greyriderl863@aol.com. All proceeds from the event will go to the
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Explorer Post #400.

10 SPORTS Okeechobee News, Friday, October 26, 2007

AP Photo/Brian Kersey
World Boxing Championships
Lusvanteseren Zorigtbaatar, left, of Mongolia, battles McWilliams Arroyo, of Puerto Rico, during their preliminary bout in
the Flyweight 51kg class of the World Boxing Championships in Chicago, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007. Arroyo advanced in
the championship with a 26-10 win.

Jr. Pee Wee Raiders still undefeated

Chargers want to provide

distraction to ravaged area

By Bob Baum
AP Sports Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) _ The San
Diego Chargers are well aware
that football is only a game, and
they are but entertainers. The fires
rampaging across the San Diego
area make that very clear.
Still, the Chargers believe that
by playing the Houston Texans -
- somewhere on Sunday or Mon-
clay -- will fill a useful role for a
community just beginning to sift
through the ashes.
"To play a game, hopefully
back there, but wherever it is,"

quarterback Philip Rivers said,
"is hopefully going to lift people's
spirits because this is something
the county is going to have to deal
with for a lot more than a couple
of days."
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders
will decide whether the Chargers'
home, Qualcomm Stadium, can
be made available for the sched-
uled game. If not, Dallas and
Houston were being considered.
The stadium has been used as an
evacuation center. An estimated
10,000 were there on Wednes-

by their #22 running back. goal line for their first touch- yard run.
The Raiders' defense, led by down before the end of the Both extra points were
Josh Amadon and Cody Dunn, first half by way of a 45-yard kicked by Wyatt Craig. The
quickly buckled down to hold quarterback keep by Mike Ran-
the Marcum team scoreless for dall. Luis Fonseca scored in the Raiders will see action again
the remainder of the game. second half to put the game on Saturday, Oct. 27, against
The Raiders crossed the out of reach with another 45- Shenanigans.

Changes proposed to fishing rules

A- 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 pub-
lic meetings in November to
explain the reasons behind the
proposed changes and to hear
public opinion. The first meet-
ing 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
Road. The second meeting will
be in Okeechobee on Thurs-
day, 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

crappie, also called speckled
perch. The rule change would
protect the younger black crap-
pie from being harvested and
reduce pressure on the current
population. This rule would re-
main in effect until FWC trawl
data shows three successive
years of normal catch rates for
black crappie.
If adopted by the Commis-
sion, these rule changes would
go into effect July 1, 2008.
For more information about
freshwater fisheries, visit My-
FWC.com and click on the fish-
ing link. For more information
about the meetings, call Region-
al Fisheries Biologist Jon Fury at

Grants offered for nongame wildlife programs

The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's
Nongame Wildlife Grants Pro-
gram invites proposals for
2008-2009 funds.
The program provides com-
petitive grants for research,
management, education and

conservation projects that
maintain or restore the rich-
ness and natural diversity of
Florida's hongame wildlife
species. Projects must include
a clear, specific description of
the anticipated benefits to non-
game species in Florida.

The submission deadline for
applications is 5 p.m. Nov. 26.
Visit http://research.My-
FWC.com/nongame grants
for program details, including
eligibility requirements and ap-
plication instructions.

Brahman Sports

Home games are in bold.
*Designates conference games.
**District games. All .varsity
home games start at 7:30

Oct. 26-Martin County** - 7
Nov. 2-Jensen Beach** - 7
Nov. 9-Clewiston-(parents
night) 7:30 p.m.

Cross Country
The Brahman cross country
team will see action at 11 meets
before competing in districts,
regional and state competition.
There are two home meets
scheduled. The home games
are in bold.
Their schedule is as follows:
Oct. 27-Second Annual
Running with the Bulls
Nov. 3-Districts at St. Cloud
Nov. 10-Regional competition
at South Fork High School
Nov. 17-State Championships

at Little Everglades Ranch

The Brahman bowling team
has a full schedule with 23
matches. There will be nine
home matches at the Stardust
Lanes, 1465 U.S. 441 S.E., 11
away matches and three have
not yet been determined. All
matches will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Home meets are in bold.
Oct. 29-District Tournament
- site TBA
Oct. 30-District Tournament
- site TBA

Sports News In Brief

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

are sought for the tournament.
For more information, call (863)

Golf Tournament to
aid children home
Big Lake VFW Post 10539
and Auxiliaries will host the Sec-
ond Annual golf tournament to
benefit the VFW National Home
for Children. The tournament is
Nov. 3, at the Okeechobee Golf
and Country Club. Everyone is
invited. Blind draw or teams. For
information call (863) 697-2930.

Bass club
meeting slated
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528, 2002 S.R. 78
W, on the second Thursday of
each month.
Tournaments are held the
following weekend.
New member boaters and
non-boaters (especially) are
For information, call Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.

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