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Vol. 98 No. 302 Monday, October 29, 2007 500 Plus tax


Inside


Halloween
safety tips
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida
Department of Health (DOH)
and Safe Kids Florida urge par-
ents to supervise children, cos-
tumes and candy on Hallow-
een, Oct. 31, to help reduce the
risk of accidental injuries while
kidshave, fun.
One of the most important
ways to protect your children
is for parents to remind kids of
safety measures before they go
out trick-or-treating. Ensuring
kids are seen and safe this Hal-
loween is essential to keep this
holiday fun for everyone.
Page 2

Briefs

Daylight Saving Time
ends Sunday, Nov. 4
Time change is coming a
week later than usual this year.
On Sunday, Nov. 4, don't forget
to change your clock at 2 a.m.
when time "falls back" once
again. So, everyone will have
an extra hour of sleep!
Clocks "fall back" from 1:59
a.m. to 1 a.m. each fall, effec-
tively moving an hour of day-
light from the evening to the
morning.

Retired Educators
are selling
Christmas ornaments
The Okeechobee Retired
Educators Association Christ-
mas ornaments are on sale.
Ornaments are 24 karat gold
on brass. On sale are the 2006
Ornament - First Brick School,
and 2007 Ornament - South-
land Hotel. Each ornament is
numbered, limited edition. A
certificate includes historical in-
formation. Ornaments are $15
each. All funds go to their schol-
arship fund. To purchase orna-
ments, call Gay Carlton at (863)
763-5755, Kay McCool at (863)
763-2829, Regina Hamrick at
(863) 763-8865, Marion Davis
at (863) 763-3991 or Paulette
Whipple at (863) 467-2487.

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


Lake Levels

10.25 feet
Last Year: 12.92 feet


Source: South
Florida Water
Management
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.


Tax proposal is final offer


Senate set to
reconvene today

By Bill Kaczor
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, (AP) -- Sen-
ate leaders were working up a
new property tax relief propos-
al Sunday in an effort to settle
differences with the House.
The Legislature is set to re-
convene a special session Mon-
day, just a day before the dead-
line for getting a new plan on


the Jan. 29 presidential primary
ballot. "
"It's a new Senate proposal
and it represents our final of-'
fer," said Kathy Mears, spokes-
woman for Senate President
Ken Pruitt.
House Speaker Marco Rubio,
R-West Miami, and Pruitt, R-
Port St. Lucie, called the special
session after a judge removed
from the ballot an earlier con-
stitutional amendment that
would have given homeowners i
a "super exemption."


That plan's ballot summary
was ruled misleading by saying
the amendment would have
protected existing homeowner
tax breaks while actually phas-
ing them out.
The Florida Constitution's
existing Save Our Homes
Amendment caps annual as-
sessment increases at 3 percent
for primary homes, known as
homesteads.
House and Senate leaders
agreed with Gov. Charlie Crist
on a replacement that would


SES: Dedicated to be drug free


Submitted Photo/Shelby Schutt
Fifth graders at South Elementary School showed their dedication to a drug free life by
dressing like farmers on Thursday, Oct. 25. Student's signed their name to a leaf placed
it on a tree that will be displayed in the cafeteria throughout the semester. The theme
for the day was "Plant the Promise." Student's planted a tree in the cafeteria by adding
leaves to the branches to promise a drug free life.


South and Red Ribbon Week
By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Students at South Elemen-
tary School showed their
dedication to stay drug free
through participating in vari-
ous activities throughout the
week that were sponsored by
their student council.
October is the month for \
Red Ribbon week. Red Ribbon
week is celebrated to prevent
substance abuse. Nationally
Red Ribbon week is celebrated
from Oct. 23 through Oct. 31
each year. According to their
website, the Red Ribbon cam-
paign is the oldest and largest
drug prevention program in
the nation and reaches milx
lions of young people each
year. The program encourag-
es people across the nation to
wear their Red badge proudly
and have the.courage to say
no to drugs!!!
South Elementary School Kindergarten student Travis Fludd proudly wears his sun-
celebrated Red Ribbon week glasses to celebrate Tuesday's theme "Look At Me I'm
See SES - Page 2 Drug Free!"


leave Save Our Homes un-
touched while doubling the
existing $25,000 homestead
exemption for homes valued at
more than $50,000, except for
school taxes.
It also would add a "por-
tability" provision so people
could take at least part of their
Save Our Homes benefits with
them when they move, give
businesses a $25,000 exemp-
tion on equipment and other
personal property and provide
added relief for low-income se-


niors, affordable housing, first-
time home buyers and working
waterfronts including marinas.
The Senate passed that plan
on Oct. 17 and hasn't been
back in Tallahassee since. It
would cut. taxes for the aver-
age homeowner by about $240
during the first year and more
for those who move.
The House accepted the
portability, personal property,
affordable housing. and work-
ing waterfront provisions, but
See Tax - Page 2


Trouble found



on space



station device


Metal shavings
in solar wing joint

By Marcia Dunn
AP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL (AP) -
Spacewalking astronauts do-
ing construction work outside
the international space station
Sunday made a disturbing
discovery: what appear to be
metal shavings inside a joint
that is needed to turn a set of
solar power panels.
The rotary joint, 10 feet in
diameter, has experienced


intermittent vibrations and
power spikes for nearly two
months. Space station manag-
ers were hoping a thermal cov-
er or bolt might be hanging up
the mechanism, which would
have been relatively easy to fix,
and were disheartened when
Daniel Tani radioed down that
metal shavings were every-
where.
"It's quite clear that it's met-
'al-to-metal grating or some-
thing, and it's widespread,"
Tani said.
"Wow," said his spacewalk-
See Space - Page 2


Overloaded VA



hospitals deny



patients care


ST. PETERSBURG (AP)
- Two Tampa Bay veterans
hospitals turn away critically
ill patients for huge chunks of
the year because of an over-
loaded veterans' health care
system.
James A. Haley VA Medi-
cal Center in Tampa and Bay
Pines VA Medical Center in St.


Petersburg are the nation's
busiest and fourth-busiest
Veterans Affairs hospitals, re-
spectively.
Haley has been on "divert"
status for critical patients 27
percent of the time since Jan.
1, 2006, or the equivalent of
See Hospitals - Page 2


Index
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Com ics .................................. 5
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 7
O pinion.................................. 4
Speak Out ............. ............ 4
Sports.............. ........ 6
TV .............................................. 8
W weather .................................. 2

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Basinger Christian


Brethren Church


A collection
of memories

By Alevene Lantz
Edited by
MaryAnn Morris
INI Florida
Monroe Arnold has been
the pastor of the Basinger
Christian Brethren Church for
the past 27 years.
"I am relaying to you as I
was told by Pastor Horace
Hill, who pastured this church
in the 1920s. He relayed to


Recollections
A series about Florida's
pioneers and history





me that they were meeting in
the school building. Then the
1928 Hurricane came through
and it played down a lot of
See History - Page 2


MaryAnn Morrs/INI t-,oriaa
The Basinger Christian Brethren Church was the first church in Basinger, built from pine trees
toppled by the 1928 Hurricane.


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CARES program recognizes farmers


By Audrey Driggers
Okeechobee Soil and
Water Conservation District
The County Alliance for Re-
sponsible En-
vironmental
Stewardship
(CARES) is
being initi-
ated by the
Florida Farm
Bureau Fed-
eration in the Northern Ever-


glades Region to recognize
farmers who participate in an
incentive based program to
improve farm operations and
water quality. CARES brings ag-
ricultural associations, public
agencies, institutions and farm-
ers together to increase envi-
ronmental awareness.
Protection of Florida's
unique environment and stew-
ardship of agricultural lands
are top priorities for Florida


F - ' \ A- . , ,
Student council members (left to right) Taylor Pearce, Brit-
tany Milrot, and CJ Sheffield along with student council advi-
sor Shelby Schutt stand proudly next to their tree.


SES
Continued From Page 1
during the week of Oct. 22,
through 26. Student Council
sponsored the following theme
days during Red Ribbon week:
Monday, Oct. 22, students
dressed in red; Tuesday, Oct.
23, "Look At Me I'm Drug Free!"
students wore sunglasses;
Wednesday, Oct. 24, "Freedom
is Drug Free!" students wore
red, white, and blue; Thursday,
Oct. 25, "Plant The Promise!"
students dressed like farmers;
Friday, Oct. 26, School Spirit
Day students wore their eagle
shirts or school colors, white
and blue.
Student Council also spon-
sored "Caps off against Drugs"
for Friday where students could
wear their hats to school.
Exactly what is Red Ribbon


Hospitals
Continued From Page 1
about 170 days, VA figures re-
+ viewed by the St. Petersburg
Times show. The hospital diverts
all patients regardless of condi-
tion 16 percent of the time.
Since 2000, Bay Pines has
diverted patients far more fre-
quently than any other hospital
in Pinellas County. Last year, it
diverted veterans during 1,150
hours about 48 days, or 13 per-
cent of the time, Pinellas para-
medic records show.
"There's no intent to deny
veterans care," said Dr. George
Van Buskirk, chief of staff at Bay
Pines. "I like to think we're as
compassionate as possible.
We'd rather send them out to a
place that can take care of them
than have them languish on a
gurney in the hallway."
But some question the VA's
resources.
"The VA has never dealt with
its capacity issues seriously,"
said Bill Geden, district director
in west-central Florida for the
Blinded Veterans Association.
"They're underfunded, under-
manned and overloaded."
. In one instance, Bay Pines
said it "made a rare mistake"
last June when it turned away
a non-veteran who suffered a
fatal heart attack 200 feet from
its emergency room.
The VA says it cannot as-
sess how the Florida hospitals'
diversion rates compare to oth-
ers nationally. But officials at
both Haley and Bay Pines say
they are making it a priority to
achieve better performance.


Tax
Continued From Page 1
changed other parts of the plan
last Monday before also leaving
town.
Instead of doubling the home-
stead exemption, the House
proposal would set it 40 percent
of the median home value in
each county - also except for
school taxes - or accrued Save
Our Homes benefits, whichever
is more.
The House also added a 5
percent assessment cap for non-
homestead properties including
businesses and second homes.
The 40 percent plan would
result in homeowner savings of
less than $1.00 in the lowest val-
ue counties to four or five times
that at the high end of the scale.
Senators balked at the House
plan and had second thoughts
about their own because of staff
estimates that show Florida's
schools would lose $1 billion
over the first four years from the
House plan and $1.5 billion un-


week? It is an organized cam-
paign that was started when
drug traffickers in Mexico City
murdered Drug Enforcement
Administration officer, Kiki Ca-
marena in 1985. ,
According to their website,
the mission of the Red Ribbon
campaign is to present a uni-
fied and visible commitment to-
wards the creation of a DRUG-
FREE AMERICA.
National Family Partnership
is the sponsor of the National
Red Ribbon week celebration.
More information about Red
Ribbon week can be found on
their website http://nfp.org/
which also includes parental re-
sources for their children.
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar
may be reached at
caguilar@newszap.com.


In 2003, for example, Bay
Pines diverted paramedics 2,464
hours or 28 percent of the time.
Similar statistics were posted in
2004.
This year, Bay Pines is divert-
ing about 7 percent of the time,
roughly 500 hours so far.
Haley's diversion numbers
have not improved in recent
years, though it also has ex-
panded its emergency care and
hired three "bed czars."
Meanwhile, the number of
patients treated at both hospi-
tals is on the rise. ,
"It's like putting your finger
in a dike, actually," said Dr. Ed-
ward Cutolo, Haley's chief of
staff.
Bay Pines treated 49,800 pa-
tients in 2000 and tallied 516,000
outpatient visits. In 2006, the
numbers increased to 95,000
and 1.1 million. I
"It doesn't seem right that a
veterans hospital can ever be
filled up," said Dick Shockey,
77, an Army veteran who was
turned away from Bay Pines
three years ago. "But veterans
end up with a big surprise."
The problem is not specific
to VA hospital. About 36 per-
cent of all hospitals reported
going on diversion, a survey by
the American Hospital Associa-
tion shows.
"It's a crisis across America,
not just the VA," said Michael
O'Rourke, assistant director of
veterans health policy at the Vet-
erans of Foreign Wars. "There's
a shortage of emergency room
physicians, and there's a short-
age of beds, and there's a short-
age of nursing staff."

der the Senate version.
The overall four-year Senate
cut would be $9.76 billion com-
pared to $9.84 billion for the
House. The House previously
estimated its plan would cut
$11.1 billion but issued a revised
estimate Sunday.
Senate staffers also made a
10-year estimate for House's
non-homestead cap: $14.6 bil-
lion including $6.2 billion for
schools.
The push for tax relief has
come largely from recent home
buyers, who receive little ben-
efit from Save Our Homes, and
businesses, snowbirds and land-
lords, who get none. Sharp in-
creases in property values over
the past several years have wid-
ened the tax gap.
Many homesteaders, mean-
while, desperately want porta-
bility because their taxes would
increase sharply if they moved.
The building and real estate
industries, reeling from a de-
pressed housing market, also
are pressuring lawmakers to
act.


farmers. Successful farming de-
pends on proper management
of Florida's natural resources.
Agricultural practices can be
sustainable and environmen-
tally compatible for farmers to
continue to produce safe, af-
fordable and abundant prod-
ucts. Remember, EQIP (En-
vironmental Quality Incentive
Program) deadline is Nov. 13.
Stop by the USDA Service Cen-
ter in Okeechobee to sign up.


History
Continued From Page 1
large pine trees. Just pulled
them up by the roots and played
them down onto the ground,"
said the pastor
"So Horace went around the
community asking the land-
owners if they would donate the
pine trees for lumber to build a
church. Many of the landown-
ers agreed to donate, so Horace
went to the local sawmill owner
and operator, John Lofton, by
the way, my great-grandfather,"
he continued.
"Horace asked if John would
be willing to saw the logs if they
could get them to the mill so
a church could be built. John
agreed and helped Horace and
others to haul the logs down to
the mill. After the logs were cut
into lumber, they were taken
and put on an acre of land do-
nated by the Storman family.
Volunteer labor, local men and a
lot of retired builders out of the
North were living in the Sebring
area at that time. A Mr. Gringry
also worked with John Lofton
to saw the logs. Construction
began and in 1929, the church
was dedicated. That is the his-
tory I have."
Elda Mae Bass also has sto-
ries of the church's history.
"On June 5, 1929, the church
was not quite finished. My dad,
Oscar Bass had arranged to mar-
ry Zona Durrance there," she
said. "He had wanted, a private
wedding, but Selma Drawdy
saw Oscar go by her house that
Wednesday all dressed up and
wondered why he was going to
church so early. She and others
followed Oscar to the church
only to learn that there was a
wedding. After the wedding
was over, everybody stayed for
the Wednesday night service."
Laura Mae Evans recalled
her parents Stella and Lamar
Campbell were next to marry in
the church in 1930. Laura Mae
was about 18 months old when
Lamar was struck by lightning
and killed. Stella ran all the way
back to Basinger.
For many years, the sole of
one of Lamar's shoes still lay


Space
Continued From Page 1
ing partner, Scott Parazynski.
The shavings resembled small
flakes and were clinging to the
joint as if to a magnet, Tani said.
"It looks like a dusty table that
you'd want to dust at home," he
called down.
The astronaut used tape to
dab up some of the shavings. It
will be returned to Earth aboard
Discovery next week for analy-
sis. NASA is uncertain whether
the flecks are actually metallic,
possibly from the aluminum
foil lining the thermal covers, or
some other material.
This rotary joint, launched
and installed just four months
ago, controls the huge solar
panel wings on the right side of
the space station, to make sure
they're facing the sun. The joint
for the left solar wings is work-
ing fine.
The rotary joint will remain
in a parked position as much
as possible until the problem
is solved, said Mike Suffredini,
NASA's space station program
manager. Flight controllers were
- trying to determine whether any
more inspections or even re-
pairs will be needed in the com-
ing week, or whether they can
continue to work around the
problem following Discovery's
departure.
The astronauts have spare
parts for the joint with them in
orbit.
It's possible that the debris,
whatever it is, could cause per-
manent damage, Suffredini said.
Another possibility is that the
joint could stall in a position that
would diminish solar power.
That's why he intends to move it
as little as possible, for now.
It's too soon to know whether
the joint - if it continues to mal-
function - will affect science
operations aboard the European
laboratory that is scheduled to
fly to the space station in De-
cember, or the Japanese lab that
will follow, Suffredini said.
"We have lots of time to work


The first recipients of the
CARES recognition program in
the Northern Everglades Region
are expected to be announced
at a banquet in late May.
For additional information
regarding the CARES program,
please contact Andrew Walms-
ley (Environmental Services Co-
ordinator, Florida Farm Bureau
Federation) at 352-378-8100
ext. 1108 or andrew.walms-
ley@ffbf.org.


in the ground where he died.
Stella was a schoolteacher and
was committed to helping the
church become strong."
Nancy Raulerson Chandler
also shared a story.
"Otis and Nancy Chandler
were the third couple to be
married in the church. The next
were Jack and Martha Prescott.
When Nancy was 15 years old,
she was baptized by the pastor
of the church. She remembers
a Reverend Rogers as an early
pastor. Most of the water bap-
tisms were done in the Kissim-
mee River near the bridge," she
related.
During the early days, Lil-
lian Chandler served as Sunday
school secretary and church
clerk. Some of the people who
attended then were Lillian and
her family, Otis and Nancy
Chandler, Ruby and Margaret
Bass, John and Eula Storman,
children, the Lofton family, Zeb
Durrance, some of the Thomas
family, Oscar and Zona Bass,
some of the Alderman family
and some of the Sparkman fam-
ily and others we cannot recall
at this time.'
"I first came to the church
in 1939 when a chalk artist,
recalled Alevene Lantz. "Rev-
erend Frank Burroughs also an
evangelist came for services.
Ray Lantz was the pastor. His
wife, Gladys, a pianist, donated
her piano to the church and it is
still there in the Sunday school
annex.
"I'd get the people to come to
the meetings they sent out word
that whoever brought the most
people to the services would
receive a chalk drawing made
during the services .that week.
Our mom, Lollie Smith, loaded
up our homemade school bus
with all who would go ever
night. The bus had been built by
Bethel Sloan and my dad, Doz-
ier Smith. It looked like a little
house with benches inside, fas-
tened to the frame of a Model A
vehicle. Mama won that picture
and we were so happy.
"The preaching was pow-
erful and a number of people
gave their hearts to the Lord,
including Mama."


through this problem. It's not an
immediate issue," Suffredini said
at a news conference Sunday
afternoon following the space-
walk.
The problem overshadowed
the rest of Sunday's spacewalk,
the second of five planned for
Discovery's construction mis-
sion.
The spacewalkers' first job
out the hatch was to disconnect
bolts and cables holding a 35-
foot-long, 35,000-pound girder
to the orbiting complex, so as-
tronauts working inside could
pull it away with the robot arm.
It was the first time the girder
and its attached solar power
wings were moved since being
installed seven years ago, and
the job went well.
The girder will be reattached
to another spot on the space sta-
tion Tuesday, and its solar wings
unfurled to their full 240 feet
across. NASA considers this one
of the most difficult construction
jobs ever attempted in orbit.
During their 61/2 hours outside,
Tani and Parazynski also added
handrails and other equipment
to the outside of Harmony, the
school-bus-size compartment
that was delivered by Discovery
and attached to the space sta-
tion last week. They did not have
enough time to finish installing
a grappling hook to Harmony,
and they had to skip some other
work, too.
The rotary joint inspection
was added to the spacewalk just
a few days ago.
Another last-minute chore
involved checking the railroad-
like tracks for the space station's
robot arm, to see whether any
sharp edges might be protrud-
ing. Tani found dozens of micro-
meteorite dings on a handrail for
the tracks but said they did not
look particularly sharp.
Spacewalking astronauts
have cut their gloves twice on
previous missions, and NASA
wants to find out where- that's
happening.


Halloween safety tips


TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida
Department of Health (DOH)
and Safe Kids Florida urge par-
ents to supervise children, cos-
tumes and candy on Halloween,
Oct. 31, to help reduce the risk
of accidental injuries while kids
have fun.
One of the most important
ways to protect your children
is for parents to remind kids of
safety measures before they go
out trick-or-treating. Ensuring
kids are seen and safe this Hal-
loween is essential to keep this
holiday fun for everyone.
Halloween is one of the most
dangerous days of the year for
child pedestrians. Children are
more than twice as likely to be hit
by a car and killed on Halloween
than during the rest of the year.
With shorter days, children may
be trick-or-treating in the dark
when drivers have trouble see-
ing them. DOH recommends
that children under age 12 do
not "trick-or-treat" without adult
supervision. If kids are mature
enough to go trick-or-treating
without supervision, make sure
they follow a predetermined
route with good lighting.
Tips for parents and chil-
dren:
* Stay Visible. Children
should bring flashlights or glow
sticks, carry reflective bags, wear
reflective tape on their costumes
and avoid masks, which may in-
hibit children's ability to see.
* Cross streets safely. Cross
at a corner, using traffic signals
and crosswalks. Try to make
eye contact with drivers before
crossing in front of them. Do
not assume that because you
can see the driver, the driver can
see you. Look left, right and left


again when crossing, and keep
looking as you cross. Do not run
across the street.
* Walk on well-lit sidewalks
or paths. If sidewalks are miss-
ing, walk facing traffic as far left
as possible. Children should
walk in familiar areas with mini-
mal street crossings.
* Watch for cars. Look for
cars that are turning or backing
up. Never dart into the street or
cross between parked cars.
Tips for Drivers:
* Be especially alert. Re-
member that popular trick-or-
treating hours are during dusk
and rush-hour periods between
5:30 and 9:30 p.m.
* Drive slower than usual.
Anticipate heavier pedestrian
traffic than usual.
* Keep headlights on. Use
full headlights to spot children
from greater distances.
Other Safety Issues:
* Check treats for signs of
tampering before children are
allowed to eat them.
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Okeechobee News, Monday, October 29, 2007 3



Ornamental grasses are just right for this place


By Angela Sachson
Florida Yards & Neighborhoods
It is not a secret that I write
articles about things that interest
me and then hope they interest
you too. Often I wish I knew
more about a subject or want to
find out why some plants do or
don't thrive in my garden. I re-
search and share. Recently I've
been thinking about grasses.
Ornamental grasses are some
of my favorites. They are beau-
tiful and pretty well care free. I
.have a book called The Ency-
clopedia of Ornamental Grasses
and at the end of the descrip-
tion for a particular cultivar the
author lists pests and problems.
Almost every one of several hun-
dred entries says "No known
pests or problems." These are
my kind of plant.
Many are drought tolerant


UNIVERSITY OF

FLORIDA

IFAS EXTENSION

once established and there are
also many grasses which grow
in or near the water. There are
grasses of every size -- from little
4-inch blue fescue to line your
paths, to the 60 foot bamboos
which are also in the grass fam-
ily.
Grasses not only come in all
sizes, they come in a variety of
shapes and colors. Some arch,
some are upright, some grow up
and then arch. Grasses come
in clumping and running -- you
want clumping. Please trust me


on this. We have enough plants
running around here.
Ornamental grasses can be
used in Florida Yards as accent
plants, ground covers, border
edging, and can even screen
out undesirable views. While
their popularity has increased
in recent years, they also have
a history. They were an impor-
tant part of Victorian gardens in
England. Still, you may have to
look around to find the size and
shape grass you want unless
you are seeking purple fountain
grass-which is everywhere.
Here are some interesting
grasses that grow well in central
and south Florida.
* Muhly Grass: Muhly is a
Florida native which grows about
4 feet tall. The native is called
Purple Muhly, but the blooms
are actually pink and held above
the foliage for a beautiful fall


display. It is easy to grow and
drought tolerant once it is estab-
lished. There is another muhly
called bamboo muhly which
grows to six feet tall and looks
like very feathery bamboo. This
one is a good screening plant.
* Lemon Grass: I recommend
this grass because it is beautiful
and also smells great and is ed-
ible. It has strappy leaves, much
less dainty than Muhly and it is
great planted on a slope to hold
the soil. When you get ready to
divide lemon grass (in about two
years) you will understand why.
The roots are deep and strong!
* Tiger grass: If you like
bamboo but don't have room
for it, or want a screen that is
not too tall, here is a plant to
consider. Tiger Grass is won-
derful eight-foot tall grass that
looks like bamboo but does not
send out runners, grows eas-


ily and speedily. This grass has
large linear leaves and a mani-
cured look. It needs more water
than lemon and muhly grasses.
We recently learned that most
shrubs need about three liters of
water a week to get established
-- and that goes for ornamental
grasses too.
Here is the question I was ask-
ing when I decided to research
ornamental grasses. "Does pH
level have an especially impor-
tant part to play in ornamental
grass culture?" I found that pH
level is not always addressed in
articles about grasses. In gen-
eral, grasses are considered tol-
erant of a wide variety of soils
and pH levels. So, we may not
always know exactly what an in-
teresting grass requires.
Well composted organic mat-
ter may be mjxed with the sandy
Florida soil when installing any


plant. Three inches of mulch
will also help your new plant
thrive, but keep it off the top of
the root ball.
There are hundreds of won-
derful ornamental grasses. You
can learn about them online as
well as in your county exten-
sion office where we have Mas-
ter Gardeners to help select the
right grass for the right place.
I've placed photos and more
information on our Okeechobee
web page, http://okeechobee.
ifas.ufl.edu. If you need addi-
tional information on ornamen-
tal Grasses, please email us at
okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu or call
us at 863-763-6469. Local resi-
dents can stop by our office at 458
Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee,
and visit our Okeechobee Coun-
ty Master Gardeners from 1 to 3
p.m. on Tuesday afternoons.


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Submitted Photo
A former superstar in her native U.S.S.R., the Ukrainian "Femme Phenom," Zarina Sinovat
now makes her debut under the American Big Top on this season's New Cole Bros. Cir-
cus. Circus audiences in the U.S. will marvel at her stunning meteoric flight across the cav-
ernous canvas arena, as this most diminutive daredevil ever performs her dangerous and
dramatic act-being blasted out of the gigantic barrel of a cannon on the "World's Largest
Circus Under the Big Top."

Cole Brothers Circus coming to town


The 2007 edition of Cole Bros.
Circus of the Stars shines the
spotlight on thrills in 100 minutes
of high action presented by dare-
devil performers from around the
world. Revving immediately into
high gear, the World's Largest Cir-
cus under the Big Top opens with
ThunderDrome, where extreme
riders from Latin America defy
gravity in an act that doubles the
danger when the Moto-Globe of
Death splits in two.
Beijing's Bungee Divers display
pluck and impeccable timing,
plummeting from a lofty roost in a
human cascade. Fror4 Guatemala,


the Ponce Family Flyers fearlessly
soar across the tent, triple-somer-
saulting from the trapeze. Taking
juggling to new heights, the Kim
Brothers vault onto horseback
to manipulate spinning objects
while balanced atop their rapidly
moving mounts. Ukraine's Zarina,
the bravest woman on the planet,
blasts off from the Cannon in a
trajectory that traverses a maze
of rigging and spans the length of
the Big Top.
On hand to provide comic
relief are the Bermudez Clowns,
along with Brazil's amazing An-
drey, the world's wackiest acro-


bat. Bulgarian gymnast, Petya and
Viky, Center and array of artists
on twin chiffons, slender swings
and twirling ladders in a stunning
aerial display. And Abuhadba's
poodles compete with the Cole
Bros. Circus elephants, Tina and
Jewel to steal the show!
Under the direction of Ring-
master Chris Connors and sing-
ing co-host, Alissandra, Cole
Bros. Circus of the Stars is pure
circus-exciting, surprising and a
real treat for kids of all ages. The
circus will be in town, Monday,
November 5 at the Agri-Civic Cen-
ter, 4200 Hwy. 70 East.


Fed Reserve liquidity actions veiled "bailout"


By Rachel Beck
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ There's no
need to wait for a government
bailout of the distressed banking
system. The Federal Reserve has
already begun doing so.
While much of the focus
among investors has been on
what the Fed will do with short-
term interest rates, the central
bank quietly began tinkering with
its own rules in August to infuse
billions of dollars of liquidity into
a marketplace paralyzed by the
intensifying credit crisis.
That change allowed bank
holding companies to potentially
gain access to depositor-insured
funds that previously had been
largely walled off from being used
by the companies' riskier broker-
dealer units.
It's not surprising that Fed of-
ficials aren't using the word "bail-
out" to describe what they've
done. Their party line is that Fed's
primary mission is to keep the
economy afloat during these tur-
bulent times. If its actions happen
to help troubled banks and lend-
ers along the way, lucky for them.
It may be hard to see anything
fortunate in the current state of
the credit markets. Starting in the
middle of the summer, it became
increasingly clear that the fallout
from the collapse in the hous-


ing and mortgage markets was
spreading into what looked to be
a full-blown credit crisis.
Lenders everywhere tightened
their borrowing standards, mak-
ing it more difficult for individuals
to obtain home loans or compa-
nies to finance stock buybacks
and acquisitions. At the same
time, investors got nervous about
buying risky credit products, and
that led many corners of the debt
market to largely shut down, in-
cluding the commercial paper
market where companies raise
cash to fund their operations on a
short-term basis.
Such conditions have wreaked
havoc at many commercial banks
and investment banking firms.
Many were on the hook to fund
billions in home loans or private-
equity acquisitions, expecting that
they would be able bundle the
loans into securities they could
slice into parts and sell to inves-
tors.
One way many of them chose
to do that was to create complex
structured investment vehicles, or
SIVs. While the going was good,
such involvement paid off hand-
somely. Then the credit market
seized up and the SIVs are now
looking like multibillion dollar al-
batrosses.
The Fed has tried to ease the
liquidity crunch that has ensued.
It encouraged banks to borrow


directly from its discount window
and cut the rate for those loans by
one-half of percentage point to
5.75 percent in August.
Then it slashed its federal
funds rate in September by a big-
ger-than-expected half a percent-
age point to 4.75 percent, the
first decline in its key overnight
lending bank rate since 2003. Its
policy-makers will meet again
Oct. 30-31.
Those were classic moves
from the playbook of the lender
of last resort, as the Fed and other
central banks are known to be.
But the Fed went even further
and is catching some flack for its
separate decision to waive a rule
intended to prevent banks from
making large loans to the broker-
dealer units affiliated with their
parent companies.
That rule, section 23A of the
Federal Reserve Act, had been set
up to protect a bank from losses
that might occur in a broker af-
filiate by restricting the amount
of "covered transactions" be-
tween the two to 20 percent of
the bank's capital and surplus.
Such limits are intended to pro-
tect the capital of the bank and its
depositors, even if it means that a
company's non-bank units or the
parent company is decapitalized
or fails, according to Christopher
Whalen, managing director at In-
stitutional Risk Analytics.


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The Okeechobee Bar Association
Those who were in attendance at the luncheon were (from left to right) Circuit Judge Sher-
wood Bauer, County Court Judge Jerald Bryant, Clerk of Court Sharon Robertson, Circuit
Judge F. Shields McManus, Okeechobee Bar Association President Elizabeth Maxwell.
Members were treated to a luncheon prepared by The Honorable Sharon Robertson, Clerk
of Court and her staff at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center. The luncheon was to wel-
come Okeechobee's new Circuit Court Judge, the Honorable F. Shields McManus. Judge
McManus presides over all civil cases in Okeechobee County Circuit Court. Okeechobee
County is part of the 19th Judicial Circuit which includes, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River
and Okeechobee County. Approximately thirty attorneys and judges were in attendance
at the event.


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OFFENSIVE: For a Halloween decoration, I am extremely offend-
ed by a straw man hanging from a tree over a make believe cemetery
in someone's front yard. Surprisingly, it seems to have passed muster
with our homeowners' association since it has been swinging there
for several days now. Is this really appropriate and acceptable deco-
rating, or am I being too sensitive?

FIRES: I'm glad the DC 10 Supertanker aircraft is finally being used
to fight the wildfires in California but the criminal issue is and has
been, for over 12 years, that the U.S. Forest Service refuses to use it
on federal land which forces Cal - Fire firefighting agency to wait for
the fire to burn onto State property so they can use it. Of course by
that time the fire has developed into a massive uncontrolled holocaust
destroying many homes and lives when it could have been stopped
in hours if the U.S. Forest Service would only use the supertankers
in the beginning of the fire which they have refused to do for over
12 years! It's outrageous to behold the current unnecessary massive
wildfire holocausts in California being presided over by the U.S. Forest
Service that still refuses to use the Supertanker aircraft that could have
stopped these fires at the fires' beginning. I think it's obscenely evil
that the U.S. Forest Service is still deliberately refusing to use DC- 10
and 747 type Supertankers to stop wildfires ( for over 12 years), fires
that have reportedly destroyed over 30,000 homes and scores of hu-
man lives over this time.

DO IT NOW: One morning you will never wake up Do all your
friends know you love them? I was thinking ... .1 could die today, to-
morrow or next week, and I wondered if I had any wounds needing to
be healed, friendships that needed rekindling, or three words needing
to be said. Let every one of your friends know yo.u love them. Even
if you think they don't love you back, you would be amazed at what
those three little words and a smile can do.

CIRCUS: I saw in the paper that the circus is coming to town. When
and where will it be held? Editor's note: The Cole Bros. Circus of
the Stars will be at the Okeechobee County Fairgrounds on
State Road 70 E., on Nov. 5, at 4:40 and 7:30 p.m.

CONGRATULATIONS: I was surprised to see in the paper that
Okeechobee High School has a mounted drill team, although when
you think about it, that's perfect for Okeechobee with all the horses
you see all around the county. Congratulations to them on placing
second in the state competition, especially since, as the item in the
newspaper indicated, they had only been riding together a couple of
months.

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Community Events

Church plans Girls Night Out
The First United Methodist Church in Okeechobee, 200 N.W.
Second 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 Ham-
rick at (863) 763- 8865 for tickets.

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 host-
ing Veterans from Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts in
recent years. All Veterans are invited to come help us celebrate Vet-
erans Day. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided. For informa-
tion call (863) 763-1616.

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, sau-
sage, bacon, fruit orange juice and coffee. All served by friendly
faces for only $5 per person. Please note that due to the Thanks-
giving 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) 467-7068.



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Upcoming Events

Monday
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting
in Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a
question/answer forum. It will -be at the IRCC Okeechobee Cam-
pus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Pro-
gram at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For information
call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule an
appearance for your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner
at (863) 532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any inter-
ested persons to come by and see what they are about. For infor-
mation call (863) 763-6952.
Nicotine Anonymous (NICA)is starting a new club with meet-
ings to be held at the Just For Today club, 2303 U.S. Hwy 441 S.E.,
Suite K, on Mondays from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. For information, call
Steve Condit Sr. at (863) 801-3110.

Tuesday
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
763-8999.
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Breth-
ren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at
10 a.m. at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in
Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid
Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-9055.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For in-
formation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For infor-
mation, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
AA: meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.

Wednesday
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863)
763-2893.}
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.


Community Events

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)
357-1115.

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.

Arnold's Wildlife hosts annual open house
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, located at 14895 N.W
30"' Terrace, will host its annual fall open house on Saturday, Nov.
3, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be something for everyone,
ranging from interaction with the wildlife to the enjoyment of fresh-
ly barbecued chicken dinners.
There is a $10 donation for admission to the Open House which
includes the Center and the butterfly garden. The cost of the barbe-
cued chicken dinners is $7.00 per plate.
To get to the Center, go north on 441 to N.W. 144'h 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.

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 Hwy 441 S.E. For information call (863) 467-8232.

Healthy Start to meet
The Board of Directors of the Healthy Start Coalition will meet
on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 11:30 a.m. in their office, located at 575
S.W. 28th St. within the New Endeavors School Building. This meet-
ing is open to the public. For more information about the Coalition,
please contact Executive Director Kay Begin at the Coalition office
at (863) 462-5877.

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. Sjx paintings by local
artist will be offered for auction. The event win 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.

Friends of the Library Election
The election of officers for the Friends of the Okeechobee Li-
brary 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. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor. For infor-
mation call (863) 357-9980.

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 insur-
ance 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.

Two-day motorcycle rally planned


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


Okeechobee News, Monday, October 29, 2007


OPINION







Okeechobee News, Monday, October 29, 2007 5


At the Movies Blondie


The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, Oct. 26,
through Thursday, Nov. 1, are as
follows:
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 11 - "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)
763-7202.


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Today t...i THINK
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By The Associated Press ARe ,YOU
Today is Monday, Oct. 29, the URE?
302nd day of 2007. There are 63
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
tory:
On Oct. 29, 1929, "Black Tues-
day" descended upon the New )
York Stock Exchange. Prices col- _
lapsed amid panic selling and
thousands of investors were Beetle Bailey
wiped out as America's.Great De-
pression began. HERE'S ANOT
On this date: PIECE OF CAKE
In 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh, the YOU FINISH T1
English courtier, military adven- ONE, SARGI
turer and poet, was executed in
London.
In 1901, President McKinley's
assassin, Leon . Czolgosz, was
electrocuted.
In 1923, the Republic of Turkey
was proclaimed.
In 1940, Secretary of War Hen-
ry L. Stimson drew the first num-
ber 158 in America's first peace-
time military draft.
In 1947, former first lady Fran- Cathy
ces Cleveland Preston died in Bal-
timore at age 83. AREN'T us
In 1957, former MGM studio THE>'
boss Louis B. Mayer died in Los CUTE1? How 1
Angeles at age 75. *' COUL
In 1966, the National Organi-
zation for Women was formally.
organized during a conference in
Washington, D.C.
In 1967, Expo 67 in Montreal
closed after six months.
In 1987, following the confir-
mation defeat of Robert H. Bork to '
serve on the U.S. Supreme Court,
President Reagan announced his
choice of Douglas H. Ginsburg, Peanuts
a nomination that fell apart over
revelations of Ginsburg's previous
marijuana use.
In 1987, jazz great Woody Her- \
man died in Los Angeles at age
74.


Ten years ago: Chinese Presi-
dent Jiang Zemin met with Presi-
dent Clinton at the White House;
the two leaders clashed over
China's human rights record,
but agreed to end the diplomatic
chill between their countries.
The Baghdad government barred
Americans from the U.N. disar-
mament effort in Iraq a move that
outraged chief weapons inspec-
tor Richard Butler and prompted
him to suspend inspections.
Five years ago: A Minneapo-
lis memorial service for the late
Sen. Paul Wellstone turned into
a virtual political rally as friends
and relatives urged Minnesotans
to honor his memory by putting
a Democrat in his seat.
One year ago: The board of
trustees of Gallaudet University,
the nation's premier school for
the deaf, voted to revoke the ap-
pointment of incoming president
Jane Fernandes, who had been
the subject of protests. A Nige-
rian Boeing 737 jetliner crashed
just after takeoff from Abuja air-
port, killing 96 of the 105 people
on board. Brazil's president, Luiz
Jnacio Lula da Silva, won re-elec-
tion in a landslide.
Today's Birthdays: Blue-
grass singer-musician Sonny Os-
borne (The Osborne Brothers) is
70. Country singer Lee Clayton is
65. Rock musician Denny Laine
is 63. Singer Melba Moore is 62.
Musician Peter Green is 61. Actor
Richard Dreyfuss is 60. Actress
Kate Jackson is 59. Interior Secre-
4ary Dirk Kempthorne is 56. Actor
Dan Castellaneta ("The Simp-
sons") is 50. Country musician
Steve Kellough (Wild Horses) is
50. Comic strip artist Tom Wil-
son ("Ziggy") is 50. Singer Randy
Jackson is 46. Rock musician Pe-
ter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is
42. Actress Joely Fisher is 40. Rap-
per Paris is 40.
Thought for Today: "Who,
I ask you, can take, dare take, on
himself the rights, the duties, the
responsibilities of another human
soul?" Elizabeth Cady Stanton,
American feminist (1815-1902).


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The Last Word in Astrology


By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Rid yourself of guilt or the feeling
that you can't do something. It's time
for you to try something new. Make
a move if it will lead to a more excit-
ing future. Change will inspire and
exhilarate you.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
You've got the added discipline
needed to get things done. Talk
to people in the know and you will
get the answers required. A serious
look at something that someone else
presents may lead you in a new di-
rection.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You
will tend to change your mind a lot,
confusing the people with whom you
talk about work, money and financ-
es. It may be that you don't want
anyone judging you for the purchas-
es or choices you make. Face your
responsibilities.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Say what's on your mind. You may
feel emotional about a lot of different
things going on in your life today but,
keeping your thoughts locked up will
not solve your problems. Deal with
each issue as it arises.


*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Help
the people who count most - the
ones you live with or hold close to
your heart. This is a perfect time to
sign or negotiate a contract that is
of a personal nature. A decision you
make will help you achieve greater
stability in your life.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
You've got plenty to think about to-
day but, if you let your emotions take
over, you may find yourself in the
center of a sticky situation. Chang-
ing your mind or getting involved in
something you know little about will
lead to Criticism.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): By
taking a creative approach to some-
thing you want to do, you will stir up
a lot of interest. You should be able
to get both the pros and cons thrown
at you by those who can help .you
make it to the next level. Openness
will be your ticket to success.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Don't be too quick to invest in some-
thing that sounds good but that you
know little about. Stick to what you
know and do best. Impulsive pur-
chases will lead to financial argu-
ments with the people you are in-
volved with.


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*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): Don't spend on love, trying to
attract someone who isn't likely to
be impressed with your financial ir-
responsibility. Put your money into
something that helps you get ahead.
You may be charming but, without
closing deals or saving, you will not
get ahead.
-CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Stage meetings or get involved
in a convention or tradeshow that will
honor something that you want to
learn more about. You can increase
your income if you aren't impulsive.
Financial security will be yours if you
are cautious.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Everything is turning in your favor to-
day but don't take advantage of oth-
ers. Now is not the time to push ev-
eryone to do things your way. Back
off and let people come to you.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
You will tend to be unreasonable
when it comes to emotional matters.
Take a step back and fully under-
stand your position and the posi-
tion of those who oppose you. Don't
make a final decision thoughtlessly.
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Dear Abby


Aspiring stylist worries


about his reputation


* DEAR ABBY: I am a 22-year-
old man, and I think.1 have found
what I want to do with the rest
of my life. There's just one thing:
It's not the typical male career. I
want to work in a beauty salon as
a stylist.
What's holding me back is I'm
afraid people will think I'm gay.
I have nothing against gay folks,
but I am strictly heterosexual.
I have always been told that
I'm good-looking, and the fact
that I am artistic will also be a
plus. I think I could make a lot of
money in this field.
Please advise me how to get
over this hurdle. - Future Hair-
stylist? In N.Y.
DEAR FUTURE HAIRSTYL-
IST?: You have chosen a fertile
field of endeavor, one that pro-
vides opportunity, portability and
the possibility of steady work.
While it is true that there are
many gay men in the field of hair-
dressing, there have been over
the years some very successful
- and famous - heterosexuals.
Examples: Vidal Sassoon, Jon Pe-
ters, Jay Sebring, Gene Shacove
and, more recently, Jonathan An-
tin, to name a few.
How you will be perceived
should not be your primary con-
sideration. You know who you
are, and the fact that you are
straight will get around. Speaking
as someone who has spent many
hours in beauty salons over the
years, I can tell you firsthand that
there are very few secrets.

*DEAR ABBY: I am basically
your average seventh-grader with
divorced parents. My dad is about
to get married -again. I like my
future stepmom, except for one
thing. She never buckles her seat
belt. She says it's uncomfortable,
and she doesn't like it.
She recently moved here from
Colombia, but that does not ex-
cuse her from obeying our laws.
I don't know what to do. My dad
tells her to buckle up, but she
never does. What should I do?


- Strapped In Tight
DEAR STRAPPED: Most
adults hate being told they are
wrong by a young person, so if
I were you, I would use a light
touch and two-pronged attack.
The next time your father's fian-
cee refuses to buckle up, casually
mention that the front passenger
seat of an automobile is some-
times referred to as the "death
seat" for a reason - that people
who have not fastened their seat
belts have been known to go
headfirst through the windshield.
Then change the subject. (Exam-
ple: "Oh! Did you see that cool
red Corvette?")
Your father should also tell
her privately that by refusing to
buckle up, she's setting a poor
example for his child.

*DEAR ABBY: How do you
stop someone from serving food
you don't like? A woman I tutor
was nice enough to make me a
dish native to her country, and
when she asked me if I liked it,
I gave her a rave review (to spare
her feelings). I really hated it, but
now she thinks I love it, and she
keeps making it for me.
How can I refuse without hurt-
ing her feelings? I don't want to
continue to just accept it and
have to throw it away. - Wast-
ing Food In Virginia
DEAR WASTING FOOD: Try
this: "You were so kind to make
it, and I thank you. But as much
as I like it, it doesn't like ME - so
I cannot accept it."
It's as close to the truth as you
can get without being offensive,
and should successfully discour-
age her from making it in the fu-
ture.
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
90069.


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going to use my new high-definition model."

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10/29


Album, Artist, Beat, Celebration, Circle, Dance, Event, Fast, Feet,
Fiddle, Figure, Folk, Frolic, Giga, Grace, Harmony, Heavy, Knees,
Leap, Line, Lively, Motion, Music, Nimbly, Pace, Partner, Party,
Pattern, Peppy, Performance, Popular, Rapid, Shoes, Show, Sin-
gle, Soft, Solo, Song, Speed, Spot, Spring, Stage, Step, Tempo,
Time, Traditional, Trio, Tune, Turn, Wait, Wedding
Last Saturday's Answer: Skeptical







6 SPORTS Okeechobee News, Monday, October 29, 2007


Submitted photo

It's about football, Homecoming and reunions
The Class of 1998 started the reunion festivities off by riding in the Homecoming Parade on
Friday, Oct. 19. Class members and their children were welcome to come along.


The Class of '98 got the opportunity to meet together and ride in the OHS Homecoming
Parade. Many classmates returned to Okeechobee for this 10 year reunion. Okeechobee
News reporter, Chauna Aguilar (center left standing) was seen here and with classmates
throughout the weekend.


AP photo/Mark Humphrey

Titan back leaps linebacker
Tennessee Titans running back LenDale White (25) leaps
past Oakland Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison (52) in the
first quarter of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn.,
Sunday, Oct. 28.



FSU heads forU...


showdown with



Boston College


By Brent Kallestad
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE (AP) - After
a workmanlike win over Duke
under its belt, Florida State turns
its attention to another Saturday
night date, but this time at No. 2
Boston College.
"You're dealing with the up-
percrust now," Florida State
coach Bobby Bowden said Sun-
day. "That used to be us. Every
Saturday. Now, it's the other way
around."
After several years of rela-
tive mediocrity, Florida State is
thirsting for a chance to reclaim
some of the attention that made
it one of the nation's most elite
programs through the 1990s.
And a win against the undefeat-
ed Eagles on the road would be'
a promising step.
Boston College (8-0, 4-0 At-
lantic Coast Conference) pulled
out a 14-10 win at Virginia Tech
last Thursday after scoring a
pair of touchdowns late in the
fourth quarter.
"They've passed every test
there is," Bowden said Sunday
about BC. "Every year ... some
team, it seems to be their year."


And he was glad that BC sur-
vived.
"I didn't want to catch them
on the rebound," Bowden said.
The veteran Florida State
boss is anxious to start on a nas-
ty schedule in the final month
of the season that also includes
road dates at No. 11 Virginia
Tech and No. 18 Florida sand-
wiched around a home finale
Nov. 17 against Maryland.
"I know the schedule is
tough," Bowden said. "But at
least the kids will stay focused."
Whether they'll be at full
strength for Saturday's 8 p.m.
kickoff is another question.
Florida State (5-3, 2-3 ACC)
lost receiver Richard Goodman
for the year late in the Duke
game, but hopes to have wide
receiver Greg Carr back this Sat-
urday.
Carr, who has caught touch-
down passes against BC in each
of the last two years, was held
out of the 25-6 win over Duke
with two sprained wrists.
Goodman, who started in
place of Carr, fractured his right
ankle in the fourth quarter af-
ter a career night in which he
caught 11 passes for 73 yards.


Sports News In Brief


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
welcome.
For information, call Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.

Golf Tournament to
benefit children home
Big Lake VFW Post 10539
and Auxiliaries will host the
Second Annual golf tourna-
ment to benefit the VFW Na-
tional Home for Children. The
tournament is Nov. 3, at the
Okeechobee Golf and Coun-


try Club. Everyone is invited.
Blind draw or teams. For infor-
mation call (863) 697-2930.

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


Giants defeat Dolphins 13-10


By Eddie Pells
AP National Writer
WEMBLEY, England (AP) -
They mucked their way through a
steady rain.
They played as if they were in
a London fog.
The NFL's first regular-season
trip overseas was every bit as
sloppy as it was predictable Sun-
day. Eli Manning threw for only 59
yards but ran for New York's lone
touchdown to lift the Giants to a
mud-caked 13-10 victory over the
still-winless Miami Dolphins.
The Giants (6-2) had more rid-
ing on this game, coming in with
a five-game winning streak and
in no mood to take a 3,500-mile
trip to London to make history on
behalf of the NFL. But Brandon
Jacobs helped make the journey
a success, running for 131 yards,
the second straight week he's hit
a career high.
Helped in part by a steady
rain that made for an "unfriendly
pitch" at torn-up Wembley Sta-
dium, the New York defense al-
lowed only 254 yards and held the
Dolphins out of the end zone for
the first 58 minutes for a victory
that only the winners could view,
as anything remotely beautiful.
Miami pulled within 13-10
when Cleo Lemon hit Ted Ginn
Jr. for a 21-yard score with 1:54
left. But Jay Feely's onside kick
went out of bounds and the Gi-
ants kneeled on it three times to
seal the game, ignoring the loud
,boos from a crowd of 81,176 that
wanted more.
Miami fell to 0-8 and kept 0-16
very much in play for the season
on this, the 35th anniversary of
their perfect, 17-0 season in 1972.
The idea behind this game was
supposedly to offer Londoners a


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AP photo/Tom Hevezi
New York Giants' Fred Robbins (98) tackles Miami Dolphins
quarterback Cleo Lemon (17) in the third quarter of their NFL
football game at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday, Oct.
28.


first-hand look at the real thing
after they'd suffered through de-
cades of exhibition games and
NFL Europa. And while the mud
made for good television and
some fun slips and slides, this
was hardly a clinic of American
football at its best.
The teams combined for a
grand total of 493 yards, only 187
passing - numbers the India-
napolis Colts often put up all by
themselves in a single game. They
fumbled seven times, missed two
field goals and committed 14 pen-
alties, including four by the Giants
on one late drive that had coach
Tom Coughlin annoyingly yelling
at his team to "stay calm" as they
tried to salt this one away.
Overall, they played conserva-
tive but not exciting football. They
played not to lose - a strategy
the Dolphins still haven't figured
out this season.
Trailing 13-0, Miami had a
chance to creep back into the


game in the third quarter when
Matt Roth dislodged the ball from
Manning on a blindside sack and
Jayson Taylor - who has had a
26-foot-high replica of himself
touring around London all week
- fought through a rugby scrum
to come up with the recovery at
the Miami 49.
Two plays later, Jesse Chat-
man (16 carries, 79 yards) re-
versed field for a 22-yard gain -
longest play of the game - and
a moment later, the Dolphins
had second-and-goal from the 2.
But Lemon bobbled the ensuing
snap, got tackled for a nine-yard
loss and Miami settled for a field
goal by Feely, the NFL's first and
only Scotland native.
Earlier, Lemon put himself on
the blooper reel when he reared
back to pass, but lost the ball on
the.windup. He lost a fumble
there that led to New York's sec-
ond field goal and a 13-0 lead be-
fore halftime.


Manning is the answer to the
trivia question: Who scored the
first regular-season NFL touch-
down in Europe? He rambled to
the corner for a 10-yard score to
make it 10-0 in the second.
And Lemon threw the first
overseas touchdown pass to
make this game exciting for the
briefest of moments - until
Feely's onside kick ended that.
Next year, the NFL will try
again when it returns to the inter-
national scene in Mexico, Cana-
da, Germany or maybe Wembley
again.
The game had many trappings
of the Super Bowl. Fans wearing
jerseys from every corner of the
league were among those who
sat through the steady rain. Dur-
ing the pregame, one singer per-
formed the National Anthem and
another did God Save the Queen.
Among the honorary captains
for the pregame coin flip was for-
mer English rugby captain Mar-
tin Johnson, who was roundly
booed when he was introduced;
it's not often that the captain gets
booed at a game in the States. At
halftime, an English streaker did
his thing at midfield for about 30
seconds before he was gang tack-
led by security and taken off the
field to cheers.
Then, it was back to the drudg-
ery. There were clearly more Dol-
phins fans in the house, but they
had nothing to cheer about. Still,
with about three minutes left
and the game basically decided,
more than three-quarters of the
seats remained full, most of the
fans booing during the NFL's an-
ticlimactic ritual of a quarterback
burning two minutes off the clock
by kneeling on the ball.


Richt inspires Georgia to rare win over Gators


By Paul Newberry
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) - Mark Richt
is about as mild-mannered as
they come in the football coach-
ing profession. He never uses
profanity. He rarely raises his
voice. Sometimes, it's hard to
tell if he's happy or mad.
But the Georgia coach was
tired of losing year after year to
the Florida Gators, so he totally
broke character.
The result: an Oscar-worthy
performance by the Bulldogs.
Call this one the Gator
Stomp.
With Richt pushing his team
to celebrate excessively after its
first touchdown, Georgia gained
an emotional, edge that never
subsided Saturday. Just like that,
a season that seemed lost just a
few weeks ago is now filled with
promise.
The Bulldogs (6-2, 4-2 South-
eastern Conference) leaped to
No. 10 - an improvement of 10
spots - in the latest Associated
Press poll after a 42-30 victory
over Florida. More important,
they are first in the SEC East and
have a legitimate shot at playing
for their third league champion-
ship in six years.
Richt deserves credit for the
turnaround, urging his team to
play with a passion that was
missing in losses to South Caro-
lina and Tennessee and barely
showed in lackluster wins over
Mississippi and Vanderbilt.
When Georgia scored first
on the Gators, some 70 players
stormed the end zone for a rau-
cous celebration that sent yellow
flags flying all over the place.
Richt didn't mind a bit. Heck,
he was the one egging his play-
ers on.
"I told the team two weeks
ago that I was going to create
enthusiasm, whether they liked
it or not," he said. "If they didn't


get a celebration penalty after
our first touchdown, all of them
would be doing early morning
runs.
"I wanted to make sure we
left this game with our hearts on
the field."
Mission accomplished. Clear-
ly inspired by Richt's rare show
of emotion, the Bulldogs played
their best game of the season
and beat the Gators for only the
third time in 18 years.
"We came out and played
with emotion," senior 'center
Fernando Velasco said. "I'm not
saying we haven't been playing
with emotion in the past, but
there was a different feeling for
this game. Everyone wanted to
beat Florida, and we worked
hard for two weeks to get to this
point. Winning an SEC cham-
pionship has always been our
goal, and we're back in it now.
That's all we wanted."
Urban Meyer wasn't amused
by Richt's gamesmanship. In
fact, the Florida coach thought
a fight had broken out when he
saw all those Georgia players
whooping it up in the end zone.
"Well, first thing it is illegal,"
Meyer said. "You have to match
the intensity. Basically, we were
being called out."
An SEC championship
seemed totally out of reach for
Georgia after a 35-14 rout by
Tennessee three weeks ago. At
that point, Richt stopped talk-
ing about the SEC race, figuring
the Bulldogs had more pressing
concerns to sort out.
Now, the Bulldogs are at the
head of the pack, though they
still need a little help to reach
the Dec. 1 championship game
in Atlanta. With a tiebreaker
edge on Georgia, Tennessee (5-
3, 3-2) would win the East with
victories in its final three SEC
games, no matter what any-
one else does. The Volunteers


face Arkansas and Vanderbilt at
home before closing the regular
-season at Kentucky.
Georgia must keep winning
- no easy task with remaining-
SEC games against Auburn and
Kentucky, though both are be-
tween the hedges - and hope
the Vols stumble at least once
along the way.
No matter what happens,
the Bulldogs added another sig-
nature win to the Richt era, this
one led by redshirt freshman
Knowshon Moreno and sopho-
more Matthew Stafford.


Moreno, who had to handle
the bulk of the running duties
because of injuries to Thomas
Brown and Kregg Lumpkin, was
up to the task with 33 grueling
carries for a career-best 188
yards. Stafford had an intercep-
tion returned for a touchdown
when he was hit on a throw
from the end zone, but that was
the lone blemish on his stellar
performance. He threw three
TD passes, including an 84-
yarder to Mohamad Massaquoi
and a 53-yarder to Mikey Hen-
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roster
6 Each, informally
10 Spumante
source
14 Right-hand page
15 18-wheeler
16 Couturier
Christian
17 Play with clay
18 Brain wave
19 Dog food
formerly pitched
by Lorne Greene
20 Bodybuilder's
mantra
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26 "Rhinoceros"
playwright
Eugene
27 Prefix with potent
28 Gary of "CSI: NY"
31 AOL alternative
32 One of the
Zodiac's 12
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34 Cry of discovery
36 Hero's mantra
41 Comics caveman
Alley _
42 Non's opposite
43 A party to
45 Hot under the
collar
47 Thanksgiving
spreads
50 Chinese lap dog,
briefly
51 Briefly
53 Anchored in the
harbor
55 Rule breaker's
mantra
58 Time line
divisions
59 Skye of "Say
Anything ..."
60 "_ a monkey's
uncle!"
64 Totally absorbed
65 One on a musical
scale
66 Kangaroo kids
67 -Ball: arcade
game
68 Baseball Hall of
Famer Slaughter
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Deighton
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cocktail
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audience
response, briefly
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continent
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mani, salon-wise
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sequel "Damien"
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e.g.
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truism
11 George Eliot's
"Weaver of
Raveloe"
12 Subjects for
debaters
13 Attach, as a
patch
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22 Cager Shaquille
23 Urgent call at sea
24 Idi of Uganda
25 Physically fit
29 Ones with photos
are required at
airports


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of this puzzle)
35 Common people
37 Eagerly
anticipatory
about
38 Escape clause
39 Thingamajig
40 Oxen collar
44 American
composer Rorem
45 The Seven
Dwarfs, at work


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48 Expensive fur
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whistle usually
blows
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maker
54 S6ance board
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57 Lawyer's charges
61 Had followers
62 "Catch ya later!"
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BHR- 2/2, new CBS home,
tile, boat ramp, sea wall.
Fenced yard, $900/mo
(561)333-6738
BRAND NEW! 5 Bdrm., 2 Ba.,
Lots of Tile. 378 S.E. 36th
Terrace. $1295 mo. (561)
248-3888 or (863)599-0156
RENT TO OWN BASSWOOD-
3br, 2ba,, $3000 down,
$1300/mo, w/$300/mo to-
i wards down payment.
Bruised credit okay.,
863)467-0128 or
863)634-9535


BUCKHEAD RIDGE,
Waterfront 3 Bdrm., 1/2 Ba.
2 Story w/Lake Okeechobee
access &'boat ramp. Wrap
around porch. Fenced yard.
Pets welcome! $1050
mo. + 1st, last & sec.
561-214-1143/346-3620
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FROM TOWN
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NO PETS
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3BR/2BA, $1100 mo.
1st, last & sec.
863-634-0432
N OF OKEECHOBEE- Cottage,
1br, fully furn, incld elec &
satellite, on river, NO pets,
$700/mo (863)467-1950
OKEECHOBEE - 3br, lba, just
off Hwy 710, w/den, Ig kitch-
en, Shed, $950/mo + Sec.
(863)634-5129
SE 21st Court, 3BR/2BA, new-
ly remodeled, appl's, fur-
nished, $650 mo. + $500
dep. (863)610-9466


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



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1 month sec in advance
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fenced yard, shed, $800/mo,
1st & Sec, (772)370-1095
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Condos/'
Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
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Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
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BUILDING & LAND
7200 sqft-
Metal building on 1 + acre of
land, fenced, plenty of parking,
located on N. Industrial Loop,
LaBelle, Florida.
2400 sq ft- Office space under
A/C.
4800 sq ft- Warehouse area-3
large bays.
Call (863)675-4342 or
(863)673-1885 lor more
information.



BRAND NEW, 2/2 Villa, 1200
sq ft, never lived in, lots of
upgrades. Asking $149,900,
will consider rental. Call
(863)610-0219.

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3br, 2ba, 2 car gar, pool, 2
lots Reduced $275K
239-438-7264
OKEE - NEW 3br, 2ba home,
Block const., w/ shutters, on
125' x 125' home site,
$145,000 (303)810-8585
OKEECHOBEE- 3/1, CBS, Un-
der appraisal. $169,900. Oak
/tile/marble, 24 x 13 en-
closed. Florida room &
more!! Grab flyer!! 309 SW
10Oth Ave. (863)357-0391



CROOKED CREEK
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



PRICED TO SELL! 2 - 1.25
lots in Viking on corner, Elec.
close. $27,500 each.
www.holladayauctions.com
(561)351-1765
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,
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OKEE., 2br, 2ba, Fully fur-
nished, Cent/air. Free direct
TV. Lot 150x75. Off 15A.
$650 mo. $500. dep. No
pets. Will consider seasonal
rental. (863)467-6688
OKEE., Unfurnished, 2BR 2Ba
on Canal. Direct TV, Water &
Lawn Maintenance included.
Easy access to lake. $675
mo. + sec. Avail. 10/21
772-794-2438 or 538-8183
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Ousley Estates, Available
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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.
OKEECHOBEE 2BR/1BA,
No pets. $700/mo. & $550
security. (863)763-0648
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, 2br,
2ba, 2 person max. All util.
furnished, including yard.
$1250. mo. (863)634-2561

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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
(772)546-3067
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home in nice, adult park,
w/screen room, carport &
storage shed, furnished.
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Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035



NOMAD 3720- '04, 38FT, Like
new, 2 Qu. Bdrms. 2 slide-
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On beautiful Lake Istokpoga.
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SPuli Noice


NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FUTURE LAND USE MAP
AMENDMENT
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING .1 1., i .-. 1. . 1, . .1 , 1 , ,... . ,,- , i ,,,,,
Board/Board of Adjustment ;...,i '., ' .. .. .iuI, i.i Nh,..vr,,nir i ;. n; . i
6:00 p.m. or as soon th reeater as possible ,, . ....1. , i i r, ii , , I . , 1 i ,
55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in ire Council Cl. ,,, .. 1,, ,
Florida.
To consider Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment Ap-
plication No. 07-013-SSA, Te application is being submitted by Attorney Steven
A Ramunnio, on behalf of property owners) Mary Ann Newcomer n/k/a/ Mary Ann
Newcomer-Tuten. The application is to change the Future Land Use designation
from Commercial (C) to Indislrial (IND) for property located at 701 North Park
Street, West.
Legal description being: Beginning at the Southeast corner of Block 161, Town of
Okeechobee, according to plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 17, Public
Records of St. Lucie County, Florida, and run thence South 70 feet to South line
of North Park Street for the Point of Beginning; run then South 150 feet to inter-
section with North line oe South Park Street, run thence West along said North line
300 feet to intersection with East line of former but now abandoned FEC RR; run
thence North along said right-ol-way 150 feet to intersection with South line of
North Park Street aforesaid; run thence East along said South line 200 feet to
Point of Beginning; said land lying in and composing part ofl East one-half of
Southwest one-quarter of Section 16, and Northeast one-quarter of Northeast
one-quarter of Northwest one-quarter of Section 21, Township 37 South, Range
35 East and is approximately 0,642 acre(s). The proposed use is tor a drive-thru
convenience store and to erect a billboard sign
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the General Services
Ofice, Rm 101 al City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
The Planning Board will make recommendations to the City Council for considera-
tion and final adoption tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 4, 2007.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that it any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at
this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of
back-up for the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida 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 TOODD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Application No. 07-013-SSA
245962 ON 10/29;11/9/07

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING wilt be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at
6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall,
55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200. Okeechobee,
Florida
To consider a Special Exception Petition No. 07-008-SE. This peltiton is being sub-
mited by Sid Estrada, on behalf of properly owner Lidio Benitez-Chavez. The pe-
lition is to allow a guesthouse, servant's quarters, or pool house, provided that the
lot area shall not be less than 12,500 square feet (Ret. Code Book Secton
90-103(3)) for property located at 1001 Southwest 3rd Street.
Legal description: Lots 1 and 2 of Block 8, Southwest Addition to Okeechobee.
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
Please be advised that the Board of Adjustment and Appeals will serve as the de-
cision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Spe-
cial Exception Petitions.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Board of Adustments and Appeals with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting, or hearing will 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. General Services media is for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida 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).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 07-008-SE
245960 ON 10/29;11/9/07

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATION AMENDMENTS
NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals
will meet as the Land Planning Agency on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, to consider any proposed amendments,
submitted by City Staff or citizens, to the Comprehensive Plan, which include the
Land Development Regulations (LDR's). The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Flon-
da.
A copy of the agenda are available in the General Services Office, Rm 101 at City
Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at
this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, which record includesthe testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of
back-up for the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida 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
pnor 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 (TMY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator


PUBLIC NOTICE
Public notice is hereby given that on October 16, 2007, Indian River Community
College filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission in
Washington, D.C,, for a construction permitlor a new noncommercial educational
FM Station on Channel 208 at Okeechobee, FL The proposed Class A Station will
operate with effective radiated power of 5 kilowatts and antenna height of 39 me-
ters above ground from a transmitter located at 2.5 miles west of State Road 441
and Wolff Road in Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, FL. The main studio for the
proposed Station will be located at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Ft. Pierce, FL
The officers and members of the governing board of the applicant are. Cheryl Kirton,
Chair, Samuel L. Patterson, Vice Chair, Werner Bols, Gerald T Roden, Leonard
Hoag, T. Rene Perez, J. Hal Roberts, Jr., Jane E. Rowley, Linda T Syfrett, and Ed-
win R. Massey.
A copy of the application and related materials are on file for public inspection dur-
ing normal business hours at WOCS, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Ft. Pierce, FL.
245783 DSN 10/29,30:11/5,6/07


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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
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 Ttailers 4065
Vans 4070




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:Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2007-CP-212
IN RE: ESTATE OF
LAWRENCE WILLIAM LANG
a/k/a LAWRENCE W. LANG
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of LAW-
RENCE WILLIAMS LANG, a/k/a LAW-
RENCE W. LANG. deceased, whose
date of death was MAY 5, 2007, and
whose Social Security Number is
416-05-5242, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and personal represen-
tative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served within
three months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE. ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE
DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
notice is, October 29,2007.
Shirley Harris
Personal Representative
15601 SRt 70 West
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
CONELY & CONELY
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
(863) 763-3825
om .Conely, III
Florinda Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
2454740ON 10/29/07 & 11/05/07


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 2007-DR-485
Joana Perera Hernandez
Petitioner
Sergio Montalvo
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Sergio Montalvo
114 North 13th Ave. Apt 3B
Helros Park, IL 60160
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Joana
Perera Hernandez whose address is
104 SE lOth Ave., Okeechobee, FL
34974 on or before 11/27/2007, and
file and original with the clerk of this
Court at 312 N.W 3rd Street, Okee-
chobee, FL 34972, before service on
Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If
you fail to do so, a default may be en-
tered against you for the relief de-
manded in the petition,
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your rent
address (You may fie Notice of Cur-
rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915)
Future papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at the
clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Horda Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to
comply can result in santehions, includ-
ing dismissal or striking of pleadings,
Dated: 10/25/2007
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By. /S/Heather Thomas
Deputy Clerk
245940 ON 10/29;11/5,12,19/07
. LICAOCriOR
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1107 SE Hwy 441
Okeechobee, FL
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INVITATION TO BID
RFB 6000000123
CATTLE GRAZING LEASE AGREEMENT
The South Florida Water Management District will receive sealed bids through the
Procurement Office, 2nd Floor, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm
Beach, Florida. 33406, for the purpose of cattle grazing on two tracts of land con-
sisting of 305 321 acres, more or less, and 159.532 acres, more or less situated
in Okeechobee County, Florida on November 26, 2007 at 2:30 PM. local time at
which tlime bids will be opened and publicly read.
A site visit will be held at the New Palm Dairy Site located at 8419 SE 48th St.,
Okeechobee, Florida on October 29, 2007 al 10:30 AM. All bids must conform
to the instructions in the Request for Bids and include a properly executed Bid
Form and Statement of Business Organization.
Solicitation documents will be available October 15, 2007 in the SFWMD Procure-
ment Office, at the above address, by calling (561) 687-6391. Interested'bidders
may also call the 24-hour BID HOTLINE 800-472-5290. The public is invited to
attend the RFB opening. Information on the status of this solicitation can be
obtained at our web site - www.smd.o. The solicitation cn can be downloaded
for the District web site www.sfvwmd.gov listed on the current soliciltation calen-
dar. For more Information, please contact Linda Greer, Contract Specialist at
(561) 682-6396.
CATTLE GRAZING LEASE:
RFB 600000123
Section 27; the East half of Section 28 and 33; and all of Section 34, all In
Township 37 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida.
TOGETHER WITH:
That portion of Section 32 lying Southeasterly of the centerline of Nubbin Slough
and Northeasterly of State Road 710, and that portion of the West half of Sec-
tion 33, lying Southeasterly of the centerline of Nubbin Slough and Northeast-
erly of State Road 710, all In Township 37 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee
County, Florida.
TOGETHER WITH:
A parcel of land lying in Section 4, Township 38 South, Range 36 East, Okeecho-
bee County, Florida, being described as follows:
From the Northeast corner of said Section 4, run West along the Township line a
distance ofl 26.89 chains to the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continue West
along said Township line a distance of 37.56 chains to a point that lies 68
links North of the centerline of State Road 85, thence South 53?02' East, ar-
alleling said State Road 85 a distance of 43.90 chains, thence North 05727'
East a distance of 26.52 chains to the POINT OF BEGINNING, Excepting State
Road 85 Right-of-Way therefrom.
Containing 2135.10 acres, more or less, per Okeechobee County Tax Roll.
243172 ON 10/15,22,29/07

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FUTURE LAND USE MAP AMENDMENT
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at
6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall,
55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee,
Florida
To consider Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment Ap-
plication No. 07-014-SSA. The application is being submitted by Vikki Aaron, on
behalf of property owner(s)-Gwynn K. and Linda R Johnson. The application is
to change the Future Land Use designation from Single Family (SF) and Commer-
cial (C) to Industrial (IND) for property located at 105 Northeast 9th Street.
Legal description being: Lots 1 through 7 and 17 through 26 of Block 36, City of
Okeechobee and is approximately 2.84 acre(s) The proposed use is to continue
operating a machine shop.
A copy of the entire application(s) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
The Planning Board will make recommendations to the City Council for considera-
tion and final adoption tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 4, 2007.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISEO that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning .Board with respect to any matter considered at
this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of
back-up for the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida 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 TOODD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
BY, Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Application No. 07-014-SSA
245964 ON10/29;11/9/07

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF
PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at
6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall,
55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee,
Florida.
To consider a request for a change in zoning from the existing classification of Resi-
dential Single Family-One (RSF-1) to the proposed classification of Heavy Com-
mercial (CH) for Petition No. 07-015-R. The petition is being submitted by
Bradley G. Goodbread, on behalf of property owners) GAGBEE, Inc. The property
is located at 2103 Southwest 2nd Avenue. Legal description: Lots 8 and 9 of
Block 46, First Addition to South Okeechobee, and is approximately 0.325 acres.
A copy of the entire applications) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
The Planning Board will make recommendations to the City Council for considera-
tion and final adoption tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, 2008.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that it any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals with re-
spect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will 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. Media are used for the sole
purpose of back-up for the General Services Office.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida 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).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 07-015-R
245958 ON 10/29;11/9/07

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee
County will meet in Regular Session on Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 9:00
a.m. in County Commission Chambers, Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okee-
chobee, Florda. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. For a copy of
the agenda contact County Administration at (863) 763-6441.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting, such interested person will need a record of the pro-
ceedings, and for such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Debra Lewis or Lynn Shain, no later than two (2)
working days prior to the proceeding at 863-763-2131, ext. 2100. If you are hear-
ing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620

Ray R. Domer, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
246049 ON 10/29/07




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