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Vol. 98 No. 303 Tuesday, October 30, 2007 500 Plus tax
leads to drug arrest
An apparent domestic dis-
pute early Monday morning led
to the arrest of an Okeechobee
man on felony drug charges.
Pedro Rivas-Sanchez, 20,
N.W 46th Terrace, was charged
with the felony of possession of
cocaine with intent to sell and
the misdemeanor of posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia.
Pumpkins are loaded
with nutritional value
Bright orange pumpkins
may be one of the symbols of
Halloween, but pumpkins are
much more than a holiday dec-
oration. Pumpkins are high in
beta-carotene, shown by their
bright orange flesh.
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 I a.m. each fall, effec-
tively moving an hour of day-
light from the evening to the
seeks bell ringers
The Salvation Army needs
your help during the upcoming
Christmas season. They need
wonderful people who capture
the Christmas spirit to be bell
ringers at different businesses
during the holiday season. If
you would like to be a bell
ringer or find out more infor-
mation, call Rev. Jim Dawson
at 447-2715 during the first two
weeks in November.
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County seeks administrator
Long takes job
with City of Bartow
By Pete Gawda
With current Okeechobee
County Administrator George
Long set to go to Bartow at the
expiration of his contract with the
county, the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commissioners
is gearing up to conduct inter-
views for his replacement,
Mr. Long's contract with the
county expires Nov. 7 and com-
missioners voted not to renew
On Thursday, Oct. '25, Mr.
Long signed a contract to be-
come city manager in Bartow,
a city northwest of Okeechobee
that has a population of about
1,500 and is the second largest
city in Polk County. His duties
will begin the first week in Janu-
ary. Bartow City Commissioner
James Clements stated that Mr.
Long's salary would be $135,000K
annually, an increase over his
current salary of slightly over
$100,000. In Bartow Mr. Long
will be supervising 350 employ-
ees concerned with date to day
operations of the city.
Mr. Clements said he was
very impressed by his interview
with Mr. Long and voted to hire
him. He went on to say he was
looking forward to Mr. Long's
coming to Bartow.
.Meanwhile, the search for Mr.
Long's replacement continues.
On Sept. 27 commissioners hired
the firm of Colin Baenziger & As-
sociates to aid in their search.
Losing no time, Mr. Baenziger
began interviewing the commis-
sioners the next day to get an un-
derstanding of the issues facing
the county. Based on talks with
commissioners, Mr. Baenziger
is seeking candidates who have
experience in economic devel-
On Oct 3; he submitted an
advertisement for Okeechobee
County's administrator. The
advertisement was distributed
to the International City/County
Management Association, the
Florida League of Cities, the Flor-
ida Association of Counties and
other appropriate publications
as well as being posted on Mr.
Baenziger website and distrib-
uted by e-mail.
The advertisement gives a
snapshot of the county's geog-
raphy, economy and politics. It
describes the county commis-
sion as "forward thinking and
The ad states, "While the
commissioners do not agree on
everything (3 to 2 votes on signif-
icant issues are not unusual) and
See County - Page 2
By Eric Kopp
Local sponsors and a field
of 144 golfers helped raise ap-
proximately $17,000 that. will
go to help fund scholarships for
children of local law enforce-
ment officers and firefighters.
According to Major Noel
Stephen, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the 15th annual Skip Bryant
Memorial Golf Tourament has
paid out $90,000 in scholarship
money so far. The Skip Bryant
Memorial Fund has also given
out $40,000 to" families of local
law enforcement and firefighters
in their time of need.
The golf tournament is
held each year by the OCS.O in
memory of Deputy 'Skip' Bry-
ant who was killed in the line
of duty on Nov. 8, 1991. The
memorial fund is maintained
by Deputy Bryant's wife Vir-'
ginia, as well as his daughters,
The last-place finishers in the annual Skip Bryant Me-
morial Golf Tournament played Saturday, Oct. 27, at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country Club was the team from
the Glades County Sheriff's Office. That team was made
up of (in no particular order) Captain Daryl Lewis, Detec-
tive Steve Harris, Detective Don Salo and Detective Mike
Pepitone. Together, they shot an 11-over-par 83.
Madonna and Melissa. raised $18,560.89. When inter-
Deputy Bryant was the first viewed Monday, Oct. 29, Maj.
and, to date, the only local law Stephen said he did not have
enforcement officer to be killed an official total from the Oct. 27
in the line of duty.
Last year the tournament
See Tourney - Page 2
Is a cowboy still a cowboy
without the right hat?
By MaryAnn Morris
The cow hunters will tell
you that a hat was a hat and
you were glad to have one.
However, even an old cow-
hunter does bow to fashion
just a little bit.
"This Stetson is my good
hat. It isn't a hat to wear to
work in," said Bobby Lantz of
Okeechobee, bringing out a
soft, felt hat with a decorative
band. Bobby Lantz, now 87
years young, worked as a cow
hunter and all around cow
man most of his life. He has a
"A lot of the people you see
in rodeos are just that. Rodeo
riders," said another gentle-
man. "They're performers, not
ranchers or wranglers. They
dress for rodeo.
If you have ever been
around rodeo competition, you
know that often means color-
ful and expensive. Some of
the chaps the bull riders wear
are intricately sewn of colored
leather and hugely expensive
and worn only a few minutes
at a time. Hats are quality and
custom shaped for the riders.
Ropers all wear the same
shape hat. Their hat brims are
wide with a minimum turn up
of the brim. Teenagers usually
all wear the same shape hat.
Fashion with teens can vary
from year to year as their idols
come and go.
"You see the bull and bronc
riders with the same shape
hat," said Rafe Durrance. Mr.
Durrance and his wife Kristi are
partners in Eli's Western Wear
in Okeechobee, Arcadia and
Dundee. Western clothing is a
subject they both know well.
See Cowboy - Page 2
By Eric Kopp
A 35-year-old Okeechobee
man died as a result of injuries
he received in a traffic accident
on U.S. 441 S.E. Saturday eve-
ning shortly after 8 p.m.
David Carl Patty, 35, S.E. 95th
Trail, was pronounced dead
at Raulerson Hospital due to
injuries received after the mo-
torcycle he was riding ran into
the back of a stopped vehicle
on U.S. 441 S.E., stated a report
by Deputy Adrian Rogers of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
The deputy's report states
that a vehicle driven by The-
resa Lynn Meyer, 46, of S.E.
27th Street, Okeechobee, was
stopped behind another vehi-
cle that was making a left turn
off U.S. 441 S.E. onto S.E.-35th
The report goes on to state
that the 1987 Honda motorcycle
operated by Mr. Patty was trav-
elling at a high rate of speed
See Crash - Page 2
By Bill Kaczor
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE (AP) - A
leaner, simpler property tax
relief plan for the Jan. 29 presi-
dential primary ballot cleared
the Senate and was awaiting
final action by the House on
The proposed state consti-
tutional amendment would in-
crease exemptions for primary
homes, known as homesteads,
for an average estimated sav-
ings of $240 a year per tax-
payer. Also, for the first time
it would cap assessments on
other properties - businesses,
second homes and rentals.
A "portability" provision
would let homesteaders take
at least part of the benefits they
get from the existing Save Our
Homes assessment cap with
them they move.
The House then had little
choice but to take the pro-
See Tax - Page 2
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Skip Bryant Golf: Kids, families' real winners
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The team from Jim Davis Electric finished next to last at the Oct. 27 Skip Bryant Memo-
rial Golf Tournament with a 7-over-par 79. That team was made up of (in no particular
order) Bob Mullins, Pat Mullins, Rick Jetton and Robert Sandlin.
Sponsors support tournament
2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 30, 2007
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frequently express strong opin-
ions, meetings are conducted in
a collegial, polite and respectful
That statement is born out
by the fact that commissioners
Marvin Wherrell, Noel Chandler
and Cliff Betts were in favor of
terminating Mr. Long's contract
while Commissioner Elvie Posey
and commission chairman Ray
Domer were in favor of retaining
The deadline for submitting ap-
plications was Oct. 29. As of that
date, 29 applications had been re-
ceived. However, Mr. Baenziger
said he would consider any late
applications. Mr. Baenziger said
this was about the number of ap-
plicants he expected. Of the 29
Continued From Page 1
tourney. The unofficial total was
about $17,000 he said.
"We had excellent support
from local businesses," he said.
Local businesses sponsor tees
and greens on the 18-hole, par
72 course, as well as door prizes.
Maj. Stephen said that hole spon-
sorships keep the memorial fund
"Everybody gets a door prize,"
said Maj. Stephen.
Maj. Stephen said teams fin-
ishing first, fifth, ninth and next-
to-last won cash prizes. The last
place team, made up of detec-
tives from the Glades County
Sheriff's Office, received tickets
to the Ginn sur Mer Classic PGA
Tour event played in Port St. Lu-
cie. Sweden's Daniel Chopra won
That team was made up of
Captain Daryl Lewis, Steve Harris,
Don Salo and Mike Pepitone.
The winning team at this
year's event at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club was the
foursome of Dr. Norman Koff,
Matt Koff, Howard Koff and John
Smith. Together they fired a 16-
Continued From Page 1
posed compromise or leave it
'after the Senate passed the mea-
sure 35-4 and then voted 37-2 to
put it on the January ballot with
just one day to spare. Tuesday is
the deadline for putting issues on
the primary ballot.
The new plan is expected to
save taxpayers - and cost cit-
ies, counties, special districts and
school boards - $8.74 billion in
the first four years. That's about
$1 billion less than previous
proposals in both chambers al-
though they differed significantly
on the details.
The compromise (SJR 2D)
is a streamlined version of what
the Senate passed two weeks ago
with the addition of a scaled-down
variation of the House's new as-
sessment cap for businesses, sec-
ond homes and rentals.
Senate Majority Leader Daniel
Webster, R-Winter Garden, led
the effort to craft the plan. He said
he tried to balance the interests of
the House and Senate, Republi-
cans and Democrats and,. most
importantly, voters. It will take a
60 percent vote at the polls to en-
act the amendment.
"It's like walking on a tight-
rope over Niagara Falls," Webster
said. "There's this razor-thin line
we have to walk down."
He said polling indicated the
previous House and Senate plans
were too complex and confus-
House Speaker Marco Rubio,
R-West Miami, was disappointed
the Senate refused to accept the
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"The bronc and bull riders'
hats have a more turned up side
brim and a bit of a rise in the back
of the brim," said Rafe.
"We clean and shape hats for
our customers," said Kristi, vigor-
ously brushing a dusty hat as she
"We use a special steamer to
soften and make the hat pliable,"
then shape it either by hand or
with a form," she said.
"A cowboy will wear his good
hat for rodeo and for going out
to dinner," said Kristi. "The hats
fit tight so they don't come off.
Same for the girls who ride and
"Then he has a work hat to
wear for work every day," Rafe
added. "When his good hat stops
looking good, it becomes a work
hat and he'll buy a new good
Meanwhile, hats are cleaned
and re-shaped to keep everyone
applicants, one is Okeechobee
resident Willie Sauls who is cur-
rently director of transportation
for the Martin County school dis-
trict. The remainder came from
around the state and around the
country. In-state applicants in-
clude residents of Orlando, Mer-
ritt Island, Boca Raton, Jackson-
ville and Cape Coral. People as
far away as Pennsylvania, Michi-
gan, Minnesota and Ohio have
Mr. Baenziger will conduct a
careful review of the backgrounds
of these candidates. On Nov. 26
he will submit the top eight candi-
dates to the commissioners. For
each of these semifinalists, he will
have compiled a thick notebook
containing resumes, notes on in-
terviews, results of background
and reference investigations and
newspaper archives searches.
Mr. Baenziger will then meet
with commissioners individually
to discuss the candidates. Next,
at a special commission meeting,
the number of candidates will be
cut to five. On Dec. 13 and 14
commissioners will conduct in-
terviews with these five finalists
and at a special meeting on Dec.
17 the new county administrator
will be selected.
Mr. Baenziger was also hired
by the City of Bartow to help se-
lect their new city manager. Ironi-
cally, Mr. Long was chosen from
the five candidates Mr. Baenziger
recommended for the Bartow
Deputy county administrator
Robbie Chartier will be acting
administrator until a new admin-
istrator is named.
Mr. Long is currently chair-
man of the board of directors of
the Okeechobee Utility Author-
ity (OUA), a voluntary position
Submitted photo/Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
The team (in no particular order) of Dr. Norman Koff, Matt
Koff, Howard Koff and John Smith won the 15th annual Skip
Bryant Memorial Golf Tournament played Saturday, Oct. 27,
at the Okeechobee Golf and County Club. The team fired a
16-under-par 56 to win the one-day event and the $500 first-
place cash prize. The Skip Bryant Memorial Fund has paid
out $90,000 in scholarship money during its existence to the
children of local firefighters and law enforcement officers.
The fund also helps out the families of local law enforcement
and firefighters in their time of need. According to Major Noel
Stephen of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, the fund
has given out $40,000 to those families.
under-par 56 and won a total of
In fifth place was the John's
Towing team. That team -- Brian
Hagan, Mark Kovak, Mark Ward
and Tony Malizia -- shot a 14-un-
der-par 58 to claim the $400 cash
previous House plan but said the
compromise is better than doing
"This state has a tremendous
opportunity at this moment to do
something extraordinarily deep
and meaningful on the biggest is-
sue we will face this decade, per-
haps in the next few decades,"
Rubio said. "Every option before
us has consequences that are less
Senate Democratic Leader
Steve Geller, of Cooper City, said
the measure wasn't everything
he wanted either, but it was bet-
ter than either chamber's previ-
Support from Democrats,
who were worried about cut-
ting too much money from local
government especially school
districts, was critical. They rep-
resent enough votes to prevent
the measure from getting on the
primary ballot, which requires
three-fourths approval in each
"We really have no option,
Geller said. "This is the, deadline,
this is where we are."
Polling shows doubling the ex-
isting $25,000 homestead exemp-
tion, a key plank in Gov. Charlie
Crist's election campaign last
year, is the most popular of the
major tax-cutting ideas the Legis-
lature has been considering.
The compromise , would
double the exemption but only
for homes valued at more than
$50,000 and not for school taxes.
Only 6 percent of Florida's home-
steads will not qualify for the
added exemption, said Senate
Finance and Tax Chairman Mike
With a 12-under-par 60, the
team from Gilbert Chevrolet fin-
ished in ninth place. Team mem-
bers Bert Culbreth, Adam White
and Bubba Mullins split the $300
The House initially had passed
a more complex provision that
would have given homesteaders
an exemption equal to 40 percent
of the median home value in their
county, also except for school
Save Our Homes now lim-
its annual assessment increases
to 3 percent for homesteaders.
The compromise would provide
a 10 percent cap for non-home-
stead properties, again except for
school taxes. The Senate previ-
ously had no such provision while
the House had a more protective
5 percent cap for all taxes includ-
The two chambers previously
had agreed on providing portabil-
ity for up to $1-million in Save Our
Homes'benefits but the compro-
mise reduces that to $500,000.
It leaves untouched a previ-
ous provision approved by both
chambers that would give busi-
nesses a $25,000 exemption on
equipment and other personal
The compromise also removed
provisions that would have given
additional tax breaks to first-time
home buyers, low-income seniors
and marinas and other "working
The Senate defeated a mo-
tion by Sen. Ted Deutch, D-Boca
Raton, to hold education "harm-
less" but it was defeated on a
Haridopolos said it was unnec-
essary because the Legislature
has proven by past actions that
education is a top priority and
that estimates indicate replacing
the local revenue losses with state
funds - mostly sales tax - will
INI Florida/MaryAnn Morris
As Rafe Durrance steams a hat brim to reshape it, his wife,
Kristie vigorously brushes dust and debris from another hat
at Eli's Western Wear in Okeechobee Wednesday, Oct. 24.
completely separate from the
administrator's position. How-
ever, he has submitted a letter
of resignation to that body effec-
tive Nov. 30. Once he has moved
from Okeechobee, Mr. Long will
no longer be eligible to sit on that
board. The OUA board will have
to take action on appointing an-
other chairman. As a resident of
the City of Okeechobee, Mr. Long
currently represents the city on
the OUA board. That entity must
now appoint another representa-
tive to the OUA board.
Mr. Long has been employed
as the Okeechobee County ad-
ministrator since Nov. 1994. At the
time of his hiring, he had spent
more than 20 years in the public
sector with the previous 14 to 15
years in top management.
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In next-to-last place was the
team from Jim Davis Electric.
That team was made up of Bob
Mullins, Pat Mullins, Rick Jetton
and Robert Sandlin. They earned
the $200 cash prize for their 7-
The annual event has become
so popular that it doesn't need to
be advertised, said Maj. Stephen.
"We had teams pre-registered
three months in advance," he
Thanks to the popularity of
the tournament, four area college
students have received their four-
year degree and one student has
received their master's degree so
The tournament and memori-
al fund honor Deputy Bryant who
lost his life while he and Deputy
Hank Hancock searched for miss-
ing boaters on Lake Okeechobee.
Maj. Stephen, along with OCSO
Sergeant Clif Gill, were the divers
that found Deputy Bryant's body
after the plane occupied by him
and Deputy Hancock went down
in an area known as The Pass.
Deputy Hancock was seri-
ously injured in the crash and wa
forced to retire from the OCSO
due to his injuries.
Senate staffers have esti-
mated the compromise would
cost schools $1.86 billion in the
first four years. Haridopolis also
argued the portability provision
would stimulate a depressed
housing market enough to offset
the school losses.
Geller agreed. He said he
would have voted against it if he
thought the estimate would hold
Sen. President Ken Pruitt, R-
Port St. Lucie, and Rubio called
lawmakers into special session
Oct. 12 after a judge removed a,
prior proposal from the ballot
because it had an inaccurate and
The Senate passed a replace-
ment plan two weeks ago and
went home. The House passed
its version last Monday and also
left Tallahassee. Pruitt indicated
the Senate might not return at all,
but Friday he notified senators to
come back Monday. The compro-
mise, though, was not finalized
The push for relief included
a rollback and freeze of city and
county property taxes that'law-
makers passed during a June spe-
The issue became a top pri-
ority because of soaring tax bills
caused by a jump in property val-
ues in recent years although the
Save Our Homes has shielded
most homeowners from sharp
Portability is an answer for
homeowners who say they feel
trapped because their taxes
would increase significantly if
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when it ran into the back of the
2003 Chrysler van driven by Ms.
Ms. Meyer was not injured, nor
was Janet Joles, 59, of S.E. 27th
Street, Okeechobee, a passenger
in the van.
This was the sixth fatality ac-
cident worked by the sheriff's of-
fice this year, said OCSO Lieuten-
ant Billy Markham.
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squalls. The low will be in the mid 70s. The wind will be from the
northeast at 15 mph. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
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chance of thunderstorms windy. The high will be in the mid 80s. The
wind will be from the northeast at 20 mph and gusty. The chance of
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Legislative delegation to meet
Representative Richard Machek announces that the Okeechobee
County Legislative Delegation will hold its annual meeting and
public hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, from 1:30 p.m. until 3
p.m. The meeting will be held in the County Commission Cham-
bers at the Okeechobee Commission Chambers, 304 NW 2Nd Street,
"This hearing is specifically designed to encourage the public
to personally address their legislators on their concerns and issues
involving state government," Chairman Machek said.
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Local court cases now online
Sharon Robertson, Okeechobee County clerk of circuit court, has
announced that the clerk's office web site now offers Okeechobee
County court cases on line.
The information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The site provides the ability to perform a person or case search in a
variety of ways. Visit www.clerk.co.okeechobee.fl.us for the index
and progress dockets of Okeechobee County public record court
Questions should be directed to Sharon Robertson at www.
Benefit account for Christopher Thomas set up
OKEECHOBEE - David Thomas and Trish Metzcher have set up
a benefit account in memory of their son Christopher Thomas who
died early'Saturday, July 14, in an automobile accident.
The account has been established at Seacoast National Bank.
For those who would like to donate to the family, the account
information is at the bank.
If you have any questions, call Mrs. Metzcher at (863) 634-5795.
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Domestic dispute leads to drug arrest Arrest Report
By Eric Kopp
An apparent domestic dispute
early Monday morning led to the
arrest of an Okeechobee man
on felony drug
20, N.W 46th "
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charged with the .
felony of posses- ,'
sion of cocaine
with intent to Pedro Rivas-
sell and the mis- Sanchez
demeanor of possession of drug
paraphernalia. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $27,500.
According to an arrest report
by the Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force, Deputy Wily Post of
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCOS) was working a re-
ported domestic dispute around
2:15 a.m. on Oct. 29. While in the
home of Rivas-Sanchez, Detec-
tive Post contacted the task force
about the possibility that Rivas-
Sanchez was involved in drugs,
continued the report.
K-9 Widgen was brought to
the home and during a search
of the interior of the home the
K-9 alerted to a dresser in the the
bedroom of Rivas-Sanchez. The
K-9 also alerted to a closet in a
second bedroom, stated the task
In the dresser the task force
reportedly found a substance
suspected of being cocaine. They
also found a set of digital scales,
plastic bags with a residue inside
and a .25 caliber handgun, said
the report. The substance was
field tested and allegedly indicat-
ed a positive result for the pres-
ence of cocaine.
The substance, continued the
report, weighed .8 grams.
The report goes on to say
that a search of a closet in the
second bedroom turned up nine
small plastic bags that contained
a substance suspected of being
cocaine. The substance was field
tested and reportedly indicated a
positive result for the presence of
The substance in the bags,
continued the report, weighed a
total of 7.6 grams.
The task force report goes on
to state that two separate plas-
tic bags containing an unknown
white powder were found under
the sink in the kitchen. The pow-
der, indicated the report, was
believed t6 be some type of sub-
stance used to 'cut' cocaine and
prepare it for sale on the street.
The powder weighed 54.2
When it was field tested, the
powder did not test positive for
the presence of cocaine.
Local woman arrested on drug charges
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee woman was
arrested after she reportedly try to
swallow a substance suspected
of being cocaine to avoid arrest.
April Lee Murray, 25, N.E.
120th St., was charged with tam-
pering with physical evidence
and possession of cocaine. She
was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a $10,000
Murray was arrested af-
ter Deputy Justin Akins. of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) saw a 2001 Dodge
pickup truck being driven north
on N.E. 13th Avenue with its pas-
senger door open. The vehicle
then turned onto N.E. Seventh
Street and Dep-
uty Akins said in
his arrest report
that he saw a , .
ning toward the
truck in the 500 April
block of N.E. Murray
14th Ave. then
began to speak with the driver,
Howard Andrew Campbell.
While speaking with Howard, the
deputy said he saw the passenger
in the vehicle, Murray, begin to
move around. Murray, continued
the OCSO report, then began to
kick something out of the truck.
As he spoke with Murray,
Deputy Akins, along with Deputy
Donald Ellis, noticed the woman
was trying to swallow something.
Deputy Akins then asked her to
open her mouth. When she did,
he stated in his report that he
could see a substance stuck to
the roof of her mouth.
The deputy then put his hand
on Murray's throat to keep her
from swallowing. It was at this
time that he reportedly saw piec-
es of the substance stuck to the
woman's tongue and lips.
As he was placing handcuffs
on Murray, the deputy reportedly
Checking it out
Okeechobee Utility Authority employees, left to right, Clint Mehrer, Joe Yates and Deke
Padgett are shown conducting a fire hydrant flow test. This test is used to determine the
capabilities of the fire hydrant with respect to the amount of water it can provide. The field
data gathered from the flow tests on Oct. 23 and 24 will be used to verify and calibrate the
hydraulic model utilized as an element in the water master plan project.
Feds put new focus on high schools
By Nanvy Zuckerbrod
AP Education Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a
nickname no principal could be
proud of;: "Dropout Factory," a
high school where no more than
60 percent of the students who
start as freshmen make it to their
senior year. That description fits
more than one in 10 high schools
"If you're born in a neighbor-
hood or town where the only high
school is one where graduation is
not the norm, how is this living in
the land of equal opportunity?"
asks Bob Balfanz, the Johns Hop-
kifns researcher who coined the
tjrm "dropout factory."
There are about 1,700 regular
Pr vocational high schools.nation-
wide that fit that description, ac-
cording to an analysis of Educa-
tion Department data conducted
by Johns Hopkins for The Asso-
ciated Press. That's 12 percent of
all such schools, about the same
level as a decade ago.
While some of the missing stu-
dents transferred, most dropped
out, says Balfanz. The data look
at senior classes for three years in
a row to make sure local events
like plant closures aren't to blame
for the low retention rates.
The highest concentration of
dropout factories is in large cit-
ies or high-poverty rural areas in
the South and Southwest. Most
have high proportions of minor-
ity students. These schools are
tougher to turn around because
their students face challenges
well beyond the academic ones
- the need to work as well as go
to school, for example, or a need
for social services.
Utah, which has low poverty
rates and fewer minorities than
most states, is the only state with-
out a dropout factory. Florida and
South Carolina have the highest
"Part of the problem we've
had here is, we live in a state that
culturally and traditionally has not
valued a high school education,"
said Jim Foster, a spokesman for
the South Carolina department of
education. He noted that residents
in that state previously could get
good jobs in textile mills without
a high school degree, but that
those jobs are gone today.
Washington hasn't focused
much attention on the problem.
The No Child Left Behind Act,
for example, pays much more
attention to educating younger
students. But that appears to be
House and Senate proposals
to renew the 5-year-old No Child
law would give high schools more
federal money and put more
pressure on them to improve on
graduation performance, and the
Bush administration supports
The current NCLB law im-
poses serious consequences on
schools that report low scores on
math and reading tests, and this
fallout can include replacement
of teachers or principals - or
both. But the law doesn't have
the same kind of enforcement
teeth when it comes to gradua-
Nationally, about 70 percent
of U.S. students graduate on
time with a regular diploma. For
Hispanic and black students, the
proportion drops to about half.
The legislative proposals cir-
culating in Congress would:
-Make sure schools report
their graduation rates by racial,
ethnic, and other subgroups and
are judged on those results. That's
to ensure that schools aren't just
graduating white students in high
numbers, but also are working to
ensure that minority students get
-Get states to build data sys-
teams to keep track of students
throughout their school years and
more accurately measure gradua-
tion and dropout rates.
-Ensure that states count
graduation rates in a uniform
way. States have used a variety of
formulas, including counting the
percentage of entering seniors
who get a diploma. That mea-
surement ignores the obvious fact
that kids who drop out typically
do so before their senior year.
-Create strong progress goals
for graduation rates and impose
sanctions on schools that rriss
those benchmarks. Most states
currently lack meaningful goals,
according to The Education Trust,
a nonprofit group that advocates
for poor and minority children.
The current law requires test-
ing in reading and math once in
high school, and those tests take
on added importance because
of the. serious consequences for
a school of failure. Critics say
that creates a perverse incentive
for schools to encourage kids to
drop out before they bring down
a school's scores.
"The vast majority of educators
do not want to push out kids, but
the pressures to raise test scores
above all else are intense," said
Bethany Little, vice president for
policy at the Alliance for Excellent
Education, an advocacy group fo-
cused on high schools. "To know
if a high school is doing its job,
we need to consider test scores
and graduation rates equally."
Little said some students
pushed out of high schools are
encouraged to enroll in programs
that prepare them to take the
GED exam. People who pass that
test get certificates indicating they
have high-school level academic
skills. But the research shows that
getting a GED doesn't lead to the
kind of job or college success as-
socjated with a regular diploma.
saw her spit something from her
mouth. After she was cuffed, he
picked up the substance. His re-
port states that when field tested
the substance indicated a posi-
tive result for the presence of co-
Following the woman's ar-
rest, Deputy Akins issued Camp-
bell a warning ticket because the
truck's tag light was not working.
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* Mark Anthony Smith, 40,
N.W. Ninth Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Oct. 25 by Corporal
RandyThomas on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with the misdemeanor of failure
to appear - driving while license
suspended with knowledge. His
bond was set at $1,500. He was
also arrested on Okeechobee
County warrants charging him
with violation of probation - driv-
ing under the influence (two
counts). He is being held without
bond on those charges.
* Don Carlos Johnson II, 32,
N.W 13th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 26 by Deputy Ser-
geant J. Royal on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with burglary of a dwelling with
assault/battery. His bond was set
* Gloria Jean Thomas, 52,
N.W 11th St., Okeechobee, was
In the Courts
* Kasey Lynn Hill: adjudication
was withheld on count 1 - bat-
tery on a law enforcement officer
and count 2 - aiding escape. Hill
has been sentenced to one year
probation and one year commu-
nity control. Sentences are to run
* Joshua David Mixon: adju-
dictation was withheld on count
1 - possession with intent to.sell
- ecstasy. Mixon was sentenced
to three years probation.
* Adam Lee Murphy: found
guilty on count 1 - robbery,
count 2 - felony battery and
count 3 - burglary of a convey-
ance. Murphy was sentenced to
two years in prison on count 1,
to be followed by eight years pro-
bation. He was also sentenced to
five years probation on count 2
and five years probation on count
3. All sentences are to run concur-
* Liborio Romero: found guilty
on count 1 - manslaughter with
a weapon or firearm and count 2
- first-degree murder. Romero
was sentenced to 30 years in pris-
on on count 1. He was sentenced
to life in prison on count 2. All sen-
tences are to run concurrently. -
* Angelina Dale Deschamps:
adjudicaiton was withheld on
count 1 - possession of cocaine.
She was found guilty on count 2
- resisting arrest without vio-
lence, and count 3 - contempt.
She was sentenced to one year
probation on count 1; 29 days in
the Okeechobee County Jail on
count 2; and, one month and 28
days on count 3. All sentences are
to run concurrently.
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arrested Oct. 26 by Deputy Sgt. J.
Royal on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with aggra-
vated battery. Her bond was set
* Christopher B. King, 23, S.W
Seventh St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Oct. 27 by the OCPD on a
charge of driving under the influ-
ence. His bond was set at $750.
* Glen Ausley Going, 52, N.W
151st Terrace, Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 28 by the OCPD
on a felony charge of tampering
with or fabricating physical evi-
dence, and the misdemeanors of
possession of marijuana less that
20 grams and possession of drug
paraphernalia. His bond was set
* Randy Edward Ammons, 45,
S.E. 25th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 28 by Deputy Sgt. J.
Royal on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with 21
counts of forgery. His bond was
set at $42,000.
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TRICK OR TREAT: People please take your kids to the party in
town for trick or treating so they won't be bothering the people at
the houses and they'll be safe, to. That's what I plan to do. Please
take them to one ore 'more of the parties in town, there are all kinds
of things for them to do up there. And that way we won't have to be
bothered with them and they'll be safe.
PLEASE PRAY: I don't usually call into the Speak Out, I always see
a lot of negative comments in there. But today I have a request. Please
pray for Ethan Powell, he is the little boy who is at Saint Jude's with
Leukemia. He has a website it's ethanpowell.com he really needs your
attention and prayers.
MRSA: Does anyone know what steps are being taken at the local
schools to prevent this MRSA?
Editor's note: Okeechobee High School sent home letters to the
parents of high school students regarding precautions against the
spread of MRSA. Details of the local efforts to prevent spread of MRSA
were in the Oct. 27 edition of this newspaper. Good personal hygiene
tops the list. Students are encouraged to wash their hands often.
CAR DAMAGES: Regarding the question about who is responsible
if someone's dog runs into the street and causes you to have an ac-
cident, I would send a certified letter to the owners of the dogs, along
with a copy of the police report and a copy of three estimates for the
damage to you car- and ask them to respond to you via a letter and
go from there. Of course, you can file a claim against them in some
claims court, but if this can be resolved without going to court I think
that would be better. Sometimes people are more than willing to pay
for damage. Even if they don't have the money all at once I am sure
they would be willing to pay you in small amounts to coverage the
damage. Good Luck!
FBA PERFORMANCE: Saturday, Okeechobee's High School Band
performed at the FBA show here in Okeechobee. These students have
busted their butts all year long, polishing and refining their show. I
would see them every day when I would drop my younger son off
at the football field to run (he runs to stay in shape for baseball sea-
son). It was nice to have a refreshing face and attitude in charge of our
band. Clint LeFlam has done an excellent job with the young men and
women that are representing Okeechobee High School. I would find
myself stopping to watch them practice because it was so .nice to see
the kids giving 110 percent daily to make their show the best that it can
be. Not only did they perform well on the field, but they conducted
themselves like ladies and gentlemen off the field. And, once again,
the school spirit was in full swing. If you looked around the stadium,
there were football players who were volunteering their time to assist
in food preparations, equipment managers, helping keep the spec-
tators seated during performances and when the Blazing Brahman
Band took the field, all were cheering relentlessly for our students. It is
nice to know that as my boys venture through high school that school
spirit is at a high and I hope it continues through their high school
years and beyond.
GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE: I have a sister who is a Lesbian and
she is just like anyone else. She got her high school diploma and went
on to college to receive her license to sell insurance. She never had
a support group for being gay in school. Her support group was her
family. My mother was there for her every step of the way through
+ school, and she had her friends. No matter whether you are gay or
straight if you are having trouble in school with being accepted they
have counselors. I have learned seeing my sister that "coming out of
the closet," so to speak, is hard enough. Having a support group for
gays just makes their sexual preference out for the rest of the school
to see which will cause them to be made fun of from other students
and can cause their grades and social skills to drop. A Support group
for gays is a wonderful idea but in school it may cause a lot of prob-
lems. I know there are a lot of support groups, programs, and clubs
that people can go to after school to talk about how being gay may
effect their life. So I guess my answer is they shouldn't be allowed to
have a support group in school but rather after school, like an after
FIGHTING: I think the White House and the people who are hop-
ing to live there had better stop making threats that we are unable to
back up. First of all we have our hands full in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Let's not talk about going to war when we can't handle what were al-
ready committed to. I have no idea where these politicians think their
going to get the troops to go into a country like Iran. Our brave troops
are already battle weary. Maybe Bush will volunteer himself and his
family, but I sure doubt it. Put away the sabers until you can back it up.
Like the man said, Put up or shut up.
MAN CHARGED UNFAIR: 'Man charged with calling to girls at bus
stop' this is absolutely ridiculous. A man with no prior sexual offenses
or prior arrest against him, gets caught blowing kisses and saying stuff
to some, girls at a bus stop and he gets arrested for 'stalking?" That
is completely unfair. That is not right. This is ridiculous, what is this
world coming to?
FOOD CHARGES: I was just wondering if someone could tell me
why the family type restaurants here in town, charges adult rates for a
12-year-old to eat there. Everyone knows that a 12-year-old does not
eat as much as an adult. Is this some kind of law or something, that
you charge an adult rate for a 12 year old?
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Letters to the Editor
Are you among several other
locals still scratching your head
in absolute bewilderment about
some of our County Commission-
ers? Specifically how could three
of them all vote alike, almost in
unison on torpedoing our long
time County Administrator with-
out prior knowledge ,about the
votes of others? But if that is what
occurred concerning George
Long, wouldn't it be a very seri-
ous violation of Florida's Govern-
ment in the Sunshine Law?
Just who am I to be asking
such questions you're probably
wondering now? My name is Bill
Stegkemper a longtime Realtor,
and also a former cop. Back in the
1970's I was an investigator for
then Governor Claude Kirks Task
Force on Law Enforcement when
the F.D.L.E. was still in its infancy,
and I also worked as a State Attor-
ney's investigator. My family and
I moved to Okeechobee 14 years
ago to make our home here.
Isn't it puzzling how our two
veteran Commissioners voting in
favor of renewing the Adminis-
trators contract were absolutely
dumbfounded with the lightning
quick turn of events, as was our
very able county attorney? Why
do you suppose it was that John
Cassells quickly announced he
was holding a "special seminar"
for all of the commissioners, his
clients, so that he could very spe-
cifically instruct them on exactly
what they could do, and what
they could not do? In all the years
he has been the County Attorney,
has it ever been necessary before
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Okeechobee News office, staffers came across a number
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Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Breth-
ren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at
10 a.m. at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in
Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid
Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-9055.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For in-
formation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For infor-
mation, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United.
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863)
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.tn. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lakes Shops Suite K. For information call
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.
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for him to instruct the commis-
sioners about this? If not before,
then why now?
Personally I'm not acquainted
with either brand new commis-
sioners Chandler or Wherrell. I
like and have known Cliff Betts
for years, and voted for him even
though I'm a life-long Republican,
because of his long public service
to our county. As long as George
Long has been here, and made
his home here I've never heard a
single negative comment about
him. Have you?
Didn't -our county only have
some millionin in cash reserves
when George Long began as
Okeechobee first County Ad-
ministrator, and don't we have
some $41million to $42million
in reserves now therefore didn't
he save our county $2.5million
a year, far, far more than his sal-
ary? Also isn't our county one of
just seven counties in the State
not facing any cutback in public
services because of tax rollbacks
in Tallahassee? It sure didn't take
the city of Bartow long to snap
George Long up from a field of
competing, candidates did it?
Was voting against George
Long in the best interest of the
citizens of Okeechobee do you
think? Did you notice an anony-
mous caller in Speak Out recom-
mending the next administrator
be from Okeechobee? Who do
you suppose this person is? Who
knows? Do some of the commis-
sioners know? There is one thing
I do know, it's that whoever it is
there going to have some big
shoes to fill.
Sure is a lot to think about,
Eagles to hold Turkey shoot
The Fraternal Order of the Eagles #4137, 9985 N. Hwy 441 will
have a turkey shoot on Saturday, Nov. 3 starting at 1 p.m. and on
Sunday, Nov. 4 starting after breakfast. All proceeds will go to local
charities. Breakfast will be served from 9 until 11 a.m. for a dona-
tion of $5. A membership drive will be held both days. For informa-
tion call (863) 763-2552.
Friends of the NRA plan dinner and auction
The Okeechobee Friends of theN RA will hold a dinner and auc-
tion on Nov. 1, 2007 at Pogey's restaurant. Tickets are $40 each,
price includes: prime rib dinner. Proceeds from benefit will go to
the Okeechobee 4-H Sharp Shooters club.
Tickets are available at the Gun Shop, 2020 S. Parrott Ave., (863)
New Horizons sponsors tribute to Dr. Brown
New Horizons of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast will spon-
sor a Tribute to honor beloved pediatrician Dr. Fred Brown, on
Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6 until 8 p.m. The event will be held at the
First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. Tickets are $25 per person,
tables and sponsorships are also available. A prime rib dinner is in-
cluded in the ticket purchase. For tickets and information call Con-
nie Abney at (863) 763-2813.
Masonic Lodge holds Annual dinner
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth Ave. will hold
their Annual Turkey Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 4 until 7 p.m.
Eat in or take out is available. Adult meals are $7 donation each and
children are $3.50 each. Children's plates are not available for take
out. Proceeds will benefit Distressed Worthy Brothers. For informa-
tion please contact Kip Gardner at (863) 357-0427.
Arnold's Wildlife hosts annual open house
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, located at 14895 N.W
30th Terrace, will host its annual fall open house on Saturday, Nov.
3, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be something for everyone,
ranging from interaction with the wildlife to the enjoyment'of fresh-
ly barbecued chicken dinners.
There is a $10 donation for admission to the, Open House which
includes the Center and the butterfly garden. The cost of the barbe-
cued chicken dinners is $7.00 per plate.
To get to the Center, go north on 441 to N.W 144th Drive and turn
left at the flashing light. Go west two miles and follow the signs to
the Center. For information call (863) 763-4630.
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 auct~ion. 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 aite 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. Six paintings by local
artist will be offered for auction. The event will be held at the KOA
Convention Center, on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., tickets will be a $50
donation per person or sponsor a table (seats 8) for $500. Tickets
may be purchased at Eli's Western Wear, The Okeechobee Live-
stock Market and Gilberts Chevrolet. For information, contact San-
dra Pearce at (863) 763-2684 or Tina Clemons at (863) 467-6242.
Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 30, 2007 5
Pumpkins are loaded with nutrition Holiday Happenings
Bright orange pumpkins may
be one of the symbols of Hal-
loween, but pumpkins are much
more than a holiday decoration.
Pumpkins are high in beta-caro-
tene, shown by their bright or-
The University of Illinois'
Pumpkin Nutrition web site pro-
vides the following breakdown
for one cup of cooked pumpkin:
Protein: 2 grams
Carbohydrate: 12 grams
Dietary Fiber: 3 grams
Calcium: 37 mg
Iron: 1.4 mg
Potassium: 564 mg
Zinc: 1 mg
Selenium: .50 mg
Vitamin C: 12 mg
Niacin: 1 mg
Folate: 21 mcg
Vitamin A: 2650 IU
Vitamin E:3 mg
One of the most popular
pumpkin dishes is pumpkin pie.
Since this is considered a custard
pie -- made with eggs and milk-- it
should be kept hot or cold. Don't
leave the pie out on the table or
the counter. After it cools, keep it
in the refrigerator.
The University of Illinois of-
fers a variety of pumpkin reci-
pes, prepared by Drusilla Banks,
Extension Educator, Nutrition &
Wellness, University of Illinois Ex-
These pancakes can be pre-
pared Butternut Squash, Hubbard
Squash or other variety of winter
squash. Use canned pumpkin
puree, freshly prepared puree,
or frozen puree which has been
thawed. Cold leftover pancakes
are an appetizing snack.
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup molasses, or maple
3-4 tablespoons buttermilk or
2 tablespoons unsalted butter,
or margarine, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans or
Powdered sugar for dusting
1. In a large bowl, sift together
flour, baking powder, salt, and
pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
2. In another bowl, beat egg
slightly. Add pumpkin or squash
puree, molasses or syrup, milk or
buttermilk and melted butter or
margarine. Mix until smooth.
3. Blend in the dry ingredi-
ents all at once. Mix until batter
is smooth. Allow batter to rest for
30 minutes or more.
4. Stir nuts into batter, and add
additional tablespoon of butter-
milk or milk if batter is too thick.
5. To make pancakes, spoon
a heaping tablespoon of batter
onto a lightly greased preheated
griddle or heavy skillet. With the
back of the spoon, flatten batter
to about 1/2-inch thickness. Cook
slowly until bubbles appear on
top and bottom is golden brown.
Lift edge to check. Turn and cook
until other side is golden brown.
6. Place on a platter and set
platter in a warm oven. Continue
making pancakes until all batter
is used. Makes about 24, 3-inch
pancakes. Serves 4 to 6 people.
Garnish with powdered sugar
or serve with corn syrup, maple
syrup or your favorite pancake
Pumpkin Nut Bars
1 cup cooked pumpkin puree,
fresh or canned
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 egg whites, slightly beaten
2 cups oats
I cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup shredded coconut,
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup chopped salted peanuts,
pecans, or almonds
1. Preheat oven to 350�F. In
a large bowl, beat egg whites
slightly; add pumpkin and melted
butter or margarine beat until
2. In another bowl combine
oats, brown sugar, coconut,
wheat germ, and nuts.
3. Fold oat mixture into pump-
kin mixture to form stiff dough.
4. Press dough into a lightly
greased 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch jelly
5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or
until golden brown. While still
warm, cut into 2x3 inch bars.
Yield about 30 bars. Serve warm
or cool complete.
Pumpkin Soup Tureen
(Pumpkin Soup Served in a
The hollow shell makes a pic-
turesque and elegant soup tureen.
A large pumpkin shell can hold
enough soup for a family gather-
ing or dinner parties while small
pumpkin shells are just right for
Preparing the pumpkin shell:
1. Select a squat pumpkin
rather than one that is upright for
balance. Field pumpkins used for
jack-o-lanterns do not work well.
The Cinderella variety or Rouge
Vif d'Etampes, as well as many
others has the ideal bowl shape.
For more information on pump-
kin varieties, visit our website
Watch Your Garden Grow-Pump-
2. Start by washing the pump-
kin in warm soapy water rinse
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well and dry.
3. Using a sharp knife, insert
the tip about 1/3 of the way down,
and cut away the top to form a
lid. Scoop out the seeds (reserve
for roasting) and stringy mass.
4. Lightly oil the pumpkin in-
side and out and sprinkle the in-
side with salt.
5. Place the pumpkin and lid
on a parchment lined baking
sheet or spray with an oil cooking
spray. Bake a 3250F for 1 to 1-1/2
hours depending on the size of
6. This is the tricky part. An
over baked shell will not sup-
port the weight of the soup so
under-baking is preferred. Bake
the pumpkin shell until it begins
7. Remove from the oven and
8. Gently scoop out some of
the soft pumpkin from the wall,
being careful not to puncture the
shell. Scrape the cooked pump-
kin from the lid as well. Use this
cooked portion for the pumpkin
soup recipe that follows or freeze
it for later use.
9. Ladle hot soup into the
pumpkin and serve. The lid can
be used as a cover or you can
serve the soup uncovered.
Make your own crust or buy a
frozen crust and allow it to thaw
for a few minutes at room tem-
One 9-inch unbaked pie shell
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups pumpkin puree or 1
can (16 oz) solid pack pumpkin
1 cup firmly .packed brown
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinna-
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 4250F.
2. In a large bowl, add filling
ingredients in order given. Mix
well with electric mixer or by
3. Pour into pie shell. Bake
15 minutes. Then reduce oven
temperature to 350�F and con-
tinue baking for an additional 45
minutes or until knife inserted
near the center comes out clean.
Cool slightly and serve warm or
chilled. Makes one 9-inch pie.
Before making any change
to your diet or exercise pro-
gram, consult your doctor.
This is especially important if
you are on any prescription,
medications. Some drugs in-
teract badly with foods that
would otherwise be consid-
Wedding cake madness
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Dr. Heller's office holds
Halloween open house
Dr. Heller's office, 1713 U.S. 441
N, Suite E will hold a Halloween
open house from 11 a.m. until 4
p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. There
will be free food and refreshments
and free skin laser treatment of
arm spots. Learn about Restylane
and Botox. And See Dr. Heller and
staff in Halloween Costumes. For
information call (863) 467-8771.
The First Baptist Church of
Okeechobee would like to wel-
come all families with children,
fifth grade and under to Heroes
Unmasked, a no-fear fall festi-
val Bible adventure at the R.O.C.
(Recreation Outreach Center),
310 S.W Fifth Ave., on Wednes-
day, Oct. 31 from 6 until 8 p.m.
There will be costumed bible he-
roes, carnival games, food, candy
and more. For information call the
Church office at (863) 763-2171.
VFW Post 4423 plans
The new Men's Auxiliary of
the North VFW Post #4423, 300
N.W. 34th St., will host a Hallow-
een Party on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
There will be a costume contest
with the judging taking place
around 9 p.m. There will be prizes
for best costume and also for the
most original (creative) costume.
Debbie Collins will be hosting ka-
raoke and dancing from 6 until 10
p.m. The public is invited. If you
are not a member, please sign at
the front door as a guest. If you
have any questions, call the Post
at (863) 763-0818.
Donations sought for
Okeechobee Main Street, along
with the City of Okeechobee and
Okeechobee County, will host the
third annual Halloween Festival in
Flagler Park on Wednesday Oct.
31, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. This
free event will feature fun and
games for children of all ages. Do-
nations of candy and treats from
the community are needed. Drop
off locations are: WOKC; Bass Fu-
neral Home, 205 N.E. Second St.;
Sherwin Williams, 820 E.N. Park
St.; Seacoast National Bank (north
and south locations); American
Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.;
City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.;
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, 504 N.W Fourth St.; Beef
0' Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave.;
Gizmo's Pizza, 3235 U.S. 441 S.E.;
Syble's Florist and Gifts, 119 S.
Parrott Ave.; Accident Law Offices
of Philip DeBerard, 114 N. Parrott
Ave.; Y Drive Thru, intersection of
S.R. 70 and S.R. 710; First Bank
and Trust of Indian Town 205 East
North Park Street and the Main
Street office, 111 N.E. Second St.
For information about the festival
or to get involved with the event,
please contact Karen Hanawalt at
Trick or treat for
Girl Scouts will be collecting
used eyewear for people in devel-
oping countries on Oct. 31, 2007
(Halloween). They would like to
invite your child to trick or treat
for used eyewear on Sight Night
and at all elementary schools this
month. Trick or treat Sight Night
is for special volunteers across
North America. The eyewear col-
lected by volunteers on sight night
will be cleaned, repaired, classi-
fied by prescription and hand de-
livered to people who need eye-
wear in developing countries. For
information please contact Kay
Mathis at (863) 462-5000 Ext. 268
or (863) 763-4631.
New Testament Baptist Church,
535 N.E. 28th Ave., would like to
invite everyone to come to our Fall
Festival on Nov. 3 starting at 4 p.m.
at the church. We will be having
food, games and prizes and lots of
fun. so put all the kids in the car and
enjoy an afternoon together. For in-
formation call (863) 763-6682.
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6 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Youth attend 4-H Dairy Conference Education News in Brief
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MADISON, Wis. - A delega-
tion of Okeechobee 4-Her's en-
joyed several days of fun and
learning during the 53rd annual
National 4-H Dairy Conference on
the University of Wisconsin cam-
pus in Madison, Sept. 30 through
Oct. 3. The educational program
attracted approximately 200
youth and adult delegates from
across the U.S.A. and Canada.
The delegation included Aus-
tin Pluskot and Fallon Curren.
They were selected from a field
of applicants to attend the confer-
ence based on past experience,
knowledge and interest in the
The four day experience ex-
posed 4-H members to new
dairy science technology and
dairy-related careers. Through
a combination of workshops,
speakers, educational field trips
and networking with other dairy
oriented youth, 4-H members
gained information they could
use to strengthen their futures
in the dairy industry. Hands on
learning workshop topics includ-
ed biotechnology, genetics, foods
Fallon Curren and Austin Pluskot represented Okeechobee
at the National 4-H Dairy Conference in Madison, Wis. From
Sept. 30 through Oct. 3. Where they learned helpful skills
about the dairy industry.
evaluation, animal nutrition and
marketing. "Meeting people from
all over the country who share
similar interests was great! I
learned so much!" reported one
4-H is the youth education
program of the Cooperative Ex-
tension system in the U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture. National 4-H
Dairy Conference is sponsored by
the University of Wisconsin-Ex-
tension. Supplemental monetary
support is provided by numer-
ous corporate sponsors including
ABS Global; Alltech; Alta Genetics
USA, Inc; American Dairy Science
Association; AMPI; 'Bou-Matic;
Cargill Animal Nutrition; Chicago
Mercantile Exchange, Inc.; Co-
operative Resources Internation-
al; Cotton Incorporated; Crave
.Brothers Farmstead Cheese, LLC;
Dairy Farmers of America; Fore-
most Farms USA; Fort Dodge
Animal Health; Hoard's Dairy-
man; Kath Farms; Kraft Pizza Co.;
Land 0' Lakes; Manthe Grain
Farm; Mycogen Seeds; Nasco In-
ternational, Inc.; National Dairy
Shrine; Purebred Dairy Cattle
Association (PDCA); R&G Miller
and Sons Farm, Inc.; Schoep's
Ice Cream Co.; Select Sires, Inc.;
Semex USA; Shur-Gain USA, Inc.;
Sunshine Goat Dairy; Uddertech;
United Dairymen of Idaho; Wis-
consin Milk Marketing Board; and
World Dairy Expo.
To learn more about 4-H Youth
Development programs in your
area, contact your local Exten-
sion office at (863) 763-6469.
Securing financial assistance seminar slated at IRCC
The Indian River Community
College Business and Technology
Incubator, in partnership with
the Entrepreneur -Development
Institute at IRCC and the Eco-
nomic Council of Martin County,
is hosting a FREE seminar, "Find-
ing Financial Assistance for your
Business." Anyone interested in
finding out about SBA loan pro-
grams and what is needed to ap-
ply for a bank loan should attend
the FREE "Lunch & Learn" semi-
nar on Tuesday, Nov. 6, presented
at noon at the Wolf High-Technol-
ogy Center at the IRCC Chastain
Campus, 2400 S.E. Salerno Road.
The Entrepreneur Development
Institute (EDI) will be providing
snacks, beverages and dessert.
The Guest presenter, James T.
"Tom" Gallman graduated cum
laude from the University of West
Florida with a BA in Econom-
ics with minor course studies
in finance and marketing. Tom
worked seven (7) years in bank-
ing in Northwest Florida. He later
was employed by the U. S. Small
Business Administration for over
Tom has worked for the SBA
in the Jacksonville; Charlotte, NC;
and Nashville, TN district offices.
Additionally, he has instructed
classes for the American Institute
of Banking. Mr. Gallman was an
instructor for Junior Achievement
in Jacksonville, FL in "Project
Business," which.was a course of
study designed for 9th graders to
learn about business operations.
He currently serves as Senior Area
Manager and is the Florida Small
Business Development Center
Project Officer for the SAB Office
located in Fort Pierce.
Seating is limited. To RSVP
and register, go online to www.
ircc.edu/ccti. Go to "Training-
Matrix" and click on EDI Lunch
and Learn. For more informa-
tion on the EDI or other Business
Solution and Employee Training
opportunities, call the CCTI at 1-
888-283-1177. For more informa-
tion about the IRCC Business and
Technology Incubator, contact
Karen Schreiner at (772) 419-
5690 or by e-mail at kschrein@
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The Okeechobee Retired Ed-
ucators Association Christmas
ornaments are on sale. Orna-
ments are 24 karat gold on brass.
,n sale are the 2006 Ornament
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nament - Southland Hotel. Each
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scholarship fund. To purchase
ornaments, call Gay Carlton at
(863) 763-5755, Kay McCool at
(863) 763-2829, Regina Hamrick
at (863) 763-8865, Marion Da-
vis at (863) 763-3991 or Paulette
Whipple at (863) 467-2487.
Robert Roy Mull, Jr.
Robert Roy Mull, Jr. age 76 of
Okeechobee, died peacefully Oct.
14, 2007 in his home. Born in
Asheville, N.C. and lived in Miami
until he moved to Okeechobee, a
city he loved.
He was preceded in death by
his wife, Virginia Fuller Mull.
He is survived by his sons,
Phillip Buchman and Paul Mull;
daughters, Sandra Waler and
Jayne Brown. In addition, he is
survived by five grandchildren.
He will be missed for his hu-
mor and joy of life. A memorial
service will be held on Nov. 2 at
the Okeechobee Presbyterian
In lieu of flowers, please make
a contribution to your local Hos-
pice in memory of Robert R. Mull,
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Health News in Brief
Smoking classes open
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
The purpose of the program is to
reduce adult and youth tobacco
use, and provide tobacco resourc-
es to residents, businesses and
community organizations in the
county. Freedom from Smoking
classes will be held every Tuesday
at the Okeechobee County Health
auditorium, 1728 N.W Ninth Ave.,
from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863)
Depending on Christ is a new
support group forming for wom-
en suffering from depression.
Once the group is organized it
will meet every Thursday. For in-
formation, call (772) 597-0463.
Dr. Heller's office
holds open house
Dr. Heller's office, 1713 U.S.
441 N, Suite E will hold a Hal-
loween open house from 11 a.m.
until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.
31. There will be free food and
refreshments and free skin laser
treatment of arm spots. Learn
about Restylane and Botox. And
See Dr. Heller and staff in Hallow-
een Costumes. For information
call (863) 467-8771.
Dine with the doctor
The popular medical series,
"Dine with the doctor" will be
held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, with din-
ner at at 5 pm. The guest speaker
will be Dr. Ludmila Mishelevich, a
Family Practice Physician at Raul-
erson Hospital. Dr. Mishelevich
will discuss Hypertension at 5:30
p.m. Dinner is $5 but the lecture
is FREE. For more information or
to make a reservation, please call
Bill Casian, Marketing/Public Re-
lations Director at 824-2702
Red Cross offers
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488
Problems with drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab
Resource at (866) 649-1594 for a
free confidential consultation. Or,
go to the website at www.drugre-
group to meet
The Okeechobee Cancer Sup-
port Group will meet the first
Thursday of each month. Each
meeting will be held from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. in room 113 at
the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W.
Fourth St. Cancer patients, survi-
vors and supporters are all invited.
The group will share stories and
encourage each other as we take
this journey This support group
will provide participants with in-
formation, resources, support,
guest speakers and devotional
time and will help comfort dur-
ing either your battle or you loved
one's battle with cancer. For in-
formation, call the First Baptist
Church at (863) 763-2171.
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference
in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer
Society's Florida Division par-
ticipate in programs that support
research funding, educate the
community, deliver services to
patients and advocate for policies
that help defeat cancer. To get in-
volved, call the American Cancer
Society at (800) ACS-2345.
to meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the
Just For Today Club, 2303 U.S. 441
S.E., Suite K. For information, call
Martha's House will offer a
workshop called Deafening Si-
lence, which deals with provid-
ing services to deaf and hard of
hearing survivors of domestic vio-
lence. The date and time will be
announced at a later date accord-
ing to community interest and re-
sponse. Contact Shirlean Graham
at (863) 763-2893.
can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help.
For information, call Becky Smith
at (863) 462-5877.
Healthy Start group
The Healthy Start Coalition
is accepting donations of baby
items such as furniture, shoes,
clothing, maternity clothes, stroll-
ers and other items for infants
and toddlers. Proceeds from the
sale of donated items will be used
to benefit infants and pregnant
women in the community. For in-
formation, call (863) 462-5877.
Florida's Blood Centers is
looking for blood donors in
Okeechobee. The Big Red Bus
mobile unit will be at the Wal-
Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott
Ave., on the last Saturday of each
month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For information, call (561) 845-
2323, ext. 1203 or (772) 215-8360.
All blood types are needed. There
is no upper age limit, and most
medications and conditions are
acceptable. Diabetes and blood
pressure donations can also be
accepted. A picture ID is needed
for all donors.
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help.
For information, contact Becky
Smith at (863) 462-5877.
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will be offering Child-
birth Education Classes. For infor-
mation, call (863) 462-5877.
Just for Today
The Just for 'Today Club of
Okeechobee is. an Addiction re-
covery social club/meeting place
where people can come to fellow-
ship or attend meetings. For infor-
mation on this new club, contact
Michael at (863) 634-4780.
Migraine pill helps some alcoholics taper off drinking
By Carla K. Johnson
Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO (AP) - A migraine
pill seems to help alcoholics taper
off their drinking without detox
treatment, researchers report,
offering a potential option for a
The drug, Topamax, works in
a different way than three other
medications already approved for
Experts said the drug is likely
to appeal to heavy drinkers who
would rather seek help from their
own doctors, rather than enter a
rehab clinic to dry out. The drug
costs at least $350 a month, plus
the price of doctor's visits.
But side effects are a problem,
and it's unclear whether the find-
ings will make a dent in an addic-
tion that affects millions of Ameri-
Addiction specialists not in-
volved in the study said the find-
ings are promising, although side
effects such as trouble concentrat-
ing, tingling and itching caused
about one in five people to drop
out of the study. Drowsiness and
dizziness are also problems.
"The size of the treatment ef-
fect is larger than in most of the
other medications we've seen,"
said Dr. Mark Willenbring of the
National Institute on Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism. "And all
the drinking variables changed in
the right direction."
The study, published in last
Wednesday's Journal of the
American Medical Association,
was funded by the maker of the
drug, Johnson & Johnson Inc.'s
Ortho-McNeil Neurologics. The
researchers also reported financial
ties to the company. Ortho-McNeil
reviewed the manuscript, but did
not change the results or interpre-
tatioi, the researchers reported.
'The study followed 371 heavy
drinkers for 14 weeks. About half
were randomly assigned to take
Topamax, also called topiramate,
in gradually increasing doses. The
others took dummy pills.
All volunteers were encour-
aged - but not required - to
At the start of the study, they
drank, on average, 11 standard
drinks daily. That's about two six-
packs of beer each day, or two
bottles of wine, or a pint of hard
By the end of the study, 27 of
the 183 people, or 15 percent,
who took Topamax had quit
drinking entirely for seven weeks
or more. That compared to six out
of 188, or 3 percent, in the place-
Others cut back. The Topamax
group cut back to six drinks a day,
on average, assuming everyone
who dropped out of the study re-
lapsed into heavy drinking. That
compared to seven drinks a day
for the placebo group.
"You can come in drinking
a bottle of scotch a day and get
treatment without detox," said Dr.
Bankole Johnson of the Univer-
sity of Virginia, who led the study,
which was conducted at 17 U.S.
sites from 2004-2006.
The study didn't follow the
drinkers long-term, so it's unclear
how many relapsed after they
stopped taking the pill.
But there were lasting effects
for Tom Wolfe, 44, a carpenter
from Earlysville, Va., who said
he has. been sober for two years
thanks to Topamax. After years of
heavy drinking, he took part in an
earlier Topamax study. He felt "a
little lightheaded" at first until he
got used to the drug. Alcohol.lost
its enjoyment, strengthening his
resolve to quit.
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At the Movies Blondie
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Oct. 26,
through Thursday, Nov. 1, are as
Theatre I -"Rendition" (R)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "Game Plan" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
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Theatre III - "The Comebacks"
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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
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)
Wizard of Id
By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 30, the
303rd day of 2007. There are 62 1
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On Oct. 30,1938, the radio play
"The War of the Worlds," starring
Orson Welles, aired on CBS. (The
live drama, which employed fake
breaking news reports, panicked
some listeners who thought the Beetle B
portrayal of a Martian invasion
was real.) SIR, 3I-
On this date: FEW COi
In 1735, the second president
of the United States, John Adams,
was born in Braintree, Mass.
In 1885, poet Ezra Pound was
born in Hailey, Idaho. c'
In 1944, the Martha Graham
ballet "Appalachian Spring, with 0
music by Aaron Copland, pre-
miered at the Library of Congress
in Washington, D.C., with Gra-
ham in a leading role.
In 1945, the U.S. government
announced the end of shoe ra-
tioning, effective at midnight. Cathy
In 1961, the Soviet Union test-
ed a hydrogen bomb, the "Tsar r u
_ Bomba," with a force estimated.- oOu I-n
at about 50 megatons. To OUR D(
In 1961, the Soviet Party Con- WHY'?,
gress unanimously approved a
resolution ordering the removal
of Josef Stalin's body from Len- ,,
In 1975, the New York Daily
News ran the headline "Ford to
City: Drop Dead" a day after Presi-
dent Gerald Ford said he would
veto any proposed federal bailout
of New York City.
Ten years ago: A jury in Peanuts
Cambridge, Mass., convicted Brit-
ish au pair Louise Wobdward �1994 UnedF
of second-degree murder in the
death of 8-month-old Matthew
Eappen. (The judge, Hiller B.
Zobel, later reduced the verdict
to manslaughter and set Wood-
ward free.) Confronting some of .
his harshest critics, Chinese Presi- ' , '!
dent Jiang Zemin defended his ..
country's human rights record '.
before members of Congress.
Movie director Samuel Fuller died
Five years ago: Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon's broad- Pickles
based coalition collapsed when
Cabinet ministers from the mod-
erate Labor Party resigned in a 0 0
dispute over funding for Jewish
settlements. Walter Mondale re- /
turned to politics as Minnesota
Democrats approved the former
vice president as a fill-in for the
late Sen. Paul Wellstone less than
a week before the election. (How-,
ever, Mondale ended up losing to /
Republican Norm Coleman.) Jam
Master Jay (Jason Mizell), a rap-
per with the Run-D.M.C. hip-hop
group, was killed in a shooting in
New York; he was 37.
Today's Birthdays: Actor T
Dick Gautier is 70. Movie director he
Claude Lelouch is 70. Rock singer
Grace Slick is 68. Songwriter Ed- By Euge
die Holland is 68. Actor Ed Lauter -ARIE(Ma
is 67. Rhythm-and-blues singer what counts
Otis Williams (The Temptations) If you are fee
is 66. Actor Henry Winkler is 62. sue, don't a
Rock musician Chris Slade (Asia) so calmly. N
is 61. Musician Timothy B. Schmit dramatic mo
(The Eagles) is 60. Actor Harry *TAURUS (P
Hamlin is 56. Actor Charles Mar- obtain what
tin Smith is 54. Country singer T. high and you
Graham Brown is 53. Actor Kevin change the
Pollak is 50. Actor Michael Beach to will result
is 44. Rock singer-musician Gavin goals you se
Rossdale (Bush) is 40. Comedian -GEMINI (I
Ben Bailey is 37. Actress Nia Long be intent on
is 37. Country singer Kassidy sues but
Osborn (SHeDAISY) is 31. Actor yourand getting
Gael Garcia Bernal is 29. Actor push to deal
Tequan Richmond ("Everybody children's iss
Hates Chris") is 15. ground.
Thought for Today: "There -CANCER
are things that are known and emotions wi
and hard fo
things that are unknown; in be- be extremely
tween are doors." - Anony- make you a
mous. think out lou
Pastor receives tips on
*DEAR ABBY: I would like to
comment on the letter from "Po-
lite Visitor in Missouri" (Aug. 25),
the minister who asked about the
etiquette involved in pastoral vis-
iting. I have been a Lutheran pas-
tor for 33 years. This topic should
have been covered while the writ-
er was in seminary, but perhaps
"Polite" missed class that day.
A coffee hour/social hour is an
impossible time to get to know
people. "Polite" needs to under-
stand that these visits are not so-
cial calls; they are part of his or
her job, just like being a doctor,
financial adviser, etc.
Allow me to offer a sugges-
tion for "Polite": Invite members
of the congregation to sign up if
they're open to a visit. The visit
does not have to be at their home.
Meeting people for lunch at their
workplace puts a time limit on it
and allows the pastor to become
aware of other aspects of their
lives. - John Backe, Denver
DEAR JOHN: Thank you for
the suggestion. My readers did
not hesitate to offer chapter and
verse on this subject, as you will
see. Read on:
DEAR ABBY: Although I don't
completely disagree with the re-
sponse you gave to the minister
in Missouri, I want to tell you
there are some nuances around
being a pastor that factor into this
Being a pastor is different from
being a co-worker, friend or boss.
When we arrive as a pastor of a
church, we are almost imme-
diately thought of as part of the
family. We are called in times of
crisis and celebration, and we
come into people's homes when
others aren't invited.
I recognize that not everyone
will be comfortable inviting me
into their home, but for those
who would like to get to know
me better (and allow me to get to
know them), I prefer to visit with
them one-on-one. That way, the
first time I am called is not when
they are in crisis, and there is a
more relaxed atmosphere. For
anyone else, I make myself avail-
able at my home or the church.
- Gregg Sealy, Hoquiam,
DEAR ABBY: Our rabbi has
started a sort of random "lucky
winner" approach to meeting
members of our temple. After the
sermon, he will issue an invitation
to "anyone born in the month of
July" or "anyone wearing green
today" -- or any number of other
ways of selecting people at ran-
dom. These people, who are
bound to be different each week,
are invited to join him following
the service for a short meet, greet
and chat. In this way, he can in-
teract with small groups, and ev-
eryone gets to know each other.
- Rivka L., Atlanta
DEAR ABBY: My husband has
been a pastor for several years.
Moving to a new congregation
is always difficult and getting ac-
quainted can be daunting. His so-
lution is to get a pictorial church
directory, if one is available, and
study the names and faces so he
can match them correctly when
he meets church members.
This has worked well in both
small and large churches. Parish-
ioners appreciate being recog-
nized by name - and sometimes
invite both of us to dinner. - KA.
Reents, Bloomington, Ill.
DEAR ABBY: In the church
where I belong, there are cards
in the pews for people to fill out.
The minister can then call on
those who wish to meet, and no-
body feels put upon. - Idaho
Dear Abby is written by Abi-
gail Van Buren, also known as
Jeanne Phillips, and was found-
ed by her mother, Pauline Phil-
lips. Write Dear Abby at www.
DearAbby.corn or P.O. Box 69440,
Los Angeles, CA 90069.
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Last Word in Astrology
arch 21-April 19): Focus on
not what you can't change.
ling emotional about an is-
ddress it until you can do
ow is not the time to make
ves with long-term effects.
April 20-May 20): You can
you want if you move for-
t fear. Your energy will be
ur ability to manipulate and
minds of those you talk
in achieving some of the
et a long time ago.
lay 21-June 20): You may
n dealing with personal is-
u are far better off putting
into money-making deals
ahead professionally. If you
I with affairs of the heart or
sues, you will probably lose
(June 21-July 22): Your
II be close to the surface
r you tp control. You will
y changeable and this may
ppear unstable. Try not to
d and you will maintain the
confidence of those around you.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Hidden se-
crets are likely to be divulged. You can
make a change that will influence your
future if you move forward with your ed-
ucation. A creative or original approach
will be successful.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Whether
with work or your personal life, you can
move forward with changes that will
lead to your advancement. Compas-
sion and understanding what others
face will help you win in the end. Love
is on the rise.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You will
second-guess your choices today and
this can lead to a poor decision, espe-
cially with emotional matters. Be willing
to follow through with what you believe.
Money can be made through learning
a new skill.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You can
make your voice heard. This is not the
time to back down but rather to go after
what you want wholeheartedly. Fight for
what and who mean the most to you.
* SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
You aren't likely to influence others to-
day. Keep your thoughts to yourself. It's
not a matter of who's right or wrong but
more of the direction you and others
are heading. This may be time to part
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.19): Emo-
tions are running high but, handled with
class and discretion, you can come out
on top with answers and solutions that
will put you ahead of the competition.
Money can be made and contracts and
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don't
get sidetracked by those who don't
want you to get ahead. Use your clout,
your knowledge and your wherewithal
to reach your goals and force the is-
sues that you feel will make a differ-
ence. Learn a new skill and put it to
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Move
forward with confidence and use your
vivid imagination to get ahead. You
can express your views with passion,
dedication and a strength that will en-
courage others to follow you and your
beliefs. Love is in your corner.
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(863)467-6960 or 634-4626
LAB, yellow blonde, 1 yr. old,
female, vic. of Racetrack
Convenience Store on 10/24.'
'Estate Sale 01E43
14 8th Street, Buckhead
Ridge, November 3rd,
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
A/C SERV TECH needed.
Dependable, Clean DL, Good
Pay, Benefits, 401K, Min
3 yrs exp. EOE DFW.
Experienced need only apply.
Is looking for a clerical person.
Computer skills are required.
Bi-lingual a plus but not re-
quired. Apply in person at
407 S Parrott Ave.
Needed for national respiratory
company. Ideal candidate .
must be motivated and
works well with others.
Paid mileage vacation time
Fax resume to 863-763-5191
or Call 863-763-7337
Seminole or Miccosukee
Native American preferred to
join leading builder of tropical
bars & huts. (321)960-6430
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315
Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment.that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs - if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.
Grab a bargain from your
attic, basement or clos-
et In today's classfleds.
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Business Places 910,
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
House - Rent 930
Land . Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
In Town, 2br/2ba, $900
mo. + $600. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
BHR - Lg 2br, CBS, screen
room & utility room, Quiet
area, Private lake, $750/mo
+ $500 sec (863)467-2784
FURNISHED APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044
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Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle
Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis
1 Haw's partner
4 Key of
9 Meaningless, as
14 Island strings
15 Type of
schnapps in a
16 Skiing champs
Phil or Steve
20 Follow all the
21 Pierre's plane
22 Was sorry for
23 Pesto herb
25 One in Santa's
28 Since Jan. 1, on
29 Oracle site
31 Recipe direction
32 Dutch flower
33 Like Seattle,
34 'This race is.
going down to
38 Control _
39 Revolting one?
40 Transvaal settler
41 La Scala
46 Bank pmt.
47 Pantry platform
48 Sunshine cracker
49 Goodnight gal of
51 Garnishes for
53 Make an
58"... had a farm,
60 Burger's court
61 Rocker John
62 Day-: pigment
1 Having a rumbling
Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 1i/2 ba, 2 Story, Washer
Dryer. Patio. $800 mo., 1st,
last + sec. (863)634-3313
HIGHWAY 441 SOUTH
Frontage - Newly remodeled
business space available for
immediate occupancy. Call
(863)763-8222. First, last
& $500 sec dep.
Find it faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classlleds
Oak Lake Villas, 2br/2ba
$900/month, First, Last,
+ $900 Security. Pets
Welcome. Clean & spacious.
Call (863) 801-3133
Twnhs., W&D. No pets. An-
nual lease. $750/mo. 1st &
last. sec. (863)697-1129
2 Barely make
4 Actor Omar of
6 Portable *
7 Bullet, in poker
10 It's sometimes
held at a diner
11 Like spelling that
12 Play about
13 Until now
19 Half of CXIV
23 Radar image
26 Sausage unit
27 Cook in deep fat
31 First king of
32 Romanov ruler
34 Golfer's choice
36 Big name in
37 Alias, for a co.
38 "Without a
42 Dodger great
43 The last words of
17-, 34- and 53-
Across are body
positions in it
44 Israeli currency
45 Be bested by
47 Coupe cousin
48 With it
50 Attorney General
51 Buckeye's home
52 Trotsky of
53 Ending for web,
sky or nanny
54 "... man
56 Vietnamese New
ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE:
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SK EE ENO S AIDES
By Donna S. Levin
(c)2007 Tribune Media Services, Inc.
OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $695/mo.
BASSWOOD - New 3/2, large
yard, Pets OK, W/D, lawn
service, water service,
$1050/mo, 1st, last, $500
sec. Avail first week in No-
BASSWOOD, 2BR/1BA, newly
renovated, incl. w/d, new a/c
& water softener, $795 mo. +
sec. dep. (561)383-6484
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-
wards down payment.
Bruised credit okay.,
Waterfront 3 Bdrm.,. 11/2 Ba.
2 Story w/Lake Okeechobee
access & boat ramp. Wrap
around porch. Fenced yard.
Pets welcome! $1050
mo. + 1st, last & sec.
LOCATED 15 MINUTES
1ST, LAST & SECURITY
CALL M - F, 9AM TO 3PM
3BR/2BA, $1100 mo.
1st, last & sec.
N OF OKEECHOBEE- Cottage,
1br, fully furn, incld elec &
satellite, on river, NO pets,
OKEECHOBEE - 3br, lba, just
off Hwy 710, w/den, Ig kitch-
en, Shed, $950/mo + Sec.
OKEECHOBEE- 4br, 2ba, in
city limits, looking for re-
sponsible renters w/refs.
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classl-
OKEECHOBEE- Office space
1400 sq ft, carpeted unit,
next to Medicine Shop, 101
NW 5th St., Rent inclds wa-
ter & garbage pickup, Call
OKEE, Furnished Rm. Single
occ., private entrance, w/d.
$140/wk & deposit, utils incl.
(863)467-0771 after 6pm
ROOMS FOR RENT
Mobile Home $125 - $150 wk
1 month sec in advance
No pets (561)927-8211
Ful Tie I'l
Ful i m 'I l
Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street * (863) 357-2442
Immediate Openings * All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time * RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North
Immediate Openings - CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
BH RIDGE- 2/2, waterfront,
lake access, Ig screen porch,
fenced yard, shed, $800/mo,
1st& Sec, (772)3.70-1095
Business Places -
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1.055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -.
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property .1080
LAWN BUSINESS includes,
crane, mowers, Bucket
Truck, can be bought separ-
BUILDING & LAND
7200 sq ft-
Metal building on 1 + acre of
landd,fenced, plenty of parking,
located on N. Industrial Loop,
2400 sq ft- Office space under
4800 sq ft- Warehouse area-3
Call (863)675-4342 or
(863)673-1885 for more
BRAND NEW, 2/2 Villa, 1200
sq ft, never lived in, lots of
upgrades. Asking $149,900,
will consider rental. Call
LABELLE- Ft Denaud area-
3br, 2ba, 2 car gar, pool, 2
lots Reduced $275K
OKEE - NEW 3br, 2ba home.
Block const., w/ shutters, on
125' x 125' home site,
OKEECHOBEE- 2/2/1, or
3/2/1, RENT TO OWN, Beau-
tifully redone in and out,
Tropical Paradise on canal
w/29 mature trees, South
side of town, 30 miles to
Pratt, low taxes, $95,000,
Rent for $1000/mo
w/$375/mo going towards
down payment. 6051 SE
97th Trail. (561)452-0512
OKEECHOBEE- 3/1, CBS, Un-
der appraisal. $169,900. Oak
/tile/marble, 24 x 13 en-
closed Florida room &
more!! Grab flyer!! 309 SW
10th Ave. (863)357-0391
Corner Lot. 2.2 acres, $150K
Call Cell# 772-530-2095
OKEE, 3.8 acres, vacant,
beautiful trees, well, septic.
Buildable for MH or SFR. Ask-
PRICED TO SELL! 2 - 1.25
lots in Viking on corner, Elec.
close, $27,500 each.
R Bar Ranch, 2 acres, 5 Ig.
oak trees, cleared, $100,000
or best offer. (772)878-3335
VIKING AREA - 1 1/4 Acre,
High and Dry. 239-433-2037
Mobile Home. Lots 2005
Mobile Home. -Parts 2010
Mobile Homes - Rent 2015
Mobile Homes - Sale 2020
OKEE., 2br, 2ba, Fully fur-
nished, Cent/air. Free direct
TV. Lot 150x75. Off 15A.
$650 mo. $500. dep. No
pets. Will consider seasonal
OKEECHOBEE - DOUBLEWIDE
3br/2ba, W/D, Located in
Ousley Estates, Available
Get FREE signs!
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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
N OKEECHOBEE 2BR/1BA,
No pets. $700/mo. & $550
SE 21st Court, 3BR/2BA, new-
ly remodeled, apple's, fur-
nished, $650 mo. + $500
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, 2br,
2ba, 2 person max. All util.
furnished, including yard.
$1250. mo. (863)634-2561
One man's trash is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad in the classi-
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
MOBILE HOME- 61ft, all new
on river, w/dock, 2/3 br,
screen room, extras,
OKEE., 2br, 2ba, Cent. air,
150x75 lot. $65K. Owner fi-
nancing w/$5K. down. 10 yr
4/2 Tile floor, Energy Package,
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq. ft
Call for Free Color Brochures
PENA, 1982, 2BR, 2BA mobile
home in nice, adult park,
w/screen room, carport &
storage shed, furnished.
When you want something
sold, advertise in the
Boats * 3005
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles,'ATVs 3035
NOMAD 3720- '04, 38FT, Like
new, 2 Qu. Bdrms. 2 slide-
outs. Loaded! Immaculate.
On beautiful Lake Istokpoga.
The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
How do you find a job In
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
I Pbic Notice
[ b ic No ice 505
The Value Adjustment Board of Okeechobee County will convene on Thursday, No-
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proceedings is made, which record must include the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based.
Clif Bets, Jr., Chairman
Value Adjustment Board
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Value Adjustment Board
246279 ON 10/30/07
CHEVY 4WD PICKUP, 2004 -
Heavy duty crew cab, all
power, running boards, bed-
liner, towing package, over-
size off-road tires, $17,500.
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2007-CA-214
SARAH J. PIGOTT, et ux., et al.,
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an
Order on Final Judgment Scheduling
Foreclosure Sale entered on
* 110 i ' I , d .
I will sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash in the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Floda, at 11:00
a.m. on the 7th day of November,
LOT 12 OF THE PLAT OF SUNOANCE
TRAILS RANCH, AS RECORDEDIN
PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE 69, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
a/tka: 13245 NE 97th CIRCLE,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
141 TE 0 I99 ii THf tItj IH E 9 ,l.1t.l I
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-
IN 60 AYS AFTER THE SALE.
ENTERED ;i l,-. iiir., . r .I.I1, Fri-
da, this in 11, .L : ,: 1 .11: 1 ):ii .951:
As Clerk, Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
244931 ON 10/23,30/07
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO: 07CA120
IN RE: FORFEITURE OF:
1989 FORD CROWN VICTORIA
VIN #: 2FABP74FOKX133430
NOTICE OF COMPLAINT
TO: ANY AND ALL PERSONS WHO
CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE
FOLLOWING PERSONAL PROPERTY:
1989 FORD CROWN VICTORIA
VIN #: 2FABP74FOKX133430
NOTICE is given to pursuant to 932.701
to 932.707, Florida Statutes (2005),
that THE DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY
SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLES (DE-
PARTMENT), .-ni nl through its divi-
sion, the ,,ii Highway Patrol,
seized the above-described personal
property on May 18, 2007, in Glades
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subject properly may request a hear-
ing concerning the seized property by
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in and for Glades County, Florida, The
trial court on September 18, 2007, en-
tered an Order Finding Probable
If no claimants appear, the DEPART-
MENT will be seeking a final order of
Dated this 18th day of October, 2007.
By: Jeffrey Mahl
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Florida Bar No.: 0743940
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
(561)837-5000, Fax 561)837-5102
COUNSEL FOR THE DEPARTMENT
244984 ON 10/23,30/07
Find it faster. Sell it soon-
er in the classifieds
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INVITATION TO BID
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COLLEGE LANE EXTENSION
INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE - MUELLER CAMPUS
6155 COLLEGE LANE
VERO BEACH, FL 32966
Construction plans, specifications, and contract documents may be examined and
purchased'or information may be obtained at the following location"
BOYLE ENGINEERING CORPORATION
Ia/Ka LBFH, INC)
3550 S W. CORPORATE PARKWAY
PALM CITY, FL 34990
CONTACT: SEAN C. DONAHUE or PETER MAY
772-286-3883; FAX 772-286-3925
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242579 ON 10/16,23,30/07
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A copy of the application and related matenals 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
Daniel Chopra wins at Ginn
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Chobee Lil' Brahmans pee wee players (front-left to right) are: LaVonta Spivey, 23; Algeron
"Big Al" Morris, 22; Ryan Hagan, 11; and Adrian "The Bus" Minondo Jr., 34; will face off with
the Port St. Lucie Pirates once again in their playoff game on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Port St.
Lil' Brahmans Pee Wee in playoffs
By Chauna Aguilar mine who goes on to challenge
Okeechobee News for the Treasure Coast Football
The Pop Warner Chobee Lil' ' Conference Championship title.
Brahmans Pee Wee team is on The Pop Warner Chobee Lil'
Brahmans Pee Wee team is on Brahmans Jr. Pee Wee team-held
their way to their second playoff that title in the 2006 season.
game which will be held in Port The winner of the playoffgame
Salerno on Tuesday, Oct. 30, ver- will go to Port St. Lucie on Satur-
sus Port St. Lucie blue team. day, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. where they
The Chobee Lil' Brahmans will face the winners of the other
defeated the Palm City teal team playoff game, either Palm Beach
25-0 on Saturday, Oct. 27, which Gardens or Jupiter Maroon.
put them on to the second round The pee wee team consists of
of playoff games. The pee wee players ages 10-12 years old who
team has only felt defeat once all are coached by head coach Adri-
season. an Minondo.
The pee wee team will face Pop Warner has had the sup-
the same opponent that .defeated port of the parents and coaches
them during the regular season throughout the season for all of
in the final playoff game to deter- the age groups that have made
their third year in Okeechobee a
success. They continue to teach
the children the skills needed to
succeed in such a competitive
The Chobee Lil' Brahman Pop
Warner league has grown and will
continue to grow with the help
and support of the community
and the parents involved. They
currently have teams that cover
ages from 5 to 15 years old.
For additional information
about the Chobee Lil' Brahmans
Pop Warner league contact James
Shockley (863) 634-3482.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at email@example.com.
UC Men's Wrestling team holds meet
The University of the Cum-
berlands Men's Wrestling Team
held their first Intro- Squad meet
Home games are in bold.
*Designates conference games.
**District games. All varsity
home games start at 7:30
Nov. 2-Jensen Beach** - 7 p.m.
night) 7:30 p.m.
The Brahman cross country
this season on Tuesday, October
23 to prepare for their upcoming
season opener a Nov. 2 in a home
team wil see action at 11 meets
before competing in districts,
regional and state competition.
There are two home meets
scheduled. The home games
are in bold.
Their schedule is as follows:
Nov. 3-Districts at St. Cloud
Nov. 10-Regional competi-
tion at South Fork High School
Nov. 17-State Championships
at Little Everglades Ranch
dual meet versus McKendree and
The team was divided info two
teams, red aid blue, as they took
each other to the mat, fighting for
the starting spot in their respec-
tive weight class for the Novem-
ber 2 dual meet.
Claiming wins for the red team
included PJ Martinez (China.,
CA), Dewaine Christmas (Ocala),
Mikeol Brooks (Powder Slirings.
GA), Aymen Habiballab (North
Miami Beach), Dustin Center (Cin-
cinnati, OH), Damion Stephen-
son (Miami), Chares Simmons
(Daytona Beach), Rob Nusekabel
(Cincinnati, OH), and Bruce Mas-
trovich (Crestwood, KY).
Kevin Sanchez (Fort Myers) and
Robert .Jablonski (Okeechobee)
were the only individuals that re-
corded wins for the blue team.
By Tim Reynolds
AP Sports Writer
PORT ST. LUCIE (AP) --Daniel
Chopra tapped in for par, then
pumped his right fist into the air.
Finally, victory was his.
Chopra re-claimed the outright
lead with a birdie at the par-5 16th
hole Monday morning and held
on to win the oft-delayed Ginn
sur Mer Classic, edging Fredrik
Jacobsen and Shigeki Maruyama
by one shot for his first PGA Tour
"It's amazing," Chopra said.
"It's something that I've dreamed
about for a long time."
Chopra finished at 19 under,
becoming the 12th first-time win-
ner on tour this season.
The win came in Chopra's
133rd career start, and the
$810,000 winner's check pushed
his career earnings to just shy of
$5 million. He saw a four-shot
lead over his nearest pursuers
evaporate as darkness fell on
Tesoro Club Sunday night, then
returned in the morning and
coolly finished off the long-await-
"Coming from India, growing
up there, having to fly overseas
just to buy golf balls because you
couldn't buy them in India at the
time, to think I could come from
there to being a winner on the
PGA Tour, it's pretty special," said
the Swedish-born Chopra, who
moved to India when he was 7
.and was raised by his grandpar-
Maruyama left with one pretty
good consolation prize - a card
for next season.
His tie for second earned him
$396,000, vaulting him from
137th to 103rd on the money
list with just one tournament re-
maining, meaning he's a cinch
to finish among the top 125 and
have full playing privileges next
season. Not bad, considering he
was at No. 208 on the list earlier
"This year was really hard, the
most difficult year in eight years
for myself," said Maruyama,
who had been in the top 80 on
the money list in each of his first
seven years on tour. "I'm really
He won't have to worry about
playing next week's Children's
Miracle Network Classic at the
Disney courses near Orlando, ei-
"Bye, bye, Disney," Maruyama
said in perfect English.
Jacobsen's finish was his best
in 96 starts on tour.
Dicky Pride (64) was alone
in fourth at 16 under, earning
AP photo/Luis M. Alvarez
Daniel Chopra, of Sweden, celebrates on the 18th green after
winning the Ginn sur Mer Classic golf tournament in Port St.
Lucie, Monday, Oct. 29. Chopra finished at 19- under-par, be-
coming the 12th first-time winner on tour this season.
$216,000 - the second-biggest
check of his career, $9,000 shy of
what he earned for winning the
1994 St. Jude Classic.
He was at the course Monday
morning, just in case there was a
"Couldn't take the chance,"
Pride said. "I didn't want my wife
to drive home alone, but I had to
Chopra, Maruyama and Ja-
cobsen all entered the morning
18 under, with Chopra having
three holes left to play and the
others with two. That figured to
give Chopra a big edge, since his
first hole of Monday was the par-
5 16th, the easiest on the course
this week and one he'd already
made birdie on three times.
Make it four.
Chopra's 10-footer - after
missing the fairway off the tee
- gave him a one-shot lead, af-
ter Maruyama and Jacobsen both
missed the green and scrambled
for par at the par-3 17th.
"Well, 17 is not an easy hole,
especially not starting on it," Ja-
cobsen said. "You warm up, you
do everything and then you're
riding a car out to the tee and
playing for a tournament when
you're trying to finish off a round
as well. ... You feel the pulse go-
ing a bit."
Chopra didn't find 17 easy,
either. He hit the green, albeit 55
feet from the hole, and made a
4-footer to save par and maintain
the lead. And at the 18th, needing
par to win, his drive found a bun-
ker, but his second shot stopped
25 feet from the hole to set up the
In a week filled with weather
delays, wet conditions and six-
hour rounds, he simply survived.
Chopra had been close before,
with 13 previous top-10 finishes,
and finally got it done.
"If you keep putting your-
self, sooner or later you break
through," Jacobsen said. "It's got
to happen and this time he did
Ken Duke -(70), Charlie Wi
(71), Sean O'Hair (74) and Cam-
eron Beckman (72) finished tied
for fifth at 13 under. That was
huge for Beckman, who jumped
10 spots to 118th on the money
list after winning nearly $160,000
at the Ginn and greatly enhanc-
ing his odds of staying within that
I Bob Estes and Tommy Armour
III, who shared the lead after the
first two rounds, struggled on the
weekend. Estes shot a final-round
77 and finished tied for 12th at 11
under, while Armour shot 78-72
and finished tied for 16th.
Briny Baird, who lives just a'
few miles from Tesoro Club and
was tied for second entering the
final round, shot 78 and finished
nine shots back.
Notes: Only six players need-
ed to finish their rounds Mon-
day morning. ... It was only the
second tournament this year to
allow players to lift, clean and
place balls in the fairway for all
four rounds. Pebble Beach was
the other. ... Chopra's 19 under
score was his second-best in rela-
tion to par on the PGA Tour. He
was 21 under at the Frys.com
Open last year.
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