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Vol. 98 No. 306 Friday, November 2, 2007 500 Plus tax


SFWMD may buy
1,780 acres
sentatives from SFWMD were
present at the Glades County
Board of County Commission-
ers meeting Oct. 22.
BenitaWhalen, Okeechobee
center director, announced to
the county that the South Flor-
ida Water Management District
Governing Board will conduct
a public hearing in Key Largo to
decide if it needs to add a par-
cel of Glades County to its work
plan of eligible projects.
... Page 5
Panther treed in
residential area
young, male Florida panther
wound up in a tree in a resi-
dential area in Naples early this
week. The big cat was likely
chased there by neighborhood
dogs, according to the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC).
... Page 10

Lock schedule
times changed
Because of two bass tourna-
ments slated to be held on Lake
Okeechobee Saturday, Nov.
3, and Sunday, Nov. 4, the op-
eration schedule for the Taylor
Creek Locks will change.
The locks will be in opera-
tion at 7 a.m. and again at noon
on Saturday and Sunday.
Starting Monday, Nov. 4, the
lock will be in operation at 8
a.m. and again at 2 p.m.
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, effectively
moving an hour of daylight from
the evening to the morning.

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

Lake Levels

10.33 feet
Last Year: 12.68 feet
Source: South
Florida Water
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.

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Comics ..................... ............. 7
Community Events................... 4
Crossword................................. 8
Obituaries.................................. 6
Opinion...................................... 4
Speak Out........................ ..... 4
Sports..................................... 5
TV ................................ .............. 9
W eather..................................... 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

Community Links. Individual Voices.

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Sex offender re-arrested

Man is caught
in'Ala. with
teen runaway

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A convicted sex offender who
was living in Okeechobee Coun-
ty is currently in a Clanton, Ala.,
jail after he was caught there
with a 15-year-old girl who was
listed as a runaway from Levy
County, Fla.

David Lawrence Emrick, 49,
N.W. 74th Terrace, is being held
in Clanton on -_ .
one count of i
tody. According
to jail records
there, Emrick
had not had
his first appear-
ance hearing David
as of Thursday Emrick
morning so no
bond has been set.
Emrick was arrested around

2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct.
31, after he and the female teen-
ager with him began to argue at
a gas station in Clanton. An in-
dividual contacted the Clanton
Police Department, who discov-
ered that the girl was a runaway
from Bronson, Fla., and that
Emrick was a convicted sex of-
fender in Florida.
According to Lieuten-
ant Evan Sullivan of the Levy
County Sheriff's Office (LCSO)
they have charged Emrick with
four counts of lewd and lascivi-
ous battery on a child and one

Heroes unmasked: Church hosts festival

uKeecnooee News/iete uawaa
The youth group at First Baptist Church put on a dramatic performance at the church's
Oct. 31 fall festival. The theme of the festival was Heroes Unmasked. The festival fea-
tured games based on Bible stories.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Heather Hancock and her 2-year-old daughter, Morgan,
were all dressed up for the fall festival Heroes Unmasked
sponsored by First Baptist Church on Oct. 31. Fun ac-
tivities included games based on Bible stories, a puppet
show and a dramatic presentation by the youth group.
There was also lots of candy and other refreshments.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Bobby White, playing the
part of Elijah, was one of
the Bible characters seen
at Heroes Unmasked, a
fall festival held Oct. 31 at
First Baptist Church. There
were activities for everyone
with games based on Bible
.stories, a puppet show, a
dramatic presentation by
the youth group and lots of

Rotarian demonstrates

Service above Self

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Rotarian William Olivos he
applies "Service above Self"
to his personal and business
life through his work in creat-
ing the Olive Tree Foundation
for Education (OTFE) which
funds scholarships to pro-
spective students in optom-
etry, nursing and other health
professions as well as those
who wish to pursue other
careers such as education,
industrial management and

This funding is for stu-
dents in Peru, where Mr. Oli-
vos was born. At the Tuesday
Okeechobee Rotary Club
meeting, Mr. Olivos spoke of
his fortunate state that he was
born into a family that could
afford to send him to the Unit-
ed States to obtain his educa-
tion. Upon receiving that edu-
cation he chose to go back to
Peru thinking that he would
be staying there for the rest of
his life. He remained in Peru

from 1995 until 1999, when
he came back to the U.S.
Through his experiences
in his homeland where he
taught at a local college and
operated an optometry prac-
tice, he realized how much of
a need there is for students in
Peru to be able to obtain an
Through this work he has
set up OTFE in order to pro-
vide students in Peru who
See Rotary - Page 2

count of interference with child
Lt. Sullivan said Thursday
morning he didn't know when
Emrick would be returned to
Levy County of if he would fight
"He's coming back to Flor-
ida," vowed Lt. Sullivan via
a phone interview Thursday
morning. "If he fights extradi-
tion, we'll get a governor's war-
Lt. Sullivan said Emrick and
the young girl had apparently
been talking to each other

through a boost chat program
for about five months, and
that the registered offender.
had been seen walking on the
street in front of her residery: .
in Bronson where she lived with
her grandmother. Bronson is
the Levy County seat and has a
population of a little more than
1,000 people.
"He did not need permission
to leave the county," said Mi-
chele Bell, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
See Runaway - Page 2

Bomb threat

at school

was a hoax

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An area elementary school
was evacuated early Thursday
morning due to a bomb threat
that turned out to be a hoax.
Deputy Lieutenant Billy
Markham, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), said his department
received a call around 9:20
a.m. ThLIl-id.,-- ' Seminole
Elementary School; 2690
N.W. 42nd Ave., had received a
bomb threat.
"The call "was short and

there was very little conversa-
tion," said Lt. Markham of the
threatening call to the school.
Everyone was evacuated
from the school and 16 OCSO
deputies, as well as school
volunteers, did a visual search
of the school and two por-
table classrooms :outside the
main building. Nothing out of
the ordinary was found.
"Everybody that was
,u iiu:.. went out," said Lt.
Markham. "We did a visual
search of the entire school
See Threat - Page 2

Overhaul of

water control

structure set

Work under way
at Nubbin Slough
Over the next few months,
Okeechobee residents may
notice large cranes atop the
Herbert Hoover Dike at Nub-
bin Slough as the South Florida

Water Management District's
Okeechobee Field Station per-
forms major overhaul work on
the S-191 water control struc-
ture. The work is part of a con-
tinuous maintenance program
designed to ensure that all wa-
See Slough - Page 2

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Rotarian William Olivos (right) carries out Rotarian objectives
with his organization, Olive Tree Foundation for Education,
which helps students in his homeland of Peru obtain an edu-
cation. Okeechobee Rotary President Terry Burroughs (left)
presented him with a token on behalf of Rotary for his efforts.

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cannot afford an education an
avenue to get that education not
only to better themselves, but
to better the economy of Peru.
The foundation also sponsors a
yearly eye care mission trip to
Peru where eye exams, glasses
and eye medications are provid-
ed without cost to the impover-
ished populations of Lima, Peru
and its surrounding areas.
By providing education to the
locals in Peru, they can then go
from Lima, Peru where there
are four colleges that the foun-
dation works with. Graduates
return to their hometown and
open businesses which benefit
the economy.
According to Mr. Olivos, the
impact of OTFE is: a reduction
in emigration and thus illegal
immigration into the U.S. due
to the individuals being able
to adequately provide for their
families in Peru; an increase in
the percentage of licensed pro-
fessionals who directly impact
their families and communities
with their skills; an increase in
consume, buying power; an in-
crease in the establishment and
investment in small business;
and a reduction of terrorism.
Terrorism has been a prob-
lem because terrorist organi-
zations typically target young
men and women for recruiting.
When young people are more
educated and have more oppor-
tunities, they are less likely to be
convinced to spend time partici-
pating in terrorist activities.
Through the OTFE, there are
currently 33 students receiving
scholarships in either two or
four year programs. The cost for
one year of college for one stu-
dent is $1,200. OTFE offers full
and partial scholarships to stu-
dents based on their need which
is closely evaluated each month

Continued From Page 1.
of Emrick: "He was not on any
type of supervision when he
came to us, and he always did
what we asked."
Mrs. Bell is a member of the
OCSO sex offender unit which
registers convicted offenders
who live in Okeechobee County.
And even though Ernerick was
not on supervision, as a convict-
ed .l -,,,l-i he still had to regis-
ter in the county where he lived.
She added that her records in-
dicate that, with Ermrick's arrest,
six registered sex offenders in
Okeechobee County have been
arrested in the last 10 months
for re-offending. Two of those
were arrested with child porn,
three re-offended with new vic-
tims and one violated his pro-
bation by having contact with
a child. Even though there was
no sexual contact and the child
was not harmed in any way, one
stipulation of his probation was
that he could have no contact
with a child.
According to records from the

Conti nied from Page 1
and the !ro nctds."'
He went on to explain that
the deputies were split up into
teams and each team was ac-
companied by a school volun-
"We looked for things that

Continued From Page 1
ter control structures providing
flood protection are in good re-
pair and are working optimally.
Beginning on Nov. 5, the bay
for the Number I gate will be
"dried in," and the gate will be re-
moved by a large crane. The gate
will be moved off site, where it
will be sandblasted, repaired,
painted and then reinstalled in
late December. This process will
be repeated for gate Number
3, which is anticipated to be re-
moved on Jan. 7 and replaced in
late February. Gate Number 2 is
slated to be removed on March 3
and replaced in late May.
Operation of the S-191 water
control structure helps main-
tain optimum canal levels in the
mostly agricultural area north of
the structure. The structure also
prevents flooding from hurricafle
tides, restricts downstream flood
stages, prevents damaging high-
velocity water releases and holds
water in the basin to provide agri-
cultural water supply.
Flood control and water sup-
ply are vital components of the
mission of the water manage-
ment district. To ensure adequate
flood protection and the ability
to deliver water supply when it is

available, the Okeechobee Field
Station invests $2 million each
year maintaining pump stations,
water control structures and navi-
gation locks that serve the public
north of Lake Okeechobee.
Major maintenance work on
District structures, such as these
gate overhauls, is planned many
years ahead to coincide with the
drier months. This year, the work
coincides with a record water
shortage. To minimize impacts,
the gates are removed from the
water control structure one at a
time, and each bay will be dried
in as much as possible to ensure
that minimal water moves into
Lake Okeechobee as a result of
the work. Two of the three bays
at the water control structure will
remain operational at all times
to ensure adequate flood protec-
tion in the event of a major rain
To maintain public safety,
hikers who enjoy the Lake
Okeechobee Scenic Trail, which
crosses over this structure, will be
asked to find an alternate route
during the gate overhauls.
For additional information
about' this or any of our proj-
ects, please phone the SFWMD
Okeechobee Service Center at
(863) 462-5260 or (800) 250-

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Rotarian William Olivos is the founder of the Olive Tree Foundation for Education which spon-
sors yearly eye care mission trips to Peru where they offer eye exams, glasses and eye medi-
cations to the impoverished populations of Lima, Peru and its surrounding areas.

by college officials as well as
the OTFE foundation each year
during the mission trips where
interviews are completed with
There are also additional op-
portunities available to the stu-
dents upon completion of their
degrees who are offered further
assistance if they choose to go
back to their smaller hometown
and open their own business.
Ninety-seven percent of all
funds go directly to scholar-
ships in the OTFE. Students
are required to participate in
volunteer work, maintain good
grades and maintain a part-time
job. Each student is evaluated

Florida Department of Correc-
tions (DOC) Emrick was arrested
Sept. 5, 1988, in Collier County.
On Nov. 8, 1991, he was sent to
prison after being convicted of
sexual battery/coerced child by
an adult. He was released from
the Glades Correctional Institute
on Jan. 27, 2000. He first regis-
tered in Okeechobee County on
Feb. 18, 2004.
. "He's been here since then
and we've never had any prob-
lem with him," said Mrs. Bell.
But, authorities in Levy Coun-
ty have a big problem with him.
Lt. Sullivan said Emrick and
the girl went from her home in
Bronson to an area motel on
Sunday, Oct. 28, where the teen
was assaulted four different
times that night. The next day
they checked out of the motel
and then hitchhiked their way to
Archer. From there they caught
rides to Gainesville, Live Oak
and then to Clanton, Ala.
While the man and teen were
arguing at the gas station in Clan-
ton a patron asked the girl if she
was all right. She reportedly told
the patron she was trying to get
away from the man. The patron

were out of place and wanted
someone that knew the school,"
said the OCSO lieutenant of the
Lt. Markham said arrange-
ments were also being made to
send the school children to oth-
er schools because of threaten-
ing weather but, in the end, that
wasn't necessary.
"It only drizzled a little," he

on a monthly basis due to the
amount of applicants that are
waiting for acceptance. If an
applicant is not complying with
the requirements, the scholar-
ship is then given to another
They are also required to
participate in a mentoring pro-
gram in which they have to
email their mentor once every
two weeks with updates on
their progress and to address
any problems or needs they are
experiencing whether school or
personal related.
Mr. Olivos' goal is to make
sure no student is denied an ed-
ucation because he or she can't

then called the Clanton police.
When officers from that de-
partment learned that the girl
was listed as a runaway and
Emrick was a convicted sexual
offender, they arrested the man
on a misdemeanor charge of in-
terference with child custody.
When contacted by phone
Thursday, a Clanton police offi-
cial declined to comment.
Lt. Sullivan said a deputy
from his department drove to
Clanton, picked up the teenager
and returned her to Bronson late
Wednesday night. He added that
she seems to be OK.
He also indicated that the
teen may have been a very lucky
"It's unknown of Emrick's
intent, but during the arrest a
backpack was discovered that
contained rope, duct tape, pellet,
gun and woman's clothing that
did not belong to the girl," said
Lt. Sullivan.
The backpack belonged to
OCSO Detective Captain Dale
LaFlam said he became con-
cerned after hearing about the
items Emrick had in his back-

By the time the weather
started to look threatening,
the search, which took over an
hour, had ended.
But because the children
had to stay outside while the
search was being done, many
were given bottled water from
coolers that OCSO shift supervi-
sors carry in their vehicles. Lt.

afford it.
Interested person can help
the foundation by: prayer; do-
nating eye glasses and/or sun-
glasses for the mission trips;
mentoring a student through
email; or monetary donations.
To make donations to OTFE
contact Olive Tree Foundation
for Education, 601 N.W. Wa-
;verly Circle; Port St. Lucie, Fla.
34983. For additional informa-
tion contact (772) 336-2315 or
email fiveolivetrees@aol.com.
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at

"We don't know what was
on his mind," said Capt. LaFlam.
"We don't know if he had used
those items or if he was prepar-
ing to use them. I really don't
know. Hygiene is not one of his
high priorities but, to my knowl-
edge, he never gave my people
a problem. But, then again, our
dealings with him have been
strictly business."
Both Capt. LaFlam and Lt.
Sullivan are curious to know if
Emrick was involved in anything
else between Okeechobee and
"It's kind of unknown what
happened from Okeechobee
County to Levy County," said Lt.
Sullivan. "If there are any other
unsolved crimes out there that
match his description, we'd like
to know about it."
Lt. Sullivan can be reached by
calling the Levy County Sheriff's
Office at (352) 486-5111. Capt.
LaFlam can be contacted at the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, (863) 763-3117.

Markham said at the start of
each shift the coolers are filled
with water and ice so that in
situations such as this deputies
can replenish their bodies with
Lt. Markham added that the
investigation into the bomb
threat is continuing.


Okeechobee Forecast

Friday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s. The
wind will be from the north at 10 tol5 mph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 60s.
The wind will be from the northwest at 5 to 10 mph.

Extended Forecast

Saturday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s.
The wind will be from the north at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday night: Mostly clear. The low will be in the upper
Sunday: Mostly sunny. The high will be in the upper 70s.
Sunday night: Mostly clear. The low will be in the mid 50s.
Monday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s.
Monday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be around 60.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the upper


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Rain couldn't stop the Okeechobee community from cel-
ebrating Halloween. Okeechobee Main Street moved their
Halloween party from Flagler Park to the Agri-Civic Center.
The arena was soon crowded with costumed children and
adults enjoying a variety of booths, games and treats.


News Briefs

Stormwater area open for recreation
Okeechobee County and the South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) will hold a ceremony to mark the opening of the
Taylor Creek Stormwater Treatment Area for recreation on the US
Hwy. 441 North site on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. All members
of the public are invited to attend.
For additional information about the ceremony or about this
project, please phone the SFWMD Okeechobee Service Center at
863-462-5260 or 800-250-4200.

Holiday Tour of Homes planned
The 2007 Holiday Tour of Homes will take place on Friday, Nov.
30, 2007 and Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 from 6 to 9 p.m.. both evenings.
Tickets are now on sale at Raulerson Hospital and at Suzie's Hall-
mark Gift Shop in the Publix Shopping Center. Tickets are available
for only $12 for the self tour and $25 for the bus tour. Bus tour tick-
ets can be purchased at the hospital. For more information, please
call Bill Casian at 824-2702.

Meeting has been canceled
In observance of a national patriotic holiday the Genealogical So-
ciety of Okeechobee has canceled the meeting scheduled for Nov.
11. Meetings will resume as scheduled on Dec. 12, 2007. For more
information please call Eve Olson (863) 467-2674.

Legislative delegation to meet
Representative Richard Machek announces that the Okeechobee
County Legislative Delegation will hold its annual meeting and
public hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, from 1:30 p.m. until 3
p.m. The meeting will be held in the County Commission Cham-
bers at the Okeechobee Commission Chambers, 304 NW 2Nd Street,
Okeechobee, 34972.
"This hearing is specifically designed to encourage the public
to personally address their legislators on their concerns and issues
involving state government," Chairman Machek said.
If you would like to be placed on the agenda, to discuss issues
pertaining to thestate, please contact Representative Machek's of-
fice at (561) 279-1633, or via email to' victoria.nowlan@myflorida-
house.gov, no later than Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2007.

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Mahoney introduces bill to protect businesses

gressman Tim Mahoney (FL-16)
recently introduced bipartisan
legislation to limit frivolous law-
suits against American business-
es. The Credit and Debit Card
Receipt Clarification Act would
amend the Fair and Accurate
Credit Transaction Act (FACTA)
to ensure it is not abused by frivo-
lous class-action lawsuits against
businesses. Mahoney's legislation

also preserves consumers' right
to sue for negligence resulting
in identity theft or credit card ac-
count fraud.
"Excessive and frivolous law-
suits threaten our businesses
and American jobs. This legisla-
tion would protect consumers
while ensuring that the law is not
abused to bankrupt businesses. It
is important that businesses are
not held responsible for mistakes

made by lawmakers in Wash-
ington," said Congressman Ma-
The FACTA law prohibits busi-
nesses from printing more than
the last five digits of the card
number or the expiration date
on any receipt provided to the
cardholder in an effort to prevent
identity theft and credit card ac-
count fraud. The civil penalty for
willful violation of this law is up to

$1,000 per transaction as well as
punitive damages and attorney's
fees. These penalties could range
into the billions of dollars even
in cases where the customer suf-
fered no harm. As a result, these
lawsuits could force companies
who did not willfully violate the
law into bankruptcy and cause
jobs to be lost.
Rep. Mahoney's legislation
would amend FACTA to make

clear that if a company truncated
a consumer's credit card number
but did not remove the expiration
date, such action is not a willful
violation of FACTA. This technical

correction would preserve con-
sumers' existing right to sue for
negligence in the event someone
experiences actual harm or ac-
count fraud.

Lectures feature Central Florida's History

The Glades County Public Li-
brary will host two upcoming
lectures on Florida History. Both
lectures are made possible by a
grant from the Florida Humani-
ties Council.
A Nov. 17 lecture is entitled
"Before the Exodus: The Hispanic
Presence in Florida Before Cas-
tro." The program will explore
the prominent role played by His-
panics in the development of the
state, from the 1500's to the pres-
ent. From the panhandle south,
Hispanics have made Florida their
home and have shaped its history.
This lecture will highlight a few of
these prominent, individuals and
experiences, demonstrating the
rich and diverse history of Lati-
nos, Latinas, and other Spanish
speakers in the region.
On Nov. 24, the lecture is en-
titled "When Cattle Was King:
Ranching at the Turn of the Cen-
tury. "This lecture will explore the
importance of cattle and ranch-
ers to the history of Florida. From
statehood in 1845 to the present,

ranchers have been a significant
participant in the state's agricul-
tural economy, Nowhere was
this truer than in the Florida inte-
rior Although largely overlooked,
this community provided one of
the few ways in which families
of diverse backgrounds (white,
Hispanics, African Americans,
and Native American) united in

a single enterprise. For decades,
the export of cows proved to be
a one of the state's most valuable
Both 50 minute lectures are
on Saturday at 2 p.m. The lec-
tures will be followed by a ques-
tion and answer period and an
opportunity for discussion. Re-
freshments will be served. The
programs are free and open to
the public.
The featured speaker is Dr. An-
drew Frank of the History Depart-
ment at Florida State University.
Dr. Frank studied at Brandeis Uni-
versity and the University of Flor-
ida. He is the author of "Creeks
and Southerners: Biculturalism
on the Early American Frontier"
and the recipient of numerous
grants and fellowships.
The lectures are part of a
larger project sponsored by the
Florida Humanities Council and
initiated by the Core Ensemble,
a rhusic theatre company, which
is creating a performance piece
based on oral histories and sto-

ries of Glades County.
The Florida Humanities Coun-
cil is an independent, non-profit
organization and is the state affili-
ate of the National Endowment
for the Humanities. Each year,
FHC funds hundreds .of public
programs throughout the state
that explore Florida's history,
folklore, environment, literature,
music and art.
For more information about
the lectures, call the library at
863-946-0744, Project Director
Margot Emery at 561-582-0603 or
email margot@core-ensemble.
cc The Glades County Public Li-
brary is located at 201 Riverside
Drive in Moore Haven. For more
information about the Florida
Humanities Council, contact Su-
san Lockwood, Grants Director
at 727-873-2011 or email slock-
Additional support for the proj-
ect was provided by the Florida
Department of State, Division of
Cultural Affairs and The National
Endowment for the Arts.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

County employee recognized
Virginia Derry, permitting technician with the code com-
pliance department was recently recognized by the
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners for
five years' service to the county.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

On the job for 15 years
Vickie Smith, secretary to the county administrator, was
recently recognized by the Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners for 15 years' service to the coun-

Arrest Report

The following . individuals
were arrested on felony or driv-
ing under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
.Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the De-
partment of Corrections (DOC).
* Ronnie L. Butler, 60, Apop-
ka, was arrested Oct. 30 by
Deputy Harold Hancock on an
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with worthless
check over $150. His bond was
set at $1,000.
* Gene Preston Woods, 22,
N.W. 20' St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 30 by Deputy Don-
na H. Lee on a warrant charging
him with violation of community
control - violation of probation -
armed trespass. He is being held
without bond.
* Maria Luisa Chapman, 42,
N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Oct. 30 by Detec-
tive Rick Durfee on charges of
uttering a worthless check, grand
theft and dealing in stolen prop-
erty. Her bond was set at $8,500,
* Andrew Eugene Simmons,
25, S.W. 11"' Drive, Okeechobee,
was arrested Oct. 30 by Deputy
Corporal Aric Majere on a war-
rant charging him with introduc-
tion of contraband into a county
detention facility. His bond was

set at $2,500.
* Margaret Ann Smith, 35, N.E.
128th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Oct. 30 by Deputy Augus-
tin Saucedo on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her
with grand theft - motor vehicle.
Her bond was set at $2,500.
* Robert Allen Nickerson, 40,
was arrested Oct. 31 by the OCPD
on a felony charge of grand theft
and a misdemeanor charge of
criminal mischief. His bond was
set at $8,000.
* Jill Marie Mendyk, 42, S.E.
34"1 Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Oct. 31 by Deputy Bryan
Lowe on charges of driving un-
der the influence and no valid
driver's license. Her bond was
set at $1,000.

Glades County
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges
by the Glades County Sheriff's
Office (GCSO), the Seminole
Police Department (SPD), the
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* Justin Connell, 23, LaBelle,
was arrested Oct. 24 on a felony
charge of aggravated assault and
a misdemeanor charge of resist-
ing an .officer without violence.

He was released on his own re-
* Aaron Morgan, 19, Moore
Haven, was arrested Oct. 24 on
felony charges of aggravated as-
sault and aggravated assault on
a law enforcement officer. He
was also charged with the misde-
meanor of resisting arrest with-
out violence. His bond was set at
* Christopher Miles, 20,
Moore Haven, was arrested Oct.
25 on a charge of possession of
marijuana with intent to sell, and
the sale of marijuana. His bond
was set at $25,000.
* Anthony Downing, 21,
Moore Haven, was arrested Oct.
25 on charges of possession of
marijuana with intent to sell, and
the sale of marijuana. His bond
was set at $10,000.
* Adrian Nelson, 20, Moore
Haven, was arrested Oct. 28
on the charge of possession of
cocaine. His bond was set at

This column lists arrests
and not convictions, un-
less otherwise stated. Any-
one listed here who is later
found innocent or has had
the charges against them
dropped is welcome to in-
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OPINION Okeechobee News, Friday, November 2, 2007

Speak Out
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it anytime at the Okeechobee issues forum at http://www.
newszapforums.com/forum58. It is a hometown forum so
visit the page as often as you would like and share your com-
ments (but no personal attacks or profanities, please). You
can also make a comment by calling our Speak Out 24-hour
opinion line at (863) 467-2033, fax (863) 763-5901 or sending
e-mail to okeenews@newszap.com. You can also mail sub-
missions to Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee,
Fla. 34973. Comments will be published in the newspaper as
space permits.
STORMS: The weather people on television must love it when a
storm is out there, that's all they have talked about for days now, sev-
eral times a day. Noel has never been a threat to the state of Florida or
predicted to be a threat. Last night one reporter was on a beach saying
how strong the winds were. They were 20 miles an hour where he
was. This is one reason people don't pay attention when there's a real
threat. The weather people keep crying WOLF when there isn't one.
Instead of reporting the news, they think they are the news. Report the
news, don't try to be it.

GARBAGE: I am pleased with my real estate tax bill but I wonder
about the increase in the garbage assessment. I live in the city and
have household garbage collection service once a week; recycle col-
lection is available weekly (I usually have enough to put out every two
weeks; and yard trash collection weekly (I have some occasionally). I
easily recycle just about everything but food scraps and if I knew how
to compost I wouldn't have any household trash or yard trash. I won-
der if the assessment is mandatory. Seems like it might be cheaper to
take a load to the dump every once in a while. Editor's note: Gar-
bage collection is mandatory county-wide.

STALKING: In the Oct. 31, speak out, an individual was respond-
ing to the arrest of an individual who was arrested on stalking charges
after making comments to young girls at the bus stop. There opinion
was "If you don't want them to be seen, then cover them up and make
them wear looser jeans". Are we really still living in a world where if
a young female is sexually assaulted, harassed or being stalked by a
male that it is the girls fault because of what she is wearing? What
would make this person who called in their opinion to turn the situ-
ation around and blame the girls? I thought we had long ago gotten
rid of these types of opinions. Does the caller really mean that the
young girls in this report should never be out in public? I have and
others have questioned if these were the correct charges to file, but
I don't think any of us ever thought it was these young girls' fault for
what they were wearing! I looked up the Florida stalking laws again,
and while it is difficult to understand, it still appears to me that to be
arrested for stalking, a pattern has to be shown. The original article did
not report this as being a series of events, and left the impression that
this was a one time event.

AGE: In the story about the man charged with stalking, I just real-
ized the story says this happened at 7:45 a.m. -- that means it was
the middle school bus -- not the high school bus. The high school
starts around 7 a.m. An eighth grader can easily be 14, depending on
when her birthday is, since a child must be five to start kindergarten.
So a child who is 13 when starting eighth grade could turn 14 before
the school year is over. A 15-year-old in eighth grade would have been
left back a year.

STALKING: I don't think age is the issue, at least from my under-
standing. Any boy or girl under the age of 18 should not be subjected
to this type of behavior from an adult. I think we are all just trying
to figure out HOW this person was charged with stalking. Obviously,
anyone over the age of 18 should not be subjected to this, but we are
talking about school age children right now, in reference to the situ-

, BRAHMANS: Great job to the Brahmans pee wee even though you
- were defeated on Tuesday night, ya'll are still our champions. We are
so proud of you guys, ya'll are a great team so keep you head up.

HALLOWEEN: I would just like to say kudos to the people who
put on the Ag center for the children Halloween last night, it was awe-
some, it was safe, it was the best I've seen it ever. I've been all over for
Halloween and this is the best and safest it's been for my kids ever. I
would just like to thank the community for coming out and thank the
local businesses who helped put it all together and making it safe for
our children and not so wet.

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Community Events

Church at the Salvation Saloon
The .world famous Salvation Saloon presents church at the lo-
cal saloon with live music by "Clergy" ahd 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.

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Upcoming Events

Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The pub-
lic is invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to los-
ing weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome
to come and see what we are all about. For information, contact
Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to
their dance every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Se-
bring Lions Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27
in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For
information, call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Meth-
odist Church 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets and will have a guest speaker
and also an open discussion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For
Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops
Suites K. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-
The Highlands Social Dance Club will begin its 27th sea-
son on Sept. 7, hosting ballroom dancing every Friday at the
Sebring Lions Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S.27.
For information call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6621.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terrace, holds
meetings for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at
6 p.m. For information call (863) 357-3053.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S.
Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride
will follow a short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride
twice before joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer
at (863) 697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stew-
art at (863) 610-1251.
Okeechobee Chapter D.A.R. meets the first Saturday of
every month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W.
32nd Street at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at
(863) 634-5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service
on the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon.
Anyone desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is wel-
come to attend. The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave.
For information call Theresa Brown at (863) 357-3318.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discus-
sion at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave.,
The Lake.Shops Suite K. For information call (863) 634-4780.
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our
Saviour, 200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7
p.m. at the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For
more information please call. (863) 634-4780.
* A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an
open meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact
David Fox at (863) 763-3296.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion
at the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For informa-
tion call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Every-
one who enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule
an appearance for your organization or group, contact Marge
Skinner at (863) 532-0449.

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

Community Events

Stakeholders to hold outreach meeting
Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. until noon South Florida Water Man-
agement District's Okeechobee Service Center (Bank of America
building- 2nd floor) Are you interested in recreational opportunities
in the Kissimmee River Valley? The purpose of meeting is to provide
an opportunity for SFWMD to meet with community members that
are interested in using the restored Kissimmee River Valley region
for public use and recreation. Learn about the Kissimmee River
Restoration Project and the recreational opportunities available for
you on SFWMD lands. If you have any questions about the upcom-
ing meeting, please contact Jeff McLemore at (800) 250-4200 or
(863) 462-5260 x 3022.

Hospice to hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a Yard Sale at the Blue Volun-
teer Building, next to The Hamrick Home (411 S.E. 4th Street) on
Friday, Nov. 2 from 8a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 from
8a.m. until noon. Many new items available. All monies raised will
go to the continuing care for our patients in The Hamrick Home
and our patients who choose to stay in their own homes. For infor-
mation, call Cathy at (863)467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.

Class dates slated for Red Cross
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offering classes in
November at their branch office, 323 N. Parrott Ave. Wednesday,
Nov. 7 - Adult CPR at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 - Infant/Child CPR at
6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 - First Aid Basics at 6 p.m. for information
or to register call (863)-763-2488

Gathering Church holds yard sale
The Gathering Church will hold a yard-sale/bake-sale on Nov. 17
starting at 7 a.m., it will be a large yard-sale with an assortment of
things, i.e. bikes, furniture, clothes, baby items and more. For infor-
mation call Gina Ward at (863) 467-5935 or (863) 697-1785.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Boots and Pearls Gala planned
The second annual Boots 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.

Two-day motorcycle rally planned

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Four ghouls
LaVon, Pedro, Gentry, and Paige donated time to the
haunted house sponsored by Moore Haven Correctional
Facility. To see LaVon and Pedro unmasked go to photos.

Hicpochee not right for

nitrogen testing site

SFWMD explains
at Oct. 22 meeting

By Nena Bolan
INI Florida
Ramsey, Everglades Restoration
Planning Department deputy di-
rector, gave the Glades County
Board of County Commissioners
descriptions of the nearly 2,000
acres that the SFWMD wishes
to acquire from the county in
order to create a nitrogen fitrogen fitra-
tion testing area.
It is east of LaBelle on S.R.
80 and may include the Ortona
Locks and campground.
Ms. Ramsey reported - that
the site would be a testing area
for removing nitrogen from the
water and also that the property
contains a large citrus grove that
was decimated by citrus canker.
According to Ms. Ramsey, nitro-
gen can come from the fertil-
izing of citrus groves and cow
pastures. The actual nitrogen
filtration process is still under
review and installation plans are
not final.
Commissioner Donna Long
queried Ms. Ramsey about the
choice of locations and wanted
to know why Lake Hicpochee
was not suitable for the .testing
Lake Hicpochee is a small
lake close to the south-south-
west shore of Lake Okeechobee
near Moore Haven. Sometimes
it is called the headwaters of the
Caloosahatchee River.
Ms. Ramsey was able to give

more details about SFWMD's
chosen proposed site off S.R. 80
and how Hicpochee figures into
another category.
"Hicpochee is being looked
at for other features," said Ag-
nes Ramsey. "An alternate stor-
age would require a larger foot-
print. It is being managed by the
Trustees of the State of Florida
as more of a public access/wild-
life area. To actually construct
a wetland in there would have
to have very controlled condi-
Ms. Long continued to in-
quire about the preservation
of the unique habitat in the
proposed acquisition site that
is connected with the Ortona
"I have concerns for the wet-
land forest contained within the
2,000 acres, and if it will be dis-
turbed," Donna Long said.
"There will probably be
some disturbance, but not to
a great degree," replied Ms.
Also reported by Ms. Ramsey
was that the site will more likely
resemble a marsh, not a pond
or reservoir. Water depth may
vary from one or two feet, may-
be up to six feet in some areas,
varying with the topography of
the land.
It may become The SFWMD
Governing Board will have a
meeting and public hearing in
Key Largo on Nov. 15 to decide
if the 2,000 acres should be ac-
quired. "
Staff writer Nena Bolan can be
reached at nenabolan@yahoo.com

Glades at a Glance

Barbecue benefits
The Moore Haven High
School Scholarship Foundation
will hold a Pork barbecue on
Friday, Nov. 16, from 10:30 a.m.
to 2 p.m. The dinner will be in
front of the Doyle Connor Build-
ing on US 27. Meals ordered
in advance will be delivered at
no charge. Tickets can be pur-
chased for $6 from any of the
following scholarship founda-
tion members: Wayne Aldrich,
Paul Beck, David Chapman, Joe
Flint, Ellen Geake, John Huys-
man, Larry Luckey, Don McCa-
rdel, Jeanette Peeples, & Carl
Perry. For more information,
contact Jeanette Peeples (863)
946-2083 ext. 15. All proceeds
will benefit the Moore Haven
High School Scholarship Fund.

Workshop planned
Compost systems are an ef-
ficient way to recycle yard and
kitchen waste. They provide free
nutrients, mulch, and rich soil
amendment for your landscape,
and help reduce the impact of
waste on the landfill! To learn
more about Composting, and to
make your own wire compost
bin, -come to this informative
workshop. The program will be
conducted by Angela Sachson,
Florida Yards & Neighborhoods,
on Nov. 27, from 5:30 until 7
p.m. at the Glades Agri-Civic
Center in Moore Haven
This is a hands-on program
and every participant can take
home the compost bin he or
she creates during the class.
Space is limited and pre-regis-
tration is required. Call Delana
at (863) 946-0244 to sign up.
The cost is $10 and includes a
wire compost bin.

Turf Taming
workshop planned
Grass got your goat? Are you
ready to install a goat to tame
your turf? Come to the turfgrass
workshop and learn easy and
sensible ways to manage your
yard. Learn how to prevent
pests, water efficiently, develop
deep roots and green shoots.
The workshop will be present-

ed by Angela Sachson, Florida
Yards & Neighborhoods, on
Nov. 13, from 5:30 until 7 p.m.
at the Glades County Extension
Office in Moore Haven.
Space is limited and pre-reg-
istration is required. Call (863)-
946-0244 to sign up.

Red Cross Poker
Run planned
The American Red Cross
Sixth Annual Poker Run will
be Saturday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m.
Glades Branch Sixth Annual
Poker Run & Bike Fest around
Lake Okeechobee starting at
John Stretch Park in Lake Har-
bor. Registration begins at 9
a.m. All cards are to be turned in
by 4 p.m. Prizes, drawings, con-
tests and a barbeque dinner will
be held. Registration fee is $30
per person/ $45 per couple. For
tickets and information, please
call (888)-237-7408 or online at

to meet
The 2008 election is just
around the corner. All Glades
County registered Democrats
are encouraged to attend. The
Glades DEC meets every month
on second Tuesday at the library
at 5:30 p.m. For more informa-
tion contact Ellen Hawk Geake
at (863) 983-2962 or (863) 946-

Free bread
Free Bread provided by the
fine folks at the New Hope Bap-
tist Church located at 638 Yaun
Road in Moore Haven. This will
be every Saturday from 10 a.m.
until noon or when the bread is
gone. Hard to believe, but the
bread is free!

Alzheimer's support
group meets
The Alzheimer's support
group will meet regularly on the
first and third Tuesday of each
For more information, please
call Palm Terrace of Clewiston
at (863) 983-5123.

SFWMD may acquire 1,780 acres

Highway frontage
and river frontage'
in question

By Nena Bolan
INI Florida
GLADES COUNTY -- Represen-
tatives from SFWMD were pres-
ent at the Glades County Board of
County Commissioners meeting
Oct. 22.
Benita Whalen, Okeechobee
center director, announced to the
county that the South Florida Wa-
ter Management District Govern-
ing Board will conduct a public
hearing in Key Largo to decide if
it needs to add a parcel of Glades
County to its work plan of eligible
Agnes Ramsey, of SFWMD, the
deputy director of Everglades Res-
toration Planning Department,
explained that this project would
be a treatment and testing facility
to remove, or filter nitrogen and,
suspended solids from the Caloo-
sahatchee River water.
The nearly 2,000-acre parcel

is eight miles east of LaBelle and
is located north of S.R. 80 on the
south side of the Caloosahatchee.
The Ortona Lock and camp-
ground would be part of the pro-
posed site.
When a government entity
acquires private property, the ad
valorem taxes would be lost to
the county. There is a Payment In
Lieu of Taxes program known as
PILT, but that generally is a short
lived alternative to taxes, and is
considered inadequate by local
"This is some of the prime area
for development that we have on
S.R. 80, and any future growth in
Glades County is greatly restricted
by wetlands, the Indian reserva-
tion, and Lykes Brothers owns
over two-thirds of the county.
There is very little land for us to
develop. We live upon the ad
valorem taxes. Tallahassee has
greatly restrained our financial
ability to provide services for our
citizens," said board Chairman
Butch Jones.
Ms. Ramsey acknowledged the
county's desire for commercial

use of S.R. 80's highway frontage,
the resulting loss of ad valorem
taxes and for its lack of riverfront
for public use.
"In the next 20 years if some-
thing isn't done, the average man
won't have a place on the Caloo-
sahatchee to even put his foot on.
It will be taken up and bought
up. You won't be able to set foot
on it unless you are extremely
wealthy or privileged. There is
value in having some river front
that a working class citizen can
enjoy," said Commissioner Rus-
sell Echols.
Mr. Echols went on to men-
tion, that many solutions should
be brought to the table because
the PILT program is insufficient;
and that water management,
the state, and everyone involved
should be concerned about the
welfare of the counties in which
water treatment projects are lo-
cated. He also reminded SFWMD
representatives that there are ad-
ditional water issues in Glades
County that need help, such as the
old Moore Haven Canal, Harney
Pond Canal and Pearce Canal.

Ms. Ramsey asked whether
SFWMD should continue work-
ing with Wendell Taylor, county
manager, to ensure that they are
considering the welfare of Glades
County in their decisions.
"By all means," answered
Commissioner Donna Long.
Pete Quasius, of the Collier
County Audubon Society, men-
tioned that the PILT program has
flaws and taps out too soon. He
encouraged the county to make
plans for commercial opportuni-
ties along S.R. 80 and to provide
for additional recreational fa-
cilities. These ventures could be-
come a "Mecca" for growth.
"I applaud you for your fore-
sight," said Mr. Quasius.
The public hearing for the
acquisition will be held in Key
Largo on Nov. 15 beginning at 9
a.m. The meeting is at the Key
Largo Marriott Bay Beach Resort,
103800 Overseas Highway.
Contact Benita Whalen for
more information at (863) 462-
Staff writer Nena Bolan can be
reached at nenabolan@yahoo.com

Drought shows problems not caused by lake

Fecal matter, red
algae and dead fish
plague neighbors

By Nena Bolan
INI Florida
the county meeting of Oct. 22
the issue of agriculture pollutants
such as nitrogen and phospho-
rus were discussed as well as the
ill-fated government decision of
the 1960s to make a channel out.
of the meandering Kississimee
The chairman of the board,
Butch Jones, explained to the
public and visiting officials that
the "Crackers" of yesteryear
begged government agencies to
not channelize the Kississimee.
It was a natural filtration sys-
tem, but they did not listen and
straightened it anyway.
"And we've been ruined ever
since," said Mr. Jones, referring to
south Florida's pollution woes.
Butch Jones went on to re-
port that he and Moore Haven
city council member Mike Brant- -
ley attended a regional planning
meeting in Fort Myers with the
mayor of Sanibel, Mick Denham,
also present. The fecal contami-
nation of Sanibel waters for the
past month was an issue.
"That problem was high-,

lighted and it was mentioned for
the fact that no water has flowed
for over nine months," said Mr.
'Jones of Lake Okeechobee water
The severe drought has had
adverse affects and dramatically
reduced water levels in the big
lake. It has damaged sport fishing
and water recreation businesses.
Salt water has invaded estuaries
and some fresh water wells have
been in danger of salt water in-
trusion. Water restrictions have
been strictly enforced so soutl)
Florida can have drinking water.
Since no rain drenching
storms have arrived to flush out
the big lake area, it is possible the
drought may have exonerated
agriculture in Glades County; at
least for the time being.
"The fecal matter floating
around Sanibel Island, Bowman's
Pass and Blind Pass has nothing
to do with agriculture," Butch
Jones added.
Pete Quiasius, Collier County
Audubon Society, is a frequent
visitor and speaker at Glades
County Board of County Com-
missioner meetings. His diplo-
matic approach attempts to unite
responsible stewards of Florida
land whether they are from coast-
al areas or inland agricultural ar-
eas. Mr. Quasius was present at
the Oct. 22 meeting.
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kills and no flow: there has been
a real clarion call on the coast that
the problems do not come down
the stream entirely. A lot of them
are in our own back yards. We.
are seeing movement in clean-
ing up our septic tanks, cleaning'
up fertilizer and dealing with our
storm water. It is long overdue,"
said Pete Quasius.
He also mentioned that the
Kississimee River restoration
project was a fabulous work
to see. There is more water up
there, and eventually it will con-
tain lots of clean water that can
flow down and re-hydrate Lake

Okeechobee. With a little luck it
will continue down the Caloosa-
hatchee and help beaches and
the estuary, he said.
For generations Sanibel Island
beaches have been a favorite
weekend destination for inland
residents. Its white sands, co-
pious seashells, elegant birds
and dolphins feeding at sunrise
are wonderful sights. It will be
a great day for Floridians when
good health returns to Sanibel,
everyone agreed.
Staff writer Nena Bolan can be
reached at nenabolan@yahoo.com

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Holiday makes learning fun at Everglades "

At Everglades Elementary
School, Mrs. Moore's class had
great fun at our parade on Friday.
We also were thankful to see so
many people at the parade and at
the Awards Pro-
gram. Parents,
please practice
our new letters
Nn, Dd, along
with our new
word; go.
Mrs. Noonan's class says it's
the second nine weeks and time
is changing, holidays are com-
ing and we are welcoming new
students to our classroom as No-
vember begins. Many children
earned awards this past nine
weeks and we hope even more
will "achieve excellence" next
nine weeks.
Miss Snyder's class will be
a live Pumpkin Patch for our
Parade this week. We are mak-
ing caramel apples and in math
working on groups of 10. The
class is enjoying working on their
Reading Logs where they are
writing all the new words they
can read!
Second Grade
Mrs. Brady's class wishes
everyone a safe, spooky, and
Happy Halloween! We also want
to thank Paula Morgan, Dawn
Blower, Tammy Howard and all
of our parents for helping in our
classroom and making our Hal-
loween special.
Mrs. Campbell's class enjoyed
learning about our class pump-
kin. We predicted the circum-
ference, weight, and number
of seeds. It was fun to see how
close we were when we mea-
sured, weighed, and counted
seeds! Some of us enjoyed eating
pumpkin seeds.
Mrs. Kirby's class is working
on their science habitats and
learning facts about their ani-
mals. We're also looking forward
to Wednesday, Halloween and
participating in the Halloween
Mr. Wright's class is looking
forward to helping out with the
"Food for Families" Program.
We are preparing for Thanksgiv-
ing. The students and Mr. Wright
would like to take time out to
honor our nation's Veterans and
wish the men and women of the
United States Marine Corps. a
~ !Happy 232nd Birthday."
" Ms. Damora's class read sto-
ries about "Horrible Days" and

then wrote about their own "Bad
Days." We are having fun learn-
ing and exploring about heat,
light, and energy in Science.
Fourth Grade
Fourth grade is working very
hard in all subject areas. The stu-
dents are reading about Pirates
in their Florida Studies Weekly
and are enjoying learning about
Florida history. Although math
and science are very difficult this
year, fourth graders are up to the
challenge. The teachers are very
proud of all students' progress in
these areas. Way to go!
Fourth graders are very ex-
cited about the upcoming Hal-
loween parade at Everglades and
will be writing essays to go along
with the event.
We are very proud of all
fourth graders at Everglades El-
Writing doesn't just happen.
It is a skill, and like every other
skill, it is acquired with time and
practice. Our teachers provide
instruction, practice, and en-
couragement every day by as-
signing different kinds of writing
to be done in the classrooms or
as homework. Children become
better writers when parents are
involved as partners to develop
this very important skill.
Our primary writing goal is to
help students to organize his or
her thoughts and communicate
them in an effective way so that
others understand the message.
There are numerous ways you
can help your child at home to
become a better writer.
Read aloud to your child -
- read the newspaper or maga-
zines, read signs and cereal
boxes. The written word is im-
portant and somebody wrote
this to convey a message. /
Encourage all writing efforts
-- a list for groceries, things to
do when I clean my bedroom,
a recipe, a thank you or birthday
card to a grandparent or friend.
Encourage your child to write
in a journal or diary. Writing in
a journal teaches that unlike
speaking, writing can be forever
and it is fun to go back and read
over and over again.
Provide a place foryouir child
to write -- a surface that is even.
and smooth, a place for paper
with and without lines and pen-
cils with erasers. If possible pro-
vide a dictionary or other books
to refer to as needed for ideas

and spelling.
Remember that the one way
to improve writing like all other
skills is to practice. And practice
can be rewarding when it is en-
Student Council
During the week of Novem-
ber 5 our school will participate
in the WPTV -- 5 Food for Fami-
lies Drive. Our school has been
successful in collecting food for
needy families. The food drive
will extend through Nov. 9. Send
us canned or nonperishable
foods. Together we can make a
Everglades Student Council
will sponsor the annual Turkey
Trot for our food drive. The grade
with the most items collected
during the week of November
5th through Nov. 9, will receive a
grand gator award.

Literacy Council
The Literacy Council is look-
ing forward to the month of No-
vember. For the whole month we
will teach and celebrate differ-
ent kinds of poetry. The children
will be learning to read, write,
and enjoy many different kinds
of poems. Our Poetry will be on
display in the cafeteria at our No-
vember P.T.O. Meeting.
We have introduced all eight
Thinking Maps and the students
and teachers are using them in
their daily instruction. Everglades
is the only Elementary school in
Okeechobee that is a total "Think-
ing Map" school. Go Gators!
The boys and girls at Ever-
glades are enjoying the 100 Book
Challenge. Most of the boys and
girls are approaching the 100"'
step. Keep reading and go for the


News in Brief

Retired Educators sell
Christmas ornaments
The Okeechobee Retired
Educators Association Christ-
mas ornaments are on sale.
Ornaments are 24 karat gold
on brass. On sale are the 2006
Ornament - First Brick School,
and 2007 Ornament - Southland
Hotel. Each ornament is num-
bered, limited edition. A certifi-
cate includes historical informa-
tion. Ornaments are $15 each.
All funds go to their 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 Davis at (863)
763-3991 or Paulette Whipple at
(863) 467-2487.

Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will of-
fer parenting education classes
for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encour-
aged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This adults-
only parenting class consists of
six, one-hour classes. You must
attend all six classes to get a cer-
tificate of completion. We now
have day and evening classes
available. No child care will be
available. Call (863) 462-5877
for registration.


Vernon Rhymes
Vernon Rhymes Parker, age 72
of . Okeechobee
died Oct. 29,
2007 at his
home. He was
born March 23,
1935 in Brewster,
Fla. to Roy and '
Vernice Parker.
He was a proud :
lifetime Florida Vernon
native. He was Vemon
employed by Rhymes
Western Elec- Parker
trick/ AT&T for 30 years where he

was an installation and training
supervisor. He was an avid pilot
who built and flew experimen-
tal aircraft. He was a member of
AOPA, the Quiet Birdmen Pilot
Association and the Experimen-
tal Aircraft Association. He was
also respected and well known
in the Davie, Fla. equestrian com-
munity. In 1989 he married Anita
Levin in Davie, Fla. He came to
Okeechobee from Davie in 1999.
He proudly served our country in
the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife of 18
years,Anita ParkerofOkeechobee;
son, Roy (Kerri) Parker of Davie,
Fla.; daughter, Lori Parker of Ft.

Lauderdale; stepson, Jim (Kathy)
Green of Livingston Manor, N.Y;
stepdaughter, Kelli Green also of
Livingston Manor, N.Y; sister, Di-
ann (Bob) Pierce of Tallahassee,
Fla.; and two grandchildren, Cody
Green and Carlee Green of N.Y.
Visitation will be I to 2
p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel with funeral
services following at 2 p.m.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory,
205 N.E. Second St. Okeechobee.

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Kobe Crews, a second grader at Everglades Elementary
School, came to his school's Halloween Parade dressed
as Anakin Skywalker

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At 10 months, young Dominic Mazzucco was probably the
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At the Movies B"'"die

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Nov. 2,
through Thursday, Nov. 8, are as
Theatre I -"Bee Movie" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "Balls of Fury"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre Ill - "Good Luck
Chuck" (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.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;.
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863)


in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, Nov. 2, the
306th day of 2007. There are 59
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On Nov. 2, 1947, Howard
Hughes piloted his huge wood-
en flying boat, the Hughes H-4
Hercules (dubbed the "Spruce
Goose" by detractors), on its only
flight, which lasted about a min-
ute over Long Beach Harbor in
On this date:
In 1783, Gen. George Wash-
ington issued his Farewell Orders
to the Armies of the United States
near Princeton, N.J.
In 1795, the 11th president of
the United States, James K. Polk,
was born in Mecklenburg County,
In 1865, the 29th president
of the United States, Warren G.
Harding, was born near Corsica,
In 1889, North Dakota and
South Dakota became the 39th
and 40th states.
In 1917, British Foreign Secre-
tary Arthur Balfour issued a dec-
laration expressing support for a
"national home" for the Jews in
In 1936, the British Broadcast-
ing Corp. inaugurated "high-defi-
nition" television service from
Alexandra Palace in London.
In 1948, President Truman
surprised the experts by being
re-elected in a narrow upset over
Republican challenger Thomas E.
In 1959, game show contes-
tant Charles Van Doren admitted
to a House subcommittee that
he'd been given questions and
answers in advance when he ap-
peared on the NBC-TV program
In 1963, South Vietnamese
President Ngo Dihn Diem was as-
sassinated in a military coup.
In 1976, former Georgia Gov.
Jimmy Carter became the first
candidate from the Deep South
since the Civil War to be elected
president as he defeated incum-
bent Gerald R. Ford.
Ten years ago: A labor
agreement between Amtrak and
maintenance workers averted a
possible national passenger rail
strike. Iraq barred two American
weapons experts from entering
the country, the second such re-
fusal in a week.
Five years ago: President
Bush called Iraqi leader Saddam
Hussein a "dangerous man"
with links to terrorist networks,
and said that U.N. inspections
for weapons of mass destruction
were critical. '
One year ago: The Rev. Ted
Haggard resigned as president of
the National Association of Evan-
gelicals after a man said they had
had sexual trysts together (Hag-
gard later confessed he was guilty
of sexual immorality). Gunmen
in Iraq killed the Shiite dean of
Baghdad University's school of
administration and economics.
Today's Birthdays: Coun-
try singer Charlie Walker is 81.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Earl
"Speedo" Carroll (The Cadillacs;
The Coasters) is 70. Singer Jay
Black (Jay and the Americans)
is 69. Commentator Patrick J.
Buchanan is 69. Actress Stefanie
Powers is 65. Author Shere Hite
is 65. Rock musician Keith Emer-
son (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
is 63. Country-rock singer-song-
writer J.D. Souther is 62. Actress
Kate Linder is 60. Rock musician
Carter Beauford (The Dave Mat-
thews Band) is 50.
Thought for Today: "The
harder I work, the luckier I get."
- George Allen, American foot-
ball coach (1922-1990).

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The Last Word in Astrology

By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Get a hold of your feelings and fol-
low through with your dreams. You
can't keep bending to other people's
needs. Don't argue with lovers, family
or friends: You won't win and will ruin
a good day.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Don't count on getting help from oth-
ers. The more you can do on your
own, the better your chance to be
successful and admired for your con-
tribution. You may be tempted by
someone who has more in mind than
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Do
whatever you can from home where
you are safe from the criticism of your
peers or boss. You need the time to
work things through. Don't be too ex-
travagant or generous with the ones
you love.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Don't get angry, get moving. The
more you can do to secure your po-
sition at home or at work, the better.
Take on any challenge and you will
prove your loyalty and love for the

people who count in your world.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You'll be
emotional and want everything done
your way but, before you go dictating
and complaining, consider how it will
influence the relationship you have
with others. You must be fair.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Keep things quiet and secretive for
now. The less vocal you are, the more
likely you are to accomplish your
goals. Someone around you may be
overindulgent or cost you financially
if you don't draw the line.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You
will impress someone who can help
you out if you do little things to con-
tribute to the well-being of others.
Your original ideas and well-thought-
out plans will help you take control
but will also lead to jealously and
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Don't let your emotions get involved
in decisions that influence your pro-
fessional position. Do what's best for
yourself, regardless of what others
think. Make your move -- don't wait to
see what others are going to do.

Dear Abby

Feud over vacation

home no picnic

* DEAR ABBY: Five years ago,
prior to my grandmother's death,
she gave my brothers and me
her summer home. When we all
went to see the place, we found
an overgrown lot with a house in
complete disrepair.
My brothers and their fami-
lies wanted nothing to do with
restoring it. They said they had
neither the time nor the money
to put into repairs, and "camping
wasn't their thing." We all knew
the only value in the place was
the land, so we had a real estate
company give us an appraisal.
My husband and I decided we
did want to rebuild the house,
so we paid my brothers the full
value of the property.
Five years and thousands of
dollars later, the house has been
rebuilt from the frame up. And
now, here's the problem: My
brothers and their wives say it is
the "family" summer home and
are demanding keys so they can
come up and stay anytime. I had
planned all along to hold family
picnics and such, but not .give
out keys to the place.
My brothers are furious with
me, and so is my mother. They
say I'm "greedy" and don't know
how to share. But Abby, we paid
them off. We did all the work,
and we pay all the bills each
month, not to mention the taxes.
The house is in my name only.
Now I wish Grandma had do-
nated the land to the state park
and kept us out of it. I know she
wanted it to stay in the family,
and so did I, but I don't think my
family is being fair.
Grandma was also a hard
worker, and she wasn't the type
to let people walk all over her.
Should I stick to my guns and
welcome them to visit when
we're here, or just sell the place
(which would break my heart)
and forget this ever happened?
- Sorry, No Vacancy, in the

the property wouldn't fix your
problem because your relatives
would then resent you for hav-
ing done so. Instead, take a page
out of your grandmother's book,
thicken your skin, and - as you
put it - stick to your guns.
You paid for the property fair
and square, and your brothers
willingly let it go. By inviting your
relatives to enjoy it with you, you
are being more than generous.
Please don't allow yourself to
be emotionally blackmailed into

*DEAR ABBY: I'm a fresh-
man in high school. Today an
upperclassman paid me $5 to
do his homework. I did it on
the condition that he pay me up
front. The deal worked out OK
- I got my money and he got his
work. (I know it was wrong, and
I'll never do it again.)
Now I'm feeling guilty. I'm
worried that my handwriting will
be recognized, and I'll never be
trusted again. Should I talk to my
school counselor about it, and
will I be turned in? I'm not sure
if I should give myself up or just
hope for the best. Please help. -
Guilt-ridden in Norfolk, Va.
upperclassman is as lazy as he
appears to be, his teacher won't
be fooled by his sudden improve-
ment, and he will only fall further
behind than he already is. I don't
think it's necessary to turn your-
self in. Return the money you
were given and tell the person
who hired you that you won't
ever do his work for him again.
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.com or P. O. Box 69440,
Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): Focus on money gains. Whether
you collect a debt or play a game of
chance, it is apparent that you can
win. However, easy-come, easy-go is
the flavor of the day, so be careful.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22- Jan.
19): You will be the hero of the day
and the one with all the bright ideas.
Don't let it go to your head, howev-
er, because someone will be ready to
ask you for specifics regarding your
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
An emotional matter will surface,
leaving you with little recourse. 6e
sure to stay within your means finan-
cially. Now is the time for honesty, in-
tegrity and sticking to what you know
and do best.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Finish what you start before enjoy-
ing love and romance. That doesn't
mean, however, that you shouldn't
make plans for later in the day with
someone you want to get to know
better or with whom you want to
spend more time.








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1/2 yrs. old, on 10/25, vic.
of Bassinger. REWARD!
male, white/brown spots, red
collar. Vic of Hwy 98 & Cir-
cle K area. (863)261-3029
LAB, yellow blonde, 1 yr. old,
female, vic. of Racetrack
Convenience Store on 10/24.
Call (863)634-9209
SHIH TZU - Okee./Basswood
10/29. During the day time.
Missed by little girl & her pup-
py. 863-610-1287 REWARD

14 8th Street, Buckhead
Ridge, November 3rd,

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Sat. Only, Nov 3rd, 8am-?,
1265 & 1320 SE 21st St.
Too much too List
Saturday, November 3rd.,
8am-2pm - Look for signs.
Something for EVERYONE!
Don't Miss Itf!!
OKEECHOBEE, Sat., 11/3 &
Sun., 11/4, 8am til ?, 14 Jor-
dan Loop. Furniture & Lots
of Misc. & HH Items.


OKEECHOBEE - Sat. Nov 3rd,
9am-Noon, 2440 SW 18th
Ct. First house south of "The
Gathering Church" Eagle Bay
Dr (old name). Refrig, shelv-
ing, numerous items, Low

OKEECHOBEE - Sat. Nov 3rd,
8am-1pm, 306 SW 15th St.
Adult & children clothes,
kitchen items, sheets, com-
forters & other hh items.
11/3 & 11/4. .9am-4pm,
7235 NE 4th St. (Four Sea-
sons). Everything Must Go!
New & used. Crafts & sup-
plies, Tools, Linens, Furni-
ture. No Early Birds Please!

OKEECHOBEE, Sat., 11/17,
7am til ?, 1735 SW 24th
Ave., The Gathering Church.
Large Assortment of Items.

AA t E
OKEECHOBEE, Sat. Nov. 3rd,
8am-?, 2326 SW 8th St (Off of
SW 24th Ave. & SW 8th St.)
Collectable, Kid clothes, Some
Plus size clothes & Lots of
Misc items! No Early birds!

Emp moment

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

LPN, RN, or RT?
Needed for national respiratory
company. Ideal candidate
must be motivated and
works well with others.
Paid mileage vacation time
Excellent benefits
Fax resume to 863-763-5191
or Call 863-763-7337
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.


To work full-time in a busy
office. Must be able to
multi-task. Bi-lingual
(English/Spanish) a plus.
Benefits include group
health, profit sharing,
. and 401(k).
Send resume and salary
requirements to:
McArthur Farms, Inc.,
1550 N.E. 208th St.,
Okeechobee, FL 34972
or FAX to 863-763-7142.
Drug free workplace.


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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
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Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle
Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis

1 Rope
6 Supreme Court
justice for 34
11 Pleasing opener
14 NFL Titan, once
15 It can pick up a
16 Momentous time
17 Theatrical vein?
19 Sneeze, cough,
20 Gets out
21 Center
23 He prepared
eggs for the
26 Extravagant
28 Fall ground
29 Sacred place
30 Late bloomer
31 Offspring
32 Is for two?
35 "Man Plus"
author Frederik
36 Speak derisively,
and a hint to how
this puzzle's long
answers were
37 Musical ridge
38 It starts in Mar.
39 "Ol!," say
40 It might be
41 Decide to quit
43 One of the
44 Gary old man,
46 OshKosh
B'Gosh wearer
47 Type of campus
48 Lofty nest
49 Grazing setting
50 Counter
56 Tenn. athlete
57 Please no end
58 Sour
59 Portland-to-
Spokane dir.
60 Wake up
61 Multitudes

1 Court strategy

2 Chest filler
3 -mo
4 Where many
5 Customer
6 Pad site
7 Popular chips
8 Hubbub
9 Driving support?
10 Moscow
11 Lowest kind of
12 Notre Dame
squad, familiarly
13 Like old sailors
18 Quipsters
22 Golfer Woosnam
23 Avian efforts
24 Noted storyteller
25 Bass in the tub?
26 Clutch
27 College VIP
29 Provide recon,
and another hint
to this puzzle's
long answers
31 Search high and

33 Catch up with
34 Passe gas
36 Part of a 6-Down
37 Bosh
39 No-goodnik
40 What's new
42 Air setting at the
service sta.
43 Passed slowly,
with "on"
44 Split

45 Ancient theater
46 Munchkin laugh
48 Isn't oneself?
51 UN workers'
52 Letter from
53 Honest guy
54 It's found at the
end of a dog
55 Radical '60s gp.

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By Dan Naddor 11/2/07
(c)2007 Tribune Media Services, Inc.

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

Immediate Openings - CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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

Services Merchandise

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

License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126

Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734

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

Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685,
Equipment 690.
Satellite 6951
Sewing Machines 700k
Sporting Goods 705'
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

ARMOIRE - Beautiful pine, for
TV & Media Storage. Double
hinged wrap around doors.
Must see! $300 or best offer.'

GUNS FOR SALE - Shot Guns,
Rifles, Pistols, Muzzle Load-
ers. Call (863)763-2346 for
more information.
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i.pca Notice

PIT BULL PUPPY - 7 week old
female, brown & white. $350
or best offer. (863)697-0218


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

$301/Mol 4BR/2BA HUD
Home! (5% down 20 years
@ 8% apr) More Homes
Available from $199/Mo! For
listings call (800)366-9783
Ext 5669.
In Town, 2br/2ba, $900
no. + $600. sec. dep.
Includes Washer & Dryer
(863)634-5780 or
BHR - Lg 2br, CBS, screen
room & utility room, Quiet
area, Private lake, $750/mo
+ $500 sec (863)467-2784
Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 1 /ba, 2 Story, Washer
Dryer. Patio. $800 mo.; 1st,
last + sec. (863)634-3313

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

Frontage - Newly remodeled
business space available for
immediate occupancy. Call
(863)763-8222. First, last
& $500 sec dep.

* i neialo ic

Oak Lake Villas, 2br/2ba
$900/month, First, Last,
+ $900 Security. Pets
Welcome. Clean & spacious.
Available immediately.
Call (863) 801-3133
Twnhs., W&D. No pets. An-
nual lease. $750/mo. 1st &
last. sec. (863)697-1129
back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn.

BRAND NEW! 5 Bdrm., 2 Ba.,
Lots of Tile. 378 S.E. 36th
Terrace. $1295 mo. (561)
248-3888 or (863)599-0156
Waterfront 3 Bdrm., 11/2Ba.
2 Story w/Lake Okeechobee
access & boat ramp. Wrap
around porch. Fenced yard.
Pets welcome! $1050
mo. +1st, last & sec.
CBS Home, 3BR/2BA, on 5 ac.
w/24x60 barn, asking
$3,000 neg. or to rent for
$1500 mo. (863)634-6113
CLEAN, well maintained 2/2
house & 2/2 villa in Okee.
$800 per month
3BR/2BA, $1100 mo.
1st, last& sec.
OKEECHOBEE - 3br, 1ba, 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.
$1300/mo, (863)634-9139
town, 3/2 CBS, Yr lease,
$900, 1st & - last,
3BR/2BA, $975 mo. +
$975 sec. dep., Brand new
remodel. (863)634-1554
porch, patio, shed, fnced yd,
canal w/dock, $840/mo, or
wkly + dep (863)447-3051

I.pca Noti

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

OKEE, Furnished Rm. Single
occ., private entrance, w/d.
$140/wk & deposit, utils incl.
(863)467-0771 after 6pm

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1.030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

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

LABELLE- Ft Denaud area-
3br, 2ba, 2 car gar, pool, 2
lots Reduced $275K
OKEE - NEW 3br, 2ba home.
Block const., w/ shutters, on
125' x 125' home site,
$145,000 (303)810-858585
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

ACREAGE, 2 1/2 acres cleared
and fenced located in Four
Seasons. Reduced! $75,000.
Corner Lot. 2.2 acres, $150K
Call Cell# 772-530-2095
or 863-467-6399

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, great
location, $99,000 neg.
VIKING AREA - 1 1/4 Acre,
High and Dry. 239-433-2037

of beautiful mountain land.
Less than 10 miles from the
NEW Tiger Woods Golf
Course, now under con-
struction. Just $20,000 per
acre. Write William Mackey,
5850 US Hwy 70 West, Old
Fort, North Carolina, 28762.

Ia Noti

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home- Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes - Rent 2015
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CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $650/mo + $1000
sec. dep. 863-763-4031
MH, 1BR/1BA, all util + cable,
$600 mo. + $200 sec. dep.
828 Hwy. 441 SE.
No pets. $700/mo. & $550
security. (863)763-0648
Mobile, 3/2, furnished, C/A,
boat dock, $800/mo. & 1st,
last, & $500 sec.
Okee 3br, 2ba, Lake access,
No pets. $925 mo 1st &sec.
dep. (561)927-8211

Mobile Home Angels
MOBILE HOME- 61ft, all new
on river, w/dock, 2/3 br,
screen room, extras,
$37,000 (863)255-4935
TAYLOR CREEK, on the water,
2BR, 2BA, '05 model, lived in
3 months, boat house w/lift,
new out building, sprinkler
system. $189,000


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

BASS BOAT 1986 - 18 Ft.,
Sling Shot. 150 hp Maroiner.
Low water pick up. 4 blade
stainless prop. 70 LB Minn-
kota trolling motor. 2 large
live wells. Fish Finder. Full
cover. Excellent condition.
2nd Owner. $3995 or best
offer. (561)253-4299
'03 - w/'05 Evinrude 115hp
outboard & EZ Loader
aluminum trailer, $15,500 or
Best offer. 772-344-9325
HURRICANE '90 - 19 ft,
'99 115 hp Johnson, very
good condition. $8500


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Trucks4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

FORD F350 XL '06 - Diesel,
flat bed dually, 6 spd manu-
al, 24K, $20,000 firm

FIpda Noti

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

CASE NO.: 2003-CA-140
ING L, Plaintiff
TENANT I, and any unknown heirs, de-
visees, grantees, creditors, and other
unknown persons or unknown spous-
es claiming by, through and under any
of the above-named Defendants,
NOTICE is hereby given that the under-
signed Clerk of the Circuit Court of
Okeechobee County, Floridda, will on
the 21st day of November, 2007, at 11
am at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd
Floor, Okeechobee County Juridical
Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Flodrida, offer for sale and sell at
public outcry to the highest and best
bidder for cash, the following-de-
scribed property situate in Okeechobee
County, F ionda:
Lot 29, Block 3, DIXIE RANCH EST-
TAES, according to the plat thereof,
recorded In Plat Book 3, Page 33 of
the Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
pursuant to the Final Judgment entered in
a case pending in said Court, the style
of which is indicated above.
Any person or entity claiming an interest
in the surplus, if any, resulting from
the foreclosure sale, other than the
property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens, must file a 'claim on
same with the Clerk of Court within 60
days after the foreclosure sale.
WITNESS my hand and official seal of
said Court this 29th day of October,
In accordance with the Americans with
. Disabilities Act, persons with
disabilities needing a special accom-
modabon to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact Court
Administrative Office, 772-870-4371,
Coordinator. II hearing impaired, (rTODo)
1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V)
1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay
Sharon Robertson
By: /S/Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
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The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPL's Care to Share Pro-
gram in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share program is funded by Okeechobee's FPL
customers and FPL corporate funds. The program provides emergency assistance funds to
customers who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their FPL electric bill. There are
rules and guidelines that must be met to quality. If you are a FPL customer and need help, call
(863) 763-6020 to leave your name and number. Your call will be returned and an interview
will be done over the phone to determine if you qualify. Interviews with your local Salvation
Army are by appointment only, no walk-ins are accepted.

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for membership. The mem-
bers of the volunteer council protect and advocate for a better quality of life for Floridians
with unique needs. Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local
meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce. Call Penina Popper at
(800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit www.floridasac.org.

Community Events

VFW Post 9528 host Veterans Day activities
The VFW Post 9528, 2002 Hwy 78 West, will host Veterans Day fun, games and music on
Nov. 11 at 12:30 p.m. They will be hosting Veterans from Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and other
conflicts in recent years. All Veterans are invited to come help us celebrate Veterans Day.
Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided. For information call (863) 763-1616.

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

Indoor yard and craft sale
On Saturday, Nov. 17, Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star will host
an Indoor Yard and Craft Sale at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 NW Fifth Ave. Doors
will open at 8 a.m. Continental breakfast items will be available for sale and at 10 a.m. lunch
items including chili dogs and bowls of chili will be available. For information, contact Mary
Ann Holt at (863) 634-8087 or Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.

All you can eat breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star will host the first breakfast of the
season on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. Serving
hours are 8 until 11:00 a.m. and the menu includes homemade biscuits and sausage gravy,
scrambled eggs, hashbrown casserole, grits, sausage, bacon, fruit orange juice and coffee.
All served by friendly faces for only $5 per person. Please note that due to the Thanksgiving
Holiday, this breakfast is being held earlier than our normal monthly event. For information,
contact Mary Ann Holt at (863) 634-8087 or Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.

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

Library book club meets
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. in the Library Board
room on the following dates to discuss the title for the month. This meeting is open and free
to the public. Meetings and topics are as follows: Thursday, Nov. 29, "The Glass Castle, by
Jeanette Wall"; Thursday, Dec. 20, "The Hummingbird's Daughter, by Luis Alberto Urrea,"
the group will meet at 6:30 for our annual Christmas tea with the discussion at 7 p.m.; Thurs-
day, Jan. 24, "Mademoiselle Benoir, by Christine Conrad. For information call Jan Fehrman
at (863) 357-9980.

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

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

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

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

11th annual fashion show and luncheon

Tickets are now available for the 11th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon sponsored by
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star. The event will be held on Saturday,
Dec. 1, at the KOA Resort. The event features a delicious luncheon and our spectacular Tea
Cup Auction with an abundance of beautiful gifts and gift baskets to be won. The doors will
open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person. No tickets
will be sold at the door. This is the holiday event of the season you won't want to miss so
reserve your ticket by calling our Ticket Chairman, Dolores Anchors at (863) 467-1392 or any
member of Okeechobee Chapter No. 128.

Local club plans toy drive
The Just for Today Club is doing a toy collection for the needy children of the inmates in
the Okeechobee County Jail. All donations are to be received by Dec. 21. All toys are to be
new and unwrapped. Please drop off the toys at the Just for Today Club, 2303 U.S. 441 S.E.,
Suite K. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-4017 or (863) 634-9386.

Senior Services offering assistance
Okeechobee Senior Services is currently taking applications for the EHEAEP grant. You
must be 60 and over to qualify for assistance with electric bills and you must have a shut off
notice. Call Kimn at (863) 462-5180 for the required documentation needed to apply.

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

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

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10 Okeechobee News, Friday, November 2, 2007

Panther treed in residential area DREAMCATCHER REALTY
COLLIERCOUNTY--Ayoung, . Maureen Kleiman, Lic. Real Estate Broker
male Florida panther wound up X63-357-5900
in a tree in a residential area in 863-3 7
Naples early this week. The big .
cat was likely chased there by
neihzhnrhnnd dons, ccordinm. . ..!aa

to the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
Shortly after 8:30 a.m. on
Oct. 30, FWC panther biologists
and officers responded to a 27th
Street S.W. residence in Golden
Gate and'confirmed the animal
was a Florida panther, an en-
dangered species rarely seen in
populated areas. The cat jumped
from the pine tree at 11:15 a.m.
and ran east, then jumped a
fence to the north and headed
to a wooded area nearby.
"Sometimes wild animals
wander into human territory.
Usually, they figure out pretty
quickly they aren't where they
are supposed to be and return
on their own to more appropri-
ate habitat," said Darrell Land,
FWC panther biologist. "This
panther never posed a threat to
people and was not acting ag-
gressively. It acted like a scared
animal that was out of its ele-
While it is unlikely the pan-
ther is still in the neighborhood,
FWC officials asked residents
to drive carefully and obey the
speed limit, keep pets, livestock
and any other potential panther
attractants secured and report
any sightings to FWC's Wildlife
Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC.
Panther Safety Tips
When it comes to personal
safety, always be aware. of your
surroundings. Florida panthers

are most active at night. Exercise
more caution at dawn, dusk and
during the night.
* Remove vegetation that pro-
vides cover for panthers. Remove
plants that attract wildlife (espe-
cially deer). By attracting them,
you naturally attract their predator
-- the panther.
* Deer, raccoons and wild hogs
are prey for the Florida panther. By
feeding deer or other wildlife, you
may inadvertently attract panthers.
Wildlife food such as unsecured
garbage, pet foods and vegetable
gardens also may attract prey.
* Roaming pets are easy prey
for predators, including panthers.

Supervise pets and then bring
them inside or keep them in a
comfortable, secure and covered
kennel. Feeding pets outside also
may attract raccoons and other
panther prey.
* Where practical, keep chick-
ens, goats, hogs or other livestock
in enclosed sheds or barns at
* Keep children close to you,
especially outdoors between dusk
and dawn. Educate them about
panthers and other wildlife they
might encounter.
* Most panthers want to avoid
humans. Give a panther the time
and space to steer clear of you.

Wildlife officials test for avian influenza

Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC)
and United States Department
of Agriculture Wildlife Services
biologists will collect samples
from hunter-harvested ducks,
at several wildlife management
area check stations throughout
the state, to test for highly patho-
genic avian influenza - H5N1.
Hunters will not need to
surrender their ducks, and par-
ticipation is voluntary. The sam-
pling will involve swabbing the
ducks' respiratory and digestive
_ tracts. Samples will be shipped
to a diagnostic lab, where they
will be tested for avian influenza
and other diseases.
The sampling is part of a
continuing international sur-
veillance effort to determine if
migratory birds carry the H5N1
strain of avian influenza in North
America. Last year, more than
85,000 samples were collected
nationwide. None of the sam-
ples tested positive for the virus.
While it is extremely unlike-
ly that hunters could contract
avian influenza from wild birds
in Florida, officials recommend
taking common-sense precau-
tions to reduce the risk of con-
tracting any disease from wild-
life. For instance, do not harvest
or handle wild birds that are ob-
viously sick or found dead; wear
rubber gloves while cleaning
game; clean game outdoors and
upwind; and do not eat, drink or
smoke while cleaning game.
It's also important to wash
hands with soap and water or
alcohol wipes immediately af-
ter handling game or cleaning
bird feeders and wash tools and
work surfaces used to clean
game birds with soap and water,
then disinfect with a 10-percent
bleach solution.
In addition, hunters should
separate raw meat, and any-
thing it touches, from cooked or

ready-to-eat foods to avoid con-
The FWC recommends
cooking game birds thoroughly.
Meat should reach an internal
temperature of 165 degrees

Fahrenheit to kill disease organ-
isms and parasites.
For more information, con-
tact Dan Wolf at 352-955-2230
or Jamie Feddersen at 321-726-

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FWC photo/Mark Lotz
Florida panther experts guess that neighborhood dogs probably chased the young, male
cat up in a tree Tuesday morning in a Golden Gate Estates neighborhood in Naples. The
panther later jumped down on its own.

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Sports and Outdoors

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

VFW Auxiliary plans
golf tournament
VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxil-
iary will host a golf tournament to
benefit the VFW National Home
for Children on Nov. 3, at the
Okeechobee Country Club. The
VFW National Home for Chil-
dren offers a home for spouses
and children of deceased and dis-
abled veterans as well as a home
for children of active duty mili-
tary personnel while they serve
our country at home and abroad.
The home does not receive any
federal or state funding. Sponsors
are sought for the tournament.
For more information, call (863)

Eagles to hold
Turkey shoot
, The Fraternal Order of the
Eagles #4137, 9985 N. Hwy 441
will have a turkey shoot on Satur-
day, 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 donation of $5. A membership
drive will be held both days. For
information call (863) 763-2552.

Volunteers needed
at skate park
Communities in Schools is in
need of volunteers to help man
the skate park during concession
hours. Hours are available any
day of the week. We will provide
training and background screen-
ings. For information, contact
Mike Davis, youth project direc-
tor, at (863) 462-5863.

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

Arnold's Wildlife hosts
annual open house
I Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center, located at 14895
N.W 30th Terrace, will host its
annual fall open house on Sat-
urday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. until
3 p.m. There will be something
for everyone, ranging from in-
teraction with the wildlife to the
enjoyment of freshly 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 barbecued chicken dinners is
$7.00 per plate.
To get to the Center, go north
on 441 to N.W. 144'1 Drive and
turn left at the flashing light. Go
west two miles and follow the
signs to the Center. For informa-
tion call (863) 763-4630.

Agri-civic center
open for riding
The Okeechobee County Agri-
Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., is
open for recreational riding the
first and third Tuesdays of each
month from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Barrels and poles are avail-
The cost is $10 per person.
Rules, waiver and release forms
are available at the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioner's office, 304 N.W. Sec-
ond St., and the county extension
office at 458 U.S. 78 N. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-1666 or
(863) 697-9977.

U.S.C.G. Flotilla
seeking new members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee
is seeking new members to be-
come involved in the Auxiliary's
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed
of men and women who ac-
tively support recreational boat-
ing safety and other .Coast Guard
The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safety sup-
port to sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications,
administration, seamanship,
piloting/navigation, weather or
search and rescue.
For information, call (863)

4,1,-i *

Submitted photos

OCRA Jr. Peewee football has close game
OCRA Jr. Pee Wee had a close game between the Raider and Shenanigans. Raiders
came running out of the gates by scoring twice by the hard running of Dalten Collins
and Lane Rhuda. Lane Rhuda scoring twice before the half. Shenanigans tightened
up the score by scoring a great 60 yard kick off return by James Stafford to make it
12-6. Shenanigans shut down the raiders in the second half and tied the game 12-12
by a hard 1 yard run of Conner Clemons to put the game in overtime. Raiders had first
overtime possession and Lane Rhuda scored again on a 10 yard run for his third touch-
down to put Raiders ahead, 18-12. Shenanigans had their chance, but were stopped by
game saving tackles led by Greg Hernandez and Kain Sarros to end the game. Great
game both teams!



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Buseh racig for wins in final runs

By Jenna Fryer
AP Auto Racing Writer
Kyle Busch wants to leave Hen-
drick Motorsports a winner, and
with just three races left in the
No. 5 Chevrolet, his opportuni-
ties are fading.
He conceded the Nextel Cup
title three races into the Chase
for the championship, but nev-
er stopped trying to get back
into Victory Lane. So when he
lost a shot at the win Sunday
at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the
fiery driver couldn't help losing
his temper.
Busch led 77 laps and was
out front and headed to the win

when a late caution sent the
field into the pits for one final
stop. It wasn't smooth, the crew
made a mistake while changing
the tires, and Busch pulled back
onto the track in 15th.
Hie exploded on his radio, in-
timating he was going to have to
go for broke on the final restart
to salvage a decent finish, and
warned his crew not to com-
.plain if he "wadded up" his car.
Busch never got the chance as a
fuel issue prevented new leader
Denny Hamlin from taking off
at the start. It stacked up traffic,
caused Busch to spin and he
wound up a frustrating 20th.
Busch was angry after the
race. That hot temper played

into Hendrick's decision to re-
lease him from his contract
so the team could hire Dale
Earnhardt Jr. But unlike so
many other times when Busch
failed to keep his emotions in
check, team owner Rick Hen-
drick could sympathize with
the young driver's frustration.
"I understand ... to be leading
the race, things are going your
way and then to come in on a
caution and have a bad stop,"
Hendrick said. "When guys are
frustrated some handle it better
than others. I think (crew chief)
Alan (Gustafson) and the guys
put him in a great car. It's just
the way it goes sometimes."

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Firefighters Bass Tournament
Bob Owens (right) and Fred George (left) placed first in the National Firefighters Bass
Tournament (representing Palm Beach County Fire Rescue with whom Fred is still em-
ployed. Bob retired from the department in July, 2005). The gentlemen won two gold
medals each: one for placing first and one for capturing the big fish of the tournament. It
was a two day tournament held on the Kissimee Chain. The local anglers placed first in
the state at the Florida Firefighter Olympics held this past April, qualifying them to com-
pete in the national tournament.


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