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Vol. 98 No. 309 Monday, November 5, 2007 500 Plus tax


Sports

Brahman Football
District 4A-13 Tiebreaker
Monday, November 5 at 7 p.m.at
Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce
District champion & runner-up berths
Pairings will be as follows:
1st Quarter: Martin County vs.
Okeechobee
2nd Quarter: Martin County-
Okeechobee winner vs. Fort Pierce
Westwood
3rd Quarter: Only if Fort Pierce West-
wood loses 2nd quarter
Charge of Admission: $6


Inside

OFC readies
for Veteran's Day
On Friday, Nov. 9, the
Okeechobee Freshman Campus
will be presenting a Veteran's
Day program to honor those
who have served our country
in the military. The ceremony
will be held at Okeechobee First
Baptist's Recreation Outreach
Center (ROC) at 9 a.m. and
veterans from any branch of
the military are encouraged to
attend. We suggest arriving by
8:45 and the program will last
approximately one hour. Page 6

Stripe: new wings
for the Home
At the annual Florida Master
Gardener Conference last week,
volunteers were updated and in-
spired with current information
about Florida Friendly landscape
practices. Those attending this
year in Gainesville were die-hard
plant lovers. To feed this need,
the planning committee made
sure that everybody came home
with some new ornamentals for
their Florida Yard. Page 6

Briefs


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.

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

Lake Levels

10.36 feet
Last Year: 12.67 feet


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


Index
Classifieds................................. 8
Com ics ...................................... 7
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword.............................. 8
O pinion...................................... 4
Speak Out................................. 4
TV ........................................... 9
W eather..................................... 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.


Community Links. Individual Voices.



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Discovery to return this week


By Marcia Dunn
AP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL - Still on
"a major high" from their suc-
cessful solar wing repair, the 10
astronauts aboard the linked
shuttle Discovery and interna-
tional space station cried as they
hugged goodbye Sunday and
closed the door between them.
The most tears came from
the two men who traded places
on the space station: Clayton
Anderson, who is headed home
after five months in orbit, and


Daniel Tani, who is starting a
two-month mission.
They repeatedly wiped their
eyes during the farewell ceremo-
ny, held a day before Discovery
undocks for its return to Earth.
Anderson was so choked up
that he had to pause a few times
while talking. He played record-,
ings of "Danny Boy" for Tani,
whose wife is Irish, and Collec--
tive Soul's "Reunion" with the
refrain "I'm coming home" for
his flight controllers, his family
and himself.
"As my time draws to a close


here, I'm filled with a lot of differ-
ent emotions and I have a lot of
blood, sweat and tears that I've
left on board the international
space station. It's a very wonder-
ful place," Anderson said.
The two commanders, the
shuttle's Pamela Melroy and the
station' Peggy Whitson, also
were teary-eyed as they hugged
one another.
. Just before the hatches be-
tween the spacecraft closed,
station flight director Derek Has-
smann thanked the astronauts
for their hard work, noting that


the past four or five days were
"a complete blur." That's how
much time passed from the mo-
ment a solar energy panel on
a newly installed beam ripped
while being unfurled until it was
fixed during an unprecedented
spacewalk Saturday by astronaut
Scott Parazynski.
"What a way to end the mis-
sion," Hassmann told the astro-
nauts.
The shuttle's lead flight direc-
tor, Rick LaBrode, said he was
still amazed at what was accom-
plished Saturday.


"You can imagine that the
crew and the ground teams are
really on a major high," he said.
"It was definitely really some-
thing special."
Melroy promised Tani - who
rode up with her on the shuttle
- that she would send some-
body to pick him up. Then she
and her six crewmates floated
into Discovery for the final time,
leaving the station's three resi-
dents behind.
After pulling away Monday
See NASA - Page 2




Seminole


Tribe


opens


Center
By Chauna Aguialr
Okeechobee News
The Seminole Tribe of
Florida, Inc. recently held the
grand opening of their new
Okeechobee Community Cen-
ter located at 108 N.E. Seventh
St., which will be open from 2
p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday thru
Friday initially.
Chairman Mitchell Cypress
expressed that the community
center is a stepping stone to
many things to come to better -
the Seminole tribal students.
Many other programs besides
education will be able to come
to the center and visit with the
students in order to create a
well educated and cultured
Seminole Tribe.
The facility's main func-
tion will be to act as a place
for the Seminole students of
Okeechobee to go after school
to receive tutoring services, do
their homework and socialize
in a safe environment. This will
allow them the option of stay-
ing in town during these after-
school hours where many at-
tend practices of various sports
in the evening.
These students will be able
to get the help they need with
their schoolwork and time they
need to do their homework by
subtracting. the travel time it
takes to go back and forth to
the Brighton Reservation mul-
tiple times a day.
The facility will also serve as
a cultural center where adults
and children will be able to at-
tend language classes and arts
See Center - Page 2


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There will be fun for chil-
dren of all ages in Okeechobee
Monday, Nov. 5. The circus
is coming to town! As it has
for the past 122 years, the
Cole Brothers Circus will be
entertaining young and old
alike with acrobats, clowns,
elephants, jugglers, a human
cannonball and other assorted
circus acts. Circus goers will
have the rare treat of attending
a performance of one of the
few circuses still performing


under the big top.
According * to ringmaster
and performance coordinator
Chris Connors, Cole Brothers is
the oldest traveling tent circus.
As performance coordinator,
Mr. Connors, who has been
with the circus for six years, is
responsible for the safety of all
the performers and animals in
the circus.
He said the performance
will keep people on the edge
of their seats and promised the
circus would have something
for everyone.
This will be an experience


for anyone who has not attend-
ed a big top circus. Instead of
the traditional three rings, Cole
Brothers Circus uses one ring.
Mr. Connors said everyone will
be able to see what is going on
in the one big ring.
New to the circus this year
is the Sphere of Danger. This
is a specially designed globe
shaped cage suspended six
feet off the ground. Inside this
cage motorcyclists will be per-
forming tricks. Then the sphere
splits in half with one cyclist in
each half.
The Ponce family will be


performing high above the ring
on the trapeze. This family act
consists of the father, his son,
and his 12 year old daughter.
The Kim Brothers will be jug-
gling from horseback. Isabel
Abhadba will be showing off
the tricks of her pastel colored
poodles. Zarina, the human
cannonball, will be fired from
what the circus claims to be
the world's largest cannon.
Laughs will be provided by the
Bermudez Troupe of clowns.
And much, much more!
See Circus - Page 2


Recounting the Depression


years - they were not all bad


By Beryl Bowden
Edited by MaryAnn Morris
INI Florida
Clewiston Museum's collec-
tion of Beryl Bowden's (Mrs.
Bowden wrote for Clewiston
News) writings, this one from
May of 1984, casually recounts
some happenings in town dur-
ing the 1930s.
According to Ms. Bowden's
story, recalling the depression
years is not entirely a series
of sad memories; it is more
wonderment of endeavors to


Recollections
A series about Florida's
pioneers and history

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lead a normal life in a very ab-
normal time. Folks were made
of sturdy stuff and afterwards
looked back without regret as


they related experiences and
the simple pleasure of those
dire years.
The late Jack Baker recalled
being paid 45 cents per hour
at his first job in Clewiston. He
really came because he was a
left-handed baseball pitcher
and the Clewiston team was
in need for such a player. The
Cane Cutters played in a Lake
Okeechobee League, W.C.
Owen and J.E. Beardsley were
managers and Baker also did
See Depression - Page 2


Courtesy photo/Clewiston Museum
In 1930, during the Great Depression, the US Army Corps of
Engineers, who Thomas Jones worked for, was working on the
dike. They occupied the wing of the building toward the front
of the photo. Interesting to note, this photo was donated to the
museum by F.A. Flanders, Sr. who is mentioned in this story.


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Fun for children of all ages: Circus in town





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Submitted to the Okeechobee News/Cole Brothers Circus
Cole Brothers Circus is corning to the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center Monday, Nov. 5. There will be elephant
riders, acrobats, a human cannonball and much, much more. New to the circus this year is the Sphere of Danger
where two motorcyclists perform tricks inside a globe shaped cage.


The Big Top comes to Okeechobee


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2 Okeechobee News, Monday, November 5, 2007


News Briefs


The Kim Brothers will be juggling from horseback at the Cole Brothers Circus coming to the
Okeechobee county Agri-Civic Center Monday, Nov. 5.


Circus
Continued From Page 1
The circus will be set up on
the grounds of the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center, a first
for that facility. Performances will


Depression
Continued From Page 1
some coaching. Other players
were Bill Bolton, Frank Cothern,
Pete Wilson, R.S. Alston, M.R.
Crouch, Lefty Ryer and L.T, Silby.
Mr. Silby later played fullback for
the University of Florida varsity
team.
No one had much money for
recreation, but the Sunday after-
noon games were open to the
public, folks sat in cars or on im-
provised benches and watched.
Someone passed the hat at each
game and most people dropped
some coins in, but seldom enough
to pay expenses. Mr. Baker re-
called buying the two baseballs
needed for each game at Parkin-
son's Store and sometimes paid
for them out- of his own pocket.
The players and their friends did
S-all the maintenance at the field.
Mr. Baker recalled the company


be at 4:30 and 7:30. The ticket
office on the Ag center grounds
will open at 10 a.m. Tickets can
also be purchased by going to the
circus website www.colebroscir-
cus.com.
Pete Keogh, manger of the Ag
center predicts 5,000 people will


shop where he worked. The men
there were very highly skilled: A
Greek blacksmith, Pete Barbaros,
could "make anything at the forge
and Celestino Martinez was the
most brilliant operating engineer
and a master machinist.
The sugar house crews worked
twelve hour shifts in those days.
When the harvest ended, the
men went their separate ways
until fall. The chief electrical engi-
neer and the fabrication superin-
tendent were given summer jobs
as guards or guards to insure they
would be on hand for the next
season. They worked the twelve-
hour shifts along with the men.
No matter what occupation
a person had, it was difficult to
make ends meet. Farmers even
had hard times. One year the
only successful crop at season's
end was pumpkins and the mar-
ket season for pumpkin is a very
short one. How many ways can
you cook pumpkin?-- Farmer's
wives invented some new ones


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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. Chairman Mitchell Cypress (right)
met with non-resident liaison Holly Tiger Bowers (left) for the
grand opening ceremonies of the Seminole Tribe of Florida's
Okeechobee Community Center, 108 N.E. Seventh St.




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The newly opened Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. Okeechobee
Community Center houses educational resources for Semi-
nole students where they will have access to internet through
the computer lab which is set up within the center in order to
allow them to do research and other school work.


Center
Continued From Page 1
and crafts classes in the future.
Elders, adults and children
will be able to utilize the facility
for recreational and socialization
as well as community -meetings
especially for non-resident tribal
members.
The community center has
various places to gather and so-
cialize including tables and chairs,
couches and other relaxing areas
where the members can uti-
lize reading material that will be
maintained at the center.
There are also televisions and
game centers set up for recreation
for the students after they have
completed their school work.
A computer lab with internet
access and spacious desks will
be available for their use as well
which will help students in their


studies and research.
The Brighton non-resident liai-
son Holly Tiger Bowers expressed
her appreciation to Chairman
Mitchell Cypress and her staff for
their help in promoting and orga-
nizing this endeavor. She also ex-
pressed her appreciation to David
and Anita Nunez who helped in
making the facility available for
the community center.
The center was designed and
decorated by Wayne Clay and the
portraits were painted by Michael
Moore. Mr. Moore painted four
paintings in the main room which
depict the eight clans of the Semi-
nole Tribe.
For more information or for
Tribal members to obtain regis-
tration forms contact Jessica Billie
(863) 763-4128.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


attend the two performances.
He said that when circus officials
saw the site, they were pleased
to come here because there is
plenty of room and the facility is
on two major highways. It is eas-
ily accessible from the east coast
as well as local areas.


that year!
Before the depression years
ended, work on the lake was un-
derway. The work boosted the
local economy with steady jobs,
though'most were not high-pay-
ing.
Many of the workers were
young families just getting a start
in life. Their ingenuity in furinish-
ing their homes was astonish-
ing. Regular furniture was scarce
in their houses, but there were
many pieces made from thd stur-
dy, wooden dynamite boxes.
Thomas Jones, one of the
young bachelors who came here
to work on the lake and stayed,
recalled his early days on the job
in Clewiston. Clearly, he remem-
bered many pleasurable times:
"I still remember how Tubby
Swindel looked in his plus fours
after four fights while walking
from the Ames house to Dave
Alston's Drug store, defending
his honor against some of the
local tough guys who called him"


Submitted to the Okeechobee News/
Cole Brothers Circus
Ringmaster Chris Connors
will be directing the parade
of performers at the Cole
Brothers Circus coming to
the Okeechobee County
Agri-Civic Center on Monday,
Nov. 5.
Mr. Keogh said he got a kick out
of booking the circus since he has
fond memories of attending the
Cole Brothers Circus as a child.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
corn. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


'sissy.' Anyone who called Tubby
'sissy' in those days was out of his
mind. "
"Smiley Williams of LaBelle
was also surprised when Tubby
accepted his challenge to a bout
in the ring and was even more
surprised when Tubby won!
"I recall how , proud J.W.
Moore was of the first speed boat
furnished to him to make inspec-
tions of the work. I remember,
too, how F.A. Flanders was when
he saw the survey station wagon
the morning after some of us
used it to go on a steak roast and
hit a mule.
"And what a good sport Doc
Ezelle was when we threw him,
shining white suit and all, into the
canal soon after he and Jamye
were married. He climbed up the
mud bank, still smiling.
"And I recall how Walter
Gravely sounded the night he
pulled me out of my wrecked car,
saying, "Come with me, Thomas.
Thou hast played in hell."


EQIP application



deadline is Nov. 13

By Audrey Driggers deadline is a continuing effort
The U.S. Department of Agri- to improve the funding process.
culture's Natural Resources Con- The accelerated program cut-off
servation Service has a conserva- date will allow producers time
.,- tion program that to complete practices during the
can help farmers first years of their contracts. The
, and ranchers pay earlier application deadline date
for conservation will also help accommodate field
:..- practices that pre- work in preparation for fall proj-
vnte prAeinn improve wate^l r - .


quality, and provide habitat for
wildlife.
The Environmental Quality In-
centives Program (EQIP) is a key
program under the 2002 Farm
Bill that provides federal cost-
share funds to working farms
and ranches for conservation im-
provements. The 2008 EQIP ap-
plication period will remain open
until Nov. 13, 2007.
EQIP provides incentive pay-
ments and cost-share funds to
private agricultural and livestock
producers to implement con-
servation practices. It promotes
agricultural production and envi-
ronmental quality as compatible
goals. Like all NRCS programs,
participation is voluntary.
It is extremely important for
producers to note that theappli-
cation deadline for the 2008 Pro-
gram Year is Nov. 13. The early


NASA
Continued From Page 1
morning, the shuttle will fly a full
lap around the station, primar-
ily, for picture-taking. Engineers
are particularly interested in see-
ing how the newly mended solar
wing is affected by the vibrations
of undocking.
Discovery's 15-day mission


ecls.
The accelerated process makes
early contact with the NRCS staff
more important than ever. NRCS
would encourage our farmers
and ranchers to come in and visit
with our local field staff now. We
know that, producers that get in
early have more time to resolve
certain program or land eligibility
issues.
As with all NRCS programs,
EQIP is a voluntary program that
is intended to yield high quality,
productive soils; clean and abun-
dant water; healthy plant and
.animal communities; clean air;
an adequate energy supply; and
working farms and ranchlands.
For more information on the
2008 EQIP program, contact your
local NRCS District Conservation-
ist by calling (863) 763-3619 Ext.
502.


will end with a Wednesday touch-
down.
The shuttle dropped off near-
ly 34,000 pounds of gear at the
space station, most notably a
pressurized compartment the size
of a school bus that will serve as
a docking port for future labora-
tories. Whitson and her crew will
move the compartment, named
Harmony, to its permanent loca-
tion next week.


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- 2'"' 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 Restora-
tion Project and the recreational opportunities available for you on
SFWMD lands. If you have any questions about the upcoming meet-
ing, please contact Jeff McLemore at (800) 250-4200 or (863) 462-5260
x 3022.


Stormwater Treatment Area ceremony slated
Okeechobee, FL - 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 rec-
reation on the US Hwy. 441 North site on Wednesday, November 7
at 10 a.m. All members of the public are invited to attend.
For additional information about the ceremony or about this proj-
ect, please phone the SFWMD Okeechobee Service Center at 863-
462-5260 or 800-250-4200.
The 2007 Holiday Tour of Homes will take place on Friday, No-
vember 30, 2007 and Saturday, December 1, 2007 from 6pm to 9pm
both evenings. ]Tickets are now on sale at Raulerson Hospital and
at Suzie's Hallmark Gift Shop in the Publix Shopping Center. Tickets
are available for only $12.00 for the self tour and $25.00 for the bus
tour. Bus tour tickets 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 the state, please contact Representative Machek's of-
fice at (561) 279-1633, or via email to victoria.nowlan@myflorida-
house.gov, no later than Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2007.

Local court cases now online
Sharon Robertson, Okeechobee County clerk of circuit court, has
announced that the clerk's office web site now offers Okeechobee
County court cases on line.
The information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The site provides the ability to perform a person or case search in a
variety of ways. Visit www.clerk.co.okeechobee.fl.us for the index
and progress dockets of Okeechobee County public record court
cases.
Questions should be directed to Sharon Robertson at www.
clerk@clerk.co.okeechobee.fl.us.


Today's Weather


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Okeechobee Forecast

Monday: Partly sunny with the high around 80. The wind will be
from the north 5 to 10 mph shifting to the northeast in the after-
noon.
Monday night: Mostly clear. The low will be in the mid 50s.

Extended Forecast
Tuesday: Partly sunny with the high in the lower 80s.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the mid 50s.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with the high in the mid 70s.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the mid 50s.
Thursday: Partly sunny with the high in the mid 70s.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the mid 50s.
Friday: Partly sunny with the high in the upper 70s.


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'Trick or Treat' but don't forget the teeth!
Dr. Tenniswood's office gets in the Halloween spirit by serving their patients wearing fun
costumes. The entire office staff poses with Dr. Tenniswood as Hippies, Tooth fairies,
Zorro and a Scarecrow. (In no particular order) Gwen Marsh, Angela Boney, Kay Braswell,
Tedra Raulerson, Rachel Laskey, Bettilee Read, Stacey Booth and Dr. Jim Tenniswood.


Judge Geiger seeking bench seat


Circuit Judge Dwight L. Gei-
ger announces his candidacy for
re-election to the Nineteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit Court after a brief
retirement. The Nineteenth Judi-
cial Circuit includes Indian River,
Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie
counties.
Judge Geiger will seek election


for a term beginning in 2009 to the
seat currently held by Circuit Judge
Ben E. Bryan, Jr., who will retire at
the end of 2008.
Judge Geiger has served as Cir-
cuit Judge of the Nineteenth Judi-
cial Circuit from 1976 until 2005,
including terms as Chief Judge.
He also served as County Judge
of Martin County from 1973 un-


til 1976. Earlier he practiced law,
maintaining an office in Stuart.
From 2005 to the present Judge
Geiger has served as Senior Judge
in the four county area, as well as
in other counties in the state.
Judge Geiger was born in West-
moreland County, Pennsylvania,
graduated from a Pompano Beach
high school, Stetson University


and the University of Florida Col-
lege of Law. He served a total of
26 years on active duty and in the
active reserves of the U.S. Army,
retiring with the rank of Colonel.
He has been involved in various
public service organizations and
served on Florida Supreme Court
Committees. He is an active mem-
ber of the Episcopal Church.


November is hire a veteran month


TALLAHASSEE -- Recognizing
the tremendous value of those
who have served our country,
Florida Governor Charlie Crist has
proclaimed November 2007 as
Hire a Veteran Month. The Gover-
nor's proclamation reaffirms our
commitment to those who have
served our nation in times of war
and peace.
Coordinated by the Agency for
Workforce Innovation (AWI), the'
Florida Department of Veterans'
Affairs and our workforce part-
ners, Workforce Florida, Inc. and
the regional workforce boards,
this initiative is designed to remind
employers of the unmatched eco-
nomic resource provided by our
state's veterans.
"Florida is home to an esti-
mated 1.8 million veterans and
has the fastest growing veterans
population in the nation," said
AWI Director Monesia T. Brown.*
"Our veterans possess valuable
leadership, business and techni-
cal skills gained while serving their
country. They are a versatile and


well-trained resource for employ- ,o cated online at http://www.em-
ers and Florida is fortunate to have ployflorida.com/.
ready access to such a highly- "Demographics of veterans are
skilled workforce." shifting with the return of young
AWI is committed to meeting troops who have served in the
the needs of our heroic veterans Global War On Terrorism," said
and our employers through high Florida Department of Veterans'
quality programs and services. Affairs Executive Director LeRoy
Such programs include employ- Collins Jr. "FDVA is working with
ment and training initiatives such AWI to assist veterans looking for
as the Veterans' Employment & employment to include lifetime
Training System, Hire a Vet, Citi- veterans' preference for those
zen Soldier and the Military Fami- seeking jobs with municipal,
lies program. Last year AWI's One
Stop Career Centers served more
than 74,000 veterans, with more
than 12,000 recently separated
from the Armed Forces.
Florida's veterans come to the
workforce highly adept with new
technology, and are skilled and
trainedjn-a variety-of-areas., -The
state is committed to bringing em-
ployers and veterans together us-
ing the full network of workforce
partnerships and professionals
across the state, along with the
Employ Florida Marketplace, lo-


county and state government."
Veterans offer Florida's busi-
nesses the benefits of high skills,
education, leadership, matu-
rity and dedication learned or
enhanced during their service in
the military. By bringing recogni-
tion to our veterans, we honor not
only their military service but also
the contributions they bring to the
workforce. Join us in honoring
their commitment and sacrifice to
our country. Hire a veteran!


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TALLAHASSEE (AP) -- Flori-
da's recovery from an economic
crunch driven by the slumping
housing market will take longer
than previously forecast, state
economists said:
The economists made some
downward revisions in forecasts
of consumer spending, wages,
auto sales, tourism, fuel costs and
other indicators at a meeting Fri-
day, though they didn't issue any
hard numbers. They'll have anoth-
er conference Nov. 14 to put dollar
amounts on the revised trends.
"We don't even have the re-
covery starting until 2009 now,
well into 2009," said Amy Baker,
coordinator of the Legislature's
Economic and Demographic Re-
search Office. "It's all related to
the housing industry."
Baker said the economists
don't foresee a worsening in the
housing market since their July
estimate, but "it's just the persis-
tence and how much we're carry-
ing it forward into the future."
The July forecast triggered a
special legislative session that last
month resulted in a $1.1 billion
reduction in the state's budget,
previously $71 billion, for the fis-
cal year that began July 1.
Baker said she doesn't antici-
pate more cuts in the current bud-
get, but that revenue estimates for
the next fiscal year are likely to be
lower than previously forecast.
"The housing market is weak-
er, residential construction is
weaker than we anticipated last
time," said Frank Williams, an
economist in Baker's office. "But
by and large, most of the other
things are similar to what we had
expected."
Recovery efforts after a string
of hurricanes in 2004-05 increased
construction employment and
material sales, but that activity has
tapered off.,
Visit Florida, the state's tourism
agency, also has recorded virtually
flat year-to-year comparisons for
the first half of 2007, but a weak


dollar ray attract more European
and Canadian tourists, Williams
said. Oil prices, though, have gone
higher than forecast in July and
that may be holding back domes-
tic tourism.
Gov. Charlie Crist and legislative
leaders are counting on a tax-cut-
ting proposal lawmakers passed
at a special session last week to
stimulate the economy, particu-
larly a "portability" provision that
would let homeowners take exist-
ing tax breaks along when they
move.
Some outside experts, though,
don't expect portability to be a
major factor.
It will have a "marginal, positive
effect on the real estate market,
certainly, not of the size and mag-
nitude to cause a major recovery,"
said Hank Fishkind, an Orlando-
based private-sector economist
who has served as an adviser to a
number of Florida governors
Sean Snaith, an econom-
ics professor at the University of
Central Florida, said the measure
is unlikely to spur home sales
enough to affect an economy with
an annual $770 billion gross state
product.
Voters will decide at the Jan.
29 presidential primary whether
to put the tax-cutting amendment
in the Florida Constitution. Other
provisions would increase an
existing exemption for primary
homeowners, offer businesses a
$25,000 exemption on equipment
and other personal property, and
cap annual assessment increases
for businesses, second homes and
rentals at 10 percent.
Primary homeowners already
have a 3 percent Save Our Homes
assessment cap, but many have
been reluctant to move because
they lose their accumulated bene-
fits when they buy another home.
It's hoped portability will cause
more people to buy and sell.
"This is going to fire-up Flor-
ida's economy," Crist said last
week.


Submitted to the Okeechobee News

Halloween is Fun
Seacoast National Bank employees Marbella Castaneda, Christina Reynolds and Teresa
Lara serve the Halloween festival crowd with candy and popcorn.


Submitted photo

Stocking up on candy
Keith Stripling, OKMS board member and member of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office helped out at the
OKMS Halloween Festival by stocking all the booths up
on candy for all the children of Okeechobee.


State's economy advances


is slower than expected








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Don't ignore



teen depression


By the American
Counseling Association
A serious, but often over-
looked problem for many teens
today is depression. It's far more
common than most
parents realize, and far more
serious than most parents want
to admit. Teen depression can
lead to a variety of problems, with
teen suicide at the top of that list.
Unfortunately, deciding whether
your teenager is depressed is
not an easy task. Most teens are
"moody" at times. Teens face
hormonal and physical changes,
the stress of school and jobs, re-
lationship issues with- peers and a
variety of other pressures that can
leave them stressed and uncom-
municative.
But the most serious form of
depression, usually described as
teenage depressive disorder, is
more than just being moody. It's
persistent feelings of depression
that interfere with the teen's abil-
ity to function normally. And it
does have certain warning signs:
* Previously good grades slip-
ping
* A dramatic change in atti-
tude
* A radical shift in your child's
identity
* A major change in friends
* Loss of interest in previously
enjoyed activities
* Withdrawing from friends
and family activities and becom-
ing uncommunicative.
While none of these behaviors
alone mean your child is suffering
from severe depression, when
you see qne or more it signals
a need to pay more attention to
what he or she is facing. Since
virtually every teen tends to hold


The

Counseling

Corner
back on sharing too much with
a parent, it takes effort to find
out what's going on. Ask ques-
tions anyhow. Ask about friends,
school and current activities. Be
persistent. Your child may resent
the intrusion, but you have a re-
sponsibility to know what's hap-
pening in his or her life.
It also helps to be more in-
volved. Try spending more time
with your teen. Simple things like
family dinners, or encouraging
friends to be invited to the house,
can help open doors and show
your care. The most. important
thing is to not ignore any warning
signs. Studies report about only
one-third of clinically depressed
teens are actually diagnosed.
If you suspect problems, talk to
adults who know your teen, from
teachers to school counselors to
sports coaches. If they have also
noticed potential problems, seek
help. Your school counselor,
family physician or local mental
health organization can usually
offer suggestions on counseling
professionals specializing in teen
issues.
Teen depression is not just a
"phase" that will be outgrown. Ig-
noring it can leave your teen's life
hanging in the balance.
"The Counseling Corner" is
provided as a public service by
the American Counseling Associ-
ation, the nation's largest organi-
zation of counseling profession-
als. Learn more at the ACA web
site, www.counseling.org.


Community Events

FFA to honor veterans at OHS
Again this year, the FFA chapter officers will be running the Vet-
eran's Day Assembly at the Okeechobee High School. Included in
the ceremony will be speeches, recognition of veterans, and a slide-.
show. 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 com-
munity 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. '



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Upcoming Events

Monday
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 meet-
ing.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact Da-
vid 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 information
call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule an
appearance for your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner
at (863) 532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any inter-
ested persons to come by and see what they are about. For infor-
mation call (863) 763-6952.
Nicotine Anonymous (NICA)is starting a new club with meet-
ings to be held at the Just For Today club, 2303 U.S. Hwy 441 S.E.,
Suite K, on Mondays from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. For information, call
Steve Condit Sr. at (863). 801-3110.
Tuesday
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
763-8999.
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christiani Breth-
ren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will
go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For in-
formation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, call (863) 467-9055.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becom-
ing a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner
at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10
a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is wel-
come. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For infor-
mation, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320. o
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 meet-
ing.
Wednesday
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863)
763-2893.
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Ameri-
can Legion Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Jaycees would like
to welcome all energetic young people between the ages of 21 and
39, who are interested in working towards the betterment of our
community. For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-
7399.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lakes Shops Suite K. For information call
(863) 634-4780.


Community Events

Community Choir holds rehearsals
The Okeechobee Community Choir, in its Ninth year under the
direction of Sandy Perry, rehearsals have begun for the Christmas
Cantata, The Wonder of Christmas and other seasonal favorites, to
be presented the week-end of Dec. 15. Rehearsals will be held at
"The Gathering" church at 1735 SW 35 Ave from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m.
All singers who read music a little are invited to sing. Rehearsals are
challenging, fast-paced, and fun. For more information, call Sandy at
(863) 634-7714.

Garden Pest Control workshop offered
Are bugs bugging you? Out of the 10,000 plus type of insects in
Florida only about 10 are harmful to plants. Even though they are
small in number they can cause a lot of destruction. But there is hope.
A pest control workshop is being offered at the Okeechobee County
Extension Office, 458 Hwy 98 N. on Nov. 5 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. The
workshop will be presented by Angela Sachson, Florida Yards and
Neighborhoods. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call
(863) 763-6469 to sign up.

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

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

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 danc-
ing 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 Conven-
tion 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 pur-
chased at Eli's Western Wear, The Okeechobee Livestock Market and
Gilberts Chevrolet. For information, contact Sandra Pearce at (863)
763-2684 or Tina Clemons at (863) 467-6242.,

Executive Roundtable holds monthly meeting
The Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will conduct its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m.
on Friday, Nov. 9, in the Board Room of the Okeechobee County
School Administration Building. This forum provides a mechanism
for dialogue and problem solving in our community through the col-
laborative efforts of our local decision makers. The public is invited to
attend. For more information call (863) 462-5000 Ext. 257.

Friends of the Library Election
The election of officers for the Friends of the Okeechobee Library
Board for the coming year will be held on Monday, Nov. 5 at 4:30
p.m. in the library board room. The position of Treasurer is open.
Nominations will also be accepted from the floor. For information
call (863) 357-9980.

Children's Services council meeting
The Children's Services Council will meet on Thursday, Nov. 8 at
5 p.m. in the Conference room of the Okeechobee County School
Board Office at 700 S.W Second Ave. For information call (863) 462-
5000 Ext. 255.

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

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

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


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$540,000.00

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$149,500.00

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7/21/2004

7/21/2004

5/18/2007

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1/13/2005

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6/16/2006

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2/1/2006

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$ 8,000.00

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KENDRICK LAWRENCE & RAMONA

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PRIEST CRAIG & CATARINEAU-PRIE

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6 Okeechobee News, Monday, November 5, 2007


Growing Christia "Stripe": new wings for the home


By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
At the annual Florida Master
Gardener Conference last week,
volunteers were updated and in-
spired, with current information
about Florida Friendly landscape
practices. Those attending this
year in Gainesville were die-hard
plant lovers. To feed this need,
the planning committee made
sure that everybody came home
with some new ornamentals for
their Florida Yard.
Today's column will tempt
you with some of the new ideas
that we picked up. They will be
shared in future columns and
training here on the Lake. But
today I will share what I've found
out about one of the "green
goodies" that we brought back
with use - a curious houseplant
that looks like it is covered with
butterflies.
Conference Highlights
The planning committee
wanted volunteers to practice
identifying common Florida
aquatic plants, so I set up a con-
test for the volunteers. I also was
part of a panel that discussed the
current status of the Florida Yards


UNIVERSITY OF

FLORIDA
IFAS EXTENSION

& Neighborhood programs. FYN
Program Assistant Angela Sach-
son also attended the Conference
along with one of our newest
Master Gardeners, Pat Johnson.
In between, our Okeechobee
team attended presentations
by Extension specialists, toured
UF turf and landscape research
plots, celebrated Master Garden-
er volunteer accomplishments,
dug deep into our pockets dur-
ing an auction to raise volunteer
training funds, and were inspired
by a captivating speech, Attention
Deficit Gardening, by Dr. Robert
Lyons, Director of University of
Delaware's training programs at
Longwood Gardens.
The Aquatic Plant challenge
was just that: a challenge! There
were 25 plants found in Florida
wetlands, ponds and canals, and
an answer sheet was given to
the volunteers. They had to use
aquatic plant identification guides
to match names with plants You


Submitted to Okeechobee News/Amanda J. Van Camp
On Wednesday, Oct. 24 Okeechobee Freshman Campus as-
sistant principal Matt Koff, drew the names of the school's
most recent Elite 11 students. The winners were (top row, left
to right) Tabitha Smith, Andrew Young, Jansen Allen and Josh
Radford; (bottom row, left to right) Nikki Stratton, Autumn
Lewis, Kayla Bailey and Taylor Robbins. Not pictured were
Karla Pacheco, Christina Close and Anthony Hernandez.


OFC prepares



for Veterans Day


On Friday, Nov. 9, the
Okeechobee Freshman Campus
will be presenting a Veteran's Day
program to honor those who have
served our country in the mili-
tary. The ceremony will be held
at Okeechobee First Baptist's Rec-
reation Outreach Center (ROC)
at 9 a.m. and veterans from any
branch of the military are encour-
aged to attend. We suggest arriv-
ing by 8:45 and the program will
last approximately one hour. The
program features a poignant slide
show presentation, speeches, and
demonstrations by the JROTC. All
OFC students attend this program
and in past years it has been an
incredible experience for students
and guests. Veterans, we hope to
see you there!
Congratulations to our Fresh-
man class on participating in the
float building contest. The students
worked the entire week and had a
great time in the process.
The theme for the float was The
Incredible Brahmans. The students
dressed up like the cartoon charac-
ters The Incredibles and hanged a
constructed Panther of Westwood
High School by a noose. A good
time was had by all!
The Freshman Class Sponsors
would like to thank the following
parents and community members
for their contribution to the float:
Debbie Fraser, WW Lumber, Qual-
ity Tees, Hungry Howies, Kenwor-
thy Family, Nunez Family, Flores
Nursery, Morgan Lupkin and Qual-
ity Tees.
During Homecoming Week the
students participated in many fun
activities. Fridaywas Hawaiian day;
Monday was Hero day; Wednes-
day was Nerd Day; Thursday was
Purple and Gold day and Friday
was the parade. On Thursday, we


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Mavericks

had a pep rally that included an ice
cream eating contest.
Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus celebrated Red Ribbon Week
during the week of Oct. 23- Oct.
31. The theme for this year's cam-
paign was "Look at Me, I'm Drug
Free". Red ribbons and banners
could be seen in all areas of the
school building. OFC students re-
ceived red ribbon bracelets with
this theme imprinted on them and
were encouraged to wear them
all week as a display of their com-
mitment to a drug free life. Dur-
ing lunches students had an op-
portunity to sign a pledge card to
demonstrate the commitment. A
total of 200 students signed pledge
cards. Drawings were held daily
for Red Ribbon prizes. Winners of
the daily drawings were: Johan-
na Trimble, Kaitlyn Miles, Mykia
Smith, Phydessa Johnson, Hayley
Orr, Jayce Turgeon, Caleb Ball,
Imelda Alavarado, Adrian Banda,
and Victoria Woodruff.
Students and participated daily
by dressing according to themes
such as "Sock it to Drugs" and
"Team Up Against Drugs". Each
morning during announcements
Journalism students performed
skits and shared statistics about
teen drug and alcohol use.
On Oct. 31 a school-wide video
was shown to students to warn
them of the dangers of drug use
and to encourage them to find bet-
ter things to do than drugs. Drugs
Destroy Dreams!


can try it yourself on-line by
going to our Master Gardener
website, http://okeechobee.ifas.
ufl.edu/MG.Aquatic.Plant.Exhib-
it.htm .
Taking flight
from Obscurity
Botanists are still exploring the
globe, identifying and reporting
on all kinds of vegetation from all
over. According to what I have
been able to uncover, a botanist
exploring the Far East first no-
ticed a lowly vining herb growing
in tropical highlands of tropical
Asia and Australia. Around 1961,
characteristics for a "new" plant
were recorded, and its botanical
name was established as Christia
obcordata.
A member of the bean family,
this sprawling tropical perennial
grows up and falls over, reaching
heights of 2-4 feet. It has a com-
pound leaf, which means that it
has several flat leaf blades that
make up one leaf. In this case,
the leaf shape is like a green bean
plant, with three leaflets, but they
are wider than long. The middle
leaflet is about twice as big as the
side leaflets.
Christia has thin stems that,
like the leaves, are slightly hairy.
Flower clusters grow from shoots
that pop out from the stems just
above the leaf stalk. They pro-
duce clusters of small near white-
colored flowers in the late sum-
mer or fall. If pollinated, a small
twisted seed pod is produced.
Some plant scientists have stud-
ied this plant and determined
that like many other legumes, it
can take nitrogen form air and
make it into fertilizer.
Horticulturalists are a different
breed - they look at plants and
try to use their characteristics for
food or as ornamentals. One
horticulturalist found a larger
leaved specimen with lime green
leaves, and the veins turned a
burgundy red color. Burl Mostul
of Rare Plant Research in Port-
land saw Christia in a Thailand
marketplace. He had it legally
imported and used tissue culture
to bring it to domestic markets - a
new cultivar was born.
The color and leaf shape
makes Christia looks a lot like a
striped butterfly. This is the plant
that was given to our Master Gar-
deners, courtesy of Costa Color
of Miami. Common names for
this plant include: Butterfly Plant,
Butterfly Leaf, Iron Butterfly, But-
terfly Stripe, or Swallowtail. It
does NOT attract butterflies - it-
just looks like it.
A second species of this plant
looks and behaves much like
Stripe: Christia vespertilionis is
known as Red Butterfly Wing, or
Mariposa, Spanish for "butterfly".
Differences are that it is less cold
tolerant, the leaf color is a light
pinkish green, and the stripes are
much less pronounced.
Growing Stripe
Because this plant is new to
growers, we are still unsure what
conditions are best for Stripe to


thrive. Most references say to
use a shady location and lots of
water. Reports are that leaves
will burn in direct sun. Soils
should be well drained, but avoid
bother overwatering and drying
out.
There is one report that it
grows quite well when given
full sun for 7 hours a day and
bright indirect light the rest of the
day. Another observation is that
because of its tropical origins, it


will go dormant in winter.
The thin stems will need
pinching to encourage side
branches, especially as the plant
starts to pick up its growth in the
spring. Propagation has been
done by cuttings, but I've not
heard that seed have been suc-
cessfully used to grow this plant.
Let me know if you see it
for sale locally, and keep me
informed on your success with
this new houseplant. I've placed


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more information and photos
on our Okeechobee web page,
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.ed.u.
If you need additional informa-
tion on Christia 'Stripe', please
e-mail us at okeechobee@ifas.
ufl.edu or call us at 863-763-
6469. Local residents can stop
by our office at 458 Hwy 98 North
in Okeechobee, and visit our
Okeechobee County Master Gar-
deners from I to 3 p.m. Tuesday
afternoons.


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At the Movies Blondie
IR[ ....


The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, Nov. 2,
through Thursday, Nov. 8, are as
follows:
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
P9p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4!15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre Ill - "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)
763-7202.

Today

in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Monday, Nov. 5, the
309th day of 2007. There are 56
days left in the year.
On this date:
In 1940, President Franklin D.
Roosevelt won an unprecedented
third term-in office as he defeated
Republican challenger Wendell L.
Willkie.
In 1946, Republicans captured
control of both the Senate and the
House in midterm elections.
In 1968, Richard M. Nixon won
the presidency, defeating Vice
President Hubert H. Humphrey
and American Independent can-
didate George C. Wallace.
In 1985, Spencer W. Kimball,
president of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints, died at
age 90; he was succeeded by Ezra
Taft Benson.
In 1987, Supreme Court nomi-
nee Douglas H. Ginsburg admit-
ted using marijuana several times
in the 1960s and 70s, calling it a
mistake. (Ginsburg ended up
withdrawing his nomination.)
In 1990, Rabbi Meir Kahane,
the Brooklyn-born Israeli extrem-
ist, was shot to death at a New
York hotel. (Egyptian native El
Sayyed Nosair was convicted of
the slaying in federal court.)
Ten years ago: The House
overwhelmingly approved a bill
calling for the most far-reaching
changes at the Internal Revenue
Service in 45 years.
Five years ago: In midterm
elections, Republicans won con-
trol of both houses of Congress
and claimed a majority of the
governors' races. Securities and
Exchange Commission Chair-
man Harvey Pitt resigned under
pressure after a series of political
missteps that had embarrassed
the White House. Randy John-
son won his record-tying fourth
straight National League Cy Young
Award.
One year ago: Saddam Hus-
sein was convicted and sentenced
by the Iraqi High Tribunal to hang
for crimes against humanity. Say-
ing that he was a "deceiver and
liar" who had given in to his dark
side, the Rev. Ted Haggard con-
fessed to sexual immorality in a
letter read from the pulpit of the
New Life Church in Colorado
Springs, Colo. Rockwall County,
Texas, prosecutor Louis "Bill"
Conradt Jr. killed himself as police
tried to serve him with an arrest
warrant alleging he had solicited
sex with a minor online. Marilson
Gomes dos Santos of Brazil be-
came the first South American to
win the New York City Marathon,
finishing in 2:09.59; defending
champion Jelena Prokopcuka of
Latvia won the women's race in
2:25:05. Former Turkish Prime
Minister Bulent Ecevit died in An-
kara at age 81.
Today's Birthdays: Singer-
songwriter Ike Turner is 76. Actor
Chris Robinson is 69. Actress Elke
Sommer is 67. Singer Art Garfun-
kel is 66. Actor-playwright Sam
Shepard is 64. Singer Peter Noone
is 60. Actor Nestor Serrano ("24")
is 52. Actor Robert Patrick is 49.
Singer Bryan Adams is 48. Actress
Tilda Swinton is 47. Actress Ta-
tum O'Neal is 44. Actress Andrea
McArdle is 44. Rock singer Angelo
Moore (Fishbone) is 42. Actress
Judy Reyes is 40. Rock musician
Mark Hunter (James) is 39. Ac-
tor Sam Rockwell is 39. Country


singers Jennifer and Heather Kin-
ley (The Kinleys) are 37. Actor Co-
rin Nemec is 36. Rock musician
Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) is
36. Country singer-musician Ryan
Adams is 33. Actor Sam Page is
31. Actor Jeremy Lelliott is 25.
Thought for Today: "Imagi-
nation is the only key to the future.
Without it none exists - with
it all things are possible." - Ida
M. Tarbell, American journalist
(1857-1944).


Dear Abby


Late brother's



friends bad guests


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Garfield


Beetle Bailey


*DEAR ABBY: My younger
brother died unexpectedly two
years ago. He was only 27. Since
then, my parents have befriended
his close friends. There. are two
couples, the "Smiths," who have a
baby they named after my brother
(my parents are his godparents),
and the "Joneses" (Bill Jones was
my brother's best friend growing
up).
My parents want to invite them,
to every holiday dinner or event
we have. My husband and I host
the dinners at our home because
it's larger than my parents' and
we enjoy entertaining. The prob-
lem is, the Smiths and the Joneses
are inconsiderate guests. They are
always late - an hour or more
- and my mother always wants
to wait for them! They eat, run,
and barely talk to my husband.
Sometimes they fail to show up
without even a phone call. (Also,
they never offer to help or bring
anything.)
My parents are very forgiving
and do not seem offended by it,
even though they know I was very
annoyed at the last holiday dinner
and said so.
My husband says we will no
longer host any holiday dinners if
the Smiths and Joneses are com-
ing. I agree with my husband
and couldn't care less if these
"friends" attend.. However, I don't
want to upset my parents. 1 under-
stand their need to keep a part of
my brother alive. Nor do I want
to stop having holiday parties at
my home. My parents' home is
messy, cluttered, and they have
cats to which my husband is aller-
gic. Mama stresses out when she
has to have anyone over.
Are my husband and I wrong
to say enough is enough and ban
the friends? How should we han-
dle this without upsetting my al-
ready emotionally fragile parents?
- Disgusted Hostess
DEAR DISGUSTED: The
Smiths and Joneses appear to be
completely ignorant about the


social graces. Apparently, no one
has told them the importance of
being on time for a dinner party,
or calling to inform the hosts if
plans have changed and they will
be unable to attend. Nor do they
seem to realize that part of being
good guests is making conversa-
tion with everyone at the party
- the host included.
If you haven't already dis-
cussed this with your parents,
it's time you did. Tell them they
would do the Smiths and Joneses
a favor to explain the basic rules
of etiquette to them - because if
they pull this one more time, they
will no longer be invited to your
home.
Frankly, they are behaving as if
they don't want to be entertained
in your home, and their rudeness
conveys that they don't appreciate
your hospitality.
*DEAR ABBY: In two weeks, I
am moving to a place of my own.
It's my first - a condominium in
a small garden-style complex with
fewer than 16 units. I plan on liv-
ing here for several years, and I'm
interested in getting to know my
neighbors.
How do I accomplish it?
Should I go knocking on doors
with some type of baked goods?
I'm not usually a very outgoing
person, but I think it's important
to know the neighbors I'll be "liv-
ing with" for the next few years of
my life. Have you or your readers
any suggestions? - First-time
Home Buyer
DEAR FIRST-TIME HOME
BUYER: When a new person
moves into a building, the neigh-
bors are usually interested in see-
ing what the person has done
with the unit. Rather than knock-
ing .on doors, slip an invitation to
an "open house between 7 and
9 p.m." under their doors, then
serve coffee and pastries over the
two-hour period. I can't guaran-
tee you will make lifelong friends,
but it will acquaint you with your
neighbors and them with you.


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Not everyone will play as fairly as you.
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motion. Personally and professionally
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will make a change to accommodate
you in the end.
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get the better of you, a heated discus-
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Nothing lasts forever, so stop hanging
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Don't be fooled by sweet talk. You have


to put emotions, love and anything else
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Love is looking hot.
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Money is in the picture. This is a great
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missing out on something you want to
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1/2 yrs. old, on 10/25, vic.
of Bassinger. REWARD!
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Employment -
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Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
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Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
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AND A/P KNOWLEDGE
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Benefits include group
health, profit sharing,
and 401 (k).
Send resume and salary
requirements to:
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1550 N.E. 208th St.,
Okeechobee, FL 34972
or FAX to 863-763-7142.
Drug free workplace.
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color
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9 Pinchpenny
14 Walk in water
15 Suffix with buck
16 american-
greetings.com
offering
17 Industrious
efforts
19 Guided vacations
20 Urchin
22 General on a
Chinese menu
23 Tot's little piggies
24 Part of a
margarita order
27 Frequency
between 300 and
3,000 MHz
28 90 degrees from
vert.
29 Grant counterpart
30 Entree served
with mint jelly
35 Prima donna
36 Post-exercise
symptom
37 " Beso (That
Kiss!)": Anka hit
38 Sport _: family
cars
39 Membership fees
40 Minimalist's
philosophy
43 Downed a sub?
44 Chinese
cookware
45 Redcap's reward
46 Close again, as a
jar '
48 Aide: Abbr.
50.Expert on IRS
forms
53 20-, 30-, and 40-
Across end with
one
56 Kind of alarm or
arrest
58 Bust in a
museum, e.g.
59 Love in Lyons
60 Anderson of
- "WKRP in
Cincinnati"
61 Black cat, to
some
62 Fits of anger
63 Suffix with major
64 Hissed "Hey!"


DOWN
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2 Indian princesses
3 Acquire more
items for, as a
collection
4 Borscht
vegetable
5 Indicate denial
with an arm
gesture
6 Wear down
7 Actor Karloff
8 Pear variety
9 Streaker in space
10 Symbols to click
on
11 City near the
Golden Gate
Bridge
12 Make a typo, say
13 Interstates, e.g.:
Abbr."
18 Even if, for short
21 Door opener
25 Crowbar,
essentially
26 Poke fun at
27 Hawaiian strings
28 Managed care
gps.
30 Control tower
tracking device
31 Like angles less
than 90 degrees


32 Oblong appetizer
served with
crackers
33 Onion relative
34 Beast of burden
35 Town landfill
40 Take it easy
41 'There's no truth
to that
accusation!"
42 Abs strengthener
44 Track
transactions


47 Come next
48 Knotted scarf
49 Surgical bypass
tube
50 Cronies
51 Skin orifices
52 "You _ listening
to me"
54 Maui or Kauai
55 Sporty
sunroof
56 Distant
57 Org. for a G.P.


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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:
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Call 863-467-4734
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
- Building Materials540
Business Equipment 5-15
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
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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
Pets/Supplies/
Services " 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740



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


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -9"
Rent 945
,Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space 96
Rent 960



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APARTMENTS
In Town, 2br/2ba, $900
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Includes Washer & Dryer
(863)634-5780 or
(863)467-9250
BHR - Lg 2br, CBS, screen
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IN TOWN OF OKEE: Studio
apt, single occupancy, unfur-
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environment. $650/mo ,+
$6500 sec dep, utilities includ-
ed. Call 863-610-0861.
Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 1 hba, 2 Story, Washer
Dryer. Patio. $800 mo., 1st,
last + sec. (863)634-3313



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Twnhs., W&D. No pets. An-
nual lease. $750/mo. 1st &
last. sec. (863)697-1129
OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn.
(954)290-0861


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town, 3/2 CBS, Yr lease,
$900, 1st & last,
(863)382-6424
TREAS. ISLAND - 28R, 1.5BA,
porch, patio, shed, fnced yd,
canal w/dock, $840/mo, or
wkly + dep (863)447-3051


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Public Notice 5005
State Public �
Legal Notice 5500




IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2007-CP-212
IN RE: ESTATE OF
LAWRENCE WILLIAM LANG
a/k/a LAWRENCE W. LANG
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of LAW-
RENCE WILLIAMS LANG, a/k/a LAW-
RENCE W. LANG, deceased, whose
date of death was MAY 5, 2007, and
whose Social Security Number is
416-05-5242, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and personal represen-
tative's attorney are set forth below.
All.creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served within
three months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIOA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE
OECEODENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
notice is: October 29, 2007.
Shirley Harris
Personal Representative
15601 S.R. 70 West
Okeechebee, Florida 34974
CONELY & CONELY
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Flonda 34973-1367
(863) 763-3825
m W. Conely, II
Florida Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
245474 ON 10/29/07 & 11/05/07


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OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
COMPENSATION SYSTEM REVIEW AND ANALYSIS
RFP 2007-36
Notice is hereby given that Okeechobee County, Florida, hereby requests proposals
. from qualified consulting firms experienced in evaluation and compensation sys-
tems
Inquiries and/or requests or a copy of the full text RFP are available at
www.co.okeechobee.fl us or can be obtained by conacltig Robbie L, Chartier,
Deputy County Administrator at (863) 763-9312 or fax (863)763-0118.
Proposers desiring to provide the services described in this RFP shall include a title
page, table ol contents, letter of transmittal, hirm profile, name and biography of
all proposed consultants, references and any other information requested in the
RFP
Interested firms shall submit six (6) signed copies thereof in a sealed envelope bear-
ing the name of the proposer and the words PROPOSAL FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY Compensation System Review and Analysis - RFP 2007-36 no later
than 2:00 p.m EST on November 28. 2007 to Jt Board of County Commission-
ers, Okeechobee County Courthouse. 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 102, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972. Proposals received after the time and date specified will be
returned to the submitter unopened.
Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation
or delivery ol proposals, reserves the eight to accept or reject any or all proposals,
to waive technical errors and informalities, and to accept the proposal, which in
its judgment, best serves the public interest.
Okeechobee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Ray Dornier, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County. Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County.Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
247141 ON 11/5/07


NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL
HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007 AT 9:00 A.M IN THE
ADMINISTRATION ANNEX BUILDING, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE,
SMALL CONFERENCE ROOM, 458 HIGHWAY 98 N., OKEECHOBEE, FL. A COPY
OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE
UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THE
BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING;
THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH
PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD
OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE
UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE, ANY PERSON WISHING
TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON
THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY
OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
IN ACCORDANCE WITHATHE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS
NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE
IN THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT'S OFFICES BY CALL-
ING (863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE
MEETING.
NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC
SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE.
WILLIAM M. BYARS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW 242ND STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
863)763 46601 OR (863)634-3166
45504 ON 11/05/07 _

REQUEST FOR BIDS (RFB) 6000000139
S-129 & S-131 PUMP STATION REPOWERING & REFURBISHMENT,
GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA
The South Florida Water Management District will receive sealed bids through the
Procurement Office, B-1 Bldg., 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida
33406, for S-129 & S-131, Pump Station Repowering & Refurbishment, Glades
County, FL on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. local time, at which
timely submitted bids will be opened and publicly read. Project consists of provid-
ing all labor, materials & equipment necessary to repower Pump Stations S-129 &
S-131 by replacing diesel engine drivers for (5) pumping units (3@S-129 &
2@S-131) with automated, electronically controlled diesel engines & accesso-
ries; addition of a micrrocessor-based, engine control system; replace right-an-
gle gear speed reducer; electrical, piping & mechanical work; recondition each of
the pumps & replace the grease & oil-lubricated metallic bearings with nonmetal-
lic, water-lubricated bearings including 4 water supply wells, submersible pumps,
piping & appurtenances;: replace existing 6-ton chain-type hoist system on over-
head bridge crane with electrically operated hoist of same capacity & wiring; re-
place existing bar gratings ventilation openings at S-129 with fabricated stainless
steel hoods. An OPTIONAL pro-bid conference will be held on Wednesday, No-
vember 14, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. onsite at S-129 located off of US-78 approx.
11.7 miles SW of where US-78 crosses the C-38 canalKissimmee River on the
landward side of the Herbert Hoover Dike, For directions call (863) 462-5280.
All bids must conform to the instructions in the Request for Bidders (RFB). Interest-
ed respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB by obtaining a CO for
$5.00 at the above address, by calling (561) 682-6391, or by calling the 24-hour
BID HOTLINE 800-.472-5290. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. In-
formation on the status of this solicitation can be obtained at our web site -
www.sfwmd.gov.
246535 ON 11/5/07


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 2007-DR-485
Joana Perera Hernandez �
Petitioner
Sergio Montalvo
Respondent.
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Sergio Montalvo
114 North 13th Ave. Apt 3B
Helros Park, IL 60160
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Joana
Perera Hemandez whose address is
104 SE 10th Ave., Okeechobee, FL
34974 on or before 11/27/2007, and
file and original with the clerk of this
Court at 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okee-
chobee, FL 34972, before service on
Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If
you fail to do so, a default may be en-
tered against you for the relief de-
manded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
address. (You may file Notice of Cur-
rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915
Future papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at the
clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12,285, Forida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, includ-
ing dismissal or striking of pleadings.
Dated: 10/25/2007
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: /S/ Heather Thomas
Deputy Clerk
245940 ON 10/29;11/5,12,19/07


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OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL NO. 2007-35
PROFESSIONAL CONSULTING SERVICES
MARKET ASSESSMENT
OKEE-TANTIE CAMPGROUND AND MARINA
REDEVELOPMENT MASTER PLAN
Notice is hereby given that Okeechobee County, Florida, is requesting proposals
from qualified firms to provide Professional Consulting Services to conduct a
market and limited financial assessment to determine the potential market support
and financial implications of constructing improvements, and of a proposed Re-
development Master Plan for Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina Services
shall include, but not be limited to:
SMarket research.
Limited financial analysis.
SIdentify and assess the market demand segments not currently being
accommodated in the area due to lack of facilities.
'Determine the level of potential market demand (niches and target markets) for
boating, fishing, camping and recreational facilities, on the basis of potential
market position, competition, unsatisfied demand segments, support services,
site location, appropriate mix and sizing of facilities and other factors.
* Recommend the facility needs for the proposed Okee-Tantie Campground and
Marina, on the basis of the potential market support, support services, and.
competition
* Research, survey and develop a comparative analysis of potential financial,
operating and marketing polices of other similar public facilities that would be
competitive with or comparable to the proposed Master Plan.
Information relating to the project intent and scope of work for this RFP is available
at the Okeechobee County Capital Improvements Department located at 500 NW
6th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Related inquiries shall be directed to Donnie
Oden, Capital Improvement Projects, Manager, at (863) 763-0805.
Proposals to provide the services described herein shall include: a letter of transmit-
tal requesting that the firm be certified as qualified to provide the required profes-
sional services, organizational profile and Firm's qualifications, resumes of
individuals to perform the work, scope of services proposed, public entity crimes
affidavit, standard form SF 330, projected timeline and other pertinent data as out-
lined in the information regarding the Firm
Interested firms shall submit an original proposal and eight (8) copies thereof in a
sealed enclosure bearing the name and address of the proposer and the words
"OKEE-TANTIE CAMPGROUND AND MARINA REDEVELOPMENT MASTER PLAN
MARKET ASSESSMENT RFP #2007-35" by 3:00 p.m. local time on December
5, 2007 at the Okeechohbee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 102,
Okeechobee, FL 34972. Proposals received after the time and date specified wil
not be considered.
Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation
or delivery of proposals, reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, select
the firm most qualified for the project, and to waive technical errors and infor-
malities not inconsistent with Florida Statutes, and to accept the proposal, which,
in its sole judgment, best serves the public interest.
Okeechobee County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Sharon Robertson, Clerk Ray Domer, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida Okeechobee County, Florida
247128 ON 11/5/07

Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners
RFP 2007-34
Okeechobee County hereby requests PROPOSALS from qualified bidders for the re-
habilitation of one (1) single-family home located in unincorporated Okeechobee
County as a part of the State Housing Initiative Partnership (S.H..1P) program.
Proposals are due no later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, December 7,
2007 and delivered or mailed to: County Administrator, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okee-
chobee, FL 34972 (the County will not assume any responsibility for mail being
received on time). Any and all proposals received after this time and date will not
be opened or considered.
Proposals should be submitted in separate sealed envelopes marked State Housing
Initiative Partnership (S.H.I.I) Program - ERVIN
For specific project information contact: Stephany DuPree at (863) 763-6731 or by
fax at (863) 763-9203., Specifications may he obtained from the Housing Coordi-
nator located at 456 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee. Bids will be opened at 3:05
p mn on December 7. 2007 in the County Administrator's Office at the Okeecho-
bee County Courthouse.
A MANDATORY meeting for review oel this project will be held on Thursday, No-
vember 15,2007 at 3:00 p.m. in the meeting room at the County Administra-
tion Annex, 456 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee. Any firm who is not in
attendance in this room by 3:05 p.m. will be unable to bid.
The County reserves the right to waive formalities or informalities in proposals, to
reject any and all proposals, or to negotiate further with any or all proposers and
accepts no responsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery of proposals
to the County. Okeechobee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively
seeking Minority Contractor participation and promotes Fair Housing.
Ray R. Domer, Chairman
Okeechobee County Commission
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Okeechobee County Commission
247139 ON 11/5/07

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