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Saturday, November 10, 2007

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Laws protect
Florida manatees
Southwest Florida Maritime
Units have partnered with the
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(FWS) and the Florida Fish &
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) to initiate a joint en-
forcement effort enforcing the
federal and state manatee zones
in Lee and Collier Counties. The
joint enforcement effort will run
from Saturday Nov. 10 through
Monday, Nov. 12.
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News Briefs

No school on
There is no school Monday,
Nov. 12, in observance of Veter-
ans Day.

Blast today
The night sky will be lit on
Saturday, Nov. 10, by the pyro-
technic spectacular of the Zam-
belli Fireworks at Okee-Tantie
Campground and Marina. Zam-
belli Fireworks Internationale,
Okeechobee County and the
Okeechobee County Tourist
Development Council are host-
ing the Okee-Tantie Blast 2007
Festival from 2 p.m. until dark
at the Okee-Tantie Campground
and Marina, 10430 S.R. 78 W.
The festival is free and open to
the public. Each year the Zam-
belli brothers provide a free fire-
works presentation as a thank
you to the county for allowing
them to have their warehouse
facility within the county.

Holiday Tour of
Homes planned
The 2007 Holiday Tour of
Homes will take place on Fri-
day, Nov. 30, 2007 and Saturday,
Dec. 1, 2007 from 6pm until 9
p.m. both evenings. Tickets are
now on sale at Raulerson Hos-
pital and at Suzie's Hallmark 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 tickets
can be purchased at the hospi-
tal. For more information, please
call Bill Casian at 824-2702.

Drought Index
Current: 275
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.38 feet
Last Year: 12.67 feet
Source: South
Florida Water
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.

Classifieds...................... 11-12
Com ics................................ 10
Community Events................... 4
O bituaries.................................. 6
Opinion...................................... 4
Speak Out............................ ..... 4
Sports .................................... 9
W eather..................................... 2
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Man faces abuse c

Aggravated abuse on
mentally handicapped
stepchildren alleged
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has
been arrested on abuse charges
in connection with the alleged
beating and choking of his men-
tally handicapped stepchildren.
Gale Andrew Eyler, 58, N.W.

176th Avenue, has been charged
with aggravated abuse on the
mentally handi-
capped. Hewas '
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Okeechobee . ..'..w
County Jail un- *
der a bond of " .
$20,000. ' ,
Detective -
Ted Van De- . '
man, of the Gale
Okeechobee Eyler
County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), said he ar-

rested Eyler Thursday evening
after he had determined that the
man had reportedly whipped his
stepdaughter with a leather tool
belt and had choked his stepson.
Although the stepdaughter and
stepson are both in their 40s, the
detective said their mental ca-
pacity is that of young children.
The OCSO detective said his
investigation stemmed from
a complaint handled by Of-
ficer Chad Troutman of the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD). Officer Troutman

handled a complaint from a
school inside the city limits that
dealt with the possible physical
abuse of the female victim in this
Following his initial investi-
gation, the officer handed the
case over to OCPD Detective Bill
Saum, who saw to it that the fe-
male victim was taken to Rauler-
son Hospital.
During his investigation, De-
tective Saum was told about
some suspicious bruising on
the woman. He spoke with the

Veterans' Day: Students remember

UKeecnoDee News/Pete uawaa
Students at Central Elementary School observed Veterans' Day by making these colorful decorations.

Anchors aweigh
In honor of Veterans' Day, students at Central Elemen-
tary School invited veterans to have lunch with them at
the school on Friday, Nov. 9. Apple Nunez, 8, seems to
be having a good time with her father, David, a navy vet-

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Lunch with a veteran
Students at Central Elementary School celebrated
Veterans' Day on Friday, Nov. 9 by inviting friends and
relatives who are veterans to have lunch with them. Lexi
Bussey, 6, enjoyed the company of her grandfather,
Steve Parker, an army veteran.

Motivational speaker

coming to Okeechobee

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
At their weekly meeting
on Nov. 8, local Kiwanis club
learned about an upcoming
event from Sharon Ming, the lo-
cal Edward Jones branch man-
Craig MacFarlane is sched-
uled to speak to citizens in
Okeechobee including pro-

grams at Yearling Middle
School, Osceola Middle School,
Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus and the Okeechobee High
School, as well as a community
event that will beheld on Thurs-
day, Jan. 17, 2008.
The community event will be
held at the Okeechobee Fresh-
man Campus auditorium, 610
S.W Second Ave., from 5 p.m.
until 6 p.m. It is free of charge.

Mr. MacFarlane was blinded
at the age of two due to a child-
hood accident with a striker (a
device used for lighting a weld-
ing torch). The striker hit him
in the eye and caused perma-
nent blindness. According to his
website, within six weeks his
right eye went blind through a
rare eye disease called Sympa-
See Speaker - Page 10

female victim, as well as her
caretaker, and learned that the
alleged abuse took place in the
county. At this point, the case
was turned over to Detective Van
The OCSO detective said the6
female victim had bruising that
covered her entire buttocks area
and continued around to the
sides of her hips. The bruising,
he continued, extended from the
woman's lower back to the back
See Charges - Page 2


Coke still popular
but pill use on rise,
says local drug cop
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A recent press release from
the Drug Enforcement Adminis-
tration (DEA) sings praises of that
group's war against illegal-drugs,
but a local narcotics detective is
not quite ready to join the federal
According to DEA administra-
tor Karen P. Tandy, the average
price for methamphetamine and
cocaine has gone up significantly
while the purity of those drugs
has dropped. The press release
also says that because over 40
states have enacted restrictions
on the retail distribution of prod-
ucts containing pseudoephedrine
-- a key ingredient in the pro-
duction of meth -- and with the
recent new meth law signed by
President Bush that sets standards
for retail distribution of products
containing precursor chemicals,
there has been a 42 percent drop
in the number of domestic meth
lab incidents.
While these federal measures
no doubt have some effect, a de-
tective with the Okeechobee Nar-
cotics Task Force has a different
take on the lab issue.
"They have a one-pot method
now and everything is cooked in
one pot -- it's a lot quicker," said
the detective. "We saw a big in-
crease in meth labs in 2003, but
we haven't madeza meth lab case
in the last three years. I'm not
See Drug - Page 2

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Sharon Ming (left) spoke to the local Kiwanis members includ-
ing President Frank Irby (right) about an upcoming motivation-
al event for Okeechobee County at their luncheon on Thursday,
Nov. 8, where renowned speaker, Craig MacFarlane is coming
to local schools and holding a community event on January 17,
2008, at the Freshman Campus Auditorium.

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2 Okeechobee News, Saturday, November 10, 2007

Continued From Page 1
of her knees. He said there were
also striations visible in the bruis-
ing that indicated the injury was
caused by a strap.
Detective Van Deman said
the strap was actually a 1 -inch
leather tool belt.
The alleged incident report-
edly took place on Saturday, Nov.
3, said the detective. He estimated
the woman's emotional matu-

Continued From Page 1
saying they're not here, but we
prosecute them heavily and they
know it. If it's done here, it's a
one-time cook and then they're
gone -- they don't hang around."
The detective said, locally, a
gram of meth will sell for any-
where between $120 to $200,
which falls in line with what the
press release states the DEA is
seeing nationally. However, when
the press release states that the
purity of meth is decreasing, the
local detective didn't agree.
"We're not seeing that at all,"
he said. "We're seeing more ice
than meth. Ice is a purer form. It
looks like shards of glass -- that's
why they call it ice."
He pointed to one arrest where
the task forced seized metham-
phetamine that was 94 percent
The detective was also quick
to point out that the only time
they know the purity of the drugs
they seize is when it goes to a fed-
eral lab.
"The state lab does not test for
purity," he said. "The DEA lab is
the only one that tests purity."
When the press release talks
about the lack of purity in meth

Continued From Page 1
thetic Opthelmia which causes the
good eye to go blind in sympathy
of the injured eye.
By the time Mr. MacFarlane was
2 /2 years old he was totally blind.
He spent several years in hospi-
tals and eventually was sent to a
school for the blind in Brantford,
Ontario which was over 500 miles
j away from his home and family.
Even though he was blind his
family never treated his disability
as a limiting handicap. He was al-
ways included in family activities
such as camping, fishing, hikes in
the woods and even snowshoeing
a trap line with his father.
He began his wrestling career
through school and won many
medals in the sport that he partici-
pated in for eleven years. He also
learned to play instruments and
recorded two pop rock albums.
As a teenager, Mr. MacFarlane
was one of Canada's top blind
When he was 19, Mr. MacFar-
lane moved to the U.S. to live with
Hockey Hall Of Famer, Gordie
Howe and his wife Colleen. He
lived with them for eighteen
months and Gordie Howe became
his mentor. Through this move he
discovered his. unique talent for
communicating with people.
Since that time Mr. MacFarlane
has reached audiences worldwide

rity to be in the area of 5 years of
The OCSO detective's report
goes on to state that Eyler also al-
legedly rolled an upright vacuum
cleaner into the woman as she sat
on the living room floor. He then
allegedly dragged a fence post
into the living room from outside.
The report states that Eyler then
bound the woman's hands and
feet to the post with duct' tape
and left her lying on the floor for
about 90 minutes, added Detec-
tive Van Deman.
Detective Van Deman's report

and cocaine, the local detective
has a different take on the reason
"That tells me there are a lot
more people selling drugs," he
said in a telephone interview
Thursday, Nov. 8. "If you sell it to
me, I'm gonna step on it. Then,
if I sell it to another guy, they're
gonna step on it again."
"Stepping on it" means using
some sort of agent to cut the drug
and its purity so that more can
be sold, which then means big-
ger profits for those making the
"Meth now is what crack (co-
caine) was when it hit the scene
in the '80s," he said. "The differ-
ence is coke is an international
problem, while meth is read-
ily available because anyone can
make it. All it takes is some com-
mon household ingredients."
He went on to say that meth
can range in purity "depending
on how good the cook is." He
said the trick to making high qual-
ity meth is how it's cooked, and
controlling the temperature while
it's being cooked.
Also, for some reason,
meth is more popular around
Okeechobee than in some of the
counties on the east coast.
"Meth is strange," he said.
"We see a bunch of it, but Martin

at all different levels. He speaks of
an Inner Vision. Inner Vision is his
key motivation that he has brought
to over 2,500 schools throughout
the United States.
Mr. MacFarlane has spoken to
corporations and organizations
of all sizes throughout the world.
Even whilepursuing his career as
a motivational speaker, he has ob-
tained' 103 gold medals and was
the first totally blind person in the
world to water ski jump. He per-
formed this as part of the world fa-
mous ski show at Cyprus Gardens
where Craig was employed at that
According to his biography, Mr.
MacFarlane views his blindness
as "just a minor inconvenience"
rather than a handicap. This typi-
fies his positive outlook and his
can-do spirit.
Mrs. Ming hopes that his humor
and motivation will reach out to
the community. She applied over
two years ago to get Mr. MacFar-
lane to come to Okeechobee, and
just recently received word to be-
gin scheduling events. Five presen-
tations will be held in Okeechobee
to the schools and one for the
community as a whole.
For additional information
contact Sharon Ming at (863) 357-
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

goes on to state that the victim's
mentally handicapped brother
was also abused. The report
states Eyler had allegedly pushed,
choked and yelled at the male vic-
tim, who is also in his 40s but has
a mental capacity similar to that
of the female victim.
The third sibling, said Detec-
tive Van Deman, is also in her 40s
but has "... the emotional ma-
turity of a 2-year-old and cannot
Detective Van Deman's report
states that caretaker for the three
siblings also allegedly feared Eyler

County and St. Lucie County see
very little of it."
He said that could be due to
the fact that Okeechobee is a
more rural area, or that "other
drugs may be harder to get hold
But despite the popularity of
meth, the detective said the task
force still sees more cocaine than
meth -- and, more powder co-
caine than crack.
"Cocaine is still the bigger
drug," he said. "We do see a lot
of powder. We see more powder
than crack."
The DEA press release makes
the statement that, based on law
enforcement intelligence reports,
the availability of cocaine in 37
U.S. cities has been reduced.
But, that statement may be a bit
skewed, indicated the detective.
While cocaine is popular in Flori-
da, in other parts of the U.S. hero-
in may be preferred over coke.
However, he went on to say
that there is a new player in the
drug world and that the illegal use
of prescription drugs is becoming
more popular.
"That's the trend. We're seeing
more people turning to prescrip-
tion medications," he said. "It's
something anybody can get their
hands on."
There are several reasons for

and would sleep with a baseball
bat because he was living in the
The OCSO detective said the
mother of the siblings died last
year. In her will she stated that
she wanted her close friend to be
her children's caretaker and that
her husband, Eyler, could live on
the premises if he wanted.
"The adults have the minds of
very small children," said Detec-
tive Van Deman. "If not for the evi-
dence and the severity of bruising,
it is possible this would not have
ended in an arrest."

this trend, he said, and they in-
clude: the prescription medica-
tions are made in labs approved
by the U.S. government; they are
a cleaner form of drugs; the pills
are consistent; there's not the
worry about overdosing; and, it's
a safer way to use drugs.
Unlike meth or cole, the signs
of prescription drug use may be
more difficult to detect and will
vary from drug to drug. The signs
of meth use are pretty consistent:
loss in appetite; definite decrease
in sleep; signs of paranoia; and, a
change in friends.
"They (meth user) will be
in an agitated state, which gets
worse with the longer they use,"
said the detective. "Then, when
they come off it, there will be an
increase in sleep -- they'll sleep
for a prolonged period of time."
Cocaine and methamphet-
amine are also different in ap-
pearance. Powder cocaine looks
like baking soda, while meth can
range in colors from brown to
clear as glass.
Meth is .most commonly
used by smoking, bit it can also
be snorted or injected. Powder
cocaine is normally snorted or
injected, while crack cocaine is
normally smoked.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Twenty one years' service
At their meeting on Nov. 8 the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners passed a proclamation honor-
ing Richard Burgess upon his retirement from the road de-
partment. Commission chairman Clif Betts, right, present-
ed Mr. Burgess with the proclamation. Mr. Burgess served
as an equipment operator from Jan. 27, 1976 to Sept. 18,

Focus on the Family focuses more on family than politics

By Eric Gorski
AP Religion Writer
(AP) --_ James Dobson has be-
come synonymous with the
empire that is Focus on the Fam-
ily. Tourists clamor for photos of
the group's founder when he's
not taping a radio show, talking
about the presidential race on a
TV news show or writing anoth-
er child-rearing book.
Some staff confess to asking
"What Would Dr. Dobson Do?"
when faced with a dilemma.
,But out of public view, a new
generation of executives is laying
the groundwork for sustaining
the conservative Christian group
as a cultural and political force
once the 71-year-old Dobson has
left the scene. And most of their
efforts are concentrated not in
the political realm, but in find-
ing new ways to deliver marriage
and parenting advice to a young-
er generation of families, many
of whom distrust institutions or
dislike evangelical engagement
in politics.
Consider Jim Daly, the group's
46-year-old president and chief
executive officer. He shares Dob-
son's conservative evangelical
beliefs about marriage and the
culture wars. But Daly is more
likely to talk or blog about his
troubled childhood or the chal-
lenges of raising his own kids,
ages 5 and 7, than stage voter-
registration rallies.
"With (Dobson's) interest in
public policy, we have quite a

strong bicep in that arena," Daly
But, he adds, "94 percent of
our budget goes to marriage and
parenting, the bread and butter
stuff. We don't have to reduce
the muscle in the public policy
area. We just need to start doing
curls in the other area in the pub-
lic square."
Dobson stepped down as
Focus on the Family president
in 2003 but remains the board
chairman and the ministry's
public voice on its flagship ra-
dio broadcast. While Dobson
has not hinted at retirement, the
board has been plotting succes-
sion for years.
Passing up a better-paying
corporate job at a paper com-
pany, Daly joined Focus on the
Family in the late 1980s and rose
through the ranks. Daly is not
heir apparent to the radio show
because, he acknowledges, that
isn't his strength. He views him-
self as an administrator and del-
Daly's public profile is grow-
ing, however, illustrated by the
release of his first book, "Finding
Home," in which he describes
growing up in foster care after the
deaths of his alcoholic parents
and the joys of raising his own
kids. The message: Parents can
consider Daly a peer rather than
an authority figure in the mold of
Dobson, a thild psychologist.
That kind of peer-to-peer con-
nection is central to Focus on
the Family's efforts to reach a
younger audience. An example

is a Webzine called Boundless.
org that invites young adults ages
18 to 34 to talk to each other in
moderated forums about every-
thing from dating and courtship
to the ethics of playing online
"This generation, Gen Y and
even Gen X, they are skeptical,"
said Motte Brown, 39, who over-
sees the Boundless 'zine as fam-
ily formation ministry manager.
"They've been marketed to their
entire lives, so they look to their
peers and they reject anything
with an authoritarian tone. They
are looking for truth, but look to
their peers for that."
Brown acknowledges that
hunger poses a challenge for an
institution founded on one man's
vision. Young adults on the on-
line forums revere Dobson, he
said, but also want to hear each
other's voices.
The ministry also is custom-
izing content to adapt to an on-
demand world, said Glenn Wil-
liams, 44, a senior vice president.
Dobson's radio show is now
available through podcast, audio-
stream and video-stream. The
ministry's movie reviews, one of
its most popular products, can
be delivered by text message.
An initiative called "My Fam-
ily" allows Web site visitors to
customize their home pages.
The flagship Focus on the Fam-
ily magazine was too general for
the times, so now five versions
based on different life-stages are
"Focus for a long time took a

shotgun approach: Let's ,throw
out a topic today and talk about
it, and if it touches someone's
heart, we'll respond," Daly said.
"Now, people are just too busy.
They say, 'I don't have time to
find it; I need you to feed it with
me ... That's a huge change be-
tween the leadership (at Focus
on the Family)."
The group also is trying to
forge stronger relationships with
churches, offering a new curric-
ulum called "How to Drug-Proof
Child" meant to be shared in
small groups at churches.
Daly emphasized that Focus
on the Family is not backing off
its public policy work, and he
said the renewed emphasis on
relationship advice is not meant
to blunt criticism that the group
is too political.
But if the goal is to reach
younger adults, downplaying
politics might be wise. The Chris-
tian polling firm Barna Group
found this year that nearly half of
born-again Christians between
16 and 29 believe conservative
Christian political involvement
poses a problem for America.
Steve Maegdlin, another Focus
on the Family senior vice presi-
dent, said he doesn't believe sup-
porters view the group's political
engagement as a negative.
"I don't think there's a discon-
nect with our constituency," said
Maegdlin, 41. "In general, I think
they would say, 'I appreciate that
you stand up for righteousness
and Biblical values.'"

Okeechobee Forecast

Saturday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the upper 70s. The
wind will be from the northwest at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday night: Mostly clear. The low will be in the lower 50s.
The wind will be from the northwest around 5 mph.
Extended Forecast
Sunday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the upper 70s. The
wind will be from the northwest at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the north-
east in the afternoon.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the upper 50s.
Monday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s.
Monday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the upper 50s.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 60s.
Wednesday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the upper
Thursday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s.

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News Briefs

Radio program to discuss Veterans Day
On Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 a.m. WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3
FM will have guest speaker Paul Hiott, Director, St. Lucie County
Veteran Services and Vice President of the County Veteran Service
Officers Association of Florida, to discuss the topics of "Serving
the Veteran Population, The meaning of Veterans Day and Veter-
ans Day Memorial Services and Parades." For information con-
tact St. Lucie County Veteran Services at (772) 337-5670; Martin
County Veterans Service Office (772) 288-5448; and Okeechobee
County Veteran Service Office at (863) 763-8124.

Veterans Day events planned
American Legion Post 64 will host the Veterans' Day program
in Veterans' Park, in downtown Okeechobee on Monday, Nov. 12
at 10 a.m. The featured speaker for the program will be Colonel
Lawrence Saucier, ROTC instructor at Okeechobee High School.
Col. Saucier's cadets will form the honor guard. The gospel
quartet, New Ground will be sing the National Anthem and en-
Okeechobee schools will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 in
observance of Veterans Day.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9528, 2002 U. S. 78 W. will host
games and music beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided.
The VFW Post 9528, 2002 Hwy 78 W 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 con-
flicts in recent years. All Veterans are invited to come help us cel-
ebrate Veterans Day. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided.
For information call (863) 763-1616.

No Thanksgiving Dinner at Grace Brethren
For the first time in many years, there will be no commu-
nity wide Thanksgiving Dinner at Grace Brethren Church. The
church itself never sponsored the dinner. The church just pro-
vided the dining room. A separate organization called Grace
Ministries sponsored the event. Apparently that organization has
ceased to exist. Grace Brethren officials state that no one has
contacted them to use their facility and no one seems to know
who is in charge of Grace Ministries or if that organization is still
in existence.

Today's Weather

Okeechobee News, Saturday, November 10, 2007 3

Congress approves Water Resources Development Act

Funding for projects critical to
the Florida environment was ap-
proved on Nov. 8 when the U.S.
Congress voted to override Presi-
dent Bush's veto of the Water Re-
sources Development Act.
The veto override was been
overwhelmingly approved by
both the House and Senate and
the WRDA bill now becomes
"For five years this bill has been
delayed. It has meant delaying
substantial federal involvement in
a multitude of necessary projects,
including the comprehensive Ev-
erglades restoration program,"
said U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-
FL) noting the bill contains nearly
$2 billion dollars for restoring
Florida's Everglades.. "This bill is
necessary to keep us on the path
of restoring this essential environ-
mental resource."
President Bush cited the bill's

overall cost as the primary reason
for vetoing the measure.
"I agree with the President
that this bill lacks fiscal discipline.
It seeks to spend too much on
programs that have little need or
reason for federal support. But
we also have to recognize that
the longer we wait for the fed-
eral government to meet its Ev-
erglades commitment, the more
expensive the cost," added Sen.
Martinez. "In the past five years,
the cost of the Indian River La-
goon project alone has increased
by more than $100 million."
The last time WRDA was au-
thorized was the year 2000; the
reauthorization is now five years
overdue. WRDA provides the
Army Corps of Engineers with the
authority to study water resource
problems, construct projects, and
make major modifications to ex-
isting projects.

Florida Projects authorized in
the WRDA Bill include:
* $1.5 million for a study ex-
amining the structural integrity of
Herbert Hoover Dike
* $1.36 billion for Indian River
* $375.3 million for Picayune
* $95 million for Everglades
Restoration Efforts and Seminole
Water Conservation Plan
* $42.5 million for Hillsboro
and Okeechobee Aquifer
* $119.1 million in Everglades
Pilot Projects
* $80.8 million total for the
Site I impoundment Palm Beach
County (Everglades)
* $125 million for navigation
improvements for the Miami Har-
* $12.9 million for navigation
improvements Port Sutton Chan-
nel (Tampa Harbor)

* $15.1 million for Lido Key
Beach Renourishment project
($65 million over the life of the
Sara Fain, Everglades Restora-
tion Program Manager National
Parks Conservation Association,
said the WRDA funding is critical
to the Everglades projects.
"After seven years of waiting
and the first veto override for Pres-
ident Bush, the Water Resources
Development Act (WRDA) of
2007 today became a law. This
Act authorizes over $2 billion for
critical Everglades restoration
projects that are long overdue,"
she said. "We applaud the ef-
forts of Congress for making this
bill law. It shows a much-needed
renewed commitment from our
federal government to restoring
America's Everglades."
"In 2000, Congress passed
the Comprehensive Everglades

Motorcycle rally planned this weekend

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The inaugural gang free motor-
cycle rally is slated for this week-
end at the Okeechobee-County
Agri-Civic Center. Besides contests
and live music each day, their will
be a burn-out pit along with a car
and motorcycle show.
The event will be held Saturday
and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11, with
gates opening at 9 a.m. each day.
The event is being put on by the
Florida Gang Investigators Associa-
tion (FGIA) and all monies raised
will go to that non-profit group to
help with programs to educate
youth about the dangers of gangs.
Detective Sergeant Brad Stark
of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) is the director

for the FGIAs southern district and
has put together the local rally.
The schedule of events for this
weekend has been released.
Saturday. Nov 10
9 a.m. - Gates open to the gen-
eral public; registering for events.
and contests;
10 - Live music starts; first mo-
torcycle out for the Poker Run
10:45 - Blessing of the Bikes
11 - Opening Ceremonies - Na-
tional Anthem and color guard
11:15 - Group Poker Run out/
start tug-o-war competition
Noon - Last bike out for Poker
1 p.m. - Slow Ride Competi-
2 -Water Baloon Toss competi-
3 - Poker Run Drawing

4 - Doughnut Eating Contest
5 - Burn-Out Pit/Prize Draw-
ings/ Hot Rod and Motorcycle Rally
winners announced
6-8 - Food, Music and Vendor
9 - Gates Close
Sunday. Nov. 11
9 a.m. - Gates open/registering
for events and contests
10 - Music starts
Noon - Prayer Service
1 p.m. - Slow Ride Competi-
2 - Water Balloon Toss compe-
3 - Hot Rod Winners an-
3:30 - Motorcycle Contest win-
ners announced
4 - Prize Drawing and 50/50

4:30 - Doughnut Eating Con-
5 - Burn-Out Pit
6-8 - Food, Music and Vendor
9 - Gates Close
There will be prize drawings
every half hour, - along with 50/50
prizes and other prize drawings
throughout each day of the event.
McGruff the Crime Dog and the
Crash Test Dummies will also
make special appearances.
A special children's area will be
open throughout each day of the
For information or to register
for a contest prior to this weekend,
contact Sgt. Brad Stark at (863)
The Agri-Civic Center is located
at 4200 S.R. 70 E.

Restoration Plan, which commit-
ted the federal government and
the state of Florida to Everglades
restoration. It is the largest resto-
ration program ever undertaken
in the world," she continued.
"Although WRDA is intended for
passage every two years, Con-
gress had not taken any action
since 2000. This stalled legislation
has limited progress for restora-
tion projects that have not been
able to receive authorization,
and threatened the overall suc-
cess of Everglades' restoration.
"Now we need Congress to con-
tinue its commitment to Ever-
glades restoration by appropri-
ating the necessary funds in the
upcoming budget cycle to build
many of the projects authorized
by WRDA. Restoring America's
Everglades must remain a nation-

al priority."
"It took Congress six years to
pass it and a misguided president
one day to try to kill it," said U.S::
Sen. Bill Nelson. "Fortunately,,
common sense prevailed. Ever-
,glades restoration now will re-,
ceive a much needed boost."
"The South Florida Water'
Management District is pleased
that Congress has voted to over-'
ride President Bush's veto of the
2007 Water Resources Develop-'
ment Act," said Eric Buermann,
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District Governing Board
Chairman. "This bold action re-
juvenates a vital process needed
to bring federal appropriations to,
Everglades restoration and allow
us to continue moving forward
on this nationally important:

Arrest Report

The following individuals were His bond was set at $1,500.
arrested on felony or driving under * Kale Kamron Click, 22, W
the'influence (DUI) charges by the Village St., Okeechobee, was ar-
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of- rested Nov. 5 by Lt. Keith Murrish
fice (OCSO), the Okeechobee City on an Okeechobee County war-
Police Department (OCPD), the rant charging him with third degree
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the grand theft. His bond was set at
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva- $750.
tion Commission (FWC) or the De- * Jason A. Deluca, 42, Gray Fox
apartment of Corrections (DOC). Lane, New Port Richey, was arrest-
* Ellis Howard, 67, N.W 80th ed Nov. 6 by Deputy Harold Han-
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested cock on an Okeechobee County
Nov Lby DeputlJarold Ij4nqcck ~jyarranLtharging him with.,failure
on-an-Okeechobee Countywarrant. -to appear - driving while license
charging him with failure to appear suspended - habitual offender. His
- worthless check less than $150. bond was set at $5,000.
He is being held without bond. * Craig Brandon Bleil, 26, Deer-
* Sharon Marie White, 31, N.W field Drive, Jupiter, was arrested
18th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Nov. 6 by Deputy Corporal Paul
Nov. 5 by Deputy Lieutenant Keith Ferrell on a charge of driving while
Murrish on a warrant charging her license suspended - habitual of-
with tampering with a witness. She fender. His bond was set at $1,000.
was released on her own recogni- * Robert Koedam, 21, N.E. Sixth
zance. St., Okeechobee, was arrested
* Jose Luis Ceron, 28, Seven Nov. 6 by Deputy John Fisher on
Island Road, Danbury, N.C., was an Okeechobee County warrant
arrested Nov. 5 by Deputy Har- charging him with violation of pro-
old Hancock on an Okeechobee bation - felony battery. His bond
County warrant charging him with was set at $5,000.
violation of probation - driving un- * Jeremy L. Jones, 20, N.E. 161t
der the influence and violation of Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
probation - leaving the scene of an Nov. 6 by the DOC on a warrant
accident. He is being held without charging him with violation of pro-
bond. bation - aggravated battery. He is
* Danny J. McClure, 42, S.W. being held without bond.
28"' St., Okeechobee, was arrested * Troy Odom, 43, S.E. 34"' Lane,
Nov. 5 by Deputy Donald Ellis on a Okeechobee, was arrested Nov.
charge of possession of cocaine. 17 by Deputy Paul Jackson on a

charge of aggravated battery. His
bond was set at $5,000.
* Richard Marvin Chapman, 51,
S.E. 61st Drive, Okeechobee, was-
arrested Nov. 7 by Deputy Augus-
tin Saucedo on a felony charge of
possession of cocaine and a mis-
demeanor charge of possession of
drug paraphernalia. His bond was
set at $3,000.
This column lists arrests
and not convictions, unless
otherwise stated. Anyone list-'
ed here Who is later found in-
nocent or has had the charges
against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be
confirmed and printed.
Glades County
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges
by the Glades County Sheriff's Of-
fice (GCSO), the Seminole Police
Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC).
* Zedric Redd, 23, Moore Haven,
was arrested Oct. 30 on charges of
aggravated battery (domestic vio-
lence) and criminal mischief. His
bond was set at $10,500.
* Donald Mathias, 26, Lakeport,
was arrested Oct. 30 on a charge

UKeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Retirement honors
On Nov. 16 Debra Lewis will retire after 17 years employment by the Okeechobee County
Clerk of the Courts as deputy clerk serving the Okeechobee County Board of County
Commissioners. At their meeting on Nov. 8, the commissioners passed a proclamation
honoring her for her service. Commission chairman Clif Betts presented the proclamation
to Mrs. Lewis.

of aggravated battery (domestic
violence). His bond was set at
* Steven Donaldson, 36, LaBelle,
was arrested Nov. 1 on a charge of
grand theft. His bond was set at
*AudreySnow, 19, Okeechobee,
was arrested Nov. .2 on charges of
driving under the influence and
possession of marijuana under 20
grams. Her bond was set at $1,500.

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PHONE BOOKS: Could someone please tell me why we are getting
AT&T phone books? We don't even have AT&T here in Okeechobee.
What are you supposed to do with them when someone drops them at
your door step? Mine is going in the garbage.

SAFETY: Some years ago downtown a roof collapsed. Luckily is was
at night and no one was hurt but, it is going to happen again and this
time some one may get hurt. Okeechobee planning and development
can come to your home tell you it's not up to code fine you even con-
demn it, but not a business where some one could get hurt or killed.

NAMES: In response to the comment about a receptionist calling
a patient by his or her first name, it kind of depends. If I walk in the
door and the receptionist doesn't have a file sitting in front of her and
she welcomes me using my first name, I kind of feel welcome and im-
portant enough that she remembered my first name. What I look for
more, is how pleasant and polite the staff is. I know dealing with sick
and usually grumpy patients all day long must be grueling but I sure do
appreciate the staff that can put that aside and be pleasant - no matter
what is going on.

RESPECT: In response to the caller who said young people don't
show proper respect, I make sure my children show respect and use
the Mrs., Miss or Mr. when speaking to adults. For friends of the family,
where it would seem too formal to use last names, we use "Miss" or
"Mr." and their first name. Such as "Miss Annie" or "Mr. Joe." I would
never allow my children to address them as "Annie" or "Joe." I have
noticed that the receptionist at my doctor's office does this -- she uses
"Miss" and my first name. Since I have been going there for years, I find
this a nice compromise.

STALKING: Regarding the stalking case, I understand cultural dif-
ferences -- but how long has the individual lived in the United States?
Even with the different cultural background, I find it hard to believe that
it is OK for a grown man to try and pick up on young girls from middle
schools. If you live in Miami you can hardly walk down the street with
out Cuban-Americans making remarks to young girls. They know that it
is wrong. It's just that in a lot of cases they have no respect for woman.
And some of these men are in their 50's.

HOLIDAYS: I am so tired of people rushing the holidays. Halloween
is barely over and we should be looking forward to Thanksgiving, not
seeing Christmas decorations everywhere. Could they please wait until
after Thanksgiving to put out the Christmas stuff? Guess they are wor-
ried we won't spend enough money if people wait until December to
start their holiday shopping.

PARKING: I attended an awards program at my child's school the
other day and parked in the parking lot, where there were plenty of visi-
tor spots available. What I couldn't understand was why so many other
parents were parking on the grass or blocking the fire lanes so they
could be a few feet closer to the front door. I could understand parking
on the grass if the lot is full. But when there are plenty of open spots, it
just doesn't seem right. Think about what your example teaches your

_ S9ALKING: Thankyou for putting in the paper, explaining about the
manthat was stalking those girls at the bus stop. He had no business
being there with the girls at the bus stop. Don't you people realize that?
He was 21 years old and these girls were 14 and 15. He is an adult and
he should have known better. And to all of you people who thought he
was alright and the police were bad on him, let me tell you something,
what if it were your daughters? It could be little girls next time.

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Community Events

Hope for Haiti Mission garage sale
The annual Hope for Haiti Mission Team garage sale is sched-
uled for Nov. 15, 16, and 17, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 17516 Bryn-
wood Lane, Kissimmee River Estates, 10 miles west on S.R. 70.
Baby, child and adult clothing and shoes; scrubs; baby items; bed-
ding; bedroom furniture; bookshelf; books; entertainment center;
sofas; small appliances; microwaves; televisions; refrigerator; gas
stove; washer; dryer; dishes; pots and pans; pictures; bicycles; large
amount of ceramics; and much more. Lunch is also available.

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Letters to the Editor

decision appealed
An important issue now be-
ing considered in federal court
impacts Florida's constitutional
right to manage its natural re-
sources without undue federal
interference. The case relates to
three pump stations along the
south shore of Lake Okeechobee
that are, on rare occasions, used
to "back pump" water from the
surrounding agricultural area,
moving it northward into the big
lake. A federal judge ruled earlier
this year that the South Florida
Water Management District must
first obtain federal permits issued
under the Clean Water Act to run
these pumps.
The District has complied
with this order and applied for
the permits. At the same time,
it has appealed the judge's deci-
sion on significant and far-reach-
ing grounds, which have nothing
to do with back pumping into
the lake. Indeed, the District's
Governing Board recently voted
against the use of back pumping
to provide a water supply "cush-
ion" for the drought-impacted
agricultural industry surrounding
Lake Okeechobee.

This seemingly minor case in-
volving operation of three local
pump stations has the potential,
remarkably, to set an undesirable
national precedent with resound-
ing consequences. The court's
current ruling, if upheld on ap-
peal, would allow federal author-
ity to intrude on a state's right
-- reserved in the U.S. Constitu-
tion --to govern its people and
resources. Such a ruling would
extend the requirement of fed-
eral permits well beyond point
sources of pollution to include,
broadly, any transfer of water
from one body to another, despite
the Clean Water Act's lack of an
express requirement for this.
A decision by the appellate
courts to require federal permits
at our pump stations S-2, S-3 and
S-4 -- and, by extension, several
hundred structures that routine-
ly move water throughout the
District's entire system -- has the
potential to impair our ability to
carry out our agency's essential
missions: to provide timely flood
,control, protect regional water
supplies, improve water quality
and protect natural areas. Ironi-
cally, it will also slow our progress
in environmental recovery and
Everglades restoration.
The goal of federal permits is

From the photo archives
While cleaning out the old photography darkroom at the
Okeechobee News office, staffers came across a num-
ber of old photos. Some of these photos were taken by
staffers; others were apparently brought in by community
members. No information is available with the photos, but
readers can share any information they might have. Some
of these have been posted at http://photos.newszap.com/
pages/gallery.php?gallery=310113. Or go online to www.
newszap.com, click on "Okeechobee," click on "Florida
photos," and then click on "Okee News Archives." To com-
ment on a photo, open the photo and post your comments

Upcoming Events

Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith Church of Okeechobee,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month beginning at
6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all Christian singers and musi-
cians are welcome to take part. For information, contact the church at
(863) 763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at (863) 763-3373; or, Sister Yvonne
Price at (863) 467-6657.
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 join-
ing. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Deb-
bie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade
Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic vio-
lence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational mate-
rials and prevention tools. Call (863) 634-9340 or (863) 357-6248, for
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a'closed discussion;
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information, call
Dick Laneau at (863) 467-9540 or (727) 345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County
4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to
be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the
Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through Friday from
8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension office at (863)
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., gospel music sing
at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-6869.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion 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 Sav-
iour, 200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For more information
please call (863) 634-4780.

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.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.VP. to (863) 763-2308.

indeed a laudable one: to control
pollution from an identified point
source. In Florida, the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
actively administers this permit-
ting program, which has been ef-
fective in regulating point-source
discharges, such as from paper
mills and other industries, that
could add pollutants to America's
waters. In addition, the State of
Florida has its own clear and ef-
fective pollution control laws that
assure full compliance with fed-
eral water quality standards.
Within the federal system it-
self, the U.S. Environmental Pro-
tection Agency has recognized
the misinterpretation surrounding
its permit program and has a rule
now under consideration validat-
ing the District's position: that
state, and county agencies across
the country should be exempt
from federal permitting for their
local and routine water transfer
and management activities.
The potential impact of this
case on the South Florida Water
Management District is the bur-
den of unnecessary complexities
and significant expense to the
District's 16-county operations.
Federal permits are time con-
suming and costly to obtain, la-
bor-intensive and costly to satisfy

compliance and restrictive in the
water movement that is allowed.
Additionally, they would provide
no additional protection above
what already exists in Florida's ex-
tensive and effective state permit-
ting system. Instead, they would
transfer considerable authority
over the District's water manage-
ment system from State and local
control to a massive federal bu-
reaucracy for little, if any, benefit
to the environment.
The potential impact of this
case on water management ac-
tivities throughout the nation is
profound. Many states, regional
organizations and water manage-
ment agencies are deeply con-
cerned with the issue and stand
with us in our appeal. Florida
has become a recognized leader
in environmental restoration and
natural resource protection, and
as a result; we have been handed
a rare opportunity to safeguard
all 50 sovereign states' rights over
their local waters. The District's
appeal is intended to do exactly
Eric Buermann,
South Florida Water Man-
agement District Governing

Community Events

E.O.E. #4137 holds Charity dinner
The Fraternal Order of the Eagles #4137, 9985 N. Hwy 441 is
having a ham dinner on Saturday, Nov. 10 starting at 4 p.m. and
going until they run out of ham. For a donation of $5. there will be
music by Jimmy Harper. All proceeds goes to charity. The public is
welcome. For information call (863) 763-2552.

Yard Sate at Treasure Island Baptist Church
Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., will have a
yard sale in the church fellowship hall on Saturday, Nov. 10 from
7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Friends Library host book sale
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Sale will be held
Thursday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 from
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Hardcover books are $2 and paperbacks are $1. Library dis-
cards are half price. For more information call the library at 763-

Mainstreet offers Honey Hams for Thanks-
Okeechobee Main Street is offering Honey Baked Hams for sale
for Thanksgiving. Foods for purchase are spiral hams, whole tur-
keys, turkey breasts, mini-hams, side dishes and desserts. Order
now for pick-up on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Syble's Flowers & Gifts, 119
S. Parrott Ave. For information call (863) 357-MAIN (6246) or (863)

Scrapbooking party scheduled
A scrapbooking crop party will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 from
6 until 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St.
All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Carolyn Jones will be avail-
able to assist with your scrapbooking questions and supplies. Re-
freshments will be served and there will be door prizes. Bring any
scrapbook pages you are currentlyworking on. For information call
Carolyn at (863) 634-1885 or Joan at (863) 467-0290.

BHR Fire Department plans bake sale
Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. until noon a bake sale will be held
at the Buckhead Ridge Fire Department on 78 west. There will be
homemade noodles, pies, cakes, cookies, bread, candy and more.
Help the Ladies Auxiliary raise money for our Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment. For information call Darlene Brown at (863) 467-6596.

Amateur Radio club has guest speaker
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a talk by
Dennis Decker of the Melbourne office of the National Weather Ser-
vice, after the regular monthly meeting. His topic will be "Storm-
Based Warnings and their impact on SKYWARN." The meeting
will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the American Red Cross Office, 323
N. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee. Anyone who is interested in weather
warnings is welcome to attend. For information Call Harry Robbins
at (863) 467-7454.

Radio Club to host hamfest
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a ham-
fest on Saturday, Nov. 24 at Freedom Ranch, 11655 Hwy 441 S.E.
Okeechobee. Gate will open at 8 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. There will
be free parking, free tailgate with paid admission, door prizes, cof-
fee and doughnuts and a catfish dinner as well as drinks, hotdogs,
and hamburgers will be available. Admission is $5. For information
call Harry Robbins at (863) 467-7454 or go to www.joshosterman.

Craft Fair in the woods
Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Freedom Ranch,
11655 Hwy 441 S.E., there will be a craft fair in the woods. There
will be all handmade crafts, woodcrafts, quilting, painting, jewelry,
beadwork, metal work, florals and'embroidery. Fall, Christmas and
much more. Concessions will be available. For information call Pan
Hales at (863) 763-2678.

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. 36"' St., (863) 763-4954 or call Paul Diamond P.G. Fund Chair-
man at (863) 467-1484 to order.

Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of
Okeechobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and
are good for one year at selected businesses. Cards. can be pur-
chased at CarQuest, 300 N.W Park St. For information, call (863)
462-5863. Proceeds will go toward youth activities in our commu-

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Area Church News in Brief

Reflections From the Pulpit

Church to hold old
fashioned bazaar
An Old Fashioned Bazaarwill be
held on Nov. 10 at the Presbyterian
Church USA., 312 N. Parrott Ave.
There will be Handmade Crafts,
Holiday Decorations, Christmas
gifts, White Elephants, recycled
serviceable items and all kinds of
baked goods. Doors will open at 9
a.m. For information call Eleanor
Newhouse at (863) 763-5928.

Yard sate at Treasure
Island Baptist Church
Treasure Island Baptist Church,
4209 U.S. 441 S.E., will have ayard
sale in the church fellowship hall
on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 7:30
a.m. to 1 p.m.

FAF to host yard sale
Faith Alive Fellowship is hosting
a Yard Sale to raise funds for the
Children's and Youth Ministries.
the event will be held, Saturday,
Nov. 10, at the Faith Alive Fellow-
ship building located at 3075 S.W
Third Terrace from 8 a.m. until 2
p.m.For information contact Sher-
ry Pollard at (863) 697-9053

Church sponsors yard
New St. Stephens A.M.E.
Church will sponsor a yard sale
and barbecue in Flagler Park #6
from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Satur-
day, Nov. 10. For information call
(863) 610-1134.

Church plans Girls
Night Out
The First United Methodist
Church in Okeechobee, 200 N.W
Second St., will have a "girls night
out" with well known Christian
author, Marion Bond West, on Sat-
urday, 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.

Church to host Gulf
State Quartet
The Gulf State Quartet will be
ministering at Fort Drum Commu-
nity Church 32415 Hwy 441 N. on
Sunday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. For infor-
mation call (863) 357-1581.

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 informa-
tion call Gina Ward at (863) 467-
5935 or (863) 697-1785.

Church has fellowship
The Fort Drum Community
Church will hold a men's fellow-
ship breakfast at Ruck's Pit every
other Saturday starting at 6:30
a.m., and a women's fellowship
every other Monday starting at 6:30
a.m. For information or if you need
transportation to and from these
activities, call (863) 467-1733.

Center offers service
to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free
classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a
week on Monday, Wednesday
and Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m.
and on Saturday from 5:30 until
7:30 p.m.

Church hosting inter-
action program
The First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morn-

ing of free organized Christian ac-
tivities that includes play, instruc-
tion and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The
event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child
care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information,
call (863) 763-4021.

Church offers re-
ligious education
Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
901 S.W Sixth St., will be offer-
ing religious education classes for
children. Registrations for Catho-
lic Christian Doctrine (C.C.D.) are
now being accepted. Classes for
children in grades kindergarten
through ninth will be held every
Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until
12:35 p.m. For information, call
the parish office at (863) 763-

Church holds Alcohol
Anonymous meetings
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, holds open
meetings for Alcoholics Anony-
mous on Monday nights from 7 to
8 p.m. for substance abuse. They
also have Al-Anon meetings on
Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m.
to help family and friends of alco-
holics. For information call Chris
at (863) 467-5714.

Church holds personal
growth group
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, has a
Personal Growth Group which
takes a more definite direction.
If you think you are experiencing
symptoms of depression or anxi-
ety, this support group is for you.
Meetings are held every Thursday
from 7 until 8 p.m. at the church.
For information contact, Tony
Santamarina at (863) 467-5474 or
Jo Norris at (863) 746-5152.

By Rev. Dr. Stu Beebe
Chaplain, Hospice of
As we approach the holiday
season, many of us identify with
our children, and some of us
with the following scripture in
Christ's words: "...suffer the little
children and forbid them not,
to come unto me: for of such is
the kingdom of heaven. (Mark
And Jesus even went a little
further to say: "Verily, I say unto
you, except ye be converted and
become as little children, ye shall
not enter into the kingdom of
This is an area of real confu-
sion for many people. Is Jesus
speaking just of children of the
flesh, or of those who are chil-
dren of the spirit? It is almost
like Nicodemis' inability to un-
derstand "born again" as being
of the spirit and not of the flesh.
God is, after all, a spirit being.
And He made us in His image
- to become His children of the
But how do we treat people
who really are converted and
become enthusiastic children of
the spirit? I'm afraid a lot of us
just tolerate their exuberance and
wait for them to cool off... don't
we? Did you every see how a con-
gregation responds to that brand
spanking new Christian who has
just been saved; whose spiritual
energy dominates each and every

part of their life? Why don't most
of us join into that with them?
Oh, there are a few who do, but
for the most part, we avoid them.
Why is that?
A lot of us are just remember-
ing when we were newly saved
and how everyone looked at US
as if we had religiously transmitta-
ble disease. We eventually cooled
off, didn't we? Well, that's too
bad, because the Lord doesn't
want us to cool off. He wants us
to stay HOT! (Rev. 3:15-16)

The next time you, as an OLD
Christian are tempted to dismiss
that over-enthusiastic new con-
vert as a nut, just remember this:
"..But whoso shall offend one
of these little ones which believe,
in me, it were better for him that a
millstone were hanged about his
neck, and he were drowned in
the depths of the seas: (Matthew
Think abut that...your eternal
life may depend on it.


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The Reformation 2007
Pastors and many members of their parishes (the Heartland Circuit) gathered at Peace Lu-
theran Church to celebrate the Reformation 2007. During the service the Heartland Circuit
Choir performed. And after the service everyone had a great German meal that included
bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad and baked beans. Pastors who attended were (back
row, left to right) Pastor John Hirst - Peach Lutheran Church, Okeechobee, Pastor Richard
Norris - Trinity Lutheran Church, Lake Placid, Pastor Bruce Sommerfield - Peace Valley
Lutheran Church, Wauchula, (front row, left to right) Pastor Scott McLean - Christ Lutheran
Church, Avon Park, The Reverend Doctor Dennis Glick - First Vice President of the Florida/ -
Georgia District LC-MS, Pastor Gary Kindle - Faith Lutheran Church, Sebring, and Pastor
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Students. honored
On Oct. 26 New Endeavor honored the following students for their excellence in academ-
ics and behavior. Thank you, Students of the Week: (top row, left to right) Corey Taber, Altis
Crowell, Chris Spruill (bottom row, left to right) Travis Shockley, Trent Davis, Jeffrey Lee
(not pictured) Logan Burton. Way to go!

Students of the Week
On Nov. 2 New Endeavor honored the following students for their excellence in academics
and behavior. Thank you Students of the Week: (top row, left to right) Leonel Ruiz, Corey
_ Taylor, Luis Garcia, Colton Garcia (bottom row, left to right) Angel Alvarez, Lane Everhart,
Tavares Whitehead (not pictured) James Jones. Keep up the good work!

Collaborative Council helps

foster and needy children

The Community Collaborative
Council, a part of the Shared Ser-
vices Network of Okeechobee,
will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 27,
at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of
the Okeechobee County School
Board Office.
The November CCC meeting
will be the final collection day for
Christmas clothing, toys and gifts
certificates for our local foster and
needy children.
The Okeechobee Family
Health and Safety Expo is planned
for Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee

Agri Civic Center.
Celebrated children's wildlife
author and photographer Michael
Patrick O'Neill will be available
at Barnes and Nobles Booksell-
ers in Jensen Beach on Dec. 9
when United for Families hosts
its second children's book fair.
Mr. O'Neill, winner of the 2002
BBC Wildlife Photographer of the
Year Competition, is a wildlife and
underwater photographer. His
children's books include, "Fishy
Friends", "All About Sea Life",
"Shark Encounters" and "Ocean

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The Dec. 9 event is the second
United for Families book fair to be
hosted at the Jensen Beach book
store. A percentage of proceeds
from books sold during the fair
will be donated back to United
for Families as store credit. "We
use that credit to buy books for
our Bookworm Babies Birthday
Club," Community Events Coor-
dinator Lea Ely said. The birthday
program, which began about two
years ago, ensures that every child
in foster care receives a new book
during his or her birthday month.

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at Buxton runcral home 110 N.li. Si Street
For more Information call 763-1994
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OMS students run the mile

Congratulations to the follow-
ing Osceola Middle School stu-
dents who have turned in top mile
run times for this nine weeks.
8th grade boys :
Week 1-Noe Campos
Week 2-Carlos Contreras
Week 3-Quandrell Ridley
8"' grade girls:
Week 1-Essence Williams


Week 2-Essence Williams
Week 3-Stevie Brantley
7th grade: boys:
Week 1 -Brandon Parramore
Week 2-Kyle Burkhardt
Week 3-D.J. Washington
7"1 grade girls:
Week 1-Jenna Kissam
week 2-Jenna Kissam
Week 3-Jenna Kissam

6th grade boys:
Week 1-Chase Sutton
Week 2-Estevan Elias
Week 3-Chase Sutton
6"' grade girls
Week 1-Katie Brummette
Week 2-Hannah Whiting
Week 3-Hannah Whiting

Community Events

Richard "Dick" Blair Chur
h c of God has

Richard "Dick" Blair of
Okeechobee, died peacefully
Sept. 22, 2007 at his daughter's
home in Concord, Ohio. He was
born Aug. 14, 1914 in Argos,
Ind. He was a former resident
of Mentor, Ohio and resided
in Okeechobee since 1969. He
proudly served our country in the
U.S. Navy Seabees in WWII. He
was a restaurant owner in Lake
County. In Okeechobee, he was
an active member of the com-
munity and served as corporate
secretary of a dairy equipment
and supply company. He was a
lifetime member of Okeechobee
Kiwanis and Masonic Lodge.
He was preceded in death by
his wife of 69 years, Margaret
Blair; brother, Howard Blair and
stepbrother, Harry Blair.
He is survived by his two
daughters, Marge Merrill of Land
0' Lakes, Fla. and Rikki (Da-
vid Kucsma) Blair of Concord;
granddaughters, Sandi (Michael)
Battel of Eastlake, Ohio, and Sha-
ron (Steve) Zens of Granger, Ind.;
grandson, Jim Merrill of Jupiter;
great granddaughters, Jessica
(Paul) Kasper of Mentor, Ohio
and Casey Battel of Eastlake,
Ohio; great grandsons, Vince
Nasca of Mentor, Ohio, Joe and
Nick Zens of Granger, Ind., and
David Merrill of Jupiter. In addi-
tion he is survived by his sister-
in-law, Florence Pitschmann of
Chagrin Falls and Bear Dog.
A memorial service will be
held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov.
12, at Bass Okeechobee Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family
suggests donations to Hospice
of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548,
Okeechobee, 34973.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are en-
trusted to the care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory. 205 N.E. Second St.

Everyone is invited to the 971"'
Anniversary of the Okeechobee
Church of God. Nov. 11 is the day
for their annual homecoming this
year and the special speaker will
be former paster, Rev. Al Cole-
Rev. Coleman who pastored the
chuch for two years is a remem-
bered as an excellent preacher
and a "people person." The cele-
bration begins in the 10:45 service
with Rev. Coleman as the speaker.
Then it's dinner on the grounds
with food and fellowship.

11th annual fashion
show and luncheon
Tickets are now available for
the 11th Annual Fashion Show
and Luncheon sponsored by
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Or-
der of the Eastern Star. The event
will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at the
KOA Resort. The event features a
delicious luncheon and our spec-
tacular 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 holi-
day 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 do-
ing a toy collection for the needy
children of the inmates in the
Okeechobee County Jail. All do-
nations are to be received by Dec.
21. All toys are to be new and un-
wrapped. Please drop off the toys
at the Just for Today Club, 2303
U.S. 441 S.E., Suite K. For informa-
tion, 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 Kim
at (863) 462-5180 for the required
documentation needed to apply:

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Laws protect Florida manatees

Southwest Florida Maritime
Units have partnered with the U.
S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
and the Florida Fish & Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
to initiate a joint enforcement ef-
fort enforcing the federal and state
manatee zones in Lee and Collier
Counties. The joint enforcement
effort will run from Saturday Nov.
10 through Monday, Nov. 12.
The federal manatee speed
zones are published in the Federal
Register. FWS and FWC have post-
ed signs and buoys throughout the
designated areas in Lee and Col-
lier Counties to mark the regulated
Numerous marine enforcement
units from the areas will be par-
ticipating in the enforcement detail.
Lee and Collier County Sheriff's

Departments, as well as FWS Divi-
sion of Law Enforcement and FWC
law enforcement units and U. S..
Coast Guard (USCG) and National
Park Service, will be on the water
to enforce the manatee zones,
and legal requirements within the
zones. Multiple marine unites
from the local police departments
will also be participating in the en-
forcement detail.
The manatee zone boundaries
are marked by large posted signs
and also by buoys; both are white
in color with international orange
lettering. Federal regulations re-
quire vessel operators to operate
at the appropriate posted speeds
within the manatee zones. Por-
tions of the manatee zones are
regulated at a maximum speed of
25 mph as well.

According to the regulations, a
watercraft is considered to be pro-
ceeding at slow speed if the vessel
is fully off plane, bow down, and
completely settled in the water,
not creating an excessive wake.
However, if a watercraft is on
plane, in the process coming up
on or coming off of plane, or cre-
ating an excess wake it is not con-
sidered to be proceeding at slow
speed. There is no mile per hour
speed attached to slow and idle
zones. Slow speed and idle speed
is based upon the attitude of the
Law enforcement participants
in this joint effort will be doing
strict enforcement of the mana-
tee zones. Federal fines range
from $125 to $25,000 and / or 6
months imprisonment under the

endangered species act. The fines
increase for each subsequent vio-
lation of any state or federal mana-
tee zones throughout the state.
According to FWS law enforce-
ment officials, manatee mortalities
related to vessel strikes are gener-
ally high in Lee County.
In 2006 there were 21 mor-
talities caused from vessel strikes
in Lee County and one in Collier
So far this year there have been
13 mortalities from vessel strikes
in Lee County and five in Collier
Voluntary compliance is a win-
win for boaters and for Florida
manatees: providing for safe pas-
sage for both through Florida's

Merck agrees to $4.85 billion settlement over Vioxx

By Linda A. Johnson
AP Business Writer
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ Merck &
Co. said Friday it will pay $4.85 bil-
lion to end thousands of state and
federal lawsuits over its painkiller
Vioxx in one of the largest drug
settlements ever.
Company officials estimated the
deal, if accepted, would end 45,000
to 50,000 personal injury lawsuits
involving U.S. Vioxx users who
suffered a heart attack or ischemic
stroke, the type in which blood
flow to the brain is blocked.
"Without this settlement, the
litigation might very well stretch.
on for years," Merck executive vice
president Kenneth Frazier said dur-
ing a conference call.
He called the agreement "re-
sponsible and reasonable" and
allows Merck to better quantify its
liability, once estimated as high as
$50 billion.
Negotiating teams met more
than 50 times in eight states and
spoke hundreds of times by tele-
phone over many months to ham-
mer out the deal, according to at-
"I'm very happy with it," said
Chris Seeger, one of the six plaintiff
lawyers who helped negotiate the
settlement. "It's a tremendous way
to resolve this litigation."
Merck pulled Vioxx from the
market Sept. 30, 2004 after its re-
searchers determined the block-
buster arthritis treatment, then
+ -pulling in about $2.5 billion a year,
doubled risk of heart attacks and
To qualify for a settlement,
plaintiffs must have filed claims by
Thursday and meet several criteria,
including medical proof that they
suffered a heart attack or stroke,

that they received at least 30 Vioxx
pills and that they received enough
pills to support a presumption that
they were ingested within two
weeks before injury.
That is a big concession by Mer-
ck, which has long claimed that
Vioxx caused harm only after 18
months of use. Those claims were
dismissed by independent scien-
tists and plaintiffs lawyers.
Merck stressed that the agree-
ment is not a class action settlement
and that it is not admitting fault.
Company executives and attor-
neys said as recently as last month
that every case would be fought
On Friday, they said several fac-
tors made this "the right time" for
the deal, including the expiration
of the statute of limitations in 42
Merck said it will take a pretax
charge for the full $4.85 billion in
the current quarter. It would not
say whether insurance will cover
any of that, but said much of the
charge will be tax deductible.
Analyst Steve Brozak of WBB
Securities called Merck's handling
of the litigation "a Harvard case-
book study of how to deal with a
problematic product."
Investors seemed to agree, as
Merck shares trading jumped near-
ly 5 percent, or $2.67, to $57.44 -
near their 52-week high of $58.36.
After losing its first case in a
$253 million verdict that was later
sharply reduced, Merck has won a
string of civil cases. It has won 10 of
15 court verdicts to date. Some of
those cases will be excluded from
the settlement, but appeals in oth-
ers continue.
The company said last month
it had added $70 million to its re-
serves for defending lawsuits. As of

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of $1.92 billion for legal expenses
and spent a total of $1.2 billion.
The deal becomes binding only
if 85 percent of the plaintiffs in key
categories agree to the deal: all
pending heart attack and ischmic
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The deal was finalized in the
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Seeger said the deal was put in
motion last December when three
key judges pushed the parties to
open out-of-court talks.
"Every claimant is going to be
compensated" once their claim is
validated, he said.
Seeger said this deal is larger
that the original settlement in cross-
state rival Wyeth's diet drug litiga-
tion, which was $3.75 billion ini-
tially but ballooned past $20 billion
With repeated revisions.
Merck lawyers said they had
closely scrutinized that and other
cases to find ways to ensure that
its settlement does not exceed the
$4.85 billion, of which $4 billion
will go to heart attack claimants
and the rest to stroke claimants.
Among other things, potential

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, medical documentation of a heart
attack or stroke, and they will not
be able to later opt out of the settle-
ment. Also, all law firms involved in
the "steering committees" directing
pretrial discovery and other coor-
dination of both state and federal
cases must get every one of their
clients to settle.
Payments would vary, depend-
ing on severity of injuries, length of
time that Vioxx was used and each
person's risk factors for cardiovas-
cular disease. A complex system
would assign points to each claim-
ant. Payments could start as early
as August 2008.
Lawyers fees are to come out
of the $4.85 billion fund, based on
the percentage in their contingency
agreements with clients; additional
fees will go to the law firms that to-
gether amassed more than 50 mil-
lion pages of documents for use by
all plaintiffs' lawyers.
Attorneys for both sides pre-
sented the deal Friday morning to
U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon
in New Orleans.
A total of about 60,000 personal
injury cases have been filed, in-
cluding thousands on hold under
agreements suspending the statute
of limitations, plus about 265 po-
tential class action cases, some of
which allege shareholder losses.
The deal does not include peo-
ple in foreign countries, any with
different injuries, any with stock-re-
lated claims or a group with.no evi-
dent injuries that is suing for Merck
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Manufacturer Production 4-class offshore raceboats cross the start line during the second
of three days of racing at the Key West World Championship Friday, Nov. 9, in Key West.
Seventy three entries, divided into a dozen classes, are competing in the event scheduled
to end with the final race Sunday, Nov. 11.

Sports News In Brief

Big Lake Juniors Vol- 0870.
leyball holds tryouts Bass club meeting

Big Lake Juniors Volleyball
Club will hold tryouts Satur-
day, Nov. 10 at the Okeechobee
High School Gymnasium at the
following times: 10 years and
under - 8 a.m., 12 years old - 9
a.m., 13 years old - 10 a.m., 14
years old - 11 a.m., 15 and 16
years old - noon. Please check
the website for all required pa-
perwork and for information.

Men's Softball Tour-
Community in Schools/
Okeechobee Police Athletic
League Men's Softball Tourna-
ment will be held on Nov. 17.
There is a $200 entry fee and
you must bring your own balls
(44's.) The number of teams
that sign up will determine the
format of the tournament. This
tournament is a fundraiser for
Character Counts, Mentoring
Program and the Youth Center
Project. For information call,
(863) 462-5863 or (863) 634-

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

U.S.C.G. Flotilla
seeking new mem-
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 authori-
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications,
administration, seamanship,
piloting/navigation, weather or
search and rescue.
For information, call (863)

Agri-civic center
open for riding
The Okeechobee County
Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70
E., is open for recreational rid-
ing 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.
Second St., and the county ex-
tension office at 458 U.S. 78 N.
For information, call (863) 763-
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AP Photo/St. Petersburg Times, Edmund Fountain

Devil Rays now Tampa Bay Rays
Fans reach out to actor/musician Kevin Costner at Straub Park in St. Petersburg, on Thurs-
day, Nov. 8, before he performed with his band New West. His performance capped the
celebration in which the Tampa Bay Rays unveiled their new baseball uniforms.

South Florida, trying to get back

on track, takes on Syracuse

By John Kekis
AP Sports Writer
one look at the stat sheet, and
it's obvious to South Florida head
coach Jim Leavitt what has been
ailing his Bulls.
"It's just turnovers,". said
Leavitt, who has watched his
team plummet from No. 2 in the
country to out of the rankings after
three straight losses that featured
11 turnovers by the Bulls. "We
won the turnover battle the first
six, we haven't won the turnover
battle the last three. That's it in a
South Florida's defenders have
forced 27 turnovers, but the of-
fense has lost 14 fumbles and suf-
fered 10 interceptions.
The schedule might be about
to do the Bulls (6-3, 1-3 Big East) a
big favor. They're on the road this
week, but the opponent is a reel-
ing Syracuse (2-7, 1-3) team that
doesn't know if its starting quarter-
back will be able to play.
With sophomore Andrew Rob-
inson calling the signals in his first
season as the starter, Syracuse is

1-4 at home. And since Greg Rob-
inson took over as head coach in
2005, the Orange are 5-13 in the
once-friendly confines of the Car-
rier Dome.
That has to be comforting for
Leavitt, who has watched his Bulls
go 6-0 to start the season, including
impressive wins over Auburn and
West Virginia, then lose to Rutgers,
Connecticut and Cincinnati.
"They are a good football team
and I know right now they are
kind of bitten," Greg Robinson
said. "The last three weeks it came
down to the end. It's going to be a
challenge for us."
Against the Bearcats a week
ago, South Florida lost four fum-
bles and suffered four intercep-
tions, allowed 31 points in the first
quarter, and still only lost 38-33.
And the Bulls nearly won the game
in the final minute. Matt Grothe hit
Jessie Hester for 24 yards to the
Cincinnati 18 with eight seconds
remaining, but then threw two in-
completions and time ran out.
An improbable victory was
lost, but the Bulls displayed a great
deal of grit.

"To me it shows the courage
and the heart and the passion that
our guys play with is as good as
I've ever seen on a football team,"
Leavitt said. "We came close in all
three of them, even with the turn-
overs, which shows great resilien-
cy to me, a lot of character, a lot of
real positive things."
South Florida is tied for second
in the eight-team Big East Confer-
ence with 24 sacks, while Syra-
cuse is last with just seven and has
allowed a league-worst 37 sacks,
17 more than Connecticut, which
is seventh.
The Orange's two-deep depth
chart on the offensive line for the
game lists one freshman and three
redshirt freshmen. The line has
been a sore spot all season be-
cause of the sacks and an anemic
running game.
Syracuse, which has lost its top
two tailbacks from a year ago to
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game, and has only four rushing
touchdowns in its nine games.

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10 Okeechobee News, Saturday, November 10, 2007

At the Movies Blondie

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, -Nov. 9,
through Thursday, Nov. 15, 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 - "Fred Claus" (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 III - "Saw IV" (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 ?, 4:15, 7 and 9
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 Saturday, Nov. 10, the
314th day of 2007. There are 51
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On Nov. 10, 1775, the U.S.
Marines were organized under
authority of the Continental Con-
On this date:
In 1871, journalist-explorer
Henry M. Stanley found Scottish
missionary David Livingstone,
who had not been heard from for
years, near Lake Tanganyika in
central Africa.
In 1917, 41 suffragists were ar-
rested for picketing in front of the
White House.
In 1919, the American Legion
opened its first national conven-
tion, in Minneapolis.
In 1928, Japanese Emperor
Hirohito was formally enthroned,
almost two years after his ascen-
In 1938, Kate Smith first sang Ir-
ving Berlin's "God Bless America"
on her CBS radio program, which
aired Thursdays.
, In 1954, the Iwo Jima Memorial
was dedicated by President Dwight
D. Eisenhower in Arlington, Va.
In 1969, the children's educa-
tional program "Sesame Street"
made its debut on National Educa-
tional Television (later PBS).
In 1975, the ore-hauling ship
SS Edmund Fitzgerald and its crew
of 29 vanished during a storm in
Lake Superior.
In 1982, Soviet leader Leonid I.
Brezhnev died at age 75.
In 1982, the newly finished
Vietnam Veterans Memorial was
opened to its first visitors in Wash-
ington, D.C.
Ten years ago: A judge in
Cambridge, Mass., reduced Louise
Woodward's murder conviction to
manslaughter and sentenced the
English au pair to the 279 days she
had already served in the death of
8-month-old Matthew Eappen. A
jury in Fairfax, Va., convicted Mir
Aimal Kasi of one count of capital
murder, one count of first-degree
murder and eight additional charg-
es stemming from a shooting at-
tack outside CIA headquarters
in January 1993. WorldCom Inc.
and MCI Communications Corp.
agreed to a $37 billion merger.
Five years ago: Bush admin-
istration officials promised "zero
tolerance" if Saddam Hussein re-
fused to comply with international
calls to disarm. About a dozen tor-
nadoes killed 36 people in Tennes-
see, Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi
and Pennsylvania.
Today's Birthdays: Actor
Russell Johnson is 83. Film com-
poser Ennio Morricone is 79. Ac-
tor Roy Scheider is 75. Blues singer
Bobby Rush is 73. Actor Albert
Hall is 70. Lyricist Tim Rice is 63.
Actress Alaina Reed Hall is 61.
Rock singer-musician Greg Lake
(Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 60.
Actress-dancer Ann Reinking is 58.
Actor Jack Scalia is 56. Movie direc-
tor Roland Emmerich is 52. Actor
Matt Craven is 51. Actor-comedian
Sinbad is 51. Actress Mackenzie
Phillips is 48. Author Neil Gaiman
is 47. Actor-comedian Tommy
Davidson is 44. Actor Michael Jai
White is 43. Country singer Chris
Cagle is 39. Actor-comedian Tracy
Morgan is 39. Actress Ellen Pom-
peo ("Grey's Anatomy") is 38.

Rapper-producer Warren G is 37.
Rock singer-musician Jim Adkins
(Jimmy Eat World) is 32. Actress
Brittany Murphy is 30. Rapper
Eve is 29. Rock musician Chris
Jannou (Silverchair) is 28. Actor
Bryan Neal is 27. Actress Heather
Matarazzo is 25. Country singer
Miranda Lambert is 24. Actor Josh
Peck is 21.
Thought for Today: "A nick-
name is the heaviest stone that the
devil can throw at a man." - Wil-
liam Hazlitt, British essayist (1778-

Wizard of Id


Beetle Bailey

Dear Abby

Miscarriage pulls

family apart

*DEAR ABBY: I have a 30-year-
old daughter who was happily
married to a man she loved. My
daughter and son-in-law worked in
information technology for many
years and did well at it. Because of
their intensive work schedules they
decided to start a family only last
year. When my daughter conceived,
our families were overjoyed.
Unfortunately, after only 2 1/2
months, my daughter miscarried.
She was so upset about it that she
decided to return to the country we
had emigrated from.
Three months after that, she
became involved with a man she
knew from her childhood. She
returned to the U.S. and said she
wanted to separate from her hus-
band. It was a shock to us and ev-
eryone who loves her. We tried to
pacify her and begged her to seek
counseling. She refused to discuss
it. Without further discussion, she
filed for divorce.
I am acquainted with the man
she got involved with. His mother
and I were close friends. He never
completed his education, has no
regular source of income and used
to abuse his mother. I was shocked
that my daughter would get in-
volved with such a person - and
so quickly.
I told my daughter to be patient,
that if she wanted a separation
from her husband, she could do it
without getting involved with that
young man. She is adamant that
she will do as she likes. She says
she wants to be independent of all
family ties and lead her own life.
Please advise us. I don't know
what our family and her husband
should do. - Unhappy Mother
In The East
It's sad, but sometimes marriages
do end over the loss of a child.
The grief is so deep that instead
of drawing the parents together, it
pulls them apart.
From what you have told me
about your daughter's new love

interest, she is making a huge mis-
take. However, because she refuses
to accept counseling, I see no way
to prevent it. Her husband may be
able to slow down the divorce pro-
cess, but he cannot stop it.
If you love your daughter, as I
am sure you do, I can only advise
you to be there for her in the com-
ing months and years, because her
road will not be an easy one.
*DEAR ABBY: One of my co-
workers, "Alexa," has a habit of
biting her nails and chewing on
her cuticles when she's talking to
people. I'm sure it's just a nervous
habit, but I am concerned because
her fingers bleed from chewing on
them so often.
Alexa and I work in an office
that deals with a lot of paperwork,
and I often work directly with her
on projects. The habit itself is one
thing, but because her fingers are
constantly bleeding, I'm worried
about the health risks this may be
I cringe when I have to handle
documents after Alexa does, and I
become sick to my stomach when
she chews her cuticles when we're
conversing. How should I handle
this? - Grossed Out In Balti-
co-worker appears to either be a
nervous wreck or be suffering from
OCD. Because she is bleeding on
the documents others must work
with, it's time to discuss this prob-
lem with your supervisor. Even if
the woman is in the best of health,
there is the "ick" factor to consider,
and people should not have to han-
dle documents she has processed
with saliva on her fingers.
Dear Abby is written by Abigail
Van Buren, also known as Jeanne
Phillips, and was founded by her
mother, Pauline Phillips. Write
DearAbby at www.DearAbby.com
or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA

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The Last Word in Astrology

By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19): Create
a nice environment for you and your
family. Invite friends over who can lend
a helping hand. Rearranging your stuff
can give you the lift you need to get
motivated. Love is in the stars.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You'll be
pushed and pulled emotionally. Don't
run away - resolvematters once and
for all and get on with your life. Don't
be afraid to say what you think and
tell how you feel. Honesty will lead to
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don't
lose sight of your goals just because
it's the weekend and you want to play.
Be serious about your future. Love is
in the stars but think twice before get-
ting involved with someone you work
for or with.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): Follow
through with your ideas, even if the
people you are closest to don't share
your vision. You have to finish what you
start and prove yourself today, so don't
be daunted by criticism. Don't hold a
grudge but do take the credit due.

*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You'll be up
for a challenge and ready to entertain
the world. Your ability to dazzle every-
one with your charm will not let you
down. Love connections can be made
or ongoing relationships made stron-
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Get back
into the game. Travel, getting involved
in groups of interest or lending a help-
ing hand will all bring satisfaction and
newfound knowledge. You don't have
to put up with anything or anyone who
is making you miserable.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Get busy
finishing up the little bits and pieces
that will help you make something you
are working on perfect. Now is the time
to tidy up, get serious and make some
decisions regarding your moneymak-
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*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You
will be passionate, affectionate and
emotional. Take time out to recognize
what you have and to pay homage to
the people who have stood behind you
and cheered you on. You can't buy the
kind of support you've obtained from
the ones who love you most.

*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A
secret is about to be divulged. Travel
or meeting new people may lead to a
moneymaking deal. Funds will come
to you from an unusual source. You
may have to make promises to receive
the benefits being offered.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
You may have to deal with some tough
characters or opposing relatives who
will make your life difficult. But your
eyes will be opened to a better, more
lucrative path. Sometimes the unfamil-
iar is the best route to take.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): By
doing someone a favor, you will be
repaid handsomely. Love is looking
good and, if you want to make a com-
mitment, now is the time to voice the
way you feel and lay your intentions on
the table.
*PISCES (Feb. 19 March 20): Travel
will lead to love, romance and lots of
fun. You will have the energy, desire
and passion to attract someone who
will meet you halfway. Put your stress
behind you and enjoy the moment.
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Job Information 225
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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
Find It faster. Seo It soon-
or In the classafieds

back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn.

BASSWOOD - New 3/2, large
yard, Pets OK, lawn service,
water service, $950/mo, 1st
& last only. Avail Now

apt, single occupancy, unfur-
nished, no pets, smoke-free
environment. $650/mo +
$650 sec dep, utilities includ-
ed. Call 863-610-0861.
Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 1/2 ba, 2 Story, Washer
Dryer. Patio. $800 mo., 1st,
last + sec. (863)634-3313
Find It faster. Sell It soon-
er in the classlfleds

Movie: */2 Cutting Class (1989)'R'

newly renovated, $795/mo.
1st, last & security deposit re-
quired. (561)793-4860
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
BA Home on Canal. Fenced
yard. $1100 mo.

Masters of Horror(s) Cutting

CBS Home, 3BR/2BA, on 5 ac.
w/24x60 barn, asking
$3,000 neg. or to rent for
$1500 mo. (863)634-6113
Charming Country Cottage,
3BR/1.5BA, 15 min. from
town & 2BR/1BA, no pets.
1st, last & sec. Call Debbie
S863)467-2982 Mon.-Fri.,
am til 4pm.
Shop here first!
The classified ads

Cottage 2/2.5 + Loft, Cov.
Porch. Includes water, sewer,
Cov. Parking & 24 ft boat
dock.$1350 mon. unfurn.
Century 21 Horizon
1br, fully furn, incld elec &
satellite, on river, NO pets,
$700/mo (863)467-1950
OKEECHOBEE: 4/3, on Taylor
Creek, large dock.
$1500/mo. 1st mo & sec.
dep. (561)767-6112
OKEECHOBEE- 4br, 2ba, in
city limits, looking for re-
sponsible renters w/refs.
$1300/mo, (863)634-9139
clean! On canal. Lg. storage.
$950 mo. + 1st & sec. dep.

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

Delightful 2/1 furnished
with a large screen
porch that overlooks
Taylor Creek.
Quiet and Secure on
private peninsula.
$800 month.

BH RIDGE - 2/2, waterfront,
lake access, Ig screen porch,
fenced yard, shed, $700 1st
& $700 Sec (772)370-1095
TAYLOR CREEK: 3/2/1 C/Air &
Heat, Waterfront. $1000 mo.
Annual / $1200 monthly, +
electric (863)634-0584

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

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

Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495
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
der appraisal. $169,900. Oak
/tile/marble, Space to add
master bath, 24 x13 en-
closed Fla. room & more!!
Grab flyer!! 309 SW 10th
Ave. (863)357-0391

10-75 Acres Avail. Must sell
due to health. Owner financing
possible. Down payment as
w as $6500 on 10 acre par-
cel. (863)634-7311 for info.

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.

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.

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

Mobile Homes

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

BH RIDGE - 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$900. 1st & $900. Sec.
CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031
1/1 & 2/1 w/ Large porch. On
large, shaded, fenced lot. Nice
area. $600 mo & $850 mo.
Call (863)634-3451
No pets. Fenced yard.
$600/mo. & $550 security.
Okee 3br, 2ba, Lake access,
No pets. $925 mo 1st & sec.
dep. (561)927-8211

Mobile Home Angels
3BR, 2BA, 1 acre corner
lot, Crescent Acres
FORECLOSURE - 4br, 2ba,
28x80, on 3/4 acre, 1001
N.E. 104th Court. As Is,
$79,900, (239)777-4357
Horton, '05, 2BR/1BA,
14'wx48'l, immaculate,
must be moved, partially
furnished, $10,000.
4/2 Tile floor, Energy Package,
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq. ft
30th Anniversary
Sale Special
Save $15,000.
Call for FREE Color Brochures
FOR SALE! Set up & removal
also available. (863)381-1000
RIVERBEND MHP- #40, 2br,
2ba, furnished, elec boat lift,
on canal, Fla room, golf car,
2 sheds, 3 fruit trees.
Trailer, 35', w/2 tipouts &
10x30 added on rm., fur-
nished, w/washer & dryer,
tv, a/c & other furniture,
-$7000 or best offer. Lot Rent
1,190 mo. 50 + community.
i , 3)532-9361
Love the earth Recycle
your used items by sell-
Ing them in the classi-


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

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

Will remove your boats
from canal before
water shortage.
Boat storage available.
-Will Buy, Sell or
Call (561)262-1390

TOY HAULER, '02, Forest Riv-
er, 24', new tires, new bat-
tery, $15,000 or best offer.

Wheel. With slide out. New
condition. $8900 or best of-
fer. (863)801-9136


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

black, sport wheels, exc.
cond., 50k mi., w/tandem
trailer, hidden ramps, winch,
elec. brakes, $18,000.

ton, roll n lock cover, 32k
mi.q. new tire, udod grain
trim int., all -,r':. Custom
running boards, exc. condr'
$18k or best offer.

FORD F350, '99, Mark Ill Se-
ries, 7.3 diesel mtr., white,
crew cab, full cap, 130k mi.,
new tires, clean truck,
$12,500. (863)610-0329

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

On October 19,2007, Emmaus Broad-
casting Service filed an application
with the Federal Communications
Comm. requesting authority to con-
struct a new non-commercial edu-
cational F.M. radio station to serve
Okeechobee County and surround-
ing areas. The application proposes
a Class A station operating at a
height of 91.4 M with 4.3 MHZ
from tower 27-14-41.4 Lat.
*SOi ... FI t ,.,,of the ap-
",h, ]I.. . i.. . ,ri,. I, inspection
during business hours in the pro-
posed main studio at Emmaus
roadcaslng Service, 2421 Brock-
smith Rd., Ft. Pierce, Fl. 34945
247798 ON /8,10,t5,17,22,24/

Do-It-Yourself Ideas

3-in-1 Chair
This 3-in-I chair project
functions as a chair, a step-
stool and an ironing board. It
measures 34 in. high by 15
in. wide by 16 in. deep as a
chair, and the ironing board
uses a 12-by-32-in. cover.
3-in-1 Chair plan
(No. 798) ... $8.95
Country Kitchen Package
3 other plans
(No. C136)... $22.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects)... $2.00
Please add $4.00 s&h
(except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), clip
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Oceanside, CA 92056.
Please be sure to include
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Do-It-Yourself Ideas

Cold-Weather Cooking

If you have a house full of winter appetites (or just
one of your own) a 418-page cookbook, "Cold-
Weather Cooking," features more than 300 recipes
that will keep the kitchen more crowded than ever.
The book includes a broad range of traditional
favorites and dishes destined to become favorites
rounded out by chapters devoted to holiday menus
(including beverages), soups, seafood and more.

Cold-Weather Cooking (No. W7) ... $16.95
Also available:
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of Flat Bread, With Your Choice
of Cheese and Toppings,
Medium Drink, and Chips,
each (Publix, each ... 6.29)

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(Quantity Rights Reserved on Selected Advertised Varieties.)

Large Eggs..................................... ...........1.19.
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Assorted Varieties, 12-oz bag
(Excluding Limited Reserve,
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Old Fashioned: Golden- Light
Brown or Dark Brown; or
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SAVE UP TO 6.36 ON 4

Bud Light
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