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There is no school Monday,
Nov. 12, in observance of Vet-
Post 64 to honor
Veterans in park
American Legion Post 64,
the organization that has spon-
sored Veterans' Day programs
in Veterans' Park downtown
for many years will be having
their "celebration on Monday,
For many years the Ameri-
can Legion has sponsored the
Veterans' Day program in the
park. This year's program will
follow the same format as in
the past even though it will be
held a day later than usual. The
featured speaker for the 10 a.m.
program will be Colonel Law-
rence Saucier, ROTC instructor
at Okeechobee High School.
Col. Saucier's cadets will form
the honor guard. As they have
been doing for the past eight
years, the gospel quartet, New
Ground will be sing the Nation-
al Anthem and entertain the
crowd after the program with
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 sepa-
rate 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 orga-
nization is still in existence.
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Bush marks Veterans Day in Texas
By Deb Riechmann
Associated Press Writers
WACO, Texas (AP) -- Mark-
ing his fifth Veterans Day since
the invasion of Iraq, President
Bush honored U.S. troops past
and present at a tearful ceremo-
ny Sunday for four Texans who
The White House had said
Bush was going to also use his
Veterans Day speech to scold
Congress for not sending him
a veterans spending bill. But
the president finished without
any reference to the bill or Con-
"In their sorrow, these fami-
lies need to know - and fami-
lies all across our nation of the
fallen - need to know that your
loved ones served a cause that
is good and just and noble,"
Bush said. "And as their com-
mander in chief, I make you this
promise: Their sacrifice will not
be in vain."
Bush, who is scheduled to
return to the White House on
Monday, was in Texas for the
holiday, following his two-day
meeting with German Chancel-
lor Angela Merkel at his ranch in
He went to American Legion
Post 121, which was honor-
ing four Texas men who were
among the more than 3,860
members of the U.S. military
who have died in Iraq since 2003.
They were Army Spc. Javier An-
tonio Villanueva of Bellmead,
Army Spc. Jeffrey Paul Shaffer of
West, Marine Lance Cpl. Johnny
Ray Strong of Waco and Marine
Gunnery Sgt. John David Fry of
Post Commander Clayton
Hueske admitted being nervous,
but said he was proud to have
Bush in attendance at the emo-
tional event, which ended with
the audience joining a soloist in
singing "God Bless America."
A bugler played taps. Post of-
ficials offered comforting words
to the fallen troops' families and
presented them with honor-
ary plaques and flags that have
flown over the state capitol.
"These men and women
saw the future of the terrorists'
intent for our country and they
said with clear, voices, 'Not on
my watch,'"' Bush said of the
"America is blessed to have
such brave defenders. They are
tomorrow's veterans and they
are bringing pride to our coun-
try. Their service is noble and it
is necessary," he said. "The en-
emies who attacked us six years
ago want to strike our country
again, and next time they hope
to kill Americans on a scale that
will make 9/11 pale by compari-
Bush has spent four of the
See Bush - Page 2
By Pete Gawda
Students at the Okeechobee
Freshman Campus recently
learned that freedom isn't free.
Since Okeechobee schools are
closed on Nov. 12, a special Vet-
erans' Day program was held on
Friday Nov. 9 at the First Baptist
Church Recreation Outreach
Center. Future Farmer of America
(FFA) officers presided over the
program and special recognition
was given to the two rows of vet-
erans sitting at the front of the
Okeechobee High School
JROTC cadets posted the col-
ors and Mandy Harrison, FFA
junior reporter led the audience
in the Pledge of Allegiance. The
National Anthem was sung" by
Preston Williams and Keairia
In his opening remarks, Andy
Brewer, principal, said that as the
son of a Viet Nam veteran he had
a great deal of appreciation for
veterans. He said that the heroic
actions of World War II veterans
had touched four generations.
Mr. Brewer paid tribute to those
still missing in action and stated
that veterans placed national se-
curity before their own lives.
"Thank you for all you have
done," Mr. Brewer said to the
assembled veterans. "Without
your sacrifice I would not be
standing before you."
Sarah Payne, FFA jr. treasur-
er, gave a history of the holiday
which has also been called Re-
membrance Day and Armistice
Day. November 11 marks the
.date in 1918 when the armistice
was signed to stop the fighting
in World War I. However, the
See OFC - Page 2
The Navy SEAL Museum
hosts the annual "Muster"
for veterans of the US Navy's
SEAL Teams, Special Boat
Teams, Underwater Demoli-
tion Teams, Scouts and Raid-
ers, and other members of
the Naval Special Warfare
community. Members of the
/Navy's elite warriors, past and
present, attend the annual
"Muster" to honor the mem-
ory of fallen team mates. The
ceremonies and demonstra-
tion attracts over 3000 visitors
and VIP's from all over the
The Museum is located
on North Hutchison Island in
public year round. The Muster
is held annually during the
Veterans Day weekend. The
ceremony and the demon-
strations by the Navy SEAL's
are open to the public, and
include displays, SEAL. and
UDT memorabilia, and snacks
and beverages for the specta-
tors. The Navy's Recruiting
Command also has a "SEAL
Challenge" display with rope
climbing and physical fitness
tests which are very popular
with high school students in-
terested in a career with Naval
Recently, Congress passed
a resolution officially naming
See Veterans - Page 2
The US Navy SEAL Parachute Team, the "Leapfrogs"
parachuted into the Museum parade field at the start of
the SEAL's Veteran's Day demonstration during the an-
2 nual "Muster" at the Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce.
They came to grow sugarcane
By Beryl Bowden
Edited by MaryAnn Morris
The late Beryl Bowden's
wrote for the Clewiston
News for many years.
Thanks to the Clewiston
Museum, we have access
to her history stories about
those early days and an
ever-increasing library of
digitized historic photos.
The 1920s were a decade
of important decisions for the
fledgling town of Clewiston.
Mid-decade, 1925, in Decem-
ber the Southern Sugar Com-
pany received its charter as a
Florida corporation. According
to the news report, based on
the initial operating capital of
A series about Florida's
pioneers and history
$11,000, 000, the incorpora-
tion fee paid to the state was
$2,260, one of the largest sin-
gle charter fees ever paid to
Florida at that time.
The law firm of J.L. Dog-
gert in Jacksonville prepared
the corporation documents.
The incorporators listed were
B.G. Dahlberg, Isaac T. Cook,
Charles G. Rhodes, T.A. Burt,
Chicago; C.F. Dahlberg, New
Orleans; E.B. Roberts, E.C.
Cole, T.F. Kearnes, H.F. Don-
nelly and E.C. Lathrop, Chi-
cago. Six of these men were
Celotex Corporation officials.
Southern Sugar Company
directors included P.G. Bishop
as operating vice-president
(he had formerly been with
Cuba Cane Sugar, Corp.); F.E.
Bryant, Jules M. Burguieres,
a Louisiana sugar cane man;
T.A. Burt, E.C. Cole, W.J. Con-
ners, F.L. Williamson of Clew-
See History - Page 2
Courtesy photo/Clewiston Museum
Many notable people came to Clewiston to see the new sugar
operations. J. Edgar Hoover and a companion watch wagons
loaded with cut cane on its way to the mill for processing into
sugar sometime in the 1920s
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Veterans' Day: Displays & demonstrations of duty
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Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Naval Sea cadets from Okeechobee's Trident program participated in the SEAL Muster XXII in the Fort Pierce
demonstration as the "opposing forces". Dressed in foreign uniform items, wearing authentic head scarves and
carrying (non-firing) "AK-47" rifles, the cadets played the role of the "enemy" during the SEAL "downed pilot
Residents celebrate Veterans Day
Special to the Fort Pierce and is open to the
2 Okeechobee News, Monday, November 12, 2007
Continued From Page 1
the museum as the official US
Navy SEAL Museum. The Mu-
seum is located at the original
site where the famed Underwa-
ter Demolition Teams were first
organized and trained.
The "UDT's", as the teams
were known, were the forerun-
ners to the Navy SEALS. President
John F. Kennedy officially autho-
rized the modern SEAL Teams to
be formed from the UDT teams
in 1962. By the early 1970's, all
of the former UDT teams were
changed to the modern SEAL
There are ten SEAL Teams,
based at the Naval Amphibious
Base in Little Creek Virginia, and
at the Naval Amphibious Base
in Coronado, California. The
Teams are deployed world wide
from these bases, and currently
the majority are on active as-
signments in Iraq and Afghani-
stan. SEAL teams members are
also deployed to sites all over
the world to assist in maritime
security and special operations
Attending this year's "Muster
XXII" was Admiral Eric Olson,
the commander of the US Spe-
cial Operations Command based
,at McDill Air Force Base in Tam-
pa, Florida. Okeechobee's High
School Jazz Band, under Band
Director Clint LaFlam also partici-
pated in the memorial ceremony
to honor past and present mem-
bers of the Naval Special Warfare
The ceremony commenced
with introductory remarks by
representatives from the Naval
Special Warfare community,
representatives of veterans or-
Continued From Page 1
holiday honors all American vet-
Rev. Carey McKee, pastor of
More to Life Ministry, observed
a moment of silence for those
veterans who did hot come back
before offering a Veterans' Day
prayer. Then he read the words
to the Johnny Cash song "Ragged
Old Flag" which describes some
of the battles our flag has flown
over through the over 200 years
of this country's history.
, The familiar words "In Flan-
ders Fields the poppies blow/ be-
tween the crosses row on row,"
were. read by Kelsey Burnham,
FFA junior vice president. She
related the story of how John
McCrae, a lieutenant colonel and
medical doctor in the Canadian
army during World War I came
to write "In Flanders Fields"
which has been called one of
the most memorable war poems
This was followed by a roll
call of Okeechobee High School
graduates who had been killed in
Featured speaker James
Sharpe, FFA jr. president, urged
the students to call a veteran on
Nov. 11 and brighten their day.
"Don't use it to catch up on
Continued From Page 1
iston; W.J. Tully, New York; E.R.
Shepherd, a Houston electrical
engineering consultant; Gerald
Martin, a Minneapolis elevator
company executive; and several
others who were prominent in
the Celotex company.
Mr. Bryant, Mr. Buguieres, Mr.
Conners and others had broken
.into the sugarcane deal in Flori-
da and had proven many things.
This group, organized as Florida'
Sugar Company and as Florida
Flood Products, lacked the ad-
equate financing for a success-
ful venture. Because of growing
conditions and climate in Loui-
.siana, the flowering period is
very short and significant experi-
ments in cane breeding were im-
Continued From Page 1
past six Veterans Days at Ar-
lington National Cemetery. This
year, Vice President Dick Cheney
went to Arlington to pay tribute
to Iraq veterans.
In a 10-minute speech,
Cheney said soldiers from World
War I to "the current fight against
terrorism" have served their
country valiantly, and "kept us
free at the land we call home."
"Free to live as we see fit,
free to work, worship, speak
our minds, to choose our own
leaders," the vice president said.
"May the rest of us never take
them for granted."
Hundreds of people of braved
the crisp November weather to
witness Cheney's tribute and
they cheered when he offered
Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
The Okeechobee High School Jazz Band performed at the annual "muster" for veterans at the
SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce on Saturday.
ganizations, and' by Admiral
Olson. Also attending were the
President of the UDT-SEAL As-
sociation and President of the
UDT-SEAL Museum Association.
At the conclusion of the ceremo-
ny, the demonstration started
with the Navy SEAL's parachute
At the conclusion of the for-
mal memorial ceremony, a team
of active duty SEAL's conduct a
demonstration for the specta-
tors. The SEAL's re-enact a World
War II Underwater Demolition
Team ("UDT") destroying beach
obstacles prior to the landings of
the US and Allied forces during
the war. The SEAL's also re-enact
a modern "downed pilot" rescue
mission, and meet with specta-
tors after the demonstration.
Okeechobee's Naval Ca-
det program, the Naval Special
Warfare - Trident, participates
in and assists the Museum and
the active duty SEAL's during the
annual Muster. The Trident's ca-
dets assist in preparing the simu-
lated "obstacles" for the demoli-
tions, constructing the simulated
"building" for the rescue, and act
as the "opposing forces" for the
SEAL's. During the annual Mus-
ter, the cadets have a unique op-
portunity to meet and work with
the active duty SEAL's over the
three day period.
The Trident program is orient-
ed towards Naval Special War-
fare, and many of the cadets are
interested in the Navy's special
warfare career fields. Both the
UDT-SEAL Association and the
UDT-SEAL Museum Association,
together with the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office are co-
sponsors of the Trident pro-
gram. The Trident program is
the Sheriffs Office youth devel-
opment program and is based at
the Sheriff's Office Marine Unit
building at OkeeTantie. The pro-
gram is open to young men and
women between the ages of 13
and 18. High School participants
also receive semester credit for
Those interested in the Triden
program should contact the
Sheriff's Office Marine unit at
863- 357-1600 for additional in-
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Members of the Okeechobee High School Army JROTC honored the veterans at a Veterans'
Day Ceremony held on Friday Nov. 9 at the ROC.
other things," he said of Veter- them." histories of relatives of students
ans' Day. "Use it to catch up on The program concluded with and teachers.
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Courtesy photo/Clewiston Museum
The grand opening of the Southern Sugar Company's new
mill in Clewiston in 1929 attracted hundreds of people to
Clewiston to celebrate the accomplishment.
possible. The U.S. Department
of Agriculture had established a
station at Canal Point to develop
varieties of cane sugar that could
personal regards from Bush.
Cheney placed a wreath on the
Tomb of the Unknowns, paus-
ing to straighten the ribbons on
Cheney quoted Gen. David
Petraeus, the top U.S. com-
mander in Iraq, in saying troops
there are fighting in a complex
and challenging situation, and
praised them for a "magnificent
"Our conduct of our military
today and throughout our na-
tion's history makes this country
very proud," Cheney said. "It is
our prayer they will return in
victory, safely home, to live out
their lives and be here to observe
many Veterans Days to come."
In previewing Bush's speech,
the White House had said he
would criticize Congress for not
sending him the appropriations
measure that funds programs
rescue the failing Louisiana cane
The knowledge gained from
the Louisiana and Florida expe-
The veterans bill has got-
ten caught up in a larger battle
between Bush and Congress
over Democratic efforts to add
about $23 billion for domestic
programs to Bush's $933 billion
proposal for all agency budgets.
In a joint letter to Bush on
Saturday, House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi and Senate Majority Lead-
er Harry Reid told the president
that the Democratic Congress
wanted to work with him on
"Key to this dialogue, howev-
er, is some willingness on your
part to actually find common
ground," they wrote. "Thus far,
we have seen only a hard line
drawn and a demand that we
send only legislation that reflects
your cuts to critical priorities of
the American people."
The White House said there
riences had prepared the South-
ern Sugar Company well pre-
pared for its new venture.
The 1920s that began with
vegetable growing was now
swinging over to sugarcane and
When Hendry County was
created in 1923, J.J. O'Brien
was appointed as one of its
five county commissioners. He
served until the May primaries in
1925, when he ran for election
to the same office. However, he
lost in the primary and resigned
as commissioner, although his
appointed term would have run
until the end of the year.
"The important develop-
ments which are underway re-
quire fullest cooperation of all
citizens," he said. He felt that he
would not have that full coop-
eration, so he resigned.
is no reason why Congress could
not have sent the bill to the pres-
ident by Veterans Day, as he re-
quested, except that lawmakers
wanted to attach it to other bills
the president has said he would
Once Bush was at Sunday's
ceremony, however, he decided
not to mention the budget fight.
Afterward, White House
spokesman Gordon Johndroe
said Bush "significantly short-
ened" his remarks because the
ceremony had already been
more than an hour long. "I think
he felt it was more important to
shorten the remarks and meet
with the families as scheduled,"
Associated Press writer
Natasha Metzler in Arlington
contributed to this report.
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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 entertain.
Okeechobee schools will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 in obser-
vance 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. Ham-
burgers 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 Vet-
erans from Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts in recent
years. All Veterans are invited to come help us celebrate Veterans
Day. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided. For information call
Public meeting to discuss Taylor Creek
Residents in the area of Taylor Creek and Treasure Isle are invited
to attend a public meeting on Nov. 13 to learn more about the con-
tinuing drought, changing water levels and local projects in the area.
Representatives from the South Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD), Okeechobee County and, the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission will attend the public meeting.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 4 p.m. until 6
p.m. at the SFWMD Okeechobee Field Station, located at 1000 NW
40th Street in Okeechobee. For additional information about this
meeting, please phone the SFWMD Okeechobee Service Center at
(863) 462-5260 or (800) 250-4200.
The S-193 Taylor Creek navigation lock will remain in the closed
position and continue to be operated for boaters two times daily at
8 a.m. and 2 p.m. until Lake Okeechobee level and levels in Taylor
Legislative delegation meets
Representative Richard Machek announces that the Okeechobee
County Legislative Delegation will hold its annual meeting and
public hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, from 1:30 p.m. until
3 p.m. The meeting will be held in the County Commission Cham-
bers at the Okeechobee Commission Chambers, 304 NW 2Nd Street,
"This hearing is specifically designed to encourage the public
to personally address their legislators on their concerns and issues
involving state government," Chairman Machek said.
If you would like to be placed on the agenda, to discuss issues
pertaining to the state, please contact Representative Machek's of-
fice at (561) 279-1633, or via email to victoria.nowlan@myflorida-
house.gov, no later than Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2007.
Okeechobee News, Monday, November 12, 2007 3
Veterans Day celebrated
This 173rd Airborne Vietnam Veteran tribute bike was displayed at the Bike Rally on Sat-
urday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11. Okeechobee American Legion Post 64 will host their
annual Veterans Day program in Veterans Park at 9:30 a.m.
Arts & Craft Fairs and Bazaars
and craft sale
On Saturday, Nov. 17,
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128,
Order of the Eastern Star will
host an Indoor Yard and Craft
Sale at the Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge, 107 NW Fifth Ave. Doors
will open at 8 a.m. Continental
breakfast items will be available
for sale and at 10 a.m. lunch
items including chili dogs and
bowls of chili will be available.
For information, contact Mary
Ann Holt at (863) 634-8087 or
Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
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 embroi-
dery. Fall, Christmas and much
more items to see. Concessions
will be available. For informa-
tion call Pan Hales at (863) 763-
Ladies Auxiliary to
host annual bazaar
Big Lake VFW Post 10539
Ladies Auxiliary is hosting their
annual Holiday Craft Bazaar on
Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Tables are available for $10. Ev-
eryone is welcome. Bring your
goodies to sell or come and
shop. Breakfast and lunch will
be served. For information, call
Cheryl at (863) 697-2930.
call to artists
The 2008 Top of the Lake Art
Festival will be held Feb. 23 and
24, 2008 in Flagler Park. This is
an invitation for artists to partic-
ipate in this Festival. There are
three competitions to choose
from: Fine Art Juried Individual
Booth (deadline Dec. 15, 2007,
entry fee to apply); Adult Divi-
sion/Fine Art Contest in Gallery
Tent (deadline Jan. 30, 2008,
small entry fee to apply); Stu-
dent Division-Art Contest Stu-
dent Gallery Tent (Feb. 1, 2008
deadline, no entry fee). Appli-
cations are available at www.
or by calling the Okeechobee
Main Street office at (863) 357-
Vendors wanted for Craft
Fair on Nov. 23 and 24. Set up
time is 8 a.m., doors open from
9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Spaces $35
extra space or table $5 each.
Inside or outside spaces are
available for tents. For informa-
tion call the Okeechobee Shrine
Club at (863) 610-3374 or (863)
The Buckhead Ridge Chris-
tian Church will host its second
annual craft bazaar and lun-
cheon, Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8
a.m. until 2 p.m. Come for a day
of fun. They will have a little bit
of everything, from homemade
baked goods to handmade
crafts. A delicious lunch of veg-
etable soup, chicken noodle
soup and ham salad sandwich
will be available. For more in-
formation call (863) 357-6500.
The history of Veterans Day
By The Associated Press
Veterans Day, originally
known as Armistice Day, origi-
nated after World War I.
The fighting between the Al-
lies and Germany ended on the
11 th hour of the 11 th day of the
11th month in 1918. To honor
that, President Wilson issued a
proclamation in 1919 that the
armistice would be commemo-
rated Nov. 11.
By 1926, 27 states had made
Armistice Day a holiday. In 1938,
Congress passed a bill making it
a national holiday.
After World War II and the
Korean War, the name was
changed to Veterans Day to
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* STALKING: I really appreciate the news paper following up with
a more detailed article on this subject of stalking, I think I will send a
letter to the state attorneys office, referencing this case and re-question
again why the individual stalking my child was not arrested.
ECONOMY: Yes, Okeechobee is kind of odd in some areas. I am
always hearing that people want this for the town -- they want a nice
restaurant here in town so they don't have to go to the coast to take
family out. Well, we had a nice restaurant, and the community did not
support it. I would have to agree that county/city employees require
a raise higher than 4.2 percent. Our economy is in serious financial
trouble and with county and city employees, the try and shave money
off the budget and now that one employee is doing the work of three
people. Foreclosures are at an all time high and it is only going to get
worse. I don't think there is such a thing as middle class anymore
HATEFUL WORDS: If God did not approve of homosexuality, he
wouldn't have made homosexuals. The bottom line for me is this:
There are no major Christian leaders in this country willing to say that
the way some bigots talk about homosexuals is not the way most
Christians feel. The reason for that is, most Christians feel that way.
Until that changes, Christianity will continue to decline in popularity
in an increasingly more educated world. Like Islam, Christianity has
to be dragged into the 21st century. The reason that people are par-
ticularly aware of hateful words coming from Christians is because
there have been several radical Christian groups that have done major
harm. And it all started with a few hateful words, words that came
from the bible, but perverted to suit someone's agenda. The names
of those radical groups? The Crusaders, the KKK, and the Nazi Party. I
don't think I have to tell you what THEY accomplished.
THE LAKEHOUSE: Yes I saw in the Okeechobee News about this
Lakehouse development, where is this supposed to be located at? I
didn't see any of this in the paper. I could have missed it, but could
someone tell me where this new development is supposed to be?
Editor's note: Information on the location was printed under
the artist's rendering. The Lakehouse development will be
located between S.W. Ninth Street and S.W. 15th Street, and
between S.W. Seventh Avenue and S.W. 10th Avenue.
VEGETABLES: I was just interested if anyone knows if organic
grown vegetables and beef and pork are available in Okeechobee
GOVERNMENT: County Commissioners need to seriously con-
sider returning to the commission state not administrative state of
government for Okeechobee County. Citizens do not vote for admin-
istrator. The much promoted administrator state of government is just
a method to taking government out of the hands of people. If the ad-
ministrator form of government is so good, then why don't we run the
state the same way?
COMMISSIONERS: I see in today's paper the Commissioners are
at it again. Now they won't accept the advice of the County Attorney.
They think they run this whole county by themselves. I hope next year
is an election year. There are a few that have been there way to long
now. It's time for them to go.
ADMINISTRATOR: It amazes me, that we have more than 30
people applying for the county administrator position. If any of these
applicants were to sit in on a few county commission meetings, they
would probably head for the hills. Just reading about the goings-on at
these meetings in the newspaper is enough to raise my blood pres-
sure. I can't imagine the frustration it must cause professionals who
are trying to do their jobs and having to deal with these elected offi-
cials. Some of the commissioners don't even seem to know the rules,
much less follow them.
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Martha's House collecting cell phones
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Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants.
If you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or
drop them off at their administrative office at 103 N.W. Fifth St.
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Native Prairie: A disappearing national treasure
Ducks Unlimited says,
"Farm the best,
conserve the rest"
By Don Young
Executive Vice President,
A national treasure is disap-
pearing with little more than a
shrug from the American public.
Our 10-thousand-year-old native
grasslands are being lost at an
alarming rate. Unfortunately, it
seems very few people recognize
and appreciate their value and
More than 70 percent of the
nation's original native prairie
has been lost. Much of the re-
maining prairie is on poor qual-
ity soils not suited for production
agriculture. Compared to 2006,
the latest USDA figures show a
40 percent jump this year in the
conversion of native grasslands
Landowners in North Dakota
and Montana plowed out 30,000
acres of native prairie in 2007.
More than 20,000 of those acres
were in the Prairie Pothole Re-
gion, the world's most valuable
duck nesting habitat. Data from
South Dakota is not yet available,
but that state has had the high-
est rates of prairie conversion in
the last few years. Unfortunately,
these croplands on poor soils are
highly vulnerable to erosion.
Our native prairie provides
values to society that are lost
once these prairies are converted
to cropland. Grasslands provide
habitat for our wildlife, preserve
our soil and water quality, and
remove carbon dioxide from the
air, thereby potentially helping to
address global climate change.
This recent increase in the
loss of grassland is driven mostly
by a rise in the price of commodi-
ties such as wheat, corn and soy-
beans. These prices will moder-
ate, but that may not happen
before many more thousands
of acres of native prairie are lost
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
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.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Every-
one who enjoys singing is invited. For information or to sched-
ule an appearance for your organization or group, contact Marge
Skinner at (863) 532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at
1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th
St. This meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her
ancestry. The annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for
a family. For information, call Eve at (863) 467-2674; or, visit their
web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/-flgso.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion
at the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For informa-
tion, call (863) 634-4780.
O.C.RA. meets at Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane
at 7 p.m.
ArtfulAppliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any in-
terested persons to come by and see what they are about. For
information call (863) 763-6952.
Nicotine Anonymous (NICA)is starting a new club with
meetings to be held at the Just For Today club, 2303 U.S. Hwy 441
S.E., Suite K, on Mondays from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. For informa-
tion, call Steve Condit Sr. at (863) 801-3110.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting
in Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian
Brethren Church on 700-A, north off.U.S. 98. Beginners are wel-
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at
the Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave.
Anyone currently home schooling or interested in home school-
ing is welcome. For information, call Lydia Hall (863) 357-6729 or
Betty Perera (863) 467-6808.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10
a.m. at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available.
For information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast.
For information, call (863) 467-9055.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's
only meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the
church next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St.. Any individual or
group that enjoys old time,gospel music is invited to participate.
For information, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers
Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m.
then from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional sup-
port or someone just to care are welcome. For information call
the hot line (863) 801-9201 6r (863) 697-9718.
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday.
Spanish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Chris-
tian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group fa-
cilitator. Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health
Department, 1798 N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene
Luck as the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until
7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information,
call (863) 763-2893.}
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Meth-
odist Church of Our 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave. The Lakes Shops Suite K. For information call
High commodity prices are
not the only factor driving the
conversion. Current farm policy
provides substantial risk protec-
tion on these marginal acres
through crop insurance and di-
saster payments, which are paid
for by the U.S. taxpayers.
A recent congressional report,
Farm Program Payments Are an
Important Factor in Landowner's
Decisions to Convert Grassland
to Cropland, highlighted the re-
lationship between government
risk support and grassland con-
version. This report found that
farm program payments, like
crop and disaster insurance, re-
move the risk of planting on mar-
ginal land that should never be
Clearly, current farm policy
is creating unintended conse-
quences for the future. Sound
farm policy should provide a
safety net for farmers, not encour-
age land-use decisions that leave
taxpayers carrying the financial
burden. That is why legislators
and sportsmen are encouraging
Congress to support a Sodsaver
provision in the proposed farm
bill that would discourage the
conversion of native grasslands.
The House of Representatives
has already passed its version of
the 2007 farm bill and they in-
cluded a Sodsaver provision to
protect these native grasslands.
While the House version of the
provision is a good start, the Sen-
ate must act to include a stronger
Sodsaver that effectively removes
all federal incentives for convert-
ing the remaining native grass-
lands to cropland.
We believe that production
agriculture is vital to our nation's
economy and we heartily sup-
port farming lands suitable for
such production. However, our
nation's grasslands are too pre-
cious to squander, especially at
the expense of future genera-
tions. It is time that farm policy
supports the idea of "Farm the
Best and Conserve the Rest."
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 Thanksgiving honey hams
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 currently working on. For information call
Carolyn at (863) 634-1885 or Joan at (863) 467-0290.
BHR Fire Department has bake saleQ
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 Fife Depait-
ment. For information call Darlene Brown at (863) 467-6596.
Masonic Lodge plans breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star will
host the first breakfast of the season on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. Serving hours are
8 until 11 a.m. and the menu includes homemade biscuits and sau-
sage gravy, scrambled eggs, hash brown casserole, grits, sausage,
bacon, fruit orange juice and coffee. All served by friendly faces for
only $5 per person. Please note that due to the Thanksgiving Holi-
day, this breakfast is being held earlier than our normal monthly
event. For information, contact Mary Ann Holt at (863) 634-8087 or
Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
Heritage Financial offers homebuyers classes
A first-time Homebuyer Education class is being offered on Nov.
14 and 28 from 6 until 7 p.m. at Heritage Financial Services located
at 309 S.W. Park St. Okeechobee. Please call to reserve your seat
at (863) 467-8899. The class will cover the residential application
process and credit guidelines needed to obtain loan approval. A
fee of $25 will be charged to cover the prequalification and credit
Stakeholders to hold outreach meeting
Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. until noon South Florida Water Man-
agement District's Okeechobee Service Center (Bank of America
building- 2nd floor) are you interested in recreational opportunities
in the Kissimmee River Valley? The purpose of meeting is to provide
an opportunity for SFWMD to meet with community members that
are interested in using the restored Kissimmee River Valley region
for public use and recreation. Learn about the Kissimmee River
Restoration Project and the recreational opportunities available for
you on SFWMD lands. If you have any questions about the upcom-
ing meeting, please contact Jeff McLemore at (800) 250-4200 or
(863) 462-5260'x 3022.
Writers' Workshop at the Library
A Writers' Workshop will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6:30
p.m. in the Library Board Room. Anyone who writes fiction, in-
cluding mainstream, mystery, and romance, as well as memoir or
poetry is invited to attend to read and offer constructive criticism to
the group. Bring two pages of your work to read. For information
call Jan Day Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.
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.
Garden Club to hold meeting
Are you a veggie grower or are flowers your thing? Just learning
or an old hand? Need to learn more or want to share ideas or help
others? This is the club for you. This month Dan Culbert will show
you the gardens of Costa Rica on Monday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. at The
Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458 Hwy 98. For more infor-
mation call (863) 763-6469.
Mighty Sprouts to meet
The 4H Mighty Sprouts meeting for the month of November will
be on Monday, Nov. 26 at the County Extension Office from 5 until
7 p.m. There will be no meeting on Nov. 12 due to the holiday. The
class will be making beautiful magnolia blossom centerpieces for
their holiday tables. If you have any questions about the Mighty
Sprouts club, please call the extension office at (863)763-6469.
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Retirement send off
On Nov. 8, Deborah Lewis, center, retired after 17 years' service to the clerk of the
courts. Friends and coworkers gathered in the clerk's office to wish her well are, left
right, Darryl Lewis, Mrs. Lewis' husband, commissioner Noel Chandler, Sharon Robert-
son, clerk of the courts, commissioner Elvie Posey, Mrs. Lewis, Debbie Jenkins, Lynn
Shane and Kelly Conrad, employees of the clerk's office and commissioner Clif Betts.
Seen on the table is a proclamation from the clerk of the courts honoring Mrs. Lewis
for her many years of faithful service.
Red Cross Heroes
The Okeechobee American Red Cross would like to thank Butch's Redneck Yacht Club
for their generous support during their Heroes Campaign. Participants (in no particular
order) are: Steve Spell, Vice President, Debbie Spell, Kevin Schooley, President, Debbie
Schooley, Billy Dean, Dot Snow, Treasurer, Debbie McDonald, Jack Crowe Sue Crowe,
Secretary, Becky Hunold.
Congress could burn tobacco industry with big tax increase
By Charles Babington
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Con-
gress is taking new whacks at the
cigarette industry, banning tobac-
co sales in Senate buildings and
- more importantly - seeking
a significant federal tax increase
The industry, once a lobby-
ing behemoth, is quietly working
against the tax bill. But it lacks
the clout it once wielded.
Several key lawmakers said
they have had no recent contacts
with tobacco lobbyists. And both
houses have signaled a willing-
ness to raise the cigarette tax if
other provisions of a children's
health bill can be resolved.
"I . think the industry has
tried to do things more quietly,
largely because they obviously
know how popular a tobacco
tax is," said Ron Pollack, execu-
tive director of Families USA, The
health advocacy group supports
a proposed $35 billion increase
in the State Children's Health In-
surance Program, which a higher
cigarette tax would finance.
House and Senate negotiators
are trying to craft a veto-proof
version of the bill. President Bush
says he would veto it because it
calls for a 61 cents-per-pack in-
crease in the federal excise tax
on cigarettes, taking it to $1.
The House came within
about a dozen votes of overriding
Bush's veto of a similar bill last
month. The bill's supporters are
offering to change program eli-
gibility rules in hopes of picking
up enough Republicans to make
the revised bill veto-proof. The
proposed cigarette tax increase
is not at issue, leaders of both
Philip Morris USA, the nation's
largest cigarette maker, sponsors
a Web site, mailings and a toll-
free number urging people to ask
Congress to sustain Bush's veto.
"Taxing smokers is unfair," the
materials say, adding that states
have increased sales taxes on
cigarettes 73 times since 2000.
"We are sharing our position
with legislators," Philip Morris
spokesman Bill Phelps said in an
interview. The company also has
encouraged tobacco growers,
retailers and wholesalers to get
involved, he said.
But tobacco's critics say health
concerns have deeply eroded the
industry's influence in Congress.
"The country and elected of-
ficials have really made'a turn,"
said Bill Corr, executive director
of the Campaign for Tobacco-
Free Kids. Cigarette companies,
he said, "don't have the opportu-
nity to go in and push members
The tobacco industry gave
$3.5 million to federal campaigns
and candidates in the 2006 elec-
tion cycle, ranking 64th among
major industry groups, accord-
ing to the Center for Responsive
Politics. Ten years earlier, it gave
$10.5 million, ranking 26th.
Some Democratic lawmakers
have groused that House Minor-
ity Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., is
married to a lobbyist who has
worked for Philip Morris' parent
company. Blunt, who is monitor-
ing the children's health negotia-
Citigroup, Merrill Lynch needs CEO successor
By Rachel Beck
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Merrill
Lynch and Citigroup oust their
CEOs. Then reality hits like a
freight, train: Neither company
has a successor ready to take
Shame on their boards for fail-
ing their basic responsibility of
leadership development. These
Wall Street titans aren't small-
time, unknown companies that
can afford to wait while an ex-
ecutive search takes place espe-
cially now, given how badly the
credit crisis has wreaked havoc
on their businesses.
Posting those "Help Wanted"
ads today is laughable. Talk
about a tough sell: Come work
for us, even though we are pil-
ing on losses by the week and
no .one knows for sure when the
chaos crippling our companies
It's hard to believe that com-
panies of this size could even
be in such a predicament. They
have the manpower and the tal-
ent to build their bench of execu-
Boards are supposed to insist
on such processes taking place.
A recent survey by the National
Association of Corporate Direc-
tors found that 62 percent of
750 directors thought CEO suc-
cession was critical to effective
board governance. Yet only 16.4
percent said they were highly ef-
fective in handling that issue.
That says a lot about where
boards are in 2007 maybe not
much improved from earlier this
decade when a rash of scandals
rocked corporate America.
After those messes, sharehold-
ers made it clear that they would
hold directors liable for sleeping
on the job. Congress and the
stock exchanges demanded bet-
ter boardroom governance re-
quirements. Boards reacted to all
of this by reviewing their policies
But the boards at both Mer-
rill Lynch and Citigroup haven't
been as fully engaged as they
should, on many fronts. To start,
they didn't have a handle on
the risks from their companies'
heavy exposure to mortgage-re-
When the going was good,
that lack of understanding didn't
matter. Big profits blinded ev-
eryone, including the directors
and shareholders, too. Now that
things have gone the other way
amid the collapse in the housing
and mortgage markets, their dim
oversight is under attack.
Rightly so. Both Citigroup and
Merrill Lynch have been wound-
ed beyond most anyone's expec-
tations including their own from
Citigroup announced Sunday
that CEO Chuck Prince would
depart from the company. The
nation's largest bank also esti-
mated it would take additional
losses of $8 billion to $11 billion
in asset markdowns and other
credit-related losses. That was on
top of $6.5 billion in writedowns
it took in the third quarter.
The news came less than a
week after Merrill Lynch said its
CEO, Stan O'Neal, had "retired,"
following the investment banking
firm's disclosure that its losses re-
lated to the credit turmoil would
be $7.9 billion, up from estimates
of $4.5 billion that it had given in
Citigroup's executive search is
under way, but in the meantime,
it turned to former U.S. Treasury
Secretary Robert E. Rubin to be
chairman of the beleaguered
bank. Once the co-chairman of
Goldman, Sachs & Co., Rubin
has been chairman of the execu-
tive committee at Citigroup and
member of the board.
Sir Win Bischoff, chairman of
Citi Europe and a member of the
Citi management and operating
committees, will serve as interim
At Merrill Lynch, Alberto
Cribiore, a director since 2003
and managing principal at pri-
vate-equity firm Brera Capital
Partners, was named interim
Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering
parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive a
gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour classes.
You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. We
now have day and evening classes available. No child care will be
available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.
Orchid club host guest speaker
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will host guest speaker, Gary Bailey,
on Monday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Extension Office; 458 Hwy 98 N.
Mr. Bailey has been growing orchids for twelve years, assisting com-
mercial growers in many of the big shows. He will speak on the best
way to care for your orchid when you first bring it home. If you have a
plant that is not doing well, bring it to the meeting and Mr. Bailey will
help you analyze your orchid's problem. For information please call
the extension office at (863) 763-6469.
non-executive chairman. Giv-
ing him that kind of ambiguous
title basically send the message
to the world that no one is really
running the company until a re-
placement is found.
That neither company was
grooming a successor is symp-
tomatic of today's business
world, where executives often
feel threatened by an heir appar-
ent. Boards feed those egos by
not insisting on succession talks.
On Wall Street, there is also a
resistance to what is known as
"management bloat" too many
high-earning executives clogging
the upper ranks, said Jeffrey Son-
nenfeld, a professor at the Yale
School of Management.
Sonnenfeld says that way of
thinking may be fine until crisis
strikes. He points to the case of
McDonald's Corp. to exemplify
why: It had three CEOs in year's
time, all of whom rose through
First, CEO James Cantalupo
,died in April 2004 from a heart
attack. His replacement, Charles
Bell, resigned in November of
that year after being diagnosed
with cancer, and then died two
months later. He was replaced
by James Skinner, who remains
Of course, not every home-
grown CEO is a guaranteed suc-
cess, but at least that person has
a sense of how the operations
work and doesn't need to waste
time on learning the business
and culture all at once.
The limp succession planning
at Merrill Lynch and Citigroup
couldn't come at a worse time.
tions, says his wife no longer lob-
bies on tobacco issues.
In a landmark 1998 settle-
ment of many lawsuits, four ma-
jor tobacco companies agreed to
help states pay for smoking-re-
lated health care costs. They paid
$52.6 billion from 2000 to 2005,
the government reported.
In some ways, tobacco's pres-
ence on Capitol Hill is literally
waning. The Senate Rules Com-
mittee recently ordered shops in
the Capitol and all Senate office
buildings to end cigarette sales
by Jan. 1.
Cigarettes are still sold in the
Longworth House Office Build-
ing. But last January, House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,
banned smoking in the ornate
Speaker's Lobby, just off the
"The days of smoke-filled
rooms in the United States Capi-
tol are over," she said, citing the
risks of cancer and respiratory
Other congressional actions
could have a far greater impact
on the industry. A Senate com-
mittee recently approved leg-
islation that would, for the first
time, allow federal regulation of
cigarettes. The bill, also pending
in the House, would require the
Food and Drug Administration to
restrict tobacco advertising, regu-
late warning labels and remove
Thanks for your support
Debbie Riddle, from The Okeechobee American Red Cross
would like to thank Carlos Chavez along with Domino's
Pizza for their generous support during their Red Cross
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F JAj ] Free your yard of hazardous waste!
Submitted Photo/Audrey Driggers
Third graders watch as Erin McCarta, SWCD employee,
demonstrates the function of wetlands in a watershed area
using the Enviroscape model.
NRCS staff helps
Okeechobee Soil and
On Oct. 30 thru Nov. 1, local
NRCS Soil Conservationist Sara
May and Ag Nutrient Manage-
ment Specialist Audrey Driggers
assisted Highlands County Soil
& Water Conservation District
with their educational booth
at the Highlands County Ag-
Venture. Ag-Venture is a 3 day
program which provides a great
opportunity for third graders to
gain experience, understanding
and appreciation of our local
Ag-Venture is fully funded
by donations that cover the
cost of materials for 14 stations,
bus transportation, Ag-Venture
t-shirts and cowboy hats for
each student (over 1100) and
delicious lunches for volun-
teers for the three days. Over
100 volunteers are needed each
day to make the program run
The stations this year were
alligator, animals, beef, bees,
caladiums, citrus, dairy, forest-
ry, grapes, ornamental horticul-
ture, poultry, strawberries, soil
& water conservation and veg-
etables. The soil & water con-
servation station consisted of
an Enviroscape model, which
introduced students to different
pollutants in the watershed and
the important role wetlands
play in reducing the impact of
pollutants. Students also made
beaded wristbands to help them
remember the water cycle. The
program is FREE to the schools
and students. All public, private
and home schooled third grade
students are included. If you
would like to have an Enviro-
scape program in your class-
room, please contact Audrey
Driggers or Sara May at (863)-
763-3619. Or, if you are inter-
ested in volunteering or would
like more information to host
an Okeechobee Ag-Venture,
please contact Danielle Daum
or Darlene Phypers at (863)-
Caution on fair rides
riculturie and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson is reminding consum-
ers that the majority of fair ride
accidents are caused by patron
error, according to recent sta-
tistics. With the fall fair season
now underway, Bronson is urg-
ing people to heed safety regu-
The Department's Bureau of
Fair Ride Inspections is respon-
sible for inspecting amusement
rides at temporary events (fairs,
carnivals and festivals) and per-
manent amusement facilities
(go-kart parks and water parks)
for structural and operational
integrity. All traveling amuse-
ment rides are permitted once
a year, but each amusement
ride must be inspected each
time it is set up and must pass
inspection prior to being open
to the public. Rides at perma-
nent amusement facilities are
inspected and permitted twice
each year. Florida has about 188
permanent amusement parks
and more than 183 traveling
amusement companies. The
Department's 15 ride inspectors
performed over 10,000 amuse-
ment ride inspections in Florida
Statistics show that histori-
cally, patron error accounted
for an average of 76% of all ac-
cidents reported. The remaining
24% were mechanically related
or the cause was undeter-
mined. In addition, since 1997,
the number of rides that failed
the Bureau's first inspection has
dropped from approximately
60% to about 44%. Bronson
believes the ride owners and
operators are doing a better
job of assembling, inspecting
and maintaining the rides as a
result of the stringent inspec-
tion requirements and scrutiny
of the Department's inspection
"Our inspectors go to great
lengths to ensure the rides are
assembled properly, in good
working order and are safe,"
Bronson said. "But ride patrons
also need to be responsible and
follow the rules and regulations
to prevent accidents."
Ride patrons should always
observe cautionary instruc-
tions and consider physical
limitations when riding any
amusement ride. They should
also pay special attention to
size or age restrictions for chil-
dren to ride on certain rides.
Ride inspectors receive refresher
training at least twice each year
to keep up to date on the latest
inspection techniques, manu-
facturers' bulletins and safety
alerts. Department inspectors
utilize laptop computers in
the field as a resource to verify
ride information on expiration.
of permits and insurance and
inspection history. They use a
comprehensive 26 point check-
list to inspect carnival rides
from top to bottom to ensure
maximum public safety.
Fairs in Florida tradition-
ally kick off during the fall sea-
son, and Bronson says now is
the time to educate the public
about the need to follow the
safety rules. For more informa-
tion about fair ride inspections,
log on to the Division of Stan-
dard's website at www.doacs.
Lela S. Luckey
Lela S. Luckey, 86, of Lake
Placid, passed away Nov. 4,
2007 in Lake Placid.
She was born Nov. 14, 1920
in Sanibel Island, the daughter
of the late Berien and the late
Ellen Lenora (Worth) Stewart.
She was a lifelong resident of
South Florida and grew up in
LaBelle. She lived primarily
in Palm Beach County and with
her husband James, owned
and operated various grocery
stores. Lela loved fishing and
Survivors include two sons:
Gary W. (Betty) Luckey of Lake
Placid, Glyn (Pamela) Luckey of
Murphy, NC, one sister: Nettie
Pearl Howard of LaBelle, eight
grandchildren, eleven great-
grandchildren and one great-
great grandchild. She was pre-
ceded in death by her husband,
James Franklin Luckey.
Funeral services were held
Wed. Nov. 7, 2007, at 11 a.m. at
Akin-Davis Funeral Home in La-
Belle with Pastor Wonder Johns
officiating. Interment followed
at Fort Denaud Cemetery in La-
Arrangements were by Akin-
Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
By Dan Culbreth
Homeowners getting ready
for the Christmas will soon be
searching the garage and shed
for all those wonderful holiday
decorations. While the search
is going on, it is a good time to
rid your Florida Yard of all kinds
of stuff that doesn't need to be
Okeechobee's Solid Waste De-
partment is holding a Household
Hazardous Waste Amnesty Day
this coming Saturday, Nov. 17. It's
a chance to dispose of wastes that
can cause problems for people,
pets and the environment.
Take these problems out of
your garage and get them to the
county's vehicle maintenance fa-
cility, 306 N.W. Ninth Ave. from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Today's column
outlines the kinds of materials
they can take and offers some tips
on how to safely get them there.
Why bother with Hazardous
Hazardous wastes should not
be put into the regular household
trash collections. Amnesty Days
provide a way for residents to get
rid of this stuff for free. The Solid
Waste Department can then keep
these materials out of the landfill,
and avoid expensive accidents
and clean-up costs when this
stuff is abandoned by the side of
Several years ago, I was em-
ployed by a research facility. My
job included cleaning up years
of unused and unknown lab
chemicals and pesticides. Over
the years, containers were
shoved to the back of the shelf,
bottles cracked and leaked, bags
and bokes got moist and caked,
and labels became unreadable.
When it came time to renovate
the building, these materials had
to first be removed. And since we
had no idea what some of these
materials were, they were consid-
ered hazardous materials.
To a hazardous waste con-
tractor, unknowns mean "lots of
money". Technicians get dressed
up in expensive protective gear,
take samples and run expensive
tests to try to find out what it may
be. Then they place the wastes
into special (expensive) contain-
ers that will take these problems
to their final destinations-big
expensive incinerators, or big
expensive hazardous waste land-
fills. Did I mention that disposing
of unknown hazardous wastes is
Hazardous Wastes can be
prevented. Here's how: when
purchasing chemicals, buy
only what is needed for right
now. Buying more may seem to
save money, but if only a little bit
of the container is used, the rest is
wasted. This costs the purchaser
money, including disposal costs.
Besides, many chemicals will
break down if not stored properly
under cool dry conditions-and
not many .folks will air-condition
their shed or garage. If you have
excess chemicals that someone
else could properly use, give them
away. And if the container was
never opened in the first place,
see if the store will take it back.
Amnesty Day Check-list
The kinds of materials being
collected this Saturday include
the obvious: pesticides, cleaning
solvents, pool chemicals, or pe-
troleum products. But it can also
include other kinds of household
*Used motor oil, old gasoline,
transmission and brake fluids, or
other fuel mixtures, plus oil fil-
*Oil-based paints (that are
cleaned up with turpentine or
mineral spirits - flammable). La-
tex paints (cleanup with water)
are not hazardous-cans can be
left open to dry out, and then
placed into the regular garbage
eters or thermostats (with the sil-
ver stuff, not the red stuff).
*Weed and feed fertilizers (the
ones that have been sitting in the
back of the shed for many years,
and are as hard as rocks. And
stating in January, new fertilizer
laws may make some lawn and
garden products obsolete.
*That secret supply of insecti-
cide that you got from your friend
who used to work for a pest con-
trol company, who gave it to you
"just in case."
*Batteries-both the larger
ones used in vehicles and the
small ones found in flashlights
and portable appliances. Both
contain caustic chemicals or
heavy metals that can contami-
nate our environment.
*Used tires will be accepted,
but only four per household.
Here are the No's and Don'ts:
*Explosives or fireworks,
ammunition, propane tanks,
radioactive materials, asbestos
materials and biomedical/in-
fectious wastes are not being
accepted. Neither will automo-
bile or marine parts of any kind
*No propane tanks can be ac-
cepted - propane vendors will be
happy to accept these items.
*This program is for residen-
tial waste disposal. If you are an
employee or business owner with
hazmats, you will have to contact
a hazardous waste contractor to
have these materials properly dis-
posed of. Farmers and ranches
can contact our offices for other
disposal options. Businesses that
have hazardous materials to dis-
pose of may also bring them to
Amnesty Day, but expect to pay
the going rates for hazmat dis-
posal as set by the contractor for
this program. If you need help
finding a contractor, contact the.
county Solid Waste Department
or the FDEP in WPB for sugges-
* This program is for
Okeechobee County residents
only. (I'm told that if it arrives on
site and is on the list, they will
probably take it.) Residents of
other areas should contact their
county for similar hazmat dis-
Transporting Household Haz-
*If you have a leaker, put it
into a larger bucket or heavy duty
plastic bag. If the label is intact,
use a permanent marker to label
the bag or bucket with the name
of the product. Leakers may con-
taminate your vehicle if they are
not adequately wrapped up and
tied down. Don't pile them on
top of the golf clubs or the craft
supplies in the trunk-we don't
need this stuff to get contaminat-
ed and become hazardous waste
* Carefully place your contri-
butions into the back of a pickup
or the trunk of the car. Do not
transport these materials in the
cab or on the floor where pas-
sengers may come in contact
with it. Drive slowly and carefully
to the County's vehicle Mainte-
nance facility, 306 N.W. Ninth
Ave. in Okeechobee from 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Let's see if we can beat the
record of 150 vehicles and 50
drums of stuff that was turned in
at last April's Amnesty Day. And,
if you don't do it now, you will
have less space to store your
Christmas decorations-you will
have to keep this stuff until spring
when the next Amnesty Day will
If you have any questions
about the County's Amnesty Day,
you can review the rules at the
county's solid waste website,
or call Russell Rowland at (863)
763-1811. If you need additional
information on reducing or han-
dling hazardous waste, see the
on-line references at our website
give your County Extension of-
fice a call. Master Gardeners can
answer ybur questions about
your Florida Yard--call or visit on
Tuesday afternoons here at our
office, or stop by our office at 458
Hwy 98 North. Our phone num-
ber is (863) 763-6469, and you
can email us at okeechobee@
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There are many options avail-
able for new pet owners when it
comes to training the new mem-
ber of the family. The most con-
troversial method of training is
the use of shock collars or shock
fences. Many stories and photos
have surfaced in the media re-
cently showing animals that have
been harmed by these devices.
The main reason some pet
owners have chosen to use shock
collars is to stop their dog from
barking. There are two types of
shock collars commercially avail-
able. One type is remotely con-
trolled by the owner and the oth-
er is activated by a bark . Shock
fences are a little more technical
and are used to keep the dog in-
side a designated boundary. The
pet owner buries wires in the yard
that mark the boundary the pet
can encompass. If the pet crosses
this boundary, the collar located
on its neck will deliver a shock.
According to Dr. Bonnie Bea-
ver, veterinarian at Texas A&M
University College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences,
"In theory, they provide an instant
punishment for a bark (the bark
activated shock collars) or for a
wrong move (remote controlled
ones) when training a dog."
However, the potential for over
use and abuse of these devices
far outweighs the benefit.
There are many instances
where shock collars and fences
do not work. Dr. Beaver offers
this example in reference to
shock fences, "Strong instincts to
chase (a running deer, a jogger,
a stray dog) may cause a trained
dog to chase through the bound-
ary. Some dogs do not respect the
shock and will run through the
"boundary" suffering the shock
as they do. "This has been found
in many cases, rendering the
shock to be unsuccessful.
Many people have found shock
collars and fences to be not only
ineffective but also inhumane.
"These devices, shock collars and
fences can provide an excessive
punishment to the point that the
dog is terrorized," said Dr. Beaver.
"They can be ineffective because
the amount of shock is too little
(poor contact, too much hair,
weak battery). They can be used
out of context (remote control)
because the owner is mad at the
dog and "zaps" at an inappropri-
ate time out of anger.'It can also
do significant psychological dam-
age to a dog that does not con-
nect the shock with the reason for
the shock. The shock is generally
considered to be inhumane."
There are many more humane
methods for training that have
been found to be more effective.
Dr. Beaver suggests," collars for
barking dogs that squirt a citrus
smell and make a hissing sound
that have actually been proven to
be more effective than the shock
collars. And of course there are
real fences for yards that are safer
and more effective than the shock
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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 11 - "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 Ill - "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 2, 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)
By The Associated Press
Today is Monday, Nov. 12, the '5
316th day of 2007. There are 49
days left in the year. /
Today's Highlight in His-
On Nov. 12, 1942, the World
War II naval Battle of Guadalca-
nal began. (The Allies ended up
winning a major victory over the Beetle B
On this date:
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born O: -COF
in Johnstown, N.Y. SNAPP
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the undisputed ruler of the So-
viet Union as Leon Trotsky was
expelled from the Communist
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mier Hideki Tojo and several oth-
er World War II Japanese leaders
were sentenced to death by a war
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leans elected its first black mayor, Cathy
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doctor to refuse to treat someone .
solely because' that person had
AIDS or was HIV-positive.
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Akihito formally assumed the
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killing 265 people.
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City, Calif., convicted Scott Peter-
son of murdering his pregnant
wife, Laci, and dumping her body , -g.'1
in San Francisco Bay. (Peterson,
who maintains his innocence, Pickles
was later sentenced to death.)
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masterminding the 1993 bomb-
ing of the World Trade Center.
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Pakistani were killed by gunmen
in Karachi, Pakistan, apparently
in retaliation for the murder con-
viction of Aimal Khan Kasi in the
shooting deaths of two CIA em-
ployees. Jury selection began in
Sacramento, Calif., in the trial of
accused Unabomber Theodore
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tes. Diplomacy will be re-
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you are closest to. If you don't want
to be questioned or have demands
put on you, get out and about today.
An investment will be prosperous.
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your battles wisely today. It's not
worth getting into a scuffle. Emotion-
al matters will escalate if you are de-
manding or try to enforce new rules.
Reverse psychology will allow you to
raise your living standards.
* LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You'll
be adventurous, fun-loving and in the
mood to travel, learn and interact with
others. The more you do to develop
a skill you have, the sooner you can
turn a profit. High energy, adaptability
and dedication will lead to success.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
You may meet with opposition over
a job you are working on. Someone
may not have your vision but, in the
end if you continue to implement
your ideas, you will get ahead. In-
formation will be given if you ask the
*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
Drivers, get the
message on testing
*DEAR ABBY: Please tell
people to hang up and drive!
This year, five girls who had just
graduated from high school in a
nearby town were killed in a car
crash. The news media carried
some stories on the investigation,
including the fact that the driver's
cell phone had sent and received
text messages while the driver was
passing a truck seconds before
the accident occurred. There is no
text message important enough
for five people to die for! Unless
someone else was using her cell
phone, the driver was not paying
enough attention to the road.
Talking on a cell phone while
driving isn't much safer than tex-
ting because, unlike someone sit-
ting in the car with you, the per-
son on the cell phone can't see
your distractions and will keep
demanding your attention as you
navigate with half your mind.
We're all busy. We all need to
multitask at times. But pull off the
road to use your cell phone, be-
cause nothing anyone has to say
or hear is worth dying for. Please,
Abby, use your influence to get
people to hang up and drive! -
Rosemary In New York
DEAR ROSEMARY: I'll try.
Readers, the Los Angeles Times
recently printed a picture taken
on one of our California highways
of a young woman who was not
only driving while texting, but also
had her left foot hanging out of the
side window of her vehicle. Need-
less to say, with her eyes glued to
the screen of her cell phone, she
was not watching the road.
I am truly sorry that five young
girls lost their lives because of a
driver doing something similar.
We hear over and over again how
dangerous it is to drive with any-
one who is under the influence of
alcohol or drugs. A person who
is texting is similarly impaired.
When, oh when, will people fi-
nally get the message?
*DEAR ABBY: How do you
tell the owners of the company I
work for not to bring their dogs to
These are very big dogs that
bark at the clients when they come
in and have eaten people's lunch-
es off their desks. Last week, there
was a big to-do when the dogs ate
two co-workers' lunches. One of
them became very upset. The
owners apologized and promised
the dogs would "take a break" for
awhile. Aweek later, they brought
one of the dogs back.
How do you get the owners
to understand that this is a pro-
fessional office, not a mom-and-
pop antique store, where dogs do
not belong? - Barking Mad In
DEAR BARKING MAD: Un-
less it's reflected in their accounts
receivable, you don't. Any em-
ployee who tries will only wind
up in the doghouse. Because you
can no longer tolerate the live-
stock, look for a job in an environ-
ment that is less animal friendly.
Everyone will be happier - the
owners, the dogs and you.
*DEAR ABBY: I have looked
everywhere, but I cannot find the
answer to my question. If you go
out to coffee on a first date, is it a
courtesy for the woman to call the
man and tell him she did or did
not have a good time? - Donna
In Granada Hills, Calif.
DEAR DONNA: If you go out
for coffee on a first date and have
a good time, it's perfectly accept-
able to call the man and tell him
so. (Everybody appreciates a
' If, however, you did NOT have
a good time, it would be extreme-
ly rude to call the man and tell
him. ("John, I'm calling to say the
coffee was too strong, the service
was slow and your company was
The call would probably be
unnecessary because most peo-
ple can tell when the chemistry
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CHIHUAHUA PUP - very small,
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Farm Equipment 805
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Twnhs., W&D. No pets. An- $1500/mo. 1st mo & sec.
nual lease. $750/mo. 1st & dep. (561)767-6112
last. sec. (863)697-1129 OKEECHOBEE- 4br, 2ba, in
OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra city limits, looking for re-
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Includes lawn. $1300/mo, (863)634-9139
(954)290-0861 TREASURE ISLAND, 3/2 Very
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occ., private entrance, w/d.
BASSWOOD: 2BR/1BA, CBS, $140/wk & deposit, utils incl.
newly renovated, $795/mo. (863)467-0771 after 6pm
1st, last & security deposit re-
quired. (561)793-4860 --
BRAND NEW, 3BR's/2BA's,
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
BUCKHEAD RIDGE - 3 BR, 2
BA Home on Canal. Fenced
yard. $1100 mo.
CBS, 2/2, w/appl's, c/a, Ig.
screened porch, 406 NE 7th
St., $850 mo., 1st, last & REA ING A
$500 sec. (863)467-5965
CBS Home, 3BR/2BA, on 5 ac. NEWSPAPE , ,
w/24x60 barn, asking
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Charming Country Cottage, about best buys.
3BR/1.5BA, 15 min. from a uys.
town & 2BR/1BA, no pets.
1st, last & sec. Call Debbie No wonder newspaper
(863)467-2982 Mon.-Fri., readers earn morel
am til 4pm.
N OF OKEECHOBEE- Cottage,
lbr, fully turn, incd elec & W e o
satellite, on river, NO pets,
OKEE. - 3br;, Den, Lg Kit., BH RIDGE - 2/2, waterfront,
Shed. Near Everglade Ele- lake access, Ig screen porch,
mentary. Just off Hwy 710. fenced yard, shed, $700 1st
$950 mo. (863)634-5129 & $700 Sec (772)370-1095
Real Estate L -
10-75 Acres Avail. Must sell
Sdue to health. Owner financing
possible. Down payment as
low as $6500 on 10 acre par-
Business Places - cel. (863)634-7311 for info.
Property - Sale 1010
Condos/ R Bar Ranch, 2 acres, 5 Ig.
Townhouses Sale1015 oaktrees, cleared, great
Farms -Sale 1020 location, $99,000 neg.
Houses - Sale 1025 772-878-3335/224-1423
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035 PS
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045 NORTH CAROLINA - 18 acres
Out of State 1050 of beautiful mountain land.
Property Sale 1055 Less than 10 miles from the
Property lnspectionl06 NEW Tiger Woods Golf
Real Estate Wanted1065 Course, now under con-
Resort Property - struction. Just $20,000 per
Sale 1070 acre. Write William Mackey,
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SMobile Homes I
NEW HOME ON YOUR LOT'! V I ID !
Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR, -
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso- Mobile Home sLots 2005
ciates 1-800-543-2495 Mobile Home - Parts 2010
Mobile Homes - Rent 2015
OKEECHOBEE- 2/2/1, or Mobile Homes- Sale 2020
3/2/1, RENT TO OWN, Beau-
tifully redone. in and out,
Tropical Paradise on canal
w/29 mature trees, South Re t 2
side of town, 30 miles to
Pratt, low taxes, $95000/ BH RIDGE - 3/2 on Waterfront,
Rent for $1 000/mo Lake access. Fully furnished.
w/$375/mo going towards ' $900.c st 00. See.
down payment. 6051 SE (0.7 1s7 $90, Sec
97th Trail. (561)452-0512 (772)370-1095
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OKEECHOBEE- 3/1, CBS, Un- ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
der appraisal. $169,900. Oak starting @ $600/mo +
/tile/marble, Space to add $1000sec. 863-763-4031
master bath, 24 x13 en- _
closed Fla. room & more!! The classified are the
Grab flyer!! 309 SW 10th most successful sales-
Ave. (863)357-0391 person In town.
FOUR SEASONS - Okee., 3br
2ba D/W. $750 Dep. +
$225. wkly. Call Missy
No pets. Fenced yard.
$600/mo. & $550 security.
Okee 3br, 2ba, Lake access,
No pets. $925 mo 1st & sec.
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
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DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME
3BR, 2BA, 1 acre corner
lot, Crescent Acres
FORECLOSURE - 4br, 2ba,
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REPO MOBILE HOMES
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Members of a SEAL team enact the rescue mission to recover a downed US pilot during
the annual "Muster" at the Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce.
US Navy SEAL's extract from their simulated rescue mission during the annual "Muster"
at the Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce. The MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter is widely used
by the Navy SEAL's, and other US & allied military forces throughout the world.
VFW sponsors Operation Shoebox
Big Lake VFW, Post #10539 is looking for all family members --
sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers or mothers -- of those serv-
ing in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan or the Persian Gulf. The Post is spon-
soring Operation Shoebox and would like to send packages to active
military personnel from Okeechobee. Please call (863) 697-2930, or
Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPu's
Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share pro-
gram is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL corporate
funds. The program provides emergency assistance funds to custom-
ers who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their FPL electric bill.
There are rules and guidelines that must be met to quality. If you are a
FPL customer and need help, call (863) 763-6020 to leave your name
and number. Your call will be returned and an interview will be done
over the phone to determine if you qualify. Interviews with your local
Salvation Army are by appointment only, no walk-ins are accepted.
Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and ad-
vocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local
meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce.
Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit www.
Volunteers needed at skate park
, Communities in Schools is in need of volunteers to help man the
skate park during concession hours. Hours are available any day of the
week. We will provide training and background screenings. For infor-
mation, contact Mike Davis, youth project director, at (863) 462-5863.
. 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.
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 purchased at
CarQuest, 300 N.W. Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Pro-
ceeds will go toward youth activities in our community.
Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W Park St., has services avail-
able at no charge to help people in their search for the right employee
or job. For more, visit their web site at www.tcjobs.org; or, call (863)
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. 361h
St., (863) 763-4954 or call Paul Diamond P.G. Fund Chairman at (863)
467-1484 to order.
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INVITATION TO BID
| [ I | I A FOR PURCHASE OF COUNTY SURPLUS REAL PROPERTY
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 125.35, Florida Statutes, the County
_________ '__ ____- of Okeechobee will receive sealed bids for the purchase for cash of the following
Public Notice 5005. described real property;
State Public - LEGAL DESCRIPTION
Legal Notice 55 A portion of the existing right-of-way (RW) for N.E. 39th Boulevard (f/ka 'Cemetery
SRoad" - 100 feet wide), said portion of existing R/W is ling within Section 3,
Township 37 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Ronda, and is more
* particularly described as follows:
l l|I N I 5 Commence at the Northwest comer of the Southwest 1/4 of said Section 3 as
shown on the R/W map for State Road No. 15, Section 91020-2506. Sheet 11
of 17, last revision dated 5/8/1998, thence proceed South 890 37' 51" East along
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF the North line of said Southwest 1/4, a distance of 493.42 feet to the intersection
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT with the Southerly R/W line of the aforesaid N.E. 39th Boulevard; thence departing
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, said North line, run South 48 00' 03" West along said Southerly R/W line, a dis-
FLORIDA tance of 136.16 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continue South 480 00'
JUVENILE DIVISION 03" West along said Southerly R/W line, a distance of 470.42 feet to the East
CASE NO.: 2006-OP-069 R/W line of State Road No. 15 (width vanes) per Florida Department of Transpor-
tation Right-of-Way Map for State Road No 15 (US 441) Section 91020-2506,
IN THE INTEREST OF: Sheet 11 of 17, last revision date 5/8/1998; thence departing said Southerly R/W
A.C.. DOB: 6/13/06 line, run North 00� 14' 47" East, a distance of 135.09 feet to the intersection with
the Northerly R/W line of N.E. 39th Boulevard and the East maintained R/W line of
Mother ofthe minor child: State Road No. 15 (width varies) per State of Florida Oepartment of Transorta-
Elizabeth Cox tion Maintenance Map for State Road 15, Section 91020-2518, Sheet 2 of 5, dat-
ed 3/15/1976; thence run North 48 00' 03" East along said Northerly R/W line of
TO: Prospective father of A.C., N.E. 39th Boulevard, a distance of 619.90 feet to the POINT OF CUSP (from
Javler Delgado which a radial line bears North 410 59' 57" West) of a tangent curve n the Wester-
Residence and Address Unknown ly line of the new R/W for N.E. 39th Boulevard (per the aforesaid R/W map for
State Road 15 (U.S. 441), Section 91020-2506) said curve being concave to the
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PE- Southeast, having a radius of 338.71 feet and a central angle of 450 11' 22";
TITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN thence Southwesterly and Southerly along the arc of said curve, a distance of
FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHIL- 267.14 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. (Said parcel of land containing 1.15
DREN AND FAMILIES IN THE ABOVE- acres, more or less)
STYLED COURT FOR THE TERMINA-
TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELA- PROPERTY ADDRESS
TIVE TO A.C., A FEMALE CHILD, The location of the subject property is in the Northeast area of Okeechobee County
BORN ON THE 13TH DAY OF JUNE, in Section 3, Township 37 South, Range 35 East. The property is a long narrow
2006. THE CHILD WAS BORN IN THE 1.15 acre (50,094 square feet) portion of NE 39th Boulevard east of U.S. 441.
COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE, IN THE The property is referred to as the Old Cemetery Road.
STATE OF FLORIDA. YOU ARE COM-
MANDED TO BE AND APPEAR BE- Seated bids will be accepted in Room 102, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304
FORE A JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT N.W 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 until 10:00 a.m. on November 26,
COURT, JUVENILE DIVISION IN THE 2007. Bids will be opened at 10:05 a.m. on November 26, 2007 in Room 102 of
ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED AT: the County Courthouse. The Board of County Commissioners has indicated the
minimum acceptable bid on this property is $125,000.00. The Bidder shall sub-
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE mit the following bid:
312 N.W. 3rd STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Bidder, submits a bid in the amount of $ representing the total price for the
above described property. As securtyT depot, ithe bidder hereby submits and en-
AT 10:00 A.M. ON THE 10TH DAY OF closes security deposit (cashier's check) representing 5% of the total bid
DECEMBER, 2007, FOR HEARING amount. Said bid shall be valid and shall not be withdrawn for a period of sixty
AND TO SHOW CAUSE WHY SAID PE- (60) days from the date of the bid opening. In the event closing does not occur
TITION SHOULD NOT BE GRANTED. within sixty (60) days fro mthe date of acceptance by the County and full and total
payment of the bid price is not paid to the County within that time period, then the
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT security deposit shall be forfeited tothe County as liquidated damages.
THIS ADVISORY HEARING CONSTI-
TUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINA- The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee county reserves the right to re-
TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THIS ject any bid for any reason whatsoever, to waive any and all informalities and ir-
-CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON regularities, and to accept the bid which in its judgment is in the best interest of
THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU the County. I
MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN Clif Betts,Jr. Chairman
THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS Board of County Commissioners
NOTICE. Okeechobee County, Florida
BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE Sharon Robertson, Clerk
RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY TO REPRE- 248223 ON 11/12,19/2007
SENT YOU IN THIS MATTER. IF YOU
CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY ONE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF SAID FLORIDA FLORIDA
COURT AND THE SEAL THEREOF, JUVENILE DIVISION JUVENILE DIVISION
THIS 16th DAY OF OCTOBER, 2007. CASE NO.: 2003-DP-088 CASE NO.: 2006-DP-069
SHARON ROBERTSON IN THE INTEREST OF: IN THE INTEREST OF:
CLERK OF COURT H.HH OB: 2/23/90 A.C. DOB: 6/13/06
By: Kathy Arnold AH DOB: 12/30/98
DEPUTY CLERK Mother of the minor child:
248396 ON 11/12,19,26:12/3/07 Mother of the minor children: Elizabeth Cox
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH TO: Prospective father of A.C.,
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR TO: Father of H.H., and A.H., Jose Hernandez
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Michael Holbert Residence and Address Unknown
Case No.: 2007-D0R-485 Residence and Address Unknown
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PE-
JoanPerera Hernandez YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PE- TUITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN
Petitioner TUITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHIL-
Sergio Montalvo FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHIL- DREN AND FAMILIES IN THE ABOVE-
Respondent DREN AND FAMILIES IN THE ABOVE- STYLED COURT FOR THE TERMINA-
STYLED COURT FOR THE TERMINA- TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELA-
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELA- TIVE TO A.C., A FEMALE CHILD,
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE TIVE TO H.H., A FEMALE CHILD, BORN ON THE 13TH DAY OF JUNE,
BORN ON THE 23RD DAY OF FEBRU- 2006. THE CHILD WAS BORN IN THE
TO: SergioMontalvo ARY, 1990, and A.H., A FEMALE COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE, IN THE
114 North 13th Ave. Apt 3B CHILD, BORN ON THE 30TH DAY OF STATE OF FLORIDA. YOU ARE COM-
Helros Park, IL 60160 DECEMBER, 1998. THE CHILDREN MANDED TO BE AND APPEAR BE-
WAS BORN IN THE COUNTY OF OKEE- FORE A JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has CHOBEE, IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. COURT, JUVENILE DIVISION IN THE
beep filed against you and that you are YOU ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND ABOVE-STYLED COURT LOCATED AT:
required to serve a copy of your writ- APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE OF THE
ten defenses, i any, to it n Joana CIRCUIT COURT, JUVENILE DIVISION OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Perera Hernandez whose address is N THE ABOVE-STYLED COURT LO- 312N.W. 3rd STREET,
104 SE 10th Ave., Okeechobee, FL CATEDAT: OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
34974 on or before 11/27/2007, and
file and original with the clerk of this OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE AT 10:00 A.M. ON THE 1BTH DAY OF
Court at 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okee- 312 NW, 3rd STREET, DECEMBER, 2007, FOR HEARING
chobee, FL 34972, before service on OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 AND TO SHOW CAUSE WHY SAID PE-
Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If TITION SHOULD NOT BE GRANTED.
you fail to do so, a default may be en- AT 1:30 PM. ON THE 3RD DAY OF DE-
tered against you for the relief de- MEMBER, 2007, FOR HEARING AND FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT
handed in the petition. TO SHOW CAUSE WHY SAID PETI- THIS ADVISORY HEARING CONSTI-
TION SHOULD NOT BE GRANTED. TUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINA-
Copies of all court documents in this TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THIS
C ,, ,,.. ,,,, , , .,. i FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON
to, ,' i ..i , o, , ' .'n:..': THIS ADVISORY HEARING CONSTI- THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU
You may review these documents TUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINA- MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
upon request. TION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THIS PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN
Yom e rte c CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE PETITION ATTACHED: TO THIS
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU NOTICE.
Courts office notified of your current MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A
address. (You may file Notice of Cur- PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE
rent Address, Honda Supreme Court THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY TO REPRE-
Approved Family Law Form 12.915) NOTICE. SENTYOU IN THIS MATTER. IF YOU
Future papers in this lawsuit will be CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY, ONE
mailed to the address on record at the BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU.
clerk's office. RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY TO REPRE-
SENT YOU IN THIS MATTER. IF YOU WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF SAID
WARNING: Rule 12285, Florida Family CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY, ONE COURT AND THE SEAL THEREOF,
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer- MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. THIS 16th DAY OF OCTOBER, 2007.
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to WITNESS MY HAND AS CLERK OF SAID SHARON ROBERTSON
comply can result in sanctions, includ- COURT AND THE SEAL THEREOF, CLERK OF COURT
ing dismissal or striking of pleadings. THIS 16th DAY OF OCTOBER, 2007. By: Kathy Arnold
Dated: 10/25/2007 SHARON ROBERTSON 248395 ON 11/12,19,26;12/3/07
CLERK OF COURT
SHARON ROBERTSON By: Kathy Arnold
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT DEPUTY CLERK
By:/S/HeatherThomas 248401 ON 11/12,19,26;1t2/3/07 Time to Clean OUt the
Deputy Clerk 248401 ON 11/12,19,2base and/o
245940 ON 10/29:11/5,12,19/07 a BBic as t a um
When doing those chores garage? Advertise your
When you want something Is doing you In, it's time yard sale n the classli-
sold, advertise In the to look lor a helper In fieds and make your
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Coaches congratulates team
Brahmans head coach Chris Branham (right) and Tigers head coach Larry Antonacci (left)
spoke to their football teams after the game congratulating them and encouraging them
for the playoff games that they will participate in next Friday, Nov. 16. Okeechobee will
travel to W.T. Dwyer at 7:30 p.m. for their first playoff game since 2000.
Blazing Brahman Band
Th Blazing Brahman Band brass section was heard loud
production at Friday, Nov. 9, football game.
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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
and clear during the halftime
UKeecnooee Iews/Lnauna Aguinar
Brahmans were ready for Tigers
The Okeechobee Brahman line was ready and willing to take on the Clewiston Tigers on
Friday, Nov. 9, where they successfully stopped them with a score of 48-20.
Sports News In Brief
to hold tryouts
Big Lake Juniors Volleyball
Club will hold tryouts Saturday,
Nov. 10 at the Okeechobee High
School Gymnasium at the follow-
ing 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 paperwork and
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 tourna-
ment is a fundraiser for Character
Counts, Mentoring Program and
the Youth Center Project. For in-
formation, call (863) 462-5863 or
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Brahman spirit soar
The scoreboard reflected the true Brahman spirit on Fri-
day, Nov. 9, where the Okeechobee Brahmans came out
on top for the first time since 1996 versus the Clewiston
Tigers with a score of 48-20. The Brahmans (7-3) will go to
their first play-off game on Friday, Nov. 16, at W.T. Dwyer
at 7:30 p.m. Come out and support your Brahman football
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Cheering Brahmans to victory
Okeechobee Brahman varsity cheerleaders showed their school spirit at the game against
the Clewiston Tigers on Friday, Nov. 9.
3A Cross Country Champs
OHS Brahman Cross Country team wins the first regional
cross country title in school history Saturday, Nov. 10 at
Southfork. Proudly standing with their trophy are: Mrs
Wiersma, Bryan Suzrez, ZRicky Nieto, Eddie Guerrero,
Austin Williard, Reynel Denova, Lionel Jones, Coach Ken-
dall, Misael Alvarado, Assistant Principal, Mrs. Gillis and
Okeechobee News, Monday, November 12, 2007