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O PO BOX 117007

Vol. 98 No. 317 Tuesday, November 13, 2007 50 Plus tax


Okeechobee City
Code Enforcement Board
City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.
Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.


Water restrictions
II in effect
Residents in the Lake
echobee Service Area
SA) of the South Florida
er Management District are
minded that Phase III Water
rictions remain in effect.
er Phase III, most residen-
- water users in the LOSA
required to limit outdoor
ition times to one day per
S and four hours per day.
Slents with odd home ad-
es are allowed to water
een the hours of 4:00 a.m.
:00 a.m. EST on Saturdays,
residents with even home
sses are allowed to water
- 'en the hours of 4:00 a.m.
:00 a.m. EST on Sundays.
m rnts may also hand-water
prinklers, automated or
al) on their designated
Atween 5 and 7 p.m. No
- tic water use for outdoor
. on will be allowed Mon-
- ough Friday.
addition, residential us-
y wash their cars, boats
her equipment from 5-7
.. and within the specific
times and days where irriga-
tion is allowed. Residents also
are expected to observe normal
water conservation practices
within the home. The use of
water for firefighting, safety,
sanitation, health, medical and
other essential purposes is not
restricted. Organizers of charity
car washes and outdoor water-
based recreational activities are
required to obtain a variance.
Application forms and instruc-
tions are available on the District
website at www.sfwmd.gov.
For more information,
please phone the South Florida
Water Management District
Okeechobee Service Center at
462-5260. To report a violation,
please contact the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office at 763-

Drought Index
Current: 375
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.33 feet
Last Year: 12.56 feet
M !'J Source: South
0 , J-. Florida Water
\ Management
District. Depth
< " given in feet
above sea level.

Classifieds........................... 9, 10
C om ics ...................................... 8
Community Events................... 4
Crossword.............................. 9
Obituaries............................... 6
O pinion..................:................... 4
Speak Out ......................... 4
Sports........... ........ ........... 10
TV ..... ........... 10
W eather..................................... 2

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White House must save emails

By Pete Yost
Associated Press Writer
eral judge Monday ordered the
White House to preserve cop-
ies of all its e-mails, a move that
Bush administration lawyers had
argued strongly against.
U.S. District Judge Henry Ken-
nedy directed the Executive Of-
fice of the President to safeguard
the material in response to' two
lawsuits that seek to determine
whether the White House has
destroyed e-mails in violation of
federal law.

The White House is seeking
dismissal of the lawsuits brought
by two private groups -- Citizens
for Responsibility and Ethics in
Government and the National
Security Archive.
The organizations allege
the disappearance of 5 million
White House e-mails. The court
order issued by Kennedy, an ap-
pointee of President Clinton, is
directed at maintaining backup
tapes which contain copies of
White House e-mails.
The Federal Records Act de-
tails strict standards prohibiting
the destruction of government

documents including electronic
messages, unless first approved
by the archivist of the United
Justice Department lawyers
had urged the courts to accept
a proposed White House decla-
ration promising to preserve all
backup tapes.
"The judge decided that
wasn't enough," said Anne Weis-
mann, an attorney for CREW,
which has gone to court over se-
crecy issues involving the Bush
administration and has pursued
ethical issues involving Republi-
cans on Capitol Hill.

The judge's order "should
stop any future destruction of
e-mails, but the White House
stopped archiving its e-mail in
2003 and we don't know if some
backup tapes for those e-mails
were already taped over before
we went to court. It's a mystery,"
said Meredith Fuchs, a lawyer for
the National Security Archive.
CREW and the National Secu-
rity Archive are seeking to force
the White House to immediately
explain in court what happened
to its e-mail, an issue that first
surfaced nearly two years ago in

the leak probe of administration
officials who disclosed Valerie
Plame's CIA identity to report-
Special counsel Patrick
Fitzgerald revealed early in 2006
that relevant e-mails could be
missing because of an archiving
problem at the White House.
The White House has pro-
vided little public information
about the matter, saying that
some e-mails may not have
been automatically archived on
a computer server for the Execu-
See Emails - Page 2

Code board

to consider


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The City Code Enforcement
Board will -hear cases present-
ed by Code Enforcement offi-
cer Fred Sterling at their Code
Enforcement meeting on Tues-
day, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the
city hall chambers.
Two cases concerning li-
cense tax imposition and a case
dealing with encroachment
of the visibility triangle will be
brought before the board.
According to the city land
development regulation Sec.
50-32, license tax imposed; a
local business tax is imposed
upon each and every business,
profession or occupation en-
gaged in or carried on within
the city.
Each applicant for any busi-
ness tax must complete an
application and have approval
from the building official of
proper zoning and building
regulations, the fire depart-
ment for inspection and com-
pliance with the fire codes, the
police department for compli-
ance with the applicable safety
codes, the local sanitation com-
pany for verification of garbage
disposal and the public utilities
for compliance of water/sewer
Each of the departments
and companies listed in this
section must have approved
the application prior to issu-
ance of license.
The Code Enforcement
Board will hear a case con-
cerning Frank Altobello/Joey's
Pizza, 105 S.W. Park St. con-
cerning their business license
See Board - Page 2

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Veterans from. the Revolu-
tionary war to the war on ter-
ror were honored on Monday,
Nov. 12. As they have for many
years, residents of Okeechobee
once again gathered under the
oak trees in Veterans' Park to
honor those who gave us our
freedom. Since the date of Vet-
erans' Day fell on Sunday this
year, American Legion Post 64
held their observation on Mon-
day, Nov. 12. Prayers, music,
salutes and speeches marked
the day.
Randy Whipple and Ricky

Smith of the New Ground Quar-
tet sang the "National Anthem"
and "God Bless America". Bea
Briney, president of the ladies
auxiliary led the crowd in the
Pledge of Allegiance. Bugler
Marcie Farrell honored our vet-
erans by playing the haunting
notes of "Taps". Carl Diesslin,
chaplain of Post 64, offered
prayers of invocation and bene-
diction. Paul Partridge of Post
64 was responsible for intro-
duction of guest.
There were modern
army uniforms worn by the
Okeechobee JROTC Cadet
Honor Guard and Revolution-

ary War uniforms worn by
members of the St. Lucie Chap-
ter, Sons of the American Revo-
Jay Wise of the Sons of the
American Revolution gave a
history lesson on the formation
our government including the
development of executive, legis-
lative and judicial branches and
the Electoral College. He called
our constitution "a pattern for
democracy around the world."
Mr. Wise said his organization,
made up of direct descendants
of Revolutionary War veterans,
was dedicated to patriotism,
education and history.

Gang specialist stays busy painting

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Dale Kimsey is an extremely
prolific painter and is known
throughout the state of Florida
for his work.
He carries gallons of paint
with him wherever he goes
in his white, compact station
wagon and never misses the
opportunity to grab the roller
and spread a coat whether
it is in Hillsborough, Polk or
Okeechobee counties.
But, his work goes largely
unnoticed by the public -- ex-
cept for members of law en-
forcement and gangs.
Mr. Kimsey is a gang special-
ist with the Department of Ju-

venile Justice (DJJ) and spends
his time traveling around the
state painting over gang graffiti,
which is also known as 'tag-
ging.' While in Okeechobee
on Saturday, Nov. 10, for the
Gang Free Motorcycle Rally, he
readily admitted that he came
to splash some beige paint on
the wall of a local business.
The side of the building had
been tagged with gang graffiti
and Mr. Kimsey spent about an
hour Saturday painting over it.
"When Brad (Detective Ser-
geant Brad Stark, a gang spe-
cialist with the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office) told
me there was graffiti here, that
was the determining factor for
my coming here," said Mr. Kim-

sey, who added that he doesn't
own a motorcycle.
Mr. Kimsey drove here from
Lakeland primarily to cover
up the tagging, which left him
somewhat impressed.
"This guy's not too bad. He
has some style to his writing,"
said Mr. Kimsey of the tagging
on the Movie Gallery, 1611 S.
Parrot Ave. "This is not Hispan-
ic graffiti here -- it's Gangster
Disciples, and they're (the tag-
ger) either white or black.
"There are different styles
of writing. It's their own lan-
guage," he said of gang tag-
Actually, explained Sgt.
See Painting - Page 2

Featured speaker, ret. Army
Col. Lawrence Saucier said the
act of donning a uniform is a
deeply symbolic act. He paid
tribute to veterans' deep and
selfless commitment to Ameri-
ca adding that veterans are the
strength of our nation.
"Our veterans have taken
the idea of a free country and
made it a reality,' the colonel
At one point in his address,
he asked all veterans in the
crowd to stand and called for a
round of applause for them.
See Veterans - Page 2

Okeechobee News/ Eric Kopp
Dale Kimsey, a gang specialist with the Department of Juvenile
Justice in Lakeland, was in Okeechobee Saturday for the pri-
mary reason of painting over some gang 'tagging' on a local


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Honoring our Veterans: A day for reflection

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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The Sons of the American Revolution, direct descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers, were represented at
Okeechobee's Veteran's Day program by, left to right, Richard Massey, Jay Wise, Doug North, and Bob Eisenhardt of
the St. Lucie River chapter. The program was held in Veteran's Park on Monday, Nov. 12.

Okeechobee celebrates Veterans' Day

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2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, November 13, 2007

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Sheriff's Office is disclosing this
information to the public in order
to enhance public safety, aware-
ness, and protection. This infor-
mation is not intended to increase
fear: rather it is this agency's be-
lief that an informed public is a
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bulletin have served the sentence
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They are NOT wanted by the po-
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public is now better informed.
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April 19, 2001 of Lewd & Lascivi-
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Continued From Page 1
The holiday we now call Veter-
ans' Day was first started in 1919
by President Woodrow Wilson to
commemorate the end of World
War I and was called Armistice
Day. Since that time, the colonel
said, Americans have gathered
in parks, watched parades and
gathered in veteran's cemeteries
to thank veterans for their service
to our nation.
Sadly, Col. Saucier said, veter-
ans are not always appreciated.
He said that when congress re-
fuses funding to VA programs
and recruiters are kept away from
schools, veterans are not appre-
ciated. However, he paid tribute
to the American Legion for their
support of veterans.
"We must not forget the
women veterans," he added, stat-
ing that 1.2 million women have
worn military uniforms and many
have given their lives in the war
on terror.
The colonel called for more
VA benefits to veterans and stat-
ed that 23 percent of homeless
Americana are veterans.
-1 "Anyone who has worn the
U.S. military uniform honorably
has the right stuff," he asserted,
borrowing from author Tom
Wolfe's title "The Right Stuff," a
book about astronauts.

Continued From Page 1
Stark, the tagging was done by
a local gang that is a sect of the
Folk Nation. But in Hillsborough
County, where Mr. Kimsey works,
they are known as the Gangster
Disciples, said Sgt. Stark.
Tagging is. one way gangs
mark their areas and, in some
instances, a way to "disrespect"
rival gangs.
Sgt. Stark said he has tried to
get Okeechobee County to pass
an ordinance mandating that
gang taggings be painted over or
removed quickly, but has had no
"I went before the county
(Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners) a year
ago, and I'll put it before them
again to try and get it enacted,"
he said. "I'm also trying to get a
curfew ordinance."
"I'm surprised someone didn't
come back and tag over this,"
said Mr. Kimsey of the gang mes-
sage that had been on the north
outside wall of the building for
nearly two weeks. "To combat
gang graffiti you need to cover it
up within 24 hours."
This is where he comes in.
"I'm painting something two
to three times a week in Hillsbor-
ough County," said Mr. Kimsey,
who actually lives in Polk County.
"I'm trying to do this statewide.
I've painted-over close to 600
Depending on how much
graffiti there is and the size of the
spot to be covered he said he'll
use, on average, 15 to 20 gallons

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Continued From Page 1
They will also hear a case con-
cerning Charles Farmer/Aquama-
rine Construction, Inc., 508 N.E.
Ninth St. concerning their busi-
ness license tax.
Another local business, Big
Lake Investments, 1110 N.W.
Park St., has been cited for en-
croaching on the visibility trian-
gle. According to the land devel-
opment regulations, the visibility
triangle means, on a corner lot,
the triangle of land formed by
a straight line connecting two
points located on, and 35 feet
from, the intersection of the two
street property lines.
In effect anything that any
structure, landscaping or other

Continued From Page 1
tive Office of the President and
that the e-mails may have been
preserved on backup tapes.

If you go
Okeechobee City Code Enforce-
ment Board
City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.
Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.

object would block this 35 foot
triangle that is cut out at the
corner of an intersection would
pose a danger to traffic and is in
violation of the city's land devel-
opment regulations.
The visibility must be main-
tained between the heights of 30
inches above the ground and ten
feet above the ground within the
35 foot triangle.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.

The White House has said
that its Office of Administration
is looking into whether there are
e-mails that were not automati-
cally archived and that if there is
a problem, the necessary steps
will be taken to address it.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
The Okeechobee High School JROTC Honor Guard, under the command of Officer of the
Guard Dan Fennell, past commander of American Legion Post 64, saluted veterans as part
of the Veterans' Day program held Monday, Nov. 13 at Veterans' Park. Members of the honor
guard are, in no particular order, Staff Sgt. Brando Kelly, Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Thomas,
Sgt. Geromy Sullivan, Capt. Tony Crane, 2nd Lt. Deanna Davis, Pfc. Steven Pollock, Pfc. Tom-
my Farrell, 1st Lt. Jared Clay, Capt. Jennifer Wendt and Master Sgt. Dwayne Gilliland. Fea-
tured speaker was ret. Army Col. Lawrence Saucier, commander, Okeechobee High School

The colonel stated that histo-
rians have said that Eisenhower
was prouder of being a soldier
than being president.
"Remember the millions of
people liberated around the

of paint a week. The paint is nor-
mally donated by Lowe's, Home
Depot or the municipality.
Mr. Kimsey has been with
the DJJ since 1997 and has been
working with gangs the entire
time. He has been traveling
around painting over gang tag-
gings since 2004.
"Graffiti is a large problem.
It sends a message to the com-
munity that we've got a problem
here," he said. "I've been crying
for 10 years 'Hey, we've got a
gang problem.'
"Florida is just now adress-
ing the gang problem. Florida is
behind the 8-ball right now. The
state hasn't been documenting
gangs properly and we're now
moving to where we should
have been 10 years ago," he con-
He estimated that in Hillsbor-
ough County -- where there are
two to three drive-by shootings
every Week -- gang activity has
escalated 35 to 40 percent in
the past couple of years. But, he
added, it's difficult to get any ac-
curate numbers on the problem
since many agencies don't both-
er to document gang activity and
gang members.
'A lot of agencies don't keep
good records and don't believe
we have a problem -- they're in
denial," he said, as he quickly
pushed his paint roller over the
black spray paint.
As of last week, he said there
were 87 documented gangs in
Hillsborough County.
"But who knows, by today we
may have a hundred," he said.
Mr. Kimsey said he has traced

world" due to the efforts of veter-
ans, he urged the audience.
"Freedom is never more that
one generation away from extinc-
tion," the colonel quoted former
president Ronald Regan as he

gangs and their activities back to
1143, when they were formed as
a means of protection for people.
But today, gangs are more entre-
"Gangs are coming together
because of the drug trade," he
explained. "It's all about the
money. It's all about the dope."
But, there is also the fascina-
tion of belonging to a gang or
the desire to just belong to some-
"We had one gang in Lake-
land that was made up of doc-
tors' and lawyers' kids -- they
didn't need the money," he said.
In Hillsborough County, gangs
are primarily made up of Hispan-
ics, although Mr. Kimsey said
they are also seeing more Asian
He went on to say that several
different law enforcement agen-
cies got together in Hillsborough
County and raided a big meeting
at a gang club house last year,
and 200 members of the Latin
Kings were arrested at one time.
And even though there are still
the better known clubs -- such as
the Latin Kings, Crypts, Bloods
or Folk Nation -- Mr. Kimsey said
hybrid groups are beginning to
grow in number.
"What we're getting are more
hybrid gangs that aren't really af-
filiated with gangs in Chicago or
L.A," he pointed out. "Everybody
is doing their own thing."
He's begun to do his own
thing by getting young gang
members that are ordered to
his DJJ facility to do his kind of
painting which not only means
painting over gang tagging and

paid tribute to veterans from the
greatest generation to the present
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached atpgawda@newszap.com.

paying for the paint, but meeting
the business owner.
"It gives the wall a face," he
said. "It isn't a wall anymore --
it's somebody."
Ironically, he said when these
juvenile gang members meet the
business owners that business is
normally not tagged again.
And while this method helps,
there is much more to curbing
gang activity than this. While
some of the effort must be
shouldered by the state, different
municipalities and law enforce-
ment, society as a whole needs
to become more involved. So-
ciety must alsb realize they are
directly involved in the growth of
"In American we've glamor-
ized gangs and, as a society, we
have to take some of the blame,"
said Mr. Kimsey.
He said Americans and the
media have had a large impact
on gangs by making their syle
of dress popular and by making
them and their lifestyle bigger-
than-life in movies and music.
And with that he put the
cover on the plastic container of
paint, put it in his car, cleaned his
hands and prepared to return to
his home in Lakeland where he'll
probably get word that another
wall someplace in Florida has
been tagged by a gang. Then,
he's off again. But, he doesn't
"My goal is to do painting
statewide," he said.
Unfortunately, he's reaching
his goal.

News in Brief

Civil War re-enactment
planned for Dec. 1 & 2
The seventh annual Civil War
re-enactment about the raid on
Fort Pierce will be held Dec. 1
& 2 at the Savannas Recreation
Area, 1400 E. Midway Road, in
Fort Pierce. On Saturday, camps
will be open to the public from
9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and battles
will be held throughout the day
with the main battle being staged
at 2 p.m. On Sunday, camps will

be open to the public from 9 a.m.
until 3 p.m., with the main battle
starting at 1 p.m. Other activities
include living history demonstra-
tions, Sutler's Row, Civil War
camps, Ladies Tea, blacksmith
and more. Admittance costs are
$3 for adults and $1 for children.
Kids under the age of 6 will be
admitted free. For information:
contact Anita Errico-Smith at
(772) 465-7608, or by e-mail at
civilwargal@cs.com; or, Lou
Rausch at (772) 359-6541, or,
Greyriderl863@aol.com. All

proceeds from the event will go
to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's
Explorer Post #400.

11th annual fashion
show and luncheon
Tickets are now available for
the 11th Annual Fashion Show
and Luncheon sponsored by
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128,
Order of the Eastern Star. The
event will be held Saturday, Dec.
1, at the KOA Resort. The event
features a delicious luncheon

and our spectacular Tea Cup
Auction with an abundance of
beautiful gifts and gift baskets to
be won. The doors will open at
11 a.m. and lunch will be served
at 11:45 a.m. Tickets are $10 per
person. No tickets will be sold at
the door. This is the holiday event
of the season you won't want to
miss so reserve your ticket by
calling our Ticket Chairman, Do-
lores Anchors at (863) 467-1392
or any member of Okeechobee
Chapter No. 128.

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


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Clerk of Court office to be closed
OKEECHOBEE - The Clerk of Circuit Courts office will be closed
from noon until 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, for our annual Holiday

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

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
Creek equalize.

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 2"N Street,
Okeechobee, 34972.
"This hearing is specifically designed to encourage the public
to personally address their legislators on their concerns and issues
involving state government," Chairman Machek said.
If you would like to be placed on the agenda, to discuss issues
pertaining to the state, please contact Representative Machek's office
at (561) 279-1633, or via email to victoria.nowlan@myfloridahouse.
gov, no later than Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2007.

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This crowd, which included many veterans, gathered under the shade of the oak trees in Vet- Sr. during World War II. The senior Eaton was a navy pharmacist's mate who served onboard
erans' Park on Monday, Nov. 12 for the annual Veteran's Day program presented by American the aircraft carrier USS Lunga Point. The helmet bears the chevrons of a second class phar-
Legion Post 64. Since Veterans' Day fell on a Sunday this year, the ceremony was held on macist's mate plus the nick of a bullet that wounded the wearer. Mr. Eaton said his father, who
Monday. Members of the St. Lucie Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution took part in the passed way about ten years ago, had a scar from that bullet. The senior Eaton was also pres-
program as well as members of the Okeechobee High School JROTC. The featured speaker ent for the flag raising on Iowa Jima. The Eatons were attending the Veterans' Day program at
was ret. Army Col. Lawrence Saucier, commander of OHS JROTC. Veterans' Park on Monday. Nov. 12 sponsored by American Legion Post 64.
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JUST CURIOUS: Does anyone know about a car that was driving
recklessly on Nov. 3, driving south on 710. There was a white pickup
in front of me, and the car was in front of them. It was a marroon car
mid-size. The car was going off the road, to the right and once went
over the yellow line, off the left hand side of the road, down in the
ditch about 65 miles an hour. I called 911 twice, it took a while for
them to get out there due to distance. Just curious as to what hap-
pened. We turned on Martin county grade, when the deputy passed us.
I did not think the car stopped when the deputy was behind them.

MRSA: MRSA is not new. I have been in health care for six years
now and MRSA was common among the elderly then. It is a staff in-
fection but like some staff infections MRSA is becoming resistant to
most medicines and is harder to kill than it was 6 years ago. Back then
I only saw one or two cases of people dying from MRSA and now it is
VERY common to die from the infection. Proper universal precautions
like hand washing and sanitation shows to be the best way to prevent
MRSA from spreading. Mostly in babies and elderly is MRSA danger-
ous but it can be passed from person to person very easily. So if you
have small children and teenagers living together or if you take care of
the elderly and have an infant child at home be cautious. You can be
a carrier and spread MRSA to a child or elderly person before you even
show signs of having the staff infection. In most cases MRSA gives you
fevers, feeling tired, sores on the body that can be misinterpreted as
a spider bite. If you see any signs see a dermatologist that specializes
in skin conditions. They will most likely be able to tell you if you have
MRSA and cure it faster. I hope this helps and makes people aware
that it is out there but not to panic so much because MRSA has always
been around.

CHILD SUPPORT: Does anyone have information on laws in Flor-
ida that if a child support case is already open and both parties have
been served, and the custodial parent leaves the state and closes the
case is there anything the non-custodial parent can do?

LOW WATER: Ok, Lets put the blame square in the lap of the
people responsible for the low water in the lake. SFWMD has dumped
the water out of the lake for over year. Anyone who fishes around the
locks on the south side knows too. SFWMD didn't cause this drought,
but they are responsible for the severity of it. They claim that the dike
will break if they bring the water up. The water could have been let
come up to 15 feet during rainy season, and still been below the dike.
They have sprayed herbicide in the lake and you can't even get more
than a rowboat through the cut. SFWMD has cut sugar producers wa-
ter way back. If you're a landowner who has gotten water from the
lake, just try to get a well permit to irrigate with, what a joke that
is, just not funny. People should get county plat books, just to see
how much farm land SFWMD has gobbled up. They can have the
ponds, but when they take away your ability to feed yourself, I have
a problem. If you sue them, you pay for your lawyers and theirs too.
Their tactics have most of the older farmers and ranchers afraid to
buck them. They're tired of fighting a government agency, that can
tax, but cant be voted out. Looks like it's going to take the people to
stop them.

VETERANS: On Friday, Nov. 9, 1 was honored to attend the tribute
to the Veterans of Okeechobee: The Okeechobee High School stu-
dents put forth a great effort and time to show their respect and appre-
ciation to the Veterans in our community. I was to say the very least,
touched by the men and women of the Okeechobee High School.
Thank you so very much and God bless you.

WATER SHORTAGE: We just got here from the North and some-
one told me we are on a water ban. Is that true or not? I can't seem
to find it in the paper anywhere. Editor's note: The South Florida
area has been under water restrictions for many months due
to the drought. Residents in the Lake Okeechobee Service
Area (LOSA) of the South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict are reminded that Phase III Water Restrictions remain
in effect. Under Phase III, most residential water users, in the
LOSA are required to limit outdoor irrigation times to one
day per week and four hours per day. Residents with odd
home addresses are allowed to water between the hours of 4
a.m. and 8 a.m. EST on Saturdays, while residents with even
home addresses are allowed to water between the hours of
4 a.m. and 8 a.m. EST on Sundays. Residents may also hand-
water (no sprinklers, automated or manual) on their desig-
nated day between 5 and 7 p.m. No domestic water use for
outdoor irrigation will be allowed Monday through Friday.
In addition, residential users may wash their cars, boats
and other equipment from 5-7 p.m. and within the specific
times and days where irrigation is allowed. Residents also
are expected to observe normal water conservation practic-
es within the home. The use of water for firefighting, safety,
sanitation, health, medical and other essential purposes is
not restricted. Organizers of charity car washes and outdoor
water-based recreational activities are required to obtain a
variance. Application forms and instructions are 'available on
the District website at www.sfwmd.gov.

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Letters to the Editor

should share goals
I believe that nationwide, our
newspapers are doing the general
public a disservice by not printing
the goals of each candidate.
Television keeps trying to be
first and they only give "sound
bytes" of speeches. We would
like the whole speech so that we
can judge for ourselves.
I'm enclosing 1 of 5 principles
(more to follow) of the "America
First Party" so that everyone can
compare them to the two major
parties principles.
"Preserve and Protect Our
People and Our Sovereignty:"
* Support a military whose
mission is to protect our na-
tion, not police the world.

* Strengthen our borders and
promote rational immigration
* Protect English as our com-
mon language.
* Seek friendship with all na-
tions, but avoid entangling al-
* Work to maintain our na-
tion's sovereignty and oppose
all attempts to make our na-
tion subservient to the precur-
sors of global government.
* Apply American values to
our foreign policy.
I believe this will help every-
one realize that here is a party
that will stand for what the ma-
jority of the people want. For
more information you can call
Vee Kleinfelder

Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Breth-
ren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Any-
one currently home schooling or interested in home schooling 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
(863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For in-
formation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, call (863) 467-9055.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall 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 infor-
mation, 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 open
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fel-
lowship 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 support or
someone just to care are welcome. For information call the hot line
(863) 801-9201 or (863) 697-9718.
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863)
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist 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.
N.A. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave. The Lakes Shops Suite K. For information call
(863) 634-4780.

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Community Events

Stories Under the Big Top
The Okeechobee High School Drama Club is having their first
performance of the year on Nov. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the
Okeechobee High School Auditorium. Watch the greatest stories on
earth come alive under the big top! It's a circus full of laughter and a
lively storytelling as the ringmaster and players perform a variety of
well-known tales such as "The Bremen Town Musicians," "The Billy
Goats Gruff," "The Lion and the Mouse," Monkey See, Monkey Do"
and "The Magic Fish." Students are admitted free and adult tickets
are $10 each.

Coffee Klatch scheduled
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be
Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. at Soaps & Scents, 118 S.E. Park St. (across from
the Chamber of Commerce). Refreshments will be provided. For
information call (863) 357-2368.

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. Hard-
cover books are $2 and paperbacks are $1. Library discards are half
price. For more information call the library at 763-3536.

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

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
Holiday, this breakfast is being held earlier than our normal monthly
event. For information, contact Mary Ann Holt at (863) 634-8087 or
Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.

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 report

Stakeholders to hold outreach meeting
Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. until noon South Florida Water Man-
agernent Distri.ct'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 Res-
toration Project and the recreational opportunities available for you
on SFWMD lands. If you have any questions about the upcoming
meeting, please contact Jeff McLemore at (800) 2504200 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, includ-
ing mainstream, mystery, and romance, as well as memoir or po-
etry 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.

Orchid club host guest speaker
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will host guest speaker, Gary Bai-
ley, 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
commercial 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.

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


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(ARA) - When various news
agencies and psychological
journals compile lists of com-
mon phobias, "sociophobia"
-- the fear of being judged or
criticized by others -- rates high.
Specifically, the phobia of pub-
lic speaking is one terror which
many people cannot shake.
"We are a gregarious and lo-
quacious species, right up until
the moment we have to open
our mouths in front of a roomful
of strangers," says Diane Lov-

ing, department chair of general
education at Brown Mackie Col-
lege - Tucson. "Day in and day
in again, people actually delight
in walking onto a stage (without
tripping), looking out into a sea
of faces (without fainting), and
speaking eloquently about their
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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
SEM celebrates Veterans Day
Seminole Elementary School celebrated Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 9, where their stu-
dent council members Lexus Parker, Alyssia Boldin, Shayla Pendrey, Daniel Rodriguez,
Christopher Samuel, Sha'dajia Williams, Kimberly Harris and Brady Rogers did an inter-
pretative dance to "I'm Proud to be an American" around the flag pole symbolizing the
importance of Veterans Day.

Parents and school board members were present for the Seminole Elementary Ceremony
where the students gathered in the courtyard to show their respect to all the Veterans of
the United States in honor of Veterans Day.

Students salute
in honor of Veterans
Seminole Elementary School's fifth grader student coun-
cil president Christopher Samuel took part in the student
council interpretative dance during the Veterans Day Flag
raising ceremony on Friday, Nov. 9, where he saluted the
flag as a sign of respect to the Veterans who are fighting
and have fought for our freedom.

6 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Education News in Brief

Retired Educators sell
Christimas ornaments
The Okeechobee Retired
Educators Association Christmas
ornaments are on sale. Orna-
ments are 24 karat gold on brass.
On sale are the 2006 Ornament
- First Brick School, and 2007 Or-
nament - Southland Hotel. Each
ornament is numbered, limited
edition. A certificate includes his-
torical information. Ornaments
are $15 each. All funds go to their

scholarship fund. bTo purchase
ornaments, call Gay Carlton at
(863) 763-5755, Kay McCool at
(863) 763-2829, Regina Hamrick
at (863) 763-8865, Marion Da-
vis at (863) 763-3991 or Paulette
Whipple at (863) 467-2487.

Free adult GED
classes offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English

as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave.,
English as second language class-
es, Monday and Wednesday from
9 a.m. until noon, adult basic
education/GED, Monday through
Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8:30
p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until
4 p.m.; Yearling Middle School,
925, N.W. 23 Lane, English as a
second language classes, Monday
-Wednesday 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.;
Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E.
Eighth St., English as a second

language classes, Tuesday and Healthy Start Coalition will of-
Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. fer parenting education classes
for infants to age 3. All pregnant
Parent education women and parents are encour-
aged to attend. Each participant
classes offered will receive a gift. This adults-
The Okeechobee County only parenting class consists of

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six, one-hour classes. You must
attend all six classes to get a cer-
tificate of completion. We now
have day and evening classes
available. No child care will be
available. Call (863) 462-5877 for


David Carl Patty
David Carl Patty, age 35 died
Oct. 27, 2007 in Okeechobee. He
was born in Miami and was the
owner of a tree company.
He is survived by his wife, Tam-
mie, of Okeechobee; daughters,
Chantel Du Puis and Charlene Pat-
ty of Okeechobee; mother, Susan
Hayes of Davie; maternal grand-
mother, Mildred Hayes of Davie;
and sisters, Carol Ponce of Kend-
all, and Christina Wall of Davie.
Arrangements are under the
direction of Haisley Funeral and
Cremation Service.

Mark Joseph
Mark Joseph Lightcap, age 79
of Okeechobee died at Treasure
Coast Hospice home in Ft. Pierce.
Born in Royersford, Pa., he has
been a resident of Okeechobee
since 1997. He was a member of
American Legion Post 602, VFW
Post 6341, Family Motor Coach
Association., Good Sam RV Own-
ers Club, Holiday Rambler Recre-
ation Vehicle Club, Sundowners
HRRVC Club #49, Royal Palm
HRRVC Club #154, Freightliner
Chassis Club and the HRRVC
Pusher's Club. He also enjoyed

computers, horseshoes and cards.
He also served in the U.S. Army.
He is preceded in death by
the mother of his children and
wife of 46 years Marianne Light-
cap and his second wife, S. Ricky
He is survived by his son, M.
Dennis (Joyce) Lightcap of Pott-
stown, Pa., and his daughter
Cathy (Tom) Roeseler of Spring
City, Pa., four grandchildren and
one great grandchild. In addi-
tion he is survived by his two

brothers, Thomas Lightcap Jr. of
Royersford, Pa., Richard Light-
cap of Royersford, Pa.; sister,
Elizabeth Payne of Hickory, N.C.;
and his companion Rose Ford of
There will be no local services.
In lieu of flowers donations
may be made to Hospice of the
Treasure Coast.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.

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Okeech6bee News, Tuesday, November 13, 2007 7

Sweet potatoes - nutritious, Health News in
lCB d i t l tfifac di h l

delicious, but not 'yams'

This Thanksgiving many
American feasts will feature an
all-American food - the sweet
Sweet potatoes were prob-
ably served at the First Thanks-
giving because Native Americans
were harvesting sweet potatoes
before white men arrived in this
Sweet potatoes are one of
nature's "superfoods." They are
naturally high in vitamins and
nutrients. The Center for Science
in the Public Interest (CSPI)
ranks the sweet potato as the #1
most nutritional vegetable.
According to the U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture, one medi-
um sweet potato contains about
130 calories and has 2.15 grams
of protein; 3.9 grams of dietary
fiber; 265.2 mg potassium; 28.6
mg calcium, 18.2 mcg folate;
29.5 mg vitamin C and 26081 IU
vitamin A. That means a sweet
potato contains about twice the
recommended daily allowance
of vitamin A and more than one-
third of the requirements for vita-
min C. According to the "USDA,
there is more dietary fiber in one
sweet potato than in a bowl of
oatmeal. Sweet potatoes have
almost no fat and are low in so-
Sweet potatoes can be
served baked, broiled, steamed,
mashed, "French fried" or baked
in a pie.
Sweet potatoes can be many
things - but one thing they are
not is "yams."
Sweet potatoes and yams are
not even in the same plant fam-
ily. Yams grow in tropical and
subtropical regions of the world.
They contain more starch and
sugar and lack some of the vita-
mins found in sweet potatoes.
The confusion between yams
and sweet potatoes probably
started when African slaves re-


with Katrina Elsken
ferred to sweet potatoes "nya-
mi" because sweet potatoes
reminded them of the starchy
edible roots found in their na-
tive lands. Later when Louisi-
ana farmers started growing an
orange-fleshed variety of sweet
potato, they marketed them as
"American Yams" or "Louisiana
Yams" to distinguish them from
other varieties of sweet potatoes
grown in northern states. At the
time, there was little chance
these "American Yams" would
be confused with real yams be-
cause real yams are not grown
in the United States. With trade
agreements meaning more for-
eign produce may be founding
U.S. grocery stores, it may be
possible find real yams for sale.
But the two vegetables are easy
to tell apart. Real yams have a
rough skin and are usually yel-
low or purple. Sweet potatoes
are smooth-skinned and orange.
(Some canned sweet potatoes
are still sold under the "Yams"
name, but under USDA law,
must also be labeled as "sweet
When buying sweet potatoes,
look for those that are smooth-
skinned, plump, dry and clean.
They can be stored in any cool,
dry place. They should not be re-
frigerated unless they have been
cooked. Ifyou used canned sweet
potatoes, one cut of canned
equals about one medium fresh
sweet potato. Canned sweet
potatoes are already cooked, so
you may have to adjust recipes

to avoid overcooking.
The following recipe is from
the Louisiana Sweet Potato Com-

Sweet Potato
Pecan Pie
1 (9 - inch) unbaked pastry shell
1 pound (2 medium) sweet po-
tatoes, pealed and steamed until
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 (14 - ounce) can Eagle Brand
Sweetened Condensed Milk,
(NOT evaporated milk)
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
Pecan Topping
Instructions: Preheat oven
to 350 degrees F. In large mixer
bowl, beat hot sweet potatoes
with margarine until smooth.
Add remaining ingredients ex-
cept pastry shell and Pecan Top-
ping; mix well. Pour into pastry
shell. Bake 30 minutes. Remove
from oven; spoon Pecan Top-
ping evenly over top. bake 20 to
25 minutes longer or until gold-
en brown. Cool. Serve warm or
chilled. Refrigerate leftovers.
Pecan Topping: In small
mixer bowl, combine 1 egg, 3
tablespoons dark corn syrup, 3
tablespoons firmly packed light
brown sugar, 1 tablespoon mar-
garine or butter, melted, and tea-
spoon maple flavoring; mix well.
Stir in 1 cup chopped pecans.
Before making any change
to your diet or exercise rou-
tine, consult your doctor.
This is especially important
if you are on any prescrip-
tion drugs. Some drugs in-
teract badly with foods that
would otherwise be consid-
ered "healthy."

for Red Cross
The Okeechobee American
Red Cross will be offering classes
in November at their branch of-
fice, 323 N. Parrott Ave.: Tuesday,
Nov. 13 - Infant/Child CPR at 6
p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 15 - First Aid
Basics at 6 p.m. For information
or to register call (863)-763-2488

Freedom from
Smoking classes open
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
The purpose of the program is to
reduce adult and youth tobacco
use, and provide tobacco re-
sources to residents, businesses
and community organizations
in the county. Freedom from
Smoking classes will be held ev-
ery Tuesday at the Okeechobee
County Public Library, 206 S.W
16"' St., from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863)

Depression support
group forming
Depending on Christ is a new
support group forming for wom-
en suffering from depression.
Once the group is organized it
will meet every Thursday. For in-
formation, call (772) 597-0463.

Red Cross offers
HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the lo-
cal Red Cross office at (863) 763-
2488 for information.


Cancer support
group to meet
The Okeechobee Cancer Sup-
port Group will meet the first
Thursday of each month. Each
meeting will be held from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. in room 113 at
the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W.
Fourth St. Cancer patients, survi-
vors and supporters are all invited.
The group will share stories and
encourage each other as we take
this journey. This support group
will provide participants with in-
formation, resources, support,
guest speakers and devotional
time and will help comfort dur-
ing either your battle or you loved
one's battle with cancer. For in-
formation, call the First Baptist
Church at (863) 763-2171.

Narcotics group
to meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at
the Just For Today Club, 2303 U.S.
441 S.E., Suite K. For information,
call (863) 634-4780.

Healthy Start
can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you
been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help.
For information, call Becky Smith
at (863) 462-5877.

Martha's House
offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a
workshop called Deafening Si-
lence, which deals with provid-
ing services to deaf and hard of
hearing survivors of domestic
violence. The date and time will
be announced at a later date ac-
cording to community interest
and response. Contact Shirlean
Graham at (863) 763-2893.

Blood donors

are needed
Florida's Blood

Centers is

looking for blood donors in
Okeechobee. The Big Red Bus
mobile unit will be at the Wal-
Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott
Ave., on the last Saturday of each
month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For information, call (561) 845-
2323, ext. 1203 or (772) 215-8360.
All blood types are needed. There
is no upper age limit, and most
medications and conditions are
acceptable. Diabetes and blood
pressure donations can also be
accepted. A picture ID is needed
for all donors.

classes planned
The Okeechobee Healthy
Start Coalition will be offering
Childbirth Education Classes. For
'information, call (863) 462-5877.

Just for Today
Club forms
The Just for Today Club of
Okeechobee is an Addiction re-
covery social club/meeting place
where people can come to fel-
lowship or attend meetings. For
information on this new club,
contact Michael at (863) 634-

Health and Safety
Expo planned
The Okeechobee Family
Health and Safety Expo will be
held at the Agri-Civic Center on
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 from 9
a.m. until 2 p.m. They are current-
ly seeking vendors to share health
and safety related information at
the Expo. If your business/orga-
nization is not health related, you
can still participate, call for more
details. There will be free admis-
sion, free parking, free lunch, and
free prizes to all who attend. For
information please call Sharon
Vinson at (863) 462-5000 Ext.
257, Angela Kelly - Okeechobee
County Health Department (863)
462-5781 or Donnie Arnold -
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue
(863) 634-6464.

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At the Movies Blondie

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Nov. 9,
through Thursday, Nov. 15, are as
Theatre I -"Bee Movie" (PC)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "Fred Claus" (PC)
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)


in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 13, the
317th day of 2007. There are 48
days left in the year. ,
Today's Highlight in His-
On Nov. 13, 1982, the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial was dedicated
on the National Mall in Washing-
ton, D.C.
On this date:
In 1775, during the American
Revolution, the Continental Army
captured Montreal.
In 1789, Benjamin Franklin
wrote in a letter to a friend, "In
this world nothing can be said
to be certain, except death and
In 1927, the Holland Tunnel
opened to the public, providing
access between lower Manhattan
and New Jersey beneath the Hud-
son River.
In 1937, the NBC Symphony
Orchestra, formed exclusively for
radio broadcasting, made its de-
In 1942, President Roosevelt
signed a measure lowering the
- minimum draft age from 21 to
In 1956, the U.S. Supreme
Court struck down laws calling
for racial segregation on public
city and state buses.
In 1971, the U.S. space probe
Mariner 9 went into orbit around
In 1974, Karen Silkwood, a
technician and union activist at
the Kerr-McGee Cimarron pluto-
nium plant near Crescent, Okla.,
died in a car crash while on her
way to meet a reporter.
In 1977, Al Capp's comic strip
"Li'l Abner" appeared in newspa-
pers for the last time.
In 1985, some 23,000 residents
of Armero, Colombia, died when
a gigantic mudslide buried the
Ten years ago: The United
Nations decided to withdraw all
weapons inspectors from Iraq
after Saddam Hussein ordered
Americans on the U.N. team out.
A stage musical adaptation of
the Disney film "The Lion King"
opened on Broadway.
Five years ago: Claiming
Iraq was seeking the "path of
peace," Saddam Hussein's gov-
ernment agreed to the return of
international weapons inspec-
tors. U.S. Roman Catholic bish-
ops overwhelmingly approved
a compromise sex abuse policy
after the Vatican demanded they
make changes to balance fairness
to priests with compassion for
victims. Jewish Defense League
leader Irv Rubin died nine days
after what federal authorities said
was a suicide attempt in jail; he
was 57.
Today's Birthdays: Actress
Madeleine Sherwood is 85. Jour-
nalist-author Peter Arnett is 73.
Producer-director Garry Marshall
is 73. Country singer-songwriter
Ray Wylie Hubbard is 61. Actor
Joe Mantegna is 60. Actress Sheila
Frazier is 59. Actress Frances Con-
roy is 54. Musician Andrew Ran-
ken (The Pogues) is 54. Actress
Tracy Scoggins is 54. Actress-co-
median Whoopi Goldberg is 52.
Actor Chris Noth is 51. Actor Rex

Linn ("CSI: Miami") is 51. Actress
Caroline Goodall is 48. Actor Neil
Flynn ("Scrubs") is 47. Rock mu-
sician Walter Kibby (Fishbone) is
43. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel is
40. Actor Steve Zahn is 39. Rock
musician Nikolai Fraiture is 29.
Actress Monique Coleman is 27.
Thought for Today: "Don't
be a pal to your son. Be his father.
What child needs a 40-year-old
for a friend?" - Al Capp, Ameri-
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The Last Word in Astrology

By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Don't get upset because not every-
one is on the same page. Go it alone
if that is what it takes to get things ac-
complished. A short trip will pay off
but don't take detours, thinking you'll
spare yourself some time.
*TAURUS (April 20-May20): Look
for the silver lining and you will find it.
All that's required of you is to accept
what's going on and make your moves
according to what you see and expe-
rience. You are thinking more clearly
than you realize.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): A
deal can be developed and completed
today. An emotional issue can be taken
care of if you put a little effort into help-
ing out or making suggestions. Reform
may be necessary.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Take what's coming to you and don't
feel guilty. A treat, pampering, doing
something with loved ones or simply
taking a day to relax should be in the
works. Emotional matters may esca-
late if you don't allow yourself what

you deserve.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): With a
little finagling you should be able to
take a deal you are working on to the
next level. There is money to be made
and the opportunity to finalize a legal
problem is apparent. Surprisingly, con-
tracts will be in your favor.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Watch
what you say or it will come back to
haunt you. Sometimes being blatantly
honest can cause more trouble than
it's worth. If you are more observant
and less critical, you will get all the in-
formation you require.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Keep
moving - this is no time -to let your
lazy side take over. Don't let someone
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Kids of all abilities

can learn from this

*DEAR ABBY: The letter from
"Muddled Mommy in Miami"
(Sept. 21) really hit home. A child
with Down syndrome had made
an inappropriate remark to the
writer's 4-year-old son.
I'm the mother of a daughter
with Down syndrome. There have
often been situations in which
she has said or done something
inappropriate to another child.
I try to intervene when I know
about it. I have her apologize to
the child and the parent and try
to make amends. Sometimes,
it turns out that she was misun-
derstood because of poor speech
and language skills.
By all means, Muddled Mom-
my should say something! This
can be a teaching/learning mo-
ment for both her son and the
other boy. Many children with
developmental disabilities are
mainstreamed with regular edu-
cation children in school. Kids
with Down syndrome need to be
taught proper social skills so they
can have a relationship with their
If children with Down syn-
drome (or other disabilities) are
taught to hold to acceptable soci-
etal standards, they can lead pro-
ductive lives as adults. Isn't that
what we want for all of our chil-
dren? - Mommy In Worthing-
ton, Ohio
DEAR MOMMY: Absolutely! It
is the responsibility of parents to
teach their children - both abled
and disabled - acceptable be-
havior. Read on:
DEAR ABBY: As the parent
of a special-needs child, I have
come to realize that learning
needs to take place on both sides.
The mother of the Down syn-
drome child should have been
told about her son's comments
so she could take corrective ac-
tion. But "Muddled" should also
have taken her son aside and ex-
plained about children with spe-
cial. needs and disabilities so he

could learn tolerance and under-
standing. Four years old is not too
young to start.
We also have younger twins,
who, at an early age, asked why
their older brother "acts the way
he does." In the six years since
then, they have grown to be more
perceptive and understanding.
They are more forgiving of their
peers and willing to help those
less fortunate - "special" or not.
They understand that there are
many different types of people
in this world, and I believe that
knowledge will help make them
more enlightened adults. -
Charles H., Fremont, Calif.
DEAR ABBY: I have been both
a special education and a regular
education teacher. By approach-
ing the mother of the child who
threatened her little boy, the writ-
er could have alerted the mother
to inappropriate behaviors that
may be preventing her child from
having positive peer interactions.
Often children with disabilities
repeat what they have heard oth-
ers say. If the child truly meant
what he said about "kicking his
butt," then the mother should
raise those issues with his teach-
ers and therapists. - Special Ed
Teacher In Nevada
DEAR ABBY: As a parent of
a child with Down syndrome,
I believe it's important that my
daughter be treated like any other
child. That includes knowing
when she misbehaves. Having an
extra chromosome doesn't give
her a free pass. My expectations
for her do not differ from my oth-
er children. Standards should not
be lowered because she is differ-
ently abled.
What that boy said was inap-
propriate. Perhaps he heard it at
school or from a sibling. Either
way, his mother should have
been immediately made aware
of it. Your advice was right on
the money. -P W., Big Rapids,

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John Harlow won event with 12.30 Ibs.

John Harlow wins Taylor
Taylor Creek Bass Club held Third and fourth place went to
its November tournament on the Les Tory (11.53 lbs) and Gene
J&S Rim Canal. John Harlow Castle (9.89 lbs) respectively.
won the event with a 5-fish limit The team of Bill Seitz and Gene
of fish weighing 12.39 lbs. Dave Castle won the "Calcutta" with
Straight's five fish weighing 11.66 a combined weight of 15.24 lbs.
lbs earned him second place. Les Tory's 6.22 lb lunker took the

Sports News In Brief

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

Bass Club

meeting slated
Taylor Creek Bass Club will
hold its next monthly meeting on
December 13th at the Buckhead
Ridge VFW Post 9528 beginning

at 7:00 p.m. The club holds its
meetings on the second Thursday
of each month with bass tourna-
ments being held the following
weekend. New members (espe-
cially non-boaters) are welcome.
For more information contact
Dave Stout at (863) 467-2255.

U.S.C.G. Flotilla
seeking new members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee is seek-
ing new members' to become
involved in the Auxiliary's pro-
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed
of men and women who active-
ly support recreational boating
safety and other Coast Guard mis-
The Auxiliary also provides rec-
reational boating safety support to
sate and local authorities.

Les Tory pnd his lunker, took the Big Fish award.

Creek Bass Club tourney
"Big Fish" award. rent members for the 2008 sea-
The club meets at the Buck- son. New member boaters and
head Ridge VFW Post 9528 on (especially) non-boaters are wel-
the second Thursday of each come. For more information call
month. Tournaments are held Dave Stout at 863-467-2255.
the following weekend. The club
is now registering new and cur- .' '

Members could be involved
in patrols, communications, ad-
ministration, seamanship, pilot-
ing/navigation, weather or search
and rescue.
For information, call (863) 763-

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

' Submitted photo

Brahman Cross Country runners
Byran Suarez took second place at the cross country
meet held Saturday. Behind him, Eddie Guerrero took fifth
place. OHS Brahmans Boys Cross County team are Class
3A Regional champions.

Submitted Photo/FBC

Pray then Play flag football
First Baptist Church flag football Knight Jeremy Large ran for a touchdown after catch-
ing pass with some help from his teammate Kevin Christensen (right) who tried blocking
Spartans Josiah Large (grabbing flags) and Dillon Honeycutt (left).

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Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection1 060
Real Estate Wanted`1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

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

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

R Bar Ranch, 2 acres, 5 !g.
oak trees, cleared, great
location, $99,000 neg.

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

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


BH RIDGE - 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished,
$900. 1st & $900. Sec.
CHOICEOF 3BR, or 2 BR. 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031
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.
dep. (561)927-8211
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Mobile Home Angels
3BR, 2BA, 1 acre corner
lot, Crescent Acres
FORECLOSURE - 4br, 2ba,
28x80, on 3/4 acre, 1001
N.E. 104th Court. As Is,
$79,900, (239)777-4357
MOB. HOME- 61', all new on
river, w/dock, 2/3 br, screen
room, extras, $37,000 Must
see inside (863)255-4935
4/2 Tii ii:,:,,, Energy Package,
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq. ft
30th Anniversary
Sale Special
Save $15,000.
Call for FREE Color Brochures
FOR SALE! Set up & removal
also available. (863)381-1000
RIVERBEND MHP- #40, 2br,
2ba, furnished, elec boat lift,
on canal, Fla room, golf car,
2 sheds, 3 fruit trees.

When? Saturday, November 17, 2007 al 10.00 a m.- 12:00 p m.

Okeechobee. FL 34972

River Restoration Project and the recreational opportunities available for you
on SFWMD lands.
if ..... .... ... . .. . i i ... ," '' ling please contact Jeff McLe-
2476S58 O 111307

247120 ON 11/13/07


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

BIG 0 '07 - 18ft, 50hp eng.
alum trlr, bimini top, 24v trol-
ling mtr, low hrs, $12,000
firm (863)484-0427

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


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

PT CRUISER 2001 - 39K, Full
power, keyless entry, premi-
um sound, CD/Tape, C/C,
Tilt. New tires. Good condi-
tion. $7350. (863)675-5977

83K PS/PB, Cold A/C. Tool
box. Bed liner. Tow pkg.
$6500 (863)697-3108 aft 6p

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