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Okeechobe o


Vol. 98 No. 319 Thursday, November 15, 2007 50 Plus tax


Taylor Creek Locks closed


Today's

Meetings
Okeechobee City Planning
* Board/Board of Adjustments and
Appeals
City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.
Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m.

Briefs

Water restrictions
still in effect
Residents in the Lake
Okeechobee Service Area
(LOSA) of the South Florida
Water Management District are
reminded that Phase Ill Water
Restrictions remain in effect.
Under Phase III, most residen-
tial water users in the LOSA are
required to limit outdoor irriga-
tion times to one day per week
and four hours per day. Resi-
dents with odd home addresses
are allowed to water between
the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 8:00
a.m. EST on Saturdays, while
residents with even home ad-
dresses are allowed to water
between the hours of 4:00 a.m.
and 8:00 a.m. EST on Sundays.
Residents may also hand-water
(no sprinklers, automated or
manual) on their designated
day between 5 and 7 p.m. No
domestic water use for outdoor
irrigation will be allowed Mon-
day through Friday.
In addition, residential us-
ers 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 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.
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-
3117..

Drought Index
Current: 354
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.34 feet
Last Year: 12.51 feet
Source: South
� Florida Water
S Management
). District. Depth
S given in feet
above sea level.

Index
Classifieds......................... . 9, 10
Com ics .................................. 8
Community Events................... 4
Crossword.................................. 9
Obituaries............................... 6
Opinion................................... 4
Speak Out ............................ 4
Sports................................. 11.....
TV ........................................ 10
W eather..................................... 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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Canal cleanup
is planned

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The canals of Taylor Creek
Isles and Treasure Island have
been a hot topic for some time.
That was demonstrated when
over 60 residents of those areas
filled the meeting room of South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict's (SFWMD) Okeechobee
Field Office for a public meeting



OHCF: celebrates


Tuesday evening, Nov. 13.
At the beginning of the meet-
ing Terry Peters, director of the
field station, quelled rumors
that SFWMD was going to leave
the Taylor Creek locks open
and drain the water from Taylor
Creek and connecting canals.
"That's not going to happen,"
he said to the applause of the
crowd.
However, he did say that if
the water in the creek fell to the
level in the lake, the locks would
be left open. But if the lake level
falls to below seven feet, the


Veterans


locks would probably have to be
closed because they would form
a-navigation hazard.
. Presently the locks are only
being opened twice a day and
then only if boats wish to enter
or leave the lake at those times.
Using a map projected be-
hind him Mr. Peters explained
that the Nubbin Slough- locks
are now closed, forcing water
from the upper regions of Tay-
lor Creek to flow into the lower
part of the creek toward the Rim
Canal, and thus raising the level
of the canals. He said that if rain


Day

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Submitted photo/Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Okeechobee Health Care Facility resident, William Raisner, a WWII Air Force pilot in-
structor, recounted stories about teaching Chinese pilots how to fly at a base in Texas
while Sandy Perry, VP, and Heather Prince, director of activities, look on.


Okeechobee Health Care Facility resident, Cal Stone, Okeechobee Health Care
92, was honored as the oldest veteran at the Veterans Facility resident Georgia
Day ceremony. Mr. Stone entertained the audience telling Harris told of her days in
about his WWII army experiences, the army during WWII.


fell on the upper reaches of Tay-
lor Creek, it would be allowed to
flow into the lower areas of the
creek and the canals.
"We are doing what we can
by keeping locks closed," He
said. We are going to keep them
closed as long as possible.
Turning to canal cleanup, Gary
Ritter of SFWMD's Okeechobee
Service Center explained that in
2004 the district received.$60,000
from the legislature under the
Lake Okeechobee Protection Act
to clean up the canals. The dis-
trict contracted with Okeechobee


County to do that job. The next
year $350,000 was added from
ad valorem taxes, bringing that
total $950,000.
The county hired a contrac-
tor. However, as the water went
down, the contractor did not
have the resources to work in
dry canals. Roughly half the grant
funds were expended to this
contractor on what Okeechobee
County Deputy Administrator
Jim Threewits called "Phase I."
"I don't want people to say
See Locks - Page 2


Planners to




consider




new zoning


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The City Planners will con-
sider a future land use change
with issues revolving around a
current law suit and a zoning
change to complete the block
of commercial zoning for fu-
ture development at their meet-
ing on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6
p.m.
The City Planning Board/
Board of Adjustments and Ap-
peals will, consider the future


If you go:
Okeechobee .City Planning
Board/board of Adjustments arid
Appeals
City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.
Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m.
land use change from com-
mercial to industrial to be able
to accommodate the place-
ment of an off-premises sign
See Zoning - Page 2


Code meeting



cancelled due



to compliance


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The City Code Enforcement
Board meeting on Tuesday,
Nov. 13, was cancelled be-
cause the three businesses on
the agenda were in compliance
prior to the meeting.
Two cases concerned li-


cense tax imposition and one
case .dealt with encroachment
of the visibility triangle.
According to the city land
development regulation Sec.
50-32, license tax imposed; a
local business tax is imposed
upon each and every busi-
See Code - Page 2


OMS will add fifth grades


South, Central fifth
graders to attend
OMS in 2008
By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
Osceola Middle School
(OMS) will house fifth graders
in a "school within a school"
next year.
At a Nov. 13 Parent Teacher
Organization (PTO) meeting at
South Elementary School, Dr.
Pat Cooper, Okeechobee Super-
intendent of Schools, explained
that overcrowding at South El-
ementary and Central Elemen-
tary led to the plan to send fifth


graders to OMS.
"Several years ago, the state
legislature mandated class size
reductions," Dr. Cooper said.
"They tell us how many stu-
dents we can have per class."
For kindergarten through
third grade, class size is lim-
ited to 18 students; for 41t - 8"'
grades, 22 students; for high
school, 25 students. She said
currently, Okeechobee County
schools do meet these require-
ments for average number of
students per class. However,
she added, next year the rules
will be stricter and they have
to comply in each class, rather
than use an average.
"At Central and South, we


have run out of space," she
said. "As we go to the next level
of the actual classroom ratio,
we have no place to go."
She said there is no land
space at Central Elementary or
South Elementary to build more
classrooms.
"We had land space avail-
able at Osceola Middle School,"
she said.
Ken Kenworthy, assistant
superintendent for operations,
said OMS was built 10 years ago
with expansion in mind.
"We knew at the time we
needed to plan for expansion,"
he said. "The new building fits
See OMS - Page 2


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
A new building, currently under construction at Osceola Middle
School, will house fifth grade students in Fall 2008 semester.
Approximately 190 students are expected to attend fifth grade
there.


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2 Okeechobee News, Thursday, November 15, 2007


Coquina studies road easements


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee news
Who owns the roads in Vi-
king and who is responsible for
their maintenance? Those ques-
tions were given another twist at
the Wednesday, Nov. 14 meeting
of the Coquina Water Control
Board. The board spent consider-
able time discussing a document
drawn up by board attorney John
Weig addressing that issue.
At the Aug. 7 meeting of the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners, Coquina
Board Member John Entry re-
quested that Coquina swap some
Coquina owned lots for county
owned lots in Viking. The county
owned lots were located adjacent
or near Coquina canals and would
be used for fill dirt for canal main-
tenance projects. The Coquina
owned lots would be used by the
county as garbage collection sites.
As a condition of this swap the
county requested that Coquina's
easements in Viking be dedicated
to the public.
The swap agreement docu-
ment, authored by Okeechobee


County Attorney John Cassels
states that easements and rights of
way be dedicated for access, utili-
ties and drainage. However the
dedication agreement does not
provide any remedy for the prob-
lem many people are concerned
about -- road maintenance. The
document states, "Neither Co-
quina nor Okeechobee County,
by virtue of this dedication, is ac-
cepting or assuming any respon-
sibility for road maintenance or
committing to construct any road
or make drainage improvements
within the dedicated parcels. The
document goes on to state the
county accepts the dedication on
behalf of the public but not for
ownership or maintenance re-
sponsibility."
In response to Mr. Cassels'
document, Mr. Weig's document
deals with ingress and egress to
the public. Mr. Weig said it grants
the public the right to travel on
the roads Coquina owns subject
to any restrictions recorded in
public records and subordinate to
all rights of Coquina.
The document covers the
portions of 25 sections given to


UKeecnooee News/rete uawaa
Gary Ritter, of South Florida Water Management District's
(SFWMD) Okeechobee Service Center, speaks at a public
meeting held Tuesday evening, Nov. 13 at the SFWMD Field
Office in Okeechobee.


Locks
Continued From Page 1
that Phase I was a flop," he add-
ed.
Mr. Threewits stressed that the
contractor was paid by the yard
for debris removed.
However, many in the audi-
ence were frustrated by what they
perceived as the lack of visible re-
sults for the money expended.
Mr. Threewits said that the
present contractor was equipped
to work in either wet or dry ca-
nals.
Mr. Ritter conceded that that
SFWMD knew that the entire
$950,000 would just the scrape
the surface of what needed to
done. He said the work would
have to be done in the middle of
the canals to because of docks
and boat houses on the sides.
Opce this contract is complet-
ed, Mr. Threewits, said the county


Zoning
Continued From Page 1
on the property, as submitted by
attorney Steven Ramunni on be-
half of property owner Mary Ann
Newcomer Tuten.
This issue arose due to a lawsuit
against the City of Okeechobee by
Centennial Builders of Lee County
due to a staff mistake and a man-
datory denial of an application to
erect a billboard.
.The proceedings surround-
ing this lawsuit were evident on
Thursday, Feb. 15, when the City
Planning Board/Board of Adjust-
ment and Appeals denied an ad-
ministrative appeal concerning a
billboard sign in the Central Busi-
ness District (CBD).
At that time, the board heard
from attorney Steven Ramunni
who represents Centennial Build-
ers of Lee County, the develop-
ers of the billboard, concerning
an administrative appeal about a
building permit that was issued
to them on July 12, 2006, by city
building official Thomas Forbes.
According to the application,
the permit was for a commercial


Code
Continued From Page 1
ness, profession or occupation
engaged in or carried on within
the city.
Each. applicant for any busi-
ness tax must complete an ap-
plication and have approval from
the building official of proper
zoning and building regulations,
the fire department for inspec-


will have a handle on what is re-
quired for cleanup.
Water management officials
were questioned about letting
water out of the lake in 2006. Mr.
Ritter explained that water was let
out in anticipation of the predict-
ed very active hurricane season.
The hurricanes of 2004 and 2005
had brought the lake level up and
there was scouring of the dike on
the southern end of the lake.
The predicted 2006 hurricanes
did not materialize. However, if
water managers had not brought
� the water level down and the an-
ticipated hurricanes came, the
water would probably have been
dangerously high on Herbert
Hoover Dike.
"It was a management deci-
sion," Mr. Ritter said. "We can't
let water out as fast as it comes
in."
In response to a question
about agricultural use of water
during the drought, Mr. Ritter re-


billboard in an industrial zon-
ing district by applicant Maryann
Newcomer and contracted by the
Lee County company. The project
was to be located at 701 S.W. Park
St.
General services coordinator
Betty Clement and City Building
official Thomas Forbes testified
errors were made on the city's
behalf in approving this permit. At
issue is an error by city staff that
indicated the property was in the
industrial zoning instead of the
central business district where
additional signs are prohibited,
according to LDR Sec 90-567(4).
It was not known that there
was a problem until Nov. 13,
2006, when Mrs. Clement notified
Mr. Forbes that they had issued
a permit for a billboard within a
CBD.
They both then prepared a
letter to rescind the permit ac-
cording to LDR Sec 70-303 Which
states "permits issued on the ba-
sis of incorrect information on
the application or in error, shall
be voided. The applicant shall be
notified in writing that the permit
is void."
The applicant is now attempt-


tion and compliance with the fire
codes, the police department for
compliance with the applicable
safety codes, the local sanita-
tion company for verification of
garbage disposal and the public
utilities for compliance of water/
sewer regulations.
Each of the departments and
companies listed in this section
must have approved the applica-
tion prior to issuance of license.
Both cases regarding business
tax licenses: Frank Altobello/Jo-


I


uKeecnoDee 1rews/Pete uawaa
Jim Threewits, right, deputy county administrator for
Okeechobee County, explains steps being taken by the coun-
ty to clean up the Taylor Creek Canals. To his right is Anthony
Sweet, acting head of the Okeechobee County Road Depart-.
ment. The two officials were at a public meeting held Tuesday
evening, Nov. 13 at the South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict Field Office in Okeechobee.


plied that all permitted users of
water were required to cut back
45 percent on their water alloca-
tion, figured on a monthly basis.
He said those permitted users are
monitored by various means in-
cluding helicopters.
"We are in one of the most
severe droughts in history," Mr.
Ritter said
:He said the SFWMD govern-
ing board has asked staff to figure
out how to get more water into
the lake.
There was a question from
the audience about the higher
taxes paid by owners of canal
side property.
Mr. Threewits said that all the
ad vAlorem taxes in Okeechobee
County go to law enforcement.
He mentioned the possibility of a
special assessment that could be
paid by those property owners
for canal maintenance. However,
he added that the county was try-
ing to find other funding sources
to eliminate the need for a special
assessment.
In response to a question
about who could do canal clean-
up, Mr. Ritter replied that anyone


ing to change the future land use
to industrial which would ac-
commodate the placement of. a
billboard at this location. The city
has had a moratorium enacted on
the sign ordinance since this issue
arose while they rewrite the sign
ordinance.
The overall consensus of city
officials has been that no bill-
boards be allowed in the city lim-
its.
The city planner is recom-
mending denial for this change
as industrial uses would not be
compatible with the commercial
character of the area.
In other business, the plan-
ners will consider the rezoning of
property owned by Gagbee, Inc.
submitted by Brad Goodbread,
2103 S. W. Second Ave.; from
residential single family to heavy
commercial (CHV).
This .325-acre site currently
has a future land use of commer-
cial. The rezoning of this lot will
complete the block as a CHV site.
According to a previous meet-
ing, the projected development
of a Park Avenue BBQ & Grille,
a bank and other retail space are
being proposed for this site. The


ey's Pizza, 105 S.W. Park St.; and
Charles Farmer/Aquamarine Con-
struction, Inc., 508 N.E. Ninth St.
were removed from the agenda
due coming into compliance.
Another local business, Big
Lake Investments, 1110 N.W.
Park St. that had been cited for
encroaching on the visibility tri-
angle was also removed from
the agenda due to the correc-
tion of the issue to bring them
into compliance with the land
development regulations. Ac-


could. He said it just requires a no
fee Department of Environmental
Protection permit.
The audience expressed frus-
tration at the low lake level. How-
ever, water management officials
explained that without significant
rainfall, the lake level will not go
up. For the lake level to go up,
large amounts of rain are neces-
sary north of the lake particularly
along the Kissimmee Chain of
Lakes.
Looking at the other extreme,
Mr. Ritter explained that SFWMD
is planning for times of excessive
rainfall by working on storage ar-
eas north of the lake for this wa-
ter so that it will not have to be
discharged to tide.
One .member of the audience
called for people not to put trash
in the canals because it would
drift on to the people down-
stream.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.
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reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


city planner is recommending
approval of this rezoning as this
would make the zoning consis-
tent with the future land use.
The board will also:
*consider a rezoning change
for Gwynn and Linda Johnson,
105 N.E. Ninth St., of 2.84-acres
from commercial and single fam-
ily to industrial to accommodate
the continued use of operating a
machine shop.
*consider recommending to
the City Council to amend the
special exception uses of light
commercial (CLT) and com-
mercial professional office (CPO)
to include an adult family care
homes or assisted living facilities
as provided by law.
S*consider recommending to
the City Council to amend the
permitted uses of CHV to include
adult family care homes or as-
sisted living facilities as provided
by law and to include a public or
private hospital.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at cagullar@newszap.com.


cording to the land development
regulations, the visibility triangle
means, on a corner lot, the trian-
gle of land formed by a straight
line connecting two points locat-
ed on, and 35 feet from, the inter-
section of the two street property
lines.
No other cases were sched-
uled to go before the board.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


Coquina in a quit claim deed by
Communities Financial Corp.
The attorney stressed that the
document referred to ingress and
egress only. It also stated that the
public would use the property at
their own risk.
Chairman Melvin Byars
thought that utility easements
should be included in the agree-
ment.
"All this does is grant ingress
and egress," Mr. Weig said. "If
you open it to anything else you
are opening a can of worms."
He said that utility companies
would have to approach Coquina
for permission to place utility lines
on Coquina property.
The attorney added that if util-
ity easements were granted in
the document, utility companies
could put their lines wherever
they wanted to.
"This requires them to come
to you," he said.
The chairman and the attorney
were going to modify the docu-
ment before presenting it to Mr.
Cassels for county approval.
In a related matter, engineer
Malcolm Johnson had been in


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Okeechobee News, Thursday, November 15, 2007


the process of applying for a
South Florida Water Management
District permit to dig fill dirt on
Coquina owned lots and the lots
that were involved in the swap
with the county. To expedite the
permitting process and allow ca-
nal maintenance to begin as soon
as possible he was directed to ap-
ply for permits only on Coquina
owned lots at this time.
A special meeting will be
called for the first part of Decem-
ber to consider bids for shell,
fill dirt and hauling for the canal
maintenance projects.
Superintendent Danny Fair-
cloth reported that work was pro-
gressing on installing culverts on
the east side of Peavine Trail.
The board also voted to renew
for another year their surveying
contract with Tradewinds Pro
Services, Inc..
The next regular meeting will
be on Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. at the
county annex on U. S. 98.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
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OMS
Continued From Page 1
into the overall plan."
He said the building which
will house the fifth graders is
currently under construction. It
will look very much like the oth-
er classroom buildings already
on the campus, but it will have
more classrooms.
The fifth grade building will
function as a self-contained
school, he said. It will have class-
rooms, two multi-purpose rooms
and a "specials" lab. "Specials"
will include Media, Music, Art,
P.E. and Computer Lab.
The fifth graders will ride the
elementary school buses. Their
school day will start and end
a little earlier than the other el-
ementary school students to ac-
commodate the bus schedule.
Their school day will start at. 8
a.m. and dismiss at 2:35 p.m.
Fifth graders who ride the
South Elementary School buses
will be dropped off at OMS first
before the bus drops off the rest
of the students. Fifth graders
who ride the Central Elementary
School buses will catch a shuttle
bus from Central Elementary
School to OMS. Students who
live close enough to walk to'
Central Elementary School will
also catch the shuttle bus.
The OMS fifth grade will have
about 190 students - 95 from the
South Elementary School zone
and 95 from the Central Elemen-
tary School zone. The fifth grade
will have nine classroom teach-
ers, two ESE (exception stu-
dent education) teachers, two
instructional paraprofessionals,
one part-time PE teacher (shared
with Central Elementary School),
one shared media specialist,
one shared guidance counselor,
two shared administrators, one
shared dean (who will handle
fifth and sixth grade students at
OMS), two custodians and two
food service workers.
The fifth grade will have nine
regular homeroom classrooms
and one ESE classroom.
Mary Hurley, assistant su-
perintendent for instructional
services, said the fifth graders
at OMS will have the same cur-
riculum as fifth graders at the


elementary schools.
"They will use the same
text books," she said. They will
have the same student activities
such as Spelling Bee, Tropicana
Speech Contest, Safety Patrol,
field trips and cultural events.
OMS Fifth Graders will be
allowed to participate in the
after school program at South
Elementary School. They will
be bused from OMS to South El-
ementary after school.
Ms. Hurley said the fifth-grad-
ers at OMS will not be allowed
to participate in extra curricular
activities designed for the older
students.
"Socials for the older students
will be separate," she said.
The fifth graders can attend
any school events that are open
to the general public - just as
they can now.
Ms. Hurley said the school
day schedule is being designed
to minimize interaction between
the fifth graders and the older
students.
"The sixth through eighth
grade students will not be on the
sidewalks the same times the
fifth graders are," she said.
The fifth graders will use the
OMS gymnasium for PE, but will
do so at times that no older stu-
dents are in the building, she said.
The fifth graders will eat lunch in
their own building, so there will
not be any interaction with older
students at lunchtime.
The fifth grade at OMS is
a temporary solution to over-
crowding. The school board
plans to build another elemen-
tary school in the next five to 10
years.
Mr. Kenworthy said the time
frame for construction on the
new elementary school will
depend on the growth of the
community. Property has been
purchased near the Oak Park
area. He said when the new el-
ementary is built; the fifth grade
building at OMS will become a
middle school building.
A parents meeting will be
held. tonight at 7 p.m. at Central
Elementary School to discuss the
fifth grade plans. Ms. Hurley said
they will have more meetings in
January to answer any questions
from parents.







Okeechobee News, Thursday, November 15, 2007 3


Man charged with VOP sent to prison __-


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was sen-
tenced to 99 months in prison by
Circuit Judge Sherwood Bauer,
Jr., on Tuesday
for violating his
probation.
William Aud-
ie Robertson,
22, N.W. Sixth
St., was orgin-
ally sentenced
to 10 years pro-
bation follow- William
ing his Feb. 24, Robertson
2006, arrest.
According to an arrest report
by Detective John Zeigler of the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD) Robertson was
charged with 10 counts of lewd
or lascivious battery.
Robertson was arrested for al-
legedly having sex with a girl who
was under the age of 16.
Later he was sentenced to
serve time on probation.as a sex-
ual offender instead of jail time.
He was arrested on June 1, 2007,
for violating his probation.
"This defendant has seen fit
to not follow the rules and vio-
late his probation," said Assistant
State Attorney Carlos Wells to
Judge Bauer on Nov. 13.


Robertson violated his proba-
tion by not finding and maintain-
ing gainful employment and by
not supplying a driving log of
where he goes in a motor vehicle
as required by Florida statute. It
was stated in court that Robert-
son had been warned no less
than 14 times by his Department
of Corrections probation officer
Michael White that he had to find
a full-time job. He had also been
warned about keeping the driv-
ing log by Mr. White, but chose
not to do so.
Judge Bauer said Robertson
was obviously a "willful viola-
tor."
But defense attorney John
Lithgow argued that despite the
violations Robertson's probation
should be reinstated.
"I honestly don't think prison
time is going to do much good
here," he told the judge.
A prison. sentence, he contin-
ued, would only serve to make
his client more prone to getting
into trouble "down the road."
Mr. Lithgow then suggested
that his client be put back on pro-
bation with some type of super-
vision that "would see to it that
Mr. Robertson is doing what he's
supposed to."
He also argued that as a regis-
tered sex offender Robertson will


"have to stay in touch with the
sheriff's office and Department
of Motor Vehicles for the rest of
his life."
. Mr. Lithgow also told Judge
Bauer that his client has a history
of learning difficulties.
Judge Bauer said, originally,
Robertson's score sheet indicat-
ed that he was eligible to serve
a prison sentence of up to 94.5
months. But, because he had vio-
lated his probation, the sentence
was now 99 months.
"It's a big jump from 10 years
probation to 99 months in pris-
on," said Judge Bauer.
Even so, the judge said be-
cause Robertson had consciously
chosen not to go by the rules of
his probation that he would ter-
minate the man's probation and
then handed down the sentence.
Robertson will receive credit
for the 315 days he's already
spent in the Okeechobee County
Jail, and will have to pay all out-
standing fees and court costs.
Records at the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office indicate
Robertson's initial registration as
a sex offender was on Dec. 18,
2006. He also registered again in
May.
Judge Bauer told Robertson
that he had 30 day to appeal the
decision.


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An Okeechobee man was sen-
tenced to 18 months probation
after, having entered a plea of no
contest to a felo-
ny charge of cru-
elty to animals.
Lucio Aran-
da, Jr., 48, N.E.
Fifth Ave., was.
originally arrest-
ed on May 20,
2007, by Deputy
Roy Gilchrist of Lucio
the Okeechobee Aranda
County Sheriff's
Office. Besides the cruelty to
animals charge, Aranda was also
charged with the misdemeanors
of domestic battery and carrying
a concealed weapon.
He was later arrested on a
warrant charging him with aggra-
vated assault with a deadly weap-
on but that charge was eventually
dropped.
Besides receiving probation,
rAandpa was also ordered by Cir-
cuit,.u eg..Sherwood Bauer, Jr.,
to undergo alcohol/drug abuse
evaluation.
Aranda was arrested as a re-
sult of an argument with his girl-
friend.
Deputy Gilchrist stated in his
report that when he responded
to Aranda's home around 2 p.m.
on that Sunday he first saw Aran-

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home with a dead dog wrapped
in a red towel. His report states
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home. She also left her pet Ter-
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woman in the head and threat-
ened her with a kitchen knife.
The deputy's report states that
Arand killed the dog because he
was mad at the woman.
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4 OPINION


Okeechobee News, Thursday, November 15, 2007


Speak Out
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CITY: The City just authorized $222,000 for a new information
system for the police department. This information is already avail-
able to our county and state officers so why can't our city access this?
Answer -- spending money for a new toy. Does anyone notice how
many police cars are in their parking lot or parked on the street during
the day time, took notice of the personal errands being done on city
time, checked how are not physically fit to perform, etc.? Does anyone
know if there were any city reprimands for how the Raulerson "case"
was handled?
ABUSE: I have done nothing but think about and dream about the
family whose step-father was accused of beating them. I happen to
know them fairly well. The "children" are so absolutely harmless, it
is pitiful to think of them being beaten. We live in America, for crying
out loud! Where is our compassion for those who are different? Why
wasn't an agency sent to the home to be helping them? Help clean,
take care of them? They have been attending church for years, where
is the church family? They have lost their best friend, their Mother.
Now this? Our prayers are with them.
HORSES: Every year when I come back to Okeechobee, I am so
amazed that there are those three horses at 441 S.E. They live in a
jungle of brush and trees and there is no grass for those horses to eat.
How can you people live here in Okeechobee and not do something
about it? If I lived next to them I would always call and report them.
ADS: I have inquired. on this before as to why the Okeechobee
News does not carry in the Classified Ad section for sale items more
than once a week. Why aren't you carrying them like you used to ev-
eryday such as the furniture, musical items, children items, so forth
and so on. Why aren't they in the paper everyday?
Editor's note: The Okeechobee News offers free classified
ads one day a week. Those selling the items may run ads as
often as they like if they pay for it.
COUNTY: This is to the County Commissioners, what in the world
is wrong with you men? We put you in office and we can sure put you
out. We've got a problem.with the gangs here in Okeechobee and you
don't realize it. Stop being lazy and get busy.
SHORTAGE: This is for the people from the north that put in a
speak out called Water Shortage, if they are from the north all they
have to do is go down to the pier and you can see there is a shortage.
PAINT: In the Okeechobee News Article, 'Gang Specialist stays busy
painting' I'm not an expert but common sense tells me that whenever
graffiti is done in Okeechobee, why don't you just put in a work order
to the police station and let the trustees go out and paint and do the
job and maybe a local paint store could donate the paint and get some
free advertising.
PRAYER: This topic seems to have run full cycle. I see the people-
in Georgia (where the drought is extreme) want to have a prayer ser-
vice in Atlanta to ask God to send them some rain. I think this is fine,
and you probably do too if you believe in the power of prayer. What
is disgusting about it is that there is a planned protest. I say let those
whose believe in prayer receive their water, and those who don't can
just dry up.
CURFEW: I have two teenagers and have a parent imposed curfew.
There is no reason for my kids to be out late on a school night, period.
If the county were to ever impose something like that I would support
it. You mentioned that "There is not much to do in Okeechobee for
teenagers." Ilhave heard this from others on this forum in the past and
wonder how in the world my kids can be so busy then. Movies, bowl-
ing, school sports, school clubs, parks and recreational sports, church
youth activities, many 4-H clubs, dance studio, skate park, horse back
riding at the Agri-Civic center, paintball, fishing. I'm not saying my kids
do all these things and these are all activities that should be over by 11
p.m., but there are activities out there if one wants to get involved.

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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
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Upcoming Events'

Thursday
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of the
month to help and encourage women who have been diagnosed
with cancer. The meeting will be held at the American Red Cross
office at 323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For informa-
tion, call Janet Topp at (863) 824-2899.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet
for a pot luck supper.at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the Bas-
inger Civic Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863)
763-2285.
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.
. Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at
412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at
(863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at
(863) 763-4920, for information.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday
at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Gra-
ham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a sec-
ond language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catho-
lic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group
every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family
member is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and
provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support,
information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic Text
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303
Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call (863)
634-4780.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 801-
3244.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Friday
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call
(863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and
see what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret
at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church, 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will
be held on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Res-
taurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch
will be at noon. Women should bring business cards and informa-
tion to promote their business. The meeting provides networking
opportunities for women in business and is open to the public. No
membership is required. For information, contact Robin Delgado at
(800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at info@flainjurylawyer.com.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terrace, holds meet-
ings for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 357-3053.


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 meet-
ing 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, "Mademoiselle Benoir, by Christine Conrad. For informa-
tion call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.


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.

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-
3536.

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)
763-2225.

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
On 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 Department. 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.
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 cost.

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.
com/hamfest/.

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
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 commercial growers in many of the big shows. He will






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uKeecnooee News/Katrina -SKen
On Nov. 10, the UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce hosted their annual Veterans Day program.
Thousands of visitors came to the museum over the weekend to attend the program and
to see displays of Navy boats and equipment. Navy personnel were on hand for questions
and demonstrations. Youngsters, such as Michael Muros (left) and Wesley Davis (center) of
Okeechobee, enjoyed climbing on the boats.


UDT-SEAL Museum has national status


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Con-
gressman Tim Mahoney's bill to
designate the Navy UDT-SEAL
Museum in Ft. Pierce, Florida
as the Official National Museum
of Navy SEALs and Their Prede-
cessors was signed into law by
President George W. Bush Nov.
13.. Senator Bill Nelson (FL)
sponsored the Senate compan-
ion bill.
"I want to thank President
Bush for signing Senator Nel-
son's and my bill making the
Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Ft.
Pierce, Florida the official Na-
tional Museum of Navy SEALs
and Their Predecessors. This Act
of Congress will forever recog-
nize the importance of the Navy
SEALs and their predecessors to
the past and future defense of
our nation, giving these brave
fighting men and women the na-
tional recognition they deserve."


"Navy SEALs are an important
part of our nation's history," said
Senator Nelson. "The museum
will now be able to tell their sto-
ries to thousands more visitors."
Designating the Navy UDT-
SEALs Museum in Ft. Pierce as
the National Museum of the
Navy SEALs and Their Predeces-
sors will elevate the status of the
museum, help generate national
awareness, assist the museum
in obtaining grants, and help
strengthen its relationship with
the Department of Defense and
Special Operations Command.
The Navy UDT-SEAL Museum
is the only museum dedicated
solely to preserving the legacy of
the honor, courage, patriotism,
and sacrifices of Navy SEALs and
their predecessors, including the
Underwater Demolition Teams,
Naval Combat Demolition Units,
Office of Strategic Services Mari-


time Units, and Amphibious
Scouts and Raiders.
The ground upon which the
Navy UDT-SEAL Museum rests
was the birthplace of the Navy
Frogmen. Through World War II
thousands of brave soldiers were
trained as members of Naval
Combat Demolition Units and
Underwater Demolition Teams
at the site. Since that time, the
Frogmen have evolved into one
of the most elite fighting forces
in the world, the Navy SEALs.
Since the museum opened,
* thousands of visitors have
learned of the accomplishments
of the Navy SEALs through the
museum's artifacts and photos
tracing the history of Naval Spe-
cial Warfare from its beginnings
during World War ll through the
Navy SEALs' current role in fight-
ing in the War on Terror and in
Iraq.


In the Military


Sexton graduates
basic training
Air Force Airman Dusty N.
Sexton has graduated from ba-
sic military training at Lackland
Air Force Base, San Antonio,
Texas. During the six weeks
of training, the airman studied


the Air Force mission, organi-
zation, and military customs
and courtesies; performed drill
and ceremony marches, and
received physical training, rifle
marksmanship, field training
exercises, and special training
in human relations.
In addition, airmen who


complete basic training earn
credits toward an associate de-
gree through the Community
College of the Air Force.
.She is the daughter of Bren-
da Sexton of N.E. 23rd Way,
Okeechobee, Fla. Sexton is a
2007 graduate of Okeechobee
High School.


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Costs of Iraq, Afghanistan

wars at $1.6 trillion so far


By Jeanne Aversa
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The
economic costs of the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan are estimated to
total $1.6 trillion -- roughly double
the amount the White House has
requested thus far, according to
a new report by Democrats on
Congress' Joint Economic Com-
mittee.
The report, released Nov. 13,
attempted to put a price tag on
the two conflicts, including "hid-
den" costs such as interest pay-
ments on the money borrowed to
pay for the wars, lost investment,
the expense of long-term health
care for injured veterans, and the
cost of oil market disruptions.
The $1.6 trillion figure, for the
period from 2002 to 2008, trans-
lates into a cost of $20,900 for a
family of four, the report said. The
Bush administration has request-
ed $804 billion for the Iraq and
Afghanistan wars combined, the
report stated.
For the Iraq war only, total
economic costs were estimated
at $1.3 trillion for the period from
2002 to 2008. That would cost a
family of four $16,500, the report
said.
Future economic costs would
be even greater. The. report es-
timated that both wars would
cost $3.5 trillion between 2003
and 2017. Under that scenario,
it would cost a family of four
$46,400, the report said.
The report, from the commit-
tee's Democratic majority, was
not vetted with Republican mem-
bers. Democratic leaders in Con-
gress, including Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., seized
on the report to criticize Bush's
war strategy., The White House
countered that the report was po-
litically motivated.
"This report was put out by
Democrats on Capitol Hill. This
committee is known for being
partisan and political. They did
not consult or cooperate with
the Republicans on the commit-
tee. And so I think it is an attempt
to muddy the waters on what
has been.some positive develop-
ments being reported out of Iraq,"
said White House press secretary
Dana Perino. "I haven't seen the
report, but it's obvious the moti-
vations behind it."
The report comes as the
House and Senate planned to
vote this week on another effort
by Democrats to set a deadline for
withdrawing troops from Iraq as


a condition for providing another
$50 billion for the war.
Reid said the report "is an-
pther reminder of how President
Bush's stubborn refusal to change
course in Iraq and congressional
Republicans' willingness to rub-
ber stamp his failed strategy -- has
real consequences at home for all
Americans."
Israel Klein, spokesman for the
Joint Economic Committee, took
issue with the White House's
characterization of the panel's
report.
"Instead of dealing with the
substance of this report, the White
House is once again trying to de-
flect attention away from the blis-
tering costs of this war in Iraq,"
Klein said. "This report uses the
nonpartisan CBO (Congressional
Budget Office) budget estimates
and was prepared by the JEC's
professional economists using the
same process this committee has
always used, regardless of which
party is in the majority."
Oil prices have surged since
the start of the war, from about
$37 a barrel to well over $90 a
barrel in recent weeks, the report
said. "Consistent disruptions from
the war have affected oil prices,"
although the Iraq war is not re-
sponsible for all of the increase in
oil prices, the report said.
Still, the report estimated that
high oil prices have hit U.S. con-
sumers in the pocket, transferring
"approximately $124 billion from
U.S. oil consumers to foreign (oil)
producers" from 2003 to 2008,
the report said.
High oil prices can slow over-
all economic growth if that chills
spending and investment by con-
sumers and businesses. At the
same time, high oil prices can
spread inflation throughout the
economy if companies decide to
boost the prices of many other
goods and services.
Meanwhile, "the sum of in-
terest paid on Iraq-related debt
from 2003 to 2017 will total over
$550 billion," the report said. The
government has to make interest
payments on the money it bor-
rows to finance the national debt,
which recently hit $9 trillion for
the first time.
The report was obtained by
The Associated Press before its
release. An earlier draft of the
report, which also had been ob-
tained by The AP, had put the
economic cost' of the Iraq and
Afghanistan wars slightly lower,
at $1.5 trillion.


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Indian River Community College hosts free business seminar


The Indian River Community
College Business and Technology
Incubator, in partnership with the
Entrepreneur Development Insti-
tute at IRCC and the Economic
Council of Martin County, is host-
ing a FREE seminar, "Avoiding


Business Failure." Anyone look-
ing for ways to make a business
successful and learn preventative
actions to avoid crisis should at-
tend the FREE "Lunch & Learn"
seminar on Wednesday, Novem-
ber 28, presented at noon at the


Wolf High-Technology Center at
the IRCC Chastain Campus, 2400
S.E. Salerno Road. The Entrepre-
neur Development Institute (EDI)
will be providing snacks, bever-
ages and dessert.
Guest presenter James T.


"Tom" Gallman graduated cum
laude from the University of West
Florida with a BA in Econom-
ics with minor course studies
in finance and marketing. Tom
worked seven (7) years in bank-
ing in Northwest Florida. He later


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Business Administration for over
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Liquidations, Lender Relations,
Business Development, Portfolio
Management and Marketing &
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FL, Charlotte, NC and Nashville,
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Obituaries


Kathleen Elise
Dierkes-Adcock
Kathleen Elise Dierkes-Ad-
cock, age 53 of Vero Beach died
Sunday, Oct. 28,.2007 at her resi-
dence in Vero
Beach. Born July
30, 1954 in Pon- -
tiac, Mich., she . -
held a Masters in .[r
Sports Medicine
and Nutrition '
and served as a .'
clinical dietitian,
she practiced Kathleen
in Mississippi, Elise
Michigan and Dierkes-
Florida. She was Adcock
an avid reader,
learner and teacher. She had a
contagious laugh and was a dog
lover. She will be severely missed
and will be carried in our hearts
for all our days.
She is preceded in death .by
her father and mother, Donald
and Mary Dierkes and brother,
Donald Dierkes, Jr.
She is survived by her daughter,
Cloe Estelle Adcock of Louisiana;
sisters, Celia Fox of Okeechobee,
Mary Ann (Kevin) Argue of High-
land, Mich., Elizabeth (Paul)
Anstead, Linda (Michael) White;
nephews, Christopher, Montgom-
ery, Garrett, Mikgel; nieces, Sha-
leiah, Dawn, Siobhan, Meghan
and Stephanie.
The family has no plans for a
service at this time.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


Brian Levi Webb
Brian Levi Webb, age 67 of
Okeechobee died Tuesday, Nov.
13, 2007 in the St. Lucie Medi-
cal Center. Born Jan. 1, 1940 in
St. Louis, Mo., he had been of
Okeechobee since 1978. He was a
member of St. Theresa's Church,
The Buckhead Ridge Moss,
Knights of Columbus and the Lo-
cal 630. Union out of West Palm
Beach as a pipe fitter and welder.
In addition he enjoyed bowling,
playing cards and sports.
He is survived by his wife,
Elaine Webb of Okeechobee; son,
Richard Webb of Okeechobee;
daughters, Margaret (John) Szy-
manosky of Okeechobee; Rhonda
(Glenn) Whirls of Okeechobee,
Michelle (Deej) Baggett of Orlan-


do; brothers, Stephen Webb of
Houston, Texas; Danny Webb of
Collinsville, Ill.; sisters, Judy Bird-
sell of Houston, Texas and Kathy
Rockwell of San Antonio, Texas. In
addition he is survived by grand-
sons; Graig Webb, Anakin Whirls
of Okeechobee; granddaughters,
Michelle Webb of Okeechobee,
Ashley and Paige Baggett of Or-
lando, and great grandchildren,
Ariana Webb and Chase Russell
of Okeechobee.
Visitation will be held Friday,
Nov. 16, from 3 until service time
at 5 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel, with Father Este-
ban Soy officiating.
All arrangements. are under
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NES is learning about Harvest Fest


Second graders are talking
PILGRIM talk these days, reciting
phrases like, "How Now," which
means "Hello." We've learned
that cultures change over time.
Pilgrim girls wore petticoats and
coifs (hats). Boys wore breech-
es (pants). Girls were never al-
lowed to wear breeches, ever.
Gianna Venters (a girl) replied,
"Wow! All I own are pants, in
my culture. I'd be in big trouble
if I lived with them." We now
know that the first Thanksgiv-
ing was labeled, "Harvest Feast"
instead of the formal name we
use today. However, whatever
we call it, remembering the past
is interesting.
The newest members of the
school's fifty point AR Club are,
Clayton Harris, Cristian Rios,
Hannah Phillips and Sey'Moura
Humphries. Our love for reading
continues to grow.
Math is entering a crucial
part of our school year. It is sub-
traction with regrouping or for


some day. The valuable les-
sons, both taught, will not soon
be forgotten.
Fifth Grade
In Tiger News this week for
fifth grade we are learning new


grandma and grandpa's sake,
subtraction with borrowing. ALL
parental help on this skill will be
appreciated.
Our children have experi-
enced a couple of theatrical
plays lately. One play, 'Henry
and Mudge,' was at the Dolly
Hand Theater in Belle Glade.
The other was 'Bananas, Books,
and Pancakes,' presented at the
Freshman Campus. Both were
sensational and aroused a po-
tential in some of our young,
to consider a career in acting,


concepts every day! We are firi-
ishing our "Teamwork" unit in
reading, and moving onto "A
Changing Planet." In science,
we are. learning about forces,
such as gravitational force and
net force. We have learned why
our hands heat up when we rub


them together. This concept is
called "friction." In math, we
are learning about different
type of graphs. This helps us or-
ganize information to show re-
sults. We are having another ex-
citing nine weeks in fifth grade
at North Elementary!


Submitted photo
Who's Who
at Central
Victor Spence a fifth grader
at Central Elementary has
recently been accepted in
the who's who registry of
Academic Excellence. Vic-
tor's biography will be on
file in the Library of Con-
gress in Washington D.C.
Victor is the grandson of
the late Larry Spence and
the grandson of Sherry
Spence, the son of Tara
Spence all of Okeechobee.
He has a little brother, Dil-
lon at home.


Submitted photo/Bright Futures Preschool
Bright Futures hold fall festival
The Bright Futures Preschool, formerly Building Blocks celebrated their fall festival with
Illusions by Raven doing a magic presentation to the center where students (front row-left
to right) Daisy Eunice, Faith Caldwell, Jakeria Stewert, Sean Fortun, Tania Boswell, Kobe
Jimmie, (back row-left to right) Ms. Melissa Bronson, Haley Hawes and Marco Campos
watched in amazement.


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The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
Theatres III.
Movie times for Friday, Nov. 9,
through Thursday, Nov. 15, are as
follows:
Theatre I -"Bee Movie" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre II - "Fred Claus" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre III - "Saw IV" (R)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m.. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863)
763-7202.


Today

in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, Nov. 15,
the 319th day of 2007. There are
46 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
tory:
On Nov. 15, 1806, explorer Ze-
bulon Pike sighted the mountain-
top now known as Pikes Peak in
present-day Colorado.
On this date:
In 1777, the Second Conti-
nental Congress approved the
Articles of Confederation, a pre-
cursor to the Constitution of the
United States.
In 1889, Brazil was proclaimed
a republic as its emperor, Dom
Pedro II, was overthrown.
In 1926, the National Broad-
casting Co. debuted as a radio
network.
In 1939, President Roosevelt
laid the cornerstone of the Jef-
ferson Memorial in Washington,
D.C.
In 1948, William Lyon Mack-
enzie King retired as prime min-
ister of Canada after 21 years;
+ he was succeeded by Louis St.
Laurent.
In 1966, the flight of Gemini
12 ended successfully as astro-
nauts James A. Lovell and Edwin
"Buzz" Aldrin Junior splashed
down safely in the Atlantic.
In 1969, a quarter of a mil-
lion protesters staged a peaceful
demonstration in Washington
against the Vietnam War.
In 1979, the British govern-
ment publicly .identified Sir An-
thony Blunt as the "Fourth Man"
of a Soviet spy ring that included
Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean
and Kim Philby.
\ In 1982, funeral services were
held in Moscow's Red Square for
the late Soviet President Leonid
I. Brezhnev.
In 1987, 28 of 82 people
aboard a Continental Airlines
DC-9, including the pilot and co-
pilot, were killed when the jet-
liner crashed seconds after tak-
ing off from Denver's Stapleton
International Airport.
Ten years ago: A day af-
ter moving to halt the import of
modified assault weapons, Presi-
dent Clinton defended the ac-
tion in his weekly radio address,
saying such weapons did noth-
ing butf "inspire fear and wreck
deadly havoc on our streets."
Five years ago: Palestin-
ian militants raked Israeli troops
and settlers with gunfire in an
ambush, killing 12 Israelis in He-
bron. Hu Jintao replaced Jiang
Zemin as China's Communist
Party leader.
Today's Birthdays: Judge
Joseph Wapner is 88. Statesman
Howard H. Baker Junior is 82.
Actor Ed Asner is 78. Actor John
Kerr is 76. Singer Petula Clark is
75. Comedian Jack Burns is 74.
Actress Joanna Barnes is 73.
Actor Sam Waterston is 67. Pop
singer Frida (ABBA) is 62. Actor
Bob Gunton is 62. Director-ac-
tor James Widdoes is 54. Rock
singer-producer Mitch Easter is
53. Actress Beverly D'Angelo is
53. CNN anchor-reporter John
Roberts is 51. "Tonight Show"
bandleader Kevin Eubanks is
50. Comedian Judy Gold is 45.
Rapper E-40 is 40. Actress Ra-
chel True is 38. Country singer
Jack Ingram is 37. Actor Jonny
Lee Miller is 35. Actress Sydney
Tamiia Poitier is 34. Christian
rock musician David Carr (Third
Day) is 33. Rock singer-musician
Chad Kroeger is 33. Rock musi-
cian Jesse Sandoval is 33. Actress
Virginie Ledoyen is 31.
Thought for Today: "To op-
pose something is to maintain
it." - Ursula K. LeGuin, Ameri-
can writer.


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You may have to go the extra mile
to pull things off today but don't say
you can do the impossible or brag
about your abilities or you could be
in an awkward position late in the
day. A change will occur because a
secret is revealed.
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Don't let emotions take over, causing
you to misjudge a situation you are
involved in: Money is heading in your
direction and a passionate encoun-
ter appears to be in the works. Don't
look for trouble.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Talks are not likely to bring you any
closer to the truth. Instead, do your
own investigating. A little help to a
group or someone who doesn't have
your skills or experience will bring
you some favorable recognition.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You
can make a move, close a deal,
settle a legal problem or invest and
make some extra cash. You must be
quick and clever and look for unusu-
al ways to do so. A little will go a lot
further than you think.
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* ARIES (March 21-April 19): Revi-
talize an old relationship and you'll
find out something that will change
your opinion or influence your future.
Uncertainty regarding your position
or status may daunt you but you
don't have to worry as long as you
do your job.
* TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Loos-
en up and have some fun. You can
take a step in the right direction by
doing something that enhances your
health, looks or attitude. Meeting
new people should be high on your
list to broaden your horizons and
build new friendships.
* GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don't
take on more than you have to. Fin-
ish what you start but prepare to take
a breather and rejuvenate: Someone
may become difficult or a burden.
Protect yourself from negative peo-
ple.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don't
get all worked up over nothing. Use
your energy to be productive, espe-
cially if you are working on a creative
project or planning a social activity. A


challenge will get you motivated.
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creative talent, you can pull off what-
ever it is you are trying to do. Social
events will lead to love or enhance
a relationship you are already in. A
partnership will have more to offer
you than you first realized.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You can
get to the bottom of things today, es-
pecially if they have to do with older
or younger family members. Rather
than fixing everything for everyone,
make others do for themselves. A
little supervision will go a long way.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don't
take what others say to heart. Don't
let your insecurities get out of hand
or lead you down a path you'll regret
following. Focus on family, friends
and neighbors. Your, creative talent
will be appreciated.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
You've got more going for you than
you think, so stop being so cautious
or you will miss out on a stellar op-
portunity. Travel,' make phone calls
and let your thoughts and ideas be
known. A friend will help you with a
job you need to do quickly.


* DEAR ABBY: This will be the
fourth holiday season my boy-
friend and I have shared together.
We usually split Thanksgiving and
Christmas celebrations between
our two families, although not
equally.
I come from a large family that
understands the need to "share"
me with my boyfriend's family.
My boyfriend comes from a small
family; he is the only child. Last
Christmas, he was allowed to visit
with my family for only 20 min-
utes.
This Thanksgiving all six of
my mother's siblings will be here
with their families for the first time
in five -years. My uncle, who is in
the Air. Force and is being sent to
the Middle East in December, will
also be here. It is important to
me that my boyfriend spend time
with my family this Thanksgiving,
but he always knuckles under to
the guilt trip from his mother.
He says that until he graduates
from college, he has to live by
their rules, but I think their rules
are unreasonable. We want only
two or three hours with him. I
don't think this is unreasonable.
What do you think? - Wants To
Share
DEAR WANTS TO SHARE: I
think your boyfriend's parents are
in for a rude awakening once he
graduates from college. But for
now they have their son under
their thumb, so accept it. A way
around this might be for your par-
ents to invite your boyfriend AND
his parents to join you for Thanks-
giving. For now, they are a pack-
age deal.
*DEAR ABBY: I am writing
about a new trend I have been
seeing. It has become common-
place for parents to call their teen-
age children from the car at the
curb when picking them up from
a friend's house. I realize this
saves time, but I am concerned
that today's parents do not do the
necessary "legwork" in meeting
their children's friends and their
friends' parents, checking to see
if an adult will be on the premises
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and observing the general home
situation that their child will be
visiting.
I am amazed at parents who
drop off their teens to spend the
night and never bother to come to
the door. I also see this tendency
in the young people themselves.
A young man came to pick up our
teenage daughter for a date and
called her from the car to say he
was out front.
Am I old-fashioned, or is
this an issue that should be ad-
dressed? - Conscientious Par-
ent In Denver
DEAR CONSCIENTIOUS:
No, you are not old-fashioned.
The message you are sending
makes common sense.
As to the young man who
came to pick up your daughter,
I hope she informed him that
she wasn't going anywhere un-
til he came to the door and met
her parents. That's not "old-fash-
ioned"; it's respectful and a dis-
play of good manners. And good
manners never go out of style.
*DEAR ABBY: I am in eighth
grade and take band. My band
teacher is very aggressive to-
ward me and often yells at me in,
class. It's very embarrassing. He.
makes me so upset that some-'
times I start to cry. I don't know
how to handle this. I don't want
to make him even angrier at me,
but I don't think I can take his ag-
gressiveness anymore. How can I
stop this without quitting band?
- Upset Trumpet Player In
New York
DEAR UPSET: Because your
teacher appears to be losing his
composure, you should tell your
parents, and they should inform
the school principal. Your band
teacher may be in need of both
professional and psychological
counseling.,
Editor's note: Dear Abby is
written by Abigail Van Buren, also
known as Jeanne Phillips, and
was founded by her mother, Pau-
line Phillips. Write Dear Abby at
www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box
69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.


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on their teeth before each dental procedure.

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Nov. 3rd at Waste Manage-
ment. Call (863)357-0824 to
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& Sat., 11/17, 8am til 1pm,
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feature
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exchange?
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leading a
meeting?
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22 Some racers
26 _ I'oeil: artistic
effect
28 Blow out
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pope
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to Ren6
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32 Big name in
ATMs
35 Nutritional std.
36 One holding the
lOUs?
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39 To date
40 Pebble Beach
targets
41 Cyberzine
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44 Cater to
46 Wove a winding
path
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winding path
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composition
49 Early theater
mogul
50 Date bk. entry
51 Rowboat that's
put on weight?
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classic hymn
58 Shore mound
59 Bert's bud
60 Youngsters
61 Stick around
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3" Believer"
4 Kimono closer
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steed
6 Bags at the mall
7 Breyers
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successor
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cutting down
trees?
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13 Hall of Famer
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21 "Good ": 1966
#1 song
22 Leo's sitcom
nephew
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e.g.
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26 Contract details
27 Personnel list
29 "See ya"
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36 Stifle
37 Diamond plate
41 Tennyson's
twilight
43 Pan-fries
44 Subtle look
45 Bar worker
46 Above, as parts
of text


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48 Wash out
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moth
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52 Pizza
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charges. Therefore, if you
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area, use caution.


Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



Elderly Care - Reg. Nurse
w/35 yrs. exp. has one
opening for 24 hr. care in
nice family home. Call
Susan 863-763-2334.

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items In
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DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
FREE ESTIMATES
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Ron's Pressure Washing
& Minor Repairs
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-357-9604 or
cell 863-610-1248
License # 2423


PHOTO ID CARDS
Elliott's Quik Foto
419 W.S. Park
Call (863)763-5553



JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes. Linens Fabrics .595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health 8 Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys a Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740


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HEALTH FOOD
NATURE'S PANTRY
417 W.S. Park
Call 863-467-1243


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equipment. Excavators,
cranes, dozier's, wheel load-
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demolition jobs.
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PAYING BEST PRICES
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419 W.S. Park
Call 863-763-5553


Rentals



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



FURNISHED APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044
KINGS BAY: 2br, 2ba, town
house, $750/mo + $750
sec, No Pets (561)248-5309
or (863)697-8728
Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 11Z2 ba, 2 Story, Washer
Dryer. Patio. $800 mo., 1st,
last + sec. (863)634-3313
OKEECHOBEE - 2/2 Villa, $950
monthly, 1st & last, $500
security. No pets
(863)634-1822.
OKEECHOBEE - 2BR, iBA,
$625/mo, $525 sec dep.
(772)260-1765



OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn.
(954)290-0861


BASSWOOD - New 3/2, large
yard, Pets OK, lawn service,
water service, $950/mo, 1st
& last only. Avail Now
(561)723-0661
BRAND NEW, 3BR's/2BA's,
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
1-800-543-2495.
CBS, 2/2, w/appl's, c/a, Ig.
screened porch, 406 NE 7th
St., $850 mo., 1st, last &
$500 sec. (863)467-5965
CBS Home, 3BR/2BA, on 5 ac.
w/24x60 barn, asking
$3,000 neg. or to rent for
$1500 mo. (863)634-6113
Charming Country Cottage,
3BR/1.5BA, 15 min. from
town & 2BR/1BA, no pets.
1st, last & sec. Call Debbie
(863)467-2982 Mon.-Fri.,
am til 4pm.
OKEE. - 3br, Den, Lg Kit.,
Shed. Near Everglade Ele-
mentary. Just off Hwy 710.
$950 mo. (863)634-5129
OKEECHOBEE: 4/3, on Taylor
Creek, large dock.
$1500/mo. 1st mo & sec.
dep. (561)767-6112
OKEECHOBEE- 4br, 2ba, in
city limits, looking for re-
sponsible renters w/refs.
$1300/mo, (863)634-9139
TREASURE ISLAND, 3/2 Very
clean! On canal. Lg. storage.
$950 mo. + 1st & sec. dep.
863-824-0981


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



BH RIDGE - 2/2, waterfront,
lake access, Ig screen porch,
'fenced yard, shed, $700 1st
& $700 Sec (772)370-1095


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property - Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




FL INTERNATIONAL REALTY
Montura- 3br, 2ba Mobile
D/W '1994, Corner lot,
fenced, paved. 1.25 acre
$110K. Call 305-970-3833
to set an appointment
FL INTERNATIONAL REALTY
Montura- 3br, 2ba Mobile
'2006. 2 barns, fenced, pool
100 per Sell total. Part. Ask
price. Call 305-970-3833
to set an appointment
FL INTERNATIONAL REALTY
Montura- 3br, 2ba Mobile
D/W '2005. Never used,
paved Rd., fenced. 1.25 ac
$149,000.305-970-3833.
to set an appointment
FL INTERNATIONAL REALTY
MONTURA- 3br, 2ba Mobile
'2001, Corner lot, paved.
1.25 acre. Nice. $139K.
Call 305-970-3833
to set an appointment
FL INTERNATIONAL REALTY
Montura- 4br, 2ba Mobile
D/W '2004, Corner lot,
Big FL rm. 1.25 ac.
$165,500. 305-970-3833
Call to set an appointment
FL INTERNATIONAL REALTY
Montura- 4br, 2ba Mobile
D/W'2004. Paved, 1.25
acre, fenced. Ask price.
Call 305-970-3833
to set an appointment
FL INTERNATIONAL REALTY
Montura Lots- 1.25, 2.5,
3.75 & 5 acres etc. Clear
Documents. Financing.
Call 305-970-3833
to set an appointment
FL INTERNATIONAL REALTY
Polk County, Nice property
4.98 ac. 3br, 1t/2 ba. 400
citrus trees, fenced, barns
$320K. Call 305-970-3833
to set an appointment
NEW HOME ON YOUR LOTI
Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495
OKEECHOBEE- 3/1, CBS, Un-
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



OKEECHOBEE - 2 duplexes on
one lot, New metal roofs,
CBS, $325,000
(772)260-1765


R Bar Ranch; 2 acres, 5 Ig.
oak trees, cleared, great
location, $99,000 neg.
772-878-3335/224-1423


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.
(772)370-1095
CHOICE OF 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
863-634-8674
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, 2br,
2ba, 2 person max. All util.
furnished, including yard.
$1250. mo. (863)634-2561
TREASURE ISLAND, 2br/lba,
Waterfront, Furnished. Non
smk. env. $850 mo.+ 1st,
Last & Sec. 772-285-5856



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND ,
Mobile Home Angels
561-385-4694
DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME
3BR, 2BA, 1 acre corner
lot, Crescent Acres
(863)673-0369
FORECLOSURE - 4br, 2ba,
28x80, on 3/4 acre, 1001
N.E. 104th Court. As Is,
$79,900, (239)777-4357
JIMS PLACE PARK - 14 x 56,
furn. 2 BR, 2 BA, 10x46 FL
RM, 14x40 Carport w/or
w/out a 16' rigged fibergl.
boat. $26K, w/out boat,
$24K. (863)467-5573.
MOB. HOME- 61', all new on
river, w/dock, 2/3 br, screen
room, extras, $37,000 Must
see inside (863)255-4935
OKEE - 2br, shed, Fla Room,
CA/Heat, W/D, carport, In
Adult park, $10,500
(863)763-1079 /801-3287
PALM HARBOR
4/2 Tile floor, Energy Package,
Deluxe loaded, over.
2,200 sq. ft
30th Anniversary
Sale Special
Save $15,000.
Call for FREE Color Brochures
800-622-2832
REPO MOBILE HOMES
FOR SALE! Set up & removal
also available. (863)381-1000

Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs3035



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

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


I Pbic Notice


IPubli Notice 5005]


SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida.Statutes, the following
applications) for permit have been received for projects) in Okeechfobee County:
WW Equipment Company, 16279 Orange Blvd, Loxahatchee, FL 33470, has submit-
"d paliarstion 0709?7 2 for a Water Use Permit to irrigate 25 acres of agticultu-
j5I i,, i: Th i, ,.1, .1i be withdrawn from the Surficial Aquifer and the project is
located in Sections 2,11, Township 38 South, Range 36 East.
Coquina Water Management District (Canal Construction) 504 NW 5th Ave, Okee-
chobee, FL 34972, has submitted Application 070906-24 for modification of Sur-
face Water Management Permit 47-00062-S for 2400 acres of residential lands.
The water will be discharged to an existing system and the project is located in
Sections 10-16, 20-29, 32-36, Township 34 South, Range 33 East.
Coquina Water Management District (Small Mining Pits) 504 NW 5th Ave, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972, has submitted Application07091225 for modification of Surface
Water Management Permit 47-00062-S for 80 acres of residential lands. The wa-
ter will be discharged to an existing system and the project is located in Sections
12, 24, 27, 28, 33, 35, Township 34 South, Range 33 East.
Coquina Water Management District (Small Mining Pits) 504 NW 5th Ave, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972, has submitted Application 070918-13 for modification of Surface
Water Management Permit 47-00062-S for 76 acres of residential lands. The wa-
ter will be discharged to an existing system and theproject is located in Sections
10-16, 20-29,32-36, Township 34 South, Range 33 East.
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners (Okeechobee County Airport
Conceptual Master SWM System Plan) 2800 NW 20th Trail, Okeechobee, FL
34972, has submitted Application 070928-17 for modification of Environmental
Resource Permit 47-00447-P for 852 acres of airport related facilities lands. The
water will be discharged to Taylor Creek and the project is located in Sections
4,5,8,9, Township 37 South, Range 35 East.
Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a written request
for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency action regarding the ap-
plication by writing to the South Florida Water Management District, Attn.: Envi-
ronmental Resource Regulation, PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL
33416-4680, but such comments or requests must be received by 5:00 PM with-

No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. A copy of the
staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings.
Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an administrative hearing re-
garding the proposed agency action by submitting a written request therefore after
reviewing the staff report.
248450 ON 11/15/07


PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners has rescheduled its No-
vember 22, 2007 regular session to convene instead on Thursday, November 29,
2007 at 9:OOAM in County Commission Chambers, Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a
verbatim record of such proceedinsg is made, which record shall include the tes-
timony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
Clif Belts Jr, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
249007 ON 11/15,21/07


NOTICE OF SALE
Rainbow title & Lien, Inc. will sell at Public Sale at Auction the following vehicles to
satisfy lien pursuant to Chapter 713.78 of the Forida Statutes on November 29,
2007 at 10A.M.
*AUCTION WILL OCCUR WHERE EACH VEHICLE IS LOCATED*
2001 SATURN, VIN#1G8ZK52721Z306309 #
2000 DAEWOOD, VIN#KLAVG6922YB281427
1997 FORD, VIN#1FALP13P2VW168496
Located at: 1254 N.W. 106 Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Okeechobee
Any persons) claiming any interests) in the above vehicles contact: Rainbow Title
& Lien, Inc., (954) 920-6020
*ALL AUCTIONS ARE HELD WITH RESERVE*
Some of the vehicles may have been released prior to auction
LIC # AB-0001256
248086 ON 11/15/07


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
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



CHEVY S10 '95 - ext cab, 4.3
motor, auto, cold air, $3500
or best offer (863)763-5067
FORD RANGER XLT '01 - V6,
83K PS/PB, Cold A/C. Tool
box. Bed liner. Tow pkg.
$6500 (863)697-3108 aft 6p
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FORD EXPEDITION '01- V8,
leather inter, excellent in/out,
$8000 or best offer
(863)763-8116

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Is doing you In, It's time
to look for a helper In
the classified.


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


On October 19,2007. Emmaus Broad-
casting Service filed an application
with the Federal Communications
Comm. requesting authority to con-
struct a new non-commercial edu-
cational EM. radio station to serve
Okeechoaee County and surround-
ing areas. The application proposes
a Class A station operating at a
height of 91.4 M with 4.3 MHZ
from tower 27-14-41.4 Lat.
80-56-08.5 Long. A copy of the ap-
plication is available for inspection
during business hours in the pro-
posed main studio at Emmaus
broadcasting Service, 2421 Brock-
smith Rd., Ft. Pierce, Fl. 34945.
247798 ON 11/8,10,15,17,22,24/
07.


I Pb ic Noice


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2006-CA-350
COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC.
Plaintiffll ' .
vs. , " "; . !
MARGARET A. SMITH A/K/A MARGARET ANN SMITH A/K/A MARGARET SMITH;
WILLIE SMITH; UNKNOWN TENANT I; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON BEHALF
OF SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, ITS SUCCESSORS
AND ASSIGNS; OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THE
STATE OF FLORIDA BY ITS BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS THROUGH ITS
STATE HOUSING INITIATIVE PARTNERSHIP (SHIP) HOUSING REHABILITATION
AND PURCHASE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS: G & H PARKER CONSTRUCTION,
INC.; HPS CONSTRUCTION; FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY, A CORPORA-
TION, and any unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and other unknown
persons or unknown spouses claiming by, through and under any of the above
named Defendants,
Defendants
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE .
NOTICE is hereby given that the undersigned Clerk of the Circuit Court of Okeecho-
bee County, Florida, will on the 28th day of November, 2007, at 11:00 o'clock
A.M. at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Flonda, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to
the highest and best bidder for cash, the following-described property situate in
Okeechobee County, Florida:
Lot 16 and the West 1/2 of Lot 17. Block 62, OKEECHOBEE PARK, according to
the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 28,. Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
pursuant to the Final Judgment entered in a case pending in said Court, the style of
which is indicated above.
Any person or entity claiming an interest in the surplus, it any, resulting from the
foreclosure sale, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens,
must file a claim on same with the Clerk of Court within 60 days after the foreclo-
sure sale.
WITNESS my hand and official seal of said Court this 18th day of October, 2007.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities
needing a special accommodation to participate in the proceeding should contact
Court Administrative Office, ADA Coordinator (407-468-1472), not later that sev-
en 7 days prior to proceeding. 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 101, Okeechobee,
Florida 33472. If hearing impaired, (TOD) 1-800-955-877, or Voice (V)
1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Service


1247935 ON 11/8,15/2007


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF HOWARD
LEROY LAMB, Deceased
FILE NUMBER: 2007-CP-224
Division: Probate
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
HOWARD LEROY LAMB, deceased,
whose date of death was August 4,
2007, and whose social security
number is 265-40-7367, is pending
in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee
County, Probate Division, the ad-
dress of which is 312 Northwest
3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL. 34972.
The names and addresses of the
personal representative and the per-
sonal representative's attorney are
set forth below,
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom
a copy of this notice is required to
be served must file their claims with
this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO-
TICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE
DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF
THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file
their claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERI-
ODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this no-
tice isNovember 15,2007.
Personal Representative:
Judy L. Wiggins
2507 Walnut Hollow
Peadand, TX 77581
Attorney for Personal Representative:
David N. Sowerby, Esquire
Florida Bar No. 0473545
2940 S. 25th Street
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248968 ON 11/15,22/07

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2007-CA-074
A-1 FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. d/b/a
STERLING TRUST MORTGAGE COR-
PORATION, a Florida corporation,
Plaintiff
TONYA BRIGHT AND BRIGHT, IF ANY;
and JOHN DOE OR ANY OTHER PER-
SON IN POSSESSION; ET AL,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
7/18/2007 entered in Civil Cast No.
2007-CA-074 of the Circuit Court of
the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for
Okeechobee County, Florida, wherein
A-1 FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. d/b/a
STERLING TRUST MORTGAGE COR-
PORATION, is Plaintiff and TONYA EB-
RIGHT, BRIGHT, UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF TONYA EGRIGHT, IF ANY; and all
unknown parties claiming by, through
under or against the named defen-
dants, whether living or not, and
whether said unknown parties claims
as heirs, devisees, grantees, assign-
ees, lienors, creditors, trustees, or in
any other capacity, claiming by,
through under or against the named
defendants are Defendant(s).
I will sell to the highest bidder for cash,
at 312 North West 3rd Street, Okee-
chobee, FL at 11:00 o'clock a.m. on
the 12th day of December, 2007 the
following described property as set
forth in said Final Judgment, to wit:
THE NORTH 1/2 OF A PARCEL OF
LAND LYING IN AND COMPRISING A
PART OF SECTION 2, TOWNSHIP, 36
SOUTH, AND RANGE 35 EAST, OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, BEING
MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED
AS FOLLOWS: THE SOUTH 467 FEET
OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED
PARCEL, TO WIT: BEGINNING AT THE
NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 2,
TOWNSHIP 36 SOUTH, RANGE 35
EAST, THENCE RUN EAST ALONG
THE NORTH SECTION LINE A DIS-
TANCE OF 2345.67 FEET, THENCE
RUN SOUTH A DISTANCE OF 660
FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING;
THENCE RUN EAST A DISTANCE OF
925 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH A
DISTANCE OF 925 FEET; THENCE
RUN NORTH A DISTANCE OF .1056
FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
Street address: 13995 N.E. 26th
Avenue. Okeechobee, FL 34972
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other
than the property owner as of the date
of the Is pendens must tile a claim
within 60 days after the sale.
DATED this 6th day of Nov., 2007.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of Circuit Court
BY:/S/Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk


Sharon Robertson
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By:/S/Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk


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Huckabee supporters are going to meet as
a local group. Go to www.meetup.com for
information, For information call (863) 634-
3525 or (863) 801-1414.


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken

Veterans Day
The 'Muster' at the UDT-SEAI Museum
in Fort Pierce on Nov. 10 included a
visit from the Navy Leap Frogs para-
chute team.



Community Events

Senior Services 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.

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

Help with electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service
Unit is administering FPL's Care to Share Pro-
gram in Okeechobee County. The Care to
Share program is funded by Okeechobee's
FPL customers and FPb corporate funds.
The program provides emergency assistance
funds to customers who are in a crisis situa-
tion 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.

Discount cards aid youth
Communities in Schools and the Police
Athletic League of Okeechobee have dis-
count 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. Proceeds will go toward youth activities
in our community.

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

Parenting classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start
Coalition will be offering parenting educa-
tion 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 reg-
istration.

Career Center aids job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park
St., has services available 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) 462-5350.

CAP looking for members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol -
United States Air Force Auxiliary has formed
a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee
Composite Squadron 453 currently has 26
members. Senior members and cadets are
being recruited for the unit. Youths between
the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior
members are needed to administer the unit
and provide supervision for the cadets. The
three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are
emergency services, aerospace education
and cadet programs. Senior members and
cadets work side by side to accomplish these
missions. If'you are interested in becoming a
cadet or senior member contact Gene O'Neill
at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations
Center, (863) 763-3212.

Martha's House collects phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell
phones to return for money. Martha's House
can also have them 9-1-1 activated for partici-
pants. If you have any used cell phones to do-
nate call (863) 763-2893, or drop them off at
their administrative office at 103 N.W. Fifth St.

Huckabee supporters to meet
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OHS Rodeo Team

travels to Perry, Georgia


The team traveled to Perry,
GA to compete in a three day ro-
deo, November 2, 3, and 4. This
rodeo had contestants from six
state competing. Not only did the
Florida High School Rodeo Team
shine in the peach state, the
Okeechobee team did so as well.
The weather was very cold
in mid 30s and 40s in the early
mornings and in the evenings as
the team traveled to Perry, Ga. to
compete in the 17"' Annual South-
eastern Showdown. This year
there were six states competing
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North
Carolina, South Carolina and Vir-
ginia with over 500 contestants
competing in individual events as
well as participating in the com-
petitions among the states. Flor-
ida won the Most Spirit Award
and the most gifts brought in for
Toys for Tots program. Florida
won five of the ten events and
also won Boys All Around Cham-
pionship and had two of the Flor-
ida Cowgirls that tied for Girls All
Around Championship.
The Okeechobee Team did
not let the cold weather keep
them down with the following
team members earning points in
'the following events:
Breakaway - Shelby Carden
placed sixth for Florida and sev-
enteenth in the Showdown.
Breakaway- Kayla Davis tied
Breanne Lee tied for seventh
and eighth for Florida and tied for
twenty-third in the Showdown
Pole Bending - Jessica Zi-
glar placed second for Florida
and third in the Showdown
Pole Bending - Amanda
Sheffield placed eighteenth in the
Showdown


Steer Wrestling - Cole Ful-
ford placed fourth for Florida and
twenty-third for the Showdown
Team Roping - JR Gomez
placed third for Florida and fourth
in the Showdown
Bareback - Jacoby Johns
placed third for Florida and sev-
enth for the Showdown
This year the team has a very
busy schedule and a lot of trav-
eling to do. Whenever you can
come out and support these
young athletes.
Below is the schedule for this
year's season, watch for addition-
al rodeos to be added:
January 5th and 6th - Zolfo
Springs, FL (Reality Ranch) Cut-
ting @ 7 p.m. or shortly after the
day run on Saturday
February 2nd and 3rd - TBD
February 22nd and 23rd - Oca-
la, FL
March 1s. and 2nd -
Okeechobee, FL (Tentative) Cut-
ting @ 7 p.m. or shortly after the
day run on Saturday
March 29th and 30t" - Pierson,
FL (Tentative) Cutting @ 7 p.m.
or shortly after the day run on
Saturday
April 5th - Green Cove Springs,
FL (Tentative)
April 26th and 2711 - Williston,
FL (Tentative)
May 3rd and 4"1 - Arcadia, FL
June 19th - 22nd - State Finals
- Silver Spurs Arena, Kissinimee
July 14th - 19th - International
Youth Finals Rodeo - Shawnee,
OK
July 20th - 26th - National Fi-
nals - Farmington New Mexico
For additional information
about -the team contact Darlene
Bass at 863-634-5815.


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Sports News In Brief


Men's Softball
Tournament
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
(863) 634-0870.

Bass Club
meeting slated
Taylor Creek Bass Club will
hold its next monthly meeting on
Dec. 13 at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 beginning at 7
p.m. The club holds its meetings
on the second Thursday of each
month with bass tournaments
being held the following week-
end. New members (especially
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 Auxil-
iary Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee


is seeking new members to be-
come involved in the Auxiliary's
programs.
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed
of men and women who ac-
tively support recreational boat-
ing safety and other Coast Guard
missions.
The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safety sup-
port to sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications, ad-
ministration, seamanship, pilot-
ing/navigation, weather or search
and rescue.
For information, call (863)
763-0165.

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-
able.
The cost is $10 per person.
Rules, waiver and release forms
are available at the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioner's office, 304 N.W. Sec-
ond St., and the county extension
office at 458 U.S. 78 N. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-1666 or
(863) 697-9977.


Please be informed that after 33 years of medical
practice we retired on November 1st, 2007.

Our thanks to all our patients, colleagues, employees and
friends for your support, loyalty and trust. Dr. L.
Mishelevich, a board certified family practicioner will con-
tinue to provide quality medical care to our patients.


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