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Gambling may affect
horse and dog racing
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -
- The odds may be getting lon-
ger for dog and horse tracks in
An industry already hit heav-
ily in recent decades by com-
petition for the entertainment
dollar is worried that a compact
signed this week that gives the
Seminole Indian tribe the nearly
exclusive right to expanded
gambling in much of Florida
could hasten the demise of oth-
er forms of betting.
Jury finds man
guilty of sex crime
MOORE HAVEN-- A man
was placed in prison for com-
mitting a sexual crime against a
The Glades County court
trial came to its final conclusion
on Oct. 26 when a jury found
Charles Warren White, 49,
guilty of sexual crimes and false
imprisonment involving a minor
in two-car crash
A two-vehicle car crash
has left a 3-year-old toddler in
critical but stable condition in a
West Palm Beach hospital.
According to an Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
report, the toddler, Anthony
Miguel Vargas, was a passen-
ger in a vehicle being driven
by Yadira Florez, 25, also of
The report states that Ms.
Florez was westbound on S.R.
70 W and crossed the center
line while attempting to make a
left-hand turn in the 8200 block.
An approaching eastbound ve-
hicle driven by Chad Redden,
30, of Cocoa tried to stop but
The OCSO report states Mr.
Redden and his passenger, Wil-
lie Martinez, 43, of Orlando,
were treated at the scene by per-
sonnel from the Okeechobee
Count Fire/Rescue Department.
Neither was transported to a
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Man murdered in break-in
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man was
killed in his home early Thursday
morning by an unknown num-
ber of perpetrators who had bro-
ken into his U.S. 441 S.E. home.
OCSO Detective Captain Dale
LaFlam said the man was ap-
parently shot during a home in-
vasion robbery and died about
three hours later at St. Mary's
Hospital in West Palm Beach.
He said he could not release the
victim's name at this point and
chose not to release the address.
As of Thursday afternoon in-
formation as to what had hap-
pened was very sketchy, he said.
"There are so many un-
knowns right now," he said.
"We currently believe there were
three people involved -- maybe
According to OCSO Lieuten-
ant Billy Markham his depart-
ment responded to the home
around 2:50 a.m. and found
that the victim had been shot.
Emergency personnel from the
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue
Department were also called to
the scene and immediately be-
gan treating the victim on their
The man was initially taken
to Raulerson Hospital, and then
later flown to the West Palm
Beach hospital by St. Lucie Air 1,
Capt. LaFlam said the 42-year-
old white male died at St. Mary's
around 6 a.m. on Nov. 15.
"As I understand it, the wife
and two other family members
were also in the home," said the
captain. "The spouse and other
occupants are obviously trauma-
He went on to say that it's
his understanding all four were
asleep in the home when the
break-in occurred, and there was
indication of forced entry. Some
personal property and cash was
taken, he added. He declined to
be specific on the items taken.
Capt. LaFlam said it was
too early in the investigation to
speculate if the man or any of his
family knew the intruders.
"We don't' know if there was
any relationship," he said.
Besides having nearly all of
his criminal investigation division
on the ground trying to piece to-
gether information on the break
in and subsequent murder, Capt.
LaFlam said a helicopter from
the St. Lucie County Sheriff's
Office had been used to search
the area by air. He added that
Martin County and Palm Beach
County authorities are watching
the roadways in their respective
The captain said he could not
comment on the type of gun that
OCSO Detective Sergeant T.J.
Brock is the lead investigator in
the case. Capt. LaFlam asked that
anyone with information pertain-
ing to the break-in and killing call
Sgt. Brock at (863) 763-3117.
By FRANK ELTMAN
Associated Press Writer
* ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) _ GPS track-
ing devices installed on govern-
ment-issue vehicles are helping
communities around the coun-
try reduce waste and abuse,
in part by catching employees
shopping, working out, a the
gym or theire r i is. Iofri~' Y while -
on the clock.
The use of GPS has led to fir-
ings, stoking complaints from
employees and unions that the
devices are intrusive, Big Broth-
er technology. But city officials
say that monitoring employees'
movements has deterred abus-
es, saving the taxpayers money
in gasoline and lost productiv-
"We can't have public re-
sources being used on private
activities. That's Management
101," Phil Nolan, supervisor of
the Long Island town of Islip.
Islip saved nearly 14,000 gal-
lons of gas over a three-month
period from the previous year
after GPS devices were in-
stalled. Nolan said that shows
that employees know they are
being watched and are no lon-
ger using Islip's 614 official ve-
hicles for personal business.
Some administrators around
the country emphasized that
the primary purpose of the GPS
devices is not to catch people
goofing off but to improve the
maintenance and operation of
See GPS - Page 2
By Chauna Aguilar
The Brahmans will travel
to West Palm Beach to face
off against W.T. Dwyer in their
first 4A state playoff game since
2000 today, Friday, Nov. 16.
The Brahmans have come
off their best regular-season
finish in 17 years, finishing
the regular season with a 7-
3 record. They have scored a
school record of 348 points in
their regular season where they
reached 40 points six times this
Quarterback Garrett Madri-
gal will lead his team into the
playoff game against the Pan-
thers after he has thrown six
touchdowns and no intercep-
tions since their loss against
OHS running back Lonnie
Pryor was named the district's
Most Valuable Player after rush-
ing for a school record of 1,614
yards and 19 touchdowns.
Water supply must
be protected during
KEY LARGO -- In response
to a wet season that did little
to alleviate the ongoing water
shortage, South Florida Water
Management District staff Nov.
14 recommended that the Dis-
trict Governing Board move to
increase water restrictions at
their next monthly meeting on
Dec. 13. Staff recommenda-
Pryor is the son of Charles
Pryor. He is originally from Pa-
hokee, but has lived his whole
life in Okeechobee. He has one
sister and one brother. Pryor
has been involved in sports
since he was little. Pryor has
also been. involved in track and
According to Pryor, football
has made a big impact on his
life and makes him stay fo-
"It has changed me to do
better in school so I can go on
to college,", stated Pryor. "My
dad and my sister are the most
influential people in my life be-
cause they do everything for
me. It will be nice to do some-
thing for them when I make
Pryor, still a junior, has had
many college opportunities
come before him including
Florida State University, Uni-
versity of Florida, Wake Forest
University, University of North
Carolina, University of South
tions included limiting lawn ir-
rigation to one day a week and
setting lower water use goals
for agriculture, golf courses and
and conservation must be
our watchwords as we enter
the seven-month dry season,"
said South Florida Water Man-
agement District Governing
Board Member Eric Buermann.
"These measures are needed to
ensure that our shared resourc-
es remain available despite this
OHS Brahmans linebacker Timothy Williams (left) and
cornerback LeShawn Henderson (center) were chosen
by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association to be a part
of the All-district 17 team. Running back Lonnie Pryor
(right) was named the district's Most Valuable Player af-
ter rushing for a school record 1,614 yards and 19 touch-
Carolina, Boston College and
Florida International University.
He looks forward to be still
playing football in the next ten
and twenty years of his life.
Nine players from three Trea-
sure Coast high schools were
named to the Florida Athletic
See Playoffs - Page 2
unprecedented and severe wa-
Varying degrees of water
restrictions have been in place
throughout South Florida since
the District Governing Board
first issued water shortage or-
ders last March. Successful ap-
plication of these restrictions is
estimated to have saved 11.7
billion gallons of potable wa-
ter from March 22, when re-
strictions first went into effect,
through June 30. This savings
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7 recreation area is completely out of the water.
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OHS Brahmans: Heading to state playoffs
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee High School Brahmans will go into the Class 4A state playoffs for the first time since 2000 against
W.T. Dwyer on Friday, Nov. 16, in West Palm Beach. Brahman players are: James Shanks; LaShawn Henderson; Clint
Girtman; Raymond Aguilar; Craig Cleckley; Dustin Robinson; Kerwin Givens; Shane Taggert; Kyle McGee; Caycee
Fitzwater; Timmy Williams; Skyler Cruz; Nate Pollard; Garrett Madrigal; Lonnie Pryor; Travis McElroy; Marcus Martin;
Zach Willard; Jonathan Schrock; Chris Tullio; James Cyr; Kareem Jones; Pablo Cardenas; Carson Williams; Curtis
Everett; Steven Smith; Rafe Erwin; Leland Schoonmaker, ,Tpny Kib!er; and Pierson Hunsinger . ,
Brahmans face Dwyer in quarterfinals tonight
tighter water restrictions
2 Okeechobee News, Friday, November 16, 2007
Water use permit renewed for Miami-Dade County
KEY LARGO -- The South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict announced today that it has
renewed, with modifications, the
water use permit for Miami-Dade
County Water and Sewer Depart-
ment (MDWASD). The 20-year
permit, the largest public water
supply permit in Florida, is struc-
tured to meet the water needs of
Miami-Dade's growing popula-
tion, which is projected to reach
2.7 million residents by 2027. The
permit's key feature is increased
reliance on alternative water sup-
ply sources to serve that growth.
"Miami-Dade has successfully
stepped up their water resource
and infrastructure planning to
meet population growth, at the
same time providing protection to
the nearby Everglades," said Eric
Buermann, South Florida Water
Management District Governing
Board Chairman. "Alternative
water supply is indeed the key to
South Florida's future." A
To meet water needs in Flori-
da's most populous county, the
water and sewer department
developed an Alternative Water
Supply Plan that identifies spe-
cific projects to be constructed
and implemented in phases to
meet projected growth. Major
features include use of brackish
water from the Floridian Aquifer,
recycled water for irrigation of
green spaces and highly treated
recycled water for groundwater
recharge. In addition, recycled
water will be used for rehydration
of Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands
under the Comprehensive Ever-
glades Restoration Plan (CERP).
All increased demands that
might impact Everglades water
supplies will now be met through
specified recharge projects, such
as the South Miami Heights and
West Central Miami ground wa-
ter recharge. Over the life of the
permit, the plan calls for approxi-
Arts & Craft fairs and bazaars
in the woods
Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m.
until 4 p.m. at Freedom Ranch,
11655 Hwy 441 S.E., there will be
a craft fair in the woods. There
will be all handmade crafts,
woodcrafts, quilting, painting,
jewelry, beadwork, metal work,
florals and embroidery. Fall,
Christmas and much more. Con-
cessions will be available. For in-
formation call Pan Hales at (863)
The Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church will host its second an-
nual craft bazaar and luncheon,
Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. un-
til 2 p.m. Come for a day of fun.
Continued From Page 1
Coaches Association's All-District
17 team. Two of those hail from
OHS: linebacker Timothy Wil-
liams and cornerback LeShawn
Timothy Williams, the son
of Sharon Williams has lived in
Okeechobee for the past seven
years with his two sisters and one
Williams has been involved in
sports such as football and bas-
ketball for at least ten years. Wil-
liaims', a senior, has also had sev-
eral college opportunities made
available to him, such as, the Uni-
versity of South Carolina, Univer-
sity of North Carolina, Marshall,
Mississippi State, Florida Interna-
tional University, Florida Atlantic
University, Syracuse and Auburn;
however, none of these plans are
definite as of yet.
Continued From Page 1
the vehicles and to design more
efficient bus, snowplow and
trash-pickup routes. Among other
things, the devices can be used to
alert mechanics that a car's en-
gine is operating inefficiently.
Still, in Indiana, six employees
of the Fort Wayne-Allen County
Health Department lost their jobs
last year after an administrator
bought three Global Positioning
Satellite devices out of her own
pocket and switched them in and
out of 12 department vehicles to
nail health inspectors running
personal errands on the job.
Employees were caught go-
ing to stores, gyms, restaurants,
churches and their homes. (And
the administrator was reimbursed
the $750 she spent.)
One of those who got in
trouble, 27-year employee Elaine
Pruitt, decried what she called
"sneaky" methods. She said she
had fallen ill and stopped at her
home for a long lunch break, re-
turning to work just 38 minutes
Previously, "as long as we got
Continued From Page 1
was determined based on data re-
ported by 46 public water utilities
in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin,
St. Lucie, Collier, Lee and Miami-
Dade counties only.
Savings were most pro-
pounced on non-watering days.
For example, in the four weeks
before restrictions went into ef-
fect, Broward and Palm Beach
counties typically used 490 mil-
.lion gallons of potable water on
Monday. During Phase III restric-
tions in May, which cut watering
back to one day per week, po-
table water use dropped to 360
million gallons on Mondays.
During the ongoing water
shortage, the District has received
strong support from local govern-
ments enforcing residential water
restrictions. Since March, more
than .11,000 warning notices and
They will have a little bit of ev-
erything, from homemade baked
goods to handmade crafts. A de-
licious lunch of vegetable soup,
chicken, noodle soup and ham
salad sandwich will be available.
For more information call (863)
and craft sale
On Saturday, Nov. 17,
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128,
Order of the Eastern Star will
host an Indoor Yard and Craft
Sale at the Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge, 107 NW Fifth Ave. Doors
will open at 8 a.m. Continental
breakfast items will be available
for sale and at 10 a.m. lunch.
items including chili dogs and
bowls of chili will be available.
For information, contact Mary
Ann Holt at (863) 634-8087 or
When asked how football has
made an impact in his life and
how participating in sports has
changed his outlook on his future
goals? His reply was, "Football has
made me the person that I am.
My football team is a big family.
Sports have changed my outlook
on life, by letting me realize that
life is too short to go through, hat-
ing one another. Football is fun! I
love to run."
Williams also plans on being
in the pros, like he has "always
dreamed of since day one."
Williams stated that the most
influential person in his life has
been his mother explaining, "she
, has always been there for me. She
has always ke, my head above
water and always encouraged me
never to quit."
Senior LeShawn Henderson,
has lived in Okeechobee for the
past 18 years. He has eight sib-
lings. He is the son of Tammy
Henderson and of Myron and Dee
our work done, there was never
any problem. All of a sudden, it
became wrong if you stopped at
a grocery store for some gum,"
In Boston two years ago, a
snowplow driver was accused of.
hiding his GPS device in a snow-
bank and then going off to do
some private plowing. The driver
pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor
larceny charge and was fined
In Denver, 76 vehicles
equipped with GPS this year were
driven 5,000 fewer miles than
the unequipped fleet had during
the same period the year before.
Denver plans to outfit police cars,
snowplows and trash trucks with
"It's growing by leaps and
bounds," said Chris Ransom of
Networkcar, one of the country's
leading providers of GPS systems.
"I'd say we're seeing double-digit
growth among the municipalities,
whether it's statewide or down to
the local county."
In Delaware, GPS was used
to confirm two employees using
state vehicles were going home
early, said Terry Barton Jr., fleet
administrator for the state. He
would not say what action, if any,
,12,000 citations were issued by
city and county governments.
District officials also issued more
than 700 notices of violation and
collected $400,000 in civil penal-
"Every South Florida resident
can help stretch our water re-
sources by adhering to restric-
tions and also voluntarily stepping
up their in-home water conserva-
tion practices," said South Florida
Water Management District Ex-
ecutive Director Carol Wehle. "It
is highly probable that more strin-
gent water restrictions may be
necessary before the end of this
The District is re-adjusting
water restrictions to reflect ongo-
ing conditions that are expected
to persist until the rainy season
returns in May 2008. In terms of
rainfall, the two-year period from
November 2005 to October 2007
ranks as the driest on record at
the District dating back to 1932.
Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
Vendors wanted for Craft Fair
on Nov. 23 and 24. Set up time is
8 a.m., doors open from 9 a.m.
until 1 p.m. Spaces $35 extra
space or table $5 each. Inside
or outside spaces are available
for tents. For information call the
Okeechobee Shrine Club at (863)
610-3374 or (863) 763-8072.
Ladies Auxiliary to
host annual bazaar
Big Lake VFW Post 10539 La-
dies Auxiliary is hosting their an-
nual Holiday Craft Bazaar on Dec.
1 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tables
are available for $10. Everyone
is welcome. Bring your goodies
to sell or come and shop. Break-
fast and lunch will be served. For
Henderson has been involved
in sports since he was seven years
old. He also played basketball
since he was eight years old.
Many college opportunities
have been made available to him
such as, Auburn, Syracuse, Uni-
versity of South Carolina, Univer-
sity of North Carolina, Florida In-
ternational University, and Florida
Atlantic University. Though none
of these plans are definite as of
Henderson- expressed that
"sports have changed my life
around, without sports I could be
in jail or dead somewhere. Sports
make me want to be a better
Henderson hopes to be play-
ing pro football in ten and 20
years while living in his "big white
house with my kid in the back
"God has blessed me to get
me the way that I am going. My
parents have pushed me to make
my goals and how to be a man in
was taken against the employees.
"If they're in charge of the car
and they decide to go visit their
Aunt Mary, we'll know that they
went someplace they weren't
supposed to. It has a chilling ef-
fect," he said.
Barton said Delaware paid
$425 per unit for the GPS devices,
as well as $24.99 a month per
vehicle for tracking services. In-
formation from each car is sent
back to a central location, where
things like fuel consumption and
speed are recorded. He estimated
the investment will be recouped
in 31/2 years.
"If we're getting fuel reduc-
tion, less accidents and have our
people slowing down, it more
than pays for itself," Barton said.
The Teamsters are negotiating
more contracts that protect work-
ers from being spied on or pun-
ished as a result of the devices,
union spokeswoman Leslie Miller
said. She said the union's tenta-
tive contract with United Parcel
Service prevents the company
from firing any employee for a
.first offense uncovered by GPS
unless there is proof of intent to
Sean Thomas, chief of staff for
the Manchester, N.H., mayor's of-
The District received an average
of only 85.34 inches of rain during
this period, or 82 percent of the
Recent rains have fallen pri-
marily on the East Coast, leaving
Lake Okeechobee without a pri-
mary source of water recharge.
The vast lake is the region's back-
up water supply, but remains crit-
ically low and could reach levels
between 7 feet and 8 feet this dry
season. As of Nov. 14, the lake
level was at 10.34 feet, or more
than one foot below its previous
Current water shortage re-
sponse plans include maximiz-
ing the water storage capacity in
coastal canals to encourage aqui-
fer recharge, and retrofitting tem-
porary forward pumps installed
in Lake Okeechobee to ensure
water availability for lakeside
communities and agriculture.
Looking to the future, water
managers are initiating the rule
mately 170 million gallons per
day of projects that use recycled
This permit aligns with chang-
es implemented earlier this year
by the District's Governing Board.
In April, the Board established the
Regional Water Availability Rule,
preventing water users from tap-
ping the famed River of Grass for
new or additional supplies of wa-
ter. The first-of-its-kind require-
ment was designed to ensure that
communities manage growth re-
sponsibly while guaranteeing wa-
ter for protection and restoration
of America's Everglades.
information, call Cheryl at (863)
call to artists
The 2008 Top of the Lake Art
Festival will be held Feb. 23 and
24, 2008 in Flagler Park. This is an
invitation for artists to participate
in this Festival. There are three
competitions to choose from:
Fine Art Juried Individual Booth
(deadline Dec. 15, 2007, entry fee
to apply); Adult Division/Fine Art
Contest in Gallery Tent (deadline
Jan. 30, 2008, small entry fee to
apply); Student Division-Art Con-
test Student Gallery Tent (Feb. 1,
2008 deadline, no entry fee). Ap-
plications are available at www.
mainstreetokeechobee.com . or
by calling the Okeechobee Main
Street office at (863) 357-MAIN
life." Henderson explained. "The
other person who has been influ-
ential in my life is Chris Branham,
our head coach. He is making us
stay on top of our game."
Each of these boys along
with the entire roster will vie at
a chance to move on in the play-
According to coach Branham,
"the biggest thing I'm looking for
is for our team to play their best
game. If they play their best game
we will be the best team coming
off the field."
Confidence is running through
and through the team where Pry-
or stated flat out, "We are coming
Home with a W. It's gonna hap-
His teammates echoed to that
effect with Williams, "just let it
happen," and Henderson purely
calling it "perfection."
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
fice, said a plan to use GPS units
on garbage trucks was scrapped
after "some union push-back.
"They said, 'You are watching us
like Big Brother,'" Thomas said.
GPS is helping improve effi-
ciency in other ways.
Houston officials say they have
used GPS on garbage trucks to
design more efficient trash-col-
lection routes, reducing fuel costs
and other expenses.
This winter, the New Hamp-
shire Transportation Department
will begin testing GPS devices in
some sand spreaders.
"It's so when Mrs. Smith on
Warren Street calls and says we
haven't plowed her street, we can
say, 'Yes, we have,'" said Phil Bi-
lodeau, Concord, N.H., deputy di-
rector of general services. "It's not
to check up on drivers, although
they would say it is for that pur-
Boston's school system uses
GPS devices on its buses - tech-
nology that proves useful when
worried parents call because a
bus is late.
"It's hugely helpful for us to
say, 'The bus is five blocks away,'"
schools spokesman Jonathan Pa-
development process of a Dis-
trict-wide comprehensive water
conservation program. The pro-
gram will include stakeholder
and private sector involvement.
Its goal is to ensure the long-term
sustainability of the region's wa-
ter resources, increase water use
efficiency and curtail wasteful
water use practices through regu-
latory measures, education and
voluntary and incentive-based
The effort leads off with a Water
Conservation Summit scheduled
to draw insight from the experi-
ence of other organizations that
have developed and implement-
ed successful water conservation
programs in other regions of the
country. The summit is sched-
uled for Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007,
from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. A
final report with recommenda-
tions will be presented during the
Governing Board meeting in April
2008, Water Conservation Month.
Hope to Haiti garage sale set
The Annual for Hope for Haiti Mission Team garage sale will be
Nov. 16 and 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 17516 Brynwood Lane, Kissim-
mee River Estates (ten miles west on State Road 70). The sale will
include baby, child and adult clothing and shoes, scrubs, baby
items, bedding, bedroom furniture, book shelves, books, sofas,
small appliances, microwaves, TVs, dryer, dishes, pots and pans,
pictures, bicycles, large amount of ceramics and much more. Pro-
ceeds will go to Hope for Haiti Mission. Lunch will also be avail-
Water restrictions still in effect
Residents in the Lake Okeechobee Service Area (LOSA) of the
South Florida Water Management District are reminded that Phase
III Water Restrictions remain in effect. Under Phase III, most resi-
dential water users in the LOSA are required to limit outdoor ir-
rigation 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 resi-
dents with even home addresses 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 Monday through Friday.
In addition, residential users may wash their cars, boats and
other equipment from 5-7 p.m. and within the specific times and
days where irrigation is allowed. Residents also are expected to
observe normal water conservation practices within the home.
The use of water for firefighting, safety, sanitation, health, medical
and other essential purposes is not restricted. Organizers of char-
ity car washes and outdoor water-based recreational activities are
required to obtain a variance. Application forms and instructions
are available on the District website at www. s fwmd. gov.
The Lake Okeechobee Service Area coincides with the area
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Okeechobee News, Friday, November 16, 2007 3
Seminole gambling may affect horse and dog racing
By DAVID ROYSE
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -
- The odds may be getting lon-
ger for dog and horse tracks in
An industry already hit heav-
ily in recent decades by competi-
tion for the entertainment dollar
is worried that a compact signed
this week that gives the Seminole
Indian tribe the nearly exclusive
right to expanded gambling in
much of Florida could hasten the
demise of other forms of betting.
"I think it will probably put the
nail in the coffin on this thing,"
said Richard B. Winning, one of
the owners of the Derby Lane
track in St. Petersburg and presi-
dent of the American Greyhound
Track Operators Association.
"They never once came to the
pari-mutuels and spoke to us."
The Seminoles and Gov. Char-
lie Crist signed an agreement
Wednesday that allows the tribe
to add Las Vegas-style slots and
card games including blackjack
at seven casinos on tribal land.
The state gets at least $100
million annually from the deal.
The Seminoles get a situation in
which it's unlikely any other ex-
pansions of gambling will occur
in Florida outside of Miami-Dade
or Broward counties. If lawmak-
ers do allow new forms of gam-
bling in the rest of the state, the
Seminoles will no longer have to
give the state the money.
Among the tribe's casinos that
will now be able to add full Vegas-
style slots and new card games is
the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
& Casino in the Tampa area. It's
already been blamed for poor
attendance 10 miles away at the
Tampa Greyhound Track, which
ended live racing in August after
Izzy Havenick, vice president
of the family-run Naples-Fort My-
ers Dog Track, said he is deeply
troubled by the compact, fearing
that patrons will shun the track
for a Seminole casino 37 miles
away in Immokalee.
He called the deal between
Crist and the tribe "a slap in the
face of the entrepreneurial spirit
of Florida," and to the hundreds
of employees of the track in Bo-
Opponents of the move -
- which also include those sim-
ply opposed to expanding gam-
bling in the state -- are pinning
some hope on the Legislature,
where there is also opposition to
the agreement, particularly the
House. Speaker Marco Rubio, R-
West Miami, has suggested law-
makers may sue to try to block
the compact from going into ef-
Havenick said the racing in-
dustry is also trying to figure out
how they might be able to help
Man is charged with theft, battery
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man has been
arrested on Okeechobee County
warrants in connection with the
alleged theft of jewelry and the
suspected battery on the owner
of the items.
Santos Gaucin, 22, N.W 11th
Ave., was arrested Nov. 13 on
charges of third-degree grand
theft and battery. He was also
arrested on another warrant that
charged him with driving under
Gaucin is being held without
bond on the violation of proba-
tion charge, while his bond on
the other two charges has been
set at $3,500.
report by Dep-I
Clif Gill of the
County Sheriff's ' .
that Gaucin had
out" with friends Santos
at a residence in Gaucin
At some point he went to the
bathroom. Shortly after he left the
bathroom a woman who lives in
the residence noticed that some
pieces of jewelry were missing.
She then asked Gaucin to
empty his pockets. When he did,
she reportedly saw the missing
jewelry. When she tried to re-
trieve the items the man report-
edly grabbed her arms.
Sgt. Gill stated that Gaucin then
fled the residence but was tackled
by a friend of the woman's. At
this point, continued the depu-
ty's report, a truck pulled up and
asked if Gaucin "if he was getting
jumped." Gaucin said "yes," then
got in the truck and left.
Sgt. Gill returned to the victim's
residence a couple of hours later
and as he was leaving the house
he noticed something lying on the
road. His report states he found a
bracelet and remnants of a ring.
The items had been apparently
run over by an automobile, state
the report. Both items had been
His report indicates that he
also found another bracelet and
a watch. Neither item had been
The report indicates that the
items were found along the path
by which Gaucin had run from
the residence, stated the report.
The sergeant applied for an ar-
rest warrant, and Gaucin was ar-
rested Tuesday on that warrant.
Area woman faces grand theft charge
By Eric Kopp
Light has been shed on the al-
leged burglary of a home on Aug.
21 with the arrest of a 20-year-old
Okeechobee woman and the re-
covery of some of the items that
were reportedly stolen.
Lisa Marie Amanda Lorenz,
S.E. 24th St., was arrested Tuesday,
Nov. 13, on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging her with bur-
glary of a dwelling, third-degree
grand theft and
dealing in stolen
was booked into
County Jail un-
der a bond of
A report by
Detective. .Ted Lisa
Van Deman of Lorenz
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
indicates that several items, in-
cluding $200 in change, was sto-
len from a residence on Southeast
24th Street, Other items reportedly
stolen include three televisions, a
VCR, a microwave oven, a Harley-
Davidson purse and a printer.
The detective's report states the
break-in was reported by neigh-
bors who were watching the prop-
erty while the owners were away.
When they checked the home on
Aug. 21 the two back doors were
closed but not locked. They had
checked the home about a week
prior to the alleged break-in.
Detective Van Deman's report
indicates that there were possible
pry marks in the deadbolt of one
Some of the items were have
The detective said even though
there has been an arrest in the
case, his investigation is continu-
fight the deal.
"We are celebrating our 50th
anniversary in December, and
owe it to our loyal patrons and
employees to do everything we
can to maintain the business our
father and grandfather worked so
hard to establish," Havenick said.
Winning said the state could
have raised more money than
it gets from the deal if it had al-
lowed the heavily taxed pari-mu-
tuels to add slot machines.
While pari-mutuel facilities --
horse and dog tracks and jai-alai
frontons - in Broward County will.
still be able to add slots, some of-
ficials of those facilities also feel
slighted, because they pay more
of their take to the state than
the Indians. Those facilities also
aren't allowed to have expanded
card games like blackjack or bac-
carat that are now permitted in
the Seminole facilities.
Crist's chief of staff, George
LeMieux, said negotiators in the
governor's office did take into
account the concerns of non-In-
dian gambling operations in Bro-
ward County, where voters have
approved slot machines, noting
three tracks there have already
spent money to add slots. The'
state Constitution also would al-
low slots in Miami-Dade County,
if voters approve it, though so far
they have not.
"There's nothing in this agree-
ment that prevents them from
having more gaming," at pari-
mutuel facilities in those two
counties, said LeMieux.
But in other counties, the in-
ability to push for more gaming
adds to anxiety by track officials
that theirs may be a business
heading down the backstretch to-
ward its end:
The Melbourne Greyhound
Park cut most of its racing pro-
gram this year, although it con-
tinues to host poker, which has
proved very popular. The three
tracks in the Jacksonville area
have consolidated racing at one
venue, and tracks in Orlando, the
Miami area and Key West have all
closed in the last couple decades.
"It's devastating for the (pari-
mutuel) industry and it's devas-
tating for the state of Florida,"
said Winning. "We think the state
of Florida sold out cheaply."
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* Ernesto Urbina, 34, N.W.
First St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Nov. 13 by Deputy P. Mas-
sung on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation - burglary of
a structure, violation of proba-
tion - grand theft and violation
of probation - dealing in stolen
property. He is being held with-
* Jerry Wayne Hite, 42, S.W.
11" Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Nov. 13 by Deputy P. Mas-
sung on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him- with forg-
ery (three counts) and uttering a
forged instrument (three counts).
His bond was set at $60,000.
* William Joseph Hutton, 45,
N.W. 35th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Nov. 14 by Deputy Ser-
geant Clif Gill on a charge of driv-
ing under the influence. His bond
was set at $750.
This column lists arrests
and not convictions, unless
otherwise stated. Anyone list-
ed here who is later found in-
nocent or has had the charg-
Maggots in eye lead to nursing probe
DELAND, Fla. (AR) _ An el-
derly nursing home resident
developed maggots in his eye,
sparking an investigation by state
and local authorities.
The Florida Attorney Gener-
al's Office and the Deland police
investigators are trying to learn
what happened to the man at
the University Center West nurs-
ing home, Deland Deputy Chief
Randel Henderson told the Day-
tona Beach News-Journal.
L OWER JAWR ONE'
According to a police report,
the unidentified man had mag-
gots in one of his eyes, an in-
fected breathing tube, a partly
inserted catheter and bedsores
on his left elbow when he was
taken by ambulance to Florida
Hospital DeLand for respiratory
problems Nov. 7.
Attorney general spokeswom-
an Victoria Hellerattorney said
her office could not discuss the
case because it was an ongoing
criminal investigation. A message
left with the administrator of the
nursing home was not returned
University Center West has
been on the state Agency for
Health Care Administration's
watch list since May 14, 2005. It
received three of five stars in its
most recent overall inspection,
but just one star for nutrition
and hydration, according to the
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FIREWORKS: The fireworks at the Blast were great -- as good or
better than the Fourth of July. But aside from the fireworks, the event
didn't seem very organized. It was a shame that so few people were
there to enjoy it. Perhaps they could have tied it into the Motorcycle
Rally some way -- maybe had everyone ride down to the lake to see
CANALS: Did anybody go to the meeting on keeping the locks
closed? Threewits, Chartier's deputy eunuch said that all the ad va-
lorem taxes in the County go to law officers and then said the people
around the canal should have to pay more taxes.
BAIL: I am down here on vacation and I buy your paper every
day and what has upset me most is your arrest reports. I would like
for your sheriff to explain how he can let people who drive under the
influence get out of his jail for as little as $500. Does he know that with
a bondsman, that is only $50? What are these people learning? I guess
he has never had a loved one killed or badly injured, well I have and
right here in this county. I think it's a shame that people get out of jail
for as little as $50. Editor's note: The sheriff does not set bail.
The judge determines the amount of bail.
LAKE LEVEL: If Hamilton Disston hadn't dredged the Kissimmee
and connected Lake Okeechobee with the Caloosahatchee River we
wouldn't be in this mess. But of course there wouldn't be many peo-
ple living here either. Maybe that would have been better for the en-
vironment, but it's too late now. We have to do the best with what
we have. All the canals were dug for reasons that seemed like a good
idea at the time. There are more and more people living in Florida, all
demanding water. We all need to conserve water because the drought
is only going to get worse. The rainy season is over and it did not bring
the lake tip.
LAKE: It cant rain enough, even a storm cant help the level with
sfwmd dumping it all.
CURFEW: I have no problem with a curfew should the county de-
cide to impose one. On school nights, my kids have to be in bed by 10
and on the weekend, my teenager has to be home by 11 p.m. There is
no good reasons for kids to be out late at night anyway. I agree with
those who would like to see more organized activities for-teenagers on
weekends and holidays -- things like concerts and dances. But during
the week there is enough with homework and school activities. They
don't need places to hang out -- they need to go home, do their home-
work, do their chores and get some sleep.
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Rodeo at its best
Congratulations to D.R. Dan-
iel for presenting to us one of the
best rodeos this event has to of-
fer., at the rodeo a thte St. Lucie
fairgrounds last weekend. Open-
ing act with buffalo and Indians,
a beautiful invocation, gigantic
American flag displayed with
veterans, a wonderful "horse
whisperer" act, was also beyond
words and beauty.
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event were some of the finest of-
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Perfectly. Each song played at
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 email@example.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.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Par-
rott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will
follow a short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice
before joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863)
697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863)
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion
at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave., The
Lake Shops Suite K. For information call (863) 634-4780.
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our
Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For more infor-
mation please call (863) 634-4780.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited to join the group. For information or
to schedule an appearance, contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850
U.S. 98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a
business meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are
due in September. For information, call Betty Williamson at (863)
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For information
call (863) 634-4780.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
in Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen
Graves, Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to
any interested persons to come by and see what they are about. For
information call (863) 763-6952.
Nicotine Anonymous (NICA)is starting a new club with meet-
ings to be held at the Just For Today club, 2303 U.S. Hwy 441 S.E.,
Suite K, on Mondays from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. For information, call
Steve Condit Sr. at (863) 801-3110.
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 Christ-
mas tea with the discussion at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 24, "Mademoi-
selle Benoir, by Christine Conrad. For information call Jan Fehrman
at (863) 357-9980. �
11th annual fashion show and luncheon
Tickets are now available for the 11th Annual Fashion Show and
Luncheon sponsored by Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the
Eastern Star. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at the KOA Re-
sort. The event features a delicious luncheon and our spectacular Tea
Cup Auction with an abundance of beautiful gifts and gift baskets
to be won. The doors will open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served
at 11:45 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person. No tickets will be sold at
the door. This is the holiday event of the season you won't want to
miss so reserve your ticket by calling our Ticket Chairman, Dolores
Anchors at (863) 467-1392 or any member of Okeechobee Chapter
Amateur Radio club has guest speaker
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a talk by
Dennis Decker of the Melbourne office of the National Weather
Service, after the regular monthly meeting. His topic will be "Storm-
Based Warnings and their impact on SKYWARN." The meeting will
be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the American Red Cross Office, 323 N: Par-
rott Ave. Okeechobee. Anyone who is interested in weather warnings
is welcome to attend. For information Call Harry Robbins at (863)
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the appropriate time. It was the
BEST! To know this was being ac-
complished by such a young up
and coming announcer made it
even more special.
I cannot say enough good
words about this presentation. It
truly was memorable! To listen to
the announcer giving a little info
about each participant is always
good to know. To hear how far
these cowboys drive, just for an 8
second ride is amazing in itself!
All I can say is Thank you for all
your persistence and hard work in
putting on the BEST rodeo ever!
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.
Mainstreet offers hams for Thanksgiving
Okeechobee Main Street is offering Honey Baked Hams for sale
for Thanksgiving. Foods for purchase are spiral hams, whole turkeys,
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
Holiday, this breakfast is being held earlier than our normal monthly
event. For information, contact Mary Ann Holt at (863) 634-8087 or
Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
Heritage Financial offers homebuyers classes
A first-time Homebuyer Education class is being offered on Nov.
14 and 28 from 6 until 7 p.m. at Heritage Financial Services located
at 309 S.W. Park St. Okeechobee. Please call to reserve your seat
at (863) 467-8899. The class will cover the residential application
process and credit guidelines needed to obtain loan approval. A fee
of $25 will be charged to cover the prequalification and credit report
Stakeholders to hold outreach meeting
Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. until noon South Florida Water Man-
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 Res-
toration Project and the recreational opportunities available for you
on SFWMD lands. If you have any questions about the upcoming
meeting, please contact Jeff McLemore at (806) 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, includ-
ing 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.joshosferman.
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 un-
til 7 p.m. There will be no meeting on Nov. 12 due to the holiday.
The class will be making beautiful magnolia blossom centerpieces
for their holiday tables. If you have any questions about the Mighty
Sprouts club, please call the extension office at (863)763-6469.
Orchid club host guest speaker
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will host guest speaker, Gary Bai-
ley, on Monday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Extension Office, 458 Hwy
98 N. Mr. Bailey has been growing orchids for twelve years, assisting
commercial growers in many of the big shows. He will speak on the
best way to care for your orchid when you first bring it home. If you
have a plant that is not doing well, bring it to the meeting and Mr.
Bailey will help you analyze your orchid's problem. For information
please call the extension office at (863) 763-6469.
Coffee Klatch scheduled
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be
Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. at Soaps & Scents, 118 S.E. Park St. (across from
the Chamber of Commerce). . Refreshments will be provided. For
information call (863) 357-2368,
Okeechobee News, Friday, November 16, 2007
Okeechobee News, Friday, November 16, 2007 5
Tourism is topic of town hall meeting [
By Nena Bolan.
GLADES COUNTY -- There was
a town hall meeting in the Glades
County commissioners chambers
Nov. 1 to gather information and
ideas for the early stages of the
Tourism Development Council
(TDC), which is a part of Florida
Heartland Rural Economic Devel-
opment Initiative (FHREDI).
The meeting was conducted
with Tracy Whirls, Glades County
Economic Development Council
John Scherlacker, Florida Fresh-
water Frontier tourism director,
reported that the number one re-
quest of visitors coming to Florida
is eco-tourism, and not the deca-
dence of Walt Disney World.
"Glades County is a perfect ex-
ample for eco-tourism," said Mr.
Scherlacker of the area's outdoor
He went on to explain that the
vast majority of people who come
to Florida are visitors who want
to indulge in the natural beauty
of the state. Tourists are attracted
to fishing, eco-tourism, hunting,
farmlands and frontier history -- all
of which Glades County can claim
Bill Redman, The Glades RV
Resort, reminded everyone that
there are philosophical differences
among business owners, long
time residents and newcomers as
to what is precious or vital to the
health of Glades County land and
people. However, despite differ-
Local business people in the tourism industry went to the
Hendry/Glades County Tourism Summit on Nov. 8 at the
Doyle Conner Building. After discussion they enjoyed a ca-
ences in priorities there are ways
to blend them for the prosperity
The reality of a tourism tax is al-
ready in effect in Highlands, Hen-
dry and Okeechobee counties. Ac-
cording to John Scherlacker and
others, a tourism tax should be
established before lodging is built
or else Glades County may miss
the boat when it comes to tourism
Tracy Whirls reported that a
two percent tax rate that targets
tourism will have an option to go
back later and add one percent.
The local Tourism Development
Council and a tourism tax are not
in effect yet, and their existence
depends on local government
guidelines and paperwork. Later
in August this must be decided on
The next committee meeting
for TDC will be Dec. 3 in the Glades
Electric Co-op conference room
at 4 p.m. Contact Tracy Whirls at
(863) 946-0300, email twhirls@
Another separate, but re-
lated meeting was held on Nov.
8 involving the issues of tourism
businesses. The Hendry/Glades
County Tourism Summit met at
the Doyle Conner Building. It was
promoted by the Small Business
Development Center (SBDC) of
Florida Gulf Coast University and
Patty Register, Gatorama propri-
etor, shared her experience about
a motorcoach tour out of Lee
County. It gave tourists an eclectic
taste of of rural southwest Florida.
The tour covered attractions at
Palmdale's Gatorama, a LaBelle
honey store, and destinations in
Felda and Imnmokalee. She told
the summit participants that she
has learned some visitors from the
midwest had agriculture and out-
door experience. They were eager
to see examples of local agri-busi-
An SBDC certified business an-
alyst, Sean Moore, was a featured
speaker at the summit. One theme
he spoke about was how busi-
nesses can work together as one
rather that against each other.
"It is important that residents
and business' owners in Hen-
dry/Glades counties get past the
old idea that they are competing
against each other. The reality is
that they are competing against
Fort Myers, Palm Beach and Or-
lando. If they work together to
keep people here and enjoy what
we have, then regardless of these
other cities everyone in Hendry/
Glades counties will come out
ahead," said Mr. Moore.
The next Hendry/Glades Coun-
ty Tourism Summit will be Jan.
17 in the Doyle Conner Building.
Contact Sean Moore at (863) 517-
0097, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff writer Nena Bolan can be
reached at email@example.com
By Nena Bolan
MOORE HAVEN -- A man was
placed in prison for committing a
sexual crime against a minor.
The Glades County court trial
came to its final conclusion on
Oct. 26 when a jury found Charles
Warren White, 49, guilty of sexual
crimes and false imprisonment in-
volving a minor victim.
Mr. White was a resident of
Okeechobee at the time of his
booking date on July 24, 2006;
however, the felonies were com-
mitted in Glades County.
The defendant was found guilty
on three counts that included false
imprisonment, committing lewd
or lascivious molestation, and
lewd and lascivious conduct.
The sentencing of the convicted
According to Florida statutes,
in a sexual crime the victim's iden-
tity is held confidential especially if
that victim is a minor.
Information relating to the
victims's name, photograph or ad-
dress is not disclosed.
Staff writer Nena Bolan can be
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Christmas on the
.Christmas on the Caloosa-
hatchee will be Thursday, Dec. 13,
from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Tom
Perry City Park in Moore Haven.
Christmas on the Caloosahatchee
is an annual festival sponsored by
Moore Haven Elementary school
and the City of Moore Haven.
There will be many food booths,
game booths, craft booths, and lo-
cal entertainment throughout the
night. Come and enjoy the fun and
entertainment and view all of the
wonderful decorations on display
in the park! Anyone interested in
having a booth or providing enter-
tainment a Christmas on the Ca-
loosahatchee should contact Fe-
linda Langdale or Susan Prowant
at (863) 946-0737 at Moore Haven
The Moore Haven High School
Scholarship Foundation will hold
a Pork barbecue on Friday, Nov.
16, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The
dinner will be in front of the Doyle
Connor Building on US 27. Meals
ordered in advance will be deliv-
ered at no charge. Tickets can be
purchased for $6 from any of the
following scholarship foundation
members: Wayne Aldrich, Paul
Beck, David Chapman, Joe Flint,
Ellen Geake, John Huysman, Lar-
ry Luckey, Don McCardel, Jeanette
Peeples, & Carl Perry. For more
information, contact Jeanette
Peeples (863) 946-2083 ext. 15. All
proceeds will benefit the Moore
Haven High School Scholarship
Compost systems are an ef-
ficient way to recycle yard and
kitchen waste. They provide free
nutrients, mulch, and rich soil
amendment for your landscape,
and help reduce the impact of
waste on the landfill! To learn more
about Composting, and to make
your own wire compost bin, come
to this informative workshop. The
program will be conducted by
Angela Sachson, Florida Yards &
Neighborhoods, on Nov. 27, from
5:30 until 7 p.m. at the Glades Agri-
Civic Center in Moore Haven
This is a hands-on program and
every participant can take home
the compost bin he or she creates
during the class. Space is limited
and pre-registration is required.
Call Delana at (863) 946-0244 to
sign up. The cost is $10 and in-
cludes a wire compost bin.
Grass got your goat? Are you
ready to install a goat to tame your
turf? Come to the turfgrass work-
shop and learn easy and sensible
ways to manage your yard. Learn
how to prevent pests, water ef-
ficiently, develop deep roots and
green shoots. The workshop will
be presented by Angela Sachson,
Florida Yards & Neighborhoods,
on Nov. 13, from 5:30 until 7 p.m.
at the Glades County Extension Of-
fice in Moore Haven.
Space is limited and pre-regis-
tration is required. Call (863)-946-
0244 to sign up.
The 2008 election is just around
the corner. All Glades County reg-
istered Democrats are encouraged
to attend. The Glades DEC meets
every month on second Tuesday
at the library at 5:30 p.m. For more
information contact Ellen Hawk
Geake at (863) 983-2962 or (863)
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government for his duty in the 172nd Engineering Combat Battalion during World War II.
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The American Legion Post #64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
The Post phone number is (863)
* American Legion Post #64 is
open Monday to Saturday from 11
a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from
I until 9 p.m.
* Our kitchen is open and serv-
ing a regular menu. The hours of
operation are: Monday through
Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos and margaritas
served from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
with David Copper from 3 until 6
p.m.; Sunday from 4 until 9 p.m.
* Sunday NASCAR on big
screen TV Quarter pound hot
dogs, pizza and $1 draft beer will
be offered. David Copper from 4
until 7 p.m.
* Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
* The Sons of the American Le-
gion steak dinner will be held on
the third Sunday of each month
from 3 until 6 p.m. The dinner will
include steak, baked potato, salad,
dessert, coffee and tea.
* Friday night dinners have
resumed. Dinners will be served
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
* It is time to pay your dues for
the Legion and Auxiliary.
* We are planning a Christmas
party for children and a party for
veterans in the nursing home.
* We are planning a free dinner
for everyone who has paid their
dues by Nov. 1.
* Dec. 15 from 2 until 4 p.m.
Lipsinc starts again.
* Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the month
at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Lou Eder at (863)
357-0467 or Jerry Lee Shields at
(863) 467-8779 or (863) 467-2882.
* Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.
Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located
at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For information
on events, call (863) 763-2552.
* Every Tuesday bingo at I
p.m. Food will be available for a
--' , -Wednesdays: bar bingo from
+- 4-p.m. until ? Food will be avail-
* Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
* First and third Thursday: Aux-
iliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
* Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 do-
nation. Music will be by Jimmy
* Saturday and Sundays: mu-
sic at 7 p.m.
* First and third Sunday: break-
fast cooked to order from 9 until
I11 a.m. for $5 donation.
* Nov. 22, will have a Thanks-
giving dinner with all trimmings
for $5 donation at 2 p.m. public is
welcome. If you are not a member
please sign in as a guest.
The Okeechobee - Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Matt Buxton
at (863) 357-9992.
* The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second
and fourth Monday of each
month starting at 7:30 p.m.
Order of the Eastern
Star - Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact Mary Ann Holt at (863)
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is (863)
* Sunday: breakfast' will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
* Sunday: Karaoke with open
mic and free food at 7:30 p.m.
* Monday: Monday night
football with free food. Come en-
joy the game at 7 p.m.
* Tuesday: Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.
Moose membership meeting.
* Wednesday: cards and
games social at 7 p.m. If you have
a game you wish to play, bring it.
* Thursday: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call
the Lodge for t, n e eri,
* Thursday: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
* Thursday: Nov. 22 from
noon until 5 p.m. Free Thanksgiv-
ing dinner (donations accepted).
And Membership drive for BHR
Lodge tickets for barbecue grill
give away being sold. Members
and friends invited.
* Friday: dinner served from
5 until 7:15 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
* Saturday: dinner from 6
p.m. until ? Call for the menu.
* Saturday: karaoke night
starting at 8 p.m.
* Saturday: Nov. 24 Karaoke
at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. Hobo
Hoe Down Dinner, bring your
best Hobo stews, soup, chili and
fixings. Lodge will have biscuits.
Music at 7:30 p.m. and at 8 a.m.
Lodge Garage sale. Bring un-
wanted items for this sale with a
hog roast dinner from 5 until 7:15
p.m. to follow.
* Sunday: Nov. 18 WOTM
Bake sale, bring in your cakes,
pies and cookies for this fundrais-
er at 9 a.m.
. * No bingo for the rest of the
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. The lodge dur-
ing the summer will be noon until
8 p.m., or later. For information
and meal menus, call the Lodge at
(863) 7634954. Guests are invited
to enjoy the activities and consider
membership. The main hall is
open for activities.
* Breakfast first Sunday of ev-
ery month from 8 to 11 a.m.
* Every Monday evening-pool
and poker tournaments.
* LOOM meets every second
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* WOTM meets every second
and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
* Officers meetings, men and
women, are the first, and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* LOOM officers meeting first
and third Tuesday at 7'p.m.
* Every Thursday and Sunday:
horseshoes at 2 p.m.
* Every Thursday: $5 supper
and women's fun night. Line danc-
* Every Thursday: Moose Le-
gion bingo and lunch at 1 p.m.
* Every Sunday: horseshoes at
2 p.m.; free pool games all day.
* Bar bingo Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner $3 starts at 5:30 p.m.
* Every Saturday: dinner at 5:30
p.m. for a $7 donation.
* Moose Races Saturday at 2
* Saturday, Nov. 17, Roast Beef
Dinner to benefit Hospice $7 from
5:30 until 7 p.m. with music from.
5:30 until 10 p.m. Everyone is wel-
* Sunday, Nov. 18, Karaoke
with Donnie Martin from 2 p.m.
until ? food will be served.
* Watch for yard sale
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W 34 St. Events
are seasonal, contact the Post at
(863) 763-0818 for information
or write the Post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The Post
opens at noon Monday through
* Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
* Monday: .50-cent hot dogs
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The Staff Of The Okeechobee News Wishes
Everyone The Happiest Of Holidays!
* Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be
available. Everyone is welcome.
* Wednesday: dinner from 4
until 6 p.m. for a donation.
* Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Food will
be available. Karaoke will be from
6 until 10 p.m.
* Friday: hot food by David
Lee from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Saturday: bar bingo at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Karaoke
will be from 6 until 10 p.m. Food
will be available.
* Sunday: dinner will be avail-
able from 2 until 4 p.m., and will
be followed by karaoke from 6 un-
til 10 p.m.
* Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting and ladies auxil-
iary meeting at 11 a.m.
* The post membership drive is
under way, and the post is striving
for 100 percent. For information,
contact the quartermaster at (863)
* Big screen TV for all events.
VFW Post #9528
, The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW, Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
* Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary
dinner and Men's Auxiliary or Am-
Vets. Music will be available.
* Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
* Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for an $11 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
* Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. The
House Committee meeting is on
the fourth Saturday.
* Thanksgiving dinner on Nov.
22 from noon until 4 p.m. Dona-
tions are appreciated. All VFW
members and guest invited.
For information, contact Com-
inander Mike Hall at (863) 467-
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
VFW Post #10539
* The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
* Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at 1
p.m. on Sunday.
* Monday: $1.50 tacos till 6
* Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary
Dinner - 5:30 p.m. ($6)
* Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
* Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Friday: fish fry, chicken fingers
or shrimp from 5 until 8 p.m. along
with live music and dancing.
* Saturday: dollar dogs, sausage
.dogs for$1.50 grilled or steamed at
noon. Live music and dancing will
start at 7 p.m.
* Sunday: open at 1 p.m. NAS-
CAR on two big screen TV's.
The Ladies Auxiliary is look-
ing for any family members of
Okeechobee residents currently
serving overseas. We are forward-
ing packages of needed items to
our active service personnel. For
more information or if you would
like to donate items please contact
us, Cheryl Benoit at (863) 697-
The Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are held the first Sunday
of every month at noon. Men's
Auxiliary, meetings are the second
Wednesday of every month at 6:30
* Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
* The Okeechobee Shrine Club,
S.R. 78 W, members will meet
the first and third Thursday of
each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings
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Honoring our true heroes
Students in Melissa Kauffman's third grade class at Everglades Elementary School ob-
served Veterans' Day by decorating their classroom window with remembrance poems
written in honor of veterans and wreaths. Each star on the wreaths contains the name of
and parties. For information
call the club at (863) 763-3378,
or Keith at (863) 634-2682.
* Sunday: Every second Sun-
day of the month there will be
a Bike Sunday from noon un-
til 7 p.m. There will be food,
jukebox, big screen T.V and an
Oasis Lounge. For more infor-
mation, call the club at (863)
* The Cypress Hut Fraternal
Order of Eagles post #4509
located at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is
now open to members Mon-
day-Saturday from 10 a.m. until
10 p.m., Sundays from 1 to 10
p.m. Information can be found
by visiting www.foe4509.com,
or calling (863) 467-1164.
* Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the first and third Wednesday
of each month at the old Cypress
Hut flea market restaurant.
* FOE Auxiliary meetings are
at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month
* Breakfast is served on the
second and fourth Sunday of each
month from 9 a.m. until noon.
* Tuesday: food is served start-
ing at 5 p.m.
* Saturday, food is served start-
ing at 2 p.m.
Moose Lodge #2417
The Moose Lodge #2417
is located at 2 Linda Rd. BHR
* Nov. 24, they are holding a ga-
rage sale from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Guest and Community welcome.
Hotdogs will be served for $1 do-
nation and hamburgers for $2 and
will be served from 9 a.m. until 3
p.m. They are asking all members
to try to bring some of their un-
wanted merchandise and donate
to our garage sale. Lets get togeth-
er and make this a big success and
money maker for the lodge. After
the garage sale there will have a
hog roast from 5 until 7:15 p.m.
with music by Debbie Collins at 8
Okeechobee News, Friday, November 16, 2007 (
At the Movies Blondie
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Nov. 16,
through Thursday, Nov. 22, are as
Theatre I -"Bee Movie" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day 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 Thurs-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Starting Wed. Nov. 21 in
Theatre II "Enchanted" (PG)
Theatre III - "Mr. Magorium's
Wonder Emporium" (G) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.. Sat-
urday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
We will be open Friday, Nov.
23 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-
By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, Nov. 16, the
320th day of 2007. There are 45
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
One hundred years agbo, on
Nov. 16,1907, Oklahoma became
the 46th state of the union.
On this date:
In 1776, British troops captured
Fort Washington in New York dur-
ing the American Revolution.
In 1885, Canadian rebel leader
Louis Riel was executed for high
In 1917, Georges Clemenceau
again became prime minister of
In 1933, the United States and
the Soviet Union established dip-
In 1959, the Rodgers and Ham-
merstein musical "The Sound of
Music" opened on Broadway.
In 1961, Sam Rayburn died in
Bonham, Texas, having served as
Speaker of the U.S. House of Rep-
resentatives since 1940 except for
In 1966, Dr. Samuel H. Shep-
pard was acquitted in his second
trial of charges he'd murdered his
pregnant wife, Marilyn, in 1954.
In 1973,. Skylab 4, carrying a
crew of three astronauts, was
launched from Cape Canaveral,
Fla., on an 84-day mission.
In 1973, President Nixon
signed the Trans-Alaska Pipeline
In 1982, an agreement was
announced in the 57th day of a
strike by National Football League
Ten years ago: China's most
prominent pro-democracy cam-
paigner, Wei Jingsheng, arrived
in the United States after being re-
leased from a prison where he'd
spent nearly 18 years.
Five years ago: In an an open
letter to the Iraqi Parliament,
President Saddam Hussein said
he had no choice but to accept a
tough, new U.N. weapons inspec-
tion resolution because the Unit-
ed States and Israel had shown
their "claws and teeth" and de-
clared unilateral war on the Iraqi
One year ago: Democrats
embraced Nancy Pelosi as the first
woman House speaker in history,
but then selected Steny Hoyer as
majority leader against her wish-
es. African, Arab, European and
U.N. leaders agreed in principle
to a joint African Union-United
Nations peacekeeping force for
Sudan's Darfur region. Gunmen
abducted a private security team
of four Americans and an Austrian
in southern Iraq. Minnesota Twins
ace Johan Santana won the AL Cy
Young Award. Nobel Prize-win-
ning economist Milton Friedman
died in San Francisco at age 94.
Today's Birthdays: Actor
Clu Gulager is 79. Blues musician
Hubert Sumlin is 76. Journalist
Elizabeth Drew is 72. Blues musi-
cian WC. Clark is 68. Actor Steve
Railsback is 62. Actor David Lei-
.sure is 57. Actress Marg Helgen-
-berger is 49. Rock musician Mani
is 45. Country singer-musician
Keith Burns (Trick Pony) is 44.
Former tennis player Zina Garri-
son is 44. Former baseball player
Dwight Gooden is 43. Jazz singer
Diana Krall is 43. Actor Harry Len-
nix is 43. Actress Lisa Bonet is
40. Actress Tammy Lauren is 39.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Bryan
Abrams (Color Me Badd) is 38.
Actress Martha Plimpton is 37.
Olympic gold medal figure skater
Oksana Baiul is 30. Actress Mag-
gie Gyllenhaal is 30. Pop singer
Trevor Penick is 28. Actress Kim-
berly J. Brown is 23. Actor Noah
Gray-Cabey ("My Wife and Kids")
Thought for Today: "An
American who can make money,
invoke God, and be no better
than his neighbor, has nothing
to fear but truth itself." - Marya
Mannes, American critic (1904-
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*DEARABBY: I was going to a
hair salon about five times a year
to have my hair cut and styled. A
few months back, the owner, who
had always cut my hair, went out
on maternity leave, so another
stylist cut my hair. I mentioned
to her that, as I have gotten older,
my hair has thinned, that I hated
how it looked and didn't know
how to cut it anymore. She gave
me a beautiful cut.
When the owner returned, I
asked her to follow the cut, but
she didn't do it exactly, and re-
fused to ask the woman who had
done it how it was done.
When it was time for my next
haircut, I called and asked the
stylist to cut my hair again, but
she hesitated. Her reply was, "If
my son isn't sick." Abby, the ap-
pointment I was scheduling was
two weeks away. I "got the mes-
sage," and I am now patronizing
I thought beauty salons were
a business and not just about "I
saw you first!" Is there some un-
written rule in the beauty busi-
ness that whoever cuts your hair
when you first got there is your
stylist forever? I'm unhappy now,
and they lost a customer. Who
wins? - Cut Short In Virginia
DEAR CUT SHORT: This
wasn't a matter of "I saw you
first." You were the salon owner's
steady customer. If you wanted to
change stylists, you should have
had the courage to tell the salon
owner that you wanted to make
a change and not put the other
hairstylist on the spot.
Yes, hairstyling is a business,
but stylists often forge personal
relationships with long-stand-
ing clients. Out of respect for the
owner's feelings, you should have
made your wishes known directly
so there could be no misunder-
*DEAR ABBY: My husband
and I have a 5-year-old and a 9-
Close to Home
month-old - both boys. They are
incredibly sweet, well-behaved,
beautiful children. My problem is
how people relate to the boys.
People often go out of their
way to tell us how cute our baby
is, and go on to say, "He looks
like the Gerber baby." I appreciate
their compliments, but they often
ignore our 5-year-old. He is also a
darling child, but because he's so
well-behaved, too often people
don't give him a second glance.
When we're at home I make
sure to give him plenty of compli-
ments about a variety of things,
including his behavior, his eating
habits and helpfulness. I don't
want his feelings hurt when peo-
ple go overboard with the baby.
Is there anything I can say
when this happens to help him
feel important and noticed as
well? Is there something I should
say to the adults involved so they
are more aware of my older son's
feelings? - Proud Mommy Of
DEAR PROUD MOMMY: The
adults you described are thought-
less and insensitive, and trying
to educate them in front of your
5-year-old won't work. The next
time it happens, put your arm
around your older boy and say,
"This is his big brother, 'Bobby.'
We're so proud of Bobby because
not only is he a good boy, he's also
smart and sweet and helpful with
his little-brother." In other words,
bring Bobby out of the shadows
and into the spotlight, too. It does
P.S. What's going on with your
"Gerber baby" is the reason ac-
tors don't like working with small
children and puppies. They're
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.
With the cost of a college education averaging
$40,000 a year, many students are opting for
one of the many new budget colleges.
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The Last Word in Astrology
By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19): Take
a journey into your past and you will dis-
cover ,something about yourself that you
didn't realize. You have a special skill
you haven't been using. Don't be foolish
about money. Your generosity will work
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don't
give in to emotional blackmail. If some-
one tries to get you to do something
you don't want to do, opt out even if it
adversely affects your relationship. New
friends will be easy to come by. Open
your mind to new endeavors.
-GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You
may have mixed emotions regarding
something someone wants you to do.
Don't get intimately involved with some-
one who can negatively influence your
position. An older relative may be a bur-
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): A
good idea can turn into a new creative
project that will bring you greater com-
fort at home. Intuition will enable you to
read between the lines when dealing with
someone with whom you are intimately
involved. Take a serious look at some-
thing you want to do professionally.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You will be
torn between what you'should do and
what you want to do. Be fair and think
matters through to the end so you don't
make a mistake you'll live to regret. Time
and patience will help you win in the
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Not
much will escape your notice. Don't let
anyone push you to spend more than
you see fit. Consider what you can do to
cut corners. A positive change in a rela-
tionship can be expected.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You'll
be in the mood to do things a little differ-
ently or to try something new. A project
that you've been considering should be
started. Help will come in mysterious
ways and may have something to do
with someone you once knew.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don't
count on getting a straight answer. You
will have to come up with solutions and
implement them yourself if you want
things done to your specifications.
Someone who claims to have more ex-
perience may influence you negatively.
*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
A job prospect or an idea that will help
you move into a higher paying position
is evident. Send out your resume, set
up interviews or just check the classified
ads for opportunities. There is money to
be made and taking an unusual route
will pay off.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
You may be a little ahead of your time
today but don't let that bother you. By
the time everyone else catches on, you
will be well on your way to getting things
done, making you look like a genius.
Taking action will separate you from the
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
You'll be emotional, sensitive and highly
intuitive today. Follow your gut feelings
and you won't be lead astray. Put your
energy into passion, not arguing. Now is
the time to show how much you care by
-PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don't
be fooled by what others say. A secret
matter will be revealed if you aren't dis-
creet. A partnership opportunity will not
be as it appears. Read between the lines
and don't sell yourself short,
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SET OF KEYS - Found on Sat.
Nov. 3rd at Waste Manage-
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BHR OKEE., Fri. & Sat.
11/23 & 11/24, 8am-4pm,
35 Lake Dr., Furniture,
Power chair, Men clothes,
Tools, Lawn tractor,
Boats, House, Misc.
BUCKHEAD RIDGE, Fri., 11/16
& Sat., 11/17, 8am til 1pm,
29 Perch St. Electronics,
Tools, Fishing Gear, Christ-
mas Decorations, Small Ap-
pliances, Home Decor,
Garden Shredder, Outdoor
Pond, Clothing & More.
OKEE, 3105 SE 34th Court,
across from Zachary Taylor
Campground, Thurs., 11/15,
Fri., 11/16 & Sat., 11/17,
8am-1pm. H/H items, tools,
craft materials & more!!
Get FREE signs!
Ful Tme 005
Start a new career in the much needed field of
. nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street * (863) 357-2442
Ground Maintenance Personnel
Experience helpful but NOT necessary
Okeechobee Golf & Country Club
405 N.E. 131st Lane
Immediate Openings - CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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Immediate Openings * All Shifts
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, Apply In Person To:
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1646 Hwy. 441 North
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OKEECHOBEE - Sat. & Sun Employment -
Nov 17th & 18th, 9am-3pm, Full-Time 205
5467 NW 24th St. Furniture, Employment -
HH items, Tractor trailer Medical 210
parts, animals & more Employment -
r - " .Job Information 225
OKEECHOBEE Job Training 227
FrI (10am-6pm) & Sat. Sales 230
(8am-4pm) Nov 16th &
l7th, 3028 NE 52nd Drive.
(R-Bar Est) HH items, tools, Elo n
books, toys, etc.
OKEECHOBEE- Sat. Nov. 17th, Experience a MUST!
8am-? Vantage Oaks Rec Fax resume to
Hall. (SE 41st Terrace) Trol- 863-467-1126
ling Motor, freezer, many HH
items, linens, camping equip
& much more Need a few more bucks to
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Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis
10 Big party
14 Get sore
16 It's part of the
schs., per author
17 Start of a quip
20 Made better
22 Quip, part 2
29 Hardly gush
30 Success symbol
31 He tricked a
blind god into
38 Quip, part 3
39 Type of boots
40 Beginner's sax,
46 Quip, part 4
51 One may be
52 Studs, e.g.
57 Fare that needs
to be assembled
58 End of the quip
60 China defect
62 Quarter, for one
attraction, with .
64 Dress smartly
65 Singer Murray
1 Steve's costar in
2 Bus. course
4 Geometric prefix
5 Sea snails
6 100 cents, in Sri
8 Mag wheels?
9 Cartoon "How
dumb can I be!"
11 Allergic reaction
13 "Gattaca" costar
18 Got into the
21 Talks in slang?
24 Developer of the
25 Big party
26 Missing from Ft.
27 Bit of truth
28 Toucan Sam's
31 "Super Mario"
32 Giant Mel
34 Shallow crossing
35 Very excited
36 Valentine's Day
38 Very dry
42 When el Aiho
44 Marshall Plan
45 "Late Night"
46 First speaker in
47 The Vandals of
48 Allowed by law
53 Cuzco builder
54 Vegas sign
55 Mild reaction to
56 New Year's word
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to families; Bi-lingual a plus, but not required.
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This big, full-color outdoor display is a dramatic and
easy way way to share the warmth and joy of the holiday
season with friends and neighbors. Printed on
weather-resistant paper with waterproof, "sunfast"
inks, the Nativity display includes the 14 figures pic-
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camels'stand about five feet tall.
The only materials needed are the posters, a few
sheets of exterior plywood, waterproof glue, paint
and sealer. The whole family can help put the figures
together in a weekend or two.
To build the display, just glue the posters onto ply-
wood, saw around the outer edges and paint the sides
and-backs black. Make stakes or stands from the
remaining plywood or galvanized pipe and set the
display up where desired.
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Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Elderly Care - Reg. Nurse
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DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
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
License # 2423
JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Find It faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classifleds
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
Need 16 ft. V Hull Boat Trailer.
CASH for your heavy industrial
cranes, dozier's, wheel load-
ers, etc. Free estimates on
Business Places 910
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
BHR - Lg 2br, CBS, screen
room & utility room, Quiet
area, Private lake, $750/mo
+ $500 sec (863)467-2784
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
Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 1/ 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
OKEECHOBEE - 2BR, 1BA,
$625/mo, $525 sec dep.
Oak Lake Villas, 2br/2ba
$900/month, First, Last,
+ $900 Security. Pets
Welcome. Clean & spacious.
Call (863) 801-3133
OVERSIZED 1/1 DUPLEX Extra
back room. $695/mo.
BASSWOOD - New 3/2, large
yard, Pets OK, lawn service,
water service, $950/mo, 1st
& last only. Avail Now
BASSWOOD: 2BR/1BA, CBS,
newly renovated, $775/mo.
1st, last & security deposit re-
BRAND NEW, 3BR's/2BA's,
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
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.
1'fst, last & sec. Call Debbie
am til 4pm.
OKEE. - 3br, Den, Lg Kit.,
Shed. Near Everglade Ele-
mentary. Just off Hwy 710.
$950 mo. (863)634-5129
OKEE., 3br, 1ba, Carport,
Yard, W/D, Partly Furnished
$1050. mo + Sec. Close to
OKEECHOBEE- 2/2, W/D, 6
mo or 1 yr lease, $750/mo,
$1600 to move in. 907 SW
2nd Ave (863)634-0512
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, $700 mo.
+ $700 sec. (863)763-8878
OKEECHOBEE: 4/3, on Taylor
Creek, large dock.
$1500/mo. 1st mo & sec.
OKEECHOBEE- 4br, 2ba, in
city limits, looking for re-
sponsible renters w/refs.
TREASURE ISLAND, 3/2 Very
clean! On canal. Lg. storage.
$950 mo. + 1st & sec. dep.
Store Front/Office Spaces 2
available in BHR. High traffic,
good for start up business.
Low rate. (863)610-1120
OKEE, Furnished Rm. Single
occ., private entrance, w/d.
$140/wk & deposit, utils incl.
(863)467-0771 after 6pm
Delightful 2/1 furnished
with a large screen
porch that overlooks
Quiet and Secure on
BH RIDGE - 2/2, waterfront,
lake access, Ig screen porch,
fenced yard, shed, $700 1st
& $700 Sec (772)370-1095
Business Places -
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
NEW HOME ON YOUR LOT!
Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
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
OKEECHOBEE - 2 duplexes on
one lot, New metal roofs,
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.
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
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
sink. env. -$850 mo.+ 1st,
Last& Sec. 772-285-5856
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
FORECLOSURE - 4br, 2ba,
28x80, on 3/4 acre, 1001
N.E. 104th Court. As Is,
JIMS PLACE PARK - 14 x 56,
turn. 2 BR, 2 BA, 10x46 FL
RM, 14x40 Carport w/or
w/out a 16' rigged fibergl.
boat. $26K, w/out boat,
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
SKYLINE - '92, 28x60 DW,
3BR, 2BA, 2LR's. $25K/best
offer. Must move.
(863)634-9148 Iv msg
Iuli o ice
The County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee and the St.
Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Cake Worth Lagoon will hold its annual
workshop / bar-b-q event on Fnday, November 30, 2007 at 10 00 a m. at Okee-
chobee Civic Center. 1750 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, Florida,
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Coalition with respect to
any matter considered ao such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and
that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record must include the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be based.
Clil Betts, Jr. Chairman
County Coalition for Responsible Management of
Lake Okeechobee and St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries
249000 ON 11/16/07
4/2 Tile floor, Energy Package,
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq. ft
Call for FREE Color Brochures
REPO MOBILE HOMES
FOR SALE! Set up & removal
also available. (863)381-1000
Boats / 3005
Jet SkiZ s 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
SUZUKI BANDIT 1200 - '05.
1500 mi. Like new. Dark
blue & white. $6500.
How do you find a Job In
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
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
FORD EXPEDITION '01- V8,
leather inter, excellent in/out,
$8000 or best offer
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
Channe In School Board
The regular meeting of the Okeecho-
bee County School Board for No-
vember will take place on Tuesday,
November 20, 2007, at 6:00 p.m.
The purpose of this meeting is the
annual reorganization of the School
Board and consideration of regular
School Board business. The meet-
ing will be held in Room 303 of the
School Board Administrative Office
located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue.
The meeting is open to the public.
Patricia 6. Cooper, Ed.O.
Superintendent of Schools
246381 ON 11/9,16/07
On October 22, 2007, Westminster
Academy filed an application with
the Federal Communications Com-
mission for a new FM noncommer-
cial class C3 radio station in
Cypress Quarters, FL, on channel
208 operating at 19 kW from a n-
tenna 86 meters tall located at
27-20-50 N, 80-57-4 W. The
board members of Westminster
Academy are Jim Carlson, Stephen
Finch, Brian MacClugage, Joe Mill-
er, Craig Peterson, Mike Pritchard,
Terrie Roughen, Hank Sipowski,
David Stewart, Okyo Sthair, and
Greg Beaupied. A copy of the ap-
plication is available for public
viewing in the public file at Okee-
chobee County Public Library, 206
SW 16th St., Okeechobee, FL
249086 ON 11/16,17,21.22/07
December 1st @ am
1107 SE Hwy 441
199o Chevy Tahoe
249142 ON 11/16/07
On October 18, 2007, FAITH BAPTIST
CHURCH OF FORT PIERCE, FLORI-
DA tiled an application with the FCC
in Washington, D.C. (or a construc-
lion permit tor a new FM radio sta-
tion that will operate on channel
208B1 at Taylor Creek, Florida. The
new station will operate from a
transmitter location located at 27
degrees, 23 minutes, 06 seconds
north latitude and 81 degrees, 00
minutes, 52 seconds west longi-
tude, and its studio will be located
within 25 miles of Taylor Creek,
Florida. The officers and directors
, of the applicant are Greg W. Booh-
er, 'Bily Ward, Kerry J. Burke,
Manual Gabriel, Samuel J. Frey, and
William T. Britton. A copy of the ap-
plication, amendments and related
materials Is on tile for public in-
spection at 206 SW 16th St. Okee-
chobee, FL 34974.
249021 ON 11/16,17,20.23/07
REQUEST FOR BIDS
LAWN MAINTENANCE CONTRACT
KING'S BAY HOMEOWNERS' ASSOC.
Service Period: One (1) year, renewable
upon mutual agreement.
Bids Accepted Through: December 21,
Instructions: Bids may be mailed to
King's Bay Homeowners Assoc., 4466
SE 50th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974
or they may be hand delivered to drop
box located on King's Bay office door.
Service Requirements: This contract will
be for full service lawn and tree main-
tenance of designated areas within
King's Bay. Contract requirements
available at King's Bay Office. You may
call our office for further information:
247632 ON 11/14,16,19/07
TIME BY HELPING YOU
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STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
NOTICE OF DRAFT PERMIT
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FOEP) gives notice of its prep-
aration of a draft permit for JL Farms Dairy, to be issued to JL Farms Dairy &
Beef, The proposed permit authorizes construction and operation of the waste
management system in accordance with a Comprehensive Nutrient Management
Plan. The permit will also provide coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES), as delegated to the state by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency The dairy is located at Hilolo Road & CR68, Okeechobee,
An Administrative Order (AO-07-008-IW-47-SED, draft copy attached) will also
be Issued concurrent with the permit. The Order requires Implementation of a
sampling program of the runoff from the farm to determine If it Is causing or
contributing to the Impaired water status of the water body downstream for fe-
Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit of the De-
partment or may submit a written request lor a public meeting to Tim Powell,
DEP Southeast Distnct, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm
Beach, FL 33401, in accordance with the rule 62-620.555 of the Florida Adminis-
trative Code. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the in-
formation set forth below and must be received in the Office within 30 days of
publication of this notice. Failure to submit comments or request a public meeting
within this time period shall constitute a waiver of any right such person ma,
have to submit comments or request a public meeting under Rule 62-620.555
Florida Administrative Code.
The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the following informa-
(a) The commenter's name, address, and telephone number, the applicant's name
and address, the Department Permit File Number and the county in which the pro-
ject is proposed;
(b) A statement of how and when notice of the Department action or proposed ac-
tion was received;
(c) A statement of the facts the Department should consider in making the final de-
(d) A statement of which rules or statutes require reversal or modification of the
department action or proposed action; and
(e) If desired, a request that a public meeting be scheduled including a statement
of the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at the meeting. However, the De-
partment may not always grant a request for a public meeting. Therefore, written
comments should be submitted within 30 days of publication of this notice, even
if a public meeting is requested.
If a public meeting is scheduled the public comment period is extended until the
close of the public meeting. If a public meeting is held any person may submit
oral or written statements and data at the meeting on the Department proposed
action. As a result of significant public comment the Department final action may
be ditferent from the position taken by it in this draft permit.
The permit application file and supporting data are available for public inspection
during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00, p.m., Monday through Friday,
except legal holidays, at the DEP Southeast District office, 400 North Congress
Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, Tel. (561)681-6600.
249253 ON 11/16/07
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County hereby requests PROPOSALS from qualified bidders for the re-
habilitation o one (1) single-family home located in unincorporated Okeechobee
County as a part of the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SH.I.R) program.
Proposals are due no later than 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, December
21, 2007 and delivered or mailed to: County Administrator, 304 NW 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (the County will not assume any responsibility for mall
being received on time), Any and all proposals received after this time and date
will not be opened or considered.
Proposals should be submitted in separate sealed envelopes marked State Housing
Initiative Partnership (S.H.I.P) Program - Santa Cruz
For specific project information contact: Stephany DuPree at (863) 763-6731 or by
fax at (863) 763-9203. Specifications may be obtained from the Housing Coordi-
nator located at 456 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee. Bids will be opened al
10:05 a.m. on December 21. 2007 in the County Administrator's Office at the
Okeechobee County Courthouse.
A MANDATORY meeting for review of this project will be held on Thursday, No-
vember 29, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. In the meeting room at the County Administra-
tion Annex, 456 Highway 98 North, Okeechobee. Any firm who is not in
attendance in this room by 10:05 a.m, will be unable to bid.
The County reserves the right to waive formalities or informalities in proposals, to
reject any and all proposals, or to negotiate further with any or all proposers and
accepts no responsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery o proposals
to the County. Okeechobee County is an Equal Opportunity Employer actively
seeking Minority Contractor participation and promotes Fair Housing.
Ray R. Domer, Chairman
Okeechobee County Commission
249238 ON 11/16/07
The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida is seeking in-
terested applicants for appointment as Okeechobee County representative to the
Treasure Coast Health Council for a term ending December 2009.
The Treasure Coast Health Council is responsible for development and maintenance
of the district health plan, establishing strategies, priorities and preferences for
development of health services and facilities, advising the county on health care
issues, promoting public awareness of county health needs and pursuing related
activities. An appointee must be a resident of Okeechobee County.
Applications may be obtained from the County Administrator's Office at 304 NW 2nc
Street, Room 102, Courthouse, Okeechobee. All applicants must complete a
board/committee application form.
Applications must be submitted to the County Administrator's Office no later thar
4:00 p.m. on December 5,2007.
Chli Belts Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
249009 ON 11/16/07
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10 Okeechobee News, Friday, November 16, 2007
Everglades experiences Turkey madness! DREAMCATCHER
At Everglades Elementary
School, Miss Snyder's boys and
girls are excited about disguis-
ing their turkeys. They enjoyed
meeting our Alphabet Friends
and building houses for each of
our Word Families. Thank you for
sending the cans in for the needy
Mrs. Moore had many of the
children doing the Disguise a Tur-
key project. They did a great job!
I don't think any of those turkeys
will be eaten for Thanksgiving
now! Thanks to all the families
that sent in food last week for our
Food for Families project.
We are enjoying learning about
Thanksgiving and learning the
song, "Over the River and Through
First Graders at Everglades El-
ementary are busy working on
their family Turkey Projects. These
beautiful turkeys will be creatively
decorated by each student and
their families with items found in
their homes. Items like feather,
seeds, cereal, yarn, fabric, buttons,
noodles, and paint. These color-
ful turkeys will be displayed in the
cafeteria. A big thank you goes to
each family that participated.
The students in first grade will
be learning about the country
England and the Pilgrims journey
to the New World. In Social Stud-
ies the students will learn many
facts about our Native Americans.
In Math we are counting by 2's,
5's and 10's. Students are also add-
ing and subtracting in Math. If your
child needs practice with addition
and subtraction you may want to
make simple flashcards for you
and your child to practice basic
addition and subtraction facts to-
We are still writing in 1s' grade
every day. We do have weekly
graded writing activities. Writing is
a very important skill in 1st grade.
Please encourage your child to do
Mr. Wright's clas s wishing ev-
eryone a "Happy Thanksgiving."
Our class has been working hard
on reading comprehension. We
are studying about the Pilgrims.
Ms. Hunt's class is learning all
about how Johnny "Appleseed"
Chapman shaped the Midwest. If
it weren't for his wandering ways,
+ most of our fall desserts wouldn't
be around as well!
Mrs. Brady's class is writing
Turkey poems, learning about Pil-
grims and Indians, and discussing
who and what we are thankful
for! We hope you have a- Happy
Mrs. Campbell's class enjoyed
reading about Johnny Appleseed.
We are busy with many apple ac-
tivities. Apples are delicious!
Mrs. Kirby's class is also learn-
ing about John Chapman, aka
Johnny Appleseed. Besides discov-
ering about his legacy of planting
apple seeds we are also exploring
the many delicious ways to enjoy
them. We have also found many
ways to use apples in our artwork.
Ms. Gumz's class has finished
their "Friendship Quilt" using po-
etry. Time is ticking away as we
practiced telling time. Thank you
to everyone who sent in canned
goods to help the needy. Congrat-
ulations to Matthew Dean for be-
ing "Student of the Week."
Ms. Damora's class enjoyed
learning about John Chapman
otherwise known as Johnny App-
leseed. Have a wonderful Thanks-
giving. Read, Read, Read!
Gator Walk held on Satur-
day morning - Nov. 17 from 8:30
- 9:30 a.m. at Lock 7 Students and
families can participate in a fun
These students are achieving excellence everyday at Everglades Elementary School: Pre-K:
Gabriela Flores-Perez; kindergarten: Joaquinnia Thomas, Ronald King, Juan Macias, Yor-
din Bradley; first grade: Regime Gonzalez, Janiyah Epps, Cory Romer, Enrique Velazquez,
Elizabeth Adams, Erika Serrano; second grade: Colton Rhoden, Janavise Futch, Marc Alicea,
Jose Juarez, Daysha Vaughn, Carolina Trejo, Jared Joyner; third grade: Mackenzie Delacruz,
Deoante Garner, Richard Spiess, Rian Haaka, Laura Jimenez, Sergio Pineda; fourth grade:
Alex Hernandez, Sergio Ruiz, Dylan Ferneau, Kayla Hood, James Skinner; fifth grade: Ashley
Cason, Karimah Calvillo, Lynn Romer, Dora Cabrera, Omar Cardoso.
WPTV's Food for Families Drive and the Turkey Trot Race.
Kindergarten- 271 items collected; 1st Grade- 334 items
collected; 2nd Grade- 232 items collected; 3rd Grade- 457
items collected; Winners 4th Grade- 247 items collected; 5th
Grade- 142 items collected; Caring students see a need and
they want to help without getting anything in return.
family fitness activity. Hope to see
"Food for Families - Turkey
Trot Race: Kindergarten collected
271 cans, 1s' Grade collected 334
cans, 2nd Grade collected 232 cans,
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lected 247 cans and 5"' Grade col-
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Miss Shofner would like to re-
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of the progress that we are making
with the 100 Book Challenge. Re-
member that the 100 Book Chal-
lenge encourages the boys and
girls to read for 15 to 30 minutes
The parents need to listen to
the younger children read (or read
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Struggling Heat set to meet Boston
By TIM REYNOLDS
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI (AP) -- On some level,
Miami coach Pat Riley looks at
the Boston Celtics as the mirror
image of his Heat.
Well, the 2006 Heat, anyway.
Boston's brilliant offseason
deals that brought Kevin Gar-
nett and Ray Allen in to join Paul
Pierce have sparked an early sea-
son revival. The Celtics are 7-0,
the NBAs last unbeaten team,
and are off to the franchise's best
start in 35 years -- while Miami has
the Eastern Conference's worst
record at 1-7.
The teams meet for the first
time this season Friday night in
"They all of a sudden have
something at stake now, which
is their absolute legacy," Riley
said of the Garnett-Allen-Pierce
trio. "And now they're going to
use each other, a little bit like we
did two years ago. We used each
other to establish something be-
cause we felt we had something
These days, Riley isn't so sure
that's the case.
His team fell to 0-4 at home
Wednesday night in a 104-95 loss
to previously winless Seattle -
spoiling the night where Dwyane
Wade returned to the Miami line-
up after six months of recovering
from offseason knee and shoulder
surgeries. After the game, Riley
went on a passionate but surpris-
ingly calm rant of sorts, basically
challenging his team to return to
the tenets of what worked during
the '06 NBA title run.
He talked about the team's
need for "personal respect and
professional respect." He vowed
major lineup shakeups -- a thinly
veiled nudge at a struggling Sha-
quille O'Neal, perhaps -- were
possible. He even talked about
how he bleeds "blood red," so
he had carpets in the locker room
and surrounding areas changed to
that hue and adopted the phrase
as a motto of sorts.
"But I need a little help," Riley
said. "Every day, you can't come
in and give the speech that's go-
ing to change their thinking."
So Wade took it upon himself
For the season's first seven
games, he sat either on the side-
line or before a television and
tried to see what was going
wrong. And in the second quarter
Wednesday night, he asked Riley
if he could run the team during a
Riley happily agreed.
"Everyone is not doing every-
thing as a team on both ends of
the floor," Wade said. "They've
got to start doing that. ... You
know, we're a team, and we're
going to go through ups and
downs together. I'm not the cap-
tain, but I'm a leader of the team.
And I'm going to continue to push
guys every day."
Wade drew a parallel between
this season and the 2003-04 cam-
paign, his rookie year when Mi-
ami also got off to a 1-7 start.
That year, Riley retired just
before the season and Stan Van
Gundy took over a young team.
This team expects to compete for
an NBA title.
Big difference, yet somehow,
same record after eight games.
"I think it does start with your-
self," said forward and captain
Udonis Haslem, another rookie
on that '03-04 team. "Everybody
has to look at the mirror before
they point the finger at anybody
else or say this isn't working or
that isn't working. I'm my own
worst critic. It's not about of-
fense, who's getting shots, who's
not getting shots. ... It's about per-
That's exactly what Riley wants
someone to say.
With Wade back, there were
flashes of good things. With him .
out, everyone within the Heat or-
ganization knew the early season
would be a struggle.
But the Heat are already 5'/2
games behind Orlando's pace in
the Southeast Division. Friday's
game is the start of the first of 12
occurrences of two road games in
consecutive nights for Miami this
season, always a daunting propo-
sition. Miami's offense has been
the worst in the league so far, and
O'Neal looks little like his future-
Hall-of-Famer self - averaging
14.6 points through eight games.
Meanwhile, Garnett, Allen and
Pierce are seeing everything go
Riley can only remember what
that feels like.
"All the three of them can see
right now is paradise," Riley said.
"That's what happens. And we
have to feel the same way. I know
we felt that when we were in the
playoffs two years ago. We don't
feel that now. That's an important
quality to have."
Sports News In Brief
Community in Schools/
Okeechobee Police Athletic
League Men's Softball Tourna-
ment will be held on Nov. 17.
There is a $200 entry fee and you
must bring your own balls (44's.)
The number of teams that sign up
will determine the format of the
tournament. This, tournament is
a fundraiser for Character Counts,
Mentoring Program and the Youth
Center Project. For information
call, (863) 462-5863 or (863) 634-
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 be-
ing held the following weekend.
New members (especially non-
boaters) are welcome. For more.
information contact Dave Stout at
seeking new members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee is
seeking new members to become
involved in the Auxiliary's pro-
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed
of men and women who actively
support recreational boating safety
and other Coast Guard missions.
The Auxiliary also provides rec-
reational boating safety support to
sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications, ad-
ministration, seamanship, pilot-
ing/navigation, weather or search
For information, call (863) 763-
open for riding
The Okeechobee County Agri-
Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., is
open for recreational riding the
first and third Tuesdays of each
month from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Barrels and poles are avail-
The cost is $10 per person.
Rules, waiver and release forms
are available at the Okeechobee
County Board of County Comrnis-
sioner's office, 304 N.W. Second
St., and the county extension of-
fice at 458 U.S. 78 N. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-1666 or (863)
at skate park
Communities in Schoqls is in
need of volunteers to help man
the skate park during concession
hours. Hours are available any
day of the week. We will provide
training and background screen-
ings. For information, contact
Mike Davis, youth project direc-
tor, at (863) 462-5863.
Selig: Baseball revenue climbed to $6.075 billion
By FRED GOODALL
AP Sports Writer
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) _ Baseball
revenue climbed to $6.075 billion
this year, and commissioner Bud'
Selig envisions an even rosier fi-
"As I told the clubs today,
we're on a great high here," Selig
said Thursday following the con-
clusion of a two-day meeting in
which owners discussed, among
other things, ways to speed up
"When you look at the final
numbers and you see what's hap-
pened, it's remarkable. There are
times, honestly, when I have to
pinch myself to make sure all of
this is happening. ... Growth and
revenue, growth and profitability;
it's just been really, really good."
And with attendance up, and
Major League Baseball also mak-
ing a concerted effort to expose
its product to other parts of the
world, Selig is confident the game
will continue the trend next sea-
son, and beyond.
"I'm putting myself on the
spot here, but I'm very hopeful to
draw 80 million-plus, and I think
our revenues will continue to go
up," Selig said of 2008, later add-
ing that he's "very proud" of the
"We started at $1.2 billion, and
I can remember waking up in
'93 and '94 and '95 and thinking
how are we ever going to get to
$2 billion? So here we are at $6
billion, 75 million. And if we just
keep doing our work, stay out of
controversies, keep the focus on
the field, we'll get to numbers
someday that will be stunning.
And these are stunning."
The commissioner said there
was nothing new to report on
talks to have the Los Angeles
Dodgers and San Diego Padres
play two exhibition games in
Beijing in March, a recommenda-'
tion that instant replay be used
to help umpires with some calls,
or George Mitchell's investiga-
tion into performance-enhanc-
ing drugs in baseball. Selig still
expects Mitchell's report to be re-
leased before the end of the year.
Owners heard a presentation
on pace of games from Jimmie
Lee Solomon, executive vice
president for baseball operations
in the commissioner's office.
Solomon said last week dur-
ing general managers meetings in
Orlando that to speed up games,
baseball was considering limiting
when a hitter could step out of
the batter's box between pitches,
restricting the number of times a
player could visit the mound, and
limiting the number of players al-
lowed to visit the mound.
"Obviously I have a lot of
concern about the length of
our World Series games, playoff
games, regular-season games,"
Selig said. "We're going to work
on that over the course of the
In addition to enforcing exist-
ing rules, the commissioner said
consideration will be given to
adding new rules.
"We just need to speed things
up a little bit for everybody's best
interest," Selig said.
:h Turns To "SOLD"
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DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Ricky Wil-
liams' reinstatement is complete,
with the Miami Dolphins saying
they'll welcome him back on the
field beginning Monday.
First-year coach Cam Camer-
on decided to let Williams rejoin
the team after they met Thursday.
The NFL lifted Williams' 11/2-year
"The meeting was positive,"
Cameron said. "He'll be a mem-
ber of this team and will start
with us Monday. He's a Miami
For months, Cameron had
been mum regarding whether
he would want Williams. In May,
when discussing Williams' latest
relapse, the coach said it's difficult
to salvage the careers of troubled
Cameron said his players sup-
ported the decision to welcome
the 2002 NFL rushing leader -
perhaps in large part because the
Dolphins are desperate for help.
They're 0-9 heading into Sunday's
game at Philadelphia.
changed," Cameron said. "How-
ever, you still rely on the leader-
ship of your locker room and
quality professionals like we
have, and you get their input, and
that was the major part of the de-
Williams could play as soon as
the game at Pittsburgh on Mon-
day, Nov. 26.
Williams, 30, was suspended
in April 2006 after violating the
league drug policy for the fourth
time. His return was delayed
when he tested positive again for
marijuana last spring.
After meeting with Cameron,
Williams watched the start of
practice from behind a window
in the players' lounge as he ate an
apple. Later, during a brief news
conference, he struggled to an-
swer the first question.
"My motivation for coming
back to the NFL? Could we start
with an easier question?" he said
with a chuckle.
"My motivation is to get my life
going again. Being out of football
in the situation I was in makes it
difficult, you know? I want to cre-
ate a better life for myself and for
my family, and being a football
player, for me, is a big part of
Williams has played in only 12
games since the summer of 2004,
when his sudden retirement
helped sabotage the Dolphins'
season. They haven't been to the
playoffs since acquiring him in a
trade with New Orleans in 2002.
As part of the NFL drug pro-
gram, Williams underwent ther-
apy for the past 5/2 months in
Boston and benefited from the
treatment, said his agent, Leigh
"This is the program working
exactly as it should -- treating a
player for an underlying life prob-
lem in a positive and sophisticated
way, and returning him to health,"
Steinberg said. "The Dolphins, or
Whatever team, is getting a highly
motivated player with a new lease
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5024-M' F,,,,.? Far.:n .'.,.-.,8:5b/2e"0.6c5
home on 1 +- Acre, built_1998,largewalkin dos-
ets, rain gutters, and more. "Just the place to see
your family grow up". $190,000 MLS #94129
-.Bide* dRachs*+ cre $5 00. U 4687
Uanilor Creek .B- 211B
"5 ACRES OF PRIVACY" "LOTS OF ROOM"
Home Warranty Incl. 2004 Palm Harbor Owner Financing! 3/2 DWMH in
Home, Lg kitchen w/lots of cabinets, fire- Larkee Lakes. Home is nestled on 2
place & cathedral ceiling. Lg master bed- lo Lakes. Home Is nested on 2
room / bath with roman tub, double vanity, lots with attached carport. This is a
separate shower & walk-in closet. Wooley great find for $82,000. (90530)
Shed 10x12 with AC. Additional 250 sqft.
of covered stora e. $179,999 (93136)
Note: These offerings are subject o errors, omissions or withdrawal without notice. Information beeved accuqte but not guaranteed.
Areage, Commercial Property Residential Lots and Equestrian Communiies.
* Basswood Lot 72x125 $29,000
* Country Hills NE 18th Ave 4.7+ acres-Make offers nWtivated owner
* GG Acres NE 120th St. 20+- acres
* Sundance Trails NE 97th CR 5.72 acres
* Before County line 5+ acres $65,000
* R-Bar Estates 2 acres $105,000
* Huge price reduction! Estate of Okee. Pines (2) 13+ acre parcels each @
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AP photo/Lynne Sladky
Paula Creamer watches her tee shot on the 18th tee dur-
ing the first round of the LPGA ADT Golf Championship
at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach,
Fla., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007. Creamer was 4-under-par
for the day.
Williams to rejoin
12 Okeechobee News, Friday, November 16, 2007
2.0 DDHE, ED and More!
F-250 REG CAB 4X2
373 LS Axle, XL Decor, A/EC,
8800 GVWR Pkg., Stk. #8214
VS, Auto., 8' Box & Much More!
120 Equip. Group w/C ross Bars,
Pkg., A/C, Stereo/CD, Sirius
Spoiler, Power Group & More!
Conv. Group, Keyless, Sirius,
3.5 V, DOHCE, 17" Alloys & More!
EQUIPPED NOT STRIPPED! Deluxe,
Auto., Ext. Sport Pkg., Full Power,
Alloys, ED & More! Stk. #8225
Tech Pkg., Conv. Pkg., XLT Comfort
Eroup, Leather, HD Trailer Tow, E Disc
CD, Crossbars, Sirius, XLT 3rd Row
Pwr. Fold, Stk. #7753
ILS CHC U HEEPEWEDCRDAS
6 SPEED, ALLOYS, SPOILER,
IITE.METALLIC, SHARP CAR!
' ,,GRAPHITE L
S4 DR. SEDA
3WER PKG., SILVER W/
WEATHER, ONLY 51K MILES
VER, LEATHER, $13 95 I
"1,900 MILES I
N, AUTO., CD, A/C, LOW / 1S 7
OLD, 1 OWNER TRADE $14,115
TAN LEATHER, 51,800 $I4 gIl
L MILES, NONE NICER V $14,9
M, AS NEW, 25K MILES! $ 1I 3
104 1 CHEVY 'h1iILVER' 111500 'ISI~
06i VW.HB.EETEIC I V.,'I ~
4X4, EXT. CAB, V8, ALLOYS. AUTO.. , 9
AS NEW CONDITION, DON'T WAIT! $17288
SHADOW GRAY. BLACK TOP. $18 Q5 �
19,500 MILES $ 18,595II
8, AUTO., POWER PKG.., CHROME i23540
ALLOYS, 19K MI.. TOW READY, WHT. $ ,*254
LVER BIRCH, GRAY LEATHER. ONLY $2377Q
15K MILES. TOW READY, LIKE NEW! 23,19 I
RED. BLACK LEATHER, 8K ORIGINAL
, MILES, ONE OWNER V$-25,99
POLO GREEN, GRAY LEATHER, I
IMMACULATE, A STEAL FOR ONLY..
"Over 75 Years Of Value ~ From Our Family To Yours."
5435 U.S. 1 South, Fort Pierce * 1 Mile South of Midway Road on U.S. 1
Ft. Pierce 461-6000
CALL TOLL FREE OUTSIDE ST. LUCIE COUNTY 877-251-FORD (3673)
ST. LUCIE WEST
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*$75 down plus tax, tags and title. **Payments from $175 a month with $1,000 cash down or trade equity
plus tax, tag and title, after rebates on 2007 Ford Focus WAC. Prices as shown do not include tax, tag,
license, and $289 dealer fee. Vehicles priced after all rebates applied. Ranger, F-150, Econoline priced after
commercial account rebate. Company liability insurance certification required. Speaial APR financing is in
lieu of rebate and will affect sale prices by applicable rebate amount. Not all buyers will qualify for lowest
rate. Terms vary by model. Vehicles shown approximate likeness to in-stock inventory. All vehicles subject
to previous sale and quantities are limited. See dealer for more details. Prices were accurate at time of
printing and are subject to change due to incentives at time of sale.