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Vol. 98 No. 324 Tuesday, November 20, 2007 500 Plus tax


Today's
Meetings
County code violation hear-
ing
2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20
Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W. Second St.


Inside


Pair charged with
possession of meth
A man and woman were ar-
rested over the weekend by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force on felony drug charges.
Booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail on Saturday, Nov.
17, were Rachel Diane Sellers-
Carnley, 38, Reynolds Road,
Lakeland, and Manuel Orlando
San Ganbino, 36, Garrard Road,
Fort Meade.
Page 2

Plan ahead to
avoid weight gain
The holiday season brings
parties and special foods -- mak-
ing it difficult for many people
to stick to a healthy eating plan.
A little advance planning can
help you avoid gaining holiday
weight.
* Get enough sleep. There's
always a lot to, do during the
holiday season and it's tempt-
ing to stay up later. If you are
tired, you may be more likely to
overeat.
* Drink water. Sometimes
you might experience what
you think are hunger pains are
actually due to. thirst. Between
meals, before you eat anything,
drink a glass of water and wait
a few minutes before eating.
* Be aware of the calories in
beverages. Holiday treats such
as eggnog and punch may
be high in calories. Alcoholic
drinks are especially high in
calories -- about 200 calories or
more per drink.
* Remember to exercise. If
you are stressed over holiday
plans, exercising may actu-
ally help you sleep and give you
more energy.
Page 6

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

Lake Levels

10.42 feet
Last Year: 12.51 feet
. Source: South
Florida Water
.,j Management
District. Depth
S given in feet
above sea level.

Index
Classifieds........................... 9, 10
Com ics ...................................... 8
Community Events................ 4
Crossword ............................. 9
Obituaries.................................. 5
Opinion...................................... 4
Speak Out ................................. 4
Sports.................................. 11
TV ....................................... . 10
W eather................................. 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.


Community Links. Individual Voices.



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Gas stations now storm ready


Many local stations
have generators to
use in case of storm
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
By necessity, we are learn-
ing to be more prepared for
hurricanes. According to fig-
ures released by the Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services (FDACS),
more Okeechobee service sta-
tions are now prepared to cope


with long term power outages
than at the beginning of the
2007 hurricane season.
Power outages across the
state due to hurricanes in the
past have caused many service
stations to be useless for long
periods of time until the power
was restored.
To eliminate the many prob-
lems caused by the lack of
easily-obtained gasoline, the
Florida Legislature enacted
Florida statute 526.143 in 2006.
This law stated that by June 1,
2007, service stations would


make certain modifications
that would facilitate using gen-
erators to power their pumps.
The law states that whole-
sale gasoline distributors are
required to have a generator.
If an individual or corpora-
tion owns 10 or more service
stations in one county, they are
required to have at least one
portable generator to power
their service stations.
These two groups are the
only ones required to have gen-
erators.
If a service station is within


a half a mile of an evacuation
route, and has a certain num-
ber of fuel stations, based on
the county's population, they
are required to be wired with a
switch that would allow them
to be operated by a generator.
In this case the law does
not require the owner to have
a generator -- it just requires
that they be generator ready.
The question of where the gen-
erator will come from is not ad-
dressed in the law.
As of June 1, when the law
went into effect, 5-out-of-13


service stations were in compli-
ance with the law. As of Nov. 19,
Dr. Matt Curran, chief of DACS
Bureau of Petroleum Inspec-
tion, stated 9-out-of-13 retail
service stations and one whole-
sale dealer in Okeechobee are
in compliance.
Failure to comply with the
law is a second degree felony.
Buddy Lisle, manager of Gil-
bert Oil Company, said the law
is causing a financial strain on
service station owners. In addi-
See Prepared - Page 2


Magistrate



to consider



code charges
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee l..ws If you go
In the county's ongoing ef- County code violation hearing
fort to correct code enforce-
ment violations, Special Mag- 2 p.m: Tuesday, Nov. 20
istrate Lois Nichols will be Okeechobee County Court-
hearing code violation cases house, 304 N.W. Second St.
and imposing fines Tuesday
afternoon at 2 p.m. ment officer Beth Albert, Shir-
Frederick Gordineer was ley Wolf and Emilio Aranda
cited for derelict shed, care have inoperable vehicles on
of premises unlicensed ve- their N.E. Fifth St. lot. They
1�cie mnd aiiLenance of a were also cited for care of
nuisance because of the con- premises, use of recreational
didh of his N.E. 103Lane vehicles for storage and main-
property.
According to code enforce- See County - Page 2




'Tow to Go'



safety program



to start Nov. 22


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Those attending holiday
parties and enjoying them-
selves a little too much will
find help a little sooner this
year.
The Okeechobee Com-
munity Traffic Safety Team
(CTST) met on Tuesday, Nov.


13, where they discussed sev-
eral safety programs includ-
ing the 'Tow to Go' program
that is offered through AAA
and Budweiser as a service
to members and non-mem-
bers. The program consists of
a confidential free ride home
and tow of their vehicle in or-
See Safety - Page 2


Submitted Photo/Hospice of Okeechobee
Employees of Quality Air Conditioning help Palm Garden Ranch
deliver their 6-foot fully decorated Christmas tree for the Festi-
val of Trees to the Hospice Blue Volunteer Building.


the annual Festival of Trees
will begin on Monday, Nov.
26, and be open until Sunday,
Dec. 2, at the Hospice blue
volunteer building.
The annual event is
sponsored by Hospice of
Okeechobee.
Each year, the community
comes together to support
this cause by donating ap-
proximately 100 ornately dec-


Hospice of Okeecnobee
is still accepting donations of
fully decorated trees to display
and sell. Trees are sold to the
public through silent auction
during the event.
Festival of Trees coordi-
nator Cathy Schmiedel, ex-
plains that "each Christmas
tree is a unique work of art.
Okeechobee's creative indi-
viduals are once again outdo-


event has a special purpose.
All the money raised will
benefit patient care here in
Okeechobee, including the
cost of offering our compas-
sionate services at The Ham-
rick Home."
The Hamrick Home, locat-
ed at 411 S.E. Fourth St., pro-
vides services to individuals
See Festival - Page 2


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Native American Month: Students honor Seminoles


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This display of Seminole cultural objects was part of Yhearding Middle Schoo!'s
Multicultural Club celebration of National Native American Month. The students
dressed in traditional Seminole outfits, ate such Seminole foods as pumpkin bread and
fry bread and learned about the history of the tribal government of the Seminoles. The
event took place in the school cafeteria on Friday, Nov. 16.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Randy Shore and Kirsten Doney, both sixth graders, took part in Yearling Middle
School's observation of National Native American Month. It was sponsored by the
school's Multicultural Club. Students learned about the history, culture and foods of
the Seminole Indians.




Hospice of Okeechobee


hosting Festival of Trees

By Chauna Aguilar orated Christmas trees and ing themselves with a variety
Okeechobee News other items that are on display of tree decorations that are
Now a Christmas tradition, throughout the event., truly amazing. As always the -


YOU'RE CHOICE $14,900







2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, November 20,2007


Pair charged with possession of meth


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man and woman were ar-
rested over the weekend by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force on felony drug charges.
Booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail on Saturday, Nov. 17,
were Rachel Diane Sellers-Carn-
ley, 38, Reynolds Road, Lake-
land, and Manuel Orlando San
Ganbino, 36, Garrard Road, Fort
Meade.
Both were charged with the
felony of possession of meth-
amphetamine with intent to sell,
and the misdemeanors of pos-
session of marijuana under 20
grams and possession of drug
paraphernalia.
Both were booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under


Rachel Manuel
Sellers- San
Carnley Ganbino
a bond of $32,500 each.
Detectives from the task
force stopped a four-door ve-
hicle in the 8000 block of U.S.
441 N. for speeding, stated an
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) arrest report. As
the detectives approached the
silver Ford they reportedly saw
Sellers-Carnley reach between
the driver and passenger seat.


The report states that detectives
saw Sellers-Carnley put a small
blue case in a flannel shirt.
The arrest report goes on
to state that while conducting
a search of the vehicle as well
as the occupants the detectives
found approximately 6 grams of
a white substance in the case, as
well as 2 grams of a green leafy
substance. The report states that
a field test was conducted on
both substances and indicated a
positive result for the presence
of methamphetamine on one
substance and a positive result
for the presence of marijuana
on the green leafy substance.
The methamphetamine had
an estimated street value of
$600, stated the detectives.
During a search of the wom-
an's purse, the detectives report-


edly found $2,335 in U.S. cur-
rency. Sellers-Carnley's arrest
reports states that she is unem-
ployed.
The money, continued the
report, was found in "dealer
folds," meaning the cash was
separated into $100 folds and
wrapped with a rubber band.
Detectives also found a set
of digital scales, two smoking
pipes and empty plastic sand-
wich bags. Some of the empty
bags, continued the OCSO re-
port, contained a residue that,
when tested, indicated a posi-
.tive result for the presence of
methamphetamine.
Although San Ganbino was
driving the vehicle, the OCSO
arrest report does not state if he
was issued a traffic citation for
speeding.


Rubio asks high court to block Seminoles' gambling deal


By Bill Kaczor
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE (AP) -- The
Florida House and Speaker
Marco Rubio asked the state
Supreme Court on Monday to
block Gov. Charlie Crist's deal
with the Seminole Indians to
expand gambling on tribal
property.
The representatives said in
a lawsuit that they want the
justices to invalidate the agree-
ment unless it is approved by
the Legislature. Crist contends
legislative approval isn't re-
quired.
The governor signed the
25-year compact with the tribe
last week. It includes a mini-
mum $100 million annual pay-
ment to the state in exchange
for adding Las Vegas-style slot
machines and card games such
as blackjack at the tribe's seven
casinos.
Rubio, R-West Miami, op-
poses the expansion of gam-
bling, but he said the principles
at stake are higher than that.
"This case is about protect-


Festival
Continued From Page 1
with life-limiting illnesses such
as heart disease, Alzheimer's
� disease, pulmonary disease,
Parkinson's disease and many
others. Patients who choose to
move to The Hamrick Home
have nurses on hand 24 hours a
day, seven days a week to assist
in their care.
Hospice of Okeechobee, Inc.
has been servicing Okeechobee
and the surrounding rural com-
munities for over 24 years, pro-


Safety
Continued From Page 1
der to avoid a potential drunk-
driving situation.
The goal of this program is
to keep drunk drivers off of the
street. The Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT) sup-
ports this effort through CTSTs
across Florida.
This program began in 1998
and has safely removed more
than' 6,600 potentially drunk
drivers from the roads through-
out Florida and metro areas in
Atlanta and Nashville where it is
available.
The service is provided on
specific holidays: Super Bowl
weekend; St. Patrick's Day;
Cinco de Mayo; Memorial Day


ing our system of checks and
balances," Rubio said. "Rather
than place too much power
in the hands of one person,
our constitution divides power
among three equal branches of
government."
The speaker said he had
an obligation to protect the
House's constitutional role to
make laws and. set policy. Ru-
bio said the case also is about
making major policy decisions
in the open with an opportunity
for the public "to ask questions
and hear answers."
"We are reviewing the pe-
tition to determine our best
course. of action," Crist said. "I
am disappointed that the ac-
tions taken today may delay ad-
ditional dollars to education."
Senate leaders still are con-
sidering their options and have
not yet decided whether to also
challenge the pact, said Senate
spokeswoman Kathy Mears.
House attorneys, including
University of Florida law profes-
sor Jon Mills, a former House
speaker, wrote in the com-
plaint that the gambling deal


viding 24-hour-care from hos-
pice professionals.
The trees will be available
for viewing and to place bids
during the whole week start-
ing Nov. 26. The festival will be
open Monday through Thurs-
day from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.,
Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.,
and Saturday and Sunday from
noon until 5 p.m.
Admission to the festival is
free.
The Festival of Trees is also
a stop on Raulerson Hospital's
Tour of Homes on Friday and
Saturday night. On these spe-


weekend; Independence Day
week; Labor Day weekend;
Halloween; and Thanksgiving
through New Year's Day.
With the Thanksgiving holi-
day rapidly approaching this
benefit can help citizens of
Okeechobee and surrounding
areas by taking potential drunk
drivers off the roads and get
them and other drivers to their
destinations safely.
The program will be in effect
from. Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007,
until Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008.
In order to utilize the service,
call 1-800-AAA-HELP. The call
will be directed to an emergency
road service call center, depend-
ing on where the call originates.
The AAA person taking the
call will then dispatch a lo-
cal contractor that has already


encroaches on the Legislature's
turf.
The compact "among other
things, authorizes types of gam-
bling that are currently illegal
everywhere in Florida and re-
stricts the Legislature's discre-
tion in myriad ways," the House
lawyers wrote.
Crist is the only defendant
named in the lawsuit, but Barry
Richard, a lawyer for the Semi-
noles, said the tribe will ask for
permission from the high court
to intervene on the governor's
side.
Richard said there is nothing
in the state constitution requir-
ing legislative approval of such
an agreement.
"We were very careful not
to include anything in the com-
pact that falls in the legislative
realm," Richard said. "This is
not an assigned function under
the Florida Constitution."
The agreement already is in
the hands of the U.S. Interior
Department. If the agency fails
to act in 45 days after its signing.
last Wednesday, the compact
will automatically go into effect,


cial nights the Southwind Band
will provide entertainment and
refreshments will be served.
Admission to the Festival of
Trees is by ticket only during
these evenings.
"Hospice of Okeechobee
would like to thank the follow-
ing individuals and businesses
for their donations to the Festi-
val of Trees: Bass Funeral Home;
Beef O'Brady's; Brownie Troop
#13; Buxton Funeral Home;
Coldwell Banker & Berger Real
Estate; Cassels & McCall; Dr
Chaudhary's office; and, the
Corvette Club. This is only a


agreed to be a part of the pro-
gram. The AAA contractor ar-
rives at the vehicle and takes
the vehicle and the driver safely
home and free of charge to the
motorist.
In other business at the local
CTST meeting, they announced
their plans for the Health and
Safety Expo that will be a com-
bined effort of local health and
safety providers. The event is
scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26,
at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E.
The CTST will be participat-
ing in the event along with many
other non-profit organizations
and public safety personnel.
FDOT Debra Stalling is working
on getting Helmutt, Crash test
dummies Vince and Larry, and
the buckle-up car for the event.


Richard said.
Rubio's lawyers noted that
five other state supreme courts
have ruled legislative approval
is required when faced with the
same issue.
Richard, though, said it is a
case of mixed state-federal law.
The Florida Supreme Court can
interpret federal law but such
decisions then can be appealed
to the U.S. Supreme Court, he
said.
The governor agreed to the
deal one day before a deadline
set by the Interior Department.
The agency indicated it was
ready to authorize expansion
of Seminole gaming without a
guarantee of money to the state
if Crist failed to act. Federal of-
ficials said the Seminoles are
at a competitive disadvantage
because of the recent addition
of slots at dog and horse tracks
and jai alai frontons in Broward
County.
The deal covers Seminole
casinos in or near Okeechobee,
Coconut Creek, Hollywood, Im-
mokalee, Clewiston and Tam-
pa.


partial list of the many donors
to the event.
Ms. Schmiedel encourages
those who would like to do-
nate a Christmas tree or other
Christmas decorations, such
as wreathes or centerpieces,
to contact her directly at (863)
467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.

. Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar
may be reached at
caguilar@newszap.com.


Helmutt is a dog that is used to
promote bicycle safety through
the use of helmets.
The event is free for the com-
munity and each booth will have
things to hand out to thp public.
There will also be health checks
and screenings as well as the
blood mobile.
For more information about
the Okeechobee Family Health
and Safety Expo or to participate
in the expo, contact Sharon Vin-
son at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257;
Angela Kelly at (863) 462-5781;
Barbara Godejohn at (863) 462-
5800; or, Donny Arnold at (863)
634-6464.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


News Briefs


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

Local court cases now online
Sharon Robertson, Okeechobee County clerk of circuit
court, has announced that the clerk's office web site now offers
Okeechobee County court cases on line.
The information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a
week. The site provides the ability to perform a person or case
search in a variety of ways. Visit www.clerk.co.okeechobee.fl.us
for the index and progress dockets of Okeechobee County public
record court cases.
Questions should be directed to Sharon Robertson at www.
clerk@clerk.co.okeechobee.fl.us.

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




Today's Weather


Okeechobee Forecast

Tuesday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s. The
wind will be from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph becoming east 10
to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 60s.
East winds around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast

Wednesday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s. The
wind will be from the east at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the southeast
around 10 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the mid
60s.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. The high will be in the mid 80s.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers. The low
will be in the lower 60s. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers. The high will
be in the upper 70s. The chance'of rain is 40 percent.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers.
The low will be in the mid 60s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers. The high
will be in the upper 70s. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers. The
low will be around 60. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers and isolated
thunderstorms. The high will be around 80. The chance of rain
is 40 percent.


Lotteries
MIAMI (AP) -- Here arhe numbers selected Sunday in the
Florida Lottery: Cash 3: 5-6-9; Play 4: 3-2-8-7; Fantasy 5: 18-34-
30-32-26.


County
Continued From Page 1
tenance of a nuisance.
Unlicensed/inoperable. ve-
hicles, storage of obsolete/
wrecked vehicles, expired build-
ing permit, maintenance of a
nuisance and care of premises
are the charges against Larry
Black because of the condition
of his N.E. Fifth St. property.
Gregorio and Amparo Trevino
were cited for an unsafe struc-


Prepared
Continued From Page 1
tion to being wired for a genera-
tor, new tanks are required to be
in place at all service stations by
2009.
However, he thinks most ser-
vice station owners are doing a
good job of complying with the
law.
As to who supplies the gen-
erator, Mr. Lisle stated that some


ture, storage of obsolete vehicles,
junk and debris, overgrowth,
unlicensed/inoperable vehicles,
care of premises and violation of
the nuisance ordinance because
of the condition of their N.W
46th Terrace property.
Code enforcement officer
Blanca Saucedo cited Charles
Wadlington and Caroline Bullen
for maintenance of a nuisance
and having an unsafe structure
on N.W. 33rd Terrace.
Richard and Dale Maurer
were cited for unauthorized oc-


businesses will lease generators
in case of a storm.
Usually before a storm there
is a surge of gasoline buyers and
many service stations sell out
before the storm hits. In those
cases Mr. Lisle said the genera-
tor would help only if more gas-
oline is available and trucks are
able to deliver it.
Those service stations listed
in compliance were: Gilbert
Oil Company, (wholesale) 301
N.W. Ninth St.; Town Star, 2398


cupancy of a recreational vehi-
cle and construction without a
permit. The property in question
is located on N.W. 30811" St.
Special Magistrate Nichols
could fine Georgia Marshall
$250 a day for every day of non-
compliance. Compliance would
involve removal of a derelict
structure from a N.E. 64th Ave.
lot and removing all debris.
Hattie Hadley is facing a fine
$250 a day if the derelict struc-
ture has not been removed from
her N.E. 14"' Ave. property.


U.S. 70 W; Murphy USA, 2109
S. Parrott Ave.; Gilbert Oil Com-
pany (retail) 301 N.W. Ninth St.;
Racetrac, 1596 U.S. 70 E.; Handy
Food Store, 2790 U.S. 441 S.;
Max Food Mart, 3261 S.E. 34th
St.; USA Grocers, 510 N.W. Park
St.; Okee Gas, 2605 U.S. 441 S.;
and Circle K, 3761 U.S. 441 N.
Those listed as pending are:
One Stop Express, 4993 U.S. 441
S.; Okeechobee Hess Mart, 1865
S.R. 70 W; Sunoco, 3093 U.S. 98
N.; and Palmdale Express, 118 S.


If Elysee Augustin has not en-
tered into a contract with a land
clearing company and obtained
a demolition permit for her N.E.
141" Ave. property, a fine of $250
a day could be imposed.
Casa Partners could be fined
$250 a day if they have not de-
molished a derelict structure
from their N.E. 131" Ave. prop-
erty.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


Parrott Ave.
However, Dr. Curran warned
that most of the facilities listed
as pending have already en-
gaged in the process of having
the necessary transfer switch in-
stalled. He added that the list is
subject to change as the inspec-
tion process continues.

Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


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Family donates to Festival of Trees
Linda Schneider and her grandchildren had a fun time decorating several trees to donate
to Hospice of Okeechobee's Festival of Trees. Family members are (front row-left to right)
Timothy and Maddy Schnieder (back row-left to right) Linda and Morgan Schnieder. The
event begins on Monday, Nov. 26. Some other donors to the event are Jeamine Dankows-
ki, Daughters of the American Revolution, Dollar Tree, Gina Edwards, and Executive Hair
Design. For more information please call Cathy at 467-2321.


Taylor Creek navigation lock closed


Boat traffic
not allowed in

OKEECHOBEE -- The S-193
navigation lock at Taylor Creek
was closed to boat traffic as of
Monday, Nov. 19. The closure is in
response to concerns expressed
by residents at a public meeting
on Nov. 13 for maintaining water
levels in the canal as long as pos-
sible.
Higher water levels in the canal
have been achieved by releasing
water through S-192 structure, by
the restriction of lock hours since
Nov. 5 and from localized rainfall.
Increased water levels in the area
have allowed safe removal of
stranded boats and provided op-


portunities to remove boats from
the water before dry season.
More than 60 residents of the
Taylor Creek and Treasure Island
areas attended the public meet-
ing on Nov. 19 to learn about the
continuing drought, water levels
and local projects from repre-
sentatives of the South Florida
Water Management District and
Okeechobee County. The major-
ity in attendance asked that the
lock be closed to conserve water
levels as long as possible. .
Additional rainfall this week
allowed water managers to once
again open the S-192 structure
at the head of the historic Taylor
Creek to bring additional water
into this canal system. It is expect-
ed that canal levels will again be-


gin to decline if additional water
cannot continue to be sent down
Taylor Creek through the S-192
Structure.
During the past month, the
S-193 navigation lock at Taylor
Creek was restricted to two open-
ing times per day. This navigation
lock was operated for boaters two
times daily at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.,
through Sunday, Nov. 18.. When
the navigation lock is secured in
the closed position, it will remain
closed except for emergencies.
For additional information
about the current drought, wa-
ter levels or other District proj-
ects, please phone the SFWMD
.Okeechobee .Service Center at
(863) 462-5260 or (800) 250-
4200.


take regulation schedule comment period open


JACKSONVILLE -- The U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, Jack-
sonville District announced Nov.
16, a 30-day comment period for
the final Supplemental Environ-
mental Impact Statement that
supports proposed operational
changes to the Lake Okeechobee
Regulation Schedule.
The comment period began
on Nov. 16 and runs through
Dec. 17.
"Our goal is to adopt a plan
based on the best engineering,
science, and water manage-
ment analysis available and the
best plan for balancing the entire
greater Everglades region," said
Jacksonville District Commander.
Col. Paul Grosskruger.


Based solely on current water
storage capacity in the system,
the operational changes will help
water managers maintain the
lake at lower water levels and
allow for quicker response and
operational flexibility to chang-
ing lake conditions and tributary
inflows.
"This is an important step in
minimizing the risk to public
health and safety due to the pres-
ent concerns with the Herbert
Hoover Dike," Grosskruger said.
The Corps' goal is to manage
Lake Okeechobee between 12.5
and 15.5 feet throughout the year
- a safe range for operation of
the dike and to best balance and
meet the needs for all the wa-


ter resource purposes that Lake
Okeechobee serves. The pro-
posed changes improve the rates
of flow to the coastal estuaries by
allowing low rates of flow to be-
gin earlier as the lake rises, which
in turn helps reduce the need for
higher flows later in the year.
For general information about
the Lake Okeechobee Regulation
Schedule study, please, contact
the Corporate Communication
Office at (904) 232-1953.
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16th annual Big "0" Hike begins


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Hikers gathered at the Paho-
kee Marina on Saturday, Nov. 17,
where they began their 109-mile
trek around the lake for the 161"
annual Big "0" Hike.
This hike is organized annu-
ally by the Loxahatchee Chapter.
of the Florida Trail Association.
The hike originated when a cou-
ple visited the members of the
Loxahatchee Chapter in 1992 and
spoke about their journey around
the lake through the Florida Na-
tional Scenic Trail.
Since 1992, hundreds of hik-
ers from all across North Amer-
ica have joined in this fun social
event which is a unique way to
section hike a major segment of
the 1,400-mile Florida National
Scenic Trail.
The Big "0" Hike occurs dur-
ing Thanksgiving week each year.
The hike itself is spanned over
nine days, culminating on Satur-
day, Nov. 25, back at the Pahokee
Marina. Each day the hikers hike
anywhere from 9.3 to 14.7 miles,
starting at sunrise and complet-
ing their walk at their own pace,
usually by noon. Shuttles are ar-
ranged the night before, coop-
eratively between participants.
The group makes camp at a full
service campground, but par-
ticipants are welcome to stay in
motels and join the group for the
evening planning session and the
morning's hike.
According to the Florida Trail
Association, socializing is a big
draw for many participants, a
chance to catch up with old
friends and make new ones. Hik-
ers enjoy a "Happy Hour" in the
evenings to discuss the day and
then head out to explore the
many fine restaurants around the
lake.
On Thanksgiving, the group
enjoys a great dinner at the Clew-
iston Inn and an entertaining tal-
ent show put on by their fellow
hikers.
On opening day, the walkers
left the Pahokee Marina and head
north on the Herbert Hoover Dike.
The first day will offer two options
for the walkers; a twelve mile
walk to Port Mayaca, or a three
mile walk to Canal Point. The fol-
lowing 8 days will consist of nine
to fourteen mile walks that will
bring them back to Pahokee on
the Saturday, Nov. 25.
There is no registration fee but
hikers are f-_ ':,. .ri l-.I.- if..r paying
for their own accommodations
and meals. Participants must join
in the nightly logistical meeting
at 7 p.m. and we appreciate your
assistance in planning and partici-
pating in shuttles each day for you
and your fellow hikers.
The hikers are staying at two
host sites: Nov. 17, thru 20, at the
KOA Kampground and the South


Courtesy of Florida Trails Association File
The hike is held Thanksgiving week each year. This is the 16th
year it is being done. This photo is of hikers pausing at a rest
stop as the sun sets.


Map of this year's trek around the annual hike around Lake
Okeechobee. The hike continues through November 25.


Bay RV Park from Nov. 21, thru
25.
The hikers schedule for the
nine days is as follows: Satur-
day, Nov. 17, Pahokee Marina to
Port Mayaca 11.9 miles-or-Wimp
Walk3.4 miles; Sunday Nov. 18,
Port Mayaca to Henry Creek 13.7
miles; Monday Nov. 19, Henry
Creek to Parrott Ave Wayside 9.3
miles; Tuesday Nov. 20, Parrott
Ave Wayside to Indian Prairie
Canal 14.7 miles; Wednesday
Nov. 21, Indian Prairie Canal to
Lakeport boat ramp 12.5 miles;
Thursday Nov. 22, Lakeport boat


ramp to Moore Haven 9.4 miles;
Friday Nov. 23, Moore Haven to
Clewiston Marina 11.9 miles; Sat-
urday Nov. 24, Clewiston Marina
to South Bay RV Park 13.8 miles;
and Sunday Nov. 25, South Bay
RV Park to Pahokee Marina 11.8 +
miles.
For more information about
the Big "0" Hike visit http://lox.
floridatrail.org/bigo/ or contact
Paul' Cummings at (561) 963-
9906.
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ABUSE: I would like to respond to the letter you printed yesterday.
DCF has been notified and agencies that take care of these situations
have been notified. The caregiver knew that these children were being
abused because, by her own confession, she was living with a base-
ball bat under her pillow.

HORSES: This is in reply to whoever called in about the horses
on South 441. They say that every time they come into Okeechobee
they see starving, neglected horses. Well if they see them every time
they come to Okeechobee and they only come once a year, it sure has
taken a long time for those horses to starve. Those horses are fed al-
falfa, and sweet feed for protein and they have access to a large round
bale of grass hay for their fiber. They are very well taken care of, it is a
horse's instinct to walk around and graze. Just like it's a dog's natural
instinct to chase a squirrel. Just because your dog does not catch a
squirrel, does not mean the dog is being neglected. The one horse in
there is elderly and it is difficult to keep weight on her. The reason that
people do not do anything about this so called "problem" is because
they know the owners and they know the horses and see them being
fed. People should think and educate themselves before they make
statements.

CLUB: Last week I called about the gay club in the schools and I
also told you about what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah. I didn't
write this, it is in the Bible. It's supposed to be a man and a woman,
not two men or two women living together. A lot of people don't
know about this because they don't read their Bible. I have done my
duty, and now it's time to do yours. Someone there is not doing their
whole job, this is fact. I am not a crazy Bible thumper, but I do believe
there is a God because everything in this world tells me so. So think
about it, and then pray.

SCHOOL: The building that will house the fifth graders at Osceola
will be finished in the summer. On another note, building additional
rooms for the fifth graders is needed. But what are they going to do
when all these kids reach high school? Shouldn't the county be think-
ing about another high school? Where are these kids going to go?
There is no more room to add on to the present high school, therefore
someone needs to get the ball rolling, not wait until 2055 to start build-
ing one. It needs to be done soon.

OIL: In case you missed it, Venezuela's little dictator Hugo Chavez
gave the keynote address at Saturday's OPEC Summit. Among Hugo's
plethora of anti-American rants, he directed OPEC to raise the oil price
to $200 per barrel if the U.S. ever invades Venezuela or Iran. As we all
know, Iran is suspected of working on a nuclear weapons program. I
am afraid that in the near future America will be forced to stop Iran's
nuclear weapons production. So, according to Mr. Chaves' directive,
Americans will have to make a decision. Do we pay $7 per gallon of
gas and be safe from nuclear attacks from Iran, or do we appease the
terrorists and keep the status quo? Perhaps there is a third choice. If
we could break the chains of our dependence on foreign oil and drill
for our own oil here we could once again secure our future as a free
people. I hope everyone will join me in electing officials that will allow
domestic oil exploration. We must elect.officials that will not give in to
our country's many liberal and environmental groups. Our freedom,
sovereignty and security as a nation are of the utmost importance.

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Community Events

4-H plans yard sale
The Okeechobee 4-H County Council will be holding a fund-
raiser yard sale on Saturday, Dec 1, 2007. The yard sale will be in
the parking lot of Mims Veterinary Hospital at 275 SW 32nd St.,
Okeechobee. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to noon.

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


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Upcoming Events

Tuesday
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
763-8999.
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now,an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Breth-
ren. Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There.is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology;
and, how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will
go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach;. - .-
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, call (863) 467-9055..
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For in-
formation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becom-
ing a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner
at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at
10 a.m. at the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in
Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid
Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.'
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at th6 church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For infor-
mation, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fel-
lowship Church, 300 S.W Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then
from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or
someone just to care are welcome. For information call the hot line
(863) 801-9201 or (863) 697-9718.
Wednesday
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.-
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863)
763-2893.
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 Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings
each month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second
St., at 7:30 p.m. They are always looking for new people and new
ideas. For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or
610-9176.
NA. 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.
Thursday
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
AA. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at
(863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at
(863) 763-4920, for information.


Civil War re-enactment planned
The seventh annual Civil War re-enactment about the raid on
Fort Pierce will be held Dec. 1 & 2 at the Savannas Recreation Area,
1400 E. Midway Road, in Fort Pierce. On Saturday, camps will be
open to the public from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and battles will be
held throughout the day with the main battle being staged at 2 p.m.
On Sunday, camps will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 3
p.m., with the main battle starting at 1 p.m. Other activities include
living history demonstrations, Sutler's Row, Civil War camps, La-
dies Tea, blacksmith and more. Admittance costs are $3 for adults
and $1 for children. Kids under the age of 6 will be admitted free.
For information: contact Anita Errico-Smith at (772) 465-7608, or
by e-mail at civilwargal@cs.com; or, Lou Rausch at (772) 359-6541,
or, Greyriderl863@aol.com. All proceeds from the event will go to
the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Explorer Post #400.


Community Events

Holiday trash pickup times released
To All Haul customers, due to the upcoming Thanksgivings Holi-
day on Thursday, Nov. 22, regularly scheduled Thursday trash pick
up for the Buckhead Ridge area will be picked up on Friday, Nov.
23. Regularly scheduled trash pickup on Friday, Nov. 23, in the Lake
Port, Palmdale, Ortona and unincorporated Moore Haven areas will
be picked up Saturday, Nov. 24. If you have any questions please
call, All Haul at (863) 467-2070

Festival of Trees scheduled
Hospice of Okeechobee will again sponsor the Festival of Trees.
The event features a display of 100 ornately decorated trees and
other Christmas items. Admission to the Festival of Trees and The
Country Store is free. Hours are 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. weekdays, and
noon until 5 p.m. on the weekends. The Festival of Trees will be
running from Monday, Nov. 26, until Sunday, Dec. 2. It is held at
the Blue Volunteer Building next to The Hamrick Home, 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, contact Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863)
697-1995.

Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice will have a special week-long yard sale from Monday,
Nov. 26, until Friday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. until noon. In addition,
you will have the opportunity to view the beautiful Christmas trees
that are part of the Festival of Trees. Admission to the Festival of
Trees is free. The yard sale will be held outdoors near the Blue Vol-
unteer Building next to Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth
St. For information, contact Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-
1995.

Hospice offers lunch to medical staff
Hospice of Okeechobee will be serving lunch to all medical staff
in Okeechobee on Thursday Nov. 29, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The
event is free and lunch will be served at the Festival of Trees at the
Blue Volunteer Building next to The Hamrick Home on 411 S.E.
Fourth St. Your Hometown Hospice staff would like to thank you for
all that you do to help those in need of medical care in our commu-
nity. To RSVP, contact Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.

Writers' Workshop at the Library
A Writers' Workshop will be held on.Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6:30
p.m. in the Library Board Room. Anyone who writes fiction, in-
cluding mainstream, mystery, and romance, as well as memoir or
poetry is invited to attend to read and offer constructive criticism to
the group. Bring two pages of your work to read. For information
call Jan Day Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

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

Garden Club to hold meeting
Are you a veggie grower or are flowers your thing? Just learning
or an old hand? Need to learn more or want to share ideas or help
others? This is the club for you. This month Dan Culbert will show
you the gardens of.Costa Rica on Monday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. at The
Okeechobee County Extension Office, .458.Hwy 98. For. more infor-
mation call (863) 763-6469.

Mighty Sprouts to meet
The 4H Mighty Sprouts meeting for the month of November will
be on Monday, Nov. 26 at the County Extension Office from 5 until
7 p.m. There will be no meeting on Nov. 12 due to the holiday. The
class will be making beautiful magnolia blossom centerpieces for
their holiday tables. If you have any questions about the Mighty
Sprouts club, please call the extension office at (863)763-6469.

Orchid club host guest speaker
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will host guest speaker, Gary
Bailey, oh 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 meet-
ing and Mr. Bailey will help you analyze your orchid's problem. For
information please call the extension office at (863) 763-6469.

Toy drive for Big Lake Missions Outreach
The Old Men Riders are sponsoring a Toy Drive for Big Lake
Missions Outreach by having a 125 mile bike ride around the lake
on Dec. 1. and is asking businesses, churches and individuals to
sponsor each participating bike. All bikes are welcome. The mon-
ey raised will go to Big Lake Missions Outreach. We will meet in
the movie theatre parking lot at 8 a.m. For information call Gene
Rodenberry at (863) 610-1841 or Big Lake Missions Outreach at
(863) 763-5725.

Heritage Financial offers homebuyers classes
A first-time Homebuyer Education class is being offeredon Nov.
28 from 6 until 7 p.m. at Heritage Financial Services located at 309
S.W Park St. Okeechobee. Please call to reserve your seat at (863)
467-8899. The class will cover the residential application process
and credit guidelines needed to obtain loan approval. A fee of $25
will be charged to cover the prequalification and credit report cost.

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,

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


Okeechobee News, Tuesday, November 20, 2007


OPINIION






Okeechobee News, Tuesday, November 20, 2007 5


Community Events

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


Obituaries


Katherine Elizabeth
Siehl
Katherine Elizabeth Siehl, 86,
of Okeechobee died Friday, Nov.
16, 2007 at Raulerson Hospital.
She had been
a resident of
Okeechobee for
25 years born in
Three Churches,
W Va. She was a
member of First
United Method-
ist Church of
Okeechobee. Katherine
Mrs. Siehl had Elizabeth
a great love for Siehl
the community
in which she lived. As a teenager,
in West Virginia she started a 4-H
Club which she led for over 30
years. She was a 4-H All Star, A
Deputy, Grand Regent, Women
of the Moose, past president of
Betha Sigma Phi Sorority, and
American Legion Auxiliary. She
was awarded the highest degree
of Beta Sigma Phi Society. She
was a Sunday school teacher for
over 20 years in the United Meth-
odist Church.
She was preceded in death by
her mother, Naomi Ruth Chesire
and father, Howard Lee Lewis,
sister, Virginia Nave; brothers,
Russell Lee Lewis and James
Lewis.
She is survived by her husband,
George D. Siehl of Okeechobee;
sons, Larry Lee (Eileen) of Lake
Worth; Charles Russell of Den-
ver, Colo.; sisters, Mary Pauline
Brown of Hagerstown, Md.;
Gerogia Wolfensberger of Hager-
stown, Md. Betty Bartlett of Short
Gap, WVa.; and numerous niec-
es, nephews, grandchildren, and
great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 until
7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007
at the funeral home. Funeral ser-
vice will be Wednesday, Novem-
ber 21, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home. In-
terment will follow at Evergreen,
Cemetery.
Friends may sign the guest
boook at www.bassokeechobee-
funeralhome.com.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Diana Collins
Diana Collins, age 69 of
Okeechobee died Monday, Nov.
19, 2007 in Raulerson Hospital
of Okeechobee. Born March '26,
1928 in Boonville, Ind., she had
been a resident of Okeechobee
since 1990 and loved bingo.
She is survived by her hus-
band, Wayne Collins; sons, Kevin
Collins of Ft. Lauderdale; Dane
(Jayne) Collins of Lake Worth;
grandsons, Cale, Buck, and sister,
Kathryn Younker of Evansville,
Ind.
There are no plans for a ser-
vice at this time. Friends may sign
the guestbook at www.buxtonfu-
neralhome.com.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.

Paul David Frey
Paul David Frey, age 79 of
Okeechobee, died Thursday, Nov.
15, 2007 at the Hamrick Home in
Okeechobee. Born Sept. 1, 1929
in Hillards, Ohio, he had been a
resident of Okeechobee for the
past 15 years and was a member
of the VFW.
He is survived by his wife of 57
years, Phyllis Frey of Okeechobee;
sons, Ron Frey of Baltimore, Den-
nis Frey, Randy Frey and Jeffery
(Brenda) Frey all of New Palestine,
Ind.; and daughter, Tamey Frey of
New Palestine, Ind. In addition he
is survived by 11 grandchildren,
seven great grandchildren, and
sister, Jean Wood of Clearwater.
There will be no services at


this time, however friends may
sign the guestbook at www.bux-
tonfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers memorial
contributions may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, 34973.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.

Donald Everett Lee
Donald Everett "Donnie" Lee,
age 68 of Fort Pierce, died Nov.
16, 2007 in Fort
Pierce. He was
a native and life-
long resident of
Fort Pierce. He
was a graduate
of Dan McCarty
High School,
Class of 59. He
retired after 40 Donald
years of service Everett Lee
as an engineer
with Florida East Coast Railroad.
He was an avid fisherman and
hunter, and a member of the Na-
tional Rifle Association. He was
a fan of The University of Florida
Gators.
He is survived by his wife, Vi
Lee of Fort Pierce; sons, Robert
Lee of Fort Pierce and Levi Lee
of Port St. Lucie; daughter, Kathy
Hawley of Fort Pierce; brother, Ar-
thur Lee of Greenwood, S.C. and
five grandchildren.
A funeral service was held
Nov.19 in the funeral home cha-
pel. Burial followed at Riverview
Memorial Park.
Friends who wish may con-
tribute to Fairlawn Baptist Church
Building Fund, 3003 Rhode Island
Ave., Fort Pierce, 34947.

George William
Mercer


West Middlesex, Pa., passed
away on Monday, Nov. 12, 2007
at his home. Born June 4, 1918,
in Sharpsville, Pa., to Wallace and
Agnes Briggs Mercer.
Prior to his retirement in 1979,
he was a structural steel ironwork-
er for Local 207 in Youngstown,
Ohio and during WWII a Ser-
geant in the 47th Engineer Con-
struction Battalion serving Oki-
nawa. He was a member of the
West Middlesex Presbyterian
Church for over 60 years and at-
tended the Okeechobee Presbyte-
rian Church, for 30 years. He was
a member of Kedron. Lodge F &
AM # 389, New Castle Consistory,
Zem Zem Temple in Erie, Pa., and
the VFW in West Middlesex, Pa.
He also belonged to the LOOM in
Okeechobee and the Okeechobee
Country Club. He will always be
known as Papa who taught his
grandchildren how to fish in Lake
Okeechobee, play a wicked game
of Euchre and enjoy camping
along the shores of Lake Erie and
Canada.
He is preceded in death by his
parents, Wallace and Agnes Mer-
cer; brother, Wallace and a great
grandchild, Nicholas.
He is survived by his beloved
wife Edna M. Belleville; brother,
Robert (Evelyn) Mercer of Good-
year, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Ethel Bel-
leville of Brunswick Hills, Ohio;
children, William and Mary Mer-
cer of Ocean Isle Beach,.N.C.; Iris
and Thomas Minner, of Marco
Island, and Lil Anne and Arnold
Evans of Holiday, In addition, he
is survived by 16 grandchildren
and 20 great grandchildren, and
his dog Conchita.
The funeral took place at
Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon
Springs, and burial was at Hay-
wood Cemetery, West Middlesex,
Pa.
Memorial contributions may
be made to Pasco-Herhando
Hospice, 12107 Majestic Blvd.
Hudson, FL., 34667.


Consumers reminded to check out charities


TALLAHASSEE-Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson is urging consumers to
check out charitable organiza-
tions before making any dona-
tions. As the holidays get un-
derway, charities are gearing up
for their busiest time of the year.
Many collect about half their an-
nual donations in the short time
between Thanksgiving and New
Years. There are 12,597 charita-
ble organizations registered with
the state.
"The number of charities reg-
istered with the department con-
tinues to rise and the barrage of
requests for help that consumers
receive can be daunting," Bron-
son said. "But consumers have
a wealth of information at their
fingertips if they just take a little
time to research a charity to en-
sure it is legitimate and that do-
nations are being spent in a pru-
dent manner."
Florida law requires most
charities that do business in the
state to register with the Depart-
ment and provide financial in-
formation about income and ex-
penditures, regardless of where
the home base is. There are
more than 11,000 charities regis-
tered with the state.
Consumers should always
make sure a charity is registered
before donating and check on


In memory of

Henry Lanier
03/02/1929 - 11/20/2006
Do not ask if we miss you
Oh, there is a vacant place
Oft' we think we hear your
footsteps
Oft' we see your smiling face
No oneknows our longings,
No one sees us weep
We shed our tears from a
breaking heart
While others are fast asleep
We always sit and think of you
When we are all alone;
Memory keeps you ever
near us
Though you died one year ago

Your wife, children and
grandchildren


the complaint history. However,
even if a charity is properly reg-
istered, consumers should get
information about how dona-
tions are spent. The Department
does not endorse any charity,
even those properly registered.
The Department also doesn't
have authority to dictate how a
charity spends its funds but does
provide financial information so
consumers can make educated
decisions about where to con-
tribute. An annual 'Gift Givers'
Guide' lists all registered chari-
ties and provides a breakdown
of how much is spent on fund-
raising, how much on adminis-
trative costs such as salaries and
operating expenses, and how
much actually goes toward pro-


gram services. The guide also
includes the names of profes-
sional solicitors and consultant
who are working on behalf of a
charitable organization.
"Unfortunately, some con
artists don't think twice about
taking advantage of someone's
generosity and giving spirit"
Bronson warned. "That's why
it is important for consumers to
find out if a charity has registered
or is exempt. Failure to properly
register should raise a huge red
flag with consumers."
Bronson also provided the
following tips to consider when
deciding whether to donate to an
organization:
* Don't judge an organization
based on an impressive sound-


ing name. Find out what it actu-
ally does.
* Be wary of emotional ap-
peals and organizations that
have only vague plans for spend-
ing the funds they collect.
* Never give cash. Write a
check payable only to an organi-
zation-not an individual.
* Be wary of organizations
that offer to send a 'runner' to
pick up your donation.
* Reputable charities are will-
ing to wait for your contribution.
* Consumers have the right
to ask for an organization's fi-
nancial report and its federal tax
identification number-the latter
of which you'll need to claim
your contribution as a tax deduc-
tion.


Satuda November 24, 2007 7p.m.
at Buxton eral Home 110 N.E. 5h Street
For more Information call 763-1994

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Plan ahead to


avoid weight gain


The holiday season brings
parties and special foods -
- making it difficult for many
people to stick to a healthy eat-
ing plan. A little advance plan-
ning can help you avoid gain-
ing holiday weight.
* Get enough sleep. There's
always a lot.to do during the
holiday season and it's tempt-
ing to stay up later. If you are
tired, you may be more likely
to overeat.
* Drink water. Sometimes
you might experience what
you think are hunger pains are
actually due to thirst. Between
meals, before you eat anything,
drink a glass of water and wait
a few minutes before eating.
* Be aware of the calories in
beverages. Holiday treats such
as eggnog and punch may
be high in calories. Alcoholic
drinks are especially high in
calories -- about 200 calories
or more per drink.
* Remember to exercise. If
you are stressed over holiday
plans, exercising may actually
help you sleep and give you
more energy.
* If you are going to a party,
eat a salad or some low-fat pro-
tein before you go. If you take
the edge off your appetite be-
fore you go, you are less likely
to overindulge on high calorie
holiday goodies.
* Rather than deny yourself
your favorite holiday treats,
choose a few and allow your-
self small portions. That way
you won't feel "deprived."


with Katrina Elsken
* Enjoy holiday foods slow-
ly. Really enjoy each bite. Re-
member, all things in modera-
tion.
* If you attend a potluck
meal, make your contribution
a healthy one by bringing a sal-
ad or fresh fruit. That way you
will know there will be some-
thing there you can eat without
going off your diet. One way to
make a salad look more fes-
tive is to use a deep glass des-
sert dish and layer the salad
-- green lettuce, red tomatoes
-- purple onions, black olives,
etc. Provide a choice of low fat
dressings to go on the salad.
* At a party with a buffet, fill
a small plate and then move
away from the buffet table. If
you stand close to the buffet,
the temptation to keep snack-
ing might be difficult to resist.
Before making any
change to your diet or exer-
cise program, consult your
doctor. This is especially
important if you are on any
prescription drugs. Some
drugs interact badly with
foods that would otherwise
be considered "healthy."


Community Links. Individual Voices.l


November is American Diabetes Month


A
Healthier
Life


'


November is designated
American Diabetes Month. Ac-
cording to the American Diabe-
tes Association, there are 20.8
million people or 7 percent of
the population in the United
States who have diabetes.
Unfortunately, ' 6.2 million
people are unaware they have di-
abetes. Each day approximately
4,110 people are diagnosed with
diabetes.
Many will learn that they have
diabetes when they are treated
for one of its life threatening com-
plications -- heart disease and
stroke, kidney disease, blindness
and nerve disease and amputa-
tion. About 1.5 million new cas-
es of diabetes were diagnosed in
people 20 years or older in 2005.
It is estimated that 1-in-3 children
born in 2000 could develop type
2 diabetes. Diabetes shortens life
expectancy by one-third.
The American Diabetes Asso-
ciation believes that high quality
education programs are an es-
sential component of effective
diabetes treatment. Raulerson
Hospital has been awarded the
prestigious American Diabetes
Association Education Recogni-
tion Certificate for a quality dia-
betes self-management educa-
tion program since 2000.
The association's Education
Recognition Certificate assures
that educational programs meet
the National Standards for Diabe-
tes Self- Management Education
Programs. These standards were
developed and tested under the
auspices of the National Diabe-
tes Advisory Board in 1983 and
revised in 2000.
Programs apply for recogni-
tion voluntarily. Programs that
achieve recognition status have
a staff of knowledgeable health
professionals who can provide
participants with comprehensive
information about diabetes man-
agement. Education recognition


Photo Submitted to the Okeechobee News
Raulerson Hospital's commitment to assuring the standards of care for our diabetes patients,
all of our nursing staff are annually certified in patient bedside blood glucose monitoring. The
patient's results are integrated into Raulerson Hospital's computer system for the healthcare
team to access. For more information about Raulerson Hospital's American Diabetes Asso-
ciation Nationally Recognized Diabetes Self-Management Program, please call Wanda Haas,
RN, CDE, CPT at (863) 763-5093.


status is verified by the American
Diabetes Association and award-
ed for three years.
Raulerson Hospital's Ameri-
can Diabetes Association Recog-
nized Education Program team
works closely with an individu-
al's physician. We offer an excit-
ing interactive all day program
with our registered nurse certi-
fied diabetes educator, registered
dietitian and pharmacist. The


program starts with the nutrition-
al segment, and the educational
team is present during lunch to
assist with lunch selections and
questions.
Raulerson Hospital, also of-
fers one-on-one individual con-
sultations for children, adults
and gestational diabetes.
A physician's prescription is
required for attendance to the
above programs and Medicare


and most insurance carriers cov-
er American Diabetes Associa-
tion Recognized Programs.
Raulerson Hospital also of-
fers a monthly Diabetes Support
Group which meets on the sec-
ond Thursday of each month in
the hospital cafeteria at 2 p.m.
If you have any questions
please call the program coordi-
nator Wanda Haas, R.N., B.A.,
C.D.E., C.P.T., at (863) 763-5093.


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More sleep may lower obesity rate in children


By Carla K. Johnson
Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO (AP) -- Here's an-
other reason to get the kids to
bed early: more sleep may lower
their risk of becoming obese.
Researchers have found that
every additional hour per night
a third-grader spends sleeping
reduces the child's chances of
being obese in sixth grade by 40
percent.
The less sleep they got, the
more likely the children were to
be obese in sixth grade, no mat-
ter what the child's weight was
in third grade, said Dr. Julie Lu-


meng of the University of Michi-
gan, who led the research.
If there was a magic number
for the third-graders, it was nine
hours, 45 minutes of sleep --
sleeping more than that lowered
the risk significantly.
The study gives parents one
more reason to enforce bed-
times, restrict caffeine and yank
the TV from the bedroom. The
study appears in the November
issue of the journal "Pediatrics."
Lack of sleep plays havoc
with two hormones that are the
"yin and yang of appetite regula-
tion," said endocrinologist Eve
Van Cauter of the University of


Chicago, who was not involved
in the new study.
In experiments by Van Cau-
ter and others, sleep-deprived
adults produced more ghrelin, a
hormone that promotes hunger,
and less leptin, a hormone that
signals fullness.
Another explanation: tired
kids are less likely to exercise
and more likely to sit on the
couch and eat cookies, Lumeng
said.
Dr. Stephen Sheldon, director
of sleep medicine at Chicago's
Children's Memorial Hospital,
praised the study and called for
more research. He said chil-


dren's sleep may be disturbed
by breathing problems -- some
caused by overweight, such as
sleep apnea, and some caused
by enlarged tonsils and ade-
noids.
"I'm not so sure we have
enough information yet on
cause and effect," said Sheldon,
who was not involved in the
study.
Researchers used data from
an existing federal study and
focused on 785 children with
complete information on sleep,
and height and weight in the
third grade and sixth grade. The
children lived in 10 U.S. cities.


Mothers were asked: "How
much sleep does your child get
each day (including naps)?" On
average, the third-graders got
about 9 hourss sleep, but some
slept as little as seven hours and
others as much as 12 hours.
Of the children who slept 10
to 12 hours a day, about 12 per-
cent were obese by sixth grade.
Many more -- 22 percent -- were
obese in sixth grade of those
who slept less than nine hours
a day.
The researchers took into ac-
count other risk factors for obe-
sity, such as the children's body
mass index in third grade, and


still found the link between less
sleep in third grade and obesity
in sixth grade. They acknowl-
edged that factors they did not
account for, such as parents'
weight or behavior, may have
contributed to the risk.
Jodi Mindell of the Children's
Hospital of Philadelphia's Sleep
Center noted there are plenty of
other reasons for encouraging
good sleep habits, such as suc-
cess in school.
"I don't want parents to think,
'If I get her to sleep, she's not go-
ing to be overweight,'" Mindell
said. "I think this is a small piece
in the picture."


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Friends
Chreste Woodall, 4, enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal with Lin-
da Castillo at Peace Lutheran Preschool on Thursday, Nov.
15. Before the meal, students put on a play about their ver-
sion of the first Thanksgiving.


Stay healthy during cold and flu season


By Elin Ritchie, M.D. an extra layer of flu and cold pro-
(ARA) -- Fall is here, the kids tection:
are back at school, and we're all
waiting for that first cold to hit. Eat Wisely
Or even worse, the flu. Cold and First, make sure you're eating
flu season can begin as early as a well-balanced diet with plenty
October and usually ends some- of fruits, vegetables and whole
time in April. grains, and make sure your diet
While there is no cure for the contains plenty of foods with im-
common cold and the flu, you mune-boosting nutrients, includ-
can take certain steps to help ing:
reduce your chances of getting Ginger -- Ginger is full of virus-
sick in the first place. These steps fighting substances, including gin-
point to the truth of the adage, gerol, which can suppress cough-
"An ounce of prevention is worth ing. Try making ginger tea - hot
a pound of cure." water steeped with fresh ginger.
The most effective way to pre- Vitamin C -- Found in citrus
vent the flu is to get a flu shot this fruits and juices.
fall. You still may come down Zinc -- Found in meat, chicken,
with the flu, but your symptoms peanuts and peanut butter.
are likely to be milder than they Lactobacillus -- This bacteria is
would have been without a shot. present in yogurt and aids the di-
Flu shots can be a good option gestive system. These friendly or-
for those with weakened im- ganisms are known as probiotics.
mune systems, the elderly or There's growing evidence that, in
those who come in contact with addition to helping with digestion,
lots of people. But remember, probiotics stimulate production of
flu shots only target certain influ- immune system substances.
eniza strains -- the shots are not a Many of my patients have
guarantee you won't get a bug. had success with a supplement
You can also follow a number that is made from a specially
of natural strategies. Some of processed strain of lactobacillus
these tips might be new to you, expressly designed to boost the
while others are timeless. Fol- , immune system. Del-Immune V
lowing these steps will improve comes from Lactobacillus rham-
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provide an even greater boost to
the body's immune system. This
product was developed in Russia
in the 1980s, and is now available
in the U.S. Del-Immune V is avail-
able online (www.delimmune.
com). My patients -- especially
school teachers who value the
way it reduces sick days -- have
found this to be extremely ben-
eficial. There are many immune
boosters on the market, but Del-
Immune V is my personal favor-
ite.
Wash Your Hands
Everyone knows this tip, but
I still like to remind my patients.
Good hand-washing is the first
line of defense against not only
colds and the flu, but also more
serious illnesses like meningitis,
hepatitis A and many types of
infectious diarrhea. If no sink
is available, rub your hands to-
gether very hard for a minute
or so. That also helps break up
most of the cold germs. Or rub
an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
onto your hands.
Drink Lots of Water
We tend to drink more wa-
ter in the summer when we are
active, but the winter months
require extra hydration. Water


flushes your system, washing
out poisons as it hydrates you. In
general, you need to drink eight
8-ounce glasses of fluids a day.
Get Moving
Aerobic exercise speeds up
the heart and gets your blood
pumping and your lungs work-
ing, which help increase your
body's natural immunity. Try to
maintain an exercise routine at
least three to four days a week.
Avoid Smoking
and Alcohol
Another reason to kick the
habit: Statistics show heavy
smokers get more severe colds
and more frequent ones. Even
being around smoke can zap
your immune system. And watch
the alcohol, since drinking can
lower your resistance to infec-
tion in general. It also dehydrates
the body, taking more fluids from
your system than it puts in.
This winter season, there's
no need to feel powerless at
the thought of a cold or flu. You
can do plenty to keep the germs
at bay and you and your family
healthy. Be well!
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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, Nov. 16,
through Thursday, Nov. 22, are as
follows:
Theatre I -"Bee Movie" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "Fred Claus" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at.2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Starting Wed. Nov. 21 in
Theatre II "Enchanted" (PG)
Theatre Ill - "Mr. Magorium's
Wonder Emporium" (G) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m..
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
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)
763-7202..


Today

in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 20, the
324th day of 2007. There are 41
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
tory:
On Nov. 20, 1947, Britain's fu-
ture queen, Princess Elizabeth,
married Philip Mountbatten,
Duke -of Edinburgh, at Westmin-
ster Abbey.
On this date:
In 1789, New Jersey became
the first state to ratify the Bill of
Rights.
In 1910, revolution broke out
in Mexico, led by Francisco I.
Madero.
In 1925, Robert F. Kennedy
was born in Brookline, Mass.
In 1929, the radio program
"The Rise of the Goldbergs" de-
buted on the NBC Blue Network.
In 1943, during World War II,
U.S. Marines began landing on
Tarawa and Makin atolls in the
- Gilbert Islands, encountering
fierce resistance from Japanese
forces but emerging victorious
three days later.
In 1945, 24 Nazi leaders went
on trial before an international
war crimes tribunal in Nurem-
berg, Germany.
In 1959, the United Nations is-
sued its "Declaration of the Rights
of the Child."
In 1967, the census clock at the
Commerce Department ticked
past 200 million.
In 1975, after nearly four de-
cades of absolute rule, Spain's
Gen. Francisco Franco died, two
weeks before his 83rd birthday.
In 1992, fire seriously dam-
aged Windsor Castle, the favorite
weekend home of Queen Eliza-
beth II.
Ten years ago: Prodded by
Russia, Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein agreed to allow U.S. arms
monitors back into his country,
ending a three-week crisis that
had raised fears of a military con-
frontation with the United States.
Five years ago: On the eve of
a NATO summit in the Czech Re-
public, President Bush, recalling
Europe's grim history of "excus-
ing aggression," challenged skep-
tical allies to stand firm against
Saddam Hussein. A German doc-
tor conducted Britain's first public
autopsy in more than 170 years,
an event denounced by the Brit-
ish Medical Association's Head of
Ethics as "degrading and disre-
spectful."
One year ago: After a fire-
storm of criticism, News Corp.
said it had canceled the O.J.
Simpson book and TV special "If I
Did It," in which Simpson was to
speak hypothetically about how
he would have committed the
1994 slaying of his ex-wife and
her friend. (The book was later
brought out by a different pub-
lisher.) Six imams were removed
from a US Airways flight at Min-
neapolis-St. Paul International
Airport after passengers reported
they were acting suspiciously.
Four students died in a school
bus crash in Huntsville, Ala.


Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia
Phillies was voted the National
League's MVP Movie director
Robert Altman died in Los Ange-
les at age 81.
Today's Birthdays: Actress
Evelyn Keyes is 91. Sen. Robert
Byrd, D-WVa., is 90. Economist
Beryl Sprinkel is 84. Actress-co-
median Kaye Ballard is 82. Ac-
tress Estelle Parsons is 80.
Thought for Today: "No
man remains quite what he was
when he recognizes himself."
Thomas Mann, German author
(1875-1955).


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*DEAR ABBY: As a clinician
specializing in geriatric mental
health, I was concerned about
your response to "Ambivalent in
California" (Sept. 10). She asked
whether to sever ties with her 85-
year-old father after he molested
his young granddaughter. Your
advice to pursue treatment was
on target, but the guilt trip you
placed on Ambivalent for want-
ing to maintain a relationship
with her father was ,cruel.
Given that his behavior did
not manifest until an advanced
age, it was almost certainly due
to age-related changes consis-
tent with emerging dementia.
She will need to make sure that
proper care is provided for her fa-
ther and should be instrumental
in accessing services and place-
ment options that will guarantee
he cannot victimize anyone else.
(Elder services and her family
physician can suggest appropri-
ate referrals.)
She will also need to nurture
and care for her daughter. Hope-
fully, with the assistance of a
skilled professional, Grandpa's
probable pathology can be deli-
cately explained. It may help her
healing process if she knows the
cause of the behavior was ill-
ness.
Of course, it's important to
protect the teenager from further
harm, as she has already suffered
enough. Fortunately, this can be
accomplished without rejecting
a weakened and elderly parent
at a vulnerable time in his life.
- Geriatric Professional In
N.H.
DEAR GERIATRIC PROFES-
SIONAL: Thank you for offering
a more empathetic insight than
I offered. Other readers shared
similar personal experiences that
support your view. Read on:
DEAR ABBY: My grandfather
was a dear man, a gentleman
with whom I spent a great deal
of time while growing up. We
waded trout streams together,
weeded gardens together, and he

Close to Home


taught me to play cribbage. The
warm memories go on and on.
But as an elderly man, nature
caused him to take a turn. Mom
telephoned us girls (now moth-
ers ourselves) and warned us not
to bring our daughters to visit. I
was shocked at the idea that
Grandpa had become a "dirty old
man." But his kindness and gen-
tleness were gone, as were his
smile and the twinkle in his eye.
He would have been horrified to
realize what he had become.
Abby, you are right that "mod-
el fathers" do not molest their
granddaughters. But elderly men
sometimes, for some reason,
can become unaware of their
boundaries. And sometimes they
become someone other than
the person they were years ago.
Please do not condemn them.
- Been There In Michigan
DEAR ABBY: My dad had
dementia for a number of years
before his death at 98. Dad, who
had always been a prude about
sex, began making inappropriate
comments. It was caused by de-
mentia. I wish I had been more
understanding and patient with
him.
I understand Ambivalent's
love for her father and not want-
ing to cut him out of her life. She
must explain to her daughter that
her father is unable to think nor-
mally and clearly and visit him
alone in his final years. - Still
Missing My Dad
DEAR ABBY: My family ex-
perienced a similar situation.
Although Dad never molested
anyone, he did expose himself
to my teenage nieces. He was
diagnosed with dementia, and.
as a precaution, we no longer
left him alone with our children.
I am glad we got him the kind
of help he needed. And I urge
other families in this situation to
find support groups. You are not
alone. We lost Dad two years ago
and miss him terribly. -Young-
est Daughter In Indiana


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You'll be passionate and on a ram-
page, trying to get things done to
your specifications. A love situation
must be kept in check. This is not the
time to get angry --a lot can be ac-
complished if you stay calm.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
You have what it takes to get things
off the ground, to make decisions and
to force your will on someone who is
dependent on you. Clean up anything
you've left unfinished. Your actions will
prove that you mean business.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Get
involved in any group or organization
that will enable you to meet people
who can help you out. Don't limit your-
self or let anyone else hold you back.
Love is in a high cycle but don't let it
consume you.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): Be
productive, proactive and not afraid to
take a chance and make a change.
The more you can do to secure your
financial position in the future, the bet-
ter. A new job, added skills or what-
ever else it takes to get ahead should


be on your agenda.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Love is
on the rise and partnerships can de-
velop or grow into something special.
Travel, vacations and doing things that
bring you joy must be your goal. There
is a great lesson to be learned from
someone you respect.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You
have everything you need to be suc-
cessful. By joining an organization or
group that you see has potential, you
will meet the people you need to parlay
your own thing into something great.
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Your
sophisticated look and your ideas and
approach will be a winning combina-
tion that's impressive and will per-
suade others to do things for you.
There is a good chance that an offer
will come your way.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Don't be self-conscious or insecure
about your talent and your ability to be
successful. Today you are a star and
you can do anything you set your mind
to. Know in your heart that you've got
the goods, the time and what's re-
quired to win.
*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.


21): You may convince some people
that you know how to do things but
don't count on everyone having-con-
fidence in you. Bragging will lead to
trouble with the people you've made
promises to. Focus on your personal
life and relationships.
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19): Keep emotional issues on the
sidelines and you will get ahead finan-
cially and professionally. Keep your
feelings regarding love and your per-
sonal intentions to yourself. Someone
you are close to will probably not ap-
prove of what you are doing.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Love., money and intrigue are in the pic-
ture. An opening or proposal will allow
you to make a choice better suited to
your needs. Think and do for yourself
and you will be happier in the end.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Your passion and determination to fol-
low through on a project you really be-
lieve in will intrigue someone who can
help you out. An active role will show
people how serious you are. You will
have added discipline, so push for-
ward.
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ed. We will not be responsible
for more than 1 incorrect
insertion, or for more than the
extent of the ad rendered val-
ueless by such errors.
Advertiser assumes responsi-
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and content of an ad, and
assumes responsibility for any
claims against Independent
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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160



SET OF KEYS - Found on Sat.
Nov. 3rd at Waste Manage-
ment. Call (863)357-0824 to
identify.


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Employment -
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Employment -
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Employment "
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230




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sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs - if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



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4 Gerald and
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capital
14 Auto ad fig.
15 Cake toppers
16 Befuddled
17 Spoon-bender
Geller
18 Inn offerings.
20 Napster
download
22 What a
marksman takes
23 Dream-sleep
acronym
24 Home to Halley
and Huxley*
26 Louisiana's state
bird, e.g.
30 They're picked
up by treaters
31 Illumination unit
32 Vena _: heart
vessel
33 Snug and comfy
34 Parts of
Hollywood?
36 Tyler of
"Armageddon"
37 1969 Joe South
hit, and hint to
puzzle theme
found in last
words of 18- and
55-Across and 3-
and 27-Down
40 Eastern sash
41 Trembling
42 Eat
43 Grain containers
45 Mantric syllables
46 Ward of 'The
Fugitive"
47 Formally installs,
as into the Hall of
Fame
49 Florida
baseballers
52 _ Schwarz:
NYC toy store
53 Rolodex no.
54 Pack away
55 Really enjoying
oneself
60 Tina's 1960s-'70s
music partner
61 Pop up
62 Neighbors of
ulnae
63 Little bite
64 Muslim clerics
65 Hardly Mr. Right
66 Hood's heater


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1 Result in
2,,lt comes with
strings attached
3 Evoke thoughts
of
4 Not so tall a tale
5 Lots and lots
6 Changed the
decor of
7 Eighth of a fluid
ounce
8 Nine-digit ID
9 Clothing tag
10 Word before
number or
weight
11 Fed. property
manager
12 'The Star-
Spangled
Banner"
contraction
13 Down in the
dumps
19 Old brokerage
firm
Burnham
Lambert
21 Cruller coating
25 Bottomless void
26 Like some
orange juice
27 Phone service
extra
28 For the birds?
29 Shade of blue


31 Narcissist's
concern
33 Log house
34 Quires and
quires
35 Jewish feast
37 Desert that's a
significant part of
Mongolia
38 Shutterbug
39 Voting sites
44 Mystical Islamic
faith
46 _ Mae: student
loan group


48 Walking aids
49 Victorious
Gettysburg
general
50 Mobile telephone
giant
51 Took three out of
three, say
53 Skier's lift
55 Okinawa
affirmative
56 Prepare for battle
57 By way of
58 Part of a loop
59 Impertinence


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class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
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Air Conditioners 505
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Appliance Parts 520
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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
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Condos,/
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
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Land - Rent 935
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Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
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Rent 960



KINGS BAY: 2br, 2ba, town
house, $750/mo + $750
sec, No Pets (561)248-5309
or (863)697-8728
Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 1/2 ba, 2 Story, Washer
Dryer. Patio. $800 mo., 1st,
last + sec. (863)634-3313
OKEECHOBEE - 2BR, 1BA,
$625/mo, $525 sec dep.
(772)260-1765
OKEECHOBEE, 2br, lba, Close
to Town. $850. mo. includes
water. Annual Lease. Call
Vikki @ 561-255-4377



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


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yard, Pets OK, lawn service,
water service, $950/mo, 1st
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newly renovated, $775/mo.
1st, last & security deposit re-
quired. (561)793-4860

BRAND NEW, 3BR's/2BA's,
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
1-800-543-2495.

CBS Home, 3BR/2BA, on 5 ac.
w/24x60 barn, asking
$3,000 Neg. or to rent for
$1500 mo. (863)634-6113


Charming Country Cottage,
3BR/1.5BA, 15 min. from
town & 2BR/1BA, no pets.
1st, last & sec. Call Debbie
S863)467-2982 Mon.-Fri.,
am til 4pm.
OKEE., 3br, lba, Carport,
Yard, W/D, Partly Furnished
$1050. mo + Sec. Close to
town. (954)658-0108
ON 'CANAL, 3BR, 2BA,
available December 1st. Call
(606)875-6270


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.
dep. (561)767-6112

TREASURE ISLAND, 3/2 Very
clean! On canal. Lg. storage.
$950 mo. + 1st & sec. dep.
863-824-0981


COMMERCIAL SPACE - 750
sq ft. stand alone, available
(863)763-4114

OKEECHOBEE - Office Space
rental. 18'x12' $600. mo.
Utilities included. For ap-
pointment (863)467-1545

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





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


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



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

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items In
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Mobile Homes



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


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


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Honoring the Seminole Dressed for the occasion
These students at Yearling Middle School were part of the Multicultural Club's celebra- These Yearling Middle School students, left to right, Joshua Johns, eighth grade, Jessi
tion of National Native American Month. The event took place on Friday, Nov. 16 in the Osceola, sixth grade and Tommy Jackson, eighth grade, were part of the Multicultural
school cafeteria. Students learned about Seminole history and tribal government and ate Club's celebration of National Native American Month. The celebration took place in the
traditional Seminole foods. Students (left to right) are: Shelia Jones, eighth grade, Kiyller school cafeteria on Friday, Nov. 16. Students learned about the history and tribal govern-
Baker, sixth grade, Jaryaca Baer, seventh grade, Janet Smith, seventh grade and Kasan- ment of the Seminoles and dined on such traditional Seminole fare as pumpkin bread, and
dra Baker, seventh grade. fry bread.


Community Events


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 No. 128.

Okeechobee High School Scholarship Drive
College costs continue to increase each year and the students
of Okeechobee are always in need, of financial assistance. The
Okeechobee High School Scholarship Program is currently recruiting
to increase the amount of scholarship funds available to these stu-
dents. If you or your business would like to offer a scholarship in your
name, or if you have any questions regarding scholarship contribu-
tions, please contact Bill R. Black at (873) 462-5025 ext. 3113. The
scholarship commitment deadline is Jan. 11, 2008 so new scholar-
ships can be included in the scholarship booklets. If this is not conve-
nient for you please call and we will work out the details.

Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPLs
Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share pro-
gram is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL corporate
funds. The program provides emergency assistance funds to custom-
ers who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their FPL electric bill.
There are rules and guidelines that must be met to quality. If you are a
FPL customer and need help, call (863) 763-6020 to leave your name
and number. Your call will be returned and an interview will be done
over the phone to determine if you qualify. Interviews with your local
Salvation Army are by appointment only, no walk-ins are accepted.

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


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

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering
parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive a
gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour classes.
You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. We
now have day and evening classes available. No child care will be
available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.

Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services avail-
able at no charge to help people in their search for the right employee
or job. For more, visit their web site at www.tcjobs.org; or, call (863)
462-5350.

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

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


My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also
looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board member
of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with
the public and should be able to seek support from city and county
officials, business executives and other organizations. Work days and
hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.

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

Group providing animal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service of Okeechobee is currently provid-
ing rescue, pick up and transport of sick, injured, orphaned or other-
wise impaired wildlife.
Anyone who finds a wild animal in need of help is encouraged to
give us a call. A volunteer transporter, licensed by the Florida Fish &
Wildlife Conservation Commission, will be more than happy to help
you and the animal.
This is a free service to the community and to wildlife.
For information, call (863) 634-1755 or (863) 357-7955.

U.S.C.G. Flotilla seeking new members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee is seeking
new members to become involved in the Auxiliary's programs.
The Auxiliary is a volunteer service organization composed of men
and women who actively support recreational boating safety and oth-
er Coast Guard missions.
The Auxiliary also provides recreational boating safety support to
sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved in patrols, communications, administra-
tion, seamanship, piloting/navigation, weather or search and rescue.
For information, call (863) 763-0165.

Huckabee supporters to meet
Are you a Mike Huckabee supporter? Huckabee supporters are go-
ing to meet as a local group. Go to www.meetup.com for information,
For information call (863) 634-3525 or (863) 801-1414.


BH RIDGE - 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$900. 1st & $900. Sec.
(772)370-1095
CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031
DOUBLE WIDE TRAILER - 2
Bdrm., 2 Ba. On 10 acres.
$1200 mo. Call
(863)763-2838



OKEECHOBEE- 2/1, newly re-
modeled, central heat/AC, Ig
porches, on 1.5 acres,
wooded & fenced. $800/mo
+ Sec dep. (863)634-3451
OKEECHOBEE 2BR/1BA,
No pets. Fenced yard.
$650/mo. & $550 security.
(863)763-0648
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, 2br,
2ba, 2 person max. All until.
furnished, including yard.
$1250. mo. (863)634-2561
TREASURE ISLAND, 2br/lba,
Waterfront, Furnished. Non
smk. env. $850 mo.+ 1st,
Last & Sec. 772-285-5856
WATERFRONT PROPERTY
Okee 3br, 2ba, Lake access,
No pets. $925 mo 1st & sec.
dep. (561)927-8211



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-385-4694
JIMS PLACE PARK - 14 x 56,
furn. 2 BR, 2 BA, 10x46 FL
RM, 14x40 Carport w/or
w/out a 16' rigged fibergl.
boat. $26K, w/out boat,
$24K. (863)467-5573.
OKEE - 2br, shed, Fla Room,
CA/Heat, W/D, carport, In
Adult park, $10,500
(863)763-1079/801-3287
PALM HARBOR
4/2 Tile floor, Energy Package,
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq. ft
30th Anniversary
Sale Special
Save $15,000.
Call for FREE Color Brochures
800-622-2832


REPO MOBILE HOMES
FOR SALE! Set up & removal
also available. (863)381-1000
SKYLINE - '92, 28x60 DW,
3BR, 2BA, 2LR's. $25K/best
offer. Must move.
(863)634-9148 Iv msg

Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
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
Vans 4070




CHEVY 4WD PICKUP 2004 -
Heavy duty crew cab, all
power, running boards, bed-
liner, towing package, over-
size off-road tires, $17,500.
Call 863-467-1545.

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CHEVY S10 '95 - ext cab, 4.3
motor, auto, cold air, $3500
or best offer (863)763-5067
CHEVY SILVERADO - '04,
2500, Heavy duty, Reading Util
bed, Ladder rack, 60,800 mi.
$18,950. (863)467-1545


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public.
Legal Notice 5500



NOTICE OF ACTION
BEFORE THE BOARD OF NURSING
IN RE: The license to practice nursing of
Matthew Good. C.N.A.
291 SE 34th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
CASE NO. 2007-06841
LICENSE NO.: 119133
The Department of Health has filed an
Administrative Complaint against you,
a copy of which may be obtained by
contacting, Michael L Lawrence Jr.,
Assistant General Counsel, Prosecu-
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O.G. & C.C. Weekly Results


Okeechobee Ladies
Golf Association
Low Putts
Nov. 13: First place-Joyce Huff-
man. Second place (tie)-Phyl-
lis Koff and Kay Buball. Third
place (tie)-Nancy McAlinden
and Nancy Pullen. Chip-ins
(12) Nancy Pullen.
Scramble and meeting
Nov. 15: First place-Dale Bry-
ant, Eileen Hammond, Nancy
Haldeman and Carol Seiser.
Second place-Diane Smet, Pen-
ny King and Jeannette Butler.


Third place-Saba Curren, Shir-
ley Esterline and Fran Dierig.

PI.G.S. League
Nov. 14: First place-Bob Weav-
er. Second place-George Guy-
dosh. Last place-Russ Papy.
Closest to pin-(2) J.W. Cain,
(8) Bill Cain, (11) George Guy-
dosh and (17) Pat Weaver.
Nov. 16: First place-Max Sherry.
Second place-Terry Millett. Last
place-Fred Coleman. Closest to
pin-(2)George Guydosh, (8)
Joe Banks, (11) Bob Weaver
and (17) Terry Millett.


Tyson gets 1 day


in jail, probation


By Chris Kahn
Associated Press Writer
MESA, Ariz. (AP) --- Mike Ty-
son was sentenced Monday to
24 hours in jail and three years'
'probation for cocaine posses-
sion and driving under the in-
*fluence.
The former heavyweight
champion had pleaded guilty
in September to a single felo-
ny count of cocaine posses-
sion and a misdemeanor DUI
count.
"1I take responsibility for my
'actions," Tyson told Superior
,Court Judge Helene Abrams
'in an almost inaudible voice
before she handed down the
sentence.
Tyson, who will begin serv-
ing his jail time Tuesday morn-
ing, left the courthouse without
speaking to reporters.
Tyson' had faced a possible
maximum sentence of four
years and three months in pris-
on. Prosecutor Shane Krauser
had recommended one year
in prison Monday, saying that
Tyson was a multiple offender
* who previously had been con-
victed of a violent crime and
that only now has he sought
treatment for his drug addic-
tion.
"Judge, by my calcula-
tions, this is his fourth or fifth
chance," Krauser said.
The latest charges stemmed
from a traffic stop in Scottsdale
on Dec. 29 after the boxer had
spent the evening at Scotts-
dale's Pussycat Lounge and
was seen driving erratically.
An officer said he saw Tyson
wiping a white substance off
the dashboard of his black
BMW, and that his speech was
slurred.
Authorities said they found
bags of cocaine in Tyson's
pocket and in his car.
Tyson told officers later that
he used cocaine "whenever I
can get my hands on it," and
that he preferred to smoke it
in Marlboro cigarettes with the
tobacco pulled out, according
to court documents. He also
told police that he used mari-
juana that day and was taking
the antidepressant Zoloft, the
documents state.
Since his arrest, Tyson
checked himself into an inpa-
tient treatment program for
what his lawyer called "various
addictions."
Tyson attorney David Ches-
noff said his client had taken
29 drug tests without a relapse
since his arrest and that he's at-


AH pnoio/
East Valley Tribune, Laura Segall
Former heavyweight boxing
champion Mike Tyson walks
into the Maricopa County
Superior Court in Mesa,
Ariz., Monday, Nov. 19. Ty-
son was sentenced Monday
to 24 hours in jail and three
years' probation for cocaine
possession and driving un-
der the influence.
tended Alcoholics Anonymous
and Narcotics Anonymous
meetings.
Two of Tyson's former wives
also wrote letters to the court
asking for leniency.
Abrams said Monday that
she was impressed that Tyson
was seeking therapy for his
drug addiction. "You worked
to address your addiction and
self-destructive behavior,"
Abrams said.
In addition to probation, Ty-
son also will have to pay a fine
and serve 360 hours of com-
munity service, including at
least 20 hours per month.
County Attorney Andrew
Thomas had said after the plea
was entered that Tyson should
be put in prison, noting that
Tyson was convicted of rape
in Indiana in 1992 and pleaded
no contest to misdemeanor as-
sault charges in Maryland in
1999.
In 1986, Tyson became the
*youngest heavyweight cham-
pion in history when, at 20, he
knocked out Trevor Berbick.
He lost his title four years later
when he was knocked out by
James "Buster" Douglas. By
1997, Tyson's career hit a low
point when he bit Evander
Holyfield's ear during a fight.
Tyson, 41, recently had been
trying to revive his career with
a series of boxing exhibitions.


Carr steps down after 13 seasons


By Larry Lage
AP Sports Writer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) --
Lloyd Carr retired Monday after 13
years as Michigan's coach, follow-
ing a season defined by a startling
loss to Appalachian State and yet
another defeat by Ohio State.
Carr, groomed for the position
by Michigan coaching great Bo
Schembechler, led the Wolverines
to 121 wins, five Big Ten titles and
a national championship.
"On this week of Thanksgiving
no one has more to be thankful
for than I do," Carr said at a news
conference.
The departure by the 62-
year-old Carr opens a job at the
nation's winningest football pro-
gram. Les Miles, the coach at No.
I LSU, seems to be at the top of
the list of potential successors. He
played for Schembechler at Mich-
igan, where he met his wife and
later became an assistant.
Carr said he hopes that who-
ever follows him will continue the
long Michigan tradition of win-
ning "with integrity."
"That's what we want to do,"
he said. "In the big picture the
character of this institution will be
defined by the way this program is
run, and that really is what Michi-
gan is about and what I hope will
always be about."
Carr said it will be up to ath-
letic director Bill Martin to decide
what role, if any, he will have in
choosing the next coach.
Martin said he had 20 candi-
dates in mind and would form
a committee to help him in the
search process.
"I want to get this done as
soon as I can," he said.
Carr told his players and staff
he was leaving Sunday during a
team meeting at Schembechler
Hall.
"It was emotional," safety Ja-
mar Adams said. "My eyes welled
up."1
Carr has one game remaining
at Michigan. He will coach the
Wolverines in their bowl game,
mostly likely the Alamo Bowl in
San Antonio or the Outback Bowl
in Tampa, Fla.
The move was not a surprise.
Last winter, Carr altered his con-
tract to pave the way for this to
be his last season and later made
sure the school gave his assistants
unprecedented two-year deals.
At his news conference, he
joked about speculation that he
is tired.
"I'm not tired," he said. "I may
look tired, but I still have a great
passion for the game, for the play-
ers and for the competition. But
I also know that there are some
things that I don't have anymore,
and so it's time. That's all I can
say to you."
Even though Miles appears
in a great situation leading the
Tigers in a talent-rich area, the
school was concerned enough
about him bolting for Michigan
that it put a specific clause in his
contract to make it an expensive
move.
In the "termination by coach"
section of his deal, Michigan is
the only other school mentioned.
It states that Miles will not seek or
accept employment as Michigan's
-coach. If Miles does leave LSU to
coach the Wolverines, he must
pay LSU $1.25 million.
Gary DiNardo was in a similar
situation when he was coaching
at LSU and his alma mater con-
tacted him about its opening a
decade ago.
"I told Notre Dame that I didn't


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AP photo/Paul Sancya FILE
Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr yells at the referee during
the second quarter of a college football game against Penn
State, in Ann Arbor, Mich., in this Sept. 22, 2007 file photo.
Lloyd Carr retired Monday Nov. 19, after 13 seasons as Mich-
igan's football coach, opening up the job leading the nation's
winningest program.


want to talk until the season was
over, but each coach is different
in how they handle that," said
DiNardo, who was in Ann Arbor
working for the Big Ten Network.
"My advice to Les Miles would be
to learn from the Nick Saban saga
and to either tell the truth or don't
say anything."
Saban said he had no inter-
est in the Alabama job when it
became vacant nearly a year ago
while he was coaching the Miami
Dolphins, then declined com-
ment the next month. After five
weeks of denials and two days
of deliberation, Saban bolted to
coach the Crimson Tide.
Other candidates might in-
clude Kirk Ferentz of Iowa, where
Michigan president Mary Sue
Coleman was before coming to
Ann Arbor, and major college
coaches with Midwest ties such
as Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, a na-
tive of Youngstown, Ohio.
An Iowa spokesman said Mon-
day that Ferentz would not eom-
ment.
Carr had a 121-40 record for a
.752 winning percentage, seventh
among' active coaches behind
Florida State's Bobby Bowden
and ahead of South Carolina's
Steve Spurrier.


Michigan opened the season
with a 34-32 loss to Appalachian
State in one of college football's
biggest upsets, and a loss to Or-
egon immediately followed.
The Wolverines rebounded
with eight straight wins and closed
the regular season with two more
losses - to Wisconsin and Ohio
State. Saturday's 14-3 defeat was
the fourth straight loss to the
Buckeyes, matching Michigan's'
longest losing streak in the storied
series. Carr was the first coach in
school history to lose six times in
seven years in the rivalry,.
The Jim Tressel-led Buckeyes
beat the Wolverines on Saturday,
dropping Carr to 6-7 overall in the
matchup that matters most.
"Lloyd Carr is one of the true
gentlemen of college football,"
Tressel said Sunday. "His legacy
is extraordinary and his leader-
ship in the coaching profession
is greatly appreciated. He made a
difference in collegiate athletics."
Carr took over a program
shaken by Gary Moeller's sudden
resignation in 1995. Carr led the
Wolverines to the 1997 national
championship. He won 77.9 per-
cent of his conference games,
trailing the success rate of just
two coaches that were in the Big


Ten for at least a decade: Schem-
bechler and Fielding Yost. Against
top-10 teams, Carr was 17-9.
Michigan has lost its last four
bowl games, including three Rose
Bowls, the longest postseason
skid since Schembechler dropped
seven straight in the 1970s.
The Wolverines were ranked
No. 5 before .this season started
by voters who thought returning
stars on offense would make up
for inexperienced players on de-
fense and special teams.
Then came the loss to Appala-
chian State, making Michigan the
first ranked team to lose to a team
from the Football Championship
Subdivision, formerly Division I-
AA. That led to an unprecedented
fall out of the poll. The 39-7 loss
to Oregon was Michigan's worst
at home since 1968.
The Wolverines rallied and had
a chance to win the Big Ten title
outright and earn a spot in the
Rose Bowl in the regular-season
finale against Ohio State. The loss
to the Buckeyes dropped them
down a level on the bowl invita-
tion list.
Michigan has lost its last four
bowl games, including three Rose
Bowls, the longest postseason
skid since Schembechler dropped
seven straight in the 1970s.
Carr's career was a lot like the
2007 season: relatively rough at
the start, great in the middle and
lackluster toward the end.
The longtime assistant was el-
evated to interim coach May 16,
1995, after Moeller resigned fol-
lowing a drunken confrontation
with police. Michigan dropped
the interim tag toward the end of
his first season.
The Wolverines lost four
games in each of Carr's first two
seasons, then went 12-0 and won
the national championship a de-
cade ago accomplishing a feat the
late Schembechler didn't.
Michigan won Big Ten titles in
1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2004
under Carr.
The Wolverines were 7-5 two
years ago, their worst season in
two decades, and bounced back
in 2006 with 11 wins and a third
trip to the Rose Bowl in four
years.
Carr was hired by Schem-
bechler in 1980 as defensive
backs coach and promoted him
to defensive coordinator in 1987.
He held that job through the 1994
season.
AP Sports Writer Luke Meredith
in Des Moines, Iowa,
contributed to this report.


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