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PO BOX 117007

Vol. 98 No. 331 Tuesday, November 27, 2007 50 Plus tax

Okeechobee County Plan-
ning Board/Board of Adjust-
ments and Appeals at 7 p.m.
in the Commission chambers,
Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W Second St.

Early Release Day
Okeechobee County
Schools will observe their sec-
ond student early release day
this week. Early release day will
be Thursday, Nov. 29.
Elementary schools will re-
lease students at 11:30 a.m.;
middle schools will release at
12:05 p.m.; the Freshman Cam-
pus and New Endeavor will
release at 10:30 a.m.; and the
Okeechobee High School will
release at 10:45 a.m.

Taylor Creek
locks are closed
The S-193 navigation lock at
Taylor Creek will be closed to
boat traffic as of Monday, Nov.
19, except for emergencies.
For additional information
about the current drought, wa-
ter levels or other South Florida
Water Management District
projects, call the Okeechobee
Service Center at (863) 462-
5260 or (800) 250-4200.

SFWMD hosts
public meeting
A public meeting on the
northern Everglades/Lake
Okeechobee phase II technical
plan will be held Tuesday, Nov.
27, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Civic Center, 1750
U.S. 98 N.
The purpose of the meeting
is to allow the public to com-
ment on the South Florida Wa-
ter Management District's draft
For a copy of the draft plan,
go to the SFWMD website at
For information on the meet-
ing or draft plan, call Temperince
Morgan at (561) 682-6534.

Drought Index
Current: 421
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.30 feet
Last Year: 12.25 feet
,Re Source: South
Florida Water
.. Management
.;- ) District. Depth
L e e given in feet
above sea level.

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

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Judge won

Man charged with
child pornography
faces $1.750 M bond

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man current-
ly in jail on child porn charges
asked Circuit Judge Sherwood
Bauer Jr. to lower his $1.650 mil-
lion bond Monday but, instead,
the judge increased it to $1.750

The state also added an extra
charge so that Thomas Brew-
ster Manton,
68, N.E. Eighth
Ave., is now fac-
ing 35 counts of
possession of
child pornog-
raphy. Manton
also learned
that , because
of a new state Thomas
law that went Manton
into effect Oct.
1, all of the charges against him
have been enhanced to second-

ower bond

degree felonies.
Manton, through his attorney
Rebecca Boldt Hamilton, asked
Judge Bauer to lower his bond
to around $100,000 to $150,000
which means he would then
have to post a cash bond of
$10,000 to $15,000. He said his
sons could then post his bond.
But the judge denied the re-
"I do believe the bond is rea-
sonable," said Judge Bauer.
The Okeechobee man, who
testified that he was pivotal in
getting a former prime minister

of Pakistan into two U.S. col-
leges, was originally arrested on
Oct. 16 on a single charge of pos-
session of child pornography and
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail at that time. On Oct.
23, Detective Sergeant Brad Stark
of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) charged him
with 33 additional child pornog-
raphy charges.
Sgt. Stark testified at Mon-
day's bond reduction hearing
that 116 images of child pornog-
raphy were downloaded from
Manton's laptop computer. He

City Tree Lighting: tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The City of Okeechobee decked out City Hall for the holidayss with wreathes and ribbons in preparation for the official
tree lighting ceremony which will be held on Tuesday, nov. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Park.

This cuddly Christmas bear danced into the City Hall Park
This Christmas bear has style and skills playing his violin for the holiday season which is approaching us ever so
in the City Hall Park. Santa Claus will be in the City Hall rapidly with the Tree Lighting Ceremony that highlights
Park to grant the wishes of the children and give them a the Okeechobee County Schools chorus beginning at
goody bag during the ceremony. 5:30 p.m.

Commissioners' agenda

includes 'hodge podge'

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At a 1:30 p.m. workshop
on Thursday, Nov. 29, the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners will be
considering a topic planning
official Bill Royce once called
a "hodge podge" - the many
subdivisions in the county that
don't have improved public
or private road access. Many
of these rights of way are not
maintained by the county and

many are not built according to
current standards.
The workshop will address
a wide assortment of proposed
changes to county ordinances
and to land development regu-
lations. One of the proposed
amendments notes that county
ordinances have restricted or
prohibited residential develop-
ment on non-existent or sub-
standard roads. However, these
ordinances have not been uni-
formly enforced.
While driveway and utility

permitting and installation stan-
dards have, in some cases been
addressed by resolution, com-
missioners will seek to include
these standards in county or-
dinances. Proposed ordinance
amendments would establish
a permit for utility installation
and establish installation stan-
Another proposed change
would allow the commission-
ers, upon recommendation of
See Agenda - Page 2

went on to say that 34 of those
images "were very graphic."
The detective said the photos
were apparently downloaded to
Manton's computer from Oct.
23, 2006, to July 20, 2007.
Assistant State Attorney Ash-
ley Albright asked Judge Bauer to
publish the photos for evidence,
but Ms. Hamilton objected to
them being published in open
court. But Mr. Albright argued
that the public and the media
have a right to see the photos.
See Bond - Page 2





If you go
What: Okeechobee County
Planning Board/Board of Adjust-
ments and Appeals
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Commission chambers,
Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W. Second St.
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Planning Board/Board of Ad-
justments and Appeals will be
facing a short agenda of non-
controversial items when they
meet this evening.
The most involved item on
the agenda will be, a request
for preliminary plat approval
for the proposed 512 lot Sil-
ver Palms RV Village. This is a
project of Okeechobee Devel-
opment, LLC, property owner,
and William Harvey, applicant.
The property in question is lo-
cated on the south side of S.W.
32nd Street, directly south of
Oakview Baptist Church and
west of Seminole Cove, Ou-
sley Estates and Palm Village
Ranch. The lots, which devel-
opers say would be larger than
the usual RV lot, would be sold
to RV owners. The main en-
trance would be from U. S. 441
S. with a turn lane to be con-
structed on Florida Department
of Transportation right of way.
See Planning -Page 2

Submitted Photo/SES
South's Employee of the Year
Nicola Coker (left) our School Related Employee of the
year for 2007-2008 with Mrs Geeting (right) principal.


2 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Local man charged in thefts from homes

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has been
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail following his arrest
on six felony charges stemming
from the alleged theft of items
from two different people, on
two separate occasions.
Roberto Laguna Arrieta, 20,
S.W 21't St., was arrested Nov. 20
on charges of grand theft, dealing
in stolen property (two counts),
defrauding a pawn broker (two

counts) and one count of prin-
cipal (grand
theft). He is be-
ing held in the
County Jail un- A-
der a total bond
of $9,000.
Detective -
Rick Durfee of
the Okeechobee Roberto
County Sheriff's Roberto
Office (OCSO) Arrieta
said on Oct. 12 Arrieta reportedly
took a Blue Boss Guitar Proces-

sor from the home of a man who
lives in the southeast section of
the county. The detective said
the processor had an estimated
value of $400.
Then, on Oct. 26, Arrieta re-
portedly stole a necklace valued
at $5,800 from another home
in the southeast section of the
county, said the detective.
Detective Durfee said Arrieta
apparently pawned the necklace
for $150 and the guitar processor
for $60. Both items have been re-
covered, he added.

The detective's arrest report
indicates that on Oct. 26 Arrieta
and another man were playing
basketball at another person's
home, when they went inside
to get something to drink. The
report says Arrieta went to the
bathroom. It was later learned
that he allegedly took the gold
necklace that weighed 6.5 ounc-
es from the bedroom, said Detec-
tive Durfee.
Despite the arrest, Detective
Durfee said his investigation is

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Continued From Page 1
Although he did not rule on mak-
ing the photos public, Judge Bau-
er simply said he did not need to
see them.
Manton's original arrest
stemmed from images found on
his computer when he took it to
a- local business for repair. His
second arrest came about after
additional photos were found
on his HP Pavilion laptop com-
puter. The 35th charge was filed
when another image was found
on a second computer owned by
the woman who shares her N.E.
Eighth Ave. home with Manton.
Manton owns no property in
Okeechobee .County and does
not own a vehicle.
Sgt. Stark said Manton asked
the technician working on the
computer to load all the infor-
mation from the hard drive to a
compact disc. As the work was
being done on the laptop, the

Continued From Page 1
the planning board, to approve
alternatives to the minimum re-
quirements and specifications for
roads in a planned development.
One of the problems that have
surfaced due to Okeechobee's
growing pains is that fact that
sometimes when a house is
built next to an existing house,
the lot is raised to an elevation
above the neighbor's lot. This
causes excessive rain to flood the
neighbor's yard. One of the pro-
posed changes calls for a drain-
age system to be installed at rear
and side yards where proposed
slopes do not equal or exceed 0.2
percent toward the right of way.
Other proposed changes would

Continued From Page 1
Final plans call for the 88 acre
site, which is to be developed in
three phases, to include a 9,000
square foot clubhouse which can
be utilized as a hurricane shelter.
Other amenities planned include
shuffleboard, tennis, bocce and

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technician found an image of a
child posing in an inappropriate
position. The image, added Sgt.
Stark, included the anatomy of a
male subject.
When Manton returned to
pick up his computer, Sgt. Stark
was waiting for him.
The detective said hundreds
of pornographic images were
found on the computer. He said
of those hundreds, the number
of images to be investigated was
narrowed down to 116.
"The 116 images were por-
nographic and provocative child
images," he said.
The state then selected 34
images on which to file charges
against Manton. Sgt. Stark said
those images were of children
he believed to be under the age
of 12.
From the witness stand, Sgt.
Stark said the computer is now in
the hands of a certified computer
analyst with the Martin County
Sheriff's Office.
When queried by Ms. Hamil-

establish minimum rights of way
for arterial and local streets with
curb and gutter and swale drain-
Deviations from right angle in-
tersections would have to be ap-
proved by the county engineer.
Under one of the proposals,
individual lots on county main-
tained roads that do not meet
current standards can be devel-
oped. However, if such lots are
subdivided, the developer must
bring that section of the road
fronting the property up to cur-
rent county standards.
Easements within private sub-
division would not be accepted
by the county unless dedicated
by all owners of the easements
or roads. The proposed amend-
ment goes on to state that these
roads shall not be accepted for

horseshoe courts, a swimming
pool, a Jacuzzi spa, fitness cen-
ter, billiards room, library, and a
private lounge for owners.
Turning to other items, the
board is scheduled to hear a re-
quest for changes in zoning and
a request for special exception
from the same property owners.
Carol Pollack and Elsie Judge
have requested a change in zoh-

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ton, the detective said at this time
he did not know if Manton had
received the photos as e-mail at-
tachment or by some other elec-
tronic means.
Ms. Hamilton then asked Sgt.
Stark if he knew whether or not
the computer was in Manton's
possession when the images
were received. The detective an-
swered that he did not know.
She then went on to ask the
detective several specific ques-
tions about the computer, but
Sgt. Stark said he couldn't answer
the questions because she would
need to pose those questions to a
computer technician.
If Manton is able to post bond,
he will be required to surrender
his passport. He will also be pro-
hibited from using a cell phone
or a computer, and will not be
allowed to leave Okeechobee
Manton told Judge Bauer that
he has a doctorate degree in in-
ternational law and taught inter-
national business at the Universi-

maintenance by the county un-
til they have been brought up to
current county road standards.
Further lot splits in such sub-
divisions would be prohibited
unless access was by way of an
approved private street accord-
ing to the land development
A drainage plan would be re-
quired for any lot of less than 10
acres in a subdivision on a pri-
vate road.
New plats of property serviced
only by private roads would be
prohibited unless such roads are
improved to current county stan-
dards and either dedicated to the
county or a recordable perpetual
maintenance document be ex-
ecuted by land owners.
The proposed changes also
address in fill of existing platted

ing from commercial and agri-
culture to the heavy commercial
for property on U. S. 441 S.E. In
connection with this request
the owners have also requested
a special exception to allow a
warehouse or storage activity in a
heavy commercial zoning district.
They desire the special exception
in order to allow for retail sales
and storage of RVs and boats on

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ty of Washington. He said he has
traveled the world on business
and was instrumental in getting
Benazir Bhutto into Radcliffe Col-
lege and then into Harvard Uni-
"I've known her for 40 years,"
said Manton to Judge Bauer.
Bhutto, now 54, went on to
become the youngest prime min-
ister of Pakistan and the first fe-
male leader of a Muslim country.
When Manton was first arrest-
ed on Oct. 16, he had a round-trip
plane ticket in his possession. He
was to fly out of Orlando, to Paki-
stan, then back to Orlando.
The ticket, he said, cost
.,However, when asked repeat-
edly by Mr. Albright to estimate
his net worth Mr. Manton said
that would be difficult to do be-
cause of his involvement in dif-
ferent business ventures. When
pressed, he finally estimated his
worth to be around $100,000.

subdivisions where substandard
roads exist within the county
right of way. Owners would be
required to sign and record a
document acknowledging that
access to the property is not cur-
rently county maintained and
that there may be limited avail-
ability for emergency services.
Restrictions would also be
placed on entrance signs for sub-
divisions, farms and ranches, in-
dustrial or business parks and
other similar developments.
Before any of these proposed
changes are adopted, two public
hearings must be held.
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda
may be reached at

the property.
A second public hearing on
the request for a change in zon-
ing will be held before the board
of county commissioners on
Thursday, Dec. 13 at 9 a.m.
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda
may be reached at

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 sponsor-
ing 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.

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)

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.

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Coqncil 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.

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.

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.

News Briefs

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

Holiday Tour of Homes planned
The 2007 .Holiday Tour of Homes will take place on Friday, Nov.
30, 2007 and Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 from 6 pm until 9 p.m. both
evenings. Tickets are now on sale at Raulerson Hospital and at Su-
zie's Hallmark Gift Shop in the Publix Shopping Center. Tickets are
available for only $12 for the self tour and $25 for the bus tour. Bus
tour tickets can be purchased at the hospital. For more information,
please call Bill Casian at 824-2702.

Moose Legionnaires hold annual fundraiser
The Okeechobee Loyal Order of Moose, Legionnaires are again
holding their annual Koeze Nut "Fundraiser" for food baskets for
the less fortunate. Order forms and catalogs may be picked up at the
Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave., see Paul at the Lodge, 159 N.W
36th St., (863) 763-4954 or call Paul Diamond P.G. Fund Chairman at
(863) 467-1484 to order.

VFW #9528 Auxiliary sponsors Toys for Tots
The Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W Post 9528 in Buckhead Ridge is spon-
soring Toys for Tots Program. This will be for our local children;
Buckhead Ridge and Okeechobee. New toys may be dropped off at
VF.W Post 9528 in Buckhead Ridge. No clothing please. For infor-
mation call Annie at (863) 357-0467.

Today's Weather

Okeechobee Forecast

Tuesday: Considerable cloudiness, with a slight chance of show-
ers. The high will be around 80. The wind will be from the west
around 5 mph shifting to the northeast in the afternoon. The chance
of rain is 20 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers. The
low will be in the mid 60s. The wind will be from the north around
5 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.

Extended Forecast

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers. The
high will be in the lower 80s. The wind will be from the northeast
at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the east in the afternoon. The chance of
rain is 20 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower
Thursday: Partly cloudy. The high will be in the lower 80s.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 60s.
Friday: Partly cloudy. The high will be in the lower 80s.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be around 60.
Saturday: Partly sunny. The high will be in tlie lower 80s.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be around 60.
Sunday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s.

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Okeechobee News, Tuesday, November 27, 2007 3

Man's odor leads

to his felony arrest

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A' Daytona Beach man was
arrested last week and booked
into the Okeechobee County
Jail on a felony
drug charge that
came about be-
cause of the way -
he smelled. !
William E. .
Beckett, III, 26, - ...
S. Coates St., -
was arrested "
Nov. 20 on a William
felony charge Beckett
of possession
of cocaine and a misdemeanor
charge of possession of marijua-
na under 20 grams. His bond was
set at $1,500.
An Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) arrest
affidavit states that Beckett was
arrested after a detective from
the Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force became suspicious of the
Daytona Beach man because of a
suspicious odor about his body.
The report states that the de-
tective was on foot in the 600

block of N.E. 13th Ave. conduct-
ing a narcotics investigation.
The detective states in the OCSO
report that Beckett had a strong
odor about his person, and that
the smell resembled the odor of
While searching Beckett, the
detective indicated in the OCSO
report that a small amount of a
green, leafy substance was found
in his back pocket. A field test on
the substance indicated a positive
result for the presence of mari-
juana. The suspected marijuana
weighed 4 grams, added the
OCSO affidavit.
Beckett was arrested and then
transported to the county jail.
After arriving at the jail, Beck-
ett reportedly dropped a small
plastic bag onto the floor of the
sallyport. The bag was found by
a corrections officer and turned
over to the task force detective.
When the substance inside was
field tested it indicated a posi-
tive result for the presence of co-
The suspected cocaine,
continued the arrest affidavit,
weighed less than I gram.

Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections

* Nicki Louise Osceola, 22, S.E. 12"'
Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested
Nov. 20 by Deputy Anthony Kibler
on an Okeechobee County warrant
charging her with failure to appear
- compliance of docket and failure
to appear - possession of cocaine.
Her bond was set at $25,000.
* Glenn Curtis Lamb, Jr., 47, S.R.

70 W., Okeechobee, was arrested
Nov. 20 by Deputy Mark Margerum
on felony charges of resisting arrest
with violence and possession of
cocaine. He was also charged
with the misdemeanor of domestic
battery. His bond was set at $3,000.
* MelissaAnn Harden, 22, S. Parrott
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Nov. 20 by Officer Russ Cale on

a charge of aggravated assault
(domestic). She was released on her
own recognizance.
This column lists arrests and not
convictions, unless otherwise stated.
Anyone listed here who is later found
innocent or has had the charges
against them dropped is welcome to
inform this newspaper The information
will be confirmed and printed.


Task forces arrests

man on coke charges
By Eric Kopp iff's Office (OCSO) arrest affida-
Okeechobee News vit states that when a task force
While conducting a narcot- detective approached Littleton
ics investigation he started breathing heavily and
in the area of became nervous. He also had
N.W 12th Street his left hand hidden in his shirt
last week, de- sleeve, added the report.
tectives from When Littleton removed his
the Okeechobee hand from the sleeve of his shirt
Narcotics Task the detective saw a cigarette light-
force arrested a er, cigarette and a cigar container
man on felony that was cut in half and capped.
drug charges. Eric When the detective opened the
Eric Latvain Littleton cigar container several small
Littleton, 26, pieces of a substance was found.
N.W. 12th St., Okeechobee, was When tested, the substance
arrested Nov. 21 on a felony indicated a positive result for the
charge of possession of co- presence of cocaine, stated the
caine. He was booked into the OCSO affidavit.
Okeechobee County Jail under a The arrest report goes on to
$5,000 bond. state that the suspected cocaine
An Okeechobee County Sher- weighed .4 grams.

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TREES: Every year you hear about all of the forests and trees that
are being cut down, yet at Christmas time, they cut down 6-8 million
trees every year if not more and no one complains about that. They
talk about the green house effect. Instead of cutting down all of the
trees for Christmas trees, maybe you need to go to aluminum trees. If
you don't cut down the trees, that will save on the green house effect.
No trees, no air. So why do they waste all of them trees every year?

THEFTS: People down here in Buckhead Ridge complain about
such foolish things. This year I am not even really decorating my house
for Christmas because of the brats in our neighborhood or wherever
they come from, steal things out of the yards. I have had things stolen
that cost me money and they just don't stop. So I will not be putting
out my decorations this year, just because of that. I am going to be

SCHOOLS: When you consider the school board is planning to
build a sixth elementary school, it seems obvious they should be look-
ing ahead to expand the high school or build a new one before those
kids reach ninth grade. Or perhaps they expect a large number to
move away or drop out of school before reaching high school?

CURFEW: Since Glades County has passed a curfew for those un-
der the age of 18, perhaps Okeechobee can learn from their experi-
ence. See how it works there, and what problems they encounter, and
then decide if it is something we should also consider. It is a shame,
however, that parents don't handle this themselves. When I see young
kids out at night, I always wonder just what their parents are thinking
-- letting them run around so late. If parents would impose some rules
and curfews, the government won't have to get involved in things like

WATER: A lake as large and shallow as the Big 0 is not a good
place to store water. I have read that we lose more water through
evaporation on one sunny day than they could release if they had ev-
ery gate open and all the pumps running. The human population is
going to have to come up with better ways to store water than trying
to use Lake Okeechobee as a reservoir.

COUNTY: Sounds like George Long got a great deal with Bartow.
Apparently they see something in him that three of our county com-
missioners did not.

GOVERNMENT IN THE SUNSHINE: Years ago there was a con-
cern that when the county commissioners went to lunch together on
meeting days, they might be discussing policy. They assured the public
they only talked about hunting, fishing and women (at the time it was
an all-male commission). But even the appearance of a possible vio-
lation can be a problem. When one commissioner makes a motion,
and two others quickly second it and call for a vote before any real
discussion has been made at the public meeting, there is certainly the
appearance that they might be talking about issues before the meet-

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Community Events

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 recruit-
iinincrease the amount of scholarship funds available to these
students. If you or your business would like to offer a scholarship
in your name, or if you have any questions regarding scholarship
contributions, please contact Bill R. Black at (873) 462-5025 ext.
3113. The scholarship commitment deadline is Jan. 11, 2008 so
new scholarships can be included in the scholarship booklets. If
this is not convenient for you please call and we will work out the

Church holds cookie sale
The Okeechobee Presbyterian church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., will
hold its annual Christmas cookie sale on Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to
2 p.m. in the fellowship Hall. For more information contact Anne
Brought (863) 763-4228 or Betsy Cheney (863) 357-0465.

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Do the holidays have you feeling blue?

It's the holiday season and ev-
erywhere people are happy and
excited...except you. Instead,
you're feeling stressed and de-
pressed. It's called the "holiday
blues" and it's a fairly common
condition, though one often hid-
den behind false holiday smiles.
Qne reason the holiday sea-
son can seem depressing is that
it comes at a time when we may
be mentally summing up the
year, especially its troubles and
shortcomings. Year-end memo-
ries commonly focus on prob-
lems of the past year -- illnesses,
loss of loved ones, work or fe-
lationship problems, or things
falling short of our expectations
-- rather than the positive hap-
penings of the year.
The holidays are also a
busy time. Added to the nor-
mal stresses of daily living are
the anxieties of gift buying,



From the American
Counseling Association

holiday parties, family issues,
social obligations and other
stress-inducers of this season.
Holiday media images can also
leave us with impossibly perfect
holiday expectations. Advertis-
ing, TV shows, and magazine
stories are present wonderful
family holidays that never hap-
pen in real life, but still leave us
feeling that we're falling short of
how things should be. All these
complications of the season can
certainly leave us feeling blue,
but there are steps to take to

Upcoming Events

Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays.at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Breth-
ren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200,
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at
10 a.m. at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in
Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid
Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For infor-
mation, 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.,
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For infor-
mation, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call' (863)
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lakes Shops Suite K. For information call
(863) 634-4780.
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-
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.
A.A. 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 I 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.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
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.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Third Ave. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. will 'hold weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893,
or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863)
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a Sec-
ond Language classes are held from 7 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group
every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family
member is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and
provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support,
information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Basic Text
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303
Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call (863)
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 801-
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from
6:30 until 8 p.m.

minimize their effect on our
emotional state.
A healthy lifestyle is a good
start. Instead of overeating or
drinking excessively because
you're feeling stressed, make
conscious decisions to enjoy
holiday food and drink, but to
do so in moderation. At non-
party times, choose tasty low-fat
foods. You'll feel better and avoid
the stress of holiday weight gain.
Other healthy lifestyle decisions
include getting enough sleep
and exercise. A brisk daily walk
in the sunshine is a very effec-
tive way to fight depression.
Studies also fine even moderate
exercise can reduce stress and
mild depression.
You also want to stay con-
nected. Feeling sad often causes
people to withdraw and isolate
themselves. Instead, make a
real effort to spend time with

friends, to call or write those
you care about and to remem-
ber past good times you've en-
joyed with these people.
Simply talking about your
holiday feelings with . friends
can also help. Their support
and comfort can make a real
difference. And while the holi-
day blues are usually only tem-
porary and fairly mild, talk to a
counseling professional if your
depression feels deeper and
more than just a symptom of
the season.
"The Counseling Corner"
is provided as a public ser-
vice by the American Coun-
seling Association, the na-
tion's largest organization
of counseling professionals.
Learn more about the coun-
seling profession at the ACA
web site, www.counseling.

Community Events

Mainstreet holds monthly mixer
Okeechobee Main Street's November Mixer will be hosted by
Syble's Flowers and Gifts on Tuesday Nov. 27 from 5 until 7 p.m.
The Mixer will feature the mega 50/50, door prizes and light re-
freshments. The public is invited. Join us at Syble's located at 119
South Parrott Ave. For more information, contact Program Manager
Karen Hanawalt at (863) 357-MAIN (6246).

Carrie Sue Ayvar will be at Library
Carrie Sue Ayvar, Storyteller and Chautauqua Scholar, will por-
tray, "Doc Anner: Petticoat Doctor of the Everglades, 1876-1959" at
the Okeechobee County Library on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. This
program is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and is
free and open to the public. The Okeechobee Historical Society will
provide old-fashioned refreshments following the program.

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 are 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.

lHospice 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-

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

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," and Thursday, Dec. 20, "The Humming-
bird's Daughter," by Luis Albetto Urrea. The group will meet at
6:30 for our annual Christmas tea with the discussion at 7 p.m. on
Thursday, Jan. 24, "Mademoiselle Benoir," by Christine Conrad. For
information call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

4-H plans yard sale
The Okeechobee 4-H County Council will be holding a fundrais-
er yard sale on Saturday, Dec 1. The yard sale will be in the parking
lot of Mims Veterinary Hospital at 275 S.W 32nd St., Okeechobee.
The sale will run from 8 a.m. until noon.

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.

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

Amateur Radio club has guest speaker
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a talk by
Dennis Decker of the Melbourne office of the National Weather 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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Tag a holiday gift

Help protect
Florida's wildlife
A unique idea for gift-giving
this holiday season can help save
Florida's wildlife. The Florida
Department of Highway Safety
& Motor Vehicles announced re-
cently that gift certificates may be
purchased for any specialty tag in
The Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) offers five different spe-
cialty license plates. The purchase
of any of these plates helps in the
efforts to preserve and conserve
Florida's wildlife and natural hab-
itats. Specialty plates currently
available through FWC are the
Conserve Wildlife plate with the
black bear logo ($15), Go Fishing
plate with the largemouth bass
logo ($25), Protect the Panther
plate ($25), Helping Sea Turtles
Survive plate ($23) and Save the
Manatee plate ($20). An addi-
tional $4.50 will be added at the
time of purchase for administra-

tive and certificate costs.
To purchase the license plate
gift certificates, visit any autho-
rized tax collector's office, and a
credit will be issued in the name
of the gift recipient. When recipi-
ents renew their license plates
and pay the regular registration
fee, they can use the gift certifi-
cate to buy the specialty tag.
Since most tags are renewed
on the birth date of the registered
vehicle owner, these gift certifi-
cates make great birthday pres-
ents also.
To learn more about the
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OHS FCAT scores above state average

The Florida Department of
Education released the results of
FCAT retakes showing dramatic
improvement in reading and
math scores for Okeechobee
High School. "I am more than
excited," commented Principal
Toni Wiersma. Mrs. Wiersma's
excitement stems from the fact
that average percentage of elev-
enth and twelfth grade students
passing at Okeechobee High
School exceeded the state aver-
age in both reading and math.
Sharon Suits, Director of Assess-
ment and Accountability, fur-
ther emphasized that the mean

scale scores were also higher
than the state average in every
area. In some cases as many as
29 points separated the scores.
Accommodations were
made for all students during
retakes. Some of the strategies
included unlimited testing time,
frequent breaks, snacks and one
oh one as well as small group
testing. According to Cathleen
Blair, Director of Exceptional
Student Education, exceptional
education students read the test
out loud to a proctor during the
reading sections of the test. The
proctor, in turn, was able to

read the math questions to the
student. Such strategies are per-
missible under the administra-
tion guidelines for retakes.
Principal Wiersma gave
credit to the students, faculty
and staff at Okeechobee High
School for their hard work in
preparing for and administer-
ing the assessments. Students
can now focus on the remain-
ing high school graduation re-
.quirements such as receiving
24 credits in designated areas as
well as maintaining a 2.0 grade
point average.

FHREDI completes broadband study

Broadband feasibility study
for the six counties and four
communities of Florida's Heart-
land Region (FHREDI region)
bring forth a provider.
Florida Heartland REDI, Inc.
(FHREDI) completed a regional
broadband study in the spring
of 2007. The study concluded
that Florida's Heartland is a
strong candidate for the launch
of a Rural ISP (RISP).
Jerry and Deanna Pollard of
VistaNet are in the first phase of
deploying a wireless broadband
network in Hardee, Highlands
and Okeechobee Counties.
Their plans are to extend the
wireless network from coast to
coast and deep into the Heart-
land Region. Jerry and Deanna
Pollard report, "the feasibility
study was a tremendous help in
making this deployment of wire-

less broadband a reality." Jerry
describes the study as a valu-
able tool in his decision making
process. According to VistaNet
staff, "phones are ringing off the
hook! We have a waiting list a
mile long of people wanting to
sign up for the service."
The support for this valuable
study was provided by the Gov-
ernors Office of Tourism, Trade,
and Economic Development
and Enterprise Florida. "The Of-
fice of Tourism, Trade, and Eco-
nomic Development was very
pleased to provide assistance
to the development of the Study
that laid the foundation for this
announcement." said Mary
Helen Blakeslee, Chief Analyst.
"We are very aware of the criti-
cal need for reliable, high speed
internet access in rural commu-
nities and believe this is a good

Homes needed for 'exotic' pets

Is your pet python a pest? Is
your boa a bore? Has your scaly-
breasted lorikeet overstayed its
If you have an exotic pet that
you can't care for anymore,
don't just open the front door
and set it free. It's illegal to re-
lease a nonnative animal into
the wild in Florida, and it could
be detrimental for the animal
and the environment. In an
effort to keep unwanted ex-
otic pets out of South Florida's
native ecosystem, the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) and Miami
Metro Zoo will host the third
Nonnative Pet Amnesty Day in
February in Miami.
"We are expecting to get
quite a few nonnative animals
that day, so we need to make
sure we have safe homes for
them," said Jenny Tinnell of the
FWC. "Released pets are a com-
mon pathway that allows exotic
species into the wild. Often, pet
owners don't understand the
difference between native and
nonnative species, or they don't
realize the possible effects re-
leasing a nonnative species can
have. This event gives pet own-
ers who can no longer take care
of their pets or no longer wish
to keep them a legal option."
Right now, the FWC is look-
ing for potential South Florida
adopters, who will be recruited
as part of FWC's goal to es-
tablish a statewide nonnative
animal adoption program. All

adopters will be certified before
they receive surrendered ani-
Pet Amnesty Day will be Feb
23 at Miami Metro Zoo. It's free
and open to the public. Ani-
mals can be turned over free of
charge with no questions asked
and no penalties. A veterinarian
will examine each animal, and
every attempt will be made to
place all healthy animals with
qualified adopters.
Nonnative pet amnesty
events help to increase aware-
ness of nonnative species prob-
lems. Over 400 nonnative spe-
cies have been observed in
Florida, and more than 130 have
reproducing populations.
For more information on
nonnative species in Florida,
visit MyFWC.com/nonnatives/
Anyone interested in adopt-
ing nonnative pets should call
Jenny Tinnell at (850) 926-
0128. Potential adopters will
be allowed to sign up over the
phone until Dec. 21, 2007. The
formal certification process will
begin in January 2008. Adopters
must be at least 18, with no his-
tory of felonies, wildlife or cru-
elty violations, and no resource
or captive wildlife violations for
the past 3 years. Adopters must
have knowledge of natural his-
tory and caging requirements
and have proper facilities for
the animals they are interested
in adopting. There is no fee for
being a certified adopter.

Community Events

Free Parenting classes offered
Free parenting classes are held every Monday from 7 p.m. until
8 p.m. at New Endeavor High School. Classes include topics about
children from birth to teens. For more information or to have an inter-
preter available call Lori Jaquith at (863) 697-6320 or (863) 462-5000
ext. 282.

Healthy Start meeting slated
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 11:30 a.m. as part of the board work-
shop/meeting. For. information, call executive director Kay Begin at
(863) 462-5877.

step in the right direction."
"We are delighted that a lo-
cal vendor has recognized the
opportunity and is providing
the service. Reliable access to
Broadband will begin to change
the region. and offer many op-
portunities in business and per-
sonal lifestyle enhancement,"
says Lynn Topel, Executive Di-
rector of FHREDI.

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6 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Holiday celebrations may amplify eating disorder issues

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Holidays are a time of year
where you gather with family
many times throughout the sea-
son to celebrate with family and
normally these celebrations are
centered around food.
Food is one of the most com-
mon pastimes of families and is
typically a way to gather people
together. For individuals with
eating disorders, this time of
year is especially traumatic.
The definition of an eating
disorder is a complex compul-
sion to eat, or not eat, in a way
which disturbs physical and
mental health. Often the symp-
toms can be seen as extreme,
or as extensions of culturally
acceptable behavior and pre-
occupations. The eating may
be excessive (compulsive over-
eating); too limited (restrict-
ing); may include normal eat-
ing punctuated with episodes
of purging; may include cycles
of binging and purging; or may
encompass the ingesting of

The most common eating
disorders are anorexia nervosa
and bulimia nervosa. Binge
eating disorder is also a rapidly
spreading disorder in today's
Anorexia is a type of eat-
ing disorder in which people
have an intense fear of gaining
weight. Both women and men
who suffer from anorexia typi-
cally severely limit the amount
of food that they eat and in turn
become dangerously thin.
Anorexia can affect the body
physically and the mind by cre-
ating a distorted body image.
Typically people tell an anorexic
individual that they are too thin,
but when they look at them-
selves, they see a fat person.
Starvation and serious health
problems such as osteoporosis,
kidney damage and heart prob-
lems can result if people do not
get help with this eating disor-
Bulimia is another type of
eating disorder where indi-
viduals eat a large amount of
food in a short time, which is
called bingeing and then they

do something to get rid of the
food or purge. Bulimic individ-
uals typically choose one or a
combination of the following:
vomiting; exercising excessive-
ly; or using medicines such as
People who have bulimia
may binge their food because it
gives them a feeling of comfort,
but that comfort then makes
them feel out of control be-
cause they ate so much. This
brings them back down where
they feel ashamed, guilty and
afraid of gaining weight; so they
Bulimia causes another
group of serious long-term
health problems such as tooth
decay, gum disease and loss
of tooth enamel for individuals
who vomit to purge. All types
of purging can lead to bone
thinning, osteoporosis, kidney
damage, heart problems, or
even death.
Binge eating is similar to
Bulimia except that the indi-
vidual does not try to purge
the calories from their bodies
after their compulsive eating

binge. A binge eater may try
to restrict themselves from eat-
ing between binges. Binge eat-
ers typically gain weight and
have problems related to being
obese and often also have de-
pression, anxiety, or other emo-
tional problems.
According to the Center for
Young Women's Health Orga-
nization, Families should keep
things in mind such as these to
try to make things easier for their
loved ones in this highly stress-
ful time of year; being patient;
letting their loved one know that
they will not be'forcing them to
eat or have any expectations
placed on them; agree in ad-
vance not to discuss disordered
eating thoughts such as portion
size, calories, carbohydrate or
fat content; plan ahead so that
the individual knows what time
you will eat, the content of the
meal and who will be present
for the meal.
Other ways that can help a
person struggling with an eat-
ing disorder are simply shop-
ping together. Exploring new
foods to add as "safe foods" for


Maria J. Cordova
de Campoverde
Maria J. Cordova de Cam-
poverde, age 73 of Seminole,
died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007 at
Raulerson Hospital. She is a
vacationer to the Okeechobee
She is preceded in death by
her husband, Luis Campover-
She is survived by her chil-
dren, Johnny Campoverde of

Ecuador, Betty Blair of Semi-
nole, Doris Smawley of Largo,
Eva Campoverde of Spain. and
Deisy Campoverde of Spain. In
addition, she is survived by six
grandchildren; brothers, Nel-
son, Augustin, Pedro, Mauricio,
and Ovidio and sisters, Angela
and Gloria.
There will be no visitation or
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Crema-

Lyle Rogers, age 82 of
Okeechobee, died Thursday,
Nov. 22, 2007 at his residence
in Okeechobee. Born March
1, 1925 in Blue Mound, Kan.,
he had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 14
years and was a member of the
American Legion.
He is survived by his wife of
60 years, Frances Aldine Rog-

ers of Okeechobee; son, Lyle
Eugene Rogers; daughters,
Ginger Lee Rogers Manke of
Okeechobee, Christine Hughes
of Okeechobee and five grand-
The family has no plans for a
service at this time. Friends may
sign the guestbook at www.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.

the person struggling with the
eating disorder will show them
that they have support and help
them through their recovery pe-
Casual comments like "you
look better, you've gained
weight," or you look so much
better now that you're not skin
and bones," can be seen by a
person with an eating disorder
as attacks that they are fat.
These comments can be
turned into positives by com-
menting on health and energy
level such as "You look full
of energy!" or "You look well
rested," which make them feel
more supported and do not fo-
cus on body shape or size.
Positive attitudes for many
types of illnesses work won-
ders. A bright, cheerful and con-
sistently positive attitude can
spread a message of hope and
cheer to a teen with an eating
disorder. If someone is express-
ing their difficulty to watch their
loved one suffer from the eating

disorder through worried looks
or tears, they could be aggra-
vating the situation further by
making the person more ridden
with anxiety and depression.
Holidays for individuals can
be crazy and for someone with
an eating disorder this time
can be even more stressful.
Be careful to not throw on the
extra pressure for loved ones
with eating disorders during
the holidays. Dealing with an
eating disorder is hard enough
during normal days. Around
the holidays which are typically
centered on food, can be a very
sensitive time.
For more information about
eating disorders, contact your
doctor or visit the National Eat-
ing Disorders Association at
Post your opinions
in the Public Issues Forum
at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar
may be reached at


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Traditional holiday favorites have health benefits

The winter holiday season
usually brings traditional cookies
and treats.. For those concerned
about their diet and health, it's
nice to know that some tradi-
tional favorites are actually good
for you.
Peppermint can help di-
gestive problems. Peppermint
tea can be very soothing to an
upset stomach. According to
coated peppermint pills, which
ensure the herb is delivered to
the small intestine, can be pur-
chased at health food stores.
This herb can ease bloating, gas

with Katrina Elsken
and irritable bowel syndrome.
Before trying this home remedy,
consult your doctor. Peppermint
can interact badly with some
prescription drugs by changing
the rate the body absorbs the

Ginger is reputed to be a
home remedy cure for a num-
ber of ailments. Pregnant wom-
en are sometimes advised to
munch on ginger snap cookies
to alleviate morning sickness.
Ginger tea is sometimes used to
prevent sea sickness and other
forms of motion sickness. Gin-
ger is also used as a home rem-
edy to stimulate the appetite.
Cinnamon has been linked
to lowering cholesterol and help-
ing stabilize blood sugar. It also
helps boost the metabolism.
Chocolate, another holiday

favorite, also has health bene-
fits. The flavonoids in chocolate
are antioxidants which help the
body rid itself of toxins.
Honey -- a key ingredient
in some of my favorite holi-
day cookies --is also healthful.
Honey has antioxidant proper-
ties and has been found to help
the body fight infections. One
thing to remember about honey
- don't give raw honey to young
children (under the age of two).
There is a slight risk that those
whose immune systems are not
mature may become ill from nat-
ural bacteria in the raw honey.

However, not all holiday spic-
es are beneficial. Nutmeg, while
fine in small doses as a spice to
flavor food, can be dangerous in
high doses. According to www.
peoplespharmacy.com, high
doses of nutmeg, such as those
sometimes used in a folk rem-
edy for diarrhea, nutmeg can
cause flushing, dry mouth, rapid
heart rate, nausea, vomiting and
even hallucinations.
Remember: All things in
moderation. Even foods that are
"good" for you can cause prob-
lems if you overindulge.
Before making any change

in your diet or exercise plan,
consult your doctor. This
is especially important if
you are on any prescription
medications. Some drugs in-
teract badly with foods that
would otherwise be consid-
ered "healthy."
Share a favorite holiday
recipe with other newspaper
readers. Email your recipes
to me at kelsken@newszap.
com. Be sure to include your
name, and any stories you
would like to share about
the recipe.

Health News in Brief

Cancer Society
seeks volunteers
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference
in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer
Society's Florida Division par-
ticipate in programs that support
research funding, educate the
community, deliver services to
patients and advocate for policies
that help defeat cancer. To get in-
volved, call the American Cancer
Society at (800) ACS-2345.

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

Red Cross class
offers classes
The Okeechobee American
Red Cross will offer the follow-
ing classes in December at their
Branch office: Thursday, Dec. 6 --
First Aid Basics at 6 p.m.; Wednes-
day, Dec. 12 -- Infant/Child CPR at
6 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 13 --Adult
CPR at 6 p.m. To register, or for
more information, call (863) 763-

Diabetes Support at
Raulerson Hospital
Raulerson Hospital offers a
monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second Thurs-
day 6f each month in the hospital
cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you have any
questions please call the program
coordinator, Wanda Haas, R.N.,
B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at 763-5093".

Hospice offers lunch
to medical staff
Hospice of Okeechobee will
serve 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 in
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 community. To RSVP, contact
Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863)

Freedom from,
Smoking classes open
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
The purpose of the program is to
reduce adult and youth tobacco
use, and provide tobacco resourc-
es to residents, businesses and
community organizations in the
county. Freedom from Smoking
classes will be held every Tuesday
at the Okeechobee County Pub-
lic Library, 206 S.W. 1611 St., from
5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863)

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

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

consultation offered
Problems with drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab
Resource at (866) 649-1594 for
a free confidential consultation.
Or, go to the website at www.

Narcotics group
to meet Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday
at noon. Meetings will be held
at the Just for Today Club, 2303

U.S. 441 S.E., Suite K. For infor-
mation, call (863) 634-4780.

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

Cancer support
group to meet
The Okeechobee Cancer
Support Group will meet the

first Thursday of each month.
Each meeting will be held from
5:30 until 6:30 p.m. in room 113
at the First Baptist Church, 401
S.W Fourth St. Cancer patients,
survivors and supporters are all
invited. The group will share
stories and encourage each
other as we take this journey.
This support group will provide
participants with information,
resources, support, guest speak-
ers and devotional time and will
help comfort during either your
battle or you loved one's battle
with cancer. For information,
call the First Baptist Church at
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The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Nov. 23,
through Thursday, Nov. 29, are as
Theatre I -"Enchanted" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "Fred Claus" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III - "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
'Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863)


in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 27, the
331st day of 2007. There are 34
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On Nov. 27, 1978, San Fran-
cisco Mayor George Moscone
and City Supervisor Harvey Milk,
a gay-rights activist, were shot to
death inside City Hall by former
supervisor Dan White.
On this date:
In 1701, astronomer Anders
Celsius, inventor of the Celsius
temperature scale, was born in
Uppsala, Sweden.
In 1901, the U.S. Army War
College was established in Wash-
ington, D.C.
In 1910, the Pennsylvania Rail-
road began service at New York's
Pennsylvania Station.
In 1942, during World War II,
the French navy at Toulon scut-
tled its ships and submarines to
keep them out of the hands of the
, In 1945, General George C.
Marshall was named special U.S.
envoy to China to try to end hos-
tilities between the Nationalists
and the Communists.
In 1953, playwright Eugene
O'Neill died in Boston at age 65.
In 1970, Pope Paul VI, visit-
ing the Philippines, was slightly
wounded at the Manila airport by
a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter
disguised as a priest.
In 1973, the Senate voted 92-3
to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice
president, succeeding Spiro T.
Agnew, who'd resigned.
In 1983, 181 people were
killed when a Colombian Avianca
Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near
Madrid's Barajas-airport.
In 1989, a bomb blamed by po-
lice on drug traffickers destroyed
a Colombian Avianca jetliner, kill-
ing all 107 people on board.
Ten years ago: A day after say-
ing it would open its presidential
palaces to international observ-
ers, Iraq declared that U.N. weap-
ons monitors were not included
in the invitation. Macy's Thanks-
giving Day Parade in New York
was marred when a gust of wind
knocked part of a lamppost onto
a 34-year-old woman, fractur-
ing her skull and leaving her in a
coma for almost a month.
Five years ago: U.N. special-
ists began a new round of weap-
ons inspections in Iraq. President
Bush appointed former Secretary
of State Henry Kissinger to lead
an investigation into why the gov-
ernment failed to foil the Sept. 11
attacks. (The following month,
Kissinger stepped down, citing
controversy over potential con-
flicts of interest with his business
clients.) Bush gave the go-ahead
to open U.S. highways to Mexican
One year ago: Bush, stop-
ping over in Estonia en route to
a NATO summit in Latvia and
meetings in Jordan, intensified
-diplomatic efforts to quell rising
violence in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Fire burned down a group home
for the elderly and mentally ill in
Anderson, Mo., killing 10 resi-
dents and a caretaker.
Today's Birthdays: Actor
James Avery is 59. TV host Bill
Nye ("Bill Nye, the Science Guy")
is 52. Actor William Fichtner is 51.
Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is
50. Rock musician Charlie Bur-
chill (Simple Minds) is 48. Rock
musician Charlie Benante (An-
thrax) is 45. Rock musician Mike
Bordin (Faith No More) is 45. Ac-
tor Fisher Stevens is 44. Actress
Robin Givens is 43.
Thought for Today: "Man's
loneliness is but his fear of life."
Eugene O'Neill, American play-
wright (1888-1953).


Wizard of Id


Beetle Bailey


By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don't
take chances with emotional matters.
You may feel slighted or jealous but
avoid a confrontation. Chances are
good you are feeling insecure for
reasons that have nothing to do with
what others are doing or saying.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Do
things around the house that will
make your life simpler and more
comfortable. A reform will be put into
place if you help a cause you believe
in. Your passionate actions will se-
cure you a prestigious position.
*GEMINI (May21-June 20): If you've
been thinking about changing your
vocation, asking for a raise or start-
ing your own business, you should
do something about it today. Don't
let your personal responsibilities stop
you from following your dream.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): You
have a good handle on what's hap-
pening around you. You have to make
the changes that will help control
some of the problems you have been
facing. Masking or ignoring them will
only make matters worse.





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*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Secrets -SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
must be kept if you want to get ahead. A little love may seem harmless
Mingle with people in your industry or enough but, if it is with someone you
those with similar interests. You can work with or someone involved with
make or receive a proposal that can another, you have a problem. Money
change your direction or help you fol- can be made. Problems with institu-
low your own path. tions can be solved and debts col-
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Do for elected and paid off
others and you will avoid complaints. -CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Someone you are close to may be a Don't miss out on something because
burden because of overindulgence, you are being played with emotion-
overspending or taking up too much ally. You have to draw the line and
of your time. Put your time and effort stop anyone who is taking advantage
where it will do the most good. of you. A contract has to be put into
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You place before you move forward.
have a handle on just about every- *AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Do
thing today, however, don't be sur- a little good for someone else. You
prised if someone tries to blame you can make an impression by setting
for something or takes credit for your a trend or by doing something spe-
work. Explain the situation practically cial for someone you love. Now is not
and precisely. Put time aside for your the time to hide information or to lie
one and onlv. about your intentions.

*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You
have everything working in your fa-
vor except perhaps your own confi-
dence. You can make moves that will
change your life forever if you stop
talking and start doing. A project
you've been working on is ready to
be launched.

*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Do
something fun, playful and inspira-
tional. By letting go and enjoying
yourself, you will discover solutions
to some of the things that have been
troubling you. Talks will lead to mend-
ing old friendships.

Dear Abby

Daughters cherish

stepmother's role

*DEAR ABBY: I wish to ad-
dress my comments to "Wants
to Be Remembered" (Sept. 24),
the terminally ill woman who is
jealous of her ex-husband's new
wife's role in her grandchild's
My three sisters and I lost our
dear mother when I was 20. I1 am
now the single parent of a 5-year-
old daughter and "Aunty" to four
nieces and nephews. None of our
children knew their biological
My father married a wonder-
ful woman 10 years after Mom's
passing. I was never particularly
close to my stepmother until I be-
came pregnant. But the love and
support she has provided me and
my sisters is priceless. She never
had children of her own, so she
inherited a whole family when
she married Dad.
She once told me she gives our
kids two kisses each time - one
from her and one from my mom
in heaven. All our kids know
"Mom Mom" (my mother) is in
heaven, and "Mamu" is here.
Dad passed away two years
ago, and we are blessed to still
have Mamu in our lives. My
daughter wouldn't have ANY
grandparents if it weren't for my
stepmother. She's as much a
part of our lives today as she was
when Dad was alive.
Please assure WTBR that her
daughters can honor her legacy
with their children as well as
welcome the love of their grand-
father and step-grandmother. I
hope it will put her fears to rest.
- Grateful For Mamu In New
overwhelmed by the mountain
of responses written by caring
readers such as you. The majority
empathized with WTBR while of-
fering valuable insights. Read on:
DEAR ABBY: WTBR needs to
understand that although her ex
has remarried, she will never be
replaced in the hearts of her chil-
dren. She should be happy that
her daughters have an opportuni-
Close to Home

ty to develop a loving relationship
with another mother figure.
This is not about "replac-
ing" her, but about enhancing
the lives of her children. When
she succumbs to her illness, her
daughters will have someone to
comfort them over their loss and
help them through it. The step-
mother can be a blessing that
can make her family stronger. If
WTBR would give the woman a
chance, it's possible they could
even become friends. It's time to
put aside her selfish desires and
consider what's best for her fam-
ily. - A Loving Stepmom In
DEAR ABBY: Many children
don't know their grandparents
for many reasons, but if some-
one with the age and wisdom to
assume the role of grandparent
would like to have a positive in-
fluence on my children, he or she
is welcome to be addressed that
way by my kids. Biology doesn't
override a warm hug or a fresh-
ly baked cookie in the eyes of a
child. - Bridge The Gap
DEAR ABBY: My mother died
when my daughter was a baby.
Before she died, she made grand-
mother's books for each of her
five grandchildren. In them she
shared her own childhood mem-
ories, family roots and words of
wisdom. She also lovingly wrote
each child a personal letter at the
end of the book.
We cherish my daughter's
book. Through it, my daughter
got to know her grandma and ex-
perience her love, although their
paths crossed only briefly in this
life. - Delana's Daughter
DEAR ABBY: WTBR can share
a part of herself with her grand-
child by creating a "time cap-
sule." Inside she should include a
photograph of herself, as well as
a favorite song or story recorded
on audiotape or CD. The special
messages and personal items will
help her grandchild connect with
a loving grandparent who wanted
to be part of her grandchild's life.
- Grandma Barbara

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Accuracy, Cage, Clothing, Clues, Consent, Detection, Discern,
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cotics, Noises, Nose, Odor, Precision, Privacy, Purse, Reveal,
Scent, Search, Senses, Sign, Smell, Smuggling, Spotting, Street,
Tools, Train, Uncover, Vehicle
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weeks 9?

... It's Easy!


Announcements ........ 100
Employment. ......... .200
Financial ............. 300
Services .............. 400
Merchandise ......... .500
Agriculture ........... .800
Rentals .............. 900
Real Estate .......... 1000
Mobile Homes ........2000
Recreation .......... 3000
Automobiles ........ .4000
Public Notices ....... .5000

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for more than 1 incorrect
insertion, or for more than the
extent of the ad rendered val-
ueless by such errors.
Advertiser assumes responsi-
bility for all statements, names
and content of an ad, and
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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

TWO LABS - 11/24, Highway
441 South, Canal Point.

CURR DOG - Cream color, 12
yrs old, Male, Bob tail, Vic.
Near N 441 Tues. 11/20.
Sat. Nov. 17th, Vic. Captain
Hendry Dr. Banded right leg.
SHELTIE - F. Looks like collie.
Hwy. 68 E. & NE 48th Ave.
(Hilolo Rd.). on 11/18. 863-
634-4713 or 772-766-1815

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with an ad in the classl-

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SWill pick up your junk!
Heavy & Farm Equipment-will
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Em loyment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
PartTime 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

A/C SERV TECH needed.
Dependable, Clean DL, Good
Pay, Benefits, 401K, Min
3 yrs exp. EOE DFW.
Experienced need only apply.
Call (863)763-8391
Chauffer to drive legally blind
Okee man during daylight
hours. 7 days a wk. Can hire
separate drivers: 1 -wk/days &
1 -wk/ends. Criminal & good
driving record checked. Call
Don of Oakland Farms
863-467-2930 for info & appt.

Min. 1 yr. exp.

to start

Apply in person

Love the earth Recycle
your used Items by sell-
Ing them In the classi-

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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
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
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.

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classi-
fleds and make your
clean un a breeze!


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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

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Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle
Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis

1 In the thick of
5 Places for happy
9 Snake charmer's
14 Lawn burrower
15 Field of study
16 Cleansing agent
17 Ice cream parlor
20 Beginning
21 Gramma
22 Caustic
23 LeBron James's
team, for short
26 Oscar winner
28 Harmless fib
34 Bustles
35 The "T" in the
fraternity ZTA
36 Subject dealing
with the
economy as a
whole, briefly
38 Title for Sean
39 Slangy racers
42 Flat football filler
43 Sucking-up type
45 60 minuti
46 Machu Picchu
47 1982 Muppets
fantasy film
51 Nota_
52 Close tight
53 A spouse may
sleep on it after
a fight
56 Treat, as a
58 Rodeo gear
62 Truffles feature,
and what 17-,
28- and 47-
Across have
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67 Sign of an old
68 Undergrad pad
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5 Rotten
6 Humerus home
7 Arabian
8 Genoa export
9 Cronkite's
10 "C'est
11 Part of a donkey
12 Shed tool
13 Dismisses
18 Space-saving
19 Work up a
24 Oval Office
25 Smack
27 Dream
28'Cellar dweller's
29 Nincompoop
30 Ark contents
31 American
impresario Sol
32 Pessimist's
33 Author Jong
37 Like much lore

39 Jekyll's alter
40 Tolkien warlike
41 Challenge
44 Fiasco
46 Volcanoes may
form them
48 Shrub yielding a
blue dye.
49 Mold again
50 Ivy League
53 Swindle

54 Birthplace of
seven presidents
55 Pedicure
57 Work with acid
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60 Feudal slave
61 "Coffee, Tea
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street * (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings * All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time * RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people!

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purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items In
the classifeids.

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Busy Doctor's Office
in need of Medical Assistant
(MA), front desk and nurse

Please fax resume to (863) 357-4539

How do you find a Job in
today's competitive Grab a bargain from your
market? In the employ- neighbor's garage,
ment section of the clas- attic, basement or clos-
sifieds et In today's classifleds.

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f-da,o 12 r, on for Mondoy publicahon
/ Tuesday through Friday
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/ Sunday
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OKEE, Furnished Rm. Single
occ., private entrance, w/d.
$140/wk & deposit, utils incl.
(863)467-0771 after 6pm

SEASONAL ONLY - Waterfront
Houses. Immaculate. Fully
furnished. New construction.

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

DIXIE RANCH - 1 acre, 208 x
208. Big oak trees. Hi & Dry.
7 mis from town off 87th Ct.,
2nd lot in on the right.
$50,000. (561)968-0468
Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495
throughout, granite counter
tops, In Okee Estates. 2100
sf $240,000 (863)634-6186
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
Land Sal 104

15'/2 Acres Electricity/Water.
Surrounded by homes &
pastures. 786-344-8810

Mobile Homes |

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

CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031
Bdrm., 2 Ba. On 10 acres.
$1200 mo. Call
QUIET AREA- 2/2, m/h,lg
screened porch, util. rm, 1/2
acre, nice trees, 70E. $750
+ sec includes lawn service.

License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
or (863)261-6425
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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 11/2 ba, '2 Story, Washer
Dryer. Patio. $800 mo., 1st,
last + sec. (863)634-3313
$625/mo, $525 sec dep.
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, $700 mo.
+ $700 sec. (863)763-8878

lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
Waterfront 3 Bdrm., 11/2 Ba.
2 Story w/Lake Okeechobee
access & boat ramp. Wrap
around porch. Fenced yard.
Pets welcome! $1000
mo. + 1st, last & sec.
CBS Home, 3BR/2BA, on 5 ac.
w/24x60 barn, asking
$3,000 neg. or to rent for
$1500 mo. (863)634-6113
1BA, $800 mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. dep. Call for info.
8am-5pm. (863)357-6700
OKEECHOBEE - 3704 NW 36th
Ave., Small 2 br, lba, large
yard, $750/mo, $450 Sec
Dep (863)532-9182
available December 1st. Call
Fenced yard. $1000. mo.
clean! On canal. Lg. storage.
$950 mo. + 1st & sec. dep.

OKEECHOBEE - Office Space
rental. 18'x12' $600. mo.
Utilities included. For ap-
pointment (863)467-1545
2,000 sq. ft. Excellent
location, ready to occupy.
Call for info (863)634-3040
or (863)467-9608

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2ba, 2 person max. All until.
furnished, including yard.
$1250. mo. (863)634-2561


Mobile Home Angels

MOB. HOME- 61', all new on
river, w/dock, 2/3 br, screen
room, extras, $37,000 Must
see inside (863)255-4935

OKEE - 2br, shed, Fla Room,
CA/Heat, W/D, carport, In
Adult park, $10,500
(863)763-1079 /801-3287

SKYLINE - '92, 28x60 DW,
3BR, 2BA, 2LR's. $25K/best
offer. Must move.
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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

Automobiles 4

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

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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2500, Heavy duty, Reading Util
bed, Ladder rack, 60,800 mi.
$18,950. (863)467-1545

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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 4149 South Parrott
Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda 34974
on Friday the 7th day of December
2007 from 10'00-11.00 AM. Pursuant
to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid
* n'nir-';Year, Make, Model

1988 Gray Honda Civic
1990 Red Nissan Maxima
1987 Blue Honda Hurricane CBR 1000
1993 Maroon Ford F150
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
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The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.

Okeechobee Parks & Recreation Soccer Teams

Sod Services, 8 & under division soccer team members are (in no particular order) Hunter
Sills, Alyssa Baird, Jarrett Mills, Adrian Hernandez, Jose Cervantes, David Brague, Jr., Dustin
Jandro, Christian Hernandez, Bailie SHurley, Elias Sowell, Brandon Smith, Morgan Buxton,
and Robert Padgett. Coaches are Tracy Sills and Al Baird.

Submitted Photos
Paul Younger, CPA 6 & under division soccer team members are (in no particular order)
Nailen Billie, James Ward, Ashley Furse, Cole Younger, Rylee Kirkey, Danny Hays, Madison
Fisher, Allan Portocarrero, Josef Steiert, Jayda Howell, Ashley Snyder, and Janel Aponte.
Coaches are Bobby Bennett, Michael Steiret, and Jeff Younger.

Cliff's Trucking, Inc. 8 & under division soccer team members are (in no particular order)
kIeith Morgan, Kyle Morgan, Rumor Juarez, Rudy Juarez, Alexus James, Saul Estrada, Mitch-
ell Gaucin, Judith Barrera, Mariah Watson, Reynchy Lopez, Jimmy Bigford, Jr., Dylon Eu-
banks, and Jose Gonzalez. Coaches are Jeremy Morgan, Mitchell. Gaucin and Rudy Juarez.

O.G. & C.C. Weekly Results

Kassella Construction, 10 & under division soccer team members are (in no particular order)
Nolan Carpenter, Elisia Garcia, Ashlee Gopher, Braydon Kassella, MacKenzie DelaCruz, Trey
Howard, Bret Corrales, Jashua Cruz, Kayla Martinez, Savannah Large, Taylor Clance, Jordan
Garcia, Aaron Rodriguez, II, Thomas Coberly and Kristan Dryden. Coaches are, Andy Kas-
sella and Delbert Howard.

P.I.G.S. League
Nov. 19: Closest to pin-(2) Jack
Forde, (8) Russ Adams, (11')
Randy Ketcherside and (17) Russ
Nov. 21: Closest to pin-(2) Russ
Adams, (8) Russ Pappy, (11) Pen-

ny King and (17) Russ Adams.
Nov. 23: First place-Ernie Whaley.
Second place-Doug Sturdavent.
Last place-Bruce Syjud. Closest
to pin-(2) George Guydosh, (8)
Karen Syjud, (11) Ken Napor and
(17) Kenny Curran.

Okeechobee Ladies
Golf Association
Nov. 20: First place-(tie) Fran Di-
erig and Nancy Pullen. Second
place-(tie) Diane Gaul and Don-
na Davis.

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17429 NW 242ND STREET
(863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166
94494 ON 11/27/07

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-
tion Services Unit, 4052 Bal Cypress
1 -: i ,- i ,i-. iihassee, Flonrida
' , '.. ,'," : i-4640
If no contact has been made by you con-
cerning the above by December 18,
2007, the matter of the Administrative
Complaint will be presented at an en-
suing meeting of the Board of Nursing
in an informal proceeding.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should contact the
individual or agency sending this no-
tice not later than seven days prior to
the proceeding at the address given on
this notice. Telephone:
(850) 245-4640, 1-800-955-8771
(oD00 or 1-800-955-8770(V), via
Florida Relay Service.
248235 ON 11/13,20,27 & 12/4/2007

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