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Vol. 98 No. 334 Friday, November 30, 2007 500. Plus tax


Inside

Water managers meet
'green challenge'
Investing now in a greener
future, the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
is making environmentally fo-
cused changes to improve en-
ergy efficiency, reduce water
use and take advantage of al-
ternative fuels. These efforts are
designed to meet -- and exceed
-- the "green challenge" issued
by Governor Charlie Crist ear-
lier this year. The Governor's
executive order directed state
agencies to lead by example in
reducing greenhouse gases, in-
creasing energy efficiency and
pursuing renewable and alter-
native energy sources.
Page 9

News Briefs


Holiday Tour of
Homes planned
The 2007 Holiday Tour of
Homes will take place on Fri-
day, Nov. 30, 2007 and Satur-
day, Dec. 1,2007 from 6 pm un-
til 9 p.m. both evenings. Tickets
are now on sale at Raulerson
Hospital and at Suzie's Hall-
mark 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.

Toy drive set
for Saturday
The Old Men Riders are
sponsorinL- .a Toy Drive for Big
Lake Missionrs Outreach by hav-
ing 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
Rodenberry at (863) 610-1841
or Big Lake Missions Outreach
at (863) 763-5725.

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

Lake Levels

10.30 feet
Last Year: 12.26 feet
Source: South
Florida Water
Management
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.


Index
Classifieds.......................... 6-7
Com ics .................................. 5
Community Events................ 4
Obituaries.............................. 3
Opinion.................................. 4
Speak Out.......................... .... 4
Sports.............. ............. ..... 9
TV ..............................................
W eather................................. 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper,
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County administrator sought


Five applicants
considered
for county post

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
By a simple ballot the number
of candidates for Okeechobee
County Administrator was cut
from eight to five. On Thursday
afternoon, Nov. 29 recruiter Co-
lin Baenziger gave each mem-
ber of the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commissioners
a ballot and asked them to vote


for at least four candidates of the
nine he had recommended for
the position. The candidates re-
ceiving the most votes would be
invited to come to Okeechobee
for a series of interviews.
The top vote getters were:
'Ray Britt, (4 votes) of Deland,
finance director for the City of
Palm Coast; Kenneth Fields (5
votes) of Boca Raton, former
executive administrative officer
for the Seminole Tribe of Florida;
Kathy Rice, (5 votes) assistant
city manager of Surprise, Ari-
zona; John Schneiger, (4 votes)
of Jacksonville, former city marn


Tribute dinner: Funds


ager of Montrose, Colorado; and
Larry Stoever, (3 votes) of Salina,
Michigan, former manager of
that city.
Not making the cut were:
William Scott Janke of Mara-
thon, former city manager of
Marathon; Gary Word, village
manger of Islamorada and Larry
Finn, of Hilton, New York, former
city manager of Tacoma Park,
Maryland.
The next step in the process
will take place on Dec 13 when
the five finalists are invited to
Okeechobee. That afternoon
they will tour the area and


go to children's crisis center


Submitted photos
John Romano (right), CEO of New Horizons announced that a room in the center will be
named in honor of Dr. Fred Brown (left) and presented him with a drawing of the Center
for Children at New Horizons during the tribute fundraiser for the facility that honored
the work of Dr. Brown throughout the community for more than 27 years.


Event honors Dr. Brown


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The graciousness of
Okeechobee residents and busi-
nesses was once again prevalent
at the. tribute to Dr. Fred Brown
which was organized as a ben-
efit to fund the new Center for
Children at New Horizons.
The community came to-
gether and packed out the Rec-
reation Outreach Center (ROC)
on Thursday, Nov. 1, with more
than 330 people in attendance to
honor Dr. Fred Brown.
Dr. Brown is the beloved
pediatrician, who has been car-
ing for Okeechobee children for


more than 27 years.
Mayor James Kirk served as
master of ceremonies for the
evening's tribute dinner. Rep-
resentatives from the City of
Okeechobee and Okeechobee
County presented Dr. Brown
with official proclamations desig-
nating Nov. 1, as Dr. Fred Brown
Day. During the evening Mayor
Kirk, Russ Brown, Ed Brown, Dr.
Chris Robshaw and John B. Ro-
mano spoke in admiration of Dr.
Brown's knowledge, caring and
compassion.
As a special remembrance of
the evening, Dr. Brown was pre-
sented with a framed drawing


State stops run on


investment pool


By Bill Kaczor
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)
Gov. Charlie Crist and two
other top state officials sus-
pended withdrawals from a
state-operated investment
pool Thursday, abruptly halt-
ing a run by local governments
spooked over the downgrade
of its mortgage-related hold-
ings.
The State Board of Admin-
istration, chaired by Crist,
acted during an emergency
meeting after local govern-
ments had taken out nearly
$10 billion, or 40 percent of


the pool's assets, in the past
two weeks. That included $3.5
billion Thursday morning.
The investment pool is
similar to a private money-
market fund. Cities, counties,
school districts and other lo-
cal entities invest money on
a short-term basis and with-
draw cash when needed to
make payrolls and pay other
operating costs.
The suspension will remain
in effect at least until Tuesday,
when the board will meet
again to consider proposals
for shoring up and restoring
confidence in the pool.


rendition of the proposed Center
for Children at New Horizons.
The crowd saluted Dr. Brown
with a standing ovation when
John Romano, CEO of New Ho-
rizons announced that a room
in the center will be named in
honor of Dr. Brown.
"We are grateful to the com-
munity for supporting our first
tribute dinner," said Chairwom-
an Connie Abney.,"Dr. Brown is
very worthy of this honor and
after years of caring for our kids,
he understands the great need
for the Children's Crisis Center,"
See Honor - Page 2


meet key staff members. That
night they will attend a recep-
tion at the civic center. The next
morning, Dec. 14, there will be
a round of one on one private
interviews with the commission-
ers. The candidates will face the
entire board at a 1:15 p.m. public
meeting..
Commissioners will have the
following weekend to consider
their choice, and then on Dec.
17, at a special meeting the new
administrator will be named.
Mr. Baenziger noted that oc-
casionally rumors get started
about candidates he recom-


mends. He said he heard a ru-
mor that one of the candidates
he was recommending has been
involved in a credit card scam.
Mr. Baenziger said this rumor is
completely false. He does exten-
sive documented background
checks on all the applicants he
recommends for a position. Mr.
Baenziger also told commission-
ers that if they were not pleased
with any of his recommenda-
tions, he would start the selec-
tion process all over again.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


Judge won't




lower bond




for Hatton


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
While there was some give
and take by both sides at Thurs-
day's appellate bond hearing
for a convicted sex offender,
the defendant may now stand
a better chance of being able to
post bond.
Circuit Court Judge Sher-
wood Bauer, Jr., refused to
lower the $355,000 bond for
Steven Thor Hatton, 44, but
did grant his request to convert
the bond to a cash bond. On
Nov. 13, Judge Bauer had set


Hatton's bond
at $100,000
in cash and 4!
$255,000 in
property. But,
the defen- . ,
dant's family
has not been t
able to raise
the $255,000 Steven
due to home- Hatton
stead exemp-
tion issues.
"With homestead exemp-
tion, it doesn't work," said
See Bond - Page 2


Hurricane



season is over


Okeechobee makes
it through another
storm season

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
While Okeechobee as well
as the majority of Florida felt
little if any effects from the
2007 Atlantic hurricane season,
community members are still


breathing a sigh of relief that it
is officially over.
The 2007 hurricane season
officially comes to an end, to-
day Friday, Nov. 30.
As a whole, the hurricane
season produced a total of 14
named storms, including six
hurricanes, two of which be-
came major hurricanes. The
National Oceanic and Atmo-
See Season - Page 2


Submitted Photo
Big O' Hike around Hoover Dike
Twenty-five walkers completed the 16th Annual Big 0 Hike. A 110-mile walk on the Her-
bert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee. The finishers came from Maryland, New
Jersey and all over Florida: Robert Dowdy of West Palm Beach, Bill Detzner of Miami,
Larry W. Myers of St Cloud, Ron Haslett, Beth Burger of Delray Beach, Darrell Ferneau of
Okeechobee, Tamara Jicha of Paisley, Gary Thompson of New Jersey, Paul Cummings of
Lake Worth, Clifton Moody of Ocala, Robert Coveney of Salt Springs, Janet Lineback of
Miami, Betty Loomis of Moore Haven, Phyllis Malinski of Miami Beach, James 0. Myers
of Okeechobee, Caron Kirk of Jacksonville, Willy H. Hannemann of Wildwood, Shirley
Button of Maryland, Connie Harris of Mulberry, Ann Crawford of Zephyrhills, Kim Cana-
van of Delray Beach, Gordon Johnson of West Palm Beach, Skip Neill of Bradenton, Wes-
ley Albright of Lake Mary, and Knox Parker of Havana.


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Bond
Continued From Page 1
Judge Bauer on Thursday. "I will
modify the previous order but I
will not lower the amount."
As of Thursday afternoon, Hat-
ton was still in the Okeechobee
County Jail.
Even though Judge Bauer
agreed to the all-cash bond, he
added some stipulations per the
Jessica Lunsford Act that Hatton
will have to adhere to if he posts
bond. Those stipulations include
electronic GPS monitoring.
Defense attorney Ralph Hagans
told the judge that even though the
bond is now all cash Hatton's fam-
ily stands to lose a great deal.
"The family would still have
their property at risk," he said.


"Frankly, the family is tapped out."
However, Assistant State Attor-
ney Ashley Albright wasn't anxious
to agree to the new bond deal
"The state would argue it
should be more than that," he
said, then asked the judge to set
Hatton's bond at $500,000.
Hatton was originally arrested
on July 21, 2005, and charged
with four counts of lewd or las-
civious molestation offender over
18, victim 12-16, three counts of
lewd and lascivious conduct of-
fender over 18 and two counts of
lewd and lascivious exhibition of-
fender over 18. All charges were
dropped except for three counts
of lewd or lascivious molestation
by an offender over the age of 18
on a victim between the ages of 12
and 16.
He was then convicted by a jury
on Sept. 12, 2007, and sentenced


to 15 years in prison on each coun-
ty by Judge Bauer. The sentences
were to run concurrently.
"The other charges were
dropped due to the memory of
the victim," said Mr. Albright in an
earlier interview.
Following sentencing, Mr.
Hagans told Judge Bauer he would
be filing an appeal.
The Boca Raton attorney is
now trying to help his client get
out of the Okeechobee County Jail
on bond pending the result of his
appeal.
Mr. Albright said it could be up
to 18 months before the appeal is
heard.
If Hatton, a native of Pahokee,
is able to post bond he plans to
move in with his mother in Loxa-
hatchee. Since his conviction he
has registered in Okeechobee
County as a sexual offender. If he


moves in with his mother he will
also have to register in Palm Beach
County.
A point of contention of Mr.
Albright's was allowing Hatton to
move in with his mother where
two of his nieces also live. One of
the girls is 17, while the other is 18.
However, it was stated before the
court that the younger of the niec-
es would move and live elsewhere
if Hatton was released from jail.
Judge Bauer also admitted that
he may have missed some things,
in regard to requirements of the
Jessica Lunsford Act, at Hatton's
Nov. 13 sentencing. He then went
over the requirements with Mr.
Albright and agreed that, among
other things, Hatton must wear a
GPS monitoring device 24 hours
a day and he can have no contact
with a child under the age of 18
until a risk assessment has been


completed.
"I'm not a big fan of electronic
monitoring," said Judge Bauer.
"I'd rather have someone sitting in
jail. Even if the company says you
don't have with 24-hour monitor-
ing, you must comply regardless
of their rules.
"And, until the court says you
can have contact with a child un-
der the age of 18, you may not
have any contact with a child un-
der 18," the judge continued.
The judge also agreed with the
state that once the risk assessment


has been completed, Hatton will
be required to return to court. That
assessment will play a large part
on the requirements of Hatton's
release.
Judge Bauer ordered that the
assessment must be done by a
qualified practitioner.
And although he had ruled oth-
erwise previously, Judge Bauer or-
dered Thursday that Hatton could
not have contact with the children
of his current fiance until the as-
sessment has been completed and
ruled on by the court.


Honor
Continued From Page 1
she said.
The event was the first fundrais-
er sponsored by the Okeechobee
Friends of New Horizons and raised
more than $16,000. 'All proceeds
from the event will go towards
building the desperately needed
Children's Crisis Center at New Ho-
rizons," said Mrs. Abney.
Each level of sponsorship in-
cluded a table of ten for dinner and
various ads and pre-event and post-
event publicity.
The Big 0 sponsors for the eve-
ning included George and Mary
Beth Cooper, Gilbert Chevrolet,
Emory Walker Co. Inc., Florida
Community Health Centers, Inc.
and Larson Dairy, Inc.
Okee Corral sponsors for the
evening were B-4 Inc. Roger and
Zoe Butler, Drs. Berghash and Lan-
za P.L., Hal W. Brown M.D., Mederi
Caretenders Home Health, Rauler-
son Hospital and Seminole Design
Build, Inc.
Chuck Wagon sponsors in-
cluded Frank and Marilyn Brady;
Ida Clemons; Richard and Kirsten
Coleman; Domer's Inc.; Eckerd


Youth Development Center; Bruce
Homer Insurance; McAlpin Caval-
canti and Lewis, CPA's; The Medi-
cine Shoppe; Dr. and Mrs. Wayne
G. Moesching; Keith and Paige
Walpole; Marvin Wherrell; and GM
Worley.
New Horizons is your commu-
nity mental health center serving
the people of Indian River, Martin,
Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties
since 1958.
New Horizons is the primary
provider of behavioral health ser-
vices for adults and children in
Okeechobee, Indian River, Martin
and St. Lucie counties. This tribute
is part of a capital campaign to raise
funds for the new 20-bed children's
crisis unit on 10 acres that they al-
ready own adjacent to their head-
quarters.
The project will cost an esti-
mated $6 million with construction
expected to begin in May 2008, and
opening the facility in May 2009.
Currently due to the lack of a
children's crisis unit, children in
Okeechobee and the treasure coast
are sent out of the four-county area
for treatment to locations as far as
West Palm Beach and Melbourne.
There have even been instances
when children have been taken
north of Orlando for treatment.


, There are only four children's
beds located in the four-county
area which are in Vero Beach. Ac-
cording to Ms. Baum, they stay full
most of the time.
Traveling creates an additional
burden for the families who are al-
ready dealing with a very stressful
time in the event of their child hav-
ing some sort of crisis.
New Horizons has already re-
ceived $1,500,000 toward construc-
tion from state allocated funds.
Last year, 248 children from
Okeechobee received services of
some sort from New Horizons fa-
cilities.
New Horizons currently pro-
vides the following services for chil-
dren: case management; domestic
violence youth diversion program;
emergency screening; family emer-
gency treatment services; mobile
crisis response team; mobile family
crisis team; outpatient counseling
services; student assistance pro-
gram; and therapeutic behavioral
on-site services.
This children's crisis unit will
make a more central location avail-
able for children and their families
in the event of a crisis situation. This-
crisis -unit is only the first phase of
The Center for Children which will
include the children's crisis unit, a


child advocacy center and a family
service and community resource
center upon completion.
The Center for Children will be a
place where children from 6-years
old to 17-years old can come for
emergency treatment when they
are experiencing a mental health
crisis.
New Horizons is state and lo-
cally funded with a budget of $22
million through the Department of
Children and Families (DCF) and
local county funds.
Funds are raised through a vol-
unteer committee which has six
local members: Joanna Norris; Ida
Clemons; Reda Larson; Sharon
Robertson; Sheriff Paul May; Con-
nie Abney; Marvin Wherrell and
Marie Culbreth.
Ida Clemons and Joanna Norris
are also board members.
For more information about the
fundraiser contact New Horizons
of Okeechobee at (863) 462-0040.
For information about New Hori-
zons and the benefits they offer,
visit www.nhtcinc.org.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues
Forum at www.newszap.com. Report-
er Chauna Aguilar may be reached at
cagullar@newszap.com.


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Season
Continued From Page 1
spheric Administration's (NOAA)
August update to the seasonal
forecast predicted 13 to 16 named
storms, of which seven to nine
+ would be hurricanes, including
three to five major hurricanes of
Category 3 strength or higher.
According to NOAA, an average
season has 11 named storms, with
six becoming hurricanes, including
two major hurricanes.
Looking at these statistics still
makes the 2007 season an active
one, but the U.S. as a whole was
spared by tropical weather this sea-
son.
According to the NOAA, one
hurricane, one tropical storm and
three tropical depressions struck


the United States. The closest was
Tropical Depression Barry which
came ashore near Tampa Bay on
June 2. Tropical Depression Erin
hit southeast Texas on Aug. 16.
On Sept. 21, Tropical depression
10 came ashore along the west-
ern Florida panhandle. On Sept. 9,
Tropical Storm Gabrielle hit east-
central North Carolina and Hurri-
cane Humberto hit the upper Texas
coast on Sept. 13.
"The 2007 Atlantic hurricane
season produced the predicted
number of named storms, but the
combined number, duration and
intensity of the hurricanes did not
meet expectations," said Gerry Bell,
Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane fore-
caster at NOANs Climate Prediction
Center. "The United States was for-
tunate this year to have fewer strong
hurricanes develop than predicted.
Normally, the climate patterns that


Today's Weather


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Okeechobee Forecast
Friday: Partly cloudy. The high will be in the lower 80s. The wind
will be from the west around 5 mph shifting to the northeast in the
afternoon.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. Areas of fog after midnight. The low
will be in the lower 60s. The wind will be from the northeast around
5 mph shifting to the north after midnight.

Extended Forecast

Saturday: Partly. sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s. The
wind will be from the north around 5 mph shifting to the northeast
at 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be around 60.
Sunday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be around 60.
Monday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the upper 70s.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of evening
showers. The low will be in the upper 50s. The chance of rain is 20
percent.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 70s.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Cooler. The low will be in the up-
per 40s.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. The high will be in the lower 70s.

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were in place produce an active,
volatile hurricane season."
Okeechobee County Emer-
gency Management deputy direc-
tor Michael Faulkner expressed his
concern about the lack of activity in
our area.
"We were very fortunate to
have a very light hurricane season,"
said Mr. Faulkner. "Despite the lack
of activity, we want people to con-
tinue to maintain their vigilance
and update their emergency kits in
order to prepare themselves and
their families for future disasters.
We were very fortunate this season
and just want to make sure that our
good fortune doesn't lead to com-
placency."
NOAA scientists are carefully re-
viewing a set of dynamic weather
patterns that yielded lower-than-ex-
pected hurricane activity across the
Atlantic Basin, which resulted in
the U.S. being largely spared from
significant land falling storms.
Several noteworthy events took
place during the 2007 season in-
cluding two back-to-back Category
5 hurricanes hitting Central Ameri-
ca and the rapid near-shore inten-
sification of the single U.S. land fall-
ing hurricane.
NOAA released that La Nifia's
impact over the Atlantic was weak-
er than expected, which resulted in
stronger upper-level winds and in-
creased wind shear over the Carib-
bean Sea during the peak months
of the season.
Flooding was the caused the
major damage within the U.S. this
hurricane season with inland flood-
ing in Texas and Oklahoma during
Hurricane Erin which dumped up
to 11 inches of rain.
Other noteworthy statistics of
the season include:


*Eight storms formed in the At-
lantic Basin during September, ty-
ing Sept. 2002 for having the most
storm formations during any given
month.
*For the first time in recorded
history, two Category 5 hurricanes
made landfall in the Atlantic Basin
during the same season. Hurricane
Dean hit the Yucatan Peninsula
near Costa Maya on Aug. 21, with
165 mph winds; followed by Hur-
ricane Felix on Sept. 2, near Punta
Gorda, Nicaragua, with 160 mph
winds.
*With a central pressure of 906
millibars, Hurricane Dean had the
third lowest pressure at landfall
only behind the Labor Day 1935
Hurricane in the Florida Keys and
Hurricane Gilbert of 1988 in Can-
cun, Mexico. Dean is also the first
Category 5 hurricane to make land-
fall in the Atlantic Basin since Hur-
ricane Andrew hit south Florida in
1992.
* Hurricane Humberto grew
from a tropical depression with
top winds of 35 mph into a hurri-
cane with winds of 85 mph within
24 hours, only three others storms
(Celia 1970, Arlene and Flora 1963)
intensified faster during a 24-hour
period from below tropical storm
strength.
NOAA's Climate Prediction Cen-
ter will release an official summary
of the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Sea-
son in January 2008. NOAA will an-
nounce its 2008 hurricane outlooks
for the Atlantic, East Pacific and
Central Pacific in May. For more
information visit http://www.noaa.
gov or the National Hurricane Cen-
ter at http://www.hurricanes.gov.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues
Forum at www.newszap.com. Report-
er Chauna Aguilar may be reached at
caguilar@newszap.com.


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Okeechobee News, Friday, November 30, 2007 3


Students soon thinking of writing their letters to Santa


.Second
Grade
At Ever-
glades Elemen-
tary School Mrs.
Brady's class is.still stuffed like a
turkey from Thanksgiving dinner
but we are ready to cram in some
more knowledge! We are read-
ing "Watermelon Day," and still
working on addition and subtrac-
tion with regrouping.
Ms. Hunt's class is adding,
adding, and adding! Regrouping
is very difficult but since we prac-
tice all day, everyday we will be
doing it in our sleep soon. Soon
we will be taking a break to write
letter to Santa, keep you eyes on
the newspaper for our letters.
Mrs. Kirby's class has enjoyed
their days off. They have filled their
little tummies with Turkey and
dressing. Now they will have to
focus again on school work. They
are regrouping two digit numbers
in math and learning about "The
Secret Life of Trees" in reading.
With all this work they may need
another break pretty soon.
Mr. Wright's class is about to
finish the first textbook in second
grade reading with the final two
stories "Watermelon Day" and
"Pumpkin Fiesta." That will be
just in time for the next holiday
meals. Our class will begin the
unit on counting money in our
math book. We've been studying
energy in science, and the North
American Indians in Social Stud-
ies. The class is also learning how
to write paragraphs.
Mrs. Campbell's class per-
formed "Three Billy Goats Gruff"
for our kindergarten buddies. We
hope they enjoyed it! December


will be a busy month with holiday
activities. We are working hard in
second grade.
Ms. Damora's class is busy
learning to regroup to add two
numbers together. Hands on ac-
tivities helped us understand why
we group from ones to tens. We
finished up our Readers The-
ater Thanksgiving activity and
performed for our class. We are
looking forward to December's
stories and activities.

Third Grade
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the third
grade at Everglades presented a
Thanksgiving Program for PTO.
Each student carried a large, col-
orful turkey feather. As the stu-
dents told a short story about the
travels, hardships and ultimate
success of the Pilgrims, they add-
ed their feather to a center stage
turkey figure. As the tale of the
first Thanksgiving unfolded, so
did the turkey's tail! The students
also sang a lively rendition of
"Scarecrow" and "Turkey Hunt"
to the enjoyment of all.

Student Council
Student Council will hold its
Holiday meeting on Friday, Dec.
7. Student Council members will
sign cards to send to our military
and enjoy and ice cream social.
All representative and alternatives
wear your orange Student Coun-
cil t-shirt.

Literacy Council
Miss Shofner would like to
thank W&W Lumber, Burgess
Paint, and Ledford's Paint for
donating paint sticks. Our kinder-


Obituaries


Dorothy Charlotte
Byrumn
Dorothy Charlotte Byrum, age
81 of Port Charlotte, died Nov. 24,
2007. She was born on Dec. 5, 1925
in New York, N.Y to Charles and
Catherine (Coferd) Pino. She moved
here in 2000 from Okeechobee and
had been in Florida since 1948.
She is survived by her daughter,
Patricia (Nicholas) Coschignano;
grandchildren, Terri Charlotte Fly-
nn, Tracy Lanette Gallant, David
Charles Napoliton, Jason Coschi-
gnano,. and Jared Coschignano.
In addition she is survived by five
great grandchildren.
Services will be held on Satur-
day, Dec. 1, 2007 at 11 a.m. from
the Kays-Ponger Funeral Home,
2405 Harbor Blvd. Port Charlotte.
In lieu of flowers donations
may be made to the Tidewell Hos-
pice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand
Blvd, Sarasota, 34238.

William Maurice John-
son, Jr.
William Maurice Johnson, Jr.,
65 of Okeechobee died Tuesday,
Nov. 27, 2007 in Glades General
Hospital. Born Sept. 1, 1942 in Pa-
hokee, he had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 12 years.
He served four years in the United
States Marine Corp and was an aide
to Admiral Wes Morlan, and served


two terms in the Vietnam War.
He served 20 years as a volun-
teer with the fire department in Pa-
hokee, and was a member of the
Canal Point Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his
parents, Frenchie and Kathryn
Johnson.
He is survived by his wife of 27
years, Terriann of Okeechobee;
sons, William M. (Angelica) John-
son of Germany, Daniel Gary
Johnson of Okeechobee, Thomas
Robert Johnson of Okeechobee;
daughters, Karen Christine (Da-
vid) Winsby of Oklahoma, Katelin
Janelle Johnson of Okeechobee;
brother, Carl (Ann) Graham of
Orange City, and Gayle (Thomas)
McArthur of Pahokee. In addition
he is survived by grandson, Ethan
Johnson of Clewiston; grand-
daughters, Autumn Parrish, Abby
Parrish both of Oklahoma, Saman-
tha Johnson, Kaylee Johnson both
of Germany and a host of loving
friends.
Visitation will be held, Sun-
day, Dec. 2, in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel, 110 N.E. Fifth St.,
Okeechobee from 4 until 7 p.m.
Services will be held Monday, Dec.
3, at the Pahokee Church of God
Pahokee at 10 a.m. Internment will
follow at Port Mayaca Cemetery.
Friends may sign the guestbook
at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory. ,


partners, first graders, and sec-
ond graders used the paint sticks
to make "stick ponies" for our
celebration of the Wild West. In
September and October we read
Ghost town at Sundown to go
along with the Literature.
Also, a big thankyou to our stu-
dents and teachers for their over-
whelming participation in our po-
etry unit! Our November Literacy
Display was jammed packed with
all sorts of simple poetry. Great
Job, Team Everglades!
The Literacy Council is looking
forward to a very productive and
literature rich December!

Administration
We have many parents and
teachers ask why is "fluency" so
important? Why should my child
be able to read faster? What does
that prove? Fluency is the abil-
ity to do a task so automatically
that you no longer need to think
about what it is you are doing.
For example, remember the first
time you were learning to ride a
bike or drive a car. To begin with
someone needed to tell you what
to do first and support your learn-
ing. As you practiced and became
more skillful you needed less
and less support. Eventually you
no longer think of the individual
steps of what to do, you just do it.
You became fluent. Fluency with
reading is the same. As students
learn how to do reading or math
or any new skill, they first need
support and eventually will be
able to do the skill independently.
Most often as students gain that
independence they are able to
increase the performance speed
needed to complete the task-- this


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TREES: To the person who commented about trees being cut
down at Christmas time, the writer apparently is not aware that the
Christmas Tree Industry and the product they produce is consid-
ered an important agricultural commodity in the upper midwest,,
the northern states and some of the southeastern states. They are
planted, sprayed and harvested for about seven years before a 5
to 7 foot tree is harvested for sale. Old Christmas tree plantations
are usually replanted when all the viable trees on it have been har-
vested. So before you go off the deep end about cutting these trees
and the green house effect, you had better do some research on
exactly where and how these trees are grown and marketed and
where they come from. A good place to find your answers would
be your local Agricultural Extension Agent. You will find it is an im-
portant agricultural industry where they are produced. Another fal-
lacy being perpetuated about something many assume to be fact.

CHRISTMAS: I am responding to the person who complained
about cutting down trees for Christmas. First, the trees sold on the
Lions Club and Shrine Club lots come from tree farms and I am
sure the farmers replant their "crop" of trees on a regular basis so
there is no harm to the environment from those trees being cut.
Second, if you are concerned about killing trees, you can buy a live
Christmas tree and plant it in your yard after the holidays. There
was an article in the newspaper on that last year. I think you can
check with the extension office for more information about what
kinds of trees are best suited for that in Florida.

DROP OUTS: There does not need to be anymore high schools
built, because Florida has the highest drop out rate of any state,
with West Virginia being second. So build primary schools, not
high schools because they will not need it.

SCHOOLS: I see we are building more schools, but where will
the teachers come from? And if we manage to attract more teach-
ers to move into the community, where will they live? We need af-
fordable housing, especially rental housing. How can people come
here to work if they can't find a decent place to live that fits in their
budget?

GASOLINE: I happened to be at the high school yesterday
when the kids were leaving. I was amazed how many students
were driving and had just the driver in the car. With the price of gas
these days, you would think some of them would at least carpool.
It seems like such a waste of resources, all those cars with just one
person each, when there is public transportation available.

CARDS IN THE PARK: I noticed the holiday cards are back in
the park. I think that is a wonderful tradition. Those who sponsor
the cards are 'to be commended for their holiday spirit. It's nice to
see the community participate in things like this.

PARADE: I am looking forward to the Lighted Christmas Parade'.
We always enjoy it. I hope, however, that the organizers make sure
those who enter use music appropriate for a family gathering. It is
- a Christmas parade and there will be small children present. Any
music played should be appropriate for young children to hear.

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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 chil-
dren from birth to teens. For more information or to have an interpret-
er 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.



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Local organizations are collecting toy donations to distribute
to needy children this holiday season.


Gifts needed
for children
Every child looks for Santa
Claus to bring them that special
gift. However we have so many
children in our community whose
parents can not afford to buy for
them.
My Aunt's House, "The Closet"
is Working with Toys for Tots, Big
Lake Mission, East Coast Migrant
Program, Okeechobee Christian
Church, ROAD, Children's Home
Society and many other organiza-
tions to provide for these disad-
vantaged children.
To make this a wonderful
Christmas for these children, My
Aunt's. House needs your help.
Please contact My Aunt's House
by calling (863)634-2306 or e-mail
(Reba_MAH@comcast.net) to re-
ceive the name, age and a special
wish list of a child or children.


Last year MAH provided Christ-
mas for 289 children. This year
there are many more children;-so
many more sponsors are needed.
At the Closet, they have a beauti-
ful Christmas tree with angels that
need a sponsor.
Monetary donations are also
accepted. (We will do the shop-
ping for you). Checks should
be made to: My Aunt's House
and mailed to 202 NE 2nd St,
Okeechobee, FL 34972 or drop
by the closet between 9 a.m. and
2 p.m. each day. Judy and Janet
would love to show you "The
Closet."
Please contact us today;
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
My Aunt's House, inc. "The
Closet"
202 NE 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972
www.myauntshouse.org
863-634-2306


Arts & Craft Fairs and Bazaars

Church host annual bazaar
The Buckhead Ridge Christian Churchwill host its second annual
craft bazaar and luncheon, Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Come for a day of fun. They will have a little bit of everything, from
homemade baked goods to handmade crafts. A delicious lunch of
vegetable soup, chicken noodle soup and ham salad sandwich will be
available. For more information call (863) 357-6500.

Ladies Auxiliary to host annual bazaar
Big Lake VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting their annual
Holiday Craft Bazaar on Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tables are
available for $10. Everyone is welcome. Bring your goodies to sell or
come and shop. Breakfast and lunch will be served. For information,
call Cheryl at (863) 697-2930.

Mainstreet's call to artists
The 2008 Top of the Lake Art Festival will be held Feb. 23 and 24,
2008 in Flagler Park. This is an invitation for artists to participate in
this Festival. There are three competitions to choose from: Fine Art
Juried Individual Booth (deadline Dec. 15, 2007, entry fee to apply);
Adult Division/Fine Art Contest in Gallery Tent (deadline Jan. 30, 2008,
small entry fee to apply); Student Division-Art Contest Student Gallery
Tent (Feb. 1, 2008 deadline, no entry fee). Applications are available at
www.mainstreetokeechobee.com or by calling the Okeechobee Main
Street office at (863) 357-MAIN (6246).


Upcoming Events

Friday, Nov. 30
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call
(863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The pub-
lic is invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to los-
ing weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie
Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. This will be an open speaker meeting.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 357-3053.
Saturday, Dec. 1
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Par-
rott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will
follow a short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice
before joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863)
697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863)
610-1251.
Okeechobee Chapter DA.R. meets the first Saturday of ev-
ery month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W 32nd
Street at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at (863) 634-
5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service
on the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Any-
one desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to
attend. The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For informa-
tion call Theresa Brown at (863) 357-3318.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion
at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave., The
Lake Shops Suite K. For information call (863) 634-4780.


Community Events

4-H to hold benefit yard sale
The Okeechobee 4-H County Council will be holding a fundraiser
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.

Grace Christian has spaghetti dinner
Dec. 1, Grace Christian School will hold their annual spaghetti din-
ner beginning at 4 p.m. at 701 s. Parrott Ave. You can pick-up 'drive-
thru' orders on Friday Nov,. 30, beginning at 11 a.m. Please call in and
place your orders at (863)763-3072.

Fashion show and luncheon Dec. 1
The 11th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon sponsored by
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star will be held
Saturday, Dec. 1, at the KOA Resort. The event features a delicious lun-
cheon 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. Reserve your ticket by calling our
Ticket Chairman, Dolores Anchors at (863) 467-1392 or any member
of Okeechobee Chapter No. 128.

Big Brother/Big Sister book collection
Dec. 6, books for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Okeechobee, from 5
until 7 p.m. Bring a new children's book valued at $10. For more or
make a $10 donation at Beef O' Brady's, for info call: (863)824-2227.

Scrapbooking party planned'
A Christmas scrapbooking party will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, from
6 until 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. All
levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Carolyn Jones will be available
to assist you with your scrapbooking questions and supplies. Refresh-
ments will be served and there will be door prizes. Bring any scrap-
book pages on which you are currently working. Please R.S.VP Caro-
lyn at (863) 634-1885 or Joan at (863) 467-0290 if you will be attending
this event.

Church celebrates 30 years
On Dec. 9, Victory Baptist Church, 500 S.W. Ninth St. will celebrate
their 301h Anniversary. Everyone is invited! For more information call
(863)763-0669.

Chamber holds Gun Safety Class
Dec. 13, there will be a Gun Safety class (hand guns only) at 7 p.m. it
will be conducted by Joe Hazellief and Mike O'Connor at Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce - 55 S. Parrott Ave. There are openings avail-
able.
For more information please contact the Chamber office (863)763-
6464 for more information. The second session will be on Dec. 15 at
8:30 a.m.

Chambers hosts membership luncheon
Vicky Nowlan, of the South Florida Water Management, will be the
guest speaker at this month's Chamber Membership meeting lun-
cheon on Dec. 12 at the Golden Corral Restaurant at noon. She will
be speaking on the drought overview and the impact these conditions
have on the community. Please join us for this informative luncheon.
For more information call the Chamber office at (863) 763-6464.

World AIDS day program set
Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 a.m. on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM Dawn Penny
Jones, Area 15 HIV/AIDS Program Coordinator, St. Lucie County Health
Department will be on to discuss the Florida Department of Health Bu-
reau of HIV/AIDS 2006 report "Silence is Death" and area 15's response
"Breaking the Silence." And about World Aids Day which is Dec. 1.
This talk will be rebroadcast later in the day at 1 and 6 p.m. For more
information please contact Dawn Jones at (772) 462-3925 or to regis-
ter for the third annual Symposiom on Dec. 7 at IRCC Main Fort Pierce
Campus, call Ada McBride at (772) 462-3810 or email ada_mcbride@
doh.state.fl.us

Baptist Church hosts parent's day out
Cornerstone Baptist Church, 18387 U.S. 441 N., is offering a par-
ent's day out for children 3 years and older on Saturday, Dec. 1. Drop
off your children for food, fun, crafts and games from 9 a.m. until 3
p.m. Return at 3 p.m. for a presentation of music and drama until 4
p.m. presented by the children. For more information, contact Tom or
Stacy at (863) 763-5675.

Masonic Lodge sponsors rib dinner
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth Ave. will be spon-
soring a rib dinner with a traditional barbecue menu on Dec. 15 from 4
until 7 p.m. tickets are $7 each for adults and $3.50 for children under
10. Children plates are not available for take out. The dinner is open to
the public. For information call Kip Gardne'r at (863) 357-0427.

EO.E. #4137 plans Benefit
F.O.E. #4137 at 9985 Hwy 441 N. is planning a benefit for Jowana
Mincey on Saturday, Dec. 8 all proceeds will go for Jowana's medical
bills. She is a member and bartender at the Eagles Club.
There will be a turkey shoot at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The donation is $3
a shot. There will be live entertainment by Jimmy and Debbie Harper
and country music legend Alice Detrick.
There will be rib, chicken and fish dinners served for a donation of
$6. The music and food will be in the afternoon.
There will be an auction after 5 p.m. Donations for the auction will
be greatly appreciated. Items for the auction can be dropped off at
the Eagles club. For more information call the club at (863) 763-2552.
Everyone is welcomed.

Hospice hosts yard sale
Hospice will have a special week-long yard sale until Friday, Nov.
30, from 9 a.m. until noon. In addition, you will have the opportu-
nity 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 Volunteer Building next to Hospice
of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, contact Cathy at
(863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.

SFWMD offers speakers bureau
The South Florida Water Management District Okeechobee Service
Center staff members are available to meet with groups about water
resources and environmental restoration projects in the Okeechobee,
Glades and Highland County service area. Technical experts, scientists
and other specialists can tailor a presentation to meet specific needs


or answer questions regarding many water-related topics. This service
is free and available by contacting Victoria Nowlan at (863) 462-5260
or 800-250-4200, ext. 3045, or by e-mail at vnowlan@sfwmd.gov. For
more information, visit www.sfwmd.gov or call the Okeechobee Ser-
vice Center at (800) 2504200.

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, 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. on Thursday, Jan.
24, "Mademoiselle Benoir," by Christine Conrad. For information call
Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.


Okeechobee News, Friday, November 30, 2007


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Okeechobee News, Friday, November 30, 2007 5


At the Movies Blondie


The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, Nov. 30,
through Thursday, Dec. 6, are as
follows:
Theatre I -"American Gang-
ster" (R) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
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 - "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.
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 Friday, Nov. 30, the
334th day of 2007. There are 31
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
tory:
On Nov. 30, 1782, the United
States and Britain signed prelimi-
nary peace articles in Paris, ending
the Revolutionary War.
On this date:
In 1803, Spain completed the
process of ceding Louisiana to
France, which had sold it to the
United States.
In 1835, Samuel Langhorne
Clemens - better known as Mark
Twain - was born in Florida, Mo.
In 1874, Sir Winston Churchill
was born at Blenheim Palace.
In 1900, writer Oscar Wilde died
in Paris at age 46.
In 1936, London's famed Crys-
tal Palace, constructed for the Great
Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed
in a fire.
In 1939, the Russo-Finnish War
began.as Soviet troops invaded Fin-
land.
In 1962, U Thant of Burma, who
had been acting secretary-general
of the United Nations following the
death of Dag Hammarskjold the
year before, was elected to a four-
year term.
In 1966, the former British col-
ony of Barbados became indepen-
dent.
In 1981, the United States and
the Soviet Union opened negotia-
tions in Geneva aimed at reducing
nuclear weapons in Europe.
In 1987, author James Baldwin
died in Saint Paul de Vence, France,
at age 63.
Ten years ago: Czech Premier
Vaclav Klaus formally handed in
his government's resignation in
the wake of a campaign financing
scandal. In Tajikistan, French hos-
tage Karine Mane was killed with
five suspected kidnappers when a
grenade exploded during a failed
rescue operation; a companion
had been released hours earlier.
Five years ago: International
weapons hunters in Iraq paid an
unannounced visit to a military post
previously declared "sensitive" and
restricted by Baghdad. A nightclub
fire in Caracas, Venezuela, killed 50
people.
One year ago: President Bush
met in Jordan with Iraqi Prime
Minister Nouri al-Maliki; Bush said
the United States would speed a
turnover of security responsibility
to Iraqi forces but assured al-Maliki
that Washington was not looking
for a "graceful exit" from the war.
Pope Benedict XVI visited Istanbul's
famous Blue Mosque in a dramatic
gesture of outreach to Muslims.
Today's Birthdays: Actor
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. is 90. Actor Rob-
ert Guillaume is 80. TV personal-
ity and producer Dick Clark is 78.
Radio talk show host G. Gordon
Liddy is 77. Country singer-record-
ing executive Jimmy Bowen is 70.
Movie director Ridley Scott is 70.
Singer Rob Grill (The Grassroots) is
64. Movie writer-director Terrence
Malick is 64. Rock musician Roger
Glover (Deep Purple) is 62. Play-
wright David Mamet is 60. Actress
Margaret Whitton is 57. Actor Man-
dy Patinkin is 55. Musician Shuggie
Otis is 54. Country singer Jeannie
Kendall is 53. Singer Billy Idol is
52. Education Secretary Margaret
Spellings is 50. Rock musician John
Ashton (The Psychedelic Furs) is
50. Comedian Colin Mochrie is 50.
Former football and ball play-
er Bo Jackson is 45. Rapper Jalil
(Whodini) is 44. Actor-director Ben
Stiller is 42. Rock musician Mike
Stone is 38. Actress Sandra Oh is 37.
Country singer Mindy McCready is
32. Singer Clay Aiken is 29. Actress
Elisha Cuthbert is 25. Actress Kaley
Cuoco is 22.
Thought for Today: "'Clas-
sic': a book which people praise
and don't read." - Mark Twain
(1835-1910).


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Mom blocks Dad's



road to rehab


*DEAR ABBY: Our 86-year-
old father needs to go temporar-
ily (about 10 days) to a rehabili-
tation hospital for physical and
pulmonary ailments. However,
our 86-year-old mother refuses to
encourage him and "allow" him
to go. This happened once before,
and Dad will not stand up to her
and do what he knows will help
himself. His quality of life would
improve if he went.
Mom says the hospital is "too
far away," and it's "too inconve-
nient." My sister, brother, niece
and nephew would arrange to
take her to visit him if she chose
not to go with Dad. Still she dis-
courages him, and bitter family
arguments ensue.
It is painful to see Dad suffer
because of her decision - and
his lack of backbone - regarding
rehab. He wants to go, but can't
stand up to her controlling nature.
Should we siblings "butt out" and
not try to influence him to do what
we and the doctor know would be
best for him? Would we be inter-
fering in their marriage and the sit-
uation? - Feels For My Father
In San Diego
DEAR FEELS: It appears that
your 86-year-old mother is afraid
of change - even change for the
better. Improving your father's
quality of life is not "interfering." As
caring children, see that he obeys
the doctor's orders. Hold a fam-
ily meeting, outvote your mother,
take your father to the facility, and
argue about it later when he's bet-
ter.
SDEAR ABBY: I have a prob-
lem with a flirtatious neighbor. My
fiance, "Ron," and I are building
a new home, and every time we
go to check on the progress, our
neighbors, the "Smiths," come
over to talk. Mr. Smith seems OK,
but his wife stares, smiles and
touches Ron. She has even stated
that Ron must like older women
- meaning me, although we're
about the same age. She does this


in the presence of her husband.
What should I say to Mrs.
Smith? I hate to move into a new
home only to dread our neighbors
coming around, but she makes
me very uncomfortable. Please
help. - In A Pickle In Greens-
boro, N.C.
DEAR IN A PICKLE: Noth-
ing you could possibly say to Mrs.
Smith would be as effective as a
couple of pertinent comments
from your fiance. The next time
the "desperate housewife" touch-
es him, he should say, "Don't do
that. I don't like it!" And if she aims
another snide comment in your di-
rection, he should take your arm,
say, "C'mon, Honey - we don't
need this," and end the conversa-
tion.

*DEAR ABBY: I have lived in
the same house for almost three
years. My girlfriend at the time I
moved here moved out a year ago
and never took her stuff with her.
I felt guilty, so I told her she could
leave her things here as long as
she wanted.
Well, I am married now, and
her stuff is still in the attic. My wife
wants it out. I agree that it should
go, but I feel bad about it because
I hate breaking a promise.
Is it really OK in any instance to
go back on my word, even for my
wife? - Needs An Answer In
Belleville
DEAR NEEDS AN ANSWER:
In a 'case like this, it is perfectly
fine to contact your old girlfriend
and let her know that the time
has come for her to make other
arrangements for her "stuff." You
have a new life now, and presum-
ably, so does she. Her stuff belongs
in her new dwelling or in storage,
not in your attic.
Editor's note: Dear Abby is
written by Abigail Van Buren, also
known as Jeanne Phillips, and
was founded by her mother, Pau-
line Phillips. Write Dear Abby at
www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box
69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.


Close to Home


Pickles


The Last Word in Astrology


By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April- 19):
Implement work you've done in the past
with a new twist. Someone from your
past is thinking about you. Consider visit-
ing places you used to go to often and you
may run into someone with whom you
can reconnect.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Look
at what's being offered, not what isn't.
Sometimes you have to give up a little to
get ahead. Show your lighter side and you
will gain support and finagle your way
into a better position.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don't
be fooled by love. Someone may not have
your best interests at heart. If you do a
lousy job, cutting corners so that you can
take off and party, expect to pay for it in
the end. Instead, do everything properly.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don't
ponder over things too long. Tie up loose
ends before the weekend to alleviate the
stress that accompanies not finishing
what you start. Talks and negotiations will
go better than anticipated.


*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You've got
everyone listening and watching to see
what you'll say and do next. Don't dis-
appoint the crowd - give them exactly
what they want. In the end, you will dis-
cover you have enough talent and finesse
to triumph in any situation.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Before
you complain, criticize or point your fin-
ger at someone, make sure you have your
facts straight. That way, you won't have to
backtrack and make amends. Overreact-
ing will lead to sudden changes you won't
like.
.*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Your
involvement in something you believe in
will help you in terms of the people you
meet and the favors that are offered. A
creative twist will result in a favorable de-
velopment in your love life. Get whatever
you want in writing.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Don't let your emotions take over or lead
you down an uncertain path. Walk away
from any situation that doesn't live up to
your expectations. You are worth a whole
lot more than you give yourself credit for.


*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
If you aren't honest or try to put the blame
for something you did elsewhere, you will
have difficult questions to answer. Focus
on love and your hobbies, staying out of
other people's business.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Before you sign on the dotted line or put
down your money, reflect on past expe-
rience. There is a small but important
change to make in order to turn an ade-
quate deal or undertaking into a fabulous
one. Do your homework.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You
need to be a part of something that con-
tributes to the beliefs, traditions or code
of ethics you adhere to. Love is on the
rise and a promise can be made that will
make you feel at ease about your future.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You
have to stay in touch, on top and together,
no matter who you are dealing with. Con-
trol will make or break the end result. A
firm hand, a solid plan and a little of your
own cash will be what it takes,
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LETTERS ONLY. DO NOT CIRCLE THE WORD. The leftover letters spell
the Woniderword.
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Look, Mischief, Movements, Noises, Playful, Senses, Singing,
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441 South, Canal Point.
(863)763-9393
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Sat. Nov 30th & Dec 1st,
8am-3pm, 35 8th St. Col-
lectables, books, jewelry,
pictures, dolls, sports cards,
Christmas items, Mens to
3X, ladies to XL.
NEIGHBORHOOD YARD SALE
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meet Attractive Gal or Friends
for Dining, Traveling, etc. Call
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sifeds."


CLEAN UP
Will pick up your junk!
Heavy & Farm Equipment-will
pay CASH. Call Michael @
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Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220,
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



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wanted. Full/Part time.
Quickbooks preferred. Fax
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Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle
Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis


ACROSS
1 Relish
5 Lodgings
9 Vinegary prefix
14 To whom Rick
said "We both
know you belong
with Victor"
15 Individually
16 The Persians
conquered them
under Cyrus the
Great
17 Place to learn
cheerleading?
19 Conclude by
20 Bond
21 Invoicing
method?
23 Daytona warmup
circuit
26 "The hostess
with the mostest"
Maxwell
27 Underwater
films?
32 Animal's mouth
35 One on an
autobahn?
36 Indiscretion
37 2002 Olympics
locale
39 __ Lama
42 Outer covering
43 Swing with
abandon
45 Further
47 Egg holder
48 Liars' club
competition?
52 Last Stuart
queen
53 Worth
remembering
57 Where Elsie
relaxes?
61 Earmark
62 Spout
63 Wampum?
66 Be successful in
67 Shakespearean
villain
68 Prep school for
some princes
69 "Nothing beats a
great pair of _":
ad slogan
70 Ring decisions
71 Run-of-the-mill

DOWN
1 Mom's cold-
morning
reminder
2 Actress Verdugo

, l e nt
FullTime 0205


3 Jellied garnish
4 Went on
5 Morse bit
6 NYSE debut
7 Error
8 III humor
9 Copious
10 See 65-Down
11 MacDonald's film
partner
12 Windows 98
standard
background color
13 Bone: Prefix
18 'The Color
Purple" sister
22 Tree of a kind
24 Hardly reluctant
25 Clinton's
transportation
secretary
28 Faith of more
than one billion
29 Classes
30 "East of Eden"
director Kazan
31 Accord
32 Hand warmer
33 Mythical Hun
king
34 WWII noncombat
unit
38 Got stuck
40 Former California
senator Cranston


41 Analogy words
44 Finch family birds
46 Pizza slices,
often
49 Wee hour
50 Author of the
1899 children's
book 'The
Wouldbegoods"
51 Nimbi
54 Frequent
kidnapper of
Olive


55 Firm
symbols
56 Culture:
Prefix
57 Monk's hood
58 Redheaded kid
of old TV
59 Flying aid
60 Deck wood
64 Gone by
65 With 10-Down,
opinion south of
the border?


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RANCH FOREPERSON
Lykes Bros. Inc. Ranch
.Division has an immediate
opening for a Ranch
Foreperson. This position is
responsible foe the
maintenance of a large
cow-calf herd and the
supervision of the assigned
ranch hands. Qualified
applicants should possess
a 2 year college degree in
Animal Science or similar
curriculum or equivalent job
experience.
Lykes Bros. Inc. offers
competitive wages and
benefit package including
Medical, Dental, Life, AD &
D and LTD insurance plus
paid vacation and holidays.
Qualified applicants can
apply in person at or send
resume to the Brighton
Ranch Office located at 106
SW CR 721, Okeechobee,
FL 34974.
Lykes Bros. Inc. is an Equal
Employment Opportunity
Employer/Affirmative
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Workplace, M/F/D/V.

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Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenderi 310
Tax Preparation 315





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we may not be aware of the
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area, use caution.


Services



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



Elderly Care - Reg. Nurse
w/35 yrs. exp. has one
opening for 24 hr. care in
nice family home. Call
Susan 863-763-2334.
When you want something
sold, advertise In the
classlfleds.


DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
FREE ESTIMATES
(863)467-2917
or (863)261-6425

Ron's Pressure Washing
& Minor Repairs
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-357-9604 or
cell 863-610-1248
License # 2423

Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books M Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 5-15
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware. Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens 9 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment,'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television'Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tols & Games 730
V Rs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




MALTESE - Male, 5 mo. w/pa-
pers. VPI Pet ins. Dog bed &
carrier & clothes. $700.
(863)467-1334


AMERICAN PIT - Blue, Born
01/22/07. 1 male & 1 fe-
male. Shots current $500
w/papers (863)634-6195
BLUENOSE PITBULL PUPPIES
- Vet checked, only males
avail, parents on premises.
$300 each (863)763-3776
RED BONE COON HOUND
PUPS - UKC, Purple ribbon
bred, Health cert. included.
$300 each. (863)697-3810


-TOP $$-
Looking to buy coin
collections. Gold, Silver,
Paper Money. Nothing Too
Big or Small! I'm Not a
Dealer. I'm looking to ad to
my personal collection.
(239)707-1396 Bob


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Place Your
YARD SALE
ad today!

Get FREE signs!


Call Classifieds
877-353-2424


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


I Garage/
Yard Sales


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I-pca Noice


Rentals



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



FURNISHED APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044
Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 1'2 ba, 2 Story, Washer
Dryer. Patio. $800 mo., 1st,
last + sec. (863)634-3313
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, $700 mo.
+ $700 sec. (863)763-8878



Oak Lake Villas, 2br/2ba
$900/month, First, Last,
+ $900 Security. Pets
Welcome. Clean & spacious.
Available immediately.
Call (863) 801-3133

i^ouses- Re t09


BRAND NEW, 3BR's/2BA's,
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
1-800-543-2495.
BUCKHEAD RIDGE,
Waterfront 3 Bdrm., 1 /2 Ba.
2 Story w/Lake Okeechobee
access & boat ramp. Wrap
around porch. Fenced yard.
Pets welcome! $1000
mo. + 1st, last & sec.
561-346-3620
DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 2BR,
1BA, $800 mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. dep. Call for info.
8am-5pm. (863)357-6700
N OF OKEECHOBEE- Cottage,
1br, fully turn, elec & satellite
incld, NO pets, $700/mo +
$500 dep. (863)467-1950
OAK PARK - 2/1 CBS, W & D,
fenced yard. $850 Iv msg
(863)634-8757
OAK PARK 2 Bdrm., 1 Ba. &
DIXIE RANCH 3 Bdrm., 1 Ba.
Call (863)763-7622 or (863)
697-8325 for more info.
OKEE. - Newly remodeled CBS
3br, lba, Carport, Appl., W/D
hookup. $1000. mo. + 1st,
Last Sec. (863)261-5180
OKEECHOBEE - 3704 NW 36th
Ave., Small 2 br, 1ba, large
yard, $750/mo, $450 Sec
Dep (863)532-9182
OKEECHOBEE- 4br, 2ba, in
city limits, looking for re-
sponsible renters w/refs.
$1200/mo, (863)634-9139
TREASURE ISLAND, 3/2 Very
clean! On canal. Lg. storage.
$950 mo. + 1st & sec: dep.
863-824-0981
Your next job could be In
today's classifieds. Did
you look for It?



OKEECHOBEE - Office Space
rental. 18'x12' $600. mo.
Utilities included. For ap-
pointment (863)467-1545
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE
SPACE FOR LEASE
2,000 sq. ft. Excellent
location, ready to occupy.
Call for info (863)763-8872
or (863)467-9608


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


i-pcil Noti


SEASONAL ONLY - Waterfront
Houses. Immaculate. Fully
furnished. New construction.
(765)348-8270


Real Estate



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




NEW HOME ON YOUR LOT!
Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495
NEWLY RENOVATED - 4/3, tile
throughout, granite counter
tops, In Okee Estates. 2100
sf $240,000 (863)634-6186
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
Find It faster. Sell it soon-
er In the classifleds


CROOKED CREEK
Corner Lot. 2.2 acres, $150K
Call Cell# 772-530-2095
or 863-467-6399
!Los.S le 0


LOT - In Town & 1/2 Acre &'2
Acre parcels West of Okee-
chobee in Lazy 7 area. Call
(863)763-7622 for info.


OPEN HOUSE: Nov. 30th,
11am-2pm, 2238 SE 32nd St.
- Refreshments Served -
Lrg. custom 3/2 DW w/lake
access. FL Rm., Jacuzzi, Too
many amenities to list!
Pritchard's G.M.A.C. - Sena
Treadway (863)697-3207


Mobile Homes




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




BH RIDGE - 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$950. mo. + $950. Sec.
dep. (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 2BR/1BA,
No pets. Fenced yard.
$650/mo. & $550 security.
(863)763-0648
TAYLOR CREEK: 2 BR, 2 BA
Furnished, seasonal or annual-
ly, available immediately.
$750/annually, $1200 sea-
sonal (239)707-8327


I-pecial Noti


BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-385-4694
Horton, '05, 2BR/1BA,
14'wx48'i, immaculate,
must be moved, partially
furnished, $10,000.
(863)763-5841/801-1846
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, $10,000
(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


Automobiles



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



FORD ESCORT ZX2 '99 - Cold
air, tinted windows, rear
spoiler, Pioneer stereo, great
mpg. $1200 (863)467-0094

How fast can your car
go? It can go even faster
when you sell it n the
classifleds.
HeavIDut


INTERNATIONAL 4700 '92 -
Flat bed dump, 16 ft body, 6
cyl eng, 5 spd, runs excel-
lent, no oil leaks. $9500
(863)467-6101 or
(863)447-0447
INTERNATIONAL 66 PASS
SCHOOL BUS '95 - W/T44E
fuel efficient engine, Allison
transmission,clean & excellent
mechanical cond, direct from
Martin County Schools. $5500
(863)467-6101


TRUCK TOPPER - with side
tool boxes Fits Chevrolet
trucks $1000.
(863)467-2887 or 763-7801


CHEVY SILVERADO - '04,
2500, Heavy duty, Reading Util
bed, Ladder rack, 60,800 mi.
$18,950. (863)467-1545


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and interesting person. No
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are more successful!



UTIL. TRAILER - '05, Covered
Trailer, 12', Single axle,
$2500. or best offer.
(863)467-2887 or 763-7801


I.pecial NotIce


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NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTION
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of
Adjustments and Appeals on Thesday, December 18, 29007 at 7:00 pm in the
Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd
,Street, Okeechobee, to consider a Special Exception to allow'an auction house in
a Commercial (C) zoning district. The property owner is Ganesh Hospitality, LLC.
The appicant is Rodney Williams. The property address is 3235 Highway 441 SE
and is more particularly described as follows:
Being a parcel of land lying in Section 36, township 37 South, Range 35
East, bein g further founded and described as follows:
Commencing at the Northwest corner of Section 36, Township 37 South,
Range 35 East; thence along the West boundary of said Section 36 South, a
distance of 820.00 feet; thence N 89 40' 30" E, a distance of 220.76 feet to
a point lying on the Easterly right-of-way line of Myrtle Street; thence along
said Easterly right-of-way tine, S 050 38', 58" W, a distance of 118.52 feet;
thence continue along said right-of-way line, S 020 16' 38" W. a distance of
446.11 feet to the point-of-beginning: thnce N 89042' 33" E, a distance
of 224.00 feet to a point; thence S O0� 11' 00" W, a distance of 228.68 feet
to a point lying on the Northerly dright-of-way line of S.R. 15
(U.S. 441); thence along said Northerly right-of-way line, N 820 28' 01" W,
a distance of 27.68 feet; thence continue along said right-of-way line, N 840
11' 46" W. a distance of 128.72 feet; thence N77 41" 39" W, a distance of
54.86 feet to a point of curvature, said curve being concave to the Northeast,
having a radius of 25.00 feet and a central angle of 790 58' 17"; thence along
said curve an arc distance of 34.89 feet to a point lying on the Easterly right-
of-way lineof Myrtle Street; thence along said Easterly right-of-way line, N
02 16' 38" E, a distance of 135.20 feet to the Point-of-Beginning.
In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings
shall be continued to Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 7:00 pm in the Com-
mission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW- 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT
THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the
Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting or hearing will need to ensure that verbatim record of the proceedings is
made and ltha the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of
backup for official records of the department.
William D. Royce. Planning Director
Petition S-2007-0684
250700 ON 11/30/07


NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF INSTALLATION OF A USED DWELLING UNIT
NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of
Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 7:00 pm in the
Commission Meeting Room. Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a PERMIT APPLICATION FOR THE IN-
STALLATION OF A USED DWELLING UNIT in a Residential Rural (RR zoning dis-
thict. The property owners and applicants are Marvin and Madelyn Mann. The
property address is 34996 NE 4th Drive and is more particularly described as fol-
lows:
Lot 12, Block 5, LAKE MONTAZA ESTATES, SECTION ONE, according to
the plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 15, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings
shall be continued to Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 7:00 pm in the Com-
mission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT
THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the
Board of Adjustments and appeals with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made-aid that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the
appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of
backup for official records of the department.
William D. Royce, Planning Director
Petition # M-2007-0282
250683ON 11/30/07


NOTICE OF AN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PLANNING BOARD/
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS AND APPEALS MEETING
NOTICE: The Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals will hold their next
regular meeting on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 7:00 pm in the Commission
Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Florida. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard,
the meeting shall be continued to Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 7:00 pm in
the Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALLHAAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT
PUBLIC HEARINGS. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of
Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or
hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and
that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of-
ficial records of the department.
William D. Royce, Planning Director
250685 ON 11/30/07


Public N0tices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 419 Southwest 2nd
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 21st day of December
2007 from 10:00-11:08A.M. Pursuant
to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage. Year, Make, Model
& Vin s as follows:
2005 Silver Pontiac Sunfire
3G2JB12F35So108056
2002 Black Chevy Avalanche
3GNEC13T62G310779
1995 TAN CHEVY K1500
2GCEK19K7S1140287
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final,
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
guarantees.
251139 ON 11/30/07

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How do you find a Job In
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market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
sifleds


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2007-CA-214
HOMEBANC MORTGAGE
CORPORATION, Plaintiff,
VS.
SARAH J. PIGOTT, et ux., et al.,
Defendants)
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
the Final Judgment entered in this case
now pending in said Court, the style of
which is indicated above.
I will sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash in the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida, on the
12th day of Dec.. 2007, at 11:00 a.m.,
the following described property as set
forth in said Order or Fina Judgment,
to-wit:
LOT 12 OF THE PLAT OF SUNDANCE
TRAILS RANCH, AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE 69, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
FLORIDA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-
IN 60 AYS AFTER THE SALE.
ENTERED at Okeechobee County, Flori-
da, this 19th day of NOVEMBER,
2007.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk, Circuit Court
OKEECHOBEE, Florida
By: Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
249704 ON 11/23,30/07


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Post #64
The American Legion Post #64 is located at 501 S.E. Second
St. The Post phone number is (863) 763-2950.
* American Legion Post #64 is open Monday to Saturday
from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 until 9 p.m.
* Our kitchen is open and serving a regular menu. The hours
of operation are: Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3
p.m.; Wednesday, tacos and margaritas served from 11 a.m.
until 6 p.m. with David Copper from 3 until 6 p.m.; Sunday
from 4 until 9 p.m.
* Sunday: sports on big screen TV. Quarter-pound hot
dogs, pizza and $1 draft beer will be offered. David Copper
from 4 until 7 p.m.
* Bingo is held every Saturday and Sunday night starting at
6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
* The Sons of the American Legion steak dinner will be
held on the third Sunday of each month from 3 until 6 p.m.
The dinner will include steak, baked potato, salad, dessert,
coffee and tea.
* Friday night dinners have resumed. Dinners will be served
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
* It is time to pay your dues for the Legion and Auxiliary.
* We are planning a Christmas party for children and a party
for veterans in the nursing home.
* We are planning a free dinner for everyone who has paid
their dues by Nov. 1.
* Dec. 15 from 2 until 4 p.m. Lipsync starts again. Public
Is welcome.

Am-Vets #2001
* Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the month at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W., at 10 a.m. Applications
for new members are available. Call Lou Eder at (863) 357-
0467 or Jerry Lee Shields at (863) 467-8779 or (863) 467-
2882.
* Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meetings are the first Saturday
of the month at 10 am. Contact the Post at 467-2882 for
information.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For
information on events, call (863) 763-2552.
* Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m. Food will be available for
a donation.
* Wednesday: bar bingo from 4 p.m. until ? Food will be
available.
* Every Thursday: washer toss at 1 p.m.
* First and third Thursday: Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
p.m.
* Friday: steak night (16-oz.) starting at 5 p.m. for a $12
donation. Music will be by Jimmy Harper.
* Saturday and Sundays: music at 7 p.m.
* First and third Sunday: breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.

Okeechobee Masonic

Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the club and events, call Matt
Buxton at (863) 357-9992.
* The Masonic Lodge holds their meetings on the second
and fourth Monday of each month starting at 7:30 p.m.

Order of the Eastern

Star - Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of each month. For upcoming
activities, contact Mary Ann Holt at (863) 634-8087.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is (863) 763-2250.
* Sunday: breakfast will be served from 9 until 11 a.m.
* Sunday: Karaoke with open mic and free food at 7:30
p.m.
* Monday: Monday night football with free food. Come
enjoy the game at 7 p.m.
* Wednesday: cards and games social at 7 p.m. If you have
a game you wish to play, bring it.
* Thursday: dinner will be served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call
the Lodge for the menu.
* Thursday: karaoke night starting at 7 p.m.
* Friday: dinner served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Music for
dancing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who is playing.
* Saturday: dinner from 6 p.m. until ? Call for the menu.
* Saturday: karaoke night starting at 8 p.m.
* No bingo for the rest of the summer.

Moose Family Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753 is located at 156 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. The lodge during the summer will be
noon until 8 p.m., or later. For information and meal menus,
call the Lodge at (863) 763-4954. Guests are invited to enjoy
the activities and consider membership. The main hall is
open for activities.
* Breakfast first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m.
* Every Monday evening-pool and poker tournaments.
* LOOM meets every second Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* WOTM meets every second and fourth Tuesday at 7:30
p.m.
* Officers meetings, men and women, are the first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* LOOM officers meeting first and third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Every Thursday and Sunday: horseshoes at 2 p.m.
* Every Thursday: $5 supper and women's fun night. Line
dancing lessons.
* Every Thursday: Moose Legion bingo and lunch at 1 p.m.
* Every Sunday: horseshoes at 2 p.m.; free pool games all
day.
* Bar bingo Friday at 6:30 p.m. Dinner $3 starts at 5:30 p.m.
* Every Saturday: dinner at 5:30 p.m. for a $7 donation.
* Moose Races Saturday at 2 p.m.
* Watch for yard sale


Community Events


Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPL's Care to Share Program in
Okeechobee County. The Care to Share program is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and
FPL corporate funds. The program provides emergency assistance funds to customers 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 pur-
chased at CarQuest, 300 N.W. Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Proceeds 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 advocate 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 informa-
tion; or, visit www.floridasac.org.

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


VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is located at 300 N.W. 34 St.
Events are seasonal, contact the Post at (863) 763-0818 for
information or write the Post at RO. Box 1137, Okeechobee Fl.
34973. The Post opens at noon Monday through Sunday.
* Monday through Thursday: happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
* Monday: .50-cent hot dogs
* Washer toss every Tuesday starting at 1 p.m. Food will be
available. Everyone is welcome.
* Wednesday: dinner from 4 until 6 p.m. for a donation.
* Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m. for members and guests.
Food will be available. Karaoke will be from 6 until 10 p.m.
* Friday: hot food by David Lee from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Saturday: bar bingo at 1 p.m. for members and guests.
Karaoke will be from 6 until 10 p.m. Food will be available.
* Sunday: dinner will be available from 2 until 4 p.m., and
will be followed by karaoke from 6 until 10 p.m.
* Every third Sunday there will be a post meeting and ladies
auxiliary meeting at 11 a.m.
* The post membership drive is under way, and the post
is striving for 100 percent. For information, contact the
quartermaster at (863) 763-0818.
* Big screen TV for all events.


VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in
Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 467-2882. Post
opens at noon, Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for new members for the VFW,
Ladies Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS and AMVETS
ladies auxiliary.
* Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
* Every Thursday is bar bingo at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be
available.
* Every Friday a steak dinner with baked potato, salad and
rolls will be served from 5:30 until 7 p.m. for an $11 donation.
Dancing immediately follows the dinner.
* Membership meetings are held on the second Saturday
of the month beginning at 10 a.m. The House Committee
meeting is on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Commander Henry Zaskowski at
(863) 467-2882.
All games and special events are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-size pool table.


VFW Post #10539
* The VFW will be open Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.
* Lounge opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and
at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
* Monday:-$1.50 tacos till 6 p.m.
* Tuesday: Ladies Auxiiaryinner.- 5:30 p.m. ($6)
* Wednesday: bar bingo will start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is
available, courtesy of the Ladies Auxiliary.
* Thursday: short order food night from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Friday: fish fry, chicken fingers or shrimp from 5 until 8 p.m.
along with live music and dancing.
* Saturday: dollar dogs, sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and dancing will start at 7 p.m.
* Sunday: sports on big screen TV
The Ladies Auxiliary is looking for any family members of
Okeechobee residents currently serving overseas. We are
forwarding packages of needed items to our active service
personnel. For more information or if you would like to dorate
items please contact us, Cheryl Benoit at (863) 697-2930.
The Post and Ladies Auxiliary meetings are held the first
Sunday of every month at noon. Men's Auxiliary meetings
are the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
* Call (863) 763-2308 for the schedule of events.


Shrine Club
* The Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78 W., members will
meet the first and third Thursday of each month at 8 p.m.
The club is also available for weddings and parties. For
information call the club at (863) 763-3378, or Keith at (863)
634-2682.
* Sunday: Every second Sunday of the month there will be
a Bike Sunday from noon until 7 p.m. There will be food,
jukebox, big screen TV. and an Oasis Lounge. For more
information, call the club at (863) 763-3378.


Cypress Hut

Eagles #4509
* The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of Eagles post #4509
located at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is now open to members
Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., Sundays from
1 to 10 p.m. Information can be found by visiting www.
foe4509.com, or calling (863) 467-1164.
* Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m. on the first and third
Wednesday of each month at the old Cypress Hut flea
market restaurant.
* FOE Auxiliary meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second and
fourth Wednesday of every month
* Breakfast is served on the second and fourth Sunday of
each month from 9 a.m. until noon.
* Tuesday: food is served starting at 5 p.m.
* Saturday, food is served starting at 2 p.m.


Moose Lodge #2417
The Moose Lodge #2417 is located at 2 Linda Rd. BHR
Okeechobee.









8 OTHER AREA NEWS Okeechobee News, Friday, November 30, 2007


Four arrested after deadly weekend Community Events


Two men dead,
one critical in
separate incidents

By Patty Brant
INI Florida
LABELLE - Thanksgiving
weekend brought violence to
Hendry County, leaving two men
dead and one hospitalized with
critical injuries while authorities
piece together clues in two sepa-
rate incidents. Four people are in
custody in connection with one
of the incidents. The crimes took
place within a very short space
of time early Saturday morning,
Nov. 24.
In the first incident, deputies
were summoned to the Azteca
Apartments, located at 4269 State
Road 29S, at 12:42 a.m. to inves-
tigate a stabbing. At the scene,
deputies found two victims. Al-
fredo Mendez of 4270 Turkey Run
had apparently been stabbed in
the chest and was lying on the
ground. He was pronounced
dead at the scene by EMS person-
nel. His death is being treated as a
homicide and is under investiga-
tion.
The second victim, Geronimo
Diaz of the same address, was
transported to Lee Memorial with
a laceration to his throat.
At that point, one man was
dead under suspicious circum-
stances and another hospitalized,
but the night was just beginning
for Hendry County lawmen. An-
other body was yet to be found
and another victim hospitalized
within a very short period of
time.
At 1:46 a.m. HCSO received
a robbery report from a victim
located off S.R. 29S. Victim Jose
Lopez Francisco, 29, told depu-
ties what happened to him and
his friend, Jose Cruz, 20.
According to the sheriff's re-
port, four' individuals, Jaquil L.
Williams and James Henry (Ty-
rone) Williams, both 18 and from


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Jaquil Williams


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LaBelle, along with two women,
sisters Virgen Osorio, 19 and Jo-
sefa Estela Osorio (aka LuLu),
20, both of Clewiston, drove to
the Azteca Store on S.R. 29S. The
women were to reportedly going
to lure men outside and into their
vehicle with the promise of sexu-
al activity. Jaquil and Tyrone Wil-
liams waited inside the group's
vehicle, a green Kia, according to
the report.
The report indicates that the
group left the Azteca, with Josefa
Osorio driving the Kia. The victims
were taken to a location called
the "rock pits," near the end of
E Road. At the rock pits, the two
victims were removed from the
vehicle. The victims were then
attacked with a cue stick and a
piece of 2 x 4. The victims were
also kicked and punched in the
head and face, the report states.
Once the victims were in-
capacitated, a total of approxi-


Josefa Osorio


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James Henry Williams
mately $100 was removed from
both victims, the report states.
The foursome left the area in the
green Kia, leaving Mr. Cruz lying
in the road, the report continues.
Mr. Francisco was able to walk
away and later summoned assis-
tance. He was transported by am-
bulance in critical condition.
At about 6:45 a.m. Mr. Cruz'
body was found in a wooded area
off E Road.
Deputies located a number
of items at the scene including a
broken 2x4 with possible blood
stains and parts of a broken pool
cue, also with possible blood
-stains.
The green Kia was located in
Lee County and impounded for
forensic examination by the Flor-
ida Department of Law Enforce-
ment.
James Williams, Jaquil Wil-
liams, Virgen Osorio and Josefa
Osorio were arrested and charged


Driver backs over 3-year-old


Witness: "It was just
a tragic accident"

By Naji Tobias
INI Florida
-4- PAHOKEE -- A 3-year-old
child was struck and killed in a
terrible accident in Pahokee on
Monday.
Police say Mugtaba Abdalla,
28, was backing out of his drive-
way while the child was stand-
ing nearby. The impact fatally
injured the small child at the
Sugar Cane Villas home.
According to the Palm Beach
County Sheriff's Office (PBSO),
at 5:26 p.m., 3-year-old John-
Tashia Bennett was standing
behind the driver's 2002 Ford
Crown Victoria as it started to
back out of the parking space.
As the vehicle started to back
out, a neighbor saw the child
behind the car.
The neighbor started yelling
and running towards the vehicle
to get it to stop, but was unable
to stop the tragic scene from un-
folding.
When the vehicle stopped,
the driver exited and realized he
struck the victim.
Kenyatta Altidor, another
Sugar Cane Villas neighbor,
called 911.
"When I saw a lady scream-
ing, trying totell tell the driver of the
car to stop, I thought it was one
of my children," Ms. Altidor said.
"By the time I got out there, the
girl was under the tire and one
of the girl's cousins came run-
ning from the One-Stop store
and picked her up. Then the
cousin took her to the porch."
Ms. Altidor, who was nearby,
witnessed the gruesome se-
quence of events.
"The 3-year-old was uncon-
scious and her eyes were roll-
ing," Ms. Altidor said. "By that
time, the ambulance arrived on
the scene and after hooking the
girl up to some oxygen tanks,
they pronounced her dead."
Later in the day, neighbors
said they could hear the an-
guished cries of the mother cry-
ing from inside her home after
she was told.
Angeline Folston was visiting
her mother's apartment when
she saw the car backing up and
tried desperately to shout to the
driver.
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when I heard the door shut,"
said the woman, who was still
visibly affected by the incident.
"I jumped up and started run-
ning. I thought if I didn't get
there in time, the kid was going
to get hit."
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with murder in the perpetration
or attempt of robbery (one count
for each), robbery with a deadly
weapon (two counts each) and
aggravated battery (one count
each). All are being held without
bond in the Hendry CountyJail.
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Lee, since January, four murders
have occurred in Hendry County:
two on the eastern side of the
county and now these two on the
western side. He said arrests have
been in made in all but the Nov.
24, death of Alfredo Mendez.
Sheriff Lee said he is attempt-
ing to close the dirt road leading
from E Road to the "rock pits"
where the two men were at-
tacked last Saturday. "It's just a
dumping ground," for trash, he
said, and this is the second time
a body has been found there. The
first occurred during his first term
office.
He added that Mexican men
have been targeted recently for
robbery attacks. He cautions that
no one should get into a car with-
out knowing the persons inside.
He also explained that no one
should fear reporting a crime be-
cause law enforcement does not
ask victims for proof of citizen-
ship or legal status.


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OTHER AREA NEWS


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.

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.

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Okeechobee News, Friday, November 30, 2007 SPORTS


Panthers enter December on hot streak


By Sarah Larimer
Associated Press Writer
MIAMI (AP) - November
hasn't always been particularly
kind to the Florida Panthers.
In 2006, Florida watched its
playoff hopes fizzle away after
picking up just three November
wins. But even that was an im-
provement from 2005, when the
Panthers won just one game that
month.
This November, the Panthers
have won seven games - includ-
ing five of their last six. That's got-
ten them back to .500 and within
four points of Carolina in the
Southeast Division and one point
out of a playoff spot. They face
Boston on Thursday.
"It's been a lot better than the
last few I've been a part of. So
that's definitely a positive," center


Stephen Weiss said. "Hopefully,
we're peaking a lot earlier than we
have in the past. This has generally
been a tough month for us where
we haven't gotten a lot of wins and
really had to battle back in the sec-
ond half of the season. If we can
finish real strong here this month,
it'll give us a lot of confidence."
Florida is on a four-game win-
ning streak, including a 3-2 shoot-
out victory over the New York
Rangers before a sellout home
crowd Friday and another shoot-
out win Wednesday, 2-1 over the
Washington Capitals. With new
goalie Tomas Vokoun, the Pan-
thers are 3-0 in shootouts this sea-
son.
"I think shootouts are unpre-
dictable," Vokoun said. "I've been
on losing sides and winning sides.
I'm glad we won a couple and


definitely we need those points,
but I would rather win the game
in regulation than have to get the
shootout."
The recent hot streak is not
good enough for Panthers' cap-
tain Olli Jokinen, whose team
sputtered early again this season.
Florida lost seven games in Octo-
ber, including its first three.
"I don't think there's a reason
to be satisfied with how we played
overall in a month," Jokinen said.
"I think our expectations should
be to go win every game. I think
we're definitely on the right direc-
tion. Last week was a good week
for us."
Wednesday's shootout ended
4-3 and at 11 rounds was the lon-
gest in Panthers history. Jokinen,
Nathan Horton, Kamil Kreps and
Weiss scored Florida's shootout
goals. Vokoun stopped Washing-


ton defenseman Brian Pothier's
attempt to end the game.
"There's no relief. You look
at the standings, how close it is,"
Florida coach and general man-
ager Jacques Martin said. "It just
shows the parity in this league.
From one day to the other, the
changes. Some teams that were
struggling ... a lot of teams have
turned things around."
Jokinen gave part of the credit
for Florida's November success to
its younger players, including Da-
vid Booth, who has five goals this
month.
"With young players, there's
going to be a lot of up and downs
before they find their place in the
league," Jokinen said. "Lately,
they've been doing their job.
That's the expectations that we
have for them."


Water managers meet 'green challenge'


Investing now in a greener
future, the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD) is
making environmentally focused
changes to improve energy ef-
ficiency, reduce water use and
take advantage of alternative fuels.
These efforts are designed to meet
- and exceed -- the "green chal-
lenge" issued by Governor Charlie
Crist earlier this year. The Gover-
nor's executive order directed state
agencies to lead by example in re-
ducing greenhouse gases, increas-
ing energy efficiency and pursuing
renewable and alternative energy
sources.
"The South Florida Water Man-
agement District is to be commend-
ed for implementing on its own,
much of what the Department of
Environmental Protection is help-
ing coordinate at the state level,"
said Michael W Sole, Secretary of
the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection. "We applaud
and congratulate their efforts."
The District has invested more
than $1.3 million on recent facility
upgrades, including switching to
high-efficiency lighting, retrofitting
air conditioner chillers to remove
ozone-depleting refrigerants and
installing more low-flow, waterless
and dual flush bathroom fixtures.
In addition, the District's vehicle

Sports News

In Brief

Bass Club meeting
slated
Taylor Creek Bass Club will
hold its next monthly meeting on
Dec. 13 at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 beginning at 7
p.m. The club holds its meetings
on the second Thursday of each
month with bass tournaments
being held the following week-
end. New members (especially
non-boaters) are welcome. For
more information contact Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.

U.S.C.G. Flotilla seek-
ing new members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee is seek-
ing new members to become
involved in the Auxiliary's pro-
grams.
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed
of men and women who active-
ly support recreational boating
safety and other Coast Guard mis-
sions.
The Auxiliary also provides
recreational boating safety sup-
port to sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved
in patrols, communications, ad-
ministration, seamanship, pilot-
ing/navigation, weather or search
and rescue.
For information, call (863)
763-0165.

Agri-civic center open
for riding
The Okeechobee County Agri-
Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., is
open for recreational riding the
first and third Tuesdays of each
inonth from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Barrels and poles are avail-
able.
The cost is $10 per person.
Rules, waiver and release forms
are available at the Okeechobee
County Board of County Commis-
sioner's office, 304 N.W. Second
St., and the county extension of-
fice at 458 U.S. 78 N. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-1666 or (863)
697-9977.

Volunteers needed at
skate park
Communities in Schools is in
need of volunteers to help man
the skate park during concession
hours. Hours are available any
day of the week. We will provide
training and background screen-
ings. For information, contact
Mike Davis, youth project direc-
tor, at (863) 462-5863.


fleet includes 162 vehicles equipped
to run on alternative fuels such as
ethanol, biodiesel and hybrid-elec-
tric. In fiscal year 2008, the number
of alternative fueled vehicles will
rise to 194, making up 44 percent
of all District vehicles.
"The District is taking the lead
in adopting green technologies,
which goes hand in hand with
our environmental restoration ini-
tiatives," said SFWMD Governing
Board Chairman Eric Buermann.
"We are in the forefront of a grow-
ing worldwide movement to reduce
greenhouse gases and protect our
resources for future generations."
More green changes at the
District are expected in the future
through a partnership established
with the U.S. Green Building Coun-


cil, an organization transforming
the way buildings and communi-
ties are designed, built and oper-
ated. The District is also work-
ing with the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) and has
been designated as an "Energy Star
Partner." The EPAs program pro-
vides advice and guidance on how
to measure, track and improve en-
ergy performance.
"We are grateful to Governor
Crist and DEP Secretary Sole for
recognizing that Florida is among
the states most vulnerable to the
effects of climate change," said SF-
WMD Executive Director Carol Ann
Wehle. "The .District has enthusi-
astically embraced the challenge
of becoming the state's leading
agency in eco-friendly practices."


In the near future, the District plans
to adjust land management practic-
es to enhance carbon offsets, install-
a reflective roof membrane as part
of its headquarters roof replace-
ment project, explore green roof
and solar panel alternatives, and in-
crease the number of hybrid/alter-
native fuel vehicles to 50 percent.
The District will also continue to ex-
ceed native plant requirements for
building landscaping, begin using
biodegradable paper products and
environmentally friendly cleaning
solutions, implement eco-friendly
building standards in the design
and construction of any new facili-
ties and continue the installation of
additional plumbing and lighting
efficiency measures.


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Go Brahmans! Tree for Hospice
Employees at Seacoast National Bank decorate a 7 foot purple and gold "Go Brahmans"
themed tree for the Hospice of Okeechobee Festival of Trees. The OHS Brahmans tree
features, band instruments, sports balls, football jerseys, cheerleading megaphones and
hand made ornaments and a tree skirt by Eileen Casian. Pictured are Hattie Bennett, Kelly
Harrell, Melanie Flaherty, Michael Mikovsky, Eileen Casian and Kandi Keodam.


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