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kech. 9PO BOX 117007

Vol. 98 No. 335 Saturday, December I, 2007 500 Plus tax


Daredevil Evel Kniev-
el dies at 69
Knievel, the red-white-and-blue-
spangled motorcycle daredevil
whose jumps over crazy obsta-
cles including Greyhound buses,
live sharks and Idaho's Snake
River Canyon made him an inter-
national icon in the 1970s, died
Friday. He was 69.
. Knievel's death was con-
firmed by his granddaughter,
Krysten Knievel. He had been in
failing health for years, suffering
from diabetes and pulmonary
fibrosis, an incurable condition
that scarred his lungs.
...Page 11

News Briefs

Water restrictions
still in effect
Residents in the Lake
OkeechobeeServiceArea (LOSA)
of the South Florida Water Man-
agement District are reminded
that Phase III Water Restrictions
remain in effect. Under Phase
III, most residential water users
in the LOSA are required to limit
outdoor irrigation times to one
day per week and four hours per
day. Residents with odd home
addresses are allowed to water
between the hours of 4:00 a.m.
and 8:00 a.m. EST on Saturdays,
while residents with even home
addresses are allowed to water
between the hours of 4:00 a.m.
and 8:00 a.m. EST on Sundays.
Residents may also hand-water
(no sprinklers, automated or
manual) on their designated day
between 5 and 7 p.m. No do-
mestic water use for outdoor ir-
rigation will be allowed Monday
through Friday.
In addition, residential users
may wash their cars, boats and
other equipment from 5-7 p.m.
and within the specific times and
days where irrigation is allowed.
Residents also are expected to
observe normal water conserva-
tion practices within the home.
The use of water for firefighting,
safety, sanitation, health, medical
and other essential purposes is
not restricted. Organizers of char-
ity car washes and outdoor wa-
ter-based recreational activities
are required to obtain a variance.
Application forms and instruc-
tions are available on the District
website at www. s f wmd. gov.

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
District. Depth
S . given in feet
above sea level.

Classifieds.............................. 8-9
Comics ...................................... 7
Community Events.................. 4
Obituaries.............................. 6
Opinion .................................. 4
Speak Out................................. 4
Sports .... .......................... 11
W weather ....... ........................... 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

Community Links. Individual Voices.

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Drought predicted to worsen

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The water shortage is bad and
it is predicted to get worse.
That is the message Carol We-
hle, executive director of South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict (SFWMD) gave Friday Nov.
30 to the County Coalition for
Responsible Management of
Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and
Caloosahatchee Estuaries and
Lake Worth Lagoon.
Ms. Wehle was asked to give
an agency update to the colla-

tion, which is made up of com-
missioners representing counties
surrounding the lake.
"How can I not talk about the
drought?" she asked.
Florida is not the only state
suffering. Ms. Wehle gave an
update on the drought situation
around the southeast. Closer to
home, the director gave a history
of the recent water shortages
and water conservation methods
in south Florida and predicted
more of the same for immediate
Ms. Wehle gave a chronologi-

cal, month by month, account
of the current drought and its
impact on SFWMD operations.
As the drought proceeded more
and more drastic conservation
efforts were instituted.
The district instituted over 20
drought management teams,
such as a fish kill team. When
canals dry up, fish die. This team
handles problems connected
with those fish kills. Another
team deals with stormwater
treatment areas.
"Nurseries get a double
whammy," Ms. Wehle said. They

A visit from St. Nick: Santa in the park

UKeecnooee News/unauna Aguilar
We can almost hear those sleigh bells ringing with the holidays coming so near. Deco-
rations are popping up all over Okeechobee, including Flagler Park. The Lighted Christ-
mas parade is set for Dec. 8

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Jagger Gaucin, 5, Rumor Juarez, 8, and Rudy Juarez, 7, visited with Santa during
the City Tree Lighting Ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov. 27. To view additional pho-
tos from the Tree Lighting Ceremony visit http://photos.newszap.com/pages/gallery,
php?gallery=311418. Santa will be back to meet with local children this week. For more
information see the Christmas events on page 4.

have less water to use and the
sale of landscaping plants de-
In April of this year, for the
first time SFMWD stopped with-
drawal from the water conserva-
tion districts.
There was some good news
as lake levels continued to drop.
The low lake levels allowed SF-
WMD to plan for muck.removal
from the lake bottom.
As the drought progressed,
the district allowed temporary
wells to be drilled or deepening
of water holes for cattle opera-

tions. Ms, Wehle said that calves
were sold early, resulting in low-
er prices.
The district began to work
with local governments on water
restrictions and enforcement
In May the lake drooped to
8.89 feet.
"That was heartbreaking,"
she said.
As drought progressed, water
use restrictions increased.
On July 2, the lake to dropped
to an all time low of 8.82 feet.
See Drought - Page 2

5 accused

in burglaries

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Some of the recent daylight
burglaries committed in the
Basswood and Whispering
Pines subdivisions may have
been solved with the arrest of
three local people.
According - to detectives
from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) they
have arrested Alisha Nicole
Pena, Mark Allen Lee, Jr, and
Mark Joseph Saunders in con-
nection with the break-ins.
When a search warrant was

served on a singlewide mobile
home on Eagle Island Road
Thursday, Robert Walton and
June Lee were also arrested
but on charges unrelated to the
Pena, 26, N.W. 106th St., was
charged with grand theft and
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of
Lee, 23, N.W. 33rd Terrace,
was booked into the county jail
on charges of armed burglary of
a residence, grand theft firearm,
See Burglary - Page 2

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is accused of

tax fraud

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An area business owner was
arrested Thursday on a warrant
that charged him with not pay-
ing over $20,000 in sales tax to
the state from September of
2003 until October of 2006.
Dilipkumar B. Patel, 48,
S.E. 25th St., Okeechobee, was
charged with tax fraud and
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of
Records indicate that he has
since posted bond.

A report by a financial inves-
tigator for the
State of Flor- JAM .,
ida indicates
that Patel is
the president
and director
of Shree Maa
which is do-
ing business Dilipkumar
as Treasure Patel
Island Dis-
count Liquors located on U.S.
441 S.E. The report states that
See Tax- Page 2

Farmworkers, activists are

protesting against Burger King

MIAMI (AP) - Hundreds of
farmworkers, union members
and activists marched through
city streets to Burger King head-
quarters Friday to protest low
wages for tomato pickers and al-
leged exploitation of field work-
About 300 to 400 protesters
gathered under the skyscrapers
of Miami's downtown, many
wearing yellow T-shirts reading
"Exploitation King" and "Burger
King Exploits Farmworkers," oth-
ers holding signs saying "Dignity"
or "Justice for Tomato Pickers."
The marchers, some strumming
guitars and banging large tin

cans with sticks, easily swelled to
double that number during their
nine-mile trek to Burger King's
, offices, where a rally was held.
The protesters are pressuring
the Miami-based fast-food giant
to pay a penny more per pound
of Florida tomatoes -- with their
suppliers passing the money on
directly to farm workers.
Burger King has not accepted
the penny-per-pound deal. The
company, owned by Burger King
Holdings Inc., says it is willing to
negotiate with the workers on a
code of conduct for its vendors
to prevent worker exploitation,
but it sees no clear legal way to

directly pay the workers. Tomato
growers say it would be illegal to
let outside groups set wages.
McDonald's Corp. and Taco
Bell owner Yum Brands Inc.
have reached similar agreements
already with the Coalition of Im-
mokalee Workers,. who orga-
nized the march. But those deals
are not currently in effect due to
resistance from growers.
Pickers such as Sonia Lopez,
50, want better work conditions
and higher wages. Many Immo-
kalee tomato pickers must toil in
the dirt and hot sun for modest
See Protest - Page 2

AP Photo/David Adame
A coalition of workers rights groups representing Florida farm
workers march in protest against Burger King, Friday Nov. 30,
2007, in downtown Miami. Farmworkers, union members and
activists marched nine miles to Burger King's Miami head-
quarters to protest low wages for tomato pickers and exploita-
tion of field workers

2 Okeechobee News, Saturday, December 1, 2007

IRCC receives AT&T Excelerator grant

Thanks to an AT&T Excelerator
2007 grant awarded to the Indian
River Community College Foun-
dation, IRCC students will benefit
from enhanced instruction using
the latest technology tools to
boost student achievement. The
$20,190 grant will fund the provi-
sion of AT&T Techno Toolkits to
all IRCC full-time faculty mem-
bers to facilitate development of
Web-based instructional media,
including video and audio record-
ings of lectures and other instruc-
tional activities.
"The AT&T grant will help
IRCC faculty members inspire
student learning and engagement
through technology. It is vitally
important that we create a tech-
nologically literate workforce and
the AT&T partnership with IRCC

Continued From Page 1
Ms. Wehle discussed the dan-
ger of saltwater intrusion causing
several east coast wells to be at
In anticipation of deteriorating
conditions, Okeechobee Utility
Authority modified their lake wa-
ter intake so that now the utility
can now draw from a lake level
as low as 3.5 feet.
In June all basins around the
lake went to 45 percent cutback
for agricultural use and the muck
removal began. Around the lake 2
million cubic yard of muck were
removed containing 140 tons of
"This was one of those lemon-
ade out of lemons project," Ms.

Continued From Page 1
grand theft (jewelry) and posses-
sion of a firearm by a convicted
felon. His bond had not been set
as of late Friday afternoon.
Saunders, 26, N.W. 240th St.,
was also charged with armed
burglary, grand theft firearm,
grand theft (jewelry) and posses-
sion of a firearm by a convicted
felon. Like Lee. his bond had not
been set.
Walton, 40, N.W. 2401' 51, was
charged with the misdemeanors
of possession of marijuana under
20 gL-ms and.pbssession of' drug-
- paraphernalia. His bond '..as set
at $2,500.
Lee, 45, N.W 361h St., was also
charged with the misdemeanors
of possession of marijuana under
20 grams and possession of drug
paraphernalia. Her bond had not
been set as of newspaper dead-
line on Friday.
OCSO Detective Rick Durfee
said Pena was only charged with
grand theft because she did not
actually commit any of the bur-

Continued From Page 1
$25,257.42 of the company's state
sales tax collections were not re-
ported or remitted to the Florida
Department of Revenue (FDOR).
The report further states that
Shree Maa Laxmi is registered
with the state as a corporation
and is operating as a convenience
store, and is required to file

Continued From Page 1
wages, living in cramped trailers
with no overtime or health care.
Most field workers are immigrants,
and are here illegally.
"We want just a penny per
pound, that's not a lot," Lopez, 50.
"It will help our quality of life. It will
help people make more money
and be able to live a decent life, a
better life. This affects all of us."
Nearby, Juan Antillon, 48, also a
farm worker in Immokalee, holds a
protest sign with tough, hardened
hands weathered from picking to-
matoes for seven years.
"It's going to be a difficult
march, but one that I'll finish," An-
tillon said. "This is a small step but
an important one."
Florida supplies 80 percent of
America's domestic fresh tomatoes
between Thanksgiving and Febru-
ary. The agreements reached with
McDonald's and Yum Brands were
mostly symbolic, affecting only
a tiny segment of Florida tomato
pickers, but they paved the way
for raising wages and strengthen-
ing, farm worker rights across the
Worker wages would essentially
double if the McDonald's and Yum
Brands deals are adopted indus-
trywide. Yum Brands says it is still
committed to the coalition, yet after
two successful seasons, its suppli-
ers opted out this year. McDonald's
has yet to find any supplier who
will participate but will continue to
buy Florida tomatoes either way.
Florida workers earn about 45

supports that goal," said Dr. Chris-
tina Hart, Vice President of Institu-
tional Effectiveness at IRCC. The
College's Institutional Effective-
ness Department submitted the
grant application in cooperation
with the IRCC Foundation.
The recordings created with
the AT&T Techno Toolkits may be
viewed on the instructor's web
page, on students' iPods, and on
the IRCC Web-based virtual class-
room, engaging students in learn-
ing anytime and anyplace. The
faculty members will also utilize
the Techno Toolkits to create ad-
ditional Web-based instructional
media to support student learn-
ing. IRCC will provide training to
the faculty in use of the technology
tools to develop web-based learn-
ing activities as part of the AT&T

Wehle said.
Torpedo grass and navigation
hazards were also able to be re-
moved due to the extremely low
water level.
By August 11,000 warning
notices and 12,000 citations had
been issued and $400,000 had
been collected civil penalties for
violations of water restrictions.
In anticipation of drier weather
ahead, SFWMD has already asked
the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
for a continued deviation from
the lake regulation schedule.
The average year to date rain-
fall district wide January through
November is 52 inches. The cur-
rent total rainfall January through
December district wide 41.52
This year's Atlantic storms

' ,

glaries, but did reportedly drive
Lee and Saunders to and from the
Thanks to an anonymous tip,
Durfee and fellow OCSO Detec-
ti% e Ted Van Deman were able to
get a search warrant for the Eagle
SIsland home When thevsearched,
the home they found ir, SKS bat-
tie rifle and a :38 caliber revolver
that had been stolen from a Bass-
wood home on Monday, Nov. 26.
They also recovered jewelry from
the mobile home that had been
reported stolen.
At of Friday afternoon, Detec-
tive Durfee said he wasn't sure
just how many burglaries would
be cleared by the arrests.
"I know for a fact this will clear
two burglaries, possibly three,"

monthly sales and use tax returns
with the FDOR.
Patel did file tax returns with
the state on behalf of the. store
from September of 2003 until
October of 2006, said the report.
It goes on to state that the com-
pany's register tapes itemized
the sales and state sales tax col-
lected. These records were then
compared to the records from
the FDOR. It was through this
comparison that the investigator

cents per 32-pound bucket. A
fast picker might fill 200 buckets
in a day.
Reggie Brown, executive vice
president of the Florida Tomato
Growers Exchange, said this
season's payroll records show
that Florida tomato harvesters'
hourly pay averaged $12.46 per
hour -- significantly more than
Florida's minimum wage.
CIW officials dispute this es-
timate of the average wage. Ac-
cording to a Unversity of Florida
study conducted in 1999, the
average worker picked about 22
buckets of tomatoes per hour.
"CIW is using today's march
in Miami to mislead the public
about Florida's tomato industry
in a desperate attempt to pres-
sure Burger King into adopting.
a 'penny-per-pound' deal that
does not exist," Brown said.
"There is no such arrangement
in effect between producers and
fast-food companies, which con-
tinue to buy Florida tomatoes."
Steven Grover, a Burger King
vice president in charge of food
safety and quality assurance,
said the door remains open for
negotiation, but the mechanism
of paying the extra penny di-
rectly to the workers "is very ob-
scure and legally questionable
from a number of angles."
Grover said the protest was
the coalition's way of stirring up
"This protest is a colossal
waste of resources and time that
could be focused on helping the
migrant workers in Immokalee,"
he said.


Excelerator Grant Program.
IRCC faculty members report
that students who access lectures
online are able to pay closer at-
tention and participate more fully
in class, because they are not fo-
cused solely on taking notes for
information retrieval. Students
can return to the lecture for rein-
forcement at their convenience
by using the Web, their iPod or
other technology tools. National
research shows the positive im-
pact of technology on student
achievement for mastery of skills,
increased proficiency in use of
technology and motivation to
higher levels of achievement.
"By integrating technology
into the nonprofit sector these
technology grants will greatly
expand the effectiveness of non-

brought no rain to south Florida.
Since some time in May Ms.
Wehle said there have been 177
consecutive days of setting all
time low records for particular
days of the year. She predicted
that number that would be a lot
larger when we come out of this
drought. Using a graph she dem-
onstrated that each day the gap
between the previous record low
for a particular day of the year day
and the level for the correspond-
ing day for this year was getting
The executive director quoted
some predictions that by next
June the lake will be down to
seven feet.
"We have begun planning for
the drought of 2008," she added.
On the brighter side, SFWMD is

Mark Robert
Saunders Walton
he said.
Earlier this week it had been
reported that there had been five
burglaries in the two subdivisions,
maybe more.
Because there are possibly
more break-ins, and more stolen
itern -lo',be.- recevered,-.Detective z
"Durfe~ said the incestillognlo is'
The OCSO detective said when
he and Detective Van Deman
served the search warrant on the
mobile home they were aided by
members of the OCSO Special
Response Team and the Narcot-
ics Task Force. He said a strong
presence was necessary because
they knew there were guns in the
"It was a safety factor," he said.

found that the company's states
sales tax collections were not
paid to the state.
The report goes on to state
that on Nov. 29, 2006, the report-
ing investigator along with anoth-
er FDOR investigator interviewed
Patel. During this interview Patel
stated "... he was the person in
control of the business and ..he
knew it was his responsibility to
collect, file and remit Florida sales
tax collected from his businesses

Tomato farm workers were
not the only ones marching Fri-
day. They were joined by mem-
bers of area unions, religious
leaders and even high school
students from Naples.
Oscar Salas, a former orange
picker from Tampa area who
works as construction worker,
said he's seen instances where
employers threatened to call im-

profits, which are on the front
lines of addressing the needs of
our most deserving Floridians,"
said Marshall Criser III, president,
AT&T Florida.
The $20,190 will be matched
through the State of Florida Dr.
Philip Benjamin Matching Pro-
gram for Community Colleges,
resulting in $33, 650 to be utilized
for the Techno Toolkits.
IRCC has earned a national
reputation for effective use of
technology for teaching and learn-
ing and was named the Number
1 mid-sized community college in
the nation for technology use for
the past three years by the Ameri-
can Association of Community
Colleges and the Center for Digital

planning for more muck removal,
treatment of exotic vegetation and
replanting native vegetation.
"We will be aggressive in
water conservation" Ms. Wehle
pledged. "We can look forward
to increased water restrictions."
She said the district is consid-
ering implement year round con-
servation methods.
"This year is going to be worse
than last," she predicted.
However, she ended on an
optimistic note. She said that if
residential and agricultural users
do their part in the water conser-
vation program of SFWMD there
will be a stable water supply.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com

"We knew they
had guns and
we didn't know
e�if they were
sleeping with
All of the
suspects were
asleep when
June they served
Lee the warrant,
said Detective
Durfee. He added that both Lee
and Saunders were sleeping with
stolen knives within their reach.
As it turned out, all were arrest-
ed without incident, he added.
A records check with the
Florida Depwtme,!
tions indicates (hat'Stiundets was'-'
released hrom prison on July 26,
2007, and is currently on proba-
tion for several felony offenses
including felony battery, credit
card fraud, grand theft and traf-
ficking in stolen property. Most of
those cases are from Leon Coun-
ty, while some are from Wakulla
Those same records also indi-
cate that he was to be on proba-
tion until 2009.

-- Treasure Island Liquor Store
and Shree Maa Laxmi, Inc ...."
The investigator's report adds
that bank statements from Au-
gust 2003 through October 2006
"... showed that Dilip Patel had
enough funds in the account to
pay the Department of Revenue
the taxes due."
A warrant calling for Patel's ar-
rest was signed by Assistant State
Attorney Carlos Wells and issued
Nov. 15, 2007.

migration authorities if workers
asked for more money.
"Wages (for orange pickers)
have been stagnant put there for
30 years, just like tomatoes," said
Salas, 30, of Dade City. "I real-
ized that my housing conditions
were affected by the low wages
my family lived and worked un-
der for 20 years. We're not even
middle class."

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Service recognition
Debra Lewis recently retired as secretary to the County Co-
alition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee,
St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Lake Worth
Lagoon. She was presented a plaque by coalition chair-
man Clif Betts. Mrs. Lewis, who also recently retired as
secretary to the Okeechobee County Commission, has
served as secretary since the organization of the coalition,
about six years ago.

Shoppers urged to be

careful with gift cards

General Bill McCollum has is-
sued a consumer advisory en-
couraging Floridians to be savvy
shoppers when purchasing and
using gift cards this holiday
season. The Attorney General
reminded consumers that gift
cards scams unfortunately can
occur, but basic consumer
awareness and fraud prevention
techniques could spare holiday
shoppers considerable trouble.
Attorney General McCollum also
outlined tips for using gift cards
that would enable gift card re-
cipients to protect themselves
from fraud.
"With the holiday season in
full swing, the potential for fraud
is very real and our citizens
should take care to protect them-
selves," said Attorney General
McCollum. "We want to make
sure Floridians have any avail-
able information to prevent gift
card-related and other types of
fraudulent activity that may put a
damper on this time of year."
An important recommenda-
tion this holiday season is to pay
close attention to the fine print
on gift cards. A new law passed
this year by the Florida Legisla-
ture mandates that gift cards is-
sued in Florida will not expire
or have any fees that would re-
duce the value of the gift card,
although gift cards issued before

June 28, 2007 can still have ex-
piration dates, fees and other
terms that could reduce their
value. The Florida Retail Fed-
eration estimates that Florida
consumers will spend one out
of every five dollars on gift cards
this Christmas season. Nation-
wide, consumers are projected
to spend approximately $25 bilN
lion on gift cards during the 2007
holiday season.
"Gift cards will be a popu-
lar gift item this Christmas. We
urge consumers to use them
wisely and treat them the same
as cash," said Rick McAllister,
President of the Florida Retail
The Attorney General's Office
also released the following tips
for buying and using gift cards:
* Buy gift cards from reputable
sources. Avoid buying gift cards
from online auction sites as these
cards may be stolen or counter-
feit or may have been obtained
* Always read the fine print
before purchasing gift cards.
* Inspect the card .before
buying. Verify that none of the
protective stickers have been
removed. Ensure that the codes
on the back of the card.have not
been scratched off to reveal a PIN
number. Report altered cards to
the store selling the cards.

Today's Weather

S - y Fronts Pressure
Cold Warm Stationary Low 'High

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Okeechobee Forecast
Saturday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s. The
wind will be from the north at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the northeast
around 10 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday 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.

Extended Forecast

Sunday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s. The
wind will be from the north around 5 mph shifting to the east 5 to
10 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 60s.
Monday: Partly cloudy. The high will be in the lower 80s.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers.
The low will be in the lower 50s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 70s.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be inthe mid 40s.
Wednesday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 70s. ,
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the upper
Thursday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the upper 70s.

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Okeechobee News, Saturday, December 1, 2007 3

Amtrak train collides

with freight train

By Deanna Bellandi
Associated Press Writer
� CHICAGO (AP) An Amtrak
train plowed into the back of a
freight train and crushed one end
of a boxcar under its wheels Fri-
Iday, seriously injuring at least 14
people. Most of the 187 passen-
gers walked away unhurt.
Passengers were hurled into
the seats in front of them in the
accident on the city's South Side,
and four people had to be pulled
from the front of the train, where
the engine was located, authori-
ties said.
Five people were reported in
critical condition, nine were in
serious condition, and about 30
others were treated for bumps
and bruises, though Fire Com-
missioner Raymond Orozco said Chil
he expected that number to rise aro
to about 50. an
The cause of the wreck was plov
not immediately known. frei.
The damage to the passenger Sou
train was mostly to its engine, 2007
where some of the six Amtrak lide
workers aboard were,'authorities day
said. It was unclear how many of, leave
them were hurt. The train's three ees
double-decker passenger cars re- engi
mained upright. injul
* No one was in the portion of Pho
the Norfolk Southern freight train
that was struck, and neither of the ing
two workers aboard was hurt. reco:
Amtrak passengers, many of blacl
them carrying winter coats and tiona
luggage, streamed off the train sent
with the help of rescue workers. Ja
,Some held the hands of chil- est is
dren; others were taken away on the A
'stretchers and backboards. whei
Coert Vanderhill, 60, of Hol- PO
land, Mich., said the train was ap- Stark
preaching the station at 15 to 20 cord!
mph when the engine "just ran post
,right up the tail end" of the freight turn
"Everybody just hit the seat in
front of them," he said.
Vanderhill, who had come to C
*Chicago to visit his children, had a Q
.small cut on his nose and said he -,
:and most of the other passengers z
were "walking wounded."
The Amtrak train was en
'route from Grand Rapids, Mich., ?
to Chicago. The freight train was
traveling from Elizabeth, N.J., to
I 9^rflIk,,SouWerqspqkesf5an o tO�
-Rudy Husband said he had no de-
tails about what caused the acci-,.
dent or what the freight train was
Amtrak spokesman Derrick
James said it was unclear which
train was in the wrong place. He
'said Amtrak shares the track with
'Norfolk Southern, which owns
it. He also said he did not know
if the freight train was moving or
stationary when it was struck.
James said Amtrak was await-

Man accused

AP Photo/ Rex Arbogast
cago fire fighters work
und the scene where
Amtrak passenger train
ved into the back of a
ght train on the Chicago's
th Side, Friday, Nov. 30,
7. An Amtrak train col-
d with a freight train Fri-
on Chicago's South Side,
'ing five Amtrak employ-
who were in the train's
ine with critical or serious
ries, officials said. (AP
information from an. event
rder, a device similar to the
k boxes on airliners. The Na-
al Transportation Safety Board
ames said of particular inter-
what the signals were before
Amtrak train got to the spot
re the collision occurred.
police Superintendent Dana
:s said the accident was re-
ed by a camera on a nearby
and the footage would be
id over to investigators.

Man is charged in robbery case

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man suffered minor inju-
ries Wednesday evening when
he was thrown to the pavement
and robbed of cash and prop-
Isidoro Castilleja, 19, N.W.
Second St., Okeechobee, was
arrested and charged with
one count of strong arm rob-
bery. He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under
a bond of $250,000.
Castilleja was arrested by

Detective Wily Post of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO).
to Detective
Post, the 34-
year-old victim ?.
was standing
in the parking
lot of a conve-
nience store *
on S.R. 70 W. Isidoro
around 8:30 Castilleja
p.m. on Nov. 28 when he was
grabbed thrown to the pave-

ment. The attacker reportedly
held the man down and robbed
him of $180 in cash and a cell
Several friends of the victim
were inside the store at the time.
When they learned of what was
happening to the victim they
went outside. When he saw the
friends, the attacker reportedly
ran to a parked vehicle then fled
the area.
The victim and suspect ap-
parently did not know each
other, said OCSO Lieutenant

Billy Markham.
Lt. Markham said Castilleja
was charged with strong arm
robbery due to the alleged
physical force used in the in-
cident. He went on to explain
that an armed robbery charge
only applies when a weapon is
Detective Post is actively in-
vestigating similar crimes and
asks that anyone having any
information about such crimes
or have been a victim to contact
him at (863) 634-2070.

Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* Christopher Gillaspy, 34, S.E.
331d Terrace, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Nov. 19 by Deputy J. Hall
on an .Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with violation
of probation - driving under the
influence. He is being held with-
out bond.
* Don Carlos Johnson, II, 32,
N.E. 13"' Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Nov. 26 by Deputy Corpo-
ral Aric Majere on a warrant charg-
ing him with felony battery. His
bond was set at $2,500.
* Bruce Edward Bass, 24, S.W.
28th St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Nov. 27 by Deputy Augustin Sauce-
do on a charge of driving under
the influence. His bond was set at
* Mary K. Hamner, 54, S.E. 33rd
Terrace, Okeechobee, was ar-

rested Nov. 28 by Deputy Corporal
Chris Hans on a charge of driving
under the influence and refusal
to submit to a blood alcohol level
test. Her bond was set at $750.
* Thomas Lee Watford, 58, S.E.
68'h Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Nov. 28 by Deputy J. Hall on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with failure to ap-
pear - possession of cocaine and
failure to appear - driving while
license suspended/revoked - ha-
bitual offender. His bond was set
at $500.
* Joseph Alvarez, 31, N.W 34th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Nov. 28 by Deputy 'Lieutenant
Keith Murrish on a warrant charg-
ing him with violation of probation
- burglary of a dwelling and viola-
tion of probation - grand theft. He
is being held without bond.
* Lorinda Howell, 35, N.E.
Ninth Lane, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Nov. 28 by Deputy Lt. Keith
Murrish on a warrant charging her
with amended violation of pro-
bation - possession of cocaine
(two counts). Her bond was set at
This column lists arrests

and not convictions, unless
otherwise stated. Anyone list-
ed here who is later found in-
nocent or has had the charges

against them dropped is wel-
come to inform tris newspa-
per. The information will be
confirmed and printed.

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of selling

rock cocaine
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was
arrested by the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force on several
felony drug charges and booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $50,000.
Louis An-
thony McDan-
.iels, 37, N.E.
Third St., was
,charged with
,the felonies of
,sale of cocaine
.(three counts)
'and possession
'of cocaine with Louis
intent to sell McDaniels
'(three counts).
:He was also charged with the
!misdemeanor of possession of
Drug paraphernalia.
McDaniels was arrested after
'he alleged sold crack cocaine
during an undercover operation
'conducted by the task force.
An Okeechobee County Sher-
'iff's Office (OCSO) arrest report
,states that'on at least three occa-
:sions McDaniels did offer for sale
'a substance suspected of being
:crack cocaine. After each sale,
*the substance was field tested
and .indicated a positive result
'for the presence of cocaine.
: On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Mc-
:Daniels is accused of selling .3
-grams of suspected cocaine for
,$50, states the OCSO arrest re-
;port. The report states that the
,money used for the sale had
'been recorded. Following that
:sale, McDaniels was taken into
*custody. According to the report,
:during the search of his person
'the $50 in recorded currency
'was found in left front pocket.
As in the other alleged sales,
the suspected substance was
'field tested and indicated a posi-
tive result for the presence of

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Speak Out

Letters to the Editor

Learn to manage your boss*

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SPORTSMANSHIP: In the parking lot at an OCRA game a perso
heard a parent offer a $25 reward for who ever takes out certain a played
on the other team. If I was the parent of the boy who had the bounty
on his head I would call the board members to get this resolved right
away. I also heard that a coach asked one of his player to lay down lik
he was hurt so 'we can get out of here.' What a miracle the kid got up o
his own and ran off the field. The coaches showed no respect for other
and showed their players that it is OK to quit when you're losing, but d
they quit when they are beating up some first year team? Go figure wha
sportsmanship they showed their players.

POST OFFICE: We need another post office or a post office anne
in the southeast section of the county. As Okeechobee is growing with a
of the condos and houses going up in the southeast section, I think w
need one.

ANIMALS: I would just like to speak out about the people who hav
been calling in about animal abuse and animal rights. There is nothing
wrong with reporting abuse even if you do not know for sure. I know
what's going on about the horses out on the edge of town. That's good
even though the horses are being well taken care of, its good for people
to speak out about animal abuse. Maybe you were wrong in your report
but its good that you cared to no matter what. Just keep.doing what yoi
have to do because there are so many animals that are abused, by nc
being watered or fed.

THIEVES: I would just like to tell the person who stole my l4wnriow.
er, I live on Northwest Fifth Street I hope the good Lord gets him 'cause
know he takes care of thieves later on in life.

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Looking back ...
This photo from the Florida State Archives Memory Project
+ was taken at a rodeo in Okeechobee in November 1949.
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Community Events

Annual Spaghetti dinner is Dec. 1
Dec. 1, Grace Christian School will hold their annual spaghetti din-
ner beginning at 4 p.m. at 701 s. For more information, call (863) 763-

Holiday Festival of Art and Crafts
J and S Fish Camp, 9500 S.W Conners Hwy., will have a holiday
arts and craft festival. The public is welcome to participate at no
charge, set up is at 9 a.m. on Dec. 1. 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. You may leave
your table set up but, you need to take your arts and crafts home with
you at the end of the day. On Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. your
area has to be cleaned up and left as you found it. If you need electric
for your display, it is available, bring your own extension cords. Rest-
room facilities will be available. For information call (772) 332-3149.

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 0' Brady's, for info call: (863)824-2227.

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Agri-Civic Center

o expenses questioned
'- About two months ago I was
u in a discussion with a profes-
ir sional in the community. I'll refer
g to him as "Doc," concerning the
3- above Center.
e, Then, later, I see the article
s in the paper by Pete Gawda du-
plicating much of the facts Doc
had used in support of the New
n Cattleman's Arena Agri-Civic Cen-
er ter. My position was, and is, that
y the Center was a poorly planned
ht facility. From now on, we need
ce to think about who we will get to
n use the facility and what will be
s the financial burden to the tax-
o payers. These things were given
at little thought when the center
was conceived.
The article pointed out that
x the county will invest another
11 $362,000 for seating in addition
e to the $7,951,140.11 of the initial
facility construction cost. This will
add 1,923 seats. This will also al-
e low the Center to be "competitive"
g with surrounding areas according
, .to facility director Mr. Pete Keogh.
e Who are we competing with?
I This additional seating, explained
u Mr. Keogh, might produce yearly
)t incomes in a few years from $150
to $200,000 which is up from the
estimated $82,000 for this year;
V_ 2007-2008. How does he define
I "a few years"? Just for informa-
tion, the 2006-2007 years income
was $66,784.49; an increase of 42
percent over the previous year's
income ($47,500.00). The facil-
ity, according to the article, had
51 bookings. I found they had
bookings of 53 and that totaled
88 days of use for the year. This
is less than 3 months; so what of
8 the other 277 days? The schedule
for 2007-2008 has some 58 book-
ings or 118 days at this time. So
what are the expenses related to
- income? Seems we were never
I given both sides.
The article also covered a
request. by Mr. Keogh for two
additional employees. The em-
ployment expense, which in-
cludes salaries, taxes, retirement
benefits, insurance for the TWO
employees for the 2006-2007 year
was $147,378.58. This is equiva-
lent to $35.43 per hour, now an
additional two employees are
requested. So the expenses for
the 2006-7 year total $385,721.53
as compared to the revenue of
$66,784.49.; .
How is this a financially sound
facility for the tax payers? I seem
to be missing something. There
is a $3,000,000 bond issue on
this facility until the year 2022 at
an interest rate of 3.94 percent.
This amounts to approximately
$22,100 in payments each month
with a total interest of $978,097.00:
So the expenses for last year were
5.75 times more than the income
and the projected for this year,
assuming expenses remain the
same, will be just 4.7 times the

income. If the anticipated income
increase in a few years (say few is
6 to 8) is $200,000 with the new
seating the expenses will.only be
1.92 times the income according
to estimates, with no estimate on
increases in expenses. Why?
It would appear that "now that
the facility is built," this is the time
to look at the feasibility of cost,
revenue and use to the majority of
the taxpayers, maybe 80 percent,
who will find little or no use of
the facility. Of the 53 bookings for
the year, 31 paid anywhere from
$0 to $200 for use of the facility.
The fact that graduation was held
here or that they gave out Hallow-
een candy is of little consequence
compared to the $8 million cost
of construction and $385,721.53
in expenses added to the cost
each year, another $5.5 million in
15 years or, if income estimates
are made, maybe only $2.5 mil-
lion in expenses more..
So what is the point of this let-
ter? Now maybe Doc will under-
stand what I was talking about the
facilities lack of financial account-
ability to the majority of the tax
payers who will pay for it and not
use or have a need for it. Could it
be he did not understand what he
was talking about not knowing
certain facts? No, I'm sure he will
still think himself correct.
Please remember that four
of our existing County Commis-
sioners were not involved in the
major process of developing this
situation leaving us with some
hope. That those responsible for
"The Dream of an Agri-Center"
they may have been having a
nightmare instead. That now it
is built, our Commissioners must
find a solution to reduce the ex-
pense to income ratio, and find
new income sources. I do not
think more employees at this time
would be a solution, not with the
existing salaries paid and days
of use. Who would want to buy
such a facility? You're right, who
would? No one with good com-
mon business sense.
I can only hope the commis-
sioners can find a solution, and
the new administrator has this as
a priority along with the realiza-
tion that his or her job is to serve
all the people and not a select
segment. The job does not re-
quire he/she build larger govern-
ment, but rather better services
with what is here. In the last 15
years I have seen the.Cpunty Bud-
get go from $19 million a year $to
100 million a year. Better roads,
drainage, side walks, building de-
partment, are not so evident. I do
know there are some outstand-
ing employees, who are also tax-
payers, working for the city and
county offices, and we the other
tax payers, should be thankful for
I look forward to any reply by
a letter to the Editor.
Tom Murphy

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Community Events

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

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 sup-
plies. Refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes.
Bring any, scrapbopk, pages:,on which-you are currently working.
Please R.S.VP Carolyn at (863) 634-1885or Joan' t'(63) 461-0'290'
if you will be attending this event. "

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

Huckabee supporters to meet
Mike Huckabee supporters are meeting as a local group. Go to
www.meetup.com and find our local group to join and be a part of
it. For information, call (863) 634-3525 or (863) 801-1414.

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

E0O.E. #4137 plans Benefit
F.O.E. #4137 at 9985 Hwy 441 N. is planning a benefit for Jo-
wana 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.

Chambers holds monthly membership lun-
Vicky Nowlan, of the South Florida Water Management, will be
the guest speaker at this month's Chamber Membership meeting
luncheon 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 infor-
mative luncheon. For more information call the Chamber office at
(863) 763-6464.

Chamber holds Gun Safety Class
On 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 available.
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.

Masonic Lodge sponsors Rib dinner
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 10-7 N.W. Fifth Ave. will be
sponsoring 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 Gardner
at (863) 357-0427.

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

Upcoming Events

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)
'Okeechobee Chapter D.A.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-
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.
Sunday, Dec. 2
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our
Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For more infor-
mation please call. (863) 634-4780.
Monday, Dec. 3
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane. For information, contact Da-
vid Fox at (863) 763-3296.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For information
call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule an
appearance for your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner
at (863) 532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome,
For more information please contact Karen Graves at (863) 763-
Nicotine Anonymous (NICA)is starting a new club with meet-
ings to be held at the Just For Today club, 2303 U.S. Hwy 441 S.E.,
Suite K, on Mondays from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. For information, call
Steve Condit Sr. at (863) 801-3110.

Okeechobee News, Saturday, December 1, 2007"


Okeechobee News, Saturday, December 1, 2007 RELIGION

Reflections from the Pulpit

By Rev. Dr. Paul E.
Jackson, Sr.
International Prayer Warriors for
Hello to everyone. I hope your
week has been just wonderful
and I pray that each and every
day ahead will be just great. Also
I want to thank each of you who
take the time to call me and let
me know what a good article I
have written in the paper, for it
always makes me feel so good..
You know we all were promised
a mansion and one day each of
us will have one, as long as we
accept Jesus Christ. In loving our
Lord Jesus Christ and by accept-
ing Him as your personal savior,
you'll know in your heart that a
hereafter does exist - a wonder-
ful place of everlasting peace, a
wonderful place of pure happi-
ness, and also a wonderful place
that will always be there for all
There are so many who really

shorter. The reason why is that
God only gives each person a cer-
tain amount of time and He gives
the time to each one of us from
the very beginning of our life here
on earth to the very last minute.
I want you to know that we only
die when God decides that our
time is up and please think very
hard about this, for while living,
we have each day to live the right
life. It's not easy, but it was never
promised to be. But thanks to Je-
sus Christ, we have the chance of
living in eternity.
We are so lucky that we have
a God that loves us so much
that He doesn't just give us one
chance, but He gives us thou-
sands of chances to accept Jesus
Christ and you may wonder why.
The answer is because God loves
us for every minute of every day.
Today is today and you are here,
but what about tomorrow? Can
you look at yourself in the mirror
and know if you will wake up the
next day? God knows your time,

that there is so much more on
the right road. Also know that the
choice is yours and only yours.
Don't hurt yourself or don't hurt
those that really care for you, for
your family and friends do care,
.and most of all think about your
Know that your children are
so special, for each one is a gift
from God, but when you 'turn
,away from Christ, you are turning
away from the children that God
has lent to you. I know that your
children look to you for your help
in so many ways, to help them to
understand certain things, to help
-them in making the right deci-
sion, and, yes, they even look to
you in believing in Jesus Christ.
If you will believe, then perhaps
your children will believe. I have
always said to so many different
people that if you will win a child
to Christ, then you will win the
mother, and in doing that, you
have a better chance to win the
father. One day each child must

accept the Lord, what I am saying
is that it is your responsibility to
give your child a helping hand.
No one expects to outlive any
of the children, but as I have stated
above, no one knows the when
time you have here on what I call
a stop over place is over, except
God. I lost one of my children that
was just five months shy of being
32, and she had four kids and I
never ever felt any of my children
would go before me or my wife,
but now I know as a fact that it
can happen. I also know that it
is a pain that will never ever go
away, for God took her back in
2002. I feel 100 percent sure that
I will see her again, but only God
knows for sure. Now from my
own heart, I'm asking you to do
what you have to for each one
of your children to accept Jesus
Christ as their personal savior.
Always remember, never forget,
that you have two choices in your
life that are most important. One


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Victory Baptist Church celebrates 30th anniversary

On Dec. 9 the anniversary of
both Victory Baptist and Pastor
Johnny Jarriel will be celebrat-
Services will be held at 10:45
a.m., at 500 S.W. Ninth St., (four
blocks west of Sun Trust Bank.)
An ,exciting program and special
music are planned for the event,
with "dinner on the grounds"
following the morning service.
'. Thirty years ago, after gradu-
ation from Temple University in
Chattanooga, Tenn., Pastor Jar-
riel and his family rented the
Woman's Club of Okeechobee
and began holding services. A
#yar and a half later, services
were held at the J and J Skate-
land and in 1979, the church
l�ased the former Kicklighter
Funeral Home on S.W. Fifth Ave.
March of 1985, was a big step
in the ministry of Pastor Jarriel,
as the church voted to purchase
their present facilities on S.W.
Ninth St.
"There's been a lot of memo-
ries since that first Sunday, 30
years ago," recalled Pastor Jar-
riel. "In 1980, we started Victory
Baptist Academy, consisting of
K-12 grades. We've had many.
students to gradluale and go on,
to college and some even to the
foreign mission field.
"We are now associated

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On Dec. 9 the anniversary of both Victory Baptist and Pastor Johnny Jarriel will be celebrat-
ed. Services will be held at 10:45 a.m., at 500 S.W. Ninth St., (four blocks west of Sun Trust
Bank.) An exciting program and special music are planned for the event, with "dinner on the
grounds" following the morning service.

with the Cornerstone Christian
Home Educators, a group in
Okeechobee who encourage
the parents to be responsible
for their child's education," he
Victory has over 18 personal
missionaries and is a "mission-

minded church." The impor-
tance of sharing God's Word is
a strong emphasis of Pastor Jar-
"The Lord has been good to
us, 'giving us fruit' for ur labor,
as we see souls come to know
Him. We want this special day

to be honoring to Him for all He
has done for us," said the pas-
Pastor Jarriel extends an in-
vitation to the public and to all
that have b.een.faithful friend ur ,r
students over the years. . .
For more information, call
(863) 763-0669.

Church news in brief

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

Toy drive benefits
Big Lake Missions
The Old Men Riders are spon-
soring a Toy Drive for Big Lake
Missions Outreach by having a
1?25 mile bike ride around the lake
on Dec. 1, and are asking busi-
nesses, churches and individu-
als to sponsor each participating
bike. All bikes are welcome. The
money raised will go to Big Lake
Missions Outreach. The group 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 Out-
reach at (863) 763-5725.

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

Baptist Church hosts
parent's day out
: Cornerstone Baptist Church,
18387 U.S. 441 N., is offering a
parent'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.
dntil 3 p.m. Return at 3 p.m. for
a presentation of music and dra-
rha until 4 p.m. presented by the
children. For more information,
contact Tom or Stacy at (863)

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. Sec-
ond St. All levels of scrapbook-
ers are welcome. Carolyn Jones

will be available to assist you
with your scrapbooking ques-
tions and supplies. Refreshments
will be served and there will be
door prizes. Bring any scrapbook
pages on which you are currently
working. Please R.S.V.P Carolyn
at (863) 634-1885 or Joan at (863)
467-0290 if you will be attending
this event.

Oakview Baptist
presents Christmas
Oakview Baptist Church, 677
S.W. 32nd St., Choirs present a
Christmas musical "Through the
Eyes of a Child" Sunday, Dec. 2,
at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to
attend. For more information call
(863) 763-1699.

BHR Christian Church
host annual bazaar
The Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church will host its Second An-
nual Craft Bazaar and Luncheon,
on 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 hand-
made crafts. A delicious lunch of
vegetable soup, chicken noodle
soup and ham salad sandwich
will be available. For more infor-
mation call (863) 357-6500.

Fort Drum Church has
fellowship activities
The Fort Drum Community
Church will hold a men's fellow-
ship breakfast at Ruck's Pit every
other Saturday starting at 6:30
a.m., and a women's fellowship
every other Monday starting at
6:30 a.m. For information or if
you need transportation to and
from these activities, call (863)

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

.and on Saturday from 5:30 until
7:30 p.m.

Methodist Church has
interaction program
The First United Methodist
,Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morn-
ing of free organized Christian ac-
tivities that includes play, instruc-
tion and interaction for parents
.and their pre-school children. The
event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child
care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information,
call (863) 763-4021.

Catholic religious
education classes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
901 S.W. Sixth St., will be offer-
ing religious education classes for
children. Registrations for Catho-
lic Christian Doctrine (C.C.D.) are
now being accepted. Classes for
children in grades kindergarten
through ninth will be held every
Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until
12:35 p.m. For information, call
the parish office at (863) 763-

BHR Church holds
A.A. meetings
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, holds open
meetings for Alcoholics Anony-
mous on Monday nights from 7 to
8 p.m. for substance abuse. They
also have Al-Anon meetings on
Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m.
to help family and friends of alco-
holics. For information call Chris
at (863) 467-5714.

BHR Church holds
personal growth group
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, has a
Personal Growth Group which
takes a more definite direction.
If you think you are experiencing
symptoms of depression or anxi-
ety, this support group is for you.
Meetings are held every Thursday
from 7 until 8 p.m. at the church.
For information contact, Tony
Santamarina at (863) 467-5474 or
Jo Norris at (863) 746-5152.

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Students hike on Hoover Dike
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Obituaries I ..

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Salvador Pulido Ayala
Salvador Pulido Ayala, 38 died
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007 in Lawn-
wood Regional Medical Center in
Ft. Pierce. Born April 13, 1969 in
Michoacan, Mexico he was a la-
borer in the Citrus Industry.
He is survived by a host of
family and friends.
A visitation will be held, Mon-
day, Dec. 3, in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel, 110 N.E. Fifth St.
Okeechobee, from 5 until 7 p.m.
All local arrangements are
under the direction and care of
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-

John "Toby" Brewer
John "Toby" Brewer, 85 died,
Oct. 11, 2007. He was born on
Oct. 2,1922 in Stuart.
He enlisted in --
the United States V
Marines on
Feb.. 19, 1943 to |
serve his coun-
try. He served .
in the South Pa-
cific at Empress
Augusta Bay, f
Bougainville, John "Toby"
British Solomon Brewer
Islands, Decem-
ber of 1943. He served in Guam,
and the Mariana's Islands in July
of 1944, and was discharged Nov.
21, 1945. He received two Bronze
Stars, and a Purple Heart, along
with an Honorable Service Lapel
He was a cowpuncher, riding
range on a horse, rounding up
and branding cattle. He worked
for Lykes Bros, Inc. for 25 years.
He lived in Palmdale, during this

time. After retiring from Lykes
Bros., Inc., he moved to Jasper,
Fla., where he worked at Arky
Roger's Hunting Camp, south of
He was survived by one sis-
ter, Francis (Brewer) Roberts of
Lehigh Acres. In addition, he is
survived by a host of family and
friends in the Glades, Hendry,
Okeechobee area and Jasper, Fla.
Services were held on Friday,
Oct. 19, at the Calvary Baptist
Church in Jasper. Internment is at
the Florida National Cemetery, in
In lieu of flowers a memorial
fund has been set up at the Calva-
ry Baptist Church, 11320 County
Road 6E, Jasper, 32052.

Dorothy Belle Hawke
Dorothy Belle Hawke, 78 of
Buckhead Ridge and Brunswick,
Ohio, died Thursday, Nov. 29,
2007 at the Hamrick Home. She
has been a seasonal resident of
Okeechobee area for the past
10 years and is a member of the
Ladies of the Moose/Buckhead
Ridge. She was president of the
VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Ohio and
also the Eagles in Ohio.
She is survived by her hus-
band of 61 years, Jim W Hawke
of Okeechobee/Brunswick; two
children, Dennis Hawke of Me-
dina, Ohio, Connie (Terry) Betz of
Sharon Center, Ohio and 3 grand-
children, Jamie, Brandy, and Erin.
In addition she is survived by her
great grandchild, Evan.
Local services will be held
Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Buckhead
Ridge VFW at 1 p.m.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.buxtonfuneral-

All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.

James Ira Large
James Ira Large, 68 of
Okeechobee, died Wednesday,
Nov. 28, 2007 at the Kindred Hos-
pital in Ft. Lauderdale. He was
born, Feb. 25 ,
1939 in Mt. Ver
non, Ky., to Ira
and Christine
Large. He served
in the United
States , Army,
was a member p .i '
of the Masonic .
Lodge in Cincin- James Ira
nati, Ohio and Large
enjoyed play-
ing golf. He has been a resident
of Okeechobee for the past 13
He is preceded in death by his
father, Ira Large and sister, Linda
He is survived by his loving
wife of 49 years, Barbara Large;
sons, Bruce Large of Okeechobee,
Brian and Kelly Large; mother,
Christine Large and brothers, Carl
and Reynold Large all of Cincin-
nati, Ohio. In addition he is sur-
vived by grandchildren, Jessica,
Kyle, Savannah, and Tyler Large.
A memorial service will be
held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m.
in the Buxton Funeral Home Cha-
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.buxtonfuneral-
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton

Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.

Barren Isaac Pippin
Barron Isaac Pippin, of
Okeechobee passed away on
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007 at Saint
Mary's Hospital in West Palm
Beach. He was born on Nov.
25, 2007 to Na-
than and Wen-
dy Pippin of
Okeechobee. of
He is sur-
vived by his
parents, Nathan .
and Wendy Pip- k
pin; brothers,
Nate and Isaiah Barron Isaac
Pippin; sisters, Pippin
Maya and Em-
mabelle Pippin; paternal grand-
parents, Jim and Ruthi Pippin;
maternal grandparents, David
and Deborah Barron; great
grandmother, Jean Woods and
a host of other family members.
Visitation will be held on Sun-
day, Dec. 2, at the Okeechobee
Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth
Ave. from 2 until service times at
3 p.m. Internment will be in Ev-
ergreen Cemetery. Pastor Larry
Kilgore will officiate at the ser-
Friends may sign the guest-
,book at www.buxtonfuneral-
Memorial contributions may
be made to Rylee's Hope Inc.,
408 S.W. 18"h St. Okeechobee,
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Okeechobee.

Education News in Brief

Okeechobee High
School Scholarship
College costs continue to
increase each year and the stu-
dents of Okeechobee are always
in need of financial assistance.
The Okeechobee High School
Scholarship Program is cur-
rently recruiting to increase the
amount of scholarship funds
available to these students. If
you or your business would like
to offer a scholarship in your
name, or if you have any ques-
tions regarding scholarship con-
tributions, please contact Bill
R. Black at (873) 462-5025 ext.
3113. The scholarship commit-
ment deadline is Jan. 11, 2008
so new scholarships can be in-
cluded in the scholarship book-
lets. If this is not convenient for
you please call and we will work
out the details.

Parenting classes of-
Free parenting classes are held
every Monday from 7 until 8 p.m.
at New Endeavor High School.
Classes include topics about chil-
dren from birth to teens. For infor-
mation or to have an interpreter
available call Lori Jaquith at (863)
697-6320 or (863) 462-5000, ,ext.

Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will of-
fer parenting education classes
for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encour-
aged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This adults-only
parenting class consists of six,
one-hour classes. You must at-
tend all six classes to get a certifi-
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and an online order form, or call 1-866-379-6397 toll free.

day and evening classes available.
No child care will be available. Call
(863) 462-5877 for registration.

Free adult GED classes
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult ba-
sic education/GED and English as
a second language classes at these
locations: Dixon Hendry Center,
2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as
second language classes, Monday
and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until
noon, adult basic education/GED,
Monday through Thursday from
8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Friday
from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Yearling
Middle School, 925, N.W 23 Lane,
English as a second language class-

es, Monday-Wednesday 5:30 until
8:30 p.m.; Everglades Elementary,
3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a
second language classes, Tuesday
and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.

YMS collecting printer
Yearling Middle School (YMS) is
collecting empty printer and copy
toner cartridges. They are sent in
for credits that go toward school
supplies to be used by all students.
To donate empty printer or toner
cartridges, they can be dropped
off at YMS, 925 N.W. 23"' Lane, or
at the Stichin' Post, 620 S. Parrott
Ave. Or call Tracy at (863) 462-
5056, or Linda at (863) 467-1484
for free pick up.

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Hike the Dike field trip
Osceola Middle School took 150 of their students on a field
trip to Lock 7 where they made the 4 mile walk to Okee-
Tantie on Nov. 30. The students who participated were able
to go by paying "Spears" which are earned by good be-
havior. Seacoast National Bank and Superior Water Works
donated water for the walkers and lunch was provided by
the Spring Garden Restaurant.

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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
Theatre I -"American Gangster"
* (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.
For information, call (863) 763-


in History

By The Associated Press
Today is Saturday, Dec. 1, the
335th day of 2007. There are 30
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a
black seamstress, refused to give
up her seat to a white man on a
Montgomery, Ala., city bus. Parks
was arrested, sparking a yearlong
boycott of the buses by blacks.
On this date:
In 1824, the presidential elec-
tion was turned over to the U.S.
House of Representatives when
a deadlock developed between
John Quincy Adams, Andrew
Jackson, William H. Crawford and
Henry Clay. (Adams ended up the
In 1904, the Louisiana Purchase
Exposition in St. Louis closed after
seven months and some 20 mil-
lion visitors.
In 1913, the first drive-in au-
tomobile service station, built by
Gulf Refining Co., opened in Pitts-
In 1921, the Navy flew the first
nonrigid dirigible to use helium;
the C-7 traveled from Hampton
Roads, Va., to Washington, D.C.
In 1943, President Roosevelt,
British Prime Minister Winston
Churchill and Soviet leader Josef
Stalin concluded their Tehran con-
In 1956, the Leonard Bernstein
musical "Candide," based on Vol-
taire, opened on Broadway.
In 1969, the U.S. government
held its first draft lottery since
World War II.
In 1973, David Ben-Gurion,
Israel's first prime minister, died in
Tel Aviv at age 87.
In 1992, in Mineola, N.Y., Amy
Fisher was sentenced to five to
15 years in prison for shooting
and seriously wounding Mary Jo
Buttafuoco. (Fisher served seven
In 2000, Vicente Fox was sworn
in as president of Mexico, ending
71 years of Institutional Revolu-
tionary Party domination.
Five years ago: Colombia's
largest right-wing paramilitary
group began a unilateral cease-fire
in its long-running battle against
leftist rebels. Russia won its first
Davis Cup title by rallying to beat
defending champion France 3-2.
Edward Latimer "Ned" Beach, the
U.S. Navy captain who wrote the
best-selling undersea thriller "Run
Silent, Run Deep," died in Wash-
ington at age 84.
One year ago: Felipe Calderon
took the oath of office as Mexico's
president amid catcalls and brawl-
ing lawmakers, a chaotic start to a
term in which he pledged to heal
a country divided by his narrow
victory. Officials reported that Ty-
phoon Durian killed as many as
S200 people when it tore through
the eastern Philippines (the storm
was eventually blamed for 1,399
Picerni is 85. Former CIA director
Stansfield Turner is 84. Actor Rob-
ert Symonds is 81. Singer Billy Paul
is 73. Actor-director Woody Allen is
72. Golfer Lee Trevino is 68. Singer
Dianne Lennon (The Lennon
Sisters) is 68. Country musician
Casey Van Beek (The Tractors) is
65. Television producer David Sal-
zman is 64. Rock singer-musician
Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult) is
63. Rock musician John Dens-
more (The Doors) is 63. Actress-
singer Bette Midler is 62. Singer
Gilbert O'Sullivan is 61. Actor Treat
Williams is 56. Country singer Kim
Richey is 51. Actress Charlene Til-
ton is 49. Actress-model Carol Alt
is 47. Actor Jeremy Northam is
46. Actor Nestor Carbonell is 40.
Actress Golden Brooks is 37. Ac-

tress-comedian Sarah Silverman is
37. Actor Ron Melendez is 35. Con-
temporary Christian singer Bart
Millard is 35. Singer Sarah Masen
is 32. Rock musician Brad Delson
(Linkin Park) is 30. Actress Ashley
Monique Clark is 19.
Thought for Today: "I got
a simple rule about everybody. If
you don't treat me right, shame ou
you." - Louis Armstrong, Ameri-
can jazz musician (1900-1971).

Wizard of Id


Beetle Bailey

Dear Abby

Mom victim

of bride's bombshell

* DEAR ABBY: My daughter,
"Courtney," was recently married,
and the week leading up to the
wedding was a disaster. My hus-
band, "Jeff," and I paid for the ma-
jority of her lavish wedding with
assistance from her new in-laws.
My ex-husband, "Earl" (Courtney's
father), didn't pay for any portion
of it. Over the past 15 years he has
offered little support, financially
or emotionally. In fact, Earl has
stolen from both of my daughters
(it was identity theft) and ran up
thousands of dollars in bills, not
to mention the unpaid medical ex-
penses and child support.
Courtney and her fiance's fam-
ily were scheduled to stay at our
house for a few days prior to the
wedding. One week before they
were scheduled to come, Court-
ney informed me that she wanted
to "establish a new relationship"
with her father and his side of the
Being already emotional about
the wedding, I flipped out. I didn't
understand how she could do this
to me and her stepdad after all our
years of picking up the pieces.
Courtney told me to "stuff it"
and did as she pleased. Her new
in-laws sided with her. They were
aware of the problems with Earl,
the stolen money, etc. Jeff and I
attended the wedding, but were
treated poorly. Needless to say,
Earl was treated like a king.
Jeff thinks I need to write Court-
ney off, as she has shown her true
colors. Right now, I am very up-
set. Have you any suggestions?
- Devastated In Phoenix
do. If you want to spare yourself
years of pain and aggravation, you
will listen to your husband. It ap-
pears that Courtney is her father's
The sacrifices you made to
raise her have resulted in her be-
coming a selfish, self-centered,
rude adult. In order for her to fulfill
her fantasy of being "Daddy's girl,"
she was willing to sacrifice her re-
lationship with you. For your own

sake, do not forget it. Unless 'you
can take a giant emotional step
backward, Courtney will continue
to treat you like a doormat - and
don't be surprised if she uses any
children she has as leverage. Be

*DEAR ABBY: I am an 18-
year-old girl who is faced with a
dilemma. My friend, "Kate," and I
were sexually assaulted at a party
we attended recently. The guy
who did it was a friend of Kate's
and very popular. He claims he
blacked out and doesn't remem-
ber what happened.
Although it didn't escalate to
rape, what happened deeply up-
set Kate. I have put the incident
behind me, but Kate can't. We
have brought this to the atten-
tion of the police and must now
decide whether we should allow
this to go to court.
Because we were underage
and alcohol was a key factor,
would going to court and having
the case possibly thrown out be
worth the emotional toll it takes
on me and Kate? Forcing the guy
to go to court would hurt him, but
it could hurt us, as well. - Sec-
ond Thoughts In Pennsylva-
Because no rape-occurred and, I
assume, everyone involved was
under the influence, I am unsure
what the consequences would
be if you took the young man to
court. This is something you and
Kate should discuss with legal
counsel, because more might be
gained if he and his family were
to agree to foot the bill for post-
traumatic stress counseling for
Kate - and alcohol abuse coun-
seling for all three of you.
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


The Last Word in Astrology

By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19): Ev-
erything depends on how you handle oth-
ers. If you fly off the handle or are too ag-
gressive, you will not get far. Be original in
the way you ask others to do things. Don't
spend money foolishly.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don't
take a risk with your cash. Anything to do
with the elderly or the youth in the fam-
ily can be dealt with today. You may have
to enforce some new rules but, once you
have them in place, your mind will be at
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Today
can turn into a dramatic turn of events. Be
a quiet observer if you don't want to get
blamed or criticized. Love is in the picture
but don't cheat because you aren't happy.
Instead, rid yourself of the person you no
longer want to be with.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): Go
after whatever you want. Talk to people
who can help you make educational, pro-
fessional or personal changes. You can
make a difference to your own comfort by
purchasing gizmos to make your house-
hold duties easier.

*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your fi-
nances may be compromised due to
responsibilities to children, parents or
siblings or if you get involved in a fast-
cash scheme. Love is looking good and
is probably where you should be putting
your effort. You don't have to spend to win
someone's love.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Mak-
ing changes to your home will cost more
than you anticipate. Carefully plan out
your upcoming work week. If you can
take a new approach to an old project or
service, you will have a better chance of
picking up an additional contract or ad-
*ULIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Be-
ing impulsive will lead to losses. You can
make some interesting decisions regard-
ing your personal life and with whom
you want to spend more time. Love is in
the stars and an entertaining evening will
leave you with fond memories.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
You can make real estate or investment
changes. Don't waste time or money or
underestimate someone who has chal-
lenged you in the past. Don't divulge your

*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
You'll only be fooling yourself if you think
you can spend money on travel or any-
thing else that isn't necessary. You may
want to impress someone but you'll have
to find a way to do so that doesn't cost
.*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Be careful: Someone with whom you are
enamored may take advantage of you.
Keep your wits about you and be pre-
pared to say no to anyone asking for too
much. Getting angry is a waste of time.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Someone from your past will pass you in-
formation you've been waiting to receive.
You should be able to move forward with
your plans with someone you care about
deeply. Money is heading your way.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
You'll be pulled in several different direc-
tions regarding work, location and what
you want to do in the future. A look at a
past partnership may help you come to
terms with getting in touch with this per-
son again. Do what you must.


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Liberty" author
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15 Disqualified
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17 "Shirley, Good
Mrs. Murphy
shall follow me
all the days of
my life" is one
18 Flower
19 Word spreaders
20 "CSI" actress
21 "When thou
an eagle ..":
22 Respiration aid
23 Where to see 9-
26 Minded
27 Leading
28 Silicon Valley's
Research Center
30 Day one
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34 Pen partner
35 Legendary
36 Peerless in
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40 One might make
you stop and
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Corneille play
43 Parisian
44 Thesis
defenders, at
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talk show
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52 Not clerical
53 'The crazy life,"
in a 1999 #1 hit
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55 Several
companies may
share one
56 Beginning
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3 Word on a wall
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8 1975 Pulitzer
winner for
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elaborate prose
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with pinkish
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themselves to
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23 Capital letters
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25 Theater -
company stock?

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33 Barbizon
School artist
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42 Schumer's

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Cool" trumpeter
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Home visitor position with Healthy Families
Program at Hendry County Health Department
in Clewiston; knowledge of child development
& cultural diversity; must have valid Florida
driver's license, reliable transportation, &
ability to travel; Background screening &
fingerprinting required. EEO/AA
Apply on line:
or Call Jeannie @ 863-983-1408
x 532 for more details

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

Immediate Openings - CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
Immediate Openings * All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time * RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

Will pick up your junk!
Heavy & Farm Equipment-will
pay CASH. Call Michael @

Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

A/C SERV TECH needed.
Dependable, Clean DL, Good
Pay, Benefits, 401K, Min
3 yrs exp. EOE DFW.
Experienced need only apply.
Call (863)763-8391
wanted. Full/Part time.
Quickbooks preferred. Fax
resume to (863)467-3050 or
mail to P.O. Box 578,
Okeechobee, FL 34973

Heavy Equipment/Truck
experience needed for
statewide mfg/dist company.
Benefit package. Drug Free,
EOE. Fax resumes to

How do you find a job in
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

Min. 1 yr. exp.

to start

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9am- 1pm

One man's trash Is anoth-
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with an ad In the classl-

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
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
Action/ Drug Free
Workplace, M/F/D/V.


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

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

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 -
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware. Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts 'Supplies 585
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Fireplace Fixture 600
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MALTESE - Male, 5 mo. w/pa-
pers. VPI Pet ins. Dog bed &
carder & clothes. $700.

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w/papers (863)634-6195
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avail, parents on premises.
$300 each (863)763-3776
PUPS - UKC, Purple ribbon
bred, Health cert. included.
$300 each. (863)697-3810

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Corner Lot. 2.2 acres, $150K
Call Cell# 772-530-2095
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Apartments 905
Business Places 910'
Property 915
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

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

lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
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.
1br, fully furn, elec & satellite
incld, NO pets, $700/mo +
$500 dep. (863)467-1950
OAK PARK - 2/1 CBS, W & D,
fenced yard. $850 Iv msg
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, 1ba, Carport, Appl., W/D
hookup. $1000. mo. + 1st,
Last Sec. (863)261-5180
OKEECHOBEE - 3704 NW 36th
Ave., Small 2 br, lba, 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
clean! On canal. Lg. storage.
$950 mo. + 1st & sec. dep.
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OKEECHOBEE - Office Space
rental. 18'x12' $600. mo.
Utilities included. For ap-
pointment (863)467-1545
2,000 sq. ft. Excellent
location, ready to occupy.
Call for info (863)763-8872
or (863)467-9608

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

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495
throughout, granite counter
tops, in Okee Estates. 2100
sf $240,000 (863)634-6186

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
Bdrm., 2 Ba. On 10 acres.
$1200 mo. Call
No pets. Fenced yard.
$650/mo. & $550 security.
Furnished, seasonal or annual-
ly, available immediately.
$750/annually, $1200 sea-
sonal (239)707-8327

Horton, '05, 2BR/1BA,
14'wx48'l, immaculate,
must be moved, partially
furnished, $10,000.
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
4/2 Tile Floor, Energy Package
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq.ft.
30th Anniversary Sale Special
Save $15,000.
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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

FORD ESCORT 2X2 '99 - Cold
air, tinted windows, rear
spoiler, Pioneer stereo, great
mpg. $1200 (863)467-0094

Flat bed dump, 16 ft body, 6
cyl eng, 5 spd, runs excel-
ent, no oil leaks. $9500
63)467-6101 or

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OKEECHOBEE COUNTY gives Notice that it shall hold a public hearing before 1t40
Okeechobee County Planning Board silting as the Local Planning Agency.The
public hearing will be held on Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the
Commission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW Second
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. The purpose of the public hearing is to consider
amendments to the Comprehensive Plan of Okeechobee County, Florida and to
consider transmittal of these amendments to the Board of County Commissioners
for consideration. These amendments are associated with individual applications
for amendments to the comprehensive plan and required amendments related to
public school facilities.
Affected elements include the Future Land Use Element, the Future Land Use Map
Series, the Intergovernmental Coordination Element, the Capital Improvements
Element, a new Public School Facilities Element and a new Public School Fa-
cilities map series. These amendments may affect property values.
The potential comprehensive plan amendments are described as follows:
Seven H L Cattle Co., Inc., Harvey Cattle Co. Inc. and W Blaine and Jeanette M.
Harvey, property owners and applicants. Request to reclassify approximately
1,022.45 acres from the Rural Estate future land use classification to the Rural
Activity Center future land use classification. The change would increase the den-
sity for residential development from 1 unit per 5 acres to 1 unit per acre. The
subject property is located in Sections 21 and 22,'Township 37 South, Range 36
East, Okeechobee County, Florida. The property is between SR 70 East and SR
710 E, about one mile west of SE 128th Avenue.
Big H Ranch, LLC, property owner; OIP-98 Inc., applicant. Request to reclassify ap-
proximately 598.54 acres from the Agriculture future land use classification to the
Industrial future land use classification. The change would increase the potential
intensity of development of the property to allow for industrial development. The
subject property is located in Sections 26, 27, 28, 34 and 35, Township 36
South, Range 34 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. The subject property is on
the southerly side of US Highway 98 North, less than one mile south of Dixie
Ranch Acres subdivision.
Jose Fanjul, property owner and applicant Request to reclassify approximately-620
acres lrom the Rural Estate future land use classification to the Rural Activity Cen-
ter classification. The change would increase the density for residential develop-
ment from 1 unit per 5 acres to more than 1 unit per acre and allow for up to 15
acres of commercial development. The subject property is in Section 24, Town-
ship 37 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. The property is on
the east side of SE 128th Avenue, north of Ouail Woods subdivision.
Lucille Stanley, property owner; George Costonis, applicant. Request to reclassify
approximately 51.77 acres from the Urban Residential Mixed Use and Rural Estate
future land use classifications to the Commercial Corridor Mixed Use classifica-
tion. The change would increase the potential intensity of development of the
property to allow for increased commercial development. The subject property is
in Sections 3 and 4, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee County,
Florida. The property is on the west side of Highway 441 North, north of NW 36th
266 Trees, LLC, property owner; Steve Griffin, applicant. Request for a small scale
map amendment to reclassify approximately 20 acres from the Agriculture future
land use classification to the Rural Activity Center classification. The change
would increase the density for residential development from 1 unit per 10 acres to
1 unit per 2 acres and would allow for neighborhood commercial development.
The subject property is in Section 22, Township 37 South, Range 34 East, Okee-
chobee County, Florida. The property is on the south side of SR 70 West, west ol
SW 87th Drive.
Okeechobee County, applicant. Adopt a new Public School Facilities Element, new
Public School Facilities Map Series, update the Intergovernmental Coordination
Element and update the Capital Improvements Element as those elements pertain
to the siting and concurrent provision of public school facilities in accordance
with the requirements of state law,
A copy of the proposed amendments shall be available for inspection by the public
during normal business hours at the Okeechobee County Planning and Develop-
ment Department, 499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Interested
parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed
amendments, and may submit written comments to the Planning and Develop-
ment Department prior to the hearing.
If a person decides to appeal any decisions made by the local planning agency witl
respect to any matter considered at the hearing, that person will need a record oli
the proceedings, and he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the pro.
ceedings is made which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based.
251163 ON 12/1/07

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transmission,clean & excellent
mechanical cond, direct from
Martin County Schools. $5500

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tool boxes Fits Chevrolet U
trucks $1000.
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2500, Heavy duty, Reading Util
bed, Ladder rack, 60,800 mi.
$18,950. (863)467-1545

Trailer, 12', Single axle,
�$2500. or best offer.
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Bronson urges consumers to be savvy shoppers

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles Bronson
is urging consumers to protect
themselves against identity theft
during: the holiday shopping
season and to know their rights
as consumers. He's reminding
people not to let down their
guard during the hectic shop-
ping season.
"Identity thieves count on dis-
tracted and overburdened shop-
pers to find their next target,"
Bronson said. "If someone is
standing too close, beware, they
may be watching your transac-
tion to steal credit card or pin
Bronson says shoppers need
to keep a close eye on their be-
longings as well. A stolen wallet
can result in a lot more than the
loss of some cash. The person-
al information a criminal can
obtain from someone's driver's
license, checks and other docu-
ments can enable them to make
purchases in the victim's name
and ruin their credit.
Consumers who shop online
should also take certain steps to
protect themselves. While there
is no foolproof way to prevent

becoming a victim, consumers
can deter identity thieves.
Know who you are dealing
with and confirm an address
and phone number to contact
if problems arise. It is safest to
deal with well known, reputable
Check out the business's pri-
vacy policy and provide person-
al information only if you know
who is collecting it and how it
will be used.
Guard your online password.'
Use different passwords for
making purchases than your log
on password.
Use anti-virus and anti-spy-
ware software and update them
Detect suspicious activity
early by routinely monitoring
financial accounts and month-
ly billing statements. Review
credit reports at least once a
year from each of the three
national credit bureaus so you
can check for errors and catch
any identity theft early. Call Ex-
perian (800-682-7654), Equi-
fax (800-685-1111) and Trans
Union (800-916-8800) or visit
If billing statements do not arrive

on time, contact the creditor. It's
possible an identity thief has di-
verted the statements to another
address to avoid detection.
Don't respond to emails with
web site links. The web sites
may be counterfeit. Consumers
should enter the web site ad-
dress for any sites from which
they plan to order items.
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which pretend to be financial
institutions or companies and
send spam or pop-up messages
to get you to reveal your person-
al information.
Shred all financial docu-
ments, paperwork with person-
al information and credit card
offers before you discard them.
Bronson says people also
need to educate themselves
about their rights and respon-
sibilities as consumers. Some
important tips include:
Check cancellation policies.
There is not an automatic three
day cancellation period for pur-
chases of goods or services.
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making a purchase. Businesses
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or within 30 days of the order
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if something goes wrong.
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sponsibilities by logging on to
the Department's Division of
Consumer Services website at
www.800helpfla.com. People
who want to report suspicious
activities can call the Depart-
ment's Consumer Hotline at
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Countdown to Christmas

Christmas festival
in the park
On Dec. 8, Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce will
host a holiday festival in Flagler
Park. Arts and Craft booths are
available. The annual Lighted
Christmas Parade begins at 6
p.m. Applications are avail-
able at Chamber of Commerce

Wounded Knee
collection of toys
Christmas for Wounded Knee
Collection of toys and jackets
will be Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10
a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Brahman
Theatre. Please drop off any
items you would like to donate
to the Pine Ridge Indian Reser-
vation, South Dakota. We will
be leaving to deliver all items
on Dec. 23 for South Dakota.
All items are appreciated. For
information call Libby Luckey at
(863) 243-1399.

SFestival of Trees
under way
Hospice of Okeechobee's
Festival of Trees ends Sunday.
The event features a display of
100 ornately decorated trees
and other Christmas items. Ad-
mission to the Festival of Trees
and The Country Store. is free.
Hours are noon until 5 p.m. The
Festival of Trees will be running
until Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Blue
Volunteer Building next to The
Hamrick Home, 411 S.E. Fourth
St. For information, contact
Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863)

Toy drive planned f
or Dec. 1
The Old Men Riders are spon-
soring a Toy Drive for Big Lake
Missions Outreach by having a
125 mile bike ride around the
lake on Dec. 1. They are ask-
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individuals to sponsor each par-
ticipating bike. All bikes are wel-
come. The money raised will go
to Big Lake Missions Outreach.
They will meet in the movie the-
atre parking lot at 8 a.m. For in-
formation call Gene Rodenberry
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Holiday Tour of
Homes planned
The 2007 Holiday Tour of
Homes will take place on Sat-
urday, Dec. 1, from 6 p.m. until
9 p.m. Tickets are now on sale
at Raulerson Hospital and at Su-
zie's Hallmark Gift Shop in the
Publix Shopping Center. Tickets
are available for only $12 for
the self tour and $25 for the bus
tour. Bus tour tickets can be pur-
chased at the hospital. For more
information, please call Bill Ca-
sian at 824-2702.

Santa at City
Hall Park
Santa will be in the City Park
on Dec. 3., 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12
and 13, from 6 until 8 p.m. The
park is next to City Hall, where
the tree lighting ceremony is
held. Pictures with Santa will be
available and goody bags will be
given to the children. For infor-
mation call (863) 763-3372.

Mainstreet sponsors
Christmas window
The Okeechobee Main Street
3rd Annual window decorating
contest is under way. Judging
will be held on Dec. 8. The win-
ner will receive a plaque. For
information call Okeechobee
Main Street at (863) 357-MAIN

Moose Legionnaires
hold annual
The Okeechobee Loyal Or-
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are again holding their annual
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baskets for the less fortunate.
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'Associated Press Writer
* CLEARWATER -- Evel Kniev-
'el, the red-white-and-blue-span-
gled motorcycle daredevil whose
. umps over crazy obstacles includ-
ing Greyhound buses, live sharks
and Idaho's Snake River Canyon
made him an international icon
in the 1970s, died Friday. He was
Knievel's death was confirmed
,by his granddaughter, Krysten
-Knievel. He had been in failing
'health for years, suffering from
'diabetes and pulmonary fibro-
'sis, an incurable condition that
:scarred his lungs.
Knievel had undergone a liver
'transplant in 1999 after nearly dy-
ing of hepatitis C, likely contracted
through a blood transfusion after
one of his bone-shattering spills.
Longtime friend and promot-
er Billy Rundel said Knievel had
trouble breathing at his Clearwa-
Ster condominium and died before
', an ambulance could get him to a
hospital. '
"It's been coming for years,
,but you just don't expect it. Su-
,perman just doesn't die, right?"
,.Rundel said.
Immortalized in the Wash-
ington's Smithsonian Institution
,as "America's Legendary Dare-
devil," Knievel was best known
'for a failed 1974 attempt to jump
iSnake River Canyon on a rocket-
,powered cycle and a spectacular
crash at Caesar's Palace in Las Ve-
Igas. He suffered nearly 40 broken
,bones before he retired in 1980.
Though Knievel dropped off
.the pop culture radar in the '80s,
the image of the high-flying mo-
torcyclist clad in patriotic, star-
-studded colors was never erased
From public consciousness. He
,always had fans and enjoyed a-
,resurgence in popularity in recent
His death came just two days
,after it was announced that he
'and rapper Kanye West had set-

tied a federal lawsuit over the use
of Knievel's trademarked image
in a popular West music video.
Knievel made a good living
selling his autographs and en-
dorsing products. Thousands
came to Butte, Mont., every year
as his legend was celebrated dur-
ing the "Evel Knievel Days" festi-
val, which Rundel organizes.
"They started out watching me
bust my ass, and I became part of
their lives," Knievel said. "People
wanted to associate with a win-
ner, not a loser. They wanted to
associate with someone who
kept trying to be a winner."
For the tall, thin daredevil, the
limelight was always comfort-'
able, the gab glib. To Knievel,
there always were mountains to
climb, feats to conquer.
"No king or prince has lived
a better life," he said in a May
2006 interview with The Associ-
ated Press. "You're looking at a
guy who's really done it all. And
there are things I wish I had done
better, not only for me but for the
ones I loved."
He had a knack for outrageous
yarns: "Made $60 million, spent
61. ...Lost $250,000 at blackjack
once. .., Had $3 million in the
bank, though."
He began his daredevil career
in 1965 when he formed a troupe
called Evel Knievel's Motorcycle
Daredevils, a touring show in
which he performed stunts such
as riding through fire walls, jump-
ing. over live rattlesnakes and
mountain lions and being towed
at 200 mph behind dragster race
In 1966 he began touring
alone, barnstorming the West
and doing everything from driv-
ing the trucks, erecting the ramps
and promoting the shows. In the
beginning he charged $500 for a-
jump over two cars parked be-
tween ramps.
He steadily increased the
length of the jumps until, on New
Year's Day 1968, he was nearly

killed when he jumped 151 feet
across the fountains in front of
Caesar's Palace. He cleared the
fountains but the crash landing
put him in the hospital in a coma
for a month.
His son, Robbie, successfully
completed the same jump in
April 1989.
In the years after the Caesar's
crash, the fee for Evel's peifor-
mances increased to $1 million
for his jump over 13 buses at
Wembley Stadium in London -
the crash landing broke his pelvis
- to more than $6 million for the
Sept. 8, 1974, attempt to clear the
Snake River Canyon in Idaho in a
rocket-powered "Skycycle." The
money came from ticket sales,
paid sponsors and ABC's "Wide
World of Sports."
The parachute malfunctioned
and deployed after takeoff. Strong
winds blew the cycle into the
canyon, landing him close to the
swirling river below.
On Oct. 25, 1975, he jumped
14 Greyhound buses at Kings Is-
land in Ohio.
Knievel decided to retire af-
ter a jump in the winter of 1976
in which he was again seriously
injured. He suffered a concus-
sion and broke both arms in an
attempt to jump a tank full of live
sharks in the Chicago Amphithe-
ater. He continued to do smaller
exhibitions around the country
with his son, Robbie.
Many of his records have been
broken by daredevil motorcyclist
Bubba Blackwell.
Knievel also dabbled in mov-
ies and TV, starring as himself
in "Viva Knievel" and with Lind-
say Wagner in an episode of the
1980s TV series "Bionic Woman."
George Hamilton and Sam Elliott
each played Knievel in movies
about his life.
Evel Knievel toys accounted for
more than $300 million in sales
for Ideal and other companies in
the 1970s and '80s.
Born Robert Craig Knievel in

the copper mining town of Butte
on Oct. 17, 1938, Knievel was
raised by his grandparents. He
traced his career choice back to
the time he saw Joey Chitwood's
Auto Daredevil Show at age 8.
Outstanding in track and field,
ski jumping and ice hockey at
Butte High School, he went on to
win the Northern Rocky Mountain
Ski Association Class A Men's ski
jumping championship in 1957
and played with the Charlotte
Clippers of the Eastern Hockey
League in 1959.
He also formed the .Butte
Bombers semiprofessional hock-
ey team, acting as owner, man-
ager, coach and player.
Knievel also worked in the
Montana copper mines, served
in the Army, ran his own hunting
guide service, sold insurance and
ran Honda motorcycle dealer-
ships. As a motorcycle dealer, he
drummed up business by offering
$100 off the price of a motorcycle
to customers who could beat him
at arm wrestling.
At various times and in differ-
ent interviews, Knievel claimed to
have been a swindler, a card thief,
a safe cracker, a holdup man.
Evel Knievel' married home-
town girlfriend, Linda Joan Bork,
in 1959. They separated in the
early 1990s. They had four chil-
dren, Kelly, Robbie, Tracey and
Robbie Knievel followed in his
father's footsteps as a daredevil,
jumping a moving locomotive in a
200-foot, ramp-to-ramp motorcy-
cle stunt on live television in 2000.
He also jumped a 200-foot-wide
chasm of the Grand Canyon.
Knievel lived with his longtime
partner, Krystal Kennedy-Knievel,
splitting his time between their
Clearwater condo and Butte. They
married in 1999 and divorced a
few years later but remained to-
gether. Knievel had 10 grandchil-
dren and a great-grandchild.

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Flag football champs
The Wallace Law youth flag football team were the cham-
pions of the 5-7 year-old division of the OCRA youth pro-
gram. Team members are: (front row) Peyton Jerriel, Seth
Hendrix, Roderick Williams and Joshua Roberson; (sec-
ond row) Logan Scribner, Bradley Kirk, Ethan Durfee, Con-
ner Thomas, Ozzy Osceola and Darian Deck; (third row)
assistant coach Jeff Jerrial 'and head coach Rick Durfee.
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!Source: 3 held in Sean Taylor killing

.By Jessica Gresko
.Associated Press Writer
MIAMI (AP) -- Police have de-
tained at least three people in the-
Fort Myers area for questioning
in the death of Washington Red-
skins football star Sean Taylor.
A law enforcement official in
:Lee County confirmed the men
'from the Fort Myers area were in
'custody, but requested anonym-
ity because the investigation is
being handled by Miami-Dade
XCounty police.
Miami-Dade police would not
'confirm if anyone was in custody
&for the shooting death of Taylor,
,who was attacked at his Miami
,'area. home Monday and died a
'day later. Police only said detec-
* tives were in the Fort Myers area
"for an unspecified case.
"Our detectives are out there
in Fort Myers conducting an in-
'vestigation, gathering informa-
'tion and at this particular time
they are not comfortable releas-
ing 'any information regarding
Their investigation, and as soon
as information develops that will'
i hot jeopardize their case, they
'will release information," police

spokesman Robert Williams
The Miami Herald, which first
reported the development on its
Web site, said investigators be-
lieve three suspects learned of
Taylor's house through some-
one who unwittingly set up the
burglary by bragging about his
wealth. The suspects include
two teenagers and a man in his
20s, all from the Fort Myers area,
the paper reported.
A telephone message left at
the Florida City Police Depart-
ment for the athlete's father,
Chief Pedro Taylor, was not im-
mediately returned.
Richard Sharpstein, a former
Taylor lawyer and family friend,
confirmed the law enforcement
"It's my understanding that
three individuals are in custody.
A house is being searched,"
Sharpstein said, without disclos-
ing who had given him the infor-
He repeated previous state-
ments that the burglary did not
appear to be random and that
the 24-year-old's house had been

Taylor's teammates and
friends were measured in re-
sponding to the news about
three people in custody.
"I can't get excited or get my
hopes. up- hoping these are- the
guys until we know for sure,"
said running back Clinton Portis.
"If those are the guys, I just
hope that they'll just be dealt
with'properly. I feel there's noth-
ing much I can say about it. It's
no anger I can express to them.
What's done is done," receiver
Santana Moss said.
Evidence at Taylor's home
indicated one or more intruders
barged into the house early Mon-
day in an attempted burglary, Mi-
ami-Dade police director Robert
Parker said Wednesday..
Taylor and longtime girlfriend,
Jackie Garcia, were awakened by
loud noises at Taylor's home in

an affluent Miami suburb, Sharp-
stein has said. Taylor grabbed a
machete he keeps in the bed-
room for protection, Sharp-
stein said, then someone broke
through the bedroom door and
fired two shots,. one .missing
and one hitting Taylor in the up-
per leg. Neither the couple's 18-
month-old daughter, also named
Jackie, nor Garcia were injured
in the attack.
The bullet damaged the fem-
oral artery in Taylor's leg, caus-
ing significant blood loss. Taylor
never regained consciousness
and died a little more than 24
hours later.
A public viewing for Taylor is
scheduled Sunday in Miami, and
the entire Redskins organization
plans to fly to Florida to attend
Monday's funeral at Pharmed
Arena at Florida International



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Acreage., Commercial Property. Residential L and Equestrian Communities.
* Basswood Lot 72x125 $29 000
* Country Hills NE 18th Ave 4i 7 acres-Make offers motivated owner
. GG Acres NE 120th St 20+- acres
* Sundance Trails NE 97th CR 5 72 acres
* Before County line 5+ acres $65,000
* R-Bar Eslates 2 acres $105,000
* Huge price reduction' Estate of Okee Pines (2) 13+ acre parcels each @

Well maintained 2/2 CBS home in quiet Possible 5 Bedrooms/3Bath Home on 2.5Acres
neighborhood. Open concept living room, w/lHandicapAccessible Wood Deck; Alum Roof,
dining and kitchen. Enjoy your morning cof- 2 Car Carport currently used as workshop. This
fee or tea on the front screened porch with House is Much, Mu roger on Inside than
tile floor. $154,700 (94797) Outside. ATrue Case Judging a Book By
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1992 Ford F-150 P4142A
1995 Dodge Ram 1500 7505A
1998 Dodge Caravan 8015B
1999 Ford Windstar 7532C1
1998 Ford Escort 8069A
1989 Cadillac Deville 7487B
1993 Jeep Wrangler P4140A
1996 Chevrolet K1500 8045A
2001 Chevrolet Astro Van 8178B
1998 ChevyMonte Carlo LS 7400A
2001 GMC Sierra 8127A
2001 Ford Windstar SE 8165A
2002 ChevroletAstro Van C4150A
2001 Chevrolet Impala 8156A
2001 Dodge Dakota PU 8162A
1999 Chevrolet Silverado 7588A
2001 Ford F-150 7236B
2001 Pontiac Montana Van 8095A
2000 Ford Expedition XLT 7073A
1999 Chevrolet Silverado 8032A
2001 Nissan Frontier Crew 7135A
2007 Harley Davidson 883 Cust.7532C
2001 Chevrolet Suburban 7170B
2003 Chevy Impala LS 8006A GM Cert.
2006 Chrysler Sebring 8106A
2004 ChevyVenture Luxury 6440A
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 7397A
2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer 7136A
2004 Chevrolet Impala 7671A GM Cert.
2004 Chevy Venture Luxury 8113A GM Cert.
2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 8128A

. $8,995

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt LT C4146 GM Cert. $11,995
2005 Chevrolet Malibu C4149 GM Certified $11,995
2004 Chevrolet Venture Luxury 8113A GM Cert$11,995
2007 Chevrolet HHR LT C4147 GM Cert. $12,995
2004 Chevrolet Colorado C4143A $12,995
2006 Pontiac Grand Prix C4129 GM Cert. $12,995
2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 7418A $12,995
2004 Ford F-150 7684A $12,995
2005 Chevrolet Silverado 8155A $12,995
2006 Jeep Liberty 7634A $13,995
2005 Chevrolet Impala 8147A GM Cert. $13,995
2007 Chevrolet Uplander C4118 GM Cert. $13,995
2002 Chevrolet Silverado 7741A $13,995
2005 Chrylser PT Cruiser 8099A $13,995
2007 Pontiac Grand Prix C4125 GM Cert. $13,995
2005 Chevrolet Express P4108. $13,995
2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer 8142A $14,995
2005 Mercury Monterey 8115A $14,995
2007 Chevrolet Impala LT C4147 GM Cert. $14,995
2004 Ford F-150 Supercrew C4130A $16,995
2003 Toyota Sequoia 7637A $16,995
2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer C4148 GM Cert. $16,995
2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT C4145 GM Cert. $16,995
2005 Chevrolet Silverado 7763A $16,995
2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 7639A $16,995
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 7457A $16,995
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 6509A $16,995
2005 GMC Sierra 7469A $16,995
2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 6319A $16,995
2005 Nissan Titan 7170A1 $17,995
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 7597A $17,995

2004 Chevrolet Suburban P4141 $17,995
2004 Ford Expedition 7070A $18,995
2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 7795A $18,995
2005 Ford Expedition 8112A $19,995
2005 ChevySilverado 7636A GM Cert. $19,995
2005 Chevy Suburban 7080A GM Cert$22,995
2005 ChevySilverado 8066A GM Cert $22,995
2006 GMC Sierra 7668A $22,995
2006 Hummer H3 7697A $24,995
2006 Chevrolet Tahoe C4103 $25,995
2006 Chevrolet Avalanche 8024A $25,995
2004 Chevy Corvette 7746C GM Cert. $29,995
2006 Infiniti QX56 7478A $34,995
2004 Chevy Corvette SOSA GM Cert. $34,995
2006 Chevy Corvette 7733A GM Cert $66,995
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03' KIA SPECTRA ............... $m e*99
00' LINCOLN LS ..................169,..o
07' CHEVY AVEO LS ..............o169,.o
02' TOWN & COUNTRY ..........oM/I o -
02' LINCOLN TOWN CAR ....... 189/Mo
01' CADILLAC DEVILLE........189/.
05' CHRYSLER PT CRUISER... s189/mo
03' JEEP WRANGLER........... $199,.o
05' FORD EXPLORER ....s.....*259/mo
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Auctions and dealerships from around the country sell off thousands
of vehicles every year direct to dealers at thou sands below retail.
These vehicles are held on storage lots racking up storage fees. Our
dealership has made arrangements to purchase hundreds of these
units at wholesale prices.
1. There will be a'one-time fee of only $39* down payment. 2. You
can restructure current trade-in into new payment plan. 3. You can
pay a one-time ROCK BOTTOM price! 4. You will have the choice of
financing with payments as low as $99* per month!



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