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Vol. 98 No. 336 Sunday, December 2, 2007 75� Plus tax


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 fwmd. gov.
The Lake Okeechobee Ser-
vice Area coincides with the area
that is served by the Okeechobee
Utility Authority. Only surface wa-
ter uses are restricted. Irrigation
that is from a ground water well
within this area is permitted. Sur-
face water uses include water-
ing from a pond, retention area,
canal or other waterway. For
more information, please phone
the South Florida Water Man-
agement District Okeechobee
Service Center at 462-5260. To
report a violation, please contact
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office at 763-3117.

Drought Index
Current: 471
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

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


Index
Classifieds .......................... 11-12
C om ics ...................................... 9
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 9
O bituaries.................................. 6
O pinion.................. ............ 4
Speak O ut................................. 4
S ports ..... ............................... 13
T V .......................... .... ... 9
W weather ..................................... 2
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State Road 70 work delayed


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee news
When the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Board of County Commission-
ers met on Thursday, Nov. 29
they heard some bad news from
the Florida Department of Trans-
portation (FDOT) that impacted
the wish list they are going to
present to the Okeechobee
County Legislative. Commission-
ers also created a new position
at the Okeechobee County Agri-
Civic Center.
At the beginning of the meet-
ing, Commissioner Elvie Posey
offered a special prayer for the
families and coworkers of Palm
Beach County Deputies recently
killed in the line of duty.
The bad news from FDOT


'is that it might take longer than
earlier planned for the four lane-
ing of S. R. 70 E. Frank Maers of
FDOT reported that there was
a shortfall in District 1 funding.
Although nothing was deleted
from the five year plan he pre-
sented, funds had to be shifted
to later in the five year segment.
Acquisition of right of way and
construction on the expansion of
the eastern segment of S.R. 70 to
four lanes was pushed back two
years. However, Mr. Maers said
they were able to keep the SR 70
project in the program because it
is critical. To soften the blow, he
added that FDOT was not able
to add any priorities from local
governments to the program be-
cause of a state wide shortfall in


funding.
"We have a checkbook is-
sue," Mr. Maers stated. "We only
have so many funds each year."
He said that FDOT partners
with some local governments
on projects due to lack of state
funds.
Commissioner Cliff Betts sug-
gested that staff be directed to
write to adjoining local govern-
ments asking them to request
the project be moved up on the
schedule.
The five year program pre-
sented by Mr. Maers also includes
improvement of the railroad
crossing on Lofton Road, traffic
signals, the Okeechobee trail-
head for the Lake Okeechobee
Scenic Trail, turn lanes on U. S.


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Music is used to wish everyone a Merry Christmas in the annual display of Christmas
Cards in Flagler Park. This sign is sponsored by Okeechobee Music.


This cowboy snowman and his friends wish one and all a Happy Holiday. The giant
Christmas Card, one of many on display in Flagler Park, is sponsored by Riverside
Bank.


Columbus to set sail for space station


By Marcia Dunn
AP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL(AP)
-- It took less time for Christo-
pher Columbus to drum up
the money and set sail for the
New World than it has for the
Columbus space lab to get off
the ground.
This week, after 25 years
in the making, Europe's trea-
sured space laboratory will be
launched on a flight to the in-
ternational space station.
Scientists and engineers.
throughout Europe have been
waiting for this moment since
development of the $2 billion
lab began in 1982. The lab is set
to go up Thursday with a crew
of seven aboard space shuttle
Atlantis.
"Certainly, the scientists
were on our case. They had


experiments ready to go and
they want science," said Dan-
iele Laurini, a European Space
Agency engineer who is help-
ing to coordinate the project at
Johnson Space Center in Hous-
ton.
"We're trying to accommo-
date that, making sure that we
provide them science as soon
as we hit the power button on
the module," he said.
The 17-nation European
Space Agency ESA for short,
pronounced ee-suh signed up
for NASA's space station proj-
ect with the intent of launching
Columbus in 1992 to celebrate
the 500th anniversary of Chris-
topher's famed sailing.
But NASA got bogged down,
and the first piece of the space
station wasn't launched until
1998. It was also slow going
by partner Russia, and the first


crew did not take up residence
until 2000. Construction ceased
in orbit when Columbia was de-
stroyed during re-entry in 2003,
and did not resume until 2005.
Continued foam loss problems
with NASA's shuttle fuel tanks
further stalled things.
Once last month's space
station mission ended success-
fully, and the shuttle Discovery
was home safe, NASA manag-
ers were bombarded with con-
gratulatory messages from Eu-
ropean colleagues eager to get
their own mission under way.
*It's a matter of pride as
much as scientific prowess,
said astronaut Hans Schlegel, a
German physicist who will ac-
company Columbus into orbit.
Until now, Schlegel noted,
Europe has contributed a sci-
See Space - Page 2


441 S.E at 18th Terrace, resurfac-
ing U. S. 441 N. from north of C.
R. 68 to north of N.E 168th Street,
resurfacing of U. S. 98 from 0.5
miles N.W. of N.W 80th to north
of S.R. 70, rehabilitation of the
Taylor Creek Bridge on U.S. 441
S.E., and airport improvements.
After the bad news from
FDOT, commissioners amended
their wish list to the Okeechobee
Legislative Delegation to urge
legislative action on the four la-
neing S.R. 70 with emphasis on
the eastern end, since construc-
tion has already begun in St.
Lucie County. The Okeechobee
County Legislative Delega-
tion is scheduled to convene in
Okeechobee on Dec. 5. Com-
missioners passed a resolution


to be presented to the delegation
detailing the commission's pri-
orities for state funded projects.
Following the advice of Dale Mili-.
ta of Craig A. Smith Governmen-,
tal Services, commissioners did
not place a monetary value on
the S. R. 70 request as they did
on the other requests. Mr. Militia.
said he feared that if an amount
were attached to the request-,
it would limit the response td
approval only if the job could
be completed for that amount.,
He said the amount could be
worked out later. s
As part of their wish list com-
missioners voted to request
$1,500,000 for expansion of the
Okeechobee Utility Authority
See Delay - Page 2
4


Water Summit



set for Dec. 4


As South Florida residents
and businesses enter a third year
of water shortage, the South
Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) Governing
Board in October unanimously
adopted a resolution calling
for a Water Conservation Sum-
mit and a series of stakeholder
meetings designed to forge a
comprehensive, equitable and
lasting water conservation pro-
gram for South Florida,. '


The Water Conservation
Summit will take place Dec. 4,
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at District
headquarters in West Palm
Beach.
"As this year reminded us
so dramatically, water is a pre-
cious resource, and our sup-
plies are not unlimited," said.
SFWMD Executive Director
Carol Ann Wehle. "We must
See Water - Page 2


Prosecuting kids


as adults; laws


could be harsh


By Sharon Cohen
AP National Writer
A generation after America
decided to get- tough on kids
who commit crimes the tide
may be turning.
States are rethinking and,
in some cases, retooling juve-
nile sentencing laws. They're
responding to new research
on the adolescent brain, and
studies that indicate teens sent
to adult court end up worse off
than those who are not: They


get in trouble more often, they
do it faster and the offenses are
more serious.
"It's really the trifecta of bad
criminal justice policy," says
Shay Bilchik,-a former Florida
prosecutor who heads the
Center for Juvenile Justice Re-
form at Georgetown University.
"People didn't know that at the
time the changes were made.
Now we do, and we have to
learn from it."
See Laws - Page 2


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Cream of the crop at Central,
Anayeli Soils, left, a paraprofessional with seven years at
Central Elementary School, was recently named school
related employee of the year. Judith Mix, right, a first
grade teacher who has been with Central for 17 years, is
the school's teacher of the year.


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2 Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 2, 2007


Laws
Continued From Page 1
Juvenile crime is down, in con-
trast to the turbulent 1990s when
politicians vied to pass laws to get
violent kids off the streets. Now,
in calmer times, some champion
community programs for young
offenders to replace punitive
measures they say went too far.
"The net was thrown too
broadly," says Howard Snyder, di-
rector of systems research at the
National Center for Juvenile Jus-
tice. "When you make these gen-
eral laws ... a lot of people believe
they made it too easy for kids to
go into the adult system and it's
not a good place to be."
Some states are reconsider-
ing life without parole for teens.
Some are focusing on raising the
age of juvenile court jurisdiction,
while others are exploring ways
to offer kids a second chance,
once they're locked up.
"There has been a huge sea
change ... it's across the country,"
says Laurie Garduque, a program
director at the MacArthur Founda-
tion, which is heavily involved in
juvenile justice reform.
Not everyone believes there's
reason to roll back harsher penal-
ties adopted in the 1990s.
"The laws that were changed
were appropriate and necessary,"
says Minnesota prosecutor James
Backstrom. "We need to focus on
the protecting the public - that's
No. 1. Then we can address the
needs of the juvenile offenders."
Each year about 200,000 de-
fendants under 18 are sent directly
or transferred to the adult system,
known as criminal court, accord-
ing to'rough estimates.
Most end up there because of
state laws that automatically de-
fine them as adults, due to their


Water
Continued From Page 1
create a new culture of conser-
vation supported by a long-term
water conservation program. By
bringing together all those inter-
ested in Florida's water future, we
plan to achieve just that."
The Summit, the second in
a series of public water forums
hosted by the District, will draw
insight from the egegienee of
other -orgnamzations that have
developed and implemented
+ successful water conservation
programs in other regions of the
country. It will bring together a
broad range of water-user sectors
to provide initial input that will
be used in the coming months
toward drafting a comprehensive
District-wide water conservation
program. Program components
are expected to include regula-


Delay
Continued From Page 1
wastewater treatment plant. Act-
ing county administrator Rob-
bie Chartier noted that the funds
would be used take houses in
Treasure Island off septic tanks
and thus improve the quality of
water entering Taylor Creek. An-
other $950,000 was requested
for flood control and drainage on
Lempkin Creek in the southwest-
ern part of the county. In addition,
$500,000 was requested for con-
tinued renovation and security
updates on the old courthouse.
Turning to another matter,
commissioners approved creation
of the position of special facilities
technician at the agri-center. Facil-
ity director Pete Keogh noted that
there are currently 62 bookings
for the coming year.
Mr. Keogh said that this posi-
tion would provide full in house
venue maintenance. In response
to questions about electrical qual-
ifications, Mr. Keogh replied that it
would not be anything requiring a
licensed electrician.
The special facilities technician


Space
Continued From Page 1
entific space instrument or ex-
periment here and there.
"But all of a sudden, we are a
major player. We are a major con-
tributor," he said. "It's really the
beginning of a new time frame for
Europe in human spaceflight."
The Columbus lab a 23-foot-
long cylinder will become the
eighth room added to the inter-
national space station, but only
the second laboratory. Destiny,
NASA's larger lab, was carried to
the space station by Atlantis in
2001.
The biggest and most elabo-
rate lab of all the Japanese Space
Agency's Kibo, which means
Hope will require three shuttle
flights to get everything up, start-
ing in February.
;.,A French Air Force4'general,


age or offense. Their ranks rose in
the 1990s as juvenile crime soared
and 48 states made it easier to
transfer kids into criminal court,
according to the juvenile justice
center.
These changes gave prosecu-
tors greater latitude (they could
transfer kids without a judge's
permission), lowered the age or
expanded the crimes that would
make it mandatory for a case to
be tried there.
Some states also adopted
blended sentences in which two
sanctions can be imposed simul-
taneously; if the teen follows the
terms of the juvenile sentence,
the adult sentence is revoked.
The changes were ushered in
to curb the explosion in violence
- the teen murder arrest rate
doubled from 1987 to 1993 - and
to address mounting frustrations
with the juvenile justice system.
A series of horrific crimes by
kids rattled the nation: A sixth-
grader shot and killed a stranger.
A 12-year-old stomped and beat
a younger playmate. Two grade-
schoolers dropped a 5-year-old
14 stories to his death.
Some academics warned that
a new generation of "superpreda-
tors" would soon be committing
mayhem.
It never happened. Drug traf-
ficking declined. An improved
economy produced more jobs.
And the rate of juvenile violent
crime arrests plummeted 46 per-
cent from 1994 to 2005, according
to federal figures.
"When crime goes down,
people have an opportunity to
be more reflective than crisis-ori-
ented and ask, 'Was this policy a
good policy?'" Bilchik says. *
The MacArthur Foundation
said in a report to be released this
month that about half the states
are involved in juvenile justice re-


tory, educational, voluntary and
incentive-based initiatives.
Panel presentations from in-
vited speakers will share case
studies on successful water con-
servation programs from other
areas of Florida, the Southeast
U.S. and the nation. Information
will include lessons learned, ob-
stacles encountered and accom-
plishments achieved.
Scheduled presenters include:
* Janet G. Llewellyn, Director,
Division of Water Resource
Mana"Tentp'Flonda Depart-
ment of Environmental Pro-
tection
* Jeff Pearson, Director of Util-'
ities, Charlotte County Utilities
* Rob Teegarden, Chair, Florida
Section, American Water Works
Association and Vice-President of
the Water Business Unit, Orlando
Utilities' Commission
* Ane Deister, General Manag-
er, El Dorado Irrigation District
* Mary Ann Dickinson, Execu-


would be involved with event set
up, preparation of the arena and
barns, performing routine electri-
cal/plumbing repairs, preventive
maintenance and equipment op-
eration. The work schedule would
be flexible in order for this em-
ployee to be on hand for evening,
weekend and holiday events.
At a previous meeting, Mr.
Keogh was asked to check into
adding additional seats at each
end of the arena. He presented an
estimate of $124,560 for an,addi-
tional 190 seats. This would be in
addition to the already approved
$362,796 expansion in seating
from about 2,400 seats to about
5,000 to be done in February.
Commissioners were not inclined
to take action on this estimate.
Commissioners also spent
considerable time in a workshop
session discussing proposed
changes to the county's ordinanc-
es and land development regula-
tions. Since this was a workshop,
no formal action could be taken.
Before any formal action can be
taken two public hearings will
have to be held.
In other action the board:
* awarded a banking services
contract for the board, clerk of


Leopold Eyharts, will fly on Atlan-
tis and remain on the space sta-
tion for more than two months,
working to get Columbus up and
running. Schlegel, meanwhile,
will take part in two spacewalks
to help install Columbus.
Atlantis' five other astronauts
are American, and just as keen
about getting more science out of
the space station.
Even before the space station
flew, scientists were screaming
about its huge expense and the
sacrifices they had to make to
pay for it, said astronomer-astro-
naut Stanley Love, part of Atlan-
tis' crew. What's more, space sta-
tion science doesn't excite many
people and keeps getting cut
"because we've had to concen-
trate on getting the thing built,"
he said.
"Yet we have a facility that's
unique, that is expensive, that
many governments are contribut-


form.
And a national poll, commis-
sioned by MacArthur and the Cen-
ter for Children's Law and Policy
and set for release at the same
time, also found widespread pub-
lic support for rehabilitating teens
rather than locking them up.
Some states have already be-
gun to make changes.
-In Colorado, Gov. Bill Ritter
recently formed a juvenile clem-
ency board to hear cases of kids
convicted as adults. The head of
the panel says it's an acknowledg-
ment that teens are different from
adults - a point made in the 2005
U.S. Supreme Court decision that
outlawed the death penalty for
crimes committed as juveniles.
In 2006, the state replaced the
juvenile life-without-parole sen-
tence with the possibility of pa-
role after 40 years.
-In California and Michigan,
juvenile life without parole also is
getting another look.
-In Connecticut, lawmakers
recently raised the age of juveniles
to 18 for most cases; the changes
will be phased in by 2010. Pros-
ecutors can still transfer felonies
to adult court.
-In Illinois, a proposal to
move 17-year-olds charged with
misdemeanors to juvenile court
passed in the state Senate and is
pending in the House.
-In Wyoming, talks are under
way to shed a system that rou-
tinely charges and jails juveniles
as adults even for minor offenses
such as underage drinking.
Not all states are easing up.
Last summer, Rhode Illand
passed a law to send 17-year-old
offenders to adult prisons in what
was intended as a cost-cutting
move. The measure, however,
was quickly repealed after crit-
ics pointed out the plan probably
would be more expensive,
f


tive Director, Alliance for Water
Efficiency
* Dave Bracciano, Demand
Management Coordinator, Tampa
Bay Water
* David Self, President, Flor-
ida Nursery Growers and Land-
scapers Association
* Jack Wilbur, Public Informa-
tion and Social Marketing Special-
ist, Utah, Department of Agricul-
ture and Food
The Water Conservation Sum-
mit is being hosted by the Dis-
?Tric,'s-''ati Resource Advisorv
Commission. The Summit will be
followed by a series ol monthly
meetings designed to gain contin-
ued input from interest groups on
the District's water conservation
program. Those meetings, all of
which are open to the public, are
scheduled for December 17, Jan-
uary 28, February 28 and March
28. Final recommendations will
be presented during the Govern-
ing Board meeting in April 2008,


the court and tax collector to Sea-
coast National Bank;
* awarded a contract for re-
placement of Nubbin Slough cul-
verts to KST Construction, Inc. of
Okeechobee for $63,771.20;
* executed a contract with
Craig A. Smith & Associates in the
amount of $25,000 for submitting
a FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation
.application for Oak Park;
* passed a resolution indicating
their interest in acquiring surplus
state lands from the Department
of Environmental Protection;
.* authorized purchase of alu-
minum culverts at the same terms
and conditions as a Highlands
County competitive bid;
* approved a contract with
Lomonico Contracting, Inc. of
Sebring for $14,960.44 to remove
vegetation and seal cracks in
paved surfaces at the Okeechobee
County Airport;
* authorized collateral assign-
ment of a lease between Seacoast
National Bank and Curran Elec-
tric;
* authorized staff to negotiate
a contact with, Craig A. Smith &
Associates to provide engineering
services for the Hurricane Wilma
Community Development Block


ing to, and why aren't we getting
better use out of it?" said Love.
Columbus and Kibo will add to
the scientific payout. Once con-
struction wraps up in 2010 with
the retirement of the space shut-
tles, the U.S. lab, Destiny, can start
generating more science as well,
he said.
"This is the way to start re-
couping our investment in the
space station," Love said.
The European Space Agency
wants to get at least 10 years out
of Columbus in orbit. But NASA
plans to pull out of the space sta-
tion by 2015 to concentrate on
lunar exploration, riling those Eu-
ropeans who have waited so long
for Columbus to fly.
ESA will have to rely on its own
and other countries' supply ships
when that happens, Laurini said'.
"We are willing to do whatever it
takes to conduct as much science
a4. possible," he said.


Many say the two systems are
dramatically different: Juvenile
justice emphasizes rehabilitation,
adult courts focus on punish-
ment.
Reginald Dwayne Betts, just 16
when he was charged with car-
jacking in Virginia, was locked up
more than eight years, mostly in
adult prisons.
"Of course it makes a differ-
ence if you're 15, 16 or 17," he
says. "You're not prepared to deal
with it physically or emotionally.
You're trying to deal with being
away from home. You're trying
to deal with the stress that comes
with being in prison."
Violence was a constant. "I got
used to stuff most people I see to-
day would never have to get used
to - like somebody getting their
head split open," Betts says.
Betts had problems at first but
gradually retreated into books,
taught himself Spanish, wrote
and published poetry.
When he was released two
years ago at age 24, he won a col-
lege scholarship. Now engaged
and planning to write a book, he
knows he's an exception: "Peo-
ple don't come out of prison and
make good," he says.
In New York, Judge Michael
Corriero is aware of those odds.
He presides over a special
court in the adult system - it's
called the Manhattan Youth Part
and is responsible for resolving
the cases of 13- to 15-year-olds
accused of serious crimes.
Corriero tries to steer as many
kids as possible away from crimi-
nal court, a philosophy detailed
in his book, "Judging Children as
Children."
"You take a 14-year-old and
give him an adult sentence ...
you're taking him out of the com-
munity at his most vulnerable
time," he says. "If you put them


Water Conservation Month.
"The monthly meetings will
help us build consensus toward
a balanced and achievable wa-
ter conservation program that
has the support of our many
stakeholders and that will bring
measurable results," Wehle said.
"Through this collaboration and
cooperation, we can produce a
lasting difference."
The Water Conservation Sum-
mit 'will be web cast to maxi-
mize participation and informa-
tion sharing, allowing thfepublhc
throughout the 16-county Water
management, district to tune in.
Participants and agenda details
are posted at www.sfwmd.gov
Helpful conservation tips for
residents, businesses, educators
and others are available on the
District's newly-launched, com-
prehensive water conservation
web. site at www.savewaterfl.
com.


Grant project in Country Hills Es-
tates;
* approved a six month ex-
tension of the Hurricane Wilma
Community Development Block
Grant;
*amended the budget to ap-
propriate unanticipated supervi-
sor of elections grant funds;
* cancelled until a later date
a scheduled 2:30 workshop to
discuss community development
districts;
*scheduled an executive ses-
sion for next meeting to discuss
Tir Na Nog litigation;
*agreed to apply the county
policy on employment of relatives
to the fire department;
*rejected a bid on the aban-
doned Cemetery Road right of
way because it was below ap-
praised value;
*directed staff to look at the
policy on sick leave for county
employees to suggest if it should
be revised; and
*scheduled a workshop for
10 Dec. at 10 a.m. on courthouse
renovation.
Post your opinions in the Public
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Columbus will be managed
from a control center near Mu-
nich, Germany. The official lan-
guage will be English. That's
contrasts with Russian Mission
Control outside Moscow, which
sticks to Russian in all space sta-
tion transmissions, requiring a
squad of interpreters.
NASA flight controllers in
Houston are quick to point out
there is no language barrier with
their European counterparts.
Space station operations will
become more complicated when
Europe's first unmanned cargo
ship, Jules Verne, is launched
early next year from French Gui-
ana, with a control center in
Toulouse, France. And the action
will really heat up when Japan's
lab and control center are added
to the mix. It remains to be seen
whether English or Japanese will
reign.


in an institution, what is that kid
going to look like in 10 years?"
Though juvenile crime tends
to evoke images of gangs and
murder, violent teens are the ex-
ception.
Studies show they account for
about 5 percent of all juvenile ar-
rests. Drugs, burglary, theft and
other property crimes are among
the more common reasons teens
are prosecuted in adult courts.
Most of these kids don't end
up in adult prison, according to
the Campaign for Youth Justice.
Crossing into the adult world
is damaging in itself, argues Liz
Ryan, head of the group. About
7,500 juveniles are held in adult
jails on any given day, she says,
and that number probably reach-
es tens of thousands a year be-
cause of turnover.-
Being in an adult jail, Ryan
says, increases a kid's risk of sexu-
al abuse and assault. Educational
opportunities are limited. And for
those convicted of serious crimes,
the damage can be irreparable.
"A lot of people say, 'So what?
They get a slap on the wrist,'"
Ryan says. "Well, there is a con-
sequence. ... You have a felony
record that follows you the rest of
your life."
Sheila Montgomery worries
about her son, Zack. He recently
was released after serving 27
months for being an accomplice
in the robbery of an Oregon con-
venience store. He had originally
received a 7/2-year term after
falsely confessing to being the
robber; he was re-sentenced after


evidence revealed he wasn't.
Montgomery says her son,
now 17, will "forever be a felon.
He can't put the past behind him.
It was hard for him to find work.
A lot of people didn't want to see
him."
Montgomery says she has no
problem with "a little bit of jail
time" for her son but believes
probation and counseling would
have served him better.
Prosecutors say some kids are
just too dangerous to be pros-
ecuted as juveniles and then be
released by age 21.
If a criminal is likely to be free
in a few years and do more harm,
"then I come down on the side of
risking the damage that is done
by sending someone to prison,"
says Gary Walker, a Michigan
prosecutor.
"When they tell me placing a
younger person in an adult set-
ting is not necessarily for the bet-
terment of the individual," Walker
says, "my answer is: 'Who thinks
it is?'"
, Minnesota prosecutor Back-
strom didn't hesitate in prosecut-
ing Matthew Niedere and Clayton
Keister, then 17, as adults.in the
murder of Niedere's parents. He
says he had to "make a very diffi-
cult decision whether to put these
young men away for their natural
lives, or give them a chance."
He weighed several factors,
including their lack of criminal
record and research that shows
the part of the brain that regulates
impulses and aggression is still
developing in the 20s.


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Sunday: Partly sunny with the high in the lower 80s. The wind
will be from the east around 5 mph becoming 5 to 10 mph in the
afternoon.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the lower 60s. The
wind will be from the east around 5 mph shifting to the northwest
after midnight.

Extended Forecast
Monday: Considerable cloudiness with a slight chance of after-
noon showers. The high will be in the lower 80s. The wind will be
from the northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 20
percent.
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: Mostly sunny with the high in the lower 70s.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the mid 40s.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with the high in the mid 70s.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the lower 50s.
Thursday: Partly sunnywith the high in the mid 70s.
Thursday night: Mostly clear with the low in the lower 50s.
Friday: Partly sunny with the high in the mid 70s.


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Okeechobee News, Sunday, December 2, 2007 3


Commission warns of hazards from heaters


Agency urges
furnace inspection
installing smoke alarms

If projections hold true, home
heating costs this winter will on
average cost consumer's 25.7
percent more than last year, ac-
cording to the U.S. Department of
Energy. Natural gas and heating
oil customers are expected to be
hit the hardest. And as Americans
begin to receive their winter heat-
ing bills and begin to explore alter-
native ways to heat their homes,
the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission is warning consum-
ers about alternative heat sources
and reminding them to follow
safety precautions while keeping
their home warm this winter.
"With the cost of heating fuel
high, consumers might be look-
ing to use space heaters more as a
supplemental way of heating their


homes," said CPSC Chairman Hal
Stratton. "By following CPSC's
recommendations for all types of
heating systems, and by install-
ing smoke and carbon monoxide
alarms, you can help keep your
family safe this winter."
The two hazards of most con-
cern to the CPSC are fires and car-
bon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
CPSC recommends consumers
have a professional inspection of
all fuel-burning heating systems,
including furnaces, boilers, fire-
places, wood stoves, water heat-
ers, chimneys, flues and vents.
For the years 1999-2002, there
were about 9,900 residential fires
per year and about 190 deaths per
year associated with portable and
stationary space heaters.
In addition to the fires and
deaths associated with space
heaters, there were 20,600 fires
and about 40 deaths per year as-
sociated with fireplaces and chim-
neys. For central heating, there


were about 5,800 fires per year
and about 20 deaths per year. In
addition, an average of about 85
people die each year from carbon
'monoxide poisoning caused by
heating systems, ranges/ovens
and water heaters.
Space heaters can cause fires if
they are placed too close to flam-
mable materials such as drapes,
furniture or bedding. Fireplaces
can cause fires if the chimney is
cracked, blocked or coated with
creosote, or if sparks and embers
reach flammable materials. Fuel-
burning appliances can cause
carbon monoxide poisoning if
they are improperly installed,
poorly maintained, have defective
or blocked venting systems, or
are misused.
Space heater tips:
* Place the heater on a level,
hard and norflammable surface
(such as ceramic tile floor), not
on rugs or carpets or near bed-
ding or drapes. Keep the heater


at least three feet from bedding,
drapes, furniture and other flam-
mable materials. Keep children
and pets away from space heat-
ers. i
* To prevent the risk of fire,
NEVER leave a space heater on
when you go to sleep or place a
space heater close to any sleeping
person. Turn the space heater off
if you leave the area.
* Use a space heater that has
been tested to the latest safety
standards and certified by a na-
tionally-recognized testing labora-
tory. These heaters will have the
most up-to-date safety features;
older space heaters may not meet
the newer safety standards. An
unvented gas space heater that
meets current safety standards
will shut off if oxygen levels fall
too low.
* Make sure your heater is cor-
rectly rated for your home. An
oversized heater could deplete
the available oxygen, causing
excess carbon monoxide to be
produced. Keep a window in the
room open at least one inch and
keep doors open to the rest of the
house to ensure proper ventila-
tion. This helps prevent pollutant
build-up and promotes proper
combustion.
* Follow the manufacturer's
instructions to provide sufficient
combustion air to prevent carbon
monoxide production.
* Have gas and kerosene space
heaters inspected annually to en-
sure proper operation.
* Do not use a kitchen range or
oven to heat your house because
it could overheat or generate ex-
cessive carbon monoxide.
* Be aware that manufactured
homes require specially-designed
heating equipment.
* Do not use unvented. gas
space heaters where prohibited
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Kopp at 763-3134 extension 4226.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Are you going to run the list of Christmas
decorations in the newspaper this year? We always use your list to knov
where to drive around to see the lights. The kids love to see all the deco
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round residents and the snowbirds. Maybe this year we could try to star
with a positive attitude and welcome them. If we treat them like welcome
guests maybe they'll act that way.
EARLY RELEASE: What is the deal with the schools letting the kids
out early some days? I think the school board is catering to the teachers
and not the taxpayers. The parents, who are among the taxpayers, have
to rearrange work schedules to accommodate these early release days
It's not easy for an adult to leave work early to pick up a child, or take
care of a child who got out of school early. Gone are the days when one
parent could stay home all day. Most parents I know both have to work
to support the family. And many of those would dearly love to be a stay-
at-home parent, but the family needs that second paycheck. When the
schools have an early release, the kids are home alone or else the parent
loses half a day at work. From what I have heard, the kids don't get any
work done on these early release days. What's the sense of sending them
to school for a couple hours. If they are going to school, they should stay
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The Counseling Corner


Plan to prevent holiday depression


By the American
Counseling Association
It's the holiday season and
everywhere people are happy
and excited...except you. Instead,
you're feeling stressed and de-
pressed. It's called the "holiday
blues" and it's a fairly common
condition, though one often hid-
den behind false holiday smiles.
One reason the holiday sea-
son can seem depressing is that
it comes at a time when we may
be mentally summing up the year,
especially its troubles and short-
comings. Year-end memories
commonly focus on problems of
the past year -- illnesses, loss of
loved ones, work or relationship
problems, or things falling short
of our expectations -- rather than
the positive happenings of the


year.
The holidays are also a busy
time. Added to the normal stresses
of daily living are the anxieties of
gift buying, holiday parties, family
issues, social obligations and oth-
er stress-inducers of this season.
Holiday media images can also
leave us with impossibly perfect
holiday expectations. Advertis-
ing, TV shows, and magazine sto-
ries are present wonderful family
holidays that never happen in real
life, but still leave us feeling that
we're falling short of how things
should be. All these, complica-
tions of the season can certainly
leave us feeling blue, but there
are steps to take to minimize their
effect on our emotional state.
A healthy lifestyle is a good
start. Instead of overeating or


drinking excessively because
you're feeling stressed, make con-
scious decisions to enjoy holiday
food and drink, but to do so in
moderation. At non-party times,
choose tasty low-fat foods. You'll
feel better and avoid the stress of
holiday weight gain.
Other healthy lifestyle decisions
include getting enough sleep and
exercise. A brisk daily walk in the
sunshine is a very effective way to
fight depression. Studies also fine
even moderate exercise can re-
duce stress and mild depression.
You also want to stay connected.
Feeling sad often causes people to
withdraw and isolate themselves.
Instead, make a real effort to
spend time with friends, to call or
write those you care about and to
remember past good times you've


enjoyed with these people.
Simply talking about your holi-
day feelings with friends can also
help. Their support and comfort'
can make a real difference. And
while the holiday blues are usual-,
ly only temporary and fairly mild, .
talk to a counseling professional if
your depression feels deeper and
more than just a symptom of the
season.
"The Counseling Corner""
is provided as a public ser-
vice by the American Counsel-
ing Association, the nation's
largest organization of coun-
seling professionals. Learn
more about the counseling
profession at the ACA web
site, www.counseling.org.


Countdown to Christmas


Yatchette Club Parade of Boats
The Okeechobee Yatchette Club will hold the Annual Christmas
r Parade of Boats on Taylor Creek on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. The
t parade is open to the public. The parade form up will commence
e at 5:30 p.m. Formation will be as follows: Okeechobee Yatchette
Club; Butch's Redneck Yatch Club; public boats. For more informa-
s tion call (863) 697-9571; (863) 467-7050 or (863) 697-9106.

SHoliday Festival of Art and Crafts
J and S Fish Camp, 9500 S.W. Conners Hwy., will have a holiday
e arts and craft festival on Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Restroom
facilities will be available. For information, call (772) 332-3149.

Church presents Christmas musical
t Brighton Baptist Church, 24050 S.R. 70 W, choir will present a
Christmas Musical, "Light of The World" on Sunday, Dec. 16 in the
10:40 a.m. worship service. Everyone is welcome. For information
call Pastor Calvin Fryar (863) 261-6618.

Santa is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town. He will be at the American Le-
gion Post #64 in Okeechobee. The post is at 501 S.E. Second St.
Santa will be there from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. The Legion
is located in the back of City Hall. The even is open to all children
under the age of 12. Bring your camera and children to see Santa.
The Ladies Auxiliary will furnish goodies for all. For information
call (863) 763-4953.

Christmas festival in the park
On Dec. 8, Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce will host a holi-
day festival in Flagler Park. Arts and Craft booths are available. The
annual Lighted Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. Applications are
available at Chamber of Commerce (863)763-6464.

Church presents Christmas musical
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 welcome. For more information call (863) 763-
1699.

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

Festival 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. Admission to the Festival of Trees and The Courn-
try 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) 697-1995.

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

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


4, 3, 2, 1-light the lights
Santa assisted Mayor Jim Kirk during the official Tree
Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 27, where they count-
ed down for the crowds of citizens to light up the park for
the holiday season. Santa will visit the City Hall Park on
the following dates: Nov. 28, 29, 30, Dec. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10,
11, 12 and 13, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. To view additional
photos from the Tree Lighting Ceremony visit http://pho-
tos.newszap.c6m/pages/gallery.php?gailery=311418.


Big Lake Missions sponsors toy drive
The Big Lake Missions outreach is currently sponsoring their
13"' annual Christmas Toy Drive for the underprivileged children
in Okeechobee County, now through Dec. 20. They are request-
ing gifts and toys ranging in age from baby to teen. Also they need
donations of turkey's, hams and all of the trimmings for Christmas
dinners. Your family workplace can adopt a family by calling us at
(863) 763-5725. The mission works one on one with families who,
are out of work, sick or just falling on hard times. The gifts are
given to the parents) to wrap and place under the tree for Christ-
mas morning. Big Lake Missions Outreach will accept store gift
certificates, checks made payable to the mission, or cash and the
volunteers will shop for the items needed. Receipts are available.
Please make checks payable to: Big Lake Missions Outreach and
mail to P.O. Box 1663 or call (863) 763-5725 or (863) 697-6433.

OREA selling Christmas ornaments
The Okeechobee Retired Educators Association Christmas orna-
ments are on sale. Ornaments are 24 karat gold on brass. On sale
are the 2006 Ornament - First Brick School, and 2007 Ornament
- Southland Hotel. Each ornament is numbered, limited edition. A
certificate includes historical information. Ornaments are $15 each.
All funds go to their scholarship fund. To purchase ornaments, call
Gay Carlton at (863) 763-5755, Kay McCool at (863) 763-2829, Re-
gina Hamrick at (863) 763-8865, Marion Davis at (863) 763-3991 or
Paulette Whipple at (863) 467-2487.

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 information call (863)'
763-3372.

Mainstreet window contest underway
The .Okeechobee Main Street 3rd Annual window decorating',
contest is under way. Judging will be held on Dec. 8. The winner
will receive a plaque. For information call Okeechobee Main Street *
at (863) 357-MAIN (6246).

Lighted Christmas Parade planned
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce Lighted Christmas Pa-
rade will be held on Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. along with a craft show in
parks 2 and 3. For information call (863) 763-3372.

Kiwanis Santa in park
The Kiwanis Club will host Santa in the Park again this year.
Santa will be in Park 4 on Dec. 8 following the Christmas Parade
and also on Dec. 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23 from 6 until 8
p.m. For information call (863) 763-3372.

Santa on the Fire Truck
" Santa Claus will be on the fire truck on Dec. 20 in the Northwest
and Northeast section of the City, Dec. 21 in the S.E. section of the
City and Dec. 22 in the S.W. section of the City. For information call
(863) 763-3372.

Local club plans toy drive
The Just for Today Club is sponsoring a toy collection for the
needy children of the inmates in the Okeechobee County Jail. All
donations are to be received by Dec. 21. All toys are to be new and
unwrapped. Please drop off the toys at the Just for Today Club,
2303 U.S. 441 S.E., Suite K. For information, call Stephanie at (863)
763-4017 or (863) 634-9386.

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Community Events

Big Brother/Big Sister book collection
On 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.

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 scrapbook pages on which you are currently working.
Please R.S.VP Carolyn at (863) 634-1885 or Joan at (863) 467-0290
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. .'


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A cut of
beef once ground into hamburg-
er has become one of the nation's
most popular steaks, thanks to a
processing ' method co-devel-
oped by a University of Florida
researcher.
Recent figures show flat iron
steak sales now top 90 million
pounds a year, making the value-
priced cut the nation's fifth best-
selling steak.
Dwain Johnson, a meat sci-
ence professor with the Univer-
sity of Florida's Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences who
helped develop the steak in 2002,
said some consumers say the
cut tastes better than a New York
strip.
"The cut is as tasty and tender
as more expensive steaks, yet af-
fordable enough for the average
family to enjoy on the regular
basis, and it costs a lot less than
a choice filet or strip steak," he
said.
Steve Wald, director of new
product development for the Na-
tional Cattlemen's Beef Associa-
tion in Centennial, Colo., said 47
million pounds of flat iron steak
were sold in 2005, increasing to
92 million pounds in 2006 and
about 90 million pounds so far
this year. He said the sales data
was compiled by Technomic Inc.,
a Chicago-based research firm.
"In the food service industry,
which includes restaurants, the
flat-iron steak outsells T-bone and
porterhouse steaks combined,"
Wald said. "Strong consumer de-
mand prompted several national
retailers to introduce the steak
during the summer of 2007."
Johnson, who developed the
steak in cooperation with the
University of Nebraska and the
cattlemen's association, said their
research was aimed at identifying
undervalued portions of the beef
carcass. In the largest study of its
kind, the researchers evaluated
more than 5,600 muscles for fla-
vor and tenderness.
He said the flat iron steak -
- also known as the top blade
steak -- is cut from deep within
the shoulder muscle known as
the chuck, traditionally used for
roasts or ground beef.,
"Although the cut is flavorful
and relatively tender, the flat iron
steak has a serious flaw in the mid-


Johnson said the research to
produce leaner and more conve-
nient beef products was initiated
when demand for chuck, round
and "thin cuts" -- which make up
73 percent of total beef carcass
weight -- declined by more than
20 percent from 1980 to 1998.
"The Cattlemen's Beef Board
realized that a more concentrated
effort was needed to study the
cause for the decreased demand
in products from these carcass
locations," he said. "They also
wanted to find out what could be
done to reverse the trend and in-
crease the demand for the chuck
and round cuts."
He said other value cuts such
as the petite tender and ranch cut
are starting to be used by the food
service sector.


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a tough piece of connective tissue
running through the middle, but
it can be removed to create an
amazing cut of beef."
By developing a method for
cutting the connective tissue --
similar to filleting a fish -- the re-
searchers created a steak that has
the tenderness of a ribeye or strip
steak with the full-flavored char-
acter of a sirloin or skirt steak. It's
also perfect for grilling over me-
dium high heat, he said.
"Supposedly named because
it looks like an old-fashioned
metal flat iron, the flat iron steak
is uniform in thickness and rect-
angular in shape," Johnson said.
"The only variation is the cut into
the middle where the connective
tissue has been removed."


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Bulls
1000-1500
1500-2000

Calves
Cows
Strs
HfMrs
Bulls
Yrlngs
Mix
Total
Med #1
150-200
200-250
250-300
300-350
350-400
400-450
450-500
550-600
600-650
Med #2
150-200
200-250
250-300
300-350
350-400
400-450


$50.50 $56.50
$59.00 $64.00


Monday
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Tuesday
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328
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12
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Steers Hfrs
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135-150 121-145
122-140 107-125
119-130 100-112
115-124 96-106
109-119 90-101
103-114 86-96
94-101 80-86
87-99 80-88


Steers

100-132
105-115
95-110
95-109


Hfrs
110-145
107-110
90-110
92-104
83-100
83-93


Prices still pretty good this week on good
- Quality calves. Most feeder classes on
#1 calves were steady to $1 higher than
before thanksgiving. Slaughter cows
and bulls also steady but trying to get $1
lower. Plainer calves were off a little. Bob
Herrington, San Mateo topped the calf
market with a high of $2. Dennis Coulter,
Avon Park and Danny Candler, Okee and
Push Hard Cattle, Ft. Pierce topped the
cow market with a high of 52.00. Harvey
Lemmon Bull sale, Wed. Dec. 5 at our
North Florida Livestock Market. Call us for
information on these good Angus Bulls.
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AP photo/University of Florida/IFAS/Thomas Wright
In this photo released by the University of Florida's Institute
of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Dwain Johnson holds a
flat iron steak at the university's meats laboratory in Gaines-
ville. Johnson, who helped develop the steak, said the cut
is as tasty and tender as more expensive steaks, yet afford-
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S- - - Okeechobee County School Menu


Monday - Dec. 3
Breakfast:
Blueberry muffin
Cereal
WW Toast
Fruit
Lunch:
Ravioli w/ sauce
Honey wheat rolls
Baked chicken patty on a bun
Chef salad
Green beans
Chilled peaches

Tuesday - Dec. 4
Breakfast:
Breakfast chicken & biscuit
Cereal
Cinnamon toast
Lunch:
Chili con Came with beans
Goldfish cheddar crackers
Deli sliced turkey on a bun
Cottage cheese & fruit salad
Corn
Fruit cocktail


Wednesday - Dec. 5
Breakfast:
Breakfast burrito
Cereal
Cinnamon Toast
Lunch:
Macaroni & Cheese with diced
ham
Cornbread
Tuna fish on a bun
Chef salad
Broccoli
Fruit cup

Thursday - Dec. 6
Breakfast:
French toast sticks
Cereal
Cinnamon toast
Lunch:
Hamburger on a bun
Deli sliced turkey on a bun
Cottage cheese & fruit plate
Baked potato triangles
Chilled applesauce


Friday - Dec. 7
Breakfast:
Sausage Biscuit
Cereal
Cinnamon toast
Lunch:
Stuffed crust cheese or pep-
peroni pizza
Baked potato with chili and
cheese
Yogurt, fruit & cheese plate
Baby carrots with dressing
Peaches
Elementary menus:
Each breakfast includes: Juice,
choice of entr6e or cereal and
toast; choice of whole, reduced
fat or low fat chocolate milk.
Each lunch includes: Choice
of one entr6e, choice of two (veg-
etables, fruit or fruit juice), choice
of whole, reduced fat or low fat
chocolate milk.
Meal prices:
Breakfast:
Regular - $.75
Reduced - $.30
Lunch:
Regular - $1.25
Reduced - $.40


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OMS salutes employees
OMS is proud to present honors to the Teacher of the Year and the School Related Em-
ployee of the year. Mrs. Bass, school principal is proud of the accomplishments of Excep-
tional Student Education Teacher, Mrs. Dianne Leko, who will be retiring after 14 years of
service to the school, and Cindy Hortman, the school's data processor and has served the
school district for 18 years.



State's graduation rates


differ from national figures


By Brent Kallestad
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE (AP) -- Flori-
da's high school graduation rates
improved this year while the
number of dropouts decreased.
That's by the state's count - one
that doesn't line up with national
figures.
State education officials and
Gov. Charlie Crist announced Fri-
day that Florida's rate bumped up
by 1.4 percentage points in 2006-
07 to 72.4 percent of students
graduating within four years.
The report also claimed a
dropout rate of 3.3 percent,
which is vastly different than na-
tional figures showing nearly half
of Florida's high schools fail to
+- graduate more than 60 percent of
their students.
"Nothing I've heard before
was anything like 3 percent or
4 percent," said Mark Pudlow,
spokesman for the Florida Edu-
cation Association, the statewide
teachers' union. "I don't know


how they measure that."
Education Week magazine
in June reported that Florida's
graduation rate was 60.5 percent
in 2003-04, which ranked 45th
among the 50 states and District
of Columbia.
The state Department of Edu-
cation is unique among the states
in basing graduation rate on data
that follows every student from
ninth grade to graduation. Florida
also counts General Education
Development and other special
diplomas not included in the na-
tional statistics.
A recent analysis conducted by
Johns Hopkins University for The
Associated Press revealed that
more than half of Florida's high
schools sampled had a dropout
rate of 40 percent. That assess-
ment would have no more than
60 percent of students who start
as freshmen make it to their se-
nior year.
"Apparently the only group
that thinks we are making excel-
lent gains is our own Department


of Education," said Rep. Dan Gel-
ber, D-Miami Beach, the House
Minority Leader. "We are not go-
ing to solve this true crisis by try-
ing to simply redefine it."
In defense of their system,
state officials cited a 2005 report
by the National Governors Associ-
ation that called Florida a national
leader and model for calculating
graduation rates.
"This year's graduation rate is
a clear indication that Florida is
on the right track in its education
efforts," said acting Education
Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg.
"This rate will only increase as we
add more rigor and relevance to
our high school curriculum."
FEA's Pudlow said neither the
state nor national figures are any-
thing to brag about.
"Whether you calculate them
one way or another, it really
doesn't make any difference," he
said. "There just too many kids
who aren't completing high
school."


"Lunch and Learn" seminar set


The Indian River Community
College Business and Technol-
ogy Incubator, in partnership
with the Entrepreneur Develop-
ment Institute at IRCC and the
Economic Council of Martin
County, is hosting a FREE semi-
nar, "40 Ways to Keep Your Cus-
tomer Happy." Anyone who
wants to learn ways to resolve
conflict, improve customer
satisfaction and establish cred-
ibility within the community
should attend the FREE
"Lunch & Learn" seminar
on Tuesday, Dec. 4, presented
at noon at the Wolf High-Tech-
nology Center at the IRCC Chas-
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Road. The Entrepreneur
Development Institute
(EDI) will be providing
snacks, beverages and
dessert.
Guest presenter James T.
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laude from the University of
West Florida with a BA in Eco-
nomics with minor course stud-
ies in finance and marketing.
Gallman has worked for the SBA
in the Jacksonville, FL, Char-
lotte, NC and Nashville, TN dis-
trict offices. Additionally, he has
instructed classes for the Ameri-
can Institute of Banking. He
currently serves as Senior Area
Manager and is the Florida Small


Business Development Center
Project Officer for the SAB Office
located in Fort Pierce.
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to "TrainingMatrix" and
click on EDI Lunch and
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on the EDI or other Business
Solution and Employee Train-
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at 1-888-283-1177. For more in-
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contact Karen Schreiner at (772)
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Local resident wins at AQHA World Championship


AMARILLO, TEXAS -- 0 L 'Buck'
Daniel of Okeechobee, claimed the
World Champion 'Junior Tie Down
Roping title with "Peppers Paniolo,"
a 2002 Red Roan American Quarter
Horse Gelding, during the FedEx
Open competition at the American
Quarter Horse Association World
Championship Show, held Nov. 2-
17 in Oklahoma City.
"Winning a world champion-
ship title is one of the most presti-
gious awards in AQHA show com-
petition," said Bill Brewer, AQHA
Executive Vice President. "Peppers
Paniolo joins an elite group who
have earned this honor in the an-
, nals of AQHA World Show his-


tory."
The AQHA World Champion-
ship Show is the largest, richest
single breed world championship
horse show in existence, with more
than $2.6 million awarded to 3,303
entries from 48 states, six Cana-
dian provinces, Austria, Germany,
Italy, Sweden and the United King-
dom. To qualify for the invitational
event, horses must have earned a
predetermined number of points
in AQHA -- approved shows from
August 1, 2006-July 31, 2007.
The AQHA World Champion-
ship Show will air coast-to-coast on
NBC Television. Don't miss the hot-
test cutting and reining along with


other great features in a special one
hour show on NBC Saturday, Jan.
12, at 5 p.m. Eastern/2 p.m. Pacific.
Highlights from the Bank of
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World Show are scheduled to air
on AQHA's weekly television show,
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TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bronson
announced last week, that his de-
partment is conducting a sweep of
pet stores during the next five weeks
to ensure that such establishments
are complying with regulations that
protect consumers in the purchase
of pets.
"Purchasing a pet during the
holidays can be a rewarding ex-
perience and bring great joy to a
child and other family members,"
Bronson said. "But you want to
make sure that you're dealing with
a reputable dealer who knows
and follows the law to avoid what
sometimes can deteriorate into an
unfortunate situation."
Toward that end, inspectors are
visiting numerous pet stores and
dealers between now and Janu-
ary 1 to make sure that a store or
dealer is complying with Statute
828.29 - a law that imposes certain
obligations on sellers and offers re-
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Congress' stall on tax bill threatens timely refunds


By Jim Abrams
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Silena
Davis had counted on an early tax
refund to pay for getting her teeth
fixed. Now, because Congress has
dawdled all year on a tax bill, she
and millions of other early filers
could have to wait extra weeks
for refunds that last year averaged
$2,291.
The Internal Revenue Service
is looking hard at delaying the
start of its filing season, set to kick
off on Jan. 14, if Congress fails to
pass legislation in the next two
weeks. At issue is how to handle
what could be a dramatic increase
in the number of people facing a
higher alternative minimum tax.
If there is a delay and it extends
into mid-February, it would slow
nearly 32 million refunds worth a
total of about $87 billion, the IRS
Oversight Board predicts.
"It would definitely make a big
difference with me," said Davis,
a George Washington University
Law School administrator. "I'm
going to have to get a crown and
it's going to be really expensive."
The board, an independent
advisory group, said in a report
to lawmakers last week that it is
"gravely concerned about the se-
rious risks" to the filing season if
Congress does not. make timely
changes to the tax. They include
more mistakes by both taxpayers
and the IRS and more people fail-
ing to pay taxes because of uncer-
tainty about what they owe.
The alternative minimum
tax was passed in 1969 and was
aimed at about 155 very wealthy
families who used deductions to
avoid paying any federal income
tax. The AMT disallows certain
deductions and credits. It was not
adjusted for inflation; as a result,
over the years it has hit a grow-
ing number of middle-income
taxpayers.


More than 4 million were sub-
ject to it in the 2006 tax year, and
that could soar to 25 million this
year without congressional ac-
tion.
Congress in recent years has
approved one-year fixes to stop
the tax from expanding. Legis-
lation this year has stalled in a
dispute between majority Demo-
crats and the White House. The
stumbling block is whether some
taxes should rise to offset the cost
of correcting the AMT.
Richard Spires, the deputy IRS
commissioner for operations sup-
port, said in an interview that the
agency is considering not pro-
cessing all early returns if the AMT
issue is not resolved soon.
"We are worried that if we al-
low certain filers to file that it does
not cause a lot of confusion and
delay the whole filing system for
everyone," he said.
While most people are not hit
by the tax, the IRS lacks a way to
distinguish what returns are af-
fected by possible changes in tax
law.
The AMT, he said, involves
"some of the most complex code
that we deal with, right at the
heart of our tax compilations."
People who file returns under
the current AMT law would have
to file an amended return if the
law were changed. Spires also
stressed that there would not be
any advantage to filing by paper if
the IRS is not accepting electronic
returns. "We're not going to pro-
cess paper returns any faster," he
said.
The dispute would give the
millions of people who wait until
the last minute to file their returns
yet one more reason to procrasti-
nate. "If it was only two or three
weeks, it wouldn't bother me at
all," said Toni Mistretta, a health
care worker from Jamesport, N.Y.
Some disruption already is


taking place. As Congress was
leaving for its Thanksgiving break
with no deal in sight, the IRS was
going to press with the forms for
the 2007 tax year.
Spires said the agency has post-
poned printing the AMT form and
11 others affecting smaller tax is-
sues that Congress has promised
to deal with but has not.
The IRS has done the design
work on the new forms after re-
ceiving assurances from Demo-
cratic and Republican leaders
on the tax writing committees
that Congress will enact an AMT
fix this year similar to legislation
passed last year.
Congress returns this week.
But it will take about seven weeks
after a bill is passed and signed
into law to do the necessary
programming and testing before
those forms could be presented
to the public, Spires said.
H&R Block said 60 percent of
its clients who claim credits using
forms affected by pending legisla-
tion normally file by the end of
February. A delayed refund could
cause hardship for those people
in paying holiday bills or address-
ing other immediate financial
problems, according to the com-
pany.
Aides on the tax writing com-
mittees said they were unaware,
at this point, of any suggestions to
extend the April 15 filing deadline
if the filing season is contracted
because of the AMT dilemma.
The IRS oversight board, us-
ing past agency data, said that
if the start of the filing season is
pushed back two weeks to Jan:
28, it would delay some 5.6 mil-
lion refunds totaling $17 billion. A
Feb. 18 starting date would delay
32 million refunds totaling $87 bil-
lion.
The report came after weeks
of warnings from President Bush,
Treasury Secretary Henry Paul-


son and the IRS about the con-
sequences of failing to enact a
temporary fix. Paulson said the
25 million returns that could be
affected in 2007 would pay on
average an additional $2,000 in
federal income tax.
"This is a huge tax increase
that taxpayers do not deserve and
:Congress must stop," Bush said
Saturday in his radio address, his
latest comments on the issue.
That will not be easy.
On Nov. 9, House Demo-
crats pushed through a one-year
"patch" to shield 21 million tax-
payers from about $50 billion in
higher taxes due to the AMT. The
bill included an additional $30 bil-
lion in tax relief measures such
as expanding the child tax credit
and extending numerous about-
to-expire tax breaks for education
costs, small business and military
personnel.
But, honoring their pledge not
to pass legislation that adds to the
federal deficit, Democrats voted
to increase taxes by $80 billion in
other areas, including for invest-
ment fund managers. Tax-adverse
Republicans voted unanimously
against the bill and Bush said he
would veto any bill that included
a tax increase.
In the Senate, Finance Com-
mittee Chairman Max Baucus,
D-Mont., has floated a proposal to
find ways to pay for the tax cred-
its, but not the AMT fix. There was
no deal with Senate Republicans
before the Thanksgiving break,
and it was unclear whether House
Democrats or the president would
accept Baucus' approach.
Congress' Joint Committee on
Taxation estimates that, without a
fix, about half of taxpayers with
adjusted gross incomes in the
$75,000-$100,000 range will be
affected by the AMT this year.
Associated Press writer Natasha
Metzler contributed to this report


Bush to-do list for Congress on spending, intelligence law


By Deb Riechmann
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi-
dent Bush has a lengthy to-do list
for lawmakers when they return
this week from their Thanksgiving
vacation, including spending bills,
intelligence legislation and tax law
changes.
"Members are coming back to
a lot of unfinished business," Bush
- said Saturday in his weekly radio
address. "The clock will be tick-
ing because they have only a few
weeks to get their work done be-
fore leaving again for Christmas."
Among the unfinished priori-
ties for the president are approval
of money to fight the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan and agreement on
new rules for government eaves-
dropping.
He urged Congress to complete
the annual government spending
bills but not in "one monstrous
piece of legislation" filled with
money for special interests. In ad-
dition, he wants Congress to send
him legislation that keeps middle-
class people from being hit by a tax
originally aimed at a small number
of wealthy people.
The alternative minimum'tax,
created in 1969, was not adjusted
for inflation. Every year, the tax en-
snares a growing number of mid-
dle-income taxpayers.
"If Congress fails to pass legisla-
t* ion to fix the AMT, as many as 25
million Americans would be sub-
ject to the AMT," Bush said. "On av-
erage, these taxpayers would have
to send an extra $2,000 to the IRS
next year. This is a huge increase
that taxpayers do not deserve and
Congress must stop."
Since the end of the summer,
Bush has focused at least 17 events
or remarks on budget-related dis-
putes with Congress. In his Nov. 17
radio address, Bush demanded that
Congress fix that tax. At the Penta-
gon on Thursday, Bush pressed
Democrats to approve money to
fund the Iraq war "without strings
and without delay" before leaving
for the Christmas holidays.
After more failed attempts to
pass legislation ordering troops
home from Iraq, Democrats have
said they plan to sit on Bush's $196
billion request for war spending
until next year.
The House has passed a $50
billion bill that would keep war
operations afloat for several more
months, but set a goal of bringing
most troops home by December
2008. After Bush threatened to
veto the measure, Senate Republi-
cans blocked the measure. In turn,
Democratic leaders said they will
not send Bush a war spending bill
this year at all.
Pentagon officials said that if the
money is not approved soon, the
military will have to take cost-cut-
ting measures. Defense Secretary
Robert Gates has ordered the Army
and Marine Corps to begin plan-
ning for a series of expected cut-
backs, including civilian layoffs, ter-
mination of contracts and reduced
operations at bases.
Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who re-
turned Saturday from a trip to Iraq,
called the threat of layoffs "games-
(I'v <


manship" on the part of the De-
fense Department. .
"Nobody is going to get hurt by
having this debate go on for anoth-
er month or so," said Webb, Navy
secretary in the Reagan adminis-
tration, in a conference call with
reporters.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-
Calif., said the Bush administration
is not placing enough pressure on
the Iraqi government to secure the
nation and provide necessary ser-
vices to its citizens.
"In January, the president an-
nounced the so-called troop 'surge'
to give Iraq's government the
'breathing space' to achieve politi-
cal reconciliation," Pelosi said in a
statement released Friday. "Eleven
months later, Iraqi politicians have


failed by every measure to make
the necessary political progress.
"Democrats are committed to
a new direction in Iraq that holds
the president accountable, pro-
vides real support to our men and
women in uniform and will bring
our troops home safely, honorably
and soon."
On the intelligence legislation,
Bush wants Congress to extend the
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
Act.
Lawmakers changed the law
over the summer to allow the gov-
ernment to eavesdrop inside the
United States without court permis-
sion, so long as one end of the con-
versation was reasonably believed
to be located outside the U.S.
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Dear Abby



Woman says no thanks to gift


*DEAR ABBY: I don't cel-
ebrate Christmas and haven't
for many years. Once in a while
someone will give me a Christ-
mas gift. (I have also received the
occasional Easter gift.)
What is the correct thing to
do in that situation? Some people
tell me I should not accept the
gift, and I should explain to the
giver that I don't celebrate these
holidays. Others have told me I


should accept the gift and send a
thank-you note.
Please tell me what to do, as I
don't want to hurt anyone's feel-
ings or offend anyone by accept-
ing a gift when I have not gotten
them one. - Esmeralda in Las
Vegas
DEAR ESMERALDA: Not ev-
eryone gives a gift expecting one
in return. When someone pres-
ents you with a holiday gift, ex-


plain that you aren't comfortable
accepting it because you haven't
celebrated the holidays in years.
Offer it back, but if it is refused,
thank the giver graciously for it
and also write a thank-you note. If
the item is something you can use
and enjoy, do so. If not, donate it
to charity.
P.S. If you feel inclined, consid-
er giving the giver a gift at another
time.


Horoscopes


*ARIES (March 21-April 19): Not
everyone will agree with the person-
al or residential changes you want to
make. Do what's best for you. There
is money to be made if you pick up
courses or new skills or are willing to
change your geographical location
for a better position.
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You
are better off not getting involved in
joint money ventures or lending any-
one money. A change in one of your
friendships may leave you question-
ing some of your other relationships.
A good deed will bring about a sud-
den and welcome change.
-GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Don't let someone dictate what you
can and cannot do. Rid yourself of
people who are trying to take advan-
tage of you. Someone from your past
may appear enticing but take a closer
look. Don't forget why you lost touch
in the first place.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22): If
you want to keep the peace at home,
don't spend the day working by your-
self. Either include the ones you love
or do what everyone you care about
wants to do. Visiting friends, relatives


and neighbors will lead to interesting
information.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Do
something challenging, entertain-
ing or exciting. Someone from your
past will want to hook up again. Be
the one to make the first move. A so-
called moneymaker may be offered
but, before you go ahead, consider
what a loss might do to you.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Being the one everyone relies on can
be taxing. It's time for you to imple-
ment some changes that will help the
people who depend on you to fend
for themselves. Put your skills to work
for yourself in such a way that you
make more money.,
*LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
Travel and get involved in something
that you find challenging and inspi-
rational. Don't limit what you do be-
cause someone wants your undivid-
ed attention. Explore new avenues in
ordei to'plan for the future.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
With a quick decision or a phone call
or visit, you can change the course
of your life. An unexpected encoun-
ter will lead to a prosperous turn of
events. A secret can now be revealed


to someone who is important to you.
*SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): Be careful while traveling and
don't say too much about what you
are up to. You will face opposition
and experience problems with au-
thority figures. A romance appears to
be getting better and will help to keep
you on the straight and narrow.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): You may be attracted to some-
one unavailable. Don't even consid-
er going there. You have way more
going for you today, especially where
settlements, deals, money and prof-
it are concerned. Don't throw it all
away.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Good news regarding a settlement
or legal matter is heading your way.
Getting involved in something that is
helpful will pay off in the people you
meet. Don't donate cash but rather,
time and suggestions.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
You'll be emotionally up and down
and this can easily lead to impulsive
actions that leave you in a vulnerable
situation. Don't burn bridges, espe-
cially when so much rides on keep-
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The following movies are now showing at the
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Movie times for Friday, Nov. 30, through Thurs-
day, Dec. 6, are as follows:
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
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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.
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27 Auto with a
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Ephron
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46 EPA pollutant
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57 1993 Pulitzer
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punch
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Panamanian
dictator
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Colonel
Mustard
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71 Wrestling holds
73 Get out of the
can?
74 Eminence
76 Cats-and-dogs
events?
78 Deep-six
79 They sing to
cops
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82 Periphery
83 Eye color area
84 Church service
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after "on"
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121 Guy's partner
122 Line after
Casca's "Speak,
hands, for me!"
123 West End
attraction


124 Letters on a
Cardinal's cap
125 More heartfelt
126 Baseball's
Alou
DOWN
1 Deep
depression
2 Accumulate
3 Stand against
4 Nonbeliever
5 Big name in
campgrounds
6 Sis or bro
7 Greeted, with
"to"
8 Ancient Greek
satirist
9 Hard-rock
center?
10 Jim Bakker's
ministry, briefly
11 Hit sign?
12 Forcefully
13 More familiar,
as a joke
14 In layers
15 Warm pants for
a newborn?


16 Lexus parent
company
17 Perfect settings
19 Greenish blue
21 Comes up
24 Watkins who
plays Bob
Hunter on
"Desperate
Housewives"
29 Marketing group
31 Doormat fiber
32 "The Thin Man"
pooch
33 Pastoral poem
34 Bust a gut
35 Most diva
performances
39 Like a pat. no
longer pend.
42 Yemen port
43 1960 debater
46 Major in govt.
47 Sole-related
48 Repair shop
technobabble?
50 Felt deeply
51 'Walk _ in My
Shoes": Joe
South sona


52 Cured serving
53 'Vette option
55 Conglomerate
artwork
56 Popeye's
adoptee
58 Shipshape
61 Santa-:
California
wildfire
concerns
63 Insult
65 Night school
subj.
66 Dutch cheese
city
67 Heavenly
body?
70 Rock star
Clapton
72 1965 King
arrest site
75 Ballad ending
77 Chopped side
80 Chinese: Pref.
85 Pinball excess
86 Way to the
Forum ,
87 Dear man, in
Milan


88 Author
Silverstein
89 Lamebrain
92 Thumbs-down
95 It's across the
Pailolo Channel
from Maui
96 French pointillist
97 Turns back to
zero
99 Latest news
100 Rotary phone
user
102 Divining decks
103 Make certain
104 Disease fighters
105 Linear
beginning
107 Off. filer
108 "It __ over till it's
over": Berra
109 Schleps
111 Steer clear of
116 "SNL" venue
117 Wrath
118 Bad dog
119 Unit whose
symbol is an
omega
120 Bio suit?


Today in History


By The Associated Press
Today is Sunday, Dec. 2, the
336th day of 2007. There are 29
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
tory:
Fifty years ago, on Dec. 2,1957,
the Shippingport Atomic Power
Station in Pennsylvania, the first
full-scale commercial nuclear fa-
cility in'the United States, began
operations. (The reactor ceased


operating in 1982.)
On this date:
In 1804, Napoleon crowned
himself emperor of the French.
In 1823, President Monroe out-
lined his doctrine opposing Euro-
pean expansion in the Western
Hemisphere.
In 1859, militant abolitionist
John Brown was hanged for his
raid on Harper's Ferry the previ-
ous October.
In 1927, Ford Motor Co. for-


mally unveiled its Model A auto-
. mobile, the successor to its Model
T.
In 1942, an artificially created,
self-sustaining nuclear chain re-
action was demonstrated for the
first time, at the University of Chi-
cago.
Thought for Today: "Trou-
ble is only opportunity in work
clothes." - Henry J. Kaiser,
American industrialist (1882-
1967).


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The Best Presents


SGifts of Self 6


Time for giving
With the winter holidays right
around the comer, it's time to start
thinking of how we can express our
love and friendship to others.
For many people, this means a major
shopping trip. And while those gifts
can be lots of fun, sometimes others
appreciate gifts of yourself even more.
The Mini Page explores some
different ways to give someone a gift
this holiday season.
Gifts of yourself
Yes, you can give yourself away!
How do you do that?
* You can give something you've
made.
* You can give some of your time or
talents.
* You can share something you know.
These gifts of yourself can be more
precious than presents we buy at the
store.


Giving your talents
What do you do well? The talents
you possess make great gifts for
others.
* For example, -.
you might offer to f
play piano to
entertain people
at a party or
meeting. You
could do magic
tricks for a
younger friend's birthday party.


Giving your time
People today are very busy.
Sometimes the most appreciated gift
is time.
* You might offer to
walk a neighbor's dog -
while your neighbor is
working.
* Lawn work is a great gift,
especially for older people. Trees have
shed their leaves, and raking is hard
work. You can give your time to clean
up a yard.
If you have
younger kids in your
neighborhood or
family, you might offer
to watch and play
-i-.. with them while Mom
gets some chores or shopping done.
* Spend some time at a local senior
center or home. Folks at these
facilities love to play cards or games,
do crafts or just talk with young kids.


* If you're good at sports, you might
help a younger kid who wants to get
better. These "lessons" would be a
great gift of your abilities.
* Do you love to
take pictures? You .1S
might offer to be
your street's
"historian," taking
pictures of area kids
as you all grow up . f
and keeping them in a scrapbook.


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Paul: What is a skeleton's favorite pizza?
Petunia: Pepper-boni!


Pascal: What would you get if you stacked
up thousands of pizzas?
Perry: A leaning tower of pizza!

Peter: Why are banks useful when you want
to make homemade pizza?
Penny: Because they are loaded with dough!

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Some words are hidden backward or diagonally, and some
letters are used twice. See if you can find: HOLIDAY, SHOPPING,
PLAN, TIME, RAKING, READING, COOKING, SPORTS,
PICTURES, GIFT, SNOWMAN, ORNAMENTS, HELP, PLAY,
SCRAPBOOK, PRECIOUS, FUN, BUSY, KNOWLEDGE, FRIENDS.
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Share something you know
* If you're a book lover, sharing
your passion for reading is a great gift
for many people.
Younger kids love to be read to, and
parents appreciate a break to do
things around the house.
Many older
people have
lap trouble seeing
well enough to
read. You might
offer to read to someone who doesn't
see well.
* Are you a great
cook? The holidays are a
wonderful time to show
off your knowledge in
the kitchen. fou
It's always fun to
make holiday cookies, and you can
make gifts of them to neighbors,
friends and relatives.
** �Have you
been on an
interesting trip?
Family members
such as aunts and
uncles,
grandparents and cousins might enjoy
a presentation of your pictures. You
could share with them what you
learned about your destination.
* If you're a technology
whiz, you might be able
to help someone who is f
less computer-wise
with a project.


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Make It Yourself


Gifts you've made
The Mini Page spoke with art
teachers and others for some ideas


about holiday gifts you can make
yourself with some help from parents.


A Happy Snowman
You'll need:
* scissors
* 12-by-18-inch white paper
* watercolor paints
* cotton swabs
" stapler


* brown, orange and pink construction
paper
* strip of fabric for scarf
* sticks from the yard
*yarn
What to do:
1. Cut out two large snowman shapes
from the white paper.
2. On one of them, paint light blue
shading on the bottom of each "snowball."
Paint pink circles for the snowman's
cheeks.
3. Use the cotton swabs to paint black
eyes, mouth and buttons. Let paint dry.
4. Staple the two snowman shapes
together, leaving a hole at the bottom.
Loosely stuff paper into the snowman to
fatten him up. Staple hole closed.
5. Use the construction paper to make a
hat, mittens and nose. Decorate them
however you like.
6. Tie a strip of fabric around the
snowman for a scarf.


Pine Cone Ornaments
Collect pine cones from your back-
yard or a nearby park for this
project. You
can give three
or four of - /
different
colors to
decorate for
the holidays. . C _
You'll need:
* pine cones - f . .
* green, red, '
gold and silver spray paint
* glitter
* colored ribbon


This snowman can be hung on a wall, or,
you can stand him up with a dowel rod
(wooden stick) glued into a block of
wood.
7. Wedge two sticks into the snowman's
sides for arms. Glue mittens to yarn and
loop around the snowman's stick arms.
8. You can hang the snowman by
punching a small hole in the back of his
head. Or, you can use a dowel rod glued into
a block of wood and place the snowman
over the dowel rod so hell stand up.


What to do:
1. Take your pine cones outside. Spray
them with different colors of spray paint.
2. Before they dry, sprinkle glitter over
the pine cones.
3. When the paint is dry, shake off the
extra glitter.
4. Add a ribbon loop for hanging your
ornament on the Christmas tree or from a
lamp or doorknob.

Next week, The Mini Page is about animals
of the holiday season.
The Mini Page Staff
Betty Debnam - Contributing Editor
Lisa Tarry - Managing Editor
Lucy Lien - Associate Editor
Wendy Daley - Artist


This jar makes a great
container for buttons,
coins, candy or dog
treats (see below).


Winter Jar
You'll need:
* large jar, like a
pasta sauce jar
* dark blue
acrylic spray paint
* acrylic paints
and brushes
* old toothbrush
What to do:
1. Make sure
your jar is clean
inside and out.
Take off the lid.
Take the jar
outdoors and
spray-paint the
outside with dark
blue paint. Let
paint dry.


2. Use the acrylic paints to create a
winter night scene on your jar. You can
paint trees, snowmen, Santa, a puppy -
whatever you want.
3. Dip the toothbrush lightly in white
paint and "flick" snow onto your scene.
4. Let your paint dry.
5. If you want, add a ribbon around the
rim of the jar.

Dog Treats
These dog treats can be presented
in the jar above.
You'll need:
* 2 cups whole-wheat flour
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 3/4 cup cornmeal
* 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 4 bouillon cubes
* 2 cups boiling water
* If desired, garlic, crisp bacon strips,
bacon drippings or your dog's favorite flavor
What to do:
1. Combine first four ingredients. Mix
well.
2. Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling
water.
3. Add bouillon to flour mixture. Mix to
make a stiff dough.
4. Roll onto a floured surface. Cut out
small shapes with cookie cutter or glass.
5. Bake in a preheated 300-degree oven
for 30 minutes.
6. Let stand overnight to harden.


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Height: 6-2 Positions: center/forward
Hometown: Willingboro, N.J.
On the basketball court, Crystal Langhorne does it all.
She scores. She rebounds. And she's determined to cap an
All-America career by helping the highly ranked Maryland
women's basketball team to a banner season.
A two-time All-American, Langhorne was a key contributor on the
Terps' 2006 national championship team.
"In the purest sense of the word, Crystal is a winner," coach Brenda Frese
says on the Maryland Web site. "She cares and pays attention to detail."
Langhorne averaged 17.2 points both her freshman and sophomore seasons
and scored 14.9 points per game last year while grabbing more than eight
rebounds a game. She also shot an eye-popping 70.7 percent from the floor.
Elsewhere, Langhorne majors in communications, serves on the
Student-Athlete Advisory Board and is a member of the Leaders Club.
And on the court, she is capable of helping lead the Terps to lofty
heights. That's crystal clear.


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Meet Jamia Simone Nash
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441 South, Canal Point.
(863)763-9393
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used Items In
the classifleds


CURR DOG - Cream color, 12
yrs old, Male, Bob tail, Vic.
Near N 441 Tues. 11/20.
(863)763-8185
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Puppy, Basswood area, no
questions asked.
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Published 3 weeks" in all of our Florida papers: Caloosa Belle, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat,
Immokalee Bulletin, Okeechobee News and Advertiser, and The Sun
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing asa Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the,
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street * (863) 357-2442

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

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


GREEN QUAKER PARROT -
Sat. Nov. 17th, Vic. Captain
Hendry Dr. Banded right leg.
(863)675-1050
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regularly:
the classifieds.


NEIGHBORHOOD YARD SALE
Okeechobee - Sat. & Sun.,
Dec. 1st & 2nd, 8am-?, Take
S.R. 70 W. to River Oak Acres.
S.W. 144th Parkway, S.W.
134th Avenue, S.W. 16th Drive
& S.W. 16th Court (hanger at
end of cul-de-sac).
Personls 015


Tall Guy- Secure, Profes., To
meet Attractive Gal or Friends
for Dining, Traveling, etc. Call
(863)946-3123 Lets meet!


CLEAN UP
Will pick up your junk!
Heavy & Farm Equipment-will
pay CASH. Call Michael @
(863)634-4780

Employment



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



A/C SERVE TECH needed.
Dependable, Clean DL, Good
Pay, Benefits, 401K, Min
3 yrs exp. EOE DFW.
Experienced need only apply.
'Call (863)763-8391


EXPERIENCED BOOKKEEPER
wanted. Full/Part time.
Quickbooks preferred. Fax
resume to (863)467-3050 or
mail to RO. Box 578,
Okeechobee, FL 34973





HIRING
DAYTIME &
EVENING
SERVERS
& HOSTESS
Min. 1 yr. exp.

COOK
$12-$15
to start

Apply in person
between
9am-1pm


Heavy Equipment/Truck
experience needed for
statewide mfg/dist company.
Benefit package. Drug Free,
EOE. Fax resumes to
(863)763-0358



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The classified ads

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

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your useqJtems In
the classlfelds.1J


or call

1-877-353-2424 (Toll Free)


We have the countertops
you're looking.for!

* FLORIDA FLOORS & MORE
513 S.W Park Street * (863) 763-7131


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

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER
MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
Contract Inspector
Okeechobee, FL
Oversees contractors. Work
includes but is
not limited to
electrical, mechanical and
civil phases of projects in-
cluding construction pro-
jects. Interprets and
enforces contract specifica-
tions and ensures quality
control over projects. As-
sociate's degree in engineer-
ing, business, or
construction methods. Two
to five years of experience
working with contracts and
contractors to oversee pub-
lic works projects, equip-
ment, labor productivity,
scheduling, quality assu-
rance and cost control re-
quired. To apply, visit our
website at www.sfwmd.gov.
Job Reference
NB50053083. EOE.





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-PATIENT ACCT.
SUPERVISOR-
Patient accounting exp in an
automated environment,
computer skills, and 2 yrs
mgmt necessary. Bilingual
pref. Competitive salary &
excellent benefits. Fax resume
to (863)357-2991 or apply at
Florida Community Health
Centers, 1100 N. Parrott Ave,
Okeechobee, FL.
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Services



Babysitting -.05
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
License # 2423

Find It master. Sell It soon-
er In the classifieds
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials 540
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
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens 9 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys g Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740


1 Sectional Door, 2 Gable Vents
4" Concrete Slab
$9,5125.00
*ConcreteInstall by Others




No Pressure Sales

OTHER
SIZES
AVAILABLE
- Built up to 40' Wide ,
a Unlimited Length
� 16 Colors
SFL Engineered Plans
SMeets 130mph Windload"


METAL SYSTEMS PLUS, LLC
www.metalsystemsplus.com
Price 0u10s couny ees



DESK- French Provincial, with
a hutch, good condition,
$125 (863)763-0583 Okee-
; chobee


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


AMERICAN PIT - Blue, Born
01/22/07. 1 male & 1 fe-
male. Shots current $500
w/papers (863)634-6195
BLUENOSE PITBULL PUPPIES
- Vet checked, only males
avail, parents on premises.
$300 each (863)763-3776
DOG BOX - Custom built. $300
(863)467-7197
RED BONE COON HOUND
PUPS - UKC, Purple ribbon
bred, Health cert. included.
$300 each. (863)697-3810


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

Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 81.0
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865


THOROUGHBRED MARE - 15
yrs. old. Ridable. Better as a
Brood Mare. $600
(863)467-7295
THROUGHBRED/QUARTER
HORSE - 14 months old.
Sorrel. Philly. $800
(863)467-7295

Rentals



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



BHR - Lg 2br, CBS, screen
room & utility room, Quiet
area, Private lake, $750/mo
+ $500 sec (863)467-2784
FURNISHED APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044
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


Rental Space Available - 820
sq. ft. per unit, 3 available,
central a/c, $600 per unit +
$25 for water plus tax. Multi
year leases avail. Call
772-201-7473.



Oak Lake Villas, 2br/2ba
$900/month, First, Last,
+- $900 Security. Pets
Welcome. Clean & spacious.
Available immediately.
Call (863) 801-3133
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BUCKHEAD RIDGE,
Waterfront 3 Bdrm., 1/2Ba.
2 Story w/Lake Okeechobee
access & boat ramp. Wrap
around porch. Fenced yard.
Pets welcome! $1000
mo. + 1st, last & sec.
561-346-3620
Charming Country Cottage,
3BR/1.5BA, 15 min. from
town & 2BR/1BA, no pets.
1st, last & sec. Call Debbie
(863)467-2982 Mop.-Fri.,
am til 4pm.
N OF OKEECHOBEE- Cottage,
1 br, fully turn, elec & satellite
incld, NO pets, $700/mo +
$500 dep. (863)467-1950
OAK PARK - 2/1 CBS, W & D,
fenced yard. $850 Iv msg
(863)634-8757
OAK PARK 2 Bdrm., 1 Ba. &
DIXIE RANCH 3 Bdrm., 1 Ba.
Call (863)763-7622 or (863)
697-8325 for more info.
OKEE. - Newly remodeled CBS
3br, 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.
TREASURE ISLAND, 3/2 Very
clean! On canal. Lg. storage.
$950 mo. + 1st & sec. dep.
863-824-0981


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



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


Real [state



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



NEWLY RENOVATED - 4/3, tile
throughout, granite counter
tops, In Okee Estates. 2100
sf $240,000 (863)634-6186
OKEE - '00 dbl wide, FHA ap-
proved and assumable quali-
fying at 6.5, 3/2, take over
balance of 30 yr mrtg, new
roof, screened deck, better
than new. Reduced to
$134,500. (863)763-2990
OKEECHOBEE- 3/1, CBS, Un-
der appraisal. $169,900. Oak
/tile/marble, Space to add
master bath, 24 x13 en-
closed Fla. room & more!!
Grab flyerd! 309 SW 10th
Ave. (863)357-0391
OKEECHOBEE
Zero Down. $999. mo.
4br, 2ba CBS Brand New.
Prices $139,900. 3824 NW
7th St. 561-248-3879 or
863-484-0809


CLOSE TO VIKING ESTATE & '
Kissimmee River State Park,
85 ac. +/- on paved road.
Deep well, new pump.
Suitable for a Citrus Grove,
Farming, Ranching &
Equestrian Home Site,
Accepting Best Offers.
dickansav@hotmail.com
or (561)951-3544
CROOKED CREEK
Corner Lot. 2.2 acres, $150K
Call Cell# 772-530-2095
or 863-467-6399
Lot - ale 1 045


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

Mobile Homes



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


dep. (772)370-1095
CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031
DOUBLE WIDE TRAILER - 2
mNE SPAPER Bdrm., 2 Ba. On 10 acres.
, $1200 mo. Call
makes you a more informed (863)763-2838
and interesting person. No OKEECHOBEE 2BR/1 BA,
wonder newspaper readers No pets. Fenced yard.
are more successful! - $650/mo. & $550 security.
(863)763-0648 \.


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OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/1ba,
$550/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets.
(863)763-6232
TAYLOR CREEK: 2 BR, 2 BA
Furnished, seasonal or annual-
ly, available immediately.
$750/annually, $1200 sea-
sonal (239)707-8327



Fully Furnished, 12x48,
1BR/1BA, very good cond.,
c/a & heat, adult park.
(419)236-7155
Horton, '05, 2BR/1BA,
14'wx48'l, immaculate,
must be moved, partially
furnished, $10,000.
(863)763-5841/801-1846
MOB. HOME- 61', all new on
river, w/dock, 2/3 br, screen
room, extras, $37,000 Must
see inside (863)255-4935
OKEE - 2br, shed, Fla Room,
CA/Heat, W/D, carport, In
Adult park, $10,000
(863)763-1079/801-3287
PALM HARBOR HOMES
4/2 Tile Floor, Energy Package
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq.ft.
30th Anniversary Sale Special
Save $15,000.
Call for FREE Color Brochures
800-622-2832
TREASURE ISLAND, 3br, 2ba
Lake access, quiet area,
$650/mo., 1st, last & sec.
dep.(561)743-4331





Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035



AIR BOAT - 220 GPU, Laser
hull. Power shift prop. $5200
or best offer. (561)348-0276
BASS BOAT - '89, 16.3' Bay-
liner & trailer. 85hp force
motor. Minn Kota trolling
mtr. $4500. (863)697-2936
BONITA, '88 - 17', open fisher-
man, w/'89 115hp Mariner
eng. & tdr., runs great,
$2000. (863)467-7123
PROCRAFT BASS BOAT, '95,
17', 2 fish finders, new troll.
mtr., 120 2 stroke force,
$5,000 neg. (863)673-2388

Automobiles

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


arts/Repirs 404


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.NOTICE OF EXECUTIVE SESSION OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO DISCUSS
TIR NA N'OG, INC. VS. OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
LITIGATION
The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County shall hold an Executive
Session between the Board and Its Attorney, which will discuss the litigation be-
tween Okeechobee County and Tir Na N'Og, Inc., a Florida corporation, bearing
case number 2003-CA-247.
The proposed Executive Session shall be held on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at
11:30 o'clock A.M., or as soon thereafter. In the Board of County Commissioners
Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 Northwest 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972.
The proposed discussion shall be confined to settlement negotiations or strategy
sessions relating to litigation expenditures.
Notice is hereby given that the following individuals will be in attendance at the Ex-
ecutive Session: County Commissioner Ray R. Domer; County Commissioner Clif
Betts, Jr.; County Commissioner Noel Chandler; County Commissioner Elvie Pos-
ey; County Commissioner Marvin Wherrell: Interim County Administrator Robbie
L. Charter; and County Attorney John D. Cassels, Jr.
A Court Reporter will be present to record the session and the transcript shall be
made part of the public record upon conclusion of the litigation.
Clit Belts, Jr., Chairman
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Sharon Roberlson, Clerk
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
251278 ON 1212/07

NOTICE OF OUA MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet In
regular session on Tuesday December 11, 2007 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee
Utility Authority Offices, 10 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a
record of proceedings and for such purpose ma need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings Is made; which record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court reporter,
stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record.


Missing woman has police baffled


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
TO CONSIDER AMENDMENTS TO THE
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY gives Notice that it shall hold a public hearing before the
Okeechobee County Planning Board sitting 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, Flonda 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 unt 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 uture 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 southedy 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 urom 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, Florda. The property is on
the east side of SE 128th Avenue, north of Quail Woods subdivision.
Lucille Stanley, property owner; George Costonis, applicant. Request to reclasslly
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
im ectons 3 and 4, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, Okeechobee Count,
Florida. The property is on the west side of Highway 441 North, north of NW 36t
Street.
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, Ronda. The property is on the south side of SR 70 West, west of
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 sitilng and concurrent provision of public school facilities in accordance
with the requirements of state law.
BMK, LLC, property owner and applicant. Request to reclassiy approximately 20
acres from e A riculture future land use classification to the Urban Residential
Mixed Use classification. The change would increase the density for residential
development from 1 unit per 10 acres to up to 12 units per acre. The subject
property is in Section 18, Township 37 South, Range 36 East, Okeechobee
County, Florida. The property Is on the east side of NE 48th Avenue. north of SR
70 East.
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, Florioda, 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 priorto the hearing.
If a person decides to appeal any decisions made by the local planning agency with
respect to any matter considered at the hearing, tat person will need a record of
the proceedings, and he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedigs is made which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based.
251362 ON 12/2/07


Community Events


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

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

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

Library book club meets
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Club will meet at 7
p.m. in the Library Board room on Thursday, Dec. 20 to discuss the
title for the month, "The Hummingbird's Daughter," by Luis Alber-
to Urrea. The group will meet at 6:30 for our annual Christmas tea
with the discussion at 7 p.m. On Thursday, Jan. 24, the group will
discuss"Mademoiselle Benoir," by Christine Conrad. For information
call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two to
three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday through,
Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also looking for a
volunteer to become the director and a board member of The Clothes
Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with the public and
should be able to seek support from city and county officials, business
executives and other organizations. Work days and hours are flexible, Call
(863) 6l4-2306 for information. I


By Brian Skoloff
Associated Press Writer
FORT MYERS (AP) -- Kultar Goraya is ad-
mittedly nervous and for good reason. His . " ,s
wife, Rupinder, disappeared two months ago
and police say he is a "person of interest."
They say they can't get a single straight
story out of him and soon after she vanished,
he abandoned his job and took their handi-
capped 3-year-old son Sam back to their na-
tive India.
But when relatives demanded to know
what happened to Rupinder, he and the boy
abruptly returned to Florida. i
On a recent afternoon, Kultar is sitting on n
the couch in his sparsely furnished apartment,
his arms crossed, his hands tightly tucked un-
der his armpits. He rocks back and forth.
He occasionally chews his cuticles and t k.
alternates his stare from ceiling to floor. He
guzzles water. He proclaims his innocence. AP photos/Fort Myers Police Dept
"Therve toomu ch m y w ife ular, 33e saidence i , Kult AP photos/Fort Myers Police Dept
"I love too much my wife," Kultar, 33, said Rupinder Goraya is seen in this undated
in an exclusive interview with The Associated photo supplied by the Fort Myers Police Goraya is seen in this May 16, picture
Press. "Many things I am thinking ... I don't Dept. Goraya, a native of India has been supplied by the Fort Myers Police Dept.
knov why she is doing this. She has not called missing since early October. Her hus- Goraya is a person of interest in the,

He said Rupinder was having affairs withband, a suspect in her disappearance, disappearance of his wife two months
Hestaid Rupinder was ang o rs wh claims she ran away with another mano ago. ,.
two men. Maybe she ran off with a lover, he claims she ran away with another man. ago.
speculated. Maybe she is with friends, forehead" and said she was going to Orlando topic.
Fort Myers police have found no evidence to catch a plane for New York to visit a hospi- "She is playing with me," he snapped, rub- -
of another man. Friends and relatives say tal where she hoped to work. Her cell phone bing his forehead. "When she comes back, I;,
that was not Rupinder's character, and she calls and credit card activity all go cold after want a divorce ... Everybody is saying to me,
wouldn't have run off. Personal items were that day. She missed a doctor's appointment. 'Where is Rupinder? Where is Rupinder?'
found in her apartment that she wouldn't Kultar never reported his wife missing, au- "I don't know," he said.
have left behind nor would she have left her thorities said, but her hospital colleagues did Nicole Cox, 21, who lives in an apartments,,
son, they say. on Oct. 19, more than two weeks after he says below the Gorayas, said something never
Detectives say Kultar's stories have she left. Her relatives don't buy the New York seemed right with the couple. Rupinder was-'
changed too much during their two inter- story they say she liked her job in Florida and outgoing and friendly, "a sweet lady," while
views with him to be believable but they don't had no desire to leave. Kultar seemed distant and unpredictable.
have enough to.arrest him, either. Adding to suspicions, soon after she van- "He just seemed to be one of those people
"There's no one piece of physical evidence wished, Kultar bought tickets for what police who could change his personality in a split
that we have right now that she has met with say was a hastily planned trip and flew back second," Cox said.
foul play," Detective Jeff Nibarger said. "How- to India with his son. He found himself unwel- She said Rupinder would never have left"
ever, all things considered, it certainly looks come by family there, who were angry that he without her son.
suspicious." hadn't been forthcoming with authorities and "She's not the kind of person who would
Kultar, his wife and Sam moved to Florida. couldn't explain what happened to his wif, just up and leave Sam,in Cox said. "She was.
last year from India's Punjab state. Rupinder, Othee said. st and leave Swe Cox so i "rheiwas
34, was participating in a nursing exchange He returned to Florida and has told police so kind and so sweet and so caring with Sam.
program, but had been on leave from South- various accounts. Ifshe wanted to leave, she would have taken
west Florida Regional Medical Center to re- "He's her husband. He's the father of her him."
cover from a hysterectomy performed after a child. You would think that he knows where Rupinder's aunt also said she would not
cancer diagnosis. Kultar worked as a conve- she is," Nibarger said. "If your wife was miss- have just vanished.
nience store clerk. ing, would you leave the country?" "That's not her character. She is a very re-
Their five-year marriage was arranged, and As he speculates about what happened to sponsible person," Othee said. "Because of
the couple never seemed happy, said Parneet his wife, Kultar rambles, sometimes incoher- the previous circumstance when he choked
Othee, Rupinder's aunt, who now lives in Vir- ently, and switches thoughts mid-sentence. her, that makes me fear now."
ginia. In May, Kultar was arrested for allegedly ".My wife is scared," he told the AP. But he Frustrated detectives also fear the worst,'
choking his wife in a drunken rage. He threat- couldn't explain what may have frightened but hope they are wrong.
ened to kill her, according to police, but the her. "If she's out there, and she can contact
couple later reconciled. Asked about his domestic abuse arrest, us, that's ultimately what we want. We want
Kultar admits his relationship with his wife Kultar first said, "I slapped my wife only one a safe return," Sgt. Jennifer Soto said. "The
was shaky. He wanted to settle in California. time." circumstances surrounding her disappear-
He said she wanted to move to New York. Prodded, he backtracked and said he never ance just aren't normal. It's just that in this
He said he last saw his wife on Oct. 2. He hit his wife. instance, things are leading us to believe she
was napping. She came in and "kissed my "Verbal only,",he said, then changed the rnmaynot be OK"


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Golf cour
By Daniel Shube
No, I'm not reviewing a holiday
horror film. It is my pleasure to
review a golf course that has re-
turned from the dead. In fact, Binks
Forest Golf Course had been dead
for almost five years. I am pleased
to report that Binks Forest is alive
and well and living in Wellington,
Florida.
So why is this an interesting sto-
ry? I'm sorry to report that recent
history has more golf courses fold-
ing and being covered with condo-
miniums. Not to say that they didn't
try to do that that at Binks Forest.
Luckily, the zoning could not get
changed, so the course sat. And
sat. And sat.
It was a shame. Binks Forest
has an illustrious history. It was
one of Johnny Miller's (along with
Gene Bates) earlier designs. In its'
inaugural season it hosted the 1990
PGA TOUR Team Championship.
The highs came with lows as
well. The beautiful clubhouse that
was needed for this course to be
a PGA TOUR caliber course cost
plenty to build. If you think there
is a crisis now in the lending mar-
kets, back then interest rates soared
around 20%. Not conducive to run-
ning a profitable business.
Enter Aquila Property Company
of Jupiter who had a vision to bring
Binks Forest back to life. They hired
Mr. Bates to restore the course to its
original splendor. They also hired
KemperSports Management to run
the property.
The project began backin Feb-
ruary. If I told you that all 18 holes

Colts, Jags

renew their

AFC rivalry

By Michael Marot
AP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Fred
Taylor thinks Sunday's game at
Indianapolis feels like a playoff pre-
view.
Yes, it's only December, and
yes, it's only for the lead in the AFC
South.
But everything else seems tailor-
made for postseason hype. There's
Jacksonville's four-year quest to
dethrone the Colts as division
champs; the potential postseason
implications; and the rivalry that
has become one of the NFls fierc-
est intradivision clashes.
"It's right there in front of us,"
Taylor said. "The Colts have been
the beast in this division and are
even the Super Bowl champs, and I
think the stage is set right now, be-
cause in the past we were always
a number of games behind them
after the 12th game of the season."
Not this time.
The Jaguars (8-3) head into
Sunday's marquee matchup just
one game behind the four-time
dMivision champs with a chance to
grab a share of the division lead.
They have a healthy quarter-
back who has yet to throw an in-
terception this season, a solid two-
pronged running attack with the
rejuvenated Taylor and the emerg-
ing Maurice Jones-Drew, and a de-
fense regarded as one of the NFL's
best even without injured lineback-
er Mike Peterson (hand) and defen-
sive tackle Marcus Stroud.
Stroud will miss his fourth
consecutive game after being sus-
pended for violating the league's
substance-abuse policy.
Perhaps the most important trait
is that Jacksonville has not endured
its typical post-Colts blues this year.
In past seasons, the Jags' chase
has always been derailed by what
has followed Indy. A year ago, after
losing at Indy in September, they
lost at Washington. And after rout-
ing the Colts 44-17 in December, the
Jags closed out a promising season
with three straight losses that kept
them out of the playoffs.
The results suggest Jacksonville
has always treated Indy games like
the playoffs, so Taylor has spent this
week trying to help his teammates
find that balance.
"There's no reason to go out
and rah-rah your way to victory,"
he said. "You've got to get out
there, get on edge and sometimes '
you get so anxious that you miss
assignments. So you have to pace
yourself accordingly."
The Colts (9-2) have been there
before as the chaser.
Indy's first nemesis in the Pey-
ton Manning era was Tennessee,


a foe that inflicted a playoff loss in
January 2000, then swept the first
season series in 2002 before Indy
turned the tables and won four
straight division crowns.
Then came NewEngland, which
was 10-2 and posted six straight
wins against Manning's Colts be-
fore Indy turned that around in
2005.
But the Jacksonville-Indy series
has always had a different feel.
The Jags have often made mis-
takes and occasionally lost their
composure to help the Colts domi-
nate the series. Indy is 8-3 since the
two became division rivals in 2002.


se, "Returns from the Dead"F new ic i




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are already open would you believe
me?
I played each and every hole last
weekend. I am here to tell you that
reports of Binks Forest's death were
quite premature. It was just taking
a five-year nap!
So, how is the course? It did play
just like I remembered it. A few
holes were tight, requiring some
thought as to which club you can
hit straight. The par-3's were awe-
some, three of them very long (one
short). The day I played, the wind
was a factor, but keeping my group
nice and cool.
The greens, all new, were a little
slow, but very true. I'm sure as they
mature, the speed will be ratch-
eted-up. The variety of the greens
were impressive. Some were large,
some smaller. There were plenty of
undulations and very interesting pin
placements. Practically every green
was well protected by bunkering
and/or water. This course places a
premium on thought.
There were some nice touches


Mrs


Courtesy of www.binksforestgc
Binks Forest Golf Course in Wellington.


of landscaping beyond the rough.
Also, coquina was bunkering was
often used as a cart path. This tech-
nique was employed enough to
be interesting, yet not so much as
some courses that use it to replace
grass that requires more mainte-
nance.
One of my playing partners
asked me to compare Binks Forest
to another layout. I thought about it
and could not think of any course
like Binks Forest. And that is a good
thing. Binks Forest is a unique
course. It's an excellent track that
you can play for a fair price (cur-
rently $60 or less). It did not deserve
to die. Long live Binks Forest!
Binks Forest is located just off
Hwy. 98 in Wellington. You could
make the drive for the day (I drive
anywhere in Florida for golf!). Or
you might want to spend a night


or two in the area. It is very close
to the South Florida Fairgrounds
(www.southfloridafair.com) and
the Sound Advice Amphitheatre
(www.livenation.com), which is
on the Fairgrounds property. The
South Florida Fair is January 18
- February 3. During the fair, there
are usually some excellent con-
certs, great rides and enough fun-
nel cake to make you very ill! Did I
hear somebody say "road trip?"
For tee times or more informa-
tion about Binks Forest Golf Club,
visit www.binksforestgc.com or
call (561) 333-5731.


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Auctions and dealerships- from around the country.sell off thousands
of vehicles every year direct to dealers at thousands 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.
WE ARE OFFERING THESE VEHICLES DIRECT TO THE
PUBLIC FOR THIS EVENT: RENTAL UNITS, LEASE
RETURNS, DEALER TRADES & REPROCESSED VEHI-
CLES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
FOR ONLY $39* DOWNI
110W IT WORKS,
1. There will be aone-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!


MOST VEHICLES HUE THE
BALANCE OF THE FACTORY
WARRANTY!


5 DAYS ONLY w LIMITED UANTITIES
WED, NOV, 28'" litAM-8PM
THURS. NOVe 29TH l0AM-8PM
FR11- NOV. 30TI 10AM-8PM
SAT. DEC, 1 IT l0AM-8PM
SUN, DEC, 2 NI 11 AM-6PM


TREASURE COAST� AUTO MALL
4405 St U.S, Hwy I * Ft. Pierce, FIL
1/2 mile No�ffi of Midway Se haNo
TOLL espoM.
FREE 8.88N731 MOW5




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