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/,Brighton hosts
,professional rodeo
The Fred Smith Arena "in
Brighton will play host to some
of the most talented performers
in rodeo today all this weekend.
The South Eastern Circuit
Finals are a little early this year,
they, are usually held in Febru-
ary. Still rodeo performances
will take place tonight, Saturday
at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
One of the competitors will be
Okeechobee's Jason Harichey
who is currently ranked 14th
overall in the Southeastern Cir-
cuit. He has earned $4,885 this
year. Page 3

Tips for safe and
secure tax filing
(ARA) For most Americans,
tax season means frustrating
hours spent with piles of paper,
but for identity thieves, this time
of year provides an open-door
opportunity to steal your per-
sonal information.
Identity theft is a crime that
has gained momentum in re-
cent years, claiming more than
23,000. victims each day, While:
it's important to protect confi-
dential information year-round,
people are especially vulnerable
to the crime during tax season.
From W-2 forms to old pay
stubs and investment informa-
tion, Americans send and re-
cive a large quantity of confi-
ential information that is a gold
mine for identity thieves.


Winterfest 2008
is cancelled
OKEECHOBEE Due to uin-
foreseen circumstances Buck-
head Ridge Fire Department
is. having to cancel Winterfest
2008. We apologize for any in-
convenience. We hope to see
you at Winterfest 2009. For
information please call Pat at
(863) 357-1364.

Drought Index
Current: 540
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry.
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.28 feet
Last Year: 12.12 feet
Source: South
Florida Water
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.

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Cold weather hits home

By Victoria Hannon
and Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A blast of winter struck
Okeechobee during the early
morning hours of Thursday, Jan.
How cold did it get?
Okeechobee County Airport
recorded at temperature of 32
degrees between 3:25 am and
3:45 a.m. Then the temperature
began to rise. According to the
thermometer at Buxton Funeral
Home, the temperature shortly.
after 8 a.m. was 35 degrees.
At Okee-Tantie, the tempera-
ture was 32 degrees at 6 a.m.,
according to thermometer at the

Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of- systems
fice Marine Unit, which is an of- Airport manager Vernon Gray
ficial NOAA site. According to 1. reported that there were no
M.W Muros of the OCSO Marine problems at the airport due to
Unit, the low temperature re- the cold except that the heating
corded during the night accord- system was not working in the
ing to the NOAA weather station terminal building early Thurs-
was 31.9 degrees. He added that day morning. Mr. Gray, who is
traditionally near the lake the also interim head of the road
temperatures are usually a de- department, reported that he
gree or two warmer due to- the was aware of no problems at the
humidity in the air off the lake. road department.
To the west of town away Red Larson. of.Larson Dairy
from the water, it was 30 degrees reported no serious problems
around 5 a.m., according to read- due to the cold: He said his milk
ing taken near the Lazy 7 area. production might be temporar-
Throughout the county, the ily down because the shock of
temperature fell below freez- the abrupt temperature change
ing long enough to freeze water.
from sprinklers and irrigation See Cold Page 2

Winter wonderland: Icy shower
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uKeecnooee News/uee biamiiton
Wednesday night's freezing temperatures took their toll on fruit trees in the Ft. Drum
area. Running hoses swelled and exploded in a shower of icicles covering tender fruit
laden trees and plants.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Plants bundled up against the cold were a common sight on Thursday morning, Jan.
3 as homeowners had tried to protect their plants from freezing during the extremely
cold weather the night before.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This winter wonderland scene was created as the early
morning sunlight sparkled on an ice covered bush in a
yard in northeast Okeechobee. The. homeowner had left the
sprinkler running overnight Wednesday night, Jan. 2 in an
attempt to keep the plants from freezing.

Two homes

catch fire

Heaters may have
By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Both the city and county fire
departments were busy early
during the cold wee hours of
Friday evening and Thursday
morning of Jan. 3, fighting
house fires.
S.At: :44 ,p.m:;, thecity'fifre,-
department 'received the call

about a structure fire at 1006
S.E. Eighth Dr. According to
the property appraiser's web-
site, the home is owned by Joe
and Melissa Arnold. City Fire
Chief Herb Smith stated that
the property was a rental, but
the current renters were out of
A man was house-sitting for
the renters at the time of the
fire. According to Chief Smith,
See Fires Page 2

Firewise plans

help control

wildfire spread

By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
Much of what we know
about protecting homes from
wildland fire is based upon the
work of Jack Cohen, a Fire Re-
search Scientist at the U.S. For-
est Service Fire Lab in Missoula,
Montana. Mr. Cohen has been
studying wildfires for almost
30 years. His research and field
investigations support some in-
teresting explanations for home

losses associated with wildland/
urban interface fires. Cohen
has found that most wildland/
urban interface homes are lost
because of ignitions associated
with the two most vulnerable
parts of a home: roof and the
area immediately surrounding
the structure.
Mr. Cohen's research results
indicate that home ignitions
usually occur over relatively
See Firewise Page 2

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short distances--tens of yards, not
hundreds of feet from little things
associated with either:
Fire brands landing on and
around a building, or
Flames from slow-moving,
low-intensity surface fires con-
tacting flammable portions of
This means that homeowners
are very important in reducing
home losses from wildfires by re-
ducing fuels and through careful
landscaping in what Mr. Cohen
calls the "home ignition zone," an
area-that extends- outward from
+ the home 100 to 200 feet'iiT- all
directions. Research has shown'
that the home ignition zone and
what, if anything is in it is most
important to look at to tell wheth-
er a home is likely to catch fire if
a wildfire threatens. Case studies
indicate that the most critical area
is a zone of "defensible space"
within 30 feet of the structure.
Maintaining a "lean, clean and
green" landscape within 30 feet
of a structure can make a big dif-
ference in whether it survives a
Maintaining a lean, clean and
green landscape within 30 feet of
your home and outbuildings can
make a big difference in surviving
a wildfire. Yes, it does look a little
bare if you are accustomed to see-

Continued From Page 1
peratures dropped into the 20s
in north Florida. The lowest tem-
perature recorded in Florida was
20 in Cross City, about 90 miles
southeast of Tallahassee, the
National Weather Service said.
Snow flurries were reported near
the Daytona Beach coastline, the
first in Florida since 2006.
Farmers were checking on oth-
er crops that Florida produces in
the winter for much of the coun-
try, from broccoli and cabbage
in north Florida to strawberries,
tomatoes, corn and citrus toward

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the man had turned on the heater
and left the premises back to his
own house for a while and then
returned for the evening.
He had noticed a smell when
the heater was turned on, but
didn't think that anything in par-
ticular was wrong since that is
typical when you turn a heater
on after not being used for a
while. Chief Smith was told that
the gentleman went to bed and
was awakened by noises that the
Chief recognized as a fire inside of
a wall.
The gentleman then saw
smoke and looked'for a fire extin-

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guisher but did not find one. He
then called 9-1-1 to alert the au-
The city fire department ar-
rived on the scene at 11:51 p.m.
and remained at the premises un-
til 1:49 a.m. the following morn-
ing. Upon arrival, they found fire
in the wall next to the thermostat.
They turned off the main breaker
to the house and.extinguished the
According to Chief Smith, the
flames extended into the attic
and approximately one third of
the attic was damaged by fire and
smoke, as well as a bedroom,
bathroom and hallway.
Chief Smith stated that there
were two tripped switches in
the breaker box which usually
indicates that the fire began with

electrical issues. While the inves-
tigation isn't final, all indications
are pointing toward the central air
and heating unit. There were no
injuries involved with the fire.
The county fire rescue, also as-
sisted with the, city fire and dealt
with their own fire later that cold
morning in Taylor Creek. The de-
partment received the call con-
cerning a structure fire at 3712
S.E. 19th Terrace. At'3:58 a.m.
Thursday morning and arrived on
the scene by 4:05 a.m.
Upon arrival, the property
owners, Shirley Cash and her
husband were already out of the
doublewide mobile home and
there was smoke coming from
the rear of the home. Upon en-
try, the carpet and mattress in the
spare bedroom were burning.

Courtesy photo/
The larger area of 120 200 feet around the house (called the
home ignition zone by fire managers) is mitigated (made less
flammable) by mowing the area under the pine trees that are
high branched and spaced a distance apart.

ing plantings around the founda-
tion of houses. This is Florida and
having a clear space around your
home and outbuildings is part of
being "Firewise" in Florida. The
important thing is TO TAKE AC-
TION BEFORE wildfire threatens.
"We are drying out now, and
as we go into the dryer weather,
will become drier and drier," said
Dale Armstrong, Senior Forester
for District 16 of the Division of
The catchwords are LEAN,
Lean -- only allow small

the south.
The early looks indicated that
damage to most crops would
be isolated and "not as bad as
it could have been," said Terry
McElroy, spokesman for the state
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services.
McElroy said most of the crops
growing in north Florida can with-
stand cold snaps and were prob-
ably not damaged in the freeze.
But many inland areas of cen-
tral Florida had below freezing
temperatures for six hours or
more, a potentially bad harbinger
for certain crops like strawberries.
This year's strawberry crop is es-
timated to be worth $273 million,

amounts of flammable vegetation
-- fuel for fires;
Clean--- no accumulations of
dead vegetation or trash; and,
Green -- plants are healthy
and green; lawn is well watered.
Reducing fuel within your
space means creating a land-
scape that. breaks up the brush,
vegetation and stored materials
that could bring wildfire to your
house. *
This may involve:
eliminating any flammable
vegetation stored materials (lum-
ber, etc.) near buildings;

although growers are early in
their season, which runs through'
"I feel confident we're going
to have some damage," said Carl
Grooms, a Plant City strawberry
farmer. Temperatures in his fields
hovered around 27 degrees for
several hours overnight.
It may be days before some
farmers know for sure how much
they have lost.
With the entire state, from
the Panhandle to Miami, under a
freeze warning Wednesday, grow-
ers tried to harvest as many ma-
ture fruits and vegetables as pos-
sible. Gov. Charlie Crist signed an

The fire was extinguished and
they opened the ceiling to check
for fire extension.
County Fire Chief Nick Hop-
kins stated that the fire more than
likely generated from electrical is-
sues with the central air and heat-
ing unit. The couple was awak-
ened by their -dog; they smelled
the smoke and alerted the author-
ities. No one was injured.
The fire was under control by
4:20 a.m., according to the county
These two fires are examples
of why it is so important to use
caution when using heaters dur-
ing Florida's rare cold weather.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at

thinning out trees and shrubs
so there is 10 to 15 feet between
the tops of trees;
pruning tree limbs to 6 to 10
feet above ground;
replacing highly-flammable
landscape material with plants
that have a higher water content;
replacing flammable wood
mulch adjacent the structure with
gravel or rock. Wood mulch is fuel
and near your buildings can carry
a surface fire up to the house..
Fire is a natural part of our
Florida ecosystems. It is not a
matter of if we are going to have
wildfires, but when will we have
wildfires and how destructive the
fife will be. Homeowners can be
a major part of wildfire protection
by taking action to reduce the
ignitability of their homes before
the threat of a wildfire.
For information on "Firewise"
Communities and being Firewise
on your individual property, call
Melissa Yunas of the Division of
Forestry at (772) 219-1248.
For more information, check
these Web sites: www.firewise.
org and
Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Mar-
tin, Highlands, Indian River, and
Glades are Division 16 of the Flor-
ida Department of Forestry. To
report a wildfire, call (863) 462-
5160; to obtain a burn permit. call
(863) 462-5163.

emergency order to relax restric-
tions on transporting produce.
Cold temperatures will return
overnight into Friday, but they are
not expected to be as severe as
Thursday morning.
The freezing weather comes
as Florida,tourism officials started
a redesigned Web site, www.vis-, aimed at "people
interested in escaping the ice,
snow and freezing temperatures
this winter."
Fortunately for those escap-
ing, or unaccustomed to the cold,
temperatures are expected to re-
turn to the 70s across much of the
state by the weekend.

Community Events

Author to speak at library
Historian and author, Dr. Gary Mormino, will present his program,
"The Florida Dream," based on his book, "Land of Sunshine, State of
Dreams," which describes his nearly two decades of research into the
social history of modern Florida at the Okeechobee County Library on
Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 at 7 p.m. This program is sponsored by the Florida
Humanities Council and is free and open to the public. The Okeechobee
Friends of the Library will provide refreshments following the program.

Shared Service Network to meet
The Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will conduct its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on
Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 in the Board Room of the Okeechobee County
School Administration Building. This forum provides a mechanism for
dialogue and problem solving in our community though the collabora-
tive efforts of our local decision makers. The public is invited to attend.
For more information, please call (863) 462-5000 Ext. 257.

Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a "Gigantic Yard Sale" at the Blue
Volunteer Building, next to The Hamrick Home (411 S.E. 4th Street)
on Friday, Jan. 11, at 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 12, from 8
a.m. until noon. Many new items are available. All monies raised will go
to the continuing care for our patients in The Hamrick Home and our
patients who choose to stay in their own homes. For information; call
Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.

Miniature Equine Extravaganza set
On Jan. 12, 2008 at Paddock Fartns, off Hwy 710, the Miniature Horse
Club of South Florida will sponsor an "Equine Extravaganza." There will
be miniatures to see and touch, horse related crafts; used horse related
items for sale and also a clinic to show how to compete in showman-
ship with your miniature horse. If you own a miniature, if you would
like to own a'miniature or if you would just like to know more about
these great animals, come to this event. There is no admission charge.
For information, call (863) 763-6376.

Okee County Fair Pageant scheduled
The Okeechobee County Fair Association will be holding a
Okeechobee County Fair Beauty Pageant on Friday, March 7. Competi-
tion includes three categories: personality and interview; sports/swim-
wear; and evening gown. The pageant is open to young women who
are 17 years old by the date of the pageant and not 22 years old before
Jan. 1, 2009. Competitors must reside in Okeechobee County, Buck-
head Ridge or Brighton Seminole Reservation. Tfie deadline to enter the
competition is Saturday, Jan. 26. For more information contact Donny
Arnold (863) 634-6464 or visit

Nutritional analysis class offered
Dr. Edward Douglas, of Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center, will
be teaching a free CRA Nutritional Analysis Class on Tuesday, Jan. 15,
2008 at 5:30 p.m. at the fitness center. For information, call (863) 763-

Lipizzaner Stallions to visit
The "World Famous" Lipizzaner Stallions proudly presents.
their 38th Anniversary presentation of the "Dancing White Stal-
lions." Over the years; more than 26 million people throughout
North and South America, Europe, Australia and Hawaii have
seen this internationally acclaimed spectacle. The Lipizzaner
Stallions are truly a great experience to be enjoyed by the entire
family. They will perform two shows only on Jan. 12, 2008 at 2
and 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. Tick-
ets are available at Eli's Western Wear, 907 W. North Park St.,
and or you can charge by phone at (800) 882-8258.
For more information you can go online to and Tickets will go on sale on Dec. 13.

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

Library offers free computer classes
The Okeechobee County Public Library is offering free com-
puter classes on varied computer topics such as using Microsoft
Word, Email, and Computer Basics. Registration is required.
Please call the Library at 763-3536 for
information and to register for a class.



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Okeechobee News, Friday, January 4, 2008

South Florida adopts 1-day-a-week watering

first time in the agency's history,
the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) has de-
clared an extreme District-wide
water shortage, directly affect-
ing more than five million South
Florida residents and thousands
of farms and businesses. At its
monthly meeting, the District's
nine-member Governing Board
adopted a groundbreaking water
shortage order, instituting a one-
day-a-week watering schedule
for residential landscape irriga-
tion to conserve regional water
supplies. Landscape irrigation
accounts for up to half of all
household water. consumption
in Florida and totals more than
seven billion gallons' per day na-
The order represents "the
most stringent landscape irriga-
tion measures that this agency
has ever had to impose, but we
believe it will significantly help to
protect and stretch our regional
water supplies," said SFWMD
Governing Board Chairman
Eric Buermann. "We appreciate
the public's understanding and
compliance with these neces-
sary restrictions that will result
in measurable water savings."
Highlights of the Modified
Phase III water shortage order,
which will be enforced begin-

ning Jan. 15, 2008, include:
Residents and businesses of
Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin,
Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-
Dade, Monroe, Hendry and
Glades counties are limited to a
one-day-per-week landscape ir-
rigation schedule with two "wa-
tering windows."
Odd street addresses may ir-
rigate lawns and landscapes on
Mondays between 4 a.m. and 8
a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Even street addresses may ir-
rigate lawns and landscapes on
Thursdays between 4 a.m. and 8
a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Residents and businesses
with more than, five acres have
expanded irrigation hours, be-
tween midnight and 8 a.m. or
4 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on their
designated irrigation day.
Hand-watering with one hose
fitted with an automatic shut-off
nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes
per day for landscape stress re-
lief and to prevent plant die-off.
Low-volume irrigation, in-
cluding the use of drip and mi-
crojet systems that apply water
directly to plant root zones, is
not restricted but should be vol-
untarily reduced.
Additional watering days and
times will be allocated for the
establishment of new lawns and

No restrictions apply to other
outside water uses, such as for
car and boat washing, pres-
sure cleaning of paved surfaces,.
decorative fountains and water-
based recreation (e.g. swim-
ming pools, water slides).
Golf courses must reduce
their allocated water use by 45
The new, mandatory re-
strictions apply to all water
from traditional sources,
including water from public
utilities, private wells, ca-
nals, ponds and lakes. Users
of 100-percent reclaimed water
are exempt from the restrictions
but are encouraged to conserve
water voluntarily.

Water levels low
Implementing water use re-
strictions has already proved
effective during the continued
regional water shortage. Based
on data reported by 46 public
water utilities in Broward, Palm
Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Collier,
Lee and Miami-Dade counties,
an estimated 11.7 billion gallons
of potable water was saved since
March 22, when restrictions first
went into effect, through June
30. Savings were most pro-
nounced on non-watering days.
For example, one day per week
landscape irrigation restrictions

instituted in Broward and Palm
Beach counties saved an esti-
mated 130 million gallons a day
of potable water.
Surface water and ground-
water levels across much of the
District remain unseasonably
low and already are showing
sighs of decline with the start
of the dry season in Novem-
ber. The water level in Lake
Okeechobee, the source of wa-
ter for the Florida Everglades
and the primary back-up water
supply for five million South Flo-
ridians, is at its lowest elevation
ever recorded for the month of
December. At 10.16 feet above
sea level this morning, the lake
level already is so low that wa-
ter from the lake cannot be used
to replenish the regional supply.
Even with average dry season
rainfall, water managers expect
the lake level to drop over the
coming months below its all-
fime low of 8.82 feet above sea
level, recorded.on July 2, 2007.
For additional information on
the water shortage, irrigation re-
strictions or water. conservation,
call the SFWMD's toll-free Water
Conservation Hotline at 1-800-
662-8876, visit
or contact a regional SFWMD
service -center. Helpful water
conservation tips also are'avail-
able at

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Brighton hosts professional rodeo this weekend

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Fred Smith Arena in Brigh-
ton will play host to some of the
most talented performers in ro-
deo today all this weekend.
The South Eastern Circuit Fi-
nals are a little early this.year, they
are usually held in February. Still
rodeo performances. will take
place tonight, Saturday at 3 p.m.
and Sunday at 2 p.m.
One of the competitors will

be Okeechobee's Jason Hanchey
who is currently ranked 14th over-
all in the Southeastern Circuit. He
has earned $4,885 this year.
Leading the pack this year is
Spunk Sasser of San Antonio, Flor-
ida, a small town near Dade City.
He has earned close to $17,300.
Brad Hartt of Sebring is in second
place. Others in the top 10 in-
clude Manny Equsquiza Junior of
Madison, Georgia, Nick Griffith of
Donville, Alabama, Alan Frierson,

of O'Brien, Florida, Ty Atchison of
Westville, Florida, Garrett Beach
of Trenton, Florida, K.C. McBride
of De Ridder, Louisiana, Cale
Emmett of Ponca, Arkansas, and
Herbert Therior, of Poplarville,
Traditional rodeo events like
bull riding, bareback, saddle
bronc, steer wrestling, and barrel
racing will be held at the event.
Some of the winners at. the
Okeechobee Labor Day Rodeo

at the Agri Civic Center are also
expected to compete. Winners
this year included Tyler Pearson
in steer wrestling, Josh McMillan
and Ty Ethridge in team roping,
Ty Achison in saddle bronc riding,
Brandon Sartin in bull riding and
Chip Dees IV in bareback.
Texas Jack Fulbrite will be one
of the featured acts at this year's
Tickets were still available for
the rodeo.

Dike rehabilitation work comment period ending

ment period has almost ended for
regarding major rehabilitation of
thg ederherLtHoover Dike, specifi-
cdIfy'f6iTstirucffio- of a cutoff wall
in Reach 1, Port Mayaca to,Belle.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers 30-day public comment pe-
riod ends Jan. 6, 2008.
An Environmental Assessment
(EA) and proposed finding of no
significant impact documents the
effects of a partially penetrating
cutoff wall (elevation minus 20
to 40 feet NAVD88).located at the
center of the dike in Reach 1. The
project is located in Martin and
Palm Beach counties.
The EA does not contain final
dike rehabilitation designs. The

Impacts of landside rehabilitation
features will be analyzed in a fu-
tLre EIS document when the de-
,;signfootprint is finalized in Reach

To review the document, go to
cco/HHD/hhdike.htm. Comments
may be mailed to: U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Attn: Nancy
Allen, Planning Division, 701 San
Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida
32207 or e-mailed to HHDEnvi-
IR = = I "=

Jacksonville District is currently
working to expedite the redesign
and has resumed construction
on the, first, of eight, reaches in the
rehabilitation project within the
Corps 'right of way.
The Corps welcomes the
public's views, comments and
information about environmental
and construction-related issues
regarding the HHD rehabilitation
For further information, please
visit our web site at www.saj.

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Speak Out

Letters to the Editor

Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new topics
or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail comments
to or call 863-467-2033, but online
comments get posted faster and not all phone calls can be
printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the discus- b
sions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
SAFETY: I have no problem paying higher taxes for police, fire
rescue -- and never have. Local business owners CAN request for a
patrol car to drive by the area at closing time, but to my knowledge the
two business my daughter has worked at, they never have. Nor have
I seen any business owner request it for those places that her friends
work at. I think that we forget that just because Okeechobee has not
had something bad happen, that it can't happen. That's a huge mis-
take for a business owner to make when you have the lives of others
in your care. I think the businesses in Okeechobee are somewhat lax
when it comes to things like this. A business should hever close with
only a teenager working. I think your just asking for trouble. As I said
in my original post -- hiring an extra officer to work the night shift in
this capacity would be great, and add security to the local business.
The officer would make a great addition to the community in that he
would get to know each business, the employees and those that fre-
quent the business. It would become the norm for him to realize what
was out of place or not because that would be his job. Being in the
community, an officer would beable to advise owners of those that
have a known history of causing problems in the community, or just
causing problems at a local business. I have a feeling every officer that
works the night shift can tell you which bar in town has those issues,
but our teenagers don't work in the bars.

MEALS: I hope y'all print this. I am a old man, I'm 93 years old and
I spent nine days in the hospital and the doctors tried to get me meals
on wheels cause I wasn't able to get out of bed. Since I couldn't get
it, my neighbor brought me one meal a day and I really appreciate it.
I probably wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for her. But I just wanted you
to know what kind of county in, that they couldn't give an old
man of 93 years a meal a day. They would not do it.

WITCHES: In response to the. person who wondered about the
many witches living in Okeechobee. Yes there are many of us as there
are in most other.places in the world. We tend to keep to ourselves for
very good reasons. Less than 400 years ago the good Christians of the
world prosecuted and burned people at the stake for daring to believe
in anything other than Christianity. If you weren't Christian, you were
considered evil by their standards. Many Wiccans are still harassed for
daring to believe and live in their own ways. You will never obtain a
"census" of Wiccans living in any town or city. We cannot by our own
pledge ever reveal any other Wiccans identity or group. There are also
many different groups. As you have the Catholic, Protestant. Baptist,
etc. so does the Wicca/Pagan society consist of many diverse groups.
However, many practice as "solitary" and never join a group. If you
are truly interested in our religion I suggest you go to your trusty com-
puter and enter "Wicca religion" in your search engine, or go to the
public.library. A little hint: Most of the garbage you see in the movies
concerning Wiccans has nothing to do with reality. Live in peace and
blessed be.

MOVIES: Just because something is in a movie or a book does
not make it true. Real witches are just pagans, those who follow the
old religion based on nature. They're not like the "Wizard of Oz" or
!'Harry Potter." MoviesanidbQoks are fiction.

" DEMOCRATS: In regard to the caller who thinks Democrats are
kinder and more moral, Johnson was a Democrat and he wasn't in
any hurry to get the troops out of Vietnam. Kennedy was a Democrat
and he was a notorious womanizer. And we all know about Clinton
and the intern* The Democrats are no better than the Republicans.
And the Republicans are no better than the Democrats. At this point, I
don't think I can vote for a party. I have to vote for the candidates;

Community Events

Financial Peace University opens
Abundant Blessings Church will host Financial Peace Univer-
sity, led by nationally known radio and television personality Dave
*Ramsey. Classes begin Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. and each Monday fol-
lowing for 13 weeks. Two free previews are scheduled for your
convenience on Jan. 7 or Jan. 14. both begin at 6:30 p.m. Details,
cost and scheduling will be given at the free preview. The church is
located at 4550 Hwy 441 N. (1 mile north of the high school.). For
information call the church at (863) 763-3736 or go to Daveramsey.

Believers Fellowship delivers lunch
Believers Fellowship Church will be delivering lunch to local
businesses on Friday, Jan. 11 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Meal con-
sist of, 8 inch sub sandwich, chips, beverage, and dessert. Cost of
meal is $6. Deadline to order is Wednesday, Jan, 9, at 5 p.m. monies
raised will go towards building a-playground. To order call Nicki at
(863) 634-4327 and Linda at (863) 763-2938.

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Nostalgia for the
The older I get, the more I ap-
preciate the saying that wishing is
nostalgia for the future. Especially
as a new year rolls around, we
become susceptible to an irra-
tional hope that the coming year
will eventually be remembered as
part of the good old days.
As a general rule, such an out-
come is unlikely. And as we roll
into 2008, our prospects seem
dimmer than usual. Nevertheless,
we still cast our hope forward and
haul in a net full of possibilities.
With little but blind faith to go
on, here are some results of a few
casts of the net.
While it seems that 'racism
is making a comeback, there is
reason to believe .that the recent
eructation's represent its last
desperate gasps. Its last bastion,
interracial marriage, has been
breached. Neither dating nor mar-
riage between races is considered

remarkable these days, particu-
larly amongst the members of the
younger generation.
We oldsters did not tackle this
.final rampart of racism to any
great degree while we fought for
integration, civil rights and equal
opportunity. We considered it too
great a barrier to breach.
Our children and grandchil-
dren, by contrast, have simply
stepped over it as though it were
just a bump in the road. If they
keep on this way, then thirty years
from now interracial marriage
will be as commonplace as in-
terethnic marriage among white
Americans is now.
May they continue on their
way in the coming year.
As the rubble of racism crum-
bles away, other issues begin to
stand out. One problem com-
mon to us all is the disparity' of
incomes in today's economy. Is
it too much to ask for that, while
CEOs and professional athletes
earn tens of millions a year, the

Upcoming Events

Friday, Jan. 4
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming f of a caring group are welcome to come and
see what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret
at (800) 932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Li-
ons Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring.
Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call
(863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
AA. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets and will have a guest speaker
and also an open discussion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today
Club of Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suites K.
For information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
The Highlands Social Dance Club will begin its 27th season
on Sept. 7, hosting ballroom dancing every Friday at the Sebring
Lions Club on Sebring Parkway, one rhile east of U.S.27. For infor-
mation call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6621.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terrace, holds meet-
ings for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 357-3053.
Saturday Jan. 5
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Par-
rott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet.every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, *1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will
follow a short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice
before joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863)
697-2247; Debbielzzo'at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863)
Okeechobee Chapter DA.R. meets the first Saturday of ev-
ery month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W 32nd
Street at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at (863) 634-
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service
on the first Saturday of every month,.from 10 a.m. until noon. Any-
one desiring to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome .to
attend. The Gathering is located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For informa-
tion call Theresa Brown at (863) 357-3318.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion
at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave., The
Lake Shops Suite K. For information call (863) 634-4780.

Community Events

Lipsync is back at the American Legion Post 64
The American Legion Post 64 welcomes back the "Lipsync"
on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. There will be lunches served. The
public is welcome. For information call Anna Bush at (863) 357-
1566 (home) or (863) 532-9060 (cell).

VFW #9528 holds garage sale
The VFW Post 9528 will hold a garage sale on Friday, Jan. 17
and Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Post home on 78 West in BHR. Dona-
tions of items to the sale are needed. Please drop off at the post
home on Hwy 78 West, or call for local pickup on Jan. 15 & 16.'
For pickup call between noon and 4 p.m. at the Post home (863)
467-2882 or Frank at (863) 467-0840.

Square Dancing to start
All Square Dancers are invited to dance at the clubhouse
in Seminole Cove, 1799 S.W 35th Circle, off S.W 16"t Ave. in
Okeechobee, starting Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. An excellent
caller, Mr. Gib Mattson from Vero Beach will be calling. Lessons
will also be starting for beginning dancers. We will be dancing
every Tuesday night. For information call Marilyn Zody at (863)

North VFW #4423 seeks Auction items
The North VFW Post 4423 is seeking donations for an auction
to be held on Jan. 19. We are accepting household items, lawn-,
mowers etc. Whatever you would like to donate that would be.
good for an auction will be accepted. We can arrange for pickup
by calling Bill at the Post at (863) 763-0818 or by calling David
Lee at (863) 697-9002.

Westside Christian Church holds revival
Westside Christian Church will hold a revival with Minister
Louis Hall, Evangelist on Jan. 27 29 at 6 p.m. For information
call (863) 467-4102.

Top Broadway Composers discussed
Presented by lan Nairnsey at the Okeechobee Library, Broad-
way Music Authority Ian Nairnsey will present Top Broadway
Composers at the Okeechobee Library beginning Jan. 15 with
a program on Rodgers and Hammerstein. Mr. Nairnsey brings a
wealth of music and backstage information on Broadway musi-
cals. The programs will begin at 7 p.m. in the Okeechobee Li-
brary Meeting Room. They are free and open to the public. 1.
"Rodgers and Hammerstein In A Minor Key" on Tuesday, Jan.
15 -2. "John Mercer" on Jan. 22.3. "Bob Merrill" on Jan. 29, 4.
"Frank Loesser on February 5th. 5. "Jerome Kern Part 1" .Feb.
12, 6. "Jerome Kern Part !!" February 19. For information call
Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

rest of us could make as much as
our parents did?
Forty years ago, a yearly in-
come of $10,000 was within the
reach of many working class
Americans. The equivalent in-
come today, $50,000, is not. A
new racism, international de-
monism, has been 'invented to
deflect our attention from this
simple fact. Unfortunately for its
inventors, it hasn't worked as well
as they hoped.
May our eyes continue, to open
as the new year unfolds.
Speaking of the economy, the
guardians of our currency seem
to havegiven up all hope of pre-
serving its value. They appear to
have no better plan for saving our
economy than igniting a firestorm
of inflation.
May their plan be doused by an
ocean of common sense spend-
ing by all of us.
Education is another caldron
of hope and concern. Arguments
rage all across the land over the

costs and value of -our public
schools. Despite the disagree-
ments, most people realize that it
is education that mainly separates
the haves from the have-nots in
our economic butter churn.
Perhaps in 2008 we can at least
agree that we will all be better
off if there are more haves than
have-nots when all the churning
is done.
Let's stop here and give cred-
ibility a chance to catch its breath.
Age may not always bring wisdom
but it does -provide perspective.
Nostalgia of any kind is best in-
dulged in lightly. Too much hope
can lead to too much disappoint-
ment. But still and all, some hope
is better than no hope at all.
So let's not restrain our nostal-
gia for the future too severely this
year. With a little luck, we may
still catch a good one.
Peter Rebmann

Community Events

Congressman Mahoney on radio show
Congressman Tim Mahoney is scheduled to be the guest
speaker on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM on Saturday, Jan. 6 to take a
look back over 2007 as well as a look forward to the new year.
Topics discussed will include, the issues of Fiscal Discipline in
Congress, Foreign Policy, Immigration, homeowners insurance
and health insurance as well as Veterans Issues and the Mort-
gage industry. For information please contact Congressman Tim
Mahoney Martin County Office at (772) 878-3181, in Washing-
ton at (202) 225-5792 or at

Gulf State Quartet visits
Northside Baptist Church,51 N.W. 98th St. will have the Gulf
State Quartet at their church on Jan. 6 at 10:45 a.m. For informa-
tion call the church at (863) 763-3584.

Brian Free and Assurance in Concert
Brian Free and Assurance will be in concert on Sunday, Jan.
6, at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th St. For
information call (863) 763-7113,

Book Club dates slated
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Club will meet at 7
pm in the Library Meeting room on the following dates to discuss
the title for the month. All meetings will be on Thursdays, the
dates and topics of the meetings are,-Jan. 31 -- "The Humming-
bird's Daughter," by Luis Alberto Urrea; Feb. 21- "Mademoiselle
Benoir," by Christine Conrad; March 27 "The Believers," by
Janice Holt Giles; April 24 "Kabul Beauty School," by Deborah
Rodriguez and Kristin Ohisen; May 22 "The Magician's Assis-
tant," by Anne Patchett; and, June 26 "Water for Elephants," by
Sarah Gruen. These' meetings are free and open to the pbic. F
more information, please call Jan Fehrman at (863)357-'9980.

Festival pageant deadline nears
Due to the change in date of the 40th annual Speckled Perch
Festival, the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce has also moved
to an earlier'date, Sunday, Jan. 13, beginning at 4 p.m. the KOA
Kampground. The final deadline for applications, and sponsor
fees is Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 4 p.m. Applications can be picked up
at the Chamber office, 55 South Parrott Ave. There are five cat-
egories for girls: Tiny Miss, 3 year olds; Little Miss, 4 and 5 year
olds; Princess, 6 through 9 years old; Junior Miss 10 through 13
years old; and Miss 14 through 19 years old. Categories for boys
are Tiny Mister for 3 year olds and Little Mister for 4 and 5 year
olds. For more information about the Speckled Perch Pageant,
contact the Chamber at (863)' 763-6464. Remember to have your
applications and money turned in to the Chamber for the pag-
eant by Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Southern Gospel sing planned
Believers Fellowship Church at 300 S.W 6th Ave. will have the
Southern Gospel Group "The Hyssongs" in concert, Friday, Jan.
18, at 7 p.m. For information, please contact Phil Jones at (863)

Red Cross class scheduled
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will offer the follow-
ing classes in January at their branch office: Wednesday, Jan. 9
Adult CPR/AED at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 First Aid Basics at 6
p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 Infant/Child CPR at 6 p.m. To register,
or for more information call 863-763-2488.

Scrapbooking party planned
A scrapbooking party will be held on Friday, Jan. 4, from 6
until-10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second
St. All Jevels of scrap bookers are welcome.'Carolyn Jones will
be available to assist you with your scrapbooking questions and
supplies. Refreshments will be served and there will be door
prizes. Bring any scrapbook pages on which you are currently
working. For more information call Carolyn at (863) 634-1885 or
Joan at (863) 467-0290.

BHR VFD plans pancake breakfast.
The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Pancake
Breakfast on Jan. 5, 2008 from 8 until 11 a.m. All you can eat
Pancakes, served with Sausage, orange juice, coffee or tea. No
charge, but donations are accepted. For information call Pat at
(863) 357-1364.

Weight loss program to begin
Devotional Weight Loss Program will begin new classes on
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008 at 9 until 11 a.m. at His House Fellowship,
425 S.W 2811 St. These classes will continue through April. Addi-
tional information may be obtained by calling (863) 467-6330.

Healthy Start Coalition to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at 11:30 am.:, in their
new office, 575 S.W. 28th St. within the New Endeavors School
Building. This meeting is open to the public. For information,
please contact Executive Director, Kay Begin at the Coalition of-
fice, (863) 462-5877.

Redemption Yard Sale
The Ft. Drum Community Church, 32415 Hwy 441 N., will
be holding a Redemptionryard sale on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9
a.m. until 3 p.m. All monies raised will go to The Voice of The
Martyrs. For information', please contact Pastor Fred Hodges at
(863) 467-1733.




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Tips for safe and secure tax filing

Electronically and
through the mail

(ARA) For most Americans,
tax season means frustrating
hours spent with piles of paper,
but for identity thieves, this time
of year provides an open-door
opportunity to steal your personal
Identity theft is a crime that
has gained momentum in recent
years, claiming more than 23,000
victims each day. While it's im-
portant to protect confidential in-
formation year-round, people are
especially vulnerable to the crime
during tax season.
From W-2 forms to old pay
stubs and investment informa-
tion, Americans send and receive
a large quantity of confidential in-
formation that is a gold mine for
identity thieves.
"Similar to the holiday shop-
ping season, tax time provides a
variety of opportunities for iden-
tity thieves," says Jay Foley, ex-
ecutive director, Identity Theft Re-
source Center. "It is essential that

consumers are cautious when
handling their tax-related infor-
In recent years, more people
have turned to electronic filing for
added convenience. In fact, ac-
cording to the IRS, the 2007 tax-
filing season set a record for the
number of electronic filers with
more than 75 million tax forms
filed online.
While e-filing may offer a sim-
plified approach to an already
dreaded filing process, it may also
give consumers a false sense of
security when it comes to protect-
ing against the crime. Similar to
mail filing, consumers must still
collect necessary paperwork re-
quired to complete tax forms.
It's also critical to properly
store and destroy sensitive back-
up documents used during tax
season. Once you have deter-
mined what you need to keep
and what can be destroyed, make
sure you properly dispose of this
sensitive information. Shredding
is one of the most effective ways
to get rid of confidential informa,
tion you no longer need.

In addition to shredding, be-
low are several tips people should
consider this year to ensure tax
season is more manageable.
Filing taxes the old fash-
ioned way: via Mail
Keep tax paperwork and
other documents in a safe and ac-
cessible place, such as a fireproof
box in your home.
Regularly check the mailbox
for W-2 forms and other docu-
ments containing sensitive infor-
mation that arrive by mail. If you
don't receive these documents by
Feb. 15, contact the IRS for assis-
tance at (800) 829-1040 as miss-
ing forms may be an indication
that an identity thief went through
your mail.
Send completed tax returns
from a locked mailbox or the post
office. If mailing from home, do
not put the mailbox flag up. This
only alerts identity thieves that
there may be an outgoing check
inl the mail.
Make sure tax forms, backup
documents and enclosed checks
are not visible from the outside.
Try wrapping your forms in an

extra sheet of paper to disguise
the contents of the envelope.
Filing Taxes Online
Choose a tax filing service
you are familiar with. The IRS
doesn't offer software or direct
filing, but it provides a list of ap-
proved companies at www.irs.
Make sure personal comput-
ers are protected with updated
firewall and secure software sys-
tems which contain antivirus and
anti-spyware programs.
If you are storing important
tax-related documents on your
computer, change your pass-
words frequently between De-
cember and April.
Ensure that every Web site
you are using during tax filing is
encrypted to protect personal in-
formation when transmitted.
Once you have submitted
your tax forms, shred any infor-
mation you no longer need.
For additional identity theft
prevention tips and information
on how long to keep financial re-
cords, visit or
check with your tax professional.

Health News in Brief

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

Freedom from
Smoking classes open
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
The purpose of the program is to
reduce adult and youth tobacco
use, and provide tobacco resourc-
es to residents, businesses and
community organizations in the
county. Freedom from Smoking

classes will be held every Tuesday
at the Okeechobee County Pub-
lic Library, 206 S.W 16th St., from
5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863)

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

consultation offered
Problems with drug or alco-
hol addiction in someone you
know, but don't know where to
turn? The Drug Rehab Resource
service can give you the help you
need. Contact the Drug Rehab

Resource at (866) 649-1594 for a
free confidential consultation. Or,
go to the website at www.drugre-

Cancer support
group to meet
The Okeechobee Cancer Sup-
port Group will meet the first
Thursday of each month. Each
meeting will be held from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. in room 113 at
the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W.
Fourth St. Cancer patients, survi-
vors and supporters are all invited.
The group will share stories and
encourage each other as we take
this journey. This support group
will provide participants with in-
formation, resources, support,
guest speakers and devotional
time and will help comfort dur-
ing either your battle or you loved
one's battle with cancer. For in-
formation, call the First Baptist

Church at (863) 763-2171.

Narcotics group
to meet Tuesdays

Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the
Just for Today Club, 2303 U.S. 441
S.E., Suite K. For information, call
(863) 634-4780.

Martha's House
offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a
workshop called Deafening Si-
lence, which deals with provid-
ing services to deaf and hard of
hearing survivors of domesticvio-
lence. The date and time will be
announced at a later date accord-
ing to community interest and re-
slponse. Contact Shirlean Graham
at (86.3) 763-2893.

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Ruth C. Desmond
Ruth C. Desmond, age 89 died
+, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008 in Raul-
erson Hospital. Born Oct. 9, 1918
in Brooklyn, N.Y she had been a
resident of Okeechobee for the
past 10 years. She attended the
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
and Bethel Worship Center of
Okeechobee and was an avid
reader and was very well versed.
A special thanks to Pastor Jeff and
members of the community who
gave special interest and support
during her final days.
She is survived by her son
James Desmond of Okeechobee
and many nieces, nephews, grand
nieces and nephews, including
nephew, Michael James Steele of
Davie, and niece, Ellen Eagan of
New Jersey.
There are no service arrange-
ments. Friends may sign the
guestbook at www.buxtonfuner-

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

James E Fulce
. James F. Fulce, age 68 of
Okeechobee, died Sunday, Dec.
30, 2007 in Raulerson Hospital.
Born July 24, 1939 in West Palm
Beach, he had been a 10 year res-
ident of Okeechobee and served
eight years in the United States
Army. His hobbies included out-
board mechanics, fishing, and
He is survived by his wife of 35
years, Lura Fulce of Okeechobee;
son, James (Tammy) Fulce, Jr.;
daughter, Linda of North Carolina;
step daughters, Debra Basford of
Okeechobee, Shelia Glover of Tal-
lahassee, Marilyn Braizer of Talla-
hassee and stepson, Troy Decker
of Tallahassee. He is also survived
by three grandchildren and nine

great grandchildren.
There are no service plans.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.buxtonfuneral-
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St, Okeechobee.

Carlos Rivera
Carlos Rivera, age 46 of
Okeechobee died, Dec. 31, 2007 at'
Raulerson Hospital. He was born
June 19, 1961 in Glenridge, N.J.
to Charles Rivera and Catherine
Nixon. He came to Okeechobee
from Orlando in 1987. He worked
as a roofer for Total Roofing in

Port St. Lucie. He loved fishing.
Mr. Rivera is survived by
his wife, Pamela Magill of
Okeechobee; daughters, Amanda
Rivera and Andrea Robbins both
of Okeechobee; brothers, Chris-
tian Rivera of Maryland and Mark
Rivera of Georgia; father, Charles
Rivera of Virginia; mother, Cath-
erine Nixon of Maryland and two
Funeral services will be held at
a later date.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory,
205 N.E. Second St. Okeechobee.

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Submitted Photos
In the winter of 1865, Northern troops had been sent from Fort Myers to forage. Raiding parties were intended to disrupt the
flow of beef to Confederate troops. The Confederate Cow Cavalry's job was to make sure that beef was available for Southern
troops and also served as local militiamen protecting area farms and ranches.

IMMOKALEE -- This weekend
locals have a unique opportunity
to visualize how important the
South Florida area waging
the War Between the States. Ac-
cording to Museum Director Lee
Mitchell, the Immokalee museum
can build on its role as a focal
point where the various "streams"
of area history converge. Located.
on the old Roberts Ranch in Im-
mokalee, the site has a unique
place in area history.
The turn of the century work-
ing ranch tells the story of the
ranching industry in this part of
Florida, but it encompasses the
total Immokalee experience -
from the Calusa Indians, through
the years of Spanish influence to
becoming 'an American territory,
the Civil War and on to the pres-
Once again the Roberts Muse-
um will host a reenactment of the
Raid on Gopher Ridge in February
of 1865. The day-long Civil War
skirmish was fought over the all-
important cows raised in the area,
which were intended to feed Con-
federate troops. There were no
recorded wounded in the battle,
however, it triggered the Battle of
Fort Myers a week later.
The two-day reenactmentwill
be held Saturday, Jan. 5, and Sun-
day, Jan. 6, from 10. a.m. to 4`p',m.
Admission is-'just $5; children
12 and under are free. Saturday
evening you can experience' an
1800's cotillion, complete with
costumes and music of the day.
Collier County Museum Cura-
tor of Education David Southall
said the reenactment will be put
on by folks representing various
real Civil War military units. The
museum grounds will be turned
into an authentic replica of 1860s
sutlers and soldiers camps as well
as a cattle ranch. Viewers will get
a unique perspective on a true to
life battle reenactment that pit-
ted the U.S. 2nd Cavalry and the
2nd Colored Infantry against the
Confederate Cow Cavalry. The 2nd
Colored Infantry out of Fort Myers
under Commander Joe Taylor ac-
tually fought in the day-long bat-
tle. Museum Director Lee Mitchell
willtake on the role of Capt. Fran-
cis Asbury Hendry of the Confed-
erate Cow Cavalry.
In the winter of 1865, Northern

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Capt. Francis Asbury Hendry,
played by Immokalee Muse-
um Director Lee Mitchell.
troops had been sent from Fort
Myers to forage. Raiding parties
we're intended to disrupt the flow
of beef to Confederate troops.
The Confederate Cow Cavalry's
job was to make sure that beef
was available for Southern troops
and also served as local militia-
men protecting area farms and
ranches. They rounded up the
cows from the woods and herded
them up to Lake City (called Al-
ligator at the time) where they
were sent by rail to Georgia and
the Carolinas.
The cows at the center of the
skirmish were a direct link to
the old Spanish conquistadors

who slogged through Florida in
the 1500s. The Spanish eventu-
ally left, but their cows contin-
ued to breed in the lush Florida
landscape and became the initial
stock for Florida's cattlemen. The
Seminole Tribe is contributing the
cows for the-reenactment.
The ranch itself, established by
the Roberts family in 1926 as the
Red Cattle Company, provides a
glimpse into a vanishing lifestyle
-- a working Florida cattle ranch.
The 15-acre museum site is all
that's left of the over 100,000-acre
ranch. It was purchased by Collier
County and became a museum in
1996.:In addition to the Roberts
home, visitors can still see the old
bunkhouse and the site also now
houses the original First Baptist
Church building. c: 1928, which
is intended to become the visitor
In front of the home you will
see some lovely azalea bushes,
cuttings from Japanese azaleas
presented to the United States in
1876 to commemorate this coun-
try's centennial.
Director Mitchell said he hopes
members of the community will
take ownership of their common
history through the museum.
From the very beginning of hu-
man habitation in this arta, many
people have worked hard to sur-
vive and thrive in what is now Im-
The history of the ranch links
the various ethnic groups that
are so much a part of Immokalee
and highlights the interaction and
dependence that is our common
past. Director Mitchell hopes all


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NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of
Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, January 22,2008 at 7:00 pm in the Com-
mission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida to consider a Special Exception to allow a sales lot for new
or used motor vehicles in a Commercial (C) zoning district. The property owner is
Pamplona, Inc. The applicant is Ivan Lujan. The property address is 145 Highway
441 SE and is more particularly described as follows:
In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings
shall be continued to.Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the Commis-
sion Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okee-
chobee, Florida.
PUBLIC HEARING. Any person 'deciding to appeal any decision by the Board 01
Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or
hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and
that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
based. Planning and Development are for the sole purpose of backup for official
records of the department.
William D. Royce, Planning Director
Petition S-2008-0686
254528 ON 01/04/08

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee City Council and Planning
Board will conduct a Workshop on Wednesday, January 9, 2008, at 6:00 pm. The
workshop will be held in the Council Chambers Room 200 at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd
Avenue, Okeechobey, Florida.
The purpose of the workshop is to discuss and review Code Book Section 90,
Article IV, DIVISION 5. Signs. To establish a sign criteria, regulations, definitions
and requirements for temporary, commercial and residential areas.
No official action will be taken. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. For
a copy of the agenda contact-Administration at (863) 763-3372 x 212.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council and Planning Board with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting, such interested person will need a record of the pro-
ceedings, and for such purpose may need to-ensure a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based. Media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for the
Clerk's Office.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 214; if you are hearing or voice impaired,
call TOODD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
by: James E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk
255203 ON 01/04/00

NOTICE: The Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals will hold their next
regular meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the Commission
Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Florida. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard,
the meeting shall be continued to Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at,7:O0 m in
the Commission Meeting room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 204 NW 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida,
PUBLIC HEARINGS. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of
Adjustment and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or
hearing will need to ensure that verbatim record of the proceedings is made and
that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
based, Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of-
ficial records ofthe department.
William D. Royce, Planning Director
254507 ON 01/04/08

The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners has rescheduled its Janu-
ary 10, 2008 regular session to convene instead on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at
9:00AM in County Commission Chambers, Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting wil. need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a
verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the tes-
timony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
Clif BettsJr, Chairman
Board of County Commissiopers
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioneis
255332ON 1/4/08

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NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of
Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, January 22,2008 at 7:00 pm in the Com-
mission Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 W 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida to consider a Special Exception to allow outdoor storage and
to allow an automotive repair or service garage in a Commercial (C) zoning dis-
trict. The property owner and applicant is H&S Ales, Inc. The property address is
105 NE 14th Avenue and is more particularly described as follows:
Lots 1 to 6 inclusive of Block 13, RIVERSIDE PARK, according to the
plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 23 of the public records of
Okeechobee County, Florida.
In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings
shall be conrnued to Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the Commis-
sion Meeting Room, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okee-
chobee, Florida.
THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board
of Adjustments and appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting
or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made
and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal
will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup
for official records of the department.
William D. Royce, Planning Director
Petition S-2008-0685
254533 ON 01/04/08

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
Legal Notice 5500

FILE NUMBER: 2007 CP 232
IN RE: The Estate of
The administration of the estate of JOHN
ANTONY CAGGIANO, deceased, '
whose date of death was August.29,
2007, and whose social security num-
her is 137-68-6827, is pending in the _____
Circuit Court for Okeechobee County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address
of which is Clerk of the Circuit Court
312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Flori- t M
da 34972. The names and addresses
of the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney are
set forth below. -
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice has been served E
must file their claims with this Court
All other creditors of the decedent and
pther persons having claims or de-
mands against the decedent's estate
must file their claims with this Court
The date of first publication of this Notice
is December 7th, 2007.
Personal Representative
15 Sinclair Drive
Wayne, New Jersey 07,470
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Florida Bar Number: 172988
304 S. Harbor City Blvd., Suite 201
Melbourne, FL 32901
321) 723-5646
4592 ON 12/28/07;1/4/08
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Brahmans start the second

half with key match up

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee (7-6), hopes to
get off to a good start in the sec-
ond half when they host defend-
ing District 14-4A champion Jen-
sen Beach tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Jensen has been a thorn in
Okeechobee's side over the past
two years as they won the district
championship game last year
at the expense of Okeechobee.
They also were in the post season
in 2006.
This year is different however.
The Falcons are reeling without
their stars from last year, guard
Joe Sclafani, Jaynes Love and
Kyle Taylor. Gone are more than
40 points pergame and 15 assists.
Those numbers are tough to re-
place. What made it worse is that
Sclafani is still in high school. He
opted to concentrate on baseball
instead of playing hoops this year.
Sclafani is one of the best base-
ball players on the Treasure Coast
and is looking for- a huge future
in that sports, either as a collegian
or as a professional.
Coach Eric Smith, who was an

assistant at Vero Beach, and runs
the same exact system as the Indi-
ans, will hope his team has similar
success against Okeechobee that
Vero had last week. Vero blew out
Okeechobee by 38' points in their
Holidaytournament. Okeechobee
ended up losing two of their three
gafres in the tournament. They
did win Saturday against Miami
South West.
"They. '(Jensen) are well
coached and they will come out
and play hard," Brahman Coach
Jdn Enrico said of Jenser, "They
have 12 kids that will bust their
butts and Work hard. We must
be ready to play or we'll be in
The Falcons are led by 6'4
power forward Matt Hogan. Eric
Harnden has replaced Sclafani
as the main point guard. Jay Wil-
liams has also provided some of-
fense for them.
Jensen Beach. is coming off a
poor performance at the Treasure
Coast Holiday tournament. They,
lost their last game, 54-41, to Cor-
al Gables.
Okeechobee is in a must win
position. They dropped their

only district game last month to
Lincoln Park and know that they
can't get much further behind if
they intend to contend this year.
Most of the Brahmans are used
to the pressure. David Jeune is a
two year starter at Center and Le-
shawn Henderson is a four year
starter at guard. Senior James
Shanks will also play an impor-
tant role in the second half, espe-
cially on offense.
The Brahmans will also get
back T.J Allen in the second half.
He could start out on junior var-
sity but has the talent to impact
the varsity at .some point. He has
grown to 6'2 and could provide a
needed boost to the program.
"We are looking forward to
the second half of the season.
This is when we play for tourna-
ment position. We have a chance
to get that number one seed and
it's very important to us. If we win
our district games we are in the
driver's seat," Enrico added.
The Brahmans host the district
tournament for the first time in
more than a decade this Febru-

Soccer team not worried about cold

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee boy's soccer
returns tonight after their Christ-
mas break and they will have
only good things to say about the
weather forecast.
Instead of'40 degree weather,
the temperature is expected to
be a comfortable 60 degrees
when the Brahmans square off
against Fort Pierce. -
It's lucky they didn't have to
play Wednesday night when
temperatures were a bit frigid.
Coach Lonnie Sears said even
if it had been cold, they wouldn't
have changed the way they play,
"It's not like they'd have hot co-
coa on the sidelines or some-
The Brahmans, (9-2-1), are
now in the home stretch of
their season. They have already
secured the number one seed
in the district tournament that

is held at Jensen Beach in two
weeks. Okeechobee will square
off with either Forest Hill or Lin-
coln Park Academy in a match
that sends the winner to the state
"We don't feel any pressure
or anything. The guys are pretty
loose at practice and there hav-
ing a good time," Coach Sears
added. "Every match depends
upon how we play. It's not like
we've dominated every team
we've played."
Sears admits he knows very
little about Fort Pierce this year.
On paper they appear to be a
pretty good match up, Both
squads have been beaten by
Treasure Coast this year. Howev-
er Okeechobee lost by five goals
and Fort Pierce lost by only one
"I don't know a whole lot
about them, but there not bad,"

Sears noted. Okeechobee lost to
Treasure coast early in the year
when they were without several
of their starters. Sears said he has
seen a lot of improvement'in the
squad as the year as gone on.
If there is one concern tonight
it is about rustiness. Neither
squad has played in close to three
weeks. Okeechobee tried to play
in a holiday tournament in Fort
Myers but could not schedule the
match. Sears said during practice
this week he didn't see a lot-of
rustiness in his players.
"The team has been practicing
for a few days. They have looked
pretty good, better than I thought
they would. However a game is
totally different-from practice, so
we'll see," he added.
The Junior Varsity Brahmans
will play at 4 p.m. and the Varsity
takes the' field at 6 p.m. this eve-
ning at Brahman stadium.

Dunklin Memorials Buckle Series winners
Rodeo events, such as barrels, pole bending, calf roping and bull riding were held at Dunklin
Memorial Camp over a 3 month time span. Buckle Series Winners are (front row, left to
right) Konner Hyslope, Josi Stratton,'Amanda Sheffield, Kaitlyn McKay, (back row, left to
right) Donnie Smith, Stephen Bruener, Ernie Courson, Karen Jones, Kaylee Peaden, and
Sidney Barber. Way to GO!

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The Buckle Series Winter Session was held at Dunklin Memorial Camp/Gethsamene Ranch.
Partcipants in the series are (front row, left to right) Chris Lamb, Kaitlyn McKay, Josi Stratton,
Lauren Senn, Donnie Smith, Stephen Bruener, Rafe Lamb, Krista Brown, Frank Huff, (center
row, left to right) Kaylee Peaden, Chelsea Steedley, Ernie Courson, Eric Ruiz, Sidney Barber,
Sabastian, Jarrod Jenkins, (back row, left to right) Amanda Sheffield, Bekka Senn, Jesse
Jones, Darren Tope, Paige Brewer, Brandon Dieter, Morgan Brewer, Colten Stevens, Jared
Cade, River Maupin, and Billy Foley. Great Job to all.

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