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Sunday, January 6, 2008

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Kiwanis review
election updates
Supervisor of Elections Gwen
Chandler visited the Okeechobee
Kiwanis Club Thursday, where
she informed everyone about
the new early dates of the Presi-
dential Preference Primary and
Proposed Constitutional Amend-
ment voting session which
will commence on Jan. 29.
Page 2

Low lake levels mean
boaters must take care
With the level of Lake
Okeechobee dropping daily,
local officials .are urging those
boaters and anglers who don't
know the lake well to be ex-
tremely careful.
"We're seeing things we
haven't seen in many years,"
said Detective Lieutenant M.W
Muros of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
"We're seeing a lot of junk,
vegetation, a number of old
boats and old pier pilings."
Page 5

Driving safety
course is offered
There is a conception that
older people are bad drivers.
That is not necessarily the case,
but as the human body ages
there is a need for people to take
the changes in their abilities into
To that end, the AARP, in con-
junctionwith the Buckhead Ridge'
Baptist Church will be holding an
AARP Drivers Safety Course on
Jan. 19 and Jan. 26. This two day
course will take place from 8:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. and has a tuition
fee of $10. To participate people
do not need to be an AARP mem-
ber, but the class is only open to
people 55 years of age and over.
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Winterfest 2008
is cancelled
foreseen circumstances Buck-
head Ridge Fire Department is
having to cancel Winterfest 2008.
We apologize for any inconve-
nience. We hope to see you at
Winterfest 2009. For information
please call Pat at (863) 357-1364.

Drought Index
Current: 550
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

Rick Steed: Born to ride

Courtesy photo/
Rick Steed is one of the top riders in the Southeast in the National Reined Cow Horse Association.

Rider takes honors in horse world

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
He rode a horse when he
was only two years old, so it's
not surprising that Rick Steed
is one of the best horsemen in
the world today, some 30 years
Steed who owns five hors-
es ranked in the,top 10 in the
world, has his sights set again
on vwbrld and national champi-
He participates in the Na-
tional Reined- Cow Horse As-
sociation and has seen a lot of
success as one of its top riders,
in- the south east. He also is a
member of the Florida Reined
Cow Horse Association and the
Georgia Reined Cow Horse As-
Steed was born in Utah, and
spent most of his young life on
the west coast and in Canada.
He moved to Okeechobee four
years ago. He competes all
year long in shows in Florida
and Georgia, and then attends
the national and world champi-
onships in Texas. He also holds
a horse school at his ranch
and offers six weeks courses
to those interested in stock
"I've been doing it since I
can remember. I worked on
ranches when I was young,
and I've been riding since I was

Courtesy photo/
Rick Steed, on Peppys Picasso, is placing in the national
rankings this year.

two," he said.
Steed knew he loved horses
at ayoung age. He even admits
to "borrowing" horses owned
by his neighbor while they
were at school. He always re-
turned them.
"That's how much I wanted
to do this," he added.
Steed has also gotten a lot
of support from Okeechobee
businesses. Eli's Western Wear

is one of his sponsors. He also
praises J and R Outfitters near
Indiantown for the use of their
stock fof' practice, He routinely
spends hours on the back of his
Thirty area residdhts ride
with Steed and show cow hors-
es throughout the year. Murray
Logan, of Jupiter Farms, one of
his students, has quickly risen
to the top of his class.

Steed also offers private les-
sons at his home to those that
are interested.
In 2005, in his second year
aboard Whiz Bar Sooper, Steed
claimed the limited open bridle
championship in the eastern
region. The 11 year old gelding,
showed in the limited open
at the 2005 world show and
placed eighth in the nation.
"He is .able to lay down a
consistent run every time," he
stated, "No matter where you
point him, you .can always de-'
penrd on him to stay between
your bridle reins."
Steed also helped Glenn and
Sandi Bush from Palm City win-
the open two rein champion-
ship in the south east region
last year. Their horse, Bella
Taco, won the championship,
and also competes in cutting
and roping events.
"She has a big heart and is
willing to give her all to get the
job done," Sandi Bush said,
"She is so. easy going. You can.
put an experienced rider or a 4
Year old child on her and feel
comfortable." She praised Rick
for the training he has provided
her. She noted Steed focuses
on training a horse for longev-
ity ahd doesn't push the animal
too hard, being careful not to
overuse her.
See Honor Page 2


to sing

at fair
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Second Annual
Okeechobee County Fair is just
around the corner March
7 through 16. It promises to
be bigger and better than last
years' inaugural event and
have something to please ev-
erybody. The headline enter-
tainer will be country music's
Aaron Tippin. Fairgoers will
also be entertained with oth-
er musical acts,, a rodeo, and
more rides and more food ven-
dors than last year.
The fair will open with the
first ever Miss Okeechobee
County Beauty Pageant to be
held Friday evening, March 7.
Mr. Tippin will be perform-
ing the first weekend of the
fair. His website describes
him as "the hardest working
man in country music." It also
describes him as "one of the
most memorable country per-
sonalities of the 90s." His .hits
include "Working Man's PhD,"
"You've Got To Stand For
Something," and "There Ain't
Nothin Wrong With The Ra-
dio." Currently he records on
his own label, Nippit Records
(Tippin spelled backwards).
Linda Syfrett of the fair as-
sociation predicts attendance
this year will be around 20,000.
,About 15,000 people attended
last years fair. She thinks that
having the cattleman's rodeo
at the fair for the first time
will help boost attendance.
This year the cattlemen's
spring rodeo will be held at
the Okeechobee County Agri-
Civic Center March 8 and 9 in
conjunction with the fair in-
stead of being held at the old
cattleman's arena in conjunc-
tion with the Speckleh Perch
Festival. Attendance at the ro-
deo should be larger, than the
.cattlemen's rodeo held at the
agri-center on Labor Day. due
in part to the fact that the seat-
ing capacity will be larger.
.New this year will be ven-
triloquist Nancy Ross.
"She's fantastic," Mrs. Sy-
frett said.
Also new this year will be
Tadpole the Clown. He is also
See Fair Page 2

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


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The circus is coming to town

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Chamber
of Commerce has brought the
Anastasini Big Top Extrava-
ganza Circus Spectacular back
to Okeechobee once again for
the second year, beginning on
Thursday, Jan. 10.
The show includes aerial
fantasy, balancing, clowns,
world champion jugglers,
aerial rocket stars, a com-
edy'show, outdoor show, dog
show, magic show and thrill
The dogs used in the dog
show are trained by the An-
astasini family and all were
saved from animal shelters.
The show .is being held
at the American Legion Fair-
grounds behind the City Fire
The Anastasini family has
been performing and present-
ing the European circus for
generations. They have been

in the United States for, 25
years but are originally from
Milan, Italy.
They currently reside in
Englewood. They travel all
over the United States bring-
ing their European Circus to
entertain the citizens of many
towns along the way.
This year's show. is an all
new performance with new
routines sure to wow the au-
dience as it did last year.
Some of the performances
at the circus include hula-
hoop tricks with multiple hula-
hoops, and a Chinese version
of juggling involving a double
cone shaped prop called a Di-
ablo which consists of a spool
that is whirled and tossed on
a string tied to two sticks held
one in each hand. Multiple Di-
abolos can be spun on a sin-
gle string which makes a huge
variety of tricks possible using
the sticks, string and various
body parts.
They also use the Chiffon,

which is a long piece of mate-
rial that the performer climbs
and does various aerial stunts
by wrapping the material
around their arms or legs.
The Anastasini European
Big Top Extravaganza Circus
Spectacular has all the mak7
ings for an exciting show for
all ages.
Opening night is Thursday,
Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Addition-
al showings have been added
this year as follows: Friday,
Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m.; Satur-
day, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m. and
7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan.
13, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Tickets are on sale at the
Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave.
Ringside box seats .are avail-
able for $25 for adults-and $15
for children under 12 80 ring-
side seats are available per
show; Mezzanine seats are
available for $20 for adults,
See Circus Page 2

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Anastasini European Big Top Extravaganza Circus Spec-
tacular is coming to town. Some of the events the show will
include are aerial fantasy, balancing, clowns, jugglers, comedy
show and a dog show. The Anastasini family has presented
and performed the European circus for generations. Shows
will be on Friday, Jan. 12, Saturday, Jan. 13, and Sunday, Jan.
14. For tickets and additional information, contact the Chamber
of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.

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a firefighter/EMT and will be visit-
ing the schools to teach students
the danger of fire.
The Nashville Brass, a big
hit last year, will be back. This
group has performed at numer-
ous state and county fairs and
has performed with such artists
as Kenny Rodgers, Porter Wag-
goner and Travis Tritt.
Instead of having the enter-
tainment perform in the horse
barn like last year, there will be
an entertainment tent located
more in the center of the fair-
Another new feature this year
is the pig races which will be
held three or four times a day.
There will also be an exotic pet-
ting zoo and pony rides.
The very popular Big Wheel
or double Ferris wheel will back.
Mrs. Syfrett promises more rides
than'last year. This time there will
be enough rides to fill the circle.
Last year vendors had to use
generators, this year electricity
is available. There will be many
new food vendors including a
few local vendors. Fairgoers will
be able to feast on a variety of
goodies including funnel cakes,
corn dogs and something new
this year.- kettle corn.
Baby boomers will be pleased
with the sound of the group
"Hotel California" that will be

Kiwanis review the election updates

Submitted to the Okeechobee News
Country music star Aaron
Tippin will be the headline
performer at the Okeechobee
County Fair, March 7 16.
performing, at 8 p.m. on Friday
and Saturday, March 14 arid 15.
Mrs. Syfrett said they sound ex-
actly like the Eagles and will be
performing many of the Eagle's
"They are phenomenal," she
Closing out the fair at 4 p.m.
on Sunday, March 16 will be an-
other new event, a demolition
For more information, go
to the fair's website www.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda maybe
reached at

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Supervisor of Elections Gwen
Chandler visited the Okeechobee
. Kiwanis Club Thursday, where
she informed everyone about the
new early dates of the Presidential
Preference Primary and Proposed
Constitutional Amendment voting
session which will commence on
Jan. 29.
Early voting for the Presidential
Preference Primary will begin on
Jan. 14, and commence on Jan.
16. Early voting takes place at the
Okeechobee County Supervisor
of Elections offices located at 304
N.W. Second St, Room 101 in the
Old County Courthouse.
Their office hours for early vot-
ing are Monday thru Saturday from
8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Florida is the fourth most popu-
lous state and is typically a swing
state in the presidential election
process. In June, the state chose
to change the primary to an ear-
lier date in order for the primary to
make more of a difference in, the
political process.
Registration for the Presidential
Preference Primary ended on Dec.
31, 2007. Voters can vote three
ways during this election: early
voting;, absentee voting, and Elec-
tion Day voting.
In order to vote via absentee
one must first request an absentee
ballot for a specific election or for

Okeechboee News/Chauna Aguilar
Kiwanis members Jay Zeller (left) and President Frank
Irby (right) welcomed Okeechobee Supervisor of Elections
Gwen Chandler (center) to their weekly luncheon where
she encouraged citizens to participate in the election pro-
cess as poll workers and get organizations involved with
the "Adopt a Precinct" fundraising opportunity.

all elections in the current calendar
year, or even for the next two years
to 2010. The request can be made
in person, by mail, fax, e-mail, or
by telephone. .
Only the voter or a designated
member of his or her immediate'
family or legal guardian can re-
quest an absentee ballot for the
voter. Immediate family means
the voter'sspouse or parent, child,
grandparent, or sibling of the voter
or the voter's spouse.
A request from the voter must
include the following information:

the name of the voter for whom
the ballot is requested, the voter's
address, the voter's date of birth
and the voter's signature (written
request only).
A request from a designated
immediate family member or le-
gal guardian must include the in-
formation listed above in addition
to the following information: the
name of the person designated
to request a ballot for the voter;
the requestor's relationship to the
elector; the requestor's signature
(written request only); and the re-

questor's driver's license number,
if available.
It is important to make sure
that your signature on file with the
election office is updated to en-
sure that your votes are counted.
If the canvassing board are unable
to match your signature with that
on file through a vote then they do
not count the ballot.
Mrs. Chandler encouraged Ki-
wanis members, local citizens and
organizations to participate in their
governmental process by working
at the polls this election year.
"Adopt a precinct" is a fundrais-
ing opportunity for organizations
which could raise approximately
$1,000 by adopting a precinct.
This adoption would take approxi-
mately six to ten poll workers who
are required to work from 6 a.m.
until 7 p.m. on Election Day. This
time is not able to be split by more
than one person according to state
Paid training is available for
individuals wishing to participate
and will be beginning soon.
For more information contact
Mrs. Chandler at (863) 763-4014;
fax (863) 763-0152; email elec-;
or visit online at www.voteo- for additional in-
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at

Continued From Page 1
A horse owned by Toni Steed,
and ridden by Rick, Hearts A
Boomin, won the open two rein
reserve championship. Rick had
ridden the seven year old stallion
for four years. They have won nu-
merous reining, roping and west-
ern discipline championships.
"Beau has always been a phe-
nomenal athlete with heart and
try as big as the state of Texas," he
noted. "After I began riding him, I
realized that just as his namesake,
the amount of.heart and try Beau
has to offer has been limitless. So
in fact, his heart is a boomin."
So far this year Steed is near the
top of the national rankings. He is
third in the open bridle standings
with Peppy's Picasso. The horse
has earned $3,591 this year. Steed
is secndin the.southeast.stand-
Sl aboard Picasso andi fourth
aboard Smart Master Plant.
He is The 24th ranked rider in
the 2006 Top Open Horse Show/
Special Event riders category. He
has earned $9,706 in these events.
He also is fifth aboard Smart N
Busy Chex.
In recent events Steed finished
second aboard Peppy's Picasso in
the open bridle at the Turkey Trot
competition in November in Sara-
sota. Murray Logan finished fourth
aboard Smart N Busy Chex.
Steed thanked his local sup-
porters and his students for their
dedication to their craft.
The Florida Reined Cow Horse,
Association is the first affiliate of
the National Association east of
the Mississippi River.. Their goal
is to continue the tradition of pre-
serving the quality of the western
reined stock horse. Another goal
is to perpetuate the early Spanish
traditions of highly trained reined
working cow horses to promote
interest in reined working cow
horses among the younger horse-
men in Florida.
There are 11 different divisions
that horsemen compete in here,
in Florida. It includes divisions for
riders 17 years and under. They
undertake skills known as dry
work, where you circle the horse,
change his lead, and make well
balanced stops, turns and revers-
es. The work demonstrates the
horse's obedience and willing-:,
ness to respond to it's rider. An-
other exercise is known as cow
work. There are three elements
which include boxing, which
proves the ability of the horse
to hold the cow. Turning on the
fence at least once in each direc-'
tiol is the second requirement.
The third is circling, or maneuver-
ing the cow 360 degrees in each
direction without interference

Continued From Page 1
$15 for senior citizens and $10
for children under 12; general
admission seating is available
for $15-for.adults, $10 for senior
citizens and $10 for children'un-
der 12.
There is no charge for infants
or very small children who do
not take a seat.
Tickets are available through
the Chamber of Commerce or
at the door on a first-come, first-
served basis.
For information, call the
Chamber at (863) 763-6464.
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at

from the fence.
The reined cow horse has
been in this country since the
great Spanish herds of longhorn
cattle were driven from Mexico
to California more than 200 years
ago. The great horsemanship

exhibited by the riders, known
as Vaqueros, was based on their
training in the Spanish Light Cav-
alry. The California Rein Cow
Horse Association was formed to
preserve the traditions of the Va-

Some of this information was
obtained from the website of the
National Reined Cow Horse As-
sociation, and
the Florida Reined Cowhorse

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IRCC bachelor's degree classes marks historic first

FORT PIERCE -- Indian River
Community College, soon to be In-
dian River College, will celebrate an
historic milestone with the begin-
ning of its first Bachelor's Degree
classes on Monday, Jan. 7. Reflect-
ing strong community demand,
over 430 Treasure Coast residents
have enrolled in the new Spring
Semester courses for the Colleges
nine workforce-oriented Bache-
lor's degree programs.
IRCC Bachelor's degree pro-
grams address critical employee
shortages including teacher edu-
cation in middle and high school
math and science, exceptional
student education (ESE), nursing,
organizational management, pub-
lic safety administration and health
care management. The programs
were developed in direct response
to the educational and workforce
needs of the community.
"The first day of Bachelor's de-
gree classes at Indian River marks
an historic achievement for the C61-
lege, benefiting the entire Treasure
Coast," said Dr. Edwin R. Massey,
IRCC President: "These Bachelor's
degree programs will open the
door to a four-year degree to many
who could otherwise not continue
Jheir education to the baccalau-
reate level because of work and
family responsibilities that connect
them to the four-county area."
Lisa Kelly was one of the first

to register for IRCC first ever Bach-
elor's Degree class, "Human De-
velopment," which will begin at 8
a.m. on Monday at the IRCC Main
Campus in Fort Pierce. The St. Lu-
cie West resident earned her A.A.
degree in Education from IRCC in
May of 2007 and is continuing in
the College's Bachelor's Degree
in Education program to launch a
career as a middle school science
"I've found the professors and
facilities at IRCC to be outstanding
and that was the main factor in my
choice to continue my education at
Indian River," Kelly said.
Another student in the Hu-
man Development class, Elizabeth
Blackburn of Vero Beach, cites the
convenience and affordability of
IRCC as the deciding factor in her
choice to attend Indian River at the
Baccalaureate level.
IRCC Bachelor's degree classes
are available within easy driving
distance for all Treasure Coast
residents and online at a cost of
$79 per credit for Florida residents,
about 1/3 less than the cost of Flori-
da public universities. The students
benefit from personalized educa-
tion plans with guidance from a
designated advisor who will assist
them throughout their program.
"The IRCC Bachelor's Degree
in Nursing program is really conve-
nient to where I live and work, and

Community Events

Friday, Jan. 11

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

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
Consist of, 8 inch sub sandwich, chips, beverage, and dessert. Cost
Iof real 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.'

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
IStreet) 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 mon-
les raised i ill g ta the .fcar e ir.ur pieses 3~ The
Hamrick Home and our patients who chooseto stay in their own
homes. For information, call Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-

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Nursing program in 2005 and is
enrolled in her first two courses in
the College's BSN program for the
Spring Semester. Her career goal is
to become a nurse practitioner.
Erin Linley, a member of the Phi'
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take three Bachelor's level educa-
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to fulfilling her dream of becoming
a high school biology teacher.
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Science Degree in Organizational
Management with 369 applicants.
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and aerial rocket stars. Advance tickets are on sale at chamber of-
fice (863) 763-6464.
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gram, "The Florida Dream," based on his book, "Land of Sunshine,
State of Dreams," which describes his nearly two decades of re-
search into the social history of modern Florida at the Okeechobee
County Library on Friday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. This program is spon-
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Sunday, Jan. 6
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our
Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For more infor-
mation please call. (863) 634-4780.
Monday, Jan. 7
AA. meeting will be held from.noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane. For information, contact Da-
vid Fox at (863) 763-3296.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For information
call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule an
appearance for your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner
at (863) 532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays. from 10 a.m. until 3. p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for day of applique. Everyone is welcome.
For more information please contact Karen Graves at (863) 763-
Nicotine Anonymous (NICA)is starting a new club with meet-
ings to be held at the Just For Today club, 2303 U.S. Hwy 441 S.E.,
Suite K, on Mondays from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. For information, call
Steve Condit Sr. at (863) 801-3110.
AA meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meet-
ings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends
of alcoholics. For information call Chris at (863) 467-5714.

Community Events

Sunday, Jan. 6

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 information 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 informa-
tion call (863) 763-7113.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

Square Dancing to start
All Square Dancers are invited to dance at the clubhouse in Sem-
inole Cove, 1799 S.W 35th Circle, off S.W. 16t Ave. in Okeechobee,
starting Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. An excellent caller, Mr. Gib Matt-
son 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) 357-0122.

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 categories 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 infor-
mation 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 pageant by Tuesday, Jan. 8.

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 28th St. Classes will continue through April. Additional informa-
tion may be obtained by calling (863) 467-6330.

Church offers free Mother's Morning out
Each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon, the First United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W Second St. will offer free babysitting for par-
ents. This program will begin Jan. 8 and will run through March.
Space is limited and registration is required. For information, con-
tact Nancy Vaughan, Director of Christian Education, at (863) 763-
4021 or email
Wednesday, Jan. 9

Healthy Start Coalition to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 11:30 a.m., 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 con-
tact Executive Director, Kay Begin at the Coalition office, (863) 462-

Red Cross class scheduled
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will offer the following
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 infor-
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Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
This new Zodiac boat can hold up to 10 adults and is very safe in extremely rough weather.
While up to 10 adults can be placed on the boat, it is not good for doing searches on Lake
Okeechobee that could take an extended period of time.

Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office recently received this 1998 Boston Whaler to be used
by its Marine Unit to rescue stranded or disabled boaters on Lake Okeechobee. Through his
contacts with the U.S. Navy, OCSO Lieutenant M.W. Muros, who heads up the Marine Unit and
OCSO Search and Rescue, asked the Navy for the boat and it was given to the unit.

Low lake levels mean boaters must take extra care

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
With the level of Lake
Okeechobee dropping daily, local
officials are urging those boaters
and anglers who don't know the
lake well to be extremely care-
"We're seeing things we
haven't seen in many years," said
Detective Lieutenant M.W. Mu-*
ros of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO). "We're
seeing a lot of junk, vegetation, a
number of old boats and old pier
Lt. Muros, who heads up the
OCSO Marine Unit and Search
and Rescue, said because of that
he and volunteers will often be
called to rescue a missing or a
stranded boater. There are 16
volunteer members of the unit
and one person is on call at all
times. Members of the Marine
Unit are non-uniformed auxiliary
members, said the lieutenant.
"Most of the calls we've had
in the last year were people who
had run aground, mostly due to
them not knowing the topogra-
phy of the lake," he said.
And while a stranded boater
may be glad to see unit members
respond, the boater often times
doesn't understand that their
vessel will be left there.
"We are not going to tow a
boat unless it's an emergency,"
said Okeechobee County Sheriff
Paul May.
Lt. Muros said the purpose of
OCSO Search and Rescue is to
locate lost or disabled boaters.
And due to liability issues, they
will only tow a boat if it presents
a danger to navigation.
"We make sure the boat is
secured and is not a danger to
other boats or in a navigable wa-
ter way," he said. "If it presents a
hazard, then we will tow it to the
nearest boat ramp."
Lt. Muros went on to say they
normally suggest to the boat
owner that they contact a friend
or neighbor and make their own
arrangements to bring in the ves-
sel, or call one of two towing
services on Lake Okeechobee.
He said they only towing servic-
es on the lake are Tiger Marine in
Clewiston and Chester Rowe. He
said Mr. Rowe can be contacted
through Garrard's Bait and Tack-
le in Okeechobee.
While Friday's lake level was
10.02 feet, Lt. Muros said boaters
should use caution if venturing
onto the lake.
"That is above sea level," he
cautioned. "The actual depth of
the lake is quite low. People have
to slow down, raise their motor,
idle around and be careful."
He went on to say that boaters
and anglers who are approach-
ing islands around this end of
the lake are "just carefully going
in, and using either their trolling
motor or idling" due to the low
Water level.
SorHe then offered these tips
for anglers: always take a fully
charged cell phone; make sure
other people know where you
are launching your boat and
where you are going; keep hull
numbers and license tag num-
bers at home so they can be
used to help find you if some-
thing happens; and, if you decide
to move to another area, call a
family member or friend and let
them know.
"We also suggest if you're
going to be out quite a while to
carry an additional 5-gallon con-
tainer of gasoline," he added.
"It's easy to overlook if you have
enough fuel, but the additional
5-gallons will be more than suf-
ficient to get you back."
He went on to say that one of
the first things to put into your
boat is often the one thing that
many boaters don't have.
"We have had problems a

number of times when people ei-
ther didn't have an anchor or had
an improper anchor and drifted
away from where they were sup-
posed to be," he said. "They end
up drifting all over the place."
He went on to point out that
there have been instances where
boaters put in on the north end
of the lake, encountered trouble
and many hours later were found
in Clewiston -- all because they
didn't have an anchor and the
wind blew them across the lake.
It's also important to know
that, due to jurisdictional rea-
sons, the OCSO Marine Unit and
Search and Rescue can only op-
erate in Okeechobee County and
if a boater drifts into another
county they may not be able to
"We will look into other coun-
ties to make sure we haven't
missed them, but we generally
cannot rescue them if they aren't
in Okeechobee County," he said.
"We will sometimes make excep-
tions if they are near the county
line. If it's a medical emergency,
we will certainly help."
In that case, he said his
unit can do CPR and such but
they will take the boater to the
nearest boat ramp where the
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue
Department can take over. They
also do not carry defibrillators on
board because the units may get
wet and malfunction.
To help locate and rescue
boaters, the unit recently re-

ceived a 1998 Boston Whaler
utility patrol boat. The 20-foot
boat was made for the U.S. Navy,
but it and others like it are being
phased out for newer vessels. Lt.
Muros asked the Defense Logis-
tics Agency for the boat, and it
was given to his unit. He said the
old boat 25 foot Boston Whaler
was of very limited use because
of excessive fuel consumption,
small working area, and with the
current Lake level, drafted too
much water. The newer fiber-
glass boat drafts around 18 to 20
"We then traded our old boat,
less electronics, for two new
Mercury 135 horsepower Op-
timax outboard motors for the
new boat and our other rescue
boat. This saved the taxpayers
about $16,000," he said. "The
new motors get much better fuel
economy and they have suffi-
cient power if we need it."
The new boat is good for ef-
fecting rescues because people
can -walk completely around it
and the boat turns in a very tight
"We now have two boats that
are nearly identical -- the motor
and rigging is the same on both,"
he added.
He said the unit went with
Mercury because of the help
from Steve Brantley at Lakeshore
Marine and because they are
made in the U.S.
"Steve has worked very
closely with us in completing

the project of the new motors
under warranty, and assisting in
the installations and testing over
the last year and a half," said Lt.
The lieutenant added that
because the Sheriff's Office was
able to qualify for the govern-
ment contract with Mercury, the
Sheriff's Office has been able to
save the taxpayers a considerable
amount of money. He said the
cost of the boat, the rigging and
repairs, along with a new motor
for their dive platform, cost less
than $2,500.
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of money and we have put it to
good use," said Sheriff May.
The unit also has a new Zodi-
ac boat that Lt. Muros described
as being "very safe in extremely
rough weather." He said& 10
adults can be put on the boat
and returned safely to shore. The
Zodiac, however, is not meant to
be used for searches that could
take a long period of time due to

limited storage space.
For brochures or pamphlets
on safe boating, weather condi-
tions on the lake, safe boating
information or help, contact Lt.
Muros and the OCSO Marine
Unit at (863) 763-3117 or (863)
357-1600, which is the direct line
to the unit's facility at the Okee-
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By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
There is a conception that
older people are bad drivers. That
is not necessarily the case, but
as the human body ages there
is a need for people to take the
changes in their abilities into ac-
To that end, the AARP, in con-
junction with the Buckhead Ridge
Baptist Church will be holding an
AARP Drivers Safety Course on
Jan. 19 and Jan. 26. This two day
course will take place from 8:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. and has a tuition
fee of $10. To participate people
do not need to be an AARP mem-
ber, but the class is only open to
people 55 years of age and over.
While being safer on the roads
is a large incentive to take the
course, the Florida Legislature
passed a law that gives it extra
"There is a discount on auto
insurance that the Florida Legis-
lature requires insurance com-
panies to give if a person has
completed this course," stated D.
J. Bryan, District Coordinator for
Okeechobee County AARP Driv-
ing Safety Program. "How much
the discount is up to the com-
pany, but one class covers three
During the class participants

will complete a nine chapter work
book on driving safely. There is
both a pre-test and a post-test,
but neither is graded in respect to
completing the course.
"In the first unit, Knowing
Yourself, we cover hearing, vision,
reaction time, physical fitness and
medication," said Mrs. Bryan.
This is one of the only places
for people to learn about the new
traffic laws, according to Mrs. Bry-
an. They cover things like moving
over for emergency vehicles and
stopping for buses.
"Florida is one of the only
states where you can get a ticket
for telling the police that you.were
distracted while driving," accord-
ing to Mrs. Bryan.
A touchy subject for older
members of the community
comes up on the second day of
the class, knowing when to retire
from driving. This section encour-
ages drivers to assess and reas-
sess their driving to stay safe.
Another section that the class
covers on day two of the class is
about understanding vehicles.
"We cover safety belts and
anti-lock breaks, as well as the
maintenance and safety checks
that should be done to a car," said
Mrs. Bryan. "The section also lists
the things that a person should
keep in their car. I joke about how

you would need to pull a trailer to
keep all of the things you need."
Some of the items that all driv-
ers should keep in their cars in-
clude: flashlight, ice scraper, pock-
et knife, first aid kit, flares, spare
tire, oil, water, gas can, screwdriv-
ers, pliers, jumper cables and duck
"If a person loses 30 minutes of
class time, then they have to retake
the course," stated Mrs. Bryan.
"This is a very demanding course
and the Department of Transporta-
tion and AARP say that if a person
does have the whole eight hours,
then they don't get the certificate."
Mrs. Bryan has been teach-
ing this class for seven years and
attends two workshops a year to
continue to stay qualified to teach
this class. She has an assistant that
now helps her with the classes.
"We don't teach in the sum-
mer, because no one is here," says
Mrs. Bryan, who has to hold four
classes a year. "We need at least
15 people or the class has to be
This is the first time that the
class has been held at the Buck-
head Ridge Baptist church. It has
previously been sponsored by
the Sheriff's Department and the
Okeechobee Extension Office.

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+gBehavior can create problems

He may be your best friend,
but when your pet's behavior
leaves you with Band-Aids and
bruises, it may be time to con-
sult. a professional, says Dr. Lore
Haug, an animal behaviorist at
Texas A&M University's College
of Veterinary Medicine & Bio-
medical Sciences.
"If a dog is growling, lung-
ing, snapping or biting, or a cat
is hissing, swatting or scratching,
even in play, its behavior is ag-
gressive," Haug explains.
Aggression can be a natural
response for your pet, such as
when a stranger bangs on your
window in the middle of the
night. However, when a pet is
aggressive at inappropriate times
or to excessive degrees, it is not'
normal and requires attention.
Animals may react aggressively if
they feel frightened or defensive
in a situation, if they are protect-
ing something, such as a food
bowl, toy or even a person or an-
other animal. Playing too much
or very rough may also conjure
up aggressive tendencies.
If your pet has ever directed
aggression, toward you, you
know it can be a tense moment.
"When this happens, the saf-
est thing to do is to get out of that
situation as calmly as possible.
"You cannot teach the animal
anything productive when it's in
the middle of an aggressive out-
burst," says Haug. After the out-
burst, however, when your pet's
normal demeanor returns, don't
forget what has happened and
seek help as soon as possible.
"Aggressive behavior does not
spontaneously disappear and a
pet usually does not outgrow it,"
Haug warns. "Many times, the
animal's aggressiveness progres-
sively worsens and it becomes
more difficult for the animal to
unlearn bad habits."
A behaviorist can help an
owner set up an individualized
behavior modification program
to help break the pet of unhealthy
aggression, she adds.
With the right treatment and
care, most pets can dramatically
improve, she believes.
"Though the owner must
maintain a certain level of vigi-
lance, it is possible to come to a
point where the pet is unlikely to
display aggression again," Haug
notes. Most behaviorists avoid
using the word "cure" in refer-
ence to aggression because it is a
natural behavior and only prob-
lematic when it occurs too often
or in an abnormal context.
"Owners should not approach
the treatment process with the

goal of completely, removing
their pet's aggression in mind,
nor should they expect immedi-
ate results from the pet because
treatment is usually ongoing and
progress is gradual," Haug says.
Being careful about where you
acquire your pet and at what age
you bring it home are good ways
to limit the possibility of getting
a pet with aggressive tendencies.
A puppy or kitten should not be
taken home until it is around sev-
en to eight weeks old. Haug says,
"Though they may be physically
weaned from their mothers, pup-
pies and kittens younger than
seven weeks are sometimes not
psychologically ready to leave
their littermates and familiar en-
When you get your new pet,
you should start it on a training

and socialization program as
early as possible. "Socialization
is one of the most important pre-
ventative factors for behavioral
problems," says Haug.
"Getting your pet started in
training classes when it is around
8 to 10 weeks old teaches your
pet how you want it to behave,
before it's had the chance to learn
habits that you don't like or can't
control. Also make sure your pet
is healthy because discomfort or
. injury can make a pet irritable or
defensive, especially about being
handled or touched."
Pet aggression is not a hope-
less situation but it should not
be ignored, either. With proper
treatment and care, Haug says
your best friend usually can learn
how to behave appropriately
around both people and pets. ,

Karen Varnadoe was raised in Okeechobee. She's a proud
mother of two and she is carefully instilling
compassion in her children.
Karen says she works at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
& Crematory to "help people in their hardest times."
That's what Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home & Crematory
does everyday, all year. Providing compassionate,
comforting care to Okeechobee families at time of need is
an honor. In fact, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home &
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Elementary menus:
Each breakfast includes: Juice,
choice of entree or cereal and
toast; choice of whole, reduced
fat or low fat chocolate milk.
Each lunch includes: Choice
of one entree, choice of two (veg-
etables, fruit or fruit juice), choice
of whole, reduced fat or low fat
chocolate milk.
Meal prices:
Regular $.75
Reduced $.30
Regular $1.25
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Markham makes history again

By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
Many local history buffs with
internet access know Tommy
Markham's website www.tommy- as a rich resource
for pictures of old Okeechobee
County from the 1890s on into the
1960s. Through a wilderness hard
to believe, especially a wilderness
with legions of mosquitoes, miles
of standing water for them to live
and breed in and no air condi-
tioning Mr. Markham presents the
photographic records of the peo-
ple who make Okeechobee and
Okeechobee County, A Pictorial
History of Okeechobee, Florida,
now on two DVDs.
Mr. Markham realized that not
everyone interested in local his-
tory has a computer, so he pro-
duced a one-hour long DVD last
year to show the historical photos
and local sights to go with them.
Now he has a second DVD along
the same vein, but directed to-
ward the industries that brought

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__ Balanced scoring leads basketball team to win

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Eddie Guerrero (#10) had an assist in Okeechobee's vic-
tory Friday night

Boys soccer holds off

Fort Pierce Central

By Charles M. Murphy
Rust and rain showers aren't
the greatest combination in the
world. That is what the Brahman
boys soccer team faced last Friday
when they opened up the second
half of their schedule at home
against Fort Pierce Central.
The Brahmans shook off the
rust from the holidays and sur-
vived some light rain showers to
defeat the Cobras, 4-2 to improve
to (10-2-1) on the season.
"The first half was amazing,
but in the second half we came
t out flat. They quit playing and
SI don't understand it, I'm frus-
trated," Brahman Coach Lonnie
Sears said.
Okeechobee took a 3-0 lead in
the first half and for most of the
match dominated play. If there
was a loose ball, an Okeechobee
player got there first. Okeechobee
also dominated in shots on net
and time of possession.
"'We did a lot of running and
practiced over the holidays,"
Junior Alan Najera said, "That
helped us a lot."
Senior Jose Bustos, who had a
goal in the first half, said the team
still needs to have more team
work especially on breakaway
opportunities, "Fort Pierce was
a good team but they need bet-
ter ball handling skills and more
team work."
Marin Escobedo, Adrian Leon,
Bustos-'thBi ya Suarez al hlad
goals for Okeechobee. Giovanni
Jimenez had two assists, and Ed-
die Guerrero and Bustos had one
"I don't think rust was a prob-
lem," Coach Sears said, "We
came out just where we left off in
the first half of the season and we
put three goals in the net in the
first 20 minutes. We were just
putting it to them."
Okeechobee could have had
three or four more goals. Sev-
eral golden opportunities were
missed. Two Okeechobee shots
hit the wood post on the goal. Ji-
menez had uncontested shots in
the first half but misfired. What
saved Okeechobee is that Fort
Pierce got very few shots on net.
The two goals they did score
came late in the match.
S"We let them have a goal and
on that second one it was' a cor-
ner kick," Sears noted, "Our Achil-
les heel all year for some reason
has been corner kicks. They guys
can't clear the ball on defense."
Sears vowed to practice more
on corner kicks in the next few
Najera said it was basically
I mental mistakes that allowed Fort
Pierce Central to come back and
make it a closer match. "Give
them .credit they took advantage
of our mistakes."
Sears said the team played
more like individuals in the sec-
ond half and he was disappointed
by that. "We had guys that got a
little selfish at the end. I tell them,
why shoot the ball from 50 yards
away when'you can pass it and
make it easier on yourself. They
think it's me, me, me, I've got to
put the ball in the net. I want to
put the ball in the net too but we
have to play as a team."
Najera said the team appears
poised to do great things this year.
He noted he thinks they can go

a long way once they reach the
post season in two week.
Bustos said he also was opti-
mistic, "I'm pretty sure we have
districts. I hope we keep doing
the good work. We're going to
go pretty far."

By Charles M. Murphy
James Shanks had 15 points
to lead a balanced scoring attack
as Okeechobee walloped Jensen
Beach in their district opener, 61-
38 on Friday night.
Corey White added 10 points,
Chris Hall had nine, Leshawn
Henderson had eight, and Jarvis
Lawton added six points to lead
Okeechobee, (8-6).
It was a keywin for Okeechobee
as they knotted their district re-
cord at (1-1). If the Brahmans had
dropped to (0-2), any thought of
getting the top seed in the district
tournament would have been
"That might have been the best
offensive performance we've had
all year," Brahman Coach Jon En-
rico noted, "Assists were up, and
we had balanced scoring. For
once it wasn't two guys carrying
the load, everybody chipped in."
Enrico was also happy with his
defense which held Jensen to only
six points in the second quarter.
"We wore them out. At the end
they were dog tired. We used full
court man to man defense and
that's what we will do for the rest
of the year. If we get beat, we'll get
beat with our best," Enrico added.
James Shanks was a pleas-
ant surprise as he had his second
straight double digit scoring game

in a row. He will be important,
especially on the offensive end, for
the rest of the season. "I felt pretty
good. I hit a couple of shots but
I shot less than 50 percent. We've
got to work the ball and find the
open man. Eventually we'll find
him and score."
Jensen Beach made a game of
it for about 10 minutes. They actu-
ally led 12-11 late in the first quar-
ter. Okeechobee led 13-12 after
one quarter.
From there the Brahmans used
a full court pressure defense to dis-
rupt the Falcons. A three pointer
by Matt Skipper made it 16-12 and
Corey White added another three
pointer to put Okeechobee up
19-12. Jensen would never get
any closer after that. Okeechobee
scored nine straight points, most
of them off turnovers to take
command. A David Jeune dunk
off a nice assist by Shanks gave
Okeechobee a 32-18 halftime
Enrico praised Jensen for not
quitting and giving a great effort.
However this isn't the same old
Jensen that had reached the post
season in the past two years. Matt
Hogan led the Falcons with 14
points. Gerald Footman and David
Johnson had six points apiece.
"They don't quit, they play hard,,

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Employee Applications may be obtained
at any GEC Office. Resumes may be e-mailed
to or faxed
to (863)946-6266. GEC is an Equal
Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer
and a Drug Free Workplace.

Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc., a leader in
alternative programs for youth-at-risk seeks a
Licensed Clinical Specialist for residential
program in Okeechobee, FL. Licensed Clinical
Specialist, provides high quality mental health and
substance abuse services to youth in the program.
Serves as a clinical consultant to other facility
staff. Requires a Florida license, licensed as
either a Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health
Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, or
Clinical Psychologist. Coursework/practicum exp.
in group work, family therapy, and/or substance
abuse treatment is pref., 2 yrs. min. in progressive
clinical exp. in a multi-disciplinary treatment
setting. Prior exp. with juvenile pop. pref. Must
meet background screening req.
Fax resume to W. Gilmore @ 727-442-5911.

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

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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

" We have all your
flooring needs!

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never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs If
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
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Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, If you
call a number out ol your
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420,
Services Offered425
Insurance i 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.

green, 5 pc. Must go! $500
neg. Call Kristina before 5:30
pm 863-357-0391 Okee
P p ie I

PIES 4 males & 3 females,
$300 each, vaccines &
health cert's. (863)824-6175
male, CKC reg, small, par-
ents. $1500 cash
(205)789-6393 Moorehaven


2 Story apt. Washer/Dryer.
Fenced. Patio. $750 1st,
last, sec. (863)634-3313
OAK LAKE APT, 2br/2ba, Car-
pet/tile. Avail 1/14 $750 mo
1st, last & $500. sec. Water
included. 863-697-2462
OKEECHOBEE- 1br, 1ba,
furn/unfurn..$700/mo inclds
water, garbage & lawn ser-
vice. (863)610-0559

Clean. All appl., patio, water-
front view, pool. $925 mo.
Call (863)634-9521 for info.
Lake Villa, 2/2, W/D, #47,
$900/mo + $500 dep. New-
ly remodeled (561)743-0192

BRAND NEW 4/2 $1095.
mo., 1st. & sec. No pets
1310 SW 5th Ave.
2/2/2 Pool Home. Close to
everything. Dream Catcher
BY B-15 2br, lba CBS on 4
lots, enclosed patio, W/D,
Storage shed. Near boat ramp.
$875 mo (786) 201-0306
3BR/1.5BA, 15 min.from
town & 2BR/1BA. No pets.
1st & sec. Call Debbie
(863)467-2982 Mon.-Fri.,
8am til 4pm.
NICE 2 BR, 1 BA on large lot
w/ oak trees. $145,000. or
$950 mo. (863)634-5586 or

OKEE: 3/1 on /2 ac. Renovat-
ed, -laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
last, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
C/Air & Heat. Screen patio.
Fenced. All New! $900 mo.
+ last & sec. 863-202-0753
Fenced yard. $1050. mo.
new, comp. furn., waterfront
boathouse. (863)763-6809
or (765)348-8270
SPOT IN THE SUN complete-
ly furnished, dished included,
3br,3ba, carport, $1200/mo
+ sec.dep. (561)714-4186
Avail Feb 1st. Can accom-
modate 2 couples.

Prime Waterfront
265' Sea wall
with boat dock.
3br, 2ba, W/D.
$1400. per

CBS 3Br, 2Ba, Nice. $1150.
mo. + 1st mo.& sec.dep.
Avail Now! 863-763-3566
COTTAGES w/private docks.
1 BR + loft $975, & 2 BR +
loft $1275. Call Century21
Horizon @ 863-467-2100
Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
the classifelds.

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms-Sale' 1020
Houses Sale.1025
Hunting Property 1030
Prdpert- Sale 1035
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 060
Real Estate Wanted106S
Resort Property -
Sale .1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Screened porch, deck, barn,
work shop, boat shed. Call
for info. (863)634-3399

OKEE. Beautiful 3br, 2ba
Home & Lot. In 55+ Comm.
$127K. Neg. 863-763-8567
or 502-598-9115
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Mobile Homes

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

BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$950. mo. + $950. Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/WN's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031

OKEECHOBEE: 2 Bdrm.,2 Ba.
on lot w/screened porch. Nice
area. Will lease with optioN to
buy. $700/mo Owner
Financing (863)634-3451.
No pets. Fenced yard.
$600/mo. & $500 security.
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$550/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets.
A/C furnished, boat dock, no
pets. Seasonal $900/mo.
Yearly $800/mo 1st & Sec.
dep (954)260-1933

Lake access, quiet area,
$650/mo., 1st, last & sec.
dep. (561)743-4331

Mobile Home Angels
For The Best Price on all
Homes of Merit and Scotbilt
Homes. Call (863)675-8888
or (863)673-4325
Inventory Liquidation Sale
Models in stock sold cheap.
Negotiate your best price in
years. We also have lots
avail. Call (863)675-4442 or
Liquidacion de ventas, Todos
los models tienen que saler.
Tambien tenemos tereno dis-
poneble. Llamee al
(863)675-4442 /
MOB. HOME- 61', all new on
river, w/dock, 2/3 br, screen
room, extras, $35,000. Must
see inside (863)255-4935
NAPLES Gated, furn., double
wide, amenities. Reduced
$54,900 (239)732-6221 or
NEW 3 BR / 2 BA Doublewide
$39,900 includes set up &
A/C. Very easy financing
avail. Call (863)675-8888 or
OKEECHOBEE- 1/1, newly re-
modeled inside w/new roof.
In nice adult park, $5,000

Nueva casa manufacturada de
3/2banos a solo $39,900
Incluyendo instalacion com-
pleta y aire centrol. Para mas
informacion. Llamee a
(863)675-4949 o
OAK PARK 2 BR, All furniture
stays including 2 sheds.
$22,500. (863)763-4662
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
SKYLINE '92, 28x60 DW,
3BR, 2BA, 2LR's. $25K/best
offer. Must move.
(863)634-9148 Iv msg
No Money Down... with your
old homes equity. Very easy
financing. Low prices on all
New 3 & 4 Bdrm. Homes.
Call (863)675-8888 or

Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classi-
When doing those chores
Is doing you In, It's time
to look for a helper in
the classifieds.
One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classl-


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

AIRBOAT '01- Step Hull, 0540
w/air time, $11,000 or best
offer (772)260-6580

- '95, 36 Ft. w/slide. Sips. 6.
Boat dock on Lake Istokpo-
ga. $9500. 937-206-7936

Buying a car? Look In the
classifleds. Selling a
car? Look In the classi-

EL MOTOR '98- good shape
$8500 or best offer
TER 1994 1200 CC. 8,800
mls. Lots of Chrome & Ex-
tra's. $8,000. 863-634-2925

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


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

14-13-2, Cruisair Senior
704 SMOH, w/new Top OH,
$30,000 or best offer/trade.
(863)674-0898 or

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and Interesting person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more successfully

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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

The Affordable Housing Advisory
Committee of Okeechobee County
has rescheduled its January meet-
ing from Tuesday, January 8, 2008
to Thursday, January 10th, 2008, at
3:00 p.m. in the Administrative An-
nex conference room, 456 High-
way 98 North, Okeechobee, Florida.
A person deciding to appeal any deci-
sion made by the Committee with
respect to any matter considered at
such meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for such
purpose, he or she may need to en-
sure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is to
be based.
Stephany DuPree

News in Brief ...

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 toward youth activities in
our community.

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

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

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.; or, call (863) 462-

CAP looking
for members
The Florida Wing of the
Civil Air Patrol -- United States
Air Force Auxiliary has formed
a CAP unit in Okeechobee.
Okeechobee Composite Squad-
ron 453 currently has 26 mem-
bers. Senior members and ca-
dets are being recruited for the
unit. Youths between the ages
of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior
members are needed to admin-
ister the unit and provide super-
vision 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 ac-
complish these missions. If you
are interested in becoming a
cadet or senior member contact
Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee
Emergency Operations Center,
(863) 763-3212.

Martha's House

collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collect-
ing 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

seeks 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 di-
rector and a board member of
The Clothes Closet. The volun-
teer should communicate well
with the public and should be
able to seek support from city
and county officials, business
executives and other organiza-
tions. Work days and hours are
flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for

Center offers

service to children
The Family Outreach Center
at Sacred Heart offers a service
to youth and children by giv-
ing free classes in martial arts.
The classes are currently taught
four .days a week on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday
from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

Group providing

animal rescue
Florida Wildlife Rescue Ser-
vice of Okeechobee is currently
providing rescue, pick up and
transport of sick, injured, or-
phaned or otherwise impaired
Anyone who finds a wild
animal in need of help is en-
couraged to give us a call. A
volunteer transporter, licensed
by the Florida Fish & Wildlife
Conservation Commission, will
be more than happy to help you
and the animal.
This is a free service to the
community and to wildlife.
For information, call (863)
634-1755 or (863) 357-7955.

Halfway house

seeks volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House a Moderate Risk Commit-
ment Program for 13-18 year old
male youth is seeking volunteers
who can "make a difference
in the life of a youth". We are
seeking volunteers to read, be a
guest speaker, play music, tutor,
educate youth on a trade, assist
with a project, instruct youth on
building a project, or just hang
out with youth. Volunteer hours
and times can vary. Please con-
tact Tom Jones or Joshua Stod-
dard at (863) 357 0047.

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 tobac-
co use, and provide tobacco re-
sources to residents, businesses
and community organizations
in the cbunty. Freedom from
Smoking classes will be held ev-
ery Tuesday at the Okeechobee
County Public Library, 206 S.W.
161h St., from 5:30 until 6:30
For information, call (863)

Depression support
group forming
Depending on Christ is a
new support group forming for
women suffering from depres-
sion. Once the group is orga-
nized it will meet every Thurs-
day. For information, call (772)

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

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

Cancer Society
seeks volunteers
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a differ-
ence in the fight against cancer.
Volunteers with the American
Cancer Society's Florida Divi-
sion participate in programs
that support research funding,
educate the community, deliver
services to patients and advo-
cate for policies that help ce-
feat cancer. To get involved, call
the American Cancer Society at
(800) ACS-2345.

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

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 domestic
Violence. The date and time will
be announced at a later date ac-
cording to community interest
and response. Contact Shirlean
Grahartn at (863) 763-2893.

Healthy Start group

seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition
is' accepting donations of baby
items such as furniture, shoes;
clothing, maternity clothes,
strollers and other items for in-
fants and toddlers. Proceeds
from the sale of donated items
will be used to benefit infants
and pregnant women in the
co immunity. For information,
call (863) 462-5877.

Blood donors
are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is
looking for blood donors in
Okeechobee; The Big Red Bus
mobile unit will be at the Wal-
Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Par-
rott Ave., on the last Saturday of
each month from 10 a.m. until 2
p.m. For information, call (561)
845-2323, ext. 1203 or (772) 215-
8360. All blood types are need-
ed. There is no upper age limit,
and most medications and con-
ditions are acceptable. Diabetes
and blood pressure donations
can also be accepted. A picture
ID is needed for all donors.

Narconon offers help
via hotline and website
It's heartbreaking to watch
someone addicted to drugs or
alcohol lose their children, jobs,
home, health and self respect to
their addiction. Do something
about it now! Narconon Arrow-
head has Certified Chemical De-
pendency Counselors available
to help. In your local area, call
Narconon at 1-800-468-6933 or
log on to www.stopaddiction.

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

Outreach Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center
at Sacred Heart offers a service
to youth and children by giv-
ing free classes in martial arts.
The classes are currently taught
four days a week on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, from

6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday
from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

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

Catholic religious
education classes
Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 901 S.W Sixth St., will
be offering religious education
classes for children. Registra-
tions for Catholic Christian Doc-
trine (C.C.D.) are now being
accepted. Classes for children
in grades kindergarten through
ninth will be held every Sunday
from 11:30 a.m. until 12:35 p.m.
For information, call the parish
office at (863) 763-3727.

We want your news
The Okeechobee News wel-
comes news from the com-
munity. Email your news to, to
reach even more readers, post
your news online at www.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Circus coming to town
Asua Espana, 17, is displaying aerial fantasy on the Chiffon. She will be performing with the
Anastasini European Big Top Extravaganza Circus Spectacular which will be presented on
Friday, Jan. 12, Saturday, Jan. 13, and Sunday, Jan. 14. For tickets and additional information,
contact the Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.

DATE: 11/21/2067
NAME: Edward L. and Jenny Elmira LeBlanc
ADDRESS: 1805 S. Parrott Avenue, Apt C105
CITY/STATE: Okeechobee, FL 34974
Names and Addresses of any other persons, including any other lienholders or per-
sons leaving Motor Vehicle for repair and not the owner claiming interest in vehi-
2381 S.E. 23 Terr, Okeechobee, FL 34974
NAME: J&J Auto ol Okeechobee, Inc. Year '94 Make Ford
ADDRESS: 420 S. Parrott Ave. Vin FTCRIOU1RTA59324
STATE/ZIP: FL 34974 420 S. Parrott Ave,
TELEPHONE: 863-763-8830 Okeechobee, FL 34974
Each of you is hereby notified that the above named lienor claims a lien pursuant to
Section 713.585, Florida Statutes, on the above described motor vehicle for repair
and storage charges accrued in the amount of $723.51. These storage charges
will continue to accrue at the rate of S per day.
The lien claimed by the above named lienor is subject to enforcement pursuant to
Section 713.585, Florida Statutes, and unless said motor vehicle is redeemed
from the said lienor by payment as allowed by law, the above described motor
vehicle may be sold to satisfy the lien, If the motor vehicle is not redeemed and
remains unclaimed or charges for repair and storage remain unpaid, the vehicle
may be sold after 60 days free of all prior liens whatsoever, unless otherwise pro-
vided by Court order. The above designated lienor proposes to sell the motor ve-
hicle as follows.
Public Auction to be held at 420 S. Parrott Ave. commencing at 10:OOAM on the
23rd day of Jan., 2008.
Notice that the owner of the motor vehicle or any person claiming interest in or lien
thereon has a right to a hearing at any time prior to the scheduled date of sale by
filing a demand for a hearing with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the County in
which the motor vehicle is held by the lienor and by mailing copies of the demand
for hearing to all other owners and lienors as reflected in the notice.
Notice that the owner of the motor vehicle has a right to recover possession of the
motor vehicle without instituting judicial proceedings by posting a bond in accor-
dance with the provisions of Florida Statute 559.917.
Notice that any proceeds from the sale of the motor vehicle remaining after payment
of the amount claimed to be due and owing to the lienor will be deposited with the
Clerk of the Circuit Court for disposition upon Court order pursuant to Subsection
(6) of Florida Statute 713.585.
NOTE: The 60 day time frame that the motor vehicle must be held does not include
the day the work was completed or the day of sale. the newspapet'ad must be
placed 15 days prior to the scheduled date of sale, but the 15 days do not include
the date notice was placed in the newspaper or the date of sale.
Bruce Jeffers
255317 ON 1/6/08

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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Is this sunny Florida?
Yes, it is central Florida where the weather is usually sun-
ny. However, during the unusually cold night of Jan. 2 one
Okeechobee homeowner sprayed a backyard orange tree
with water to try to prevent it from freezing. The result was
a coating of ice glistening in the early morning sunlight.

ukeecnobee News/Pete uawaa
Ice in Okeechobee
This icy bush glistened in the early morning sunlight
Thursday morning, Jan. 3 in a front yard in northeast
Okeechobee. The homeowner had left the water sprinkler
running overnight in an attempt to prevent plants from
freezing by sheathing them in ice.

Free credit reports to be

New Years resolutions

General Bill McCollum issued a
consul# r advisory encouraging
Flori to make a New Years
resol*-fto get'their free annual
credit po6rtatthe only official
source fo rfree annual reports,
so- u e .ak'.redits orts,
juncti~/ ,ith Equifax, Experian
and Tr iion, the three nation-
al credit reporting, companies.
Because identity theft is a signifi-
cant problem threatening Florida,
many citizens seek credit reports
to monitor their personal infor-
mation and ensure that they have
not been unknowingly victimized
by identity theft.
Identity theft often wreaks sig-
nificant havoc long before victims
are aware of the crime. By the
time they realize they have been
victimized, their finances, their
credit scores and their reputa-
tions are almost, always seriously
impacted, said Attorney General
McCollum. "With reports of data
thefts on the rise, I encourage all
Floridians to regularly review their
credit reports and bank and credit
card statements carefully to detect
fraudulent charges or accounts.
Consumers have the option
of ordering one comprehensive
report or one report from each
company, although authorities
recommend spacing the reports
out every four months. Reports
are also available by phone at 1-
Last year, the loss or theft of
personal data such as credit card
and Social Security numbers
soared to unprecedented levels.
Major incidents in 2007 included
a breach at TJX Companies, Inc.
that compromised millions of
personal records, lost data disks
with bank account numbers in
Britain, a hacker attack of a U.S.-
based online broker's database
and a scam that unveiled resume
contact information from a U.S.
online jobs site. Under a June
agreement negotiated by Attorney
General McCollum, TJX agreed to
provide an additional notice to
consumers who were affected
by an earlier data breach. TJX is
the parent company of TJ Maxx,
Marshalls, AJ Wright and Home-
Goods stores.
The Attorney General also
warned that many of the free
credit report offers available on-
line are often far from being free
of charge. Numerous websites
offer free credit reports or credit
scores that are tied to offers of
credit monitoring and/or other
services. These offers often re-
quire payment and the consumer
is usually unaware that he or she
is paying for a service. Addition-
ally, many websites offer trial
memberships that require con-
sumers to cancel within 30 days
or they will be charged a monthly
fee. Should consumers choose to
enroll in a credit monitoring ser-
vice, the Attorney General recom-
mends documenting telephone
calls when canceling subscrip-

tions and follow up in writing
when they choose to cancel.
Consumers with complaints
about a credit reporting service
may call the Attorney General's
Fraud Hotline at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM
C -8 f-966-7-22)Th;E may; also.
visitt the, Attorney ,Ge l sweb-.
site at,
where information is available on
obtaining free credit reports and
combating identity theft.

Ricardo J. Quintero-Herencia, MD

is pleased to announce

the opening of his

private practice ay

Green Day Medical

Oncology & Hematology

of Fort Pierce and Okeechobee

-Specializing in evidence based medicine for the treatment of Cancer.

-Combined Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy treatment.

-Medicare/Medicaid Assignment Accepted

-Consulting arid Free Second Opinions Regarding

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-Courtesy Transportation provided


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Okeechobee News, Sunday, January 6, 2008 i.

No-Fault Insurance bill is signed
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TALLAHASSEE Governor sures to protect consumers and (R-Ft. Lauderdale) and Sena- by Jan. 1, 2008. I Go to to download and.print coupons online!
Charlie Crist has signed legisla- reduce fraud. tor Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) The legislation also contains I ,...^-a:,.g.V ,...
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and ensure that drivers have
$10,000 worth of health care
benefits through personal in-
jury protection or PIP coverage
by Jan. 1, 2008. The legislation
also reforms the law that sunset
on Oct. 1, 2007, to include mea-

provide protections for Florida's
drivers," said Governor Crist. "In
doing so, they made a good law
an even better law by helping
reduce opportunities for fraud."
House Bill 13C, sponsored by
Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff

for medical providers, ensuring
that the $10,000 in benefits go
further. It also requires automo-
bile insurers to notify by Nov. 15,
2007, any policyholders who do
not already have PIP coverage
that they must obtain coverage

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Almost freezing
After a very cold night in Okeechobee the temperature shortly after 8 a.m. was only 35
degrees according td thermometer at Buxton's Funeral Home.


Okeechobee Health Care Facility
is proud to present the 2008 Resident Art Calendar
featuring 13 original paintings created by residents ages 61 to 97.

The calendar, which has been published annually since 2002, is
available for $20 by mail (Attn: Sandy Perry) at the Receptionist's Desk.

All monies received are used to purchase supplies (paint, brushes,
easels and canvasses) for the Resident Art Program.

Thank you for supporting the OHCF Resident Art Program!

1646 Hwy 441 N
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-2226

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14 Okeechobee News, Sunday, January 6, 2008


If you or anyone you know is
interested in buying a used vehicle,
you must attend this week's
Pre-Owned Vehicle Selloff at
Treasure Coast Auto Mall.
Truckloads of pre-owned cars, trucks, mini-
vans and SUVs from around the region have
been purchased for what may be the largest
automotive sales event in Florida history. For
a limited time get incredible deals on hun-
dreds of quality pre-owned vehicles, many
starting at $99* per month and many more
with factory warranties in full effect.
Select vehicles from manufacturers, all
priced well below NADA value. Banks and
credit unions have agreed to help buyers
finance these vehicles regardless of past credit
history. Since these vehicles are priced so low -
little. to no down payment will be necessary to
get financing. Simply sign and drive with $0
down and take on the low monthly payment.
We do not want to pay to transport these
vehicles to auction and WILL sell them off
during this event. Hurry, the best deals
won't last long. -


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